first_imgThe Congress that had not very long ago rubbished allegations of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) that EVMs were tampered with during the Punjab Assembly elections earlier this year, has leveled similar charges in the ongoing polls in Gujarat. The volte-face by a section of the local team in Gujarat has left a larger dominant leadership sharply divided over the issue. The allegations of faulty EVMs by Congress leaders have prompted the same response its own leaders had fired at the AAP after the party came a distant second in Punjab.The BJP has mocked the Congress of staring at defeat and pulling out excuses in advance.”The Congress had introduced EVMs and it will be very foolish of us to blame an electoral loss on its tampering. While the party has put the BJP on the backfoot right on Narendra Modi’s home turf, if we do not manage to win, we should be a sport and take it on our chin instead of making excuses like the AAP,” said a senior party functionary.Playing down the controversy, Gujarat Congress chief Bharatsinh Solanki told Mail Today, “It is not an unknown fact that some EVMs were found faulty and the Election Commission had to conduct repolls there. But we trust the EC and are sure of a victory.”Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee chief Ajay Maken, who was faced with the same dilemma of whether to back AAP’s claims of EVM tampering during the municipal polls earlier this year, maintained, “I cannot comment on the issue in Gujarat, but in our past experience in Delhi, I had written to Arvind Kejriwal before the municipal polls backing the demand for ballot papers for more transparency in the polling process. But once the elections were announced, we decided to put our faith in the EC and did not question its role in conducting free and fair polls.”advertisementSeveral other senior leaders across state units refused to comment on the issue citing lack of clarity on the party’s official stand.During the first phase of polling on Saturday, senior Congress leader and former Gujarat unit chief Arjun Modhwadia, who is contesting from Porbandar, alleged that mobile phones were detecting some external devices connected to EVMs at polling booths in his constituency.”The chips fitted in EVMs appear to be programmable using bluetooth, and this raises the possibility of tampering,” alleged Modhwadia.Chief electoral officer BB Swain later said as per the inquiry report, the complainant’s phone was detecting another device identified as ‘ECO 105’ giving rise to apprehensions of possible tampering and rubbished foul play. Modhwadia was then backed by senior party colleagues such as Shaktisinh Gohil and Rajya Sabha MP Ahmed Patel.ALSO WATCH: BJP rakes up Ram Mandir as it can’t show any development, says Hardik Patellast_img read more

first_imgPHILADELPHIA — A couple more homers weren’t enough to give the New York Mets a sweep.Peter Bourjos drove in the winning run on an infield single with two outs in the 11th inning to lift the Philadelphia Phillies to a 5-4 win on April 20.Yoenis Cespedes and Lucas Duda hit consecutive homers and Neil Walker had four hits for the Mets.The Mets hit 12 homers in the three-game series and have 19 homers in the past six games, all on the road. It’s a franchise record for a six-game span. They hit back-to-homers in three straight games, also a franchise first. Duda and Walker connected in a row in lopsided wins April 18 and April 19.“When you strike out 17 times, you might have swung and missed at too many pitches out of the zone,” Mets Manager Terry Collins said. “That’s what happens when you see quality pitches.”Freddy Galvis hit a two-run homer for the Phillies. Jeanmar Gomez (2-0) tossed two scoreless innings for the win.Galvis ripped a one-out double to right off Hansel Robles (0-1) with one out in the 11th.After David Lough was intentionally walked, the runners advanced on a wild pitch. The Mets started to walk pinch-hitter Emmanuel Burriss but decided to pitch to him after a 2-0 count. Burriss swung and missed and then fouled off a suicide squeeze attempt before flying out to shallow center.Bourjos hit a sharp bouncer down the third-base line. David Wright made a backhanded grab but the speedy ninth-place hitter easily beat the throw and Galvis scored.“I know he is a fast runner so it was a catch-and-release kind of thing,” Wright said. “The only way I could get him would be if he stumbled out of the box.”Lough’s sacrifice fly gave the Phillies their first lead in the series, 3-2, in the fourth. Cespedes then launched his fifth homer in the fifth and Duda followed with a towering shot off a video board in right field to give the Mets a 4-3 lead.The Phillies tied it in the seventh when Bourjos singled home Lough with two outs.Mets starter Bartolo Colon allowed three runs and four hits in six innings.Phillies starter Jeremy Hellickson gave up four runs and 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings.Asdrubal Cabrera put the Mets up 1-0 on a ground-rule double that appeared to be a three-run homer. Cabrera trotted around the bases when his high drive to right ended up in the stands. But a video review showed the ball bounced off a fan’s glove and landed in another fan’s hands.Walker returned to third base after the replay and then scored on a wild pitch to make it 2-0.The Phillies quickly answered in the bottom half. After Carlos Ruiz hit a single, Galvis hit an opposite-field shot to left-center to tie it at 2-2.(ROB MAADDI, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgIn order to evade doping tests, Russian officials took clean urine from athletes months before the Sochi Olympics, and used soda containers and baby bottles passed through a hole in the wall of a testing lab to ensure their athletes tested clean, the former head of Russian’s anti-doping laboratory told The New York Times.Grigory Rodchenkov now in California and working with a filmmaker on a documentary gave the newspaper details of the elaborate scheme, which he said involved dozens of Russian athletes and officials and replaced tainted samples for at least three gold medalists.The International Olympic Committee called Thursday’s report “very worrying,” saying Olympic officials would work with the World Anti-Doping Agency to investigate.Russia’s track team is currently banned from international competition over doping allegations, and the sport’s governing body will decide next month whether the team should be allowed to compete in Rio.Rodchenkov’s details add more evidence that the Russian government was deeply involved in attempts to cheat and cover up the doping.He told the newspaper he was ordered to replace athletes’ tainted samples with clean urine so that they would not fail drug tests. At night, when the laboratory in Sochi was not under observation, he said he passed tainted samples through a concealed hole in the wall to a man he believed to be an employee of the Russian security services.The supposedly tamper-proof bottles were allegedly opened, filled with clean urine supplied by the athletes months before, and replaced. Samples are supposed to be anonymous during testing, but Rodchenkov said that athletes took pictures of their doping forms so that the containers could be identified later.The operation worked “like a Swiss watch,” Rodchenkov told the newspaper.The newspaper named three Russian athletes who won four gold medals in Sochi, saying their names were listed on a spreadsheet of cheaters Rodchenkov provided. The spreadsheet was not published and The Associated Press could not verify it.Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko defended the Russian athletes.“They are outstanding athletes and the accusations are absurd,” Mutko told the state Tass news agency. “The accusations against them are absolutely groundless. We will study this article and will decide how to react.”Rodchenkov also claimed he provided some athletes with a cocktail of steroids mixed with liquor, using Scotch whisky for men and vermouth for women.“These allegations are very detailed and very worrying and we ask the World Anti-Doping Agency to investigate immediately,” the IOC said in a statement. “Based on the findings of a WADA inquiry the IOC will not hesitate to act with is usual policy of zero tolerance for doping and defending the clean athletes.”The IOC’s medical director Dr. Richard Budgett told The Associated Press earlier Thursday , prior to the publication of the story, that the IOC was considering retesting samples from the Sochi Olympics. But according to Rodchenkov, the tainted urine was flushed down the toilet after it was replaced.After a World Anti-Doping Agency commission accused Rodchenkov of a role in a separate doping cover-up in track and field in a report published in November, he resigned and moved to the US Documentary filmmaker Bryan Fogel arranged his interviews with the newspaper.Calls to two numbers for Rodchenkov were not answered Thursday.Two former executives from the Russian national anti-doping agency, Nikita Kamayev and Vyacheslav Sinev, died within the space of two weeks in February. The agency said the 52-year-old Kamayev had died of a heart attack after skiing, and did not elaborate on the cause of death for Sinev, 58. The agency had been accused by WADA in November of covering up doping.On Wednesday, Mutko had told Tass that Russian sports were under an “information attack” from Western media, without explicitly referring to a specific story. “Actually there is nothing to back all of this up. No facts,” he said.JAMES ELLINGWORTH, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgSTOCKHOLM (AP) — Protected by a light but visible presence of armed police officers, fans of Manchester United and Ajax were arriving for the Europa League final and facing two rings of security to get into the Friends Arena in Stockholm on Wednesday.The game is being played less than two days after a bomb attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester killed 22 people, and six weeks after a truck attack in central Stockholm that killed five people.UEFA said it had “no specific intelligence” that the final could be a target for terrorists, but Swedish authorities were mounting one of the country’s biggest security operations around Stockholm. About 1,000 police officers have been deployed at the stadium, some holding automatic weapons.Supporters had to show their tickets at the first checkpoint to gain access to the concourse surrounding the stadium. They then faced pat-downs and bag searches at a second checkpoint.“It’s not too overbearing, but you feel secure as well,” United fan Pete Temple, a 31-year-old telecommunications worker from Derry, Northern Ireland, told The Associated Press outside the stadium. “It’s a good mix. I think they’ve got it spot on tonight.”The atmosphere was calm ahead of the game. At one stage, Ajax and United supporters, gathered outside a bar near the concourse, combined to sing, “Don’t worry about a thing, ’cause every little thing gonna be all right” — a line from Bob Marley’s song, Three Little Birds.Police officers sit in the Fan Zone in Stockholm, Tuesday May 23, 2017, a day ahead of the Europa League soccer final between Ajax Amsterdam and Manchester United. (Fredrik Sandberg/TT via AP)One flag, hung outside a bar in the city center filled with United fans, displayed the words: “United against terrorism. Lest we forget 22.05.17” — the date of Monday’s suicide bombing.It summed up the feelings of defiance among fans.“Terrorists, that’s their goal, to bring fear into people,” said Ante Simunic, a 39-year-old plumber from Melbourne, Australia. “My only way to fight against it is to not fear, live your life. They’re not taking it away from us.”There will be a minute’s silence before the game in honor of the victims of the Manchester attack, and both teams will wear black armbands as a mark of respect.“I think if we can win — not just as a United fan but the whole of the city — it will be uplifting,” said 40-year-old IT worker Haroon Latif, who flew in from Manchester for the game early Wednesday with his 9-year-old son, Haris.“We can go back with a bit of silverware to cheer people up. (Manchester) City fans, Liverpool fans, Everton fans — it will bring everyone together from a northwest perspective.”STEVE DOUGLAS, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgNICOSIA (AP) — Cyprus league titleholder APOEL parted with coach Yiorgos Donis and his staff on Thursday.He was immediately replaced by Bruno Miguel Nunes Baltazar with seven games left. The 40-year-old Portuguese coached AEL Limassol until this month.Baltazar was chosen because of his local knowledge and familiarity with APOEL’s players and opponents, club chairman Prodromos Petrides said on the team website.APOEL said it mutually agreed with Donis on his departure. The Greek had been in charge for eight months. He also coached APOEL from 2013-15, leading the team into the Champions League.Petrides said the board of directors decided a coaching change would be helpful in “fulfilling the team’s championship goals.”FILE – In this Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017 file photo, APOEL Nicosia coach Giorgos Donis reacts during the Champions League Group H soccer match between APOEL Nicosia and Tottenham Hotspur at GSP stadium, in Nicosia, Cyprus. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias, File)Baltazar is APOEL’s seventh coach in three years, and Petrides said the changes have all been made for the good of the team.There was much speculation about Donis’ future after APOEL lost to Apollonas Limassol 4-2 last weekend.APOEL dropped to second place in the standings behind Apollonas, casting doubt on APOEL’s chance of winning the league for a record sixth straight year.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgLEICESTER, England (AP) — Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha achieved what seemed impossible in modern soccer: Gaining promotion with a modest club and winning the English Premier League title within two years.Bankrolling Leicester City but without the lavish spending of the bigger clubs, the Thai billionaire oversaw one of the greatest underdog successes in sports when the 5,000-1 outsiders won soccer’s richest competition in 2016.In an era of often-absentee foreign owners in the Premier League, Vichai also broke the mold by forging close ties with supporters and the local community.While Vichai did not seek the limelight and was far from flamboyant, the wealthy entrepreneur’s grandiose mode of transport from the King Power stadium named after his duty-free empire became symbolic of the club’s newfound status in the game. A helicopter would land on the field after matches and whisk away the owner.This image made from video shows a burning helicopter in a parking lot outside the King Power Stadium in Leicester, England shortly after a Premier League game on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. (Pool Photo via AP)Saturday night was the last journey for Vichai.Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel was seen weeping as he stared at a fireball in a carpark outside the stadium around an hour after a 1-1 draw with West Ham. Moments earlier, the AgustaWestland AW169 had risen from the center circle and cleared the stadium roof before it spiraled out of control and plummeted into an adjacent carpark in flames.The 60-year-old Vichai and the four other people on board did not survive the inferno, Leicester announced Sunday.“I am so totally devastated. I just cannot believe what I saw last night,” Schmeichel said. In an emotional tribute to Vichai, the seven-year veteran of the club said: “You changed football. Forever. You gave hope to everyone that the impossible was possible, not just to our fans but to fans all over the world in any sport.”On the spot where fans danced into the night after the improbable title victory two years ago, people gathered through the day to mourn. Hours before the Sunday night confirmation that Vichai did not survive the crash, scarves, jerseys and flowers were laid in an ever-expanding memorial in front of the stadium.“Without you,” read one message on a club flag, “the dream wouldn’t have become reality.”In this image made from video provided by Sky News, the site of a helicopter crash is seen near a carpark by the King Power stadium in Leicester, England, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. A helicopter belonging to Leicester City’s owner — Thai billionaire Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha —crashed in flames in a carpark next to the soccer club’s stadium shortly after it took off from the field following a Premier League game on Saturday night. (Sky News via AP)Leicester’s next game, which had been scheduled for Tuesday against Southampton in the League Cup, has been postponed.“We now have a responsibility as a club, as players and fans to honor you,” Schmeichel said.Two members of Vichai’s staff, Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare, also died along with pilot Eric Swaffer and passenger Izabela Roza Lechowicz. Fears that family members were on board were allayed through the day, with his Vichai’s son, Aiyawatt, now in line to step up from his role as vice chairman.“The world has lost a great man,” the Leicester club said in a statement. “A man of kindness, of generosity and a man whose life was defined by the love he devoted to his family and those he so successfully led.”Vichai, who started with one shop and grew Thailand’s massive King Power duty-free chain, bought Leicester for 39 million pounds ($50 million) in 2010 when it was in the second-tier competition. Avoiding relegation in its first season back in the Premier League was remarkable enough in 2015 after spending much time in last place. But that was eclipsed in 2016 by the team winning the top-flight title for the first time since being founded in 1884.“I always believed in the power of our spirit,” Vichai said at the time. “It drove us to reach the Premier League, it gave us the strength to stay in the Premier League, and now it has inspired us to win the Premier League.“It is a spirit that has spread beyond Leicester, taking our story to the hearts of the world. Our spirit exists because of the love we share for each other and the energy it helps to create, both on and off the pitch, and in the years to come, it will continue to be our greatest asset.”Flowers are placed outside Leicester City Football Club after a helicopter crashed in flames the previous day, in Leicester, England, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. A helicopter belonging to Leicester City’s owner — Thai billionaire Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha — crashed in flames in a car park next to the soccer club’s stadium shortly after it took off from the field following a Premier League game on Saturday night. (Aaron Chown/PA via AP)Vichai was ridiculed for hiring the manager who masterminded the title success. Claudio Ranieri had been out of work since being fired by the weak Greece national team and his only job in the Premier League at Chelsea ended 11 years earlier. But it proved to be an inspired recruitment, helping to turn a humdrum group of journeymen and modestly purchased signings into a lineup that overpowered the mega-rich giants of the Premier League.“That was a dream,” life-long supporter Ian Hubber said outside the stadium on Sunday. “This is a nightmare.”The outpouring of emotion at the stadium on Sunday reflected how highly the ownership is regarded in the city, which has only one professional soccer team. Vichai has formed a close bond with the fans, sometimes mingling with them at games.Vichai has been praised for his charity work, donating 2 million pounds ($2.5 million) toward a new local children’s hospital, and he often provided free beer and food for fans outside games.“He’s an owner who actually cared about a club,” 19-year-old fan Rikesh Vaja said. “It’s not just the club. He impacted the entire city.”He also gained for the club new fans in Thailand, where they mourned Vichai’s sudden death.“It’s Thailand’s team,” soccer fan Chatworachet Sae-Kow said in Bangkok. “It brought fame to Thailand when they won (the title). He carried the Thai flag with him and made people know more about Thailand.”By ROB HARRIS , AP Global Soccer WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgMILAN — Ajax is a team that many soccer fans around the world just love to love, especially when they win with flair in a competition like the Champions League.And this season’s Ajax team has oodles of flair.Much like the great “Total Football” squads from the early 1970s and the nearly unbeatable teams from the mid-1990s, Ajax and its latest homegrown side make watching soccer fun and exciting.Unless you’re a fan of Juventus, or Real Madrid, or any of the team’s rivals in the Dutch league.“Yyyeeeeaaaahhhhhhhhh,” former Ajax striker Patrick Kluivert wrote on Twitter, along with the final score in Ajax’s 2-1 victory over Cristiano Ronaldo and his Juventus teammates in the quarterfinals on Tuesday. “Come on guys.”Kluivert had plenty to be happy about. He was the one who scored the only goal in Ajax’s 1-0 win over AC Milan in the 1995 Champions League final, the last of the club’s four European Cup titles.FILE – In this June 2, 1971 file photo, Ajax striker Johan Cruyff, center, in action during the during the final of the European Cup against Greece’s Panathinaikos, at Wembley Stadium, in London. Ajax is a team that many soccer fans around the world just love to love, especially when they win with flair in a competition like the Champions League. Their victory against Juventus on Tuesday, April 16 – coming only a few weeks after the team eliminated three-time defending champion Real Madrid in the last 16 – put Ajax through to the semifinals 3-2 on aggregate. They will next face either Manchester City or Tottenham. (AP Photo/Laurence Harris, File)Ajax followed that victory with another trip to the final in 1996 and a spot in the semifinals in 1997. Both times they lost to Juventus.Tuesday’s victory — coming only a few weeks after the team eliminated three-time defending champion Real Madrid in the last 16 — put Ajax through to the semifinals 3-2 on aggregate. They will next face either Manchester City or Tottenham.“What a special @ChampionsLeague night in Turin,” former Ajax and Juventus goalkeeper and current Ajax CEO Edwin van der Sar wrote on Twitter. “Winning against @juventusfc and now we go to England for the semifinals.”Van der Sar’s tweet was accompanied by a short selfie video showing him in somewhat disbelief, laughing, screaming and pumping his fist in pure joy.That excitement around the team is just as palpable as the excitement they create on the field, with midfielder Frenkie de Jong and 19-year-old captain Matthijs de Ligt leading the way.But Ajax has gone through this before. The team’s highs and lows are well known and well documented.“For many years Dutch football kept getting worse, but now we’re coming back,” Ajax coach Erik ten Hag said. “In every country there are better periods and ones that aren’t as good.“We’re a small footballing country, it can happen that sometimes things don’t go well but now there are incredible talents and with them things can only get better.”The first great Ajax run started with Johann Cryuff and Rinus Michels in the early 1970s. Michels, who was the coach of the team, is widely credited with helping create “Total Football,” a flowing, attacking style of play which made Ajax the darlings of the game. Cruyff was the face of the project, becoming one of the greatest to ever play.But after winning the European Cup — the precursor to the Champions League — in 1971, Michels left for Barcelona. After winning the title again in 1972 and 1973, Cryuff left for Barcelona and the decline began.The team in the 1990s went through a similar fate, with players being sold off to make money for the club.And this year’s Ajax can expect the same with De Jong headed to Barcelona next season in a deal that could be worth up to 86 million euros ($98 million).“If we play well, it’s normal that players leave,” Ten Hag said. “We’re not Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester City or Juventus. It depends on the economy of football, but we’re creative in building the team, with balance.“We play with a philosophy and we will do so in the upcoming years, too. We will fight for every player, I hope to not lose too many.”The next step may be to go back to “The Future” — the name of the club’s storied youth academy.“Several players will leave but Ajax’s youth academy is strong,” Ten Hag said. “We also have a very good scouting system. If some players leave, we will bring in other strong ones to go forward and to grow.“We start again from zero every season.”By: Daniella Matar, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgNational team coach Jill Ellis is stepping down after leading the United States to back-to-back Women’s World Cup titles.Ellis has been coach of the team since 2014 and has led it to eight overall tournament titles, including victories at the World Cup in 2015 in Canada and earlier this month in France .“The opportunity to coach this team and work with these amazing women has been the honor of a lifetime,” Ellis said in a statement released by U.S. Soccer on Tuesday. “I want to thank and praise them for their commitment and passion to not only win championships but also raise the profile of this sport globally while being an inspiration to those who will follow them.”She will remain with the team for a World Cup victory tour, which kicks off Saturday with a match against Ireland at the Rose Bowl. Following the conclusion of the five-match tour in October, she will serve as a U.S. Soccer ambassador.Ellis’ contract was set to expire following this year’s World Cup with a mutual option to extend it through the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. U.S. Soccer will begin the search for a new coach after a general manager for the women’s national team is named.“Jill was always extremely passionate about this team, analytical, tremendously focused and not afraid to make tough decisions while giving her players the freedom to play to their strengths,” U.S. Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro said. “She helped raise the bar for women’s soccer in the USA and the world, and given the history of this program, the level of success she achieved is even more remarkable.”Word of Ellis’ decision was first reported by The Equalizer, a women’s soccer website.Ellis’ assistant coach, Tony Gustavsson, is also stepping down after eight years with the team.Over the summer in France, Ellis broke April Heinrich’s U.S. women’s team record for most games coached. Overall, she has led the team in 127 matches, with 102 wins.FILE – This Nov. 12, 2017 file photo shows United States head coach Jill Ellis before an international friendly women’s soccer match against Canada in San Jose, Calif. A person with knowledge of the situation says Ellis is stepping down after leading the team to back-to-back Women’s World Cup titles. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity Tuesday, July 30, 2019 because the resignation has not been officially announced. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, file)Ellis was named head coach after serving as interim coach following the dismissal of Tom Sermanni. Ellis also served as interim coach after Pia Sundhage resigned in 2012.Ellis was an assistant to both Sundhage and Sermanni. She was on the staff of the gold medal-winning teams at the Beijing and London Olympics. She also served as head coach at UCLA for 12 seasons.“When I accepted the head coaching position this was the timeframe I envisioned,” Ellis said in the statement. “The timing is right to move on and the program is positioned to remain at the pinnacle of women’s soccer. Change is something I have always embraced in my life and for me and my family this is the right moment.”The World Cup title in 2015 was the team’s first since winning in 1999. Overall, the team has won soccer’s most prestigious tournament four times.The top-ranked U.S. team has been dominant overall during Ellis’ tenure. In the 2015 World Cup, the team went undefeated en route to a 5-2 victory over Japan in the title match. The United States gave up just three goals over the course of the tournament.The U.S. defeated the Netherlands 2-0 in Lyon earlier this month to claim its second straight championship, after challenging knockout victories over No. 4 France and No. 3 England. The Americans never trailed at the tournament and set records with 26 goals and a 12-game World Cup winning streak dating to 2015. Ellis became the first coach to lead a team to two Women’s World Cup titles.But there was also disappointment. The three-time defending champions were knocked out in the quarterfinals in the 2016 Brazil Olympics by Sweden, the team’s earliest departure ever in the tournament.The United States is set to play Portugal on Aug. 29 in Philadelphia and on Sept. 3 in St. Paul, Minnesota. The final two matches of the victory tour, set for early October, have not yet been announced.By: Anne M. Peterson, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgMADRID — After watching Barcelona rout Real Betis from the stands, the injured Lionel Messi went down to the dressing room to give a special hug to a couple of youngsters on the team.He embraced the 21-year-old Carles Pérez, who had just scored his first goal with the senior team, and the 16-year-old Ansu Fati, who had made his debut.Both helped in Barcelona’s 5-2 win on Sunday, the team’s first in the Spanish league this season.“Great game from everyone,” Messi said in an Instagram post that included a photo of him hugging Fati. “Happy to see the academy guys fulfilling their dreams of making it to the first team and scoring at the Camp Nou in an official match.”Barcelona took the opportunity to promote the youngsters as Messi, Luis Suárez and Ousmane Dembele were all out injured. Newly signed forward Antoine Griezmann was the main attraction at the home opener, scoring twice — his first goals since joining from Atletico Madrid.Pérez was making only his third appearance with the first team, and his first start. The forward had come off the bench in the last game of last season and in the first of this season. He scored after beating a defender inside the area and hitting a well-placed low shot into the corner.“It was special to celebrate with the fans,” Pérez said. “For a player from the academy like me, it’s important to play my first match at the Camp Nou.”Fati had participated in only a few practice sessions before becoming the second youngest to play with Barcelona in the Spanish league.The speedy forward came off the bench to replace Pérez in the 78th and immediately showed signs of his talent. He made a couple of good runs and nearly scored with a low shot that missed wide.“The truth is that I was very nervous,” Fati said. “I stayed on the field for a while after the game because I just couldn’t believe it. I’m very thankful.”By: Tales Azzoni, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_img Continue Reading Previous Infineon: European research project iDev40 with focus on networkingNext AAEON: Intel Core-powered PICO-KBU4 helps your applications take flight Lynx Software Technologies announces the LynxSecure Safety Bundle for Intel multi-core processors.  The LynxSecure Safety Bundle is an open system architecture solution that unlocks the potential of multi-core to deliver 2nd generation IMA. The LynxSecure Safety Bundle integrates the complete range of system development services for platform suppliers to build, deploy and sustain their IMA platform. It enables system integrators to leverage modern multi-core hardware to significantly reduce SWaP by consolidating multiple Line Replaceable Units onto a single platform. Importantly, it enables an open development capability in which any bare metal, Linux or other RTOS or OS-based system module or application can reside in a single multi-core time and space partitioned system safely and securely.  It thus provides system integrators with maximum flexibility to create competitive supply chains that don’t impose the unnecessary cost burden of safe system integration when that functionality is not required.This solution securely integrates four key capabilities: LynxSecure, the world’s only truly secure-by-design separation kernel hypervisor; LynxOS-178, to run safety critical application workloads; a fully supported version of Embedded Linux based on the Buildroot technology for non-critical application workloads; and Luminosity, an Eclipse based Integrated Development Environment. This includes the ability to develop fully separated ‘bare-metal’, OS independent system functions or secure applications using developer tools of choice, thereby meeting the demands for high assurance module development in an open systems development framework.LynxOS-178 is the only commercial RTOS which has been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as a Reusable Software Component (RSC). Up to 80% of the OS certification costs that developers would normally have to bear to achieve DO-178B/C is removed, even as they move to the latest generation of Intel multi-core processors.  LynxSecure assured separation means that only software in the LynxOS-178 partition needs to go through certification even though it resides on the same processor as non-critical applications with no safety requirements. The LynxOS-178 RTOS has been certified to Design Assurance Level A, and provides native POSIX API’s, ARINC 653 services, and FACE compatibility.LynxSecure Safety Bundle for Intel Multi-core processors is available immediately.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

first_img Continue Reading Previous Kontron: upgraded VX305C SBC supports 12-core Intel Xeon-D processorNext MEN: DIN rail concept based on robust individual components Octavo Systems announced the most completely integrated 1GHz Arm Cortex A8 computing platform, the OSD335x C-SiP. The OSD335x C-SiP (Complete System-In-Package) integrates the required components for a computing system into a single IC package that is about the size of a standard Lego block. The newest addition to the OSD335x family, the OSD335x C-SiP is a complete system containing the 1GHz Arm Cortex-A8 Sitara AM335x processor from Texas Instruments, up to 1GB of DDR3 RAM, 4KB EEPROM, 2 Power Supplies, up to 16GB of eMMC Non-Volatile Flash Memory, a MEMS Oscillator, and over 100 passive components into its single 27 X 27mm 400 ball BGA package.Through the integration of OSD335x C-SiP, many of the repetitive and tedious tasks associated with designing a computing system are removed. Things like laying out DDR3 memory interfaces and power sequencing are no longer required. Also, any concerns about EMI caused by the layout of the oscillator are alleviated.Besides simplifying the design of an embedded system, the OSD335x C-SiP is also about 50% smaller than an equivalent system built with individual components. This allows designers to shrink their designs, save cost on their PCBs, or add processing power to form factors that weren’t possible before.Suited for a wide range of applications, the OSD335x C-SiP hits the sweet spot of size and performance for Building Automation, to Industrial Control, to Consumers goods, and is especially popular for IoT. The OSD335x C-SiP simplifies the process of sourcing components and managing the supply chain.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

first_img Continue Reading Previous Cadence tools certified for latest version of N6 and N5/N5P DRM and SPICE modelsNext Implantable wireless biosensor monitors cerebral blood flow At it-sa, Swissbit will present innovative and industrial hardware-based security solutions to protect data and devices for Internet of Things applications. Visit booth #409 in hall 10.0, where Swissbit will be co-exhibiting together with the Cyber-Sicherheitsrat Deutschland e.V., and where you will be able to discover these easy-to-integrate and retrofittable products. The latest application examples from the exhibition program are Swissbit’s fiscal memory solutions (TSE) for cash register manufacturers to provide tamper-proof cash-register recordings in Germany. A further highlight is the USB 3.1 stick, PU-50n DP with hardware encryption and access protection. At it-sa, Swissbit will be promoting its unique services for modular security products from its own advanced packaging production plant in Berlin. This includes customized shapes and sizes and the integration of various different components and functions into one robust module.Swissbit offers easy-to-integrate and retrofittable hardware-based security products enabling manufacturers to offer systems with secured devices, secure data storage and secure data communication. Swissbit security products “Made in Germany” cover many applications including secure boot and safeguarding M2M communication as well as legally compliant and tamper-proof data storage in bodycams or cash register systems. There are many scenarios where the need to store data and protect access and communication can be achieved in a single step.Swissbit’s security products are extremely robust and durable, which makes them ideal for challenging applications with long lifetime and maintenance cycles. Thanks to the use of standard interfaces, customers can develop retrofittable and upgradable applications.Our production plant in Berlin with state-of-the-art facilities for advanced packaging technologies offers services around modular security products such as customized shapes and sizes or the integration of various components and function into one robust module.From January 1, 2020 cash registers in Germany need to be fitted with certified technical security equipment (TSE) to provide tamper-proof recordings of cash register data. Swissbit’s TSE solution comes in the form of USB sticks, SD or microSD cards offering an easy implementable and retrofittable fiscal memory solution. Cash register manufacturers can very easily integrate the Swissbit TSE solution into conventional or PC based cash register systems. The connection is made through a USB, SD or microSD interface. Swissbit provides a Software Development Kit, drivers and support for Windows, Linux, Android and embedded systems. The future proof Swissbit solution is cost-effective and easily scalable because it can be used for stand-alone devices or in LAN configurations with several devices and parallel TSE.Swissbit is a highly skilled specialist with over 20 years’ experience in sophisticated industrial memory and security solutions. For more than three years, Swissbit has been delivering tried and tested fiscal solutions for the fiscal market in France and other EU countries. Since September, Swissbit’s fiscal solution has also been certified for use in Slovakia.Another product example of Swissbit’s high manufacturing expertise and the company’s innovative, highly flexible security concept is the USB 3.1 stick, PU-50n DP, with integrated hardware encryption and access protection. Similar to a credit card, the stick features a retry counter that blocks access following a defined number of failed password attempts. PU-50n DP serves as a GDPR (EU General Data Protection Regulation) compliant pocket-sized memory stick and as license and configuration token for industrial automation applications.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

first_imgIndia thrashed Pakistan on Friday to get their Champions Trophy campaign off and running at Breda in The Netherlands on Saturday.While Team India registered a comprehensive 4-0, the last two goals were scored after Pakistan withdrew their goalkeeper Imran Butt.Trailing 2-0, Pakistan were forced to withdraw its goalie for an extra player with four minutes left on the clock as they hoped to turn things around. The move, however, backfired as Indian pumped in two more goals in an open net in a span of three minutes to register the convincing win.While Pakistan didn’t have many options apart from trying out their luck, the move allowed Indian to register a comprehensive win against their arch-rivals.The win also provided India the perfect start who came into the tournament on the back of a disastrous Commonwealth Games campaign at the Gold Coast, where they finished a disappointing fourth.The victory also marked a positive start to India’s chief coach Harendra Singh’s fourth stint with the senior national side. Harendra took over the reigns of the team after swapping roles with Sjoerd Marijne, following India’s dreadful CWG campaign.Ramandeep Singh opened the scoring for India after gracefully guiding Simranjeet Singh’s sideways shot into the goal in the 25th minute. Dilpreet Singh scored his first goal after a meandering run in the 54th minute of the match.Mandeep Singh scored the third after just three minutes as Lalit Upadhyay finished all hopes for Pakistan comeback when he scored from a sublime Ramandeep pass.advertisementFT| The Indian Men’s Team show supreme composure to defeat Pakistan by a resounding 4-0 margin in their first game of the Rabobank Men’s Hockey Champion Trophy 2018 on 23rd June 2018, featuring immense fortitude in attack and defense.#IndiaKaGame #INDvPAK #HCT2018 India (@TheHockeyIndia) June 23, 2018India, eyeing its maiden Champions Trophy title, will play reigning Olympic champions Argentina in their next round-robin league match tomorrow.The Indians looked a compact side in all departments of the game with the strikers utilising the opportunities that came their way while the defence came up with a superlative show during the entire 60 minutes to keep Pakistani forwards at bay.The dominating victory also can be looked upon as a sweet revenge for India after Pakistan, which is being coached by former India coach and High Performance Director Roelant Oltmans, scored a late equaliser to eke out a 1-1 draw in Gold Coast.The Indians started positively and applied pressure on the Pakistani defence from the word go and in the process secured a penalty corner in the 13th minute but Harmanpreet’s attempt was saved by goalkeeper Imran Butt.India got another set piece soon after the start of second quarter but once again wasted the chance.Fantastic win for our team. Its always great to begin on a winning note as it sets the momentum for the rest of the tournament. Bigger challenges lie ahead, and we are more than ready!Come on #TeamIndia! Chakde!#INDvPAK #HCT2018 @TheHockeyIndiaRupinder Pal Singh (@rupinderbob3) June 23, 2018Well Done Boys!4-0 against Pakistan is a formidable score!Looking forward to the next game in Rabobank Men’s Hockey Champions Trophy!#IndiaKaGame #INDvPAK #HCT2018@TheHockeyIndia Thakur (@ianuragthakur) June 23, 2018Whistling merrily to celebrate @TheHockeyIndia win over Pakistan in Champions Trophy inaugural game. 4-0 is not a win but a solid statement. Good start to the new combo of @16Sreejesh and coach Harendra. #IndiaKaGame #INDvPAK #HCT2018 @imsardarsingh8Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) June 23, 2018Congratulations Team India. Kabaddi yesterday, Hockey today. This time it’s 4-0. Well done on thrashing Pakistan. #INDvPAK Sehwag (@virendersehwag) June 23, 2018Congratulations to the Indian team on beating Pakistan 4-0 in the #ChampionsTrophy Hockey 2018 in Breda, Netherlands.#INDvPAK Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) June 23, 2018Congratulations to our mens team @TheHockeyIndia for a rocking victory against Pakistan in their opening game of #HCT2018 #IndiaKaGame Rampal (@imranirampal) June 23, 2018But it didn’t took long for India to break the deadlock. In the 26th minute Ramandeep deflected in a Simranjeet Singh’s reverse pass to start the proceedings.A minute before half time, an agile Butt once again came to Pakistan’s rescue keeping away Vivek Prasad’s deflection from top of the circle as went into the break with a slender one goal advantage.Pakistan, however, came out all guns blazing after the change of ends and dominated the proceedings in the third quarter with repeated raids but failed to break the resolute Indian defence.advertisementTwo minutes into third quarter, Ali Shan scored an opportunistic goal but to their dismay found the goal being disallowed for a foul after India’s Harmanpreet Singh asked for the referral.Minutes later, Indian goalkeeper PR Sreejesh made a fine save to deny Toseeq Arshad.Pakistan kept up the pressure and earned a penalty corner in the 43rd minute but to no avail. After successfully weathering the storm, India doubled its lead in the 54th minute through 17-year-old Dilpreet, who beautifully picked up a long pass from Simranjeet and then dodged past an onrushing Butt to slot home.With four minutes to go, Pakistan withdrew its goalkeeper but conceded two more goals.First Mandeep tucked in an empty net a measured long ball from Varun Kumar and then Lalit dived full stretch to deflect in Ramandeep’s pass just at the stroke of hooter to add salt to Pakistan’s woes.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

first_imgFrance celebrated their second World Cup with thousands in the streets of Paris on Monday. Chants of “We Are The Champions” filled the air as the French bus paraded down the Champs Elysees before a special presidential reception.Among the player on the bus was France striker Olivier Giroud, who according to pundits should rode his luck to a World Cup winner’s medal.Olivier Giroud though feels criticism has always motivated him to do better and the 31-year-old is pleased to silence his detractors with his stellar work rate in his team’s World Cup triumph in Russia.The striker drew flak from fans for not scoring a single goal during France’s successful World Cup campaign but manager Didier Deschamps had previously defended him by highlighting his tremendous off-the-ball work rate and clever support play.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGELes Bleus, @_OlivierGiroud_ and our little friend en route to the Champs Élysée. #Fiersdetrebleu Team (@FrenchTeam) July 16, 2018Despite the goal drought, Deschamps stuck with the Chelsea striker, who featured in all of France’s seven matches at the World Cup, and Giroud is happy to have played his role.”All of my career I have been, how can I say…I have been through certain difficulties and I have always tried to make it,” Giroud told reporters as France were greeted by thousands of supporters on their return home on Monday.”It motivates me to get better and better and go through these difficulties and it is what happens in life when you are really motivated, determined, committed, it is never easy.advertisementREAD – FIFA World Cup 2018: Full list of prize winners”Football is very hard and people see only the nice part of the job. But we work very hard for this achievement and I am very proud to say I am a World Cup champion.”Giroud has also been criticised by pundits and supporters in the Premier League after scoring five goals and providing three assists in 18 appearances for Chelsea since joining the club in January.READ – Paris renames six subway stations in honour of World Cup victory”No, no, no because I have been criticised a little but in France as well,” he said when asked if he feels more respected in France.”For example, I didn’t score in the World Cup. I receive a lot of messages from people who know football well, lots of French supporters. They see the work I do for the team… “Giroud could return to action for Chelsea in their season-opening Community Shield match against Manchester City on Aug. 5.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

first_img\R San Francisco, Jul 20 (AFP) Microsoft has said its revenue and profit climbed in the recently ended quarter, getting results from its bets on cloud computing services and artificial intelligence.The US tech giant reported its net income increased 10 percent to $8.8 billion on revenue that was up 17 percent to $30.1 billion when compared with the same period last year.Microsoft saw revenue gains across its full range of businesses including business services, gaming, internet search ads, its consumer software including Windows and Office and LinkedIn, the recently acquired professional social network.Shares were up more than three percent to $107.80 in after-hours trading following the release of earnings for the quarter ending the fiscal year quarter for Microsoft.”We had an incredible year,” chief executive Satya Nadella said in a release.”Our early investments in the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge are paying off, and we will continue to expand our reach in large and growing markets with differentiated innovation.” Microsoft executives told analysts they expected another year of growth, with demand for computing on the rise and the technology giant well-positioned in that market.”We’re investing aggressively to build Azure as the world’s computer,” Nadella said, referring to Microsoft’s cloud computing platform that competes with services run by Amazon and Google.”We expanded our global data center footprint to 54 regions, more than any other cloud provider.” Despite continuing to invest in promising trends from cloud computing and artificial intelligence to gaming, Microsoft expected its profit margins to improve.Revenue in a productivity and business processes category that included career-focused social network LinkedIn was up 13 percent in the quarter to $9.7 billion, according to Microsoft.advertisementLinkedIn revenue increased 37 percent as usage soared, the earnings release indicated. LinkedIn has seen record levels of postings seeking employees due to a robust US job market, according to Microsoft chief financial officer Amy Hood.Microsoft bought LinkedIn two years ago in a deal valued at $26.2 billion.Global Equities Research analyst Trip Chowdhry described Microsoft earnings and its financial path as “super solid,” noting that revenue and earnings per share beat market expectations.Microsoft reported net income of $16.6 billion for the fiscal year on revenue that rose 14 percent to $110.4 billion.Analyst Patrick Moorhead at Moor Insights & Strategy said Microsoft’s results showed healthy growth.”The company drove double-digit revenue growth in every business, which demonstrates to me the firm’s balance,” Moorhead said. “Satya Nadella and team are hitting on all cylinders at this point.” In a major deal announced this week, Microsoft and Walmart unveiled a strategic partnership to help the retail giant ramp up its efforts against Amazon.”I’m especially proud that Walmart chose Azure and Microsoft 365 to accelerate its digital transformation for their associates and customers,” Nadella said during the earnings call.Microsoft has announced technology partnerships with other major firms in recent months including General Electric, Starbucks, Bayer, Spain’s Telefonica and sports organizations such as the NBA and PGA.Moves into business services and cloud computing have reduced Microsoft’s dependence on Windows, the dominant software for personal computers that has been overtaken in the consumer market by mobile devices powered by Google or Apple software.Microsoft has taken to offering software such as Office as subscription services hosted online, even providing applications for Android or Apple mobile devices.Nadella said Office 365 has more than 135 million users, and that a mobile version of Outlook is used on more than 100 million devices powered by Android or Apple software.Microsoft 365 is now a multibillion dollar business, according to Nadella.Microsoft expected that by the end of this calendar year it would close a $7.5-billion stock acquisition of software development platform GitHub.Created in 2008, GitHub allows developers to cooperatively manage software and has more than 28 million users around the world.”With GitHub we recognize the increasingly vital role the developers play in value creation and growth in the area of the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge,” Nadella said.(AFP) AMSAMSlast_img read more

first_imgChennai, Jul 28 (PTI) Former East Bengal midfielder Kalia Kulothungan was today killed in a road accident in his hometown Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu. It is learnt that around 2 am today, Kulothungan’s bike crashed against an iron fence and he died on the spot. He was 40. A talented central midfielder who also played as a winger, ‘Kulo’, as he was fondly referred to in Kolkata Maidan circuit, was best known for his three-year stint at East Bengal from 2002 to 2005. He was a part of East Bengal’s ASEAN Cup winning side in 2003 and was also a member of the squad that won back-to-back I-League (NFL) titles. He later played two seasons for Mohammedan Sporting and Mohun Bagan apart from Mumbai FC and Viva Kerala. However, post his stint with East Bengal, he was never the same player as his form dipped and he wasn’t able to settle down in any club. He was one of the better footballers to have come from Tamil Nadu and also captained the state in Santosh Trophy. He last played competitive football in the second division I-League for Bhowanipore Club. India captain Sunil Chhetri, who had played a lot against and a few matches with Kulo, expressed his shock. “Really upsetting to hear about the passing away of Kalia Kulothungan. He was one of the best ball players I’ve played alongside. Let’s never take life for granted,” Chhetri wrote on his twitter page. Former India and Kerala Blasters striker C K Vineeth also sent his condolences. “Extremely upsetting to hear about Kalia Kulothungan – he was taken too soon from all of us. Rest in peace, Anna. You will be missed,” Vineeth tweeted.advertisement Mohun Bagan and Mohammedan Sporting club also sent their condolence messages. “We are deeply saddened with the news of the sudden demise of our club ex-football Player Kalia Kulothungan due to a road accident. “We extend our deepest sympathies to the bereaved family. We pray to almighty to bestow his family members solace and courage to fight from this untimely and irreparable loss. May his soul rest in peace,” Mohun Bagan secretary Anjan Mitra said. PTI KHS AHAHlast_img read more

first_imgJennifer Lopez is known to make style statements that are quirky and classy.And recently too, the Ain’t Your Mama singer left us confused and at the same time gasping for breath, when she stepped out on the streets wearing just a shirt and over-the-knee denim boots. Jennifer Lopez wearing thigh-high denim bootsThe singer sported just an oversized white shirt with a pair of denim thigh-high boots for the outing.The boots that the diva wore were from luxury brand Versace, and a part of the brand’s 2019 Resort Collection. Jennifer LopezEven the fashion brand tweeted the singer’s next-level classy look.#JenniferLopez wearing a pair of denim boots from the #VersaceResort19 collection. #VersaceCelebrities (@Versace) July 31, 2018The boots came adorned with belts and small pockets, which is probably why the singer skipped her pants entirely for the day-out.Jennifer accessorised her look with diamond hoop earrings from Le Vian, a necklace with her name on it (because, why not?), diamond bracelets, oversized gold sunnies and Hermes handbag.Despite the fact that the entire look was very unusual, JLo carried it pretty incredibly and made it into a statement. Although we are still not quite convinced with it.ALSO WATCH: 3 things Jennifer Lopez stays away from to stay in shapeALSO READ: JLo gets wet and wild!last_img read more

first_imgFakhar Zaman believes that Pakistan should be considered favourites for the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales because of the current team combination is brilliant and they are well equipped for the tournament.Pakistan have done brilliantly recently in limited-overs cricket and Zaman has been one of the key figures in their resurgence. Since making his international debut in March 2017, Zaman has been one of Pakistan’s mainstays in limited-overs cricket. He has played 18 ODIs and scored 1065 runs at an average of 76.06. He has also featured in 22 T20Is and raked up 646 runs at an average of 30.76.Zaman truly announced himself to the world, when he scored 114 off 106 in the 2017 Champions Trophy against India in Pakistan’s resounding 180-run win over their arch-rivals. Since then, he has not looked back and has become the fastest player to reach 1000 ODI runs and he also became the first Pakistani to smash a double ton in 50-over cricket, when he smashed 210 against Zimbabwe in July.And Zaman is carrying the confidence with him and feels that Pakistan are real contenders for the World Cup next year.”The current Pakistan team combination is brilliant and the results we have recently produced are good proof of that,” he told Sky Sports.”We will travel to England to win the title and not just to make up the numbers. I do feel that it is right for us to be labelled favourites for the 2019 World Cup as our team will be well equipped for this tournament.”However, Fakhar’s focus now is on the upcoming Asia Cup in UAE next month and he wants to do well there.advertisement”At the moment, I am fully focused on doing well in the upcoming Asia Cup. Of course, the 2019 World Cup is an important tournament, but it’s far too early for me to start planning for it as there are other international assignments to take care of before that tournament,” he said.Despite all the success in the limited-overs format, Zaman once again reiterated his desire to feature in the longest format for Pakistan. With Australia and New Zealand set to travel to the UAE this year, Zaman might not have to wait for too long.Fakhar also expressed his desire to play Test cricket for Pakistan and said that he is hopeful that he will play Test cricket soon.”Regardless of which team I play against, the fact is that Test cricket is one format that provides the ultimate test of skills for a player and to perform well in this form of the game is my dream. When that opportunity does arrive, I will do my best.”While I could not debut in Tests during the recent tour of Ireland and England, I learnt a lot from that tour and also worked very hard on my batting technique, which I feel will help me in Tests. I do not know what the future holds for me in Test cricket but I can confidently say that I am continuing to prepare well and will be ready if I am given a chance,” said Fakhar.last_img read more

first_imgCaptain Paul Pogba netted a brace while Anthony Martial scored once to give Manchester United a resounding 3-0 win over Young Boys in the Champions League on Wednesday.Swiss debutants Young Boys of Bern looked clueless as Pogba bossed midfield on the artificial pitch and fired United ahead in the 35th minute with a goal of the highest quality. He drilled a left-foot shot into the top corner from the edge of the penalty area after side-stepping his marker.The France World Cup winner made it 2-0 with a contentious 44th-minute penalty, harshly awarded by German referee Deniz Aytekin after Luke Shaw’s cross struck Kevin Mbabu’s arm as the defender tried to avoid contact.A darting run by Pogba midway through the second half released Anthony Martial and the forward scored with a clinical finish from eight metres after his compatriot’s good work left him with time and space to find the back of the net.Let’s hear from the #MUFC man of the moment, @PaulPogba… United (@ManUtd) September 19, 2018Roared on by a vocal home crowd, Young Boys charged at United in the opening 30 minutes, forcing two saves by David De Gea as the Spain goalkeeper kept out long-range efforts from Mohamed Ali Camara and Christian Fassnacht.Up and running in the @ChampionsLeague Thanks to all the travelling fans #mufc #ucl Smalling (@ChrisSmalling) September 19, 2018United’s defence looked vulnerable on either flank to the home team’s breakaways, although 19-year-old Portuguese right back Diogo Dalot showed pace going forward on his debut for the Premier League side.advertisementGreat win and thank you so much for your support you are the best Martial (@AnthonyMartial) September 19, 2018After Marcus Rashford clipped the outside of the post with a flicked shot in the 22nd minute, United’s nerves were settled when Pogba broke the deadlock out of nothing thanks to a piece of sublime individual skill.Very well boys, first 3 points in UCL ! #MUFC Rodrigues (@Fred08oficial) September 19, 2018Young Boys’ hopes of a comeback evaporated after Pogba confidently converted the penalty and Martial, enjoying a rare start up front, made no mistake at the near post as United maintained cruise control in the second half.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

first_imgBengaluru, Sep 26 (PTI) Double Commonwealth Games gold medallist weightlifter Sathish Kumar Sivalingam Wednesday said he would resume his training in next 45 days in Patiala as he is fast recovering from a thigh injury, courtesy ayurveda treatment. “I have been undergoing ayurveda treatment. With another 10 days of treatment left, I aim to come back stronger and start training in next one-and-a-half months in Patiala with 2020 Olympics as my goal,” he told PTI here. Sivalingam (77kg category) had sustained the injury while attempting 178kg lift in his clean and jerk attempt at the Jakarta Asian Games. He took no further part in the competition and eventually finished 10th. “I was shattered to the core when doctors in a hospital in Jakarta opined that I could only start training after a maximum of four months,” he said. However, soon after returning to India, Sivalingam said he underwent ayurveda treatment at Haoma Wellness under Dr Shaji Kannoth and have been working on sport rehabilitation with Invictus Performance Lab. “Within four days of combined treatment and multiple experts working with me, the pain reduced significantly and I was able to move around freely within 10 days,” he stated. The inter-disciplinary experts helped him in enhancing his performance capability and recovery management, he said. “I thank my coach, Vijay Sharma and the Indian Weightlifting Federation, Invictus Performance Lab, and GoSports Foundation for all their support and belief in me,” Sivalingam said. Dr Shaji Kannoth, who is also the Managing and Medical Director of Haoma Wellness, said Sivalingam was brought to him by Invictus Performance Lab for treatment.advertisement “Sivalingam had severely injured his left thigh muscle. He was wheelchair bound when he met us on September 4 and was even unable to place his foot on the ground,” he said. After a detailed diagnosis, the treatment began and within four days, the pain reduced to about 60 per cent and by September 15, muscle injury healed, Dr Shaji said. “He has another 10 days of treatment left to heal completely,” he added. PTI BDN SSCSSClast_img read more