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

Air India leaves Indian TT squad stranded at IGI airport

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 22 (PTI) India’s table tennis star Manika Batra and six other top paddlers en route to an international event were left stranded at the Indira Gandhi International Airport after being denied boarding on a Melbourne flight by national carrier Air India today.Air India, however, laid the blame on late arrival of players and the bookings done under different PNRs.The Indian contingent, comprising 17 players and officials, was scheduled to participate at the ITTF World Tour Australian Open starting tomorrow in Melbourne.But to their disbelief, only 10 members of the team were allowed boarding after Air India told them that the flight was overbooked.Besides Manika, veteran Mouma Das was among the seven players denied boarding. The national carrier drew social media ire after the incident. Commonwelath Games gold medallist Manika took to social media to share her ordeal and asked Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and the Prime Minister’s Office to look into the matter.”Our contingent of total 17 players & officials of Indian table tennis team including CWG medalist myself, Sharath Kamal, Mouma Das, Madhurika, Harmeet, Suthirta, Sathyan were supposed to fly today to Melbourne by AI 0308 to participate in ITTF World Tour Australian Open from tom,” she tweeted.”On reaching Air India counter we were told dat flight is overbooked & only 10 members of TT team can fly which left us in a shock. 7 of us are still unable to fly.All the tickets were booked by Balmer Lawrie,” Manika added.Facing criticism, the airline said it was not apprised beforehand about the travel plans as per practice and that it had the highest respect for sportspersons.advertisement”#airindia has a rich legacy in promoting sports and has always had the highest respect for sportspersons. The Indian #Tabletennisteam were booked for today’s melbourne flt under different PNRs & some of them may have reported after all other pax had checked in.”Contrary to the practice, #AirIndia was not apprised beforehand about the travel of team. The players were provided with hotel stay and offered flight for next day,” it tweeted. Alarmed by the situation, Director General of Sports India (erstwhile Sports Authority of India) Neelam Kapur swung into action and sorted out the matter.”The TT team have been booked on an alternate flight leaving later tonight,” Kapur confirmed on her official Twitter handle. PTI SSC SAN KHS IJTIJTlast_img read more

Women Taekwondo players move HC for direction to include them in Asian Games

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 25 (PTI) Two women Taekwondo players have approached the Delhi High Court seeking direction to the Union Ministry of Sports and other authorities to include their names in the list of players who would represent India in the upcoming 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia. The two players sought direction to the Sports Authority of India to conduct selection trials for selecting Taekwondo players and to the Sports Ministry to allow selected players to participate and represent the country in the Asian Games to be held from August 18 to September 2. According to advocate Saurabh Jain, appearing for players Purva Dattatray Dixit and Kashish Malik, Justice Vibhu Bakhru today asked the counsel for Centre to take instructions from Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore to act as a single person committee to decide on the issue as to how India can be properly represented at the Asian Games, 2018 for Taekwondo Sport since the Indian Olympic Association has not cleared the names of eligible players to represent the country at such a major event. The court has listed the matter for tomorrow for further hearing. According to the petition, 24-year-old Dixit is a Kyorugi Taekwondo player for under 49 Kg in senior category female and has participated in various national and international events since 2010 and has secured several medals, including four gold medals in international events. Eighteen-year-old Dixit is a Kyorugi Taekwondo player for under 57 Kg in senior category female and has participated in various national and international events since 2015 and bagged several medals, including two gold and a silver in international events, it said.advertisement Jain said there is was representation from India for Taekwondo (Kyurogi) in all categories and since the two women are the top ranking players in their respective category, they should be sent to represent the country in the Asian Games.”Admittedly selection trials were not conducted by anyone, neither the Taekwondo Federation of India nor Indian Olympic Association or Sports Authority of India,” he claimed. “The petitioners (players) are aggrieved by the arbitrary action on the part of the respondents (authorities) resulting in a shameful situation where in-spite of having qualified to participate in Taekwondo sport in the 18th Asian Games… being organised by Olympic Council of Asia, they and the other c0mpetent and deserving players of Taekwondo sport have not been selected for participating in the Asian Games,” the plea said. It alleged that the action was completely “arbitrary and malafide”, resulting in the chances to score medals for India at such a big international event to be “virtually miniscule”. PTI SKV HMP SKV AQSAQSlast_img read more

Tata Motor’s Jaguar to produce electric version of Classic E-Type

first_img\R London, Aug 24 (PTI) The electric version of the classic Jaguar E-Type especially modelled for Prince Harry to drive Meghan Markle to their wedding reception in May will go into production at the Tata Motor’s Jaguar Land Rover factory in the UK, and will hit the roads by 2020, the company said. The sleek sports car, Jaguar E-Type Zero, will be converted to electric power at its Classic works facility in Coventry by Jaguar Classic, a unit of the company which restores vintage models, said JLR. However, the price tag of the revamped Jaguar E-Type is yet to be revealed by the company. “We’ve been overwhelmed by the positive reaction to the Jaguar E-type Zero concept. Future-proofing the enjoyment of classic car ownership is a major stepping stone for Jaguar Classic,” JLR Classic director Tim Hannig said.E-type Zero showcases the incredible heritage of the E-type, and the expertise and craftsmanship at Classic Works, while demonstrating Jaguar Land Rover’s dedication to create zero emission vehicles across every part of the business, including Jaguar Classic,” he said.JLR also said that the owners of an E-type will be offered the option of converting their vehicles to electric power.The concept version of the car has a 40kWh battery, which can be recharged in six to seven hours.The latest version of the E-Type Zero, which has faster acceleration than the original Series 1 E-type, is set to be shown off at Monterey Car Week in California today.JLR is already in the process of building another electric vehicle — I-PACE — in Austria.Prince Harry, 33, the fifth in line to the British throne, married American actress Meghan Markle on May 19 this year at St George’s Chapel in iconic Windsor Castle. PTI AK RUP RUPRUPRUPadvertisementlast_img read more

Former S America football boss Napout jailed for nine years in US

first_imgNew York, Aug 29 (AFP) The former head of the South American football confederation CONMEBOL, Juan Angel Napout, was sentenced to nine years in prison today for his role in the sweeping FIFA corruption scandal.The sentencing of the 60-year-old Napout came just a week after the former boss of Brazilian football, Jose Maria Marin, was jailed for four years in connection with the same case.Napout, who was also once the head of Paraguayan football, was found guilty on December 22 on three counts in connection with bestowing television and marketing rights for major events in exchange for millions of dollars in bribes.He was convicted of racketeering conspiracy and two counts of wire fraud conspiracy, but was acquitted on two counts of money laundering conspiracy.US prosecutors have lifted the lid on a quarter of a century of endemic corruption in the heart of FIFA, football’s governing body, and on the largest graft scandal in the world’s most popular sport.In total, 42 officials and marketing executives, as well as the sports company Traffic, were indicted with corruption crimes totaling more than USD 200 million.The 2017 trial of Napout and the 86-year-old Marin exposed not only the corruption, but the life of privilege, luxury and excess enjoyed by members of FIFA’s executive committee.Prosecutors detailed a high-flying lifestyle for the sport’s bigwigs: personal chauffeurs, private jets, luxury hotels, meetings in idyllic resorts in the Bahamas or Mauritius, and cruises on the Danube for families.Prosecutors said Napout deserved less mercy than Marin as he was “among the most culpable” among all those indicted.advertisementHe was “personally responsible for perpetuating and expanding the corruption of soccer at a time when it was most in need of reform,” prosecutors said in a pre-sentencing memorandum.Napout received near-monthly payments from October 2010 until March 2015, totalling millions of dollars.He also tried to destroy evidence by attempting to get his computer out of CONMEBOL headquarters upon his arrest in Switzerland in December 2015.Napout did not testify in his own defense. His team argued that there was no concrete evidence that he had illegally accepted any money.Napout’s defense attorneys had asked for a lighter sentenced for the father of three and grandfather, citing his “exemplary” life, save for “this conviction.” Of the 42 individuals originally indicted, three have since died and 22 have pleaded guilty. Marin and Napout were convicted, and one other — Peruvian former football boss Manuel Burga — was acquitted.Another 14 remain in their own countries, where they have been tried by local courts, are fighting extradition or are still free.The US investigation also precipitated the downfall of longtime FIFA president Sepp Blatter and his former heir apparent, Michel Platini. (AFP) SCYSCYlast_img read more

Lexus ES300 Hybrid launched in India for Rs 59.13 lakh

first_imgJapanese carmaker Toyota’s luxury division, Lexus has officially launched the seventh-generation Lexus ES300 Hybrid sedan in India. The Lexus ES 300h is powered by a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder petrol engine combined with the new, fourth-generation Lexus Hybrid Drive System, the hybrid electric ES 300h.The new ES300h gets the all-new Global Architecture – K (GA-K) platform. The sedan gets a lower stance and proportions with slim LED headlamps with distinctive L shaped marker lights.To increase passenger comfort the driver’s control panel and the display has been moved closer to the driver, to provide extra space for the front passenger. Rear passengers are treated to an extended legroom space of 998.6 mm, made possible by the longer wheelbase. The interior gets human-centered design principles, console mounted climate and audio controls along with adjustable and heated semi-aniline seats, and the 17 speaker Mark Levinson Pure Play system.The ES 300h gets a new fourth generation Hybrid Drive system. The Euro 6 compliant, new hybrid electric system coupled with the four-cylinder petrol engine, delivers improved linear acceleration according to Lexus with a combined 160 kW of total power, and a mileage of 22.37 km/l.The safety list of the ES 300h is impressive which includes 10 airbags, Hill Start Assist, Vehicle Stability Control, and Anti-theft system, with break-in and tilt sensors. Also, the cockpit features a 7-inch LCD instrument panel with a large analog tachometer, digital speedometer and an easy-to-read multi-information display, in addition to a fully adjustable color heads-up display that projects relevant vehicle information onto the windshield.advertisementThe navigation system on the 12.3-inch Electro Multi-Vision (EMV) full-size display, and the wireless charger built into the new ES, further aid in reducing distractions while on the road. Precise steering inputs are delivered by a new rack-assist type Electric Power Steering (EPS) system, and the ES offers a Drive Mode Select system that allows the driver to tailor the car’s settings to varying road conditions with Eco, Normal and Sport modes. MacPherson struts in front, a trailing arm and a multilink setup in the back with stabilizer bars at each end, coupled with 18-inch, multi-spoke alloy wheels. Additionally, due to the reconfigured rear suspension, cargo room has been increased, and the new ES 300h features 454 L of cargo space with an auto-open trunk, that also fits in a full sized spare wheel.For the interiors, the sedan features four color schemes, and three types of trim, in addition to the array of nine paint colors available on the exterior. Along with Black, Chateau and Topaz Brown, the ES also introduces a light new Rich Cream interior that offers a contrast to the deep brown dash and roof trim. The ES offers two shades of Shimamoku wood trim (black, brown), as well as light-colored Bamboo. The mark of Takumi craftsmanship is evident in the new ES, in the soft padding of the instrument panel, where each stitch is embedded into materials for a 3-D effect.The Lexus ES 300h has been priced at Rs 59,13,000 (Pan-India)(ex-showroom).last_img read more

Bangladesh’s Krida Shiksha Prothistan wins Subroto Cup football

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 20 (PTI) Bangladesh’s Krida Shiksha Prothishtan (BKSP) defeated Amini School of Afghanistan by a solitary goal to win the 59th edition of the Subroto Cup international football tournament here on Tuesday. Habibur Rahman scored the lone goal of the match in the 11th minute to help the Bangladesh outfit clinch the U-17 school tournament. A total of 95 teams, 1500 players 149 officials participated in the event, making it one of the biggest tournaments in its category in the entire soccer world. There were eight teams from three overseas countries — Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Nepal. Best goalkeeper award was won by Pranub Limboo of Govt Senior Secondary School, Namchi, Sikkim and the best Player award was presented to Mohammad Nemil of Reliance Foundation School, Mumbai. Raghu Kumar of Army Boys Sports Company, Banglore won the best coach award while the Fair Play Trophy was bagged by Reliance Foundation School, Mumbai. The award for most contributing school in football was won by NNMHSS, Chelembra, Malappuram for their contribution towards development of the game. PTI SSC SSCSSClast_img read more

Hockey World Cup 2018: India aim for rare semi-final berth vs Netherlands

first_imgIndia have made it to the semi-final of a Hockey World Cup only thrice and they last reached the last-four stage – in 1975 and then India went on to lift their only title at the major tournament. On Thursday, India will look to get a historic win against the Netherlands in the quarter-finals and take another step towards the elusive title at home.India will face the Netherlands in the quarters at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar and will surely have the backing of thousands in the stands beside that blue turf.It has been a 43-year long wait for a World Cup trophy and India have put a good account of themselves so far. In the group stages, India put up some scintillating hockey on display but that was just the start – the knockouts start from now and every step they take on that AstroTurf will be crucial.Even though India’s performance in the World Cup so far shows otherwise, the home team have a huge task against the Netherlands. India have never defeated the mighty Dutch in the World Cup and they will be up against history on Thursday.Hockey World Cup 2018: FULL COVERAGE | FULL SQUADS | SCHEDULE | TABLEIndia have played against the Netherlands six times in the World Cup and have lost five times while one ended in a draw. Manpreet Singh’s men will break a jinx if they manage to get past the Dutch.Going by the current world rankings, there’s not much to differentiate India and the Netherlands. While the Dutch are placed fourth, India are just a place below on fifth. What makes the result all the more unpredictable is the fact that India and the Netherlands last went head to head at the Champions Trophy 2018, where the match ended in a 1-1 draw.advertisementThe overall head-to-head record between India and the Netherlands belongs to the Dutch, where off the 105 games between the two sides, India have won 33, lost 48 and the rest have ended in draws.Indian hockey has improved quite a lot in the recent times and that is testified by the fact that since 2013, India have played the Netherlands nine times – both teams have won four games each and one has finished in a draw.India captain Manpreet Singh was not ruling out the fact the history favoured the Netherlands but he also made it a point to mention the improvement Indian hockey has seen in the past few years.”The past results matter a lot because Netherlands have a better result against us. But, we have played well against them recently. We have also beaten them, drew against them at the Champions Trophy. Indian hockey has improved a lot. The match will be tough and whichever team plays better will win,” Manpreet said.The India-Netherlands duel is expected to be a fast-paced and attacking encounter with both the teams heavily relying on their goal scoring abilities to come out as winners.Both India and Netherlands have scored heavily in the pool stages. While India have scored 12 goals and conceded three, the Dutch have pumped in 18 goals and conceded five.In the likes of captain Billy Bakker, Seve van Ass, Jeroen Hertzberger, Mirco Pruijser, Robbert Kemperman, Thiery Brinkman, the Dutch have got plenty of experience in the midfield and their strike force.The Indians too would be relying on their strikers Mandeep Singh, Simranjeet Singh, Lalit Upadhyay and Akashdeep Singh to continue their good work.With the Kalinga Stadium expected to be packed to its full capacity, there will also be tremendous pressure on the Indian team and the Dutch will be more than happy to exploit any mistake.”This will be not be the first time. We have played in front of big crowds in pool games and in the past as well. We are used to playing in front of big crowds,” Netherlands coach Max Caldas said.”We always try to play in our own pace, whether it is fast or slow, we like to dictate. We are not concerned about India because we can’t influence what India will do.”Netherlands skipper Bakker added: “The Indian team also has lot of pressure. They need to perform in front of their home crowd. So I feel the pressure is more on the Indian team than us.”However, India’s chief coach Harendra Singh did not agree that the crowd will put India under pressure. In fact he said that his boys know how to cope with the massive home support.advertisement”There is no chance that the opposition can easily be in the driving seat. The boys have tested the crowd and they know how to cope with them. The crowd have always stood with us,” Harendra said.”We are prepared to solve the challenge physically and mentally. You cannot even take 25% chances in the knockout stage. You have to be prepared for the game.”(With inputs from agencies)Also Read | For India, Hockey World Cup 2018 starts now: Coach Harendra SinghAlso Read | Hockey World Cup 2018: Pakistan accuse Dutch official of bias, turns out the official is GermanAlso See: Sardar Singh exclusively on Hockey World Cup 2018last_img read more

Perth pitch by no means average: Sachin Tendulkar seconds Shane Warne, Mitchell Johnson

first_imgBatting great Sachin Tendulkar has begged to differ with International Cricket Council’s (ICC) rating of the pitch at the Perth Stadium that made its Test debut during the second Test between India and Australia.While the apex body of international cricket rated the pitch as average based on match referee Ranjan Madugalle’s observations during the Test which Australia won by 146 runs.Sachin Tendulkar though insisted that wickets like the one that was used in Perth are needed in order to revive Test cricket. The India great, who scored six centuries in Australia during his 25-year-long career, also pointed out that the pitch had something for both the batsmen and the bowlers and was by no means average.”Pitches play a crucial role, especially in Test cricket. In order to revive Test cricket and generate excitement, we need to provide more pitches like the one at Perth, where the skills of batsmen and bowlers are truly TESTed. This pitch was by no means “Average”,” Tendulkar wrote on Twitter on Sunday.Pitches play a crucial role, especially in Test cricket. In order to revive Test cricket and generate excitement, we need to provide more pitches like the one at Perth, where the skills of batsmen and bowlers are truly TESTed. This pitch was by no means Average.Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) December 23, 2018The ICC’s decision to rate the Perth “ordinary” pitch kicked up a storm as former cricketers Michael Vaughan, Shane Warne, and Mitchell Johnson disagreed with the cricket body.Johnson was even involved in a social media exchange with former India batsman Aakash Chopra, who seemingly backed the ICC’s rating.”Nothing wrong with it. It was exciting to watch a contest between bat and ball for a change and not these dull flat tracks being served up constantly. I’d actually be interested in knowing what a good pitch is? Hope for another exciting test at the MCG,” Johnson wrote.Shane Warne called the rating “ridiculous” and pointed out that good players got runs on the Perth pitch during the second Test.”Someone has to be accountable for this terrible decision & everyone needs to know who that is! Because they are wrong – as it was a wonderful cricket pitch & a great contest between bat & ball, plus the good players got runs – the rest struggled! Ridiculous…..”advertisementSomeone has to be accountable for this terrible decision & everyone needs to know who that is ! Because they are wrong – as it was a wonderful cricket pitch & a great contest between bat & ball, plus the good players got runs – the rest struggled ! Ridiculous….. https://t.co/iAdcFOtq0oShane Warne (@ShaneWarne) December 22, 2018The Perth pitch saw some uneven bounce right from the first day wherein India’s part-time spinner Hanuma Vihari dismissed a well set Marcus Harris that kicked up from a good length. Mohammed Shami was getting steep bounce from the wicket during Australia’s second innings in which Aaron Finch injured his finger.All eyes will now be on Melbourne, which will be hosting the Boxing Day Test between India and Australia from December 26. Notably, the wicket at the Melbourne Cricket Ground was rated “poor” the last time the iconic venue hosted a Test – the Ashes Test last year.last_img read more

Tennis going to be hot at Australian Open

first_imgEven before the first tennis ball has been hit at the Australian Open, emotions are overflowing Down Under.The first Grand Slam of the year is always a fascinating one. Being played in the other hemisphere, where history, geography and conditions are quite the opposite, the Australian Open has its own charm.As has become a practice before the tournament starts on Monday, the top guns get to speak to the media. None other than gentleman Andy Murray has made players and fans weep with words he spoke at an emotional press conference where he has said he will bid the sport goodbye.In an age where brash players grab headlines and the well-mannered professionals stick to their job diligently, Murray is the quintessential nice guy. He has endeared himself to all with his impeccable manners and behaviour on and off the court.The winner of three Grand Slam titles is respected by women tennis champions, past and present, for asking that players be paid at par. Compared to the old days when Bobby Riggs made uncharitable comments about women’s tennis till Billie Jean King took him on in the “Battle Of The Sexes” match and won, women’s tennis has come a long way.Yes, it needed someone like Andy Murray to speak nicely about the ladies as he believes they play pro tennis as hard as the men, though not over best-of-five sets in the Grand Slams. As the torch-bearer of British tennis and a two-time Olympic champion, Murray knows tennis has been a maelstrom for him in recent years.advertisementHe has simply not been able to recover from the hip injury and even at the Australian Open, one is not sure how long he will last. For him, to think of prolonging his swansong till Wimbledon, a place which he loves and gives him love, maybe a long journey. Be sure, each time Murray is on the court in the melting heat of Melbourne, he will offer fans a glimpse of what a champion he has been.Talk of drama, emotion, and history, one cannot but think of the journeys which the two biggest champions of the sport, Serena Williams and Roger Federer, will undertake. It feels like yesterday Serena won the Australian Open title in January 2017 when she was pregnant and still went on to defeat sister Venus in the final.The last time Serena played in a Grand Slam, at the US Open final against Naomi Osaka, the American was in distress. Her fiery duel with chair umpire Carlos Ramos, with all the conversation going live on air, made Serena a villain.Serena knows she may have pushed it a bit too far in New York last September and this is the time for her to return to winning ways in Melbourne. It’s not often Serena loses two Grand Slam finals in a row, as she did at Wimbledon and the US Open. She has grown a year older, but age never has been a factor for the queen of women’s tennis.Move to action in men’s tennis, it promises to be riveting. Between the three great men in the Open era – Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic -so many Grand Slam titles have been won, their progress in the coming fortnight will be viewed with great interest.Djokovic is indeed the hot favourite, having rediscovered his winning touch after looking pedestrian for a few years in between. He suffered distractions, his losses had more to do with problems other than tennis and lack of concentration was a factor. The way he has been able to bounce back in 2018, coming from outside the Top 20 ranking to win Wimbledon and the US Open was huge. Before this, Federer and Nadal had won the Australian Open and the French Open in 2018.There are many out there backing Federer, who at past 37 years of age, is still pushing hard. These days, there are any numbers of youngsters who come and swing their tennis racquets freely. Heat has never been a problem for Federer and his romance with the fans is a delightful one. It’s certainly a question of how he keeps his motivation high and lasts the two weeks.There are projections he could run into Djokovic in the final but to discount the chances of Nadal would be foolish. Nadal’s tennis career has been up and down. His injuries, long breaks from the tennis tour and return have always been enchanting.Two years ago, he even spoke of possibly retiring before Federer. One should not be fooled by all that, as Rafa still has the shots to hurt and the energy to wear down rivals in the heat of Melbourne.advertisementSo, to talk of favourites Down Under would be a bit dicey. Indeed, the favourites will have to slog it out over the next fortnight.Also Read | Roger Federer credits luck for his longevity ahead of hat-trick bid at Australian OpenAlso Read | Australian Open: Alexander Zverev declares himself fit despite injury scareAlso Read | Australian Open: Coach-less Simona Halep admits behind curve at Melbourne Parklast_img read more

Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul’s future uncertain, hit by BCCI red tape

first_imgHardik Pandya and KL Rahul are back home, cooling their heels, suspended for their crass comments in TV show Koffe with Karan. Replacements have been called for the remaining three ODIs in Australia and the subsequent limited-overs games in New Zealand. Five months before the 2019 World Cup, their future remains uncertain.The much maligned duo’s fate hangs in the balance as the BCCI’s Committee of Administrators (COA) continue to spar over the composition of the inquiry committee. COA member Diana Edulji wants CEO Rahul Johri out of picture, arguing it would be ‘bad optics’ for Bthe CCI due to the sexual harassment case around him.COA Chairman Vinod Rai wants to administer through the CEO as per the new constitution. “The COA is duty bound to follow the new constitution and what you are suggesting is neither in consonance with the constitution nor is it as per the legal advice received.”It cannot be the case that we follow legal advice only when we consider it, ‘justifiable’. I can’t be party to this decision and process,” he told Edulji in an internal communications accessed by India Today.The letter gets terser. “Also please note that since you do not want to follow the suggestion of legal to have an ad hoc ombudsman, your suggestion runs the risk of your committee being ‘judge, jury and executioner’. Please go ahead and take it forward. I will keep away and leave it to you,” he wrote.Edulji in reply, accused Rai of following the constitution on a selective basis. “COA can’t be duty bound in selected matters and that’s what I have been highlighting all through, that we should act as per the rules and regulations being the new constitution at all times.advertisement”Your point of not going against a Supreme Court Direction/Constitution is what I have been time and again warning about as you have acted against the Supreme Court Direction/Constitution in the matter of Women’s team Head Coach where a committee was appointed inspite of CAC being there and also in the case of sexual harassment matter of Rahul Johri, you unilaterally appointed the independent committee which is not as per the Constitution and I had opposed for that also,” she replied.Edulji’s communication indicates, Pandya and Rahul, currently thrown a seven-day show cause notice, could have to wait until January 17th at least, when the Supreme Court takes up the BCCI case.”As the SC hearing is scheduled for 17th Jan, let the court be informed about this situation and let an Ombudsman be appointed by the court instead of taking a wrong step of appointing the ad hoc ombudsman, which is not as per the new constitution,” she wrote.Meanwhile, BCCI members have asked the acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary to call for a Special General Meeting (SGM) for the appointment of the Ombudsman of the BCCI to adjudicate the case, once the investigations are complete.Also Read | How Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul got into trouble for Koffee with Karan: A timelineAlso Read | Sreesanth backs Hardik, Rahul: Others have made bigger mistakes but are still playingAlso Read | As Hardik, Rahul stand suspended, BCCI official questions Harmanpreet in fake degree controversyAlso Read | Babul Supriyo slams Diana Edulji over Hardik, Rahul suspensions after Koffee with Karanlast_img read more

Australian Open: 20-year-old Tiafoe stuns world No.6 Anderson, Cilic beats McDonald

first_imgFrances Tiafoe rolled up his sleeve, flexed and slapped his biceps muscle five times, thumped his chest and roared at the terraces to celebrate the biggest victory of his career, a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, 7-5 comeback against two-time Grand Slam finalist and No.5 seed Kevin Anderson in the Australian Open’s second round.The 20-year-old Tiafoe trailed by a set and 3-0 in the second Wednesday before turning the match around as Anderson’s big serve slowed down because of problems with his right arm. Anderson was repeatedly visited by a trainer during changeovers and he lost about 5 mph (8 kph) on his first serves as the match wore on.Anderson was the runner-up at Wimbledon last year and at the U.S. Open in 2017 and had won all three previous matchups against the 39th-ranked Tiafoe.”It means the world to me, I lost to Kevin three times last year. I would love to get to the second week of a Slam and if you guys get behind me like you did again, then it’s going to be pretty easy for me,” Tiafoe said.BIG FOE @FTiafoe shocks 6 seed Kevin Anderson 4-6 6-4 6-4 7-5.#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/2AthQLrBY1#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 16, 2019American Tiafoe, ranked 39 in the world, will play Italy’s Andreas Seppi in the third round, which will at least equal his best performance at a Grand Slam tournament, having made the third round of Wimbledon last year.MARIN CILIC FIGHTS OFF MACKENZIE MCDONALD7-5 6-7(9) 6-4 6-4.@cilic_marin gets it done against a valiant Mackenzie McDonald.#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/PGZHkAuQthadvertisement#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 16, 2019Marin Cilic capped a 25-ace performance with a pair to serve out a second-round victory at the Australian Open, beating 81st-ranked Mackenzie McDonald of the U.S. 7-5, 6-7 (9), 6-4, 6-4.Cilic was the runner-up here to Roger Federer last year and is seeded No. 6 this time.Cilic hasn’t lost at Melbourne Park to anyone ranked as low as McDonald since 2007.20-YEAR-OLD TSITSIPAS BEAT VIKTOR TOICKI.@StefTsitsipas the Great is through to Round 3Def. Troicki 6-3 2-6 6-2 7-5.#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/StWMOz2Ved#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 16, 2019Stefanos Tsitsipas is through to the third round and closer to a potential meeting with defending champion Roger Federer at Melbourne Park.The Greek 20-year-old beat Viktor Troicki 6-3, 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 but wasted a lot of break-point opportunities as the Serbian player saved 15 of 19 chances created by Tsitsipas.Considered one of the new breed of young talented players on the ATP Tour, Tsitsipas won at Stockholm last year and was a finalist in two other tournaments.He will next play 19th-seeded Nikoloz Basilashvili, who beat Stefano Travaglie 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, also on Wednesday. Tsitsipas could play Federer in the fourth round.Also Read | 17-year-old Anisimova reaches 3rd round, Stephens thumps BabosAlso Read | Indian men’s doubles challenge ends in MelbourneAlso Read | Ivo Karlovic becomes oldest man in over 40 years to win a match at Australian Openlast_img read more

Augusta National vs ANA: 17-year-old Heck chooses ANA, says there is no wrong answer

first_imgMost amateurs would be green with envy over a rival having the chance to play at the home of the Masters but teenager Rachel Heck had no hesitation in turning down an opportunity to compete in the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur event.Instead, the world’s 11th-ranked amateur chose to contest the first women’s major championship of the year, the ANA Inspiration at Mission Hills in California.Heck was among several leading amateurs forced to choose between the Augusta National Women’s tournament that starts in Georgia on Wednesday or the ANA which begins on Thursday.Leading amateurs had nearly 12 months to weigh the pros and cons of each event since the clash in dates became apparent when Augusta National announced its new tournament, but for Heck it took more like 12 minutes to decide.The chance to play with the world’s best women was too good to pass up.”Last spring we saw that the dates were the same. I also knew without a doubt I couldn’t turn down the ANA,” the 17-year-old from Memphis said in a telephone interview with Reuters.”My experience in majors has been so amazing. This is what I’ve grown up dreaming of.”Heck took no time to show she could compete against battle-hardened professionals in her first two major appearances.A tie for 33rd at the 2017 U.S. Women’s Open was followed by a share of 44th place at the Evian Championship last year.Smiles all around today #ANAInspiration pic.twitter.com/3Neyg7zyyiANA Inspiration (@ANAinspiration) April 3, 2019advertisementGame’s ElitePleased though she was with the results, Heck was even more excited at the chance of playing with some of the game’s elite – including the Jutanugarns, Ariya and Moriya, at the Evian.”I was a really big fan of theirs and I’m an even bigger fan now,” Heck said of the Thai sisters.”They’re the kind of people that made me want to choose the ANA. They are so kind. They didn’t act as if I was some amateur.”And I played the final round of the U.S. Open with Lexi Thompson when I was 15. She was the same way.”Heck would seem to have a bright future as a professional, but is in no hurry. After finishing high school next year she plans to attend Stanford University in California.”Academics are really important to me and my family,” she said. “I want the experience of playing on a team. I think my game is going to improve a lot when I’m there. There’s plenty of time to turn pro after that.”This is for every girl.#DriveOn LPGA (@LPGA) March 20, 2019Perhaps there will also be a chance one day to play Augusta National, even if it will be later rather than sooner.”We all recognise they are two great opportunities,” she said of the conflicting events this week.”There is no wrong decision.”Also Read | Tiger Woods beats Rory McIlroy in Match Play but loses in quarters to BjerregaardAlso Read | Vani Kapoor becomes first Indian to grab Australian LPGA cardAlso Read | The story of Arjun Bhati, a 14-year-old Indian golf sensationAlso Watch | What is wrong with their culture? Sangakkara, Styris discuss RCB’s poor start to IPL 2019last_img read more

Nokia X71 launched: Key specs, features, price and everything you need to know

first_imgHMD Global has announced the Nokia X71, the first Nokia phone to sport a punch-hole display. The Nokia X71 has been launched in Taiwan and it touts a premium glass and metal design along with high-quality mid-range specifications that includes a 48MP triple camera system and a Snapdragon 660 chipset, among other things.It is still unclear whether the Nokia X71 will be called the Nokia 6.2 or Nokia 8.1 Plus. Given the pricing and hardware, the Nokia X71 falls right along or just below the Nokia 8.1 (Review). HMD Global hasn’t announced its global availability just yet, but we do expect the phone to launch in other markets including India soon enough. Here’s a quick look at the specifications, features and price of the new Nokia X71.Nokia X71 specificationsDisplay: The Nokia X71 sports a 6.39-inch PureDisplay screen with a FHD+ resolution and 19.3:9 aspect ratio.Processor: It is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 660 chipset.RAM: The Nokia X71 is offered with 6GB of RAM.Storage: It comes with 128GB of internal storage with support for expandability up to 256GB.Rear camera: The Nokia X71 triple camera setup includes a 48MP f/1.8 primary sensor, 5MP f/2.4 secondary depth sensor, and an 8MP ultra wide-angle sensor.Front: The phone gets a 16MP selfie camera housed in the display hole.Software: The Nokia X71 ships with Android 9 PieBattery: It houses a 3,500mAh battery with 18W fast charging support.Nokia X71 features– In terms of design, the biggest new feature is the punch-hole display. This is the first Nokia smartphone to sport a hole cutout in the display to house the selfie camera. This type of display has been seen on phones like the Honor View 20 and Samsung Galaxy S10 in the recent past. The circular cutout allows for a notch-less display and larger screen real estate. The Nokia X71 offers a tall 6.39-inch FHD+ display with a 93 per cent screen-to-body ratio.advertisement– The Nokia X71 also gets HMD’s PureDisplay screen technology for high contrast, sharpness and enhanced colours. It also gets HDR10 video playback to offer an immersive viewing experience.– In addition to the edge-to-edge display, the Nokia X71 gets a premium metal and glass design. It comes with a 2.5D curved glass on the front and back and a solid metal frame. The phone is offered in a single Black colour option with copper accents around the frame, fingerprint sensor and camera module.– Notably, the Nokia X71 also gets the LED power button breathing light that HMD introduced earlier this year with the Nokia 3.2 and Nokia 4.2 phones. The power button will glow white when you receive a missed call or an unread message.– The Nokia X71 is also the first Nokia phone to sport a triple camera setup with a 48MP primary camera. HMD hasn’t explicitly mentioned whether it’s using Sony’s IMX586 sensor or a Samsung GM1 sensor. Nevertheless, you can expect crisp and detailed shots through the primary camera that should also do well in low-light thanks to a large 1.6-micron pixel size and f/1.8 aperture. The triple camera setup also includes a 5MP f/2.4 secondary depth sensor, and an 8MP ultra wide-angle sensor.– The Nokia X71 gets a tried and trusted Snapdragon 660 AIE octa-core chipset based on a 14nm process. This is paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The phone also ships with Android 9 Pie, but lacks the Android One branding in Taiwan. If the phone launches internationally, you can expect to see the Android One branding with stock Android Pie out of the box.Nokia X71 price and availabilityThe Nokia X71 has been launched with a price tag of NTD 11,990 in Taiwan, which roughly translates to Rs 26,900. This is similar to the price of the Nokia 8.1 in India. The Nokia X71 is currently up for registrations and is expected to go on sale starting April 10. As mentioned earlier, there is still no word on what the phone will be called internationally, and when it will land in other markets including India.ALSO READ | Nokia 8.1 review: Premium and Pie-poweredALSO READ | What is PureDisplay and why it matters with the Nokia 7.1last_img read more

The race is heating up: R Ashwin after KXIP win their 5th match of IPL 2019

first_imgR Ashwin was a happy man after Kings XI Punjab won their 5th match of the 2019 Indian Premier League and moved to 4th spot in the points table on Tuesday. KXIP defeated Rajasthan Royals by 12 runs and now have 10 points from 9 matches this season.R Ashwin led from the front with bat and ball. He first a quick unbeaten 17 before picking up 2 for 24 off 4 overs to ensure the RR chase never really got any momentum. He won the man-of-the-match award for his efforts and showed he is still a force to reckon with in the shorter formats.KXIP had got off to a strong start in the 2018 Indian Premier League but had lost their way in the business end of the league. This year, they have been consistent and others like Sam Curran, Mohammed Shami, Mayank Agarwal, the captain himself have chipped in with significant contributions after the brilliance of KL Rahul and Chris Gayle.R Ashwin said it was important for KXIP to get into the 10-point category. As of now, KXIP, Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals have 10 points while Chennai Super Kings have 14 points. But CSK. DC and MI have played 8 matches while KXIP have played 9.Kolkata Knight Riders (8 points from 8 matches) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (6 points from 7 matches) also have realistic chances of making it to the playoffs while time is running out for Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore.In a tight situation like this, R Ashwin was happy to get into double digits in the points column.advertisement”It was very important for us ot get into the 10-point category. The race is heating up. Everyone is on 8 points. It’s important to catch the momentum right now,” R Ashwin told the broadcasters after the match.R Ashwin was not considered for the World Cup as India have recently focused on bolstering their bowling attack with wrist spinners. But he has been in top form this season of IPL and Ashwin said he believes reinventing is the name of the game for spinners.”A spinner is someone who reinvents the wheel all the time. For me it’s about hitting various lengths at different speeds. The undercutter, the reverse carrom. I live by the sword and die by it, plenty of people say I try too much, but it’s good that I’m keeping on experimenting,” he said.Also Read | IPL 2019: KL Rahul, R Ashwin shine as KXIP beat RR to move into top-4Also Read | IPL 2019: KL Rahul storms past 1000 runs for KXIP in only his 23rd matchlast_img read more

Arsenal, Chelsea reach Europa League semi-finals after hard-fought wins

first_imgA magnificent Alexandre Lacazette free kick sent Arsenal into the Europa League semi-finals with a comfortable 1-0 win away to a toothless Napoli on Thursday, ending Serie A’s interest in European competition this season.The Frenchman struck in the 36th minute to earn Arsenal a tie against Valencia, just as Napoli, trailing 2-0 from the first leg, were threatening to take control of the game.Carlo Ancelotti’s team lost their way after that and, although the hosts had 67 percent of possession, Arsenal were able to sit out the second half to reach the semi-finals for the second season in a row with a 3-0 aggregate win.”We came here with ambition, we wanted to win, to score some goals. We did it, and kept a clean sheet as well, which is important for the confidence,” said Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny.Ancelotti said that “the game lasted 30 minutes.””We had two chances to score and we didn’t succeed,” he added. “We have not been as lucid in the last two months, we are more predictable and because of that, we have difficulty with our finishing.”In a lively opening half hour, Napoli threatened to make a breakthrough as Jose Callejon’s effort was saved by Petr Cech’s legs and Arkadiusz Milik had a goal chalked off for offside.The Pole should have put Napoli ahead minutes later when compatriot Piotr Zielinski’s cross found him unmarked in the penalty area but he headed wide.Arsenal also lost Aaron Ramsey to an apparent hamstring problem but, just as it seemed things were going against them, they went ahead as Lacazette curled his free kick around a poorly organised wall from 25 metres.advertisementArsenal should have wrapped up the game four minutes into the second half but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, with only Alex Meret to beat, placed his shot too near the goalkeeper who was able to save.The second half petered out after that as Arsenal sat back and Napoli enjoyed most of the possession but did little with it.Lorenzo Insigne shot weakly at Cech after getting clear of the Arsenal defence and was immediately substituted, a decision which infuriated the forward who watched the rest of the match on the touchline with his arms folded.Fabian Ruiz summed up their evening by firing their last chance wildly over the crossbar in stoppage time.”Insigne was just disappointed with the way the match went, he had believed in our chances like everyone else” said Ancelotti. “His reaction was not linked to the substitution.”Chelsea reached the Europa League semi-finals by beating Slavia Prague 4-3 in a roller-coaster game on Thursday, helped by a Pedro brace in a first-half onslaught before withstanding a comeback bid by the Czechs after the break.Chelsea, who will face Eintracht Frankfurt in the last four, were cruising 4-1 at halftime but Slavia’s Petr Sevcik slammed home two strikes early in the second half, narrowing the aggregate score to 5-3.With the Stamford Bridge crowd increasingly unsettled, and Slavia being roared on by their travelling fans, Sevcik spurned a chance to cut the deficit further.But Chelsea, having won the first leg 1-0, held on to set up a semi against Eintracht, who beat visiting Benfica 2-0 to go through on away goals after a 4-4 aggregate scoreline.A Chelsea triumph in the Europa League, a trophy they won in 2013, would secure a way back into the prestigious Champions League if they finish outside Premier League top four this season. They currently sit fifth in the table.”As usual in the last two months we started very badly in the second half,” Sarri told reporters. “It’s a big problem… We need a solution, we need to solve this problem.”Sarri, who has never won a major final as a coach, said he was determined to see his side triumph this time.”For me, I think it is very important first of all to get to the final, but this time I don’t want to just get to the final, I want to win the final,” he said.Slavia coach Jindrich Trpisovsky lamented his side’s defensive performance in the opening 45 minutes.”If we had managed the first half better, I think we could have gone through,” he said. “Everyone says the English Premier League is the example to follow and that we cannot play against teams like this. But I think we showed today that we can.”Also Watch:last_img read more