PIL seeks amendment for allowing bull sport in all months

first_imgMadurai, Jul 13 (PTI) The Madras High Court today sought Tamil Nadu governments response to a PIL plea for allowing conduct of manjuvirattu , a bull sport, throughout the year instead of January-May as stipulated in the relevant act. Issuing notice to the state law department, Justices K K Sasidharan and G R Swaminathan of Madurai Bench posted the matter to July 24 for further hearing. Petitioner A Aavudaiappan Servai of Mandhakudipatti in Sivaganga District sought a direction to the government to amend the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Tamil Nadu Amendment) Act 2017 to include all the months in a calendar year for organising events like manjuvirattu instead of existing January to May. He submitted that their village committee wanted to organise manjuvirattu in connection with the local temple festival. However, the district collector refused permission on the ground that the PCR Act allowed the bull sport only during the period between January and May in a calendar year. He said manjuvirattu was being organised in all places throughout the year. Hence the court should direct the district collector to allow manjuvirattu on July 15 and 16 and also ask the state government to amend the act so that it could be held held throughout the year. The state had amended the PCA Act to allow the conduct of bull taming sport jallikattu and similar events following protests by public, including students, early this year. PTI SSN VSlast_img read more

All new Suzuki Swift Sport to be revealed at 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show

first_imgJapanese carmaker Suzuki has revealed that the new 2017 Swift Sport will be officially revealed at the 2017 edition of the Frankfurt Motor Show. This will be the first public viewing of the new Swift Sport.Cosmetically speaking, you can differentiate between the regular Swift and Swift Sport by comparing the front fascia of the car. While the overall design remains the same, the Swift Sport features new bigger black honeycomb grille with thick black plastic cladding running across it. The front bumper has also been tweaked to incorporate the new grille.Suzuki has not revealed any technical specifications of the Swift Sport but we expect it to be powered by a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine that puts out 140bhp and 220Nm of torque. The previous generation of the Swift Sport was powered by a naturally aspirated 1.6-litre petrol unit that made 135bhp. Even though displacement is less as compared to before, the new engine makes more power due to turbocharging.The Swift Sport has never been sold in India before but with the changing times and people warming up to the idea of hot hatches in India, the Swift Sport might just come to India this time around.Also Read:Maruti Suzuki now offering petrol Alpha variant Baleno with CVT gearboxlast_img read more

Govt spent Rs 32.81 cr on TOP, no targets yet for Tokyo 2020

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 27 (PTI) Sports Ministry today said it has spent a total of Rs 32.81 crore so far under Target Olympic Podium (TOP) scheme, which was rolled out in March 2015, for assisting athletes preparing for the Olympics. “A total amount of Rs 32.81 crore was released till date under the scheme for training and other support of these selected athletes,” Sports Ministry said responding to a question in the Parliament. The ministry also made it clear that it has not yet set any medal targets for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics as of now although it has set up a Task Force for the next three Olympic Games (2020, 2024 & 2028). It has however earmarked Rs 302.18 crore for National Sports Federations for financial year 2017-18. “The Budget Estimate provision for 2017-18 under the Scheme of assistance to NSFs is Rs 302.18 crore,” it said. The Government in March, 2015 had rolled out its ambitious TOP scheme to provide financial assistance to the 2016 Olympics medal prospects for their specialized world class training and top-level competition. Under the TOP scheme, any athlete selected has been provided specialized training under a renowned coach in India or abroad, funding participation in top level competitions, purchase of equipments and food supplements, access to world- class medical experts and sports scientists. Asked about the criteria adopted to select the athletes, Ministry said: “These athletes were identified through a process of research and in consultation with the concerned stakeholders. Benchmark for selection of these athletes under the scheme was their performance in relation to the international standard. “The selection was not just on the basis of reputation, national rank, performance in Commonwealth and Asian Games only, but their current performance, consistency, fitness and the laid down bench mark.” PTI ATK KHS KHSadvertisementlast_img read more

Ferrari renew racing agreement with Kimi Raikkonen

first_imgKimi Raikkonen will be racing for Ferrari again next season after the Italian Formula One team announced on Tuesday a contract extension with the Finn for 2018.The popular 2007 world champion, who will be 38 in October, would have been out of contract at the end of this year with plenty of rivals eyeing up his seat at the sport’s most successful and glamorous team.Raikkonen has not won a race since he was at Lotus in 2013, and is currently fifth in a championship led by German team mate Sebastian Vettel, who has won four of the season’s 11 races to date.Vettel is also out of contract at the end of the season and the short Ferrari statement did not mention him. However, he is expected to remain once a longer and more lucrative deal has been hammered out.The timing of Ferrari’s statement was earlier than expected, since the team have often made such announcements at their home Italian round at Monza which follows on from this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix.They had also been tipped to confirm both drivers at the same time.Vettel, a four times world champion with Red Bull, has also been linked in some media speculation to champions Mercedes where Finland’s Valtteri Bottas has yet to be confirmed for 2018.By opting to keep Raikkonen, Ferrari have gone for an experienced driver who is still quick and who will not rock the boat in what is likely to be his final season. He first raced for Ferrari between 2007-9 and then returned in 2014.advertisementHe and Vettel get on well, with the German keen on him staying, and Raikkonen has shown his loyalty this season by accepting team orders to his detriment.The Finn has twice finished second behind Vettel, in Monaco and Hungary, while also taking third place in Britain and Russia.He started on pole position in Monaco in May, his first appearance at the front of the grid since June 2008, and has a strong track record at Belgium’s Spa-Francorchamps where he was won four times.His future was called into question in July, however, when Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne called him “a bit of a laggard”.”I think Kimi has got to show a higher level of commitment to the process,” he had told reporters at the Austrian Grand Prix.Ferrari and Kimi Raikkonen still together for 2018. #Kimi7 https://t.co/Fme6Du34vT- Scuderia Ferrari (@ScuderiaFerrari) August 22, 2017last_img read more

Pak naval ships arrive in Sri Lanka on goodwill visit

first_imgColombo, Nov 5 (PTI) A Pakistan Naval Ship today arrived at the port in Colombo on a four-day goodwill visit, the Sri Lankan Navy said.The arrival of PNS Saif, which was accorded a traditional naval welcome by the island country, comes close on the heels of a similar visit by ships of the Indian Navy and the Coast Guard.PNS Saif is 123 m in length and 13.2 m in width. It has a replenishment capacity of 3,144 tonnes and has 225 crew members on board.During the visit, the crew of PNS Saif will take part in several programmes including friendly sports events organised by the Sri Lankan Navy, according to an official statement.The frigate is scheduled to depart from the Colombo harbour on November 8, the statement issued by the Sri Lankan Navy said.The Pakistani ships visit follows the arrival of Indian Naval ships Tir and Sujatha and the Coast Guard ship Sarathi in Sri Lanka on November 2.The Indian ships are on a five-day goodwill visit to participate in a number of training exercises in a bid to share professional expertise and strengthen friendship. PTI COR KIS KISlast_img read more

Former NBA player Ben Gordon arrested ‘again’ over money brawl

first_imgFormer NBA player Ben Gordon, who has had all sorts of trouble with police in the past, was yet again arrested in Los Angeles for allegedly involving in a brawl with a man over money.According to TMZ, Gordon went to his old apartment to retrieve his security deposit and involved in a dispute with a guy about the money, after which the 34-year-old threatened the man and dealt with him roughly.The man reportedly handed some money to Gordon out of fear, after which the NBA player left.However, the man called police later and Gordon was caught by the cops when he came back to demand the rest of his security deposit.The ex-NBA player was released only after a $50,000 bail.Controversies around Gordon are not new.Earlier, he was placed on a psychiatric hold in the NYC for allegedly locking himself in his gym with a woman.He also encountered police in June when he pulled fire alarms at his apartment complex.last_img read more

Premier League: Manchester United stay in touch, Tottenham stumble again

first_imgManchester United sent a timely message to leaders Manchester City as they won 4-2 at Watford but Tottenham Hotspur’s Premier League challenge is fading fast after they slumped to a 2-1 defeat at Leicester City on Tuesday.Ashley Young was on target for the first time in 18 months as he scored twice for second-placed United who led 3-0 at the break before Watford produced a late fightback.United’s win moves them to 32 points and they are within five points of leaders City who host Southampton on Wednesday.Leicester’s Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez turned the clock back two years as they both scored in a first-half display reminiscent of when the Foxes won the title in 2015-16.Harry Kane replied for Tottenham after the break but the visitors could not prevent a third defeat in five league games which left them in fifth place — 13 points off top spot.West Bromwich Albion’s caretaker manager Gary Megson looked set for a morale-boosting victory as his side led Newcastle United 2-0 with goals from Hal Robson-Kanu and Sam Field.But Newcastle rallied to avoid a fifth straight league defeat with Ciaran Clark halving the deficit and an own goal by West Brom’s Jonny Evans frustrating the hosts who are expected to name a successor to sacked Tony Pulis this week.The BBC reported after Tuesday’s match that former Newcastle and Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew, 56, was set to be appointed as the new West Brom manager as early as Wednesday.Basement club Palace drew 0-0 at Brighton & Hove Albion to move level on nine points with second-bottom Swansea City.advertisementLIKELY CHALLENGERSPep Guardiola’s Manchester City look unstoppable but neighbours United are emerging as their most likely challengers with a derby looming next month.United have been hamstrung by their poor away form, losing their last two on the road in the league, but they found a cure for travel sickness at a freezing Vicarage Road where manager Jose Mourinho said they could have scored seven or eight goals.As it was they were hanging on towards the end after Tory Deeney’s converted a 77th minute penalty and Abdoulaye Doucoure stabbed home to make it 3-2 with six minutes left before Jesse Lingard’s superb solo goal sealed the win.”The second half should have been five or six nil, it was easier to score than the first,” Mourinho said.”We missed chances. Out of nothing, they got a penalty for 3-1, then it was a different game. We should be smoking cigars but then we’re in trouble.”It’s important we have three wins in a row, nine points in three matches is good.”Former Watford winger Young had put United ahead after 19 minutes with a powerful near-post effort, celebrating by cupping his ear to the home faithful who responded with boos.He topped that with a superb free kick that gave goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes no chance six minutes later.Anthony Martial made it 3-0 in the 32nd but home substitute Deeney’s spot kick breathed new life into the hosts who began the night seeking a third straight league win of their own.Needless to say their manager Marco Silva was not inclined to agree with fellow Portuguese Mourinho’s verdict that United could have won by a much larger margin.”The result is hard to take for us, we didn’t deserve this result,” he said.last_img read more

Torre in Hall of Fame’s 2014 Class

first_imgCOOPERSTOWN — Frank Thomas choked back tears, Joe Torre apologized for leaving people out of his speech and Tony La Russa said he felt uneasy.Being enshrined in the Hall of Fame can have those effects, even on the greats.Thomas, pitchers Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux, and managers Bobby Cox, Torre and La Russa were inducted into the baseball shrine Sunday, and all paid special tribute to their families before an adoring crowd of nearly 50,000.“I’m speechless. Thanks for having me in your club,” Thomas said, getting emotional as he remembered his late father. “Frank Sr., I know you’re watching. Without you, I know 100 percent I wouldn’t be here in Cooperstown today. You always preached to me, ‘You can be someone special if you really work at it.’ I took that to heart, Pop.”“Mom, I thank you for all the motherly love and support. I know it wasn’t easy.”The 46-year old Thomas, the first player elected to the Hall who spent more than half of his time as a designated hitter, batted .301 with 521 home runs and 1,704 RBIs in a 19-year career mostly with the Chicago White Sox. He’s the only player in major league history to log seven straight seasons with a .300 average, 20 homers, 100 RBIs and 100 walks.Ever the diplomat as a manager, Torre somehow managed to assuage the most demanding of owners in George Steinbrenner, maintaining his coolness amid all the Bronx craziness while keeping all those egos in check after taking over in 1996. The result: 10 division titles, six AL pennants and four World Series triumphs in 12 years as he helped restore the luster to baseball’s most successful franchise and resurrected his own career after three firings.Torre, the only man to amass more than 2,000 hits (2,342) and win more than 2,000 games as a manager, was last to speak, and in closing delivered a familiar message.“Baseball is a game of life. It’s not perfect, but it feels like it is,” said the 74-year-old Torre, who apologized afterward for forgetting to include the Steinbrenner family in his speech. “That’s the magic of it. We are responsible for giving it the respect it deserves. Our sport is part of the American soul, and it’s ours to borrow — just for a while.”“If all of us who love baseball and are doing our jobs, then those who get the game from us will be as proud to be a part of it as we were. And we are. This game is a gift, and I am humbled, very humbled, to accept its greatest honor.”The day was a reunion of sorts for the city of Atlanta. Glavine, Maddux and Cox were part of a remarkable run of success by the Braves. They won an unprecedented 14 straight division titles and made 15 playoff appearances, winning the city’s lone major professional sports title.“I’m truly humbled to stand here before you,” Cox said. “To Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux, and I have to mention the third member of the big three — John Smoltz — I can honestly say I would not be standing here if it weren’t for you guys.”Smoltz, part of the MLB Network telecast of the event and eligible for induction next year, flashed a smile in return for the compliment.Glavine was on the mound when the Braves won Game 6 to clinch the 1995 World Series, pitching one-hit ball over eight innings in a 1-0 victory over Cleveland. And the slender lefty was one of those rare athletes, drafted by the Braves and the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League.“I had a difficult choice to make, and as a left-handed pitcher I thought that was the thing that would set me apart and make baseball the smartest decision,” Glavine said. “Of course, I always wondered what would have happened had I taken up hockey.”“In my mind, since I was drafted ahead of two Hall of Famers in Luc Robitaille and Brett Hull, that obviously means I would have been a Hall of Famer in hockey, too,” Glavine chuckled as the crowd cheered. “But I’m positive I made the right choice.”The 48-year-old Maddux went 355-227 with a career ERA of 3.16 in 23 seasons with the Braves, Cubs, Padres and Dodgers and ranks eighth on the career wins list. He won four straight Cy Young Awards in the 1990s and won 15 or more games for 17 straight seasons with his pinpoint control.“I spent 12 years in Chicago, 11 in Atlanta, and both places are very special,” Maddux said. “Without the experiences in both cities, I would not be standing here today.”La Russa, who ranks third in career victories as a manager with 2,728, behind only Connie Mack and John McGraw, was chosen manager of the year four times and won 12 division titles, six pennants and three World Series titles in stints with the White Sox, Oakland A’s and St. Louis Cardinals.La Russa spoke from the heart. There was no written speech.“It’s uncomfortable because I didn’t make it as a player. Not even close,” said La Russa, who made his big league debut as a teenage infielder with the 1963 Kansas City Athletics and appeared in just 132 games over six seasons, hitting .199 with no home runs. “Since December, I have not been comfortable with it. There’s no way to mention everybody, and that bothers me.”“From managing parts of two years in the minor leagues, after thinking about all the other young managers who paid a lot of dues in the minor leagues and I get a chance and then I go into the big leagues with three organizations,” he said. “All that equates to me is I’m very, very fortunate. I’ve never put my arms around the fact that being really lucky is a Hall of Fame credential.”JOHN KEKIS, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Olympiakos, PAOK Draw 0-0

first_imgATHENS — Olympiakos was held to a 0-0 draw by host PAOK in the Greek league Feb. 8 after three key first-half saves by goalkeeper Charles Itandje denied the league leader a win.The draw allowed Panathinaikos to take sole possession of second place with a 1-0 win over visiting Panetolikos to sit six points behind defending champion Olympiakos. PAOK remained eight points behind Olympiakos.PAOK fans clashed with police before the game and seven people were arrested, but it was peaceful inside the stadium.Also, Platanias beat Panthrakikos 2-0 and Kerkyra drew 0-0 at Panionios.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

Rangers Win 5-1 in Game 4

first_imgTAMPA — New York goaltender Henrik Lundqvist reverted to his reliable ways after two poor performances, and helped the Rangers beat Tampa Bay 5-1 on Friday and square the NHL Eastern Conference finals at 2-2.Lundqvist stopped 38 shots after allowing 12 goals while losing the previous two games. Rick Nash had two goals and an assist, and Martin St. Louis — the former Tampa Bay captain — contributed a third-period goal.“The last 48 hours or so, it’s been pretty tough trying not to overanalyze or complicate things soul searching,” Lundqvist said. “It feels so good when you’re feeling like you’re doing it together and not just one or two guys.”Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos scored for the third straight game, briefly making it 1-1 before New York’s Chris Kreider and Keith Yandle struck within a 2-minute span for a 3-1 Rangers lead.With the Lightning’s Nikita Nesterov in the penalty box for high-sticking St. Louis, the star of Tampa Bay’s 2004 Stanley Cup championship team, delivered his first goal this postseason to make it 4-1 with just under 15 minutes remaining.Nash, who had one goal over his previous 13 games, added another power-play goal at 11:33 of the third for the Rangers, who host Game 5 on Sunday.“People are going to wake up in the morning and look at the box score and say: ‘Oh wow, Tampa got waxed’,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. “But if you’re in the building, you probably don’t see it that way.”The Lightning outshot the Rangers 39-24 but couldn’t rattle Lundqvist, who blocked a Stamkos shot from point-blank range and moments later stopped Alex Killorn on a breakaway as Tampa Bay tried to get back in the game in the second period.Lundqvist stopped 18 of 19 shots in the period, and had 13 more saves in the third.“There was a lot of talk about him and about his play, but there wasn’t any doubt from within our dressing room. Hank has done this so many times before,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. “We knew he was going to come out and do what he always does, give us a chance to win. And, that’s what he did again tonight.”In seven games against the Rangers this season, three of them in the regular season, the Lightning have scored at least five goals on Lundqvist four times. They had six on the road in Game 2, and six more during Wednesday’s overtime victory.“Things that were going in the other night weren’t going in for us. We’ll have to respond,” Stamkos, the Lightning captain, said.Nash led the Rangers with 42 goals during the regular season, but only had two in 15 playoff games before Friday. The 1-0 lead held up until the Lightning broke through during a frenzied stretch of the second period in which Tampa Bay outshot New York 11-1 and failed to convert two power-play opportunities before Stamkos tied it with a slap shot from the right circle that skipped up over Lundqvist.It didn’t take the Rangers long to respond. Kreider scored at 15:16 of the second when Kevin Klein’s shot rebounded off goalie Ben Bishop directly to the New York center in front of the net. Yandle’s goal less than 2 minutes later hit a defenseman’s foot and squirted through to put New York up 3-1.Tampa Bay goalie Bishop yielded five goals for the second straight game after not allowing more than three in Tampa Bay’s first 14 playoff games.“From Bish on out, myself included, we have to be better next game,” Stamkos said. “It’s 2-2. It’s a best two out of three now.” TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Nats Hire Leeds United’s Sharman as Part of Medical Care Revamp

first_imgWASHINGTON — The Washington Nationals have hired British soccer club Leeds United’s Harvey Sharman as executive director of medical services as part of a revamping of the way the baseball team addresses player health issues.Sharman was Leeds’ director of sports medicine/science the past eight years.The Nationals also announced Tuesday they are forming a medical services advisory board as part of their efforts to use analytics to try to “thwart potential injurious situations,” the team said in a news release.Among the staff changes: Paul Lessard was hired as director of athletic training after six seasons with the Cincinnati Reds, and Dale Gilbert was hired as an athletic trainer after five seasons with the Texas Rangers.Injured Bryce Harper removed from game. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Fired-Up Phelps Wins 20th Olympic Gold With 200 Fly

first_imgRIO DE JANEIRO — This is the one Michael Phelps really wanted, and it showed.With challengers all around, he simply wouldn’t be denied.After touching the wall first — barely — he held up one finger. Then he sat on a lane rope, egging on the roaring crowd at the Olympic Aquatics Center with both hands, before emphatically pumping his fist in the direction of his fiancee and their infant son.Once again, the gold medal in the 200-meter butterfly belongs to Phelps.Being the 20th gold of his career only added to the satisfaction.Making up for one of the few losses in his staggering career, Phelps held off Japan’s Masato Sakai by a mere four-hundredths of a second.The winning time was 1 minute, 53.36 seconds, but that was of little concern. The only thing that mattered was getting to the wall first.Four years ago, Phelps mistimed his finish in the swooping stroke he does better than anyone, gliding to the wall a little too long after his final stroke.That allowed Chad le Clos of South Africa to stunningly win gold in an event that Phelps had dominated for the better part of a decade.Phelps retired after the London Games, so it looked like he wouldn’t get a chance to make up for his defeat. But when he decided about a year later to start competing again, the 200 fly was clearly the title he wanted more than any other.Le Clos was in the final again, thoroughly inspired himself by his mother and father, both battling cancer and in the stands cheering him on.But the South African could only manage fourth this time, finishing behind Bronze Medalist Tamas Kenderesi of Hungary.(PAUL NEWBERRY, AP National Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Paul Finally Gets into Conference Finals as Rockets Advance

first_imgHOUSTON (AP) — Chris Paul is an ultra-intense competitor, often the most passionate player on the court.But even for his Houston Rockets teammates, what they saw from him Tuesday night was on another level.Paul scored a playoff career-high 41 points with eight 3-pointers to finally reach the conference finals, helping the Rockets eliminate the Utah Jazz 112-102 in Game 5.“He said you get out of the way … I’m going to put us on my back,” James Harden said. “You could see it in his eyes. He had that look in his eyes. If he has that look in his eyes … he’s a problem.”The Rockets will meet Golden State after the Warriors closed out their series against the New Orleans Pelicans later Tuesday night. Top-seeded Houston will host the series opener Monday night.It will be Houston’s second trip to the Western Conference finals in four years and the first ever for Paul. The point guard has been panned for failing to get past the second round in his nine previous trips to the postseason.“He’s been under a lot of unfair scrutiny throughout the playoffs and tonight he showed that he wanted it,” Utah star rookie Donovan Mitchell, who is close with Paul, said. “He does it every night, but taking over the way he did was very impressive.”Paul, a nine-time All-Star in his first season with Houston after an offseason trade from the Los Angeles Clippers, also had 10 assists and seven rebounds. His previous career-best in the playoffs was 35 points, which he accomplished three times.Houston Rockets guard Gerald Green dunks during the second half in Game 5 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series against the Utah Jazz, Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)The 33-year-old scored 20 points in the fourth quarter, answering everything the Jazz tried to do in order to close out the game and series.“He was playing with a chip on his shoulder,” Luc Mbah a Moute said. “In that fourth quarter, he just took over.”Paul had been in the conference semifinals four other times before finally getting over the hump this season. He lost to the Spurs 4-3 in 2008 while with New Orleans and was swept by San Antonio in 2012 with the Clippers. He also lost 4-2 to the Thunder while with Los Angeles, and his Clippers had a 3-1 lead in 2015 before Houston won the next three games.The Rockets were able to close out the series despite Harden, the front-runner for MVP, being under the weather. Coach Mike D’Antoni disclosed that Harden wasn’t feeling well Tuesday, and he looked a little worn down postgame. But when asked what was wrong with him, Harden said he was fine.Paul said he was just trying to pick up the slack with Harden not feeling like himself.“Whatever it took to win,” Paul said. “James was under the weather so we were just trying to pick him up.”Houston lost to the Warriors 4-1 when they last reached the conference finals in 2015. They believe they’re much better suited to match up with Golden State this time around, but know it won’t be easy to dethrone the defending champions.“They’ve been built to beat everybody,” general manager Daryl Morey said. “They’re going to be a tough matchup. We’ll have to bring our A-plus game and I think our guys are ready.”While the Rockets took a minute Tuesday night to appreciate what they’ve done so far, they were quick to point out that they’re far from finished chasing their goals this season.“We just advanced in another series which is an accomplishment, but that’s not our main goal,” Trevor Ariza said. “We are still taking steps toward that, but this is an accomplishment.”Houston is in the conference finals for the seventh time in franchise history and looking to win its first title since taking back-to-back championships in 1994-95.Harden loves that he has so many players around him that have led to the team’s success this season and thinks that will be valuable moving forward.“In order to get where we want to go we needed the right piece, and that’s what they’re here for,” he said. “I know if we give the effort that we know we can it’s pretty tough to beat us.”Houston Rockets guard James Harden, right, drives to the basket as Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, left, defends during the second half in Game 5 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series, Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Mbappe Scores Again as Runaway Leader PSG beats Nimes 3-0

first_imgPARIS (AP) — Kylian Mbappe scored twice to take his league-leading tally to 22 goals as Paris Saint-Germain beat Nimes 3-0 on Saturday to move 17 points clear at the top.Mbappe has scored in all four games since PSG lost forwards Neymar and Edinson Cavani to injury, and the France star’s second-half double took him to 51 goals in the league since bursting on the scene with Monaco three years ago.His 22 goals have come in 20 league games, and he’s the youngest player to reach 50 league goals in French league history.“Every day I work hard to help my team as much as I can, and to enjoy myself as well,” said Mbappe, who turned 20 in December. “Football’s still about enjoying yourself, scoring goals, breaking records. That’s what drives me so I’m very happy.”PSG’s Kylian Mbappe, left, and PSG’s Layvin Kurzawa walk on the pitch at the end of the French League One soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Montpellier at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)Only Barcelona star Lionel Messi has more goals in Europe’s top five leagues, after taking his tally to 25 with a hat trick Saturday .France’s World Cup winner Mbappe scored his first goal in the 69th minute when he turned in Juan Bernat’s pass to make it 2-0.He grabbed his second in the 89th with a fine low finish after collecting Christopher Nkunku’s pass and cutting in from the left.Nkunku had put PSG ahead late in the first half with an excellent control and finish from Marco Verratti’s pass.The victory moves coach Thomas Tuchel’s side 17 points ahead of second-place Lille, having played one game fewer.Later Saturday, Patrick Vieira’s Nice is away at Amiens and last-place Guingamp desperately needs a win against Angers. Lille dropped points in the race for second place and automatic qualification for next season’s Champions League when it drew 1-1 at Strasbourg on Friday.Third-place Lyon can move within two points of Lille if it wins at Monaco on Sunday, but will be without Nabil Fekir after he picked up a knock in training.___By JEROME PUGMIRE, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Man City Looking to Make it a Hat Trick of League Titles

first_imgMANCHESTER, England — One thing Pep Guardiola does not tolerate is complacency.After his formidable Manchester City side powered to the Premier League title with a record-equaling five games to spare in 2018, Guardiola insisted there should be no let-up in the remaining matches. City switched its focus to breaking more records, and smashed a host of them as it went on to break the 100-point barrier.It carried that momentum into last season and again proved the dominant force as it claimed an unprecedented domestic treble after edging a thrilling title race with Liverpool.Still, the relentless Guardiola shows no sign of easing up, with a club record 62.8 million pounds ($76.2 million) spent to boost the midfield ranks of a star-studded squad with Spaniard Rodri.That is why, even if Liverpool kicks on from last season’s Champions League success to launch another strong challenge, City enters the new campaign as clear favorite.Guardiola, whose trophy haul in a glittering managerial career now numbers 27, summed up the determination during pre-season.“We prepare how we have for the last three years: step by step, reanalyze, readapt and move forwards,” he said. “We will see our level and whether at the end of the season we can be fighting for titles.“But they are smart guys. They know they are an incredible squad and it isn’t necessary to tell them they have to play well to be in contention to play every day.”One of the main differences from last season is that, for the first time in 11 years, City will be going into a campaign without Vincent Kompany.The long-serving captain left in May to take up the role of player-manager at Anderlecht after playing a typically talismanic role in the run-in.His inspirational leadership will be sorely missed and his departure reduces the number of top-quality center-halves available to Guardiola, although City do have a partnership of potential in John Stones and Aymeric Laporte.There are few obvious weaknesses in the City side. The arrival of Rodri has ended a lengthy search for a long-term successor to Fernandinho in the defensive midfield role and left-back issues will be resolved if Benjamin Mendy can stay fit.Even if not, there is now specialist back-up in Angelino, although Oleksandr Zinchenko has improved markedly.The depth of the goalkeeping resources was not tested last season but Claudio Bravo’s return to fitness after almost a year out provides experienced cover for the brilliant Ederson, even if the Chilean has not always covered himself in glory.Up front Sergio Aguero remains the key man having firmly re-established himself as first-choice striker under Guardiola while Raheem Sterling is now undoubtedly world class and Kevin De Bruyne is fit again.David Silva may be entering his final season at City but Phil Foden looks ready to step into his boots and Bernardo Silva is equally dangerous.Other factors such as the Champions League, injuries and suspensions could come into play but, at the start of the season, the smart money will be on City making it three in a row.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Major Powers Close to Euro 2020 Spots Though France in Fight

first_imgMost of the continent’s major soccer powers are in cruise control as they close in on qualification for next year’s European Championship.Some are likely to secure their place in the finals this week, with two or three group games to spare.Belgium, the world’s top-ranked nation, will become the first team to qualify if it beats last-place San Marino in Group I on Thursday. With the top two qualifying from each group, there’s a chance Russia, which is eight points clear in second place, could also advance by beating Scotland on the same night.Italy holds a six-point lead in Group J after winning all six of its matches, and is guaranteed to qualify with victories over Greece and Liechtenstein over the next week.Spain enjoys the biggest lead in European qualifying — by seven points in Group F after also winning six straight games — and might just need one victory in its matches at Norway and Sweden to advance.Group A leader England will qualify with a win at the Czech Republic on Friday.Two teams who are still in a fight to qualify are Portugal and France — the finalists in Euro 2016.France, the world champion, is second in Group H on goal difference behind Turkey but would be joined on points by third-place Iceland with a loss in Reykjavik on Friday. France then hosts Turkey on Monday.Portugal, the defending European champion, is in second place in Group B and five points behind Ukraine, which it visits on Monday. A loss for Portugal in Kiev would leave third-place Serbia in with a chance of reeling in the titleholder.Here’s a look at some talking points ahead of the upcoming two rounds of qualifiers:NO LLORISFrance coach Didier Deschamps will have to change his goalkeeper after Hugo Lloris was ruled out until next year because of a broken left elbow. Steve Mandanda looks to be an able deputy.The 34-year-old Mandanda was recalled to the squad after some excellent performances for Marseille since the start of this season. Having recovered from a torn muscle, he has produced several decisive and spectacular saves to compensate for his team’s defensive shortcomings.Mandanda was initially recalled to be No. 2 behind Lloris but is now in line to win his 29th cap — and first since last year’s World Cup, when he kept a clean sheet against Denmark.If Deschamps prefers youth to experience, Paris Saint-Germain’s Alphonse Areola and Lille’s Mike Maignan are the other two goalkeepers in the squad.ENGLAND’S MIDFIELDThere is much to like about the new-look England under Gareth Southgate, particularly the potency of a frontline containing three of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford, and also the raft of dynamic full-back options available.One area where Southgate has yet to strike the right balance is in midfield — the department where England was exposed in the loss to Croatia in the World Cup semifinals last year.The current first-choice midfield appears to be Declan Rice, Jordan Henderson and Ross Barkley, but the emergence of playmakers Mason Mount and James Maddison — of Chelsea and Leicester, respectively — leaves Barkley, in particular, vulnerable for his place.GERMANY SLUMPINGBefore Germany resumes its Euro 2020 qualifiers at Estonia on Sunday, there is a friendly against Argentina in Dortmund on Wednesday.The 2014 World Cup final rematch is now a meeting of the No. 10 and No. 16 ranked teams — and it’s four-time world champion Germany which is lower and falling.Now ranked outside the top 10 teams in Europe, Germany risks not being among the top seeds when the 2022 World Cup qualification groups are drawn, likely at the end of next year.A successful Euro 2020 campaign would lift Germany up, and Joachim Löw’s team is on course to qualify from Group C where it is in first place, tied on points with Northern Ireland and three above the Netherlands, which has a game in hand.Löw called his goalkeeper rivalry “the smallest problem at the moment,” though will give Barcelona’s Marc-André ter Stegen a start against Argentina and restore captain Manuel Neuer against Estonia, which lost 8-0 to Germany in June.ITALY INCENTIVEThere’s a nice bonus awaiting the Italians if they qualify.They would then be sure of playing in the opening game at Euro 2020 in Rome on June 12 in Group A, which is paired with Baku in the first Europe-wide edition of the competition.RAMOS RECORDSpain captain Sergio Ramos is set to break Iker Casillas’ record of most appearances for the country on Saturday.The central defender will play his 168th game with “La Roja” when Spain visits Norway.With 125 victories, the 33-year-old Ramos has already surpassed the goalkeeper’s record for most wins with the Spanish national team.HOW QUALIFYING WORKSThe top two in each of the 10 groups qualify for the 24-team Euro 2020, which is being played in 12 countries with no automatic places for hosts.The other four qualifiers will come through four tiers of playoffs in March. Lineups for the four-team knockout brackets in each tier are shaped by Nations League standings from one year ago.The Euro 2020 tournament draw is made Nov. 30 in Bucharest, Romania. UEFA could have to modify the draw next April, if host nations qualify via the playoffs.___By STEVE DOUGLAS AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Lanner: scalable 10G NIC modules for performance boost and connectivity enhancement

first_img Continue Reading Previous Mouser stocking Infineon’s TLE9250 high-speed CAN transceivers for automotive and industrialNext EKF: PCIe x8 carrier for XMC-style mezzanine module F.A.S.T. solutions are purpose-built modular kits developed for enhancing Lanner’s network computing appliances. These multi-functional modular kits come in the N2S, the N3S or the NCS2 form factor and aim to deliver flexibility, adaptability, scalability and transformability for all compatible appliances’ connectivity, storage and open compute capabilities.F.A.S.T. connectivity series features support for 1G/10G/40G/100G Ethernet speeds in one or more modular slots; the modular kits can be retrofitted via either copper or fiber interface and are equipped with G3 copper and fiber bypass. Also featured are supports for TAP, POE functions, mini-PCIE slots for wifi/LTE connectivity and PCIE slots for other network options.The newly released F.A.S.T. solutions from the connectivity series, namely the NCS2-IXM209 and the NCS2-IXM409 come in Lanner’s standard slim type NCS2 form factor and are built with Intel XL-710-BM1 chipset in multi mode (NCS2-IXM409) and single mode (NCS2-IXM209).Intel Ethernet Controller XL710 integrates advanced traffic steering capabilities with Intel DPDK, enabling higher packet processing for network appliances in applications such as DPI, IPS/IDS and WAN optimization. The NCS2-IXM209 and the NCS2-IXM409’s most notwithstanding features are their support for 10G LC fiber ports; whereas the NCS2-IXM409 offers 4 LC fiber ports, the NCS2-IXM209 offers 2, delivering socket direct, multi-host performance and lighting speed for almost all networking applications. Also featured are Gen3 PCIe x8 golden finger and LAN LED.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more