Doha, Apr 28 (PTI) Sixteen-time World Champion Pankaj Advani stormed into the final of Asian Snooker Championship thrashing Mohammad Bilal of Pakistan 5-0 in a thoroughly one- sided encounter. Advani will meet second seed Lv Haotian of China, who beat Mohamed Shehab of UAE 5-3 in the other semi-final. The clean sweep in the semi-final puts Advani just a win away from completing a career Grand Slam in cue sport. Having won all the major events – Nationals, Asian and World Championships in both Billiards and Snooker and in both the long and short formats, this is the one title (15-red Asian Snooker) that has eluded Advani. A victory will make Advani only player in history to win all Majors in two sports at all levels and across all formats. Advani will also become the first player to win both Asian titles in Billiards and Snooker in the same calender year. Many records await the 31-year old champion and they all hinge on the final of this championship. In the semi-final, Advani was trailing in the first frame but after a chance was gifted by his Pakistani opponent, the top seed capitalised and grabbed the frame to draw first blood. From there, it was a one-sided affair as Advani grew from strength to strength, winning the next four frames rather comfortably to confirm his berth in the final. PTI BS KHS KHS
Australia vice-captain David Warner has reiterated that the players are ready to forego this summer’s Ashes series if they are pushed out of contract after June 30 – the date of expiry of the MoU between Cricket Australia (CA) and the Australian Cricketers Association (ACA).Warner, who was speaking from London ahead of their second Champions Trophy clash against Bangladesh, insisted that the ACA is handling the situation quite well and that he has full faith that they would soon come to a mutual agreement.”I stick firm behind it. If we are unemployed we have no contracts, we can’t play. So, from my point of view and speaking to the guys, we would love to see something happen between now and July 1 and I am sure that it is in the capable hands of the ACA to get to the table with CA and come to some form of an agreement,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Warner as saying.”We’ve always said from day one that all the support is behind the ACA 100%. They are doing a great job for us. Obviously, from a players’ point of view, we are pretty vocal and upbeat about it. We are pretty sure that they will come to an agreement. But as you know, we are going to be unemployed come July 1. So we have to wait and see and play it out from there,” he added.Warner received a flurry of criticism in the wake of his previous comments that CA “might not have a team for the Ashes”.advertisementHe had also said that players are united to reject CA’s proposal, adding that they could also turn to domestic T20 tournaments to make up financial losses.Reflecting on the same, Warner insisted that he has a right to put forth his opinions, adding that he is just pushing for fair share and equality.”It comes with my background and my history with that kind of stuff. So you know, it is water off a duck’s back. I have a verbal stance, to stick up for all our players, and we are always talking about a fair share and equality. And that’s what we are sticking to,” Warner said.Refusing to back down from his comments regarding the Ashes series, Warner said that the players are committed to letting the ACA act as their collective bargaining agent and are not looking forward to indulge in any direct negotiations with CA.The left-handed opener further revealed that the Champions Trophy squad is also hearing of CA’s tactics via media reports.”Not really. It is only what we hear in the media and that’s how CA have been driving it the whole way. They have been using the media as a voice and we get that message from there. As you said, we get a couple of emails,” he added.The 30-year-old, however, insisted that his team are entirely focused on their Champions Trophy campaign despite the long-standing pay dispute between the CA and ACA.However, Warner was adamant that events between the two negotiating teams over the next four weeks would not divert from efforts to win in England.”For us, we galvanise all the time – it doesn’t matter what is going on outside of the game. It is a big thing that we could be unemployed but from us, our job is to play cricket and focus on winning the tournament and not letting our country down in that respect. So as I said, our full mental frame is toward the tournament,” he said.Under CA’s proposal, only male international players would have the chance to share in any surplus revenue, while other domestic male players and women at both domestic and international level would have to settle for fixed amounts which would not fluctuate according to the game’s income.However, the ACA pointed out a series of concerns with the proposal, saying that it “disrespects the value of domestic cricketers and the role they play in Australian cricket”.The major reason behind the ACA’s opposition is CA’s proposal to scrap a shared revenue model for player payments, which has been in place for nearly 20 years.Cricket Australia had in May threatened that players would not be paid beyond June 30, the date of expiry of their current five-year financial deal, if they don’t accept the governing body’s new proposed offer.
The BCCI top brass had an inkling that all was not well but they were taken aback when they came to know that captain Virat Kohli and chief coach Anil Kumble were not in talking terms for the “last six months”.Another important thing that has come out in the open was that the Chief Advisory Committee, comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman, also didn’t straightaway give the green light to Kumble’s extension.”There had been reports that the CAC had okayed Kumble’s extension. They had okayed his extension but with a rider.”They had said that Kumble should be retained provided all pending issues are resolved,” a senior BCCI official, who was present in London during the whole episode, told PTI.Post the ICC Champions Trophy final, there were three separate meetings at the Indian team’s hotel.The first was where Kumble met the BCCI top brass and members of CAC followed by Kohli meeting them.The last and the most “eventful” meeting was when Kohli and Kumble were made to sit across the table. The talks failed completely as there was no communication.”The two had stopped talking to each other since December when the England Test series got over. There were problems but it was like shocking that the two didn’t have any proper communication for the past six months. On Sunday evening after the final, they were made to sit across table and they both agreed that it’s not working out.”When asked what was the problem, the source said: “When we spoke to Anil separately and specifically asked him if there’s any problem, he said he has ‘no problems with Virat’.advertisementHe was also told about the specific areas where Kohli has reservations about his functioning, while Anil said these were non-issues.”The official sounded helpless.”Look, if one of the two protagonists feel that there are issues which seemed to be non-issue to the other one, only these two can then sort out. Once they sat across the table, both realised after coming out that it has gone beyond repair.Anil’s tickets were booked for Barbados. His wife was also supposed to join him but he knew it was over,” the official added.Asked if he could be more specific, the official said: “Let’s put it that Virat felt that Anil is entering an area which was his domain. For Anil, who has been a decorated player and an India captain, he has his own beliefs and ideas but the final call always stays with the captain,” he said.
The BMW 3 Gran Turismo facelift was big news. Not because of the new LED adaptive headlights, LED tail lights, new wheel design or the subtly redesigned bumpers. It got us excited, since the 3 GT brought back the badge that spelt the poor-man’s M-car – the 330i. Last seen in India on the E90 3-Series from the late 2000s, quite sparingly seen though, the 330i packed the hallmark BMW powertrain, a naturally aspirated inline six sending power to the rear wheels only.Engine:This 330i GT, unfortunately, doesn’t get the inline six. It too is rear wheel drive but it gets a new engine, codenamed the B46, a turbocharged inline four cylinder. That also means BMW has managed to get similar power and more torque out of an engine that’s a litre and two cylinders down on the free-revving six in the E90.Engine response is crisp, right off idle and power comes in strong all the way to the 6,500rpm redline. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)Importantly though, while that engine had been known to deliver fuel efficiency in the low single digits, this car is rated at 15kmpl plus in the ARAI driving cycle. Pretty good news, then? Well, at the time of this issue going to print BMW has quietly introduced this engine in the regular 3-Series sedan too. I’d say that’s even better news.Engine and gearbox work well together to provide thrills behind the wheel. Steering mounted shift paddles are available, in case your chauffer would like more driving involvement. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)Design:advertisementWhat you do get with the 3 GT though is more space – in the boot and in the rear seat. Adopting the notchback design has allowed for more headroom and knee room in the back, along with a rear seat that can recline for extra comfort. Though this F30 generation of 3-Series was never really cramped, the extra space will appease for sure. The 40:20:40 rear seat split, extra 40 litres of cargo space in the boot and the large, intrusion-free boot opening will definitely please too, the only fly in the ointment being that the space saver spare tyre doesn’t really save space in the boot.Luxury Line trim gets the gloss black trim. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)That apart, the 3 GT, as on the earlier model, gets what BMW calls an Air Curtain, vents behind the front wheels that help with the aerodynamics of having a higher roofline.Interiors:The interiors see no major changes in aesthetics, the cabin remains comfortable and you always get the feeling that you’re in something that’s built to last. Equipment levels across variants is notable, with 8-airbags, reversing camera, 9-speaker audio, navigation and electronic safety aids as standard.Updates to the MMI are new to the refreshed car. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)Though the climate control system gets an updated LCD screen and the infotainment system has also been updated to the latest version of BMW’s iDrive and is very intuitive to use. The graphics that have the car roll onto the screen when you change drive modes, are slick. Speaking of drive modes, you can choose from Eco, Comfort, Sport and Sport+.Updates to the climate control are new to the refreshed car. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)Drive Quality:The drive modes alter steering feel, gearbox behaviour and engine response at the pedal. Comfort is where we’ll start, since the overall impression of the 3 GT is that the ride is very, very good, being able to flatten out most road surfaces without upsetting the balance of the car. From Comfort to Sport, there’s a very natural weight to the steering that tightens up as speeds increase, with Comfort obviously offering city-appropriate feel and lightness. The engine response is crisp, right off idle and power comes in strong all the way to the 6,500rpm redline, which for a turbo motor is impressive, as is the raspy sound of the motor.Vents for rear passengers are placed very low to the floor but can be angled upwards to direct air towards the face. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)The eight-speed dual clutch ‘box is impressive helping the car establish the 0-100kmph dash in a claimed 6.1 seconds. We didn’t get the chance to push the car dynamically but mechanical grip from the chassis and 18-inch tyres is confidence inspiring.Verdict:This 3 GT makes a confusing case for itself. It’s got more space and practicality than the 3-Series sedan which makes it a better car to be in the back seat of. But in the 330i spec, it’s proper quick, if a little soft in the handling department. Not to forget, the downside of the practicality is that side profile view. We’d still recommend the diesel powertrain, if you’re more likely to be behind the driver’s seat than behind the wheel.advertisementNotchback design has allowed for more headroom and knee room in the back. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)On the other hand, if you value practicality and you love the thought of a quick petrol Beemer, the 330i GT may be the car for you. Personally… I hear BMW is taking orders for the 330i 3-Series sedan now.ALSO READ:2017 BMW 530d first drive reviewALSO READ:BMW Z4 is fun and interesting little car
England start as favourites to lift their fourth Women’s World Cup title at Lord’s on Sunday, but face an Indian side high on confidence after knocking out defending champions Australia in the semi-finals.Indian middle order batsman Harmanpreet Kaur took centre stage with an unbeaten 171 and was backed by a disciplined performance by her bowlers as India pulled off a 36-run upset win over six-time world champions Australia.England, captained by Heather Knight, edged out South Africa by two wickets in the other semi-final, and hold the head-to-head advantage over India in the 50-over format at World Cups, with six wins to the visitors’ four.But the Indian squad’s ability to grind out results under pressure will not have gone unnoticed, least of all by the English, who were beaten by India by 35 runs in their first match of the tournament.Since that defeat the hosts have won seven matches in a row to reach the final.Knight and opening batsman Tammy Beaumont have been consistent at the top of the order, scoring 750 runs in the tournament so far, while the reliable Natalie Sciver at number four is the only player to have recorded two centuries.India, skippered by Mithali Raj, are chasing their first World Cup title and are known for their strong batting lineup, but it is their spin bowling trio that has wreaked the most havoc during the tournament.Off-spinner Deepti Sharma has been the key to their success in the middle overs, picking up 12 wickets on her World Cup debut.advertisementSharma has been backed by leg-spinner Poonam Yadav and left-arm spinner Ekta Bisht, who decimated Pakistan with a five-wicket haul earlier in the tournament.Raj and veteran fast bowler Jhulan Goswami are the only two members from the last Indian side that reached a World Cup final — when they lost to Australia in 2005.”It seems like it’s going back to 2005, and I am just too happy that the girls have given us an opportunity to be a part of World Cup finals again,” Raj said after the semi-final victory.”They have performed well throughout the tournament in the run-up to the finals. Playing the hosts is going to be a challenge but, having said that, this unit is up for it.”
Spinner Moeen Ali finished off South Africa with a hat-trick as England completed a crushing 239-run victory in the third test at the Oval on Monday to move 2-1 ahead in the series.Moeen became the first England spinner to achieve a hat-trick in 79 years by dismissing centurion Dean Elgar, Kagiso Rabada and Morne Morkel soon after lunch in a dramatic end to the match.England had laboured to bowl out the South Africans in the morning as Elgar continued his gutsy knock, although Toby Roland-Jones continued his fine debut by dismissing Temba Bavuma and Vernon Philander with successive balls.Moeen finally ended Elgar’s dogged resistance for a 228-ball 136 and the spinner snapped up Rabada with the last ball of his over, both batsmen caught at slip by man-of-the-match Ben Stokes.Moeen completed his hat-trick with the first ball of his next over, although he had to wait for a review to confirm he had trapped Morkel lbw.The dismissal sparked wild scenes as the Oval celebrated its first test hat-track in its 100th match – and the first by an English spinner since Tom Goddard in 1938.”What a way to celebrate 100 tests,” said captain Joe Root. “The game was really won by the way we batted in the first innings. The lads got stuck in and got a really good score on what proved to be a really challenging surface.”The touring side, who began the day on 117-4, always knew history was against them, with a team starting the final day of a test four wickets down having secured draws only three times.advertisementFor a while it looked like Elgar and Bavuma had not read the script, however, as they increased their fifth-wicket partnership to 108 before Roland-Jones sparked the first flurry of wickets.The debutant seamer took his tally to eight in the match by snaring Bavuma (32) and Vernon Philander (0) lbw with full-length deliveries.With blue skies and little cloud cover, batting conditions proved the easiest of the match and Elgar looked untroubled in reaching his eighth test century and second against England.But the tourists suffered a further blow to the last ball before lunch when Moeen had Chris Morris caught in the slips by Stokes for 24.Suitably refreshed, Moeen mopped up the tail. Bizarrely, he was the third bowler, after Stokes and Roland-Jones, to take two wickets with successive balls in the innings before eclipsing his team mates to claim his 18th wicket of the series.The game proved just as one-sided as the previous two, with England winning at Lord’s by 211 runs before losing at Trent Bridge by 340 runs.England will have the momentum going into the final test which starts at Manchester on Friday as they eye their first home series win over South Africa since 1998.
Left-handed batsman Sharjeel Khan was on Wednesday handed a five-year ban by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)-appointed Anti-Corruption Unit in connection with the Pakistan Super League (PSL) spot-fixing case.Sharjeel was facing five major charges of breaching the PCB’s anti-corruption code and was found guilty for all five.According to the Dawn, he will not be able to play any form of cricket for at least 30 months, after which he may be allowed to play domestic cricket until the completion of the ban — subject to terms and conditions set by the PCB.The spot-fixing allegation relates to a match between Sharjeel’s team Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi in Dubai in February during the second edition of the PSL, where the left-handed batsman scored a single off four deliveries including two dot balls.On March 6, a three-member tribunal was formed by the PCB to investigate the spot-fixing case allegedly involving Sharjeel and Khalid Latif.Asghat Haider headed the three-member tribunal, which included former PCB Chairman Lt Gen (R) Tauqir Zia and ex-Test cricketer Waseem Bari.Mohammad Irfan and Mohammad Nawaz, who were also accused, have already received their punishments and have been suspended for failing to report fixing offers. Nasir Jamshed is other player involved in the scandal.
Age and fatherhood may have mellowed David Warner, but nothing coaxes the old ‘Bull’ out of the Australia vice-captain like a home Ashes series.Warner’s clarion call this week to summon ‘hatred’ for visiting England continued the revival of a once-famed chirpiness that cranked back into gear during the long-running pay dispute between the players and Cricket Australia.It signalled another nail in the coffin for the ‘Reverend’, the nickname bestowed upon Warner in a pious nod to his quieter demeanour on and off the field in recent seasons.Prior to the ‘Reverend’, there was only the ‘Bull’, a moniker that aptly captured his rampaging ways, whether swinging his over-sized bat in the middle, firing off an angry tweet in the early hours, or throwing a punch at England’s Joe Root.Off-field domestic bliss and the threat of suspension for multiple code of conduct breaches may have accelerated Warner’s maturity, but the Ashes is a powerful red rag to the bovine spirit within.”At the moment I’m not going to put any vibes out there or get into a verbal stoush,” Warner said on Australian radio, only moments after describing the series as ‘war’.”But come day one when we walk out there, there will definitely be some words exchanged.”While Warner won respect among some of his compatriots for being able to rein himself in, he could see his approval rating Down Under soar even higher if he lets himself go.Former Australia captain Steve Waugh, whose peerless teams relentlessly sledged the English in consecutive Ashes wins, endorsed the lefthander’s call to arms.advertisement”There’s nothing wrong with that bit of byplay before the series starts. It gets everybody interested,” Waugh told local media.”I’m sure Dave can handle making those comments himself. As long as he can back them up, which I’m sure he will.””PATHETIC”Warner’s salvo has already ruffled feathers in England, with former opener Marcus Trescothick showing his disdain.”It’s pathetic,” he told the BBC.”To come out with those sort of comments is not needed. There’s always the hype that comes around before the Ashes, so I don’t think it’s something the (English) players will be drawn into.”I think it will just be a good distraction, hopefully, for Australia and they can get caught up in the war of words.”The war of words hardly brought Australia undone during England’s last tour to Australia, when Michael Clarke’s side whitewashed the tourists 5-0.Warner was in the thick of it, taunting England’s batsmen for having ‘scared eyes’ when faced with Mitchell Johnson’s pace barrage in the first Test in Brisbane.Clarke, too, did not hold back and was caught telling England paceman James Anderson to get ready for a “broken f*****g arm”.It was in retaliation, he said, for Anderson threatening to punch his team mate George Bailey.Barring Warner’s 2013 punch on Root, now the England captain, the posturing has never escalated beyond fighting talk and the series starting in Brisbane on Nov. 23 is certain to see more bark than bite.Warner looks unlikely to pass up the chance to stir the pot, however, and has even been happy to weigh in on the matter of Ben Stokes.The England all-rounder, hugely important for the tourists’ hopes of winning the series, remains suspended pending an investigation into his arrest outside a Bristol nightclub.”I did do my time,” Warner said of his two-test ban from the Ashes in the wake of the Root incident.”I think everyone in the world is waiting to see what happens there (with Stokes) and what the outcome is.”
(Eds: Repeating after correction in 9th para)By Lalit K JhaWashington, Nov 3 (PTI) US President Donald Trump will use golf diplomacy to further strengthen his personal rapport with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during his upcoming visit to Japan.Japan is the first stop of Trump on his maiden five- nation Asia trip as the US president.Trump, 71, will embark on a 12-day trip to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, the Philippines and Hawaii from today till November 14.On Sunday afternoon, the US president and 63-year-old Abe will play golf with Japanese professional golfer Hideki Matsuyama, Takehiro Shimada, Minister of Communications and Cultural Affairs at the Embassy of Japan said here ahead of Trumps visit to Japan.Notably about 60 years ago, 1957, in June, Abes father, Prime Ministers Nobusuke Kishi, played golf with then US President Dwight D Eisenhower at the Burning Tree golf course.”And they had very nice time and I heard that at that time, the president hit the – almost like 72 or 74, and prime minister Kishi only 99,” Shimada said.Asked by the president, Eisenhower then said golf is a kind of sports that you cannot play with whom you dont like.”That is his comment. So I hope that even the Prime Minister Abe would have good time and whatever the score he may hit to deepen – to make use of this opportunity to deepen his personal tie with the president,” the Japanese diplomat said.Trump would spend two nights and three days in Japan during which he will hold a wide range of talks with top Japanese leaders, including his sixth meeting with Abe in less than a year.advertisementAbe and Trump have had six meetings since the latters election and the two have spoken over phone as many as 16 times.While North Korea is expected to dominate the talks, Trump is likely to reiterate his iron-clad commitment to Japan, officials here said.”The most important part of the two leaders to discuss is how to strengthen the ironclad US-Japan alliance and this alliance covers almost everything, from the security issues to the economic issues…I am sure that he will discuss almost every aspect of the Asian region challenges,” he said.Trumps visit to Japan, he hoped, will enhance peace and stability in Asia-Pacific region.”Japan-US alliance is the cornerstone of that peace and stability, and alliance is stronger than ever,” he said, adding that Abes success in reinforcing Japans strong ties with United States was one of the factors that led to his overwhelming electoral victory last month.Trumps visit to Japan comes at an opportune moment for them to discuss issues facing international community and demonstrate the world the strong bond between the two countries amidst the increasingly severe security environment surrounding the Asia-Pacific region, he said.Noting that Japan remains deeply concerned about the threat posed by North Korea, he said Japan fully supports the US position, that all options are on the table when it comes to North Korea.”Now is the time to exert utmost pressure. We especially appreciate the new sanctions the United States imposed against North Korea last week. We will explore how we can strengthen and reinforce the UN-backed sanctions regime during President Trumps visit,” he said. PTI LKJ UZM
Mumbai, Nov 5 (PTI) After its success at Nashik, Somanda Vineyards plans to replicate its vine village concept at three other locations with two in Maharashtra and one in Goa, a senior company official said.”Today we have established Soma brand as not just a wine manufacturing firm, but we have taken it to the next level by developing a vine village comprising of a resort, villas and facilities for adventure sports,” Somanda Vineyards Chairman and Managing Director Pradeep Pachpatil told PTI here.In 2006, Soma Vine Village at Nashik was integrated with Beyond Resort founded by Pachpatil, which is now called as Soma Vineyard Resort.The 25 acre Soma Vine Village comprises a 47-room resort, three luxurious villas, three restaurants and an adventure sports centre Zonkers, apart from a vineyard spread of over 14 acres.”We want to replicate this model at other locations as well and change the concept of vineyard from being just a place that produces grapes and manufactures wine. We are looking at replicating the model in the outskirts of Mumbai, one in Lonavala and another in Goa,” he said.Pachpatil said, he is in talks with various landowners where such vine resorts can be set up.He, however, did not disclose the amount of investments required for the expansion of this business.”This is at a very preliminary stage so I will not be able to give exact investment numbers but I am in talks with a few land owners and developers to set up vine resorts at different locations,” Pachpatil said.advertisementHe further said, the company wants to increase the manufacturing capacity at its Nashik winery from one lakh litres to five lakh litres by 2022.”We already have 13 variants of wine. But now I want to introduce some more varieties to suit the palate not just of the Indian wine lovers but also that of our foreign tourists,” Pachpatil said.The varietals include Chenin Blanc Silver, Chenin Blanc Gold, Sauvignon Blanc Silver, Sauvignon Blanc Gold, Brut Cuvee, Sec-Tale, Rose Sparkling, Rose Gold, Shiraz, Shiraz Cabernet. The Chenin and Sauvignion Blanc and Rose make up the dessert wine range. PTI PSK SM RSY MKJ MR PTP
Yusuf Pathan will be completing BCCI’s retroactive five-month ban on him for first-time doping offence on January 14 but it is the open case in World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) that rings trouble for him.Completing his ban, Pathan will be available for the IPL auction, scheduled this month-end in Bengaluru. However, the period of his ban may not be WADA complaint.As per WADA Doping Code of 2015, a first-time doping offence invokes a four-year suspension but Pathan has served only five months.”As this is a pending case, we are not in a position to comment,” informed Maggie Durand, WADA’s Manager, Media Relations and Communications in response to an email query by PTI whether the period of the ban imposed on him was WADA-compliant.ALSO WATCHNevertheless, Pathan will be up for grabs come January end.Pathan was an integral part of Shane Warne’s Rajasthan Royals in 2008 before moving base to Kolkata Knight Riders, where he won the title in 2012 and 2014.In 149 IPL matches, Yusuf scored 2904 runs and picked 42 wickets. In the lucrative T20 tournament, he is considered an asset given his all-round skills and experience.However, he had a mediocre time in the IPL last season, scoring only 143 runs and picking up a solitary wicket from 15 matches. Yusuf was not retained by KKR, who chose to stick with the West Indian duo of Sunil Narine and Andre Russel.Yusuf had burst on to the international scene during the World T20 final against Pakistan in 2007. He was handed an ODI debut next year, also against Pakistan in Dhaka. The explosive batsman has played 57 ODIs scoring 810 runs including two hundreds. He was also part of India’s victorious World Cup squad in 2011.advertisementYusuf has also featured in 22 T20 Internationals and has 236 runs and 13 wickets under his belt.On January 9, it was announced that Pathan had failed a doping test.A BCCI statement said Yusuf has been suspended for five months after he was charged with “commission of an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) under the BCCI Anti-Doping Rules (ADR) Article 2.1 and provisionally suspended pending determination of the charge” on October 27, 2017.”Mr Pathan had provided a urine sample as part of the BCCI’s anti-doping testing program during a domestic T20 competition on March 16, 2017, in New Delhi. His sample was subsequently tested and found to contain Terbutaline.”Terbutaline, a specified substance, is prohibited both In & Out of Competition in the WADA Prohibited List of Substances. On October 27, 2017, Pathan was charged with the commission of an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) under the BCCI Anti-Doping Rules (ADR) Article 2.1 and provisionally suspended pending determination of the charge,” the BCCI statement further said.”The BCCI is satisfied with Mr Pathan’s explanation that he had taken Terbutaline inadvertently to treat an Upper Respiratory Tract Infection (URTI) and not as a performance-enhancing drug. Having considered all of the evidence and taken expert external advice, the BCCI has accepted Mr Pathan’s explanation of the cause of his ADRV, and on that basis has agreed that a period of ineligibility of five months should apply, together with the disqualification of certain results,” added the statement.Yusuf issued a statement to the press and said he had received a letter from BCCI back in October last year stating he had failed a dope test.”The prohibited substance was detected in my sample because of a medicine I was taking for a throat infection.”Right from the first day I had full faith in Allah that I would be cleared of intentional doping. I have always competed in a fair and transparent manner,” Yusuf said in his press release.The BCCI said Pathan had been provisionally suspended on October 28 last year and the Board has now decided to back-date the period of his final suspension from August 15.”There is discretion under BCCI ADR Article 10.10.2 to back-date the start date of the period of ineligibility still further on account of Mr Pathan’s prompt admission of his ADRV upon being confronted with it by the BCCI, and under BCCI ADR Article 10.10.1 on account of the delays in the results management in this case that are not attributable to Mr Pathan.”In all of the circumstances, the five-month period of ineligibility will be deemed to have started to run on 15 August 2017 and end at midnight on 14 January 2018,” the Board stated.The development comes amid the BCCI’s stoic opposition to allow the National Anti-Doping Agency to test cricketers. The Board has refused to sign up with NADA despite repeated requests by the agency.(Courtesy: PTI)
Mumbai, Jan 12 (PTI) Former India bowler Karsan Ghavri believes that in-form all-rounder Hardik Pandya is nowhere near legendary Kapil Dev yet.Pandya starred with the bat in the Champions Trophy final last year, and in the first innings of the opening Test against South Africa last week.Some sports writers have compared Pandya to Kapil Dev.”He (Kapil) is being so modest to say — I read in the newspaper — that Hardik Pandya is a better all-rounder than him. In my view Hardik Pandya is nowhere near Kapil Dev,” Ghavri, who opened the bowling with Kapil in several Test matches, said last night.”And even if he has to reach there, he has got a long long way to go. Its a very difficult comparison, but (Hardik) he is nowhere near Kapil Dev right now,” Ghavri quipped.The Rajkot-born former left-hand pacer was speaking at a programme organised by The Legends Club to mark the 59th birthday of Kapil Dev at the Cricket Club of India here.”Time will tell how far he (Hardik) can reach close to Kapils achievement or whatever Kapil has done and the time will tell you everything,” said 66-year-old Ghavri.Ghavri praised India bowlers for their show in the first Test match against South Africa in Cape Town which India lost by 72 runs, chasing a modest 208, and blamed the batsmen.”We bowled extremely well in both the innings. Bowlers have done a beautiful job in the first Test match and it is only the batsmen, who have let us down.advertisement”And if we really need to improve from the second and the third Test onwards, every batsman has to take a lot of responsibility and plan out their innings and you need to have lot of runs on the board to fight, you got to give something to your bowlers and if you dont do that, then the result will be different altogether,” he said. PTI NRB KRK
While most of the major tech giants this year kept with the bezel-less trend and launched phones with full-screen displays, Sony stuck to its guns and continued to bring out handsets with chunky bezels. But even the Japanese conglomerate knows that it needs to keep up with the times, which is why we could see the company finally hop on the bezel-less bandwagon with two upcoming Xperia smartphones. Some renders have now surfaced giving us a look at what we can expect from Sony in 2018.The renders, courtesy Vortex.ge, have been based on Sony’s own design drafts. They show a couple of Xperia smartphones, one flagship and the other a non-flagship model, with minimal bezels on the front. While both the phones show full-screen displays, the flagship Xperia model is tipped to be the one with sharper corners and reflective rear panel. The non-flagship model, on the other hand, will sport a metal unibody design with the fingerprint sensor on the back.Additionally, the renders suggest that the flagship model will highlight dual front-facing speakers, dual rear cameras that are quite a apart from each other and a 4K display of unknown size. It is also reported to come with 6GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage and will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 chipset that was announced this week. Notably, the fingerprint sensor is tipped to be under the display, which would make it one of the first smartphones to feature that. However, it’s still early in the day for these reports and you should take them with a pinch of salt.advertisementAlso Read: Sony working on a bezel-less smartphone for next year, may announce it at MWCThe other Xperia handset is also expected to sport dual front-facing speakers and a dual rear camera setup. The renders also keep the 3.5mm headphone jack on the top, for those who were wondering. These are early renders of the upcoming Xperia devices suggesting Sony’s roadmap in 2018, but are in no way set in stone. If true, it will be a pleasant shift for the company who has been criticised in the past for going with outdated looks. Indeed, after consumers’ eyes have been tuned to edge-to-edge displays now, it will be difficult to accept chunky bezeled smartphones from Sony in 2018.As per a report late last month, Sony could unveil at least one bezel-less smartphone during MWC 2018 in late February. A leaked spec sheet of the Sony device with model number H854 suggests that the phone could come with a 5.7-inch 4K HDR display, 3,420mAh battery, 4GB RAM, 64GB of internal storage, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, GLONASS, NFC, and a USB Type-C port. Sony is yet to confirm any of these reports.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Geno Smith’s statistical line last week included a couple of zeroes in categories the New York Jets have been waiting to see all season.Interceptions: Zero.Turnovers: Zero.The second-year quarterback had his first turnover-free game in the Jets’ 27-25 loss to the New England Patriots on Oct. 16. He was solid in defeat, throwing for 226 yards and a touchdown while also running for 37 yards on seven carries. It was a promising bounceback for Smith, who wasn’t quite in a celebratory mood.“Just playing football,” Smith said when asked if the performance could be a springboard. “Go out there and do my job. That’s all I can do.”Not even a building block? A positive in what has been a dismal 1-6 start for the Jets?“No, we lost the game,” Smith said. “That’s that. I’m focused on the Bills.”New York takes on Buffalo (4-3) at home on Oct. 26, looking to snap a six-game skid that has the Jets facing the prospects of a fourth straight season without a postseason appearance.It could very well cost coach Rex Ryan his job, and Smith needs to show progress during the final nine games to keep his job.Otherwise, the Jets could be looking to draft a quarterback with what appears, as of now, will be a top-five pick.But before any of that, Smith will have the chance to show what he can do with a potentially productive offense around him, especially with the acquisition of Percy Harvin last weekend from Seattle.That will give the Jets, many fans and media think, the chance to better evaluate Smith’s overall ability.“No, I don’t see that,” Ryan said. “I see us as having an opportunity in front of us against a good Buffalo Bills team that’s won a lot of games already.“So, that’s really where your focus (is). We’re excited to have Percy here. From the fans’ standpoint, however they look at it in evaluating somebody, I don’t look at it that way.”Harvin adds a dynamic playmaker to a receiving group that also includes Eric Decker and Jeremy Kerley, as well as tight ends Jace Amaro and Jeff Cumberland.He’s a guy who could stretch the field as a legitimate downfield threat, something Harvin acknowledged he wanted to do more — and something the Jets have been lacking.“I think when you look at how we are going to use Percy, it might be different than how he was used in Minnesota, how he was used in Seattle,” Ryan said. “I guess time will tell, but I truly believe with his kind of talent it’s going to be a big help, obviously for our offense and with that, our whole team.”Smith is excited about the addition of Harvin, but tempered expectations for the receiver to come out Sunday with a huge game.“We have to see how it goes out there once we get out on the field,” Smith said.The Jets are all in on Smith, opting to continue to start him despite having Michael Vick waiting on the sideline. This is a stretch that amounts to a job audition.Smith’s teammates have heard the boos aimed at the quarterback, and the chants for Vick to play in his place. They also are aware of the public uproar over Smith cursing at a fan a few weeks ago, and missing a team meeting the night before the Jets played in San Diego.They also see how Smith has handled himself behind closed doors, without the fans or the media around.“People are going to love you when you’re playing well and hate you when they aren’t,” Amaro said. “He’s handled the criticism very well. The thing is, the fans just want to see us win. I’m a big basketball guy and it’s the same thing for me.“I’m cheering and yelling and I get mad if a guy misses a shot or a free throw. You expect them to make every shot and free throw, to catch every ball and make every pass. It’s just unrealistic.“You have to brush it off.”It’s all part of being a professional athlete, and the spotlight shines brighter when you’re the quarterback of a team in New York. Boos and cheers aside, Smith has nine games left to make his job status a non-issue.Getting Harvin in the mix should help. So will a few victories.“I’ve always felt he has been comfortable and I don’t feel that he’s easily rattled,” left tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson said of Smith.“You’ve got to be able to take it one game at a time, one play at a time, and I think Geno has done a great job of being poised and staying consistent. Now it’s just about stringing games together and we’re going to try to get some wins.”(DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
NEW YORK — The New York Knicks are playing spoiler — at the Chicago Bulls’ expense.Carmelo Anthony scored 26 points, Kristaps Porzingis had 19 and the Knicks beat the Bulls 106-94 on March 24 to sweep the home-and-home series.Derrick Williams added 13 points, Jose Calderon 12, and Arron Afflalo 11 for New York. The Knicks beat the Bulls 115-107 on March 23 in Chicago.“We want to win every game possible to finish out the season,” Williams said. “If those wins mean other teams don’t get into the playoffs, that’s fine with us. With so many games left, we want to be the spoiler right now.”Derrick Rose led Chicago with 30 points. Jimmy Butler had 19, and Taj Gibson 10.“I don’t want to criticize anybody, like trash teams — everybody is in the NBA for a reason,” Gibson said. “But we’re playing against teams that are not playing for anything and we’re just laying down.”The Bulls are 1 1/2 games behind Detroit for the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. They led only one time in the game — at 8-7 on Gibson’s short jumper.“These are two extremely tough losses,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. “I wish I could tell you it was one thing. If we want to have any chance of competing and playing after the regular season we have to find ways to get stops.”The Knicks then used an 18-8 run to take their biggest lead of the opening quarter, 25-16 on Sasha Vujacic’s 3-pointer with 4:07 remaining. The Bulls scored the next six points and the Knicks led 31-27 entering the second quarter.Anthony scored 10 points, and Vujacic had all of his nine in the period.“We knew that they would come in and try and get it going from the beginning,” Vujacic said. “We just wanted to start the right way. We got ourselves going, and when we play like that we are very dangerous.”The Knicks opened up another nine-point lead, 36-27, on Afflalo’s short jumper with 9:51 left in the second quarter. Again the Bulls responded by scoring the next six points.But, the Knicks then used a 9-3 run to again open a nine-point lead, 45-36, on Calderon’s 3-pointer with 4:43 left in the first half.The Bulls cut it to 47-45 on Gibson’s layup with 2:34 remaining, but Porzingis followed with back-to-back 3s and the Knick took a 53-45 lead into halftime.“He (Porzingis) is trailing sometimes and his man is back in the paint. He becomes a threat and he can make those shots,” Anthony said.The Knicks scored the first four points of the second half and increased their lead to 14 points on several occasions before Afflalo’s buzzer-beating jumper gave New York an 80-65 lead after the third quarter.The Knicks went up by a game-high 17 points, 100-83, on Anthony’s 3-pointer with 3:29 left in the game and the Bulls never got closer than 10 the rest of the way.(JEFFREY BERNSTEIN) TweetPinShare0 Shares
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama awarded the nation’s highest civilian honor to 21 groundbreaking actors, musicians, athletes and innovators who inspired him over the years and “helped make me who I am.”“Everybody on this stage has touched me in a very powerful, personal way, in ways that they probably couldn’t imagine,” Obama said in concluding an hour-long ceremony Tuesday in the White House East Room.The Presidential Medal of Freedom recognizes especially meritorious contributions to the national interests of the United States, its security and its culture. Obama called the 2016 group a “particularly impressive class.”In the film world, Obama honored Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro, Robert Redford and Cicely Tyson.Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, two of the greatest basketball players ever, were also among the honorees. Obama noted how Jordan’s name is synonymous with excellence.“There is a reason you call somebody ‘the Michael Jordan of,’” Obama said. “The Michael Jordan of neurosurgery, or the Michael Jordan of rabbis, or the Michael Jordan of outrigger canoeing. Everyone knows what you’re talking about.”Bruce Springsteen and Diana Ross were recognized for their music. Of “The Boss,” he said Springsteen crafted “anthems of our America, the reality of who we are and the reverie of who we want to be.”Other honorees included philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates, comedian Ellen DeGeneres and broadcaster Vin Scully. Of DeGeneres, Obama said she has a way of making people laugh at something rather than someone, “except when I danced on her show.” He said it’s also easy to forget that she had risked her career nearly 20 years ago when she came out as gay.“What an incredible burden that was to bear, to risk her career like that. People don’t do that very often, and then to have the hopes of millions on your shoulders,” Obama said.The diverse group seemed to enjoy themselves at the White House, participating in a mannequin challenge before the ceremony, trying not to move as they were recorded on video.Obama said the people receiving the medal helped push America forward and inspired millions around the world. The White House said the president and his staff spend time considering a variety of candidates for the award, but ultimately, it’s the president’s decision.Posthumous honors went to Native American advocate Elouise Cobell and Rear Adm. Grace Hopper.Others receiving the award included:— Richard Garwin, an inventor and polymath physicist who made pioneering contributions to the nation’s defense.— Frank Gehry, one of the world’s leading architects.— Margaret H. Hamilton, a mathematician and computer scientist.— Maya Lin, the designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.— Lorne Michaels, producer of “Saturday Night Live”— Newton Minow, a former Federal Communications Commission chairman devoted to numerous public and charitable causes.— Eduardo Padron, president of Miami Dade College.TweetPinShare0 Shares
HOUSTON — Giancarlo Stanton was out of the New York Yankees’ starting lineup for Game 2 of the AL Championship Series because of a right quad strain that happened before he homered in the opener against the Houston Astros.Manager Aaron Boone said before Sunday night’s game he didn’t know Stanton was hurt until after the end of Game 1. Boone said the slugger was injured running out a single in the second inning. That was four innings before he hit a solo home run off Zach Greinke in New York’s 7-0 victory, and the left fielder also made a nice defensive play when moving to catch a liner.“So hoping that it’s something that with today and the off day, that he would be back in play for Game 3,” Boone said. “We’ll just kind of see how these next 48 hours unfold.”Boone said Stanton could be a pinch-hitting option in Game 2 and could play the field in an emergency. There is a day off in the series Monday before Game 3 in New York on Tuesday night.Stanton was limited to 18 games during the regular season because of biceps, shoulder, calf and knee injuries. A strained right knee kept him out nearly two months before coming back Sept. 18.An MRI was done Sunday that showed a strain in the quad on the same leg.Stanton had started the first four games for the Yankees this postseason. That included all three games in the AL Division Series against Minnesota, when he was 1 for 6 with four walks and a sacrifice fly in 11 plate appearances.Cameron Maybin was in the lineup Sunday, batting seventh against Astros ace Justin Verlander and playing left field in place of the 2017 NL MVP. Boone went with Maybin over Aaron Hicks, who missed almost the last two months of the regular season and the AL Division Series because of a right flexor strain.“Tough call. Obviously Verlander is a tough matchup either way,” Boone said. “Just felt like with Aaron not having played obviously in a game yet, it’s a tough first game back draw.”By: Stephen Hawkins, AP Baseball WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
ADLINK Technology launched the MXE-1500 Series of fanless embedded computers. The successor to ADLINK’s MXE-1300 Series, the MXE 1500 offers richer I/O interfaces, and more flexible I/O configurations in the same compact enclosure. Intel Celeron(Braswell) processors, Intel’s last generation of CPU to support Windows 7, power the MXE-1500 to a 90% increase in image processing capabilities over the previous generation, and support three independent displays, altogether delivering an unequaled price/performance ratio and making the MXE-1500 an ideal choice for industrial automation applications and mass transit operators.By featuring Intel Celeron N3160/N3060 processors, the latest generation of processors to support Windows 7, the MXE-1500 is able to power upgrades of existing control systems, while maintaining compatibility with existing software, benefiting a wide variety of operating environments.For industrial applications with limited space that still demand rich I/O connectivity, the MXE-1500 Series’ compact footprint offers flexible configuration that dramatically simplifies deployment. Standard interfaces include four COM ports, three LAN ports, six USB (two 3.0 and four 2.0), and one internal USB 2.0 dongle. Users can flexibly choose LVDS or DP ports, and expand up to six COM ports, select optional amplifier, or add TPM2.0 according to specific requirements. This market-leading flexibility fully serves the needs of diverse industrial applications such as factory, machine, and logistics automation, enroute information systems, station gate controls, ticket vending machines, and many others. The MXE-1500 can further be quickly configured with isolated modular DC power supply to satisfy application requirements for maritime computers.Based on the Intel Celeron N3160/ N3060 processor, the MXE-1500 series can support three independent displays. In addition, the graphic performance of quad core N3160 SoC processor has increased by 90% compared to the previous generation Intel Atom E3845 processor and the computing power has increased by 20%. As for mass transit operators, the MXE-1500 is definitely the ideal choice offering great performance at value price.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous ST: single-chip three-phase and three-sense BLDC driverNext Kontron: COM Express Type 6 module with 8th Gen Intel Core/ Xeon E processors
Continue Reading Previous Portwell: robust box PC meets extended EMI and EMS requirements of demanding applicationsNext LieberLieber: LemonTree 2.0 with extended features and license model Renesas Electronics unveiled the RX66T Group of microcontrollers – the first members of Renesas’ flagship 32-bit RX MCU family based on the new third-generation RXv3 CPU core. The new MCUs leverage cutting-edge CPU core technology to achieve substantially improved performance1, as much as 2.5 times better than previous RX family MCUs. Combining the powerful new RXv3 core with the strengths of the current RX62T and RX63T MCUs, the new RX66T MCUs address the real-time performance and enhanced stability required by inverter control. The new MCUs are ideal for use in industrial applications in next-generation smart factory equipment, such as industrial motors, power conditioners and robots, as well as smart home appliances, including air conditioners and washing machines.When operating at 160 MHz, the RX66T MCUs achieve best-in-class performance of 928 CoreMark2, enabling more precise inverter control. The MCUs can control up to four motors simultaneously, making them ideal for conventional motor control and applications requiring multi-axis motor control, such as compact industrial robots and personal robots, which are quickly growing in popularity. In addition, the RX66T’s extra processing capacity allows developers to add programs utilizing embedded AI for motor fault detection. Such programs can detect motor faults and identify fault location in real time based on the motor’s current or vibration characteristics. Providing this capability offers developers the significant value-add of productivity, safety, and quality. The RX66T MCUs also integrate a 5V power supply that delivers excellent noise tolerance.With more and more devices ranging from robots and power conditioners to washers and dryers joining the Internet of Things, motorized devices in the field will require online firmware updates throughout their life cycles. Applying e-AI for predictive failure diagnostics requires endpoint MCUs to be securely updated with learning results generated in the cloud. The RX66T MCU Group incorporates Renesas’ Trusted Secure IP, which has a track record of CAVP certification3 and provides secure firmware updates and encrypted communication.The new RX66T Group comprises 80 MCUs with pin counts ranging from 64 to 144 pins and on-chip flash memory sizes of 256 KB to 1024KB. Mass production starts today for the widely used 100-pin package MCU with 256 KB or 512 KB of program flash and 64 KB of SRAM. Other MCU versions will release over time.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components