Sarri: I have never seen Benitez play five at the back

first_imgMaurizio Sarri conceded he was surprised by Rafael Benitez’s tactics after Chelsea claimed a 2-1 Premier League win at Newcastle United.Sarri’s men maintained their 100 per cent start to the season in controversial fashion, a contentious Eden Hazard penalty awarded after a Fabian Schar challenge on Marcos Alonso – in which the Switzerland international seemed to make contact with the ball – giving them the lead.That gave Chelsea a helping hand after 76 minutes of frustration, the Blues having until then failed to break down a Newcastle side set up to soak up pressure. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Newcastle responded seven minutes later, Joselu heading in a cross from DeAndre Yedlin, who appeared to elbow Olivier Giroud in the build-up.Yet Yedlin handed Chelsea the points as he turned Alonso’s first-time effort into his own net, and Sarri was able to reflect on a hard-earned win.”The match has been very difficult, they were so compact it was impossible to have spaces, so it was really difficult,” he told Sky Sports. “It was better in the second half, but a very difficult game.”I have never seen Benitez in Italy with five defenders, so at the beginning I was really surprised.”Three games.Three wins! #NEWCHE— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 26, 2018Sarri’s post-match media conference saw him quizzed on both key decisions, but the Italian insisted he was not in a position to have a definitive opinion on either incident.Asked if he was angry at the apparent elbow from Yedlin, Sarri said: “No, I thought only it was the first time of our opponent in our box, it is impossible, was a bit unlucky, but I don’t know if it was an elbow or not. I was far [away].”On Chelsea’s penalty, he added: “It is the same, I saw from far. The benches are on the line of the half, so for me it was really difficult for me to say if it was a penalty, the same for the action on the other side.”I was about 50 or 60 metres [away], I am not able to say. I am not a referee and I don’t want to be a referee ever.”Hazard’s goal highlighted an impressive performance on his first start since returning from the World Cup, but Sarri did not intend to have him play the full game.”I think he played very well. Maybe it would have been better for him in this moment to play 70 or 75 minutes, but after the first goal [Mateo] Kovacic asked me to make the substitution,” Sarri explained.”So it was the preferred [option], so it was impossible for him to rest.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

IPL betting scam: Police probing links to Gujarat players

first_imgThe police arrested three people in Kanpur suspected of illegal betting on cricket matches, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had said on Thursday, a day after the city hosted its first IPL game of the season.On Friday, India Today sources learnt that one of the three people arrested, Nayan Shah, was the kingpin and he allegedly tampered with the Kanpur pitch at Green Park which hosted the Gujarat Lions vs Delhi Daredevils match on Wednesday.The same venue is also scheduled to host the final game of the season between defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad and the Lions on May 13.Shah was on the same floor in the hotel as the Gujarat Lions players. The police is now probing links to the Gujarat players.An ex-under 19 player is also a key suspect in the case.”The Anti Corruption Unit of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has been tracking activities of certain individuals, as a result of which, three suspects were arrested,” BCCI said in a statement.”Following this operation, the Uttar Pradesh Police Crime Branch could successfully foil the alleged betting attempts of the accused.last_img read more

Pandya brothers’ banter after Mumbai Indians reach IPL 2017 final

first_imgWinning is an addiction and the Pandya brothers – Hardik and Krunal – have made it a habit to contribute in every Mumbai Indians’ win, especially this season.As two-time champions Mumbai Indians breezed past Kolkata Knight Riders in Qualifier 2 on Friday to storm into the final of the Indian Premier League 2017, the Pandyas once again proved their worth with another stellar all-round performance.While Hardik was electric on the field and bowled a terrific over as Mumbai restricted the KKR to a paltry 107, Krunal top-scored with an unbeaten 45 off 30 balls to carry Mumbai to 111/4 with more than five overs to spare.Mumbai Indians, who won the title in 2013 and 2015, will now meet Rising Pune Supergiant in the final in Hyderabad on Sunday.Sunday night will be a special occasion for the Pandya household. Last year, Krunal and Hardik had become the first pair of brothers to represent the same team in the IPL. On Sunday, they are set to become the first pair of brothers to represent the same team in an IPL final.At the end of the match at M Chinnaswamy, the Pandyas, who have become a household name thanks to their exceptional show in the IPL, were involved in some brotherly banter.”Generally, I have the most number of not outs here. I got nine or something. So, how does it feels when you finish the game and remain not out?,” Hardik asked Krunal in an interview for pat came Krunal’s reply: “Just for your kind information, I have also finished three to four games. So you are not the only one (who can finish games).”advertisementKrunal also praised the bowlers who were instrumental in Mumbai’s win.Leg-spinner Karn Sharma and fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah destroyed KKR by sharing seven wickets between them to power Mumbai’s 6-wicket win. Karn grabbed 4/16 off his deceptive leg-spin bowling while Bumrah took 3/7 as Knight Riders were bowled out for 107 in 18.5 overs.”All the credit goes to the bowlers. They bowled really well to restrict KKR to 107 runs which was amazing and then when I went to bat, we needed run-a-ball but the wicket was on the tougher side. So I just made sure that I just keep the score ticking and play till the end,” Krunal said.”The way we started, the way we executed our plans, it was simply amazing. You also bowled an amazing over. It was a good team effort. All the bowlers bowled really well. Karn, Bumrah, everyone chipped in. In batting also, it was just to be there and play out the whole overs and we chased it,” he added.Both Hardik and Krunal also shared their excitement and joy after reaching the IPL 2017 final.Hardik said Mumbai deserved to be in the final. “The brand of cricket we have played, we deserved to be in the final.”Meanwhile, Krunal just hoped to execute the plans for one last time.”Great feeling to be in the final. For us, you know that it was our dream to play at good level and it is such an honour for us to play for Mumbai Indians. We just want to execute our plans in the final,” he said.last_img read more

IT beats SAG

first_imgCoimbatore, May 27 (PTI) Income Tax, Chennai, today defeated Sports Authority of Gujarat (SAG) 67-50 in the 52nd All India Basketball Tournament for Natchimuthu Gounder Trophy for men, today.Raguram top scrored with 17 for the winners, while Harpalsingh Vaghela scored 19 for the losers.In the 16th CRI Pumps Trophy for women, Chattisagarh state defeated local Coimbatore District Basketball Association 71-58.Sangeetha Mandal scored 23 points for the winners while Osheen 16 for the losers. PTI NVM BNlast_img read more

ICC Champions Trophy: AB de Villiers uncertain for high-profile clash against India

first_imgSouth Africa skipper AB de Villiers, who is nursing a hamstring injury, will undergo a fitness test ahead of the team’s penultimate ICC Champions Trophy group clash against India The Oval on Sunday.The 33-year-old sustained the injury during his South Africa’s 19-run defeat against Pakistan at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground on Wednesday.He was seen clutching his hamstring while fielding in the second innings of the match and subsequently had to walk off to get some treatment. However, he was back on the field, marshalling his resources, soon enough.Cricket South Africa (CSA) confirmed De Villiers would have to undergo a fitness test on Saturday to determine his availability for the India clash.De Villiers has had a horrid time with the bat, making 4 (vs Sri Lanka) and and bagging the first golden duck of his career (vs Pakistan).In case De Villiers is ruled out of the match, Faf du Plessis will in all likelihood take over the reins. Farhaan Behardien could be called in to the XI to replace De Villiers.Group B which has defending champions India, South Africa, Pakistan and Sri Lanka is still wide open and any of the two teams could make it to the last-four.India and South Africa were hot favourites to go through from the group but Pakistan’s upset win over the Proteas and Sri Lanka’s stunning run chase against India has opened up different possibilities.The India-South Africa game is a must-win for both teams. The winner goes through to the semi-finals and the loser goes back home. The winner of the Pakistan-Sri Lanka game on Monday will also make it to the semis.advertisementWith all the four teams of Group B tied on two points each, Sunday’s encounter between India and South Africa is effectively a quarter-final, with the winner of the match making it to the semi-finals while the loser will be heading home.last_img read more

Premier League: Rich pickings for Pep Guardiola as Manchester City start to cash in

first_imgIf money decided the title, City would already be crowned champions after splashing more than 200 million pounds ($260.22 million) on reinforcements this summer.Even though their opponents, Brighton & Hove Albion, had broken their own transfer record three times this window, the Seagulls’ outlay was roughly one-tenth that of City — forcing them to mind the gap.What Pep Guardiola has really bought himself is options, with three debutants in the starting XI and a further 206 million pounds’ worth of talent on the bench.After a frustrating first half, which highlighted City’s failures up front from last season, change was always going to come, and the breakthrough arrived within minutes of the introduction of Leroy Sane in the 68th minute.The scorer was all too familiar, with Sergio Aguero capitalising on a delightful pass from David Silva.Before the game Guardiola spoke cryptically about not always playing Aguero and Jesus up front but on Saturday he gave Brighton the full double blast, which paid off — eventually.When and how to employ the pair may define Guardiola’s season.Afterwards the manager was predictably delighted with all the riches at his disposal and promised that City will “improve the way we attack” this season.His fullbacks will be crucial to that game plan, with former Tottenham defender Kyle Walker providing the pace out wide so obviously missing last season.Danilo, a right-footed left back, was less impressive but he is likely to play second fiddle to Benjamin Mendy once the Frenchman recovers from the thigh strain that kept him out on Saturday.advertisement”I was very happy with the new players. I want to say thank you to the club,” Guardiola said. “We have huge players with lots of talent. Big congratulations to all the people in Manchester City — we are a strong club.”Arguably, no manager is under greater pressure this season than the Spaniard, who after one trophyless campaign knows he must deliver something special.TWITTER SPATDressed rather like an American college student in beige trousers, a black top and white pumps, he cut a relaxed figure on the touchline, knowing, perhaps, that there would be tougher tests ahead.His biggest problem may be keeping everyone happy as he tweaks his teamsheet. With so much talent at his disposal, City’s players know they have limited time to impress.”I want to continue with what we did in the last three games of pre-season,” said Guardiola. “We were stable but we have to try to improve. The most important thing was to win the first game.”The only sour note for City was a tweet from Mendy, saying: “Bullet header” in reference to Lewis Dunk’s own goal. TV pundits criticised it as “disrespectful”.Perhaps Guardiola will have to find the Frenchman something more constructive to do next week.($1 = 0.7686 pounds)last_img read more

Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton on brink of F1 titles

first_imgLewis Hamilton could be crowned Britain’s first four-times Formula One world champion in Texas this weekend while Mercedes are on the brink of a fourth consecutive constructor’s title.The chances of Mercedes, 145 points clear of Ferrari with four races remaining, wrapping things up in Austin appear to be overwhelming.Everything is also stacking up for Hamilton to become only the fifth driver to win more than three championships since the first in 1950, with British bookmakers offering odds of 1/50 on him taking the title.That compares to 14/1 for Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, Hamilton’s closest rival, and 300/1 on Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas.While the team may be celebrating on Sunday night, Hamilton may find he has to wait, however.To do it in Austin, the Briton must finish in the top two and then see where Vettel ends up.Hamilton currently enjoys a hefty 59-point advantage, with 100 still to be won. He must score 16 more than his German rival on Sunday to prevent the title battle continuing to Mexico City’s Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on the following weekend.Third place is worth 15 points and will not be enough.Even if Hamilton wins in Austin, he will be champion only if Vettel finishes no higher than sixth. If the Briton comes second, then Vettel has to finish eighth or higher to stay in the game.Reliability, or lack of it, will be a key concern on both sides.Vettel has failed to finish two of the last three races in Asia, one due to a first lap collision and the other a spark plug problem, and cannot afford any further unreliability on Ferrari’s part.advertisementHowever, before his nightmare run the German had not finished lower than seventh since Malaysia in Oct. 2016, when he retired with damaged suspension after a collision.He was fourth in Austin last year, when Mercedes had a one-two finish.This year Vettel has finished all but six races on the podium and three of those outside the top three were fourth places.Hamilton has won eight times and finished second three times in 16 races.Austin has also been particularly good to him with four wins in five years including the last three. Vettel won with Red Bull in 2013.Even if Mercedes dominate one-two, and Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen prove to be the closest rivals, the chances are that Vettel will still finish in the top five in a race without incident.In the constructors’ championship, Ferrari need to outscore Mercedes by 17 points to prevent them retaining the title in Austin.The only occasion Ferrari have done that this season was in Monaco in May when Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen finished one-two while Hamilton was seventh and team mate Valtteri Bottas ended up fourth.last_img read more

Dinesh Karthik says Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal will learn how to handle pressure

first_imgIndia batsman Dinesh Karthik feels that kind of challenge that young wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal faced against New Zealand in the first ODI will make them “mentally tougher” for future games.Tom Latham (103) and Ross Taylor (95) added 200 runs in New Zealand’s successful 281-run chase during which the spin twins hardly troubled the duo.”These are the kind of games which makes you mentally tougher as a bowler. These are the kind of games which are going to help them to stand up to pressure and learn how to handle pressure when the wicket is not so much helping them,” Karthik said at the post-match media conference.Kuldeep and Chahal have been instrumental in India’s success in limited-overs cricket of late and Karthik feels that their self-belief gives team management the confidence and one off day will not matter much in the longer run.”The team management backed them a lot and they believe in themselves. They are two young guys and they have produced some fantastic spells in the last series and I am sure their confidence is sky high. One game here and there, doesn’t not make you a bad bowler,” said Karthik.Like his skipper Virat Kohli, the Tamil Nadu batsman was full of praise for Taylor and Latham, who stood out in testing conditions scripting a near flawless run-chase.”Credit to Tom Latham and Ross Taylor. They batted really well. They made use of the conditions and played some good shots. They used the sweep to some good effect,” Karthik observed.advertisementKarthik, who looked good during his knock of 37 off 47 deliveries, admitted that he should have converted the start.”There are two ways to look at it. It was a decent start. Having said that, a player like me should have tried and batted a little longer. And that is something, I am disappointed about.”I could have batted a little more and we would have probably ended up getting 15-20 runs more towards the end. Maybe, I got out at a critical time in the game. So pretty disappointed with that aspect but it was decent start and good to have that partnership with Virat,” Karthik added.He also said that initially, the wicket looked sticky. “Look initially, I think the wicket was very sticky and it wasn’t easy. A lot of balls going uppish in the air and it was very hard to drive. It was not coming onto to the bat. It looked like two different wickets (during two innings).”To be really honest, it was not easy to score runs, the ball going left and right of mid off and covers and in the air, we were not able to time the ball as well.”last_img read more

India vs New Zealand: We were not good enough with the bat, says Virat Kohli

first_imgVirat Kohli admitted that India “were not good enough” with the bat after the home team’s 40-run defeat against New Zealand in the second Twenty20 international at the Saurashtra Cricket Association stadium in Rajkot on Saturday. The victory helped the Black Caps level the three-match series 1-1.Batting first New Zealand rode on Colin Munro’s career-best 109 not out off only 58 balls to post a challenging 196/2. In reply, Indian innings never took off with both Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma falling in the second over, bowled by Trent Boult.Kohli and Shreyas Iyer fought back with a 54-run stand for the third wicket before Munro struck, dismissing Iyer for 23.FIFTY for King Kohli #INDvNZ BCCI (@BCCI) November 4, 2017Mahendra Singh Dhoni (49) struck three sixes but the mounting run rate prompted Kohli to try to accelerate and he perished in the process.Boult finished 4-34, while spinners Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner also bowled tidy overs picking a wicket each.”After 13-14 overs, it gripped a bit. But we have no excuses, we weren’t good enough with the bat. When you’re chasing 200, all the batsmen need to chip in, or one batsman has to score over a strike rate of 200. Tried to do my best. MS was very good at the end. But we were left with a very difficult task. It happens to a lot of batsmen, sometimes you are in good form, but you don’t get enough balls. We back our batsmen though. We back Hardik, and it’s just a little glitch,” Kohli said at the post match presentation ceremony.advertisementKohli credited New Zealand for the victory but praised India bowlers for not letting the visitors breach the 200-run mark.”I thought New Zealand were really good with the bat early on. We didn’t take our chances, yes, but at one stage they were looking to get 235-240 and credit to Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar to pull things back,” he said.The series decider will be played in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday.last_img read more

Dhinakaran pays tributes to late CM Jayalalithaa

first_imgChennai, Dec 5 (PTI) Sidelined AIADMK leader T T V Dhinakaran today paid tributes to the late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on her first death anniversary. Flanked by his supporters, including disqualifed party MLAs like P Palaniappan, he took out a procession on a four-wheeler from arterial Anna Salai to Jayalalithaas mausoleum in Marina Beach. A sizeable number of supporters also walked along side him, even as he stood atop the vehicle that sported a photograph of Jayalalithaa which was decorated with flowers. On culmination of the procession, Dhinakaran paid floral tributes at the late Chief Ministers burial site and placed a wreath, with his supporters beside him. He stood there with folded hands for a couple of minutes, even as his supporters jostled for space as many of them tried to come near him. Dhinakaran is contesting the December 21 bypoll to Radhakrishnan Nagar (RK Nagar), which fell vacant following the death of Jayalalithaa on December 5, 2016. Though the former MP had contested the April 12 bypoll to the same constituency as then AIADMK (Amma) candidate, backed by Chief Minister K Palaniswami, he later fell out of favour with the latter. A section of the Tamil Nadu cabinet led by Palaniswami revolted against Dhinakaran, then deputy general secretary of the party, in July and sidelined him. Further, in August this year, then factions led by Palaniswami and his now deputy O Panneerselvam merged. The camp was also awarded the AIADMKs Two Leaves symbol by the Election Commission recently, a development seen as a big jolt to the Dhinakaran-V K Sasikala camp. Dhinakaran has since filed nomination as an independent for the bypoll, for which candidates of ruling AIADMK, DMK, BJP and actor Vishal Krishnan have filed their nominations. PTI SA APR APRadvertisementlast_img read more

Olympiakos in Euroleague Eight

first_imgThe two-time defending Euroleague basketball champions Olympiakos have joined their Greek rival Panathinaikos in advancing to the quarter-finals of this year’s tourney after the Turkish team Fenerbahce’s lost to Spain’s Laboral Kutxa on April 4.That came a day after the Reds beat another Turkish team, Anadolu Efes, 83-78. The European champion will finish either third or fourth in its group, depending on whether it beats Panathinaikos in Piraeus on April 10.The winner of that game will face CSKA Moscow, and the loser will get Real Madrid but neither Greek team has home advantage in the best-of-five series for a spot in the Final Four.In Istanbul, Olympiakos romped despite the close score and playing without the injured Stratos Perperoglou and Giorgos Printezis. The winners ran off to a 43-32 half time lead.Anadolu Efes picked up the pace in the second half to close the gap, behind its Greek star Costas Vassiliadis, who scored 16 points in the game.The win was the third straight for Olympiakos in the Euroleague. The Reds were led by Vassilis Spanoulis with 17 points while Bryant Dunston, who played for Fordham, and Matt Lojeski had 13 points each.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Brazil’s Coach Quits Over Cup Loss

first_imgSAO PAULO — Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari resigned after the team failed to win the World Cup, the Brazilian Football Confederation said.Scolari promised to win the tournament at home, but Brazil was eliminated in the semifinals by a disastrous 7-1 loss to eventual champion Germany that matched the national team’s worst defeat in its 100-year history. Brazil also lost 3-0 to the Netherlands in the third-place match.Scolari’s contract ended after the World Cup and he handed over the command of the team after the June 12th match, saying it would be up to the confederation to decide whether he would remain at the helm of the five-time world champions.In a statement, the confederation said President Jose Maria Marin accepted what it called “Scolari’s resignation.”“Scolari and his staff deserve our respect and our gratitude,” the statement said. “They were responsible for making the Brazilian people regain their love for the Selecao even though we did not reach our greater goal (of winning the title).”Scolari’s replacement was not immediately announced. Assistant Carlos Alberto Parreira, the coach who led Brazil to the 1994 World Cup title, was also leaving. The confederation said Marin would give further explanations in a news conference on July 17th.Scolari, who led Brazil to the 2002 World Cup title, had said after Brazil’s loss to the Netherlands that he would turn in a report of his work with the national team and Marin would then analyze what he would like to do.Scolari publicly apologized to fans after the loss to Germany, saying he knows it will never be forgotten, and defended his work with Brazil since returning in late 2012.In 29 matches, he led the nation to 19 wins, six draws and four losses. Brazil won last year’s Confederations Cup, the World Cup warm-up tournament.“I don’t think you can analyze the entire work based on only one disastrous result,” Scolari said after Brazil’s loss to the Dutch. “I think the job was well done.”The once-popular coach was loudly booed by fans after Brazil ended the home tournament on July 12th. Despite high expectations, Brazil struggled throughout the competition, finishing with three wins, two draws and two losses.Scolari had been betting on young striker Neymar to carry the team to the title, but he was shelved by a back injury in the quarterfinals.Scolari was picked to lead the 2014 team mostly because of his popularity and experience from the 2002 title, but many critics said he was outdated as a coach.Before rejoining the national team, Scolari was coming off relegation in the Brazilian league with traditional club Palmeiras.Among those touted to replace Scolari are Tite and Muricy Ramalho, who have been successful with local clubs in recent years. Ramalho is a four-time Brazilian champion, while Tite led popular Corinthians to the Club World Cup title in 2012.There is also talk in local media about international coaches, including Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho, and Chile’s Argentine coach Jorge Sampaoli.Brazil’s next official tournament is the 2015 Copa America. The team is expected to play four friendlies this year, the first one against Colombia on Sept. 5 in Miami. It will also play Ecuador on Sept. 8 in New York, Argentina on Oct. 11 in Beijing and Turkey on Nov. 12 in Istanbul.(TALES AZZONI, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Hornets Sting The Nets, 115-91

first_imgNEW YORK — The Charlotte Hornets didn’t try to hide it: This was an important game.They couldn’t have started it much better.Al Jefferson and Gerald Henderson each scored 19 points, Marvin Williams had 18 and the Hornets routed Brooklyn 115-91 on March 4 to move into sole possession of eighth place in the Eastern Conference.Mo Williams added 14 points and a season-high 14 assists for the Hornets, who rode a blistering start to their third straight win, breaking a tie with the Nets for the final playoff spot in the East.“I felt like the team that wanted it more was going to win the game,” Mo Williams said. “It’s just, the teams are so much evenly matched and I felt like for the most part we came out and we punched them in the mouth early and we took their punch back, and we regrouped and came out in the third quarter and kind of punched them again and they just didn’t recover after that.”Michael Kidd-Gilchrist finished with 10 points, his career-best seventh straight game in double figures, and 13 rebounds as Charlotte battered Brooklyn on the boards and led by as many as 32 points.Deron Williams scored 12 points for the Nets, who defeated West contenders Dallas and Golden State in their previous two games.But they had nothing in a game that would’ve given them the season-series tiebreaker against the Hornets, who tied the series at 1 with a game remaining.“They shot lights out in that first quarter, put our backs against the wall and really didn’t let up,” Deron Williams said.Mindful of the Nets’ strong first-quarter play — they came in shooting an NBA-best 50.1 percent in the period — Charlotte coach Steve Clifford changed his starting lineup, even though the Hornets had all five starters in double figures in three straight games, something they hadn’t done in six years.Marvin Williams replaced Cody Zeller to match up with Brooklyn’s smaller lineup, and he had 10 points and made all three shots in the first quarter to help trigger Charlotte’s sizzling start.The Hornets ran off 11 in a row for a 13-2 lead, then hit the Nets later in the period with a 13-0 run that made it 29-6. By the time Jefferson powerfully dunked while knocking Deron Williams backward, they were 13-of-15 from the field.It was 35-15 after one, and when the Nets got within 12 early in the third, Charlotte responded with 10 straight points for a 68-46 lead.“Brooklyn’s been the best team in the NBA in the first quarter. That’s how I think they’ve been winning a lot of games, they’ve been playing from ahead,” Jefferson said.“We knew starting the first quarter was going to be a big key for us, and we started off hitting a lot of open shots. Our first and third quarter was great.”Clifford said he thought the Nets had perhaps the most weapons of any of the six teams fighting for the East’s final two playoff spots, but most of them were misfiring.Joe Johnson was 1-of-6 and fellow starting forward Alan Anderson went 1 of 5 as they were outscored 28-4 by Marvin Williams and Kidd-Gilchrist.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Brady Sues To Stop Suspension

first_imgFOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady took the fight over his “Deflategate” suspension to social media and Federal Court July 29, and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft backed the three-time Super Bowl MVP, saying “I was wrong to put my faith in the league.”One day after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell rejected Brady’s appeal, the star quarterback posted a 507-word statement on Facebook with his firmest denial yet, writing: “I did nothing wrong.”Kraft followed with an unscheduled address to the media gathered at Gillette Stadium for the opening of training camp and the team’s defense of its fourth Super Bowl championship.“It is completely incomprehensible to me that the league continues to take steps to disparage one of its all-time great players, and a man for whom I have the utmost respect,” the Patriots owner said. “I have come to the conclusion that this was never about doing what was fair and just.”Just before the courts closed in Minnesota, the NFL Players Association asked the court to overturn Brady’s four-game suspension — or at least put it on hold until the case can be heard. The union asked the court to throw out the suspension before Sept. 4; that would keep Brady from missing any practices before the Patriots’ Sept. 10 season-opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers.“We need to free him up for that first week,” union attorney Jeffrey Kessler told The Associated Press. “We don’t believe this discipline can ever be sustained.”The lawsuit argues that the NFL made up its rules as it went along and misapplied the ones that were already on the books. In an interview with the AP, Kessler called it “offensive” that the league accused Brady of destroying his cellphone to obstruct the investigation, a claim NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made in upholding the suspension on July 28.“We believe they highlighted this issue solely to inflame the public, to suggest there is some secret information being withheld, and that’s wrong,” Kessler told the AP. “It’s an unfair character assassination of a player who has done nothing but be a model citizen for this league.”Brady defended the cellphone swap on Facebook.“To suggest that I destroyed a phone to avoid giving the NFL information it requested is completely wrong,” he said. “There is no ‘smoking gun’ and this controversy is manufactured to distract from the fact they have zero evidence of wrongdoing.”Brady was suspended four games and the Patriots were docked $1 million and two draft picks in May for what the league found was a scheme to provide improperly inflated footballs for the AFC championship game against the Indianapolis Colts.Investigator Ted Wells zeroed in on two equipment managers — one who called himself “The Deflator” — and said Brady was “at least generally aware” of the illegal deflation scheme.Kraft said the Patriots did nothing wrong, but the team fired the two equipment managers. He said he didn’t fight the team’s penalty because he thought the league would go easy on the star quarterback.Now, he said, he regrets his decision.“I truly believe that what I did in May … would make it much easier for the league to exonerate Tom Brady. Unfortunately, I was wrong,” Kraft said, apologizing to the team’s fans and to Brady.“Six months removed from the AFC championship game, the league still has no hard evidence of anybody doing anything to tamper with the PSI levels of footballs.”Kraft said the team turned over every cellphone not belonging to a player — including the one belonging to coach Bill Belichick.The powerful owner, who had been one of Goodell’s most loyal allies, said the league’s claim that Brady trashed his phone to obstruct the investigation was just the latest in a series of statements and leaks that “intentionally implied nefarious behavior” where there was none.“Tom Brady is a person of great integrity and is a great ambassador of the game, both on and off the field,” Kraft said.Brady, who had earlier denied cheating accusations with the tepid “I don’t think so,” more forcefully defended himself in the Facebook post, claiming he cooperated with the investigation except where doing so would have set a bad precedent for his union brethren.Brady said he replaced his broken phone only after his lawyers told league investigators they couldn’t have it. “Most importantly, I have never written, texted, emailed to anybody at any time, anything related to football air pressure before this issue was raised at the AFC Championship game in January,” he wrote.The post was liked by 51,000 people — including his wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen — in the first 30 minutes after it was posted on Facebook. By the time the lawsuit was filed at 6 p.m. Boston time, the number was 250,000.Patriots special teams captain Matthew Slater said Brady’s teammates support him. “The guys in this locker room, we feel we are part of a family,” he said. “Good or bad things happen in life, you stick with your family.”Belichick had been scheduled to speak to the media first on July 29, but Kraft took the podium instead. The coach, as is his practice, declined to comment on the scandal.“Nothing really to talk about there,” he said. “We’re going to take it day to day, just like we always do.”___By Jimmy Golen, AP Sports Writer.AP Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner and Associated Press writer Amy Forliti contributed TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Fulham’s Survival Hopes Take Hit With 2-0 loss at Palace

first_imgLONDON (AP) — Fulham’s hopes of survival in the English Premier League took another hit with a 2-0 loss at Crystal Palace on Saturday.An improved display in defeat against Tottenham and a 4-2 victory over Brighton had presented Claudio Ranieri’s Fulham with some momentum, but the team was outplayed by Palace and again contributed to its downfall, which was secured by goals from Luka Milivojevic and Jeffrey Schlupp.Fulham is seven points from safety and its next eight league fixtures consist of four away games and home matches against Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City.Palace won despite star attacker Wilfried Zaha being out through suspension.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

TRINAMIC: rapid positioning with smart stepper motor drives

first_imgTRINAMIC Motion Control announces the extension of the PANdrive product line by the PD42-3-1241 and the module TMCM-1241. The drive is equipped with a high current NEMA17 motor for fast, dynamic positioning. The product features Trinamic’s second generation StealthChop, the silent stepper motor drive technology for quiet stepper motors, as well as SpreadCycle for smooth motion control. CoolStep, the sensorless load-dependent current control, ensures energy-efficient operation of the motor while the magnetic SensOstep encoder provides step-loss detection for safety – even in standstill.Developed for a +10V to +30V DC operating voltage at up to 3A RMS phase current, the PD42-3-1241 PANdrive and TMCM-1241 module can reach up to 5000 rpm. As such, the drive provides superior performance wherever precise positioning at high speed is required. Accessing this performance is easy using the free TMCL-IDE, allowing for easy implementation of a standalone program flow and remote-controlled operation like all other Trinamic PANdrives and modules. Host communication is possible via the RS485, USB, or CAN interface using TMCL or the optional CANopen protocol.An integrated SixPoint ramp generator allows for precise and rapid positioning – even in environments where parameters and target positions must be changed during motion. The drive has L+R reference switch inputs and comes with StallGuard2 for sensorless homing.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Axiomtek: compact-sized Edge AI system with NVIDIA Jetson TX2 moduleNext Maxim: PMICs drive optimized power for automotive ADAS functionslast_img read more

Microchip: PCIe 3.1 ethernet bridges using LPSS enable power savings

first_img Continue Reading Previous Vecow: smarter industrial AI engines at embedded worldNext Hyperstone: low power SSD controller offers reliable 3D flash support Embedded and automotive platform designers who are seeking PCIe 3.1 Low-Power Sub-State (LPSS) L1.1 and L1.2 for power savings now have new options available from Microchip Technology. The LAN7430 Ethernet bridge provides integrated power, clocks and an Ethernet physical (PHY) interface while the LAN7431 provides Reduced Gigabit Media-Independent Interface (RGMII) for alternative PHYs and switches. The LPSS L1.1 (snooze) and L1.2 (off) enables designers to reduce power consumption and improve battery life by snoozing or turning off the high-speed circuits in the PHY when not in use.When connected to an application System on Chip or processor as host, the LAN7430/1 allows the host device to deliver audio, data or video data through the 10/100/1000 Ethernet network. Connection to the host is achieved via the PCIe 3.1 specification, providing up to 2.5 Gigatransfers per second (GT/s) in each direction simultaneously. The LAN7431’s RGMII interface allows the freedom to design with alternative link layers such as IEEE 802.3bw-2015 (100Base-T1) for 100 Mbps and 802.3bp-2016 (1000Base-T1) operation over a single twisted pair cable. It also provides support for real-time Ethernet, IEEE 1588-2008 (PTP) and IEEE 802.1AS (gPTP) Precision Time Protocols. The LAN7431 offers an automotive variant that exceeds AEC-Q100 Grade 2 qualification.With the new offering, Microchip provides customers using PCIe Ethernet bridges design confidence through product longevity, worldwide technical support, design review services of final designs and fully released drivers for Linux or Windows operating systems. Microchip’s customer-driven obsolescence practice is a philosophy that helps ensure that as long as demand exists for any product, Microchip will make efforts to continue providing it.A true single-chip solution, the LAN7430/1 family offers single 3.3V supply operation, removing the need for complex and costly power management support. Both devices integrate a JTAG (1149.1) Test Access Port for enhanced test coverage. Microchip also offers LINK MD diagnostics utilizing Time Domain Reflectometry (TDR) to analyze the cabling harness, identifying and locating common cabling problems such as open circuits, short circuits and impedance mismatches.The LAN7430 and LAN7431 are backed by Microchip’s free LANCheck online design review service that reviews customer designs, ensuring that best design practices are used. Microchip’s MPLAB® Connect software tool is provided for programming One-Time-Programmable memory, or the optional EEPROM memory, for easy device configuration. Microsoft Windows Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL) certified drivers are available along with Linux mainline kernel drivers for both networking and PTP and gPTP synchronization. Evaluation boards (EVB-LAN7430 and EVB-LAN7431) are also available.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

Tuxera brings VelocityFS to SYSGO’s PikeOS for exceptional automotive data handling

first_imgTuxera has announced its partnership with SYSGO. The alliance comes as a response to the growing global demand for increasingly advanced embedded file system storage in the automotive sector. As automotive systems become increasingly complex and sophisticated, the need for seamless and secure data transfer and interpretation within a vehicle’s ECU has arguably never been higher.VelocityFS by Tuxera is the only modern flash storage system that operates on all major automotive operating systems, including real-time data-heavy solutions. The software system offers high-end performance through minimal CPU usage as well as competitive read and write speeds. VelocityFS by Tuxera also prevents data corruption and loss, while reducing flash memory deterioration. In addition, with its multi-level encryption combined with user- and group-level quotas, VelocityFS by Tuxera enables improved security on PikeOS’s architecture.SYSGO’s real-time operation system PikeOS has the only separation kernel carrying the Common Criteria EAL3+ certification, providing MILS conformant security on an architectural level, which at the same time is certified according to ISO 26262. The operating system’s separation kernel ensures separation between multiple applications, leading to a rigorous level of safety and security within its hypervisor platform. The combination of VelocityFS by Tuxera and PikeOS brings new levels of speed, reliability, and cost-effective performance to the software stack – enabling advanced data-driven applications for automotive OEMs and Tier-1s.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Avalue launches Intel Coffee Lake rugged fanless embedded systemNext Cadence delivers portable test and Stimulus methodology and librarylast_img read more

ST: fuel-injection reference design compliant with new emission regulation for small engines

first_img Continue Reading Previous SRAM-based processor-in-memory (PIM) AI chip proves speedy AI inference performerNext Eurotech integrates Infineon TPM to enable end-to-end security for IoT Edge Solutions To help the automotive industry meet the upcoming emissions regulations for single- and twin-cylinder gasoline engines, STMicroelectronics, with Arrow Electronics, has released a complete reference design ECU (Electronic Control Unit) for electronic fuel-injection (EFI). The SPC5-L9177A-K02 ECU Reference Design targets small engines for motorcycles, scooters, and three wheelers, which must satisfy upcoming Euro 5, Bharat Stage VI (BSVI), and China IV and beyond, and can also address generators, nautical engines, and agricultural engines equipped with EFI ECU.The reference design key components are ST’s SPC572L Line 32-bit Power Architecture automotive-powertrain microcontroller and L9177A high-integration IC hosting power supplies, interfaces and load actuators, which are specifically designed for the application and market needs. ST’s STGD18N40 IGBT and L9616 CAN interface IC are also included.The board is ready for customers to develop their applications, coming with a full ecosystem, including SPC5Studio Integrated Development Environment (IDE) which includes low-level drivers, a Generic Timer Module configurator for the SPC572L Line, and powertrain libraries for engine crank position sensor and actuations. To overcome the complex challenges associated with electronic fuel injection, a basic application software developed in association with ST Partner eMoticom helps users start and manage a single-cylinder engine. The Reference Design already enabled several customers’ projects ramping up this year.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more