first_imgJack Wilshere said he would not have joined West Ham had it not been for the departure of Arsene Wenger from Arsenal, claiming his former manager would have ensured his place in the Gunners’ first team.The 26-year-old midfielder joined West Ham on a three-year deal in July, ending his 17-year association with Arsenal in the aftermath of Wenger’s departure.And Wilshere has said that Unai Emery’s arrival as head coach altered his prospects in north London and convinced him it was time for a change. 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! “If Arsene had stayed I would have stayed because of the influence he had in my career and the trust he had in me,” Wilshere told the Islington Gazette.”He gave me the armband and respected me a lot. So, I had pretty much agreed to stay. And then he left and that changed things.”Arsene had said to me previously ‘stay and fight your way back into the team’. Because I knew Arsene and knew he had trust in me, I knew I could do that and fight my way into the — Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) June 19, 2018 “I knew that if I got myself fit and was training well that Arsene would put me in – and he did.”But things were changing at the club and they were going into a new era and maybe it was time for me to leave as well.”Wilshere, who won the last of his 34 England caps at Euro 2016, has had the start of his West Ham career hampered by an ankle injury.He has made four Premier League appearances for the Hammers under Manuel Pellegrini, the last coming on September 1.Wenger, meanwhile, has been out of work since leaving Arsenal but has suggested that he would be ready to return in January.The 69-year-old has been linked with the Real Madrid job in recent times, with Julen Lopetegui seemingly on the brink after a dismal run of results.last_img read more

first_imgOlivier Giroud is planning to “stick in there” at Chelsea, with there no plans on his part to push for a transfer despite slipping behind Alvaro Morata in the Blues pecking order.The 2018-19 campaign is shaping up to be another which sees the World Cup-winning striker face a battle for regular playing time.Giroud has been handed starts by Maurizio Sarri this term, but has seen Spanish team-mate Morata return to form over recent weeks to nail down the role of lone frontman. 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! At 32 years of age, and with exit talk having first surfaced over the summer, it has been suggested that he may need a move in January, especially if he wants to stay in contention for the France national team.Giroud is, however, adamant that he sees his future at Stamford Bridge, telling Telefoot of his current situation: “I came back late from the World Cup. Morata played.“With the national team in September, a goal against the Netherlands did me good. After that, when I came back to Chelsea, I played several matches as a starter.“Today, the coach has introduced healthy competition. Morata started again, he played well.“It is true that we were having issues in the effectiveness department, he scored and things are going better.”Olivier Giroud Chelsea 2018-19Giroud added on the transfer gossip: “Would I have to consider a departure to keep my place in the national team? I feel like it is as if we are where we were several months ago when I was being asked the same questions before the World Cup.“Today I am calm, happy with this World Cup title. I don’t need to put myself under more pressure than that.“Of course, I am a competitor and I would like more playing time. But I am in a very big club, with very big players.“I am going to fight and for the moment, it is not a question about seeking a departure. I am going to stick in there and do not expect me to give up.”Giroud has made 12 appearances for Chelsea this season, but only four starts have come in the Premier League.He has just one goal to his name so far, with his account for 2018-19 finally opened during a Europa League clash with BATE on November 8.last_img read more

first_imgFormer world number one Maria Sharapova made a winning comeback to the tour on Wednesday following her 15-month doping ban, beating Italian Roberta Vinci in straight sets in the first round of the Stuttgart Grand Prix.The 30-year-old Russian, a three-time winner on Stuttgart’s clay courts, received a controversial wild card for the German tournament, having had no ranking points after more than a year out following her suspension.She had a nervous start in front of a supportive crowd but quickly found her strokes and her trademark shrieks to power past the world number 36 7-5 6-3 and set up a second-round clash against fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova.”It’s the best feeling in the world. To know I would be walking back into the arena was very special,” Sharapova said in a courtside interview. “I was waiting for this moment for a long time.”She added: “When I am on the court, because I have been doing it for so long, even though you are rusty and trying to get a rhythm, you try to block everything out. I am a competitor by nature. That’s when I am at my best.”Sharapova has also received invitations to play in Madrid and Rome and will find out in May whether she will be given a wild card for the French Open.Some players, including Vinci, have criticised the wild card awards, saying a doping offender should have to start from scratch and build up their ranking by playing in the lower tournaments again.advertisement”I am not an individual that’s angry or bitter. I let things go,” she told a post-match news conference. “I am being offered wild cards from tournament directors. I am not getting a wild card to receive a trophy or a gold platter.”I still have to go through matches and win them.”REDUCED BANSharapova’s initial two-year suspension was reduced to 15 months after she tested positive at the 2016 Australian Open for meldonium, a medication the Russian had been taking within the rules but which was then reclassified as a banned drug.”It’s important to play, points, games, sets. It is a journey that officially starts today and I look forward to playing as many matches as I can,” said Sharapova, the second highest paid female athlete last year according to Forbes.”I spent a long time without hitting any balls. I didn’t know when I would be back. I went to school for a little bit, I grew my business and had a normal life. I put the racquet away for a little bit.”I felt I had to grow as a person and I felt I had to step up and do it.”Sharapova was clearly nervous at the start, firing three forehands long in the first game, double-faulting on her first service game point and being broken by the Italian who took a quick 2-0 lead.It took 15 minutes for Sharapova to win her first game but she gradually improved her service, started attacking Vinci’s and clinched the first set after an hour.Sharapova, growing in confidence with every point despite a dozen unforced errors in the first set, broke the Italian early in the second, and her 11th ace put her 5-3 ahead.She broke the 34-year-old again to secure the win on her first match point.last_img read more

first_imgDelhi’s Indira Gandhi Stadium had a surprise visitor on Friday. Sports minister Vijay Goel showed up after reading a Mail Today report on the dirty toilets, messy surroundings and swarms of mosquitoes at the arena that are proving to be a prickly problem for Indian and international wrestlers who have gathered for a championship.Goel visited each restroom, with jolted Sports Authority of India (SAI) officials in tow. The administration that was caught unawares had cleaned up some of the toilets. But many others that were still in poor condition.The minister was clearly upset after spotting tissue papers littered all over the floor of one washroom and started cleaning it himself. He then hauled up SAI administrator Manjushree Roy.Roy tried to control the situation by putting the onus on the Wrestling Federation of India that is hosting the Asian Wrestling Championships at the stadium’s KD Jadhav indoor hall. But Goel was not satisfied with her response.The anxiety on Roy’s face was palpable as the minister’s personal assistant kept taking note of everything and also clicked pictures of the dirty corners. Goel said a committee, looking after the utilisation of stadiums, will also scrutinise the cleanliness of the facilities.”It must have got cleaned,” he joked. “I regularly visit stadiums. I have visited almost all the stadiums, except this one. I had come here two-three days ago. Today, everything is clean. The administrators are saying that the responsibility is with the other agency but the foreigners who are coming for competition will not see whether it’s a mistake of A or B. When an international event is held, the players and others go back with the impression about India and not about various agencies involved.”advertisementThe incident comes about three years into Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s flagship Swachh Bharat Mission that aims to make the country clean and free of open defecation by 2019. The PM led the drive in 2014 by wielding the broom at the Mandir Marg Police Station in the Capital and exhorted everyone to follow suit.’NO POINT OF BLAME GAME'”It is the duty of all to make it clean. Together, we will have to work on this issue. There’s no point of blame game,” Goel told reporters.Mail Today on Friday reported that international wrestlers, who are here for the championship, have lodged a strong protest with the WFI. Some said they have been forced to answer nature’s call out in the open.Asked if he will form a task force to look into the matter, the minister said, “We are making efforts for better utilisation of stadiums. And we have already made a committee for it. The same committee will also give report on such issues and on how the agencies here in such stadiums work.”The minister also directed that the SAI should not depend on organisers, but should look after the cleanliness work on its own. He said that the maintenance and sustenance of the stadiums has to be done throughout the year and should not be event-specific.Goel had earlier visited the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, National Stadium and Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Swimming Pool Complex in the Capital.ALSO READ | Asian athletes wrestle dirty washrooms, mosquitoes in Delhi ALSO READ | How did Indore and Bhopal improve their rankings to become cleanest cities in countrylast_img read more

first_imgRising Pune Supergiant are on the cusp of history. They are one win away from lifting the IPL 2017 trophy and given their recent form against the other finalists, Mumbai Indians, it would take a very brave heart to not pit RPS as favourites.RPS have been on the rampage thanks to their star players and a host of young Indian cricketers who have risen to the occasion.Speaking exclusively to India Today, RPS team owner Sanjiv Goenka said the success of the Dhoni-Smith partnership is at the root of the team’s stellar performance this season”When two of the best minds meet this is what you get.”Goenka was also impressed with the performances of the young Indian players. The likes of Rahul Tripathi, Washington Sundar and Jaydev Unadkat took the IPL by storm and played crucial roles as the team rode to the final on the back of some gutsy performances.”The Indian youngsters in the team have exceeded expectations and have learnt a lot from Dhoni and Smith.”To have Smith and Dhoni in the same dressing room is a huge learning for everyone in the team.”They have won everything that is there to win in world cricket and RPS has benefited as a result: see the semi-final.”Dhoni unleashed himself in the last two overs knowing you can wait till the end before you launch a brutal assault. That comes from experience,” Goenka stated.Confident ahead of the final, Goenka concluded saying “the season is already a huge success.”advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgDeepika Padukone’s  magnificent attires at the Cannes Film Festival this year made sure she remained in the news during her stint at the French Riviera.While we were still swooning over her sultry, wine red-carpet dress at Cannes, Deepika gave us a reason to forget everything and reminisce her XXX: Return of the Xander Cage days.The leggy lass showed up in a black outfit at filmmaker Karan Johar’s 45th birthday bash, which wasn’t something we hadn’t seen before–but it did have the same bewitching effect on us.Picture courtesy: Instagram/shaleenanathaniDeepika Padukone donned a black, fishnet top that beautifully accentuated her perfectly toned body, and made sure she looked super sensual.She teamed up the turtle-neck top with a black, trumpet skirt, which was matched perfectly with her sizzling top.Also Read: In pictures: Deepika Padukone’s Cannes 2017 fashion diaryDonning black Christian Louboutin pumps, and minimal makeup, Deepika looked beyond hot in this black attire.  And we can’t help but relate her fishnet look to the ensembles she sported during the promotions of her Hollywood film XXX: Return of the Xander Cage.Picture courtesy: Instagram/shaleenanathaniDeepika was also seen wearing a sultry outfit on similar lines for a track in Raabta, an upcoming film starring Sushant Singh Rajput and Kriti Sanon.Picture courtesy: Instagram/shaleenanathaniAlso Read: Deepika Padukone’s most experimental look at Cannes Film Festival is also her most gorgeous yetThe Bajirao Mastani actress clearly has a thing for fishnet, and we’re only glad that she dons them so often.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 29 (PTI) Indias top javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra will make his Diamond League debut when he competes in the Paris leg of the prestigious series on July 1, as he seeks top class competitions ahead of the Asian and World Championships. The 19-year-old world junior record holder Indian will rub shoulders with the best in the business, which will include the top three world leaders this season, including Rio Olympics champion Thomas Rohler of Germany. Besides Rohler, who is the current world leader with 93.90m, the other top two in the seasons charts are another German Johannes Vetter (seasons best 89.68m) and Tero Pitkamaki of Finland (seasons best 88.27m). This will be Chopras first taste of top-level competition at the senior level. He won a gold in the World Junior Championships last year with a throw of 86.48m which remained his personal best. His seasons best is 85.63m which he did while winning the gold in the Federation Cup National Championships at Patiala early this month. He has already qualified for the World Championships to be held in London in August. He will also spearhead the Indian challenge in the Asian Championships in Bhubaneswar from July 6-9. Chopra, ranked 12th in the seasons top list, is the youngest among the 10 javelin throwers who will compete at the Charlety Stadium in Paris on Saturday. “Im really looking forward to making my Diamond League debut and giving my best. This competition has been a target ever since the World (Junior) Championships in Bydgoszcz and Ive been working really hard in Patiala in the run up to this,” said Chopra. “The Diamond League is a competition where I stand to gain a lot of exposure and the experience will be of huge importance as I work my way towards the World Championships. I am really eager to be in the same fray as some of the finest in the sport,” he added. PTI PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Aug 18, 2017 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos with Captions released today. To view thumbnails of these photographs, visit PTI website at..http.// NATIONAL Betiah : Air Force providing relief to flood affected people (B+A) Kolkata: Kin of Netaji protest in Kolkata(B) Lucknow: Akhilesh addresses press(A+B) Chandigarh: Amarinder clicking picture(B) Bengaluru: U B Pravin Rao addresses press(A+B) Kolkata: Kolkata zoo (A+B) Patna: RJD activists protest against Bhagalpur Srijan scam(A) Patna: Sushil Modi addresses press(B) New Delhi : Discussion on book compiling Venkaiah Naidu’s speeches(B) Patna: Sushil Modi flags off relief van(B) Gopalganj: Floods in Gopalganj(A) Bengaluru : Infosys press conference(B) Allahabad: Boy catches fish in flood water(A) Ahmedabad: Making idols of Lord Ganesha(A) Chanpatia: Taking help of a railway bridge(A+B) Srinagar: Protest in Srinagar(A+B) Bhopal: India-ASEAN Youth Summit(A) Nadia: I-Day celebrations in Nadia(B) Hubballi: BJP workers protest in Hubballi(B) Noida: Sports Complex collapses in Noida(B) Indore: Sumitra Mahajan at a ‘havan'(B) Meerut: Jayant Chawdhary detained(B) Bhopal : Raja Bhoj Multi-class Sailing Championship(B) Guwahati: Rakesh Paul produced in court(B) New Delhi: New Rs 50 banknote(B) New Delhi: New India Assurance Company Ltd presents dividend cheque to Jaitley(B) Kota: Launch of Kota-Jaipur Flight Service(B) Kolkata: Preparations for Durga Puja festival(B) New Delhi: PM receives a book on him(A) INTERNATIONAL Barcelona : A minute of silence in memory of the terrorist attacks victims(B+A) Barcelona A woman places a postcard of the Barcelona’s Sacred Family cathedral next to bunches of flowers(B) SPORTS Mumbai: Michael Clarke in Mumbai(B+A) Saint Germain en Laye : training session in Saint Germain en Laye(B) Ahmedabad: Pre- tournament press conference ofIndian Cue Masters League(B) Mumbai: Indian football team’s press conference(B+A) PTI PHOTO GCS UPTO 146 ANBadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli achieved yet another landmark in his glittering one-day international career.He became the second batsman-ever to score a hundred on his 200th ODI in the opening match against New Zealand at the Wankhede. He is also the leading run-getter after 200 ODIs ahead of AB De Villiers (8,621) and Sourav Ganguly (7,747).AB de Villiers was the first to score a hundred on his 200th ODI. This is Kohli’s 31st ODI hundred.ODI No.200 Century No. 31  #Virat200 BCCI (@BCCI) October 22, 2017In the process he has now overtaken former Australia captain Ricky Ponting, who has 30 ODI hundreds to his name. Kohli is now second in the list of most hundreds scored in the 50-over format, just behind Sachin Tendulkar, who leads the pack with 49 tons.Kohli walked in after India lost Shikhar Dhawan early in the innings for 9 with the score at 16/1 from 3.2 overs. He settled in with Rohit Sharma but soon the latter fell and so did Kedar Jadhav, who walked in after the fall of Rohit’s wicket.With India in a spot of bother at 71/3 from 15.2 overs, it was up to the captain to carry the innings forward.The 28-year-old took charge with the incoming Dinesh Karthik and steadied the ship before slowly upping the tempo and that was when he was given a lease of life as Mitchell Santner dropped him on 29 off the bowling of Colin de Grandhomme in the 19th over.  He took full advantage of that and chipped away with the runs here and there before completing his fifty off 62 balls with a fine on-drive off Colin Munro in the 24th over. However, he was dealt with another blow as a set Karthik fell for 37 in the 29th over while trying to pull a Tim Southee delivery — ending their 73-run stand for the fourth wicket.advertisementIn came Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Kohli started playing more freely and getting more runs as the senior pro slowly settled into his stride.He finally completed his ton in the 45th over with single off the bowling of Tim Southee.What a player ???Virat Kohli hits the 31st ODI century of his career as India push on in Mumbai. #INDvNZLive ?? ICC (@ICC) October 22, 2017Kohli’s 125-ball innings of 121 was studded with nine fours and two sixes.Kohli’s form has been scintillating this season and he is only carrying that forward. He is the leading run-getter in the calendar year in ODIs. He has scored 1312 runs from 24 matches, hitting five centuries and eight fifties at an average of 82.00.last_img read more

first_imgRussia’s world number 12 Svetlana Kuznetsova will miss next month’s Australian Open as she recovers from wrist surgery, organisers confirmed on Friday.The 32-year-old former French and U.S. Open champion was already rated doubtful and was missing from the official entry list when it was published on Friday along with China’s world number 94 Zheng Saisai, who has a right knee problem.Reigning champion Serena Williams was included in the field for the first grand slam of the year but remains a doubt for the event after giving birth to a daughter in September.Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Kei Nishikori and Stan Wawrinka, all of whom ended last season early due to injuries, are expected to return to Australia next month.”We have been in regular contact with Andy Murray, Kei Nishikori and Stan Wawrinka, who are all set for the Aussie summer,” tournament director Craig Tiley said in a statement.”They will all have lower rankings meaning there’s a real chance we’ll finally see a breakthrough from one of the rising stars like Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem or David Goffin.”The Australian Open follows the world rankings for seedings so world number ones Rafa Nadal and Simona Halep will top the men’s and women’s singles draws for the Jan. 15 to 28 event at Melbourne Park.last_img read more

first_imgPanathinaikos’ soccer team managed to keeps its chances of advancing still going for the European Champions League despite only a 0-0 draw in Belgium on July 30 against Standard Liege.The Greens missed a chance to gain an away win that would have just about clinched a spot for them in a tourney where they haven’t done well over the years.The Belgian side pressed the Greek team throughout the first half but couldn’t crack the defense. Panathinaikos came back strong in the second half but attacks wee repulsed by Liege’s Japanese goalie, Eiji Kawashima.Led by Mladen Petric, Panathinaikos missed one goal scoring chance after another, the best the header by Gordon Schildenfeld that bounced off the post in the 67th minute. The Greens’ top scorer last year, Sweden’s Marcus Berg, missed a number of good chances.The last chance came two minutes from the end when Belgium-born substitute Viktor Klonaridis could not score from close range, sealing the draw.The return leg is scheduled for Aug. 5 at the Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium in Athens. For the Europa League on July 31, Asteras Tripolis visits Mainz in Germany and Atromitos travels to Sarajevo.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgCANTON, Ohio — With running back David Wilson out indefinitely, rookie Andre Williams showed glimpses he can provide the New York Giants’ ground game some fresh legs.The fourth-round draft pick and Heisman Trophy finalist out of Boston College had seven carries for 48 yards and scored on a 3-yard run in a 17-13 victory over the Buffalo Bills on the night of Aug. 3 in the preseason-opening Hall of Fame Game.Rookie receiver Corey Washington scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 73-yard pass up the right sideline from backup Ryan Nassib with 13:18 remaining. Washington reached back to catch the partly under-thrown pass, then stepped around flat-footed defender Kamaal McIlwain.Williams’ performance was encouraging for the Giants after Wilson sustained his second neck injury in less than a year during training camp.Getting additional playing time as the No. 2 back behind newly-acquired starter Rashad Jennings, Williams provided a 1-2 punch to the Giants’ new-look running game that was slowed by injuries last season. And the two took the pressure off quarterback Eli Manning.Though Manning lost a fumble while being sacked on the second series, Williams helped bail out the offense on the third possession. He had five carries for 37 yards, which he capped with a strong run up the middle to put the Giants ahead 7-3 in the final minute of the first quarter.Williams led the nation with 2,177 yards rushing last season, the fifth highest total in NCAA history. He showed great burst on a 21-yard gain off a sweep to the left to set up his score.Manning finished 6 of 7 for 43 yards passing through three series, in unveiling a quick-tempo offense under new coordinator Ben McAdoo.“We didn’t get off to a great start,” Manning said, referring to his fumble. “The first game back, you’re going to work out some of the kinks. … I thought there were some improvements. It was a good start.”For Buffalo, starting quarterback EJ Manuel had several lapses during two series. He completed just 2 of 7 attempts for 19 yards, and nearly had a pass intercepted by linebacker Jacquian Williams inside the New York 10. Manuel never looked off his intended target Sammy Watkins and was fortunate to have Williams bat the ball down.Watkins, the Bills’ first-round pick, was held without a catch after being targeted three times. Two passes from Manuel directed Watkins’ way were tipped. Manuel also was late in finding Watkins flying up the left sideline, and overthrew him by a few yards.It was a disappointing debut for Watkins, who had made numerous highlight-reel catches during the first two weeks of training camp.Bills backup Jeff Tuel hit Robert Woods for a 2-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-goal to put Buffalo ahead 10-7 early in the second quarter.Dan Carpenter made two field goals, including a 51-yarder. New York’s Brandon McManus hit a 47-yard field goalThe NFL unveiled a few new wrinkles that will run through the first two weeks of the preseason.New York’s Josh Brown hit two and Carpenter hit his extra-point attempt, all of which were snapped from the 15-yard line rather than the 2. The game also featured goal posts that extended 35 high rather than the previous 30 feet.Coaches and players on the sidelines also had the opportunity to view pictures of plays on tablets and in color — an improvement over the black-and-white still photos that were printed off on paper.(JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK — Luis Severino created quite a stir for the New York Yankees after making his major league debut last August, pitching so well that some people wanted him to start the AL wild-card game.He’s looked a little different early this season.Severino struggled once again and the Yankees lost their third in row, 7-1 April 15 to Robinson Cano and the Seattle Mariners.“I think I have to hit the glove more and take my breaking pitches to the ground. That’s it,” Severino said. So far, he’s been hitting too many bats.Severino (0-2) gave up four runs and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings. The 22-year-old righty was tagged for a career-worst 10 hits by Detroit last week.Severino was the youngest pitcher to start in the majors last year at 21 and went 5-3 with a 2.89 ERA.“I think it’s too quick to say that’s growing pains. It’s two starts. It’s not like he’s been pounded, so I think it’s way too quick to overanalyze everything,” Manager Joe Girardi said.The slumping Cano got two more hits to celebrate his special connection to Jackie Robinson Day.Cano’s father, a former major league pitcher, named his son for the Brooklyn Dodgers great. Cano improved to 14 for 38 (.368) on April 15, the day all major leaguers honor the late Hall of Famer by wearing his No. 42. Cano also once hit a three-run homer for the Yankees when they paid tribute a day later.Cano was 1-for-19 when he hit an early RBI single. He began the season on a home run binge, but had cooled off.Chris Iannetta homered, singled twice and drove in three runs. The Mariners opened a nine-game trip by boosting their road record to 3-1. They are 1-5 at Safeco Field.Nathan Karns (1-1) and the Mariners’ bullpen kept wriggling out of jams.Former Yankees pitcher Vidal Nuno retired Mark Teixeira on a grounder with the bases loaded to end the sixth, protecting a 4-1 lead.Franklin Gutierrez had a sacrifice fly as a pinch hitter against ex-Mariners pitcher Tyler Olson and added an RBI double.Brett Gardner homered in the New York first. That was all the Yankees managed to score as they began a nine-game home stand.(BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgATHENS (AP). NBA stars Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks and Kristaps Porzingis of the New York Knicks battled it out in Athens in a game of streetball Sunday, watched by a crowd of 5,000.Played in an open court in Greece’s largest public high school, the “Antetokounbros Streetball Event” ended 123-123. No overtime was played.Porzingis scored 21 points but was overshadowed by team member Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Giannis’ older brother, who scored 69. The two had played for a few games together last season, when Thanasis was signed by the Knicks on a 10-day contract. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the other team with 64 points. The other players were a mixture of veteran pros and amateurs.On Saturday, Porzingis and the Antetonkoumpo brothers were given a private tour of the Acropolis Museum.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgPanathinaikos has returned to the Europa League Group Stage. The Prasini drew Brondby 1-1 in Denmark and with their their 3-0 first leg win, defeated Brondby 4-1 on aggregate. Brondby took the lead in the first half but a great header from Ivanov secured Panathinaikos’ place in the competition’s Group Stages.Brondby had an extremely difficult task ahead of them after a 3-0 defeat in Greece for the first leg. The hosts needed an early goal and as expected, took control of the game early on. Panathinaikos was content defending their lead as they sat back while Brondby continued to attack Panathinaikos’ goal. Midway through the first half, Brondby increased their pressure which paid off in the 35th minute when a great back-heel pass from Wilczek left Mukhtar open in front of goal. The German player made no mistake with his shot beating Steele to give the hosts a 1-0 lead. Panathinaikos came close to a quick equalizer, but Ibarbo missed a tremendous opportunity (hit the post) after Wakaso’s pressure forced a mistake from Brondby’s defense. The overall performance and 1-0 lead at the end of the half, gave Brondby hopes of a miraculous comeback in the second 45 minutes.In the second half, Panathinaikos balanced out the game and saw more of the ball. Brondby could not keep up their pace from the first half and Panathinaikos looked more of a threat as the game progressed. In the 65th minute, a great cross from Leto found Ivanov in the box and his turn-around header was well placed in the bottom corner, to bring Panathinaikos level on the night. The all-important away goal killed off the game, since the hosts now needed 4 goals to advance. The final 25 minutes were played out with minimal chances and the final whistle confirmed Panathinaikos’ place in the Europa League Group Stages.Panathinaikos returns to the Group Stage of the competition after a surprising elimination to Qabala (from Azerbaijan) in last year’s qualifying. The Prasini finished qualifying with 3 wins and a one tie. In tomorrow’s Group Stage draw, Panathinaikos will be in either the 4th or 3rd seeded pot depending on today’s results.Source: (Facebook – Instagram)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgLEVERKUSEN, Germany (AP) — French forwards Antoine Griezmann and Kevin Gameiro tore Bayer Leverkusen’s defense apart to put the Champions League quarterfinals within reach for Atletico Madrid with a 4-2 away victory on Tuesday.Gameiro created one goal for Griezmann and scored another, with Saul Niguez setting the Spanish side on its way, before substitute Fernando Torres completed the scoring in the Round of 16 match.“We came back well and always believed in ourselves, but you have to admit that Atletico simply did well,” said Karim Bellarabi, who pulled one back for Leverkusen.Manchester City defeated Monaco 5-3 in the night’s other first leg game.Leverkusen was under pressure early on, with Benjamin Henrichs – who was booked and will miss the second leg in Madrid – forced to clear for a corner. Griezmann was then denied by goalkeeper Bernd Leno, seconds before Wendell was relieved to see an attempted clearance come off the crossbar.The goal duly came in the 17th minute, when Niguez skipped over Kevin Kampl’s weak challenge on the right, ducked inside and unleashed a brilliant dipping shot over Leno and under the bar.Griezmann made it 2-0 on a counterattack eight minutes later. Aleksandar Dragovic botched an attempt to kick the ball and Gameiro needed no further invitation to race onto it, drawing two defenders including the hapless Dragovic toward him, before pulling it back for the unmarked Griezmann to score off the crossbar.Atletico was ruthlessly taking advantage of the space the German side was leaving in defense.“It was an outstanding game from us,” Atletico coach Diego Simeone said. “The first half was as good as perfect, intelligent and clever.”Leno was forced to save from Griezmann after another well-worked counter involving Gameiro, who was justifying Simeone’s decision to give him the nod over Torres following his quick-fire hat trick at the weekend. Gameiro was still clearly high on confidence after three goals in four minutes, 47 seconds against Sporting Gijon on Saturday, La Liga’s second-quickest recorded hat trick.Bellarabi scored just after the break, before Gameiro – who had earlier hit the post – restored Atletico’s two-goal lead with a penalty awarded after he was pulled back on the edge of the area by Dragovic before the hour mark. Dragovic was reacting in desperation after the French forward played the ball through his legs.An own goal from Atletico’s Stefan Savic, who deflected in the rebound when Miguel Angel Moya cut out Julian Brandt’s cross, gave Leverkusen renewed hope in the 68th minute. But substitute Torres struck with four minutes remaining for Atletico to take a huge advantage back to Spain for the second leg on March 15.“We invited Atletico to score in the first half,” Leverkusen captain Omer Toprak said. “We wanted to play better in the second – we did play better – but unfortunately it’s not a good result.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgFARMINGDALE, N.Y. — Matt Kuchar is playing his 54th major championship and realized something new as he walked off the 18th green at Bethpage Black.“I think this is the first time I’ve worn a beanie at the PGA Championship,” he said Monday.He wasn’t alone.Tiger Woods was layered in clothing for an early nine holes of practice to beat the rain, with a knit beanie over his cap. From a distance, it was hard to distinguish between tour pros and club pros, major champions and major rookies. All of them were bundled in dark rain gear.The PGA Championship has moved to May for the first time since 1949, and for the moment, everyone is feeling it.Temperatures were still in the upper 40s when players headed out for the first official day of practice on the Long Island public course, already soaked from weekend rain with more falling in the afternoon.Golf fans watch as an official marks the 18th pin on the 18th green during a practice round for the PGA Championship golf tournament, Monday, May 13, 2019, in Farmingdale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)Just like Lucas Glover remembers it.Glover won the last major at Bethpage Black, the 2009 U.S. Open, during a week so inundated with rain that it didn’t finish until Monday afternoon and the maintenance crew kept finding shoes in the muck weeks after it was over.“Weather was just like this, actually,” Glover said.It should get better by the time the championship begins on Thursday, with temperatures pushing 70 by the weekend. But a wet course is a long course, and there were plenty of examples of that during morning practice.Woods played the front nine and had 256 yards into the 524-yard seventh hole, which plays as a par 4 this week. He hammered a 5-wood that came up short. He tried a 3-wood from the same spot and that also failed to reach the green, and at that point Woods jokingly suggested he might consider teeing it up for a driver.A golf pro practices on the putting green as a light rain falls during a practice day for the PGA Championship golf tournament, Monday, May 13, 2019, at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)Kuchar hit driver down the middle of the 15th fairway, contemplated his approach to an elevated green guarded by bunkers, and was surprised to see it come up short. It didn’t get much better from there. He hit a 3-hybrid into the par-4 16th, and another 3-hybrid into the par-3 17th.“The ball isn’t bouncing, obviously,” Glover said. “Long and hard, that’s what I remember. It’s kind of fun when it is that soft because the ball just kind of goes where you hit it. You get extra rewarded for a good shot, and a bad shot is still bad. So it’s still fair. … With it soft like this — probably going to be soft the first few days — there will be a lot of long clubs in, so it will be to your advantage if you’re striking your irons well, especially your long irons.”Woods won the 2002 U.S. Open at Bethpage, which featured a steady rain in the second round and an hour delay for rain in the final round. Glover won the next U.S. Open at Bethpage in 2009, and the PGA Tour staged its opening FedEx Cup playoff event on the Black Course twice. Nick Watney won in 2012, and Patrick Reed won in 2016.Woods and Glover are among 14 players who will compete in all three majors, and the only major champions at Bethpage Black so far.“That might be the only thing that anybody will ever use his and my name in the same breath,” Glover said with a laugh. “But any time you’re lumped in with him, it’s a pretty good honor. Pretty cool for sure.”Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy hits an approach shot on the 13th fairway during a practice round for the PGA Championship golf tournament, Monday, May 13, 2019, in Farmingdale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)Both have gone through some down times, Woods mainly from injury, Glover from the frustrating nature of golf.It got so bad for Glover that in 2012 — the only time he missed a tournament at Bethpage — he finished at No. 216 on the money list and made it to the final round in only four of the 16 events he played. His last victory was at Quail Hollow in 2011.“I don’t know of anybody that’s played this game for a long time that hasn’t gone through some ups and downs,” Glover said. “I’ve come out the other side. I haven’t won. I haven’t accomplished any of my goals. But I’ve come through it, and there’s not much you can do that you can’t get through.”Driving into Bethpage State Park felt comfortable for Glover, even under a gray sky that made it seem even colder and wetter than it was. It feels less like the PGA Championship than stops at Riviera and Pebble Beach in the cold, coastal air of California.But this is where he became a major champion in 2009, and that hasn’t left him.“I’m in every way a different person than 10 years ago, but I can still lean on all of that,” he said. “I still get comfortable when I walk into the clubhouse or drive through the gate. It’s just that calming feeling. It’s almost like how I imagine some guys feel driving down Magnolia Lane at Augusta that have had success there. It’s just like an automatic deep breath, like I’ve done it here. Let’s see what we can do again.”By: Doug Ferguson, AP Golf WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgMouser Electronics announces a global distribution agreement with Inventek Systems. Through the agreement, Mouser now stocks Inventek’s FCC-, CE, and IE-certified Wi-Fi and Bluetooth/Bluetooth low energy combo modules and corresponding Inventek Systems Module ARduino Test (ISMART) evaluation boards.Inventek’s Wi-Fi and Bluetooth/Bluetooth low energy combo modules offer a quick, easy, and cost-effective method for adding wireless connectivity to IoT devices. The ISM4343-WBM-L151 embedded 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi and Bluetooth/Bluetooth low energy system-in-package module is based on a Cypress CYW4343 chip with Bluetooth 4.1 and an STMicroelectronics STM32F412 Arm-Cortex-M4 microcontroller with 1 Mbyte of internal flash memory.The ISM43340-M4G-L44 is an embedded 2.4 GHz/5 GHz dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth low energy, and Bluetooth 4.0 module based on the Broadcom BCM43340 quad–radio device with an integrated STM32F405 Arm Cortex-M4 microcontroller. This platform is available with an integrated dual-band chip antenna or with an external U.FL antenna connector for use with the Inventek dual-band U.FL PCB antenna.The ISM43340-L77 dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth/Bluetooth low energy radio-only SiP provides the highest level of integration, with 2.4 GHz/5 GHz single-stream 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, MAC/baseband/radio, and Bluetooth 4.0. Based on a Broadcom BCM43340 quad-radio device. The ISM43340-L77 is intended for embedded Linux and Android applications running on qualified host processors with an SDIO interface.The modules are all supported by evaluation boards, also available from Mouser. The evaluation boards feature an onboard Wi-Fi/Bluetooth module, UART, JTAG, expansion headers, status LEDs, user buttons, and more. The Inventek ISMART evaluation boards are compatible with the Arduino footprint, allowing developers to attach a variety of microcontrollers shields. In addition, Inventek’s proprietary connectivity and cloud agent AT Command software, Inventek’s Wireless Interoperability Network (IWIN), provides a robust, user-friendly design environment to ensure maximum acceleration of design.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules, Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous ST: 8-bit MCUs with rich analog and DMA in low-cost SO-8 packageNext Efficient web server technology for resource-constrained microcontrollerslast_img read more

first_imgThe Croatia game game is do-or-die battle for Iceland and their coach Heimir Hallgrimsson is confident that they can accomplish the task to reach the knockout in their debut World Cup.Having drawn 1-1 with Argentina in their opener, Iceland got a rude awakening from their World Cup fairytale as Ahmed Musa scored twice for Nigeria and Gylfi Sigurdsson missed a penalty in the African team’s 2-0 win.The Iceland coach said his side got their tactics right, stopping Nigeria from managing a shot on target in the first half, only to concede two goals after the interval.FIFA World Cup 2018: Full Coverage”What changed the game was the goal they scored in the second half. We had to go further forward and take more risks, and they are very good, very quick going forward, and they scored two goals like that,” Hallgrimsson told reporters.Nigeria, Iceland and Argentina can qualify from Group D, but the latter two sides need to win to have any chance of making the knockout stage, with Iceland facing Croatia in their final group game.”We’ve played Croatia four times in four years, we’ve often said we’re like a married couple – we’re trying to get divorced, but we always meet up again,” the Iceland coach told a news conference.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEThe Croatians ended Iceland’s 2014 World Cup dream by beating them in a two-legged playoff, and the relationship between the sides on the field has often been tempestuous.”We know the scenario when we play Croatia – it’s going to be really tough games,” Hallgrimsson said.advertisement”Normally it’s steel to steel, not a lot of chances, always a lot of yellow cards. In three games out of four, we’ve had a red card,” he added.World Cup 2018: Iceland lose to Nigeria, Argentina dreams aliveThe teams met in the qualifying campaign for Russia, with each winning at home as Iceland topped the group, but Croatia’s 3-0 hammering of Argentina marked them out as one of the teams to watch in Russia.The Croatians, who top the group on six points with Nigeria second on three and Iceland and Argentina on one apiece, may take the opportunity to rest players on Tuesday, but Hallgrimsson is taking nothing for granted.”We were ahead of them in our group and we’ve already beaten them once in Iceland, so we at least have that confidence with us when we play them,” he said.Meanwhile, Nigeria just need a win against Argentina to go through and Musa is well aware of what’s at stake.”I think scoring against Argentina isnt that difficult for me. We know the importance of the game: Its do or die, we have to win,” said Musa.Niger’s Gernot Rohr expressed his delighted after his boys secured the vital win to keep their campaign alive.”What I like in my young team is humility, solidarity and fighting spirit. I thought before this World we were here to learn. I think this team will be ready in 2022 and this World Cup is coming early, but we have a good chance to win against Argentina,” Rohr said.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

first_imgWorld Wrestling Entertainment’s Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon made a historic announcement during Monday Night RAW on July 23 at the US Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio.Stephanie took the stage along with husband and WWE Executive Vice President, Talent, Live Events and Creative Triple H and Vice president of the company Vince McMahon ahead of the show and announced that women’s revolution will go to the next stage.As all the members of the RAW roster watched on from the ramp, Stephanie announced that for the first time in WWE history, an all-women’s exclusive pay-per-view event, Evolution, will take place on Sunday, October 28 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in New York.The event will stream live on WWE Network and be available on pay-per-view around the world, featuring Women’s Championship matches from Monday Night Raw, SmackDown Live, NXT and NXT UK, as well as the finals of the all-women’s tournament, Mae Young Classic 2018.”Three years ago, our fans demanded a change with the hashtag, #GiveDivasAChance, and an evolution started. Since that time, our female Superstars have overdelivered in every opportunity presented to them, and I expect nothing different during our first-ever all-women’s pay-per-view event,” said Triple H.”This historic event marks another milestone in WWE’s women’s evolution. The spotlight just got brighter for these athletic, talented women, who will once again showcase to the world that they can break down barriers and blaze their own trails,” added Stephanie.The entire women’s roster will be on hand including Ronda Rousey, Charlotte Flair, Alexa Bliss, Sasha Banks, Carmella, Nia Jax and Asuka, as well as Hall of Famers and Legends Trish Stratus, Lita and many more.advertisementEXCLUSIVE: #RAW #WomensChampion @AlexaBliss_WWE cannot wait to make more history at #WWEEvolution, and she has a dream opponent in mind! (@WWE) July 24, 2018EXCLUSIVE: @itsBayleyWWE already has an idea about what her dream match would be at #WWEEvolution…#RAW (@WWE) July 24, 2018EXCLUSIVE: @SashaBanksWWE gets emotional when discussing her feelings about #WWEEvolution. #RAW (@WWE) July 24, 2018EXCLUSIVE: @CarmellaWWE fully intends to walk into #WWEEvolution as the #SDLive #WomensChampion! #RAW (@WWE) July 24, 2018EXCLUSIVE: #WWEEvolution is nothing short of a dream come true for @BeckyLynchWWE! #RAW (@WWE) July 24, 2018EXCLUSIVE: Following the announcement on #RAW, @WWEEmberMoon is BEYOND excited to make history at #WWEEvolution! (@WWE) July 24, 2018WWE is also working hard to provide exclusive opportunities for its female wrestlers to shine on the biggest stage after the company was criticised for not allowing the women to compete at Greatest Royal Rumble due to ultra conservative laws in Saudi Arabia.Stephanie, who had appeared on RAW back in May, had recently confirmed the first women’s Royal Rumble and Elimination Chamber matches during her previous history-making announcement.Increasing the salaries of the female wrestlers was also being “seriously discussed” for “late September or early October”.(With inputs from WWE)last_img read more