Monaco sign €20m Henrichs from Leverkusen

first_imgMonaco have signed Benjamin Henrichs from Bayer Leverkusen.The 21-year-old right-back, who can also play on the left and in midfield, has signed a five-year contract with the Ligue 1 side reached an agreement worth a reported €20 million (£18m/$23m) with €5m more in add-ons.The three-time Germany international made 76 appearances for Leverkusen’s first team after rising through their youth academy to make his debut in August 2015. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! But Henrichs said he is excited to make the switch to Ligue 1, telling the club’s website: “I am very proud to be involved with AS Monaco, a European top club for many years. I will do everything to adapt quickly and help the team win many victories. I cannot wait to work with the staff and my new teammates.”He spent 14 years with Leverkusen overall, and left with best wishes from the German side’s sporting director Rudi Voller.”Benny has kicked the ball under the Bayer cross since childhood and celebrated great success,” he said. “We wish him all the best in his new life abroad.”Meanwhile, Monaco’s vice-president Vadim Vasilyev said he is expecting a lot from the versatile player.”Benjamin Henrichs is a talented defender with solid national experience and experience at the very highest international level. His arrival reinforces the quality of our workforce,” he said. “I am sure he will contribute to the good results of the team.” Monaco have had a busy transfer period, having already signed Aleksandr Golovin from CSKA and Willem Geubbels from Lyon among others after selling Fabinho to Liverpool and seeing Thomas Lemar join Atletico Madrid.last_img read more

MSEI to conduct mock trading sessions on May 6

first_imgMumbai, May 5 (PTI) The Metropolitan Stock Exchange (MSEI) will conduct a mock trading session in equity, equity derivatives and currency derivatives segments tomorrow.The mock session is taking place to test trading and risk management related systems and applications.”The mock trading will help the exchange in enhancing the features of its IT infrastructure and trading provided to the trading fraternity,” the exchange added. ————————————————————- Yes Bank ties up with Emirates NBDPrivate sector Yes Bank has partnered with the UAE- based lender Emirates NBD for serving the diaspora clients.Non-resident Indians in the UAE would be able to avail of loans from Emirates NBD in dirhams against their fixed deposits or foreign currency deposits with the bank.They can also invest in India through competitive loans from Emirates NBD and create long-term wealth back home her, it said, adding the partnership will help the banks liability base. ————————————————————– HDFC Life launches new term planHDFC Life has launched a new term plan which comes with nine options.Click 2 Protect 3D Plus is a comprehensive and affordable term plan with as many as nine options, including whole of life option, income replacement and the return of premium, the private life insurer said.”After monitoring purchase pattern and lifestyle needs of our target customers, we realised the need to create a term plan that will encompass their diverse requirements. Hence, we designed the competitively priced Click 2 Protect 3D Plus,” HDFC Life said. ————————————————————– Republic TV to be available on Stars HotstaradvertisementStar Indias digital platform Hotstar today said it has signed an agreement with Republic TV, promoted by broadcast journalist Arnab Goswami, to livestream the news channel that is expected to be launched tomorrow.”Launch of Republic TV on Hotstar fills a big gap in our portfolio,” Star India chairman Uday Shankar said in a statement.Hotstar will introduce news as a category on the platform adding to its current portfolio of TV shows, movies and sports.”We are confident of breaking the digital barrier and believe this is the first step as news produced here goes digital and then global. This tie-up can take news to 90 million-plus viewers on Hotstar every month,” Goswami said. ————————————————————– Swaroop Agrochem eyes Rs 100cr revenue in 5 yearsSwaroop Agrochemical Industries is looking at 15 per cent CAGR growth to achieve Rs 100 crore turnover in the next five years.”We have launched 50 products, including bio-organic fertiliser, natural and certified organic product, speciality inorganic agrochemicals as well as pesticides. These products find applications in field crops, vegetables, cash crops, floriculture and horticulture crops,” the companys executive director, Sameer Pathare, said. PTI SSM AP AA SM DS BEN RSY BASlast_img read more

IPL 2017: Kings XI Punjab look to go all out against Gujarat Lions

first_imgOn a roll with back-to-back wins, a resurgent Kings XI Punjab will look to go all guns blazing against down and out Gujarat Lions on Sunday to keep their IPL playoff hopes alive.After registering a comprehensive ten-wicket win on their home turf in Mohali a week back against Delhi Daredevils, KXIP pulled off another win against bottom-placed Royal Challengers Bangalore in Bengaluru on Friday.Punjab had bundled out Daredevils for 67 the other night, while they defended a modest 138/7 by dismissing RCB for 119 to register a 19-run win last night.It was all-rounder Axar Patel who first smashed a 17-ball 38 and then followed it up with 3/11, to dash the hopes of Virat Kohli led side.In the eight-team competition, Punjab are placed at number five spot with five wins and ten points from 10 games, while Gujarat Lions have just three wins from 11 games with six points.With their win against RCB, Punjab, who had reached the finals of the 2014 edition, have improved their chances of making it to the playoffs.Hashim Amla has been their highest run-scorer with 316 runs, which included a century against Mumbai Indians. Martin Guptill, Shaun Marsh, Manan Vohra, Wriddhiman Saha, Axar Patel – all have chipped in from time to time but they need to be more consistent to lend depth to KXIP batting.For Punjab, the form of their skipper Glenn Maxwell has been a cause of concern. Maxwell, who can single-handedly destroy any bowling attack, has been off-colour, getting under 200 runs in 10 matches, with an unbeaten 44 being his highest score this season.advertisementPacer Sandeep Sharma’s brilliant three-wicket haul blew away RCB’s top-order to set up the win for Punjab last night and he is their best bowler.Seamers Varun Aaron and Mohit Sharma have the ability to do a good job, while spinner Axar Patel has proved himself with 13 wickets so far in the season.Gujarat Lions, on the other hand, are out of contention and they are struggling at the second last position. Having finished an impressive third in their inaugural season last year, it turned out to be a disappointing campaign for the Lions in 2017.The Lions are coming into the match following consecutive losses, which also includes the heartbreaking defeat against Mumbai Indians in a thrilling Super Over finish at Rajkot.Despite posting 208/7, the Lions were blown away by Rishabh Pant’s sensational 43-ball 97-run innings and Sanju Samson’s 61 in their last match against Delhi and they would still be reeling from the seven-wicket loss.Lions have also suffered a body blow losing their opener Brendon McCullum, who will miss the remaining matches after suffering a hamstring strain.Skipper Suresh Raina and Dinesh Karthik have done bulk of their scoring and with the likes of Ishan Kishan, Aaron Finch, and Dwayne Smith in their line-up, Gujarat have the ability to tear apart even the strongest of the bowling attack.But more often than not, it is their inexperienced bowling unit which has cost the side dearly.The likes of Shardul Thakur, James Faulkner, Basil Thampi and Ravindra Jadeja have failed to live upto the expectations of the side.last_img read more

Italian Open: Japan’s Kei Nishikori defeats David Ferrer, enter round of 16

first_imgJapanese Kei Nishikori on Wednesday advanced to the round of 16 in the Rome Masters after beating World No. 30 Spaniard David Ferrer.The world No. 9 achieved a 7-5, 6-2 win in an hour and 21 minutes over the Spaniard, who on Tuesday become the 13th player in ATP World Tour history to reach the 700 match win milestone, reports Efe.This is Nishikori’s tenth victory in his career against Ferrer, after another win last week in Madrid Open’s round of 16.Nishikori, a semi-finalist last year in Rome, is set to play the winner of the match between Argentine Juan Martin del Potro and British Kyle Edmund, who will play on Wednesday.Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal eased into the last-16 of the Italian Open on Tuesday whenhis second-round opponent Nicolas Almagro retired after sustaining aknee injury early in the first set.last_img read more

India A register convincing win over Afghanistan A

first_imgLeft-arm spinner Axar Patel and top-order batsman Karun Nair put up impressive performances as India A comfortably beat Afghanistan A by seven wickets to register their first-win in the tri-nation ‘A’ tournament.This was after Manish Pandey’s men lost a low-scoring encounter against South Africa A in the lung opener.Opting to field, India A bundled out the minnows for 149 in 40.5 overs with Axar Patel picking up 3/33 in 6 overs.Tamil Nadu all-rounder Vijay Shankar with 3/24 in 7 overs complemented the India discard well. Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal was the only bowler to complete his full quota of overs grabbing 2/42 in the process. Sharafuddin Ashraf with 39 was the top scorer for Afghanistan A.In reply, India A cruised to the target in 150 for 3 in 30.4 overs.Opening the innings, Nair scored a patient 57 off 83 balls while skipper Pandey chipped in with unbeaten 41 off 52 balls. The duo added 67 runs for the third wicket Shreyas Iyer (20) and Sanju Samson (10) were dismissed cheaply.Young Rishabh Pant scored a quickfire unbeaten 17 off 10 deliveries with three boundaries to finish the match.Brief Scores: Afghanistan A 149 in 40.4 overs (Sharafuddin Ashraf 39, Vijay Shankar 3/24, Axar Patel 3/33, Yuzvendra Chahal 2/42)India A 150/3 in 30.4 overs (Karun Nair 57, Manish Pandey 41 no, Rishabh Pant 17 no).last_img read more

5 Doordarshan channels now available on mobile phones

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 1 (PTI) Five Doordarshan channels, including DD News, DD Kisan and DD Sports, are now available on mobile phones in 16 cities, Prasar Bharati said today.The channels will be available in Delhi, Lucknow, Jalandhar, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Bhopal, Raipur, Indore, Aurangabad, Kolkata, Patna, Ranchi, Guwahati, Cuttack, Bengaluru and Chennai.”5 Doordarshan TV Channels available in 16 cities,” Prasar Bharati said in a tweet.Prasar Bharati runs Doordarshan and All India Radio. PTI MP SMNlast_img

Surgery on cards, Sania to miss Australian Open

first_imgKolkata, Dec 16 (PTI) Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza is set to miss next months Australian Open owing to a knee injury, and could go for a surgery to treat the condition.Sania is suffering from a condition called jumpers knee in her right leg. It is defined as a painful condition of the knee caused by inflammation or small tears in the tendon of the patella.Sania won the 2016 Australian Open womens doubles title with Martina Hingis before announcing their split in August.The 31-year-old, who was here for the final of the Premjit Lall Invitational tournament, said she might have to go for a surgery and is looking for a Roger Federer-like comeback.”Its kind of serious. Surgery is probably on the cards. I will be out for a few months for sure,” Sania said at the Jaidip Mukerjea Tennis Academy.Sania said she is okay while walking with the injured knee but playing is painful.”Im okay to walk but its painful when Ive to change directions, when you actually go on to play, thats the biggest problem. I can run straight but not able to do plyometrics stuff.”My doctors told me to take a couple of months off and then see how it feels before it gets into a process of either surgery or injections. When I saw them, the pain was not less after two months.”Now we have to take a call. Its a little bit up in the air, I cant tell you a definitive next. So I will be missing the Australian Open for sure. It wont be before a couple of months at least.”advertisementAsked about Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games next year, she said, “Hopefully I will be okay for that. Every time people ask me about plans and I always say as tennis players we dont know about our health, we dont know where we will be at that point. Its one year, its a long time. Anything can happen. Hopefully ill be healthy again and Ill be able to play.”Sania looked forward to a Federer-like return to the court.”After 15 years, its not such a big thing to be out for a few months. It did wonders for Roger — he went out for six months and he has not lost a match since… Hopefully that can happen to me as well.”Sania further lamented the lack of a proper system in India, which was hampering the progress of tennis.”There is no system. Ive been saying that for last 15 years. I wish them if there was only one problem… But the first step is how do I go about it if I want my child to start playing tennis?”We can do our part but thats not the way to produce champions year after year. Thats why we have one champion in 30 years. There are many issues. We still have to make our own mistakes, learn from it, and in the meantime most of us fizzle out and there are some of us who are fortunate enough to come through despite the system.”Its the sad part which is why events like this are so important which is why we are here. Even if one child picks up a tennis racket, I would feel we have done justice by coming here.”We are here to support tennis. Its a sport that is growing over the years in India. We are hoping that more and more kids are inspired by us. Its great to be back in Kolkata, and greater to be for an event that promotes tennis.”Recalling her first memory of picking a racket at the age of six, she said: “The coach actually did not want to take me and told me I was too small to play tennis. My mom had to force him saying take her, I want my child to play.”It was a big argument and finally he took me. After a month he called my parents and said you have to watch her play as Ive never seen a six year old play like this,” she concluded. PTI TAP AH AHlast_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo wins fifth Ballon d’Or, equals Lionel Messi’s record

first_imgA decade of dominance as the world’s two best soccer players has left Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi level with five Ballon d’Or awards each.Despite once trailing 4-1 to his longtime rival, Ronaldo moved level after winning the award again on Thursday.”With Messi the fight continues, in a good way,” Ronaldo said after being presented the trophy awarded by France Football magazine at a ceremony held at the Eiffel Tower.Messi was second in the voting and Neymar, who left Barcelona in the offseason to join Paris Saint-Germain for a world record transfer fee of 222 million Euros ($262 million), was third.Overall, Messi has a very slight edge.The 30-year-old Messi has been runner-up to Ronaldo on each of his wins.Ronaldo has been runner-up to Messi four times, with the exception being when midfielder Andres Iniesta – Messi’s brilliant club teammate – finished second in 2010 after scoring the winner for Spain in the World Cup final. Ronaldo did not make the podium that year, with Barcelona and Spain midfielder Xavi taking third place.Another dream come true. Unbelievable feeling. Thanks to my family, friends, teammates, coaches and everyone that stood by my side throughout the years.???????? pic.twitter.com/A9jyYswePD- Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) December 7, 2017He has bounced back to win the last two.Ronaldo was shown on television receiving his latest award Thursday while making the sign of five with his left hand as held the trophy in his right.”Of course, I feel happy, it’s a big moment in my career,” Ronaldo said. “It’s something I hope to win every year.”advertisementThe 32-year-old Portugal forward also took home the Ballon d’Or prize in 2013 and 2014, and in 2008 when playing for Manchester United.Messi won it from 2009-12 – with Ronaldo runner-up three times during the period – and in 2015 ahead of Ronaldo and Neymar.Ronaldo claimed it back last year after helping Portugal win the European Championship and starring for Madrid as it won the Champions League.”Thanks to my Real Madrid teammates,” Ronaldo said, adding. “I want to thank the rest of the people who helped me reach this level.”Last season he won the Champions League once again – scoring twice in a 4-1 rout of Juventus in the final – and played a key role as Madrid won the Spanish league title for the first time since 2012. His league tally of 25, however, was his lowest since joining the club in 2009.Ronaldo is the all-time leading scorer in the history of the Champions League with 115 goals.”If he can score 10 times in training he will, that’s what impresses me,” Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. “His ambition impresses me. I’m proud to be his coach.”He set another competition record on Wednesday, scoring in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday to become the first player to find the net in all six group-stage matches.It took his tally to nine so far, but in La Liga it has been a very different story during this campaign.In August, he was banned for five games after shoving referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea in the back following his red card during a 3-1 victory over Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup. He missed the return leg of the Spanish Super Cup in Madrid plus the first four matches of the Spanish league season.Since then, he has managed only a meager two in 10 games and Madrid is fourth – already eight points behind leader Barcelona after 14 matches. Messi is already well clear with 13 league goals.Meanwhile, veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was fourth on France Football’s list. The 39-year-old Italian helped Juventus reach the Champions League final and win the Italian title for the sixth straight season.Croatia midfielder Luka Modric and Spain defender Sergio Ramos – both Ronaldo’s teammates – were fifth and sixth respectively.Teenage star Kylian Mbappe finished seventh after helping Monaco win the French title and reach the Champions League semifinals. He joined Neymar at PSG this season in a deal worth 180 million Euros ($216 million) – the second-most expensive ever.Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante, Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski and Tottenham striker Harry Kane completed the top 10.PSG striker Edinson Cavani was surprisingly 11th despite scoring a career-high 49 goals in all competitions last term.The Ballon d’Or is voted for by 173 journalists worldwide.It became known as the FIFA Ballon d’Or for six years in conjunction with world soccer’s governing body. That association ended last year, when it became the sole award of the magazine once more.advertisementThe last player to win it before either Messi or Ronaldo was Brazil midfielder Kaka – who starred for AC Milan when it won the Champions League in 2007.WATCH | Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo inspiration to football players in India, says PM Modi in Lisbonlast_img read more

Islanders Sweep Penguins, 4-1

first_imgUNIONDALE, N.Y. — The New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins now have a rivalry as intense as many in the NHL.A pair of Islanders victories in two days only turned up the heat even more.Anders Lee scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period, Jaroslav Halak made 27 saves, and the Islanders beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 on Nov. 22 to sweep a home-and-home series.Lee’s third goal of the season at 2:38 came on a tip-in of Lubomir Visnovsky’s slap shot that got past backup goalie Thomas Greiss. Brock Nelson added a power-play goal at 9:47 — his team-leading 10th tally — and Islanders captain John Tavares closed the scoring with his eighth of the season at 15:46.“Our execution was really good, we are playing the right way,” Tavares said after the Islanders won for the eighth time in nine games.New York had tied it 1-1 in the second period on a goal by Matt Martin.The Islanders and Penguins — heated rivals since they met in the 2013 playoffs — played to a 5-4 shootout victory by New York on Nov. 21.“Certainly the rivalry is right up there with the Rangers,” added Tavares, who scored for the second time in eight games. “It’s exciting for us and for our fans.”The resurgent Islanders (14-6), who finished last in the Metropolitan Division last season, saw Halak win his sixth straight start. The veteran who joined New York as a free agent last summer has allowed just eight goals in those games.“We made high percentage plays and did a good job of matching their speed,” Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. “We managed the puck well, and we played a smart game.”New York tied Pittsburgh atop the division with 28 points, though the Penguins (13-4-2) have played one fewer game.“We didn’t have a good third period, and they raised their game,” Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said. “They were more intense than we were in the back-to-back.”Fans at Nassau Coliseum chanted “First place, first place” in the closing minutes. The Islanders are off to their best start since the 1987-88 season.“The atmosphere was incredible,” Capuano said. “We played the Islander way.” The Penguins had won seven of eight on Long Island.Evgeni Malkin gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead with his eighth goal 16:49 in when his shot was stopped by Halak but dribbled into the net. Malkin’s new linemates — Patrick Hornqvist and Nick Spaling — assisted. Both were acquired in a trade with Nashville last summer.Martin’s second goal of the season and second in two nights came as the Islanders’ fourth line continued to contribute strong minutes. Casey Cizikas and Cal Clutterbuck had assists on the goal at 18:01 of the second.The 25-year-old Martin played in his 300th NHL game.“We’re a group that really pulls for each other,” Martin said. “To hear the crowd behind us like that adds a lot to our confidence.”The rematch had less offense but was spirited and hard-hitting. Steve Downie fought Travis Hamonic of the Islanders at 15:24 of the first.In the second, the teams traded chances and had multiple crease skirmishes. The Islanders held a 22-16 shots advantage. “All we do after this one is forget it,” Crosby said.(ALLAN KREDA)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Spieth Rues Master’s Disaster

first_imgAUGUSTA, Ga. — Where does Jordan Spieth go from here?He could have been sailing along on the second act to one of the greatest years in golf history. Instead, the young Texan left Augusta shaking his head, and trying to figure out how to shake off one of the most epic collapses in the history of the game.It won’t be easy.“Big picture, this one will hurt,” Spieth said, still sounding in a bit of shock outside the Augusta National clubhouse April 11 after it all slipped away. “It will take a while.”Not only will Spieth have to erase the memory of his splashdown on No. 12 — a quadruple-bogey 7 that included two water balls and turned a one-time five-shot lead into a three-shot deficit to the eventual champion, Danny Willett.Spieth will also have to clear all the bad thoughts out of his head. Over the weekend, he played 31 holes of good-to-great golf and put himself in position for a second green jacket at the tender age of 22.Those other five holes were 17 and 18 on April 10, then 10, 11 and 12 on April 11. He went a cumulative nine over on those and had bad swing thoughts that he simply couldn’t overcome.“The wheels kind of came off the last … holes on Saturday,” said Spieth, who brought his coach, Cameron McCormick, back into Augusta for a quick tuneup before tee time in the final round.It helped. For a while.My confidence going into the first hole was fantastic,” said Spieth, who made four straight birdies to hit the turn at 7 under, in the lead by five strokes.“But listen, I had my ‘B-minus’ game tee to green. Ultimately, you have to have your ‘A’ game every single part, and I just didn’t have those iron swings, as it showed on the back nine.”All of which set up an awkward award presentation in Butler Cabin, which was then replicated on the practice green in front of the clubhouse.First, Spieth had to present the green jacket to Willett in front of the television cameras. Then, he had to do it again for the patrons.Willett earned the honor by shooting a bogey-free round of 67 that left him three ahead of Spieth and Lee Westwood. Willett finished at 5-under 283.Still looking a bit shocked, Spieth managed to muddle through. “I can’t imagine that was fun for anyone to experience,” he said, “other than maybe Danny’s team and those who are fans of him.”He fully expected to be taking home his own green jacket for another year, as is the custom for the Masters champion.“I can’t think of anybody else who may have had a tougher ceremony to experience,” said Spieth, who now has to leave his jacket at the club.For Willett, this is a career-changing victory that almost never got started. His first child was due April 11. But Zachariah James Willett came early, on March 30, which allowed the new dad to rebook his ticket to Augusta and play in his second Masters.Now, Willett can be mentioned in the same sentence with none other than Nick Faldo — the only other Englishman to wear the green jacket.Faldo’s third and final victory at Augusta came courtesy of Greg Norman’s epic collapse back in 1996. Willett’s came courtesy of Spieth, though the 28-year-old Englishman, who will move up to ninth in world ranking, did plenty to earn the victory, as well.He went bogey-free through the last 18 holes, which looks all the more impressive considering the shaky play going on around him.Westwood, still 0-for-the-majors, chipped in for an eagle on 15 to get within one shot of the lead, only to miss a 4-footer to save par at the 16th — right after Willett had drained a longer birdie putt.The two-shot swing finished off Westwood, who at least showed he’s still got game at age 42 after enduring a winless 2015, when his focus was clearly distracted by a divorce and a move back to his native England to be closer to his kids.“Obviously, I must be doing something right,” Westwood said.Dustin Johnson, another extremely talented player who has dealt with personal issues, also got within a shot of the lead but couldn’t pull out his first major title.For Johnson, it was a familiar story — plenty of good shots, but some shaky putting and mistakes at the most inopportune times.He double-bogeyed the fifth and was all done after another double-bogey at the 17th. He finished in a tie for fourth with J.B. Holmes and Paul Casey, four shots back.“I think my game’s exactly where it needs to be,” Johnson said, not looking at it as another one he let get away. “I feel like I’ve got control of my game. I’m looking forward to the year for sure.”For Spieth, the next major can’t come soon enough.But he has to wait two painful months for the U.S. Open at Oakmont. Time to clear his head, and try to move past the one he gave away.“I’m very confident in the way that we play the game of golf,” Spieth said. “I think that when we’re on, I believe we’re the best in the world.”(EDDIE PELLS and PAUL NEWBERRY)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Puyol Meets Refugees in Greece Ahead of “Clasico” (Photos)

first_imgTHESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Former Spain captain Carles Puyol posed for selfies and talked soccer with more than 1,000 refugees in Thessaloniki, Greece, before the “clasico” Spanish league match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.The refugees live in four camps near Thessaloniki and later watched the game on two giant indoor screens on the grounds of the Thessaloniki International Trade Fair.Puyol, a former Barcelona captain, unsurprisingly predicted his team would do well in the top-of-the-table clash. He was right — Barcelona won 3-2.Migrants cheer as they watch retired Spanish soccer player Carles Puyol at the Greek northern city of Thessaloniki, on Sunday, April 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)Accompanied by La Liga president Javier Tebas and Greek migration minister Yannis Mouzalas, Puyol attended the “Football Family Day” event, organized by La Liga, Spanish media group Mediapro and NGOs InterVolve and Open Cultural Center.A migrant watches a live broadcast event in Thessaloniki, Greece, Sunday, April 23, 2017. About 1,000 refugees residing in northern Greece attended the event as part of “Football Family Day” during which they watched a live broadcast of the Spanish “El Clasico” soccer match between Barcelona and Real Madrid on two giant screens. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)Migrants play soccer during an event at the Greek northern city of Thessaloniki, on Sunday, April 23, 2017. About 1000 refugees residing in northern Greece attended an event in the framework of “Football Family Day” during which they watched a live broadcasting of a soccer match between Barcelona and Real Madrid on two giant screens. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)Migrants react as Barcelona scores against Real Madrid as they watch a live broadcast event in Thessaloniki, Greece, Sunday, April 23, 2017. About 1,000 refugees residing in northern Greece attended the event as part of “Football Family Day” during which they watched a live broadcast of the Spanish “El Clasico” soccer match between Barcelona and Real Madrid on two giant screens. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)Migrants jubilate as they watch a live broadcast event in Thessaloniki, Greece, Sunday, April 23, 2017. About 1,000 refugees residing in northern Greece attended the event as part of “Football Family Day” during which they watched a live broadcast of the Spanish “El Clasico” soccer match between Barcelona and Real Madrid on two giant screens. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)People cheer as they watch retired Spanish soccer player Carles Puyol at the Greek northern city of Thessaloniki, on Sunday, April 23, 2017. About 1000 refugees residing in northern Greece attended an event in the framework of “Football Family Day” during which they watched a live broadcasting of a soccer match between Barcelona and Real Madrid on two giant screens. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)Retired Spanish player and La Liga ambassador Carles Puyol, left, La Liga President Xavier Tebas, center, and Greece’s Migration Minister, Yannis Mouzalas attend a news briefing in Thessaloniki, Greece, Sunday, April 23, 2017. About 1,000 refugees residing in northern Greece attended an event in the framework of “Football Family Day” during which they watched a live broadcasting of Spanish first division soccer match between Barcelona and Real Madrid on two giant screens. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)COSTAS KANTOURIS, Associated PressTweetPinShare11 Shareslast_img read more

Weekly Sports Calendar by Associated Press

first_imgEDITORS:These are among the top sports events of the week. Coverage of most of these events will move on this circuit:FRIDAY, June 9thru 11, Paris — tennis, French Open.Various sites — football, World Cup qualifying: EUROPE: Netherlands vs. Luxembourg, Belarus vs. Bulgaria, Faroe Islands vs. Switzerland, Latvia vs. Portugal, Estonia vs. Belgium, Andorra vs. Hungary, Sweden vs. France, Bosnia and Herzegovina vs. Greece, Gibraltar vs. Cyprus. OCEANIA: Solomon Islands vs. Papua New Guinea. FRIENDLIES: Brazil vs. Argentina, Russia vs. Chile.thru 11, Memphis, Tennessee — golf, US PGA Tour, St. Jude Classic.thru 11, Atzenbrugg, Austria — golf, European Tour, Lyoness Open.Cardiff, Wales — cricket, Champions Trophy: New Zealand vs. Bangladesh.thru 11, Ontario, Canada — golf, US LPGA Tour, Manulife Classic.thru 27, Bermuda — sailing, America’s Cup.thru 11, France — cycling, Criterium du Dauphine.thru 11, Italy — auto racing, WRC, Italian Rally.SATURDAY, June 10Europe — football, World Cup qualifying: Azerbaijan vs. Northern Ireland, Kazakhstan vs. Denmark, Scotland vs. England, Slovenia vs. Malta, Montenegro vs. Armenia, Norway vs. Czech Republic, Poland vs. Romania, Germany vs. San Marino, Lithuania vs. Sloakia.Birmingham, England — cricket, Champions Trophy: England vs. Australia.Christchurch, New Zealand — rugby, Crusaders vs. British and Irish Lions.Pretoria, South Africa — rugby, South Africa vs. France, 1st test.San Juan, Argentina — rugby, Argentina vs. England, 1st test.Melbourne, Australia — rugby, Australia vs. Fiji.Kumamoto, Japan — rugby, Japan vs. Romania.Harrison, New Jersey — rugby, United States vs. Ireland.Calgary, Canada — rugby, Canada vs. Georgia.Singapore — rugby, Italy vs. Scotland.Elmont, New York — horse racing, Belmont Stakes.thru 11, Leeds, England — triathlon, world series.thru 18, Switzerland — cycling, Tour de Suisse.Belfast, Northern Ireland — boxing, Lee Haskins vs. Ryan Burnett for Haskins’ IBF bantamweight title.SUNDAY, June 11Montreal —auto racing, F1, Canadian GP.London — cricket, Champions Trophy: India vs. South Africa.Various sites — football, World Cup qualifying: EUROPE: Moldova vs. Georgia, Finland vs. Ukraine, Ireland vs. Austria, Serbia vs. Wales, Macedonia vs. Spain, Italy vs. Liechtenstein, Iceland vs. Croatia, Israel vs. Albania, Kosovo vs. Turkey. OCEANIA: New Caledonia vs. Fiji. CONCACAF: Mexico vs. United States. FRIENDLIES: Netherlands vs. Ivory Coast, Ireland vs. Uruguay.MONDAY, June 12Cardiff, Wales — cricket, Champions Trophy: Sri Lanka vs. Pakistan.Various sites — football, World Cup qualifying: ASIA: Iran vs. Uzbekistan. FRIENDLY: Belarus vs. New Zealand.thru 18, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands — tennis, ATP-WTA, Ricoh Open.thru 18, Stuttgart, Germany — tennis, ATP, Mercedes Cup.thru 18, Nottingham, England — tennis, WTA, Aegon Open.TUESDAY, June 13Dunedin, New Zealand — rugby, Highlanders vs. British and Irish Lions.Various sites — football, World Cup qualifying: ASIA: Thailand vs. United Arab Emirates, Iraq vs. Japan, Syria vs. China, Qatar vs. South Korea. CONCACAF: Panama vs. Honduras, Costa Rica vs. Trinidad and Tobago. OCEANIA: Papua New Guinea vs. Solomon Islands. FRIENDLIES: Australia vs. Brazil, Singapore vs. Argentina, Norway vs. Sweden, Romania vs. Chile. Cameroon vs. Colombia, France vs. England.WEDNESDAY, June 14Cardiff, Wales — cricket, Champions Trophy semifinal.THURSDAY, June 15thru 18, Erin, Wisconsin — golf, U.S. Open.Birmingham, England — cricket, Champions Trophy semifinal.thru 18, Grand Rapids, Michigan — golf, US LPGA Tour, Meijer Classic for Simply Give.Oslo, Norway — athletics, Diamond League.FRIDAY, June 16Auckland, New Zealand — rugby, Tonga vs. Wales, New Zealand vs. Samoa.SATURDAY, June 17Rotorua, New Zealand — rugby, New Zealand Maori vs. British and Irish Lions.Durban, South Africa — rugby, South Africa vs. France, 2nd test.Sydney — rugby, Australia vs. Scotland.Santa Fe, Argentina — rugby, Argentina vs. England, 2nd test.Fukuroi, Japan — rugby, Japan vs. Ireland, 1st test.Suva, Fiji — rugby, Fiji vs. Italy.Kennesaw, Georgia — rugby, United States vs. Georgia.Edmonton — rugby, Canada vs. Romania.Russia — football, Confederations Cup: Russia vs. New Zealand.thru 18, Le Mans, France — auto racing, Le Mans 24 Hours.Wetzlar, Germany — boxing, Tyron Zeuge vs. Paul Smith for Zeuge’s WBA super middleweight title.Las Vegas — boxing, Andre Ward vs. Sergey Kovalev for Ward’s IBF-WBA-WBO light heavyweight titles; Guillermo Rigondeaux vs. Moises Flores for Rigondeaux’s WBA featherweight title.SUNDAY, June 18London — cricket, Champions Trophy final.Russia — football, Confederations Cup: Portugal vs. Mexico, Cameroon vs. Chile.Stockholm — athletics, Diamond League.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Michael Skibbe to Coach Greece for Another 2 Years

first_imgATHENS (AP) — Greece’s soccer federation says it is renewing national coach Michael Skibbe’s contract for another two years, despite the team’s failure to qualify for the World Cup.Greece was eliminated by Croatia in the playoffs this month.The federation says Skibbe will be in Athens on Thursday to sign the new contract.Skibbe, a 52-year-old German, took over in October 2015 after Greece’s wretched qualifying campaign for the 2016 European Championship, which included home and away losses to the Faroe Islands.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

Accelerating development of USB-C power systems

first_img “Really informative article, been wondering about this kind of development. It gives a broad sense of USB Communication other than transferring data. Hope this gets commercialized soon..” a high-voltage gate driver to drive the MOSFET achieve conformance to the USB PD 3.0 specifications implement additional features, including a programmable power supply and support for Quick Charge technology. Continue Reading Previous Express Logic: X-Ware IoT Platform supports AndesCore N25 and NX25 RISC-V processorsNext Mouser: MAX32652 ultra-low-power MCU enables extra battery life, scalable memory The introduction by the USB Implementers’ Forum (UBS-IF) of the most recent version 3.0 of the USB Power Delivery (USB PD) standard promises to spark a new wave of product development. We can expect to see a whole new range of power adapters, power banks, and chargers for consumer devices such as laptop computers, tablets and mobile phones.USB PD 3.0 over a USB Type-C connector dramatically increases the power rating of the USB interface from a 7.5W maximum to 100W, via a maximum 20V/5A supply. Fast battery charging and the supply of power-hungry systems such as all-in-one PCs over USB Type-C have been made possible by the introduction of USB PD 3.0.The ratification of the new USB PD 3.0 standard followed the introduction of the USB Type-C interface standard, which provided a new connector/receptacle design. The USB-C plug is reversible, making it more convenient for users. It is also smaller than the familiar USB Type-A connector and capable of carrying HDMI and DisplayPort traffic as well as USB traffic (see Figure 1).click for larger image Fig. 1: The standard USB-C interface can replace multiple other interfaces in consumer devices. (Source: Cypress Semiconductor) The USB-C connector is also compatible with USB PD 3.0. Now power adapter manufacturers have the potential to produce a power unit or charger that supplies as much as 100W over a small, reversible connector that has a standard form factor and protocol. This means that, in time, it will become familiar to consumers and well understood by them, and should be interoperable with any USB-C device.It seems like a winning proposition, and indeed analysts suggest that the market for the key controller component in USB PD devices with a USB-C interface is set to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 89% between 2016 and 2021.Producing a power device that realizes all the benefits outlined above, however, is more challenging than system designers might assume, especially in a compact unit and at a competitive bill-of-materials cost.First, it might be expected that the existence of the USB-C and USB PD standards would guarantee interoperability between different manufacturers’ products, helping to maintain consumer faith in the USB interface as a channel for charging and powering devices of many kinds. In fact, the USB standard itself and standards which co-exist alongside UBS, such as the Qualcomm Quick Charge technology for fast charging of mobile devices, are subject to regular revisions and updates to take account of emerging user requirements and new technical capabilities. The latest revision of the Quick Charge technology is version 4.0. That means there have already been three major revisions since v1.0 was released – and v4.0 is not likely to be the last.At the same time, the USB PD 3.0 standard is itself more than a power specification that sets limits for the input voltage and current to a power-consuming device. More of the standard is devoted to the communications protocols by which connected devices establish their identity, the functions which they are capable of performing, and the role they are going to play as either power provider or power consumer in any given session. The standard also includes provisions for programmable power supplies that can produce a variable output power for use with multiple end devices.  In summary, then, the engineer responsible for designing a USB-C power adaptor or charger with USB PD 3.0 capability will often be required to: a USB PD power controller Evaluation kits feature USB-C sink or source ports and potentially USB Type-A source ports. Evaluation kit may be used to power and charge notebook computers, mobile phones and other USB devices, and to charge one- or two-cell USB-C power banks. ESD protection high component count short-circuit protection on the Configuration Channel (CC), specified in the USB-C standard, which is used to carry PD protocol signals Together, reference designs and evaluation boards provide an advanced blueprint for many end product designs, requiring only slight modifications to adapt designs to particular customer requirements.  Thus, OEMs can achieve substantially faster time-to-market.Rushil Kadakia is staff product marketing manager at Cypress. He has an M.S.E.E from the University of Southern California. He works with USB, USB-C and FPGA systems. He can get reached at rushil.kadakia@cypress.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Digital, Power 1 thought on “Accelerating development of USB-C power systems” voltage regulation to supply the power controller and other active components The hardware functions will include:center_img multiple components occupy a relatively large board footprint, making for a larger, more complex and more expensive PCB over-current protection on the input power-supply bus (VBUS ) Multiple reference designs, accelerating specific designs such as USB-C notebook power adaptors (up to 45W), and mobile device chargers (with a maximum power profile of 27W). Reference designs are backed by documentation, including circuit schematics, that can substantial reduce the learning curve for designers new to the USB-PD standard. In software, the power adaptor will need to implement the USB-C and USB PD 3.0 protocols, as well as the Quick Charge protocol, if required.It is possible to implement these hardware and software functions through the use of multiple discrete components. A typically architecture includes a microcontroller to perform system control and power control functions as well as to run the protocol software, alongside a discrete MOSFET, gate driver, and over-current, over-voltage and ESD protection components.Implementing a USB-C power adaptor, power bank or charger in this way, through the use of multiple discrete components, has various drawbacks: provide scope in the design for regular updates to take account of changes in specifications May 12, 2018 at 5:20 am Log in to Reply a high-voltage P-channel MOSFET, switching power to the powered device in response to PWM signals from the USB PD power controller a system consisting of multiple fixed-function, hardware components tends to become inflexible over time, making it harder to update the design quickly in response to changes in specifications or user requirements Kamal09 says: Drawbacks of discrete implementations A USB-C PD 3.0 system that can meet the requirements above has certain functional requirements, some of which will be implemented in hardware and some in software. Integration for simplicity and cost reduction To address these drawbacks, manufacturers are producing integrated silicon that provides both the functionality required for the USB-PD specification as well as the flexibility to update designs as the specification matures and revisions of co-existing standards arise. Power delivery controllers such as Cypress Semiconductor CCG3PA integrate the required hardware functions, apart from the high-voltage power switch, into a single system-on-chip. Manufacturers of such devices also provide the USB-C, USB PD 3.0 and Quick Charge 4.0 protocol stacks. In the case of the CCG3PA, this software runs on an embedded ARM® Cortex®-M0 processor core.For flexibility, these SoCs provide sufficient Flash memory with read-while-write capabilities to support firmware upgrades and maintain interoperability. To further speed design, SoCs are certified as conforming to the USB PD 3.0 standard, as well as being compliant with the Quick Charge 4.0, 3.0 and 2.0 specifications.Figure 2 shows the block diagram of a USB-PD integrated controller. By providing a high level of integration, engineers can leverage the advantages of a reduced component count, reduced board footprint, simpler board layout, and lower bill-of-materials. PCB cost and complexity is also substantially reduced compared to a functionally equivalent system implemented through the use of discrete components. For example, compact system-on-chip controllers for USB PD 3.0 over USB-C require only the addition of an external MOSFET and AC-DC converter to implement a complete offline power adaptor/charger for the latest USB Power Delivery standard.click for larger image Fig. 2: SoC-based USB-PD controllers such as the Cypress CCG3PA shown here provide a high level of integration to simply design and lower design cost and complexity. (Source: Cypress Semiconductor) These system-level advantages, which apply throughout the production lifespan of the product, are considerable. But there is also an important benefit in the design cycle: integrated controllers are backed by a comprehensive set of development resources. These enables a dramatic reduction in time-to-market compared to a typical development process using discrete components. Resources can include: 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.last_img read more

Lewandowski hat-trick helps Bayern Munich lift German Super Cup for 7th time

first_imgRobert Lewandowski scored a hat-trick as Bayern Munich beat Eintracht Frankfurt 5-0 to clinch the German Super Cup for the seventh time on Sunday.France’s Kingsley Coman and Spain’s Thiago Alcantara were the other goal scorers in Bayern’s first official match with new coach Croatian Niko Kovac on the bench, who arrived at the Bavarian club after bidding farewell to Frankfurt last season.This was compounded by the thirst for revenge of Bayern, who lost the German Cup final last season to Eintracht, then still under Kovac, who prevented Jupp Heynckes from signing off as coach with a double — in addition to the Bundesliga title.Kovac opted, from the outset, for a lineup with the old Bavarian guard. From Manuel Neuer to Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and Lewandowski, against which Eintracht tried to show offensive vitality, at least in the early stages.Hey there, beautiful #MiaSanMia #Supercup pic.twitter.com/7wwozLxMyGFC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) August 13, 2018Lewandowski started the scoring in the 21st minute with a header after a pass from Joshua Kimmich with accuracy.Just five minutes later the Pole scored again, this time after a corner from Robben’s left, also with a header to add the Bavarians’ second goal to the scoreboard.Eintracht had their chance to close the gap before the end of the first half, after Matts Hummels’ foul on Mijat Gacinovic could have earned him the red card, but the referee left it at a yellow.Jonathan de Guzman’s free-kick crashed into the defensive wall of Bayern, who then went off at half-time with a comfortable two-goal lead.advertisementLewandowski returned with a desire to keep on scoring and he did so after nine minutes in the second half, this time after a pass from Thomas Muller and after deceiving Eintracht goalkeeper Frederik Roennow.Hat-trick hero#Supercup championNew goal recordIt’s a good day to be @lewy_official #MiaSanMia pic.twitter.com/XotuMjllqkFC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) August 12, 2018Next was Bayern’s Coman to join the goal shootout, scoring in the 63rd, after which Kovac let newcomer Leon Goretzka take over from Muller for the first time.Lewandowski was the main protagonist, both for the number of goals scored and for the successive fouls of which he was the victim, which Kovac settled in the 72nd minute, bringing Wagner out to replace the Poland captain.Thiago, after receiving the ball from Kimmich, finished off a clear Bavarian victory for the third time in a row in this annual fixture.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

Would be a bookable offence if India lose in England, Australia: Ian Chappell

first_imgAustralian cricket great Ian Chappell feels India losing back-to-back Test series — in England and against a depleted side Down Under — would be a “bookable offence”.Former captain Chappell also said the next few months will be a defining period in Virat Kohli’s captaincy career.Prior to reaching the UK, India had a glorious opportunity to defeat two heavyweights in England and Australia in consecutive away Test series. Had they done so, it would have been a laudable achievement,” Chappell wrote in ‘ESPNcricinfo’.India vs England 3rd Test Day 2 Live Updates”Now Kohli’s team are in danger of not only wilting tamely against England but also of providing a depleted Australian team with a confidence boost, to the point where they will feel their chances of victory at home have greatly improved.”If India were to lose both series, it would be a bookable offence.”Rishabh Pant creates history on Test debut at Trent BridgeArriving in the United Kingdom as the world’s number one Test side, India trail the five-match series 0-2 after reverses in Birmingham and London.Even as his colleagues failed miserably with the bat, Kohli shone again.James Anderson takes 100th wicket vs India with last ball of Day 1″Currently Kohli is fighting a lone hand against a suddenly rampant England attack, and that allows the bowlers the luxury of expending the bulk of their energy in seeking his wicket.Our aim was to put England bowlers under pressure: Ajinkya Rahane”The next few months will be a defining period in Kohli’s captaincy career. He has already shown on many occasions that he’s a master batsman; if he can resurrect this Indian team and find a way to thwart Anderson and his English cohorts, then it will go down as an example of masterful leadership,” Chappell said.advertisement(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Honor 8X, 8X Max launched: Price, specs and everything to know

first_imgHuawei’s sub-brand Honor has launched two new phones in China- the Honor 8X and the Honor 8X Max. Both the phones come with a huge screen. The 8X comes with a 6.5-inch screen while the 8X Max comes with an even bigger screen size of 7.12-inch screen. Honor 8X succeeds the Honor 7X that comes with a 5.93-inch screen.Apart from the big displays, the next things that you will notice in the phones are the notches. The Honor 8X comes with an iPhone X-like notch while the 8X Max comes with a water-drop notch similar to what we see in Oppo F9 Pro and Vivo V11 Pro. Both the phones have a chin which isn’t very thick.Honor 8X specs, features and priceThe Honor 8X is the successor to last year’s Honor 7X. The phone sports a 6.5-inch FHD+ TFT IPS display with 18.7:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by a HiSilicon Kirin 710 octa-core processor and will sell in 4GB RAM/64GB internal storage, 6GB RAM /64GB storage and 6GB RAM/128GB storage variants. The device is backed by a 3,750mAh battery with fast charging capabilities. The phone runs Android 8.1 Oreo-based EMUI 8.2.0.Camera-wise, there is a dual-camera setup comprising of 20-megapixel + 2-megapixel at the back. On the front is a 16-megapixel selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture. The phone comes with a fingerprint sensor on the back. The connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, and GPS/ A-GPS.The phone costs CNY 1,399 (approx Rs 14,700) for the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage variant, the 6GB RAM and 64GB storage variant costs CNY 1,599 (approx Rs 16,800) and the 6GB RAM and 128GB storage variant is priced at CNY 1,899 (approx Rs 20,000). The pre-orders have already begun while the sale starts from September 11.advertisementHonor 8X Max specs, features and priceThe Honor 8X Max is a bigger variant of the 8X. The phone sports a 7.12-inch FHD+ TFT IPS display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset with 4GB of RAM. There are two variants of the phone- one with 64GB storage and other with 128GB. There is also a third variant that runs Snapdragon 660 chipset and 6GB RAM but it will arrive by late October.In the camera-department, the phone features a dual-camera setup comprising of a 16-megapixel + 2-megapixel combination at the back. An 8-megapixel camera sensor with f/2.0 aperture sits on the front. The device is juiced up by a 5,000mAh battery and it runs Android 8.1 Oreo-based EMUI 8.2.0.last_img read more

Champions League: Roberto Firmino’s winner helps Liverpool edge past PSG

first_imgRoberto Firmino scored a winner in the stoppage time to help Liverpool edge past Paris St Germain 3-2 in a high-octane UEFA Champions League match at Anfield on Tuesday.PSG had come back from two goals down with French World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe equalising in the 83rd minute, but then Firmino, who started on the bench due to an eye injury, drilled home a low shot in the final seconds of the Group C clash.Anfield played host to some memorable matches in this competition last season as Liverpool marched towards a losing final appearance against Real Madrid, and the first match of the current group stage proved to be another electric night of entertainment.It was a deserved victory for Juergen Klopp’s team who had been on top for most of the match and handled the sport’s most expensively-assembled frontline with some confidence.This team. pic.twitter.com/HnbVUgVaeGLiverpool FC (@LFC) September 18, 2018Yet it was agonising for PSG, who had looked buried in the first half but showed character to claw themselves back on level terms.Daniel Sturridge, who had not started a Champions League game since his days with Chelsea in 2012, was given the nod to replace Firmino in attack and the English striker responded superbly.”There’s nothing better than a late goal Bobby has come off the bench and done that. To a man, we were brilliant I thought.” @andrewrobertso5 on another dramatic European night at Anfield: https://t.co/UBQ5s8hUGM pic.twitter.com/Py5w9CD0JdadvertisementLiverpool FC (@LFC) September 18, 2018With Anfield in loud and proud mood, Liverpool came roaring out and put Thomas Tuchel’s side under intense pressure from the outset.Virgil van Dijk forced Alphonse Areola into early action in the sixth minute while the PSG keeper also did well to keep out a low drive from James Milner.FINE HEADERMilner brought another roar out of the home fans when he left Neymar crumpled on the floor after a crunching, but fair, tackle on the Brazil forward.Six wins out of six. pic.twitter.com/xqguLZhaLcLiverpool FC (@LFC) September 18, 2018The former Barcelona striker offered a reminder of his threat, however, in the 17th minute as he broke away from Trent Alexander-Arnold and tested his compatriot Alisson Becker, in the Liverpool goal, with a snap-shot.Liverpool were winning every challenge in midfield and managing to nullify the dangers presented by Neymar and Mbappe and they were charging forward with intent at every opportunity.It was Sturridge who opened the scoring in the 30th minute with a fine header from an Andy Robertson cross, the striker getting in between Thiago Silva and Presnel Kimpembe and powering home his effort.Six minutes later the Reds doubled their lead when PSG defender Juan Bernat tripped Georginio Wijnaldum in the area and Milner slotted home the penalty.The Parisians got themselves back into the game though five minutes before the break when Robertson, who had been outstanding in restricting Mbappe, failed to clear and Thomas Meunier drove home a first-time effort.Liverpool thought they had a third after the break when Mohamed Salah had the ball in the net but the effort was ruled out by referee Cuneyt Cakir who correctly ruled that Sturridge had fouled Areola when the pair scrapped for a loose ball.Even at 2-1 Liverpool looked comfortably in charge but with seven minutes to go, Salah carelessly gave the ball away in his own half, Neymar ran towards the home defence and the ball fell to the 19-year-old Mbappe who drove home with supreme confidence.Just as the home crowd were reconciling themselves to two dropped points, Firmino showed he could match the Frenchman for clinical finishing, eking out just enough space for a drilled, diagonal shot which sent Anfield into ecstasy.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Absolute honour to have a chance to represent my country: Mayank Agarwal

first_imgMayank Agarwal was announced on Saturday as one of the members of the 15-man Indian squad that will take on West Indies in a two-match Test series, starting October 5.There was a growing chorus of Agarwal’s selection ever since his sensational 2017-18 domestic season, where he scored 2000 runs and experts had been batting for him to get into the Indian team.On Saturday, Agarwal along with Mohammed Siraj got their maiden Test call-ups as BCCI selectors kept faith on young players like Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant and Hanuma Vihari ahead of the Australia series in November.Agarwal took to Twitter to thank all his supporters for their wishes and love and said he would work hard to make everyone proud.”Deeply humbled with all the wishes that have been pouring in. Will continue to persevere, work hard and make everyone who has supported me through this journey proud. It’s an absolute honor to have a chance to represent my country. Thank you so much,” Agarwal said on Twitter.Deeply humbled with all the wishes that have been pouring in. Will continue to persevere, work hard and make everyone who has supported me through this journey proud. It’s an absolute honor to have a chance to represent my country. Thank you so much. ????Mayank Agarwal (@mayankcricket) September 29, 2018Agarwal had made it to the Indian Board President’s XI for a two-day warm-up against the touring West Indian side. On the day of the selection, he scored a brisk 90 against the West Indies in the warm-up game in Vadodara and further received good news of the selection.advertisementAlso Read – Mayank Agarwal and Mohammed Siraj: Meet India’s new Test picks for West Indies seriesAgarwal has been in a red-hot form and with Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan left out, the Karnataka batsman may even get a chance to make his Test debut.Agarwal has played 43 first-class cricket matches, 70 List A cricket matches and 111 T20 domestic matches. He has 3372 runs in first-class and 3437 runs in List A cricket. He had even scored more than 2000 runs in domestic cricket last season.Read – Mayank Agarwal, Mohammed Siraj earn maiden Test call-upsThe 27-year-old right-hand batsman struck 8 centuries in 30 innings across formats to aggregate 2141 runs last season. His prolific run scoring helped him get picked for India A where he continued with his good work with the bat.He performed consistently in India A’s tour of England earlier this year and also at home against Australia A and South Africa A. In his last first-class match against South Africa A, Agarwal scored 220 runs.The opening Test will be held at Rajkot from October 4 to 8, followed by the second Test from October 12 to 16 at Hyderabad.The five-match ODI series will begin on October 21 at Guwahati, followed by the second ODI on October 24th at Indore and third ODI at Pune on October 27th. The final two one-dayers will be held at Mumbai and Thiruvananthapuram on October 29th and November 1.The one-dayers will be followed by the three T20 Internationals to be held at Kolkata (November 4), Lucknow (November 6) and Chennai (November 11).India’s Team for Test series vs West Indies -Virat Kohli (captain), KL Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul ThakurIndia vs West Indies: Full Schedule1st Test – October 4-8, Rajkot2nd Test – October 12-16, Hyderabad1st ODI – October 21, Guwahati2nd ODI – October 24, Indore3rd ODI – October 27, Pune4rth ODI – October 29, Mumbai5th ODI – November 1, Thiruvananthapuram1st T20I – November 4, Kolkata2nd T20I – November 6, Lucknow3rd T20I – November 11, Chennailast_img read more

I-League: Sandro Rodriguez brace helps Chennai City FC retain top spot in points table

first_imgChennai City FC extended their lead at the top of I-League with a 2-1 win over Aizawl FC at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Aziawl, to register their fourth away win on Friday.Sandro Rodriguez scored two goals as Liberian striker Ansumanah Kromah’s 72nd minute goal for the hosts was not good enough to prevent a second consecutive loss.The southerns now have 13 points from five games, seven points clear of second placed East Bengal and third placed Churchill Brothers.Aizawl, who won the I-League two seasons back, find themselves at the bottom of the table with three losses and two draws from their five games so far..@ChennaiCityFC further secures their lead, riding Sandro’s brace, as the @ILeagueOfficial toppers after defeating @AizawlFC 1-2.#AFCCCFC #HeroILeague #ILeagueIConquer pic.twitter.com/ygbWhjbvizHero I-League (@ILeagueOfficial) November 16, 2018The hosts began confidently enough and pressed high from get go. In fact, they even created two chances in the first quarter of an hour, but Leonce Dodoz, guilty of many misses on the day, muffed both of them.After a goalless first half, Kromah’s head from close range in the 48th minute, saw a reflex save from goalkeeper Kabir.In the very next minute, Duata gave away a needless foul in a dangerous position outside the Aizawl box. He was made to pay as Sandro struck his second brilliant free-kick of the league to beat Lawmpuia all ends and put Chennai in the lead.Aizawl tried to get back into the game immediately, when Dodoz got at the end of a blunder of a back-pass by the Chennai defence but he could not beat Kabir from eight yards out.advertisementAizawl coach Gift Raikhan meanwhile kept ringing in the changes in search of an equaliser. He had got in Mapuia in place of Lalrinfela and Rinchena in place of Govin Singh. But it was his third substitute Isak, who played a role in the goal that finally came Aizawl’s way.In the 72nd minute, Isak put in a wonderful cross from the right flank, which beat the Chennai defense to land at Dodoz’s feet. The Beninese fumbled and the ball after hitting Kabir fell to Kromah on the rebound, who tapped in for the easiest of goals.But there is a reason why Chennai are sitting pretty at the top of the table and their Spanish recruit was to deliver again when it mattered most.In the 77th minute, Romario Jesuraj made one of his surging runs down the right flank and cut inside the box to keep a measured cross which Sandro connected with a powerful left-footer.Chennai now go back home to Coimbatore after winning all their three games on the road while Aizawl need to find a way to be less expansive in front of goal, whether home or away.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more