Panathinaikos holds on in a battle of EuroLeague giants (video)

first_imgIn a battle of EuroLeague powerhouses that lived up to the expectations, Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens held off FC Barcelona Lassa 71-65 on Tuesday night in the Greek capital. Panathinaikos improved to 11-8, while Barcelona lost its seventh consecutive road game and dropped to 8-11 for the season. Panathinaikos took the lead for good in the second quarter and despite rarely holding a double-digit margin, the hosts kept control thanks to forcing 21 turnovers and hitting 11 three-pointers. Ioannis Bourousis stepped up with a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds, along with 3 assists and 2 blocks, to lead the Greens. K.C. Rivers added 13 points, while Chris Singleton and Mike James each scored 10 in victory. Tyrese Rice had 12 points, Justin Doellman 11 and Vitor Faverani and Petteri Koponen each netted 10 in defeat.Panathinaikos was the one to strike first with Bourousis and Kenny Gabriel hitting back-to-back threes, and when James Feldeine hit his from long range, the score was 11-7. Rice and Juan Carlos Navarro helped get Barcelona within 15-13 after 10 minutes, and after River and Doellman traded three-pointers early in the second, it was Aleksandar Veznekov inside and Koponen from the outside that put the visitors in front 22-25. However, Singleton hit his first and second triple to spark a 12-0 run, which was capped by a Rivers three-pointer that made it 34-25. The hosts led 36-29 at halftime and a triple from Nick Calathes extended the margin to double figures, 39-29. Tomic and Rice halved the deficit, but Feldeine kept Panathinaikos in front. A triple from Victor Claver and a floater from Rice got Barcelona within 46-43, but Bourousis was the main protagonist at both ends of the floor and helped the hosts enter the final quarter with a 54-46 advantage. At the start of the fourth, Koponen and Vezenkov hit threes that got the visitors to 55-54. But James drove for a layup, Rivers made a pair of steals, and Singleton hit a three to open a 63-56 margin. Vezenkonv, Faverani and Koponen kept Barcelona in it and the visitors closed to 69-65 with 2:35 to go, but there was only one basket the remainder of the game, a James jumper that sealed the deal.Source: EuroleagueTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

AEK, Apollon Limassol Learn Europa League Group-stage Opponents

first_imgMONACO (AP) — Seven-time European champion AC Milan’s bid for a first Europa League title continues in a group with Austria Vienna, Croatian champion Rijeka and AEK Athens.Milan returns to UEFA competitions after a three-year absence, and avoided long travel for Thursday games that lurk in the 48-team draw.Arsenal, however, will go to Belarus to face BATE Borisov and also plays Cologne and Red Star Belgrade. Arsene Wenger’s team last played in the second-tier competition in 2000 when it was UEFA Cup runner-up.Tough groups included the pool of Lyon, Everton, Atalanta and Apollon Limassol, and top-seeded Lazio with Nice, Zulte Waregem and Vitesse.Zenit St. Petersburg, the 2008 UEFA Cup winner, was grouped with Real Sociedad, Rosenborg — which eliminated Ajax in the playoffs on Thursday — and Vardar of Macedonia.The top two teams in each group advance to a Round of 32 which includes eight third-place teams from Champions league groups.Games kick off Sept. 14, and Lyon hosts the final on May 16.___Full drawGroup A: Villarreal (Spain), Maccabi Tel-Aviv (Israel), Astana (Kazakhstan), Slavia Prague (Czech Republic).Group B: Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine), Young Boys (Switzerland), Partizan (Serbia), Skenderbeu (Albania).Group C: Braga (Portugal), Ludogorets Razgrad (Bulgaria), Hoffenheim (Germany), Istanbul Basaksehir (Turkey).Group D: AC Milan (Italy), Austria Vienna (Austria), Rijeka (Croatia), AEK Athens (Greece).Group E: Lyon (France), Everton (England), Atalanta (Italy), Apollon Limassol (Cyprus).Group F: Copenhagen (Denmark), Lokomotiv Moscow (Russia), Sheriff Tiraspol (Moldova), Zlin (Czech Republic).Group G: Viktoria Plzen (Czech Republic), FCSB (Romania), Hapoel Beer-Sheva (Israel), Lugano (Switzerland).Group H: Arsenal (England), BATE Borisov (Belarus), Cologne (Germany), Red Star Belgrade (Serbia).Group I: Salzburg (Austria), Marseille (France), Vitoria Guimaraes (Portugal), Konyaspor (Turkey).Group J: Athletic Bilbao (Spain), Hertha Berlin (Germany), Zorya Luhansk (Ukraine), Ostersund (Sweden).Group K: Lazio (Italy), Nice (France), Zulte Waregem (Belgium), Vitesse (Netherlands).Group L: Zenit St. Petersburg (Russia), Real Sociedad (Spain), Rosenborg (Norway), Vardar (Macedonia).TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Greek League Suspended amid Protest over Attack on Referee

first_imgATHENS (AP) — Organizers of Greece’s top division have called off games scheduled for this weekend after referees announced a two-week walkout to protest the beating of a colleague by unknown assailants.The country’s soccer federation said Thursday that Greek cup matches would go ahead as scheduled. It said top-league referees called the walkout “for psychological reasons” after the “cowardly and unacceptable” assault.Referee Thanassis Tzilos was attacked Wednesday by three masked men near his home in Larissa. He was treated at a local hospital for head and leg injuries and released Thursday.Nobody has been arrested for the attack, which Sports Minister Giorgos Vassiliadis strongly condemned.No top-flight games are scheduled from Dec. 24 to Jan. 11, the league’s winter break. Organizers said games will resume after the protest ends Jan. 4.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Bochy Loses To Dodgers 9-0 In Final Game As Giants Manager (Pics,Vids)

first_img“I’m going to take a moment to appreciate what we did as an organization. We’re talking about the regular season and all those great teams in Dodgers history,” Roberts said. “It takes a lot to accomplish what we accomplished as a group, as an organization, and there’s a lot to be said for that. So very proud of everyone top to bottom. It’s something that no one can take away from us and it speaks to the character, the work ethic, the talent, just the togetherness of everyone, so very proud.”The Dodgers finished with the second-best record in the majors behind the 107-win Houston Astros.Chants of “Bochy! Bochy!” greeted him during introductions and son and former Giants pitcher Brett threw out the ceremonial first pitch to his ex-catcher father. Bochy held grandson Braxton in the dugout before the game, too. Fans stood and cheered “Bochy!” again once the final out was made and an extravagant, surprise postgame ceremony ensued.“This was as tough a day as I’ve ever had,” Bochy said. “I had no idea that this send-off would be like it was today.”San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy, seated in car at left, is driven around the field with his wife Kim during a ceremony honoring Bochy after a baseball game between the Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, Pool)Bochy took one final ride around the ballpark in a classic convertible with wife, Kim, and their grandson.Roberts ran back out onto the field to join the celebration of Bochy, with home run king Barry Bonds grabbing the blue Dodgers cap from his pal’s head and tossing it into right field as Roberts became a good-natured punching bag in the rival colors.“His hat should have been thrown … I threw him off the field,” Bochy said of someone he managed in San Diego and San Francisco.The 64-year-old Bochy, who guided the Giants to World Series championships in 2010, ’12 and ’14, waved and tipped his cap from the dugout before the game before doing some stretches against the back of the railing taking it all in as he promised to do from the start of the final week.San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy, right, smiles while holding his grandson in the dugout before a baseball game between the Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Bochy finishes 2003-2029 in 4,032 games as a manager over 25 seasons, the first 12 with San Diego before 13 in San Francisco. He went 1,052-1,054 with the Giants, who wound up 77-85 in his final year and with four more wins than last season.Lefty Rich Hill worked three scoreless innings allowing one hit in his 13th start of the season for the Dodgers. Dustin May (2-3) pitched a perfect fourth for the win.A smiling Tim Lincecum was among the dozens of former players on hand for Bochy’s farewell festivities, with groups walking out from center field representing various years. Lincecum, a two-time NL Cy Young Award winner with a pair of no-hitters, emerged alone at the very end to huge cheers. He later offered his manager a warm embrace.“It was was beyond whatever I thought they could do,” Bochy said. SAN FRANCISCO — Bruce Bochy spoke to a ballpark filled with thousands of lives he touched in some way and thanked them all straight from the heart, no notes necessary.Bochy bid an emotional farewell following 2 1/2 decades in what is certainly a Hall of Fame managerial career, finishing with a 9-0 defeat to the mighty Dodgers on his last day as fans remained in their seats long after the game ended to celebrate a man who helped bring this city its only three World Series championships.Los Angeles won its franchise-record 106th game, jumping to a 5-0 lead in the first that held up on Will Smith’s two-run homer right after a bases-clearing, three-run double by Corey Seager.“It’s all about Bochy,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said before the game, then paid his respects during a special exchange of the lineups ahead of first pitch.Yet Roberts absolutely wanted to win this one to put these 2019 Dodgers (106-56) in elite company of their own. They passed the win mark of the 1953 “Boys of Summer” team based in Brooklyn that included Jackie Robinson, Duke Snider and other Hall of Famers. The Giants attempted to make the loudest foghorn call the Bay Area has experienced by having fans turn their phones into a foghorn through the ballpark app or on the team’s website.“We’ll see you at Cooperstown,” Giants CEO Larry Baer said in wishing Bochy well.KERSHAW TUNEUPClayton Kershaw pitched the bottom of the fifth in a playoff tuneup, getting one strikeout in a 1-2-3 inning. He pitched in relief for the first time since Sept. 22, 2009.Kershaw tipped his cap to Bochy, and the manager did so back.Roberts said the Dodgers are still discussing their Division Series rotation.BUMGARNER’S FAREWELL?Bochy promised MadBum would have his spikes on.Madison Bumgarner, who didn’t pitch Sunday as had been originally planned, drew a rousing standing ovation before lining out as a pinch-hitter with two outs in the fifth against Kershaw.“It was cool,” Kershaw said. “Once he saw he was not pitching today it was some way to let the fans appreciate what he had done here. It’s a good way to do it, get him there in against the lefty who he’d hit a few home runs against.”San Francisco’s big lefty tipped and waved his batting helmet in every direction to acknowledge the fans in what might have been his final moment in a Giants uniform.The 2014 World Series MVP can become a free agent, so Tuesday might have been his final start for the Giants. He is wrapping up a contract singed in April 2012 that included a $12 million contract option this year, and the Giants opted not to deal him at the trade deadline.Right-hander Dereck Rodriguez (6-11) started in Bumgarner’s slot.ATTENDANCESan Francisco drew 2,707,760 fans in 2019, lowest home attendance in the ballpark’s 20-year history. It’s also the Giants’ first time not reaching 3 million in attendance at home since 2008 and ’09 and down from their 3,156,185 last year.TRAINER’S ROOMDodgers: RHP Joe Kelly, who hadn’t pitched since Sept. 18 because of what the Dodgers called an overall body issue, recorded two outs in the sixth. … LF A.J. Pollock returned to the lineup after sitting out Saturday with a left knee bruise he injured when hit by a pitch during Friday’s 9-2 win. … 3B Justin Turner missed his fifth straight game with back tightness but will get simulated work done during Tuesday’s workout day back home ahead of the Division Series.UP NEXTSeven-time reigning NL West champion Los Angeles will hold a workout day Tuesday before opening the Division Series at Dodger Stadium against the wild card winner.By: Janie McCauley, AP Baseball WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Arrow showcases breadth of industrial IoT expertise at Hanover Fair

first_imgArrow Electronics is demonstrating the strength and breadth of the solutions it provides for the industrial Internet of Things at the Hanover Fair. The Arrow stand showcases a range of industrial IoT demonstrations relating to predictive maintenance, machine vision, connected logistics, device management, and energy harvesting. Arrow is showing how to connect sensors, controllers, actuators and smart devices to one another, and over the Internet. The demonstration also includes how to integrate that data to provide performance-enhancing feedback. Arrow’s approach takes into account the fact that much existing industrial equipment and critical infrastructure predates IoT and has, at best, only local connectivity. Solutions will be discussed that bring this connectivity up to date and prepare systems for potential future technology changes. Increased connectivity brings greater security challenges. Arrow’s IoT solutions provide security “from sensor-to-sunset” and Arrow will show a series of software solutions covering real business-use cases.In the MindSphere Lounge, Arrow is demonstrating several solutions including an end-to-end smart asset tracking use case in collaboration with Siemens. This combination of indoor and outdoor asset tracking enables users to track assets throughout the entire lifecycle of the manufacturing process. The resulting location data, combined with condition-monitoring information, can help to improve process workflows and productivity.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules, Chips & Components, Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Cervoz: choosing the right flash storage for industrial applicationsNext Manhattan Skyline: compact ARM COM with NXP i.MX 8MMlast_img read more

David Richardson to step down as ICC chief executive after World Cup

first_imgInternational Cricket Council announced on Tuesday that David Richardson will be stepping down as ICC chief executive once his contract expires after the 2019 World Cup.Richardson, who became the first person to hold the position of ICC General Manager Cricket in 2002, was promoted to chief executive in 2012.”The hardest thing as a cricketer is knowing when the time is right to retire. But for me, the end of the ICC Cricket World Cup next year is about right,” Richardson said in a media release.The ICC said they would begin a global recruitment process to identify Richardson’s successor.”I have enjoyed my time at the ICC and I am pleased with what we have achieved in creating greater context for all formats of the game and securing increased opportunities and clear pathways for all members to play at the highest level,” Richardson added.”I will do all I can over the next 12 months to ensure that we complete our work on the new global strategy aimed at growing the game both in our traditional and new markets, and, in particular put on a World Cup that does the game proud.”ICC chairman Shashank Manohar thanked the former South Africa wicketkeeper for his contribution at the helm.”On behalf of the ICC board, I would like to thank David for his service and commitment to cricket over the past 16 years and, particularly, over the last six years as CEO.””His achievements speak for themselves, but in recent history the commercial success of the sport, his leadership of the ICC team and establishing greater context for international cricket are of particular note.advertisement”David will be missed by everyone in the game, but this is an opportunity for the ICC to drive forward our new global growth strategy, which David has played an integral part in developing, under new leadership. A global recruitment process will now get underway to identify the right person to lead the ICC,” Manohar added.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Rejuvenated Djokovic eyes US Open as ‘Big Four’ reunited

first_imgNew York, Aug 26 (AFP) From the pits of despair in Paris, record-setting Novak Djokovic now eyes a third US Open title in New York where for the first time since Wimbledon last year, the sport’s ‘Big Four’ will be reunited. Djokovic became the first man to win all nine Masters titles with victory over Roger Federer at Cincinnati on Sunday. Having captured, against all the odds, a fourth Wimbledon in July, the 31-year-old Serb suddenly finds himself as joint-favourite with world number one Rafael Nadal to triumph at Flushing Meadows. Champion in 2011 and 2015, and a five-time runner-up, Djokovic sat out the 2017 US Open to nurse an elbow injury. His physical limitations were still evident when he slumped away from Roland Garros in June after a shock quarter-final loss to journeyman Marco Cecchinato, threatening to skip Wimbledon to mend his shattered self-confidence. Fast forward three months and Djokovic is once again the man to beat. “It’s a wonderful feeling. It’s been a couple of tough months for me with an injury but then winning Wimbledon and Cincinnati,” said Djokovic who opens his US Open campaign against Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics. Djokovic’s Wimbledon triumph took his Grand Slam title collection to 13, just one behind Pete Sampras. He also has 31 Masters, two back from Nadal but four more than Federer. He will head for New York buoyed by his dominance over his three major rivals as well — he leads Nadal 27-25, Federer 24-22 and Andy Murray 25-11. “He’s a great champion,” said Federer in praise of Djokovic in Cincinnati.advertisement World number one Nadal, who won the US Open last year to add to his 2010 and 2013 victories, skipped Cincinnati after triumphing in Toronto the week before. The Spaniard clinched an 11th French Open in June to take his majors tally to 17 before falling to Djokovic in a five-set, 5-hour 15-minute semi-final loss at Wimbledon. “Tennis is a high-demanding sport in terms of physical effort,” said 32-year-old Nadal who faces an emotional first round against compatriot David Ferrer who will be playing his last Slam before retirement. “I cannot forget that I am older every year.” Federer also knows that the clock is ticking. The 20-time Grand Slam winner won the last of his five US Opens in 2008. Now 37, Federer would become the oldest New York champion in the Open era should he lift the trophy again on September 9 and second oldest of all time. – Federer to end 10-year wait? -================================ But he was knocked out by 2009 champion Juan Martin del Potro in the quarter-finals last year having had to negotiate two five-setters in the opening rounds. Despite defending his Australian Open title in January, Federer’s hopes of a ninth Wimbledon were blown apart in a five-set loss to Kevin Anderson in the quarter-finals. It was his earliest exit at the All England Club in five years. “I won the US Open five times. So I stand here pretty happy, to be quite honest. It’s not like, God, the US Open never worked out for me. It hasn’t the last couple years, but it’s all good,” said the Swiss legend who begins against injury-plagued Japanese left-hander Yoshihito Nishioka. Murray, the 2012 champion, is set to play his first Slam since a hip injury suffered at Wimbledon last year. His comeback has been far from smooth after spending almost a year on the sidelines and has played only seven matches since his return. The former world number one has even seen his ranking nosedive to 378 in the world — making him Britain’s eighth-best player! Outside of the ‘Big Four’, Del Potro, at a career-high three in the world, remains a dangerman. Amongst the widely-hyped ‘Next Gen’, world number four Alexander Zverev is still a work in progress. The German’s run to the last-eight at the French Open this year remains his best performance at the majors while his last two visits to New York ended in a pair of second-round losses. He has hired Ivan Lendl — who took Murray to the 2012 title — as his new coach. Greek 20-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas, at 15 in the world from 161 this time last year, is the in-form youngster. He was runner-up to Nadal in Toronto, beating four top-10 players on the way including Djokovic and Zverev. But a loss in his opener in Cincinnati proved a sobering reminder that most probably it will be either Nadal, Djokovic or Federer who will be a New York champion again this year. (AFP) ATKATKlast_img read more

Track Asia Cup to start from Sep 21-23

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 18 (PTI) The fifth edition of the Track Asia Cup will be held at the Indira Gandhi Cycling Velodrome here from September 21-23, the Cycling Federation of India (CFI) announced Tuesday.The event also serves as a qualifying event for the World Cup, World Championship and the 2020 Japan Olympics.The tournament which is a UCI (International Cycle Union) class I accredited event will see participation from about 150 cyclist across from across Asia and Australia.India will field a 17-member team comprising senior and junior cyclists. The federation has also entered a team of cyclists from SAINCA, an academy jointly managed by the Sports Authority of India and CFI.The junior team will be led by Esow Alben, who is currently the top ranked individual in the Kierin event in the UCI world rankings.Esow had won three gold medals in the Asian Track Cycling Championship, the only male cyclist to achieve the feat in the event, held in Malaysia in February.”This competition is a buildup competition for Indian cyclist which is being organised regularly so that junior cyclist of India can compete with Asia’s best and the exposure achieved here may be encashed for future events,” Secretary General, CFI, Onkar Singh, said. PTI APA KHSKHSlast_img read more

Women’s team from Adelaide pile on 596/3 from 50 overs, bowl opposition out for 25

first_imgNorthern Districts, a suburban women’s cricket team in Adelaide managed to score a gigantic total of 596/3 from their 50 overs in a SACA PC Statewide Super Women’s 1st Grade match against Port Adelaide.They then went on to bowl their opposition out for as little as 25 runs to win the match by a humongous margin of 571 runs.Four Northern Districts batswomen – Tegan McPharlin, Sam Betts, Tabitha Saville and Darcie Brown – scored centuries in the match with McPharlin top scoring with 136 off 80 balls. Betts and Brown remained unbeaten on 124 off 71 balls and 117 off 84 balls respectively while Saville hit a 56-ball 120.Northern Districts hit 64 fours and three sixes in their innings while Port Adelaide gave away 88 extras with 75 of them being wides.In reply to the gigantic total, Port Adelaide, who fielded 10 players and out of which, only eight of batted, could only survive 10.5 overs.”It’s pretty cool that, at the end of the day, we potentially have a world record. It’s pretty unreal to make a total like that. At the time, we weren’t chasing any records or trying to set any benchmarks in that way. We were just playing cricket shots. The runs just kept piling on.”There were only three sixes hit for the entire day for us. It just shows that we were willing to run between the wickets and hit along the ground and actually play proper cricket,” McPharlin was quoted as saying by abc.net.au.However, sadly for them, it is not a world record as there have been List A matches with bigger totals and winning margins. In 2007, Kandyan Ladies from Sri Lanka raked up 632/4 in their 50 overs against Pushpadana Ladies and then went on to bowl them out for just 18 runs and win the match by 614 runs.advertisementlast_img read more

Mary Kom’s win truly special: PM

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 25 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated M C Mary Kom for winning a record sixth gold medal in the Women’s World Championships on Saturday. Terming the boxer’s achievement as a proud moment for Indian sports, Modi said the diligence with which she had pursued sports and excelled at the world stage was extremely inspiring. “Her win is truly special,” he tweeted. The 35-year-old Mary Kom became the most successful boxer in the history of Women’s World Championships by winning her sixth gold medal with an unanimous 5-0 result over Ukraine’s Hanna Okhota here. PTI NABHMBlast_img

1st Test: Bowlers put Australia in control vs Sri Lanka in Brisbane

first_imgBrief scores: Australia (72/2 in 25 overs) at stumps, trail Sri Lanka (144-all out) by 72 runs. Marcus Harris (40*), Dilruwan Perera (1/4), Suranga Lakmal (1/27)Australia bundled out Sri Lanka for 144 in just over two sessions before their new-look batting order reached 72 for two to put the hosts in a commanding position on day one of the series opening day-night test at the Gabba on Thursday.Mitchell Starc also claimed his 200th test wicket to add to a satisfying day for the Australians who came into the two-match series on the back of a 2-1 series loss to India.Marcus Harris was 40 not out at close with nightwatchman Nathan Lyon yet to score with Australia trailing by only 72 runs at a venue where they have not lost a test in 30 years.Pat Cummins was the pick of the Australian bowlers claiming 4-39 while Jhye Richardson (3-26) made an impressive debut as Australia rolled Sri Lanka in 56.4 overs after touring captain Dinesh Chandimal won the toss and elected to bat.”The way the guys performed as a collective today, credit to them,” Richardson said.”Credit to Patty (Cummins), credit to Starcy (Starc) who bowled really aggressively, you can’t fault anything they’ve done.”They were a big help for me.”Only Niroshan Dickwella offered stubborn resistance for Sri Lanka scoring an enterprising 64 with six boundaries and a six.Classic! With Sri Lanka in all sorts of trouble, Niroshan Dickwella pulled out this spectacular shot!#AUSvSL | @MastercardAU pic.twitter.com/FM3dfY4Zjocricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 24, 2019advertisementIN THE SWINGCummins and Richardson set the early tone, striking in successive overs to remove Lahiru Thirimanne (12) and Chandimal (five) in the first hour before Lyon claimed Dimuth Karunaratne (24) to leave Sri Lanka reeling at 56-3 at tea.After the break, Richardson produced a near unplayable delivery to bowl Kusal Mendis for 14 and then had Dhananjaya de Silva caught behind for five to leave Sri Lanka reeling at 66-5.”To see the ball swing that’s a big key for me,” Richardson, 22, said.”If the ball is swinging I’m instantly more confident in what I’m doing and to get that first wicket it releases a lot of emotion.”Roshen Silva (nine) lasted 56 deliveries before he edged Cummins to wicketkeeper Tim Paine.In Cummins’ next over, Dilruwan Perera received a nasty blow to his right thumb from a rising ball and was forced off the field.Sri Lanka eventually reached 100 in the 46th over, before Suranga Lakmal was caught by Marnus Labuschagne at slip giving Starc his landmark 200th test wicket.Starc is the 17th Australian to achieve the feat.Enjoy a look back at Mitchell Starc’s milestone wickets from his Test career so far… A few at the Gabba! #AUSvSL pic.twitter.com/44tdPDFmkycricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 24, 2019Perera (one) returned to the field but survived only minutes before becoming Starc’s (2-41) second victim, offering another catch to Labuschagne.Cummins dismissed Dickwella and Chameera in the same over shortly after the dinner break, leaving Australia’s new opening pair of Joe Burns and Harris with 25 overs to bat in tricky conditions under lights.Burns made 15 in his return to the test team before edging to slip off Lakmal (1-27) and Usman Khawaja (11) fell just minutes before close when he played on to his stumps from Perera to give Sri Lanka a much-needed boost ahead of day two.”We need to dry up the runs,” said Karunaratne. “Otherwise if they score freely it’s really tough for us.”If we can get a couple of early wickets and if Dilruwan (Perera) can bowl really well, I think we’re in the game.”Also Read | BBCI lifts Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul suspension, Koffee with Karan controversy continuesAlso Read | Umesh Yadav’s 7-wicket haul puts Vidarbha on top vs KeralaAlso Read | Manish Pandey stars as Karnataka fight vs Saurashtra on Day 1Also Read | Watched a bit of the men’s ODI and decided to keep things simple: Smriti Mandhanalast_img read more

AFC Asian Cup: Iraq to probe whether football players partied at Dubai nightclub

first_imgIraq football federation will probe whether its senior national team player went out to party at a nightclub in Dubai during their stay at an Abu Dhabi hotel for the AFC Asian Cup 2019 tournament earlier this month.The Iraq football federation’s announcement comes after several media reports reportedly claimed the Iraq players had snuck out of their hotel room to visit a nightclub in Dubai after their final group stage match against Iran.The apex body of Iraq football has announced that it would consider legal action for harming the country’s reputation against the senior national team players if the probe results confirm the media reports, according to the AFP.”We have decided to form a fact-finding committee over what was reported by different media and have invited all relevant parties to take part,” the federation said in a media release.Iraq crashed out of the continental tournament in the last-16 round on January 22 after a 1-0 defeat to Qatar. The former AFC Asian Cup champions qualified for the knockout stages after finishing second behind Iran in Group D with two wins from three matches.Iraq played two of their matches, including the Round of 16 in Abu Dhabi, and one each at Sharjah and Dubai during their short campaign at the AFC Asian Cup.The latest drama surrounding Iraq football comes a year after it was hit by a massive age-fraud scandal. Iraq’s U-23 team was forced to pull out of last year’s Asian Games due to the said scandal.advertisementAlso Read | I-League 2018-19: Real Kashmir beat Chennai City FC to close in on top spotAlso Read | Manchester United not satisfied despite winning run, says David de Gealast_img read more

India vs New Zealand: Hardik Pandya’s calculated assault was magnificent, says Gavaskar

first_imgBrief Score, 5th ODI: India 252-all out (49.5 overs) vs New Zealand in Wellington. Rayudu (90), Hardik (45); Henry (4/35), Boult (3/39). (Full Scorecard)Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar said he enjoyed watching Hardik Pandya’s late blitz in the ongoing fifth ODI vs New Zealand at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Sunday.Gavaskar said Hardik Pandya’s cameo (a 22-ball 45) has boosted the morale of the Indian team, which was reeling at 18/4, days after being bowled out for their lowest-ever total (92) in Hamilton in the third ODI.Pandya had walked into bat at a better situation as Ambati Rayudu (90) and Vijay Shankar (45) had stabilised the team with a 98-run stand for the fifth wicket. After the latter’s dismissal, Rayudu added 74 runs for the sixth wicket with Kedar Jadhav (34).Pandya took it upon himself after Jadhav’s dismissal and launched a fierce onslaught. He smashed leg-spinner Todd Astle for three consecutive sixes in the 47th over and helped push India past the 250-run mark. A pull over the mid-wicket boundary off Trent Boult and a scoop against a Matt Henry yorker were, as Gavaskar points out, delightful.”There was no desperate hitting today at all. It was a calculated assault. It was magnificent to watch, it was delightful to watch. He [Hardik], with those hits, apart from the runs that have been added also lifts the mood in the dressing room. He has got those 40-50 extra runs,” Gavaskar told Star Sports.5th ODI: India vs New Zealand live score and updatesStressing Hardik can be promoted to bat higher up the order, the batting great added: “Yes, this is exactly what the Indian team wants from him. That is the reason, he was held back and Vijay Shankar and Kedar Jadhav were sent ahead. But sometimes, why not give him a few more overs?advertisement”Instead of the last 10 overs, if he gets to bat may 15 overs, those extra five overs could mean another 25 or even 45 runs.”Innings Break!A 22 ball 45 run cameo from @hardikpandya7 propels #TeamIndia to a total of 252 runs. Will the bowlers defend this total in the 5th and final ODI?Scorecard – https://t.co/4yl5MxOATC #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/EQLuVjMrawBCCI (@BCCI) February 3, 2019Hardik Pandya has made an immediate impact after returning from his ban over controversial comments on Koffee With Karan. The Baroda all-rounder had picked up two wickets and took a stunning catch to dismiss Kane Williamson in the third ODI in Mount Maunganui last week.Rayudu unlucky to miss out on hundred: GavaskarMeanwhile, Gavaskar also pointed out that Ambati Rayudu has learnt from his mistake from the 4th ODI in Hamilton. Rayudu was dismissed for naught after he tried to counter-attack when his team was in trouble in Hamilton. The lack of fight from the middle-order after a rare failure from the top-order saw India getting bowled out for 92.However, Rayudu didn’t panic even as he consumed quite a lot of dot balls towards the start of his innings. The Andhra Pradesh batsman paced his innings well and finished with 90 from 113 balls.”There were questions being asked after he got out in the previous game [Hamilton]. The situation was similar and he had looked to play the aggressive game and got out. He has learnt from that,” Gavaskar said.He added: “Today the first 20 deliveries, he scored only one run and then another 11 odd runs in the next 20 deliveries because that was the time the New Zealand bowling was at its top.”When the innings started to stabilise, he opened his shoulders and upped the ante. Unlucky to have missed out on the hundred.”Also Read | Holder dedicates West Indies 10-wicket win over England to Joseph’s late motherAlso Read | I am almost back to 100 per cent, says Ravichandran AshwinAlso See:last_img read more

Indian Super League: Alessandro Del Piero rules out coaching stint in near future

first_imgFormer Italy and Juventus great Alessandro Del Piero has ruled out a coaching role in the foreseeable future, including a stint in the Indian Super League, where he played last as a professional.The 44-year-old, who played for Delhi Dynamos in the inaugural season of the ISL in 2014, is happy being a television expert. The former World Cup-winning Italy forward had announced his retirement in October 2015.He greeted a select Indian media group with a namaste on the sidelines of the Laureus World Sports Awards held Monaco earlier this week.”I have been to India couple of times for different reasons after my ISL stint. I am following what is happening in the league. I had a great time there, short time, just three months but happy that the league has grown, it is six months now. I quite like how things are moving,” he said.When asked why the Indian national team is not improving despite ISL being five seasons old, Del Piero said: “I know what is going on with your national team but don’t know the reason why they are doing badly. It is not easy. One thing is how you grow the league and another is how national team grows. It is not easy to balance.”Whether he would like to come back to India in a coaching job, he said: “Not at the moment. I see the game in a different way now, working with the tv. Thanks to my experiences in India and Australia my knowledge is growing.”advertisementTalking about the ‘Ronaldo’ effect at Juventus this season, Del Piero is not surprised by the success of the star striker.”I am not surprised how good he is doing. Cristiano has the same mentality of Juventus. They want to win every game, ever friendly game, every training game. The result is there to see.”Now, they are in toughest phase of the season. Juventus needs the best Ronaldo and Ronaldo needs the best Juventus. The team is really high level but the other teams are not. So they need more competition,” he added.Also Watch:last_img read more

You can buy iPhone XR for as low as Rs 53,910 on Amazon India, but there’s a catch

first_imgThe iPhone XR is widely considered to be Apple’s best iPhone right now for most people. This is mostly because the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are priced much higher and that hasn;t changed much since their launch late last year. The iPhone XR, on the other hand, has gotten more affordable. While it’s starting price online is typically around Rs 60,000, you can get the iPhone XR for as low as Rs 53,910 as well.The iPhone XR is available on Amazon India starting at Rs 59,900, but some customers can purchase the 64GB storage model for Rs 53,910. This can be availed via a 10 per cent instant discount using an HDFC Bank Debit card over EMI or Credit card over EMI and non-EMI. This offer is valid until June 30, 2019 as per Amazon India.Apple has been providing a similar offer on the iPhone XR offline as well at Apple Authorised stores. The effective price of the iPhone XR coming down to Rs 53,910 is a pretty great deal for a phone that is almost as good as the more premium iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.The iPhone XR was initially launched starting at Rs 76,900 in India. In our recent long-term review of the iPhone XR, we said that the phone holds up well after six months as it continues to deliver the best battery life in an iPhone yet.The iPhone XR sports a Series 7000 aluminium frame with glass on the front and back. Unlike the AMOLED panels on the iPhone XS and XS Max, the iPhone XR offers a 6.1-inch HD (1792×828) LCD, which looks great nonetheless. It is powered by a blazing fast A12 Bionic chipset paired with a smooth and optimised iOS 12 software. The 12-megapixel f/1.8 sensor camera can capture natural and detailed shots in daylight, but the iPhone XR fails to compete against the likes of newer flagships phones that offer night modes for low-light photography.advertisementALSO READ | iPhone XR long-term review: Still the best iPhone for most peoplelast_img read more

Oppo K3 India launch set for today, will bring Realme X-like features: Expected price, specs

first_imgOppo is all set to launch the Oppo K3 in India today. The launch of the smartphone comes just a day after the company quietly announced the Oppo A9 in India. Oppo has partnered with Amazon to launch the Oppo K3 as the company looks to strengthen its online presence. The Oppo K3 offers certain features similar to the Realme X such as a notchless AMOLED display, pop-up selfie camera, Snapdragon 710 chipset, VOOC 3.0 fast charging and in-display fingerprint sensor.Since the Oppo K3 shares a lot of the same specifications as the Realme X (Review), we expect the pricing to be similar as well. While Oppo will reveal the official pricing of the Oppo K3 later today at 6pm IST, we expect the smartphone to fall under Rs 20,000 if its priced similar to its China pricing.The Oppo K3 has already been launched in China starting at CNY 1,599 (approx Rs 16,100) for the base variant 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, CNY 1,899 for the 6GB + 128GB version and CNY 2,299 (approx Rs 23,000) for the 8GB + 256GB top-end variant. The company has revealed via Amazon that it will bring a 8GB + 128GB variant to India.Oppo K3 specificationsIn terms of design, the Oppo K3 also looks inspired by the Oppo Reno series like the Oppo A9 that was launched yesterday. The rear panel offers a 3D glossy finish in Aurora Blue and Jade Black colours. The Oppo K3 sports a 6.5-inch FHD+ AMOLED display and supports an in-display fingerprint sensor.advertisementLike the Realme X, the Oppo K3 also features a 2.2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 710 that is equipped with Adreno 616 GPU. The phone also houses a 3,765mAh battery and supports VOOC 3.0 fast charging, which is again similar to the Realme X. The Opp K3 will ship with Android Pie-based ColorOS 6 and will offer features like Game Boost 2.0 and TouchBoost.As for the cameras, the Oppo K3 sports a dual camera setup on the back that includes a 16-megapixel main camera and 2-megapixel depth sensor. For selfies, the Oppo K3 offers a 16-megapixel sensor housed in the pop-up camera. The Oppo K3 also supports Dolby Atmos sound.ALSO READ | Oppo A9 launched in India with waterdrop display, 4020mAh battery: Price, full specs and sale dateALSO READ | Realme X review: Offers everything you need under Rs 20,000last_img read more

Private donors revive F1 race in Mexico after government cut funds

first_imgFormula One drivers will rev up their race cars again for the annual Mexican Grand Prix, Mexico City’s mayor said on Wednesday, after a cut in government funding put the future of the widely attended race in question.Mexico had signed a five-year contract for annual Grand Prix races in 2014. But after President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took office in December, he said the deal would not be renewed because public funds were needed for other tourism booster projects such as building the “Mayan Train” on the Yucatan Peninsula.Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said a group of business people would help cover the costs, which local authorities have said are about $45 million a year.”I want to give you all the good news. … Formula One is staying in Mexico,” Sheinbaum said in a video posted on Twitter, adding that the head of the governing body FIA would sign a new contract on Thursday.”The city isn’t investing a single public resource,” Sheinbaum said. “It’s good news for the city, it brings tourism, it brings income.”Formula One has held the Mexican Grand Prix every year since 2015, drawing a total of 1 million people. The competition previously ran in Mexico between 1963 to 1970, and again from 1986 to 1992.last_img read more

NEBRASKA CASINO GAMING BACKERS PONDER NEXT MOVE

first_imgGroups that want to legalize casinos at Nebraska horse racing tracks are trying to decide what to do now that a $1.4 million petition drive has failed to place the issue on the ballot.Supporters say they were shocked to learn this month that petition circulators didn’t gather enough valid signatures to put the issue before voters in the Nov. 8 general election.The 10-month petition drive flopped because nearly 42,000 signatures – more than one-third of the total collected – were declared invalid.Lance Morgan, the CEO of Ho-Chunk Inc., which financed the ballot drive, says petition organizers haven’t reached a consensus but plan to keep pursuing the issue.Anti-gambling activist Pat Loontjer says the failure to gather enough signatures shows that Nebraska voters don’t support casinos.APlast_img read more

MISSOURI RIVER DAM RELEASES TO RUN HIGH THROUGH THE FALL

first_imgMissouri River levels are still expected to stay high throughout summer and into fall.Hydrologist Kevin Stamm of the U-S Army Corps of Engineers, says they’re revising up all estimates for the Missouri due to unusually high mountain snowpack run-off.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/RIVER3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………..”of average” :11June run-off into the system above Sioux City was about 300-percent of normal.Joel Knofczynski, senior hydraulic engineer in the Corps’ Omaha office, says there’s still room in the reservoirs upriver to hold back very large quantities of water.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/RIVER4.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…..”capture run-off” :15Knofczynski says releases from Gavins Point Dam near Yankton are already strong and they’ll increase substantially over the next few days.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/RIVER5.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………flows recede” :10The Corps expects to maintain the high flows into the fall to get the upstream reservoirs down to ideal winter levels.Radio Iowalast_img read more

Bettors Take Advantage Of Strange Oklahoma State Lines

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Early lines[1. And to say these lines are early is to say Glenn Spencer is mildly excited about the sport of football.] have been released for the 2015 college football season and … uh.Oklahoma State is favored in one of the six games ESPN listed recently via the Golden Nugget’s lines on the 166 of the biggest college football games of the season. Yep, one.Here they are:OSU (+2.5) at TexasOSU (-4) vs. Kansas StateOSU (+5) at West VirginiaOSU (+11.5) vs. TCUOSU (+10) vs. BaylorOSU (+3) vs OklahomaTexas and OU, I get. I guess. They are the collective Tiger Woods (along with Notre Dame, SC, Alabama etc.) of college football. That is, Tiger Woods is 40-1 to win the British Open right now. If you played the thing 4,000 times, he wouldn’t win it once.But the general public doesn’t care. One linesmaker put it to me like this. “They don’t want to miss it, like ‘wow, the one time he is (what he once was), I didn’t bet on him.’” You can replace “he” with Texas and/or OU.As for the rest of the games? I guess OSU has struggled in Morgantown. And Baylor and TCU will be good. I don’t know. It feels like stealing.The thing is, some sharps already are. Three of OSU’s lines moved within the first hour towards Oklahoma State.  Here are those new lines:OSU (+4.5) at West VirginiaOSU (+9.5) vs. TCUOSU (+8) vs. BaylorPretty interesting. Although I don’t feel as confident in any of those numbers as I do taking OSU over seven wins..@5Dimes over/unders in the Big 12: Baylor 10, TCU 10, OU 9, WVU 8, OK State 7, K-State 7, Texas 6.5, Tech 6, Iowa State 3, KU 1.5— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) May 26, 2015last_img read more