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Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo wants the club’s fans to avoid turning Saturday’s game with Barcelona into a political demonstration following weeks of rising tensions between the Spanish government and Catalonia.Catalan club Barcelona visit the Spanish capital for the first time since a banned vote on independence from Spain took place in Catalonia on Oct. 1.Barcelona decided that day to play their game with Las Palmas at the Nou Camp behind closed doors to show opposition to police violence against voters, Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu said at the time.The Frente Atletico (Atletico Front) supporters’ group have called for a mass display of Spain flags in the Wanda Metropolitano stadium for the visit of Barcelona.Yet the game has not been classified as a high-risk event by the Spanish football federation as no Barcelona fans will be present due to a disagreement between the two clubs over a ticket allocation.”I want the game to be played with the same sporting spirit as always against Barcelona, Saturday’s game is not a political demonstration, it’s a game of football,” Cerezo said in an interview with radio station Onda Cero on Friday.”Atletico won the league in the Nou Camp (in 2014) and the whole stadium applauded us, we can’t forget that.”Barcelona are the only team that Diego Simeone has been unable to beat in La Liga since he took over Atletico in 2011 and transformed the club’s fortunes.He has failed to win in 11 league encounters between the teams, although his side have twice eliminated the Catalans in the Champions League.advertisement”They’ve always scored one goal more than us, they’ve been decisive in the key moments and they are a very good team,” Simeone told a news conference ahead of the game.”We have been stronger in the Champions League and I hope tomorrow we can overcome this obstacle.”Barcelona have a 100 percent record in the league and in Europe this season and lead the standings by five points over nearest challengers Sevilla. They are six points clear of Atletico in fourth.”They are one of the best teams in the world, right now I’d say Real Madrid are slightly better, but they have reinvented themselves very quickly after the departure of Neymar and their players never tire of winning,” added the Argentine coach.Simeone, however, was unapologetic about the state of the pitch at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium, with Spanish media questioning the length of the grass.The pitch has been a topic of debate in the month since the ground opened and in the lead up to Saturday’s match, with Barcelona’s passing game thriving off a slick playing surface.”I’m not a groundsman, I’m a coach, but if you invite me to your house I use your plates and if you come to my place you use my things,” Simeone said.
He has made rapid strides in limited overs cricket over the past couple of months but for Kuldeep Yadav, the ultimate challenge is to bowl long spells consistently in the Test format.The 22-year-old from Kanpur, alongside another youngster Yuzvendra Chahal, have shouldered the Indian spin attack in back to back limited overs series against Sri Lanka and Australia not letting the team feel the absence of seasoned pros like Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.However Test cricket remains his priority – a format which brought him into the limelight after a successful Test debut against Australia in Dharamsala, last March.”The last six months have been great and I have got plenty of chances to play for India. When you are starting off, you want to play each and every game for Indiairrespective of format. But in the longer run, I would love to win as many Test matches as possible for my country,” Yadav told PTI during an interaction ahead of the limited overs New Zealand beginning on October 22.Spin great Bishen Bedi had recently said he would like judge Yadav after he has done the hard yards in Test cricket. Yadav accepted legendary spinner’s view point with utmost humility.”He has been a great of the game and I understand where he is coming from. Bowling long spells in first-class cricket is something I have always looked forward to. There is no better feeling for a spinner than getting a batsman out after setting him up. That sort of planning is only possible in the longest format,” Yadav said.advertisementYadav’s strength has been his accuracy, which is fairly tough for a chinaman to maintain. However, it has not always been smooth sailing for him, having being hammered on a couple of occasions in the just concluded series against Sri Lanka.He went for 75 runs in 10 overs in the game after he became the third Indian to take a hat-trick in ODIs in Kolkata.And during the T20s series against Australia, he was taken to the cleaners by Moises Henriques and Travis Head leaking 46 runs in four overs.”It just goes to show that every day is a new day in international cricket. Having said that, getting a hat-trick was like a dream. I never thought I could do that so early in my career,” he sounded satisfied.Yadav loves bowling to the left-handers and two of his victims at the Eden Gardens were southpaws Ashton Agar and Matthew Wade before he had right-hander Pat Cummins caught behind with the wrong one to complete his hat-trick.”I think I am more effective against the left-handers but I did enjoy getting Cummins out that day. I went for the wrong one and it worked.”Someone who has seen Yadav from close quarters is Australian Brad Hogg, who himself has praised the younger chinaman. Yadav too can’t help raving about Hogg.”He has helped me a lot (during the KKR days) and he continues to do so. Even in the Australia series, where he was commentating, he always made time for me. I don’t think my wrist position is as immaculate as Hogg’s. I am still learning the tricks of the trade,” said Yadav, adding there is still a long way to go before he can be as effective as Hogg.
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Hardik Pandya’s brother Krunal tied the knot with Pankhuri Sharma in Mumbai on December 28.The Pandya brothers have been an integral part of Mumbai Indians for the last two seasons. Hardik (24), two years Krunal’s junior, is also India’s first-choice all-rounder across all formats.In fact, Hardik reached the Indian team hotel late on Wednesday night after his brother’s wedding and then departed for the tour of South Africa where India play three Tests, six ODIs and three T20 Internationals.Earlier, Krunal had announced his wedding with Pankhuri in a series of photographs inspired by cricket.On Wednesday, a day after the high profile Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma reception at Mumbai’s St Regis, the Pandyas also played host to several celebrities.Sachin Tendulkar was obviously there and so was Rohit Sharma, who captains the Pandya brothers in the IPL.From the cricket fraternity, Lokesh Rahul, Jaydev Unadkat, Irfan Pathan, Parthiv Patel and Kiran More were among the others to attend Krunal’s wedding.It was an honour for our family to have your blessings on Krunal and Pankhuri’s special day. Thank you sir ï¿½??ï¿½ï¿½?ï¿½ï¿½ https://t.co/KoRYUTg7i9- hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) December 28, 2017Amitabh Bachchan, who had once told Hardik and Krunal’s father that he should be proud of his sons, was also at the ceremony.And then there was Mukesh Ambani, whose company owns Mumbai Indians. The Pandya brothers clicked a selfie with the Ambani family before Hardik had to cut short the celebrations to join the rest of the Indian team to leave for a 56-day tour of South Africa.
Mumbai, Jan 11 (PTI) Recently crowned Asian champion Gopi Thonakal and fellow Army long distance runner Nitendra Singh Rawat, the course record holder among Indians, are the star attractions among the home countrys male runners in the Tata Mumbai Marathon to be held on January 21.Gopi, from Army Sports Institute of Pune, will go into the gruelling run on Mumbais streets in the 15th edition of the marathon with his confidence high after becoming the first-ever male runner from the country to clinch the Asian marathon title in Dongguan in China on November 26, clocking 2 hours, 15 minutes and 48 seconds.Rawat, from the Kumaon Regiment, is expected to give him a run for his money after his feat as the best Indian finisher in the Delhi half marathon, and his performance as the top Indian finisher here in 2016.Both had also taken part in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games with Gopi ending up a creditable 25th in 2 hours, 15 minutes and 25 seconds while a hamstring injury affected Rawats performance as he finished a distant 84th.The 29-year-old Gopi from Wayanad in Kerala had finished 28th in the World Championship last year in London, clocking 2:17:13.Their head-to-head rivalry, similar to what was experienced in 2016 when Rawat was the top Indian finisher in 2:25:48 just ahead of Gopi, is expected to be among the highlights of the USD 405,000 event to be title-sponsored by the Tata Group for the first time.”We are happy to be the title sponsors of the Mumbai Marathon as its the first big event for us in 2018 which marks 150 years of the Tata Group,” said Harish Bhat, Brand Custodian of the Groups flagship, Tata Sons, at a media conference here today.advertisementGuangzhou Asian Games (2010) steeplechase gold medal winner Sudha Singh is the top draw among the Indian women. She will have to contend with the challenge from L Suriya, the fastest Indian woman and course record holder of the Airtel Delhi half marathon and Tata Steel Kolkata 25K events, among others.South Africas Olympian Hendrick Ramaala, the 2004 mens winner, has been roped in as the pacemaker of the Indian contingent.The elite list of foreign runners has already been announced by event promoters, Procam International.The mens elite field has 2017 Tokyo Marathon runner-up Solomon Deksisa of Ethiopia and last years Mumbai Marathon runner-up Joshua Kipkorir, among others.The corresponding womens field will see last years winner Bornes Kitur of Kenya defending her title.The start and finish route of the race is expected to see a small change because of the under-construction work for the Mumbai Metro on the D N Road stretch from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus and Hutatma Chowk (Flora Fountain), informed Joint MD of Procam, Vivek Singh.”We are working with the government authorities on how best to tweak the route at the start and finish of the race,” said Singh to a question. PTI SSR KRK SDM
Virat Kohli said India do not need to panic as they gear up to face South Africa in the second Test of the three-match series in Centurion from Saturday.India were blown away by South Africa’s pacers in the opening Test at Newlands. Chasing 208 for a rare victory in South Africa, the famed Indian batting line-up imploded as Vernon Philander picked up six wickets to win the man-of-the-match award.It’s funny how things change in a matter of weeks, or just about five days. Before the first Test, no one thought that he should be in the XI, and now suddenly people are looking at the other option. For us as a team, it’s all about finding the right balance. If players fit in in the kind of balance we want to go with as a side, then they will fit in. We certainly don’t go on opinions that are created outside, and ‘talk of the town’, and all those sort of things.Kohli went onto add that Rahane is a quality player and his inclusion in the XI will be decided before the game after the team is done with practice.”He’s a quality player, he’s done well in South Africa. [In] all conditions, actually, away from home,” Kohli said of Rahane. “He’s probably been our most consistent and solid player away from home. I explained the reasons why Rohit [Sharma] started ahead of him. I’m not saying that Ajinkya cannot or will not start in this game. Possibilities are all open at the moment and we shall decide after practice.”However, Kohli said India are better prepared after the reality check in Cape Town and even suggested he was open to a differenet opening combination after Shikhar Dhawan’s twin failures. The Delhi southpaw got out to poor shots in both innings and India might be tempted to give KL Rahul a chance in Centurion.advertisement”As far as the opening combination is concerned, we are going to decide in the practice session, what we are going to go with in this game,” Kohli said and added India might even go in with a different opening combination.WATCH”Having said that, there is definitely no need to panic as a batting unit because of collapses. Whether we play five batsmen or six, the batsmen have to apply themselves better. One needs to have a solid technique and face bowling spells. We need to embrace that,” he added.Kohli said his batsmen were now more ready to handle the bounce. The India captain appeared calm on the eve of an important Test and said his batsmen did not need to be surprised by the bounce of the South African pitches – that is what they expected coming here.”One must not get surprised by the bounce in South Africa. Here the bounce can be steep. One has to keep their composure. The first game gave us exposure to that. We are now better prepared to handle the conditions,” he said. Ajinkya Rahane during training session (BCCI Photo)Kohli also dismissed criticism the team management copped for dropping Ajinkya Rahane for the first Test. The Indian vice-captain had a poor series against Sri Lanka at home and Rohit Sharma was preferred in Newlands.Rohit flopped in both the innings and Rahane’s absence was felt. The latter has a better average away than at home and several experts wondered if it was a good idea to leave him out.”It is funny,” said Kohli. “Before the last Test, everyone was saying Ajinkya Rahane should not be included in the playing XI. Now, in one week, that has changed. Everyone is saying he should be. We don’t decide playing XI as per outside opinion.”ALSO WATCH:
ATHENS — Striker Kostas Mitroglou has been named in Greece’s preliminary World Cup squad despite his troubled move to relegated Premier League side Fulham, while injured-plagued defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos was not included.Greece’s football association released the names of the 30-player squad, and is due to announce the final 23-man squad on May 19.The 26-year-old Mitroglou sent Greece to the finals in Brazil, scoring three goals for a 4-2 aggregate win over Romania in the playoffs. But he has struggled since his move to London in January, playing in just three matches and scoring no goals due to a knee injury and being dropped from the starting lineup by coach Felix Magath.Fulham teammate and veteran of the 2004 winning European Championship squad, Giorgos Karagounis, stays on as captain.Greece faces Colombia, Japan and Ivory Coast in Group C at its second sconsecutive World Cup.Coach Fernando Santos also called up two players from Panathinaikos, which recovered from a spell of poor form to win the Greek Cup, naming goalkeeper Stefanos Kapino and forward Nikos Karelis.The Portuguese coach was forced to leave out Schalke defender Papadopoulos, who missed most of the season at the Bundesliga club through injury.The Greek FA had said it would not make the preliminary list public, but then released the names following reports of the lineup in the news media.TweetPinShare0 Shares
NEW YORK – The New York Knicks hired Derek Fisher as their new coach on June 10, with Phil Jackson turning to one of his most trustworthy former players.Just days after finishing his 18th season, Fisher was chosen to replace Mike Woodson, who Jackson fired after the regular season in his first major move as team President.Fisher won five championships playing for Jackson with the Los Angeles Lakers and was known for his knack for hitting clutch postseason shots while playing an NBA-record 259 playoff games. Jackson says “it has come clear to me” that he and Fisher can form a great partnership again, listing some of the coaches the 39-year-old Fisher played under — though leaving out himself.“Derek has a long, laundry list of coaches that he’s worked under and had a tremendous amount of success and we welcome him,” Jackson said during a news conference at the Knicks’ training center in Greenburgh, New York.The Knicks went 37-45 and missed the playoffs, just a year after winning the Atlantic Division and advancing to the Eastern Conference semifinals. Jackson, who declined an original offer to coach the team, was instead hired to run the front office in March, and fired Woodson the week after the season ended.He was seeking someone familiar with the triangle offense and someone with little or no coaching experience that he could teach. The Knicks nearly closed a deal to hire Steve Kerr, who instead left a TV commentating job to coach the Golden State Warriors.Jackson turned his attention to Fisher, even getting fined $25,000 last week when he was too open about his interest in the point guard who was still under contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder.The 39-year-old Fisher was respected among players around the league as he was the President of the players association during the 2011 lockout.The Knicks have had nowhere near the success of Fisher or Jackson, but their new coach believes they can. “We know without a doubt that we can re-establish what that means, what that is,” Fisher said.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
NEW YORK — Forbes estimates the New York Yankees are baseball’s most valuable team for the 18th straight year.Forbes claimed Wednesday the Yankees are worth $3.2 billion, up from $2.5 billion last year and matching the Dallas Cowboys for the high among U.S. teams. Forbes estimated the Yankees’ revenue last year at $508 million.The magazine estimated the Dodgers are worth $2.4 billion and World Series champion San Francisco at $2 billion. It pegged the average worth of an MLB team is $1.2 billion, an increase of 48 percent from last year.Forbes assigns Real Madrid the high value among all teams in all sports at $3.44 billion.TweetPinShare0 Shares
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The New York Mets scored three times before making an out Aug. 8 and still their seven-game winning streak was snapped.Rookie starter Noah Syndergaard quickly coughed up the lead in his latest flop on the road, and the Mets wasted two early homers from Curtis Granderson in a 5-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.New York’s lead in the NL East was trimmed to 1 1/2 games over Washington.Granderson went deep in each of the first two innings, the initial one igniting a three-run first against Nathan Karns.“Great way to start the game, especially against a guy that doesn’t tend to give up a lot of runs,” Granderson said. “It was a good sign for us, but you’ve got to understand it’s not over, and sure enough today proved that.”Granderson homered on the second pitch from Karns, and Lucas Duda had a two-run double after hits by Daniel Murphy and Yoenis Cespedes.Granderson tied Jose Reyes (2006) for the team record in a single season with his sixth leadoff homer. Granderson has 34 in his career.But before he hit his second home run of the game — and 19th this season — the Rays had scored four runs on six hits off Syndergaard. The first-inning rally included a long two-run homer by Grady Sizemore, his fifth of the season and second in two nights.“It was a disappointing outing,” Syndergaard said. “The offense did their part and I wasn’t able to uphold my part of the bargain.”Syndergaard, who was 4-1 with a 1.80 ERA in his previous nine starts, gave up five runs, eight hits, two walks and had six strikeouts over four innings. He fell to 0-5 on the road.Kevin Kiermaier had a two-run single for Tampa Bay in the first.The Rays went ahead 5-4 in the fourth when John Jaso drew a walk from Syndergaard (6-6), stole his first base of the season, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on Evan Longoria’s infield single.Longoria beat out the decisive hit when Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada hesitated slightly before throwing.“He just couldn’t get the ball out of his glove. It happens,” Mets Manager Terry Collins said. “If Ruben doesn’t double-clutch, I know he throws him out. But the wild pitch was also part of it. We’ve got to make those plays, but we had 15 strikeouts, too. That’s one of those things we didn’t do at all (during the win streak).”Tampa Bay relievers Xavier Cedeno, Steve Geltz, Jake McGee and Brad Boxberger, who pitched the ninth for his 28th save, combined for four hitless innings.“The guys bounced back from a tough loss last night,” Rays Manager Kevin Cash said. “They were outstanding. We don’t expect anything less. Those guys have short memories.”Karns (7-5) allowed four runs and eight hits in five innings. “The bullpen came in after I came out and locked it down,” he said.The announced crowd was 31,042, the Rays’ second home sellout this season and first since opening day.(DICK SCANLON) TweetPinShare0 Shares
MADRID (AP) — Another impressive performance by Cristiano Ronaldo has left Real Madrid on the verge of another Champions League final.Ronaldo scored a hat trick to reach 400 goals with Madrid and lead the defending champions to a commanding 3-0 win over city rival Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal on Tuesday.He scored with a header in the 10th minute, with a strike into the top corner in the 73rd and a close-range shot in the 86th to give Madrid a comfortable lead going into next week’s second leg at Atletico’s Vicente Calderon Stadium.Monaco hosts Juventus in the first leg of the other semifinal on Wednesday.“We played a great match,” Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. “It’s not easy to score three times against such a difficult opponent and keep a clean sheet.”The result left Atletico close to yet another disappointing elimination against the crosstown rival, following defeats in the Champions League in the last three seasons.“We’re going to try and do something practically impossible next week,” Atletico coach Diego Simeone said. “We’re Atletico Madrid and maybe, just maybe, we can do it.”Madrid, which is looking to reach its third final in four seasons, was in control from the start at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium and took advantage of Ronaldo’s impressive form. He had scored five in the two legs of the quarterfinals against Bayern Munich, including a hat trick in the second leg at the Bernabeu.“The team was amazing, it was a complete match,” said Ronaldo, who reached the 400-goal milestone in his 389th game with Madrid. “We played well from start to finish.”He opened the scoring on Tuesday after Atletico’s defense failed to fully clear a cross into the area. Midfielder Casemiro sent the ball back in with a bouncing shot and Ronaldo got ahead of defender Stefan Savic to nod it past Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak.Ronaldo, Madrid’s all-time scoring leader, added to the lead after Atletico defender Filipe Luis lost the ball in a challenge with the Portugal star, who entered the area and fired a right-foot shot past Oblak into the upper corner.He scored his 10th Champions League goal of the season with a low shot from inside the area after a pass by Lucas Vazquez. Ronaldo now has 103 goals in the Champions League, not counting one he scored in the qualifiers, which is three more than Atletico has scored since the new format was created in 1992.Madrid dominated early on, controlling possession and causing problems for Atletico’s defense with set pieces taken by midfielder Toni Kroos. Madrid had 11 attempts against only one for Atletico in the first half alone. It ended with 16 against four for Atletico.“Our first 30 minutes were fantastic, we started with great intensity,” Zidane said. “And in the second half we were very effective. We didn’t have as many chances, but we still scored twice.”The visitors improved in the second half, keeping Madrid from threatening as much, but they still were not able to create many scoring chances.“We had the ball in the second half but didn’t create anything and they exploited the spaces well,” Simeone said.Atletico’s best chance of the match came in the 17th minute, when forward Kevin Gameiro received the ball inside the area but wasn’t able to clear Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas in a one-on-one situation.The crosstown rivals are meeting for the fourth consecutive time in the top European club competition. Madrid defeated Atletico in the final last season and also in 2014, and eliminated Simeone’s team in the quarterfinal in 2015.Madrid, which won its record 11th-title last year, is trying to become the first team to win back-to-back Champions League titles since the competition’s new format began. No team has had a chance to defend its title since Manchester United in 2009.Atletico, the third force in Spanish soccer behind Madrid and Barcelona, is trying to win its first title and avenge the heartbreaking losses to Madrid in a penalty shootout last year and after extra time in 2014. Atletico also lost the final in 1974, to Bayern Munich.Tuesday’s loss at the Bernabeu was the first for Atletico in 16 away games. Simeone’s team had kept nine clean sheets in its last 13 games in all competitions, conceding only four goals.TALES AZZONI, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
LOS ANGELES (AP) — From laughingstock to lift off.George Springer and the Houston Astros rocketed to the top of the baseball galaxy Wednesday night, winning the first World Series championship in franchise history by romping past the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in Game 7.Playing for a city still recovering from Hurricane Harvey, and wearing an H Strong logo on their jerseys, the Astros brought home the prize that had eluded them since they started out in 1962 as the Colt .45s.“I always believed that we could make it,” All-Star slugger Jose Altuve said. “We did this for them.”For a Series that was shaping up as an October classic, Game 7 quickly became a November clunker as Houston scored five runs in the first two innings off Yu Darvish. Hardly the excitement fans felt during the Cubs’ 10-inning thriller in Cleveland last fall.Well, except for everyone wearing bright orange. Back in Houston, a huge crowd filled Minute Maid Park to cheer as fans watched on the big video board, and the train whistle wailed when it was over.“We’re coming home a champion, Houston,” Springer said after accepting the World Series MVP trophy named this year for Willie Mays.Houston Astros’ George Springer reacts after hitting a two-run home run during the second inning of Game 7 of baseball’s World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Star shortstop Carlos Correa turned the party into a proposal. After doing a TV interview, he got down on one knee and asked girlfriend Daniella Rodriguez, a former Miss Texas USA, to marry him.“Yes?” he said, putting a ring on her finger as she cried.Altuve, one of four holdovers from a club that lost an embarrassing 111 times in 2013 after switching from the NL to the AL, and this collection of young stars silenced Dodger Stadium from the get-go, taking a 5-0 lead in the second inning.Altuve was in perfect position for the final out, a grounder by Corey Seager to the 5-foot-6 second baseman.“I caught the last out for the Houston Astros to become a world champion. It was a groundball to me, I threw to first, and I think it was the happiest moment of my life in baseball,” Altuve said.The Astros streamed from the dugout and bullpen to go wild, tossing their gloves in the air. A thousand or so fans crowded behind the first base dugout, chanting “Hou-ston! Hou-ston!”Later, some little Astros kids ran around the outfield grass dressed in Halloween outfits. Their dads, meanwhile, were putting on championship hats and shirts.At last, they had completed the ascent some predicted after a rebuilding club purged payroll and stripped down to bare bones a few years back.Famously, now, there was the Sports Illustrated cover in 2014 — after Houston had lost more than 100 games for three straight seasons — that proclaimed: “Your 2017 World Series Champs” and featured a picture of Springer in a bright Astros jersey.On the other side, ace Clayton Kershaw and several Dodgers leaned against the dugout railing, watching the Astros celebrate. Los Angeles led the majors with 104 wins and a $240 million payroll, and rallied to win Game 6, yet it didn’t pay off for part-owner Magic Johnson and his team.The Houston Astros celebrate after Game 7 of baseball’s World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Astros won 5-1 to win the series 4-3. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)“Obviously, this one hurts,” manager Dave Roberts said. “And like I told the guys, when you put everything, every ounce of your being into something and you come up short, it hurts. And it’s supposed to hurt.”Normally a starter, Charlie Morton finished up with four stellar innings of relief for the win.“We held down a really tough lineup,” Morton said. “For my teammates, for the city of Houston, it’s just unbelievable.”Springer led off the evening with a double against Darvish, and soon it was 2-0.Springer hit his fifth homer — tying the Series mark set by Reggie Jackson (1977) and matched by Chase Utley (2009) — when he connected for a record fourth game in a row, making it a five-run lead.That was plenty for Houston manager A.J. Hinch. He pulled starter Lance McCullers Jr. soon after the curveballer crazily plunked his fourth batter of the game , and began a parade of four relievers that held the lead.Throughout the postseason, Hinch and the unconventional Astros overcame a shaky bullpen by using starters in relief.“I knew yesterday I didn’t have much,” said McCullers, the Game 3 winner. “I knew I didn’t have much to give other than to gut it out as long as I could.”In a dramatic Series marked by blown leads and late rallies, when Houston twice outlasted the Dodgers in extra innings, McCullers did enough.Forever known for their space-age Astrodome, outlandish rainbow jerseys and a handful of heartbreaking playoff losses for stars like Nolan Ryan, Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio, these Astros will be remembered as champions, finally, in their 56th season.The club that wears a star on its hat also filled out the Texas trophy case. Teams from the Lone Star State had won most every major crown — the Super Bowl, NBA and NHL titles, championships in college football, and men’s and women’s hoops — except the World Series.Built on the skills of homegrown All-Stars Dallas Keuchel and more, helped by veteran offseason acquisitions such as Brian McCann and 40-year-old Carlos Beltran, who won his first ring, and boosted by the slick trade for ace Justin Verlander, general manager Jeff Luhnow oversaw the team’s resurgence.Houston won 101 times this year to take the AL West, then won Games 6 and 7 at home in the AL Championship Series against the New York Yankees. The Astros joined the 1985 Royals as the only clubs to win a pair of Game 7s in the same year.When it was over, Bagwell and Biggio posed for pictures together with the World Series trophy.For the Dodgers, the quest to win a Series for the first time since 1988 fell short.Kershaw provided four shutout innings of relief for Los Angeles , but it was too late. What the Dodgers really needed was a better starter than Darvish, someone more like the lefty who tossed out a ceremonial first ball: the great Sandy Koufax.Acquired from Texas on July 31 for these big games, Darvish lasted 1 2/3 innings in both his World Series starts — the two shortest of his career.“This pain is going to stay in me for a while,” the four-time All-Star said through a translator.After Springer lined a leadoff double , Alex Bregman hit a bouncer that first baseman Cody Bellinger threw past Darvish for an error, allowing a run to score . Bregman aggressively stole third and scored on Altuve’s grounder , and it was 2-0 after eight pitches.A double by Marwin Gonzalez helped set up perhaps McCullers’ biggest contribution, a slow grounder for his first pro RBI. Springer followed with a no-doubt, two-run drive into the left-center field bleachers.That was the Series-most 25th homer in a Major League Baseball season that set a record for home runs. It was easily enough for the Astros to offset pinch-hitter Andre Ethier’s RBI single in the Los Angeles sixth.Only once have the Dodgers clinched a crown at home, that coming in 1963 when Koufax outpitched Yankees star Whitey Ford to finish a sweep. They’ve never won Game 7 of the Fall Classic at their own park, dating more than a century ago to their days on the streets of Brooklyn as the Trolley Dodgers.As pockets of Houston fans got louder and louder in the later innings, the crowd at Dodger Stadium was left to repeat the sad, but hopeful cry that used to echo in Brooklyn: Wait till next year.Just 106 days until pitchers and catchers report to spring training.BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer TweetPinShare0 Shares
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — There was no perfect ending to Arsene Wenger’s iconic 22-season rivalry with Manchester United.Instead, it was an all-too-familiar feeling for the departing Arsenal manager.Honored and embraced before kickoff by past and present United managers Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho, Wenger trudged away from Old Trafford nursing yet another painful loss after Arsenal’s young and weakened side conceded an injury-time goal on Sunday.Wenger gave a senior debut to 20-year-old Greek defender Konstantinos Mavropanos and also started Ainsley Maitland-Niles, 20, and Reiss Nelson, 18, in a severely weakened lineup that might have been expected to cave in after conceding early.Marouane Fellaini glanced in a header in the first minute of stoppage time to earn United a 2-1 win in Wenger’s last match at Old Trafford before he leaves Arsenal at the end of the season.Old Trafford has defined Wenger’s time in English soccer more than any other visiting stadium. Arsenal’s 1-0 win here in 1998 sparked an unlikely rally to win the league at the expense of United, and another 1-0 win in 2002 clinched a second league title.Since then, it’s been just one Premier League victory at Old Trafford in 16 years for Arsenal and some bad, bad memories — the 8-2 hammering in 2011, the 6-1 thrashing in 2001, the ending of the unbeaten run of the “Invincibles” in 2004 and the sending-off in 2009 that forced Wenger to watch a game among the United fans.Ferguson was Wenger’s greatest rival but Mourinho was arguably his most bitter, and a loss like Sunday’s would have hurt the Frenchman. Especially so with his young team — featuring two 20-year-olds and an 18-year-old — doing their best with many senior players rested ahead of the second leg of the Europa League semifinal against Atletico Madrid on Thursday.“Unfortunately in my job, you remember much better the defeats than the victories,” Wenger said, “and I have some painful memories here.”Wenger was applauded to the dug-out by United fans — “Once you are not a danger any more, people love you,” he said — and received a vase from Ferguson before kickoff. Mourinho then shook his hand warmly.“I am happy with the class my club showed to him,” Mourinho said. “I hope I play against him again. If not in the Premier League, who knows? We (might) have still a big match waiting for us.”The result ensured Arsenal cannot finish above north London rival Tottenham and guaranteed United a top-four finish and a spot in next season’s Champions League. United moved five points clear in second place, but is 16 points adrift of champion Manchester City.City beat West Ham 4-1 and is in sight of a slew of records.___LUKAKU INJURYA big negative for United was the sight of Romelu Lukaku limping off early in the second half with what appeared a foot injury after being challenged by Arsenal debutant Konstantinos Mavropanos.Mourinho wasn’t sure about the seriousness of the Belgium striker’s injury, with the FA Cup final against Chelsea three weeks away and the World Cup just over six weeks away.By then, United was 1-0 ahead thanks to Paul Pogba’s 16th-minute goal.Former United player Henrikh Mkhitaryan equalized in the 51st — two minutes after Lukaku hobbled off — but Arsenal’s players tired in the final 20 minutes and Fellaini made them pay, glancing in Ashley Young’s cross.CITY STROLLCity passed the 100-goal mark in the Premier League and within touching distance of a number of milestones.With games still to play Huddersfield, Brighton and Southampton, City — on 93 points and 102 goals — needs just three more points to post the most outright in a Premier League campaign and two more goals to surpass the record held by Chelsea in 2009-10. City also moved to 30 wins for the season, matching the record number of Chelsea from last season.Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus and Fernandinho scored for City, with former City player Pablo Zabaleta deflecting in an own-goal. Aaron Cresswell curled a free kick to reduce the deficit to 2-1 for West Ham, which is three points above the relegation zone with three games left.By STEVE DOUGLAS , AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
Good embedded software has always been designed for both safety and security. However, connectivity has introduced intolerable levels of security vulnerability in safety-critical applications such as medical, autonomous vehicles, and Internet of Things (IoT) devices.The tight coupling of safety and security, combined with heightened threat levels, requires developers to fully understand the difference between safety and security; also, to apply industry best practices to ensure that both are designed into a product, right from the start (Figure 1).Figure 1. Filtering out defects: Good software and hardware design demands that many layers of quality assurance, safeguarding, and protection be employed throughout the design process (Source: Barr Group) The implications of poor design With the IoT, systems are now vulnerable to “action at a distance.” A recent case involved Sony networked security cameras that were found to have backdoor accounts. These ports could be used by hackers to infect the systems with botnet malware and to launch more attacks. Sony since developed a firmware patch that users can download to close the backdoor, but many instances of coding or design errors are non-recoverable and can be catastrophic.To prove this point, two security researchers hacked an automobile while it was in motion, taking over the dashboard functions, steering, transmission, and brakes. The hack wasn’t malicious, but was instead performed with permission of the driver to let the researchers demonstrate how easy it was to hack the network carrier’s connection. Nonetheless, this hack led to 1.4 million vehicles being recalled.Of course, systems don’t have to be connected to the Internet to be vulnerable and rendered unsafe: poorly written embedded code and design decisions have already taken their toll. Take the case of the Therac-25, a radiation therapy machine introduced in 1983 to treat cancer. This is now a recognized case study in what not to do with regard to system design. A combination of software bugs, a lack of hardware interlocks, and generally poor design decision making led to fatal doses of radiation.The main culprits in the case of Therac-25 were found to include:Immature and inadequate software development process (“untestable software”).Incomplete reliability modeling and failure mode analysis.No (independent) review of critical software.Improper software re-use from older models.One of the main failure modes involved a 1-byte counter in a test routine that frequently overflowed. If an operator provided manual input to the machine at the moment of overflow, the software-based interlock used by the system would fail.In June of 1996, Ariane 5, Flight 501, departed from its intended flight plan and self-destructed because overflow checks were omitted for efficiency. When a variable holding horizontal velocity overflowed, there was no way to detect it and respond appropriately.Still, critical code and security vulnerabilities continue to remain unchecked. In fact, Barr Group’s 2017 Embedded Systems Safety and Security Survey revealed that, of engineers working on projects that are connected to the Internet and can kill if hacked:22% do not have security as a design requirement.19% of them follow no coding standard.42% conduct only occasional code reviews or none at all.48% do not bother to encrypt their communications over the Internet.More than 33% are not performing static analysis.Understanding the true meanings of safety and security is a good start down the path toward remedying this situation.Defining safety and security The terms safety and security, are often comingled. Some developers are under the misconception that if they write good code, then it will be both safe and secure. However, that’s clearly not the case.A “safe” system is one that, during normal operation, itself causes no harm to the user or anyone else. A “safety critical” system is a system that can cause injury or death when it malfunctions. The designer’s goal then, is to ensure — as much as possible — that a system doesn’t malfunction or fail.Security, on the other hand, is primarily concerned with a product’s ability to make its assets available to authorized users while also protecting from unauthorized access , such as hackers. These assets include in-flow or dynamic data, code, and intellectual property (IP), processors and system control centers, communications ports, memory, and storage with static data.By now it should start to become clear that, while a system can be secure, it’s not automatically safe: a dangerously designed system can be just as secure as a safely designed system. However, an insecure system is always unsafe, because even if it’s functionally safe at the outset, its vulnerability to unauthorized access means it can be rendered unsafe at any point.Designing for safety and security When it comes to designing for safety, there are many factors to consider, as the Therac-25 example showed. However, designers can control only their aspect of the design, and the focus in this article is on firmware.A good example of a mission-critical application is the modern automobile. These can have upward of 100 million lines of code, yet are placed in the hands of often-undertrained or distracted users (drivers). To compensate for such users, even more safety features and code are being added, in the form of cameras and sensors, as well as vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) and vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications. The amount of code keeps increasing. Exponentially.While the sheer quantity of code makes coding and debugging such a system more difficult, much of the debug time can be eliminated if some core tenets are followed, such as:Hardware/software partitioning that factors in real-time performance, cost, upgradability, security, reliability, and safety.Implementation of fault-containment regions.Avoidance of single points of failure (Figure 2).Handling exceptions caused by code bugs, the program itself, memory management, or spurious interrupts.Inclusion of overflow checks (omitted by the Therac-25 and Ariane rocket).Sanitization of tainted data from the outside world (use range checking and CRCs).Testing at every level (unit test, integration test, system test, fuzzing, verification and validation, among others)Figure 2. Safety-critical systems avoid single points of failure. (Source: Professor Phil Koopman) For security, a designer or developer needs to become familiar with the intricacies of user and device authentication, public key infrastructure (PKI), and data encryption. Along with making assets available to authorized users and protecting them from unauthorized access, security also means a system does not do unexpected or unsafe things in the face of an attack or malfunction.Of course, attacks come in various forms, including basic denial of service (DoS) and distributed DoS (DDoS). While developers can’t control what attacks the system, they can control how the system reacts to the attack and that awareness of how to react must apply system wide. A system is only as secure as its weakest link and it’s wise to assume that the attacker will find that link.An example target weak link is firmware updating, with the device’s Remote Firmware Update (RFU) feature enabled. This can easily be attacked, so it’s good to have a policy in place, such as: Have the user choose to either disable RFU or load an update that requires subsequent images to be digitally signed.It may seem counterintuitive, but cryptography is rarely the weakest link. Instead, attackers can look elsewhere for attack surfaces made vulnerable due to implementation, protocol security, APIs, usage, and side-channel attacks.How much effort, time, and resources go into each of these areas depends on the type of security threat, with each having specific defenses. Some general measures a developer can take to reduce product vulnerability are as follows:Use a microcontroller with no external memories.Disable the JTAG interface.Implement secure boot.Use a master key to generate each unit’s device-specific key.Use object code obfuscation.Implement power-on self-test (POST) and built-in self-test (BIST).Speaking of “obfuscation,” there is a school of thought that teaches “security through obscurity.” This thinking can literally be fatal if it is solely relied upon, as every secret creates a potential point of failure. Sooner or later, secrets escape, whether through social engineering, disgruntled employees, or through techniques such as dumping and reverse engineering. There is a role for obscurity, of course, such as keeping cryptographic keys secret.Ensuring safety and security While there are many techniques and technologies that can help developers and designers achieve a high level of both safety and security, there are a few fundamental steps that can ensure a system is optimized as much as reasonably possible. First, design to established coding, functional safety, and industry and application-specific standards. These include MISRA and MISRA-C, ISO 26262, Automotive Open System Architecture (Autosar), IEC 60335, and IEC 60730.Adopting a coding standard like MISRA not only helps keep bugs out, it also makes code more readable, consistent, and portable (Figure 3).Figure 3. The benefits of adopting coding standards like MISRA go beyond helping to keep bugs out: it also makes code more readable, consistent, and portable (Source: Barr Group) Second, use static analysis (Figure 4). This involves analyzing the software without executing the program. It’s a symbolic execution, so it’s essentially a simulation. In contrast, dynamic analysis uncovers defects during runtime execution of the actual code on a target platform.Figure 4. Static analysis tools run a “simulation” of the source file, analyze for syntax and logic, and output warnings instead of object files (Source: Barr Group) While static analysis is not a silver bullet, it does add another layer of assurance as it is very good at detecting potential bugs, like the use of uninitialized variables, possible integer overflow/underflow, and the mixing of signed and unsigned data types. Plus, static analysis tools are constantly improving.Usually, static analysis implies use of a dedicated tool such as PC-Lint or Coverity, but developers should also consider re-analyzing their own code.Third, undertake code reviews. This will improve code correctness while also helping with maintainability and extensibility. Code reviews also help in instances of recalls/warranty repairs and product liability claims.Fourth, perform threat modeling. Start by using an attack tree. This requires a developer to think like an attacker and perform the following actions:Identify attack goals:Each attack has a separate tree. syu says: Note that this type of analysis benefits greatly from having multiple perspectives.But who has time to do it right? As straightforward as it seems to perform the four basic steps presented above so as to minimize errors and enhance safety and security, they do take time, so a developer must budget accordingly. While project sizes vary, it’s important to be as realistic as possible.For example, add 15 to 50 percent to the design time for code review. Some systems need complete code reviews; some don’t. Static analysis tools can take ten to hundreds of hours for initial set up, but once part of the development process, there is no additional time added to product development and they end up paying for themselves through better systems.Connectivity has added a big new concern to embedded systems design that requires extra emphasis on security and safety. A good understanding of these two concepts, combined with the proper application of best practices early in the design cycle, dramatically improves the overall safety and security of a product. These best practices include: adopting coding standards, use of static analysis tools, code reviews, and threat modeling.References: Backdoor accounts found in 80 Sony IP security camera models.After Jeep Hack, Chrysler Recalls 1.4M Vehicles for Bug Fix.Killed By a Machine: The Therac-25.A Case Study of Toyota Unintended Acceleration and Software Safety.Quote by Charles Mann, paraphrasing Bruce Schneier (Atlantic Monthly, Sept. 2002).Andrew Girson, Barr Group co-founder and CEO, has over 20 years of experience in the embedded systems industry, first as a senior embedded software engineer and subsequently in executive roles as a CTO, VP of Sales and Marketing, and CEO. Andrew is the author of dozens of printed articles and conference presentations regarding high-quality embedded, wireless, and handheld systems, and he has served on the Board of Directors and Advisory Boards for several organizations. Andrew holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Virginia. Andrew may be contacted via Dan Smith, Principal Engineer at Barr Group, has more than two decades of product development and project management experience in embedded systems design for the consumer electronics, industrial controls, telecommunications, medical devices, and automotive electronics industries. Dan is an expert in the industry’s best practices used for embedded systems design for safety-critical applications, and has been a speaker at several industry conferences. He is currently leading Barr Group’s “Best Practices for Designing Safe and Secure Embedded Systems” training course. Dan has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University. Andrew may be contacted via “Hi there — you say one technique is to use “object code obfuscation” — I’m not familiar with this — I’ve heard of “source code obfuscation” (I have a natural gift in this area), but not its object code counterpart — could you please elucidate?” For each tree (goal):Determine the different attacks.Identify the steps and options for each attack “That’s a great question! I’ll have one of the authors get back to you.” September 6, 2017 at 10:02 pm Log in to Reply “From Dan Smith:nnThe idea of obfuscation is to make the code more difficult to understand. (This goes against the instincts of a good engineer, by the way.) As you know, source code obfuscation is possible, in fact there is even an annual contest (IOC Continue Reading Previous Dialing in to ESC Minneapolis 2017Next Will the iPhone 8 include a dedicated neural network engine? 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Cypress Semiconductor has collaborated with Semtech on a compact, two-chip LoRaWAN-based module deployed by Onethinx. The highly-integrated Onethinx module is ideal for smart city applications that integrate multiple sensors and are in harsh radio environments. Using Cypress PSoC 6 microcontrollers hardware-based Secure Element functionality and Semtech’s LoRa devices and wireless radio frequency technology (LoRa Technology), the solution enables a multi-layer security architecture that isolates trust anchors for highly protected device-to-cloud connectivity. In addition, the PSoC 6 MCUs integrated Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) connectivity provides a simple, low-power, out-of-band control channel. The PSoC 6 device is the industry’s lowest power, most flexible Arm Cortex-M dual-core MCU with a power slope as low as 22-µA/MHz active power for the Cortex-M4 core. The device is a natural fit with Semtech’s latest LoRa radio chip family, which offers 50% power savings in receive mode and 20% longer range over previous-generation devices.Security is a primary concern for many smart city applications. The Onethinx module utilizes the integrated Secure Element functionality in the PSoC 6 MCU to give each LoRaWAN-based device a secret identity to securely boot, on-board, and deliver data to the cloud application. Using its mutual authentication capabilities, the PSoC 6 MCU-based, LoRa-equipped device can also receive authenticated over-the-air firmware updates. Key provisioning and management services are provided by IoT security provider and member of the Bosch group, ESCRYPT, for a complete end-to-end, secure LoRaWAN solution. The module, offered by Cypress partner Onethinx, connects to Bosch Sensortec’s Cross Domain Development Kit for Micro-Electromechanical Systems sensors and to the provisioning system from ESCRYPT to securely connect.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous ADI: rugged transceiver delivers in extreme temperature and high noise environmentsNext LDRA: verification and certification environment for 2nd generation IMA
Kontron announces the KBox B-201, a high performance, compact design computer, as a new member of the Kontron Embedded Box PC family. State-of-the-art 7th Gen Intel Core processors together with an Intel Q170 Express Chipset allow for extremely high performance at a low noise level (34 dB(A) max.). To this end, the KBox B-201 comes equipped with an extremely quiet fan, making it suitable for use in noise sensitive environments. Versatile mounting options and a high number of interfaces offer high flexibility.The KBox B-201 is characterized by high performance levels requiring little space. The Mini-ITX motherboard in the compact 170×170 mm form factor is equipped with two to four processor cores: optionally, users can choose between three 7th Gen Intel Core processors (i3-7101E/i5-7500/i7-7700); on request, 6th Gen Intel Core processors are available as well. KBox B-201’s performance further gets boosted by the Intel Core Q170 Express chipset.The system offers three graphic ports in total, including two space-saving DisplayPorts V1.2, and one DVI-D interface. A 2.5-inch SSD SATA III/ SATA-600 as well as a M.2 SSD / SATA III are available as storage media for operating system or data. A mSATA SSD can be integrated optionally. Various interfaces, e.g. four USB 2.0 and six USB 3.0 ports, offer high flexibility.A serial interface (RS232/COM1) is provided for local data collection and sensor- or machine environment connectivity. Two Ethernet Ports 10/100/1000Mbit/s and a Mini-PCI plug-in card slot are available for system expansion. The Box PC runs on Windows 10 IoT Enterprise LTSB and Yokto for Linux operating systems.The KBox B-201’s housing is manufactured of continuously hot-dip zinc coated mild steel sheet (according to EN10215) and aluminium with the measurements 190x60x190mm. Five different mounting options guarantee highest flexibility. The KBox B-201 can be used horizontally or vertically as a desktop PC, or the box PC can be fixed directly behind a monitor using a VESA mounting. For mounting underneath a table, on the wall or in a control cabinet, special angle pieces are available, likewise offering horizontal or vertical operation.The Box PC can be used in ambient temperatures ranging from 0 to 45 °C. The KBox B-201’s typical application areas are image processing tasks, plant data collection, as well as manufacturing executive systems in the automation pyramid.The KBox B-201 supports TPM V2.0 encryption for secure cloud connection. Optionally, the Kontron APPROTECT Security solution can be integrated. Based on an integrated Wibu-Systems security chip and in tandem with a specifically developed software framework, it provides IP and copy/reverse engineering protection. Kontron APPROTECT Licensing also enables new business models such as “pay per use”, demo versions for limited time periods, or activation/deactivation functions.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous ROHM: configuration of a sensor environment in only five minutesNext Making your device secure
Colombia’s Yerry Mina thumped home a second-half header to secure a dramatic 1-0 victory over Senegal on Thursday that catapulted the South Americans into the World Cup last 16 and dumped their African opponents out of tournament.Senegal had only needed a point in their final Group H game to reach the next round, but defeat saw them miss out to Japan, who edged them for the runners-up spot by virtue of having a better disciplinary record.It was the first time in World Cup history that a team had been eliminated by the amount of yellow cards they had accrued in the tournament.Both Senegal and Japan, who were beaten 1-0 by Poland on Thursday, finished the group with four points and an identical record in all other respects. Yet the Asian side ended in second position having picked up four yellow cards to Senegal’s six.World Cup 2018: Colombia, Japan in last 16, heartbreak for SenegalColombia, who finished as group winners with six points will face a last-16 match against the runners-up in Group G where England and Belgium battle for supremacy later on Thursday.Group H came down to the finest of margins. #JPN go through ahead of #SEN, with the Lions of Teranga eliminated on Fair Play points. pic.twitter.com/YCDk0hSWmLFIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 28, 2018Defeat for Senegal eliminated them at the group stage in their first World Cup appearance since 2002, and left Africa without a representative in the knockout stages for the first time in 36 years.advertisementFIFA World Cup 2018, Senegal 0-1 Colombia: Highlights”Senegal doesn’t qualify because we don’t deserve it. This is one of the rules,” their coach Aliou Cisse said.”We have to respect it. We would prefer to be eliminated another way… We were fully committed and maybe because we were fully committed we got more yellow cards.”Senegal had been heading through until the 74th minute when Mina rose to meet a corner and sent a bullet header into the turf and bouncing up into the roof of the net.It was a crushing blow to the Senegalese who had been the better side for most of the game and had a penalty award overturned in the first half after a VAR review.They had looked set to take the lead in the 17th minute when Liverpool forward Sadio Mane went down in the area under a challenge from Davinson Sanchez and referee Milorad Mazic pointed to the spot.The VAR system has not been universally acclaimed at this tournament, but television replays appeared to show Sanchez get his heel on the ball, before clattering into Mane, and after reviewing his original decision, Mazic agreed.Colombia had got off to a poor start and suffered a blow early on when playmaker and talisman James Rodriguez was forced off injured.After his display in their last match against Poland, Colombian hopes had again been pinned on the shoulders of Rodriguez, who had spearheaded their run to the last quarter-finals four years ago.(With Reuters inputs)
\R Taipei, Jul 24 (AFP) Taiwan accused China of dragging sport into politics today after a multi-million-dollar international youth event due to be held on the island next year was suspended.It comes as Beijing ramps up military and diplomatic pressure on self-ruling democratic Taiwan, which it sees as part of its territory to be brought back into the fold.According to Taiwan sports officials, members of the East Asian Olympic Committee (EAOC) voted in a meeting in Beijing Tuesday to revoke Taichung city’s right to host the first-ever East Asian Youth Games in 2019.Taiwan voted for the games to continue as planned, while Japan abstained. The other members of the committee — China, South Korea, North Korea, Hong Kong, Macau, and Mongolia — voted for the suspension, according to Taiwanese officials.Taiwan’s presidential office said the EAOC had made the “wrong decision” and accused China of bullying.The Taichung city government expressed indignation, saying it had already invested USD 21.9 million to build facilities for the games.The decision comes a day after gay rights activists in Taiwan accused China of pressuring organisers of the Gay Games to bar the island’s national flag at next month’s competition in Paris.China is particularly sensitive to Taiwan’s use of names, emblems and flags at international events.These sensitivities — backed up by Beijing’s clout on the world stage — mean Taiwan is forced to compete as “Chinese Taipei” at the Olympics and a host of other international sports competitions.Taiwan’s Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee said it believed the axing of the youth games was linked to Beijing’s anger over a campaign by NGOs and some leading local athletes for a referendum on whether the island should join the 2020 Tokyo Olympics under the name “Taiwan”, not “Chinese Taipei”.advertisementThe EAOC and the Olympic Council of Asia were not immediately reachable for comment.Relations between Taipei and Beijing have deteriorated since President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan’s independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party took office two years ago, as her government refuses to recognise the island as a part of “one China”.Beijing has cut off official communication with Tsai’s government.Under pressure from Beijing, a growing number of international airlines and companies have recently changed their website classifications of Taiwan to “Taiwan, China” or “Chinese Taipei”.China has also poached four of Taiwan’s few remaining official diplomatic allies since Tsai came to power. (AFP) KUNKUN
By Amanpreet Singh (Eds: Updating with quotes of Barman) Jakarta, Aug 29 (PTI) The first Indian heptathlete to win an Asian Games gold, Swapna Barman today made a plea to provide her more customised shoes for her ‘abnormal’ feet. Barman, who has six toes in both her feet, produced her career-best performance today by logging 6026 aggregate points from the seven events spread for two days. She competed with a tape on her right cheek to lessen pain arising out of teeth infection. Before Barman, only Bengal’s Soma Biswas and Karnatakas J J Shobha and Pramila Aiyappa had returned with a medal from the Asian Games but none of them have won a gold. Biswas and Shobha had finished two-three at both Busan Asian Games (2002) and the Doha Games (2006), while Pramila had won a bronze at the 2010 Guangzhou edition. “I have got this gold on the National Sports day, so it’s really special. I use normal shoes worn by people who have normal five toes. It really pains during training. It is very uncomfortable, whether I wear spikes or normal shoes,” Swapna said with a smile. She said she also overcame a knee injury before the event. Asked if she would like some companies to manufacture customised shoes for her, she said, “Definitely. It will make life easy.” At one time, Barman’s father was a rickshaw puller and bed-ridden due to a stroke suffered. En route the title, she won the high jump (1003 points) and javelin throw (872 points) events and finished second-best in shot put (707 points) and long jump (865 points).advertisement Her weakest events were 100m (981 points, 5th position) and 200m in which she finished seventh with 790 points. Going into the 800m run, the last of the seven-event competition, Barman was leading China’s Qingling Wang by 64 points. She needed a good run in the concluding event in which she eventually finished fourth. It was the same event in which she had collapsed during the Asian Athletics Championship last year in Bhubaneswar but despite finishing fourth today, she had emerged a champion. Asked about the tape on her cheek she said, it was to lessen the pain in her teeth. “I used to eat a lot of chocolates, so I have a teeth problem. It started paining two days before the event. It was severe but I could not let years of hard work go waste. So I forgot the pain and gave my best,” said the undergraduate, who is fearing for final examination result. “First day, I thought I won’t be able to compete. It was unbearable. I thought what will happen to my hard work, I had to do it. I forgot the pain.” Another Indian in the fray, Purnima Hembram was 18 points behind Japan’s Yuki Yamasaki going into the 800m run. She finshed just ahead of Barman in the 800m run and overall fourth with 5837 points. Qingling (5954) won the silver and Yamasaki the bronze with 5873 points. PTI AT PDSPDS
New Delhi, Sep 7 (PTI) Three Indian naval ships reached Trincomalee for the sixth edition of the SLINEX 2018 — a bilateral naval exercise between India and Sri Lanka — which began on Friday.The inaugural ceremony of the exercise was held on board Sri Lankan Navy’s SLNS Sayurala and was attended by Rear Adm Dinesh Kumar Tripathi, Indian Navy’s Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet, and Sri Lankan Navy’s Rear Adm S A Weerasinghe, Commander Eastern Naval Area and Rear Adm Ananda Kumar Guruge, Flag Officer Commanding Naval Fleet, a statement by the Indian Navy said.Earlier, Indian naval ships Kirch, Sumitra and Cora Divh entered Trincomalee to participate in the sixth edition of the SLINEX 2018 from September 7 to 13, it said.In addition to three ships, one ship-borne integral helicopter and two maritime patrol aircraft Dornier are participating from the Indian side, while the Sri Lankan Navy is represented by SLN Ships Sayurala, Samudra and Suranimala.The exercise is being conducted in two phases. The first is the ‘harbour phase’ from September 7 to 10 at Trincomalee during which the participants will engage in professional, sporting and social interactions, the statement said.The ‘harbour phase’ will be followed by the ‘sea phase’ from September 11 to 13 in the Bay of Bengal off Trincomalle and will include gun firings, communication procedures, seamanship as well as navigation evolutions and helicopter operations.The SLINEX series of bilateral maritime exercises were initiated in 2005 and since then five successful engagements have been conducted. PTI ASK KJ