2nd Test: South Africa leave England with record total to chase

first_imgSouth Africa set England an almost insurmountable 474 to win the second test after declaring its second innings on 343-9 on Sunday.England saw out four testing overs before stumps to be 1-0, but has two full days left to survive if it is to save the match and preserve its 1-0 lead in the four-test series.Never mind that England would set a world record for the highest fourth-innings score to win a test, it also needs to make the biggest fourth-innings score ever at Trent Bridge.Only once, New Zealand in 1973, has a team made over 400 in the final innings at Nottingham.South Africa’s big lead was built on second-innings half-centuries by opener Dean Elgar (80), Hashim Amla (87) and captain Faf du Plessis (63), who is on course to lead his team to a series-leveling victory on his return after missing the defeat at Lord’s for the birth of his first child.South Africa also had some fun at the back end of its second innings as the declaration approached in the late afternoon, with Vernon Philander (42) and Morne Morkel (17 not out) given license to swing at anything in a final hurrah.Morkel connected for three fours and Philander heaved Moeen Ali away for two big sixes off successive balls before falling caught and bowled to the spinner.Ali finished with 4-78 to lead England’s bowling effort but the Day 3 pitch didn’t offer the same pronounced swing and seam movement for the quick bowlers as it did in the early stages of this test.advertisementInstead, there were signs late in the day of uneven bounce as the surface wears away.Elgar and Amla, continuing their partnership from Day 2, put on 135 for the first wicket in a stand that wasn’t flashy but ground down England’s bowlers and ensured South Africa held the upper hand from the start of the day onward.last_img read more

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Sports Ministry grants recognition to BFI, says it secy-gen

first_imgBengaluru, Jul 27 (PTI) In a much awaited decision, the Sports Ministry has granted formal recognition to Basketball Federation of India, according to the secretary general of the BFI. Earlier this month, the Indian Olympic Association has granted affiliation to the BFI faction led by K Govindaraj, which was recognised by the world governing body (Fiba). This Govindaraj-led faction has been granted recognition by the Sports Ministry. “This recognition has been granted as the BFI has fulfilled all the conditions laid down by the National Sports Development Code of India, 2011 for grant of recognition as a National Sports Federation (NSF),” the BFI said in a release. “Ever since the election of Govindaraj, Chander Mukhi Sharma and V Raghothaman as president, secretary general and treasurer respectively, of the BFI in March 2015, Indian basketball has grown from strength to strength. “Indian teams have participated in 16 prestigious international competitions across various age groups in both the men and women sections. BFI has hosted two South Asian Basketball Association (SABA) Championships and important FIBA gatherings such as the FIBA Asia Central Board Meeting and the FIBA New Competitions System Workshop. The BFI has also been successfully conducting regular National Championships and various FIBA Coaching Certification courses. “The BFI has also been entrusted with the responsibility of conducting prestigious FIBA competitions this year, starting with the FIBA Womens Asia Cup 2017 which is already underway in Bengaluru,” the release said. Speaking about the ministry decision, Chander Mukhi Sharma said, “This positive step is in recognition of the continued service to the game under the leadership and guidance of our President Shri K Govindaraj. Im thankful to all the stakeholders who have stood by us and supported us in the last two and a half years. We will take the game to new heights.” PTI PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

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New Zealand aim to bounce back after first warm-up defeat against Board President’s XI

first_imgNew Zealand would like to give a better account of themselves when they take on a second-string Board President’s XI in the final warm-up game before the first ODI against India, scheduled on October 22.A young Board President’s XI side comprising Prithvi Shaw, KL Rahul, Karun Nair easily defeated Kane Williamson’s men by 30 runs in the opening warm-up game.Poised for a challenging spin test with likes of Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel and Yuzvendra Chahal in the Indian squad, the Kiwi batsmen faltered against the likes of Shahbaz Nadeem and Karn Sharma in the opening game.The Black Caps will certainly look to improve upon their previous performance against slow bowlers.For the home team, local boy Prithvi will again be centre of attraction for the manner in which he negotiated the likes of Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Adam Milne.For Rahul, who has been dropped for the New Zealand ODIs, it is a good opportunity to get some runs before he goes back to Ranji Trophy duty during Karnataka’s next game, starting October 24.But tomorrow, all eyes will be on Shaw again, the 17-year-old and he would want it to make it big to impress the national selectors.Nair, who has done precious little after his triple hundred against England in a Test match, has been in good form and would like to continue from where he left during the first game.Thats it. Presidents XI win by 30 runs in Mumbai. Another warm-up match on Thursday #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/tlQtLRIn4Uadvertisement- BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) October 17, 2017For the Kiwi top-order, the key will be to settle down and show patience against the spinners.Their skipper Kane Williamson and Tom Latham, who usually open the innings, came down the order, were among who got runs under their belt.But other batsman like Ross Taylor and Colin Munro, failed to hit big shots, dealing in ones and twos, which cost them the game.Also failure of flamboyant opener Martin Guptill would be a sign of worry for the Kiwi dug-out.Having a reputation of a world-class hitter, Guptill will have to live with it tomorrow and ensure that there are some runs under his belt, which will boost his confidence ahead of the main tournament.Also Colin Munro, will need to play his natural game. It would be rather interesting to see whether the Kiwis open with Munro again or bring Latham to his original position to start the innings with Guptill.On the bowling front, Kiwi pacers Milne, Southee and Boult will look to adjust with the humidity and the weather conditions.Spinner Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner will also look to unsettle the batsmen. They were successful in contending the runs and should aim for the same tomorrow.Meanwhile, the game is also important for home team skipper Shreyas Iyer, who is also pushing his case for national selection.Squads: New Zealand: Kane Williamson (Captain), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, George Worker.Board President’s XI: Shreyas Iyer (Captain), KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant (wk), Karun Nair, Gurkeerat Mann, Prithvi Shaw, Shivam Chaudhary, Milind Kumar, Shahbaz Nadeem, Karn Sharma, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat, Avesh Khan.last_img read more

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Kangana Ranaut’s tacky floral attire is something nobody should wear, ever

first_imgIt won’t be unfair to say that we really miss the innumerable ravishing looks that Kangana Ranaut once bestowed upon us. From making regal appearances in gorgeous sarees to donning easy-breezy, summer dresses, we were in awe of her versatile sense of style. While Kangana used to look just so dreamy every time she stepped out of the house, the past few months have seen her style-sense deteriorate with every look.Last seen making frequent public appearances in weird outfits like the printed, night suit attire during the promotions of her previous release, Simran, Kangana Ranaut just ruined florals for us. Adorning the ugliest floral print we’ve seen in a long time, Kangana was spotted at the airport in a pant suit.Photo: Yogen Shah Motted with vivacious colours offset against the flawless, white primary shade, the floral pattern was as shoddy and inconsistent as it could get. Lacking finesse and class, the floral print was a complete disaster. While the print was atrocious, the flared bottom pants made the outfit overdramatic.Photo: Yogen Shah Adding insult to injury, Ms Ranaut sported a massive, bow scarf around her neck. Bow scarfs are popular for the youthful, casual vibe that they emanate, and pairing it with a semi-formal pant suit, Kangana seemed to have overlooked that. Like she wasn’t overdosing on florals already, she even sported a black, shoulder bag with super-ugly, floral motifs that were also mismatched.Photo: Yogen Shah The actress finished the look with a pair of black, pointy shoes, and gave us one of the most sombre public appearances ever.advertisementlast_img read more

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Increased smartphone use may up suicide risk in teens: study

first_imgWashington, Nov 14 (PTI) Prolonged use of smartphones and computers may increase the risk of depression and suicide- related behaviours in teenagers, especially girls, a major study warns.”These increases in mental health issues among teens are very alarming,” said Jean Twenge, from the San Diego State University in the US.”Teens are telling us they are struggling, and we need to take that very seriously,” Twenge said.Researchers studied questionnaire data from more than 500,000 teens.The study published in the journal Clinical Psychological Science looked at data suicide statistics kept by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.They found that the suicide rate for girls aged between 13 and 18 years increased by 65 per cent between 2010 and 2015.The number of girls experiencing so called suicide- related outcomes – feeling hopeless, thinking about suicide, planning for suicide or attempting suicide – rose by 12 per cent.The number of teen girls reporting symptoms of severe depression increased by 58 per cent.”When I first saw these sudden increases in mental health issues, I wasnt sure what was causing them,” Twenge said.”But these same surveys ask teens how they spend their leisure time, and between 2010 and 2015, teens increasingly spent more time with screens and less time on other activities,” he said.”That was by far the largest change in their lives during this five-year period, and its not a good formula for mental health,” he added.The researchers returned to the data and looked to see if there was a statistical correlation between screen-time and depressive symptoms and suicide-related outcomes.advertisementThey found that 48 per cent of teens who spent five or more hours per day on electronic devices reported at least one suicide-related outcome, compared to only 28 per cent of those who spent less than an hour a day on devices.Depressive symptoms were more common in teens who spent a lot of time on their devices, as well.On the positive side, the researchers found that spending time away from screen and engaging in social interaction, sports and exercise, doing homework, attending religious services, etc was linked to having fewer depressive symptoms and suicide-related outcomes. PTI SNE SAR SNElast_img read more

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HWL Final: Belgium thrash Netherlands, Spain come from behind to beat Argentina

first_imgBelgium and Spain registered contrasting wins in their respective Pool A matches at the Hockey World League Final in Bhubaneswar on Tuesday.Belgium continued their excellent form in this tournament, thrashing Netherlands 3-0 while Spain rode on a couple of late goals to beat Argentina 2-1.The result sees Belgium consolidate the top spot in the pool with nine points, having won all three of their matches.Spain meanwhile, held onto the second spot with six points from three matches. Argentina and Netherlands are at the bottom with a single point each.Belgium did not face too much of a challenge from the Dutch, who have been extremely lacklustre in this tournament.Loick Luypaert (19th, 30th minutes) converted a couple of penalty corners in the second quarter to put Belgium in the driver’s seat.Tom Boon (32nd) scored off another penalty corner early in the third quarter to boost Belgium’s tally.Earlier in the day, Matias Paredes gave Argentina the lead with a field goal in the 21st minute.The Spaniards however, staged a dramatic comeback in the final quarter with Pau Quemada (50th) and Josep Romeu (59th) helping them earn all three points.last_img read more

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How Russian athletes can still compete in 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics

first_imgRussia was formally barred from sending a team to the 2018 Winter Olympics, but many of its athletes should be competing in South Korea.In a compromise punishment handed down Tuesday, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) suspended the Russian Olympic committee for the steroid doping program that corrupted the 2014 Sochi Games yet held open an invitation for the shamed nation’s clean athletes.Here is a look at Russian athletes’ re-routed road to the Feb. 9-25 Pyeongchang Games:WHAT DID THE IOC DECIDE?- The Russian Olympic Committee is suspended and cannot send a team to the Pyeongchang Olympics. Instead, some Russian athletes will be invited to compete after being assessed by an IOC-appointed panel.- The ROC’s leader, Alexander Zhukov, is suspended from his IOC membership.- Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko is banned from the Olympics for life. As sports minister in 2014, he was deeply implicated in the Sochi doping plot by two IOC commissions and a World Anti-Doping Agency investigation. Mutko currently serves as the organizing committee chairman of soccer’s World Cup, being hosted by Russia next year.- The CEO of the Sochi Olympics, Dmitry Chernyshenko, loses his place on an Olympic panel overseeing the 2022 Beijing Winter Games.- The Russian Olympic Committee must pay $15 million toward the cost of two IOC investigations and future anti-doping work.WHAT ARE RUSSIA’S OPTIONS?- Boycott the Pyeongchang Olympics entirely for the first time since the Soviet Union skipped the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.That would fit with President Vladimir Putin’s warning last month that it would be a humiliation for Russia to compete in South Korea without its national symbols.advertisement”An Olympic boycott has never achieved anything,” IOC President Thomas Bach insisted Tuesday at a news conference to announce the sanctions.- Russia’s Olympic committee or even an individual athlete could appeal the rulings at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in the IOC’s home city Lausanne.- Russia could accept its punishment and start rebuilding its reputation, trying for a quick rehabilitation – and taking part in the Pyeongchang closing ceremony on Feb. 25.If the Russian Olympic committee and athletes respect the rulings, the IOC said it could “partially or fully lift the suspension of the ROC from the commencement of the Closing Ceremony.”HOW CAN RUSSIAN ATHLETES STILL COMPETE?A special panel will invite Russians to compete. The athletes who have qualified for their event have to prove they are clean athletes.The panel will be led by Valerie Fourneyron, a former sports minister of France who chairs a new global body overseeing doping controls. It will include the IOC’s medical director, Dr. Richard Budgett.Russian athletes must never have been banned for a doping violation, and also undergone more intensive target testing since April as a prospective Olympian in Pyeongchang.That testing program, across all sports and all nations, has especially focused on Russia as the IOC seeks to avoid a repeat of the Sochi conspiracy.It is unclear how many Russians could compete in South Korea. The home team at Sochi was 232-strong, though 25 have so far been disqualified for doping, losing 11 of the nation’s 33 medals.WHAT WILL RUSSIAN COMPETITORS CALLED?It is a win for the country that the word “Russia” is retained in the title “Olympic Athlete from Russia” or OAR.Russians were “Authorized Neutral Athletes” when they competed at the 2017 track and field world championships in London while the national federation was suspended in fallout from the doping scandal investigations.When Kuwaiti athletes were accepted for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, while the nation was formally suspended by the IOC, they were called “Independent Olympic Athletes.”WHICH ANTHEM WILL PLAY FOR RUSSIAN GOLD MEDALISTS?The Olympic Hymn , a fanfare which is played at opening or closing ceremonies.It played for Kuwaiti shooter Fehaid Al Deehani when he won double trap gold in Rio.AND WHICH FLAG WILL BE RAISED?The five-ring Olympic flag.WHAT WILL THEY WEAR?At the track worlds in London in August , Russians wore a specially-designed Nike uniform in pale blue, purple and dark blue.In March, the Russian Olympic Committee signed an eight-year deal to be dressed by Moscow-based ZA Sport.It might not look like a typical Russian team of past Olympics – but it will say “Russia” somewhere on the uniform.last_img read more

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Hockey World League Final: India aim for bronze against Germany

first_imgThe Indian Team will face Germany on Sunday in a hope to end the Hockey World League Finals with a bronze.India had earlier edged past Belgium in the quarter final match to become the only team to defeat the tournament favourites in Bhubaneswar.However, the hosts went down 0-1 to Olympic Champions Argentina in the semi-finals of the tournament while battling rain.A day after India’ semi-final defeat, Germany also received a 3-0 defeat in their respective game against World Champions Australia.Germany were down with health issues as four of their top players including captain Martin Haner were under the grip of high fever.Germany are still not confident to play with a full squad on Sunday and are afraid they may be left to face India in the bronze-medal match with a depleted squad.However, Germany have an upper hand over India as they have already defeated the hosts 0-2 in their last league match of the tournament.Despite being defeated earlier, India would still aim to sign off the tournament on a winning note.Later today, the summit clash is scheduled between defending champions Australia and world no. 1 Argentina.last_img read more

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Cano: No Respect From Yankees

first_imgSEATTLE – Robinson Cano seemed to be next in line as the player to wear New York Yankees pinstripes for his entire career, all set to follow the path laid before him by mentors named Jeter, Posada and Rivera.And then the Seattle Mariners blew him away with an offer of financial and career security the Yankees never came close to matching.“I was looking for a contract where I would just be able to play and focus on the game and wouldn’t wonder when I’m 37, 38 would I have a job one day. Would I be able to play?” Cano said. “The one thing in Seattle is I get the chance. Am I going to keep working hard? Yes. Even harder? Yes. I’m going to do my best and play the same way I was playing in New York and go out there and do my business and win games.”Cano never stopped smiling late on Dec. 12 as he was introduced as the Mariners’ new All-Star second baseman. He had $240 million reasons to grin after signing a deal that tied for the fourth largest in Major League Baseball history. He has security for the next 10 years knowing that at age 31, he’ll likely never go through the process of needing to seek another contact.With music mogul Jay Z watching from the side of the room, his first client with Roc Nation Sports inked the fifth deal in MLB history to top the $200 million mark. “Today isn’t about me. It’s about him,” Jay Z said as he declined interview requests.Cano and his negotiating team spoke glowingly of working with the Mariners and Seattle General Manager Jack Zduriencik. But Cano felt the Yankees lacked in their efforts to keep him.Asked if he ever thought he’d leave New York, Cano said, “Honestly, no.” Later, Cano said he never felt the Yankees wanted him back.“I didn’t feel respect. I didn’t get respect from them and I didn’t see any effort,” Cano said.The Yankees’ top offer was $175 million over seven years. Cano said he didn’t want to go through the contract process in his mid-to-late 30s. Seattle’s willingness to push the contract out to 10 years — and the whopping monetary commitment — sealed the agreement.Cano was New York’s most feared hitter for the past several years, and the loss of a middle infielder who bats .300 and hits 30 homers stings. Cano posted a .899 on-base plus slugging percentage last season and finished fifth in American League MVP voting.Only the two deals signed by Alex Rodriguez — first with Texas and then the Yankees — and Joey Votto’s contract with Cincinnati were worth more. Albert Pujols also signed a $240 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels. Cano will make $24 million per season from 2014-23 and the contract includes bonuses for awards.(Tim Booth, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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A-Rod Used Most Potent Drugs

first_imgIf Anthony Bosch were still in business today, bet on this much: His phone would be buzzing nonstop with athletes trying to order the Alex Rodriguez treatment.The self-taught doping guru whose testimony and records brought down Rodriguez sounded at times like a snake-oil salesman while detailing the down-to-the-minute regimen of performance-enhancing substances he delivered to the disgraced baseball star.Included were concoctions called “gummies” and “liquid soap,” ”pink cream,” ”blue cream” and even “PM cream” — each with varying doses of testosterone delivered in different ways throughout the day.Silly as those sound, don’t laugh. Elite athletes would gargle with antifreeze if they believed that would improve performance without tripping a positive test.And unlike the deer-antler spray and the other crackpot cures (holographic stickers, negatively charged water, underwear exposed to radio waves) that NFL linebacker Ray Lewis tried to explain away at last year’s Super Bowl, nearly all of what Bosch was providing A-Rod for $12,000 a month actually worked.Peel away the pseudo-science and Bosch’s bragging and what remained was “probably the most potent and sophisticated drug program developed for an athlete that we’ve ever seen,” U.S. Anti-Doping Agency CEO Travis Tygart said.“No one who cares about clean sports likes to hear it,” Tygart said in an interview with The Associated Press. “And don’t just take my word for it. Look at the findings of an independent arbitrator who saw all the evidence, sat through the testimony and laid the whole conspiracy out.”Tygart said Bosch’s regimen included dozens of blood tests to see how the drugs were metabolizing and which doses to use when. It included peptides and female fertility drugs to supplement testosterone, human growth hormone and an insulin-like growth factor.“At the end of the day,” Tygart added, “this was a potent cocktail of sophisticated PEDs stacked together to deliver power, aid recovery, avoid detection and create a home run champion.”Added Dr. Gary Wadler, past chairman of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s banned substance committee, “It was illegal from start to finish and not all of it was scientific, but let’s be honest — this guy Bosch knew an awful lot of what he was talking about.”Tygart takes some consolation in knowing that improvements to MLB’s drug-testing program make it unlikely a player could avoid detection employing the same regimen today. What troubles him, though, is that much of the discussion in the wake of Bosch’s “60 Minutes” TV interview has focused on those substances with catchy nicknames like “gummies” and “pink food,” but actually did little to improve performance.Instead, Tygart said the real threat was the sophisticated and comprehensive knowledge about a doping regimen that Bosch — who was not a licensed physician — was able to acquire and deploy.Bosch faces potential charges stemming from the investigation into his Biogenesis clinic in south Florida.Tygart referred specifically to an exchange in which Rodriguez told Bosch he had an important game coming up and asked whether he should take “gummies” — a lozenge dosed with testosterone — at 10:45 a.m. in case he wound up being required to take a drug test postgame. Bosch replied “10:30.”“Look, no one can say with that much certainty how long the window (to avoid detection) would be open,” Tygart said. “And most people know that tiny dose, even fast-acting testosterone, won’t provide much of a boost. But look at it as part of an overall (PED) program, while in-season testing is taking place. It’s more like maintenance; it’s going to be hard to find, plus it makes the other drugs you’re using more effective. …“Another point that may have gotten missed,” Tygart added, “is that insiders like Bosch want to give the perception they know. It’s part of the pitch, how you market to pro athletes. So saying 10:45 instead of 10:30 makes the athlete think, ‘Hey, this guy really knows his stuff.’”In Bosch’s case, that was largely true. So much so that anti-doping experts like Tygart and Wadler have broadened the scope of their investigations to include many of the same tactics law enforcement agencies use to pursue suppliers of a wide range of illegal drugs.“How many guys will take (Bosch’s) protocols and adopt them?” Wadler asked. “Plenty. Enhancing performance is tied up with a lot of things, legal and illegal, but the bottom line is always money. … When we look at this case, it’s troubling in a very real sense because most of the science passes muster.“What I’d stress is not the part about it being good science, but that it’s illicit science,” he said finally. “And quite possibly, dangerous at some level, too.”(Jim Litke, AP Sports Columnist)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Yanks, Astros in Playoff Showdown

first_imgNEW YORK — For Dallas Keuchel, pitching on three days’ rest for the Houston Astros in the American League wild-card game is just one more chance to prove a season’s worth of doubters wrong.“I play with a chip on my shoulder,” Keuchel said at Yankee Stadium. “I think a lot of the guys do in there as well. And we’ll always carry that.”Before they take on a pitcher who shut them out twice this season, the New York Yankees faced another difficult challenge: Clubhouse leader CC Sabathia is not going to be with the team in the postseason because he is checking into an alcohol rehabilitation center.“For tomorrow, not just for the team, but maybe we can get the win for CC as well,” Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka (12-7) said Oct. 5 after a meeting that not only focused on the Astros but also how players could support their friend and teammate.To advance to the Division Series and face the Royals in a best-of-five matchup that begins Oct. 6 in Kanas City, the Yankees will have to figure out how to beat the AL’s only 20-game winner in a winner-take-all playoff Oct. 6 after going scoreless against him in 16 innings this season.Keuchel (20-8) might have trouble walking the streets of Manhattan these days with his distinctive bushy beard giving him away to fans, but he’s been elusive on the mound in a season that has made him a Cy Young Award candidate.And first-year manager A.J. Hinch, who pressed all the right buttons in guiding the surprising Astros to their first postseason in 10 years, is confident his 27-year-old ace will handle the short rest without a problem.“I think his preparation is fine. Physically he’s fine. It’s just a little bit of a different routine,” Hinch said. “It probably garners more attention than it needs to. But at the end of the day, I think if he pitches well it will be a lot of guts and he came through on short rest. If he doesn’t pitch well, then it’s a change in routine and a lack of rest.”Keuchel sees the questions about his ability to start without regular rest just one more reason for Houston to defy expectations. The young ballclub, with a rising star in rookie shortstop Carlos Correa, is two years removed from a 111-loss season.But the Astros surprised almost everyone in baseball by racing out to a big lead in the AL West only to fade in September before rallying and earning the second wild card on the final day of the schedule.“We proved people wrong continuously throughout the season and we’re going to try to continue to do that,” Keuchel said.The storied Yankees were also a bit of a surprise; not much was expected from an aging roster with pitching questions the year after Derek Jeter hung up his spikes.But led by the resurgent Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira (who is injured), New York sat atop the AL East late into the summer before slumping down the stretch.Keuchel will be facing a New York lineup that has limped into the postseason, losing six of seven games.In better times for the Yankees, Keuchel shut them out with a six-hitter in Houston on June 25. He repeated that impressive performance in the Bronx, pitching three-hit ball for seven innings on Aug. 25.“He’s a guy who keeps the ball down in the zone,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “You can’t chase on him.”Jason Castro, who has caught Keuchel throughout his development into this year’s AL All-Star Game starter, credits a slider the left-hander can spot well repeatedly as one of the keys to his success.“He’s come a long way. He’s made some great improvements over the last few years,” Castro said. “His slider has developed into a plus pitch.”If the Yankees are going to finally get to Keuchel in their first postseason game since 2012, they might need Brett Gardner, Jacoby Ellsbury and Rodriguez to emerge from their second-half swoon.But A-Rod, who has struggled mightily in many Octobers past, sees things differently.Just as this season was for him after sitting out last year because of a drug suspension, the postseason is a clean slate for everyone. “It all goes back to reset,” he said.(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Shots Heard, Miami H.S. Game Ends

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares MIAMI— A high school football game in Miami ended early after gunshots were heard in the distance, sending players and coaches ducking for cover.Videos show terrified fans in the stands screaming and running to the exits when the gunshots were heard at Friday’s game. Coaches told players to get down on the field.Less than three minutes remained when stadium officials called the game between Miami Central and Miami Carol City high schools. Central beat Carol City 26-8.Miami-Dade Schools Police Officer Hilda Hernandez said three males have been arrested in the shooting. Authorities did not release what charges Larico Walker, Taion Lynch and Mark Trimble face or what prompted the shooting, but said they recovered three firearms.last_img read more

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APOEL beaten by a deserving FC Copenhagen

first_imgSource: Cyprus-mail.comTweetPinShare0 Shares A goal six minutes from the break from Pavlovic gave FC Copenhagen a narrow but well deserved win over APOEL in the first leg of the Champions League qualifier on Tuesday night.FC Copenhagen pressed forward from the first whistle, bossing possession and moving forward with lightning speed.Their front runners Pavlovic and Santander were finding plenty of space in the visitor’s backline, turning their personal markers on a number of occasions with Pavlovic twice going close, once as early as the 6th minute but he stabbed the ball wide from close range.Just after the half hour the same player turned his marker with ease but his shot was beaten away by APOEL’s goalkeeper Waterman.The Danes finally got the goal they deserved when a long through ball found APOEL’s defender Astiz napping and Pavlovic rounded Waterman to slot the ball into an empty net.APOEL did very little in the first half, managing just one attempt on goal through Efraim who blasted the ball into the terraces when a pass to the unmarked Orlandi would have been a much better option.At the interval APOEL was forced into a change with Merkis taking the place of the injured Carlao.APOEL began the second half slightly better, moving the ball around and trying to find an opening. However it was the Danes who created the first chance in the second half but Verbic’s strike flew just over the bar.APOEL replied on the hour mark but Merkis’ header from close range was comfortably saved by Copehangen’s keeper Olsen.As the second half progressed FC Copenhagen retook control of the game and began looking menacing going forward. Verbic’s shot came off the post and minutes later a low cross left Waterman stranded but no Danish players followed through for an easy tap in.And when everyone expected APOEL to cave in they bounced back and went close twice, first through Gianniotas whose shot went just the wrong side of the post and then De Camargo, who came on for the ineffective Soteriou, who could not beat Olsen with the whole goal gaping at him.However the biggest chance of the game came in the final minute with Waterman first blocking Cornelius’ close range effort and on the rebound Delaney squeezing the ball wide.The narrow scoreline gives APOEL plenty to play for in the second leg next Wednesday in Nicosia but it will be a tough match as the Danes showed that they are a formidable team who can break forward with ease.APOEL will be looking to repeat their 2009 triumph over the Danes, having lost the away leg by the same score and then going on to be beat the Danes 3-1 in Nicosia and securing qualification to the group stages for the first time in their history.last_img read more

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Monk, Mitchell Headline List of Shooting Guards in NBA Draft

first_imgRALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The top shooting guards in Thursday night’s NBA draft certainly offer plenty of high-scoring punch. They also come with some question marks.Kentucky’s Malik Monk is the top prospect and is expected to go in the lottery, followed by Louisville’s Donovan Mitchell and Duke’s Luke Kennard — all in the first round. But the position doesn’t have the same projected upside compared to a stacked class of point guards or the next crop of do-everything forwards.Here’s a look at the top shooting guard prospects: ___ MALIK MONKSimply put, the Kentucky guard can score from anywhere.STRENGTHS: The 6-foot-3, 200-pound freshman averaged 19.8 points while shooting 45 percent from the field, nearly 40 percent from 3-point range and about 82 percent from the line. Two games stood out in particular: a 47-point performance in a win against eventual national champion North Carolina in December and a February victory against Florida in which Monk scored 30 second-half points after managing just one basket before the break.CONCERNS: Teams will want him to do more than just score. Monk wasn’t active on the glass (2.5 rebounds per game), averaged roughly as many assists (2.3) as turnovers (2.0) and less than a steal a game. He also faded in the NCAA Tournament, averaging 14.8 points and shooting 38 percent in four games. The 19-year-old has plenty of athleticism but will need to develop an all-around game for nights when scoring doesn’t come as easily.___DONOVAN MITCHELLThe Louisville guard took a big leap in his sophomore season to become an all-Atlantic Coast Conference performer.STRENGTHS: Mitchell has solid athleticism and a sturdy 6-3 frame, weighing in at 211 pounds at the combine to go with a 6-10 wingspan. He averaged 15.6 points in his first year as the Cardinals’ go-to guy, contributing on the glass (4.9), on the defensive end (2.1 steals) and even occasionally at the point (2.7 assists).CONCERNS: Mitchell is undersized for an NBA shooting guard. He also shot just 35 percent from 3-point range and had some issues with his shot periodically through the year. His shot selection prompted coach Rick Pitino to say Mitchell was “trying to win a game of H-O-R-S-E” by taking the toughest shots possible during a November game against Old Dominion.___ LUKE KENNARDDuke’s all-ACC wing blossomed as a sophomore into a polished and highly efficient scorer whose shooting range stretched defenses.STRENGTHS: The 6-6 wing upped his scoring average nearly eight points per game to average 19.5 points. He also averaged 5.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists. He didn’t need a ton of shots to put up strong numbers, either; Kennard shot 49 percent from the field, 44 percent from 3-point range and 86 percent from the foul line. He can produce in both catch-and-shoot and screen scenarios.CONCERNS: Kennard lacks elite athleticism and it’s unclear if he’ll be able to consistently create his own shot in the NBA. He’ll also have to hold his own on defense.___TERRANCE FERGUSONThe former McDonald’s All-American and Arizona recruit passed on college to play professionally in Australia.STRENGTHS: Ferguson has size (6-7) on the perimeter to go with athleticism and could potentially play small forward. He’s projected as a first-round pick, possibly in the middle of the round.CONCERNS: He had his struggles with the Adelaide 36ers of the National Basketball League, averaging 4.6 points and 1.2 rebounds while shooting 31 percent on 3-pointers in 15 minutes a game. His game and body (190 pounds) still need development for the next level.___DERRICK WHITEThe 6-4 senior has had an interesting rise from high-scoring Division II guard to all-conference transfer at Colorado.STRENGTHS: White has a knack for scoring and the potential to play either guard spot at the next level. He averaged 22 points for his career at Colorado-Colorado Springs as a wing, then averaged 18.1 points and 4.4 assists for the Buffaloes in his first season playing the point. He also shot 51 percent from the field and 40 percent from 3-point range at Colorado.CONCERNS: White doesn’t have remarkable quickness or explosiveness, so it’s unclear how he’ll match up with more athletic NBA guards.___ OTHERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON: — JOSH HART: The Villanova senior was an Associated Press first-team all-American who averaged 18.7 points but doesn’t boast elite athleticism. He’s a likely second-round prospect.— TYLER DORSEY: The Oregon sophomore got rolling late in the season with 20-plus points in his last eight games, helping the Ducks reach the Final Four for the first time since 1939. He’s a possible second-round pick.— SINDARIUS THORNWELL: The South Carolina senior helped drive the Gamecocks to their first Final Four appearance with his tough-nosed play. He’s a second-round prospect.AARON BEARD, AP Basketball WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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ROHM: configuration of a sensor environment in only five minutes

first_imgWith the SensorShield-EVK-003, ROHM is offering a new sensor shield expansion board equipped with eight sensor boards designed for use with existing open platform MCU boards such as Arduino and mbed.The SensorShield-EVK-003 is the latest sensor evaluation kit offered by ROHM. The updated kit bundles eight sensor boards with various sensors produced by the ROHM Group, such as for example accelerometer, barometric pressure, geomagnetic, optical heart rate sensors, etc. along with a “shield board” for connecting to open platforms. Using the SensorShield-EVK-003 makes it easy to configure a sensor environment by simply incorporating software and connecting to Arduino Uno or to other popular MCU boards. This not only permits immediate verification of sensor operation, but also facilitates the design of sensor devices. The kit reduces the development load significantly, whilst promoting the expansion of the IoT market. The SensorShield-EVK-003, the sensor shield and sensor evaluation boards are available for purchase separately through the online distributors.Significant development effort along with hardware and software expertise is required when creating products for the expanding IoT ecosystem. Easy evaluation is complicated due to the fact that development and mounting environments are inherently different for each IoT device.In response, ROHM has begun offering open source platform tools such as the Lazurite series that facilitate IoT prototyping and initial set development. Moving forward ROHM will continue to develop sensor devices that achieve greater comfort and safety in the IoT and other expanding markets.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous PLS: UDE enables real multicore debugging for NXP S32V234 automotive processorNext Kontron: compact KBox B-201 with numerous mounting options and interfaceslast_img read more

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Three techniques for measuring application performance improvement

first_imgDio_ChannelWrite(PORTA_0, LOW);MyTestFunction();Dio_ChannelWrite(PORTA_0, HIGH);Listing 2 – Indirectly accessing the port register to toggle the pin low while the function is executing through a hardware abstraction layer.Technique #2 – Setup a TimerA second technique that can be used to measure time is to setup a hardware timer. There are two ways that the hardware timer could be used. First, it could be used as a single shot timer where the timer is started right before calling the function. Second, the timer could be set to run constantly and be read before and after the function call. In this case, a developer would have to add extra code to calculate the difference between start and stop values in the timer register. An important tip to note is that you need to make sure that the timer ticks at a high enough resolution to capture the difference. For example, a timer tick of 1 millisecond might be too large. A step size of 10 microseconds would probably be a good starting point. Listing 3 and Listing 4 show some pseudocode on how the timer might be used to measure the time differences.Timer_Start(TIMER_1);  // Start clears the timer register countMyTestFunction();Timer_Stop(TIMER_1);TimerCount = Timer_Read(TIMER_1);Listing 3 – Example using driver API’s to start and stop a timer to measure directly how long the function took to execute.CountStart = Timer_Read(TIMER_1);MyTestFunction();CountStop = Timer_Read(TIMER_1);ElapsedTime = (CountStop – CountStart) * TimerTickUnit;Listing 4 – Example using a running timer to measure how long a function took to execute. Care must be taken to make sure the timer reads are atomic.Technique #3 – Use the ITMA third technique that can be used but is dependent upon the microcontroller architecture and hardware that is available is to use the instruction trace microcell (ITM). The ITM is typically available on Arm Cortex-M processors and is designed to allow developers to quickly pass trace information to the debugger without a lot of software overhead: the hardware does the heavy lifting. The software is really simple. First, a developer needs to make sure that they include the core header file for their microcontroller. For example, if I was working on a Cortex-M4, I would include core_cm4.h. The header file includes an important function for accessing the ITM called ITM_SendChar. We can use ITM_SendChar to send a character through the ITM before and after the function executed as shown in Listing 5.ITM_SendChar(‘A’);MyTestFunction();ITM_SendChar(‘A’);Listing 5 – The Arm function ITM_SendChar can be used to send a data byte over the ITM before and after the function executes to get timing information about the function.Each ITM packet contains more than just the character but also the packets cycle count. The difference between the cycle count for before and after the function can be used to get how many CPU cycles have elapsed. This can be seen in Figure 1 where ITM Port 1 is used to show the start of the function of interest and ITM Port 2 is used to show the end of the function of interest. In this case we can see a difference of 16 cycles (My test function was trivial in this example).Figure 1 – Example screenshot showing the ITM being used to monitor the cycle count between events. In this screenshot, ITM Port 1 is being used to show the start of the function and then ITM Port 2 is being used to show the end of the function.ConclusionsIn this post, we have examined three techniques that developers can use to measure performance increases in their software. These techniques all work whether you are writing bare-metal or RTOS based applications. Each technique does require that a developer instrument their software so keep in mind that there may be additional overhead added to the measurements. Selecting a single technique though will provide an apple to apples comparison.What additional techniques can you think of that can help developers measure their applications execution?Jacob Beningo is an embedded software consultant, advisor and educator who currently works with clients in more than a dozen countries to dramatically transform their software, systems and processes. Feel free to contact him at jacob@beningo.com, at his website www.beningo.com, and sign-up for his monthly Embedded Bytes Newsletter. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Design Methods In a previous article, I wrote about how developers can speed up their application code by executing time sensitive functions in RAM rather than from flash. You might be wondering if you were to make such an adjustment, what would the performance change be? The answer will vary based on the microcontroller’s fabrication technology but there are three techniques that developers can use to measure their applications or a functions performance:Toggle an I/O pinSetup a timerUse the ITMLet’s examine each of these techniques in detail.Technique #1 – Toggle an I/O pinThe first and oldest trick in the book is to use a spare I/O pin and toggle it before and after a function is executed. We would want to do this measurement twice. First, while the function is still being executed from flash. Second, once we have moved the function to execute from RAM or when we have made whatever optimization it is that we are interested in. The code to do this is extremely simple and could be done by directly manipulating the bit or through a hardware abstraction layer as shown in Listing 1 and Listing 2. (Note the assumption for this code is that the port bit was initialized as output and set high).PORTA &=~0x1;MyTestFunction();PORTA |= 0x1; Listing 1 – Directly accessing the port register to toggle the pin low while the function is executing.center_img Continue Reading Previous DATA MODUL: 23.1” ultra-stretched TFT display with smart controlNext Industrial Internet Consortium and OpenFog Consortium join forceslast_img read more

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Garz & Fricke adds software service provider e-GITS Software

first_imgGarz & Fricke Group is strengthening its position through the addition of the software service provider e-GITS GmbH, based in Stuttgart and Chennai, India. Founder of e-GITS, Sven Liess, will remain as Managing Director of e-GITS and thus retain a key role along with the Garz & Fricke management in developing the corporate group into a leading systems supplier offering a one-stop shop for HMIs, vending machines and payment systems, while also expanding the Stuttgart location.The core competency of e-GITS is to be found in tailor-made cross-platform applications. These mainly involve the development of graphical user interfaces (GUIs) for embedded IoT components in the target markets of medical engineering, industrial automation, home automation and smart vending (connected vending machines). Furthermore, e-GITS has been a certified Qt partner for many years and offers training packages in accordance with customer specifications. The software applications cover embedded, mobile and desktop applications for operating systems such as embedded Linux, Windows, Linux, Android and iOS.Including e-GITS, the Garz & Fricke Group employs some 150 people, a high proportion of whom are engineers. As well as increasing the workforce, the additional locations in south Germany and Chennai, India will allow the Group to provide even closer support for its customers in the future. The software development centre in India will continue to be supervised from Germany. Through this merger, the Garz & Fricke Group is rounding off its portfolio of services. As an integrated systems supplier with expertise covering the entire value added chain, its range extends from panel PCs via human-machine interfaces with operating system through to applications (GUIs), payment systems and cloud services.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules, Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous DUAGON-MEN-GROUP integrates OEM Technology Solutions AustraliaNext ICP: FPGA-based accelerator card for deep learning inferencelast_img read more

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Mouser Electronics’ newest Methods Technology eZine explores the arrival of 5G

first_imgMouser Electronics announces the latest issue of its Methods technology and solutions eZine. The new issue, The Future with 5G, highlights the upcoming arrival of 5G networks, their implications for internet access plus consumer and industrial services, as well as remaining challenges to be resolved before the deployment of 5G.This issue of Methods features articles written by experts from Mouser Electronics, in addition to contributions from the industry’s leading figures. Offering a broad overview of 5G and its applications, the issue provides a detailed introduction to 5G and insightful examinations of topics such as 5G antenna design, security, and infrastructure. The newest issue of Methods also features an article by Dr. Emad Farag of Nokia Bell Labs on the 3GPP Release 15 5G Standard.The 5G issue of Methods includes a thoughtful foreword from Jean-Pierre Bienaimé, Chairman of the Economic and Social Research Institute on Telecommunications. Bienaimé’s introduction points out the challenges facing 5G deployment, while highlighting the initiatives underway throughout the world to address these challenges.In addition to the Methods eZine, Mouser offers a number of resources for design engineers and buyers, including blogs, eBooks, and newsletters. Mouser’s Applications and Technologies sites offer exclusive design resources, white papers, videos, and product information, enabling design engineers to reach new heights product development and innovation.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Fewer embedded ears, more voice-controlled devicesNext DATA MODUL: new bonding technology for high-volume projectslast_img read more

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Oh so hot! Maaya actress Shama Sikander oozes oomph in her latest photo; see pic

first_imgMaaya actress Shama Sikander loves to tease her fans with smoking hot pictures from time to time. And in these last few years, she has not just worked on her body but also upped her fashion quotient.With each post, she sets social media on fire. Be it her bikini-clad pictures or trendy outfits, she makes everything look sexy on her.Recently, she posted a sultry picture on her Instagram page, where she can be seen sporting a pair of tiny black shorts and blingy bikini top with a fur coat over her shoulders.She captioned the picture as, “Every next level of your life will demand a different you. Stop explaining yourself to other people, you owe no one any explanation of what you do. Your life is yours not their’s.”Shama surely knows how to keep her 592k followers on Instagram engaged.She also posted a few pictures from her recent vacation. She was in Dharmshala with some of her telly friends. She captioned it as, “Some happy moments with friends make life worth living. It was indeed a happy birthday to @karanvgrover in dharamshala what a beautiful place, serene, peaceful and outstandingly gorgeous .. #ilovenature #birthdaytime #celebrations #friendsarelife @poppyjabbal @sonnalliseygall @vandana.kunder @saiwyn @iamraailaxmi @veerygoodman @jamesmilliron @karanvgrover”.”advertisementShama is currently seen in Ab Dil Ki Sun, a series of seven short films. Each film, which is about 5-14 minutes long, talks about the problems that are pushing the new generation towards mental illnesses like depression or bipolar disorder. Shama who herself suffered from bipolar disorder is producing the series.However, Shama is best remembered for her roles in TV series Yeh Meri Life Hai and Vikram Bhatt’s web series Maaya.last_img read more

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