BCCI loses both revenue and governance vote at ICC meet

first_imgIn a massive blow to its influence in the International Cricket Council, the BCCI was on Wednesday decimated at the global body’s Board Meeting where the majority voted for a change in governance and revenue structures.On the first day of the ICC Board Meeting in Dubai, both the change in governance structure as well as the revamped revenue model were put to a floor test. (BCCI isolated at International Cricket Council: Sources to India Today)BCCI lost the vote on ‘governance and constitutional changes’ by a 1-9 margin while the revenue model, which was the bigger bone of contention, saw India getting walloped by a 2-8 margin. The only country that voted alongside BCCI was Sri Lanka.”Yes, the votings are over. It was 8-2 in favour of revamped revenue model and 9-1 in favour of constitutional changes,” a senior BCCI functionary present in Dubai told PTI on Wednesday.”The BCCI has voted against both as we had, in principle, maintained that all these changes are completely unacceptable for us. At this point, we can only say that all options are open for us. We would have to go back to our SGM and apprise the members of the situation,” he added.It was learnt that since BCCI outrightly rejected the additional $100 million pay-out in revenue, it was once again given the original option of $290 million which is a $280 million cut from the $570 million India had been getting till last year.last_img read more

Virat Kohli, Virender Sehwag floored by David Warner’s ‘power-hitting’

first_imgTwitter exploded after David Warner slammed his third hundred in the Indian Premier League off just 43 balls as the Sunrisers Hyderabad took on the Kolkata Knight Riders in Hyderabad.Warner, who was dropped twice by Chris Woakes utilised the opportunities to full effect and slammed the first hundred by a Sunrisers player in the IPL.He was on the rampage right from the word go and completed his fifty off just 20 balls, which is the second fastest in this year’s IPL, right behind Chris Lynn, who hit a 19-ball fifty against the Gujarat Lions.The 30-year-old finally completed his ton off 43 balls by flicking Umesh Yadav for a double.However, he fell for 126 off 59 balls to Woakes, hitting 10 fours and eight sixes.This is how people reacted to his brilliant knock:Wow @davidwarner31 Unbelievable. This is power hitting at its very best ???- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) April 30, 2017Unbelievable stuff David Warner. Century in only the 11th over. #SRHvKKR- Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) April 30, 2017https://t.co/8AZb7QpBHm- KP (@KP24) April 30, 2017And that is why @davidwarner31 is one of the very very best T20 players in the World!- Brendon McCullum (@Bazmccullum) April 30, 2017Well played @davidwarner31 some serious ball striking!- Steve Smith (@stevesmith49) April 30, 2017The first half has been pure class from @davidwarner31. If someone reciprocates from @KKRiders, my wish for a great game would suffice.- Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) April 30, 2017Sensational 100 to the hubby @davidwarner31. Well done darling. @SunRisers #OrangeArmy #SRHvKKR- Candice Warner (@CandyFalzon) April 30, 2017last_img read more

DD vs MI: Mumbai seal playoffs berth with record victory over Delhi

first_imgPutting up a horrendous show with both the bat and ball, DelhiDaredevils posted their lowest total of 66 all out in 13.4 overs as they lost to the Mumbai Indians by 146 runs — biggest defeat in terms ofruns in the Indian Premier League (IPL) – here on Saturday. (SCORECARD | POINTS TABLE)Facing one of their remaining must-win matches after having eight points from10 games, Delhi allowed Lendl Simmons and Kieran Pollard to hitblistering half-centuries as Mumbai posted a huge total of 212/3 in 20overs at the Ferozeshah Kotla stadium here.The home side’sbatting was even more horrific than their bowling as they were bowledout for 66 — one run short of matching their lowest total of 67, posted earlier this edition against Kings XI Punjab on April 30. It was thethird lowest total in the history of IPL — the infamy belonging toRoyal Challengers Bangalore’s 49 against Kolkata Knight Riders lastmonth.Even though the target was huge, no one expected Delhi tosurrender meekly, especially after the way they chased down 209-runtarget set by Gujarat Lions in their previous match here.ButDelhi lost five batsmen in the Powerplay overs (six) with only 35 on the board. Pacer Mitchell McClanaghan delivered in the ball of the innings, removing Sanju Samson, who was caught by Simmons at deep square leg.In the next over, Shreyas Iyer top-edged a short ball from Lasith Malingaand was caught by Harbhajan Singh at midwicket, reducing Delhi to 6/2 in 1.5 overs.Next to go was Rishabh Pant (0), who pulled pacerJasprit Bumrah straight into the hands of Simmons at deep midwicket.Delhi vice-captain Karun Nair (21 off 15) too soon perished, offering acatch to Rohit at short midwicket off a delivery from off-spinnerHarbhajan Singh, as the hosts reeled at 31/4 in 4.4 overs.advertisementMalinga struck again, getting rid of Corey Anderson (10) as the left-handedbatsman offered an easy catch to Karn Sharma at dep midwicket.Leg-spinner Sharma too revelled in Mumbai’s party, bagging the wickets of MarlonSamuels (1) and Kagison Rabada (0). Eventually, Delhi folded up for 66and now have a slim chance of qualifying for the play-offs.Earlier, Simmons, playing his first match of the campaign, starred from thestart with a knock of 66 off 43 deliveries, featuring five fours andfour sixes, while Pollard scored a belligerent 63 not out off 35 balls,milking four sixes.Asked to bat, Simmons and Parthiv Patel (25)gave the visitors a flying start, putting up 79 runs for the firstwicket in 8.4 overs. At the end of the Powerplay overs (6), Mumbai werehandsomely placed at 60/1.West Indian Simmons, who replaced JosButtler in the team, was particularly impressive, using the long handleto good effect. He wasn’t afraid of going on the backfoot to hit towards the cover and was equally at ease against the short deliveries aimed at him by Delhi pacers Zaheer Khan, Kagiso Rabada and Pat Cummins.Parthiv (25 off 22) played a perfect foil to Simmons till leg-spinner AmitMishra ended his innings when the left-hander stepped out and missed agoogly, only to be stumped by wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant.Simmons then completed his fifty off 38 deliveries, as he and Pollard tookMumbai innings forward. Pollard made his intention clear from theoutset, hitting Mishra for two sixes in the 11th over.Simmonsgave further proof of his power-hitting by hitting Cummins and CoreyAnderson for two sixes, before being caught by Marlon Samuels off, withMumbai at 116/2 in 12.3 overs.Pollard, however, continued to assault the bowlers, despatching two more deliveries from Mishra over long on in the next over.Mumbai captain Rohit Sharma (10)’s wicket, however, gave some relief to thehosts. The right-hander unsuccessfully pulled Rabada and the ball landed in the hands of Mishra at short fine-leg, as Mumbai lost their thirdwicket for 153 runs in 15.3 overs.Meanwhile Pollard completedhis fifty in 29 balls with a powerful straight drive off Cummins. Helater got good support from Hardik Pandya (29 not out off 14) as theyhelped Mumbai register a mighty total — which they easily defended.last_img read more

Hockey World League Semi-Final: Team India dedicates victory over Pakistan to Indian Army

first_imgIndia powered past Pakistan 7-1 in the league game of the Hockey World League Semi-Final in London on Sunday to book their spot in the quarter-finals.In their match against Pakistan, the Indian team, led by midfielder Manpreet Singh including the Indian Team support staff, were seen wearing black arm bands to condole the deaths of martyrs in the recent attacks on the Indian Army.”We wore black arm bands to show our respect and love for the Indian Army. It was a team and Hockey India’s decision to wear black armbands on our left arms to condole the deaths of our martyrs. It shows how much we love our country and army which keeps us safe. This win is dedicated to all our martyrs and all our soldiers,” Indian team manager Jugraj Singh told Indian Today in an exclusive chat.Coach Roalant Oltmans said he was pleased as punch with the victory.”I am told it’s the highest win over Pakistan ever. I am pleased with the result,” Oltmans told India Today.Akashdeep Singh, Talwinder Singh and Harmanpreet Singh all three contributed with a brace while the other goal was scored by Pardeep Mor in the 49th minute of the game.The team faced Pakistan after two strong wins in their previous matches where they beat Scotland 4-1 and Canada 3-0 in the Pool B encounters.last_img read more

Tgana Guv felicitates shuttlers Srikanth, Prannoy & Praneeth

first_imgHyderabad, Jun 27 (PTI) Shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth, B Sai Praneeth, H S Prannoy along with Chief National Coach P Gopichand were today felicitated by Telangana Governor ESL Narasimhan here.Srikanth bagged back to back mens singles titles at the Indonesian Open Super Series Premier tournament and the Australian Open Super Series event.Recalling that he had spotted a spark in Srikanth one year ago during the felicitation of shuttler PV Sindhu, Narasimhan, who is also the Andhra Pradesh Governor, said the young player has now proved him right.He said aspiring sports-persons have nowhere else to look but within the country as it has excellent sports infrastructure like the Gopichand badminton academy, according to an official release.Speaking on the occasion, Gopichand said it was a privilege for them to come to the Raj Bhavan for felicitation.Gopichand also said many people do not know that he had requested the Governor to save the Academy and that the Governor has generously helped the institution overcome the troubles, according to the release.He recalled that the corporates did not believe him those days and the Academy struggled to stand on its feet.Srikanths parents Kidambi Krishna and Radha were also felicitated on the occasion.Sai Praneeth recently won the Singapore Open and Prannoy defeated few top players in recent times.The shuttlers were complimented by sports administrator V Chamundeswarinath at the Gopichand Academy earlier in the day.Srikanth and Prannoy were also felicitated by the IDBI Federal at the Academy and also presented with the prize money under their programme, Quest For Excellence, in association with Gopichand. PTI SJR NRBadvertisementlast_img read more

Manchester City sign full-back Benjamin Mendy from AS Monaco

first_imgManchester City have signed left-back Benjamin Mendy from Monaco on a five-year contract, the Premier League club said on Monday.The 23-year-old France international is manager Pep Guardiola’s third major defensive signing in the current transfer window following his purchases of Kyle Walker from Tottenham Hotspur and Danilo from Real Madrid.No financial details of the deal were disclosed, but British media reported that City paid 52 million pounds ($68 million).”I am absolutely delighted to be joining Manchester City,” Mendy said on the club’s website. “They are one of Europe’s leading clubs and in Pep Guardiola they have a manager committed to playing attacking football.”I am sure that over the next few years we will be successful.”Mendy began his career with Le Havre, who currently play in France’s second tier. He moved to Marseille in 2013, where he made 101 appearances in three seasons and established himself as one of the best full-backs in France.He joined Monaco on a five-year deal last season, winning the Ligue 1 title in his sole season at the club, which also reached the Champions League semi-finals.”Benjamin has all the qualities we are looking for in a full-back,” City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain said.”For such a young player, he has a wealth of top-level experience. He is undoubtedly one of the world’s best full-backs, our number one target in this position.”Mendy will join City, who are preparing for their second pre-season tour game against Real Madrid in Los Angeles.($1 = 0.7674 pounds)last_img read more

India create history, first Asian side to complete overseas whitewash

first_imgIndia crushed Sri Lanka in the final Test at Pallekele by an innings and 171 runs and became the first Asian side to complete an overseas whitewash after Virat Kohli’s side had defeated Sri Lanka in the first two Tests.The last visiting side before India to whitewash the home side: Australia when they beat South Africa 3-0 in SAfrica in Mar-Apr 2006#SLvIND- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 14, 2017Most wins by a captain after his 1st 29 Tests:21 – Steve Waugh & Ricky Ponting19 – VIRAT KOHLI#SLvInd- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 14, 2017India won all the three tosses in the series and beat Sri Lanka by 304 runs in the first Test and destroyed them by an innings and 53 runs in the second.On Sunday, Hardik Pandya scored a brilliant maiden Test century hitting seven sixes on the way and became the first Indian batsman to hit 26 runs in an over when he decimated Malinda Pushpakumara for two boundaries and three consecutive sixes.26 runs by Hardik Pandya in an over – no Indian has hit so many in a single over in Test cricket!#SLvInd- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 13, 2017Most sixes in a Test inns for India8 Navjot Singh Sidhu7 V Sehwag/Harbhajan Singh/Hardik Pandya#SLvInd- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 13, 2017India have now managed to win their last five Tests in Sri Lanka.But Sri Lanka are yet to win a Test match in India!#SLvIND- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 14, 2017Don’t forget Hardik Pandya’s 108* in 93 balls, 8f, 7s – have all come in one session – all before lunch!#SLvIndadvertisement- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 13, 2017Most sixes in intl cricket in 201733/848b E Morgan32/552b E Lewis27/1051b B Stokes26/350b Hardik Pandya25/678b P Stirling#SLvInd- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 13, 2017last_img read more

Zinedine Zidane expects Real Madrid to hit back against Tottenham Hotspur in Wembley debut

first_imgReal Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane says he thrives in adversity and believes their first ever trip to Wembley Stadium to face Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday can help the Spanish giants shake off the hangover of a sticky start to the season.A shock 2-1 defeat at Catalan side Girona on Sunday left the Liga champions eight points behind arch rivals Barcelona, having drawn two and lost two of their opening 10 domestic league games as they struggle to retain the Spanish title.They will be without first choice keeper Keylor Navas, centre back Raphael Varane, right back Dani Carvajal and former Spurs forward Gareth Bale when they face the London side in the Champions league under the iconic Wembley arch.Defeat could leave Real facing the prospect of finishing as runners-up in Group H, but Zidane is not dwelling on the current sticky patch and is turning the dip in form into a positive.”We are feeling good and ready to perform well against a great team in Tottenham Hotspur,” the former Real player told reporters at Spurs’ temporary Wembley home, which they are using while they build a new stadium at their White Hart lane ground.”Personally I always have the same hopes, the same motivation when I go about my job. After a defeat of course people aren’t happy but in some ways I like this. I like having the motivation of a big match to get back to winning ways.”I think when the going gets tough it’s when I work my best. There will always be hard moments but it’s important to always trust and come back stronger.advertisement”It is not without its complications in the build-up but we are prepared to go out and do our job. Rest assured, the players are going to be very well prepared for this match.”TACTICAL DUELReal, European champions two years in a row, were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Tottenham at the Bernabeu two weeks ago and Zidane is looking forward to another tactical duel with Tottenham’s Argentine manager Mauricio Pochettino.”Pochettino has done exceptional work with Tottenham, I think very highly of him,” Zidane said. “He is doing a fantastic job at Tottenham, with the team and also building a club that now has very high aspirations.”You don’t need me to say it, results speak for themselves.”Real have never played at Wembley and Zidane, who graced the original stadium as a player, says it provides the perfect stage for his players to bounce back from the weekend defeat.”Wembley is an important place in the football world. It’s a great stage to play on against great opposition,” he said.”Of course the players approach every match with the same mentality to win. But it’s a beautiful stadium and will be a great spectacle.”Wembley represents a lot in the football world but for me what is more important is that two great teams are coming up against each other.”last_img read more

BCCI rejects NADA demand of testing Indian cricketers

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 10 (PTI) In a stern response to Indias anti-doping body NADA, the BCCI has said that government body has no jurisdiction to conduct dopes tests on Indian cricketers. In a letter written on November 8 to NADA chief Navin Agarwal, BCCI CEO Rahul Johri made it clear that there is no requirement for NADA to tests its cricketers since the board is not a National Sports Federation (NSF) and its present anti-doping system is robust enough. “It is relevant to mention here that BCCI is not a National Sports Federation. Accordingly, NADA does not have jurisdiction to conduct dope testing of Indian cricketers in any domestic or international event organised or under the aegis of BCCI,” Johri wrote in the letter. “In light of the aforesaid, there is no requirement for any BCCI official to co-ordinate with NADA for dope testing of Indian cricketers either during competitions or out of completions.”The BCCI response was prepared with instructions from Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators.Besides responding to the NADA chief, Johri also wrote back to the sports secretary, who had approached the BCCI in October to cooperate with NADA.The Ministry had stated that lack of co-operation from BCCI on the subject may run the risk of NADA not complying with World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code.Johri said BCCIs existing anti-doping mechanism is robust enough.”The BCCI already has a robust dope testing mechanism which is employed for both during competitions and out-of- competitions and the testing of samples by IDTM is already being done at WADA accredited laboratory (NDTL) under aegis of the Sports Ministry.”advertisementHe further claimed that the BCCI is compliant with the WADA Code.”You will appreciate that for analysis and testing of samples, BCCI adheres to the WADA International Standard of Laboratories and the WADA International Standard for Testing and Investigations.”Accordingly, the BCCI has engaged the services of same expert sample collection agency that is also engaged by the ICC to prove sample collection services viz, International Doping Tests and Management (IDTM).”The IDTM sends the collected samples for testing to a WADA accredited laboratory viz, National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL), as mandated by WADA. Since the CEO of NDTL is sports secretary, the dope testing for BCCI is conducted under the aegis of the Sports Ministry,” wrote Johri.He further reasoned that since BCCI is an autonomous body affiliated to the International Cricket Council (ICC), it is only required to operate within the rules and regulations of the ICC. PTI BS KHS KHSlast_img read more

Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor Money Fight declared second richest in history

first_imgFloyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor’s Money Fight in August has been declared as the second richest boxing match in history, with the release of final figures on Friday.According to the statement from Showtime sports, the Mayweather-McGregor fight generated 4.3 million pay-per-view buys in North America.Boxing star Mayweather came out of a two-year retirement to fight the martial arts king McGregor in August and the long regarded as the finest defensive fighter to step into the ring, left few openings and used the first three rounds to feel out his opponent.By the fourth round Mayweather went on the attack and started landing blow after blow against a suddenly desperate McGregor who was bravely hanging on while clutching and grabbing the American.In the 10th, Mayweather moved in for kill pinning a visibly fatigued McGregor against the ropes and landing a flurry of punches when the referee stepped in to stop the fight.The richest fight in history is Mayweather’s boxing bout with Manny Pacquiao in 2015, which drew 4.6 million buys to earn around 600 million dollars.However, the figures of the Money Fight are almost double of the third biggest fight, which again featured Mayweather against Oscar De La Hoya in 2007 and had 2.48 million buys.Showtime said in their statement that the fight had exceeded 600 million dollars, including global revenues, including ticket sales, sponsorship and international distribution.”The pairing of Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor brought together two very significant and distinct global fan bases in one truly unprecedented event,” Showtime Sports chief Stephen Espinoza told ESPN.advertisement”The remarkable results are all the more impressive considering that the planning, marketing and execution took place across a span of just 72 days from the initial announcement to fight night.”Meanwhile, Pacquiao confirmed last week that he was in talks with McGregor over a possible fight in April 2018.last_img read more

Nats Batters Mets Again, 6-2

first_imgNEW YORK — If only the Washington Nationals could play all their road games at Citi Field.Adam LaRoche and Anthony Rendon had two-run homers off Bartolo Colon, who was ejected after hitting the following batter both times, and the Nationals beat New York 6-2 the night of Sept. 11th for their 12th straight win at the Mets.“We don’t really notice it all, actually,” said Tanner Roark (13-10), who improved to 4-0 in four career starts against the Mets. “It’s just another game we’ve got to go out there and win.”Washington improved to 26-4 at Citi Field since September 2011, outscoring the Mets 156-68 and outhomering them 49-18 in that span.LaRoche had three RBIs, hitting a two-run, first-inning homer against Colon (13-12) that clanked high off the right-field foul pole. He has 28 home runs against the Mets.“I don’t know what it is,” LaRoche said. “This year, I know I’ve been pretty comfortable against them for whatever reason. There are certain pitchers as a hitter you match up well, just timing-wise, you’re just kind of in rhythm with them.”Washington opened its NL East lead to 8 1/2 games over second-place Atlanta, and the Nationals lowered their magic number to nine for clinching their second division title in three seasons.They have the most consecutive victories at an opponent since Cincinnati won 12 straight at Wrigley Field from Aug. 10, 2012 to June 12, 2013, according to STATS.After LaRoche’s homer, Colon hit Ian Desmond with a pitch near the waist two pitches later. Rendon, playing after missing a game because of a cold, hit another two-run homer in the fourth that made it 6-0, a drive that struck the orange line atop the left-field wall, ricocheted off the dark green railing behind, hit back off the orange line and bounded onto the field.The play was upheld on a video review, and Colon hit Jayson Werth above the left elbow with the next pitch. Werth looked out toward the mound, and plate umpire John Tumpane ejected the pitcher. New York Manager Terry Collins came out of the dugout to speak with Tumpane, and he also was ejected.Colon hit two batters in one game for just the fifth time in his big career and first time since 2009. “All I know is that he’s got exceptional control,” Nationals Manager Matt Williams said.It was the fourth career ejection for Colon, his first since 2003. “I think I didn’t do anything wrong,” he said through a translator. “I was surprised they threw me out of the game.”Colon allowed six runs — five earned — seven hits and two walks in three-plus innings. Colon has a 7.07 ERA in the first inning with 22 earned runs and 38 hits in 28 innings.Roark gave up two runs and seven hits in 6 1-3 innings to win four the first time in four starts since Aug. 20. After Dilson Herrera’s RBI single in the seventh, Craig Stammen relieved with the bases loaded and got Wilmer Flores to hit into an inning-ending double play.Matt Thornton hit Daniel Murphy on the left wrist in the eighth, loading the bases with one out. Lucas Duda lined out, and Tyler Clippard struck out Anthony Recker.“We’ve got to play better. That’s the only reason they’re beating us at home. We’re just not playing,” Collins said. “Tonight we had several opportunities to get back in the game and we didn’t do anything.”(RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Seabiscuit’s Saddle Sells For $104,260

first_imgNEW YORK — Seabiscuit jockey Red Pollard’s race-worn saddle from the famed champion racehorse has sold for $104,260.Lelands auction house announced the sale Jan. 20Horseshoes worn by Seabiscuit during his 1938 match race victory over Triple Crown winner War Admiral and his famed 1940 Santa Anita Handicap win fetched $35,311.The auction house says it’s unclear in which races the Seabiscuit saddle was used by Pollard. The complete 28-lot collection of Seabiscuit memorabilia brought nearly $200,000.The auction, which closed Jan. 16, also featured the personal collection of baseball’s Lou Brock ($75,475), a James Naismith signed 1893 basketball handbook ($17,686) and a cap worn by Boston Red Sox great Ted Williams during the 1955 All-Star Game ($9,727). TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Federer Bounced From Aussie Open

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares MELBOURNE, Australia — Roger Federer is out of the Australian Open in the third round, beaten by Italian Andreas Seppi 6-4, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 7-6 (5) on Jan. 23.Federer was trying to come from two sets down for the 10th time in his career, most recently at last year’s U.S. Open against Gael Monfils.The 17-time Grand Slam champion hasn’t been beaten this early at the Australian Open since 2000, the second year he played here. It was also the unseeded Seppi’s first win against Federer in 11 matches.Federer was up 4-1 in the second-set tiebreaker before he allowed the Italian to win six of the next seven points and the set. He led the fourth-set tiebreaker 3-1 before a double-fault helped allow the Italian to again overcome the deficit.last_img read more

Nets Fire Coach, Reassign GM

first_imgBROOKLYN — The Brooklyn Nets fired coach Lionel Hollins and reassigned general manager Billy King on Sunday in the midst of their worst season since moving from New Jersey.The Nets said assistant Tony Brown will serve as the interim head coach, and the GM position will remain open until a replacement is hired.The Nets have lost four in a row overall and nine straight at home, where attendance has dwindled at the $1 billion Barclays Center. The Nets had made the playoffs every year since relocating for the 2012-13 season, but they are 10-27, better only than the league-worst Philadelphia 76ers.King had been GM since 2010, orchestrating a number of high-profile moves that led to just one playoff series victory. Hollins was in his second season as coach.“It’s clear from our current state of affairs that we need new leadership,” owner Mikhail Prokhorov said in a statement. “With the right basketball management and coach in place, we are going to create a winning culture and identity and give Brooklyn a team that it can be proud of and enjoy watching.”King worked hard to fulfill Prokhorov’s goal of winning a championship within five years of buying the team in 2010, making blockbuster trades that brought in Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.Only Johnson remains, as the Nets decided to cut costs after at one point owning the largest payroll in league history. But they haven’t been competitive now and have little hope of a quick fix in the future, as their first-round pick next season goes to Boston as part of the payment from the deal that brought Pierce and Garnett in 2013.“At every step of the way, he has been aggressive in his quest to build a winning team and has been a key factor toward the Nets making the playoffs for each of the last three seasons,” Prokhorov said of King, who was in the last year of his contract.Prokhorov is scheduled to hold a news conference Monday.King has been criticized for making deals with no regard for future ramifications, starting with the 2011 trade with Utah for Williams, whose contract was bought out last summer with two years remaining. Another swap with Portland for Gerald Wallace cost the Nets the pick that turned into Damian Lillard, and they don’t control their own first-round choice until 2019 thanks to the trade with Boston.Hollins went 48-71 and, like predecessors Avery Johnson, P.J. Carlesimo and Jason Kidd, didn’t last long in Brooklyn. The former Memphis Grizzlies coach got the Nets to the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference last season, but they dropped their first seven games in this one and haven’t won at home in a month.Those home struggles and a roster loaded with lesser names have created a big drop in interest in Brooklyn, where there have been empty seats all over the arena this season. It will be hard for the new regime to change much quickly, unless the Nets can score a big name in free agency.Prokhorov thanked the fans in his statement and said bright days are ahead.“We have learned a great deal during the past six years and our experiences will guide us for the future,” he said.BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Mercedes: Formula One champion Nico Rosberg retires from racing

first_imgOn the day he is set to collect the trophy for winning his first drivers’ world championship, Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg has announced that he is to retire from Formula One racing.“Since 25 years in racing, it has been my dream, my ‘one thing’ to become Formula One World Champion,” said Rosberg via social media. “Through the hard work, the pain, the sacrifices, this has been my target. And now I’ve made it.“I have climbed my mountain, I am on the peak, so this feels right. My strongest emotion right now is deep gratitude to everybody who supported me to make that dream happen.”Rosberg, who won nine Grands Prix this year en route to the title, said he began contemplating his future at October’s Japanese round, and then made his decision within 24 hours of last weekend’s thrilling finale in Abu Dhabi, where he secured the podium finish he needed to become champion.“When I won the race in Suzuka, from the moment when the destiny of the title was in my own hands, the big pressure started and I began to think about ending my racing career if I became world champion,” he continued.“On Sunday morning in Abu Dhabi, I knew that it could be my last race and that feeling cleared my head before the start. I wanted to enjoy every part of the experience, knowing it might be the last time… and then the lights went out and I had the most intense 55 laps of my life.“I took my decision on Monday evening. After reflecting for a day, the first people I told were (wife) Vivian and Georg (Nolte, from his management team), followed by (Mercedes-Benz Head of Motorsport) Toto (Wolff).”Source: Formula1.comTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Huge Win for Liverpool, Wenger Drops Sanchez, Pays Price

first_imgLIVERPOOL, England – Arsene Wenger chose one of the toughest periods of his Arsenal tenure to make one of his most reckless team selections.Dropping Alexis Sanchez, possibly the best player in the English Premier League, for an away game against Liverpool, a direct rival for a Champions League qualification place, may come to be a defining moment of a season that is starting to unravel for Arsenal.Wenger realized his error at halftime, throwing Sanchez on for the second half, but Liverpool was 2-0 ahead by then after goals by Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, and on its way to a 3-1 victory that lifted Juergen Klopp’s team above Arsenal and into third place.“A decision like that is not easy to make,” Wenger said, “but you have to stand up for it.”That Arsenal improved drastically with Sanchez on the field — he set up Danny Welbeck for Arsenal’s goal that made it 2-1 — will be all the more galling to Arsenal’s increasingly disgruntled fan base. It also provided more ammunition for the “Wenger Out” brigade, which is becoming all the more vocal as the long-serving manager weighs up whether to sign a new deal at the club.Wenger said Sanchez was left out because he wanted Arsenal to have a more physical and direct attacking style and it remains to be seen if there is anything more to the selection. Sanchez clearly wasn’t happy, giving Arsenal’s traveling supporters the briefest of waves at the final whistle before quickly disappearing down the tunnel and leaving the rest of his teammates on the field.Sanchez, the league’s joint-top scorer with 17, has demonstrated this season that he hates being substituted and not completing games. So imagine how he feels playing only 45 minutes.“He is a world-class player,” said Klopp, who probably couldn’t believe his luck when he saw Arsenal’s team announcement.It was a huge win for Liverpool, only its second in eight games in 2017, and continued its brilliant record against the league’s top teams. Liverpool has won five and drawn four in nine games against the top six.Arsenal dropped to fifth and stayed above Manchester United only because Jose Mourinho’s team was held to 1-1 at home by 10-man Bournemouth.AFC Bournemouth’s Tyrone Mings, left, and Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic during the English Premier League soccer match at Old Trafford, Manchester, England, Saturday March 4, 2017. (Martin Rickett/PA via AP)Zlatan Ibrahimovic was the central figure in an eventful match at Old Trafford, having a penalty saved and escaping a red card for elbowing Tyrone Mings in the head soon after the Bournemouth defender trod on Ibrahimovic’s head.Here’s a look at Saturday’s other matches:LEICESTER 3, HULL 1Helped by a piece of magic by Riyad Mahrez, the champions gained their second straight win since the ruthless firing of title-winning coach Claudio Ranieri.Reproducing his brilliance of last season when he was voted English soccer’s player of the year, Mahrez cut inside from the right wing, deceived Hull’s defense with three quick turns and a shimmy outside the area, before driving a right-foot shot inside the near post.That made it 2-1 in the 59th minute and an own-goal from Tom Huddlestone clinched Leicester’s come-from-behind win after Sam Clucas put Hull ahead in the 12th.By following up a 3-1 win over Liverpool, Leicester moved five points clear of the relegation zone.SWANSEA 3, BURNLEY 2Swansea recovered from conceding a goal through a case of mistaken identity by scoring a stoppage-time winner to join Leicester in pulling five points clear of the relegation zone.Referee Anthony Taylor awarded a penalty to Burnley for handball in the 19th minute, even though it was Burnley striker Sam Vokes who made contact as he stretched for a header. Andre Gray converted the spot kick to make it 1-1, canceling out Fernando Llorente’s 12th-minute goal.Gray’s second goal put Burnley 2-1 ahead in the 61st, only for Martin Olsson to equalize and Llorente to head home the winner in injury time.WEST BROMWICH ALBION 0, CRYSTAL PALACE 2Sam Allardyce, a specialist at keeping teams in the league, is starting to work his magic at Crystal Palace.After a slow start to his tenure following his hiring in December, Allardyce guided Palace to a second straight win thanks to goals by Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend.Palace is three points clear of the relegation zone.STOKE 2, MIDDLESBROUGH 0Marko Arnautovic scored two first-half goals to plunge Middlesbrough into the relegation zone.Middlesbrough is winless in 10 games dating to Dec. 17.WATFORD 3, SOUTHAMPTON 4Southampton rebounded from its loss to Man United in the League Cup final, with Nathan Redmond scoring twice and Manolo Gabbiadini striking a sixth goal in four gamesTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Ronaldo Misses Penalty, Portugal Draws 1-1 with Iran

first_imgSARANSK, Russia (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo’s missed penalty cost Portugal first place in its World Cup group.It could have been worse if not for Ricardo Quaresma, who started for the first time in the tournament and scored his maiden World Cup goal with a shot that had about as much flare as any in the tournament.Portugal finished second in Group B after a 1-1 draw with Iran on Monday. The 2016 European champions will next face Uruguay on Saturday in the round of 16.“The conclusion and the most important thing is we’re going to continue playing,” Portugal coach Fernando Santos said. “We had a strong opponent.”Quaresma became the only player other than Ronaldo to score for the Portuguese in three games in Russia. The 34-year-old midfielder also became Portugal’s oldest scorer in World Cup play by hitting a curling shot from the edge of the penalty area that went beyond the reach of diving Iran goalkeeper Ali Beiranvand.Ronaldo — who had scored all four Portugal goals in its first two games of Group B play — was denied on his penalty by Beiranvand’s dive toward the right post in the second half.Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, bottom, is fouled by Iran’s Saeid Ezatolahi to give away a penalty, during the group B match between Iran and Portugal at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Mordovia Arena in Saransk, Russia, Monday, June 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)“We were on top of the game until the penalty, and we didn’t make it. It wasn’t perfect, but that’s football,” Santos said. “We did what was expected and now we have to settle down and think about Uruguay.”Karim Ansarifard scored a late penalty for Iran, which need to win to advance, but couldn’t break through a second time despite a furious charge in the waning minutes. The Mordovia arena momentarily vibrated from the sound of Iran fans’ roars when Mehdi Taremi hit the side of the net from 6 yards out.The penalty against Portugal was awarded after a video review showed a handball in the area. But although Iran coach Carolos Queiroz benefited from that review, he railed against the system for the second day in a row. In particular, he cited a decision to give Ronaldo a yellow card after his elbow struck Iran defender Morteza Pouraliganji in the face in the second half.“Elbow is a red card in the rules,” Queiroz asserted in English, adding that there are no written exceptions for players named Ronaldo or Lionel Messi. “The decisions, they must be clear for everybody, for the people. Everybody agrees that VAR is not going well. That’s the reality. There are a lot of complaints.”Spain won Group B after its 2-2 draw with Morocco. Both Spain and Portugal had a goal difference of plus-1, but Spain scored six goals in its three group matches while Portugal had five.Spain will next face host Russia on Sunday in Moscow.LUCKY STRIKE?Quaresma had nine international goals in 78 previous appearances for Portugal. But his goal against Iran had all appeal of a Ronaldo strike. He sent the shot with the outside of his right foot spinning into the far corner near the end of the first half.Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, centre reacts after failing to score a penalty as Iran’s Morteza Pouraliganji reavts, left, during the group B match between Iran and Portugal at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Mordovia Arena in Saransk, Russia, Monday, June 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)Not bad for someone who had played little more than 20 minutes as a substitute in Portugal’s first two games. Ronaldo certainly looked impressed, wrapping his right arm around Quaresma’s shoulders as he roared and raised his left fist into the air.Quaresma declined an opportunity to boast when asked if he thought his goal was among the tournament’s best, saying what matters most is the squad’s success.“I was a bit lucky with the goal,” Quaresma said. “Most importantly, we fulfilled our objective and we’re looking forward to the next round.”Santos’s confidence that Quaresma was ready to influence the game not only was evident in his decision to start the veteran, but in the coach’s comment afterward.“I always take the decisions that are right for my team,” he said.QUIET CRISTIANORonaldo smiled confidently as he walked past reporters after the game, but avoided answering questions. He has now missed six of his last 14 penalty kicks, but he hasn’t been the only big star to miss one in this tournament. Messi also was denied in Argentina’s opening draw against Iceland.Ronaldo’s penalty was awarded after the use of video review following an apparent takedown of the Portugal forward by Saeid Ezatolahi in the area. The Iranian team, already aggrieved by the replay system overturning a goal against Spain, reacted angrily. Players swarmed Paraguayan referee Enrique Caceres, who initially had waved play on after Ronaldo went down.DENIED AGAINIran has been to five World Cups — all since 1978 — but has yet to advance out of group play.Its players collapsed on the field at the final whistle, while Portugal’s somewhat muted celebration had the look of relief.After the match, Queiroz was asked if he was aware how proud Iran was of its team’s performance, which included a 1-0 victory over Morocco and a 1-0 loss to Spain.“I’m very proud,” Queiroz said. “We earned respect from people who had no idea that Iran could fight so well.”—By BRETT MARTEL , AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Tidy your wiring

first_img Log in to Reply Log in to Reply I was told that back in the 1950s when a British Post Office technician had completed a telephone installation (unlike North America, the Post Office was responsible for telecommunications in most of the British influenced world), the foreman would check the wiring layout with a spirit level. Much later, in the 1990s I saw a technician wire a panel with a layout so orthogonal it was truly a work of art. With the cost of labour today (even before the 90s) wiring has become much more unruly, but whilst a bird’s nest may be OK in a prototype, production and maintenance must have a systematic and manageable wiring configuration. In order to produce low cost houses rapidly in South Africa, they have a standard house layout and then drop a pre-made wiring loom into a house shell from above and in a few hours the house is completely wired. Some of us actually do have to take our assembled boards and drop them into panels and interconnect them in the field. This discussion is for you.One of the earliest techniques of bundling wires together was to wrap the wires using a catgut-like twine. When trussed up tightly it looked good, but it wasn’t very flexible and more importantly, any change involved cutting the twine and then rewrapping. Cable ties are an extension of this idea although the sheer number of different types and colours of cable ties can boggle the mind. Take a look at Essentra’s e-catalog. It does help to use a cable tie tool to tension the cable ties. In one of my earlier blogs “Top 17 helpful hints for constructing electronic systems” I gave a hint that bears repeating. If you are going to cut a cable tie, cut the block with the locking mechanism. If you try and cut the band itself, there is an incredibly good chance you will cut one of the wires as well. One commenter pointed out an occasion where there was a thin fluid pipe in the bundle, and someone cut through it necessitating a complete rewire.I am not sure about recent vehicles (who looks under the hood these days), but spiral wrap was very common in automobiles at one time. Using a special tool, it is easy and quick to work, and can be combined with twine or cable ties. An alternative to the spiral wrap is “split corrugated loom tubing” and is easy to stuff the wire into the tube since it is split along its length.If you need liquid-tight sheathing there are alternatives, but you are going to need techniques to pull the wires through and the patience of a saint, or a wiring department or subcontractor. And if you really have the time, to make the project pretty you could fish your wires though a woven sleeve. You can even get it in silicone or fiberglass for high temperature applications.With the wire in looms you may want to attach them to a panel or some other surface. There are many ways to do this using cable mounts and latching clips as well as clamps. Feast your eyes on the selection that Richco provides and see how easy (sarcasm) it is to make a selection. And they are only one of many manufacturers.Figure 1: Cable loom with cable ties and self-adhesive mounts on the front panel (Source: Author) Figure 2: Flat cables held by flat cable mounts. (Source: Author) For projects where you want to hide your cables completely you can use surface raceways or so I am told. This is not dissimilar to the tubing used to carry household and industrial electrical wiring. It comes with T sections and corners. Sizing and cutting will require some accuracy and I expect some kind of automation for repeat orders.I am more familiar with ducting where the duct consists of a channel and a cover and the sides of the channel are fingered so that wire can be brought out of the ducting close to the point of contact. It is possible to use cable ties inside the duct, but not really necessary as the wires are hidden by the cover.Figure 3. Ducts with the wires feeding out to connect to nearby devices. Note the cable glands on the lower right. (Source: Author) Now if your loom is attached to a moving assembly there is the chain cable carrier system which is a flexible duct system. It would be nice to design something with this one day.You have to remember to cater for the fact that the cable must pass through the side of a panel and must be protected from chafing against the sharp metal edges. There is the simple grommet edging or from my perspective, the better option of strain relief (aka cable gland) so the any external tugging at the cable is not transmitted to the connections inside the box.And finally – labelling the wires. There are several systems for wiring labels. The more dated approach involved preprinted markers that cater for a particular wire diameter that you slip over the wire one marker at a time to build the identity. There are also self-adhesive pre-printed characters on cards that work in a similar and you have to stick each one in turn onto the wire. I really dislike this approach. More modern systems use printed adhesive tape á la the Brother P-Touch that allows any text and almost any length. Brady is probably the best known in this field.I have provided links above to individual suppliers for all the parts. There are many alternatives and substitutes, some of them direct replacements. Any electrical supplier will carry a full range. Did I leave anything out? Do you use any other techniques, or do you use any techniques at all. Let me know in the comments below.Editor’s Note: Do you have examples of particularly good or exceptionally bad wiring? If so, send Max Maxfield or Steve Evanczuk a photo (jpeg, please) with a one- or two-sentence description along with the source of the photo (as Source: xxx) – see examples above – and if it’s your own photo, just use your name as the source. antedeluvian says: “As a comment to his blog “Do They Know that “Analog” Makes Digital TV Possible?”nhttp://www.planetanalog.com/author.asp?section_id=396&doc_id=564478&nBill Schweber points out a link to good and bad examples of cabling:nnhttp://www.cablinginst antedeluvian says: “How’s this?nhttps://image-store.slidesharecdn.com/618bfbe9-2e2d-439e-b079-94eea386898f-original.jpegn” Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Design Methods Continue Reading Previous Want to win a rugged hand-held oscilloscope?Next Embedding custom real-time processing in a multi-gigasample high-speed digitizer February 3, 2017 at 1:57 pm 2 thoughts on “Tidy your wiring” December 27, 2016 at 11:00 pm Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. 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Logic Technology: J-Testr RF, a new test solution for the IoT

first_imgEiger Design, an innovative supplier of functional circuit test solutions to the electronics test market, announced the launch of a new test solution for todays integrated RF devices (e.g. Bluetooth, LORA, WIFI) and other RF applications including ISM 433MHz.The J-Testr RF is a test solution designed specifically to test todays integrated RF devices for the IoT (Bluetooth, LORA, WIFI, etc.) and other RF applications (including ISM 433MHz). With a compact, space efficient footprint, competitive pricing, advanced features and flexibility the J-Testr RF enables large and small companies to effectively test their RF devices with confidence and significantly improve the quality of testing at the printed circuit board assembly stage.Integrating an ‘exchangeable’ high RF isolation chamber, with full fixture (bed of nails) capability, the device under test, and its measurements, are shielded from almost all environments. The J-Testr RF eliminates the need for special ‘low RF noise’ rooms within a production environment and provides high quality and repeatable measurements. Special consideration has been given to ease of integration with open access to the RF chamber plus intelligent cabling and connector layout, creating a simple and cost- effective test solution.RF instruments are integrated in such a way as to enable them to be controlled manually or automatically, via test sequencer software, that allows quick testing or debugging of devices with little or even no test software support. The RF instruments include digital displays at the user interface enabling the user to see the current RF signal measurement/outputs even during an automated test.Designed not only to test RF functions the J-Testr RF includes a fully integrated standard J-Testr system with all the stimulation signals present within non-RF function test systems, which allows the device to receive a full functional test without the need for another test stage. These standard functional test features allow the same test station to be used for non-RF devices using low-cost standard J-Testr exchangeable kits extending the return on investment.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Infineon: connection between the real and digital worlds on show at electronica 2018Next Teledyne LeCroy rolls out new test tools for designers, test engineers, and educatorslast_img read more