Searching for an Curtly Ambrose in Bangladesh, says Courtney Walsh

first_imgBowling coach Courtney Walsh is keen to help Bangladesh produce a pacer duo in the mould of him and his compatriot Curtly Ambrose who had forged a world-beating pair in the 1990s.The 53-year-old Jamaican wants to be more like a mentor and less like a conventional coach to Bangladesh, reports”I don’t see myself too much as a coach as I see myself as a mentor – as father figure. I can help relieve them in some situations they might find themselves in,” Walsh said on Sunday. The legendary fast bowler reached Dhaka on Saturday night and went to the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) office to sign the three-year contract on Sunday.”I have always been involved in cricket, be it in Gloucester, Jamaica or West Indies. I have always tried to get a couple of fast bowlers under my wing to mentor. Curtly Ambrose was one of them,” he added. (Also read: Bangladesh rope in Courtney Walsh as bowling coach)”So, if I can get a second Ambrose from Bangladesh, I will be happy.””We formed one of the best striking partnerships in world cricket. If I can pass that to any two Bangladeshi fast bowlers, I will be very happy,” he said at his first press conference here.He recalled the role his seniors played in his improvement. “I remember Malcolm Marshall, Michael Holding and Joel Garner. When I just started, that’s what they did for me. I hope to pass that on to the Bangladesh team.”advertisementBoasting a towering tally of 519 Test wickets, Walsh said his “natural instinct” led him to accept the Bangladesh job.”I’ve never ever played in Bangladesh in my career. It’s another chance to make new friends, and I always like challenges and get a satisfactory end result at the end of everything. It is a combination of both.”In his career, Walsh was able to bowl through long spells without compromising with his pace. He plans to prepare his new disciples in the same way, both physically and mentally.FUTURE IS BRIGHT”I am very excited with some of the young Bangladeshi fast bowlers. They have improved, and if I can help them a little bit more, that’s the key. I will strive for consistency and hard work,” he said.Walsh said he may not be the “the best with names” in regard to team selection but he would like to know the players under his guidance before anything.”I will first try to get to know the individuals as best as I can…imparting my knowledge to them. Finding out how they want to improve their game, and know their aim and objective.””We can practice different skill-sets and levels of commitment. At the end of the day, what excites me is what the team benefits from.”He passed on a message of inspiration for the Bangladesh players. (Also read: Bangladesh have seriously talented bunch of players: Courtney Walsh)”One thing that I want to pass on to the Bangladeshi guys is that you have to be strong and be prepared for hard work, maintain physically and consistency,” the 53-year-old said.”If we can work hand in hand with those two, we will be headed in the right path. It won’t happen overnight. We have to put in some ground work. Once we get the basics right, you will see a lot of improvement and consistency.”With immense experiences of a career spanning around 17 years, Walsh praised the Bangladesh Cricket Board for its efforts for the improvement of the country’s cricket.”What really impressed me was the strides that Bangladesh Cricket Board wants to make for their players. They have gone leaps and bounds to improve the game. Obviously, they want to improve their rankings and I would like to be part of that.”last_img read more

Xiaomi launches Mi 5S and Mi 5S Plus with Snapdragon 821 and dual-camera

first_imgXiaomi today has launched not one but two phones in China, Mi 5S and Mi 5S Plus. Both the phones have two RAM variants. Xiaomi has put a starting price of 1,999 Yuan (approx Rs 20,000) for Mi 5S and 2,299 Yuan (approx Rs 23,000) for the Mi 5S Plus base model.Rumours and leaks about the latest Xiaomi phones have again proved to be true. The Mi 5S and Mi 5S Plus smartphones sport an all-metal design, unlike their predecessor Mi 5, which had a glass and metal body.The two phones don’t have many similarities when it comes to features and specifications. The smaller phone, Mi 5S, has a 5.15-inch Full HD display with 1920 X 1080 pixel resolution. The Mi 5S comes in two memory variants: 3GB RAM and 64GB internal storage, 4GB RAM and 128GB internal storage.The phone is powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 821 64-bit octa-core processor. The Mi 5S carries a 12-megapixel camera on the back with Sony’s IMX378 sensor. It comes with a 4-megapixel camera on the front. The Mi 5S carries an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner, which is based on Qualcomm’s Sense ID technology, in place of the home button in Mi 5 smartphone. The Xiaomi Mi 5S Plus has a bigger 5.7-inch QHD display. This phone also has two memory variants: 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage, 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage.The bigger sibling also packs in the same processor coupled with Adreno 530 GPU for graphics.Xiaomi seems to have take a few pages from Apple’s book. The Mi 5S Plus carries a dual-camera setup on the back, which we saw in iPhone 7 Plus this year. The Xiaomi phone has two 13-megapixel snappers on the back.advertisementThe Xiaomi Mi 5s will be available in dark gray, silver, gold and pink gold colors. The 3GB RAM variant will be sold at 1,999 Yuan (approx 20,000) and the 4GB RAM variant will sell for 2,299 Yuan (approx Rs 23,000).The Mi 5S Plus will be available in pink, gold and silver colours. The base model with 4GB RAM will be available for 2,299 Yuan (approx Rs 23,000) and the 6GB RAM variant will be sold at 2,599 Yuan (approx Rs 26,000). The phone will be sold through a flash sale in China on Sept 29, there is no official word about the phones’ launch in India.last_img read more

Hyundai, Kia to recall nearly 1.5 million vehicles over engine issue

first_imgHyundai Motor Co (005380.KS) and Kia Motors Corp (000270.KS) plan to recall 1.48 million vehicles in the United States, Canada and South Korea due to engine issues, the latest blow for two firms already struggling in key markets.The recall could cost the two firms hundreds of millions of dollars each revives quality concerns at a time when Hyundai and Kia face a sharp drop in China sales and sluggish demand in the United States and South Korea.The South Korean companies are recalling 1.19 million cars and sport utility vehicles in the United States, 114,187 in Canada and 171,348 in South Korea due to the engine issue that increases the risk of a crash, according to safety regulators in those respective countries.The U.S. recall involves Hyundai’s Sonata and Santa Fe and Kia’s Optima, Sorento and Sportage.Also Read:Hyundai upgrades the Eon by adding a touchscreenThe recall could hit earnings with the recall costing each company as much as 250 billion won ($220.19 million), said Koh Tae-bong, an analyst at Hi Investment & Securities.The companies declined to comment on the cost of the recall.Hyundai Motor shares closed down 2.4 percent, compared to a flat broader market .KS11. Kia Motors were down 0.9 percent.MORE RECALLSThis is not the first time Hyundai and Kia have been forced to recall vehicles due to defects in their Theta engines, which they manufacture themselves.In 2015, Hyundai Motor recalled 470,000 Sonata sedans in the United States to replace faulty engine parts, prompting quality concerns in its home market of South Korea.advertisementBut Hyundai and Kia said last year that engines produced at domestic factories were not defective. They instead extended the warranty period for five Theta 2-equipped models in South Korea.Also Read:Hyundai rolls out 2017 model year Creta, adds a variantSouth Korea’s transport ministry said on Friday metal debris in crankshafts could cause engine damage, leading to possible loss of motive power.The recall in South Korea covers Hyundai’s Sonata, Grandeur sedans and Kia’s K5, K7 and Sportage models equipped with a 2-liter or 2.4-liter Theta 2 gasoline engine produced before August 2013, the ministry said.”The recall is related to a manufacturing process problem, not the structural problem of Theta 2GDi engines and we have completed improvements through appropriate measures,” the companies said in a statement.Hyundai will replace a defective engine with a new one after inspection. The recall in South Korea will start on May 22.Also Read: Hyundai Elite i20 given mild updates and an increase in pricelast_img read more

IPL 2017: David Warner first batsman to breach 500-run barrier this season

first_imgDavid Warner became the first batsman in this year’s Indian Premier League to score 500 runs.He did so during his 34-ball 40 but his knock couldn’t help the Sunrisers Hyderabad get over the line against the Rising Pune Supergiant as Pune beat Hyderabad by 12 runs in their chase of 149.He hit a boundary off Washington Sundar in the sixth over to reach the milestone.Warner came into the IPL after a disastrous tour of India with Australia, which the visitors lost 2-1. He only scored 193 runs from four matches, with his highest being 56.However, the Sunrisers captain shook the bat patch off and slammed 500 runs for fourth consecutive year in the tournament.The 30-year-old started the tournament quietly and looked a completely different batsman to his normal self but he gathered steam and unleashed his brutal self as the competition progressed. Warner hammered his IPL best score of 126 against the Kolkata Knight Riders off just 43 balls few days back.The destructive left-hander has been scoring at an average of 64.87 in this year’s IPL, hitting three fifties and one ton. He has hit 50 fours and 24 sixes thus far in the tournament.The owner of the Orange Cap now, finished second best last year to a rampaging Virat Kohli (973 runs) with 848 runs from 17 matches, guiding SRH to their maiden IPL trophy. Warner scored 528 and 562 runs in 2014 and 2015 respectively.Hyderabad lost the match after Jaydev Undatkat’s hat-trick in the last over and remained on fourth in the table while Pune rose up the table to the second spot.advertisementlast_img read more

Mountain Terrain Biking race concludes

first_imgItanagar, Oct 20 (PTI) The first ever Mountain Terrain Biking (MTB) race of the North East India, also referred to as Hornbills Flight concluded here today in a ceremony attended by Chief Minister Pema Khandu.Khandu congratulated all the riders on their successful completion of their race while giving away the award to the winners of the race.The seven-day race sponsored by Dalmia Bharat Cement, Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) and state Tourism department was flagged-off from Mechuka on October 14.It culminated today here after covering a distance of 730 km with participation of 70 riders from India, Germany, Portugal, Nepal and Czech Republic.Ilda Pereira of Portugal won the women?s open race, while in the men?s category, Mukesh Kumar of the Indian Army won the race with each taking away the prize money of Rs 1 lakh.Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein gave away the prize of ?Best Indian Rider? to Mukesh Kumar.Khandu in his speech announced to hold the event next year in a more grand manner.He said Mechuka is poised to become number one tourist destination in Arunachal as it offers ample opportunity for adventure sports.He said road communications to Mechuka are being improved and apologised to the riders for any inconvenience for present poor state of the road.Referring to tourism as the engine of growth, the chief minister said the state government is giving high priority to it.He informed that state Tourism department this year has seen huge jump in its financial allocation, which was raised to Rs 100 crore from earlier Rs 16 crore within two financial years. PTI UPL RGadvertisementlast_img read more

7 killed, 14 hurt as SUV collides with jeep in Latur

first_imgAurangabad (Maha), Nov 28 (PTI) At least seven people were killed and 14 others sustained injuries when a high-end car rammed into a jeep in Maharashtras Latur district in the wee hours today, a police official said.The car, a sport utility vehicle (SUV), was heading towards Nanded from Pandharpur when it collided with the jeep coming from the opposite direction around 4.15 am near Kolpa Pati village in Latur, located about 274 kms from here, inspector Gajanan Bhatalwande, of Laturs Vivekanand Chowk police station, said. According to police, the driver of the SUV, while trying to overtake a tempo, lost control over the wheels, as a result of which the car collided with the jeep.Seven people died on the spot in the mishap. They were identified as – Tukaram Dalvi (34), Manoj Shinde (25), Shubham Shinde (23), Dattu Shinde (34), Vijay Pande (30), Umakant Karule (45) and Meena Umakant Karule (39), the official said.The police were yet to ascertain the exact number of passengers travelling in the SUV and the jeep and whether the deceased were from one of the vehicles or both.The injured people were shifted to a hospital in Latur, the police said. PTI COR GK JMFlast_img read more

Ashes 2017: How unplayable was Mitchell Starc’s ‘ball of the century’?

first_imgToo early? Yes! But for the time being the ball of the 22nd century has been decided and it was a ripper.On December 17, 2017, Mitchell Starc bowled a peach of a delivery that disturbed the timber to send a set James Vince packing on Day 4 of the third Ashes Test at the WACA.The ball of the last century belonged to Shane Warne, who bowled Mike Gatting out on June 4, 1993 during the second Ashes Test at Old Trafford. Warney’s leg-spinner pitched outside leg — on a foot hole — and turned a fair bit to disturb the stumps. And after 24 years, six months and 13 days, we have another Australian getting the better of an Englishman.Starc angled in from round the wicket and hurled a length ball pitching around middle at 143.9 kmph. The ball pitched and deflected at an angle of 3.9 degrees (as seen in the pitch map later). Vince looked to clip it away with the angle but found the late movement tough to counter. The ball uprooted the off stump and the anguish on Vince’s face was telling. On another look, it showed that the crack had a part to play in that deflection.’Every time you look at that delivery, it just gets better and better’ #Ashes (@CricketAus) December 17, 2017Talking about the ball, a frustrated Vince said that he would have been out to that delivery even if he played it a 20 or 30 more times.”It’s still frustrating to get out, but it’s easier to take than the ones when you feel like you’re at fault yourself. If I faced that another 20 or 30 times, it would get me out every time. Give him credit there, sweep it under the carpet and move on,” Vince said.advertisement”I said at tea that the ones that had hit the cracks were doing too much and not endangering the stumps, then came that one. You have to put it out of your mind. If it does hit a crack there’s not a huge amount you can do,” the 25-year-old Englishman added. (Ashes 2017: Australia regain the urn after Josh Hazlewood picks five-wicket haul)Starc’s ball left pace great Wasim Akram amazed and he tweeted saying that he has made left-armers proud.”That’s called a JAFFA! What a delivery @mstarc56 you reminded me of my bowling days and I enjoyed it to the hilt! You made left armers proud!”That�??s called a JAFFA! What a delivery @mstarc56 you reminded me of my bowling days and I enjoyed it to the hilt! You made left armers proud! @CricketAus- Wasim Akram (@wasimakramlive) December 17, 2017Even England spinner Grame Swann couldn’t stop himself from praising the New South Wales pacer. He went onto add that the ball will get the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Donald Bradman out a 1000 times as well.”People who are saying that it (the ball) is an exaggeration, do not know the game of cricket. Left-arm round 90 miles an hour, seaming more than a guy can spin the ball…that is the best ball I’ve ever seen live in Test cricket. People say it is not because it hit a crack, Shane Warne’s ball of the century landed in a foot hole,” he said to cricinfo.”Get some perspective…that ball is getting Sachin Tendulkar out 1000 times out of 1000, it is getting Sir Donald Bradman out 1000 times out of 1000. Steve Smith 1000 out of 1000. It is unplayable. I’m flabbergasted at how good the ball was,” Swann added.Australia went onto win the Test match by an innings and 41 runs and regain the Ashes with two matches to spare.Don’t forget ‘The Glue’ of the FBU, @mitchmarsh235 ! �???�???�???@patcummins30 @NathLyon421 @mstarc56 @MitchJohnson398 (@CricketAus) December 18, 2017Aussies�?�� �??��??��??��??��??��??��??� brilliant performance #ashes17 �?���?��- Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) December 18, 2017Unbelievable feeling to get the urn back! A credit to all the players and support staff for their hard work. Thanks to the Australian fans for all their support. Looking forward to Boxing Day! #ashes- Darren Lehmann (@darren_lehmann) December 18, 2017last_img read more

Rajinikanth ends suspense, announces political entry

first_img(Eds: Adding fresh inputs)Chennai, Dec 31 (PTI) In an announcement which may alter political equations in Tamil Nadu, superstar Rajinikanth today announced his much-speculated entry into politics saying he would launch a party before the next state Assembly polls, triggering jubilation among his fans.His decision comes at a time when the state is witnessing a political churning after the death of chief minister and AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa and virtual retirement of nonagenarian DMK chief M Karunanidhi.Amid a thunderous applause from his fans, Rajinikanth, clad in a white kurta, declared, “I am joining politics and it is for sure.”Espousing a new line of “spiritual politics,” the 67- year-old actor, whose inimitable style and quick reflexes have won the hearts of cine-goers over the decades, said his (yet- to-be named) party would contest all the 234 seats in the next Assembly polls, due in 2021.The party would be launched ahead of the state election at “an appropriate time”, Rajinikanth said.The cine superstar, who has a mammoth fan base, alleged that in democracy, parties were “plundering” their own people and such a system needed to be changed democratically.In an apparent indication of keeping his options open for any possible tie-ups in the future, the actor asked his supporters to refrain from criticising or talking about everyday politics.”Till such time (the launch of the party), let no one make any comment or criticise everyday politics. Those who are already in politics need to do that and we will launch our narrative once we enter the political mainstream,” he told his fans here at the conclusion of a six-day-long photo-session meet.advertisementThe announcement, which ended two decades of speculation over joining of politics by the actor, who enjoys a cult status in Tamil cinema, evoked mixed reactions from different quarters.While the ruling AIADMK and the DMK indicated that the development would not affect them, sidelined AIADMK leader T T V Dhinakaran and, actors Kamal Hassan and Amitabh Bachchan welcomed Rajinikanths political debut.Batting for honesty in politics and good governance, Rajinikanth said “everything needs to be changed” and declared that “spiritual politics” should be ushered in with transparency sans shades of any caste or religion.”This is my motto and desire,” he said sporting a grey beard and displaying his famed “baba mudra”.Rajinikanth appealed to the people to support him in his venture, which, he said, was not possible for him to do it alone.”During the era of kings, they plundered the countries of their enemies. However, in democracy, parties are plundering their own people and such a system needs to be changed democratically,” he said.He asked “volunteers” to see to it that attempts to prevent amenities and rights reaching the people were foiled.Asserting that he will not tolerate nepotism or dishonest dealings, Rajinikanth said, “I want volunteers who will keep vigil and who will not go to any officials, ministers or MPs, or MLAs for selfish needs.””I am only a representative of the people to monitor such vigilantes,” the actor said, adding such a force of selfless volunteers not acting as cadres but as “vigilantes” was the need of the hour.The first task would be streamlining the existing registered and unregistered fan clubs across the state the actor said.The fan clubs should penetrate every nook and corner of the state, he said and appealed to them to bring all sections of people into their fold.This would help transforming it into a party and “till then there is no need to indulge in political talk, which includes me,” he said, virtually imposing a gag.”Politics and democracy have gone pretty bad,” Rajinikanth said, adding some political incidents in the state in the past one year has made “every Tamilian” hang his head in shame while people of other states were “laughing at us.”The actors remark is seen as a reference to the bitter infighting in the ruling AIADMK after Jayalalithaas death and charges and counter-charges of corruption.Quoting a verse from the Bhagawad Gita, which stresses the importance of doing ones duty and leaving the result to the lord, the actor said, “This is the compulsion of time.”The superstar said contesting the local body polls, expected to be held in the coming months, was not possible in such a short time.Entering politics was not for name or fame, he said and rhetorically asked why would he hanker for power now when he did not do so at the age of 45 when he voiced his first political message in 1996 against then chief minister Jayalalithaa.advertisementStressing that the public would be told about the policies and action-plan of the proposed party, Rajinikanth said if such promises “could not be fulfilled we will voluntarily resign within three years.”The superstars announcement came after his long-time friend and fellow actor Kamal Haasan gave an indication about the latters political entry.Rajinikanth began his address hailing the Tamil people who gave him a “life” and ended his nearly 20-minute speech by thanking them, Tamil Nadu and capped it with a “Jai Hind.”When reporters asked him whether there had been too much of a waiting game for his political entry, he said, “I am not afraid of coming to politics, I am only afraid of the media, I am still a child, how I will feel.” PTI VGN VS TVS VS NSD SC NSDlast_img read more

India vs Sri Lanka: Shreyas Iyer justifies captain’s faith with stylish 88

first_imgShreyas Iyer struck his maiden half-century in only his second ODI as India continued to dominate Sri Lanka in the second match in Mohali.Iyer, 23, made his international debut in the T20 series against New Zealand last month. He played his first ODI vs Sri Lanka in Dharamsala on Sunday as replacement for Virat Kohli, who tied the knot with Anushka Sharma in Italy.The Mumbai-born Iyer has been a heavy-scorer in Indian domestic cricket and has enjoyed two prolific seasons with the Delhi Daredevils. In 2015, he amassed 439 runs from 14 matches and made 338 runs from 12 matches in 2017.Maiden ODI half century for young Shreyas Iyer. This has been such a calm and composed knock #TeamIndia #INDvSL BCCI (@BCCI) December 13, 2017Iyer scored a whopping 1321 runs at an average of 73.38 the 2015-16 Ranji season as Munbai won their 41st title.With India desperately scouting for middle-order batsmen, the 23-year-old grabbed his chance at No.3 with a 70-ball 88 that will be remembered for a long time. He had struggled in swinging conditions in Dharamsala but looked in complete control in Mohali, where he was involved in a mammoth second-wicket stand with Rohit Sharma.In fact, Iyer, for most part, scored at a higher strike-rate than Rohit, who smashed his 16th ODI hundred and sixth of 2017.last_img read more

Pole Vault Records For Greeks

first_imgGreek pole vaulters Costas Filippidis and Nicole Kyriakopoulou set new national records records over the past weekend in Paris, showing growing international promise.Filippidis improved his recent record of 5.85 meters, leaping 5.91 meters, only the fourth vaulter in the world this year to go that high. It gave him the win in the event.Kyriakopoulou vaulted 4.83 meters to break her own Greek record as well as the Diamond League record and record the world’s leading performance,just one month ahead of the World Championships in Beijing.Hurdler Costas Douvalidis matched his national record at 110 meters at 13.34 seconds. High jumper Antonis Mastoras cleared 2.29 meters and qualified for next years Olympic Games in Rio.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Star-Studded Opening Ceremony for Los Angeles’ 2015 Special Olympics

first_imgLOS ANGELES  — Some 6,500 athletes from 165 countries — the most to converge on Los Angeles since the 1984 Summer Olympics — have poured into town this week to hit tennis balls, kick soccer balls, swim laps and even run a triathlon in the 2015 Special Olympics World Games.But first it’s time to party!A rousing opening ceremony filled with music, inspirational messages and numerous celebrity cameos gets the games going Saturday afternoon at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.Nine days of competition in 25 sports follows.First lady Michelle Obama is delivering Saturday’s opening message, followed by performances by Avril Lavigne, Stevie Wonder and others.But Special Olympics organizers say the real stars of the show will be the athletes from around the world who will be competing.JOHN ROGERS, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Drummond, Griffin lead Pistons over Pacers 113-109

first_imgDETROIT (AP) — Andre Drummond had 26 points and 16 rebounds, Blake Griffin had a triple-double and the resurgent Detroit Pistons won for the seventh time in eight games, beating the Indiana Pacers 113-109 on Monday night.Griffin had 20 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for Detroit, which is battling for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference — and right now is on the right side of that cutoff. Indiana lost for only the second time in 10 games.Pacers center Myles Turner returned after missing two games with a bruised left hip. He scored seven points. Domantas Sabonis scored 23 for Indiana, but he appeared to injure his left ankle with just over a minute remaining. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 25 pointsThe Pacers won their previous meeting with Detroit, 125-88 on Dec. 26, but the Pistons look a lot better now. Detroit raced out to a 17-point lead in the first quarter.Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (0) passes around Indiana Pacers guard Cory Joseph (6) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)Indiana trimmed the deficit to four by halftime and tied the game at 75 in the third quarter. Detroit answered with nine straight points, including six by Drummond.The Pistons later went on a 13-2 run in the fourth, taking a 100-86 lead on a 3-pointer by Langston Galloway.STANDINGSThe Pistons remain in seventh place in the East but increased their lead to 1½ games over Charlotte and two games over Orlando.TIP-INSPacers: Indiana is now 14-10 without guard Victor Oladipo this season. He ruptured a quad tendon in his right knee Jan. 23 and is out for the season.Pistons: Luke Kennard scored 19 points. He and Griffin made five 3-pointers apiece.UP NEXTPacers: At Dallas on Wednesday night.Pistons: At San Antonio on Wednesday night.___By NOAH TRISTER, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Shiffrin, Pinturault Get Wins for the World Cup Record Book

first_imgSOLDEU, Andorra (AP) — Citius, altius, 40th.Embodying the Olympic motto in a World Cup slalom Saturday, Mikaela Shiffrin went faster in her second slalom run and higher in the World Cup all-time lists by being stronger than Wendy Holdener to win an intense duel.Shiffrin’s 40th career victory in World Cup slaloms tied her with Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark’s record for wins in the discipline.“It was just a really amazing day to be racing,” Shiffrin said in the sun-bathed finish area in Andorra, one hour after Alexis Pinturault also set a record winning the final men’s giant slalom of the season.Pinturault became the most prolific French skier on the 52-year World Cup circuit with his 23rd career victory.Shiffrin had trailing 0.28 seconds behind first-run leader Holdener and won by just 0.07 after both racers visibly pushed their limits slicing through the gates.United States’ Mikaela Shiffrin reacts after winning a women’s World Cup slalom at the alpine ski, World Cup finals in Soldeu, Andorra, Saturday, March 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Gabriele Facciotti)Holdener’s unlucky defeat extended her own unwanted World Cup record with a 22nd career podium finish in slalom without a victory.That’s the most top-three placings in a single discipline without winning for any man or woman in World Cup history.“I can see the frustration in her eyes,” Shiffrin said. “I have a lot of respect for Wendy. She is so strong.”Shiffrin, the 2014 Sochi Olympics gold medalist, earned 100 race points to lift her season-long total in the slalom standings to a remarkable 1,160 — more than every woman skier’s total over all disciplines, except for overall standings runner-up Petra Vlhova.Shiffrin’s mammoth 2,104 points overall — the second-highest total ever — is more than 800 ahead of Vlhova. Holdener is third.Vlhova placed third Saturday but trailed more than a second behind the standout leading pair.Frida Hansdotter, the 2018 Olympic slalom champion competing in her final World Cup race, placed fifth, 1.89 behind Shiffrin.Pinturault retained his first-run lead to finish 0.44 seconds ahead of Swiss prospect Marco Odermatt, who earned a career-best result.France’s Alexis Pinturault celebrates winning an alpine ski, men’s giant slalom, at the alpine ski, World Cup finals in Soldeu, Andorra, Saturday, March 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Gabriele Facciotti)Zan Kranjec was third, trailing 1.03 behind Pinturault, who broke a tie with Carole Merle for the all-time record by a French racer. Merle got her 22 wins in giant slalom and super-G from 1988-93. Alpine great Jean-Claude Killy won 18 times.Marcel Hirscher placed sixth, 1.74 back, having already clinched his fifth straight title in the season-long giant slalom standings.“It’s really cool to have this globe,” Hirscher said, holding the crystal trophy he also won in 2012. “It’s surreal to have it for six years now.”The Austrian star has also secured a record eighth straight overall World Cup title, though had his lead cut to 415 points by Pinturault ahead of the season-ending slalom on Sunday.The World Cup finals meeting ends Sunday with overall champions Shiffrin and Hirscher favored for victory in, respectively, a giant slalom and slalom.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Vecow: expandable GPU computing system with NVIDIA GeForce RTX graphics

first_imgVecow released the RCX-1000 RTX2080 series Expandable GPU Computing System. Powered by workstation-grade 8th Gen Intel Xeon/Core i7/i5/i3 processor running with NVIDIA GeForce RTX graphics, integrated up to 128GB DDR4 memory, 6-port 10G USB 3.1 Gen 2 for SuperSpeed data transfer, 4 front-access 2.5” SSD trays support RAID data protection, 2 compact M.2 sockets, 2 PCI/PCIe expansion slots, 24 to 36V wide range power input with 80V surge protection, ignition power control, Vecow RCX-1000 RTX2080 delivers workstation-grade solution for deep learning, autonomous vehicles, robotic control, public surveillance, autonomous guide vehicle (AGV), and any AI applications.Vecow RCX-1000 RTX2080 delivers more than 10% platform performance improvement and 600% graphics performance compared to the previous generation, while supporting DDR4 2666MHz up to 128GB that provides rapid data transmission and access. Featuring Dual-Mode digital display function, the RCX-1000 RTX2080 series enables supports displays by automatically detecting the presence of a plugged-in cable. Up to 7 independent HD display including 1 DVI, 1 HDMI, and 5 DisplayPort are supported max with 8K resolution, USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gbps), PCIe 3.0 (8GT/s), multiple SATA III (6Gbps), USB 3.0 (5Gbps), LAN and smart power budget that ensures enough power to expansion cards and maintain reliable performance.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Kontron: IoT solutions for digital transformation at embedded worldNext nVent SCHROFF: new 3D configurators cover complete cabinet serieslast_img read more

Diego Maradona expresses desire to coach Argentina for free

first_imgArgentina great Diego Maradona has expressed desire for a second stint at coaching his national team and this time he says he would do it for free.It has been eight years since Maradona last was at the helm of the Argentine football team, one that ended in a World Cup failure.The World Cup-winning captain for Argentina coached the national team at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, where his team were thrashed 4-0 by Germany in the quarter-finals.Now with Argentina’s calamitous campaign at the 2018 FIFA World Cup under Jorge Sampaoli coming to an end prematurely in the Round of 16, Maradona is fancying another shot.”Yes, and I would do it for free,” Maradona said on a Venezuelan TV show. “I wouldn’t ask for anything in return.”Lionel Messi’s Argentina were outplayed by France and the 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe 4-3 in the last 16 stage of the World Cup this year.Sampaoli came under severe criticism for his lack of control over the Argentine dressing room and his inability to have different plans for Argentina’s success.With Argentina’s performance in Russia, Sampaoli’s job is under serious threat even though the coach’s contract exists till 2022.Maradona, on the other hand, has only coached two club sides in the United Arab Emirates since his 2010 stint with Argentina.He is still one of the most controversial faces in football, and he hit the headlines in Russia for his colourful appearances at Argentina games.Never a stranger to extremes, Maradona produced some of this World Cup’s lasting images – celebrating victories in iconic poses, giving the finger to fans, and being helped into a hospitality box to be seen by doctors after suffering from low blood pressure.advertisement”People think I am happy but my heart is heavy,” Maradona said about Argentina’s elimination. “I feel really bad that everything we built with so much effort we destroyed so easily.”(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Married to girl who accused him of rape, paddler Ghosh picking up pieces

first_imgBy Bharat Sharma New Delhi, Aug 6 (PTI) His life thrown haywire by a rape allegation, leading Indian table tennis player Soumyajit Ghosh has married his accuser four months after his career nose-dived owing to the crisis. Everything that could go wrong has gone wrong for the 25-year-old in the year he attained a career-high 58th in the International Table Tennis Federation rankings. In March, he was accused for rape by an 18-year-old, that led to the two-time Olympian and India’s youngest ever national champion hitting “rock bottom”. Four months on, he has not even felt the racket in his hand, is heavier by more than 10 kgs and is a married man. “They say a sportsperson in India has to go through a lot to achieve something. The grind prepares you for the worst but what happened with me four months ago hit me hard and hit me out of nowhere. I did not know how to deal with it,” Ghosh told PTI. “Everyone thought about the girl. That she was young. I was young too. If she was a minor, I was 22 when we started dating. I am still young. Having said that, there is no point looking back. I rather look ahead. Hope my court case is over soon and I get back to training,” said the skilful player, who will be “dearly missed” at the upcoming Asian Games in Indonesia.Ghosh was playing in Germany in March when he heard about the FIR filed against him by the teenager in Barasat, West Bengal. Fearing arrest on arrival in India, he chose to stay back in Europe and stayed in “three-four different countries” before returning home in May.advertisement”It was only during that time, I found out who were actually my well-wishers. I was devastated. I was at the peak of my career, playing for a good club in Germany and then something like this happens. “I would not name them yet but I survived that phase because of just two people and my parents of course,” he said. In fact his teammates — the veteran Sharath Kamal, G Sathiyan, Harmeet Desai — also stood by him. If it was not for the rape allegations, Ghosh would have gone with the team to the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, where the contingent came up with a best-ever performance. “TTFI, the players were all there for me. All was going wrong but their support kept me going. After CWG, the team went to World Championship straight and lost a close match to Croatia. Sharath bhai called me and told me ‘we would have won today if you were around’. It made me feel that I was still needed.” In the big year for Indian sport, he will end up missing the Asian Games as well. “The target has to be a third Olympics. But right now, it is all about getting done with the legal issues. I have gained a lot of weight also. The comeback will be tough but I have to find a way to overcome this,” said Ghosh, who qualified for the London and Rio Olympics. The Indian team is stronger than ever but Ghosh remains an integral part. “Like Sharath, he is a big match player. He has the experience to pull off close games. We hope to have him back soon,” said foreign coach Massimo Costantini. PTI BS PM PM PMlast_img read more

Given pocket-less shorts by kit supplier, Indian tennis stars use their own at Asiad

first_imgBy Bharat Sharma Palembang, Aug 23 (PTI) The Indian men’s tennis team turned up in taped kits to hide personal sponsors’ names in today’s Asian Games semifinal as the ones provided by the official sponsors are unusable for them due to the absence pockets in shorts. After the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) pointed out to the tennis contingent that they were not supposed to wear shorts of brands other than Li Ning, the players today turned up in taped clothing hiding their sponsor’s logo. Unlike other sports, tennis players cannot do without pocket-less shorts as they have to keep spare balls in them. “It is not at all the fault of the tennis players. They have been wearing the official kit even in training. But since there are no pockets in shorts, they have no option but to wear what they have. There is no time to fix this with the competition about to end in two days time,” said a source in the IOA. The matter at best can be described as an oversight on the part of the kit supplier. Since Li Ning is the official sponsor of the Indian contingent, the IOA could have spotted this oversight before delivering the kits to the tennis contingent. Men’s doubles top seeds Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan played their semifinal in taped shorts today. PTI BS P PMlast_img read more

Ranji Trophy: Cheteshwar Pujara retires with stiff neck vs Chhattisgarh

first_imgCheteshwar Pujara retired with a stiff neck on the first day of the Saurashtra’s Ranji Trophy opener against Chhattisgarh on Thursday.Pujara, who faced 64 balls for his 30 not out, walked off the pitch after consulting the team physio.However, Saurashtra’s coach Shitanshu Kotak has termed Pujara’s injury not major. “He will be ready to bat on Friday, if required,” Kotak was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.Pujara has opted to play a couple of Ranji Trophy matches before flying to Australia for a four-match series starting December 6.Pujara has been one of India’s mainstays in Test cricket and his untimely injury is certainly not a good sign for the Indian team management.The 30-year-old was one of the shining stars for India in the 5-match Test series in England two months ago. Pujara scored his first century in England to aggregate 278 runs from 8 innings.Pujara had a poor outing of Australia when India toured Down Under in 2014. He played three matches and managed 201 runs with the help of a half-century.Pujara, who bats at No.3, has scored 15 centuries in Test cricket but only two have come in overseas conditions.The right-hand bat boasts of a career average of 49.54 from 64 matches but it drops to 35.91 outside India while rises to 61.86 at home.In Australia, England, New Zealand and South Africa, Pujara averages only 29.30 from 21 matches.last_img read more