TweetPinShare0 Shares MIAMI — San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich called Game 3 of the NBA Finals an anomaly.He couldn’t use the same word to describe Game 4. It was a repeat show of dominance, one that put the Spurs one win away from ending the Miami Heat’s reign as NBA champions.Kawhi Leonard scored 20 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, Tim Duncan set a pair of playoff records and the Spurs controlled play throughout on the way to a 107-86 win over the Heat in Game 4 of the NBA Finals on June 12.San Antonio leads the series 3-1, and can capture its fifth NBA championship by winning at home on June 15. “They’re playing beautiful basketball,” Miami’s Chris Bosh said.“We’re playing Spurs basketball,” San Antonio’s Tony Parker said.Different sentences, same meaning. The Spurs’ game is the beautiful one right now, and the way they came into Miami and frustrated the Heat, not once but twice, was simply remarkable.“Now we’ve got to go back home and play as well — or better,” Popovich said. Hard to imagine them playing much better.In Game 3, the Spurs’ biggest lead was 25, while Miami never led by more than two. In Game 4, the Spurs’ biggest lead was 25, while Miami never led by more than two.Eerie and telling, all at the same time. “No,” Duncan said, “we didn’t plan on that.”The similarities didn’t end there. San Antonio shot 59 percent from the field in Game 3, and 57 percent in Game 4. The Spurs were 9 for 20 from 3-point range in Game 3; 9 for 21 from beyond the arc in Game 4. They led by 21 at halftime of Game 3; they led by 19 at halftime of Game 4.Add it all up, and the only numbers that matter are the win totals: Spurs 3, Heat 1, and Miami is well aware that’s a deficit no team has ever overcome in NBA Finals history — in 31 previous tries.“We put ourselves in a position where it is about making history,” said Miami’s LeBron James, who led the Heat with 28 points. “But all we can do is worry about Game 5. We’ve got to worry about Sunday first. Try to go up there in a hostile environment, where we were able to steal one in Game 2, and try to get another one and go on from there. Obviously, I do know the numbers. It’s never been done before, but we’re still a confident bunch.”James was his typically brilliant self, making 10 of 17 shots and added eight rebounds. But Dwyane Wade struggled, shooting 3-for-13 and scoring only 10 points. Bosh scored 12 and one of the few offensive highlights for Miami came after most of the 19,900 people in the sellout crowd departed — James Jones scored 11 points off the Heat bench in the span of 93 seconds as the game was winding down.Parker scored 19 points for the Spurs, who got 14 from Patty Mills and a 10-point, 11-rebound night from Duncan — the 158th double-double of his career, passing Magic Johnson for the NBA playoff record.Duncan also passed another Lakers legend for another NBA record in Game 4; he has 8,869 career playoff minutes, 18 more than Kareem Abdul-Jabbar logged in his tenure.Duncan called it an honor to have those marks, but quickly stressed he wants something else. “The focus is winning one more,” Duncan said. “And once that one-more is done, I can look back and say, ‘Hey, it’s truly an honor.”(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)
ATHENS — Abdul Ajagun scored one and created another as Panathinaikos secured a 2-1 away win over Greek league leaders PAOK on Nov. 9.Panathinaikos’ win allowed defending champion Olympiakos to come within two points of PAOK after beating Panthrakikos 5-1 also on Nov. 9.Ajagun opened the scoring in the 51st minute before Facundo Pereyra equalized for PAOK in the 64th. In the 79th, Ajagun crossed from the right, and striker Nikos Karelis netted at the second time of asking after his initial shot hit the post.Panathinaikos moves up to fifth on 16 points, four adrift of second-placed Olympiakos. Also, Giannena beat last-place Niki Volos 4-0, Kalloni won 2-0 at Panionios and Levadiakos vs. Platanias ended 0-0.TweetPinShare0 Shares
PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Flyers opened a crucial homestand needing wins any way they could get them. A variety pack of goals was the perfect way to start.Matt Read and Sean Couturier each had a goal and an assist to lead the Flyers to a 4-1 win over the New Jersey Devils on Dec. 11.The Flyers scored short-handed, on the power play, even strength, and into an empty net. Wayne Simmonds scored the power-play goal, and Jakub Voracek added the empty-netter to seal the win.The Flyers earned the win after dropping four of five on the road. Three of the four losses were by one goal. They have dropped to the bottom portion of the Eastern Conference and need to make the most of the four-game homestand to jump back into postseason contention.“It’s huge, especially if we want to stay in the playoff race,” Couturier said.They got an unexpected lift from Read, who has only three goals and seven assists in 28 games. He had one of each in the first period, giving the Flyers a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.“I just keep shooting pucks, getting in front of the net, getting in the hard areas,” Read said. “Things kind of bounced my way tonight.”With Steve Mason 0-5 against the Devils, Ray Emery got the start for the Flyers. Emery was 0-4 with a 4.12 GAA in his last four starts. But he was hardly tested with 17 saves against the Devils for his fifth win of the season — matching Mason’s total in eight fewer games.Emery improved his career record against New Jersey to 8-4-0-2 with a 1.78 GAA.Not even the return of leading goal scorer Mike Cammalleri (11) could spark the Devils. Cammalleri returned after missing two games with a strained gluteus muscle. “Maybe we’ve got to get a little greasier, get to the net and find ways to get a little of the sandpaper to our game around the net,” he said.The Flyers scored first on perhaps one of the unlikeliest of scenarios for a team that has struggled as much as any playing short-handed. The Devils had been spectacular of late, killing 44 of 49 power plays against during the last 14 games.But with the Devils down a player early in the first, Couturier scored his sixth goal for Philadelphia’s first short-handed goal of the season.They scored at even strength, too. Couturier blindly passed the puck in front of the net, Read pounced and stuck it past Cory Schneider for the 2-0 lead. “I just fired backdoor,” Couturier said. “Luckily, he was there.”Read scored 24 goals in the 2011-12 season and 22 last season, leaving him mystified about the cause of his season-long slump. He had his first multipoint game since April 6, 2014, against Buffalo and scored for the first time since Nov. 15.“Coot’s pass was pretty lucky, it went through about three guy’s skates and landed right on my tape,” Read said.The Flyers entered 13th in the Eastern Conference and seven points out of a playoff spot. With home games ahead against Carolina, Tampa Bay and Florida, now is the time for the Flyers to gain ground.The Devils scored their lone goal in the second when Martin Havlat scored a power-play goal for the Devils. Havlat tipped Scott Gomez’s slap shot from along the boards to cut it to 2-1.The Devils have lost two straight. “We didn’t panic with the 2-0 deficit,” said Schneider, who had 32 saves. “We stuck with it and got one on the power play, but they played pretty solid.”Simmonds’ 12th goal stretched the lead to 3-1.(DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
ATHENS — Olympiacos beat host PAOK 2-0 on Oct. 4 to maintain a perfect record after six games and a three-point lead in the Greek soccer league over arch-rival Panathinaikos.Costas Fortounis assisted on both goals, setting up Brown Ideye for a close-range shot in the 26th minute and then taking a corner which Luka Milivojevic headed home 10 minutes later.PAOK is joint fourth with Panionios, eight points behind Olympiacos.Also, newcomer AEK beat Atromitos 1-0 to move to third place, five points adrift of the defending champion, and the other newcomer, Iraklis, drew 2-2 at Giannena.TweetPinShare0 Shares
TweetPinShare0 Shares LAS VEGAS — Lamar Odom didn’t last long at the glittering intersection of championship success and Hollywood celebrity.Cut loose by his beloved Los Angeles Lakers, followed everywhere by reality television crews, the humble kid from Queens who married into the Kardashian clan saw his life spiral out of control, and so did everyone else.Khloe Kardashian tried to hide his addictions, then told the world she couldn’t save him. The two-time NBA champion landed on Skid Row, a regular tabloid target.Then he seemed to drop out altogether before he was found unresponsive in a brothel and hospitalized, bringing his estranged wife, his former teammates and the world’s attention back to his side Oct. 14.Hospital authorities would not comment on the condition of the 35-year-old former NBA forward, but the Rev. Jesse Jackson was among his visitors. Jackson said Odom was on life support and improving.“Apparently from what the doctor said, he was much better off today than yesterday. He at least has some responsiveness now,” Jackson said. “He’s got tubes in him now, but we felt inspired by his presence.”Odom, who was embraced by teammates and television fans alike for his Everyman approach to fame, was found face-down and alone Oct. 13 after spending four days at the Love Ranch, a legal Nevada brothel.Odom started “throwing up all kinds of stuff” after a 911 operator told them to turn him on his side, Love Ranch owner Dennis Hof told The Associated Press in a phone interview. Odom had “spent time socializing with some of my girls,” but wasn’t seen taking any illegal drugs, Hof said.In a recording of a 911 call, Hof’s spokesman Richard Hunter said Odom was breathing but in a “deep sleep” and had fluid coming from his nose and mouth. “He sounds like he’s snoring a little bit. But he is breathing consistently,” Hunter said.It was Odom’s first visit to the Love Ranch, and he told employees he did cocaine before he arrived Oct. 10, Hunter said.Odom also took up to 10 tabs of an over-the-counter sexual performance enhancer over the course of his stay, Nye County Sheriff Sharon Wehrly said at a news conference. Sheriff’s Detective Michael Eisenloffel described the enhancers as supplements and said Odom bought them at the brothel.With a search warrant, authorities took a blood sample from Odom early Oct. 14 to determine what was in his system. The results could take weeks, Eisenloffel said.Odom spent most of his 14-year NBA career in Los Angeles with the Lakers and Clippers, becoming a fan favorite before he sought even more fame with the Kardashians.His one-month courtship of Khloe before their huge 2009 wedding was taped for the E! network, and Odom appeared on nearly two dozen episodes of Keeping Up with the Kardashians as well as other family spinoffs, including his own Khloe & Lamar show in 2011 and 2012.Khloe Kardashian called him “Lam-Lam” and worried openly about him on the show. Even after they split in 2013, cameras recorded her calling him and checking on his welfare.People always seemed to root for Odom, whose prematurely weathered face wore the impact of his personal tragedies in a friendly way. And news of his hospitalization brought an outpouring of dismay and encouragement from his friends and family.Kobe Bryant joined Kardashian and some of Odom’s childhood friends at his bedside after an Oct. 13 Lakers game in Las Vegas.“I’m obviously hoping that he can pull through this, and that in some fortunate way this becomes the beginning of a different ending,” said Derek Fisher, the New York Knicks coach and Odom’s longtime teammate with the Lakers.Even his once-estranged father, Joe Odom, was at the hospital, according to his grandmother, Florence Odom.Authorities were called to the Crystal, Nevada, brothel at about 3:15 p.m. Oct. 13. The 6-foot-10 Odom was too tall for an available helicopter, so he was driven by ambulance to Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center in Las Vegas.In a statement, Hof, the brothel owner, said: “He largely kept to himself, and at no time did he engage in any drug use in the presence of anyone in the house. He did drink alcohol from our bar, and was taking some herbal sexual enhancement capsules.”Hunter added Love Ranch workers are trained to “stop the party” if drugs are seen, and Odom was aware of the brothel’s strict anti-drug policy.Odom was staying in its “best VIP suite” on an open-ended reservation, and was accompanied by two women, Hunter said. He spent an amount beyond five figures, which would have been negotiated privately between the women and Odom, he said. The prostitutes are independent contractors who get 50 percent of the price.Odom emerged as one of the most promising basketball talents of his generation after a difficult childhood in Queens, where his mother died of cancer when he was 12 and his estranged father was addicted to heroin. Drugs and crime were rampant in his South Jamaica neighborhood, and he never forgot where he came from, writing tributes to his mother and grandmother on his sneakers before games.Tall enough to play center and skilled enough to be a playmaking guard, the rangy kid with a beautiful shot and exceptional ball-handling skills drew comparisons to Magic Johnson when he played on a traveling youth team alongside Ron Artest, his future Lakers teammate.Despite an abbreviated college career marked by scandal and an arrest in Las Vegas, Odom’s talent was so coveted that he was picked fourth in the 1999 NBA draft by the moribund Clippers. Suddenly, he was “living like a 19-year-old rock star,” he said.Soon after, he was suspended for smoking marijuana.Odom had two children during those years, Destiny and Lamar Jr., with an ex-girlfriend, Liza Morales. The 2006 crib death of another infant son, Jayden, attributed to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, prompted Odom to consider quitting basketball. He played the next season displaying a T-shirt bearing his son’s photo in his locker.Odom loved wearing purple and gold, and his selfless play won him the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award in 2011. He won a second straight NBA title in 2010 while playing alongside Artest, now known as Metta World Peace.But his basketball career faded as his life became a spectacle. He was heartbroken in December 2011 when the Lakers attempted to trade him; he eventually landed in Dallas, where reality TV crews followed.“The year he got traded people wanted to say, ‘Oh, it’s because of the show.’ No one wanted to bring up the accomplishments he had when we were filming,” Khloe Kardashian told the AP in a 2013 interview.Still, Odom’s behavior increasingly worried family and friends. He pleaded no contest to drunk driving after an arrest in August 2013. Kardashian filed for divorce four months later and has been dating Houston Rockets star James Harden. The divorce has not yet received final approval from a judge.When cameras caught up with Odom on a sidewalk in August, he blamed the media for his downfall.“Y’all have discredited me, beat me down, took my confidence, took everything away from me. You will not do it again,” Odom told TMZ in an interview. “To everybody that I know and that supports me, I’m sorry but it’s just it. The dog has to bite back.”____By Greg Beacham and Sally Ho. Contributors include Associated Press writers Kimberly Pierceall and Ken Ritter in Las Vegas, Andrew Dalton and Beth Harris in Los Angeles, and Alicia Rancilio in New York
DUESSELDORF, Germany — Tyson Fury defeated Wladimir Klitschko by unanimous decision to end the Ukrainian’s 9 1/2-year reign as heavyweight champion on Nov. 28 and take his WBA, IBF, and WBO heavyweight titles.After a bruising encounter that ended with cuts near both of Klitschko’s eyes, referee Tony Weeks went to the judges’ scorecards.Cesar Ramos and Raul Caiz Sr. scored it 115-112 each, while Ramon Cerdan had it 116-111 in favor of the undefeated Briton (25-0, 18 KO).Fury, 12 years younger than the 39-year-old Klitschko, taunted and baited the champion at various stages, prompting jeers from fans at the 55,000-seat soccer stadium in Duesseldorf.Klitschko (64-4, 53 KO), contesting his 28th title fight, was cautious until attempting a recovery in the final rounds, but suffered his first defeat since April 2004.“The speed was missing. Reach played a big role. I tried but it didn’t work,” said Klitschko, who at 1.98-meters (6-foot-6), was in the unusual position of facing someone taller in the 2.09-meter (6-foot-9) Fury. Fury, who weighed in at 112 kilograms (247 pounds) also had half-kilo (1.1 pound) weight advantage.Klitschko, the premier heavyweight of his era, relinquished the IBF belt he had held since 2006, the WBO title he’d owned since 2008, and the WBA crown he’d had since 2011.The other major belt, the WBC title, was held by Deontay Wilder of the U.S. That was vacated in 2013 by Klitschko’s older brother Vitali, the current mayor of Kiev, Ukraine.“I’ve said some stupid things,” an emotional Fury said of his pre-fight talk and antics. “Wladimir, you’re a great champion and thanks for having me. It was all fun and games in the buildup.”The buildup had seen Fury dressing as Batman, serenading Klitschko, goading him and insulting him, and even complimenting him on his scent.Earlier, Fury threatened to call off the bout unless an issue with the canvas being too soft was resolved.There were also issues over gloves and glove-wrapping. Vitali Klitschko oversaw Fury’s glove-wrapping, but the Fury camp was incensed when the younger Klitschko wrapped the gloves without any of them present. That spat was resolved when he agreed to re-wrap.Fury was itching to go from the start, and he ran into the first round to put Klitschko off kilter. The Briton also goaded Klitschko during and after the round.Fury then landed a big right on Klitschko in the fifth, when he opened a small cut under his right eye, and taunted him again.The Briton’s intensity seemed to drop as Klitschko improved, but still he needled him in the seventh, when he urged Klitschko to “come on” and baited him with his hands behind his back, prompting more jeers.Klitschko replied to an uppercut in the ninth with a big right of his own, before Fury was warned for punching the back of his head. But then he had Klitschko in trouble in the corner.Klitschko needed a response, and sought it in the 10th, by which time there was blood coming from his left eye, too.Fury had a point deducted for hitting behind the head in the 11th and both fighters gave their all in a furious final round before raising their arms in celebration. The Fury camp’s celebrations seemed more sincere.(CIARAN FAHEY) TweetPinShare0 Shares
Chelsea maintained its perfect start to the season when Brazil forward Willian scored in a 1-0 Europa League victory at PAOK Thessaloniki on Thursday.Two goals from Ever Banega and Wissam Ben Yedder led Sevilla, the most successful team in Europa League history, to a 5-1 thrashing of Standard Liege while Eintracht Frankfurt opened its campaign by upsetting Marseille 2-1.Arsenal, with former Sevilla coach Unai Emery now in charge, defeated Ukraine’s Vorskla 4-2 thanks to a double from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and AC Milan edged past Dudelange of Luxembourg 1-0.Sitting atop the Premier League with five wins from five games, Chelsea rested Eden Hazard after the Belgium playmaker registered a hat trick in a 4-1 win against Cardiff on Saturday.Two Chelsea supporters were injured in an attack by suspected local fans shortly before dawn. Police said the two Englishmen were beaten by three assailants in central Thessaloniki.PAOK’s fans show a banner that reads: “Macedonia is one and only and it’s here” during a Group L Europa League soccer match between PAOK and Chelsea at Toumba stadium in the northern Greek port city of Thessaloniki, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)An ambulance crew provided first aid but the men declined to be taken to hospital. The three assailants escaped and police said the fans of the London club did not wish to press charges.Here’s a look at Thursday’s games:WILLIAN LIFTS CHELSEAChelsea manager Maurizio Sarri made five changes to his starting line-up against PAOK and his dominant team should have scored a hatful of goals.The out-of-form Alvaro Morata wasted several chances after captain Willian had finished off a speedy counter-attack in the seventh minute following good work from Ross Barkley.“We played very well, were in control of the match, and it would have been difficult for anybody to play against us this evening,” Sarri said.Chelsea’s Pedro Rodriguez, right, duels for the ball with PAOK’s Andre Vierinha during a Group L Europa League soccer match between PAOK and Chelsea at Toumba stadium in the northern Greek port city of Thessaloniki, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)Also in Group L, BATE Borisov of Belarus won 2-0 at Hungary’s Vidi.SEVILLA ON FIRESevilla, Europa League winners in 2014, 2015 and 2016, went ahead in the eighth minute against Standard thanks to a curling free kick by Banega.Standard leveled through Moussa Djenepo before Franco Vazquez made it 2-1 for the Spanish hosts in the 41st minute. Ben Yedder added two second-half goals and Banega completed the rout with a penalty.Also in Group J, Russian club Krasnodar won 1-0 at Turkey’s Akhisar Belediyespor.AUBAMEYANG’S ARSENAL JOYAubameyang opened the scoring for Arsenal against Vorskla in the 32nd minute when he converted an Alex Iwobi cross.Danny Welbeck headed in a center from Henrikh Mkhitaryan before Aubameyang made it 3-0 with a precise shot from outside the area.Substitute Mesut Ozil added the fourth goal from close range but Vorskla reduced the arrears thanks to captain Volodymyr Chesnakov and Vyacheslav Sharpar.For Emery, the Europa League is familiar territory, after he guided Sevilla to its three straight titles earlier this decade.Also in Group E, Sporting Lisbon scored twice in the second half to sink Qarabag 2-0.DAVID VS GOLIATHIt was a case of David vs Goliath when seven-time European champion Milan took on Dudelange, the first team from Luxembourg to reach the Europa League group stage.Dudelange did well to keep out Milan until Gonzalo Higuain struck the only goal of the game in the 59th minute.Real Betis’ Joaquin, right, shoots the ball in front of Olympiakos’ players during a Group F Europa League soccer match between Olympiakos Piraeus and Real Betis at the Karaiskakis Stadium, in Piraeus, near Athens, on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)Also in Group F, Olympiakos and Betis drew 0-0.LATE EINTRACHT WINNERSubstitute Luka Jovic struck one minute from time as German Cup winner Eintracht Frankfurt came back from a goal down to defeat last year’s Europa League runner-up Marseille 2-1 in a game played behind closed doors in France.Marseille went ahead in the third minute at the Stade Velodrome as Florian Thauvin crossed from the right for Lucas Ocampos to score.Frankfurt equalized in the second half through Lucas Torro before Jovic’s late winner.In the other Group H match, Lazio defeated Apollon 2-1.OTHER GAMESRangers, managed by former England midfielder Steven Gerrard, recovered from conceding a first-minute goal to draw 2-2 at Villarreal, while Rapid Vienna beat Spartak Moscow 2-0 in the other Group G game.In Group I, Genk defeated Malmo 2-0 and Besiktas eased past newcomer Sarpsborg 3-1.In Group A, Bayer Leverkusen rallied from two goals down to win 3-2 at Ludogorets Razgrad in Bulgaria.In a matchup between the champions of Scotland and Norway, Celtic beat Rosenborg 1-0. Also in Group B, Fredrik Gulbrandsen scored a minute before the end to give last year’s semifinalist Salzburg a 3-2 victory at Leipzig.___By KAREL JANICEK , Associated PressMore AP soccer: https://apnews.com/tag/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsTweetPinShare0 Shares
ATHENS, Greece — If Tottenham wants to repeat its run to the Champions League final, coach Mauricio Pochettino knows his players have to learn a lesson from Wednesday’s group opener.Tottenham gave up a two-goal lead and had to settle for a 2-2 draw against Olympiacos in a disappointing start to its European campaign.Harry Kane scored a clinical penalty in the 26th minute after being carelessly brought down by Yassine Meriah, and Lucas Moura made it 2-0 four minutes later with a strike from 20 meters (yards). But the Greek side was level early in the second half.Olympiacos got one back right before the break 👀Watch the second half live ➡️ https://t.co/GjzfxA5inn pic.twitter.com/t9J9b7pB7s— Bleacher Report Live (@brlive) September 18, 2019“I think, to be honest, that we didn’t deserve to go 2-0 up since we hadn’t found a way to stop them,” Pochettino said. “What disappointed me is that we didn’t manage that 2-0 (advantage) property … I think our performance wasn’t the best.”Spurs thrashed Crystal Palace 4-0 at the weekend, but Pochettino said his team couldn’t reach the same level in Greece.“They didn’t show the same aggression and focus and we conceded too many chances,” he said.Olympiacos’ Mathieu Valbuena celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during the Champions League group B soccer match between Olympiacos and Tottenham, at the Georgios Karaiskakis stadium, in Piraeus port, near Athens, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)Olympiacos winger Daniel Podence troubled the visitors all evening, testing goalkeeper Hugo Lloris early and later setting up Miguel Angel Guerrero who hit the bar with a low strike. But Podence finally found the net before the break after exchanging passes with Mathieu Valbuena, who then leveled from the penalty spot in the 54th minute.Olympiacos levels it.Watch the second half live now: https://t.co/GjzfxA5inn pic.twitter.com/xlck1IpVGr— Bleacher Report Live (@brlive) September 18, 2019“We got ourselves in a great position but obviously, the goal before the first half changed the momentum,” Kane said. (Getting) two goals away from home that’s not bad, but overall we’re disappointed because this is the kind of game we’d want to be winning.”Tottenham, which lost the Champions League final to Liverpool last season, brought on Son Heung-min for the last 17 minutes but the South Korean produced little threat on the left.Olympiacos returned to the Champions League after a year’s absence but sorely missed striker Kostas Fortounis, out with a knee injury, and defender Pape Abou Cisse who has influenza.But Ruben Semedo returned to fitness and paid tribute to his teammates.“Every player wants to be in the Champions League, and so do I. So we spare no effort and that worked for us,” he said. “I think the result was fair for us and it came from very hard work.”Olympiacos’ head coach Pedro Martins speaks to Yassine Benzia during the Champions League group B soccer match between Olympiacos and Tottenham, at the Georgios Karaiskakis stadium, in Piraeus port, near Athens, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)Coach Pedro Martins said his club remains the outsider in a group that also includes Bayern and Red Star Belgrade.“There are two favorites in this group and that hasn’t changed,” Martins said. “But we are Olympiacos and we have a mentality of wanting more. We showed heart tonight and character. There are not many teams that can back from a 2-0 deficit to Tottenham.”By: Derek Gatopoulos, Associated PressTweetPinShare1616 Shares
Continue Reading Previous Marvell: low power PCIe Gen4 NVMe SSD controllersNext RIGOL announces new 2 GHz MSO8000 series digital oscilloscope Adesto Technologies announced that its FT 6050 Smart Transceiver system-on-chip now natively supports LON, LON/IP, BACnet/IP and BACnet MS/TP protocol stacks – uniquely enabling the popular LON and BACnet industrial protocols to communicate simultaneously over the highly reliable and widely adopted Free Topology channel.Adesto’s FT 6050 Smart Transceiver will modernize and simplify automation and control networks, especially in smart buildings. Its unique and powerful open systems approach allows BACnet workstations and LON network manager and integrator tools to natively field-configure, provision and monitor controllers as either LON or BACnet devices, or both. This enables a flexible architecture that combines the best of both worlds, all while taking advantage of the easy to install, fault tolerant and scalable FT media. For OEMs, the FT 6050 can enable differentiated architectures with fewer SKUs needed in inventory, while making the integrator’s job dramatically easier and more flexible for both retrofits and new installations.The FT 6050 Smart Transceiver SoC is a key product in Adesto’s embedded IoT platform — one of the most comprehensive and open control networking platforms for the Industrial IoT. It is also supported in both LON and BACnet configurations by Adesto’s new SmartServer IoT, an open and extensible industrial edge server that supports multiple protocols and applications, enabling the convergence of diverse systems into a single edge networking and compute platform.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components
The last two years have been extremely busy in the inferencing chip business. For a while, it seemed like every other week another company introduced a new and better solution. While all this innovation was great, the problem was that most companies didn’t know what to make of the various solutions because they could not tell which one performed better than another. With no set of established benchmarks in this new market, they either had to get up to speed really quickly on inference chips, or they had to believe the performance figures provided by the various vendors.Most vendors provided some type of performance figure and usually it was whatever benchmark made them look good. Some vendors talked about TOPS and TOPS/Watt without specifying models, batch sizes or process/voltage/temperature conditions. Others used the ResNet-50 benchmark, which is a much simpler model than most people need, so its value in evaluating inference options is questionable.We’ve come a long way from those early days. Companies have slowly figured out that what really matters when measuring the performance of inference chips is 1) high MAC utilization, 2) low power and 3) you need to keep everything small.We know how to measure — what’s next?Now that we have a fairly good idea of how to measure the performance of one inference chip over another, companies are now asking what the advantages (or disadvantages) are to using multiple inference chips together in the same design. The simple answer is that using multiple inference chips, when the inference chip is designed the right way, can deliver linear increases in performance. The analogy of a highway is not far off when we look at using multiple inference chips. Does a company want the performance of a one-lane highway or a four lane highway?Clearly, every company wants a four-way highway, so the question now becomes “how do we deliver this four-lane highway without creating traffic and bottlenecks?” The answer relies on choosing the right inferencing chip. To explain, let’s take a look at a neural network model.Neural networks are broken down into layers. Layers such as ResNet-50 has 50 layers, YOLOv3 has over 100 and each layer takes in an activation from the previous layer. Thus, in layer N, the output of it is an activation that goes into layer N+1. It waits for that layer to come in, a computation is done, and the output is activations that go to layer n+2. That continues for the length of the layers until you finally get a result. Keep in mind that the initial input of this example is an image or whatever data set is is being processed by the model.When multiple chips make a differenceThe reality is that if you have a chip that has a certain level of performance, there is always going to be a customer that wants twice as much performance or four times more performance. If you analyze the neural network model, it is possible to achieve that in some cases. You just need to look at how you split the model between either two chips or four chips.This has been a problem with parallel processing over the years because it’s been difficult to figure out how to partition whatever processing you are doing and make sure it is all added up, as opposed to being subtracted when it comes to performance.Unlike parallel processing and general-purpose computing, the nice thing with inference chips is that customers typically know in advance if they want to use two chips so the compiler doesn’t have to figure it out on the fly — it’s done at compile time. With neural network models, everything is totally predictable so we can analyze and figure out exactly how to split the model and whether it will run well on two chips.To make sure the model can run on two or more chips, it is important to look at both the activation size and number of MACs layer by layer. What typically happens is that the biggest activations are in the earliest layers. That means the activation sizes slowly go down as the number of layers go on.It’s also important to look at the number of MACs and how many MACs are done in each cycle. In most models, the number of MACs done in each cycle generally correlates with the activation sizes. This is important because if you have two chips and you want to run at maximum frequency, you need to give equal workloads to each chip. If one chip is doing most of the model and the other chip is doing only a little of the model, you are going to be limited by the throughput of the first chip.How you split the model between the two chips is also important. You need to look at the number of MACs because that determines the distribution of the workload. You also have to look at what gets passed between the chips. At some point, you need to slice the model at a place where the activation that you passed is as small as possible so that the amount of communications bandwidth required and the latency of the transmission is minimal. If you slice the model at a point where the activation is very large, the transmission of the activation can become the bottleneck which limits the performance of the two-chip solution.The chart below shows for YOLOv3, Winograd, 2 Megapixel images the Activation Output size and the cumulative Mac Operations layer by layer (convolution layers are plotted). To balance workload between two chips the model will be cut approximately at 50% cumulative MAC Operations — at this point the activations to pass from one chip to the other are 1MB or 2MB. To split between 4 chips, the cuts are at approximately 25%, 50% and 75%; notice the activation sizes are largest at the start, so the 25% cut point has 4 or 8MB activations to pass.Click here for larger imageActivation output size (blue bars) and cumulative MAC operations layer by layer (red line) for YOLOv3/Winograd/2Mpixel images, showing how the workload is split between multiple chips (Image: Flex Logix)Performance toolsFortunately, performance tools are now available to ensure high throughput. In fact, the same tool that models the performance of a single chip can then be generalized to model the performance of two chips. While the performance of any given layer is exactly the same, the issue is how does the transmission of data affect performance. The modeling tool needs to factor this in because if the bandwidth required is not enough, that bandwidth will limit the throughput.If you are doing four chips, you will need bandwidth that is bigger because the activations in the first quarter of the model tend to be bigger than the activation in the later part of the model. Thus, the amount of communications resources you invest in will allow you to go to larger numbers of chips pipelined together, but that will be an overhead cost that all chips have to bear even if they are standalone chips.ConclusionUsing multiple inferencing chips can deliver significant improvements in performance, but only when the neural network is designed correctly as described above. If we look back to the analogy of the highway, there are many opportunities to let traffic build up by using the wrong chip and the wrong neural network model. If you start with the right chip, you are on the right track. Just remember that throughput, not TOPS or Res-Net50 benchmarks, is what matters most. Then once you select the right inference chip, you can design an equally powerful neural network model that provides maximum performance for your application needs.— Geoff Tate is the CEO of Flex Logix>> This article was originally published on our sister site, EE Times. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Advanced Technology, Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous How system level noise in digital interfaces can lead to spurious errors in serial Flash memoryNext Can low-code IoT development tools yield secure systems?
Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard is in the best form of his life but Belgium need all their top players to be better than ever if they are to have any chance of winning the World Cup, goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois said on Sunday.The Belgians are considered a good outside bet to lift the World Cup for the first time and start the tournament on Monday against rank outsiders Panama in Group G.Courtois said his Chelsea team mate Hazard, who scored the winning goal in the FA Cup final last month, was highly motivated.”I don’t think I’ve ever seen him train or play as amazing as in the last three games,” Courtois told reporters. “I think he has reached another level of his game.”Courtois, however, was quick to stress that no one player is going to win the World Cup and played up the new sense of spirit in a team built from what is known as Belgium’s Golden Generation.”I don’t think it is only Eden we need at his best,” the Chelsea keeper added. “I think we need Romelu (Lukaku) to score goals, for Kevin (De Bruyne) to play like at (Manchester) City. I think if you want to go far you need your players to be at their best.””I think we have the quality, we have the talent and we know each other very well. Most of us are in peak form of our football life, we feel confident. I think we are outsiders to win but we have a chance to go far and as a team we believe. We don’t want to say we will win but we have the quality to.”advertisementCoach Roberto Martinez warned fans not to expect an easy ride against Panama, even though they have scored just one goal in their last six games.”Panama are one of the stories of the World Cup, they are arriving for the first time against the odds and that is very dangerous,” Martinez said. “They have a belief and competitive nature.”It is their first game and will be their first game forever and my worry is that we don’t get affected by that. This is a game where we cannot get frustrated, we cannot expect to win quickly.”(With Reuters inputs)
Nigeria will beat Argentina and knock them out of FIFA World Cup 2018. This is what Achilles the cat predicted ahead of the crunch Group D match in St Petersburg.And in case you are wondering, Achilles has predicted the score of all three World Cup 2018 matches played at the venue.Argentina face a must-win situation against Nigeria to keep their hopes alive of reaching the round of 16. Runners-up in 2014, the Argentines qualified for the World Cup finals after Lionel Messi’s hat-trick against Equador in the final qualifying match last year.Achilles, who resides in the city’s Hermitage museum, was held aloft for photographers then placed on a table in front of two bowls of food marked with Nigeria and Argentina flags. After moments of deliberation, Achilles chose Nigeria, eating hungrily from the bowl.Argentina go into the game bottom of Group D and must win to have any hope of advancing to the knockout rounds. Even victory could see them exit the tournament if Iceland beat Croatia by enough goals.Achilles correctly forecast Iran beating Morocco, Russia beating Egypt and Brazil beating Costa Rica.If Achilles’ fourth prediction proves correct, Nigeria will qualify for the next round. A draw may also be enough for Nigeria depending on the outcome of Iceland’s match against Croatia.One of many cats to have lived at the Hermitage, once the imperial Winter Palace, Achilles previously predicted outcomes during the 2017 Confederations Cup.He is one of various animals testing their psychic credentials at the World Cup, including hippos Milya and Glyasik in Kaliningrad, Spartak the lemur in Yekaterinburg and Harry the otter in Sochi.advertisementThey are hoping to emulate Paul the octopus who became an international celebrity when he correctly forecast the outcome of Germany’s games at the 2010 World Cup and picked eventual winners Spain.Messi has looked far from his best in the two matches against Iceland and Croatia.There have been reports of rift and a mutiny in the Argentina camp. It is also believed Messi is unhappy with the coach and there are serious differences between the two.First goalless draw of World Cup 2018: There were xx goals in xx matches before 1998 champions France took on Denmark. It was billed as the better of the two final Group C matches:Midfielder Javier Mascherano denied reports that a rift had opened between the players and coach following their 3-0 World Cup drubbing by Croatia, saying the relationship between the two sides was totally normal.The relationship with the coach is totally normal,” said Mascherano.”Obviously, if we feel uncomfortable about anything, we let him know….and that goes for the players on the bench as well as the ones on the field,” he said at a press conference in Moscow.Mascherano said he had played under eight national team coaches in his Argentina career and none of them had complained afterwards that the players had picked the team.(With Reuters inputs)
After conquering Ireland with a 2-0 win in the two-match T20I seeries, Indian have arrived in England for the long summer tour.India will begin the England tour with a three-match T20I series, it will followed by three ODIs and five Test matches.On Sunday, Team India travelled to the Old Trafford Cricket Club, the venue for the first T20I, to begin their first practice session.All-rounder Hardik Pandya focussed on bowling variety of slower deliveries while senior opener Shikhar Dhawan tackled short-pitched throwdowns during the training session.With Jasprit Bumrah being ruled out of the T20 series after sustaining a thumb injury in the first T20 International against Ireland, Bhuvneshwar Kumar will have to shoulder additional responsibility at the death overs.The Indian team management will therefore expect Hardik to be a bit more economical and hence try out more variations against the likes of Jason Roy, Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow.At the nets today, Hardik spent a considerable time bowling to Rohit Sharma. He was seen mixing slow off-cutters with usual length deliveries. The all-rounder from time to time sought feedback of the Indian vice-captain.Specialist pacers Umesh Yadav and Siddarth Kaul were honing their skills of blockhole deliveries.In a separate net, Dhawan after a customary net session devoted extra time to counter short-pitched deliveries.advertisementHe took throwdowns with a heavy plastic ball in order to counter the extra bounce. He then perfected the trademark pull shots against tennis ball throwdowns.Despite Washington Sundar’s ankle injury while playing football, the Indian team continued with their warm-up game.By some measure, Kohli’s preparation was the most intense.The skipper didn’t score too many runs in India’s 2-0 series win against Ireland but no one is reading too much into the matter.Kohli negotiated throwdowns by assistant coach Sanjay Bangar as the deliveries were pitched at different lengths channelled on and outside the off-stump.He pulled the short deliveries with aplomb, and played square shots too, but his most positive responses came when he drove forward to play the good length deliveries.Thereafter, against spinners, he played the late cut and interestingly enough, brought out the reverse sweep just like Dhawan had done during his session.In the last bit, he worked with Kaul and dug out some quick yorkers that the paceman bowled, visibly impressed by his efforts.(With PTI inputs)
Belgium coach Roberto Martinez praised Japan for their brave display against Belgium in Rostov-On-Do in the Round of 16 clash.However, he went onto add that heartbreaks are a part of game and this is what World Cup football is all about.The Red Devils, who were down by two goals, came from behind to equalise twice before finally landing the hammer blow in the 94th minute of the match to knock Japan out and set up a quarter-final clash against Brazil on July 6.He had only good things to say about the Blue Samurais but also added that his players were strong and their desire to get back in the game says a lot about the bunch of players.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE”Well, that’s what happens in the World Cup. You have to congratulate Japan, they played the perfect game. They were so solid, they frustrated us, then they were clinical on the counter,” said Martinez”And it was a test of the team. The reaction of everyone wanting to get back in the game. To win the game tells you everything about this group of players,” he added. Belgium were two goals down but came from behind to beat Japan 3-2 (Reuters Photo)Belgium overcome brave Japan to reach quarter-finalsThe Spaniard also praised his team for showing the winning mentality after going two goals down within a matter of four minutes at the Rostov Arena.”No negative things, believe me. Today was about going through, and we did that. Today was a day to be proud of this group of players. Keep believing. These players can. In the World Cup sometimes you want to be perfect. Football is about winning and the boys showed an incredible winning mentality today,” said the former Everton manager.advertisementBelgium, who were two goals down, got level with two headed goals from Jan Vertonghen and Marouane Fellaini in the 69th and 74th minute of the match before a lightning quick counter-attack in the 93rd minute of the match from a Japan corner completely exposed the Japanese defence. Keisuke Honda took a corner in the 93rd minute with most Japanese players up attacking but the ball went straight to Thibaut Courtois and he released Kevin De Bruyne straight away. The Manchester City midfielder ran through the Japanese players before passing it his Thomas Muenier on the right, who put it straight across the face of the goal and Romelu Lukaku cleverly sold a dummy to the Japan keeper and defenders, allowing Nacer Chadli a free hit at the goal as the goalie looked to get in the line of the ball. Eiji Kawashima didn’t succeed and the ball rattled the back of the net to complete a historic comeback and left the Japanese heartbroken in Rostov.Belgium equal a 48-year-old record: Stats and factsThe distraught Japanese, who went 2-0 up with goals by Genki Haraguchi and Takashi Inui early in the second half, fell to the turf after Chadli poked the ball home from Meunier’s cross four minutes into added time at the Rostov Arena. Nacer Chadli scored in the 94th minute of the match (AP Photo)Speaking about Japan’s decision to commit so many men forward in the dying minutes of the match and risking a goal in the process, Japan coach Akira Nishino said: “We wanted to finish the match, to win the match. And at that point I thought we might go into extra time. However we did not really expect that kind of super counter attack, and my players didn’tt expect within a few seconds, for the ball to be carried into our half. And that really decided the match.”One of the most exciting teams of the group phase, Belgium faced an embarrassing exit but finally clicked to become the first team to win a World Cup knockout game from two goals down since West Germany beat England 3-2 after extra time in 1970.Belgium’s ‘golden generation’ have now scored 12 goals in four games in Russia ahead of a mouthwatering last eight clash with Brazil who beat Mexico 2-0 earlier on Monday.
KL Rahul smashed a unbeaten century and Kuldeep Yadav picked up his maiden T20 International five-wicket haul as India outclassed England by eight wickets in the first T20I and go 1-0 up in the three-match series at the Old Trafford in Manchester on Tuesday.Rahul struck a breezy 54-ball 101, laced with 10 fours and five sixes to anchor India’s run chase that saw him forge a masterly 123-run second wicket stand with opener Rohit Sharma (32 off 30).Chasing 160, India quickly overcame the early loss of opener Shikhar Dhawan (4) as the right-handed duo of Rahul and Rohit helped the visitors race to 50 in the first five overs.KL Rahul, Kuldeep Yadav script India’s demolition over England in 1st T20IIndia captain Virat Kohli explained his decision to promote Rahul ahead of him in the batting line-up and his plans going forward.”Just looking at all the three skill-sets and how convincing we were gives me a lot of pleasure. Some of the younger guys stepping up pleases us too. We are shuffling around keeping the World Cup in mind and that’s why KL went in at three and I went in at four,” said Kohli.MATCH HIGHLIGHTS”We haven’t changed a lot, I usually bat at three and have dropped to four, but this allows me to control the innings in the middle-overs. It gives someone like KL the freedom to go after in the powerplay. We want our cricketers to be fearless, enjoy themselves just like what Kuldeep and he did today. We don’t want that mindset to change and want to provide a cushion behind them to go after. It may not work out well every time but we need to stick to it,” he added.advertisementAlso read – Rahul joins Rohit with second T20I hundredRahul continued his glorious run with the bat, dominating the partnership with Rohit, who uncharacteristically played the perfect second fiddle to the Karnataka youngster.”Rahul has come a long way; especially the way he’s been batting since the IPL and in that one game in Ireland – so clean and crisp. We want guys like him to step up. We don’t want to be one-dimensional, we want people going up and down the order. He’s got a great technique, great temperament and is very hungry and today he was a bit emotional because the last century he scored was against England in Chennai and it’s been that long he’s been waiting for. It was a great century and a great sign for Indian cricket,” Kohli said in praise of Rahul.Also read – Kohli fastest ever to reach 2000 T20I runsRahul started the onslaught right from the word go before meting out some special treatment to off-spinner Moeen Ali, whom he welcomed with a superb reverse sweep that yielded a boundary and followed up with a massive six over long on.The right-hander then picked the leg-spinner Adil Rashid for a boundary to third man to get to his half century off just 27 balls, before launching Liam Plunkett for two sixes and as many fours to milk 20 runs from the paceman.Also read – Kuldeep 3rd Indian to grab five-wicket haul in T20IsWith India comfortably placed at 103/1 midway through the innings, Rohit too stepped up the gas by launching Rashid for a towering six over mid wicket before falling to the same bowler.Rohit’s departure brought in skipper Kohli (20 not out off 22 balls), who was seven shy of becoming the fourth batsman to notch 2000 T20I runs.Kohli, not only got to the landmark but also ensured Rahul get to his deserving second T20I century with a single before the skipper finished off in style with a thunderous six off Ali to guide India home.”When a guy like KL Rahul gets going, he’s difficult to stop. Kuldeep is a terrific bowler, we knew he’d be a big threat coming into the series. It is something we need to assess and get back in the next game,” said England skipper Eoin Morgan.”Today was a game of margins for our spinners; KL chipped one just over. But India played well today and it just wasn’t our day and hopefully we’ll turn up for the next one,” he added.#TeamIndia wins the first T20I against England by 8 wickets.#ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/HOKRLviiB2BCCI (@BCCI) July 3, 2018Earlier, England had themselves to blame for wasting a sound 50-run opening start from Jason Roy (30) and Jos Buttler (69) as Kuldeep (5/24) triggered a collapse that saw Alex Hales (8), Eoin Morgan (7), Jonny Bairstow (0) and Joe Root (0) departing in quick succession — the latter three in a span of four deliveries.advertisementKohli also heaped praise on Kuldeep as his five-wicket haul spun the game in India’s favour.”Umesh was superb with the new ball as well. Kuldeep is a wrist spinner, he’s going to be lethal with any help from the pitch. It was his one over that turned it for us because England were taking it away before that. He’s very difficult to pick and his wrong ‘un hasn’t been easy and I hope he can keep working on it,””At the toss I didn’t think the wicket wouldn’t change much through the course of the game, but we were lucky to keep them down to 30-40 runs short. With the start they got, I thought they would get to 200. And then the odds were stacked against England,” Kohli added.Buttler, however continued tormenting the Indians with a 46-ball knock laced with eight fours and a couple of sixes before becoming Kuldeep’s fifth victim, thanks to a brilliant catch by Kohli after Rahul dropped him one ball earlier.When asked about his celebration post the dismissal he clarified that it was emotion of representing his country.”We dropped Jos and we know how dangerous he can be. It was a moment where I felt we needed to hold on to everything and I got the opportunity to convert. I can’t be someone who’s standing on the field doing nothing, I need to be pumped up when I am playing for the country and sometimes that boils over, but it’s not that I always go bonkers. Luckily that passion has carried on for a while,” Kohli said.Towards the end, lower order bat David Willey’s unbeaten 29 off 15 balls helped England to some sort of respectability.(With inputs from IANS)
France defeated Croatia 4-2 in the final to clinch the World Cup 2018 trophy at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Sunday.It was France’s second World Cup triumph and with the win coach Didier Deschamps also joined an elite club.Deschamps, who captained France to the elusive trophy in 1998, has now become only the third man in history to win the World Cup as a player and as a coach.The former Juventus coach equalled the record of Brazil’s Mario Zagallo and Germany’s Franz Beckenbauer.WORLD CUP 2018 FINAL, FRANCE vs CROATIA: HIGHLIGHTSBrazil legend Zagallo was the first person to achieve the feat after lifting the World Cup twice in 1958 and 1962 while he won as a manager in 1970. He also won the 1994 edition as assistant manager.Germany great Beckenbauer followed next as he clinched the World Cup as captain in 1974 and as coach in 1990.By reaching the final of the 2018 edition, Deschamps had also become the first French coach to reach the final of two major tournaments – Euro 2016 and World Cup 2018.France beat Croatia 4-2 to become FIFA World Cup 2018 championsIn a match that witnessed six goals, France took the lead when Croatia forward Mario Mandzukic inadvertently headed home an Antoine Griezmann free-kick in the 18th minute for the first own goal in a World Cup final.Croatia’s Ivan Perisic, who had also scored in the semi-final, levelled with a powerful shot 10 minutes later after France had failed to clear a Luka Modric free-kick.But Perisic was then responsible for conceding a penalty for handball that was give following a VAR decision and Griezmann coolly converted the spot-kick in the 38th to put the French back in front.advertisementIn the second half, France stretched their lead further when Paul Pogba swept a left-footer into the net. If Croatia had any hopes of a comeback, they were dashed with that stunnung strike. Pogba also became the first Manchester United player to score in a World Cup final.Six minutes later, France extended their advantage when Kylian Mbappe became the second teenager after Pele to score in a World Cup final. His precise kick past Subasic meant there was very little for Croatia to do than see their chance slip away.Mandzukic, who must have been gutted after his own goal in the first half, then reduced the deficit for Croatia.
Both the top seeds of the German Tennis Championships fell short in the quarter-final stage at Hamburg as upsets reigned supreme on Friday. Dominic Thiem’s bid for a third claycourt title this season was stopped by Chile’s Nicolas Jarry while Diego Schwartzman fell to his countryman.Thiem, who was the runners-up at French open, suffered a shock 6-7(5), 6-7(7) defeat at the hands of big-hitter Chilean Jarry. Jarry is ranked 69th in the world while Thiem holds the eighth spot in ATP rankings.Young firebrand Jarry’s incredible tally of 35 winners came at a cost of 51 unforced errors but it was his ability to claim points under high-pressure situations that proved decisive in two intense tiebreaks.Jarry saved three set points in the second set tiebreak before closing out his first victory over a top-10 opponent.Fantastic match of Nicolas #Jarry against Dominic #Thiem! Congrats! #Rothenbaum #Hamburg #ATP #GOTC18 pic.twitter.com/IbMNIO7XoDGerman Open (@Am_Rothenbaum) July 27, 2018Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer defeated his fellow countryman and second seed Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 to reach the semi-finals of the German Tennis Championships in Hamburg on Friday. Mayer has been a champion at Hamburg two time prior to this and that perhaps played a role.There were six serve breaks in the final set but the 2014 and 2017 champion controlled better to secure a victory in two hours and 14 minutes.Second seed Schwartzman struggled to find the rhythm in his serves and recorded eight double faults. For the second straight year, he failed to advance to the semi-finals of the event.advertisementMayer will take on Slovakian qualifier Jozef Kovalik, who earlier beat Brazilian Thiago Monteiro 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.(With Reuters inputs)
London, Aug 7 (PTI) The world of cricket needs it “larger than life characters” like Virat Kohli and Ben Stokes but it “equally needs” a Mahendra Singh Dhoni or a Rahul Dravid to “stay on good side of line”, feels ICC Chief Executive David Richardson. At the MCC’s 2018 Cowdrey Lecture. Richardson expressed his concerns about the amount of cheating and sledging in international cricket expecting more initiative from the players and coaches. “On the field the cricket needs its larger than life characters. Its Colin Milburns, Freddie Flintoffs, Shane Warnes, Virat Kohlis, Ben Stokes but we equally it needs its Frank Worrells, its Mahendra Singh Dhonis, its Rahul Dravids, its Colin Cowdreys to make sure that we all stay in the good side of that line,” Richardson said during his lecture. However, the former Proteas keeper-batsman agreed that ICC “do not have all the answers to the challenges” it faces but are “working collectively to solve them”. “Personal abuse, fielders giving send-offs to batsmen who have been dismissed, unnecessary physical contact, players threatening not to play in protest against an umpires decision and ball tampering; this isn’t the version of our sport that we want to project to the world,” he said. Richardson spoke about the steps taken by the ICC to penalise any kind of personal abuse with a six-Test or 12-match suspension in limited-overs cricket. He informed that ICC is working on “educating the players on what it means to play the game within the spirit.” Richardson also spoke about how a home team should maintain the principles of respect for the opposition during a bilateral series.advertisement The touring team should be treated as “honoured guests with the standard of practice facilities and other logistical arrangements exactly the same as the home team, if not better”. The ICC Chief Executive seemed a tad disappointed in the manner national team coaches have supported the boorish behaviour of their players. He cited the example of former South African all rounder Mike Proctor, who during his time as national coach would ensure that an umpiring decision had “unqualified acceptance”. “Too many coaches or team managers of recent times are too quick to side with their players, blame the umpires for being biased against their team, storming off to the match referee’s room to complain,” he added. “Winning must obviously be the aim of any game but not at all costs, not when it means compromising the integrity of the game.” Richardson also found it hard to believe that players are not aware as to what amounts to ball tampering, terming it “disingenuous”. “Over the last few months, I have read comments from players requesting guidance on what is allowed in relation to the ball. Asking if they can chew gum, wear sun screen or drink a sugary drink. “The laws are simple and straightforward do not change the condition of the ball using an artificial substance and if you are caught, don’t complain. Saying others do it is not a defence. You are cheating.” PTI KHSKHS
Manjit Singh won gold while Jinson Johnson won silver in the men’s 800m final at Asian Games 2018 as Indian athletes continued to dominate the tracks in Indonesia. Manjit clocked 1:46.15 while Johnson clocked 1:46.35 to make it a memorable double for India.Overall, India have now nine gold medals – three have from athletics.Athletics have also given India seven silver medals.As of now, India have 47 medals – 9 gold, 17 silver and 21 bronze.Asian Games 2018 Day 10 Live UpdatesPlenty was expected from Majit and Johnson and they did not disappoint.This is the third India have won two medals in the men’s 800m race at the Asian Games.In 1951, Ranjit Singh had won gold while Kulwant Singh won silver. In 1962, Daljit Singh won a silver medal and Amrit Pal finished with a bronze.Overall, this was India’s sixth gold medal in the men’s 800m race.#GOLD medals for India in #AsianGames 800m (men)1951: Ranjit Singh1966: Bhogeswar Baruah1974: Sriram Singh1978: Sriram Singh1982: Charles Borromeo2018: Manjit Singh#AsianGames2018Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 28, 2018In June, Johnson ran one of the most memorable races in recent times as he smashed legendary Sriram Singh’s 42-year-old 800m record, the oldest one in Indian athletics, to steal the spotlight on the second day of the 58th National Inter State Senior Athletics Championships in Guwahati. His effort there had helped him book a ticket for the Asian Games as the qualification mark was 1:47.50.Earier, Hima Das had won silver in the women’s 400m while Dutee Chand had won silver in the women’s 100m.advertisement
India women’s cricket team captain Mithali Raj’s career-best knock of 125 not out went in vain as Sri Lanka women beat India by three wickets in the third and final ODI, on Sunday.India had already sealed the series by winning the first two ODIs but in the 3rd match they could not defend the total of 253 for five, built around Raj’s unbeaten 125 and opener Smriti Mandhana’s 51.They had shared a 102-run stand for the second wicket after young Jemimah Rodrigues (0) made an early exit. Mithali’s seventh ODI hundred and first in 14 months, came off 143 balls with 14 fours and a six.Sri Lanka skipper Chamari Attapattu’s century though counted as her 115-run knock and a gutsy 101-run stand with fellow opener Hasini Perera (45) set the tone for the chase.Sri Lanka edge a thriller to avoid the series sweep!Athapaththu’s 115 guides her side in their biggest successful ODI chase to overcome India’s 253/5 to win by 3 wickets with one ball remaining! India win the series 2-1. #SLvIND scorecard https://t.co/xLwWPGYUUq pic.twitter.com/merLHaQQYcICC (@ICC) September 16, 2018There were a few hiccups after the two batswomen returned to the pavilion as Indian bowlers made in roads but tail-ender Kavisha Dilhari held her nerves to push her side to the finish line with one ball to spare.Sri Lanka needed six runs from the final over. Coming out to bat at number nine, Kavisha smashed a four in the penultimate ball of the match off Deepti Sharma to earn a consolatory win for the hosts.advertisementJhulan Goswami and Mansi Joshi took two wickets each to rip through the Lankan middle order but their effort proved insufficient in the end.The five-match Twenty20 series between the two teams will begin on Wednesday at the same venue.(With PTI inputs)