Cricket facilities in the United States surprise Anil Kumble

first_imgAnil Kumble, had a great start to his coaching assignment and now faces a new challenge when India takes on West Indies in two T20Is on August 27 and 28 in Florida. The challenge for Kumble and the team will be in switching to the T20 mode.However, with MS Dhoni having flown in to lead the side, the Indian head coach is looking forward to work with his former team-mate.”This is the first time I will be working with Dhoni. We have played together over a long period of time and we had a chat as well. I’m really looking forward to working with him, and the new set of boys who have joined the team. It is nice to be a part of the Indian dressing room again,” Kumble told reporters at the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground. (MS Dhoni to feature in just seven more games in 2016)Kumble was also surprised to see the facilities at the ground and said this series will definitely kick-start cricket in the United States of America. “Well, certainly didn’t expect the facilities to be as good as what it is here. I had heard about Florida and this ground, but I’m very impressed with the facilities that we have seen today. It is the first time I am seeing this ground and the wickets are good, ideal probably for a T20. The practice facilities, too, are good and the outfield is fantastic. All in all, really impressed with the way facilities are here.advertisement”At least a start has been made. India is looking forward to next couple of days over the weekend. I’m sure the ground will be packed. From an Indian perspective, we are looking forward to these T20 games against the West Indies,” the former legspinner said.T20 SWITCHThe Indian coach also admitted that it won’t be easy to switch from Test to T20 but was confident that the players will adapt quickly and give tough challenge to reigning World T20 champions, West Indies.”It is a mindset change and not easy to switch your focus from playing a Test series and coming into a T20 mode. Both bowlers and batsmen need to make adjustments. It is not easy, but all of us are professionals and they have played enough T20 cricket to adjust. It is more in the mind,” Kumble stated.India go into the series placed second in T20I rankings, four points apart from table-toppers New Zealand. But Kumble said, India won’t be thinking much about the rankings and rather focus on winning both the matches. (Whitewash of West Indies won’t be enough for India to get top T20I rank) “The rankings are on everyone’s mind and we keep hearing about it where you’re in terms of standings. But the critical point is you have to play some good cricket. Yes, the Test series victory was very good. Even if you look at India’s T20 record over the past six months, it has been pretty impressive, and that is something we would like to take forward in these games as well,” Kumble said.Prior to the T20Is, India had defeated West Indies 2-0 in the four-match Test series under the leadership of Virat Kohli.last_img read more

Meet 22-year-old Ankur Dhama, India’s first blind athlete to participate at Rio Paralympics

first_imgDefying all odds in his life, Ankur Dhama is the country’s first blind athlete in 30 years to participate at Paralympics this year in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. At the age of six, Ankur became completely blind when he was in Baghpat in Uttar Pradesh.This 22-year-old, an MA student at Delhi University, will take part at middle-distance running at the Paralympics with his partner Vipin Kumar, a student of Nagpur University. What the boy has to say?The boy has a personal best record of 4:17 minutes that he recorded at Sonepat last July.  “If it’s a very slow race, I don’t mind leading. But if it’s only slightly slow, I’ll pick up pace in the last 200 metres,” said Dhama.His partner speaks:His partner Vipin Kumar who hails from a farming family said, “To be a guide, I have to be 10 seconds faster than the runner. I compete independently and with him.”‘It has taken 30 years to get here’Vice-chairman of Indian Blind Sports Association KC Pande said, “It has taken 30 years to get here. We began organising sports meet when sport for the blind meant three-legged and potato-races.”His achievements:The boy took part at the Asian Para Games in 2014 and won two bronzes and a silver. He also qualified for the Paralympics at the Asia-Oceania championships in March this year in Dubai, as per TOI report . Read: Despite IITs, NITs, there is a big deficiency in education quality, says President Read: Need for qualitative improvement in education, says HP Governor advertisementClick here for more education related news.For more details, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at education.intoday@gmail.com.last_img read more

Special manifesto to tackle problems faced by northeast students: NSUI promises more hostels

first_imgIn order to address the various issues faced by students belonging to the northeast states, National Students Union of India (NSUI) has released a sub-manifesto so as to look after the same. The Rajya Sabha member Oscar Fernandes and former Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) President and current NSUI President Amrita Dhawan released the special manifesto.Promises made in the manifestoThe student’s wing of the Congress promised to build four hostels for students from the region, a cultural centre, and an alumni bodyIt also promised to ensure that Hindi language is not made a compulsory subject for northeastern students, among other thingsOther issues which the NSUI plans to tackle:Construction of more hostelsPhysical and academic infrastructure for differently-abled studentsIncentives for sports and extra-curricular activitiesFree health insurance Ensuring student representation in the governing body of collegesA statement issued by NSUI said, “Each year, over 30,000 students migrate from northeast India to Delhi, besides the nearly 2,00,000 northeast Indians already residing here. In order to bridge the existing gap, NSUI has come out with a special Manifesto for the North-Eastern students after widespread consultations with students of the University.”(Read: HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar to announce better opportunities for differently-abled students) Over 200 members of the Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), student wing of BJP broke away from it and joined NSUI just a day before the DUSU elections which are scheduled to be held on September 9.NSUI alleged that it was due to an internal rift in the former party that they took this step.advertisementYash Shokeen, a member of ABVP since 2012, on Thursday joined NSUI in the presence of Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee President Shri Ajay Maken, bringing a hefty supporter base along with him.He said in a statement, “ABVP and BJP have now become a party of the rich. The notion of power has gone into their heads. It has become a game of money and nothing else matters to them. I couldn’t bring myself to stay in an environment where no respect is given to the cadres of the party and, therefore, decided to join NSUI.”Read: Kids from Mumbai bag trophy at national Abacus competition For information on more latest news and updates, click here.last_img read more

Comeback-man Bhuvneshwar Kumar repays Virat Kohli’s faith again with five-wicket haul

first_imgBhuvneshwar Kumar picked up another five-wicket haul as India pressed home advantage on the second day of the second Test against New Zealand at the Eden Gardens on Saturday.Bhuvneshwar bowled with precision as he ran through New Zealand batting line-up to grab his first five-wicket haul in India, making his dream come true. His previous three five-wicket hauls have come in England (Nottingham and Lord’s) and West Indies (Gros Islet).”It was one of my dreams to take five wickets in India. When I saw that the wicket would help me, I told myself I want to take five wickets,” Bhuvneshwar said.Second day’s play was hampered by rain just before tea and almost two hours of play was lost due to bad weather in Kolkata. However, India returned to bag three more wickets for 43 runs as New Zealand reached 128/7 at stumps, still trailing India (316) by 188 runs.It was also Bhuvneshwar’s second five-wicket haul in three Tests. His previous one came against the West Indies at Gros Islet in August when he made a Test comeback after a gap of almost 19 months. (Five-star Bhuvneshwar dismantles New Zealand on Day 2)The 26-year-old pacer said he wanted to make use of the “rare” Indian wicket.”In India you rarely get this kind of wicket, so I wanted to make full use of it,” Bhuvneshwar added.Bhuvneshwar, who was dropped for the first Test in Kanpur despite a good show in the Caribbean where India won 2-0, said he wanted to make the best use of the opportunity.advertisement”I really wanted to make use of the opportunity and I’m very happy with how I bowled. Ross Taylor was my best wicket out of the five today,” he said.Last five instances when Indian seamers have taken five wickets at home:  Bhuvneshwar Kumar 5/33 vs New Zealand Kolkata 2016-17 Mohammed Shami 5/47 vs West Indies Kolkata 2013-14 Zaheer Khan 5/94 vs Australia Mohali 2010-11 Zaheer Khan 5/72 vs Sri Lanka Mumbai BS 2009-10 S Sreesanth 5/75 vs Sri Lanka Kanpur 2009-10India’s most successful seam bowlers in Test cricket since Bhuvneshwar made his Test debut: BOWLER MATCHES WICKETS AVERAGE STRIKE RATE 5I 10M Bhuvneshwar Kumar 15 40 27.67 55.57 4 0 Mohammed Shami 18 61 34.13 56.01 2 0 Ishant Sharma 25 72 34.27 64.67 4 0 Umesh Yadav 11 27 39.85 65.67 0 0 Zaheer Khan 4 16 43.87 73.31 1 0 Varun Aaron 8 15 54.53 66.47 0 0 Stuart Binny 6 3 86.00 150.00 0 0 Pankaj Singh 2 2 146.00 225.00 0 0last_img read more

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first_imgKenyas Olympic champion Kipchoge wins Delhi Half Marathon New Delhi, Nov 20 (PTI) Reigning Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya expectedly won the mens race of Delhi Half Marathon in a fast time but below the course record while Ethiopias Worknesh Degefa clinched the womens title as thousands of people thronged the roads of the capital city on a Sunday morning here today. Kipchoge, considered one of the greatest marathoners of all time, clocked 59 minute and 44 seconds to cover the 21.097km distance and win the race at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium ahead of Ethiopias Yigrem Demelash, who clocked his personal best of 59:48, in a close finish. Another Kenyan Augustine Choge was third in 60:01. Kipchoge, running here in his first competitive race after winning Rio Olympics marathon gold in August, was clearly the pre-event favourite in mens elite race but many had thought he would lower the course record of 59:06 set by Guye Adola of Ethiopia in 2014. But, neither he lowered the course record nor could do better his personal best of 59.25 in a course considered one of the fastest in the world. In the womens elite race, Degefa clocked one hour, seven minutes and 42 seconds to clinch the title ahead of fellow Ethiopian Ababel Yeshaneh (1:07:52) and Helah Kiprop (1:08:11) of Kenya. Reigning half marathon world champion Peres Jepchirchir of Kenya was fifth with a timing of 1:08:28. The womens course record was 1:06:54, set by Mary Keitany of Kenya in 2009. Both the mens and womens elite winners pocketed USD 27,000 for their victories. Among Indian men, G Lakshmanan, who has won the 2013 edition of Delhi Half Marathon and also TCS World 10K 2016, emerged the winner with a timing of one hour, 04 minutes and 34 seconds while Mohd. Yunus (1:04:38) and Man Singh (1:04:40) were second and third respectively. Monika Athare finished first among Indian women with her personal best time of one hour, 15 minutes and 34 seconds while Sanjeevani Jadhav (1:15:35) was second and pre-race favourite Swati Gadhave (1:17:43) was third. The 32-year-old Kipchoge, a living legend in Kenya, said he was happy to be in India for the second time. He had won a silver in 5000m race in the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games. “I am happy to come to India and I came here in the capacity of an old runner (six years after 2010). The conditions were good,” he told reporters after the race. “I have no issue with my time though I could not break the course record. I have come here to inspire the people of India to take up (long distance) running,” he added. Sports Minister Vijay Goel and Athletics Federation of India President and IAAF Council member Adille Sumariwalla flagged off the races. Former 100m world record holder Asafa Powell, who was brought to India by PUMA, graced the event and cheered the runners. PTI PDS/APA ATK ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

Nothing ‘special’ about current Pakistan pace attack, says Mohammad Asif

first_imgPakistan fast bowler Mohammad Asif, who was convicted in the 2010 spot-fixing scandal, believes there is nothing “special” about the pace attack of the current national team. (Latest Cricket stories)”We talk about talent..but this is all the talent that we have. I don’t think there is anything special about our pacers. It is an average sort of attack,” Asif was quoted as saying by the Dawn.”To develop something special, you must work hard. And of course some have abilities which are God-gifted. I’ve played a full season now but I didn’t see anything special be it Rahat [Ali] or Imran Khan or Sohail Khan,” he added.The right-arm pacer also expressed disappointment at the slow pitches being prepared in Dubai and Abu Dhabi for Pakistan Tests, saying they have “deteriorated the standard” of their cricket.”We get wickets in the UAE that favour our spinners. Yes we have won matches there and that has improved our rankings, but the truth is that playing constantly on the UAE pitches have deteriorated the standard of our cricket,” he said.The 33-year-old is off the view that Pakistan should shift ‘home’ venue to South Africa or Sri Lanka where the pitches are better and conditions more competitive.”Even Sri Lanka has better pitches compared to UAE,” he remarked.Expressing his views on the recent 0-2 whitewash in the Test series against New Zealand, Asif lamented the way Pakistan batting was exposed on the tour saying, “A little more bounce and swing made batting a different ball game for our players there,” he said. “These things must be noted by the experts and the coaches as well as the PCB.”advertisement”We could face a similar situation in Australia as well though pitches there will be relatively better,” he said.The right-arm medium pacer also called for grooming youngsters at the academies, including National Cricket Academy (NCA) for better results.”You see New Zealand has come up with a fine team in a population of three million. We are 200 million but our batting survives in Dubai alone where there is low bounce which can easily be negotiated,” he said.Asif has represented his country in 23 Tests, 38 ODIs and 11 T20s. He made his Test debut against Australia and ODI debut against England in 2005.last_img read more

Klopp in the dark over Karius

first_imgJurgen Klopp says he does not know anything about media speculation linking Loris Karius with a move away from Liverpool.Reports emerged on Monday that the German goalkeeper was close to signing a two-year loan deal with Turkish side Besiktas.Karius was not part of Liverpool’s squad as the Reds won 2-0 at Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Monday, though he did attend the game. 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! The 25-year-old became first choice at the club last season, deposing Belgium international Simon Mignolet at the top of the order, but was replaced by Brazil international Alisson, who joined for a world-record fee from Roma, after making two crucial errors against Real Madrid in the Champions League final.However, in a news conference after his side’s hard-fought victory at Selhurst Park, Klopp denied Karius is set for a departure from Merseyside and is on his way out of Anfield.”Nothing to say,” Klopp told reporters. “Nobody told me anything on a transfer.”Simon Mignolet was on the bench for Liverpool at Palace, while the club allowed Danny Ward to join Leicester City during the transfer window.Talks are said to be at an advanced stage for Karius to make an exit to Besiktas and the Reds will recoup £2.25m ($2.9m) over the deal period, with a further £7.25m ($9.3m) due if he hits certain performance criteria during his spell in Turkey.Should these targets be hit, Karius’ move will automatically become permanent. It is understood these are primarily based around appearances and relies on his club reaching European football.The German would sign a one-year extension with Liverpool should he return to Anfield however, while he will have the option of another season after that, potentially taking him through to 2022.Karius has made 49 appearances in all competitions for Liverpool up to now, including 19 in the Premier League last season.Besiktas’ goalkeeper hunt began when they lost Fabri to Fulham, who had previously themselves been linked with Mignolet, only for the Belgian to reject a potential move outright.Having preserved their perfect start to the new campaign, Liverpool next face Brighton at home on August 25. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

One year on, next USMNT coach still a mystery

first_imgWe stand just two weeks away from the anniversary of the U.S. national team’s failure to qualify for the World Cup and not only has a new head coach not been chosen to lead the rebuilding program, there still hasn’t been anybody interviewed.Three weeks have gone by since USMNT general manager Earnie Stewart gave media his first detailed breakdown of the search for a new head coach.At that time Stewart revealed that he had yet to interview any candidates and even admitted that the interview process could boil down to just one candidate if his top choice wound up taking the job. 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! Contrary to the report by Al Dia and the Dallas Morning News on Monday — which claimed FC Dallas coach Oscar Pareja had been interviewed for the job — sources have confirmed to Goal that no candidates have been interviewed yet.On Tuesday, Pareja denied having been interviewed by U.S. Soccer.”Yes, I’ve heard a lot of news about the topic. I just want to make clear that I have not been interviewed or anything,” Pareja told reporters on Tuesday. “That’s not something I would like to dig up because of respect for the federation and their process and also for respect for the club we have here.”We have big responsibilities. First winning in Vancouver and now going to Portland and preparing this game that could confirm us in the playoffs. Our mind is here with our group and trying to accomplish that goal.”Though Pareja stopped short of admitting he had spoken to anyone from U.S. Soccer about the USMNT coaching position, a source told Goal that there has been preliminary contact with Pareja, but no interview has taken place.Oscar Pareja FC Dallas MLSOn Sunday, another coach believed to be a candidate for the USMNT position – Sporting Kansas City boss Peter Vermes – told Goal that he has had no contact with Stewart or anyone else at U.S. Soccer about the head coach position.Vermes did confirm that he had discussions with U.S. Soccer officials about the USMNT general manager position, eventually filled by Stewart, as well as the head coach position during the spring.Asked whether he would be interested in the head coaching position, Vermes stated that his focus was on Sporting Kansas City, but did offer some insight into his thoughts on the position.”It’s tough to say you’re interested in a job when you don’t really know what the job is,” Vermes told Goal.Peter Vermes Sporting Kansas CityThe USMNT head coaching role will be very different to the one Jurgen Klinsmann held from 2011 to 2016. That period of time saw Klinsmann enjoy widespread control of the program, not only guiding the senior team, but having his say over the youth ranks as well.U.S. Soccer’s experience with Klinsmann in full control eventually helped lead to the creation of the general manager position, which Stewart took over on August 1, and Stewart has been working to craft the duties of the new head coaching position while he creates a profile for the ideal candidate to fill the role he’s creating.There is a widespread belief in American soccer circles that Columbus Crew head coach Gregg Berhalter is the favorite for the position, though one source told Goal on Tuesday that U.S. Soccer had yet to contact Berhalter or the Crew about the USMNT head coaching position.Stewart rejected the notion that Berhalter being hired was a foregone conclusion, but the lack of contact with candidates such as Vermes and Pareja at this point in the process has only served to fuel speculation that Stewart is setting his sights on Berhalter.How have we come to wait this long for U.S. Soccer to settle on a new coach?The saga began last winter with the U.S. Soccer presidential election. The coaching search was put on hold until after the election, which Carlos Cordeiro won. Rather than dive into hiring a general manager and head coach beginning in March, Cordeiro jumped right into U.S. Soccer’s push to secure the hosting rights for the 2026 World Cup, which the United States did win in a joint bid with Mexico and Canada. Stewart was hired as general manager in June, a week before the 2026 World Cup hosting rights were won, but Stewart was unable to start his new role until August 1 while he satisfied his commitments to his previous employer, the Philadelphia Union.Though 10 months had passed from the U.S. World Cup qualifying failure and Stewart starting his general manager role, Stewart essentially started his process of creating a profile for the ideal USMNT head coach from scratch, which has led us to wait another two to four months.The drawn-out process to name a full-time coach has left USMNT fans, as well as some players, exasperated at a program that has been stuck in limbo for the better part of a year. Dave Sarachan, who was Bruce Arena’s assistant when the team failed to qualify for the World Cup, has filled the caretaker coach role and is expected to maintain that position for the remaining four USMNT matches of the year, October’s friendlies against Colombia and Peru, and the November friendlies against England and Italy. Stewart’s description of the timetable for hiring the next USMNT coach — before the end of the year, and as early as November — falls in line with the hiring of an MLS coach. With Pareja, Vermes and Berhalter all expected to be taking part in the playoffs with their respective teams, Stewart could wind up having to wait until after the MLS Cup final in December to interview and hire the next USMNT head coach.If that happens, it will take the overall coaching search process well past a calendar year, a time frame that is hard to defend, and a time period nobody could have imagined when the USMNT failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup almost a full year ago.last_img read more

Celtic vs Aberdeen: TV, stream & preview

first_imgCeltic are flirting with crisis ahead of a tricky home encounter against Aberdeen on Saturday.Although they moved through to the League Cup semi-finals by beating St Johnstone in midweek, they are in the unfamiliar position of sixth in the Scottish Premiership standings, six points off the pace of leaders Hearts.While they remain favourites to win the title, they have given themselves a great deal of work to do and failure to beat the Dons would only increase the pressure on Brendan Rodgers and his Bhoys. 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! Game Celtic vs Aberdeen Date Saturday, September 29 Time 3pm BST / 10am ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US) the game will not be available to watch live on television; however, it will be available to stream to subscribers of Celtic TV. US TV channel Online stream N/A  Celtic TV In the United Kingdom (UK), the will not be available to watch on television or live streamed. UK TV channel Online stream N/A  N/A  Squads & Team News Position Celtic squad Goalkeepers Gordon, Bain, Hazard Defenders Hendry, Simunovic, Gamboa, Boyata, Benkovic, Lustig, Ajer, Ralston, Tierney, Izaguirre Midfielders Brown, Sinclair, Hayes, Morgan, Christie, Rogic, Ntcham, Mulumbu, McGregor, Forrest, Eboue, Arzani Forwards Griffiths, Edouard, Johnston Nir Bitton and Jozo Simunovic are both missing for Celtic, while Kristoffer Ajer’s absence, expected to be between four and six weeks, increases the headaches for Rodgers in the heart of the defence. Filip Benkovic is also doubtful.Leigh Griffiths should lead the line.Possible Celtic XI: Gordon; Lustig, Boyata, Hendry, Tierney; Brown, Ntcham; Forrest, Rogic, Edouard; Griffiths Position Aberdeen squad Goalkeepers Lewis, Cerny Defenders McKenna, Hoban, Reynolds, Devlin, Ball, Shinnie, Considine, Lowe, Logan Midfielders Gleeson, Tansey, Ferguson, Makay-Steven, Forrester Forwards McGinn, Wilson, May, Wright, Cosgrove, Anderson Aberdeen have a number of selection problems, too. Mark Reynolds and Tommie Hoban are both missing in the defence, while the midfield will be bereft of Greg Tansey and Scott Wright. Promising youngster Lewis Ferguson is a further worry.On-loan Manchester United forward James Wilson should feature.Possible Aberdeen XI: Lewis; Logan, Devlin, McKenna, Considine; Mackay-Steven, Forrester, Shinnie, McGinn; May, WilsonBetting & Match Odds Despite their indifferent form, Celtic are 2/5 favourites at bet 365. Aberdeen can be backed at 7/1, while the draw is 7/2.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Leigh Griffiths CelticTo say it has been an indifferent start to the season for Celtic would be a huge understatement. Brendan Rodgers’ side started the season as red-hot favourites to win another title but are instead mired in the middle of the table after six games, with newly promoted Livingston among the teams ahead of them.Last weekend, they suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Kilmarnock, conceding a goal in the final minute having previously led the encounter at half-timeWhile they made partial amends in midweek by progressing to the League Cup semi-final, their 1-0 victory over St Johnstone was hardly the type of performance to get pulses racing. Their immediate target, though, has to be stabilising their position in the league. Aberdeen are another side who have failed to live up to expectations this season, with Derek McInnes’ side actually one place below the Parkhead side ahead of the weekend. Their lack of goals has been their biggest issue, with only five scored. Nevertheless, they can travel to Glasgow’s east end with more expectation than usual as they aim to replicate the 1-0 victory they enjoyed at Celtic Park in May, when Andrew Considine’s goal gave them the victory.last_img read more

‘Special back four make Liverpool title contenders’

first_imgLiverpool now boast the “special back four” required to have them challenging for major honours over the next five years, says Danny Murphy.The Reds have seen defensive issues hold them back over recent years, with there a feeling that too many leaks had been sprung to compete for the biggest prizes at home and abroad.Jurgen Klopp has set about plugging those holes, with big money invested in the likes of commanding centre-half Virgil van Dijk and Brazil international goalkeeper Alisson. 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! Murphy believes those deals are now being rewarded, with Liverpool boasting a last line of defence that they can rely on and a settled unit of proven performers who have helped to build an unbeaten start to the club’s 2018-19 Premier League campaign.“They look very comfortable defending now. That back five is now looking like a really balanced unit,” former Reds star Murphy told talkSPORT after seeing Klopp’s side play out a 1-1 draw at Arsenal.“With their age and with a really good keeper, for the next five years this could be the reason why Liverpool compete on all fronts competitively.“The back four have coped with an Arsenal side full of confidence, pace, energy, momentum, [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang, [Alexandre] Lacazette.“This looks a special back four.“Trent Alexander-Arnold, he’s young, he’s learning. Against the best players he sometimes has a problem. But his passing, his crossing and his calmness going forwards is brilliant.“Gomez for me, I saw at full-back and I wasn’t convinced but he’s physically perfect.“Van Dijk has got to be one of the best in the world, he’s absolutely awesome in every part of his game.“And Robertson, he can play going forward, energy, tenacity but he can defend as well and he wants to defend.”A more assured back line has helped Liverpool to seven clean sheets across all competitions this season, with Cardiff the only side to have breached them at Anfield in a Premier League fixture – and that effort came in a convincing 4-1 victory for Klopp’s side. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Bayern Munich keeper Manuel Neuer breaks foot, out for up to eight weeks

first_imgBayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer will miss up to eight weeks of football after fracturing his left foot during the 4-2 loss at Real Madrid in Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final second leg.”Neuer will miss eight weeks,” Bayern’s CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told German publication Sport Bild, which reported that Neuer was seen leaving the stadium on crutches.The 31-year-old was injured in extra time during the buildup to Cristiano Ronaldo’s third goal as Bayern lost 6-3 on aggregate.”Manuel Neuer suffered a fracture to his left foot in the 4-2 defeat away to Real Madrid according to an initial diagnosis,” the club said on their website (fcbayern.com).”Neuer will undergo a thorough examination on arrival in Munich prior to a decision on the appropriate treatment.”Bayern have a maximum of seven matches remaining this season provided they beat rivals Borussia Dortmund in the German Cup semi-final.last_img read more

FIFA U-17 World Cup: The mystery of the missing thousands

first_imgIndia is hosting its very first FIFA tournament, the FIFA Under-17 World Cup, and unless you have been living under a rock, you would probably know that.India played their first game of a FIFA tournament amidst much excitement and fanfare on the opening day of the competition, on October 6. Some 46,351 odd crowd also saw India lose their opening match against a very professional USA team.Yet, for such huge a number of people thronging to the stadium, why are there empty pockets in stadium? Is the Indian public even bothered to go the stadium to see their country play a game football? Cricket has no such problems.There have even been complaints that people in the capital are just not interested in ‘the beautiful game’, even suggesting that FIFA would have better off scheduling India’s game in the ‘City of Joy’. India’s matches have been moved once before from Mumbai to New Delhi. This was done after a special request by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) on the directive from the Sports Ministry.”Attendance, especially in the venue where the home team plays its matches, is one of the priorities of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017,” FIFA’s Head of Tournaments Jaime Yarza had said in a statement after the rescheduling.’Attendance’ being the operative word there, for there were empty patches in the stadiums not only in the matches featuring other team, which was understandable, but for India’s games as well.There were early signs that the stadium would not look ‘full’ for India’s opening game on October 6, given the snail pace at which the tickets were selling.advertisementWhen All India Football Federation President was questioned about the volume of complementary tickets/passes handed out to VIPs/stakeholders of the tournament, he had ridiculed the idea.”It’s a FIFA tournament and we cannot give out random tickets,” Patel had told reporters in a press conference in New Delhi on September 26.But for India’s show of strength, students from around Delhi had to be brought in for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit.”We have given away 27,000 tickets to schools around the Delhi region and will also provide pick and drop facility. It will be embarrassing for us if the stadium looks empty,” an organising committee member had confessed on conditions of anonymity.There was mismanagement, such that 46,351 people didn’t have adequate water to drink, as the children had to suffer as they were not allowed to bring their own bottles to the stadium, as is the case in high profile tournaments. Sources in the Local Organising Committee said to India Today that the food and water supplies were halted at the gate for four hours due to VIP movement.Even in Kolkata, England’s game against Chile saw empty seats after the tickets for the match had been sold out long back. Even though 46,154 had turned up to see Chile take on England on Sunday. So was the case in Kochi for the group stage marquee clash between Spain and Brazil. There were only 21,362 fans in Kochi, some 8,000 less than the official capacity. In Goa, 12,329 fans were present for the Germany-Costa Rica and Iran-Guinea games, with 16,000 being the official capacity of the stadium.According to the Local Organising Committee (LOC), India’s match against Colombia was sold out. Yet the 56,000-capacity Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi had empty seats in pockets around the ground and the official attendance came out to be 48, 354. But, how is that possible.  A day before the match, the LOC had issued a statement saying that the ’empty seats’ might be due the fact that tickets which had to distributed due to “contractual obligations”.”All the tickets that have been put up for sale, are the maximum number of tickets that can be sold at each venue discounting below mentioned commitments. When a venue appears sold out, it reflects the position of tickets that have been put out for sale.Discounting the contractual obligations with the Hosting Association, all the participating teams, all the 13 commercial partners of the Tournament, the host broadcaster, the signatories of host city, stadium and training site agreements and other stakeholders with which there are contracts with regards to the Tournament, to provide tickets.”last_img read more

Rohit Sharma wants India to replicate Australia performance against New Zealand

first_imgIndia vice-captain Rohit Sharma has urged India to “start from where they left” in the three-match one day international series against New Zealand starting October 22.India outclassed Australia 4-1 in a five-match series earlier this month and Rohit is hopeful of maintaining their winning streak against the Kane Williamson-led side as well.”It will depend on how we start and what we want to do as a team. We would like to do where we left against Australia. We would like to continue to do that. The good thing is that there’s hardly been enough gap between the two series so the guys are in their groove. I hope we put up the same performance as we did against Australia,” Rohit said at the press conference two days ahead of the match.”We want to continue the winning momentum from Australia series”, says Vice-captain @ImRo45 #TeamIndia #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/9xlPKxeo3s- BCCI (@BCCI) October 20, 2017Rohit has played only one ODI at the Wankhede stadium but his record is not very impressive. However, he is excited to be back at his home ground when the two sides collide in the first game on Sunday.#TeamIndia opener @ImRo45 cannot wait to set the ball rolling on home turf #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/itx8BCYKok- BCCI (@BCCI) October 20, 2017The Indian team underwent their first practice session on Friday. Sachin Tendulkar’s son, Arjun, was seen bowling at the nets while team led by Virat Kohli prepared for a tough series against New Zealand.India will also play three Twenty20 internationals against New Zealand after the ODI series.advertisementlast_img read more

Samsung Galaxy A7(2018) spotted on Geekbench, tipped to come with Exynos 7885 and 6GB RAM

first_imgSamsung’s successor to Galaxy A7(2017) aka Galaxy A7(2018) has once again been spotted online. The smartphone, this time has come up on the benchmarking website Geekbench revealing some of the core features of the phone.The Galaxy A7(2018) is expected to come with several improvements and upgrades over its predecessor in terms of design and innards. The past rumours have it that the phone could sport a bezel-less display similar to what we see in Galaxy S8 or Note 8. The phone could come without any physical buttons on the front and a fingerprint sensor placed below the camera module at the back. The power button and speaker grille could be positioned on right side while the left side will have the volume button and SIM slot. There are talks that Samsung could also add a Bixby button in the upcoming Galaxy A7(2018).This was all about the design and what we’ve known from the past rumours. The fresh leaks of the benchmark listing reveal some of the core specs of the phone and it sure looks interesting. As per the listing, the Galaxy A7(2018) could be powered by a new octa-core Exynos 7885 chipset and could come with a larger 6GB RAM instead of 4GB RAM seen in A7 (2017).  There were reports in August that Samsung was working on two new chipsets- Exynos 7885 and the Exynos 9610.  Rumours have it that the Exynos 7885 could be a 10nm FinFET chipset with two ARM Cortex-A73 CPU cores clocked at 2.1GHz and four ARM Cortex-A53 CPU cores integrated with  LTE radio and Mali-G71 GPU. This means that the phone could be faster than the Galaxy A7 (2017).advertisementAlso Read: Samsung Galaxy A5 (2018), Galaxy A7 (2018) appear in leaked rendersThe leaked renders in past show that the phone will come with a USB Type-C port and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The phone could sport a 6-inch display and don a metal body design. The phone could come with a dual camera set up on the front, but this is only a conjecture for now. It is yet unclear if the phone would come with Android Nougat or Google’s latest Android Oreo.  The Galaxy A7 (2017) still runs on Android Nougat and its price starts at Rs 23,599. There is no word on the launch of the Galaxy A7(2018) but it is expected to launch sometime around January or February of 2018.last_img read more

Nokia 6 (2018) could come with 18:9 display, dual-rear cameras

first_imgHMD Global could be readying to launch an updated variant of the Nokia 6 early next year, which could see changes to the design and hardware. Notably, the Nokia 6 (2018) could sport slimmer bezels, a dual rear camera setup and updated hardware. The original Nokia 6 was launched in late 2016 and reached most markets, including India, only in 2017. Although this was a good phone, its hardware felt dated and this is something that the Nokia 6 (2018) edition will likley fix. For now not much is known about the Nokia 6 (2018) edition, but the phoneexists and may be announced in January or February given the fact thatit has now appeared on TENNA in ChinaThe upcoming Nokia 6 (2018) has cleared TENNA. This indicates that the launch in near. The listing reveals that the Nokia 6 2018 edition may come with an 18:9 display and with a model number TA-1054. The thinner screen indicates that the phone may come with thin bezels. The smartphone is also expected to come with a dual SIM support.The Nokia 6 (2018) edition is tipped to come with a dual-camera setup at the back, yet again, unlike the original Nokia 6 which comes with a 16-megapixel back camera. Overall, the new Nokia 6 is expected to be a much-improved version of the original device.Going by the design, the Nokia 6 (2018) will apparently be more or less reminiscent of the recently announced Nokia 7. As per the rumours, the smartphone is expected to come with a 5.5-inch display with 18:9 aspect ratio. The device is tipped to be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 630 processor, which may be coupled with 4GB of RAM and an internal storage of 32GB.advertisementThe Nokia 6 (2018) will see the fingerprint sensor move to the back of the device, right below the dual camera set up. This possibly means that the bezels of the new Nokia 6 may undergo a trimming. Additionally, the leaked images (see above) suggests that the smartphone may come with software-rendered Android navigation buttons. It may also retain back the Bothie feature as well. It seems that the new Nokia 6 may ditch the hardware touch buttons which was seen on the original Nokia 6, instead may come with on-screen keys.Also Read: Nokia 6 review: Say hello to the best looking phone under Rs 15,000Meanwhile, HMD Global is working on another smartphone, which is most probably be called the Nokia 9. The smartphone has also been subjected to several leaks and rumours giving us a rough sketch of the specification and design of the smartphone. It seems, Nokia 9 may come with a similar design as the Nokia 8. The Nokia 9 will be a high-end phone.Nokia 6 smartphone was launched in January 2017. The phone comes with a 5.5-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 1920 pixels at a PPI of 403 pixels per inch.Coming to the Nokia 6 (2018) edition, the device could be a much improved version of the original Nokia 6 — be it in terms of camera, hardware, design or even software. Nokia 6 was launched earlier this year in India and comes at a starting price of Rs 14,999. Likewise, the new Nokia 6 may also fall under the budget phone category — however, there are no official word on the same as of yet.The original Nokia 6 has a 5.5-inch display and is powered by 1.4GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor. The device includes 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 128GB via a microSD card. On the camera front, the smartphone comes with a 16-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 8-megapixel front shooter for selfies. Nokia 6 runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat and is backed by a 3000mAh non removable battery.last_img read more

Manning Closes On Favre’s TD Record

first_imgPeyton Manning shrugged off the question about the meaningfulness of inevitably breaking Brett Favre’s NFL record for touchdown passes.Deep down, though, the only man to win five MVP awards must recognize what an achievement it is.On Oct. 19 against San Francisco, or perhaps Oct. 22 against San Diego, Manning will surpass Favre’s 508 regular-season TD throws. Manning is two shy after throwing for three scores in a 31-17 victory over the New York Jets on Oct. 12.“I don’t know if any of them are big for me, necessarily, especially in the middle of the season,” Manning said. “We’re trying to win football games. It’s tough. It’s a tough schedule. That’s all I’m thinking about, trying to find a way to win the game.“If Ronnie (Hillman) wants to run for four touchdowns next week, I’m in favor of that.”It’s not that Manning doesn’t care about owning these records — and when he is through in the NFL, he might own all of the passing marks. He certainly covets all of those Associated Press Most Valuable Player honors, possessing two more than Favre, the next most frequent winner.And when he threw for an almost unimaginable 55 touchdowns last season, the massiveness of the accomplishment wasn’t lost on him.This upcoming record puts him in the category of Barry Bonds — or if you prefer, given the way Bonds’ career accomplishments are muddled, Hank Aaron.“I think it is a measure of ultimately how productive he is,” said Bill Polian, the man who drafted Manning back in 1998 in Indianapolis and watched him develop into perhaps the greatest of all passers.“That is the sort of No. 1 task of a quarterback, especially in this day and age, so it is very meaningful. It’s a little like the home run record.”Manning has been hitting ’em out of the park — well, throwing them into the end zone — with incredible regularity since missing 2011 because of several neck surgeries. His work in Denver has been even more impressive given how questionable any comeback was when the Broncos signed him after Indianapolis released him in early 2012.Two of his three highest passer ratings have come as a Bronco; only in his original record-setting season of 2004 did he rate higher with the Colts.Manning averaged 46 TD passes in his first two Denver seasons; he averaged just under 24 in Indy. Two of his three highest completion percentages have come as a Bronco; same things for yards passing.Polian doesn’t see too many adjustments that Manning has been forced to make in Denver.“He looks to me very much like the quarterback I knew,” said Polian, now an analyst for SiriusXM NFL Radio and for ESPN. “The arm isn’t what it was, but it happens to every quarterback. I don’t think there’s much difference from Peyton in Indianapolis before the injury; his timing still is exquisite.”It sure is: Denver hosts San Francisco on Sunday night, so Manning can grab the record in prime time. The NFL and NBC have to love that for the ratings it will bring.Football fans haven’t lost any desire to watch this 38-year-old quarterback. Favre is the standard for longevity — sure, George Blanda played until he was 48, but the last nine seasons were mostly as a kicker; Vinny Testaverde lasted until he was 44, but in a journeyman sort of way. Manning remains at the top of his game, performing at a level few reach in any sport.To Polian, what Manning, Tom Brady and Drew Brees still can do is entertaining, educational, and rare.“They have seen everything that anyone can throw at them,” Polian said. There’s no new wrinkle a defensive coordinator can throw at them, even including terrifically creative guys like Rex Ryan. You are not going to fool them. Peyton and those guys can go back into their memory bank and see where they faced it, and they do just that.“All of them are exceptionally intelligent and diligent. That long experience gives them an advantage in that it is impossible to fool them.“One other thing all great quarterbacks have to a greater degree than most — and Peyton may be the best of all — they can manipulate defenses. Only the great ones can. With their eyes, their motions, looking people off, going through progressions, they are trying to make the defense react in a certain away. And they do very frequently. That is a huge advantage for those guys.”___(BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Splish, splash: Curry, Thompson lead Warriors to Game 4 win

first_imgCLEVELAND (AP) — Stephen Curry found his long-range touch and scored 38 points, Klay Thompson added 25 and the Golden State Warriors moved within one win of defending their title by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-97 in Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Friday night.Curry had scored just 48 total points in the first three games, but the two-time league MVP made seven 3-pointers and Thompson, his Splash Brother, drained four 3s as the Warriors took a 3-1 lead in the series.Golden State, which made history with a 73-win regular season, can become the seventh franchise to win consecutive titles with a victory in Game 5 on Monday night at rip-roaring Oracle Arena, where they won the first two games by a combined 48 points.“Work’s not done, obviously,” Curry said. “I’m glad I showed up a little bit, but we’re not done. We’ve still got some work to do.”After blowing out the Warriors by 30 in Game 3, the Cavaliers had a chance to even the series. However, LeBron James and Co. didn’t enough to contain Curry, Thompson or Harrison Barnes, who made four 3s and added 14 points.The Warriors made an NBA Finals-record 17 3-pointers.Kyrie Irving scored 34 points for the Cavs, who will need much more in Game 5 or they’ll finish as runner-up to the Warriors for the second year in a row.James added 25 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists, but the superstar also had seven turnovers and was too passive at times. Kevin Love returned to the lineup after missing Game 3 with a concussion and added 11 points off the bench.Cleveland, which came in 8-0 at home in the playoffs, went 6:36 without a field goal in the fourth quarter, the kind of scoring drought no team can afford against the potent Warriors.“A lot less breakdowns than what we had last game,” Curry said. “We checked the 3-point line and it was just all-around communication, toughness and effort.”With Golden State leading 88-84, Curry got loose for a backdoor layup and Barnes followed with a dagger 3-pointer, deflating a crowd of 20,000-plus fans clinging to hope that this would be the year Cleveland would win its first pro sports championship since 1964.Cleveland Cavaliers forward Richard Jefferson, center left, and Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut compete for the ball during the second half of Game 4 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Cleveland, Friday, June 10, 2016. Golden State won 108-97. (Bob Donnan/Pool Photo via AP)But this seems to be the Warriors’ year — from start to finish.Off the mark in the first three games, the Splash Brothers found the pool in the third quarter.Thompson made four 3-pointers and Curry knocked down three from behind the arc as the pair combined for 19 of Golden State’s 29 points in the period. Their arrival was a welcomed relief for the Warriors, who had managed to bury the Cavs in the first two games despite minimal production from their two stars.But with Golden State’s golden season being threatened again, Curry and Thompson stepped up the way they did in the Western Conference finals.When James was introduced before the game, he went through his usual handshake ritual with his teammates before telling Irving, “Be special.”The point guard was terrific, but Curry and Thompson were just better.Unlike in Game 3, when they fell into an early hole and never recovered, the Warriors came out strong and stayed step for step with the Cavaliers.Curry made three 3-pointers in the first half, with his last one giving Golden State a three-point lead. With the Warriors up 42-41, Curry drove to the basket but had his shot blocked by Irving, sending Cleveland’s bench and crowd into a frenzy.The Cavs closed the half with an 8-2 run highlighted by Tristan Thompson dribbling in circles before making a turnaround jump shot from the corner, not the shot the Cavs were looking for but were happy to accept.There were 15 lead changes in the opening half, which ended with Warriors assistant coach Luke Walton getting a technical foul after complaining that there should have been a foul called on Andre Iguodala’s shot to end the half.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Bayern Munich routs Arsenal 5-1 to put foot in quarterfinals

first_imgMUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich answered its critics with a comprehensive 5-1 rout of Arsenal in the first leg of their Champions League clash to put one foot in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.Thiago Alcantara struck twice in a superb performance, while Arjen Robben, Robert Lewandowski and substitute Thomas Mueller scored the other goals. Arsenal now faces what seems a near-impossible task in the second leg of the Round of 16 on March 7, despite a first-half equalizer from Alexis Sanchez.Bayern had been unconvincing in its five games since the winter break, looking tired and lacking the dominance it displayed at the start of the season. But the home side soon took control of the game.There was little Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina could do to stop Robben from opening the scoring in the 11th minute. Given too much space, the Dutchman cut inside as he’s done so often before and let fly with a shot that went in off the underside of the bar.Bayern dominated and it looked only a matter of time before the home side would add to its tally. Instead, Arsenal was given a lifeline when Lewandowski took down Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny and the referee awarded the penalty before the half-hour mark.Amid deafening whistles from the home fans, Manuel Neuer saved Sanchez’ weak spot kick and Sanchez then missed the rebound but the Chilean cut the Bayern fans’ cheers short when he prodded in at the third attempt.Suddenly the momentum was with Arsenal. Granit Xhaka should have scored when he shot straight at Neuer, and Mesut Ozil might have made it 2-1 at the break, only for Neuer to come to Bayern’s rescue again.But it was all Bayern for the second half, after Arsenal lost central defender Koscielny in the 49th minute.Robben and Philipp Lahm combined on the right ring, the latter producing an inviting cross for Lewandowski to rise above two defenders and head inside the right post in the 53rd.The Poland striker produced a brilliant back-heeled flick to send Thiago through to score another three minutes later.Bayern had a host of chances thereafter, first through Lewandowski, who struck the crossbar after rounding the ‘keeper, then through Robben, who was blocked by Kieran Gibbs, illegally according to the Bayern players, who demanded a penalty.The claims were forgotten when Thiago grabbed his second, minutes later, with a deflected shot after a corner, before Mueller completed the rout two minutes after he came on in the 86th.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Croatia in World Cup Final for 1st Time, Beats England 2-1

first_imgMOSCOW (AP) — Croatia’s legs seemed heavy, burdened by the accumulated toll of consecutive penalty-kicks wins needed to get this far. England had gone ahead with a free kick just five minutes in, dominated play and appeared headed to its first World Cup final since 1966.Then the second half started and it was as if a different Croatian team had replaced the lethargic one.Ivan Perisic tied the score in the 68th minute , Mario Mandzukic got the go-ahead goal in the 109th and Croatia shocked England with a 2-1 victory Wednesday that advanced a nation of just over 4 million to a World Cup final against France.“Mentally strong team,” midfielder Ivan Rakitic said. “It’s just unbelievable to get back in the game in this way.”When the final whistle blew and they knew they were going to their first World Cup final, the Croatians ran to their jumping and cheering fans in their iconic red-and-white checkered jerseys. Croatia joined an exclusive club of 13 nations that advanced to a World Cup final, doing it in a tournament where powers Brazil, Germany, Argentina and Spain made early exits.“They’ve had an incredible route to the final. They’ve shown remarkable character,” said England coach Gareth Southgate, who for now will be remembered more for a fashionable waistcoat than ending a half-century of hurt.Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during the semifinal match between Croatia and England at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)France, which won its only title at home in 1998, will have an extra day of rest after beating Belgium 1-0 on Tuesday.Croatia, coming off 360 intense minutes at soccer’s highest level, faces its biggest sporting moment since becoming an independent nation in 1991.“We started slowly, but we’ve shown our character, just as we did in the previous two knockout rounds when we were one-goal down,” Perisic said.Fans back home in Zagreb took to the streets to celebrate, lighting flares and waving flags in a sea of exuberance.“We are a nation of people who never give in, who are proud and who have character,” said coach Zlatko Dalic, who wore a checkered jersey to his post-match news conference. “There’s no weakness in a team that is in the final.”England was not among the top 10 nations in ticket sales before the tournament, but the team’s progress caused gallivanting supporters to flock to Moscow.The front of the stands behind one goal was filled with more than two dozen white banners with a red Cross of St. George, pledging support from many of the island’s clubs, from Bradford to Wolverhampton. Back home, a crowd of 30,000 was in London’s Hyde Park for a large-screen viewing, the British Beer and Pub Association predicted supporters would buy 10 million extra pints at pubs during the match, and No.1 Court at Wimbledon was less than one-third full for the men’s quarterfinal between John Isner and Milos Raonic.Promise seemed about to be fulfilled when Kieran Trippier curled in a free kick in the fifth minute for his first international goal, above leaping Dejan Lovren and Mandzukic and past the desperate dive of goalkeeper Danijel Subasic. Choruses of “God Save the Queen” began in England’s end.“We had a couple chances after that to get the second, give ourselves a bit more breathing room,” England captain Harry Kane said.Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic, sits on the ground after he fell over a photographer when celebrating his side’s second goal during the semifinal match between Croatia and England at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)Football will not be coming home to England, and there will be no title to match the 1966 triumph at Wembley Stadium. Kane & Co. will deal with the same disappointment that felled Shearer and Platt, Gazza and Wazza, Beckham and Gerrard. And Southgate, whose penalty-kick failure led to England’s previous semifinal loss in a major tournament, in the 1996 European Championship semifinals.“Impossible to say anything to them that is going to make them feel better at this point,” Southgate said after England’s fourth straight loss in a major tournament semifinal.Croatia tied the score after Rakitic switched the ball from left flank to right, where Vrsaljko crossed. Kyle Walker attempted a diving header to clear. Perisic jumped and from behind raised his left boot over Walker’s head to poke the ball past goalkeeper Jordan Pickford from about 8 yards for his fourth World Cup goal, including two in this tournament.Mandzukic scored after Walker stuck out a leg to block Josip Pivaric’s cross. The ball popped up, and Perisic outjumped Trippier to head the ball toward goal. Mandzukic alertly reacted to the unexpected ball in the penalty area, splitting defenders Stones and Harry Maguire, who both had taken four short steps up. The ball bounced twice, Mandzukic ran onto it and one-timed a low, left-footed shot to Pickford’s left.“Three times 120 minutes and fresher legs today than the English team,” Lovren marveled.Mandzukic ran to a corner and was mobbed by teammates, who jumped on him and trapped photographers under them in the crush.Not long after, Dalic was thinking about the short recovery time before the final.“It’s our fault. Why didn’t we score earlier?” he said. “Why didn’t we finish the job in regulation time?”Rakitic wasn’t worried.“We still have lots of energy in the tank,” he said.CARD COUNTINGNo players are suspended for the final.BOOSCroatia defender Domagoj Vida was jeered by fans whenever he touched the ball. He received a warning from FIFA for shouting “glory to Ukraine” in a video posted after Croatia beat Russia in the quarterfinals.—By RONALD BLUM , AP Sports WriterEngland’s Kieran Trippier celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the semifinal match between Croatia and England at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)England’s Kieran Trippier is celebrated after scoring the opening goal during the semifinal match between Croatia and England at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

ST: 6-axis inertial module extends ultra-low-power MEMS sensor offering

first_imgThe ISM330DLC six-axis IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) extends STMicroelectronics’ family of ultra-low power MEMS sensors for industrial applications, which combine high accuracy and robustness with long-term availability assured by ST’s 10-year longevity program.Containing a 3-axis accelerometer and a 3-axis gyroscope with user-selectable full-scale up to ±16g and ±2000dps respectively, the ISM330DLC provides high measurement resolution and smart energy-saving features to enable long-lasting battery-powered industrial devices. Ideal for applications such as industrial IoT systems, robots, drones, platform stabilizers, and telematics, its wide accelerometer bandwidth up to 3kHz also allows use in vibration-monitoring and compensation systems.The ISM330DLC consumes just 0.5mA in normal combination mode and 0.75mA in high-performance mode. In addition, with a large integrated FIFO that lets the host system retrieve data efficiently, as well as smart features and interrupts including tilt detection, free-fall, wakeup, 6D/4D orientation, click, and double-click, the ISM330DLC enables power-conscious application design to achieve additional energy savings. There is also a sensor-hub feature for efficiently collecting data from additional external sensors.Extensive industrial-grade design features are built-in, including a dedicated configurable low-latency signal-processing path, low noise, and filtering optimized to ensure closed-loop control stability. The signal path can be independently configured to make gyroscope or accelerometer data available through an auxiliary SPI interface. As a richly featured device architected for high accuracy, stability, and reliability, the ISM330DLC also contains a temperature sensor and built-in self-test both for the gyroscope and accelerometer. The ISM330DLC is in production now, as a 2.5 x 3 x 0.83mm plastic LGA system-in-package.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Socionext: successful premiere at electronica 2018Next RTI: AUTOSAR Adaptive 18-10 features full network binding of DDS standardlast_img read more