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Rahul Tripathi has caught everybody’s attention n in the Indian Premier League this season thanks to his exploits with the bat for Rising Pune Supergiant. Tripathi may have missed out on a maiden IPL hundred on Wednesday but his 93 off 52 balls was as good an innings we have seen this year.Tripathi top-scored for Pune as they defeated two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders by four wickets in their own den at the Eden Gardens on Wednesday. Chasing 156 for victory, Tripathi slammed seven sixes and nine boundaries during his knock as RPS reached the target with four balls to spare and jumped to third in the points table with 14 points in 11 games. KKR are second with 14 points but are ahead of RPS thanks to a superior net run-rate.”I feel good, I’ve been getting good starts so wanted to carry on with that start I got tonight. It’s good that we won the match, that is more important.”Not coming out with a plan worked well for me, If I would have made some plans for the KKR attack in the powerplay that wouldn’t have worked.”They are a good bowling side so I just kept it simple, I just went with my gut feeling,” Rahul told his teammate Jaydev Unadkat in an interview conducted by the latter on iplt20.com.Tripathi, who was born in MS Dhoni’s hometown in Ranchi, plays for Maharashtra in the domestic circuit and has been the find of the season for the Pune franchise this year. The 26-year-old has been in tremendous form with the bat, scoring 352 runs in nine matches at an average of 39.11 with two half-centuries and last night’s 93 being his highest score so far.advertisementBeing a team man Rahul also said that he has no regrets of missing out on a ton as his team won the match.”I would have loved to finish the match. But that’s okay, as long as we win the match it’s fine.”Rahul also spoke about his experience of batting with the likes of Australian captain Steve Smith and former India captain MS Dhoni this season.”It’s helping me a lot. It’s a dream experience for me also opening with Ajinkya (Rahane). He says simple things like ‘you are batting well’ it gives me belief that somebody like Ajinkya Rahane is encouraging you. Even off the field people like Faf, Ben and also batting with MS (Dhoni), he’s a legend,” Rahul added.
Gonda (UP), Jun 20 (PTI) When yoga is all the rage across the world, the native place of Maharshi Patanjali, considered to be the compiler of the text on yoga theory and practice, still lacks basic amenities like safe drinking water.Kondar village, the birthplace of the sage, is about 150 kilometres from Lucknow.While UNESCO has declared June 21 as International Yoga Day, efforts are needed to improve medical and public transportation facilities in the village of Patanjali, who systematised the practices of yoga in 400 BC, says Bhagvadacharya, chairman of the Patanjali Janambhoomi Nyas.Yoga, as it now performed, is derived from his 196 sutras or aphorisms.”We are working to develop the birthplace of the maharshi as a heritage site. A number of letters have been written to the Centre, and we are awaiting a response,” he says.Bhagvadacharya says he had also written to UNESCO demanding that the village be declared a world heritage site.Patanjali called himself a “Gondariye” — a resident of Gonda. A minister in the previous SP government, Yogesh Pratap Singh, built a polytechnic institute in his memory.The former district magistrate of Gonda, Ashutosh Niranjan, tribute to Patanjali by building a sports complex, he says.The Patanjali Janambhoomi Nyas is a not-for-profit organisation working for the development of Kondar as a heritage site. PTI COR NAV NKS GVS
Defending champion Andy Murray, who suffered a shocking exit at the Wimbledon at Wednesday after struggling with hip issues in the latter stages of his quarter-final loss against American Sam Querrey, admitted taking a break was not out of the question and did not blame the injury for his defeat.The world number one slumped to a 3-6, 6-4, 6-7 (4/7), 6-1, 6-1 defeat to Querrey in the contest that lasted for two hours and 41 minutes on the Centre Court.Instead Murray praised the 28th-ranked American, saying that Querrey’s game is tailor made for grass, but that he’s also made adjustments to utilise his strengths even further on the surface.”I think he’s played well this tournament. He’s looking to be aggressive. With the strengths and power that he has, it gives him the best chance to do well in these events,” the ATP website quoted Murray as saying.The Brit had arrived at the All England Club feeling the effects of his right hip problem.However, Murray admitted that once he knew playing through the pain wouldn’t affect his plans for the American hard-court season, he wanted to do everything possible to defend his Wimbledon crown.”I knew I wasn’t going to do any major damage by playing. We were looking at short-term solutions because you want to play Wimbledon. You want to play all of the Slams and give your best effort there,” said Murray.”I managed to get through a bunch of matches and did okay. Now I’ll sit down with my team and look a bit longer term, come up with a plan for what I have to do next.”advertisement”I’ve been a little bit sore the whole tournament, but I tried my best right to the end. I’m proud about that. It’s disappointing to lose at Wimbledon. There’s obviously an opportunity there, so I’m sad that it’s over,” he added.After Murray’s defeat, world number four Novak Djokovic could have reclaimed the numero one spot by winning the title.However, the three-time champion succumbed to a right-elbow injury to send Tomas Berdych through to his third Wimbledon semi-final.Djokovic came into the match with a 25-2 head-to-head record against Berdych but retired while trailing 7-6(2), 2-0 on No.1 Court.The result meant that Murray would hold on his current number one ATP ranking.
(Eds: With additional inputs)Srinagar, Nov 17 (PTI) Pleas of a wailing mother and passionate appeal from his father finally compelled college student Arshid Majid Khan, an obsessed footballer, to surrender before security agencies today, barely days after he joined the Lashkar-e-Taiba terror outfit, officials said.Twenty-year-old Khan walked into an Army camp quietly after videos of his mother Ayesha and his father appealing to him to return home started circulating on social media.Khan appeared before the Army camp in the middle of the night and surrendered.He was taken to the headquarters of Victor Force, an Army unit engaged in countering militancy in South Kashmir, at Awantipora, 33 kms from here.”He is with us and we will take care of him. We hope that this will encourage others who have not indulged in any heinous crime to surrender before the authorities,” Major General B S Raju told reporters at Awantipora.Major General Raju, who has been giving a humane touch in dealing with people in South Kashmir, said, “I would like to compliment the brave boy, Majid, who decided to shun the path of violence.”Giving details, he said his team had information that he wanted to surrender and “we only facilitated his smooth return and keeping in mind his parents and career”.”He strayed from his path and realised himself. No charges will be pressed on him,” he said, adding that he would be given all opportunities to pursue his career as well as sporting talent.The Army officer also made an appeal to the youths who have joined the ranks of militants to follow the path of Majid.advertisement”Even if some local youths, after joining, had committed some small crime, I assure them that lenient view will be taken,” he said.The Army officer felt that Khans return could turn into a test case for those who want to leave militancy and join the mainstream.Khan, who is the only son of his parents, was allowed to meet his mother and father for a few hours separately after which he was kept at a room with all the amenities required for a student.”Look, he is neither under arrest nor under any detention. We will decide on his future course after sometime. A bit of rehabilitation would do no harm,” Maj Gen Raju said.Inspector General of Police (Kashmir Range) Muneer Khan said that there would be no case against him. “He went on his own and he came back on his own with persuasion of his parents and friends. We stick to our policy of letting the youth, who treaded the wrong path, to return and we will welcome them with open arms.”He said the youth would be rehabilitated and sent back to his parents. “Rehabilitation is a process and all the youths, who are on the other side of the fence, have every right to stay in the society with honour and dignity. We are true to our words.”Majids surrender was seen as a whiff of fresh air in tense South Kashmir which has witnessed large-scale recruitment of local youths by militants in the past. Unofficial estimates have put the figure of such youths at nearly 150 since July, 2016.”I request other mothers to make such appeals to their sons asking them to follow Khans footstep,” Director General of Police S P Vaid told PTI over phone from Jammu.Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said that at the end “mothers love has prevailed”.In a couple of tweets, she said, “A mothers love prevailed. Her impassioned appeal helped in getting Majid, an aspiring footballer back home. Every time a youngster resorts to violence, it is his family which suffers the most.”Mehbooba said she understands the predicament of the youths who have joined militancy, but the fear of social stigma clouds their judgement.”I understand the predicament of young boys who have strayed into militancy. Most realise the futility of senseless violence and want to return home and live normal lives with dignity.”But the choice to renounce violence is not an easy one and they find themselves between the devil and the deep blue sea. The fear of social stigma clouds their judgement,” the chief minister said.Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah also termed the return of Khan as “good development” and expressed hope that he would resume his normal life soon. PTI SKL SMN SMN
New Delhi, Dec 12 (PTI) The father of a 15-year-old footballer from Delhi who drowned at the Glenelg Beach in Australia has requested External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to help bring back his daughters body as soon as possible.The school girl, Nitisha Negi, had gone to take part in the the unrecognised Pacific School Games in Australia.Nitishs father Puran Singh Negi said that he has also approached Swarajs office to bring back Nitishas body.”I request External Affairs Minister Sushma Swarajji to help us bring back my daughters body as soon as possible. We are also in touch with a senior official of her office,” the father told PTI.Nitisha was one of the five Indian footballers who were swept away by a huge wave on Sunday when they ventured into the seawaters after the completion of the games.Four of the five girls were rescued by local surf lifesavers on Sunday while Negi was found dead after resumption of the search operation yesterday morning. Her body was recovered near a rocky breakwater, the same section of beach where the two migrant boys drowned last year.The Sports Ministry has ordered an inquiry into the unfortunate incident.The School Games Federation of India (SGFI), which is headed by double Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar, had fielded U-18 teams in six disciplines including hockey, football and softball for the invitational event, jointly organised by the Australian government and School Sports Australia.These games were not recognised by the International School Sports Federation, the parent international body. The Indian contingent had around 120 members. PTI BUN AARadvertisement
Mumbai, Dec 27 (PTI) Megastar Amitabh Bachchan says he is experiencing “unbearable pain” as an old shoulder injury has flared up again.The 75-year-old actor took to his personal blog, where he said that the injury recently got aggravated after some heavy-lifting on a films sets.Bachchan is currently under medication and applying ice compresses to his injury.”… Old injury to the left shoulder has through time and activity and age been giving nagging pain… That has recently got aggravated due some strong usage on set… and though the pain became unbearable, the medication and the Tunnel visit has shown that it is an extra tear on the rotor cup, but that it is not reached an alarming stage,” he wrote.The actor, who will next be seen in “Thugs of Hindostan” and “102 Not Out”, also shared some pictures from actor Anushka Sharma and Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli reception last night.Bachchan sported a black sling as he attended the high- profile event and was joined by daughter Shweta Bachchan Nanda, actors son and daughter-in-law, Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.”So arrive in a somewhat state that could give undue attention to the issue… But really it is not as bad as it looks…,” Bachchan said about his look. PTI RDS BK
The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) is all set to meet India captain Virat Kohli , head coach Ravi Shastri and former skipper MS Dhoni in New Delhi on Thursday to discuss the pay hike of the players.Kohli and Shastri are also likely to bring up Team India’s schedule which currently. India have so far played 10 Tests, 26 ODIs and 10 T20 Internationals this year. They are yet to play 1 Test, 3 ODIs and 3 T20 Internationals before embarking on the tour of South Africa.On the eve of the Kolkata Test, Kohi had said he might also need a break whenever he needed it because he was not a robot. He has been among the busiest cricketers in the world in 2017, having missed a solitary Test against Australia due to an injury.”Tough to speak on workload. There’s a lot of talk about whether players should be rested or not. From the outside it looks like why are people asking for rest. Everyone played same number of games. But it’s important to understand that not everyone had the same kind of workload in every game that you play. We have built such a strong core team now of 20-25 players, you don’t want important players breaking down at important times. That is where the balance needs to be maintained. It’s humanly impossible to maintain the same kind of intensity for a player who plays all three formats. Definitely, I do need a rest. When I think that my body needs to be rested, I’ll ask for it. I am not a robot you can cut my skin and check,I bleed” Kohli had said.advertisementThen before the Nagpur Test, Kohli said India could have done with more preparatory time to gear up for the South African tour where the first Test gets underway on January 5.The Indian team representatives will also bring up a request for a pay hike. BCCI had recently doubled the payments made to the players under the central contracts. After the board landed a huge deal for IPL broadcast rights, the players are seeking an increment..”Surely, players’ request with regards to better preparation time before tours will be looked at. In September, we had offered Test players to go to South Africa during the ODIs and T20Is against Sri Lanka, so that they get decent time to acclimatise to the conditions in South Africa,” COA member Diana Edulji told India Today.It was also learnt players would be given more time in England before their matches start on the tour.However, the question is: even if the CoA does agree to the players’ demands, will the BCCI agree?Any decision thus taken would have to be ratified by BCCI’s general body meeting and the next BCCI SGM is scheduled for December 11.
LOS ANGELES — Donald Sterling won’t get to fight for his Los Angeles Clippers in front of NBA owners next week. His only chance now is in court.He could just pocket about $1 billion, his share of the proceeds from the record-breaking sale of a team that the league was prepared to take away from him. But don’t count on it. His lawyers say he’ll fight the league and his family to keep the team he bought for just $12 million in 1981.His estranged wife negotiated the deal to sell the Clippers for $2 billion to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, saying she owns half the team and controls the family trust.A person close to the family told The Associated Press that Shelly Sterling took over the family’s assets because Donald Sterling, 80, was stripped of his ability to act as a co-trustee after two neurologists determined he was suffering from dementia.The individual, who is familiar with the trust and the medical evaluations but wasn’t authorized to speak publicly, said Sterling was deemed “mentally incapacitated” according to the trust’s conditions because he showed “an inability to conduct business affairs in a reasonable and normal manner.”“There is specific language and there are protocols about what to do, and steps in order to get a sole trustee position and that’s what took place in the last couple of days,” the individual said.On May 30, the NBA canceled next week’s hearing to oust Sterling, instead moving forward to vote on whether to approve the sale to Ballmer. Also, Sterling’s attorneys filed a federal lawsuit against the league and Commissioner Adam Silver, asking for damages in excess of $1 billion.The lawsuit says Donald Sterling is still a co-trustee and doesn’t want to sell the team.“The assertion that Donald Sterling lacks mental capacity is absurd,” attorney Bobby Samini said. He would not give more details on Donald Sterling’s condition.The suit alleges that the NBA violated Sterling’s constitutional rights by relying on information from an illegal recording that publicized racist remarks he made to a girlfriend.It also says the league committed a breach of contract by fining Sterling $2.5 million and that it violated antitrust laws by forcing a sale.Shelly Sterling said that she had agreed to sell the team to Ballmer “under her authority as the sole trustee of The Sterling Family Trust, which owns the Clippers.”Donald Sterling can try to reinstate his trusteeship by appealing to the California Probate Court.The NBA said that the league, Shelly Sterling and The Sterling Family Trust had “resolved their dispute over the ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers.”“Under the agreement, the Clippers will be sold to Steve Ballmer, pending approval by the NBA Board of Governors, and the NBA will withdraw its pending charge to terminate the Sterlings’ ownership of the team,” it said.The league said that Shelly Sterling and The Sterling Family Trust also “agreed not to sue the NBA and to indemnify the NBA against lawsuits from others, including Donald Sterling.”That means whatever monetary damages Donald Sterling may receive under the suit — filed on behalf of Sterling and The Sterling Family Trust — may go out one pocket and back in the other unless he is reinstated as a trustee and can nullify the agreement.The medical evaluation was made earlier this month when Donald Sterling made voluntary visits to two neurologists who conducted tests, including brain scans, the individual said.Though Donald Sterling is no longer a co-trustee of The Sterling Family Trust, he still retains his 50 percent ownership and still receives proceeds from the sale, the individual said.But Sterling, already a billionaire, seems uninterested in the cash. His lawsuit seeks the elimination of his lifetime ban from the NBA.“Mr. Sterling’s lawsuit is predictable, but entirely baseless,” NBA General Counsel Rick Buchanan said. “Among other infirmities, there was no ‘forced sale’ of his team by the NBA — which means his antitrust and conversion claims are completely invalid. Since it was his wife Shelly Sterling, and not the NBA, that has entered into an agreement to sell the Clippers, Mr. Sterling is complaining about a set of facts that doesn’t even exist.”The ownership hearing had been scheduled for June 3 after the NBA charged Sterling with damaging the league with his racist comments. A three-quarters vote of owners to support the charge would have terminated the Sterlings’ ownership, and the league would have sold the team.Ballmer said in a statement that he is honored to have his name submitted to the NBA for approval. The price has blown past previous offers for an NBA team.“Obviously, I saw $2 billion. That gave me a reaction,” said Miami Heat star LeBron James, who had been vocal in calling for both Sterlings to be out of the league. “… Any time a ‘B’ goes after a number, man, you already know that you’re talking about some real money.”Ballmer and investor Chris Hansen headed a group that agreed to a deal to buy the Kings from the Maloof family in January 2013 with the intention of moving the team to Seattle, where the SuperSonics played until 2008.But Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson lobbied the NBA for time to put together a bid to keep the team in California, and though the Ballmer-Hansen group later increased its offer, owners voted to deny the bid for relocation and the Kings were sold to Vivek Ranadive.Johnson, who has been advising the NBA Players Association in the wake of Sterling’s comments, praised Ballmer in a series of tweets.“When the Clips play next season, players will be proud to wear the logo on their chest & fans will be proud to cheer for their hometown team,” Johnson wrote.___By Tami Abdollah. AP Basketball Writers Brian Mahoney and Tim Reynolds contributed to this report.TweetPinShare0 Shares
NEW YORK — The search continues for the New York Jets.Since the glory days of Broadway Joe, finding a franchise quarterback has been an elusive and often frustrating undertaking for a team that has rarely had a dominant player at the position.Richard Todd, Ken O’Brien, Vinny Testaverde, Chad Pennington, and, yes, even Mark Sanchez all had their moments since Joe Namath led the Jets to their only Super Bowl win in 1969. So did Boomer Esiason and Brett Favre.But none was either around long enough or able to sustain consistent success to set up the franchise at the game’s most vital position. And, of course, none has been able to get to a Super Bowl.It’s Geno Smith’s turn to prove whether he can break the vicious cycle. He’s headed into his second season, coming off a rough, up-and-down rookie campaign that ended on an upswing.But with Michael Vick in training camp to compete for the job, Smith knows nothing is guaranteed — just ask the 26 quarterbacks, including Kyle Mackey and David Norrie, who have started at least one game for New York since Namath last played for the Jets in 1976.“I’m pretty sure of myself,” said Smith, who had 12 touchdown throws and 21 interceptions last year. “I’m always going to have confidence in myself solely because I believe in my teammates and my coaching.”Good thing, or Smith could watch Vick end up becoming No. 27 since Namath — and the Jets could be in the market for a franchise-type quarterback next year. Again.Here’s a look at some of the Jets’ most notable and notorious quarterbacks through the years:___JOE NAMATH: The conversation about the team’s greatest player — let alone quarterback — starts and ends here. Broadway Joe might not have had gaudy career stats, but he’s a Hall of Famer who still leads the franchise in several passing categories. Oh, and then there’s also that whole delivering on his Super Bowl guarantee thing.___RICHARD TODD: Drafted as the heir apparent to Namath and a fellow former Alabama star, the expectations were way too lofty. Todd led the Jets to the playoffs only twice in his eight seasons, capped by a five-interception performance — three by A.J. Duhe — in a muddy AFC title game in Miami in January 1983 that still makes New York fans cringe when they hear the Dolphins linebacker’s name.___KEN O’BRIEN: He might be the closest thing to a franchise QB the Jets have had since Namath, and often doesn’t receive enough credit for a pretty solid career in New York. O’Brien could certainly fling it, but he took a beating for years behind a shoddy offensive line and gets unfairly compared to the QB the Jets passed on in the 1983 draft and the guy the Dolphins took three picks later: Dan Marino.___BROWNING NAGLE: Remember him? Nagle burst on the scene in his first NFL start to open his second season, throwing for 366 yards and two TDs in a loss to Atlanta. Well, the second-round pick never matched that success, tossing only five TD passes the rest of the season. He lost his starting job the next year, was an ex-Jet after the 1993 season, and finished his playing career in the Arena Football League after stints with the Colts and Falcons.___BOOMER ESIASON: After an already terrific career in Cincinnati, which included leading the Bengals to their second Super Bowl appearance in 1989, Esiason was traded to his hometown Jets in 1993. He wasn’t bad, making the Pro Bowl in his first season, but the teams he played on weren’t very good. He also played for three coaches in his three seasons: Bruce Coslet, Pete Carroll and Rich Kotite.___VINNY TESTAVERDE: After Esiason was released following the 1995 season, the Jets fell on tough times, including a 1-15 campaign under Kotite in 1996. New York also went through the likes of Jack Trudeau, Bubby Brister, Frank Reich, Neil O’Donnell and Glenn Foley before Bill Parcells restored some order and signed Testaverde in 1998.The Long Island native rejuvenated his career that season, leading the Jets to the AFC title game. He ruptured an Achilles tendon in the season opener the next year, dashing the team’s Super Bowl hopes. Testaverde came back in 2000 and engineered one of the most memorable games in franchise history, throwing five TD passes in the “Monday Night Miracle” win over Miami.___CHAD PENNINGTON: The 2000 first-round draft pick was considered a possible franchise-type QB, and he appeared well on his way after leading the Jets to a first-round, 41-0 victory over the Colts in Indianapolis in his third season. Never known for his arm strength, Pennington was a cerebral and accurate QB — but his career was derailed by shoulder injuries. He split the 2007 season with Kellen Clemens and was shown the door the following offseason when the Jets traded for Favre.___BRETT FAVRE: One of the more stunning moments in franchise history came when the Jets acquired the not-so-retired former Packers quarterback. It was a Hail Mary move for New York and coach Eric Mangini, and looked pretty good for a while as Favre led the Jets to an 8-3 start that included a six-TD performance against Arizona.But, with Super Bowl chatter starting to gain steam, the ironman quarterback injured his throwing shoulder late in the season, struggled the rest of the way and the Jets finished 9-7, missing the playoffs and costing Mangini his job. Favre then retired again — before playing two more seasons with the Vikings.___MARK SANCHEZ: The Jets were so high on the Southern California QB, they traded up to grab him with the fifth overall pick in 2009. Sanchez helped lead New York to the AFC title game in each of his first two seasons and set the franchise record with four playoff victories — all on the road.Things went bad fast, though, as he failed to build off that early success, his supporting cast frequently changed and he struggled with turnovers (yes, “The Butt Fumble”). Sanchez also dealt with the distraction of having Tim Tebow around in 2012, and then was lost for the season last summer after injuring his shoulder in the third preseason game. He was cut this offseason and signed with Philadelphia.(DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
PORT ST. LUCIE, FL — Curtis Granderson and David Wright hit consecutive home runs off Stephen Strasburg in the bottom of the third inning, leading the Mets to a 10-2 win over the Washington Nationals on Saturday.Strasburg, making his first start since March 17 and only his third Grapefruit League start because of toe and ankle injuries, allowed four runs on four hits in four innings.“It was good to get the pitch count up there,” said Strasburg, who threw 70 pitches. “Obviously I was cruising early and then one bad inning, but I got the pitches. I’m sure I’ll feel a lot better next time.”Strasburg, who is slotted as the Nationals’ third starter in the rotation this season, struck out two and walked two. He said his turned ankle, which caused him to skip his last start, was not much of an issue Saturday.“It’s kind of like a trust factor,” he said. “If you sprain your ankle real bad, you’re bracing for it. It’s hard to get over that. But I didn’t really feel anything alarming, so I think it’s progress. I just have to keep going out there and I’m sure it will be an afterthought soon,” he said.Mets starter Jacob deGrom gave up one run — a long home run to right field by Bryce Harper in the top of the sixth inning. DeGrom allowed four hits in seven innings, struck out four and walked two.Lucas Duda had a home run and triple for the Mets, and Johnny Monell also connected.STARTING TIMEDeGrom’s seven innings were the most by a Mets starter this spring. The NL Rookie of the Year threw 81 pitches during his outing.“I felt good,” deGrom said. “That’s the most stretched out I’ve been all spring, and I felt really good out there today.“I struggled a little bit. I don’t know if I lost concentration or something with those two four-pitch walks. That’s the main thing today, but the spring has been going pretty smooth.”“I’m still trying to work on things. I was getting under my changeup today. And that’s what I fell behind Bryce with before he hit the home run,” he said.TRAINER’S ROOMNationals: Manager Matt Williams said first baseman Ryan Zimmerman (shoulder, back) is “feeling fine” and should return to the lineup in the next few days. Zimmerman was injured Friday diving for a ball and left the game early.Mets: Reliever Vic Black (shoulder) threw 20 pitches off a mound. He has not pitched in a game since March 9. … Closer Bobby Parnell (rehabbing from Tommy John surgery) is scheduled to throw in a minor league game Sunday. … All-Star 2B Daniel Murphy (hamstring) had five at-bats in a minor league game Saturday. Manager Terry Collins said Murphy will not play in any more Grapefruit League games this spring, but will play in minor league games.POWER SURGEThe Mets have hit 35 home runs in 26 games this spring, the most of any Grapefruit League team. Michael Cuddyer leads the team with five homers, Wright has four and Granderson has three.Collins said not to read too much into those numbers, though.“The wind’s blowing, the weather’s been warm and the ball carries,” Collins said. “We’ve got some power — I’m not saying we don’t have any power — but you have to be careful because we aren’t playing at Citi Field. Especially in April when the wind’s blowing in and it’s cold, but we’ve got some power.”TweetPinShare0 Shares
BOSTON — The New York Yankees capitalized on the few hits they got in between strikeouts.Brett Gardner homered and Stephen Drew hit a two-run double as the Yankees pieced together just enough offense to overcome Rick Porcello’s career-high 13 strikeouts and beat the Boston Red Sox 3-1 on Sept. 1.The Yankees had only five hits and struck out 15 times, but New York hit in key moments and Boston batters failed to give Porcello much help.“The gratifying thing at this time of year is wins, no matter how you do it,” Manager Joe Girardi said. “If you get a break or however it happens, that’s the gratifying thing.”The Yankees helped themselves defensively, getting a strong start from Michael Pineda and catching the Red Sox in a double-steal attempt to quickly fizzle a promising rally in the eighth.Pineda (10-8) allowed one run and four hits and struck out seven and Andrew Miller picked up his 29th save with three strikeouts in the ninth.Porcello (6-12) scattered five hits over eight innings and the only earned run he allowed was Gardner’s solo homer in the eighth. He topped his previous high for strikeouts by two, but the Red Sox gave him little support at the plate.“You go out there and you want to win. That’s the bottom line. I think anybody would tell you that,” Porcello said. “It’s a nice night for me personally but as far as the team goes we didn’t accomplish what we wanted to.”Down 3-1 after Gardner’s homer to right, the Red Sox had a chance to regain the lead in the bottom of the eighth. Mookie Betts led off with a single and Xander Bogaerts singled with one out, giving Boston runners at first and second for slugger David Ortiz.Ortiz struck out in his first three at-bats and the Red Sox sent both runners. The gamble failed as Betts was called out when he slid into third and briefly lost contact with the base.“At that point we figured it was a good risk,” interim manager Torey Luvollo said.Betts thought he was safe and told third-base umpire Vic Carapazza that if his foot came off, it was only because third baseman Chase Headley pushed him. The Red Sox challenged the call, which was confirmed after a video review.“I felt like I was safe the whole time,” Betts said. “It caught me a lot by surprise because I didn’t think my foot came off.”The Red Sox lost on the gamble, the review and again when Ortiz struck out for the fourth time and ended the inning.Boston’s only run came in the third, when Jackie Bradley Jr. doubled and scored on Pablo Sandoval’s single to right.(DOUG ALDEN)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Olympiacos defeated Iraklis 1-2 in Thessaloniki despite falling behind early in the game through Perrone’s goal. Dominguez equalized from the penalty spot at the beginning of the second half and the substitute Ideye, with his first touch on the ball, completed the comeback in the 75th minute.The hosts sent their first warning in the 4th minute with Kouros’ free-kick that was well saved by Kapino. One minute later, Kouros’ cross was deflected onto the path of the Perrone, who beat Kapino to give Iraklis the 1-0 lead. Olympiacos failed to find a quick equalizer with Dominguez’s header in the 22nd minute and the visitors best chance of the half with Milivojevic (great save from Huanderson) 5 minutes later. Despite Olympiacos controlling possession of the first half, Iraklis comfortably held onto their lead and came close to second with Lambrou’s missed opportunity before the break.The life-line for Olympiacos came early in the second 45 minutes when Intzoglou’s handball in the box resulted in a penalty for the visitors. Dominguez made no mistake from the spot, equalizing for the Erythrolefki. Olympiacos continued to control the possession as Iraklis did not pose a threat in the second half. A great solo effort from Andre Martins, who stole the ball in the midfield and played a perfect through pass to Ideye, created the go-ahead goal for the visitors with Ideye’s shot beating Huanderson to give Olympiacos the 1-2 lead in the 75th minute. Ideye’s first touch on the ball, after being subbed onto the pitch 2 minutes before, proved to be the winner for Olympiacos who recorded their second win from two matches in League play.Although with difficulties, Olympiacos surpassed their first “tough” away test of the season in Thessaloniki. Next week they will play away to newly promoted side Larissa while Iraklis travels to AEK. Source: AGONAsport.com (Facebook – Instagram – Twitter)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Echoing cries from racial slurs against another Greek basketball star with African heritage, Sofoklis Schortsanitis, a Greek professor said to be working for University College London said Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo, a Greek citizen whose parents migrated from Nigeria, is not really Greek.Evangelos Markopoulos caused a stir on social media in Greece when he commented below a post in a video showing Antetokounmpo singing the Greek national anthem that the basketball player was “a black guy pretending to be Greek.”He said he was fed up with Antetokounmpo, who didn’t play for the Greek national team that was subsequently bumped out of the European tournament after he said he had a knee injury, which the country’s sports federation suggested was dubious and that he was trying to protect his career in his new home of Milwaukee.Even though Antetokounmpo and three of his four brothers were born in Greece, they did not automatically qualify to receive full Greek citizenship and almost until draft day – where he waved a big Greek flag – he wasn’t a citizen of either Greece or Nigeria, a stateless man.It was a prejudice faced by Schortsanitis, born to a Greek father and Cameroonian mother, a 6-10, 345-lb. basketball behemoth who was a key player on the 2006 Greek national team that stunned the United States team – with LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, Chris Paul, and Carmelo Anthony – and got to the final before losing to Spain.The xenophobic Golden Dawn, instead of joining in a celebration of Schortsanitis’ talent and the glory he brought his homeland – it’s his just as much theirs – declared he was a “non-Greek,” which wasn’t true but still better than being non-humans like them.Elias Panagiotaros, Golden Dawn’s troglodyte spokesman in 2012, put it this way: “We don’t think that Schortsanitis is Greek, according to the ideals of the Greek race. He is not Greek. Both of his parents should be Greek and belong to the European race.”TweetPinShare1919 Shares
LOS ANGELES — Magic Johnson abruptly quit as the Los Angeles Lakers’ president of basketball operations Tuesday night, citing his desire to return to the simpler life he enjoyed as a wealthy businessman and beloved former player before taking charge of this franchise just over two years ago.Johnson didn’t tell owner Jeanie Buss or general manager Rob Pelinka about his shocking decision before he announced it in front of reporters about 90 minutes before the final game of the Lakers’ sixth consecutive losing season. Los Angeles was 37-44 heading into its game against Portland, missing the playoffs yet again despite the offseason addition of LeBron James.“I want to go back to having fun,” Johnson said before fighting off tears. “I want to go back to being who I was before taking on this job. We’re halfway there with LeBron coming (last summer). I think this summer, with that other star coming in, whoever is going to bring him in, I think this team is really going to be in position to contend for a championship with the growth of the young players.”Johnson didn’t directly tie his decision to the future of Luke Walton, but the third-year coach was widely expected to be fired by Johnson. Without using names, Johnson repeatedly mentioned Buss’ affinity for Walton, who was in place before Johnson got the job in February 2017, and Johnson’s desire not to cause upheaval between the owner and her chosen coach.“(On Wednesday) I would have to affect somebody’s livelihood and their life,” Johnson said. “And I thought about it and I said, ‘That’s not fun for me. That’s not who I am.’ And then I don’t want to put her in the middle of us, even though she said, ‘Hey, you can do what you want to do.’ I know she has great love for him and great love for me.”Johnson and Buss had a three-hour meeting Monday about the direction of the Lakers, who haven’t made the postseason since 2013. Buss wasn’t expected to attend the Lakers’ season finale, but Johnson didn’t know that before he announced his decision, which he didn’t finalize until Tuesday morning.“Somebody is going to have to tell my boss, because I know she’s going to be sick,” Johnson said. “But I knew I couldn’t face her face-to-face and tell her.”Johnson’s desire for his old life wasn’t the only reason for his departure. He also said he is tired of being investigated or fined by the NBA for tampering when he comments on basketball on Twitter or even speaks to another organization’s player.Johnson, a longtime broadcaster and beloved basketball figure before moving into the front office, has been investigated four times for tampering after everything from a joking comment about Paul George on Jimmy Kimmel’s talk show to his response to an email sent to him by Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons.“I thought about Dwyane Wade retiring (Wednesday), and I can’t even tweet that out or be there,” Johnson said. “Serena Williams called me a week ago and said, ‘Will you mentor me and be on my advisory board?’ And I said, ‘Yeah, I’m going to do that.’ So when Ben Simmons called and we went through the proper channels and they made me look like the bad guy out of that situation, but I didn’t do anything wrong … I was thinking about all those times, all those guys who want me to mentor them or be a part of their lives, and I can’t even do that. I had more fun on the other side.”Magic said “I’m out” ? pic.twitter.com/COV61wpci6— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 10, 2019Johnson mentioned other teams’ irate responses to his perceived tampering as another factor in his desire to get back to his regular life. Johnson, who will turn 60 in August, has many thriving business interests along with ownership stakes in the Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles FC.“Also what I didn’t like is the backstabbing and the whispering,” Johnson said, later clarifying that he didn’t mean within the Lakers, but around the league.“I don’t like a lot of things that went on that didn’t have to go on,” Johnson said. “I hope that after (the season ends), the Lakers can head in the right direction, which we are. Injuries really hurt us, but I enjoyed working with Jeanie.”Johnson’s sudden decision ends another chapter in the remarkable life of the star point guard from Lansing, Michigan, who won an NCAA championship at Michigan State before claiming five NBA titles and three league MVP awards during his 12-year playing career as the leader of the Showtime Lakers.Johnson retired in 1991 after he tested positive for HIV, but later returned briefly to the Lakers as a player and a coach. Johnson says his current health is ideal, and he insists no health concerns were part of his decision to quit the job that seemed to be his destiny.Johnson was hired along with Pelinka when Buss dismissed her brother, Jim, and GM Mitch Kupchak just 26 months ago. The Buss children’s father, Jerry, had long envisioned Johnson in a powerful role in the Lakers’ front office, and Jeanie shook up her franchise in the midst of its lengthy decline.The Lakers have missed the playoffs in each of their three springs since Johnson and Pelinka took over. They’re finishing this season with their best record in six years, but they were eliminated from playoff contention back on March 22.The 16-time NBA champion Lakers had never missed the NBA playoffs in more than two consecutive seasons before this six-year drought.Johnson remained publicly supportive of Walton, but Magic was widely thought to agree with Walton’s detractors who aren’t impressed by the former Lakers forward’s offensive game planning and rotations. Johnson’s decision to step down likely means the Lakers won’t make a decision on Walton’s future until a new front office is in place.Johnson and Pelinka, Kobe Bryant’s former agent, didn’t know each other before they were paired by Buss, but Johnson said he worked well with Pelinka. Johnson also pointedly refused to say whether Pelinka should remain as the Lakers’ general manager, saying the decision rested solely with Buss, whom he repeatedly called “my sister.”“She doesn’t know I’m standing here,” Jonson said. “Because I knew I would be crying like a baby in front of her.”By: Greg Beacham, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
NICOSIA, Cyprus — Champions League semifinalist Ajax faces a fight to qualify for this season’s group stage after drawing at Cypriot team APOEL Nicosia 0-0 in the first leg of their playoff on Tuesday.Ajax started strongly but APOEL came close to winning the game in the last half hour, with Andrija Pavlovic heading against the bar and Ajax goalkeeper André Onana forced to make excellent saves.Ajax played the last 10 minutes with 10 men after right back Noussair Mazraoui was sent off in the 80th minute for a second yellow card.“We gave the ball away too easily and we must improve next week,” Ajax forward and captain Dusan Tadic said. “I expect the same compact defensive zone from APOEL in the second game. But we need to play much better in the second leg.”The four-time European champion has to play qualifying because of the relatively low UEFA ranking of the Dutch league, which it won last season. Ajax scraped through the previous round of qualifying, beating Greek side PAOK Thessaloniki 5-4 on aggregate.Also, Czech club Slavia Prague is on target to reach the group stage for the first time in 12 years after beating CFR Cluj 1-0 away in their first leg. Lukas Masopust scored from a corner in the first half.Romanian champion Cluj saw Mario Rondon hit the woodwork and Billel Omrani’s penalty saved. It’s been six years since a Romanian club last reached the group stage.Belgium’s Brugge won at LASK Linz 1-0 thanks to a penalty from Hans Vanaken, and could play in the group stage for the third time in four seasons if it holds on in the second leg.All second-leg games are next week.TweetPinShare0 Shares
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The continuing development of low-cost, high-performance microcontrollers specifically aimed at intelligent power solutions has created new design possibilities. Taking advantage of this progress, STMicroelectronics and Biricha Digital Power have developed a workshop to show power-supply engineers why – and how – to quickly move to a digital implementation.The workshop, aimed at analog PSU (Power Supply Unit) designers and embedded-system engineers who need to build high-performance, stable digital power supplies and Digital PFCs (Power Factor Corrections), will be based on a complementary portfolio of tailored hardware, software, tools, labs and detailed training documentation. This includes the STM32F334 product line (with its high resolution timer – 217ps), a member of ST’s STM32 family of more than 800 MCUs covering the full spectrum from ultra-low power to high performance and supporting ecosystem, combined with Biricha’s Power Supply and PFC design software.Key sessions will demonstrate how to quickly design digital power supplies and power factor correction from scratch, and how to design stable digital control loops for both voltage and current mode DC/DC and PFC applications. Workshop participants will get a chance to design, code, implement, and test several digital power supplies.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Syslogic launches AI rail computer at InnoTransNext ADI to show mastery of digital-to-physical interface at Electronica 2018
Sachin Tendulkar said India would be in a position to hurt England in the Test series in what has been a warm English summer so far. Tendulkar said Virat Kohli’s India would gain a substantial edge over the hosts if there was any help for spinners in the five-Test series starting August 1.India have won three Test series in England – 1971, 1986 and 2007. However, they suffered heavy defeats in the last two series in 2011 and 2014. While India lost 0-4 in 2011, they went down 1-3 three years later after taking the lead with a historic victory at Lord’s.But there is hope of a much improved performance this time. England is in the middle of its warmest summer in recent years and there is a chance the conditions will favour spinners. In fact, England are contemplating recalling leg-spinner Adil Rashid, who left Virat Kohli bamboozled in the final ODI at Leeds.Tendulkar, whose last tour of England ended with the dismal Test series of 2011, said the results could depend on whether the pitches are conducive to spin.Also read – Virat Kohli’s Test record in England will improve, says Alec Stewart”It will depend on the kind of surfaces that we get to play on,” Tendulkar told Reuters. “The English summer is pretty warm this time. If there’s a bit of help for our spinners then I am sure we will be in a position in the series to hurt them. That will be a critical factor.” Kuldeep Yadav has taken 14 wickets from five games against England (Reuters Photo)Tendulkar, the only man with 100 international hundreds and 200 Test caps, said Kuldeep Yadav, the left-arm chinaman bowler, was ready for Test cricket. Kuldeep had spun a web around England’s batsmen in the T20I series and followed that up with a six-wicket haul in the first ODI which India won.Also read – Rishabh Pant named in India squad for first 3 Tests vs Englandadvertisement”I have always maintained that he’s ready for the longest version of the game and that will be the most challenging one. I think he’s ready.”Looking at his repertoire he has the capability to go there and compete, without any doubt,” he said.Despite a long list of injuries to a few key players, Sachin Tendulkar was confident India had the wherewithal to challenge England. Overall, Tendulkar was happy with the balance of India’s squad for the five-Test series.Also read – Tendulkar hopeful of a good show from Kohli, Team India in England Tests”We have bowlers who can bat and we have batters who can roll their arm over. The keeper’s contribution also becomes important in batting and we have that,” Tendulkar told Reuters during the interview.”Ashwin and Jadeja can also bat. We also have a seam-bowling all-rounder in Hardik Pandya who can bat. That was one element missing, though Hardik’s just started his career. But whatever I see on paper, we have good balance.”(Written by Rajarshi Gupta)
England are set to become the first side to play 1000 Test matches when they take on India in the first Test at Edgbaston from August 1. The two cricketing giants will play five Tests in the series.England have played 999 Tests since making their debut against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in March 1877 and has won 357 Tests. They have lost 297 Tests while 345 ended in draws.England’s win percentage of 35.73 is the third best behind Australia (47.16) and South Africa (37.70). India, who have played 522 Tests so far, have a win percentage of 27.77 — seventh among top Test playing nations.At Birmingham alone, the venue of the 1000th Test, England have played 50 matches since their first Test in May 1902 against Australia, winning 27, losing eight with 15 ending in draws.READ – ICC congratulates ECB as England gear up for 1000th Test matchEngland have dominated India since their first Test in June 1932, winning 43 and losing 25 out of 117 Tests. On home turf, England have won 30 Tests and India have emerged winners on six occasions with 21 Tests ending in draws.Edgbaston has hosted six Tests between the two sides, with England leading 5-0 on a head-to-head.Jeff Crowe, the ICC match referee, will present a silver plaque to England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chairman Colin Graves before the start of the Test to commemorate the occasion.READ – Virat Kohli’s Team India make the most of sunny day in BirminghamIndia had won their first Test series in England way back in 1971 with captain Ajit Wadekar lifting the trophy at the end of a three-match series. Kapil Dev and Rahul Dravid repeated history in 1986 and 2007 respectively.advertisementHowever, India tasted defeats on their next two tours of England in 2011 and 2014.READ – England 2014 to England 2018: India make big strides in Test cricketThe 2011 series was an outright disaster for India, who lost all four Tests by huge margins. Rahul Dravid was as impressive as ever but the other big guns failed to fire as England whitewashed MS Dhoni’s men.