‘Juventus are favourites for Champions League’

first_imgJuventus are ready to end their recent record of Champions League final disappointments this season.That is the view of the club’s young Brazilian defender Rogerio, who says he wants to emulate countryman and clubmate Alex Sandro in becoming a serial winner in Turin.He will have to wait for that opportunity, however, having been loaned to Serie A rivals Sassuolo as he develops. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! But the 20-year-old is certain his parent club are destined to add European success to their domestic domination.Juve haven’t won the competition since 1996 and have lost two finals in the last four years, despite taking ownership of the Italian title for the past seven seasons.The Turin club have this season added Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid to their already star-packed ranks – and Rogerio is anticipating it paying off.“The Bianconeri are surely favourites to win the Champions League – it’s their main target,” he said.Rogerio joined Juventus from Brazilian club Internacional as a teenager in 2016 and is keen to follow in countryman Sandro’s footsteps.“Arriving at Juventus has been a dream come true,” he said. “It’s one of the best teams in the world and a model club. I hope my career turns out similar to Alex Sandro.”Meanwhile, he is also backing fellow Brazilian youngster Vinicius Junior to be a success at Real Madrid.Julen Lopetegui’s failure to make the most of the 18-year-old wonderkid’s talents has been cited as one of the reasons behind his recent sacking by the La Liga giants.But Rogerio believes the talented 18-year-old, who was handed his Real debut by caretaker manager Santiago Solari in the team’s Copa del Rey win over Melilla on Wednesday night, will flourish.“Vinicius can become one of the best players in the world,” he said.last_img read more

UEFA: FFP cases can be reopened

first_imgUEFA has warned it is prepared to reopen closed cases relating to Financial Fair Play if “new information” suggests such action is needed.European football’s governing body insists FFP has “without question” been successful in helping clubs avoid spiralling debts since its inception seven years ago.However, UEFA has confirmed it would be prepared to examine former cases if it decides there was a clear abuse of the system, as shown by new evidence. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! In a statement, it said: “FFP has led to a step change in the health of the finances in European club football. Seven years ago, European clubs had a cumulative debt of €1.7billion. Last year it was a profit of €600million. Without question, it has been a success for the game across Europe.”FFP is a framework which clubs that wish to play in UEFA competitions agree to abide by. It relies on the cooperation of clubs to declare a complete and genuine financial position. While UEFA can test the information it receives, it relies on that information being fair and accurate reflections of a club’s finances.”UEFA conducts an annual assessment of all clubs against the break-even requirements of FFP on a rolling three-year basis. This includes a thorough assessment of clubs’ financial positions on the basis of both the information disclosed by the clubs (based on their independently audited financial statements) as well as a number of compliance checks and analysis undertaken by UEFA (including independent external audits). If new information comes to light that may be material to this assessment, UEFA will use that to challenge the figures and will seek explanation, clarification or rebuttal from the club concerned.”Should new information suggest that previously-concluded cases have been abused, those cases may be capable of being re-opened as determined on a case by case basis.”This approach is applied universally to all clubs that apply for a UEFA licence and participate in European club competitions.”FFP, which is designed to prevent clubs risking serious debts through spending more than they earn, has come under scrutiny following allegations by the whistleblowing platform Football Leaks, reported primarily by Mediapart and Der Spiegel, relating to Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain.Both City and PSG are accused of having extra money pumped into them by respective ownership groups through over-valued sponsorship deals, with former UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino alleged to have helped the clubs avoid severe sanctions.The two clubs reached settlement agreements with UEFA in 2014 for FFP breaches, but it was claimed by Der Spiegel that City were allowed to come up with their own punishment, while PSG got off lightly.City insisted the report’s aim was to damage their reputation, while PSG have denied any wrongdoing.Infantino responded by telling Blick: “Our goal at UEFA was always to keep the clubs with us, not to kick them out, so you negotiate and seek solutions. That was my job as general secretary.”The fact is, in the history of FFP, 30 violations have been detected. With all but one club, there were agreements. Agreements and negotiations are expressly allowed.”Last week, PSG appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to stop UEFA re-examining its decision to clear the club of FFP violations in June.UEFA decided to review the investigation in July, having cleared the Ligue 1 champions of contravening FFP rules a month earlier.last_img read more

Justin Gatlin wants to be part of history with Usain Bolt in London

first_imgAfter years of being Usain Bolt’s main rival, Justin Gatlin wants one more race with the Jamaican world record holder and for a special reason.Bolt is retiring after his final 100 metres at August’s world championships in London and Gatlin, who is competing in the U.S. trials this weekend, hopes to be in the race.”It’s a part of history,” said the American Olympic 100m silver medallist.One that will be both fun and sad.”It’s going to be a changing of an era,” Gatlin told Reuters. “We are going to be looking at a person who came along and made his mark and who has not only excited the crowds but he has made history over and over.”Although he has beaten Bolt only once, Gatlin said the race would also be fun.”I always wanted to battle with the guys with the records,” the American said.”When I came back into the sport, my goal was to be…I said to myself ‘I just want to be shoulder to shoulder with him’,” Gatlin told reporters at the U.S. nationals/world trials.The 2004 Olympic champion, Gatlin was ineligible for the 2008 Beijing Games while serving a four-year doping ban.He watched from a restaurant as Bolt wiped out world records in the 100 and 200 metres.”It was just total respect for how fast he is, the competition he brings,” the 35-year-old Gatlin said.Since then, with Gatlin returning from his ban in 2010, they have raced nine times at 100 metres with a 2013 Diamond League win in Rome Gatlin’s only victory.advertisementWhile Bolt was racking up world and Olympic gold medals, Gatlin won bronze at the 2012 London Olympics followed by silver at the 2013 and 2015 world championships and at last year’s Rio Games.This season has been a struggle with various injuries, but Gatlin said it would be pleasing to be back at worlds in London.”It would be the toughest year for me,” the 2005 world champion said. “But it would be an honour to get through and show the fortitude that I have.”While London will be the last race for the 30-year-old Bolt, Gatlin, more than four years older, hopes to continue running.”That’s the fun part,” he told Reuters.”Now that void that Usain will leave will open the door for others to step up and be competitive. That’s going to be exciting.”last_img read more

JLR launches SVAutobiography Dynamic, priced at Rs 2.79 cr

first_img(Eds: Correcting product name in header, para 1)New Delhi, Jul 27 (PTI) Tata Motors owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) today said it has launched Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic in India, priced at Rs 2.79 crore (ex- showroom).The SUV comes loaded with several features and a powerful V8 engine.”The Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic is designed and engineered by JLR?s special vehicle operations (SVO) team who are passionate in their commitment to explore new frontiers of luxury, performance and technology,” JLR India Managing Director Rohit Suri said in a statement.Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic is the fourth vehicle to join the brands portfolio in India after the Range Rover SVAutobiography, Range Rover Sport SVR and Jaguar F-TYPE SVR.The new model is available to order at all 25 authorised retail outlets in India, the company said. PTI MSS BAL BALlast_img read more

Premier League: Giroud header seals Arsenal win in season-opening thriller

first_imgArsenal had to come from behind twice to beat Leicester City 4-3 in a thriller as the Premier League season got off to a flying start on Friday with Arsene Wenger’s substitutions turning the match around at The Emirates.Olivier Giroud came off the bench to head a late winner after Aaron Ramsey had brought Arsenal level at 3-3 following a Jamie Vardy double for the visitors. The home side’s new French signing Alexandre Lacazette had given them an early lead.The match was a great advert for a league that is already prime box office viewing worldwide but Arsenal’s hopes of a first title since 2004 will require some polishing of a rusty defence after Leicester put away half of their chances.”Top quality game and you want PL to be best in the world and you have to produce games like that,” Wenger told reporters.”At some stage it didn’t look like (a win). We kept going and the spirit of the team was absolutely outstanding,” he said.”We were punished on every single mistake by a Leicester team that was very efficient going forward. (We had) 70 percent possession, 27 shots on goal, Leicester had three shots on target and scored three so that shows you how efficient they are.”Arsenal looked a beaten team when Leicester led 3-2 early in the second half after Vardy grabbed his second goal before the substitutions gave them new vigour in attack.Giroud’s clever header in the 85th minute secured the points after Lacazette had taken just 94 seconds to make his mark with a header from Mohamed Elneny’s curling cross, equalling the record for the fastest opening goal in a Premier League season.advertisementThe lead lasted three minutes before Leicester’s new signing Harry Maguire headed Marc Albrighton’s cross from the left back into the middle and Shinji Okazaki nodded the ball past flailing Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech.FAST STARTThe electric start to the campaign, with a match on the Friday night opening the league programme for the first time, was the prologue for a fast match of punch and counter-punch.England striker Vardy put the visitors 2-1 ahead just before the half hour, darting into the box to rifle another fine Albrighton cross past Cech after the winger had pounced on a poor square ball from Arsenal midfielder Mezut Ozil.But Welbeck had the last word of the first half for the home side when he equalised from close range in added time after new signing Sead Kolasinac’s tap forward in a goalmouth melee.The impressive Vardy scored his second in the 53rd minute to put Leicester in front once more, curling Riyad Mahrez’s corner into the bottom far corner amid poor Arsenal marking.But the home side’s pressure in the final half hour turned the game back their way and Ramsey equalised with a shot from close range seven minutes from time with Ozil appearing to handle the ball in the build-up.Giroud then sent the previously despondent Arsenal fans wild when he headed the winner from a corner, Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel only managing to turn the ball onto the underside of the bar before it bounced over the line.Leicester showed some of the form that won them the title in 2016 and helped stave off relegation last term but in the end they were undone by canny France international Giroud who has been linked with a move away from Arsenal all summer.last_img read more

Usman Khawaja, Ashton Agar to play first Test against Bangladesh

first_imgAustralia batsman Usman Khawaja and left-arm spinner Ashton Agar will play the first Test against Bangladesh beginning on Sunday, skipper Steve Smith has confirmed.Both left-handed opener Khawaja and Agar toured India earlier this year but neither played in any of the four Tests which Smith’s men lost 2-1.”I think he’s a player who has worked very hard on playing against spin,” Smith said of Khawaja who averages less than 20 in the sub-continent.”I know he didn’t get an opportunity in India, but he spent a lot of time in the nets working on lots of things and finding different ways to play and I’m sure that’ll hold him in good stead for this series as well.”Agar will join off-spinner Nathan Lyon in Australia’s slow bowling attack to play his first Test since the 2013 Lord’s game against Ashes rivals England.”I think he’s come a long way over the last year particularly,” Smith said of the 23-year-old.”He’s been bowling very well in the nets. His lengths have been exceptional so if he can get those right in the game I’m sure he’ll have a big impact for us.”All-rounder Glenn Maxwell retains his number six spot in the batting order while Australia stuck with specialist wicketkeeper Matthew Wade, resisting the temptation to try part-timer Peter Handscomb and accommodate an extra player.David Warner will partner Matthew Renshaw at the top of the batting order, while the New South Wales duo of Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins will lead the pace attack.advertisementSmith’s counterpart Mushfiqur Rahim said Bangladesh were capable of surprising the visitors in the two-Test series.”They are a very good team. But we have the ability to beat them on our home soil,” the wicketkeeper-batsman said.”For that, we will have to play really well.”last_img read more

Pullela Gopichand should get the credit for my success: Kidambi Srikanth to India Today

first_imgKidambi Srikanth heaped praise on his coach and mentor, Pullela Gopichand, saying he is the one who should get all the credit for Kidambi’s success.On Sunday, Srikanth became the first Indian and only the fourth male shuttler in history to win four Super Series titles in a calendar year when he beat Japan’s Kenta Nishimoto in the men’s singles final at the French Open.”He has been my greatest mentor. He is the one who should get the credit for my wins. I am very thankful to him, for all his guidance for the last eight years,” he said in an exclusive chat with India Today.WATCH VIDEOAfter following his brother to the Gopichand Academy back in 2008, the now 24-year-old has not looked back. “When you have so many top level players at the same place and you play against them, you definitely improve. There is definitely a lot of scope for improvement,” he said when asked about training with the likes of HS Prannoy and B. Sai Praneeth.Very happy with the way I played in the last couple of weeks and a big thanks to everyone of my team for taking a very good care of me. pic.twitter.com/oQTi8ZmTcW- Kidambi Srikanth (@srikidambi) October 30, 2017″It’s just not about the last seven to eight months. It’s more like the last five to six years and what we have been doing. The amount of hard work we have put in the last five years is helping us achieve these (wins),” he added.advertisementAfter an ankle injury earlier in the year, he came back stronger to win four SuperSeries titles. The journey, he recalls, was not easy.Srikanth is a huge Roger Federer fan and he sought inspiration from the way the tennis legend came back from an injury.”That was the biggest break I have got from badminton. I am very big fan of Roger Federer and he was also injured in the Wimbledon last year and then he was out of competitive tennis. But he came back this year by winning the Australian Open title straightaway. He is a very big inspiration. I really want to follow him and take inspiration from him and I think did well”Srikanth thanked his physios who helped get back onto the court, “After the injury, in my recovery part, my physios took very good care of me and I am very thankful to them. If I am able to play my 100%, it is because of them.”Srikanth has plenty of badminton still to play this year with the China and Hong Kong Open coming up followed by the BWF Super Series Masters Finals in Dubai.”I have the China Open and Hong Kong Open in November. So I am focusing on really doing well in those two tournaments before I start thinking about the SuperSeries finals,” he said.”The SuperSeries final is definitely a very big tournament and I really want to do well there but after the Hong Kong Open, I will have those two weeks of training period before I go in to the SuperSeries finals,” he said.last_img read more

Ellsbury Powers Yanks Over Jay, 6-3

first_imgTORONTO — For the first time in more than four months, Chris Capuano went home with a W next to his name.Jacoby Ellsbury and Chase Headley homered to help Capuano to his first victory since April 16, and the New York Yankees beat the slumping Toronto Blue Jays 6-3 on Aug. 29.Capuano (2-3) pitched 6 1-3 innings in his first win in seven starts since joining the Yankees. The veteran left-hander, who was acquired last month in a trade with Colorado, allowed three runs, two earned, and eight hits. “I couldn’t be prouder to get a win as a Yankee,” Capuano said. “It feels really good.”David Robertson got the final four outs for his 35th save in 38 chances. Jose Bautista homered and Dioner Navarro had three hits, but the Blue Jays dropped to 7-17 in August.“We’ve just got swing our way out of it,” Manager John Gibbons said. “We’re better hitters than what we’re producing as a whole right now.”Mark Buehrle (11-9) allowed four runs and seven hits in six-plus innings in another loss to New York.Bautista put the Blue Jays in front with a second-deck homer in the fourth, his third in three games. It’s the first time Bautista has connected in three straight games since July 1-3, 2011.New York answered with a five-run seventh, with the first four batters reaching against Buehrle. Brian McCann doubled, Carlos Beltran walked and Brett Gardner hit an RBI double, with Beltran scoring on an errant relay throw by second baseman Steve Tolleson.Aaron Loup came on after Ichiro Suzuki’s infield single, and Gardner made it 3-1 when he scored on a wild pickoff throw by catcher Navarro. Two pitches later, Ellsbury lined a two-run homer to right. It was the first homer by a left-handed batter in Loup’s career, snapping a streak of 233 at-bats.Buehrle dropped to 1-13 with a 6.14 ERA in 20 career starts against New York. The lefty is 0-11 in his last 16 outings against the Yankees.“It’s not like we’re all running to the bat racks because Buehrle is pitching,” New York’s Derek Jeter said. “I think that’s just a fluke thing.” More importantly for the sliding Blue Jays, Buehrle is 1-8 in his last 15 starts this season.Kevin Pillar chased Capuano with an RBI double in the seventh, and Melky Cabrera’s sacrifice fly made it 5-3, but Adam Warren got Edwin Encarnacion to fly out with runners at first and second.Headley made it 6-3 with a first-pitch homer off Dustin McGowan in the ninth. Ellsbury followed with a triple but was out at the plate trying to score on Jeter’s grounder to third, injuring his left ankle as he slid into Navarro.Ellsbury stayed in the game and X-rays were negative, but Manager Joe Girardi said his status for Aug. 30 was in doubt. “It’s frustrating because he’s playing so well,” Girardi said.(IAN HARRISON)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Colon Leads Mets Past Phils, 6-3

first_imgNEW YORK — Bartolo Colon kept his helmet on this time.A day after his 42nd birthday, the rotund pitcher moved into a tie for the major league lead with his seventh win and singled for his second hit in a decade. The New York Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-3 on May 25 to stop a three-game losing streak.“I wish I got cheers for a foul ball,” teammate Michael Cuddyer said. “He’s must-see TV when he comes to the plate.”Wilmer Flores hit a tiebreaking three-run shot off Justin De Fratus in the sixth inning for his career-best seventh homer this season. The Mets improved to 18-6 at home — they are 7-15 on the road.Colon has been a big part of the Citi Field entertainment. His body resembles that of a sumo wrestler more than a 21st-Century pitcher, with a thick midsection and bulging biceps.When he poked an opposite-field single to right at Atlanta on April 12, his helmet spun off in the batter’s box. This time, he hooked a 77 mph slider from Severino Gonzalez into left, but the helmet remained atop his head.“It’s been good. This year it’s only dropped once,” he said through a translator. “I love to get a hit just to hear the fans cheering and get all crazy about me getting on base.”He took second on Curtis Granderson’s single and advanced to third on Juan Lagares’ flyout to center. In his previous start against St. Louis, Colon neglected to tag up at third on Cuddyer’s flyout to Randal Grichuk. This time, Granderson gave him a heads up.“Make sure you tag — or you can steal the bag,” Colon remembered being told.He had struggled in his previous two outings, allowing 15 runs in losses to Milwaukee and St. Louis. He gave up Chase Utley’s two-run single in the third and Ryan Howard’s bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the fifth, a ball Lagares caught on the warning track in center.“I thought I had it,” Howard said.Colon (7-3) allowed six hits in six innings, benefiting from plate umpire Larry Vanover’s seemingly wide strike zone. Five of Colon’s six strikeouts were looking, including Ben Revere, Freddy Galvis and Utley opening the game.“He’s been pitching for 50 years,” Mets Manager Terry Collins said playfully. “I just think it’s a matter of him locating.”Colon tied Michael Wacha of St. Louis and Felix Hernandez of Seattle for the big league lead in wins.“There’s not a whole lot that Bartolo does that does not entertain us and everybody else in the stadium,” Mets catcher Anthony Recker said. “He’s fun to watch — all the time.”Flores also has delighted Mets fans.With the score 3-all, Daniel Murphy led off the sixth with a single off Elvis Araujo (1-1), De Fratus walked Cuddyer, and Flores homered off the original 16-foot left-field wall, over the 8-foot blue fence erected in front of it for the 2012 season.Jeurys Familia pitched the ninth for his 14th save in 15 chances, completing the Mets’ 18th win in 23 games against the Phillies.Collins held a rare in-season team meeting after a May 24 defeat in Pittsburgh. “This isn’t football,” he said. “You give more than one speech a month, they’re going to turn you off.”(RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Angels Edge The Yankees, 2-1

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares ANAHEIM, Calif. — Andrew Heaney’s first major league victory was the stuff of baseball storybooks. He struck out Alex Rodriguez while shutting down the New York Yankees, and he got a homer from Albert Pujols as run support.It’s still nothing the Los Angeles Angels’ promising left-hander didn’t expect of himself.Heaney pitched seven innings of two-hit ball, Pujols and Erick Aybar hit back-to-back homers in the sixth, and the Angels beat the Yankees 2-1 on June 30 for their fourth straight victory.Heaney (1-0) was stellar in his second start for the Angels, who acquired him in the off-season for 2014 hits leader Howie Kendrick.Given his first chance in Los Angeles’ rotation while Jered Weaver is injured, Heaney walked two and struck out seven, allowing just one runner to reach second base.“That was my … seventh start, so I eventually wanted to get it done,” Heaney said with a shrug, remembering his five winless starts for Miami last season. “That’s something you can be proud of, to help the team win.”Heaney got barely enough offense from the Angels’ light-hitting lineup, but was backed by strong defense and relief. Huston Street finished for his 23rd save while pitching in the Angels’ fourth straight game.Mike Trout and Matt Joyce had two hits apiece for the Angels, who have won six of eight on their nine-game homestand. Los Angeles (41-37) heads into July four games above .500 for the first time since June 1.“We’re grinding it out,” Angels Manager Mike Scioscia said. “We’re pitching well and we’re playing defense. … (Heaney) had all of the things you’re trying to put together in a game plan. Really just kept them off balance all night.”Mark Teixeira homered for the Yankees, who have lost seven of 10.After Ivan Nova stranded six Angels in the first five innings, Pujols and Aybar spoiled a strong performance in his second start back from elbow ligament replacement surgery in April 2014.Nova (1-1), who left later in the sixth inning, yielded eight hits and two walks while striking out seven.“He left a fastball up to Pujols and left a fastball middle-down to Aybar, and they hit them both out,” Manager Joe Girardi said.“But I thought he pitched a pretty good ballgame. He got out of some jams … but we didn’t score any runs. That’s why we lost this game, not because of anything Nova did.”Pujols led off the sixth with his AL-leading 24th homer and the 544th of his career into the ficus trees beyond center field, setting an Angels record with his 13th homer of a spectacular month.Aybar followed with another homer into the ficus trees, just his second of a rough season for the shortstop. He hadn’t homered since May 22.Teixeira connected in the second inning for his 19th homer, albeit his first since June 15. His 11-game homer drought was his longest of the season.“We hit a lot of balls hard, but right at people,” Rodriguez said. “The kid had good stuff and pitched a good game. He challenged us all night long with a lot of fastballs and pounded the strike zone. We just have to maintain our aggressiveness.”(GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer)last_img read more

The crowning of Olympiacos

first_imgOlympiacos was given the Greek champion’s trophy today in “Peace and Friendship” arena, in front of thousands of the Reds’ fans.Some impressive banners were in order to welcome the champs.The ceremony began with children from the club’s academies who were presented to the crowd and received a warm applause.Then the lights were shut to welcome the players and technical staff of Olympiacos.One by one the players of the team entered the court in order to receive their medals… and captain Vassilis Spanoulis lifted the trophy.Giorgos Printezis could not hide his emotions. He lost his father the day before Game 1 of the Finals and the whole series took place  during one of the most difficult periods of his life.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Bolt says this is goodbye; Lochte says he’s sorry

first_imgRIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The U.S. men’s basketball team just got by Spain on Friday, hours before another Olympic juggernaut, Usain Bolt, says his goodbye at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.A day after winning another gold in the 200 meters, Bolt will appear in what he has insisted will be his final Olympic race. He’ll look to add to his medal stash as part of the Jamaican team in the 4×100 relay finals. Bolt led the Jamaicans to the top of the podium in the event in Beijing and again in London, where the team set the world and Olympic records.While Bolt is saying goodbye, Ryan Lochte is saying he’s sorry.Breaking his silence, Lochte apologized Friday for his behavior surrounding an early-morning incident at a Rio de Janeiro gas station, saying he should have been more candid about how he described what happened after a night of partying with his teammates following the final swimming races.Klay Thompson’s 22 points led the Americans to their third straight Olympic gold-medal game with an 82-76 win over Spain, the silver medalist in both Beijing and London.The Spaniards, led by Pau Gasol’s 23 points, made it tough on the Americans for the third straight Olympics but again couldn’t upset the world’s No. 1 team. The U.S. will play Australia or Serbia on Sunday for the gold.Inbee Park kept her composure in strong wind and made two late birdies to regain the lead, posting a 1-under 70 for a two-shot lead going into the final round at Olympic Golf Course.Lydia Ko, a 19-year-old Kiwi and the No. 1 player in women’s golf put herself in contention thanks to the first hole-in-one of her career. Also two shots back in the final group is Gerina Piller, the American who narrowly qualified for the Olympics in her final event.Day 14 of the Rio Games features medal action in track and field, soccer, wrestling, boxing, platform diving and more.The American women’s 4×100 relay team will try to capitalize on its reprieve following a collision on a handoff at the Olympic track stadium, and Germany and Sweden meet in the first all-European Olympic women’s soccer final.Lochte said in a lengthy post on Instagram that he was apologizing for his role in taking the focus away from other Olympic athletes.“This was a situation that could and should have been avoided,” Lochte said. “I accept responsibility for my role in this happening and have learned some valuable lessons.”The 12-time Olympic medalist reiterated his view that a stranger pointed a gun at him and demanded money to let him leave a gas station. Lochte had called it a gunpoint robbery; Brazilian police said he and three other swimmers vandalized a bathroom while intoxicated and were confronted by armed security guards.Lochte returned to the United States early in the week before a Brazilian judge had ordered his passport taken away while police investigated his claims of getting robbed at gunpoint by thieves posing as police. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Sarantis Group Announces Collaboration with Greek NBA Star Giannis Antetokounmpo

first_imgATHENS – Sarantis Group announces its collaboration with the Greek NBA player, Giannis Antetokounmpo to promote the STR8 signal in a worldwide level for the next 5 years, Reuters reports.STR8 is a popular male aromatic series.“Within the context of its strategic growth plan, both in its existing territory as well as new markets, Sarantis Group announces its partnership with Giannis Antetokounmpo, a renowned Greek professional basketball player of the National Basketball Association (NBA),” Sarantis’ press release says.“The partnership, directly in effect, involves the advertising and support of STR8 brand on a global scale for the next 5 years. STR8 is a popular men’s fragrance line presenting high brand awareness and strong market shares across the Group’s region. STR8 addresses and supports young men who follow their passion, exceed their limits and want to become better every day. The young men whochoose to live life their way.Starting his journey as an amateur player within Greece, Giannis Antetokounmpo dared to go after his dream working his way up, marking continuous successes in the US, and blossomed into an all–round basketball superstar of the NBA, breaking one record after another. His passion, commitment, hard work and integrity are the virtues that helped him grow into one of the best players of the NBA.”Sarantis’ announcement:Failed to fetch Error: URL to the PDF file must be on exactly the same domain as the current web page. Click here for more infoTweetPinShare44 Shareslast_img read more

James Scores 43, Cavs Take 2-0 Lead with Rout of Raptors

first_imgTORONTO (AP) — LeBron James had 43 points and 14 assists, Kevin Love added 31 points and 11 rebounds, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Toronto Raptors 128-110 on Thursday night to take a 2-0 lead in their second-round playoff series.J.R. Smith scored 15 points, Jeff Green had 14 and George Hill 13 as the Cavaliers posted their eighth consecutive postseason victory over the Raptors and halted Toronto’s four-game winning streak in Game 2s. The Raptors entered 6-1 all-time when playing Game 2 at home.James had eight rebounds, narrowly missing his second straight triple-double. He connected on 19 of 28 attempts, while Love shot 11 for 21.DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points and Kyle Lowry had 21 for the Raptors. Toronto won a team-record 59 games and finished as the top-seeded team in the Eastern Conference this season, but was easily shoved one step closer to a third straight postseason exit at the hands of James and the Cavs.Jonas Valanciunas had 16 points and 12 rebounds and Fred VanVleet scored 14 points, but the Raptors lost back-to-back home games for the first time all season.Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) shoots over Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam during the second half of Game 2 of an NBA basketball playoffs second-round series Thursday, May 3, 2018, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)CELTICS 108, 76ERS 103BOSTON (AP) — Rookie Jayson Tatum scored 21 points and hit a pair of free throws in the closing second, and Boston rallied from a 22-point deficit to beat Philadelphia and take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.Terry Rozier added 20 points, nine assists and seven rebounds. Marcus Smart finished with 19 points and five rebounds as the Celtics improved to 6-0 at TD Garden this postseason. They have never blown a 2-0 lead.Game 3 is Saturday in Philadelphia.J.J. Redick had 23 points for the 76ers, making five 3-pointers. Robert Covington added 22 points and nine rebounds. Joel Embiid finished with 20 points, 14 rebounds and five assists, but rookie star Ben Simmons missed all four shots and had just one point.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

How embedded projects run into trouble: Jack’s Top Ten – Number Six

first_img 1 thought on “How embedded projects run into trouble: Jack’s Top Ten – Number Six” MWagner_MA says: The Art of Electronics, by Horowitz and Hill September 6, 2018 at 11:55 am The ARRL Handbook for Radio Communications Op Amps for Everyone, by Bruce Carter Continue Reading Previous Rohde & Schwarz: Scope Rider provides assistance in development of electric superbikeNext Infineon: System Basis Chips to allow high speed communication with up to 5 Mbit/s Log in to Reply As of last week we’re at sixes and sevens in my Top Ten mistakes I see made in embedded projects. Today, number 6:6 – Crummy analog/digital interfacingIn the digital world there are ones and zeroes. It’s pristine. Binary. There’s no question what state a node is in, and the difference between the two is a gulf wider than the Grand Canyon.Alas, the real world is much uglier and the only granularity is at a quantum level. The difference between 1.0000 and 0.99999 volts might be very important. But that delta can be hard to measure.Proper analog design is hard, but the good news is that things are much better than when this industry was young. Back then it was all but impossible to get more than about 12 bits in an ADC… and those devices were large, potted modules costing hundreds of dollars, back when hundreds were more like thousands in today’s tarnished dollars. There were no multi-layer PCBs so distributing clean power was difficult; isolating noisy digital from sensitive analog often meant building multiple boards and shielding one in an aluminum box. Today PCBs of all sorts are cheap and quick to produce, and the variety of analog ICs boggles the mind. Digi-Key lists 16,000 different part numbers just for ADCs; a 24 bitter is just two bucks.On the other hand, the more resolution we can get, the more we need so other issues become paramount, like noise. 24 bits of resolution over a 5 volt span means each bit is worth less than a millionth of a volt. At least one of these ADCs has a 5 G-ohm impedance, which means each bit represents a faction of a femto-amp, so you’re practically counting electrons.Noise can be fought by many means, but I see too many teams blithely throwing some sort of filter at it. A simple bit of code can average some number of samples, or implement IIR/FIR filters. These are great solutions to some problems, and disasters for others. Any sort of filter will distort the data to some extent and many will delay the result, which can be a problem for fast real-time systems. It’s often better to use careful analog design to minimize the noise before it hits an ADC.Digital outputs, particularly those that drive significant loads, can inject transients into sensitive analog. There are plenty of great solutions, but these need to be evaluated and designed in early in the project.Modern analog components are so easy to use that some sprinkle them around a PCB without considering the coupling of the digital circuits switching into the analog side. Careful use of guard traces, where needed, is often neglected. Sometimes circuits need to be protected via optoisolators. Ferrites can reduce coupled noise.A common theme I see is a very competent digital engineer not understanding the nuances of careful analog design. Last week I saw a product with a transistor driving a relay – a very digital bit of circuitry. There was no diode across the coil. Inductive analog transients might destroy the transistor.In a sense digital isolates us from basic electronics as we can often neglect all of that circuit theory learned so long ago in college. Without a careful analysis of our designs we’re likely to get into trouble.I highly recommend that anyone designing analog circuitry get the books listed in the reference. Electronics is a lot of fun, and these books are readable and very interesting.Next week, I go after the managers.References: Jack Ganssle  ( ) writes, lectures, and ruminates about embedded systems. His blog is here: www.ganssle.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Design Methods “Jack good list of books. I would add that anyone serious about op-amp design to get “Optimizing Op Amp Performance” by Jerald Graeme, or some of his earlier works while part of Burr-Brown. TI has some good app notes as well. I agree that now many int Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more

All about the six occasions when Meghan Markle broke Royal protocol

first_imgMeghan Markle is the newest addition to the British Royal family, and the world couldn’t be more thrilled. The Suits actress exchanged vows with Prince Harry on May 19, 2018, at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.But it isn’t easy being a Royal, with the number of rules in place. And the Duchess of Sussex have already broken quite a few, including the recent instance of crossing her legs at a Royal engagement.1. Showing her legs in public Meghan did not wear stockings when she and Prince Harry announced their engagement. Photo: PinterestAccording to the public protocol for the British Royals, no member of the family should bear his/her legs publicly. The women, who are not allowed to wear pants, have to sport nude-coloured stockings with dresses, as a rule.Meghan, however, broke the protocol on the day of the official announcement of her engagement with Prince Harry. The actress wore a white coat over a teal-green dress, without a pair of nude stockings, thereby bearing her legs.2. Turning her back to the Queen Meghan Markle turned her back to the Queen. Photo: PinterestThe 36-year-old is said to have gone against royal protocol by momentarily turning her back on Her Majesty to chat to her new hubby.According to the Royal Family website, there are no obligatory codes of behaviour when meeting The Queen or a member of the Royal Family however, many people wish to observe the traditional forms.3. Exposing her shoulders Meghan Markle exposed her shoulders in her dress at the Queen’s birthday earlier this year. Photo: ReutersThe newest member of the Royal Family set fashion tongues wagging after appearing at her first Trooping the in a bespoke creation by Venezuelan designer Carolina Herrera.advertisementFashion tradition usually dictates that Royal women do not wear off-shoulder or other more revealing styles.4. No hugs Meghan hugging children in January 2018 at Birmingham. Photo: Instagram/meghanfcMeghan hugged a starstruck schoolgirl on a royal visit to Birmingham, after the girl told the royal couple that she wanted to be an actor when she grew up.Kate often only gives a hug if a child dives for it, while the Queen keeps things formal with some of her trademark waving and the occasional handshake.By traditional forms they mean handshake, bow or courtesy.5. Walking down the aisle alone Meghan Markle on her wedding day. Photo: Instagram/meghanfcIn an extraordinary twist to the biggest wedding of the year, Meghan entered St Georges Chapel alone before tying the knot with Prince Harry.After her father Thomas Markle pulled out of attending the wedding, it was announced Meghan would walk solo down the aisle on her big day. The move was also seen as Meg expressing her feminist beliefs – walking down the aisle as an independent woman.A source told a daily, “It was something she made clear she wanted to do when she and Prince Harry started planning their wedding last November.”6. The crossing of legs Meghan Markle.” Photo: ReutersAll eyes were on Meghan Markle this week as she attended the Queens Young Leaders reception at Buckingham Palace.Meghan, who wore a pink Prada dress for the occasion, sat with her legs crossed and her legs stretched to one side.The crossing of the legs is a sitting position that is rarely used by the Royals.ALSO READ | Queen Elizabeth has banned Meghan Markle from eating this in publicALSO WATCH | The Royal wedding; Meghan Markle before meeting Prince Harry; morelast_img read more

1st ODI: Rabada, Shamsi star in South Africa’s five-wicket win over Sri Lanka

first_imgSouth Africa rode the efforts of fast bowler Kagiso Rabada and spinner Tabraiz Shamsi as both picked up four wickets each in their five-wicket victory against Sri Lanka in the first one-day international at Dambulla on Sunday.Rabada, who took 4-41, inflicted the early damage while left-arm spinner Shamsi provided the late breakthroughs with his 4-33 as South Africa bundled out Sri Lanka for 193 under 35 overs after the hosts won the toss and opted to bat.Off-spinner Akila Dananjaya picked up two early wickets to give Sri Lanka hope but the touring side, who were mauled 2-0 in the test series, recovered to reach the target in 31 overs and take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series. (SCORECARD)Opener Quinton de Kock and captain Faf du Plessis hit identical 47s to steady South Africa’s chase during a 86-run stand for the third wicket before the wicketkeeper-batsman became Dananjaya’s third victim.It was left to JP Duminy to take South Africa home with an unbeaten 53 off 32 deliveries.FOUR and that’s 50 up for @jpduminy21! Take a bow, jou lekker ding! 53* off 32 balls (6x4s and 2x6s), the boundary was also South Africa’s winning runs! Congratulations team on the 5-wicket victory. They go 1-0 up in the 5-match series. #ProteaFire #SLvSA pic.twitter.com/gnnh4b6qOGCricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) July 29, 2018Earlier, Kusal Perera hit a 72-ball 81 to provide some respectability to Sri Lanka’s innings after the hosts were reduced to 36-5 in the face of a devastating opening spell from Rabada.advertisementKusal and Thisara Perera, who made 49, added 92 for the sixth wicket during a counter-attacking partnership before Shamsi separated them by dismissing the latter, caught behind to wicketkeeper de Kock.Great start to the series for @shamsi90. Man of the match figures of 4/33 #ProteaFire #SLVSA pic.twitter.com/3LHLQMWE0OCricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) July 29, 2018Shamsi also dismissed Kusal, who was out caught trying to play a reverse sweep, after an entertaining innings that included 11 fours and a six.The second match of the series will be played at the same venue on Wednesday.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

PV Sindhu 7th highest paid female athlete in the world: Forbes

first_imgPV Sindhu broke into the top 10 paid female athletes lost in the world, according to an annual list published by Forbes on Tuesday.Sindhu, at 7th, is the only Indian female athlete in the top 10 list, that is predominantly dominant by tennis players.Sindhu’s stock has only gone north both on and off the field after her sensational show at the Rio Games in Brazil in 2016. Sindhu bagged silver in badminton at the 2016 Summer Games and since then, she one would say has been the face of Indian badminton.Sindhu earns USD 8.5 million per-year according ti the annual list published by Forbes. Other than her, retired race car driver Danica Patrick (USD 7.5 million) is the only non-tennis player in the top 10 list that is lead by Serena Williams for thr third consecutive year. Patrick is ninth in the list.Williams, who returned to competition in March after giving birth last September, earned USD 62,000 in winnings over the past year but received USD 18.1 million from an endorsement portfolio unmatched among women in sports, Forbes said.Williams, who will try to equal Margaret Court’s record of 24 grand slam titles when she competes at the August 27-September 9 U.S. Open in New York, earned twice as much off the court as any other female athlete, according to Forbes.Dane Caroline Wozniacki, who captured her maiden grand slam title at this year’s Australian Open, was second on the list with combined earnings of ($13 million) while reigning U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens (USD 11.2 million) was third.advertisementSpaniard Garbine Muguruza ($11 million) and Russian Maria Sharapova (USD 10.5 million) rounded out the top five.In June, Forbes issued a ranking of the world’s 100 highest-paid athletes and it did not feature a woman.Williams, who was the only woman on the list the previous year, dropped out of the chart while taking time off to have a baby.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Xiaomi Mi 8 India launch expected in September, could cost around Rs 30,000

first_imgXiaomi has launched the first smartphone under its sub-brand Poco — the Poco F1 in India today for a starting price of Rs 20,999. Meanwhile, reports are coming that the Chinese smartphone maker is preparing to launch another phone in the country very soon — it is the Mi 8. The launch may probably happen sometime around the month of September or so. It is, however, important to note that Xiaomi is yet to officially announce the India launch timeline of the Mi 8.The Mi 8 India launch timeline information was initially revealed by 91Mobiles last week. In the report, the media publication had reported that Xiaomi has started accepting orders from the Mi 8 from brick and mortar stores all across India. The report further noted that stores in Delhi, Rajasthan and UP have started taking the orders for the phone.Meanwhile, digging deep, folks at Digivamp have now reportedly spoken with employees at Xiaomi’s service centre, who have revealed that the Mi 8 will be launching in India in September. However, as already mentioned, Xiaomi is yet to reveal information about Mi 8 India launch.According to the new report, one of the employees at the Xiaomi service centre in Chandigarh said, “We’ve been asked by the company to return older, unsold spares in order to make rooms for a new ‘iPhone screens’, back bodies, glass screen, camera component, magnets and ribbon cables.” The employee had further noted, “It usually takes us about two weeks to receive parts and another week to conduct an inventory and send details to the company, all due process is usually completed before the product launch.”advertisementConsidering the configurations, the Mi 8, when it launches in India, will compete with phones like iPhone X. The Mi 8 — just as the iPhone X — will come with a notch on the top of the display and also a facial recognition system — yet again — similar to that of the Apple’s Face ID.As far as the specs are concerned, the Mi 8 comes with a 6.21-inch AMOLED display with a notch on the top of the screen. The phone sports a resolution of 2248 x 1080 pixels and 18.7:9 aspect ratio. On the hardware front, the Mi 8 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset paired with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB internal storage. Furthermore, as far as the camera setup is concerned, the Mi 8 a dual camera setup on the rear panel consisting of two 12-megapixel sensors, while on the front, the phone fits a 20-megapixel selfie shooter with f/2.0 aperture.As far as the price of the phone is concerned, the Mi 8 was launched in China in two variants — 6GB RAM and 128GB which comes with RMB 2,999 — roughly translates to Rs 32,000, while the 6GB RAM/256GB storage model has been priced for RMB 3,299 — which is around Rs 35,000.last_img read more