Sterling withdraws from England squad


first_imgManchester City forward Raheem Sterling has been ruled out of England’s upcoming matches against Spain and Switzerland due to a back problem.The 23-year-old withdrew from the squad on Monday as the other 22 players assembled for a training camp at St George’s Park.Sterling’s absence comes as a blow to Gareth Southgate despite questions being raised over his international record. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! He has netted just twice in 44 appearances and failed to get on the scoresheet as England finished fourth at the World Cup in Russia.However, the attacker remains a regular under Southgate and has started the season in fine form, scoring twice in four Premier League matches.His second came in City’s weekend win over Newcastle United, in which he played a full 90 minutes.”Raheem Sterling has withdrawn from the squad due to a problem with his back, with no immediate replacement planned,” read a Football Association statement.Southgate is already thin on options in the front third following Jamie Vardy’s decision to step back from international duty .England open their Nations League campaign against Spain at Wembley on Saturday, with a friendly against Switzerland at King Power Stadium to follow three days later.last_img read more


Why Bayern’s title streak may be in jeopardy


first_imgThe Bundesliga campaign may still be in its early stages, but the numbers suggest that Bayern Munich are set to relinquish their hold on Germany’s top-flight crown. Bayern have won six successive titles, with Borussia Dortmund the last side to break their dominance with victory in 2011-12. Jupp Heynckes, Pep Guardiola and Carlo Ancelotti have all been left celebrating domestic success, with the former returning on an interim basis following Ancelotti’s sacking to secure yet another title in 2017-18.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! But things have not gone to plan under Heynckes’ successor Niko Kovac, with an adverse result in Saturday’s Der Klassiker further distancing Bayern from the summit. Goals from Marco Reus, who hit twice, and Paco Alcacer gave Dortmund a 3-2 win over the Bavarians at Signal Iduna Park. That result puts Dortmund seven points clear of Bayern at the Bundesliga summit, and four ahead of closest rivals Borussia Monchengladbach. Bayern have never won the title after trailing by such a distance at this point in the season, heightening pressure on Kovac after a poor start to the season. 7 – #Bayern have picked up just 8 points from their last 7 #Bundesliga games, and they have never come back from being 7 points behind the leader that late in the season. Crisis. #BVBFCB pic.twitter.com/vMwbHbqGnJ— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) November 10, 2018Dortmund, meanwhile, are on track to enjoy a record-breaking campaign. Only in 2013-14 and 2010-11 have the side collected more points from their first 11 Bundesliga matches (28 in each campaign) than this season (27).This is also just the second time that Dortmund have reached the 11-game mark unbeaten, and the first since 2002-03. Saturday’s hero Reus has also now scored eight Bundesliga goals this season, setting a new personal best for the opening 11 matchdays.Can Kovac make history and turn around Bayern’s rotten form, or will Dortmund prove too strong for a side accustomed to winning the Bundesliga title every season?last_img read more


Pakistan have accomplished what teams across the world only dream of, says Misbah-ul-Haq


first_imgElated with the historic win over West Indies in the recently concluded three-match Test series, former Pakistan Test skipper Misbah-ul-Haq has insisted that his team have accomplished a feat which many teams across the world only dream of.Pakistan on Sunday clinched a thrilling 101-run win in the third and final Test with six balls to spare to seal a first series victory in the West Indies, thus giving one of the most heart-stopping send-off possible to retiring Misbah and Younis.”I am happy with my performance. Winning in the West Indies will be something I will always remember,” the Dawn quoted Misbah as saying as he arrived at the Allama Iqbal International Airport, Lahore on Wednesday morning.The 42-year-old, who was accompanied by his wife, was welcomed with cheers and was greeted by family members, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) officials and fans as he walked out of the arrival lounge.”We have accomplished a feat many teams across the world only dream of,” he said.”These sorts of victories will help bring fresh talent into the spotlight. It is crucial that we keep succeeding like this,” he added.He also expressed gratitude to the entire nation for their prayers and support.”I’m grateful to the nation for all their prayers and support,” Misbah said.Misbah played 75 Test matches, scoring 5,222 runs and is currently seventh on the list of Pakistan’s highest Test run-getters.The 42-year-old also inspired Pakistan to the top of the ICC Test team rankings for the first time in history. Although their stint at the top was short-lived as India replaced them.advertisementlast_img read more


Kohli sole Indian in Forbes list of highest paid athletes


first_imgNew York, Jun 8 (PTI) Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli is the sole sportsperson from the country to feature among the worlds 100 highest paid athletes in the latest Forbes list topped by soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo. Kohli, 28, has been ranked 89th on the 2017 Forbes list of The Worlds highest paid athletes with a total pay of USD 22 million that includes USD three million from salary and winnings and another 19 million from endorsements. Describing Kohli as the “Indian cricket phenom”, Forbes said the sports star has “for good reason” already drawn comparisons to all-time great Sachin Tendulkar. It added that Kohli has continuously shattered batting records and in 2015 was named the captain of the Indian national team, making him one of the youngest players to ever hold the job. It noted that last year Kohli made nearly USD 1 million in salary and match fees from his national team play, and hes also among the Indian Premier Leagues highest-paid players thanks to a USD 2.3 million salary from the Royal Challengers Bangalore. “The vast majority of his income, however, comes from one of the sports worlds most impressive sponsorships portfolios,” Forbes said. The list has been topped by Ronaldo with a total pay of 93 million dollars. American basketball star LeBron James comes in at the second spot with USD 86.2 million, followed by Argentine footballer Lionel Messi (3) with 80 million , tennis star Roger Federer (4) with 64 million and American basketball player Kevin Durant. However, in a troubling indication of gender inequality, the list of 100 has onlyone woman sports star.Forbes noted that the top 100 athletes are a boys club more than ever, with tennis star Serena Williams, who comes in at the 51 spot with USD 27 million, the lone female athlete to make the cut this year. Golf legend Tiger Woods, who was arrested recently after police found him asleep at the steering wheel of his car as a result of his medication, comes in at the 17th spot. Forbes said while Woods continues to “sink further away” from the player that dominated the golf landscape, “sponsors still see value in partnering with” him. The list also includes tennis greats Novak Djokovic (16) and Rafael Nadal (33), basketball player Anthony Davis (44) and soccer star Wayne Rooney (70). Forbes said the 100 highest-paid sports stars earned a cumulative USD 3.11 billion over the past 12 months, down a per cent from last year. But the threshold to make the list rose USD 600,000 to USD 21.4 million. The earnings figures include salaries, prize money and bonuses earned between June 2016 and June 2017. Athletes from 21 countries are represented among the top 100, but Americans dominate the list with 63 entries thanks to soaring salaries in the professional Americans leagues like the National Basketball Association, National Football League and Major League Baseball. PTI YAS AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more


Hockey India name 33 core probables for junior womens camp


first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 13 (PTI) In its pursuit to improve the standard of womens hockey, Hockey India today named 33 core probables for the junior womens national camp to be held at Sports Authority of India (SAI) centre in Bengaluru. The core probables were picked after an intense selection trials conducted under the watchful eyes Hockey India High Performance Director, David John. The core group will be trained by Indian junior womens team coach Baljeet Singh Saini. Saini, who represented India at two successive Olympic Games – 1996 in Atlanta and 2000 in Sydney, has previously worked with the junior womens squad in 2016 and under his tutelage the U-18 Indian womens team had won a bronze medal at the U-18 Asia Cup held in December last year. The core group has been selected on the basis of speed, agility, skill and basic understanding of the game. The vision behind organising the national camp, which will continue till July 3, is to develop a core group of players who will aim to qualify for the prestigious 2020 junior womens World Cup. The core group features players from Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy, who won the Hockey India 7th Junior Women National Hockey Championship 2017, runners-up Hockey Haryana, Hockey Bhopal, Hockey Him, Hockey Chandigarh, Hockey Odisha, Hockey Uttarakhand, Hockey Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh Hockey, Association of Indian Universities, Sports Authority of India, Hockey Gangpur-Odisha and Hockey Mizoram. “We have analysed all the 38 players who were at the national Camp since May 24, and Hockey Indias selection committee has further pruned down the core probables to 33 who will carry on their training. This core group will be provided with a support staff including scientific advisor, video analyst, physiotherapist and a masseuse just like we have for our senior team programs,” said John. “We have long-term goals for this group and with our vision set on the 2020 and 2024 Olympic Games and the 2020 junior World Cup, these 33 core probables will go through a development process that will prepare them for the challenges at the international level. “This is a very talented group and I expect some of these girls to push for a place in the senior womens team in the coming months,” he added. Junior women core group: Goalkeepers: Khushboo (Hockey Bhopal), Bichu Devi Kharibam (Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy), Chanchal (Hockey Chandigarh). Defenders: Priyanka (Hockey Haryana), Salima Tete (Hockey Jharkhand), Asmita Barla (Hockey Odisha), Alka Dung Dung (Sports Authority of India), Umra (Hockey Him), Gagandeep Kaur (Hockey Haryana), Antim (Hockey Him), Manisha Chauhan (Hockey Uttarakhand), Ishika Choudhary (Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy), Supriya Mundu (Hockey Jharkhand). Midfielders: Mahima Chaudhary (Hockey Haryana), Suman Devi Thoudam (Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy), Sunita Yadav (Uttar Pradesh Hockey), Mariana Kujur (Hockey Odisha), Jyoti (Association of Indian Universities), Manju Chorsiya (Hockey Him), Baljeet Kaur (Hockey Punjab), Sadhna Senger (Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy), Jiwan Kishori Toppo (Hockey Gangpur- Odisha), Primanjali Toppo (Hockey Gangpur-Odisha). Forwards: Sangita Kumari (Hockey Jharkhand), Lalremsiami (Sports Authority of India), Deepika Soreng (Hockey Jharkhand), Mumtaz Khan (Uttar Pradesh Hockey), Lalrindiki (Hockey Mizoram), Amrinder Kaur (Hockey Haryana), Janhabi Pradhan (Hockey Gangpur Odisha), Yogita Bora (Uttar Pradesh Hockey), Amritpal Kaur (Hockey Chandigarh), Reet (Hockey Haryana). PTI SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more


Samsung Galaxy J5 Pro (2017) launched with Android Nougat, 3000mAh battery


first_imgSamsung launches a new J series smartphone called the J5 Pro (2017). The new device is said to be an upgraded version of the recently launched Galaxy J5 (2017) and the successor of the last year’s J5 Pro (2016). Samsung J5 Pro (2017) for the time being is announced and available only in Thailand and is priced at THB 9,990, which roughly estimates around Rs 19,000.There are no words whether Samsung will bring the newly launched J5 Pro (2017) to India or not, however chances are that they might like the company launched the J5 Pro (2016) in India which is currently available at 10,990 in the country via Amazon. The Thailand launch was first reported by Mobilexpose.Samsung Galaxy J5 Pro (2017) is said to be a much upgraded version of the J5 Pro (2016) especially on the RAM, camera and storage front. The new device comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage which is much higher than its predecessor, which was launched with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of inbuilt storage. The storage space of the new smartphone can be further expandable upto 258GB via microSD card.Also Read: GST set to make phones expensive: Here is how much iPhone 8 or next Xiaomi phone will costIn terms of specs, J5 Pro (2017) sports a 5.2-inch HD display with 720×1280 of pixel resolution. The smartphone further runs on Android 7.0 Nougat operating system, and is powered by the 1.6GHz Exynos 7870 octa-core processor coupled with Mali T830 GPU. It further comes coupled with VoLTE support and a fingerprint scanner which is embedded in the home button. Considering the specs, J5 Pro (2017) model delivers better performance than the 2016 model.advertisementOn the optics front, the Samsung Galaxy J5 Pro (2017) sports a 13-megapixel camera on the rear as well the front. Both the camera’s come with LED flash support as well. The smartphone is further backed by a 3000mAh battery set up.To recall, J5 Pro (2016) was also launched with 5.2-inch HD display with a resolution of 720 pixels by 1280 pixels. The smartphone further runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and comes with 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, 13-megapixel rear camera, and 5-megapixel front camera. The smartphone is further backed by a 3100 mAh battery set up.last_img read more


Stomach bug the reason, defends Nick Kyrgios after Shanghai Masters walkout


first_imgNick Kyrgios said a stomach bug and a shoulder problem had forced him to retire after losing the first set in his Shanghai Masters first-round match against American Steve Johnson on Tuesday.The mercurial Australian, who lost to Rafa Nadal in the China Open final on Sunday, took a 4-2 lead in the tiebreak before Johnson fired a series of winners to take the set 7-6(5).Kyrgios then ran up to his opponent, shook his hand and walked off court to boos from the crowd, leaving Johnson and chair umpire Fergus Murphy confused.Local media reported that Kyrgios received two code violations during the set and was docked a point in the tiebreak.Reports also said he told officials he would quit if he lost the set, but Kyrgios took to Twitter to apologise to his fans.”I’ve been battling a stomach bug for the past 24 hours and I tried to be ready but I was really struggling on the court today which I think was pretty evident from the first point,” Kyrgios said.”My shoulder started to hurt in the practice which didn’t help either and once I lost the first set I was just not strong enough to continue because I’ve not eaten much in the past 24 hours,” he added.”I’m hoping to be okay for the doubles and will make a decision tomorrow morning, hopefully off of a good night’s sleep which I didn’t get last night.”I’m gutted to be honest to be honest as I was keen to keep the good momentum that I built in Beijing going and finish the year strong. I’ll do what I can to make sure I do.”advertisementKyrgios was fined $16,500 by the ATP last year for deliberately throwing a game away during his second-round defeat by Mischa Zverev in Shanghai.Argentine Juan Martin del Potro overpowered Russian teenager Andrey Rublev 6-3, 6-4 in the second round.American Sam Querrey powered past Yuichi Sugita 6-3, 6-2 and Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov beat Viktor Troicki 6-7(3), 6-3, 6-0 in first-round matches.last_img read more


Police renew appeal for witnesses in Ben Stokes’ street brawl incident


first_imgEnglish police have renewed their appeal for two men, who could be ‘key witnesses’ to the incident that has placed talismanic England all-rounder Ben Stokes’ place in the Ashes tour in jeopardy.Stokes was withdrawn from the Ashes squad by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) in the wake of pending investigation into the incident that led to his arrest in Bristol on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm. Hales was with Stokes at that time.The 26-year-old Durham all-rounder was released without charge but remains under police investigation.Hales, who was also with Stokes during the incident that took place outside Mbargo nightclub in the Clifton area of Bristol in the early hours of September 25, has also been made unavailable for selection by the ECB.Hales’ lawyer, however, had said last week that he would be “surprised” if he faced further action.Last week, Stokes’ agent Neil Fairbrother had said that the all-rounder would give a full explanation of his action “when the time is right”.According to ESPNcricinfo, Stokes had claimed to both the police and to the ECB in their internal investigation that he was coming to the aid of two men who had been subjected to homophobic abuse prior to the incident.Following a previous appeal on September 28 for two key witnesses to come forward, Somerset and Avon Police have launched a fresh appeal into the matter.”One of the men is described as white, of slim build, 5ft 9in tall and aged in his early 20s. He had short dark brown hair, was clean shaven and wore a white T-shirt with a sleeveless jumper, jeans and trainers,” the police said in a statement.advertisement”The second man is also white, 5ft 9in tall and aged in his early 20s but is of a slightly larger build. He had short light brown hair, was also clean shaven and wore a long-sleeved round neck T-shirt, dark/black skinny jeans and trainers,” the statement continued.In Stokes’ absence, Steven Finn was roped into the squad as Stokes’ replacement for the full five-match Test series.The much-awaited Ashes series will begin at the Gabba in Brisbane on November 23.last_img read more


Tickets for Tata Open Maharashtra to start from Rs 150


first_imgPune, Dec 20 (PTI) Tennis fans will have to shell out as low as Rs 150 to watch action at the inaugural TATA Open Maharashtra, the organisers have announced. The tickets will be available at the Balewadi Sports Complex and on Kyazoonga.com, the ATP 250 tournament?s official ticketing partners. Rs. 150 will give spectators a seat in A and E stands, G stand is priced at Rs. 245 and tickets for F stand have been priced at Rs. 500. Season tickets will attract a 30% discount on the price for each category. Tournament Director Prashant Sutar said, “Tata Open Maharashtra is the biggest tennis event in South Asia and participation of fans is a must. Keeping that in mind, we have priced the tickets at as low as Rs. 150 to encourage more footfalls at the venue.” Sanjay Khandhare, Treasurer, organizing committee, said, “For anyone who wants to witness some great sporting action, it should be an affordable and good alternative to other entertainment propositions in the city. I hope to see fans turning up in the stadium to cheer the top Indian and foreign players.? The tournament started in 1996 and was held in Chennai for the past 21 years. This year, the tournament has been shifted to Pune. World no. six Marin Cilic, US open finalist Kevin Anderson and Croatian Ivo Karlovic are among the top names to feature in this years competition. PTI AT ATlast_img read more


Ben Stokes heads back to England, cuts short New Zealand stint


first_imgBen Stokes is headed back to the United Kingdom, cutting short his stint in New Zealand domestic cricket with Canterbury.In a statement on Saturday, Canterbury said on Saturday that Stokes has cited ‘family reasons’ for ending his cameo with them.Having been left out of England’s Ashes squad post his Bristol incident, Stokes signed a short-term contract with Canterbury.With police investigation in his Bristol nightclub incident in September still going on, Stokes remains suspended by the England and Wales Cricket Board.While England have had an outright struggle in Australia and have lost the urn within the first three Test of the Ashes series, Stokes has had a mixed outing in New Zealand.Apart from his 47-ball innings of 93 against the Otago Volts in a Twenty20 Super Smash match at Hagley Oval last Thursday, Stokes has largely been mediocre.Stokes scored just 36 runs from three 50-over matches and went for 1-144 with the ball. In the T20 Super Smash, he took just two wickets and notched up 133 runs from three innings.Despite an underwhelming performances ‘back home’, Canterbury CEO Jez Curwin said that the English all-rounder has made a good impression at the club.”We can’t fault his attitude or his all-round contribution in his time with us and we are sorry that he couldn’t stay with us for longer but Ben knows that he will always find a welcome here should the opportunity arise for him to return,” Curwin said in a statement on the team’s website.advertisementStokes said he had “thoroughly enjoyed training and playing with Canterbury”.”It’s a wonderful club and I couldn’t have asked for any more from my time here,” he said in the statement.The Ashes continue with the fourth Test in Melbourne, starting December 26 and finishes with the fifth Test in Sydney from January 4-8.With Saturday’s announcement, Stokes now looks certain to miss the remainder of the Test series even though he has been provisionally named in England’s squad for the five-match ODI series against Australia which follows the Ashes.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more


Bollywood star Varun Dhawan excited about WWE Live in Delhi


first_imgVarun Dhawan, Bollywood actor and well-known WWE fan, is excited about WWE Live in India on December 9 at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium.Taking to Twitter to express his excitement, he posted a video asking his fellow WWE fans to not miss the event in Delhi.”Delhi it is going to be one crazy live show,” he said.”This is the biggest announcement I’ve ever made. The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)  is coming to Delhi. They are going to be here on 9th of December. WWE is back in India, Triple H takes on Jinder Mahal . After 15 years, he (Triple H) is wrestling in India.  The Shield is going to in wrestling action. Finn Balor, the demon King, is here. He is taking on Bray Wyatt. It will be an insane show. Seth Rollins, the King Slayer is there. Dean Ambrose, the Lunatic Fringe, is there. Book your tickets,” he said in the video.@WWE @WWERomanReigns @WWERollins @JinderMahal @TripleH the wwe is live in india in delhi on dec 9 th book your tickets nowwwwww pic.twitter.com/CidGxj0vOY- Varun Dhawan (@Varun_dvn) November 30, 2017Jinder Mahal had earlier posted a video saying that “the match has been made, the biggest match in India’s history.” The biggest match in Indian history is set. So @TripleH … are YOU ready? @WWEIndia pic.twitter.com/yOXkMfolkm- The Maharaja (@JinderMahal) November 22, 2017Triple H (Paul Michael Levesque) posted a video on his Facebook page, announcing, ” When you (Jinder Mahal) step into the ring on December 9th Jinder Mahal, I will teach you there is only ONE king.”advertisement”Jinder Mahal, as December 9, approaches, you must ask yourself why I am back, why I am stepping back in the ring, why am I coming to India, to New Delhi to face the ‘Modern Day Maharaja’?” he said.Jinder Mahal was earlier slated to face Kevin Owens. However, plans changed and Owens will not travel and has been replaced by Triple H, who will take on Jinder in the main-event on December 9.The list of matches scheduled for the event:Triple H vs Jinder MahalThe Shield: Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose vs. Samoa Joe and RAW Tag Team Champions Cesaro and SheamusBraun Strowman vs. KaneFinn Balor vs Bray WyattRAW Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss vs. Sasha BanksJason Jordan vs EliasWWE Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Amore vs. KalistoApollo Crews and Titus O’Neil vs Gallows and AndersonJeet Rama and Kishan Rafter vs The Miztourage*Talent line-up subject to changelast_img read more


Big Snow Changes Jets-Bills Game


first_imgBUFFALO, N.Y. — A severe lake-effect snowstorm hitting the Buffalo region has prompted the NFL to consider alternatives to the Bills playing their home game against the New York Jets on Nov. 23.“Public safety is the first priority,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello wrote in an email Nov. 20. “We have been in discussions regarding potential alternatives.”Aiello wouldn’t go into detail regarding the options, but added an update was scheduled for later in the day.One alternative would be pushing back the game a day or two. Another would be relocating the game outside of Orchard Park, which is part of a region south of Buffalo that has already been blanketed by about 5 feet of snow since Nov. 17. Snow continued to fall on Nov. 20, with projected accumulations ranging between 1 and 3 feet.Earlier in the day, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said it would be difficult for the game to be played on schedule.“If you ask me today, right now, my sense is it’s impractical to do the game because it would jeopardize public safety,” Cuomo said. “Everybody would love to see a Bills game go forward, but I think even more, everybody wants to make sure public safety comes first.”Cuomo spoke after spending the past day touring the affected region.The Bills can’t even hold practices because their players are snowed in, and those that can get out can’t get to the team’s facility because of a driving ban in place in Orchard Park and many of its neighboring communities.As a result, the Bills canceled practice for a second straight day on Nov. 20.On Nov. 19, Bills Vice President of Operations Andy Major wasn’t sure whether there was enough time to clear Ralph Wilson Stadium and its surrounding parking lots of the estimated 220,000 tons of snow covering the team’s 200-acre grounds by Nov. 23.Many roads are impassible and a driving ban remains in place in many of the communities south and east of downtown Buffalo.Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz also cast doubt on whether the game can be played on time. Poloncarz said the county’s emergency services are already stretched thin in dealing with the storm that he can’t commit to them staffing the game.The county is responsible for providing Sheriff deputies for security at Bills home games.The Bills (5-5), who last practiced on Nov. 17, are already coming off an extended break. They had last weekend off following a 22-9 loss at Miami on Nov. 13. The Jets (2-8) are coming out of their bye week, and haven’t played since a 20-13 win against Pittsburgh on Nov. 9.The temperatures are expected to warm into the 40s by Nov. 22, with a high of 47 projected for Nov. 23. But a sudden thaw presents another problem by raising flooding concerns.Starting guard Kraig Urbik is among the Bills players who are snowed in. “Any chance my street gets plowed today,” Urbik posted on his Twitter account. “Or are we stuck here till Saturday?”Though rare, changing the date or location of a game has happened before in the NFL.The most notable switch occurred in 2005, when the New Orleans Saints were forced to split their season playing in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and San Antonio, Texas, after Hurricane Katrina damaged the Louisiana Superdome.In 2010, the Minnesota Vikings were forced to play their home game against the New York Giants a day later in Detroit after the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome’s roof tore open.The last schedule change occurred at Philadelphia in late December of 2010. That’s when the Eagles’ home game against Minnesota on Dec. 26 was pushed back two days as a safety precaution because a storm was expected to drop a more than a foot of snow in Philadelphia.___By John Wawrow, AP Sports Writer. AP writer Chris Carola contributed from AlbanyTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


Islanders Chill The Predators, 5-2


first_imgUNIONDALE, N.Y. — The New York Islanders didn’t let the NHL-leading Nashville Predators push them around in their last visit to Long Island.The last one in the regular season, at least.No, the Predators won’t be back at Nassau Coliseum again unless these surprising upstart clubs march their way to a Stanley Cup finals matchup. As far-fetched as that might have seemed in October, it is hardly out of the question now.Nick Leddy had a goal and two assists, Jaroslav Halak tied the team record for wins in a season, and the Islanders cooled off the Predators with a 5-2 win on Feb. 19.Brian Strait, John Tavares and Johnny Boychuk scored in the first period for the Islanders, who snapped Nashville’s six-game winning streak with their sixth victory in seven games. Tavares has at least one goal in four straight games.No thoughts yet of the finals, though.“We know we have a good hockey team, and we believe we can beat any team in this league, and we expect to,” Tavares said. “We have so many games, and we are so in the moment of still trying to get to the playoffs. It’s important we focus on the here and now.“If we eventually get to that point, it would be a heck of an opportunity.”The Islanders (39-19-1) lead the Metropolitan Division and are one point behind Eastern Conference-leading Montreal.Leddy and Josh Bailey scored 1:39 apart in the third period to break open a one-goal nail biter. Halak made 30 saves for his 32nd win.“We beat a good team,” Halak said. “They are the No. 1 team in the whole NHL the whole season. Beating them is always nice, and getting two points is more important right now.”Filip Forsberg and James Neal scored for the Predators (39-13-6). Pekka Rinne had a rare off night, allowing five goals on 40 shots. He is 15-2-1 in his last 18 games.The Islanders continued their trend of jumping out to multigoal leads and then struggling to maintain them, but their big third period closed out the victory. In their previous home game on Feb. 16, the Islanders blew a pair of two-goal leads in a 6-5 loss to the New York Rangers.Wins at Carolina and against Nashville have stabilized the Islanders again. “That’s what good teams do,” Leddy said. “You can’t worry about the past. It’s a long season.”Nashville began chipping away at its 3-0 deficit on the rookie Forsberg’s 20th goal of the season with 17.2 seconds left in the first period.The Predators withstood pressure from the Islanders in the second. They were helped by two drives that struck goal posts. Neal got them within 3-2 with his team-leading 21st goal at 16:38.“We’ve come back so many times this year, and you can’t do it every single game,” forward Eric Nystrom said. “We battled back and made it 3-2, had an opportunity to make it fall our way but they responded.”The Islanders didn’t start as fast as Tavares’ goal 11 seconds in against the Rangers, but Strait made it 1-0 at 1:00, scoring off a feed from Frans Nielsen after Michael Grabner stole the puck in the offensive zone. It was Strait’s second goal of the season and first since Jan. 10.Rinne turned aside Colin McDonald on the doorstep with 2:40 gone and then caught a break when Tavares hit the goal post, but a blistering drive by Boychuk at 10:10 doubled the lead.Leddy drove the net and was stopped. The puck carried out toward the right point, and Boychuk drilled in his sixth goal and second in three games.Halak made a pair of big saves right after a Predators power play expired, and then he was staked to a 3-0 lead when Tavares got a rebound of Leddy’s shot during New York’s man advantage and sent a shot past Rinne with 1:39 left in the first. It was Tavares’ 29th goal.Rinne, the NHL’s third star last week, hadn’t allowed more than two goals in his previous five starts.“He is one of the reasons why they are on the top of the league,” Halak said. “Tonight he was good, too. We scored five goals but there were a few unlucky on him.”The Islanders lost center Mikhail Grabovski for the game with 11:21 left in the first when he was leveled by a shoulder from Nystrom — the son of Islanders great Bobby Nystrom, whose No. 23 hangs from the Nassau Coliseum rafters.“I didn’t even get a penalty. It’s clean as a whistle,” Nystrom said. “The guy skated right into me. I didn’t lift my arms. I didn’t jump. There’s nothing wrong with a good, hard hit. Unfortunately somebody got hurt. I hope he’s OK.”A stretcher was brought onto the ice, but Grabovski skated off after being down for several minutes. He sustained an unspecified upper-body injury, and there was no update after the game.(IRA PODELL, AP Hockey Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


Greeks Squeak Past Dutch, 68-65


first_imgZAGREB, Croatia – Having already qualified to advance in the European basketball tourney, Greece barely got by the Netherlands, 68-65 to move into the round of 16.The win gave Greece a perfect 5-0 record in its group but now the hard part starts against other top-flight teams in the Eurobasket games.Coach Fotis Katsikaris rested his front-line players much of the game as Greece went through the motions to get the game over with and Captain Vassilis Spanoulis sat the entire match.Led by the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks star Yiannis Antetokounmpo, Greece came back from a first-half deficit to march out to a 61-50 lead in the third. He had a double-double, 11 points and 11 rebounds.A spirited Dutch team, needing a man to advance, played hard and cut the lead to two points but poor free throw shooting deprived them of a big upsetIf Greece beats Belgium on Sept. 12 in Lille, France, it will face the winner of the Spain-Poland game in the quarterfinal. Spain has proved to be unbeatable for the Greeks.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


UK Court: Bridge Not a Sport


first_imgLONDON — Legions of bridge players in Britain may feel they’ve been dealt a rotten hand after a court decision endorsed an earlier ruling that the popular card game is not a sport.A High Court judge on Oct. 15 backed Sport England’s assertion that bridge is not a sport because it does not involve physical activity. English Bridge Union officials had challenged the ruling in court.Judge Ian Dove said in his ruling that he had not been tasked with answering the “broad, somewhat philosophical question” of whether bridge is a sport but simply whether Sport England had committed any legal errors in reaching its conclusion.The decision will affect possible lottery funding for bridge tournaments. Advocates for bridge had claimed that Parliament recognizes “mind sports” that build mental acuity.Disheartened bridge advocates say the “old fashioned” definition means that model airplane flying is viewed as a sport while bridge is not.“An opportunity has been lost to enhance an activity which has substantial benefits to wide sections of the community,” said Jeremy Dhondy, Chairman of the English Bridge Union.Sport England officials said they recognize how challenging and popular bridge has become but that playing the game does nothing to improve the country’s physical fitness levels.Director Phil Smith said the court ruling “confirms that we have acted correctly by adopting a definition of sport that requires physical activity.”The agency, which plays a role in distributing national lottery funds, also does not view chess as a sport.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


Greek Teen Tsitsipas Upsets Defending Champ Zverev


first_imgTORONTO (AP) — Stefanos Tsitsipas pulled off another upset Friday at the Rogers Cup, and top-seeded Rafael Nadal rallied at night to join the Greek teenager in the semifinals.Tsitsipas saved two match points in a 3-6, 7-6 (11), 6-4 victory over second-seeded defending champion Alexander Zverev, and the top-seeded Nadal beat sixth-seed Marin Cilic 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.Zverev, the German star coming off a victory last week in Washington, double-faulted on match point to send Tsitsipas to his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 semifinal.The 19-year-old Tsitsipas beat seventh-seeded Dominic Thiem and ninth-seeded Novak Djokovic to reach the quarterfinals. He’s the youngest player to beat three top-10 players in one tournament since Rafael Nadal — who also was 19 — in 2006 at Monte Carlo.Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece hits a forehand to Alexander Zverev of Germany during Rogers Cup quarterfinal tennis tournament action in Toronto on Friday, Aug. 10, 2018. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)Tsitsipas will face fourth-seeded Kevin Anderson in the semifinals, trying to become the youngest to beat four straight top-10 players in an event since the ATP World Tour was established in 1990. Anderson beat fifth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov 6-2, 6-2.The top-seeded Nadal will play Karen Khachanov, a 6-3, 6-1 winner over Robin Haase.TweetPinShare77 Shareslast_img read more


In Big Trouble: Warriors Trail Raptors 3-1 in NBA Finals


first_imgOAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The biggest challenge of this five-year run for the Golden State Warriors has arrived.Win three in a row, two of them on the road — or else.It is quite the predicament, and one that they’ve never faced in the NBA Finals. Golden State is on the brink of being dethroned as champions, after a 105-92 loss to the Toronto Raptors on Friday night put the Warriors in a 3-1 hole in this title series.Game 5 is Monday in Toronto, which will spend the next three days in delirious anticipation of seeing the Larry O’Brien Trophy getting hoisted on Canadian soil.“It’s not over,” Warriors guard Stephen Curry said. “It’s not a good feeling right now, obviously, but we have been on both sides of it. And for us it’s an opportunity for us to just flip this whole series on its head, and you got to do it one game at a time. It sounds cliché — and for us that is literally the only way we’re going to get back in this series — is give everything we got for 48 minutes, everybody that sets foot on that floor in Game 5.”They’ve been down 3-1 before, back in 2016 in the Western Conference finals against Kevin Durant and Oklahoma City. But they needed to win only once on the road to pull off that comeback.“You just try to win one game,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “That’s what we did a few years ago against OKC. Win one game, and then you move forward. So that’s our focus now. We’ll fly to Toronto (Saturday) and take a look at the film, see what we can do better and try to win a game. We have won a lot of games over the years, so we’ll try to win another one.”Kerr is fond of saying that the Warriors have seen everything in these five seasons.They have now, anyway.They’ve blown a 3-1 lead — the 2016 NBA Finals against Cleveland, falling twice at home in that collapse. But the Warriors’ collapse that year was due in part to Andrew Bogut getting hurt in Game 5 and Draymond Green losing his cool and earning a one-game suspension.The Raptors have no such injury concerns, no such behavioral matters to deal with right now.“They’re a great team,” Warriors guard Klay Thompson said.They’ve rallied from 3-1 down. But they’re 1-5 against the Raptors this season, and now need to win three in a row against a team that has had all the answers against them.“We haven’t done anything yet,” Raptors guard Kyle Lowry said.The Raptors are as poised as can be.They were in trouble in each of the first three rounds of these playoffs — down 1-0 to Orlando, down 2-1 to Philadelphia, down 2-0 to Milwaukee. It steeled them. Toronto got better every step of the way.Golden State looked the exact opposite on Friday night. The Warriors are still without Kevin Durant, endured a night where Curry struggled, and where their biggest boosts came from Thompson returning from a balky hamstring and Kevon Looney playing through the pain of a cartilage injury in his upper body.The Warriors made a run. Curry’s 3-pointer with 3 minutes left pulled Golden State within eight and gave the Warriors a chance. They scored three points the rest of the way.“You got to win three games in a row,” Warriors forward Draymond Green said. “We have won three games in a row before. However you got to get that done, you just got to get it done.”They may have walked off the court at Oracle Arena for the last time, with the team moving across the bay to San Francisco and the brand-new Chase Center next season. They know the stakes, they know that the roster may change in some big ways this summer and nobody knows if Durant will be ready for Game 5.Kerr said he doesn’t think of this as daunting.“We go to Toronto, and this is what we do for a living, we play basketball,” Kerr said. “So we look forward to playing another basketball game in an exciting atmosphere, and the ultimate test.”___By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


Tcl in space


first_img July 28, 2016 at 2:32 pm samsmith010120 says: The other day, I was riffling through Internet pages and found an essay called “Tcl and Concurrent Object-Oriented Flight Software: Tcl on Mars” that, needless to say, piqued my interest. The essay, written by NASA JPL flight software team member David E. Smyth, is a description of the development effort prior to the 1996 launch of the Pathfinder. He notes that, “In the spirit of ‘better, cheaper, faster’ Tcl has been proposed as the sequencing and command language for the Mars Pathfinder flight software.”He goes on to list with more specificity the kinds of processes they could use Tcl for – touching on inter-object messages, the monitor and control environment, and the implementation of flight software responsibilities. He also mentions how Tcl would allow them to refine their requirements via rapid prototyping, and how it would give them “a simple path for evolving the actual flight software directly from the prototype.” Maybe this quote best sums up how he feels about Tcl: “Using Tcl gives us more capability than we hope we need for sequencing, but it also gives us necessary capability for testing, and desirable capability for inter-subsystem communication. And, it covers our ass for free.”It’s hard to find better praise for a dynamic language than that, but I’ll just drop in one last quote from the essay: “Developing languages is an iterative process: they often start out elegantly and devolve into a nightmare, or they start out being ugly and slowly evolve into something reasonably nice. This process is both slow and expensive. Tcl has been tested by fire literally around the world. People like it, even if they have no vested interest in the language. That is quite rare.”Pathfinder ultimately chose to go with a different technology, but this got me wondering – if NASA was considering Tcl for space flights twenty years ago, what exciting projects is it being used for now? The answer came in two forms: field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and electronic design automation (EDA).TCL in field-programmable gate arrays An FPGA is basically a circuit that’s made to be configured by the customer after it’s been manufactured. This is achieved by offering a system of logic blocks that can be reconfigured via the large resources of stratified logic gates and interconnects within the circuit.These integrated circuits have tons of applications, spanning a huge spectrum that includes aerospace and defense, ASIC prototyping, audio, broadcast, consumer electronics, data center, high performance computing and data storage, industrial, medical, security, military, video and image processing, and wired and wireless communications. When I started to look into who was using Tcl in FPGAs, I found two companies — Microsemi and Altera — doing some really exciting things with it.Microsemi Corporation offers systems for communications, defense and security, aerospace, and industrial markets. Aside from FPGAs, they make SoCs, ASICs, timing and synchronization devices, and more. They currently use Tcl on their IGLOO2, SmartFusion2, and RTG4 FPGAs. The RTG4 is especially exciting because it’s recommended for designers of high-speed datapaths and for remote sensing payload instruments, both of which keep Tcl’s flag planted firmly in space technology.They use Tcl in their FPGAs mostly for batch flow scripting, which is used to automate repetitive command sequences that would otherwise be performed, in succession, by a human. The Tcl interpreter is designed to be easily embedded in other application software, so for large design applications written in C, C++, Java, or almost anything else, it’s easy to build in a Tcl interpreter that will allow users to write their own scripts. The Tcl language is very simple and, with just a few hours of study, you can start doing useful work with it. This is very important to people who are not software professionals, but engineers who just want to do their job. Tcl is also very compact, and part of its popularity in embedded development comes from its easy integration with special hardware like FPGAs. It also allows for rapid development, as applications dealing with integration can be built several times faster than using C or C++.Microsemi FPGAs also support a Tcl-based command line interface that allows for the automation of instruments and debugging. Speaking of debugging, Microsemi also uses an on-chip debugging tool for FPGAs that uses Tcl, called “Identify ME,” which is produced by Synopsys.Next Page >> Altera Corporation provides logic solutions for automotive, broadcast, computer and storage, consumer, industrial, medical, military, test and measurement, and wired and wireless markets. They invented the first reprogrammable logic device way back in 1984, but aside from FPGAs they make SoCs, CPLDs, and power management products. They’re using Tcl in their Stratix III, which is the world’s lowest-power high-performance 65-nm FPGA. This integrated circuit is used in wireless, broadcast, military, test and measurement, and medical applications. It hasn’t made its way up to space, yet, but it’s still exciting to see the incredible variety of projects that involve Tcl.Part of the Stratix III is a timing analyzer that offers a Tcl console to quickly and easily create timing constraints, but Tcl interfaces also give the user advanced scripting capabilities. So Tcl is used in the aerospace, security, and communications industries, which is a huge reach already, but that reach extends even further when you consider its uses in EDA.TCL in electronic design automation This one might be obvious to some people, because Tcl was specifically designed to do EDA work. The progenitor of Tcl is John Ousterhout, who was a professor at UC Berkeley when he created it. Ousterhout was doing integrated circuit design work and the tools he was using needed a command language, which is why he created Tcl (Tool Command Language) instead of cobbling a language together for each tool he was using. So the genesis of Tcl is inextricably related to EDA, because it started its life as an easily embeddable scripting language for EDA. The popularity of embedding Tcl within other software products has resulted in it becoming the dominant control language in a few industries, and one of those industries is the one it was originally designed for – EDA.EDA is related to FPGAs in that EDA is basically a group of software tools that aid in designing electronic systems like FPGAs and other integrated circuits. It’s hard to overstate the reach of EDA when it comes to the electronics it helps produce. Computer chips, cell phones, pacemakers, controls for satellites, routers and switches, and even devices now being tied into IoT devices – all of these result from designers who employ EDA tools. One particularly interesting company, Concept Engineering, caught my eye in this field.Concept Engineering has been a privately-held company since their formation in 1990, and they focus on developing and marketing schematic generation and viewing technology for use with logic synthesis, verification, test automation, and physical design tools. The company mostly caters to EDA tool manufacturers, but they also work with CAD tool developers, semiconductor companies, SoC and IC designers, and even FPGA designers, which I’ll double back to in a moment.The company mostly uses Tcl in their StarVision debugger, which is a debugger and visualization tool for the transistor, gate, and register-transfer levels of circuit design. This debugger has a Tcl-based API that lets users customize the tool, which allows for interfacing with tool flow and defining electrical rule checks. Tcl allows you to, quite easily, connect to testing hardware or internal APIs, run tests, check results, and report errors. Since Tcl is interpreted rather than compiled, it lets you create and run these tests much more rapidly than other languages.Tcl is also used in their T-Engine, which is concerned with automatic, transistor level schematic generation. When you integrate the T-Engine with EDA tools, it helps integrated circuit designers visualize information like circuit structure, parasitic components, timing data, and signal values. This is all to say that Tcl helps designers make FPGAs on which Tcl is then used in some applications.All of this information has reinforced, to me, Tcl’s reach and versatility. It’s used in EDA, which is involved in the production of nearly all electronics, including the FPGAs that use Tcl in aerospace, security, and communications. In an attempt to summarize: Tcl is used in the processes that make the FPGAs that Tcl is then used on, and although the Pathfinder mission ultimately went down another… err… path, Tcl has in fact been used in flight planning software for major space-exploration.Look out! Tcl’s right behind you! I’m just kidding. But it probably is.[Editor’s note: Updated 28 July 2016 to reflect NASA’s eventual decision to not select Tcl for Pathfinder.] Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: EDA Continue Reading Previous Siglent’s SDS 2000X oscilloscopesNext Was Microsoft built on stolen goods? 1 thought on “Tcl in space” Log in to Reply “Thank You very much for your kind efforts to providing all the excellent information related to the concept. hope it will be a great bonding between the information and a reader.nView more – http://www.customercarenumber.us/yahoo-customer-care-usa.htm Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more


Brain-Stem-Storming at ESC Minneapolis 2017


first_img Log in to Reply One of the things I’m often asked is how one can justify the expense of traveling to an event like the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC), as opposed to simply looking things up on the Internet.My answer is always the same — it’s the ability to rub shoulders with ones’ peers and to bounce ideas back and forth in real time that makes all the difference. Sometimes it’s beneficial to chat with someone who does much the same as you — say FPGA design — to talk about tools and techniques and to exchange tips and tricks. Alternatively, you might need to learn more about something that’s outside your field of expertise, such as analog, mixed-signal, or wireless mesh networks.In addition to these obvious cases, I really enjoy the opportunity to chat with folks who have knowledge about the esoteric technologies of yesteryear. Just today, for example, I was overcome with a burning desire to learn more about implementing digital logic using electromechanical relays.This all came about when my chum, Rick Curl, posted a comment to my recent Heath Robinson Rube Goldberg Computer column saying: “There are some great YouTube videos of ‘Zusie the Relay Computer.’ VERY nicely done!”I must admit that, over the years, I’ve toyed with the idea of building my own relay-based computer. Sad to relate, however, constructing an entire machine — including the memory — out of relays would be time, size, and cost-prohibitive (James Newman’s Megaprocessor takes up an entire room, and that’s made out of transistors!).On the other hand, how about implementing only the CPU (or even just the ALU) out of relays, and then realizing everything else using more modern technologies. You could even use an Arduino as the main engine that controls everything, but let it off-load ALU-level calculations and decisions to the relays.Take a look at the first video I ran across when I performed a Google search on “Zusie the Relay Computer” and discovered the little scamp running its first microprogram.There are a lot of Zusie videos out there. For example, I really like this video showing Zusie mounted in a cabinet. I’m particularly partial to the way Zusie’s creator has kept the “brain” (the relay panel and LEDs) exposed on the front of the cabinet. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Industry Continue Reading Previous Leveraging machine learning at ESC Minneapolis 2017Next Show-and-tell at ESC Silicon Valley 2017 Arrgghhh! I need a new project like I need a hole in my head, but — having seen Zusie — my desire to build my own relay-based computer has been reawakened. Now I’m imagining a wooden cabinet (say 6″ deep) mounted on the wall with a Zusie-style switch panel accompanied by a LED-augmented relay panel merrily clicking away.I do have a book on implementing relay-based logic sitting on the bookshelves here in my office (I’ve even got a book on implementing magnetic toroid-based logic) — plus I could search the Internet. What I really want to do, however, is to sit down with some guys and gals who’ve been there, done that, bought the T-Shirt, and — if we’re lucky — even got the tattoo.And where best to meet such a sterling bunch of chaps and chappesses? Why, ESC, of course. The next such event will be ESC Minneapolis, which takes place November 8-9, 2017. In addition to attending copious talks, meeting up with numerous companies, and presenting a couple of sessions myself — Advanced Technologies for 21st Century Embedded Systems and Building an Artificial Brain — I’m going to start putting feelers out to connect with anyone who knows the ancient art of relay-based logic.Are you such a person? If so, keep an eye open and say “Hi” if you see me wandering around. I’ll be the one in the Hawaiian shirt. As always, all you have to do is shout “Max, Beer!” or “Max, Bacon!” to be assured of my undivided attention. 3 thoughts on “Brain-Stem-Storming at ESC Minneapolis 2017” Max The Magnificent says: jayhartvigsen says: Log in to Reply Max The Magnificent says: center_img “Also check out the “Other-1” Computer ( https://www.eeweb.com/blog/max_maxfield/meet-the-other-1-computer ) and the “Heath Robinson Rube Goldberg” Computer ( https://www.eeweb.com/blog/max_maxfield/heath-robinson-rube-goldberg-computer?utm_s “Hi Max, you should also check out Harry Porter’s relay computer at http://web.cecs.pdx.edu/~harry/Relay/. Jay” Log in to Reply “I LOVE Harry’s relay computer — he and I bounced some emails back and forth a couple of years ago — he taught me a lot about using relays. In fact we are both on the Homebrew CPU webring (see https://www.eeweb.com/blog/max_maxfield/take-a-spin-arou October 11, 2017 at 8:52 pm October 11, 2017 at 8:50 pm October 11, 2017 at 8:32 pm Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more