England still in the match: Stuart Broad

first_imgEngland fast bowler Stuart Broad lauded his team’s efforts against India on the penultimate day of the second cricket Test saying that they were still in the match.India struck late to reduce England to 87/2 in their 405-run chase by close of the day’s play at the ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium. Openers Hasseb Hameed (25) and skipper Alastair Cook (54) were the batsman to be dismissed. Cook’s dismissal ended the day’s action. Joe Root was unbeaten on 5 at stumps. (Also read: Vizag Test: R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja strike after stubborn resistance by England openers)India’s Ravichandran Ashwin claimed Hameed’s wicket (1/28) while Ravindra Jadeja (1/25) accounted for Cook.”We played with a lot of skill and a lot of fight this evening. Both openers showed great temperament. We would have taken two down at stumps going in. Fantastic day for us. We have shown a lot of skill apart from a disappointing hour on day two,” Broad said after the match. (DAY 4 HIGHLIGHTS)”We are still in this Test match. It will be great to sit and chat with those who batted this afternoon and take that into the next day,” he added.The 30-year-old pacer also spoke about his injury which he suffered on Saturday.He has strained a tendon of his left foot which will probably rule him out for the third match at Mohali.”The foot is sore but I have got to play a Test, haven’t I? As a fast bowler you have got to have niggles. It just makes it worse that it is on the sole, being a fast bowler,” he said.advertisementlast_img read more

Ronaldo hits 400 to set another goal record

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo continues to redefine the art of goalscoring, with the Juventus superstar now the first man to record 400 efforts across Europe’s top five leagues.The Portugal international burst onto the scene at Sporting but required a move away from his homeland in order for his full potential to be unlocked.Manchester United were happy to provide that stage in 2003 and saw Ronaldo find the target 84 times in the Premier League during a productive spell at Old Trafford. 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! A record-breaking move then took the five-time Ballon d’Or winner to Real Madrid, where countless records would fall to the 33-year-old.Ronaldo hit 311 La Liga efforts for the Blancos in just 292 appearances in the Spanish top-flight.Juventus invested €100 million (£88m/$115m) worth of faith in that prolific strike rate over the summer and have seen an all-time great overcome a slow start to deliver the goods expected of him.Ronaldo headed into a meeting with Genoa on Saturday with four goals for the Bianconeri to his name, with two of those coming in Serie A.He bolstered that tally inside 18 minutes of his latest outing and hit another notable landmark in the process.400 – Cristiano #Ronaldo is the first ever player to score 400 goals in the top five European leagues. Monument. #JuveGenoa— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) October 20, 2018Ronaldo has spent much of his career battling with Lionel Messi for the right to be considered the best in the business.He has been able to better the Barcelona talisman in a number of goal-getting areas, with the race to 100 Champions League goals among the more notable that the Portuguese has prevailed in.He has now beaten the mercurial Argentine to the 400 league goal mark, with one-club man Messi currently sat on 389 at Camp Nou.The South American star will be hoping to close the gap and hit that target himself this season, and could catch Ronaldo in time as he is two years younger than his eternal rival.It is, however, the man in Turin who is currently revelling in yet another entry to the history books.last_img read more

‘The spotlight is on Bale – now he has to show up’

first_imgSantiago Solari has urged Gareth Bale to make the most of his time in the “spotlight” and show his quality consistently for Real Madrid.So often the understudy to Cristiano Ronaldo during the Portugal star’s time at the club, it was hoped Bale would become the leading figure of the Madrid attack following Ronaldo’s move to Juventus.However, a return of four goals in 12 appearances in all competitions this season, coupled with a disappointing display in last Sunday’s 5-1 Clasico thrashing, has led to increased scrutiny of Bale’s credentials to take up Ronaldo’s mantle. 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! Despite this, Solari still hopes to see the Wales international take his chance to shine for Madrid on a regular basis.”He has the spotlight. I hope he shows us his huge talent,” he told a news conference. “We want to enjoy him every day; he’s a fantastic player.”When asked whether a softer or more strict approach towards Bale and his other players was required, Solari replied: “I don’t believe in characteristics like that. There is time for everything. You like to put people in boxes, pigeonhole them… everyone has their own style.”I want to show you the values of Real Madrid: ambition, the desire to attack, to go for goal, sacrifice, not giving up… values that we know this club instills.”Solari secured a 4-0 Copa del Rey win over Melilla on Wednesday in his first match since taking over as interim head coach following Julen Lopetegui’s dismissal.Vinicius Junior impressed in that victory and has been tipped to play in Saturday’s La Liga clash with Real Valladolid.Vinicius Junior Real Madrid 2018-19And Solari, who is set to stay on in his first-team role this weekend as a full-time appointment is yet to be made, suggested he is willing to give several youngsters a chance to impress.”He [Vinicius] is one more member of the squad and everyone has to be there to be a first-team choice,” said Solari, who has been Madrid’s Castilla boss since 2016. “They’re all good and each one can offer their own contribution.”For me, it’s simple: time and playing. He needs to play to build experience and with experience he’ll become a better footballer. We all see the talent he has.”The ‘B’ at this club is the Castilla, and the ‘A’ is Real Madrid. There are never indispensable players because you have injuries, losses of form…”There are players here who have survived many battles and won them, but there are also young footballers with a lot of talent.”last_img read more

Mourinho boasts to his ‘lovers’ about his European record

first_imgJose Mourinho has hit back at his critics, with the Manchester United boss taking great joy in making his “lovers” aware of a faultless record in Champions League competition.Questions continue to be asked of the Portuguese, but he has a useful habit of finding answers.The 2018-19 campaign has been a testing one at Old Trafford, and it appeared at one stage as though a European clash with Young Boys would provide further frustration. 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! Marouane Fellaini was to snatch a dramatic winner, though, and United are safely through to the last 16.Mourinho has never failed to reach that stage over the course of a career that has carried him from Porto to Manchester via Chelsea, Inter and Real Madrid.He told BT Sport after delivering another knockout berth: “For some of my lovers, I just want to say, for the ones that like stats – 14 seasons in the Champions League, 14 times qualified through the group phase.“Never one of my teams stay behind in the group phase.“The season I didn’t play Champions League, I won the Europa League. It’s a good record.”Mourinho has previously secured Champions League triumphs at Porto and Inter, while United were guided to Europa League glory in 2016-17.Man Utd celebrate vs Young BoysHe is proud of his record to continue pushing teams into contention, with the current campaign seeing the Red Devils see off Valencia and Young Boys to join Juventus in progressing from Group H.“That’s good, very difficult group, to qualify with one match is obviously good,” he said after seeing Fellaini make dominance count against Swiss opposition on Tuesday.“The performance had lots of good things but lots of disappointing things. This is the kind of game if you score in the first minute you go for a different kind of performance.“You could pay with not just a defeat. David’s save, the only save in the game, was phenomenal, only the best goalkeeper in the world can save.“More than one chance. We had what I call half chances a lot, when the winger has the ball and 20 metres to attack but has the fear of the penalty from the defender he has to go by him. We can’t blame one player.“The most important thing is a goal. Of course I’m happy with the intensity the boys put in, it’s not difficult to cope with the pressure of a result that doesn’t suit us.”With qualification secured in Europe, United can now turn their attention back to domestic matters and a Premier League quest that has them sat seventh in the table.The Red Devils will be back in action on Saturday away at Southampton.last_img read more

Nikki Bella on cloud nine after getting cleared to return to WWE ring

first_imgNikki Bella has been cleared to return to the WWE ring for the SummerSlam. Nikki had undergone a neck surgery in January last year and many believed that the superstar wrestler would never return to the ring again.However, the good news came her way on Wednesday’s Total Divas when doctors gave her a green signal.”I didn’t know if I would really ever hear those words,” she said on the episode. “That I’m good to go to get in the ring and get slammed. I’m just. I’m on cloud nine. I’m cleared!”YAS! RT to show your support for Nikki! ?? #TotalDivas pic.twitter.com/Cua7ReztFu- Total Divas (@TotalDivas) 4 May 2017She was soon seen practicing her new moves in the ring.”That’s right! You’re looking at a girl who’s cleared,” said an excited Nikki.Nikki Bella and superstar wrestler John Cena got engaged last month at the WrestleMania.Cena got down on one knee after the pair defeated The Miz and Marse in a tag team match at WrestleMania 33.last_img read more

Malaysia knock India out of Hockey World League Semi-Finals

first_imgRahim Razie struck a brace as Malaysia defeated India 3-2 in the quarter-finals of the Hockey World League (HWL) Semi-Finals on Thursday.Rahim (19th, 48th minutes) scored off penalty corners as the Malaysians knocked the Indians out of the tournament.Tajuddin Tengku completed the tally for Malaysia when he converted a penalty corner in the 20th minute.Ramandeep (24th, 26th minutes) scored both goals for India.Both teams played an attacking style and there were several chances at either end. The Indians paid the penalty of some poor defending along with several instances of poor finishing by the forwards.Rahim gave Malaysia the lead when he converted a penalty corner. It was poor defending by the Indians as the defenders tasked with rushing the penalty corner taker did not do their job properly while goalkeeper Harmanpreet Singh should have reacted faster.Tajuddin doubled Malaysia’s lead in the very next minute when he fired home from another penalty corner.Ramandeep (24th minute) brought India back into the game when he exploited some poor marking by the Malaysian defenders to deflect in a cross from Sumit.The goal seemed to perk up the Indians and they peppered the Malaysian goal with repeated attacks.The pressure paid off when following a penalty corner, a shot by Chinglensana Singh from the top the top of the penalty circle was blocked Haziq Samsul but Ramandeep was on hand to poke home the rebound.However, Rahim sealed victory for Malaysia in the final quarter when he converted a penalty corner.advertisementlast_img read more

Old Trafford Test, Day 3: Moeen Ali strokeplay maintains England’s command

first_imgMoeen Ali’s sparkling strokeplay in his undefeated 67 put England in total control of the fourth Test with a lead of 360 over South Africa at Old Trafford.England ended a third day curtailed by early evening rain on 224-8 and, with two full days remaining, will be confident of wrapping up a 3-1 series win.Although the comfort of their first-innings lead meant there would have been few nerves in the England dressing room, the hosts were struggling at 134-6 when Moeen walked to the crease.Jonny Bairstow, whose first-innings 99 had been key to England’s lead, soon departed for 10, leaving Moeen with only the lower order for support.England had struggled against the spin of Keshav Maharaj who was making the most of the rough outside off-stump to the left-handed batsmen.But Moeen took the game to the left-arm spinner, putting on a 58-run partnership with Toby Roland-Jones and eliminating the concern over the rough with positive footwork.He was fortunate to be dropped on 15 by Dean Elgar at slip off Maharaj but, with that let-off behind him, went on to bring up a fifty with a towering six that was caught on the players’ balcony by a beaming Bairstow.Three times Moeen hit Maharaj for six and his confidence, shot selection and execution raised the question of why he is batting down at number eight.”I think it was my best (innings for England) in terms of trying to take momentum and putting pressure back on them,” Moeen said.”I had a few hacks early on that I got away with but I felt the situation of the game needed a little impetus, a few shots. Sometimes you can be a sitting duck and I just felt today I didn’t want to do that,” he added.advertisementAfter Roland-Jones departed, top-edging as he tried to pull Rabada, Broad joined Moeen and the pair will resume on Monday after rain cut play short in the final hour.South Africa’s first-innings batting had left them with an extremely difficult task but their bowlers were not intent on ending the series without a fight.Paceman Morne Morkel got the early breakthroughs, striking twice before lunch.Alastair Cook went in the seventh over, attempting a cover drive, but his thick edge flew to Theunis de Bruyn, who comfortably pocketed the catch at gully.Tom Westley went in similar fashion, edging to substitute fielder Aiden Markram, who held on at a gully to leave England on 30-2.After lunch, England opener Keaton Jennings, who has struggled throughout the series and was badly in need of a good score, departed for 18, making a mess of a short delivery from Rabada to give Hashim Amla a simple catch at first slip.England skipper Joe Root looked composed and confident again but fell one run short of his half-century after dragging on a low delivery from Duanne Olivier.Olivier had his tail up, causing problems with his clever right-arm medium-fast deliveries and, after troubling Stokes outside the off-stump on several occasions, got his reward when the England batsman edged to skipper Faf du Plessis at first slip.Broad had earlier claimed the final wicket of South Africa’s first innings.Olivier’s attempted pull ended in a top-edge which was safely gathered by keeper Bairstow.James Anderson ended with his best figures in a Test on his home ground of 4-38 in 17 overs.last_img read more

Yuvraj Singh named Laureus’ first Indian ambassador

first_imgFlambouyant Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh has vowed to give back to the next generation in his new role as a Laureus Ambassador.Yuvraj was announced as the newest member of the Laureus Family at an event in Mumbai on Wednesday where he saw first-hand the work being done to improve the lives of young people through sport.The left-hander becomes Laureus’ first Indian ambassador and joins a host of cricket legends in the Laureus Family, including Indian Academy members Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Kapil Dev.”It’s an honour for me to join the Laureus Family here in India and to find out first-hand the great work being done to help young people overcome challenges in their lives,” said Singh.Thanks @LaureusSport for this great honour it feels amazing to be announced the Goodwill Ambassador & to be part of this incredible family.- yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) October 12, 2017Indian cricket icon @YUVSTRONG12 has a special message for you! ??? ???? pic.twitter.com/2vtFSxuk1r- Laureus (@LaureusSport) October 11, 2017″I’m a firm believer in the power of sport and its incredible ability to change lives, it changed mine and I’m looking forward to helping Laureus in their goal to improve many more in the future,” he added.Meanwhile, Indian cricket legend Dravid said, “I’m delighted to welcome Yuvraj to the team. Knowing him as both a cricketer and person, I understand how passionately he believes in the power of sport and how determined he is to give back to those in need.””I’m looking forward to working with Yuvraj once again, this time using sport to help young people overcome violence, discrimination and disadvantage,” he added.advertisement”Sport changed my life & Im looking forward to helping Laureus in their goal to improve many more in the future”Welcome @YUVSTRONG12! ??? pic.twitter.com/5KQOLwXk7W- Laureus (@LaureusSport) October 11, 2017last_img read more

High demand for shifted Brazil-England U-17 WC SF match

first_imgKolkata, Oct 23 (PTI) Demands for tickets for the shifted Brazil-England U-17 World Cup semifinal here skyrocketed with an online queue of more than a lakh registered within an hour after it was thrown open at the official FIFA site.”You are in an online queue for the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 tickets. Once it is your turn, you will have 10 minutes to enter the website,” the message on the website read quoting a serial number 121911 with 84735 users still ahead within an hour after it went live.It was a win-win situation for football loving Kolkata fans as FIFA announced the shift in venue from Guwahati with less than 48 hours before the match in an unprecedented development.A known Brazil bastion, Kolkata turned up in record numbers to swell the Saltlake Stadium to support the yellow brigade in their 2-1 quarterfinal win yesterday.With Kolkata set to host the summit clash on October 28, the crowd now have a chance to witness the Samba magic gain as the response is evident from the huge ticket craze.”The sort of craze we are seeing, it seems selling the tickets would not pose any problem. We are more concerned with giving a large number of options to the fans to redeem the tickets,” FIFA Local Organising Committee project director Joy Bhattacharjya said.The FIFA has put a flat rate of tickets at Rs 100 giving fans in Guwahati the priority as about 18,000 were sold there.Nagpur-based ardent sports fan Om Mundhra, who was to reach Guwahati tomorrow, now has to cancel his flight tickets and alter his travel plans.advertisement”Cancelling the flight tickets is not priority but I must get the Kolkata tickets now. Ive booked the tickets months in advance. Till now Im in queue. But Im looking forward to watch both the semifinals and final in Kolkata now,” he said. PTI TAP SSC SSClast_img read more

Delhi air quality hazardous today as India, Sri Lanka battle on at Kotla Test

first_imgDelhi’s air quality has worsened today but India and Sri Lanka continued to battle on for glory in the third and final Test at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Monday.Sri Lankan cricketers had complained of uneasiness on Sunday (day 2 of the ongoing Test) and play had been halted for 17 minutes with India skipper Virat Kohli in sight of a triple hundred. Most of the visiting team had come out wearing masks after lunch but soon Suranga Lakmal and Lahiru Gamage, the pacers, had to withdraw.After repeated stoppages by Sri Lanka, India suffered a mid-innings collapse. More significantly, Kohli was dismissed for 243.After yet another interruption, Kohli decided to declare the Indian innings at 536/7. Sri Lanka lost three wickets before Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal batted the islanders through to safety at the end of the second day.Sri Lankan coach Nic Pothas later said a few of his players came off the field vomiting.”It’s well documented that Delhi has high level of pollution.”BCCI Photo “We had players coming off the field and vomiting,” Pothas told reporters after the match. “There were oxygen cylinders in the change room. It’s not normal for players to suffer in that way while playing the game.”None of the Indian fielders, however, wore masks when they came out to field late on Sunday. But Rohit Sharma and R Ashwin were seen wearing masks in the dressing-room earlier.There was more cause for concern for the Sri Lankan team on Monday, though, when Chandimal had to seek medical help early in the morning.advertisementThe physio came running in with a drink and handed it to Chandimal in the 52nd over of the Sri Lankan innings. There is smog around in the air today as well.The reserve player, who came out with the physio, was wearing a mask.It looked like the Sri Lankan skipper was having issues with breathing.The Sri Lankan team staff were seen standing near the sidelines and were alert especially after a few of their players threw up on Sunday.last_img read more

Ravens Cut Rice After Fiancee KO Video

first_imgBALTIMORE — Ray Rice was let go by the Baltimore Ravens on Sept. 8 and suspended indefinitely by the NFL after a video was released that appears to show the running back striking his then-fiancee in February.The grainy video, released by TMZ Sports, apparently shows Rice and Janay Palmer in an elevator at an Atlantic City casino.Each hits the other before Rice knocks Palmer off her feet and into a railing. An earlier TMZ video showed Rice dragging Palmer, now his wife, from the elevator at the Revel casino, which closed Sept. 2.The Ravens said earlier Sept. 8 that they never saw the new video. Hours later, they sent out a one-sentence release: “The Baltimore Ravens terminated the contract of RB Ray Rice this afternoon.”The NFL also took action, saying on Twitter that Commissioner “Roger Goodell has announced that based on new video evidence that became available today he has indefinitely suspended Ray Rice.”Coach John Harbaugh was expected to talk Monday night after practice.The NFL suspended Rice for two games in July for domestic violence, a punishment at the time that received widespread criticism in different circles.“We requested from law enforcement any and all information about the incident, including the video from inside the elevator,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said. “That video was not made available to us and no one in our office has seen it until today.”Goodell indicated as much on Aug. 1 when during the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction weekend.“When we’re going through the process of evaluating the issue and whether there will be discipline, you look at all of the facts that you have available to us,” Goodell said. “Law enforcement normally has more … information, facts, than we have. We’ll get as much as we possibly can.”Rice’s lawyer, Michael Diamondstein, declined to comment when contacted by The Associated Press.The 27-year-old Rice was charged with felony aggravated assault in the case, but in May he was accepted into a pre-trial intervention program that allowed him to avoid jail time and could lead to the charge being purged from his record.After Goodell drew criticism not being tough enough on Rice, in a letter to all 32 NFL owners in August he wrote, “My disciplinary decision led the public to question our sincerity, our commitment, and whether we understood the toll that domestic violence inflicts on so many families. I take responsibility both for the decision and for ensuring that our actions in the future properly reflect our values.”“I didn’t get it right,” he added. “Simply put, we have to do better. And we will.” First-time offenders now face a six-game suspension.Rice began his suspension Sept. 7, when the Ravens opened their season with a 23-16 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. He was scheduled to return after the Sept. 11th game against Pittsburgh. According to the terms of his suspension, Rice could not be with the team and must work out alone.Rice hasn’t spoken often to the media since his arrest, but on July 31 called his actions “inexcusable” and said this is “something I have to live with the rest of my life.”He added: “I know that’s not who I am as a man. That’s not who my mom raised me to be. If anybody knows me, they know I was raised by a single parent, and that was my mother. I let her down, I let my wife down, I let my daughter down. I let my wife’s parents down. I let the whole Baltimore community down. I let my teammates down. I let so many people down because of 30 seconds of my life that I know I can’t take back.”(DAVID GINSBURG, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Murray Spanks Bad Boy Kyrgios

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — Nick Kyrgios does what he wants and says what he wants on a tennis court, seemingly no matter the ramifications, and amid all the near-napping, cursing and racket smashing, he troubled Andy Murray for moments at the U.S. Open.Only for brief moments, though.In the tournament’s most-anticipated first-round matchup, the No. 3-seeded Murray hit 18 aces, saved 11 of 14 break points and, perhaps most importantly, stayed steady in the face of Kyrgios’ various distractions, putting together a 7-5, 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 victory Sept. 1.“Obviously, for me, it’s important when you’re playing against him,” Murray said, “to just concentrate on your side of the court.”This was Kyrgios’ first match since he was essentially put on probation by the ATP, with the threat of a 28-day suspension and $25,000 fine if he misbehaves at one of the tour’s sanctioned events over the next six months.Those parameters don’t apply at the U.S. Open, however, because Grand Slam tournaments are sanctioned by the International Tennis Federation.That stemmed from some trash-talking last month against Stan Wawrinka in Montreal, where a courtside microphone picked up Kyrgios saying that his pal, Australian pro Thanasi Kokkinakis, had been with Wawrinka’s girlfriend. Kyrgios was fined a total of $12,500 the next day by the ATP, which later said it would monitor his behavior.“I thought I’ve been dealing with that pretty well. Obviously it’s been tough. But I think I’ve moved on from it,” the 20-year-old Kyrgios said at a post-match news conference, referring to the whole Montreal episode and its aftermath.“I’d like to think that I’m going to learn from it. I think I have. I think I’m on the right path. I don’t think any of us in this room right now were perfect at 20. Speak up if you were.”When that was greeted by silence from reporters, Kyrgios nodded and said: “Thought so.”Later, asked what he meant by saying he had learned something along the way, Kyrgios replied: “Keep your mouth shut at times.”Against Murray, Kyrgios was not exactly concerned with containing himself.He was given a warning by chair umpire Carlos Ramos for swearing too loudly. He complained to Ramos that spectators were being allowed to wander to their seats during a game.He spiked his racket against the court and later whacked it against a wall behind the baseline. He won a point with the help of a shot between his legs. He whiffed on a leaping overhead attempt.Most oddly, Kyrgios leaned all the way back in his changeover chair during breaks, closing his eyes and resting against his towel or clutching it like a kid’s blanket, looking as if he were about to doze off.“Just taking a nap, I guess,” he said afterward. “It’s good for you.”Boris Becker, a six-time major champion as a player and now No. 1 Novak Djokovic’s coach, sat courtside for the match.In an on-air interview during ESPN’s broadcast, Becker said Kyrgios could stand to talk a little less and “should be famous for his on-court performance and not his antics.”What happened in Montreal has been a chief topic of conversation in tennis over the past few weeks, and Murray was asked to weigh in before facing Kyrgios, who is ranked 37th and is talented enough to have stunned Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon last year and beaten Roger Federer this year.“We all make mistakes … and for him, it’s unfortunate that’s its happening in front of millions of millions of people,” said Murray, the 2012 U.S. Open champion.“And I think it’s wrong, a lot of the things that he’s done, but I also think that he’s still young, and everyone’s different. People mature and grow up at different rates.”Asked about the tour’s handling of the matter, Wawrinka, a two-time major champion who could face Murray in the U.S. Open quarterfinals, said: “I don’t care much about that anymore.”Kokkinakis, similarly, told reporters: “I’ve moved past it. I’m sure you guys will at some point, too.”Kokkinakis stopped playing because of cramps against 12th-seeded Richard Gasquet, one of a record 12 mid-match retirements in the first round at Flushing Meadows, where the temperature has topped 90 degrees and the humidity has been heavy.The previous mark for most players quitting because of injury or illness during any round of any Grand Slam tournament in the professional era, which dates to 1968, was nine in the first round of the 2011 U.S. Open.Ten men and two women have dropped out so far, including five Sept. 1: Kokkinakis, Marcos Baghdatis, Ernests Gulbis, Aleksandr Nedovyesov and Marina Erakovic.“For sure,” Wawrinka said, “it’s surprising to see so many players pull out.”(HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer)last_img read more

Bolt Chases 3d World Gold

first_imgBEIJING — Usain Bolt handed his shoes to a volunteer after the 200 meters and the person took off with them.Not so fast. He still needs those bright yellow and blue spikes.There’s one race left for the Jamaican — the 4×100 relay. A win there Aug. 29 and he’ll walk out of the Bird’s Nest 3 for 3, just like he did seven years ago at the Beijing Olympics.He hasn’t set any world records this time around — not yet, anyway — but this performance has been impressive in different ways. He’s shook off the rust from not racing much because of injuries and has gotten stronger each time he’s taken the track.Bolt barely beat Justin Gatlin in the 100 final, then looked his more dominant self in the 200, with Gatlin finishing a distant second.Just get Bolt the baton in the 4×100 relay with a lead — or even a little behind — and he promises to deliver.“As long as next three people show up and are ready to go, I’m going to do my part, as always,” Bolt said.The Jamaicans hold the world record of 36.84 seconds, set at the London Olympics, with a group that included Bolt and 2011 100 champion Yohan Blake.Bolt and former world-record holder Asafa Powell are in this year’s group, though the rest of the runners in the Jamaican relay pool — including Nickel Ashmeade — don’t have the big-time resume of their teammates.It’s why Gatlin thinks the Americans can give the Jamaicans a run for their title.“They’ve been saying that since 2008,” Powell said with a snicker. “I’ve yet to see that happen. I’m not worried about that. Just trying to get our team together. Talking won’t help right now, just get the stick around.”That has historically been an issue for the Americans at major meets. The team had a relay camp in Monaco in mid-July and a training camp earlier this month in Japan, just to get on the same page.Tori Bowie, the bronze medal winner in the 100, didn’t attend and was left off the women’s relay squad. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will lead the Jamaican women’s team.In addition to the preliminary and final of the 4×100 relay, the preliminary heats in the 4×400 relay also run Aug. 29.Shortly after winning the 200, after which Bolt was upended by a cameraman riding a runaway two-wheel vehicle, he was asked if he still planned to run the 4×100 relay. He rolled his eyes and walked away in disgust.Of course, he is. That’s why he needed his shoes back. Maybe later they’ll be a souvenir.(PAT GRAHAM, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

By George! Steinbrenner Family Signs No Free Agents for 2016 Campaign

first_imgWhat Would George Sa?NEW YORK (AP) — For the first time in the four decades of baseball’s modern economic era, the New York Yankees enter spring training without having signed a single free agent to a major league contract.Their only major additions were second baseman Starlin Castro, closer Aroldis Chapman and outfielder Aaron Hicks, all acquired in trades.“That’s a reflection of obviously our current commitments, which are substantial,” general manager Brian Cashman said before spring training’s start this week. “We’re really aggressive when we have a lot of money coming off. I think our history is we’re not aggressive we don’t have money coming off.”The Yankees started 57-42 in the first year following captain Derek Jeter’s retirement and led the AL East by seven games on July 29. Then they went 30-33 and finished six games back, falling into a wild-card playoff game against Houston they lost 3-0.“I believe as we enter 2016 we have a stronger roster than we finished in 2015,” Cashman said.New York’s batting average dropped from .274 in June and July to .236 for the remainder of the season. From Sept. 1 on, Alex Rodriguez hit .224, Jacoby Ellsbury .207, Brett Gardner .198 and Brian McCann .174.“Maybe, do you try to do something different next year in these situations? It’s something that I’ll think long and hard about over the winter,” manager Joe Girardi said.Here’s some things to look for when the Yankees open camp this week in Tampa, Florida:___ROTATIONMasahiro Tanaka (wrist, forearm), CC Sabathia (knee, alcohol rehab), Michael Pineda (forearm), Ivan Nova (recovery from Tommy John surgery) and Nathan Eovaldi (elbow) all missed time. Rookie Luis Severino is the only rotation candidate without health questions.“Our starting rotation’s health is really the key to the kingdom for us,” Cashman said.___TRIPLE-A SCRANTONThe trade of Adam Warren to the Chicago Cubs in the deal to acquire Castro weakened the Yankees’ starting pitching depth. Bryan Mitchell, Luis Cessa, Brady Lail, Chad Green and Tyler Cloyd could see callups in the event starters get hurt.___A-RODIn his return from a season-long suspension for violations of baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract, Alex Rodriguez was hitting .281 through games of Aug. 6 with 24 homers and 63 RBIs. He batted .186 with nine homers and 23 RBIs during the rest of the season.Cashman says Rodriguez, a former shortstop and third baseman, will remain a designated hitter.“Got to stop asking Alex questions. He’s not playing any position, anymore,” Cashman said. “He’s a DH. He’s a very productive DH, and for us to get maximum value of Alex Rodriguez, he’s going to only DH. And if we have to put him in the field somewhere, we’re in trouble.”___FIRST BASEMark Teixeira broke his shin on Aug. 17, and the switch-hitter’s absence was a factor in the slump. Rookie Greg Bird, who hit .261 with 11 homers and 31 RBIs in 157 at-bats as his replacement, is sidelined for this season following shoulder surgery.Now 35, Teixeira hit .255 with 31 homers and 79 RBIs, his strongest season since 2011.___CHAPMANAcquired from payroll-paring Cincinnati, Chapman has been designated as the Yankees’ closer, with Andrew Miller moving to a setup roll alongside Dellin Betances. Chapman is being investigated by Major League Baseball and could be disciplined under the sport’s new domestic violence policy, even though he has not been charged criminally. His eligibility for free agency would be pushed back until after the 2017 season if he is suspended without pay by MLB for more than 45 days.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Russian Medalists Deny Doping

first_imgMOSCOW — Two Olympic gold medalists from Russia on May 13 denied doping, a day after they were named in a newspaper report detailing state-sponsored cheating at the 2014 Sochi Games.Bobsled champion Alexander Zubkov and cross-country skier Alexander Legkov were among the athletes accused in a New York Times article of doping by the former head of the Russian national drug-testing laboratory.“What’s written now in this article is baseless libel,” Zubkov told Russian state TV, adding that he regularly gave doping samples in his career.“I’m a person who has worked for many years in sport, competed at the Olympics, and I know how much responsibility each athlete bears when they compete at such a high level.”The article also brought a strong response from the Kremlin. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman denounced the allegations as “a turncoat’s libel.”Grigory Rodchenkov, the former head of the Russian lab now living in Los Angeles, told the Times that he was given a spreadsheet of doping athletes by the Sports Ministry ahead of the games. It allegedly bore the names of 15 athletes who later won medals, including Zubkov and Legkov.The spreadsheet was not published and The Associated Press could not verify it.Rodchenkov said he then switched out tainted urine samples for clean ones at the doping lab used for the games in Sochi, with help from people he believed to be officers of the Russian security services.Legkov defended his “honest medals” and said Rodchenkov, who resigned as lab director last year following separate allegations that he covered up doping in track and field, was not a credible source.“I don’t understand why a person like this should be believed, trusted or anything else,” Legkov said in televised comments.Zubkov and Legkov are two of Russia’s most prominent winter sports athletes.Zubkov carried the Russian flag at the opening ceremony for the Sochi Olympics and won gold in the two-man and four-man bobsled events at the age of 39, becoming one of the oldest pilots to win an Olympic event.Legkov won gold in the men’s 50-kilometer cross-country mass start on the last day of the games and was given his gold medal at the closing ceremony.Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the Kremlin rejects the accusations that the Russian government oversaw a state-sponsored doping program and subsequent cover-up.“It just seems like, you know, some kind of a turncoat’s libel,” Peskov said, without mentioning Rodchenkov by name. “I wouldn’t put trust in such unfounded claims.”The government continues to back Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko, Peskov added.The World Anti-Doping Agency is set to investigate Rodchenkov’s allegations, and Rwodchenkov himself has volunteered to identify which samples he tampered with.The International Olympic Committee said that the “allegations are very detailed and very worrying and we ask the World Anti-Doping Agency to investigate immediately.”The IOC said, based on the result of the WADA inquiry, that it “will not hesitate to act with its usual policy of zero tolerance for doping and defending the clean athletes.”___By James Ellingsworth. AP Sports WriterAssociated Press writer Nataliya Vasilyeva in Moscow contributed TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Giannis Antetokounmpo Leads Bucks to Win over Toronto (Video)

first_imgBUCKS 97, RAPTORS 83TORONTO (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 28 points and rookie Malcolm Brogdon had 16 as the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Toronto Raptors 97-83 in Game 1 of the first-round series.Playing in his second career playoff series, Antetekounmpo made 13 of 18 shots, and added eight rebounds and three assists. Greg Monroe added 14 points.All the best plays as the Bucks take Game 1 in Toronto!!#FearTheDeer pic.twitter.com/JbQOZDbESt— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) April 16, 2017DeMar DeRozan led Toronto with 27 points, and Serge Ibaka had 19 points and 14 rebounds. The Raptors have lost the opening game in eight consecutive playoff series.Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, top, dunks the ball past Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas (17) during the first half in the first round of the NBA basketball playoffs in Toronto, Saturday, April 15, 2017. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)Toronto’s Kyle Lowry made only two of 11 field-goal attempts, missing all six 3-point efforts, and finished with four points. Jonas Valanciunas had nine points and nine rebounds.Game 2 is Tuesday night in Toronto.“We know they are going to be more desperate in Game 2. We have to stay together; stay focused and try to get a win.” #FearTheDeer pic.twitter.com/B3rWQcWHVL— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) April 16, 2017CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James scored 32 points and the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers, looking to flip the switch after a shaky regular season, began the NBA playoffs by escaping with a 109-108 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday in Game 1.Playing in his 200th playoff game, James added 13 assists and six rebounds while winning his 18th consecutive first-round game.However, it was anything but easy as the Cavs had to withstand a strong comeback by the Pacers, who could have stolen the opener but C.J. Miles missed a 14-foot jumper in the final second.Kyrie Irving added 23 points and Kevin Love had 17 for Cleveland, which has won 12 straight playoff games at home.Paul George scored 29 points and Lance Stephenson had 16 for the seventh-seeded Pacers, who will try to even the series on Monday night.George had the ball in his hands on the final possession, but the Cavs double-teamed him, forcing him to pass to Miles, who has always shot well against his former team. His shot was on line, but short and the Cavs survived a disastrous final few minutes.JAZZ 97, CLIPPERS 95LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joe Johnson drove the lane and lifted in a shot at the buzzer, and Utah overcame the loss of Rudy Gobert 17 seconds into the game to beat Los Angeles in their playoff opener.Johnson had 21 points, including when he was left isolated against Jamal Crawford on the final play. He powered his way inside and lofted a shot over Crawford and DeAndre Jordan that bounced around the rim before falling in. A video review confirmed it was good.Gobert sprained his left knee on the game’s first play when he banged knees with Clippers forward Luc Mbah a Moute, leaving the Jazz without their center who averaged 14.0 points and 12.8 rebounds during the regular season.Utah steadied itself behind two veterans brought in to balance the inexperienced Jazz. Johnson came up big off the bench and George Hill added 16 points.Blake Griffin scored 26 points and Chris Paul added 25 points and 11 assists for the Clippers.SPURS 111, GRIZZLIES 82SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Kawhi Leonard matched his postseason high with 32 points and San Antonio routed Memphis in Game 1.LaMarcus Aldridge had 20 points, and Tony Parker added 18 to help San Antonio win its ninth straight over Memphis in the postseason.Marc Gasol had 32 points, but only seven in the second half as the Grizzlies fell behind by as many as 36 points. Mike Conley was the only other Grizzlies player in double figures, finishing with 13.Memphis was without defensive lynchpin Tony Allen. He’s out indefinitely with a calf injury, and Leonard took advantage for his fourth career playoff game of 30-plus points.Game 2 is Monday night in San Antonio.Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Soccer Star Says Amazon Didn’t Remove Racist Reviews Of Book

first_imgLONDON — Soccer star Eni Aluko is condemning Amazon for not removing racist reviews of her memoir posted on the online retailer’s web site.Of the 31 reviews on Amazon’s United Kingdom site, 27 gave “They Don’t Teach This,” which details the discrimination Aluko faced during her England career, a one-star rating. Readers have used the platform to call the book “anti-white racist drivel” and “fiction” and accuse the Juventus forward of choosing to “play the race card” and “coming across as a racist herself.”Aluko, who is black, and her publishers have asked Amazon to delete the racist reviews but they remain on the site.Amazon, the second largest U.S.-based, publicly-traded company, would not directly address Aluko’s concerns, only saying it does not suppress reviews based on star rating.By: Rob Harris, AP Global Soccer WriterTweetPinShare1010 Shareslast_img read more

Hughes beats Hughes as Devils top Canucks 1-0 (Video)

first_imgNEWARK, N.J. — Jack Hughes scored his first career goal in his first NHL game against his older brother Quinn Hughes, and the New Jersey Devils beat the Vancouver Canucks 1-0 on Saturday.Mackenzie Blackwood stopped 25 shots in his third career shutout, sending New Jersey to its second straight victory after starting the season with six straight losses.Jack Hughes, 18, played in his eighth NHL game after he was selected by New Jersey with the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft. Quinn Hughes, 20, was a first-round selection by Vancouver in 2018.There were approximately 80 Hughes family members and friends on hand for their first NHL matchup.Thatcher Demko made 23 saves for Vancouver.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Croatia Qualify for Euro 2020

first_imgBERLIN (AP) — Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and Croatia qualified for the 2020 European Championship on Saturday.For the Germans, it’s a record 13th straight time that they will appear at the tournament, continuing a run going back to 1972.The three-time champion advanced with a 4-0 win over Belarus on Saturday, with Toni Kroos scoring twice and steering his team top of Group C. Second-place Netherlands also qualified despite a 0-0 draw with Northern Ireland in Belfast. Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis missed a penalty in the first half.For the Dutch, a former soccer powerhouse, it will be their first major tournament since the 2014 World Cup.Northern Ireland’s Josh Magennis jumps for the ball with Netherlands’ Virgil Van Dijk, right, during the Euro 2020 group C qualifying soccer match between Northern Ireland and the Netherlands at Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)Austria joined already qualified Poland from Group G with a 2-1 win over visiting North Macedonia. Poland won 2-1 for its first win in Israel since 1988.Croatia booked its place as Group E winner with a 3-1 win at home over Slovakia.IMPRESSIVE GERMANYInjury-hit Germany started with an unfamiliar central defensive pair of Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Matthias Ginter and Freiburg’s Robin Koch, the latter making only his second appearance and his first in a competitive game for Germany.There was little sign of inexperience against defensively minded Belarus, however, with Joachim Löw’s team dominating with good chances early on for Timo Werner, Serge Gnabry and Kroos.Manuel Neuer pulled off a brilliant flying save to deny Igor Stasevich with the visitors’ first chance, just before Matthias Ginter made the breakthrough in the 41st minute.Leon Goretzka scored four minutes after the break, and Ginter set up Kroos to mark his 95th game for Germany with the third goal in the 55th. That set off fans’ celebrations with Mexican waves going around the stadium.Germany’s Toni Kroos scores his side’s 4th goal during the Euro 2020 group C qualifying soccer match between Germany and Belarus in Moenchengladbach, Germany, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)Stasevich had a chance to pull one back from the penalty spot after a clumsy challenge from Koch, but Neuer guessed the right way.Kroos wrapped up the scoring with a fine second goal in the 83rd, turning with a left-right combination to elude two defenders before shooting with his left boot inside the post.“We’ll see how far we’ve come shortly before the tournament. I wouldn’t count us among the top favorites at the moment. But that doesn’t mean anything,” Kroos said.BALE RETURNSGareth Bale returned from injury and helped Wales keep its automatic qualification hopes alive with a 2-0 win at Azerbaijan in Group E.Kieffer Moore and Harry Wilson scored in the first half to give Wales its first away win in more than a year.Third in Group E with 11 points, Wales can secure automatic qualification for Euro 2020 with a win in its final game on Tuesday over second-place Hungary on 12 points.Croatia’s Bruno Petkovic celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during the Euro 2020 group E qualifying soccer match between Croatia and Slovakia at the Rujevica stadium in Rijeka, Croatia, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Daniel Kasap)Bale hadn’t played for a month due to a calf injury, but the Real Madrid winger played just under an hour in Baku before being taken off by coach Ryan Giggs to safeguard his availability for the Hungary showdown in Cardiff. Bale was a booking away from suspension.BELGIUM PERFECTEden Hazard scored twice and younger brother Thorgan Hazard also grabbed a goal as already qualified Belgium beat already qualified Russia 4-1 in St. Petersburg.The Belgians’ ninth win from nine qualifying games ensure they top Group I and join Italy as one of the seeded teams in the finals’ draw on Nov. 30.Scotland defeated Cyprus 2-1 in Nicosia to move third in the same group, and Kazakhstan won 3-1 at San Marino. Filippo Berardi scored late for San Marino’s first goal at home since September 2013.Also, Slovenia beat Latvia 1-0 in Group G.___By CIARÁN FAHEY Associated PressNorth Macedonia’s Enis Bardhi, front, fights for the ball with Austria’s Stefan Lainer, during the Euro 2020 group G qualifying soccer match between Austria and North Macedonia at Ernst-Happel stadium in Vienna, Austria, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)Northern Ireland coach Michael O’Neill reacts during the Euro 2020 group C qualifying soccer match between Northern Ireland and the Netherlands at Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)Croatia’s Nikola Vlasic, right, is challenged by Slovakia’s Stanislav Lobotka during the Euro 2020 group E qualifying soccer match between Croatia and Slovakia at the Rujevica stadium in Rijeka, Croatia, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Daniel Kasap)Belgium’s Eden Hazard reacts during the Euro 2020 group I qualifying soccer match between Russia and Belgium, at Gazprom Arena in St. Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Wibu-Systems: CodeMeter provides secure storage for SGX native enclaves

first_imgWibu-Systems has successfully completed the Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX) enablement process for CodeMeter on Windows platforms. CodeMeter is a technology that is laser-focused on the automatic or manual protection of software, firmware and data. It combines the latest hacker-proof encryption methods with secure hardware, software, or cloud elements where encryption keys as well as license and entitlement rights are safely stored. The complex, yet easy-to-use solution can run on computers, mobile devices, embedded systems, PLCs, and even microcontrollers. In particular, CodeMeter SmartBind is a patented solution that creates a digital fingerprint of the target device; its tolerance mechanism ensures that the cryptographic keys stored in the secure license file (CmActLicense) remain valid even when the hardware components of the device are replaced within the tolerance level selected. CodeMeter Binding Extension allows for a custom implementation of the binding mechanism.Intel SGX is an architecture extension designed to increase the security of application code and data from disclosure and tampering. Software developers availing themselves of Intel SGX SDK can store their binaries in what is commonly referred to as enclaves, which are protected areas for execution in the memory. This set of instructions works with 6th, 7th and 8th generation Intel Core processor platforms and Intel Xeon E3 processors.Intel SGX provides an enclave for binary code to be encrypted within the RAM. When this technology is integrated with CodeMeter, ISVs are not just benefitting from a hidden area, in the RAM enclave, where they can store their secret, but also from a Binding Extension enclave, namely a secure storage area on the device. The result: the code cannot be modified or debugged in memory, and the memory itself is secured.Wibu-Systems, already an Intel IoT Solutions Alliance member with its integration of CodeMeter for the Wind River VxWorks real-time operating system, is now also one of the first worldwide Intel SGX Ecosystem Solutions Business Clients, and plans to follow the initial availability of its solution for Windows with an SGX enablement extension for Linux and the cloud.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Silicon Labs: PoE ICs target IP cameras, wireless access points, IP phones and smart lightingNext FRAMOS: ruggedized machine vision lenses minimize image aberrationlast_img read more