Former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s late order blitzkrieg guided Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) to a thrilling six wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in a last ball thriller Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 contest at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Saturday.With 47 needed off the last three overs, the situation was tailor made for one of the best finishers in world cricket, and Dhoni (61 not out from 34 balls), started in his usual fashion taking time to settle down before unleashing his power against the likes of Mohammed Siraj and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.In the 18th over, the Ranchi stumper dispatched Siraj for a flat six over long-on before helping the ball over point and short third man for a four the next ball to milk 17 runs from the over.The penultimate over witnessed a vintage Dhoni smashing two consecutive boundaries before using his bottom hand to launch Bhuvneshwar for a powerful six over long-on to reach his half century and leave Pune needing 11 from the final over.The final over had medium pacer Siddharth Kaul going for a six in the very first ball from Manoj Tiwary (17 not out) before Dhoni finished off in style with a boundary through extra cover. Dhoni’s match-winning knock was laced with five hits to the fence and three over it.Chasing a stiff 177, Pune were off to a dismal start losing Ajinkya Rahane (2) in the fourth over before opener Rahul Tripathi (59) and skipper Steve Smith (27) rescued them with a 72-run second wicket stand in quick time.advertisementTripathi made full use of the life he got on 17 when Bipul Sharma put down a tough chance off medium pacer Mohammed Siraj’s first ball of the match.The 26-year-old immediately smacked Siraj out of the park the next ball before taking Siddharth Kaul to the cleaners twice in the next over as he got his half century in just 32 balls.Smith at the other end, dispatched Bipul for two consecutive sixes as Pune looked on course before Afghanistan’s teenaged leg-spinner Rashid Khan packed back the Australian after facing 21 balls with a googly knocking his off stump.Two overs later, Tripathi, who by now had faced 41 balls and struck six boundaries and three huge sixes, was brilliantly ran out by a direct throw from Rashid, reducing the hosts to 98/3.With 62 needed off the last five overs, the stage was set for former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and English all-rounder Ben Stokes (10) to press the accelerator.But purple cap holder Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who returned to bowl his second spell had other plans when he induced Stokes to loft one to deep midwicket which substitute Vijay Shankar latched on with ease.In the end, it was Dhoni all the way who smashed the bowlers all around the park once he got his eye in with Bengal’s Manoj Tiwary giving him company to see the team through.Earlier, a late surge from all-rounder Moises Henriques helped Sunrisers Hyderabad post a healthy 176/3 after the visitors were put in to bat by Smith.Pune faltered in the death overs, leaking 63 runs in the last five overs with Henriques (55 not out from 28 balls) and Deepak Hooda (19 not out from 10) taking the bowlers to the cleaners.Sunrisers had a slowish start with skipper David Warner and his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan (30) putting on 55 runs before South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir gave Pune the first breakthrough in the form of Dhawan.Dhawan’s departure brought in the in-form New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson (21 from 14 balls), who added 29 for the second wicket with Warner before medium pacer Daniel Christian’s off-cutter caught him plumb in front.But it was the late order blows from Henriques and Hooda which helped the visitors go past the 150-run mark.Henriques started by hitting two consecutive fours off medium pacer Shardul Thakur before meting out special treatment to Unadkat for two sixes while Hooda too used the long handle once off Unadkat for a flat six into the second tier over long-on.The right-handed Australian brought up his half century in the final over of the innings with a four into the extra cover boundary off Thakur.
Mohali, May 18 (PTI) Congressman Sunil Jakhar was today elected chairman of the Punjab Rifle Shooting Association (PRSA), which is all set to promote shooting as a major sport in the state. The election took place at the general body meeting of the association, held at PCA Mohali. Announcing the results of the meeting, held to elect the new governing body of the association, a spokesperson said Olympian shooter Gurbir Singh Sandhu will be the new president, while Parminder Singh Brar has been elected senior vice president. Addressing a gathering of PRSA members, the newly elected president Gurbir Singh Sandhu applauded the efforts of the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) president Raninder Singh in the promotion of the shooting sport in Punjab. Citing the various victories of the Indian shooters at international events, Sandhu attributed the success to the hard work of the shooters and the efforts of the NRAI president. Sandhu said PRSA would actively promote the sport in the state and aim to set up more shooting ranges in Punjab. NRAI president Raninder Singh congratulated the newly elected members of PRSA and promised full cooperation of NRAI for the development of shooting as a major sport in Punjab. Other members elected to the PRSA governing body on the occasion included Lt Col J S Brar – vice president, Hardeep Singh Sodhi- vice president, Pawanpreet Singh Dhillon- hon. secretary general, N S Bhogal- treasurer, Jasonpreet Singh Dhillon ? joint secretary and Swaranjeet Kaur- joint secretary. PTI VJ KHS KHS
India captain Virat Kohli said his team were not invincible after the defending champions allowed Sri Lanka to chase down a target of 322 to win a pulsating Champions Trophy match at The Oval on Thursday.India, inspired by Shikhar Dhawan’s superb 125, racked up a healthy total of 321/6 but Sri Lanka knocked off the runs with eight balls left to leave Group B wide open.All four teams in the section have two points going into the last round of games in which India play top-ranked South Africa on Sunday and Sri Lanka meet Pakistan on Monday.”I think Sri Lanka played really well,” Kohli told a news conference following his team’s seven-wicket loss.”The other teams are also champions and that needs to be kept in mind. We are not invincible.”India had beaten Sri Lanka in 14 of their last 17 one-day internationals, including the last five.India’s bowlers struggled to contain the Sri Lankan batsmen, however, as Danushka Gunathilaka and Kusal Mendis shared a second-wicket partnership of 159 before captain Angelo Mathews steered his team home with a composed unbeaten 52.”We all felt we had enough on the board at the halfway mark,” Kohli said.”We trusted our bowlers, but they (Sri Lanka) were pretty good on the day. Kept their momentum going and executed their shots really well. Our bowlers bowled decently, but they batted really well.”Kohli blamed poor execution as India’s bowlers took only one wicket, the other two Sri Lankan wickets coming from run-outs as they achieved the highest successful run chase in the tournament’s history.advertisement”There is always hindsight when you don’t win games. As I said we bowled decently well, but the execution wasn’t quite there,” added Kohli, who was out for a duck to complete a bad day for one of the world’s leading batsmen.”Obviously, there is food for thought but you have got to give credit to other teams as well. You don’t take any team lightly. It’s going to be like this throughout the tournament and we don’t expect anything less.”
Adding more flair to its AMG line-up in India, Mercedes-Benz will launch the AMG GLC 43 Coupe on July 21, reports suggest. While the company already has the GLC 43 SUV in its portfolio for the country, adding the AMG power to its popular Coupe will only mean more firepower from the German car-makers.The new GLC 43 Coupe combines a sporty, elegant design with the brand’s hallmark Driving Performance and the advantages of an SUV in terms of seating position, interior flexibility and also traction off the beaten track.Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 CoupeDesign:The front view of the GLC 43 Coupe reveals its independent character, with the diamond radiator grille with chrome pins and a louvre in high-gloss black with insert in high-gloss chrome and AMG lettering in high-gloss chrome. The sportily distinctive air intakes in the AMG front apron feature fins in silver chrome. Down below, the silver chrome front splitter ensures an optimal flow of air to the cooling modules.The tail end also sports characteristic highlights and exudes sporty, aesthetic appeal with chrome-plated tailpipe trim elements in a four-pipe look. The AMG-specific rear apron sports trim in silver chrome. Narrow, divided tail lights and the sharp spoiler lip invoke the design line displayed for the first time with the S-Class Coupe and followed by all of the coupe models from Mercedes-AMG. The rear window dispenses with a wiper, as the airflow does not fall away until after the spoiler lip, which means that water is unable to strike the rear window.advertisementMercedes-AMG GLC 43 CoupeInterior:The colour combination of sporty, functional black with red contrasting features is a characteristic element. Longitudinal-grain aluminium trim highlights the sporty aspirations. The multifunction sports steering wheel in black leather with red contrasting topstitching and featuring a flattened bottom section is ideally suited to an emphatic driving style.The upholstery in black Artico man-made leather/DINAMICA microfibre boasts its own seat upholstery layout plus red topstitching. To match the seat design, the door centre panels are styled in the same material.Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 CoupeEngine:The Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Coupe comes with a 3.0-litre V6 with direct injection and biturbocharging engine that churns out power output of 367 hp and peak torque of 520 Nm, mated to 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission. The GLC 43 Coupe accelerates from rest to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds and its speed is electronically governed at 250 km/h.Features:With two large round dials and central colour multifunction display with a 5.5-inch (13.97 cm) screen diagonal, the AMG instrument cluster places all the important information in the driver’s field of vision. The ECO display supports a fuel-saving driving style. Dials in a chequered-flag look and the distinctive typography lend the large displays an especially sporty touch.Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 CoupeMusical enjoyment at concert hall level is possible with the optional Burmester surround sound system. This has a 9-channel DSP amplifier, 13 speakers and a system output of 590 watts.Dimensions:For all its sportiness, the dynamic newcomer also impresses with some practical advantages. With a capacity of 491 to 1400 litres, the luggage compartment leads this market segment. Split-folding rear seat backrests, which fold down in the ratio 40:20:40, enable a variety of configurations to be used for particularly long or bulky items of luggage. And the availability of space in both front and rear is on a par with the GLC 43 4MATIC in terms of comfort level. Entrance height, shoulder room, elbow room and legroom are all identical.Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 CoupeCompetition:Although no real rival, the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Coupe will be pitted against Audi S5 in India.Price:We expect the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Coupe to come for a price of Rs 80 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi)- Rs 84 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi).ALSO READ:Mercedes-Benz launches new GLA in India; prices start at Rs 30.65 lakhALSO READ: Mercedes-Benz E220d launched in India at Rs 57.14 lakh ALSO READ:Mercedes-Benz GLA 220d 4MATIC Activity Edition launched in India
American carmaker Ford has revealed that the new 2018 Mustang will be offered with a new feature, a ‘Quiet Exhaust’ mode that will cut engine noise when activated. The feature will be offered on the Mustang that is sold in the United States.It is no secret that a 5.0-litre Mustang V8 is pretty loud and even though petrolheads might enjoy the sweet exhaust note, it can get a little too loud for other people nearby. The new ‘Quiet Exhaust’ feature will cut engine noise by up to 10 decibels, when activated.A Ford engineer got the idea when he was reversing his GT350 Mustang out of his garage and his neighbours called the cops, citing noise pollution. This led the engineer to design and implement this feature in the new Mustang.Ford engineers have cheekily dubbed this new feature, the ‘Good Neighbour Mode’. The Quiet Exhaust mode closes the valves of the cylinder using an active valve performance exhaust system. The system can be easily set up using steering mounted controls and different volumes can be set up for different driving modes like Normal, Sport and Track.Also Read: Ford recalls 39,315 units of Fiesta Classic, Figo in India
David Warner is well known to be doting father and likes to spend quality time with his daughters, Ivy Mae and Indi Rae. But, his family’s whereabouts have been under close watch, something that has been worrying the burly Australian.Warner posted a photo on Instagram on Saturday of a man who was allegedly following him and his wife Candice at the supermarket and was even waiting for them outside his daughter’s dancing class.”Does anyone know this bloke?? He may or may not be a pap. Well he’s decided to follow @candywarner1 and I to the supermarket then also decided to wait at the front of my daughters dancing class even before we got there. I’m a bit concerned by this. Stalker or Wannabe pap. We respect the paps as they respect us now this bloke did none of this Today!! Lookout for him,” he posted.At first he thought he would be a paparazzi clicking pictures of them going about their day, but later the father in Warner was furious by the actions of the said man. He was angry by the man’s action and asked if anyone knew who this man was and advised them to stay away. advertisementWarner is quite active on social media and especially on Instagram where he lets his fans all over the world in on his life with photos, videos with his family.Earlier in the day he had even posted a photo of the three women in his life, a usual feature of his bustling Instagram page.Last month, as Australia were touring India, Warmer’s two little girls were pictured next to a street-side shop, paying a lady after enjoying a lemonade.
Jasprit Bumrah rocketed to his career-best world No.3 in the latest ICC ODI rankings after his match-winning 3/47 gave India a series-clinching victory in the decider in Kanpur on Sunday.New Zealand needed 15 runs off the final over to chase down a 338-run victory target but a nerveless Bumrah conceded only seven while picking up his third wicket of the match to help India prevail in the run-fest.Bumrah finished with three for 47 from his 10 overs and affected a run out to give India a narrow six-run victory in winners take all contest.Even though his opening spell partner, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, looked off-colour, Bumrah held his nerves and bowled tight line and lengths to restrict the run flow from his end.Playing his 50th ODI, the 23-year-old also became the second quickest Indian to grab 50 wickets after Ajit Agarkar who achieved the feat in 23 games. Bumrah has been captain’s delight this year with 35 wickets, including a five-wicket haul, from 20 matches at an average of 26.00It is not how good you are, it is how good you want to be! #IndvsNZ @msdhoni @ajinkyarahane88 ???????? pic.twitter.com/KPWtDTcmA9- Jasprit bumrah (@Jaspritbumrah93) October 29, 2017Like Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar has also been key to India’s dream run in ODI cricket. This year, Bhuvneshwar has bagged 25 wickets, including a five-wicket haul but his ability to restrict the runs in the slog overs makes him a lethal weapon in India’s bowling arsenal.Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar are the first-choice pace duo in the 50-overs format for India who currently have a pool of at least 11 bowlers to choose from before the core team is decided for the 2019 World Cup in England. The two pacers have picked up 60 wickets between them this year more than any two new ball bowlers of any country.advertisementIndia’s spinners have undoubtedly maintained their dominance but it has was the pacers who have grabbed the headlines of late.
HTC on Thursday announced two new additions to the U11 family. Following the launch of the HTC U11 flagship earlier this year, the company has now unveiled the U11+ and the U11 Life. The former is a plus-sized variant of the U11 which highlights slimmer bezels, while the U11 Life falls in the mid-range category and comes in two versions – Android One and Sense. Of the two, the U11+ — or is it the U11 Plus — comes with high-end hardware. The U11 Life is a more mainstream phone. Both the U11+ and the U11 Life target two very different price segments. The U11+ is a more premium version of the U11. The U11 Life, on the other hand, is a mid-range smartphone that looks to offer a choice of stock Android experience or Sense UI, and cuts down on some of the premium specs that come with the U11.HTC U11+ features, specifications, price and availabilityTalking about the HTC U11+ first, the smartphone brings all the goodies of the U11 to a larger, more premium design. It keeps up with the 2017 trend of full-screen smartphones and the U11+ sports slimmer bezels than the U11. This means the fingerprint sensor moves to the back and the phone does not come with a 3.5mm headphone jack. The ‘Plus’ comes with a 6-inch Quad HD+ (1440×2880) LCD display with an 18:9 aspect ratio that is in line with the likes of Samsung’s Galaxy S8, LG V30 and iPhone X. Apart from the height, the HTC U11+ is slightly thicker than the U11 measuring at 158.5×74.9×8.5mm and is heavier as well at 188 grams.advertisementThe U11+ also packs a larger 3930mAh battery compared to the 3000mAh battery inside the U11. In our review of U11, we were impressed with the phone’s battery, which could go through an entire day for most average smartphone users. The U11+ will likely promise the same battery life with a 6-inch display. The smartphone sports the same liquid surface design as the U11, but only comes in one colour,Most of the high-end specs seen inside the U11 are also present in the U11+. It is powered by a Snapdragon 835 processor coupled with either 4GB + 64GB of storage or 6GB + 128GB of storage. It goes one up on the IP67-rating of the U11 and comes with an IP68 rating which means it is dust and water resistant up to 1.5 meters and 30 minutes. It sports the same 12-megapixel UltraPixel 3 OIS camera like the U11. The front sees an 8-megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture. The U11+ brings the Edge Sense feature that was launched with the U11. Edge Sense allows you to squeeze the sides of the frame to perform actions like launching Google Assistant, snap pictures and turn on flashlight, among others. With the launch of the Edge Sense app, users can also assign the Edge Sense to perform actions on third-party apps as well.The premium U11+ has been priced at 699 pound (approx. Rs 60,000) in the UK for the 6GB + 128GB variant. The company is yet to announce pricing and availability for other markets including India.HTC U11 Life features, specifications, price and availabilityThe U11 Life is a mid-range offering in the U11 lineup. The smartphone is a stripped down version of the U11. Notably, it comes in two versions, Android One and Sense. The former version features stock Android 8.0 Oreo minus HTC’s own Sense UI overlay and will be globally available. The latter version runs Android 7.1 based on Sense UI and comes pre-installed with Amazon Alexa as well as Google Assistant. The company says that the Sense version will be available in North America and will receive Android 8.0 Oreo update in 30 days. The HTC U11 Life sports a smaller 5.2-inch 1080p Super LCD display compared to the U11. The mid-range handset is powered by a Snapdragon 630 processor coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The Sense version for North America will get 3GB of RAM and 32GB of inbuilt storage. Both the versions support expandability via microSD card. Like the U11, the U11 Life also features a liquid surface design with acrylic glass.Also Read: HTC U11 review: Sense and sensibilityAs far as optics are concerned, the HTC U11 Life houses a 16-megapixel rear sensor with f/2.0 aperture and support for 4K video recording. The front sees a similar 16-megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture, but only records videos in 1080p. As we mentioned, this is a stripped down version of the HTC U11, so the battery inside the U11 Life is also smaller at 2600mAh. Connectivity options include Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, NFC, GPS, GLONASS and interestingly no 3.5mm headphone jack.advertisementThe U11’s trademark Edge Sense feature comes to the U11 Life as well. The handset measures 149.09×72.9×8.1mm and weighs 142 grams. The Android One version of the smartphone will be offered in Sapphire Blue and Brilliant Black, while the Sense version only comes in Blue. The latter is priced at $349 (approx. Rs 22,500) and is available in the US and Canada. Pricing and availability of the Android One variant is yet to be known. There is also no word on when the HTC U11+ and the U11 Life Android One will make it to the Indian market.
New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult picked up a 7-wicket haul to power New Zealand to 204-run victory in the second ODI against the West Indies at Christchurch on Saturday. The hosts thus, clinched the series with one match in hand.The Black Caps had posted 325 for 6 after being put into bat thanks to major contributions from Henry Nicholls (83*), Ross Taylor (59) and George Worker (58). Todd Astle also chipped in with a quickfire 45-ball 49.In reply the Windies innings was rocked early as Boult sent back Evin Lewis, Kyle Hope, Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer to reduce the visitors to 4 for 52 inside 10 overs.The left-arm seamer then came back for his second spell to remove the tail-enders while Lockie Ferguson chipped in with 3-17 as New Zealand’s fast bowlers skittled out the West Indies for just 121 in 28 overs.Boult’s career-best figures of 7 for 34 also saw him complete 100 ODI wickets in the process, becoming the second fastest Kiwi bowler to reach the landmark after Shane Bond.Already missing star opening batsmen Chris Gayle, who withdrew from the match with an unspecified illness, the West Indies were immediately in trouble when Boult ripped through the top order.He bowled Kyle Hope (4) with a ball that straightened and hit off stump then removed the other opener Evin Lewis (10), caught at backward square leg. Boult then dismissed Shimron Hetmyer (2), caught at second slip, then removed Shai Hope (23) with a high top edge to wicketkeeper Tom Latham.Trent Boult bags 7 wickets, goes to 100 ODI career wickets and the West Indies are bowled out for 121 for a 204 run victory in Christchurch.Card | https://t.co/KhMW8Q2Cf8 pic.twitter.com/wFEqVlcmfCadvertisement- BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) December 23, 2017Ferguson got rid of Jason Mohammed (18) and Rovman Powell (0) with consecutive deliveries, then the West Indies captain Jason Holder (13), the last of the recognized batsmen.Boult returned after his six over opening spell to quickly polish off the innings, removing Sheldon Cottrell (8), Ashley Nurse (27) and Shannon Gabriel (no score). Nurse was Boult’s 100th wicket in ODIs, enabling him to become just the fifth New Zealander to take 200 wickets in tests and 100 wickets in ODIs.”If I could pin it down to anything it was a little bit of movement in the first spell with the new ball,” Boult said. “But to go out and get seven was something I wasn’t really expecting.”Today I just tried to keep it as simple as possible, try to remain aggressive and bowl a few short balls and to get a few wickets was very satisfying.”A quick word with the ANZ Player of the Match Trent Boult (7-34) #NZvWI pic.twitter.com/XQQELKKeYF- BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) December 23, 2017Earlier, George Worker, Ross Taylor and Nicholls all scored half-centuries to lift New Zealand to a daunting total after the hosts were sent in to bat.Worker made a career-high 58, beating his previous best of 57 which he made in the first ODI match at Whangarei on Wednesday, after sharing in a solid 50-run partnership with Colin Munro for the opening wicket.Taylor held the middle order together with a well-crafted 57 to register his 39th ODI half-century while Nicholls batted through the last 20 overs to register his highest ODI score.Nicholls also shared a record sixth wicket stand of 130-run with Todd Astle, who was bowled by Cottrell for 49 in the last over.Nicholls faced just 62 balls and hit seven fours and two sixes as New Zealand blasted 103 runs off the last 10 overs to post more than 300 for the first time in 2017.(With AP inputs)
Dheeraj Singh rested speculations and rumours regarding his future with All India Football Federation’s developmental team and confirmed that his match against Mohun Bagan as his last for Indian Arrows (he was adjudged the man-of-the-match for his performance).Arguably the breakout star of the FIFA U-17 World Cup for the hosts, Dheeraj shone with stellar performances for his I-League club too. At the historic tournament, India’s first ever FIFA tournament, Dheeraj conceded eight goals. Three against the United States, one against Colombia and four in the last match versus Ghana. He made 25 stops from the three-matches and if not for him, the scorelines would have been humiliating for the hosts.WATCH VIDEO HEREUnlike his peers, the Arrows goalkeeper decided against signing a three-year contract extension that the AIFF insisted on. His initial contract ends on Sunday (December 31, 2017) and the football body wanted the youngster to sign an extension for three more years, rather than till the end of the I-League season, something Dheeraj was keen on. “It didn’t make sense for Dheeraj to be tied down by another contract for three years (by the AIFF). He wants to trial abroad and try his luck on foreign soil,” his agent, Anuj Kichlu was quoted as saying by TOI on Saturday. The AIFF, on the other hand, said they couldn’t make an exception for Dheeraj, especially since all other players had signed long-term contracts.”We were offering Dheeraj the same contract which we offered to the rest of the team. We are not a club, so cannot differentiate,” said a AIFF official.advertisementDheeraj took to Instagram to confirm that he indeed would be leaving the Indian Arrows, saying that his time with the club was “memorable”.”Shared points against the mighty Mohun Bagan day before yesterday. This was my last match with the Arrows and a memorable day to finish off the year.Like always it’s been an honor to play alongside such a wonderful & talented bunch of boys in Indian Arrows. Finally, I would take this opportunity to thank my coach and the officials for giving me the opportunity and making me grow and mature as a footballer that I’m today.Cheers!”The keeper has been linked with a move abroad with English clubs West Ham United and Charlton Athletic Club and Toronto FC in the USA, being possible teams. But as of now his most likely destination can be Scotland, with Motherwell FC showing interest.Dheeraj is expected to leave as soon as he gets his visa.
Greece soccer coach Sergio Markarian’s resignation after humiliating defeats to the Faroe Islands isn’t being accepted by the Hellenic Football Federation (EPO).The 70-year-old Uruguayan succeeded Italian Claudio Ranieri in February but quit after only five months with Greece at the bottom of its group in European Champions League qualifying with only two points. That meant Greece, the 2004 European champion, won’t even make next year’s tourney.“I came to Greece for the national team at a critical moment and took on a difficult job,” Markarian said in a statement. “I gave my all from the day I started, working long hours with great love for the work I do.“I apologize to the Greek fans because the results in our matches were not as good as we had hoped. Now I am making the difficult decision to end my collaboration with the team.”EPO President George Gkirtzikis said he wanted Markarian to stay. “I have not accepted it (Markarian’s resignation), I continue to believe in him and trust him,” Gkirtzikis told SportFM radio.During his previous spell in Greece, where he coached Ionikos, Panathinaikos and Iraklis, Markarian was known for his so-called “tsuku tsuku” football which involved grinding out low-scoring wins in defensive games many fans find boring.TweetPinShare0 Shares
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Gregg Popovich walked into USA Basketball’s first team meeting in advance of World Cup training camp, and it seemed to some in the room that he was having a little difficulty keeping his emotions in check.He talked about tradition, about what it means to play for your country, about expectations, about sacrifice, about playing the right way, about respect for opponents.The only downside was that when he was done speaking, the first practice was still about 18 hours away.“Shoot, from the get-go, I think everybody was ready to play a game or run through a brick wall for him after that talk,” Brooklyn guard Joe Harris said.With that, Camp Pop had arrived.Popovich’s first training camp practice as coach of the U.S. men’s national team went into the books Monday, less than a month before the Americans will begin play at the FIBA World Cup in China. The U.S. has won the last two World Cup gold medals, both won under now-former coach Mike Krzyzewski, and now it’s Popovich’s turn to lead the red, white and blue.“It’s been on my mind every day, what I want to do and what needs to be done,” said Popovich, the longtime San Antonio Spurs coach who was picked as Krzyzewski’s successor nearly four years ago. “It’s been like thinking about two teams at the same time for that period. But Coach K did that for 12 years. So I think I can probably try to do the same.”Popovich was all over the floor in his first practice, pulling some guys aside for 1-on-1 chats during a scrimmage and other times gathering the entire team around him to discuss the nuance of proper box-out technique.“You can’t help but teach here and there,” Popovich said.Popovich calls it “a huge responsibility” to both represent the country and continue the program’s long tradition of winning. He and his assistants have been meeting for weeks, going over every possible detail.“He is so passionate about this project and he’s so well-prepared,” Golden State coach and USA Basketball assistant Steve Kerr said.There is also some pressure, of course.When the Americans start World Cup play in Shanghai on Sept. 1 against the Czech Republic, it’ll be exactly 13 years since the national team program lost a game at the world championships, now known as the World Cup, or in Olympic competition.On Sept. 1, 2006, the U.S. lost to Greece in the world championships semifinals. Since then, the Americans are 76-0 — a run that started with the bronze medal game in the 2006 worlds followed by gold-medal runs in the 2007 FIBA Americas tournament, the 2008 Olympics, the 2010 world championships, the 2012 Olympics, the 2014 World Cup and finally the 2016 Olympics.USA Basketball has lost at times since 2006, including twice during the 12-game World Cup qualifying run.But none of the defeats came against the full-fledged U.S. varsity, the level that Popovich is now overseeing.“He’s taken on the challenge of leading the USA team and he’s taking on the challenge with seriousness,” said Atlanta coach Lloyd Pierce, a Popovich assistant this summer. “The first conversation I had with him, he said that we would enjoy this and we would have fun. But when we meet as coaches, you walk into the room and there are tables full of notes and easels full of notes already. He’s not taking this for granted.”There are some natural, and coincidental, parallels with Popovich following Krzyzewski as national team coach.Both were military and service academy men: Krzyzewski graduated from Army West Point in 1969, Popovich from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1970. The Army put Krzyzewski into its Hall of Fame; the Air Force Academy did the same for Popovich. Krzyzewski has five NCAA titles; Popovich has five NBA titles.In 2016, Krzyzewski called the pending coaching change “succession” — another term heard often in military circles when talking about the transfer of leadership. “I have the unit right now,” Krzyzewski said in 2016. “He’s going to take command of the unit.”That day has arrived, and it was a long time coming for Popovich.He was announced as Krzyzewski’s successor as national team coach on Oct. 23, 2015 — nearly a year before the Rio Games ended, nearly four years before the first game he’ll actually coach for the red, white and blue.Popovich oversaw a two-day minicamp in Las Vegas last summer, a couple of light practices that became a get-to-know-you session for invitees and little else. But Monday’s was the first practice of the Popovich national-team era with an actual game in sight, and came less than two weeks before the World Cup roster is selected and planes are boarded to Australia for final pre-China preparations.“This is beyond playing for an NBA team,” Popovich said. “This is the highest level you can be.”___By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball WriterTweetPinShare22 Shares
Sensirion now offers its next evaluation kit generation – the SEK-Environmental Sensing. The SEK-Environmental Sensing allows engineers to evaluate sensors and develop innovative sensor applications even more quickly and easily. The kit combines plug-and-play hardware with an easy-to-use viewer software, the ControlCenter, enabling in-depth evaluation of all Sensirion environmental sensors. Each evaluation kit includes a Sensirion SensorBridge, all required connector cables, as well as various sensor samples.The SensorBridge features two independent I2C channels that allow simultaneous evaluation of two environmental sensor samples. The ControlCenter viewer software makes it possible to display and log the sensor signals for multiple sensors connected to several SensorBridges on the same PC. The software can be downloaded from Sensirion’s website. Different versions of the kit with humidity, temperature and multi-pixel gas sensor samples are currently available; the evaluation kit will also work with Sensirion’s upcoming environmental sensor solutions.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous ACCES I/O: software selectable USB multifunction analog I/O modules with speeds up to 1MHzNext F&S: WLAN/ BT and MIPI-DSI on 35 x 40mm only
In the past two years, artificial intelligence has morphed from academic marvel to global megatrend. Machine learning in some form is set to revolutionize almost everything — consumer, automotive, industrial, every area of electronics — and, beyond that, to affect society and our lives in ways we don’t yet know about.What this means for the industry is that practically every processor vendor has identified machine learning as a goose that will lay golden eggs. The race is on to position one’s own approach as the right solution to accelerate specific workloads in the area that holds the most potential: machine learning outside the data center, or AI at the edge.AI at the edge holds so much promise because it can be applied to practically every electronic device, from self-driving vehicles that see pedestrians in the road to coffee makers that respond to voice commands. Applications that require any combination of latency, data privacy, low power, and low cost will eventually migrate to AI inference at the edge (note that “Edge AI” is the sole AI point on Gartner’s graph that is closer than five years out). This year’s Gartner Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies. Edge AI is still two to five years from the “plateau of productivity.” (Image: Gartner)The workloads for AI inference are specific: They require massively parallel processing on huge amounts of low-precision data, with access to memory becoming the bottleneck. Most, if not all, types of processors out there are trying to bend themselves to fit these requirements.The incumbent technology is the GPU — effectively a one-company segment today. By pure luck, the GPU’s single-instruction, multiple-data (SIMD) architecture, developed to accelerate computer graphics, turned out to be a decent fit for AI workloads. Nvidia is riding this wave as far as it can, developing AI supercomputers for data centers and autonomous driving, plus scaled-down versions for edge devices.Everyone else wants a piece of this market, too. Vendors of FPGAs, which have long been used to accelerate mathematical algorithms, are refining their offerings to suit edge AI processing. Xilinx is taking the concept of the domain-specific-architecture and running with it, combining programmable logic with other compute types to allow customization of the data flow to new workloads. Lattice, meanwhile, is targeting image processing in low-power devices.There are also scores of startups pitching their novel architectures as the next big thing. They range from processor-in-memory techniques (Mythic, Syntiant, Gyrfalcon) to processor-near-memory (Hailo); from programmable logic (Flex Logix) to RISC-V cores (Esperanto, GreenWaves); and from the very tiny (Eta Compute) to the hyperscale (Cerebras, Graphcore). The majority are for AI at the edge. Are there enough niches to support them all, when they are up against the likes of Nvidia and Intel? Time will tell.There is also a breed of startups approaching the problem from the other direction: adapting AI workloads to run more efficiently on traditional hardware such as microcontrollers. Companies like PicoVoice and Xnor are finding new ways to utilize the instruction sets of existing devices to perform matrix multiplication.Combined with Google’s work on TensorFlow Lite — a compiler that shrinks machine-learning models down to the point where they can fit onto microcontrollers — this will no doubt open the floodgates for things like voice-activated appliances that don’t need to be internet-connected to do inference.Embedded developers faced with novel accelerator chipsets will have to learn how to use them. Software is a huge piece of this puzzle. The more traditional CPUs, MPUs, and MCUs clearly have a head start here.While it’s not impossible to build a community of developers around a new software platform, it’s not easy. Nvidia spent a decade building its GPU software platform, CUDA, into the success it is today. Any entrants into this space will need to build libraries and toolkits, as well as work to educate developers through conferences and forums. All of that can strain the limited resources of a startup.Flexibility is another important ingredient in the recipe for success. While today’s image-processing models rely on convolutional neural networks (CNNs), different types of neural networks are suited to other applications, such as speech recognition, and the academic community is coming up with new neural network concepts all the time. Advanced networks may require more complex data flow schemes. There’s a danger that hardware developed to accelerate today’s CNNs will be too specialized to accelerate future network platforms. The nature of AI workloads should therefore be considered a moving target, with the right balance of flexibility and performance essential for future-proofing.The battle for this space is just beginning. The winners will be companies that choose the right niche and go after it hard, invest in software stacks and educating the industry, and maintain an element of flexibility for this rapidly evolving sector. And do it all at the right price, of course.>> This article was originally published on our sister site, EE Times Europe. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Advanced Technology, IoT Continue Reading Previous Struggling to get the best engineers for your embedded projects?Next Interfacing with modern sensors: Polled ADC drivers
Jorge Sampaoli stepped down as the coach of Argentina’s national team after the two-time champions were knocked out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in the Round of 16 by eventual champions France.It was not just the fact that Argentina failed to advance to the quarter-finals that led to Sampaoli’s exit, it was because of the kind of performance that the South American nation put up in Russia.Argentina, despite having a scary qualifying campaign, were expected to come good at the big stage in Russia. However, Argentina had the worst possible start where they drew 1-1 with Iceland. They were then demolished 3-0 by Croatia and managed to edge Nigeria with a last-gasp goal to reach last 16.In the Round of 16, they were outplayed by France and particularly Kylian Mbappe and went down 4-3.”The Argentine Football Association and the ex-coach of the national team Jorge Sampaoli today reached a mutual agreement to rescind his contract,” the AFA said in a statement on Sunday.The AFA thanked 58-year-old Sampaoli and his assistants, who have also left their positions, for their services.The decision means that Argentina, world champions in 1978 and 1986, are looking for their fourth coach in four years.Sampaoli took over a year ago charged with putting together a side to first reach the 2018 World Cup in Russia and then mount a challenge for the trophy.His team – thanks largely to the brilliance of Lionel Messi – qualified for the tournament with a win in their last match.advertisementBut the World Cup was a struggle.The AFA’s decision to split with Sampaoli was on the expected line even though the former Sevilla coach had Chile’s 2015 Copa America win over Argentina in his resume and that he had a contract until 2022.Sampaoli inherited an ageing squad under a chaotic soccer federation and never looked like putting his stamp on a side that was inconsistent for most of his tenure.It means Argentina – who have had three different coaches since Alejandro Sabella led them to the World Cup final in 2014 – are back to square one in their search for a first major international title since winning the Copa America in 1993.Tottenham Hotspur coach Mauricio Pochettino, Diego Simeone of Atletico Madrid and River Plate’s Marcelo Gallardo, are among the coaches mentioned by local media as possible replacements.Another two Argentines, Jose Pekerman, who managed Colombia in Russia, and Ricardo Gareca, who took Peru to their first World Cup in 36 years, have also been tipped as possible candidates along with Jorge Almiron of Atletico Nacional and Matias Almeyda, who recently stood down at Mexican club Chivas.(With Reuters inputs)
By Aditi Khanna London, Aug 7 (PTI) A wealthy Indian-origin businessman was today jailed for 22 months for crashing his luxury sports car into a 68-year-old war veteran on the streets of London and then fleeing the scene in November last year. Ravi Ruparelia, 30, who runs a successful hotel and catering business in London, lost control of his McLaren 540C Coupé in Park Lane area, jumped a red light and hit Anthony Davis who was waiting to cross the road at a junction. The victim was knocked unconscious and left with a broken leg in the crash. Ruparelia pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving and failing to stop after an accident. Judge Martin Beddoe, at a hearing at Southwark Crown Court in London, said Ruparelia’s decision to flee was “almost as bad and as callous an example of that as one could contemplate,” the Evening Standard reported. “There has been nothing to prevent him (Ruparelia) since the accident contacting the victim and saying how sorry he was,” the judge added. The court was told that Davis had been on his way to a Remembrance Day parade in Whitehall, held annually to honour the war dead, when the crash happened on November 12, 2017. He was left temporarily wheelchair-bound and unable to work as a security guard. Besides a 22-month jail sentence, Ruparelia has also been banned from driving for 18 months and ordered to pay 5,000 pounds as compensation to the victim. Prosecutor Carol Summers said Davis had stopped for the light to turn green but “heard a high speed racing car coming in his direction”.advertisement “He could hear the engine revving and said it was going really fast,” Summers said. Davis decided not to cross the road even though the light turned green. But the next thing he knew he was on the ground surrounded by paramedics and police, she said. CCTV showed Ruparelia looking towards the victim, before pulling his hood over his head and fleeing. PTI AK KUNKUN
Love knows no boundaries. Love knows no language. Therefore, when a man, fluent in Hindi, proposed to a woman, fluent in Spanish in the middle of a tournament, the world stood up and took notice.This is the story of an Indian chess reporter who asked a Colombian chess player to marry him minutes before the start of her team’s match at the 2018 Chess Olympiad on Tuesday.Indian journalist and chess player Niklesh Jain popped the question to WIM Angela Lopez of Colombia just before her team faced China.As the match was about to begin, with Angela going over last minute preparations with her team, Niklesh made his move.In the main hall where multiple matches were on , Niklesh knelt down beside Angela and presented his ring and after being momentarily surprised with the proposal, Angela agreed gleefully.When asked what prompted him to propose to Angela in the middle of the tournament and just minutes before the start of the match, Niklesh explained the logic.”Actually I am chess player and she is too. There were a few places where i could have proposed her, but then I thought what better could it be than the Chess Olympiads. There are 189 countries who are playing here and for us this is our temple,” Niklesh told Chess.com.The whole proposal was actually planned and coordinated with Angela’s sister who is also a player on the Colombian team.”So in the morning I thought I would do this here, and told her sister about my plan and she helped me. “advertisement Niklesh also went on to explain that it was not a spur of the moment decision. Instead, it was well thought out and planned to perfection.”I had been planning this for some time. We have been dating for 1.5 years after we met in Barcelona in the Catalan circuit. We were playing our matches next to each other. I won that game against a tough opponent, even though I was not trying to impress her. But we started talking.”Olympiad LOVE! He speaks Hindi (India). She speaks Spanish (Colombia). But they found love through chess! He popped the question at @BatumiChess2018 playing hall before round 2. She said yes! … And they are learning English, quick! Congratulations! @WOMChess @FIDE_chess pic.twitter.com/wtqmW26f6PSusan Polgar (@SusanPolgar) September 25, 2018Niklesh, who also writes about the game, travelled to Colombia back in August to learn more about the chess culture in the country and worked with Angela, who is a multiple time national champion.He also said they would chat via messages and how he had travelled to Medellin (in Colombia) and she in turn too came met his family in India.”The thing is that there is a language problem, she can’t speak English very well, neither can I. So, we had to use our phones to translate and to communicate.”Roughly 17,000 km and language could not come in between Niklesh and Angela.It’s like they say. Love knows no boundaries.
Bengaluru FC were denied a win at the fortress when Sergio Cidoncha struck for Jamshedpur FC in the stoppage time as the ninth match of the Indian Super League 2018-19 season settled in a 2-2 draw.Bengaluru were being backed their famous fans ‘West Block Blues’ at their home Kanteevara Stadium but Jamshedpur showed steel to fight off last years’ runners-up.It were Bengaluru who had taken the lead when Nishu Kumar struck a stunning volley at the stroke of half time. It looked like they might get another victory at home but Gourav Mukhi scored on his ISL debut in the 81st minute to drawl level for Jamshedpur.Two minutes from time, Sunil Chhetri rose the highest in front of the Jamshedpur goal to head the ball home and put Bengaluru ahead once more but his fabulous effort to victory was cancelled out when Cidoncha struck home in the fourth minute of injury time.A cracker of a game ends all square at the Fortress as Jamshedpur pull level on two occasions. #BENJAM pic.twitter.com/2ddPjKLaeXBengaluru FC (@bengalurufc) October 7, 2018While Bengaluru rued losing two points at home, Jamshedpur picked up a very crucial point away from home after winning their opener in Mumbai on Tuesday.With the ISL stepping into the international break, the top five in the league table are tied at four points with Jamshedour on the second spot and Bengaluru on fourth.Tim Cahill and Michael Soosairaj got their much-awaited debuts in the ISL as Jamshedpur FC head coach Cesar Ferrando named an attacking side to take on last season’s finalists. Carles Cuadrat’s Blues were unchanged from their 1-0 win over defending champions Chennaiyin FC.advertisement| Cahilling it! #JamKeKhelo #BENJAM pic.twitter.com/rfCeafyEiOJamshedpur FC (@JamshedpurFC) October 7, 2018Ferrando’s side started the game on the front foot but the first real threat came from the home side 12 minutes into the match.Udanta Singh’s blistering pace allowed him to race past winger-turned-left-back Bikash Jairu into space on the right flank. The winger’s cross, however, failed to reach Chhetri and was cleared by Tiri at the centre of the box.Cahill then looked to get on the act by teasing a through-ball into space for Jerry Mawhmingthanga. The winger had time to pick out Soosairaj’s run into the box but the youngster’s cross was struck had too much force.Jamshedpur piled up the pressure as the first-half progressed but their final delivery into the box lacked clarity. Mario Arques struck a dangerous free-kick at Gurpreet Singh’s goal but it went inches over the bar.In the 43rd minute, Chhetri aimed a clever free-kick from the right flank at Xisco Fernandez, who was waiting at the edge of the box. The Spanish midfielder’s sweet volley flew inches past the post and was an alarming signal for what was to come.Two minutes later, another free-kick, earned by Miku and taken by Xisco, was headed clear initially by Tiri. The ball fell to Nishu Kumar outside the box who unleashed a stunning strike into the top left corner, leaving Subhasish Chowdhury stunned. Nishu Kumar unleashed a stunning volley in the 45th minute of Bengaluru FC vs Jamshedpur FC. (ISL Photo)Miku was a constant difficulty for the Jamshedpur defence. He ran in behind the defence and squared a good through-ball across the face of goal, inviting Chhetri who failed to make a connection.Ferrando replaced defender Gaikwad with Mobashir Rahman in the 54th minute and the midfielder almost pulled off another long-range goal. A brilliant strike from outside the box was kept out of the top right corner of the net by the outstretched hands of Gurpreet Singh.With 19 minutes left on the clock, forward Gourav Mukhi replaced Jerry to make his debut in ISL and 10 minutes into his debut, Mukhi produced a moment of brilliance to bring Jamshedpur back into the game.Mukhi outmuscled Serran as he raced into the box to receive Maria Arques’ chip and slotted the ball past Gurpreet Singh for the equaliser.Just as the Blues faithful thought they were done for the day, Harmanjot Khabra’s long ball into the box from the right flank was headed into the net by Chhetri to put the hosts back into the lead in the 88th minute. Sunil Chhetri almost headed home a winner for Bengaluru FC, only for Jamshedpur’s late equaliser. (ISL Photo)However, Jamshedpur FC showed gumption as they pulled one back right at the death. Arques’s cross into the box saw Cidoncha place his effort into the far post to ensure they did not leave empty-handed.advertisement(With PTI inputs)