Chris Froome put on a near-perfect performance to claim his fourth Tour de France and move within one title of cycling’s greatest on Sunday as Team Sky tightened their grip on the classic race.The Briton suffered a few hiccups but was always in control over the three-week race thanks to his excellent team mates who sheltered him when it mattered, leaving the lanky rider to make the difference in the time trials.Sky, who have the biggest budget of the peloton, have now snatched five of the last six titles and came within a whisker of placing two riders on the podium as Spain’s Mikel Landa missed out on the top three by one second, according to provisional timings.Froome is now one title behind Belgian Eddy Merckx, Spain’s Miguel Indurain and French duo Jacques Anquetil and Bernard Hinault.He is the first to win three consecutive titles since Indurain, who prevailed from 1991-95. The disgraced Lance Armstrong’s seven titles since then have been erased from the record book.
After her side’s journey ended a whisker away from winning the ICC Women’s World Cup title, Indian fast bowler Jhulan Goswami has called on her team to shake off the loss and look ahead to working on bettering themselves.Under the heartbreak of a final defeat of nine runs at the hands of hosts England at the Lord’s, India was able to reflect on one of the biggest moments in its women’s cricket history, a Lord’s showcase few had expected it to reach.That was a path hard to take notice of in the heat of the moment when coming so close to victory, but Goswami is hopeful this could be the start of something very special.Indeed, India was the only team to beat England en-route to the hosts’ third title in three attempts at home, but while the individual performances were there, the task is now to follow it up with more and more team displays heading into future tournaments.”The important thing is that nobody from the first day thought we would be a finalist,” Goswami said.”We performed and started to believe in ourselves after that match, and in each given day everybody tried to contribute, as a team we believed that if we did well we could do it our way.”We tried to contribute from all of us from the beginning. At this moment we must enjoy this journey, the whole team must enjoy the way we played, unfortunately this one was not to go our way.advertisement”In the games we’ve had people perform, individually, but when it comes to a group there are things that we can work on.”Experience doesn’t come much greater than that of Goswami, the highest wicket-taker in women’s ODIs with 195 dismissals to her name.Her Lord’s outing also took her to 36 in world cups – the joint third highest – while her three for 23 threatened to take the game away from the host and favourite England when they made 228 for eight.In the end, it proved just a shade too much of a tally to chase, though it didn’t stop her boasting a plethora of memories from her second, match-changing spell in front of 25,000 fans at Lord’s.”We didn’t get any early breakthrough and there wasn’t much pace in the wicket, so for me it was about bowling a tight line and length.”I tried to bowl in the right areas and not give them much room, they were using the crease and shuffling towards off stump, so we wanted to try and get them to play straight.”Sometimes plans work, sometimes they don’t, but they came at the right time to break that partnership.”Whenever a team requires it, I try to contribute from my side – my best bowling figures are the ones where England win the match,” she added.
It would have been easy for Indian cricket fans to forget all about Axar Patel, the wiry left-arm spinner from Gujarat. He last played for India in the ODI series against New Zealand in October 2016 and was completely overshadowed by Amit Mishra, who spun a web around the Black Caps.In the following months, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal and Jayant Yadav inspired with their headline-grabbing performances while senior pros R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja went on a record-breaking spree in Test cricket.However, Axar, despite India’s abundant riches in limited-overs cricket, was not forgotten. He was called in as a replacement for Ravindra Jadeja, who was banned for the final Test against Sri Lanka. Kuldeep made it to the playing XI but Axar got his break in the first ODI.And did he grab his chances. Coming in to bowl in the 22nd over, Axar’s snared 3/34 off his 10 overs as Sri Lanka lost their way from 118/1 to 216 all out. The 23-year-old, later in an interview with bcci.tv, said his plans were simple – he wanted to contain the Sri Lankans after an aggressive start.”I made a comeback after six or seven months – I was really happy when I got the call. All I wanted to do was bowl the way I bowled when I first came into the Indian team. I did not think too much.”I wanted to contain the Sri Lankans because we had conceded a few in the first 10 overs and I was happy to get a wicket after two overs,” Axar told teammate Jasprit Bumrah for an interview with the BCCI website.advertisementAxar may not be a regular in any of the Indian squads yet but the young spinner was proud of the unity and the togetherness.He could have considered himself a little unfortunate when Shikhar Dhawan picked up the man-of-the-match despite a brilliant spell of left-arm spin bowling but Axar insisted the senior pro deserved it.”Never thought of winning any man-of-the-match award but the way Dhawan batted, he deserved the it. It’s not just about one guy performing all the time, all the players are doing well.”We all enjoy each other’s company – there is unity and we are gelling well with each other. I think this team will surely win the World Cup in 2019,” Axar signed off.MUST WATCH – @Jaspritbumrah93 bowls few verbal Yorkers at @akshar2026 and the all-rounder does well – by @RajalArora https://t.co/h9hmZ4sbdO pic.twitter.com/Fxyk18QAuD- BCCI (@BCCI) August 21, 2017
Former Hyderabad captain MV Sridhar, who recently resigned as BCCI’s general manager of cricket operations, passed away in Hyderabad on Monday morning. He was 51.Sridhar suffered a massive stroke at his home, and was declared dead upon arrival at the hospital. He is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter.Besides serving as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) General Manager from 2013, Sridhar had been involved in administration in various capacities for a number of years.Sridhar played 97 first-class matches for Hyderabad, where he scored 6,701 runs, with 21 centuries and 27 half-centuries from 1988-89 to 1999-00. He also played in 35 List A matches, and scored 930 runs at 29.06, with five half-centuries and a highest of 78 not out.He has the distinction of the third-highest individual score in the history of the Ranji Trophy, hitting 366 against Andhra in January 1994. That innings was part of a Hyderabad total of 944/6 declared, still the highest in Ranji history.Only B.B. Nimbalkar, who hit 443 not out for Maharashtra against Kathiawar in 1948-49 and Sanjay Manjrekar, who made 377 for Bombay against Hyderabad in 1990-91, have had higher individual scores than Sridhar in the competition.Expressing grief at his demise, BCCI acting treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry said: “Rest in peace Dr. Sridhar my friend. Gone too early. Tremendous service to cricket both as a player and an administrator.”Noted commentator Harsha Bhogle tweeted: “Doc Sridhar was someone you could call anytime. I did. Courteous and firm. And a fine batsman. ‘Let’s do it our Hyderabadi way’ he would say.”advertisementSridhar had been the tournament director when India hosted the World T20 in 2016, besides winning elections to the post of the secretary of the Hyderabad Cricket Association in July 2012.
India are poised for their third T20 International series triumph in five years but would be wary of a strong fightback from the usually plucky New Zealand when the two sides clash in the second game of the three-match series in Rajkot on Saturday.The comprehensive 53-run victory in the series opener at Delhi has put India firmly in the position to register a winning 2-0 lead at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium here in Kandheri.The resounding victory, riding on the exhilarating batting exploits of their top-order and, in particular openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma, was the country’s first-ever over the Kiwis in the shortest form of the game.The 2007 World T20 champions have produced impressive death bowling with Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah leading the pace department, while the spinners also pitched in with some excellent bowling in the middle overs.Considering the immense all-round strength that the hosts boast of, it’s going to be a Herculean task for the Kane Williamson-led New Zealand to prevent India from surging to a third T20I series victory in eight contests, going back to 2012-13, three of which were drawn encounters.The last game is scheduled at Thiruvananthapuram on November 7.The Indian top order batting, with superb stroke-makers in Dhawan, Sharma and Kohli, has to be tamed early if New Zealand hope to carry on the fight till the series-ending game.Dhawan and Sharma put on a record 158-run partnership that went into the 16th over to ensure that India ended up with a plus-200 total despite a brief wobble towards the end.advertisementThe Black Caps’ new ball attack of Trent Boult and Tim Southee lacked discipline in Delhi. It’s a bit of a surprise that these two experienced Kiwi bowlers have been ineffective with yorkers at the death, unlike the Indian duo of Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar.The fielding too let the Black Caps down in contrast to some superb outfield efforts by the Men in Blue.”We were outplayed in all the areas, fielding included, which is something we pride ourselves on and something we need to be much better at in Twenty20 cricket,” Williamson had said after the Delhi loss to Virat Kohli-led India.Kohli has led the team from the front and is himself fast approaching the 2000-run landmark in T20Is.If the top batsmen fall cheaply, there are others spearheaded by former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni to come to the home team’s rescue.In slow bowling too, leggie Yuzvendra Chahal has continued to trouble the Black Caps’ batsmen, in particular captain Williamson and senior pro Ross Taylor who are unable to read the twirl on the ball off the wrist spinner’s hand.Only the left-handed Tom Latham, among the visiting team’s batsmen, has shown a consistently sound and effective approach against the spin bowlers.India had clinched back-to-back wins in the last two games of the 50-over ODI rubber for a 2-1 verdict in their favour.Incidentally, this would be the second T20 International to be played at this venue on the outskirts of the city which was the home venue of IPL side Gujarat Lions earlier this year. The first one was against Australia in October, 2013, won by the home side.The stadium has also hosted two ODIs in 2013 and 2015 and in both these games, India ended up on the losing side against England and South African respectively.It became a Test venue last season when India played against England.Teams: India: Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shikhar Dhawan, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Siraj, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, KL Rahul.New Zealand: Kane Williamson (C), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Tom Bruce, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham (wk), Henry Nicholls, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee.Match commences at 7pm IST.
Jack Sock ended local favourite Julien Benneteau’s run at the Paris Masters with a 7-5 6-2 victory to reach the final and move to the brink of an ATP Finals spot on Saturday.The American 16th seed, who started the week in 24th place in the race to the season-ending tournament in London, needs to win the title against Filip Krajinovic to take part in the Nov. 12-19 event after the Serbian qualifier beat another American, John Isner 6-4 6-7(2) 7-6(5).Sock is looking to snatch the last remaining spot for the eight-man tournament at the O2, which is currently held by Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta.”I feel more seized than the pressure. If the pressure would have kicked in, a lot of it would have been today as well playing in front of the French crowd, playing a French player,” Sock told a news conference.”But I was able to go out today and play my game, swing big, kind of like I always do, and play some good tennis and get through.”And tomorrow is just a good opportunity for me to go out and try to compartmentalize all the things that would come with winning tomorrow and just go out and play my tennis again.”Sock broke decisively for 6-5 in the opening set when he benefited from a net cord.Benneteau, who benefited from a wildcard entry, was broken twice in the second set, each time serving a double fault on break point as Sock cantered to victory.advertisementEarlier, Krajinovic ended ninth seed Isner’s hopes of reaching the ATP Finals.The world number 77 was 3-0 down in the deciding-set tiebreak but he kept his composure to prevail on the first match point.Isner would have booked his place in the London field if he had won the title here.The American had his right leg massaged twice by the trainer but it did not prevent him from firing down 31 aces, although it was a perfect service return that gave Krajinovic his first match point, which he converted after 2-1/2 hours.Krajinovic, who benefited from world number one Rafa Nadal’s withdrawal in the quarter-finals, held serve throughout and relied on his quick backhand to unsettle Isner.Krajinovic made only four unforced errors in the opening set, saving three break points, and broke on his only opportunity to take a 3-2 lead with a fine service return and closed it out when Isner buried a forehand in the net.Isner breezed through the second-set tiebreak and he seemed on his way to winning another tiebreaker in the third set when he opened up a 3-0 lead.Krajinovic had other ideas as he won seven of the nine following points to reach his first ATP final, triggering wild celebrations in his camp.
Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly said he was not worried with Ajinkya Rahane’s poor form with the bat ahead of India’s gruelling tour of South Africa starting January 5.Rahane had one of the worst Test series of his career when Sri Lanka toured India for a three-match series.Rahane managed to score only 17 runs from five innings in a series where other Indian batsmen scored heavily.However, Ganguly is not worried at all as the Mumbai batsman’s overseas record speaks volumes about his calibre.”No, I don’t think Ajinkya Rahane’s form is a concern as he is a quality player. Virat Kohli, Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay have all been to South Africa. The best thing is that they are going back to South Africa as better players,” Ganguly told PTI during an interaction on the sidelines of Ranji Trophy semi-final between Bengal and Delhi.The former captain is impressed with current bowling attack but wants to wait till he watches them in action.”We will find out if this is the best bowling attack or not. They have got pace for sure. Umesh has pace, Bhuvneshwar is in good form, so let’s wait,” he said.While conditions will determine the playing XI in Cape Town on January 5, Ganguly is not averse to trying out Hardik Pandya at No. 6, something a lot of experts are skeptical considering his technique in bouncy conditions is not well documented.”You will not realise till you give Hardik a chance. Depends on how you want to go about it,” said one of India’s shrewdest captain.advertisement”Rohit Sharma did well in the two chances that he got. If it’s a flat track, maybe we should have that extra fast bowler in the XI but if it’s a green top, we should definitely have an extra batsman,” he opined. Ganguly, who is the president of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), picked Shikhar Dhawan as his choice as opening partner of Murali Vijay.”Shikhar Dhawan has been in such great form and Murali Vijay has also played well against Sri Lanka,” he said.While India have talent to do well, winning a series will be easier said than done.”India are a good team but it won’t be easy that much I can tell you. If the batsmen put up runs on the board, this attack can get wickets,” he concluded.(With PTI inputs)
Mumbai, Jan 4 (PTI) Chief PRO team of Central Railway defeated Railway Reporters team in a cricket match by seven wickets.The CPRO CR team comprising officers and staff of the PR department won the toss and elected to field.Railway Reporters team put up a score of 113 runs in 15 overs losing 8 wickets.The match, played at railway sports ground in presence of senior railway officers, had a nail biting finish with the captain (CPRO) Sunil Udasi hitting the winning shot in the penultimate over.Chief PRO team of CR lifted the trophy winning the match by seven wickets.Ulhas Babre of the CPRO team was awarded Man of the Match for hitting 40 runs off 30 balls, including 4 sixes.D K Sharma, General Manager of Central Railway, who was the chief guest at the award presentation function, lauded the railway teams efforts and appreciated the initiative of the PR dept in organising such event.He announced that such cricket matches would now be held annually.”Such events will not only help in boosting the morale of the employees but will also create a better co-ordination with media,” he said.Senior Deputy General Manager and President of Central Railway Sports Association Ashutosh Gangal, Principal Chief Engineer S K Agarwal, Principal Chief Commercial Manager Shailendra Kumar, Principal Chief Personnel Officer N Swaminathan, Divisional Railway Manager of Mumbai Division S K Jain, Chief Security Commissioner of RPF Atul Shrivastava were present on the occasion. PTI APM NSK
West Bromwich Albion have appointed Alan Pardew as manager on a two-and-a-half year contract, the Premier League club said in a statement on Wednesday.Pardew returns to management for the first time since being sacked by Crystal Palace in December 2016 and replaces Tony Pulis at West Brom.Pulis was sacked earlier this month with West Brom hovering above the relegation zone after four straight league defeats.”I’m thrilled with the opportunity Albion have provided and looking forward to getting to work with what I consider to be a talented group of players,” Pardew said on the club website. (www.wba.co.uk).”The immediate challenge will be to get the results we need to pull ourselves up the table. But I’m aware that while I’m joining one of the great, traditional clubs of English football, it is one determined to go forward in the Premier League.”West Brom chairman John Williams said the 56-year-old, who was named the Premier League’s manager of the year for guiding Newcastle United to fifth in the 2011-12 season, was the unanimous choice for the job.”Alan brings the experience of more than 300 Premier League games and the kind of dynamic leadership from which our club can benefit,” he said.Meanwhile, caretaker boss Gary Megson left his role as assistant coach after leading the team to draws against Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle in their last two games.Pardew will take charge of his first game on Saturday and comes up against basement side Palace, who he guided to 10th in the 2014-15 season for their best Premier League finish and followed that up with a 15th-placed finish.advertisement
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – The metal dogtag hangs around Zach Sudfeld’s neck nearly everywhere he goes.It dangles under his pads when he’s on the football field, and he takes it off only when he showers. It was a gift from his grandfather, and the Winston Churchill-inspired quote engraved on it epitomizes his journey from hard-luck youngster to tenacious New York Jets tight end:“Never, never, never give up.”Sudfeld could have easily walked away from football a few times. Many people told him he should have.A broken leg and dislocated ankle in his senior season at Nevada appeared to abruptly end a college career marked by setbacks and six surgeries. He had nothing more to prove, they told him, and he’d been through enough adversity.“I’m a football player,” the 24-year-old Sudfeld said, his long, reddish-brown hair pulled back neatly behind his head. “I couldn’t let it end that way.”And, he didn’t. Not even close.Sudfeld — nicknamed “Studfeld” by friends and teammates — is a 6-foot-7, 260-pound backup tight end who has played in eight games as a rookie, including two starts, with four catches while carving roles on the scout team and special teams.“The sky’s the limit for him because each day he gains more confidence,” Jets tight ends coach Steve Hagen said. “He makes like freak catches in practice.”As his blocking improves, Sudfeld’s playing time figures to increase. He gets about 10 snaps a game, but he’s used to having to prove himself.“We loved watching ‘Rudy’ growing up, but Zach’s no Rudy,” said Sudfeld’s father Ralph. “He has demonstrated he belongs here. Nothing was handed to him. Nothing. He just kept saying, ‘Nope, I’m just going to keep going.’”That perseverance was born in part from being raised in a family whose business is delivering hope.The Sudfelds are heavily involved with Assist International, a humanitarian organization started by Sudfeld’s grandparents Bob and Charlene Pagett in a spare bedroom in 1990 that has since completed over 500 projects to help the needy in 61 countries.Ralph Sudfeld is the Executive Vice President. Zach’s mother, Michelle, is the Director of Fundraising for abandoned and orphaned children. Zach’s twin brother, Matt, is the Director of Strategic Development. When each of his grandchildren turned 13, Bob Pagett let them pick a project on which they could accompany him.Zach chose a trip to Romania, where an experience at an orphanage still resonates.“You go to the streets where these kids came from and it’s just devastating,” he said. “You can’t get those images out of your head. It’s an amazing thing when you hold an orphan in your arms. You’re like, ‘Man, I have no issues.’”Sudfeld has since been to Myanmar and Thailand, and plans to go to Africa during the offseason. He’ll join the rest of the family full-time in the business someday, but after his playing days are through.Sudfeld was born 10 minutes before Matt. He spent most of his childhood and teen years in Modesto, Calif., trying to catch up to him on the football field, basketball court or pretty much anything that provided even the smallest measure of competition.“Growing up, whenever we’d get into a fight, I was just a lot tougher than him, even though he was taller,” Matt said with a laugh.They’re fraternal, and their drastic height difference — Matt is 5-foot-11 — makes it difficult to imagine they’re brothers, let alone twins.“We’re as close as you can be,” said Zach, whose younger brother Nate plays quarterback at Indiana. “But growing up, he was way more athletic.”The family has a theory on the moment Zach went from being a tall, skinny, awkward guy to one of the toughest players on the football field. It was the day during the twins’ sophomore season in high school that Zach was moved up to varsity from junior varsity to fill in for some injured tight ends.He dropped the first two balls that came his way. He rebounded, though, with three catches on a last-minute drive. Modesto Christian High School had the ball at the 3-yard line with 1 second left, and coach Mike Parsons dialed up a slant to Zach.He caught the ball and cradled it in the end zone for the winning score against rival Mariposa.“We joke about it like, ‘Man, if you dropped that ball, you’d be teaching math somewhere,’” Matt said. “From that point on, he developed more of an edge and by the time he was a senior, he was just a force.”The twins went separate ways for college, with Zach heading to Nevada and Matt going to Brown — but both continued to play football.Zach walked on to the Nevada football team that featured current 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, eventually earning a scholarship. He showed promise, despite not playing a lot behind starter Virgil Green. Injuries — a shoulder, a knee and a broken wrist — provided some other bumps in the road. But, heading into his senior year, he was poised for a breakout season.On Sept. 10, 2011, the Wolf Pack opened the season at Oregon. At the start of the second quarter, with 35 family members in the stands, someone rolled into his left leg. His femur broke, and his ankle was dislocated and turned 180 degrees.“My toes were pointed to the sky and I was on my stomach,” Zach recalled. He was carted off the field, and many believed he was done with football.“Everyone was telling me that it was time to hang up the cleats,” he said. Sudfeld had other plans.He was already working on his master’s degree in business administration, so he’d continue to do that while he rehabilitated and planned his next comeback. He persuaded coach Chris Ault to keep a spot on the roster for him, and was awarded a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA.A year after all the doubts and tears, Sudfeld was back on the football field.It’s a comeback story with a Hollywood-style script: Sudfeld started every game for Nevada as a sixth-year senior, caught 45 passes for 598 yards, set a school record for tight ends with eight TD catches, and was a semifinalist for the Mackey Award, given to the nation’s top player at his position.“You just go, ‘Listen, man, congratulations to you. You went out and willed yourself to do that,’” Ralph Sudfeld said. “That’s what makes you so proud as a parent.”There were still more “hiccups,” as Zach calls them.Sudfeld wasn’t invited to the NFL combine in Indianapolis. He also went undrafted a few months later. New England signed him as a free agent, and Sudfeld had a terrific training camp and became a fan favorite. He made the Patriots’ opening roster, but after four weeks and no catches, the Patriots waived him.Almost exactly 24 hours later, the Jets were calling.Matt compares his brother to Tom Hardy’s unbreakable character Forrest Bondurant in the 2012 crime drama Lawless.“He just can’t die,” Matt said. “He always survives. I was like, ‘Zach, that’s you, man. Injury after injury, undrafted, cut, but you keep coming back.’”Just as that cherished dogtag urges Zach every day.“It’s always there and is just a constant reminder that no matter what happens, it’s all going to work out,” he said with a smile. “You’ve just got to continue to move forward. No matter what.”(Dennis Waszak, Jr., AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shares
NEW YORK — The Houston Texans chose defensive end Jadeveon Clowney with the first pick in the NFL draft on May 8, while much-vaunted quarterback Johnny Manziel had to wait until pick 22 to get selected.There had been criticism of Clowney’s work ethic last season when playing at college level for South Carolina, and questions about whether the Texans would hold or trade the No. 1 slot, but ultimately Houston went with the powerful defensive lineman.“I just been proving a lot of people wrong throughout my life,” Clowney said. “Growing up, I grew up hard. I always said I’m going to do something great. Hopefully, I’m going to be a Hall of Famer one day.”Manziel sat with a sullen look on his face until Cleveland made its third trade of the round and selected the Texas A&M quarterback, who won the 2012 Heisman Trophy as college football’s best player.“If you call it a slide, I wouldn’t call it that at all,” he said. “I was drafted in the first round of the NFL draft.“It’s a great story. It’s great for me to end up there, at a team that has fans that are as passionate as I am on the field.”Manziel’s wait added suspense after the Texans took their time selecting Clowney. Teams normally announce the No. 1 pick in advance, and Houston’s failure to do so had prompted speculation it had soured on the defensive end.Clowney, 21, brings size, speed and power to a lineup that already has 2012 NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt. However his diligence had been questioned after he slipped from 13 sacks to just three in 2013. Critics said he was protecting himself from injury in his junior year before declaring early for the draft.He is the first defensive player taken first overall since Houston selected another end, Mario Williams, in 2006. Williams now is with Buffalo. Houston also made the top pick in its first season, 2002, taking quarterback David Carr. He never lived up to that billing; the Texans hope Clowney has more of an impact.Tackle Greg Robinson, whose blocking helped Auburn make the national college championship game last season, went second to St. Louis. The Rams owned the pick as the final payment for a 2012 trade with Washington that allowed the Redskins to draft quarterback Robert Griffin III.The first quarterback to go went to Jacksonville in the third slot, but it wasn’t ‘Johnny Football’ Manziel. Instead it was Blake Bortles of Central Florida, whose stock shot up last season and in subsequent workouts. Bortles has drawn comparisons to Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger because of his combination of size and mobility.“He’s a down-to-earth guy, a self-made guy, a blue-collar guy and he wants to be the best he can be,” said Jaguars General Manager Dave Caldwell, who added a word of caution: “He just needs a little bit of time.”Buffalo traded up to selection No. 4 by sending a first and fourth-round pick in next year’s draft to Cleveland. That enabled the Bills to grab playmaking receiver Sammy Watkins of Clemson.“Dynamic playmaker, and that’s what this game is all about,” Bills GM Doug Whaley said of Watkins. “He’s automatically going to make our quarterback (E.J. Manuel) better.”Texas A&M tackle Jake Matthews, the son of Hall of Fame offensive lineman Bruce Matthews, went to Atlanta with the sixth overall pick.Another Aggies star was chosen next, receiver Mike Evans to Tampa Bay. The 6-4, 231-pound Evans is durable, versatile — and quite emotional. He also couldn’t hold back the tears when NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell called his name.The crowd thought Manziel might go eighth when Cleveland traded up one spot to get Minnesota’s pick. So when the Browns took cornerback Justin Gilbert of Oklahoma State, there was a loud groan from the fans.Minnesota grabbed UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr, Detroit selected North Carolina’s Eric Ebron, by far the best tight end in this crop, and Tennessee filled a need on the offensive line with Michigan tackle Taylor Lewan.Finally, a local team had a chance to make a pick and the audience approved lustily when the New York Giants chose Louisiana State receiver Odell Beckham Jr.Beckham was followed by Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald to St. Louis, Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller to Chicago, Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier to Ohio State, Notre Dame guard Zack Martin to Dallas, Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley to Baltimore and Louisville safety Calvin Pryor to the New York Jets.Minnesota finished off the opening round by trading with Seattle to select Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater, the third quarterback taken.(BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
NEW YORK — The Brooklyn Nets had an easy time in their first game this season without Deron Williams — until the last few seconds.Mason Plumlee scored 10 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter and Brooklyn held off a late rally for a 110-105 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Dec. 21.After Mirza Teletovic’s layup with 5:31 remaining gave the Nets a seemingly comfortable 98-83 lead, the Pistons pulled to 106-105 on Kentavious Caldwell-Pope’s 3-pointer with 9 seconds left.Joe Johnson, who scored 16 points, followed with two free throws. Caldwell-Pope, who finished with 20 points, then missed on a long 3-pointer and Andre Drummond committed a loose ball foul on the rebound“Sometimes we get to the point where we try and protect the lead instead of just playing basketball,” Johnson said. “We kind of shot ourselves in the foot and let them right back into the game.Kevin Garnett missed the two ensuing free throws. Josh Smith grabbed the rebound and was immediately fouled by Sergey Karasev.Smith also missed both free throws, Garnett grabbed another rebound and this time made both for the final score.Jarrett Jack, who replaced the injured Williams, finished with 15 points and contributed 10 assists as the Nets tied a season high with 29 assists.“I thought the brand of basketball we put out there tonight was very, very contagious,” Jack said. “I just thought it was an enjoyable brand of basketball. Obviously, we need to clean up some things at the end.” Williams has a strained right calf.Plumlee shot 9-of-10 from the field and had 12 rebounds.“He’s going to be a great player. You can see his progress,” said Drummond, who finished with 18 points and 20 rebounds. “He played a great game tonight. Brooklyn is utilizing him the right way. He’s going to thrive here.”Bojan Bogdanovic had 14 points, Teletovic finished with 13 and Garnett added 10 for the Nets.Greg Monroe had 16 points, Smith and Jodie Meeks finished with 13, and Jonas Jerebko added 10 for the Pistons.“Our defense is just not giving us a chance to win games,” said coach Stan Van Gundy. “You’re going to give 53 percent, 110 points, 29 free throw attempts, we don’t have a chance. That’s got to improve or we’re not going to have a chance to win.”(JEFFREY BERNSTEIN)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Olympiacos finally found a Greek soccer team it couldn’t beat, tying 2-2 with Platanias on Oct. 28 to remain undefeated in its group.The Reds found themselves outplayed and trailing, getting the draw only when Hernani scored in the extra time soccer adds on because there’s no clock stoppage during the game. It was his second goal of the game.Platanias had taken leads twice behind goals from Leonardo Ramos and Banana Yaya.In this first round of group games when Super League teams faced each other in the four-team pools that also include two teams each from the Football League, Panathinaikos beat Levadiakos 3-0 at home, with Sotiris Ninis, Stathis Tavlaridis and Viktor Klonaridis scoring.With Uruguayan manager Gus Poyet preparing to take over at AEK, caretaking coach Stelios Manolas led AEK to a 1-0 away win at Xanthi on a goal from Macauley Chrisantus.PAOK beat Panthrakikos 2-0 at home as Dimitris Pelkas and Robert Mak scored.Panionios beat Panetolikos at Agrinio for the second time within a few weeks, this time 2-1.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Stefanos Tsitsipas is through to the third round and closer to a potential meeting with defending champion Roger Federer at Melbourne Park.The Greek 20-year-old beat Viktor Troicki 6-3, 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 but wasted a lot of break-point opportunities as the Serbian player saved 15 of 19 chances created by Tsitsipas.Considered one of the new breed of young talented players on the ATP Tour, Tsitsipas won at Stockholm last year and was a finalist in two other tournaments.He will next play 19th-seeded Nikoloz Basilashvili, who beat Stefano Travaglie 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, also on Wednesday. Tsitsipas could play Federer in the fourth round.Spectators watch Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas, left, their second round match against Serbia’s Viktor Troicki at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas serves to Serbia’s Viktor Troicki during their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas celebrates a point win over Serbia’s Viktor Troicki during their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Continue Reading Previous Hyper Reality at ESC Silicon Valley 2017Next Will China and Baidu’s Apollo accelerate autonomous transportation? Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Industry, IoT Image Credit: Vincent St. Thomas/Shutterstock.com. TAIPEI, TAIWAN — An hour and a half southeast of Taoyuan Airport nests a seaside town named Yilan. Its colorful yards, tiled streets, and old bamboo houses have long attracted many a busy Taipei entrepreneur or working professional seeking a quiet and slower-paced weekend with the family. When a nearby 13-kilometer tunnel opened in 2006 and brought Yilan within day-trip distance to Taipei, a small-but-growing crowd of Taipei entrepreneurs and creatives began moving shop to Yilan permanently, as they found it to be prime real estate for a home base away from the noise and pollution of the big city without having to sever all ties with the outside world. It was not a surprise that their presence began invigorating Yilan’s economic growth and diversification shortly after.Yilan is hardly the only example of an innovation-minded community helping to upgrade a whole city. Three-thousand kilometers southwest of Yilan is Singapore, which declared independence in 1965. The wealthy world city-state was so successful in transforming itself from an isolated backwater town that — though few speak of it now — it served as an inspiration and guide to China’s later stunning rise. Today, the Lion City continues to bustle with creative energy. Just last year, a few local entrepreneurs launched We the People, an incubator that combines the best of crowdfunding and retail by providing a physical space where innovators can present their prototype and pitch potential investors the vision and roadmap of their product. Meanwhile, about as far as one can go to the other side of the Eurasian continent, the Makers of Barcelona is a co-working design strategy consultancy firm with two quirky and attractive locations in Eixample, and since its founding in 2011, it’s been a staple of the Catalan capital’s startup scene. Then there’s the medieval Spanish city of Zaragoza, an hour by high-speed train west of Barcelona, which has been placed firmly on the innovation map when local firm Libelium burst onto the IoT scene a few years ago.But as technology disrupts the global political economy at an accelerating pace, thoughtful cities will need to identify new ways — and partners — to up their game in the competition for talent. In addition to innovation-friendly policies drafted in city halls, private sector initiatives can and often play a synergistic role. AspenCore believes that engineers and the electronics design and distribution sector as a whole have much to contribute. For example, earlier this year, the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park partnered with Arrow Electronics (owner of AspenCore) to build a high-end design lab in Sha Tin District. The open lab’s myriad of advanced equipment and free public access have lent Hong Kong a new research and development platform for high-value-add areas such as smart ports and smart manufacturing. Just as importantly, the lab also opened a new door to attract funding from China’s ambitious and well-financed One-Belt-One-Road Initiative to strengthen Hong Kong’s own economic ecosystem.As AspenCore scans the globe, we find London grappling with the uncertainty of Brexit, Eastern European capitals such as Warsaw or Budapest seeking a stronger brand and voice within Europe and on the world stage, Detroit and Saint Petersburg having recovered recently but still smarting from the last recession, and Perth and Doha in search of a more diversified economic portfolio before it becomes too late. In all of these cases, we see promising opportunities for smart policy makers to join with enterprising and civic-minded members of the local engineering, design chain, and supply chain communities to maximize the multiplier effect of what a vibrant hardware-AI-IoT ecosystem can do for their city’s competitiveness.As always, if you have any questions or comments, you can find me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or drop a line directly with your favorite AspenCore editor. Thank you for your continued support. 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.
Continue Reading Previous Lauterbach: TRACE32 extends the reach of Time Partition TestingNext congatec: first SMARC 2.0 module with NXP i.MX8 processor Kontron announced its COBALT 901|400 Series with MIL-STD-1553. Designed as a mission-ready platform for a wide range of aircraft-based defense applications, COBALT with MIL-STD-1553 provides complex serial data bus sub-system support. This addition to Kontron’s proven COBALT family extends its extensive and rugged small form factor features for usage in high density multi-protocol airborne embedded applications. The 1553 data bus is increasingly deployed in applications beyond avionics flight control to new Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) designs such as military target acquisition and satellites. Because of this, there is a need for the ability to transmit higher data rates over existing MIL-STD-1553 bus infrastructures while allowing concurrent operation with 1553 interface speeds in legacy systems. It also satisfies the growing need for connectivity and design flexibility that can help defense system designers speed development and time-to-deployment.The COBALT 901|400 Series with MIL-STD 1553 builds on the capabilities of Kontron’s basic COBALT 901 and enhances design flexibility by adding an L2 Ethernet switch and integrated MIL-STD-1553A/B interface with two dual-redundant channels. Based on its hardened COMe Type 6 module form factor module with a specialized carrier board and integrated 6th Generation Intel Quad-Core Xeon E3-1505L processors (2.0 GHz), Kontron’s new COBALT platform delivers the dramatically higher CPU and graphics performance necessary to support data-intensive electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR), advanced voice, video, data link processing (i.e. Link 16) and the latest situational awareness applications. It also features 16 or 32 gigabytes (GBs) of ECC RAM, and has a removeable solid state drive bay option that supports two RSSDs. This gives designers maximum flexibility to select and configure the right amount of storage capacity as an ordering option without modifying the system.In addition, COBALT with MIL-STD 1553 provides a highly scalable, adaptable and programmable application foundation that allows developers to address dynamic interface mix changes. This rugged IP67 fully sealed and compact system has no ITAR restrictions and offers the power-efficient computing performance to meet decreasing SWaP demands in today’s military systems. Plus, the platform offers high speed data transfer capabilities that enable faster data loading via a dedicated USB 3.0 port.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules
NAND flash memory is built up of many cells that hold bits, and those bits are either turned on or off through an electric charge. As the levels of voltage increase, error, bad block and misjudge are more likely to occur, furthermore to cause incomplete data loss. Therefore, the data retention and reliability will decrease from SLC to MLC to TLC.At present, industrial customers still willing to pay a little more cost to choose SLC and MLC products due to the stable data retention and reliability. Especially, MLC products not only have cost-effective beneficence, multiple form factor designed, available from 4GB to 2TB capacity which is suitable for various industrial applications.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Avalue: expandable fanless slot PC based on 6/7th gen Intel Core SoC i7/i5/i3 & CeleronNext Arrow showcases breadth of industrial IoT expertise at Hanover Fair
South Africa have decided to rest their top-ranked bowler Imran Tahir, for the five-match ODI series against Sri Lanka in July-August.Left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj and left-arm wrist spinner Tabraiz Shamsi have been included in the 15-man squad according to a statement from Cricket South Africa.This will be the Proteas’ first assignment since AB de Villiers announced his international retirement.Junior Dala, who featured in three T20s against India, has been named in the squad along with Wiaan Mulder who is the only other addition from the group that played against Virat Kohli and Co.Besides the national team, the selectors have also named the South Africa A squad for the triangular limited overs series against India A and Australia A on the sub-continent and the squad for the two four-day matches against India A.The ODI squad will also do duty in the one-off T20 International match against Sri Lanka on August 14.CSA National Selection Panel (NSP) convener Linda Zondi said the squads have been picked keeping in mind the 50-over World Cup in England and Wales next year.”Both series are extremely important parts of Vision 2019 as we plan for next year’s ICC World Cup in England and Wales,” Zondi said.”We will be facing extremely tough competition in the tri-series in India with both our opponents set to include quite a lot of seasoned international players. This series will be ideal to broaden our talent pool,” he added.Zondi also clarified that Tahir will be the frontline spinner in the World Cup but wants to test the other slower bowlers in case the need arises in England.advertisement”As far as the Proteas squad is concerned we have taken the strategic decision to rest Imran Tahir so that we can get a clearer picture as to who our best second spinner is to back him up at the World Cup,” Zondi said.”Imran will be our first-choice spinner at the World Cup but, if we play him against Sri Lanka, it is unlikely that we will be able to play both Tabraiz Shamsi and Keshav Maharaj,” he added.South Africa ODI squad:Faf du Plessis (Captain), Hashim Amla, Junior Dala, Quinton de Kock (WK), Jean Paul Duminy, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Wiaan Mulder, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi.South Africa A one-day squad (for triangular against Australia A and India A): Khaya Zondo (Captain), Temba Bavuma, Farhaan Behardien, Gihahn Cloete, Theunis de Bruyn, Robbie Frylinck, Beuran Hendricks, Sisanda Magala, Pieter Malan, Senuran Muthusamy, Dane Paterson, Rudi Second, Dwaine Pretorius, Tabraiz Shamsi, Malusi Siboto.South Africa A squad (for four-day series against India A): Khaya Zondo (Captain), Sarel Erwee, Zubayr Hamza, Beuran Hendricks, Pieter Malan, Senuran Muthusamy, Mthiwekhaya Nabe, Anrich Nortje, Duanne Olivier, Dane Piedt, Dwaine Pretorius, Rudi Second, Rassie van der Dussen, Malusi Siboto, Shaun von Berg.Faf du Plessis (captain), Hashim Amla, Junior Dala, Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Wiaan Mulder, Lungisani Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi.(With IANS inputs)
Four years after finishing runners-up at the World Cup in Brazil, Lionel Messi and Argentina’s journey in Russia came to an end when they were beaten 4-3 by France in the pre-quarterfinals at Kazan on Saturday.Within four days, the 2014 finalists are out of the World Cup after Germany were shown the door in the group stages earlier this week.It was probably the last chance for Lionel Messi to add a major title to his glorious career but the team failed to live up to its billing throughout the tournament.Coach Sampaoli gutted after Argentina fail MessiIn the week of his 31st birthday, Messi was again a largely anonymous figure as they lost 4-3 to France in a thrilling last-16 match in Kazan.It was a fourth World Cup for Messi, who secured a place in tournament trivia with a superb goal against Nigeria in the group phase that made him the first player to score as a teenager, in his 20s and 30s at the global showpiece event.But that “thigh of God” goal proved the only highlight for a man considered by many the greatest to have played the game.World Cup 2018: Argentina’s most-capped player Javier Mascherano retiresA long pass from deep was brought down off his thigh, deftly controlled before the ball touched the turf and finished off with a right-foot shot across the goalkeeper – another of the breath-taking goals that have marked out a stellar career.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEIt may be the last positive image of Messi in the pale blue and white stripes of Argentina because he is unlikely to play for his country again, having already been coaxed out of retirement after missing a penalty in the Copa America final defeat two years ago.advertisementWorld Cup 2018: French hero Kylian Mbappe flattered with Pele comparisonsDespite winning 128 caps, representing his country has looked increasingly a torturous ordeal in contrast to the joy Messi exudes in Barcelona colours.Even coming off another extraordinary season with Barca, it was never sure Messi would be able to replicate that form with the national team and Russia will have barely noticed his presence.Messi’s record with Argentina is four finals in eight major tournament appearances but never a winners’ medal.Three times he was on the losing side in the final of the South American championship and he captained Argentina to the last World Cup final where they lost to Germany in Rio de Janeiro.Arguments over whether Messi or his contemporary rival Cristiano Ronaldo are the greatest player the game has ever seen will inevitably now bring up his lack of success at national team level, particularly since Ronaldo won the European Championship with Portugal two years ago.Even debate over his status as Argentina’s best may be swayed by Diego Maradona’s role in almost single-handedly winning the 1986 World Cup for his country in Mexico.(With inputs from Reuters)
New Delhi, July 14 (PTI) Indian athletics’ newest sensation Hima Das will be provided “end-to-end” support towards her preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics under the government’s Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS). Hima scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman to win a gold medal at the IAAF World Under-20 Athletics Championships as she clinched the top spot in the women’s 400m final race in Tampere, Finland on Thursday. “Hima, post her excellent performance at CWG 2018, where she ran her then personal best of 51.32, was inducted in ministry’s Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) in May 2018. “Under the scheme, in addition to the Rs 50,000 per month as Out of Pocket Allowance (OPA), she would be provided end to end support towards her Olympic preparation by the Govt under the scheme,” said Sports India (erstwhile SAI) DG Neelam Kapur. The 18-year-old from a village in Nagaon district of Assam, a pre-tournament favourite, clocked 51.46s to win the gold. As per an earlier list, Hima was supposed to be funded by the government only until the upcoming 2018 Asian Games. “Hima and the other 400m runners, post CWG, were sent to Spala Olympic Training Centre in Poland, for a month-long training in mid May, which was funded by the Govt. “Post that she ran her personal best of 51.13s at the Inter-State Championship in Guwahati in June, 2018. Post the U-20 World Championship, she would be joining the other Indian 400m runners for pre-Asian Games camp, which has been funded by the Govt under Annual Calendar for Training and Competition.”advertisement Win her win in Finland, Hima is only second to star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, who won a gold in Poland in the last edition in 2016 in a world record effort. The beneficiaries under the TOPS will be reviewed after the Asian Games and the administrative mechanism of the programme will be completely overhauled, SAI had said earlier. PTI PDS AH AH KHSKHS