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UEFA Champions League: Zinedine Zidane praises ‘complete player’ Harry Kane

first_imgReal Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane heaped praise on Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League clash between the sides which will be an acid test for the prolific England striker.Kane leads the scoring charts in Europe’s elite competition with five goals in Spurs’ games against Borussia Dortmund and APOEL Nicosia, one more than Cristiano Ronaldo.Kane, who has also six strikes in the Premier League and has scored 13 times in his last nine matches for club and country, has been the main focus of media attention before Tuesday’s blockbuster clash between Spurs and the European champions and was featured on the cover of Spanish newspaper Marca on Monday.”He is a fundamental player for Tottenham, he is very good in every aspect, but the best thing about him is that he’s always got the goal on his mind,” Zidane told a news conference on Monday.”He’s a very complete player even though he does not look it, but he always turns up when he needs to.”Zidane ducked a question on whether he would like to sign Kane for Real Madrid who are short of strikers after selling Alvaro Morata to Chelsea.”I don’t know what’s going to happen in the future,” he said.Tottenham’s Spanish striker Fernando Llorente, meanwhile, warned Real about the threat his teammate poses.”We have great players who are capable of playing very good football and we have Harry Kane, who at the moment is turning everything he touches into a goal,” Llorente said in an interview with Marca.advertisement”There isn’t a great deal of difference among the top teams in Europe and I’d count Tottenham among them.”Real have flattered to deceive in La Liga this season as they bid to defend the Spanish title for the first time since 2008, dropping points in four of their eight games, but like Spurs they have won both Champions League matches, convincingly beating APOEL and Dortmund.They sit third in the domestic standings, five points behind leaders Barcelona and scraped an unconvincing 2-1 win at Getafe on Saturday thanks to a late strike from Ronaldo.”You have to keep their best players under control, you can’t just try and take the ball off them because they are much better in possession now and when they don’t have it they are still very dangerous on the counter-attack,” added Llorente.”Madrid can kill you off easily because they have more quality and are more effective than most teams, but they always give you a chance.”last_img read more

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Nursery admissions in Delhi to begin from December 27: All you need to know

first_imgThe nursery admission process for session 2018-19 in the national capital will begin from December 27 in 1,700 schools across the city.This admission process will be for the 75 per cent seats and the rest 25 per cent seats that are reserved for economically weaker section or disadvantaged category will be filled centrally by the government.Parents need to check the official website of Department of Education (DoE) to know more about the admissions, the link for which is www.edudel.nic.inImportant guidelines for the admission:Children of age between 3-4 years are eligible for nursery admission. For KG admission, children need to be between the age of 4-5 years and for class 1 admission, the age criteria is 5-6 yearsThe sale of admission forms for all private schools for 2018-19 will continue until January 17, which is also the last day of form submissionThe first merit list of selected students will be published on February 15, the second merit list of selected students will be published on February 28 and the final merit list of selected students will be published on March 15Delhi nursery admission process closes on March 31, 2018Application Process:Parents are not required to purchase prospectus of the school they are applying for. They need to pay an admission registration fee of Rs 25 along with copy of ration card, smart card, voter ID card, electricity/water/telephone bill, domicile certificate, passport or Aadhaar Card.Upper age limit for admissions:In 2015, the Delhi government had declared that it would impose an upper-age limit. This part of the government notification was challenged in the High Court. However, earlier this year, the court upheld the notification and allowed DoE to fix an upper limit for admission to entry level classes in private recognized unaided schools.advertisementAlso, the Delhi High Court had rejected Delhi government’s proposed single criterion of neighborhood, according to which the private schools built on government land need to prioritize admissions of students living within 1km radius of the school, followed by students living in 3km radius.About Department of Education, Delhi:Department of Education, Delhi provides various services including free education to all students, provision of languages Hindi, English, Urdu/Punjabi/Sanskrit/any other regional language, various streams at senior secondary level, etc.The DOE has introduced various schemes that are intended for the welfare of the students of Delhi like free supply of text book, improvement of school libraries, free transport facility of girls in rural areas, etc.The mission of the department is to enhance the literacy rate in Delhi, to create awareness about cultural, heritage, human and moral values and to make the students responsible citizens who may meaningfully participate in national effortRead: Washington University to mentor IIT Delhi students, signs agreementRead: National Medical Commission Bill approved by Union Cabinet, MCI to be replacedlast_img read more

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India vs Sri Lanka, 2nd T20I in Indore: Chance for Rohit Sharma to win another series

first_imgTeam India led by stand-in captain Rohit Sharma will look to seal the three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka when the two sides meet in Indore for the second T20I on Friday.The hosts hammered the visitors by 93 runs in the first T20I in Cuttack after the Lankans were bowled out for 87 in chase of 181.The Indians rode on some brilliant bowling performances from young Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav and the returning Jaydev Unadkat in a dew-hit Barabati on Tuesday. The leggie bagged 4/23 from his four overs while the Kuldeep picked up two wickets for just 18 runs. On the other hand, the Lankans are going through a terrible phase of transition during which they are badly in need of reliable performers.The result has been a lack of contest and one-sided results, prompting many to question the very logic of India playing such a weak side again and again. (India vs Sri Lanka: MS Dhoni’s shot almost killed me, says KL Rahul)This series has hardly proved to be a good preparation for the challenging South Africa tour that awaits India next month, considering the home team’s domination in the absence of a good opposition in favourable conditions.The Indian batsmen have made merry against a toothless attack. Runs and wickets always give confidence to the players but there is a question mark over how much these performances will count in the South African conditions. (India vs Sri Lanka: MS Dhoni uses brute force, KL Rahul forced to take evasive action. Watch)advertisementAbsence of regular skipper Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan has not given any respite to the Sri Lankans, who overtly rely on seniors such as Angelo Mathews.However, even the senior Lankan players have struggled to counter the Indian bowlers and batsmen.A robust domestic structure coupled with Indian Premier League (IPL) has prepared a good bench strength for the hosts.Players such as Chahal and Kuldeep have managed to carve a niche for themselves immediately after making their international debuts.Sri Lanka need captain Thisara Perera, Upul Tharanga and Mathews to lead by example. They have been part of the side for long and only strong performances by them can infuse life and hope into this dejected side.Players such as Dusmantha Chameera and Dhananjaya De Silva have shown promise and need guidance to be consistent.India does not need its best team to prevail over the current Sri Lankan combination, yet it is imperative that they keep performing well.They may not get big credit for success but failure against weaker opponents would surely put them in negative light.Mahendra Singh Dhoni, whose finishing prowess has been under the scanner for some time now, got some runs under his belt after being promoted to number four in Cuttack and is likely to continue in the same position so that he gets enough overs in match situation before the ODI and T20 challenge in South Africa.Shreyas Iyer, who scored 24 in Cuttack, would also look to get some substantial runs in the absence of Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan.KL Rahul is in good touch and Indian bowlers are also in fine rhythm since the beginning of this tour. It won’t be a surprise if they continue to dominate the Lankan batsmen.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

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Novak Djokovic keeping Australian Open participation hopes alive

first_imgNovak Djokovic is giving his one last shot in an attempt to take part in the Australian Open staring January 15.Djokovic is set to return to the court at the January 10-12 Kooyong Classic and is also scheduled to take part at the Tie Break Tens evening exhibition at Melbourne Park next Wednesday.”After pulling out from Abu Dhabi and ATP Doha events due to pain in his right elbow, Novak is travelling to Australia where he will take part in two exhibition tournaments,” said a statement on Djokovic’s website (”After the two events, a decision will be made about his participation at the first Grand Slam of the season, the Australian Open, where Novak has been crowned champion six times.”The former world number one, who won the last of his 12 Grand Slam honours when he captured his maiden French Open title in 2016, has not played since retiring against Czech Tomas Berdych with the injury in the Wimbledon quarter-finals in July.The 12-time Grand Slam winner was scheduled to kickstart the new season against Roberto Bautista Agut but was advised by his medical team to skip the tournament just hours before the match.On medical advice, he also withdrew from the Qatar Open and now faces a final fitness test for the Australian Open.(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img read more

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Rohit Sharma show leaves Shreyas Iyer dazzled: ‘I was just a spectator’

first_imgRohit Sharma once again mesmerised cricket fans smashing his third double hundred in one-day internationals in the ongoing second ODI against Sri Lanka at Mohali.He was already the first batsman in the history of the game to smash more than two double tons when he scored the world record 264 against the same opposition at the Eden Gardens in 2014.During his 153-ball stay at the crease, Rohit (208*) took the Lankan bowlers to the cleaners smashing 12 sixes and 13 boundaries. India ended up with 392 for 4 in 50 overs after being put into bat by the Lankans.LIKE A BOSS! THIRD double century in ODIs. The first man to scale Mt.200 on three occasions in ODIs. Stand up and Salute @ImRo45 #TeamIndia #INDvSL BCCI (@BCCI) December 13, 2017He shared a 115-run opening partnership with Shikhar Dhawan (68) and then added 213 runs with young Shreyas Iyer, who scored 88.Speaking on Rohit’s double hundred, Iyer said, “I think I was just a spectator at the non-striker’s end. He got his hundred off 112 balls and it was just the Rohit Sharma show. There was a patch where I just saw Rohit Sharma and I was stunned.”A captain’s knock. @ImRo45 has looked in full flow and has marched on to a well-made century. ODI Century no. 16 #TeamIndia #INDvSL BCCI (@BCCI) December 13, 2017Iyer was looking good for his maiden hundred today but fell short by just 12 runs in the quest for some quick runs in the death overs.”Yesterday, I batted in the nets and I took the same confidence onto the field. I believe in myself and my instincts. Its a little bit cold but it still a nice wicket. We have an amazing total on the board.advertisement”Me and Rohit just decided to take it on till the 40th over, that was the plan. If anyone of us stays, it will be great for the other batsmen,” Iyer added.last_img read more

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Dodgers Top D-Backs in Aussie Opener

first_imgSYDNEY — Clayton Kershaw flashed his Cy Young form, Scott Van Slyke homered and the Los Angeles Dodgers opened the Major League Baseball season with a 3-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on March 22 at Sydney Cricket Ground.A crowd of about 40,000 watched as MLB played its first regular-season game in Australia.Opening day was a g’day for the NL West champion Dodgers.Kershaw, who signed a seven-year, $215 million contract in January, allowed one run and five hits in 6 2-3 innings. Van Slyke hit a two-run homer and also doubled. The first pitch was delayed because of rain for 14 minutes.The long trip Down Under took even longer for some Arizona players. A team bus had a flat tire, and the Diamondbacks said “a handful” of players decided to walk the last half-mile to the stadium instead of waiting for a replacement bus.Kershaw was impressive while making his fourth consecutive opening-day start. He struck out seven, walked one and was pulled by Manager Don Mattingly after throwing his 102nd pitch.Quite a turnaround from spring training, when the two-time NL Cy Young winner went 0-3 with a 9.20 ERA in four starts. “Sometimes you just need the adrenaline of a regular-season game, and I just kind of feel relieved to get this one under my belt,” he said. “It’s always good to get results, obviously,” he said. “This one counted.”In his previous opening-day starts, Kershaw was 2-0 with 19 strikeouts in 19 scoreless innings.“Kershaw did a good job keeping us in the middle of the diamond,” Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. “He threw a good ballgame against us. We know they’re always going to be close.”Three relievers kept the Diamondbacks scoreless with hitless work. Chris Perez, a five-time All-Star with Cleveland before joining the Dodgers in the offseason, got the last out in the seventh.Brian Wilson pitched the eighth and closer Kenley Jansen got the save. Jansen walked a batter before getting Gerardo Parra to ground out to end the game.Dodgers manager Don Mattingly liked what he saw of his pitching ace and his supporting cast.“Clayton was really good, kind of as always … kind of doing his thing,” Mattingly said. “He’s a tough guy to take out of the game, he always wants to stay in. And I thought our bullpen was really good tonight. Chris comes in and gets a big out for us there and Wilson did a good job and Jansen in closing the door.”Van Slyke, playing because of an injury to Matt Kemp and paternity leave to Carl Crawford, nearly cleared the left-field fence in the second inning. His double set up a grounder by Andre Ethier that scored Adrian Gonzalez with the Dodgers’ first run.In his next at-bat in the fourth, Van Slyke connected off losing pitcher Wade Miley for a drive over the right-field fence — just inside the foul pole — with Gonzalez again on base to put the Dodgers up 3-0.“He’s always been an RBI guy,” Mattingly said of Van Slyke. “He’s a good defender. He’s really a pretty solid player.”Miley, who came out for a pinch hitter in the fifth, got the opening day assignment because of a left elbow injury to Diamondbacks ace Patrick Corbin. Miley gave up three runs and three hits, striking out eight with two walks. Both teams finished with five hits.The Diamondbacks scored in the sixth after a double by Paul Goldschmidt, who had two hits. He moved to third on Kershaw’s wild pitch and scored on Mark Trumbo’s infield out. The Diamondbacks were shut out 5-0 in an exhibition game March 21 by Team Australia when they stranded 11 runners.A series of thunderstorms but little rain around the stadium about two hours ahead of the start cut short the Dodgers’ batting practice and tarp was rolled on to the field. That caused the start of the game to be delayed and canceled the pregame ceremonies.Sydney Cricket Ground was refurbished two weeks ago to create the baseball diamond and an outfield with an 8-foot wall. It was 328 feet down the foul lines and 400 feet to straightaway center.There were plenty of Dodgers and Diamondbacks uniforms in the crowd, some worn by American visitors and others by Australians who had flown across the country to watch the opener and a March 23 second game, when another capacity crowd was expected.They feasted on baseball-style treats like nachos stuffed in batting helmets and Cracker Jack, which is not usually sold in Australia. If you could afford the cost and the calories, a 2-foot-long hot dog sold for $36.(Dennis Passa, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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It’s Stanley Cup Time! Rangers v. Kings

first_imgLOS ANGELES, CA — Although the Los Angeles Kings and the New York Rangers have played 41 combined postseason games over the previous six weeks, they still have ample energy for the big finale to their epic playoff chase.“No, you don’t get tired right now,” said Kings forward Marian Gaborik, the former 40-goal scorer for the Rangers. “All you think about is winning the Stanley Cup.”When they meet at Staples Center on Wednesday night to begin the first New York-L.A. Cup final in NHL history, the Rangers and Kings are prepared for one more exhausting series in a spring filled with two-week sagas, nail-biting finishes and Game 7 heroics.No team in NHL history had made it to the Stanley Cup finals after going seven games in each of the first two rounds — until New York and Los Angeles both did it this spring. The Kings even went one longer, playing the maximum 21 games.Yet neither team will be satisfied without one more achievement. The Rangers haven’t won the Stanley Cup since 1994, while the Kings are just two years removed from their only NHL championship. Two franchises long familiar with losing have the chance to raise the Cup again, and the players already felt the energy building when they went through practices Tuesday.“It’s definitely been a grind, but that’s why you play hockey,” Kings forward Jeff Carter said. “We know what we went through to get here, and we’re willing to go through a little more.”Five things to watch when the Kings host Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals for the first time in franchise history:PLAYING FAVORITES: Although Los Angeles won just one more regular-season game than New York, most hockey observers think the Kings are strong favorites after they survived three playoff rounds in the superior Western Conference. Neither team is listening: The Kings aren’t interested in prognostication, and the Rangers relish the pressure-free role of an underdog. “It doesn’t matter about public opinion, media opinion,” New York’s Martin St. Louis said. “We’re still here, and we know we have a chance.”GOOD TO GO: Kings goalie Jonathan Quick said he’s fine after leaving practice a bit early Tuesday when he took a shot off his collarbone. Although the Kings are the NHL’s highest-scoring playoff team, defense-minded Los Angeles needs its franchise goalie in top form. Quick has won three straight Game 7s this spring, even if his statistics aren’t as impressive as they were in his Conn Smythe-winning season in 2012. The Rangers can’t expect Quick to help them out the way he did in New York’s only previous trip here in October, when he knocked Ryan McDonagh’s long clearing attempt into his own net during a 3-1 loss.NO CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN: You won’t see a “C” on a blue shirt this series. If the Rangers win the Stanley Cup, they don’t have a captain to raise it after trading Ryan Callahan in March. That role is being played unofficially by Brad Richards, a healthy scratch in last season’s playoffs and a potential salary-cap casualty this summer. But the 2004 Conn Smythe winner, who flirted heavily with the Kings in free agency in 2011, is back in form this season. The Rangers likely need his resurgent offense to win that Cup.DEWEY THE GREAT: Even after strong offensive efforts by Marian Gaborik, Anze Kopitar and Jeff Carter, the Kings believe their most dynamic playoff performer has been Drew Doughty. The inexhaustible defenseman is looking to add a second Stanley Cup title to his two Olympic gold medals, and he’s the current favorite for the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP. Casual hockey fans who might not understand Doughty’s two-way brilliance should be in for a treat.SECONDHAND FAMILIARITY: Although the two teams haven’t met in six months, Rangers coach Alain Vigneault led the Vancouver Canucks against Los Angeles for seven years, including two of the previous four postseasons. He knows all about Kings coach Darryl Sutter’s defense-minded system and Los Angeles’ hard-hitting style. “It’s a team that obviously has grown through the years. It has a real good balance. That’s why they’re getting another chance to compete for the Cup.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Dolphins Bop The Bills, 22-9

first_imgMIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Put simply, the Miami Dolphins were due.They had been on a disastrous stretch against the Buffalo Bills, with one touchdown in a span of 33 possessions overlapping four games — three of which they lost, the fourth one looking like it would have the same outcome.“I wasn’t aware of that statistic,” Miami coach Joe Philbin said. “Certainly didn’t pass it along to the team.”Then came a breakthrough, and just like that the Dolphins’ playoff chances look a whole lot more realistic.Ryan Tannehill threw touchdown passes on back-to-back drives in a five minute span in the second half, Miami’s defense held Buffalo without a touchdown and the Dolphins beat the Bills 22-9 on Nov. 13.“The team felt, the offense especially, felt confident in what we were doing,” Tannehill said. “We were able to move the ball, do exactly what we wanted to do. … I think we did that in the second half, played more clean.”The Dolphins (6-4) moved into sole possession of second place in the AFC East, 1 1/2 games behind New England — a team Miami beat in Week 1.Tannehill completed 26 of 34 passes for 240 yards and the two scores to Brandon Gibson and Jarvis Landry. Lamar Miller rushed for 86 yards on 15 carries for Miami and the Dolphins’ defense held Buffalo to 86 yards on 30 plays after halftime.Dan Carpenter kicked three field goals against his former team, accounting for all of Buffalo’s scoring. The Bills (5-5) had beaten the Dolphins in each of the teams’ last three meetings, but left the game looking up at 10 other teams in the AFC standings.“We’ve got to score,” Bills coach Doug Marrone said. “This was a team loss. There’s no doubt about that when you look at all the things that happened out there tonight. … We lost this game as a team.”(TIM REYNOLDS, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Interceptions Jag Vexes Manning

first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Sitting at home hours after tying his career-worst game with five interceptions, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning couldn’t avoid watching the video of the frustrating loss to the San Francisco 49ers.Five interceptions in 45 passes, or one every nine throws. Five interceptions in a game that sent the Giants (3-7) to their fifth straight loss. Five interceptions in a 16-10 loss, including three on plays that started in San Francisco territory.It was akin to last season, when Manning threw a career-worst 27 interceptions. It was also out of character for this season. Coming into the game, Manning had thrown six picks all season in the new west coast offense.Bad Eli returned at the worst time, and it was hard for him to turn the page Sunday night.“Sometimes you don’t always see it exactly how you thought you saw it on certain plays,” Manning said. “You try to learn from it. It’s hard to put it behind you. It kind of wakes you up and you start thinking about it at night also when you are trying to sleep. Plays you wish you had back or opportunities you wish you had.”While there were some interceptions where Manning and his receivers seemed to be out of sync, the two-time Super Bowl MVP said none of the picks resulted from a miscommunication between him and the intended targets.“I think all of them were on me, just a poor decision and trying to make the throw, or an inaccurate throw,” said Manning, who added even if a receiver blew an assignment he probably still would take the blame.Manning was candid about the interceptions.Linebacker Chris Borland got inside Odell Beckham Jr., and made the first interception in Giants’ territory to set up a field goal.Linebacker Michael Wilhoite got the second on a play where Manning saw a cornerback jumping a route. He tried to stop the throw and ball slipped out and went Wilhoite at the 49ers 14.Safety Eric Reid made the third interception on a play Manning got rid of the ball under intense pressure. He probably should have held it.Chris Culliver got the fourth interception at the San Francisco 20, while Borland got the last one at the 49ers 2 with less than five minutes to play. The pick came on fourth down after New York got a first-and-goal at the 4.“The one on the fourth down was just double tipped, those are kind of unfortunate,” Manning said. “Some are from pressure and trying to throw it before the receiver gives me an exact place I want to put the ball, and just throwing it inaccurately.”Manning is having an outstanding season, hitting 224 of 366 passes for 2,495 yards, 18 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He is completing more than 61 percent of his passes.Coach Tom Coughlin said Manning threw the interceptions but there are many who can share the blame.The offensive line allowed him to get hit too many times and never got the running game going despite the return of No. 1 halfback Rashad Jennings.The 49ers also did a good job of getting defenders close to Manning just as he was about to release the ball, forcing him to hurry and make mistakes.“There was no tempo or rhythm with regard to run-pass, pass-run,” Coughlin said.Even with all this mistakes, the Giants had a first and goal at the 49ers 4 with five minutes to play. They threw three fade routes and Coughlin said two of them should have been caught.“You have a chance to win the game,” Coughlin said. “Somebody make a play. Get the ball in the end zone and you win. I will remember that one. As a matter of fact, I thought when (Beckham) made that spectacular catch, I figured this is going to be great. We are going to win one of those nail biters.”(TOM CANAVAN)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Women’s Baseball at Pan-Am Games

first_imgTORONTO — Women’s baseball made history July 20 at the Pan Am Games, the first time it’s been played in a large, multi-sport event.There was no live television coverage at the debut, and perhaps only 200 fans saw the first pitch as American left hander Sarah Hudek threw a ball just off the plate to open the game against leadoff hitter Astrid Rodriguez of Venezuela.“To be here, this is awesome. This is it,” said American player Malaika Underwood. “It doesn’t matter that we’re not on TV. I mean the fact we are out here is the point. When we look back at this, I think we’ll appreciate the magnitude.”For the record, the United States defeated Venezuela 10-6 in a regulation seven innings.Pardon a joke the women have heard many times, but none of the players threw like a girl, and none wore a skirt, which was the uniform in the 1992 film A League of their own, a depiction of women’s professional baseball in the United States in the 1940s starring Tom Hanks, Geena Davis and Madonna.“I’m glad we don’t wear skirts,” said Underwood a 34-year-old infielder and a veteran on a team ranging in age from 16 to 41. “I’m not sure I would feel comfortable playing in a skirt. Sliding, it would be tough.”The field and the distances are identical in the men’s and women’s games. The only difference is seven innings for the women, and nine for the men.The first three innings took more than an hour to play, so the speed also resembled some men’s games.Hudek said her father, former major-league reliever John Hudek, probably couldn’t hit her heat. “He wasn’t the best hitter,” she said.In the second inning, Venezuela nearly pulled off a triple play.The United States had runners on first and second, and American Anna Kimbrell hit a sharp hopper to third. Venezuela’s Daily Gimenez touched third, got the force and second, but Kimbrell beat the relay to first by a step.The Americans are represented by a firefighter, a nurse, two high-school students and a wide mix of players, most of whom grew up playing baseball.Some also played softball, but Underwood guessed about two-thirds played only baseball — on women’s teams, or men’s teams.The United States has no professional league for women, although Japan and several other countries do.“I just want to get women’s baseball more out there and open the doors for younger women knowing they don’t have to convert to softball if they don’t want to,” Hudek, adding the response is always the same when she says she plays baseball.“They try to correct me. They say: ‘Oh, you mean softball’.”She replies: “No, baseball. I hope one day we can get to where people don’t correct us.”Hudek will be a freshman this year on the men’s team at Bossier Parish Community College in Louisiana.“This is going to be a new atmosphere and it’s definitely a little nerve-wracking,” she said. “I’m just going to have to earn their respect.”Underwood grew up in San Diego, California, played baseball on the boys’ team at La Jolla High School and earned a volleyball scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Baseball was not an option.“Growing up a kid I definitely dreamed about being the first woman in the pro leagues,” Underwood said. “I think at some point I realized that was unlikely.”Women’s baseball has been in the news the last few weeks. French player Melissa Mayeux, a 16-year-old shortstop, recently became the first woman on Major League Baseball’s international registration list, making her eligible to be signed by pro teams.Men’s baseball and women’s softball were cut from the Olympics after the 2008 Games in Beijing. Both might return for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, although women’s baseball would be a long shot.“I don’t think anybody on this team has aspirations to make it to Major League Baseball,” said Underwood, who works in sports marketing.“Really, we just want to play at the highest level for women. We’re not looking to play with guys, but those are the opportunities at the moment. We’re just looking for equal treatment and inclusion in events like this.”(STEPHEN WADE, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Mets’ Big Bats Pummel Phils, 16-7

first_imgPHILADELPHIA — Jacob deGrom’s early exit turned out to be just a brief highlight for the Philadelphia Phillies.David Wright hit a long home run on his first major league swing in 133 days, Wilmer Flores went deep twice and the New York Mets set a franchise record with eight homers in a 16-7 victory over the Phillies on Aug. 24.“Every once in a while you run into these lopsided games, but this was disappointing,” Philadelphia interim manager Pete Mackanin said. “Jumping on deGrom for seven runs was special. Seven runs, 11 hits, you should win most games like that.”Yoenis Cespedes, Juan Lagares, Travis d’Arnaud, Daniel Murphy and Michael Cuddyer also connected for the NL East leaders. New York set a franchise record with 15 extra-base hits — seven doubles and eight homers. The teams tied an NL record with 11 combined homers.“Seven different players hit homers. That was unusual, to say the least,” Mackanin said. “It was embarrassing.”Fresh off scoring 33 runs in a three-game sweep at Colorado, the Mets slugged their way back from a 7-2 deficit after deGrom’s shortest career outing.The 2014 NL Rookie of the Year lasted just 2 2-3 innings and allowed a career-high seven runs on eight hits. His ERA rose from 1.98 to 2.29.Sean Gilmartin (3-1) had four strikeouts in 3 1-3 scoreless innings to earn the win.Ryan Howard and Domonic Brown each hit a three-run homer, and Cameron Rupp also took deGrom deep. But the Mets chased starter Adam Morgan and rallied against Hector Neris (2-1).Morgan gave up five runs and seven hits in 3 2-3 innings. “He made a lot of bad pitches,” Mackanin said. “He had been pitching well. He didn’t have his good stuff.”The Mets continued their dominance over the Phillies with their ninth win in 10 games this year and 21st in the last 26 meetings. They are 11-3 in Philadelphia the last two seasons.“We just couldn’t keep the ball in the yard. It’s definitely frustrating,” said reliever Justin De Fratus, who allowed five runs in two innings.Howard hit a three-run shot the opposite way to left field to give the Phillies a 3-0 lead in the first.After Wright hit a 435-foot homer, Rupp drove one 460 feet to straightaway center for his fifth homer in his last 12 games and a 4-1 lead.Lagares golfed an 0-2 pitch out to left in the third to cut it to 4-2. Brown answered in the bottom half to extend the lead to 7-2. Flores hit a two-run shot in the fourth and d’Arnaud followed with a homer.“The ball was jumping, for sure. In this ballpark, the ball is gonna fly,” Brown said.Flores’ three-run drive to left gave the Mets an 8-7 lead in the fifth. Cuddyer then went deep to make it 9-7. Cespedes connected with one out in the ninth, a shot off the facing of the second deck in left field for New York’s eighth homer.Flores made an excellent defensive play to end the eighth, a diving, backhanded stop on Howard’s liner to shallow right.Howard stopped running and had turned toward the dugout when he realized Flores didn’t make a clean catch, and was thrown out trying to beat it out.The Mets hit seven homers in Philadelphia on April 19, 2005. They had 13 extra-base hits at Arizona on Aug. 24, 2005.NL teams combined for 11 homers five other times. It last happened on May 17, 1979, at Wrigley Field when the Phillies hit five and the Cubs had six.The major league record for most homers combined is 12.(ROB MAADDI, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Knicks Beat Lowly Lakers, 99-95

first_imgNEW YORK — Kobe Bryant shared a lengthy embrace with Carmelo Anthony and made his way toward the exit, tapping his chest and waving to the fans.It may have been goodbye for now.Quite possibly, it was goodbye for good.Bryant got the cheers but not the victory in what might have been his last game at Madison Square Garden, as the New York Knicks beat the Los Angeles Lakers 99-95 on Nov. 8.He already loved place even before scoring his first point in the NBA here nearly two decades ago, and the only thing that’s changed now is how much the fans love him back.“I can remember my first game coming in here, not knowing what the hell to expect and what to do, but just being in such a great arena,” Bryant said, “and then to be here 20 years later and to have that happen feels amazing.”Bryant finished with 18 points, far off the 30.7 per game he had been averaging here and fewer than half the 40 or more he managed on three occasions during a series of highlights in the arena.The 37-year-old superstar, who hasn’t said if he will retire after this season, missed two shots and twice fouled Anthony during New York’s 11-0 run that turned a three-point deficit into a 98-90 lead.Anthony scored 24 points, and said if Bryant leaves he will miss the player he called a big brother.“I told him, I said it’s not going to feel the same with him being gone,” Anthony said. “Him helping me kind of throughout my career, being that guy I can talk to, it’s not going to be the same.”Jose Calderon, Robin Lopez and Langston Galloway all scored 14 points for the Knicks, who snapped a three-game losing streak with their first home victory of the season.Bryant shot 6-for-19, but the poor finish can’t take away from all the other memories Bryant has here.He scored his first NBA point here on a free throw on Nov. 5, 1996, in his second game. He played in his first All-Star Game here in 1998, and scored 61 points here on Feb. 2, 2009, a record since surpassed by Anthony.He can’t deliver now the way he did in so many previous trips to New York as he battles his way back from a preseason calf injury, but plenty of fans wanted him to.He was serenaded with “MVP! MVP!” chants while shooting free throws and fans were noticeably bummed when he missed shots — which must’ve seemed strange to Anthony, who was often defending him.Knicks coach Derek Fisher, Bryant’s friend and longtime teammate in Los Angeles, was ejected in the third quarter for arguing after rookie Kristaps Porzingis was called for fouling Bryant on a 3-point attempt.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Usain Bolt Wins 100 at Golden Spike, Tsakonas 2nd in 200 Meters

first_imgOSTRAVA, Czech Republic — Usain Bolt used his strong finish to win the 100 meters in 9.98 seconds at the Golden Spike meet on May 20.Bolt recovered from a slow start but pulled ahead in the second half of the race to breeze unchallenged to the victory.With the time, Bolt improved on his season’s best of 10.05 in the Cayman Islands on Saturday. After that first race of the season, he needed treatment on a tight hamstring in Germany on the way to the Czech Republic.He didn’t appear to be limited though his time was still far from his world record of 9.58 in 2009.“My reaction was good,” Bolt said about the start. “The power behind the start wasn’t there. I didn’t execute.” Ahead of the race, he said he would be happy with a time of 9.8.“I had to get to work a little bit harder at the end to get up the speed,” Bolt said. “If I can improve that it should be OK.”Bolt is also scheduled to race in the London Diamond League meet on July 22 in his only other competition in Europe, two weeks before the Rio de Janeiro Games.“This is a very important season. This is a very big year for me,” he added. “I have a lot work to do. I just need to continue, need more races to go.”Ramon Gittens of Barbados finished second in 10.21 while Hassan Taftian of Iran was third in 10.25.It was the eighth time Bolt has raced at the Golden Spike. In 2012, he won the 100 in Ostrava in 10.04, a poor time by his standards, before he won three more gold medals at the London Olympics. He won his first three golds at the 2008 Beijing Games.Olympic champion Renaud Lavillenie of France cleared 5.83 meters to win the pole vault, beating world champion Shawnacy Barber of Canada, who made 5.70.Jarret Eaton led the American 1-2 finish in the 110 hurdles, in a personal-best 13.25 seconds to edge Jeff Porter by 0.17.World and Olympic decathlon champion Ashton Eaton of the United States, who was scheduled to compete in the long jump and later in the 100 alongside Bolt, withdrew from the first competition after completing only two jumps.“During the second jump, I felt something happened in my left quad,” Eaton said. “I don’t know what happened but I don’t want to take a risk in the Olympic season.”Paralympic long jump champion Markus Rehm of Germany had the best leap of 8.13. The rest of the field was placed in a separate category with Radek Juska of the Czech Republic taking the competition with a jump of 7.92.Rehm hopes to become the second athlete with a carbon-fiber prosthesis to compete in the Olympics and the Paralympics after Oscar Pistorius in 2012. “I hope I can perform at the Olympics but it will be the issue in next weeks,” he said.Thomas Roehler of Germany dominated the javelin with a world-leading throw of 87.37 meters.In the 200, Briton James Elligton won in a tight finish in 20.35 seconds, edging Likourgos-Stefa Tsakonas of Greece by 0.01. Also, Javon Francis of Jamaica won the 400 in 44.87, while LJ Van Zyl of South Africa was the fastest in the 400 hurdles in 48.67.Christine Day of Jamaica took the women’s 400 in 51.09, well ahead of Carline Muir of Canada who clocked 51.84 while Jessica Beard of the United States had 51.88 in third.World 400 hurdles champion Zuzana Hejnova of the Czech Republic finished third in her first race of the season, clocking 55.69 in a race won by Joanna Linkiewicz of Poland in 55.40.Another world champion, Yarisley Silva of Cuba, was also beaten in her season debut by Czech Jirina Ptacnikova who cleared 4.60 meters in the pole vault.(KAREL JANICEK)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Super Greece Beats Montenegro, Qualifies for World Champ Semis

first_imgBUDAPEST, Hungary — Greece laid down its claim for World Championship gold with a crushing victory over Olympic silver medallist Montenegro.Greece punctured the Montenegrin goal and virtually settled the result by halftime. The rest was pure strength and showmanship. Montenegro could not get a look in for some time. In fact, it took until 4:18 in the second quarter before Sasa Misic steered an extra-man pass into goal, , FINA reports.By that time Greece already had four in the bag. Greece shot out to 6-1 before Radovic blasted one in to send Greece into the second half with a four-goal margin. Greece was composed, full of energy and made sure of shots. There were six different scorers with the best probably coming from Angelos Vlachopoulos, launching a rocket from about 12m. Captain Ioannis Fountoulis brought up the sixth and then the seventh to start the third quarter.Alexandros Gounas almost faked a shot for 8-2. Montenegro was in self-destruct mode while Greece was rampant. Konstantinos Mourikis (GRE) and Bojan Banicevic (MNE) were sent from the match with red cards after the Gounas goal. Then Uros Cuckovic (MNE) gained his third major on penalty, gifting a goal to Fountoulis — his third and, more importantly, 9-2. Both teams used their timeouts and neither team connected with a goal. With 14 seconds left, Fountoulis grabbed a fourth and 18th for the tournament.Just when we were about to slip out for a drink in the last break, Drasko Brguljan decided a shot was better than a swim so skipped the ball an incredible 20m into goal, stunning Konstantinos Flegkas and changing the score to 10-3. Montenegro narrowed it to 10-5 and traded goals until Darko Brguljan’s penalty goal at 1:24, proving a distance too far to cross, resigning itself to the play-offs for 5-8. It was a spectacular statement by Greece and one wonders just how far Greece can go. TweetPinShare66 Shareslast_img read more

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Red Wings Reach 1-Year Agreement with Andreas Athanasiou

first_imgDETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings have agreed in principle to a one-year, $1,387,500 deal with forward Andreas Athanasiou.General manager Ken Holland said before the team’s game against Washington on Friday night that the 23-year-old Athanasiou needed to travel back from Europe and go through the immigration process, and that he still needed to pass a physical.Athanasiou scored 18 goals last season for Detroit, but the restricted free agent was still unsigned through this past preseason, and there was talk the speedy left wing might leave to play in Russia. It now appears he’ll be back on the ice with the Red Wings soon.Athanasiou was second on the team in goals last season behind Tomas Tatar, who scored 25. Athanasiou has 27 goals and 16 assists in 101 NHL games.TweetPinShare99 Shareslast_img read more

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Cyprus Police Investigates Second-Division Match-Fixing

first_imgNICOSIA (AP) — The Cyprus Football Association says police are investigating eight second-division games for suspected match-fixing.Federation spokesman Constantinos Shamboullis told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the investigation revolves around UEFA-provided information about increased betting activity on those eight matches. That led the federation to suspend all second-division matches last week, with play set to resume on Friday.In the wake of the investigation, the federation introduced tougher penalties for match-fixing on Tuesday, with lower-division teams now facing funding cuts, point deductions and even relegation if they are found guilty of cheating.The federation board also decided to split the second division into two groups as of next season.___TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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First Sensor: pressure sensors now up to 10 bar and with side pressure connections

first_img Continue Reading Previous NASA’s InSight probe makes successful landingNext IAR expands support for Arm DesignStart with high performance tools for Arm Cortex-A5 First Sensor extends its platform of piezoresistive differential pressure sensors of the HTD series from 1 mbar with measuring ranges of up to 10 bar. In addition to the very small and flat manifold housing with a footprint of 8 x 13 mm, which is ideal for space-saving manifold mounting, the HTD series now offers an SMD housing with side pressure connections. The new housing features barbed pressure ports for secure tube connection, even for higher pressures.A major application of the HTD sensors is differential pressure measurement across a flow-restrictive element (e.g. orifice or laminar flow element) to determine volumetric flow. The differential pressure sensor measures in a bypass to the main flow channel. Typical examples can be found in medical technology (ventilators, anesthesia machines, CPAP, spirometers, oxygen concentrators), HVAC (volumetric flow controllers, filter monitoring, burner control), instrumentation and industrial controls.The HTD differential pressure sensors feature a SPI interface with 15 bit resolution and an analog output signal. With their 3 or 5 V supply and low power consumption, the HTD miniature pressure sensors are ideal for battery-powered applications in mobile and portable devices. For pick-and-place machines in high-volume production, the HTD sensors can optionally be supplied on tape and reel. The sensors are temperature compensated from 0 to 70 °C and provide a temperature reading in addition to the pressure value. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

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ICP: FPGA-based accelerator card for deep learning inference

first_imgThe FPGA-based Mustang-F100 accelerator card from ICP Deutschland is designated for industrial inference systems. It is primarily used for deep learning inference in real time, for video and image processing as well as for the analysis of machine and sensor data. The Mustang-F100 is based on the Intel® Arria® 10 GX1150 FPGA and is equipped with 8GB on-board DDR4 RAM. Due to its parallelism and its high degree of configuration, which is inherent in the FPGA, the Mustang-F100 can handle changing workloads and different floating-points. It also supports a variety of topologies such as AlexNet, ResNet or Yolo Tiny.From classic object recognition to video and image classification to facial recognition or image segmentation, there are virtually no limits to the target application. Thanks to the integrated Intel® Enpirion® power solution, the Mustang-F100 features high efficiency (<60W TDP), power density and performance (up to 1.5 TFLOPs). The performance of the Mustang-F100 is additionally optimized by the compatibility with the Intel® OpenVINO™ toolkit. Different library functions, pre-optimized operating systems and pre-trained models accelerate the time-to-market decisively.Its low-profile with dimensions of 170x68x34mm and its standard PCIe Gen3 x8 interface enable an easy integration of the AI acceleration card. The assignment of an individual card ID allows a flexible use of several Mustang-F100s in inference system. As suitable inference systems the FLEX-BX or the TANK-870AI are offered. ICP supports customers in selecting and setting up the appropriate hardware.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Garz & Fricke adds software service provider e-GITS SoftwareNext Multiple shortcomings hobble autonomous vehicle developerslast_img read more

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Ronaldo on Portugal’s World Cup 2018 exit: We leave with heads held high

first_imgPortugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo’s dream of lifting the World Cup came to an unfortunate end on Saturday as his team lost 2-1 in the round of 16 against Uruguay in Sochi.The superstar footballer, who scored four goals in the tournament, failed to find the back of the net in the decisive game as Edinson Cavani’s brace saw Uruguay reach the quarterfinals where they will meet France.Ronaldo however, is proud of the way his team played in the World Cup and feels that his team should leave Russia with their heads held high.World Cup 2018: Edinson Cavani brace sends Ronaldo’s Portugal crashing out”We must congratulate Uruguay because they are the national team that are in the quarter-final. I think we played a good game and maybe we deserved more, but in football, the ones that score the most goals win and they scored two, so congratulations,” quoted Ronaldo, as saying.Not a fair result. Portugal coach can’t come to terms with World Cup exit”We leave with our heads held high. As the captain of Portugal, I know how hard we have worked and we must be proud of the team,” he added.World Cup 2018: Cavani speechless after destroying Ronaldo’s dreamThe Real Madrid playmaker further said that he is happy with kind of efforts put in by the players and asserted that this team will continue to win in the future.World Cup 2018: Messi, Ronaldo dreams dashed as Argentina, Portugal bow out”We go with our heads held high and we are sure that this team will continue to win things,” he said.advertisement”This team will continue to be one of the best in the world, with quality players, a young group, united. I am confident and happy because this team will always fight with all their strength,” he added.World Cup 2018: Cristiano Ronaldo’s class act in defeat wins heartsCavani scored in the seventh minute and then again in the 62nd minute to seal victory for the South Americans.It was a dream start to the match for Uruguay. Luis Suarez produced a pinpoint cross from the left and Cavani evaded the Portugal defence to power home a header at the far post.World Cup 2018: Coach Oscar Tabarez hails Uruguay’s mental strengthPepe headed Portugal level in the 55th minute, the first goal Uruguay have conceded in the tournament, but Uruguay regained the lead seven minutes later when Rodrigo Bentancur found Cavani and he curled a brilliant first-time shot past Rui Patricio from the edge of the penalty area.Portugal dominated possession but their attack did not have enough bite to break through the Uruguay defence twice, leaving Ronaldo a frustrated figure throughout the match.Ronaldo could not add to his four goals in the first two matches, failing to improve his record of failing to score in all six World Cup knockout matches he has played.Ronaldo had an opportunity around the half-hour mark to score from a free kick 30 metres out but could only hit the wall.Earlier, Lionel Messi was sent home in Argentina’s loss, the other “GOAT” at this tournament was also eliminated. It was two weeks ago that Ronaldo scored a hat-trick in the same stadium against Spain, stroking his chin after the first goal to imply he was the “greatest of all time.”There was no goal from Ronaldo this time. Everywhere he went, the Portugal great was hounded by two or three Uruguayan defenders.Uruguay will play France on June 6 at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.last_img read more

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World Cup 2018: Belgium showed their worth to the world, says De Bruyne

first_imgBelgium star Kevin De Bruyne was happy after knocking Brazil out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia because according to him, playing Brazil is never easy.The attacking midfielder, who scored a wonderful goal in the quarter-final against Brazil to give the Belgians a 2-0 lead in Kazan, said that the Selecao’s are a tough team to play and beating the South Americans proved what Belgium are capable of.”It is not easy to play against Brazil, they are such a wonderful team. But I think the power we have as a team we showed today. Especially the first half, we were magnificent. We took the advantage. They changed tactically and it was difficult, but even then we created some chances. And after their goal it was a character test, and we showed the world what we are capable of,” said De Bruyne.(REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS | PHOTOS)However, the Manchester City attacker is aware of France’s fire-power and said that they will do everything possible to win the semi-final in Saint Petersburg.”Now we face an extraordinary team in France but any time you reach the semi-finals of a World Cup, you know you’re not going to face weak opposition. We’re on an equal footing with them and we’ll be doing everything we can to win.”#BEL #BEL #BEL| @DeBruyneKev after winning the @Budweiser #ManoftheMatch #WorldCup #BRABEL World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) July 6, 2018Belgium struck early and held off a late Brazil fightback to send the five-times champions tumbling out of the World Cup with a 2-1 victory in an end-to-end thriller.advertisementA Fernandinho own goal and a brilliant Kevin De Bruyne strike gave Belgium a spot in the last four for the second time in their history — where they will face France on Tuesday. They reached the last four for the first time since 1986 and sent Brazil home at the quarter-final stage for the third time in the last four World Cups.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGESpeaking about the win, Belgium coach Roberto Martinez said that it was an incredible effort and”There were incredible hearts out there. Sometimes you have to accept that Brazil have so much finesse and quality that they’re going to break you down. But we didn’t accept it. Not for one minute did they give up. This was something special. These boys deserve to be very special people back in Belgium,” said Martinez.”I hope everybody back in Belgium is very proud. The execution of the tactics was magnificent. In two days they changed their tactical disposition, I couldn’t be prouder. We cannot let people down. We need to enjoy beating Brazil in the knockout phase, treasure it, and pass it down the generations,” he added.Impossible#REDTOGETHER#WorldCup #Semifinals Witsel (@axelwitsel28) July 6, 2018However, he is aware of the upcoming game against France and said that the Red Devils will look to be as good in the semi-final.”But we need more energy for the next game. We will be as good as we can be in the semi-final,” said a confident Martinez.last_img read more

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