Sandeep Yadav banned for four years for failing dope test

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 17 (PTI) Tainted wrestler Narsingh Yadavs former roommate Sandeep Tulsi Yadav, who had also failed the dope test last year, has been handed a four-year ban by the Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel of the NADA.”Yes, Sandeep has been banned for four years by the NADA ADDP for failing the dope test last year,” a top Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) official told PTI.Days after Narsingh had failed his dope test last year ahead of the Rio Olympics, his sparring partner and roommate Sandeep also failed the test conducted by the NADA.The two wrestlers were roommates at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) Sonepat and both of them tested positive for methandienone, an anabolic steroid.The tests were conducted on June 25 last year.Narsingh was ousted from the Olympics last year and slapped with a four-year ban for flunking a dope test after Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) overturned the clean chit given to him by the NADA.The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) had appealed against the NADA all-clear to Narsingh at the CAS, three days ahead of his scheduled opening bout at the Rio Games. PTI CM PDS PDSlast_img read more

Veer Marathas vow to pump in PWL earnings back into the sport

first_imgMumbai, Jan 5 (PTI) Pro Wrestling League debutants Veer Marathas have vowed to pump in every penny they raise from the championship, including all the sponsorship money, back into the sport.”Maharashtra is a natural home for wrestling. Our first international champions have come from here. We want to take the sport back to its former glory,” franchise co-owner Ranjit Saxena said.Indias first individual medal winner in the Olympics Games, KD Jadhav, in fact was born in Goleshwar, Maharasthra.Ravi Jain, another co-owner, underlining his vision for the sport, said that the Veer Marathas would set up wrestling academies in places like Sholapur and Aurangabad that have a well-known affinity to wrestling.”We are delighted to be part of the Marathas,” the teams champion player Praveen Rana said.”We are also grateful to have such gracious owners, who have come into the sport to promote it, rather than for any commercial reasons,” he added. PTI KHS KHSlast_img read more

I-League: Mohun Bagan thrash Churchill Brothers to go top of table

first_imgMohun Bagan blanked a lacklustre Churchill Brothers 5-0 in a lopsided I-League clash at the Vidyasagar Krirangan in Barasat to go top of the points table on a rainy Sunday afternoon.Dipanda Dicka (33rd, 46th minutes) scored twice for the hosts with Ansumana Kromah (23rd), Sheikh Faiaz (48th) and Sony Norde (84th) netting the other goals. Bottom placed Churchill failed to create chances of note.Mohun Bagan now have seven points from four games, edging past Minerva Punjab FC who have the same number of points but are placed second due to an inferior goal difference.Churchill remain rock-bottom in the 10-team I-League table with two losses in as many games.The hosts dominated the first half from start to finish with the only body blow being Yuta Kinowaki’s injury in the fifth minute.The Japanese midfielder had to be taken off and headed straight to the hospital for treatment. He was replaced by Shilton D’Silva.Later, Arijit Bagui and Kromah also injured themselves and had to be substituted. Star forward Norde was also seen clutching his right knee quite a few times in the second period. He was writhing in pain after scoring the last goal of the match.Faiaz also struggled with a knock and was seen lying on the field towards the end of the game.Barring these injury concerns which may trouble Mohun Bagan in future matches, it was smooth sailing for Sanjoy Sen’s wards.In the 18th minute, Dicka had a glorious chance to score the opening goal after Kromah set him up, but the former Shillong Lajong marksman missed the second post by some distance.advertisementThe Churchill defence looked all at sea with no cohesion whatsoever and Karthik Govindswamy picking up a yellow card in the process.Moments later, Kromah gave his side the lead after Faiaz played him through from a corner.Churchill’s Nigerian defender Osagie Monday put in a sliding tackle but could not get to the ball leaving space for Kromah to find the back of the net. Kromah however, did not celebrate the goal against his former employers.Dicka doubled the lead 10 minutes later, running at the porous rival defence and slotting the ball into the far corner with his left foot.Churchill failed to muster any real chance as Mohun Bagan led by two goals at halftime. Soon after the restart, Mohun Bagan put the match to bed with two quick goals.First Dicka doubled his tally after Faiaz beat Emuejeraye Precious for pace and crossed for his teammate who stabbed home from close at the near post.Two minutes later, Faiaz scored his first goal in the I-League, slotting into an empty net after Kromah set him up from inside the box with Churchill’s Monday to blame for some horrible marking.Norde put the icing on the cake in his trademark style, cutting inside from the left inside channel and smashing in a low drive from the edge of the box past visiting goalkeeper James Kithan.last_img read more

Royals Dare to Dream of Sweep

first_imgKANSAS CITY, MO— Billy Butler drove in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning as the Royals’ bullpen shut down the Baltimore Orioles the rest of the way for a 2-1 victory Tuesday that gave Kansas City a commanding 3-0 lead in the American League Championship Series.Third baseman Mike Moustakas made two marvelous plays as the Royals won their 10th straight postseason game, including all seven this year.Kansas City will send Jason Vargas to the mound for Game 4 on Wednesday needing just one more win to reach their first World Series since 1985. Miguel Gonzalez will try to help the Orioles stave off elimination.The game was tied 1-1 until the Orioles’ Wei-Yin Chen put runners on the corners in the sixth. Butler followed with his sacrifice fly off reliever Kevin Gausman for the lead.Winning pitcher Jason Frasor, Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland each pitched a scoreless inning.Earlier at San Francisco, a wild throw by relief pitcher Randy Choate on a bunt allowed Brandon Crawford to score the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning, lifting the Giants over the St. Louis Cardinals 5-4 for a 2-1 lead in the National League Championship Series.Crawford drew an eight-pitch walk from Choate to begin the inning, ending a stretch of 16 straight Giants retired since Tim Hudson’s two-out single in the fourth. After failing on two sacrifice attempts, Juan Perez singled to bring up Gregor Blanco.Blanco fouled off a bunt try, too, but then pushed one to the left side of the mound and the left-handed Choate’s sidearmed throw sailed past lunging second baseman Kolten Wong, who was covering first base.“We don’t do anything easy,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “We might have got a little lucky there with Perez when he couldn’t get a bunt down and he gets a base hit. But Blanco laid down a beauty. … I don’t know if that’s luck as much as great bunt, great speed to put pressure on them.”Randal Grichuk tied it with a solo homer in the seventh that chased Hudson.Game 4 in the best-of-seven series is Wednesday night, with Ryan Vogelsong pitching for the Giants against fellow righty Shelby Miller.This walkoff win came 12 years to the day after Kenny Lofton’s single in the ninth inning ended the 2002 NLCS against the Cardinals and sent the Giants to the World Series.Playing without injured catcher Yadier Molina, the Cardinals had their chances. They squandered Wong’s double in the second before he delivered a wind-aided, two-run triple in the fourth.Javier Lopez got the first two outs of the 10th before Jon Jay’s single, just the third hit by a left-handed batter against Lopez since he joined San Francisco in 2010. Two of those are by Jay this series.Sergio Romo entered and retired Matt Holliday on a full-count grounder to third that Pablo Sandoval snared and fired to first.Molina, nursing a strained left oblique sustained in Game 2 Sunday, began warming up Trevor Rosenthal in the bullpen in the ninth but never played.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Devils Get Lucky, Beat Caps, 1-0

first_imgWASHINGTON — Braden Holtby didn’t let a shot get past him all game. Instead, he threw the hockey equivalent of a pick-six.That was enough to give the New Jersey Devils a 1-0 win over the Washington Capitals on Nov. 14.After nearly 50 minutes of stellar saves by two goalies, Holtby went to retrieve the puck behind the net and passed it straight to Mike Cammalleri, who read the play like a safety reads a quarterback. It would have looked like the perfect setup had the two been wearing the same color sweaters.“That point in the game you have to pick the safe play,” Holtby said. “And I didn’t, and it cost us.”Cammalleri easily drove the one-timer from the right circle inside the far post with 10:22 remaining, giving the Devils the win. “I just tried my best to get it off as quick as I could, so I could get it back on net,” Cammalleri said. “Good thing I hit the net, or it would have been bad by me.”Cammalleri’s seventh goal of the season stood up because of 30 saves from Corey Schneider, who got his first shutout of the season as the Devils won their second straight after a four-game skid. They also snapped the Capitals’ winning four-game winning streak.“That was a tough break for us,” Washington coach Barry Trotz said. “There’s nothing really to say. No one feels worse than Braden on that play. That’s his strength, is handling the puck, and unfortunately it ended up in our net.”Until Holtby’s miscue, he and Schneider had squeezed, kicked, sprawled and otherwise did every maneuver necessary to keep clean sheets. The teams combined to go 0-for-7 on power plays.Holtby finished with 27 saves — stopping every shot except for one when he wasn’t in the crease.“I’ve had a few of those myself this year, so I can definitely feel for Holtby there,” Schneider said. “But you’ve got to give Cammy credit, that wasn’t an easy puck to one-time from a bad angle into a net.”Schneider is the only goalie to have started all of his team’s games this season. It was his 13th career shutout, and the win offered a measure of revenge from the Devils’ 6-2 loss to the Capitals on Oct. 10, when he was pulled in the third period.New Jersey coach Peter DeBoer wouldn’t say whether Schneider will finally get a rest on Nov. 15 at home against Colorado.“I’m just starting to play well now, so it doesn’t seem like the right time to do that,” Schneider said. “But I’m sure it’s coming.”(JOSEPH WHITE, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Chandler, Mavs Top Knicks, 109-102

first_imgDALLAS — Dirk Nowitzki joked that a tranquilizer gun for Tyson Chandler was a consideration before the Mavericks faced their motivational leader’s former team.The Dallas big man channeled his energy the right way.Chandler set season highs with 17 points and 25 rebounds and Nowitzki scored 15 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter and overtime Nov. 26, helping the Mavericks to a 109-102 victory against the New York Knicks, who were missing Carmelo Anthony.“He was obviously amped up for this one,” said Nowitzki, who had his season high in points. “And we wanted to get this one for him. I think this was definitely one that he wanted to have.”J.R. Smith, starting with Anthony sidelined by back spasms, was 1-of-10 from the field entering the fourth quarter. But he made a tying jumper with 0.9 seconds left in regulation.Chandler put Dallas ahead for good at 101-99 with a dunk in his first game against New York since an offseason trade that brought him back to Dallas after three seasons with the Knicks.He was the spiritual leader and defensive stalwart for the Nowitzki-led Mavericks when the franchise won its only championship in 2011.“At the beginning of the year, you always look at the calendar and mark it,” said Chandler, who finished three rebounds shy of the career high he had with the Knicks exactly two years earlier against Brooklyn. “But honestly once you get caught up in the season, it’s not as big as it’s made out to be.”It turned into an entertaining reunion of sorts for both teams.Jose Calderon, the biggest name going New York’s way in the six-player deal, matched a career high with seven 3-pointers for all of his 21 points. Knicks center Samuel Dalembert, another player in the trade, had his first double-double of the season with 13 points and 13 rebounds.“It has nothing to do with playing against Dallas,” said Calderon, who missed the first 13 games with a calf injury. “I am feeling healthy and getting into a rhythm.”Devin Harris gave the Knicks an opening by missing one of two free throws with 7 seconds to go. Smith hit the tying jumper over the outstretched arm of Al-Farouq Aminu from just inside the 3-point line. Smith finished with 15 points.After Smith hit a jumper to put New York up 99-97 in overtime, Nowitzki started a 9-0 run with a jumper and Chandler put the Mavericks ahead for good when J.J. Barea knocked the ball loose from Dalembert after a rebound and Monta Ellis kept it from going out of bounds with a toss to Chandler under the basket.(SCHUYLER DIXON, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Jimmie Johnson Wins Atlanta Sprint

first_imgHAMPTON, Ga. — The season just started. The calendar hasn’t even turned to spring. Yet Jimmie Johnson has all but wrapped up a shot at his record-tying seventh NASCAR Sprint Cup title.Quickly establishing he’s one of the drivers to beat — boy, does that sound familiar — Johnson pulled away after the final restart with 13 laps remaining to win March 1 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.The six-time champion picked off drivers left and right after starting near the back in the second race of the year, having failed to get in a qualifying run because of inspection issues.By the end, the No. 48 Chevrolet left no doubt it was the fastest car on the track, cruising across the finish line a comfortable 1.803 seconds ahead of one of the race favorites, defending Cup champion Kevin Harvick.“I knew through about two sections of corners that we were going to have an awesome day,” Johnson said.It was the 71st victory of his career, and his fourth at the 1.54-mile Atlanta track. That should be enough to give him a spot in the season-ending Chase, going for a title that would tie him with Richard Petty and the late Dale Earnhardt.“I definitely think it gives you a sign of who’s going to be competitive,” said Johnson, who didn’t pick up the first of his four 2014 wins until the 12th race. “It takes the pressure off in some ways.”Dale Earnhardt Jr. was third, followed by Daytona 500 winner Joey Logano, who started from the pole, led 84 laps early in the race and, along with Harvick, was expected to be one of the drivers to beat.Of course, never count out Johnson.“When he’s on, really switched on, and the car’s in his comfort zone, it’s amazing what he can do with a race car,” said Chad Knaus, Johnson’s crew chief.After a big crash on lap 305 brought out the red flag for 9 minutes to clean up the mess, Johnson found himself at the front of the pack. When the green flag waved, he got a good jump off the line, fended off Hendrick Motorsports teammate Earnhardt going down the backstretch, and was firmly in control by the time the cars came back around in front of the stands.There was no catching him from there.“I got outside of him there on that last restart, but I knew in turns three and four I didn’t have the preferred line,” said Earnhardt, whose chances were further damaged when his car struck some debris. “He was pretty quick around the bottom.”Johnson was among four former champions, along with teammate Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth, who never got on the track during qualifying. Thirteen cars were stuck in the garage after failing to pass inspection.Harvick, who qualified on the outside of the front row, also was sent to the back after blowing an engine during Saturday’s practice. He quickly worked his way through slower cars and dominated for long stretches, leading a race-high 116 laps. He settled for the runner-up spot for the second week in a row, having finishing behind Logano at Daytona.For much of the day, it was clean race even with a new rules package for non-restrictor plate races, which reduced horsepower and drag while giving drivers a device to adjust the car’s balance at nearly 200 mph.The first big crash came on lap 257, taking out Gordon, Denny Hamlin and Jamie McMurray. Then, on lap 305, Greg Biffle clipped Joe Nemechek going into the third turn, gobbling up four other cars and bringing out the red flag.In the four-car melee started by Hamlin, Gordon skidded off the inside of the track and smashed into an exposed inside wall on the backstretch — just beyond a SAFER barrier that would’ve eased the blow.Track officials had increased the amount of padding in Atlanta after Kyle Busch smashed headfirst into an unprotected wall during the Xfinity Series race in Daytona, leaving him with serious leg and foot injuries. Busch missed his second straight Cup race, recovering at home while substitute David Ragan finished 18th in the No. 18 car.Gordon’s crash will surely step up pressure on NASCAR to mandate extra padding on all concrete walls.“I found the one spot where there’s no SAFER barrier,” said Gordon, who wasn’t injured. “Hopefully, soon, they’ll get that fixed.”Gordon was making his final appearance at Atlanta, the track where he began his Cup career at the end of the 1992 season. The four-time champion, who plans to retire at the end of the season, is off to a rough start in his farewell tour after winning the pole for the Daytona 500. He finished 33rd in the season opener, where he was also caught up in a wreck, and ended up 41st in Atlanta.The start of the race was delayed nearly an hour to allow the track to dry after morning showers.While the rain held off the rest of the way, the temperature was only 43 degrees when the green flag waved under low, thick clouds. Not surprisingly, the stands were not even half full, another blow for one of NASCAR’s most historic tracks, which had its race shifted from Labor Day weekend to a less-desirable March this season.___(PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Coca-Cola Tells FIFA to Back Independent Soccer Reform Commission

first_imgFIFA has been told by sponsor Coca-Cola to appoint an independent commission to lead a reform process aimed at cleaning up world soccer’s scandal-ridden governing body.In the most significant intervention by a company which helps to bankroll the global sport, the soft drinks giant said Friday that it formally asked FIFA to allow “one or more eminent, impartial leaders” to explore how the organization can regain its credibility and the trust of fans.After Coca-Cola’s demand was revealed, another sponsor — McDonald’s — publicly rebuked FIFA for having “internal controls and compliance culture” inconsistent with the fast-food chain’s own standards.FIFA is reeling from the indictment of 14 people — including two now-ousted vice presidents who were arrested in Zurich — in an American investigation into alleged racketeering, bribery and money laundering in soccer.The indictments were revealed in May, just before Sepp Blatter was re-elected for a fifth term as FIFA president, but mounting pressure led to him announcing plans to resign four days later. FIFA’s executive committee will meet on Monday to decide an election date, which is likely to be early 2016, and discuss potential reforms.Coca-Cola, which has sponsored FIFA since 1974, confirmed to The Associated Press that it “asked FIFA to support an independent, third-party commission overseen by one or more eminent, impartial leaders to manage the efforts necessary to help reform FIFA’s governance and its human rights requirement.”Brent Wilton, Coca-Cola director of global workplace rights, also wrote to a member of the New FIFA Now movement on Friday to say that the commission “will be the most credible way for FIFA to … build back the trust it has lost.”“We are calling for this approach out of our deep commitment to ethics and human rights and in the interest of seeing FIFA succeed,” Wilton wrote to International Trade Union Confederation General Secretary Sharan Burrow.McDonald’s — a FIFA sponsor since the 1994 World Cup — told the AP that urgent “deep reform” is required while backing the commission proposed by Coca-Cola.“Recent allegations and indictments have severely tarnished FIFA in a way that strikes at the very heart of our sponsorship,” McDonald’s said. “As a result, we have expressed our concerns directly to FIFA. We believe FIFA’s internal controls and compliance culture are inconsistent with expectations McDonald’s has for its business partners throughout the world.“FIFA must now implement meaningful changes to restore trust and credibility with fans and sponsors alike. The world expects concrete actions and so does McDonald’s.”Swiss federal investors are also looking into the bidding contests for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups where sponsor branding will feature prominently at games.The call for an “eminent” individual to lead the overhaul of FIFA echoes a key demand in a document from global anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International earlier this week.United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan was named this week by a senior Netherlands football federation official as the type of leader FIFA needs to restore credibility. Annan, a 77-year-old from Ghana, was the top U.N. official for 10 years through 2006 and has also attended showpiece UEFA events recently, including the Champions League final.A figure from outside of soccer like Annan, however, would be unable to stand for the FIFA presidency, with rules requiring candidates to have been active in football for two of the past five years.The highlighting by Coca-Cola of FIFA’s need to address human rights issues follows criticism of 2022 World Cup host Qatar’s treatment of migrant workers and its lack of progress implementing changes to labor legislation.ROB HARRIS, AP Sports Writer___Rob Harris can be followed at www.twitter.com/RobHarris TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Federer Untested at U.S. Open so Far

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares FLUSHING — Roger Federer has gotten in some practice during his matches so far at the U.S. Open.Pulling away quickly to big early leads, he has had the chance to try out different tactics under match conditions. The second-seeded Federer has dropped just nine games through two rounds, facing only two break points and saving both of them.“It was on the easier side,” he said after his win Thursday, “so I was able to mix it up, was attacking, was also staying back some. I was pretty much all-out attack as much as I could.“Obviously, I have to manage that against different players when the score line isn’t maybe so one-sided.”That could be the case Saturday against 29th-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber. The 31-year-old German has been a Grand Slam quarterfinalist, at Wimbledon in 2012.Kohlschreiber has 21 career wins against top-10 opponents. Then again, that’s against 70 losses — but as both numbers show, he’s plenty experienced in this environment.Kohlschreiber is 0-6 against top-10 players in 2015, though, and 0-9 in his career against Federer. Kohlschreiber did push the Swiss great to three sets on grass at Halle this year, losing two tiebreakers.Federer hasn’t dropped a set in the first two rounds at the U.S. Open since 2004, when he went on to win the first of his five straight titles at Flushing Meadows. The third round is where the draw typically gets harder — though in Federer’s case, that means winning in four sets instead of three.“I’ve always enjoyed conditions here, the balls, the speed of the court, the atmosphere in the arena,” the 17-time major champion said. “It’s always worked very well for me.“I think this year is another good year. Doing the right things on the court.”Some other things to watch on the Day 6 of the U.S. Open:MURRAY’S MIGHT: After coming from behind in the final two sets and saving a match point against Grigor Dimitrov in the hard-court warmup at Cincinnati last month, Andy Murray noted that a win like that could pay dividends in the future — and not just in his own confidence he can rally from big deficits.“I think other players look at matches like that and they see, Wow, he came back from a couple of breaks down in the second and 5-2 in the third,” Murray said then. “Players look at that and you want to build up that sort of — it’s not necessarily a fear, but more of a reputation that when you are behind that you’re going to try to come back and you’re going to fight all the way. If that’s in the back of your opponent’s mind going to a competition, that helps.”Murray gave his opponents something else to think about when he rallied from two sets down in his second-round match Thursday. So all that will likely be in the back of 30th-seeded Thomaz Bellucci’s mind when they close out the night session at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Saturday. What will help Bellucci is he’s 1-0 against Murray, though that win came more than four years ago and on clay.SEASONED VETERANS: With seven of the top 10 seeds already gone from the women’s draw, some veterans who have fallen out of the top 10 could be in position to take advantage and use their experience to make deep runs.But first they need to get by each other.Two-time Australian Open champ Victoria Azarenka faces Angelique Kerber, twice a major semifinalist who has been ranked as high as fifth. Azarenka is 4-0 against Kerber, dropping just one set.In another intriguing third-round matchup Saturday, Sam Stosur, the 2011 U.S. Open winner, meets 2012 French Open runner-up Sara Errani.last_img read more

Severino On, Yanks Beat Rays 3-1

first_imgST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Two youngsters sent the New York Yankees to a big win in the pressure of a pennant race.Prized rookie Luis Severino rebounded from his worst start, Greg Bird homered and drove in two runs, and the Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 on Sept. 16 to keep pace in the AL playoff chase.The second-place Yankees, who lead the wild-card standings, took two of three from Tampa Bay and stayed three games behind Toronto in the AL East.“It’s great to help the team win,” Severino said.Severino (4-3) allowed one run and six hits in 5 2-3 innings. The right-hander gave up a career-high six earned runs over 2 1-3 innings in an 11-5 loss Sept. 11 to Toronto.“He bounced back extremely well, which is good to see,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.After Bird had a second-inning RBI double, Chase Headley put the Yankees up 2-0 with a run-scoring single in the sixth. Bird, also a rookie, made it 3-1 on his ninth-inning shot.“It’s been a lot of fun to watch,” Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury said of the contributions from Severino and Bird, who is filling in for injured first baseman Mark Teixeira.“Get an opportunity and work hard,” said Bird, who has seven homers in 29 games. “Go out and do it.”Justin Wilson, Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller, who pitched the ninth for his 34th save, combined for 3 1-3 scoreless innings for New York.Chris Archer (12-12) gave up two runs, four hits, four walks and struck out seven over six innings for the Rays. His fourth strikeout of the game, coming against Brett Gardner in the third, broke Scott Kazmir’s single-season club mark of 239 set in 2007.“It’s a nice accomplishment, for sure,” Archer said.Steven Souza Jr. cut the Rays’ deficit to 2-1 on a towering, run-scoring double that Ellsbury lost sight of near the warning track. A video review failed to determine if the ball had struck an overhanging catwalk, which would have made it a game-tying homer.“I don’t know if it went over the catwalk or maybe nicked something,” Ellsbury said. “I don’t really know what happened.”Betances entered with one out in the seventh and walked the bases loaded before striking out James Loney on three pitches. Loney had gone 3 for 3 against Severino.Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez went 0 for 4 in his second game since an MRI exam Tuesday determined he has a bruised left knee. The designated hitter homered Sept. 15.“I feel fine,” Rodriguez said before the series finale. “It’s banged up a little bit, but it’s ready to go.”A-Rod will get a chance to rest the knee during a three-game interleague series against the NL East-leading New York Mets that starts Sept. 18 at Citi Field because the designated hitter will not be used in the NL ballpark.(MARK DIDTLER) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Yanks, Pineda, Ackley Make Deal

first_imgNEW YORK  — The New York Yankees have agreed to one-year, non-guaranteed contracts with right-hander Michael Pineda and infielder-outfielder Dustin Ackley, forgoing salary arbitration with both.The Yankees also on Friday claimed minor league outfielder Lane Adams off waivers from Kansas City and designated infielder Ronald Torreyes for assignment. Torreyes was obtained in a trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday.Pineda, who will turn 27 on Monday, was acquired from Seattle in the winter of 2012. He missed the next two seasons with shoulder trouble and has been beset by injuries the past two seasons. He is 17-15 with a 3.51 ERA in 40 starts for the Yankees. Last year, he made 27 starts and had career-high 12 wins.He is expected to be the No. 2 or 3 starter in New York’s rotation.A .243 hitter with Seattle over five seasons, the Yankees obtained Ackley, 27, on July 30, and he hit .288 over 23 games. He had four homers and 11 RBIs while playing second base, first base and left field.Ackley batted .231 with 10 homers and 19 RBIs overall last year.The Yankees have four remaining arbitration-eligible players: pitchers Aroldis Chapman, Ivan Nova and Nathan Eovaldi, and shortstop Didi Gregorius.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Antetokounmpo Leads the East in Votes for All-Star Game

first_imgNEW YORK – The Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo leads the Eastern Conference in votes so far for the NBA All-Star Game. The first fan returns of NBA All-Star Voting 2019 presented by Google, also show Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James leading the Western Conference and overall voting while Antetokounmpo is second overall in total votes, according to an NBA news release.Fans account for 50 percent of the vote to determine the ten starters for the 68th NBA All-Star Game, which will take place at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, NC, on Sunday, Feb. 17 at 8 PM ET on TNT.All current NBA players and a media panel each account for 25 percent of the vote, with every voter completing one full ballot featuring two guards and three frontcourt players from each conference. Voting for fans, players and media will conclude on Monday, Jan. 21 at 11:59 PM ET.Antetokounmpo, an NBA All-Star in each of the previous two seasons, is the top vote-getter among all Eastern Conference players, receiving 991,561 votes in the frontcourt group. Joining Antetokounmpo at the top of the East frontcourt are second-place Kawhi Leonard of the Toronto Raptors (774,172) and third-place Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers (648,002).In the East guard group, the Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving leads with 910,329 votes. The Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade is the second-leading guard with 409,156 votes, while the Charlotte Hornets’ Kemba Walker (319,519) ranks third and Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons (259,993) is fourth.James, a 14-time NBA All-Star and three-time Kia NBA All-Star Most Valuable Player, leads all players with 1,083,363 votes to earn the top spot in the Western Conference frontcourt in the first fan returns. Dallas Mavericks rookie Luka Dončić ranks second in the West frontcourt with 679,839 votes, followed closely by the Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant (659,968). The New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis (605,417) and the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Paul George (580,055) round out the top five in that position group.Golden State’s Stephen Curry holds first place among West guards with 793,111 votes. The Minnesota Timberwolves’ Derrick Rose is second with 698,086 votes. The Houston Rockets’ James Harden (541,606) and Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook (459,792) are third and fourth, respectively, among West guards.The 2019 NBA All-Star Game will follow last year’s format: The two team captains will draft rosters from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves in each conference, making their picks regardless of conference affiliation. The captains will be the All-Star starter from each conference who receives the most fan votes in his conference. Details about the NBA All-Star Draft will be announced at a later date.TNT will reveal the NBA All-Star Game starters, including the two captains, on Thursday, Jan. 24 during TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader, featuring Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal, and Kenny Smith.The network will announce the reserves, as selected by NBA head coaches, on Thursday, Jan. 31 during TNT NBA Tip-Off.More information is available online: nba.com.TweetPinShare3333 Shareslast_img read more

No Morton, no Keuchel as Astros Head to Spring Training

first_imgROOKIES TO WATCHThis veteran team won’t have a lot of rookies on its opening day roster, but a pair of young pitchers will be vying for the fifth spot in the rotation. Josh James and Framber Valdez both made their MLB debuts late last season, but will still be considered rookies this season because of their limited work last year. The left-handed Valdez was 4-1 with a 2.19 ERA in eight games with five starts last season. James performed so well after a September call-up that he made Houston’s playoff roster. The 25-year-old, whose fastball routinely hits 102 mph, could also be an option in the bullpen.THEY’RE SETWhile the Astros have plenty of strengths, their most stable area should be the middle infield with Altuve, Correa and Bregman all expected to be healthy after dealing with injuries late last season. Bregman was the MVP of last year’s All-Star game in his first trip to the event in a season where he set career highs with 31 homers and 103 RBIs and hit an AL-leading 51 doubles. The Astros expect Altuve and Correa to return to form after solid, but not stellar, 2018 seasons.THEY’RE NOTCatcher could be a shaky spot for the Astros after Houston didn’t re-sign veteran Brian McCann. Houston added Robinson Chirinos in the offseason and he should start, but Max Stassi, who started 88 games last season, will need to improve to solidify the position.ON DECKCompetition for the fifth spot in the rotation should be interesting and could go down to the wire. The Astros open the season with a four-game series at Tampa Bay starting on March 28TweetPinShare0 Shares By: Kristie Rieken, AP Sports WriterHOUSTON (AP) — The Astros are not short on confidence heading to spring training, not after winning 103 games and with most of their roster intact from last year’s run to the AL Championship Series.“I love this team,” general manager Jeff Luhnow said. “And when we show up next week if this is the roster we have, we’ve got a really good chance of accomplishing our goals this year.”Houston has its stars in place, including 2017 AL MVP Jose Altuve, shortstop Carlos Correa, third baseman Alex Bregman, 2017 World Series MVP George Springer and starters Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole, who combined for 31 wins and 566 strikeouts in 2018.“We have four position players that could be an MVP this year. We’ve got two pitchers that could be a Cy Young,” Luhnow said. “I think that is a pretty good starting point for a team. We’re going to have good pitchers on the mound every night. We’re going to have an offense that’s going to score a lot of runs. We play good defense. We run. We play good fundamentals. It’s a fun team to watch and they all get along with each other.”That doesn’t mean there aren’t some new faces around as pitchers and catchers get ready to report to spring training Feb. 13. FILE – In this June 20, 2018, file photo, Houston Astros’ Jose Altuve watches his solo home run off Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi during the sixth inning of a baseball game, in Houston. The Astros have plenty of reasons to be confident with a big chunk of last year’s squad which won a franchise-record 103 games. That group is led by a bevy of stars including Altuve, shortstop Carlos Correa, third baseman Alex Bregman, 2017 World Series MVP George Springer and starters Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole, who combined for 31 wins and 566 strikeouts in 2018. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith, File)NEW LOOKThe Astros did lose a few key players this offseason. Their biggest losses were starters Charlie Morton, who made his first All-Star team last season, and 2015 AL Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel. Their departure will allow Collin McHugh to return to the rotation after pitching in relief for the first time in his career last season, and leaves an opportunity for a young player to snag the fifth spot in the rotation.Also gone is utility player Marwin Gonzalez. One of the longest tenured Astros, Gonzalez had been with the team since 2012 and was the team’s jack of all trades, appearing at every position except pitcher and catcher in his seven seasons in Houston. The Astros signed Aledmys Diaz to take over Gonzalez’s role, but manager A.J. Hinch said he’ll also ask first baseman Yuli Gurriel to move around the infield to help out.Houston’s two most important offseason acquisitions were adding left-handed starter Wade Miley and outfielder Michael Brantley. Miley will take Keuchel’s spot in the rotation and Brantley will provide at upgrade in left field.last_img read more

Denis Shapovalov Beats Stefanos Tsitsipas at Miami Open

first_imgMIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Denis Shapovalov worked the late-night shift to reach the quarterfinals at the Miami Open.The 19-year-old Canadian left-hander beat 20-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3) in a match that started following a two-hour rain delay and ended shortly after 1:30 Wednesday morning.The match was extremely close: Each player won 100 points. It offered a peek at the future of men’s tennis, with Shapovalov seeded No. 20 and Tsitsipas No. 8.“I knew Stefanos was going to be a tough match,” Shapovalov said. “I was ready for a long battle and, sure enough, it went the distance. I’m just happy with the way I controlled myself.”Denis Shapovalov, of Canada, reacts after defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas, of Greece,4-6, 6-3, 7-6(3) during the Miami Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, March 27, 2019, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)Shapovalov beat a Top 10 opponent for the second time in his career. He’ll next play No. 28-seeded Frances Tiafoe, who eliminated David Goffin on Tuesday night 7-5, 7-6 (6).“We’re both shotmakers,” Shapovalov said. “I’m just ready for another fun, tough match.”___More AP tennis coverage: https://apnews.com/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

LDRA extends commitment to safety and security compliance

first_imgFrom its inception in 1975, LDRA has advocated across all industries for the international development, adoption and enforcement of rigorous software standards that ensure the safety and security of software-based electronics systems. LDRA has become a leader in standards compliance, automated software verification, software code analysis, and test tools, across all industries—automotive, avionics, rail, industrial safety, nuclear power, medical, and defense.  The hire of Andrew Banks, a 25-year veteran of safety standards development, affirms LDRA’s absolute commitment to continuing to drive industrial safety leadership—a discipline now increasingly challenged by widespread connectivity. After leading multiple coding standards initiatives in the avionics and defense space, Banks spent the last six years focused on ISO 26262 compliance for hybrid and electronic driveline technologies. This automotive expertise strongly complements the increased adoption of the LDRA tool suite by the automotive industry and enhancements made in the LDRA tool suite for Automotive to streamline automotive safety- and security-compliance. At LDRA, Banks will promote LDRA’s advancements in ISO 26262 and MISRA compliance as well as support automotive customers in adopting safety- and security-compliance in their product design and development.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Lynx accelerates secure ADAS development with LynxSecure portNext ON Semi expands solutions for industrial IoT, smart home and wearableslast_img read more

Microsemi: 300K LE PolarFire device delivers lowest power at mid-range densities

first_img Continue Reading Previous Toshiba: surface-mount brushed motor driver IC offers advanced error handlingNext Apacer: industrial-grade USB drives provide full data protection Microsemi Corporation announced its first cost-optimized, low power, mid-range PolarFire FPGA device is now production-qualified. With 300K logic elements (LEs), the second largest device in the family targets a variety of applications in the communications, defense, industrial and aviation markets. The company also announced full Libero SoC Design Suite support for PolarFire devices, giving designers the ability to design in any member of the family.PolarFire FPGAs have now been adopted by dozens of customers in key communications, defense and industrial infrastructure market segments, and early access customers are moving into early production qualification with the family. These systems have a substantially lower cost of ownership, as the PolarFire family enables significantly lower power consumption and an ability to operate in harsher thermal environments.Microsemi’s PolarFire FPGA enables customers to forego purchasing higher end FPGAs to obtain the SerDes performance needed for their designs while offering lower power, mid-range capabilities that offer significant advantages over competing devices in several application areas. The PolarFire family provides a variety of solutions for mid-range and low-density FPGAs as well as complex programmable logic devices.Microsemi’s new cost-optimized PolarFire FPGAs deliver the industry’s lowest power at mid-range densities with exceptional security and reliability. The award-winning product family features 12.7 Gbps SerDes transceivers at up to 50 percent lower power than competing FPGAs. Densities span from 100K to 500K logic elements and are ideal for a wide range of applications within wireline access networks and mobile infrastructure, defense and commercial aviation markets, as well as industry 4.0 which includes the industrial automation and internet of things (IoT) markets.PolarFire FPGAs’ transceivers can support multiple serial protocols, making the products ideal for communications applications with 10Gbps Ethernet, CPRI, JESD204B, Interlaken and PCIe. In addition, the ability to implement serial gigabit Ethernet (SGMII) on general purpose input/output (GPIO) enables numerous 1Gbps Ethernet links to be supported. PolarFire FPGAs also contain the most hardened security IP to protect customer designs, data and supply chain. The non-volatile PolarFire product family consumes 10 times less static power than competitive devices and features an even lower standby power referred to as Flash*Freeze.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

ADLINK debuting faster, more accurate logistics with Edge IoT Smart Pallet Experience

first_img Continue Reading Previous Würth: 3-axis acceleration sensor with preset functionalitiesNext 3 driver design techniques for microcontrollers ADLINK’s IoT Solutions and Technology division will be debuting the Edge IoT Smart Pallet Experience at Pack Expo Las Vegas 2019 featuring a game-like exhibit where attendees can get hands-on with Edge IoT technology that makes pallets “smart” and robots “come alive.” Booth visitors can stack pallets and race the clock and meet Rover the Robot who will be giving booth visitors free t-shirts.The immersive experience will demonstrate machine vision, AI and robotics technology for warehouse distribution and manufacturing with partners Amazon Web Services (AWS), Intel’s IoT group, and robot maker Rover Robotics. Attendees can interact with ADLINK Edge and ADLINK Vortex DDS to experience first-hand how to quickly solve AI and vision-based IoT challenges.  ADLINK Edge and ADLINK Vortex DDS make pallets and robots intelligent so they can communicate with the world around them, enabling customers to increase pallet profitability, quality inspection, automation, and productivity within the distribution center and manufacturing floor.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

World Cup 2018, Brazil vs Serbia: Why was Neymar trolled this time?

first_imgBrazil outclassed Serbia 2-0 on Wednesday to advance to the last 16 of the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia but not without some drama.Neymar, one of the top strikers in world football at the moment, has once again grabbed the headlines for his theatrics on the field than goals at the ongoing tournament.Neymar was brutally trolled on social media once again after he went rolling along following a foul by Serbia’s Adem Ljajicn in the 33rd minute.Neymar’s obsession with fame has brought him both cheers and jeers in equal measure.The 26-year-old is yet to hit the top gear at the World Cup and has struck just one goal so far in three matches for the five-time champions.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE | FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEThe Brazilian, who came under fire for his antics against Costa Rica, was slammed on Twitter for overreacting to a foul in the match.#Copa2018 pic.twitter.com/aakpU9wRrNReality Social (@RealitySocial) 27 June 2018Does Neymar want to roll anymore from that challenge pic.twitter.com/297IIuTaeQMatt Martin (@ItsMattMartin_) 27 June 2018I thought #Neymar was going to roll all the way into the #SRB goal the rate he was going#WorldCup2018Ashwin Mushran (@ashwinmushran) 27 June 2018I wonder how much time Neymar spends each day perfecting his “I’ve been hit, I’m rolling back to Brazil” roll? #SERBREEllen (@elleninnit) 27 June 2018Some say Neymar is still rolling after that tackle #WorldCup #SRBBRA pic.twitter.com/oBFAPESv57FourFourTwo (@FourFourTwo) 27 June 2018Brazil took a while to find their stride against a physical Serbian side who briefly rattled their illustrious rivals, but once Paulinho put them ahead after 36 minutes they always looked comfortable and Silva’s 68th-minute header settled it.advertisementPaulinho and Thiago Silva earned them a win over an outclassed Serbia and set up a knockout tie against Mexico.The five-times champions rarely hit the heights against tough, dogged opponents who had qualification hopes of their own but, in this World Cup of shocks and late drama, Brazil will be delighted to have made it through a potentially awkward game with the minimum of fuss.Brazil finished top of Group E on seven points, two ahead of the Swiss who will face Sweden in the last 16. Serbia ended third on three points and are eliminated along with Costa Rica.Brazil reach last 16 with easy win over SerbiaBrazil took a while to find their stride against a physical Serbian side who briefly rattled their illustrious rivals, but once Paulinho put them ahead after 36 minutes they always looked comfortable and Silva’s 68th-minute header settled it.However, a superb lofted pass from just inside his own half by the outstanding Philippe Coutinho sent Paulinho clear and he stretched high to toe the ball over goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic and ease the pressure.Brazil can cope under attack, says Thiago SilvaBrazil’s often-overlooked defence, which has now conceded only three goals in 13 games, did still have to stand up strongly against a Serbian side whose only real threat looked to be an aerial assault.Striker Aleksandar Mitrovic roused the Serbian fans around the hour when he went close with two headers but that brief flurry proved their high-water mark as Silva finished it when he rose high to thump home a Neymar corner.That assist was a frustrated Neymar’s major contribution as he fired one shot at Stojkovic’s legs after a 70-metre counter-attack, bounced another over the bar and saw the keeper palm clear his final effort of a night where he was routinely bullied off the ball and lost possession countless times.It was not his greatest performance, nor Brazil’s, but it was more than enough and they march on and remain the team everyone else will want to avoid.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Nasser Hussain criticises Virat Kohli’s captaincy as India lose in Edgbaston

first_imgFormer England captain Nasser Hussain has raised questions on the captain of Virat Kohli after India suffered a narrow 31-run loss against England in the first Test at Edgbaston.Virat Kohli put up a sensational performance with the bat scoring 200 runs in the Test match (149 in the first innings and 51 in the second) but the other batsmen in the Indian team failed to rise to the occasion and the England bowlers helped England to take a 1-0 lead in the series.Nasser Hussain was all praise for Kohli’s brilliant batting but said he “should take some of the responsibility for the loss”.Hussain particularly mentioned Sam Curran’s 65-ball 63 in the second innings that turned the tide back towards England after they were reeling at 87/7 in 30.6 overs on Day 3 of the Test.Hussain questioned why Kohli did not use Ravichandran Ashwin to attack Curran and instead took him out of the bowling attack that let Curran settle and play his shots.MATCH REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS”Kohli was phenomenal in this game. He deserved to be on the winning side for the way he played with the tail. He singlehandedly brought India back into the Test match. I do think he should take some of the responsibility for the loss, though,” Hussain told Sky Sports.”England were 87/7 with Curran and Adil Rashid at the crease and for some reason Ravichandran Ashwin went out of the game for an hour. India lost control then — he needs to look back on his captaincy and say ‘when I’ve got a bloke who averages 19 against left-handers and a 20-year-old left-hander on strike, why did I take him off?’,” Hussain questioned.advertisementAlso read – Adelaide 2014, Birmingham 2018: Virat Kohli let down by India’s other batsmenEven though the Test match ended in disappointment for the Indians, the world stood up and applauded the show of Test cricket at Edgbaston. While Kevin Pietersen tweeted “#TestCricket – enough said!”, Nasser Hussain also felt that the match was a great advert for the longest format of the sport.”The pitch has a lot to do with that — it wasn’t a flat belter — and so have the players. The standard of bowling and captaincy (has been great). I think Joe Root has been outstanding in this game.Also read – Virat Kohli wants his batsmen to look in the mirror after Edgbaston defeat”A lot of times nowadays we see one side get ahead in Test matches and series and then the other doesn’t seem capable of fighting back. This match has switched one way and then the other.” Hussain also backed the usage of Dukes ball in Test cricket, saying it added to the excitement of the format and felt ICC took take a cue from this match.”The template for Test cricket has been set and I don’t see why the ICC can’t just use the Dukes ball around the world. It produces exciting cricket, so why don’t the ICC go down that road?”Also read – Virat Kohli missed one for a change and that changed the game: Ben StokesHussain credited Curran for the England win. Even though it was Ben Stokes who took the prized wicket of Virat Kohli and then picked the wicket of Hardik Pandya to end the Indian innings, the former England captain said Curran turned the game around.”He has won England this game. India might say Kohli got 200 runs but who turned this game around? A 20-year-old. It’s a phenomenal achievement. He changed the course of two innings. He came on with India 50-0 and pitched it up, swung it and got four for nothing and he then went in with England 87-7.Also read – 1st Test: Joe Root ‘thrilled to bits’ after England win cliff-hanger vs India”After his first game you thought he was maybe a bits-and-pieces cricketer and wondered whether he was quick enough, could move it enough and if he was a proper batsman. I always used to say ‘pick someone on their character more than what they are showing in county cricket’. He has character in abundance,” Hussain said.Nasser Hussain’s assessment of Kohli captaincy aside, the International Cricket Council (ICC) might have hit the wrong note with the Indian captain after their mic drop tweet post India’s loss.Also read – Stats: England win in their 1000th Test despite Virat Kohli brillianceICC trolled Virat Kohli by posting a picture of the Indian captain and England skipper Joe Root and use some photoshop skills to add a mic, which appears to be falling from Root’s right hand.advertisementThe mic drop gesture by Kohli on the first day of the Test (when Kohli ran out Root) was a fallout of Root’s own similar celebration after his second successive hundreds helped England win the three-match ODI series.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

29-year-old Major Kaustubh Rane’s mortal remains arrive in Mumbai

first_imgMortal remains of Major Kaustubh Rane’s arrived in Mumbai, Maharashtra. His funeral will take place in Mira Road on Thursday.Major Kaustubh Rane’s (29) mortal remains arrived on Wednesday.He was among the four Indian Army soldiers who lost their lives in an encounter on the Line of Control (LoC) in Gurez sector of Bandipora district yesterday in north Kashmir. Wreath laying ceremony of Major Kaustubh Rane | Photo from Twitter: ANIThe body will be taken to his home in Mira Road.After the news of his death was out, several people visited his place to meet the family.He was the only son and is now survived by his wife Kanika and a two-and-a-half-year-old son.His mortal remains will be taken to Hindu crematorium at Joggers Park Road in Mira Road.Rane’s father has lost his son but he is proud of him. Rane actively participated in sports activities and always wanted to join army as a kid.Rane’s father worked in a private firm and his mother is a retired school headmistress.last_img read more