England must adapt to beat the best

first_imgEngland played their first competitive match since the World Cup in front of 81,000 fans on Saturday night. The familiar chants from the summer could be heard throughout the game as the Three Lions supporters let manager Gareth Southgate know ‘he’s the one’ and that ‘football is coming home again’.On this occasion at Wembley it wasn’t to be however, as Saul and Rodrigo cancelled out Marcus Rashford’s impressive early opening goal to win the opening match of their Nations League Group A clash for Spain.Sergio Ramos was met with boos while Luke Shaw was stretchered off with a serious-looking head injury in the second half, although the latest reports suggest that the Manchester United defender is awake and communication in the dressing room. 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! It was a packed 90 minutes for England’s opening Nations League match, with games against Spain and Croatia – both home and away – yet to come. From a tactical viewpoint it’s evident that England suffer against the big sides when they play Jordan Henderson as a sole defensive midfielder. The Liverpool midfielder was left exposed in the middle of the park against a technically astute Spain midfield who completely overran him.Former England assistant coach Gary Neville recently suggested that Southgate should alter the formation and play a 3-4-3 in games against the top sides.That extra man playing in a central/defensive midfield role with inside forwards supporting Harry Kane upfront provides a better balance than the current formation – and with one clean sheet in seven games, a change of system is something that has been much needed for a long time.With Jose Mourinho watching on in the stands, the likes of Rashford and Shaw showed their potential by linking up for the first goal.The seven-minute delay due to treatment of Shaw’s injury counted for nine minutes stoppage time and England will certainly feel robbed by the decision to disallow Danny Welbeck’s late goal after he was deemed to have fouled his former United team-mate David De Gea as he challenged for the ball.Saul Niguez Inglaterra España England Spain Nations League 08092018Replays showed that Welbeck won the ball fairly and Southgate on the sidelines was rightly fuming with the decision.Despite the disallowed goal, England will need to improve going into next month’s match against World Cup finalists Croatia – a team whose technical and tactical nous is able to compete against any side in the world.last_img read more

Theo: Ronaldo is better than Messi

first_imgTheo Hernandez has prepared for his weekend showdown with Lionel Messi by telling the Barcelona superstar that Cristiano Ronaldo is the best player in the world.Theo is on a season-long loan at Real Sociedad from Real Madrid and Ernesto Valverde’s La Liga champions visit the refurbished Anoeta on Saturday.The 20-year-old defender is no stranger to controversy, having left Atletico Madrid to move to the Santiago Bernabeu on a six-year deal last year, and he played to the galleries in a pre-match interview with Marca. 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 Barcelona they are all very good players. But I like only Real Madrid players, so do not talk to me about Barcelona,” the left-back said, before running the rule over Barca’s man in his left-back position.”Jordi Alba is a great player but, as I say, I like [Real Madrid’s] Marcelo more, who is the best left-back in the world without a doubt. “Alba has always been going to the national team and now they have not called him, but I cannot comment on the reason.”Then came Theo’s somewhat predictable contribution to the most heavily retrodden debate in 21st-century football.”Messi? For me, although he has left Real Madrid, I think the best is Cristiano Ronaldo,” he added, in an observation sure to go down well in a certain corner of the Juventus dressing room.last_img read more

PV Sindhu surges to third spot, Sai Praneeth achieves career-best ranking

first_imgOlympic silver medallist PV Sindhu climbed up two places to achieve third spot in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings released on Thursday.Sindhu’s upward move in rankings came after she made a quarter-final finish at the Singapore Open Superseries, where she went down 11-21, 15-21 at the hands of World No.3 and long-time arch-rival Carolina Marin of Spain.Earlier this month, Sindhu had attained her career-best world number two ranking after clinching her maiden India Open Super Series title.However, she once again dropped to World No 5 following a first round exit at the Malaysian Open.Meanwhile, ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal, who is still struggling to find her feet after a knee injury post the Rio Olympics, has moved up one place to the eighth spot despite not playing the Singapore Open.In the men’s singles rankings, B. Sai Praneeth has jumped up eight places to achieve his career-best ranking of World No. 22 after clinching Singapore Open title following a three-setter win over Kidambi Srikanth.While Ajay Jayaram stands at the 13th spot having climbed one place, Srikanth moved eight places to rank 21st in the world.The women’s singles chart is led by Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei with 93721 points, while Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia is leading the men’s singles chart with 81703 points.last_img read more

Mohammed Siraj, the man who went from near-poverty to IPL riches, finally impresses David Warner

first_imgDavid Warner, who blasted a scintillating century against Kolkata Knight Riders on Super Sunday, has praised his bowlers following Sunrisers Hyderabad’s 48-run win at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal, Hyderabad. (Warner credits bowlers after SRH annihilate KKR)Warner powered his way to 126 off just 59 balls, laced with 10 fours and eight sixes, to help the defending champions post a massive 209/3 in their Indian Premier League clash against the two-time champions.Bowling has been Hyderabad’s strength for a few seasons now, with Bhuvneshwar Kumar spearheading the pace battery. (Yuvraj miffed after Uthappa pushes Kaul)The franchise has also invested in the young fast bowlers like Mohammed Siraj, Siddharth Kaul and Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan this season and it has returned good dividends. (Match highlights)On Sunday night again, Siraj and Kaul bowled brilliantly and removed a free-scoring Sunil Narine and skipper Gautam Gambhir respectively to reduce KKR to 12/2.However, Robin Uthappa and Manish Pandey attacked from the word go and shared a 78-run stand off 51 balls for the third wicket. But Siraj and  Kaul held their nerves and kept tightening the noose before Bhuvneshwar broke the dangerous partnership when caught and bowled Pandey for 39.Pandey’s departure did not deter Uthappa who just attacked every bowler and slammed his 22nd fifty in the IPL. The required rate kept mounting and Siraj was called back to bowl the 13th over. He bowled a widish delivery, Uthappa chased it and holed out to Warner at long off.Siraj and Kaul both finished with identical two for 26 from their four overs to restrict KKR to 161/7. Bhuvneshwar too bagged a couple to take his tally to 20 wickets and remain the leading wicket-taker this season.advertisement”Siraj is learning on the go and that is what we expect. It is fantastic. That is the quality of this Sunrisers unit. We are not harsh critics but we allow the guys to get chances and the way he has come out and taken his chances is fantastic,” Warner said at a post match chat with VVS Laxman on iplt20.com.Warner was also pleased to have Bhuvneshwar in the team.”It is great to have Bhuvneshwar Kumar there always talking to him. An experienced bowler like Bhuvi is of great help and a sign on immense gratitude towards the younger bowlers. I can’t fault any of them for the way they have played. Still early days in the tournament but they are doing an extremely good job and I am proud of them,” he said.RAGS TO RICHESRight-arm pacer Siraj bagged a whopping Rs 2.6 crore deal with Hyderabad at the auction in February. His dream is to buy a house for his father Mohammed Ghaus and mother Shabana Begum in a good Hyderabad locality.Son of an auto rickshaw driver, Siraj starred for Hyderabad in the last Ranji Trophy season with 41 wickets. Thanks to a brilliant first-class season, Siraj had also got India A and Rest of India call-ups before IPL auction happened.After becoming a million-dollar star, the 23-year-old shared his story when he first received a prize money of Rs 500 for his excellent bowling performance in a club match.”I remember my first income playing cricket. It was a club match and my maternal uncle was the captain of the team. I got 9 wickets for 20 odd runs in that 25-over game. My uncle was so happy he gave me Rs 500 as a prize. It was a great feeling. But today when the bid was raised to Rs 2.6 crore, I just went numb,” Siraj said.last_img read more

SEE PIC: Aamir Khan snapped on the sets of Thugs of Hindostan in Malta

first_imgAamir Khan is on cloud nine, thanks to the box-office success of Dangal in China. He is currently shooting for Thugs of Hindostan in Malta, a country in Europe.A photo of Aamir Khan’s look from Thugs of Hindostan, with a curly hairdo, a handlebar moustache and a nose pin has gone viral on social media.In the picture, the Dangal star is seen with a crew member.Mr Perfectionist is known for his dramatic physical transformations for his roles. He took us all by surprise with his look for Dangal too.He is sporting a completely new and interesting look for Thugs of Hindostan. A picture from the Vijay Krishna Acharya-directed film hit the web sometime back, where Aamir is seen with a beard, a handlebar moustache and a turban.Thugs of Hindostan is reportedly an adaptation of the novel, Confessions of A Thug written by Philip Meadows Taylor.The movie, which stars some of the big Bollywood names like Amitabh Bachchan, Katrina Kaif, Jackie Shroff along with Aamir, is slated to release on Diwali 2018.Meanwhile, Aamir Khan’s Dangal is breaking all box-office records, with huge collection in China. The film has crossed Rs 1000 crore in China alone.ALSO READ: Aamir Khan receives Deenananth Mangeshkar Award for DangalALSO READ: Aamir Khan to get 70 per cent of Thugs of Hindostan’s profit?ALSO WATCH | Dangal’s Dhaakad review: Aamir Khan’s song is impactful and electrifyinglast_img read more

Chetan Chauhan leaves NIFT job to join as Uttar Pradesh sports minister

first_imgCricketer-turned-politician Chetan Chauhan has been replaced as National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) chief by Rajesh V Shah. Chauhan, a former BJP MP, was appointed on the post in June, 2016. Chauhan was recently made Sports Minister in the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh.”The Union Government (M/o Textiles) has appointed Shri Rajesh V. Shah as Chairperson on the Board of Governors of the National Institute of Fashion Technology up to 31.03.2019 in place of Shri Chetan Chauhan as per the provisions of the National Institute of Fashion Technology Act, 2006,” an official statement said.As per the NIFT Act 2006, the Chairperson of its Board of Governors shall be an eminent academician, scientist or technologist or professional, who is to be nominated by the Visitor, in this case the President of India.Set up in 1986, the institute which has centres across the country comes under the Union Ministry of Textiles.Chauhan’s appointment as NIFT chairman in June last year had triggered a massive controversy with political parties and fashion designers questioning the government’s decision.The then Textiles Minister Santosh Gangwar had defended the Chauhan’s appointment, saying the NIFT board has 11 members belonging to different walks of life, including businessmen as well as designers.ALSO READ:Twitter has a lot to say about Chetan Chauhan being named NIFT chairmanControversy over appointment of Chetan Chauhan as NIFT chiefWATCH: BJP faces heat over appointment of Chetan Chauhan as NIFT chieflast_img read more

WBO review backs up Jeff Horn’s win over Manny Pacquiao

first_imgThe World Boxing Organisation (WBO) has concluded that judges were correct to name Australia’s Jeff Horn the winner in his bout against Manny Pacquiao last week after the controversial points decision in Brisbane sparked calls for a review.Horn took the Filipino great’s welterweight world title after judges scored the bout 117-111, 115-113 and 115-113 in the 29-year-old’s favour but many observers questioned the outcome, saying the officials had made a “hometown decision”.The WBO agreed to review the decision and on Tuesday released its results, which backed up Horn as the victor.”The Jeff Horn vs. Manny Pacquiao bout results were controversial, causing disputes amongst fans. For this reason, transparency is so important,” the WBO said in a statement.”Based on this, five anonymous, competent judges from different countries were asked to watch the bout without sound.”To determine the winner of each round, three out of the five officials have to be in agreement.”From the results, it can be established that Pacquiao won five rounds while Horn won seven rounds.”While there has been talk that 38-year-old Pacquiao may retire, a rematch was written into the contract for the initial fight and the pair are expected to face each other again later this year.Former schoolteacher Horn, who improved his record to 17-0-1 after the win over the eight-division world champion, said he felt vindicated after the WBO’s statement.”It gives me evidence behind me that I can just use now,” he told reporters at Brisbane Airport on Tuesday. “Instead of saying I think I won the fight, now a heap of other people – professionally – think I won the fight.”advertisementHorn will be attending the ESPY Awards in Los Angeles on Wednesday.last_img read more

Britney Spears will not perform at Super Bowl 2018

first_imgLos Angeles, Jul 13 (PTI) Pop star Britney Spears, who performed at the Super Bowl halftime show in 2001, will not take the stage at footballs biggest stage in 2018, contrary to reports.”I can tell you its not Britney,” Pepsis sports marketing director Justin Toman said at VenuesNow Conference in Los Angeles, according to Ace Showbiz.”Well reveal in due time. Rumours always start around this time.”Britney has been rumoured to headline Super Bowl over the past few years.”Yes, I would probably do that,” she had said last year.Next years game is scheduled to take place in Minneapolis on February 4. Lady Gaga rocked the halftime show this year. PTI JCH JCHlast_img read more

Olympics issue referred to General Body, 15 lakh for selectors

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 9 (PTI) Indias participation in Olympics will be decided only by the general body of the BCCI, which in all likelihood wont change its present stance of not taking part as they dont want to follow the Olympic charter. A decision in this regard was taken during a meeting between BCCIs office bearers and the Committee of Administrators (COA), where they also decided to award Rs. 15 lakh each to members of mens and womens selection committee. “The matter (Olympics participation) is still being discussed and it will go to the general body,” COA member Diana Edulji told mediapersons today. It is a given that BCCIs general body would give a thumbs down to Indias participation in Olympics as it would mean that they would be counted as National Sports Federation with players needing to sign WADAs whereabouts clause (the Indian players are completely against it). On the cash award of Rs. 15 lakh to the selectors, she said: “They have been rewarded for selecting good teams.” It was learnt that Edulji raised the issue of rewarding womens selectors for teams stellar show in the World Cup but BCCIs acting president CK Khanna suggested if women selectors were paid, then men should also be paid. The logic is that both mens and womens teams finished runners-up in their last ICC assignment. The BCCI is also trying to adhere to the Lodha Panel recommendation of 15-day window between international assignment and the Indian Premier League. “We are trying our level best. We will try and adhere to it as far as possible since the Future Tours & Programmes (FTP) are decided way in advance,” she said. A notable issue that was supposed to be discussed was former skipper Mohammed Azharuddins pending dues and that matter has also been referred to the general body. Azhar was suspended for life by the BCCI on charges of match-fixing. Andhra High Court in 2012 quashed all charges of match- fixing against the former skipper. Two days back, S Sreesanths life ban was revoked by the Kerala High Court and that was also discussed in the meeting. “Azharuddins case has been referred to the general body and Sreesanths case, the legal team is still studying,” Edulji said. Acting president Khanna told PTI: “Azharuddins case was discussed at length. The legal team has given its opinion and I believe general body will take a favourable decision.” On the much-anticipated revision of pay for first-class cricketers, Edulji informed that treasurer Aniruddh Chaudhary is working on the modalities and they expect that a figure will be worked out before the next COA meeting in Mumbai on August 23. The former India womens team captain said that 10 state units have sent the list of their members as per COA diktat. “There are 10 units that have sent the list. Those who dont, they will figure in the Status Report,” Edulji said. Key Pointers from COA-Office Bearers Meet 1) Olympics Participation: Referred to General Body (GB) 2) Domestic Pay Structure: Treasurer working on module 3) Mohammed Azharuddins dues: Case forwarded to GB 4) 15-day IPL window: Set to be implemented from IPL-11 5) S Sreesanth: Legal team is studying the HC order 6) Cash award: Rs 15 lakh to Men and women selectors 7) PR Agency: Adfactors Contract has been renewed 8) Deloitte Presentation: Routine affair 9) Appointment of A and U-19 manager: Not required as it doesnt feature in FTPs. PTI KHS CM CMadvertisementlast_img read more

We owe these brilliant fashion trends to you, Shah Rukh Khan

first_imgAlmost three decades ago, a Delhi-based man with a dream to make it big in the film industry landed in Mumbai (Bombay back then). Little did anyone know that this man of limited means, who found comfort even when he had to sleep on the streets, would go on to become one of the most revered Indian film stars of all time. The man in question is none other than Shah Rukh Khan, who celebrates his 52nd birthday today.While this superstar has given his enough reasons to swoon over him, we can’t really thank him enough for being the trailblazer of these fashion trends over the years: See-through shirts:Reincarnating the idea of shirts for us, SRK introduced us to the sensuality of see-through shirts in the cult classic, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham. Seen in the classic shades of blue, black and white, the actor looked smoking hot in the see-through shirts that he sported in the song, Suraj Hua Maddham. While the romantic number was widely appreciated, see-through shirts also turned into a rage, all thanks to how hot he looked in the track.Photo: PinterestPhoto: Pinterest Pullovers:The iconic character of Raj Aryan in the film, Mohabbatein, has stayed with us even after almost 17 years of its release. Apart from the nerdy pair of glasses sported by SRK in the movie, his unique way of carrying pullovers set the ball rolling for this trend. The actor was seen sporting pullovers, except, he casually wrapped them around his shoulders instead of actually wearing them, and as strange as it was, it did turn into a much-loved fashion trend back in the day.advertisementPhoto: PinterestPhoto: Pinterest Also Read: Shah Rukh Khan looks good even when he dresses up like a 20-year-old; here’s proofBiker jackets and bandanas:Versatility and SRK have been synonymous ever since he made his television-acting debut with the show, Fauji. While SRK’s experimental looks as Bollywood’s favourite lover-boy have made us go weak in the knees, his grunge look in the film, Josh, was no less impressive. Clad in a rough-looking, biker jacket that boasted of solid metallic embellishments, he introduced us to the coolness-quotient of leather jackets. Leather jackets have been in vogue ever since. Other than instating an inclination towards leather jackets, SRK took the bad-boy look to a whole new level of perfection by sporting printed bandanas in the movie. And we can all swear by the sass and style-quotient that comes with wearing bandanas even today.Photo: PinterestPhoto: Pinterestlast_img read more

Mark Hughes fired as Stoke City manager after FA Cup exit

first_imgMark Hughes has been sacked as Stoke City manager after his side’s 2-1 loss against Fourth-tier Coventry City in the FA Cup third round on Saturday night.Stoke dropped into the Premier League’s relegation zone this week after a run of just two wins in its last 12 matches. It was surprising that Hughes made it to the Coventry match, given the significance of a home loss at Newcastle in the league on Monday.”I’m not naive,” Hughes said after the loss at the Ricoh Arena, “and I realize people will talk about my position.”Three hours later, he was out.Hughes was in charge for 4 1/2 years, guiding the club from central England to three straight ninth-place finishes in his first three seasons.This season, however, Stoke has been undermined by defensive problems – it has conceded 47 goals in 22 games in the league, more than any other team – and has lost eight of its last 11 games.In a brief statement, Stoke said it would look to hire a replacement “as soon as possible.”Stoke is in 18th place in the 20-team Premier League, the final relegation spot.Hughes, a former Manchester United striker, had exactly 200 games in charge of Stoke, following spells as coach of Queens Park Rangers, Fulham, Manchester City, Blackburn and Wales’ national team.After taking over from the pragmatic Tony Pulis, Hughes tried to make Stoke more expansive and bought a number of talented players from across Europe who had lost their way after bright starts to their careers.advertisementThe likes of Xherdan Shaqiri, Bojan Krkic, Marko Arnautovic and Ibrahim Afellay impressed in spells but were not consistent. Stoke gradually lost its identity – it started to concede more goals but was never prolific at the other end of the field – and was in disarray in recent weeks.(With AP inputs)last_img read more

Rangers’ OT Goal Beats Senators, 3-2

first_imgNEW YORK — The New York Rangers’ latest victory was hardly a masterpiece, until the final second.A quick glance between Carl Hagelin and Derek Stepan produced the winning goal on New York’s only shot of overtime. Hagelin deflected in Stepan’s slick backhand pass at 2:55 to give the Rangers a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over the Ottawa Senators on Jan. 20.“The whole game was sluggish from our part,” Hagelin said. “Step saw me going in. Two defensemen stepped in on him, and he made the perfect play to me.”The connection gave the Rangers their third straight win heading into the All-Star break, and ended a rough run at home against the Senators. Ottawa had been 13-1-1 in its previous 15 regular-season games at Madison Square Garden since April 2006.The Senators had the better of the chances in overtime, but Hagelin put the winner behind Craig Anderson as the Rangers won for the 16th time in 19 games.“They can’t all be Picassos,” coach Alain Vigneault said following his 494th NHL victory. “This game is about finding ways to win when you’re not at your best.”Chris Kreider tied it for New York in the third period. Kevin Hayes also scored, and Henrik Lundqvist made 33 saves.“I wouldn’t want to have a start like that and depend on a late comeback,” Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh said. “They took a lead going into the third but … we weren’t going to let this one slip away from us.“Everyone knew it was going to be an ugly two points, and some team was going to have to find a way.”Erik Karlsson and Milan Michalek scored 1:03 apart in the second period for Ottawa. Anderson stopped 32 shots, but let New York’s only one in overtime get by him.“I saw a pretty good pass and a pretty good deflection,” Anderson said. “Hagelin has a good stick. We’re not winning too many close games, and it’s frustrating. It’s not fun to be around that.”The Senators are 4-6-3 in their last 13 and 9-10-9 overall in one-goal games.“We played a good game. We’re just not playing good enough to win close games,” Ottawa forward Erik Condra said.Kreider tied it 2-all at 2:42 of the third when he took a perfect feed from defenseman Marc Staal as he cruised down the slot, deftly shifted the puck to his forehand and lifted in his 10th goal and fifth in 10 games.“It was definitely a character win,” Kreider said. “We probably didn’t have the start we wanted, had a few lulls, but it says a lot about the leadership in the room that we were able to gather ourselves and be ready to play.”After falling behind 1-0 on Hayes’ goal, the Senators scored twice in quick succession to grab a 2-1 lead.Right after Condra was stopped by Lundqvist, the Senators regained control of the puck and worked it around the Rangers zone. Kyle Turris sent a crisp pass from the left circle to the right circle, and Karlsson snapped in his ninth goal at 13:38.Then, just 9 seconds after New York’s Lee Stempniak was called for high-sticking, Michalek got to a rebound in front and slid a backhander that slithered its way under Lundqvist’s pad for his sixth goal, putting the Senators ahead with 5:19 remaining in the second.It just wasn’t enough to get a much-needed win for the Senators, who are well off the playoff pace.“This is how our season has gone. Close but not close enough,” defenseman Jared Cowen said. “That’s what separates good and great teams. We have to decide which we want to be. It’s frustrating for sure. With frustration you can either use it or let it eat away at you.”The Rangers had broken the scoreless deadlock at 9:29 when Hayes corralled the rebound of Dan Girardi’s hard shot from the right point, calmly shifted left in the slot and scored his sixth goal.The Rangers finished their second straight period on the power play, this time the remnants of a two-man advantage created when David Legwand and Eric Gryba were whistled for infractions 46 seconds apart.The teams slogged through a tight-checking first period that produced one power play for each club and a total of 16 shots — nine for the Rangers, including a hard drive by McDonagh that was stopped at the buzzer.(IRA PODELL, AP Hockey Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Scherzer’s 20K’s Ties Record

first_imgWASHINGTON — Max Scherzer has thrown two no-hitters, come within one strike of a perfect game and met just about every expectation that accompanied the $210 million contract he signed with Washington.Still, after his latest masterpiece May 11, he said: “There’s something about 20.”Scherzer struck out 20 batters to match the major league record for a nine-inning game in the Nationals’ 3-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on May 11.“Tonight was an emotional game, facing a former team and all those guys I have so much respect for,” Scherzer said after pitching against the Tigers for the first time since leaving Detroit. “And so to have a game like this against that caliber of hitter on their side, it really puts a feather in my cap.”Scherzer (4-2) had a chance to break the mark when James McCann stepped to the plate with two outs in the ninth inning. McCann, who whiffed his previous three times up, grounded to third base for the final out.“It crossed my mind,” said Scherzer, who did not issue a walk. “I was thinking of all the different scenarios in an 0-2 count that I could do to be able to get that last strikeout.”The ace right-hander, who pitched two no-hitters for Washington last season and struck out 17 in the second one, joined Roger Clemens (twice), Kerry Wood and Randy Johnson as the only big league pitchers to compile 20 strikeouts in nine innings.“That’s some serious company,” Scherzer said. “It won’t sink in right now, but it’s an amazing accomplishment.”Johnson achieved his feat for Arizona during a 2001 game that went 11 innings. Tom Cheney holds the major league record with 21 strikeouts when he pitched all 16 innings for the Washington Senators against Baltimore in 1962.After striking out the side in the eighth, all on called strikes, Scherzer was up to 18 on 106 pitches, with the Nationals holding a two-run lead.“I knew there was a lot,” Manager Dusty Baker said. “But when they put it on the board, I was like, ‘Oh, no.’ At that point in time, you know, how often do you have a chance to make history like that? We just have to watch him his next start.”Said Scherzer: “There really wasn’t a conversation, to be honest with you. Everybody knew I wanted the ball, everybody was going to give me the ball.”The 2013 AL Cy Young Award winner gave up a leadoff homer to J.D. Martinez in the ninth, then blew a 97 mph fastball by slugger Miguel Cabrera for strikeout No. 19.Victor Martinez singled for his third hit before Scherzer got another All-Star bopper, Justin Upton, swinging at a low slider to tie the record.That came one pitch after Upton’s foul pop landed just beyond the reach of first baseman Ryan Zimmerman and in a camera well.Scherzer pounded his fist in excitement and went back to work. McCann, however, grounded an 0-1 pitch to third baseman Anthony Rendon, who threw to second for the forceout.A giddy Scherzer smiled and yelped as he high-fived and hugged other Nationals players on the field. He was doused by his teammates during a postgame television interview.“Had to go through some tough, tough hitters there with Miggy and J.D. and Victor and all those guys over there,” Scherzer said. “Those guys are unbelievable and they gave me a heck of a time tonight.”Scherzer threw an astounding 96 of 119 pitches for strikes in a six-hitter for his sixth career complete game. He outpitched pal Jordan Zimmermann (5-2), a former Nationals teammate who left Washington as a free agent for a $110 million deal with Detroit before this season.“That was one of the more dominant performances I’ve ever come across,” said Tigers Manager Brad Ausmus, also an opponent during Wood’s 20-strikeout game and one of the two compiled by Clemens. “It wasn’t quite as dominant as Kerry Wood and it was more dominant than Clemens.”With the win, Scherzer joined Chicago Cubs right-hander John Lackey as the only active starters to own victories against all 30 major league clubs.“The fastball really just seemed to work for me tonight,” Scherzer said.Daniel Murphy had three hits, including a double and a pair of RBI singles off Zimmermann. Danny Espinosa homered off Zimmermann in the seventh as Washington took two of three in the interleague series.Jose Iglesias homered early for Detroit.After allowing seven runs on four homers in an 8-6 loss to the Cubs on Friday, Scherzer responded with one of the finest outings of his career.He seemed to pick up steam late.After Victor Martinez singled and Upton doubled with one out in the seventh, Scherzer got McCann looking and Anthony Gose swinging to escape.Scherzer followed that by striking out the side in the eighth, with Ian Kinsler staring at a 96 mph fastball at the knees to end the inning.Zimmermann allowed three runs over seven innings in his return to Nationals Park. The right-hander received a standing ovation from the crowd of 35,695 when he stepped into the batter’s box after Iglesias’ homer.Zimmermann briefly backed out and tipped his helmet in appreciation, then became Scherzer’s sixth strikeout victim, going down swinging on a curveball.(IAN QUILLEN)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Real Madrid beats Napoli 3-1 to reach Champs League quarters

first_imgNAPLES, Italy (AP) — Two quick-fire goals saw Real Madrid survive an early scare to win 3-1 at Napoli on Tuesday and reach the Champions League quarterfinals for a seventh successive time.Trailing 3-1 from the first leg, Dries Mertens gave Napoli hope with a 24th-minute strike to send a packed San Paolo stadium into raptures. But Madrid captain Sergio Ramos headed in a Toni Kroos corner early in the second half and had another header deflected in by Mertens six minutes later to effectively end the contest.Alvaro Morata wrapped up the 6-2 victory on aggregate for the holders by tapping in a rebound in stoppage time after Pepe Reina had denied Cristiano Ronaldo.“We really suffered a lot in the first half, we couldn’t do what we wanted to do, they were pressing us very high,” Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. “Then we made changes in the second half and we were much better. It was completely different. We are happy.“We knew the beginning of the match would be very hard … but a match is 90 minutes and I think we did very well in the second half.”Napoli was left to rue its first-half profligacy which saw Mertens hit the post. Ronaldo, who is two goals short of becoming the first player to score 100 times in European competition, was also denied by the woodwork.Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos, center, scores his side’s first goal during the Champions League round of 16, second leg, soccer match between Napoli and Real Madrid at the San Paolo stadium in Naples, Italy, Tuesday March 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)“We weren’t only equal to Real Madrid for the first 55 minutes, we were better than them,” Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri said. “We put them in a lot of difficulty and that’s something to be proud of. We’re very disappointed above all for the fans, because these fans deserved something more.”Ramos acknowledged that Madrid has a lot of work to do if it is to become the first side to successfully defend its Champions League title.“I’m happy that I scored in a critical moment of the match, when we were suffering. But above all it was as a team that we got through,” Ramos said. “We need to reflect now on things, they dominated for nearly the entire first half. We really suffered. We’ll take time now to think about things calmly.”Tuesday’s other return fixture in the Round of 16 also ended with the same scoreline as the first leg as Bayern Munich inflicted another 5-1 rout on Arsenal, which collapsed to its heaviest loss at the Emirates Stadium after having captain Laurent Koscielny sent off.Needing to win by at least two clear goals, Napoli applied the pressure right from the start, with Mertens having a shot deflected over the bar in the opening minute.Marek Hamsik also fired inches wide, while Lorenzo Insigne had a 30-yard (meter) snapshot turned around the post by Keylor Navas.Madrid appeared to have weathered the early storm and Gareth Bale threatened but the Spanish side was undone by a moment of brilliance from Napoli. Insigne and Hamsik combined, with the latter threading a delightful pass for Mertens to rush into the area and slot into the bottom right corner.Napoli’s Dries Mertens celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Champions League round of 16, second leg, soccer match between Napoli and Real Madrid at the San Paolo stadium in Naples, Italy, Tuesday March 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)It was Mertens’ 17th goal in his past 16 matches and his fifth in the Champions League this season.Madrid almost leveled five minutes later when Ronaldo rounded Reina but his attempt came off the near post from a difficult angle.Napoli also hit the post in the 38th minute as Mertens’ diagonal effort crashed off the base of the left upright.Madrid had scored in its past 46 matches and it leveled six minutes after the break.Hamsik gave the ball away in the middle of his own half and Elseid Hysaj was forced to head out the danger at the far post, with Ramos nodding in the resulting corner.“The match changed after their goal. Continuing with that rhythm, that intensity, that drive was impossible because our whole mentality changed,” Sarri said. “It removed all hope of qualifying.”Madrid doubled its lead from another corner to all but extinguish Napoli’s hopes, before Morata rounded off the scoring.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Infineon: resonant controller IC with PFC for power supply and lighting drivers

first_img Continue Reading Previous Sensirion: CO2 and RH/T sensor module now available globallyNext Qoitech: premium software for Otii now available from Digi-Key Infineon Technologies introduces the second generation ICL5102 resonant controller IC designed specifically for power supply and lighting drivers. Main target applications are LED drivers for professional and industrial lighting, and street lighting. The controller IC can also be used for offline AC-DC power supplies and LCD TVs.The ICL5102 integrates Power Factor Correction (PFC) and half-bridge (HB) controllers in a single DSO-16 package. It supports universal input voltages ranging from 70 V AC to 325 V AC, and has a comparable wide output range. A low number of external components are required to configure and support this controller IC. All parameters are set by resistors. The ICL5012 supports fast startup under 500 ms at less than 100 μA. The industry-leading PFC is greater than 99 percent and Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) is less than 3.5 percent. The controller has up to 94 percent efficiency by resonant topology. The active burst mode for low standby consumes less than 300 mW. An enable/disable function supports dimming.The PFC controller features brownout detection, adjustable THD for light load operation, and high power factor correction. Due to the high accuracy of BUS voltage sensing, only four PINs are required for PFC action. The resonant HB controller has a fully integrated 650 V high-side driver using an internal coreless transformer with self-adaptive dead time ranging between 250 ns and 750 ns, and an operating frequency up to 500 kHz. It can detect overload, short circuit, BUS, HB or output under and over voltage as well as over temperature. An integrated capacitive mode regulator prevents operation in capacitive mode. All protection features use AUTO restart (No Latch).Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

SEGGER supports Hilscher multiprotocol SoC “netX90” to J-Trace and J-Link

first_img Continue Reading Previous VadaTech: 4U rugged MTCA.1 chassis platform with 12 AMC slotsNext How blockchain can enhance trust in IoT interactions Software engineers working with Hilscher’s netX90 can now enjoy not only the high download speeds of the J-Link and advanced features, such as breakpoints in flash memory, but also the additional features brought to the table by J-Trace-PRO, such as live code profiling and coverage.The SEGGER J-Link / J-Trace is the most popular family of debug and trace probes on the market. It is tool chain independent and supports GDB, LLVM/Clang as well as most commercial tool chains.J-Trace PRO is an advanced debug probe that supports Arm’s advanced tracing features of Arm Cortex cores. It can capture complete instruction traces over long periods of time—thereby enabling the recording of infrequent, hard-to-reproduce bugs. This is particularly helpful when the program flow “runs off the rails” and stops in a fault state. J-Trace PRO works with all currently available Cortex-M devices with ETM trace output.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

Gerard Pique unwinds at Wimbledon after Spain’s World Cup 2018 exit

first_imgSpain defender Gerard Pique is trying to move on from the World Cup heartbreak by attending matches at the Wimbledon 2018 in London.The Barcelona star was spotted sitting in the Royal Box at centre court during the match between Karolina Pliskova and Victoria Azarenka on Wednesday. Pique didn’t have his wife Shakira for company, and was seated besides Carole and Michael Middleton – parents of the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton.Spain returned from Russia earlier this week after suffering a disappointing loss against Russia in the round of 16 of the FIFA World Cup 2018 on Sunday.The 2010 champions lost 4-3 on penalties after the match had ended 1-1 in regulation plus extra time.70th-ranked Russia managed to hold Spain to a 1-1 draw in normal and extra time to take the match to penalty shootout. In the shootout, Igor Akinfeev managed to make two saves while David de Gea failed to make any as Spain were dumped out from the Round of 16.Spain have now failed to win a knockout game at three major tournaments since it won Euro 2012.Even though it was De Gea inability to save a penalty in the end that cost Spain, Pique’s handball that gave Russia the penalty was the turning point of the match.Throughout the match Russia took just six attempts at goal, of which only three were on target.With Spain leading 1-0, courtesy an own goal from Sergei Ignashevich, Gerard Pique handled the ball in his penalty box just around five minutes before half time.advertisementWith that, Pique conceded two penalties at the World Cup 2018, more than any other Spanish player in the competition since 1966.Artem Dzyuba stepped up to take the penalty and equalised for Russia, after which they defended their goal like their lives depended on it to stretch the match till the penalties.The 31-year-old is now expected to announce his international retirement after the humiliating exit.Pique, who has made 102 appearances for the Spanish national team, has been Spain’s centre-back pairing along with Sergio Ramos. Pique has won 2010 FIFA World Cup and 2012 European Championships along with Spain.last_img read more

IOA meet to discuss Ministry’s proposal on relaxing Asiad selection criteria

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 19 (PTI) The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has called a meeting of its Core and Legal Committees tomorrow to decide its future course of action after the Sports Ministry asked it to relax the Asian Games selection norms for better medal prospects. The sports ministry yesterday urged the IOA to relax selection norms in specific cases “in the larger interest of the sports and sportspersons” after concerns were raised by various athletes and teams that have missed the cut. The ministry said the Olympic body in consultation with particular federations may reassess the earlier decision on sending entries if those ineligible disciplines have performed consistently for six months but not made it due to lack of exposure and at the same time have strong chance of finishing in the top four. The recent circular has put the IOA in a dilemma and the Olympic body has decided to discuss the matter with its Core and Legal Committee before responding to the sports ministry. “We have called a meeting of out Core Committee and Legal Committee tomorrow morning at 11 am to discuss the matter and see how to take forward the Ministry’s proposal,” IOA secretary general Rajeev Mehta told PTI. “The meeting will also be attended by IOA president (Narinder Batra) and chairman of Preparation Panel (Lalit Bhanot). We will have to discuss the matter extensively and see what can be done.” The IOA official, however, admitted that it would be tough to convince the Asian Games orgainsers for late inclusions as the last date of entries by name was June 30.advertisement “We will have to take a decision on the Ministry’s proposal. But it has come too late. If we decide on sending more athletes, whether to accept our request or not, rests on the Asian Games Orgainsing Committee,” he said. To make matters worse for the IOA, the draws of some sports, including football, have already been announced and it is highly unlikely that the Indian contingent will be accepted at this juncture. The IOA had named a 524-member contingent earlier this month leading to a massive controversy as they left out football fr low rankings and the entire four-member triathlon team for furnishing “misleading information”. The IOA then dropped 20 athletes from the Pencak Silat team, alleging fake credentials, prompting the national federation to threaten legal action. The men’s handball team was cleared at the expense of Pencak Silat athletes after the federation knocked the doors of Allahabad High Court. In the original squad announced by IOA, six Sambo athletes – two male and four female – were included but the number was later cut to just one. PTI SSC PM PM PMlast_img read more

England duo Jamie Vardy, Gary Cahill walk away from international football

first_imgLeicester City’s Jamie Vardy and Gary Cahill have made themselves unavailable for England selection because they feel it is the right time to walk away.However, the pair are open to putting the England shirt on again if required in the future.Vardy, 32, featured at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia scarcely as Harry Kane was the preferred choice for England manager Gareth Southgate.”To be honest with you, this has been on my mind for a while. I’m not getting any younger and you can see, to be fair to the gaffer, he wants to make it more youthful, which obviously had its benefits during the World Cup — we got to the semi-finals and finished fourth, which is equal to the furthest we have ever been on foreign soil.”So I just said to Gareth that I think it’s probably best from now on, especially with the way he wants to go, to bring youngsters in who he thinks have got the ability and start nurturing them into international football,” Vardy told the Guardian.Vardy was restricted to the bench for most of the World Cup in Russia and said his lack of playing time had influenced his decision.”When you get selected, you want to be playing. If you’re playing week in, week out for your club, you want to be going to England to play as well. And if it’s not happening, then for me personally now it’s better to be at home, spending that time with my family and training with my club, preparing for the next game after the international break.advertisement”I thought I could have helped a bit more if I had more minutes. You know that you can hurt opponents in certain ways, in the way you play. But it wasn’t to be. And you have to respect the manager’s decisions.”Vardy said he had expressed his intention to Southgate shortly after the World Cup and confirmed it in a recent phone calls.”We’ve not shut the door completely. If the worst came to happen and everyone was injured, then obviously I wouldn’t say no,” he said.Chelsea’s Cahill also echoed Vardy’s lines and said that it was the right time to take a step back but he will always be there if the team needs him.”I think it’s time that I take a step back now. It’s the right moment to do that. I’ve been hugely proud of what I’ve achieved, over 60 caps, I’ve captained my country on a few occasions, which has been a huge honour.”At the same time, in your football career you never want to shut a door completely and if I’m ever needed, I’m there,” Cahill said.last_img read more