first_imgMauricio Pochettino hailed a “fantastic” effort from his Tottenham players after they battled to a 2-1 win at Newcastle United on the opening weekend of the Premier League season.Jan Vertonghen and Dele Alli scored either side of Newcastle striker Joselu during a frantic opening 18 minutes at St James’ Park.Vertonghen and Alli were two of five World Cup semi-finalists in the Spurs starting line-up despite only returning to training this week. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Mohamed Diame and Salomon Rondon were denied by post and crossbar during the second half as a flagging Tottenham hung on.”I am so proud. I think the performance, in all the circumstances, we were fantastic,” Pochettino told Sky Sports.”Newcastle were a very good opponent. They created some chances to score more than one.”Sometimes in football you need not only effort but some luck. I think in all the circumstances and how we prepared the game, with a lot of player who only started training on Monday, we can say it’s a brilliant effort.”We need to play better, be more consistent and not allow the opposition to create chances.”But, of course, I am not going to complain. We need to be clever and learn and it’s a massive challenge to try to work all together again in just a few days.” Mauricio: “Under the circumstances it was good to start the season in this way. The players showed great character and commitment, the mentality was amazing.” #COYS pic.twitter.com/ENkcg2AutE— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 11, 2018Spurs did not add a single player during the transfer window, sparking discontent from some of the club’s supporters.Pochettino’s side showed the benefit of familiarity as they hung on against Newcastle and, with a move to the new White Hart Lane on the horizon, the Argentinian tactician took the opportunity to call for a united front.He said: “We need to stay all together – the staff and players. And the most important thing is our fans. [We are] giving out supporters another difficult season when we move to the new stadium.”It’s so important that our fans understand that we need a lot of help and of course we are going to give our very best to help them feel proud.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more


first_imgMaurizio Sarri says he likes David Luiz’s direct style of communciation and that he is picking up the new style of football quicker than anyone, as he brings him back into the fold at Stamford Bridge.The 31-year-old made only 17 appearances under Antonio Conte last season after falling out with the former head coach, leading him to not making an appearance for the club from February onwards.Luiz had offers from clubs to leave London over the summer and is open about the fact that he would have left had Conte stayed the manager at the club. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Sarri quickly brought him back into the fold and he has started him in every Premier League game so far this season.”Yes, I have to say he is a lot better than a thought,” Sarri told reporters at Stamford Bridge after Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool on Saturday. “A lot better, both as a player and as a man. I don’t know what happened before I arrived, but when I arrived here, immediately I had the feeling that he is a very good player for my way of football because he is a very technical centre back.”Then I appreciated his qualities as a man. He is direct, if he has to say something to the manager, to talk to me. Then he goes directly to me. I don’t know [if Conte didn’t like it] but I like very much the direct people. I like this [communication] very much.”He was a little confused because two seasons ago he was a protagonist then he had six months without playing, he was a little confused. I think he is very able to play my football with his characteristics. He is very able to start the actions from the defensive line. So I think he is very suitable for me.”The Brazil international is highly regarded at Stamford Bridge having helped the club win their first ever Champions League in his first spell at the club and having played over 200 times in the blue shirt.It is clear that Sarri and Luiz have established a good relationship and the centre back returned the compliments to his manager, who has surprised people by keeping Chelsea up near the top of the table after a disappointing fifth-place finish in the league last season.”Sarri is giving us a lot of happiness to play football. We are trying to enjoy,” Luiz told Chelsea TV. “He gives us a lot of confidence. He shows us what he wants. He gives us the details about the game.Willian David Luiz Chelsea“He works hard in every situation. And also as a human he’s a fantastic person. Every single day he says to us ‘you have the best job in the world, so you have to enjoy’. You have to try to do this with a big smile. Many people in the world don’t have this privilege.”Alongside Antonio Rudiger, Luiz has established himself as the first choice centre back and he made a remarkable clearance against Liverpool from Roberto Firmino as his club tried to get a huge win over a key rival. However, ex-Blue Daniel Sturridge scored a stunning long range strike late on to dash those hopes.Nevertheless, Sarri was happy with the defensive efforts of his team and he thinks that Eden Hazard is underrated for the work his does in stoppping the opposition.”I am really very happy with him today,” added Sarri about Hazard. “Especially for the defensive phase, especially for the defensive phase in the second half when the team needed some help from him. I am really very happy. For us, this attitude is important.”We are trying to defend looking at the ball and if we are defending looking at the ball then we need every player to participate in the defensive phase, otherwise it is impossible. So I am really happy with the defensive phase of Eden today.Eden Hazard“I think that we have played very well. We have had five or six chances. I also think Liverpool have had five or six opportunities. We have played against a top level team, so I am disappointed about the result but only because they have scored in the last 10 minutes of the match. I think that the draw was the right result for a wonderful match.”last_img read more


first_imgMumbai, Apr 27 (PTI) Remembering him as the coolest and the most charismatic star of Indian cinema, Vinod Khannas friends and colleagues such as Rishi Kapoor, Rajinikanth, Lata Mangeshkar, Akshay Kumar and Sanjay Dutt paid tributes to the actor and called his death the end of an era.Khanna was admitted to Sir H N Reliance Foundation Hospital and breathed his last at 11.20 AM today due to advanced bladder carcinoma. He was 70.Rishi, who played the actors younger brother in hit film “Amar Akbar Anthony”, thanked him for always being by his side.”Will miss you Amar. RIP. Remembering the good times with you, Vinod. Thank you for being my friend,” he tweeted.Superstar Rajinikanth posted, “My dear friend Vinod Khanna… Will miss you, RIP. My heartfelt condolences to the family.””Vinod Khanna ji, one of the best talents in the film industry, is no more. I am deeply saddened by the news. His demise is a big loss to the film industry. May his soul rest in peace,” Mangeshkar tweeted.Dutt remembered watching Khannas films as a child and called his death a big loss.”It is saddening to hear of the demise of Vinod Khanna ji. I have watched him as a child and throughout my life I was always fascinated by his style and charisma.”He was always a thorough gentleman. A big loss to the fraternity. He is and always will be family to the Dutts. May his soul rest in peace. My deepest condolences to Kavita bhabhi, Akshaye, Rahul and Sakshi,” Dutt said in a statement.advertisementAkshay called Khannas demise “an end of an era”.”Sad to learn about the passing away of #VinodKhanna Sir, one of the most charismatic actors… Truly an end of an era. Condolences to the family (sic),” he tweeted.Filmmaker Karan Johar wrote, “His screen presence is unparallelled even today… His super star swag is what we grew up on… RIP #VinodKhanna… Thoughts and prayers…”Veteran singer Asha Bhosle said, “Very sad to hear about Vinod Khannaji. A decent man and a star till the very end. My condolences to his family.”Actor Varun Dhawan, who worked with Khanna in his last film “Dilwale,” wrote, “#Vinodkhanna will always remain the coolest and most good looking actor to grace the Indian screens. The industry has lost a legend today.””Your charisma and charm will always be unmatchable… Will miss your flamboyant walk. #VinodKhanna,” Manoj Bajpayee tweeted.Calling Khanna a magnetic person, actor Anupam Kher posted, “He was kind, affectionate and helpful. Loved his panther like walk. Will remember #VinodKhanna ji for his larger than life performances and his graciousness. There are very few people like him. Will miss you Sir (sic).”Paresh Rawal said, “Truly uncomplicated and loving human being… Aum Shanti Vinod ji”.Director Sujoy Ghosh said he became a fan of the actor after watching him in “Patthar Aur Payal”.”My dad made me see a film called PATTHAR AUR PAYAL… I came out becoming a fan of the villain. Thank you Vinod Khanna for the films (sic).”Actor-director Ajay Devgn shared a picture of Khanna and him and wrote, “They dont make them like that anymore. RIP Vinod Sir.”Anushka Sharma, Shraddha Kapoor, Arjun Rampal, Sonakshi Sinha, Arshad Warsi and filmmaker Kunal Kohli also paid their tributes to Khanna on Twitter.Besides film stars, several sports personalities expressed their sorrow on Khannas passing.Cricketer Virender Sehwag wrote, “Heartfelt condolences on the passing away of one of the most charismatic actors #VinodKhanna ji. Om Shanti! (sic).”Mohammad Kaif said, “Unbelievable loss. Deepest condolences on the passing away of a wonderful man and such a jubilant being #VinodKhanna ji. RIP.”Boxer Vijender Singh tweeted, “Rest in peace #VinodKhanna Saab big fan.” PTI SHD JCH JCHlast_img read more


first_imgCaptain Rohit Sharma’s unbeaten 56 guided Mumbai Indians (MI) to a five-wicket victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in a thrilling Indian Premier League encounter on Monday.Rohit, who slammed six boundaries and one six in his 37-ball knock, and Jos Buttler (33) were the major contributors in Mumbai’s cause.With the win at the Wankhede, Mumbai moved to the top of the points table with eight wins out of 10 games fetching them 16 points. On the other hand, Bangalore have lost eight matches and are now decidedly out of the play-off race.Rohit lauded his team after the “clinical” performance and said Mumbai Indians want to be “ruthless” in their approach.”Overall clinical performance. We bowled and batted pretty well. We won it in the last over, but I will take that win.”We want to finish on top. We want to be ruthless in our approach. The tournament doesn’t end here. We have to stick together and play as well as a team which we have done so far,” Rohit said.Rohit, who also completed 4000 runs in the IPL today, said this knock will give him confidence going forward into the tournament.It was Rohit’s second half-century in this edition of the league.”Always good to spend time out in the middle. I am feeling good. It was just a matter of spending time out. I pick my areas and back myself. You get value for your shots. You need not hit the ball hard. Finding the gap is important,” he said.advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 1 (PTI) Amusement park operators today asked the government to revise GST rate on the sector saying it was unfair to put entertainment industry for children at par with casinos, betting and race courses. Seeking a downward revision of tax rate to a maximum of 18 per cent from the proposed 28 per cent under the GST regime, Indian Association of Amusement Parks and Industries (IAAPI) said high taxation will be detrimental to the existence of the industry. “The governments policy with regard to amusement parks under the GST is not favourable and worldwide also the maximum tax levied on amusement park industry is 10 per cent,” IAAPI Director Ajay Sarin told reporters here.The total average tax incidence at present comes to around 18 per cent pan-India, he added. The GST council has fixed 28 per cent for visits to theme parks and sporting events like IPL under the new indirect tax regime slated to be implemented from July 1. Sarin, who is also the Chairman of Hindustan Amusement Machines, said the new taxation puts outdoor entertainment industry for children at par with casinos, betting and race courses. He further said earlier amusement parks were exempted from tax and it was only last year that a service tax of 15 per cent was levied, which was still way less than the current 28 per cent. Proposing a tiered structure of taxation based on ticket prices, he said tickets for children must be kept at the lowest 5 per cent bracket, while the most expensive ones must not be taxed at more than 18 per cent. The association has already made representation to the Finance Ministry and the PMO, Sarin said. IAAPI said amusement parks in India have contributed in creating 1.25 lakh jobs. At present, there are around 150-200 amusement parks across the country operation at an annual revenue of Rs 4000 crore. The association said the amusement parks industry must be treated similarly with hospitality and restaurants which fall in the GST slab of 12-18 per cent. PTI PRJ RKL SAadvertisementlast_img read more


first_imgStar all-rounder Yuvraj Singh will add another feather to his cap when he takes the field in the second semi-final of the ICC Champions Trophy against Bangladesh on Thursday. Yuvraj will feature in his 300th ODI match, 17 years after he made his debut for India.Yuvraj is only the fifth Indian cricketer after Mohammed Azharuddin, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid to achieve the rare milestone.Seventeen years ago, Yuvraj made his debut for India in this very tournament, but back then it was known as the ICC Knockout event featuring 11 teams. He did not get an opportunity to bat in his first match against Kenya and only bowled four overs for 16 runs with one maiden.But the southpaw announced himself in the next game against the mighty Australians, smashing a match-winning 84 against the likes of Glenn McGrath, Brett Lee, Jason Gillespie and Ian Harvey in Nairobi. Yuvraj’s special talent was unveiled to the world for the first time and he didn’t look back since that day.Standing on the cusp of his 300th One-day International, it still remains a difficult task to describe Yuvraj in a nutshell.The 40 Test matches that he has played will not be able to tell the story of a cricketer, who, inarguably, will rank among India’s greatest ever match-winners in limited overs cricket. And that list isn’t too big.Kapil Dev, Tendulkar and Mahendra Singh Dhoni are the names that immediately come to mind when one talks about match winners in the shorter versions. And that’s the paradox.advertisementBut for all the talent and skill that he possess, it’s consistency which as deserted him all these years. In 299 ODIs Yuvraj has amassed 8622 runs at an average of 36.84 with 14 hundreds and 52 half-centuries.He has batted in the middle-order throughout his career and played the role of finisher for the Men in Blue in limited-overs cricket which is perhaps why his average is not up there in the high forties. On his day Yuvraj smashed the best of bowlers and ripped apart dangerous bowling attacks although that hasn’t happened regularly in his career.But fortunately for India, Yuvraj has always been a big match player and his record in ICC events and important tournaments has been phenomenal, to say the least.HIGH POINTS OF YUVI’S CAREERIt was white ball cricket where he found his mojo, and Yuvraj has always held his own with his immense contribution in the 2002 NatWest final and India’s two World Cup triumphs.The six sixes off Stuart Broad during the inaugural World T20 in 2007 remains one of the most memorable sights in world cricket. Yuvraj finished the tournament with 148 runs in five innings at 29.60 with two half-centuries and a highest score of 70. His performance against England and Australia took India into the final where they defeated arch-rivals Pakistan to clinch the maiden T20 World Cup.Reuters PhotoWinning the tournament in South Africa helped it gain impetus and those sixes sown the seeds of an alternate brand of cricket.From 2005 to 2007, Yuvraj was at his peak averaging over 40 in ODI cricket. Six of his 14 hundreds came during this period and resulted in India turning into a dominant force in the limited-overs formats.And then came the big one – 2011 World Cup. Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s six has a recall value — being shown million times — just like Kapil Dev’s catch off Vivian Richards in the 1983 final.But, perhaps, one of the biggest reasons for India’s victory was the 15 wickets he took and 362 runs he scored at an average of over 90.Reuters PhotoAs he went about his task Yuvraj coughed blood, couldn’t eat, and was totally unaware that he was suffering from a rare germ cell cancer.BATTLE WITH CANCER AND COMEBACKThe battle against cancer was the biggest he has fought in his life. It was tougher than a Lee yorker or a James Anderson outswinger.The phases of life that he has gone through, anyone else would have been happy to survive, but Yuvraj, the fighter, wanted to play on.Yuvraj went to America immediately after being named the Man of the tournament in the World Cup in 2011 and started the four-month long chemotherapy treatment.He made a comeback and it was an emotionally overwhelming feeling. But after every high, there is a low, and Yuvraj’s was the 2014 World T20 final against Sri Lanka in Dhaka. He scored 11 off 21 balls and India lost the match as he couldn’t accelerate.As it often happens in Indian cricket, his epitaph was written and no one would have even bet a penny that he would make a comeback at 33.advertisementBut then he had made a comeback in T20 Internationals in Australia. People thought that the only version he could play. But he had conviction, did the hard yards in Ranji Trophy and earned an ODI recall.The 150 against England at Cuttack meant he would be on the plane to England.”His contribution to Indian cricket has been outstanding. He’s been total match-winner for India, won us so many tournaments and series. This is just a testimony to the kind of talebt he possesses and it’s obviously you need to have all those things to play 300 ODIs for India. I congratulate him and wish him all the very best, hopefully he can play a lot more for us and get in those match-winning performance all over again. I hope tomorrow is a special one for him,” Kohli said.Reuters PhotoHe won’t be prolific like he used to be in his younger days. You won’t find him standing at point like a crouching tiger. With Ravindra Jadeja around, Kohli will rarely turn up to him to roll in some of his effective ‘pie chuckers’.But he will be present somewhere around – like strikers in a game of football – who will not do anything for 85 minutes but will do the needful in the 88th or 89th.Yuvraj has that calibre and that is why he made a comeback to ODIs after nearly four years. It’s time to doff that hat as he steps in for his 300th outing.There were cricketers. And there was one Yuvraj Singh.last_img read more


first_imgJuan Martin del Potro’s Wimbledon preparations have been thrown into disarray after the Argentine was forced to pull out of next week’s Aegon Championships at Queen’s Club with a groin injury.Former U.S. Open champion Del Potro, ranked 30 in the world after a steady rise up the rankings following a succession of career-threatening wrist injuries, also pulled out of this week’s grasscourt event in Den Bosch.It means the Argentinian faces the prospect of arriving at Wimbledon without any grasscourt matches under his belt.Queen’s, which features world number one and Wimbledon champion Andy Murray and world number three Stan Wawrinka, has also lost French Open champion Rafa Nadal after he withdrew to recover after his triumph at Roland Garros.Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis and Briton James Ward have been awarded main draw wildcards.last_img read more


first_imgJamaican star Usain Bolt confirmed on Wednesday that he will compete in the 100 metres and 4x100m relay race at the IAAF World Championships here next month.The 100 meters and 200 meters world record holder Bolt said in a press conference that he will only run in the 100m and 4x100m relay in his last world championship appearance, before he hangs up his running shoes, Efe news agency quoted the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) as saying on their social media account.”My aim is to win in London. I want to retire on a winning note,” Bolt said in a press conference prior to the Monaco Diamond League Meeting.”I feel good now. I had a major setback at the beginning of the year with the death of my good friend,” he added.Asked about his decision to retire this year, he said: “I decided it’s time to retire because I’ve accomplished all my goals.”last_img read more


first_imgKolkata, July 20 (PTI) Aiming to throw a serious challenge to the Trinamool Congress in next years panchayat poll ahead of the bigger battle in 2019, the BJP is looking at novel ways to court the masses.And what better way to reach a common Bengalis heart than through fish, music and sports?So, the saffron brigade has lined up a fish festival, a music fest and two-month-long sports meets across the state to shore up its popularity among the masses.In fact, the BJP has already started the ball rolling, organising football matches and cricket and kabaddi tournaments.Some of the associates of the BJP, who closely work with the party and Sangh Parivar, have planned to organise a fish festival.”The people of Bengal love sports and music. From football to cricket, from kabaddi to carrom, people of this state love sports. So we decided to organise a two-month-long sports tournaments across the state. We have asked our youth wing to organise these festivals,” West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh told PTI.According to the state BJP leadership, the tournaments and contests will be used to spread the message of development and progress being pursued by the Narendra Modi government.A senior BJP leader said, “The cadre at the grassroot level have to be politically sound and physically fit in order to counter the hooligans of TMC.”Apart from being an exercise to move closer to masses, the sports meets will also serve as a means to keep the cadre physically fit and proper to rise to the challenge posed by TMC cadre.advertisement”Classes are being regularly taken to make them politically sound as well,” another senior leader said.In order to attract women to the saffron fold, the womens wing of BJP has been asked to organise festival of patriotic songs from August 1.Perhaps the easiest way to gain attention of a Bengali is to treat him with Hilsa fish, the universal favourite. So a Hilsa festival is looming in the horizon too.”This year the production of Hilsa is not that good. So we will wait out this month,” another senior BJP leader said.”We are accused of being ignorant about Bengals culture and heritage and that we are party of traders. So, we think such events will help us dispel the misconception,” a state BJP leader said. PTI PNT MD KKlast_img read more


first_imgCoach Ravi Shastri was a relieved man after Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Bhuvneshwar Kumar stitched together a record eighth-wicket partnership to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat in the second ODI against Sri Lanka at Kandy.India, chasing a Duckworth-Lewis target of 231 in 47 overs, had their backs to the wall when they slipped from 109/1 to 131 for seven before Dhoni reprised his finisher’s role and Bhuvneshwar proved a perfect foil as they bailed out India with an unbeaten century partnership.Dhoni’s risk-free 45 not out included only one boundary while Bhuvneshwar hit a six and four fours in his unbeaten 53.Shastri, who was appointed India’s coach till 2019 World Cup in July after Anil Kumble’s resignation, took to Twitter to express his feelings.”Witnessed a jail break in Kandy exactly half an hour to midnight #TeamIndia #SLvIND,” Shastri tweeted.Witnessed a jail break in Kandy exactly half an hour to midnight #TeamIndia #SLvIND pic.twitter.com/JwyT6eUQ31- Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) 24 August 2017Former India batsman VVS Laxman was in awe of “iceman” Dhoni and “gritty” Bhuvneshwar.”Finally a good game in this series??Congrats Team India on the win??Sensational partnership between iceman @msdhoni & gritty @BhuviOfficial,” Laxman wrote on the microblogging site.Finally a good game in this series???Congrats Team India on the win???Sensational partnership between iceman @msdhoni & gritty @BhuviOfficial ???- VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) 24 August 2017The smile says it all – Skipper @imVkohli with @BhuviOfficial & @msdhoni #TeamIndia #SLvIND pic.twitter.com/RijXJdJI2P- BCCI (@BCCI) 25 August 2017Great Composure & Brilliant Chase @BhuviOfficial & @msdhoni . Cannot be more proud of the result today ????????? #bleedblue #IndvsSL #TeamIndiaadvertisement- Murali Vijay (@mvj888) 24 August 2017Absolutely loved the way @BhuviOfficial & @msdhoni bhai got us home tonight. Beautiful Chase ???#TeamIndia #INDvSL- Karun Nair (@karun126) 24 August 2017Well done boys congratulations ??????@bcci @ICC @ICCLive @ESPNIndia- Mohammed Shami (@MdShami11) 24 August 2017Congratulations India. A special spell from Dananjaya but great nerves from Dhoni.Bhuvi’s spirit was a delight to watch. Well done !#INDvSL- Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) 24 August 2017Missed the game last night, what an unbelievable effort from @msdhoni and @BhuviOfficial to rescue us from a difficult situation. ??????- Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) 24 August 2017last_img read more


first_imgShimla, Jan 10 (PTI) Himachal chief minister Jai Ram Thakur today announced a cash prize of Rs five lakh for skier Anchal Thakur for winning a bronze medal at World Skiing Competition. Aanchal, who hails from Burna village in Manali, created as she gave India its first ever international medal in skiing while competing at “Alpine Ejder 3200 Cup, organised by the Federation Internationale de Ski (FIS) in Turkey. She clinched the medal in the slalom race category.The Chief Minister said the government was coming up with a plan for systematic development of sports infrastructure. PTI PCL AT ATlast_img


first_imgCheteshwar Pujara is currently among the hottest players in Team India. In the day and age of Virat Kohli, Pujara has carved his own niche and is currently the leading run-scorer in Test cricket this year.In 11 Tests in 2017, Pujara has scored 1140 runs including four hundreds. The gutsy 202 against Australia in Ranchi was his highest in the calender year but there have been other vital contributions as well. Scores of 92 and 57 either side of that epic double hundred were perhaps among Pujara’s most vital knocks.Pujara has finished his international commitments in 2017 and he has now turned his focus to the tour of South Africa. India play their first Test in Cape Town from January 5 and rest assured, Pujara will be key to India’s success.In a free-wheeling chat with India Today, Pujara spoke on a range of issues including Kohli’s work ethics, the opportunity to do well in South Africa and the secret behind his intense concentration.Excerpts:Boria: Team India will bank on you in South Africa. Is that opportunity or pressure?Pujara: I think it’s a bit of both I would say because as an individual, I always feel that the team is in trouble, I lift up my game, I try to motivate myself, my concentration goes up. So, I always take it as an opportunity. But at the same time, there is a lot of pressure, I would agree to that because when you go abroad or try and bat in tough situations, you definitely have some pressure on you. But it is how you handle and that is the most important thing.advertisementBoria: You have toured South Africa on two previous occasions. What’s the difference this time?Pujara: I think the experience, which is the most important thing. I have been there in 2010, in 2013. So when I went there in 2010, obviously it was difficult and luckily, we had players like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag, all of them were there and I definitely spoke to many of them and that experience definitely helped me in 2013 and now we are going again in 2017-18. I think that experience will definitely help me this time.Boria: Has the county stint helped?Pujara: Yes it has definitely helped me. The thing is whatever we try in India, the kind of wickets we get in England or anywhere overseas, it is very difficult to replicate that in India. That is the reason I went there to play county cricket. When I was there, I played on different grounds — I played at Trent Bridge, I played at The Oval. Playing on different grounds and pitches in county cricket did help me. Talking about Peter Moose, I think he is one of the best coaches I have worked with. I got to know about his knowledge because he has worked with the England team. So it was really nice to know his knowledge and what he thought about my game and to speak to him for about a month’s time. To be with him, to know about county cricket and cricket across the globe was really nice. It did help me gain some experience and improve my technique.Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara Boria: What’s your secret to concentration?Pujara: When it comes to batting, I like to keep it very simple. The thing is it’s the practice and the preparation which goes behind (the scenes). For me personally, it’s hours and hours of practice which has helped me become a better player and sometimes you need to know the kind of wickets you are going to play on and prepare accordingly. It is the experience and practice that has helped me gain concentration.Boria: What is the preoperational difference between a tour of England and South Africa?Pujara: Yes, you do have to prepare differently. You try and play on bouncy pitches. You try and have different preparations and different kinds of practice before you go abroad.Boria: You scored a triple hundred at the age of 12. You play marathon innings for India now. What keeps you going?Pujara: I think it’s the hunger for runs and the love for the game that keeps me going and obviously,  you need to create that habit of scoring big runs. As you said, I scored my first triple hundred at the age of 12. At that time I didn’t know how I scored my triple hundred but after that, when I got into the Ranji team, I was initially getting out at 120-130 and with the team score being 350. We used to lose matches. Because of that, I got disappointed and I thought if I can score another hundred, the team might end up scoring 450-500 and that might help and we started winning games. So that is where my habit of scoring big runs came in and then I just started doing the same thing for India A team and then when I got into the Indian team, I always thought if I am a top order batsman I need to make sure I score runs and if I score a double hundred, the chances of the team losing is less.advertisementBoria: Does failure help a player get better?Pujara: Personally, I feel failure teaches you a lot and you always get better when you accept your failure and learn from it. I always believe failure teaches me more than success. When I failed in 2014, I did realise the areas to work on but at the same time, I was batting well. I spoke to legends of the game there and they told me I got out to good balls and then I still had to accept that I can fail at some stage. So I moved on, I still kept things simple and kept working on my game. So as long as you accept you failure, move on and try and notice a few things and try and make sure your weaknesses in the past are corrected, then move on.Boria: Virat Kohli says you’re the best Test batsman in the world. What do such words coming from the captain mean to you?Pujara: It means a lot. He is someone who has the best work ethics in the Indian team and may be across the globe. He is someone who has the best fitness, he is one of the best fielders in the world and when it comes to his batting, I don’t think I need to speak much because the number of runs he has scored, everyone knows. So when it comes from him it means a lot but at the same time, there is a lot to learn from it and I would especially like to mention his work ethics.Boria: Give us an insight into Kohli’s work ethicsPujara: The way he prepares himself, the number of hours he puts in for his fitness, in his fielding or in his batting, I think it is remarkable. I think it’s very difficult for any other player to be so consistent and still get up every single morning and do the same thing again and again.(Watch the full interview on India Today at 7:30 PM on Saturday)last_img read more


first_imgDETROIT — Are you ready for some free football at Ford Field?Fans are being offered free tickets to the NFL game between the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets on Nov. 24 that was moved to Detroit from snow-plagued western New York.The game was originally scheduled for Nov. 23 at 1 p.m. at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York, but the league relocated it to the Lions’ indoor stadium after a lake-effect storm dumped about 7 feet of snow on the Buffalo area since Nov. 17.The Lions announced that their season-ticket holders and those for the Bills can use Flash Seats — a digital entry ticketing system — for general admission seats to the game Nov. 24. Fans who had tickets for the game at Ralph Wilson Stadium and travel to Detroit will be admitted with their original tickets.The Bills also announced that full refunds will be given to all original ticket holders and season ticket members, whether or not their ticket is used to enter the rescheduled game.The general public can get tickets beginning at 10 a.m. Nov. 22 via Flash Seats at Detroitlions.com, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 23at Ford Field’s box office.“We are pleased to be hosting the Bills and Jets for their game Monday night,” Lions President Tom Lewand said. “While our thoughts are with the people of the Buffalo area during this difficult time, our team at Ford Field will do everything we can to be good hosts to their team this weekend.”The NFL has offered fans free tickets in similar situations in the past, including in December 2010 when the Giants and Vikings were relocated to Ford Field after the roof of Minnesota’s Metrodome collapsed after a blizzard. Vikings quarterback Brett Favre’s streak of 297 regular-season starts came to an end that night because of shoulder and hand issues.A wildfire in Southern California in 2003 moved a game — also with free admission — between the Miami Dolphins and San Diego Chargers to Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona, because Qualcomm Stadium was turned into an evacuation center for displaced residents.Jets coach Rex Ryan thought the potential of less crowd noise at a neutral-site stadium could help Michael Vick and New York’s offense.“Instead of having 70,000 screaming (Bills) fans, I would say it’d be easier,” Ryan said. “I don’t know who’s going to be at the game.” Then, he added: “I hope there are a lot of Jets fans.”Detroit Sports 105.1 radio, an affiliate of ESPN, called for fans to wear green to the game in support of the Jets — and against Bills defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, who was fired last December after five seasons in which he went 29-51 as the Lions’ coach.He was carried off the field by the Bills after they beat the Lions in Detroit in October.Using the hashtag GreenMonday, the station wrote on Twitter: “Monday, we all become Jets fans in Detroit to give Jim Schwartz some payback. Wear green and be loud.”The Lions, in a partnership with Henry Ford Health Systems, will also be operating a 50/50 raffle when gates open, with proceeds benefiting the American Red Cross of Western and Central New York Disaster Relief Fund.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


first_imgPARIS — Resplendent in yellow and riding a canary yellow bike, Chris Froome won his second Tour de France in three years on July 26, with a leisurely pedal into Paris to wrap up a spectacular three-week slog of furious racing that culminated with a thrilling late fight-back by the British rider’s toughest rival, Colombian Nairo Quintana.Cheered on the Champs-Elysees under suitably rainy skies for Britain’s third win in the 112-year-old race, Froome took it easy on the last Stage 21, his work done having grimly resisted Quintana’s last-ditch assault on his hard-won Tour lead the previous day on the final Alpine ascent.Just as when Froome first won in 2013, Quintana was again runner-up, although the margin between them is much smaller this time.Third-placed Alejandro Valverde, Quintana’s Movistar teammate from Spain, made the podium for the first time, moving up from fourth last year.On rain-soaked roads that caused numerous spills in the women’s race on the Champs-Elysees before the men rode in, the tired riders didn’t bother racing for much of the largely flat 110-kilometer (68-mile) final stage from Sevres, in the French capital’s southwest.To minimize the risk of crashes, Tour organizers stopped the race clock early, on the first of 10 laps up and down the Champs-Elysees’ slick cobblestones.That locked in Froome’s Tour lead to guarantee his victory, generating a broad smile as he rode up the avenue lined with flag-waving spectators.He still had to ride the 10 laps to complete the full race distance, but could do so without nerves, knowing the title was his. He didn’t have to panic when a paper bag got stuck in his back wheel. He simply stopped and changed bikes.Froome and his teammates finished together linked in a line, their arms over each other’s shoulders, with the yellow jersey winner grinning in the middle.(JOHN LEICESTER, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


first_imgFLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Geno Smith made his first real gaffe of training camp, losing the football late in the New York Jets’ fifth practice of the summer.A mistake? Sure. An overall sign of progress? Definitely. “It was his first turnover at camp,” coach Todd Bowles said. “You don’t blow it out of proportion.”Except that for the mistake-prone Smith, it passes as news that he “finally” turned the ball over. Leger Douzable had a strip-sack — although there’s no real contact on the quarterback in practice — when Smith held onto the ball too long and had it knocked out of his hand.“I’ve just got to protect the ball better,” Smith said. “That’s about it.” So far, so good this summer.He still has no interceptions and has shown a fairly good understanding of offensive coordinator Chan Gailey’s system, one that has spread tendencies similar to the one Smith played in during his touchdown-filled college days at West Virginia.During his first two seasons, Smith turned the ball over 41 times, including 34 interceptions. Reading defenses better, releasing the ball quicker and not locking in on his primary receiver were all items on his to-do list this season.“I’m getting better every day, more comfortable with it every day,” Smith said of playing in Gailey’s offense.It wasn’t just Smith who made mistakes as the offense as a whole was a bit sloppy, including rookie Bryce Petty throwing two interceptions.But all eyes are obviously on Smith, who has the starting job over veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick — and needs to be consistent and limit the turnovers to keep his spot atop the depth chart.“You talk about it and you recognize it,” Bowles said of Smith’s turnover. “At the end of the day, he’s got to let the ball fly. He just can’t sit there and hold it.”Smith is likely the key to success for the Jets this season. The defense is expected to be stout with a line that is considered among the best in the NFL, to go along with a revamped secondary that includes cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie.Add wide receiver Brandon Marshall to a solid receiving corps with Eric Decker and Jeremy Kerley, and it would seem that Smith is in a perfect position to be successful.“Being that I’ve got a bunch of experience, good and bad, I think I’ve been able to see a lot and I’ve been able to learn from a lot,” Smith said.“I feel a lot more comfortable in the pocket, and being back there, and standing back there, and seeing things. But the system is great. It allows us to play fast. It allows us to see the defense and get the ball out quick because we have so many answers.”And Smith hopes to be the answer to perhaps the Jets’ biggest question of all: Sure, they’ve added a lot of talent — but do they have a reliable quarterback?“I’ve watched him and I think it’s very unfair that he’s been pointed out as somebody who hasn’t really been productive,” said former wide receiver Laveranues Coles, who attended practice last weekend.“A lot of that has to do with the people they’ve had around him. You can’t ask someone to make something happen without having anything. It’s like going to get groceries. You can’t tell me to make spaghetti and you don’t get me any pasta. …“Now that he has the tools around him, if he doesn’t produce now, then it’s easy to make a fair assessment of where he belongs after this season.”Cromartie was with the Jets during Smith’s rookie season, when the young quarterback was forced into the starting job when Mark Sanchez went down for the year in the preseason with a shoulder injury. After a year in Arizona — in Bowles’ defense — Cromartie is back in New York, and sees a change in Smith.“The biggest thing, I think, is he’s carrying himself more as a pro, the way he comes out and tries to handle himself,” Cromartie said.“I think you don’t see those moments you saw his rookie year in camp or maybe last year where he would get slumped or he may get frustrated with certain things. He just lets that play go. If it happens, it happens and then he moves on to the next play.“From that point, that’s a growing step.”Smith had some issues last season that might have made some of his teammates waver in their assessment of him as the guy in charge on the field.His in-game mistakes derailed some of the Jets’ games and led to a few benchings, and off-field incidents — missing a team meeting, cursing at a fan in the stands — affected his credibility as a leader.That’s all in the past for Smith, who has come back rejuvenated and refocused.“I’m just growing as a person,” he said. “I think as you get older, you get a better understanding, so with that, you know, I’m definitely more mature. “I think if I wasn’t, that would be a problem.”(DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


first_imgLAKELAND — Miguel Cabrera hits a three-run homer off Vinnie Pestano in his first at-bat of spring training, Justin Verlander pitched two hitless innings and the Detroit Tigers beat the New York Yankees 3-0 Friday.Cabrera walked in the first inning and homered in the third. He hit 18 homers last season, his fewest since 2003, and was limited by injuries to 119 games as Detroit finished last in the AL Central after four straight division titles.Verlander struck out one and walked one in his first outing.Yankees starter Brian Mitchell, competing for a rotation spot, pitched two hitless innings and struck out two.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img


first_img Continue Reading Previous Harry Potter doesn’t code (but Murphy does)Next Realizing the IoT security imperative Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Communications, Industry, Medical Out of all the things I look forward to at the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC), the keynote presentations are always at the top of the list, and the forthcoming ESC Boston 2017 will be no exception.This event takes place Wednesday-Thursday, May 3-4. On Wednesday, we have Michael Barr, Co-Founder and CTO of the Barr Group, presenting his security-related keynote: Embedded Systems Safety & Security: Dangerous Flaws in Safety-Critical Device Design .I have a particular interest in this topic at the moment — there are so many security holes out there with bad players just waiting to sink their teeth into your sensitive parts (metaphorically speaking, of course) — so this keynote is right at the top of my “must see” list.(Source: pixabay.com) The following day, we have Jason Crusan, who is Director of the Advanced Exploration Systems Division within the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, NASA. All I can say is that I’m glad I don’t have to (a) create Jason’s business card layout and (b) introduce him and his keynote (I’d be gasping for breath before I was half-way through his title). I wonder how he answers when someone asks “So, what do you do?” at a party, but we digress…I’m interested in anything and everything to do with space, so Jason’s keynote — Enabling the Next Era of Human Space Exploration — has me quivering in antici…(Source: pixabay.com) …pation. As amazing and awe-inspiring as it was, the recent success of the New Horizons mission to Pluto just leaves me longing for more of the same (see also New Horizons & Pluto meet ESC & Kevin Bacon and I met my new MOM at ESC ).Jason’s talk will outline the pioneering approaches that his group is using to develop prototype systems, advance key capabilities, and validate operational concepts for future human missions beyond Earth orbit. Once again, I cannot wait!Both of these presentations are open to all ESC attendees, including those with Free Expo Passes, but you have to register to attend. Hopefully I’ll see you there. I’ll be the one in the Hawaiian shirt. As always, all you have to do if you see me strolling by is shout “Max, Beer!” or “Max, Bacon!” to be assured of my undivided attention.center_img Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more


first_img Continue Reading Previous Logic-X launches new brand of COTS sensor processing productsNext ADLINK: deploy AI from edge to cloud with Edge AI Solutions and the NVIDIA EGX platform As the industrial computing industry transitions from Low Pin Count (LPC) to enhanced Serial Peripheral Interface (eSPI) bus technology, developers face high development costs to update existing equipment to the new standard. To allow developers to implement the eSPI standard while preserving large investments in legacy LPC equipment, Microchip Technology announced the industry’s first commercially available eSPI to LPC bridge. The ECE1200 bridge enables developers to implement the eSPI standard in boards with legacy LPC connectors and peripherals, substantially minimizing development costs and risk.Product longevity is critical in industrial computing equipment applications because of the significant upfront investment required. The ECE1200 eSPI to LPC bridge allows developers to maintain long lifecycles while supporting the eSPI bus technology that is required for new computing applications utilizing the next generation of chipsets and CPUs. To reduce risk for developers, the eSPI bus technology went through intensive validation for industrial computing applications and has been validated with leading processor companies.Designed for today’s eSPI requirements, the ECE1200 detects and supports Modern Standby mode with low standby current. This helps industrial computing developers manage operating costs and efficiencies, while maintaining the features end users expect from modern devices. The ECE1200 is simple to implement and does not require any software.To streamline development, the ECE1200 comes with a BIOS porting guide, schematics and a layout guide. The ECE1200-I/LD is available in a 40-pin VQFN package.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more


first_imgKarna budget proposes “Compete with China” schemeBengaluru, July 5 (PTI) A “Compete with China” scheme totake on Chinese made goods and spare parts was announced inthe state budget today by Karnataka Chief Minister H DKumaraswamy, who termed it as an “industrial revolution.”He said a total of eight lakh jobs are expected to begenerated in some districts under the scheme, for whichgovernment would provide Rs 14,000 crore investment in thecoming year.He said large-scale production of various commodities byChina, in great demand the world over, has resulted in solarpower goods, electrical lighting goods, bathroom fittings,electrical goods and electronic toys being available even forthe common man.The tremendous development in manufacturing in China inthe past two decades has seen goods from that country floodingthe Indian market, due to which industries are on the vergeverge of closure, he said.”In line with ‘Produce or Perish’ we are now requiredtoincrease our production. With this perspective, I am thinkingof implementing the Compete with China scheme,” hesaid.This envisages setting up a “Program Mission Unit” underthe leadership of successful entrepreneurs. Spare parts wouldbe manufactured at the village level, assembled at taluk leveland malls would be opened to market them, Kumaraswamy said.The Chief Minister, who also holds the Finance portfolio,outlined the scheme while presenting the Congress-JD(S)coalition government’s maiden budget.Quoting examples of programmes that can be implementedinvarious districts, based on resources and professional skillavailable in each area, he said Kalaburagi districtwould bedeveloped as “Bharath Solar District”.advertisement”The solar panel, inverters, capacitors and luminatorsfor the production of solar power will be produced only inKalaburagi district,” he said.Pointing out that the electrical light industryin Indiais valued at about Rs 46,000 crore, he said Chinese LED lightshaveoccupied this market and proposed that manufacturing ofhousehold LED lights be developed inChitradurga district.Other plans included one to develop Hassan district asbathroom floor tiles and sanitary goods manufacturing districtand setting up a cluster for manufacture of toys in Koppaldistrict to compete with Chinese mechanized toys.Noting that 80 per cent of global demand for ICBs andchips are met by Taiwan and that there was a huge demand forICB chips in India too, he said there are plans to set up amanufacturing unit at Mysuru.Emphasis will be given to thetextile industry in Ballaridistrict and a mobile phone components unit was planned to beset up at Chikkaballapur, he saidKumaraswamy saidgovernment planned to invest Rs 2,000crore in four years to set up a sports and fitness goods unitin Tumakuru district, with an im of creating one lakhjobs.To manufacture agricultural implements and protection ofagro products in Bidar district,government intended to provideRs 2,000crore capital in the next four years to companies whocome forward to manufactureagricultural implements.To implement these schemes,expert workers trained for sixmonths to two years are needed, for which training schoolswould be opened in the first phase, Kumaraswamy said.The budget has provided Rs 500 crore for training thisyear in seven districts and in the next four years, Rs 2,000crore would be given in the form of equity share capital toprivate institutes participating in this industry, he said.Private institutes would have to invest Rs 3,000crore,the Chief Minister said,adding, there would thus be a total ofRs 5,000 crore investment for each district.”By this industrial revolution, a total of eight lakhjobs will be generated in each district. An investment of Rs14,000 crorewill be provided by the state Government inthecoming year,” he added. PTI KSU RA APRAPRAPRAPRlast_img read more