Month: November 2019

Team India living it up in Sri Lanka: Pool splashes and fun dinnersTeam India living it up in Sri Lanka: Pool splashes and fun dinners

first_imgTeam India has been through a lot in the past two months. They were unable to defend the Champions Trophy in a one-sided defeat to Pakistan in the final and then the controversial Anil Kumble-Virat Kohli saga dominated headlines.Things took a nastier turn when the BCCI tried to settle for a new coach in Ravi Shastri and asked for applications for the post.After what seemed like an eternity, Kohli finally managed to get his way with Shastri being announced as full time head coach, at least until the next World Cup in two years time.Shastri in turn got to pick his own team of support staff of coaches and the result in his match being a 304-run hammering of a below-par and disappointing Sri  Lankan team in Galle. The attention was firmly back on the cricket being played on the field, and probably rightly so.On Saturday the hosts, chasing a mammoth 550 for victory, only managed 245 runs before their second innings folded in the final session of the penultimate day, after opening batsman Dimuth Karunaratne had been dismissed for 97.Asela Gunaratne, who had fractured his thumb and was ruled out of the series, and stand-in captain Rangana Herath, who suffered a hand injury on Friday, did not bat for Sri Lanka in the second innings.Returning to the longest format in the game, India continued their domination and finished off the game with a day to spare. The effect of a much more stable dressing room telling. The mood of the squad has been relaxed with the whole team gelling well and spending time with each other on their hard earned off-days.advertisementA day which was spent “chilling by the pool” and Kohli, Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul were prompt to put up their fun pictures on social media.Sun soaked ?#supertan #lankandiaries pic.twitter.com/qiOAhUaBOY- hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) July 31, 2017When skipper says #selfie you pout and . #chillday by the beach ?????????? #galle @imVkohli pic.twitter.com/pXcntNc3WA- K L Rahul (@klrahul11) July 30, 2017Fun times in the sun with these boys! @imVkohli @klrahul11 pic.twitter.com/YJFodv9dI6- hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) July 30, 2017Chilling by the pool. Good times. ? @klrahul11 pic.twitter.com/acNw9Bp0jw- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) July 30, 2017Pandya made his debut in Galle and will look to continue his good world with bat and ball, while KL Rahul missed the first Test with a bout of viral fever but looks fit to return to the playing XI in the second match in Colombo starting on Thursday.  Before the start of the first Test, BCCI had posted a video on Facebook where players can be seen having lunch, stressing how the ‘Men in Blue’ are closely monitored by nutritionists who keep a check on what they eat after and during matches and on days when they have to practice.last_img read more

The Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather earned nearly USD 59,000 per second vs Conor McGregorThe Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather earned nearly USD 59,000 per second vs Conor McGregor

first_imgFloyd Mayweather outclassed mixed martial arts champion Conor McGregor in their crossover bout on Saturday to secure a final victory in an illustrious career that ended with an unmatched 50-0 record.The 10th round technical knockout not only enabled Mayweather depart boxing on a winning note but allowed the American to pull clear of heavyweight legend Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 mark for most wins.The 40-year-old was lured out of a near two-year retirement for the fight and a shot at the record with what could amount to a $200 million payday .If early estimations are anything to go by, Money earned at least Rs 37.7 lakh ($59,000) per second during his record-breaking bout with the Irishman. Mayweather had a guaranteed purse of around Rs. 640 crore ($100 million). On top of that, he will earn money from foreign sales, merchendise sales as well as pay-per-view receipts.50 – 0- Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) August 27, 2017But Mayweather was adamant that no amount of money would tempt him back into the ring once more.”Rocky Marciano is a legend and I look forward to going into the Hall of Fame one day,” Mayweather said in a post-fight interview. “This was my last fight tonight. For sure.”I didn’t have to come back.”We do foolish things sometimes but I am not a dam fool. If I see an opportunity to make $300 million in 36 minutes why not. I had to do.”But this is the last one, you have my word on it.”Reuters PhotoThe victory over McGregor was the culmination of a 21-year journey that took Mayweather from the grit and grime of Grand Rapids, Michigan to the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas, and from childhood poverty to a billionaire lifestyle.advertisementIf the pay-per-view projections are accurate and Saturday’s fight becomes the most lucrative of all time, Mayweather will pocket $200 million to put him among the world’s highest paid athletes like Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan.”I come from poverty, I come from the inner city,” explained Mayweather. “Now when I get with my billionaire buddies, I don’t get with them and say ‘I am happy to hang in your house’ or ‘I’m happy to ride in your jet’.”I say ‘teach me how you did it so I can have the same thing’.”Now the student is ready to become the teacher with Mayweather saying the next chapter of his life will be as a trainer, like the father who taught him.Along with his real estate investments and Las Vegas gentlemen’s clubs, he will spend time focusing on his boxing business and uncovering the next Floyd Mayweather to groom for super stardom.”I just want to help young fighters,” he added. “My dad is a trainer he taught me the sport. Everything he taught me from day one is still with me.”Trainers help make fighters better and teach fighters about becoming a superstar, not just in the ring but outside.”Hopefully I can find the next Floyd Mayweather.” Historic! #MayweatherMcGregor pic.twitter.com/D3lsvmh6Yt- UFC Europe (@UFCEurope) August 27, 2017History has been made. 50-0! #MayweatherMcGregor pic.twitter.com/mBKtbeNxHt- MayweatherPromotions (@MayweatherPromo) August 27, 2017(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Aussie team bus attacked with stone, police nabs twoAussie team bus attacked with stone, police nabs two

first_img(Eds: updating with quotes and collating information)Guwahati, Oct 11 (PTI) The Australian cricket team endured a security scare after the second T20 International against India here when the team bus was damaged in a stone- throwing incident, for which the state police has nabbed a couple of suspects.A window pane of the Australian team bus was damaged in the attack. The incident took place after the visiting side defeated India by eight wickets in the second T20 to level the three-match series 1-1.No player was injured as the nearest seat to the damaged window pane was unoccupied.But the incident raised a question mark on the Assam Cricket Association (ACA) and state polices security arrangements for the match at the newly-constructed stadium in Barsapara.”Really unfortunate incident after a great game aimed to tarnish Guwahatis reputation as emerging sports hub. We strongly condemn it. Our deep apology. People of assam never endorse such behaviour.we will punish the guilty,” Assam Chief Minister Sarbanada Sonowal tweeted.”Vow to take strictest action against the culprits. Investigation is on full swing & Police have already picked up,” he added.Senior batsman Aaron Finch was the first to post a photograph of the damaged window pane on his twitter account, admitting that the players were scared.”Pretty scary having a rock thrown through the team bus window on the way back to the hotel!!” Finch posted on his official twitter handle.Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore also reacted sharply, saying that security of visiting players is extremely important.advertisement”Guwahati stone-throwing incident NOT reflective of our security measures. Aus team & FIFA are content w/those. India remains a graceful host,” Rathore posted on his twitter account.ACA secretary Pradip Buragohain said the incident took place when the team was heading back to the hotel.”We made every attempt to ensure a foolproof security but dont know how this happened. It was near the team hotel and not at the crowded street near the stadium,” Buragohain told PTI.”The police have already arrested two persons and are investigating into the matter. I can assure that such incident wont occur in future again. There will be a thick security cover when the Australian team leaves for Hyderabad,” he added.Senior India player Ravichandran Ashwin condemned the act, urging fans to show more responsibility.”The stone thrown at the Aussie team bus shows us in bad light, lets all act more responsibly. A vast majority of us are capable of that,” Ashwin tweeted.The state association also faced criticism from journalists owing to complete mismanagement at the media box.It proved to be a nightmare for journalists, who struggled with basic facilities like internet to cover the match.There was no internet connectivity in the media box, which had one TV to cater to about 250 jouralists, while the washroom ran out of power.However, what worked inside the media box was the public address system that played out songs and “welcomed” the spectators with loud announcements till it was forced to be disconnected. PTI TAP KHS PM PMlast_img read more

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Spain, Brazil end group stages with wins to enter second roundFIFA U-17 World Cup: Spain, Brazil end group stages with wins to enter second round

first_imgSpain were made to struggle by a spirited North Korea as they scripted a 2-0 win in their last Group D match to enter the second round of the FIFA U-17 World Cup here on Friday.Mohamed Moukhliss (4th minute) and Cesar Gelabert (71st) struck in each half as Spain finished second in the group with six points from three matches.The Europeans had started the tournament with an action-packed 1-2 loss to Brazil before beating Niger to bring their campaign back on track.On Friday evening, they came up against a well organised North Korean defence which refused to yield too much time and space.Spain managed to take an early lead when Cesar found Moukhliss, who dribbled through the Korean defence to score with a simple finish.It became a battle thereafter. Spain dominated possession and created more attempts on goal, but the Koreans defended stoutly.Spain finally found a second goal when a rare mistake by the Korean defence saw Gelabert pounce on a loose ball inside the penalty area.Any hopes of a fightback by the Asians were dashed when Pae Kwang Min was awarded a red card in the 84th minute.BRAZIL 2 – 0 NIGERFIFA PHOTOBrazil rode on a couple of first half goals to beat a stubborn Niger 2-0 in their last Group D match of the FIFA U-17 World Cup here on Friday.Lincoln (4th minute) opened Brazil’s account right after the start when he tapped in a cross from the right.Brenner doubled the lead in the 34th minute when his free-kick took a lucky deflection off the wall to catch Niger goalkeeper Khaled Lawali on the wrong foot.advertisementBrazil have topped the group, winning all three matches to finish the opening round with the full nine points.Niger, who needed a win to stay in the running for a spot in the second round, crashed out of the tournament with three points from as many matches.The match was mostly a saga of wave after wave of Brazilian attacks being held at bay by a stubborn Niger defence.The South America U-17 champions repeatedly came up with excellent combination plays and penetrative passes and crosses, but the Africans successfully defended their citadel throughout the second half.Niger did have the occasional chance on the counter, but a combination of poor finishing and good defending helped Brazil maintain a clean sheet.last_img read more

China mulls 3-year detention for disrespect to national anthemChina mulls 3-year detention for disrespect to national anthem

first_imgBy K J M VarmaBeijing, Oct 31 (PTI) Chinas top legislature is considering tougher penalties for those who disrespect the national anthem with up to three-year jail term instead of the current 15-day detention, official media said today.In September,Chinas rubber stamp parliament passed a national anthem law stipulating 15 day detention for anyone disrespecting the countrys national anthem – “March of the Volunteers”.A draft amendment was submitted for the lawmakers deliberation at the bi-monthly session of the National Peoples Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, which started yesterday.Violators in this regard may face punishments of up to three years of imprisonment, according to the draft, Xinhua news agency reported.The anthem will only be allowed at formal political gatherings, including the opening and closing of NPC sessions, constitutional oath ceremonies, flag raising ceremonies, major celebrations, award ceremonies, commemorations, national Memorial Day events, important diplomatic occasions, major sport events and other suitable occasions.It will be illegal to use the national anthem during funerals, “inappropriate” private occasions, commercials or as background music in public places, the draft said.The previous law says that violators, including those who maliciously modify the lyrics or play/sing the national anthem in a distorted or disrespectful way, can be detained for up to 15 days or held criminally liable.The song must be included in textbooks for primary and secondary school students and people are encouraged to sing the national anthem on appropriate occasions to express patriotism.China has already adopted laws covering its national flag in 1990 and national emblem in 1991.advertisement”The national anthem is different from other songs, it is the symbol of our country,” said well-known music composer Jin Fuzai. “The law ensures people will be more serious when playing or singing the song.”Earlier reports said the national anthem should not be used in brand logos or advertisements, performed at funerals and other improper events or played as background music at public places, it said. Students in primary and middle school might have to learn the national anthem as the draft proposes to include the anthem into their texts books.Chinas national anthem is “March of the Volunteers,” with lyrics by poet Tian Han and music composed by Nie Er. PTI KJV AMS AKJ AMSlast_img read more

Watch: Virat Kohli back in the groove after month-long break, hits the nets in Cape TownWatch: Virat Kohli back in the groove after month-long break, hits the nets in Cape Town

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli is back to what he does best, time the ball from the middle of bat.The 29-year-old, who was on a month-long break from international cricket after leading India to a 3-0 win in the Test series against Sri Lanka, hit the nets in Cape Town on Saturday along with the rest of his teammates.The Delhi dasher captain ended the year as world No. 1 in ODIs world No.2 in Tests and world No.3 in Twenty20 Internationals.ALSO WATCH: SPORTS TODAYBCCI posted a video on Twitter where Kohli could be seen knocking the ball around in the team’s practice session.Getting into the groove is #TeamIndia captain @imVkohli pic.twitter.com/ybNqEWVKRm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 30, 2017Kohli, along with Cheteshwar Pujara were among the first to get out on the field for the training session..@cheteshwar1 all set to hit the nets #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/1oFm5qHIfL- BCCI (@BCCI) December 30, 2017The Indian team won’t be playing any practice matches before the first Test and has instead opted for training sessions.Although, the BCCI did not give any reason officially for dropping the warm-up match, it is understood the request was made by the team management well in advance.The board was told that the team management preferred to focus on training on their own, as soon as the Indian team lands in South Africa on December 28.Kohli and his team had boarded their flight from Mumbai post midnight on Wednesday after attending the captain’s wedding reception with Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma at the St. Regis hotel on December 26.advertisementIndia are all set to play a series of three Tests, six ODIs and three T20Is starting from January 5.India have never won a series in South Africa but rest assured the current team under Kohli is probably the strongest to travel abroad in recent years and has a big opportunity to come home with a series win under their belt.India however, have been dealt with a big blow even before the first ball is bowled as opener Shikhar Dhawan is a doubtful starter for the first Test. The Southpaw was seen limping while entering the Team India hotel in Mumbai.Dhawan has picked up an ankle injury and was seen with a heavily strapped left-ankle on Wednesday. He was accompanied by physio Patrick Farhart and has undergone for an MRI scan.KL Rahul will open the innings alongside Murali Vijay is Dhawan fails to get fit before the first Test at Newlands.India’s last tour was in Australia in 2014-15. Even though India lost the series 2-0, the team under Kohli showed the world that it was capable of winning Test matches away from home.India have not looked back since and have won nine successive Test series and that too with ease.last_img read more

Dubious Judges Cloud Olympics AgainDubious Judges Cloud Olympics Again

first_imgSOCHI, Russia — Leave it to figure skating and judging, where winning can be obscured by whining.Any sport without a finish line or clock or some definitive standard is subject to skepticism about the results. It has happened at the Olympics before, and now it’s happened at Sochi after Adelina Sotnikova skated away with the gold medal, the first for a Russian woman in the individual event.Social media was ablaze with questions and accusations, particularly from South Koreans who saw countrywoman Yuna Kim denied a second straight Olympic title. Others wondered about the makeup of the judging panel and why there is so little transparency in the judging.Perhaps this simple fact can be offered as an explanation: Under the current points system, adopted after the judging scandal at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games, Sotnikova, 17, did exactly what she needed to come out on top.“Today’s figure skating comprises those evaluations that include a program, steps, jumps,” Sotnikova’s coach, Elena Buyanova, said. “We were not behind in our complexity, rotations, and I think we should be proud of our two girls because they did not give in to the world elite.”Watching from his NBC broadcast location, 1984 Olympic champ Scott Hamilton was intrigued by the 17-year-old Sotnikova’s strategy, which he said worked perfectly for the scoring format. It was more than enough to beat Kim and Carolina Kostner, whose bronze medal was the first in Olympic singles figure skating for Italy.“Adelina collected more points. That is really the only way you can describe it,” Hamilton said. “If you look at Yuna of the past, this was not a program as difficult as she has done, and she left the opportunity for someone to collect points on that side of the scoring.“It may not have been as beautiful as Yuna and Carolina, but under the rules and the way it works, she did all that. … I think it was a just strategy that worked on the night.”It was a strategy based not so much on artistry but on technical superiority. Nothing in the rules says the program must be an artistic masterpiece. Some observers called Kostner’s Bolero just that. Just check off the boxes: great coverage of the ice, connection between steps, execution that is powerful.Sotnikova did that, although her margin of victory of nearly six points was shocking.Eteri Tutberidze — coach of 15-year-old Russian Julia Lipnitskaia, who overshadowed Sotnikova until the last two days — fully supported the outcome.“Later at night, I watched on TV and Sotnikova was an absolute champion for me,” said Tutberidze, whose skater finished fifth. “It was a presentation of her life. I have never seen her before be so concentrated and skate every element so neat. … emotions, jumps, rotations, spins, spirals, and if you combine all these elements, Adelina won overwhelmingly.”Finding the correct elements is a challenge for everyone: skaters, coaches and choreographers. There is so much gray area in this scoring system, just as there was in the old 6.0 format, that even when the athlete’s strengths mesh perfectly with the music, there’s never any certainty the judges will be impressed.So upsets happen.“It’s so hard to find the ideal system that would work for everyone, when it comes to even making the rules of figure skating,” said Peter Tchernyshev, who won five U.S. ice dance titles under the 6.0 formula.“It’s not track and field when you ran faster. Or lifted more weight. Or jumped higher. Again, it’s very subjective, yet this sport is surviving over so many years because everyone realizes it’s very athletic. As I said before, somebody likes more athletic, somebody likes more balletic figure skating. Who’s right? Who’s wrong?”Is there even a right or wrong? Judging, after all, comes down to expert opinions.The athletes wisely steer clear of it all as best they can. Sure, American Ashley Wagner, who finished seventh, questioned the veracity of the points system and, most notably, the lack of openness in it. Generally, though, the skaters take the approach Kim used, hours after she retired from competitive skating.“I didn’t watch the performances of the other skaters, so I don’t think it makes a difference whether or not I accept this,’” she said. “I don’t have any regrets, and because it ended, that’s that.“There have been times in other competitions as well when the score did not reflect my performance, no matter how well I did, to the point of being strange. I imagine various scenarios before the competition: doing well, not receiving a good score and coming in second place. Because I imagined a lot of things yesterday, I don’t think it was that surprising.”(By Barry Wilner,  AP Sports Writer. AP  Writer Leonid Chisov contributed to this report)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Toronto Blue Jays End 17-Game Bronx Losing Streak with Help from YankeesToronto Blue Jays End 17-Game Bronx Losing Streak with Help from Yankees

first_imgTHE BRONX – For nearly two years, the Toronto Blue Jays had walked off the field at Yankee Stadium with losses. Every time.Dan Johnson’s 70-foot infield hit helped the Blue Jays stop their 17-game skid in the Bronx.Johnson drove in four runs with the seventh-inning single and a three-run homer in the ninth, lifting the Blue Jays over New York 6-4 on Saturday for their first win at Yankee Stadium since Aug. 29, 2012.“We were trying anything,” Johnson said, “just to kind of change the feeling, the mojo here.”Toronto didn’t take batting practice before Friday’s 6-3 loss or on Saturday. Manager John Gibbons described the losing streak as feeling “Volkswagen tracks” on his neck.Brian McCann’s two-run homer off Drew Hutchison (7-9) put New York ahead, but the Blue Jays tied the score in the fifth against Chris Capuano, who was making his Yankees debut, on Melky Cabrera’s RBI double and Steve Tolleson’s sacrifice fly.Toronto went ahead in the seventh when Shawn Kelley (1-3) walked Cabrera leading off and Jose Bautista doubled him to third.Dioner Navarro, who had three hits, followed with a grounder to McCann, an All-Star catcher playing first base this week because of Mark Teixeira’s strained back. McCann took a step in, checked the runners, but allowed Navarro to get by him and reach on a fielder’s choice that loaded the bases.“It was a such a strange play,” Navarro said. “We caught a break right there.”Kelley struck out Tolleson, and Johnson was jammed by left-hander Matt Thornton as the ball blooped to the right side. Second baseman Brian Roberts reacted slowly, and the ball landed on the grass in front of him, with McCann and Thornton not far away. All runners were safe, and Toronto led 3-2.“When you lose 17 in a row, you deserve something like that,” Gibbons said.Johnson at first thought the ball might be caught or even called an infield fly.“One of the softest hits I’ve ever got,” he said. “There was three guys converging on it, so I couldn’t really figure out what was going on.”Roberts didn’t think he had a chance to grab it.“Maybe it’s a play I’m supposed to make, but it didn’t happen,” he said. “Bounces don’t always go your way. One guy does everything right and one guy does everything kind of wrong, and the result goes in favor of the one that does everything wrong.”Johnson made it 6-2 with a ninth-inning drive off Jeff Francis over the short porch in right, his first homer since hitting three for the Chicago White Sox at Cleveland on Oct. 3, 2012.Toronto reliever Casey Janssen allowed Carlos Beltran’s two-run homer in the ninth.Hutchison stopped a three-start skid to win for the first time since July 1. He gave up two runs, five hits and three walks in 6 2-3 innings with seven strikeouts.Aaron Loup walked a pair of batters with two outs in the eighth before throwing a called third strike past Brett Gardner with on a two-seam fastball with a full count. Casey Janssen allowed Carlos Beltran’s two-run homer in the ninth.“We needed a win — especially against these guys and especially here,” Loup said. “It seems like everything was bouncing against them today, so it ended up working out for us.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Pele’s OK, Just Kidney Stones, FansPele’s OK, Just Kidney Stones, Fans

first_imgSAO PAULO — Brazilian great Pele says he is not seriously ill, easing fears that his health deteriorated even though a hospital said he was in intensive care and undergoing renal support treatment.The 74-year-old Pele used his official Twitter account to deny widespread reports that said his condition worsened and that he was put in intensive care to treat a urinary tract infection.“I want to take this opportunity to let you know that I am doing fine,” he said. “I was not put into intensive care today, I was simply relocated to a special room within the hospital for privacy purposes only.”Pele had an operation to remove kidney stones on Nov. 13, but he was readmitted to the hospital on Nov. 24 after being diagnosed with the infection. The three-time World Cup winner has remained in the hospital since.“I am blessed to receive your love and support, and thank God this is nothing serious,” he said. “I am looking forward to spending the upcoming holidays with my family, and will start the new year with renewed health, with many international trips already planned! Thank you!”Pele’s manager had already said that the former player was expected to make a “quick and full” recovery from the “minor” infection.Paul Kemsley said in a statement sent to The Associated Press that reports about the deterioration of Pele’s condition and about him going into intensive care “were greatly exaggerated.”“He was relocated to a special area of the hospital for privacy purposes only, due to having an overwhelming number of visitors which prevented him from getting the necessary care and treatment,” Kemsley said.The Albert Einstein hospital released a statement earlier in the day saying Pele was transferred to a “special care” unit after his condition became unstable. The statement created a scare in Brazil, with local media widely reporting that Pele’s condition had deteriorated.Jose Fornos Rodrigues, Pele’s spokesman and personal aide, told the AP that Pele “is fine,” also saying that the move within the hospital was because “he was receiving too many visitors and that wasn’t helping, so they transferred him to a calmer area.”“He should be out of the hospital in a few days,” he said.The hospital later released another statement saying that Pele’s condition “improved,” but for the first time mentioned that he was in “an intensive care unit” and temporarily undergoing renal support treatment. The hospital’s press office did not confirm whether the treatment meant dialysis.The hospital’s press office had previously denied that Pele was in intensive care. Pele’s tweets and Kemsley’s statement about Pele’s condition came after the hospital’s latest report.“Pele plans to spend the upcoming holidays with his family, and in the new year, he will recommence his busy worldwide schedule,” Kemsley said. “Trips to Australia, China, Nigeria and Azerbaijan are already confirmed for the early part of 2015.”Pele has enjoyed good health in recent years despite needing to undergo surgeries for a hip replacement and a detached retina.Widely known as the greatest footballer of all time, Pele is a national hero in Brazil. He remains a worldwide ambassador to football and is active with his many businesses across the globe. He still participates in many advertising campaigns and is present at most major football tournaments.He won the World Cup with Brazil in 1958, ’62 and 1970 and is known as the game’s most prolific scorer, credited with 1,281 goals in 1,363 career matches.(TALES AZZONI, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Pacquiao Says He’ll Beat MayweatherPacquiao Says He’ll Beat Mayweather

first_imgLAS VEGAS — Manny Pacquiao worried about the punching power of Miguel Cotto. He knew Juan Manuel Marquez was a slick counter puncher, and wondered how he’d fare against a fighter the caliber of Oscar De La Hoya.He’s got no such worries about Floyd Mayweather Jr. on the eve of boxing’s richest fight ever.“I cannot say he is that difficult an opponent,” Pacquiao said. “My confidence right now is different than the other fights I had. I feel excited, this is it. I have to prove something.”Just hours after arriving in this boxing capital in a motorhome from Los Angeles, Pacquiao oozed confidence at a rally attended by about 1,000 people at the Mandalay Bay hotel.The mostly Filipino crowd watched Pacquiao’s latest music video and was entertained by dancers and singers before the fighter himself made a brief appearance.“I know I’m going to win the fight in the ring,” Pacquiao told the crowd. “So relax.”Oddsmakers aren’t so convinced, with Pacquiao remaining about a 2-1 underdog for a fight expected to earn him more than $100 million.But Pacquiao didn’t even have to break a sweat to win over the crowd that came to the hastily arranged pep rally in a convention area at the hotel.“You’re excited,” Pacquiao said to the cheering crowd. “I’m very excited.”Mayweather was greeted by a much bigger crowd at the MGM Grand hotel, where the May 2 welterweight title fight will play out.The Southern University marching band entertained and a mariachi band played outside before Mayweather arrived 20 minutes early.For many, it was their only chance to see the two fighters without reaching deep in their pockets. Tickets for the fight itself were being offered online starting at $3,800 and going over $100,000 near ringside, while even the $10 tickets for Friday’s weigh-in were being offered for $100 or more.“Five years ago this was a $50 million fight for me and $20 million for him,” said Mayweather, who is expected to make $180 million or more to $120 million for Pacquiao’s camp.With the real work already done, both fighters were going over game plans for a bout that was five years in the making. Pacquiao said he had two or three different strategies for the fight, depending on whether Mayweather wants to try to win with his defense or comes out attacking.“If he wants to fight me, good for me,” Pacquiao said. “If he’s running and moving around the ring we’re prepared for that, too.”Mayweather said that Pacquiao will be trying the same game plan that 47 others have failed to implement.“Everybody’s game plan is to come forward and throw lots of punches,” Mayweather said. “It hasn’t worked in 19 years and 47 fights.”It didn’t work for De La Hoya, who lost to both men while helping make them the pay-per-view stars they are today.Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, was in De La Hoya’s corner in 2007 when De La Hoya won most of the early rounds before fading and dropping a decision to Mayweather.It’s a fight Roach believes De La Hoya could have won had he kept jabbing. More importantly, Roach said it was a fight he learned a lot about how to take on Mayweather.“I really did learn from the Oscar fight. It was a good lesson to me,” Roach said. “Floyd is tricky but not very complicated. But if you get behind him and start following him around the ring he will set a trap. I have trained Manny not to let that happen. When he sets a trap, Manny will walk away.”De La Hoya said his head tells him Mayweather will win the fight, but his heart is with Pacquiao. He said the Filipino has an advantage with Roach in the corner, and will have a strategy to counter Mayweather’s defensive moves.“I believe this fight is going to be more exciting today than five years ago because both guys are not as agile on their feet,” De La Hoya said.“Mayweather has lost a step or two with his legs and so has Pacquiao. Pacquiao will have a chance to connect a few punches on Mayweather and vice versa.”What he doesn’t want to see, De La Hoya said, is Mayweather fighting just to win the fight. That strategy has helped Mayweather win all 47 of his fights, but fans are often unenthused about his performances because he thinks safety first.In the most anticipated fight in recent times, that is not enough to stand the test of history, De La Hoya said.“It’s sometimes unfortunate that his mentality is I’m undefeated and I’m going to think I’m the greatest because nobody has beaten me,” he said.“It just doesn’t work that way. You have to dare to be great and when you are to be great you’re going to face the toughest challenges. People are going to see that and people are going to respect that.”(TIM DAHLBERG, AP Boxing Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Yanks Gain Chapman and ControversyYanks Gain Chapman and Controversy

first_imgNEW YORK  — The New York Yankees have bolstered an already dominant bullpen, acquiring hard-throwing All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman from the Cincinnati Reds for four minor leaguers.Chapman became available after the Reds’ deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers fell through during baseball’s winter meetings three weeks ago when it was learned Florida police investigated an accusation of domestic violence involving the Cuban left-hander.Major League Baseball is currently investigating and Chapman could face suspension under the league’s new domestic violence policy.The Reds, who have shed several veterans in the past six months, get right-handers Caleb Cotham and Rookie Davis and infielders Eric Jagielo and Tony Renda from New York in the deal announced Monday.Chapman gives the Yankees the top three relievers by strikeouts and strikeouts per nine innings in the majors. Andrew Miller had 36 saves in his first year with New York and Dellin Betances made his second straight All-Star team as the setup man.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Olympiakos squanders 2-goal lead, draws 2-2 at PlataniasOlympiakos squanders 2-goal lead, draws 2-2 at Platanias

first_imgATHENS, Greece (AP) — Defending champion Olympiakos blew a 2-0 lead and finished up drawing with Platanias 2-2 in the Greek league on Saturday.Brown Ideye scored Olympiakos’ goals within 13 minutes, but the hosts pulled a goal back in the 36th through Giorgos Yiakoumakis, who gained a penalty four minutes later when he was brought down in the area. Giorgos Manousos converted the free kick.Platanias was the only team to score twice against Olympiakos this season.Olympiakos was 13 points ahead of Xanthi, Panionios, and Panathinaikos, who all play on Sunday. The first two play Giannena and Asteras, respectively, and Panathinaikos hosts AEK Athens.Also on Saturday, Veria beat Levadiakos 2-0. Iraklis vs. Kerkyra was postponed.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

Judge Snaps Slump With 34th HR, Yankees Top Tigers 7-3Judge Snaps Slump With 34th HR, Yankees Top Tigers 7-3

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — Not long after landing a big addition for their pitching staff, Aaron Judge and the Yankees got back to bashing the ball around the yard.Judge broke out of a slump with his 34th home run , regaining sole possession of the major league lead, and Chase Headley sparked New York at the plate Monday night in its 7-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers.Luis Severino beat Michael Fulmer in a matchup of young All-Stars, though neither was at his best on the mound. Earlier in the day, the Yankees upgraded their rotation by acquiring Sonny Gray from Oakland for three prospects at the trade deadline.“We’re very appreciative,” Headley said. “Guys were fired up when they heard the news.”Headley got three hits as New York won for the ninth time in 11 games. He put the AL East leaders ahead with a two-run double in a four-run fourth inning aided by second baseman Ian Kinsler’s crucial error.Todd Frazier followed with a two-run single , and Judge hit a solo shot in the fifth to snap a tie with Miami slugger Giancarlo Stanton atop the leaderboard.Judge also walked twice to help the Yankees score at least seven runs for the second time in 26 games during July. He entered batting .158 with 25 strikeouts since winning the Home Run Derby over the All-Star break.“It’s kind of what we’ve been used to seeing,” manager Joe Girardi said. “I thought his at-bats were pretty good.”Severino (8-4) needed a career-high 116 pitches — most by a Yankees pitcher this season — to get through five innings but still won his third consecutive start. He allowed one run and struck out eight, improving to 3-0 with a 0.69 ERA in his last four outings.The right-hander was checked by a trainer early after grabbing at his leg, but appeared to be fine the rest of the way.Aroldis Chapman entered with the bases loaded in the ninth and got two outs for his 13th save in 16 attempts. Detroit stranded 14 runners in the opener of a nine-game road trip.Fulmer (10-9) was touched up for seven runs, six earned, and seven hits over six-plus innings.“I thought my stuff was there,” he said. “First three innings I could throw the ball wherever I wanted to, and then just kind of lost command.”Last season’s AL Rookie of the Year has lost three straight starts after winning four in a row.“Sometimes one long inning can take its toll,” Detroit manager Brad Ausmus saidJames McCann hit an RBI double and Jim Adduci had a run-scoring single for the fourth-place Tigers, who also made a trade Monday. Detroit sent reliever Justin Wilson and catcher Alex Avila to the World Series champion Chicago Cubs for minor league infielders Jeimer Candelario and Isaac Paredes and a player to be named or cash.Adduci made a leaping catch at the right-field wall in the sixth to steal a two-run homer from Frazier, who tipped his helmet in response.Clint Frazier hit an RBI triple in the seventh for New York and scored on Gary Sanchez’s sacrifice fly.CLOSE CALLMikie Mahtook was hit by a pitch twice — the second time in the helmet by a 98 mph fastball from Yankees reliever Tommy Kahnle. The impact knocked Mahtook’s helmet off his head and sent him sprawling to the ground, but apparently it was a glancing blow. Mahtook popped right up and yelled twice in frustration, then walked to first base and virtually ignored a trainer who came out to check on him. The center fielder finished the game. “I guess it didn’t hit me as flush,” said Mahtook, who acknowledged it was scary. “I didn’t feel any head pain. There’s no dizziness. … I guess I got real lucky.”FIRST THOUGHTSHeadley is 4 for 8 with three extra-base hits and 12 RBIs with the bases loaded this season. He is hitting .417 since moving from third base to first on July 19 after the Yankees traded for Todd Frazier. “I think he just found himself again,” Girardi said.TRAINER’S ROOMTigers: SS Jose Iglesias was removed in the sixth with a sprained right wrist. He was injured on a swing while striking out and will be re-evaluated Tuesday.Yankees: SS Didi Gregorius and OF Brett Gardner were rested. … Girardi said 2B Starlin Castro (strained right hamstring) is “a ways away” from returning to the lineup. … 1B Greg Bird (bruised right ankle) is scheduled to see the doctor Tuesday and have stitches removed. … Girardi said he thought backup catcher Austin Romine was OK after getting banged up in several spots Sunday and leaving the game.ROSTER MOVESIn addition to obtaining Gray, the Yankees recalled RHP Jonathan Holder from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and traded minor league right-hander Yefry Ramírez to Baltimore for international signing bonus pool money. After the game, they optioned Holder and 1B Garrett Cooper back to Triple-A. New York has increased its international signing bonus pool from $4.75 million to $8 million for the current period that began July 2, tying Boston for the most among major league teams. The Yankees have already spent $3.8 million of that allotment.UP NEXTTigers RHP Anibal Sanchez (2-1, 6.18 ERA) starts Tuesday night against Yankees LHP CC Sabathia (9-3, 3.66), who is 21-13 with a 4.11 ERA in his career against Detroit.By MIKE FITZPATRICKTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Ronaldo Scores Stunner as Madrid Beats Juventus 3-0 in CLRonaldo Scores Stunner as Madrid Beats Juventus 3-0 in CL

first_imgTURIN, Italy (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo latest masterpiece was so good even the opposing fans had to stand up and applaud.Ronaldo pulled off a spectacular overhead kick to score his second goal of the night on Tuesday as his Real Madrid beat Juventus 3-0 in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal. Even by Ronaldo’s record-breaking standards, this one was special.Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon had just pulled off a fantastic save to deny Lucas Vazquez but the move continued and Ronaldo leaped acrobatically into the air to meet a cross with his back to goal and smashed the ball into the bottom right corner.Even the Juventus fans rose to give him an ovation, having jeered his every touch previously. And Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane, himself considered one of the best players in history, clutched his head in amazement.“Cristiano is simply a different player than all the others,” Zidane said. “He shows that every time. He always has a great desire to do great things in the Champions League, he never gets tired of doing what he does. … I’m the coach but also a fan. That’s why I put my hands on my head.”Ronaldo had also scored the opening goal just three minutes into the game, and he later set up the third for Marcelo as Madrid took a commanding lead back home for the second leg.In the process, the Portuguese star became the first player in Champions League history to score in 10 successive matches.Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, right, kiss Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo after the Champions League, round of 8, first-leg soccer match between Juventus and Real Madrid at the Allianz stadium in Turin, Italy, Tuesday, April 3, 2018. Real won 3-0. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)“There are two teams better than anyone and they are those that have (Lionel) Messi and Ronaldo,” Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said. “They have won 10 Ballons d’Or in 10 years, they have been the Champions League’s top goalscorers for 10 years.“For that reason Real Madrid and Barcelona have the advantage.”Juventus now has a near-impossible task to turn the quarterfinal around against the two-time defending champions in the return leg on April 11, after falling to their first home defeat in the Champions League since April 2013.“You never know in football,” Allegri said. “We have to prepare it in the best way possible because it’s a quarterfinal and everyone will be watching us.”Sevilla also lost at home in the night’s other quarterfinal, as Bayern Munich came from behind to win 2-1. Jesus Navas’ own goal cancelled out Pablo Sarabia’s opener and Thiago Alcantara headed in the winner for Bayern in the 68th minute.In Turin, Juventus was out for revenge after losing the final 4-1 to Madrid last year. But Ronaldo once again came out on top.The Portuguese forward has scored in every Champions League match this season and it took him less than three minutes to continue that tradition, thanks in part to a series of uncharacteristic defensive mistakes from Juventus.Isco was left in acres of space on the left flank and he crossed in for an unmarked Ronaldo to poke the ball into the right side of the net.Juventus responded well and could have leveled immediately but Sergio Ramos put in a perfectly-timed tackle just as Paulo Dybala was about to unleash a shot.Juventus’ Gonzalo Higuain, second from left, kicks the ball as Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos, left, tries to stop him during the Champions League first leg quarter final soccer match between Juventus and Real Madrid, at Juventus Stadium in Turin, Italy, Tuesday, April 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)Ramos was on hand again in the 13th minute to head Rodrigo Bentacur’s effort away near the goalline.Juventus — and most of the stadium — thought it had equalized midway through the half but Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas pulled off a stunning save to deny Gonzalo Higuain after Dybala whipped in a free kick from the left.Having got the away goal, Real Madrid was seemingly content to sit back and hit Juventus on the counter and the Spanish side almost doubled its lead 10 minutes from the break when Toni Kroos’ fierce effort crashed off the crossbar from 25 yards.Juventus had two penalty appeals waved away on the stroke of halftime as referee Cuneyt Cakir ruled that Casemiro’s handball was not deliberate and moments later adjudged that the same player had not fouled Dybala and instead booked the Argentina international for simulation.Both sides continued to have chances after the break. Ronaldo’s angled drive flashed just past the left post, while Dybala’s free kick was deflected narrowly over the bar with Navas wrong-footed.Ramos was booked for the challenge that led to that free kick and will be suspended for the second leg.The match changed shortly after the hour mark.Gianluigi Buffon pulled off a fantastic save to deny Lucas Vazquez but the move continued and Ronaldo leaped acrobatically into the air with his back to goal and smashed the ball into the bottom right corner.The goal was so good that even the Juventus fans rose to applaud — having jeered his every touch previously.They were still on their feet moments later when Dybala was shown a second yellow card for a foul on Dani Carvajal.Ronaldo turned provider in the 73rd minute as he played a one-two with Marcelo before the Brazil defender lifted the ball over Buffon and bundled it into the back of the net.It could have been worse for Juventus as Ronaldo missed several chances to complete his hat trick, while Mateo Kovacic hit the bar late on.—By DANIELLA MATAR , Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Pro Women Hockey Players Form Union In Step Toward LeaguePro Women Hockey Players Form Union In Step Toward League

first_imgMore than 200 of the world’s top women’s hockey players have formed a union, saying they must “stand together” if there is to be a sustainable professional league.The Professional Women’s Hockey Association said Monday the paperworkwas filed Friday to help push for the creation of a “single, viable women’s professional league in North America.”The women had announced this month their pledge to sit out the upcoming season in North America after the Canadian Women’s Hockey League abruptly shut down this year. That leaves only the National Women’s Hockey League, which took back control of the Buffalo Beauts on May 8.The PWHPA said in a statement the association also will help players coordinate training needs and opportunities and develop sponsor support.“We are fortunate to be ambassadors of this beautiful game, and it is our responsibility to make sure the next generation of players have more opportunities than we had,” Kendall Coyne Schofield said in a statement. “It’s time to stand together and work to create a viable league that will allow us to enjoy the benefits of our hard work.”Coyne Schofield won Olympic gold with the U.S. in 2018 and was an NWHL All-Star with the Minnesota Whitecaps this past season.The new union’s members include players from Europe along with the U.S. and Canada.“We might play for different teams, and come from different countries, but we’re united in our goals,” said goaltender Noora Räty, who has won two Olympic bronze medals with Finland. “This is about protecting ourselves, protecting our future, and making hockey a better place for women and girls.”FILE – In this Nov. 10, 2018, file photo, Canada goaltender Shannon Szabados watch as U.S. players celebrate a win during the Four Nations Cup hockey gold-medal game in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. More than 200 of the world’s top female players have taken their next step toward a single, economically viable professional league by forming their own players’ association. The new Professional Women’s Hockey Association (PWHPA) announced Monday, May 20, 2019, that incorporation papers were filed Friday with help from attorneys from Ballard Spahr. (Liam Richards/The Canadian Press via AP, File)The PWHPA made it clear the union wants a league that provides health insurance, money and infrastructure along with support for training programs.“We are prepared to stop playing for a year, which is crushing to even think about, because we know how important a sustainable league will be to the future of women’s sports,” Canadian national team goalie Shannon Szabados said. “We know we can make this work, and we want the chance to try.”Liz Knox, former co-chair of the CWHL Players Association, said the players are uncertain about what happens next.“But we move forward united, dedicated, and hopeful for our future and the future of this game we love so much,” Knox said.The NWHL stresses that not everyone is boycotting the lone remaining women’s professional league.The league announced a couple player deals, notably one featuring Madison Packer. Packer, who tied for most goals in NWHL history, signed for $12,000 to play the upcoming season with the Metropolitan Riveters. The NWHL previously announced players also will receive a 50 percent cut of revenue and 15 percent apparel sales with their names this upcoming season.“I’m coming back for a fifth season because I am passionate about continuing my playing career and to advance the game and our league,” said Packer, who is tied for the NWHL’s most career goals.“I’m confident in the direction our sport is headed, and in the plan the NWHL has laid out for a strong season and positive experience for players and fans. It’s important to build off the momentum created by the league’s success last season, and my body feels good enough to continue playing.”By: Teresa M. Walker, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Embedded SBCs face uphill battle in IoT gateway marketEmbedded SBCs face uphill battle in IoT gateway market

first_imgAdvantech is using Intel’s Atom E3815 along with the Wind River Intelligent Device Driver Platform in a Moon Island-based IoT Gateway that incorporates a secure communications stack for connecting to the cloud over a number of different wireless protocols. Continue Reading Previous Discover more about the recent MS-DOS vs. CP/M analysis at ESC MinneapolisNext Virtual and mediated realities: presentation technologies and potential applications Eurotech’s new challenger The biggest threat to Eurotech’s continuing dominance in the integrated IoT gateway market is Taiwan-based SBC supplier ADLINK Technology Inc., which recently acquired Prismtech, a provider of real-time publish/subscribe software tools based on the DDS protocol. At the heart of ADLINK’s various IoT gateway platforms in the future will be PrismTech’s DDS-based Vortex Intelligent Data Sharing Platform.This platform is a set of light-weight easy to implement software services which includes Vortex OpenSplice, a fully featured DDS implementation for server-class platforms, as well as more specialized real-time embedded environments and operating systems; Vortex Lite (Figure 2 ) which offers real-time data sharing for severely resource-limited devices and sensors; Vortex Café, a Java-based DDS implementation specifically optimized for mobility and Cloud data sharing; and Vortex Web, a JavaScript Data Distribution Service (DDS) API that allows HTML5/Web browser apps to send and receive data to and from the Vortex DDS data backbone.Figure 2: With a static memory overhead measured in a few hundred kilobytes (400 to 500 Kbytes), Vortex Lite is designed to address the constrained memory footprints of embedded IoT devices. (Source: Adlink/Prismtech) MQTT vs. DDS. “The MQTT community, with backing of IBM, did a great job of positioning MQTT as the de facto IoT protocol for the Internet of Things quite a while before the DDS community realized that this was also a potential sweet spot for its real-time protocol,” said Andy Foster, PrismTech product marketing manager. “As a result MQTT captured mind share early on, regardless of what it was designed to do or any limitations.” However, as connected industrial systems have become more and more complex, he said that DDS is becoming more widely accepted as a core Industrial IoT (IIoT) protocol, with the Industrial Internet Consortium’s Industrial Internet Reference Architecture (IIRA) recommending the use of DDS as a core IIoT connectivity standard.“MQTT is okay for pushing data from a device to the Cloud with basic QoS (quality-of-service) to support North-South data flows as is the case in traditional machine to machine (M2M) systems,” said Foster. “However, with an MQTT-based solution it is very much more difficult to support the next generation of IIoT systems that require both device-to-device (East-to-West data flows) for real-time processing and control at the edge of the network as well as device-to-cloud connectivity for big data analytics in the cloud.”DDS has distinct advantages over the other technologies for applications that require device-to-device (common in the edge or Fog tier of the next generation of IIoT systems) and not just device to-cloud connectivity (typical in traditional M2M architectures or first generation IIoT systems), especially where there is a requirement for high performance, real-time, many-to-many managed connectivity.“By default DDS communication between publishers and subscribers will be over UDP multicast and combined with a rich and flexible set of QoS polices enables exceptional ‘fan-out’ scalability,” said Foster. “DDS implementations can reliably scale to tens of 1000s of messages/sec per peer on networks consisting of thousands of devices. In a system where latency is measured in micro seconds and predictable data delivery is a key requirement, only DDS out of these communication technologies can provide the managed real-time data connectivity required.”Foster said that even before the acquisition, ADLINK was heavily involved in this segment. In addition to implementing Intel’s IoT gateway architecture into its recently introduced Matrix MXE-200i SBC, ADLINK has developed device-to-cloud solutions such as SEMA-cloud and Edge-Pro. He said the first is an 80% working solution out of the box, which allows a developer to quickly create a board or box where all ‘vital data’ on the cloud can be accessed and acted on directly. Edge-Pro, on the other hand, is geared to be fitted into any existing software architecture, often where a customer has already some cloud or Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software in place.While PrismTech’s Vortex software platform will continue to be offered to any vendors who want to integrate it into their offerings, Foster said that many of ADLINK’s future IoT platforms will depend heavily of the Vortex DDS capabilities, with extra features and capabilities that will allow them to be differentiated from the competition or provide additional value-added.Eurotech is taking notice of such recent efforts. Andres said that while much of Eurotech’s current efforts are in support of its MQTT protocol, he emphasizes that the company is IoT-protocol agnostic. “Though our history so far is in MQTT and OSGI, we have looked at and will be developing solutions based on any number of alternative publish/subscribe approaches,” he said. “It all depends on what the customer base in any particular segment needs. We feel we have built a software framework that will accommodate any number of different IoT publish/subscribe protocol approaches and in any combination.”  Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Portwell’s PI-81A0 uses the X-86 based Quark SoC X1000 at the heart of its Intel IoT Gateway-based offering. The PI-81A0 incorporates a number of wireless protocols as well as dual 10/100 Fast Ethernet and USB.These various IoT boards include one or more publish/subscribe protocols appropriate to the IoT interaction being targeted: device-device, device-cloud, cloud-cloud and device-human (Table 1).Table 1: Comparison of common IoT publish/subscribe protocols and their target applications. (Source: Adlink/Prismtech) Although all these offerings are impressive, each in its own way, these companies are coming a little late to the game. Eurotech, based in Italy, has a ten-year lead as a supplier of integrated hardware/software IoT platforms to companies who want to add machine-to-machine communications capabilities to their offerings.And there is ADLINK, which is using its recent 2015 acquisition of PrismTech, a supplier of DDS tools since the early 1990s, as part of a strategy to aggressively go after the Industrial Internet of Things market.Eurotech’s completive edge According to a recent report from Venture Development Corp. (VDC), Eurotech has built on its extensive SBC capabilities to create a formidable set of IoT hardware and software platform building blocks – and partners – that potential competitors will be hard-pressed to match anytime soon.According to VDC, Eurotech has also developed close relationships with a broad variety of industry leaders such as Cisco, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Oracle, and Wind River to maximize its position as an IoT systems integration supplier. On the cloud side, Eurotech is partnered with Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure. More recently, Eurotech has teamed up with the likes of Red Hat and other ecosystem partners to develop off-the-shelf solutions to enable IoT applications on established platforms.“Many of our competitors in the embedded computer business have only recently begun to adopt integrated hardware/software platforms targeted at the IoT needs of their business customers” said Robert Andres, Eurotech’s chief marketing officer. By comparison, Eurotech has been in the software segment for more than 10 years, starting with its initial collaboration with IBM to develop remotely accessed control systems for oil and gas pipeline pump stations.In partnership with IBM, Eurotech developed the Message Queuing Telemetry Transport (MQTT) protocol, which it has since extended into a variety of machine-to-machine IoT applications in transportation, building and industrial automation, as well as in manufacturing where collection of information about device activity on the factory floor is extremely important.“At the time of the oil and gas platform efforts with IBM, MQTT was developed to answer a specific set of requirements that none of the existing alternatives seemed to satisfy,” said Andres. “At the gateway level, the system we were building did not need deterministic and real time as much as it needed a flexible light-weight protocol that was easily adaptable to a range of application and cost environments. “MQTT targets large networks of small devices that need to be monitored or controlled from the cloud and is designed to minimize the loss of data. And because it works on top of the Internet’s TCP/IP protocol, it provides a simple, reliable means of monitoring the many streams of data coming from devices installed in the field, one that can be incorporated into already existing company information management systems.Andres emphasizes that when it comes to operational technology, IoT is not a one-size-fits-all market, especially from a hardware perspective. “A broad range of appropriately sized solutions – from a form-factor (SBC’s, CPU boards with carrier boards for specific requirements, fully certified box products), as well as vertical/environmental requirements and price/performance points – has to be able to leverage the same software elements and build on them.”Andres said that in addition to IoT hardware like the Eurotech’s DynaGate (transportation) or ReliaGATE (industrial, manufacturing) product families, state of the art IoT solutions require well-designed software and communication services layered on top of that hardware (Figure 1 ). At Eurotech, this includes an application framework called the Everyware Software Framework (ESF), which is device software based on Java and OSGI designed to speed up the development of the specific vertical application or business logic. Another important Eurotech IoT building block that fits on top of the communication layer is an IoT/M2M platform called Everyware Cloud, which was designed to integrate easily into existing enterprise IT infrastructures with the aim of providing simple access through standard APIs to real-time and historical data from devices.Figure 1: Eurotech’s IoT gateway platform is an integrated framework of hardware and software building blocks aimed at providing connectivity at all levels of communications infrastructure. (Source: Eurotech) Next Page >> center_img Kontron’s KBox A-202 is based on the Intel E3800 Atom processor E3800. It uses Intel’s IoT Gateway to target data intensive IoT applications in industrial automation, transportation and communications. Kontron’s embedded application programming interface (KEAPI) incorporates a wide range of industrial interfaces and connectivity options for wireless LTE (4G), GSM (2G/3G) or WiFi support. Embedded single board computer (SBC) vendors have recently found a new market for their offerings: integrated hardware/software platforms for companies who want to move their existing embedded devices to the Internet of Things as quickly and easily as possible.Most of the recent activity has been triggered by Intel’s late 2015 introduction of its X86-based IoT Gateway built around a software framework developed by its Wind River software subsidiary. Among the SBC companies who have made use of the platform in recent months are ADLINK, Advantech, Kontron, Nexcom, and Portwell.ADLINK’s Matrix MXE-200i makes use of Intel’s IoT Gateway to meet the needs of a variety of specific industrial computing requirements. Matrix includes support for WiFi, Bluetooth, and 3G/4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) wireless connections. Nexcom’s IoT gateway uses Intel’s platform to connect devices to the cloud for data analysis and data-driven decision making, particularly in critical industrial environments where sensor nodes or I/O devices are deployed. It can be configured with different protocol-ready modules for communication over wireless 3G/Wi-Fi, wired LAN networks, and Zigbee, as well as wired fieldbus protocols.last_img read more

Contrinex: cloud-ready smart sensors and safety light curtains with Bluetooth interfaceContrinex: cloud-ready smart sensors and safety light curtains with Bluetooth interface

first_imgIO-Link SSP 3.3 and Bluetooth BLE are widely accepted as industry standards for data exchange with the sensor level. At this year’s SPS, Contrinex presents several new series of compatible devices. While the focus is on data, highlights also include ceramic-coated inductive sensors for use in welding cells.Contrinex’s new cloud-ready smart sensors are perfect for live data monitoring from the heart of an application. By simply configuring an IO-Link parameter, users can output and display sensor data in real time. A selection of predictive maintenance features is also available. Setup is easy, since all data structures are compatible with the Smart Sensor Profile IO-Link SSP 3.3. In SIO mode, these inductive sensors also redefine the benchmark for binary use. By setting one of the IO pins as the input, other signal sources can trigger teach-in of the Smart Sensor, synchronization with other sensors, histogram data logging and basic AND/OR operations. The sensors will be available in 2020.The new YBES light curtains include a Bluetooth-BLE interface. It enables wireless remote configuration and the provision of real-time status or diagnostic data via a smartphone. While providing more functionality (EDM, Restart Interlock, beam coding etc.) and ease of use, installation costs can also be reduced as safety relays are not needed. YBES light curtains are suitable for the highest Type 4 safety requirements of Category 4, PL e and Safety Integrity Level SIL 3. They offer blind zone-free installation and an integrated alignment system.The portfolio of RFID read/write modules with IO-Link interface V1.1 now includes new C44 types (40 x 40 mm) with IP68/IP69K protection. With two operating modes and a selectable “Automatic” mode, their user-friendly design helps reduce programming costs, simplify debugging and support predictive maintenance. When used in SIO mode, 2 outputs are available for configuration onto various signal sources. Transponder history, alarm flags, password protection and a Scan UID function are also available.The Contrinex Weld-Immune range of inductive sensors now includes ceramic-coated types. Alongside excellent immunity to magnetic fields from welding equipment and mechanical shock resistance, the new sensors also feature a robust weld spatter-resistant coating. This coating increases sensor longevity, eases cleaning and helps reduce machine downtime. The new sensors will be available in early 2020.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous CEVA: second-generation AI processor for deep neural network workloadsNext Squeezing speech-to-text inference models onto small MCUslast_img read more

Indian hockey colts beat Bangladesh 6-3 in 3rd practice matchIndian hockey colts beat Bangladesh 6-3 in 3rd practice match

first_imgBengaluru, Jul 2 (PTI) Indian junior men’s hockey team came up with a collective effort to beat Bangladesh 6-3 in the third practice match at the Sports Authority of India centre here today. The home team built on an early lead with Raj Kumar Pal’s third minute field strike. Though Bangladesh were quick to respond with an equaliser via Rashel Mahamud through a set piece in the 11th minute, India worked on a good defensive structure to keep the visitors at bay till the later stages of the game. Later on Shilanand Lakra (19th) , Mohammad Umar (22nd), Mandeep Mor (33rd), Hardik Singh (46th) and Abhishek (48th) scored for India to help the hosts take a commanding 6-1 lead. Though the visitors scored two goals in a span of five minutes in the fourth and final quarter of the match through Mohammad Ashraful Islam (49th) and Mohammad Mahabub Hossain (53rd), but that was not enough to salvage a draw against the Indians. PTI SSC SSCSSClast_img read more

IOA rejects ministry’s latest proposal on Asian Games selectionIOA rejects ministry’s latest proposal on Asian Games selection

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 20 (PTI) The Indian Olympic Association today rejected the government’s proposal to relax Asian Games selection norms for some specific sports, saying the Sports Ministry’s concerns have already been addressed while picking the contingent earlier this month. The development comes after the ministry, on July 18, had urged the IOA to relax selection norms in specific cases concerning athletes or sports who/which could not qualify due to lack of exposure or non-participation in ranking events but have a strong chance of either winning a medal or finishing in top four. But the IOA stuck to its earlier criteria of picking athletes — top six in individual events and top eight in team sports — after a meeting of its Core Committee and Legal Committee. “In the letter dated 18.07.2018, the Ministry has asked IOA to find out if any of the athletes or team who could not qualify among top 6 in individual athlete and top 8 in the team to examine whether they can come in top 4 in the Asian Games,” IOA president Narinder Batra said in a letter written to the Sports Secretary in response to the earlier missive of the ministry. “The Core Committee and legal committee of the IOA met today and after detailed discussions and having done complete exercise and those who met the criteria of top 6 and top 8 were accordingly considered and their names have already been forwarded,” Batra added. A top official of the IOA said that it has discussed the ministry’s proposal in detail before deciding not to accept it as all suggestions of the ministry are already covered in the existing criteria.advertisement “We have looked into the ministry’s proposal whether there can be athletes or teams who otherwise could not be selected on the basis of IOA’s criteria but have a chance to finish in top four. We have looked into all the sports and we felt that out criteria have covered all the sports,” the top official told PTI. “Moreover, our criteria of top 6 in individual events and top 8 for team events are more lenient than the top four as suggested by the ministry and there is no need to change these. So, we decided not to consider the proposal of the ministry.” It is learnt that 541 athletes have been named on the basis of the IOA’s criteria, which is 17 more than 524 announced earlier this month. The most notable inclusion is the 24-member bridge team (15 men and nine women) while sports climbing, which was not included in the initial 524, will have three members in the Indian contingent. In the initial list, there were 22 from Pencak Silat, but IOA later dropped 20 from the team, alleging fake credentials. That left only two athletes (all women), but the IOA today added one member — a male athlete — in the Pencak Silat team. The IOA is expected to submit the list of the contingent (both athletes and officials) in a day or two after finalising the number of officials. It is learnt that the IOA is likely to recommend more than 200 officials, including the NOC officials like the chef-de-mission and his four deputies and other support staff. The IOA may also recommend some extra officials to be sent on the cost of the federations. Earlier, the sports ministry had urged the IOA to relax selection norms in specific cases “in the larger interest of sports and sportspersons” after concerns were raised by various athletes and teams that have missed the cut. The ministry said the Olympic body, in consultation with particular federations, may reassess the earlier decision on sending entries if those ineligible disciplines have performed consistently well for six months but could not make it due to lack of exposure and at the same time have a strong chance of finishing in the top four. “This Ministry has framed those guidelines for sending entries of athletes/teams for participation in multidisciplinary events like the Asian Games (on March 10, 2015). However, of late, there has been concerns raised from various quarters … that many deserving sportspersons/teams are not able to participate due to their inability to meet the above guidelines because of various reasons, inter-alia, due to less exposure in tournaments, restrictive spread, etc,” the Ministry had said in the letter. “Accordingly, a view has emerged in this Ministry that specific relaxation of the norms prescribed may be considered by this Ministry purely on merits to allow sending of entries of teams/athletes for such sports disciplines which are otherwise not eligible for participation in the Asian Games, 2018, to be held in Indonesia in the larger interest of sports and sportspersons,” it had added.advertisement Official sources in the ministry had said that the proposal was made as the government wanted performing athletes to take part in the Asian Games with an eye on maximising the medal tally at the quadrennial event. “But the judgement is left to the IOA and the NSFs,” government sources have said. PTI PDS AHAHlast_img read more

Nasser Hussain says England-India Test series is men vs boys at the momentNasser Hussain says England-India Test series is men vs boys at the moment

first_imgFormer England captain Nasser Hussain had some strong words for Virat Kohli and Co after India lost the Lord’s Test against England by an innings and 159 runs.It was India’s first defeat by an innings under captain Kohli as the famed Indian batting failed twice at Lord’s to go down 0-2 in the five-match series.They had lost the first Test at Edgbaston by 31 runs.”England are arguably the best in the world in these conditions but the real eye has to be on India – they have to be wary of the wheels completely falling off,” Hussain told Sky Sports Cricket looking ahead to Saturdays third Test at Trent Bridge.India in love with London, hope they practice from Tuesday: Sunil Gavaskar”India are No 1 in the world and it was meant to be a gun, tight series but at the moment it is men against boys. Their curve is going in the wrong direction.”India have been bundled out for 162, 107 and 130 in their last three innings.”They were in the game for a long time last Test (at Edgbaston) but the back injury to Kohli is a concern, the fingers of (Ravichandran) Ashwin took a blow, the rest of their batting line-up continues to fail and there are no practice games in between.”Also read – Harbhajan Singh furious after Lord’s defeat: Make coach Shastri accountableHussain warned that there will be no let-up from the English side at Trent Bridge, venue for the third Test.”They have got to dig really deep – there are some really good cricketers in that dressing room and they have to come out fighting.”advertisement”I don’t think it will be as tough as this – they can draw on the fact its been as hard as it can be – but Trent Bridge does a bit. (James) Anderson will be a threat, (Stuart) Broad got 8-15 there against Australia – these England players have fond memories, so it wont get that much easier.”Also read – Virat Kohli suffers biggest Test defeat as captainHe said England will be keen to give it back after losing 4-0 in 2016 in India.”This is payback time a little bit for England after losing 4-0 in India and I don’t see them letting up. I have seen that they are a hungry team. They wont rest on their laurels, they want to get better and better.”(With PTI inputs)last_img read more