The Indian national football team is set to play 15 internationals, including eight at home, in a 13-month period, the All India Football Federation announced.”All India Football Federation (AIFF) and its marketing partners, Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL), have shared the national football team s yearly fixtures beginning March 2017 wherein the India National Team will play 15 competitive games including 8 matches in India (March 2017-March 2018),” AIFF stated today.”All the international fixtures will be broadcast live on Star Sports and its digital platform, Hotstar,” it said.India’s next international is a friendly against Nepal here at the Andheri Sports Complex on June 6 and seven days later they host Kyrgyzstan at the 2019 AFC Asian Cup Qualifier in Bengaluru.”Followed by the Champions Cup in August, the team returns to its AFC Asian Cup qualifier campaign as they play the last team in the group, Macau in the away leg on September 5, 2017,” AIFF said.”The national team will take part in two training camps between October 2017 to November 2017 where they also play the home games of the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers against Macau (October 10, 2017) and Myanmar (November 14, 2017).”India National Team will also come together for additional friendly games at Home on October 4, 2017, November 8, 2017, and March 22, 2018, against teams yet to be confirmed. The last match of the AFC Asian Cup qualifier will be played in an away leg against Kyrgyzstan on March 27, 2018,” the AIFF said.”The national team played a total of 6 games that included 4 home games in the same duration last year,” it added.advertisementIndia have already played and won 2 games in March – the friendly against Cambodia and AFC Asian Cup qualifier against Myanmar.”With a clear focus to increase home games, AIFF recently launched the annual multi-country Champions Cup to be played by 4 countries including India in August 2017. The competition will be held from August 18-27, 2017 where the team will play 4 games provided they reach the finals,” AIFF said further.
Blighty (Eds: Changing a name in the intro) By Kushan Sarkar London, Jun 17 (PTI) Virat Kohlis dazzling drives will face stiff competition from Harmanpreet Singhs powerful dragflicks on a rarest of rare occasion when national teams are pitted against Pakistan in cricket and hockey on the same day in a third country. Within 55 miles of each other, Indian cricket team will meet their arch rivals at the Oval in London while hockey team will lock horns with Pakistan at the suburb Milton Keynes. Its a rarity when national passion and national sport will be jostling for attention from sporting aficionados within a gap of three and half hours. Whether it is seven hours of cricket with its ebbs and flows or the 60 minute of adrenaline pumping stickwork, the contests will not be devoid of excitement. The desis as British Indians are referred in this part of the world will be in attendance along with their Pakistani counterparts in what can be termed as a sporting carnival on a Super Sunday. While Bollywood brigade, political class are expected to be in attendance at the more glamorous event, the Hockey World League (HWL) Semi-Finals encounter is also expected to grab eyeballs. For those, who wont get the tickets for the cricket match, they can travel an hour up north to Milton Keynes to see Manpreet Singhs deft skills, SV Sunils searing runs down wide right. It will also be an occasion where the love for hockey that many profess during coffee table conversations will be tested. Call it Pakistans decapitated sporting structure and Indias rapid strides, the gulf between neighbouring nations have widened across sporting disciplines. Harsh but truth is that against Pakistan, the rivalry is an idea borne out of all the acrimony that has festered on for years now. The sporting rivalry against Pakistan is an idea that ignites a certain surge of rage and nationalism in Indian public. Gone are those days when a victory against a Pakistan cricket side comprising Imran Khan, Javed Miandad, Wasim Akram and Salim Malik used to evoke a tremendous sense of satisfaction. Similarly, beating a Pakistan hockey side that had Shahbaz Ahmed, Tahir Zaman or later Sohail Abbas or Rehan Butt would feel special. An average Indian fan knew the names of those iconic Pakistani cricketers or hockey players. But today, if Azhar Ali or Hasan Ali walks down the street, one can bet his last shirt that seven out of 10 Indian fans will need a third or fourth glance to recognise. The names in Pakistan sides dont intimidate the Indian teams or its fans anymore. They can scare India occasionally and that can be tomorrow. But thats about it. But its a contest that no one wants to lose. Or rather one can ill-afford to lose. PTI KHS CM PMadvertisement
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Chinese mobile makers Vivo have bagged Indian Premier League title rights for the next five years at a whopping 2199 crores, which translates to roughly Rs 440 crores per year being added to the BCCI coffers.The next and the only other bid was from competing mobile brand Oppo who bid for around 1300 crores.Pepsi had the IPL title rights for the last years five year in the 2013-17 cycle for a sum of 396 crores at about 80 crores per year but dropped out after three years following the negativity surrounding BCCI over the spot fixing controversy.PERFECT PITCHVivo’s record bid shows IPL’s popularity Rs 2,199 cr Amount Vivo paid to retain title sponsorship for IPL 2018-22 Rs 440 cr/year: Vivo’s bid is 267% premium on base price of Rs 120 cr/year Rs 1,430 cr: Oppo’s bid, 2nd highestGETTING BIGGER IPL sponsorship has gone up consistently over the past eight yearsCAPTIVE AUDIENCESports sponsorship industry in India picked up speed in 2016OVERALL SPORTS SPONSORSHIPGROWTH AREASIn sports sponsorship market, team sponsorships grew by 25 per cent in 2016 (PL DROP LAST BARS SHOWING OVERALL SPORTS SPONSORSHIP)NEW ARENAS Not just cricket, other sports are beginning to make their presence felt.PLAYERS’ WIN-WINCricketers still earn more from brand endorsement deals, but athletes endorsed more in 2016 & making big money Cricketers – No. of brands cricketers endorsed in 2016 – 74Endorsements: Rs 279.3cr, up 5.6% from 2015 Leader: Virat KohliNon-cricketer endorsements- 82: No. of brands athletes endorsed in 2016- Endorsements worth Rs 77.1 cr, grew at 83.5%- Leaders: PV Sindhu, Sakshi Malik and Sunil ChhetriadvertisementCOUCH POTATOESGrowing business of sports in India corresponds with the fast growing TV viewership.
India U-23 went down fighting 2-0 to Syria U-23 in their opening encounter of the AFC U23 Championship China 2018 Qualifiers opener at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium in Doha on Wednesday.Both teams were locked goalless at the interval till half time but Syria stepped up their game in the second half to walk away as winners.The U-23 boys next play hosts and group favourites Qatar U-23 on Friday.India began on a cautious note and pressed hard in their effort to unsettle the physically superior Syrians. The first chance of the day fell to striker Daniel Lalhlimpuia but the ex-AIFF Academy cadet could not make the most of the opportunity.Nikhil Poojary on the right flank kept the rival defence busy with his incisive crosses, as the Indian midfield preferred to rotate from one side to the other.The high point for India came in the 37th minute when a string of passes found the tireless Germanpreet Singh in the clear but his prompt right-footer rebounded off the post for a corner.The resultant corner, a long one from Anirudh Thapa was met by Nishu Kumar from the top of the box but it missed by a whisker as both teams headed to the interval locked goalless.Photo Credit: AIFF Changing over, striker Manvir Singh came close to scoring the opener but his header landed safely into the Syrian goalkeeper’s gloves.As the game neared the hour-mark, Indians appeared to lose the plot a bit — skipper Lalruatthara and Nishu Kumar going into the referee’s book for challenges.Syria went ahead in the 64th minute — striker Rabie Srour lobbing it over goalkeeper Vishal Kaith who was caught out of position — central defender Salam Ranjan Singh’s valiant attempt to keep off the lob went in vain.In the 75th minute, Nikhil Poojary powered another cross from the right flank but Hitesh mistimed his leap unable to find the elusive equaliser.Syria sealed the fate of the match in the 88th minute — Fares Arnaout doubling the score for them.INDIA: Vishal Kaith, Nishu Kumar, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Lalruatthara (C) (Sartha Golui 81′), Salam Ranjan Singh, Germanpreet Singh, Nikhil Poojary, Nandha Kumar, Anirudh Thapa (Robinson Singh 81′), Daniel Lalhlimpuia (Hitesh Sharma 72′), Manvir Singh.
Dubai, Aug 10 (PTI) An estimated 180 million people from across the world watched the recently-concluded ICC Womens World Cup in which the Indian team, led by Mithali Raj, ended runners-up after losing to England. A whopping 156 million people viewed the event in India, of which 80 million was rural reach and 126 million were for the final alone. Indias fine performances contributed to a 500 percent increase in viewing hours in the country. According to an ICC media release, there was almost 300 percent increase in viewing hours compared to the last edition in 2013. “There was significant growth in audiences in all territories, but particularly impressive was an eight-fold increase in viewing hours in South Africa and a huge increase in viewers in India, particularly in rural areas, since 2013,” the release stated. In the United Kingdom, the final attracted most viewers for any televised cricket this summer. Similarly, there has been a 131 percent increase in viewing hours in Australia while it was a staggering 861 percent in South Africa after its team reached the semi-finals for the first time. ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said: “We are absolutely delighted with the impact the Womens World Cup has had. Instinctively, we felt that the time was right to invest in womens cricket and take it to the widest possible audience to accelerate the growth of the game and these numbers have confirmed that.” There were 100 million video views across ICC digital platforms and social media channels with one billion impressions and 67 million unique users on Facebook via posts on ICCs official pages – @cricketworldcup and @icc. On Twitter, the hashtag #WWC17 was the most tweeted hashtag for womens sport in 2017 with one million tweets, which is a 24-time increase over the 2013 edition. The hashtag #WWC17Final was the most tweeted hashtag ever for a womens sports final while the launch of the first-ever captain emojis for a country versus country sporting event was a big success with a 875-fold jump in tweets using captains hashtags in comparison to the 2013 event. The four-week event also attracted almost 50,000 articles in print and online across more than 100 countries. India led the list with close to 16,000 articles, the United Kingdom was second at 14,000 and Australia third with close to 9,000 articles. The United States of America was fourth at 4,700 while South Africa had 1,368 articles used in all. PTI KHS AH AHadvertisement
Indian opener Rohit Sharma, who has recently been appointed as the vice-captain of the limited-overs team, on Thursday said he is excited with the prospect of stepping onto the field in his new role when the national side head into the five-match ODI series, beginning August 20 in Dambulla.Honoured to be named as the vice-skipper of the national side, Rohit said that he did not even dream about the same 10 years ago and was only focused on playing for the Indian team.”It is a huge honour to be appointed as the vice-captain. Ten years ago, I was only thinking of playing for India. And being a vice-captain now feels really good. There will be some sort of goals when I will play the first ODI on August 20. I am looking forward to it. Rather than thinking too much about it. Yes, it will be a good opportunity for me to get onto the field. The last few years have been really good. So, we just need to continue that,” Rohit, who leads Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL), said. (Also Read: Can India afford to play 2019 World Cup without MS Dhoni)Rohit, however, was rested for the recently-concluded three-match Test series against Lanka, which the visitors went on to clinch by 3-0.When quizzed about the same, the 30-year-old said that he had not dwelled upon the same and instead focused on improving his skills and backing his strengths.”Yes, nobody likes to sit out, but again it all depends upon the team dynamics. What the captain and the coach wants to pick and you have to accept the fact and move forward. That is what I have been doing. I kept working on my skills, my ability wherever I need to work on and see wherever I can improve as a cricketer. You cannot sit and waste time. All I was doing these past three weeks is just to improve my skills, seeing wherever I am going wrong and trying to strengthen the strength I have,” he said.advertisementTalking about their opposition, Rohit said that Lanka are a really good team who performed exceedingly well during Champions Trophy, however, adding that his side are fully focused on playing consistence cricket which they have been playing over the few years.”The squad in Champions Trophy was a very good side. We clearly saw they defeated us quite comfortably. 320 was never going to be easy especially on England conditions. But they batted fearlessly and took the game away from us. They are a very good team,” Rohit said.”We are going to do what we have been doing for the past few years. We are going to stick to our strength. We have been playing good cricket. West Indies was good, Champions Trophy was good as well except that one game. But that can happen. In the past two years, we have been playing some consistent cricket in the ODIs format. As far as I am concerned, we just need to look as to what we need to do as a team and bring out the best onto the team,” he added.Rohit has also been named vice-captain for the lone T20 clash against Sri Lanka to be played on September 6 at the R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo.
Liverpool scored three goals in 12 dramatic first-half minutes, two of them from Emre Can, on their way to a hugely entertaining 4-2 win over Hoffenheim which took them back to the Champions League group stage after a two-season absence on Wednesday.Portugal’s Sporting also went on the rampage, scoring four times in the last half hour to beat former European champions Steaua Bucharest, now known as FCSB, 5-1 away after they had been held 0-0 at home in the first leg.Qarabag became the first team from Azerbaijan to reach the group stage when they qualified on away goals after losing 2-1 away to FC Copenhagen, while APOEL Nicosia and CSKA Moscow also went through.Liverpool, 6-3 winners on aggregate, last played in the group stage in 2014-15 and their presence means the English Premier League will have five of the 32 teams after Manchester United qualified as Europa League winners.There was a huge amount at stake in Wednesday’s games as teams who take part in the group stage receive a minimum fixed payment of 12.7 million euros ($15.00 million), with bonuses of 1.5 million euros per win and 500,000 euros for a draw.Teams also receive money from the market pool which can vary from anything between 1.4 million euros to more than 50 million depending on the size of the market in the club’s respective country.Liverpool, already leading 2-1 from the first leg, looked like scoring every time they attacked against Hoffenheim and could easily have hit double figures although their defence looked vulnerable.advertisementCan broke through in the 10th minute when his shot was deflected off Kevin Vogt and beat Oliver Baumann inside his near post, the start of a long night for the Hoffenheim goalkeeper.Mohamed Salah stroked in the second in the 18th minute when Georginio Wijnaldum’s shot hit the post and rebounded to the Egyptian in an unmarked position, then Can, also left alone, turned in Robert Firmino’s pass three minutes later.Photo Credit: Reuters Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann quickly made a tactical substitution, replacing Havard Nordtveit with Mark Uth, who almost immediately pulled one back with an angled shot.The Germans began to look threatening as Serge Gnabry twice went close and Uth forced Simon Mignolet to prevent a second goal which could have changed the complexion of the game.Firmino ended Hoffenheim’s hopes in the 64th minute with an easy finish after Vogt was dispossessed by Jordan Henderson, before Sandro Wagner headed one more for Hoffenheim.Photo Credit: Reuters Seydou Doumbia gave Sporting an early lead in Bucharest but Brazilian Junior Morais quickly replied for Steaua, who then put the visitors under pressure.The turning point came on the hour when Marcos Acuna latched onto a Bruno Fernandes through ball, goalkeeper Florin Nita was caught in no man’s land and the Argentine scored coolly.FCSB lost their composure as Gelson Martins, Bas Dost and Rodrigo Battaglia added further goals.South African Dino Ndlovu was Qarabag’s hero as he scored in the 63rd minute, his fourth goal of the competition, to cancel out Federico Santander’s scrambled opener for FC Copenhagen on the stroke of halftime.Andrija Pavlovic rekindled Copenhagen’s hopes by scoring in the 66th minute but Qarabag held out for a 2-2 aggregate draw to qualify on away goals thanks to Ndlovu’s effort.Georgi Shchennikov and Alan Dzagoev gave CSKA Moscow a 2-0 win over Young Boys (3-0 on aggregate) and APOEL Nicosia’s 0-0 draw at Slavia Prague was enough for them to qualify for the third time (2-0) and complete the line-up for Thursday’s draw in Monaco.
Former world number one Maria Sharapova eased past defending champion Peng Shuai 6-3 6-1 at the Tianjin Open on Saturday to reach her first WTA final in almost two and a half years.Sharapova, who returned to the tour in April following a 15-month doping ban, will meet teenaged Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka, who is ranked 102 and made her first WTA final after beating Italy’s Sara Errani 6-1 6-3 in the other semi-final.The Russian, who is currently ranked 86, broke her Chinese opponent in the opening game and rarely looked troubled on her own serve.Peng, ranked number 25 in the world, had no answer to Sharapova’s power hitting from the baseline and gave up another break en route to conceding the first set.Sharapova, who is yet to drop a set in Tianjin, raced into a 3-0 lead at the start of the second but suffered a brief bout of nerves while serving for the fifth game, when she was forced to save three break points.The 30-year-old turned the tables on Peng in the very next game, breaking her opponent once again before closing out the contest in 78 minutes.It will be Sharapova’s first WTA final since she defeated Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro to win the Italian Open in May 2015.
(Eds: Updating with more details)By Anisur RahmanDhaka, Oct 23 (PTI) India will resolve all irritants in ties with Bangladesh with sincerity, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said today as she inaugurated 15 Indian-assisted development projects in this country worth .On the last day of her Bangladesh visit, Swaraj lit the ceremonial lamp to mark the opening of the sprawling new chancery complex of the Indian High Commission here.The new mission complex at Dhakas Baridhara diplomatic enclave includes the high commission that was previously operating from a house in the Gulshan area of the city.During the ceremony, she also launched 15 development projects being funded by India in Bangladesh, which officials said have been planned as per the countrys geographical spread, socio-economic benefits and priorities.”India is following a policy of neighbours first, and among the neighbours Bangladesh is foremost,” Swaraj said at the function, describing bilateral relations as having gone beyond a strategic partnership.She said the relations between the neighbours are now outstanding, and that both countries are working to resolve these irritants in the spirit of “friendly relations and with right intention”.She did not specify the nature of the issues, but the water sharing of common rivers, particularly the Teesta, has long been pending between the two neighbours.”I can assure you we [both countries] will solve all irritants with sincerity,” she said.She said Bangladesh comes first among all of Indias neighbours as part of the neighbourhood policy adopted by her government. She also referred to the peaceful solution of the land boundary as well as maritime boundary issues.advertisementThe development projects, worth about USD 8.7 million, are in the areas of education, health care, information technology, water supply, and social welfare.They include installation of 11 water treatment plants in southwestern coastline of Pirozpur to benefit some 150,000 people, 36 community clinics, and reconstruction of Dhakas historic Ramna Kali Temple which was destroyed by invading Pakistani troops in the 1971 liberation war.Bangladeshs Foreign Minister A H Mahmood Ali, Health Minister Mohamad Nasim, and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasinas political affairs adviser H T Imam, among others, were also present at the ceremony.The new chancery complex has been constructed on a 5-acre plot of land.Apart from the chancery, the complex consists of the residence of the Indian High Commissioner, a housing block, a sports complex, and a multipurpose recreation hall.The staff members of the high commission shifted to the housing block in 2004 and the chancery started functioning from its new premises from October last year.Swaraj arrived in Bangladesh yesterday for the annual meeting of the India-Bangladesh Joint Consultative Commission with her counterpart A H Mahmood Ali.”We are both determined to protect our societies from the threat of ideologies of hate, violence and terror by adopting a zero tolerance policy and a comprehensive approach in fighting violent extremism and terrorism at all levels,” Swaraj said after talks with Ali.”We discussed the common challenges that we are faced with today. One such challenge is that of terrorism, extremism and radicalisation and we will continue to fight this scourge together and along with other like-minded countries,” she said.Swaraj returned to New Delhi today wrapping up her two- day Dhaka visit, her second since assuming office in 2014. PTI AR KUN AKJ AKJ
Guwahati, Dec 17 (PTI) A two-day culturalï¿½extravaganza is being organised in Assams Dima Hasao hill district, where one can enjoy song and dance by local residents after savouring the amazing Dimasa delicacies along with rice brew.The Judima Festival at Haflong will also showcase the scenic beauty of the hill district, home to flora and fauna and breathtaking waterfalls, on December 28-29, besides rock concert, dance performance, ballad singing, storytelling and traditional sports, the organisers said in a press release.A unity bike rally for brotherhood and peace, Barail hill night trekking, heritage trek along a 19-km strip of an abandoned metre-gauge railway track are part of the festival.The festival is named after Judima, the traditional rice brew of the Dimasa community, which is unique in taste, method of preparation, and is an integral part of the Dimasa social life.Apart from being a symbolic celebration of the rich cultural artefacts of the district, the festival aims to initiate the idea of an alternative livelihood to the local brewers and tourism among the ethnic groups residing in the district.Events at the festival, thus, is planned accordingly and one can savour various ethnic delicacies in the form of food, fabric and fabulous performances like traditional song, dance and sports, which provide a glimpse of life and lore of the people in the district.Cultural tour is an added attraction for those interested in knowing about different ways of living in the lap of nature, the release said.Haflong is the only hill station in Assam and the district of Dima Hasao having almost 90 per cent of land undulated with hills, ridges and serpentine rapids provides ample scope for adventure events.advertisementBendao Baiglai waterfall trekking-cum-culture walk at Sampharidisa village, sightseeing at Haflong with some breathtaking views, rock concert to be performed by three leading rock bands from the region will also be organised. PTI ACB ABH
Caroline Wozniacki began the year 2018 exactly as finshed the one before, with a ruthless display in the Auckland Classic. She had claimed a maiden WTA Finals triumph in October, the biggest win of her career in 2017.The Danish top seed now has the chance to overtake world No. 1 Simona Halep with a victory in New Zealand and the 27-year-old needed just 58 minutes to race past American Madison Brengle with a 6-3 6-0 triumph in their first round encounter on Tuesday.The world No. 3 is still searching for her first Grand Slam triumph but after emerging victorious in the elite eight-woman event in Singapore and her raised levels of play could see her make that breakthrough in Melbourne later this month.Wozniacki is also searching for a first triumph in Auckland after reaching the final in 2015 and despite being tested by Brengle early the contest, the Dane pulled away once she found her rhythm and claimed the last seven games to seal victory.WATCH VIDEO”I thought I played pretty well, especially considering it’s the first match back of the year,” Wozniacki told reporters. “It took me a couple of games to kind of just get the rhythm and then I started playing better and better.”I’m just trying to get my legs moving, trying to make the right decisions, wait for the right shots to play aggressive and go for it, and find the right balance of offence and defence.”The win set up a second round encounter against Croatia’s Petra Martic, who overcame Czech player Marketa Vondrousova 7-6(2) 6-3 in their first round tie to advance.advertisementTop seed @CaroWozniacki safely through to @ASB_Classic Second round!Eases past 6-3, 6-0! pic.twitter.com/uOkpqjZucO— WTA (@WTA) January 2, 2018Elsewhere, former world number two and 2013 Auckland champion Agnieszka Radwanska was forced to dig deep to remain on a semi-final collision course with Wozniacki when the Pole eked out a 6-2 4-6 6-2 victory over Brazil’s Beatriz Haddad Maia.”I’m just very happy to win my first match of 2018, and I think it was good timing to come back and do it here in Auckland after five years,” Radwanska, who has seen her ranking drop to 28th after a poor 2017, said in her on-court interview.Third seed Barbora Strycova was also taken the distance in her first round encounter against Italy’s Sara Errani, the Czech emerging with a 6-4 6-7(3) 6-4 victory to set up a second round tie against Sweden’s Johanna Larsson.The day did not pass without three upsets, however, with defending champion and fifth seed Lauren Davis losing 6-1 6-2 to fellow American Sachia Vickery, while sixth seed Yulia Putintseva and seventh seed Mona Barthel both suffered straight set losses.The Australian Open is the first grand slam of the season and runs from Jan 15-28 in Melbourne.(With inputs from Reuters)
Former Australia opener Matthew Hayden feels Ravichandran Ashwin’s stats are “simply phenomenal” but Harbhajan Singh in his prime had to shoulder more responsibility since he did not have the fast bowling support which the Tamil Nadu tweaker gets.Ashwin recently broke Dennis Lillee’s record to become the fastest bowler to 300 wickets in 54 Test matches. Hayden had faced Harbhajan in his prime and also watched young Ashwin from close quarters during his days with Chennai Super Kings.”I think stats often lie but having said that, some of the milestone show remarkable respect to Ravichandran Ashwin, who is fastest to 300 wickets in Test cricket. Even if he (Ashwin) plays for another five years, he would be remembered as one of the greats of his generation. His skill-set, like Harbhajan, is masterful but he is probably not as attacking an off-spinner as Harbhajan was, Hayden told PTI during an exclusive interview on Thursday.He put the comparison in context by taking into account the kind of bowling attacks these two had for support.”But then Ashwin doesn’t really need to be as attacking as Bhajji. His role within this side is well-defined by a slightly better fast bowling attack (as support cast) than what my generation was facing. You line-up Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav and put Jasprit Bumrah into the mix with Jadeja as the second spinner as well. So Ashwin is playing his role and doing it successfully, Hayden explained.”Harbhajan I thought in his era was ‘the dominant bowler’ especially against Australia so if Bhajji wasn’t taking wickets, India were in trouble. I don’t think Venkatesh Prasad was a wonderful Test match bowler. I think Harbhajan was the lone role maker.advertisement”With due respect, Zaheer Khan or Javagal Srinath were wonderful bowlers but I think they were less of a threat compared to guys that are there now, Hayden said.However, when asked to compare Virat Kohli and Steve Smith, the former opener with more than 8000 Test runs and 30 hundreds said that both are destined for greatness in their own way.”Kohli, Smith, Joe Root and Kane Williamson are vastly different players and good thing about all these guys is that each one of them is stepping on greatness in their own unique ways along with Cheteshwar Pujara and his Rahul Dravid-like approach to Test cricket, the burly Queenslander said.”Williamson’s back-foot play and ability to play the ball late in all conditions is something we haven’t seen in modern players. Kohli’s cover drive and ability to attack bowlers with quality running between the wickets and the manner in which he plays spin is unique.”Now come to Smith with his unorthodox back-and-across type of approach with that technique you might say he should not have achieved anywhere near what he is. The reality is that High Performance coaches should understand that there is not one right technique, most of it is between your left and right ear. These guys are great players as in their heads, they have got it spot on.Quiz him on an imaginary battle between Kohli and Glenn McGrath’s probing off-stump line, Hayden said,” he would have found a way I think like all great players do.””You can cast shadow over technique and everyone has their own flaws but reality is that they overcome those deficiencies with application and commitment. So Kohli would have done fine against Glenn I think.”Kohli has had his share of struggles in the English conditions and Hayden feels that he can connect with Kohli because England was one country where he never found his mojo until his last tour when he got a century at the Oval.”Having a moderate season in conditions like England (in 2014) might have been a good thing for Virat. He has learnt probably what he has to do next time round. I was in same boat as well as I was scoring 1000 runs in County cricket in England but during Test matches, I had a certain role to play.”Well, it didn’t get me results in England, right through my career. It was one venue where I battled a bit because I too had an attacking strategy like Virat. He loves to hit the ball like all Indian players do. But in England, you have to leave the balls, build runs and hence wise the Pujaras or the Rahanes do well because, they leave a lot of deliveries. It’s a different mindset, he said.
Argentina great Diego Maradona has reiterated that he is the greatest footballer of all time. Speaking to India Today’s Boria Majumdar in an exclusive chat said he doesn’t blame Cristiano Ronaldo for calling himself to be the greatest because he scores a lot of goals. Ronaldo had recently said that he has no doubt that he is “the best player in history”.”To be honest, I find Ronaldo’s comments very funny. How can Cristiano Ronaldo talk about being the greatest when I am here. But I don’t blame Ronaldo because he is scoring goals. When I scored the goal against England in 1986 World Cup, I thought there can never be another player like me,” Maradona told India Today.”It’s hard to say one specific player is the greatest. Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar are great in current generation. There are many parameters to judge a footballer. For example, you cannot compare Zidane to Maradona. Zidane is tall and his aerial control is fantastic. But I can move swiftly between opponents legs as I am short,” he said.WATCH FULL VIDEOHe also said it was wrong to compare him with current Argentina captain, Messi.”On Messi, it’s not right to make comparisons. We are two different players who played in different eras,” he said.Marona further said he feels Germany will be the favourites to lift the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.Portugal and Real Madrid’s star striker Ronaldo was awarded the Ballon d’Or for world player of the year last week for a joint-record fifth time, going level with eternal rival and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi as the player to have won the prize the most times.advertisementThe Real Madrid forward won the award, handed out by magazine France Football, for the second consecutive year having led his side to the La Liga title with 25 goals and a successive Champions League crown, netting 12 goals including two in the 4-1 win over Juventus in the final.”I feel very happy, it’s a fantastic moment in my career,” Ronaldo said upon collecting the award, standing with his mother Maria Dolores and his oldest son Cristiano Jr.”I’ve waited a long time for this. This has been a stupendous year for me, we won the Champions League and La Liga and on a personal level I was top scorer in the Champions League.”Trophies help me win prizes like this and I have to thank my team mates at Madrid and Portugal. They’ve been very important to me.”Messi came second while Paris St Germain forward Neymar Jr, the most expensive player in the world, came third.Ronaldo, who this year also helped the national side qualify for the World Cup in Russia next year, won his first Ballon d’Or in 2008 while with Manchester United and collected it again in 2013, 2014 and 2016.The 32-year-old was last month named the Best FIFA Men’s Player in the global soccer body’s own awards ceremony.Real Madrid president Florentino Perez joined Ronaldo on stage and paid tribute to the Portuguese, who he said was the best player of all time alongside late Real great Alfredo di Stefano.”This fifth Ballon d’Or is a great honour and a great achievement for the club and Real Madrid fans around the world. Cristiano is the best player in the world, he represents the values of Real Madrid. Cristiano is the best player in history along with Di Stefano, he is his heir,” Perez said.The Ballon d’Or was first awarded in 1956 and was partnered with FIFA from 2010 to 2015, until becoming its own entity once again.
Panathinaikos’ hoopsters, a perennial power in the European basketball league championship runs, fell 79-77 to the Spanish team Laboral Kutxa, coming up just short after a hard run at the end of the game following a lackluster beginning for the Greens.Panathinaikos’ big-scoring front line of James Gist, Stephane Lasme, Loukas Mavrokefalidis and Mike Batiste combined for only 15 points, although the team’s defense kept the game from turning into a runaway.Panathinaikos seemed out of it from the get-go, training 34-19 after the first period but dug in its heels and kept the Spanish team to only 45 points for the next three quarters while it tried to mount a comeback.The Greek team had no answer in the first half for sharpshooter Fernando San Emeterio who drilled all five three-points he took before Panathiaikos decided to start guarding someone.Laboral stretched its lead to 42-21 after 13 minutes, firing away and clicking on nine of 10 long bomb three-pointers to fluster the Greeks and build a cushion that just stood up.Sterling play by Dimitris Diamantidis and Roko Ukic, and a buzzer-beating three-pointer by Jonas Maciulis brought Panathinaikos back to only an 11-point deficit at the half, 55-44.The Greens actually overtook their opponents in the second half and gained a 58-57 lead eight minutes into the third quarter with a stunning 22-2 run that had the Spanish team gasping and its three-point offense shut down.The Basques came back again though and took a nine-point lead and held onto it until the endYet the Basques were not done yet. They took a nine point lead (76-67) and safeguarded it till the end for a precious home win but only when Diamantidis’ attempt to tie it at the end clanged off the rim. Still, he finished with 19 points in a spirited performance that included seven assists while Maciulis also scored 19 and had eight rebounds. Panathinaikos is now fourth in its six-team group with three wins from seven matches. TweetPinShare0 Shares
NEW YORK — The Pittsburgh Penguins have had so much success at Madison Square Garden, they might not have to make a return trip to Broadway until next season.Brandon Sutter scored a short-handed goal to break a second-period tie, and the Penguins rode that momentum to move within one win of the Eastern Conference finals with a 4-2 victory over the New York Rangers on May 7.Pittsburgh, which has won three straight following a series-opening loss, can advance with a Game 5 victory at home on May 9. The Penguins are looking to reach the East finals for the second straight year and the fourth in seven seasons.“We know they are going to be desperate,” Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said. “They have a lot of depth, and a lot of guys that can create things, so we have to have the same mentality that we had.”The Penguins turned a tied series into a 3-1 lead at the Garden, where they have won seven of nine and are 12-4 since Dan Bylsma became their coach. Overall, Pittsburgh is 19-5 against the Rangers in the playoffs and 9-2 in New York.“This is one of the best places to come in and play,” Bylsma said. “It’s a great building and we seem to always have a rivalry with the Rangers, so we don’t need that motivation for the playoffs. I don’t have a good recipe for you.”A good start certainly helped.Evgeni Malkin scored 2:31 in, and Jussi Jokinen made it 3-1 at 7:02 of the third before the teams traded late goals. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 13 shots.The only negative for the Penguins was that Fleury allowed a goal for the first time in three games. Carl Hagelin’s tying tally in the second period was the Rangers’ first goal in 145 minutes, 30 seconds of playing time.Mats Zuccarello cut it to 3-2 with 6:53 left on the Rangers’ second shot of the third, but Chris Kunitz restored Pittsburgh’s two-goal edge 57 seconds later. Henrik Lundqvist made 23 saves in the loss.“This is not the ideal night for us,” Rangers forward Brad Richards said. “The good thing is … we’re still in it. We win Game 1, we are on top of the world. You lose three in a row, and as quick as it went that way it can go right back.“We want to try to bring it back here. Our goal is to keep pushing the series along. You never know what can happen.”The weary Rangers played for the sixth time in nine nights, and not even a full rest day on May 6 or the return of forward Chris Kreider helped. Kreider played for the first time since breaking his left hand a month ago.Jokinen, who has an eight-game points streak, made it 3-1 with a shot that struck the right leg of Rangers defenseman Marc Staal and bounded past Lundqvist.Pittsburgh had regained the lead late in the second period by pouncing on New York’s inept power play. Not only did the Rangers fail to score for the 36th consecutive advantage, they fell behind for the second time.New York threw all the momentum back to the Penguins when Sutter scored with 1:33 left in the second. The Rangers turned over the puck shortly after a drop pass in the neutral zone. Brian Gibbons streaked in alone and had his shot stopped by Lundqvist, but the rebound sat in front and Sutter scored his fourth of the postseason.“It was huge momentum for us going into the third,” Crosby said. “The way we played in the third showed that we fed off that.”The Rangers broke out of their drought 4:30 into the second when Ryan McDonagh passed the puck from his end to Hagelin, who took off with a burst of speed, split the defense, and snapped in his third of the playoffs to tie it.It was New York’s first goal since Derick Brassard’s overtime winner in Game 1.Any early lift the Rangers got from the return of Kreider was lost when Malkin gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead.New York contributed greatly as a turnover by defenseman Anton Stralman started the play. The Penguins pressured and moved the puck freely. Crosby got it to the right of Lundqvist and sent a pass across the slot — that slid past Kunitz and somehow eluded Staal — onto the stick of Malkin, who snapped in a backhander for his fifth of the playoffs on Pittsburgh’s first shot.The Rangers’ sloppiness didn’t end there. Several passes missed their targets, and multiple clearing attempts ended up on Penguins sticks. But New York mounted an extended challenge and kept the puck in the Pittsburgh end for at least a minute with about 6 minutes remaining in the first period.However, despite tiring out the Penguins, the Rangers had only one shot during the sequence that ended when Staal was called for slashing.“Our puck management and execution weren’t very good, and ultimately cost us the game,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. “I can’t explain it, but there is nothing we can do about it.”(IRA PODELL, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shares
VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — Ahmed Musa gave Nigeria its first win at this year’s World Cup, and gave Argentina a gift.Musa scored two second-half goals to help the Nigerians beat Iceland 2-0 Friday and move into second place in the group behind already-qualified Croatia.Nigeria will face Argentina in its final group match on Tuesday in St. Petersburg. If Nigeria wins, it will advance to the round of 16. But if Argentina claims all three points, it can still advance depending on the result of the other match between Croatia and Iceland.Musa gave Nigeria the lead in the 49th minute after Victor Moses sprinted deep into the Iceland half and curled a cross to the near post. Musa deftly controlled the ball before slamming it past Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson on the half-volley.He doubled the lead in the 75th. Picking up the ball on the left side of the Iceland penalty area, Musa mazed his way past Halldorsson and picked his spot in the Iceland goal.Iceland had a chance to get one back but Gylfi Sigurdsson sent a penalty kick way over the Nigeria bar in the 83rd minute. The penalty was awarded after a video review showed that Alfred Finnbogason had been brought down by Tyronne Ebuehi.Nigeria’s Ahmed Musa celebrates with at the end of the group D match between Nigeria and Iceland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)Iceland held Argentina to a 1-1 draw in its opening match, with Lionel Messi missing a penalty. And with Croatia routing the Argentines 3-0 on Thursday, it opened the way for Iceland to claim the group’s second spot in the round of 16.But Nigeria’s second-half display in Volgograd was arguably as good as any in the World Cup and came after a fairly dour first half in which the Super Eagles did not register a shot on target.Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr made some tactical changes, including bringing Musa into the starting lineup to inject some pace into the attack. Also, Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel played in a more defensive role in midfield, his presence helping to shore up the defense against Iceland’s two-man forward line.In Iceland’s 1-1 draw against Argentina, the team played with a lone striker.—By PAN PYLAS , Associated PressNigeria’s Leon Balogun, left, and Nigeria goalkeeper Francis Uzoho react after Iceland’s Gylfi Sigurdsson missed a penalty kick during the group D match between Nigeria and Iceland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)Iceland’s Sverrir Ingason, right, leaps as he heads the ball clear of Nigeria’s Odion Ighalo the group D match between Nigeria and Iceland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)Nigeria’s Oghenekaro Etebo, right, fights for the ball with Iceland’s Birkir Saevarsson during the group D match between Nigeria and Iceland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)Nigeria’s Ahmed Musa celebrates his team’s second goal during the group D match between Nigeria and Iceland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)TweetPinShare0 Shares
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Ernie Els was two shots behind Maybank Championship leader Thomas Pieters on a crowded leaderboard after the second round on Friday.Els carded a 2-under-par 70 to reach 6 under at the European Tour event.There were 15 golfers within three shots of Pieters, who was at 8 under overall after a 69 he wasn’t pleased with. He bogeyed the par-4 second hole, and made four birdies.“It didn’t feel like a good day to me, I made the best of what I had,” the Belgian said. “I gave myself a lot of chances but I couldn’t seem to get the ball in the hole.“When you miss a couple of putts you try to read too much into it. I just put it down, looked once, and gave it a go.”After four birdies and two bogeys in his round, Els felt he has “a chance” to clinch a first victory in almost six years.“The last four years have been a struggle, so I’m really happy that I’m playing good golf again,” he said. “My body feels good and the ball striking is there now.“On the greens I’m starting to feel really comfortable, so that means I can have a chance again to play with these guys. That’s what I want, to feel like I can have a chance playing Saturdays and Sundays.”Overnight leaders Nacho Elvira and Marcus Fraser had vastly different rounds.Elvira was only one shot off Pieters despite a double bogey for a 72, while Fraser made three double bogeys and fell to 2 under after a 5-over 77.Elvira was tied for second with Indonesian golfer Danny Masrin, who fired in seven birdies for a 68.Masrin, ranked 1000th, was trying not to get ahead of himself.“I don’t want to think too much about the scale of the event. This is probably the biggest I have played,” Masrin said. “I was able to stay focused, and my game plan, I did that well.“I’ll go through the same routine, the same process. The target every day is to cut the lead as much as I can.”Els was in a crowd of seven at 6 under, along with South African countryman Dean Burmester (70), Americans David Lipsky (66), and Paul Peterson (68), Germany’s Maximilian Kieffer (67), Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond (72), and Australian Lucas Herbert (69).Padraig Harrington made the cut, which was at par, but was at 1 under after a 1-over 73.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Continue Reading Previous Hyperstone to showcase flash controllers and moreNext EKF: 4HP/3U CompactPCI PlusIO CPU board with Apollo Lake SoC The snap-in 19“- shelf type „NETshelf“ by apraNET made of halogen-free plastic is used to carry system components such as routers, switches or other active network accessories, which are normally not designed for the installation into 19”- racks. Compared with conventional shelf racks made of steel, our „NETshelf“ is very compact and its snap-in fixing enable quick, tool-free assembly into the 19”-mountings and is especially designed to hold network components with a low weight.The NETshelf with its measurements 44 x 483 x 116 mm convinces with its flexible usability in all 19”-racks and cabinet systems. Its special design with the smooth-formed edges of the front side and the dark black colour looks professional appealing. The shelf is designed to be easily assembled or disassembled with one simple manual action. Only one 19”-level is needed for installation. The ventilation slots in the shelf allow passive cooling as well as easy fixing of the components by velcro tape.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules
Kontron presents the first marketable, comprehensive Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) extension solution for Fog Computing at embedded world 2018 in Nuremberg. At the core of this starterkit is the Kontron KBox C-102-2 industrial computer with an integrated TSN networking card including software and real time Linux operating system. The TSN specifications guarantee timely, high availability delivery of data packets. The KBox C-series is used for machine control or the visualization and inspection of manufacturing processes. A live demo will be on display at the Kontron booth in hall1, booth 478. The starterkit will be commercially available in early April 2018.The TSN starterkit’s KBox C-102-2 features a high-performance 6th generation Intel Core i5 processor, and Linux operating system with real-time extension. It offers a maintenance-free design without any fans or batteries. This ensures a significantly prolonged lifespan and high system availability. The KBox series’ modular structure, based on the standardized COM Express® technology, results in flexible, highly scaleable systems. The KBox C-102-2 also features two PCI slots, one with the pre-installed TSN networking card. With this card, the system provides four additional TSN switched Ethernet ports with 10/100/1000Mbit/s.The TSN networking card includes an integrated switch for redundant networks with four gigabit Ethernet ports. It meets all specifications of IEEE 802.1, such as timing and time synchronization, traffic scheduling, frame preemption, and stream reservation protocol. Additional functionality can be integrated through software updates in the FPGA (Field-Programmable Gate Array). With the standard PCI Express network card and the associated network- and switch drivers for Linux, industrial computers can be connected through redundant ring-, line-, daisy-chain-, or star-shaped TSN networks. The TSN network card is especially suited for rough industrial environments and can be run in industrial temperature ranges from -40 to +85 °C. The software tools include application examples to send TSN packets, as well as a network analyzer application, which determines and displays them. In addition, the time synchronization via PTP IEEE 802.1AS can be evaluated by means of a simple software tool and a 1- pps sync output.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Solving the problem of Flash memory densityNext acceed: IIoT gateway and embedded controller combined