Mithali Raj became the first batswoman to score 6000 runs in One-Day Internationals in the course of India’s World Cup league game against Australia at Bristol.The India captain, is now the leading run-scorer in women’s cricket, having overtaken Charlotte Edwards of England.Mithali broke the barrier in women’s cricket because she happens to be the only Asian in the list of top-10 run-scorers.Congratulations @M_Raj03 on the remarkable feat of becoming the all-time highest run-scorer in women’s ODIs. More power to you! #Girlpower ??- Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) July 12, 2017The top-10 is dominated by women from England (3), Australia (3) and New Zealand. Stafanie Roxann Taylor is the only West Indian in the list.Women’s cricket’s ‘captain cool’ needed 41 runs before this game and came into bat after the fall of the first wicket early in the innings.She steadied the innings along with opening batswoman Punam Raut and finally reached the landmark with a six off Kristen Beams in the 30the over. Mithali had earlier became the first woman in cricket history to hit seven consecutive fifties in ODIs. She hit 71 off 73 balls against England in their World Cup opener. She scored 44 against West Indies but was out for eight against Pakistan — bringing an end to her golden run. But she came back with a bang, scoring 53 against Sri Lanka to make it eight fifties from 10 inning. However, she fell for a golden duck in the previous match against South Africa.Raj’s first of the seven fifties came against Sri Lanka when she hit 70 not out at Colombo in February, 2017. Following that she scored an unbeaten 64 (South Africa), 73 (Bangladesh), 51* (South Africa), 54 (South Africa), 62* (South Africa), 71 (England).advertisementThe 34-year-old right hander has 6000 runs from 183 ODIs, with her highest being 114* against Ireland in Milton Keynes back in 26 June, 1999. She has five centuries to her name and averages over 50.
Just one look, a dimpled smile and outstretched arms are all that Shah Rukh Khan needs to personify the ultimate lover on screen, but the reality is different says the superstar who describes himself as “pathetic”, “detached” and “demotional” when it comes to romance and relationships.In an interview with PTI, Shah Rukh says, “I am pathetic with relationships. I am so pathetic that I am comic.””If somebody said what did you say to him or her when he or she said this, my answer would shock you. They are like but how could you? and I say, I don’t know how else to relate to this. I am very bad with relationships, I am awful.”Unlike his characters on screen who travel continents to profess love, Shah Rukh prefers to hide his emotions.”I am extremely one-sided, perhaps even selfish. Actually, I am very detached. I am demotional – emotional and detached, I don’t know how it works. I wont be able to say anything that I’ve done in my films to a girl, or even in relationships. I am extremely closeted, introverted, shy, reclusive and completely shut off about my emotions.”And this dichotomy is perhaps what helps him play the romantic hero as he believes that an actor is normally attracted to roles that he is not in real life.”I don’t have to believe in it, I have to make you believe in it and that’s a challenge always. An actor always goes for something that he is not. It’s a vent.advertisement”I want to be a Batman, a Spider-Man, a fire fighter, an evil conniving don and I want to be the greatest lover in the world. And I am not any of these. That’s why it turns me on,” he says.The 51-year-old star is aware of the absurdities of the grand romantic gestures in his films and he would not advice his fans to replicate them in real life – be it the famous train sequence from Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge or proposing a girl on her wedding day in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.”I am not telling you to run after a train and climb it. In real life, I would stop the train, or say lets meet at the next station.”I would never do it in real life, putting my hand out, beating her would-be-husband. In Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, the girl is getting married to a guy downstairs, I walk up to her and say I love you. Now that’s extremely weird!”Shah Rukh will next be seen in Imtiaz Ali’s Jab Harry Met Sejal. Also featuring Anushka Sharma, Jab Harry Met Sejal is scheduled to release on August 4.For the film, Shah Rukh is sporting a tattoo on his chest. It is again something that he would never do in real life.”I am freaking scared of tattoo needles. I am an extremely normal guy,” he says. ALSO READ: This is what Shah Rukh Khan and Brad Pitt discussed at the War Machine premiere ALSO READ: Shah Rukh Khan escapes near-fatal accident on Aanand L Rai film set ALSO WATCH: No one understands me, says Shah Rukh Khan
Tushar Arothe, in just about 3 months with the India women, has guided the team to the final of the Women’s World Cup, where Mithali Raj and co lost to hosts Englad by just 9 runs.Arothe told India Today that the girls were very down after the loss in the final of the Women’s World Cup and they may need a sports psychologist for the next tournament.”Due to lack of experience and panic we could not finish it off (in the final). The team was down after the final and for the first two days, no one spoke. Now they have become a bit normal. I hope we can pick up from here and move on.”We may need a sports psychologist for the next tournament and BCCI will help us with that. From here we have to know to handle such situations better,” Arothe told India Today.Indian women have prospered under him in the World Cup. Mithali scored 409 runs in nine matches with one hundred against New Zealand and finished as the tournament’s second highest run-getter behind England’s Tammy Beaumont. Harmanpreet, thanks to her unbeaten 171 against Australia in the semi-final, has amassed 359 runs while Poonam Raut, with her consistency, ended fifth on the list with 381 runs.Among the bowlers, Deepti Sharma is the highest Indian wicket-taker with 12 wickets in nine games and she is third on the overall list followed by Poonam Yadav with 11 wickets and Jhulan Goswami with 10 scalps.Arothe had coached the Indian women’s team before between 2008-2012 and also had a stint as the fielding coach. He knows the senior players like Mithali and Jhulan Goswami having worked with them.advertisementBefore the start of the World Cup Arothe had stressed on the importance of fielding and fitness which was an area of concern for this Indian team and he spoke of the same after the tournament as well.”I told the team after the match that we are aware of our shortcomings. I asked them to get fitter and we will work on the fielding and fitness. Skill wise, we are No. 1,” Arothe said.Arothe further said that they have to take positives from the tournament and put the loss behind them to progress ahead.”Our preparation tournament in South Africa worked well for us. We have learned a lot from the game in England. We have to take positives and move forward,” Arothe added.He praised Harmanpreet’s semi-final knock and said it’s the best he has seen in his life.”Harmanpreet’s knock in semis was one of the best I have seen in my life and that’s why we reached the final. If not for her knock, to beat a team like Australia was very difficult. Her batting put Australia on the backfoot,” Arothe said.Arothe also supported Mithali’s thought on Women’s IPL and mentioned the valuable experience Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur got from the Women’s Big Bash.”If women’s IPL happens, it will be great. Harmanpreet and Smriti benefited a lot from Big Bash. Smriti got only two knocks in the tournament but won us those games and Harmanpreet won us the semi-final.”
World number three Roger Federer survived a first-round scare from Frances Tiafoe before grinding out a 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, 1-6, 6-4 victory over the American teenager in front of a raucous crowd at the US Open on Tuesday.Federer looked more relieved than overjoyed when Tiafoe’s forehand found the net on match point to keep his hopes of a 20th grand slam title alive.”We had a good fight,” Federer said in an on-court interview. “It was exciting and this is why I came to New York, to go through these emotions,” he said with a laugh. (US Open: Rafael Nadal takes first step towards Roger Federer showdown)The 19-year-old Tiafoe broke Federer in the first game of the match and bellowed out a loud “Come on!” when his forehand winner found the line to capture the opening set.Federer, who has won this year’s Australian Open and Wimbledon since taking a six-month break last year, soon found his groove once he broke Tiafoe to take a 3-1 lead in the second set and reeled off nine of the next 10 games.However, his poor form returned in a 23-minute fourth set when his serve and the accuracy of his trusty one-handed backhand completely deserted him.Reuters PhotoFederer said Tiafoe could go on to have a big career.”He is a great player and has a bright future ahead of him,” he said of the 19-year-old.Despite coming away with the win, the shaky performance raises questions about the health of the 36-year-old Swiss, who sat out the Cincinnati Masters earlier this month with back pain.advertisementHe acknowledged that he was worried about his back going into the match but said he felt “much, much better”.”This win will give me a lot of confidence,” he said.Due to rain, the speedy 2-hour and 35-minute five setter was played under the closed roof of Arthur Ashe Stadium, which amplified the volume of the rowdy crowd.Federer next meets either Slovenian Blaz Kavcic or Russian Mikhail Youzhny.
Los Angeles, Oct 10 (PTI) Model Chrissy Teigen says she has a crush on “Baywatch” star Zac Efron.The 31-year-old catwalk star says musician husband John Legend believes that she finds the actor desirable, reports InStyle magazine.”Its not really like a physical crush on him… Like, I really enjoy his films. I enjoy him in a professional manner.”John thinks I really like Zac Efron because I can never stop watching his movies,” says Teigen.Married to the “All of Me” hitmaker, the Sports Illustrated model has a 17-month-old daughter Luna with him. PTI RDS RDS
England’s women will hope to build on the success of their World Cup triumph and wrest back the Ashes from an Australian side shorn of talismanic captain Meg Lanning.The all-formats tournament kicks off with a one-day international in Brisbane on Sunday and promises to be more than a curtain-raiser for the five-test men’s series that begins in November.England, captained by Heather Knight, are seeking revenge after being humbled on home soil in the previous series in 2015, while Australia are desperate to make amends for their surprise World Cup semi-final exit in July.”We’ve got over (the World Cup) now,” Australia pace bowler Megan Schutt told reporters this week.#ThrowbackThursday Australia won the last #WomensAshes series in 2015 – who are you backing this time? @SouthernStars or @englandcricket? pic.twitter.com/zvo8EbiPHP- ICC (@ICC) October 19, 2017″We’ve learnt from the mistakes that were made over there and dealt with the personal issues that came with that.”We’ve really worked hard at getting over that speed bump.”Rachael Haynes has been named skipper of Australia in place of Lanning and will be under pressure to get the better of Knight, who replaced Charlotte Edwards last year and was a cool head during the World Cup on home soil.Reuters Photo Australia all-rounder Ellyse Perry again looms as a huge threat to England’s hopes of victory after being player of the series in the past two Ashes campaigns.She enters the tournament off the back of an outstanding World Cup where she amassed 404 runs and took nine wickets.advertisementEngland will lean on their formidable attack of seamers Anya Shrubsole, Katherine Brunt and young spinner Sophie Ecclestone to thwart Perry and the Australian batswomen.After opening with three ODIs, the teams play a day-night test in Sydney before finishing off with three Twenty20 matches.The limited overs matches are worth two points for a win, with victory in the test worth four.Women’s cricket has gone from strength to strength since the last Ashes two years ago, as witnessed by the sell-out crowd that saw England defeat India by nine runs in the World Cup final at Lord’s.Organisers decided to limit capacity at Brisbane’s Allan Border field to only 2,000 for Sunday’s opener, but the tickets were sold out three weeks in advance.”The interest in women’s sport is at an all-time high,” Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said.
(Eds: recasting yesterdays story with updated results)New Delhi, Oct 30 (PTI) From the badminton court to the cricket ground, from the hockey stadium to the football pitch, it has been a month to remember for Indian sports. And performance was not the only yardstick.As millions of fans took pride and delight in shuttler Kidambi Srikanths French Open triumph yesterday, it was a reminder that India is slowly but surely carving its place as an ambitious sporting nation. Never before has the country achieved so many successes in one month as this October.”When a confident young nation starts to apply itself, change is always visible. Successes are due to the efforts of the athletes and coaches,” Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore told PTI.Whether it was the action on the field of play or hosting for the first time, marquee events such as the FIFA under-17 World Cup, the country has reasons to be proud of on multiple counts.The shuttlers dazzled consistently, the hockey team continued a revival march, the cricketers dominated effortlessly and amid all this, the under-17 football World Cup had fans flocking to stadiums despite the home teams early ouster.”The successful hosting of FIFA under-17 World Cup in the backdrop of Mission XI Million has given football a fillip. We aim primacy of athletes, coaches, and fans in the sports architecture of the country,” Rathore said.”We are for Suvidha and Samman (facilities and respect) to players. I am happy that our players too are responding with their dedication and determination to bring laurels to the country. Programmes like Khelo India will take forward the momentum of the current brilliant performance,” he said.advertisementAmong the highlights this month was Srikanths Denmark and French Open triumphs, making him the first Indian to win four Super Series titles in a year. The mens hockey team also scripted a little piece of history by winning its first Asia Cup title win in 10 years.Add to this, the cricket team beating world champions Australia followed by New Zealand as well as some tennis and golfing cheer.And the man, who is, without doubt, the toast of the nation right now, Virat Kohli, did his bit to increase the euphoria by going past the great Ricky Ponting to be the second highest accumulator of ODI hundreds.While India remained a novice on the football field, it won the bragging rights of conducting a FIFA Under-17 World Cup for the first time, which was declared a “resounding success” by the world bodys boss — Gianni Infantino. It was hardly a surprise given that the hosts managed to break attendance records for an age group world cup.Away from the buzz that the under-17 World Cup surprisingly generated, India also smoothly pulled off hosting — again for the first time — the ISSF Shooting World Cup Final.The creme-de-la-creme of international shooting descended on the Indian capital for the seasons finale at the Karni Singh Ranges and the host nations best ever performance in the event, a gold, a silver, and a bronze medal, made it memorable in more ways than one.Adding to the cheer were the on-mark archers, who notched up a silver medal at the World Championships in Argentina.All things put together, rarely has a single month brought so many sporting reasons for India to celebrate. And the most heartening aspect of it all has been that cricket was just one of the contributing factors.It was a very expected first-round exit from the under-17 World Cup but it was nonetheless made unforgettable for the nation by Jeakson Singh, a 16-year-old son of a street vendor in Manipur, who became the first Indian to score a goal in a FIFA World Cup.The strike against Colombia was certainly one for the history books and is unlikely to be forgotten. Then there were the shuttlers, a consistent bunch of performers, ensuring that almost every weekend had a title up for grabs for the country.The striking feature of the Indians rising stature in international badminton has been their ability to regularly get the better of Chinese players, the most formidable in the world despite their recent slump.The cricketers, on the other hand, went about their business with usual elan. Kohlis men have been nearly unstoppable for a while now and being at home has made them just a shade more dominating and intimidating.The Australians were at the receiving end of this intensity and they hardly looked like world champions in what can only be described as a sound thrashing.advertisementNew Zealand arrived next and although they gave a better account of themselves, compared to Australia, India still managed to raise the bar when it mattered to lock their seventh successive bilateral series.In fact, it wouldnt be wrong to say that sports provided the Diwali fireworks, which seem to be on the wane with every passing year. PTI PM VJ PM
By Lalit K JhaWashington, Nov 26 (PTI) Indian automobile giant Mahindra & Mahindra is eyeing the American car market with its South Korean subsidiary exploring possibilities in the sports utility vehicle (SUV) segment.The company this week opened a new USD 230 million plant in Detroit, the worlds car capital, which got its first automotive production facility in 25 years.The entry into the US car market is likely to be through the South Korean SsangYong Motor Company, which is a subsidiary of Mahindra & Mahindra, indicated its group chairman Anand Mahindra.He, however, told reporters in Detroit that no date of entering the American car market has been determined yet.The board of SsangYong, which was acquired by Mahindra in 2011, is deliberating the issue and would announce when a decision is made.”In automotive, as you know, we own Ssangyong motors and the advantage of possibly exploring an American entry through them is that the American consumer by now has developed great respect for the Korean automotive brand thanks to Hyundai and Kia,” Mahindra said.”So, they have done all the hard work, now when a third Korean brand comes in here, there will be not be resistance and skepticism. It will simply be tested out as yet another Korean product. So, there is a strong logic for Ssangyong to look in. So that could be another point of entry for the on- road piece,” said Mahindra.The Indian business tycoon was in the US early this week to open Mahindras automotive plant in Detroit.advertisementThe automotive plant plans to manufacture off-loaders, the first lot of which is expected by early next year.Mahindra, a well-known brand of tractors in the US, has emerged over the years as the third largest seller of tractors in America.Asked about making cars in the US, Mahindra said: “I hope so but I dont have a plan right now, nothing I can tell you. And whether it will be Ssangyong or whether it will be an electric, or whether it will be some other brand… we own Pininfarina, as you know… I have been on record saying that we will want to make Pininfarina electric. Which of these brands will come near I dont know.”We dont, thats the honest answer. But do we have the aspiration to be on road as well as off road, yes,” Mahindra told a group of Indian reporters in response to a question.Asked about the roll out plans for Ssangyong in the US, he said: “Nothing yet, the board is still deliberating it in Korea. But they are definitely exploring”.A Korean brand should be an obvious one and the world is moving to SUVs, he said.”Ssangyong like Mahindra in Korea is a specialist SUV maker. So it is seen as niche. As you know now more and more of the worlds cars are becoming SUVs.”The move to SUVs is a very, very strong shift everywhere. Biggest profit makers in America for large companies here are SUVs. So this (US) is a very, very important market to come into if we can,” Mahindra added.The USD 19-billion group, which is present in more than 100 countries and operates in as many as 11 sectors, employs over two lakh people. PTI LKJ CPS
PHOENIX — The Diamondbacks fired Manager Kirk Gibson three years after he won the NL’s Manager of the Year award for leading Arizona to the playoffs.The Diamondbacks are assured of at least a tie for the worst record in the majors this season, having lost 96 games entering the final series of the year.“Kirk has done an admirable job under difficult circumstances,” Chief Baseball Officer Tony La Russa said in a statement. “We feel like it is time for a fresh start.”The move came as the Diamondbacks front office restructures under La Russa following a third disappointing season in a row. Arizona went 81-81 in 2013 and 2012. Former major league pitcher Dave Stewart was hired Sept. 25th as the team’s new General Manager.“I am extremely appreciative for this opportunity and I had a great experience with the Diamondbacks,” Gibson said in a statement issued through the team. “I know we had a tough year and people will look at this as a negative, but we accomplished a lot of good things here. I told the team that I have nothing but the utmost respect for this organization and the people I’ve met along the way.”Bench coach Alan Trammell was also let go. Gibson joined the Diamondbacks as a bench coach in 2007 and took over as interim manager in July 2010. The Diamondbacks kept him on and the team went 94-68 to win the NL West in 2011, his first full year.Gibson and Trammell were teammates on the 1984 Detroit Tigers team that won the franchise’s most recent World Series.Arizona fired Kevin Towers as General Manager earlier this month, long after it became clear that this was a lost season.Injuries were a big part of the problem.Star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt had his season ended after four months by a broken hand after he was hit by a pitch from Pittsburgh reliever Ernesto Frieri.Slugger Mark Trumbo, the team’s key offseason acquisition, missed about two months because of a stress fracture in his left foot, and before the season, the Diamondbacks lost starter Patrick Corbin to Tommy John surgery.TweetPinShare0 Shares
TweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — Thanks to another exquisite performance from Jacob deGrom and a big hit by newcomer Juan Uribe, the New York Mets did more than just stop Zack Greinke’s streak.Greinke’s shutout string ended at 45 2-3 innings when the Mets scored the first of two scratch runs against him, and New York defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 July 26 on Uribe’s game-winning single off the wall in the 10th.“How it didn’t get out, I have no idea. That ball was mashed,” New York Manager Terry Collins said. “That’s why we got him. Those are the things he’s going to bring to this team.”The hard-throwing deGrom outpitched Greinke in a marquee matchup that lived up to its billing, but Yasmani Grandal hit a tying single in the ninth as Los Angeles erased a two-run deficit against closer Jeurys Familia, who was trying for a four-out save.Greinke allowed a run in the third on an RBI grounder by deGrom and another in the sixth when rookie Michael Conforto was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.The right-hander’s scoreless streak was the longest in the majors since Orel Hershiser set the big league record with 59 for the Dodgers in 1988.“I think everyone appreciates that. Maybe it will get broken. Five years ago or so, I thought that one and (Joe) DiMaggio’s (56-game hitting) streak were the two toughest. But it looks like people are getting closer to the Hershiser one now. So maybe eventually it might happen,” Greinke said, acknowledging he won’t miss all the attention generated by his pursuit of Hershiser’s mark.One day after a mild Mets lineup broke loose for 15 runs and 21 hits, this one was a tight duel between NL All-Stars who entered with the two lowest ERAs in the league.New York gained a four-game series split and moved within two games of first-place Washington after going 4-6 during a tough stretch against NL division leaders.“Whenever I found out (Greinke) was throwing this game, I was excited,” deGrom said. “I knew it would be fun and it probably would be a pitchers’ duel, and I was looking forward to that.”Curtis Granderson hustled for a leadoff double against Juan Nicasio (1-3) in the 10th. Kenley Jansen relieved with one out and Uribe, acquired late July 24 in a trade with Atlanta, launched an 0-2 pitch off the left-center fence to beat his former team. Los Angeles traded Uribe to the Braves earlier this season.Uribe, who entered as a pinch hitter in the eighth, raised his arms in glee and was swarmed by his new teammates between first and second.Jenrry Mejia (1-0) pitched out of trouble in the top of the 10th. With a runner on third, he struck out rookie slugger Joc Pederson and retired Howie Kendrick to keep it tied.Neither team managed an extra-base hit until Adrian Gonzalez and ex-Met Justin Turner delivered consecutive doubles with one out in the ninth. Grandal then grounded a sharp single inside third base past a diving Uribe.Last season’s NL Rookie of the Year, deGrom yielded only two singles and struck out eight in 7 2-3 scoreless innings, lowering his ERA to 2.05. After throwing 113 pitches, he walked off to a standing ovation from the crowd of 36,093 and touched the bill of his cap.Greinke gave up just four singles in seven innings but left trailing 2-0. The right-hander had not permitted a run in seven starts since June 13 at San Diego. He did allow a lead-off homer to AL MVP Mike Trout in the All-Star Game on July 14.Greinke originally was scheduled to pitch July 24, but went to Los Angeles to be with his wife July 23 for the birth of their first child, Bode Nicholas. Greinke, who leads the majors with a 1.37 ERA, rejoined the team this weekend.“Surprisingly, it wasn’t as distracting as you would think,” he said. “Flying back and forth cross-country wasn’t too bad. I felt strong today. I started off really well and got worse. You would think if there was an effect on me, I would’ve started off bad and gotten better.”(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball Writer)
TORONTO — Texas second baseman Rougned Odor was suspended for eight games and fined $5,000 by Major League Baseball on May 17 for punching Toronto’s Jose Bautista on the jaw.Major League Baseball disciplined 14 players and staff for their roles during the May 15 brawl at Arlington, Texas.“I knew I was going to be suspended,” Odor said before Texas’ game at Oakland. “I have to follow the rules, and I’m just waiting for the appeal. I want to be with my team all year. I don’t want to be out eight games.”Blue Jays pitcher Jesse Chavez was suspended three games for hitting Prince Fielder with a pitch. Manager John Gibbons, who returned to the field for the fight following his ejection five innings earlier, was penalized three games for inciting additional fighting.Bautista, who made a hard takeout slide at second base on Odor, was suspended for one game by MLB Senior Vice President Joe Garagiola Jr. for his actions and post-game commentsRangers shortstop Elvis Andrus was suspended for one game for aggressive actions and Blue Jays first base coach Tim Leiper for one game for returning to the dugout following his ejection.“The rules are fair for punishment,” Rangers Manager Jeff Banister said. “They are in place for a reason. We’ll live by them and move on.”Odor, Bautista and Chavez appealed their discipline, which will be held in abeyance pending a resolution. Andrus was to serve his penalty May 17 at Oakland.Bautista homered for Toronto’s only runs in a 12-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on May 17. Afterward, the slugger said he was “confident” in his appeal.“I think there’s precedents set in the past and they should be respected,” Bautista said. “I think I have good enough reasons. I’m not just appealing it for the sake of appealing it.”The amount of Odor’s fine was disclosed by a person familiar with the discipline who spoke on condition of anonymity because the figure was not announced.Texas pitchers Matt Bush (intentionally throwing at Bautista), Sam Dyson (aggressive actions) and A.J. Griffin (being on the field while on the disabled list) were fined along with catcher Robinson Chirinos (being on the field while on the DL) and bench coach Steve Buechele (aggressive actions).“I wish I struck out Pillar and not given up a run,” said Bush, who made his big league debut last week. “Other than that, I think I handled the situation very well. I’m having fun.”Toronto third baseman Josh Donaldson, the reigning AL MVP, was fined for aggressive actions along with outfielder Kevin Pillar.Bench coach DeMarlo Hale, who was acting manager following Gibbons’ ejection, was fined for Chavez’s intentional actions after teams had been warned by umpires.Hale will manage the Blue Jays while Gibbons serves his suspension, beginning with the May 17 loss to Tampa Bay. Assistant hitting coach Eric Owens coached first base in Leiper’s place.Gibbons, who was suspended one game last August for returning to the field during an altercation with Kansas City after being ejected earlier that game, said he was surprised by the length of his suspension this time around.“That was a little excessive,” Gibbons said. “But what are you going to do? I’ve got enough issues to worry about.”“That’s your team out there,” he said. “It makes sense to me that you should go out there and try to keep things under control, but that’s not the rules so you’ve got to live with that.”Tensions between the Blue Jays and Rangers stemmed from last season, when Bautista hit a tie-breaking three-run homer in Game 5 of the AL Division Series, admired the shot and then dramatically flipped his bat – a breach of baseball etiquette that requires batters to immediately and undemonstratively start running the bases after hitting a homer.In the May 15 game, Bautista slid hard and late into the right leg of Odor and eight feet past second base.Odor shoved Bautista with both hands, then threw a punch to the jaw that made Bautista’s head snap back, causing his sunglasses and helmet to fly off. Dugouts and bullpens emptied.“It was pretty cowardly of them to wait until my last at-bat to do that in the whole series,” Bautista said after the game. “They could have come out and done it, if they wanted to send a message. Again, it shows a little bit more of their colors.”___By Ian Harrison. AP Baseball Writer Ronald Blum in New York and AP freelance writer Rick Eymer in Oakland, California, contributedTweetPinShare0 Shares
TweetPinShare0 Shares LAS VEGAS (AP) — No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz needed to be helped off the court with an injury to his left ankle in the Philadelphia 76ers’ summer league game Saturday night against Golden State.Fultz appeared to roll his ankle in the second half and was helped to the locker room by two teammates. Sixers summer league coach Lloyd Pierce said Fultz has been diagnosed with a sprained left ankle and “will be treated accordingly.”Fultz will not play Sunday, but there is no timetable for his return to action.“We’ll be as cautious as we can, making sure he’s healthy,” Pierce said.It was the last thing the Sixers wanted to see just when they appeared to be ready to put years of misery behind them. They have dealt with significant injuries to center Joel Embiid and last year’s No. 1 pick, Ben Simmons, over the last three years.“Oh no no no,” Embiid tweeted, “don’t do this to us.”Fultz, who signed his contract earlier in the day, was taken for X-rays. The former Washington star had eight points in 15 minutes.“I’m a little bit punch-drunk with the injuries that we’ve had with our first players selected over the years,” head coach Brett Brown said during the ESPN telecast.But Pierce said he was trying not to look at it that way.“It’s easy to put that on the history that we’ve gone through, but no, it’s just part of the game,” Pierce said.The 76ers pulled off a trade with Boston before the draft in June to move up from No. 3 to No. 1 to take Fultz, the dynamic scoring point guard that GM Bryan Colangelo felt was the perfect piece to put with Simmons and Embiid.The move energized a fan base that had been worn down by years of tanking under previous GM Sam Hinkie, though his oft-criticized strategy was finally starting to pay off with the accumulation of talent in Philly.The Sixers also added veterans J.J. Redick and Amir Johnson to supplement the young core and appeared poised to get rolling in the wide-open Eastern Conference.Fultz averaged 23.2 points last season for the Huskies, tops among freshmen, and added 5.9 assists and 5.7 rebounds per game, the only Division I player to reach those stats.“I think that he has a tremendous feel for the game,” Brown said. “I think that the way he plays and the pace he plays with is going to allow him to play multiple positions. He has proven to be a better shooter than personally I expected.”___By JON KRAWCZYNSKI AP Sports Writers John Nicholson and Tim Reynolds contributed to this report.
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Liverpool came from behind to beat Burnley 4-2 in high winds and occasional driving rain on Sunday, reducing Manchester City’s Premier League lead back to one point.Relegation-threatened Burnley took an early lead at Anfield in unusual fashion as Ashley Westwood’s sixth-minute corner curled straight into the far top corner of the net.Liverpool’s Sadio Mane celebrates scoring his side’s second goal of the game during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Burnley at Anfield, Liverpool, England, Sunday, March 10, 2019. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP)Key to Liverpool’s turnaround was Adam Lallana, who — in only his fifth start of the season — had a hand in the first two goals for Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.Firmino and Mane also scored in the second half, with Mane’s the last kick of the game seconds after substitute Johan Berg Gudmundsson had scored a stoppage-time goal for Burnley.While Liverpool is second in the standings, Burnley is two points above the relegation zone.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Continue Reading Previous Cadence: analog IC design-for-reliability solutionNext SEGGER: IoT toolkit to access cloud based services Teledyne LeCroy announced the WavePro HD high-definition oscilloscopes, which combine for the first time HD4096 12-bit technology and 8 GHz bandwidth for low noise and pristine signal fidelity. With a maximum of 5 Gpoints of fast, responsive, and easily navigable acquisition memory, also an industry first, WavePro HD oscilloscopes also acquire extremely fine waveform details over long periods of time. A deep, powerful toolset quickly exposes underlying system behaviors. WavePro HD 12-bit oscilloscopes uniquely support engineers in developing smaller, faster, and lower-power mobile and handheld devices; high-speed, deeply-embedded computing systems; and datacenter technologies. All of these are characterized by analog sensor inputs, sensitive power-distribution networks (PDNs) with very low-voltage power rails, and high-speed CPUs and serial-data interfaces. This requires an oscilloscope with a unique combination of high resolution, low noise, high bandwidth, and very long capture times at high sample rates to facilitate comprehensive system debugging.All WavePro HD oscilloscopes feature a large 15.6”, 1900 x 1080-pixel capacitive touch screen and Teledyne LeCroy’s powerful MAUI with OneTouch user interface for intuitive, efficient operation. The instruments come in four models with bandwidths from 2.5 GHz to 8 GHz, all featuring sample rates up to 20 GS/s.20 GS/s.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software
AI is the future of IoT. To highlight the possibilities these bring, Innodisk is showcasing four of the main AIoT markets at Computex 2019. The first thing to greet visitors to the booth is a facial recognition entrance. This setup shows how entering and exiting the office can be done in a secure and unobtrusive manner. Moving on, we enter the transportation area where a real-time fleet management system is run through Innodisk’s cloud management platform iCAP™. Additionally, a miniature scale intersection will showcase how vehicles can be tracked through an intersection to help analyze and streamline traffic flow.The next section is the Smart Factory which shows how AI and machine vision can detect discrepancies in fabrics faster and more keenly than any human operator. And lastly, we arrive at the Innodisk Smart Medical segment where a customized iCAP platform demonstrates how a nursing station can integrate all connected devices under one umbrella for easy management.Fire is no issue for data retention with the new Fire Shield SSD. Successfully tested to withstand 800°C for 30 minutes, the Fire Shield SSD can save your data if disaster strikes. For the DRAM side, the 32GB modules are ready to bring high capacity to the IoT market. Combining this with wide temperature, Anti-Sulfuration and ECC functionalities gives you the optimal industrial-grade DRAM solution. For expansion cards, the new M.2 Graphics Card can deliver both 4K UHD and FHD. With a DDR3 IC on board, this miniature graphics card is tailor-made for space-constrained IoT applications.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Infineon: ultra-small barometric pressure sensorNext Keysight launches new phase noise test system
\R London, June 17 (AFP) Briton Dan Evans’ hopes of a first title since returning from a drugs ban came to nothing on Sunday as he was beaten 7-6 (7/4), 7-5 by in-form Australian Alex de Minaur in the Nottingham Challenge Final. Evans, who made his comeback in April after being banned for a year for testing positive for cocaine, will now head to his first ATP Tour event at Queen’s Club, for which he was given a wild card, since returning. The 28-year-old Briton — who has suffered just four defeats in his 20 competitive matches since coming back onto the circuit and will see his world ranking rise from a lowly 530 — will play Adrian Mannarino in the first round at Queen’s. De Minaur, who will also rise up the rankings having broken into the top 100 on the back of his success at Surbiton last weekend, fought back from 4-2 down in the first set. Some of his play was outstanding and Evans sportingly called out ‘too good’ when the 19-year-old’s sublime lob clinched the first set. Evans showed character in breaking back in the second set with de Minaur serving for the match at 5-4, but the Australian made no mistake when presented with a second opportunity to secure his first ATP Challenger title. British tennis fans will hope that fourth seed Johanna Konta can go one better than Evans in the women’s final later on Sunday against another Australian, the top seeded Ashleigh Barty. (AFP) ATKATK
Sweden will be keen to come out of Zlatan Ibrahimovic shadows when they face South Korea in their FIFA World Cup 2018 group opener at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on Monday.Ibrahimovic continues to dominate conversations around the team even though he stopped playing for Sweden in April 2017. Ibrahimovic scored 62 goals in 116 appearances for the Scandinavian nation.He did not play in the qualifiers nor come out of retirement for the World Cup, yet Sweden are still looking to step out of the shadow of Ibrahimovic.The Sweden coach Janne Andersson has been keen to move the narrative on.FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGE”This is incredible! This player has stopped to play with Sweden one year and a half ago and we are still here talking about him,” Andersson said after Sweden upset Italy in November’s playoffs to return to the World Cup field for the first time since 2006.”Gosh, we need to talk about the great players we have in this team I believe.”But the likes of Emil Forsberg, John Guidetti and Ola Toivonen have lacked not only the bluster but also the form to move maverick Ibrahimovic from the spotlight, even though Sweden are now seen as a much more cohesive unit.It did not help, either, that Sweden failed to score in their last three warm-up internationals.World Cup 2018: How South Korea tricked a Swedish ‘spy’ in AustriaTheir patchy form is matched by opponents, South Korea, also far-from-inspiring in the build-up to the tournament.South Korea, however, will be relying on their sole world class talent, Son Heung-min, to inspire them on the pitch as both teams try to shake off poor form in their opening Group F game.advertisementBack for their ninth successive finals, South Korea will be looking to forward Son to take the leading role after scoring 18 goals in all competitions for Tottenham Hotspur last season.”I feel great when people say good things about me but what’s important is that I have to show it on the pitch. I know lots of people’s expectations are on me, so I also feel a responsibility,” he told reporters this week.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL FIXTURESSouth Korea will be keen to avoid any repetition of the fury that greeted their return home from the last finals in Brazil.Just a single point from their three group matches led to the squad being pelted with toffees – a play on the expression “go eat toffee” which is an insult in Korea.(With inputs from Reuters)
New Delhi, Jun 26 (PTI) The following are the top/expected stories at 1730 hours: EXPECTED STORIES: *Stories related to India’s tour of UK. *Report of Football World Cup match between Australia and Peru. *Report of Football World Cup match between France and Denmark. *Report of Football World Cup match between Argentina and Nigeria. *Report of Football World Cup match between Croatia and Iceland. STORIES ON THE WIRE: SPO-IND-PREVIEWIndia look to kick off English summer on winning noteBy Chetan NarulaDublin, Jun 26 (PTI) It’s the dress rehearsal before the the actual test but India would do well not to let the guard down when they take on a lowly but effervescent Ireland in a two-match T20 rubber, starting tomorrow. SPO-HOCK-CT-IND Confident India aim to upstage Australia in Champions Trophy hockey Breda (Netherlands), Jun 26 (PTI) Their campaign off to a dream start with back-to-back wins, India would look to continue the giant-slaying spree when they take on world champions Australia in their third match of the FIH Champions Trophy hockey tournament, here tomorrow. SPO-PAK-SQUASH Pakistan seek WSF’s help after being denied Indian visa for World Junior Squash Karachi, Jun 26 (PTI) The Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) has sought world body’s intervention after it failed to secure visas for its team which is set to take part in the World World Junior Squash Championship to be held in India next month. SPO-BAD-IND Saina sails into second round of Malaysian Open Kuala Lumpur, Jun 26 (PTI) India’s Olympic medallist shuttler Saina Nehwal sailed into the second round of the USD 700,000 Malaysian Open with a convincing 21-12 21-16 win over Yip Pui Yin of Hong Kong here today.advertisement SPO-WREST-TRIALS Sandeep Tomar secures Asian Games spot, Aware gives trials a miss By Amanpreet Singh Sonepat, Jun 26 (PTI) Wrestler Sandeep Tomar staved off stiff competition from the talented Utkarsh Kale to qualify for the Asian Games and World Championship in the 57kg category, even as Rahul Aware opted out of the trials, citing a knee injury. SPO-ICC-RANKINGS Kohli, Team India look to improve T20 rankings Dubai, June 26 (PTI) Placed eighth in the ICC T20 batting chart, skipper Virat Kohli will look to improve his and Team India’s rankings in the upcoming series against Ireland and England. SPO-AIRTEL MARATHON Airtel Hyderabad Marathon on August 25, 26 Hyderabad, June 26 (PTI) The eighth edition of the AirtelHyderabad Marathon will be held here on August 25 and 26. SPO-PAK-COACHNo fielding coach for Pakistan in Zimbabwe tour, Berry to join in SeptemberKarachi, Jun 26 (PTI) Pakistan will be without a fielding coach on their upcoming tour of Zimbabwe after Australias Darren Berry, who has been shortlisted for the job, informed the nation’s Cricket Board (PCB) that he won’t be able to join the team before the Asia Cup in September. PTI APA APAAPA
Defending champion Roger Federer crashed out in the quarter-finals of the Wimbledon 2018 after losing to eighth seed Kevin Anderson on Wednesday.The top-seeded Federer was defeated by the South African 2-6 6-7(5) 7-5 6-4 13-11 in 4 hours and 13 minutes as the match witnessed his unbeaten streak of 34 consecutive sets coming to an end.The 36-year-old Swiss, not playing on Centre Court for the first time since 2015, displayed his usual panache as he strolled through the opening two sets to stretch his streak of consecutive sets won at Wimbledon to 34.But after squandering a match point in the 10th game of the third set Federer’s game frayed at the edges and an inspired Anderson powered back to claim victory in four hours 14 minutes.A moment @KAndersonATP will never forget#Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/Gs8wWMU3atWimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 11, 2018It was the biggest shock in a tournament already brimming with surprises, especially as Joahannesburg-born Anderson had not even won a set in their four previous meetings.While top seed Federer was only at his scintillating best in the first set nothing could be taken away from Anderson, who will become the first male player representing South Africa to contest a Wimbledon semi-final since Kevin Curren in 1983.The 32-year-old, who reached last year’s U.S. Open final, will face either Milos Raonic or John Isner in the semis.”Down 2-0 I tried my best to keep fighting and was able to scrape through and by the end I thought I did a great job. I was in the flow of the match,” eighth seed Anderson said.advertisement”Beating Roger Federer at Wimbledon will be one I remember. As the match went on, I gave it my all. I’m very ecstatic.””There are moments that you rise to the occasion, and I didnt. It just happened that today wasnt the day.”After 11 #Wimbledon match wins in a row, we bid farewell to our eight-time champion – until next year, @rogerfederer. pic.twitter.com/gullVyRGehWimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 11, 2018CHANCES BLOWNIt is the second time that 20-times Grand Slam champion Federer has lost at Wimbledon from two sets ahead, suffering the same fate against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the 2011 quarter-finals.”It just wasn’t one of my best days,” Federer, who won the first set in 26 minutes, told reporters.The Swiss refused to blame his surprise defeat on the decision to play the match on Court One rather than his customary Centre Court stage at the All England Club.”I don’t think it really mattered, to be honest. I had my chances and blew them, so… That’s my problem really, the 36-year-old said. “I had my chances and I blew it.”Federer had breezed into the quarter-finals and was imperious in the opening set.Anderson, the first South African to reach the last eight since Wayne Ferreira in 1994, was steadfast though and did what no man had done at Wimbledon since last year’s semi-final when he broke Federer’s serve early in the second set.It snapped an 85-match run of holds by the Swiss but he did not flinch, hitting back to take the set on a tiebreak. MATCH POINTFederer’s match point arrived when Anderson served at 4-5 in the third but, with the South African looming at the net, he made a hash of an attempted backhand pass.The escape energised Anderson and he broke in the next game with a bludgeoning backhand off a weak second serve and then battled back from 0-40 to seal the third with an ace.Federer seemed rattled and his forehand began to look vulnerable and it was that stroke which allowed Anderson a decisive break of serve at 3-3 in the fourth.Anderson had Federer down 0-30 twice on serve in the early stages of the decider but the top seed’s survival instincts kicked in and with the advantage of serving first it seemed inevitable that his opponent would crack eventually.Six times Anderson was required to hold serve to stay alive and each time he was equal to the task.It was Federer who faltered at 11-11, double-faulting to hand Anderson a break point which he converted when the defending champion’s weary forehand smacked the net.There was still the small matter of holding serve but a 28th ace helped settle Anderson’s nerves and be brought up match point with a massive forehand before completing a remarkable victory with a first serve that Federer could not handle.(With inputs from Reuters)
By Bharat Sharma New Delhi, July 30 (PTI) Table tennis star Manika Batra, arguably India’s best athlete at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, is yet to receive the cash reward promised by the Delhi government, more than three months after her historic effort in Gold Coast.The Delhi-based Manika had won a unprecedented four medals at the Games including two gold medals (team and singles), a silver (doubles) and bronze (mixed doubles. As per the existing policy of the Delhi government, a CWG gold medallist gets Rs 14 lakh for gold, Rs 10 lakh for silver and Rs 6 lakh for bronze. Since the amount of the cash prize was a lot lesser than what the athletes from Haryana and Tamil Nadu get, a revised proposal had gone to the Delhi government for approval. A gold medal winner from Haryana receives Rs 1.5 crore and Tamil Nadu government gives Rs 50 lakh for the yellow metal. Dharemender Singh, Deputy Director of Education (Sports) in the Delhi government, confirmed the Manika’s file has been sent to the cabinet for approval. “The file of the specific case you are referring has gone to the cabinet for approval,” Singh told PTI. Sources close to the player revealed that under the revised reward, Manika stands to get Rs 1.7 crore for her four medals (Rs 50 lakh each for gold, Rs 40 for silver and Rs 30 lakh for bronze). At the felicitation ceremony organised by the Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) last night, Manika said she is confident of getting her due soon from the Delhi government.advertisement “I don’t know why it has not happened so far but I know it will happen,” said Manika, who is now preparing for the next month’s Asian Games in Indonesia. The central government had promptly felicitated the medal winners 15 days after the Games, held from April 3-15. TTFI secretary M P Singh expressed disappointment at Manika not being given her due by the Delhi government. “I wish it had happened earlier. Most state governments have already felicitated their medal winning athletes. They are the pride of the entire nation,” M P Singh said. In fact, Manika had met Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia in May and they both promised her “full support”. The irony of the entire matter is that double Olympic medallist wrestler Sushil Kumar happens to be OSD Sports in Delhi government. It could not be confirmed that if the champion athlete too is yet to receive his cash reward for winning the gold in Gold Coast. PTI BS KHSKHS