Hoping next 20 years of my life are as eventful: Ashish Nehra

first_imgBy Kushan SarkarNew Delhi, Oct 30 (PTI) “If you can, then sprint. If not, then run. Cant run? Then jog. Wont jog? Then at least walk! Cant walk? Then crawl but just keep on moving,” says Ashish Nehra as he gets ready to bid adieu to the game that has given him everything in all these years.A total of 163 international matches across three formats in 20 years is not the greatest piece of statistic but the straight-talking Nehra will remain an enigma for what he could have achieved had he not gone under knife 12 times.”Trust me, I have had an eventful 20 years. I am not a very emotional person. The next 20 years is what I am looking forward to. Hopefully, it will be as eventful as it has been since I started playing for Delhi in 1997,” Nehra told PTI during a free-wheeling chat at his academy in Noida, ahead of his final competitive match against New Zealand on November 1.”Its been a great journey. May be one regret. If I could change anything in these 20 years, that afternoon in Johannesburg during the 2003 World Cup final. But nothing else as its all about destiny,” he said with his customary nonchalance.Talk about the journey that started at Delhis famous Sonnet Club in early 90s, he is thoroughly old school with loads of anecdotes.”During my first Ranji Trophy game at Kotla, Delhi team had late Raman Lamba, Ajay Sharma, Atul Wassan and Robin Singh junior. Raman bhaiya and Ajay bhaiya, I have grown up bowling to them at Sonnet nets. Difficult to forget Raman Lamba. Dada player thaa (cricketing lingo for dominating batsman),” he reminisces.advertisement”And Ajay Sharma, well I can tell you about his cricket. With no disrespect to all the current top spinners in our country — Ajay bhaiya would have murdered them even on rank turners. He was that good at the domestic level,” he recollected in an authoritative tone.”I remember bowling one-change in my debut Ranji game as Robin Junior and Wassan (his last first-class match) were bowling with new ball. I got Ajay Jadeja for a duck in both innings. Another man is Ajay Jadeja. I have huge respect for his cricketing acumen.”For me, Ajay Jadeja and Mahendra Singh Dhoni are the two shrewdest cricketing brains I have ever interacted with,” he lets one know his favourites and tells that its purely his choice.He has seen the quiet resurgence under John Wright, been through the tumultuous phase under Greg Chappell, had a second coming under Gary Kirsten and the final flourish under Ravi Shastri.”I didnt play much under Greg Chappell save two series in 2005 (in Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe). Mujhe pahle series se hi maloom thaa yeh biryani, khichdi bannewali hain Greg ke under (I knew biryani would turn into Khichdi under Greg).”Thats where Gary (Kirsten) was such a superb coach. He discussed strategies with MS (Dhoni) but on field, he never interfered with MS style of functioning. But I still believe Chappell could have been a terrific coach for juniors,” Nehra observed.Talk about Virat Kohli and Nehra would say that Ravi Shastri is the ideal foil for Kohli.”Look Virats career and captaincy are on auto-pilot mode right now. He knows what he is doing and leads by example. He doesnt need gyaan (sermons) but support which Ravi gives him in abundance,” he said.”You know the best part about Ravi. If a player is going through a rough patch, he is the man. Even if the player is not able to middle a single ball in the nets, Ravi would make him believe that he is as good as Brain Lara! Now that might sound ludicrous to an outsider but those who understand cricket know that this is man-management,” he said.He did not speak a word about Anil Kumble but had a subtle take on what is an ideal coach-captain relationship.”If a coach, suppose is 50 years old and the captain is 28, it is the duty of the coach to understand the psyche of a 28-year-old and not the other way round. It doesnt work the other way. Not in cricket at least.”Will he become the bowling coach of the Indian team if offered the role?”No such plans as of now. Yes, I will do a bit of coaching and commentary but if you talking about Indian team, no such thoughts till 2019 World Cup. After that, lets see what happens.”People remember him for his 6/23 against England in Durban where he hardly put a foot wrong. But can just one nights performance describe him?advertisement”Sports is nothing but moments. People remember that night. I would like them to remember me as an honest trier. Ek aisa shaqs jisne seekh ke khela nahin par khelke ke seekha (a person, who didnt learn and play but played and learnt),” he replied. PTI KHS PM PMlast_img read more

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India in South Africa: Virat Kohli’s men in bonding session at Centurion

first_imgTeam India fitness coach Shankar Basu had some innovative ways to train the players ahead of the all important second Test at Centurion, starting on Saturday.Basu, who is very close to Virat Kohli, has been integral to the Indian team’s fitness drive.On Friday, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) put up a video on Facebook, which showed Basu’s innovative ideas and methods in which he makes the Kohli & Co. train.WATCHTo start off, the Indian players were trying to ‘steal the bib’ which was followed by some football to warm the boys up before the practice session. These drills according to Mr. Basu, helps in gelling and team bonding — something that is there in plenty in the current Indian team according to the players.Bonding and understanding of each other will be key for Kohli’s men when they take the field at the SuperSport Park on January 13 to win the match or at least stay alive in the three-match series.On Thursday, Bryan Bloy, the head groundsman in Centurion, said that he is preparing a wicket that will hold for five days and help both the batsmen and the bowlers. However, he asked people to fully expect the pitch to have pace and bounce like a typical Centurion track.The hosts are expected to come in with a four-pronged pace attack again with either of Chris Morris or Andile Phehlukwayo joining Morne Morkel, Kagiso Rabada and Vernon Philander. For the visitors, a change in the playing XI could see Ajinkya Rahane come in for either of the pacers or Ravichandran Ashwin. Hardik Pandya’s all-round performance as well as the pacers shining in the last Test makes it difficult to drop them. This makes Ashwin the most likeliest candidate to get the axe.advertisementBut, will India for the first time in many years, go into a Test match without a spinner? It remains to be seen.ALSO WATCH:last_img read more

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Gareth Bale set to return for Real Madrid against Fuenlabrada

first_imgZinedine Zidane confirmed Gareth Bale will return from injury when Real Madrid host Fuenlabrada on Tuesday in the Copa del Rey.The Welsh winger has not featured since he scored in the 3-1 win at Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on September 26.Bale suffered a calf injury during that clash and then later hurt his hamstring in training shortly before he was due to return.”The idea is that Bale plays, we will see how long that is for,” Zidane told a news conference on Monday.Great to be back in training with the guys, been a tough month but working hard to get back out there ?????? #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/m8anYQCOtI- Gareth Bale (@GarethBale11) November 27, 2017″He will be with us tomorrow. I want to see Bale at 100 percent as soon as possible, but I can’t say when that will be. He’s doing well, he just has to play.”Madrid won the first leg 2-0 against the third-division club.????? #RMCityREAD what Zidane had to say in the press conference the day before of tomorrow’s #RMCopa clash! ???https://t.co/Mi97J5qe89- Real Madrid C.F.???? (@realmadriden) November 27, 2017last_img read more

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3rd Test, Day 2: India on top after Virat Kohli’s career-best 243 vs Sri Lanka

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli smashed a career-best 243, his second successive double hundred, before a blanket of smog prompted him to declare on 536/7 in the third and final Test against Sri Lanka on Sunday.The home side’s attack then turned the screw even further on the visitors when they reduced Sri Lanka to 131-3 on the second day.Angelo Mathews capitalised on an early reprieve to score 57 not out and skipper Dinesh Chandimal was on 25 with Sri Lanka still 405 behind on a hazy day in the Indian capital.Behind in the match and struggling in the conditions, several Sri Lankan players returned from the lunch break sporting facemasks as the seasonal haze affecting the region thickened over the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium.The smog eventually held up play twice and 22 minutes was lost in total as Lahiru Gamage and his pace colleague Suranga Lakmal both left the field during the second session as they found it difficult to breathe.BCCI Photo Umpires Nigel Llong and Joel Wilson were discussing the air quality with the tourists when Kohli signalled his team in.Until then, the stadium’s near-capacity crowd was treated to some elegant shot-making by Kohli, who hit 25 crisp boundaries in his master class spread over seven-and-half hours.The 29-year-old became the first international captain to score six double centuries, all of them coming in the last 17 months.His latest looked a mere formality after India, chasing a record-equalling ninth consecutive Test series victory, resumed on 371-4.Kohli’s partner in a 135-run fifth-wicket stand, Rohit Sharma, smacked left-arm wrist-spinner Lakshan Sandakan (4-167) over long-off for a six but all eyes were on Kohli as he approached the 200-mark.advertisementThe skipper took two runs off Lakmal to bring up his double century, celebrating it by leaping into the air before removing his helmet to acknowledge the applause.Rohit hit Perera over the spinner’s head for a six to bring up his fifth consecutive Test fifty.BCCI Photo Just when it looked like Sri Lanka would endure yet another wicketless session, Rohit edged Sandakan to be caught behind for 65.When India came out to bowl, Mohammad Shami dismissed Dimuth Karunaratne for a duck with the first ball of the innings and Ishant Sharma trapped Dhananjaya de Silva lbw for one to immediately dent the tourists’ reply.Dilruwan Perera, spilled in the slip when on 16, made 42 before Ravindra Jadeja dismissed him leg-before.Sri Lanka were also denied the services of opener Sadeera Samarawickrama, who suffered a mild concussion on Saturday and was advised by doctors to skip play on Sunday.last_img read more

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Sania Mirza suffering from knee injury

first_imgSania Mirza has said that she is suffering from a knee injury and would soon take a call on whether a surgery is needed or not.”It was tough year with partners getting injured, but I have a bit of a knee injury now. I have been off for about a month. I have couple of weeks to rest, just trying to get used to, I have to see if I need to have a surgery or not. (I have) a little bit of problem,” Sania said on the sidelines of the Indian Sports Honours.She added, “But all in all I still finished close to top 10, so I am happy with the year.”The tennis star was speaking on the red carpet of the Indian Sports Honours.Sania, the country’s finest woman doubles player, who began the year with the number one ranking, closed it at number 9.Meanwhile, India’s non-playing Davis Cup captain Mahesh Bhupathi has said that it was just a matter of time for young Ramkumar Ramanathan to break into the top 100.”Yuki (Bhambri) has been injured, but he will get back.Ram (Ramkumar Ramanathan) has his breakthrough season, next two years are big for him.”He is much younger, so we will give him some time. He is found a good coach and he is comfortable with Emilio Sanchez, so he is doing the right thing , so now it is just the matter of breaking into the top 100, Bhupathi told reporters.The 23-year-old Chennai-born Ramanathan is currently ranked 148 in the men’s singles as per the ATP.advertisementlast_img read more

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Kids benefit from a soccer pros love of the game

first_imgBy Mandy St. AmandSt. Louis Post-DispatchMARYVILLE- Nicholas Karidis and Jeff Cooper share a love of soccer. Both men want to do what they can to promote the sport – they are just going about it in very different ways.The Post-Dispatch has written plenty about Coopers proposal for a $402 million soccer stadium and development project in Collinsville. How he wants the city to become a partner by issuing bonds for the project. How would those bonds be repaid? By the taxes collected on sales and tickets at the soccer stadium, of course. The City Council planned a public hearing on his proposal Monday night.Cooper is a big-time lawyer with big-time connections. He earned a national reputation by winning more than $1 billion in awards and settlements from asbestos cases. His office in East Alton is decorated with soccer balls and athletic jerseys.The paper has not written about Karidis. Hes no big-time lawyer. Hes a former professional soccer player from Greece who came to the United States to pursue his education. He accomplished that – a bachelors degree in psychology and a masters in sociology – and went to work. But Karidis, now 37, missed soccer. He turned pro at 17 and spent years playing professionally for teams in Australia and Greece.Karidis, married and the father of two, spent six years out of the soccer arena. Then my little guy started his select soccer experience, and I just noticed that the soccer program in the United States is very different from the European. And not in a good way. He knew there was a better way to train young players to be competitive.So Karidis sat down with his wife, Kari, last year and decided to start his own soccer club for kids. After 10 months of planning, Juventus Premier Futbol Club held its first tryouts in June. About 140 children and teenagers ages 4 through 19 play for Juventus on eight teams. The youngest kids play on a developmental team; the others compete in the St. Louis Youth Soccer Association. All the games are played on fields in St. Charles and St. Louis counties; the players come from towns across the Metro East.Starting a soccer club the way Karidis did requires three big items: time, people and money. Karidis spends 40 to 50 hours a week coaching, teaching and running Juventus. Thats on top of his full-time job as an insurance fraud investigator. Like Karidis, all of the coaches of Juventus teams are nationally licensed through the U.S. Soccer Federation. One selling point for the club, Karidis said, is that there are no parent-coaches. I coach, but I dont coach my own son, he said.Joe Caradonna, 25, coaches one of the teams. Caradonna played four years of varsity soccer at Collinsville High School. Now he spends five nights a week and weekends working with Juventus teams. In an average week, he said, he spends about 14 hours on Juventus-related business. Its an unpaid position for now. I like soccer, so thats OK with me, he said.The clubs practice fields sit on about 16 acres of land behind the First Baptist Church of Maryville. Kari Karidis is a member of the church, and the couple asked Fred Winters, the senior pastor, about using some of its 70 acres. Part of our mission is to benefit the community, and we see this as a means of doing that. And, it maintains areas of the land we werent using, Winters said. Four or five nights a week, teams practice on the fields from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. – or until its too dark to see.Lights are high on the wish list. But they will cost money, and Karidis has already spent plenty of his own. Hes taken on a slew of sponsors like Puma, Four Flags Motors and Clarkson EyeCare. Sponsors help, but select teams still are expensive. The fees for a season with a Juventus team run about $775. If a player cant afford the expense, the team offers financial aid. Im a firm believer that every kid who has the athletic ability should be given an opportunity to play, and we dont want a financial burden to stop them, Karidis said.Karidis estimates hes spent about $50,000 of his own money on his dream. Cooper has spent about $2 million of his own money on his dream. They both love soccer. Theyre just showing it in different ways.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Seahawks Mow Down Giants, 38-17

first_imgSEATTLE — While Doug Baldwin wants catches and wants to make plays in the passing game, he knows what the Seattle Seahawks have become known for: stingy defense, the improvisation of Russell Wilson and a lot of Marshawn Lynch.All three of those elements were at play in Seattle’s 38-17 victory over the New York Giants on Nov. 9, the third straight win for the Seahawks where the defending champs showed glimpses of that title form.“It felt like Seahawks football again,” Baldwin said.Lynch was the workhorse of a record day for the Seahawks offense. He ran for 140 yards and a career-high four touchdowns on runs of 1, 2, 3 and 16 yards. Seattle set a franchise record with 350 yards rushing, the most in the NFL since Kansas City ran for 352 against Indianapolis in 2012.Lynch wasn’t alone. Wilson added 107 yards on 14 carries and a 1-yard TD run with 5:19 left. Christine Michael and Robert Turbin averaged more than 5 yards per carry: Michael finished with 71 yards and Turbin added 32.Seattle is the first NFL team to have a running back rush for four touchdowns and a quarterback run for at least 100 yards in the same game.“I think it’s a little bit worse than embarrassing,” New York safety Antrel Rolle said. “I have been playing this game for 10 years and I’ve never had anyone run for 350 yards on me.”(TIM BOOTH, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Pistons Gun Down The Nets, 98-93

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The Pistons and Nets were both out of gas by the end of the Jan. 10 night game. Detroit was just able to coast a little further.Playing for the fourth time in five nights, the Pistons put together an 8-0 run in the final three minutes to beat the Nets 98-93. The Nets, who were in action for the fifth time in seven days, had two key turnovers in that stretch.“Those are the type of games that get people talking about changing the NBA schedule,” said Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy.“We didn’t have any energy and neither did they, and this is the kind of game you get in that situation. You just keep trying to get good shots and hope something goes in, even though you don’t have any legs, and you keep working on defense.”Detroit’s confidence also may have helped down the stretch, something that would have been hard to imagine a month ago. The Pistons have won eight of nine since releasing Josh Smith after a December loss to the Nets, while Brooklyn has lost five in a row.“We played good defense, but we had 10 turnovers in the second half,” said Nets coach Lionel Hollins. “Every game, the turnovers are hurting us and the missed shots are hurting us. We had shots tonight that would have put us ahead or further ahead, and we couldn’t hit them.”Brandon Jennings had 20 points despite going scoreless in the first half, and Detroit also got 16 points and 17 rebounds from Greg Monroe and 14 points and nine boards from Andre Drummond.Joe Johnson led the Nets with 17 points, while Brook Lopez had 11 points and 15 rebounds.The Pistons set a franchise-record with 43 3-point attempts in a Jan. 9 106-103 loss to Atlanta. The previous high was 33. And it didn’t take long for the Jan. 10 game to turn into an outside-shooting duel.The teams combined to go 10-for-33 from outside the arc in the first half, which ended at 47-47. Johnson and Kyle Singler both went 3-for-4 on threes in the half, while the rest of their teammates struggled.“There was a little bit of trying to get a rhythm and a flow, but I thought we hit our stride in the fourth quarter,” Singler said. “This was big, because Coach told us after last night that we weren’t going to fall back into losing a game and going backward.”Jennings scored 13 points in the third, but the Pistons still needed a buzzer-beating dunk by Drummond to take a 74-69 lead into the fourth.With both teams continuing to bomb away from outside with little success, the game remained close until the Pistons turned a pair of turnovers into fast-break baskets. Jennings then hit a 3-pointer to make it 91-84 with 2:30 to play.Mason Plumlee was called for a charge at the other end, and Greg Monroe’s layup gave Detroit a nine-point lead, its biggest of the game. After that, the only excitement was Lopez’s late 3-pointer — the first of his 369-game career.“We gave ourselves an opportunity, and we just have to keep going,” Lopez said. “We know what this league is like.”last_img read more

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Hawks Even With Wizards, 106-101

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — Suddenly, the Atlanta Hawks went from so-so in the playoffs to looking a bit more like a No. 1 seed.“That’s how we play. That’s how we’ve been playing all year,” forward Paul Millsap said. “Things we didn’t do, pretty much all series, we did tonight.”Jeff Teague scored 26 points, Millsap added 19 points, six assists and five rebounds, and Al Horford had 18 points and 10 rebounds as three of Atlanta’s four All-Stars played significant roles to help the Hawks beat the Washington Wizards 106-101 on May 11 and evened their second-round series at two games apiece.Washington’s lone All-Star, point guard John Wall, missed a third consecutive game with a broken left hand.Game 5 in the best-of-seven series is May 13 at Atlanta.“To me, personally, I think this is the best we’ve played all series,” said Millsap, who had eight points in Game 3, when he was dropped from the starting lineup because of flu-like symptoms.“Thirty assists, the way we played defense, the way we stepped up, the way we helped each other, the way we moved the basketball, the way we set screens.”Is that all, Paul?“That was mid-season form right there,” agreed Kyle Korver, Atlanta’s fourth All-Star, who was limited to four shots and six points, but all of the attention Washington paid to slowing him opened room for other Hawks. “I thought we played with just a lot of juice, and a lot of energy, and a lot of purpose.”Still, this one wound up being tight toward the end.Two days after hitting a buzzer-beater to win Game 3, Washington’s Paul Pierce missed a 3-point attempt that would have tied the score coming out of a timeout with 9.5 seconds left.“Thought I got a great look,” Pierce said.Said Bradley Beal, who scored a career playoff-high 34 points for the Wizards: “I thought it was going in. … That open one’s always the hardest one to make.”Right from the start, the Hawks were back to being the free-flowing, ball-moving regular-season version of themselves, the squad that won 60 games, rather than the disjointed, disorganized bunch that had been 5-4 this postseason.They used backdoor cuts. They drove to the basket. They found the open man.Early on, the Hawks built a 16-0 edge in points in the paint. And during a stretch that helped grow the lead to as many as 14 in the second quarter, Atlanta scored on seven consecutive possessions — with six players contributing points.“It felt good just to see how passionate the guys were and how hungry we were at the beginning of the game. That let me know we were here to play,” said Teague, who hit a key 3 with 72 seconds left to get the margin to seven points.Coach Mike Budenholzer praised his players for being aggressive at both ends of the court, but noted: “We’ve got to find a way to do that for more of the 48 minutes.”The Wizards, seeded fifth in the Eastern Conference, entered May 11 with the best record in these playoffs at 6-1, including 3-0 at home. And they got terrific performances from Beal and Pierce, who scored 22 points, including five of Washington’s 12 makes from beyond the arc.But with Wall again limited to cheerleading, the Wizards led the game get away from them.“It was a great opportunity for us to go up 3-1,” Beal said. “We won one game without John. We can do it again.”(HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Perfect Olympiacos Aces Panionios, 3-1

first_imgATHENS — Olympiacos continued its perfect start in the Greek league by beating Panionios 3-1 away on Jan. 3, extending its record run of consecutive wins to 16.Alejandro Dominguez, Felipe Pardo and Brown Ideye all scored in the second half for Olympiacos. Spyros Risvanis scored a short-lived equalizer for Panionios.Olympiacos’ winning run includes a Nov. 21 game against archrival Panathinaikos, which failed to start due to fan trouble. Olympiakos was awarded a 3-0 victory.Second-place AEK, a 3-0 winner at Platanias, is 18 points behind. Panionios is sixth.Xanthi vs. PAOK and Levadiakos vs. Atrolmitos were postponed. Xanthi’s pitch was snowbound and Levadiakos’ stadium was waterlogged after a thunderstorm, with gusty winds also posing a danger to players and fans alike.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Panathinaikos Beats Olympiakos 66-51, Wins Greek Basketball League

first_imgATHENS, Greece (AP) — Panathinaikos won at rival Olympiakos 66-51 on Sunday to clinch its 35th Greek title in the deciding match of the best-of-five playoffs.The two teams had split the previous four games, each winning at home.The game almost didn’t finish. With 1:56 left, and Panathinaikos ahead 66-49, a flare hit Panathinaikos’ bench. The game resumed after 25 minutes, when all Olympiakos fans had left. There were no visiting fans, as usual, for fear of violent clashes.Panathinaikos won at rival Olympiakos 66-51 on Sunday. Photo: Eurokinissi SportsOlympiakos was 17-14 ahead after the first quarter, but Panathinaikos dominated the next two periods, taking a 57-37 lead into the fourth. Olympiakos, which had no assists during those two quarters, could only get within 11 points, at 48-59.K.C. Rivers led Panathinikos with 13 points, followed by Nick Calathes’ 12. Dimitris Aravanis had 10 for Olympiakos.Panathinaikos won at rival Olympiakos 66-51 on Sunday. Photo: Eurokinissi SportsTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Horford, Smart Lift Celtics over Bucks 92-87 for 3-2 Lead

first_imgBOSTON (AP) — Al Horford has been the Celtics’ quiet leader this postseason, and Marcus Smart might be the kindling Boston was missing in back-to-back losses in Milwaukee.The duo was reunited for Game 5, and together, they helped put the Celtics on the verge of closing out their first-round series.Horford had 22 points and 14 rebounds, Smart made an impact in his first game since mid-March and Boston beat the Bucks 92-87 on Tuesday night for a 3-2 lead.Smart came off the bench and had nine points, five rebounds, four assists and three blocks in his first action since right thumb surgery. He played 25 minutes wearing a protective splint and had a key assist to Horford late from the bottom of a scrum beneath three Milwaukee players.“I just tried to make sure I got him the ball and it was going to take everything I had,” Smart said. “They weren’t taking it from me.”Terry Rozier added 16 points and five assists for Boston. The home team has won all five games in the first-round series, and Game 6 is Thursday in Milwaukee.Khris Middleton led the Bucks with 23 points, Jabari Parker added 17 points and eight rebounds, and Giannis Antetokounmpo had a series-low 16 points with 10 rebounds and nine assists.The Celtics led by 16 before Milwaukee rallied to make it 74-70 with 7:33 left. Middleton scored later and was fouled to get Milwaukee within 84-79, but he failed to complete the three-point play.A few possessions later, Smart managed to squeeze out the pass to Horford with three Bucks draped over him, and Horford easily dropped in a layup to make it 86-79 with 28.1 seconds left.Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart, left, blocks a shot by Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo during the first quarter of Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series in Boston, Tuesday, April 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)Milwaukee got within 87-84 after a layup by Eric Bledsoe, but the Celtics hit enough free throws the rest of the way to secure the win.The Bucks entered the game shooting an NBA playoff-best 54 percent from the field, but they hit just 37 percent for the game (32 of 87) — a series low.Boston needed an energy boost after slow starts in Games 3 and 4, and Smart gave the Celtics exactly that.He checked in for the first time late in the first quarter. Less than a minute later, he deflected a pass and won a scramble on the floor for the loose ball.A few possessions later, he was helping protect the rim, getting his hand in to deny an alley-oop dunk attempt by Antetokounmpo.He was also active on the offensive end, helping drive the ball into the interior of Milwaukee’s defense, like when he tossed an alley-oop to Horford late in the third quarter .Boston made a change to a smaller lineup, shifting Horford to center in place of Aron Baynes and starting Semi Ojeleye at forward.Ojeleye drew the primary responsibility of guarding Antetokounmpo and handled it well. Antetokounmpo had just 10 field goal attempts.“It’s on me. I had open shots, but they wasn’t my shots,” Antetokounmpo said. “I think my teammates did a great job finding me, but coming the next game, Game 6, I’ve got to be more aggressive and make more plays.”TIP-INSBucks: F John Henson missed his third straight game with back soreness. … Scored 15 points in first quarter. It was low for a quarter in the series, excluding the Game 1 overtime period (eight points).Celtics: Finished with 18 turnovers. … Outscored the Bucks 32-28 in the paint.HE SAID IT“It’s win or go home, so I mean you can’t leave nothing on the line. That’s pretty much how you play this whole playoffs — you leave it all out there. Tonight we had too many lapses where we just didn’t want it as bad as they did.” — MiddletonDROUGHT AND A RUNThe Celtics went without a field goal from Rozier’s 3-pointer with 9:14 left in the third until Jaylen Brown hit from beyond the arc with 4:26 to go in the period.It allowed Milwaukee to go on a 12-2 run, trimming Boston’s lead to 58-52.STILL BEEFINGRozier and Eric Bledsoe got tangled up with 9:33 left in the third quarter. Rozier bumped Bledsoe near the baseline. Bledsoe responded with a hard shove. They then got face-to-face and had to be separated.Bledsoe was assessed a flagrant foul and Rozier was issued a technical foul.It was the continuation of some off-court chiding between the pair.Rozier called Bledsoe “Drew Bledsoe” when asked about him after Game 1. Bledsoe has since responded by saying “Who?” whenever he’s asked about Rozier.“We’re looking forward to Game (6),” Bledsoe said. “It’s as simple as that.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Djokovic Wins 4th Wimbledon by Beating Anderson in 3 Sets

first_imgLONDON (AP) — Novak Djokovic is back at his best and the Wimbledon champion for a fourth time, grabbing a lead right away against a weary Kevin Anderson in the final and winning 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 (3) on Sunday.Anderson nearly managed to extend the match, holding five set points to force a fourth set. Djokovic held steady, saving all five of those, then was as superior in the tiebreaker as he was most of the sun-drenched afternoon.It is Djokovic’s 13th major trophy, the fourth-highest total in the history of men’s tennis.But it’s also his first in more than two years.During that time, Djokovic struggled with a painful right elbow that eventually required surgery and as his losses accumulated, his ranking fell out of the top 20 for the first time in more than a decade. He grew so frustrated with his form that he spoke about skipping the grass-court circuit.Fortunately for him, he changed his mind.At No. 21, Djokovic is the lowest-ranked Wimbledon titlist since Goran Ivanisevic in 2001.—By HOWARD FENDRICH , AP Tennis WriterNovak Djokovic of Serbia returns the ball to Kevin Anderson of South Africa during the men’s singles final match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Sunday July 15, 2018. (Neil Hall/Pool via AP)Novak Djokovic of Serbia serves to Kevin Anderson of South Africa during the men’s singles final match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Sunday July 15, 2018. (Neil Hall/Pool via AP)Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts after winning a point during the men’s singles final match against Kevin Anderson of South Africa, at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London, Sunday July 15, 2018.(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)Serbia’s Novak Djokovic lifts the trophy after winning the men’s singles final match against Kevin Anderson of South Africa, at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London, Sunday July 15, 2018.(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Greek Parliament Votes for National Football Team Reclassifications

first_imgATHENS – An amendment changing the classification of national football teams for the 2019-2020 passed by majority vote in Parliament on Monday evening, shortly after opposition criticism that the government did not allow for input before submitting the changes.It passed on votes of ruling SYRIZA and the Union of Centrists. Main opposition New Democracy (ND), Democratic Coalition (DISY), Potami and Golden Dawn voted against, with the Communist Party voting “present”.The changes were filed under a draft law ratifying the concession for Kastelli regional airport on Crete, which is expected to be passed in the plenary session on Monday evening.According to the draft, football teams will be classified under one of four levels: Super League 1, Super League 2, Football League and National Division III Amateurs category. A football team must be a registered football Societe Anonyme (PAE) to belong to the first two categories. Teams who qualify for Football League level will be required to become football SAs within 30 days after their game scores are verified, otherwise they will be expelled from the category.Deputy Culture Minister for Sports Giorgos Vassiliadis defended the changes which would bring “viable professional football teams, and prevent the phenomenon of having teams leave in the midst of a championship.” He added that the Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) was solely responsible for deciding the number of teams per category, and talks on the issue took place in the summer of 2018. The changes, he said, were being reviewed by the European and World Federations of professional football.ND, DISY, Democratic Coalition, Golden Dawn and Potami deputies criticised the government for diferent reasons, including team classification issues, “sloppiness” and exclusion of smaller teams.“Everybody knew as of last year which teams would go up and which down,” Vassiliadis said. “If you ask me personally, I think there should be 3 categories of 10 teams each. The Federation EPO and the League asked that the changes be made following the conclusion of the championship. Without the restructuring and under the old (current) rules, the National Team’s Division I would include 4 teams, not 8.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Portwell: KUBE-5500 Box-PC for harsh conditions in industrial applications

first_img Continue Reading Previous Renesas: bidirectional synchronous buck-boost controllers for battery-powered applicationsNext Express Logic: cloud support to include AWS Greengrass Mitwell, a Portwell subsidiary, announces the launch of the KUBE-5500. The KUBE-5500 is a high-performance Box PC designed for heavy industrial applications based on the Intel Core i5 7442EQ processor. Covered by an IP30 housing, the patented thermal solution keeps the system working stably in extreme environment. The smart design with edge LED indicator and a removable service panel supports easy monitoring and maintenance. A LVDS connector on the back makes it ready for Panel PC integration. This makes the KUBE-5500 an ideal solution for intelligent computing and communication solutions in different kinds of application in the Industry.Equipped with the 9th generation Intel HD 630 graphics engine, the system offers three graphic ports in total, including two space-saving DisplayPorts V1.4, and one LVDS interface. Up to 64GB DDR4 RAM, M.2 SSD and Mini-PCIe as mass storage media for operating systems or data and an optional SATA III give plenty of memory and storage options. Various interfaces, e.g. two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports, offer high flexibility. Three serial interfaces 2xCOM (RS232) and 1x COM (RS232/422/485) are provided for local data collection and sensor- or machine environment connectivity. Two Ethernet Ports 10/100/1000Mbit/s driven by the Intel® i210 ensure an industrial type of communication. A Mini-PCIe plug-in card slot is available for system expansion.For the use in demanding environment, the KUBE-5500 meets the Heavy Industry requirements of EN61000-6-4 (EMI) and EN61000-6-2 (EMS) which includes extended RS, EFT and CS criteria compared to the general Industry standard. This makes the KUBE-5500 a perfect fit for applications like Equipment connectivity, Production process monitoring, Environment Management and Process Visualization.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

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Solid Sands: the day that GNU-C++ -Os broke

first_imgWe spent a good day of debugging a few of our C++ tests before a pattern emerged. We are working on a project to support freestanding C and C++ environments with the SuperTest test and validation suite for C and C++ compilers. A freestanding environment is defined to support only a subset of the C and C++ libraries. Its goal is to allow applications to run on targets that do not have an extensive run-time system like a proper OS. Instead, it allows programs to run on ‘bare-metal’. This is useful for all kinds of embedded applications.One of the goals in this project is to minimize the memory requirements of the SuperTest, so we use the compiler with the memory optimization option -Os .Several C++ tests, related to exception handling and inheritance, suddenly failed in the new freestanding configuration.When tests fail like this, the first thing to suspect is our own changes. After all, the compiler used is the default g++ compiler on a fully up-to-date x86 Ubuntu environment. Many thousands (millions?) of mission-critical systems use GNU-C++ and Ubuntu. Space-X, just to name a high-profile example, uses C++ and Linux on x86 in their rockets too.Here is one such test. Yes, we know this is not nice C++, but we are not in the business of writing nice C++. Our job is to go near the edge of the language specification to verify the correct behavior of its implementation.    #include    class A {            virtual void f(){};        public:            int x;            A(int in): x(in) {};    };    class B: public A {        public:            int y;            B(int in):A(in-1), y(in) {};    };    int test(void) {        int res;        B b(2);        A* bp = &b;        void* vp = dynamic_cast(bp);        if (  ((A*)vp)->x == 1           && ((B*)vp)->y == 2           ) {            return 1;   // PASS        } else {            return 0;   // FAIL        }    }    int main (void) {        assert (test ());    }The code is not complicated, but it has some unnecessary, though well-defined, type-casting. Class A is inherited by class B and both have their own instance variable, x and y respectively. The instantiation of an object of class B , in the second line of the function test , initializes these variables with the values 1 and 2 . After two type casts, the if statement verifies these values.Let us first admire the beauty of the x86-64 code generated by g++ for the function test() with the option -O1 :test():  mov DWORD PTR [rsp-8], 1  mov DWORD PTR [rsp-4], 2  mov rdx, QWORD PTR vtable for B[rip]  movabs rax, 8589934593  cmp QWORD PTR [rsp-8+rdx], rax  sete al  movzx eax, al  retA::f():  rep retThe compiler knows the layout of the object of type B . With the first two moves, it sets the values of the two variables x and y . Then it compares the values of object b ’s fields with the 64-bit immediate 8589934593 . In hexadecimal, this value is easier to understand: 0x200000001 . The compiler does two comparisons of 32-bit values in one 64-bit comparison! That is a clever move. So far so good.But now compile the code with -Os , for size optimization. The generated code becomes:test():  mov rdx, QWORD PTR vtable for B[rip]  mov DWORD PTR [rsp-8], 1  movabs rax, 8589934593  cmp QWORD PTR [rsp-8+rdx], rax  sete al  movzx eax, al  retDo you see what is missing? Somehow, the compiler has forgotten to initialize b ‘s variable y to 2 ! And thus our test-program fails at the assert.This is a serious error. Due to the optimization that turns two comparisons into one, the compiler ‘forgets’ that the y field of the object b is used. A def-use analysis after the optimization of the two comparisons then sees no use of y . Therefore the compiler concludes that the initialization of the field y is redundant, and removes it. Is this behavior limited to comparison optimization in combination with some liberal type-casting? Perhaps, but there is no guarantee for that.It is not the only error. There are also errors in the generated exception handling code when -Os is used. The version of GNU-C shown here is 7.3.0 because that is the current version on Ubuntu. We tried different versions of GNU-C, also for ARM64 targets and not Ubuntu related, and they are all affected. We must conclude that it is not safe to use g++ in combination with the -Os option for 64-bit targets.Compiler developers run many tests to prevent that errors like these slip through. But compilers are complicated and they have so many configuration options that no compiler supplier can state upfront that your particular use case is verified.If your application domain is mission-critical or even safety-critical, you need to set up compiler validation for the compiler and for the use cases that are specific to you. If that is beyond your scope, then at least verify that your compiler supplier uses SuperTest. SuperTest provides you with a better chance of staying ahead of compiler errors than any other method that we know of. Let’s hope that Space-X does not use g++ with the -Os option.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous FPGA-based frameworks speed blockchain processingNext Arm, Cadence and Xilinx introduce Arm Neoverse System Development Platformlast_img read more

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Dealing with the memory problem in artificial intelligence

first_imgArtificial Intelligence (AI), which allows computers to learn and perform specific tasks such as image recognition and natural language processing, is loosely inspired by the human brain.The challenge is that while the human brain has evolved over the last 3 million years, Artificial Neural Networks, the very “brain” of AI, which have only been around for a few decades and aren’t nearly as finely tuned or as sophisticated as the gray matter in our heads, are expected to perform tasks associated with human intelligence. So in our quest to create AI systems that can benefit society — in areas from image classification to voice recognition and autonomous driving — we need to find new paths to speed up the evolution of AI.Part of this process is figuring out what types of memory work best for specific AI functions and discovering the best ways to integrate various memory solutions together. From this standpoint, AI faces two main memory limitations: density and power efficiency. AI’s need for power makes it difficult to scale AI outside of datacenters where power is readily available — particularly to the edge of the cloud where AI applications have the highest potential and value.To enable AI at the edge, developments are being made toward domain-specific architectures that facilitate energy-efficient hardware. However, the area that will open the way for the most dramatic improvements, and where a large amount of effort should be concentrated, is the memory technology itself.Driving AI to the Edge Over the last half-century, a combination of public and private interest has fueled the emergence of AI and, most recently, the advent of Deep Learning (DL). DL models have — due to the exceptional perception capabilities they offer — become one of the most widespread forms of AI. A typical DL model must first be trained on massive datasets (typically on GPU servers in datacenters) to tune the network parameters, an expensive and lengthy process, before it can be deployed to make its own inferences based on input data (from sensors, cameras, etc.). DL models require such massive amounts of memory to train their many parameters that it becomes necessary to utilize off-chip memory. Hence, much of the energy cost during training is incurred because of the inefficient shuffling of gigantic data loads between off-chip DRAM and on-chip SRAM (an approach that often exceeds 50% of the total energy use). Once the model is trained, the trained network parameters must be made available to perform inference tasks in other environments.Until recently AI applications had been confined to datacenters because of their large energy consumption and space requirements. However, over the past few years the growing demand for AI models at high scale, low latency and low cost has been pushing these applications to be run at the edge, namely in IoT and on mobile devices where power and performance are highly constrained.This is driving a rapidly expanding hardware ecosystem that supports edge applications for inference tasks and even a nascent effort at enabling distributed training (e.g., Google’s Federated Learning models). These new architectures are primarily driven by speech recognition and image classification applications.The growing demand combined with the increasing complexity of DL models is unsustainable in that it is causing a widening gap between what companies require in terms of energy dissipation, latency and size, and what current memory is capable of achieving. With the end of Moore’s Law and Dennard Scaling in the rear-view mirror exacerbating the issue, the semiconductor industry needs to diversify toward new memory technologies to address this paradigm shift and fulfill the demand for cheap, efficient AI hardware.The Opportunity for New Memories The AI landscape is a fertile ground for innovative memories with unique and improving characteristics and presents opportunities in both the datacenter and at the edge. New memory technologies can meet the demand for memory that will allow edge devices to perform DL tasks locally by both increasing the memory density and improving data access patterns, so that the need for transferring data to and from the cloud is minimized. The ability to perform perception tasks locally, with high accuracy and energy efficiency is key to the further advancement of AI.This realization has led to significant investment in alternative memory technologies, including NAND flash, 3D XPoint (Intel’s Optane), Phase-Change Memory (PCM), Resistive Memory (ReRAM), Magneto-Resistive Memory (MRAM) and others that offer benefits such as energy efficiency, endurance and non-volatility. While facilitating AI at the edge, such memories may also allow cloud environments to perform DL model training and inference more efficiently. Additional benefits include the potential improvements in reliability and processing speed. These improvements in the memory technology will make it possible to circumvent the current hardware limitations of devices at the edge.In particular, certain new memories offer distinct benefits due to specific inherent or unique qualities of the technology for a number of AI applications. ReRAM and PCM offer advantages for inference applications due to their superior speed (compared to Flash), density and non-volatility. MRAM offers similar advantages to ReRAM and PCM; furthermore, it exhibits ultra-high endurance such that it can compete with and complement SRAM as well as function as Flash replacement. Even at these early stages of their lifetime, these new memory technologies show enormous potential in the field of AI.And although we are still decades away from implementing the AI we’ve been promised in science fiction, we are presently on the cusp of significant breakthroughs that will affect many aspects of our lives and provide new efficient business models. As Rockwell Anyoha writes in a Harvard special edition blog on AI, “In the first half of the 20th century, science fiction familiarized the world with the concept of artificially intelligent robots. It began with the ‘heartless’ Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz and continued with the humanoid robot that impersonated Maria in Metropolis.”The next competitive battle is being fought in memory, and as a result, there is a tremendous amount of time, money and brain power being dedicated to figuring out how to fix AI’s memory problem. Ultimately, while these computerized brains don’t yet hold a candle to our human brains — especially pertaining to energy efficiency — it is that very uniqueness of our own minds that enables our capacity to create solutions to our many fantasies and bring artificial intelligence to life.— Andrew Walker is vice president of product at Spin Memory (formerly Spin Transfer Technologies). >> This article was originally published on our sister site, EE Times:”AI’s Memory Problem.” Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Advanced Technology Continue Reading Previous Seven design challenges for ultrasound smart probesNext A logical method of debugging embedded systemscenter_img Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more

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New Zealand set new women’s T20 record, England break it 3 hours later

first_imgIn the summer of 2018 no record is safe in England. A batting record that is.A day on from England’s men’s team breathtaking hitting at Trent Bridge, which saw the highest one-day total being surpassed, the South African ladies found themselves at the wrong side of history.The South Africa women conceded the record for the highest Women’s Twenty20 international scores, twice, that too on the same day at Tauton.First it were the New Zealand women who broke the record (209/4, Australia vs England in Mumbai) when they scored 216/1 and then it was turn of the English to topple the record with their 250/4.Just 12 days after hitting the highest ever ODI score, @WHITE_FERNS have now made the highest score in Women’s T20Is! #SAvNZ #howzstat pic.twitter.com/gV8UqKnmvyICC (@ICC) June 20, 2018Having broken the world record for the highest ODI total just 12 days ago, New Zealand Women added the world record for the highest women’s T20I score to their growing collection of impressive achievements as they racked up 216/1 against South Africa, a total which allowed them to complete a comprehensive victory.Suzie Bates was the star once again for New Zealand just like she was when the White Ferns had scored the ODI record 490/4. Captain Suzie Bates had smashed 151 in the ODI record and on Wednesday, she top-scored with an unbeaten 124, the first T20I century by a New Zealand woman, and the second highest score in all women’s T20Is. Her partnership of 182 for the first wicket with Sophie Devine, who made 73, was the highest for any wicket in all T20I cricket.advertisementNo Proteas bowler was spared their assault, as two of the most powerful hitters in the game strutted their stuff. Opening bowler Marizanne Kapp was the only one who could be somewhat satisfied with her work, having conceded just eight an over and taken the lone wicket that fell. Captain Dane van Niekerk was the only other bowler who conceded less than 10 an over, but still leaked 39 from her quota. Just as the South African bowlers were reeling from that onslaught, they were subjected to more bashing, this time at the hand of the hosts English.England Women broke the record for the highest women’s T20I score, set by New Zealand earlier on the same day, and it stood for less than six hours. Poor South Africa were bludgeoned with England’s 250/3 setting up a 121-run victory.Tammy Beaumont was the main architect, smashing the second-fastest century in women’s T20Is. An incredible 96 of her 116 came in boundaries, and almost all on the leg-side as she punished the Proteas for bowling too straight too often. Before she was dismissed, virtually the only moment of discomfort was when she went to scoop and only managed to send the ball into her own helmet grille.England have finished on 250/3, breaking the world record for the highest women’s T20I innings set earlier today by the @WHITE_FERNS! What a performance!Can South Africa chase this down?#ENGvSA LIVE https://t.co/JCOiX3fawP pic.twitter.com/F295ljHlH1ICC (@ICC) June 20, 2018Danielle Wyatt, who was England’s only T20 centurion before Beaumont, was reduced, for once, to the role of supporting partner, contributing just 56 of England’s first-wicket stand of 147. It wasn’t that she scored particularly slowly – her eventual strike-rate was over 150 – it’s just that it would have taken a bullet train to keep up with Beaumont.At the end of the night, South Africa skipper van Niekerk could only muster, “We got a proper hiding from both teams, they batted really well and I can’t fault how any of them played.”Our bowling is an area of concern,” she said. “We are bowling too many different lines and lengths, we are all over the place. We have to go back to the drawing board and hopefully we can turn it around in the next few games.”(With inputs from ICC)last_img read more

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India wary of Korea in Kabaddi Masters Dubai

first_imgDubai, Jun 21 (PTI) With Iran sending a second-string side, India today picked Korea as one of the strong challengers in the six-nation Kabaddi Masters Dubai, which gets underway here tomorrow. The 2016 World Cup finalists Iran will not get the services of their two star defenders, Fazel Atrachali (U Mumba) and Abozar Mighani (Telugu Titans), who were sold for Rs 1 crore and Rs 76 lakh respectively in the Pro Kabaddi League auctions this year. 2017 Asian Championships runners-up Pakistan, on the other hand, are mired in visa hurdles and they will arrive tomorrow morning, about 12 hours before their clash against India in the tournament opener at the Al Wasl Sports Club. India’s experienced defender Manjeet Chillar today said Korea would pose a tough challenge. “They have a strong set of players and are coming here with a full-strength side. Iran have not sent their full strength side. It will be a tough battle against Korea,” Chillar told reporters at the team hotel here. Asked how big a threat is Pakistan, he said: “I don’t remember when they defeated us. At least not during my playing days.” The six-nation tournament feature India, Iran, Pakistan and Korea along with newcomers Kenya and Argentina and this tournament will give the four continental teams a perfect dress rehearsal for the Asian Games in August in Indonesia. Coach Srinivas Reddy indirectly criticised Iran’s decision of not sending their full strength side. “If you don’t sit in the exams how would you know your strengths and weaknesses. They (Iran) want to hide their strengths before the Asian Games but we have come here with full strength,” Reddy, who will coach the senior team for the first time said.advertisement “We want to assess our strengths and weaknesses so that we know what should be our strategy for the Asian Games,” he said. Reddy, however, said they are not taking any team for granted. “Any team can match anyone on a given day. All the teams will pose tough challenges.” Ajay Thakur will lead Indian challenge after the exclusion of former Indian captain Anup Kumar, one of the biggest names in Kabaddi. Talking about the decision, the 40-year-old from Telangana said, “In cricket, Sachin Tendulkar’s retirement from the team did not bring the sport in India to a standstill. You had someone like Virat Kohli taking over the responsibility. The sport is always more important than the players. It’s like the flow of water,” the coach signed off with a smile. PTI TAP AHAHlast_img read more

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Boys need to perform consistently for selection in Asian Cup squad: Constantine

first_imgDhaka, Sep 13 (PTI) Indian football team chief coach Stephen Constantine Thursday made it clear that the SAFF Cup is a platform for talented players to impress and earn their places in the squad for the Asian Cup. The Asian Cup will be held early next year in the UAE. “These boys have a carrot in front of them which is a berth in the Asian Cup squad. They are well aware of the fact that they need to perform constantly to earn the same,” Constantine said. With India having secured a summit clash with Maldives in the final of the SAFF Suzuki Cup, Constantine said the “final will be a tough one”. “Maldives have shown their worth in the semi-final against Nepal. A 3-0 win against Nepal was not an easy task. Some of their players didn’t play against us and they did some major damage work against Nepal,” Constantine stated. “We are expecting a tough game against Maldives. But as I said before, we have come with a strong intent to win the tournament.” Manvir Singh who scored a brace against Pakistan in the semi-final to win his successive MVP Award of the tournament said the focus has “already shifted to the final”. “It was a group of tough guys and the job was never going to be an easy one. But we had the self-belief to churn out the positive result and eventually, we did,” he said. “Now, we have another major task in three days and we will need to focus on the final. We are working as a unit and we just need to keep our heads down and continue the work,” the 23-year-old striker who is leading the goal-scorers chart with 3 goals, maintained.advertisement The coach also lavished praise on the All India Football Federation for allowing him to work his own way. “I would like to thank All India Football Federation for giving me the freedom to work my own way. Regarding the team’s requirement, I have hardly been denied whatever I asked for. The credit of rising to 96 from 173 in the FIFA rankings in less than four years caters to everyone including the excellent backroom staffs who I work with. “Our sports scientist Danny Deigan implemented some of the major tools and it helps us in one way or other. We have a huge chunk of data with us and they are invaluable in terms of drawing a blueprint,” he informed. “Gigy George is one of the best physios I have worked with till date. The medical team works until 1am in the morning to keep the boys fit and running. Mostly, the credit goes to the players who have believed in themselves. Trust me, I’m not an easy guy to live with (laughs), the coach quipped. PTI AHlast_img read more

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