Mourinho claims he IS happy with Man Utd squad

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho has insisted he is happy with his squad heading into the Premier League season, despite the club’s failure to meet his transfer demands.After signing Brazil international Fred, Portuguese full-back Diogo Dalot and reserve goalkeeper Lee Grant, Mourinho wanted a further two recruits but none arrived before Thursday’s deadline.Toby Alderweireld, Willian, Harry Maguire, Ivan Perisic, Jerome Boateng and Diego Godin were linked with moves to Old Trafford, though no deals materialised prior to Friday’s Premier League opener against Leicester City. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The lack of new faces over the summer has been the source of Mourinho’s frustration during pre-season – a feeling also shared by Alexis Sanchez.But Mourinho – preparing for his third campaign at United – is ready to enjoy 2018-19 following a runners-up finish last term.”I have my players and I like my players. I like to work with my players, one lie repeated 1000 times is still a lie, but the perception of people is that it’s true,” Mourinho said.”When you repeat 1000 times that my relationship with my players is not good, a lie repeated 1000 times is still a lie. I like my players and my group.”I enjoyed last season, the fight to finish where we finished and to manage the best position this club has had in five years. I’m going to enjoy this season.”I know the words you want me to say or not to say. It depends on the music, but words don’t come easy [at this stage].”Mourinho declined to name title favourites for the season, adding that would sort itself out within a few months. “By the end of November or December you don’t need words, you’ll see by then which teams are candidates to win the Premier League,” he said.”At the moment, words are not important. Let’s play football and see by the end of November or December. You’ll see then which teams are candidates.”last_img read more

Brentford take ex-Newcastle winger El-Mhanni on trial

first_imgFormer Newcastle winger Yasin Ben El-Mhanni is training with Brentford as they weigh up a move late in the transfer window.The 22-year-old lined up for the Bees in a friendly win over Bournemouth on Tuesday and is hoping to impress for the Championship outfit as he looks to earn a contract.Football League clubs have until Friday to sign unattached players, and with free agent El-Mhanni having grown up close to Griffin Park he remains hopeful of securing a move closer to his boyhood home. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Newcastle released the wideman after he filed a grievance against Peter Beardsley, the Magpies’ Under-23 coach, though the club did rule in the player’s favour via an independent panel after complaints of unfair treatment after complaints of racism and bullying.Goal understands Leeds United, Heerenveen, Amiens and Saint-Etienne also remain keen on El-Mhanni, whose impressive displays in non-league football for Farnborough and Lewes earned him a move to the big time..El-Mhanni played twice for Newcastle in his spell at the club and previously had trials at Chelsea, West Brom and Queen’s Park Rangers before signing up on Tyneside.last_img read more

Liverpool trio train as injury fears eased

first_imgLiverpool have received a potential boost ahead of Saturday’s visit to Huddersfield Town as Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk and James Milner all featured in training on Thursday.The trio were part of the Reds mounting injury worries that began when Milner came off with a hamstring injury against Manchester City and grew increasingly concerning for the club during the international break.Salah limped out of Egypt’s first game of the international break against Swaziland  with a thigh injury, followed by  Van Dijk’s withdrawl from the Netherlands camp to nurse a rib injury after opening the scoring in the Oranje’s 3-0 Nations League win over Germany. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! More bad news followed as Naby Keita suffered a hamstring injury while featuring for Guinea  while it was confirmed  Sadio Mane underwent surgery for a broken thumb sustained while training with Senegal.The spate of injuries threatened to leave Liverpool shorthanded for their clash against the Terriers, but the Reds can be buoyed by some good news in training.The club released photos of Van Dijk, Salah and Milner taking part in Thursday’s session , indicating they are on the right path.Van Dijk had been tipped to play by Netherlands manager Ronald Koeman , and there had been reports of Salah’s fitness improving, though Milner was seen as more of a doubt ahead of the clash.Mane and Keita did not appear in the photos, with the Reds waiting on the results of a scan on the latter before making any decision on his inclusion in Jurgen Klopp’s squad at the John Smith’s Stadium.😁😁Lovren x Salah — Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 18, 2018 Liverpool may receive another boost in the form of Adam Lallana, who has featured for just three minutes in the Premier League season after suffering a groin injury in September.Klopp confirmed the midfielder is in contention for the matchday squad though he did admit the club still wishes to be careful with Lallana as he works his way back to full fitness.“Yes, of course,” Klopp told the club’s official website when asked if Lallana could be part of the squad for Huddersfield.“Now it’s getting a bit difficult with judging how fit he is really. But training looks tremendous; he obviously enjoys playing football. It’s easy to enjoy watching [him].“We will see what we do. Nobody, not even he, knows how long he can [play] and stuff like that. We still want to be careful – not too careful but, of course, careful [so] that we reach the point where we don’t have to think about it anymore.“A few things happened in the past that are already over, that’s good. But we cannot forget it completely or ignore it. But he is 100 per cent back and looks really good in training.”Liverpool will no doubt be grateful for any extra depth they can muster with three games upcoming in seven days.The trip to Huddersfield is followed by Wednesday’s clash with Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League before a home date with Cardiff City on October 28 as they look to end a four-match winless run. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

WWE: Lana set to shine on SmackDown debut with new gimmick

first_imgLana, who until now had been only known to the WWE universe as an arm candy to the Bulgarian Rusev. SmackDown got a taste of Lana’s new gimmick as WWE Creative gave Emmalina’s blonde bombshell image to her.   #SDLive will be RAVISHING very soon… @LanaWWE WWE (@WWE) May 3, 2017Lana was seen in a video dancing seductively with a chair. Being good-looking and gorgeous may be the only way forward for WWE Creative, as lesser can be said about Lana’s in-ring skills the better.  Last year, Emmalina’s promo failed to make it to air as it was scrapped before its debut night. Lana was given the Emmalina gimmick after WWE decided that, the Australian wouldn’t be able to pull it off, reported There is also reports that Lana would be losing her Russian accent.   All things said and done, it will be a tall order got WWE to repckage Lana and help her lose the tag of being just an arm candy.last_img read more

Novak Djokovic parts ways with coaching team in bid to boost results

first_imgWorld number two Novak Djokovic has parted company with his coaching team in a bid to halt a run of poor results which culminated in a quarter-final exit at the Monte Carlo Masters last month.A winner of 12 Grand Slam titles, the Serb has suffered a noticeable dip in form since winning his maiden French Open last June, relinquishing top spot in the ATP rankings to Briton Andy Murray five months later.He made a shock second-round exit at the Australian Open to Uzbek Denis Istomin, followed by successive defeats to Australia’s Nick Kyrgios in Acapulco and Indian Wells, before being beaten by Belgian David Goffin in Monte Carlo.On Friday, the 29-year-old announced that he would part ways with his coach Marian Vajda, fitness coach Gebhard Phil Gritsch, and physiotherapist Miljan Amanovic.”I am forever grateful to Marian, GG and Miljan for a decade of friendship, professionalism and commitment to my career goals,” he said in a statement. “It was not an easy decision, but we all felt that we need a change.”I want to continue raising the level of my game and stamina and this is a continuous process. I am a hunter and my biggest goal is to find the winning spark on the court again.”Djokovic’s overhaul by Murray at the top of the rankings ended a run of more than two years as number one for the Serb, who has spent a total of 223 weeks at the summit during his career.Djokovic added that he would take his time before naming a new head coach.advertisement”I feel like this is a new chapter in my life,” he said. “My career was always on the upward path and this time I’m experiencing how it is when the path takes you in a different direction.”I have been on the tour long enough to know how to manage daily routines and I don’t want to rush my decision. I will inform the public when I find the right person, but for now I thank you for your support and understanding.last_img read more

Champions Trophy 2017: Australia ‘comfortable’ with London security

first_imgThe Australian cricket board said it was comfortable with the level of security provided to their Champions Trophy team following Saturday night’s attack in London that killed seven people.Australia face Bangladesh in a crucial Group A match on Monday at The Oval, just a few miles south of London Bridge, where assailants drove a van into pedestrians at high speed before stabbing revellers.”The team, support staff and travelling contingent have been accounted for,” a Cricket Australia spokesperson said.”Our security team is working closely with the ICC and (Local Organising Committee) to ensure the safety and security of our players and support staff is paramount.”At this stage we are comfortable with the level of security being provided to us and will continue to monitor the situation.”The International Cricket Council (ICC) issued a statement later on Sunday, saying safety and security of the Champions Trophy and the women’s World Cup, beginning on June 24 in Derby, was “the highest priority”.”Following last night’s incident all team hotels went into lockdown and teams, match officials and staff were all quickly accounted for,” the global governing body said.”We will continue to work with authorities over the coming hours and days and review our security in line with the threat levels.”Security was heightened for Sunday’s India v Pakistan match at Edgbaston in Birmingham with both teams observing a minute of silence before play.”The security situation has been very much front and centre of our preparations and we constantly review our procedures to guarantee they are as effective as possible to keep everyone safe,” it added.advertisementSri Lanka Cricket took to Twitter to assure fans that their team, who lost to South Africa at The Oval on Saturday night, was safe.South Africa, who arrived last month for a three-month tour of England, said their players were “uneasy” following the May 22 night blast at a pop concert in Manchester.last_img read more

Hope teams will now come and play in Pakistan: Sarfraz

first_imgBy Kushan Sarkar London, Jun 18 (PTI) “Not just today, not just tomorrow, this day will be remembered in Pakistan for years to come,? said a beaming Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed as he made a passionate plea to other nations to play international cricket in their country. No major cricketing nation has toured Pakistan since the terrorist attack on Sri Lanka team back in 2009. “It was a great achievement by the boys and full credit to them. Everyone will remember this achievement, not just for today or tomorrow but for a long, long time in Pakistan cricket. The boys were really motivated today. We came here as a number eight ranked team and won the tournament. Hope all nations now come and play cricket in Pakistan,? Sarfraz said at the post-match press conference. “It is an unbelievable feeling which I can?t describe at the moment though. I dedicate this win to the people of Pakistan.? Sarfraz spoke about the benefits of Pakistan Super League (PSL). “We have had youngsters benefitting from PSL. Players like Hasan Ali, Fakhar Zaman were playing their first tournament and showed us that what they are capable of. Lot of credit also goes to senior players like Hafeez bhai (Mohammed Hafeez) and a brilliant spell from Amir,? said Sarfraz. For him, Pakistan cricket has gone through rough times. “For years now, Pakistan is playing home matches in Dubai. We don?t get the home advantage like other teams. Through this victory, I would like to appeal to the other teams that please come and play in Pakistan.? It was his day and as if he wanted to make a statement in his own style. Before the press conference began, Pakistan media manager announced that Sarfraz will make a statement. Sporting a white blazer and a coruscating golden trophy on the table, he looked happier than ever. No one cared for those syntax errors due to language limitations. It sounded endearing as it was a sincere appeal from him. PTI KHS AT ATadvertisementlast_img read more

How Kidambi Srikanth is swiftly emerging from shadow of his illustrious colleagues Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu

first_imgHe is swiftly emerging from the shadow of his illustrious colleagues Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu. And given his current form, it seems that Kidambi Srikanth, 24, will become the first Indian male to do what India’s female shuttlers have already done-rise to the top by beating the world’s best,He is swiftly emerging from the shadow of his illustrious colleagues Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu. And given his current form, it seems that Kidambi Srikanth, 24, will become the first Indian male to do what India’s female shuttlers have already done-rise to the top by beating the world’s best in badminton.On June 18, Srikanth won the Indonesia Open Super Series championship at Jakarta, the first time an Indian male had done so. He did so by outplaying Japan’s Kazumasa Sakai (21-11, 21-19), having already defeated the world champion, South Korea’s Son Wan-Ho, in the semi-final. Srikanth’s reward-aside from the $75,000 tournament prize-was his new status as India’s most successful badminton player, after Saina Nehwal, in the Super Series events.”And it’s Super Series Premier title,” Srikanth wrote on Instagram after he won. “I had to wait two years for this…. Special thanks to my coaches and physiotherapist.” With this, he becomes the first Indian male to clinch a Super Series, a Super Series Premier and a Grand Prix Gold title.But his road to success has been a bumpy one. “Returning to the international circuit after nursing an ankle injury and a long break is tough,” he remarked, “[especially] given the keen competition.” In 2014, Srikanth’s rise to the top had seemed all but assured. That year, he won the China Open by defeating local hero and then world champion Lin Dan in a historic upset. This had assured sky-high expectations for Srikanth’s 2016 Olympics outing. But it was not to be-at Rio, Dan had his revenge, edging Srikanth out of the running by defeating him in the quarter-finals. Srikanth admits that it was difficult for him to come to terms with that loss. Worse, he then suffered an ankle injury in the Japan Super Series last September, which kept him away from the sport for the longest spell since he began playing. It took some “very rigorous” training by Indonesian coach Mulyo Handoyo for Srikanth to get back in the groove. “There are [also] emotional challenges he has to overcome to gain greater confidence,” says India coach Pullela Gopichand, who says he is relieved that Srikanth’s parents will be shifting to Hyderabad (and closer to their son) in another month. Such was Srikanth’s emotional state that he had become superstitious, even taking to wearing a rudraksh locket, given to him by his mother to help “ward off challenges”.advertisementBefore the Indonesia Open, Srikanth was also on track to win the Singapore Open. However, he lost to compatriot B. Sai Praneeth, who is also his sparring partner at the Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy in Hyderabad. “There was a phase of immaturity-it was difficult to get his intensity up after the Olympics,” recalls Gopichand. “Attacking players like him go through these ups and downs. [But] for Srikanth, age is on his side. A couple of years later it would be even more difficult to handle [emotional upheavals].”The Indonesia Open win has served as a defining moment in clearing mental barriers for Srikanth, from which, he says, he hopes there is no looking back. “Srikanth has a good attacking game, is quick to the net and has lot of deceptive shots. He is one of the most exciting players to watch when in full flow,” says former international player-turned- coach U. Vimal Kumar. Unlike in the past, Srikanth played a patient game against Sakai, preventing him from engaging in any fast-paced rallies. He dictated the pace of the game, using precisely angled returns and smashes to down his rival. “There has to be a constant effort to improve,” says the shuttler, on the most important lesson he has learned since his journey to the Olympics. But the success has not gone to his head-he is quite aware of how ephemeral such triumphs can be. “There is hardly any difference among the top 20,” he says. “Any one can beat [the others] on their day.” That said, Srikanth is not resting on his laurels either-his immediate goal is to gain entry into the Glasgow World Championship in August.For Srikanth, another journey now begins, a journey to first reclaim his career-high ranking of World No. 3-which he held in June 2015-and then, hopefully, to claim the top spot. Given his speedy, aggressive style of play, Srikanth’s rise to glory, one imagines, has only just begun.last_img read more

Countrys biggest sports quizzing festival comes To Mumbai

first_imgMumbai, Jul 4 (PTI) Barefoot Sports Quiz Festival will come to the city on July 9 at IIT Bombay.An event that has developed a massive following among the sports lovers and quizzers of Delhi in the last half a decade plans to enthrall sports lovers of Mumbai and neighboring regions with its seventh edition. Earlier, Aniket Mishra, the founder of Barefoot, had taken the Quiz festival to Kolkata for the fifth edition in June 2016.The festival is a one-day affair which will see high octane quizzing action with three open quizzes taking place one after the other. The football quiz will be hosted by the renowned quizmaster captain Chandrakant Nair. The sports quiz has been set by Gokul Satish, Aniket Mishra, Joy Bhattacharya. The cricket quiz will be hosted by Amit Sinha. As always, participation in all the quizzes is open to everyone. Shedding light on the same, Mishra said, “We at Barefoot welcome even those who just want to sit through a day of intense quizzing and learning for their love of sports or quizzing.” PTI AH AHlast_img read more

National Sports Awards 2017: Check out the list of names to receive the honour

first_imgOn August 22, Government of India announced the National Sports Award list including Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, Dronacharya Award, Arjuna Award and Dhyan Chand Award. The awards will recognise and reward excellence in sports. A total of 29 players have been selected to receive the honours from President Ram Nath Kovind at a specially organised function at the Rashtrapati Bhawan on August 29, 2017.A large number of nominations were received for National Sports Awards-2017 this year, which were considered by the selection committees consisting of former Olympian, Arjuna Awardees, Dronacharya Awardees, Dhyan Chand Awardees, Sport Journalists/ Experts/ Commentators and sports administrators. The selection committee for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award and Arjuna Awards was headed by Justice C K Thakkar. The selection committee for Dronacharya Awards and Dhyan Chand Awards was headed by Pullela Gopichand.More about the National Sports Awards:Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award is given outstanding performance in the field of sports by a sportsperson over a period of four yearArjuna Award is for consistency outstanding performance for four yearsDronacharya Award is for coaches for producing medal winners at International sports eventsDhyan Chand Award is for lifetime contribution to sports developmentApart from a medal and a citation, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Awardee will receive a cash prize of Rs 7.5 lakhArjuna, Dronacharya and Dhyan Chand Awardees will received statuettes, certificates and cash prize of Rs 5 lakh eachHere’s the list of awardees this year:Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award 2017:Devendra – Para AthleteSardar Singh – HockeyDronacharya Awards 2017:Late Dr R Gandhi – AthleticsadvertisementHeera Nand Kataria – KabaddiGSSV Prasad – Badminton (Lifetime)Brij Bhushan Mohanty – Boxing (Lifetime)PA Raphel – Hockey (Lifetime)Sanjoy Chakraverthy – Shooting (Lifetime)Roshan Lal – Wrestling (Lifetime)Arjuna Awards 2017:VJ Surekha – ArcheryKhushbir Kaur – AthleticsArokia Rajiv – AthleticsPrasanthi Singh – BasketballLaishram Debendro Singh – BoxingCheteshwar Pujara – CricketHarmanpreet Kaur – CricketOinamBembem Devi – FootballSSP Chawrasia – GolfSV Sunil – HockeyJasvir Singh – KabaddiPN Prakash – ShootingA Amalraj – Table TennisSaketh Myneni – TennisSatyawart Kadian – WrestlingMariyappan – Para-AthleteVarun Singh Bhati – Para-AthleteDhyan Chand Award 2017:Bhupender Singh – AthleticsSyed Shahid Hakim – FootballSumarai Tete – Hockey Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

Virat Kohli likely to be rested ahead of India’s tour of South Africa

first_imgVirat Kohli will most likely be rested for the third and final Test against Sri Lanka later in the year. The India captain might also sit out of the limited-overs series against the visitors.Kohli had earlier said key batsmen would be rested ahead of India’s daunting tour of South Africa, where they have not won a series in six attempts.It is understood, Kohli will be among the ones to be rested after the first two Tests against Sri Lanka. He is currently leading India in the ODI series against New Zealand.Since the start of 2017, Kohli has been arguably the busiest player in the world. He has so far featured in seven out of India’s eight Tests this year. Besides, he has played 24 ODIs and a handful of T20 internationals.Kohli had only missed the Dharamsala Test against Australia due to a shoulder injury and had to sit out of the first few IPL matches later. But he has been in the thick of things, leading India across formats since the Champions Trophy.India, ranked number one in Tests, are in good shape to challenge South Africa in their own conditions and the BCCI would be eager to ensure their trump card is well rested and fresh.last_img read more

Photo Advisory First, Photos released upto 4 p.m.

first_imgNew Delhi: Nov 16, 2017 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos with Captions released today. To view thumbnails of these Photographs, visit PTI website at..http.// NATIONAL Agartala: Journalist demand CI investigation into Santanu Bhowmik murder case (B) Sonamarg: Snowfall in valley (A) Adampur: President Kovind during an Air Force event (B) Bhopal: Fumigation work (B) Kolkata: Rains in Kolkata (B+A) Kolkata: Train passengers hiring taxies outside Railway Station (A) Bengaluru: 20th Bangalore Tech Summit (A) New Delhi: Rahul Gandhi interacts with AIUWC office bearers (B+A) Mumbai: Ranbir Kapoor addresses press (A+B) Surat: Sachin Pilot addresses press meet (B) Mumbai: Vidya Balan and Shilpa Shetty Kundra at promotional event (B) INTERNATIONAL Doha: Turkeys President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visit (B) Istra: President Putin and PM Dmitry Medvedev visiting the New Jerusalem Resurrection Monastery (A) Sarpol-e-Zahab: Apartment damaged by an earthquake (A) Harare: A military tank is seen with armed soldiers outside President office (B) Ukhiya : Rohingya Muslims at Kutupalong refugee camp (B) Washington : President Donald Trump after speaking in the Diplomatic Reception Room (B) Washington : Cary Summers walks through an exhibit at the museum (B) Vancouver: 2017 United Nations Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial conference (B) SPORTS London: ATP World Finals (B) Oklahoma City: NBA basketball game (A) Sydney : Australian PM takes a selfie photo with soccer team captain Mile Jedinak (B) Kolkata: Coach Ravi Shastri with cricketers during Ind vs SL test match (B) Guwahati: Women boxers in Guwahati (B) Guwahati:Hyderabad Cricket team during a practice session (A) PTI PHOTO HS DL OSSadvertisementlast_img read more

The Mets Wipe Out Dodgers, 8-0

first_imgLOS ANGELES — So much for Mike Bolsinger being dominant at home for the Los Angeles Dodgers.After winning his first four home starts with a 1.01 ERA, Bolsinger dropped his second straight in front of the home crowd in an 8-0 loss to the New York Mets on July 5.The right-hander (4-3) gave up four runs and a season-high nine hits in five innings, his fifth straight outing of less than six innings. Bolsinger struck out four and walked two while throwing a career-high 101 pitches. He has a combined 7.84 ERA in his past two losses.“I didn’t think it was that bad,” Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said. “A little unlucky. He hung in there. He wasn’t getting squared up all over the yard. He kind of limited the damage.”Steven Matz allowed two hits in six scoreless innings and Wilmer Flores went 4-for-5 for the Mets, who took two of three from the NL West leaders.“Early on we kind of chased out of the zone,” Mattingly said. “The ball was taking off a little bit and as the game went on his command got better.”Matz (2-0) struck out eight and walked two in strongly following up a victory in his major league debut a week ago against Cincinnati. The left-hander had a run-scoring groundout in a three-run fourth that made it 4-0, giving him five RBIs in two games.New York had 15 hits against the Dodgers’ struggling pitching.Flores had a career-high four hits while driving in three runs and finished the three-game series 10 for 12. His single to Kike Hernandez in the fourth resulted in the Dodgers shortstop rolling over on his head with his legs splayed in the air in a fruitless attempt to field the ball.Juan Lagares had a two-run triple and Ruben Tejada added an RBI single off reliever Juan Nicasio in the seventh when the Mets led 7-0. Yasiel Puig lost Lagares’ hit in the sun and then overran it, stretching himself to the limit as the ball landed behind him in right field.Michael Cuddyer was hitless in five at-bats in his return to the Mets’ starting lineup after being out four games because of a knee injury, although he came off the bench in the past two.The Dodgers mustered just three hits. After A.J. Ellis’ leadoff single in the fifth, they had just two runners reach base the rest of the game.Puig went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts and rookie Joc Pederson was hitless in three at-bats with a strikeout.(BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Bucs Beat Mets 8-1, Sweep Series

first_imgFLUSHING — The Mets fell flat in a flash.Soon after a sudden storm, some sloppy play by the NL East leaders helped propel Pittsburgh to an 8-1 victory Sunday that sealed the Pirates’ first season series sweep of New York.Pedro Alvarez, Aramis Ramirez and Gregory Polanco each had run-scoring hits in a breakaway four-run seventh, keyed by reliever Bobby Parnell’s throwing error.Pittsburgh also scored on a passed ball by Travis d’Arnaud in their sixth straight win over this potential postseason foe. The Pirates swept the Mets at home in a three-game set in May.“We had a bad day. Came out of the rain delay, we didn’t play good,” manager Terry Collins said. “We had a terrible two innings in a row in a good weekend.”The Mets were in position, as they were all three games of this series, to beat the team with the second-best record in the National League — New York lost in extra innings the previous two nights.Alvarez homered off Matt Harvey in the second, and d’Arnaud connected off Jeff Locke in the bottom half for a 1-all tie. Harvey and Locke then matched each other in a gritty duel until a surprising sun shower turned to a downpour in the bottom of the sixth, when the Mets had runners on first and second with one out.“Today was definitely a struggle and, overall, it was a tough day for us,” Harvey said. “We’ve got all the games to play and we’re still in good position, so we gotta flush this one and move forward.”Booming thunder and crackling lightning got a scream from the crowd of 40,250 — and a jump and a dash from Daniel Murphy, on second base. The Mets second baseman was startled by the clap and flash and ran from the field before umpires even called for the tarp.After the 42-minute delay, Arquimedes Caminero (4-1) got two crisp outs to end the Mets best chance.The Mets then lost their footing.Parnell (1-3), who got the defeat in the opener of the series Friday, was booed as he yielded four runs — two earned — in relief of Harvey.Parnell’s throwing error to second base in the seventh helped Pittsburgh score four times.In two outings this series, Parnell, whose coming off Tommy John surgery, gave up five hits and six runs — four earned — while only getting two outs. He was booed off the mound after both appearances.“If we turn the double play, we don’t hear that,” Collins said. “And I am a little concerned about Bobby.”Despite the three losses in a row, the Mets are 4 1/2 games up in the division over Washington, losers of six straight.“I believe it in my heart, as I’m sitting here, if any of you guys in this room would’ve told me on May 15th that with 44 games left in the season, we’d have a 4 1/2 game lead, I’d take it,” Collins said. “As bad as this game ended up looking, I’ll take it.”Harvey gave up seven hits and a run in six innings but threw 103 pitches. He walked one, ended a three-start streak without offering a free pass.“The getting the pitch count up, getting some hits early on was big,” Pittsburgh’s Neil Walker said. “It’s a testament to the approach as a whole.”TRAINER’S ROOMPirates: RHP Vance Worley threw 75 pitches for Triple-A Indianapolis on Saturday night, his first action since being designated for assignment July 30 and accepting a demotion to the minors after clearing waivers.Mets: 1B Lucas Duda (lumbar strain) did not start for a sixth straight game. He walked as a pinch hitter in the 12th Saturday and should be back in the lineup Tuesday, after an off day.UP NEXTPirates: Gerrit Cole tries for a majors-leading 15th win when Pittsburgh opens a seven-game homestand against Arizona. The right-hander has lost his last two outings but is 2-0 with a 1.98 ERA against Arizona in two career starts.Mets: Jacob deGrom is on a 15-start roll, with a big league-best 1.46 ERA in that span. He makes his sixth career start against an AL team (2-2, 3.06), when New York faces the Orioles in Baltimore on Tuesday.CENTRALLY SPEAKINGThe Mets dropped to 9-20 vs. the NL Central. They are 48-29 against the rest of the league.THAT HAD TO HURTGold Glover Juan Lagares crashed hard into the center field wall trying to catch Polanco’s flyball in the fifth. The ball hit off Lagares’ glove and then off the wall for a triple. Lagares remained in the game. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Germany beats Slovakia 3-0 to make Euro 2016 quarterfinals

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares LILLE, France (AP) — Germany produced its best performance yet at the European Championship to book a place in the quarterfinals with a comprehensive 3-0 defeat of Slovakia on Sunday.The world champion showed its defensive resilience as well as attacking ambition in a display that augurs well for the tougher challenges ahead.Up next is either two-time defending champion Spain or Italy, in what will undoubtedly be one of the most-anticipated matches in the quarterfinals.“Today was a good performance, in defense and in attack,” Germany coach Joachim Loew said. “But with due respect to our opponent, this was not an indicator for how the tournament will go on. We have to improve further to be successful.”Jerome Boateng put Germany ahead as soon as the eighth minute when his shot from outside the area took a slight deflection into the corner of the Slovakia goal.Germany’s Jerome Boateng, right, clears the ball from the German goal during the Euro 2016 Group C soccer match between Germany and Ukraine at the Pierre Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve d’Ascq, near Lille, France, Sunday, June 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)“It was about time it went in,” Boateng said of his first international goal in 63 appearances for Germany. The 27-year-old had been a doubt for the game, but he had overcome a calf injury to play.Mesut Ozil had the chance to make it 2-0 six minutes later after Martin Skrtel conceded a penalty for a shove on Mario Gomez, but goalkeeper Matus Kozacik guessed the right way and palmed away his spot kick.The miss was the first by a German player at the European Championship since Uli Hoeness shot over the bar as Czechoslovakia defeated West Germany 5-3 in a penalty shootout in the 1976 final. Antonin Panenka famously scored the winning penalty with a chip down the middle.Germany had further chances to double its lead in the first half — Thomas Mueller had a host of opportunities but his peculiar record of never having scored at the European Championship has now been extended to nine matches. Ozil also went close.Germany’s pressure eventually paid off, when Mario Gomez doubled the score in the 43rd after man-of-the-match Julian Draxler eluded Juraj Kucka to set up the simple finish.“It’s such a nice moment,” said Gomez, who missed out on Germany’s World Cup win in 2014 due to injury and poor form. “I want to enjoy it and not think of the past. It’s such fun to play in this team.”Kucka had moments earlier come close to leveling for Slovakia only to be thwarted by a fine reflex save from Manuel Neuer.Draxler killed off any lingering hopes of a Slovakia comeback with a 63rd-minute volley from close range.“The coach asked me to do it. He has given me a lot of confidence,” said Draxler, back in place of Mario Goetze, who started each group game. “It’s not important if it was my best-ever game or not. I am just happy I could help the team.”Germany’s Bastian Schweinsteiger, right, scores his side’s second goal during the Euro 2016 Group C soccer match between Germany and Ukraine at the Pierre Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve d’Ascq, near Lille, France, Sunday, June 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)With the game settled, Loew introduced some players, including Lukas Podolski for his first appearance in the tournament, while resting Boateng, Draxler and Sami Khedira ahead of the quarterfinal match in Bordeaux on Saturday.“Now the games that we’re looking forward to are coming. They’re why we came to the European Championship. Of course we want the title. And for that you have to beat such teams,” Gomez said.Germany is the only team remaining at Euro 2016 that has yet to concede a goal. Loew’s side hasn’t conceded a goal since it lost 3-1 to Slovakia in a pre-tournament friendly in Augsburg on May 29.“We feel sorry,” Kozacik said. “Germany dominated from the beginning. They probably prepared better after we defeated them in the warm-up game.”Slovakia midfielder Marek Hamsik, who was involved in his side’s few forays forward, looked back on a campaign that yielded a 2-1 win over Russia and a scoreless draw with England.“It’s a pity the way we lost,” Hamsik said. “But looking back at the whole championships, I am happy what we achieved.”Loew is looking forward to the tougher challenges ahead, with France a possible semifinal opponent.“I think we have to become even stronger if we want to play a decisive role in this tournament,” Loew said. 2Of course, we will improve against better opponents.”last_img read more

Mudiay Scores 28, Knicks Top Bucks 136-134 in OT

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — In one locker room, the New York Knicks spoke about the fight they displayed over 53 minutes against the NBA’s highest scoring team.Down the hallway, the Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo was fighting mad.“One thing about our team is that we’re always going to fight,” Emmanuel Mudiay said after he scored 28 points to lead the Knicks to a 136-134 overtime win over Milwaukee on Saturday.“We don’t play the scoreboard. That’s the one thing coach (David Fizdale) always preaches.”Rookie forward Kevin Knox scored a career-high 26 points as New York snapped a two-game losing streak. Damyean Dotson and Tim Hardaway Jr. added 21 points each. Noah Vonleh contributed 15 points.“It was good to see the ball go in the net,” said Knox, who had been the subject of criticism for his play. “It felt good. Just (have) to keep working (and) never get too high, never get too low.”While the Knicks were reveling in one of their most satisfying wins of the season, Antetokounmpo was vowing vengeance for an act he perceived as disrespect.Antetokounmpo was angry at Knicks forward Mario Hezonja, who early in the first quarter dunked on the Milwaukee star, then stared and stepped over him — much to the delight of the Madison Square Garden crowd.“I’m going to punch him in the (groin) next time,” said Antetokounmpo, who had 33 points and 19 rebounds.The teams next meet Christmas day in New York.Hezonja, who was unaware of Antetokounmpo’s words, did note the crowd reaction to his only bucket of the game.“Honestly, if you’re afraid, this is not for you,” Hezonja said. “I don’t want to be disrespectful but if you feel fear, this is not the place for you. New York Is not a place for you and this team is not a place for you.”Eric Bledsoe added 27 points for Milwaukee, which has lost three of its last five. Malcolm Brogdon finished with 22 points, Brook Lopez had 13, and Khris Middleton and Tony Snell each chipped in with 10.“We got up a couple different times but didn’t have the focus or determination to take it to the next level,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said.New York took its first lead since Hardaway’s 3-pointer midway through the first quarter on Enes Kanter’s jumper from the wing 3:13 into the third period, giving the Knicks a 71-70 advantage.But that lead didn’t last long as Milwaukee went on a 17-0 run before Knox hit a 3-pointer. The Bucks led by as many as 16 points before the Knicks rallied, scoring the last seven points of the quarter and cutting the deficit to four at 97-93.Mitchell Robinson opened the fourth quarter with a layup as the Knicks closed within two, but Antetokounmpo converted a three-point play, Sterling Brown added a four-point play and Brogdon hit a 3-pointer as Milwaukee pushed the lead to eight, 107-99. Moments later, Brown scored on a layup and extended the lead to 113-99.“We’ve been competing a lot throughout this whole year. We lost a lot of games that have been down to one, two, three (points), so we’re going to compete to the end of the game,” Knox said. “We just kept fighting, competing and we just made sure that we kept chopping at the lead.”Indeed. The Knicks outscored Milwaukee 25-11 in the final 6:39 to force overtime. Mudiay hit a 3-pointer that tied the game at 124-all before the Knicks forced Antetokounmpo into a shot-clock violation, setting up the extra session.“We’re just trying to get the best shot available,” Mudiay said. “That’s a part of growing up.”Antetokounmpo hit a free throw that started the scoring in overtime, and New York responded with a 3-pointer by Mudiay that gave the Knicks a 127-125 lead. Bledsoe tied the game with a layup, but Mudiay answered again with another 3. Bledsoe hit a 3-pointer that tied the game at 130-all, then Antetokounmpo scored Milwaukee’s next four points, sandwiched around a Hardaway jumper as the Bucks to a 134-132 lead.Following a timeout, Dotson knocked down a 3-pointer that gave the Knicks a 135-134 edge. Antetokounmpo missed a runner in the lane, and a Mudiay hit a free throw that pushed New York’s advantage to 136-134.“He kind of took it on himself and really willed it,” Fizdale said of Mudiay. “He shared the game, but he really willed that for us.”On the next possession, Robinson blocked Bledsoe’s driving layup, forcing a jump ball. Antetokounmpo won the tip, and Lopez was fouled. He missed both free throws, and Antetokounmpo’s last attempt under the basket was blocked by Kanter.“I was just trying to get inside … and shoot over the guy guarding me,” Antetokounmpo said. “The guy was coming from the baseline, so I tried to go middle and raise up.”TIP-INS:BUCKS: Antetokounmpo also recorded a team-high seven assists. He has led Milwaukee in assists nine times this season. Antetokounmpo was three assists away from recording his third triple-double of the season, and the 12th of his career.KNICKS: During his pregame press briefing, Fizdale said Courtney Lee could make his 2018-19 debut against the Bucks, depending on circumstances in the game. However, Lee did not step onto the court and has missed the first 24 games of the season with neck spasms. “He’s gotten a few days under his belt with real contact,” Fizdale said of Lee, who began practicing with the Knicks last week. “I think all of us feel comfortable with it. Honestly, either way, it’s not like I’m throwing him out there for a lot of minutes.” . New York lost guard Trey Burke Jr. for the game with 4:54 left in the first quarter with a sprained right knee after he landed awkwardly on a layup attempt. A team spokesman said X-rays were negative.GROWING PAINS:In the first season under Fizdale, the historically quick-fix Knicks are undergoing the early stages of a rebuilding process. And they appear to have a fan in Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer.“They’re a hard-working, competitive group,” Budenholzer said in his pregame media availability. “Got a mix of, you know, a few veterans and some young guys. They play hard. Well coached. I think Tim Hardaway Jr. can get going. Put a lot of buckets up. (Enes) Kanter inside is a physical presence. Trey Burke and different guys — (rookie guard Allonzo) Trier has had a great rookie year — so I think different nights can be different guys. Impressed with what they doing.”While Budenholzer was praiseworthy, Fizdale was more straightforward in his analysis of his team.“Get better,” Fizdale said. “We (have) one message (and) it (doesn’t) matter where we are: Are we getting better? Are we competing at our highest levels? Are we growing each game from what we’ve been through before?”ETC.Prior to the national anthem, there was a moment of silence for George H.W. Bush, who passed away Friday night. . Among the 19,812 in attendance were former Knicks Dick Barnett, Latrell Sprewell, Michael Ray Richardson; actors Dustin Hoffman, Emily Ratajkowski, Kelly AuCoin and Ben Sinclair; radio host Howard Stern; comedian Jon Stewart; and rappers GZA, Biz Markie and Vinnie Brown.UP NEXT:Bucks: Host Detroit on Wednesday in the first of four regular-season matchups between the Central Division rivals.Knicks: Host Washington on Monday night.By DENIS P. GORMAN , Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Antetokounmpo, Middleton Pace Bucks Past Pacers 117-98 (Pic,Vids)

first_imgMILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo channeled his frustration over a technical foul in the best way possible.Antetokounmpo scored 29 points and Khris Middleton added 27 to help the Milwaukee Bucks bounce back from their first consecutive losses of the season with a 117-98 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Thursday night.Milwaukee, which improved to an NBA-best 49-16, was coming off back-to-back losses to Utah and Phoenix after opening a five-game road trip with three victories.The Bucks ran off 13 consecutive points after Antetokounmpo was assessed a technical midway through the third quarter, one possession after he was knocked down attempting a shot, with no foul called. The Pacers missed the technical free throw and the Bucks responded with a 13-0 run. Antetokounmpo started the spurt with a dunk and finished it with another to put Milwaukee up 80-64 with 2:56 left in the period.Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo drives to the basket against Indiana Pacers’ Myles Turner (33) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, March 7, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)“Sometimes, things are not working out the way you wanted and you just get frustrated,” Antetokounmpo said. “Sometimes you take it out on the ref, sometimes you take it out on yourself. Today, obviously I took it out on the ref and got a tech. Definitely deserved it.“But, I think my team did a great job just picking it up, playing with energy, rebounding the ball and responding that way.”The Bucks padded their lead with a 12-0 spurt early in the fourth quarter. Kyle O’Quinn opened the final period with a floater from the lane to bring the Pacers within 10 at 84-74. Ersan Ilyasova hit a 3-pointer to trigger the run, capped by Antetokounmpo’s drive to make it 96-74 with 8:21 left.The Greek Freak was in MVP mode tonight: 29 PTS | 12 REB | 5 AST | 59% FG #FearTheDeer— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) March 8, 2019Myles Turner had 22 points and Bojan Bogdanovic 17 for the Pacers.Bogdanovic hit a pair of 3-pointers to pull Indiana within three points at 67-64 before the technical on Antetokounmpo. Indiana’s Thaddeus Young thought that was the turning point.“The next play down, he imposed his will,” Young said. “He got a foul on me, got a dunk, and another dunk after that. I think that was the change in the game.”Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said the entire team fed off the technical foul.“It felt like the whole arena, his teammates, I think everybody was probably somewhat frustrated, but I think that frustration got channeled into a great energy,” Budenholzer said. “His teammates, and then Giannis, I thought made a couple big plays coming off the technical.”“We had a bad taste in our mouth after the Phoenix game. We just wanted to get back on track.”— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) March 8, 2019The Bucks opened their largest lead of the first half at 47-33 on two free throws by Antetokounmpo, but the Pacers went on a 17-7 run to close within 54-50 at the break.“Too much Antetokounmpo, too much Middleton,” Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. “When they have the attack at the basket and are knocking down 3s, they’re going to be tough to guard. They were pretty much knocking shots down from the perimeter and getting shots at the rim tonight. We missed some shots. We had some open looks that you need to knock down and we didn’t early.”TIP-INSPacers: Indy’s two-game road trip to Milwaukee and Philadelphia has important implications in the standings. The Pacers entered the game in third place in the Eastern Conference at 42-23, one game ahead of the Sixers.Bucks: Rookie guard Donte DiVincenzo, sidelined for almost two months with a heel injury, was available for Thursday night’s game against the Pacers. DiVincenzo, who was averaging 4.8 points and 15.6 minutes, is not likely to be back in the rotation immediately. DiVincenzo played slightly more than six minutes in the first half, then scored five points in the closing minutes.McMILLAN LIKES BUCKS MOVESVeteran center Pau Gasol, signed by the Bucks on Monday after a contract buyout by the Spurs, made his home debut, grabbing five rebounds in almost 11 minutes. Milwaukee already had added forward Nikola Mirotic in a three-team trade in early February. “I think they’ve done a nice job of adding to their roster,” McMillan said. “I think it’s a message to the rest of the league that they’re going for it.”UP NEXTIndiana is at Philadelphia on Sunday.The Bucks host Charlotte on SaturdayBy: Jim Hoehn, Associated PressTweetPinShare11 Shareslast_img read more

Andes: RISC-V IDE available for free download

first_imgAndes Technology announced the free download of its AndeSight Integrated Development Environment to accelerate software development for RISC-V based SoC. AndeSight IDE is a professional IDE based on Eclipse with many useful Andes add-on features, developed and widely used over the past 13 years, which provides an efficient way to develop embedded applications for RISC-V based SoC.In an era of ever-changing embedded products, to pursue an easy, flexible design environment and to save efforts of hardware designers and software programmers, AndeSight integrates all environments for hardware and software from simulators, FPGA, to final SoCs to provide a complete software development solution. Empowered by AndeSight, RISC-V developers can run benchmarks and evaluate algorithm performance easily using a near-cycle accurate simulator. Based on Eclipse, AndeSight has many additional user-friendly features to help reduce development time. These include          Meta linker script editor, Flash in-system-programming, Virtual hosting, Meta-file-based bit-field viewer for SoC registers, Script-based RTOS awareness debugging,        Break and display on exceptions, Function profiling, Code coverage, Function code size, Stack size analysis. AndeSight also comes with a highly optimized compiler to deliver best-in-class performance and code density.AndeSight for Andes RISC-V cores, N25/N25F, NX25/NX25F, A25 and AX25, is available for free download now. The free download version is a full-featured AndeSight with a three-month time limit.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Manhattan Skyline: PicoITX SBC with NXP i.MX8M processorNext Renesas expands RX24T and RX24U MCU lineup for motor control applicationslast_img read more

Vihari, Prithvi tons power India A to One-day Tri-Series final

first_imgPrithvi Shaw and Hanuma Vihari scored centuries as India A recorded a crushing 203-run victory over West Indies A and book their place in the final of the Tri-Series one-day tournament at the County Ground in Northampton on Friday.India A will be facing England A, who are the other team in the tournament, in the final at the Kennington Oval in London on Monday.Batting first after winning the toss, India A notched up an imposing 354 for six in the allotted 50 overs.Opener Shaw blazed his way to 102 off 90 balls, while Vihari smashed 147 off 131 deliveries with the help of 13 boundaries and five sixes, as the Indians toyed with the opposition bowlers at the County Ground.During his explosive knock, Shaw found the fence 16 times.India A lost two wickets for just 28 runs but the duo of Shaw and Vihari forged a quick partnership of 160 runs for the third wicket to set the platform for a big total.After the dismissal of Shaw, Vijay Shankar and Ishan Kishan produced a few lusty blows towards the end as India A crossed 350.Almost all the West Indian bowlers were taken to the cleaners by the marauding duo of Shaw and Vihari.In reply, West Indies A were all out for 151 in 37.4 overs, gifting the Indians a comprehensive win.Left-arm spinner Axar Patel was the most successful bowler for India A, returning figures of 4/34, while there were two wickets for Deepak Chahar.Chandrapaul Hemraj top-scored for West Indies A with 43 off 46 balls.(With inputs from PTI)advertisementlast_img read more

Dream come true moment for Indian players as NBA star Lopez hosts them for lunch

first_imgBy Saumojyoti S Choudhury Orlando (US), Aug 7 (PTI) Disney World advertises itself as a place where dreams come true and it is exactly turning out to be the same for 20-odd boys and girls from India, who are taking part at the inaugural NBA Junior World Championships starting here today. The Indians, who have come to Disney World to take part in the NBA Jr World Championship at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex, were invited for a special lunch by Milwaukee Bucks star Brook Lopez at his home. Lopez, who was in India earlier this year as part of an NBA promotional programme, was so mesmerized by the Indian hospitality that he decided to host the Indian contingent at his plush summer villa here. And, the 13- and 14-year-old enthusiastic Indian youngsters could not have asked for more as they got a chance to meet one of their idols and his family as they gulped a variety of pizzas and other stuffs by a luxurious pool at Lopez’s Golden Oak residence. “When I came to India to see the kids playing at the Junior NBA Academy, the people of India were so welcoming. I had the best time out there and I am planning more visits in future to experience the culture,” Lopez told PTI here. “I really had a good time. So when I heard the Jr NBA World Championships will be held here in Orlando, my agent and I had talked about welcoming the kids here in the same was I was treated in India,” said the seven feet tall Lopez, who also has played for the New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers during his 10-year NBA career.advertisement For the young star-struck kids, it is definitely turning out to be a dream come true trip. Just to meet, have lunch with and get autographs from an NBA star was quite an experience for members of the Indian team. “It’s really great that I’m here,” said Yatish Sakhuja, a 5-foot-7 point guard of the Indian boys’ team from Delhi. “For us it is unbelievable to meet the NBA stars. We are here in America, that too in Disney World. We are here to play our favourite sport basketball and represent the country. It is a dream come true moment for all of us,” added Yatish. But, making the trip to Disney was not easy for the 20-odd boys and girls as the two squads had to fight it out in Junior NBA World Championship India National Finals to secure their spot in the NBA Junior World Championship. The Indian boys’ team is from Delhi while the girls are from Bengaluru. Indian boys’ and girls’ teams will participate in the 16-team international division, while 16 other teams will comprise the US bracket. The Indian teams looked confident as Yatish said they are here not just to make numbers. “We will give our best. We want to win the championship,” Yatish said. PTI SSC PDSPDSlast_img read more