It was a historic night at the Peace and Friendship Stadium, where local heroes Olympiacos Piraeus defeated FC Barcelona Lassa 59-52. Vassilis Spanoulis scored 15 points and dished 6 assists – including the 1,000th assist of his storied EuroLeague career – to lead the Reds. The Olympiacos’ defensive effort held Barcelona to a record-low in scoring in the competition. The result set both teams’ record at 4-3. Erick Green added 9 points off the bench and Khem Birch collected 7 rebounds for the winners, who forced Barcelona into 17 turnovers. Jonathan Holmes led Barcelona with 13 points and 9 rebounds and Tyrese Rice added 11 points, but struggled with his shooting and missed all 5 of his three-point attempts.The visitors turned to Ante Tomic early, but he lasted less than five minutes before taking a seat with his second foul. Spanoulis was sharp in pushing the Reds to an 11-9 edge. Spanoulis followed his 1,000thcareer assist with a pull-up three pointer for a 19-12 advantage. Holmes amassed 10 first-quarter points to keep Barcelona close. The scoreboard showed 21-16 after 10 minutes. Green came off the bench to make an impact for the Reds, though Joey Dorsey kept the visitors close, 32-25, at halftime. Spanoulis drained a three to start the second half, which put the Reds up by double figures. Rice finally got on the scoreboard for Barcelona. He sent an alley-oop assist to Dorsey for a slam, then darted inside for a layup and then sank 2 free throws to trim the deficit to 39-34 midway through the quarter. Threes by Daniel Hackett and Green kept the Reds in charge. Ioannis Papapetrou put-back and three-pointer gave Olympiacos a 49-38 cushion through three quarters. Barcelona struggled with its shooting, but managed to claw within 56-51 in the penultimate minute, however Birch scored inside as the hosts were able to preserve the victory. Source: EuroleagueTweetPinShare0 Shares
In a battle of EuroLeague titans, Panathinaikos Superfood Athens got back to its winning ways, pulling out an 88-82 win over Real Madrid in the Greek capital on Thursday night. Panathinaikos moved its record to 15-11 and improved its chances of qualifying for the playoffs, while Madrid dropped to 19-7 and missed its first chance to lock up home-court advantage in the playoffs. The teams traded baskets often and neither team held a lead bigger than 7 points until the final minute of the game. The Greens were ahead most of the night, but Madrid used an efficient start to the fourth quarter to take a 64-66 edge. That is when Chris Singleton and Mike James stepped up and restored the lead that the hosts held on to in the final minute. Singleton finished with 21 points and 9 rebounds to lead the hosts, Mike James and James Feldeine netted 14 apiece, K.C. Rivers scored 1 and in his return from injury, James Gist scored 11 points in victory. Anthony Randolph was Madrid’s top scorer with 13 points and he pulled down 9 boards, Gustavo Ayon scored 12, while Luka Doncic, Othello Hunter and Sergio Llull scored 10 apiece in defeat.Panathinaikos got an early advantage with a three from Singleton and a three-point play by Gist. An alley-oop dunk by Gist opened an early 10-5 lead. After Llull nailed a jumper and a three-pointer to make it 13-14, Nick Calathes replied with a three of his own, and a three-point play by Singleton made it 14. Madrid played a lot of zone defense and did not allow the hosts to get into a rhythm. A floater by Calathes made it 21-19 after 10 minutes, and James hit a triple to push the margin to 26-19 early in the second. Madrid answered with a 0-7 run that included a three from Rudy Fernandez. A wide-open three from Jaycee Carroll gave Madrid a 33-35 edge, but Rivers had a three-pointer and a three-point play on back-to-back possession to restore the lead for the Greens, who went into halftime up 43-41. After the break, Rivers scored twice and Feldeine had a pair of baskets, including a steal that led to a fastbreak dunk and a 53-48 lead. Threes from Doncic and Randolph put Madrid back in front as the visitor took a 55-58 lead before Feldeine hit a triple at the buzzer to tie the game going into the final 10 minutes. The teams traded blows early in the fourth, and an alley-oop dunk from Hunter gave Madrid a 64-66 edge. But Nikos Pappas scored on a fast break, Singleton nailed a three-pointer and James scored a driving layup to give the Greens a 75-69 advantage . A triple from Fernandez got the visitors within 77-74, but James hit a three-pointer with 63 seconds remaining, and Singleton broke free for a dunk with 45 seconds left, making it 82-76 before him and Ioannis Bourousis sealed the deal from the free throw line.TweetPinShare0 Shares
ATHENS (AP) — Sergio Araujo scored two second-half goals to give AEK a 3-1 win over Giannena in the Greek league on Sunday and a share of the lead with PAOK.Araujo struck in the 53rd and 88th minutes. He was assisted in the first goal by Marko Livaja, who had opened the scoring in the 12th.Iraklis Garoufalias equalized in the 47th for the visitors, who played with 10 men after the 61st when Apostolos Skondras was shown a second yellow card for a hard tackle.PAOK had an easier time beating host Kerkyra 3-0, with goals from Leo Matos, Djalma Campos and Dimitris Pelkas.Levadiakos raced to a 3-0 lead on its way to a 3-2 victory over Panathinaikos. That game began Saturday but had been stopped in the 10th minute at 0-0 because of a waterlogged pitch and resumed Sunday.Also, Asteras beat Larissa 3-1 and Panetolikos upset host Atromitos 1-0.Defending champion Olympiakos is two points behind AEK and PAOK. It can reclaim the lead with a home victory against Lamia on Monday.TweetPinShare0 Shares
BERLIN – Miltos (Miltiades) Tentoglou late Wednesday won the gold medal in the men’s long jump final at the European Athletics Championships that are held at the Olympic stadium in Berlin.The 20-year-old won with a leap of 8.25m. Tentoglou became the first Greek and the youngest athlete that wins the gold medal in the men’s long jump event in the European Championship.Tentoglou, who was born in the city of Grevena, was a freerunner and parkourer when a coach saw him in action at the age of 15 and urged him to try athletics.Miltos Tentoglou won the gold medal in the men’s long jump final at the European Athletics Championships in Berlin. (Photo by Eurokinissi staff)Miltos Tentoglou won the gold medal in the men’s long jump final at the European Athletics Championships in Berlin. (Photo by Eurokinissi staff)Miltos Tentoglou won the gold medal in the men’s long jump final at the European Athletics Championships in Berlin. (Photo by Eurokinissi staff)Miltos Tentoglou won the gold medal in the men’s long jump final at the European Athletics Championships in Berlin. (Photo by Eurokinissi staff)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Rohde & Schwarz introduces additional options for the existing R&S ELEKTRA EMC test software family to cover even more applications. Thanks to the extensive automated execution of EMI tests, R&S ELEKTRA helps lab operators and EMC engineers who work in a wide variety of industries or for test houses and regulatory authorities save time and effort in the development and certification of commercial, automotive and A&D products. With software options for conducted and radiated EMS testing in line with commercial standards, R&S ELEKTRA now addresses engineers who test the immunity of electronic products to RF interference. The collection of predefined libraries for common EMC standards and automatic detection of connected instruments enable users to get started testing quickly.The software’s sleek, modern graphic user interface is optimized for high-resolution screens and touch operation on handheld devices. It provides instant access to important functions without having to navigate through several windows. A dashboard with favorite items, keyword search, tagging and filtering of key elements ensures that users maintain an overview of their current work. Parallel test execution and preparation of test plans with the new EUT test plan editor boost efficiency. Test plans and results reporting focus on the EUT as the core part of testing and speed up testing.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Infineon: TPM for cybersecurity in the connected carNext Socionext’ s automotive and imaging technologies on show at electronica
Mouser Electronics is now stocking the TPSM846C24 power module from Texas Instruments. The 35 A module features overcurrent protection and is designed for compact PCI/PCIe, broadband, point-of-load, and medical equipment applications.TI’s PSM846C24 is a fixed-frequency, 35 A, step-down power module that incorporates a controller, power MOSFETs, inductor, and associated components into a thermally enhanced, surface-mount package. Setting the operating parameters of the module requires just input and output capacitors as well as a few other passive components.Engineers can achieve a two-phase power solution by configuring two modules to work in parallel up to 70 A with current sharing. The TPSM846C24 operates at an junction temperature range of minus 40 to 125 °C, and is available in a 15 × 16 mm footprint that is easy to solder onto a PCB and allows a compact, point-of-load design.The module is supported by the TPSM846C24EVM-006 and TPSM846C24EVM-007 evaluation modules. Both evaluation modules provide test points and jumpers to facilitate easy testing. The TPSM846C24EVM-006 contains a single TPSM846C24 module, while the TPSM846C24EVM-007 contains two TPSM846C24 modules working in parallel to enable up to 70 A output current.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Apacer unveils new industrial product identificationNext The democratization of the voice interface
Continue Reading Previous Renesas: Synergy platform adds low power S5D3 MCU group with advanced securityNext Garz & Fricke extends portfolio by ultra-low-power NALLINO SBC and a new industrial display STMicroelectronics’ STSAFE-A100 Evaluation Pack extends the richly supportive STM32 Nucleo ecosystem to accelerate secure-element integration, leveraging reusable source code that simplifies the creation of secure IoT devices, high-value consumables such as medical probes, IT accessories, and consumer products.The pack comprises the X-NUCLEO-STSA100 expansion board, which contains the STSAFE-A100 Secure Element, and the STSW-STSA100 software pack. The software includes device drivers, STM32 microcontroller source code, and STSAFE-A100 source code for use cases including brand and ecosystem protection, device enrolment, and secure Cloud connection.The STSAFE-A100 is a convenient 8-pin device that provides robust, immutable, hardware-based authentication and secure data-management services to a host system. Highly resistant to cyber-attacks, it features a secure OS running on a state-of-the-art, CC EAL5+ -certified secure microcontroller, advanced symmetric and asymmetric cryptography, crypto key management, and built-in protection against physical and side-channel attacks.Using the STSAFE-A100 Evaluation Pack in conjunction with any compatible STM32 Nucleo development boards, device designers can combine the STSAFE-A100 secure element with an unrestricted variety of STM32 microcontrollers, sensors and actuators to protect products ranging from simple IoT endpoints to industrial networking and control equipment, computer peripherals, wearables, gaming equipment, and mobile accessories.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components, Tools & Software
New Delhi: June 27, 2018 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos withCaptions released today. To view thumbnails of thesePhotographs, visit PTI website at..http.//www.ptinews.comNATINONALNew Delhi: US Envoy NIkki Haley in New Delhi(B+A)New Delhi: Rainfall(B+A)New Delhi:File….Astad Deboo(B+A)Jaipur: Strom in Jaipur(B)Ranchi: Clashes in Ranchi(B)New Delhi: National Conclave on GST(B)Nashik: Su-30 MKI fighter jet crashes near Nashik(B)Jammu: Amarnath Yatra begins(B)Patna: Bihar Police Constables Examinations(B)Kolkata: Dark clouds(B)Mumbai: ‘Sanju’ promotions(B)Bhopal: MP leader Ajay Singh Rahul addresses’Janta Ki Adalat'(B)Sangli: Vat Purnima(B)New Delhi: Arms seized from Usmanpur in Delhi(B+A)INTERNATIONALWashington :People protest against the Supreme Courtruling upholding President Donald Trump’stravel ban(B)Washington :Ivanka Trump watches as President Trumpawards the Medal of Honor to 1st Lt. Garlin Conner(A)Orem : Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romneyduring an election night party(A)Kuala Lumpur : Malaysia’s commercial crime investigationschief Amar Singh during press conference(B)SPORTSSt. Petersburg/Rostov-on-Don/Moscow : 2018 soccer World Cup(B+A)Buenos Aires/Lagos :Soccer fans watch a live broadcastof 2018 World Cup soccer match betweenArgentina and Nigeria(B)Burnaby: Harry Jerome International Track Classic inBurnaby(B+A)PTI PHOTO VNA DLDL
New Delhi, Jul 26 (PTI) The Delhi High Court today appointed the secretary of Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs as one-man panel for reviewing the selection of sports persons to represent India in Taekwondo in the upcoming 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.Justice Vibhu Bakhru said the decision of the secretary on the selection process shall be considered final and would not be contested. The court also asked the secretary to consider the case of six Taekwondo players, who have moved the court, and other sports persons who might approach him.Two women and four men Taekwondo players have approached the high court seeking direction to the Union Ministry of Sports and other authorities to include their names in the list of players who would represent India in the Asian Games.The petitions claimed that selection of the sports persons has not been conducted in a manner it should have been done, and the concerned National Sports Federation has been suspended and the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has not held any trials.They sought direction to the Sports Authority of India to conduct the selection trials for Taekwondo players, and to the Sports Ministry to allow the selected players to participate and represent the country in the Asian Games to be held from August 18 to September 2.Advocate Saurabh Jain, appearing for two women players Purva Dattatray Dixit and Kashish Malik, said there was no representation from India for Taekwondo (Kyurogi) in all categories and since the two women were the top ranking players in their respective categories, they should be sent to represent the country in the Asian Games.advertisementThe court noted it was apparent that there were several other players placed higher in the ranking in Taekwondo and have not been considered,and it appeared that it was not feasible to now conduct any trials. Additional Solicitor General Maninder Acharya said the secretary of Sports ministry shall examine the averments in the petitions and the process adopted for selection of the Indian contingent, and take a comprehensive view. The court said, “Accordingly, the secretary, Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs is appointed by this court to act as a one-man committee for reviewing the selection of the sports persons to represent India in the sport of Taekwondo”. It said the secretary shall consider the matter expeditiously within two days and granted liberty to the players to appear before him tomorrow. The court clarified that this order was passed in the peculiar facts and circumstances of the cases as the necessary process for selection has not been carried out, and the IOA has also failed to select the requisite number of participants. It said the order was passed in the “larger interest of the nation to ensure that the best team represent this country in the sport of Taekwondo”. When the counsel for IOA objected to the secretary deciding the matter, the judge said the contention was “wholly unmerited” and it was clear that the IOA had failed in its function to ensure that proper selection was made and must bear the responsibility of its failure.The court listed the matter for further hearing on July 30.According to the petition, 24-year-old Dixit is a Kyorugi Taekwondo player for ‘under 49 kg’ in senior category (female) and has participated in various national and international events since 2010, and has secured several medals, including four gold medals in international events.Eighteen-year-old Malik is a Kyorugi Taekwondo player for ‘under 57 kg’ in senior category (female) and has participated in various national and international events since 2015 and bagged several medals, including two gold and a silver in international events, the petition added. PTI SKV HMP SRY SRY
New Delhi, Jul 26 (PTI) Veteran sports journalist Swapan Sarkar passed away this morning due to diabetic complications. He was 67 years old and is survived by his wife and daughter. Sarkar worked for a number of dailies and was also the Delhi sports correspondent of Ananda Bazaar Patrika (ABP) from mid 1990’s. He had earlier worked for Kolkata’s english daily Amrita Bazar Patrika and Northern India Patrika. He has briefly worked for Gujarat Samachar. Sarkar was a regular in the Delhi sports circuit having covered events like 1982 Asian Games, 2010 Commonwealth Games along with tournaments like Nehru Cup, Federation Cup, Durand Cup and DCM. He has also covered events like Davis Cup, National Athletics meet. His last rites were performed at the Nigambodh Ghat. PTI KHS SSC KHS SSCSSC
James Anderson took five wickets in ideal swing-bowling conditions as England skittled India out for 107 on day 2 of the second Test at Lord’s on Friday.Rain prevented play on Thursday and more showers allowed only 8.3 overs before the first prolonged passage of play began shortly after 5 p.m.By that point England had reduced India to 15-3. Anderson removed opening pair Murali Vijay (0) and Lokesh Rahul (8) before the recalled Cheteshwar Pujara (1) was run out following a mix-up with captain Virat Kohli when play briefly resumed after lunch.India vs England 2nd Test Day 2 at Lord’s: HighlightsKohli had single-handedly made the first Test at Edgbaston competitive, his 200 runs failing to save India as England took a 1-0 lead in the five-match series, but he couldn’t repeat his heroics on a green wicket at Lord’s.India vs England 2nd Test Day 2 at Lord’s: As It HappenedChris Woakes – replacing Ben Stokes who is in court in Bristol on a charge of affray – had Kohli caught at slip for 23 and removed Hardik Pandya the same way to leave India 61-5.India vs England: Virat Kohli’s cheeky act at Lord’s Long RoomSam Curran and Stuart Broad chipped in with a wicket each, while Anderson dismissed Ajinkya Rahane (18) and scoreless duo Kuldeep Yadav and Ishant Sharma to end with 5-20.Arjun Tendulkar seen helping Lord’s ground-staff as rain hampers India TestPut in to bat after incessant rain completely washed out the opening day, India failed to recover from the early jolts of openers Murali Vijay (0) and Lokesh Rahul (8) before the showers disrupted the proceedings in the morning session.advertisementVirat Kohli’s mistake costs Pujara his wicket minutes before rain stoppageComing back to the side, No.3 Cheteshwar Pujara survived 25 deliveries for 1 run before a mix-up with skipper Virat Kohli (23), cut short the Saurashtra Test specialist’s stay even as rain stopped play once again.The teams then returned to the field after losing more than three hours, and with India struggling at 15/3, Kohli was joined by his deputy Ajinkya Rahane (18).Both Kohli and Rahane survived the early jitters from the English pacers to start the rebuilding work with a 34-run fourth wicket stand before the in-form India captain fell to Chris Woakes.Kohli, who was looking all at sea against Woakes, finally fell to the right-armer in his third over, with Jos Buttler making no mistake this time at second slip.Ben Stokes accused of lying to jury during Bristol pub-brawl trialThereafter, wickets began to fall in heaps with Hardik Pandya (10) falling to Woakes before left-armer Sam Curran took Dinesh Karthik’s (1) stumps for a ride.Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (29) then joined Rahane in the middle to add 22 runs for the seventh wicket before the old warhorse James Anderson came back to add more misery to the visitors with the dismissal of the Mumbai batsman.Rahane, who did all the hard work to survive 44 deliveries, nicked Anderson’s straight delivery to first slip Alastair Cook.Anderson immediately jolted India by trapping chinaman Kuldeep Yadav (0) plumb in front with a brilliant in-swinger, which the television replays also ruled in favour of the hosts.Anderson’s new ball partner Stuart Broad then joined the party with the wicket of Ashwin, who looked good during his 38-ball stay, that also included four brave hits to the fence.Towards the end, tailender Mohammed Shami struck a few lusty blows to guide India to the three-figure mark before fellow quick Ishant Sharma (0) was trapped by Anderson.(With AP inputs)
Sachin Tendulkar on Thursday paid tribute to former India captain Ajit Wadekar, who passed away at an age of 77.Wadekar breathed his last at Mumbai’s Jaslok Hospital on Wednesday. The former left-handed batsman, who will always be remembered as one of the greatest captains to have led the Indian cricket team, was Indian cricket team’s manager from 1992 to 1996. He was also appointed as India’s chairman of selectors in 1998.Wadekar is believed to be have played a pivotal role in turning around Tendulkar’s career by asking him to open the innings in ODIs during the tour of New Zealand in 1994. The decision to move Tendulkar to the top of India’s batting order proved to be extremely successful, as the batting maestro went on to become the greatest limited-overs cricketer.In his tribute, Tendulkar wrote: “Deeply saddened to hear about the demise of Ajit Wadekar Sir. He was someone who was instrumental in bringing out the best in us during the 90s. Well always be grateful for his advice and guidance. Praying for strength for his family during this difficult time. RIP.”Deeply saddened to hear about the demise of Ajit Wadekar Sir. He was someone who was instrumental in bringing out the best in us during the 90s. Well always be grateful for his advice and guidance. Praying for strength for his family during this difficult time. RIP pic.twitter.com/coSyac73otSachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 16, 2018Mohammed Azharuddin, who was India’s captain during Wadekar’s tenure as India manager, tweeted: “#AjitWadekar sir .. such an iconic person..deeply saddened by his demise!! Sir was a father figure for me.. May his soul rest in peace! My Heartfelt Condolences to the family..”advertisement#AjitWadekar sir .. such an iconic person..deeply saddened by his demise!! Sir was a father figure for me.. May his soul rest in peace! My Heartfelt Condolences to the family..@BCCI pic.twitter.com/xLMb2i82B2Mohammed Azharuddin (@azharflicks) August 15, 2018Deeply saddened by the news of the demise of #AjitWadekar. One of Indias finest left handers and the captain who led India to victories in England & West Indies in 1971. Sir, your contribution to Indian cricket has been immense. Condolences to your family. RIP.Robin Aiyuda Uthappa (@robbieuthappa) August 16, 2018Wadekar played 37 Tests for India and scored 2113 runs including one hundred and 14 half-centuries at an average of 31.07.READ – Former India cricket captain Ajit Wadekar dies aged 77Wadekar led India to historic series triumphs in the West Indies and England in 1971. An aggressive left-handed batsman, Wadekar made his first-class debut in 1958-59 but did not play for India until 1966-67.READ – Farewell Ajit Wadekar: Captain Courageous, Gutsy ManagerWadekar took over as captain of the Indian team from MAK Pataudi and proved to be a good leader of men. After leading the country to memorable series wins in the West Indies and England, Wadekar oversaw another series win over England in 1972-73, at home.
Virat Kohli on Wednesday dedicated India’s third Test victory against England to the people of Kerala, who have been suffering for days now due to the flood in the state.Nearly 400 people have lost their lives in flood-ravaged Kerala after the state witnessed the worst floods in almost a century. Flood waters have razed tens of thousands of homes, and washed away roads and bridges. Around 1.3 million are sheltering in thousands of relief camps.The state government is now seeking nearly USD 1.4 billion to finance reconstruction work due to the destruction.”We as a team want to dedicate this win to the flood victims in Kerala. (Applause from the crowd). A tough time there, and this is our bit that we can do,” Kohli said after being adjudged man-of-the-match at the post-match presentation.Also read – India complete historic Test triumph in England: Recapping all seven victories Nearly 400 people have lost their lives in flood-ravaged Kerala (Reuters Photo)India crushed England by 203 runs in the third Test at Nottingham to cut down England’s lead to 2-1 in the five-match Test series. This was India’s seventh Test victory in England and second at Trent Bridge.India needed just 1 wicket to win the match on the final day of the Test match. They bowled just 17 deliveries before Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed James Anderson as England, chasing an improbably target of 521, got bowled out for 317 in their second innings on the final day.Also read – Virat Kohli breaks Sourav Ganguly’s record as Test captainWhile Ashwin got one wicket in the fourth innings, it was fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah who turned out to be the wrecker-in-chief for India as he demolished the England batting lineup with his second five-wicket haul in Test cricket.advertisement”The victory was much-needed in this series and in context, and to have been clinical in all departments is a victory for the entire dressing room. A complete Test for us. There was no panic, and we were outplayed in only one game out of the last 5, and that was Lord’s.Also read – Anushka Sharma keeps me motivated, I dedicate my innings to her: Virat Kohli”We dominated in this game because we put runs on the board and then the bowlers did well, they were waiting and ready, even Ashwin did well with his injury,” Kohli said.The win also saw Kohli go past Sourav Ganguly’s record of 21 Test wins as captain of India. The 29-year-old is now the second most successful Indian skipper in history after MS Dhoni, who has 27 victories to his name.Also read – Jasprit Bumrah’s five-wicket haul scripts India’s 7th Test victory in EnglandThe match also witnessed Kohli score 200 runs in total with his 23rd Test hundred coming in the second innings. Kohli dedicated his hundred to his wife Anushka Sharma after the game.”I want to dedicate my innings especially to my wife. She’s motivated me a lot, kept pushing me. She’s the only one who keeps me positive out there,” Kohli said as Anushka looked on from the stands.Both teams will now have a gap of 8 days before the fourth Test which will be played at Southampton from August 30.
There was cheers all around the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Tuesday even though India’s centurion Shikhar Dhawan was dismissed trying to up the ante. The reason for the cheer, MS Dhoni was walking out to bat.But the cheers suddenly turned to sorrow. The reason, Dhoni walked back to the pavilion and that too for a duck.In India’s 2018 Asia Cup opener against Hong Kong, Dhoni tried to force the issue as he came down the track but was deceived. He ended up getting a faint edge as the Hong Kong keeper took a sharp catch to send back the former India captain.The perpetrator (read bowler) was Ehsan Khan, a Pakistan-born 33-year-old off-spinner.Earlier in the match he had dismissed Rohit Sharma, who is leading Team India in the tournament after regular captain Virat Kohli opted to take a break. Ehsan Khan reacts after getting the wicket of MS Dhoni (AP Photo)So who is Ehsan Khan?Playing just his 15th one-day international, Ehsan made his first-class cricket debut against Ireland in the 201517 ICC Intercontinental Cup, and played his first ODI against Scotland – where he took 2/28. His best performance tough came against Afghanistan as he took 4 wickets for just 33 earlier this year in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier at Bulawayo.After that performance Ehsan, named the match of the match, had said that Hong Kong “showed we can beat any team”. After the end of the qualifiers, though Hing Kong failed, Ehsan was named the ‘rising star’ of his team by ICC.advertisementHe has taken a total of 47 first class wicket from 22 matches and 11 wickets from 4 List-A games. In T20Is, Ehsan has a total of 6 wickets from 4 matches since making his debut against Ireland in 2016. Apart from the Hong Kong national team, Ehsan has played for Diasqua Little Sai Wan Cricket Club in Hong Kong and also for Rawalpindi in Pakistan.In Hong Kong’s first match of the Asia Cup, Ehsan had dismissed Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam, finshing the game with figures of 2/34.India went from 240/2 in 40 overs to 285/7, despite Dhawan scoring his 14th ODI ton as the other middle-order faltered once again, thanks to some clever bowling by the Hong Kong spinners.As for Dhoni, the frowns on the World Cup-winning captain’s brow must be growing especially given his recent slump in form.His strike rate in the recent tour of England had brought a lot of criticism, and doubts being raised over his finishing abilities during the limited-overs series.Dhoni’s slow batting led to boos from the stands in Lord’s as India failed to chase down England’s set target of 323 in the second ODI.Though the world stands divided on questions of Dhoni’s participation in the 50-over World Cup in 2019, the answer might just have to wait for the time now.
India have announced an unchanged 12-man squad for the second ODI against the Windies which will be played on Wednesday (October 24).India won the first match in Guwahati on Sunday as they comfortably beat the Windies by 8 wickets at the Baraspara Cricket Stadium to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.The Indian team management has decided not to tinker with the winning combination and named the same set of players for the next game which will be played in Visakhapatnam. The final XI however, will be announced by captain Virat Kohli at the toss.Team India for 2nd ODI, Visakhapatnam – Virat Kohli (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni (WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Umesh Yadav, Mohammad Shami, Khaleel Ahmed #TeamIndia #INDvWIBCCI (@BCCI) October 23, 2018The last game saw Kohli leading from the front and along with vice-captain Rohit Sharma, helped India gun down a target of 323 with 47 balls to spare.Rohit (152*) and Kohli (140) both scored centuries as India romped home with 47 balls left to spare. Rohit and India’s new No.4 Ambati Rayudu (22*) remained unbeaten to end the game a tad early than many would have expected.The loss would remind West Indies that maybe 322 is not the problem but it is the bowling that needs to fire against an Indian team that shows no mercy to average bowling.Kohli and Rohit broke a hoard of records along the way.The hundred was Kohli’s fourth in ODIs in 2018. He had earlier smashed three centuries against South Africa in January.advertisementWith the century, he reached the landmark of 60 international hundreds (36 in ODIs and 24 in Tests) and became the fastest to do so. He reached the landmark in 386 innings, taking 40 innings fewer than Sachin Tendulkar.It was also Kohli’s 22nd hundred while chasing a target in ODI cricket. He now has 14 centuries as a captain in ODIs and is second in the list behind Ricky Ponting, who has 22 while leading the side.The KING is here!This ground and the city of Visakhapatnam has a special bond. Memories aplenty. Let’s create plenty more tomorrow. #TeamIndia #INDvWI pic.twitter.com/WfTSMvQh7x BCCI (@BCCI) October 23, 2018Rohit on the other hand, became the fourth Indian to score four ODI centuries. Before him, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Kohli reached the landmark in ODI cricket.Not only that, Rohit also overtook Ganguly in the list of most sixes in ODI cricket.Kohli and Rohit also recorded the highest partnership while batting second in ODIs and was also the second-highest second wicket partnership in ODIs.This was the fourth time Kohli and Rohit scored centuries in the same match in ODI cricket.While India will be hoping to continue this run, West Indies will look to find answers to their woes ahead of the second ODI at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday.India 12-man squad: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ambati Rayudu, Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Khaleel Ahmed (12th man).
Six-time World Champion MC Mary Kom turned 36 on Saturday (November 24). After winning the title at the World Women Boxing Championship here at KD Jadhav hall, May Kom shared that it was her birthday.However, what is strange that her birth date mentioned on the Olympic website and other official sites, including her Rajya Sabha membership card, is March 1.”I feel very happy it is a special day (birthday). Couldn’t have asked for more,” Mary told Mail Today soon after her summit clash.Asked about the error in the birth date, Mary told the paper that it was a mistake done during the submission of her documents by her uncle.”The mistake happened during my childhood. My uncle filled up the form and nobody noticed it that time. We were also not that popular, so we let it go as it is. However, the year (1983) was right.”It will be interesting to see how the Government of India reacts to it. In all the official documents, her birth date mentioned is March 1.At 36, Mary Kom is a living legend. The mother of three has already set her eyes on making a mark in the Tokyo Olympics. A difficult challenge, to put it mildly, Mary Kom will be punching much above her weight, so to speak, at an age when a retirement is an honourable option.”I am looking at competing in the Olympics and I know people’s expectations and I am taking it in a positive stride and working towards it,” she added.advertisementMary Kom had bagged the bronze medal in 2012 Olympics in London in the flyweight category after losing to Great Britain’s Nicola Adams 6-11 in the semi-final. She had sought to claim her gold at Rio in 2016, but unfortunately failed to qualify for the event. Following it, many had criticised her while retirement questions had popped up.”I have answered my critics who were hoping I didn’t win, people who questioned me, asked when I would retire- I have answered all,” she said.Asked about her thoughts on coaching, Mary Kom replied, “I will train other girls but only after I retire, but it is very difficult to have another Mary Kom.”
After waiting for a while, Microsoft has finally brought its cheapest Surface device to the Indian market. The device in question is the Surface Go tablet and starts at Rs 38,599 for the base variant with 4GB RAM and 64GB eMMC s storage. Microsoft will also be selling two accessories to enhance the productivity of the tablet for users. The Surface Go is available for pre-order on Flipkart for all the variants and accessories.As stated, the Surface Go is a tablet device from Microsoft. The device sports a 10-inch touchscreen IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1800 x 1200 pixels. The display gets Gorilla Glass 3 protection. Underneath, the Surface Go is powered by an Intel Pentium Gold 4415y processor, which is tailored for handling moderate tasks with ease. The tablet will run the desktop version of Windows 10 S out-of-the-box and will get all the latest Windows updates as and when released. Users will able to upgrade to the full Windows 10, which also means users will be able to run the full Windows applications and programs, if the hardware permits.The Surface also sports a USB-c port alongside a 3.5mm headphone jack. Microsoft claims that the hinge design helps users find the perfect angle for any task — from adjusting the device angle on the plane to pushing the kickstand down to ink on a photo to share with your friends. For those concerned with connectivity, the Surface Go features a 5-megapixel HD camera for the front and an 8-megapixel HD with the auto-focus camera for the rear, along with dual microphones. Windows Hello features will also be available that use the onboard biometrics to securely unlock the device on the go.advertisementAs for the accessories, the Surface Go comes with a Signature Type Cover and a Surface Dock. The Surface Type Cover offers a backlit keyboard with a trackpad. The base is made out of Alcantara and comes in four colours — Black, Platinum, Burgundy, and Cobalt Blue. The Surface Dock will transform the tablet into a workstation by letting the users attach a keyboard and a mouse for a full desktop experience.The Surface Go starts in India at Rs 38,599 for the base variant with 4GB RAM and 64GB eMMC storage. The top-end variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB SSD storage costs Rs 50,999. The Surface Go Signature Type Cover Black variant will cost around Rs 8,699 while the coloured variants will cost upwards of Rs 11,799.Additionally, Flipkart and Microsoft will be offering some unique offers for Microsoft Surface Go buyers. Buyers can avail a discount of Rs 2,000 on pre-paid transactions on the tablet while a discount of Rs 4,000 can be availed on the type cover. Additionally, buyers can also avail a no-cost EMI of Rs 5,561 on most debit and credit cards.ALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi 7 Pro leaked specs reveal it will not be a major upgrade over Redmi 6 ProALSO READ | Micromax launches Infinity N12, N11 series smartphones, starting at Rs 8,999ALSO READ | Lenovo Z5s variant with a whopping 12GB of RAM spotted ahead of launch
Rishabh Pant had a go at Nathan Lyon towards the end of Day 4 of the Boxing Day Test as India attempted to wrap up the Australian innings and the Boxing Day Test for a historic win on Saturday. Pant is a chirpy character behind the stumps and he tried to sledge Lyon a bit from behind in order to break his concentration and help the bowlers get through his defence.At the stroke of the 80th over while Jadeja was bowling and Lyon was facing the left-arm bowler, Pant began had a go at Lyon, which was caught on the stump mic.”Come on Gary. You don’t want to come tomorrow for nothing,” Pant chirped at Lyon. The spinner in response just laughed and said, “I can’t even understand what you’re saying mate.”Then he turned back and said, “I like you too Rishabh”.I can’t understand you bud’ lmao #AUSvIND #Cricket #Australia #India #Lyon #Pant pic.twitter.com/8V4996y0ssAJ (@PGFCAlex) December 29, 2018India eventually failed to make the best of the extra half an hour they got on Day 4 and are still two wickets away from a historic victory. Pat Cummins at 61* and Lyon at 6* are grinding it out in the middle.India will hope that the Rain God is generous on Sunday and despite the 80 per cent rain prediction, they get some time to play and are able to clean up Australia to take a 2-1 lead in the four-match series before heading to Sydney for the last Test.advertisementIndia vs Australia, Boxing Day Test Day 4: REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS | SCORECARDEarlier in the day, Pant gave it back to Australian captain Tim Paine for the sledging he was subjected to while he was batting on Day 3. Paine had teased Pant over MS Dhoni’s inclusion back in the T20I side and his exclusion, telling him they could use him at Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League.On Saturday, Pant welcomed Paine to the crease with some banter and said, “We have got a special guest here. Have you heard the word temporary captain ever. You [Jadeja] don’t need anything to get him out. Come on lads.”He loves to talk, that’s the only thing he can do. Only talking talking.”After the end of the over, on-field umpire Ian Gould had a word with Pant and was seen explaining him something.Behind-the-stumps sledging has been a regular feature of the series. It all started with some heated exchanges between India captain Virat Kohli and Paine after which the Australian captain sledged Murali Vijay in Perth with “Murali, I know he’s your captain. But you can’t seriously like him as a bloke.”Paine even sledged Rohit Sharma earlier in the Melbourne Test by talking up the Indian Premier League (IPL) with Aaron Finch on his side.Also Read | Rishabh Pant sledges Tim Paine: Temporary captain, all he can do is talkAlso Read | Tim Paine trolls Rishabh Pant: MS Dhoni back in the ODI side, want to play for Hobart?Also Read | Perth Test: Tensions flare up on Day 4 as Virat Kohli sledges Tim PaineAlso See:
Cheteshwar Pujara’s family made special arrangements for the cricketer’s return to Rajkot after a gruelling tour of Australia.Pujara came back home from Sydney after a ground-breaking Border-Gavaskar series which India won 2-1 to retain the trophy.He was the chief architect of India’s Test wins in Adelaide and Melbourne along with the fast bowlers and he made sure to end the series with a bang as he smashed 193 in the drawn Sydney Test.On Friday, Pujara was welcomed back by his family as he cut a cake to celebrate a successful tour Down Under.The 31-year-old posted a couple of pictures on his Instagram with his wife, daughter and parents.”Happiness is only real, when shared #FridayFeeling,” Pujara captioned the post.Pujara’s performance in Australia caught the attention of the cricketing world as he amassed 521 runs in the series with three hundreds at an average of over 74 and walked away with the man-of-the-series award.Such was Pujara’s tenacity that the Australian bowlers had no response to his concentration, defence and just absolute defiance. Australia coach Justin Langer even went on say that he had not seen anyone concentrate better than Pujara not even Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid.”He proved that you don’t have to be a Flash Harry to be successful. In this day and age when the bowlers are smart, with analysts studying your weaknesses, bowling attacks being more accurate… you have to earn your runs,” head coach Ravi Shastri told India Today’s Boria Majumdar in an exclusive interview.advertisementWith India’s Test assignments over for the season, the soft-spoken family man is now gearing up for his return to domestic cricket and is also looking forward to another stint in county cricket.”I’ll be playing some first-class cricket back home. During IPL, I might be playing county cricket. Next Test series is 6-7 months away. Will give me enough time to prepare. I’ll work hard on my game to play white-ball cricket. But Test cricket is my priority, it’ll always remain my priority,” Pujara had said after the Sydney Test.Also Read | Love watching Pujara bat, there’s a lot to learn from him: Shubman GillAlso Read | Best Indian side I have been part of, says Cheteshwar Pujara after series-winning 521 runsAlso Read | Cheteshwar Pujara just can’t dance: Watch India stars celebrate historic winAlso Read | Pujara frustrated top-class Aussie attack to the point of submission: Ian Chappell
India women’s team Twenty20 skipper Harmanpreet Kaur defended her decision to leave out Mithali Raj from the playing XI in the first T20I against New Zealand women in Wellington on Wednesday.India were playing a T20 for the first time since their Women’s World Twenty20 semi-final exit in November last year. India suffered a 23-run defeat to New Zealand, who take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.Smriti Mandhana struck a fifty off just 24 deliveries to record the fastest half-century in the shortest format by an Indian woman. Chasing 160 for a win, Mandhana hit her seventh T20I fifty but lacked support from other batters and India were bundled ou for 136.Mithali Raj was left out of the playing XI in the semi-final against England at the World Twenty20 in the West Indies. Mithali Raj has played 85 T20Is and scored 2283 runs at 37.42″We are looking to give chance to the young girls. We only have these 3 overseas games and then we are playing more in Indian conditions. That’s the reason we are giving chances to the young girls,” Kaur said after the match.Mithali’s place in the T20 side has been under the scanner due to her slow strike-rate and waning fielding abilities which led to her being dropped from the World T20 semi-final.The ouster from the playing XI led to a public spat with Committee of Administrators (CoA) member Diana Edulji, whom she accused of trying to “finish her career” along with interim chief coach Ramesh Powar.advertisementPowar didn’t get an extension in his role and WV Raman was appointed coach before the New Zealand series.Meanwhile, Mithali Raj in all likelihood will bring down curtains on her T20 International career after the home series against England. However, she will continue to play the 50-overs format where she is still the captain of the side.Also Watch: