Mets Blow it in 9th; Lose to O’s 5-4

first_imgBALTIMORE, MD — Henry Urrutia was rounding the bases after hitting his first major league home run, and one thought crossed his mind:“I can’t believe this.”Urrutia broke a ninth-inning tie with a drive into the seats in left field, and the Baltimore Orioles ended a nine-game losing streak against the New York Mets with a 5-4 victory Wednesday night.Jonathan Schoop and Adam Jones also homered for the Orioles, who hadn’t defeated the Mets since June 18, 2009.Baltimore rallied from 3-1 and 4-3 deficits before Urrutia led off the ninth against Carlos Torres (4-5).On a 1-2 pitch, Urrutia smacked an opposite-field liner that landed in the hands of a Mets fan. That guy later provided Urrutia with the ball, a treasured souvenir for the Cuban-born outfielder.“That’s the best gift for me tonight,” Urrutia said. “Now I can give that baseball to my son.”Never mind that this was only his 29th game in the big leagues. Hitting a game-winning home run for a team in the middle of a playoff run is pretty special.“This is the best moment of my career,” Urrutia said. “When I make good contact I was running for the base and in my mind I said, ‘I can’t believe this.’”Zach Britton (4-0) worked the ninth for the Orioles, who earned a split of the two-game series.Daniel Murphy and Wilmer Flores both homered and had two RBIs for the first-place Mets, who have lost four of five.After Schoop made it 3-3 in the sixth with a two-run homer, Flores put New York up 4-3 in the seventh with a shot off rookie Mychal Givens.Jones connected off Hansel Robles in the bottom half.Mets rookie Noah Syndergaard gave up three runs and eight hits in five-plus innings. He had a 3-1 lead in the sixth before yielding a double to Chris Davis and Schoop’s home run.That ruined Syndergaard’s bid for his first big league road win. He’s 7-1 at home and 0-5 in eight starts on the road.“For all the people who have been concerned about my performances on the road, this was a step in the right direction,” Syndergaard said. “I feel like I made some really good pitches out there except for that mistake, a curveball to Schoop that he hit out of the ballpark.”Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez allowed three runs, five hits and four walks in five innings.After Murphy homered in the top of the first, Syndergaard walked to the mound eager to see if an adjustment in his pregame workout would increase his effectiveness. Because he had given up 10 first-inning runs in 17 starts, the right-hander pushed back his warmup session in the bullpen to lessen the down time before his first pitch.The experiment started poorly. Manny Machado doubled on the first pitch and the Orioles quickly loaded the bases with no outs. Syndergaard then struck out Davis on a 3-2 pitch, and after Schoop bounced into a double play, Syndergaard pumped his fist before heading to the dugout.“Obviously our little plan in the beginning didn’t pan out,” manager Terry Collins said. “Actually in the first inning, I thought he threw the ball good.”New York made it 2-0 in the fourth when Jimenez issued three walks and Flores delivered a two-out RBI single.After Steve Clevenger hit a run-scoring single in the bottom half, a double by Curtis Granderson and a single by Murphy put the Mets up 3-1 in the fifth.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

Bayern Munich Blasts Olympiacos, 3-0

first_imgPIRAEUS, Greece — Thomas Mueller scored twice and substitute Mario Goetze added another as Bayern Munich beat Olympiakos 3-0 in the Champions League on Sept. 16, with the hosts falling apart late in the match that was marred by scuffles in the stands before kickoff.The 26-year-old Mueller spotted goalkeeper Roberto off his line and expertly lobbed the ball home in the 52nd minute, laughing at the success of his opportunistic strike.“I must say that we did have a bit of luck with that goal. It’s not something we’ve ever tried in training,” Bayern coach Pep Guardiola said.The Bundesliga side easily held onto their advantage in the second half. Goetze added the second a minute from time with a diagonal shot past Roberto before Muller struck again from the penalty spot in injury time, after Kingsley Coman was brought down in the area.Spanish referee Velasco Carballo handed out yellow cards to Muller and four others plays in the match at Karaiskaki stadium that saw several spells of bad tempered play.In brief clashes before the Group F game, riot police used batons to confront a small group of Bayern fans. No arests were reported.Dinamo Zagreb beat 10-man Arsenal 2-1 in the group’s other game.The hosts took the early initiative but were lucky to reach halftime on level terms after Robert Lewandowski missed a string of chances, with his header in the 26th minute being cleared off the line by striker Ideye Brown.Leandro Salino missed a chance to level for the Greeks as he sprinted toward goalkeeper Manuel Neuer in the 83rd minute but he sent his shot just wide.Guardiola is making his third attempt to win Europe’s top trophy for the Bavarians, following his highly successful run at Barcelona.The Catalan coach is still missing Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery through injury, and only fielded Goetze after he overcame muscle strain that kept him out of domestic action on Sept. 12.“I’m very happy to be in charge of this team,” Guardiola said. “It’s very hard to win here so I’m very happy with every player and proud of them all.”Olympiakos coach Marco Silva said he was pleased with his men despite the result.“It was an unfair result because it was a balanced game,” he said. “We were strong until the first goal and that’s the kind of goal you cannot control,” he said.“Bayern were lucky at that moment and then everything changed.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

Eagles Fire Coach Chip Kelly

first_imgPHILADELPHIA — GM Chip Kelly cost coach Chip Kelly his job.The Philadelphia Eagles fired Kelly Dec. 29 with one game left in his third season, dumping the coach/personnel boss after missing the playoffs in consecutive years.Kelly was released before the finale of a disappointing season that began with Super Bowl expectations. The Eagles are 6-9 after going 10-6 two years in a row. They were eliminated from playoff contention after losing to Washington at home on Dec. 26.Eagles CEO Jeffrey Lurie issued a one-sentence statement to reporters saying he appreciates Kelly’s contributions and wishes him success going forward.Lurie told fans in an email that he decided to make a change after “evaluating the many factors involved in our performance as a team.”The Eagles also fired Ed Marynowitz, who was Vice President of Player Personnel. Longtime NFL executive Tom Donahoe will assume the role of senior director of player personnel.Kelly gained full control of personnel decisions last off-season, winning a power struggle with then-General Manager Howie Roseman. But Kelly tore apart a winning team and several of his bold moves backfired.Since March 2014, Kelly released three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson, traded two-time All-Pro running back LeSean McCoy, didn’t re-sign 2014 Pro Bowl wideout Jeremy Maclin, cut two-time Pro Bowl guard Evan Mathis and traded quarterback Nick Foles and a 2016 second-round draft pick for Sam Bradford.He also gave big money in free agency to running back DeMarco Murray and cornerback Byron Maxwell. Murray has been a bust and Maxwell has underperformed. Kelly even signed Tim Tebow, but released him after he won the competition for the No. 3 quarterback job.A person familiar with the decision to fire Kelly told The Associated Press that the team didn’t consider only stripping him of personnel control, opting to part with him entirely. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because Lurie will address Kelly’s dismissal on Dec. 30.Kelly didn’t want players perceived as “me-first” guys. He alienated some of his players, though the only ones who spoke out against him did it after they were gone.McCoy, the franchise’s all-time leading rusher and a fan favorite, made headlines when he said there’s a reason Kelly got rid of “all the good black players.” Cornerback Brandon Boykin, who was traded to Pittsburgh, said Kelly was “uncomfortable” around black players.Other players supported Kelly and moves such as signing Murray and Maxwell contradicted McCoy’s claim. But Kelly’s reputation took a hit anyway.Shortly after Kelly was fired, former Eagles linebacker Emmanuel Acho tweeted: “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”Suspended Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon tweeted: “Shady, Maclin, Foles, Djax.. Smh.”Two current Eagles players, speaking on condition of anonymity because the team was not publicly discussing the firing, told the AP that several players had met in groups in recent weeks to discuss their frustration with Kelly.They said they expressed relief in text exchanges with teammates after the team announced it had fired Kelly, after most players had left the team’s practice facility for the day.Kelly replaced Andy Reid and led the Eagles to an NFC East title in 2013 after they were 4-12 a year earlier. The Eagles lost at home to New Orleans in the playoffs and missed the postseason in 2014 following a 9-3 start.They were 7-12 in Kelly’s last 19 games.Kelly was considered one of the most innovative coaches in college when the Eagles lured him away from Oregon in 2013. He brought his up-tempo offense and a unique approach that included monitoring players’ sleep habits, changing the menu in the cafeteria and playing loud music during practices.Players had protein shakes waiting for them after practice and the team took the field on Tuesdays, which is a day off for the rest of the NFL.Kelly’s offense was dynamic his first season and set several franchise records. It steadily declined the next two years. The defense has been the worst in the NFL for three seasons.Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur will coach the team in the season finale at the New York Giants on Sunday.Lurie told fans President Don Smolenski and Roseman, the Executive Vice President of Footbal Operations, will assist him in the search for a new coach.Roseman helped convince Kelly to take the job after he initially decided to stay at Oregon. Kelly ended up taking Roseman’s job without the title — the Eagles technically didn’t have a GM this season. But Roseman is the last one standing in Philadelphia.Many fans are thrilled Kelly’s gone, celebrating publicly and on social networks.Dane Lawrence, of Philadelphia, saw the news on his phone while walking down a downtown street and celebrated on the sidewalk.“Chip Kelly got fired!” he shouted, gleefully, smiling and shaking his fists like Tiger Woods after sinking a winning read more

Larissa beats Olympiakos 1-0 with injury-time goal

first_imgATHENS, Greece (AP) — Defending champion Olympiakos stumbled Sunday when defender Luca Milivojevic scored an own-goal in injury time to give Greek league newcomer Larissa a 1-0 victory.A sturdy Larissa defense restricted Olympiakos’ chances and the hosts looked more likely to score in the closing minutes. Larissa finally got its chance two minutes into injury time when Milivojevic, trying to block a shot, deflected the ball into the net.Panathinaikos and Platanias, which both played to away scoreless draws Saturday against Panetolikos and Giannena respectively, top the league standings.The leaders are a point ahead of Olympiakos, Panionios — which lost 2-1 at home to Veria on Saturday — and AEK Athens. But AEK can go top Monday when it hosts Iraklis.Also Sunday, Atromitos beat Asteras 1-0, Levadiakos defeated Kerkyra 2-1 and Xanthi drew 0-0 at PAOK.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

Belgium Finishes 3rd at World Cup, Beats England 2-0

first_imgST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — For Belgium and England, the third-place match at the World Cup was more like a dress rehearsal for future finals.At least they hope.The Belgians earned their best World Cup finish by beating England 2-0 on Saturday in a match both saw as the start of a push for the European Championship title in 2020 or the World Cup in 2022.“With this winning mentality you can win trophies,” said Eden Hazard, who scored Belgium’s second goal. “In two years, in four years, we will be better. We have young players. They are very good also in the team. They push all of us.”Thomas Meunier and Hazard both scored at St. Petersburg Stadium in a match between the two semifinal losers.France and Croatia will play in the final on Sunday at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. The French beat Belgium on Tuesday in the semifinals, while the Croats defeated England on Wednesday.England matched its best World Cup result — fourth in 1990 — since winning the tournament for the only time in 1966.Belgium’s Eden Hazard runs in celebration after scoring his side’s second goal during the third place match between England and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, July 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)“Today shows there’s room for improvement. We’re not the finished article. We’re still learning. We’re still getting better,” England striker Harry Kane said. “We don’t want to wait another 20-odd years to get into another major semifinal.”Both Belgium and England were playing for the seventh time in 26 days, but the Belgians entered the match with an extra day of rest.Meunier’s goal matched a World Cup record for Belgium by having 10 different players score in a tournament, something only done before by France in 1982 and Italy in 2006.Meunier scored in the fourth minute, knocking a cross from Nacer Chadli past England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. Hazard added the other off a pass from Kevin De Bruyne in the 82nd.Toby Alderweireld denied England’s best chance of the game, sliding on the goal line to clear a shot from Eric Dier.Belgium’s previous best finish at the World Cup was fourth, but the team outplayed England in the midfield to go one better this time.The Belgians could easily have scored more, with Pickford making a good save to stop a shot from De Bruyne in the 11th and Alderweireld volleying narrowly over the bar in the 35th.England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford warmups before the third place match between England and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, July 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)England made set pieces the cornerstone of its run to the World Cup semifinals and created chances for Harry Maguire and Dier in the second half. Neither hit the target with their headers.It was the second time England and Belgium met in this year’s tournament. In the group stage, both teams had already qualified before Belgium’s 1-0 win in Kaliningrad.FRESH LEGSEngland coach Gareth Southgate made five changes to face Belgium, but Danny Rose and Fabian Delph made little impact while Dier started slowly but threatened in the second half.Phil Jones failed to intercept the pass which led to Hazard’s goal.The two replacements in Belgium’s lineup were more effective. Meunier scored and Youri Tielemans dominated the midfield.GOLDEN BOOTKane is still placed to win the Golden Boot with a tournament-leading six goals ahead of Sunday’s final.Kane last scored in England’s win over Colombia in the round of 16. On Saturday, he slipped as he shot wide in the first half, then failed to make contact with Jesse Lingard’s cross early in the second.Romelu Lukaku couldn’t add to his four goals for Belgium and was substituted shortly after misjudging a through ball by De Bruyne.NEXT STOP 2020The next major tournament is the 2020 European Championship, which will be played at venues across the continent but with the semifinals and finals in London at Wembley Stadium.England defender John Stones said that could be a boost after the surprise run to the semifinals in Russia prompted a surge in support for the team at home. But Southgate said England still has a long way to go.“We’ve finished in the top four, but we’re not a top-four team yet,” Southgate said. “Against the very best teams, we’ve come up short.”Belgium’s Eden Hazard, left, celebrates with teammates after scoring his side’s second goal during the third place match between England and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, July 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)Belgium’s Eden Hazard (10) scores his side’s second goal during the third place match between England and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, July 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Natacha read more

ROHM: CMOS op-amp delivers leading-class low noise

first_imgROHM announces the availability of a CMOS op-amp optimized for applications requiring high-accuracy sensing, such as accelerometers used in sonar systems, and optical sensors that handle ultra-small signals.Op-amps are configured at the rear stage to amplify the analog sensor output, but because sensor signals are so weak it is necessary to implement noise countermeasures to ensure high-accuracy transmission. In response, ROHM developed a high noise tolerant op-amp for the automotive market utilizing a vertically integrated production system that leverages original analog design technologies and processes. ROHM has introduced an op-amp that delivers the industry’s best performance against external noise optimized for consumer devices and industrial equipment.The LMR1802G-LB, developed utilizing ROHM’s analog technology covering circuit design, processes, and layout, reduces input equivalent noise voltage density by half (2.9nV/√Hz at 1kHz, 7.8nV/√Hz at 10Hz) compared to conventional products, significantly improving the detection performance of sensor signals. In addition, best-in-class phase margin (68°) and capacitive load tolerance (500pF) provide excellent stability (difficult to oscillate, easy to handle). This enables accurate amplification of voltages in the order of µV, ensuring support for applications requiring high-precision sensing.This latest product combines ROHM’s superior analog technology covering circuit design (new circuit at the differential input stage), layout, and processes (optimized for low noise) to achieve ultra-low-noise. The input equivalent noise voltage density of 2.0nV/√Hz at 1kHz and 7.8nV/√Hz at 10Hz are approximately half that of products on the market, ensuring superior low-noise performance. Introducing a new circuit at the differential input stage allowed ROHM to achieve industry-low noise along with a class-leading phase margin of 68° and capacitive load tolerance of 500pF. This doubles the detection capability of sensor signals over conventional solutions, enabling accurate amplification of voltages on the order of µV, improving performance with sensors that demand higher precision.In terms of op-amp configuration, the output voltage should be 0V when the input is 0V, but an offset voltage is often generated as an error. Also, if the sensor’s output impedance is high the sensor output voltage will be affected if the input bias current of the op-amp is large. Consequently, these two error factors must be made as small as possible to ensure optimal performance.The LMR1802G-LB offers an input offset voltage of 450µV and input bias current of only 0.5pA (4x and 2x less than conventional products, respectively), providing high accuracy amplification.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Eurotech: Everyware Cloud v. 5.1 with expanded integration and device management capabilitiesNext Mouser stocking iMOTION IMC100 motor control ICs for variable speed driveslast_img

France youngest team since Pele’s 1970 triumphant Brazil to win World Cup

first_imgFrance on Sunday lifted their second FIFA World Cup after they defeated Croatia in a high-octane final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.France defeated Croatia 4-2 thanks to goals from Mario Mandzukic (own goal), Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe.The victory helped France become the youngest side since Brazil’s victorious team of 1970 to lift the Trophy. France had the average age of 26 years and 10 days at the start of the World Cup while Pele’s champion side was aged 25 years and 5 days at start of the tournament in 1970.France took the lead when Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic headed Antoine Griezmann’s free-kick into his own net in the 18th minute.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEMandzukic became the first player to score an own goal in a World Cup final. This was also and unfortunately 12th own goal of a record-breaking tournament in Russia.Griezmann’s free kick brushed the top of Mandzukic’s head and sailed over his own goalkeeper to give France a 1-0 lead at the Luzhniki Stadium.Also read – France beat Croatia 4-2 to become FIFA World Cup 2018 championsCroatia’s Ivan Perisic, who had also scored in the semi-final, levelled with a powerful shot 10 minutes later after France had failed to clear a Luka Modric free-kick.But Perisic was then responsible for conceding a penalty for handball that was give following a VAR decision and Griezmann coolly converted the spot-kick in the 38th to put the French back in front to go into the break with a 2-1 lead.advertisementAlso read – FIFA World Cup 2018: Full list of prize winnersIn the second half, France stretched their lead further when Paul Pogba swept a left-footer into the net. If Croatia had any hopes of a comeback, they were dashed with that stunning strike. Pogba also became the first Manchester United player to score in a World Cup final.Six minutes later, France extended their advantage when Kylian Mbappe became the second teenager after Pele to score in a World Cup final. His precise kick past Subasic meant there was very little for Croatia to do than see their chance slip away.Also read – France equal 60-year-old record to win second World CupMandzukic, who must have been gutted after his own goal in the first half, then reduced the deficit for Croatia. But that was not enough as France continued to deny Croatia till the final whistle.Mandzukic also became the second player in World Cup history to score a goal and an own goal in a single match after Ernie Brandts for the Netherlands against Italy in 1978.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img

Mitchell Starc says Australia seniors must help Tim Paine with captaincy

first_imgMitchell Starc wants Australia’s senior bowlers to help Tim Paine carry leadership burden when the team tours the United Arab Emirates to play Pakistan in October. The two teams are scheduled to play two Tests, 5 one day internationals and one Twenty20 International.Paine was named as Australia’s captain after Steve Smith was sacked and banned for one year for his involvemen in the ball-tampering saga in South Africa in March.Vice-captain David Warner emerged as chief conspirator in the controversy that rocked Australian cricket. He was also banned for one year while batsman Cameron Bancroft, who was caught on camera rubbing a sandpaper on the ball, was handed a nine-month suspension.Starc said senior players such as himself, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins should support Paine.”It’s obviously a younger team and there’s some changing faces,” Starc told local broadcaster Fox Sports on Monday.”I guess as someone who’s been around for a bit longer than some of the other guys, along with Josh and probably Pat as well now … (it’s time) for us to step up a little bit in those senior ranks and maybe have a little bit more of a voice along with Painey there and help him along.”Steve Smith was keen to change Australia’s playing style: Tim PainePaine led a depleted Australia team to a stinging 5-0 whitewash in a one-day international series away to England in June and promptly cast doubt on his future captaincy of the limited-overs side.Starc, who with fellow quicks Hazlewood and Cummins missed the tour with injuries, said he was on track to be fit for the UAE tour after months of rehab following a leg bone stress injury that has sidelined him since March.advertisementHe was less certain about the recovery schedules of Hazlewood and Cummins, who were both sidelined with back injuries.”They’re a little bit behind me I think,” said Starc, who slept rough on the Sydney Cricket Ground turf on Sunday night to raise money for a local charity that fights youth homelessness.”If all is going well with them they might start bowling this week … I’m a little bit ahead. Hopefully all three of us are on the plane to the UAE.”Angry Mitchell Starc breaks his silence on ball-tampering scandalThe UAE tour will precede a four-Test series against India on home soil starting in December, which will be followed by two Tests against Sri Lanka.”It’s going to be a tough tour of the UAE but obviously an important one for a young and changing team,” added Starc.”Hopefully we springboard off that and into the summer.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img

Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren ruled out for three weeks with pelvic injury

first_imgLiverpool’s Croatian defender Dejan Lovren will be out of action for three weeks after aggravating a pelvic injury during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, Juergen Klopp said.Lovren returned to Liverpool last week after helping Croatia reach the World Cup final but he hasn’t trained with the first team since then.”He is not fit. Let me say it like this, last year he already had a few problems with that but he could obviously play – and played really good,” Klopp told reporters after Liverpool beat West Ham United 4-0 in their Premier League opener.”Now in the World Cup, (playing) three times (for) 120 minutes it got a bit worse, but I am pretty sure it will settle in the next one, two or three weeks.”In that time he can probably for sure train already, but not the full programme, so that will then take time.”Lovren is likely to remain on the sidelines until after next month’s international break, which means he will miss Liverpool’s league matches against Crystal Palace, Brighton and Hove Albion and Leicester City.Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk started for Klopp’s men in their Premier League opener on Sunday against West Ham and managed to keep a clean sheet.Mohammed Salah was on target again, giving Juergen Klopp’s side the lead after 19 minutes with a tap-in.Poor defending cost the London side a second goal just before the interval, to Sadio Mane, who added a third after 53 minutes from an offside position.advertisementSubstitute Daniel Sturridge made it four just seconds after coming on near the end.West Ham’s new manager Manuel Pellegrini gave debuts to five of their 10 close-season signings but his revamped team rarely threatened Liverpool’s expensive new Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 costs Rs 67,990 in India but you can get it for Rs 61,990 on this site

first_imgSamsung Galaxy Note 9 is finally official in India. But, interestingly, the South Korean smartphone maker even before the launch had announced the pricing and the availability of the Note 9 in the country a day after the phone was launched globally. In India, the Galaxy Note 9 will be selling for a starting price of Rs 67,900 for the base model which comes packed with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Now that the Note 9 has been announced in India, Paytm mall has announced to offer an additional cashback of Rs. 6,000.This means interested customers will be able to get the Galaxy Note 9 for a much lower price tag of Rs 61,990 on buying the phone from Paytm mall. The cashback can be availed by using the promo code NOTE9 on pre-booking orders, the e-commerce giant has announced. So, all you’ll need to do is select the device, check out and enter the promo code and make payments.In India, the Galaxy Note 9 has been priced Rs 67,900 for the base model with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The top-end variant with an 8GB + 512GB storage configuration, on the other hand, costs Rs 84,900. The Galaxy Note 9 will be available in India in three colours — Midnight Black, Ocean Blue and Metallic Copper. Apart from Paytm mall, the smartphone will be available via Samsung’s online store, Flipkart and via offline channels.As far as the specs are concerned, the Galaxy Note 9 comes packed with a slightly bigger display than the Note 8. The flagship phone sports a 6.4-inch screen with QHD+ Super AMOLED Infinity display with 2960×1440p resolution. On the hardware front, the Note 9 is powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845 chipset – this is for the global mode. In India, Samsung – just as the Note 8 – has brought the Exynos 9810 chipset model of the Note 9. As already mentioned, the Note 9 comes in two variants — 6GB of RAM/128GB storage and 8GB + 512GB storage, which is expandable up to 512GB more via microSD card.advertisementOn the camera front, the Note 9 is almost the same as the Galaxy S9+. It comes with a combination of 12MP + 12MP dual camera setup with dual OIS and the f/1.5-2.4 variable aperture feature on the rear panel. The front camera of the Note 9 packs an 8-megapixel front camera with f/1.7 aperture.The Galaxy Note 9 is backed by a massive 4,000mAh battery, and runs of the Android Oreo out-of-the-box with Samsung’s Experience UI on top. As of now, there’s no word if the smartphone will get upgraded to the Android 9 Pie software or not. The Note 9 also comes with S Pen support which is much smarter than the S Pen in the Note 9. The S Pen comes with Bluetooth support.last_img

Neeraj-led Indian track and field athletes face litmus test at Asian Games

first_imgBy Amanpreet Singh Jakarta, Aug 24 (PTI) The spotlight will be on Neeraj Chopra and Hima Das while Dutee Chand would look to prove a point when India’s track and field athletes begin their campaign in the Asian Games here tomorrow. The rise of young athletes and consistency shown by the established names such as Mohammed Anas, Seema Punia and Jinson Johnson has given hopes of India bettering its medal tally of the last edition. Of India’s 57 medals at the last edition, athletics had delivered 13, including two gold. India has never won a gold in javelin throw in the Asian Games and Chopra is expected to change this piece of statistics. However, the road will not be easy for the 2016 Under-20 world champion. He has been in the best of form this season with a throw of 87.43m during the Diamond League Meeting in Doha in May but he will face stiff competition from Chinese Taipei’s Cheng Chao Tsun, who has a personal best throw of 91.36, achieved last year. Tsun, though, has managed only 84.60m as his best this season so far as he is struggling with an elbow injury. Men’s javelin final is scheduled for August 27. No Indian has come close to finishing on the podium in javelin event since Gurtej Singh won a bronze at the 1982 Asian Games in New Delhi. Hima, on the other hand, has had a sensational rise after starting her career as late as 2016. Her timing of 51.32 seconds at the Commonwealth Games placed her sixth in a world-class field but a run in 51.46 seconds at Tampere made her the first Indian woman to win a gold at an IAAF World Junior Championships.advertisement But, she is unlikely to clinch a gold in his first Asian Games unless Bahrain’s Salwa Eid Naser goofs up big time. The Nigerian-born Naser is the 2017 World Championships silver medallist and has won four legs of the prestigious Diamond League Series this year. Her 49.08 seconds timing while finishing second in the Monaco leg Diamond League Meeting last month is the Asian record and second leading time in the world this season. Naser has run below 50 seconds regularly and she is the firm favourite to clinch the gold in the women’s 400m gold in Jakarta. Born to a rice farmer’s family at a village at Dhing, Assam, the 18-year-old Hima has been making rapid strides in her fledging career. With her 51.13 seconds personal best, Hima is expected to give a tough fight to Naser and at least stand on the podium. She will have compatriot Nirmala Sheoran (personal best 51.25) in the field tomorrow in the qualification round. After winning her ‘gender case’ at the Court of Arbitration for Sports, the 22-year-old Dutee bettered her own 100m national record at the Inter-State National Championships in June by clocking 11.29seconds in semifinals. She won gold with a timing of 11.32 seconds. However, these timings are behind China’s Wei Yongli (10.99), Bahrains Hajar Saad Al Ameeri (11.17) and Viktoria Zyabkina (11.20), who will all be part of the field. The qualification round for both women’s 100m and women’s 400m will be held tomorrow. Tajinder Pal Singh Toor will be strong contender for a medal tomorrow in the men’s shot put. He is the current Asian season leader with 20.24m and he had won a silver at the Asian Championship. Medals will be decided in the men’s shot put event tomorrow itself. Also in action tomorrow will be Mohammed Anas in 400m qualification round. National record holder Anas (45.24 seconds) is the fourth in the season list in Asia behind three Qataris and he will look for a medal though a gold from him is unlikely. In the last leg of her career, 35-year-old discus thrower Seema Punia (season best 61.05 seconds) would look to defend her title though she will face tough competition from Chinese opponents who has done better than her this season. Sarita Singh will compete in women’s hammer throw final tomorrow and in the absence of Tejaswin Shankar, B Chethan will be Indias lone participant in men’s high jump. India will also be a strong gold contender in newly-introduced 4×400 mixed relay race while will also expect to defend the gold it had won in the women’s 4x400m relay in the last Asian Games. PTI AT PDSPDSlast_img

Shahid Kapoor challenges Saif Ali Khan, asks him to ‘watch out’

first_imgShahid Kapoor has thrown Saif Ali Khan an open challenge. Before your minds start racing, let us clarify that Shahid has said that he might just grow a longer beard than Saif.For the uninitiated, Saif has been sporting a full facial fuzz for Navdeep Singh’s Hunter, in which he is playing a Naga sadhu. Meanwhile, Shahid has been growing out his beard, as well.In an interview with a leading channel, Shahid was asked, “What’s with the long beard?” He laughed, “Saif’s beard looks bigger than my beard, though. I am still waiting for it to get to that length, his looks really good. This is for Arjun Reddy. I’m doing the remake of the Telugu film Arjun Reddy.”Shahid will start shooting for the film in October, which means that the beard is “going to get a lot bigger than this”. Who knows? He might just beat Saif at having the bigger beard! Shahid laughed, “I might. I might just get there. Watch out, Saif!”Earlier, Saif had joked that his wife Kareena Kapoor Khan and son Taimur are not too happy about his beard. “She says she likes it and he pulls it very hard but neither of them has kissed me very much. If I ask Taimur to kiss my hand, he kisses it. If I ask him to kiss my face, he just tilts his head on my cheek. Pretty much the same with the missus,” he had said.However, Shahid’s daughter Misha is “okay” with the beard. “She has been a part of the growing process. If I was away for a while and I came back, she would have been a bit thrown off. But she has seen it grow every day and she has asked me on many occasions after touching it, ‘Papa, yeh kya hai?’ And I have to explain to her that it’s a beard. Those conversations have happened, yeah,” he laughed.advertisementALSO READ: Shahid Kapoor and Mira Rajput welcome second child. A baby boy after MishaALSO READ: Saif Ali Khan reveals why Kareena Kapoor Khan and Taimur don’t kiss him anymoreALSO WATCH: Media troubles my wife Mira, but she can handle it, says Shahid Kapoorlast_img

Government must provide financial help to popularise equestrian: Fouaad Mirza

first_imgBengaluru, Sep 6 (PTI) Asian Games medal winner Fouaad Mirza on Thursday called for financial help in popularising equestrian in India, saying the government can take a cue from European nations such as the United Kingdom and Germany. Mirza recently became the first Indian to win an Asian Games individual medal in the equestrian event since 1982 besides guiding the country to a second-place finish in the team competition in Indonesia. Mirza bagged silver in individual jumping with a score of 26.40. “It would be interesting to look into the programmes of countries like UK, Germany, Japan and Thailand, to see if we can also come up with a system to support and help equestrian sport grow in India,” Mirza told PTI in an interview here. “These governments provide financial aid to the sport and equine athletes. Our government should adopt this system as the sport is expensive. It needs lots of money to maintain a horse and matters concerning logistics,” he added. Mirza was felicitated by Embassy Group chairman and managing director Jitu Virwani at an event. Fouaad, who has been training under German Olympian Bettina Hoy, topped the dressage and cross-country qualifiers with a score of 22.40 and went into the jumping finals as a favourite. Replying to a query, Mirza said quarantine regulations makes the sport even more expensive, and it becomes difficult for equestrian enthusiasts to get horses into India. “Therefore, to tide over this problem, people like Mr Jitu Virwani, who is the Chairman of Embassy Group, should chip in. I am very grateful to Mr Jitu for supporting me to get horses and cater to sundry other requirements to train. We have eight horses imported at the Embassy Inetrnational Riding School,” he added.advertisement Mirza said more and more equestrian competitions should be conducted to popularise the sport in India. “The equine athletes are fortunate to have many equestrian competitions, especially the Equestrian Premier League, which which provides a platform for beginners and also professionals,” he said. Virwani said Army control over equestrian federation in India is tight and it needs to be replaced with experts, who are well-versed in the sport. “Serving army officials should be off the federation, instead experts and knowledgeable civilians, should run it. Unfortunately, there is much of politics in the federation and country takes a back seat,” he said. Asked if he wishes to contest the federation election, Virwani said only if the Army wishes him to do so. “However, I will not advise Fouaad to contest election because training takes a lot of time and needs focus. I will contest only if the Army wants me to do,” he said. PTI BDNAHlast_img

Indian Air Force is hiring for Airmen Post in Group Y Trade: Apply before this date

first_imgIndian Air Force (IAF) Recruitment 2018: Indian Air Force (IAF) has invited online applications for Sportsperson for the post of Airmen in Group Y (Non-Technical Trade).Last date to apply for Indian Air Force Recruitment 2018Eligible Unmarried Male (Indian/Nepalese) candidates can apply in the prescribed format within 21 days (November 3, 2018) from date of publishing of advertisement in Employment News.Indian Air Force vacancy detailsGroup ‘Y’ (Non-Technical Trades) for Sports Disciplines:AthleticsBasketballBoxingCricketDivingGolfGymnasticsHockeyKabaddiLawn TennisSquashSwimmingVolleyballWater PoloWeight LiftingWrestlingWushuEligibility Criteria for Indian Air Force Recruitment 2018The candidate should have passed 10+2 in any stream/subjects approved by Central/State Education Boards 21 years.Sports Achievement:Individual should have attained the minimum standard of fifth place in the Junior National Championship, represented the State/Units in Senior National Championships or Inter University Championship in above mentioned sports discipline. The current achievement would be given preference during selection trials.In team events, the individual should have represented state in Junior National Championship and National School Tournament conducted by School Games Federation of India (SGFI) in above mentioned sports discipline. The current achievement would be given preference during selection trialsRead: UPSC is recruiting for 2,354 posts of medical officer: Apply before November 1 @uppsc.up.nic.inRead: Narmada Control Authority is hiring for these posts, selection through SSC JE 2018 examlast_img

Should he stay or should he go? Loftus-Cheek in Chelsea conundrum

first_imgLondon, Oct 26 (AFP) Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s hopes of getting regular playing time in the Premier League are hindered by the club’s wealth of talent in his position, says manager Maurizio Sarri.Sarri was speaking after 22-year-old Loftus-Cheek advertised his talents in the best possible manner by scoring a hat-trick in the 3-1 win over Belarus outfit BATE Borisov in their Europa League group clash late Thursday.Loftus-Cheek — who is the first Chelsea player to score a hat-trick in European competition since club icon Didier Drogba 12 years ago — has played just 33 minutes of Premier League football this term despite enjoying an impressive World Cup with England.He started England’s recent friendly with Switzerland in September, but since then he has found club-mate Ross Barkley gaining preference both at Chelsea and in the England set-up as national manager Gareth Southgate is keen to select players who are playing regularly.Chelsea fans may have been chanting ‘He is one of our own’ during the Europa League match but that is unlikely to sway Sarri.”We have four midfielders and three of them have the same characteristics,” Sarri told BT Sport.- ‘I fear for the lad’ -========================”They are offensive midfielders, only one has other characteristics — [N’Golo] Kante is a defensive midfielder.”So it is very difficult to put in the starting XI two midfielders with the same characteristics.”We have a tactical problem with the midfielders.” As well as Kante, Sarri has often used summer signings Jorginho — who he knows well as the Italy international played for him at Napoli — and Mateo Kovacic in midfield, with Barkley also in the mix.advertisementLoftus-Cheek is not a unique example in Chelsea’s history under Russian owner Roman Abramovich of a talented English player emerging from the club’s Academy and failing to get regular first team game time.But his case is striking. Since he graduated from the Academy in 2014 he has been selected a paltry 35 times in all competitions by a succession of managers — Jose Mourinho, Antonio Conte and now Sarri.Former England manager Glenn Hoddle believes Loftus-Cheek — who had prior to the new campaign reportedly declined a loan move to Bundesliga side Schalke 04 to fight for a starting place at Chelsea — should seek a move away in order to develop.”Some of the stuff Ruben has done tonight is delightful,” said Hoddle, who is now a respected TV pundit.”I just fear for the lad… he’s got to move if he wants to progress.”He’s an England talent and we want to see him playing.”I want to see if he can take these sort of performances on to the pitch against the bigger sides.”Nobody knows if he can play three games in a row — even he doesn’t know.” Loftus-Cheek for his part said he would be putting the match-ball in a glass display case — and hoping his sheer bloody-mindedness in staying put will finally pay off. (AFP) APAAPAlast_img

Kuldeep Yadav credits IPL experience with KKR for success in Kolkata

first_imgKuldeep Yadav starred with the ball for India as they beat West Indies by five wickets in the first T20I at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday.He returned with figures of 3/13 from four overs as India restricted West Indies to a paltry score of 109/8 in 20 overs and then went on to chase it down with 13 balls to spare.Kuldeep picked up the wickets of Darren Bravo, Rovman Powell and skipper Carlos Brathwaite and along with debutant Krunal Pandya, he strangled the Windies batsmen in his four-over spell.And speaking to the press at the post-match press conference, he said that his stint with Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League helped him bowl on the Kokata pitch.”It plays a part. It’s been five years with KKR. I have played all the IPL games there. It gives you massive advantage. It gives confidence as well. I know ground and wicket as well.”I know the ground well, the pitch here does not offer much turn. I know the speed of the outfield and every angle. So it helps a lot and gives me immense confidence,” Kuldeep told reporters.Kuldeep has bow spent five years with KKR but he only made his debut in the 2016 season. He was bought back by the franchise in the IPL 2018 auction via the Right to Match (RTM) card as well. On Sunday, he also became the quickest Indian bowler to pick up 100 wickets in T20 cricket, out of which 46 have come for KKR and 19 for India.advertisementPC : BCCI #INDvWI #KorboLorboJeetbo (@KKRiders) November 4, 2018The key to success in T20 cricket especially is innovating and coming up with new ways to deceive the batsmen. And on Sunday, Kuldeep was seen bowling a flatter fast seam-up delivery in order to hurry the batsman.Asked about his faster delivery, Kuldeep said it helps break the rhythm of the batsman and keep him in check.”This delivery is faster one. I am working on it. In T20 format, to break the rhythm of batsman. These kind of deliveries to control run and check what he will do,” Kuldeep said.He is again expected to play a key role in the second T20I, which will be played in Lucknow on Tuesday.last_img

Sushil Kumar, Sakshi Malik not included in Wrestling Federation of India’s top pay bracket

first_imgA few days after being dropped from the latest Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS), star wrestler Sushil Kumar suffered another blow after he was not included in Wrestling Federation of India’s (WFI) top pay bracket.WFI is set to announce the central contract system in partnership with its sponsors.According to a report in the Times of India, Sushil and Sakshi Malik have been placed to Grade B and will be getting INR 20 lakh. Top pay bracket is for elite wrestlers, with the athletes in Grade A getting a pay of INR 30 lakh.Phogat sisters — Geeta and Babita — have not be offered central contracts.The categorization has been done keeping in mind a wrestler’s recent performances and future medal chances.Sushil, who won bronze and silver medals respectively in 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics in 66kg freestyle category, crashed out in his first qualification bout at this year’s Jakarta Asian Games in the 74kg and the latest result didn’t go in his favour.Sakshi, who won a bronze in the Rio Olympics in 2016, has also struggled in the major wrestling tournaments.Recently, Sports Authority of India (SAI) dropped Sushil and Phogat sisters — Geeta and Babita — from the Target Olympic Podium Scheme keeping an eye on 2020 and 2024 Olympics.In the revised wrestling list, Utkarsh Kale (men’s 57kg freestyle), Deepak Punia (men’s 86kg freestyle), Divya Kakran (women’s 68kg freestyle) and Sajan (men’s greco-roman 66kg) were the four new entrants. The list also included Sakshi, Bajrang Punia, Vinesh Phogat among others.advertisementBesides, Naveen (men’s 57kg freestyle) and Vijay (men’s greco-roman 60kg) are being considered for the developmental group for the 2024 Olympics.Wrestlers in TOPS: Sandeep Tomar (men’s 57kg freestyle), Utkarsh Kale (men’s 57kg freestyle), Bajrang Punia (men’s 65kg freestyle), Deepak Punia (men’s 86kg freestyle), Vinesh Phogat (women’s 50/53kg freestyle), Ritu Phogat (women’s 50/53kg freestyle), Pooja Dhanda (women’s 57kg freestyle), Sakshi Malik (women’s 62kg freestyle up to Asian Championships in 2019), Divya Kakran (women’s 68kg freestyle), Sajan (men’s greco-roman 77kg).(With inputs from PTI)last_img

River Plate deny Real Madrid interest in midfielder Palacios

first_imgBuenos Aires, Dec 21 (IANS) River Plate president Rodolfo D’Onofrio has denied speculation linking highly rated midfielder Exequiel Palacios to Real Madrid.The Argentine media has reported that the Spanish giants are among several European clubs seeking to secure the 20-year-old Argentina international, reports Xinhua news agency.D’Onofrio said there were no discussions between Real Madrid and River officials over Palacios when the Argentine club was in Spain for the Copa Libertadores final earlier this month.”With Real Madrid we only spoke on one occasion. Emilio Butragueno (Real Madrid’s director of institutional relations) called Enzo Francescoli (River’s sports director) and told him that they would like to talk to us about the player,” D’Onofrio told Argentina’s Radio La Red on Thursday.”But when we were in Spain they did not make any contact with us about him.”Palacios, who has been capped twice for Argentina’s national team, is contracted with River Plate until June 2021. Reports in Argentina have said that River will ask for a transfer fee of 20 million euros for any deal to go ahead. –IANSgau/vmlast_img

Ritu Phogat quits wrestling, switches career to Mixed Martial Arts

first_imgThe third of the Phogat sisters, Ritu Phogat had decided to quit wrestling and pursue a career in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). The 24-year-old from Haryana has had an eventful career in wrestling and was on course to follow her older sisters Geeta Phogat, Babita Phogat and Vinesh Phogat but has instead chosen to switch careers.In order to shift her focus to MMA, Ritu has signed with a Singapore-based MMA organisation named EVOLVE MMA, which has the highest number of world champions on the planet.”I am excited to have moved to Singapore to begin my new journey in Mixed Martial Arts. My managers Birbal Sports introduced me to Evolve and convinced me that this is the future,” Phogat said.”I have a dream of becoming India’s first ever World Champion in Mixed Martial Arts and can’t wait to represent India on the global stage and make my nation proud,” she said. In her short international wrestling career, Ritu won the gold medal at the 2016 Commonwealth Wrestling Championship in Singapore in the 48kg category.In December 2016, Ritu became the most expensive female wrestler at the Pro Wrestling League auction, as she bagged a Rs 36 lakh contract with the Jaipur Ninjas franchise.She won a bronze medal in the 48kg category in the 2017 Asian Championships in New Delhi and then became the first Indian wrestler to win a silver at the World U-23 Wrestling Championships in 2017.In November last year, Ritu Phogat had been included in the TOPS scheme for the women’s 50-53kg freestyle event keeping in view the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.advertisementAlso Read | AIBA approves religiously respectful women’s uniformAlso Read | Grandmaster Abhijeet Gupta wins Cannes International Openlast_img

ISL: FC Pune City beat Mumbai City FC in Maharashtra Derby

first_imgFC Pune City secured the bragging rights in the Maharashtra Derby after a 2-1 win over Mumbai City FC in their concluding match of this season’s Indian Super League here Saturday.Adil Khan gave Pune the lead in the 18th minute before Iain Hume (84′) scored the second to seal the result. Arnold Issoko’s late penalty (90′) only proved to be a consolation.The win sees Pune rise to sixth on the table with 22 points from 18 games. Mumbai had already confirmed the third spot in the league.Mumbai made a strong start to the game, threatening the Pune defence on multiple occasions. Paulo Machado hit the woodwork with a brilliant free-kick in the eighth minute before Issoko forced a save from the Pune goalkeeper Kamaljit Singh.But it were Pune who took the lead against the run of play in the 18th minute. Robin Singh, after being released by Hume, played a ball into the box where Adil found the net with a terrific overhead kick..@FCPuneCity ended their #HeroISL 2018-19 campaign on a high with a 2-1 victory over @MumbaiCityFC in the #MahaDerby.More videos: #LetsFootball #HeroISL #FanBannaPadega #PUNMUM Super League (@IndSuperLeague) March 2, 2019Following the goal, Pune started to show much more confidence on the ball. Mumbai, meanwhile, were being restricted to half-chances.Just before the break, Pune could have doubled their lead when Robin got his head to a cross at the far post. His attempted header towards the near post was well saved by Mumbai custodian Amrinder Singh.advertisementMumbai, who brought on Bipin Singh in place of Pranjal Bhumij, started with a lot of intent in the second half. Bipin unleashed a shot on target before Lucian Goian sent a header over after getting on to a cross from Machado.Bipin then lost the ball in an attempt to cut in from the left wing and the ball fell to Issoko who had the goal at his mercy. But his attempted chip over the goalkeeper went over the crossbar.Though Mumbai were looking to press the issue, Pune had a great chance when Hume’s cross fell to Rohit Kumar. The midfielder tried to curl one into the top corner but was thwarted by a diving Amrinder.Mumbai upped the ante in search of an equaliser but Pune dealt them a killer blow with just six minutes of regulation time left. Mohammed Yasir cut a pass back for Hume after some good work and the former Kerala Blasters striker found the net with a first-time shot to notch his first goal of the season.There were a few nervy moments for Pune towards the end after they conceded a penalty in the 90th minute after Sarthak Golui was adjudged to have elbowed Goian inside the box.Issoko converted the spot-kick with ease but that was not enough to hand them a share of the spoils as Pune gained a measure of revenge for the defeat in the reverse fixture.Also Read | Big question mark over ISL’s future if I-League clubs are ignored: Bhaichung BhutiaAlso Read | Lloris saves penalty while Kane nets one as Tottenham draw with Arsenallast_img