Champions League: Lucas Perez hat-trick in Basel seals top spot for Arsenal

first_imgArsenal’s Spanish striker Lucas Perez seized his chance to shine with a Champions League treble as they outclassed Basel 4-1 away to steal the Group A top spot from Paris St Germain on Tuesday. (Latest Football stories)The Gunners enter the last 16 as group winners for the first time since 2011 and at least know they cannot face favourites Barcelona, who won their group, in the first knockout round.Lucas, making only his fifth start since joining from Deportivo La Coruna for about 17 million pounds ($21.55 million)in August, struck twice from close range inside 16 minutes.He netted again two minutes after the break to become only the sixth Arsenal player to score a hat-tick in the competition.Alex Iwobi made it 4-0 after 53 minutes and it could have been even better for Arsenal as Alexis Sanchez rattled the crossbar with a fizzing free kick.The St Jakob-Park crowd finally had something to warm them on a cold night when substitute Doumbia flicked in a consolation goal after a skilful turn in the area.Arsenal topped the group with 14 points because PSG, on 12, were surprisingly held 2-2 at home by Bulgarians Ludogorets who qualify for the Europa League last 32 at the expense of Basel.PSG would have guaranteed top spot had they won but instead had to snatch a last-gasp equaliser from Angel Di Maria.COMMITTED PERFORMANCE”I thought Ludogorets were a good side — they made a great result that helps us top the group, which was what we wanted,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said.advertisement”We did the job in a convincing way, we were mobile and overall had a committed performance.”I think (Lucas) Perez took advantage of the fact we created good chances – he is a goalscorer you know, he has shown tonight he has a good smell for the goal.”Lucas’s only goals since joining Arsenal were a brace in a League Cup win over Nottingham Forest in September, since when he has rarely featured because of an ankle injury.It did not take him long to double that tally though as Arsenal tore into their hosts.Lucas opened the scoring after eight minutes when Sanchez’s chipped pass found Kieran Gibbs and his low cross was missed by Eder Balanta, giving the Spaniard the easiest of tap-ins.Eight minutes later Arsenal were cruising when Gibbs’ cross-shot was parried by keeper Tomas Vaclik and Lucas swept home following a move involving 33 passes – the most in the build-up to a goal so far in this season’s competition.MISSED CHANCEBasel captain Matias Delgado wasted a chance to halve the deficit shortly before halftime with a wayward header.Vaclik was then unable to keep out Lucas’s shot two minutes after the break as the Arsenal striker emulated Mesut Ozil’s hat-trick in a 6-0 home win against Ludogorets in October.Iwobi’s close-range goal was his first in Europe.The news got better for Arsenal as the scoreline filtered back from Paris where Ludogorets, who twice led, held on for a draw that left PSG resigned to second place.All eyes will be on the draw now as Arsenal will hope their reward for topping the group is not a tie with Bayern Munich who could only finish as runners-up in Group D.last_img read more

French Open: Defending champion Novak Djokovic sinks Ramos-Vinolas to reach quarter-finals

first_imgDefending champion Novak Djokovic eased into the French Open quarter-finals on Sunday after outclassing claycourt specialist Alberto Ramos-Vinolas 7-6(5) 6-1 6-3.He will next face in-form Austrian, Dominic Thiem, the sixth seed, in a rematch of last year’s semi-final.The second seed, with new coach Andre Agassi absent from the stands, was too good for the Spanish 19th seed.The Serb, bidding to become the first man in the professional era to win each of the four grand slams twice, found some resistance in the first set with the third game lasting 13 minutes before Djokovic won it.”After that (first set) I started playing with fewer errors and that was good. That gave me a lot of confidence,” Djokovic said in a courtside interview.He finished Ramos-Vinolas off with a crosscourt forehand winner on his first match point.”Now it is the quarters in a grand slam and facing Dominic is not easy,” the world number two said.”He is a one of the best players in the world, especially on this surface. Now I have a day to rest and get ready.”last_img read more

SRK, Salman attend Baba Siddiques iftar party

first_imgMumbai, Jun 25 (PTI) Salman and Shah Rukh Khan attended Baba Siddiques annual iftar party on Saturday evening but the superstars came separately.Salman was first to come, along with Iulia Vantur, brother Sohail Khan, father Salim Khan, sisters Alvira and Arpita and brother-in-law Atul Agnihotri.It was Siddiques 2013s iftar party only when the two warring Khans – Shah Rukh and Salman- had forgot their long- standing enmity and hugged each other.However, this year the two were not able to meet as their timings did not match, but they both sported similar outfits– white shirt and black pants.Salmans “Tubelight” child co-star Matin Rey Tangu was also spotted with him.Director Kabir Khan attended the party with his wife Mini Mathur.Other B-town celebrities who made it to the party were Manish Malhotra, Huma Qureshi, Sonu Sood, Ileana DCruz, Rhea Chakraborty, Ankita Lokhande, Manish Paul, Sachin Pilgaonkar, Rashmi Desai, Himesh Reshammiya, Sajid Nadiadwala and Kiara Advani. PTI KKP RMT SSNlast_img read more

Alastair Cook enjoying playing without captaincy: Coach Trevor Bayliss

first_imgEngland batsman Alastair Cook is enjoying himself after stepping down as Test captain, head coach Trevor Bayliss said after his team beat South Africa by 211 runs in the first match of the series.Cook resigned as Test skipper in February after four and a half years in charge, in which he led his side in 59 Tests and won two Ashes series. He scored 69 in the second innings against South Africa in his first match under new captain Joe Root.”I was having a laugh watching him in the field, running around in the covers,” Bayliss told reporters.”He looked like he was enjoying it. For someone at this stage of his career, that’s a good sign.”Bayliss said Root was nervous before the match and compared the two captains’ styles of communicating with the team.”Before this test he (Root) was a little more on edge than I’ve seen him before,” Bayliss said.”We spoke about Joe being himself, getting the message across in his way.”He’s proactive and confident and I thought that came across in the way he led the team.”Root and Cook are different characters, they go about their batting in different fashion, so the dressing room was a little different. A lot of the messages were similar, just delivered in a different way.”The second Test starts on Friday at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.last_img read more

Virat Kohli yet to reach his peak, next few years will define him: Ravi Shastri to India Today

first_imgNewly appointed India coach Ravi Shastri said skipper Virat Kohli will is a champion cricketer but was yet to reach his peak.Speaking exclusively to India Today after being appointed to the  high-profile post by the cricket advisory committee (CAC), Shastri said the 28-year-old is sure to do even better over the next several years.”Kohli is a champion cricketer – he has not yet reached his peak. The next five or six years will define the real Virat Kohli,” Shastri said in his first interview since being appointed Team India head coach.Kohli was in sensational form across formats in 2016. He hammered hundreds in Australia, smashed four hundreds in the IPL and became the first batsman to score double hundreds in four successive series.Kohli was in the middle of a raging controversy over his rift with Anil Kumble, who stepped down as coach in June. But the captain’s form with the bat has not been affected as was evident in the Champions Trophy. He also signed off with a record-breaking hundred in the final ODI of the five-match series against West Indies.The 55-year-old Shastri said he has not yet spoken to Kohli on the rift with Kumble but added his conversation with the captain would remain confidential.”I have not spoken to Kohli  (yet). I don’t kow what happened in those 12 months. I will start afresh. Whatever I have to discuss with Virat will stay between Virat and me,” he told India Today.Shastri will replace former captain Kumble, who stepped down as coach last month after falling out with captain Virat Kohli despite enjoying a successful run during his year in charge.advertisementlast_img read more

Hero Motocorp to be title sponsor of Asia Cup hockey

first_imgDhaka, Aug 21 (PTI) The Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) today announced Hero MotoCorp Ltd, the worlds largest two- wheeler manufacturer, as the title sponsor of the mens Asia Cup 2017, which will be hosted by the Bangladesh Hockey Federation. The 10th edition of the quadrennial event will take place at the Maulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium in Dhaka, returning to Bangladesh for the first time since 1985. The tournament will take place from October 11 to 22. Speaking of the partnership, Hero MotoCorp Ltd chairman Pawan Munjal said: “At Hero MotoCorp, we aim to build a culture of sportsmanship and team spirit among the youth across the world through our various global sports associations. “We have a successful ongoing association with the FIH, and we are now glad to associate with the Asian Hockey Federation.” Introduced in 1982, the inaugural mens Asia Cup was won by Pakistan who also won the next two editions in 1985 and 1989. Since then, India (2003, 2007) and Korea (1993, 1999, 2009 and 2013) have also been champions in the nine editions played so far. The tournament will witness stiff competition among the top performing teams from across Asia with big stakes at play, the biggest incentive being a direct ticket for the winning team to the World Cup which is scheduled to take place in Bhubaneswar from November 28 to December 16. This year, the premier continental tournament will feature host nation Bangladesh along with China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Oman and Pakistan. India is the top ranked team amongst the competing nations at sixth position in the latest FIH rankings. PTI AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

UBA signs hoopster Satnam Singh

first_imgMumbai, Nov 3 (PTI) Satnam Singh has become the first Indian player to be signed by the United Basketball Alliance for its season 5.AC Green, Director of Sport at the UBA of India, has announced the signing of Satnam, who two years ago became the first Indian national to be drafted into the NBA League.With this signing, UBA continues to reaffirm its commitment towards the growth of Indian basketball by giving the players an opportunity to play at the highest level.Satnam made history when he was drafted in the second round of the 2015 NBA Draft by the Dallas Mavericks with the 52nd overall pick.The 7?2″ hoopster from Punjab played for the Dallas Mavericks in the NBAs Summer League and spent two years with the Texas Legends, a G-League affiliate of the Mavericks.Satnam was awarded a scholarship in the USA at the IMG Academy Florida in 2010, and spent the next five years honing his talent to a level worthy of being drafted in the NBA.His inspirational life story was the subject of a documentary “One in a Billion”.Praising Satnams game Green said, “I watched Satnam play in the NBA during his time in the United States while I was working with the Los Angeles Lakers. We are happy that Satnam has the opportunity to play in India in front of his friends, family and fans in the upcoming UBA Season 5.”Hailing from Ballo Ke village in Punjab, Satnam was just nine years old and almost six feet tall when he arrived at the Ludhiana Basketball Academy to train under the tutelage of Indias legendary coach Dr Subramanian.advertisementTalking about his association with UBA and his desire to take basketball in India to the next level, Satnam said, “I want to play an active role in the journey to take Indian basketball to the next level. Im very excited to play in the UBA along with the best players from India and abroad.”Ive been working for an opportunity to show what I can do and this will be the perfect stage for me to compete at the highest level in front of my fans in India. UBA also gives me an opportunity to work on my game and see the love for basketball grow in this country.”Satnam had few opportunities to play for India over the years due to his training commitments and constraints in the United States.Now at the age of 21, this will be the first time Satnam will play in front of Indian fans when he makes his UBA debut this season. PTI SSC SSClast_img read more

Veteran sports administrator Ashok Mattoo no more

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 27 (PTI) Veteran sports administrator Ashok Kumar Mattoo, who headed the national boxing and hockey federations at different times, passed away today after prolonged illness.He was 75 and is survived by his wife and two daughters.”Mr Mattoo was unwell for the past 5-6 months. There was nothing in particular but he had been suffering from a lot of age-related ailments because of which he had to be hospitalised as well,” Mattoos close friend and colleague at the now-defunct Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF), Ashok Gangopadhyay, told PTI.”He passed away this morning around 8.30,” he added.Highly respected in the Indian sports fraternity, Mattoo served as IABF President for 16 years, the first stint being 1980 to 1989. He came back to take charge in 1993 and served till 2001 before being replaced by Abhay Singh Chautala.”It is a huge loss for Indian boxing. Mr Mattoo was not just a great administrator but also a wonderful human being. He will be missed,” said current chief boxing coach S R Singh.Mattoo also served as the first President of Hockey India, when it came into existence in 2009. He resigned in 2010 following the bodys pay dispute with the players, which was resolved after intervention from the Indian Olympic Association (IOA).Mattoo was also the Treasurer of the IOA at that time and served in the same position in the 2010 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee.Admired as a man of integrity by his administrative colleagues as well as athletes, Mattoo resigned from the CWG Organising Committee in 2010 when the allegations of corruption first came out.advertisementHowever, he was brought back into the position within months when his replacement Anil Khanna had to step down after charges of impropriety came up against him.Mattoo was also Indias chef-de-mission at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and 1988 Seoul Olympics.”He was a veteran sports administrator who was known for his integrity. The entire sporting fraternity will miss him. On behalf of the IOA family, I offer my heartfelt condolences to his family,” IOA President Narinder Batra said. PTI PM SSC BS BSlast_img read more

Love Rejects US World Hoop Team

first_imgBecause he has no idea where he will be playing in the NBA next season, Kevin Love has withdrawn from the United States basketball squad.Love is in limbo while the Minnesota Timberwolves field offers for their three-time All-Star, a process that was complicated and likely lengthened when Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Andrew Wiggins signed his contract this week.Love is the latest All-Star to pull out of the team, which begins its training camp in Las Vegas next week to prepare for the World Cup in Spain.In recent weeks, the Americans have lost Blake Griffin, LaMarcus Aldridge and NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard. They have 18 players remaining and will choose 12 for the World Cup.Love, who won gold medals at the 2012 Olympics and 2010 world championship and was one of the first players to commit to play this summer, told USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo that he would be unavailable for training camp that starts on Aug. 4.“He wants to play but it’s a little bit of a sign of the times when you look at the league in terms of contracts, rumored trades,” Colangelo told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. “All of those circumstances put players in a funny position.”The Cavaliers are in pursuit of Love, while the Timberwolves have been willing to trade for Wiggins, the No. 1 overall draft pick. Under NBA rules, Wiggins cannot be traded until 30 days after he signed his contract with the Cavaliers.That length of time allows other teams to make offers for Love as well, but also makes it too risky for Love to participate with Team USA.An injury could derail any trade possibilities, so Love had to take the difficult step of informing Colangelo that he would not be able to participate.(JON KRAWCZYNSKI, AP Basketball Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Rice Video Sent To NFL Security

first_imgATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The video of Ray Rice punching his fiancee inside a casino elevator was sent to NFL headquarters to the attention of league security chief Jeffrey Miller in April, a law enforcement official says.The NFL has repeatedly said no one with the league saw the violent images until TMZ Sports released the video earlier this month. Miller said Sept. 25th through an NFL spokesman that he never received the video.The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to release details of the case, said he doesn’t know if Miller ever saw the DVD or opened the package.His only communication with the NFL was a 12-second voice mail on April 9 from league offices confirming receipt of the package, in which a woman says, “You’re right. It’s terrible.”The official told the AP two weeks ago that he sent the video to the NFL, but asked the AP not to report that he had addressed the package to Miller. He eliminated that restriction on Sept. 25.“Since the NFLPA and NFL have launched separate investigations into the league and the Ravens’ handling of Ray Rice’s case, I want to make a few things clear. No one from the NFL ever asked me for the inside-elevator video,” the official said Sept. 25.“I mailed it anonymously to Jeff Miller because he’s their head of security. I attached a note saying: ‘Ray Rice elevator video. You have to see it. It’s terrible.’ I provided a number for a disposable cellphone and asked for confirmation that it was received. I knew there was a possibility Mr. Miller may not get the video, but I hoped it would land in the right hands.”Miller, in London preparing for the Raiders-Dolphins game on Sept. 28, issued a statement to the AP through an NFL spokesman.“I unequivocally deny that I received at any time a copy of the video, and I had not watched it until it was made public on September 8,” he said.Miller joined the league in 2008 as Director of Strategic Security and was promoted to Chief Security Officer in April 2011. Before joining the NFL, Miller spent nearly six years as the Commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police. He worked for the State Police for 24 years.At the NFL, Miller’s responsibilities include overseeing investigative programs and services. He is also in charge of event security and game integrity.When players get arrested, the NFL’s corps of investigators rarely get involved, leaving that to local law enforcement. The league’s security operatives gather court documents and police reports available to the public, but don’t ordinarily interview witnesses or gather evidence independently.It remains unclear what happened to the video once it arrived at league offices. There are two NFL executives named Jeffrey Miller, but the law enforcement official didn’t know that, and intended it to go to the chief of security.NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the other Jeffrey Miller — who is the senior vice president of health and safety policy — did not report receiving the video.The law enforcement official said he wanted to make sure the NFL had the video before deciding on Rice’s punishment. “My intention wasn’t to bring down Commissioner (Roger) Goodell or anyone else at the NFL,” he said.He said he didn’t know the identity of the woman who left him the voice mail. He said he chose Miller because of his law enforcement background, even though he didn’t know him personally.Rice, a former Pro Bowl running back for the Baltimore Ravens, was arrested in Atlantic City on an assault charge for hitting Janay Palmer in February.A police summons stated that Rice had struck Palmer with his hand, knocking her unconscious. Rice has been accepted into New Jersey’s pre-trial intervention program, which enabled him to avoid jail time and could result in having the charge expunged from his record.Initially, Goodell suspended Rice — who has since married Palmer — for two games. After criticism, Goodell announced new stiffer penalties for future domestic violence cases. After video of the punch in the casino elevator was released, the Ravens cut Rice and Goodell suspended him indefinitely.League and Ravens officials said they requested the video from law enforcement but were denied. ESPN and others have reported that the Ravens had a detailed description of the video shortly after Rice was arrested.After the AP reported that the video was sent to NFL headquarters, Goodell announced that former FBI Director Robert Mueller would lead an internal investigation. That probe is ongoing, and there is no timetable for its completion.The law enforcement official said he does not want to speak to NFL investigators, and Mueller, who is now in private practice with a Washington law firm with deep ties to the NFL, has no subpoena power. “I know nothing else about this case,” the official said.Former FBI Chief of Staff Aaron Zebley, who is working with Mueller on the investigation, didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment.(ROB MAADDI, AP Pro Football Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Countdown to Baseball Celebration

first_imgThe Latest: Heavy rain before All-Star game, good derby TVCINCINNATI — Here are the latest developments from the MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday, the summer showcase where stars from the American League and National League compete for home-field advantage in the World Series (all times local):4 p.m.Here comes the rain. The sunny morning with streets filled with red-clad fans has suddenly turned into a colossal summer storm ahead of the All-Star Game on Tuesday night.Wind is blowing, the tarp is out and visibility at Great American Ball park is so bad, the Ohio River beyond the outfield isn’t visible from the press box.Here’s video of the tarp going on the infield: p.m.A new format and Todd Frazier’s performance in the Home Run Derby that electrified the home crowd helped bring in big overnight ratings for the event.ESPN’s telecast got a 4.9 rating, up 26 percent from last year’s derby in Minnesota that received a 3.9.___3:40 p.m.With all the talk this week about Pete Rose, banned from baseball for gambling on the Reds when he was their manager, it only makes sense to ask Commissioner Rob Manfred about baseball’s relationship to Draft Kings.The daily fantasy baseball site pays cash to winners who wager on nightly lineups (you’ve seen all the ads plastered around ballparks this season, right?).Manfred says he’s made clear to players and front office personnel that playing daily fantasy sports isn’t appropriate for them. But he says baseball sees a clear distinction between people who can affect the outcome of a game and fans who want to engage through daily fantasy sports.The players union is keeping tabs on the new association with the website.Union head Tony Clark said Tuesday at the Baseball Writers’ Association of America meeting that they’re walking a very delicate line that can easily be muddled.___3:30 p.m.How’s this for quick: MLB is running an advertising campaign this season meant to attract a more youth-orientated audience using the hashtag #THIS.In addition to spots focusing on young stars such as Mike Trout, Yasiel Puig and Chris Archer, the league has been running ads based on specific moments on the field. Todd Frazier earned his own ad for his win in the Home Run Derby in front of his home fans Monday night, just a few hours after he knocked out Joc Pederson in the final round.Check the ad out here: p.m.MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred says there is no meeting set yet with Pete Rose, who remains a celebrated presence in Cincinnati.Rose is being allowed on the field for pregame ceremonies before the All-Star Game on Tuesday night.Before meeting with Rose, the first-year commissioner wants to get a grasp of all the evidence presented from when the hits king was banned from baseball in 1989 and additional material gathered since then.Players’ association head Tony Clark later says the commissioner will make the decision about whether Rose should be re-instated but he feels it’s “a travesty” that whenever Rose is brought up in baseball conversation, it’s tied to his banishment. Clark would not give his opinion on whether Rose should be re-instated.___2 p.m.The head of the MLB Players Association turned to the NFL for an example when asked about his concerns on releasing more medical information to teams ahead of the MLB draft.Tony Clark says it’s a “travesty” that medical records belonging to defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul were apparently leaked to the public after the New York Giants star had a fireworks accident on July 4.Clark says giving unmitigated access to such information is a problem when it shows up in blogs and social media. He says “opening a Pandora’s Box and hoping everyone plays nice in it is not something we are interested in doing right now.”So, that’s a no.___1:45 p.m.Before the All-Star Game on Tuesday night, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred spent more than 30 minutes answering questions from reporters. He even got an assist from baseball executive Joe Torre. Here are some highlights:— Manfred said no changes to address fan safety are coming soon. The subject has been a hot topic since a woman in Boston was hospitalized after being struck by a flying bat. MLB is still evaluating ballpark safety features and, if there are any changes, they will be implemented before next season.— Strike three! Asked if umpires are calling a lower strike zone, Manfred deferred to Torre, who is in charge of on-field operations.Conspiracy theorist fans can rest easy, Torre said there’s been no change in strike zone compared to last year. Two years ago umpires began calling lower strikes. Torre insisted there has been no effort to call more strikes overall to speed up pace of play.— Manfred says the commissioner’s office is continuing to work on a new domestic violence policy and will have an announcement shortly.___1:40 p.m.MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred says he’s encouraged by pace of play changes and reports that games are moving along better.He told reporters on Tuesday before the All-Star Game in Cincinnati that it’s hard to ignore that the average game time is down 9 minutes, even though average length of game was not the priority in speeding things up. Manfred says the most important issue involving pace of game is player support.He says he’s talked to 29 of 30 teams about pace.MLB has been experimenting with a 20-second pitch clock in Double-A and Triple-A. Manfred says the results are encouraging but bringing the clock to the big leagues would require negotiated changes with the players union.MLB Players Association head Tony Clark doesn’t sound too interested in using the clock in the bigs.He says the clock’s success in the minors has no bearing on how it would work in the big leagues.The game is fundamentally different at the highest level, he says.___1:30 p.m.Don’t count on any postseason expansion in MLB.Commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday before the All-Star Game in Cincinnati that he likes baseball’s playoff format, including the one-game play-in for wild-card teams. He says the selectivity of baseball’s postseason is one thing that sets the game apart from other sports.One instance in which fans may get their best-of-three wild-card series is if MLB goes to a shorter schedule someday — perhaps after 2016 collective bargaining. It would be one way to offset revenue losses from the regular season.On league expansion, Manfred says he thinks MLB is a growth business. He says he’s open to the possibility of expansion at some point.When asked about Montreal, where the Expos once played, Manfred said he believes the Canadian city has a rich history and showed major interest during two exhibitions.But he says it’s a long way from two exhibitions to 81 home games in a facility that meets major league standards.___11:30 a.m.It’s All-Star Game day and the sun is shining on Cincinnati — although thunderstorms are in the forecast for game time (8:15 p.m.) at Great American Ball Park.It’s a sea of red in the streets of downtown Cincinnati as fans start to line up for the All-Star parade.Commissioner Rob Manfred is going to hold a Q&A with members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Baseball Writer TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Calf Doesn’t Worry Giants’ Cruz

first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — For a few days, it appeared Victor Cruz was on the verge of getting over that second major knee surgery.The New York Giants wide receiver was making catches in practices. He looked smooth getting off the line of scrimmage and was making his cuts with ease.It seemed that the salsa-dancing fan favorite might play in the preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium on Aug. 22. The dual threat of Cruz and Odell Beckham Jr. was ready to be unleashed.It won’t be this week. Cruz pulled a calf muscle in his left leg and coach Tom Coughlin doesn’t think he’ll play against Jacksonville.“It’s not related to the knee at all,” Cruz said Aug. 20 before watching practice. “Everything will be fine. It’s just a small hiccup in the road. It’s just a matter of me getting back. I should be back, if not by this weekend, definitely next week for sure. I’ll come out here and practice and feel good again. We’ll see how it goes.”Cruz was one of the NFL’s most dynamic receivers between 2011-13, catching 241 passes for 3,626 yards and 23 touchdowns.What made his story even better was that he was an undrafted free agent out of UMass who signed with the team roughly 15 minutes from his home in Paterson, N.J., and beat the odds to become a star.His knees have put his future in doubt. He needed surgery on his left knee late in the 2013 season and then tore the patella tendon in his right knee six games into last season.While Cruz has no doubt he will return as a top receiver, he still has to prove it. Cruz isn’t worried about this latest injury, which he blamed on being slightly dehydrated and then tweaking the calf.“I knew that the journey is long and hard. It wasn’t going to be easy the rest of the way. I knew there would be something that would come up,” he said.“Whether it be out here on the field or with my body, but I’m excited that it’s not something that’s major. It’s something I can get over, and something that’s not going to be a huge hindrance.”Offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo is excited about the prospect of having Cruz back.“He came out early on and didn’t seem tentative at all about sticking his foot in the ground,” McAdoo said. “The other day he made some nice plays, made one in the back of the end zone similar to the one the injury was on, and that’s a big step, that’s a major step.“He made a … play down the middle at the beginning of the no-huddle period of last practice. It’s good to have him out there and I can’t wait until he’s out there full time and ready to go.”Neither can Cruz.If there is a concern for the offense, it’s getting everyone healthy and practicing. Eli Manning and the first team failed to gain a first down in four series against Cincinnati in the preseason opener.Rueben Randle, the No. 3 receiver, has not practiced this week because of tendinitis in his knee, and the offensive line is still looking for its best five. Guard-tackle Geoff Schwartz, who missed the preseason opener with an ankle injury, is back. Beckham (dental work), Cruz and left guard Justin Pugh (dental work) all missed the Aug. 19 practice.“I think we’re on the right process of getting better, and I think it’ll show up this weekend,” Manning said.(TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Celts’ Rally Beats Knicks, 105-104

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares BOSTON — The Celtics wanted to make a statement during their five-game homestand.After their latest come-from-behind effort against the New York Knicks, the message is clear: Boston is emerging as a contender in the Eastern Conference.Isaiah Thomas had 32 points and eight assists, Avery Bradley hit a go-ahead layup with 17.7 seconds left and the Celtics extended their home winning streak to 13 games with a 105-104 win over the Knicks on March 4.“The sky’s the limit,” said Boston’s Evan Turner, who had 21 points and eight rebounds. “At the end of the day, we always give ourselves the opportunity to play the right game and win. I think when it comes down to a four-game series and all of us are healthy and everything, I think we’ll give a lot of teams a lot of problems.”Jae Crowder had 20 points and eight rebounds. The Celtics went 5-0 during their longest stretch of home games this season despite facing double-digit deficits in four straight games.Boston trailed by eight points in the fourth quarter but used a series of mini-runs to eventually take the lead for good on the driving layup by Bradley.Carmelo Anthony had a chance to win the game in the closing seconds but badly missed a 3-pointer off the backboard as time expired.Anthony had 30 points and seven rebounds. Arron Afflalo added 17 points and Kristaps Porzingis finished with 15 points for the Knicks, who lost their third straight.“I feel bad for the guys. They did so many good things out there. They deserved to win that ballgame,” Knicks coach Kurt Rambis said. “Three seconds left and composure — that’s on me. That’s my fault. I need to have them better prepared for a situation like that.”Crowder said a 13-2 run in the third quarter was the key in helping Boston come back after trailing for most of the first half.“When it counted most, we really dug deep,” he said.With a trip to Cleveland next, the Celtics now have an opportunity to test themselves against the East’s top team.Turner said being challenged on their home court has prepared them.“When it comes down to it, sometimes you gotta weather the storm versus adversity,” Turner said. “I think we can go as far as we possibly can.”(KYLE HIGHTOWER, AP Sports Writer)last_img read more

President proud of Cypriot athletes who took part in the ISF Gymnasiade 2016 in Trabzon

first_imgPresident of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades received on Monday at the Presidential Palace the Cypriot athletes who took part in the 2016 Gymnasiade of the International School Sport Federation (ISF), in Trabzon, Turkey.The President congratulated the students for their achievements at the Gymnasiade, noting that during the event a coup d`état was attempted in Turkey against President Erdogan.He noted that despite this development the students remained in Turkey and competed with athletes from more than thirty countries.“You should all be proud because you made Cyprus proud and that was very important under the given conditions of the coup attempt” Anastasiades told the students.He also referred to a number of projects related to sports worth 2,5 million euro.At the end of the event, President Anastasiades awarded honorary plaques to the athletes.Source: CNATweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

Keith Jackson, 89, Announcer With ‘Whoa, Nelly!’ Call, Dies

first_imgKeith Jackson laid down the soundtrack to Saturday for a generation of college football fans with phrases such as his signature “Whoa, Nelly!” From the World Series to the Olympics, NFL to NBA, he did it all over five decades as a sportscaster, but most appropriately his final assignment before retiring 12 years ago was one of the greatest college football games ever.Jackson died Friday. He was 89.A statement by ESPN, which consolidated with ABC Sports, Jackson’s longtime employer, announced his death Saturday. No cause was given. He was a longtime resident of Sherman Oaks, California, and died near his home there.A native of west Georgia, near the Alabama border, his smooth baritone voice and use of phrases like “big uglies” for linemen gave his game calls a familiar feel.“He was one of our giants,” longtime broadcaster Brent Musburger told The Associated Press. “He could do anything and loved doing it.”Jackson might be best known for his “Whoa, Nelly!” exclamation, but he didn’t overuse it. Borrowed from his great-grandfather, a farmer, the phrase also part of a commercial Jackson did for Miller Lite in the mid-’90s. But it was no catchphrase.“He never made anything up,” Musburger said. “That’s how Keith talked.”In a Fox Sports interview in 2013, Jackson said his folksy language stemmed from his rural upbringing and he became comfortable with the usage through the years.“I would go around and pluck things off the bush and see if I could find a different way to say some things. And the older I got the more willing I was to go back into the Southern vernacular because some of it’s funny,” Jackson said.ESPN “College GameDay” host Rece Davis, who grew up in Alabama, said listening to Jackson assured him that it was OK for a national broadcaster to sound Southern.“Some people become the voice of the sport through their expertise, which Keith certainly had. But it’s almost as if the good Lord created that voice, which sounds like what red clay ought to sound like if it could talk, to be the perfect voice for college football,” Davis told the AP.Jackson is a member of the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame, and called more Rose Bowl games, 15, than any other announcer.“When you heard his voice, you knew it was a big game,” said Bob Iger, chairman and chief executive of The Walt Disney Co., which owns ESPN.Jackson’s death comes just three weeks after that of another sportscasting titan — Dick Enberg, known for his own excited calls of “Oh, my!” during a 60-year career.Kirk Herbstreit was among the college football broadcasters paying tribute to Jackson on social media.“Can close my eyes and think of so many of his special calls. Thank you Keith for all the memories and the grace in which you provided them,” Herbstreit posted on Twitter.After serving four years in the Marine Corps, Jackson broadcast his first college football game in 1952 as an undergraduate at Washington State. He worked in radio and television before joining ABC Sports in 1966.Jackson first announced his retirement in 1998 but returned to work. He retired for good after the 2006 Rose Bowl, when he called Texas’ upset of Southern California for the BCS championship on Vince Young’s last-minute touchdown scramble.“Fourth-and-5. The national championship on the line right here,” Jackson said right before Young took the snap on that memorable play. “He’s going for the cornerrrr. He’s got it! Vince. Young. Scores.”The Rose Bowl stadium’s radio and TV booths were renamed in his honor two years ago. He is in the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame for his contributions to the New Year’s Day game, which is he credited with nicknaming “The Granddaddy of Them All.”Jackson was also the first play-by-play announcer on ABC’s “Monday Night Football” telecasts before being replaced in the program’s second season by Frank Gifford.He called multiple World Series and baseball All-Star games, and was ABC’s lead NBA play-by-play announcer. He worked college basketball with Dick Vitale, and covered 10 Olympics, calling swimming, track and field, basketball, speedskating and ski jumping.Musburger recalled doing the radio play-by-play for the 1986 National League championship series between the Mets and Astros when Jackson was on the television call ABC. The series ended in the Astrodome with a dramatic, 16-inning victory in Game 6 by the Mets.“Keith was in the television booth right next to me,” Musburger said. “I’ll never forget when the game was over, Keith’s hand, and I didn’t know whose hand it was, but it came around the corner extension into the radio booth and he offered me a vodka after the game to celebrate what we had been through.”Desmond Howard, who returned a punt for a touchdown at Michigan in one of Jackson’s best-known calls, tweeted that he had a hard time expressing how much Jackson meant to him, his alma mater and college football.“May his family find some comfort in knowing how much joy he brought us for so many years and that his legacy endures,” Howard said.Jackson is survived by his wife of 63 years, Turi Ann.Funeral arrangements were not announced.___By JAY REEVESReeves reported from Birmingham, Alabama. AP Sports Writer Beth Harris in Los Angeles, Janie McCauley in Oakland, California, and Ralph D. Russo in New York contributed.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

No-No! A’s Fiers Throws 2nd Career No-Hitter, Beats Reds (Vid)

first_imgOAKLAND, Calif. — A light malfunction almost stopped Mike Fiers’ night from getting started. A high pitch count nearly prevented him from finishing it.Good thing Fiers was allowed to take the mound and stay there all game because he made history doing it.Fiers overcame the early delay and managed the high workload to pitch his second no-hitter of his career, getting help from two spectacular defensive plays from his Oakland Athletics teammates to shut down the Cincinnati Reds 2-0 Tuesday night.“Amazing. That’s really all I can really say,” Fiers said. “Things like this just happen.”This one almost didn’t.A bank of lights in left field was only partially lit before the scheduled start of the game, leading to a delay of more than 90 minutes before the teams and umpires determined there was enough light to play a full game.The pitch where Fiers completes the no-no. This is what baseball is all about. ?(via @Athletics)— Bleacher Report MLB (@BR_MLB) May 8, 2019Then after getting through seven innings with 109 pitches, Fiers was told by manager Bob Melvin that one more baserunner would end his night even if he still hadn’t allowed a hit. He then breezed through the final two innings, following up his 2015 gem for Houston against the Dodgers with a 131-pitch masterpiece to become the 35th pitcher with multiple no-hitters in his career.“I’m just really thankful for him leaving me in and trusting me,” Fiers said. “I told him I felt great. I felt like everything was working. It wasn’t a matter of being tired. I had adrenaline at that point.”He walked two, struck out six and ended the 300th no-hitter ever in the majors by fanning Eugenio Suarez with a big curveball.The A’s poured out of the dugout to mob Fiers in celebration after the final out in front of a few thousand fans remaining after the lengthy delay. Fiers tipped his hat to the crowd and raised his arms in triumph as he walked off.“It was a great night obviously for him, for our fans, everyone wants to see a no-hitter,” Melvin said. “It was no fun for me once he got past 120 pitches, I promise you that. But he deserved it.The 33-year-old Fiers (3-3) raised his lifetime record to 57-58. The right-hander began the night with a 6.81 ERA this season, and has been a journeyman for much of his career.Oakland Athletics’ Mike Fiers, center, celebrates with Matt Olson (28) Chad Pinder (18) and Matt Chapman (26) after pitching a no hitter against the Cincinnati Reds at the end of a baseball game Tuesday, May 7, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)A journeyman with a special place in the record book, that is.“It’s pretty cool,” Fiers said. “I saw a little bit of the list. I’m just grateful to be here and get the opportunity to play. I remember when I was getting drafted I wasn’t too high on the charts. I was a guy throwing 88 to 90 (mph) down in South Florida. I’m one in a million down there. … I’m just blessed to be here.”The first no-hitter of the 2019 season didn’t come without tense moments as Fiers was bailed out by back-to-back great defensive plays in the sixth inning. Second baseman Jurickson Profar ran a long way to making a diving catch on Kyle Farmer’s popup into short right field for the second out, prompting Fiers to throw up his arms in celebration.Joey Votto followed that with a deep drive, but flashy center fielder Ramon Laureano reached above the fence to pull the ball back and rob the Reds star of a home run.“Ramon’s catch he’s done that once or twice. That’s a normal play for him,” Fiers said. “Profar, another amazing play.”This was the 13th no-hitter in the history of the Athletics franchise, which started in Philadelphia, moved to Kansas City and shifted to Oakland. Sean Manaea pitched the previous no-hitter for the A’s on April 21, 2018, at home against Boston.Manaea, fittingly, gave Fiers an ice bath on the field when this one ended.“It was way more nerve-wracking then I was doing it,” Manaea said. “I was shaking on the bench. I don’t know, it was crazy seeing him do it. It was awesome.”The Reds were no-hit for the 10th time, most recently by Jake Arrieta of the Cubs in 2016.Fiers became the seventh pitcher to throw no-hitters for multiple teams — Nolan Ryan, Randy Johnson and Cy Young are among the others. Ryan pitched a record seven no-hitters overall.Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander, Homer Bailey and Arrieta are the other active big leaguers with two no-hitters. Fiers clearly was aware of what was at stake in the later innings.“I knew. I don’t like when guys are like they don’t know,” Fiers said.The no-hitter came almost exactly a year after the past one in the majors, by James Paxton for Seattle at Toronto last May 8.Fiers issued his only two walks in the seventh, but also got Jesse Winker to hit into a double play. Fiers needed only nine pitches to get through the eighth and zipped through the ninth, retiring rookie Josh VanMeter on a popup, getting Votto on a routine grounder and striking out Suarez.A’s catcher Josh Phegley neatly blocked the last pitch and tagged Suarez to make it official.“I felt like he was hitting with all his pitches where he wanted it and when he wanted it,” Phegley said.Fiers’ other no-hitter came on Aug. 21, 2015, in Houston, three weeks after being traded from Milwaukee to the Astros. He threw a career-high 134 pitches in that game.The only other Reds batter to reach was Winker, who got aboard on an error by Gold Glove third baseman Matt Chapman in the fourth. Chapman was near second base on a defensive shift and the grounder hit off his glove and landed in the outfield.The game started after a 98-minute delay because of a lighting problem at the Coliseum. A bank of lights above the upper deck in left field had been only partially lit, causing the delay. Those lights began to flicker on as the game started.Fiers, however, turned them out on the Reds.“It was impressive to watch but tough to watch for us,” manager David Bell said. “It’s one game but you have to give him a lot of credit. You don’t see this very often, especially anymore. To do it against our lineup is very impressive.”It was the second straight day the Reds have had a game delayed at the start because of unusual circumstances. Their game against the San Francisco Giants on Monday in Cincinnati was briefly halted due to a swarm of bees.The A’s scored in the second against Tyler Mahle (1-6) when Stephen Piscotty raced home on Profar’s double into the right field corner. Profar added a solo homer in the seventh.TRAINERS ROOMReds: LHP Alex Wood will not throw for two weeks after getting a second opinion on his back injury.Athletics: 1B Matt Olson went 0 for 3 in his first game back since undergoing surgery on his right hand. . DH Khris Davis was a late scratch because of a left hip contusion. The slugger bruised his hip when he ran into the railing near left field at Pittsburgh on Sunday. . Manaea threw all fastballs during a 20-pitch bullpen session, his first since shoulder surgery last September.UP NEXTRHP Sonny Gray (0-4, 3.89 ERA) starts for the Reds on Wednesday in his first appearance at the Coliseum for the first time since 2017. The former A’s ace won 44 games during 4 ½ seasons in the majors with Oakland before being traded to the New York Yankees. Gray allowed five runs in five innings in his only appearance against the A’s on May 11, 2018. Oakland counters with LHP Brett Anderson (4-2, 3.89).By: Josh Dubow, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Advantech: realize wireless network and device management with EIS-D210

first_imgAdvantech announce a new generation of wireless connectivity Edge Intelligence Server EIS-D210 series. As smart cities and industry 4.0 deployment installs millions of IoT sensors and devices distributed in our environment, wireless communications has become the fastest growing sector and wireless networks have been part of every application. How to remotely manage distributed devices is the key issue for IoT. To echo market requirements, Advantech EIS-D210 series is powered by an Intel® Celeron® processor N3350, with LoRa/Wi-Fi/Bluetooth and WISE-PaaS/EdgeSense edge intelligence and sensing software solution built-in. It is also pre-integrated with Microsoft Azure IoT Edge and AWS Greengrass to extend cloud intelligence to edge devices and enable real-time decisions at the edge. Advantech EIS-D210 is an integrated solution from the edge to the cloud and simplifies IoT application deployment, especially in smart factory, smart energy, and intelligent agriculture applications that needs wireless sensor network management. EIS-D210W has a built-in certificated WiFi (IEEE802.11a/b/g/n/ac 2.4GHz/5GHz standard) and Bluetooth 4.1 module, and EIS-D210L incorporates a built-in private LoRa long-range modem. All EIS-D210 series have built-in dual GbE, COM (RS-232/422/485), VGA/HDMI, four USB 3.0, and mPCIe ports, which can be extended to support 3G/4G LTE. EIS-D210 series provide several connection capabilities and peripheral support for multiple wireless/wired communications.EIS-D210 series comes with Advantech’s WISE-PaaS/EdgeSense edge intelligence and sensing integration software, which provides an IoT SDK and documents for wireless sensor (LoRa, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth) data integration and supporting field protocols (MQTT/OPC/Modbus) for sensor/device data acquisition. With these, customers can quickly incorporate data integration, data pre-processing, and edge analytics to their applications.EIS-D210 series is also pre-integrated with Azure IoT Edge and AWS Greengrass, ensuring that IoT devices can respond quickly to local events, interact with local resources, operate with intermittent connections, and minimize the cost of transmitting IoT data to the cloud. Furthermore, after data modeling and machine learning with data, results can be pushed back to edge ( IoT Edge/ Greengrass) to provide data prediction for IoT applications.EIS-D210W (Wi-Fi/Bluetooth) is available at end of April and EIS-D210L (LoRa) will become available in June. For more details, please visit:, or contact your local sales office.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Trinamic: complete EtherCAT slave controllers optimized for real-timeNext MEN: new M-module with four serial interfaceslast_img read more

AAEON: BOXER-8170AI powering a connected AI

first_img Continue Reading Previous Kontron: scalable COM Express type 10 module with up to 16 GByte LPDDR4 memory downNext MicroMax: rugged relay systems interface unit AAEON announces the BOXER-8170AI, our newest embedded AI@Edge computing solution featuring the NVIDIA Jetson TX2. Equipped with four PoE LAN ports and four USB 3.0 ports, the BOXER-8170AI provides stability and flexibility for AI edge networks.The BOXER-8170AI features the powerful NVIDIA Jetson TX2 6-core processor, designed by pairing the Dual Denver 2 and Quad ARM 57 processors into a single SOC. This unique design with up to 256 CUDA cores provides speed and performance to power AI@Edge solutions. The BOXER-8170AI comes with 8GB LPDDR4 memory and 32GB eMMC storage onboard, and supports AI frameworks such as TensorFlow and Caffe, as well as supporting AI inference software from developers and customers.The BOXER-8170AI is built to provide flexibility and stability for AI Edge networks. It is designed with four PoE LAN ports, each with their own dedicated chip. This allows for higher bandwidth and stability for each port, allowing PoE cameras to operate individually on dedicated connections. The BOXER-8170AI supports a maximum output of 60 watts for up to four PoE cameras, perfect for a range of AI solutions incorporating PoE cameras such as smart retail, virtual fences, and access control.The BOXER-8170AI is designed with a wealth of I/O features including four USB 3.0 ports, allowing for additional cameras or devices to be connected to the system. The BOXER-8170AI also features two COM ports for easy integration into industrial systems, two HDMI ports, and remote ON/OFF. The BOXER-8170AI is built to easily connect to networks with a Gigabit LAN port and two antenna ports to connect to wireless networks or act as an AIOT gateway. The BOXER-8170AI also features an SD Card slot and USB OTG for easy maintenance.Built for the harsh environments of industry, the BOXER-8170AI features a fanless design and all aluminum chassis protecting the system from dust, vibration and other hazards. The BOXER-8170AI is capable of operating in temperatures from -20°C to 50°C and features a wide input voltage range of 12 to 24 VDC. With a compact height only 48 mm thick, it can fit into almost any convenient space needed to power AI Edge applications.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

India failed to emerge as football power by not quitting Commonwealth: Book

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 17 (PTI) Parochialism has been affecting Indian football over the years but things might have been different had India left the Commonwealth in 1950 to join the soccer world full time, a new book claims.India won the Asian Games football gold in 1951, again in 1962 and came fourth in the Melbourne Olympics in 1956.”Had soccer grabbed its chance, and Jawaharlal Nehru followed popular sentiment and left the Commonwealth, who is to say that today football, not cricket, would be the main sport of India,” UK-based sports commentator Mihir Bose says.”Had India left the Commonwealth in 1950, making Indian cricket a world outcast, and the Indian football gone to Brazil to play in the World Cup the same year, that by itself would have made India a football nation like Saudi Arabia which does not see playing in the World Cup an impossible dream,” he argues in his book “Game Changer”.”Had India gone to the World Cup in 1950, it would have been playing the best of world football. In the 1950s, that was not possible for India in cricket. Matching wits against the best would have been a tremendous boost for the sport,” Bose also told PTI.”Football then was more popular than cricket, had reached more parts of the country, had links with Indian nationalism in the way cricket did not and playing in the World Cup would have boosted the game,” he adds.He also says that football in India did not really follow the game as it was played in the rest of the world and has been “wretchedly” led.advertisement”Cricket administrators are bad but football have been worse,” he alleges.”Game Changer”, published by Palimpsest, is a critical take on the English Premier League and has a special chapter on Indian football titled “First Words”. The foreword is written by veteran football commentator Novy Kapadia.”The England team may not have been a success but the Premier League is the most successful leagues in the world. It shows how English domestic football has reinvented itself in the last quarter of a century from being a league that was going nowhere and outclassed by La Liga and Serie A,” Bose says about the EPL.He says Indian clubs need to learn from the sides in the English Premier League on how to market themselves.”English clubs are very good at reaching out to their fan base and making their club’s name well known and reaching out beyond the football public.”But to really develop the sport, Indian clubs need to set up academies which can nurture young players, he suggests.”Also they need to make sure their coaches go out into remote rural areas to seek out young players who could be turned into stars. They also need to develop links with clubs in England and other European countries so their young players can come to Europe to learn about the game. Their coaches should also do the same,” Bose says.According to him, Indian sports followers do not seem to be interested in the grass roots of the game and their focus seems to be on celebrity sports, and cricket in India has all the celebrities.”It is not easy for football to compete with cricket. This will have to be a long process,” he says.”FIFA thinks Indian football is a great underdeveloped story of world football. Indian football has a long, rocky road ahead but it is not an impossible one. They can learn from how the English Premier League reinvented the game,” he hopes. PTI ZMN RDSRDSlast_img read more