ZURICH — Sepp Blatter had a good day at the office on Monday, even if a prankster tried to spoil it by showering the FIFA president with fake dollar bills at a news conference.Nothing could spoil Blatter’s day after he outwitted some of his FIFA opponents to earn precious extra time as their president and enjoy more such days in 2016.Mastering FIFA politics yet again, amid calls to step down immediately, Blatter is set to stay atop world soccer for seven more months after FIFA agreed Monday on a Feb. 26 election to replace him.Blatter was in such a good and defiant mood that he quickly shrugged off a chaotic start to his first major public appearance since a stunning resignation statement last month.A British comedian who gatecrashed the news conference at FIFA’s headquarters threw the fake bills in the air after making a spoof statement about supporting North Korea to host the 2026 World Cup.The image of Blatter cowering under a spray of money was powerful amid ongoing American and Swiss federal investigations of FIFA corruption, yet he regained his poise.“I just called my late mother,” he quipped on returning to the room minutes later, “and she said, ‘Don’t worry, it’s just a lack of education.’”Still, it made for an uneasy start with international networks and FIFA’s own YouTube channel broadcasting the news conference live.“Where is my security?” Blatter had shouted.The interruption provided an awkward reminder of a far more serious incident for FIFA in May, when the arrest of soccer and sports marketing officials plunged the game’s ruling body into its deepest crisis.Jolted by the dual criminal investigations into bribery and money laundering, Blatter announced four days after being elected for a fifth term that he would leave FIFA.“It was not only the pressure of any authorities … it was also the pressure of political interference and also the pressure of you, media,” said Blatter, who is a target of the U.S. investigation. “I had to do something very special and I did it. In footballing terms, I kicked the ball out of the field to stop something.”FIFA’s executive committee decided the election date and Blatter ended weeks of uncertainty by insisting he would not perform one of his renowned about-turns by in fact being a candidate.“On the 26th of February FIFA will have a new president,” Blatter said. “I cannot be the new president because I am the old president.”The 79-year-old Blatter, who first joined FIFA 40 years ago, has held onto the most powerful job in world soccer since 1998.Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, who lost to Blatter in May, had told The Associated Press earlier Monday: “President Blatter’s resignation cannot be dragged out any longer. He must leave now.”But while Blatter said he felt “regret” about the crises, he insisted he would not be “abandoning” the presidency until a successor is elected by the 209 member associations.The Feb. 26 date was a political victory for Blatter over European governing body UEFA and its supporters in other continents, who wanted a December ballot and thought they had a compromise agreement on Sunday for Jan. 15.Instead, Blatter and senior vice president Issa Hayatou held sway with a late tactic. They cited not clashing with the second-tier African Nations Championship — a tournament for little-known home-based players — hosted in Rwanda from Jan. 16-Feb. 7.Late-February has personal significance to Blatter. It will mark exactly 40 years since Blatter’s first major duty for FIFA — a development conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, that is featured in scenes from the much-derided $27 million movie flop ‘United Passions.’Earlier Monday, UEFA President Michel Platini had seemed ready to launch his election campaign as front-runner when his officials confirmed he has support to run from four of the six FIFA continents.Instead, there is an Oct. 26 deadline for would-be candidates to gain five nominations from FIFA’s 209 member associations.Prince Ali did not commit to a second campaign Monday, and only former Brazil great Zico and Liberia football federation president Musa Bility have expressed their intention to stand.“He loves the fact that UEFA is associated with football on a daily basis and the thousands of matches we organize,” Platini’s spokesman, Pedro Pinto, said outside FIFA headquarters. “FIFA is a more political organization and he is a man of football. He’s not a man of politics.”In a statement Platini welcomed the creation of a FIFA reforms task force — a second one after a 2012-13 version — which will reconsider introducing term limits, integrity checks for senior officials and pay details.Blatter declined repeatedly on Monday to reveal his salary, and insisted this and any other proposals must also apply to all 209 FIFA members who should vote on them in February.But Blatter did respond to calls from World Cup sponsor Coca-Cola and former FIFA advisers Transparency International to appoint an independent person to oversee possible changes to shape the damaged organization’s future.Still, the “eminent leader” requested by Coca-Cola will be chosen by Blatter, Platini and other confederation presidents to lead a panel made up of 10 appointees from within those continental bodies.There seemed little to attract a respected figure from outside the sport to oversee the next election and reforms of FIFA.Kofi Annan, the former United Nations secretary general from Ghana, has been mentioned for the role.“The rumors linking Mr. Annan to the FIFA job are just that: rumors,” Annan’s foundation office told the AP, stressing that he is currently “fully committed” to other roles.Bility, the Liberian federation head, said he was “very disappointed” with the Feb. 26 election date.“It does not reflect the urgency of the situation,” he told the AP by telephone, adding he expected to get on the ballot. “I am very encouraged. I don’t see any new faces.”On Monday, Blatter remained the face of FIFA, insisting he wants to rebuild its reputation.Speaking in his fifth language of the news conference, the veteran Swiss said in German that he wanted to “say goodbye when you have realized something good.”GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports WritersROB HARRIS, AP Sports Writers TweetPinShare0 Shares
Asteras Tripolis stayed alive in the Europa League with a 2-0 win over APOEL of Cyprus, but PAOK was beaten 2-1 by the Russian side Krasnodar on Nov. 5.Facundo Bertoglio and Apostolos Giannou gave the Tripoli team the win with their scores in a game interrupted for 14 minutes in the second half because of a flare thrown onto the field.The win gives Asteras four points in its group, one ahead of APOEL and two behind Sparta Prague that is its next opponent in the European play.The Thessaloniki team PAOK, which lost to Asteras earlier, couldn’t stay on the field with the tough Krasnodar team that dominated.Ari opened the scoring for the winners in the 33d minute and it got another from Joaozinho before PAOK scored a consolation goal through Robert Mak in injury time.PAOK has three points, four behind second-place Krasnodar and two ahead of the Thessaloniki squad’s next opponent, Qabala of Azerbaijan.TweetPinShare0 Shares
TweetPinShare0 Shares RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil’s economic and political crisis has relegated Rio de Janeiro’s Olympic preparations to an afterthought with South America’s first games just over four months away.Rio’s Olympics are being sidelined by an even bigger show: Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s fight against impeachment with millions on the streets marching against her.All of this amid multiple corruption scandals with the country mired in the worst economic recession since the 1930s.“If this was five years ago, we could have even lost the games,” organizing committee spokesman Mario Andrada told The Associated Press. “I have never experienced such political turmoil in my whole life,” he added. “If you ask me what’s next on the political front, I don’t have a clue.”Brazil’s leaders were hoping attention from the Olympics — and the 2014 World Cup — would burnish the country’s image.Instead, they may have done the opposite with the ominous impeachment getting intense coverage, highlighting graft trials, endemic corruption and a sharp fall in the value of country’s currency.Earlier this month an estimated three million people took to the streets across the country in anti-Rousseff demonstrations, which were reported to be larger than protests in 1984 demanding elections and an end of the country’s military dictatorship.Andrada sounded buoyant, saying: “We are almost there. The things that we need from the government — they are smaller, day-to-day things.”However, there are worrying signs.The city of Rio de Janeiro, which is building many of the new Olympics venues, has rescinded contracts on at least two venues — the tennis and equestrian center — and delays have been reported on at least four other Olympic projects. The city says about 95 percent of the building work is done and venues will be delivered in time.“The political crisis at the federal level does not affect the last building mile for the preparation of the games in any way,” the city hall said March 22 in a statement.On March 21, the head police for the State of Rio de Janeiro, Jose Mariano Beltrame, said his budget had been reduced by two billion reals ($600 million), a cut sure to impact Olympic security.Sergio Praca, a political scientist at the respected Getulio Vargas foundation, said the Olympics would not escape the government chaos.“The Federal bureaucracy is completely paralyzed right now; for lack of money, for lack of knowing where all of this is headed,” he said. “So all the security planning, any planning that has to do with the Olympic Games is made more difficult now.”It was different in 2009 when Rio was awarded the games, championed by then-President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. He called it a “sacred day” and praised the “strength of Brazil’s economy,” which shrank by 4 percent in 2015 with no improvement in sight.“This is a day to commemorate because Brazil has left its status as a second-class nation,” Silva said in Copenhagen as thousands back home celebrated on Copacabana beach. “Today we’re getting the respect that Brazil has been deserving.”The promises now seem hollow, and so does the legendary Silva. A few weeks ago he was hauled into a police station for questioning in a graft and money-laundering investigation.Last week Rousseff named him her Chief of Staff, which would grant him some legal immunity — an appointment subsequently blocked by a court ruling.Hours later he told a screaming rally: “There will be no coup,” a reminder of the military dictatorship that ended 31 years ago.“I assure you the Olympic Games are the last thing on everybody’s mind right now,” Praca said. “This was supposed to be a great year for Brazil and Rio, but it’s been anything but that — even if the Olympic Games go well.”It’s possible that Rousseff will be out as President when the games open on Aug. 5, which may leave the ceremonial opening of the games to Vice President Michel Temer. Lula’s future is also murky with some newspapers suggesting he and some family members could face jail time.“Part of me wishes the Olympics Games would not happen here just so people don’t see how politically disorganized the country is, the economic chaos and the recession,” Praca added.“This is the worst time in Brazilian history to hold the Olympic Games. Brazil’s image, which had gotten a lot better in the last few years, will now completely tank.”Organizers, led by Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes, have been downplaying expectations for at least a year as endless problems have surfaced: virus-infested venues for sailing, canoeing and rowing; the mosquito-borne Zika virus; $500 million in spending cuts; charges the $10 billion spent to ready the city is benefiting mostly construction companies and real estate developers.Paes has repeated often that Rio “is not a developed city like London or New York or Chicago. You can’t expect as much from us.”Several email requests for comment from the Switzerland-based International Olympic Committee went unanswered.This is not the first time in recent memory that unprecedented events have pushed the Olympics off the radar.The May 2008 Sichuan earthquake in China killed tens of thousands and left millions homeless. It muted protests in the three months before the games began, sparking a wave of goodwill toward the Beijing Olympics that had been battered by pro-Tibet protests, noxious air pollution and attacks on the torch relay as it circled the globe.Paes, seen by the IOC as the main force behind the games, was caught on a tapped telephone call earlier this month with Silva — one of dozens of calls released by a judge investigating Silva. The calls also included Silva talking with Rousseff and show the powerful speaking candidly — and often crudely.Viewed as a potential 2018 Presidential candidate, Paes seems to lament how the games are going.“You have no idea how I’m suffering. It’s screwed,” he tells Silva.Silva reminds Paes that other mayors across Brazil have bigger problems, and less political and financial clout.“But you, with all those problems — my dear friend. You still are blessed by God because of the Olympics.”“That’s true,” replies Paes. “It’s true.”(STEPHEN WADE, AP Sports Writer)
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania’s soccer federation is calling on Albanian authorities to stop the extradition to Serbia of a man who has claimed to have flown a drone carrying a nationalist banner over a stadium in Serbia, a display that prompted fan violence.Ismail Morinaj was arrested in Croatia in June based on an arrest warrant from Serbia. A court in Dubrovnik agreed this week to extradite the 35-year-old Albanian to Belgrade.An Albanian Football Federation statement issued Saturday called on Albania’s government “to intervene within the legal context to stop extradition of Ismail Morinaj to Serbia.”The federation assured Morinaj’s family it would keep fighting to prevent his extradition, saying it “is fully committed to exploiting all its institutional and diplomatic roads,” the statement said.A group of Albanian fans, Tifozet kuq e zi, (or Red and black fans, in English) has called for an evening rally in Albania’s capital, Tirana, to pressure the government to get involved.Morinaj, who is from the northeastern Kukes area but lives in Italy, has been a regular at the Albanian national team’s away matches.His brother Xhevair complained to television station Report TV about the government’s lack of attention, saying Ismail’s life would be in danger in Serbia.“We call on the Albanian state to intervene and stop extradition to Serbia. We, as a family, would do something very radical which would surprise everyone,” he said without elaborating.Violence interrupted a European qualifying match between Serbian and Albanian teams two years ago when a drone with an Albanian banner appeared over the pitch. The 0-0 game was suspended after Serbian fans injured some of the Albanian players who had tried rushing a Serbian player who pulled down the banner.European soccer’s governing body ultimately awarded Albania the match victory, helping win the tiny western Balkan country a spot in the Euro 2016 finals, its first major tournament.LLAZAR SEMINI, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shares
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer was seething over what he perceived as a lackadaisical effort in the first half Friday night and unloaded on his team at halftime.Message delivered.Eric Bledsoe scored 25 points, Khris Middleton and Giannis Antetokounmpo each added 23 points and the Bucks erased a 22-point deficit and beat the Chicago Bulls 123-104.It was the Bucks’ largest comeback win of the season and they tied the second-largest halftime deficit overcome in franchise history.Antetokounmpo described his coach’s demeanor behind closed doors.“He was mad,” Antetokounmpo said. “He was really upset. Coach came in and let us know that we weren’t putting enough effort and energy into the game.”Antetokounmpo, Bledsoe and Middleton responded with a much better second half.Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo is fouled by Chicago Bulls’ Robin Lopez during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)Down 63-45 at the half, the Bucks outscored the Bulls 46-17 in the third quarter.Antetokounmpo’s dunk capped a 31-11 surge and gave the Bucks their first lead since the opening minute at 76-74 with 3:22 left in the quarter. Bledsoe had 14 points, Middleton 11 and Antetokounmpo nine to help Milwaukee take a 91-80 lead into the fourth.Milwaukee started the season 7-0, but has alternated wins and losses over the last nine games The Bucks lost to Memphis 116-113 on Wednesday night.Jabari Parker and Justin Holiday, who led the Bulls to the big first-half lead, went cold in the third. Each had a basket and nobody else stepped up to stop the blowout. Parker scored 17 of his season-high 21 points, and Holiday added 18 of his season-high 20 in the first half.Holiday knew exactly how their lead evaporated.“The name of the game is to able to play defense regardless of what’s happening offensively,” he said. “Defensively, we didn’t do our job.”Milwaukee never let the lead slip below 12 points in the fourth.Milwaukee Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer reacts during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)The Bucks came in leading the NBA in points per game differential and maintained that margin, winning their 11th game by an average of 10.9 points per game.Holiday was perfect from beyond the arc for Chicago in the first half. He sank all six attempts, three in each quarter. The last one just before the end of the second pushed the Bulls’ lead to 63-41.Parker keyed the Bulls’ first quarter with 15 points, five off his season-high. He hit three 3-pointers and a pullup jumper that capped an 11-2 surge for a 16-point lead at 35-19. The Bulls’ scrappy defense forced seven turnovers good for 15 points.TIP-INSBulls: F Lauri Markkanen (right elbow sprain) has increased his workload during practice. Head coach Fred Hoiberg said Markkanen, who missed his 15th game, was one to two weeks away from possibly returning to action.Bucks: F Thon Maker could see more playing time with C John Henson (left wrist ligament) out indefinitely. Guards Matthew Dellavedova and Sterling Brown could be called upon with G Donte DiVincenzo (left quadriceps strain) out for the next three games.Milwaukee Bucks’ Brook Lopez grabs a ball in front of Chicago Bulls’ Shaquille Harrison during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, in Milwaukee. The Bucks won 123-104. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)MEDICAL UPDATES ON BUCKS HENSON, DiVINCENZOC John Henson tore a left wrist ligament at Portland on Nov. 6, then played the next three games before reporting new discomfort Wednesday night against the Memphis Grizzlies. An evaluation confirmed the injury. Surgery is scheduled for the near future. He was averaging 5.6 points, 5.1 rebounds and an assist in 13.5 minutes per game.Rookie G Donte DiVincenzo suffered a minor left quadriceps strain against the Grizzlies. He is expected to miss three games before being re-evaluated. In 14 games, he is averaging 6.4 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 18.1 minutes per game.STAT LINESChicago converted 17 Bucks’ turnovers into 30 points. Milwaukee forced 12 miscues for 13 points.The Bucks scored 52 points in the paint to the Bulls’ 38.UP NEXT:Bulls: Host Toronto on Saturday night.Bucks: Host Denver on Monday night.—By JOE TOTORAITIS , Associated PressChicago Bulls’ Jabari Parker drives during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, in Milwaukee. The Bucks won 123-104. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)TweetPinShare0 Shares
BOSTON (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks turned their slow start into a long, frustrating night for the Boston Celtics.Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 30 points and got the Bucks rolling on an early 16-0 run that put Milwaukee in command for good in a 120-107 win over the short-handed Celtics on Friday night.“We just tried to play a bit harder, a bit sharper,” said Antetokounmpo, who also had eight rebounds and five assists.Khris Middleton had 21 points and nine rebounds, Tony Snell scored 15 and Thon Maker added 12 points for Milwaukee, which has won six of seven.After falling behind 10-1 in the first quarter, Antetokounmpo got Milwaukee’s first field goal 2:99 into the game on a dunk that started the Bucks on a 16-point run and dazed the Celtics, who never recovered.Don’t worry y’all I got some of my cousins out here to perform a traditional Greek exorcism dance. We got this pic.twitter.com/Q6CPDGzbyK— John Karalis ?? (@RedsArmy_John) December 22, 2018“We haven’t lost twice to the same team this year,” Antetokounmpo said. “It’s a good feeling, coming in here and getting a win in here because they play so well at home.”Kyrie Irving had 15 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for the Celtics, whose frustrations after their third straight loss carried over and led to a lengthy closed-door meeting in the locker room after the game.“It is something that we will keep in the locker room,” said Jayson Tatum, who scored 20 for Boston. “It’s not something for everybody to know what we talked about. We just have to be better as a team.”The Celtics were missing their top two centers and forward Marcus Morris. Milwaukee capitalized on its advantage inside all night.“As you dig a hole against them, it’s hard to come back. They’re a heck of a team,” Boston coach Brad Stevens said.Malcom Brogdon had 10 points and nine rebounds and Antetokounmpo pulled down eight boards for the Bucks, who finished with a 55-36 rebounding advantage. Boston also sent Antetokounmpo to the foul line 17 times, and he made 13 free throws.With Milwaukee controlling the paint, the Celtics were forced outside and made just 10 of 34 attempts from 3-point range and were 34 for 91 overall.“They missed a lot of shots,” Bledsoe said. “I’m pretty sure they got a pretty good amount up — they just missed a lot of them. We did a great job of scrambling tonight.”The Celtics have lost three straight since winning eight in a row.Jaylen Brown scored 21 for Boston. Gordon Hayward had 11 points and and Semi Ojeleye finished with 10 points, getting the start at center with Al Horford and Aron Baynes both out with injuries.Milwaukee dominated the first half after the slow start, using a 9-0 run late in the second quarter to pull ahead by as much as 26 points.Boston made a few runs in the second half but was never able to get the margin closer than 11.Brown’s dunk with 9:43 left pulled Boston within 97-82, but he was called for a technical for flexing his muscles after the dunk and Brogdon made the ensuing free throw.Brown made a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 103-90, and then Rozier made a steal and started on a fast break with Hayward, who spun a layup off the backboard while drawing a foul. Hayward missed the free throw and a chance at the three-point play.TALK IT OUTBoston’s locker room remained closed for nearly 40 minutes after the game ended. Players wouldn’t get into specifics about what was said, but it was clear that inconsistent play following the eight-game winning streak was one of the topics discussed.“It was well needed,” Brown said. “It was definitely well needed and we’re trying to move forward in the right direction.”KNOCKOUTLL Cool J was sitting courtside and got a big cheer when he showed up on the monitor as his song “Mama Said Knock You Out” blasted through the public address system.TIP-INSBucks: Antetokounmpo scored Milwaukee’s first 14 points in the third quarter. … The Bucks also out-rebounded the Celtics 31-13 in the first two periods and led 65-48 at halftime. Milwaukee shot 63 percent (12 for 19) in the first quarter and led 35-22 after one. … F Ersan Ilyasova had surgery Friday on his nose, which he broke during practice last weekend. Ilyasova, who is averaging 7.5 points and 5.5 rebounds, is out indefinitely.Celtics: Morris has a sore right knee and did not dress. … Horford missed his seventh straight game with a sore left knee. … Baynes has a broken finger on his left hand. He underwent surgery on Thursday and is expected to be out four to six weeks. … Boston made a franchise-record 24 3-pointers in the first meeting, beating the Bucks 117-113 on Nov. 1.UP NEXTBucks: Visit the Miami Heat on Saturday night.Celtics: Host the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday.—By DOUG ALDEN , Associated PressTweetPinShare2121 Shares
LEICESTER, England (AP) — Claude Puel was fired as Leicester manager on Sunday after six losses in the last seven games, including an embarrassing FA Cup exit.The breaking point for Leicester was a 4-1 loss to Crystal Palace on Saturday that left the team eight points above the Premier League relegation zone in 12th place. The run of bad results started in January when Leicester was knocked out of the cup by fourth-tier Newport, although the only game the team hasn’t lost since then was a draw with second-place Liverpool.Puel had to guide Leicester through grief when Thai owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha died after his helicopter crashed leaving the stadium after a game in October.The biggest decision for months hanging over Vichai’s son, Top Srivaddhanaprabha, was over the future of Puel.“The club would like to thank Claude for his efforts in leading the team during his 16 months in the role and wish him well in his future career,” Leicester said in a statement.First-team coaches Mike Stowell and Adam Sadler have been put in temporary charge of the team while a new manager is recruited.Puel was Leicester’s second manager since Claudio Ranieri improbably won the Premier League in 2016 after defying 5,000-1 odds.Hired to replace Craig Shakespeare in October 2017 months after being released by Southampton, Puel led Leicester to finish ninth last season.While Jamie Vardy’s goals propelled Leicester to the title, Puel had a difficult relationship with the striker, who stuck with Leicester while title-winning stars Riyad Mahrez, N’Golo Kante and Danny Drinkwater left for bigger clubs.Vardy was rested several times and has said Puel’s tactics did not suit his style of play, but he secured Leicester’s last win at Everton in the Premier League on New Year’s Day.TweetPinShare0 Shares
SECO presents its latest product based on the brand-new Intel 8th generation Core/Xeon CPUs, unveiled just today, April 3rd, 2018, by Intel: COMe-C08-BT6. The launch is taking place at the same time with the launch of Intel 8th generation Core/Xeon, since SECO is part of the early access program.COMe-C08-BT6, a COM Express 3.0 Basic Type 6 Module, is an extraordinary platform as regards performance: with up to six cores at up to 4.7 GHz – not to mention the Intel Hyper-Threading Technology, that adds 12 virtual cores on top of that – this module can handle anything you throw at it. Speaking of the CPU, COMe-C08-BT6 enables the Intel 8th Generation Core i7/i5/Xeon Processors, reaching up to 12 threads.As far as graphics are concerned, the module is equally impressive, mounting the Intel Gen9 LP graphic core architecture that can manage up to 3 independent displays at once, with a resolution up to 4096 x 2304 @60Hz, 24bpp. Frameworks for high-end graphics and multimedia, such as DirectX 12 and OpenGL 4.5, are supported, as well as hardware acceleration. Finally, the module also embeds an H.265 / HEVC hardware transcoder – a characteristic that, combined with the outstanding performance and the compatibility with multiple video interfaces, makes it an ideal platform for projects operating in the field of gaming, digital signage, infotainment, and HMI.When it comes to USB ports the module is also well-equipped, with 4x USB 3.1 Gen. 2 host ports and 8x USB 2.0 host ports. In terms of memory, the board features a couple of DDR4 SO-DIMM Slots for up to 32 GB with ECC technology, up to 2666 MHz. Concerning operating systems, the module can smoothly run Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit, and Linux 64-bit. Additional application scenarios include biomedical devices, Industry 4.0, automation and telco.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous IBASE rolls out AGS series intelligent IoT gateway systemNext Can machine learning solve the challenges of complex 5G baseband?
Continue Reading Previous Logic Technology: Insyde now supports AWS CloudHSMNext Innodisk introducing transformative AIoT-solutions Infineon Technologies launches the XENSIV DPS368, a miniaturized digital barometric pressure sensor capable of measuring both pressure and temperature. It offers an ultra-high precision of ±2 cm and a low current consumption for precise measurement of altitude, air flow and body movements. This makes the DPS368 ideal for mobile applications and wearable devices offering e.g. activity tracking and navigation. Additionally the sensor can be used in home appliances for airflow control, in drones for flight stability and in medical devices such as smart inhalers.Due to its robust package, it can withstand 50 m under water for one hour (IPx8) and protects the sensing cells against dust and humidity. As a result, the board handling in an assembly line is also facilitated. The 8-pin LGA package with its small dimensions of 2.0 x 2.5 x 1.1 mm³ saves up to 80 percent space compared to other waterproof sensors.The pressure sensor element is based on a capacitive sensing principle that guarantees high precision even during temperature changes. The internal signal processor converts the output from the pressure and temperature sensor elements to 24-bit results. Calibration coefficients stored in the sensor are used in the application to convert the measurement results to high accuracy pressure and temperature values. DPS368 provides quick feedback due to a measurement rate of up to 200 Hz and fast read-out speed. The integrated FIFO memory can save up to 32 measurement results, allowing for power-savings on system level.The XENSIV DPS368 sensor features an average low power consumption of 1.7 μA for pressure measurements at 1 Hz sampling rate. In standby mode, this is reduced to 0.5 μA. The sensor operates at pressure ranges from 300 to 1200 hPa and temperature ranges from -40 to +85 °C with a temperature accuracy of ±0.5 °C. Sensor measurements and calibration coefficients are available through the serial I²C or SPI interface.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components
Sachin Tendulkar has backed Virat Kohli and Team India to come out on top in the upcoming five-match Test series against England starting August 1.Tendulkar said Kohli’s 2014 performance will have nothing to do with how he would perform in the Test series.On India’s previous tour of England, Kohli had a disastrous outing where he was troubled by James Anderson and Stuart Broad.Back then, he scored 1, 8, 25, 0, 39, 28, 0, 7, 6 and 20 in the five Tests and finished the series with an average of 13.50.Virat Kohli’s nightmare against spin continues in EnglandHowever, Tendulkar feels that it will have no bearing on Indian captain’s performance this time as India look to win their first Test series in England since 2007.”Virat’s 2014 performance has got nothing to do with how he would perform in the upcoming series. And it’s not just about Virat’s performance. If you ask me if I am hopeful of a good show from Virat, my answer would be “Why only Virat? I am hopeful of a good show from the Indian team. It’s the team that needs to perform well,” Tendulkar told PTI in an interview.For Australia, Virat Kohli is similar to Steve Smith: Pat Cummins’BHUVNESHWAR’S INJURY A SETBACK’India have suffered a massive blow as Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been ruled out of the first three Tests after sustaining a back injury. Bhuvneshwar, who was India’s key player in the 2014 tour of England, has returned home and will undergo a fitness program at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru to recuperate from the injury.advertisement Bhuvneshwar Kumar is out of the first three Tests vs England with back injury (Reuters Photo)Tendulkar did agree that missing Bhuvneshwar Kumar during the first three Tests along with Jasprit Bumrah for the opening game in Birmingham, “will be a setback” for India.”Bhuvi’s injury [stiff back] is a real setback for India. I was expecting a lot from him. He has over the years performed at a level that you expect a certain kind of performance from him. With his ability to swing the ball, he was going to be very critical to India’s scheme of things during the Test series.”And let’s not forget those runs that Bhuvi scored in England during the last series (2014). He is a decent enough batsman, who could string those partnerships at the back end of the innings. But then, I believe that we still have a lot of quality in our pace department [Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur].”Rishabh Pant named in India squad for first 3 Tests vs EnglandAbout Bumrah, Tendulkar felt that he was missed more during the ODI series.”Bumrah was certainly missed by India in the ODI series during those crucial death overs where he has been a champion bowler. He has started off well in Test cricket and this series is a wonderful opportunity for him. But he is expected to comeback during second Test. So I am hoping for the best,” Tendulkar said.’INDIA NOT DEPLETED’But the highest run-getter in Test cricket refused to believe that missing Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah in the first Test will affect the morale of the side and especially skipper Virat Kohli.”Let me give you an example of my playing days. I was the captain during the 1997 Sahara Cup in Toronto. The Indian team didn’t have Javagal Srinath, Venkatesh Prasad and Anil Kumble. Yet, we beat Pakistan 4-1 (series best remembered for Sourav Ganguly’s four back-to-back MoM awards). I don’t think we should call India a depleted side as it is being unfair to the others, who will be playing in the series.”What I am trying to say is that you might just get the best out of your resources in adverse conditions. Just because you don’t have certain key players doesn’t mean that you will have a certain kind of result. It never happens like that in any sport. Accepted that it’s not a great thing to go into a big series without your key player but then you just have to move on and focus on your job ahead,” Tendulkar said.’KULDEEP STILL A BIG THREAT’England Test captain Joe Root may have decoded how to tackle chinaman Kuldeep Yadav but Tendulkar feels that the young wrist spinner could still prove to be a handful if the home team prepares dry surfaces for the Test series.”Whatever I saw on television, Root picked Kuldeep from his hand and did that really well. Now Kuldeep’s wrist action is a complex one and once he lands the ball, I don’t think too many batsmen in world cricket have got the ability to tackle him off the pitch. Root could afford to play Kuldeep late because he was picking his wrist position early,” Tendulkar said.advertisement Sachin Tendulkar says Kuldeep Yadav will be big threat (Reuters Photo)When asked if these are ominous signs for the Indian team, Tendulkar however begged to differ.”I don’t think all the other England batsmen have played Kuldeep well. The kind of weather that has been in England with the sun baking the pitches, Kuldeep will be very much in action and so will be the other Indian spinners.”If the pitches remain flat and dry like the ones during the limited-overs leg, India are in with a very good chance. But if it’s a green top, obviously, the England seamers will come into the play,” the legend said.Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Wriddhiman Saha injuries raise several questionsThe first Test will be played at Edgbaston from August 1 and that will be followed by Test matches at Lord’s (August 9 to August 13), Trent Bridge (August 18 to August 22), The Rose Bowl (August 30 to September 3) and Kennington Oval (September 7 to September 11).(Interview by PTI)
India lost to Ireland 1-0 in their second Pool B encounter of the Women’s Hockey World Cup 2018 at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in London, England on Thursday. Irish win put India’s World Cup hopes in jeopardy but India only have themselves to blame for this loss.India’s 1-1 draw against the higher-ranked England was mighty and they put up a solid show there but against 16th ranked Ireland, India (ranked 10th in the world) just failed to hit the mark.They had their chances, enough penalty corners but they failed to make it count. On the other hand, Ireland were organised, sharp and made precise inroads to trouble India. They had scored off a penalty corner in their previous game against USA and they did the same against India.Off their first penalty corner, Ireland got a brilliant goal in just the 12th minute of the match. Anna O’Flanagan got her stick to a fabulous pass from Dule and it went straight into top right corner, completely out of India keeper Savita’s reach.MATCH HIGHLIGHTSWith the win, Ireland became the first nation to book their quarter-final spot in the World Cup this year and they still have a game against England in hand.FT: Ireland beat India 1-0 and book their place in the World Cup Quarter Final!!!!! #hwc2018 pic.twitter.com/WXmEU2qhC3Irish Hockey (@irishhockey) July 26, 2018This is Ireland’s first World Cup in 16 years and they looked like they wanted to make this one special.advertisementWith the loss for India, India remained third in their pool with one point from two game and there are now two scenarios in which they can qualify. The conditions are as follows:India will have to beat USA and hope that England either draw or lose to Ireland in the final group match and then they can qualify.If India beat USA by a huge margin and if England cannot do the same to Ireland, they will qualify for the quarters.FT| The Indian Eves suffer a set-back in their second game of the Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup London 2018 as Ireland’s early goal makes all the difference in this clash. Here’s the result of this encounter played on 26th July.#IndiaKaGame #HWC2018 #INDvIRE pic.twitter.com/RlX35tEKOEHockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) July 26, 2018India were on the attacking front form the word go and they got their first penalty corner of the match and the tournament in the fourth minute. However, they failed to convert it into the goal and Irish players began to make beautiful movement thereon.In the sixth minute of the match, India had another wonderful chance when a beautiful pass was laid at the face of the goal but there is no one to connect with it and the Irish keeper footed it away.Exactly six minutes later, Ireland got their first penalty corner and scored off it.Thereafter, the story of the match was such that India kept earning a number of penalty corners and not one troubled Ireland to the T. Irish players kept their shape and denied India any massive chance.During the half time break, Irish goalscorer Anna O’Flanagan said, “We knew coming into this game that we have to be rock solid and we have been so far. We need to keep doing the same in the second half and keep pushing through.”They did exactly that in the second half, pushed through, remained rock solid and did not let India get through them.Towards the end of the match, both Ireland and India got two glorious chances and both failed to find the back of the net. While it did not make a difference for Ireland, it did cost India the match.In the 54th minute, Ireland’s Evans received a brilliant pass in front of an empty goal but she just failed to make the desired connection and India survived.Four minutes from the end of the game, India had a glorious chance through Rani Rampal. Ireland made the error and India got the ball in the Irish half. There were hardly any defenders and all Rani had to do was beat the keeper but she shot it straight at the keeper.Irish fans counted out the last five seconds of the match loudly and as soon as the whistle for full time blew, there started the Irish party.
Veteran German striker Mario Gomez on Sunday announced his retirement from international football.Gomez, who scored 31 goals in 78 appearances for Germany, said on Facebook: “I had a very good conversation with the national coach.”For me, the World Cup in Russia was a huge dream come true. Although the miserable departure in the preliminary round has us all deeply disappointed.”For all my career I was allowed to play for the German national team. But when I had to watch injured in 2014, I finally realized how much I missed the team and what a great honour it is for me to be able to play for such a team.”With the European Championship 2016 and the 2018 World Cup, I was allowed to participate in two other major tournaments. For that I feel the greatest gratitude, even if the expectations at the last tournament could not be fulfilled.”Unfortunately you can not always leave the field as a winner.”My time in the national team was not always easy, not always successful and yet beautiful! I have met many people with whom I will remain very attached.”But now is the time to make room and give the many young and highly talented boys the opportunity to fulfil their dream, to prove themselves, to gain experience and to achieve the best for Germany.Gomez said he would only come back if Germany’s coach sees a need “for improbable reasons” at the 2020 European Championship.The 33-year-old Stuttgart player is the second to retire from Germany’s national team after its embarrassing showing in Russia.advertisementArsenal’s Mesut Ozil, amid lingering controversy over a pre-tournament photo with Turkey’s president, quit last month in an angry announcement criticizing Germany’s football federation, fans and media for what he termed racism toward people with Turkish roots.
After wooing fans for over two decades with his on-field performances, Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar took to Twitter on Friday to interact with his fans.From his first coach Ramakant Achrekar to his favourite tennis star, a wide range of questions were shot at the him. Tendulkar was at ease, like always, answering them with child-like enthusiasm in short video messages.Tendulkar greeted every fan before answering the queries. Here is the excerpt from Tendulkar’s chatFans: Do you still treasure those coins that were kept on stumps by Achrekar sir during practice?Tendulkar: All those coins are gold medals for me and I still treasure them, brings back the old memories. I was 12 then. It used to get dark at Shivaji Park and we could barely see each other and in that light you are practising and to be able to survive for 10 or 15 minutes was a big challenge and I enjoyed that challenge. Those coins will always be special to me.How did you feel when (MS) Dhoni hit a six in 2011 World Cup last over? How did you enjoy the experience?I was sitting in the dressing room with Viru and he wanted to jump out of the dressing room and stand in the balcony. I said nothing doing, we have to sit here and leave the dressing room after the match is done. We can watch the highlights million times but we are not leaving the dressing room and I heard that roar and realised something special has happened. That was a golden moment of my life – Dhoni hitting that six and then holding that World Cup trophy.Who you like more as a player – (Stanislas) Wawrinka or (Novak) Djokovic?I follow tennis very closely and play at times also and for me it has to be Djokovic.How often do you play these days?I do play sometimes but at the age of 42, I can’t play cricket at a regular basis. So the idea of Cricket All-Stars came up and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves with superstar players coming together. I also spend time playing cricket with my son and his school friends, super fun and tension-free cricket.How do you feel to hear the chant Sachin, Sachin after retirement?Sachin, Sachin chant has always been special, when so many fans like and love you so much. This will always be special and in my retirement speech also I mentioned that the Sachin, Sachin chant will reverberate for the rest of my life.Indian boxer Shiva Thapa asked how he should prepare for Rio Olympics, especially handling pressure?All the very best for the Olympics. Don’t worry about the pressure, just think about the process and results will follow. You have to stay just positive and enjoy the game. Pressures are going to be there but if you try to live in the present then pressures will take care of themselves.Best overseas ground you have played?It has to be Sydney because it has to do with the number of runs you have scored there. In my first trip in 1991-92, I scored a hundred and what I liked about the ground, be it the pavilion but the stands are different now because of the T20 format. Sydney to me is incredible.On Sudhir Gautam, Team India’s biggest fan?I met Sudhir Kumar 14 years ago in Mumbai and he’s truly a special fan with no expectations. He never forgets to wish me on my birthday and also he is a special person to me. You rarely meet people like this with no expectations and got everything to give. He is a special person.If you want to re-live one innings from you career, which one it would be and why?The innings has be against England in Chennai. For first three-and-half days they dominated we got back after that and when we won the game the entire country was celebrating, which meant lot to me after those difficult times. This was something special for all of us.Tendulkar replied to Michael Vaughn’s query also. Check it outadvertisement.@MichaelVaughan #AskSRT pic.twitter.com/mwiiLdw7FNsachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) April 8, 2016.@JITbac #AskSRT pic.twitter.com/btloHgg6xWsachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) April 8, 2016.@Zoheb250 #AskSRT pic.twitter.com/DWIdEojRAAsachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) April 8, 2016.@piersmorgan #AskSRT pic.twitter.com/ajO6t5LGsUsachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) April 8, 2016
Mahendragarh (Har), Aug 12 (PTI) Former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today promised state government employees pay parity with their counterparts in Punjab, if Congress is voted to power after assembly elections next year.Addressing a public meeting at the start of the fifth leg of his ‘Jankranti Yatra’ from Mahendragarh in south Haryana, Hooda said the issue has been close to the heart of Congress.He said an announcement on bringing pay parity between government employees of Haryana and Punjab was made at a rally in Panipat in 2014.”We even got a cabinet approval, but the people of Haryana had voted for change before the decision could be implemented,” he said.”The BJP government too had made a promise to bring pay-parity with Punjab in their election manifesto but like the other 154 promises made by it, this too has been thrown in the dustbin. This and other issues have broken the morale of government employees,” Hooda said.Hooda took out a roadshow from the Central university on the outskirts of Mahendragarh to the Sports Stadium on the other side of the town, before addressing the public meeting.Repeating the promises made in his previous Jan Kranti Yatras, the former chief minister said Congress is committed to hike the old-age pension and cut power rates of all segments by half.Attacking the BJP, Hooda said the ruling party’s politics is based on “lies, divisions and loot of public money” and added that “causing divisions in the society is the only thing they have accomplished in their four years in power”.advertisement”Our unity and social harmony is our biggest strength and I appeal to all sections to defeat divisive forces by staying united and maintain social harmony,” the former CM said.Lauding Mahendragarh as the land of hard working farmers and brave soldiers, Hooda said the district has brought glory to the state.”The BJP made tall promises to farmers and soldiers before the elections and the people of the area handed over the reigns of power to them. It is sad that the BJP has not fulfilled any of the promises made to them,” he claimed.Hooda said he left no stone unturned to bring all-round development to southern Haryana when Congress governmentheaded by him was in power for ten years.”Mahendragarh and Bhiwani were added to the NCR, a central university was brought to Mahendragarh, the Indira Gandhi University was set-up in Rewari, a defence university was set up in Gurugram, a government engineering college was set up in Zainabad besides opening several ITIs across the region, opening the doors for education for the youth of the region.”We brought the Hansi-Butana canal to the dry regions of Bhiwani, Rewari and Mahendragarh and started the Rewari-Jhajjar-Rohtak railway line to connect the region to the state capital. No other political party has anything to show as their contribution to the development of the region,” he claimed.The former chief minister took on the INLD for their failure to develop southern Haryana and challenged them to list one development initiative during their six years of government from 1999 to 2004.”INLD leaders criticize me in their meetings but never talk about their achievements because they have nothing to say. Far from bringing any development to the region, they opposed the construction of Hansi-Butana canal,” Hooda said.Attacking the BJP over their failure on the development front, the former CM said far from bringing in new development projects, the BJP government has failed to even implement projects that were started when he was the chief minister.”Our government had started an Ayurvedic College in the name of Baba Kheta Nath who was one of the leading saints of the region. The building was constructed during our term but this government has failed to start the college. I assure you that we will start the college once we come back to power,” he said.”INLD and BJP are hand-in-glove. They did not vote against the BJP government in the no-confidence motion moved by the opposition in Lok Sabha while they voted with BJP in the recently-concluded elections for deputy chairmanship of Rajya Sabha,” he said. PTI SUN ABHABH
Former Indian chief selector Sandip Patil has lashed out at Virat Kohli’s team for not making good use of their time in England. India are 0-2 down in the five-Test series after losing at Edgbaston and Lord’s.India reached England on June 23 after coach Ravi Shastri lamented the lack of preparation time following the Test series defeat in South Africa earlier this year. Consequently, the limited-overs series (three T20Is and three ODIs) were scheduled before the Test matches.’But surprisingly, the Indian team did not train or practice after the ODI series, instead choosing to take a five-day vacation before playing their only warm-up match. In fact, the warm-up game was also reduced from a four-day affair to a three-day match because of the heat.In the first Test in Birmingham, India’s batsmen with the exception of skipper Virat Kohli, were found out. At Lord’s, the Indians once again had no answer to the swing of James Anderson and Stuart Broad. The lack of practice showed and the likes of Murali Vijau, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara were all at sea.Also read – Are India’s Test batsmen really good enough for overseas success?Patil wondered why the Indian team chose to rest instead of training hard for an important Test series. And he took a dig at Kohli, who had in his pre-departure press conference rather lightly said he would enjoy the coffee in England.”We all clearly remember captain Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri’s joint press conference before leaving for the tour of England earlier this summer. One bold statement stood out, “We have enough days to acclimatise in England and we are going to enjoy coffee,” Patil wrote in his column for The Quint. “Seeing the performance of the Indian team in the first two Tests so far, the team really seems to have taken their skipper’s statement seriously – they are truly only enjoying the coffee in English conditions.”Also read – Humiliation at Lord’s: Gut-wrenching defeat should come as no surpriseadvertisement KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya have played both the Test matches for India so far (@klrahul 11 Photo) India were handed their first-ever innings defeat under Virat Kohli at Lord’s (@hardikpandya7 Photo) Kuldeep Yadav played the second Test at Lord’s but failed to take a single wicket (kuldeep_18 Photo)Also read – Never give up on us: Virat Kohli turns emotional after Lord’s humiliationSeveral former Indian cricketers had stressed on the need to practice properly before the Test series. The red ball in England tends to swing and that is no mystery. Instead of practicing, Indian cricketers were seen going out for nice walks and indeed enjoying the English coffee.Patil felt Kohli’s statement (on the coffee) was irresponsible.”In earlier days, it was grilled in our minds that we needed to watch, improve, practise hard, follow the senior players, learn from them and take their advice. But instead of taking the advice of players who have been on multiple tours of England, and have succeeded, Virat Kohli’s team seems happy to be enjoying the country’s coffee.Also read – The Ravi Shastri irony: Crisis man in 2014, facing the heat in 2018″In fact, if I look at the Indian captains who toured England, Ajit Wadekar, Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Azhar, none of them ever made such an irresponsible comment on the eve of such an important tour,” Patil wrote.On Monday, Gavaskar had slammed the Indian team for not choosing to stay behind in London instead of going down to Nottingham and start practicing for the third Test.Also read – India coach Ravi Shastri under BCCI COA scanner after Lord’s Test debacle”But clearly as we have seen from the start of the ODI series, they are in love with London. You cannot get practice facilities in London as easily as you would in Nottingham – I hope they practice from Tuesday. And there should be no optional practice. Everybody needs to get down to practice There’s no such thing as optional practice when you are 0-2 down,” Gavaskar had told India Today
England have recalled all-rounders Moeen Ali and Sam Curran for the fourth Test against India at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton from August 30. While Moeen did not play the first three Tests at Edgbaston, Lord’s and Trent Bridge, Curran made way for Ben Stokes in the third Test.More significantly, Jonny Bairstow, who suffered a broken finger at Trent Bridge, will play the penultimate Test of the five-match series. Jos Buttler will keep wickets.England won the first two Tests before India bounced back to win at Trent Bridge courtesy of another fine batting performance by Virat Kohli. The likes of Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane also returned to form while the pacers continued to impress.Hadik Pandya took a five-wicket haul in the first innings to hasten England’s collapse before Jasprit Bumrah took five wickets in the second innings to seal victory for India.England will be relieved with the fact that Bairstow has been cleared to play. Skipper Joe Root, meanwhile, said Chris Woakes was not fit to play this week.”Chris Woakes is not fit to play this week and Ben Stokes has a slight issue so for the balance of the side Moeen Ali comes in for Ollie Pope,” Root said. “Jos Buttler is going to keep. It’s a lot to ask Jonny to do it with a broken finger, he’s fit to bat. We have to do the best thing for this team to win the game. There are no guarantees in international sport.advertisement”We’ve bounced back from difficult defeats before and that’s the challenge for us to do it again here.”England team for fourth Test: Cook, Jennings, Root (c), Bairstow, Stokes, Buttler (w), Moeen Ali, Curran, Rashid, Broad, Anderson
Nairobi, Oct 14 (AFP) Seven top Kenyan officials will be slapped with corruption charges over the alleged misappropriation of over USD500,000 during the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the public prosecutor said Saturday. In a statement, chief prosecutor Noordin Haji named former sports minister Hassan Wario and two-time Olympic gold medallist Kipchoge Keino — who headed the Olympic committee — as among those to be charged. “During the Rio Olympics, the government set aside 544 million shillings (USD5.4 million, 4.6 million euros) to facilitate athletes’ participation in the Games,” read the statement. “Unfortunately part of the funds were mismanaged thus denying the athletes proper facilitation.” Graft is rife in Kenya, with millions of dollars of public funds going missing each year, and the country was left red-faced in 2016 over graft during its Olympic campaign which also saw athletes’ team uniforms stolen by officials. “The impact of corruption and siphoning of funds meant for the facilitation of our sports men and women has a negative impact on their ability to perform optimally,” said Haji. The seven suspects were given until Monday to turn themselves in, and will face six counts of abuse of office, and four counts of failing to comply with laws on the management of public funds. The charges cover embezzlement, the purchase of unauthorised air tickets, overpayment of allowances and expenditure on unauthorised persons, all to the amount of 55 million shillings. (AFP) SMNSMN
In the Survivor Series 2018 kickoff match, SmackDown’s tag team division defeated the counterparts from RAW in a 10-on-10 Tag Team Traditional Survivor Series Elimination match.Women’s 5-v-5 Elimination matchThe first match of the show proper was the Women’s 5-on-5 elimination match. Both teams had put themselves in prime position for internal dissent during the Kickoff. To secure the “total humiliation” of the blue brand, RAW team captain Alexa Bliss subbed out the quarreling Ruby Riott and Natalya for best buddies Sasha Banks and Bayley. SmackDown’s captain Naomi, decided to fill the vacant position on her team with the more-than-willing Mandy Rose.The match progressed with the usual back and forth eliminations, with Smack Down’s Asuka and RAW’s Nia Jax and Banks being the final three. Jax let Sasha handle most of the work, but she had no desire to give up the glory.With Banks perched atop the turnbuckle and closing in on a victory, Jax snuck onto the apron and shoved her head-first into the waiting clutches of Asuka, who ensnared Banks in the ‘Asuka Lock’ and quickly notched a submission. Jax immediately struck, flattening Asuka with a trifecta of leg drops and sealed the deal with a ‘Samoan Drop’.Seth Rollins vs Shinsuke NakamuraWith RAW 1-0 up, Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins locked horns with United States Champion Shinsuke Nakamura. After a slow-build match, filled with high-risk spots and stiff hits, it was the ‘King Slayer’ that walked away with the win, beating the ‘King of Strong Style’.advertisementAOP vs The BarRAW Tag Team Champions AOP defeated the SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Bar to make it 3-0 in favour of the red brand.Men’s 5-v-5 Elimination matchIn the Men’s 5-on-5 elimination match, Braun Strowman was easily ‘The Monster Among Men’ as he singlehandedly won the contest with four straight eliminations.Strowman had made his distaste for all his teammates – Finn Balor excluded – clear before the bell rang, and the feeling was clearly than mutual, especially between himself and Drew McIntyre. McIntyre threatened to seize control of the match from the start, when he tagged himself in and scored a surprise elimination of Samoa Joe (the only Team RAW elimination not recorded by Strowman). That set off a chain of events that culminated in a brief throw down between Strowman and McIntyre.Team SmackDown responded in opportunistic fashion. Rey Mysterio ousted Balor after a dizzying back-and-forth. The Miz called a surprisingly crisp game as Team Captain. Shane McMahon put his death-defying bonafides to good use with a ‘Leap of Faith’ that took out both Strowman and the announce table, as well as a ‘Coast-to-Coast’ that helped send RAW’s Dolph Ziggler to the showers.It seemed, for a moment, like SmackDown had the chance to outlast the red brand, until Strowman re-entered the picture. Strowman clotheslined McMahon clean out of the air on a second Coast-to-Coast attempt (this one to Lashley) and stormed back with near-immediate eliminations of Jeff Hardy, Mysterio and Miz. That left Shane as the last man standing for Team SmackDown. The SmackDown Commissioner refused to drop his hands, but even Shane knew he was destined to go down fighting. Strowman scooped him up for a ‘Running Powerslam’ and put the match away in monstrous fashion, giving RAW a 4-0 advantage over SmackDown and effectively sealing the Survivor Series for RAW.Ronda Rousey vs Charlotte FlairIt was the dream match between RAW Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey and Charlotte Flair, but the finish was a nightmare for Rousey, who won by disqualification after Flair blasted her with a kendo stick.Another WWE ‘Face’ turned ‘Heel’, as the Flair thrashed Rousey with the kendo stick, drove her into a steel chair, and then wrapped the chair around Rousey’s throat and ruthlessly stomped on it. Rousey staggered to her feet with welts from the attack raising on her flesh. This wasn’t what she, or the entire WWE Universe, expected from this dream match.Brock Lesnar vs Daniel Bryan Another dream match, this time between newly crowned WWE Champion Daniel Bryan against Universal Champion Brock Lesnar.Whatever plan Bryan had of playing with the Beast, it didn’t work, as he got caught in ‘Suplex City’ and found himself mercilessly tossed around the ring like a sack of potatoes. While Bryan had the look and pose of a post-collision crash-test dummy, the Universal Champion grew so bored with his own dominance (Paul Heyman, by contrast, looked horrified) that he let Bryan up after the first F-5 of the match.advertisementLesnar and Bryan exchanged blows, the Universal Champion with his F-5s and German suplexes and the WWE Champion with his signature ‘Yes’ kicks and dangerously stiff running knees. Bryan briefly countering with a triangle but Lesnar hoisted the WWE Champion onto his shoulders, hit the F-5 and secured the win. The night ended with RAW clean-sweeping SmackDown 6-0.(With inputs from WWE)
London, Nov 27 (AFP) Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi will stage a do-or-die duel as two of the most prolific strikers in the Champions League go head to head at Wembley on Wednesday. Both Kane and Icardi have humble origins after surviving rejection and self-doubt to reach the top. Now well established as talismanic figures for their clubs, these unlikely heroes have become two of the sport’s hottest properties. Both have been linked with European champions Real Madrid this season and this week’s vital clash between Tottenham and Inter provides another chance to celebrate their rags to riches rise and marvel at their predatory instincts. Born in Argentina, Icardi moved to Spain when he was nine and was one of the most sought-after players in Europe when Barcelona, Real Madrid, Arsenal and Liverpool fought for the teenager’s signature in 2007. Icardi eventually chose Barcelona, but his time with the Spanish giants went surprisingly sour. He never broke into the first team after being written off as lacking the technical quality to shine at the Camp Nou. A loan spell in Italy with Sampdoria proved the making of Icardi, who stepped up to the big time when he joined Inter in 2013. Icardi has scored 106 league goals in 167 appearances for Inter, twice finishing as the joint highest scorer in Serie A and taking over as the club captain three years ago. It is a success story that would strike a chord with Kane, who also had to endure rejection before proving his doubters wrong.advertisement While some English stars are ear-marked for success years in advance such is their obvious potential, Kane was written off time and again as a schoolboy, with Arsenal, Tottenham and Watford all deciding he didn’t have the right qualities to make it. Tottenham eventually recognised the goal-scoring potential Kane possessed, but even then it took loan spells at Leyton Orient, Millwall, Norwich and Leicester before he was finally given his chance as a regular on the Premier League stage in 2014. A barrage of goals followed as Kane made up for lost time in stunning style. Now 25, Kane has amassed a host of goal records, scoring more than 100 times for Tottenham and becoming only the second England player to finish as the World Cup’s top scorer. Kane has 11 goals in all competitions this season, with his late brace against PSV Eindhoven in Tottenham’s last Champions League tie especially important as it clinched the 2-1 win that kept their last 16 hopes alive. Those crucial goals extended Kane’s remarkable Champions League record to 12 goals in 14 appearances. Icardi has been equally dynamic in Europe’s elite club competition.The 25-year-old scored the late goal that gave Inter a 2-1 win over Tottenham in the opening game of the group stage. The Argentina international also netted in Inter’s victory at PSV and bagged a priceless last-gasp equaliser in the 1-1 draw with Barcelona earlier this month. That strike against Group B leaders Barca allowed second placed Inter to keep a three-point lead over third placed Tottenham in the race to qualify for the last 16. With only two games remaining, Luciano Spalletti’s side are in pole position to make the knockout stages as they host PSV in their last game, while Tottenham have the daunting task of a trip to Barcelona. An Inter victory at Wembley would book their last 16 berth, while Tottenham must win to send the battle to the last round of matches. Inter have won eight of their last nine Serie A matches to climb to third in the table, with Spurs in fine form as well after defeating previously unbeaten Chelsea 3-1 in the Premier League on Saturday. Spalletti expects Tottenham to come out all guns blazing, but he won’t make special plans for Kane. “We rate whichever opposition we come up against. However, Inter always inspire the opposition,” Spalletti said. “That means they have to go up a level compared to their normal performances. “With us, we have no specific approach for one team or another. We have got to perform as Inter Milan.” (AFP) AH
Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar also known as the master blaster in the world of cricket was born on April 24 in the year 1973. A career that spanned 24 years has seen some of the most exciting times in cricket. He is known to be one of the most complete batsman of his time and arguably the biggest cricket icon the game has ever known.Besides sports, the ‘God of Cricket’ was nominated to be a member of the Rajya Sabha and has been bestowed with various awards.In December 2012, Tendulkar announced his retirement from the One Day International’s. He then retired from the Twenty20 cricket in October 2013.On November 16, 2013 he announced his retirement from all forms of cricket after playing his 200th and final Test match. It was in his home ground at the Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium against the West Indies.Tendulkar has played 664 international cricket matches in total, scoring 34,357 runs.We have collected some lesser-known, interesting nuggets on him you definitely don’t want to miss:Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to firstname.lastname@example.org