Mumbai Indians party in style after winning third IPL crown

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first_imgMumbai Indians won their third Indian Premier League title on Sunday, defeating Rising Pune Supergiant by just one run in a dramatic final which went to the last ball.Supergiant lost three wickets in the last over – bowled by Mitchell Johnson (3/26) – to be restricted to 128/6 after Mumbai Indians scored 129/8.Supergiant needed 11 runs off the last over but Johnson dismissed Manoj Tiway and top-scorer Steve Smith (51) off successive deliveries after conceding a boundary off the first ball.But Johnson conceded only 5 more runs off the next three deliveries as Dan Christian was run out off the last ball while going for the third run to tie the match.It was Mumbai Indians’ first win against Supergiant this season after losing both its league matches and also the first qualifier. Mumbai Indians’ earlier IPL titles came in 2013 and 2015.The celebrations, which kicked-off at Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, continued into the night as the players reached their hotel.The players were welcomed by the hotel staff and a few Bollywood celebrities were also present to congratulate them.LEGENDS! #CricketMeriJaan #IPLfinal pic.twitter.com/BcgBqyGU5B- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 21, 2017CHAMPIONS! Ever single one of you! ??????#CricketMeriJaan #IPLfinal #BELI3VE pic.twitter.com/L5ZP8NqdOp- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 21, 2017From one #MILegend to another.#CricketMeriJaan #IPLfinal #BELI3VE pic.twitter.com/nZY6ZblEjk- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 21, 2017#Dabbing the night away! ????#CricketMeriJaan #IPLfinal #BELI3VE pic.twitter.com/d7Cn6qSZPu- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 21, 2017″The Pandya brothers are special!” – #RohitSharmaadvertisementIndeed they are, Rohit. ???#CricketMeriJaan #IPLfinal #BELI3VE pic.twitter.com/8jX5plSTku- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 21, 20172? legends, 3? @IPL titles each! ??????????????????#CricketMeriJaan #IPLfinal #BELI3VE pic.twitter.com/tmLG9aFmcY- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 21, 2017The moment we were crowned champions! It doesn’t get any better than this! ????????#CricketMeriJaan #IPLfinal #BELI3VE pic.twitter.com/Ez7aq3rEdp- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 21, 2017Let’s get that party started! ??????#CricketMeriJaan #IPLfinal #BELI3VE pic.twitter.com/bLXUW07qOU- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 21, 2017Fantastic way to finish 10 years.. what a great feeling.. congratulations @mipaltan thank u each and everyone. #IPLfinal #RPSvsMI pic.twitter.com/iXqgk0ArP2- Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) May 21, 2017Weeeee are the CHAMPIONSSSSS !!! ?????????? ??????????????? #MI #IPLfinal @mipaltan pic.twitter.com/q2vpxKzBPK- Ranveer Singh (@RanveerOfficial) May 21, 2017This is how you want a final match to be like. Super exciting. Congrats @mipaltan on another ipl title. #IPLfinal #RPSvMI- Kapil Dev (@therealkapildev) May 21, 2017What a brilliant #IPLfinal Congratulations @mipaltan on a great victory??????Congrats to @RPSupergiants as well for an outstanding season???- VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) May 21, 2017Winning takes talent, to repeat takes character, grit and intelligence. What a brilliant final to be part of @mipaltan #IPLfinal- Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) May 22, 2017After 7 weeks of hectic activity a last ball finish. Long live one of the biggest sporting leagues in the world @IPL #IPLfinal pic.twitter.com/9Nr3hn1soh- Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) May 21, 2017Wat a match best final in IPL so far great captaincy under pressure @ImRo45 so so so close #IPLfinal #RPSvsMI #IPL2017 #MUMBAIINDIANS #BCCI- Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) May 21, 2017What a brilliant #IPLfinal Congratulations @mipaltan on a great victory.Congratulations to Pune as well for giving such great entertainment- Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) May 21, 2017Whattttta game of cricket @IPL well done @mipaltan for winning the ipl again n well played @RPSupergiants #IPLfinal- Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) May 21, 2017Wow, what a game, worthy of the #IPLfinal #MIvRPS- Deep Dasgupta (@DeepDasgupta7) May 21, 2017last_img read more

NYK volunteers spread yoga message in 623 districts

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first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 21 (PTI) The Nehru Yuva Kendra (NYK) volunteers participated in International Day of Yoga celebrations in 623 districts across the country, a senior NYK official today said.Hundreds of volunteers from the Kendra, which functions under the Ministry of Youth Affairs, took part in the Delhi edition of the grand event at the Connuaght Place (CP).Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs Vijay Goel attended the yoga events hosted in the streets lining the famed Raj-era market in central Delhi in the morning.”Our (NYK) volunteers were at the CP also. They participated in events in all state capitals and district headquarters. Altogether they spread out in 623 districts across all states.”The volunteers were trained by yoga gurus in the run up to the celebrations,” the official said.Nehru Yuva Kendras were established in the year 1972 with the objective of providing rural youth avenues to take part in the process of nation building as well providing opportunities for the development of their personality and skills.In the year 1987-88, Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS) was set up as an autonomous organisation under the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, to oversee working of these Kendras.NYKS is the largest grassroots level youth organisation and channelises the power of youth on the principles of voluntarism, self-help and community. PTI KND SMJlast_img read more

Shakira attends Leonel Messis wedding with her partner

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first_imgLos Angeles, Jul 2 (PTI) Shakira and her partner Gerard Pique attended FC Barcelona star Lionel “Leo” Messis lavish wedding in Argentina.Messi tied the knot with his childhood sweetheart, Antonella Roccuzzo, on Friday.Shakira, 40, wore a chic black dress, which featured a sheer overlay on top of a tulle skirt and completed her look with black stilettos, a gold clutch and her hair styled in a half-up, half-down do, reported Entertainment Tonight.Pique, who also plays for FC Barcelona, sported a classic black tuxedo, bow tie and gigantic grin.The singer took to Instagram to post a photo of herself and her man in wedding attire with a caption, “Thanks to Antonella and Leo and all the people of Rosario for your hospitality! Shak.” PTI SSN SSNlast_img read more

Manchester United F.C.’s Jose Mourinho eyes first Super Cup win in Real Madrid C.F. reunion

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first_imgManchester United’s Jose Mourinho can collect the one European trophy he lacks when his side face Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup on Tuesday in his first competitive meeting with the Spanish giants since an acrimonious split in 2013.Mourinho, whose team won the Europa League last season to salvage an otherwise disappointing first campaign under the Portuguese, led Real to the Liga title with a record 100 points and won a King’s Cup in an eventful stay between 2010 and 2013.His achievements at the Santiago Bernabeu were overshadowed, however, by his falling out with key dressing room figures such as Sergio Ramos and Iker Casillas as well as confrontations with referees and opponents plus a failure to win the Champions League, as Real lost in the semi finals each year.Mourinho’s legacy has been upstaged by the Spanish club’s three Champions League triumphs in the four years since his departure, although in a recent interview the Portuguese claimed he had “to beg” Real’s board to let him leave for Chelsea.Champions League holders Real will be without talisman and former United forward Cristiano Ronaldo in Skopje, Macedonia, as the Portugal international was allowed to report late for pre-season training after he played in the Confederations Cup.Zinedine Zidane’s side beat Sevilla 3-2 in extra-time last year to win the showcase match and the French coach is targeting a fourth European trophy in less than two years in charge of Real, which would match Mourinho’s tally of continental titles.NEW SIGNINGSUnited, meanwhile, will be missing central defenders Eric Bailly and Phil Jones due to suspension, opening up a place in the starting lineup for new recruit Victor Lindelof.advertisementThe Swede is one of three signings made so far by United along with Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku and midfield anchorman Nemanja Matic arriving at a combined cost of 146 million pounds ($190.34 million) as the Old Trafford side look to improve on a disappointing sixth-placed Premier League finish last term.Real have added promising youngsters Theo Hernandez and Dani Ceballos to their talent-packed squad which won a Liga and Champions League double last season while parting ways with forwards Alvaro Morata and James Rodriguez.Their reported interest in French teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe has yet to materialise, however.United beat Real on penalties after a 1-1 draw in a friendly in California last month and won five of their other pre-season games, losing only to Barcelona.Real, meanwhile, failed to win any of their four friendluies in the United States in 90 minutes, losing 3-2 to Barca and getting thrashed 4-1 by Manchester City, their only win coming in a shoot-out victory over an MLS All-Stars team.”The sensation overall is not good, when you don’t win any of your four games something is wrong,” Zidane told reporters after the tour.”We have to do a lot more, we’ve made a bad start with these results and what we all want is to get home, rest and think about the Super Cup.”($1 = 0.7670 pounds)last_img read more

Neha Dhupia’s outfit is making us reach for shades

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first_imgYellow is clearly a colour we Indians love, especially during summers and monsoons. We love the idea of how bright and encouraging basanti is. But there is now something like too-much-yellow, and it’s all thanks to Neha Dhupia.The Roadies judge has lately been appearing in outfits that raise eyebrows for the worst of reasons, but her most recent appearance had us reaching for some soothing shades!Photo: Yogen Shah Also Read: We could hang Neha Dhupia in the middle of a ceiling, because she looks like a chandelier While in Chandigarh to promote the second season of #NoFilterNeha, the actress chose to sport yellow, printed palazzo pants with an even more yellow, loose-fitting shirt.Photo: Yogen Shah No, not even a kurta. This yellow top is actually a shirt, and yes, it is way-too-bright yellow. The button-up pattern on it did nothing to add to her look. The ill-fitted shirt was just too unflattering.Also Read: You’ve got to stop wearing clothes like these, Neha DhupiaThe pants, with the black and white print, are nice–but Neha clearly paired them with the wrong top. Even the peach heels pair well with the pants, and so does the minimal makeup look, and the pretty ring on her left hand.Photo: Yogen Shah Just a few days back, Neha managed to look like a chandelier in a fluorescent green dress. This time, Neha actually pulled of looking sunnier than the sun itself in her glaringly bright, OTT outfit!last_img read more

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova beats Daria Gavrilova in Hong Kong final

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first_imgRussian sixth seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova claimed her third title of the year by beating seventh-seeded Australian Daria Gavrilova in the final of the Hong Kong Tennis Open on Sunday.Pavlyuchenkova prevailed 5-7 6-3 7-6(3) in a match heavily disrupted by the weather.The final started later than scheduled due to a typhoon off the coast of Hong Kong and the players then had to endure a half-hour rain delay with the deciding set delicately poised at 5-5.???? Thanks guys for the support! #brutalthis1 Ð?Ñ?ÐÐ Ñ?ÐÐÑ?ÐÐÐ ÐÐ ÐÐддÐÑ?ÐкÑ?! Title 11 ! ?? pic.twitter.com/BHxkmAipqu- A. Pavlyuchenkova (@NastiaPav) October 15, 2017Pavlyuchenkova’s victory followed wins in Monterrey in April and Rabat in May.”It was not easy mentally as this morning we were not sure if we were going to play or not,” the 26-year-old said. “I just won a title so I’m extremely happy with that. It was a really, really tough match.”.@NastiaPav is your @HKTennisOpen Champion!Outlasts Gavrilova, 5-7, 6-3, 7-6(3)! pic.twitter.com/r3lEgYP6Mh- WTA (@WTA) October 15, 2017.@NastiaPav and @Daria_gav pose with their trophies after their epic @HKTennisOpen final! pic.twitter.com/UMHoja2zn1- WTA (@WTA) October 15, 2017last_img read more

Team USA talks up Pyeongchang Winter Olympics over threats, distractions

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first_imgSo far next year’s Winter Olympics have kicked up more buzz about the threat of flying missiles than athletic excellence and U.S. Olympic officials sought to put the focus back on the sport at a 100-day countdown in Times Square on Wednesday.Hours after the Olympic flame arrived in South Korea on its way to Pyeongchang, around 40 past and prospective Olympians – including gold medal-winning downhill skier Lindsey Vonn – were on hand to mingle with fans and the media.Security was understandably high only a day after a 29-year-old Uzbek immigrant mowed down pedestrians on a bike path in Manhattan, killing eight people and injuring more than a dozen others.United State Olympic Committee Chief Executive Scott Blackmun and the athletes, though, were more concerned with downplaying the risks of a Games that will take place roughly 70 miles (84 km) from the border with North Korea.”The opportunities like this to hang out with these men and women more than offsets all the logistical challenges,” Blackmun said.Reuters Photo “Sochi had challenges. Rio had challenges. London had challenges. Whether Pyeongchang is more or less (of a challenge) is really not the question for us. It’s ‘Are we preparing our athletes to the greatest extent possible?’.”Threats and insults exchanged between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un in recent months have heightened tensions on the peninsula but the team had received no new guidance on security or travel restrictions from the U.S. State Department, Blackmun said.advertisementBlackmun also said that Pyeongchang-bound U.S. athletes would face no new guidance on what they could do when not competing, despite embarrassing behaviour by swimmer Ryan Lochte and some of his team mates at the 2016 Summer Games in Brazil.Although Team USA would always prefer athletes remained inside the secure areas of the venues and Olympic Village as much as possible, Blackmun accepted that there would be times when they would “leave the system”.”We just ask that they carry their cell phones and stay in touch and make sure their team knows where they’re going to be if they get outside of the system,” he said.MEDAL COUNTBlackmun declined to say whether he expected to top the 28 medals, including nine golds, captured by U.S. athletes in 2014 in Sochi.”We have athletes that we think can do pretty well … but we don’t talk about medal count,” he added.According to a forecast from Gracenote, a unit of media ratings tracker Nielsen Holdings Plc (NLSN.N), the U.S. should take home 29 medals from Pyeongchang, comprising 10 golds, seven silvers and a dozen bronzes.Reuters Photo Gracenote does not forecast a U.S. medal in men’s ice hockey, which is typically one of the marquee events of the Games but diminished this time with no NHL players participating for the first time in 24 years.”I like our chances,” countered Brian Gionta, who has recently retired after 15 years as a forward in the NHL.”I think we’re all pretty much in the same boat.”The women’s ice hockey team is looking for gold for the first time since the event’s debut in 1998 with Canada having won all four since.”It’s been 20 years since we won a gold medal, and that’s our main focus right now,” said forward Hilary Knight, who owns two Olympic silver medals.”It’s gold or bust.”The Winter Olympics take place from Feb. 9-25 next year.last_img read more

Johanna Konta appoints Michael Joyce as new coach

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first_imgBritish world number nine Johanna Konta has named American Michael Joyce as her new coach for the 2018 season following her split from Belgian Wim Fisette in October.The 26-year-old enjoyed a solid start to 2017, winning the Sydney International and Miami Open titles, and hit a career-high number four world ranking before injury and poor form saw her miss out on a WTA Finals berth.The 44-year-old Joyce has previously worked with former number ones Maria Sharapova, whom he guided to two grand slam titles, and Victoria Azarenka, whose team he joined in early 2017 before leaving the Belarusian’s coaching squad last week.”I’m delighted to confirm that Michael Joyce will be joining my team for 2018,” Konta said in a statement.”Michael is a fantastic coach with a great pedigree and I’m really excited to work with him. 2017 has been amazing but I feel like there is so much more to come.”Konta will begin her 2018 season at the Brisbane International, which is scheduled to start on Dec. 31.Elsewhere, Czech Barbora Strycova, who won the Linz Open in October, has named compatriot David Kotyza as her new coach after splitting with Tomas Krupa earlier this year.Strycova, 31, will play her first competition under Kotyza at the season-opening ASB Classic in Auckland.last_img read more

Peru captain Paolo Guerrero to miss 2018 World Cup after drugs ban

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first_imgPeru’s hopes at next year’s World Cup finals were dealt a huge blow when captain and all-time record goalscorer Paolo Guerrero was banned for one year on Friday after failing an anti-doping test for cocaine.The 33-year-old striker, who plays for Flamengo in Brazil, had been provisionally suspended by world governing body FIFA after the drug, classified as a stimulant, was found in his system after Peru’s 0-0 draw away to Argentina in a World Cup qualifier in October.”The player tested positive for cocaine metabolite benzoylecgonine, a substance included in WADA’s 2017 Prohibited List under the class ‘S6. Stimulants’, following a doping control test conducted after the match,” FIFA said in a statement.”By testing positive for a prohibited substance, the player has violated article 6 of the FIFA Anti-Doping Regulations and, as such, contravened article 63 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code.”Peru qualified for the World Cup finals for the first time since 1982 by beating New Zealand in a two-legged playoff. Guerrero missed both those matches.His ban will be back-dated to November 3 and will apply to international, domestic and official friendly fixtures.Guerrero, who used to play for German club Bayern Munich, made his international debut in 2004 and has 83 caps, scoring 32 goals.He helped Peru finish third in the 2011 and 2015 Copa Americas and was leading scorer in both tournaments.He also helped Brazilian club Corinthians win FIFA’s World Club Cup in 2012, scoring the winning goal in the final against Premier League side Chelsea.He joined Flamengo in 2015 and has been prolific in front of goal, scoring 42 goals for the Rio de Janeiro club.advertisementlast_img read more

Panathinaikos Greek Hoop Champs

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first_imgFor the first time in seven years, Panathinaikos didn’t have to play its perennial rival and archenemy Olympiakos in the final for the Greek Cup and it made this year’s title a lot easier. The Greeks won their 15th title with a runaway 90-53 destruction of Aris of Thessaloniki, although it was a tight game for a half.In the semi-finals, Panathinaikos had beaten the European champions Olympiakos, who suffered through a mediocre season the domestic league after riding high last year.Aris looked like it was heading toward a possible upset after holding Panathinaikos to a 40-40 after being up by as much as five points. The second half was an execution, with the winners outscoring Aris, 50-13 in an absolute obliteration in basketball terms, destroying any sense of tension.The easy win, played on Crete, came without the injured James “Airlines” Gist, a former University of Maryland star, that seemed to give Aris an impetus as its young players struggled mightily against the favorites, backed by an experienced coach, Milan Minic, who had already done the seemingly impossible by getting his team to the final.Ramel Curry, scorer of 17 points in 21 minutes, was voted the Most Valuable Player of the final.It was the 19th consecutive season with at least one trophy for the Greens, who are also three points clear at the top of the league.“This was a very good start, it is the first title of the season,” said team captain Dimitris Diamantidis.Unlike the wars between fans when Olympiakos played Panathinaikos, the final was quiet in the stands, especially after Panathinaikos gave Aris fans nothing to cheer about in the second half.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Leader PAOK Beats Panthrakikos 3-2

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first_imgATHENS — Dimitris Salpingidis scored a goal and assisted on another in PAOK’s come-from-behind 3-2 home victory over Panthrakikos in the Greek league on Nov. 30.Dimitris Papadopoulos and Facundo Pereyra also scored for league-leading PAOK. Nicolas Diguiny and Nikos Tsoumanis scored for the visitors.The league resumed play after games were canceled last weekend following the street assault of a senior refereeing official.The win kept PAOK in first place, two points ahead of defending champion Olympiakos, which won 4-0 at Kerkyra. Kalloni, which played Platanias to a 0-0 draw on Nov. 29, is tied for third with Panathinaikos, which won 2-1 over Veria on Nov. 30.Also, Asteras won 4-1 at Ergotelis, Panionios beat Niki Volos 2-1 and Giannena defeated OFI 3-0.Salpingidis opened the scoring for PAOK in the seventh minute with a close-range shot after Panthrakikos’ defense failed to clear a cross and the ball bounced off a defender his way.In the 32nd, a cross from the right found Diguiny unmarked just inside the area and his powerful shot went just inside the right post.Panthrakikos went ahead in the 55th, when Tsoumanis beat a defender to the ball inside the area and blasted a shot into the top right corner of PAOK’s goal.The hosts recovered quickly and Papadopoulos equalized in the 62nd with a header from Salpingidis’ cross. Pereyra scored the winner in the 65th with a free kick that hit the underside of the crossbar before landing just beyond the goal line.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Skid Ends, Knicks Beat Blazers

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first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares PORTLAND, Ore. — Carmelo Anthony had the hot hand and plenty of help when he needed it.Anthony tied a season high with 37 points and New York’s reserves sparked a rally from a 10-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 112-110 on Dec. 12.Anthony, who scored 20 points in the first half, shot 13 of 21 from the field as New York ended a four-game losing streak. He didn’t score in the fourth quarter until making six free throws during the final 30 seconds as reserves such as Lance Thomas and Kyle O’Quinn helped fuel the rally.Thomas scored seven of his 13 points and O’Quinn six of his 14 points during the fourth quarter.“Their bench was obviously the difference. They had 46 (points) off the bench. All their bench players contributed. … they had a lot of energy,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said.No one was more impressed with the reserves than Anthony.“Tonight our bench was phenomenal. When we were down 10, it was them that stepped up big time,” Anthony said.Former Blazers Robin Lopez and Arron Afflalo, returning to Portland for the first time since leaving the team in free agency last summer, were among six Knicks in double figures. Afflalo scored 15 points, while Lopez had 14 points and seven rebounds.The Knicks outscored the Blazers 36-24 in the fourth quarter to pull out the finale of a three-game road trip.“Third game in four nights, things have not been going well. It would have been easy to say, ‘We’ll get them next time’ and feel sorry for yourself,” coach Derek Fisher said. “They decided they wanted to win.”Damian Lillard led Portland with 29 points but missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer that would have won the game after he chased down the rebound of his intentionally missed free throw.“From where I was standing, I thought it was going in,” Lillard said.New York started the fourth quarter on a 12-2 run to erase Portland’s lead. Then, trailing 92-91, the Knicks regained the lead on back-to-back baskets by O’Quinn.New York built the lead to six points on several occasions, but needed Anthony’s free throws to hold on.C.J. McCollum scored 22 points and Allen Crabbe 15 for the Blazers.Portland never trailed in the first half and led 56-55 at halftime.The Blazers took a 20-9 lead midway through the first quarter when a layup by Mason Plumlee capped a string of eight consecutive points. Crabbe had a pair of baskets during a 7-0 run early in the second quarter that gave the Blazers a 40-30 lead.The Blazers briefly gave up the lead early in the third quarter when New York ran off nine consecutive points, including five by Anthony, to take a 64-59 lead.But the Blazers put together a pair of 8-0 runs later in the quarter to grab an 86-76 advantage heading into the fourth quarter.last_img read more

Warriors’ Curry Out Two Weeks

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first_imgOAKLAND, Calif. — If the Golden State Warriors want to cap a record-setting season with a second straight NBA title, they will need to survive the next two weeks without their best player.Stephen Curry is expected to miss at least two weeks with a Grade 1 sprain of the MCL in his right knee, dealing an unexpected blow to the Warriors’ hopes of repeating as champions.“From our perspective, it’s relatively good news,” General Manager Bob Myers said. “Clearly we don’t want to be here getting MRIs at this point of the season, especially someone of Steph’s stature. … But mechanically the knee is intact, so that’s good.”Myers said the two-week estimate is an educated guess based on how players typically respond to similar injuries, but cautioned the absence could be three weeks or possibly slightly shorter.The team will have a better handle on how long Curry will be out after about a week but Curry will miss the rest of the first round of the playoffs and almost assuredly the start of the second round if the Warriors advance. Golden State leads Houston 3-1 heading into Game 5 at home on April 26.“If it’s not two weeks, don’t go crazy,” Myers said. “If it’s before that, great. If it’s after, it’s after.”Curry was injured on the final play of the first half of an April 24th 121-94 win in Houston when he slid awkwardly on a wet spot on the court and fell. He immediately grabbed his knee and jogged with a limp to the locker room.“Nobody is to blame here,” Myers said. “If you play basketball, that stuff happens unfortunately.”Curry came out with the team after halftime, but sat on the bench for most of the warmup time. After talking with coaches, he returned to the locker room with his second injury of the series.Curry had missed the previous two games with a sprained right ankle but said that was not an issue during the first half on April 24.The Warriors thrived without Curry on April 24, hitting eight 3-pointers in the third quarter alone to turn a tie game into a 21-point lead on the way to the easy win.But doing that without the reigning MVP for a longer period of time figures to be more problematic. The Warriors have gone 3-2 this season without Curry playing, including wins against the Rockets on New Year’s Eve and at home in Game 2. Golden State also lost Game 3 in Houston by one point while Curry sat with the ankle injury.Replacing everything Curry does is almost impossible because no one has ever had the collection of skills he has with the ability to spread the defense with long-range shooting, the ball handling to create his own shot and the play-making that leads to easy baskets for his teammates.Curry led the NBA this season by averaging 30.1 points per game, while averaging 6.7 assists, 5.4 rebounds and a league-leading 2.1 steals as well. Curry made a record 402 3-pointers, eclipsing his own previous mark by 116.While backup point guard Shaun Livingston and do-everything power forward Draymond Green can shoulder much of the playmaking load and Klay Thompson is the second-best 3-point shooter in the league, the Warriors go from a historically great team that won a record 73 games in the regular season with Curry in the lineup to a vulnerable one if he misses significant time.With a 3-1 series lead and two potential games at home against the eighth-seeded Rockets, Golden State is still primed to advance to the second round without Curry. But a second-round series against either the Los Angeles Clippers or Portland would be much more problematic.The second round of the playoffs won’t start until this weekend at the earliest. No matter when the second round starts, Game 4 would likely be either May 8 or 9, which will be in two weeks.That would make Curry’s earliest possible return in Game 5 but Golden State could be forced to go the entire round without him, which could open a path for teams like San Antonio, Oklahoma City, the Clippers or Cleveland to win the title.The Warriors benefited from injuries to opponents last season on the way to the NBA title with Memphis point guard Mike Conley missing time in the second round and Cleveland missing point guard Kyrie Irving for the last five games and power forward Kevin Love for the entire NBA Finals.Now Golden State is the team dealing with injuries.(JOSH DUBOW, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

The Legendary Nikos Galis Inducted into Basketball Hall of Fame

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first_imgBy Gregory J. StamosNikos Galis, a member of the AHEPA Hellenic Athletic Hall of Fame, Class of 2013, on September 8, 2017 reached the highest honor a basketball player, College, Professional or Amateur, can attain: induction into the Naismith Memorial International Basketball Hall of Fame, in Springfield, Massachusetts. Galis, the greatest basketball player in Greek basketball history and one of the top European players of all time, was recognized for his brilliance in the International arena, most notably leading the Greek National Team to its iconic capture of the 1987 European Championship, by its defeat of Russia, a game in which Galis was named Most Valuable Player, after leading Greece with 44 points.Galis, born in New York and raised in Union City, New Jersey, the son of two Greek immigrants, starred for Seton Hall University from 1975-1979. In 1979, his senior season, he averaged 27.5 points per game, the third highest scoring average in the Nation, behind only Idaho State’s Lawrence Butler and the great Indiana State University Larry Bird. That season Galis won the Haggerty Award as the New York Metropolitan Area’s Men’s College Basketball Player of the Year, and was drafted by the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association. Having suffering an injury during the Celtics’ training camp, however, Galis elected to play professionally in Greece, the land of his ancestors, notwithstanding never having been in Greece before nor even being aware that there was a professional basketball league in Greece. Legend has it that Red Auerbach, the Celtics’ revered Coach and General Manager, said that, in retrospect, “the biggest mistake of my career was not signing Galis.”Galis embarked on a storied fourteen-year professional career and is now considered Greece’s top all-time athlete. As a member of the Aris (Thessaloniki) Professional Club, he won eight Greek League Championships and appeared three times in the European Club Championship Final Four. Then, after his move to Panathanaikos (Athens), Nick led his team to a fourth trip to the European Final Four. Galis topped the Greek League in scoring eleven times and was its all-time leading scorer with an average of 33.4 points per game, and led the National Team, in 168 games, with a 30.5 average. His individual scoring records were 62 points in the Greek League, 57 points in European Club competition and 53 points with the Greek National Team versus Panama in 1986. He was voted the top European player in 1987.In the Athens Olympic Games in 2004, Galis was the first Olympic Torch Bearer to enter the Stadium at the Opening Ceremony. In 2007, he was inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame. Thereafter, in 2013, in a nationally televised induction ceremony, the Thessaloniki “Alexandriou Sports Palace” was renamed “Nick Galis Hall” and in 2016, the Greek government named the indoor basketball court at the Athens Olympics Sports Complex “Nick Galis Court.”Galis was inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame along with former NBA stars George McGinnis and Tracy McGrady, WNBA and UCONN college basketball star Rebecca Lobo, Notre Dame University Women’s Coach Muffin McGraw, and Kansas University Men’s Coach Bill Self. His video presentation included praise by NBA greats Vlade Divac, Detlef Schrempf, and Tony Kukoc. In his acceptance speech, Galis thanked all of his high school, college, and Greek National team teammates and coaches, but especially singled out the Greek fans, worldwide, for their support. He indicated that his greatest decision was to elect to play in Greece, which became “his people and his country.” Nick Galis and Gregory Stamos on the Hall of Fame stage following his induction with NBA great Bob McAdoo. Photo courtesy of Gregory StamosHe noted how proud he was that his athletic success had galvanized and even united the entire nation of Hellas, with Greeks flooding the streets late into the night celebrating the dramatic victory over Russia in 1987, which propelled Greece onto the international basketball stage.Galis had been selected to the AHEPA Athletic Hellenic Hall of Fame in 2013, but was unable to attend the National Convention to receive his award due to running his basketball camp in Greece at that time. He elected to not have his Hall of Fame plaque and medallion mailed to him, in the hope that he would be able to personally receive it at some later point in time, and prior to the Naismith induction ceremony, Gregory Stamos, Chairman of the AHEPA Hall of Fame Selection Committee, presented Galis with his 2013 AHEPA Athletic Hall of Fame plaque and medallion, compelling Nick to note, with a smile, “I’m not sure which means more to me, these, or my International Hall of Fame trophy.”Gregory Stamos presenting Nick Galis with the AHEPA Hall of Fame Plaque after Nick received his International Hall of Fame Jacket. Photo courtesy of Gregory StamosTweetPinShare11 Shareslast_img read more

Federer Reaches Indian Wells Final After Nadal’s Withdrawal

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first_imgINDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Dominic Thiem outlasted Milos Raonic 7-6 (3), 6-7 (3), 6-4 on Saturday to reach the BNP Paribas Open final after Roger Federer advanced when Rafael Nadal withdrew because of a knee injury.A somber Nadal announced his withdrawal a couple hours before he was scheduled to take the court at Indian Wells Tennis Garden.“I warm up today in the morning, and I felt that my knee was not enough good to compete at the level that I need to compete,” he said.Federer was warming up on another court at the same time as Nadal and figured the match was on. However, Nadal soon texted him it wasn’t going to happen.“It’s a big letdown,” said Federer, who came on court in khaki shorts and a gray cardigan to address fans. “I know the anticipation is there from the crowd and also us players. I’m excited to be in the finals but not this way.”The Spaniard’s right knee flared up in the second set of his 7-6 (2), 7-6 (2) victory over Karen Khachanov on Friday in the quarterfinals. He twice called for a trainer, who applied tape just below Nadal’s knee. It was obvious that Nadal’s movement was hampered.Nadal said he won’t play again until the Monte-Carlo Masters on clay in mid-April.“I don’t have doubts today that I will be ready for Monte Carlo,” he said.It would have been the 39th career meeting between Nadal and Federer, who seeks a record sixth title at Indian Wells and the 101st in his career on Sunday.“I know every one we have now could be our last,” Federer said. “It’s a special rivalry, maybe the most special with Rafa and Novak (Djokovic).”Thiem reached the semifinals via walkover after Gael Monfils withdrew from their quarterfinal with a strained left Achilles.Against Raonic, Thiem earned the only break of the third set in the fifth game. He led 5-3 and served it out, winning on his second match point with a backhand volley.Thiem and Federer have split their four previous meetings, with only one going three sets. Federer won the last time they played at the ATP Finals in London in November.Knee problems have dogged Nadal for years, and they cut short his 2018 season after the U.S. Open in September. He was forced to quit two sets into his semifinal against Juan Martin del Potro.The 32-year-old Spaniard choked up discussing his withdrawal last fall, and he appeared near tears on Saturday.He admitted that he sometimes is sad because he feels at a disadvantage against his opponents due to his continued knee issues that force him to limit his practice and playing time.Then he gathered himself, saying, “It’s not the moment to complain much. With all this stuff, I still where I am today.”The year began promisingly enough. Nadal didn’t drop a set in reaching his fifth Australian Open final, where he lost to Novak Djokovic. He’s ranked No. 2 in the world and has a match record of 11-2.“Still tough because I felt more or less OK during this beginning of the season in terms of my knee,” he said. “Now it starts the process that I have to decide what direction we have to take to recover well and to recover as soon as possible.”Even with all of his injuries, Nadal indicated he has no intention of giving up playing on hard courts, the surface for two of the four Grand Slam events.“My goal is to play on all the surfaces,” he said.With time to fill before the women’s and men’s doubles finals, Novak Djokovic and Pete Sampras teamed for a one-set doubles match against John McEnroe and tournament director Tommy Haas. Comedian Jon Lovitz served as chair umpire.By: Beth Harris, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

How Flash Memory ICs can support the requirements of Automotive functional safety

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first_img > 97% 10-8 /hour < 10 FIT Fig. 2: minimum detection rates for single-point and latent faults, and maximum failure rates as specified by the ISO 26262 standard Nevertheless, automotive manufacturers’ ISO 26262 compliance efforts call for a way to identify any fault that could theoretically still occur in a NOR Flash IC. And at the time of writing (May 2017), NOR Flash ICs are supplied to automotive OEMs as a memory ‘black box’. Functions which maintain data integrity and data retention are, in conventional devices, inaccessible to the user. This closed operation is in conflict with the principles of functional safety, which require the host system to monitor component parts for faults, or for irregular behaviour that indicates a fault is likely to occur, and to implement counter-measures aimed at maintaining proper functioning.This means that NOR Flash ICs intended for use in ISO 26262-compliant systems must make diagnostic data available to the host controller, and provide ways in which the host can modify the IC’s operation in response to a heightened risk of failure indicated by the data.Two main features of a NOR Flash IC provide these data:the ECC engine, which maintains data integrity by detecting and correcting bit errors in Read operationsa User Mode which enables periodic testing of the ECC engine’s operationHow ECC data support functional safety operations In conventional NOR Flash ICs, the ECC engine operates in the background, detecting and correcting bit errors with multi-byte granularity silently, without alerting the host controller. in fact, however, these ECC data may be used to facilitate functional safety compliance in various ways. An ECC engine is capable of correcting single-bit errors (when there is only a single bit variance between the main data bit and the parity bits); and of detecting (but not correcting) double-bit errors.By providing a status register to the host controller, a NOR Flash device can indicate whether the most recent Read operation had one of three possible outcomes:good data with no error correction requiredgood data after error correctionbad data that were not able to be correctedThis ‘after the fact’ information can be used to help maintain long-term data integrity, as we shall see. But ISO 26262 requires automotive systems to detect faults when they occur, and to deploy counter-measures immediately. In new automotive NOR Flash ICs from Winbond, real-time error information may be provided via a dedicated Error pin. This pin may be asserted to indicate the exact location of uncorrectable data. There is also an option for the user to select whether the Error pin will indicate corrected single-bit errors, or detected and uncorrectable double-bit errors.The host may then use the information from the status register, from the Error pin, or from both, to build an error register – effectively a ‘map’ of the NOR Flash array, logging the locations of bit errors. The host may then set a threshold, so that when the number of errors occurring at any one location, such as a particular block, exceeds the threshold, that location is ‘retired’ from the memory. This is a sensible precautionary measure: the repeated occurrence of corrected single-bit errors in a particular block of memory cells might indicate that the block is weak, and at risk of premature failure.Measures to identify a latent failure So far, the measures described are concerned with the handling of single-point faults, for which the ISO 26262 standard specifies minimum detection rates for each ASIL grade. But the standard also requires automotive systems to detect ‘latent faults’. A latent fault is a fault which does not violate functional safety requirements on its own, but which can violate them in conjunction with a second fault.In a NOR Flash IC, there is potential for such a latent fault – a malfunctioning ECC engine is an example. In normal operation, NOR Flash technology is highly reliable and rarely requires error correction. So as long as an ECC engine failure does not cause it to wrongly correct good bits, the failure would normally go unnoticed. But when a single bad bit goes uncorrected because of the failed ECC engine (a latent fault), the two faults in combination pose a risk to functional safety.To enable detection of a latent ECC engine fault, Winbond’s automotive NOR Flash ICs provide special User Mode and ECC Encoder Read commands: this enables the user to inject a main data pattern into the memory, and to read back from the ECC engine the main data and the parity data that it generates. If the parity data are incorrect, the ECC engine can be flagged as faulty.Likewise, the User Mode may be used to check ECC decode operation: in User Mode, the user loads main data and parity data into the ECC engine, and with a special ECC Decoder Read command the main data may be read back. Single-bit and double-bit errors may be introduced into the main data and parity data to check whether the ECC engine performs single-bit error correction and double-bit error detection properly. Winbond’s recommendation is that this ECC engine check should be performed every time the system powers up.New functional safety features available in production parts In response to demand from manufacturers of ADAS products and other automotive systems, Winbond is now integrating the functional safety features described above into a new family of automotive NOR Flash products. The Quad 3V family, featuring a maximum 80MB/s data transfer rate, is available for sampling in a density of 256Mbits as of May 2017. A 512Mbit part (two stacked 256Mbit dies) will be available in the second half of 2017. In 2018, Winbond will release a 512Mbit part with a monolithic die, and a 1Gbit part made from two 512Mbit stacked dies.Winbond’s Octal 1.8V family, featuring a data rate of more than 300MB/s, will be available in densities from 256Mbits, with samples planned for late 2018. Proliferation into other densities will follow later. Winbond also offers Serial NAND products with functional safety features: as of May 2017, products are available for sampling at densities of 512Mbits, 1Gbit and 2Gbits (made of two stacked 1Gbit dies).Winbond Serial NAND products, such as the 1Gbit W25N01GV, support functional safety compliance by providing information to a status register showing whether data read out were good without ECC, good with ECC, or uncorrectable. The Serial NAND page size is 2kbytes and 1-bit embedded ECC is offered at the sector level (512 bytes). This means that up to 4-bit correction can be performed on a 2kbyte page. Winbond Serial NAND also offers the ability to read the location of a failed page when prompted by an additional user command.Fig. 3: the error log in Winbond Serial NAND helps identify potential weak cells or blocks By providing both SPI NOR and Serial NAND solutions for functional safety applications, Winbond offers the user the freedom to select the appropriate Flash memory type for the requirements of their design.For more product information, please visit Winbond Code Storage Flash MemoryShare this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components FIT (failure in time) ASIL-A  > 99% > 90%  > 60% Not Applicable ASIL-D 10-6 /hour  > 90% LF (Latent Fault) Metric In ADAS, as well as in the instrument cluster and elsewhere, Flash memories are nowadays a component in Automotive systems which are safety-critical.  Therefore OEMs are starting to demand a new breed of Flash ICs which can support the requirements of functional safety design at the system level better than previous generations of devices. By Anil Gupta, Technical Executive, Winbond, www.winbond.com NOR Flash has been a dependable technology in vehicles for many years, and today is used in various automotive systems, including the instrument cluster and in infotainment and telematics systems (see Figure 1). In these applications, this non-volatile memory provides storage capacity for application code, offering the advantages of reliable operation and Read speed fast enough to support Execute-in-Place (XiP), in which a host processor runs code directly from Flash, bypassing external DRAM.NOR Flash is also playing an important role in emerging implementations of the ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) concept, which in cars available today is already performing semi-autonomous highway-driving functions such as adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping. The pace of development in autonomous driving technology is extremely fast, and so in the next few years more and more of a vehicle’s activity will be controlled by electronics systems containing Flash.In ADAS, as well as in the instrument cluster and elsewhere, Flash is a component in systems which are safety-critical: any uncontrolled failure of such a system would have the potential to render the vehicle unsafe or uncontrollable. To manage and minimise the risk of systems failing to operate as specified, the automotive industry has implemented the ISO 26262 Functional Safety standard, which:imposes a requirement at the design stage to perform rigorous analysis of the ways in which a system’s designed functions can failspecifies very low maximum failure rates for complete systemsrequires systems to have the ability to detect functional failures reliably and quicklyrequires systems to put in place robust means to survive safely, and recover from, any foreseeable functional failureFig. 1: the virtual instrument cluster in a 2014 Audi TT. NOR Flash is widely used to enable instant display of essential cluster information at start-up. (Image credit: Robert Basic under Creative Commons licence.) Automotive systems OEMs are therefore starting to demand a new breed of Flash ICs which can support the requirements of functional safety design at the system level better than previous generations of devices. This article studies the mode of operation of conventional NOR Flash ICs, and explains the features that new automotive serial Flash products will need to offer if they are to fully support system designers’ efforts to comply with the ISO 26262 standard.These functional safety features will likely be seen both in serial NOR Flash – the Flash memory type most often used today in embedded systems for boot code storage – and in Single Level Cell (SLC) NAND Flash. Serial NAND is in fact a valid alternative to NOR Flash for code storage in applications that do not require a high number of Program/Erase cycles, and that do not need to implement XiP. Winbond’s SLC NAND technology is built in a 46nm process, which offers proven high quality and is preferable in functional safety applications to serial NAND products fabricated at new, smaller geometries. It also offers data retention periods comparable to those of 55-65nm NOR Flash.The advantage of serial NAND is its inherently lower cost – a NAND Flash bit cell is four times smaller than that of a NOR Flash cell. Supplied by Winbond with an on-board Error Correcting Code (ECC) engine and supporting high-speed continuous/sequential Read capability across page and block boundaries, serial NAND is now being seriously considered by designers of automotive functional safety applications alongside the NOR Flash which is the subject of this article.Exposing diagnostic data to view It’s important to state that NOR Flash memory technology is very reliable, and devices’ operating lifetime is highly predictable. NOR Flash ICs have proved their qualities in the field, and automotive OEMs’ preference for the technology is based on experience of its use in millions of vehicles on the road today. For perspective, the ISO 26262 standard specifies reliability and other parameters in four ‘ASIL’ grades (Automotive Safety Integrity Level). The most stringent grade, ASIL-D for the most safety-critical systems such as steering or brakes, sets a maximum system-level failure rate of <10 FIT (Failure In Time) – a measure of the failure rate per billion device-hours (see Figure 2). At the level of individual components such as a NOR Flash IC, this calls for a maximum failure rate of far below 10 FIT. 10-7 /hour 10-7 /hour Failure rate ASIL-C SPF (Single Point fault) Metric Not Applicable ASIL-B < 100 FIT < 100FIT < 1,000 FIT  > 80% Continue Reading Previous iC-Haus: high-resolution absolute encoder iCs for nonius interpolationNext Leading standards in the wireless charging marketlast_img read more

German TV files complaint over insults against female commentator

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first_img\R Berlin, Jun 29 (AFP) German public broadcaster ZDF said today it has filed a criminal complaint against two individuals who insulted the channel and its World Cup commentator Claudia Neumann in social media posts.”ZDF has lodged a criminal complaint at the Mainz prosecutor’s office against two social media users who made extremely derogatory remarks against Claudia Neumann and ZDF,” the channel’s director Thomas Bellut told the Mainz daily Allgemeine Zeitung.”There are apparently still some viewers who think that there is a problem that a woman is commentating on football,” said Bellut after a meeting of the channel’s advisory board.Neumann was among a handful of female sports journalists who made history this year by becoming the first women to commentate live on World Cup matches.But her station has had to leap to her defence as the 54-year-old repeatedly became the target of fierce ridicule and gender-based attacks.”We go after every attack against ZDF employees that constitutes a criminal offence,” said Bellut.Support for Neumann — who had previously taken the microphone for Euro 2016 and Champions League matches — also came from the German Olympic and Sports Confederation.The body proposed putting more women into “supposedly male disciplines” with an emphasis on high-profile events such as at the World Cup and Champions League matches. (AFP) CPS CPSlast_img read more

OnePlus 6 Red edition with 8GB RAM, 128GB storage launched in India for Rs 39,999, sale on July 16

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first_imgAs teased last week, OnePlus has officially launched the Red edition of OnePlus 6 in India. The smartphone comes with 8GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The phone will be available for buying for a price tag of Rs 39,999. Interested consumers will be able to purchase the OnePlus 6 Red edition phone starting July 16 in India. OnePlus is yet to reveal their e-commerce partner for the OnePlus 6 Red edition.The new OnePlus 6 Red edition features an amber-like effect. OnePlus has used optical coating, evaporative film, and six panels of glass to build the OnePlus 6 Red edition. An added anti-reflective layer has also been used in designing the OnePlus 6 Red so that more light can reach the bottom layers of glass before being reflected off the device to create a sense of depth. “A translucent orange layer intermixes with the red base layer to achieve a radiant glossy red, unique to OnePlus,” says OnePlus.”We believe power and attitude can be both elegant and humble, and we have strived to achieve this with the OnePlus 6 Red Edition,” says Pete Lau, CEO and Founder, OnePlus. “We worked to avoid an overly bright red color while still capturing a sense of self-confidence and positivity. Achieving the amber-like effect took several months to refine and perfect.”The OnePlus 6 Red edition boasts of a metallic red shimmer coupled with the red, mirror-like fingerprint sensor and silver camera lens accent.OnePlus claims that OnePlus 6 is the fastest selling device in the company’s history. OnePlus says that within 22 days of the launch of the phone, one million OnePlus 6 phones were sold. The company believes that the new OnePlus 6 Red edition will be “another great choice for users around the world.”advertisementIn terms of specs, OnePlus 6 Red edition comes with 8GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The camera, processor, software and other specs remain the same as the OnePlus 6 Midnight and Mirror black edition.The OnePlus 6 comes with a 6.28-inch screen and FullHD+ display with a resolution of 2280×1080 pixels and an aspect ratio of 19:9. The OnePlus 6 sports a dual-camera set up consisting of a primary sensor of 16-megapixel Sony IMX519 sensor paired with f/1.7 aperture, OIS, and EIS. The secondary sensor includes a 20-megapixel Sony IM376K sensor with f/1.7 aperture. On the front, the OnePlus 6 comes with a 16-megapixel selfie shooter coupled with a Sony IMX371 sensor, f/2.0 aperture, and EIS.ALSO READ: OnePlus says it will launch 5G phone in 2019, could be OnePlus 7OnePlus 6 is a powerful phone and is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor clocked up to 2.8GHz, coupled with an Adreno 630 GPU. The smartphone comes with a dual SIM support and runs OxygenOS 5.1 based on Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box. The OnePlus phone is backed by a 3300 mAh battery and comes with Dash charging support.last_img read more

Ministry proposes IOA relaxation in selection norms for Asian Games

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first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 18 (PTI) The Sports Ministry today intervened in the controversy surrounding team selection for the upcoming Asian Games, asking the Indian Olympic Association to reassess the criteria laid down by it and consider “specific relaxation of selection norms”. In the letter written to IOA President Narinder Batra, the ministry said that athletes and teams may be cleared if there is a strong possibility of either winning a medal in the Asian Games or finishing in the top four. The IOA had said that it followed the criteria of top six finish in individual events and top eight in team sports for selection in the Indian contingent for the Asian Games. The IOA’s criteria were akin to a circular of the ministry issued in 2015 for selection of team for multi-sporting events. “This Ministry has framed those guidelines for sending entries of athletes/teams for participation in multidisciplinary events like the Asian Games (on March 10, 2015). However, of late, there has been concerns raised from various quarters … that many deserving sportspersons/teams are not able to participate due to their inability to meet the above guidelines because of various reasons, inter-alia, due to less exposure in tournaments, restrictive spread, etc,” the Ministry said in the letter. “Accordingly, a view has emerged in this Ministry that specific relaxation of the norms prescribed may be considered by this Ministry purely on merits to allow sending of entries of teams/athletes for such sports disciplines which are otherwise not eligible for participation in the Asian Games, 2018, to be held in Indonesia in the larger interest of sports and sportspersons,” it added.advertisement The Ministry said the IOA, in consultation with the concerned National Sports Federations, may reassess the decisions taken by them for sending entries of teams for the Asian Games. “… (they) may reassess the decisions taken by them and send their recommendations, if any in respect of sports disciplines which are not eligible for participation in the Asian Games, but can be considered for participation in light of the fact that individual athlete/team, performing consistently well during the last six months, but couldn’t qualify due to lack of enough exposure or participation in ranking events and hence has a strong possibility of either winning a medal in Asian Games or finishing in top four. “Based on the recommendations of the IOA, the Ministry may consider including sports discipline(s)/athletes as part of the Indian contingent for the Asian Games 2018,” the ministry said. A top IOA official said the top brass will meet in a day or two to take a decision on the ministry proposal. “We have received the ministry letter and we will have a meeting tomorrow or day after. It is late to make further recommendations, nonetheless we will take a decision on the ministry proposal. Even if we do something, everything will now depend on whether the Asian Games Organising Committee will accept it or not,” the official told PTI. Official sources in the ministry said that the proposal was made as the government wanted performing athletes to take part in the Asian Games. “But the judgement is left to the IOA and the NSFs,” the source said on condition of anonymity. “In 2015 and even earlier, such guidelines were issued to NSFs where criterion of 6th place in individual and and 8th for team were proposed. This time, more flexibility was provided by the clause that even if the athlete or the team does not meet the criterion but the NSF is convinced of top 4 finish, then they can propose them for selection with well laid down justification,” the source added. The IOA had announced a 524-member contingent earlier this month but it was not without controversy beginning from the leaving out of football, to the dropping of the entire four-member triathlon team for furnishing “misleading information”. The IOA then dropped 20 athletes from the Pencak Silat team, alleging fake credentials, prompting the national federation to threaten legal action. The men’s handball team was cleared after the federation knocked the doors of Allahabad High Court. In the original squad announced by IOA, six Sambo athletes – two male and four female – were included but the number was then cut down to just one. PTI PDS PDS ATKATKlast_img read more

BWF World Championships 2018: PV Sindhu, Sai Praneeth advance to quarters

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first_imgPV Sindhu and B Sai Praneeth advanced to the quarter-finals of BWF World Championships 2018 on a day that saw four out of five Indians win their respective matches in Nanjing, China.Third seed Sindhu romped past ninth seed Sung Ji Hyun of South Korea 21-10, 21-18 in just 42 minutes to make it to her fifth straight World Championships quarter-finals, dating back to 2013.On the other hand, Sai Praneeth also put forward a strong show against Denmark’s Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus to beat him 21-13, 21-11 in only 39 minutes to reach his first World Championships quarter-final.Sindhu and Praneeth capped off a good day overall for India, barring a major blip in Kidambi Srikanth’s shocking exit.Another victory in the bag for @saiprneeth92 as he totally crushes ‘s Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus. Scoreline – 21 – 13, 21 – 11.#BWFWC2018 pic.twitter.com/HuVgetGTJlPBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) August 2, 2018Earlier in the day, Saina Nehwal reached her eighth consecutive quarter-final with a 21-16, 21-19 win over Ratchanok Intanon while mixed doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy reached their first quarter-final of the World Championships with a stunning comeback win 20-22, 21-14, 21-6 against seventh seed Malaysian pair of Goh Soon Huat and Shevon Jemie Lai.However, Srikanth crashed out with an 18-21, 18-21 third round loss to Malaysia’s Daren Liew in just 41 minutes. Srikanth is currently ranked sixth in the world while Liew is 33 places below him.Last year’s silver medallist Sindhu was in complete control of her opponent Sung, who made far too many errors for her own good. Sindhu, who was at her attacking best right from the beginning of the match, made the best of the error-strewn performance from Sung.advertisementIn the first game, Sung never looked like she could catch up with the relentless attacking from Sindhu and meakly loss the game 21-10.However, she came good in the second game and even took a solid lead over Sindhu to go into the break with an 11-8 lead. Sindhu, though, took the match by the scruff of the neck soon after and left Sung stranded.Steep smashes, angled strokes and brilliant power — it was all at display in Nanjing as Sindhu strolled past Sung.With the win, Sindhu set up a re-match of last year’s final with eighth seed Nozomi Okuhara of Japan.”It’s not going to be an easy match.”@Pvsindhu1 talks about facing Nozomi Okuhara tomorrow and also speaks on her today’s showdown against @Sung_Jihyun. #BWFWC2018 pic.twitter.com/jwDcQvqaemPBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) August 2, 2018Sai Praneeth hardly broke a sweat in his match against the Dane Vittinghus as the Indian’s strong skillset was out on display at Court 2.Sai Praneeth managed to work around Vittinghus extremely well and relied on his strength — playing to the lines with light, deceptive and angled strokes.Vittinghus did try to catch up with Praneeth in the second game but eventually the Indian was just too good on the day.Sai Praneeth has a momentous task ahead of him in the quarter-finals as he takes on the in-form Japanese Kento Momota, who earlier came from behind to beat Denmark’s Anders Antonsen 13-21 21-17 21-8 in one hour and 13 minutes.last_img read more