Kaminsky, Okafor Lead All-Americans

first_imgFrank Kaminsky and Jahlil Okafor are as different as stories can be in college basketball. The two, however, have a lot in common — both are in the Final Four and both were the top selections on The Associated Press’ 2014-15 All-America team.Kaminsky, the 7-foot senior from Wisconsin, was a unanimous choice March 30. Okafor, the 6-11 freshman from Duke, received all but one first-team vote.Notre Dame senior Jerian Grant, Kentucky junior Willie Cauley-Stein and Ohio State freshman D’Angelo Russell rounded out the first team.Kaminsky worked his to the top by improving through four seasons in college. Okafor arrived with all the laurels out of high school and immediate talk about leaving for the NBA.“Not to be overly patriotic, but we’re an American story, that you can do that in this kind of a system,” Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan said.“Sometimes where it looks like the privileged, the ones that are identified as being great players and can’t-miss-type guys, where there can always come that guy from behind in the race and then cross the tape first.“Frank is that guy who got a little bit later start as far as people noticing his abilities, but that’s just a great accomplishment on his part. … He took advantage of a chance and has made the most of it.”Kaminsky, projected as a top pick in the NBA draft, led the Badgers to their second straight Final Four berth, averaging 18.2 points and 8.0 rebounds while shooting 55.3 percent from the field, including 39.5 percent from 3-point range.He is one of those big men as comfortable on the perimeter as in the lane, and his outgoing personality has made him a media favorite.“It’s cool to be named first team All-American. It’s something you dream of as a kid,’” Kaminsky said. “To finally be able to do so, it’s a good thing and it shows how hard I’ve worked in my career. To be up there with Alando Tucker is a pretty cool thing.”Kaminsky is Wisconsin’s second All-America joining Tucker in 2007. He is the second unanimous pick in as many years following Doug McDermott of Creighton.Okafor is Duke’s 16th first-team All-America and is the Blue Devils’ second freshman in as many years, with Jabari Parker being chosen last season.Okafor, who received 64 first-team votes, averaged 17.7 points and 9.0 rebounds while shooting 66.9 percent, second in the nation.“His game has grown continuously and he’s got a lot more growth ahead of him,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “The main thing for Jah is that he’s gotten better as the season’s gone along.”At Notre Dame, Grant’s career was in jeopardy last season when he was suspended for the second semester for what he called an academic mistake. The son of former NBA player Harvey Grant star returned for his senior season and averaged 16.8 points and 6.6 assists while playing 36.6 minutes per game.“I can’t think of a better comeback story in college basketball the last couple years than Jerian,” Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said.“When I told him you need to come back because we have unfinished business, I didn’t know it would be this good and I am thrilled that it is this good because I was nervous it wouldn’t be this good. He came back for all the right reasons.”Grant, who received 53 first-team votes and is Notre Dame’s first All-America since Troy Murphy repeated in 2001, said receiving an honor like this makes his decision to return that much sweeter.“It’s great, especially with where I was last year,” he said. “The work I’ve put in, the guys having so much confidence in me to welcome me back like that.”Cauley-Stein and his teammates are chasing history with an undefeated season just two wins away. The 7-footer is the first first-team All-America to average less than 10 points per game. He averaged 9.3 points while grabbing 6.4 rebounds and shooting 58.8 percent. He anchors Kentucky’s stifling defense.“Coming in I felt like I was really overlooked and didn’t know if I really belonged but just worked and worked and worked and eventually became a player that everybody looks at like ‘Dude, you’re a freak athlete, you’re a beast,’” said Cauley-Stein, who received 45 first-team votes. “You can do so many things that I never imagined even happening and now it’s coming together.”He is the 18th All-American from Kentucky and first since Anthony Davis in 2012.Russell is another freshman who isn’t expected to be back for a second season. He averaged 19.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.1 assists and received 51 first-team votes. Russell is 15th All-American from Ohio State and the first since Jared Sullinger repeated in 2012.“The level that he sustained was the most impressive thing,” Buckeyes coach Thad Matta said. “The other thing that I loved was that the mistakes early, he learned from. He got better as the season went on. He became a more complete player. We knew he was going to be really good but just seeing his dedication to becoming a great player was very, very impressive.”Utah senior Delon Wright led the second team and was joined by Kentucky freshman Karl-Anthony Towns, Northern Iowa senior Seth Tuttle, Arkansas sophomore Bobby Portis and Virginia junior Malcolm Brogdon.The third team was Gonzaga teammates Kyle Wiltjer and Kevin Pangos, Oklahoma junior Buddy Hield, Syracuse senior Rakeem Christmas and Iowa State junior Georges Niang.The voting, by the same 65-member media panel that selects the weekly Top 25, was done before the NCAA Tournament.___By Jim O’Connell, AP Basketball Writer.AP Sports Writers Tom Withers and Will Graves in Cleveland; Beth Harris in Los Angeles; and Rusty Miller in Columbus contributed TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Jets Rue Missed Chances

first_imgNEW YORK — The game film confirmed everything the New York Jets already figured.A victory was there for the taking against the New England Patriots on Oct. 25. They just couldn’t seal the deal.“I think the hardest thing to swallow,” right guard Willie Colon said, “was that we had them right where we wanted to.”New York took a 17-16 lead into the fourth quarter, and Nick Folk’s 30-yard field goal made it 20-16 with just under 13 minutes left.That’s when Tom Brady went to work.The Patriots quarterback completed 14-of-17 passes while leading New England on two touchdown drives for a 30-23 victory at Gillette Stadium.“We were the more physical team,” Colon said. “I felt like we were able to make a lot of big plays on third down that kept the drives going. We just didn’t score enough touchdowns. When it came late in the game, obviously Brady took over and those guys made the bigger plays that counted. You have to take your hats off to them.”With the loss, the Jets dropped to 4-2 — two games behind the AFC East-leading Patriots, who remained undefeated at 6-0.Some fans and media were impressed by how tough the Jets played their rivals, narrowing the gap perhaps in a division that has been won by the Patriots 12 of the last 14 years. All that, though, meant little to coach Todd Bowles.“There are no statements when you lose,” he said. “You’ve got to win games. We’re not in this thing to play close games.”And with that, the Jets were already turning their focus on their next opponent: the Oakland Raiders, who are 3-3 after a 37-29 victory at San Diego.Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was actually reviewing tape of the Raiders — “multitasking,” he called it — while speaking to the media on a conference call.“We’re onto the next game here and trying to figure out the best way to attack Oakland,” Fitzpatrick said. “In every game, you’re going to learn stuff and there’s some stuff that we learned from, whether it was situations or whether it was different routes or the way that we called certain plays, we’ll get better each and every game. You’ve got to be quick to move on.”That doesn’t mean the loss to the Patriots didn’t sting.Brandon Marshall dropped a pass in the end zone in the fourth quarter on a drive in which the Jets had to settle for a field goal and just a four-point lead rather than eight points. Marshall also was called for a false start penalty that ended the game after New York had recovered an onside kick and reached the Patriots 37 one play later.Bowles also took some heat for his clock management and not using any of the Jets’ timeouts during the Patriots’ final touchdown drive.“They were all positive plays,” he said of the Patriots’ drive. “Had we stopped them at any shorter time when we could have used a timeout, we would have used it.”The Jets also had no answer for Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, who had 11 catches for 108 yards and a touchdown. But they did shut down New England’s running game, holding the Patriots to 16 total yards on nine rushes — with Brady leading the team with 15 yards.With New York RB Chris Ivory dealing with tightness in one of his hamstrings, he finished with just 41 yards on 17 carries.“Everybody was kind of disappointed,” Colon said. “I think at the end of the day, we all understand where we’re at. We still control our season, we still control our fate. The one thing we can’t do is let this resonate.”Certainly not against the Raiders, who turned two interceptions of Philip Rivers into 10 points on Oct. 25 against San Diego and got three TD passes from Derek Carr.Rookie wide receiver Amari Cooper already has 33 catches for 519 yards and three TDs, including three games of 100 or more yards receiving.Bowles plans to have the Jets leave for Oakland after practice Oct. 30, making no changes to the itinerary despite the cross-country flight.“We have to learn from our mistakes and clean up the little things, but if we linger on this game, then we’re going to get beat next week,” Bowles said. “Oakland played a heck of a ball game (Sunday). We know we have to move on. We know what kind of fight we have …”(DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Columbia’s, Lakers’ Foward McMillian, 68, Dies

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Jim McMillian, who helped the Los Angeles Lakers to a 33-game winning streak and the 1972 NBA championship as a second-year pro playing with Wilt Chamberlain and Jerry West, died May 16. He was 68.He died from complications of heart failure at a hospital in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, after being in failing health in recent months, according to his sister-in-law Denise Sheridan.The Lakers made McMillian the 13th overall pick in the first round of the 1970 draft out of Columbia University.He was also drafted in the first round by the New York Nets of the ABA, but chose the Lakers. He averaged 15.3 points during three seasons in Los Angeles.He was a key member of the Lakers’ first championship team in the city after their move from Minneapolis. He averaged 19.1 points in replacing retired Elgin Baylor at forward, a move that coincided with the start of the team’s 33-game winning streak.The roster included Chamberlain, West, Gail Goodrich, Happy Hairston, Keith Erickson and Pat Riley. They were coached by Bill Sharman.Despite his relative youth, McMillian fit in seamlessly with his veteran teammates.“Jim could run and fill the lanes with the best of them. He had a great 15-foot jump shot,” Erickson said. “Jim was young and eager. He was a perfect complement on our team.”After one more year in Los Angeles, the Lakers traded the 6-foot-5 forward to the Buffalo Braves for Elmore Smith.“Jim was an important part of Lakers history, as a key member of our first championship team in Los Angeles in 1972,” said Jeanie Buss, Lakers President and Co-owner. “His passing is a sad day for us.”McMillian later played for the New York Knicks and Portland Trail Blazers during his nine-year NBA career. After leaving the league, he moved to Italy and played two years for a team in Bologna.He returned home to work in a wholesale retail business before founding his own clothing business. He later worked for a clothing manufacturing company.McMillian attended occasional reunions for the ’72 team. Sharman’s widow, Joyce, got to know McMillian when she helped produce a film about that championship season.“To know Jim is to love him. He is a big gentle giant,” said Sharman, who last saw McMillian six months ago in Los Angeles at a dinner. He turned down the organizers’ offer of a ride and told Sharman he wanted her to drive him even though she has a small car.“His knees were up to the roof of the car,” she recalled. “We laughed the whole way there and the whole way back.”Born March 11, 1948, in Raeford, North Carolina, McMillian was raised in Brooklyn, where he starred at Thomas Jefferson High School before going on to Columbia.He led the Lions to a 63-14 record during three seasons and their last NCAA Tournament appearance in 1968, as a sophomore when he averaged 17 points and 11 rebounds during their three-game tournament run.They lost to Davidson in overtime of the East Regional semifinal before beating St. Bonaventure in the consolation game.McMillian is second on the school’s career scoring list with 22.9 points and still holds the marks for field goals in a season (253) and career (677).Nicknamed “Jimmy Mac,” McMillian was a three-time All-America and All-Ivy League player.“Jim was a quiet and powerful leader,” said Jonathan Schiller, Chairman of Columbia’s board of trustees and former teammate of McMillian.“Jim was a supportive and close friend to each of his teammates. We know well that Jim was and will always be remembered as one of the most gifted student-athletes to attend Columbia University.”Erickson recalled McMillian carried a book with him everywhere. “He was quiet,” he said. “He read a lot, very thoughtful.”He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Alexis, son Aron, daughters Erica and Emon, and seven grandchildren.(BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

No Goalkeeper… Empty Handed

first_imgOlympiacos exited the Europa League on Thursday after suffering a woeful 4-1 defeat to 10-man Besiktas in the second leg of their Round of 16 tie in Istanbul, ending up on the wrong end of a 5-2 aggregate scoreline. Nicola Leali, who’s gaffe gave Besiktas a draw in Greece for the first leg, is to be blame for the first three goals conceded.Despite putting themselves back in contention needing just one more goal at 2-1 down at half-time on the night, and with a numerical advantage for the entire second half after Vincent Aboubakar’s sending off just before the break, Vasilis Vouzas’ team capitulated in the second half.Besiktas looked to be cruising after early goals from Aboubakar and Ryan Babel put them firmly in command after half an hour, taking advantage of Leali’s poor goalkeeper in both plays. However, Tarik Elyounoussi’s spectacular scissor-kick equaliser reduced the deficit before Aboubakar’s sending off just ahead of half-time for an off-the-ball headbutt handed Olympiacos the initiative.Instead of going on to record a famous result and claim a place in the last eight of a European competition for the third time in the club’s history, it was Besiktas who found another gear to dispatch the visitors.Babel, who had not scored a European goal since 2010 before tonight, notched a crucial second for himself and his side’s third from a low, diagonal snapshot which visiting goalkeeper Nicola Leali could only parry into the net.Then Olympiacos’ miserable night was complete in the last minute when slack marking allowed Besiktas to break clear with Cenk Tosun dinking his 20th goal of the season in all competitions over the hapless dive of Leali after being played in by man-of-the-math Babel.The Olympiacos players looked truly shellshocked at this point as the final whistle then sparked wild celebrations among the home fans who had witnessed their team defy the odds to deservedly claim their place in the last eight.Vouzas – and Olympiacos owner Vangelis Marinakis – will surely demand an inquest into how the team collapsed so easily after being essentially handed the advantage on a plate by half-time.The coach will have to pick his players up and regroup ahead of this weekend’s crucial Athens derby against eternal rivals Panathinaikos at the Apostolos Nikolaidis stadium where another defeat will put their domestic title credentials in doubt.Source: AGONAsport.com (http://bit.ly/2nxnz4g ) – on Facebook, follow us on  Instagram, and Twitter TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Dybala Nets 2 as Juve Beats Barca 3-0 in Champions League

first_imgTURIN, Italy (AP) — Paulo Dybala said last week he doesn’t want to be known as the new Lionel Messi. On Tuesday, the Argentine proved he can be just as good as his more famous compatriot, scoring two goals as Juventus beat Barcelona 3-0 in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal.Dybala, who was given a standing ovation when he was substituted nine minutes from time, broke the deadlock in the seventh minute and doubled his tally in the 22nd. Giorgio Chiellini added the third, 10 minutes after the break.“I’m really happy because since I was a kid I wanted to experience these moments,” the 23-year-old Dybala said. “It’s one of my best nights, but we mustn’t ruin it next Wednesday.”Click image to watch Juventus goals against Barcelona(AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)The result will give Juventus plenty of confidence heading into the second leg on April 19, but it will be wary of another fantastic comeback from Messi’s Barcelona, which beat Paris Saint-Germain 6-1 in its last match to become the first team to overturn a 4-0 first-leg loss in the history of the competition.“The sensation is that we are living through another nightmare,” Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said. “We gave away two goals in the first half and against a team like Juventus you pay for it. As a coach it’s very difficult to explain, Juventus was superior to us in every way. I’m responsible 101 percent … (and) I don’t want to talk about a comeback.”But he added: “Certainly, if we get back to our level we can score four goals against anyone.”The other first-leg match between Borussia Dortmund and Monaco was called off and rescheduled for Wednesday after three explosions went off near the German team’s bus as it set off for the match, injuring defender Marc Bartra.Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri again used his daring 4-2-3-1 formation, which has seen his team play some of its best soccer of the season as it utilizes all five of its star attackers.“We need to be happy with all we have done, but we need to keep our feet on the ground because we still haven’t achieved anything,” Allegri said. “It’s not over, we’ll need to play with bravery again … but we know the weaknesses of Barcelona and also our strengths.”Juventus was aggressive from the start and almost scored in the third minute when Gonzalo Higuain’s header from a free kick taken by Miralem Pjanic was dropped by Marc-Andre ter Stegen, but the Barcelona goalkeeper recovered in time.However, the hosts did take the lead four minutes later when Juan Cuadrado pulled a cross back from the right flank for Dybala to curl the ball into the bottom left corner.Messi was largely kept quiet all night, but he provided a superb ball over the top for Andres Iniesta, whose effort was turned around the right post by Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.That save proved pivotal as Juventus doubled its lead moments later when Mario Mandzukic’s cross was deflected to Dybala, who drove a first-time shot into the left of the goal.“Paulo had a great game but the whole team had a great game, those who started and the substitutes,” Allegri said. “It was a great victory, achieved by everyone.”Barcelona thought it had pulled a goal back on the half hour, but Messi’s strike was ruled out as Luis Suarez had strayed offside.Juventus had several chances to extend its lead and finally did so when Chiellini headed in a corner off the inside of the left post.Chiellini later dedicated the goal to his former Italy teammate Giuseppe Rossi after the American-born forward suffered another serious knee injury.Suarez almost got a crucial away goal for Barcelona in the 67th but his effort hit the outside of the left post.Barcelona should have had a penalty, moments later, when Chiellini handled the ball in the area but nothing was given.Juventus also had reason to feel aggrieved by refereeing decisions, as Cuadrado had a goal ruled out for offside – but television replays indicated it should have been allowed.However, Dybala had already scored the decisive goals, a day after Italian daily La Repubblica had quoted him as saying in an interivew: “There is only one Messi, like (Diego) Maradona. No one has ever told me that I am his heir.”Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Giannis Antetokounmpo Supports Thanasis in Spain (Video)

first_imgGiannis Antetokounmpo and his younger brother, Kostas, flew to Spain on Sunday to support their older brother, Thanasis, whose Andorra team was taking on second place Valencia in a Liga ACB match-up, according to Milwaukee Bucks website.It was an entertaining game that ended with Andorra putting a stop to Valencia’s seven-game winning streak with an 89-84 win.Thanasis finished the game with 8 points (4-6 FG), 5 rebounds, 2 assists and a block in 19 minutes of action.Ovació del públic a @Giannis_An34 #MaiPor pic.twitter.com/OqV94JjOBr— MoraBancAndorra (@morabancandorra) May 7, 2017TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

Agnelli Hints Juventus Might Not Risk Ronaldo Against Ajax

first_imgMILAN (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo may not be risked for Juventus’ first match of the Champions League quarterfinals against Ajax, club president Andrea Agnelli hinted on Friday.Ronaldo injured a muscle in his right thigh and limped off 30 minutes into Portugal’s 1-1 draw against Serbia on Monday in qualifying for the 2020 European Championship.“When you have muscle injuries you have to be very careful,” Agnelli said. “For one match you risk compromising the next two months.”Juventus has said the injury is “apparently minor,” while Ronaldo told Portuguese media after the match he “should be back in one or two weeks.”Juventus travels to Ajax for the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals on April 10, then hosts the Dutch team the following week.“It’s more important to safeguard two and a half months than one match only,” Agnelli said.Ronaldo scored a hat trick against Atletico Madrid in the return leg of the last 16 as Juventus overturned a first-leg deficit.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Irving, Horford Lead Celtics Past Giannis, Bucks 112-90 in Opener (Pics,Vid)

first_imgMILWAUKEE — Al Horford stood his ground as Giannis Antetokounmpo charged his way.Antetokounmpo, the Milwaukee Bucks’ MVP candidate, desperately wanted to provide a spark and cut into a second-half lead against Horford’s Boston Celtics in the opener of a second-round playoff series on Sunday. He drove hard into the lane, quickly switched directions and tried to lay the ball up over Horford, who met him at the rim and blocked the shot.Antetokounmpo corralled the ball and went up a second time only to be met by Horford again, who this time spiked the ball to the court.The Celtics clamped down on Antetokounmpo all game and cruised past the Bucks, 112-90.Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo is fouled during the first half of Game 1 of a second round NBA basketball playoff series against the Boston Celtics Sunday, April 28, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash“Our focus was to make sure that we just made it tough on him every time, just making sure he earned everything he got,” Horford said. “I felt like we did a pretty good job of that.”Kyrie Irving had 26 points and 11 assists, tying his playoff career high, and Horford added 20 points and 11 rebounds to pace Boston, which controlled the game for long stretches while playing stingy defense against Antetokounmpo.Jaylen Brown chipped in with 19 points and Gordon Hayward had 13 off the bench for the Celtics.Antetokounmpo scored 22 points but shot just 7 for 21. He didn’t make his first field goal until the first minute of the second quarter.“It was one of the toughest losses we’ve ever had, all season, especially at home,” Antetokounmpo said.Game 2 is Tuesday in Milwaukee.Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer is expecting his star player to bounce back.“As great as he’s been, he hasn’t been perfect every night,” Budenholzer said. “He’s hard on himself, so there will probably be some point where I put my arms around him and tell him, ‘You’re going to be great.’”Boston Celtics’ Jaylen Brown dunks over Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo during the second half of Game 1 of a second round NBA basketball playoff series Sunday, April 28, 2019, in Milwaukee. The Celtics won 112-90 to take a 1-0 lead in the series. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)Khris Middleton had 16 for Milwaukee, which completed a four-game sweep of the Detroit Pistons on Monday and advanced to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2001. The Celtics came off a sweep of their own against Indiana.The Celtics knocked Milwaukee out of the playoffs in seven games last year, winning the final game at home. This year, Milwaukee is the top seed in the East and has home-court advantage throughout the postseason after posting the NBA’s best record, but Boston didn’t play like an underdog in any way.The Celtics jumped out early, leading by as many as 11 in the opening quarter. Boston shot 52% while the Bucks shot only 5 of 19.The shooting woes continued for the Bucks until midway through the second quarter, when Milwaukee used a 15-0 run to pull even at 40. The teams then traded baskets with the Celtics grabbing a 52-50 lead at the half.Boston used a 9-0 run in the third quarter to again build a double-digit lead, which grew to as much as 21 as Milwaukee again failed to make shots.“This is a hard team to play against,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. “That wasn’t their best game.”Irving thinks the Celtics have been rounding into shape in the playoffs after an uneven regular season.“We were dealing with our ups and downs, but I think we just have an appreciation for the group that we have,” he said.TIP-INSCeltics: Boston players wore a black stripe with the No. 17 on their jerseys to honor Hall of Famer John Havlicek, who died Thursday at the age of 79. The team won eight championships during Havlicek’s 16 seasons with the Celtics. Havlicek was the MVP of the 1974 NBA Finals when the Celtics defeated the Bucks in Game 7 at the MECCA in Milwaukee. A moment of silence was held before tipoff. … G Marcus Smart traveled to Milwaukee but wasn’t in uniform. Smart has been out since suffering a left oblique tear on April 7. Smart has been practicing with the team but isn’t expected play in Game 2 either. “I don’t see any way that he’s available until what we thought initially, four to six (weeks) and I said at the start that four seems awfully aggressive,” Stevens said. ….F/C Aron Baynes left the game in the third quarter after rolling his left ankle.Bucks: Starting guard Malcolm Brogdon, who is recovering from a partially torn plantar fascia in his right foot, remained out but took part in shooting drills before the game. He’s also expected to miss Game 2 before being re-evaluated. The 2017 Rookie of the Year has been out since March 15. … Center Pau Gasol (left foot soreness) was inactive. He missed the final 15 regular-season games and didn’t play in the opening round.HIGH NOONThe teams had to deal with an unusual noon tip time. “You play when you are told to play,” Stevens said. “If you aren’t ready because of the time of the day, you’re probably not going to be successful anyway.”LONG LAYOFFThe Celtics had six days off and the Bucks five. “Guys are sick of practice. Guys are sick of film. They are ready to play,” Stevens said. The extended layoff created challenges, Budenholzer said. “We tried to balance rest and getting healthy and working on our execution and our game plan and playing, letting them keep their rhythm,” he said.By: Rich Rovito, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Maxim: advanced battery management system enables safer, smarter car of the future

first_img Continue Reading Previous 4D Systems: global distribution agreement with Arrow ElectronicsNext PLS: UDE 4.10 simplifies multicore debugging and system analysis Automotive OEMs can enhance the safety of their lithium-ion battery packs with robust communications, comprehensive diagnostics, and lower system costs with the MAX17843 12-channel, high-voltage smart sensor data-acquisition device from Maxim Integrated Products.Electric vehicles (EVs), hybrid EVs, and plug-in hybrids rely on large lithium-ion battery packs filled with hundreds or even thousands of individual battery cells. With industry experts predicting that 25% of cars sold by 2025 will have electric engines, automotive OEMs and Tier 1s need an intelligent battery management system to enable safe, low cost solutions with robust communications.Maxim is enabling a safer, smarter car of the future with the MAX17843 battery management system. MAX17843 meets the highest safety standards, adhering to ISO 26262 and ASIL D requirements (also applicable for ASIL C). Its differential universal asynchronous receiver/transmitter using capacitive isolation reduces bill of materials costs and failure in time rates. With this, designers can save up to 90% of their isolation BOM cost. The UART, with ultimate flexibility, enables robust communications in noisy environments. Using Maxim’s unique proprietary daisy-chain architecture and successive-approximation-register ADC, the MAX17843 captures fast, accurate voltage measurements and delivers high EMC performance. It is applicable for a variety of automotive and EV powertrain applications.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

TDK: fully integrated embedded motor controller with extended memory for automotive

first_imgTDK expands its Micronas embedded motor controller portfolio with the HVC 4420F, featuring extended flash memory for the drive of small brush-type, stepper, or brushless motors. It is designed to satisfy the latest needs of the automotive industry to provide diagnostics capability newly introduced in the field of smart actuators.With an extension of the flash memory to 64 KB and SRAM to 4 KB, the HVC 4420F is the answer for the OEMs’ increased functional and diagnostic demands. Currently, OEMs use own ideas and approaches on diagnostics. This includes sensor data fusion strategy, actuator status and resulting activities. To ensure the required data analysis, software routines have to be implemented, which activate the underlying hardware diagnostic features, while respecting the OEMs’ framework to ensure proper integration. Due to its larger memory and the built-in diagnostic feature set, the HVC 4420F offers the storage capacity and processing capability to execute these actions which are unique in the environment of smart actuators.The new HVC 4420F is part of the Micronas high-voltage controller family (HVC) for smart actuators. The HVC family combines an ARM standard microcontroller core with a wide range of additional functions in order to enable particularly compact and cost-efficient system designs for use in automotive applications and beyond. Powered by a 32-bit CPU core (ARM Cortex-M3) with 64 kB flash memory, the HVC 4420F contains, amongst others, timers/counters, interrupt controllers, multichannel ADC, SPI, and enhanced PWMs with diagnosis functions, important for utilization in safety relevant applications. An advanced LIN UART with a LIN 2.x transceiver as well as voltage regulators to connect the device directly to the automotive board net (5.4 V – 18 V) do round up the all-in-one approach. Several power management modes help reducing the current consumption. Various integrated digital and analog circuit units, such as comparators with virtual star point reference, current scaling and an embedded programmable gain amplifier allow users to minimize the number of external components.Due to its high processing power, the HVC 4420F allows complex motor control algorithms such as Space Vector Modulation (SVM) for permanent magnet synchronous motors (PMSM), six-step commutation with sensor feedback or sensorless control, as well as various stepper configurations.The HVC 4420F optionally comes with production-ready and highly flexible, parameterizable firmware with sophisticated communication, monitoring and power management functions (ASIL A ready) as well as a configuration tool. Customers can develop application software, based on the firmware, that is both efficient and effective and thus optimally design the combination of motor and control by gaining significant reduction in their time to market.HVC 4420F will be presented for the first time at Embedded World. Samples will be available in March 2019. Start of production is planned for 2020.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Renesas develops 28 nm MCU with virtualization-assisted functionsNext congatec signs sales partnership with Forteclast_img read more

Apple ropes in LG as second supplier for OLED displays, reducing reliance on Samsung

first_imgApple will soon have a secondary supplier for its OLED needs. Bloomberg reports based on people familiar with the matter that Apple is looking to LG Display to supply a good amount of OLED panels for future iPhones while the rest will continue to be supplied by Samsung. This move will allow Apple to lower the cost of its iPhones and source OLED panels more quickly.Samsung has so far been the sole supplier of OLED panels for Apple, which has allowed the South Korean giant to charge a higher premium. This is one of the reasons the iPhone X, which uses Samsung-made OLED display, costs a whopping $1,000. With LG Display getting into the mix, Samsung will no longer have the monopoly, suggesting cheaper iPhones in the future. This in turn has also caused the iPhone X to miss sales expectations leading to a general slump in sales.The report adds that LG Display will initially supply between 2 million to 4 million OLED displays and will continue to ramp up capacity. This is a very small number compared to what Apple ships every year, which means a majority of OLED displays for its upcoming iPhones this year will still be in the hands of Samsung.”Securing a second supplier for OLED screens is crucial for Apple as it will allow the company to reduce its reliance on Samsung, which is currently the sole supplier,” said Jerry Kang, a senior principal analyst at IHS Markit. “At the same time, it will help accelerate a broad adoption of OLED screens. More suppliers means more volume, and in turn, lower pricing.”advertisementIf the deal goes through without a hitch, Apple could source a bulk of OLED displays from LG Display for its 2019 iPhones. Apple is expected to come out with three iPhones this year, with two of them rumoured to sport OLED displays. The Cupertino company is slowly making the transition to OLED display, but there is no clear indication that it plans to ditch LCD display completely next year. The 6.1-inch LCD iPhone rumoured among the trio is also expected to be the cheapest and should help boost Apple’s sales.Notably, this isn’t the first time LG Display’s name has been attached with Apple. Late last year, a report surfaced that Apple had begin working with LG Display on foldable OLED displays for iPhones in 2020. A report earlier this year also mentioned about Apple’s doubts on whether LG Display would be able to supply enough OLED panels to act as a secondary supplier. Bloomberg also reported earlier in the year that Apple is in talks with China’s BOE Technology Group Co. to supply OLED displays for iPhone. If Apple manages to diversify suppliers, the company will be in a better position to meet iPhone sales expectations and we could eventually see the cost of iPhone come down.last_img read more

World Cup 2018: Colombia coach Jose Pekerman slams referee after England loss

first_imgColombia’s efforts to reach the World Cup quarter-finals for the second straight time were hampered by refereeing interruptions and constant calls from England’s players for fouls in the South Americans’ last 16 loss on penalties, said coach Jose Pekerman.Colombia missed one penalty and saw another saved in the shootout to go down 4-3 after forcing the game to extra time courtesy of a last-gasp equaliser by Yerry Mina that saw them level the scores at 1-1.But Pekerman said the England players were demanding fouls which in his opinion were not, complaining to American referee Mark Geiger and affecting the flow of Colombia’s game.World Cup 2018: England overcome Colombia via penalty shootout, in last 8″There were many situations, as expected, and everybody knew the match would be like this and I think we have to try to defend football,” the Argentine coach said.”We have to do something to protect football when certain situations arise. It is uncomfortable to play this match with such refereeing decisions.”Colombia vs England: HIGHLIGHTS”When there are so many fouls that just cannot happen. We have to find ways to avoid that.”England went ahead with a 57th minute Harry Kane penalty after the forward was wrestled to the ground but Pekerman said England’s players were constantly attempting to force decisions.Harry Kane’s England break World Cup penalty jinx: Stats and facts”A player fakes a foul, they are trying to get the referee to book another player,” he said. “There is a lot of confusion with this type of play. All those situations are determining situations.”advertisementFIFA World Cup 2018: Who plays who in the quarter-finalsThe game was bad-tempered and Geiger at times allowed players to get away with dissent. In total six Colombia players were booked to England’s two.”We saw a difficult match and this does not mean that England have not done well,” Pekerman said, adding that his team had also failed to pose a greater threat in the area.”It was very difficult to get into the match. There was a lot of rhythm and speed but as soon as the ball was in the box my players were not cool and composed. They were a bit afraid.””We did not use our football to create more danger.”Colombia were also missing injured talisman James Rodriguez through injury.”One of our key players was not present,” Pekerman said. “In terms of creative football and finishing James is a decisive player. Unfortunately he was not in top shape.”(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

World Cup 2018: Actor Michael Caine thrilled with England’s win over Sweden

first_imgLegendary British actor Sir Michael Caine enjoyed England’s win against Sweden in the quarter-finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Saturday.The actor sent a tweet to congratulate the boys, saying: “Fabulous Victory Guys! Now Blow the Bloody Doors Off on Wednesday.”He was referring to England’s semi-final clash against Croatia at Saint Petersburg. This will be their first semis since 1990.Fabulous Victory Guys!Now Blow the Bloody Doors Off on Wednesday.Michael Caine (@themichaelcaine) July 8, 2018Twitterati erupted on Saturday after England’s 2-0 win over Sweden in Samara and everyone had only one thing to say: “It’s coming home. Football is coming home.”As soon as the final whistle was blown, fans all around the world put out messages on social media – “it’s coming home.”2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEKyle Walker, Rio Ferdinand, Peter Crouch and even Prince William, all posted congratulatory messages for England on Twitter. The likes of Rio Ferdinand, Alan Shearer, Gary Linekar followed suit and shared videos of English fans taking to the streets back home to celebrate the Three Lions’ surprising run in this year’s World Cup.Also read – FIFA World Cup 2018: Who plays who in the semi-finalsIts official… Footballs Coming Home Again!! Big respect to the @england team & Gareth! Wanna see the scenes back home… tag me people! Love it #ENG #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/kiLgkMPbWxRio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) July 7, 2018When you cant get its coming home theme tune out your head pic.twitter.com/RisR1wPL31Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2) July 7, 2018.@GaryLineker .@alanshearer #bbcwordcup #worldcup #SWEENG pic.twitter.com/fasYA4FAxPadvertisementIan Finch (@ianfinchtv) July 7, 2018Maybe, just maybe, this little thing is coming home…. #bbcworldcup #england #itscominghome pic.twitter.com/7IZ7n6XyfXAlan Shearer (@alanshearer) July 7, 2018Sliding into the Semi Finals like… pic.twitter.com/RF3XbMT9K4Harry Maguire (@HarryMaguire93) July 7, 2018Also read – England players euphoric after reaching first World Cup semis since 1990Twitter has been flooded with videos of England fans celebrating the big victory back home, each of them together singing “it’s coming home”.London Bridge pic.twitter.com/efevg7Qxd6Ella Jessel (@EllaJessel) July 7, 2018Claphams closed. Footballs coming home. #ThreeLions pic.twitter.com/dPg5wHjC8dNick Stylianou ON HOLIDAY (@nmsonline) July 7, 2018It actually is, isnt it. Absurd pic.twitter.com/laHZ6c2ZaGHenry Zeffman (@hzeffman) July 7, 2018I love this city so much #London #Eng #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/3uNkAfqgvbGrant Tucker (@GrantTucker) July 7, 20182-0! COME ON ENGLAND! #WorldCup #ENG #worldcup2018 #SWEENG #ThreeLions pic.twitter.com/lOumfZtKAOBoxparkCroydon (@BoxparkCroydon) July 7, 2018last_img read more

India vs England: Chahal and Kuldeep in focus as India aim to clinch series

first_imgIndia’s wrist-spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal shined as India clinched a convincing victory in the first T20I. However, the duo were rendered ineffective in the second match as England bounced back to level the series 1-1.The Indian spin duo now faces its first real challenge in more than a year as India take on England in the series-deciding third T20 in Bristol on Sunday. From Sri Lanka to Australia, to New Zealand, and to South Africa, none of the opponents could easily contend with Chahal-Kuldeep in such quick time.With Kuldeep returning wicket-less in Cardiff after a sensational five-wicket show in the series-opener and Chahal too taken for runs last night, they need to find ways to trouble the opponents.India missed injured Jasprit Bumrah’s services on Friday during the death overs as England hit three sixes. His replacement Umesh Yadav has provided wickets (four in two matches) in the powerplays, but he has also been taken for runs at the same time.England took calculated risks against Kuldeep Yadav, feels Yuzvendra ChahalDespite the disappointment on Friday, the visitors are still in contention for their sixth consecutive T20I series win, which is part of an unbeaten run stretching back to September 2017.The last time India lost a bilateral T20I contest was against West Indies in July 2017, albeit that was a one-off game. In fact, India’s last series loss with more one T20I game also came against the same opposition, at Florida in August 2016.advertisementIn between those two losses to West Indies, India beat England 2-1 in a three-match T20I series at home in January 2017. That contest is notable because India were 1-0 down, and came back to win the series with Chahal taking career-best 6-25 in the series decider at Bengaluru.MS Dhoni 3rd Indian after Tendulkar and Dravid to play 500 internationalsWrist spin continues to be a deciding factor in the current series as well. Kuldeep brought the shock-value to the mix of things at Manchester and duly bamboozled England. The hosts, in turn, prepared well for the second game, despite the short turn-around time, and with a little aid from the pitch, played more selectively against both wrist spinners.A little change in the England batting line-up also worked wonders. Joe Root was sent up at number four, with skipper Eoin Morgan dropping down to allow the former more time at the crease. While it didn’t help Root in particular as he failed to read the googly for a second match running, it did allow Alex Hales to build partnerships and anchor their win.Hales was included in the side in place of injured all-rounder Ben Stokes, but on current form, it will be tough to leave him out. Stokes returns to the England squad for the third match and bolsters their confidence being yet another key member to have played in the IPL. In the current scenario, he could walk into the playing eleven in place of the struggling Root, based alone on the fact that he has played enough against both Chahal and Kuldeep in the last two IPL seasons.Stokes will also provide another seam-bowling option, and thus it remains to be seen if Moeen Ali will return to the eleven. It will depend on pitch conditions. A similar wicket to the one in Cardiff will see the all-rounder sitting out again, for the boundaries at the Gloucestershire County Club will be short once again. That India played spin well in both matches will also be a factor.The conditions concern India as well. Thanks to the last layer of grass remaining on the surface, England used the short ball tactic against the top-order. Both Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul struggled to get going against the short deliveries, while Shikhar Dhawan and Suresh Raina looked ill at ease. Even Virat Kohli was out caught pulling a short one straight to fine leg, albeit in the death overs.Morgan outlined that the short-ball ploy was more to do with conditions than anything else, but it is tough to see the hosts abandoning a plan that worked so well. The shorter boundaries will only re-affirm such a plan once again.Victory on Friday would have allowed India to experiment in the third game, with the likes of Manish Pandey, Siddarth Kaul, Krunal Pandya and Deepak Chahar waiting in the wings. The same is true for England as well, particularly regarding their batting order. With the series pegged at 1-1, it is difficult to envisage either team playing around with combinations as a lot is at stake.advertisementIf Pakistan beat Australia on Sunday, India could climb to number two in the ICC T20I rankings with a series win, relegating England to number seven. Even so, this is about more than just rankings at this juncture. At the start of what promises to be an intensely fought summer of cricket, this is now about bragging rights and carrying winning momentum into the ODI series.Squads:India: Virat Kohli (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Hardik Pandya, Siddarth Kaul, Umesh Yadav.England: Eoin Morgan (C), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Jos Buttler (wk), Sam Curran, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, David Willey, Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes.Match starts at 6.30 pm IST.last_img read more

JLR launches F-TYPE sports car with new petrol engine

first_img(Eds: Changing word ‘sedan’ with ‘sports car’ in headline, para 1) New Delhi, Jul 16 (PTI) Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) India today launched F-TYPE sports car with a new petrol engine with price starting at Rs 90.93 lakh (ex-showroom). The model now comes with a four-cylinder ingenium petrol engine, leading to an overall weight reduction of 52 kg of the model, JLR India said in a statement. Jaguar F-TYPE 2.0 litre Coupe starts from Rs 90.93 lakh while the 2.0 litre Convertible starts from Rs 1.01 crore, it added. “This will make our sportscar brand more accessible to Jaguar fans and customers across the spectrum. Enthusiasts are sure to be thrilled by the appeal of this pure breed F-TYPE with its own unique driving character,” JLR India President and Managing Director Rohit Suri said. PTI MSS SBT MRMRlast_img

Virat Kohli since England Tests of 2014: 15 hundreds, 3699 runs in 37 Tests

first_imgVirat Kohli had a painful Test series in 2014 in England. In those five Tests, Kohli was troubled by the English swing bowlers with James Anderson dismissing him four times in 10 innings.Back then, he scored 1, 8, 25, 0, 39, 28, 0, 7, 6 and 20 in the five Tests and finished the series with an average of 13.50.Virat Kohli was largely troubled on the off stump line and was caught behind the stumps on six occasions (once by keeper and five times in the slip cordon).Anderson made Kohli his bunny while Stuart Broad (dismissed Kohli twice), Chris Jordan (dismissed Kohli twice), Liam Plunkett (dismissed Kohli once) and Moeen Ali (dismissed Kohli once) bowled probing lines and did not let him bat freely.But failure makes a person stronger.Kohli worked on his batting, took some invaluable tips from the great Sachin Tendulkar and is currently regarded as the best batsman in the world across formats.For Australia, Virat Kohli is similar to Steve Smith: Pat CumminsAfter the horror Test series in 2014, Kohli was already reeling under pressure to perform. To add to that pressure, he was given an added responsibility of leading the side when regular captain MS Dhoni was ruled out of the first Test in Australia in 2014.In the words of England great Alec Stewart, world class players “find a way to succeed” in tough situations. Kohli did just that. Virat Kohli slammed four Test centuries in Australia in 2014-15 (Getty Images)He smashed four centuries in as many matches and also instilled confidence in the team with their fighting spirit. India lost the series 2-0 but it was the beginning of an era for Indian cricket.advertisementDhoni retired after the Boxing Day Test and Kohli officially took charge of the Test team.Kohli’s aggression with the bat paid rich dividends and India reaped the rewards.Kohli is once again gearing up for a gruelling five-match series in England starting August 1 at Edgbaston. And all the eyes will be on him to do wonders as India look to win a Test series in England for the first time since 2007 when Rahul Dravid-led side beat England 1-0 in a three-match contest.In the four-year period between his sorry tour of England and now, Kohli has just grown in stature. He has scored runs wherever he has played and more importantly he has earned those runs.Also Read – Virat Kohli’s nightmare against spin continues in EnglandHe has played 37 Tests in this period and scored 15 centuries, including six double hundreds. He, in fact, is the only captain to record six double centuries in Test cricket. He has amassed 3699 runs at an incredible average of 64.89 and has also scored 7 fifties.He has also captained India in 35 Tests and has 21 wins, a record that has put him level with former India skipper Sourav Ganguly in the list of most Test wins by an Indian skipper.Virat Kohli is now six wins short of drawing level with MS Dhoni, India’s most successful captain in Tests (he is also India’s most successful captain in the other two formats). Virat Kohli holds the record for most Test double hundreds by a captain (BCCI Photo)While England remains the only place where Kohli has not scored enough Test runs, several experts believe he can turn things around this time. And why not! After all, Virat Kohli has proven his credentials in tough conditions in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.”He has had the white-ball internationals to get ready for the Test series. When you have the quality of Virat, you adjust accordingly and I expect him to have a big impact on the Test series. His record here cannot get worse, it can only improve and world-class players find a way of succeeding in tough conditions,” former England captain Alec Stewart told PTI in an interview.Sachin Tendulkar has also backed Kohli to do well in England this year.”Virat’s 2014 performance has got nothing to do with how he would perform in the upcoming series. And it’s not just about Virat’s performance. If you ask me if I am hopeful of a good show from Virat, my answer would be “Why only Virat? I am hopeful of a good show from the Indian team. It’s the team that needs to perform well,” Tendulkar was quoted as saying by PTI.last_img read more

LG V40 ThinQ set to launch in New York on October 3

first_imgThe word is out. Korean tech giant, LG, has started sending invites for the global debut of its upcoming flagship device- LG V40 ThinQ. The company will unveil the device at a special event in New York on October 3 and in Seoul on October 4.Along side revealing the launch date of its next V-series smartphone, the Korean electronics giant has also shared a 10-second-long video clip that shows images being captured from three different angles. This could indicate that the phone could sport a triple-camera setup at the back, a feature that rumours circulating about the phone have touted for long.Besides having a triple rear camera setup, the phone is also rumoured to sport a dual camera setup with an 8MP and a 5MP sensor in the front. The front camera is likely to support 3D face unlocking technology.As far as other specifications are concerned, the upcoming LG V40 ThinQ is likely to sport a 6.4-inch quad HD POLED notched display with IP68 water and dust resistant technology. It is expected to be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 system-on-chip and run on either on Android 8.0 Oreo or Android 9 Pie. In terms of memory, the device is likely to sport 6GB RAM with either 64GB or 128 GB storage space.The phone is also likely to come feature support for Quad DAC and Stereo Speaker Boombox audio technologies and come with a 3,300mAh battery.If the rumours are to be believed, the upcoming LG V40 ThinQ will measure 158.7×75.8×7.79 mm. It will have a fingerprint sensor which is placed vertically beneath the horizontally stacked cameras. The phone is expected to sport think bezels on the top and button and come with a dedicated button for Google Assistant, just like G7 Plus, which will be placed on the left side of the phone.advertisementALSO READ: LG V40 ThinQ inches closer to launch after FCC certificationMeanwhile, earlier this week, the phone was certified by the Korean National Radio Research agency and Global Certification Forum. And now the phone has been certified by the FCC in the US. As per the reports, LG could work with all the network operators in the US including, Verizon and Sprint, to bring its flagship device to the market.last_img read more

BAI should ban players who indulge in age-fudging: Pullela Gopichand

first_imgIndia’s chief national coach Pullela Gopichand believes the Badminton Association of India (BAI) should ban players who indulge in age-fudging as ‘examples’ need to be made of wrongdoers for any tangible change.”I think you need to have firm decisions and strong examples to ensure that age fudging which is a big menace should stop, so there should be a ban on the players,” Gopichand told PTI.Age-fudging has been a big problem in Indian sports with some associations such as the Indian cricket board (BCCI) and Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) handing out bans on players found guilty.Former India coach Vimal Kumar, who guided Saina Nehwal to the world No.1 position and the All England Championship final in 2015, however, feels banning the players will be unfair.”Banning a player for 2-3 years is not right because suspending them will kill a talent,” he said.”If a player is found over-aged in U-15, U-17 or U-19 and you find ample evidence that they have done the manipulation, then the punishment could be that you make it clear that you can’t play in any age category tournaments and only play in seniors.”In 2016, some badminton players had come under the scanner with the Sports Integrity Unit of the Central Bureau of Investigation submitting a report to the BAI saying that four junior players had altered their age records.In December last year, a group of 37 parents of budding shuttlers moved the Karnataka High Court, asking for a directive to BAI to implement a policy for detecting and eliminating age fraud from the sport.advertisementThe BAI, on its part, deactivated the IDs of players who were found carrying two different birth certificates and asked them to undergo medical examination and submit the reports.”We have scrutinised the current list of players and those who were found to have two certificates have been issued fresh IDs after considering the higher age document,” BAI Secretary General Ajay Singhania said.”Also, we have directed the players, who have not registered their birth certificate within a year of birth, to get tested in a govt hospital and submit documents. They can’t participate in any tournament till they furnish the documents.”Singhania said the issue of age-fudging and the quantum of punishment will come up during the selection committee meeting after the General Elections.BAI President Himanta Biswa Sarma is an active politician and will be busy with commitments for his party, the ruling BJP.”We will be taking up this issue and decide the punishment during the selection meeting for junior and senior. It is likely to be held after election,” he said.Also Read | Badminton’s Olympic qualification system putting strain on players: GopichandAlso Read | India Open 2019: Srikanth finishes runners-up after straight-game defeat to AxelsenAlso Watch | Pullela Gopichand should get the credit for my success: Kidambi Srikanth to India Todaylast_img read more

ISL: Modou Sougou strike helps Mumbai City FC edge past Chennaiyin FC 1-0

first_imgMumbai City FC rode on Modou Sougou’s 20th minute strike to register a shock 1-0 win over defending champions Chennaiyin FC in an Indian Super League match on Saturday.While it was Mumbai’s third win in the last four games, Chennaiyin slumped to a fifth defeat in six games this season to continue a surprisingly barren run. John Gregory’s men languish at the bottom of the table with a solitary point from a drawn game against Delhi Dynamos.The all-important goal came against the run of play when Rafael Bastos sent a through ball to Modou Sougou. The Senegalese player got inside the box and shot with his left foot but Chennaiyin goalie Karanjit Singh made a good stop but he got a second chance and didn’t miss this time. He slotted the ball past the goalkeeper to the far corner to make sure that Mumbai’s first shot was on target..@MumbaiCityFC’s solid performance saw them register a win and collect all three points against @ChennaiyinFC, courtesy of a brilliant goal from @papesougou!More videos: https://t.co/8jtqJIjojH#ISLRecap #LetsFootball #HeroISL #FanBannaPadega #CHEMUM pic.twitter.com/kDO3Vp8MjDIndian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) November 3, 2018Chennaiyin had made a good start to the game and they were spurred into action by the Sougou strike but their attempts to level the score didn’t materialise. They kept attacking and putting in the crosses but a goal continued to elude them. The Mumbai defence held firm under sustained pressure as Andrea Orlandi was in the thick of things.advertisementMumbai City goalkeeper Amrinder Singh kept the CFC strikers at bay with some crucial saves including one when Isaac Vanmalsawma took a corner with Orlandi waiting to pounce on the ball.In the 41st minute, Orlandi had a chance as he got past a few defenders and headed inside the box and attempted to get past Subhasish Bose. Orlandi was down and appealed for a penalty, which was turned down by the referee.In the second half, the home side played with great resolve but the Mumbai City FC defence held firm under pressure to secure three important points.As Chennaiyin pressed for the equaliser, Nelson was in the thick of action, pushing forward in the 70th minute but Anirudh Thapa shot wide. A minute later, he put Germanpreet Singh through but the shot was blocked by the Mumbai custodian.In the 57th minute, Mumbai had an opportunity to double the lead. Arnold Issoko sent a lovely ball through to Sougou but his attempt was foiled by Eli Sabia.Paulo Machado was crucial for @MumbaiCityFC, pulling all the strings from the middle of the park and ensuring they pick up all three points. He is the Hero of the Match.#HeroISL #LetsFootball #CHEMUM #FanBannaPadega pic.twitter.com/qf2RlarjOZIndian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) November 3, 2018Gregory brought on Jeje Lalpheklua late in the second half in the hope of bringing some pep into the attack but the Mumbai defenders were steadfast in their job of holding off any rival attacks.The Mumbai team has moved up to fifth spot with this win, which should make the coach Jorge Costa happy.last_img read more

Resting World Cup-bound fast bowlers in IPL 2019 wrong thought process: Nehra

first_imgContrary to popular opinions, former India pacer Ashish Nehra has said India should not rest its pace bowlers during the upcoming edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) ahead of Cricket World Cup 2019, which will be starting two weeks after the cash-rich tournament in India.Nehra, who is now the coach of Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), has insisted the fast bowlers play 8-10 matches in IPL 2019 as he believes match practice is necessary for the pacers.The IPL 2019, it has been announced, will start from March 23 and is expected to go on until the first or the second week of May while the World Cup in England will kick off from May 30.England and Australia cricket boards reportedly informed the IPL franchises that their players won’t be available after May 1. Meanwhile, India captain Virat Kohli wanted the India pacers to skip IPL and focus on World Cup preparations, according to an Indian Express report.”… I think it is a wrong thought-process to rest the World Cup-bound fast bowlers during the IPL. Lohey ko zang lag jaata hai [Iron gets rusted]. No matter how much training you do, you need match practice. If a bowler himself feels he needs rest then that is a different matter. In my view, they should play 8-10 IPL games. It will be helpful for the World Cup,” Nehra told The Mumbai Mirror.”You can get injured any time, not only during the IPL. In the 2011 World Cup, I got injured in the semi-final against Pakistan. You can get injured in practice too. Or even in the first match of the World Cup. We will have a couple of weeks between the IPL and the World Cup, which is sufficient to recover from niggles,” he added.advertisementIndia have been careful about the workload of their World Cup probables, especially their pacers. In-form Jasprit Bumrah, who rattled the Australians in India’s first-ever series win on Australian soil, has been rested from the ongoing ODI series and the upcoming limited-over series in New Zealand.Pack of 5-6 pacers bowling well at the same time: NehraMeanwhile, Nehra also pointed out that the current India pace attack is finding a lot of success due to the availability of backup options.Notably, Kohli-led India’s pace attack outshone their Australian counterparts in the Test series. The trio of Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma broke the world record for the most number of wickets by a trio in a calendar year even as the likes of Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were warming the benches.”We did not have good backups. Only two-three good bowlers. There was talent though. RP Singh, Sreesanth, Munaf Patel were good Test bowlers for a while. I was struggling with injuries. Ajit Agarkar was doing well in patches. The likes of Debasis Mohanty, Tinu Yohannan, Harvinder Singh came in, but were not able to establish themselves, so there was flux,” Nehra added.”I tell you had we fast bowlers not had the kind of injuries we had, India would have won the series in England in 2002 that we drew 1-1. In Pakistan in 2003-04, Zaheer Khan got injured but Irfan Pathan and L Balaji did well, and we won the series against a very good side.”Now the pack of five-six fast bowlers are all bowling well at the same time. They are fitter too. Of course, you will not often get the stats they got last year, because they played on such helpful pitches in South Africa and England. Now even bowlers such as Umesh and Bhuvneshwar are confined to the bench.”Also Read | India vs Australia: Rohit Sharma tries his hand at floss dance after Sydney masterclassAlso Read | Shubman Gill and Vijay Shankar to replace Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul in Australia, New ZealandAlso Read | Harbhajan Singh bats for Rishabh Pant’s inclusion in India ODI squadAlso See:last_img read more