John Terry to leave Chelsea F.C. at end of the season

first_imgLong-serving Chelsea defender John Terry will leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season, the English Premier League club said on Monday.The 36-year-old former England international played more than 700 games for Chelsea and has been their most successful captain.”John has given us more than two decades of dedicated and exceptional service,” Chelsea said in a statement.”In that time he has displayed the utmost pride at wearing the Chelsea shirt.”Terry made the third-highest number of appearances for Chelsea, captained them a record 578 times and scored 66 goals.”After 22 years there is so much to say and so many people to thank at this great football club,” Terry said.”From coaches, team-mates and staff to the fans who have given me so much support down the years, I can’t thank you enough,” he added.”I will decide on my future in due course, but for now I am committed to helping the team achieve success this season.”Terry has made only four Premier League starts this season as Chelsea have moved to the top of the table, four points clear with six games remaining.”I will, of course, always be a Blue and am desperate to end my final season as a Chelsea player with more silverware,” Terry said.”I’ve always been conscious that I depart at the right time, in the right way, and I feel that the end of this season is the right time for the club and I.”Terry, who made his Chelsea debut in 1998, won the 2012 Champions League, four Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three League Cups and the Europa League.advertisementHe played 78 times for England.last_img read more

Audi RS7 Performance first drive review

first_imgDrive Select reads Dynamic. Traction control is off, I’ve decided to take manual control of the gearbox too. I’ve got my left foot on the brake, my other on the throttle, with the engine holding revs at 2,000rpm. The tension is palpable. The last time I tried this in the base RS7, the non-Performance model, I couldn’t give the car gears as quick as it was giving me revs. I looked like an amateur, bouncing off the limiter.Performance:This time I’m playing it smart. Before I let go of the brakes, the fingers on my right hand are already tensed around the back of the paddles, ready to select second. I take my foot off the stop pedal. There’s an instant of hesitation. Then it all breaks loose. Nothing, I repeat, nothing can prepare you for how this car fights physics.These RS models remain the last few in the lineup that havent been brought into new-gen Audi territory, with the Virtual Cockpit. Performance variant adds a handy drive mode select on the wheel. (Photo: Gurdeep Bhalla)I barely processed short shifting into second. Audi claims you’ll be at 100kmph before 3.7 seconds are over. The car felt way quicker than that, asking for third just as the needle swept past 100kmph and onwards to 140kmph like air resistance was mere theory in a textbook.Keep an eye on the rev needle in manual, it gets away from you. (Photo: Gurdeep Bhalla)Engine:The base RS7 has 560bhp and 700Nm torque and launching it in manual had me hitting the limiter even in third. With this Performance variant, that brutality feels softened but it’s even quicker. That’s been achieved through modified exhaust valves and optimised internal turbo geometries to find an additional 45bhp and 50Nm of torque available on over boost for short bursts of acceleration. Like, overtaking a speeding bullet. It’s not a noticeable difference but the Performance variant is said to be 0.2 seconds quicker to 100kmph and 1 second quicker to 200kmph than the base car.advertisementFunny, the way the exhaust barks on start-up can make bystanders jump. (Photo: Gurdeep Bhalla)The eight speed torque converter sourced from ZF does a great job hiding any signs of turbo lag. Stepping on the pedal in any gear drops the engine back into boost territory, with peak coming in from as low as 1,750rpm. Leaving it in manual is the only time you’ll recognise hints of lag, with the over boost kicking in at 2,500rpm seeming like the boost step. The only downside of the torque converter transmission is the lack of launch control but I guess this saves the gearbox to a substantial extent.Audi MMI seems simplistic compared to todays systems but works agreeably. (Photo: Gurdeep Bhalla)Suspension:Cornering grip comes courtesy the Quattro all-wheel drive system and massive 275/30 Continental SportContacts on 21-inch wheels. Breaking traction requires real perseverance and even then the electronics kick in and right the scariest of situations. The steering actually plays a major role here, hiding a lot of what the tyres are actually up to. So while the car turns exactly when and where you want it to, judging the limit of adhesion becomes a dicey game.Motor takes to software manipulation really well, 750+ bhp is just a tune away. (Photo: Gurdeep Bhalla)Surprising is the tight turning radius, which again points to how city-friendly this supercar is. Further accentuated by the absolutely magic air suspension, that can raise or lower the car by as much as 20mm depending on which drive mode you’re in. Nothing but the absolute worst stretches of tarmac filtered through the cabin, though sharp bumps will catch it out.Frameless doors never cease to fascinate. (Photo: Gurdeep Bhalla)Interiors:Given the rate at which this car can literally consume roads, I really can’t think of a fault with it. The interiors feel quality and very, very special though the treatment is last-gen Audi. The notchback style boot also means packing for a cross-country trip is a cinch, then only limited by the fear of damaging those massive rims.With sunroof open, wind noise in cabin is bearable even past 100kmph. (Photo: Gurdeep Bhalla)Verdict:Apart from the extra horses in the Performance variant, you also get options as standard, compared to the base car – the air suspension, sports exhaust and killer-looking if maybe fragile 21-inch wheels. The air suspension especially is well worth having.You’ll need every last drop of petrol in the 75 litre tank because this car just makes you want to drive on and on. (Photo: Gurdeep Bhalla)In fact, it strengthens the whole appeal of the RS7 – a supercar that you can drive everywhere in comfort. You’ll need every last drop of petrol in the 75 litre tank because this car just makes you want to drive on and on.advertisementlast_img read more

Ultimate TT league will help Indian players, says Basak

first_imgMumbai, Jun 8 (PTI) Arup Basak, the Indian coach of Maharashtra United, a team in next months inaugural Ultimate Table Tennis League, believes that the tournament will provide much-needed foreign exposure to the host countrys players. “Ultimate Table Tennis will bring top international players to India. The Indian players have been very impressive in the recently concluded World Championship. So now Indian players will get to explore more foreign talents and play against them. They will also get an opportunity to train under foreign coaches,” Basak told PTI in an interaction. The players draft for the UTT is scheduled tomorrow at the NSCI in Worli here and Basak says Maharashtra United are keen to get the “best possible” players on board. “We are discussing with the management and our international coach (Ferenc) Karsai. We have targeted some Indian and international players. But drafting can be challenging, so we are hoping to select best possible talent,” said Basak, a multiple former national mens singles champion. Asked how will his experience help in guiding the players, Basak said, “The players participating in the league know me very well and even I have seen all of them playing in the national and international tournaments, so we already understand each other. “This time the players will be trained under the combination of the national and international coach which will help them rigorously”. Tournaments like the Indian Premier League and Indian Super League have helped cricketers and footballers respectively in the country and asked whether the UTT will do the same to table tennis, Basak said, “I believe that UTT will prove to be one of the best platforms for the Indian players to show how good they are in the sport.”advertisement”UTT will also help in educating the audience about the sport. Viewers will know how exciting and thrilling a table tennis game can be,” said Basak.According to him, the foreign players will help the Indian players learn new techniques, analyse moves and discuss the same with their foreign coach.Maharashtra United have got Ferenc Karsai (Hungary) who has been the men?s national coach for three countries – Austria, Canada and Belgium – and Basak as the coaches.Meanwhile, Karsai said UTT will be a great boost for the sport and its talent.”India has immense potential and I believe that UTT will give the platform to them to showcase that. Besides the international talent will also get to see how good Indian players are,” the Hungarian remarked. PTI NRB SSR DK DK BASlast_img read more

JP Duminy’s Test spot under threat, admits Faf du Plessis

first_imgSouth Africa Test skipper Faf du Plessis has conceded that JP Duminy is currently fighting to cement his place in the national side as the middle-order batsman’s alarming dip in form continues.Du Plessis was speaking after his side’s huge 211-run defeat to England at Lord’s on Sunday.Duminy has failed to cross 40 runs in his last eight innings. He managed just 15 and two runs at the Lord’s, something which forced du Plessis to admit that Duminy is not doing enough to maintain his place in the side.With du Plessis set to return to the side after missing the opening Test due to the birth of his first child, one option for him would be to take the place of Duminy.However, the skipper insisted that the Proteas would consider a few other things before coming to any conclusion.Du Plessis said that Duminy is a crucial part of their current senior team and that he is well aware of the fact that he needs to score runs to keep his place in the national side.”JP will be the first guy to say he knows he needs to score runs for this team and it’s no different for anyone else,” Sport24 quoted du Plessis as saying.”He is desperate to do well as anyone in that position. You want to try and score runs every time you go out there. He knows at the end of the day that it’s about runs,” he added.Du Plessis further insisted that Duminy always keeps team’s interest above himself and is always desperate to do well at that position than anyone else.advertisement”He understands that if it has to come to a position where there is someone else that needs to be looked at… he will be the first to acknowledge [that].He is a crucial part of our senior player group and he will always put the team interests above himself so yes, he will be the first to acknowledge that,” du Plessis said.South Africa will now play the second Test of the four-match series against England, beginning July 14 at Trent Bridge.last_img read more

J&Ks special status needs to be protected: Mehbooba

first_imgSrinagar, Aug 8 (PTI) Amid a fresh clamour for the abrogation of Article 35-A of the Constitution, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today said the special status enjoyed by the state needed to be protected and preserved.Article 35-A of the Constitution empowers the states legislature to define its “permanent residents” and accord special rights and privileges to them.”The legislature of the state enjoys huge powers unlike any other state assembly. We need to preserve and protect this status,” Mehbooba told a public meeting after inaugurating the Randakdaji-Jawalapora-Gaffarabad road in central Kashmirs Budgam district.On the GST legislation passed by the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly, she said that the state had enacted its own law.”The guarantees carried in the Presidential Order (on GST) reflect the special status Jammu and Kashmir enjoys within the Constitution of India,” she said.The chief minister said that the opening of historic routes along the Line of Control (LoC) in the state, frequent exchange of students, artists and other groups would bring a lasting peace in the state by promoting more people to people exchanges.Mehbooba said only a conducive and peaceful atmosphere can lead the state to prosperity and resolution of the issues.”The government has taken up several development programmes this year which could not be taken up last year due to unrest. The government has taken up developmental activities in areas which so far have remained neglected,” she said.The Randakdaji-Jawalapora-Gaffarabad road is to be built at a cost of Rs 15.05 crore and it would be completed in two years.advertisementWith the completion of the road project, the connectivity to Doodhpathri and Tosa Maidan tourist destinations would be improved.The chief minister also visited Khag where she laid the foundation of a 10-km Khag-Aripanthan road to be upgraded from the present single lane to double lane at a cost of Rs 13.08 crore. It would be completed by next year.Later, the chief minister also laid the foundation of a modern health centre at Khag to be set up by the Government Medical College, Srinagar at a cost of Rs 5.28 crore.She announced setting up of a fire station, a tourist facility in view of the scenic beauty of the area, and development of a sports field there.These demands were raised by the locals with the chief minister.The chief minister also visited Magam where she inaugurated a degree college. Built at a cost of Rs 9.83 crore, the college for 1,500 students has academic, administrative and library blocks. PTI SSB MIJ SMNlast_img read more

CONFIRMED! Zlatan Ibrahimovic extends his stay with Manchester United F.C.

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic has signed a one-year contract with current Premier League table toppers Manchester United.The Swede will wear the No. 10 jersey vacated by United’s all-time leading goal scorer Wayne Rooney.He was released by the club after he suffered a damaged his meniscus and cruciate ligament against Anderlecht in April in a Europa League clash.Therefore, the 20-time Premier League champions decided not to take up the one-year contract extension that was there in his contract and release him. However, he was allowed to continue his rehabilitation at Carrington.(Anthony Martial tips Manchester United F.C. team mate Paul Pogba to win Ballon d’Or soon)Reportedly there were offers from the MLS and other places as well but a return to United was always on the cards for the 35-year-old due to his close relations with Jose Mourinho. United signed Romelu Lukaku in the summer and it was said that he will look to go to America or even Italy but everything is put to bed now as Ibrahimovic and United announced the return of the mercurial striker for the upcoming season on a one-year-deal.I UNITED it @ManUtd Zlatan IbrahimoviÄ? (@Ibra_official) August 24, 2017Here’s the full statement released by Manchester United on their website:Manchester United is delighted to announce that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will continue his journey with the club and has signed a one-year contract. He will wear the number 10 shirt.#Zlat10 Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 24, 2017Ibrahimovic, 35, made 46 appearances and scored 28 goals for the club during the 2016/17 campaign before suffering a knee injury, which ended his season prematurely. Zlatan has won championships in four different leagues since beginning his professional career with Malmo in 1999.advertisementJose Mourinho said: “We are delighted Zlatan is on the road to recovery and we are equally delighted to have his ambition and experience back with us. After his contribution last season he deserves our trust and we will be patient waiting for him to return. I have no doubt that he will be important in the second part of the season.”Zlatan Ibrahimovic said: “I am back to finish what I started. It was always mine and the club’s intention for me to stay. I cannot wait to get back out on that Old Trafford pitch, but I also know that I have to take my time to make sure that I am ready. I have been working hard and will continue to do so to make sure I am in the best possible condition for my return to the pitch.”He’s not finished yet – @Ibra_official has signed a new one-year contract with #MUFC! Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 24, 2017Another year of @Ibra_official! ?? Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 24, 2017last_img read more

Champions League: N’Golo Kante can return against Roma, says Antonio Conte

first_imgChelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante is expected to be fit to face AS Roma in Tuesday’s Champions League group stage match, manager Antonio Conte said.Kante, who missed Chelsea’s last five matches with a hamstring injury, trained with the squad before they left for Rome and Conte will speak to the France international before deciding whether he will feature.Midfielder Danny Drinkwater is also set to play after recovering from a calf problem and on the back of his first Premier League appearance for Chelsea as a late substitute against Bournemouth on Saturday.”We had three starters out, but we have recovered Drinkwater and Kante. (Victor) Moses needs more time,” Conte told a news conference on Monday.”Kante trained with us, also before the game at Bournemouth.”I was a player and I know very well after an injury, a bad injury, it is very important to listen to the player which are the sensation. For him and the team, tomorrow we try to make the best decision.”Chelsea, who top the Group C standings, will qualify for round of 16 with a victory at Roma.But Conte, disappointed with a 3-3 draw in the home fixture with Roma earlier this month, said it was vital Chelsea finished as group winners ahead of the Italian side and Atletico Madrid.”I think our group is a tough group, with Atletico and Roma two really strong teams. To be at the top is very important, we are trying to face all competitions,” the manager added.advertisement”It was a good match, a fair score (at Stamford Bridge), and tomorrow will be another difficult game.”Following their midweek European assignment, Chelsea host title rivals Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday.last_img read more

Govt to privatise stadia under SAI to improve service quality

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 19 (PTI) Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore today said that the government will privatise some of the stadia under the Sports Authority of India to improve their administration and quality of services.Rathore said the move was aimed at delivering better playing experience to the sportspersons.”We are keenly thinking of privatising some of our stadia to have better operations in terms of delivering sports to the sportspersons. There was a general study on how the stadia can be improved. The fact is that there is need to improve the way stadia are administered,” Rathore said at a programme here.”The stadia must have better quality of service and playing area. The sheer experience of playing needs to improve. The SAI was created before 1982 Asian Games to help in conducting the Games and looking after these stadia. The mandate has increased now from that time and I think its time in todays world we bring in as many stakeholder as possible.” He said privatisation will be done through Corporate Social Responsibility or PPP (Public Private Partnership) model.The Athens Olympics silver medallist was speaking at the launch of ELMS (Excellence in Learning and Mastering of Sports and Physical Literacy) Foundation, which aims at producing Physical Education experts, coaches, sports administrators to impart modern training to athletes across all levels.He also announced that centres of the Central Sports University in Manipur will be set up in other cities.”The brick and mortar of the sports university will be in Manipur but its training will be carried out in other cities also. Centres will be opened in other places where the same curriculum will be imparted,” he said. “We are tying up with Japan and Australia for physical education as well as for starting a bachelor programme on coaching in the Central Sports University in Manipur. We will have faculty from these countries stay in the country and we will have the technical knowhow from these countries.”advertisementHe said the ministry will start a programme as part of Khelo India to develop coaches in the country. “This will be at elite as well as basic/grassroot level. There will be coaches at grassroot level, developmental coaches, at community, college and elite level. We will tie up with international and Indian companies to build a basic standard based on which coaching education can be imparted to other coaches. We will start train the trainer programme,” said the minister.”If better knowledge is available a sportsperson can start at a higher level right at the beginning. I am all for bringing experts from various fields into sports and managing sports as well.”Rathore said the ministry was spending a total of Rs 60 crore for the Khelo India National School Games, which begins on January 31. “Khelo India project will create sports infrastructure. It will be for the first time that the National School Games of U-17 level will be broadcast live from January 31. We are spending nearly Rs 60 crore collectively on bringing the Games to a level that is aspirational and memorable. We are covering 16 sports, including team sports and indigenous sports and priority sports.”We will increase the number of sports every year. We will selecting 1000 athletes every year and that selection will be done by Arjuna and Dronacharya Awardees. We have put aside Rs 250 crore as the first sponsorship amount.”He said 2018 could be a turning point for India to become a better sporting nation.”It is going to be a big year beginning with the Khelo India School Games, Commonwealth Games where we will win a lot of medals, then the young talent hunt programme for 8-14 age group children for the talents which will have the potential to win medals in 2024 and 2028 and then the Asian Games and then perhaps the Rural and Indigenous Games in November or December.”The year 2018 will be full of sporting activities. The way the prime minister has focussed on the youth and sport of this country, I am quite confident this will be the turning point with every stakeholder coming together to make India a better sporting nation.”Asked about the recent elections of the Indian Olympic Association, he said, “The ministry of sports sends observers for all elections of NSFs and sports bodies. Our observer had gone there and probably must have submitted the report.”The ministry will have a look at the report. If there are violations, the ministry will take action. If not, we will go by the rules.”advertisementRathore said the government was committed towards providing financial support to academies and centres of excellence set up by former sportspersons. PTI PDS AH AHlast_img read more

Atromitos Sets PAOK Back, 1-0

first_imgAtromitos handed Thessaloniki’s PAOK’s a 1-0 loss in the Greek Super League soccer play on June 4, leaving the battle for second in tourney play undecided.Atromitos, which plays in the Athens neighborhood of Peristeri, climbed into second a point ahead of PAOK, which suffered its third straight defeat. A goal by Tasos Karamanos at the end of the first half held up.In the day’s other game, Panathinaikos and Asteras Tripolis drew 0-0. Stathis Tavlaridis left Panathinaikos with 10 men in injury time, trying to get a red card and a one-game suspension instead of bigger penalties because he has racked up so many yellow cards this season.Panathinaikos has 15 points, Asteras is second with seven, Atromitos is on five and PAOK is last with four.In the final round of games on June 8 Atromitos hosts Panathinaikos and Asteras plays PAOK where the winner will get second in the playoffs..TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Giants Batter Colon, Mets, 3-0

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares SAN FRANCISCO — Matt Cain was more impressed by Hunter Pence’s defensive gem in the sixth inning than he was with his own winning return to AT&T Park.Pence’s sliding catch that he turned into a double play ended the New York Mets’ best chance of scoring and helped preserve Cain’s first win in nearly a year.It also convinced Cain why the Giants desperately need Pence healthy and in the lineup.“He brings that energy, that excitement,” Cain said after San Francisco ended its seven-game losing streak with a 3-0 win over the Mets on July 7.“He was probably fired up as anybody after he made that play. The moment was just perfect.”Pence, activated from the disabled list earlier in the day, provided the Giants with a big spark offensively and defensively.The veteran outfielder drove in San Francisco’s first run with a fielder’s choice grounder in the third and singled in Joe Panik in the fifth to make it 3-0.He also came up with the game’s defining moment when he made a sliding catch in foul territory on Ruben Tejada’s long fly ball in the sixth, then threw home to catch Curtis Granderson trying to tag up from third.“He put it right on the money,” San Francisco Manager Bruce Bochy said. “It’s one of the best plays I’ve seen.”Cain (1-1) had not pitched at the Giants’ waterfront ballpark since July 9, 2014, when he earned his last win before missing the final half of the season following elbow surgery.The three-time All-Star pitched two-hit ball over six innings with seven strikeouts. Cain retired the first seven hitters, struck out Daniel Murphy to get out of a bases loaded jam in the third, then allowed just one runner over his final three innings.“It’s been a long time, a long road,” Cain said. “I definitely didn’t think it was going to be this long in between being back out here but it did. Today, it couldn’t have been better.”All-Star reserve Panik had two hits and scored twice for the Giants.New York’s Bartolo Colon (9-7), winless since June 12, allowed three runs and 10 hits in six innings.Kevin Plawecki had two of the Mets’ four hits.One night after getting shut out for the eighth time this season, the Giants jumped on Colon and took advantage of New York’s sloppy defense. Colon misplayed a soft comebacker in the second inning, while Murphy bobbled a ground ball in the third that led to two San Francisco runs.That ended the Mets’ 21-inning scoreless streak, their longest of the season.Both of Pence’s RBIs came against Colon. “He’s a good player. If you check you’ll see that he has good numbers against me. I think maybe that’s why they put him in the lineup today.”Four San Francisco relievers combined to retire the final nine batters. Santiago Casilla pitched the ninth for his 21st save.(MICHAEL WAGAMAN)last_img read more

Plenty of hope for APOEL despite defeat

first_imgSource: cyprus-mail.comTweetPinShare0 Shares An inspired second-half display against Rosenborg leaves APOEL with a decent chance of reaching the Champions League playoff round, despite a 2-1 defeat in Norway on Wednesday night.The Nicosia club’s future in Europe looked in serious doubt at the break but Giorgos Efrem’s volley provides plenty of hope for the second leg in Nicosia next week.The opening 20 minutes were scrappy, with APOEL committing numerous fouls which served their purpose as they looked to frustrate and slow down their opponents.But one quick free-kick caught the APOEL rearguard unaware, as a low cross from the left found Christian Gytkjaer all alone in the six-yard box, and he had the simple task of slotting it home for the opener.Just a minute later, the hosts nearly doubled their lead as a through pass split the APOEL defence and set Helland clear only for the outstretched toe of Boy Waterman to deny a second.Rosenborg piled on the pressure as Yann-Erik de Lanlay’s effort was parried out to the feet of Mike Jensen who then smashed the ball towards goal only for Carlao to clear off the line.APOEL looked to have weathered the storm, but on the stroke of half-time, Midtsjoe slithered past two before teeing up Skjelvik who then lashed the ball into the roof of the net with the last kick of the opening period.Thomas Christiansen made two attacking changes either side of the hour mark, with Andrea Orlandi and Efrem coming on for Kostakis Artyamatas and Vander, which saw APOEL finally manage to get higher up the pitch.APOEL chances were few and far between but it only took one to have a massive impact on the game, and possibly the tie.Coming straight into the line-up after re-signing for the club on loan, Giannis Gianniotas took on his full-back before crossing into the box which, via a failed clearance, looped into the path of Efrem. The Cypriot forward connected sweetly on the volley and the ball flew under the keeper to give APOEL a vital away goal.It was APOEL who looked the likelier of the two to get the next goal, and the leveller so nearly came in the 90th minute as Efrem unselfishly squared the ball to De Camargo, but the debutant could not get his toe on the end of it with the goal gaping.Nevertheless, the 2-1 scoreline is a positive one for the Cypriots, especially after looking dead and buried in the first half.Results from the Champions League Qualifying Round 3 first leg matches on Wednesday:FC Astra (Romania) – FC Copenhagen (Denmark) 1-1Rosenborg Trondheim (Norway) – APOEL Nicosia (Cyprus) 2-1FC Astana (Kazakhstan) – Celtic (Scotland) 1-1Tuesday, July 26, first leg: Ajax Amsterdam (Netherlands) – PAOK Salonika (Greece) 1-1Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia) – Dynamo Tbilisi (Georgia) 2-0Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine) – Young Boys (Switzerland) 2-0Rostov (Russia) – Anderlecht (Belgium) 2-2Partizani (Albania) – Salzburg (Austria) 0-1Viktoria Plzen (Czech Republic) – Qarabag Agdam (Azerbaijan) 0-0BATE Borisov (Belarus) – Dundalk (Ireland) 1-0Ludogorets (Bulgaria) – Red Star Belgrade (Serbia) 2-2Sparta Prague (Czech Republic) – Steaua Bucharest (Romania) 1-1last_img read more

New-Look Mets 2-0 After Alonso, Other Kids Beat Nats 11-8

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — Pete Alonso and the rest of these new-look Mets are playing just how the club had hoped.It’s just two games, of course, but 2-0 is better than 0-2 — which is where the Washington Nationals are as they adjust to life without Bryce Harper.Alonso contributed three hits, two RBIs and a pair of nifty stretch plays at first base in Game 2 of his major league career, and fellow youngsters J.D. Davis, Jeff McNeil and Dominic Smith all played a part in lifting the Mets past the Nationals 11-8 on Saturday.“We kind of figured that would be the case — that these guys were going to come up and contribute. That’s one of the reasons we wanted them on the team or we went and acquired those guys,” second-year manager Mickey Callaway said. “We saw that talent and knew they would be impactful players. They definitely came through today.”New York Mets’ Jeff McNeil (6) celebrates with the dugout after he scored on a single by J.D. Davis during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Saturday, March 30, 2019, in Washington. The Mets won 11-8. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)Davis delivered a tiebreaking two-run single in the eighth inning, Smith also drove in a pair of runs and so did McNeil, who had four hits in front of a crowd that featured pockets of New York fans chanting “Let’s go, Mets!” and “Where is Harper?”Smith is 23, Alonso 24, Davis 25 and McNeil 26.None debuted earlier than 2017.“You’ve got (Alonso) trying to knock down outfield walls. J.D.’s making great plays behind me. And Jeff McNeil is hitting the ball all over the yard,” Mets starter Noah Syndergaard said. “It’s fun to watch. I look forward to a lot more of that this season.”Alonso’s first game in the majors came Thursday on opening day.“This is the most fun I’ve had playing baseball,” he said. “I feel blessed, and I’m living the dream right now. I’m just having a blast out there.”Another offseason acquisition by agent-turned-GM Brodie Van Wagenen, closer Edwin Diaz, picked up his second save with one pitch by getting Kurt Suzuki to fly out with a man on in the ninth after Seth Lugo let a seven-run lead shrink to three.Much earlier, Syndergaard and Stephen Strasburg, left with identical lines: six innings, four runs, seven hits. This one came down to the bullpens, and while neither fared that well, Washington’s rebuilt version really flopped.Justin Wilson (1-0) threw a perfect seventh to earn the win. Otherwise, it was an adventure out there.Nationals reliever Trevor Rosenthal (0-1) was booed off the mound in his return from Tommy John surgery after entering a 4-all game in the eighth and allowing all four batters he faced to reach base.Rosenthal led the majors with 93 saves over the 2014-15 seasons for the St. Louis Cardinals but last appeared in a regular-season game in August 2017. He was signed by Washington as a free agent based on an offseason workout and still can throw 100 mph, but he gave up three singles and a walk and failed to get an out.“A good step forward getting back,” Rosenthal said. “But obviously didn’t end up how I wanted it to.”He gave way to Kyle Barraclough, another new reliever, acquired in a trade with Miami. His Nationals debut was every bit as inauspicious: Before throwing a single pitch, Barraclough let in a run via a balk. After getting a couple of outs, he served up Alonso’s second double of the day.By: Howard Fendrich, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

UEFA Charges Olympiakos for Offensive Fan Banner

first_imgNYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA has charged Olympiakos for an offensive banner displayed by fans at a Champions League game.UEFA says its disciplinary panel will judge a charge of “racist behavior” on Friday.Any punishment could apply when the Greek club hosts Bayern Munich on Oct. 22.The banner was displayed on Tuesday during a 3-1 loss at Red Star Belgrade. Fans of the two clubs have long-standing links and displayed a friendship slogan at the game.UEFA says Olympiakos faces a separate charge for the team being late for the second half. Red Star faces a fine for “improper conduct” because five players were shown a yellow card.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Cervoz upgrades next-generation DDR4-2666 memory

first_imgDDR4-2666 Memory supports Intel Coffee Lake and AMD Ryzen platforms for industrial applications. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) accelerate convergence, the requirements for computing power and transmission speed are also increasing. Cervoz provides DDR4-2666 memory modules for industrial applications.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Designing a more flexible core for the multi-gigabit campus networkNext LDRA adds ISO 26262:2018 training to its tool suite for automotivelast_img read more

Discus thrower Kumari to miss Asian Games despite qualification

first_imgGuwahati, Jun 26 (PTI) Haryana’s discus thrower Sandeep Kumari cleared the qualifying mark for the Asian Games at the National Inter-State Athletics Championship but she will miss the upcoming mega multi-sporting event in Jakarta as her accreditation has not been done. The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) cannot be faulted as it has done accreditation of around 300 athletes based on the form of past few years and Kumari has not taken part in any major championships in the last five years. “The deadline of sending a long list of athletes to the IOA for accreditation is long over. We have sent names of around 300 athletes for accreditation and her name is not there. we cannot do anything now,” a top AFI official told PTI. “She has not taken part in any major championships fore the last five years. So we could not anticipate that she can qualify for the Asian Games,” the official said. Kumari won the gold with a throw of 58.41m while the qualifying mark set by AFI is 57m. “This system of sending long list is faulty as this kind of situation can arise,” the official said. The AFI will have to submit the list of finally selected athletes by June 30. India has been allotted a quota of 102 athletes (52 men and 50 women) in track and field for the Asian Games. PTI PDS KHS KHSKHSlast_img read more

Watch: Is this the most bizarre run out on the cricket field?

first_imgThe Uganda vs Thailand match on Sunday in the ICC Women’s World T20 Qualifying tournament witnessed one of the most bizarre run-outs in world cricket.The throw which was aimed at the bowler’s end, hit the stumps at the striker’s end to effect a run-out.The incident took place in the third over when Nattakam Chantam played a shot down the ground and set off for a single. The Ugandan mid-on fielder quickly grabbed the ball and released it, aiming the stumps at the bowler’s end. However, the ball missed the target and went on to hit the the stumps at the striker’s end. As a result, Nattaya Boochatham who was running towards the wicket-keeper’s end was run out.One of the most bizarre run-outs you’ll ever see!Aimed at the bowler’s end, hit at the striker’s end! #UGAvTHA #WT20Q (@ICC) July 8, 2018Thailand eventually managed to score 67 in 20 overs at the loss of nine wickets. Nannapat Koncharoenkai top scored for the Asian side with 22 off 37 balls. Wickets were shared by six Ugandan bowers as Getrude Candiru and Immaculate Nakisuuyi took two wickets each.A victory in the match will give either sides a real chance of reaching the ICC Women’s World T20.Both team went into the match on the back of heavy defeats in the opening games.Uganda lost their first match against Scotland by nine wickets after they were bowled out for 43. Thailand lost their match to Ireland by seven wickets. The Thai women scored 92/7 in 20 overs as Ireland chased down the target with 22 balls remaining.advertisementlast_img read more

Xiaomi Mi A2 is coming to India on August 8, but should you wait for the Nokia X6

first_imgXiaomi has had a pretty fantastic run in the Indian market thanks to a series of value-for-money phones in the budget and mid-range segments that have offered good design and even better hardware. One of the phones that did exceedingly well last year was the Mi A1, which was the company’s first Android One phones. People loved that the phone not only brought impressive specs, but also that ran stock Android rather than Xiaomi’s custom skin. We now have a successor in the Mi A2, which is all set to debut in India on August 8.The Mi A2 is no doubt one of the most anticipated Xiaomi phones in 2018. Fans are expecting even better specs this time around along with the goodness of Android One. And while the phone is expected to see an equally (if not more) fantastic response in India as the Mi A1, there’s another phone that could play a spoilsport to the Mi A2. HMD Global’s Nokia X6 is also expected to launch in India sometime in August or September as the Nokia 6.1 Plus, and we are seeing a lot of anticipation for that phone as well.The Nokia 6.1 Plus saw its first global launch in Hong Kong last week and is expected to make its way to a few more markets like Taiwan and Russia soon as well. While the company has not confirmed its India launch, some reports have claimed that the Nokia 6.1 Plus is bound for the Indian market as well. The phone has received a lot of positive responses from fans who have lauded its design and hardware. While the Mi A2 will largely face a stiff competition from the Nokia 7 Plus, Xiaomi’s phone may also see some threat from the Nokia 6.1 Plus as well.advertisement– The Mi A2 comes with a new design as compared to the Mi A1, but it is a design that has been tried and tested already. Xiaomi has chopped down the bezels on the front to allow for a tall 5.99-inch ‘full-screen’ full-HD+ 18:9 display. The rest of the phone is covered in metal and you also get a dual camera system and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor which makes the Mi A2 look similar to the Redmi Note 5 Pro. And while this gives the Mi A2 a premium look, the Nokia 6.1 Plus takes things up a notch, literally speaking.– The Nokia 6.1 Plus comes with an all-glass design and a display notch. The Gorilla Glass back also sees a dual camera setup and a fingerprint sensor. On the front, the device sports a notch, making it the first Nokia phone to do so. The Nokia 6.1 Plus brings a 5.8-inch FHD+ (1080×2280) 19:9 display on a compact form factor. Thanks to an all-glass design and the notch, the Nokia 6.1 Plus is a little more premium, unique and 2018 in appearance which bodes well for a phone that’s expected to be priced in the Rs 20,000 segment. — Both the Mi A2 and Nokia 6.1 Plus are Android One device, which means both the phone run a clean and stock Android Oreo out of the box. It also means that both the phones will receive monthly Android security updates straight from Google and will also be eligible Android P and Android Q in the future. As far as software experience goes, both the phone are likely to offer a similar experience. So far Nokia has not disappointed with its Android One phones this year so things look positive for the Nokia 6.1 Plus as well. Xiaomi fans have also appreciated the Mi A1’s stock Android experience and timely updates, and the Mi A2 is expected to follow suit.– What does give the Mi A2 an edge over the Nokia 6.1 Plus is the processor and cameras. The Mi A2 is powered by a Snapdragon 660 chipset, which keeps it more close to the Nokia 7 Plus. The Nokia 6.1 Plus, on the other hand, gets a Snapdragon 636 chipset, which is similar to the Redmi Note 5 Pro.– In real world performance, one is unlikely to feel the difference between the two processors. We tested the SD660 on the Nokia 7 Plus and were quite impressed with how well it performed no matter what we threw at it. Similarly, there is no denying that the Snapdragon 636 chipset powering the Redmi Note 5 Pro is a beast as well. So these processors in the upcoming Mi A2 and the Nokia 6.1 Plus along with an optimised Android software should offer equally impressive performance.– HMD is yet to deliver a great camera smartphone. So far, phones like the Nokia 7 Plus and Nokia 6.1 have managed to deliver decent yet underwhelming camera experience, where its biggest drawback has been in low-light photography. Meanwhile, Xiaomi has been improving its camera game with each phone. The Mi A1 had some of the best cameras in its segment and was quickly succeeded by the Redmi Note 5 Pro with equally stellar cameras.advertisement — With the Mi A2, Xiaomi is touting impressive 20MP cameras. The dual camera system on the back comes with one 12-megapixel sensor and another 20-megapixel sensor, both of which have an f/1.75 aperture. On the front, the Mi A2 sports a 20-megapixel camera with soft LED flash. The cameras are heavily backed by AI and machine learning to offer good portrait shots. If the Mi A1 is anything to go by, the Mi A2 will also offer similar if not better optics.– The dual camera system on the Nokia 6.1 Plus, on the other hand, includes a primary 16-megapixel sensor and a secondary 5-megapixel sensor. Housed within the notch on the front is a 16-megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture. The cameras get some AI support as well which should help improve image quality and bokeh effect. It’s clear that the optics sound a little underwhelming on paper compared to the Mi A2, but only a hands on review will actually give us a clear picture of how well these phones perform in this department.– I would argue that there are some strong features with both the Nokia 6.1 Plus and the Mi A2. Where the Nokia 6.1 Plus looks premium and attractive, the Mi A2 looks like it will offer some really impressive cameras. If Xiaomi indeed prices the Mi A2 competitively in the Indian market as it told India Today Tech recently, then we could see a new sub-Rs 20,000 king. HMD has not been able to price its phones as competitively in India, but it has made up for it in terms of overall experience.last_img read more

OMG facts which make India the most amazing country!

first_img“We owe a lot to the Indians, who taught us how to count without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made,” said Albert Einstein.Has there been any better contribution than the one we made when we invented zero? India is a land of languages, cultures, myths, superstitions and what not! But we have the most amazing stuff to tell the whole world that:”East or West, India is the best!”We have listed five “oh really?” facts about India you would not want to miss:A Floating Post OfficeThere you heard it right! We do have a floating post office in Srinagar. It also has a philately museum and a shop that sells postage stamps. The letters posted from here carry pictures of Dal Lake and Srinagar city to promote Kashmir as a tourist destination. The floating post office was inaugurated by Sachin Pilot and Omar Abdullah in August 2011.National Kabaddi Team has won all the World CupsKabaddi is one of the oldest sports of India and you’d be delighted to know that India has won all the six Kabaddi World Cups held till now. The women’s team too has been undefeated throughout their tournaments.Science day in Switzerland is dedicated to APJ Abdul KalamSwitzerland’s Science day, May 26, has been dedicated to the ex-president of India, A.P.J Abdul Kalam as a mark of honour. The father of India’s missile programme had visited Switzerland and upon his arrival, the day was declared as Science day of the country.advertisementThe village without doorsShani Shingnapur is the most unbelievable village in Maharashtra. If you visit this village, you’d be surprised to find that the houses and shops do not have doors but only the door frames. No theft was reported here until 2010. The fear of Lord Shani is so much that neither of the structures have doors or locks till date.A polling booth for one voterMahant Bharatdas Darshandas is the only voter in Gujarat’s sanctuary area of Gir forest. He is the only one who lives in the forest and every election, the election team makes sure that he gets to cast his precious vote by setting up a polling station for him. Most prized voter, eh?What do you think about it? Share with us!Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

Asian Games 2018: Indian men’s kabaddi team settles for bronze, women in final

first_imgThe Indian men’s kabaddi team suffered a shock 27 – 18 loss at the hands of Iran in the semi-final in the 2018 Asian Games.The men’s team, who are seven-time gold-medallists and also the world champions, will have to settle for a bronze medal.It is the first time in the history of the Asian Games that India would come back home without a gold in the men’s kabaddi. They had also lost 23-24 against South Korea in the grpoup stage, but bounced back to beat Thailand 49-30 in their fourth and final Group A match. They had beaten Bangladesh 50-21 and Sri Lanka 44-28 before losing to South Korea.There was good new from the Indian women’s kabaddi team, who entered their third successive final at the Asian Games with a dominating win over Chinese Taipei in the semifinals.The Indian team, which won the gold medal in the last two editions of the Asian Games, continued its impressive run by defeating Chinese Taipei 27-14 in the last four contest.INDIAN Womens Kabaddi Team captain Payel Chowdhury speaking on their emphatic win over Chinese Taipei (27-14) to reach Women’s Team Finals #AsianGames #AsianGames2018 Doordarshan Sports (@ddsportschannel) August 23, 2018The Indian women’s team which won the World Cup thrice in 2012, 2013 and 2014, will face either Iran or Thailand in the finals.India had topped Group A to qualify for the semifinals. The women’s team defeated Sri Lanka 38-12 before trouncing Indonesia 54- 22 in their final group match. The Indians had beaten Japan 43-12 and Thailand 33-23 in their earlier group matches.advertisement(With inputs from Agencies)last_img read more