first_imgChhetri was happy that Mumbai City FC have qualified for Chhetri was happy that Mumbai City FC have qualified for the first time for the play-offs with one game in hand. “I feel very happy. Last year we could not qualify but this is the first stage (in play-offs). When I joined (after stint with I-League club Bengaluru FC), the team was in a very good position. Everyone looks fit. We will give our best but will take it one game at a time,” Chhetri said. “The first season, I was not there. Second season we had a good team, but we just lost our track. One of the reasons we have done well is sitting on my right (Forlan). He has been very influential on and off the field. “We also have a very able coach and coaching staff. We are in sync. We are heading in the same direction and when this happens more often than not we will taste success. There are no groups here. We are united but not complacent. “We are going to try our best to win the next game (against Delhi Dynamos here on December 3). There has been no calculation about whom to avoid (in semis). None from coach to captain. We are happy that we have qualified with one game in hand. “We want to be a confident team going into the semis. We will try to win the last game as well as the next one, semis. We have a great away result but had not done well at home. Suddenly we have won two out of two at home. We have to build on it, work harder. The momentum is with us,” he said. Asked about his position in the teams line-up, Forlan said from childhood he always played as a forward. “I like having freedom to play wherever I feel comfortable. I am comfortable in forward position where I have always played as a kid. We have really good players, Indian or foreign. Everybody who has had an opportunity has done well. We are all enjoying each others company, playing and training,” he said. He was not sure whether he could take part in a longer league in India. “Entire season in India? I dont know what I am going to do once the league ends. I have to see, get whole information before deciding,” Forlan said. PTI SSR GK PDS PDS SREadvertisementlast_img read more

Bonucci: Juventus is my home

first_imgLeonardo Bonucci believes he has come home after re-signing for Juventus a year on from his shock departure to AC Milan.The Italy centre-back sealed his return to Turin on Thursday in a straight swap deal that saw Mattia Caldara move to San Siro as his replacement.Gonzalo Higuain also joined Milan from Juve on an initial season-long loan deal with an option to buy. 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! The Argentina striker’s transfer means Bonucci’s U-turn has arguably not grabbed the headlines it might otherwise have done.Some supporters were seemingly not keen to forgive and forget the 31-year-old’s defection to the Rossoneri as they whistled and booed him upon his arrival at Juventus’ headquarters.Nevertheless, his affections for a club where he won six consecutive Scudetti in his first spell remains strong.”It was difficult to imagine this would happen, but it’s fantastic that it has.” @bonucci_leo19 reacts to his  return.#WelcomeToJU— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) August 2, 2018″It was difficult to imagine that this would happen, but it’s fantastic that it has,” he told Juventus’ official YouTube channel.”I’m excited. Turin is my home and Juventus is my home, so I’m really happy to be back.”Juve kick off their bid for an eighth straight Serie A crown against Chievo on August 18, while Higuain, Caldara and their new Milan team-mates host Genoa a day later.last_img read more

Magical Emre Can goal boosts Liverpool F.C. top-four push

first_imgLiverpool’s Emre Can produced a goal of stunning brilliance to earn a crucial 1-0 victory at Watford on Monday that boosts the Reds’ push for a top-four finish in the Premier League.A game that had been meandering along amid much mediocrity came to life on the stroke of halftime when Can’s extraordinary overhead scissors kick from Lucas’s chipped through ball rocketed into the top corner.The strike, hailed by the club’s former defender Jamie Carragher as “one of the great Liverpool goals”, illuminated a dull first-half which had just been enlivened by substitute Adam Lallana’s dipping volley for the visitors that struck the bar.An uninspired Watford side laboured for an equaliser after the break but still came agonisingly close when Sebastian Prodl smashed a left-foot shot against the bar for the Hornets in the 94th minute.The victory strengthened Liverpool’s hold on third place with 69 points, three points clear of fourth-placed Manchester City and four ahead of Manchester United, who are fifth.The two Manchester sides, though, have a game in hand over their Merseyside rivals in the tense race for Champions league qualifying places.”I have never scored a goal like that – maybe when I was younger. That is the best goal I’ve ever scored,” the exultant Can told Sky Sports.”I saw the space and I ran behind and my first thought was that I wanted to head it, then I didn’t think too much.”Everything is now in our hands. If we win the (last) three games we are in the Champions League. We are confident. If we perform how we can perform then we can do it.”advertisementThe goal from the German international was unquestionably one of the best seen in the Premier League in 2016-17 but what felt most remarkable about it was that it materialised after such an undistinguished performance from Juergen Klopp’s team.INSPIRED MOMENTWhen Liverpool lost playmaker Philippe Coutinho to a leg injury suffered after a fourth minute challenge, there was little cohesion or punch in their approach.Then, from seemingly nowhere, the Brazilian’s replacement Lallana uncorked a moment of inspiration five minutes before the break.From goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes’ punched clearance, England international Lallana blasted his first-time 20-metre volley against the underside of the bar.It was just the hors d’oeuvre, though. In stoppage time in the first half, Lucas, whose only contribution hitherto had been to get booked for a terrible dive, floated his through ball into the area where Can set himself for a moment of acrobatic wonder.With no element of fluke, he twisted his body in mid-air to hook the ball flush on his right foot past a bewildered Gomes and sparked huge celebrations on the Liverpool bench.”This bicycle (kick) was pretty special, really wonderful,” Klopp said.It looked like a settler for Liverpool, who have so often blown victory opportunities against the league’s lesser sides this season while excelling against their fellow top-six contenders.Yet though Lallana came close to scoring on the break, and substitute Daniel Sturridge forced a wonderful late save from Gomes in the dying seconds, Liverpool’s failure to close out the game almost cost them.In the last of four extra minutes, they failed to clear their lines and Prodl lashed his shot against the bar with Watford’s final attack.last_img read more

ICC Champions Trophy: South Africa were mentally weak against ‘remarkable’ India, says Sourav Ganguly

first_imgFormer captain Sourav Ganguly praised Team India’s “remarkable” victory against South Africa to qualify for the ICC Champions Trophy semi-finals on Sunday. India defeated South Africa by eight wickets in a must-win game to reach the last-four of the elite tournament for the fifth time.”South Africa were mentally weak here and against Pakistan as well. It was a remarkable performance by India,” Ganguly told India Today.India will play Bangladesh in the second semi-final on June 15 in Birmingham. Ganguly said the victory will boost India’s confidence.”India were too professional. Bangladesh will find it very hard to control this team,” he said.Ganguly also believes that Bangladesh will put a better fight against India.”In terms of quality, South Africa were a better team in these conditions but their performance were very poor.”On paper, Bangladesh are a weaker team than South Africa but will probably pull up a better fight because they have a good batting lineup, they play spin well and their bowlers have done well. But I am not too sure if they are strong enough to beat this rampaging Indian team,” Ganguly said.Put into bat first, Indian bowlers bowled tight lines and bundled out South Africa for a paltry 191 in 44.3 overs. In reply, India rode on 128-run stand between Shikhar Dhawan (78) and Virat Kohli (76 not out) for the second wicket to cross the finish line with 12 overs to spare.Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked up two wickets each while Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Hardik Pandya got one apiece.advertisementGanguly praised the Jadeja-Ashwin pair, who once again combined to restrict the run-scoring.”With Ashwin at the other end, Jadeja also bowls well. It was a dry pitch. When you see one spinner bowl well, the other spinner also bowls well,” he said.last_img read more

Samsung reportedly working on a 4.5-inch screen phone called Galaxy Stellar 2

first_imgApart from Note 8, which is reportedly going to be the most expensive device by the company, Samsung is also working on a 4.5-inch display phone. Samsung is soon expected to announce a 4.5-inch display smartphone, and will call it Galaxy Stellar 2. Purported image renders of the upcoming Galaxy Stellar 2 reportedly leaks online and shows the device from all angles possible. Furthermore, the specs sheet of the Galaxy Stellar 2 by Samsung also leaks.As far as the rumours are concerned, Galaxy Stellar 2 was spotted with a model number SCH-i300. In terms of specifications the device is expected to pack a 4.5-inch AMOLED display and run on Android 7.0 Nougat OS. The leaked specs sheet further shows that the device will come with a 5-megapixel camera on the rear, while on the front it sports 1.2-megapixel selfie shooter. Further, the device is expected to be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 626 processor, which will come coupled with 2.5GB RAM and 32GB on internal storage.Also Read: Galaxy Note 8 could be the most expensive phone by Samsung: ReportThe upcoming Galaxy Stellar 2 which is said to be the successor of the Galaxy Stellar 4G I200 will be backed by a 3500mAh battery. Connectivity wise the phone is expected to come with several options like — 4G LTE support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS microUSB port and a headphone jack. Apart from the specs, price of the Galaxy Stellar 2 also leaks. Rumour claims that the device could cost around 699 yuan, which will be roughly around Rs 6,579.Samsung is currently working on Note 8, which is going to succeed the fiery Note 7. Earlier reports were that Samsung will launch the Note 8 on August 26, however, now a new report claims that the launch has been delayed to September. As per the specifications, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is expected to sport a much bigger and curvy display than its predecessor — Note 7 and is expected to sport 6.2-inch display screen. Further the device is also tipped to sport dual cameras at the rear panel, powered by Snapdragon 835, and run on Android Nougat OS. As per the pricing, the upcoming Note 8 is expected to be priced $900 (roughly Rs 58,045).advertisementlast_img read more

Get yourself home: Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany calls out FIFA U-17 World Cup star Phil Foden

first_imgManchester City captain Vincent Kompany called out Englands’ World Cup stars Phil Foden and Joel Latibeaudiere after their remarkable comeback victory over Spain to lift the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Kolkata.England overturned a 2-0 lead to win the match 5-2 after an incredible display in the second half display led by City’s Phil Foden and Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi.Foden along with Odoi terrorised the Spain defence from both the flanks which led to a flurry of attacks and four second half goals for England — two of which was from the former itself. While Foden was the star in attack, England captain Latibeaudiere made sure there were no slip ups after they fell two behind thanks to Sergio Gomez’s brace.#FIFAU17WC player of the tournament: @PhilFoden ??? England (@England) October 28, 2017The duo’s incredible display led to City captain Kompany calling the duo back home early as they will fly off to Naples to face Napoli in the Champions League on Wednesday.”Well done City and well done young England on becoming World Champions. Joel and Phil get yourselves home, we’ve got a game on Wednesday,” said Kompany in a tweet.Well done City and well done young England on becoming World Champions. Joel and Phil get yourselves home, weve got a game on Wednesday!- Vincent Kompany (@VincentKompany) October 28, 2017He also didnt’ forget to congratulate the Citizens, who earned a hard fought 3-2 victory at the Hawthorns against West Brom to maintain their five-point advantage at the top of the Premier League.advertisementThis victory of England gave them their third major trophy of the year. Earlier, they won the U-20 World Cup and the U-19 Euros.AP PhotoWhile the duo might not get their first-team professional debuts on Wednesday, Kompany’s tweet shows that they are under the watchful eyes of their captain and the club is keeping a tab of their performances.Foden has already made his debut for City in the United States during their pre-season tour while Latibeaudiere is a good performer for their U-19 side.The former’s tremendous performance also earned him praise from his club manager.”He loves to be at City — we will do everything to help him. He is our player and he will be our player for the next year I hope,” said Pep Guardiola to the Spaniard also added that his contract runs till 2020 and he is going to be the future of English football.”He’s so important for English football. These guys will grow. I’m pleased that England won the title,” said the Manchester City manager.Foden’s brilliance also prompted French full-back Benjamin Mendy to make the 17-year-old go through a drug test.Phil @PhilFoden drug test needed after that game ???? how good is my bro !!! ?? #Shark- Benjamin Mendy (@benmendy23) October 28, 2017last_img read more

JK womens football team nets a goal, led by stone-thrower-

first_imgturned goalie(Eds: Minor changes in para 2)New Delhi, Dec 5 (PTI) As a disgruntled student, Afshan Ashiq led other girls in throwing stones at the police on Srinagar streets. Today, the poster girl of stone throwers is the captain of Jammu and Kashmirs womens football team — a dream transformation that also speaks of the governments success in winning the hearts of Kashmiris.The 21-year-old Ashiq walked across the lawns of the residence of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today, saying she does not want to “look back.””My life has changed forever. I want to be an achiever and do something to make the state and the nation proud,” said Ashiq, whose life story may soon be turned into a biopic.A renowned Bollywood filmmaker, who for now wishes to remain anonymous, plans to make a film on the tall Ashiq, her teams goalkeeper who is studying for her B.A. in Srinagar.She led her 22-member football team that called on Singh, along with three officials. Ashiq said she was pleasantly surprised to see how he wasted no time in redressing their grievances over the lack of sports-related infrastructure in the state.”When we told the home minister that Jammu and Kashmir lacks sports infrastructure, he immediately called up the Chief Minister (Mehbooba Mufti) and requested her to do the needful to help us,” Ashiq, who is from Srinagar, said.Ashiq, who defends the 24-foot-long and 8-foot-high goal post for her team, said the youth in Kashmir Valley was talented and all that they required was a platform.advertisement”The minister also told us that Rs 100 crore had already been sanctioned (under the Prime Ministers special package) for the state,” the captain of the CM?s-XI team told PTI.She agrees that her life and career had made a remarkable U-turn since the days when her picture was splashed in the national media as a stone pelter.The same hands that threw stones at the forces now ward off many a hard kick as she guards the goalpost.During the 30-minute meeting with Singh, the team members conveyed to him that if proper infrastructure — such as training facilities — came up in Jammu and Kashmir, the youth could be motivated to hone their talents and bring laurels to the state, staying away from terrorism and other unlawful activities.Team manager Tsering Angmo said the sports infrastructure in the border areas was particularly poor and needed urgent attention so that young Kashmiris could be weaned away from illicit acts.”With proper infrastructure in place, the youth can take up sports to nourish their talents and no one can brainwash anyone. No one will join terrorism or indulge in stone pelting,” Angmo, who is from Ladakh, said.Ashiq and Angmo thanked Singh for listening to them and for speaking to the chief minister about their problems.Later, the home minister tweeted, “Met the young and energetic girls of JKs first ever Women Football Team. They are highly motivated and driven when it comes to football.”He also said they were examples for others to follow.”Playing the role of new age Gender Benders, these girls are setting an example for others to follow. I wish them success and a great future,” he tweeted. PTI ACB SKL VJ BDS BDSlast_img read more

Arsene Wenger says ‘difficult’ to see anyone stopping Manchester City F.C.

first_imgArsene Wenger says it will be “difficult” for any team to stop Manchester City from winning the Premier League after his Arsenal side lost 3-1 at the Etihad on Sunday – a result which left him fuming at referee Michael Oliver.Wenger said City’s quality, shown in their club record 15 straight wins in all competitions, makes it hard to imagine any team over-taking them but he also took aim at the officials after his team suffered a disputed penalty and a goal which appeared offside.The win gave City an eight-point lead over Manchester United and left them 12 points clear of the Gunners.”Can anyone stop them? It will be difficult this season, the way they have started the quality they have, but you never know. If, on top of that, they have decisions at home like that, they will be unstoppable,” Wenger told reporters.City went 2-0 up five minutes into the second half after referee Oliver ruled that Nacho Monreal had bundled over Raheem Sterling inside the area and Sergio Aguero converted from the spot.Arsenal players disputed that decision and were also upset that City’s third goal came after a pass from David Silva whom television replays showed was narrowly in an offside position.”I don’t want to take anything away from the quality but it happened at a moment when we were really in the game at 2-1 and it killed the game. It is the second year. We got two offside goals here last year and one this year,” Wenger added.advertisementThe Frenchman felt his team had created opportunities and were in the contest until the controversial third goal.”I felt it was an intense game of quality of both sides. Man City are on a high but I felt we had plenty of dangerous situations and chances,” he said.”Overall, once again, the referee made the decision again, with a penalty and an offside goal. We are used to it when we come here,” he said.”I feel they (referees) don’t work enough, because it happens every season. It is unacceptable”.last_img read more

Islanders Take Off Jackets, 4-3

first_imgNEW YORK — As the regular season approaches its end, the New York Islanders are nearing a return to the postseason.For the Columbus Blue Jackets, a long-since lost season cannot end soon enough.John Tavares scored twice and Anders Lee got a power-play goal 5:23 into the third period to lift the Islanders over the Blue Jackets 4-3 on March 31.Thomas Hickey also scored for New York, which improved to 42-25-9. The Islanders have won three straight to get to 93 points and have solidified their grip on the first Eastern Conference wild-card berth.“It’s a team win,” coach Jack Capuano said.New York is 24-9-4 in 37 games at Barclays Center this season, and four of the Islanders’ final six games are at their new home in Brooklyn.“We’ve wanted to settle into being home,” Tavares said. “You should feel your best in your comfort zone.”Thomas Greiss stopped 21 shots as New York swept the five-game regular season series with Columbus.Brandon Dubinsky, Brandon Saad and Boone Jenner scored for the Blue Jackets, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 23 saves.Columbus has lost four in a row and five out of its last seven overall.With David Savard serving a minor penalty for tripping Tavares, Lee poked a loose puck past a sprawled Bobrovsky. The sequence began with Johnny Boychuk firing a shot from the point that ricocheted off the end boards and back toward Bobrovsky’s crease.“He works so hard,” Hickey said of Lee. “The toughest job in hockey and he gets rewarded.”Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella used a coach’s challenge to see if Bobrovsky was interfered with, but the ruling on the ice was upheld.“We thought it was interference,” Tortorella said.The Islanders built a 3-1 lead in the first period by outshooting the Blue Jackets 15-2 and looked like a team ready for the postseason. Still, Columbus scored first when Dubinsky got his 15th goal 4:14 in on the Jackets’ first shot of the game.Tavares equalized at 7:25 with his 28th of the season, and Hickey’s fifth with 2:09 left put New York ahead. Tavares got his second of the period 41 seconds later.“We allowed them to dictate,” Nick Foligno said.It wasn’t all positive for the Islanders in the opening 20 minutes. New York suffered a blow when Travis Hamonic was lost for the game after three shifts with a lower-body injury.The Islanders weren’t able to sustain their first period level of play for the rest of the game, and the Blue Jackets took advantage. Columbus closed within 3-2 on Saad’s power-play goal with 4:12 left in the second.Columbus outshot New York 10-6 in the second. For the game, the Islanders outshot the Blue Jackets 27-23.Trailing 3-2 entering the third, Columbus drew even on Jenner’s 29th of the season 37 seconds into the period.“That was a solid effort,” Foligno said. “We crawled back into it.”Griess’ two biggest stops occurred late in the third. The first was a pad save on Saad with 6:24 left, and then he turned away Scott Hartnell at 17:06.“You’ve got to be mentally strong, mentally tough,” Capuano said about Greiss. “He made a couple of big saves in the last 7-8 minutes.”(DENIS P. GORMAN) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Kontides wins first race of sailing day 2

first_imgPavlos Kontides made an impressive start on the second day of the sailing competition at the Rio Olympics on Tuesday, winning the first race of the day in the laser class.The result more than made up for his terrible performance in Monday’s second race when he finished 31st.Tuesday’s second race saw the Limassol born sailor finish 14th taking him to fifth place in the overall standings after four races. He now stands 22 penalty points behind Argentinian Julio Alsogaray with 7 penalty points, Croatian Tonci Stipanovic, 13, New Zealander Sam Meech, 14 and Australian Tom Burton 20.His performance raised hopes of him winning an Olympic medal as he did four years ago in London with a silver, making him the first ever Cypriot to do so.Windsurfer Andreas Cariolou moved up the overall standings to tenth place from Monday’s 15th after finishing 23rd in the fourth race, 10th in the fifth and sixth in the sixth.It is the fourth time Cariolou has represented Cyprus at the Olympics having accomplished thirteenth-place finishes at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, and at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, but failing to qualify into the medal race.At the London Olympics, he improved further in the men’s event, but suffered a disastrous performance in his sixth race, which affected his position in the overall rankings, ultimately finishing up in seventeenth place. Source: Cyprus-mail.comTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Liverpool Beats Porto to Return to Champions League Semis

first_imgPORTO, Portugal — Liverpool returned to the semifinals of the Champions League after comfortably beating Porto 4-1 on Wednesday, with attacking trio Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino grabbing a goal each.Virgil van Dijk also scored for Liverpool, which advanced 6-1 on aggregate after winning the first leg 2-0 at home.Porto started well and showed signs it might be able to reverse the first-leg deficit, but Liverpool took control after Mane scored a goal in the 26th minute that was confirmed by video review after being initially disallowed for offside.Salah added to the lead in the 65th and Eder Militao scored for Porto in the 69th, but Firmino ended any doubts in the 77th and Van Dijk closed the scoring in the 84th.Liverpool, which lost in the final last season, will now face Barcelona, which eliminated Manchester United 4-0 on aggregate on Tuesday.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Bottas Faces Uncertain Summer as Mercedes Decides his Future

first_imgBUDAPEST, Hungary — Valtteri Bottas faces an uncertain summer after two unconvincing races as he waits to find out his Mercedes future.The Finn is fighting to keep his place at the F1 giant, with Mercedes set to decide whether to offer him a new deal during the upcoming midseason break. Now in his third season with the Silver Arrows, Bottas acknowledges the precarious situation is getting to him.“When contract-wise you’re on the limit it never helps. Some people might think that some drivers perform better under pressure, when things are on the limit, but for me it doesn’t help,” Bottas said. “It will be nice to hear some news when the team decides what it wants to do.”Last week Bottas crashed out of the German Grand Prix chasing a podium finish, and on Sunday he finished eighth at the Hungarian GP after starting from second on the grid. Mercedes head of motorsport Toto Wolff is weighing whether to replace him with Frenchman Esteban Ocon in 2020.Bottas failed to win a race last year but bounded into the new season with two wins in four races and even led the championship. He looked determined to prove he could be an F1 title contender and challenge his illustrious teammate Lewis Hamilton, the world champion.British Forumla One driver Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes, left, and his Finnish teammate Valtteri Bottas steer his car during the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix at the Hungaroring circuit, in Mogyorod, Hungary, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019. (Zoltan Balogh/MTI via AP)Since then, however, the 29-year-old Bottas has not won in eight consecutive races. Although Bottas is level 4-4 with Hamilton in F1-leading pole positions this season, Hamilton has crushed him 8-2 in wins and leads his teammate by 62 points in the championship standings.“It’s a big gap, much bigger than I would have liked to have. I don’t really want to think about it at the moment, that’s for sure,” Bottas said. “It’s a bit of a tricky situation, but that’s how it is.”Bottas needs wins — fast — and that’s perhaps why he’s pushing too hard in races.“I was hungry for the win. I wanted to win this race whether there were contract talks or not,” Bottas said. “There’ve been races that have been lost opportunities, sometimes because of us as a team (and) sometimes because of me. (In) the last three races (my consistency) has not been there.”In Sunday’s race, he lost position to Hamilton, who won the race but appeared to deny Bottas enough space as they jostled into Turn 3.Bottas was then forced to change his front wing after it was clipped by Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc. He appeared displeased with Hamilton’s driving as they fought to catch pole-sitter Max Verstappen at the start.“We were side by side (on Turn 3). For sure he (Hamilton) didn’t leave any room for me so that compromised my exit,” Bottas said. “Racing can still be good even though you don’t push others off the track … Obviously Turn 3 today was on the limit.”Bottas also took a swipe at Leclerc, who could have been penalized for rash driving.“Charles swept across and (hit) my front wing. That was it, really, compromised my race,” Bottas said. “I love hard racing, that’s for sure, but it was completely unnecessary. That’s not how it should be.”Verstappen finished second behind Hamilton and is now only seven points behind Bottas in third place overall with nine races left.Bottas has been on one-year rolling contracts since joining Mercedes in 2017 as a sudden replacement for retired world champion Nico Rosberg. Last year Mercedes gave him the nod for 2019 only in July, and now it’s even later.He knows he needs to prepare himself well should Mercedes choose the 22-year-old Ocon ahead of him.“When you’re in that situation, and you want to race in F1, you need Plan B and possibly Plan C,” Bottas said. “It’s always good to have different plans.”By: Jerome Pugmire, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Engineers as Mr. Fixit

first_img esuurmaa says: “Jack Crenshaw wrote:nn”I cherish my time at Auburn. My major professor, and the Physics Department Head, was Dr. Howard E. Carr. He was a physicist of the old, Faraday-and-Maxwell, get-in-the-lab-and-get-dirty, mold. He designed and built the Uranium s Jack Ganssle says: June 23, 2016 at 5:42 pm Duane Benson says: June 20, 2016 at 3:26 pm June 20, 2016 at 6:10 pm June 21, 2016 at 8:25 pm “Duane,nnI’m with you, especially on the multiple tries thing. Once it took me 5 trips to Home Depot to get the right parts to fix a plumbing problem! Gads, I was ticked.nnJack” June 20, 2016 at 3:29 pm bpaddock says: Log in to Reply Continue Reading Previous Maintainability and Serviceability are Design Considerations TooNext Deep learning hits a sweet note Log in to Reply In response to my article about zero-transistor autopilots, Bob Snyder wrote: “I only sail a little, but I like it a lot. I wonder… Is this a pattern? Are other embedded folks also into sailing? Perhaps we need to plan a Barefoot ESC Conference aboard a Windjammer somewhere in the South Pacific! Who says nerds can’t have fun?”Over the decades I have met hundreds of engineers who sail. Many of those were engaged in long-distance sailing. They were off to places far over the horizon, from the Caribbean to round-the-world. And I think I know why so many of us do this.In 1979 I chartered a sailboat in the Virgin Islands. Charter companies want to be sure their vessels are in capable hands so require a sailing resume (or, at least they did back then). For some reason they also ask about the customer’s profession. I was seated across the desk from one of these employees as he read over my history. He suddenly blurted “oh, great!”(Source:Jack Ganssle) “What’s that about?” I asked.“You’re an engineer. Engineers always bring the boats back in better condition than when they left.”A couple of years ago we moved my parents from their single-family home to assisted living. Mom had wanted to make this transition for a very long time, but Dad always refused. The reason? He didn’t want to lose his workshop and tools.He was a mechanical engineer.This morning Marybeth and I saw off a friend who is sailing from Baltimore to Rhode Island. One of his crew expressed some concern about potential mechanical breakdowns. Scott snorted “there’s always a way. We always manage to fix things.”Scott is an engineer.We were once in Cape May preparing to sail to Bermuda and ran into a sailing school teaching two couples about ocean sailing. I grumpily said to Marybeth “what they need to learn is how to bleed an injection pump at 0300 upside down in the engine compartment in 15 foot seas.”On an ocean-going sailboat one must be an electrician. Plumber. Diesel mechanic. Rigger. Woodworker. Navigator. Sailmaker. Oh, and a sailor. Because stuff does fail. And my observation is that engineers gravitate to this avocation in no small part because of the challenges presented by the never-ending set of problems that crop up.Bad stuff does happen. I’ve had to abandon ship at sea a couple of times. But generally there is a fix. We carry an enormous number of spare parts and random material (fasteners, metal, wood) to patch things up. One summer my son was digging through the snack locker and said “Dad, we have four spare injectors in here!” I replied, “yup, and a spare transmission, alternator, complete gasket set, rigging wire, and much more.”It’s a hugely satisfying intellectual challenge to find ways around the mechanical ills life throws at us. Engineers are uniquely suited to these sorts of tasks. We’re trained to think analytically. When a problem surfaces our first instinct is not panic, but to invent a solution. And have fun doing so!Engineers are often quite skilled with tools. Many of us have tool-centric hobbies. That might be building circuits. Or woodworking. Machining. Building houses. I believe that the use of tools shapes our brains. Learn to turn on a lathe, and suddenly everything looks like a round problem. A machinist might immediately think about the milling machine when tasked with fixing something.The Maker movement purports to be a new thing, but most of the best engineers I’ve worked with over the decades have been hopelessly-addicted makers. The word is new; the idea is ancient. Edison was not theoretical; he probably knew nothing about calculus. But he understood how to manipulate the physical world. When his first idea didn’t pan out, there was a second. And a thousandth.The reason I became an engineer is that I like to make stuff. Electronics is a ton of fun. I like design, implementation, and seeing the result work. Watch a firmware newbie as he makes his first LED blink. His eyes light up brighter than the lamp.Sometimes there’s a down side. Around 1980 I realized we had three VW engines in our little apartment that I was rebuilding for friends and family. That was enough; after finishing those I swore off being the village mechanic. But life takes interesting twists. At 15 my son wanted an old VW microbus, which violated all of my stultifying rules about high school kids owning cars. (Kids taught me many things, one of which was that pretty much everything I knew about life was wrong). He was persuasive; he had the money and he’d learn so much! Eventually I relented and he bought two busses with seized engines and a host of other problems. The two of us spent a winter companionably together making one that worked from parts from both, and, yes, two engines were in the house as we did a rebuild. The most interesting part of this was that all of his friends, without exception, predicted he’d never make a working vehicle.Once most young folks were shadetree mechanics. It was common to see someone repairing their car on the shoulder when a problem cropped up. That’s less possible today as bailing wire doesn’t help much when the engine control unit fails. But it seems there’s now, in many people, an attitude of failure. Or perhaps they’re overwhelmed by the complexity of modern products and have given up trying to understand them.Get on the subway and you’ll find nearly everyone staring into their mobile device. How many are Googling about how it works? How many even wonder? Frankly, I don’t understand most people. How can one go around not at least trying to understand how stuff works? The world is so damn interesting!I salute anyone who is willing to at least try to fix something. Who makes things. After all, we’re toolmakers; abstracting ourselves from that reality abstracts ourselves in some measure from an essential part of the human spirit.What about you? A maker? Does the family call you Mr. or Mrs. Fixit?Jack G. Ganssle is a lecturer and consultant on embedded development issues. He conducts seminars on embedded systems and helps companies with their embedded challenges, and works as an expert witness on embedded issues. Contact him at . His website is . Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram elizabethsimon says: June 22, 2016 at 5:07 pm “And an even specialer lady to stick with him! Mine and I are going on 24 years of marriage, and while it’s not always easy, I for one relish the challenge. Doesn’t hurt that I’m Mr. Fixit for her aging parents; her dad was Mr. Fixit, but at almost 87, h June 23, 2016 at 5:26 pm 9 thoughts on “Engineers as Mr. Fixit” jimfordbroadcom says: “In my experience, household projects / repairs require an average three trips to a hardware store….nnWhile I can (and do) fix most smaller problems, I’ve learned when to call someone more experienced with better tools to do something.” Log in to Reply “That is STILL true. I think that they make parts so poorly just to cause us to spend MORE time trying to fix issues.” June 24, 2016 at 3:40 am Log in to Reply 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. mosspp says: “If you compute it with more precision you will find that the actual average is 3.141592653589793…” Log in to Reply “u201cDad, we have four spare injectors in here!u201d I replied, u201cyup, and a spare transmission, alternator, complete gasket set, rigging wire, and much more.u201dnnThere was once a Knight of Old that was going to a battle in a far away land. He Log in to Reply Log in to Reply RGARVIN640 says: “Be careful with some of the “made in China” plumbing parts from Home Depot. I bought some fittings for a reverse osmosis system for my kitchen and they failed as soon as the water was turned back on. I bought the equivalent “made in USA” fittings at June 28, 2016 at 7:22 am sugapes says: Log in to Reply Log in to Reply “I don’t sail, but this blog resonates, none the less. I’ve only called my landlord once in eight years for a problem, because I kind of feel like I can fix things that break better than the repair person that would show up. (Of course, sometimes it takes last_img read more

Rigol introduces RSA5000 family of real-time spectrum analyzers

first_img Continue Reading Previous Silicon Labs: PoE ICs target IP cameras, wireless access points, IP phones and smart lightingNext FRAMOS: ruggedized machine vision lenses minimize image aberration RIGOL Technologies introduces the new RSA5000 real-time spectrum analyzers to complement the DSA800-TG family of low-cost spectrum analyzers. The devices are based on the new Rigol-developed Ultra-Real technology as a complete platform, which also allows to perform real-time measurements. The RSA5000 series features a compact, elegant design, touch-screen operation and a wide range of applications, and can also be used as a scalar network analyzer thanks to the additional 3.2 / 6.5 GHz tracking generator. RIGOL’s RSA50xx-TG real-time spectrum analyzer provides a cost-effective alternative for users with demanding analysis tasks and limited budgets at the same time. This fully featured instrument features fully digital Intermediate Frequency (IF) technology for accurate and high-resolution measurements from 9 kHz to 3.2 GHz and 6.5 GHz respectively.The modular RSA5000 series includes the functions:RTSA – Real-time spectrum analyzer up to a maximum bandwidth of 40 MHzGPSA – Spectrum Analyzer with outstanding performanceEMI – Pre-compliance tests according to CISPR specifications (with the software S1210)VSA – Digital Demodulation (option planned in Q2 / 2018)The real-time bandwidth is 25 MHz by default and can be optionally extended to 40 MHz. Thus, the device can be flexibly adapted to customer requirements. Due to the very fast FFT calculation, the device can achieve a 100% detection probability with correct amplitude (POI – Probability of Intercept) of 7.45 μs. The device can still detect smallest signals up to 25 ns. Thus, it is possible to detect signals that cannot be measured with a normal spectrum analyzer.Due to the resulting high information content, different measurements such as a density representation of the frequency, a spectrogram or time range can be displayed, even simultaneously. The versatile frequency mask trigger (FMT) can also detect difficult signals. Using different filter types and six different RBW widths, the device can be optimally adjusted to the respective application. Further details include the FFT rate of up to 146.484 FFT/s, an integrated FMT and power trigger as well as interfaces for USB, LAN, HDMI and GPIB (optional).A spectrum analyzer is used to represent signal amplitudes as a function of frequency and provides the user with a choice of IF filters to reduce the displayed bandwidth and isolate a dedicated signal from the surrounding noise. The RSA5000 Spectrum Analyzer’s digital IF technology significantly reduces the amplitude variations over time and frequency compared to analog filters. The effective measuring speed is more than twice as fast as with the DSA800 series.With add-on options such as the EMI filter & quasi-peak kit, preamp, and expandable measurement capabilities, the RSA5065-TG is ideal for pre-compliance testing of assemblies, devices, and components while capturing rapidly changing signals. This means that the customer can already carry out very cost-effective pre-tests in-house before the products are passed on to the usually very cost-intensive EMC final test to external, certified test laboratories. During product development, in-house pre-tests ensure that the product meets EU standards for EMC, which are mandatory in all EU countries and other European countries.The RSA5000 has a 10.1″ capacitive multi-touch display with 800 x 480 pixel resolution and receives its input signals via a 50 Ω Type N socket. Connections to a PC are possible via Ethernet LAN and USB as well as optionally via GPIB. The optional tracking generator of the RSA5000-TG provides -40 to 0 dBm output power with ± 3 dB output flatness from 1 MHz to 6.5 GHz for VSWR measurements or scalar analysis.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

Concurrent reloads VME product line based on latest generation processors

first_imgConcurrent Technologies announces two new VME boards for long life-cycle deployments that are expected to remain in the market beyond 2030.  VP B7x/msd is based on an 8th generation Intel Xeon processor for applications that need high compute or virtualization capability.  VP F6x/msd is optimized to maximize I/O capability and is suitable for those applications that need to boot legacy operating systems. Air-cooled products are available for evaluation and rugged conduction-cooled versions are scheduled, pending the conclusion of environmental qualification testing.VP B7x/msd is based around a six-core Intel Xeon processor E-2176M and up to 32Gbytes of DDR4 memory.  VP F6x/msd is fitted with a four-core Intel Xeon processor E3-1505L v6 and includes dual PMC/XMC sites plus an option for two additional PMC modules using a carrier card in a 2-slot configuration. Both boards have a site for a SATA based Flash drive up to 128Gbytes, an M.2 site for up to 1Tbytes of high speed PCI Express NVMe storage and an adapter for a 2-5-inch Solid State Disk.  In addition, a variety of USB, RS232, Gigabit Ethernet and display interfaces are supported.For security conscious customers, Concurrent Technologies offers several options: a TPM 2.0 device and Secure Boot are standard features with Sanitization Utilities and our Guardian Security Package also available.  Guardian enables customers to deploy sensitive applications through a range of hardware, firmware and software features that deter tampering and lock access to intellectual property.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous EKF: PICMG CompactPCI Serial peripheral slot boardNext Winbond extends performance of Serial NAND Flash Memory with new 1Gbit device offering maximum data-transfer rate of 83MB/slast_img read more

World Cup 2018: Japan fight back to hold Senegal to 2-2 draw

first_imgMidfielder Keisuke Honda came off the bench to salvage a 2-2 draw for Japan against Senegal, as both teams were locked at the top of Group H following an entertaining encounter at the Ekaterinburg Arena on Sunday.Veteran Honda, 32, who became the first Japanese player to score in three different WorldCups, replaced Shinji Kagawa in the second half with his team down 2-1 and fired the equaliser in 12 minutes from time after a bad error by Senegal goalkeeper Khadim N’Diaye.Senegal thought they had won the match as Moussa Wague drilled the ball into the top of the net on 71 minutes to make it 2-1 after Sadio Mane’s fortuitous first-half opener was cancelled out by Takashi Inui’s curling shot. But Honda ensured things ended level and deservedly so.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEThe result leaves both teams, who beat Colombia and Poland respectively in their opening matches, on four points from two games and within reach of a spot in the last 16. ROBUST DEFENDINGSenegal began the match strongly and their robust defending neutralised any early threat that the Japanese front line posed, allowing their own attackers to push up in numbers.The Africans went ahead in the 11th minute, although there was an element of luck to their goal.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEA poor headed clearance landed right at Youssouf Sabaly’s feet and although goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima managed to parry the defender’s stinging shot from the left, the ball rebounded into the net off Mane’s knee.advertisementForward Ismaila Sarr, who troubled Japan from the start with his pace and power on the right wing, was unlucky not to double Senegal’s lead on 21 minutes as he volleyed into Kawashima’s hands from close range.Japan slowly regained composure and responded with a well-taken goal with their only shot on target in the opening period to level the score at 1-1.Yuto Nagatomo controlled a long pass with a deft first touch before rolling the ball into the path of Inui, who cut in from the left and fired a curling shot past a diving N’Diaye.Senegal appeared to step off the gas towards the end of the half, and the effects were still evident after the restart, as they resorted to long-range efforts that failed to test the Japanese goalkeeper.They nearly paid for allowing their opponents to run at them, as Yuya Osako narrowly failed to connect with a ball across the box on the hour mark before Inui’s powerful shot struck the bar with the goalkeeper beaten.Wague appeared to have ended hopes of a Japanese comeback as he drilled Sabaly’s low cross into the top of the net to send Senegal’s supporters into raptures.But the Asians were not done and hit back again through Honda, who tapped in into an empty net after goalkeeper N’Diaye stepped off his line and failed to punch the ball away.last_img read more

Croatia reach maiden World Cup final, to play France on July 15

first_imgCroatia defeated England 2-1 in extra-time to reach their first ever World Cup final. They will meet 1998 champions France in the title clash of FIFA World Cup 2018.It was a massive heartbreak for England, who had taken the lead in the first five minutes. The Three Lions were suddenly in sight of their first World Cup final after 52 years. Between 1966 and 2018, England had reached the semifinals in 1990 but other than that, they had largely disappointed in the most mega event.Croatia’s best run in a World Cup before tonight was a semifinal berth in 1998.Croatia and England were level at 1-1 after 90 minutes in their World Cup semi-final on Wednesday after Croatia’s Ivan Perisic scored in the 68th minute to cancel out Kieran Trippier’s early free kick.Trippier curled the ball in after five minutes to get England off to a flying start but Croatia hit back when Perisic got in front of his marker to flick in a high cross from Sime Vrsaljko in the 68th minute.(Highlights)As the game moved to extra-time, both teams failed to create chances. There was no change to the scoreline in the first half but Mario Mandzukic reacted quickly to a flick on and he netted it in as Jordan Pickford looked on helplessly in the 109th minute.England were off to a sensational start in a World Cup semifinal which was right on the edge for most of the 90 minutes. Perisic’s 68th minute strike meant the teams went into extra-time not for the first time in the tournament.Also read – Croatian president parties with Modric’s team in dressing roomadvertisementCroatia had won both their knockout matches before the semifinals via penalty shootouts. In the round of 16, the Croats had defeated Denmark 3-2 in penalties before overcoming Russia in the quarter-finals 4-3 in a tense penalty shootout.England had prevailed over Colombia 4-3 via a penalty shootout in their round of 16 match.It was another high-octane semifinal a day after France defeated Belgium 1-0 at St Petersburg.Croatia defender Domagoj Vida, who had spoken out in support of Russia’s neighbour and adversary Ukraine, was booed by spectators on Wednesday.After Croatia’s quarter-final victory over Russia, a video was posted online showing Vida, a former player with Ukrainian club side Dynamo Kiev, saying “Glory to Ukraine!”Russia’s relations with Ukraine have been fraught since Moscow annexed Crimea in 2014 and backed pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.World soccer’s governing body FIFA ruled that Vida’s comments were not in keeping with tournament rules about political neutrality.The booing and whistles rang out each time Vida touched the ball in the semi-final against England, starting about 30 minutes into the first half.It did not appear to be coming from sections of the stadium where England supporters were concentrated. There were significant numbers of Russians in the stadium.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Europe maintains World Cup dominance with France-Croatia final

first_imgFrance will take on Croatia in the final of the World Cup 2018 on Sunday.It’s impossible to say for sure who is going to win the World Cup but one thing is certain that the trophy would be won by a European nation. It would be for the fourth time in a row that a team from the European continent will win the World Cup.Apart from serving some exciting football, this World Cup has confirmed an unprecedented dominance for the Old World over their once mighty rivals in South America.Whether France or Croatia lift the trophy in Moscow, it will guarantee a minimum 20-year drought for South American sides.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEUntil this streak, European teams had never won more than two World Cups in a row and that was back in 1934 and 1938. Confirming the hegemony, only one of the last eight finalists (Argentina in 2014) have come from Latin America.There are many possible reasons behind the Europeans’ superiority and some even recommend caution.Although Argentina and Peru were disappointing, Brazil outplayed Belgium for much of their quarter-final defeat, both Uruguay and Colombia did well until being knocked out without their most influential player, and Colombia were even eliminated in a penalty shootout that could easily have gone their way.Croatia’s road to World Cup final: Poor qualifying campaign, player sent home”It’s seven matches in one month, a short event – you can make too much out of it,” Andy Roxburgh, a member of FIFA’s technical study group, told reporters in Moscow. “You have to look at the bigger picture over time to see if there is a trend.”advertisementThe trend, however, is clear, with the only question surrounding the reasons.The most obvious reason is financial. Super-rich European clubs and federations have more to spend on recruitment, development and training.FIFA president Gianni Infantino declares Russia World Cup as the best everAlthough South America’s top talents flock to Europe, where playing conditions, security and salaries are all far superior to those at home, better organisation means the European are churning out more and more good players, as well as snapping up others who are eligible to play for more than one nation.In addition, there are almost no Brazilian or Uruguayan coaches in Europe and very few Argentines, creating a gap when it comes to tactics and strategy.Off the field, even modest European clubs are run like any other business, hiring the best candidates at every level, from scouting to nutrition to marketing.Many South American clubs are still run by amateurs who fulfil the role in addition to their full-time jobs.CORRUPTIONThe corruption that has bled the game dry is also a factor.The last three presidents of the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) were indicted in the U.S. as part of the FIFA scandal, as were the last three heads of the Brazilian Football Confederation and the former head of the Argentine Football Association (AFA).When 75 people voted to elect a new president of the AFA shortly after, 76 ballots were cast in the 38-38 tie.France will rectify Euro 2016 mistakes in World Cup 2018 final: Paul PogbaThat chaos has frightened off sponsors and broadcasters who were already reluctant to pay big money to televise competitions shorn of their top players.Unfortunately for South American football fans, neither Argentina, and especially not Brazil, appear ready to embrace change or humility.When reigning champions Germany were knocked out at the group stages, the shock was soon followed by schadenfreude.”Is this the team we were supposed to mirror,” Rivaldo said in a defiant Instagram post. “Everyone tries but only we’ve won the World Cup five times.”(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Thailand Open: PV Sindhu beats Tunjung to set up final meet with Okuhara

first_imgIt will be the titan clash between PV Sindhu and Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara once again in the final of the Thailand Open after PV Sindhu beat Gregoria Mariska Tunjung in the women’s singles semi-final on Saturday.In exactly an hour, Sindhu defeated Tunjung of Indonesia 23-21, 16-21, 21-9 to reach the final of the tournament.This is Sindhu’s first final at the BWF World Tour this year. She had reached the final of the 2018 Commonwealth Games but that is not included in BWF tournament.She will meet Okuhara on Sunday, who earlier breezed past Beiwen Zhang 21-17, 21-10 in just 34 minutes.In the first two games of the match, it was not the best of performances from Sindhu and Tunjung troubled her with her quick feet and tricky strokes.Also read – Kidambi Srikanth pulls out of Thailand Open due to injuryIn the first game of the match, Tunjung went into the break with a solid 11-7 lead over the Indian but Sindhu fought back adnd stretched the game to eventually take it 23-21.It was the infamous fighting spirit of Sindhu that came into play once again.In the second game, Sindhu started stronger and opened up an 8-4 lead over the 18-year-old Tunjung. However, some impatience from her and some delightful shots from Tunjung meant the Indonesia cut that lead and went into the lead with an 11-9 advantage.This time around Sindhu failed to cut out that advantage and made many unforced errors to keep losing points against the Indonesia. Tunjung on the other hand started playing some beautiful shots and her quick movements were catching Sindhu off guard.advertisementHowever, in a couple of rallies that followed, it was evident that Tunjung was getting tired while Sindhu’s physical superiority was beginning to come into play.Tunjung held on to her advantage though and took the second game.It was the decider when Sindhu read Tunjung perfectly and began bringing her aggressive style of play onto the court.Sindhu began dominating the net play completely and nullified Tunjung’s quickness. Sindhu, having played some flat smashes and some smart net strokes, went into the break with an 11-7 lead.At the net, the Indian coaches were heard telling Sindhu that Tunjung was tired and all she needed to do was keep patience and go for her strokes when deemed correct.Also read – Why Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu are training at separate venuesSindhu did exactly that and eventually emerged victorious.When Sindhu will take the court on Sunday, she will be up against Okuhara, who she has played some memorable matches against.Their current head-to-head record stands equal at 5-5 with the previous victory coming Sindhu way at the All England Championships 2018.Out of the last five matches between the two, four have gone the distance and Sindhu has won three of them.last_img read more