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