Rafael Nadal’s bittersweet relationship with Wimbledon endured another twist today when he was knocked out in a five-set, fourth round epic by Luxembourg journeyman Gilles Muller.Nadal’s stunning 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 15-13 defeat came after defending champion Andy Murray and seven-time winner Roger Federer had cruised into the last-eight in straight sets.The four hour and 48-minute stunner on Court One had the knock-on effect of pushing Novak Djokovic’s last-16 clash against France’s Adrian Mannarino back to tomorrow.Djokovic had been the last match scheduled on the court but officials chose to postpone the tie instead of shifting it to Centre Court where it could, if necessary, have been completed under lights.Just weeks after winning his 10th French Open title, Nadal was condemned to his fifth exit before the quarter-finals in his last five visits to Wimbledon.”It was not my best match against a very uncomfortable opponent,” said world number two Nadal, the 2008 and 2010 champion.”Well done to him. He played great, especially in the fifth set but I fought to the last ball.”Nadal converted just two of 16 break points, while Muller fired 30 aces and 95 winners.Muller, seeded 16th, will make his first Wimbledon quarter-final appearance against former US Open champion Marin Cilic on Wednesday.”Tired! It was a long match. I did really well in the first two sets then Rafa stepped it up and in the end it was just a big battle,” said Muller, who won on a fifth match point, more than an hour and a half after his first.advertisementIn a pulsating final set, which stretched to 95 minutes, Nadal saved two match points in the 10th game and two more in the 20th.In between, Muller had to fight off a break point in the 13th game and four more in the 19th.Nadal was always chasing the score and he finally cracked in the 28th game of the decider when he went long with a return.”I said, ‘just give it a shot, go 100 percent’, and it’s a great feeling to be winning that match,” added Muller whose only other win over the great Spaniard also came at Wimbledon, 12 years ago.
The English might have invented cricket, but in the course of history India somewhere, somehow managed to hijack the game.In the age when records fall faster than bails, Indian stars have monopolised the record books. Well Mithali Raj, Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar in particular.The sheer number of runs that have come from the bats of these cricketers is a testimony to why cricket is a religion in India.Mithali RajThe latest records that Mithali Raj, India’s women’s captain, achieved is the first to reach the mark of 6000 ODI runs, while also becoming the highest run-scorer in the history of women’s cricket.India captain Mithali Raj holds the record for becoming the first woman cricketer in history to hit seven consecutive fifties in ODIs when she hit 71 against England in the ongoing ICC Women’s World Cup.Incidentally she is also the one to hold the record for most fifties score with 49 half-centuries to her name.The world was sure that many records would fall at the hands of Mithali, the day she first played an international game, for she started with a record. She became the youngest ever to score a century on debut aged just 16 years and 250 days. She scored an unbeaten 114 against Ireland in 1999 at Milton Keynes.AP Photo Virat KohliVirat Kohli surpassed Sachin Tendulkar’s record for most hundreds in chases during the fifth and final One-Day International against West Indies. Scoring his 28th hundred he also became the joint third in the list of most hundreds in ODI’s with Sri Lankan Sanath Jayasuriya.advertisementIndia’s captain has 8257 runs under his belt and reached the 8000-run mark in the least number of matches dethroning AB de Villiers in 175 matches, to be precise.Earlier this year, Virat Kohli also became the first player ever to score double hundreds in four consecutive Test series, surpassing the likes of Don Bradman and Rahul Darvid.He scored 200 against West Indies, following it up with 211 against New Zealand at Indore, then 235 against England at Mumbai and finally 204 against Bangladesh.Reuters Photo Sachin TendulkarSachin Tendulkar and records are probably synonymous. He is the only player to play 200 Test matches, and has also played a record 463 number of ODIs.The most number of matches mean the most runs, with Sachin scoring an astronomical 15921 runs in Test cricket and more impressively 18426 runs in ODI cricket.It is also fitting that he was the first to score 200 in an innings in ODIs.He is also the only one in the history to have scored 100 International centuries.The complete list of his records is huge but not inexhaustive, you can read it here.
He has been away from the hullabaloo of Indian cricket for the last six months but former BCCI president Anurag Thakur says if required, he “won’t shy away from accepting responsibility”.The Supreme Court recently dropped perjury charges against Thakur after he tendered an unconditional apology. He was removed from the BCCI by the Supreme Court in January for failing to convince Board members to implement the Lodha Reforms.Since then, the SC-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) has spent an unsuccessful six months failing to make any headway in the matter.Recently, former India captain Sourav Ganguly, while accepting birthday wish from Thakur, urged him to make a comeback into cricket administration.”It was kind of Sourav to have said something like that.I feel humbled when a former India captain says something like that. I have not decided anything but if Indian cricket requires me, I will be always available. I have never shied away from responsibility,” Thakur told PTI.Asked if he is a relieved man, Thakur said: “I had complete faith in judiciary”.The Hamirpur MP has been very busy with his political work as well as looking after other sporting activities.”During all these months, I was busy doing what I love most — promoting sports. I organised the Himachal Pradesh State Olympics, which was a huge success. I am also involved with Hockey Himachal as promoting Olympic sports in the state has been one of my prime endeavours,” said Thakur.”Also, I am the chairman of Parliamentary Committee on Information and Technology, my constituency work in Hamirpur — I had a very busy six months,” he said.advertisementThakur, however, didn’t wish to comment on the ongoing drama regarding appointment of chief coach and support staff.He doesn’t want to talk on BCCI’s internal matters and only twice has he aired his views on cricketing matters.The first time was when he supported Virat Kohli after the ‘cheatgate’ incident during the home series against Australia and then when Kohli was being criticised after the infamous fallout with former coach Anil Kumble.
England all-rounder Stuart Broad has expressed confidence that his new-ball partner James Anderson would play a fundamental role in the upcoming Ashes series in Australia, beginning November 23 at the Gabba in Brisbane.Anderson, who recently turned 35, has notched up a total of 487 wickets in 126 Tests at an average of 27.90, but his 43 on Australian turf have come at a more expensive average of 38.44. (Day-Night Test is ‘step into unknown’ for England: Stuart Broad)However, Broad believes Anderson, who was also a key member of the England touring side that lifted the 2010-11 Ashes trophy, would once again prove to be a central figure when the Joe Root-led side head into this summer’s Ashes series.”I’m very confident. The last couple of years he’s averaging 14 or 15 with the ball in England, so we know how dangerous he is when the ball’s moving around like that,” cricket.com.au quoted Broad as saying.Reuters PhotoSpeaking ahead of England’s home three-match Test series against the West Indies, Broad insisted that Anderson’s wobble seam bowling is a great weapon to have in Australia.”When we go to Australia, the wobble seam he bowls is a great weapon to have in Australia – take (Australia’s) Stuart Clark as an example.We’re certainly fortunate to have him going strong and I certainly expect him to play a big part in Australia,” he added.The pair has already established themselves as one of England’s greatest new-ball pairings, having jointly taken 720 wickets in 94 Tests they played together so far.advertisement
PV Sindhu settled for silver as she went down to Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in an hour and 50 minutes in the women’s singles final of the World Championships in Glasgow on Sunday.Sindhu and Okuhara played relentless badminton in the longest match of the tournament but the Indian lost 19-21, 22-20, 20-22 to Okuhara’s sheer fitness.While both players looked out of breath and struggled to move, Sindhu got a bit more tired than the Japanese and that led to the end result.WATCH FULL VIDEO”It was anybody’s game. Of course it’s upsetting to lose. From the first game, each point was very important for both of us and even when I was leading or she was leading, it was never over from both sides. There were long rallies and she wasn’t leaving any shuttle, so each point was very tough. In the third game it was 20-20 and it was anyone’s game I feel,” Sindhu said after the match.”I have no words and it is really upsetting because anybody would aim for the gold and the last moment changed everything. Happy with silver but that feeling is there,” Sindhu expressed.The 2 ladies who have made India ???? proud. Thank u @Pvsindhu1 and @NSaina. Proud to support u both @OGQ_India pic.twitter.com/1UuVp7pMFh- Viren Rasquinha (@virenrasquinha) August 27, 2017Sindhu said that playing Okuhara has been tough every time and there have always been long and tough rallies but it just didn’t end well for her this time.”She was never easy and each time we play against each other, there are tough and long rallies. I didn’t take her to be easy and I was prepared that the match would be long but unfortunately, I lost. It was not my day.advertisement”Both of us were going for each point and we were both tired after such long rallies. Overall it was a good match, that’s all I can say but it just wasn’t my day.”Sindhu added that both she and Okuhara are tough players and don’t back down but when it comes to fitness Japanese players have been stronger.”We are both mentally and physically very tough and I knew she wasn’t going to leave any point. Coming to fitness, Japanese players are always stronger. Those long tosses and slow drops, I was prepared for all that and even though I was down in the third game, I did make a comeback but in the end, it just didn’t go my way,” Sindhu added.Last year, Sindhu was in another big final — Rio Olympics — and it was a similar story as Carolina Marin beat the Indian 21-19, 12-21, 15-21 and the then 21-year-old from Hyderabad settled for a silver. Almost a year later, Sindhu had a similar stage, similar set-up but it wasn’t meant to be.”It’s been good overall. Rio Olympic silver and then World Championships final and settling for silver, it’s a good feeling. With this confidence, I will keep going forward and learn a lot more things and come back stronger,” Sindhu said.While Sindhu settled for a silver medal, Saina Nehwal got the bronze after losing to the same Japanese in the semi-final on Saturday but for the very first time, India got back two medals from the World Championships.”We are very proud because we got two medals for the country, of course Saina also did really well. I settle with the silver so I am very proud.”
Karachi, Nov 25 (PTI) The under-fire Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has announced that a World XI would tour the country from January 10 next year as a first step towards revival of international hockey in the country.PHF president Brig. Khalid Sajjad Khokhar told a media conference in Islamabad that the government has given clearance for the World XI tour, which also has the support of the International Hockey Federation (IHF).”The situation is gradually changing and we are confident that after the World XI tours Pakistan, it will also pave the way open for foreign players to take part in our hockey league that we plan to launch sometime in 2018,” he said.Without revealing details about the composition of the World XI or where they would play matches, Khokhar said the PHF was now on the lookout for sponsors and to sell broadcasting rights of the matches.He said that India has become a high profile hockey nation after hosting several FIH events while, in comparison, Pakistan had been deprived of international events at home because of security concerns.”A lot of critics talk about Indian hockey but they forget that a lot of money has been channelled into Indian hockey in recent years by private and state sponsors and the Indian hockey league has been a big boost for them,” he said.Khokhar also said that the PHF had already done its homework to ensure the national senior team got visas to participate in the World Cup next year in India.advertisementMeanwhile, on recent criticism over the national teams poor show in the Asia Cup and a four-nation invitational event in Australia, Khokhar said: “We are sincere about reviving hockey as our national sport and we need time.”Khokhar ruled out removing former captain Shahbaz Ahmed as secretary, who is facing allegations of financial mismanagement to the tune of 220 million rupees.He said that the PHF accounts are audited and they would also be sent to the Auditor General of Pakistan.”I myself hate corruption of misuse of funds given to the federation. All those who are talking about financial mismanagement are free to come and inspect our audited accounts,” Khokhar said. PTI Cor CM CM
Harry Maguire scored in the last minute of the added time for Leicester City as The Foxes held Manchester United to a 2-2 draw at the King Power Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday.With Manchester City earlier thrashing Bournemouth, United are now 13 points behind league leaders City, with 41 points from 18 games.Halfway through the league, as Christmas arrives, City have almost grabbed the title by the scruff of the neck. While there’s still a stiff competition for the top five, City are running away with the lead game after game.Leicester found the first goal of the night when Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez combined like the old Leicester time for the former’s 50th league goal in the 27th minute. The Algerian held up Wilfred Ndidi’s pass for Vardy to score.Juan Mata got United back into the game with his goal in the 39th minute as the teams went into the break tied at 1-1.United looked dangerous after the break, the result of which The Red Devils bore in the 61st minute when Mata once more found the net and this time with a direct free kick.Even as United got quite many more opportunities to kill the game, they failed to capitalise those chances.Leicester’s night went further downhill when Daniel Amartey was shown a red card in the 73rd minute of the game, having picked two yellow cards in quick succession.Just when it looked like United have managed to eke out a crucial win, Maquire slid in Marc Albrighton’s cross in the final minute of the added time to help Leicester hold United 2-2..advertisementUnited manager Jose Mourinho was left cursing “childish” errors at both ends of the pitch.”We didn’t win because we missed incredible chances, joke chances,” he told Sky Sports.”We made a big defensive accumulation of mistakes in an easy match to win. I told to the players at halftime when it was 1-1 that it was an easy match to win.”Half an hour after our second it is a game to finish four, five, six-one.”We were punished by our mistakes. Childish loss of possession, so easy. Childish in their box and childish in our box.”The worst of the wasted chances he referred to were set up in the second half by Romelu Lukaku but frittered away by his team mates.The Belgian put through first Martial, who fired wildly over the bar, and then Lingard, also clean through, who could only hit a post.That led to an anxious last few minutes even against 10 men.Defender Chris Smalling was injured and in no position to clear when Maguire got on the end of Albrighton’s cross to the far post.For the first goal Phil Jones had been lured out of position and could not catch Vardy as the England striker raced onto Mahrez’s pass.For Leicester it was nevertheless a spirited recovery to continue their good form under new manager Claude Puel.”The manager has come in and results have picked up,” said Maguire.”Last-minute goal to equalise, that is massive for us.”It feels like a victory but it is only a point against a good side.”(With inputs from Reuters)
Delhi captain Ishant Sharma has suffered an ankle niggle and has been ruled out of the upcoming Ranji Trophy semi-final against Bengal in Pune starting December 17.Ishant, who has been in top form this season in first-class cricket, sustained an ankle niggle during the third Test against Sri Lanka at Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi earlier this month.Ishant has grabbed 20 wickets in four Ranji games this season and his absence may hurt Delhi. However, India Test regulars Mohammed Shami and Wriddhiman Saha will be play for Bengal.”Ishant has a slight ankle niggle and he would not like to aggravate his injury before the South Africa series. The Delhi team reached Pune this evening without Ishant,” a member of the Delhi team management said.The BCCI has allowed all the Test regulars whose teams have qualified for the semi-finals to play for their respective states in order to get match time. The Indian team is not playing any practice game so national selectors wanted Test regulars to play Ranji semi-finals.KL Rahul will not be available for Karnataka as he is in the T20 squad along with Manish Pandey. For Delhi, Rishabh Pant will be leading the side in Ishant’s absence. Navdeep Saini will be leading the attack alongside Vikas Tokas. Akash Sudan will be the back up pacer for Delhi.(Courtesy: PTI)
DETROIT — The Buffalo Bills’ impromptu trip to Detroit went about as well as they could have hoped.The Bills routed the New York Jets 38-3 on the night of Nov. 24, and the news from back in Buffalo was generally encouraging. The team now fully expects to host Cleveland next weekend at Ralph Wilson Stadium.“The best thing that I said, and I told this to the players, and I’ve been dying to say it: I just want to go home,” coach Doug Marrone said. “It’s been a long, long week.”All the snow in the Buffalo area forced the Bills to head to Michigan for their “home” game against New York. They practiced at the Detroit Lions’ facility and weren’t sure what to expect when they showed up at Ford Field for the game, but there were plenty of Buffalo fans in the crowd of 56,044 — and the Bills looked inspired from the start.The highlight might have come in the second quarter, when Scott Chandler caught a touchdown pass and then mimicked a shoveling motion in the end zone. If the city of Buffalo’s resolve has been tested the last week, the Bills wanted to do their part to set an example.“We want to be a representation of the city of Buffalo,” Chandler said. “Hopefully we can continue to just persevere and be tough and win these games, because we know that the people back there in Buffalo, they’re tough and they’re going to be rising from this last week.”There was some concern that next weekend’s game against the Browns might have to be moved, too, but Bills President Russ Brandon said before the game that he expects Ralph Wilson Stadium to be ready.Buffalo (6-5) has not made the playoffs since the 1999 season, but the Bills are only a game out of a wild card in the AFC.Buffalo’s Robert Woods had nine catches for a career-high 118 yards, including a stellar, one-handed catch along the sideline in the second quarter.“After I made the one-handed catch, (quarterback Kyle Orton) came up to me and said, ‘I’m coming to you every time pretty much, and find the holes in the defense,’” Woods said.It was another forgettable performance for the Jets (2-9) in a season that shows no signs of turning around.(NOAH TRISTER, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
ATHENS — Marcus Berg scored a hat trick and had assist to help Panathinaikos beat PAOK 4-3 in the Greek league on March 8.The highly entertaining game took place in front of empty stands following violent incidents’ two weeks ago in Panathinaikos’ home game against archrival Olympiakos, which led to league games being suspended last weekend.About 1,000 Panathinaikos gathered outside the stadium before the game to protest the league docking Panathinaikos the three points from the 2-1 victory over Olympiakos and fining the team. The gathering took place without incident.The win over PAOK allowed Panathinaikos to move within three points of Olympiakos, as the latter’s March 7 game at Panthrakikos was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.Berg opened the scoring in the 27th with a header from Zeca’s cross and Klaus Athanassiadis equalized for PAOK in the 42nd with a shot inside the area from Yiannis Skondras’ cross.Skondras gave the visitors the lead in the 60th with a blistering shot from a tight angle outside the area, but Nikos Karelis equalized three minutes later from a pass by Berg that split two defenders. In the 70th,Gordon Schildenfeld stole a back pass from a PAOK midfielder and crossed to Karelis, who returned the favor to Berg who scored from point-blank range.The Swedish forward completed his hat trick in the 87th with a close-range shot. In the third minute of injury time, Christian Noboa made it 4-3 with a diving header.Also, Kalloni beat Panionios 1-0, Xanthi won 1-0 at OFI and Kerkyra beat host Panetolikos by the same score.TweetPinShare0 Shares
LONDON (AP) — Philippe Coutinho starred as Liverpool emphatically maintained control of its Champions League qualification hopes with a 4-0 win over West Ham on Sunday.Coutinho set up Daniel Sturridge before adding a superb double of his own to ensure Liverpool can secure its place in the Premier League’s top four by beating relegated Middlesbrough in next weekend’s season finale at Anfield.The victory takes Liverpool back to third — four points clear of fifth-placed Arsenal.“We were a really deserved winner. The start in the second half was brilliant – we played really good football and we were more direct,” Klopp said.“Nobody will go into this game and underestimate Middlesbrough. But if we can be as focused and fluent as today then it will be difficult (for Middlesbrough).”Liverpool rounded off its impressive second-half display in the 76th when the increasingly confident Sturridge showed sublime skill to help set up a tap-in for Divock Origi.Tottenham signed out of White Hart Lane, and Hull left the Premier League.Sunday’s results meant there’s only Champions League qualification at stake entering the final week of the season.Tottenham locked down second place by beating Manchester United 2-1 in its final game before leaving its north London home of 118 years. Tottenham’s hopes of catching newly crowned champion Chelsea ended a week ago, but it was still able to secure its highest finish in 54 years.Tottenham’s triumph ended Jose Mourinho’s hopes of United making the top four, leaving three teams chasing the last two Champions League spots: Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal.The three relegation spots have also been filled. Hull joined Sunderland and Middlesbrough in dropping into the second tier after losing 4-0 at Crystal Palace.___TOTTENHAM 2, MANCHESTER UNITED 1Tottenham is leaving White Hart Lane after completing its best campaign at the stadium for more than a century. Spurs are due back on the site in a new 61,000-seat stadium in August 2018, after a season at Wembley.This was the perfect send-off.Victor Wanyama’s sixth-minute header set the tone for a carnival atmosphere and Harry Kane added his 28th goal of the season at the start of the second half. United captain Wayne Rooney pulled one back but Tottenham held on to win before a ceremony, featuring past and current players, to bid farewell to the stadium.The players are now looking to the future. By the time they are playing in the new home, they’ll hope to have delivered Tottenham’s first league title since 1961.“It’s been a progression from (third) last season,” Kane said. “We’ve just got to keep it going, keep working hard, keep getting better and hopefully next season we’ll finish first.“To finish strong and finish unbeaten here is something special.”It wasn’t so memorable for the “Special One,” with Mourinho’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League with United now resting on beating Ajax in the Europa League final later this month.“We know that it is a big objective, we know that if we lose the final we don’t play Champions League,” said Mourinho, who has already collected the League Cup. “But we fight for titles and probably other clubs finishing in the top four, probably they would like to be in our position to try to fight for a title.”CRYSTAL PALACE 4, HULL 0Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce maintained his status as a survival specialist, having never been relegated in management.“I said to myself this would be the hardest one, given the quality of the teams we had to play on the run-in,” Allardyce said. “If you’ve got the label, you accept it (as a firefighter), but building for the future relieves the stress on you. I wouldn’t want to keep fighting relegation at the end of every season. It’s about building for the future.”Marco Silva couldn’t save Hull, though, in his five months in charge. Hull makes an instant return to the League Championship.Hull never recovered after gifting Wilfried Zaha a third-minute goal. It was followed by Christian Benteke’s header, Luka Milivojevic’s 85th-minute penalty and Patrick van Aanholt’s late strike.TweetPinShare0 Shares
TORONTO — Pascal Siakam scored a playoff career-high 32 points and the Toronto Raptors won the first NBA Finals game played outside the U.S., beating the Golden State Warriors 118-109 on Thursday night.The Raptors hardly looked like newcomers to the NBA’s biggest stage, controlling the action most of the way against a Golden State team beginning its fifth straight NBA Finals appearance.Kawhi Leonard added 23 points and Marc Gasol had 20 for the Raptors, fueled by a crowd that couldn’t wait for a party 24 years in the making.“I think they were into it and that’s the way it should be, man,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “That’s what home court is, and our fans deserve a bunch of credit for being a big part of that.”Stephen Curry scored 34 points and Klay Thompson had 21 for the Warriors, who had won all four Game 1s in the last four years. All those had come at home, but this time Golden State doesn’t have home-court — or home country — advantage.Game 2 is Sunday night in Toronto, which is hosting an NBA Finals game for the first time after the Raptors entered the league as an expansion team in 1995.The Raptors were perhaps a little jittery at the start, with Kyle Lowry firing a pass well out of bounds on their first possession.But they quickly settled in afterward, building a 10-point lead by halftime.Siakam then went 6 for 6 in the third quarter to keep Golden State from gaining much ground, and the Raptors kept their lead around double digits for much of the final quarter, countering every attempt the Warriors made to catch up.“I thought we made a good effort in the second half, got back in the game. Our guys did some good things, but made too many mistakes to actually go ahead and win the game,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam (43) blocks a shot by Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) during the second half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Thursday, May 30, 2019, in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)All four of the Warriors’ previous finals were against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, and they struggled to figure out a new opponent. Toronto shot 50.6 percent from the field and the Warriors never found an answer for Siakam, the finalist for Most Improved Player who has a nice start for an NBA Finals MVP resume.The player nicknamed Spicy P was red hot, shooting 14 for 17 from the field — and he tipped in his own shot on the last of those misses with 54 seconds to play.Fans began arriving at Jurassic Park outside the arena in the morning. There were lengthy lines at the arena entrances hours before the game, with some of the few fans who weren’t wearing Raptors red sticking to their original purple uniform with the dinosaur logo.Rapper and Raptors global ambassador Drake sat in his courtside seat wearing a Curry No. 30 jersey. That’s Dell Curry, Stephen’s father who finished his career with the Raptors.The Raptors introduced Dell Curry and some of their other former players after the first quarter, a group that included perennial All-Stars such as Tracy McGrady and Chris Bosh.Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) reacts during the second half of Game 1 of the team’s basketball’s NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors on Thursday, May 30, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)But it wasn’t until they went out and got Leonard in a trade with San Antonio that Toronto was finally good enough to get to the NBA Finals.He wasn’t the dominant force he was in the first three rounds, when he averaged 31.2 points. But he had eight rebounds and five assists in his first NBA Finals game since winning MVP of the 2014 championship with the Spurs.DeMarcus Cousins made it back from a torn left quadriceps to come off the bench in his first NBA Finals game, but the Warriors remained without Kevin Durant, the MVP of the last two NBA Finals. He traveled to Toronto but it’s unclear if he’ll play before the series returns to the Bay Area, with Kerr saying he would have to go through a practice first.The Warriors had won every game since he got hurt in the second round but sure missed him against the Raptors, who are on a roll after falling behind 2-0 to Milwaukee in the Eastern Conference finals.TIP-INSWarriors: Cousins finished with three points in eight minutes. … Draymond Green had his fifth triple-double of the postseason with 10 points, 10 rebounds and assists, but shot just 2 for 9. … Golden State had a 12-game winning streak in Game 1s snapped. … Curry’s four 3-pointers gave him a record 102 in the NBA Finals and he was also 14 for 14 from the free throw line.Raptors: Danny Green went 3 for 7 from 2-point range after he was just 4 for 23 in the conference finals. … The Raptors improved to just 4-15 in Game 1s.UP NEXTGame 2 is Sunday night.By: Brian Mahoney, AP Basketball WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
NEW YORK — Justin Verlander watched and waited, hoping Aaron Hicks’ drive deep down the right field line would hook foul at the last instant.When it bonked hard off the bright yellow foul pole for a three-run homer, Verlander crouched beside the mound and simply held up his glove, waiting for a new baseball as the Yankee Stadium crowd roared.Houston’s star pitcher had put his team in an early hole — no doubt about that now. And when the Astros were unable to rally during a 4-1 loss Friday night to New York, their first of three chances to close out this AL Championship Series was gone.Same as Hicks’ shot.And the one just before that off DJ LeMahieu’s bat.“I was able to settle down,” Verlander said. “Too little too late.”Earlier this season, Verlander playfully waved at Yankees fans as he walked off the mound on the way to a win. He entered Game 5 of the ALCS with a 4-0 record and 2.38 ERA in seven previous postseason starts against New York. But he was unable to put away these Bronx Bombers for good, struggling through a four-run first that ate up 29 pitches and marked his worst inning in two-plus years with the Astros.Houston still headed home with a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven playoff — and one more ace up its sleeve.October star Gerrit Cole, who is 19-0 since May, would be ready on full rest if the series goes to a deciding Game 7. Comforting thought for the Astros as they seek a second World Series trip in three years.To push it that far, the Yankees must win Game 6 on Saturday night at Minute Maid Park, where both teams are planning bullpen games on the mound.“We have to go and take care of business at home,” Verlander said.“I’m extremely confident in our bullpen. Our bullpen’s been incredible all season long. Another reason that I really felt I needed to get deep in this ballgame was to save those guys as much as possible going into tomorrow because I knew it was going to be a bullpen day,” he added.So the fact that Verlander, the 2017 ALCS MVP against the Yankees, settled into a serious groove and lasted seven innings was a big help in saving the relief corps. He retired 20 of his final 21 batters after Hicks’ home run, permitting only a soft single during that stretch, to finish with nine strikeouts and no walks.“He was incredible after the first,” manager AJ Hinch said. “I thought he recovered great and did his best to continue to keep us in the game.”But the damage was already done.While fellow aces Cole and Zack Greinke were mostly able to escape first-inning trouble in the Bronx over the previous two games, Verlander wasn’t. And that terrible start prevented him from finishing off the Yankees.It was similar to the Division Series against the wild-card Rays, when Verlander lost 4-1 on three days’ rest at Tampa Bay with an opportunity to end the series. He was on a regular schedule this time, but maybe the eight-time All-Star had trouble fully getting loose at the start in 52-degree weather.It was the coldest game-time temperature for one of Verlander’s starts since it was 50 degrees for Game 1 of the ALCS last year in Boston, according to STATS. He walked four in six innings that time but won 7-2 at Fenway Park.Verlander also was unable to wrap up the 2017 World Series in Game 6 at Dodger Stadium after a sensational postseason to that point. He pitched well for six innings but lost 3-1 before Houston took the title the next night.After the Astros grabbed a 1-0 lead Friday against James Paxton in the top of the first, Verlander gave up four hits to his first five batters — three for extra bases.LeMahieu hit a leadoff homer to right field on Verlander’s second pitch and Hicks fought back from 0-2 to a full count before pulling an 88 mph slider down the line.“Fastball command wasn’t very good, and the slider was just hanging. I just wasn’t able to execute really anything,” Verlander said . “I thought I could have made some better pitches. I had my opportunities. I was able to get a strikeout and then I had Hicks in the hole. Just wasn’t able to execute on anything. I got ahead of him early. Had opportunities to get a strikeout and I hung him a slider 3-2.”It was the first time in their 405 postseason games that the Yankees homered twice in the first inning.The 36-year-old Verlander, the 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner, led the majors with 21 wins and 223 innings pitched this season. He also threw his third career no-hitter.The last time he gave up four runs in the first inning was in August 2014 with Detroit against the Pittsburgh Pirates.“I’ve had some rough innings before. Turn the page and start from scratch, really. At that point you’re hoping and praying that your team can fight and claw back and get you back in the ballgame. But at the same time, especially in the playoffs, especially when you have four games in a row, I’m trying to save our bullpen as much as possible,” Verlander said.“Very disappointed in the first and then not so disappointed the rest of it. I was able to at least take away a positive from the last six innings of keeping our bullpen fresh and hopefully that helps us win another ballgame.”It was the first postseason game in major league history in which both teams scored in the first inning and neither one did so again.Now, it’s back to Houston.One win needed, two chances left.By: Mike Fitzpatrick, AP Baseball WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
Designers working on space-constrained applications can now dramatically reduce solution size and increase efficiency with the family of micro system-level IC (“uSLIC”) modules from Maxim Integrated Products. The MAXM17532 and MAXM15462 ultra-small (2.6 x 3.0 x 1.5mm), integrated DC-DC power modules are part of Maxim’s extensive portfolio of Himalaya power solutions that enable industrial, healthcare, communications, and consumer markets. With these modules, customers get the full benefits of industry-best switching regulators with the size and simplicity of a linear regulator.With dramatic advances in sensing, connectivity, and cloud computing, miniaturization is the next frontier that enables emerging trends such as artificial intelligence and machine learning. Next-generation system designs from IIoT sensors, defense electronics, and network infrastructure equipment to medical and consumer devices need to collect, synthesize, and act upon data. This new intelligence requires more power in ever-reducing space without impacting thermal budget, making conventional solutions unviable and complicated. To fit into small enclosures that are deployed in harsh mechanical, electrical, and thermal environments means designers need shock and vibration tolerance, EMI compliance, increased energy efficiency, high temperature operation, and small size-a multidimensional challenge.Maxim’s uSLIC power modules shrink the solution size of the power supply by 2.25x with an ultra-small package size. This is achieved by integrating a synchronous wide-input Himalaya buck regulator with built-in FETs, compensation, and other functions with an integrated inductor. The combination of these components enables the designer to use the modules in small space-constrained systems while complying with mechanical and EMI standards. In addition, engineers simplify designs as they no longer need to deal with conventional bulky, power hungry regulators. Instead, they can integrate the ready-made power module into almost the same space of a tiny LDO. In such a small size, designers can achieve high efficiency and lower noise with increased stability.The uSLIC DC-DC buck regulator modules, which operate over a wide input range as low as 4V to as high as 42V, support multiple applications across nominal input voltages of 5V, 12V, 24V, and 36V with reliable headroom for today’s demanding applications. They operate over the -40 to +125°C temperature range.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous IAR Systems acquires Secure ThingzNext LieberLieber Software: HIMA meets tough standards with LemonTree
Continue Reading Previous Red Pitaya: STEMlab at the heart of radar warning and information disaster management systemNext Sensirion: CO2 and RH/T sensor module now available globally Maxim Integrated Products announced that select products from its portfolio work with solutions by Qualcomm Technologies to help carmakers and tier-1 suppliers integrate Maxim’s Automotive Safety Integrity Level solutions using the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 Automotive Platform for infotainment applications. Maxim’s high-performance solutions are designed to provide the necessary building blocks for next-generation vehicles.Maxim’s advanced ASIL-rated power management, USB charging, next-generation gigabit multimedia serial link serializer and deserializer, remote tuner, and software-defined radio technologies are optimized to work with the Snapdragon 820 Automotive Platform. As a result, automakers can now achieve a scalable, comprehensive development platform while also addressing needs of high-performance automotive infotainment systems.The Snapdragon 820 Automotive Platform is an advanced automotive-grade solution that is custom-built with highly optimized cores designed for heterogeneous computing. It runs on Qualcomm Technologies’ custom-built 64-bit Qualcomm Kryo CPU, Qualcomm Adreno GPU, and Qualcomm Hexagon DSP. The Snapdragon 820 Automotive Platform is also designed to allow the infotainment system to receive software updates, allowing vehicles to be upgraded with the latest features and differentiation.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components
Mem utility: http://www8.cs.umu.se/~isak/snippets/ Investigating the Use of Analysis Contracts to Support Fault Isolation in Object Oriented Code , L. Briand, Labiche, Y., Sun, H. In The Sign of Four we learn that Sherlock Holmes has a cocaine addiction. I have seen number 4 on my list of the top ten ways projects get into trouble so many times I’m tempted to self-medicate as well.4 – Writing optimistic codeA picture is worth a thousand words. I was buying parts for my sailboat and this popped up:$84 trillion for some paint and filters? Didn’t sound right to me.This is an example of optimistic programming. Assuming everything will go well, that there’s no chance for an error.When I learned to program in 1969 we were told to check our goesintas and goesoutas. This was in the era of expensive computer time, limited memory, and carefully-rationed CPU cycles. Yet, we wrote our FORTAN code with a plethora of tests for conditions that were impossible to occur; impossible, because in our teenaged hubris we knew we were such brilliant developers that our code was blessed by the angels.Alas, the built-in tests showed those were indeed fallen angels.Today the resources in a $0.50 MCU dwarf those of the $10m Univac of yore. OK – we don’t have a bank of spinning tape drives, but 10 ns cycle times are astonishing compared to a 60s-era mainframe’s 750 ns. We can afford to write code that pessimistically checks for impossible conditions.When it’s impossible for some condition to occur, it probably will.For instance, a switch statement without a default case is an example of overly-optimistic programming. Nothing can possibly go wrong – can it? With few exceptions all switch statements need a default case, which, if taken, either logs debugging data or handles the error.Exception handlers are exceptionally hard to get right. In fact, the reference (Simple Testing) at the end of this article shows that a large percentage of problems are in error handlers. It makes sense to carefully inspect these and include rock-solid code to handle the exception.Then there’s the assert macro. Use it. A lot. Seed asserts everywhere. Research (see resources) has shown that code with lots of asserts is less buggy and delivered faster than that without. Asserts check for things that might go wrong. Done right, the assertion will fire close to the source of the bug, making it easy to figure out the problemAdmittedly, assert does stupid things for an embedded system, but it’s trivial to rewrite it to be more sensible.Languages like Eiffel and Ada have super-asserts under the rubric of “Design by Contract” (DbC). In DbC it’s assumed that there is a contractually-mediated relationship between called and caller. Language elements are provided to enforce those relationships and take appropriate action when one is violated.If there’s one thing I wish we could add to C, it’s DbC. It appears that C++20 will get them.Unfortunately, C is pretty much devoid of runtime error checking. Add some. Lots.Another example: I never see malloc()’s return value checked. If malloc() fails, it will let you know. Yet most of us practice a needless bravado, just mallocing that bad boy. Now, we really don’t know how to deal with a malloc() failure, but at the least you can add debugging bread crumbs. Sans those, these sorts of problems are almost impossible to find. Or, if you’re really a pessimist, add the mem utility (see resources). It’s a few hundred lines of code that will capture about a dozen bugs common when using dynamic memory allocation.Using arrays or pointers? Check indexes and validity. Way back in the 1950s even the earliest compiled languages checked every array reference to see if it was out of bounds. 60 years later, too often we don’t, and our favorite language provides no intrinsic mechanism to do so. (But there’s work being done to add pointer checks to C – see https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/uploads/prod/2018/09/checkedc-secdev2018-preprint.pdf).I call seeding the code with these sorts of constructs proactive debugging. You know there will be bugs – there always are. Smart developers start debugging as they write the code, folding in snippets that will automatically find problems.The best engineers are utter pessimists. They always do worst-case design. Analyze the circuit assuming that 1K +/- 5% resistor is at each end of the tolerance band. And figure the code will fail in mysterious and bizarre ways.Resources: Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Design Methods Simple Testing Can Prevent Most Critical Failures: An Analysis of Production Failures in Distributed Data-Intensive Systems , Ding Yuan, Yu Luo, Xin Zhuang, Guilherme Renna Rodrigues, Xu Zhao, Yongle Zhang, Pranay U. Jain, and Michael Stumm 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. Continue Reading Previous Designing security into the industrial IoTNext Mouser stocking Arduino MKR VIDOR 4000 development board Building bug-free O-O software: An introduction to Design by Contract, (archive.eiffel.com/doc/manuals/technology/contract) Jack Ganssle ( ) writes, lectures, and ruminates about embedded systems. His blog is here: www.ganssle.com.
RIGOL Technologies announces a significant expansion to its UltraVision II oscilloscope portfolio with the introduction of the New MSO8000 Series Digital Oscilloscope. Delivering Bandwidth up to 2 GHz Bandwidth and a new Jitter and Real-Time Eye Analysis package the MSO8000 Series extends RIGOL’s unmatched value proposition into serial data analysis and signal integrity applications.The MSO8000 delivers the same 7 instrument in 1 capability as the other UltraVision II Oscilloscopes. Logic Analysis, Protocol Analysis, Spectrum Analysis, and Waveform Generation are all built into the instrument maximizing utility. Advanced analysis capabilities like Zone Triggering, Histogram, enhanced FFT, Precision Measurements and Power Analysis makes the MSO8000 the perfect solution for today’s complex embedded and IoT challenges. With the new Jitter and Real-Time Eye Analysis option engineers can now also accurately analyze serial transmissions for failures caused by timing, noise, bandwidth, and interference. Jitter and eye diagram analysis works with existing histogram and precision measurement functions to help characterize signal quality in real-time making the MSO8000 a powerful performance debug solution for serial data integrity.The MSO8000 is built around RIGOL’s UltraVision II architecture and its Phoenix chip-set. Two custom ASICs provide analog front end and signal processing performance. These chips are surrounded by a high performance hardware design including Xilinx Zync-7000 SoC, Dual Core Arm-9 Processors, Linux +Qt Operating System, High Speed DDR System Memory and QDRII Display memory. This architecture enables a high waveform capture rate of 600,000 wfms/sec, color graded intensity display, and outstanding time-base accuracy and jitter performance.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Adesto: smart transceiver now natively supports both LonWorks and BACnet protocolsNext Sundance: VCS-1 embedded processor module for precision robotics applications
The 2018 World Cup is turning out be one of most exciting in recent memory.Defending champions Germany lost at the hands of Mexico, while Argentina were held to a draw by Iceland only to lost their next match against Croatia.Five-time champions Brazil failed to beat Switzerland and Japan became the first Asian side to be a South American opponent at a World Cup when they registered a victory against Colombia. Football fever is highest during a World Cup but the constant twists and turns has fans glued to their television set for every minute of action.However, the change in scheduling of matches has give rise to the most difficult conundrums for the fans.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEThe last two matches of all groups are being played at the same time in order to ensure that the result of one match doesn’t influence the other one. That means fans are being forced to choose between games to watch.But they are not ready to give up. The ardent fans will go to any length to get their own way. And Twitter was flooded with pictures of innovative ways used by the viewers to catch both games at the same time.FIXTURES | POINTS TABLESome streamed one match on their laptop, while the other was put on the television. Those in the office used two computer systems to stream both matches at the same time.Don’t you just love #worldcup not content with 3 games a day we now get to watch 2 at same time @5liveSport #URURUS #KSAEGY #nufc pic.twitter.com/bb2JdPI3JfadvertisementGeorge Cook (@cookster1969) June 25, 2018I been flipping between both games and my son just set it up for picture in picture and I feel super old now. pic.twitter.com/auxVMSNwwA(@foIIaje) June 25, 2018Two games at the same time during work = No problem #bbcworldcup @BBCSport @BBCMOTD pic.twitter.com/cZ2hO2m6tjLuke Harrison (@Luke_Harrison95) June 25, 2018Russia vs Uruguay and Saudi Arabia vs Egypt were the first matches to be broadcasted at the same time in this World Cup. While Uruguay thrashed hosts Russia 3-0 to finish at the top of Group A, Saudi Arabia registered a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Egypt.In Group B fixtures, Spain played out a 2-2 draw against and Portugal held Iran to a 1-1 draw as both European nations progressed to the knockouts.
\R Jakarta, Jun 27 (AFP) The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) said today it would meet with representatives from South and North Korea to hammer out plans to field joint teams at the Asian Games.The sit-down with members of the National Olympic Committees of both countries, and Indonesian organisers of the Games, is set for tomorrow in Jakarta, it said.”We hope to decide everything on Thursday because there is not a lot of time left,” the OCA, the Games’ governing body, said in a statement.”The South Koreans have an idea of how many sports could feature a joint team, and we need to discuss this with North Korea.” North and South Korea agreed this month to form unified teams for some sports and march together at the Games’ opening and closing ceremonies, in the latest sign of thawing tensions.The two Koreas formed their first-ever unified Olympic team — a joint women’s ice hockey squad — for February’s Winter Games in the South Korean resort of Pyeongchang.”It is very exciting times on the Korean peninsula and sport is playing a major role in bringing the two Koreas together in an environment of peace and understanding,” the OCA said.The Games will be held in Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, and Palembang on Sumatra island from August 18-September 2.North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in agreed at an historic summit in April to jointly participate in international sports events.This month, Kim and US President Donald Trump held a summit in Singapore. (AFP) KISKISadvertisement