Panathinaikos’ Gist Faces Dope Penalty

first_imgIt could also seal his fate for the team, which is reportedly already looking for a replacement. He has played for the Greens, one of the country’s two dominant teams, since 2012.The National Anti-Doping Council tested Gist, 29, after the final of the Greek Cup against Apollon Patras on April 5, finding the first sample positive for marijuana use.TweetPinShare0 Shares ATHENS – Panathinaikos’ American power forward James Gist, a team stalwart, is set for punishment after failing a doping test.The 6-9 Gist, who was born in Turkey and played for Maryland, likely will be hit hard after a second test showed he’s using marijuana because he had tested positive before.last_img

Arsenal Jars Olympiacos, 3-0

first_imgPIRAEUS — Olivier Giroud scored a hat trick as Arsenal advanced to the last 16 of the Champions League with a 3-0 win over Olympiacos on Dec. 9, overturning an advantage held by the Greeks.The France striker opened the scoring in the 29th minute, heading home off a cross from Aaron Ramsey, with the ball bouncing under goalkeeper Roberto Gonzalez.He struck again four minutes after halftime, running through defenders to slot in a pass from former Olympiacos player Joel Campbell.Olympiacos, which beat Arsenal 3-2 in London, nearly pulled a goal back through Kostas Fortounis, while Ideye Brown missed a point blank chance.But the game followed Arsenal’s script and the deafening crowd at Karaiskakis Stadium was silenced when Omar Elabdellaoui slipped and handled the ball.Giroud again beat Gonzalez from the resulting penalty to seal the match and second place behind Bayern Munich in Group F.“We are very pleased to go through,” the 29-year-old Giroud said. “It was not easy to come here with this atmosphere … We were not in a good position, but we did it.”Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said he was proud the way his players overcame the odds.“We needed to be strong mentally and show character. And we did that,” he said. “From the first to the last minute we were a good team and I’m very proud of them.”Olympiacos had only needed a draw or a low-scoring decfeat to make it through, but gave credit to the Premier League club.“We started well and denied them, especially in the first 20 minutes,” Olympiacos coach Marco Silva said. “But the first goal affected the rest of the match. We kept trying to create chances. In the end though, you have to look our opponent and say: Tonight they were excellent.”Bayern Munich beat Dinamo Zagreb 2-0 away in the group’s other match.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Predators Stifle Rangers, 5-3

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Leading 2-1 after two periods against one of the league’s top offenses, the Nashville Predators successfully went into attack mode to close things out.James Neal scored twice, Nashville scored three times to open the final period and the Predators held off the New York Rangers 5-3 on Dec. 28.Craig Smith, Ryan Ellis and Neal scored in the first 11:13 of the third period, making two late goals by the Rangers meaningless.Filip Forsberg also scored, Mike Ribeiro had three assists and Roman Josi had two assists. Pekka Rinne made 26 saves and Nashville won for the third time in four games against a Rangers team that’s tied for third in the NHL with 106 goals.“You have to be on your toes when you are playing against them,” Neal said. “They are going to come at you with skill all the time, so great win.”Jesper Fast, Rick Nash and J.T. Miller scored, but New York lost its fourth in five games.Forsberg got the first goal with 1:04 left in the first period.With Nashville on a power play, Josi sent a pass from the right boards to Forsberg on the left faceoff dot, where he sent a one-timer by goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, a fellow Swede, on the stick side.“He’s obviously really big back home and it was a big goal to get the team on the board as well,” Forsberg said. “So that will be one I remember.”Forsberg has three goals in his last two games and extended his point streak to five games.Fast tied the game at 6:59 of the second. Standing in the low slot, he deflected Dan Girardi’s shot from the right point between Rinne’s pads.Girardi returned to the Rangers lineup after missing five games with a small crack in his right kneecap.Nashville regained the lead at 13:48 of the second on Neal’s 14th of the season. From the high slot, he beat Lundqvist with a wrist shot that glanced off of the left post and in.Smith gave Nashville a two-goal lead at 7:34 of the third when he tipped home Josi’s shot from the high slot.That goal came just 2:16 after Forsberg appeared to make it 3-1 at 5:18 with a shot from behind the New York net, but the goal was overturned when the Rangers challenged. Upon review, it was determined that Smith interfered with Lundqvist on the play.“I think when those things happen, if it doesn’t go your way, it can be a deflating thing,” Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said. “We were talking about it on the bench before it even happened that the next shift was a big one to come back and press and push.”Ellis scored at 9:52 of the third on Nashville’s second power-play goal of the night. Neal scored his second of the game at 11:13.“I felt pretty good for 2 1/2 periods and then a couple of minutes, it just snowballed again,” Lundqvist said. “It’s tough on your confidence obviously, but you just have to work through it.”Lundqvist was relieved by Antti Raanta following Neal’s second goal. Lundqvist made 30 saves on 35 shots against.“Tonight was nothing about Henrik,” New York coach Alain Vigneault said. “They were teeing it up from the ladies’ tee. At 5-1, I thought it was time to give him a break. He gave us a chance. As a team, we need to respond better.”Nash scored an unassisted goal at 13:20 of the third and Miller followed with his eighth of the season at 16:02.(JIM DIAMOND)last_img read more

Dont Bother Returning to Greece!

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares Embarrassment from the Greek Champions…Olympiacos fell 1-0 in Israel to Hapoel Be’er Sheva and their run in this year’s UEFA Champions League comes to an end. Another tragic performance from the Erythrolefki as they seemed extremely unprepared for qualifying over two legs and will now continue in the UEFA Europa League Playoff Qualifying Round. Drastic changes are expected at Olympiacos with the club’s president, Vaggelis Marinakis, telling the players after the first leg “if you do not progress in Israel, don’t bother returning home!”The first half produced minimal chances for either team with Kapino denying Hapoel Be’er Sheva from the best opportunity of the half. The hosts were the better side in the first 45 minutes as Olympiacos continued to look troubling on the pitch, similar to the first leg.Hapoel created the first opportunity of the second half with Kapino coming away with a great save to keep the scores goalless. The pace of the game fell drastically with neither team threatening the opposing goal. However with 10 minutes remaining, the hosts found the opener with a great left-footed strike from Tzedek, giving Hapoel the lead on aggregate. Despite needing only one goal to progress, Olympiacos continued their tragic showing without creating a SINGLE chance in the final 10 minutes and embarrassingly bowed out of this year’s Champions League. Hapoel celebrated their upset over the Greek giants and will play in the UEFA Champions League Playoff Qualifying Round.As for Olympiacos, they will now continue in the UEFA Europa League Playoff Qualifying round. Drastic changes are expected at the club as the team seemed completely unprepared for qualifying. President Vaggelis Marinakis was quite clear after the first leg, telling the players and coaching staff that if they do not progress in Israel do not bother returning to Greece. Although Olympiacos will not compete in the Champions League for the first time since the 2010-2011 season, the Erythrolefki are one qualifying round away from the Europa League Group Stage.ource: AGONAsport.com (Facebook – Instagram)last_img read more

Petrounias Honoree at Navarino Challenge 2017

first_imgATHENS– The Olympic “family”of Navarino Challenge grows and returns for a 5th consecutive year October 13-15, in Messinia and Costa Navarino.Every year, the Challenge honors the athletes who stand out for their overall contribution to sports. The honoree at this year’s event will be the Olympic gold medalist in Rio and World Champion in the rings, Lefteris Petrounias.He has already won a gold Olympic medal, two gold medals in the world gymnastics championships, as well as four gold and one bronze in European tournaments and championships in rings.The event has won multiple awards, including the Gold Ermis Award as best sports tourism event, another at the Sports Marketing Awards 2017, and two gold awards atSports Events/Branded Events.The Challenge now comprises not only the event with the most sports activities but also with the most Olympic sports, contributing to the promotion of sports and Greek tourism.Registration for Navarino Challenge continues at a strong pace and everyone can take part by completing the special entry form available online: activemedia.com.gr/product/navarino-challenge-2017.The Vikos company will support the event with the natural mineral water Vikos, while ambassadors and organizers will travel with cares of Ford Motor Hellas.TweetPinShare11 Shareslast_img read more

Madrid Stunned by Girona, Sees Barcelona Increase its Lead

first_imgBy: Tales Azzoni, AP Sports WriterMADRID (AP) — With a home loss to a team that hadn’t won in more than two months, Real Madrid wasted all the hard work that had allowed it to move closer to Barcelona at the top of the Spanish league.After winning five in a row to cut Barcelona’s lead to six points, Madrid was stunned 2-1 by relegation-threatened Girona at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Sunday, and is now nine points behind its rival in third.“It’s a shame that we let these points slip by,” Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari said. “We were coming off a good run and we were getting closer to the lead.”Real Madrid’s head coach Santiago Solari shouts instructions during a La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Girona at the Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrea Comas)Girona, which hadn’t won in 13 matches in all competitions and was coming off six straight losses, scored two second-half goals to reverse a 1-0 halftime deficit.The Catalan club hadn’t won in the league since November and had entered the weekend one point above the relegation zone. Its last win in all competitions had been on Dec. 5 against Alaves in the Copa del Rey.“It’s a well-deserved prize after several matches without being able to win,” Girona coach Eusebio Sacristan said. “We deserved the victory after the way we played in the second half.”Girona, which moved to 15th, had lost twice to Madrid in the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey last month, being outscored 7-3. It eliminated Atletico Madrid in the round of 16 on away goals after consecutive draws.The surprise loss dropped Madrid to third place after the weekend matches. Atletico Madrid moved to second after defeating Rayo Vallecano 1-0 on Saturday to halt a two-game losing streak in the league. Barcelona edged Valladolid 1-0 with a penalty kick converted by Lionel Messi at Camp Nou Stadium to end a three-game winless run in all competitions.Madrid had won seven of its last eight matches in all competitions, with the only setback a 1-1 draw at Camp Nou in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semifinals.Solari left Vinicius Junior and Gareth Bale on the bench after they started midweek in the 2-1 win at Ajax in the round of 16 of the Champions League. Marcelo, who had been left out of the Ajax game, played from the beginning at the Bernabeu.Casemiro opened the scoring with a firm header from near the penalty spot in the 25th minute after a cross by Toni Kroos, and Girona equalized with a penalty kick converted by Cristhian Stuani in the 65th after a handball by Sergio Ramos inside the area. Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema gestures after failing to score during a La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Girona at the Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrea Comas)Girona had a golden chance to equalize about five minutes before the penalty, when Aleix Garcia’s close-range shot went over the crossbar. The visitors moved in front with a 75th-minute header by Portu after Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois initially saved a shot by Anthony Lozano.Portu had hit the post a few minutes earlier with a booming shot from inside the area.Solari put on Vinicius Junior and Bale in the second half and Madrid pressed to try to reverse the deficit. Courtois made it to the area in a last-gasp attempt, but couldn’t get enough on his header, sending the ball just wide of the post.Ramos was sent off in the 90th after receiving a second yellow card.___OTHER RESULTSVillarreal ended a 10-game winless streak in the league with a 3-0 rout of Sevilla, moving closer to leaving the relegation zone. It’s now 18th in the 20-team standings, a point from safety.Sevilla had its winless run extended to three league games, keeping its fourth place but seeing several other teams move closer to the final Champions League birth.Valencia, which has drawn three in a row in the league, was held to a 0-0 home draw against Espanyol, and dropped to ninth place.Eighth-placed Real Betis, winless in four matches in all competitions, drew 1-1 at home with sixth-placed Alaves.TweetPinShare22 Shareslast_img read more

Woodward Urges Patience with Solskjaer at Man United

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP) — Injuries are starting to bite, rivals are already pulling clear, and a former captain says it is “scary” how far the team has fallen.Six games into the Premier League and there are already signs it will be a tough season for Manchester United and its manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.One of the club’s most senior officials is urging patience, however.“It is important we are patient while Ole and his team build to the future,” United executive vice chairman Ed Woodward said on an earnings call to investors on Tuesday. “We will continue to focus on the long-term strategy and won’t be influenced by short-term distractions.”Distractions like Roy Keane, a retired United great, reacting to a meek 2-0 loss at West Ham on Sunday by saying: “I knew they weren’t in a great place but I am shocked and saddened by how bad they are.”“No quality,” Keane continued. “A lack of desire. A lack of leaders. A lack of characters. It is a long way back and it is scary just how far they have fallen.”United’s worst performance of the season highlighted the deficiencies in Solskjaer’s squad after an offseason when the club eschewed its recent fixation with making marquee signings, focusing instead on bringing in young, hungry British players more likely to buy into United’s culture.It led to the arrival of 21-year-olds Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, along with England defender Harry Maguire for 80 million pound ($97 million). Out went attackers Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez to Inter Milan, who weren’t replaced.Solskjaer now has just two senior forwards in his squad, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford, and both are currently out injured.With just two wins in its first six league games, United is already 10 points behind first-place Liverpool, historically its biggest rival. A day before Solskjaer’s team slumped at West Ham, Manchester City — United’s other fierce rival — beat Watford 8-0.“We are optimistic for the future,” Woodward said. “The sale and loaning of players this summer has also allowed the manager to involve more of our young players and provide a firm foundation and culture ready for building the next trophy-winning squad.“Returning to the roots of our club’s ethos, of youth-led attacking football, is the right way forward,” Woodward added. “Everyone at the club — the board, the manager and all the staff — remains resolute in our desire to get Manchester United back to the top of English football.”United, which announced record revenues of 627.1 million pounds ($783 million) for the last financial year, won the last of its 20 top-flight league titles in 2013 — the final season before Alex Ferguson retired.___TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Our electronics systems are slowly opening their eyes

first_imgBefore you start reading this, I would like to ask you to close your eyes for 10 seconds. Please do this now.It’s tough, right? We really need our eyes and are pretty powerless without them. The first thing we do when we wake up in the morning is to open then, and the last thing we do in the evening when we go to sleep is to close them.The history of our eyes started 270 million years ago. The Trilobite was the first species that developed this compelling new sensing mechanism: the power of sight. It turned out to be very potent. Using the power of sight, it was easier for the Trilobite to search for food, keep an eye on its family, and flee from predators. This new sense was possibly one of the driving forces behind the Cambrian Explosion, a period in which many new species originated in a relatively short period of time.We are now on the eve of a new revolution in which our electronics will also adopt the power of sight. A large part of this new sensing component has already been widely adopted by our electronics in the form of their cameras. At home in my family of five, I count about thirty. Two cameras per mobile phone and tablet; one in each laptop; we also have a few digital still cameras; and then there are some cameras gathering dust as part of our old cell phones that haven’t yet been recycled.So the eyes are already there. They’re small — the selfie camera of a phone is just a few square millimeters –capture a pretty high-quality image, and cost just a few dollars. Today, these cameras are primarily used to capture, store, and distribute images. The next big step is to build devices that actually understand what they’re seeing, or — if not fully understand what they’re seeing — at least interpret the images and use this information to take appropriate action.We’re not really sure how to do this though. How do people recognize a picture of their niece in a fraction of a second? How are we capable of reading text in any font? How do we drive a car when it’s raining and dark, or drive it slowly through a crowd when it’s busy in the city?Fortunately, much progress has recently been made in this area. Previously, image recognition algorithms had to be carefully hand-crafted — a labor-intensive task with non-stellar results. But now there’s been a breakthrough with the use of deep neural networks. One key advantage of this technique is that you train the networks by simply showing many examples. More importantly, these networks are much better in generalizing, and recognize images with a much higher accuracy than what was possible just a few years ago, even rivaling us humans at some image recognition tasks. Combining this technology with image processing techniques that are more grounded in classical math, such as optical flow or SLAM algorithms that deduce the locations and movement of objects, we can build highly powerful intelligent systems that understand what they see.These image processing techniques, however, require huge amounts of computing power and storage. According to neurologists, humans use about half of our brain power for the sole task of visual processing. Fortunately, Moore’s law helps, and we can now extract teraops of compute power from silicon. Even so, neural networks can still bring a large compute cluster to its knees. The next step we need to make is not research anymore, but one of good engineering. In order to solve the compute problem, we need special embedded vision processors that can work the transistors much more efficiently than standard CPUs or GPUs. We need design tools that shrink and optimize the neural networks for minimal compute and memory usage while maintaining their ability to perform their detection tasks well. And we need to develop software tools that make it easy to use and implement such image processing software in lower power, low cost silicon. Making efficient silicon and tools for visual processing is exactly what we at videantis have been working on for many years, and we’re excited that our technology is now rapidly being adopted by the market.But we’re still only at the beginning, and there are still many good product ideas and strategies to come that will use this new electronic power of sight. Of course, we know that with a proper set of eyes our cars can drive themselves, and drones can automatically deliver our packages or food, but what about cameras that keep an eye on us all day to see if we’re still healthy? How about a washing machine that really knows when the laundry is clean, or an oven that prevents the potatoes from burning? The possibilities are endless.Electronics that can see — I’ve got my eyes set on that! Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Automotive, Communications, Consumer, Industry, Medical center_img Continue Reading Previous How Engineers deal with End-Of-Life issuesNext Bluetooth mesh solution cuts time-to-marketlast_img read more

ROHM: automotive grade buck DC/DC converters contribute to safe assisted driving

first_img Continue Reading Previous ADI: bidirectional buck-boost controller for 12V-12V redundant battery systemsNext Innodisk: moving at full speed towards IoT integration at InnoTrans 2018 ROHM announced the availability of the BD9S series (BD9S400MUF-C, BD9S300MUF-C, BD9S200MUF-C, BD9S100NUX-C, BD9S000NUX-C). This series of automotive synchronous secondary buck DC/DC converters have a high reliability and low power consumption in a compact form factor with a temperature range of -40 to +125°C. The products are offered in a leadless package with wettable flanks. This makes them very suitable for using them in applications like radars, cameras and sensors which can be used for assisted driving.The BD9S series is comprised of a very compact, highly efficiency automotive-grade power supply ICs that include an enable function to adjust the startup time and a PGOOD output indication to improve system functional safety.This broad lineup of products supports output currents from 0.6 to 4.0A. It is offered in 2 x3 mm2 space-saving packages that deliver high efficient operation, resulting in a best-in-class power conversion efficiency of 90% (at 3.6V input/1.8V output). Additionally, the current mode control ensures fast response to load transients and combined with a fixed 2.2MHz switching frequency, it prevents interference in the AM Band. This higher frequency allows use of smaller external components, which contributes to a higher degree of miniaturization and power savings.ROHM offers ultra-compact models in output currents ranging from 0.6A to 4.0A. This contributes to model optimization and supports sudden system flexibility and choice.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

Photo Advisory First, Photos released upto 4 p.m.

first_imgNew Delhi: July 17, 2018 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos withCaptions released today. To view thumbnails of thesePhotographs, visit PTI website at..http.//www.ptinews.comNATINONALMumbai: Promotion of Hindi film “Saheb Biwi AurGangster 3″(A+B)New Delhi: Hearing on cow vigilantism issue and mob-lynching(B+A)Gir Somnath: Heavy rains(B)New Delhi: Monsoon session: All-party meeting(B+A)New Delhi: AAP leaders address the media(B)Lucknow: BSP’s Jai Prakash Singh sacked fromparty coordinator’s post(A)Mumbai: MNS protest in Mumbai(B)Guwahati: Protest in Assam(B)INTERNATIONALFarnborough: Airshow in Farnborough(A)Pahoa: File- People watch a plume of steam as lava enters(B)Managua: Friends and family carry the coffin withthe body of Gerald Vasquez(B)Kuala Lumpur: King Sultan Muhammad V delivers the opening speech at the parliament(B)Chicago: Protesters march in the South Shoreneighborhood of Chicago(B+A)Rio de Janeiro: An elite police officer patrols(B)North Hamgyong Province: Kim Jong Un visit to the construction site of a hotel(A+B)Fort Lauderdale: School shooting suspect NikolasCruz at courtroom(A)Helsinki: President Vladimir Putin with U.S. President Donald Trump during a press conference (B)Quezon: Monsoon rains(A)SPORTSParis: French soccer team arrives (B)Paris: French soccer players at the presidentialElysee Palace(B+A)Zagreb: Croatia’s national soccer team membersarrival in Zagreb(B+A)PTI PHOTO HS DLDLlast_img read more

AIFF senior vice president Subrata Dutta elected as vice president of SWAFF

first_imgAll India Football Federation senior vice president Subrata Dutta was on Sunday elected as a vice president of the newly formed South West Asian Football Federation during its General Assembly in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.Dutta was elected for a four-year term in the polls of the regional football body.”I believe my election as vice president of SWAFF will be good for Indian football. I am happy to be part of the SWAFF as vice president,” Dutta told PTI.”The SWAFF has promised to give the AIFF USD 500000 for the development of Indian football and India will be taking part in the SWAFF Cup and play against the likes of Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain,” he added.A successful first #SWAFF General Assembly in Jeddah saw the election of our board members, as we look forward to developing the beautiful game in the region pic.twitter.com/9MgxgWSt8dSouth West Asian Football Federation (@officialSWAFF) August 12, 2018Dutta said SWAFF president Adel Ezzat, who heads the Saudi Arabian Football Federation, will visit India either on August 30 or 31 to meet his AIFF counterpart Praful Patel and find out how the new football body can help the country in the development of the sport.Dutta also said said there is a high possibility of India playing Saudi Arabia in a football friendly in mid November ahead of the Asian Cup in January next year.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Photo Advisory First, Photos released upto 4 p.m.

first_imgNew Delhi: August 20, 2018 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos withCaptions released today. To view thumbnails of thesePhotographs, visit PTI website at..http.//www.ptinews.comNATINONALNew Delhi: Rajiv Gandhi’s 74th Birth Aniversary(B+A)Patna/Patna:Last Somvar of the holy month of Shravan (A+B)Srinagar: Holy mace leaves Bhaderwah for Machailcave shrine/Security(A)Bhopal: Rajiv Gandhi’s 74th Birth Aniversary(B)Kottayam/ Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala floods/rescue/ relief camps(B+A)New Delhi: A pair of Duck swims in a pond(B)New Delhi: PM Modi with Defence Minister of Japan(B)Surat: PAAS supporters protest(B)Patiala: Heavy rains(B)Srinagar: Passing out parade at JAKLI Regiment Centre(B)INTERNATIONALBeijing: Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamadin China(A)Montreal: PM Justin Trudeau during his nominationmeeting(B)Chicago: Annual Chicago Air and Water Show(A)New York: 38th India Day Parade(B+A)Toronto: 140th annual Canadian National Exhibitionin Toronto(B)SPORTSGreensboro: Wyndham Championship golf tournament (A)Mason: Western & Southern Open tennis tournament (A)Madrid: Spanish La Liga soccer match(B)Palembang/Jakarta: 18th Asian Games(B+A)Pebble Beach: USGA Amateur Golf Championship(B)PTI PHOTO VNA OSOSlast_img read more

Data recorder recovered from Leicester owner’s helicopter

first_imgLeicester, Oct 29 (AP) The flight data recorder recovered from the helicopter that crashed with the Leicester soccer team’s owner on board is being examined by investigators, authorities said Monday.Thai retail entrepreneur Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four other people were killed in Saturday’s crash outside the King Power Stadium following a Premier League match.The aircraft spiralled out of control and burst in flames.Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, Vichai’s son, brought a wreath on Monday to add to a collection of flowers, jerseys and club memorabilia that was growing two days after the disaster.Inspectors are expected to remain on site until the end of the week, when the wreckage is to be transported to specialist facilities for a detailed examination, the Air Accidents Investigation Branch said.Experts with specialties in engineering, operations, flight data and human factors are working on the investigation.”We recovered the digital flight data recorder (voice and data) on Sunday afternoon and one of our inspectors travelled back to Farnborough with the recorder the same evening,” the AAIB said in a statement.”Today, our inspectors in Farnborough will start working on the recorder, which was subject to intense heat as a result of the post-accident fire.”Police have not provided an update on the investigation, but wrote on Twitter its drone “was not in flight at the time the helicopter left the stadium.”Although only with Leicester for eight years, Vichai had a lasting impact on English soccer as the owner of the team that produced one of the greatest shocks in sports by winning the Premier League title at 5,000-1 odds in 2016.advertisementThrough horse racing and polo, the owner of Thailand’s King Power duty-free chain became known to members of the British royal family, playing on occasion with Princes Charles and William.He spent millions establishing his polo team, the King Power Foxes, which began in 2014 and has enjoyed success at the top levels of competition in Britain.”I was lucky to have known Vichai for several years,” said Prince William, the second-in-line to the British throne. “He was a businessman of strong values who was dedicated to his family and who supported a number of important charitable causes.He made such a big contribution to football, not least through Leicester City’s magical 2016 season that captured the imagination of the world.”Vichai’s close bond with the community in Leicester was reflected in the tributes to the owner who bankrolled the team’s return to the Premier League in 2014 and the improbable title triumph.”The outpouring of grief is a testament to how many people’s lives were touched by those on board,” Prime Minister Theresa May said.Two members of Vichai’s staff, Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare, also died along with pilot Eric Swaffer and co-pilot Izabela Roza Lechowicz.In a regular scene after matches that had become a symbol of Vichai’s ownership, the helicopter took off from the center circle on the field after Saturday’s game against West Ham.It cleared the stadium roof before it plummeted into an adjacent parking lot in flames.Leicester’s next game, which had been scheduled for Tuesday against Southampton in the League Cup, has been postponed. (AP) RUPRUPlast_img read more

India eyeing at least 3 medals from women’s WC boxing, says High Performance Director Nieva

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 13 (PTI) Indian boxing’s High Performance Director Santiago Nieva expects at least three medals from the upcoming Women’s World Championships here and anything more than that according to him will be a “bonus”. Argentina-born Swede Nieva said his expectation also includes a gold and anything less than that will be a below-par result for the hosts. “I expect at least three medals, including a gold. We will not be satisfied if we can’t achieve that. Everything more than 3 medals will be a bonus and great result for us,” Nieva said ahead of the elite International Boxing Association (AIBA) event which will be held here for the first time from November 15 to 24. Five-time world champion and London Olympics bronze medallist MC Mary Kom will spearhead India’s 10-member contingent in the World Championships and there is immense pressure on the celebrated Manipuri boxer to add to her tally here. But Nieva said it won’t be easy for Mary Kom to pocket her sixth World Championships gold here, al though she remains India’ best bet. “Everybody expects Mary Kom to win a gold medal but it won’t be easy. She has strong competition, she needs to perform as nobody will give her the gold free. “Everybody knows her. She has some pressure but she has done this before and we are confident she can do it again,” he said. Besides Mary Kom, Nieva expects good performances from some young Indian boxers in the tournament. “Lovelina (Borgohain, 69kg), Manisha (54kg) looked pretty impressive in training sessions but a competition bout is totally different. It is their first World Championship and they are relatively inexperience but they are good boxers,” he said.advertisement Delhi’s deteriorating air pollution has been hogging the limelight in the run-up to the tournament and Olympic bronze medallist boxer Mira Potkonen expressed concern over the matter, especially hailing from a pollution-free country like Finland. “I came from a country which has the cleanest air, so it (pollution) is a bit of an issue. But I like the warm weather of Delhi. I knew what to expect as I was here in last January for the India Open Boxing,” Finland’s Potkonen said. “Pollution is a problem but I will have to adjust to that. I won’t go for jogs and try to concentrate on indoor training.” Potkonen won a bronze medal in the 60kg lightweight category at the 2016 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships and the 2016 Summer Olympics. Nieva, on his part, said the Capital’s city’s worsening weather condition shouldn’t be too much of a problem for the participating nations as boxing is predominantly an indoor sport. “Nobody wants to play in a city where you feel the difference in breathing but this is a major issue in all big cities of the world. We had that in Beijing Olympics. “But it’s very important for the Indian government to deal with the issue and I think they are trying to do something about it. But there is no quick fix. This is something which will take years to bring it down,” he said. “For us, it’s not a major issue. I have spoken to boxers of other countries as well and as Mira (Potkonen) said we usually train indoors, we stay inside the hotel, so it’s not that much of an issue,” Nieva added. PTI SSC SSC KHSKHSlast_img read more

La Liga mulls collaboration with AIFF, 18 clubs meet in Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 20 (PTI) Top officials from 18 Spanish La Liga clubs got together in the city Tuesday, ramping up their activities in the country while mulling a collaboration with the All India Football Federation. A couple of them enquired about the popularity of kabaddi in India, and a few said they are aware of cricket being the country’s number one sport. “We are not here to displace cricket from the top. We have come to see football’s potential for growth in India,” said one of the club officials. Dignitaries from renowned Spanish clubs such as Atletico de Madrid, Vilarreal, Valencia and Deportivo Alaves, among others, gathered here to study the Indian market and draw a future course of action for what is a potential market that needs to be tapped. “According to the report I have with me, that is the plan – a collaboration with the All India Football Federation, so that they can work on the sport in India right from the bottom to the top,” an official, who was part of the event, told PTI. The clubs, however, were not as forthcoming when asked if they were looking for some kind of formal association with the AIFF. “India is a huge market with a lot of following for football, La Liga as well. We know cricket is big here. But we want to help grow football in India. We know there is lot of business in India. We want to be closer to the fans here,” said Deportivo Alaves’ president Alfonso Fernandez.advertisement They are scheduled to meet ISL franchises on Wednesday to discuss possible associations before leaving for Spain. In one of the tables, Alfonso was accompanied by Real Sociedad’s director Nerea Aramburu, S D Eiber’s Yogaraj Kumal and Celta Vigo’s commercial director Carlos Salvador. In another group, seated were Atletico de Madrid’s director of communications Rafael Alique, Getafe CF’s secretary of board of directors Juan Leif, Real Valladolid’s deputy director to presidency, David Espinar, and Royal Vallencio’s managing director Luis Yanez. Representatives from teams like Sevilla FC, Real Betis and Girona FC, which is the first club from Spain to play in a tournament in India, were also present. In August, Sony Pictures Networks India announced its partnership with social media company Facebook Inc. to telecast La Liga matches on television in India. As part of the deal, over 100 selected matches will be aired on ESPN’s sports channels, including the key clashes, El Clasico (matches between rivals FC Barcelona and Real Madrid) and Madrid Derby (matches between Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid). This came after Facebook bought a three-year exclusive rights to show all La Liga matches in India. Social media and digital media were the buzzwords on Tuesday and the La Liga clubs are more focussed on that than television. Last month, the league launched football schools in India for a comprehensive development of the game in India. In association with India On Track (IOT), the schools are being set up across cities. La Liga hopes the programme will be accessible to over 30 schools and 3,000 youngsters nationwide by the turn of this year. PTI AH SSC ATKATKlast_img read more

Petta unseen still: Is Rajinikanth playing an auto driver in Karthik Subbaraj film?

first_imgPetta teaser, which released on Thalaivar Rajinikanth’s birthday on December 12, had everyone raving about Superstar’s swag. The film, directed by Karthik Subbaraj, will release worldwide on Pongal 2019.Recently, a distribution firm named Malik Streams Corporation has purchased the worldwide (excluding India) theatrical rights for a hefty sum. The firm unveiled a poster in which Rajinikanth is seen sporting a handlebar moustache.In the unseen still, we could also spot Thalaivar sitting on an auto. Rumours are rife that the actor will be playing the role of an auto driver in the flashback portions set in Madurai.Here is the unseen still:Just imagine thalaivar getting up from that auto driver seat directly to the villain with that smile, @karthiksubbaraj Mmaallleyy ethi vechi eduthura saar neeSuriya fan naa, enake ivlo veri erutheh! #Petta pic.twitter.com/c2ccisftczArAVinD MaSs (@Mass_Offl) December 18, 2018Initially, Petta was supposed to grace the screens on January 14. Now, it looks like the film will have a grand release on January 11 worldwide. An official announcement on Petta’s release date will be out soon.Petta, which is touted to be an action-packed commercial entertainer, has Rajinikanth, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Vijay Sethupathi, Simran, Trisha, Megha Akash, Malavika Mohanan, Sasikumar and Bobby Simhaa in crucial roles.ALSO SEE | Rajinikanth on working with Vijay Sethupathi: He is a brilliant actorALSO WATCH | 2.0: Rajinikanth film to release in Chinalast_img read more

New year, new records for Virat Kohli? India captain eyes history in Sydney Test

first_imgVirat Kohli has been breaking records at will over the last few years. Both as a batsman and as captain of India, the 30-year-old is rewriting history books at an unprecedented pace. If the numbers leading up to the fourth Test between India and Australia in Sydney, starting January 3, are anything to go by, Kohli is likely to begin the new year by breaking an array of records.First things first. Kohli is eyeing a historic win in Sydney as his team are bidding to become the first Indian side to win a Test series in Australia. The odds are heavily in favour of the visitors as they showcased why they are the No. 1 Test team by staging a superb comeback in Melbourne after the Perth defeat and taking an unassailable 2-1 lead in the four-Test series.It will be a historic moment for Indian cricket and a special moment for the current group of players and support staff if they win in Sydney. India were touted to shed their tag of poor travellers in 2018 after a solid season at home in 2016-17. Their pace battery was looking sharper than ever and their batsmen were scoring aplenty at home.However, Kohli and Ravi Shastri failed in their missions in South Africa and England after the batting unit’s failure to perform collectively.Cut to December 2018, India’s bowling unit, especially the pace trio that set a world record for the most number of wickets between them in the calendar year, was firing in Australia. The batting unit joined the party and the results went in favour of the high-flying visitors.advertisementAhead of the Perth Test, which India lost by 146 runs, Kohli said he is lucky to captain the Indian side when the pace battery, consisting Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, is at its peak.”I am lucky that when they are at their peak I am the captain. To be honest I haven’t gone scouting for them, they have been playing for a while and it is just that these five have come into their own when I was the captain,” Kohli had said.Can Kohli overtake Ganguly in Sydney?Meanwhile, Kohli will also become the most successful Indian captain away from home in Tests if he manages to lead his team past the finish line in Sydney. He is currently tied with Sourav Ganguly with 11 wins from 24 Tests.Kohli will also become the first Asian skipper to win more than two Tests in Australia. Bishan Singh Bedi, who was leading the Indian team that lost 3-2 in 1978, and Mushtaq Mohammad (Pakistan), are the other two from the continent to win two Tests as captain in Australia.Kohli is also bidding to break the record set by Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi as he will become the only India captain to win two series with three wins in each of them away from home. Kohli had previously led India to a 3-0 win in Sri Lanka in 2017.Pataudi had achieved the feat when he led the team to a 3-1 win in New Zealand in 1976-78.Nonetheless, the history at the Sydney Cricket Ground isn’t favouring Kohli’s men as India have won only one of the 11 Tests played at the iconic venue with their last win coming in 1978.Also Read | India vs Australia: Great to see India dominating with pace, says Harbhajan SinghAlso Read | Jasprit Bumrah always wants to learn and experiment: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Bumrah a nightmare to face, Pujara the difference between India and Australia: Brad HodgeAlso See:last_img read more

Gautam Gambhir, Sunil Chhetri among 9 sports stars honoured with Padma awards

first_imgFormer India batsman Gautam Gambhir, India football captain Sunil Chhetri, table tennis star Sharath Kamal, wrestler Bajrang Punia were among the recipients for the the Padma Shri awards announced on the eve of the Republic Day on Friday.Harika Dronavalli (chess), Bombayla Devi (archery), Prashanti Singh (basketball) and Ajay Thakur (kabaddi) have also been conferred the Padma Shri award while Bachendri Pal (mounteneering) was honoured with the Padma Bhushan award.Gambhir played a key role in helping India win the World T20 in 2007 and the 2011 World Cup.Complete list of 113 Padma awardeesGautam Gambhir had announced his retirement all forms of cricket on December in 2018.While he scored a blazing 75 against Pakistan in the World T20 final at Johannesburg, his 97 against Sri Lanka in 2011 helped India lift the World Cup at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai.Gautam Gambhir reached the career-high ranking of No.1 in Tests in 2009 two years after he was ranked No.1 T20I batsman. In ODIs, Gambhir achieved his career-best 8th rank in ODIs.Gambhir played 58 Tests, 147 ODIs and 37 T20Is for India since making his international debut in 2003 in Dhaka. The left-handed bat scored 10,324 runs in international cricket.Gambhir had a successful career in the Indian Premier League. He led Kolkata Knight Riders to glory in 2012 and 2014 and is only one the three captains to win the IPL title two times.He is also the second most successful captain in the history of the league with 71 wins in 129 matches.Gautam Gambhir played 154 matches over 11 season of the IPL and scored 4218 runs. Gambhir also jointly holds the record for most half-centuries the cash-rich T20 league.advertisementCHHETRI, THE MILESTONE MANSunil Chhetri recently surpassed Lionel Messi’s record as the second highest active international goal scorer with the Indian striker having 67 goals to Messi’s 65. Chhetri achieved the feat when he scored two goals against Thailand in the AFC Asian Cup. He also equalled Bhaichung Bhutia to record the joint-most appearances for India in international football when he played against Bahrain in the same tournament.BAJRANG PUNIABajrang Punia won five medals in 2018 season, including CWG and Asian Games gold and a silver at the World Championship. He also touched a new high in his career by achieving the number one rank in the world in the 65kg category.SHARATH KAMALAchanta Sharath Kamal is the top ranked table tennis player for India. Sharath Kamal won a gold, a silver and a bronze at the Commonwealth Games 2018. He also won India’s first-ever table tennis medals at Asian Games.Here’s the full list of recipients of the Padma awards:Padma BhushanBachendri Pal – MountaineeringPadma ShriGautam Gambhir – CricketSunil Chhetri – FootballHarika Dronavalli – ChessSharath Kamal – Table TennisBambayla Devi – ArcheryPrashanti Singh – BasketballAjay Thakur – KabaddiBajrang Punia – WrestlingAlso Watch:last_img read more