The United States of America Cricket Association (USACA) faces expulsion from the International Cricket Council (ICC) in June, the sport’s global governing body said on Monday.USACA was suspended in 2015 with several reinstatement conditions after the ICC found that the organisation did not have widespread authority over the country’s cricket activities and lacked unity.The ICC said USACA had failed to work successfully with a group set up to help them rectify the position and had breached several other reinstatement conditions.”Our focus throughout this two year process has been on the unification of the USA cricket community behind USACA to grow and develop the sport,” ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said in statement on Monday.”USACA’s refusal to engage in the process … its apparent failure to put the ICC Board-approved constitution before its members without legitimate excuse undermines the all-important objective of uniting the sport.”A resolution to expel USACA will be voted on at a meeting of the ICC Full Council in June.
West Indies fast bowler Shannon Gabriel plundered five wickets as they scored a stunning victory by bowling out Pakistan for 81 on the final day of the second Test in Barbados on Thursday. (Scorecard)Gabriel, bowling within himself with a focus on hitting line and length on a deteriorating pitch, took 5-11 as the tourists crumbled in their second innings against an impressive West Indies pace attack at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown.Captain Jason Holder claimed three wickets, while Alzarri Joseph picked up the other two as the hosts won by 106 runs.Pakistan’s second innings score matched the lowest Test total at Kensington Oval set by India 20 years ago. It was also their lowest score in the Caribbean and 10th lowest anywhere.Wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed top-scored in Pakistan’s second innings with 23.The series, tied at 1-1, moves to Dominica for the deciding Test starting on Wednesday, where West Indies will have a spring in their step after their first home Test victory in two years.”I think I was trying too hard and trying to bowl too fast (in the first innings), so I just made the decision to stay calm in the second innings,” man-of-the-match Gabriel said at the victory presentation.”It did reverse a bit but I still had to put the ball in the right areas. It was an up-and-down fifth-day pitch, so we knew that all we had to do was put the ball in the right areas.”BEST HAULThe right-arm, fast-medium Gabriel, who took four wickets in the first innings, finished with match figures of 9-92, easily his best haul in 25 career Tests.advertisementHolder hoped for the best after his team collapsed in their second innings to set Pakistan a modest target of 188 but he and his fellow pace battery did not have many runs to play with.”Using cutters and cross-seam deliveries was going to give us help on this pitch,” he said. “It was an important win we needed to keep the series alive. It was important for us to show consistency and we were able to do that here.”Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq lamented having to bat last but also heaped praise on the West Indies bowlers.”You can easily say that it’s about batting on a day-five pitch. We all knew from the first day that it was going to get worse, so that was the difference,” he said.”First innings, we should have got a bigger lead. And finally, on the last day, West Indies bowled their heart out and we were left with no answers.”Because of the height — all the bowlers are tall — it was a tailor-made pitch for them to keep hitting the deck hard and making the ball jump around.”
Juventus have signed Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny on a four-year contract for 12.2 million euros ($14.07 million), the Italian champions said in a statement on Wednesday.The Poland international, capped 29 times, spent the last two years on loan at Serie A rivals AS Roma, making 38 league appearances last season.The 27-year-old finished the campaign with the most clean sheets in the league, 14, one ahead of Gianluigi Buffon, Juventus’ first choice goalkeeper for the last 16 years.”Every player that comes at Juventus becomes better, every player that comes wins trophies,” Szczesny said in a news conference.Juventus said on their website (www.juventusfc.com) that the fee for the Pole may increase by 3.1 million euros if certain conditions are achieved over the course of the four-year deal.Buffon, capped a record 169 times by Italy, renewed a contract with Juventus until 2018 last year and said that he is planning to retire after the 2018 World Cup.
Ilie Nastase has been banned from the Fed Cup and Davis Cup until 2019 because of his foul-mouthed comments and bad behavior as Romania’s captain during a Fed Cup match against Britain.In addition to the ban, the International Tennis Federation said Friday the 1973 French Open champion will not be able to work in an official capacity for a further two years, until 2021.The 71-year-old Nastase was also fined $10,000. He has three weeks to appeal the decision.”Mr. Nastase made a comment about Serena Williams’s unborn child that was highly inappropriate and racially insensitive,” the ITF said.Nastase also “made advances of a sexual nature towards Anne Keothavong, the captain of the Great Britain team” and “made abusive and threatening comments to the match officials and to members of the Great Britain team.”Although he will have to sit out ITF events, the ban does not apply to Grand Slam, ATP or WTA tournaments, which are not under the governing body’s jurisdiction.Nastase was provisionally suspended in April after he speculated about the skin color of the baby that Williams is expecting and for outbursts during a Fed Cup match between Romania and Britain.He previously acknowledged making mistakes and having shortcomings, but stressed “the cause I fight for is tennis, the sport I really love, which I cannot separate from my life.”As Fed Cup captain, Nastase hurled abuse at British player Johanna Konta, Keothavong and the umpire. The referee ejected Nastase.Nastase, a former top-ranked player, was barred from the French Open and was not invited to the Royal Box at Wimbledon, where he was a two-time finalist.advertisement
The West Indies cricket team will be touring Pakistan for a three-match T20 series in late November this year.”Cricket West Indies and the Pakistan Cricket Board are advancing discussions that will see the Windies team playing 3 T20 matches with the Pakistan cricket team in Lahore in late November 2017,” the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) quoted a statement issued by Cricket West Indies.The visit, however, remains subject to security clearance by an ICC-sponsored security expert team.”The tour would be subject to the safe conclusion of the ICC World XI team’s three match series in Lahore in September and affirmation of manageable security by the ICC sponsored international security company overseeing the security arrangements of the World XI in September,” the statement added.The announcement follows discussions between Cricket West Indies president Dave Cameron and Sethi.The PCB earlier on Monday confirmed that 15 players from seven different countries have agreed to visit the country as part of the World XI squad visiting to play a three-match T20 series to be held in Lahore next month.The 15-man squad led by former Zimbabwe skipper Andy Flower as coach will undergo a seven day camp in Dubai before travelling to Lahore for a three-match T20 series starting from September 10.”A security team from ICC will visit Pakistan at the end of this month to view our security plans,” Sethi said in a press conference.It should be noted that no Test side has toured Pakistan since March 2009 militants attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team bus in Lahore, killing six Pakistani policemen and injuring some of the visiting players.advertisementHowever, low-ranked sides, namely Afghanistan and Zimbabwe, had toured the country for a limited-over series.
South Africa pace bowler Kagiso Rabada has gained two slots to reach a career-best third position in the ICC Test Rankings for bowlers following his player of the match performance against Bangladesh in Bloemfontein which helped them complete a 2-0 win in the two-match Test series.Rabada grabbed five wickets in each innings for an enviable match-haul of 10 for 63 that helped his side to an innings and 254 runs victory. He made a notable improvement in the latest rankings, which also take into account the second Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Dubai, which Sri Lanka won by 68 runs on Tuesday to clinch the series 2-0.Rabada, a star of the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup when his side won it in 2014, has overtaken spinners Rangana Herath of Sri Lanka and Ravichandran Ashwin of India and is now on 876 points, only eight points behind second-placed India spinner Ravindra Jadeja and 20 behind top-ranked James Anderson of England.Rabada was not the only South Africa pace bowler to gain in the latest rankings as his new-ball partner Duanne Olivier (up nine places to a career-best 48th position), Wayne Parnell (up 10 places to 60th) and Andile Phehlukwayo (up 27 places to 93rd) have also moved up the rankings.Captain Faf du Plessis and Aiden Markram, century-makers at Bloemfontein, are among the batsmen to gain. Du Plessis’s 135 not out has seen him move up two places to 14th position while Markram has gained 43 slots to reach a career-best 61st position after his knock of 143.For Bangladesh, Imrul Kayes has gained four slots to reach 69th position while pace bowler Subashish Roy has gained 18 slots to reach 86th position.advertisementAiden Markram has gained 43 slots to reach a career-best 61st position after his knock of 143 against Bangladesh Aiden Markram has gained 43 slots to reach a career-best 61st position after his knock of 143 against Bangladesh.For Sri Lanka, who have overtaken Pakistan to take sixth position in the ICC Test Team Rankings, Dimuth Karunaratne’s scores of 196 and seven have seen him move up nine places to 17th position, the first time he is in the top 20. Niroshan Dickwella has gained two slots to reach 39th position and all-rounder Dilruwan Perera has gained 10 slots to reach 76th position.Perera has also gained in the rankings for bowlers, his eight wickets in Dubai helping him gain three positions to reach 23rd position. Suranga Lakmal has also gained three places to reach 33rd position.Pakistan middle-order batsman Asad Shafiq, who scored his 11th Test century, has gained seven places to reach 28th position while captain Sarfraz Ahmed has gained one place to reach 32nd position.Pace bowler Wahab Riaz’s five wickets in the match have seen him overtake India’s Umesh Yadav to take 24th position while Haris Sohail has gained 35 places to reach 83rd rank.
Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli has been ruled out of England’s friendlies against Germany and Brazil at Wembley this month after picking up a hamstring injury in the 3-1 Champions League win over Real Madrid.Alli was not named in Tottenham’s squad for Sunday’s Premier League game against basement side Crystal Palace but manager Mauricio Pochettino said the 21-year-old’s injury was not serious.The standout performer for Tottenham against European champions Real at Wembley on Wednesday, Alli scored twice as they booked their spot in the last 16. He has netted three times in 10 league games for third-placed Spurs.”Dele suffered a minor injury in his hamstring after the Real Madrid game… in some periods this happens. That is why the squad is so important. We have to show we’re a team,” Pochettino said.England confirmed that Alli was ruled out but did not name a replacement. Gareth Southgate’s side host World Cup holders Germany on Nov. 10 and Brazil four days later.
HS Prannoy is preparing to go all out in 2018 after having a largely successful 2017 that ended with the National Championship.Prannoy had a stellar 2017, where he beat badminton stalwarts Lin Dan, Lee Chong Wei and Chen Long, reached the semi-final of French Super Series losing only to eventual winner Kidambi Srikanth and then beat Srikanth to win the Nationals in Nagpur.With all the success in the year, Prannoy finished 2017 at his career-best world No.10 in the BWF rankings.Prannoy believes Srikanth’s performances and success at the international circuit has been a great motivation and like everyone else he also aims to win some Super Series titles in the coming year.”I think everyone aims to win Super Series titles and we are striving to achieve it in a very consistent way. I think the performance from Srikanth has been really encouraging and motivating for all of us. I think, probably in the next couple of years even I’ll have couple of Super Series titles to my name,” Prannoy said in an exclusive interview with IndiaToday.in. Prannoy conceded that all the men’s singles shuttlers are extremely good friends off court and whenever they compete on court, it is all about who executes better on the given day.Lost to Srikanth in the French Open and then beating him in the Nationals, Prannoy said they cannot surprise each other because they practice together everyday and it is only that on the day of the Nationals final, Prannoy executed the plans better than Srikanth.advertisement”We play each other everyday in practice, we exactly know what’s going to come from the other side. It’s just the execution part which needs to be better on the particular day, and I think on the day of the Nationals final, I did that better than him.”Since French Open, I was playing really well and so on the day of the Nationals, probably I was better on execution part and he couldn’t really execute well. I feel I was pretty lucky to win the Nationals,” Prannoy exclaimed.National Champions 2017 !!! pic.twitter.com/i5O4b9OKkk- PRANNOY HS (@PRANNOYHSPRI) November 8, 2017The world No.10 said he didn’t really sit down and think much about the year he has had and in fact, he had never thought he would win the National Championship.He summed up his year saying it was all a learning experience — from learning periods early in the year to successful execution by the end.”I didn’t really think much. After Nationals, there was a point when I remembered that I had thought Nationals was one thing which I would never win in my life. When I went to Nagpur also, I didn’t have this thing of winning and I just went there to enjoy the matches and just to play.”The whole year has been good for me. It was a slow beginning, say from February to May but I think they were the learning periods. I sat down after May and thought that I need to miss a couple of tournament and just focus on training and I think that really helped. I frankly didn’t even think I would get into top 10 of the rankings and end being a national champion. So it all went well and I think next year is going to be good for me too,” Prannoy said.First ever victory against Lee Chong Wei today! Thank you everyone for the incredible support. Looking forward for tomorrow’s Quarterfinals! pic.twitter.com/FJhSYmxKgW- PRANNOY HS (@PRANNOYHSPRI) June 15, 2017Like most other shuttlers, Prannoy also feels that the coming year is going to be extremely tough due to the cramped BWF schedule, where they have made it compulsory for top players to participate in at least 12 Super Series events. He exclaimed that the players don’t even have time to breath.”It is tough and what she has said is absolutely correct. There is no window, we don’t even have a month in between to breath. We should at least have that time when we can have a training pattern and if we start from 60 per cent, we train and get to 100. At the moment, we have to start from 100 per cent and the body can’t take it, I would say.”He added that for younger players like PV Sindhu and Srikanth, it may be manageable but for Saina Nehwal and him, it is going to be tricky and they will have be very smart in picking tournaments.”For younger players like Sindhu and Srikanth, they can take it but my body is not like that and neither is Saina’s and it tends to break down. I think it is going to be really tough for us to schedule our tournaments and we need to be smart. We can’t run behind the rankings next year and we need to be fit for all the tournaments we chose to play. I feel it’s better not to play than just go there and lose in the first or second round. We need to go out there and play only when we are fully fit.”advertisement Prannoy said at the moment he was excited about the third season of the Premier Badminton League (PBL) and was looking forward to leading new entrants Ahmedabad Smash Masters come December 23.Prannoy played for Mumbai Rockets last season and was one of the best performers in the tournament and this time around, Prannoy was the costliest buy in the PBL auction.”Well, PBL is always great fun and yes, towards the end of the year, it is tough mentally and physically but I think we are now used to this since it’s been happening for such a long time, say last 4-5 years now. Our bodies and minds now know how it works and how we need to work. So, I think it won’t be tough. Also, the next year is going to be crucial for us, so there is no time to take rest and have a vacation or something, we just need to be on the job everyday.”EXCEPTS FROM THE INTERVIEW:Abreshmina S Quadri: I will take the name of some of your compatriots and just say whatever comes to your mind first.HS Prannoy: Alright!B Sai Praneeth – He is shyParupalli Kashyap – Good friendKidambi Srikanth – SilentSaina Nehwal – Hard workingPV Sindhu – This is tough. Sindhu is confusing. She usually stays on her own so nobody knows anything about her so she’s confusing.ASQ: Give us an insight into Pullela Gopichand’s mind.Prannoy: He’s the man behind all the success. I have been with him for the past 9 years and to nurture so many players in one centre is very tough. Everyone is performing and it takes a lot to give time to each player and he has done that all this while. He’s at the centre at 4am and there was a time when he used to give an hour each to all the players and you know, 45 minutes with Gopi sir is enough, that’s how much you learn from him.He has been incredibly motivated. He is not just happy and satisfied by the current performance, he just wants it to be better and better and you will see a lot more results in the future. He is a very smart man and he knows what is happening all around the world in the badminton circuit and stays updated with all the changes each player has done and we are trained accordingly. Our pattern of training changes every four of five months and I think that’s why we have been able to perform well.advertisement ASQ: What is your general training day like?Prannoy: Pretty ordinary. We all have training sessions like say from 8.30am to 12pm and then again from 4pm to 6.30pm. That’s how the training schedule has been for us for the past one year or so and there’s been a change like we don’t have sessions on different times of the day now and that is because Gopi sir is not available all the time. It is a lot better, we have more courts and sparring partners to feed you and each of us have been able to train for a longer period of time.ASQ: What has been the impact of singles specialist coach Mulyo Handoyo on your training?Prannoy: When Mulyo came, he had his own training schedule and his schedule was longer and it has benefitted all of us. It is not about doing long session where you get tired but about building that patience and stand on court and finish those sessions. There have been days when we were so tired that we just wanted to finish the sessions and he wanted us to reach that mental level. It really helps because in longer matches, you need that sort of focus and his sessions have helped us develop that. There are little things that he has tweaked that is helping us, for example even our off court sessions are longer now.ASQ: A few words on the juniors coming up:Prannoy: We are used to playing with the junior players in our academy but not from the Bangalore side and they have been doing well too. Yes, Lakshya has been doing well since the last year. He has got the facilities and power to get into the senior circuit and do well in men’s singles.
Caroline Wozniacki played her quarter-final and semi-final on the same day and won them both to set up the final meet with second seed Julia Goerges at the Auckland Classic on Saturday.Heavy rain throughout the week in the New Zealand hampered the entire scheduling of the tournament and the organisers were forced to play the quarter-finals and both semi-finals on Saturday. The final will be played on Sunday.With the rain playing havoc over the scheduling, Wozniacki had to play both the quarte-final and her semi-final within a space of just over four hours.Wozniacki struggled in her quarter-final against American wildcard Sofia Kenin but eventually triumphed 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 just before 4pm local time.At about 5.50pm local time, Wozniacki had to be back on the court for her semi-final against another American Sachia Vickery.ALSO WATCHVickery had earlier upset third seed Agnieskza Radwanksa but failed to carry on the momentum and Wozniacki easily beat her 6-4, 6-4.”I’m exhausted, if I’m being honest,” Wozniacki told the WTA website after her semi-final.”It’s a tough start to the season – you kind of feel it after the first match… in the back, and the legs, and then we didn’t play for a couple of days, and I said, ‘Oh, it’s nice.'”Then coming out here and playing three sets this morning, and then two sets when we ran a lot — I’m not 17 anymore, I can feel it for sure!”Goerges, who lost to American Sloane Stephens in the 2016 Auckland final, was far more comfortable in both of her matches.advertisementShe beat Polona Hercog 6-4, 6-4 in the quarter-finals before moving into the final with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei.Wozniacki, who lost the Auckland final to Venus Williams in 2015 and has been a tournament regular in recent years, can move up to number two in the world rankings if she wins the title on Sunday.”I definitely need a good massage tonight and some great food to just try and be as fresh as possible for tomorrow,” she said.”It would be amazing …obviously, being here in another final means a lot to me, and I would love to make it a step further and win this tournament.”(Courtesy: Reuters)
SOCHI, Russia — Sidney Crosby skated in alone on Henrik Lundqvist, faking Sweden’s goalie to the ice with a textbook-quality deke and sliding a perfect backhand into the net.Canada did everything by the book at the Sochi Olympics, winning all six games with a ferocious commitment to defense and discipline. When Canada’s captain finally got his first goal of the games Feb. 23, it had none of the dramatics of Crosby’s last Olympic goal four years ago in Vancouver.But it was every bit as golden.Jonathan Toews scored in the first period, Carey Price made 24 saves in his second consecutive shutout, and Canada defended its Olympic men’s hockey title with a 3-0 victory over Sweden.“We’re just an amazing team to watch, the way we work together,” Toews said. “We were just all over them. It’s fun to be a part of.”Chris Kunitz also scored as the Canadians confirmed their worldwide dominance in their national game by winning the gold for the third time in the last four Olympics. No team in the NHL era has controlled a tournament like this group, which allowed just three goals in six games and never trailed at any point in the 12-day tournament on the shores of the Black Sea.“Not quite as dramatic as the other one,” Crosby said. “Just real solid all the way through. We knew the way we wanted to play, and the last couple of games, we were solid. With each game, we seemed to build more and more confidence.”By the final event of the Sochi Olympics, that confidence was unshakable. Canada became the only repeat Olympic champ in the NHL era and the first team to go unbeaten through the Olympic tournament since the Soviet Union in Sarajevo in 1984.Canada won its record ninth Olympic hockey gold medal — its first outside North America since 1952 — and joined the women’s team to complete Canada’s second straight Olympic hockey sweep.The Canadians didn’t allow a goal in their final 164-plus minutes at the Bolshoy Ice Dome after the first period of the quarterfinals against Latvia, shutting out the U.S. and Sweden.Steve Yzerman, the architect of this roster for Hockey Canada, called it the greatest display of defensive hockey by any Canadian national team. Yzerman also said he’s stepping down as Canada’s Olympic Executive Director.The Swedes also were unbeaten until the final, but they couldn’t compete with Canada’s formidable defense and Price, a first-time gold medalist who played splendidly in Sochi, allowing three goals in five games.“That was the hardest-working team I’ve ever seen,” Price said. “I really can’t say enough about that group of defensemen and that overall team in front of me. Our work ethic was what won us this championship.”The Canadians exchanged hugs and leaped over the boards at the final horn, gathering at Price’s net for a celebration that had seemed inevitable since Crosby scored in the second period.Toews, who scored on a first-period tip-in, and Crosby are among Canada’s 11 returning players from the 2010 championship team. Kunitz, widely criticized for failing to finish chances earlier in Sochi, capped the scoring with a vicious wrist shot in the third.If these games were the last with NHL players joining their national teams, Canada’s pros put on a landmark show. The NHL won’t decide for several months whether to allow its players to go to Pyeongchang.“It is amazing to see the guys that have the raw talent and ability commit themselves to doing all the little things right,” said Toews, who has two Stanley Cup titles and two Olympic gold medals at 25. “We knew that’s what it was going to take in this tournament to win the championship, and guys were willing to do that.”Lundqvist stopped 33 shots, but the depleted Swedes couldn’t keep pace with the new Big Red Machine in Russia.While Canada got goals from its two best centers, Sweden had to play without its top three centers. With Henrik Sedin and Henrik Zetterberg already out for the tournament, Nicklas Backstrom was scratched shortly before game time. Swedish Olympic officials said Backstrom had a positive drug test because of an allergy medicine.“With all the turnovers, Hank could only do so much for us,” Sweden captain Niklas Kronwall said. “We thought that if we played a perfect game, we’d have a chance. … It doesn’t feel great. I didn’t feel like we gave ourselves an honest chance.”After both teams hit a post in the opening minutes to put a little buzz into the quiet Russian crowd, Canada went ahead nearly 13 minutes in when Jeff Carter threw a quick pass in front to Toews, who deflected it underneath Lundqvist for his first goal in Sochi. Toews also scored Canada’s first goal in the gold-medal game in Vancouver.Late in the second period, Crosby scored after forcing a turnover at the Canada blue line. Loui Eriksson couldn’t catch him, and Lundqvist couldn’t stop the backhand with his sprawled toe.When Backstrom was ruled out shortly before game time, Sweden was left without its top three pivots. Jimmie Ericsson attempted to fill in between Daniel Sedin and Eriksson, but he’s not a natural center, and he lost all six of his face-offs in the first period.“They had a good game plan against us, and they stuck to it,” Sweden defenseman Erik Karlsson said. “We couldn’t really break through a brick wall.”(Greg Beacham, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
LOS ANGELES — The wife and sons of former San Diego Chargers defensive back Paul Oliver are taking legal action against the NFL for wrongful death, blaming sports-related concussions for his suicide last year.The suit was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court against the league, the Chargers, the New Orleans Saints and the corporations that own several helmet manufacturers. It also alleges fraud and negligence.It says that Oliver, 29, shot himself to death in front of his wife, Chelsea, and two sons last September at his home in Marietta, Georgia, about 20 miles northwest of Atlanta.The suit alleges that his death was a “direct result of the injuries, depression and emotional suffering caused by repetitive head trauma and concussions suffered as a result of playing football, not properly appreciating football’s risks with respect to head trauma” and using defective helmets.The suit claims that Oliver suffered “mood, memory and anger issues” associated with repetitive head trauma and that after his death, a pathologist confirmed that he had chronic traumatic encephalopathy.That is a progressive degenerative brain disease found in athletes and others with a history of repetitive brain trauma, according to the CTE Center at Boston University’s medical school.The suit contends that the NFL and others knew for decades about risks associated with such injuries but concealed the information, leaving Oliver ignorant about the risks of play when making football decisions “from his first snap of youth football to his tragic death.”It also claims the NFL encourages players to disregard the results of violent head impacts and glorifies the “brutality and ferocity” of football as a marketing strategy.The Saints declined to comment. Messages left for representatives of the NFL and Chargers weren’t immediately returned after hours on Sept. 23.The NFL has proposed a $765 million settlement of a different concussion-injury lawsuit that could affect thousands of athletes.Earlier this month, in a report prepared for the federal judge handling that class action case in Philadelphia, the NFL released actuarial data estimating that nearly three in 10 former players will develop debilitating brain conditions, and that they will be stricken earlier and at least twice as often as the general population.TweetPinShare0 Shares
ATLANTA — A rare run-scoring hit from Bartolo Colon helped give the New York Mets a boost going into their home opener.Colon helped himself with his first RBI in a decade, Daniel Murphy hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the eighth inning and the Mets beat Atlanta 4-3 on April 12, sending the Braves to their first loss this season.Michael Cuddyer’s two-run homer in the first inning gave Colon the early lead, but the burly pitcher’s bloop single for a 3-2 lead in the fourth was the most-discussed hit.“When he puts it in play, he gets a cheer, so when he gets a hit it’s a double cheer,” Mets Manager Terry Collins said.The Mets return from a 3-3 trip for their home opener against the Phillies on April 13.Colon lost his batting helmet and broke his bat when he punched the single into shallow right field to drive in Wilmer Flores from third base.With his helmet left behind in the batter’s box, Colon grinned as he stood on first base following his first RBI since June 10, 2005, for the Los Angeles Angels against the Mets.Colon, 41, said he wasn’t sure how long it had been since his last RBI. “Maybe it was 20 years ago,” he said through a translator, bullpen coach Ricky Bones.Colon’s hit ended a 0-for-37 slump and was his sixth career RBI. He was only 2 for 62 (.032) with the Mets last year. “He was the jack of all trades today,” Cuddyer said. “He was fun to watch.”Braves starter Alex Wood, who allowed three runs in 6 2-3 innings, said Colon “just wailed at a fastball and broke his bat and hit a bloop.”Colon led 3-2 before Jonny Gomes’ seventh-inning homer just inside the left-field pole. Colon (2-0) allowed three runs and six hits in seven innings.Juan Jaime (0-1) walked Curtis Granderson and Anthony Recker opening the eighth. Wilmer Flores sacrificed, and Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez ordered an intentional walk to Ruben Tejada, loading the bases.Left-hander Andrew McKirahan, making his major league debut, threw two quick strikes before giving up Murphy’s fly ball.Colon gave up a two-run triple to Andrelton Simmons in the second.(CHARLES ODUM, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
NEW YORK — The New York Rangers were less than two minutes away from seeing their season end before coming up with two goals to beat Washington 2-1 in overtime on Friday and stay alive in the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs.Going into the game trailing 3-1 in the best-of-seven series, the Rangers’ season looked over before Chris Kreider tied the game with 1:41 left and Ryan McDonagh netted 9:37 into overtime to trim the series deficit to 3-2.In the day’s other game, Anaheim won 4-2 at Calgary to go 3-1 up in that series.The Rangers continued their uncanny knack of staving off elimination in home games at Madison Square Garden. They have won each of their past nine home playoff games when facing elimination, dating back to 2008.“We are still alive,” Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist said after a 28-save performance. “Being in their shoes, we’ve been there. Going home now there is a lot of pressure for them. I know for sure they don’t want to come back here for another game. So we’ll try to use that to our advantage.”The Capitals lead the series 3-2. Game 6 is Sunday in Washington, and there is bound to be pressure on the Capitals. Since 1985, they have lost nine series in which they led either 2-0 or 3-1. That includes a first-round loss to the Rangers in 2013 in which they led 2-0 and 3-2.“Of course you want to close out the series,” said Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin, who is still looking to reach his first conference final. “You have to forget about it and move forward.”Goaltender Braden Holtby made 41 saves for Washington, and Curtis Glencross scored.The overtime winner came when Jesper Fast kept the puck in the Washington end and sent a pass to Derek Stepan in the left circle. Instead of shooting, Stepan hesitated and found McDonagh coming late down the middle. His shot flew into the net and set off a second loud celebration at Madison Square Garden.Earlier, Kreider scored the late tying goal from the top of the left faceoff circle. He took a pass from Stepan and fired a shot quickly to the far corner that Holtby never saw.The goal came seconds after Lundqvist left his net for a sixth skater.Until the goal, it seemed that the Capitals were going to win on Holtby’s second shutout of the series and another winning goal by one of Washington’s unknowns.Joel Ward had the winner in the opener. Jay Beagle and Andre Burakovsky had the winners in Washington and Glencross seemed destined in Game 5. He broke through with 9:06 left in regulation, scoring on a breakaway after being sent in all alone by defenseman Matt Niskanen.Lundqvist actually stopped the breakaway attempt, but Glencross chipped the rebound over the prone netminder.Anaheim’s Matt Beleskey broke a tie on a power play early in the third period and the Ducks went on to victory at Calgary.Anaheim leads the series 3-1 and can close it out at home Sunday.Jakob Silfverberg, Andrew Cogliano and Patrick Maroon also scored for the Ducks, and Frederik Andersen made 25 saves.Sean Monahan and Micheal Ferland scored for Calgary, and Karri Ramo stopped 25 shots.Anaheim was 2 for 4 on the power play. Calgary failed to score on a two-man advantage for 56 seconds in the third, finishing 0 for 2.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Boxingnews24.com reported earlier today that WBA/WBC welterweight champion, and near-unanimously anointed best “pound for pound” fighter in the world today, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (48-0, 26KOs), will retire after facing Andre Berto (30-3, 23KOs) on September 12.This is really it, says Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe. I say hogwash.Larry Merchant famously dubbed boxing “the theater of the unexpected,” and it is certainly true. That Berto could actually beat Mayweather and thus tarnish his perfect record is highly unlikely, but not impossible. But let’s assume things go the way nearly everyone predicts: on September 13, Floyd will arise with a record of 49-0, tying the late, great Rocky Marciano.Does anyone really think that Floyd won’t try to break Rocky’s record and go for #50? Even if Floyd were merely hanging on to his undefeated streak via smoke and mirrors, it would be unfathomable that he wouldn’t be tempted to go for the big 5-0. That he continues to dominate the sport, and that one really has to think hard about any fighter in or near his weight class who would beat him (there are some, but not many), renders that possibility unimaginable.Sure, Floyd could defend against a pushover next spring to go for 50 – after all, that’s how Joe Louis padded his record: many of his opponents, collectively, were called the “Bum-of-the Month” club. But Floyd can still take on a respectable opponent whom he would have no problem dispatching, en route to a perfect 50-0.Mark my words, Floyd Mayweather will fight again, after September. I would say “you heard it here first,” but you didn’t. You’ve probably heard it everywhere, because everyone’s saying it – except Mayweather himself – and his entourage. TweetPinShare0 Shares
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ— Instead of meeting in the regular-season finale for a playoff berth, the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants are facing the consequences of missing the playoffs again.Chief executive officer Jeffrey Lurie didn’t wait for the season to end to start the Eagles’ transition after missing the playoffs for the second straight season. Coach Chip Kelly was fired Tuesday after three seasons, the first of which ended with an NFC East title.Giants co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch have not indicated what’s going to happen with Tom Coughlin. New York has not made the playoffs since 2011, and this year will finish with a third straight losing season. It’s the longest seasonal losing streak for one of the NFL originals since missing 17 straight seasons (1964-80).What makes this decision so hard for the owners is that the 69-year-old Coughlin has led the Giants to two Super Bowl titles in his 12 seasons, and he is well liked.However, the Giants had several chances to take control in the NFC East this season and squandered them. They lost six games either in overtime or in the final 1:14 of regulation and they have faltered in the home stretch, losing five of six games.Both teams enter the final game Sunday at MetLife Stadium with 6-9 records. The winner finishes in second place in the division. The loser gets a trip to London in 2016 for a game against the Rams.“To be honest, this is the 16th game of the season and that’s where I’m focused,” Coughlin said. ” I won’t let myself go in those other directions because we have a job to do, and that’s what we’re going to do. All these other issues will clear up in time, but not before then.”Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur was elevated to Eagles interim coach and will be in charge Sunday. He was Cleveland Browns coach in 2011-12.“The future is uncertain right now,” Philadelphia quarterback Sam Bradford said. “We play the Giants on Sunday and that’s all that I’m focused on, that’s all everyone in this locker room is focused on.“And then after that’s over with, the season is over with, you can sit down and think about it from there.”Giants players have taken a similar approach.“The whole team, everybody, wants to end on a high note and play well,” quarterback Eli Manning said. “Understand we’ve got a great opportunity to go play football, something we all love to do, and we cherish these opportunities. So let’s go out there and play at a high level and enjoy playing the game.”Some things to watch on Sunday:ODELL’S BACK: Every camera is going to be focused on Odell Beckham Jr. as the second-year receiver returns from a one-game suspension for multiple violations of player-safety rules in a game against Carolina on Dec. 20. Expect him to be on his best behavior, although he intends to play with the same intensity that has marked his first two seasons in the league.Beckham has 91 receptions for 1,396 yards and 13 touchdown catches this season. He needs one more TD to set the team single-season record; he is tied with Homer Jones (1967).SHURMUR WATCH: It will be interesting to see how much the interim coach does with the offense. Will he let the Eagles huddle or continue with the up tempo that Kelly employed?“I can’t imagine they change too much,” Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo said. “There will be a couple of wrinkles here and there. What is a little challenging is the tendency part of it. Normally we would try to get a beat on the play caller has a tendency to run this and that. That won’t be there.“Maybe two years working with Pat in St. Louis will help.”Shurmur was Rams offensive coordinator when Spagnuolo was the coach.WHO’S NEXT?: Speculation is rampant on Kelly’s replacement. One name bound to be mentioned on Sunday is Sean McDermott, the Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator who was Eagles defensive coordinator after Jim Johnson died.On the Giants’ front, this one is wide open. Their tendency is to pick from within, or an NFL assistant with ties to the Giants, or a former head coach. The list is long and needs to be studied. The good news is they will have cap space in the offseason.GIANTS DEFENSE: New York is last in the league in total defense and passing defense. Entering the final game the Giants have two healthy safeties: rookie Landon Collins and Brandon Meriweather. Cooper Taylor and Craig Dahl have concussions. There is a chance former Tulsa quarterback G.J. Kinne, who has been playing safety on the practice squad, might be promoted for the game.EAGLES DEFENSE: Philadelphia has owned the Giants under Kelly, winning four of five, including three in a row. The Eagles’ front seven has had its way in those games. Manning was sacked three times and threw two interceptions in the 27-7 loss earlier this season. The Eagles also had eight tackles for losses and five quarterback hits in limiting New York to 247 yards.TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFLTweetPinShare0 Shares
SAINT-ETIENNE, France (AP) The Czech Republic salvaged a 2-2 draw with Croatia at the European Championship on Friday in a game temporarily suspended when flares were thrown onto the pitch and Croatia fans fought among themselves.Against the run of play, the Czechs earned their first point of the competition with two late strikes from substitutes — the first time at Euro 2016 that a team has come back from two goals down.Tomas Necid scored the equalizer from the penalty spot deep into stoppage time after Domagoj Vida was penalized for a handball.Goals from Ivan Perisic and Ivan Rakitic had given Croatia a well-deserved 2-0 lead before Milan Skoda ensured a nervy finish when he pulled one back in the 76th minute with a powerful header from captain Tomas Rosicky’s perfectly judged cross.“What helped most was that we didn’t give up. We didn’t give up on the point and I’m really proud of all the players,” Czech Republic coach Pavel Vrba said. “And the fans were not only our 12th player, but also our 13th and 14th player today, they pushed us on.”The game at Geoffroy Guichard stadium in Saint Etienne was stopped for a while before the Czech equalizer by Mark Clattenburg when flares were thrown onto the pitch from the Croatian fans’ end and fights broke out in their stand. Ivan Rakitic and Croatia captain Darijo Srna were among those signaling to the fans to calm down.Croatia is potentially facing a big fine from UEFA over the incidents. The governing body said after the match that it will open disciplinary procedures against Croatia.Croatia coach Ante Cacic was furious at the behavior of the team’s fans.Czech Republic’s Tomas Necid, second from right, scores his side’s second goal during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between the Czech Republic and Croatia at the Geoffroy Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne, France, Friday, June 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)Speaking through a translator, Cacic described those responsible for the incidents as “sports terrorists” and said the Croatian football authorities can’t fight against these “hooligans” on its own.“They don’t deserve to sit in stands,” he said. “They ruin everything we are doing. It’s a group of maybe six, seven or 10 individuals. I hope we can identify them and that they will be punished.”Croatia’s fans have one of the worst records in Europe for misbehavior in stadiums. Four years ago, then UEFA President Michel Platini singled out Croatia fans for criticism. Croatia was later deducted one point in its Euro 2016 qualifying group after fans painted a swastika symbol on the field before a match against Italy in Split.Cacic said the incidents off the field could have adversely affected his team.“My players lost their strengths, they might have been worried to see their relatives in the stands,” Cacic said.The late reverse undid all Croatia’s good work during a match it dominated with midfielders Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic dictating the tempo with their quick passes and pinpoint crosses.Czech goalkeeper Petr Cech was under pressure almost from the kickoff after failing to clear a back pass properly. Croatia forward Mario Mandzukic then went close with a header that Cech tipped over the bar.But it wasn’t until the 37th minute that Croatia took the lead when Perisic picked up the ball, produced a fine step-over before firing a low angled shot into the corner of the Czech net.Rakitic made it 2-0 after beating the offside trap. After his chipped goal, Rakitic celebrated by embracing captain Darijo Srna, who returned to France this week after attending his father’s funeral.Croatia’s dominance started to wane around the time that midfielder Luka Modric was substituted around the hour mark for a thigh injury, which could sideline him for the team’s final group against Spain.“I’m not sure if it was a cramp or a more serious problem,” Cacic said. “Our biggest problem today was with Luka Modric. We were not concentrated that much when he left the pitch.”Croatia is second behind Spain in Group D with four points, three more than the Czech Republic. Spain won its second straight game when it beat Turkey 3-0 in the group’s other match. The result means Spain has qualified for the knockout stages of the competition.“It’s a strange situation, we were a much better team and should have scored two, or three more goals to take the three points,” Rakitic said, before condemning the violent Croatian fans.“I think most of our supporters are true supporters. But just ten individuals can make problems,” he said. “The Croatian FA is fighting against this. We just have to say sorry. Hopefully UEFA can understand this. In our next qualifiers we’ll have to play in empty stadiums because of stupid supporters.”TweetPinShare0 Shares
Continue Reading Previous IAR Systems and Andes collaborate to boost performance for RISC-V usersNext ST: RS485-networking transceiver simplifies design, saves board space and BOM IBASE Technology announce the MPT-3000RP fanless embedded PC developed especially for railway applications. This EN50155-TX-certified and IP67-rated system, which recently received the Taiwan Excellence award, offers water and shock resistance for outdoor applications and meets IIoV, Intelligent Internet of Vehicle requirements.The MPT-3000RP is powered by an Intel Atom E3845 processor with 4GB DDR3L-1333 memory onboard. Built-in M12 connectors accommodate 2x GbE, 1x VGA, 3x COM, 1x power, 1x GPIO and 1x CAN Bus. The computer platform operates reliably with full vehicle battery power control and employs interchangeable modular power supplies supporting 9 to 36V DC / 72V / 110V to meet various requirements. The unit is built with a GPS module and high computing performance to provide the most accurate position coordinates and data about the surroundings while the vehicle is moving. It is also packed with a rich set of connectivity including dual SIM sockets with WWAN redundancy, half-size Mini PCIe, full-size Mini PCIe, and three M.2 sockets for 2230, 3042, and 2280 modular card types.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules
Continue Reading Previous Arrow showcases breadth of industrial IoT expertise at Hanover FairNext NVIDIA: CUDA-X AI computer that runs all AI models The PicoCore Computer On Module product family has a new member, based on the NXP i.MX 8M Mini ARM CPU, called PicoCoreMX8MM. The small size of 35 x 40mm only makes the module an ideal partner for compact housings. The module was designed for low power consumption and is very well suited for secure cloud connections. The i.MX 8M Mini is NXP’s first embedded multi-core heterogeneous applications processor.At the heart is a scalable core complex of up to four ARM Cortex-A53 cores running up to 2GHz plus Cortex-M4 based real-time processing domain at 400+ MHz. The i.MX 8M Mini also packs-in hardware 1080p video acceleration to enable two-way video applications, 2D and 3D graphics to provide a rich visual HMI experience. The PicoCore standard uses two plug connectors (Hirose DF40C) with 100 pins each. This results in compact size and low board-to-board distance.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules
Cong-JDS panel clears farm loan waiver, approves draft CMPBengaluru, Jul 1 (PTI) Ahead of the Assembly session, theCongress-JD(S) coordination committee today approvedirrigation projects worth 1.25 lakh crore and cleared waiverof farm loans, a key political issue while green lighting adraft report on the Common Minimum Programme (CMP).Briefing reporters here at the end of second coordinationcommittee meeting, JD(S) general secretary Danish Ali said theCMP has been agreed upon with minor changes and the entiredocument would be brought out in the form of a booklet.Chief Minister Kumaraswamy, Deputy Chief Minister GParameshwara, Congress general secretary and Karnataka incharge K C Venugopal, besides Ali, attended the meeting, whichwas chaired by former chief minister Siddaramaiah.The coordination committee of the JDS-Congress hadappointed the drafting committee to prepare the CMP.Some highlights of the CMP are farm loan waiver, whosedetails would be released by the Chief Minister in his firstbudget speech, Ali said.The CMP has agreed to earmark Rs 1.25 lakh crore forirrigation projects in the next five years besides setting atarget of building 20 lakh new houses for the needy.A new sports policy would also be announced, he said.Another area where the government would focus is skilldevelopment with a target of creating one crore jobs in thenext five years.”It will be a full-fledged budget, which will have allthese. In addition, the previous Congress government’sflagship programmes will continue.. We will raise the fundsmaintaining fiscal discipline,” Ali said.advertisementTo a query on the deadline for the cut off date for farmloan waiver, Ali said, “I think it will be better if you canwait for another three days. In the budget speech, the chiefminister will reveal it.”It will be a total farm loan waiver, comprising bothnationalised and cooperative banks, he said.To a question on cabinet expansion, Ali said it mighttake place soon.”Tomorrow the new assembly session is starting… justafter that there may be cabinet expansion. It was notdiscussed today but overall feeling is that (it may happen) atthe earliest,” said Ali.On appointment of chairpersons of various boards andcorporations, he said the matter was discussed and the listwas exchanged and it would be finalised tomorrow.He denied that there differences between chief minister HD Kumaraswamy and former chief minister Siddaramaiah andalleged that these were created by some vested interests.”If you ask me, it is unethical to release anything whichis being discussed privately among some individuals,” he saidapparently referring to video footage in which Siddaramaiah ispurportedly seen saying that the government may not last formore than a year and may come down soon after the Lok Sabhaelection.The JD(S) supremo H D Devegowda had already announcedthat his son H D Kumaraswamy will table the budget on July 5.Divergent views have been aired in public by someCongress and JDS leaders on several issues, includingpresentation of the budget.Siddaramaiah, who held the finance portfolio in theprevious government, had recently said there was no need for afresh budget and insisted that a supplementary budget woulddo.PTI GMSROHROHROH