BCCI not functioning in coherent, cohesive manner: RM LodhaBCCI not functioning in coherent, cohesive manner: RM Lodha


first_imgJustice RM Lodha on Monday said that the functioning of the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) has not been very coherent and cohesive.His statement comes in the backdrop of the BCCI’s failure to implement the recommendations of the panel headed by him.It has been a year and the BCCI has still not accepted the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha Committee’s recommendations in toto.Earlier, in a landmark judgment on July 18, 2016, the Supreme Court accepted major recommendations of Justice RM Lodha-led panel on structural reforms in the BCCI and had given six months deadline to the board implement the recommendations.On October 1, the board had accepted many of the “significant recommendations” of the Lodha Committee, but excluded the important ones which have been a bone of contention between the cricket body and the Lodha Panel.The recommendations, which have still not been accepted by BCCI committee, include one-state one-vote, age limit of 70 years, cooling-off period of three years which included the tenure of the administrators, continue with the five-selectors and retaining the powers of the president and secretary as per the earlier constitution of the board.Despite this scenario, JusticeLodha said that he was ‘positive’ about the implementation of reforms any time soon.In an exclusive conversation with ANI, Justice (Retd.) Lodha said, “Perhaps, the Supreme Court wants to see the intention of BCCI. They want to ensure that the reforms, which we suggested and which have been accepted by the court, are implemented by the BCCI. And, should they come with any difficulty; the Supreme Court will have to look at that. So, let us be positive about it right now.”advertisementHe further said, “the Supreme Court has passed its judgment on July 18, 2016, accepting the reforms and barring one or two. I am informed that review petition against that order has already been dismissed. The acuity petition has also been unsuccessful. So, all the judicial channels known to law have been exhausted”.He rued that it has already been almost a year that “there has not been implementation of our reforms by BCCI”.”Right now, I think the function of the BCCI has not been very coherent, cohensive manner. That is why certain things have happened which should not have happened. But, let us hope for the best,” he added.On January 30, the apex court had appointed a four-member Committee of Administrators, led by Vinod Rai, along with noted historian Ramachandra Guha, managing director of IDFC Limited Vikram Limaye and former captain of the women’s cricket team Diana Edulji as other administrators in order to help BCCI and state associations to implement the Lodha Committee recommendations.Reflecting on the efforts of the Committee of Administrators towards the implementation of Lodha reforms, Justice Lodha said, “COA’s task was to implement our reforms which were accepted by the Supreme Court. That was the primary task, but unfortunately that has not been done. The COA was perhaps forced to engage in these matters and that has taken their time. But, they must be trying their best to implement the reforms.”Meanwhile, the BCCI on June 23 also constituted a seven-member committee to see how the Lodha Panel recommendations are implemented by the board in the best possible and swiftest manner.The committee, headed by Indian Premier League ( IPL) chairman Rajeev Shukla , with Amitabh as its convener, has Sourav Ganguly, TC Mathew, Naba Bhattacharjee, Jay Shah and Anirudh Chaudhry as its other members.The mandate of the committee was to “identify the few critical points in respect of the said judgement for the general body of the BCCI to consider before its submission to the Supreme Court”.On July 8, it expressed reservations on four points of the Lodha Panel recommendations namely one state one vote, team selection panel, cooling off and demarcation functions of professionals and official bearers.last_img read more


Keylor Navas suffers abductor muscle injury, expected to be out for two weeksKeylor Navas suffers abductor muscle injury, expected to be out for two weeks


first_imgReal Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas has suffered a muscle injury in the right hip’s abductor, the Spanish football club announced on Friday.The La Liga defending champions confirmed the 30-year-old Costa Rica goalkeeper’s injury in a statement posted on Real Madrid’s official website, reports Efe.”Following tests carried out on Keylor Navas, he has been diagnosed with an injury to his right abductor muscle,” Real Madrid said.Parte mdico de Keylor Navas.#RealMadridhttps://t.co/BEsQEf8gO5- Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) October 20, 2017The Spanish club added that the recovery of the goalkeeper will “be monitored.”Navas previously suffered the same injury and was sidelined in Real Madrid’s 2-1 La Liga win over Getafe on October 14, but he reappeared in the UEFA Champions League 1-1 draw against Tottenham on October 17 after performing two training sessions.Although Navas played one of his best matches of the season against Tottenham, it seems his reappearance led to his injury resurfacing again, which could force the goalkeeper to be out for two weeks.last_img read more


Underpaid curators soft targets for bookies: Former BCCI pitch committee chief Venkat SundaramUnderpaid curators soft targets for bookies: Former BCCI pitch committee chief Venkat Sundaram


first_imgA curator falling to the lure of corrupt money doesn’t come as a surprise to former BCCI pitch committee chairman Venkat Sundaram, who says “underpaid groundsmen” are vulnerable to such approaches.Besides being a pitch expert, Sundaram is a former First-Class batsman who played against the now suspended Pune curator and former pacer Pandurang Salgaonkar, in the ’70s and the ’80s.Salgaonkar was suspended after being caught in a sting operation, agreeing to tamper with the pitch on the approach of an undercover reporter, posing as a bookie.”Players and officials have been involved in corruption in the past so the next soft target was very much likely to be the curators, who in my opinion are hugely underpaid compared to match officials and players,” Sundaram told PTI.The five zonal curators of the BCCI are paid around Rs 50,000 per month while the state associations pay their curators directly and the amount is a modest one. It is far lesser than what other stakeholders of the game, players and officials, get.A First-Class cricketer earns around Rs 12 lakh per annum while umpires and referees are paid around Rs 20,000 per match.”The India cricketers are earning in crores, the First- Class players are earning in lakhs and they deserve to. But you also have to look after the groundsmen.”Not only the chief curator is underpaid, some of the other groundsmen make just about Rs 10,000 to 15,000 per month. But it is still no justification for you to be corrupt and venture into pitch tampering,” said Sundaram, who played 81 First-Class games for Delhi and Tamil Nadu.advertisementDepending on the requirement, as many as 20 people look after the field of play of a stadium.Back in 2012, when he was pitch committee chief, Sundaram had taken up the pay issue with the then president N Srinivasan.”I did speak to him then and he said it was the responsibility of the state associations as BCCI anyway was doing a lot for them,” he recalled.Sundaram said he felt sorry for his contemporary Salgaoncar, who has now been suspended by the Maharashtra Cricket Association for allegedly agreeing to doctor the pitch ahead of the second ODI between India and New Zealand.”He was India’s fastest bowler back then and came from a poor background. If he had played for bigger centres like Bombay, he would have ended up playing for India. I feel sorry for him. He also did well as a curator,” said Sundaram.Sundaram also served as a DDCA curator for a long time and claims the controversy-prone association still owes him Rs 25 lakh.last_img read more


SAI trainee hit in the neck by an arrow during practice, safeSAI trainee hit in the neck by an arrow during practice, safe


first_imgSuri (WB), Oct 30 (PTI) An arrow pierced the neck of of a girl trainee during archery practice this morning at the Sports Authority of India centre at Bolpur in West Bengal and was later removed. SAI centre in-charge Utpal Ganguly said that an arrow thrown by another trainee pierced the right side of her neck, a little above the shoulder of 14-year-old Farida Khatun at Kabiguru Kriangan during practice. The arrow broke after piercing the skin of her neck.”The direction of the arrow had changed suddenly due to the wind. The girl is now out of danger,” he said.The standard eight student, who hails from nearby Labhpur village, was rushed to Bolpur sub-division hospital where doctors took out the broken arrow, he added.The girl was later discharged. Her mother Ayesha Khatun said “This was an accident. We have no complains”. PTI COR KK KKlast_img read more


Virat Kohli opens up about his cheat meal: Chole BhatureVirat Kohli opens up about his cheat meal: Chole Bhature


first_imgTeam India captain Virat Kohli revealed his ultimate cheat day meal in a talk show hosted by Gaurav Kapoor called Breakfast with Champions.Kohli kicked off season 3 of the show which will have the likes of Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Suresh Raina and many more to follow in the days to come.Talking about his diet while having some spinach soup, Kohli said that fitness is the key and now everyone looks after what they eat and is extra careful in the Indian dressing room. (Most international runs at 29: Virat Kohli second only to Sachin Tendulkar)WATCH VIDEOHe also added that being a Delhi boy he didn’t have the famous butter chicken and naan for four years and he is proud of that now. However, when Gaurav asked him what would be his cheat meal for one day, Kohli said he will any day opt of Ram’s Chole Bhature at Rajouri Garden.”Ram’s Chole Bhature in Rajouri Garden 110 per cent. That too I’ll go to his shop and have it…not take away. By the time it comes home, it’s not a bhatura anymore. It feels like a stale bread. Fresh bhatura’s where you pop a hole with your finger along with some onions, mint chutney and some pepper pickle,” said a happy Kohli. (Virat Kohli turns 29: Captain Courageous continues to lead from the front)He also revealed his eating patterns and what he takes throughout the day.”I have a set breakfast. I eat an omelette, three egg whites, one whole egg. The spinach black pepper and cheese, some grilled bacon or smoked salmon along with it. I eat papaya or dragon fruit if it’s available or watermelon. I eat decent amount of cheese for good fats. I carry my own butters and I get gluten free bread from the hotels…so I apply on that. Then a nice big pot of green tea with lemon, I drink three to four cups of that,” said the Indian captain.advertisementWhile for lunch and dinner it’s all grilled chicken, fish and veggies for the fitness freak Kohli, he said he increases the consumption of red meat when he needs to put on a bit of muscle.”When our trainer Mr. Basu tells me to put on a bit of muscle then I increase red meat. Otherwise generally for lunch it’s grilled chicken and mashed potatoes, spinach and veggies and for dinner it’s seafood,” said the 29-year-old.India lost to New Zealand in the second T20I at Rajkot on the eve of Kohli’s birthday, on September 5, but he will look to bounce back with his team and clinching the three-match series against New Zealand.The two teams will go head-to-head against each other on Tuesday in the series-decider at Thiruvananthapuram.last_img read more


Cricket needs to grow to be an Olympic sport: SehwagCricket needs to grow to be an Olympic sport: Sehwag


first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 22 (PTI) Former India opener Virender Sehwag feels cricket needs to played in more countries if the game has to make its way into the Olympics. The International Cricket Council (ICC) comprises 105 members but only 12 are full members. The world governing body is pushing for the games inclusion in the 2024 Games. The only time cricket was part of Olympics was way back in 1990. “I think it is ICCs call. They need more nations to play cricket, then it can be part of Olympics. Twelve teams (full members) are not enough,” said Sehwag on the launch of St. Moritz Ice Cricket here today. One way of spreading the game would be to take it to uncharted territories including Switzerland, where Sehwag will be playing in February alongside other former players such as Mahela Jayawardene, Shoaib Akhtar, Daniel Vettori, Mohammad Kaif and Graeme Smith. “It will be great if we can inspire somebody (to take up the game in Switzerland,” said Sehwag. Switzerland is not a member of the ICC but St. Mortiz, which has hosted Winter Olympics twice, will host Ice Cricket on February 8 and 9. The organisers claim that the event has been sanctioned by the ICC. PTI BS AT ATlast_img read more


Aprilia SR150 scooter spotted in new matte green shadeAprilia SR150 scooter spotted in new matte green shade


first_imgThe Aprilia Sr150 sports scooter is widely known among scooter enthusiasts and is a strong seller for Piaggio India here. The SR150 is already available in three colour options, and all set to join those three is a new olive green shade. the latest shade was spotted at a dealership and is likely to be made official soon. The SR150 is available at the same price as the regular versions and is priced at Rs 68,160 ex-showroom.The design gets no changes here. The new matte green on the Aprilia SR150 is complemented by red and black graphics as well as the seat. The alloy wheels continue to remain black shod with 120-section tyres. The new colour scheme was previously spied in November, alongside a blue colour option and now it seems its all set for deliveries.Under the seat, the SR150 gets a 154.8cc single cylinder, air cooled unit which has been tuned to produce about 10bhp at 6750 rpm and 11.4Nm of peak torque. The motor comes paired with a CVT unit. The scooter utilises telescopic forks at the front and a single rear hydraulic shock absorber. Braking is good considering the 220mm single disc at the front and a 140mm drum setup at the rear.At present, the Aprilia SR150 is offered in matte black and gloss white colour. Also present is the Race Edition which comes with Aprilia livery and improved transmission for faster pickup.last_img read more


Tigers Trade Fielder to Rangers for KinslerTigers Trade Fielder to Rangers for Kinsler


first_imgNoah Trister –DETROIT (AP) — Less than two years after boldly signing Prince Fielder to a $214 million contract, the Detroit Tigers traded the slugging first baseman to Texas in another blockbuster move.Fielder was dealt to the Rangers for second baseman Ian Kinsler. The Tigers agreed to pay the Rangers $30 million as part of the swap, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the amount of money exchanged was not revealed when the teams announced the trade. The $30 million is payable from 2016-20.“Obviously, a very exciting trade for us in adding Prince Fielder to the organization,” Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. “Also a tough trade to make in that Ian Kinsler’s been with the organization since he was drafted in ’03, and we’ve signed him here a couple of times. Been here, a catalyst for our World Series clubs, and a huge part of this. A winning guy, a heart-and-soul guy, and Detroit got a tremendous player and person.”It’s the first headline-grabbing move of baseball’s offseason, and it involves two of the American League’s top teams. Detroit has won three consecutive AL Central titles and reached the World Series in 2012, while Texas won the AL pennant in 2010 and 2011.Fielder, a five-time All-Star, had to consent to the trade before it could be completed. The big first baseman signed a $214 million, nine-year contract with the Tigers before the 2012 season that includes a limited no-trade provision.“We’re thankful for what he did for us,” Detroit General Manager Dave Dombrowski said. “It’ll be a bat that we miss at times — there’s no doubt about it.”  Kinsler just finished the first season of a $75 million, five-year contract.With stars like Fielder, Justin Verlander, Miguel Cabrera and Anibal Sanchez in the fold, Detroit’s payroll had become one of the game’s biggest. And although Fielder hit 55 home runs over the last two years for the Tigers, his numbers dipped this season and he struggled in the playoffs when Detroit lost to Boston in the AL championship series.Fielder hit .279 with 25 homers this year. He drove in 106 runs, but it was his lowest home run total over a full season. He did not have a single RBI in the 2013 postseason and hit .182 in the ALCS.Daniels said the trade came together quickly — the first discussions took place Nov. 19. The Rangers will welcome the durable Fielder, who has played 162 games in four of the last five seasons. Texas was interested in Fielder when he signed with Detroit as a free agent.“Our offer was well below what it ended up being, so we weren’t that close,” Daniels said. “I thought he was a genuine guy that really loved the game, really loved playing the game, loved his boys, his sons.”Kinsler batted .277 with 13 homers this year. The a three-time All-Star was limited to 136 games because of injuries to his ribs and right side. Kinsler stole 15 bases in 2013 — not a high total by his standards but more than any player on the Detroit team he is joining.The trade could save the Tigers more than $75 million in the long run, giving them more financial flexibility with Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer a year from free agency.Fielder is still only 29, and the Rangers are set to add a big bat to the middle of their lineup while also resolving a logjam in the middle of their infield. Jurickson Profar, a highly touted 20-year-old prospect, appeared to be blocked by Kinsler and shortstop Elvis Andrus. Now, Profar should have a chance to play regularly.The Tigers signed Fielder to a huge contract shortly before spring training in 2012 — after designated hitter Victor Martinez injured his knee. Martinez came back in 2013. With Fielder gone, Cabrera may move from third base back to first.“I’m really not sure what we’re going to do as we sit here now today,” Dombrowski said. “Eventually, we see him as a first baseman. Will it happen this year or not? I’m not sure.” The 31-year-old Kinsler fills a need at second base for Detroit after Omar Infante became a free agent.Fielder is due $168 million through 2020, a salary of $24 million per season. Under his no-trade clause, he submits a list of 10 teams each year that he can be traded to without his approval.  Texas was not on that list this year, but Fielder agreed to accept the trade and instructed agent Scott Boras to approve the deal.“If he was coming off the best year of his career, he’s not available,” Daniels said. “I think that’s kind of the whole idea of this deal — if anybody feels like that’s a sign of things to come, that he’s slipping, you may not like the deal. We don’t feel that way. We don’t feel that way at all.”Kinsler is guaranteed $62 million through 2017: $16 million in each of the next two seasons, $14 million in 2016, $11 million in 2017 and a $5 million buyout of a $10 million option.It’s already been an unpredictable offseason for the Tigers. Manager Jim Leyland stepped down after the season and was replaced by Brad Ausmus. Detroit could have come back with a similar roster and probably been favored to win the division again, but now more changes seem possible.“If you put Kinsler’s bat at the top of the lineup, that’s an instant threat,” Ausmus said. “It changes the dynamic, but it doesn’t mean it’s any less potent.”If Cabrera moves back to first base, prospect Nick Castellanos might replace him at third. Previously, it appeared Castellanos would have to play the outfield if both Cabrera and Fielder were still on the team.Andy Dirks is still available to play left field, but that’s a spot the Tigers could still try to upgrade. They also have six capable starting pitchers — Drew Smyly was used in the bullpen this year — so that’s a surplus that could come in handy in a possible trade.Detroit’s bullpen will likely undergo a makeover after struggling last season.The Rangers lost slugging outfielder Nelson Cruz to a late-season suspension as a result of MLB’s investigation in the Biogenesis case. He’s now a free agent, and if Texas loses him, Fielder, who hit 50 homers in 2007 for Milwaukee at 23, should help replace his production.“A huge focus for us this winter was finding some kind of middle-of-the-order presence and power, and at 29 years old, I still think there’s still a lot of big run production and years ahead of him,” Daniels said.Adrian Beltre and Alex Rios are among the dangerous hitters under contract next season in Texas. Beltre had an AL-high 199 hits and Rios, acquired from the Chicago White Sox in August after Cruz was suspended, has a year left on his deal.The Rangers lost a one-game tiebreaker to Tampa Bay for the second AL wild card this year. The trade agreement was first reported by CBSSports.com.___AP Sports Writers Ronald Blum in New York and Stephen Hawkins in Waco, Texas, contributed to this report.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


Sharp Mets Edge Cubs, 3-2Sharp Mets Edge Cubs, 3-2


first_imgNEW YORK — Travis Wood figures he was just a couple of walks from his first win in two months.Wood gave up only four hits, but two of his four walks the night of Aug. 15 came ahead of Eric Campbell’s three-run homer in the fourth inning that sent the New York Mets to a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs.“Walks killed me,” Wood said. “If you take out half the walks, it would be a pretty solid game.”Wood (7-10) lasted 5 1-3 innings in his 11th straight start without a win. He struck out five in dropping to 0-5 since he beat Philadelphia on June 15.The Cubs didn’t give Wood much help, striking out 14 more times — 10 against starter Zack Wheeler. Coming in they had struck out 77 times in the previous seven games.“We have been facing some pretty good pitching. This guy today was pretty good, too,” Manager Rick Renteria said. “When you face arms like that, it happens. I thought we had a lot of really strong at-bats in terms of driving his pitch count up.”Junior Lake, who leads the team with 102 strikeouts, is being sent down to Triple-A Iowa on Aug. 16 to make room for pitcher Dan Straily, who will make his debut with the Cubs. Straily was obtained in the trade that sent Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to Oakland on July 5.Renteria said Straily is being called up from Iowa to give the rest of the rotation an extra days’ rest. The team is in a stretch of having a game on 20 straight days.Lake has started only two games since June 2 and Renteria hopes the demotion will re-invigorate the 24-year-old outfielder, who was in the Cubs’ opening-day lineup but has slumped to a .216 average with nine homers and 25 RBIs.“It’s been tough,” Renteria said. “We tried to do everything we could throughout the course of the season, especially early, to put him in a decent place. But obviously it’s very difficult for a young man. … I think he’ll catch a breath of fresh air, go down there, play, get some at-bats, have some fun again and we’ll see him here soon.”Wheeler (8-8) threw a career-high 120 pitches in 6 2-3 innings, allowing two runs and four hits. He walked four and hit a batter but overpowered the Cubs in winning his fifth consecutive decision.“When he gets you in certain situations, those guys, they don’t know what’s coming,” said Mets Manager Terry Collins, complimenting Wheeler’s assortment of pitches. “They just can’t sit on one pitch.”Pitching with a hernia, Jenrry Mejia fanned one in a perfect ninth for his 18th save.The Mets beat the Cubs for the first time in four meetings this season. Chicago swept three games at Wrigley Field in June.The Cubs took a 2-0 lead in the third — the one inning Wheeler did not record a K — behind Anthony Rizzo’s run-scoring groundout and Starlin Castro’s RBI single. Castro had two hits, extending his hitting streak to 14 games.(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


Wawrinka Takes The French OpenWawrinka Takes The French Open


first_imgPARIS — Moments before his third French Open final in four years, Novak Djokovic jogged in a stadium hallway near a poster of the Coupe des Mousquetaires, the silver trophy awarded to the men’s champion at the only major tournament he has never won.This time, it would be Stan Wawrinka standing between the No. 1-seeded Djokovic and the title at Roland Garros that the Serb needs for a career Grand Slam.And once again, Djokovic came up one victory shy, stopped by the eighth-seeded Wawrinka and his magical, one-handed backhand. Wawrinka won his first French Open championship and second major title by stunning Djokovic 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 in a superbly played match June 7.“I know he’s looking for that title,” Wawrinka said. “I hope he will get one, one day, because he deserves one.”Wawrinka exited in the first round in Paris a year ago. And he had lost 17 of his past 20 matches against Djokovic. But Wawrinka would not relent on this sunlit afternoon, compiling twice as many winners, 60 to 30.“Certainly one of the best matches of my career,” Wawrinka said, “if not the best.”That beautiful backhand of his was a big reason; one even made its way around the net post before landing on the red clay.Another backhand earned the match’s last break, to 5-4 in the fourth set. And, fittingly, yet another finished off Djokovic’s 28-match winning streak.Djokovic called the stroke “one of the best one-handed backhands that I have seen.”The 30-year-old Wawrinka, so long in the shadow of his Swiss Davis Cup teammate and pal Roger Federer, added to the championship he won at last year’s Australian Open.That’s when Wawrinka became the first man in 21 years to beat the top two seeds en route to a Grand Slam title. He duplicated that in Paris, eliminating No. 2 Federer in the quarterfinals before toppling Djokovic.When Djokovic received the silver plate given to the losing finalist, the spectators gave him an unusually long ovation. Djokovic shook his head and his eyes welled with tears.“Not easy to stand there as a runner-up again,” Djokovic said, “but I lost to a better player who played some courageous tennis.”The 28-year-old Djokovic has won eight Grand Slam championships: five at the Australian Open, two at Wimbledon and one at the U.S. Open. He must wait a year for another chance to become the eighth man with at least one title from each major.Djokovic came up short against Rafael Nadal in the 2012 and 2014 finals. He cleared that hurdle this year, defeating the nine-time champion in the quarterfinals.Djokovic then defeated Andy Murray in a two-day, five-set semifinal that concluded about 25 hours before the June 7 start.“Maybe in some important moments, I didn’t feel I had that explosivity in the legs, but, look, at the end of the day, (Wawrinka) was just a better player,” Djokovic said.Normally, it’s Djokovic’s sliding, stretching, body-contorting defense that wears down opponents, but he looked spent after lengthy baseline exchanges that went 20, 30, even 40 strokes.When he clinched the first set, Djokovic swiveled to look toward his coaches, Boris Becker and Marian Vajda, and bellowed. The trophy, propped on the wooden edge of the President’s box, stood but a few feet away, glistening.At that moment, it was but two sets away. So close, yet so far.Wawrinka broke to take the second set when Djokovic slapped a backhand long on a 23-stroke point. Djokovic spiked his racket, caught it, and slammed it a second time, mangling the thing. That drew derisive whistles from spectators and a warning from the chair umpire.“You go through emotions,” Djokovic said. “Of course I was more nervous than any other match.”By now, Wawrinka was the aggressor, and his shots kept finding their appointed marks. Djokovic made one last stand, taking a 3-0 lead in the fourth set. Wawrinka, though, reeled off six of the last seven games.When it was over, Wawrinka tossed his racket overhead. At the net, Djokovic patted the 2015 French Open champion, a frequent practice partner of his, on the cheek.Djokovic said later it sometimes seems as if all the attention others pay to his pursuit of a title in Paris ignores that others, such as Wawrinka, are just as intent to win.“It feels like I’m the only player who wants to win this trophy, and nobody wants to win it as much as I do,” Djokovic said. “This is completely untrue.”(HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


Five Cities Vie for 2024 OlympicsFive Cities Vie for 2024 Olympics


first_imgLONDON — The race is on for the 2024 Olympics: a five-city contest pitting four European bids against a two-time host from the United States.The International Olympic Committee announced the official field of candidates Sept. 15, and there were no surprises as the previously declared bidders were all on the list — Budapest, Hungary; Hamburg, Germany; Los Angeles; Paris; and Rome.“We are welcoming five outstanding and highly qualified candidate cities,” IOC President Thomas Bach said.The lineup features three capital cities (Budapest, Paris, and Rome), three previous Olympic hosts (Paris, Rome, and Los Angeles) and one first-time bidder (Hamburg).Los Angeles, which hosted the 1932 and 1984 Olympics, and Paris, which staged the games in 1900 and 1924, shape up as early front-runners as they seek to join London in becoming three-time hosts.The deadline for submission of entries expired at midnight on Sept. 14 in Switzerland. Two other potential candidates — Toronto, and Baku, Azerbaijan — decided not to bid.“This is a competition about quality, not quantity,” Bach said in a conference call.The IOC also released the host city contract and other documents setting out the two-year bid process, which has been changed to eliminate the cut-down phase, and ensure that all candidates go to the final vote in Lima, Peru, in September 2017.Bach said a candidate would be cut only if it violates bidding rules or if the IOC determines a city cannot meet “minimum requirements” for hosting the games.The IOC has been determined to present a healthy number of bids and world-class field for 2024 following the troubled race for the 2022 Winter Games, which was left with only two candidates after four pulled out for financial or political reasons. Beijing defeated Almaty, Kazakhstan, in the IOC vote on July 31.Bach said all five bid cities for 2024 fully embraced his Olympic Agenda 2020′ reform program, which seeks to reduce bidding and hosting costs. “Sustainability and legacy are the cornerstones of each candidature,” he said.The IOC will contribute $1.7 billion in cash and services to the organizing committee of whichever city is chosen as host. Bach expressed confidence the city will produce a surplus on its operating budget, which does not cover long-term infrastructure costs.The cities must submit their first bid files by Feb. 17, 2016.An IOC evaluation commission will visit the cities between February and June 2017.A technical briefing for IOC members will be held in July 2017, two months before the vote.Bach said the evaluation process would change from “an examination style to a dialogue style,” helping ensure that bid promises are kept once the games are awarded so that “the organization phase may be less turbulent and more reliable.”Los Angeles stepped in as the U.S. candidate after Boston’s bid collapsed in July amid a lack of public and political support. The Californian city is bidding to bring the Summer Games back to the U.S. for the first time since Atlanta held the 1996 Olympics. New York and Chicago failed in their bids for the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, respectively.Los Angeles, which faced no opposition for the ’32 and ’84 Olympics, has lost in seven other contested bid elections.Paris is hoping to host the Olympics exactly 100 years after it last held the games. The French capital was the favorite for the 2012 Games but lost out to London.Rome is seeking to take the games back to the Italian capital for the first time since 1960. Rome dropped out of the bidding for the 2020 Olympics when the government refused to give financial support.Hamburg’s bid faces a referendum among voters in the northern port city on Nov. 29, with no certainty that it will win.“What is important for the IOC is that we want to send the athletes only to cities where they are welcome,” Bach said, adding that the IOC will carry out its own confidential polling in all the bid cities.Germany, which last held the Summer Olympics in Munich in 1972, is the leading contender to host the European soccer championship in 2024, but Bach — a German — said there was no reason the country couldn’t hold both events.“Nobody has a real doubt about the organizational skills of Germany, and German sport in particular,” he said.Budapest, which has failed in numerous previous bids, would bring the Olympics to Hungary for the first time.Hungary is facing criticism for its tough stance on migrants and refugees, while Germany has been praised for its welcoming policy. “This humanitarian challenge is going beyond Olympic candidatures,” Bach said.(STEPHEN WILSON, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


Teledyne LeCroy’s WaveRunner 8000HD oscilloscope target power, automotive, and EmbeddedTeledyne LeCroy’s WaveRunner 8000HD oscilloscope target power, automotive, and Embedded


first_img Continue Reading Previous Kontron and SYSGO: SAFe-VX computing platform for safety-critical systemsNext Swissbit: USB 3.1 flash drive key for industrial applications Teledyne LeCroy announces availability of the WaveRunner 8000HD High Definition Oscilloscopes (HDO), the world’s only 8-channel, 12-bit resolution, 2 GHz instruments. WaveRunner 8000HD leverages the company’s HD4096 High Definition technology and a 15.6” touchscreen, high channel counts, and 5 Gigapoints of acquisition memory in critical applications such as high-power/three-phase power conversion, automotive electronics, power integrity and power sequencing, and embedded control systems.Today’s highly complex power-conversion systems, automotive ECUs, and embedded control systems are becoming smaller, denser, and faster. With more signals, sensor inputs, and lower-voltage power rails than ever, engineers need instruments with lower noise and more channels, resolution, bandwidth, and acquisition memory to understand and debug the tangle of tightly coupled signal interactions.WaveRunner 8000HD delivers 2 GHz of bandwidth with 12-bit resolution for the most demanding embedded control system and power integrity debug requirements. Additionally, 8 channels enable viewing of more signals concurrently for more efficient debug, and more acquisition memory for long-duration and high sample-rate captures. Furthermore, two WaveRunner 8000HD oscilloscopes can be connected together to function as a single 16-channel acquisition system—especially useful in power conversion applications. Only WaveRunner 8000HD delivers this combination of channels, bandwidth, and acquisition memory at very low noise to unravel and solve these power conversion, embedded control system, and power integrity issues.WaveRunner 8000HD’s HD4096 technology takes a systematic approach to 12-bit measurement resolution. HD4096 technology provides the highest resolution and lowest noise at full bandwidth—12 bits all the time with no compromises. Competitive instruments either simply drop a 10- or 12-bit ADC into a conventional 8-bit signal path or use software techniques that sacrifice bandwidth for higher resolution—making it impossible for them to provide 12-bit resolution all the time at high bandwidths.Teledyne LeCroy’s new OscilloSYNC technology smashes channel-count barriers by teaming two WaveRunner 8000HD instruments to view and control 16 synchronized analog channels from a single display and front panel—just like having a single 16-channel acquisition system.Like all its WaveRunner predecessors, WaveRunner 8000HD contains a powerful, deep toolbox providing industry-leading capabilities. When coupled with HD4096 High Definition technology, the WaveRunner 8000HD High Definition Oscilloscopes provide the most comprehensive and efficient debug and validation.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more


IP provider brings high-accuracy, low-power location technology for IoTIP provider brings high-accuracy, low-power location technology for IoT


first_imgPHY Wireless has been spun out from its parent Acorn Technologies to provide intellectual property (IP) cores enabling location-of-things services on LTE and 5G cellular networks.Its hellaPHY product suite provides scalable, low-cost, positioning and location intelligence solutions, targeting high-accuracy and low-power location services. It will be an independent, pure-play provider of IP cores, looking to sell to carriers, chip makers, Internet of things (IoT) module manufacturers, application service providers and end users.The new firm, based in California, is seeking funding from external investors.PHY Wireless CEO Tom Horgan said, “Our team has worked diligently over many years [under Acorn Technologies] to focus our technology innovations through proof-of-concept, to commercial-ready solutions. We have strong design-win momentum across our core product line, excellent relationships with key tier-one wireless operators, focused commercialization launch plans, and an investable business model with a clear focus on PHY Wireless’ positioning mobile solutions, where we see the greatest growth opportunities.”The design wins Horgan refers to include LTE chip and module provider Sequans Communications, which had licensed the hellaPHY intellectual property (IP) cores in 2016. PHY Wireless’ IP is used for features such as indoor location services in a power efficient manner for IoT to CAT 15 devices compliant with FCC E-911 mandates, while providing spectral efficiency enhancements that improve network throughput.hellaPHY coreThe hellaPHY coreThe hellaPHY solution is a suite of receiver IP cores targeting LTE, though it is applicable to any OFDM standard. It is designed to meet future wireless data access demands with its minimal network interaction and improved spectral efficiency of up to 60%.Implemented as an optimized DSP/RTL core ready to be dropped into an SDR or ASIC, the IP core can also be customized to accommodate existing implementations. PHY Wireless claims superior channel estimation and other system critical parameter estimates, including fine timing estimation, Doppler estimation, noise covariance matrix estimation and time of arrival estimation. Its time of arrival estimation has demonstrated significant performance advantage over competing solutions for LTE positioning in comparative reference signal rime difference (RSTD) 3GPP simulations.The company claims its technology has been engineered for the toughest minimal IoT situation, leading to a very small footprint, and requiring the least network resources and device power of anything in the marketplace. This, it said, will allow IoT module makers and wireless chip makers to meet their aggressive targets for low power wide area network (LPWAN) IoT solutions in terms of cost, power, and performance.The company’s solutions scale throughout UE categories and support E911 requirements and bring infrastructure efficiency to carriers by extending spectral efficiency. Its algorithms are provided in both hardware and software versions that can exist within basebands or on application processors.Horgan told EE Times that while accuracy is certainly an important measure of the quality of a location technology, it is by no means the only measure that needs to be considered, especially for IoT (CAT-M1 and NB-IoT) applications. He said, “Power, cost, time to first fix (TTFF), and security are also very important, as the need for long battery life and low device cost are key elements to the rollout of IoT devices and applications. hellaPHY LOC is the lowest-cost approach to positioning, as it eliminates the need for other technologies (WiFi, BT, GNSS), and doesn’t require any costly third-party lookup tables. The small amount of code can easily fit in the current, and planned, devices’ available memory, and processing power requires only a fraction of the modem MCU application processor capabilities.”He added that its core is 60x more power-efficient than GNSS, and 6x more power-efficient than any UE-assisted positioning approach where the position calculation is done in the cloud or in the location server. “The TTFF that can be achieved by hellaPHY LOC is in fractions of a second, which allows the IoT device to remain in a deep sleep mode longer and only require a very short amount of time to get an initial fix. This in turn helps improve the power efficiency even further.”Horgan also said security of device location is also very important as data privacy issues come to the fore. “By utilizing the security features built-in to most processors in use today, we are able to secure not only the position calculation but also the location of the device. So each device has a very secure location of its own, unlike what might be in a cloud implementation where many device locations would be stored and could possibly be hacked with a single intrusion versus the millions required to hack each individual IoT device.”Additionally, Horgan commented, “IoT devices (CAT-M1 and NB-IoT) only use a fraction of the bandwidth of higher category devices, and only have a single antenna and receiver versus the diversity in higher category devices. With that in mind, hellaPHY LOC has demonstrated in third party tests up to 4x better accuracy than the higher order category devices, in dense urban, suburban, and rural use cases. We have demonstrated sub-30m accuracy in remote locations where our technology was able to listen to signals from eNodeB’s that were more than 12km away.”>> This article was originally published on our sister site, EE Times: “LTE Positioning Spinout Launches to Targets Precision Location Services.” Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components, IoT Continue Reading Previous Devices enable NFC programming of LED lightingNext When a DSP beats a hardware acceleratorlast_img read more


Nepal lose their first ever ODI, go down to NetherlandsNepal lose their first ever ODI, go down to Netherlands


first_imgCaptain Paras Khadka’s four-wicket haul and Gyanendra Malla’s half-century went in vain as Nepal suffered a 55-run loss against Netherlands in their maiden ODI.Nepal gained the ODI status in March this year after they defeated Papua New Guinea by six wickets to finish eight in the Cricket World Cup Qualifiers.The debutants gave a tough fight to Netherlands in their maiden ODI. As early as the third over of Netherlands innings, Nepal had reason to celebrate, Sompal Kami getting the ball to nip away and take out Daniel ter Braaks off-stump for Nepals first ODI wicket. The big-hitting duo of Ben Cooper and Stephan Myburgh brought the score up to 50 in the eighth over before Nepals talisman and captain Paras Khadka provided the breakthrough, pinning Cooper in front.Leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane, 17 years old and already signed by T20 franchises the world over, then claimed surely the first of many international wickets as Myburgh misread a googly and was bowled. When Khadka nicked off Wesley Barresi for 12, the Netherlands were 72/4 and in trouble, but thereafter followed the games biggest and most important partnership as Bas de Leede and Michael Rippon added 68 for the fifth wicket.Game over!A stunning collapse from Nepal, from 85/1 to 134 all out, hands @KNCBcricket victory in the first ODI. Three wickets apiece for Seelaar, Rippon, and Klaassen as Netherlands claim victory by 55 runs.#NEDvNEP SCORE https://t.co/ryjofhUrSc pic.twitter.com/oWwGDh8wEWICC (@ICC) August 1, 2018This was no counterattack the pair scored just four boundaries between them but on a tricky pitch runs were invaluable. It didn’t matter the style in which they came. The importance of the pairs contributions were highlighted by Netherlands startling slide once they fell. Scores of 140/4 and 157/5 became 159/8 and 185/8 became 189 all out as the tail stoutly refused to wag.advertisementKhadka ended with splendid figures of 4/26 from 10 overs, and his spell looked a match-winning one when Nepal marched to 58/0 and 85/1, before they too collapsed. Rippon, who enjoyed an excellent all-round day, struck the key blows, taking two wickets in the 20th over, including that of half-centurion Gyanendra Malla,A proper scrap followed, and to their credit, Nepal didnt needlessly throw their wickets away. But there was a noticeable gulf in class between their top four, who kept the scoreboard ticking, and the rest of the line-up; none of Nos.5-11 reached double figures or even found the boundary.Their struggle was exemplified by Shakti Gauchan, a legend of Nepali cricket who will be retiring after this tour. He made an unbeaten 9 off 44 balls as Netherlands applied the squeeze.The home side deserve credit for the nature of their comeback. There was no superhero game-stealing effort. Instead, a group of bowlers kept it tight and were backed up in the field, and soon enough the rewards came. Rippon, Fred Klaassen, and Pieter Seelaar each took three wickets.(With ICC inputs)last_img read more


ICC jokingly ranks all Test batsmen No.1 after American rapper’s tweetICC jokingly ranks all Test batsmen No.1 after American rapper’s tweet


first_imgInternational Cricket Council jokingly gave the number one Test ranking to all batsmen after American rapper Kanye West wrote on social media that “no one is better than anyone”.ICC’s Twitter account channelled their creative self once again as they photoshopped the photo of the ICC Test batsmen rankings and put first rank in front of everybody’s names.The top 10 of the Test batsmen rankings is completed by South Africa’s Dean Elgar who holds the 10th spot. However in the ICC tweet, he had the same ranking as Steve Smith on top and Virat Kohli on second.ICC, along with a photograph of Kanye West’s tweet, posted the photoshopped image and captioned it, “If you say so yeezy”.If you say so yeezy ¯\_()_/¯ pic.twitter.com/y4P1BVmTycICC (@ICC) August 14, 2018Two days ago, Kohli lost his number one Test ranking for batsmen to Steve Smith after scoring only 23 and 17 in India’s embarrassing defeat to England at Lord’s in the second Test on Sunday.Kohli had taken the top spot last week after smashing 149 and 51 in the first Test of the five-match series at Edgbaston.Kohli slipped back to the second spot on Monday with 919 points after low scores at Lord’s cost him 15 points.Kohli had become the first Indian batsman to reach the No.1 Test ranking for batsmen since Sachin Tendulkar in 2011.Former Australia skipper Steve Smith, who is currently serving a one-year ban over his role in the ball-tampering scandal, moved back to the top of rankings with 929 points.advertisementThis is not the first time that ICC’s Twitter account has channelled its creatively. The last time they tried some creativity, it did not go down too well with the Indian cricket fans.After England defeated India by 31 runs to go 1-0 up in the five-match series, ICC posted a picture on Twitter captioning, “Root out” along with a fisted hand sign and a microphone.In the picture, Virat Kohli and Joe Root can be seen standing together and having a discussion. But ICC added a mic by Photoshop, one that appears to be falling from Root’s right hand.The mic drop gesture by Kohli on the first day of the Test was a fallout of Root’s own similar celebration after his second successive hundreds helped England win the three-match ODI series.last_img read more


Didn’t expect to be nominated for this year’s Arjuna Awards: Hima DasDidn’t expect to be nominated for this year’s Arjuna Awards: Hima Das


first_imgHima Das, who has had a stunning season in international athletics, was among the 20 sportspersons recommended for the Arjuna Award, but India’s newest sprint sensation said she didn’t expect it.The list of 20 sportsperson is subject to approval by Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore.”I didn’t expect to win the Arjuna this year. I was thinking may be next year, I will be considered,” said Hima, who clinched the gold medal at the U-20 World Championship in Finland, on the sidelines of a promotional event organised by Adidas.Nicknamed the “Dhing Express”, Hima has been a sensation this year as she added three medals — a gold and two silvers from the 18th Asian Games — to her World Championship gold.The star sprinter won gold in Women’s 4400m and silver medals in mixed 4x400m and 400m individual event.Asked when she will start training, Hima said: “The season is over now. Next year, there is South Asian Games, Asian Championship and World Championship, so how to approach the different events and how to prepare I will do it during training.”Asked which race she holds close to her heart, Hima said: “The Finland (World Junior Championship) race remains one of my favourites and also the semifinal at Asian Games when it had started raining.”Hima had produced her personal best timing of 50.79 secs to win silver at the 400m race.”There are few targets in my mind. I will do that one by one. People expects a lot for me now and I will achieve that. I scored 50.79 at Asian Games, so even 50.78 is a step ahead,” she said.advertisement”I thrive in competition, it feels good to improve timings and create records.”Asked about the contribution of India’s foreign coach Galina Petrova Bukharina, Hima said: “She is very supportive. She herself is an Olympian and sometimes we also don’t realise her methods and later we come to know why we did a particular training. So we always come prepared everyday for the challenge that she will throw at us.”Asked if she will participate at the National Open Athletics Championships to be held in Bhubaneswar, Odisha on September 25.”At this moment, I haven’t decided if I will participate in the open Nationals. Lets see,” said Hima, who had withdrawn from IAAF Continental Cup which was held on September 8 and 9.Hima had crashed into a team hug with the Japanese team after she jogged over them, following the Indian women team’s 4×400 relay gold.”After we got the gold medal, they (Japan team) said hi to me and then they came to hug me, so I also hugged them.”Hima gets the crowd involved exuding confidence ahead of her races.She said: “I don’t show tension and nervousness but I know how fast my heartbeat races before a race.”She was given a rousing welcome by her home state after returning from the Asian Games.”I don’t get emotional too often but yes it felt good to get such a welcome ,” she said.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more


Lionel Messi great to watch, but he’s not God: Pope FrancisLionel Messi great to watch, but he’s not God: Pope Francis


first_imgFor Barcelona fans, Lionel Messi is ‘D10S’, a combination of the Spanish word for “God” – “dios” – with the No 10 on his shirt. But Pope Francis begs to differ.Interviewed by Spanish TV channel La Sexta on Sunday, the pope praised his Argentine compatriot Messi, but said he must not be called God.”In theory, it is sacrilege,” explained the leader of the Catholic Church. “You can’t do it.”People could call him God, just as they might say ‘I adore you’, but only God can be worshipped.”(Saying) ‘He’s a god with the ball on the pitch’ is a popular way to express yourself. He’s great to watch – but he’s not God.”Pope Francis is known to be a football fan, and he is also a club member of Buenos Aires side San Lorenzo.Two goals from Messi gave Barcelona victory in the Catalan derby over Espanyol on Sunday, taking the Liga leaders another step closer to the title.Also Read | I miss Cristiano Ronaldo in Spain, he gave La Liga prestige: Lionel Messilast_img read more


TFA to be renamed as Tata Atlético Football AcademiaTFA to be renamed as Tata Atlético Football Academia


first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 21 (PTI) The Tata Football Academy (TFA) is set to be renamedas Tata Atlético Football Academia after the Tata Trusts on Wednesday joined hands with La Liga giants, Atlético de Madrid (ATM), to enhance and strengthen its existing programmes for promoting Indian football. The main objective of the collaboration is to encourage football as a sport at the youth and grassroots level as well as support the Indian national team. As part of the collaboration, the TFA will now be called as Tata Atlético Football Academia. The Spanish club will provide a full-time head coach to TFA, who will work on the structure and curriculum that is followed in the Atlético de Madrid Academia in Spain. Technical experts will also visit TFA to guide and exchange knowledge on the best practices in various areas. “The partnership with Atletico de Madrid will enrich grass-root players with best-in-class professional training in all aspects of football. It will help young players train to international standards, scale them up to become future international players and help establish India on the global map of the sport,” Director, Program Design of Tata Trusts R Pavithra Kumar said. Miguel Ángel Gil, owner of Atlético de Madrid added: “For our club is an honour to join Tata Group as a strategic partner in this ambitious football development project. “Both of us share the vision to build a sustainable future for Indian football. We will work together in an educational programme based in Atlético de Madrid values and focused in giving opportunities for the kids.”advertisement The collaboration with Tata Trusts will also witness a residential programme in Madrid, Spain, for budding Indian talented players in the age group of 12-14 years. This will be a long-term training programme, where these players will be coached in the Academia along with the other local Spanish cadets. The programme will begin with a time-period of three years which could be further extended to 6-8 years. Twenty candidates will go to Spain in batches in three years. All boarding facilities along with formal education in the top schools where the medium of instruction is English will also be provided to the players in the Atlético de Madrid Academy. A scouting team from ATM, ably supported by coaches from Tata Trusts and TFA, has already selected 10 boys from various parts of the country for the programme. PTI SSC SSClast_img read more


Positive results on grass by Indians an advantage: BhupathiPositive results on grass by Indians an advantage: Bhupathi


first_imgBy Aparajita Upadhyay New Delhi, Nov 24 (PTI) Davis Cup non-playing captain Mahesh Bhupathi on Saturday said the recent spate of positive results by Indians on grass will give the hosts an advantage when they take on Italy in February. “Ramkumar made the finals for Newport this year on grass, Prajnesh qualified and beat Dennis Shapovalov on grass. Seeing that grass is an advantage for us…” Bhupath told PTI on the sidelines of a Kia Motors event where 100 young tennis fans of the country underwent a rigorous audition process to be selected as the ball kids for the Australian Open 2019. The Italians, led by world No 13 Fabio Fognini are superior to India on hard and clay courts, but might struggle on grass. “Italy has 6 players in the top-100, where do we have a chance against them? The only logical answer is grass. Playing at home we always have a chance. In Kolkata on grass, we will throw something at them and see how it goes. Grass is our best shot,” he said. Asked about the new Davis Cup format consisting of a six-player squad playing three-set matches over two days, Bhupathi said it would benefit India. “The new format for the Davis Cup will be beneficial for India because when you want to beat someone like Fabio Fognini it’s easier to do it in two sets than three sets. When playing a better player beating him 2 out of 3 is much easier than beating him 3 out of 5.” India has been unable to qualify for the World group stage despite winning consistently in the Oceania Group and Bhupathi believes it is because of the lack of top-100 players in the team.advertisement “We have nobody who is capable of playing world group level. World group level is top-100, how do you compete with top-100 players when you are not in that bracket.” Bhupathi said that to popularise a sport, money should be pumped in for the development besides giving it a priority status. “We don’t have a culture of tennis in India. We want to see a singles grand slam champions from India one day. But that’s not possible because there is no culture of the sport in the country. China spent hundreds and millions of dollars for 20 years before Li Na won a grand slam. “Sania Mirza created a revolution 10 years ago in India, she broke all boundaries, she played the third round of the Australian Open, Wimbledon. Everyone in India was watching but what happened after that? We don’t have five Sanias. Tennis is not a priority in our country.” However, Bhupathi believes all is not loss and Indian tennis is headed in the right direction. “For the first time we have three boys in the top-150, Prajnesh, Ram and Yuki. This has never happened before. We are going in the right direction but the culture is missing. We are always No 1 or 2 in cricket because we have a culture of cricket… without the culture you can’t expect miracles.” PTI APA AHlast_img read more