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Javier Ceppi’s rise from ‘jugaad’ to World Cup showbiz

first_imgWhen Javier Ceppi first arrived in India, having been appointed as the tournament director of the FIFA U-17 World Cup, the Chilean was lost in transition.It weren’t the breezy mornings of November, 2014 that took Ceppi by surprise it was, in fact, what locals here call the ‘Jugaad’ – an easy way out to every situation.”Probably the first word I learnt was jugaad, for me that word reflected all that we didn’t want to do. I went time and again, no jugaad. The culture of jugaad, the culture of getting things done in the last minute was not going to work. So the first pain, apart from learning what jugaad meant, we took was that we visited all the important places, learnt nuisances of some languages in the first week of our job. It looked complicated at that time.”We thought we had a lot of work to be done and that is why we said we can’t leave it for the last minute. So we were buying from government of India, state government, DY Patil and then, like any other World Cup, it has its challenges, but the amount of goodwill and importance that different stakeholders had applied to this World Cup has been fantastic,” Ceppi said on Thursday.Someone who has closely watched Indian football would agree that the infrastructure and facilities in all six venues – Delhi, Mumbai, Kochi, Goa, Guwahati and Kolkata – were fairly away from international standards.For Ceppi, the pressure was on to deliver a tournament that was looked upon by the country as a catalyst of change. And for a man who was part of the U-17 World Cup organising committee in UAE, 2013 and tournament director at home Chile in 2015, Ceppi was aware of the challenge.advertisement”To organise a tournament of this scale and in India for the first time was a big challenge for us. The country was new to all this and we had that sense of anticipation.”After a few bumps on the road, it believe it was a smooth ride overall. It was perhaps smoother than we expected it to be. The reception of the fans, the support from the government and the contribution of the 500 people working hard for the World Cup, everything has been immense. I believe, after this, India can host any World Cup or other big event in future and it’s about time I re-apply for the post,” Ceppi summed up.last_img read more

Patnaik announces scholarships for students on Childrens Day

first_imgBhubaneswar, Nov 14 (PTI) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today announced scholarships in different categories for over 40,000 students and launched a new campaign, under which a Rs 100-crore corpus fund would be set up for the development of educational institutes.In his first-ever televised address on the occasion of Childrens Day, for which the state government had asked the district collectors to make necessary arrangements in schools, the chief minister asked the students to study well and work for the development of their native places.The collectors had been making preparations at the block and panchayat level over the last few days to ensure that the chief ministers address was telecast live for over 60 lakh students across the state.Patnaik said the students should develop a scientific mind while gathering knowledge about modern technologies in order to translate their dreams into reality.”I want the students of my state to excel in all fields, including education, sports, music, art and social service,” he said, adding that he had full faith in the younger generation.Patnaik also promised a cash reward of Rs 5,000 under the Odia Bhasha Brutti Puraskar scheme for 10 students of each block who fetched high marks in the Odia language paper.He also announced the Mukhya Mantri Medha Bruti (MMMB) cash reward scheme for students faring well in the Class 10 board examinations.As many as 100 students in each block and municipal corporation area, 50 each in the municipalities and 20 each in the notified area council (NAC) of the state would benefit from the scheme, the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) chief said.advertisementThe parents of students who performed well in exams would also be felicitated, Patnaik said, adding that the three best schools in every block would be given a cash incentive of Rs 1 lakh each.Announcing the Mo School (My School) campaign, the chief minister sought the involvement of the alumni and the public in general for the development of the institutions.”If anybody donates any amount to a school, the government will donate double that amount to that school,” he said.Those coming forward to contribute towards the betterment of the schools could invest in the development of laboratories, libraries and sports facilities, Patnaik added. PTI AAM SKN RMS RClast_img read more

India vs Sri Lanka, 2nd T20I in Indore: Rohit Sharma, spinners inspire India to 88-run victory

first_imgHello and Welcome to our coverage of the 2nd T20 International between India and Sri Lanka being held at the Holkar stadium in Indore.Sri Lanka innings:20.26 IST: To be honest, a real cricket fan would have never doubted this resultbut for once, Sri Lanka gave some fight. However, that can also misleadyou. When Kusal Perera was going great guns, it did seem that we couldhave a close game. But.To be honest, a real cricket fan would have never doubted this result butfor once, Sri Lanka gave some fight. However, that can also mislead you. When Kusal Perera was going great guns, it did seem that we could have a close game. But..20.20 IST: India (260/5) beat Sri Lanka (172) by 88 runs to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three match series. Kusal 77, Chahal 4/52, Kuldeep 3/5222.20 IST: Pandya to Chameera, OUT! That is the end of the game. India win the match and the series.Sri Lanka fall 88 runs short. Hardik bowls an off cutter, around off,Chameera looks to turn it to the leg side but misses and the ball knocks the leg stump out of the ground. 2-0 to India. One more match left forSri Lanka to end their misery.22.14 IST: Sri Lanka 171/8 in 16 overs in chase of 261. Need 90 off 24 balls.22.13 IST: Chahal to Dananjaya, OUT! Fourth wicket for Chahal. Can he get a fifer? The googly outsideoff, Dananjaya looks to go over the top but only succeeds in findingHardik Pandya at long on.advertisement22.11 IST: Chahal to Dananjaya, FOUR! Short and outside off, Dananjaya cuts it uppishly past short extra cover and just manages to beat the man diving at the boundary.22.09 IST: Chahal to Samarawickrama, OUT! Stumped off a wide. Chahal floats this wide outside off,Samarawickrama comes down the track and is nowhere near the pitch of the ball. Swings but misses. Dhoni doesn’t. Sri Lanka 164/7 in 15.2 overs in chase of 261. Need 97 more runs to win off 28 balls.22.06 IST: Chahal to De Silva, OUT! Another one goes. Landed on middle, Chaturanga looks to play thereverse sweep but is cramped for room and ends up dragging it onto thestumps.22.04 IST: Kuldeep to Gunaratne, OUT! Stumped! MS Dhoni is seldom wrong. Full and flat outside off,Gunaratne looks to sweep but misses. In the process, his back foot isdragged out of his crease. Dhoni whips off the bails in a flash andappeals, reckoning he has his man. Replays confirm. Third wicket in theover!22.03 IST: Kuldeep to Samarawickrama, FOUR! Short and outside off, slapped through the covers for a boundary!22.01 IST: Kuldeep to Kusal, OUT! A golden duck for the skipper. Full and outside off, Perera slogsacross the line and gets a top edge. Hardik runs across to his rightlike a panther and catches his prey at the ropes. Then he jokingly mocks Manish Pandey at long off saying that he should have got there instead!22.00 IST: Kuldeep to Perera, OUT! A golden duck for the skipper. Full and outside off, Perera slogsacross the line and gets a top edge. Hardik runs across to his rightlike a panther and catches his prey at the ropes. Then he jokingly mocks Manish Pandey at long off saying that he should have got there instead!21.58 IST: Chahal to Kusal, SIX! Full and outside off, Perera swings it with all his might over mid-wicket.21.57 IST: Chahal to Kusal, FOUR! Full and outside off, Perera comes down the track and smashes it straight back over the bowler for a boundary!21.57 IST: Thisara Perera comes in at number 4, ahead of Asela Gunaratne.21.55 IST: Chahal to Tharanga, OUT! The 109-run stand is broken. Finally an Indian spinner takes awicket. Full and slow, on middle, Tharanga looks to slog but gets a topedge. The ball goes straight up in the air and Chahal calls for it,taking it cleanly.21.52 IST: Sri Lanka 142/1 in 13 overs in chase of 261. Need 119 more runs to win off 42 balls. 21.51 IST: Kuldeep to Kusal, FOUR!21.50 IST: Kuldeep to Kusal, SIX! FETCH THAT! Kusal is putting some batting display here.Brings up the 100-run partnership between the two.21.49 IST: Kuldeep to Kusal, FOUR! Innovative. Full and outside off, Kusal reverse sweeps it over point for a boundary!21.49 IST: Kuldeep is back on.21.47 IST: Chahal to Kusal, FOUR! Lovely batting again. Short and outside off, Perera blasts it over covers and gets a boundary!21.46 IST: Chahal to Kusal, SIX! Terrific shot. Full and outside off but Perera waltzes down the track and sends it sailing over mid-wicket!advertisement21.44 IST: Pandya to Kusal, SIX! Pandya is furious with himself. Full and on the pads, Perera swings it over mid-wicket and hits it into the second tier!21.41 IST: Chahal to Tharanga, SIX! Second of the over! Full and on the pads, Tharanga comes down the track and swings it over long on for another biggie! Sri Lanka 102/1 in 10 overs in chase of 261. Need 159 more runs to win off 60 balls. 21.39 IST: Chahal to Tharanga, SIX! Heave-ho! It is short and around middle, Tharanga rocks back in a flash and pulls it over mid-wicket for a biggie!21.38 IST: Yuzvendra Chahal to bowl now.21.37 IST: Pandya to Tahranga, FOUR! Gets a boundary. Hardik persists with that line and length outside leg and this time Kusal pulls it wide of the man at fine leg for aboundary.21.34 IST: Pandya to continue.21.33 IST: Kuldeep to Kusal, SIX! But totally miscued. Kusal comes down the track a year in advanceand Kuldeep bowls it very slow, on the pads. Perera goes through withhis swing and is clearly early. Mistimes it but such is his power thatthe miscue takes the ball over long on!21.31 IST: The ropes are back again. Every 7 overs they come sweeping the ground, to relieve the bowlers of the dew.21.26 IST: Hardik Pandya comes on to bowl.21.25 IST: 19 runs coming of Kuldeep’s first over. Also the end of powerplay. Sri Lanka 61/1 in 6 overs in chase of 261. 21.24 IST: Kuldeep to Kusal, SIX! Ho ho ho! He does it again! Almost an action replay of the previous ball, just that the destination is a different one. Kusal comes downthe track once again, perhaps a second early and Kuldeep spots it. Bowls it flatter and wider outside off but the southpaw gets to the pitch ofthe delivery and swings it cleanly over long on.21.24 IST: Kuldeep to Kusal, SIX! Terrific shot! Now Kusal uses his feet. Dances down the track and swings this brilliantly over long off.21.22 IST: Kuldeep to Tharanga, FOUR! CLASSY! What a shot. This guy can maketough shots look effortless. Sashays down the track, gets to the pitchof the ball and lofts it beautifully over covers for a boundary.21.22 IST: Kuldeep Yadav comes on to ball.21.19 IST:  Unadkat to Tharanga, FOUR! Nice shot. Full and outside off, Tharanga swings it straight back over the bowler’s head for a boundary!21.18 IST: Kusal Perera walks in at number 3, replacing Dickwella.21.17 IST: Unadkat to Dickwella, OUT! One wicket down. A length ball on the pads, Dickwella swings itwith all his might but perhaps the ball comes slowly off the surface.The timing is totally off and he ends up skewing a simple catch toHardik Pandya at deep square leg. Possibly the best chance for Sri Lanka would have been Dickwella firing. But…21.16 IST: Unadkat to continue.21.09 IST: Sri Lanka 27/0 in 3 overs in chase of 261.21.07 IST: Unadkat to Dickwella, FOUR! Short and outside off, cut over point for boundaries in succession!advertisement21.06 IST: Unadkat to Dickwella, FOUR! Lovely shot. Backs away a touch, Unadkat shortens his length andbowls it wide. But Dickwella is up to it and slashes it with his left leg in the air and gets it over cover for a boundary. 21.02 IST: Bumrah to Dickwella, SIX! First of the innings! A short ball, down the leg side, Dickwella just helps it with a pull over fine leg!21.02 IST: Bumrah to Dickwella, DROPPED! That should have been taken! Well, you can forgive him afterhis heroic innings. But still. Dickwella miscues his pull and the ballgoes towards mid-wicket. Rahul runs back from short mid-wicket, gets tothe ball but never gets to the catch. Fumbles multiple times andeventually puts it down. Two runs taken.21.01 IST: Jasprit Bumrah to bowl from the other end.20.57 IST: Interesting shot, poor running. Full and straight, Dickwella gets downand paddles it over the keeper. Gets more height than distance butluckily for him, Kuldeep Yadav does not get to it from short fine leg. A single taken.20.55 IST: We are back! Was that even a break? Well, seems so. Jaydev Unadkat tostart off proceedings. Two Sri Lankan batsmen are out as well.Surprising. Can they prove their mettle? Time will tell. NiroshanDickwella and Upual Tharanga are their names. Here we go…Dickwella to face.India Innings:20.46 IST: Rohit Sharma (118) and KL Rahul (89) give India (260/5) joint second highest team total in T20I history 20.45 IST: Perera to Karthik, FOUR! Length ball on the pads, slower in pace, Karthik flicks it away throughbackward square leg for a boundary. The fielder in the deep hares to his right but can’t reach it.20.44 IST: WICKET! MS Dhoni b Perera 28 (21 balls). India 255/5 in 19.4 overs BOWLED ‘EM! Thisara is right on the money with that. Full on off, Dhoniin an attempt to slam it out of the park swings across the line butmisses. The off stick is knocked over and that’s the end of Dhoni’sbreezy cameo.20.42 IST: WICKET! Shreyas Iyer lbw b Perera 0 (1). India 254/4 in 19.2 oversHe’s gone! Iyer knew that, so the review was probably for namesake.Fuller and slower on the stumps, Iyer misses the shot and is caughtflush on the pads. Appeal from Thisara, the umpire raises his finger.It’s taken upstairs and replays show that Shreyas is gone. He startedwalking even before the decision came in, the third umpire actually toask the on-field umpire to stop him. Anyway, Iyer is gone and the Lankan captain has this wicket.20.38 IST: WICKET! Hardik Pandya c Samarawickrama b Pradeep 10 (3 balls). India 253/3 in 19 oversNo hat-trick for Sadeera! He manages to hold on to his third catch. Back of a length around off, Pandya just throws his bat at this. Gets a bigtop edge towards covers where Sadeera backpedals and takes a goodreverse cup catch.20.38 IST: Pradeep to Pandya, SIX! Pandya gets into the act straightaway, smacks a boundary and six off the first two balls he faced. India 253/2 in 18.5 overs20.38 IST: Pradeep to Pandya, FOUR!20.36 IST: WICKET! KL Rahul c Dickwella b Pradeep 89 (49 balls). India 243/2 in 18.3 overs A rare positive instance in this innings for Sri Lanka. That’s abrilliant take from Niroshan Dickwella. Full around off, Rahul looks togo big down the ground but edges it behind. It’s travelling fast, butDickwella dives superman-like to his right and takes a one-handedstunner. Lovely take, something for the Lankans to smile about.20.34 IST: Pradeep to Rahul, SIX! That’s as flat as an F1 race track. What a hit! Low full toss on thepads, Rahul flicks it over square leg. Gunaratne out in the deep has achance to catch it, but he maybe loses it somewhere in the lights. Goesover his head and over the boundary.20.32 IST: Chameera to Rahul, SIX! Full and outside off, just an extension of the arms. In essence a lofted cover drive, really. Rahul clears the rope and gets another biggie tohis name. Rahul enters the 80’s with that SIX off the last ball from Chameera. India 236/1 in 18 overs20.29 IST: Chameera to Rahul, SIX! Chameera bowls it with some real pace, but Rahul hits it with doublepower straight back. Really full on middle, Rahul goes deep inside hiscrease and hammers it straight back down the ground. The ball hasdisappeared deep into the stands, no idea where. But it’s gone highsomewhere.20.27 IST: Dananjaya to Rahul, SIX! Maximum to end the over! Too full from Dananjaya, Rahul leans ahead abit and lifts it so comfortably over long on for a biggie. Surprisingthe ball hasn’t been lost once with it being smacked around everywhere. 21 runs came off the over. India 223/1 in 17 overs20.26 IST: Dananjaya to Dhoni, SIX!20.24 IST: Dananjaya to Dhoni, SIX!20.24 IST: India 202/1 in 16 overs, run rate – 12.62 per over. Rahul 65*, Dhoni 12*20.16 IST: Pradeep to Rahul, FOUR! That’s actually not a bad ball but still it’s gone for a boundary. Just one of those evenings. Yorker on the stumps tailing back in, Rahul just manes to get some bat on it and it’s off the inside edge past the leg stump for a boundary.20.16 IST: Pradeep to Rahul, SIX! The back-of-the-hand slower one doesn’t work, KL Rahul picked that up quite early. Positioned himself well for the hoick and went bang over square leg for half a dozen.20.13 IST: Pradeep to Rahul, FOUR! That’s just inside the rope. Consecutive fifties for KL Rahul, his 3rd in this format. Length ball there to be hit, Rahul lofts it over mid-wicket. Looks like it’s going to go all the way but the ball falls just inside the rope. Replays confirm that. KL has been in fine touch since coming in the side, has taken full advantage of the chance given to him. India 182/1 in 14.2 overs Meanwhile, @klrahul11 gets to his half century as well. Second one on the trot for the opener #INDvSL BCCI (@BCCI) December 22, 201720.10 IST: The groundstaff is out once again. Have the big, thick rope with it to clear the dew off the field. A short halt because of it, the players take this chance to get some fluids in.20.06 IST: Dananjaya to Dhoni, FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries for MS Dhoni! He swings and swings hard, clears the full ball over wide mid off and sends it across the rope, beating the fielder in the deep.2nd Twenty20. 13.2: A Dananjaya to MS Dhoni (9), 4 runs, 174/1 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 22, 201720.06 IST: Dananjaya to Dhoni, FOUR! Overpitched from Akila and that’s dispatched. On the stumps, Dhoni drills this through mid on and away to the boundary line.20.03 IST: WICKET! Rohit Sharma c Dananjaya b Chameera 118 (43 balls). India 165/1 in 12.4 overs An imperious knock comes to an end. Short ball outside off, Rohit looks to loft it over short third man but finds Akila Dananjaya there who takes a good catch. The Indian skipper then waits as he thinks it’s a no ball for height, but the umpire doesn’t signal anything. He has to walk back, but he’s done his job, to say the least. The Indore crowd has been thoroughly entertained as Rohit Sharma walks back to a loud cheer. Thoroughly deserved.20.01 IST: Chameera to Rohit, SIX! That’s outta here! Rohit Sharma, take a bow, my man! Low full toss on the stumps, Sharma just lofts it over mid-wicket and that’s another maximum. Played that with so much ease.12.3: D Chameera to RG Sharma (118), 6 runs, 165/0 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 22, 201720.00 IST: Chameera to Rohit, FOUR! This is now India’s highest opening partnership. Though technically it should be in Rohit Sharma’s individual kitty. Full and wide outside off, Sharma flays it through the left of sweeper cover for a boundary.19.59 IST: Chameera to Rohit, SIX! 19.53 IST: Mathews to Rohit, FOUR! 2nd T20I hundred for Rohit Sharma! Fastest century by an Indian, joint-fastest overall. If there was any Indian equal David Miller’s record, it was surely going to be him. What a way to bring it up. Fuller length ball outside off, Sharma smacks this on the up and pierces the gap in the covers for a boundary. Sensational knock, he removes his helmet and celebrates in joy. India 148/0 in 11.2 overs35 balls, 100 runs. Stand up and salute THE HITMAN #TeamIndia #INDvSL BCCI (@BCCI) December 22, 201719.51 IST: Perera to Rohit, SIX! Three in a row! That’s 26 off the over! He’s seeing the ball like a football. Sees the ball full outside off, Rohit sends it sailing high and handsome over the cover fence and picks up another maximum to his name. This is a crazy knock from the Indian skipper, can’t believe what’s happening here.19.50 IST: Perera to Rohit, SIX!19.50 IST: Perera to Rohit, SIX!19.49 IST: Perera to Rohit, SIX! 19.47 IST: Pradeep to Rohit, FOUR! Rohit spoils Pradeep’s over with a boundary off the last ball. India 117/0 in 10 overs19.42 IST: That was the most expensive over of the innings so far, 21 runs came off it with two sixes and two fours all from the bat of Rohit Sharma. India 108/0 in 9 overs19.41 IST: Gunaratne to Rohit, FOUR! Man has decided to let it fly here! His accelerating abilities are on show again. Crossed fifty and then go boom. With the full face of the bat, he drives it sweetly through the covers, beating the two men in the deep to the boundary line.19.41 IST: Gunaratne to Rohit, FOUR! He’s going crazy here. Sees the width offered outside off, so the Indian skipper smashes it square through point and sees the ball thud against the ad board.19.39 IST: Gunaratne to Rohit, SIX! That’s gone a loooooonnnggg waaayyyy! Straight into the third tier. Gentle loopy ball on the stumps, Rohit Sharma slog sweeps it deep into the mid-wicket stands for half a dozen. What a hit, son!19.39 IST: Gunaratne to Rohit, SIX! 13th T20I fifty for Rohit Sharma! Length delivery on middle and off, Sharma camps back and muscles the pull over mid-wicket for a maximum. Brings up his fifty for that and that’s another captain’s knock with that. He’s going to want to make this big now.Watch out! Cricket balls are lying in the stands, in the 2nd tier. This pair is on fire #TeamIndia #INDvSL BCCI (@BCCI) December 22, 201719.38 IST: Chaturanga de Silva welcomed into the attack with two boundaries and a six from Rohit (47*) and Rahul (40*). India 87/0 in 8 overs 19.36 IST: Chaturanga to Rahul, SIX! Shot, KL! Shot! Wears his dancing shoes to get to the pitch of this delivery, lofts it cleanly and clears the fence straight over the bowler’s head.2nd Twenty20. 7.5: C de Silva to L Rahul (39), 6 runs, 86/0 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 22, 201719.34 IST: Chaturanga to Rohit, FOUR! This is poor, should be doing much better given the runs are anyway flowing for the Indians. Sharma cuts this towards point, the fielder there dives to his left but can’t stop it. It wasn’t too far away from him so he should have the batsmen down to maximum a single. Instead, it goes past Perera too at short third man who can’t stop it. Boundary results.19.34 IST: Chaturanga to Rohit, FOUR! He, too, is welcomed with a boundary! Rohit Sharma looking his aggressive best here. Tossed up from around the wicket outside off, Rohit smacks it over extra cover and finds the boundary with ease.19.33 IST: Rahul and Rohit both are dealing in boundaries and sixes at the moment. Captain Perera’s first over goes for 12 runs. India 71/0 in 7 overs, run rate – 10.14 per over19.31 IST: Perera to Rahul, FOUR!2nd Twenty20. 6.6: NTLC Perera to L Rahul (33), 4 runs, 71/0 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 22, 201719.30 IST: Perera to Rohit, FOUR! Shot. Excellent placement. Sees nobody’s out there, so picks his spot. Wide outside off, the Indian skipper cuts it hard through cover-point for a boundary.19.28 IST: End of powerplay! 16 runs came off Dananjaya’s first over with Rohit smashing two boundaries and a six. India 59/0 in 6 overs19.25 IST: Dananjaya to Rohit, SIX!2nd Twenty20. 5.4: A Dananjaya to RG Sharma (31), 6 runs, 57/0 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 22, 201719.25 IST: Dananjaya to Rohit, FOUR! Full, flat and a fraction straight in line, Rohit takes advantage of it and sweeps it through fine leg for a boundary.19.24 IST: Dananjaya to Rohit, FOUR! Welcomes him into the attack with a boundary! Rohit uses his feet to Akila and takes it on the full. Pierces the gap in the mid-wicket and sends it across the boundary line, beating the man in the deep.19.24 IST: Nuwan Pradeep’s first over goes for 17 runs including two sixes and a boundary. India 43/0 in 5 overs19.21 IST: Pradeep to Rahul, SIX! Downtown! Played an excellent straight drive earlier, did something similar now but took the aerial route. Lofted this right over the bowler’s head for a biggie.19.21 IST: Pradeep to Rahul, FOUR! Poor line, all Rahul has to do is help it on its way. Picks it off his pads and works it fine down the leg side, beating short fine leg for a boundary.19.20 IST: Pradeep to Rohit, SIX! He didn’t time that shot well but it’s gone all the way! Back of a length delivery on off, Rohit Sharma stands tall and pummels it in his favourite area. Pulls it over mid-wicket and gets a maximum to his name.19.19 IST: India 26/0 in 4 overs, run rate – 6.50 per over. Rahul 16*, Rohit 10*19.17 IST: Chameera to Rahul, SIX! What a shot! Wow. KL Rahul with an absolute bomb of a shot. Brute force, this. Stands firm to this length ball outside off and hammers it over long off. In the upper tier so that’s a massive biggie. Unbelievable hit that from KL Rahul, most wouldn’t be able to even dream of hitting it like that.19.14 IST: Excellent over from the experienced Mathews, just 3 runs came off it. India 18/0 in 3 overs 19.12 IST: DROPPED! That was a dolly. Should have… Should have taken it. In and out straight! Short and wide, Rahul flays it straight to Sadeera Samarawickrama at backward point. He gets low, but the ball pops right out of his hands. Poor, that. Could very well pay for that mistake, Sri Lanka. Rahul gets a reprieve on 6. India 15/0 in 2.2 overs 19.10 IST: Another good over for the hosts! 7 runs conceded by Dushmantha Chameera in the second over. India 15/0 in 2 overs19.09 IST: Chameera to Rahul, FOUR! Good ball, but that’s a seriously good shot. Bit fullish on middle and off, Rahul with a perfectly straight blade punches this straight back down. No point in mid off going after that, he’s never going to catch up with it.19.07 IST: This is the first T20 international being played at the Holkar stadium in Indore. 170 is the average first innings score here in the IPL19.05 IST: Dushmantha Chameera will bowl from the other end.19.05 IST: Two boundaries came off the first over from Angelo Mathews. India 8/0 in 1 over19.04 IST: Mathews to Rohit, FOUR! Rubbish ball! Short, with no pace at all, gives ample time to Rohit Sharma to go back and pull it over wide mid on. Clears the infield with ease and sends it all the way for a boundary.19.03 IST: India are unchanged for this game. Sri Lanka have included Samarawickrama and Chaturanga de Silva for Vishwa Fernando and Dasun Shanaka19.02 IST: Mathews to Rohit, FOUR! That’s gone in a flash! A little room outside off, can free his arms so Rohit Sharma flays it over backward point. A couple of bounces and it’s away for a boundary. India are underway in style19.00 IST: Time to play the game! The Indian openers, KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma stride out to open the innings. The stadium is echoing with the chants of Rohit! Rohit! Rohit! The skipper has become a real star now and is loved by one and all.Pre-match updates:19.00 IST: India (IND) vs Sri Lanka (SL), 2nd T20I, Indore: Live Cricket Streaming available on Hotstar from 7 PM today 18.32 IST: TOSS! Thisara Perera wins the toss, Sri Lanka opt to bowl vs India in Indore. Hosts lead 3-match series 1-018.30 IST: Rohit Sharma and Co. preparing hard for the game tonightTime for the 2nd T20I to get underway in a few minutes. Hello and welcome to Indore #TeamIndia #INDvSL BCCI (@BCCI) December 22, 2017Brief Preview:Team India led by stand-in captain Rohit Sharma will look to seal the three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka when the two sides meet in Indore for the second T20I on Friday.The hosts hammered the visitors by 93 runs in the first T20I in Cuttack after the Lankans were bowled out for 87 in chase of 181.The Indians rode on some brilliant bowling performances from young Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav and the returning Jaydev Unadkat in a dew-hit Barabati on Tuesday. The leggie bagged 4/23 from his four overs while the Kuldeep picked up two wickets for just 18 runs. On the other hand, the Lankans are going through a terrible phase of transition during which they are badly in need of reliable performers.The result has been a lack of contest and one-sided results, prompting many to question the very logic of India playing such a weak side again and again.This series has hardly proved to be a good preparation for the challenging South Africa tour that awaits India next month, considering the home team’s domination in the absence of a good opposition in favourable conditions.The Indian batsmen have made merry against a toothless attack. Runs and wickets always give confidence to the players but there is a question mark over how much these performances will count in the South African conditions.Sri Lanka on the other hand, need captain Thisara Perera, Upul Tharanga and Mathews to lead by example. They have been part of the side for long and only strong performances by them can infuse life and hope into this dejected side.Players such as Dusmantha Chameera and Dhananjaya De Silva have shown promise and need guidance to be consistent.last_img read more

Fan Violence Costs Panathinaikos Big

first_imgATHENS — Panathinaikos has lost its appeal against a three-point deduction for fan violence at a Greek league match against Olympiacos.The violence at the Feb. 22 game prompted a one-week suspension of the 18-team league, followed by a government decision to ban fans at all stadiums until security standards are improved.The decision by the Greek Football Association leaves Panathinaikos with 58 points, six behind leader Olympiacos, which has a game in hand.Panathinaikos was also fined 100,000 euros ($108,000), and ordered to play two additional home games without fans.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

All-Royal AL All-Star Squad

first_imgNEW YORK — Eight players from the AL champion Kansas City Royals are now on track to start at the July 14 All-Star game in Cincinnati, with Omar Infante overtaking Houston’s Jose Altuve at second base.Catcher Salvador Perez, first baseman Eric Hosmer, shortstop Alcides Escobar, third baseman Mike Moustakas and designated hitter Kendrys Morales maintained their leads in voting totals released June 15.Lorenzo Cain was first among AL outfielders, with teammate Alex Gordon third, behind AL MVP Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels.Infante, who began the night with a .204 batting average and 17 RBIs, led Altuve by 300,000 votes in totals announced June 15, wiping out what had been a 150,000-ballot deficit a week earlier.Major League Baseball said the record for most starters from one team is held by the 1939 New York Yankees with six: catcher Bill Dickey, center fielder Joe DiMaggio, second baseman Joe Gordon, third baseman Red Rolfe, pitcher Red Ruffing and left fielder George Selkirk.Fans elected seven Reds to start the 1957 game in St. Louis, but after concluding half the fan ballots came from Cincinnati, baseball commissioner Ford Frick added Willie Mays and Hank Aaron to the NL lineup in place of Reds outfielders Gus Bell and Wally Post.Voting runs through July 2, and starters are likely to be announced the weekend of July 4-5.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Yanks Sign #1 Pick Kaprielian

first_imgNEW YORK — The New York Yankees have signed former UCLA right-hander James Kaprielian, the 16th overall pick in the June draft.Kaprielian agreed to a minor league contract Wednesday with a $2.65 million signing bonus.The 6-foot-4 Kaprielian was 10-4 with a 2.03 ERA and had 114 strikeouts in 106 2-3 innings for the Bruins as a junior. In May, Kaprielian combined with David Berg to throw the first no-hitter in UCLA history, a 1-0 victory over Arizona in 10 inningsTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

Avalanche Cover Rangers, 2-1

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche took advantage of the New York Rangers’ struggles to get just their second winning streak of the season.Chris Wagner and Matt Duchesne scored 4:16 apart in the second period to lead the Avalanche to a 2-1 win over the Rangers on Dec. 3.“These are the games that we need to learn how to win,” Avalanche captain said.Semyon Varlamov stopped 24 shots as Colorado won consecutive games for only the second time this season. Colorado won three straight between Nov. 10-14.“He was real solid,” Landeskog said of Varlamov, who entered the game with a 3.28 goals-against average and .887 save percentage. “He made some huge stops. He was real solid and the best player tonight.”The Avalanche, who played the three New York-area teams in a four-day stretch, were coming off a 2-1 win over New Jersey on Tuesday night.Oscar Lindberg scored and Antti Raanta stopped 16 shots as the Rangers lost for the fifth time in six games (1-4-1).“The way some guys are analyzing games right now with the stats, (you’ll) probably see that other than face-offs most of the other stats are on our side,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. “At the end of the game the most important stat is the two points.”Raanta’s toughest stops came 4:02 into the second as he made a left pad save on Tyson Barrie’s in-close attempt, and a stop on Nathan MacKinnon snap shot from the slot 1:52 into the third.There was nothing Raanta could have done on Wagner’s goal at with 6:39 left in the second that gave Colorado a 1-0 lead.Barrie began the sequence with a clearing pass from the defensive zone that Jack Skille, stationed by the red line, tapped to Wagner. The 24-year old sped into the offensive zone and ripped a shot for his third career NHL goal.Wagner’s goal came just 40 seconds after Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson was inadvertently clipped by Rick Nash’s back leg skate blade as the two battled for the puck in the neutral zone. He left the ice but did return to the game.“You never know how bad that can turn (out),” Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said. “Lucky for us he was fine and came back pretty fast. It was good to see him back.”Duchene doubled the lead with his 14th of the season with 2:23 remaining in the period. The third overall pick in the 2009 draft snapped a shot from the right circle for his 13th goal in his last 15 games.“You want to always give your team the chance to score the first goal,” Raanta said. “It’s usually pretty important. I couldn’t do it and then they got a second on pretty quickly. You always try to do your thing and help the team stay in the game.“It wasn’t so good from my perspective.”Lindberg’s goal with 50 seconds left cut the deficit in half. But that’s as close as New York got. The Rangers’ best chances were J.T. Miller’s jam shot attempt in the first that Varlamov stopped, and Chris Kreider’s attempt with six minutes left in the third. Kreider never got a shot off as the puck rolled off his stick blade.“I think we need a little more traffic, get inside a little more, stuff like our only goal,” New York’s Dan Giradi said. “(Lindberg’s) inside, a little rebound and goal. A little more of that and we would have been OK.”Outside of a fight involving Cody McLeod and Tanner Glass 7:46 into the game, the first period possessed little action. The Rangers held marginal 4-3 advantage in shots on goal at the end of the opening period.The Rangers finished the game outshooting the Avalanche 25-18.(DENIS P. GORMAN) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Alderson Says Mets Spending

first_imgNEW YORK — Making his first public appearance since collapsing during a news conference two months ago and later announcing he was undergoing cancer treatment, New York Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson looked fit and healthy.Alderson attended the Jan. 7 Hall of Fame news conference featuring former New York star Mike Piazza and Ken Griffey Jr., who were elected to Cooperstown a day earlier.“I feel good, and things are improving,” he said. “It’s nice to be back to a routine and working toward the 2016 season, as it would be for anybody.”The 68-year-old collapsed at Citi Field on Nov. 4 while speaking with reporters following the announcement of a new contract for manager Terry Collins. The NL champions said Dec. 4 he had undergone surgery for a treatable cancer and was starting chemotherapy.“I’ve been working 100 percent since really just after the winter meetings,” Alderson said. “I just couldn’t travel to Nashville that particular Sunday and Monday. Otherwise I would have been there. But since that time I’ve been in the office and fully participating.”Alderson replaced Omar Minaya following the 2010 season. After four losing seasons under Alderson, the Mets returned to the playoffs for the first time since 2006 and made their first World Series appearance since 2000, losing to Kansas City in five games.Since the World Series, the Mets have watched outfield star Yoenis Cespedes and second baseman Daniel Murphy leave as free agents. They signed shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera and outfielder Alejandro De Aza, acquired second baseman Neil Walker in a trade and re-signed pitcher Bartolo Colon.“The idea that we’re not investing in the team I think is really misplaced and sort of tied up in the populism involving Cespedes,” Alderson said.According to Alderson, the Mets payroll this year could be $35 million higher than it was in 2014. Major League Baseball’s final figures had the Mets at $93 million in 2014 and nearly $110 million last season.“We know that Cespedes was instrumental to us getting to the postseason. We know Daniel Murphy was instrumental in us getting to the World Series,” Alderson said. “But I think along the way we learned a few things about ourselves and about the team, and I think the way we’ve approached the offseason puts some of those lessons into play. It’s not as if we’re not looking to improve the team, and, if possible, in significant ways. But it has to make some sense in terms of how these pieces all fit.”New York has shied away from pricey free agents. But at the trade deadline, the Mets acquired Cespedes, who had 17 homers and 44 RBIs in 57 games. He turned 30 is October and is thought to be seeking a contract of at least five years.“If we had the right fit, if we had the right healthy player in the right position, it might be a very different story for us,” Alderson said. “So this isn’t about inching up on team improvement. This is about trying to be, one, thoughtful about it, but also realistic.”(RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Giannis’ 20 Points, 10 Rebounds, 6 Assists Clinch Playoff Berth (Video)

first_imgPACERS 127, MAGIC 112ORLANDO, Florida (AP) — Paul George scored 37 points and Myles Turner added 23 points and 10 rebounds to help Indiana move a step closer to a playoff berth with a victory over Orlando.The Pacers pulled a game ahead of Chicago and Miami for seventh place in the Eastern Conference and climbed back to .500 with their third straight victory.Terrence Ross had 29 points for the Magic, while Evan Fournier had 23 and Aaron Gordon added 17. Orlando has lost six of its last seven.Elfrid Payton had 10 points and 10 assists, but Orlando’s perimeter game was no match for the Pacers’ strength around the basket.Indiana’s starting frontcourt of George, Thaddeus Young and Turner was a combined 20 of 24 (83.3 percent) in the first half, when the Pacers took a 68-59 lead.Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. TweetPinShare0 Shares BUCKS 90, 76ERS 82PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 20 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, and Milwaukee beat Philadelphia to clinch a playoff berth.The Bucks, who snapped a three-game losing streak, began the night needing a victory and a loss by either Chicago, Indiana or Miami to secure their second postseason berth in three years. The Bulls lost 107-106 to Brooklyn.The best from Giannis​ as he finished with 20 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks in the Bucks WIN!! #OwnTheFuture— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) April 9, 2017Antetokounmpo scored eight points in the third quarter, when the Bucks (41-39) outscored the Sixers 25-12 to take command.Greg Monroe added 17 points off the bench for Milwaukee, which limited Philadelphia to 35 percent shooting, including 25.8 percent from 3-point range.Matthew Dellavedova contributed 14 points for the Bucks.The Sixers, who dropped their sixth straight, shot 22 percent from the floor in the third quarter (4 of 18) and 29.7 percent in the second half (11 of 37).”I’m happy for my teammates and the city of Milwaukee. In the playoffs, we’re going to be ready for our opponent.” – @Giannis_An34— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) April 9, 2017NEW YORK (AP) — Dwyane Wade returned but the Chicago Bulls sustained a potentially costly loss when the Brooklyn Nets beat them 107-106 on Saturday.Spencer Dinwiddie made four free throws in the final 13.6 seconds for the Nets in their home finale. He scored 19 points, as did rookie Caris LeVert.Jimmy Butler scored 33 points for the Bulls, who fell into a tie with Miami for eighth in the Eastern Conference.Wade started and played 25 minutes, scoring 14 points. He had been expected to miss the remainder of the regular season when he sprained his right elbow on March 15.But the Bulls allowed 32 points in the fourth quarter, with Dinwiddie snapping a 103-all with two free throws with 13.6 seconds to play. Butler missed a jumper and Dinwiddie put it away with another pair with 2.4 to play.TRAIL BLAZERS 101, JAZZ 86PORTLAND, Oregon (AP) — Damian Lillard scored a franchise-record 59 points and matched his career high with nine 3-pointers to help Portland beat Utah.Lillard surpassed Damon Stoudamire’s previous record of 54 points with a step-back 3-pointer. The crowd on its feet, he raised his arms in celebration then pounded his chest.The win kept the Blazers ahead of the Denver Nuggets for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference with just two games left.It was Lillard’s 27th game with 30 or more points this season, a franchise high. Stoudamire set the previous franchise record for points on Jan. 14, 2005, at New Orleans.Gordon Hayward had 21 points for the Jazz, battling with the Los Angeles Clippers for the fourth spot in the West and home court advantage.WARRIORS 123, PELICANS 101OAKLAND, California (AP) — Kevin Durant’s first touch after missing 19 games with a knee injury? Just a driving baseline reverse and emphatic one-handed slam, and KD triumphantly returned to finish with 16 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in helping Golden State rout New Orleans.With two-time reigning MVP Stephen Curry sidelined by a bruised left knee, Durant shined in 31 minutes and the balanced Warriors won their 14th straight game — the longest unbeaten run in the NBA this season. He hadn’t played since getting hurt Feb. 28 at Washington, then resumed full practice Friday.Klay Thompson scored 20 points, Draymond Green had 13 points and eight rebounds, and the do-everything Warriors sure look poised for another deep playoff run.CLIPPERS 98, SPURS 87SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Chris Paul had 19 points and Los Angeles beat San Antonio for its fifth straight victory.DeAndre Jordan added 17 points and 17 rebounds to help Los Angeles preserve its hopes of hosting a first-round playoff series.Doc Rivers tied Mike Dunleavy for the Clippers franchise record with his 215th regular-season victory.Kawhi Leonard had 28 points, and LaMarcus Aldridge added 18 points for San Antonio. The Spurs closed out their home schedule with just their 10th loss at the AT&T Center.San Antonio is playing out the regular season after securing the No. 2 seed and first-round matchup against seventh-seeded Memphis.CELTICS 121, HORNETS 114CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (AP) — Isaiah Thomas scored 32 points, and Boston remained in contention for the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs with a victory over Charlotte.Al Horford added 16 points and Kelly Olynyk had 13 points and 11 rebounds for his first double-double of the season as the Celtics swept the four-game series and pulled within a half-game of the Cleveland Cavaliers.The Cavaliers (51-28) have road games remaining against Atlanta and Miami before closing at home against Toronto. The Celtics (51-29) have two home games left, against Brooklyn and Milwaukee.Nicolas Batum had 31 points and Kemba Walker added 23 for the Hornets, who were eliminated from postseason contention.Boston led by as many as 19 in the second half, but the Hornets battled back to take a seven-point lead midway through the fourth quarter before Thomas took over.HEAT 106, WIZARDS 103WASHINGTON (AP) — Hassan Whiteside scored 30 points and James Johnson hit a layup with 11 seconds left to give Miami a victory over Washington.Johnson beat Markieff Morris to the basket for the go-ahead basket, Kelly Oubre Jr. threw away the inbounds pass and Josh Richardson made two free throws to seal it as the Heat moved into a tie for eighth in the Eastern Conference. The Chicago Bulls, who lost to the Brooklyn Nets earlier, own the tiebreaker.The Wizards had no answer inside for Whiteside, who was 12 of 19 from the floor and grabbed 12 rebounds. His 30 points were two short of a career high.After missing his first four shots, Goran Dragic finished with 18 points, and Tyler Johnson scored 19 with four 3-pointers.Morris led Washington with 21 points. John Wall shot 5 of 18 for 16 points.last_img read more

Aris Beats Nanterre 92 for the Basketball Champions League (Highlights)

first_imgTHESSALONIKI – Aris achieved his second victory in the Champions League, beating Nanterre 92 (70-62) at the Nick Galis Hall in Thesaloniki.The Greek team who had an excellent defense during much of the Wednesday’s game, forced the French team to its first loss to the competition.Aris (Panagiotis Giannakis): Flionis 4, Vaughn 11, Tsairelis 15, Poulianitis 2, Mourtos 2, Athinaiou 7 ,  Morand, Vasilopoulos 8, Petway 9 , Weaver 7, Benson 3, Bell 2.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

Roma Beats Shakhtar 1-0 to Reach CL Quarterfinals

first_imgROME (AP) — Roma overcame a poor first-half performance to beat Shakhtar Donetsk 1-0 on Tuesday and reach the quarterfinals of the Champions League on the away goals rule after a 2-2 aggregate score.Edin Dzeko scored the only goal of the match early in the second half as Roma became the second Italian side to progress to the final eight after Juventus beat Tottenham last week.Shakhtar led 2-1 from the first leg and would have advanced with a draw, but its hopes of an equalizer diminished 11 minutes from time when defender Ivan Ordets was sent off for hauling down Dzeko.It is the first time in 11 years that two Italian teams are in the quarterfinals, with the draw taking place Friday.“Going through and being among the strongest teams has to be a source of great pride,” Dzeko said. “I don’t have a preferred opponent: they are all strong teams, but we will play to win against anyone. We are among the eight strongest teams in Europe, it means we are strong too.”In the night’s other match, Sevilla knocked out Manchester United with a 2-1 win at Old Trafford to go through with the same score on aggregate. Substitute Wissam Ben Yedder scored twice after coming on in the second half, with Romelu Lukaku pulling a goal back for United.Roma hadn’t conceded in its three Champions League matches at the Stadio Olimpico this season but nearly netted an own goal when Alessandro Florenzi tried to head clear a free kick but sent the ball flashing across the face of goal.Shakhtar dominated possession early and Taison almost scored but his effort flew narrowly over the crossbar.But Roma broke the deadlock seven minutes after the break as Dzeko latched on to Kevin Strootman’s ball over the top and slotted it into the bottom right corner.That gave Roma confidence and it almost doubled its lead 10 minutes later but Dzeko fired narrowly wide.“What I liked best is that we played like men and that’s the most important thing if we want to aspire to certain goals and dreams,” said Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco, in his first ever Champions League campaign.“I want to continue to dream with this team … the only adversary I want to avoid is fear. We should never have that, we should be consicious of our means. The team is growing a lot.”A small scuffle between players broke out 10 minutes before full time after Facundo Ferreyra pushed a ballboy over the advertising boards when trying to retrieve the ball from him. Ferreyra was shown a yellow card.Dzeko was given a standing ovation when he was substituted in the final minute.“The standing ovation has to be for the whole team, not just for me. Everyone gave their all and we are deservedly in the quarterfinals,” Dzeko said. “I didn’t want to leave (in January) precisely because of matches like these, you play all season for matches like these.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Bayern Βeats Besiktas 3-1 to Reach Champions League Quarters

first_imgCONSTANTINOPLE (AP) — Bayern Munich easily advanced to the Champions League quarterfinals for the seventh straight year with a 3-1 win at Besiktas on Wednesday.Thiago Alcantara, Gokhan Gonul’s own goal and Sandro Wagner gave Bayern an 8-1 win on aggregate following the side’s 5-0 victory in the first leg of the last-16 tie.That result left Besiktas in need of the biggest comeback in the competition’s history, and coach Senol Gunes reacted with seven changes to the side that lost in Munich. Only Caner Erkin, Gary Medel, Ricardo Quaresma and Vagner Love kept their places.Despite the huge advantage, Bayern’s Jupp Heynckes sent arguably his strongest side out as the 72-year-old became the first coach to claim 11 consecutive wins in the Champions League.The team selection paid off as Thomas Mueller crossed for Thiago to kill off any Besiktas hopes of a huge upset in the 18th minute.Bayern’s away goal meant Besiktas needed seven in response to progress. The visitors’ level consequently dropped and Besiktas improved toward the end of the half.Gonul started the second half with an own goal, minutes before a cat on the sideline caused referee Michael Oliver to halt the game briefly. It resumed after the cat jumped back over the advertising hoarding.Bayern’s Rafinha, left, and Besiktas’ Jeremain Lens challenge for the ball during the Champions League, round of 16, second leg, soccer match between Besiktas and Bayern Munich at Vodafone Arena stadium in Istanbul, Wednesday, March 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)Love got the fans cheering again when Gonul pounced on a mistake from David Alaba to set the Brazilian up for Besiktas’ consolation goal before the hour-mark.Alaba atoned by setting up Wagner for Bayern’s third in the final minutes.“We completed the job and now we’ll look ahead to the next round,” Mueller said.The only concern for Bayern was an apparent foot injury for Thiago, who was visibly frustrated as he went off in the 35th for James Rodriguez.“I don’t think it’s too serious,” Heynckes said.The home fans spent the last 15 minutes celebrating their side, singing and waving their flags in recognition of the team’s campaign. Besiktas was playing in the knockout stages for the first time after topping its group ahead of Porto, Monaco and Leipzig.Bayern fans are hoping for a repeat of Heynckes’ treble from his previous stint in 2013. Their side can wrap up the league title this weekend, while a cup semifinal against Schalke also awaits.—Besiktas’ Vagner Love celebrates after scoring a goal during the Champions League, round of 16, second leg, soccer match between Besiktas and Bayern Munich at Vodafone Arena stadium in Istanbul, Wednesday, March 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

At 39, Schnyder Returns to Slam Tennis; Loses to Sharapova

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — As her 40th birthday approaches, Patty Schnyder came back to tennis for nights like this — facing Maria Sharapova at the U.S. Open under the lights in a 14,000-seat arena.It was Schnyder’s first main-draw appearance at a major tournament since 2011, and she did make things interesting, erasing a big deficit in the second set only to fall short of pushing their match to a third, eventually losing to five-time major champion Sharapova 6-2, 7-6 (6) on Tuesday night.“That,” Schnyder said, “was fun.”Schnyder is ranked 186th, so she had to go through qualifying rounds to make it into the main draw — and she became the oldest woman to successfully do that at any Grand Slam tournament. She also was the oldest member of this year’s 128-woman singles field, and the third-oldest in U.S. Open history.“Doesn’t feel like I’ve been gone for such a while,” said Schnyder, who after initially retiring seven years ago, returned to a full tour schedule in 2016. “It has been a part of my life for so long, that it feels like it’s just great. And it’s the passion of my life, and it’s just great to be out there.”This was her ninth career meeting against 2006 U.S. Open champion Sharapova, but first in 10 years.“I knew we’d go out on the court today and kind of relive the memories,” said the 31-year-old Sharapova, who is now 8-1 against Schnyder. “I know what a competitor she is. To come back and still have the desire is admirable.”Patty Schnyder, left, of Switzerland, and Maria Sharapova, of Russia, shake hands after Sharapova won their first round match at the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)The match was in Louis Armstrong Stadium and, every so often, Schnyder would peek at the large video screens and catch a glimpse of her 3-year-old daughter, Kim, who sat in the stands and was allowed to stay up way past her bedtime on this occasion.Sharapova raced through the first set, winning all four of Schnyder’s service games and holding a 9-0 edge in winners. The second set began with more of the same, as Sharapova went ahead 5-1. But she began to miss more and more, even clutching at her left elbow after one miscue, and that allowed Schnyder — using that familiar looping lefty forehand — to get to 5-all, then force the tiebreaker.Even then, Sharapova didn’t have an easy time of things, needing four match points before she was finally able to close things out and move her U.S. Open night-session record to 21-0.Schnyder, meanwhile, had never before lost in the first round of this hard-court tournament, going 14-0 during her “first” career.“She still has incredible hands,” was Sharapova’s report on Schnyder afterward. “Moves incredibly well for being out of the game for so long. Still very competitive.”Schnyder said she isn’t sure quite what to make of this trip to New York. She had tasted success all those years ago, a semifinalist at the 2004 Australian Open and a quarterfinalist six other times, including at Flushing Meadows in 2008 and — wait for it — 1998.Patty Schnyder, of Switzerland, serves to Maria Sharapova, of Russia, during the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)So does this return trip to the bright lights and big city make Schnyder want more? Or did it satisfy a craving and she’s ready to go back to retirement?“I don’t know. I’m not really planning (ahead). And now that I’m here and I made the main draw, maybe it gives me different thoughts,” replied Schnyder, who turns 40 in December. “I really don’t know what I’m up to the next few months.”___By HOWARD FENDRICH , AP Tennis WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

ST: secure, efficient SoC for affordable mobile payment terminals

first_img Continue Reading Previous congatec: new SMARC module with NXP i.MX 8M Mini processorNext Yamaichi showcases CEI-112G interoperability live demo at ECOC 2019 Card payment terminals are about to become even more affordable and ubiquitous with a new single-chip controller developed by STMicroelectronics and mobile payment solutions disruptor YouTransactor. Combining YouTransactor’s market knowledge and intellectual property of security and point-of-sale payment terminals and applications, with ST’s chip-design skills and intellectual property including cyber-protection and sophisticated display-graphics control, the new chip is the first PCI secure SoC for mobile payment terminals to be based on a general-purpose microcontroller for robust performance and low power at a cost-effective price.The new System-on-Chip, the YTSECPCI, is commercialized by YouTransactor with the support of ST and is available to customers on flexible delivery terms from YouTransactor, subject to Non-Disclosure Agreement. Launched last month, the YTSECPCI has already been embedded and deployed in 50,000 payment terminals, with over 1 million units ordered for 2019-2020, reflecting the strong demand of the retail industry for low-cost secure payment devices.As a fully integrated System-on-Chip (SoC) with a PCI (Payment Card Industry) kernel, the new device embeds all the physical security mechanisms required by PCI PTS (Pin Transaction Security) to ensure the safety of transactions and user data. These include mesh monitoring, switch monitoring, support for secure application loading and secure boot, advanced cryptographic libraries, active software and hardware tamper detection with data-erase, card-data and pin-code protection, key management, and real-time clock integrity protection.Contact and contactless payment modes are all supported, and the chip comes pre-certified to PCI specifications to ease final approval of customers’ products. In addition to mobile point-of-sale (POS) terminals, the SoC can also be integrated in devices such as vending machines, IoT, cash registers, smartphones or retail hardware.The chip leverages the advanced features and ultra-low-power technologies of ST’s STM32L4 microcontrollers. Highlights of the MCU include 100DMIPS/273CoreMark processing performance, multiple power-management modes to help minimize overall energy consumption, large on-chip data and program memory, and ST’s unique Chrom-ART Accelerator to handle sophisticated user-interface graphics.In addition, engineering teams benefit from the extensive STM32 development ecosystem, including initialization tools, free essential middleware and software, and graphical development tools available through the ST Partner program.To further aid development and accelerate time to market for innovative payment devices, ST and YouTransactor have also created a dedicated evaluation board and reference design containing the YTSECPCI. For further information and to discuss terms for availability, please contact YouTransactor or your local ST sales office.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

David Luiz commits future to Chelsea, wants to win more titles

first_imgChelsea’s Brazilian defender David Luiz has rubbished reports of his transfer from the Stamford Bridge.Luiz said he wants to flourish under the new manager Maurizio Sarri and wants to win more titles with the club.Luiz, who was left out of the Brazil squad for the FIFA World Cup in Russia, returned to Chelsea from Paris St Germain in 2016 after spending two season in the French League.He, however, made only 10 league appearances under former manager Antonio Conte and his poor domestic form led his omission from Brazil’s World Cup squad.The 31-year-old will have a chance to re-establish himself at Stamford Bridge following an injury-ridden season.”I came back to Chelsea to stay,” Luiz told reporters. “When I took my decision to come back here from Paris it was to win the Premier League and to do something again with Chelsea, so I am very happy here.”Luiz has featured in both of Chelsea’s pre-season matches under Sarri, who has started his reign with victories over Inter Milan and Perth Glory.”I love Sarri’s philosophy,” Luiz said. “We play high, with a lot of possession in a technical way. He’s trying to help us every single day to learn quickly his philosophy.”A new philosophy always takes time. But it also depends on us. If we’re dedicated every day and doing things every single day in training, we’re trying to learn quickly.”Chelsea will face league rivals Arsenal and French top-flight team Olympique Lyonnais in their remaining pre-season fixtures before their Community Shield match against Manchester City on August 5.advertisementThe London outfit begin their league campaign against Huddersfield Town on August 11.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

India vs England: Arjun Tendulkar spotted selling radio sets at Lord’s

first_imgArjun Tendulkar has been enjoying his time in London. He has been seen bowling to Virat Kohli in the nets and having meals with England women’s cricket star Danielle Wyatt at a restaurant.Tendulkar junior has always been in good company as he continues to learn the trick of the trades. He recently made his India U-19 debut against Sri Lanka, where he took just 12 balls to grab his maiden wicket. Following the end of the series that India won, he returned to England for his holidays and has been practicing with Team India.But on Saturday, he was spotted doing something different outside the iconic Lord’s stadium. Arjun was seen selling digital radios outside the ground on Day 3 of the second Test between India and England. Harbhajan Singh posted a photo of Arjun selling the electronic device outside the ground.The digital radio is an electronic device that broadcasts live commentary and brings the listeners and others using it closer to the game. The small earpieces have limited signal strength and the range is limited to the stadium or playing area and is used in different sports like rugby to horse racing as well.Also read – Arjun Tendulkar seen helping Lord’s ground-staff as rain hampers India TestLook who selling radios @HomeOfCricket today.. sold 50 rush guys only few left junior @sachin_rt #Goodboy Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) August 11, 2018Also read – Arjun Tendulkar bowls to Virat Kohli at nets ahead of Lord’s TestBefore selling radios, he was also one of the volunteers helping the groundstaff on Friday, during Day 2 of the Test match. Arjun’s father Sachin was in the stands on the first day, along with Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh and director Kabir Khan, watching his son helping out the groundsmen.advertisementArjun has also been training at Lord’s with the Marylebone Cricket Club. “Not only has he been training with @MCCYC4L recently & but he has also been lending a helping hand to our Groundstaff!,” Lord’s Cricket Ground’s Twitter account posted on Friday.last_img read more

BAI distributes 1.6 crore to state Association

first_img(Eds: Updating by making correction in para 3) New Delhi, Sept 19 (PTI) The Badminton Association of India (BAI) has distributed cash incentive of Rs 1.6 crores to the member state associations for development of the sport across the country. The decision was taken on Monday during the Executive Council (EC) meeting, presided over by BAI President Himanta Biswa Sarma. The cash incentives will be distributed among the 32 state associations with each receiving a sum of Rs 5 lakh for the development and promotion of the sport in the grassroots level. “This financial assistance to state associations is the beginning of our vision of making all states self-sustaining in the longer run. It will help them promote and develop badminton in their region more assiduously,” Sarma said. India have become a major force in world badminton with P V Sindhu emerging as the face with silver medals in all the major events, including 2016 Rio Olympics, World Championship (2017 and 2018), Commonwealth Games and Asian Games. BAI Secretary General, Ajay K Singhania, said: “Four regional academies and a Centre of Excellence are also in the offing to change the way badminton is perceived in the country.” PTI ATK ATKATKATKlast_img read more

Sushma meets Antiguan counterpart, discusses Mehul Choksi and cricket

first_imgThe foreign ministers of India and Antigua and Barbuda met on Wednesday in New York on the sidelines of the 73rd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session.The most important part of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s focus was the issue of extradition of the 14,000-crore Punjab National Bank scam accused Mehul Choksi.Speaking exclusively to India Today, Foreign Minister of Antigua and Barbuda Chet Greene said that he “assured” his Indian counterpart full “cooperation” on the matter.”We want to assure the people of India like we assured the foreign minister that our commitment of cooperation and collaboration has not in any way changed. Rather, it is strengthened by the fact that we have a body of laws which govern extradition and matters of this nature which we have to respect,” he said.India’s Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, “The External Affairs Minister had requested him that quicker the matter is resolved, the better it is. Her counterpart replied that they’re trying their best, he said there are some legal angles and court procedures that they’ll examine but he expressed the commitment of his prime minister and government before Sushma Swaraj.”While India has submitted a 720-page document, the Antiguan minister said that he could not commit to a time frame given that the matter is now in court.”The executive does not control the judiciary. So, I would not like to answer your question about the time frame. However, I can tell you that we have received the documents from the Indian government. Meanwhile, as reported earlier, Mehul Choksi’s lawyers have gone to the court and this matter is now sub-judice and as such we have to wait for the outcome of legal proceedings before anything can happen,” said Greene.advertisementIndia has invoked extradition under the Antiguan laws that cover all Commonwealth nations even in the absence of a bilateral agreement. But, because Mehul Choksi is a citizen of Antigua and Barbuda and has rights of legal recourse there and with the matter now “sub-judice” the government cannot interfere in case.”Remember Mehul Choksi is also a citizen of Antigua and Barbuda and is protected by all the laws and constitution of the nation. It is a matter which has to go through due process, a matter which can’t be handled otherwise lest we be accused, as a government, of interfering with the judiciary and the legal processes,” Greene explained.The meeting, on Wednesday, between Swaraj and EP Chet Green was arranged at the request of the foreign minister of Antigua.”He personally wanted to tell the external affairs minister of the commitment of his PM and his government regarding the extradition of Mehul Choksi,” Raveesh Kumar said.Among other things, the government of Antigua and Barbuda showed interest in the Electronic Voting Machines used by India and expressed desire to use them for elections in his own country.Greene said, “We also looked at your elections and the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). We have an interest in implementing and using the technology. We have a population far less than yours but it takes us much longer than you to count our ballots.”Finally, on soft power diplomacy front, Chet Greene proposed greater cooperation between the two nations in academics and training institutes for young cricketers. Citing the example of Sir Viv Richards, an Antiguan national, he said, “You have Sachin Tendulkar and we have Viv Richards. We are looking for having an exchange in sports and particularly in cricket. We believe that we can find a lot of experience in India and a lot to exchange. Our academy will provide space to cricketers across the world.”ALSO READ | Relief is just 1 tweet away: Sushma Swaraj in VietnamALSO WATCH | India calls off meeting between Sushma Swaraj and Pakistan’s foreign ministerlast_img read more

Nokia 6.1 to get Android 9 Pie soon, Digital Wellbeing available on Nokia 7 Plus, Nokia 6.1 Plus

first_imgHMD Global is working hard to meet its promise of rolling out Android 9 Pie to most of its Nokia smartphones. The Nokia 7 Plus received the stable Pie update last month and the Nokia 6.1 Plus is on course to get the stable update as it is already on beta. Next up on the list is the Nokia 6.1 and HMD’s chief Juho Sarvikas tweeted on Friday that the company will be skipping Beta Labs for the device and will instead go straight to the stable release “soon.”Sarvikas on Friday tweeted that Digital Wellbeing is available on Beta Preview for Android One devices on Pie. This means Nokia 7 Plus and the Nokia 6.1 Plus users running Pie (stable or beta) can now download the Digital Wellbeing app from the Play Store. Digital Wellbeing is a Pie-exclusive feature that gives the user an overview of how much time is being spent on apps. Users will also get options like daily app timers to set time limits on apps, Wind Down which will turn the screen into Grayscale at night and Do Not Disturb which will mute notifications while you sleep.Sarvikas also replied to a user’s query on when the Nokia 6.1 will receive Pie to which the HMD chief replied that the company will be skipping Beta Labs and will roll out the Android update soon. HMD has already promised an October timeframe for the Nokia 6.1, so it looks like users can expect to see the Pie update in the next few days. The Nokia 6.1 was announced earlier this year as a refresh to last year’s Nokia 6. The device brings a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and a dual-tone design with copper accents all around as visual upgrades over last year’s model. The Nokia 6.1 sports a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD display with a traditional 16:9 aspect ratio and a 2.5D Gorilla Glass on top. The device is powered by a Snapdragon 630 processor coupled with up to 4GB of RAM and up to 64GB of internal storage. Much like most other Nokia phones this year, the Nokia 6.1 is also an Android One device that ships with Oreo out-of-the-box.advertisementThe Nokia 6.1 also gets Zeiss-branded optics with a 16-megapixel rear camera and f/2.0 aperture and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. The device houses a 3,000mAh battery with fast charge support over USB Type-C. Notably, HMD recently slashed the prices of the Nokia 6.1 in India following the launch of the Nokia 6.1 Plus. The base variant is now available at Rs 13,499 as opposed to its original price of Rs 16,999, while the 4GB variant is now priced at Rs 16,499, down from its original price of Rs 18,999.ALSO READ: Nokia 5.1 Plus may get Android 9 Pie by the end of 2018, hints HMD Global chieflast_img read more

The Farm at San Benito, Now Part of CG Hospitality Group

first_img(Eds: Disclaimer: The following press release comes to you under an arrangement with NewsVoir. PTI takes no editorial responsibility for the same.)CG Hospitality completes acquisition of the Award-Winning Eco Luxury Medical Wellness Resort, The Farm at San Benito, Philippines to add to its fast growing global portfolioManila, Philippines(NewsVoir)CG Hospitality Holdings, a Kathmandu-based multi-national conglomerate with 200 years of legacy and a proven track record over the past two decades in the hospitality industry, has bought out its current partners to take control of The Farm. CG will take over the full management of The Farm at San Benito after Mr. Binod Chaudhary, Chairman of Chaudhary Group (CG), bought the shares of Avalon Hospitality.With this buyout, The Farm, located in Lipa, Batangas, is expected to grow its business by building more villas and facilities inside the 48-hectare lush tropical jungle. The plan is to also develop a world-class high-end residential development, which will be focused around the concept and philosophy of The Farm.As one of the biggest and fastest growing hospitality groups in the region, CG Hospitality is expected to strengthen the positioning and business of The Farm, both in the Philippines as well as in markets such as Europe, USA, India, Nepal and the Middle East, by bringing a range of brilliant talents and industry experts.Mr. Binod Chaudhary commented, The Farm at San Benito is a brand that is waiting to take over the world through its intrinsic philosophy that promotes health and well being. The next phase of development will upscale its market and improve service offerings and the holistic healing experience of its customers. The Farm needs to be replicated across key global destinations to deliver on the ever-increasing predictions and trends around wellness. Making time to unplug is a higher priority than ever before and destinations that help achieve this balance like The Farm will be highly sought after.advertisementCG Hospitality Holdings has a total portfolio of more than 95 hotels and resorts in 12 countries and 70 destinations with over 5,715 keys under a range of brands including Taj, Jetwing, Radisson, Alila, The Fern, Zinc Journey, Summit.By 2020, the company projects its number of properties to double. Mr. Rahul Chaudhary, MD of CG Hospitality Holdingsshared, The company is actively expanding globally by bringing more cutting-edge concepts to life in hotels, resorts, residences, and spas across Asia, Middle East, the United States, and Africa. We aim to redefine standards. In fact, Philippinesis an important market, that is why we plan and target to build another new holistic and healing sanctuary here. This expansion is projected to bring jobs in the country and drive tourism.The Farm at San Benito offers life transformative retreats and holistic medical wellness experiences that are evidence-based, science-based and results driven to heal and rejuvenate.Programs are carefully planned and conducted by internationally-trained medical doctors and experts.Save as much as 20% off on The Farms medically supervised Health Optimization programs from De-Stress & Revivify, Beauty & Vitality, Detox D Lite, Weight Management, Diabetes Prevention & Heart Health, Pain Management & Mental Health, Fitness & Sports Enhancement.An all-inclusive Health Optimization Program starts at USD 436++ per person per night on double occupancy/ USD 524++ on single occupancy. Seasonal rates are valid until December 20, 2018. To book a retreat or learn more about The Farm, visit For direct inquiries, call (+632) 884-8074, (+63) 918 884-8080, or email or The Farm at San BenitoThe Farm at San Benito is a five-star holistic medical wellness resort located in Lipa, Batangas, a 90-minute drive south of Manila, Philippines. It rests on 48 hectares of lush green jungle, with a stunning view of the majestic mountains, pure and fresh air with clear and positive life-giving energy radiating around the property. Its world-class facilities and services have made it a recipient of 56 prestigious accolades, including ‘The Best Medical Wellness Resort in the World.’The multi-awarded eco-luxury resort promotes holistic wellness through carefully planned and conducted programs by licensed medical professionals, spa therapists, nutritionists and living food experts, fitness coaches, and yoga teachers. The Farm specializes in preventing and addressing some of the most alarming and prevalent lifestyle illnesses in today’s society through detoxification, weight management, diabetes prevention, heart health, and stress management, among others.With only 33 exclusive suites and villas, a well-maintained property, world-class service, and the Filipinos’ nurturing touch, The Farm offers guests an unparalleled life-changing holiday experience.For more information, please visit Binod Chaudhary, Chairman of Chaudhary Group (CG)advertisementImage 2 : The Farm at San Benito – A perfect place to healPWRPWRlast_img read more