Greece Heads for World Cup Playoffs, Belgium Beats Cyprus

first_imgATHENS (AP) — Greece initially displayed weakness in attack, but Gibraltar eventually tired and conceded three times in the second half for the 4-0 loss, finishing with no points after 10 games in Group H.“We have rebounded from a bad spell and we are back in form,” said Greece captain Vassilis Torosidis, who opened the scoring in the 32nd minute, meeting a cross from Carlos Zeca with an athletic header.Kostas Mitroglou scored twice in the second half, striking within two minutes, and Ioannis Gianniotas added the fourth.Bosnia could only hope for a group upset, but stayed behind Greece despite a 2-1 win in Estonia.Before the start of the match Tallinn’s Le Coq Arena was littered with flares near the away-fan enclosure, setting the atmosphere for a tense game.The Bosnians pressed hard despite the dwindling odds of qualification. Izet Hajrovic got both goals for Bosnia, while Ilja Antonov scored for the hosts.___Eden Hazard fired Belgium to its fifth straight World Cup qualifying victory, scoring twice for a 4-0 win in Cyprus on Tuesday, while Greece also beat Gibraltar 4-0 to edge Bosnia and Herzegovina for a place in the playoffs.Hazard raised Belgium’s goal tally further, opening the scoring in the 12th minute after teammate Youri Tielemans poached the ball off defenders.It was a night for the Chelsea star’s family to shine. He scored a penalty in the second half, and brother Thorgan also found the net, celebrating his first goal for Belgium when he was able to tap in a rebound.Belgium was chasing the European record of 43 for most goals in a qualifying competition, either for a World Cup or European Championship, which Germany had just set in its qualifying group.In the 78th minute Romelu Lukaku — returning from injury — equaled the mark when he ran on to a long ball, shrugged off a hapless defender and scored with a low drive, his 11th goal in qualifying.Captain Jan Vertonghen appeared in his 97th international to become the most-capped Belgian international, with previous record holder Jan Ceulemans applauding from the stands.“It was a good game for us. We could have scored five or six, but the score isn’t really that important,” said Belgium coach Roberto Martinez, who rested several key players before ending the 10-game qualification run with 28 out of the possible 30 points.“We saw was a willingness to work hard and play well,” he said.___DEREK GATOPOULOS, Associated PressRAF CASERT, Associated PressCasert reported from Brussels, Belgium. Follow Gatopoulos at and Casert at Shareslast_img read more

Celtics Sweep Pacers; Warriors, Raptors Take 3-1 leads

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gordon Hayward scored 20 points and Marcus Morris started a decisive 3-point flurry late in the fourth quarter Sunday to give the Boston Celtics a series-clinching 110-106 victory at Indiana.It’s the first four-game sweep for the Celtics since 2011 and their second since 1986-87, becoming the first team to reach the second round of the playoffs.Bojan Bogdanovic finished with 22 points and Tyreke Evans finished with a playoff career-high of 21 to lead the Pacers. It still wasn’t enough to prevent Indiana from enduring its second first-round sweep in three years — the only two best-of-seven sweeps in franchise history.WARRIORS 113, CLIPPERS 105Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant, left, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, second from left, defends during the second half in Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Sunday, April 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kevin Durant scored 33 points, Klay Thompson added 32 and Golden State beat Los Angeles to take a commanding 3-1 lead in their first-round playoff series.Stephen Curry was in foul trouble for the second straight game and finished with 12 points. Andrew Bogut fouled out with 5:50 remaining in the game with eight points and 10 rebounds.The Warriors were 17 of 19 from the free throw line. They controlled the boards, 49-33, led by Curry and Bogut with 10 rebounds apiece.Rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the Clippers with a career-high 25 points. Danilo Gallinari added 16 points but was just 5 of 20 from the floor. Patrick Beverley had 12 points and 10 rebounds.TRAIL BLAZERS 111, THUNDER 98OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Damian Lillard scored 15 of his 24 points in the third quarter, and Portland held Russell Westbrook without a basket in the second half in beating Oklahoma City to take a 3-1 lead in their series.C.J. McCollum scored 27 points, Al-Farouq Aminu had 19 points and nine rebounds and Maurice Harkless added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Trail Blazers. Portland can close out the series Tuesday at home.Paul George had 32 points and 10 rebounds for Oklahoma City. Dennis Schroder added 17 points.Westbrook scored 14 points on 5-for-21 shooting. He missed his final 10 shots and was 0 for 7 for one point in the second half.RAPTORS 107, MAGIC 85Toronto Raptors’ Kawhi Leonard (2) gets a shot off as he gets past Orlando Magic’s Nikola Vucevic (9) during the first half in Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Sunday, April 21, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Kawhi Leonard scored 34 points and Toronto beat Orlando to take a 3-1 lead in their Eastern Conference first-round series.Pascal Siakam and Norman Powell each scored 16 for the Raptors, who can advance with a home win in Game 5 on Tuesday. Toronto has now won three consecutive postseason games, only the third time that’s happened in franchise history.Aaron Gordon scored 25 for the Magic, making his first seven shots of the second half. Evan Fournier scored 19 and Nikola Vucevic added 11 for the Magic, who committed 17 turnovers that became 21 Toronto points.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

ADLINK: “quad” core i3 value processor on COM Express

first_imgADLINK announces the addition of the quad-core Intel Core i3-8100H processor to its recently released Express-CF COM Express Basic size Type 6 module based on the 8th Generation Intel Core i5/i7 and Xeon processors.Whereas previous generations Intel Core i3 processors supported only dual cores with 3MB cache, the Intel Core i3-8100H is the first in its class to support 4 CPU cores with 6MB of cache. This major upgrade results in a more than 80% performance boost in MIPS (million instructions per second), and an almost doubling of memory/caching bandwidth, all at no significant cost increase compared to earlier generations.Intel Core i3 processors are widely recognized as the best valued processor and are therefore preferred in high-volume, cost-sensitive applications. They are popular choices in gaming, medical and industrial control to name a few. The ADLINK Express-CF-i3-8100H is currently in production.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Scaling the Internet of Things with cellular technologyNext Kontron: 3U CP3005-SA CPU board works in extended temperature range of -40 to +70°Clast_img read more

10 simple tricks to optimize your C code in small embedded systems

first_img August 19, 2019 at 5:55 am September 5, 2019 at 12:43 pm Trick #4: Use if instruction without else, as possible. In this code, we assume that the condition (a == 0) happens more frequently (when using the design in the real world). Hence, we put at first : b = 0 ;  Then, we consider the alternate state (less frequent)  with a simple if instruction (without else). Trick #5: Use one dimensionnal table, instead of two dimensions. It is relatively easy to transform a 2-dimension table (with row index i and column index j) into a 1-dimension table (with index k), assuming the index will be computed as follow: k = i * N + j ; where N is the total number of columns. (all indexes are zero based) Example 6: Use instead:  Example 9: Use instead:  void main(void) { int a, b ;     switch (a)   { case 0: b = a + 5 ; break ;     case 1: b = a * 5 ; break ;     case 2: b = a – 5 ; break ;   } }void main(void) { int a, b ;     if (a == 0)  b = a + 5 ;   if (a == 1)  b = a * 5 ;   if (a == 2)  b = a – 5 ; } Log in to Reply Trick #3: Suppose we want to scan a specific set of keyboard touches (alphabetical only, case insensitive): Example 1: Use instead:  int Measure (unsigned int canal){  //more code involved here to configure the canal    //…     return ((ADRESH<<8) + ADRESL) ;}void main(void){float Vbat, Vmean=0 ; int a, cnt = 60 ;  while (cnt)   { if (TMR1IF) { Vbat = Measure(a) * 4.88 ;    Vmean += Vbat ; cnt– ; TMR1IF = 0 ; }  }  Vmean /= 60 ;}int Measure (unsigned int canal){  //more code involved here to configure the canal    //…     return ((ADRESH<<8) + ADRESL) ;}void main(void){float Vmean ; int a, cnt, Vbat, Vbat60=0 ;  while (cnt)   { if (TMR1IF) { Vbat = Measure(a) ; Vbat60 += Vbat ;    cnt– ; TMR1IF = 0 ; }  }  Vmean = (Vbat60 * 4.88) / 60 ;} Example 7: Use instead:  Continue Reading Previous Rutronik: ultra-low-power Wireless MCUs from Redpine SignalsNext HCC Embedded supports Adesto FusionHD non-volatile memories void main(void){int a, b ;  if (a – b) b = (a – 5) * 100 ;    // case 1   if (b > a) b = (a – 5) * 100 ;     // case 2   if (b – a > 0) b = (a – 5) * 100 ; // case 3 }void main(void){int a, b ;  if (a != b) b = (a – 5) * 100 ;    // case 1   if (a < b) b = (a - 5) * 100 ;      // case 2   if (a – b < 0) b = (a - 5) * 100 ; // case 3 } “As I mentioned, I used the free mode, as I didn't have the PRO edition of XC8 (too expensive). When I can't optimize code space any more, I use mixed code : C + assembly (for basline PIC, there is only 33 instructions, not so difficult to learn)” Program memory bytes used = 64 Program memory bytes used = 63 (negligible, but often, a code source contains many if/else instructions Trick #10: Re-arrange the test inside an if instruction: August 14, 2019 at 6:12 pm Program memory bytes used = 841 Program memory bytes used = 570 “Many years ago I did some tests with an MC68000 compiler to see how much faster I could make an interrupt handler than the compiler itself managed.nnI failed to equal the compiler. It used some techniques with the CPU's instruction set that I'd never s Case 1 : Program memory bytes used = 67 Case 2 : Program memory bytes used = 62 Case 3 : Program memory bytes used = 77 Case 1 : Program memory bytes used = 58 Case 2 : Program memory bytes used = 62 Case 3 : Program memory bytes used = 65 Example 4: Use instead:  Program memory bytes used = 43 Program memory bytes used = 27 “Programmers know that it is very hard to do code space optimization and speed optimization as one objective. One have to choose between. As for RTOS, PIC10/12/16F are definitively not recommended. “ void main(void) { int a, b ;     a = (b – 1) * 3 ; }void main(void) { int a, b ;     a = (b – 1) ;   a = a + a + a ; } Program memory bytes used = 79 Program memory bytes used = 74 void main(void){  for (a = 10 ; a > 0 ; a–) b = c + a ;}void main(void){  for (a = 10 ; a– ; ) b = c + a ;} void main(void){float a, b, c ;  a = (b + c) * 0.1 ;}void main(void){float a, b, c ;  a = (b + c) / 10.0 ;} Log in to Reply Example 8: Use instead:  Example 5: Use instead:  Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Trick #2: Use multiple if instructions (without else) to replace switch instruction. Each case of the switch instruction (without default case) is replaced with an if instruction (without else). However, this trick is not relevant if the switch instruction is terminated with a default case. void main(void) { char chx ;     if (chx == ‘a’  ||  chx == ‘A’)  b = a + 5 ;   if (chx == ‘m’ ||  chx == ‘M’) b = a – 10 ;   if (chx == ‘t’   ||  chx == ‘T’)  b = a * 25 ; }void main(void) { char chx ;     // to lower case,   // caution, alphabetical only   chx = chx | 0x20 ;   if (chx == ‘a’)  b = a + 5 ;   if (chx == ‘m’) b = a – 10 ;   if (chx == ‘t’)   b = a * 25 ; } grasshopper_xl says: Program memory bytes used = 84 Program memory bytes used = 77 Example 2: Use instead:  Case 1 : Program memory bytes used = 102 Case 2 : Program memory bytes used = 160 Case 1 : Program memory bytes used = 73 Case 2 : Program memory bytes used = 114 “Even so the above made suggestions for saving code are effective, some of them may lead to increased processor load (execution time). If it’s not a real time application, then you’re ok. But when the code is used in real time applications (interrupts), it benabadji salim says: Log in to Reply Trick #8: Rework a mathematical expression containing multiplication with a constant value k, and modify it so as to use division by 1/k benabadji salim says: Example 3: Use instead:  ( This makes code run faster, as well) Log in to Reply The following simple tricks in C are dedicated for program memory space optimization . These are particularly useful for embedded systems programmers dealing with low-cost 8-bit microcontrollers with limited flash memory. While assembly language is the best choice in this case, (almost all young) hardware engineers prefer nowadays to use C langage even when the program is a relatively short control program. These 10 tips have been tested with the XC8 compiler (v1.42, free edition) to show the amount of program memory bytes involved before and after applying each code snippet on an enhanced mid-range 8-bit XLP PICmicro (a PIC16F1824). These code snippets do nothing special other than offer a proof of the concept. More clever (and sophisticated) tricks can be found here in the references listed at the end of this article.Trick #1: Use as possible, short mathematical expressions. “This is very interesting. I agree that it is always worth thinking about what you are trying to do and consider better ways to express it. However, with some of these examples, I was very surprised [disappointed] that the compiler did not manage to optimi August 19, 2019 at 10:28 am Colin Walls says: August 15, 2019 at 10:31 am eldercosta says: eldercosta says: GordonScott says: Trick #9: Prefer using unsigned values for int or long types, as possible. Be careful to keep numbers inside the interval {0, …, INT_MAX} or {0, …, LONG_MAX} “Oh, maybe the compiler is set to generate fast code instead of small code. You cannot have both, usually. So, trick #00 would be check if you are using your compile correctly.” Program memory bytes used = 570 Program memory bytes used = 559 Trick #6: When computing expressions, use integer values instead of float values, as possible. Let suppose a battery voltage which value varies between 10.5 to 14.2 volts, with step of 0.1 volt. We want to compute the mean value for each minute (for a 1s data acquisition system). Accumulate the 10-bit numerical count measure into an integer variable, without converting it (each second) to a meaningful voltage measure (float value). This conversion will be done only once, in the last step.   “The author lost me on trick #4 ou #5.nnI would start with trick #0: use a decent compiler. As Colin Walls mentioned, it is surprising the compiler is so bad at optimizing such a basic constructs. On the other hand, maybe it is a free version of it and a Log in to Reply References [1][2]–april-2013/4408338/10-C-Language-Tips-for-Hardware-Engineers[3] Mohammed Benabadji is a student at the University of Science and Technology of Oran with four years of expertise in Qt, C/C++ & QML application development in various domains. void main(void) { int a, b, c ;     if (a == 0) b = 0 ; else b = (a – c) * 100 ; }void main(void) { int a, b, c ;    b = 0 ; if (a) b = (a – c) * 100 ; } Log in to Reply void main(void){int Vbat ; // 1, 2, …, 1023   Vbat = 1023 / Vbat ;  // case 1   Vbat = (2048L * 15) / Vbat ;  // case 2 }void main(void){int Vbat ; // 1, 2, …, 1023   Vbat = 1023U / Vbat ;  // case 1   Vbat = (2048UL * 15) / Vbat ;  // case 2 } Program memory bytes used = 149 Program memory bytes used = 68 Program memory bytes used = 50 Program memory bytes used = 25 August 15, 2019 at 10:33 am void main(void) {   const char *TabMois[] =                            {“Jan”,”Feb”,”Mar”,”Apr”,”May”,”Jun”,                            “Jul”,”Aug”,”Sep”,”Oct”,”Nov”,”Dec”} ;   char ch1 = TabMois[0][0], ch2 = TabMois[0][1],           ch3 = TabMois[0][2] ; }void main(void) {   const char TabMois[] =                    “JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec” ;   char ch1 = TabMois[0], ch2 = TabMois[1],           ch3 = TabMois[2] ; } Log in to Reply Trick #7: for instruction may be written in several ways. Look at this construction: 7 thoughts on “10 simple tricks to optimize your C code in small embedded systems” Example 10: Use instead: 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. August 15, 2019 at 5:37 pm last_img read more

Nokia 5.1 Plus with 5.86-inch display, octa-core chipset spotted on TENAA

first_imgHMD Global has been on a launch spree this year and is staying true to its promise of rapidly expanding its product portfolio in 2018. After refreshing the Nokia 2, Nokia 3 and Nokia 5 smartphones last month, it looks almost certain that the company is ready to launch another new phone soon. Since early this month, CAD renders and a Bluetooth certification listing suggest a Nokia 5.1 Plus may be in the works. Now, the same phone has been spotted on China certification site TENAA, hinting that its launch is imminent.The TENAA listing gives us a pretty good look at what to expect from the smartphone. The specs listed suggests a mid-range smartphone powered by a 2.0GHz octa-core processor but the chipset is unknown at the moment. It is possible we could see a MediaTek Helio P-series or a Snapdragon 600-series chip powering the Nokia 5.1 Plus. The listing further adds three memory options of 3GB, 4GB and 6GB along with either 32GB or 64GB of internal storage. The phone will also run Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box.CAD renders earlier this month suggested that the Nokia 5.1 Plus will sport a near bezel-less display up front with a notch that is noticeably wider than that seen on the recent Nokia X6 and a chin. The display is likely 5.86-inch with HD+ resolution as per the TENAA listing. This may be disappointing if true as one expect a Full- HD+ resolution for a mid-range phone in today’s day and age. Meanwhile, the notch on top of the display is expected to be as wide as the one seen on the iPhone X, suggesting HMD Global could house some extra sensor for a Face ID-like tech.advertisementAs for the cameras, the Nokia 5.1 Plus will likely bear a dual camera setup on the back with a 13-megapixel primary sensor and possibly an 8-megapixel secondary sensor. The front could also see an 8-megapixel sensor similar to the Nokia 5.1. Lastly, the phone could house a 3000mAh battery, which is almost the same as the Nokia 5.1 so it seems the ‘Plus’ here isn’t going to be associated with a bigger battery.HMD is yet to announce the date and time of launch but since the Nokia 5.1 Plus has been spotted on TENAA one can assume that the launch is just a few days away.last_img read more

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas: Dinner dates to wedding plans, all you need to know

first_imgIt is our desi girl Priyanka Chopra’s 36th birthday today, and she kickstarted the celebrations with boyfriend Nick Jonas at the Chiltern Firehouse in London, a hotspot frequented by celebrities. Rumours were doing the rounds that Nick will whisk Priyanka off to one of her favourite beachside destinations, but the couple opted for a low-key dinner instead.On Monday night, Priyanka and Nick were snapped on a double date with Joe Jonas and his fiancée Sophie Turner in London. Nick and Joe’s elder brother Kevin Jonas also joined them.This is not the first time that Priyanka has met Nick’s family. Last month, Nick took Priyanka as his date to his cousin Rachel Tamburelli’s wedding in Atlantic City, New Jersey. They arrived hand-in-hand at the ceremony, where Priyanka met the entire Jonas clan.If the pictures are anything to go by, she bonded with the Jonas family and had a whale of a time with them. In fact, Nick’s eldest brother Kevin Jonas gave Priyanka his stamp of approval and called her “super-awesome”.Priyanka and Nick have hit one relationship milestone after the other at a dizzyingly quick pace. The two first set tongues wagging when they arrived at last year’s Met Gala together, both dressed in Ralph Lauren creations. Jimmy Kimmel took a dig at their age difference (she is 35, he is 25) on his show and asked Priyanka, “Are you dating Nick Jonas? Isn’t he like, 11 years old?””We were both wearing Ralph Lauren and we decided to go together. It was fun. I didn’t ask his age. Eleven?” she laughed, adding, “We were on the same table and we already know each other. So he was like ‘Hey, you wanna go together?’ And I was like ‘Yeah, okay, let’s go together.’ It ended up working out.”advertisementIt was Priyanka’s Quantico co-star Graham Rogers who introduced them, Nick revealed in an interview. “We met up like in New York the first time and the same day I think we found out that we are both going to the Met Gala with Ralph Lauren. And as strange as it sounds but we couldn’t have planned it. We just had a great time. She’s a lovely person and I’m dying now to go to India,” he said.Their relationship came in the spotlight this May, after they spent the Memorial Day weekend with each other. On Friday, Priyanka and Nick attended the Beauty and the Beast Live concert at the Hollywood Bowl. According to an eyewitness, they refrained from any “obvious PDA” and “snuck out right as the show was ending”.On Saturday, Priyanka and Nick went to a Los Angeles Dodgers game together, where they “were talking really closely and were very smiley and very happy,” according to an onlooker.They rounded off the weekend with a yacht ride with their friends. Pictures of Priyanka and Nick cosying up under a blanket went viral on the internet.A tabloid quoted a source as revealing that the two were in a relationship. “They are dating and it’s brand new. It’s a good match and they are both interested in each other,” the insider told the website.Even as gossip mills went into a frenzy and churned out story after story of Priyanka and Nick’s newfound love, they fanned the flames by stepping up their PDA on Instagram. If Nick could not stop gushing over Priyanka’s gorgeous smile, she could not decide if he was cuter than a koala.Priyanka and Nick continued painting the town red on a series of dates and leaving flirtatious comments on each other’s Instagram posts. Fans are already shipping the couple, and have nicknamed them ‘Nickyanka’.Even as everyone was still trying to wrap their heads around their newfound romance, Priyanka brought Nick to Mumbai, reportedly to meet her mother, Madhu Chopra. The trio was clicked dining together, sending the grapevine into a tizzy. Of course, Chopra Sr did not divulge too many details and said, “I’ve met him for the first time, so it’s too early to form an opinion.”But Nick seemingly made their relationship Insta-official, when he shared a video of Priyanka laughing and walking towards him on his Instagram story. He captioned it “Her” along with a heart eyes emoji.Clearly, things were quickly heating up between the couple, and soon, it was being said that they were very serious about each other and were planning to get engaged by the end of July or in August this year.advertisementFanning the flames further was the fact that the two were clicked sporting identical rings on their dinner date in Mumbai. It was being said that the couple exchanged promise rings, as a sign of their commitment towards each other.The couple then flew to Goa along with Priyanka’s family and close friends. This time, Priyanka called Nick her “favourite man” on her Instagram story. The actress shared a picture of Nick along with her brother Siddharth Chopra from their holiday in Goa, and captioned it “My favourite men”, followed by a heart eyes emoji.Upon their return to Mumbai, Priyanka and Nick attended the mehendi ceremony of Mukesh Ambani and Nita Ambani’s son Akash Ambani and Shloka Mehta at the Ambani residence.After a week-long holiday in India, Priyanka accompanied Nick to Brazil, and cheered him on as he performed at the VillaMix Festival. Priyanka could not stop smiling as Nick belted out his songs on stage, and even shared a video from the concert on her Instagram story, which she captioned “Him”, and added a heart eyes emoji.Once they were back in New York, Priyanka and Nick celebrated the American Independence day with his family. It looks like Priyanka has fit right in with the Jonases. Recently, she dined with Nick and his brothers, Joe and Kevin, in London. Joe’s fiancée, Sophie Turner, also joined in.Recently, Priyanka confirmed that she was “getting to know” Nick. Talking about his trip to India, she said, “We’re getting to know each other and I think it was a great experience for him. That’s what he said. I think he really enjoyed it.”Meanwhile, Priyanka’s mother Madhu Chopra was asked if the actress and her beau were getting married anytime soon, since things were getting serious. Not wanting to answer the question, she responded with, “Aap serious hai ki nahi, woh batao pehle.” The journalist replied that he was indeed serious, to which Madhu laughed, “Aap serious hai toh hum bhi ho jayenge.”Fun fact: So far, Priyanka has maintained that she prefers to keep her personal life to herself. “When there is a ring on the finger, the world will know,” has been her constant refrain.Is Nick going to follow the advice of Beyonce and put a ring on it? Let us wait and watch.ALSO READ: Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas relationship is because of this Hollywood actorALSO WATCH: Lovebirds Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas arrive in Mumbailast_img read more

Fakhar Zaman double ton highlights Pakistan’s huge win over Zimbabwe

first_imgFakhar Zaman hammered Pakistan’s first ever double century in a one-day international as Pakistan crushed Zimbabwe by 244 runs in the fourth ODI at Bulawayo on Friday.Zaman’s unbeaten 210 off 156 balls and Imam-ul-Haq’s 113 guided Pakistan to its highest ever ODI total of 399/1 after Pakistan won its first toss of the series and elected to bat.Zaman and Imam, who scored his second century of the series, notched another record-breaking partnership of 304 runs for the first wicket before Imam fell to Hamilton Masakadza. The triple century partnership was the highest ever for the opening wicket in the history of ODIs, and the fourth biggest ever for any wicket.But Zaman carried on and smashed 24 fours and five sixes to score the seventh ODI double hundred overall. He continued his brilliant run of form in the series in which he has already scored two centuries and a half-century with a match remaining on Sunday.Zimbabwe’s dismal batting continued in the five-match series and it was bowled out for 155 in 42.4 overs to lose its fourth straight match by a heavy margin. Shadab Khan starred with the ball, picking up 4/28 from 8.4 overs to help the subcontinent team bowl the African nation with 44 balls to spare.We think you could predict the #ZIMvPAK 4th ODI Player of the Match…Who else but @FakharZamanLive! (@ICC) July 20, 2018This was Pakistan’s second biggest-ever victory in terms of runs in ODI cricket and captain Sarfraz Khan was absolutely elated about the team’s performance.advertisement”Thanks to almighty. That’s what we need batting first. Imam and Fakhar gave us a solid platform. It’s good that our top order batsmen are getting runs. When we go to field, our target was to bowl them under 160 and we executed our plans. We will try our level best to win the next game,” Sarfraz said.Record-breaker Fakhar was also very happy with his performance and jokingly said that he will try and not give the middle-order the chance to bat in the next game too.”Thanks to almighty. Imam played really well in the start and he supported me well. I think today was my day. I knew about Saeed’s record. Mickey (Arthur) told us before toss that if we win toss we are going to bat and he asked me to score a double ton. He was telling me the same thing two days before as well.Imam is playing really well and he keeps talking to me whenever I feel not comfortable. We play together in domestic cricket. I was feeling tired in the field and hopefully I’ll get some treatment from the physio. I’ll try not to give them (middle order batsmen) the chance in the next game,” an elated and an equally tired Fakhar.Pakistan win the fourth #ZIMvPAK ODI by 244 runs and up in the series by 4-0.More Official (@TheRealPCB) July 20, 2018Zimbabwe skipper Hamilton Masakadza also praised Fakhar for his tremendous performance and hoped that they do well in the last ODI on Sunday.”Never really in the game, they put us under pressure from ball one. Fakhar played exceptionally well and we found it difficult to rein him in. We fell way short in all three departments today. It’s always going to be difficult chasing 400, you have to go for your shots from ball one and that’s always not easy. Hope we can turn up on Sunday and play better than we did today,” said Masakadza.last_img read more

UEFA Champions League: Black Eyed Peas set to perform in final

first_imgThe American group Black Eyed Peas are set to perform at the final of the Champions League between Real Madrid and Juventus in Cardiff on June 3, football’s governing body announced on Monday.According to UEFA, the Los Angeles-based group, formed by, Fergie, and Taboo, are to perform before the final, reports Efe.”We’re planning on harnessing the excitement of the fans in the stadium, and all those tuning in to the UEFA Champions League final,” added that the group is planning “an unforgettable show.”Guy-Laurent Epstein, marketing director of UEFA Events, noted that UEFA is “excited” to have the rappers performing at the Champions League final in Cardiff.Both Real Madrid and Juventus are looking forward to winning the double after they have already claimed La Liga and Serie A titles this season.last_img read more

India ends Serbia tie without a win, lose 0-4 after Balaji’s defeat

first_imgKraljevo (Serbia), Sept 16 (PTI) Turning out to play the dead fourth rubber, N Sriram Balaji lost to Pedja Krstin in straight sets as India ended the Davis World Group Play-off tie against Serbia without a single win, losing 0-4, here on Sunday. Since the tie was already decided in favour of the hosts, who had taken an unassailable 3-0 lead, India fielded Balaji in place of Ramkumar Ramanathan. Serbia also changed the nomination, playing Krstin in place of Dusan Lajovic. Balaji, who is more focussed on the doubles, lost 3-6 1-6 in 66 minutes on indoor clay courts at the Kraljevo Sports Venue. The two sides agreed not to play the fifth rubber. “It was not a bad match for me. In every service game I had game points but I was not sharp enough to take them. Even most of the return games were close. The scoreline look easy for him but we had long games,” Balaji told PTI. “Before going into the tie, we thought we had a chance of beating them. But they came up strong in every match.” Serbia did not have multiple Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic and injured Filip Krajinovic in their line-up but still India could not take advantage of it. India now have lost four out of five meetings with Serbia, whom they had defeated way back in 1927 when the country was Yugoslavia. Since new Davis Cup reforms have been introduced, India will not have to go back to the Asia/Oceania Group immediately.advertisement Instead, India will compete in a 24-team qualifying event (home and away format) in February next year to qualify for the 18-team Davis Cup Finals. The year-end event to crown Davis Cup champions will be held either in Madrid or Lille from November 18-24, next year. The 12 winners will qualify while four semi-finalists from the 2018 season will get direct entry. The ITF will award two wild cards for the inaugural Davis Cup finals. The Indian team is ranked 20th but effectively it is 16th, considering that four semifinalists will not be part of the qualifying event. The two worst teams in the qualifiers will go back to the zonal competition. PTI AT AT PDSPDSlast_img read more

Current selection committee cannot debate with Shastri and Kohli: Syed Kirmani

first_imgFormer chief selector Syed Kirmani has said MSK Prasad’s committee is not experienced enough to challenge the decisions of coach Ravi Shastri and captain Virat Kohli.India’s selectors and the team management have come under fire after the sacking of the Karun Nair from the Test squad for the West Indies series. Karun, who is India’s only second triple centurion in Test cricket, was not selected in the playing XI in any of India’s five Tests in England, who won the series 3-1.Murali Vijay was also dropped from the team after the first two Tests in England and was also not picked for the West Indies series.The ex-India wicketkeeper’s comments come in the wake of the controversy over the exclusion of Karun and Vijay from the Test squad.Both Nair and Vijay claimed that they they were not spoken to by the selectors before or after being dropped, a claim that Prasad has dismissed by stating that both the batsmen were duly informed.”If you ask me Ravi Shastri is the main selector, being the coach. He along with captain and senior members will discuss and put it [what they want] across to the selection committee,” Kirmani told PTI when asked about the selection row.”The current selection committee, with due respect, is inexperienced to these guys [Shastri and Kohli]. And they better listen to what the team management wants because they cannot debate with Shastri and Kohli, who have much more experience,” said the 68-year-old, who headed the selection panel in early 2000s.advertisementRead – Don’t think Indian team management likes Karun Nair, says Sunil GavaskarThe five-member panel is low on international playing experience with chief selector Prasad playing six Tests and 17 ODIs. The other four — Sarandeep Singh (2 Tests, 5 ODIs), Dewang Gandhi (4 Tests, 3 ODIs), Jatin Paranjpe (4 ODIs) and Gagan Khoda (2 ODIs) — too do not have enough experience in top-fight.”Luck also plays a role in selection. Take my example. I was sidelined at the peak of my career,” said Kirmani, who played the last of his 88 Tests in 1986, on the sidelines of the first Test against the West Indies in Rajkot.’Not been invited by anyone to coach a wicketkeeper’Among India’s finest wicket-keepers, Kirmani also has a lot to say about Rishabh Pant, who has broken into the Test mainly on the basis of his batting and not his glove work. The World Cup winner thinks Pant has a long way to go as he is yet to learn the basics of wicket-keeping.”He is in the cradle of wicket-keeping. He is in the cradle of international cricket also. What is unfortunate is no coach is talking about technique anymore. The performance is what matters and MS Dhoni has proven that. The youngsters are following the likes of Dhoni from the point of batting as well as keeping.”Having said that, basic technique is required. In batting he (Pant) can manage but in wicket-keeping you have to follow a certain technique to have a good collection and anticipation. You got to have the agility, you got to have a good vision.”Unfortunately there is a trend of wearing glasses these days. When you have a good natural vision why bring a glass in front. Because of that you may lose sight of the ball and your anticipation can also go haywire. You might miss a catch or stumping.”Also Read – Selection unrest on agenda in BCCI performance review meetAt times, Pant stands up before the ball is bowled by a spinner, pointed out Kirmani. So, what does he need to do?”He has to be on his toes before the bowler takes a turn, sitting crouching down. These are the basics. He has to be crouching down, he has to wait till the ball pitches and then react. After that, he has to move according to the swing, bounce.”Wicketkeeper’s ability is judged only when he is standing up to spinners. Anyone can keep against the pacers since you have a lot of time to move and anticipate. You have fraction of a second out there for these three-four coordinates to synchronise for a good collection in the form of stumping or a catch.”Virat Kohli’s fierce thoughtfulness could become tyrannical: Mike BrearleyKirmaini said Dhoni’s talent is undisputed and rare but his style should not be aped by youngsters.”If you talk about collection of the throw. He has to go right behind the stumps, not what Dhoni does (sometimes he takes it from ahead of stumps). Pant is following him. It is not technique. You have to get behind in line with the stumps, your eye level should be in line with the bails to see where the ball is pitching so that you can judge it better.advertisement”Just by telling it is not right. It has to be shown in action. So far I have not been invited by anyone to coach a wicketkeeper or talk to him. I feel very disappointed. My experience is going waste,” he lamented.Also read – At times lack of experience shows: Sunil Gavaskar on Virat Kohli’s captaincy’Wicketkeeping is a specialist’s job’At a time when teams are opting for batsmen who can keep, Kirmani said wicket-keeping was always a specialist’s job.”Wicket-keeper has to be born which I was not aware of when I started. I spoke to Alan Knott (former England wicketkeeper) for the first time in 1971. I asked him ‘why do they say a wicketkeeper has to be born? He said ‘it is because right from the initial stages, you got to have a good vision, be nimble and agile’.”How many are like that in this Indian team? Even in my time I can remember only the great Eknath Solkar.”(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

MS Dhoni in Sydney: Fans cannot get enough of Indian superstar ahead of SCG ODI

first_imgMS Dhoni is back in Australia, probably for one last time, for a one day international series starting on Saturday at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). India and Australia play a three-match ODI series before Virat Kohli’s me fly to New Zealand for a limited-overs series later this month.MS Dhoni’s form in 2018 had been a cause of concern for the team management given he remains an important part of the Indian team setup for the ICC World Cup in England and Wales later this year. MS Dhoni has only a handful of ODIs, 13 to be precise, a few T20s and the Indian Premier League left to prove his doubters wrong before India decide on their core group for the 2019 ICC World Cup.After the training session at the SCG on Friday, Dhoni did not disappoint his fans as he signed a few autographs for his fans as India sweat it out at the historic ground.”MSD fever at the SCG post practice. Humble as always, @msdhoni signed a few autographs for the fans who had gathered to watch #TeamIndia train before the 1st ODI #AUSvIND,” BCCI tweeted.MSD fever at the SCG post practice. Humble as always, @msdhoni signed a few autographs for the fans who had gathered to watch #TeamIndia train before the 1st ODI #AUSvIND (@BCCI) January 11, 2019After a historic Test series victory in Australia, a confident Indian team’s preparations are in full swing.Soon after landing in Australia earlier this week, Dhoni did not waste time and got down to work as he practised batting in the nets even in the optional training session along with Shikhar Dhawan, Kedar Jadhav and Ambati Rayudu.advertisementDhoni remains one of the more likable characters in the Indian team and will look to regain his form as quickly as possible.Reacently, former India skipper Mohammad Azharuddin said he expected Dhoni to play a crucial role in the World Cup with his experience and skills.”I like Dhoni a lot. I feel Dhoni will emerge as India’s No. 1 player in the 2019 World Cup because he has so much experience and we have seen how he marshals the troops from behind the stumps,” Azhar said at India Today Mind Rocks.Australia cricket stars Tim Paine, Usman Khawaja and Tim Pained lauded Dhoni after the former India captain landed Down Under.Dhoni first played an ODI in Australia back in 2008 and has scored 860 runs off 32 matches in the country since. Dhoni has played 48 ODIs against Australia and has scored 1355 runs including two hundreds.MS Dhoni, on his very first tour of Australia 11 years ago, had led India to victory in the CB Series. After qualifying for the finals of the tri-series, India defeated Australia 2-0.After Sydney, India travel to Adelaide for the second ODI on January 15 while the third ODI will be played in Melbourne on January 18.Also Read | MS Dhoni guiding light for India, says Rohit SharmaAlso Read | Kohli better batsman than Tendulkar but Dhoni better captain: Rahul, Pandyalast_img read more

Ranveer Singh on training with Kapil Dev for 83: I will follow him wherever he goes

first_imgRanveer Singh is the man of the hour, and his latest release Gully Boy has just proved this. Far from taking it slow, the actor is prepping for his next film. ’83, which revolves around India’s grand victory at the 1983 Cricket World Cup, and is being directed by Kabir Khan. Ranveer will play Kapil Dev in the biopic.While there were reports doing the rounds that Ranveer would train under Kapil Dev himself, the actor revealed that they haven’t started working together yet. He also said that he wishes to observe the cricketer carefully and master each and every move. “I’m hoping to become his shadow. I will follow him wherever he goes and try to pick as much as possible from him. I hope to get some tips on bowling and batting from the man himself. I have never done this before. This will be a first for me, a unique process of spending time with the person I play on screen.”Ranveer has started training with one of the original team members from the 1983 winning team in Mumbai. Balwinder Singh Sandhu has been helping him master his strokes. In a recent interview, he said that he realises he must work harder on his bowling action. “Ballu sir, as we call him, is an amazing coach. I train with him for four hours everyday in Mumbai. I focus on my bowling and do a lot of physio. I’m doing better in batting because from my childhood, I’ve had a natural ability for it. I’m a good fielder too. But I need to work particularly hard on my bowling.”advertisementRanveer began and ended 2018 with a high. His film Padmaavat crossed Rs 300 crore, and Simmba crossed Rs 250 crore. Not just that, he married the love of his life, Deepika Padukone on November 14 and 15.ALSO SEE | Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone have eyes for only each other at Mumbai receptionALSO WATCH | Deepika Padukone marries Ranveer Singh in Italylast_img read more

2013 IPL spot fixing: BCCI Ombudsman to reconsider Sreesanth punishment in 3 months

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Ombudsman Justice D K Jain will have to decide on the fresh quantum of punishment for India cricketer S Sreesanth in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing case, the Supreme Court announced on Friday.A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan and K M Joseph said this while hearing an application filed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).BCCI has said that since its disciplinary committee, which had earlier dealt with Sreesanth’s matter is no longer operational, the matter be referred to the ombudsman appointed by the apex court.On March 15, the top court had set aside the BCCI disciplinary committee’s order imposing a life ban on Sreesanth for his alleged involvement in the matter.The court had then said that the disciplinary committee may reconsider within three months the quantum of punishment to be given to Sreesanth.The Apex Court had revoked the life ban on Sreesanth in February. BCCI Ombudsman DK Jain now has three months to come up with a new punishment for Sreesanth.Sreesanth had filed a plea challenging the decision of a division bench of the Kerala High Court which had restored the life ban imposed on him by the BCCI.In January, Sreesanth had told the Supreme Court that he had “stubbornly” refused to be involved in match-fixing during 2013 IPL and referred to the transcript of the recorded conversation to back his assertion.The fast bowler, who was banned for life for his alleged involvement in spot-fixing during 2013 IPL, had told the court in the January hearing that the bookie tried to drag him into spot-fixing but he did not fall for it.advertisementAlso Read | Thank god I didn’t announce my retirement: Sreesanth after SC revokes his life banAlso Read | SC order on Sreesanth will come up for serious deliberation at next COA meet: Vinod RaiAlso Read | Supreme Court asks why Sreesanth didn’t inform BCCI about being approached for spot-fixinglast_img read more

Madrid Open: Federer advances to quarter-final after 1200th career win

first_imgRoger Federer had to save two match points before reaching the quarterfinals of the Madrid Open with a 6-0, 4-6, 7-6 (3) win over a gritty Gael Monfils on Thursday.In only his second match on clay since 2016, Federer rallied from three games down late in the third set and then dominated the deciding tiebreaker to outlast Monfils in a match of more than two hours at the Magic Box center court.It was the 1,200th career win for Federer, allowing him to join Jimmy Connors as the only players to have reached the milestone in the Open Era.The fourth-seeded Federer had eased past Richard Gasquet in his first match in Madrid and looked set for another comfortable win after routing Monfils in less than 20 minutes in the opening set. But the Swiss lost five straight games to fall behind the 18th-ranked Frenchman who was seeking his second title of the season.Yet ANOTHER milestone for @rogerfederer…Electric atmosphere on Manolo Santana as Federer wins his 1200th match TV (@TennisTV) May 9, 2019Federer recovered by breaking Monfils at 2-4 in the third set, and then saved the two match points in a long game when trailing 5-6. The 20-time Grand Slam champion was back in control in the tiebreaker, winning six of the first seven points.Federer will next face fifth-seeded Dominic Thiem, who defeated Fabio Fognini 6-4, 7-5.Federer skipped the clay swing the last two years to remain fit for the rest of the season. The Madrid Open is his first clay tournament as he prepares to return to the French Open after a three-year absence. He has already won two hard-court titles this season, in Dubai and Miami, and is seeking his third Madrid trophy, and first since 2012.advertisementDjokovic reaches quarter-final after beating Jeremy ChardyEarlier, top-ranked Novak Djokovic reached the final eight by beating Jeremy Chardy 6-1, 7-6 (2). It was his 13th consecutive win over Chardy, all in straight sets.Djokovic will next face Marin Cilic, who came from behind to beat Laslo Djere 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.Djokovic is seeking his second title of the season, and third in Madrid. He began the year by winning the Australian Open.Also Read | I’m in a really good place right now: Naomi Osaka on reaching Madrid Open quartersAlso See:last_img read more

Qatar brings first new World Cup stadium to life as FIFA mulls expansion

first_imgQatar inaugurated the first of seven new World Cup 2022 stadiums on Thursday, just weeks before a crucial FIFA summit will decide whether to expand the tournament and potentially push it beyond the tiny Gulf state’s borders to accommodate a larger format.Fans packed into the Al Janoub stadium, a 40,000 seat venue made to resemble the sail of a dhow, or traditional wooden sailboat, to cheer on Qatari teams playing in the final of the Emir Cup, a local tournament for the country’s club sides.The inauguration comes as soccer’s world governing body FIFA floats a plan to expand the next World Cup to 48 teams from 32, which could require a last-minute co-host despite a protracted dispute between Qatar and some of its neighbours, bans on alcohol and a lack of facilities restricting likely candidates.Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt have imposed a political and trade boycott on Qatar since mid-2017, accusing it of supporting terrorism, which Doha denies.That rift has strained efforts by FIFA President Gianni Infantino to push for a suitable Word Cup co-host even as qualifying matches begin early next month.FIFA will host its annual congress in Paris on June 5, where it is expected to make a final call on the expansion, though any decision must be signed off by Qatar, the first Arab country to win hosting rights for the tournament in 2010.The finals will start in November 2022, having been moved from the usual June-July slot to avoid the searing summer heat.advertisementAl Janoub, a fully air-conditioned stadium which kept the temperature 10 degrees lower than the 29 Celsius outside, was called Al Wakrah after the city just south of Doha.However, Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani tweeted before the match that it was being renamed.It is one of seven venues built from scratch for the 2022 World Cup, with an eighth stadium renovated and opened in 2017.Qatar has pushed ahead with an ambitious scale-up of its infrastructure ahead of 2022 that includes $6-8 billion on stadiums and sporting facilities, part of efforts to use the tournament to diversify its energy economy and project itself on to the world stage through sport.Also Read | FIFA deputy secretary general Boban looks forward to India’s results under Igor StimacAlso Read | Injured Harry Kane picked by England for Nations League finalsAlso Seelast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Bangladesh confident injured Shakib Al Hasan will play West Indies

first_imgBangladesh are optimistic that all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan will recover from a thigh injury in time for Monday’s World Cup match against West Indies in Taunton, their coach Steve Rhodes has said.Shakib strained a muscle in his left thigh while batting against England in Cardiff last week, but fought past the pain to make 121 runs as Bangladesh lost by 106 runs.The 32-year old, who has scored 260 runs at the tournament so far, was a doubt for Tuesday’s match against Sri Lanka, which was subsequently abandoned, and Rhodes is confident the extra week’s rest will do him good.He picked up a little injury in that game against England and he fought on and battled on and played extremely well with an injury, Rhodes told reporters on Tuesday.We’re very, very optimistic that with the treatment he will get this week he can recover well and play in that next game against West Indies.Also Read | My expectations creating pressure: Tamim Iqbal on his lack of runs in World Cup 2019Also Read | Had to convince everyone in team to let me bat at three, says Shakib Al HasanAlso Seelast_img read more

Conflict of Interest charge against Kapil Dev in focus

first_imgBoard of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) officials, many of them, are construing former captain Kapil Dev’s flood light business as a direct case of conflict of interest against his position as Chairman of the ad hoc Cricket advisory committee (CAC) tasked with picking the Indian team head coach.It’s emerged Dev Musco, a sports lighting company supplies floodlights to some leading Indian international cricket grounds.The website of the company says ‘Musco Lighting Pvt Ltd is a Sports Lighting Company incorporated in 1995 by a tie-up between Kapil Dev (cricketer) & Musco Sports Lighting LLC., USA’.The website has listed among its clients Test venues like Brabourne Stadium (CCI), Punjab Cricket Association in Mohali, currently under reconstruction Gujarat Cricket Association’s stadium at Motera and Orissa Cricket Association’s Baramati stadium.”The Ethics officer’s order with regards to VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly was quite clear that ‘one person, one post’ principle should be upheld at all cost.If the old CAC is now not functional because of Ethics officer’s conflict of interest order, what’s the point of appointing the equally conflicted Kapil Dev led committee to do the CAC’s job now,” a BCCI functionary told India Today.This particular conflict charge against the legend pertains to clause 38 (4) (o) of the new BCCI constitution which says “It is clarified that no individual may occupy more than one of the following posts at a single point in time except where prescribed under these rules: (o) Contractual entity (Broadcast, Security, Contractor etc).Earlier MPCA life member Sanjeev Gupta had filed a complaint to the BCCI Ethics officer to take suo moto cognizance, charging Kapil Dev of being in conflict on account of his flood light business as well as Directorial position in Indian Cricketers Association.advertisementDespite the charges, the Vinod Rai led Committee of Administrators (COA) has gone ahead and named the Kapil led committee also comprising of Shanta Rangaswami and Anshuman Gaikwad with the specific purpose of appointing India’s head coach pending their submitting an undertaking that they are not conflicted.Also See:last_img read more


first_imgGovernor Kim Reynolds says the Republican leader in the Iowa Senate should release the review of sexual harassment allegations against his staff if there’s more information there than what was exposed during a summertime trial.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……that information.” :13In July, a jury awarded former Senate G-O-P Caucus Staff communications director Kirsten Anderson two-point-two million dollars in her sexual harassment lawsuit.Senate Republican Leader Bill Dix fired one man on staff and announced Monday that details of his internal investigation will remain secret.The Freedom of Information Council says Iowa taxpayers are left paying the agreed-upon settlement without knowing the details.Governor Reynolds is expressing the same sentiments.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………..protect personal information.” ;16Reynolds says we all need to be diligent in making sure that nobody uses their title or their power to manipulate, harass or in any way abuse.Radio Iowalast_img read more