Guwahati, Apr 28 (PTI) Bharat Ratna Prof C N R Rao today advised the students Gauhati University to cope with upcoming challenges with defined goals and urged them to take science and good education to the deprived children.Delivering the 26th convocation address of the University, Rao appealed the degree holders to take science as well as good education to the doors of the deprived children, specially in the villages.”I hope that those of you who are interested in science and research will not give up this ambition. You can become a scientist at any stage of your life. It does not matter what degree you have, whether it is a science degree or an engineering degree,” he said.Assam Governor and Chancellor of the University Banwarilal Purohit said “Gauhati University has scaled heights of honour and glory and in the recent NIRF (2017) by MHRD, it has secured the 27th rank among Universities in India.””This is a proud moment and the credit for it goes to the students, the faculty and the administration collectively.He asked the students to build a strong moral character and display highest degree of honesty in personal and professional life and contribute to make India corruption free.It was a moment of jubilation and pride for 1,400 students of the University who were conferred bachelors, masters, MPhil and PhD degrees in the convocation.Prof Rao and veteran Assamese litterateur Nilmani Phookan were awarded with D.Litt (Honoris Causa), while renowned Assamese classical dance artiste Hem Chandra Goswami, artist and painter Col Jiten Hazarika, social activist, lyricist and film maker from Arunachal Pradesh Nabam Tata and social activist and sports personality from Nagaland Tasile N Zeliang were honoured with Doctorate degree (Honoris Causa).advertisementVice Chancellor of the University Dr Mridul Hazarika said “Gauhati University represent the indomitable spirit of the people of Assam and their untiring efforts to realise their dreams of having an institute of higher learning in this region.” PTI ESB DKB
Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma was pleased as punch following their thrilling Super Over win over Gujarat Lions at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot. This after Mumbai Indians were bowled out for 153 in reply to Gujarat Lions’ 153/9.In the Super Over, Mumbai posted 11 batting first but Jasprit Bumrah gave nothing away to defend the target against Aaron Finch and Brendon McCullum. Highlights”Very good birthday present, great game of cricket. Never been part of Super Over, that’s something we have learnt as well,” Rohit said at the post match presentation ceremony.Let’s start the celebrations! #CricketMeriJaan #HappyBirthdayRohit pic.twitter.com/93otqwFNV3- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 29, 2017Rohit further garnered praises on man-of-the-match Krunal Pandya for maintaining his cool till the end of Mumbai’s chase.”We got off to a good start, were sitting pretty until the 10th over, knew the wicket was getting slower and the target was going to be tough. We knew they would bowl well, losing wickets wasn’t great, but Krunal did very well to stay till the end,” he said.The Mumbai skipper, who turned 30 today, rued lack of partnership.”We wanted to build partnerships, but after the first wicket, we didn’t get those, it was a slight let-down. Conditions keep changing, we have to adapt. Never expected the wicket to be so slow, hats off to the guys who kept us in the game. Momentum plays a big part, the last match – we lost by 3 runs, we have great talent, it’s just about playing to our potential, it was a tough match, but we kept ourselves ahead,” he said.advertisementRAINA IN AWE OF BUMRAHGujarat skipper Raina credited Bumrah for his brilliant performance in the Super Over.”Very exciting game. Bumrah bowled a very good over. With that reverse swing and accuracy, you can’t do much. The wicket was pretty slow and we tried hard,” Raina said.Raina rued low score for the loss but praised his team’s bowlers for their fightback.”We lost a couple of wickets up front but we bowled well. We came back really strongly, despite losing Andrew Tye. Honestly, we didn’t put up a good score. All credit to the bowlers for bringing us back. I haven’t seen Tye’s injury yet,” he said.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has insisted that despite security threats, they are ready to send their cricket team to play a series in India.PCB chairman Shahryar Khan said on Thursday alleged that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is not ready to let the Indian team play against Pakistan even in India.”We are ready to play in India, but the Board of Control for Cricket in India is not ready to let the Indian team play against us even in their own country,” Dawn quoted Khan as saying.He maintained that even the International Cricket Council (ICC) accepts that a series between the two arch rivals is the most important series in the cricketing world as it generates “the most” revenue.”A series between Pakistan and India generates the most revenue, even the ICC accepts that,” Khan said.”We will keep our programmes as they are, but not playing a series against India does hurt our revenue generation,” he added.Last week, the PCB had sent a legal notice to its Indian counterpart for failing to honour the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the two cricket boards in 2014.According to the 2014 agreement, India were scheduled to play six series against Pakistan, four of them were going to be Pakistan’s home series, subject to clearance from the Government of India.”Nowhere in the contract that we signed with BCCI does it say that playing against Pakistan is subject to their government’s permission,” Khan said.advertisementWhile the BCCI has repeatedly snubbed Pakistan’s request for resumption of ties, the PCB wants the Indian cricket board to honour its commitment of six series between 2015-2023 under the MoU signed, which is subjected to clearance from the Government of India.Despite not playing a full-fledged bilateral series against Pakistan since the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai, the arch-rivals have played each other a number of times in the ICC events, with the most recent coming at the 2016 ICC T20 World Cup.
After having driven the 530d for a day, I was quite surprised that BMW would be moving in a direction so completely different from what it professes to be its DNA. While the 530d was everything one can ask for in a car, loaded to its gills with technology and rearing to go, it was devoid of the hair raising sportiness one would expect from a Bimmer. Agreed the days of the skull-rattling stiffness of suspension and arm numbing weight of the steering were well and truly gone starting from the sixth generation cars itself, but one expected the top-of-the-line diesel-engined car to be a bit wilder, to have a bit more bite, a bit more directness, a bit more edge and a bit more of the BMW character.The 540i also comes with the same 3-litre 6 inline engine but with upgraded power and torque output. So when I got behind the wheel of the 540i, I did not once imagine what I was letting myself in for. I did notice the M-Sport badging on the front fender despite its tiny size. The black 19-in alloy wheels shod with 245/40 R19 Michelin Primacy 3 rubber were a little hard not to notice though as was the M-sport badging on the steering wheel. The interiors were much more sporty than the 530d but I am sure we can have the diesel engined car with M-sport frills and goodies as well.What I also noticed was that the same inline 6-cylinder direct injection engine with a twin scroll turbocharger, fully variable valve control and variable camshaft timing on both cams belted out 340bhp which came in at 5500rpm and stayed for a full thousand rpm till 6500rpm.advertisementSteering warmer sits above the M-Sport logo. The heavens had opened up in Lisbon much like they do during the monsoons in Mumbai and the mountainous roads were devoid of traffic. The engine let out a loud growl before letting loose on the road to the western-most point in Europe, Cabo de Roca.Starting with throttle response which is immediate and wholesome, the steering which is direct and well weighted, feeling much more like the hydraulic assisted units of yore, and the car which felt light and agile like a sports car, the experience of driving the 7th generation 5-series was totally changed from the tech laden beast of the day before.The interiors are just the same and the new app-based layout on the infotainment system is clearly visible. The huge heads-up display that felt reassuring felt overt and obtrusive and I had to shut it down. I switched off all assists and all the new fangled technology was asked to go to sleep and here was pure motoring from the evening before when I had driven the first three generations of the 5-series. Only that this was much much faster, much more involved and surprisingly as comfortable as the old cars. Not that the roads in Portugal are as bad as those in India but they are not as smooth as the German autobahns either and despite the ultra low profile rubber the car seemed to be riding really well. The beauty of the 540i is that despite the extra power, the car is more efficient than ever before and all the presentations of about how the 100kg lighter 7th gen car was more agile than before suddenly seemed to come true for the new 5-series. For the enhusiast, this has to be the car to wait for. VERDICTFor those interested in the true sporty BMW with added luxury, the 540i fits the bill. The lighter car is more agile and steering is direct thereby making it a driver’s car. Again, it too comes loaded with all the additional assistance systems but it seems BMW has got everything right with the 540i, while moving in the direction of comfort and luxury but retaining the core of the BMW DNA.Also Read:2017 BMW 530d first drive review
Garbine Muguruza is aiming to become the first Spanish woman for 23 years to win Wimbledon – and yet again a Williams sister stands in her way.The 23-year-old stormed into the final by beating Magdalena Rybarikova on Thursday. Only one Spaniard has previously lifted the Wimbledon women’s title – Conchita Martinez, who has been coaching Muguruza at this tournament and cheered her to victory in her semi-final.It will be Muguruza’s second Wimbledon final. She will face five-times champion Venus Williams on Saturday, having been defeated in 2015 by Venus’ sister Serena, a seven-times winner.”I always stare at the wall where there are all the names of the previous winners. In the past years, you see the Williams surname a lot,” Muguruza said.”So I look forward to putting a Spanish name back there.””Facing Venus, you know, she won here like five times. She knows how to play, especially Wimbledon finals. It’s going to be a historic final again,” she said.Muguruza, the 14th seed, said she felt far better mentally prepared for the final this time.”I feel much more calm, am kind of controlling my emotions more than the last time,” said Muguruza, who won the French Open last year, saying that she was drawing on the experience of Martinez.”She’s helping me to deal with the stress of the tournament,” she said. “She knows how to prepare, how to train, what to do.”
Interest for FIFA Under-17 World Cup to be held in India later this year from October 6 to 24, is definitely building. Javier Ceppi, the FIFA Under-17 World Cup Local Organising Committee (LOC) technical director, announced that one lakh tickets have been sold till now in phase II of the official ticket sales. A total of 139,760 tickets were up for sale.”The fact that we have already sold 100,000 tickets for the World Cup when we are still 84 days from the start of the tournament, speaks volumes of the interest from fans into coming and watch the tournament. Ever since we opened the sales, it has defied the usual pattern for events here, where people wake up at the last minute and get the tickets then,” Ceppi said.The Phase II of the ticket sales had begun immediately after the official draw took place on July 7, with tickets being offered for the matches in Kochi and Kolkata, and were all sold out within three days. Tickets for Guwahati too are edging closer to exhausting its inventory in this phase.”We already have 100,000 fans that want to come to the stadiums, and it is very exciting. We are on the right track to show the whole world, full stadiums for the World Cup,” Ceppi added.
World number 2 Simona Halep is already in New York for the US Open Tennis Championship, starting August 28 but took to the baseball ground and threw the ceremonial first pitch at the New York Mets vs Arizona Diamondbacks baseball game at Citi Field.Halep looked visibly nervous and excited at the same time as she walked out to the mound with Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki.Halep’s first pitch fell just short of the home plate but Plawecki still caught it.Halep was recently trounced by Garbine Muguruza 6-1, 6-0 in the final of the Cincinnati Open on August 20 due to which she fell short of rising to the top of the WTA rankings ahead of the US Open.Earlier in the year, Halep had the chance of becoming world number 1 if she would have won the French Open but even there she lost 6-4, 4-6, 3-6 to Jelena Ostapenko.
New Delhi, Nov 9 (PTI) The organisers of the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon today conceded that severe air pollution at the National Capital was a concern but stuck to their guns of going ahead with the prestigious event on November 19.The head of the organisers, Vivek Singh said they were hoping for the air quality to improve in the next few days.”We accept there is an environmental issue and it a challenge for us. The air quality is not good at all and we are concerned about it. But we have to live with it and we are here to continue the race,” Singh, the joint managing director of Procam International, said.”ADHM is the most prestigious half marathon in the world. This is also the most attended single sports related event with 35,000 participants and cancelling this race will be a huge loss not only for sports but for the society, for this city,” he told reporters at a countdown to the race event. He said the issue of poor air quality was there last year also and the current situation will improve in the remaining 10 days. He added most of the participants would not be running long distance now (as training) and they would be in wind-down period. “There was a situation like this last year. The air quality improved towards the race day last year also. Olympic marathon champion (Eliud Kipchoge) ran and won the race last year. He also made a statement (that he wanted to run in a polluted city that that there was no need to worry). “Instead of cancelling, the stakeholders should ensure that the race continues come what may. It is basically a green event, which encourages active participation of the citizenry and accountability of the government. It is a platform to bring environmental awareness to the society. It also raises a huge amount of money for charity. It is the collective effort of several stakeholders,” he said.advertisementSingh said that none of the elite athletes from abroad have not complained or ask anything about the poor air quality till now and they all have confirmed their participation.He said three factors should dispel the doubts from certain quarters about the environmental issues and the possible harmful effect on the runners. “Thousands of cars and trucks will not be allowed to ply at a certain distance from the course of the race 12 hours before the start. Then, salt mixed with effluent treated water will wash the course to absorb the particulate matters. Third, from whatever we are hearing from the experts we are expecting a better weather in the next few days.” Singh, however, said his organisation would mull over changing the date of the race next year onwards. “Yes, this issue was identified last year. We will sit after this years race and see what will be the best window available, earlier or later than this current window.”Meanwhile, 35,000 runners will take part in the race, out of which 13,000 will be in the elite and amateur category. The USD 2,75,000 event will have four race categories — Half Marathon (elite and amateur), Great Delhi Run, 10K Run, Senior Citizens and Champions with Disability. This years race will witness a supreme battle between the best of Indian and international elite athletes. The mens elite race will see world marathon champion Geoffrey Kirui (2:08:27). Yigrem Delemash, the runner-up of last edition of ADHM, will challenge him for the title. The defending womens champion Worknesh Degefa (67:42) will also be in action along with the womens 10,000m world champion and Rio Olympics winner Almaz Ayana. The Indian challenge, on the other hand, will be led by mens defending champion G Lakshmanan who will be challenged by 2015 edition winner Nitender Singh Rawat.Olympian and Asian Athletics Championship 3000m steeplechase gold medallist Sudha Singh will be headlining the elite Indian womens line up. This years race will have eight Olympians, four of whom will be Indians. Four-time Olympic medallist swimmer Anthony Ervin will be the event ambassador while British sprint legend Linford Christie, who is being brought by Puma, will also be present on the race day. PTI PDS KHS KHS
Kolhapur, Nov 27 (PTI) Sethu Football Club (Madurai) brushed aside CM?s XI J&K State Sports Council 2-0 here today for its second straight win in the AIFF-Indian Women?s League Qualifying Group A tournament. Teenager Manisha and M Nandhini scored for Sethu FC, which is the only team from Tamil Nadu participating in the premier competition being organised by the All India Football Federation. The Group topper will qualify for the main draw. Sethu FC had opened their campaign in the five-team all-play-all Group with a 16-0 rout of Baroda Football Academy last week. R Sumithra scored in the opening minute but the goal was declared off-side. Manisha pumped in the opening goal in the 29th minute, scoring off a neat pass by Puja Karmakar from the right wing. Sethu FC breached the rival defence for their second goal in the 79th minute, set up beautifully by Velanie Fernandes and Laura Estibeiro from the mid-field with the finishing touches provided by Nandhini, who came on as substitute for Sumithra. The margin would have been bigger today had the side not wasted several scoring opportunities, especially in the first half. Captain Rutuja Gunwant was elated about the win. “We have been working hard for the past three months,” she said. Sethu FC will next meet Indira Gandhi AS&E (Pondicherry) on December 1. PTI SS RC
New Delhi, Dec 1 (PTI) Indian boxings national observer Akhil Kumar today rejected insinuation of conflict of interest in his appointment, saying that casting aspersions on him is unfair as he is neither a beneficiary of government schemes nor a part of the national camp.Reacting sharply to reports that his appointment by the Sports Ministry was against the rules, Akhil, a former Commonwealth Games gold-medallist and World Cup bronze- medallist, told PTI that the controversy has left him flummoxed.”People say that top-level sportspersons should come into the mainstream to promote sports in India. When we are doing that, controversies are being created,” Akhil, who is no longer an amateur boxer and has turned professional, said.”When I competed in my last amateur boxing competition, which was Asian Games 2014, and reached round of 16, people said he is a veteran with lots of injuries, his sporting career is over,” he recalled.”Being an experienced Olympian and veteran boxer, the Government of India has appointed me as a National Observer but now people are saying I am an active sportsperson preparing for CWG and Asian Games 2018,” he laughed.The 36-year-old, who was a quarterfinalist in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, had recently recommended youth boxer Shashi Chopra into the national camp. The Haryana-teen went on to win a gold medal at the youth World Championships last month.”For the information of my well-wishers, I have not participated in any national and international tournament since Asian Games 2014. I am just pursuing my professional boxing career,” he explained.advertisementAkhil was among the 12 current and former athletes, who were made national observers in March this year to ensure better monitoring of Olympic sports.”At present, I am not an active amateur sportsperson. I am competing in professional boxing which has no concern with the Boxing Federation of India, SAI and GOI. Pro Boxing has no concern with government funding or national camps,” he said.The national observers include the likes of Olympic- gold-medallist shooter Abhinav Bindra, double Olympic- medallist Sushil Kumar and boxing legend M C Mary Kom among others.Of these, Sushil and Mary Kom are still active in their respective sports. Mary Kom was, in fact, Indias lone gold- medallist at the Asian Championships last month.Akhil stated that since he is not benefitting from any government funding nor is he in line for selection at the national camp, implying conflict of interest in his role is ridiculous.”I observe, analyse, review and report on the performance of Indian and foreign coaches and the progress of performance of the national campers and I am not a part of the national camp.”I help to identify medal prospects under TOPS (Target Olympic Podium Scheme), finalise training programmes of chosen athletes and monitor their performance. I am not in the line for TOP Scheme,” he said.”Then where is the conflict of interest?” he asked. PTI PM ATK ATK
ARIESInsight and intuition can be trusted when making decisions and choices today. You tend to be a perfectionist staying close with established systems and laid down rules. You can be stubborn but need to be flexible to progressive ideas. Meditation is healing. Lucky number 9. Colour red.TAURUSYou bring great energy into earthy matters today! You are able to catch up with backlog at the office, resolve old issues regarding legal or tax problems, and take pending decisions. Personal relationships need your presence along with emotional support. Lucky number 4. Colour brown.GEMINIYou are left with mixed feelings of failure and success as some projects work wonderfully well and other situations defeat you. Health problems need watching and a steady recovery is on the cards! Finances, energy and forces are best conserved for now. Lucky number 7. Colour silver.CANCERYou assess relationships and realize who and what is important in your life. You are likely to actualize potential in different areas of life and be involved in multifarious activity. A change is on the cards! A trip overseas could be rejuvenating. Lucky number 21. Colour blue.LEOYou bring order in chaotic situations. You gain success, wealth and influence in professional aspects. Tender moments and special feelings are shared with your partner. Stay away from a prejudiced and covetous person in the family. Yoga is great for you. Lucky number 4. Colour saffron.VIRGOThe Emperor influences your personal and professional situations. Stability in relationships and power in a professional position is retained. You are energetic and ambitious when dealing with powerful people. Beware of over-weaning pride and ill temper. Lucky number 4. Colour yellow.advertisementLIBRAWith mastery in your craft you integrate resources and forces to achieve targets. You make a new deal or bag a contract. You are into sport and theater today. Goodwill and friendship enhance your social standing. You communicate well and give good counsel. Lucky number 14. Colour blue.SCORPIOPersonal relationships are loving and true. Family and friends look up to you for advice today. A professional opportunity is too good to ignore even if it involves a change of residence. Changes at this point are beneficial and it’s best to flow into them. Lucky number 7. Colour blue.SAGITTARIUSYou establish authority at work and realize an important goal. You stand up for fair play and rights and gain respect and admiration of people around you. You support people and causes with loyalty and zeal. Don’t be afraid to use your position of power. Lucky number 3. Colour red.CAPRICORNYou are full of new ideas and plans, a force to reckon with at home and at work. A focused effort in any direction brings success! Spending time in natural surroundings is therapeutic. Back off now and watch relationships take new direction and meaning. Lucky number 1. Colour green.AQUARIUSCombined energies enable you to complete projects and ventures today. You are a tremendous force to reckon with in your field of activity. Your strength lies in emotional commitment or marriage. Good health brings good cheer as you recover from debility. Lucky number 9. Colour red.PISCESYou are ambitious and creative while achieving goals today. Transactions can be conducted smoothly. You are charming in personal relationships to gain trust and support of your loved one. You may decide to redecorate office or home space to change energy. Lucky number 5. Colour green.
Colin Munro’s 53-ball 104 and Tim Southee’s 3/21 powered New Zealand to a 119-run victory in the third and final T20I and helped them clinch the series 2-0.The 2-0 series victory helped New Zealand climb on top of the ICC rankings in T20Is, who are followed by Pakistan and India on second and third respectively.Munro became the first-ever batsman to score three T20I centuries. In the process, he surpassed West Indies’ Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis, India’s Rohit Sharma and New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum, who all have two centuries in T20 internationals, when he reached his century from 47 balls as New Zealand made 243/5 batting first.WATCHThe West Indies were all out for 124 in reply as New Zealand completed a 2-0 sweep of the T20 international series.Munro cleared the fence at the Bay Oval 10 times, was awarded the man-of-the match for his swashbuckling hitting. Speaking about the match and his performance, he was a modest man.”I think sometimes those innings just come around and I was lucky to get a few out of the middle today,” Munro said.No surprises as to who wins the Player of the Match award for the 3rd #NZvWI T20I – it’s @manuz05 for his World Record third T20I century: https://t.co/eZWzcocBre pic.twitter.com/qkfFYegOXy- ICC (@ICC) January 3, 2018Munro shared a 136-run partnership with Martin Guptill for the first wicket as New Zealand took a risk and batted first on losing the toss on a night on which showers were forecast. The openers put on 50 from 27 balls and 100 from 57 balls.advertisementON TOP OF THE WORLDNew Zealand moved ahead of India after winning the first T20I by 47 runs and then leapfrogged Pakistan into the number-one position after clinching the third T20I. New Zealand are now standing on 126 points, while the Caribbean side have dropped from 120 points to 115 points in fifth position.New Zealand had last held the number-one position in October 2017, before they slipped to third following their series loss to India in November.New Zealand will now put their number-one ranking on the line when they will take on Pakistan in the three-match series, beginning January 22.In order to retain the top spot, the Black Caps will have to beat Pakistan by 2-1 or better. Their failure to win the series will mean Pakistan will be back at the top of the table.BREAKING: New Zealand are back on top of the MRF Tyres ICC T20I Rankings after their series victory over West Indies: https://t.co/ZIX664g2Ba #NZvWI pic.twitter.com/QcZROBMRNM- ICC (@ICC) January 3, 2018WINDIES WOESThe tour was one of the worst in West Indies history as they also lost the two-test series 2-0 and the three-match one-day international series 3-0, ending their New Zealand tour without a win.The New Zealand tour was one of the worst-ever results for the Windies as they lost all the matches they played in there while one was a washout. They lost the two-Test series 2-0 and the three-match one-day international series 3-0 prior to the T20Is.(With inputs from AP, ANI)ALSO WATCH:
Hardik Pandya’s all-round performance in the first Test against South Africa has drawn a lot of praise from former Proteas legend Lance Klusener.India were staring down the barrel in their first innings after South Africa posted 286 when Pandya came to the crease and smashed 93 off 95 balls in the first innings. He then took two wickets late on Day 2 which brought the visitors back into the game at Newlands.”I thought his knock in India’s first innings was fantastic. His batting was excellent in the way he reversed pressure and put it back on South Africa. He is going to be fantastic for India. He is still developing and I think if he could add another yard of pace to his bowling, he would become a truly amazing all-rounder,” Klusener told PTI.In a short span of time in international cricket, Pandya has established himself as a regular in the team. His record in limited-overs cricket has been excellent with both the bat and the ball. In Tests, he now has a century and two fifties.”All the signs are there that he is developing into a fantastic all-round prospect. Sure, he is bound to fail a few times the way he plays, but it is better to encourage that positive approach than reel him in.”So, he is in good company, whether he plays for Mumbai Indians in IPL or in this Indian team, he is surrounded by a lot of good people. It is their responsibility to nurture him,” he added.advertisementIndia though couldn’t capitalise after they bowled out the hosts for 130 in the second innings and fell short by 72 runs in their chase of 208 on a seaming track at Cape Town.Vernon Philander recorded career-best figures of 6 for 42 as the Proteas bowled out Virat Kohli and Co. for 135 on Day 4 to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match Test series.It is to be noted that India opted out of the solitary practice game before this Test series. Klusener didn’t agree with this approach.”Look, it is always good to have a practice game under your belt. If India were touring in the sub-continent, then it wouldn’t be the end-of-the-world if they didn’t play a practice game before the tour. But for them to come to South Africa, it would have been nice for them to have the practice game in foreign conditions.”If the shoe was on the other foot, and South Africa were touring India, they would have played at least one practice game to get used to sub-continental conditions,” he said.He said there were lessons to be learnt from the defeat in the series opener.”India can take a lot of learning from that first Test loss. It could have been a lot worse to be honest if Pandya didn’t play that excellent knock and scored those 90-odd runs. I think that is a learning point for India in how they can turn this around. They need to be pro-active and take the pacers’ challenge head on,” he added.
In an unusually blunt public warning, a vice president of the International Olympic Committee called lagging preparations for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro “the worst I have experienced.”John Coates, who has made six trips to Brazil as part of the IOC’s coordination commission for Rio, said the Brazilians are behind “in many, many ways” and are in worse shape than Greek organizers were in preparing for the 2004 Olympics.Despite the critical delays, the Australian said there is no backup plan and the games will take place in Rio.Coates noted the IOC had taken the unprecedented step of embedding experts in the host city to help the local organizing committee deliver the games.“The IOC has formed a special task force to try and speed up preparations, but the situation is critical on the ground,” Coates told an Olympic forum in Australia. “The IOC has adopted a more hands-on role. It is unprecedented for the IOC, but there is no plan B. We are going to Rio.”Brazil has also come under fire from football’s world governing body, FIFA, for long delays in construction of stadiums and other infrastructure and the overdue delivery of venues for the World Cup, which kicks off in June. Two years out from the 2016 Olympics, the situation on the construction front is just as bleak.“We have become very concerned. They are not ready in many, many ways,” Coates said.Work hasn’t begun at Deodoro, a complex for eight Olympics sports venues, and the course that will host golf’s return to the Olympic program after more than a century doesn’t have grass yet. Polluted waters are a big worry for sailing and other sports.The IOC released a statement trying to defuse the tension following Coates’ comments.It said it was working “with our partners” in Rio, including establishing joint task forces, a local construction manager and a high-level decision-making body involving the IOC, the government and all key partners of the project.The IOC said there would be more regular visits to Rio by Executive Director Gilbert Felli, the senior troubleshooter sent to the city last week as part of a series of actions to tackle the delays.“Mr. Felli has received a very positive response on the ground in the past few days, and a number of recent developments show that things are moving in the right direction,” the IOC said.Coates said dealing with three levels of government in Brazil made it harder for local organizers than it was for the heavily criticized organizers of the Athens Games, which were also plagued by construction delays and earned a “yellow light” warning from then-IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch.“I think this is a worse situation than Athens,” Coates said. “In Athens, we were dealing with one government and some city responsibilities. Here, there’s three.Rio organizers responded by releasing a statement saying they know what needs to be done and are focused on delivering the games. They said there have been “unequivocal signs of progress” in preparations.“It is time for us to focus on the work to be done and on engaging with society,” the Rio committee said. “The support of the International Olympic Committee is also crucial. We have a historic mission: to organize the first Olympic and Paralympic Games in Brazil and in South America. We are going to achieve this. In 2016, Rio will host excellent games that will be delivered absolutely within the agreed timelines and budgets.”(JOHN PYE, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shares
ARLINGTON, Texas — Alex Rodriguez had quite a 40th birthday bash.A-Rod became the fourth player in major league history to homer as a teen and in his 40s, marking his birthday by lining an opposite-field shot to right against his former team to help the New York Yankees beat the Texas Rangers 6-2 on July 27.“It’s amazing, hitting one as a teenager and hitting one here today,” Rodriguez said. “A lot has happened, and I’m just happy to be here.”Ty Cobb, Rusty Staub and Gary Sheffield are the only other players to homer before turning 20 and then at age 40 or after, according to STATS.“It’s remarkable what he’s been able to do, and how good he was at such a young age, and he continues to play well at an older age,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said.Rodriguez has 24 homers this season and 678 in his career, fourth on the all-time list. The latest came two days after he went deep three times against Minnesota in his previous game.“Very impressive, but you know we’re not surprised by much that he does anymore,” said third baseman Chase Headley, now playing the position A-Rod had in New York before his season-long suspension a year ago for violations of baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract.A-Rod’s solo drive in the sixth off Matt Harrison (1-2) was the designated hitter’s big league-best sixth homer on his birthday, STATS said, breaking a tie with Todd Helton, Chipper Jones, Derrek Lee and Al Simmons.“Yeah, it’s pretty depressing being 40. I’ve had a lot of texts and emails that I’ve joined an exclusive club,” Rodriguez said. “But I’m definitely grateful and happy.”When he was traded to the Yankees before spring training in 2004, Rodriguez was only three seasons into the $252 million, 10-year contract he signed with Texas after starting his career with Seattle from 1994-2000. He got a $275 million, 10-year deal from New York after the 2007 season.Didi Gregorius had a career-high four RBIs and matched his best with three hits, including a two-run homer in the third. His two-run single in the seventh made it 6-2.The AL East-leading Yankees won for the seventh time in eight games, and their seven-game division lead is their largest since leading by 7 1/2 games on July 29, 2012. New York’s 15-5 record in July is the best in the majors.Ivan Nova (3-3) allowed two runs and five hits in five innings. Chasen Shreve, Justin Wilson and Dellin Betances followed with hitless relief.Harrison gave up six runs and six hits in six innings, his third start since coming back from spinal fusion surgery.“I feel like I didn’t get loose until about the fifth inning,” he said. “The third inning I made some bad pitches to start that inning off and got some trouble there. After us scoring the two runs I went and gave it back to them, gave the momentum right back.”(STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Panathinaikos basketball club has founded a special basketball school for children on the autism spectrum through the programme PAO BC Academy ASD, announcing this initiative on Tuesday, April 2, which is World Autism Awareness Day.The basketball club’s announcement said “Today, April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day. This day is very important for us in Panathinaikos as the PAO BC Academy is proceeding in the foundation of a special basketball school for children with autism,”The school will provide specially-trained basketball coaches, psychologists and escorts while the training will always take place in the presence of a doctor.Through this programme, the children with autism will have the opportunity to participate in a team sport, to socialise, make friends and play basketball. The training will be held at the Athens Olympic Stadium without any financial cost for the parents due to the support of Dole Hellas and Septona.TweetPinShare1212 Shares
By: Arnie Stapleton, AP Pro Football WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares Bart Starr was an ordinary quarterback until teaming with Vince Lombardi and serving as the catalyst for the powerhouse Green Bay Packers teams that ruled the 1960s and ushered in the NFL as America’s most popular sport.The quarterback’s graceful throws helped turn a run-heavy league into a passing spectacle, yet it’s a run for which he’s most famous: the sneak that won the famed “Ice Bowl” in 1967.Starr died Sunday at age 85 in Birmingham, Alabama, the Packers said. He had been in failing health since suffering two strokes and a heart attack in 2014.Starr is the third of Lombardi’s dozen Hall of Famers to die in the past eight months. Fullback Jim Taylor died in October and offensive tackle Forrest Gregg died last month.“A champion on and off the field, Bart epitomized class and was beloved by generations of Packers fans,” Packers President Mark Murphy said in a statement. “A clutch player who led his team to five NFL titles, Bart could still fill Lambeau Field with electricity decades later during his many visits.”The Packers selected Starr out of the University of Alabama with the 200th pick in the 1956 draft. He led Green Bay to six division titles, five NFL championships and wins in the first two Super Bowls.Until Brett Favre came along, Starr was known as the best Packer ever. The team retired his No. 15 jersey in 1973, making him just the third player to receive that honor. Four years later, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.FILE – In this Feb. 5, 2006, file photo, former Green Bay Packers’ Bart Starr carries in the Vince Lombardi Trophy following the Super Bowl XL football game between the Seattle Seahawks and Pittsburgh Steelers, in Detroit. The Steelers won, 21-10. Bart Starr, the Green Bay Packers quarterback and catalyst of Vince Lombardi’s powerhouse teams of the 1960s, has died. He was 85. The Packers announced Sunday, May 26, 2019, that Starr had died, citing his family. He had been in failing health since suffering a serious stroke in 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)After losing the 1960 NFL title game in his first playoff appearance, the Packers never lost another playoff game under Starr, going 9-0, including wins over the Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders in the first two Super Bowls.Starr’s college career wasn’t very noteworthy and it wasn’t until Lombardi’s arrival in Green Bay in 1959 that Starr, living by his motto “desire and dedication are everything,” began to blossom.Lombardi liked Starr’s mechanics, his arm strength and especially his decision-making abilities. Under Lombardi’s nurturing, Starr became one of the league’s top quarterbacks.“If you work harder than somebody else, chances are you’ll beat him though he has more talent than you,” Starr once said. He credited Lombardi for showing him “that by working hard and using my mind, I could overcome my weakness to the point where I could be one of the best.”FILE – In this Sept. 6, 2003, file photo, former Green Bay Packers quarterback Bart Starr waves to the crowd, with Phil Bengston, 10, at his side at the newly renovated Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. Bengston is the grandson of former Packers coach Phil Bengston, who coached after Vince Lombardi. Starr, the Green Bay Packers quarterback and catalyst of Vince Lombardi’s powerhouse teams of the 1960s, has died. He was 85. The Packers announced Sunday, May 26, 2019, that Starr had died, citing his family. He had been in failing health since suffering a serious stroke in 2014. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer, File)The gentlemanly quarterback’s status as a Packers icon was tested by his struggles as the team’s head coach. In nine seasons from 1975-83, he won just 41 percent of his games, going 53-77-3, including 1-1 in the playoffs, part of three decades of futility that followed the glory years.After football, Starr, became a successful businessman in Birmingham, Alabama, not far from his hometown of Montgomery, where he was born on Jan. 9, 1934.Starr was a four-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time All-Pro. He won NFL titles in 1961, ’62, ’65, ’67 and ’68. He was the 1966 NFL MVP and was named to the 1960s All-Decade team. He also was named MVP of the first two Super Bowls.When Starr retired following the 1971 season, his career completion rate of 57.4 percent was tops in the run-heavy NFL, and his passer rating of 80.5 was second-best ever, behind only Otto Graham.But the play he was most famous for was a run.In the NFL championship on Dec. 31, 1967, Starr knifed into the end zone behind guard Jerry Kramer and center Ken Bowman with 16 seconds left to lift the Packers over the Dallas Cowboys 21-17 in what became known as the “Ice Bowl.”The Packers had spent $80,000 for a heating coil system that was to have kept the field soft and warm, and forecasters said not to worry because the approaching cold front wouldn’t arrive until after the game.“It was 20 degrees the day before,” the late Tom Landry once recalled. “It was great. Vince and I were together that night and we talked about how good the conditions were and what a great game it would be.”They were half-right. When the grounds crew rolled up the tarpaulin, a layer of condensation had formed underneath and, with 40 mph wind, the field promptly froze like an ice rink. Packers running back Chuck Mercein would later compare the ground to “jagged concrete.”With a temperature of minus-14 and a wind chill of minus-49, it was the coldest NFL game ever recorded. The wind chill had dipped another 20 degrees by the time the Packers got the ball at their 32 trailing 17-14 with five minutes left.With one last chance for an aging dynasty to win a fifth NFL title in seven seasons, Starr took the field as linebacker Ray Nitschke hollered, “Don’t let me down!”Starr wouldn’t, completing all five of his passes and directing one of the most memorable drives in NFL history.“We all have a capacity to focus and to concentrate to a unique degree when we’re called upon to do it,” Starr said on the 30th anniversary of that game. “That’s exactly what I did that day. And I think the same was true of the Cowboys. Let’s face it, they obviously were not accustomed to something like that and yet they were the team which had surged and come back in the second half and were in a position to win it.”With 1:11 remaining, tackle Bob Skoronski opened a hole and Mercein charged through the middle for 8 yards to the Dallas 3.Halfback Donny Anderson slipped twice on handoffs, so Starr called timeout, went to the sideline and suggested a sneak because of the poor traction.“Then run it and let’s get the hell out of here,” Lombardi barked.The play worked perfectly, a flawless finish to that coldest of games so frozen in time.“I’ve never been in a huddle where there was greater composure and where there was a higher level of intensity and concentration,” Mercein once told The Associated Press.Mercein is the one in the famous photograph of the play diving into the end zone behind Starr with his hands held high, as though he’s signaling “Touchdown!”“But what I’m actually doing is I’m showing the officials that I’m not assisting or aiding Bart into the end zone,” Mercein said.That would have been a penalty and it would have negated history’s most famous quarterback sneak.Mercein and the rest of his teammates thought he was going to get the handoff on the play. Nobody knew but Starr and Lombardi that it was to be a quarterback sneak. So, Mercein dug in, thinking he was getting the ball, and he got a great takeoff on the frozen field.“As a matter of fact too good because after a couple of steps I realized I wasn’t going to get the ball. But I couldn’t really pull up because it was so icy,” Mercein said. “So that’s why I dive over the play and I have my arms upraised, which appears to everyone in that famous picture that I’m signaling touchdown.”Two weeks later in sunny Miami, the Packers defeated the AFL champion Raiders 33-14 in Lombardi’s final game as head coach of the Packers.Starr replaced Dan Devine as Packers head coach in 1975 and would be replaced himself by former teammate Forrest Gregg in 1984 after failing to lead the franchise to the kind of success he did as a player.In 1965, Starr and his wife, Cherry, helped co-found Rawhide Boys Ranch in New London, Wisconsin, a facility designed to help at-risk and troubled boys throughout the state.The couple dealt with tragedy in 1988 when their son Brett died at 24 due to complications from cocaine addiction. They also had another son, Bart Jr.“While he may always be best known for his success as the Packers quarterback for 16 years, his true legacy will always be the respectful manner in which he treated every person he met, his humble demeanor and his generous spirit,” Starr’s family said in a statement.“His love for all of humanity is well known, and his affection toward the residents of Alabama and of Wisconsin filled him with gratitude. He had hoped to make one last trip to Green Bay to watch the Packers this fall, but he shall forever be there in spirit.”Starr has an NFL award named after him, given annually to a player of outstanding character.
MADRID — Karim Benzema scored two goals to lead Real Madrid to a 3-2 win over Levante in the Spanish league on Saturday with home fans treated to the sight of star signing Eden Hazard making his competitive debut.Hazard had not played for Madrid since his club-record transfer from Chelsea after a thigh injury he picked up preseason had sidelined him for Madrid’s first three league matches.By the time he stepped onto the field to loud applause in the 60th minute at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, Benzema’s double and another goal from Casemiro had given Madrid the advantage it needed to end a run of two straight draws.Real Madrid’s Eden Hazard, left, vies for the ball with Levante’s Enis Bardhi during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Levante at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)Levante got back into the match in the second half with strikes from Borja Mayoral and Gonzalo Melero. Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois saved a powerful header in stoppage time to ensure the victory.Benzema opened the scoring with a header in the 25th and added a second after a slick pass from James Rodríguez six minutes later. The French striker has four goals in four rounds.Madrid pulled to within one point of leader Atlético Madrid, which visits Real Sociedad later Saturday. Defending champion Barcelona hosts Valencia in the late game.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Continue Reading Previous Arrow Electronics presents ‘sensor-to-sunset’ IoT portfolio at Embedded WorldNext Maxim: advanced battery management system enables safer, smarter car of the future 4D Systems has signed a distribution agreement with Arrow Electronics to provide global distribution and support for its leading intelligent graphics solutions. 4D System’s unique market leading modules and graphics processors are suited to a wide range of applications in diverse markets. With this new collaboration, 4D Systems will be able to leverage Arrow’s established expertise and broad, diverse customer base to reach a wider global audience and accelerate sustainable growth for the company’s continually evolving range of graphic display modules and associated IDE development software and tools.With stock immediately available from www.arrow.com, customers will be able to access 4D System’s extensive portfolio of intelligent graphics solutions that use the latest OLED and LCD technology available, with custom graphics processors that enable both stand alone and host dependant solutions.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components