Gareth Southgate is aiming to resist recalling more experienced players if they do not fit in with England’s style of play, as he looks to bring youngsters through to the senior side.Despite taking one of the youngest squads, England impressed at the World Cup earlier this year and reached the semi-finals for the first time since 1990, eventually losing to Croatia and then Belgium in the third-place play-off.Since then, England have lost Jamie Vardy and Gary Cahill to international retirement, while Southgate’s current selection for the upcoming matches with Spain and Switzerland has been robbed of Raheem Sterling and Adam Lallana due to injuries. 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! Although Alex McCarthy, Marcus Bettinelli, Luke Shaw, Joe Gomez and James Tarkowski have been called up after missing out on World Cup spots, Southgate is reluctant to start experimenting with players he does not think will fit into his vision of how England should play.As such, the likes of Chris Smalling and Joe Hart do not look likely to get recalls anytime soon, with Southgate eager to focus more attention on those impressing in England’s younger age groups.”We think we’ve got a strong squad,” Southgate told Sky Sports. “We’re three games into a new season and we looked through a lot of different players over the last couple of years and decided, because of the way we want to play and the type of players we want to work with, that there are some guys who didn’t fit that model.”So now we’re into a fresh cycle of probably not going back to players who’ve been in before and that we’ve had a good look at. So the next group that we’re looking at are probably coming through our younger age groups.”There are a couple of others that are still young, still have room for growth; [Nathaniel] Chalobah, Will Hughes, Ross Barkley, but I don’t want to bring them in now, three days into the camp [to replace injured players].”I’d rather do that when we feel they’re ready and that we’re looking at them on merit and also, we really like some of the age groups below.”I think they’re quite likely to be the guys that push, but when you’re promoting young players you’ve got to be really careful with how quickly you do that because you want to bring them in and have them train and adapt to training.”Following their respective strong starts to the new Premier League season, Callum Wilson and Troy Deeney both received backing from media pundits who believe the strikers have done enough to earn England call-ups.But, while Southgate appeared to leave the door open for Wilson, he seemed to dismiss the idea of ever handing a first cap to 30-year-old Deeney.”Callum is another player who we worked with in the Under-21s, so we know a lot about Callum,” Southgate added.”He’s certainly one we have to keep monitoring and I think Troy is a player who really suits the way that Watford play.”I’m a big fan of his, I think what he brings to their team, the way he leads their team and the way that they play in the games that they have, but I think that we play slightly differently and, for me, the next forward players that should be challenging are some of the younger ones.”
Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to score 100 goals in UEFA competitions when he struck twice as holders Real Madrid came from behind to win 2-1 at Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday. (Borussia Dortmund lose to Monaco)Bayern’s Arturo Vidal opened the scoring and missed a penalty before Ronaldo volleyed the equaliser in the 47th minute and scored the winner 13 minutes from time when he was picked out by Marco Asenio and finished calmly.Bayern, who had won their last 16 home games in the competition since losing to Real in April 2014, started strongly and took the lead when Vidal met Thiago Alcantara’s corner with a thumping header in the 25th minute.”We would have preferred to have scored another goal,” Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane told French TV. “We had the opportunity.”We’ve won the first match, the second is still to come,” he added. “We’re content with the result, but we’d have liked to have scored more.”Vidal could have given the hosts a two-goal cushion from the spot in first-half stoppage time following Dani Carvajal’s handball, but stepping up in place of injured striker Robert Lewandowski he blazed the penalty over the bar.Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer denied Ronaldo and Gareth Bale with fine stops and the tie firmly swung in Real’s favour in the 61st minute when Javi Martinez was sent off following two quick-fire yellow cards.”We were in total control during the first half but we weren’t subsequently able to exploit the spaces,” Bayern’s Philipp Lahm told German TV. “The red card was the neckbreaker.”advertisementReal took control after Martinez’s dismissal and could have extended their lead when captain Sergio Ramos headed into the net in stoppage time, only for the effort to be ruled out for offside.”We’re still alive, we’re not dead,” added Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti. “Real have the better chance now but we still have a chance too, and we’ll play with everything we’ve got.”The result left Bayern with much to do in the second leg on Tuesday, while Real remained on course in their bid to become the first side to retain the Champions League crown.ALSO WATCH:
Wimbledon is merely five days away and the grass smells like it could bring back old memories — be like the momentus 2008 Wimbledon.The year 2017 started with a dream final — at the year-opening Grand Slam Australian Open, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal swept through the young brigade and battled in the final like old times, where the elegant Federer prevailed over the powerful Nadal.Photo Credit: Reuters The next two months were as dream-like for Federer who went on to win the Indian Wells and Miami Open titles, on the way beating his nemesis Nadal in both these tournaments.Cut to the arrival of the claycourt season, Federer pulled out of it and Nadal roared like a lion. Starting with his 10th Monte Carlo Masters title, Nadal went on to win the Barcelona Open and the Madrid Open. All this success culminated into his record tenth French Open victory and then, the focus shifted to the biggest Grand Slam of them all, Wimbledon.Photo Credit: Reuters In the run-up to Wimbledon, Federer has won his 10th Halle Open title after getting ousted at Stuttgart in the first round while Nadal is directly going to step on the Wimbledon grass.Considering how the year has panned out, with Murray and Djokovic’s struggle seeming never-ending, Wimbledon can become all about Nadal and Federer.In the seeding for Wimbledon announced on Wednesday, Andy Murray topped for men’s singles while Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal followed the Brit at no. 2, 3 and 4 respectively.advertisementLooking at the seeding, evidently, there is no chance of Nadal and Federer meeting before the semi-final and of course, just like Australian Open, the hopes for a magical finale will be high, this time higher in fact.Federer and Nadal have matched each other in every sense this year. As the Swiss great has found his artistic game back, Rafa is back in the fore with his immense physical and mental strength. While Nadal’s unparalleled ground-stroking took him to the pinnacle of the claycourt season of 2017, Federer’s all-court variety gave him a dream comeback from the wrist injury at the beginning of the year. Federer, once again, looks calm as ever and Nadal is oozing passion once more.With the two greats looking like their old powerful self again, a repeat of the unforgettable 2008 Wimbledon final is not so much of a dream.REMEMBERING 2008 WIMBLEDON FINALIt is the longest Wimbledon men’s singles final ever — it went on for four hours and 48 minutes and at the end of that toil, Federer’s five-year reign at the grasscourt Grand Slam ended as Nadal’s fighting spirit came to the fore and Federer’s greatest Nemesis was born!Nadal had beaten Federer in the French Open for three straight years in 2005, 2006 and 2007. However, the claycourt master from Spain truly arrived as a great when he overwhelmed Federer in his own territory (grasscourt) three years later at the Wimbledon final.Nadal struck in the very first set when he broke Federer at 2-1 and though Federer did get his chance to break back, Nadal was not the one to give in — he won the set 6-4.The second set was a similar story, Nadal again won 6-4 and Federer’s crown seemed to be slipping without much ado.But Federer bounced back and toiled for the next two sets — Federer’s infamous backhand was battling Nadal’s boulder-like forehand, Federer’s cat-like movement was matched at every step by Nadal sheer determination. The intense battle led to Federer’s incredible comeback where he won the third and fourth set 7-6 (7-5) and 7-6 (10-8).Photo Credit: Reuters The final set was even more fierce — each point looked more difficult than the previous. While Nadal was desperate to win his first Wimbledon title, Federer was not ready to give up his reign.It arrived to Nadal’s final service game! The Spaniard was at his third championship point and Federer charged back with an unbelievable backhand winner to get back to duece. But Nadal was not to be denied that day and at the fourth championship point, the claycourt master churned out his massive serve and Federer’s forehand hit the net, Nadal won the set 9-7 and the Fedal rivalry got its most famous chapter.Photo Credit: Reuters
After years of midtable mediocrity, AC Milan have thrown down the gauntlet to Juventus by assembling a team which supporters believe can end the Turin side’s run of six successive Serie A titles.Under new Chinese owners, the seven-times European champions have splurged 190 million euros ($222.30 million) on transfers and, for a change, the money has gone on players who appear to have their best years ahead of them.Milan, the last team to win Serie A before Juve’s era of dominance began, have endured a decline which coincided with Serie A’s own fall from grace.For most of former Italy Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s three decades as club president, they had enjoyed a golden era but his last few years became a story of unsuccessful transfers and musical chairs in the coach’s seat.As the world’s top players eschewed Serie A, Berlusconi promised that his club would concentrate on developing its own young talents instead – but ended up signing players who were past their best.The likes of Kaka, in his second spell, Fernando Torres, Michael Essien, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Alessio Cerci, Mario Balotelli and Mattia Destro all came and went without making an impact.Inevitably, the coach paid the price with Clarence Seedorf, Filippo Inzaghi, Sinisa Mihajlovic and Cristian Brocchi occupying the hot seat between Massimiliano Allegri’s dismissal in January 2014 and Vincenzo Montella’s arrival in June last year.But there has been a dramatic change of direction since Berlusconi agreed to sell the club to a Chinese-led consortium in a 740 million-euro deal in April and the new owners installed Marco Fassone, an experienced business executive, as general manager.advertisementNew signings have included striker Andre Silva (21) from Porto who has scored eight goals in 13 appearances for Portugal; right back Andrea Conti (23), a product of Atalanta’s impressive youth scheme; Ricardo Rodriguez (24), a Swiss international regarded as one of Europe’s most accomplished left backs; and Turkish midfielder and free-kick specialist Hakan Calhanoglu (23).The latter two were signed from Bundesliga clubs VfL Wolfsburg and Bayer Leverkusen respectively.The biggest coup was landing Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci from Juventus, ending the Turin club’s so-called BBC defence that also featured Andrea Barzagli and Giorgio Chiellini and which had been together since 2010.”We have chosen players who are ready to go and can give a great deal, who are top players for our level and for Italian football,” said Montella. “The potential is there and it is only a matter of time.”Milan were still hoping to add a big-money striker to the squad before the end of the transfer window.Juve were left to spend the summer contemplating their 4-1 defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League final and they started the season by losing 3-2 to Lazio in the Italian Supercup final.But they still have the top four outstanding players in Serie A – goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, Chiellini and Argentine forwards Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain — and remain favourites.Napoli, widely acclaimed as playing the best football on their way to third place last season, have kept their squad intact and once again pose a threat.AS Roma, last season’s runners-up, have seen the departure of several key players including defender Antonio Ruediger and winger Mohamed Salah, while Franceso Totti retired after a remarkable 25 seasons at the club.Inter Milan, also under Chinese ownership, have not matched their neighbours’ spending in the transfer market but have hired coach Luciano Spalletti after he also left Roma.Last season, they employed three coaches and finished seventh despite having arguably one of the strongest squads in Serie A. It will now be up to the shaven-headed Spalletti to get the best from them.($1 = 0.8547 euros)
Swipe Technologies has launched a new budget tablet dubbed as Swipe Slate Pro. The Android Marshmallow running Swipe Slate Pro costs Rs 8,499 to its buyers and is exclusively available on Flipkart.The tablet sports 10.1-inch HD display and is powered by a 1.1GHz quad-core processor paired with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage. The storage is expandable up to 32GB via microSD card. The Swipe Slate Pro is backed by a 5000mAh battery.The device comes with a 5MP auto-focus rear camera and a 2MP front camera. The dual SIM tablet come with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and micro USB as the connectivity options.Flipkart is giving a 5 per cent off on the purchase made through Axis bank cards. There’s no cost EMI option also available. The device supports 4G VoLTE Network . Earlier this month, Swipe launched two power banks under its Elite series. The Elite power bank with 13000mAh capacity comes with 3 charging ports with a combined output of 5.2A at 5 volts and features high-density Li-ion batteries. The Elite power bank with 11000mAh capacity has as 2 charging USB ports with a combined output of 3.1A at 5 Volts.
The cynicism that greeted the England senior team’s qualification for the 2018 World Cup has been replaced by genuine excitement of a bright future after the stunning exploits of the country’s age-group teams.In winning the Under-17 World Cup, to follow the triumph at Under-20 level, England’s youngsters have challenged the gloomy narrative that football in their country is in terminal decline.While few expect Gareth Southgate’s senior England side to light up Russia next year, the teenage Lions have roared out a message that better things might be around the corner.The 5-2 comeback triumph over Spain in Saturday’s Under-17 final in India capped an extraordinary year for England’s young guns.In June, England beat Venezuela to secure the Under-20 world title and a month later became Under-19 European champions.”For me, it’s recognition of where English football not just is, but where it can go and where we want it to go,” said England Under-17 manager Steve Cooper.”This trophy is a dedication to the good work being done back in England with the club academies and the development of young players.”Cooper was not the only one to view the successes in the context of the Football Association’s strategy.”It’s fantastic evidence that we have the best youth developers in the world in this country and they are developing the best players in the world,” former FA Technical Director Howard Wilkinson told the Guardian.”But it’s not a transformation – this has been a long progression that started with the introduction of academies and the building of St George’s Park. Once that was in place, it’s all been about the benefit of having a plan and sticking to it.”advertisementThe 105 million-pound ($138 million) investment in the St. George’s Park training facility and the attempt to get all age groups sticking to the same blueprint is delivering results.Chelsea’s Italian manager Antonio Conte believes there is real momentum behind the youth successes.”Football in England is growing in an incredible way,” said Conte, the former Italy coach.”I am sure that in the future it will be difficult to beat the England national team. I think that when you have this movement behind you, you can have a great possibility to have a strong team for the next World Cup.”FIFA Photo COUNTER ARGUMENTThe counter argument is that young talent, such as Under-17 standouts Rhian Brewster and Phil Foden will find their route to Premier League first teams blocked by lack of opportunity.”English football is not like German football or Spanish football,” former West Ham United and Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce, who was briefly in charge of England, wrote in The Times.”We still call it the English league, but in reality it is now an international league that is played in England.”And because the financial rewards of staying in the league – or qualifying for the Champions League – are so great, the development of young players is an afterthought at best.”While some Premier League managers, like Tottenham Hotspur’s Mauricio Pochettino, have blooded young talent, many more players need loan moves to lower division or foreign clubs to gain match experience.Nonetheless, a look at the squad list indicates that the big clubs are contributing to England’s success.Exciting midfielder Foden came through Manchester City’s academy system having been identified as a 10-year-old. City, like Chelsea, farm out their young players to other clubs in order to test them in competitive environments and such an approach is often misunderstood.”We did some research last year and discovered that in the last 10 years 83 percent of players who featured in the quarter-final stage of the Champions League had all played first-team football at 17,” said Brian Marwood, Manchester City’s Football Administration Officer.”Seventeen of our loanees could play in our Elite Development Squad. However, a decision was made to have them playing first-team football somewhere and I believe it’s the right thing.”But for all the strategies and decisions in the development sphere, most fans will judge the FA’s work by how close the senior team can get to a repeat of their 1966 World Cup triumph – England’s only major international trophy.Southgate’s team next year should feature exciting young players such as Dele Alli and Harry Kane of Tottenham and Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford but it will be another cycle or more before the world-beating teenagers get their chance.”We’d be delighted if we get success in 2018 – but we are looking at 2022,” England Under-20 manager Paul Simpson said.advertisement”We have to change people’s perceptions. We want to inspire a nation by being successful.”
(Eds: minor edits in para 1)Mumbai, Nov 10 (PTI) King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium who are on a week-long visit to India, today played cricket with children of Mumbai and cricketer Virender Sehwag to support children?s right to play and learn.The royal couple and Sehwag played a a cricket match with boys and girls from two Mumbai schools at the Oval Maidan here.”No matter the country we live in, we have to ensure that children grow up in a safe family environment. We need to protect girls and boys from all kind of violence and harmful practises and prevent child maltreatment,” a UNICEF release quoted the Queen as saying on the occasion.”As a UN Special Advocate, I attach importance to the Right to Education for all children,” she said.”It is high time we empower our women and girls, and sports is a wonderful way of doing so,” Sehwag said.Sehwag also presented King Philippe with an autographed bat.The Queen had a closed-door meeting with school children from Maharashtra who discussed personal safety, the importance of life skills and adolescent empowerment, especially the empowerment of girls and prevention of child marriage, the release said.”Child marriage negatively influences children?s rights to education, health and protection. These consequences especially impact the girl directly, but also her family and community,” she said.The Queen also launched a song about hand-washing. Coordinated by the University of Hasselt in collaboration with Belgian students and volunteers, the song will serve as a creative tool to generate awareness around the Swachh Bharat (Clean India) Mission in India, the release said.advertisementThe royal couple is in India on a state visit from November 5 to 11. PTI VT NRB NRB
Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin polished off Sri Lanka’s tail in the second Test to help India equal their biggest victory and go 1-0 up in the three-match series in Nagpur on Monday.The hosts bundled out Sri Lanka for 166 shortly after fourth day’s lunch to prevail by an innings and 239 runs, the margin equalling their 2007 triumph against Bangladesh in Dhaka.WATCH VIDEOAshwin finished with 4-63 in the second innings, overtaking former Australian paceman Dennis Lillee as the fastest to 300 Test wickets in the process.300 Test wickets for Ashwin #Ash300 pic.twitter.com/805tJmvoEw- BCCI (@BCCI) November 27, 2017Lillee took 56 matches to reach the mark while the 31-year-old Ashwin achieved the feat in his 54th.”I really hope I can go on to double these 300 wickets, I’ve only played 50 Tests,” said Ashwin, who has been working on his variations with India slated to play a number of away series next year.”It’s not easy bowling spin, it looks like you’re just ambling up. But there’s a lot behind it.”The tourists lost seven wickets in an extended morning session and India returned after lunch to complete the formalities.300th Test wicket for @ashwinravi99 and #TeamIndia take a 1-0 lead in the 3-match Test series. India seal the 2nd Test in Nagpur by an innings and 239 runs #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/mq56alEczD- BCCI (@BCCI) November 27, 2017Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal hit a defiant 61 and added 58 with Suranga Lakmal, who remained unbeaten on 31, to stretch the conTest to the second session.Paceman Umesh Yadav ended the partnership after the interval when Chandimal pulled one straight to Ashwin at fine leg.advertisement”Before we came here, we had a gameplan,” Chandimal said at the post-match presentation. “We said to the guys ‘if you get a start, you have to bat long’. But they scored only 50-60 runs and got out. It’s unfortunate but I’m sure they will learn.”India defeated the islanders by a 9-0 margin across formats earlier this year and after the draw in the rain-affected opening Test in Kolkata, things were back to normal for the world’s top-ranked Test side.After resuming on 21-1, Sri Lanka kept India’s bowlers at bay for six overs before Dimuth Karunaratne was out on 18 to a freakish dismissal off left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja.Lahiru Thirimanne played an irresponsible shot to a wide delivery from paceman Umesh Yadav to be caught at point for 23 in a further blow to Sri Lanka’s chances of resisting India.Ashwin dismissed Dasun Shanaka, Dilruwan Perera and Rangana Herath before lunch and then bowled Lahiru Gamage to enter the record books.India captain Virat Kohli, who was named player of the match for his 213 in the first innings, said the comprehensive win will boost his side’s confidence ahead of the tough tour of South Africa early next year.
Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk is fully committed to the club despite pushing for a move away from St Mary’s in the close-season transfer window, the defender has said.The 26-year-old Dutch international, who handed in a transfer request at the start of the season amid interest from Liverpool, said he has moved on from the saga.”I don’t think it’s appropriate to comment on anything that happened before,” he told the Daily Echo.”I’m giving 100 percent for the club, I work hard every day, I help my team-mates and I’m positive and I want to win every game.”With just five points from their last six Premier League matches, van Dijk reckoned the international break has arrived at the right time for 13th placed Southampton.He said it was an ideal pause to get their act together ahead of a demanding schedule until the end of the year, starting with a league trip to Liverpool on Nov. 18.”Every game is important and it’s going to be even more important now to get some points and we know we can play very well against everyone,” van Dijk added.”For now, we need to recharge with some of the players going back to their countries and work hard there as well and come back fit and be ready for Liverpool.”
World number one Rafael Nadal was awarded 12,000 euros (10,710.7 pounds) damages on Thursday after a French court found in his favour over comments made by the country’s former sports minister.Nadal announced last year he would sue Roselyne Bachelot after she made comments in a television interview suggesting he had taken performance enhancing drugs in 2012.The Spaniard, who ended his season on Monday after losing to David Goffin at the ATP Finals, has vigorously denied any wrongdoing and said he would donate the money to a French NGO.”As you can see in the media, today is a happy day for me, my team and my fans,” the 16-times grand slam champion said in a statement.”The French justice has resolved the case in favour of my honesty and integrity as a sports player. I want to thank all of you who believed in me.”
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The bullpen played a big role in the Yankees’ five-game winning streak. A meltdown by New York’s relievers proved just as pivotal in a loss April 18.Adam Warren gave up three runs and Cesar Cabral melted down in the eighth inning, hitting three batters and giving up three more runs before getting ejected in the Yankees’ 11-5 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. Cabral was designated for assignment shortly after the game.“Obviously our bullpen’s been very, very good or us,” Manager Joe Girardi said, “and today we had a hiccup.”James Loney drove in four runs and the Rays overcame a four-run deficit to break a four-game losing streak.Pinch-hitter Desmond Jennings had an RBI single before Loney’s two-run single off Warren (0-1) in the seventh inning gave Tampa Bay a 6-5 lead.“I couldn’t make quality pitches when I needed to, couldn’t put guys away and it cost us,” Warren said. “The whole time I kept thinking I was one pitch from getting out of it, but I couldn’t quite make that pitch.”Sean Rodriguez hit a two-run homer during a five-run eighth that made it 11-5. Wil Myers, who finished with three RBIs, added a two-run single.Cabral was ejected by plate umpire Joe West after hitting Logan Forsythe, the third Ray he had plunked in a span of four batters.“I was surprised (at the ejection) because they knew I didn’t try to throw at anybody,” Cabral said.Evan Longoria reached base in all five plate appearances. He had three hits, a walk and was hit near the left knee by Cabral.Scott Sizemore hit a three-run double and Brett Gardner had an RBI grounder as the Yankees took a 4-0 lead in the second.Erik Bedard allowed four runs and six hits in 3 2-3 innings for the Rays. With Matt Moore (left elbow), Alex Cobb (strained left oblique) and Jeremy Hellickson (right elbow surgery) all on the disabled list, Bedard became the seventh starting pitcher used by Tampa Bay already this season.New York starter Hiroki Kuroda gave up three runs and seven hits over 5 2-3 innings.Center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury took an extra-base hit away from Tampa Bay’s Ben Zobrist with a leaping catch at the wall in the fourth. Later in the inning, Loney cut the Rays’ deficit to 4-2 with a two-run double.Myers snapped a 10-game RBI drought with a sixth-inning single that pulled the Rays to 4-3. New York went ahead 5-3 in the seventh on Alfonso Soriano’s run-scoring single off Jake McGee (1-0).Girardi won a replay challenge in the second inning. After Sizemore’s hit, Ichiro Suzuki was called out at first after laying down a bunt. Following a 47-second delay, umpires ruled Suzuki was safe on the play.Yankees reliever David Phelps left in the eighth after getting hit by Ryan Hanigan’s liner. He walked off the field and was replaced by Matt Thornton.(Dick Scanlon)TweetPinShare0 Shares
NEW YORK — Miles Mikolas didn’t need to look into the batter’s box to know who was stepping in with the bases loaded in the fifth inning. The roaring crowd said it all.Listening to more than 45,000 New York Yankees fans try to urge Derek Jeter to get one more big hit motivated the young right-hander.Mikolas got Jeter to ground into a double play, then pitched smoothly into the eighth inning July 21st to lead the Texas Rangers to a 4-2 victory.“That’s a big situation, a big jam to get out of,” Mikolas said. “It almost makes me as a pitcher want to compete a little harder, let the fans down.”Mikolas (1-2) slapped his glove and pumped his fist twice while letting out a shout of approval as he left the field. Then he retired his final seven batters.Mikolas’ mom, fiance, sister and stepdad led a group up from Florida to see him win for the first time since Aug. 21, 2012, with San Diego. Mikolas won twice in 25 relief appearances for the Padres that year. He’s had little success this season, coming in with a 10.05 ERA in three starts.“I think that really relaxed him,” Rangers manager Ron Washington said of the double play.Trailing by one with none on and two outs in the sixth, Texas got run-scoring singles from Geovany Soto, Rougned Odor and Shin-Soo Choo to go ahead in only its third win in 17 July games.Adrian Beltre drove in the Rangers’ first run with a fielder’s choice in the third inning on one of New York’s five errors — three by starting pitcher Shane Greene (2-1).“It was an ugly game on our part,” Manager Joe Girardi said.Second baseman Brian Roberts and Jeter, the shortstop, made the other errors for the Yankees, who had not committed five in a nine-inning game since Aug. 20, 1998, against Minnesota.Mikolas yielded two runs, including Jacoby Ellsbury’s homer, and four hits in a career-high 7 1-3 innings to outlast Greene in a matchup of 25-year-old pitchers getting a shot because of injury-wrecked rotations.“I felt once he kind of got rolling, once he got some confidence, especially in an environment like this, you can get rolling,” Roberts said of Mikolas.Joakim Soria gave up a single to Kelly Johnson and plunked pinch-hitter Brian McCann with a pitch before getting Yangervis Solarte to fly out for his 17th save.Winners of only five of their last 25 games, the Rangers then broke through against Greene in his first appearance at Yankee Stadium.Soto struck out with runners on first and third in the second — they were there thanks to two poor throws to first base by Greene — but came through with the tying hit in the sixth, a single to left after Jake Smolinski singled and Jim Adduci walked.“He was still throwing the ball well,” Girardi said when asked why he left Greene in so long. “He gave up a broken-bat bloop hit over the third baseman’s glove. It’s not like they were hitting him hard.”Matt Thornton relieved and gave up consecutive run-scoring hits to Odor and Choo. Playing the outfield for the first time since the All-Star break because of left ankle trouble, Choo snapped an 0-for-22 skid with a third-inning double.Green was charged with four runs and five hits in 5 2-3 innings. He had given up just two runs total in his first two career starts.Carlos Beltran put New York ahead with a sacrifice fly in the first after Jeter walked, advanced to second on a balk and third on Ellsbury’s single.Ellsbury homered leading off the fourth to give the Yankees a 2-1 lead. It was the seventh straight time he reached base after going 4-for-4 with a walk in a win over Cincinnati on July 20.(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
MILWAUKEE, WI – NBA All-Star Milwaukee Buck Giannis Antetokounmpo signed a sneaker deal with Nike which was announced last November. The Greek Freak 1, as the sneaker will be called, is due out next fall, according to solecollector.com, which also reported that Nike CEO Mark Parker confirmed the shoe at Nike’s Q2 Earnings Call in December. Since that time, Antetokounmpo has kept fans informed about the progress through social media. In his latest Twitter post about the sneaker on June 27, he asked the fans for some help with the design, “What are the top 2 things you would like to see in my signature shoe? #TheGreekFreak1 #StayFreaky #ShoeOfThePeople.”The response varied widely from fan to fan, but many would like to see some Greek element in the form of the Greek flag or as one fan posted, “make the straps look like Greek Olympic shoes.” George C. Pappas of Florida posted a photo of the Evzones with tsarouchia circled, adding “Style them after these.”Many fans also asked for an affordable price for the sneakers.TweetPinShare11 Shares
Avalue announces embedded products powered by 6th Generation Intel Core Processor, including ECM-SKLU, EPC-SKLU, and APC-2132. The 6th generation Intel processor offers lower power consumption and better system performance than the last generation. The TDP is only 15 watts and 26-37 watts while the computer is running on full power: this new platform delivers 80% (max.) lower CPU power consumption with 26% CPU performance improved! Furthermore, the latest Intel HD Graphics 520 graphic engine supports DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.4, and OpenCL 2.0 APIs. The multimedia performance is outstanding and could bring users great visual experience.The ECM-SKLU embedded 3.5-inch Micro module, is powered by 6th Generation Intel Core Processors based on the Mobile U-Processor for IoT Solutions. These processors run at 15W thermal design power and are ideal for small, energy-efficient, form-factor designs, including digital signage, point-of-sale terminals, and medical tablets. ECM-SKLU supports one 260-pin DDR4 SODIMM up to 16GB 2133 SDRAM. The rich I/O deployment includes 1 SATA III, 4 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0, 6 COM, 1x Mini-PCIe, 1 x M.2. Focus on factory automation, control systems, Retail, Digital Signage, Panel PC and industrial transportation applications.The tiny fanless system EPC-SKLU is equipped with the 6th Generation Intel Processor Core i7/i5/i3 and Celeron Processor 3955U processor with just 15W TDP. The EPC-SKLU fanless embedded PC has up to 16GB of high-performance onboard DDR4 RAM to enable accelerated computing. Extensive I/O support including 2x COM, 4x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0 as well as SATA and internal 1x mini-PCIe makes a flexible IoT-ready solution, and 4K-capable dual-display support including HDMI, is provided. Options include SATA HDD or SSD or full size mSATA solid-state or M.2 storage. VESA mounting and DIN rail kits are available. EPC-SKLU with a tiny fanless design is ideal for space-limited industrial applications, such as barcode reader, thermal printer, cash drawer, etc.The ultra-light multi-touch Fanless Panel PC APC-2132 is powered by 6th Gen Intel Core i7/i5/i3/Celeron Processor. The APC-2132 supports 1x SO-DIMM with up to 16GB of high-performance DDR4 2133Mhz and 1 port SATA 3 interface for 2.5” SSD/HDD as storage, besides, mini PCIe slot support mSATA as the 2nd storage device or Module with PCIe signal like WIFI/BT etc. APC-2132 is designed with highly flexible, compatible with multiple OS platforms, including Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Ubuntu 14.04, Kernel version 4.4/ Fedora 24 and Kernel version4.5. With Full Flat 10 points PCAP Multi-Touch design, APC-2132 is suitable for various markets application, such as Conference System, Public Internet Access, KIOSK, Interactive Signage Healthcare and Retail.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Sensirion presents carbon dioxide and RH/T sensor module at AHR Expo 2018Next DATA MODUL presents several highlights at embedded world 2018
ROHM Semiconductor will again be exhibiting at Embedded World 2019, where it will showcase new solutions for power management and sensor technologies in the automotive and industrial sectors.Highlights include ultra-low power management ICs for battery applications, timing controller ICs for automotive applications, sensor solutions for machine health monitoring, power semiconductors, updates to the discrete products in the RASMID product range, which feature an unprecedented degree of miniaturization, and much more. Visitors have the opportunity to experience state-of-the-art semiconductor demos and application examples.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Farnell element14 launches DAQ970A Data Acquisition System from KeysightNext EKF: low power CompactPCI Serial CPU board suitable as stand-alone solution
Continue Reading Previous Fischer Elektronik: 19-inch rack housings with small depthNext Side-channel attacks aren’t exclusive to high-end processors ACCES I/O Products announces the immediate release of a new family of PCIe/104 carrier modules—the 104e-mPCIe Family. These convenient adapter boards allow users to install PCI Express Mini Cards (mPCIe) into new and existing PCIe/104 embedded systems. This allows for a lower cost and extremely flexible alternative to existing PCIe/104 I/O boards. Design engineers can utilize ACCES’ full industrial/military line of mPCIe products. These include isolated DAQ, serial, analog, digital I/O (TTL, LVTTL, relay, FET), USB, Ethernet, and quadrature cards. Up to four different mPCIe cards can now be installed on one PCIe/104 board without compromising size or ruggedness.The 104e-mPCIe boards are Type 1 or Type 2 PCIe/104 carrier boards designed to support up to four PCI Express mini cards, in either half or full lengths. The Advanced model converts one PCIe x1 lane from the PCIe/104 stack into four mPCIe sockets, while the standard version converts four PCIe x1 lanes from the stack into four mPCIe sockets. In addition, the board supports up to two mSATA devices (via dip-switch selection—Type 2 only), and all four sockets support USB, SMBus, and wireless mPCIe devices—including per socket micro-SIM, for cellular (WAN) use.Available accessories include a wide variety of PCI Express Mini Cards and various mounting hardware. Customization options include conformal coating, custom configurations (MCOTS), software, product labeling, and more.No driver installation is required for the 104e-mPCIe product. Applicable software is determined by mPCIe cards being used. Every ACCES mPCIe card comes with complete Windows and Linux software packages including drivers, samples (in C#, VC, and Delphi) and utility programs. In addition to the sample programs our API works with virtually every Windows program, from spreadsheets to LabVIEW and MATLAB, and everything includes full source code and register-level documentation to ensure compatibility with even new or unusual application environments. Embedded OS support includes DOS, XPe, WES7, WES8, IoT, VxWorks, and more.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules
Croatia beat Nigeria 2-0 on Saturday with an own goal from Oghenekaro Etebo and a penalty from Luka Modric to go top of World Cup Group D, one of the toughest and most unpredictable in the tournament.Modric’s coolly taken 71st minute spot kick gave the scoreline a clear-cut feel, but the fact that Croatia failed to score on their own from open play was testament to some wayward shooting.While dominating for long periods, they struggled to penetrate the Nigerian defence and failed repeatedly to find the target with speculative shots from well outside the penalty area.The first goal came just after the half-hour mark when a Croatian corner from the right was headed across the box and on to striker Mario Mandzukic, whose diving header found its way into the net off Etebo’s foot.Croatia again had their opponents to thank for their second goal, after William Troost-Ekong held Mario Mandzukic back in the penalty area by wrapping both arms around him from behind in a tight embrace that would have done credit to an amorous Cossack.Modric strode up to stroke the ball low into the left-hand corner, giving Ezenwa no chance.Croatia, who were barely extended by their African opponents, now top Group D after Argentina and Iceland drew 1-1 in Moscow earlier on Saturday. POULSEN REDEEMS HIMSELFYussuf Poulsen redeemed himself by scoring the solitary goal against Peru after giving away a first-half penalty as Denmark picked up a crucial victory in Group C to begin their World Cup campaign at the Mordovia Arena on Saturday.advertisementChristian Cueva ballooned the penalty, awarded after VAR consultation, over the bar just before halftime, the most glaring of several misses for the Latin American side, who were back in the World Cup finals after a gap of 36 years.Tottenham Hotspur playmaker Christian Eriksen had an otherwise quiet outing but provided the decisive moment when he threaded an immaculate pass through the defence for Poulsen to beat advancing Peru goalkeeper Pedro Gallese in the 59th minute.With France firm favourites to top the group and already picking up their first points with a 2-1 win over Australia earlier on Saturday, both Peru and Denmark were desperate for victory to boost their chances of advancing to the playoffs.Both teams arrived in Saransk with an identical 15-match unbeaten streak and it appeared to be a matter of time before a bright-looking Peru, egged on by massive support at the stadium, would score.Denmark started by playing long balls directed at their wingers to take advantage of their superior height factor but mostly ended up playing catch up to Peru’s slick short passing game for the opening half-hour.Erisken was largely ineffective during this period but started having an impact on the game once the Danes began playing more passes.Peru, who left out all-time top-scorer Paolo Guerrero from their starting line-up, were awarded a penalty after consultation with the video assistant referee for Poulsen’s foul.Yet Cueva struck an awful penalty, leaving the red-and-white clad Peru fans distraught.Guerrero came on after the hour mark and almost scored an equaliser but his header flew straight into the hands of goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.The marksman also came close when his audacious backheel trickled past a helpless Schmeichel and the post as Peru continued to be denied an equaliser.(With inputs from Reuters)
Dynastic hierachy closing the doors of opportunity for commonman(Eds; rpting after adding words in headline)Bengaluru, June 18 (PTI) Gandhi scion and BJP MP VarunGandhi today lamented that dynastic hierarchy in variousimportant areas, including politics, was closing the doors ofopportunity for the common man.”How do we open the doors to more people in politics?Everybody knows that politics has dynastic approaches. Thereare certain families in every state, district, and countrythat are prominent. It is unfortunate but true,” he said.Gandhi was addressing an event on ‘The road to India’sFuture: Opportunities and Challenges,’ organised by Federationof Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industries here.He lamented that no important sector was devoid of thisphenomenon.Gandhi said if one today looked at the film industry,sports fraternity, politics and industry, almost all doorswere closed to the common man.”And if you are a talented young person growing up in asmall town and you have immense talent and courage, abilitywhat will you do? Sometimes it is just wasted away. It saddensme, said Gandhi who hails from the Nehru family.He however, admitted that he would not have grownpolitically if he had not come from a political dynasty.Speaking about the poor innovation in India, Gandhi saidthere was a lack of funding. While China spends three per centof its GDP on research and development, Indias share is ameagre 0.6% of its GDP.Another reason for faltering in innovation was that 93per cent of start-ups failed in India mainly because investorsdo not give sufficient time to let the venture grow.advertisementGandhi said the education system needs a reform where Phdresearch should be linked to industry and innovation.He also underlined the need to make education accessibleto all.Gandhi also spoke about environmental hazards, citing theexamples of landfill sites at Dera and Bandhwari village ofFaridabad and Gurgaon, the two satellite towns of Delhi.The shutdown of the waste treatment plants in these townshad resulted in most people getting cancer, he said. PTI GMSAPRAPRAPRAPRAPRAPR
England’s rampant one-day side powered to a fourth straight win over Australia, following up their world record rampage at Trent Bridge with a commanding six-wicket victory at Chester-le-Street on Thursday led by centurion Jason Roy.Roy cracked his second century of the series, a brilliant 101 off 83 balls, to pave the way for England to make easy meat of Australia’s 310-8, which had also featured hundreds for Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh.After piling up a world record total of 481 from a 50-over international at Trent Bridge on Tuesday and inflicting Australia’s heaviest-ever defeat, England again outplayed the visitors, pulling off their second-highest ever ODI run chase.It gave England’s hugely talented, big-hitting side a 4-0 lead in the series with the chance of an unprecedented whitewash in Sunday’s fifth and final match at Old Trafford.WE WIN BY SIX WICKETS!!4- 0 up in the series.Scorecard/Clips: https://t.co/rOacPD2A66#ENGvAUS pic.twitter.com/BuSOmHYtH1England Cricket (@englandcricket) June 21, 2018After the Trent Bridge humiliation, Australia seemed determined to rebound strongly and when their captain Tim Paine won the toss and opted to bat, opener Finch’s 100 off 106 balls and a 92-ball 101 from Marsh promised much.Yet though Travis Head’s blistering 63 in a century opening partnership with Finch and Marsh’s fine knock, which saw him take 24 in one over off Adil Rashid, promised much, the Aussies’ top three had poor support with David Willey belatedly claiming four wickets in his last two overs.Roy, who had scored 120 at Cardiff at the weekend and 82 in the Nottingham run bonanza, was again in dazzling form along with the equally on-song Jonny Bairstow as they laid the foundations for the win with a 174-run opening partnership.advertisementBairstow, a centurion at Trent Bridge, smashed 79 off 66 balls while Roy plundered two sixes and 12 fours in his century, before Jos Buttler, with a 28-ball half-century, and Alex Hales proved thunderous finishers, ensuring the total was knocked off with 32 balls to spare.Only the 350-3 they made against New Zealand in Nottingham in 2015 surpassed their race to 314-4 off 44.4 overs but England’s delighted captain Eoin Morgan is evidently not yet satisfied.Asked if he thought the 5-0 whitewash was on, he said at the post-match presentation ceremony: “There might be an opportunity in the next game. We like playing at Old Trafford — the challenge is to finish it off.”
Australia defeated India in the final of the 37th and last edition of the Champions Trophy Hockey 2018 in Breda, Netherlands on Sunday.Australia were the superior side in the penalty shootout after the match ended 1-1 in regulation time.History repeated itself as the outcome of the 2018 edition mirrored the penalty shootout result of 2016. Australia converted three of their penalties as Manpreet Singh was the only Indian to convert his penalty for India. Aran Zalanewski, Daniel Blale and Jeremy Edwards all converted their penalties for Australia.The final on Sunday was the repeat of the 2016 edition when Australia got the better of India via a controversial penalty shootout.MATCH HIGHLIGHTSAustralia bagged their 15th (the highest ever) Champions Trophy title – having won the title in 1983, 1984, 1985, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1999, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2016.India finished runners-up for the second time in their history.Meet the @Rabobank #HCT2018 winners!!! @kookaburras @HockeyAustralia pic.twitter.com/BXLvMEDv9uFIH (@FIH_Hockey) July 1, 2018FT| India take their Final clash against the @Kookaburras right down to the wire as a shootout was necessary to decide the winner of the Rabobank Men’s Hockey Champions Trophy Breda 2018 on 1st July 2018.#IndiaKaGame #INDvAUS #HCT2018 pic.twitter.com/MneqREPdH9Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) July 1, 2018Australia got the lead in the second quarter thanks to a converted penalty corner by Govers Blake in the 24th minute. India keeper PR Sreejesh managed to get a hand to the shot but the ball trickled past him into the net.India had the golden opportunity to take the lead in the 13th minute when a good pass from Dilpreet Singh was missed by the Australian player in front of the goal, but SV Sunil couldn’t make the right connection as the pass struck his foot.India managed to get back into the game at the start of the third quarter through Vivek Prasad in the 42nd minute. The Australian defence finally bowed to the perseverance of the Indian attacks, with Vivek blasting the ball in to net.advertisementThroughout the history of FIH Champions Trophy, India and Australia have played against each other 16 times. India have only two wins to show from those meetings while Australia have won 12 of those times and two times, the match has ended in a high-scoring draw.India got off to the perfect start to the tournament as they beat arch-rivals Pakistan 4-0 and Argentina 2-1, but lost to Australia 2-3 in third match. Two 1-1 draws against Belgium and Netherlands followed as India qualified behind Australia in second.Australia drew their first match 3-3 with Belgium, and then beat Pakistan 2-1 and India 3-2 in their second and third match respectively. They defeated Netherlands 3-1 next, only to lose to Argentina 2-3.