ICC Champions Trophy: Yuvraj Singh dedicates his innings against Pakistan to cancer survivors

first_imgIndian batsman Yuvraj Singh has dedicated his ‘game-changing’ innings to Cancer survivors on the occasion of ‘Cancer Survivor Day’.He has also expressed his thoughts and prayers to all those impacted in the London terror attacks.”My innings on #CancerSurvivorDay is dedicated to all the heroes and survivors. Also my thoughts and prayers to all impacted in #londonattack,” Yuvraj Singh tweeted.My innings on #CancerSurvivorDay is dedicated to all the heroes & survivors. Also my thoughts & Prayers to all impacted in #londonattack pic.twitter.com/x9sFn6OMf1- yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) June 4, 2017Defending champions India came with an all-round performance to defeat arch-rivals Pakistan by 124 runs through Duckworth-Lewis (D/L) method in what turned out to be a one-sided Champions Trophy encounter at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground here on Sunday.Chasing a revised target of 289 runs in 41 overs, Pakistan were bundled out for 164 runs with Wahab Riaz not coming to bat because of an injury he sustained during India’s innings.Except opener Azhar Ali, none of the Pakistani batters could stay for a long time at the crease and cope up with the pressure – of the target as well as of the Indian bowlers.Pakistan made a decent start to their innings with Azhar smashing six boundaries in his 50-run knock.Pakistan were eventually bundled out for 164 for 9.The Indian bowlers were superb as apart from Jasprit Bumrah, every bowler was among the wickets.Umesh Yadav was the pick of the bowlers for India as he finished with the figures of three for 30 while Ravindra Jadeja and Hardik Pandya took two wickets each.advertisementBhuvaneshwar Kumar also chipped in with a wicket.During India’s batting, skipper Virat Kohli (unbeaten at 81) and Yuvraj Singh (53) continued the good work put in by the openers as they too scored aggressive fifties to guide India past the 300-plus mark.While Yuvraj was hitting freely, Kohli slowly gained momentum and hammered his 40th fifty off 58 balls and his first against Pakistan.Yuvraj was declared ‘Man of the Match’ for his brilliant batting performance.The Kohli-led side will now lock horns against Sri Lanka at the Kennington Oval in London on June 8.last_img read more

Sania Mirza, Rohan Bopanna crash out of Cincinnati Open

first_imgRohan Bopanna and Sania Mirza bowed out of the Cincinnati Masters after losing their quarterfinal and semifinal with respective partners in the men’s and women’s doubles.Bopanna and his Croatian partner Ivan Dodig lost 1-6 7-6 7-10 to second seeds Lukasz Kubot of Poland and Marcelo Melo in an enthralling three-setter quarterfinal that lasted one hour and 36 minutes.In the WTA event, being run simultaneously, Sania Mirza and Shuai Peng lost to Hsie Su-Wei of Taiwan and Moncia Niculescu of Romania 4-6 6-7 in the women’s doubles semifinal lasting one hour and 33 minutes.The Indo-Chinese duo were found wanting in the first set but made amends later on, forcing the second set into a tiebreaker. However, Niculescu and Su-Wei were up to the task and did not allow the match to go to the decider.In the men’s singles, Ramkumar Ramanathan had lost in the second round while Leander Paes and his partner Alexander Zverev had exited in the first round itself in the men’s doubles.last_img read more

Playing field is more important than play station: PM

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 27 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi today asked the youth to sweat it out on the play fields instead of spending time in playing computer games, saying “playing field is more important than play station”. Modi said India is a young nation and it should be reflected on sports fields. The Prime Minister made a special mention of sport in his popular radio programme Mann ki Baat, two days before hockey wizard Dhyan Chands birth anniversary, observed as National Sports Day. “The young generation of our country should come forward in the world of sports — and in todays computer era I would like to alert you to the fact that the playing field is far more important than the play station,” Modi said. “Play FIFA on the computer, but sometimes show your skills with the football out in the field. You must be playing cricket on the computer but the pleasure of actually playing cricket in an open field under the sky is something else,” he added. The Prime Minister also reminded the nation of the achievements of Dhyan Chand, who was a triple Olympic gold medallist. “The country celebrates National Sports Day on the 29th of August. This is the birth anniversary of the great hockey player, hockey wizard, Major Dhyan Chand ji. His contribution to hockey was unparallelled. I am reminding you of this because I want the younger generation of our country to take part in sports,” he said. “Sports should become a part of our lives. If we are a young nation, our youth should get manifested in the field of sports as well. Sports means physical fitness, mental alertness and personality enhancement. What else does one need? Sports, in a way, is a recipe that brings people together.” In his address, Modi noted that the youth of the country is often glued to technology-driven games on computer and TV shows. “There was a time when the children in the family went out to play, the mother would first ask when will you come back home?. Now the times are such that children when they come home, they either start watching cartoons in a corner or are glued to mobile games. And the mother has to shout when will you go out?. “How times have changed! There was a time when the mother would demand to know when her son would be back. And today, she demands to know when he will go out,” said the Prime Minister. Modi informed that the government is launching a Sports Talent Search Portal, an initiative of Sports Minister Vijay Goel, to unearth sporting talent in the country. “Any talented child, who has an achievement in sports, can upload his bio data or video on this portal. The Ministry of Sports will impart training to selected emerging players. The Ministry is launching the portal tomorrow,” he said. Modi also mentioned the upcoming U-17 FIFA World Cup to be held in India for the first time later this year. “The good news for our young friends is that the FIFA Under-17 World Cup is being organised in India, from the 6th to the 28th of October. Twenty-four teams from all over the world will be making India their home. Come, lets welcome the young visitors from all across the world with the festival of Sports. Lets enjoy the sport, and create a conducive sporting atmosphere in the country.” PTI AT PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

May appoint footballer as AIFF ombudsman along with ex-CEC:SC

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 10 (PTI) The Supreme Court today said it could appoint an eminent footballer as an ombudsman, besides former Chief Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi, to implement the Delhi High Court order for reforming the constitution of All India Football Federation (AIFF).A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud also said it would pass an order on the plea filed by the AIFF challenging the High Court verdict setting aside the election of NCP leader Praful Patel as the president of the sports body.The bench said it has already asked BCCI to cooperate in the framing of its constitution and like the cricket body, AIFF can also be asked to frame an amended constitution incorporating the suggestions of the Delhi High Court.”We can appoint an eminent footballer as ombudsman along with the former Chief Election Commissioner,” the bench said.The bench also asked lawyer Rahul Mehra, who had filed the plea in the High Court, to give suggestions so that the status of Indian football gets a boost.Mehra said the lack of infrastructure at grassroot level and interest shown by the sports authorities to popularise the sport, had pushed India to 105th position in the world.The apex court had agreed to hear the appeal of AIFF challenging the Delhi High Court verdict setting aside the election of Patel as its president.The High Court, on October 31, had also appointed former CEC Quraishi as the administrator-cum-returning officer to conduct fresh polls to the sport body.advertisementAIFF had sought urgent hearing of its plea saying that the bid for hosting the FIFA Under-20 World Cup was coming up and the last date for its submission was November 14.It had alleged “the High Court in midst of the upcoming Football season comprising of the Indian Super league and the I- Leage both starting in the month of November, 2017 and the bidding process for the Fifa Under-20 World Cup 2019 which is to be completed by 14th November 2017, has wrongly ousted the Executive Committee and stopped the smooth functioning of the Petitioner Federation (AIFF).”The AIFF also sought interim stay of the High Court verdict.Patel, a former minister of civil aviation and heavy industries, was elected for a four-year term in December last year along with the Executive Committee for 2017-2020, after the high court had, as an interim measure, vacated the stay on the polls on the ground that the result would be subject to the final outcome of the issue pending before it.The high court had earlier directed that fresh elections should be held in accordance with the model guidelines. PTI SJK ABA MNL RKS ARClast_img read more

Steve Smith’s 2017 Test run only dwarfed by Sir Donald Bradman

first_imgSteve Smith ends 2017 on top of the ICC Test rankings for batsmen ahead of the likes of Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, Kane Williamson and Joe Root.The Australian captain has 947 points, while Kohli has managed a total of 893 in second, followed by Pujara with 873. Kane Williamson and Joe Root both have 855 points. Smith leads the list of most runs in the calendar year of 2017, having finished with 1305 runs in 13 Test matches. He has scored six hundreds and three half-centuries, with a highest of 239 that came in the third Ashes Test against England in Perth.In the fourth Test in Melbourne which ended in a draw, Smith slammed his 23rd hundred (unbeaten 102) and steered his team to safety. The innings gave him two points to solidify his position at the top of the batsman’s rankings and is now 14 points behind Don Bradman in the list of highest Test batting ratings ever.Sir Don Bradman leads the list with 961 points, as Smith climbed into second overtaking legendary English cricketer Len Hutton on 945. Jack Hobbs is in fourth with 942 points along with former Australian captain Ricky Ponting.Pujara is second in the ICC rankings and has 1140 runs from 11 games, while Kohli is in fourth with 1059 runs from 10 games. Kohli finished 2017 with a staggering 2818 international runs across international formats. The 29-year-old hammered 11 hundreds including three double centuries (one vs Bangladesh and two vs Sri Lanka).Kohli now has the most double centuries as a Test captain (6). He joined Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag at the top of the list for most double centuries by an Indian in Test cricket. Kohli also became the only Indian to aggregate over 600 runs in a single Test series for the third time. Sunil Gavaskar and Rahul Dravid had achieved the feat twice.advertisementAlastair Cook’s unbeaten double-hundred in the fourth Test helped him finish inside the top 10. His 244 not out catapulted him into 8th position with 759 points.Over in the bowler’s rankings, England’s James Anderson continues to lead the list with 892 points. South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada is in second place with 883 points followed by the the Indian spin doe of Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin. Jadeja is third with 870 points, while Ashwin sits in fourth with 829.last_img read more

Teach For India Fellowship Programme 2018: Registration begins at teachforindia.org, know how to apply

first_imgThe Teach For India has invited applications from eligible candidates for Teach For India Fellowship programme for the session 2018.The programme is an opportunity for India’s brightest and most promising youth, from the nation’s best universities and workplaces, to serve as full-time teachers to children from low-income communities in some of the nation’s most under-resourced schools.Selection procedure:The Teach For India Fellowship is a highly selective and coveted program, with a selectivity rate between 6-8.5 per cent. Through the 3 staged process detailed below, they select the highest potential candidates into the programme.Stage 1: The application form and online testStage 2: The phone interviewStage 3: The assessment centreHow to apply:Interested candidates can apply through the official website, the link for which is teachforindia.orgIn order to apply online, candidates can follow the steps mentioned below:Go to the official websiteClick on the link, ‘Apply now’Enter your name, last name, email address, and passwordAfter submitting the same, the registration procedure will be completedTake a printout for future useFor more details, candidates can visit the official website.Read: Supreme Court directs UP to promote mainstream education for specially abled childrenRead: Sports enthusiasts in schools to get financial aid by Delhi governmentFor more updates, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

UFC Leg-Breaker: Weidman Beats Silva

first_imgLAS VEGAS  – Chris Weidman defended his UFC middleweight title when Anderson Silva apparently broke his left leg on a kick in the second round, ending UFC 168 with a horrific injury the night of Dec. 28.Weidman (11-0) quietly celebrated his victory while medical personnel tended to Silva (33-6), whose left shin bent grotesquely while landing a kick on Weidman’s left leg 1:16 into the round.Weidman, who earned his belt with an upset victory over the long-reigning champion in July, also dominated the first round of the rematch.“I did work on checking kicks,” Weidman said. “I figured if I (caught) him on my knee, it could really hurt him. Crazy how this happened.”Ronda Rousey retained her bantamweight title in the UFC’s year-end event, submitting Miesha Tate with a third-round arm bar. Rousey then walked away from her bitter rival’s offer of a post-fight handshake, earning ferocious boos from the MGM Grand Garden crowd.Silva’s injury cast a pall over arguably the UFC’s biggest fight card of the year, reminding every fan of the rapidly growing sport of the brutality frequently at its core. Although the injury happened too quickly to be seen by most naked eyes in Las Vegas, thousands of fans cringed audibly when the replay was shown once on the arena’s big screens.Silva left the octagon with a brace on his leg. Weidman paid tribute to the injured ex-champion, calling him the greatest fighter in the sport’s history.Silva’s nearly seven-year reign atop the middleweight division ended nearly six months ago when Weidman stopped the champion with a left hook at UFC 162.Thousands of Brazilian fans — including retired soccer star Ronaldo — chanted, sang and waved flags for Silva and several Brazilian undercard fighters, creating a semblance of the huge home-cage advantage enjoyed by their fighters back home.Before the unsettling main event, Rousey (8-0) got the biggest test of her ascendant career.Rousey had never seen the second round of a mixed martial arts fight after seven straight first-round wins, but Tate tested the champion with striking and tenacity.Although Rousey repeatedly tossed Tate (13-5) to the canvas and pounded on her, Rousey couldn’t finish until getting a weary opponent into her patented arm bar — the submission move she has used to end each of her eight professional fights.(Greg Beacham, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Yanks Drop Verlander, Tigers, 5-1

first_imgNEW YORK — Even one of Justin Verlander’s best outings of the season wasn’t good enough to finally win at the new Yankee Stadium.The former Cy Young Award was beaten again in the Detroit Tigers’ 5-1 loss to New York on the night of Aug. 6, but considered it one of his best performances of the year.“If I can pitch like that moving forward, there are going to be a whole lot of positive outcomes to come,” Verlander said after allowing two runs on five hits in seven innings. “You’ve got to stay positive, and tonight there were a lot of positives to build off for me going forward: changeup, curveball, fastball location. There were a lot of things that were much better than they have been.”Verlander, who has never won in any of his seven starts at the new Yankee Stadium (including one in the postseason), surrendered solo home runs to Chase Headly in the fifth and Brian McCann in the seventh, the latter snapping a 1-1 tie. He struck out five and walked just one.“I’m not going to dwell on two homers,” he said. “Headley’s was gone anywhere, McCann’s probably not in a lot of places, but, overall it was a good game.”“I felt I threw the ball very well. These guys have picked me up a lot in the past, especially this year. They weren’t able to do that tonight, but that’s the game of baseball.”As they did in an Aug. 5 4-3 victory, the Tigers scored in the first inning via the sacrifice fly, after Rajai Davis reached on Derek Jeter’s error.That was all Detroit could generate against Chris Capuano, Adam Warren (2-5), who got the win in relief, and David Huff, who pitched a perfect ninth.Blaine Hardy took over for Verlander to start the eighth and gave up three runs to blow the game open.“Innings like that happen,” Hardy said. “We’ve got the ability to (come back), but it’s hard to come back from those. The Yankees got us today. Hopefully, we’ll get ’em tomorrow.”The Tigers were unable to tie it in the top of the eighth, despite two errors on the same play by Yankees second baseman Stephen Drew, putting runners at the corners with one out. Warren came back from a 3-0 count to strike out J.D. Martinez and got Nick Castellanos to fly out to right.(DOUG GOULD)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Cowboys’ Spillman Faces Sex Assault

first_imgGRAPEVINE, Texas — Dallas Cowboys special teams player C.J. Spillman is under investigation but hasn’t been arrested or charged after a report of an alleged sexual assault at the team hotel last month.Grapevine police spokesman Sgt. Robert Eberling said that the alleged assault took place early Sept. 20 at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center.The team flew to St. Louis later that day, and Spillman played against the Rams the next day.He has played in all four games, including last weekend at home against New Orleans. His only tackle of the season came against the Rams. Spillman is listed as a safety but hasn’t played defense this season.Spillman’s agent, Ron Slavin, and attorney Bruce Ashworth declined to comment. The Cowboys didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment.Eberling said no other details were being released because the investigation is ongoing.The Cowboys signed the 28-year-old Spillman on Sept. 1, two days after the sixth-year player was among the final cuts by San Francisco. The former Louisville defensive back spent most of his first five seasons with the 49ers.The alleged assault came less than 24 hours after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell held a news conference to address concerns about the way the league has handled domestic violence cases.“Obviously, we see what’s going on with the NFL, but these things are very sensitive in nature when it comes to the victim,” Eberling said. “We don’t release any details involving these type of crimes while they’re under investigation.”Goodell and the league were widely criticized over a two-game suspension for Baltimore running back Ray Rice after he knocked out his then-fiancee in a hotel elevator.The commissioner later acknowledged the punishment was too light and said future first offenses in domestic violence cases would result in six-game bans. When an explosive video surfaced showing Rice punching the woman, he was released by the Ravens and suspended indefinitely by the league.The NFL also has been rocked by a pair of assault cases last month that sidelined running backs Adrian Peterson in Minnesota and Jonathan Dwyer in Arizona.Peterson was indicted in Texas on felony child-abuse charges for using a tree branch, or “switch,” to discipline his 4-year-old son.Dwyer won’t play again this season after his arrest on aggravated assault charges. A law enforcement report says he head-butted his wife and broke her nose after she refused his sexual advances, and punched her in the face the next day.Peterson and Carolina defensive end Greg Hardy are on a paid leave through a special roster exemption granted by the league. Hardy is appealing his conviction in a domestic violence case involving an ex-girlfriend in North Carolina.San Francisco defensive lineman Ray McDonald is playing after he was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence at a home he shares with his fiancee. He hasn’t been charged.___TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Giants Say Rams Played Dirty

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares ST. LOUIS — Rams coach Jeff Fisher said that he doesn’t expect any of his players to be fined for their participation in a brawl in the first half of a loss to the Giants. Fisher said accusations of dirty play by New York defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul and others are overblown.“To buy into all of our friskiness or all this stuff that they’re referring to, I think it would be good if they look themselves in the mirror,” Fisher said. “They beat us physically in a number of instances, but I don’t think we had a lot to do with those things on the sideline other than the attempt to break things up.”On the play that led to the brawl, Alec Ogletree carried his tackle of Odell Beckham Jr. well out of bounds and then rubbed it in. Ogletree was jumped from behind by wide receiver Preston Parker and in the ensuing fracas Rams defensive end William Hayes had his helmet ripped off.Hayes admitted to trading punches, neither of which landed, with Giants defensive end Damontre’ Moore. Hayes, Parker and Moore were ejected.Contrary to the video of the game, Fisher said “when you look at it really close” Beckham had been grabbing Ogletree’s facemask. “He’s pulling him out of bounds, so it’s hard for (Ogletree) to let up,” the coach added.Beckham might have had a hand on Ogletree’s facemask, but only while hanging on for dear life.Fisher judged actions of Giants kicker Josh Brown much worse. Brown kicked Cody Davis in the facemask after getting tossed onto a pile of players after a kickoff and was whistled for a personal foul, but Fisher thought Brown should have been ejected.“People get ejected for kicking people in the game,” Fisher said. “Typically when that happens, they go. It could have been the difference in the game, finishing the game without a kicker.”No such luck for the Rams (6-9), assured of an eighth consecutive losing season. Fisher brought the franchise back from the ashes and has overhauled the roster but mistakes combined with occasional boneheaded play have combined to keep them stuck at the bottom of the NFC West.Best case scenario, and it’s a stretch, they upset the powerful Seahawks in the finale and finish at seven victories for the third straight year under Fisher. Seattle is a 13-point favorite, ending a run of four straight weeks when the Rams were the oddsmakers’ pick.Against the Giants there were way too many gaffes.The defense surrendered a season-worst 514 yards to a team that hasn’t been an offensive power and was particularly shaky in the secondary with safeties often mismatched in 1-on-1 coverage with prolific Odell Beckham Jr.Two late hits, by Ogletree and safety T.J. McDonald revealed a mindset to teach the rookie a lesson after he’d vowed earlier in the day to “set records.”“Goodness, we’ve got a lot of stuff we’ve got to correct,” Ogletree said. “Can’t go into the offseason after having a performance like this.”The offense couldn’t keep up. Hill missed on two deep throws to open receivers, Tavon Austin muffed a routine catch that resulted in an interception and center Scott Wells sent two shotgun snaps over the quarterback’s head.The first denied a shot at a touchdown in the final seconds of the half and the second short-circuited a late comeback bid after special teamer Daren Bates leaped over the line to block a field goal.Fisher said he’s sticking with Wells, who has worn a large brace covering most of his right arm for more than half of the season. He’s happy with Wells’ performance calling the blocking and protection assignments and said the brace was “just protective.”“He’s not getting treatment on it, he’s strong. I think it’s more of a security thing for him. It has not affected it but something went wrong yesterday. “He’s going to have to not allow that to happen.”(R.B. FALLSTROM, AP Sports Writer)last_img read more

Buster Douglas Recalls Tyson KO

first_imgCOLUMBUS, Ohio — An uppercut and three follow-up punches made James “Buster” Douglas a household name.And 25 years later, the brief heavyweight champion is still pleased his knockout of Mike Tyson ranks among the biggest upsets in sports.“Being crowned champion was a dream for me,” Douglas said of his Feb. 11, 1990 upset. “To achieve that was the ultimate. It was awesome.”A promising if enigmatic fighter, Douglas was given almost no chance of hanging around long with the undefeated heavyweight champion in their title fight in Tokyo. The bout was considered a tuneup for Tyson before an anticipated match with rising star Evander Holyfield.In fact, the day before Tyson fought Douglas, promoter Don King called a news conference to discuss the dates and terms of that showdown. Douglas took note.Douglas was a terrific athlete — he played small-college basketball — but was considered less than committed to boxing despite a 29-4-1 record as a professional.The son of club fighter Bill “Dynamite” Douglas, he had shown glimpses of promise but had also displayed a lack of heart and discipline at other times.But roughly three weeks before the opening bell with Tyson, the person who believed in him the most, his mother, Lula Pearl, died.Reminded this week that no one had thought he had a chance against Tyson, Douglas hesitated before saying: “Yeah, but she did.”Tyson was boxing’s hope and its bane, a street tough who stepped into the ring in simple black trunks, black shoes and a sheared-off T-shirt.His temperament was erratic, at best. He could be emotional when he spoke of his late mentor and friend, Cus D’Amato, or he could also be raw, brutal and crude.In the ring, he was a force of nature, always striding closer, always hurling punches, never yielding.He was 37-0 with 33 knockouts heading into the fight. Las Vegas oddsmakers made him a 42-1 favorite to do his wrecking-ball thing against Douglas.They weren’t alone. Ed Schuyler, a boxing writer for The Associated Press, was stopped at customs on his way into Japan. The customs officer asked Schuyler how long he would be working in Japan.“About 90 seconds,” Schuyler deadpanned.Just before the opening bell, someone in the crowd shouted to Douglas to win it for his mother.The 6-foot-4 Douglas, with J.D. McCauley, his trainer and uncle, along with manager John Johnson in his corner, came out inspired. He held his own in the early rounds, holding off the shorter Tyson’s charge with his left jab.Late in the eighth round, Douglas went down.“I was kind of, like, admiring my work: Looking at him, taking my time to look at everything that was going on and paying more attention to how he was reacting to the punches instead of continuing to fight,” Douglas recalled. “He ended up catching me with a good shot. When I got up off the ground, I knew I had to get back on focus, on point, with what I was doing.”King and Tyson would later claim that Douglas didn’t get up in the mandatory 10 seconds as the round came to an end. But by the official’s count, he was standing and in control of his faculties at the count of 8.“I knew where I was the whole time,” he said. “I could have got up at six, but I had a couple of seconds and I took my time.”After the fighters returned to their corners, Douglas dominated the ninth. Then in the 10th, he rocked the world.“I finished him up with a combination,” Douglas said. “I hit him with four terrific shots. He wasn’t able to get up.”King, seeing a gigantic payday floating away, appealed the outcome but, days later, all of the major organizations recognized Douglas as the champion.“This makes Cinderella look like a sad story, what Buster Douglas has done here tonight,” HBO boxing analyst Larry Merchant said after the fight.Through a spokesman, Tyson declined to speak with The Associated Press about the fight. The two boxers have met each other only once since.“We only crossed paths once, and that was a few years back down in Cincinnati,” Douglas said. “There wasn’t much conversation. It’s not like we sat down and talked about it and (became) friends, anything like that. He was still kind of short (with me). So I didn’t push it any further.”Tyson’s life, in and out of the ring, has grabbed headlines for years. Meanwhile, Douglas is content to live a quiet life in a large home near a farming village 25 miles from his hometown of Columbus.He quickly lost the heavyweight title to Holyfield in October 1990 in Las Vegas. His cut of his lone defense, estimated at $7 million after taxes, set him up for a comfortable existence.Douglas is past struggles with weight and blood sugar, saying he now “could go a few rounds” at the age of 54.He has thrown himself into raising his four sons with his wife, Bertha. He spends five days a week coaching young boxers at a local rec center and prides himself on how well they’re doing.All these years later, he says it was no fluke.“When I was itty-bitty and I first put on a pair of gloves when I was 10 years old, that was the beginning,” he said. “I just felt I could do anything. It was just a belief. I believed in myself and that I had the ability to do that. It’s something that my mother instilled in me at a very young age: You can do whatever you want.”(RUSTY MILLER, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Tough EU Draw for Olympiacos

first_imgGreek soccer power Olympiacos will have its hands full in European Champions League play after being grouped with three tough teams.The Greek side is in with German title-holder Bayern Munich, Premier League challengers Arsenal and Dinamo Zagreb, the Croatian champion.The group stages get underway on September 15-16 with the final to be played on May 28, 2016 at the San Siro in Milan, Italy.The Greek champion will play in Group F and can advance only by finishing in the top two, a tough road for a team that doesn’t play well outside the country.If it finishes third it will qualify for the losers Europa League for teams not good enough to advance in the Champions tourney.Group AParis Saint-Germain (France)Real Madrid (Spain)Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine)Malmo (Sweden)Group BPSV Eindhoven (Netherlands)Manchester United (England)CSKA Moscow (Russia)Wolfsburg (Germany)Group CBenfica (Portugal)Atletico Madrid (Spain)Galatasaray (Turkey)Astana (Kazakhstan)Group DJuventus (Italy)Manchester City (England)Sevilla (Spain)Borussia Moenchengladbach (Germany)Group EBarcelona (Spain)Bayer Leverkusen (Germany)Roma (Italy)BATE Borisov (Bulgaria)Group FBayern Munich (Germany)Arsenal (England)Olympiakos (Greece)Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia)Group GChelsea (England)Porto (Portugal)Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine)Maccabi Tel-Aviv (Israel)Group HZenit St. Petersburg (Russia)Valencia (Spain)Lyon (France)Gent (Belgium)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Geno Smith Back at Jets’ Practice

first_imgFLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Geno Smith is working his way back to playing. For now, a visit to practice counts as progress for the New York Jets quarterback.Smith returned to the field Aug. 24 at the team’s practice facility for the first time since being sidelined with a broken jaw after a teammate punched him nearly two weeks ago.“It’s good to see his face,” coach Todd Bowles said. “He didn’t do much, but he’s not hurting like he was, I guess, so he came out.”Smith is still unlikely to participate in any drills for the next few weeks, but Bowles said he was cleared for light jogging and light throwing.Smith’s jaw was broken on Aug. 11 when linebacker Ikemefuna Enemkpali punched him in the locker room. Enemkpali was immediately cut by the Jets and claimed off waivers by Rex Ryan’s Buffalo Bills the next day.Smith was expected to miss six to 10 weeks, and he had surgery to insert metal plates and screws into the jaw on Aug. 13. Bowles said the timetable for Smith’s return to full participation had not changed.The quarterback has been attending team meetings at the facility for the last several days, but his presence on the field — even without him practicing — got some fans in attendance shouting his name as he stretched with the rest of his teammates. Smith, wearing a red no-contact No. 7 jersey and no helmet, then headed to the trainers’ area.“It feels good to have him back out here,” wide receiver Brandon Marshall said. “He looked good over there working out a little bit.”During practice, Smith briefly jogged on a back field and then threw some passes to injured wide receivers Devin Smith (ribs) and Shaq Evans (back).He later joined the offense on the sideline during team drills, chatting with current starter Ryan Fitzpatrick and offensive coordinator Chan Gailey before heading back into the facility. Geno Smith was not made available to the media.“He’s been in meetings and been vocal and helping out and all that,” Fitzpatrick said of Smith. “I think he’s kind of getting back into it. He’s allowed to be around a little bit more now, so I think that’s helpful for him.”Fitzpatrick started the Jets’ first two preseason games, and is expected to play at least a half with the starters against the Giants on Aug 29.He was 13-of-19 for 118 yards and helped lead New York to a scoring drive against Atlanta on Aug. 21.General Manager Mike Maccagnan recently said Smith could miss at least the first four games of the regular season, so Fitzpatrick is busy trying to build chemistry with the starters, particularly receivers Marshall and Eric Decker. On Aug. 24, Fitzpatrick and Decker worked on routes together after practice.“I just think it’ll continue to get better, the more reps we have,” Fitzpatrick said.(DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Serena Williams wins 1st-round match at Olympics

first_imgRIO DE JANEIRO (AP). Serena Williams opened defense of her Olympic singles gold medal with a patchy-at-times 6-4, 6-2 victory over Australia’s Daria Gavrilova.Sunday’s match at the Rio de Janeiro games was Williams’ first since she won her Open-era record-tying 22nd Grand Slam title at Wimbledon last month.The American, seeded No. 1, was hardly at her best in the 91-minute contest, compiling 37 unforced errors to 27 winners, and she got broken at love while serving for the first set at 5-3. But Williams broke right back in the next game.Williams is scheduled to play doubles with her older sister Venus later Sunday.The younger Williams owns four gold medals — in singles at London four years ago, and in doubles in 2000, 2008 and 2012. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Marko Marin Signs With Olympiacos

first_imgMarko Marin is the the newest addition to Olympiacos. The 27-year old German International has signed a 3-year contract with the Greek Champions. Olympiacos will officially announce the signing tomorrow.Olympiacos has made an impressive signing with German International Marko Marin from Chelsea. He signed a three-year contract with the Greek champions at an undisclosed transfer-fee. Marin is a 27-year old attacking midfielder that can play behind the striker, but mostly plays on the wings. Olympiacos was in need of a player in the wing position from the beginning of the summer, especially after Jimmy Durmaz’s move to Toulouse.The 27-year old has a rich background as his former club, Chelsea, and his call-ups to the German National Team speaks for itself. He began his career with Borussia Monchengladbach (2007-2009) where he had 12 goals and 28 assists from 72 appearances. In 2009, he made a move to Werder Bremen where he made his name known. In 3 seasons with the club, he made 116 appearances, scored 13 goals, and had 34 assists. He then completed a big move to the English Premier League for Chelsea on a €10 million transfer deal. He played one season at Chelsea (19 appearances, 3 goals, 2 assists) before being loaned out for the next 3 seasons. He first played at Sevilla from 2013-2014 (2 goals, 7 assists) recording his last “full” season and won his second straight Europa League title (first was with Chelsea). In 2014-2015, he played at Fiorentina and Anderlecht making only 12 appearances and scoring 2 goals. His final stop before Olympiacos was in Turkey for Trabzonspor, where he made 24 appearances, scoring two goals and giving four assists. During his “prime” (2008-2010) he was called up to the German National Team, recording 16 caps for his country.Over the last couple of years he has been troubled by injuries. He has great technical abilities, speed, and and can offer a lot from the wings. The big question remains- Can Marin find the form in Greece that led him to Chelsea and the German National Team?Marin stated that he signed a 3-year contract with the Eryhrolefki and the club will officially announce the signing tomorrow.*Olympiacos announced that Dimitris Goutas will be loaned out for 1 season to Belgian side Kortrijk.Source: AGONAsport.com (Facebook – Instagram)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Designing in portability

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Design Methods Continue Reading Previous Sorting out the ugly details of IoT securityNext Recent IoT threats and lessons learned We are all familiar with batteries these days; they are virtually ubiquitous in a myriad of products and applications. Commonplace examples include your cell phone and notebook computer; however, they are also commonly found in flashlights, cordless tools, MP3 players, portable video gaming devices, hand-held multi-meters, as well as, scientific instruments and a rapidly expanding plethora of healthcare devices.Accordingly, it will come as no surprise to learn that the global market for portable battery-powered products was valued at an estimated $480B in 2011 and is expected to reach more than $611B in 2016. [Source: BCC Research]. Furthermore, this market is expected to continue its growth expansion through to 2020.This market can be roughly segmented as follows:~29% for communication products~29% for the computer related products~19% for medical products~23% for cameras, toys, entertainment, timepieces, lighting, navigation and military productsThis diversity has been accomplished because of a unique synergy between the product themselves, the batteries they employ, and the battery chargers and power-management systems that recharge the batteries.Battery Chemistry & Applications It is clear that the market for battery powered products is significant but what about the battery chemistry used inside them? Well, the predominant battery chemistry being utilized in this diverse product offering is Lithium-based, which was estimated to be valued at $22.5B in 2016. [Source: Frost & Sullivan]. North America and China have more than half the global revenues for Lithium batteries. What’s more, going forward, this demand will be further fueled by key end-users from the consumer device vendors, industrial goods manufacturers, the grid and renewable energy storage segment and automobile manufacturers. Within the industrial segment, healthcare, power tools and military applications represent the leading usage for Lithium-Ion batteries.A typical Lithium-ion battery has a discharge profile from a high of 4.2V when fully charged, down to as low as 2.7V when fully discharged. While this is an excellent choice for smart phones and MP3 players, it may not be suitable for portable scientific instruments, power tools and medical healthcare devices. In these instances, multiple cells may be required in order to supply the necessary run-time to be of practical use. This means that 2 to 4 cells will have to be utilized, either in series or in parallel, or a combination of both. As a result, the voltage range of these battery configurations could vary from a high of 16.8V to 10.8V (4 Lithium cells in series), to 8.4V to5.4V (2 Lithium cells in series).Battery Voltage Conversion & Layout Considerations High power density has become a primary requirement for DC/DC converters, as they must keep up with ever increasing functional density of electronics. Likewise, power dissipation is a major concern for today’s feature rich, tightly packed devices pushing the need for highly efficientsolutions to minimize temperature rise. For applications where the input voltage source can be above or below the regulated output voltage, finding an efficient compact solution can be a challenge, especially at elevated power levels. Conventional design approaches, such as using a dual inductor SEPIC converter, produce relatively low efficiencies and a relatively large solution sizes.As already discussed, power-hungry handheld devices, medical products and industrial instruments often require multicell or high capacity batteries to support their ever-increasing processing needs. Many loads require a regulated output that sits within the battery voltage range which necessitates the use of a converter that can both step-up and step-down. Although a SEPIC converter is a viable solution, its large size and modest conversion efficacy are suboptimum for use in portable or luggable products. Thus, a wide voltage range, high efficiency buck-boost DC/DC converter is the ideal solution for longer battery run times and handling multiple input sources.From the power supply designer’s perspective, it would be great if every time they powered up a prototype supply board for the very first time, it not only works, but also runs quiet and cool. Unfortunately, this does not always happen. A common problem of switching power supplies is “unstable” switching waveforms. Sometimes, waveform jitter is so pronounced that audible noise can be heard from the magnetic components. If the problem is related to the printed circuit board (PCB) layout, identifying the cause can be difficult. As a result, proper PCB layout at the early stage of a switching supply design is very critical and its importance cannot be overstated.Of course, a power supply designer understands the technical details and functional requirements of the supply within the final product. They usually work closely with the PCB layout designer on the critical supply layout from the beginning. A good layout design optimizes supply efficiency, alleviates thermal stress, and most importantly, minimizes the noise and interactions among traces and components. To achieve these, it is important for the designer to understand the current conduction paths and signal flows in the switching power supply.center_img Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more

Axiomtek: smart display module fits the thinnest integrated displays

first_imgAxiomtek is proud to introduce the SDM300S, a signage computer module following the newest Intel Smart Display Module Small (Intel SDM-S) architecture. The Axiomtek’s SDM300S is powered by the onboard Intel Pentium processor N4200 and Celeron processor N3350 with the Intel HD Graphics 505 or 500 chipset. The sleekest all-in-one display module measures only 100 x 60 mm (roughly the size of a credit card), which makes for a thinner display. Whether externally plugged in to a display or built in, the high-performance smart display module is optimized for digital signage, interactive kiosks, point of sale and video walls.The smart display module-small incorporates high-speed PCIe connectivity with a custom I/O receptacle board that eliminates the need for external I/O. It features one 4GB or 8G LPDDR4 memory onboard, plus an onboard 32/64GB eMMC. The Intel SDM Small (Intel SDM-S) module also comes with two USB 3.0 ports and one GbE LAN port (built-in Intel Ethernet controller i211AT). Additionally, one M.2 Key E 2230 slot is available for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth module. The Axiomtek’s SDM300S provides scalable functions and features and expand the ability to deliver reliability and performance.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Bürklin Elektronik collaborates with RochesterNext Apacer reveals 3D NAND SV170-µSSD for industrieslast_img read more

Swissbit: SD memory card in “Deep Well Imaging” project

first_imgSwissbit provided a 32GB S-450 SD memory card to Hitwell Deep Well Imaging to test “High-Temperature Grade” video usability. In order to simulate conditions of a high-pressure/high-temperature well imaging project and to test the robustness of the SD storage device, the engineers at Hitwell first loaded a 32GB S-450 from Swissbit with pseudo-random data up to full capacity. The true test was when they “baked” the card for more than 60 hours at 165°C. After cooling the SD device, it looked normal except for an insignificant minor deformation of the shell. Inserted into a reader, it was recognized as a drive without fail, and all of the original data remained fully intact. The “SD card test” recording took place in a commercial oven where the “storage data” was a non-factor to a well client.For the “real-time” client project, the SD memory card will be placed inside the internal camera assembly. The camera will shut-down after taking the client’s well images, but then will remain downhole for an extended time. Although the camera protects its electronics with a vacuum flask which slows down the flow of heat, the SD memory card will remain exposed to high temperatures of up to 165°C for as much as 60 hours. After retrieval of the data, the card will finally be disposed of.Although the tested temperature range is well outside of the card’s standard specification (-40°C to 85°C), the results prove the impressive robustness and data retention of the Swissbit SD memory card. Due to the full molding of the inlay of the card, the external deformation of the shell does not affect the inner data structure of the card.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Maxim unveils wrist-worn platform for monitoring ECG, heart rate and temperatureNext Bulgin: rugged optical fiber connectors and IoT technology for harsh environmentslast_img read more

Hardik Pandya’s birthday gift for MS Dhoni: A special haircut

first_imgFormer India skipper MS Dhoni turned 37 on Saturday and his current teammate Hardik Pandya decided to give him a special gift on the special occasion.The all-rounder shared a picture of Dhoni and him on Instagram. In the picture the 24-year-old could be seen giving the Ranchi cricketer a hair cut with a trimmer.Pandya wrote: “Special day calls for a special haircut. Here’s my birthday gift for the one and only @mahi7781. This stunt is performed by an expert, don’t try this at home.”Dhoni celebrated his birthday after the second T20I between England and India. He was joined by his wife Sakshi, daughter Ziva and all the members of the Indian team in his hotel room in Bristol after the game.MS Dhoni celebrates 37th birthday with Sakshi, Ziva, Kohli, AnushkaDhoni cut a cake with his family present at his side while his teammates sang Happy Birthday. The celebrations were led by Captain Virat Kohli and his wife Anushka Sharma as the rest of the team members also joined in. While the celebrations went well without any cake-smashing, things were not so smooth in Bristol.After the Indian team arrived in South West England for the final T20I of the three-match series, Dhoni was asked to cut another cake. Kuldeep Yadav took the opportunity to smear cake on Dhoni’s face.Suresh Raina, Kuldeep’s Uttar Pradesh teammate and Dhoni’s long-term lieutenant at Chennai Super Kings, helped Mahi exact revenge. Raina got hold of Kuldeep and pinned him down so Dhoni could rub some cake on the face of the young left-arm chinaman bowler.MS Dhoni turns 37: 37 cool facts about Captain CoolAfter exacting his revenge, Dhoni said on social media, “This is what happens when u keeping bossing around for the whole year and finally youngsters get a chance to give it back.thanks guys for making the day special.”This has been another birthday for Dhoni to remember. On Friday, he became the third Indian to play 500 international matches – in the process, he joined Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid in an elite club.Last year, Dhoni celebrated his birthday in West Indies. Kuldeep had made his ODI debut on the same tour.last_img read more

Bairstow says will take confidence of ODI triumph into Tests against ‘motivated’ Kohli’s team

first_imgLondon, July 21 (PTI) Wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow says England will look to carry forward the momentum of their come-from-behind ODI series triumph against India into the Test arena. The 28-year-old said: “There’s an overlap of players between the Test and the one-dayers so coming off the back of a series win is going to naturally boost your confidence.” After the T20 series defeat and the drubbing in the ODI opener, England registered convincing wins in the next two matches to claim the rubber 2-1. “Playing against the number two side in the world when you’re ranked at one there’s always pressure on it and to win that series was something we set out to do. “We will take confidence from that into the Test team but at the same time it’s something that we know with Test cricket is completely different. “It’s a different formula, a different game and different personnel within the team,” Bairstow told Sky Sports News. The five-Test series against India follows England’s 2-1 ODI series win over the tourists which helped them cement their place as the world’s top-ranked one-day side. Eoin Morgan’s ODI team have won their last eight series but it’s been a different story for England’s Test side who are ranked fifth in the world and have failed to win any of their last three series with just one match won. England’s Test captain Joe Root starred with the bat in the ODI series against India and hit the headlines for his ‘mic-drop’ celebration after scoring a match-winning century at Headingley.advertisement “I know he’s copped a lot of stick for it,” Bairstow said, smiling. “I don’t think that’ll be coming out anytime soon! It was good fun and he deserved to get man of the series the way that he went out and guided us through, especially at Headingley. “Hopefully he goes out and keeps scoring the runs that he’s scored in the last two games.” PTI AHAHlast_img read more