Kapil Dev to deliver Dalmiya Lecture on November 14

first_imgIndia’s first World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev will deliver the first Jagmohan Dalmiya Memorial Lecture here on November 14.This is going to be an annual event from now on, the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) stated in a release.Besides Kapil, president of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Thilanga Sumathipala will also speak during the programme to be attended by both Indian and Sri Lankan team members ahead of the first Test at the Eden Gardens.The CAB will also organise felicitation of certain long serving members of the Association on that day, names of whom will be intimated in due course, it added.last_img

I have only had ups with him: Luke Shaw on father figure Mauricio Pochettino

first_imgManchester United defender Luke Shaw has praised his former manager Mauricio Pochettino and is hopeful of reuniting with the Tottenham Hotspur coach in the future.Shaw played under Pochettino at Southampton during the latter half of the 2012-13 season as the Saints finished eighth in the Premier League. The England International moved to United at the end of the season.In the epilogue of Spanish pundit Guillem Balague’s new book “Brave New World: Inside Pochettino’s Spurs”, the 22-year-old hailed his fantastic relationship with the Argentine and reckoned Pochettino would like to work with him again as well.”I think with Southampton he achieved the impossible. We were one of the best footballing teams in the league…I do hope that I can play for him again one day. And I think he really wants me to play under him again,” Shaw wrote.”He used to call me his son, that’s how good our relationship was. I’ve had lots of ups and downs, but when I was with Pochettino it was only ever up, up, up.”He made me feel that I was the best. He’d show me clips of my games and say, ‘You should do this better’. Not in a horrible way. Not I could have done better, but I should have done better, because he knows I can be better.”Shaw is struggling to get playing time at United after falling out with manager Jose Mourinho and could meet Pochettino when second-placed United host third-placed Tottenham in the league on Saturday.advertisementlast_img read more

Sergio Aguero hailed as Manchester City legend after record goal number 178

first_imgSergio Aguero, fresh from becoming the top scorer in the 137-year history of Manchester City, said he would be giving away his historic match shirt as a special memento for his son Benjamin.The popular Argentine was hailed as a “legend” by team mates and former City greats alike after scoring his 178th goal for the club – another crucial one – during their thrilling 4-2 win at Napoli in the Champions League on Wednesday.Aguero’s strike put City 3-2 ahead in the 69th minute of a remarkable game and he revealed that he would be taking home a prized souvenir for his eight year-old son.”He texted me, saying ‘if you score, bring it (the shirt) to me’,” the 29-year-old said after going past the 177-goal landmark of Eric Brook that had lasted for 78 years.Vincent Kompany, City’s captain, led the tributes to Aguero by calling him a “true legend” while their former England international Francis Lee tweeted that he was a “superstar”.Aguero’s feat has been compiled relentlessly over the six years he has been at City ever since he struck twice in a memorable Premier League debut in August 2011 against Swansea City.It took him nine minutes to score his first goal and there have been many memorable and significant ones since, not least the 94th minute winner in the last match of the 2012 season against Queens Park Rangers that brought City the Premier League title.Manager Pep Guardiola reckoned goal number 178 in his 264th match for City was the only fitting way for the talismanic striker known universally as ‘Kun’ to break the record “because it was such an important goal to make it 3-2.”advertisementThe Spaniard added: “It’s amazing, another part of the history and legend for the club.”Although Raheem Sterling added a fourth in injury time, it was typical Aguero sharpness that broke Napoli and allowed Guardiola’s side to become the first English team to win a European tie at the Italians’ San Paolo stadium fortress.After a pulsating game, Guardiola reckoned that beating Napoli, the free-scoring league leaders in Serie A, twice in two weeks was an “incredible achievement”.”They are perhaps the best side I’ve faced in my career,” he added.”We tried to block their left flank, but they got there first and were too strong. They massacred us for 20 minutes and we didn’t have the courage to play. I am glad with the way we reacted.”One down to a Lorenzo Insigne goal, City hit back through headed goals from their centre backs Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones either side of halftime, before Jorginho checked their momentum from the penalty spot.”I am so proud because I know the side we beat,” added Guardiola, who has now overseen 22 unbeaten matches as City boss.”I am in love with Napoli, with the way they make short passes and they didn’t give us time to think in the opening 20 minutes.”Yet while City have booked their place in the last 16 with a maximum 12 points, this attractive Napoli side are now in grave danger of missing out on the knockout stages with just three points in third place.Their manager Maurizio Sarri could take scant consolation in how “we caused problems for a very strong team, probably the best of all right now.”last_img read more

Maha govt directs schools to observe Nov 7 as Students Day

first_imgMumbai, Nov 5 (PTI) The Maharashtra government has directed its schools and junior colleges in the state to observe November 7 as Students Day, to mark Dr B R Ambedkars entry into school education 117 years back in 1900.A Government Resolution (GR) issued by the state school education and sports department on October 27 in this regard has described the Dalit icons enrolment in school as the dawn of a new era.It was because of the Constitution given by Dr Ambedkar to the nation that the values of freedom, equality, brotherhood and rule of law took roots in the society, said the GR.”Hence the enrolment of Dr B R Ambedkar as a student in the school is a landmark event and proves to be one that changed the course of our history. Dr Ambedkar was a life-long student and cultivated his interest to learn throughout his life,” it further said.Every student is the future of the country and education is the only means for progress, said the GR.”In order to make the students aware that hard work alone can ensure their progress, November 7 should be observed every year as Students Day,” it said.The GR directed all the schools and junior colleges to organise essay writing, elocution competitions, poetry reading and other such events to mark the occasion.As per the GR, Dr Ambedkar enrolled as a student on November 7, 1900 at Pratapsingh High School in the states Satara district. He was enrolled with serial number 1914 in the school register with his signature against his name.advertisementThe school has preserved the historic document. PTI MM GK BASlast_img read more

Bayern Munich re-sign Sandro Wagner from Bundesliga rivals Hoffenheim

first_imgSandro Wagner has re-signed with Bayern Munich from rivals Hoffenheim till June 2020, confirmed the German champions.Wagner came through the ranks at Bayern and made his senior debut in 2007. He played eight games that season and left the following year in 2008.Since then, he has played for MSV Duisburg, Werder Bremen, 1. FC Kaiserslautern (on loan), Hertha BSC and Darmstadt 98 before joining Hoffenheim last year.”I’m delighted. A long journey for me is now at an end and I can return to my home, my club. I’m very happy that it’s come off. Bayern are the best club in Germany and one of the best in the world,” Wagner told the club’s website (fcbayern.com).The 30-year-old has seven caps for Germany and was part of the side that won the Confederations Cup earlier this year.”In Sandro Wagner we have another Germany international coming to Bayern. We’re convinced that Sandro will enhance our squad with his class and his experience,” Bayern’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic said.Bayern have opened an 11-point lead atop the Bundesliga table and will travel to face Bayer Leverkusen on Jan. 12 following the conclusion of the winter break.(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img read more

Jasprit Bumrah Test call-up a reward for his ODI, T20 performances: Rohit Sharma

first_imgRohit Sharma was all praise for paceman Jasprit Bumrah, who earned his maiden Test call-up for the upcoming South Africa tour. India will begin their tour of South Africa with a two-day warm-up match at Boland Park in Paarl from December 30-31. The first Test of the three-match series will get underway at Newlands from January 5.Rohit himself is all set to make his international captaincy debut when India host Sri Lanka in first of the three one day internationals in Dharamsala on Sunday. Rohit has led Mumbai Indians to three championships in the Indian Premier League and is the only captain to achieve the feat in the cash-rich T20 league.Rohit was named the 24th captain of India when Virat Kohli was rested for the ODI and three-match T20 International series against Sri Lanka.”It’s a great boost for him to be a part of the Test team. He was looking forward to it, he was for a while wanting to be a part of the Test team. It’s all the reward for what he has done in the ODI and T20 formats. Over the last year and so, how he has improved himself, on his bowling and fitness as well…it is a reward for all of those things and it shows. It’s a lesson for all those cricketers that if you put in all those hard yards, you will get the result…you will get rewarded. And Bumrah has actually been rewarded for the things that he has done in the past few years,” Rohit said on the eve of the first ODI.advertisementBumrah first came into the limelight in the Indian Premier League in 2013. Playing for Mumbai Indians, he picked up three wickets from two matches but was noticed for his slinging action. The following year, he played 11 matches and finished with five wickets but his death bowling made him a potent weapon for the Rohit-led team. The following year was also not that great in terms of wickets but he delivered when the captain needed him.Bumrah will once again spearhead India’s pace bowling attack alongside Bhuvneshwar Kumar when they face Sri Lanka in the first ODI on Sunday.”Yes! He has played with me at Mumbai Indians. Every game, every series we’ve played, he has come up with new strategies, new plans and it’s good to see that he has matured as a bowler. He understands what he needs to do and what the team expects out of him. And he is very focused guy, very disciplined in terms of his work ethic and that is what is giving him the results on the field. He had a good month-month and a half time off and he went to NCA and worked on his body again and rejuvenated and he looks a lot fresher now. And hopefully he can do the job for us, the way he was doing in the past,” the stand-in skipper added.Looking at this abilities, Bumrah was called up for the Australia tour Down Under and made his international debut during an ODI series in January 2016. He was impressive in his debut game and finished with 2/40 as India defeated the hosts by six wickets in the last match of the series.Impressed with his solid performances, the team management then handed the pacer his maiden T20I cap during the three-match series against Australia. He pocketed six wickets in three matches as India swept Australia aside in their own backyard.And he has not looked back ever since and only got better.He came back into the IPL and had his best two seasons in 2016 and 2017. In 2016, he picked up 15 wickets from 14 matches while this year, he starred for Mumbai in the championship winning campaign with 20 wickets from 16 games. Currently, the pacer has 46 wickets from 47 IPL matches.He recently became the second quickest Indian to bag 50 wickets in ODI and rose to No.3 spot in ICC rankings. He is also the No.1 bowler in T20 cricket.The 22-year-old now has 52 wickets from 28 ODIs and he has got 40 scalps from 30 T20Is.last_img read more

Atromitos Knocks Off Panathinaikos 2-1

first_imgATHENS – Walter Iglesias’ two second-half goals in the space of five minutes on assists from fellow Argentine Javier Umbides led Atromitos to a 2-1 away win over Panathinaikos in the Greek league.The hosts opened the scoring through Marcus Berg in the first half.The win kept Atromitos in third place, four points ahead of fourth-placed Panathinaikos and 12 behind league leader Olympiakos, which traveled to Aris on Dec. 15. Second-place PAOK, eight points behind the leader, travels to newcomer Kalloni.Also, Platanias beat Xanthi 3-0 and Giannena defeated Ergotelis 2-0.At Panathinaikos, Berg put the hosts ahead in the 39th minute. A long clearance from Panathinaikos’ area by David Mendes was headed at midfield by Nikos Karelis into the path of the Swedish forward, who lobbed the ball from outside the area over the charging Atromitos goalkeeper Luigi Cennamo.Atromitos equalized, also on the break, in the 60th, as Iglesias completed a 70-meter (75-yard) run by meeting Umbides’ cross from the right to tap the ball in. Iglesias’ run was helped by three Panathinaikos defenders who kept running toward their goal with no one turning to mark him.Five minutes later, Iglesias headed the winner off Umbides’ free kick.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Stewart Says Deadly Crash Accident

first_imgHUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — There were days when Tony Stewart couldn’t get out of bed. It was a chore to take a shower, to leave his room. The television was on, he would stare at it, and have no idea what he was watching.He didn’t care about racing. He didn’t want to talk to anyone, let alone face his family, friends or other drivers. Stewart’s grief over the death of Kevin Ward Jr. was overwhelming, and he couldn’t find his way out of the fog.Stewart, one of NASCAR’s biggest stars, spent three weeks in seclusion at his Indiana home after the car he was driving struck and killed Ward at a dirt track in upstate New York. He describes those weeks as the darkest of his life.“I know 100 percent in my heart and in my mind that I did not do anything wrong. This was 100 percent an accident,” Stewart told The Associated Press on Sept. 25 in his first interview since a Grand Jury decided he would not be charged in Ward’s death.On the advice of legal counsel, Stewart would not describe what he remembers about the crash at Canandaigua Motorsports Park.Ward and Stewart had been racing for position when Ward crashed, exited his vehicle and walked down the dark track in an apparent attempt to confront Stewart. A toxicology report found Ward also had marijuana in his system.Ward’s family has said “the matter is not at rest,” and Stewart may still face a civil lawsuit.Sitting on the couch of his North Carolina home, a sprint car race in Arkansas on mute on the television, Stewart said not being able to talk about what happened is extending his anguish.“It keeps me from moving forward. It just stays there, hanging over my head,” Stewart said.Ward and Stewart didn’t know each other, and Stewart doesn’t recall them ever talking. He laments that in the scrutiny that followed — some questioned if Stewart had tried to intimidate Ward for stepping on the track — that the loss of the 20-year-old driver and his promising career fell to the background. He said he can’t imagine how the Ward family is feeling.“I guess the end result is I don’t blame them for anything they say,” he said.Understanding how to deal with his grief and getting back on the track was difficult. Stewart has had his share of controversy and drama in his volatile but successful 16-year NASCAR career; none of it prepared him for the emotions he felt following Ward’s death.He said he needed professional help to cope with the situation, and asking for assistance wasn’t easy. Stewart, 43, isn’t married, has no children and keeps a tight inner circle. He’s a solitary figure of sorts, someone who broods and stews alone, and opening himself up for self-examination was a monumental task.He had no choice.“You sit there and you wrack your brain, you try to analyze ‘Why did this happen?’” Stewart said. “I made myself miserable just trying to make sense of it … I just couldn’t function. I’ve never been in a position where I just couldn’t function.”His tumble into depression began almost immediately. Stewart left Canandaigua after the crash and went to Watkins Glen, where he was scheduled to race the next morning. It was roughly 2 a.m. when he got back to his motorhome, and he looks back now and says he was in shock.But Stewart is a racer through and through, and racers pick themselves up and race. So that’s what he told his team he would do.He wanted to get into his No. 14 Chevrolet that Sunday and go, because that’s what he had done his entire life. But when he woke up the next morning, he realized immediately he was in no condition to be in a car, nor did he have the desire to drive.He did an about-face and pulled out of the race, the first of three he sat out.“You race hurt, you race sick and that’s the way racers have always been,” he said. “You say you can go do what you need to do, and then it becomes very clear that you can’t.”He watched the closing laps on television at home in Indiana, only because he wanted to see the late-race battle for a berth in NASCAR’s playoffs. He watched half of the race he missed in Michigan.Stewart said practices and qualifying sessions didn’t interest him, even as the three other cars he co-owns at Stewart-Haas Racing continued with their season without their leader at the track.It wasn’t until Bristol, the third race he missed, that Stewart was interested in watching. “It just wasn’t important to me,” he said.But he had to go back to work eventually, and he had to get out of his house. If he didn’t give himself a routine, he would never begin to heal.So Stewart returned to the track at the end of the August, racing at Atlanta, where he received a rousing ovation from the crowd during driver introductions. It wasn’t easy going to the track — it still isn’t — and although he’s back in his car, his life is far from normal.At home in North Carolina, Stewart barely steps outside the house. He needed a hairdresser to come to his place just to get a much-needed haircut.“You are part of something so tragic and so unthinkable, it’s hard to face anybody,” he said. “It was hard to wrap my arms around this, and it still is. I haven’t been a part of society for more than six weeks. You are scared to be around anybody, you are embarrassed to be around anybody because of what happened.”Focus comes whenever he pulls on his helmet and fires up his engine. Though his performance has been horrific by his own standards in his last three races, getting back into the car is a step toward normalcy.The rest of the time? A day feels like a month. His mind wanders, his emotions get the best of him.“There hasn’t been a day that’s gone by that I haven’t thought about it. And it will be like that all your life,” he said. “You are never going to forget about it. You are never going to not see it happen all over again. It’s going to be a part of me forever.”(JENNA FRYER, AP Auto Racing Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

After DUI, Phelps Stops Swimming

first_imgPutting his swimming career on hold after his second DUI arrest, Olympic champion Michael Phelps began a six-week program that he said “will provide the help I need to better understand myself.”The winningest athlete in Olympic history made the announcement in a series of posts on his Twitter account.According to his representatives at Octagon, Phelps entered an in-patient program that will keep him from competing at least through mid-November, though there’s no indication he plans to give up swimming.“The past few days have been extremely difficult,” Phelps said in a statement. “I recognize that this is not my first lapse in judgment, and I am extremely disappointed with myself. I’m going to take some time away to attend a program that will provide the help I need to better understand myself.He added, “Swimming is a major part of my life, but right now I need to focus my attention on me as an individual, and do the necessary work to learn from this experience and make better decisions in the future.”The 29-year-old Phelps was arrested early Sept. 30th and charged with drunken driving in his native Baltimore. Police said he failed a series of field sobriety tests and had a blood-alcohol content of 0.14 percent, well above the legal limit of 0.08.Phelps retired after the 2012 Olympics in London, having won a record 18 gold medals and 22 medals overall. But he returned to competition this year with the goal of making the 2016 Rio Games.His comeback has produced encouraging results, including three golds and two silvers at the Pac Pacific Championships in August.Now, swimming is on the backburner.A statement from Octagon said Phelps was entering “a comprehensive program that will help him focus on all of his life experiences and identify areas of need for long-term personal growth and development.”“Michael takes this matter seriously and intends to share his learning experiences with others in the future,” the statement said.While Phelps was still working out his schedule for the upcoming year, he will surely miss the first U.S. Grand Prix meet at Minneapolis, which begins Nov. 20. The remaining five Grand Prix meets are all in the first half of 2015 — important steps in the lead-up to next summer’s world championships in Russia.Phelps has already qualified for the worlds, the biggest meet on the swimming calendar outside of the Olympics. He was not planning to compete in the short course world championships, which will be held in early December in Qatar. The U.S. team for that meet, which includes longtime Phelps rival Ryan Lochte, was announced last week.Chuck Wielgus, the Executive Director of USA Swimming, praised Phelps for entering a program. The governing body suspended him for three months in 2009 after a photo emerged showing Phelps using a marijuana pipe, even though he was not charged.USA Swimming has not taken any disciplinary action for his second DUI arrest.“We fully support Michael’s decision to place his health and well-being as the number one priority,” Wielgus said. “His self-recognition and commitment to get help exhibit how serious he is to learn from this experience.”Phelps was also charged with excessive speed and crossing double lane lines in the Fort McHenry Tunnel on Interstate 95, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority Police. An officer reported that Phelps was clocked going 84 mph in a 45-mph zone.His trial is scheduled for Nov. 19.The statement of probable cause said Phelps’ eyes were red, bloodshot, and “his speech was mush mouth.” When asked to do a one-leg stand, Phelps replied, “That’s not happening,” according to the statement.Phelps was previously charged with drunken driving as a 19-year-old, fresh off his second Olympic games in Greece, where he won six gold medals.He pleaded guilty to the charges, but as a young first-time offender he was able to avoid conviction. He was granted probation before judgment and sentenced to 18 months on probation and a fine.If convicted of the latest charges, Phelps faces up to a year in jail, a $1,000 fine and the loss of his driver’s license for six months. However, legal experts said it’s unlikely the swimmer would have to serve any jail time.___(PAUL NEWBERRY, AP National Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Smaller Nets Beat Nuggets, 110-82

first_imgDENVER — Playing a smaller lineup paid off in a big way for the Brooklyn Nets.Brook Lopez led seven Nets players in double figures with 19 points, and Brooklyn won its second consecutive road game by beating the Denver Nuggets 110-82 on Feb. 23.Deron Williams added 16 points and 12 assists, and Thaddeus Young scored 15 in another solid outing for the Nets since his acquisition last week from Minnesota in a trade for Kevin Garnett.Rookie guard Markel Brown had 11 rebounds and 10 points for the Nets in his first start of the season. Brooklyn, coming off a 114-105 victory at the Los Angeles Lakers on Feb. 20, won back-to-back road games for the first time since mid-January.“The court’s a lot more open when we play small like this,” Williams said. “When you play ‘Kel, when you play Cory (Jefferson), we’re a lot more athletic. We can get out and run and that suits me.”The Nets, focusing on their transition game, outscored the Nuggets 62-38 in the paint.“We tried to be aggressive, move the ball side to side and share the ball,” Lopez said.Added coach Lionel Hollins: “We are trying to establish how we are going to play. We had seven guys in double figures, and for as small as we are, we still dominated the glass.”Danilo Gallinari had 22 points for the struggling Nuggets, who have lost 16 of 18 — including seven in a row at home. It matches their longest losing streak at the Pepsi Center since dropping seven straight from Feb. 6 to March 2, 2003.“Unfortunately, when we played, we had too many ups and downs,” Gallinari said. “Throughout the whole season, almost every game, we cannot be consistent. That has been our problem and it was our problem tonight, too.”Up by nine at halftime, the Nets led by as many as 18 points in the third quarter and had an 85-69 advantage heading into the fourth.Young and Lopez each had four points during a 12-2 run that stretched Brooklyn’s lead to 101-75 with 5:32 remaining.After a pair of free throws by Gallinari gave the Nuggets a 43-42 lead, the Nets went on a 12-2 spurt over the last 3 1/2 minutes of the second quarter to take a 54-45 halftime lead.Jefferson sparked the burst with a dunk and Joe Johnson capped it, driving the lane for a layup a second before the halftime buzzer sounded.(DENNIS GEORGATOS) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Jets Win Battle of New York

first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Tom Coughlin and the New York Giants were looking to put the game away with a late fourth-down conversion.It ended up sparking the Jets, who appeared well on their way to a disappointing, mistake-filled loss.Rontez Miles intercepted Eli Manning’s pass on fourth-and-2 in the fourth quarter, and Ryan Fitzpatrick rallied the Jets from a 10-point deficit to win 23-20 in overtime Dec. 6 and stay on track in the AFC playoff hunt.“I thought they would kick the field goal, honestly,” said Miles, echoing the sentiment of many Giants fans, who booed the decision — and the lack of execution — at MetLife Stadium.“If we scored there on fourth-and-2, then we push the score up to where maybe they can’t beat us with whatever,” Coughlin said. “So we’re up 17. I stand by it.”Randy Bullock cut the Jets’ deficit to seven on the next series, and Fitzpatrick hit Brandon Marshall for a 9-yard touchdown with 27 seconds remaining to tie it, capping a 71-yard drive.Bullock kicked a 31-yard field goal on the first possession of overtime. Josh Brown then missed his first attempt in 26 tries this season, giving the Jets the stunning win that sent the Giants (5-7) to their third straight loss.“For us to come from behind, it shows some grit,” coach Todd Bowles said. “During the season, that’s the mark of a good team, so we finally got to that point. I’m just happy it was today.”A 43-yard kickoff return by Dwayne Harris and a 20-yard pass to Odell Beckham Jr. on fourth down from the Giants 46 set up Brown’s 48-yard attempt that sailed wide left.“It was time for one of these games to go our way,” said Marshall, who had 12 catches for 131 yards.Fitzpatrick combined with Bilal Powell, who had eight catches for 91 yards, on a 25-yard TD pass for the Jets’ other touchdown.Bullock had three short field goals, the last capping a drive Fitzpatrick kept alive with an 11-yard pass to Eric Decker and passes of 13 and 10 to Marshall and 17 to Decker late.“There was always just a great belief in the huddle,” Fitzpatrick said, “a great belief on the sideline that we could come back and take this thing.”(DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Duke Repeat Quest Starts Well

first_imgThe Blue Devils trailed at halftime, but a maskless Marshall Plumlee led a second-half surge that powered Duke to a 93-85 win over UNC Wilmington.“I thought the key to the game was Marshall’s play in the second half,” coach Mike Krzyzewski said after Plumlee finished with a career-high 23 points.Duke moves into a West Regional second-round matchup against the winner of Thursday’s Yale-Baylor game.Plumlee wore the mask to protect a broken nose, but it was removed in the first half. Early in the second half, the Blue Devils took charge.___TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

Sweden Blanks Mexico 3-0, but Both Head to Knockout Round

first_imgYEKATERINBURG, Russia (AP) — Sweden dominated Mexico 3-0 to move on to the World Cup knockout round, and thanks to South Korea, Mexico will also advance.Ludwig Augustinsson volleyed a left-footed shot past goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa from close range five minutes into the second half, and captain Andreas Granqvist converted on penalty kick to help Sweden take control Wednesday and win Group F.Despite the loss, because South Korea beat Germany 2-0, Mexico also advances as runner-up in the group. Mexico has been to the round of 16 for seven straight World Cups.Mexico’s Edson Alvarez had an own goal in the 74th minute.Once Sweden took the lead, Mexican fans paid more attention to the other game, rooting against Germany, which could have passed Mexico with a victory.—By KYLE HIGHTOWER , AP Sports WriterMexico’s Hector Herrera, center, and Sweden’s Albin Ekdal, left, challenge for the ball during the group F match between Mexico and Sweden, at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa reacts during the group F match between Mexico and Sweden, at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg , Russia, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)Referee Nestor Pitana from Argentina, right, speaks with Sweden’s Sebastian Larsson during the group F match between Mexico and Sweden, at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg , Russia, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)TweetPinShare11 Shareslast_img read more

Newcastle Hires Steve Bruce as Coach to Replace Rafa Benitez

first_imgNEWCASTLE, England — Newcastle hired Steve Bruce to replace Rafael Benitez as its manager on Wednesday amid fan unrest at the lack of spending and ambition at the Premier League club under much-criticized owner Mike Ashley.Bruce, the former Manchester United defender, takes charge of his boyhood club after leaving his job at second-tier Sheffield Wednesday. He is the 10th permanent manager under Ashley’s troubled ownership that began in 2007.It is being widely viewed as an uninspiring appointment, with the 58-year-old Bruce having been relegated twice from the Premier League — with Birmingham in 2006 and Hull in 2015. He has a win percentage in the top flight of 28%, though has experience of managing more than 900 competitive matches in a 21-year coaching career.“There is a huge challenge ahead of us,” said Bruce, who has signed a three-year deal, “but it’s one that my staff and I are ready for. We’ll roll our sleeves up and we’ll be giving it everything from the off to ensure supporters have a successful team that they can be proud of.” Yet Newcastle supporters are still angry that Ashley didn’t reach an agreement to extend the contract of Benitez, who left last month after more than 3½ years in charge saying the club “did not share his vision.” Benitez has since taken over at Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang.Benitez couldn’t stop Newcastle being relegated when he joined in March 2016, but helped the team immediately bounce back into the Premier League the following season. Finishing 10th and 13th in the last two seasons cemented Newcastle’s place in the top flight.Bruce could face a tough first season because Newcastle will not have its two starting strikers from last season, Salomon Rondon and Ayoze Perez. Rondon, who was only on loan from West Bromwich Albion, hasn’t been signed on a full-time deal, while Perez has moved to Leicester.Bruce and his staff are due to fly out to meet up with Newcastle’s players in China, where the team is playing in a pre-season tournament.Sheffield Wednesday said it was “disappointed to learn via (a) public statement issued by Newcastle” that Bruce and his staff had been hired, and that there remained “outstanding legal issues to be resolved.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

CPU plus FPGA design flow for software developers: A new tangible reality

first_imgRecently, Brian Bailey organized a round table that resulted in a two-part article called Supporting CPUs Plus FPGAs . The experts discussed the evolving reality of systems design based on FPGAs and CPUs. This discussion addresses recent developments in design flow and how using new technology can assist software developers in reaching a faster time-to-market for CPU plus FPGA platforms.Introduction Looking at the growing interest in artificial intelligence (AI), the emergence of connected objects (IoT), and the data center acceleration trend, all leads us to ask: what is the common denominator between the three?Software developers are at the center of all of these trends and they are looking to accelerate their programming and calculations. Latest technology breakthroughs, including low communication latency between FPGAs and CPUs, coupled with the relatively low power consumption of todays FPGAs, makes FPGA- and CPU-based systems the right choice to achieve the desired performance. At the center of this convergence, however, software developers are hampered by the underlying complexity of FPGA technology.Over the past few years, High Level Synthesis (HLS) tools have greatly improved with regard to addressing today’s system complexity and shortening time-to-market. However, HLS tools focus foremost on IP blocks (i.e., they are IP-centric). There is a broad range of system-level decisions/optimizations that can’t be supported by HLS tools to satisfy the requirements. Some of these requirements include finding the right balance between software tasks and hardware accelerators, comparing pipeline versus parallel execution, achieving desired data granularity, assessing communication mechanisms, and many more.In order to build these complex systems, software developers require a design flow that offers joint support of both hardware and software. Such a flow must be simple enough to warrant its use (like the software developer flow) and adoption by software developers. The flow must also provide insightful feedback about the optimization choices available to achieve the required performance goals. Some companies have recently paved the way to facilitate the task for software developers by abstracting the technological details of the hardware design flow. These companies are inspired by the System-Level Design approaches described in ESL Models and their Application: Electronic System Level Design and Verification in Practice.Understanding the system-level design flow methodology System-Level Design is focused on higher abstraction level concerns. While there is a need to concentrate on the bigger picture, various levels of abstractions are used to validate, verify, refine, and integrate different pieces of the system before it is actually developed. Even though the engineering community does not agree on a common language to use, the majority of design engineers start at the algorithmic level. Designers validate non-functional and functional system specifications by creating execution models written in C/C++/SystemC, MATLAB, Simulink, and LabVIEW environments. These high-level languages are used to model the behavior of the entire system.For the purposes of this discussion, we’ve focused on a System-Level Design flow based on C/C++ specifications (Figure 1). The first block is divided into three steps. The first of these steps represents application profiling (i.e., hardware-software partitioning) where pieces of C/C++ code (functions, loops, etc.) are being considered to be moved into the hardware (FPGA). The next step is the specification of the CPU/FPGA platform (e.g., ARM53/FPGA, POWER8/FPGA) and configuration of the hardware platform elements (system clock, processor cache, interconnections, etc.). The following step is to map the application tasks (based on the profiled application) between hardware and software (i.e., hard and/or soft CPU) and — at the very end — the generation of an executable architecture.Figure 1. Typical system-level design flow for CPU/FPGA(Source: Space Codesign Systems, Inc.) The second block of Figure 1 involves architecture optimization (also known as architectural exploration or performance verification). This is depicted in more detail in Figure 2. Figure 2. The architecture optimization process (Source: Space Codesign Systems, Inc.) The architecture optimization process addresses the following estimators:Hardware estimation assesses metrics of hardware partitioning (i.e., C/C++ code moved on the FPGA). It can be broken down by resources, performance (e.g., loop latency) and power estimates. Hardware estimation is driven by HLS (High-Level Synthesis) tools.Software estimation evaluates metrics for the C/C++ partition code running on the CPU (i.e., hard and/or soft CPU). This process is complementary to the hardware estimation step. Examples of performance metrics are processor load, task switching, and cache misses.Data transfer estimation consists of modeling the interfaces (i.e., memory mapped and streaming interfaces) by which the hardware and software communicate. Examples of collected metrics are bus performance (e.g., latency and throughput), queue, and memory usage.These estimations are aggregated in a database and a system performance analysis is presented to the developer to assess if the requirements of the system are being met. Architectures that satisfy the requirements proceed to the architecture implementation process; otherwise, additional system level optimization attempts are processed.The last block of Figure 1 relates to the architecture implementation where system architectures are converted to a bitstream (for FPGA implementation) using implementation tools such as Xilinx Vivado or Intel Quartus Prime for final and complete system generation to be executed on the specific physical platform. This step must produce quality code and should be transparent for the software developer.System-level optimization The lack of automated tools for architectural optimization has long been perceived as a key weakness of FPGA-based computing. The development of such tools was difficult due to the complexity and challenges involved.To illustrate these challenges, Figure 3 shows a typical system-level optimization process during an architectural exploration for an image processing application composed of six functions (pieces of C/C++ code) to be implemented on a Zynq-7000 platform. Here, we list eight potential architectures that can be implemented on the platform. As the time-to-market does not allow for implementation of each architecture, the best one to implement must rapidly be determined. This sequence of optimizations can be challenging, even for experienced hardware designers.Figure 3. Architecture exploration with system-level decisions shown in blue (Source: Space Codesign Systems, Inc.) FPGA software development tools like SDSoC/SDAccel (Xilinx), Merlin Compiler (Falcon Computing Solutions), and SpaceStudio (Space Codesign Systems) are commercial solutions that assist software developers in the design of FPGA/CPU systems while achieving system-level optimization. These tools adopt a similar flow as described in Figures 1 and 2, and — by that — they demonstrate the existence of a new generation of system-level tools with different approaches.SDSoC estimates the system performance in a two-step approach. Initially, SDSoC estimates latencies for the hardware functions (from HLS tools) and internal characterization (i.e., data transfer) of the targeted physical platform and its communication interfaces. Later, this estimate is compared against a software-only version of the application running on the physical platform.Merlin Compiler proposes source-to-source transformation. The goal of source-to-source transformation is to reduce or eliminate the design abstraction gap between software/algorithm development and existing HLS design flows. The Merlin Compiler relies on four pragmas to infer specific FPGA designs. In addition to the four major optimizations triggered by explicit pragmas, the Merlin Compiler also contains various implicit optimizations (i.e., transform passes of the compiler) which are performed along with the pragmas to help improve the results of the pipeline and parallelization.SpaceStudio seamlessly generates an executable virtual platform (VP) for each architecture candidate (mapping). A typical VP is composed of processor core simulators connected to various models of buses, memory controllers, and other data peripheral models. It models the targeted platform along with data transfers in a co-simulated environment that is tailored specifically to the application. This means that the executable VP enables more accurate performance prediction and algorithm validation of the application. It also integrates monitoring and analysis capabilities for non-intrusive performance profiling of both hardware functions and software tasks. VP relies on HLS tools for hardware estimators, while delays (e.g., latencies) of hardware mapped functions are automatically annotated to increase the accuracy of the simulation process. The VP can be inspected by the software developer to understand how the optimization tasks are implemented. Such feedback helps the software developer to achieve the intended design for the specific applied optimizations.One way to view the commercial ecosystem Figure 4 proposes a view of the commercial ecosystem gravitating around the world of platform-based design of CPUs and FPGAs. The first (upper) box presents the main design entry at the algorithm level. The second box contains environments supporting algorithmic synthesis (i.e., from algorithm to implementation). The tools marked in bold support C/C++ design entry and perform system-level optimizations. The third box represents tools used to achieve the architectural implementation, mainly tools from FPGA vendors that perform the low-level synthesis and the bitstream generation. At the bottom of the figure, examples of CPU/FPGA platforms are illustrated.Figure 4. Commercial ecosystem for CPU/FPGA platforms (Source: Space Codesign Systems, Inc.) Additionally, Table 1 lists some of the main commercial tools used in CPU/FPGA platform design.Table 1. Commercial automation tools (*Note: A list is proposed in this review) Conclusion The ultimate goal is to democratize the development of CPU plus FPGA platforms to a wider population of users, such as the software developer community. Looking at the analogy of programming languages, it took the IT industry over 50 years for programming languages to evolve into friendly languages such as Python or, more recently, Swift. A similar evolution process is happening in the FPGA programming industry. The acceptance of HLS tools took some time to be endorsed by system designers. Today, with the advent of system-level solutions for software developers, we are entering into a new phase. Commercial tools such as SpaceStudio, SDSoC, and Merlin Compiler are testimony of this acceptance process. Still, much work remains to be done in order to have a fully automated and optimized process across compilers targeting CPU plus FPGA platforms.Guy Bois, Ing., PhD is the Founder of Space Codesign Systems and Professor in the Department of Software and Computer Engineering of Polytechnique Montréal. Guy has participated in many R&D projects in collaboration with industry leaders such as STMicroelectronics, Grass Valley, PMC Sierra, Design Workshops Technologies, and Cadabra Systems. Guy’s research expertise in the field of hardware/software codesign led to the commercialization of the solution and the inception of SpaceStudio from Space Codesign Systems Inc. Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Continue Reading Previous Epson robots bend over backwards to be flexibleNext Smart connectivity solutions enable seamless and immersive AR/VR experiencescenter_img Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: EDA last_img read more

AAEON: network appliance platform based on second generation Intel Xeon Scalable Processors

first_imgAAEON launched the FWS-8600 network appliance platform based on second generation Intel Xeon Scalable Processors, formerly Cascade Lake. The Second Generation Intel Xeon Scalable Processors (Xeon SP) helps boost deep learning at the edge and offers a high-performance platform for running AI algorithms and machine learning at the edge. Built to handle AI frameworks out of the box, the Xeon SP can help consolidate the ever-increasing data workloads needed by AI and IOT networks.The Second Generation Intel Xeon Scalable Processors help AAEON and our customers in many ways. Along with Intel® solutions such as the Intel Movidius Myriad X up to the Core i7, the Xeon SP provides another level of platform scalability to meet developer’s exact project needs. This range of solutions also helps to provide powerful fanless solutions to meet the needs of AI platforms that operate at the extremes of edge computing.As an associate member of the Intel IoT Solutions Alliance, AAEON worked closely with Intel during the development of the Second Generation Intel Xeon Scalable Processors to deliver a powerful platform built to meet the high-data high-performance demands of AIOT Edge networks, the FWS-8600 network appliance. AAEON looks forward to continuing our partnership with Intel and expanding the range of products featuring the Xeon® SP. We also will continue to provide our customers and suppliers with a range of products which are durable, flexible, and powerful along with our OEM/ODM support for developers to create solutions for AI, IOT, and Edge applications.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Renesas: Touch-free UI solutions with capacitive touch-key MCUs for 2D/3D gesture controlNext Cervoz 3D NAND SSD product line in 2019last_img read more

Yoga not part of any religion: Kerala CM; Nitish skips event in Bihar

first_img(Eds: Combining related reports) Thiruvananthapuram/Patna, Jun 21(PTI) As millions of yoga enthusiasts stretched and twisted their bodies today, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said yoga should not be seen as part of any religious practice while key BJP ally and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar skipped the International Yoga Day event yet again. Speaking at the state-level celebrations in Thiruvananthapuram, Vijayan, a CPI-M veteran, however lauded the greatness and benefits of yoga. Yoga can be practised by all, irrespective of caste and religion, he said, adding it should be done with a ‘free and secular’ mind. Vijayan said the LDF government has taken steps to set up a yoga and naturopathy centre of international standards in the state. Stating that yoga was an exercise and not part of any ritual, Vijayan lamented that attempts were being made by some groups to “hijack” it in the name of religion. “This kind of false propaganda will only keep common people away from yoga and reduce its popularity,” he said. Terming yoga as a ‘good exercise’ for the body and mind, the chief minister said, “though there may be many other forms of exercises in the world, there is nothing as good as yoga especially for the mental health and well-being.” In Bihar, Nitish Kumar did not participate in the main Yoga Day event in Patna which set tongues wagging. The event was inaugurated by Governor Satya Pal Malik and attended by top BJP leaders including union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi.advertisement However, both the ruling allies–JD(U) and BJP– sought to play down the issue. The JD(U) said Kumar has been practising yoga daily even before it was declared as an International Day by the United Nations in 2015 and “it would be wrong to attach any political meaning to personal decisions.” When asked about Kumar’s absence at the event, both Prasad and Modi insisted that what was important was that people practised yoga regularly, wherever they chose, and that the presence or absence of a public figure must not be politicized. Nitish Kumar, who himself is a regular yoga practitioner and is said to have learnt the ancient practice from noted exponents at the renowned Bihar School of Yoga at Munger, has been critical of the mass yoga drill organized on June 21 every year since 2015. Speculation was rife that Kumar might take part in the celebrations this year following his return to the BJP-led NDA in August last which he had left in 2013. But, he was conspicuous by his absence at the mega event held at Patliputra sports complex. We know that Nitish Kumar is a yoga enthusiast. And that is what is important. Please do not politicize the issue, Union Law minister Ravishankar Prasad, who had arrived from New Delhi to attend the celebrations, told reporters in Patna. Sushil Modi on his part asked, “why do you want to make an issue out of Nitish Kumar’s absence?” “There are many BJP leaders who could not make it to the function. There may be many leaders, not just in JD(U) but even in opposition parties like the RJD, who practice yoga regularly. Would you try to derive a political meaning out of that? JD(U) spokesman Rajiv Ranjan Prasad said the party leaders including Nitish Kumar begin their day with yoga. “We did so today also. We have been practicing yoga since much before the International Yoga Day came into being…There is no party stand, as such, with regard to taking part in the celebrations. Hence, it would be wrong to attach any political meaning to personal decisions. Opposition RJD latched on to Kumar’s absence to take a dig at him. In a statement, RJD national vice-president Shivanand Tiwary said it was “part of the old strategy of Nitish to appear different from his allies and then make a volte face.” Tiwary is a former associate of the chief minister. In Kolkata, BJP national secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya asked by newsmen if there is lack of enthusiasm in celebrating the Yoga day in West Bengal, said it was a matter of regret the Mamata Banerjee government was finding politics in everything. “Yoga Day is also being celebrated in Islamic countries of the world, but the West Bengal government is politicising everything,” he said.PTI LGK JRK NAC SNS SUS GSN GSNGSNlast_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2018: Who plays who in the quarter-finals

first_imgWe are finally into the quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup 2018 and the football fans have already touted this edition as the best in the history.With each round and each match throwing surprises, this edition has been super entertaining and completely unpredictable. The betting numbers have been changing shape and quantities with each tie and despite having favourites, one can still not predict the winners.With the final day of the Round of 16 over, we have all our quarter-finalists ready and they are on to the preparation for the last eight.World Cup 2018: England, Sweden rewrite record books to reach quarter-finalsThe final day of the Round of 16 saw Sweden defeat Switzerland 1-0 while England beat Colombia 4-3 on penalties to complete the quarter-final fixtures.Harry Kane’s England break World Cup penalty jinx: Stats and facts#ENG WIN ON PENALTIES! #COLENG // #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/qgXko4zLmXFIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) July 3, 2018#SWE WIN!Ten-man #SUI are knocked-out thanks to a deflected strike from @eforsberg10! #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/BDYSnxskt9FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) July 3, 2018First of all, here is the list of the teams that have made it to last eight:FranceUruguayRussiaCroatiaBrazilBelgiumSwedenEnglandHere’s a look at all the quarter-final ties and how the teams set up the match:Your #WorldCup quarter-final line-up is complete! #URUFRA #BRABEL#SWEENG #RUSCRO #URU #FRA #BRA #BEL #SWE #ENG #RUS #CRO pic.twitter.com/LKhUP0XNeCFIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) July 3, 2018URUGUAY vs FRANCE:On the first day of the Round of 16, two of biggest superstars of world football bid adieu to the World Cup.advertisementLionel Messi’s Argentina came up short against an inspired performance from the 19-year-old French superstar Kylian Mbappe and lost 4-3. Messi’s dream of a first World Cup was dashed as Mbappe matched Pele’s feat becoming the first teenager to score at least twice in a World Cup match since Pele scored a brace against Sweden in 1958.Cristiano Ronaldo, on the other hand, failed to inspire his Portugal to a victory while Edinson Cavani’s brace in his 100th international for Uruguay meant the South American nation cruised through.It will now be the battle of the heavyweights as France and Uruguay take on each other in a high-profile encounter. India Today PhotoRUSSIA vs CROATIA:Russia reached their first-ever quarter-final with a stunning victory over 2010 world champions Spain. While Spain looked a shadow of their superior selves, Russia showed grit and fierce will to stun Spain. Even after Spain scored first, Russia equalised with Artem Dzyuba’s penalty, courtesy a handball from Gerard Pique, and thereafter, defended their hearts out to take the match to penalties. While Igor Akinfeev saved two of Spain’s penalties, David de Gea failed to save any as Spain crashed out 4-3 on penalties.On the day same, Croatia vs Denmark was also one dramatic match. Both the teams scored within the first five minutes of the match but then chose caution over attacking football as the match kept getting stretched. In the last few minutes of the extra time, Croatia got a golden opportunity through a penalty but Kasper Schmeichel made a sensational save against Luka Modric to take the tie to the penalty shootout. Even the shooutout was dramatic as both Danijel Subasic and Schmeichel made a couple of saves before Subasic saved Denmark’s last while Ivan Rakitic scored past Schmeichel to send Croatia into quarters.In the Croatia vs Russia quarter-final, the former will surely be favourites but they will be up against a crowd-backed and inspired Russian unit.BRAZIL vs BELGIUM:Brazil marched into the quarter-finals with a solid 2-0 victory over the unpredictable Mexico. After weathering the Mexican storm for the first half an hour of the game, Brazil came into their own. Willian, Neymar, Gabriel Jesus and Philippe Coutinho combined to make numerous forays, scored two goals and defended theirs with much ease.Belgium had a contrasting game to Brazil’s. Belgium were heavily favoured ahead of the match but Japan matches toes to toes in the entire first half to keep it 0-0. Early in the second half, Japan stunned Belgium by scoring two quick goals but the Red Devils responded admirably come back from behind to equalise and then pull off a last-gasp goal to reach quarters.Brazil vs Belgium is going to be a mouthwatering clash between two tournament-favourites. Both teams have shown excellent attacking flair but perhaps it will be upto their defence this time to decide the clash.SWEDEN VS ENGLAND:advertisementSweden advanced to the quarter-finals with a 1-0 win over Switzerland in what was a scrappy match overall. For the first time in 24 years, Sweden have reached the last eight, courtesy a 66th minute goal from Emil Forsberg and some excellent saves from Swedish keeper Robin Olsen.England and Colombia played out a dramatic and heated match as Colombia earned seven yellow cards while also conceding a penalty. In the 54th minute, Carlos Sanchez brought down Harry Kane in the box and the English captain scored from the spot to take his tally in the World Cup to six goals. Right when it looked England were going to the quarters, Yerry Mina rose the highest to head in the equaliser for Colombia in the third minute of the stoppage time. The extra time also failed to yield any result and the match went to the shootouts. While Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford scored the first two penalties for England, Falcao and Cuadrado also scored for Colombia. With Ospina saving Henderson’s penalty, the advantage went to Colombia missed the next penalty to give that advantage away. Then Tripper scored for England but Uribe’s penalty was saved by Pickford. Eric Dier kept his nerves at the end and gave England a 4-3 win on penalties.England will now meet Sweden. While Colombia’s defence seemed to be a big hurdle for England, Sweden might pose a bigger threat in that discipline. India Today PhotoTwo matches will take place in the quarter-finals every day on July 6 and July 7 in the following order:July 6, 7.30pm: Uruguay vs FranceJuly 6, 11.30pm: Brazil vs BelgiumJuly 7, 7.30pm: Sweden vs EnglandJuly 7, 11.30pm: Russia vs Croatialast_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo gets his own ice cream flavour and pizza in Turin

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo arrived at Juventus on Monday to complete his move from Real Madrid and the city of Turin has already gone into overdrive to welcome their new star man.The Portuguese superstar landed in Turin on Monday to complete the formalities that will make him a Juventus player and he passed his medical. The 33-year-old, who scored four goals in the FIFA World Cup 2018 before Portugal were eliminated at the round of 16 by Uruguay, is set to sign a four-year deal with the Old Lady after he returned from his holiday.Ronaldo, who will wear the No. 7 jersey, completed his medical at the J Medical facilities before meeting his new teammates and posing for some pictures with them.The former Manchester United player had already agreed to join the Italian champions last week for a fee of 100 million Euros after both Real and Juve released statements regarding the same. That sent the fans in Turin to utter euphoria and in coming time, an ice cream flavour and a pizza have also been named after him. Fans have queued outside the stores to buy his shirt since the day the deal was announced and has eagerly awaited for his arrival in Italy.Cristiano Ronaldo after Juventus move: Real Madrid has conquered my heartMusic to our ears feat. @Cristiano #CR7DAY pic.twitter.com/uUwk9TGsV3JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) July 16, 2018Leonardo La Porta, who owns Gelateria Miretti (a resturant in Turin) for around 30 years now, has created an ice cream flavour called CR7. The 50-year-old is not a Juventus supporter or even a football fan but he creates flavours to mark important events that have happened in the city of Turin.advertisementHowever, he has only created one flavor in honour of a person before – when the Pope came to Turin in 2015.Cristiano Ronaldo leaves Real Madrid: Ramos, Bale pay emotional tributeLa Porta put a lot of thought into creating the CR7 flavour, which he wanted to represent a union between Portugal and Turin.”I put it on sale on the date 7/7 because it was the day it was rumored Cristiano Ronaldo would be presented,” La Porta told The Associated Press. “I thought of it a week before…the research was quite intense.”We chose to use a typical Portuguese liquor which is the Ginja, it is a sour cherry liquor which strongly links Portugal to the Piedmont region because here too in Piedmont we have a similar cherry liquor. In Portugal this liquor is served in a chocolate cup, so this ice cream is made up of milk, cream, sugar and carob flour, with this Ginja liquor and pieces of chocolate.” The taste of the CR7 ice cream is rich and flavourful, with hints of spice and fruit (AP Photo)The taste is rich and flavourful, with hints of spice and fruit”I hope (Ronaldo) can come here to try it,” said La Porta, adding the flavor regularly sells out. “If not, I’m ready to go to his house to make it for him. We’ll see.”Nearby is a pizza restaurant, which is also hoping to attract the superstar.Tommy Tegamino, which is owned by two Juventus season-ticket holders, brothers Filippo (31-years-old) and Tommaso Crozaso (26), now boasts the “Pizza CR7.”The deep-dish pizza is topped with stracchino cheese and black olives in the shape of the number “7” and that also symbolizes the black and white colors of Juventus.It costs an appropriate seven euros (8.17 USD).Stepping into #CR7DAY like #CR7JUVE @Cristiano pic.twitter.com/7WzAz4lwDdJuventusFC (@juventusfcen) July 16, 2018″We all hope he’ll come!” laughed Sara Giulia Peira, the 35-year-old manager of the oldest of the three branches of Tommy Tegamino. “Maybe if he finds out he’ll come here to try it, it’ll be great.”We decided to do it right when we heard the official news that he was coming here. In fact it was only Wednesday that we started selling it. Our owners decided with our pizza chef to celebrate the Portuguese star…It’s going well, especially with the fans obviously.”(With inputs from AP)last_img read more

Indian domestic cricket to witness over 2000 matches in 2018-19 season

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday announced that the 37-team Raji Trophy championship will be held from November 1, 2018 to February 6, 2019 after the conclusion of the Vijay Hazare and the Deodhar Trophy 50-overs tournaments.The domestic season will begin with the Duleep Trophy, starting on August 17, 2018. It will end on September 8.Then the Vijay Hazare Trophy will run from September 19 to October 20, while the Deodhar Trophy will run from October 23 to 27.The Ranji Trophy will have nine new teams in Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Puducherry, Sikkim & Uttarakhand.The tournament will have nine teams each in Elite Group A and B and 10 teams in the Elite Group C.The nine new teams will be placed in the Plate group category. As per Justice RM Lodha committee recommendations, extension of the game to the remote areas was a priority and that is how the states from North East were introduced in this year’s Ranji Trophy as participants in the plate division.The top team that qualifies for quarter-finals from the Plate group will be promoted to Elite Group C in the next season. The top two teams that qualify for the quarter-finals from Elite Group C will be promoted to Elite Group A & B in the next season.The Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy will also comprise 37 teams and will be played after the Irani Trophy. This will be a great platform for the domestic players to prepare for the IPL.The Col C K Nayudu Trophy, Vinoo Mankad Trophy, Cooch Behar Trophy and Vizzy Trophy (Inter-university competition) will cater to the young and budding talent of the country.advertisementThe senior women’s team will commence their domestic season with the T20 Challenger Trophy, while the one-day league runs from December 1 to 29.The one-day Challenger Trophy will be held from January 4, 2019 to January 8, while the T20 league will begin on February 20, 2019 and run till March 13, 2019.The BCCI is set to host more than 2,000 matches across various age-group competitions.(With IANS inputs)last_img read more