stellar monthBy Poonam MehraNew Delhi, Oct 29 (PTI) From the badminton court to the cricket ground, from the hockey stadium to the football pitch, it has been a month to remember for Indian sports. And performance was not the only yardstick.As millions of fans took pride and delight in the all- Indian mens semifinal at the French Open badminton yesterday, it was a reminder that India is slowly but surely carving its place as an ambitious sporting nation. Never before has the country achieved so many successes in one month as this October.”When a confident young nation starts to apply itself, change is always visible. Successes are due to the efforts of the athletes and coaches,” Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore told PTI.Whether it was the action on the field of play or hosting for the first time, marquee events such as the FIFA under-17 World Cup, the country has reasons to be proud of on multiple counts.The shuttlers dazzled consistently, the hockey team continued a revival march, the cricketers dominated effortlessly and amid all this, the under-17 football World Cup had fans flocking to stadiums despite the home teams early ouster.”The successful hosting of FIFA under-17 World Cup in the backdrop of Mission XI Million has given football a fillip. We aim primacy of athletes, coaches, and fans in the sports architecture of the country,” Rathore said.”We are for Suvidha and Samman (facilities and respect) to players. I am happy that our players too are responding with their dedication and determination to bring laurels to the country. Programmes like Khelo India will take forward the momentum of the current brilliant performance,” he said.advertisementAmong the highlights this month was Kidambi Srikanths Denmark Open triumph and the mens hockey teams first Asia Cup title win in 10 years. Add to this, the cricket teams demolition of world champions Australia as well as some tennis and golfing cheer.And the man, who is, without doubt, the toast of the nation right now, Virat Kohli, did his bit to increase the euphoria by going past the great Ricky Ponting to be the second highest accumulator of ODI hundreds.Srikanth, who now has three titles under his belt this year, is aiming for his fourth after reaching the final of the French Open badminton after beating H S Prannoy yesterday in an all-Indian semifinal. P V Sindhu, however, lost in the semifinal of the womens singles yesterday.While India remained a novice on the football field, it won the bragging rights of conducting a FIFA Under-17 World Cup for the first time, which was declared a “resounding success” by the world bodys boss — Gianni Infantino. It was hardly a surprise given that the hosts managed to break attendance records for an age group world cup.Away from the buzz that the under-17 World Cup surprisingly generated, India also smoothly pulled off hosting — again for the first time — the ISSF Shooting World Cup Final.The creme-de-la-creme of international shooting descended on the Indian capital for the seasons finale at the Karni Singh Ranges and the host nations best ever performance in the event, a gold, a silver, and a bronze medal, made it memorable in more ways than one.Adding to the cheer were the on-mark archers, who notched up a silver medal at the World Championships in Argentina.All things put together, rarely has a single month brought so many sporting reasons for India to celebrate. And the most heartening aspect of it all has been that cricket was just one of the contributing factors.It was a very expected first-round exit from the under-17 World Cup but it was nonetheless made unforgettable for the nation by Jeakson Singh, a 16-year-old son of a street vendor in Manipur, who became the first Indian to score a goal in a FIFA World Cup.The strike against Colombia was certainly one for the history books and is unlikely to be forgotten. Then there were the shuttlers, a consistent bunch of performers, ensuring that almost every weekend had a title up for grabs for the country.The striking feature of the Indians rising stature in international badminton has been their ability to regularly get the better of Chinese players, the most formidable in the world despite their recent slump.The cricketers, on the other hand, went about their business with usual elan. Kohlis men have been nearly unstoppable for a while now and being at home has made them just a shade more dominating and intimidating.advertisementThe Australians were the most recent to be at the receiving end of this intensity and they hardly looked like world champions in what can only be described as a sound thrashing.In fact, it wouldnt be wrong to say that sports provided the Diwali fireworks, which seem to be on the wane with every passing year. PTI PM VJ CM
Mumbai, Nov 28 (PTI) With badmintons popularity on the rise following the international success of Indian stars such as Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu and the consistent Kidambi Srikanth, its time to bring in top coaches to train the countrys own coaches, said Prakash Padukone today.The shuttle legend also welcomed Srikanths decision to opt out of the two back-to-back Super Series events in China and Hong Kong to get fit and go into the season-ending Dubai Super Series fully charged.”There is a sudden spurt in the popularity of the sport but there are not enough quality coaches. The Olympic Gold Quest (of which hes a founder member) has just started a coaches education programme.”This is one issue that needs to be addressed on a priority basis by the BAI (Badminton Association of India), the SAI (Sports Authority of India), the Sports Ministry and associations,” said Padukone here.”We have some very good coaches, but unfortunately they dont get a chance to upgrade their knowledge, to keep pace with the international level. Theres a lot of emphasis on players and, if this growth has to continue, we need to focus on coaches.”The best way to do that is to get good a foreign coach, only to train coaches, as right now all coaches are coaching only the players. If we have one dedicated coach to train 50-100 coaches who can go back and coach their wards, that will be a very good move,” said the shuttle great.advertisement”There is a lot of talent in tier 2 and 3 cities, but not enough trained quality coaches. Coach education should be the main priority for the BAI and the state associations,” the 62-year-old insisted.Lauding Srikanths decision to skip two Super Series events to concentrate on the Dubai Super Series finals, Prakash said the Indian players need to be smart and plan their schedule in such a way that they peak during the weeks when the major tournaments take place.”They (Indians) are definitely playing more than the required number of tournaments. Its important to strike a right balance between playing and resting. They need to be careful not to play too many.”Fatigue and injury can result from playing too many tournaments. I always maintain that while ranking is important its not the only thing,” said the ex-All England champion.”The focus should be on winning the important tournaments like the All England, World Championships, Olympics and Super Series finals. You should try to peak during these periods and accordingly plan your schedule. It doesnt matter if in the bargain your ranking goes down for one week.”People later remember you by the number of important tournaments you have won. I am not saying ranking is not important, but if there is a variation in ranking that should not worry you much. These big tournaments also give a lot of points,” he said.”What Srikanth has done, to skip tournaments, is the right decision. He could have played China and Hong Kong Opens. He could have become number 1. But he has resisted the temptation and decided that he will play only in Dubai.”There is no guarantee he will win the Dubai event, but I think its the right way to prepare. He has a good chance of doing well there and become the no. 1, if not now but later. The main thing is you should be 100 per cent fit and capable of winning every tournament that you play. Thats how I was brought up. Things are the same even now.”Padukone urged the top players to take part in at least 1-2 domestic tournaments like the nationals annually.”I feel they need to participate in 1-2 domestic tournaments. The game has given you so much. You have the rights as well as obligations, one of which is to popularise the sport.”The presence of the top players in the nationals at Nagpur and the kind of publicity it generated and the crowd it attracted were tremendous. I will strongly recommend to my players to play 1-2 tournaments annually as they will be doing a great service to Indian badminton,” he remarked. PTI SSR RSY
New Delhi, Dec 25 (PTI) Fitter and faster than players 10 years his junior, Mahendra Singh Dhoni is irreplaceable in the Indian ODI team right now, feels national coach Ravi Shastri, who says critics should perhaps analyse their own careers at 36 before finding faults in the former captain.Dhonis form with the bat has been heavily scrutinised in the recent past with every failure being looked upon as an ominous sign.However, the talismanic keeper-batsman did well in the just-concluded limited overs series against Sri Lanka to silence some of the criticism.”We are not stupid. I have been watching this sport for the last 30-40 years. Virat has been a part of this team for a decade now. We know, at this age, he (Dhoni) can beat players aged 26. People who talk, forget that they played the game,” Shastri told India Today.Dhonis sharp reflexes behind the stumps are still unmatched and chief selector MSK Prasad made it clear that none of the younger guys have quite yet matched upto the game-changer, under whose leadership India won an unprecedented two World Cups.The sentiment was echoed by Shastri, who has been vocal in defending Dhoni in the past as well.”If they look at themselves in the mirror and ask the question, what they were at the age of 36?. Would they have run two runs faster? But the time they finish two, this guy will run three. Then he has won only two World Cups and averages only 51. Till today you dont have a wicket-keeper to replace him in the one-day team,” he asserted.advertisementShastri said Dhonis skill set is not easy to find and it would be long before a replacement comes along.”He is still one of the best around, not only in the Indian team, but in the world. Some of the things you see with him are not sold in the market. You will not get it anywhere else,” he said.”The fact that he does not play Test cricket, means he should be playing as much cricket as possible till the World Cup in 2019,” he added.Shastri also spoke about the upcoming tour of South Africa, which starts with a three-match Test series from January 5.The team is scheduled to depart on December 27 and would be aiming to secure its first Test series triumph on the South African soil.”For us all opposition is the same, all oppositions have to be respected and every game is a home match. And as it turned out that next we are in South Africa. Where South Africa is different is that we havent won a series in South Africa,” he said.”Therein lies a massive opportunity for the team to do something special. The belief is there. We are going there and we will treat South Africa like we treat any other opposition we have played against. There will be respect but we will go there to win,” he added.Shastri heaped praise on current skipper Virat Kohli, who took a break from the limited-overs series against Sri Lanka after a massively successful year with the bat.”The great thing about Virat is his work ethic, his realisation of what kind of player he can become and what he it takes to become that player… And it has become part of his lifestyle.”What happens is, that when you have a captain in that frame of mind, wanting to achieve things others can only dream of. Then it rubs off on other players. Others want to emulate him. He wants to raise the bar for himself and he doesnt want any room for excuses,” said Shastri.The Indian team is signing off the year with 37 wins across all formats and Shastri said it has a lot to do with the cohesion in the dressing room.”The most important thing about the team is that this is a team and not an individual. The word I can be thrown out of the window. It is always we. Individuals can stay at home if they are not part of the team culture. No matter how big the individual. That is the difference with this team,” he said. PTI PM PDS KHS
By Aparajita UpadhyayNew Delhi, Dec 31 (PTI)Indian badminton is experiencing a golden period and the reason behind the spiralling success is the zeal of young players to experiment with new techniques, feels World Number 22 Tian Houwei.”Indian players earlier had no technique. But now things have changed. The young players are coming up with different techniques, they are taking badminton one step ahead,” Tian, a former World No. 6, told PTI.The 25-year-old from China, who had clinched the silver at the All England Championship last year, believes focus on fitness also helped a turn around in fortune for India in the sport.”A lot of new players are emerging from India who are playing very good matches. Every time they get down to play they pay attention to their fitness,” he said.”They learn something new from each game and work on it. They change their weakness into strengths.”Asked about the decline of Chinas dominance in world badminton, Tian said it is just a phase.”It is very normal. Like in India there is cricket, which is the most popular game. The players who practice more win more tournaments and thus India is dominant in cricket,” said the 2014 Asian Games silver medallist.”Its the same in badminton, players from other countries are praticing more than before. They are coming up with better games. So it is normal for other countries to focus on the game we do well. We cant expect China to remain dominant always.”The Badminton World Federation (BWF) had received a lot of flak after it made it mandatory for top shuttlers to play at least 12 tournaments in a revamped schedule for 2018.advertisementTian said there is no point talking about it.”I havent given it much thought. Yes, it is hectic but we have no option but to play,” said the 2009 World Junior Champion.Asked about the new service rule which will be tested starting with the All England Championship in 2018, Tian said it was a fair decision by the BWF.”I think the new service rule is a fair decision as earlier the players who are tall had the advantage to put the shorter players down with the service,” he said.”It does not affect me as I am not very tall or short but I think it is going to affect the Japanese players who have very short height.”The first Chinese player to participate in the Premier Badminton League (PBL), Tian also expressed his desire and passion to win the competition.”My expectation is to win the PBL this season. With the Delhi Dashers team I think I can achieve success,” Tian said. PTI APA ATK PDS
India’s best-known male supermodel from the 1990s, and contemporary fitness freak, Milind Soman, turned 52 on November 4. He has been open about his relationships over the years, and nothing seemed to be different when he introduced the world to his new partner, Ankita Konwar, to the world via a post of social media.All seemed to be going well with the couple and the world till Soman’s birthday on November 4. Soman’s fans from across the world conveyed their birthday wishes to him.Also Read: Throwback to all of Milind Soman’s past girlfriendsBut matters took an ugly turn when the actor shared a “Thank You” note in response to all the wishes he had recieved. The note came with the photo of him and Konwar, while they were holidaying in Oslo.Trolls on Twitter went berserk over the age gap between the couple.Milind soman’s Gf : hey ,i’ m 18 and my bf is 50 ! Is that bad ?Friend : u just spelled Dad wrong ??#MilindSoman- deeps (@deepikaseth1) November 6, 2017 Only thing I’ve to say about #MilindSoman’s Lolita moment is Eww. Garbage men pls stop preying on women your daughter’s age. Disgusted.- Priyanka (@autumnrainwish) November 6, 2017Some reports suggest Konwar is 18-years-old, while some say she could be no older than 23. But photos on Instagram and Twitter show Soman to be head over heels in love with this girl who’s said to be an air hostess. There are also reports of the two planning to tie the knot.advertisement#AniktaKonwar ‘s boyfriend #MilindSoman is older than her father.. Real life #CheeniKum..- Pritam Walvekar (@Pritamw) November 6, 2017At 40 #MilindSoman married a 26 yr. Old French actress.At 52 he is dating an 18 yr. Old lady.This superman loves to challenge himself.????- Anurag Gupta (@Anurag_aiims) November 6, 2017Soman and Konwar’s relationship was revealed a few months ago when the actor made his relationship public by posting pictures with her on his Instagram.How did she even became an air hostess already?? She’s just 18!#MilindSoman- ? (@Older_Monk) November 6, 2017″A relationship, it’s about both the people. And I don’t consider age at all for anything – whether its relationships, fitness or health or whatever,” said Soman earlier about the age gap between him and Konwar.Milind was a heartthrob in 1990s when he started modelling and then acted in television serials and movies. His love for extreme sports, especially marathons across the world, made him win the title of Iron Man. Soman last acted in Saif Ali Khan-starrer Chef.
Some things are irreplaceable.Sure, we have the Internet now, with innumerable amounts of information just a click away. Sports fans can queue any score of any game, often times the entire game in live time or perpetually on YouTube.But for fans of baseball, football, basketball, and hockey, nothing quite ever substituted for those lovable thick little Complete Handbook paperbacks that Zander Hollander would write, year after year, from 1971 to 1997.Analyzing team by team in each of the four major American sports, Hollander would write interesting vignettes on a handful of the most interesting players.Then, Hollander had a stroke, then Alzheimer’s disease, but he lived on for many years, and passed away last week at age 91.Those little books were something special. And no newspaper, periodical, or website, has yet to emerge to equal their appeal.RIP, Zander.TweetPinShare0 Shares
NEW YORK — With two outs and the bases loaded in the ninth inning, Martin Prado fouled off three straight fastballs from power pitcher Daniel Webb. To settle himself, he looked into the Yankees dugout and saw his new teammates standing at the railing, cheering him on.“They give you a little extra,” Prado said.Prado worked the count full and then lined a single up the middle, lifting New York to a 4-3, come-from-behind victory over the Chicago White Sox on the night of Aug. 22.“One of the biggest moments in my career, not personal-wise. Just getting a win for the Yankees means a lot,” said Prado, who was obtained in a trade with Arizona on July 31.Prado also hit a two-run homer in the third, and Jacoby Ellsbury had an RBI double in the fifth off John Danks after Chicago’s Jose Abreu connected for a three-run shot in the first against Shane Greene.Ichiro Suzuki started the ninth with a single and advanced on a sacrifice. After Derek Jeter lined out, Webb (5-4) intentionally walked Ellsbury and walked Mark Teixeira before Prado’s hit touched off a raucous celebration near second base.“I thought it was a game we had to win,” left fielder Brett Gardner said of the Yankees, who are the fringes of the AL playoff race.David Robertson (2-4) struck out two in a perfect ninth, closing out New York’s fourth win in 11 games. Chicago (59-69) lost its fourth straight and fell a season-high 10 games under .500. “You get three runs in the first and not get any more. … that’s how you lose,” White Sox designated hitter Adam Dunn said.After talking about how Cuban ballplayers admired the Yankees growing up because of their success, Abreu impressed New York with his 33rd homer in the first at-bat of his career at Yankee Stadium.Two innings later, Danks yielded Prado’s long ball, his AL-leading 24th homer given up. The right-hander allowed three runs, upping his total to a league-high 87, in five-plus innings.Greene recovered nicely after giving up three straight hits to start the game, including Abreu’s homer. He allowed a career-high nine hits in five-plus innings and struck out seven.Gardner made a strong throw to nail Alexei Ramirez at the plate — a call upheld by video review — to keep it 3-all in the sixth.(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
NEW YORK — Staring at the New York Jets’ 2-10 record, no one is happy these days.Not the players, not the people who root for them, and certainly not coach Rex Ryan.“I’m embarrassed for myself, absolutely,” Ryan said during a conference call. “It’s an embarrassment. It’s definitely embarrassing to me. I feel like I’ve let my owner down. I’ve let our fan base down.”Ryan could be facing his final four games with the franchise he led to consecutive AFC title games in his first two years. New York will miss the postseason for the fourth straight time, and owner Woody Johnson will have some huge decisions to make.Ryan and General Manager John Idzik have been widely criticized for leading a team with the second-worst record in the NFL — tied with the likes of Jacksonville, Tampa Bay and Tennessee.One group of fed-up fans started a website calling for Idzik to be fired and raised money to put up billboards near MetLife Stadium. The latest insists Johnson should sell the team if he doesn’t fire Idzik after this season.After controlling the clock and the ground game for most of the night, the Jets made too many mistakes in the end to hold on in a 16-13 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Dec. 1 in front of a nearly half-empty stadium.It’s a far cry from just a few years ago, when Ryan was a larger-than-life figure in New York-area sports, appearing on late-night television programs, getting a cameo in an Adam Sandler movie and being a best-selling author with a book tour.Now, in his sixth season, Ryan gets questions that once seemed so unimaginable: Does he think he’ll be back with the Jets next season?“It’s easy for me to pick, to say, ‘Yeah, absolutely,’” Ryan said. “But I get it. The year hasn’t gone anywhere close to what we were thinking. I’m going to focus on beating Minnesota. I’m not worried about anything else but that.”These last four games might be sort of an audition for Ryan, who could be a prime candidate to land another job as a head coach or defensive coordinator in the NFL. Or maybe even a high-paying TV gig.“I don’t think that way,” Ryan insisted. “My job is not to worry about myself. My job is to get this team prepared to the best of my ability, and that’s what I plan on doing.”So, next up for Ryan and the Jets are the Vikings in Minnesota. Geno Smith, who threw just 13 passes Monday, will get the start again.Smith was benched for three games in favor of Michael Vick before Dec. 1. Leading up to the game, Ryan said the switch back to Smith was the right move for the team, presumably so the Jets could further evaluate the second-year quarterback.Then, Smith was just 7-of-13 for 65 yards as New York ran the ball 49 times for 277 yards to try to offset Miami’s tough pass rush. So, did Ryan learn anything about Smith’s performance?“No, he only threw 13 passes,” Ryan joked. “I’m just kidding. I know you guys don’t see the humor in it, but to me I do, because you guys seem to think that the game plan was for us to just throw 13 passes. That wasn’t the game plan. The game plan was to try to establish the run, and when you have that kind of success running, that helps the football team, and that’s why we stayed the course.”Ryan insisted the run-heavy approach wasn’t an indication that the Jets have no faith in Smith’s ability to make plays with his arm.But Smith had only eight attempts the entire game until the Jets’ final drive — which ended with an interception, Smith’s 11th of the season.“Again, we weren’t trying to just put Geno Smith back there 13 times,” Ryan said. “If that’s the case, if we can run for 300 yards again this week, I would love to sign up for it. We’re just trying to find a way to give us a chance to win the football game, and I thought we did that. It’s just unfortunate we came up short.”(DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
NEW YORK — As the New York Yankees close in on their first clinching celebration in three years, they know the back end of their bullpen gives them a chance to go deep into October.Justin Wilson, Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller each pitched a perfect inning to preserve the lead Adam Warren handed over and complete a three-hitter in a Sept. 26th 2-1 win over the Chicago White Sox.“Today’s game is the recipe, minus the home run,” Alex Rodriguez said.Chase Headley and A-Rod hit consecutive RBI doubles off John Danks in the sixth inning. Jose Abreu had driven in Chicago’s run with one of three singles in the first off Warren (7-7), who didn’t allow another hit and won for the first time since July 25.Closing in on its first postseason berth since 2012, New York (85-69) surpassed last year’s wins total, stayed four games behind AL East-leading Toronto (89-65) with eight games remaining and maintained a 4 1/2-game lead over Houston for the top AL wild card.“I’m excited to celebrate and taste some of the champagne,” Betances said.With the Yankees likely headed to a one-game wild-card playoff, Manager Joe Girardi hopes his players will celebrate when they clinch. It’s an accomplishment,” he said.Still, it’s not what the Yankees envisioned when they led the division by seven games before play on July 29. This would mark the first time New York failed to finish first in a season in which it led by more than six games.Yankees relievers have struck out an AL-record 573 batters, two more than the previous mark for bullpens set by New York last year and 16 shy of the big league record established by Colorado in 2012. Wilson and Miller each fanned two.“If I go out there and have a clean seventh, Dellin wants to do something better than I did, and the same for Andrew. We feed off each other, and it’s kind of like a brotherhood,” Wilson said. “With Dellin behind me and Andrew behind him, of course it breeds confidence.”Shaking off second-half control and command issues, Betances has a 1.36 ERA. Miller, who got his 36th save in 38 chances, is at 1.97.“It’s just mentality,” Betances said. “I was getting behind, in certain counts, and I didn’t want to make a mistakes, especially with guys on. I didn’t want to give up the lead any time I was in. Today I was just being aggressive in the zone.”Wilson has thrown seven 1-2-3 innings, while Miller has 23 and Betances 24, according to STATS.“There’s no way that we have this opportunity without those three guys,” Girardi said.Warren retired 11 consecutive batters before walking the bases loaded in the fifth, then got out of the jam by striking out Abreu.He lasted six innings and 88 pitches in his third outing since returning to the rotation. He has a 6.88 ERA in the first inning of his 17 starts along with a .357 opponents’ batting average, but a 2.96 ERA and .218 average after.Danks (7-14) held the Yankees to three singles until the sixth, when Jacoby Ellsbury singled leading off and stole second. Headley doubled on a hop into the White Sox bullpen in left-center, and Rodriguez doubled when he hit a hard two-hop bouncer off the glove of third baseman Mike Olt, who tried for a backhand snare. The ball bounced into the seats as Headley scored for a 2-1 lead.“It had a lot of topspin, and it just ate up the third baseman,” Rodriguez said.A-Rod, who turns 40 in July, also swiped his fourth base this season. “One for the old guy,” he said. “Every once in a while, the slowest man in baseball sneaks in a stolen base.”(RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
NEW YORK — For 40 minutes, Jack Capuano stood behind the bench and seethed at his team’s performance.So, the New York Islanders’ coach decided he wasn’t going to go into the dressing room after the second period.“Let the guys handle it,” Capuano said, shortly after Cal Clutterbuck scored the tie-breaking goal with 1:39 remaining to cap New York’s three-goal third period, lifting the Islanders to a 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on March 14.“They have to play the game.”Kyle Okposo and Josh Bailey scored earlier in the third as the Islanders scored all their goals in a 5 1/2-minute stretch after trailing 2-0 heading to the final period.Thomas Greiss finished with 23 saves as the Islanders snapped a two-game skid and pulled one point behind the crosstown-rival Rangers for second place in the Metropolitan Division.“It was a huge win for us,” Okposo said. “Everyone around us is getting points every night. We are fighting for home ice and fighting to get into the playoffs, so every win is big.”New York also increased its lead to four points over Pittsburgh – fourth in the division and holding the Eastern Conference’s top wild-card spot. The Islanders visit the Penguins on March 15.“Every game going forward gets better,” Bailey said.While the Islanders were celebrating the come-from-behind win, Florida was trying to come to terms with what took place in the third period.The Panthers fell to 38-22-9 with the loss, and dropped to third place in the Atlantic Division.“You lose a game like that (and) you’re going to be (upset),” said Gerard Gallant.Aleksander Barkov had a goal and an assist, Nick Bjugstad added a goal, and Jonathan Huberdeau had two assists for the Panthers. Roberto Luongo stopped 25 shots.“We looked great in the first two periods,” said Bjugstad. “It was such a high in the first two periods. Very disappointing.”Okposo got the Islanders on the scoreboard with his 18th of the season with 7:10 remaining. Bailey tied it 1:21 later with his 12th of the season.Clutterbuck’s side-of-the-net jam shot then gave New York the lead.“I’ve been lucky this year,” Clutterbuck said. “I just try and get pucks on net and create chaos. Those (are) the kind of (plays) where the pucks (wind) up in the back of the net.“I’m pretty lucky.”Florida had an 11-5 advantage on shots in the first period, with Barkov tapping Alex Petrovich’s diagonal cross-ice feed past Greiss for his 22nd goal with 4:49 to go.Bjugstad made it 2-0 with a power-play goal as he one-timed a pass from Barkov 8:03 into the second period for his 11th of the season.“Greiss was great,” Bailey said. “In those situations you just want your goalie to hang on for your. He did that and kept us in the game.”The Panthers finished the game 1 for 2 on the man advantage, and they killed both New York power plays.While the Panthers spent much of the first two periods playing in New York’s end of the ice, the Islanders did not make Luongo expend much energy.Loungo only had to make 11 saves in the first 40 minutes, and his toughest stops came early in the third period as he stonewalled Brock Nelson and Shane Prince.Later in the period, Luongo stopped Anders Lee at the goalmouth. New York finished with a 28-25 advantage on shots.“In the third, we played to our identity,” Capuano said. “We were fortunate to get some bounces and we got two points.”(DENIS P. GORMAN)TweetPinShare0 Shares
OAKLAND, California (AP) — Kevin Durant drove through the lane untouched for dazzling dunks. He dished off even when he could have slammed it home, and did it all on defense.Oh, he hit from long range, too.What a dominant NBA Finals opener with the Warriors.Durant finished with 38 points, eight rebounds and eight assists to lead Golden State past LeBron James and the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers, 113-91 on Thursday night in Game 1.As this highly anticipated rematch tipped off at last, the biggest difference from last year was clear.“KD,” James said.Closer look at tonight’s win 👀 #StrengthInNumbers pic.twitter.com/0vGi9nDXQT— GoldenStateWarriors (@warriors) June 2, 2017Stephen Curry did his share by scoring 28 points with six 3-pointers and 10 assists as this sure-to-be thrilling trilogy began, a long-expected, spectacular grand finale envisioned ever since that July day Durant left Oklahoma City to join the loaded Warriors.“We could be a lot better than we were tonight but in the Finals you get a ‘W,’ we’ll take it,” Durant said.James wound up with 28 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists a day after dealing with bigotry far away from basketball. Someone painted a racial slur on the gate of his Los Angeles home, leaving James to address racism rather than his seventh straight Finals appearance or stopping KD. James said he would do his best to be ready for the series opener when his mind was elsewhere, concerned for his wife and children back in Ohio.“We did a great job of covering the 3-point line but other than that they played a hell of a game,” James said.Durant punished Cleveland for leaving him free, taking the ball to the hoop for emphatic dunks as a man on a mission to deliver what he came for: a championship. He had six slams in the first half alone for the Warriors, who at 13-0 are already the first team to go this far in a postseason unblemished.“They’re the best I’ve ever seen,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. “They’re 13-0. They’re constantly breaking records every year.”Game 2 in the series is Sunday night back at Oracle Arena with its deafening sellout crowd.Once his night was finally done, Durant found mother Wanda at the end of the Warriors bench and held her in a warm embrace.He had won the first battle with King James.LIVE: Postgame Press Conference with Coach Mike Brown. More postgame coverage airing now on @NBCSAuthentic. https://t.co/ogddrR9gYE— GoldenStateWarriors (@warriors) June 2, 2017“Those are two big household names, so we know you guys and the fans are going to want to see that and pick up on it,” said acting Warriors coach Mike Brown, facing a Cleveland franchise that fired him not once but twice. “I’m sure LeBron probably thinks he could play better, and you tip your hat off to KD.”Kyrie Irving, who hit the deciding 3-pointer with Curry’s hand in his face last June as Cleveland rallied from a 3-1 series deficit to win its first championship, scored 24 points on 10-of-22 shooting. Kevin Love grabbed 21 rebounds and scored 15 points, while Tristan Thompson was held scoreless and to four boards.Durant’s only other Finals ended at the hands of LeBron and Miami in 2012. He shot 14 for 26 in his fifth 30-point performance this postseason, receiving a rousing ovation when he sat down for good with 2:16 remaining.Curry sported a fresh haircut for the occasion and the two-time reigning MVP initially wore a black sleeve on his shooting arm to protect a tender elbow that still had some swelling, but he quickly removed it and found his stroke. He shot 11 for 22, 6 of 11 on 3s.”They’re tough at home. We know that.” – Coach Lue#DefendTheLand pic.twitter.com/RP5RUblwju— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) June 2, 2017The sleeve didn’t feel right, but Curry joked of his arm wear, “As a little kid I always wanted to be like Allen Iverson and that was the only way I could really come close.”This marks the first time in NBA history the same two teams played in three straight Finals and just the fourth time it has happened in the four major sports leagues.Golden State finally warmed up after nine days off, while the Cavs had a six-day break since beating Boston in the Eastern Conference finals.Warriors starting center Zaza Pachulia returned after missing the final two games at San Antonio with a bruised right heel and contributed eight points and six rebounds.Golden State’s four turnovers tied an NBA Finals low.TIP-INSCavaliers: James’ 3-pointer in the third quarter moved him past Reggie Miller (320) for second place on the NBA postseason list, which is led by Ray Allen with 385. … Cleveland committed 12 of its 20 turnovers in the first half — “20 in the Finals is not going to get it done,” Irving said.Warriors: Coach Steve Kerr had hoped to feel well enough to return to the bench but stayed behind the scenes in the locker room as he continues to deal with complications from back surgery nearly two years ago. … Curry became the fifth player in NBA history with 300 career playoff 3s after coming in with 295. … Klay Thompson, playing more stellar defense while missing all five of his 3-point tries and scoring just six points, notched his 77th career postseason game to tie Jeff Mullins for most in franchise history.___JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports WriterMore AP NBA: www.apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketballTweetPinShare0 Shares
What to watch in the leading soccer competitions in Europe this weekend:___ENGLANDAfter playing three games each inside 10 days, the Premier League teams are straight back in action as they enter the FA Cup.The third round opens on Friday night with a Merseyside derby and Manchester United taking on second-tier Derby. Liverpool hosts Everton with Philippe Coutinho ruled out through injury, just as he is linked with a January transfer window move to Barcelona.Jamie Vardy could be denied a fairytale return with Leicester to third-tier Fleetwood on Saturday due to a groin injury. The England striker joined from the then non-league club in 2012 and went to score the goals that powered Leicester to its shock Premier League title in 2016.Premier League leader Manchester City, which is pursuing a quadruple, hosts Burnley on Saturday when 2017 league champion Chelsea goes to Norwich. Arsenal’s cup defense opens Sunday at second-tier Nottingham Forest. AFC Wimbledon faces Tottenham at Wembley 30 years after shocking Liverpool to win the 1988 final in the old stadium.The third round ends on Monday with Brighton hosting Premier League rival Crystal Palace.— By Rob Harris in London.___SPAINAtletico Madrid resumes its chase of leader Barcelona, assisted by the successful return of Diego Costa. The former Chelsea striker’s second debut was delayed by Atletico’s transfer ban, but after missing the first half of the season he scored on his return to action on Wednesday against Lleida in the Copa del Rey. Costa is expected to start when Diego Simeone’s team hosts Getafe in the league on Saturday.Atletico is nine points behind Barcelona, which hosts Levante on Sunday. Third-place Valencia, 11 points off the lead, hosts Girona on Saturday, while fourth-place Real Madrid is at Celta Vigo on Sunday. Madrid, the defending champion, is 14 points behind Barcelona with a game in hand.— By Tales Azzoni in Madrid.___ITALYMassimiliano Allegri faces the team he established his coaching career with when Juventus visits Cagliari on Saturday. In 2008-09, Allegri guided Cagliari to ninth place, the Sardinian club’s best Serie A result in nearly 15 years.Allegri joined AC Milan in 2010 and won the league during his first season at the San Siro. Since moving to Juventus in 2014, he has won three straight titles.Second-place Juventus enters on a six-match unbeaten streak, while Cagliari is struggling in 15th place, five points above the relegation zone.Leader Napoli begins the second half of the season by hosting Hellas Verona, which is second from the bottom. Perhaps the best matchup of the weekend features fourth-place Roma against Atalanta, which just eliminated Napoli from the Italian Cup. New Torino coach Walter Mazzarri — who replaced the fired Sinisa Mihajlovic on Thursday — makes his debut against Bologna.— By Andrew Dampf in Rome.___FRANCEParis Saint-Germain starts its bid to win a fourth consecutive French Cup with a trip to Rennes on Sunday.PSG traveled to the Brittany side before the winter break and secured a comfortable 4-1 league win on the back of a solid performance from Neymar, who scored twice and turned provider for Kylian Mbappe and striker Edinson Cavani.With a nine-point lead at the top of the French league standings, PSG remains on course for an unprecedented quadruple. Unai Emery’s side has qualified for the knockout stage of the Champions League and is involved in both domestic cups.PSG’s short trip to Rennes is one of three matches between topflight clubs. Strasbourg hosts Dijon and Nice visits Toulouse in the round of 64.— By Samuel Petrequin in Paris.TweetPinShare0 Shares
IBASE Technology will be debuting brand new AMD Ryzen Embedded R1000-based AIoT solutions at the coming SPS IPC Drives Italia exhibition.Utilizing the power-efficient AMD Ryzen Embedded R1606G processor, the SI-323-N embedded system will be used in the demonstration of an AIoT application for facial recognition at the IBASE stand. This compact and fanless system supports three HDMI 2.0 outputs with independent audio and hardware EDID, as well as IBASE’s own iCONTROL intelligent green and Observer monitoring technologies. Another AMD Ryzen Embedded R1000-based IB918 3.5-inch SBC for various applications such as AIoT, gaming, POS, kiosks, digital signage, and factory automation will also be debuted at the show.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Sensirion: miniaturized CO2 sensorNext Acceed: GPU-PC gains performance from graphics card
STMicroelectronics is further increasing the market appeal of its STM32 microcontroller family by launching the MadeForSTM32 label for qualified, reviewed, and approved products from ST Partners in the development ecosystem.Engineers designing with microcontrollers – the tiny electronic “brains” inside all kinds of smart objects – rely on the ecosystem that provides configuration and development tools, ready-to-use software examples and libraries, and circuit boards to prototype their applications and bring them into production.For many designers, the quality and effectiveness of the ecosystem is an important factor when choosing among microcontroller manufacturers for current and future designs. ST’s STM32 family offers an already extensive and still expanding ecosystem that provides important software products and evaluation boards for developing with STM32 devices. Addressing the constant aim of helping customers find the best solution for their design, ST is launching the MadeForSTM32 program to review and qualify offerings from ST Partners within the STM32 ecosystem. The MadeforSTM32 label ensures that all products within the ecosystem are of consistently high quality.The SEGGER embOS and RoweBots UNISON RTOS real-time operating systems have already been assessed and endorsed to become the first MadeForSTM32 approved pieces of embedded software. Other products are currently being evaluated.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Toposens launches TS3 ultrasonic sensor for cars, ADAS, robotsNext Microchip: NOR Flash devices with pre-programmed MAC addresses
Continue Reading Previous Tiny neural network model fits in edge devices for re-identification video applicationsNext Are standalone AI processors a dead end? Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Security Using acoustic networking to transfer data provides some unique benefits for a vast number of applications in a wide array of industries. Applications range from delivering a simple and low-cost entry system for public transport to facilitating peer-to-peer (P2P) payments between two connected parties. The fundamental properties of sound can work to enable a seamless exchange of data payloads across a range of physical environments.While the usability and time-saving capabilities of data-over-sound are well-understood, there remains a question from those assessing the viability of implementing this type of data transmission into their operations: Can information being transmitted over sound be protected from nearby eavesdroppers? On one hand, audio seems to be more secure than IP-based connectivity, which hackers can remotely penetrate. To put the question to bed, let’s look at the characteristics of sound and how industry-standard encryption can be applied to acoustic data transfer, rendering it secure and safe from the ears of unwanted listeners (Figure 1).Figure 1. The end-to-end process of encrypting and decrypting data sent over sound to provide quick and secure, peer-to-peer connectivity that can work completely offline.Acoustic vs. RF SecurityWhen understanding the potential of sound as a means for secure data exchanges, it is useful to grasp its fundamental security benefits and ability to perform just as securely as other forms of connectivity, such as RF. Acoustic data transfer enables localised connectivity, which can effectively reduce the area of potential attack. It doesn’t require IP-based connectivity to perform the transmission, which diminishes the risk of interference from remote hackers.Ultrasonic transmissions are also beneficial in environments that require secure near-field data transfer in sensitive or RF-saturated vicinities. Because sound doesn’t leak through walls, listeners in adjacent rooms or buildings can’t pick it up. This makes data-over-audio highly suited to areas such as industrial sites or hotel rooms where certain sensitive data must be kept within the confines of one space.In terms of regulatory considerations, offline acoustic transmissions are compliant with the parameters set by General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) information security rulings – an asset which removes further compliance concerns and is particularly valuable for those delivering consumer-facing applications.Encryption with a shared key (AES)Encryption makes data unreadable by anyone other than those with the keys to decode it. Networking technology like data-over-sound can provide the transport layer with an encryption algorithm applied to the data to further protect it from nearby listeners during transmission.We can take different approaches to data-over-audio depending on the use case, w. A popular approach is Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), one of the most widely-adopted encryption algorithms due to its proven security for a range of applications. The U.S. government were the first to adopt AES to keep classified information safe, and it is used in secure file transfer protocols including HTTPS and SSH. AES is particularly suitable as it doesn’t increase the size of the payload, which is useful for the low-bandwidth channel that acoustic networking provides.The first step in applying encryption to audio-based transmission is to determine the AES block size to use (128, 192, 256-bit), and pick a shared key to use on both the sender and receiver side. Next, an initialisation vector (IV) or a counter is required. This value should be different for each of the payloads being encrypted, otherwise this will not be secure for transmission.The way the IV is modified must be known by both parts and replicable, as you can only decrypt the data with the exact same IV. Finally, the encryption function on the data needs calling. This method will return the encrypted payload and will consist of the same length as the raw payload. Decrypting an AES ciphertext is much like the encryption process, just in the reverse order.Encryption with a public/private key infrastructure (RSA)The Rivest, Shamir and Adelman (RSA) algorithm is another way to encrypt data. It’s a strong technique for situations in which an individual wants to make a secure transaction to a trusted third party who already has the public keys, such as a bank or point of sale.Additionally, the third party is also able to verify their identity using the RSA signature. Once a message has been encrypted using the public key, it is only able to be decrypted by an additional key, also known as the private key.Time-based keying (TOTP)As an alternative to encryption, time-based one-time passwords (TOTP) can be used to create throwaway single-use keys. This approach is great for situations in which an individual needs a lightweight method to authenticate using a PIN, which is safe from the risk of replay attacks. It is, however, worth noting that this method requires a clock that is roughly synchronised to both devices being used for the encryption process.SummaryThere are several viable options when it comes to transmitting data securely and, as a result, there isn’t just one solution that outweighs them all. With various encryption options readily available, sound-based connectivity can be equally as secure as the likes of RF-based transmission, while also giving the user complete control over their encryption approaches. Depending on the situation or use case, data-over-sound transmission provides developers with a myriad of methods to build a tailor-made approach to security. As a result, developers can be confident that the method chosen is the correct one, and they can successfully enable secure data transmission using sound.Joe Todd is Head of Engineering at Chirp.>> This article was originally published on our sister site, EE Times: “Data Over Sound: Encryption is Key.”
Serbia and Costa Rica begin their World Cup campaigns on Sunday with the teams likely to adopt contrasting approaches to making the most of their limited resources at the tournament.Attack has proved something of a dirty word for some smaller nations in recent editions of the global showpiece with a packed defence often proving the greatest weapon for teams not blessed with the biggest talents.Costa Rica showed four years ago in reaching the quarter-finals that the ability to frustrate opponents with a far greater pedigree can take you a long way, as long as you can back up defensive organisation with Stakhanovite industry and a decent counter-punch.In Brazil, they conceded a meagre two goals in five games, beating Italy and Uruguay to top a group that also included England, before eventually falling to the Netherlands on penalties in the last eight.They have shown little in qualification for Russia or in their warmup matches to suggest they will now cast off the shackles and, given the sport’s recent history of rewarding teams who play it safe, they may feel there is little incentive to change.FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGETiny Iceland’s run to the quarters at Euro 2016 was the latest example of how caution has become the most reliable means of over-achieving and Costa Rica are seemingly designed according to that blueprint.They play with five at the back and pack the rest of the team with players who understand their defensive responsibilities.Yet while history has numerous examples of underdogs defying their status by defendeding en masse, there are far fewer occasions when minnows have excelled by casting caution to the wind.advertisementSerbia, however, are not built to defend and will hope their attacking talents can compensate for shortcomings at the back.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL FIXTURESTheir coach Mladen Krstajic is likely to stick with the adventurous 4-2-3-1 formation, which thrashed Bolivia 5-1 in their final warm-up on Saturday when in-form striker Aleksandar Mitrovic netted a hat-trick.The good news for Serbia is that Mitrovic and influential attacking midfielder Adem Ljajic have both recovered from minor knocks and trained with the rest of the team on Wednesday.Krstajic undoubtedly has plenty of midfield and attacking talent at his disposal, but it is a different story at the back.Creaking veterans like Branislav Ivanovic, who can become Serbia’s most capped player on Sunday with 104 international appearances, and Aleksandar Kolarov will need to rediscover their heyday if Serbia are to keep opponents at bay in Russia.They are likely to be joined at the back by the inexperienced yet highly-rated 20-year-old centre half Nikola Milenkovic, who has been dubbed the ‘new Nemanja Vidic’ after impressive performances in the build-up.Brazil are overwhelming favourites to top Group E, which also includes Switzerland, so a dogfight is likely to ensue to follow them into the knockouts — and defeat would leave the losers in a precarious position.
India’s Test captain Ajinkya Rahane has been put on standby for England tour as Rohit Sharma prepares to take the all-important yo-yo test on June 19.Yo-yo test is the fitness test that is compulsory for all players to pass in order to get a place in the Indian national team.Considering the developing intensity of the game of cricket and the culture of fitness coming in the dressing room, with captain Virat Kohli leading from the front, Ravi Shastri and the Indian team management have set their yo-yo parameter on 16.1.A player must clock at least 16.1 in the test to be eligible to play for Team India.With the long overseas tour of England coming up, all the players selected for the tour are undergoing the Yo-Yo test. Rohit is preparing to take the test at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru amidst clouds of his fitness. He had taken prior permission from BCCI for it to be done on 19th. Rohit Sharma will undergo the fitness test ahead of India’s gruelling overseas tour of England. (Reuters file Photo)Reports suggest that Rohit failed the yo-yo test twice during the Indian Premier League last month and that is why Rahane has been asked to stay ready in case Rohit needs to be replaced.Recently, Suresh Raina was called in as replacement for Ambati Rayudu for the ODI series against England after the latter failed to clear the fitness test.Rayudu had forced his way back into the Indian team after a spectacular IPL season where he scored where he scored 602 runs. But it was the fitness test that pushed him back into obscurity.advertisementHowever, Rayudu was not the first big name to have failed the yo-yo test. Before Rayudu, Mohammed Shami failed the test and was dropped from India’s squad for the one-off Test versus Afghanistan. Navdeep Saini had replaced him in the squad.Even Sanju Samson was dropped from India A’s squad for the England A tour and was replaced by Ishan Kishan in the touring squad.At a CoA (Committee of Administrators) meeting, General Manager Saba Karim was asked why the yo-yo tests were being conducted after the selections, given how big names have failed the test.It was then explained that the situation had risen because tests could not be conducted in middle of IPL and the selections had to go ahead in that time itself.However, CoA has now decided that yo-yo tests will be conducted before the selection meeting in future so as to avoid the situation where players have to be dropped on the basis of their fitness.(With inputs from Rasesh Mandani)
Oppo finally announced the Find X flagship for the Indian market on Thursday at an event in New Delhi. The Find X is the first smartphone in the Find-series since seven years and it is every bit as futuristic as you expect it to be. Oppo has crammed in a number of 2018 trends which includes a full-screen, bezel-less display on a phone that’s almost entirely made up of glass. But what sets the Find X apart from pretty much every other Android flagship today is that there is no notch to be found here. What you get instead is a whopping 93.8 per cent screen-to-body ratio, a motorised camera system and some flagship-grade hardware, all for Rs 59,990.Oppo announced that the Find X will cost Rs 59,990 and will be available in Glacier Blue and Bordeaux Red. The flagship will go on sale starting August 3 on Flipkart and across offline stores in India. Pre-orders for the phone will begin on July 25 on Flipkart. The e-commerce site will also offer gift vouchers worth Rs 3,000 on purchase of the Find X. The company also announced a special Oppo Find X Lamborghini Edition that comes with 8GB + 256GB configuration and SuperVOOC fast charging.The Oppo Find X brings what the company calls a Stealth 3D Camera, which is a slider mechanism that raises the three cameras from the top of the phone in about 0.5 seconds when unlocking using 3D facial recognition and whenever you need to use the camera app. Unlike the little pop-up selfie camera on the Vivo NEX, the Find X has the whole top of the phone slide up revealing the front camera, dual rear cameras and a bunch of other sensors that include infrared camera, dot projector and flood illuminator. This allows for what Oppo calls 3D Structured Light Face Recognition Technology which unlocks the phone with greater accuracy and safety compared to ordinary facial recognition tech.advertisementThe Find X has a 3D glass design that curves around the sides and edges similar to the Galaxy S9. It sports a tall 6.4-inch 1080p+ OLED display with a panoramic arc screen and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The Find X also brings the best hardware you can find inside a 2018 Android phone which includes a Snapdragon 845 chipset, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. The Find X runs Android 8.1 Oreo-based Colour OS 5.1 and is backed by a 3,730 mAh battery with support for VOOC fast charging and Type-C port. Notably, the special Lamborghini edition comes with a smaller 3,400mAh battery and supports SuperVOOC fast charging.The cameras fitted in the slider mechanism includes a 25-megapixel AI-enhanced front sensor with 3D portrait lighting features an Animoji-like feature that Oppo calls Omoji. The dual rear camera setup includes a 16-megapixel primary sensor and a 20-megapixel secondary sensor with OIS. While the Find X looks stunning and is everything one would want from a 2018 flagship, we’ll know how the motorised system works and whether it is capable of surviving everyday wear and tear after an in-depth look.
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