India have qualified for the ICC Women’s World Cup final against England after decimating reigning champions Australia in the semis thanks to a bludgeoning knock from all-rounder Harmanpreet Kaur scored 171 not out off 115 balls.”Our girls have done what our boys also couldn’t do. In the 2015 World Cup we got beaten by Australia and in the Women’s World Cup our girls have beaten Australia, who were strong contenders. I really enjoyed the way our girls played and I hope that in the final also, our girls will play the same way and win and make the country proud. All the very best,” Virender Sehwag posted a video message on Twitter.Our girls always make us proud. Wishing them the best for tomorrow’s finals.Chak De India ! pic.twitter.com/mmrNJduJKE- Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 22, 2017Twitter exploded with congratulatory messages for the 28-year-old, as Harmanpreet thanked most for their kind words.An Innings of a lifetime , Harmanpreet Kaur . What wonderful clean hitting. More than 60% of India’s runs.Fan ! Over to the Bowlers now. pic.twitter.com/xZlIB2SW4x- Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 20, 2017″Harman’s innings was exceptional. To come back in the semi-finals and play an innings like this was brilliant,” Indian skipper Mithali Raj, said at the post match presentation ceremony.Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag’s messages all throughout Harmanpreet’s incredible innings of 171 not out and wished team India after their win.It’s been a privilege and honour to watch you and the team ,Harmanpreet. Wish you the very best for the finals on 23rd. Chak De India ! https://t.co/LJWzkID8R3advertisement- Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 21, 2017He posted, “It’s been a privilege and honour to watch you and the team ,Harmanpreet. Wish you the very best for the finals on 23rd. Chak De India!” Harmanpreet replied to Sehwag’s message saying, “Thank You sir, Team is in high spirits, and we’re focused on finals.”Thank You sir, Team is in high spirits, and we’re focused on finals @homeofcricket. #WWC17 https://t.co/MUF9Fd2SV0- Harmanpreet Kaur (@ImHarmanpreet) July 22, 2017″I didn’t get a chance to bat in the whole tournament. Today when I got the chance I just wanted to utilise it, this opportunity, because today was the day where I wanted to prove myself, and thanks to God, whatever I was thinking, (worked). Mithali Raj and Deepti (Sharma) scored really well and Veda (Krishnamurthy) scored really well,” Harmanpreet had said after her innings.Kaur’s record breaking innings was studded with 20 fours and seven sixes.
Six Real Madrid players have made UEFA’s shortlist for the best footballers in each positional category who played in the Champions League last season, the sport’s European governing body said on Friday.Spanish champions Real, who won Europe’s elite club competition for the second year in a row, were awarded half the total slots on the shortlist.Cristiano Ronaldo, who was the tournament’s top scorer last season, was named among the three best forwards of the 2016-17 campaign alongside his Barcelona rival Lionel Messi and Juventus’s Argentina international striker Paulo Dybala.The best midfielder is sure to be from Real with their trio of Casemiro, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric the only names shortlisted for the position.Real full-back Marcelo and centre-back Sergio Ramos have been named in the best defender category alongside Juventus’s Leonardo Bonucci, who has since moved to AC Milan.Goalkeeper is the only category where Real do not have a single contender, with Juventus stopper Gianluigi Buffon, Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer and Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak in contention.The winners will be announced at the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League group stage draw on August 24 along with the Men’s and Women’s Player of the Year honours, the nominees for which will be announced on August 15.The nominees were selected by a jury of 32 coaches from last year’s Champions League participants and 55 journalists chosen by the European Sports Media (ESM) group.UEFA will announce the Europa League Player of the Season award on August 25 with all three nominees — striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and midfielders Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Paul Pogba — are chosen from last year’s winning Manchester United team.advertisement
By Saumojyoti S Choudhury Taipei City (Taiwan), Aug 21 (PTI) Taiwan is what they want to be known as, but Chinese Taipei is what they are forced to compete as in the ongoing Summer Universiade or the Little Olympics — the biggest sporting event to be held in the island nation. Chinese Taipei is not the name most of the people in this country can relate to. The 29th Summer Universiade was a chance to hog the limelight as a free and democratic nation, but it isnt the case as politics and diplomacy have forced it to participate in the event as Chinese Taipei. The host nation may have the biggest squad out of 142 teams competing in the Summer Universiade but its 368 athletes will not be able to represent the Taiwanese flag or sing its national anthem as has been the case in international sporting events in the past. The reason being that China sees the country as part of its territory and objects to any official diplomatic recognition of Taiwan. “In our struggle to fight for international space, we have no choice but to accept the Chinese Taipei name,” said Su Li-chiung, secretary-general of the Taipei City government, who heads the Universiade preparations. Since 1984, Taiwan has taken part in the Olympic Games as Chinese Taipei but residents feel its high time their nation gets its due recognition before the world. “We shouldnt be made to feel ashamed of our history and identity. It is one of the rare moments that Taiwan is in the spotlight. We are a free and democratic nation,” said Steve, a marketing professional, who displayed the Taiwanese flag at the opening ceremony at the Taipei Municipal Stadium here yesterday. In the last Summer Olympics at Rio, a Taiwanese athlete who won a gold medal in taekwando, watched a flag rise and listened to an anthem that most citizens would not normally recognise as Taiwanese. Under the rules of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), competing under the name Chinese Taipei is the only way that Taiwan can participate in the Olympics. And the same rule applies for Taiwan in the ongoing Universiade, which is organised by the International University Sports Federation (FISU), which is governed by the IOC guidelines. Over 12,000 athletes from over 140 countries are scheduled to compete in the ongoing Universiade and for Taiwan, it was a perfect platform to put forward its case before the international community. But as has been the case, China has denied the island nation the global limelight. Such has been Beijings tough stance that its athletes took part only in individual events and boycotted the opening ceremony. The two nations got separated after a civil war in 1949, but Beijing still considers the self-ruled island as part of its territory and objects to any official diplomatic recognition of Taiwan. International University Sports Federation (FISU) president Oleg Matytsin steered clear of the controversy and said that the term Chinese Taipei has been used for Games because the federation must conform to the IOC Olympic Movement rules. “The FISU is an IOC-recognised organization, so it has to conform to the Olympic Movement rules and regulations,” Matytsin said. “Respect the rules. Today, I believe its very important to educate people how to play according to the rules.” The official Universiade media guide had used Chinese Taipei, but it was later changed to Taiwan after legislators and the public expressed discontent. Interestingly, at the opening ceremony, Tsai Ing-wen was introduced as the President of “the Republic of China”, Taiwans official name, which China does not recognise. She waved to the audience and declared the Games open but refrained from giving any speech. PTI SSC PM PMadvertisement
One of India’s best ever limited overs’ champion Yuvraj Singh looking back at his World T20 heroics called his six sixes as ‘one of the great days in sport’.The cricket world only last month celebrated the tenth anniversary of Yuvraj’s onslaught in Stuart Broad’s 19th over of the India-England T20 encounter of the inaugural World T20.Answering a question on the adversity Stuart Broad would have had to face running in to bowl the final delivery of his over after being spanked for six sixes, Yuvraj replied, “The pressure was on him. It was the sixth ball. It was one of the great days in sport. I knew it was my day. I knew the bowler would make a mistake because everything I hit would come from the middle of the bat.”Yuvraj reminded how the feat was also a case of redemption for him after being struck for five sixes of his left arm spin by English counterpart Dimitri Mascarenhas in an odi earlier in the same year. “Very few people remember but I do. I was hit for five sixes in an over. So I was happy to hit back,” he said.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino seemed a happy man arriving in the City of Joy on Friday. On the eve of FIFA U-17 World Cup final, Infantino interests rendered notions to the fact that FIFA is serious about developing football in the country which the president, in his own words, calls “a continent in itself.”The world governing body has been actively involved with the All India Football Federation over the past few years to uplift the face of the game in a country that makes up to 1/6th of the world population. Moreover, the successful organisation of the FIFA U-17 World Cup only adds feather to cap as India has managed to attain much global attention this month.”Forget cricket, football is the future of India,” laughed Infantino. “India is already a sporting nation. It’s a huge country where you like sports. The fact is, there is a passion for the game here and Indians themselves will invest in football because of the benefits they can reap in the future. It’s not just about organising a competition, it’s about working with the youngsters, be it boys or girls. It’s about bringing them from schools and engaging in some activities. To use football and its values for what they are, to teach respect for the referee and the rules because all these elements that are important in our game.”The idea is to embed the culture of football into the minds of the people. If FIFA is serious about its idea of developing football around the world, we will have no other choice than to take into account and help the development of Indian football, which houses one-sixth of the population of the world We want to help football grow in India, because the whole world will benefit from India,” he said.advertisementImpressed as he seemed, the Swiss also heaped praise on the AIFF and government for hosting the Junior World Cup impressively and added that it could be one of the factors taken into consideration for the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup India has bid for.”The U-17 World Cup has been a resounding success with the attendance all but broken. That’s why we are extremely happy with the way India has lived up to our expectations. It will certainly be an element we will consider for 2019 but there are other factors as well. We start discussions about it next year and a decision will be announced in October 2018,” he said.The press briefing was preceded by the FIFA Council meeting where few important decisions were made.An idea of scrapping the U-17 and U-20 World Cups to set up a U-18 World Cup that runs annually was one of the key talking points during the meeting.”Well, we believe we need more tournaments for the young players at club and international level. We are planning on creating a World Cup, at under-18 level, so that we have a World Cup running annually at this particular age group and the fact that more teams will be involved. A decision will be made regarding this by March, 2018,” said Infantino.The prize money for 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia has been increased to $400 million from previous $358 million in Brazil, 2014. Moreover, the Council also ratified the decision of the Bureau of the Council of September 6, 2017 to approve the enhanced Bidding Regulations for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, and appointed the members of the Bid Evaluation Task Force.
New Delhi, Nov 7 (PTI) As the city recorded a sharp dip in air quality, the Indian Medical Association today said Delhi was witnessing a “public health emergency” and appealed to the Delhi government to stop outdoor sports and other such activities in schools to protect the health of children.In a letter to Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, IMA National President Dr KK Aggarwal and the Secretary General Dr RN Tandon, said children are “especially at risk” in air quality ranging from poor to severe.The IMA mentioned in the letter that when Air Quality Index (AQI) levels cross 200, it is “generally advised” that time spent outdoors be restricted.”Hence all outdoor sports, marathons and other outdoor activities in schools should be stopped.”Children are more prone to harmful effects of air pollution as their lungs are still growing,” the letter said.The IMA stated that children, who play or exercise outdoors need more oxygen, so they take in more polluted air into their lungs, which hampers the growth of their lungs leading to breathing problems later on in life.”We appeal to you to stop all outdoor activities and sports in schools due to the very poor air quality keeping in view the harmful impact of air pollution on health of children and immediately issue an advisory in this regard for all schools in Delhi-NCR, which should be disseminated through different media such as radio, print including social media.The association has also urged organisers of the Delhi half marathon and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal seeking cancellation of Airtel Delhi Half Marathon because of the increased pollution levels in the air.advertisementThe event is scheduled to be held on November 19.PTI PLB DV
England will give injured pace bowler Steve Finn a couple more days before making a decision on whether to keep him in the Ashes touring squad, coach Trevor Bayliss said on Tuesday.The 28-year-old quick, a 2010-11 and 2013-14 Ashes tourist, missed the opening tour match in Perth because of a knee injury and will also play no part in this week’s day-night match against a Cricket Australia XI at the Adelaide Oval.All-rounder Moeen Ali, who has a side strain, will also miss both matches but Bayliss said he was on track to be available for a return to action in the tour match in Towsnville starting Nov. 15.”Finn is still not right, we won’t know about him for another couple of days yet,” Bayliss told reporters in Adelaide on Tuesday.”Mo Ali … more precautionary now, we will just leave him out of this one and make sure he’s right.”Finn came into the squad as a replacement for Ben Stokes after the all-rounder was suspended following his arrest on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm outside a nightclub.Bayliss also responded to reports in the Australian media on Tuesday that said Stokes would soon face a England and Wales Cricket Board disciplinary hearing and could join the squad in time for the third test.Reuters Photo “I haven’t spoken (to anyone) or heard of anything since we have been here,” said Bayliss.”If we concentrate on that, and wondering if he is coming or not, that might take the focus off what we’re trying to achieve so we have just been going about preparing with the players we have got here.advertisement”If he happens to turn up at some stage, it’s a bonus. If he doesn’t, bad luck, we will just get on with what we have got.”ECB director of cricket Andrew Strauss said England were looking for “clarity” over Stokes’s position.England begin their campaign to retain the Ashes at the Gabba in Brisbane on Nov. 23.
OKLAHOMA CITY — Even as the United States’ players were being awarded gold medals, their minds were elsewhere.Softball and baseball are trying to get back into the Olympics. They were removed for 2012 and won’t be on the program in 2016.Japan, which will host the Olympics in 2020, has entered a proposal to add the sports. The International Olympic Committee will make its final decision in August 2016.After the United States beat Japan 8-1 in the junior women’s world softball championship final Aug. 15, the finalists joined bronze medalists Puerto Rico to place softballs in front of the medal stand and create the number 2020.The three teams posed together and held up a sign that read, ‘Baseball and Softball Let’s do it together 2020.’“For everyone here, no matter what country you’re from, to see softball get into the 2020 Olympics is everyone’s dream,” USA pitcher Kelly Barnhill said.“It’s been my dream since I was a little girl. Being in the Olympics is the pinnacle in any sport. Being able to represent your country on that Olympic stage would be an amazing experience. Everyone wants to see it there.”If it gets there, the United States showed it will be a favorite. The winning margin was the largest by any team in a gold medal game.The Americans dethroned the defending champs and won the event for the fifth time in 11 tries. These players will be just entering their primes in five years.Alyssa Palomino had a homer and a triple in the final. She set a tournament record with 27 RBIs and tied a tournament mark with five home runs.Jenna Lilley hit a three-run homer and Sydney Romero hit a solo shot and doubled for the United States (10-0), which outscored its opponents 119-6 overall.Barnhill went 6-0 in the tournament, allowing just two earned runs in 26 innings.Puerto Rico earned the bronze medal after losing the semifinal to Japan earlier in the day.It was the first time the United States had hosted the event since 1995, when the Americans went unbeaten and won the title in Normal, Ill.Japan had outscored its seven opponents 71-0 in this year’s tournament before the United States claimed a 14-2 win Aug. 14 that forced Japan to play Puerto Rico in the semifinal.Japan’s ace pitcher, Haruka Fukui, did not play in the USA’s pool play victory, but she was the winning pitcher against Puerto Rico. She allowed one earned run in 22 innings before facing the United States in the final.In the top of the second inning, Romero singled, then Madilyn Nickles hit a ground-rule double to put runners on second and third with no outs and Palomino at the plate. Palomino popped out, and Fukui eventually escaped without allowing a run in the inning.Japan’s Chiharu Nasu singled with two outs in the bottom of the second, but she was caught stealing on a throw to second by Jenavee Peres.The United States opened the scoring with Lilley’s blast to center in the third inning. Romero’s double scored Nicole DeWitt, and Palomino’s triple scored Romero to push the lead to 5-0 in the fifth.DeWitt’s sacrifice fly scored Jazmyn Jackson in the sixth, and the Americans padded their lead with the solo shots by Romero and Palomino in the seventh.Japan scored with two outs in the bottom of the seventh when Akane Ariyoshi singled to knock in Erika Ishino.The United States got the final out, and what followed was a scenario the American players hope repeats itself in 2020 in Tokyo.“People were telling me standing on the podium and listening to your national anthem play is a great feeling,” Barnhill said. “I was like, ‘Oh, yeah.’ Then being up there, it’s like, they were right. It’s the best feeling.”(CLIFF BRUNT, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
TORONTO — When his team is playing at home, Blue Jays Manager John Gibbons understands long balls can hurt just as much as they help.Yankees rookie Greg Bird launched a three-run shot in the 10th inning and New York beat Toronto 6-4 Sept. 22 night to move closer in the AL East race.“We play in the homer dome,” Gibbons said. “You’re always on your toes. You never feel safe.”Andrew Miller (3-2) pitched two innings for the win and the Yankees closed within 2 1/2 games of first-place Toronto. The teams meet for the final time this season Sept. 23.Bird connected off reliever Mark Lowe (1-3) for his 10th home run in 34 games and third in the past three nights.The runs were the first Lowe had allowed in 10 September appearances. “It was a good pitch, down and away, bottom of the zone,” Lowe said. “He just leaned out and got it. Great piece of hitting.”There have been 186 home runs at Rogers Centre this season. Among AL parks, only Yankee Stadium (199) and Baltimore’s Camden Yards (204) have yielded more.Yankees manager Joe Girardi didn’t want to contemplate his team’s chances of catching the Blue Jays without Bird’s timely homer.“We would have dug ourselves a pretty deep hole,” Girardi said.Brian McCann led off the 10th with a bunt single and was replaced by pinch-runner Rico Noel. Slade Heathcott reached on catcher’s interference before Bird drove a 2-2 pitch into the right-field bullpen. Six of his 10 homers have given the Yankees a lead.“It seems like they’ve always been important, they’ve always been big homers,” Miller said. “They’re nothing to sneeze at. He’s got them in big situations and he’s been a huge part of this team.”Bird ripped his helmet off and slammed it to the floor in delight as he returned to the dugout following his homer. “I was pretty pumped up,” he said. “It’s a big win for us, a big team win. Good feeling.”Carlos Beltran gave the Yankees a 3-2 advantage when he homered off Liam Hendriks in the eighth.Toronto used a single and two walks to load the bases against Dellin Betances with two outs in the eighth, but Betances struck out Edwin Encarnacion to preserve the one-run lead.Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista prevented a New York insurance run in the ninth by throwing out Chris Young at home plate on Jacoby Ellsbury’s fly ball. It was Bautista’s second outfield assist of the game — he also threw out Dustin Ackley at third base in the seventh.Bautista’s play proved vital when Dioner Navarro hit a tying homer on the first pitch he saw from Miller in the ninth. The blown save was Miller’s second with the Yankees.Kevin Pillar hit a two-out double, pinch-hitter Matt Hague was intentionally walked and pinch-hitter Russell Martin walked to load the bases before Miller struck out Josh Donaldson to send it to extra innings.Encarnacion hit a solo homer in the bottom of the 10th but Toronto lost for the third time in four games.The Yankees jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first on McCann’s RBI single and Beltran’s sacrifice fly.Pillar halved the deficit with a one-out homer into the second deck in left in the third, his 11th. Toronto tied it in the fourth on a two-out RBI single by Justin Smoak.After his shaky first inning, Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada gave up a two-out double to Ellsbury in the second and a two-out single by Beltran in the third, then set down 11 straight before issuing a four-pitch walk to Ackley with one out in the seventh.Ackley tried to go to third when Didi Gregorius followed with a single to right, but was thrown out by Bautista, with Donaldson leaping to catch Bautista’s high throw, spinning as he landed and tagging Ackley’s foot. Umpire Greg Gibson initially ruled Ackley safe, but the call was overturned upon replay review.Estrada left after intentionally walking Ellsbury and was replaced by Aaron Loup, who gave up an infield single to Brett Gardner that loaded the bases. Hendriks came on and escaped the jam by striking out Alex Rodriguez on three pitches.(IAN HARRISON)TweetPinShare0 Shares
The Greek National Basketball put on a great showing in their first of three friendlies as they prepare for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Greece defeated Turkey 78-52 at the OAKA Basketball Stadium (now called Niko Galis) and will travel to Turkey for their second friendly on Sunday.The two NBA players, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Kostas Koufos, led Greece in today’s friendly victory over Turkey. Greece got off to a good start and took a conformable lead into halftime. In the second half, through great defensive plays, Greece continued to increase their lead and came away with the 26-point victory (78-52). Greece’s defense was exceptional throughout the match. On the offensive end, Greece had trouble when Antetokounmpo was off the court as he made an important impact when he was in the game. Koufos led the National team with 17 points, Papapetrou followed with 15 points, and Antetokoumpo had 13 points.It is a good result and showing for the “Epismi Agapimeni” in their first game since last September’s Eurobasket. Greece’s second of three friendlies will take place on Sunday with a rematch against Turkey in the neighboring country.TweetPinShare0 Shares
The Greek National Water Polo team was handed their first defeat at the Rio 2016 Olympics after a poor showing against Australia. The Aussies came away with a rather easy 12-7 victory and kept their hopes alive to advance to the quarterfinals. Greece will not finish atop of Group A and will await the results from the other group matches later today.After an emphatic victory over Brazil, Greece looked to clinch first place in Group A with a victory over Australia. Greece got off to a rough start going down 5-3 in the first period. The Greek defense gave up more goals in the first period against Australia than they did in the four periods against Brazil. It was a tragic second period for the Greek defense, giving up another five goals and only scoring one. Surprisingly, Australia went into half time ahead 10-4.Greece improved defensively in the third period, keeping Australia off the board, but only managed to score one goal on the other end. The 5 goal Australian lead was too much to overcome in the final eight minutes with Greece falling 12-7.This is by far Greece’s worst showing at the Olympic Tournament. With the knockout stages up next, Greece will need to get past this performance and return to victories if they hope toMedal in Rio.Their Final placement in group A will depend on today’s other group stage matches. Hungry (3rd) will face the hosts Brazil (2nd) whole Serbia will Play Last placed Japan. Source: AGONAsport.com (Facebook – Instagram)TweetPinShare0 Shares
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — For years, the NL East has been soft as a bunt single.Not anymore.Even before Bryce Harper decided to stay inside the division, four of the five teams spent this offseason swinging for the fences. In addition to defending champion Atlanta, the New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals all have enough firepower to potentially contend for the playoffs.“This is probably going to be the stiffest competition in a division race in my career,” Nationals ace Max Scherzer said at spring training.It’s certainly a noticeable transformation.In the past eight seasons, the NL East has won a grand total of two playoff series and produced one pennant winner — with the 2015 Mets responsible for the entirety of that October success.Two years ago, Washington finished a whopping 20 games in front, and no other team in the division was better than 77-85.Last season, Atlanta rolled to a surprise title at 90-72, the fewest wins of any postseason participant. No other NL East squad did better than two games above .500.Miami has endured nine straight losing seasons. Philadelphia hasn’t been a winner since 2011. New York’s last 10 years, two winning records.FILE – In this Monday, Feb. 18, 2019 file photo, New York Mets infielder Robinson Cano throws to first during spring training baseball practice in Port St. Lucie, Fla. For years, the NL East has been soft as a bunt single. Not anymore. In addition to defending champion Atlanta, the New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals all have enough firepower to potentially contend for the playoffs. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)But now, an influx of talent and a cavalcade of new faces have the division shaping up as a force for years to come.By the looks of it, the NL least is suddenly a beast.“I don’t think there’s another division harder right now. Every team is pretty much loaded,” Phillies outfielder Nick Williams said.This winter alone:Atlanta signed third baseman Josh Donaldson, the 2015 AL MVP.New York acquired five recent All-Stars in Robinson Cano, Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Jed Lowrie and Wilson Ramos.Washington spent $140 million to plug Patrick Corbin into an imposing rotation that already featured Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg.And the Phillies plucked away two big stars from division rivals, trading with Miami for catcher J.T. Realmuto and luring Harper from the Nationals with a record $330 million contract.“It’s almost like the AL East — great pitching, great lineups 1 through 9. But that’s what you live for. You want to face the best,” Braves All-Star pitcher Mike Foltynewicz said.“People took us a little lightly last year and now we’re the ones kind of getting chased. But no panic button or anything. We made great moves before everyone started going haywire,” he added. “It’s kind of cool to see that we might have stirred it up for these guys.”Even the less-heralded moves showed all four organizations were serious about winning right away.Atlanta brought back veteran catcher Brian McCann and re-signed All-Star outfielder Nick Markakis.The busy Mets added reliever Justin Wilson and outfielder Keon Broxton, among others, significantly improving their bullpen, bench and overall depth under new general manager Brodie Van Wagenen.Washington boosted its relief corps with Kyle Barraclough and Trevor Rosenthal, secured a pair of first-string catchers in Yan Gomes and Kurt Suzuki, and addressed issues on the right side of the infield with Brian Dozier and Matt Adams. Anibal Sanchez was signed away from Atlanta for the back of the rotation.FILE – In this Monday, Feb. 25, 2019 file photo, Washington Nationals’ Patrick Corbin (46) pitches in the first inning against the Atlanta Braves in a spring baseball exhibition game in Kissimmee, Fla. In addition to defending champion Atlanta, the New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals all have enough firepower to potentially contend for the playoffs. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)Philadelphia paid $50 million for 2013 NL MVP Andrew McCutchen, another $23 million for late-inning reliever David Robertson, and traded for two-time All-Star shortstop Jean Segura.“It seemed like every other week the Mets, the Phillies, the Nationals were signing someone or trading for someone,” Braves slugger Freddie Freeman said.With only the young Marlins, in the early stages of their massive rebuild, expected to struggle (again) this season, the NL East appears to pack uncommon depth.As more and more clubs strip down and reboot with unproven prospects, the division is the only one in the majors with four teams forecast to have winning records in the PECOTA projections on Baseball Prospectus. Philadelphia and Washington are pegged for 89 wins, with the Mets at 87 and Braves 84. The prediction for Miami is 67.“It’s definitely beefed up,” Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler said. “Everybody’s gotten better.”“I think there’s a lot of teams in our division ready to win. I hate saying that because everybody should be ready to win. But you know, once one team adds somebody, if you’re the other teams you’ve sort of got to top that,” he explained. “When they add a bullpen guy you’ve got to add a bullpen guy to get better, stay ahead.”It’s not as if the NL East was starved for talent before.Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom won the NL Cy Young Award last season, beating out three-time Cy Young winner Scherzer and Phillies ace Aaron Nola.Atlanta outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. and Washington counterpart Juan Soto ran 1-2 in Rookie of the Year voting.And every team has touted minor leaguers now in play, including Pete Alonso (Mets), Victor Robles (Nationals) and Mike Soroka (Braves).FILE – In this Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019 file photo, Atlanta Braves newly acquired third baseman Josh Donaldson smiles while watching the ball leave the park during batting practice at the team’s spring training baseball facility in Kissimmee, Fla. In addition to defending champion Atlanta, the New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals all have enough firepower to potentially contend for the playoffs. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)“It looks like a really tough division. Whoever comes out of that is going to be battle-tested,” Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo said. “I think you just go ahead and look at the starting pitching around this division and you see right away that every single at-bat is going to be a battle. It definitely is something that’s empowering, no doubt, and gives you a lot of confidence that people look at your division and think very highly of it. But again, it just means that every game is going to be a dogfight.”One thing the NL East wasn’t lacking all these years was heated rivalries, which should only grow more intense.And if the Braves, Mets, Nationals and Phillies knock each other around all season, maybe the division will be decided by which team beats up on the Marlins the most.“Obviously with Bryce going to the Phillies, I think a lot of people lean toward them as being kind of the favorite in our division, but to me the Nationals are really good,” Miami manager Don Mattingly said. “This division got really good quick, which is good. I think it’s good for us, actually. There’s gonna be some black and blue.”By: Mike Fitzpatrick, AP Baseball WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
Xilinx announced that SKT has deployed Xilinx FPGAs as their artificial intelligence accelerators in its data center. The Xilinx Kintex UltraScale FPGAs are now running SKT’s automatic speech-recognition application to accelerate NUGU, its voice-activated assistant. SKT achieved up to five times higher performance in ASR applications when compared to GPUs, and more importantly, 16 times better performance-per-watt. This is the first commercial adoption of FPGA accelerators in the AI domain for large-scale data centers in South Korea.The FPGA-based accelerator lowers the total cost of ownership of ASR application servers by populating existing CPU-only servers with efficient Xilinx FPGA add-in cards. The ASR servers easily and simply accelerate multiple voice service channels with Xilinx FPGA cards in their empty slots. One FPGA card provides more than five times the performance of a single server, resulting in substantial cost savings. This performance and TCO advantage benefits SK Telecom and its customers.The adaptive nature of Xilinx FPGAs enables fast deployment of custom hardware accelerators for the rapidly evolving field of AI and deep learning. Moreover, FPGAs provide higher performance and lower latency at lower power when compared to CPUs and GPUs. SK Telecom joins a fast-growing list of high-profile commercial data centers that have deployed FPGAs for compute acceleration.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Sensirion temperature sensor STS3x used by modum’s monitoring systemNext Infineon enables open source software stack for TPM 2.0
Renesas Electronics announced the development of its third-generation 32-bit RX CPU core, the RXv3. The RXv3 CPU core will be employed in Renesas’ new RX microcontroller families that begin rolling out at the end of 2018. The new MCUs are designed to address the real-time performance and enhanced stability required by motor control and industrial applications in next-generation smart factory, smart home and smart infrastructure equipment.The innovative RXv3 core boosts the proven Renesas RX CPU core architecture with up to 5.8 CoreMark/MHz. The RXv3 core is backwards compatible with the RXv2 and RXv1 CPU cores in Renesas’ current 32-bit RX MCU families. Binary compatibility using the same CPU core instruction sets ensures that applications written for the previous-generation RXv2 and RXv1 cores carry forward to the RXv3-based MCUs. Designers working with RXv3-based MCUs can also take advantage of the robust Renesas RX development ecosystem to develop their embedded systems.The unique RX CPU core combines a design optimized for power efficiency and a fabrication process producing excellent performance. The new RXv3 CPU core is primarily a CISC (Complex Instruction Set Computer) architecture that offers significant advantages over the RISC (Reduced Instruction Set Computer) architecture in terms of code density. RXv3 utilizes a pipeline to deliver high instructions per cycle (IPC) performance comparable to RISC. The new RXv3 core builds on the proven RXv2 architecture with an enhanced pipeline, options for register bank save functions and double precision floating-point unit capabilities for the highest computing performance, power and code efficiency.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous ROHM: automotive-grade buck-boost power supply chipsetNext IBASE: expandable Panel PCs for harsh factory automation applications
India start their five-match Test series against England from August 1 at Birmingham, and on the eve of the match Team India coach Ravi Shastri’s message for Virat Kohli’s men is to play “fearless” cricket and play to win.The message is not new, in fact, it was also heard from the very person ahead of India’s tour of South Africa, which India lost 2-1. But Shastri believes in India’s potential of becoming the best travelling team in the world.”We have done exceptionally well in white-ball cricket. We showed some very good signs in South Africa as far as the red ball is concerned. We want to carry that forward. The challenge for us is to be consistent in the red-ball format overseas. We believe we have the potential to be one of the best travelling teams. At the moment, there is no side in the world that travels properly. You can see what is happening to South Africa in Sri Lanka. We know our scorelines in England before this tour: 4-0 , 3-1 . We want to do much better than that,” Shastri said in an interview to ESPNCricinfo.So far on the tour, India won the three-match T20I series 2-1 but lost the following ODI series by the same margin. A three-day tour game (which was shortened by a day), a mere formality for all parties involved was reduced to a farce.Also read – India vs England: Buttler wants to learn from ‘immensely talented’ KohliIndia played out a draw with at Chelmsford, where neither teams failed to take 10 wickets nor the batsmen looked comfortable.advertisementRavi Shastri though is not perturbed.”A lot of players have been to England before. A lot of them have learned a lot in the last few years, playing as a unit. I see that as a big advantage as opposed to coming with a brand new side,” said Shastri.The reason stated for shortening the game, a heatwave creating ‘home-like’ conditions for the visitors will not be something the Indian team will be counting on – at least according to Ravi Shastri.Also read – Extra-motivated Kohli could prove to be dangerous for England: Graham Gooch”The square will be different, the outfield will be different and the weather conditions will be different to back in India. But whatever the conditions, the balls moves in England. In South Africa we played on some spicy tracks. We have to adapt to those 22 yards. We adapted better than South Africa in Johannesburg and we won that Test. They won a couple of sessions more than us in the first two Tests and won two Tests,” Shastri said. Shikhar Dhawan made two ducks in the warm-up game against Essex (Reuters Photo)The openers struggled against the new ball with Shikhar Dhawan scoring ducks in both innings. Ravi Shastri though says he is not worried.Also read – Time for Virat Kohli to show he can score runs in England: Glenn McGrath”They have experience. What you want is when you get in, they have got the experience to make it count. If they do that it will be a brilliant platform for the middle order, which, like I said, has the goods to convert that into a good score,” Shastri said.When asked to clarify if “technique” is the issue and not the experience of the player, Shastri replied, “Yesterday morning [the first day of the warm-up match against Essex], if you get those conditions [fresh green pitch, new ball seaming and swinging], I don’t care who the opening batsman is – it is tough. On such mornings you need your slice of luck, but you have to be prepared to go through the grind, like M Vijay did in that period of play. You could nick one any time, but you have to get that mental discipline that, yes, the pitch will ease out after lunch and that will make the job for the other players in the team easier.”Also read – Writing off Virat Kohli is the biggest mistake: Dale Steyn to India TodayAnother cause of concern has been Cheteshwar Pujara’s inconsistency as he failed to make a mark in the tour game against Essex as well as in his preceding County stint.Ravi Shastri feels that Pujara is “one innings away [from a big score]. He needs to spend time at the crease. If he gets one 60-70 under his belt, he will be a different player altogether. My job is to make sure he is thinking in that fashion.”advertisementShashti also informed that KL Rahul is in the squad as the “third opener” and going on to explain that India’s “batting order will always be flexible. The third opener can play anywhere in the top four. We are a very, very flexible outfit. Be prepared for that. We will surprise you guys at times.”
Bangladesh on Monday registered its second successive win over West Indies in two days to clinch the three-match T20I series 2-1 in Florida.Riding on Mustafizur Rahman’s three-wicket haul, Bangladesh restricted West Indies to 135 for 7, to win the match by 19 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis method in the rain-curtailed third T20I at Luaderhill.West Indies needed to chase down 155 in 17.1 overs but their top-order completely fell apart and the innings never really picked any momentum. All-rounder Andre Russell top-scored with 47 runs while the rest failed miserably.Mustafizur finished with 3 for 31 in 3.1 overs while Abu Hider, Rubel Hossain, Soumya Sarkar and captain Shakib Al Hasan picked up a wicket each.Earlier, Bangladesh rode on opener Liton Das’s swashbuckling half-century to post 184 for 5 after electing to bat first.Das scored 61 off 32 balls with the help of six boundaries and three sixes. Mahmudullah (32 not out) and Shakib (24) also chipped in with some useful runs lower down the order to help the team post a challenging total in tricky conditions.For the Windies, Carlos Brathwaite and Keemo Paul got two wickets each while Kesrick Williams got one.Shakib’s team had won the second match on Sunday by 12 runs to level the three-match series at one apiece.After winning the toss and batting, Bangladesh made 171-5, before its bowlers made regular breakthroughs to restrict the West Indies to 159-9 in reply.
With the impending Ganesha Chaturthi festival in mind the Bombay High Court, while hearing a petition on safety at Maharashtra sea fronts, has asked the authorities to take all necessary steps to ensure safety on beaches.The Ganesha immersion festival will commence on September 13.The division bench of Justice S M Kemkar and Justice S V Kotwal was hearing a public interest litigation filed in 2016 after 14 college students drowned at the Murud-Janjira beach in the neighbouring Raigad district.”The state government must coordinate with local authorities and ensure that all necessary steps are taken to safeguard beaches ahead of the Ganesh festival,” the court said.The lawyer representing the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) told the court that the civic body is in the process of appointing 93 lifeguards trained from National Institute of Water Sports, Goa. The appointment procedure will be completed within three months.The BMC has also told the court that procedures are being undertaken to erect watch towers at the beaches.The court has also asked the coastal authorities to consider the documents for erection of permanent watch towers at beaches at the earliest.Also the authorities have deployed patrolling jeeps on the beaches. At hearing this, the bench remarked in jest, “The jeeps should not be stationary. They should be moving up and down the beach. Haven’t you watched Baywatch?” Justice Kemkar asked, while adding “Use modern means.”Baywatch is a popular American action-drama series about the Los Angeles County lifeguards who patrol the beaches of Los Angeles County, California, starring David Hasselhoff.advertisementThe advocate for BMC submitted that requisite steps to provide the moving jeeps will be taken after getting due sanction for it.In Mumbai, the BMC has also enlisted the help of several volunteers who would help keep the beaches safe.The petitioners pointed out that that government has identified places which are fit for swimming and which are dangerous for swimming. However, the information is not adequately displayed.The court directed that adequate number of boards should be installed immediately. Also, red flags should be placed during high tide to warn people at the beaches.The court has posted the petition for further hearing on October 16.ALSO READ: Venomous blue bottle jellyfish injured over 150 people at Mumbai beaches, result of global warming?
Naomi Osaka steamrolled past Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko 6-1, 6-1 in the US Open quarter-final on Wednesday to enter her first Grand Slam semi-final at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York.It was a very comfortable afternoon for Osaka who became the first Japanese woman in 22 years to reach a Grand Slam semi-final. The 20th-seeded Osaka, who won her first career title only in March this year at Indian Wells, had reached the fourth round of Australian Open earlier this year, which was her highest showing at a Grand Slam till Wednesday.The last time a Japanese woman had reached a Grand Slam semi-final was Kimiko Date at Wimbledon in 1996.Osaka’s lethal ground strokes and solid serving was too much for Tsurenko and in the stifling conditions at Flushing Meadows, which even left Roger Federer gasping for break, the Ukrainian just could not match Osaka.6-1, 6-1 in under an hour:@Naomi_Osaka_ reaches her 1st Grand Slam semifinal after defeating Tsurenko!Shes the first woman to reach the semis since 1996…#USOpen pic.twitter.com/DKHGR2kpt7US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 5, 2018Such was Osaka’s dominance in the afternoon that she broke Tsurenko five times and the quarter-final lasted for a meagre 57 minutes.Also read – Kaepernick has done a lot for African American community and it has cost him: SerenaThe 20-year-old Osaka, who has looked comfortable on one of the sport’s biggest stages, was tearful after her fourth-round clash but much less emotional after her latest win.”The other time I cried a little bit and there was a lot of people making fun of me,” Osaka said during her on-court interview. “I was freaking out inside, just like my whole body was shaking, so I’m really glad I was able to play well.”advertisementOsaka’s first serve percentage was only 59 percent but she did not concede a point behind her first serve the entire first set and only surrendered seven points on serve over the match..@Naomi_Osaka_ awaits the winner of Keys/Suarez Navarro in the semifinals…#USOpen pic.twitter.com/ITtf4WxCuxUS Open Tennis (@usopen) September 5, 2018Tsurenko, the only unseeded woman to reach this stage of the tournament, appeared to be feeling the effects of her last-16 clash during which she struggled in the searing heat and at one point looked like she was about to collapse.”Unfortunately during this tournament I had many issues with my health, and today was not my day obviously. I was not feeling well,” Tsurenko told reporters.Also read – It’s going to be stuck in my mind forever: Thiem after US Open loss to Nadal”I just woke up today with a viral illness or whatever it is … I don’t know what happened, but my throat is not well. I’m not breathing well.”The Ukrainian had a small window to grab momentum but failed to cash in on her three break-point opportunities while trailing 4-1 in the second set and Osaka fought back before cruising through the final game.Tsurenko, who stunned Danish second seed Caroline Wozniacki in the second round, is still projected to rise 10 spots to a career-high 26th in the world rankings.Also read – US Open: Serena reaches semi-finals, defending champion Stephens oustedUp next up for Osaka will be the winner of the evening match between 2017 runner-up Madison Keys, who at 14 is the highest seed left in the women’s draw, and Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro.The speedy win over Tsurenko was the third time Osaka has wrapped up victory in under an hour in New York and should allow her to be fresh for Thursday’s semi-final.(With Reuters inputs)
India will be charged for the second T20I against Australia in Melbourne after losing the 1st T20I by 4 runs (DLS).The task is cut out in front of the Indian team management to work on fielding angles to elevate their efforts in the second T20I.India vs Australia T20 match broadcast channels list for 3rd T20IIt doesn’t help that there is such a short turn-around time during this series, that fielding coach R Sridhar won’t be able to work with the players at the MCG.India vs Australia 2nd T20 Live Streaming: How to Watch IND vs AUS Match on Sony LivAny improvements in the field will have to be drilled in theoretically in the dressing room. And thus India will also seek to look at other areas where improvements can be made.Having won seven consecutive bilateral T20 series, Kohli and his men will certainly want to make it eight in a row and for that they may be forced to rejig both their batting and bowling combinations.The hosts took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series, which comprise three back-to-back matches in a short span of five days.The ploy to introduce Adam Zampa as the lone spinner worked wonders for Australia and with an intense fielding effort, Australia were able to make a winning difference.Things seem very different in the hosts’ camp all of a sudden, when they were simply considered second best to Team India across all departments less than 48 hours ago.advertisementMelbourne is experiencing a stormy spell in the latter half of this week, so there is a slight chance that the second T20I could also be rain-affected.What time does the 2nd T20I between India vs Australia start?2nd T20I starts at 1:20 PM IST on November 23, Friday at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne.What TV channel and live stream is the 2nd T20I between India and Australia Live Streaming on?Sony SIX and Sony SIX HD in English commentary and Sony Ten 3 and Sony Ten 3 HD in Hindi Commentary. Sony Liv will live stream India vs Australia match.Where will the 2nd T20I between India and Australia be played?The 2nd T20I between India and Australia will be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne from 1:20 PM IST.Where can I watch the India vs Australia 2nd T20I live?The match will be shown on Sony sports network and can also be streamed on SonyLIV.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the India vs Australia 2nd T20I?You can follow our ball-by-ball-updates of the match between India vs Australia from our live blog on indiatoday.in.What are the squads for the 2nd T20I between India and Australia?India: Virat Kohli (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik (WK), Rishabh Pant, Krunal Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Khaleel Ahmed, Washington Sundar.Australia: Aaron Finch (C), Ashton Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Chris Lynn, Ben McDermott, Glenn Maxwell, D’Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa.