MS Dhoni The Untold Story review: Sushant Singh Rajput delivers a pitch-perfect performance

first_imgDirector: Neeraj PandeyCast: Sushant Singh Rajput, Anupam Kher, Kiara Advani, Disha Patani, Rajesh Sharma, Kumud Mishra, Neeta Mohindra, Bhumika ChawlaRating: (2.5/5)MS Dhoni: The Untold Story aims for an immediate high as it revisits the memorable night of the 2011 World Cup Final in Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. The audience chants India! India! India! and then it is instantaneously replaced by another five-letter word in Dhoni, who, as the captain of the Indian cricket team, takes to the pitch to chase the target set by Sri Lanka. Thereafter the film turns back in time, precisely 30 years to the day Dhoni was born and then unfolds, occasionally sluggishly, the bouncers-laden journey to the top of one of India’s most beloved sportsmen. The film works best when it showcases that talent alone is never enough, one needs to toil, persevere and take risks. Trouble is that once Dhoni achieves his dream which is to play for India, the film totters to the finish line struggling to hit the high note it began with, and the interest it maintained in the first 90 minutes.MS DHONI THE UNTOLD STORY REVIEW: Making Dhoni great again ALSO READ: Why Bollywood needs Sushant Singh Rajput That it isn’t to say that this is a poorly constructed biopic of a sporting hero, one who in fact continues to play. Given that the film is co-produced by Arun Pandey, who founded Rhiti Sports, the agency which in turn represents Dhoni, the film could easily have been a straight up hagiography. But Neeraj Pandey just about manages to present the failures, frustrations and (hardly any) flaws of his film’s eponymous hero. Dhoni has more memorable moments than Mary Kom and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag combined and that’s largely because the film shines a light on the supporting players who played an instrumental role in the making of Dhoni.  advertisementThere is his school coach Banerjee (Rajesh Sharma), who spots him and encourages him to ditch goalkeeping and take up wicket-keeping instead. Kumud Mishra is a powerful official at Central Coalfield Ltd who encourages Dhoni in his teenage years by offering him a stipend. Friends in Ranchi in Pratam, owner of a sporting goods shop, and Santosh, from whom Dhoni learned the famous helicopter shot, are always watching out for him. An Indian railways officer AJ Shukla (Kali Prasad Mukherjee) and a roommate at the Railway headquarters in Kharagpur also come to his aid as Dhoni struggles to shuttle between being a ticket collector and a cricketer at the regional level. And finally there are the supportive women, his mother (Neeta Mohindra) and sister (Bhumika Chawla), and Paan Singh Dhoni, the reluctantly supportive father (Anupam Kher) who doesn’t want his son to end up being a pump operator like him.Through Paan Singh what the film does particularly well is highlight why the middle class Indian patriarch is still wary of sports as a profession even if it is as popular as cricket. So much so that young Dhoni gets his chance because the school’s first choice wicket keeper is forced to leave the team by his father. After all studies should be priority as it promises a job. By creating a realistic middle class milieu, best seen in Dhoni’s tiny, crammed house and later in the railway quarters he resides in Kharagpur, the film is able to draw you further into Dhoni’s fraught journey from state sensation to international cricket icon.The film covers key moments in Dhoni’s career but the focus here is solely on Dhoni the big hitter than Dhoni the wicket keeper or the composed captain. So the highlights footage is largely Rajput flinging his bat than doing wonders behind the stumps. Watching the film’s second half can at times feel like watching the tail order bat to avoid defeat in a test match. That’s because once Dhoni has made the national team Pandey along with his writer Dilip Jha are unable to present as compelling a portrait as they did earlier on. Instead of focusing on Dhoni’s ascent to India’s captain and his rapport with players, viewers are made to sit through Dhoni’s romantic life which has its share of contrived moments. The love portions start out well but then quickly fizzle, adding little substance to the narrative other than telling us, Hey, Dhoni was perhaps commitment phobic? Sorely missed are moments like the showdown with Yuvraj Singh at the regional level seen earlier on. There is little on how Dhoni reacted to failures and attacks to his house. It almost seems that Dhoni didn’t want the untold locker room and boardroom nuggets to make it into the film.  advertisementNeeraj Pandey’s fourth film is his biggest yet but it is not his finest work. That honour still goes to his second feature, Special 26.  But with a physically committed and emotionally measured performance by Sushant Singh Rajput and enough untold and lighter moments, MS Dhoni manages to give us a glimpse into the cricketer albeit only till 2011. MS Dhoni The Untold Story may not bowl you over, but it is an inspiring tale which reminds you that the road to success is mostly prolonged like a test match and not as entertaining as a Twenty20 tie.last_img read more

Indian Super League: Chennaiyin FC back in reckoning after 2-0 win over FC Pune City

first_imgDefending champions Chennaiyin FC snapped their five-match winless streak as Jeje Lalpekhlua and Davide Succi scored once in each half to beat FC Pune City 2-0 in their Indian Super League football match here on Tuesday. (Latest Football stories)A headed goal by Jeje in the 44th minute and another strike from Succi in the 51st minute were enough for Chennaiyin to collect three points from their first win after beating NorthEast United in Guwahati on October 20.Since that away win in Guwahati, Chennaiyin have drawn three matches while losing two.From seventh at the league table, Chennaiyin are now in fifth spot with 13 points from 10 matches and they are back in the reckoning for a place in the semi-finals. They are only outside the top four due to an inferior goal difference.Pune will be concerned about their chances of qualification for semi-finals. The team coached by former ISL champion Antonio Habas is now placed sixth, although they are only a point behind the defending champions.Needing to win to keep their chances alive, Chennaiyin coach Marco Materazzi made five changes to his starting line-up as he introduced players like Eder Monteiro, Hans Mulder, Davide Succi and Manuele Blasi to the starting line-up while Karanjit Singh was preferred as goalkeeper.Habas did not change much, making just one, opting for Raju Yumnam in place of Rahul Bheke.Pune started well and had decent chances before they fell by the wayside. Anibal Zurdo was the first to try his luck with a free-kick that missed the target by a whisker and Lenny Rodrigues made a fine run on the right but his final attempt lacked power and direction, despite being in a good position.advertisementRaphael Augusto was the most impressive player for Chennaiyin. The Brazilian made his intention clear in the 21st minute when he intercepted a pass from Jonatan Lucca, ran down the flank but ended with a disappointing right-footer when passing to Succi would have been a better option.Succi also had a shot on goal in the 24th minute but his effort was wayward.Chennaiyin drew first blood just before half-time through Jeje. Bernard Mendy started the move by playing the ball for Raphael in the middle. The Brazilian found Mulder whose cross for Succi got a touch before reaching Jeje and the highest Indian goal-scorer in the ISL did the rest by beating Pune goalkeeper Edel Bete with a smart header from close.Bete and Pune were down again early in the second session. In the 51st minute, Succi rose high to head a brilliant cross from Raphael and beat both his marker, Eduardo Ferreira and a leaping goalkeeper.Pune tried to fight their way back but Chennaiyin were just too solid in defence, not giving any chance whatsoever to their rivals.last_img read more

Balotelli unlikely to stay at Nice

first_imgNice will “try to do whatever is possible” to help Mario Balotelli seal a move away from the French club, according to the club’s manager Patrick Vieira.The Italy international, who has scored 43 goals in 66 games for the club, was not involved on Saturday as new boss Vieira suffered a losing start in Ligue 1, going down 1-0 at home to newly promoted Reims.Asked about the absence of Balotelli, Vieira confirmed the player had made clear his desire to move on after two seasons to management at the Allianz Riviera, and therefore was not considered for selection for the opening game of the season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “The player wants to leave, so it’s unlikely he’ll remain here,” the former Arsenal midfielder said in an interview with Canal+.”We want players whose desire it is to go forward with the club. It’s a very complicated and difficult situation, so the club will try to do whatever is possible to help him leave.”Balotelli’s spell in the south of France has seen the forward somewhat rehabilitate his image after a turbulent spell at Liverpool that saw him loaned back to former club Milan amid poor form, but he has made no secret of wanting an exit in recent weeks.He is believed to have held discussions with Ligue 1 rivals Marseille over a potential move, but negotiations are believed to have hit a stumbling block and put the breaks on a domestic move.The 27-year-old has also been linked with a return to Serie A, albeit Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis emphatically dismissed the idea of signing the former Inter and AC Milan forward last month.Vieira, a winner with France of the 1998 World Cup, takes charge of Nice following the departure of previous coach Luicen Favre to Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund.The 42-year-old was previously manager of New York City in Major League Soccer between 2016 and this year, where he guided them to consecutive conference semi-final appearances.Nice next travel to Caen in Ligue 1, who they face on August 18, before they host Dijon a week later on August 25.last_img read more

The new Xavi? Arthur a ray of light for Barca

first_imgAs disappointed as Barcelona were to go for a fourth La Liga game without winning, their 1-1 draw against Valencia at Mestalla on Sunday was no disaster.On paper taking just three points from 12 is a shoddy run for the defending champions, but in a hostile atmosphere Barcelona weathered an early storm to claim a point and control the game.The result takes the Catalans above third place Atletico and fourth place Real Madrid, which will keep Barca fans calm even though they trail new league leaders Sevilla by a point. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Lionel Messi’s powerful low drive dug Barcelona out of another hole after poor defending allowed Ezequiel Garay to open the scoring after just two minutes, but this game will be remembered as another stepping stone in the development of young centre midfielder Arthur Melo.Thrown into the thick of it at Wembley against Tottenham in the Champions League on Wednesday, Arthur impressed as Barcelona earned a 4-2 win and Ernesto Valverde doubled down on his bet for this game.The coach picked the same starting line-up, bar Thomas Vermaelen coming in for Clement Lenglet in defence, which meant Arthur was trusted to link the play in the middle again.At age 22 he has slotted into the side with little fuss after his summer switch from Brazilian side Gremio, adapting to European football at a speed rarely seen for South American players.Calm and controlled in possession, it is too soon to classify Arthur as a player who will become a Barcelona great but there are some hugely encouraging signs in his general play.Arthur Barcelona Valencia Ligue 1 07102018The midfielder’s willingness to circulate the ball quickly without complicating the play has drawn comparisons to Xavi Hernandez, while the way he moves with the ball stuck to his foot is reminiscent of Andres Iniesta’s dribbling technique.Those are two players whom Barcelona have lost in the past few seasons who may never be replaced, so Arthur’s arrival and similarities to their game is welcome at a club where the fear of losing their playing style is increasingly prominent.The midfielder’s presence helps Barcelona dominate possession as they did at Mestalla after a rocky opening period where Valencia scored and threatened Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s goal regularly.Once the ship steadied, Arthur took the reins and consistently made himself available for his team-mates to pass to, giving them options instead of leaving them surrounded with no outs.Arthur attempted 142 passes, more than any player at an away ground since Xavi’s 148 at Levante in November 2012, and 135 of them were on target – a record for anybody this season in the division.142 – Arthur Melo attempted 142 passes against Valencia, the most by a player in a La Liga away game since Xavi Hernandez vs Levante in November 2012 (148). Reference. pic.twitter.com/jYspVgc28f— OptaJose (@OptaJose) October 7, 2018On a couple of occasions he lost the ball and it led to dangerous Valencia counter-attacks, but rough edges were always likely and should not take long to smooth.Arthur showed a good connection with Messi, always important for hopeful new Barcelona players, with the Argentine happy to connect with a player willing and able to send him the ball and take it back.It may take years for Arthur to reach his potential but his instant impact on the team’s play is a ray of light for Barcelona even during a complicated start to their title defence.last_img read more

I always have death bowling sessions in the nets: Jasprit Bumrah

first_imgArguably one of the best death overs bowlers in the world, Mumbai Indians seamer Jasprit Bumrah says his success is a result of consistently practicing this aspect of bowling in the nets.Bumrah produced one of the finest death overs in the history of Indian Premier League as Mumbai Indians nearly committed harakiri before edging out Gujarat Lions in a thrilling Super Over finish here last night.”I don’t practice like how (Lasith) Malinga does it by keeping a shoe (which the Lankan ace then tries to hit with his toe-crushers’),” said Bumrah.”I practice with him on how to bowl the yorker consistently, but I always have a death bowling session whenever I practice as it’s important, because this is the time I bowl for Gujarat in domestic matches, for India and for MI. So constantly whenever I practice, I’ve a proper death bowling session,” he explained at the post match press conference.After the scored were tied, the one over Eliminator saw Mumbai Indians score just 11.Defending 11, Bumrah conceded only six runs displaying brilliant variations of slower deliveries including a few in the blockhole.Bumrah said his skipper Rohit Sharma had told him not to take extra pressure in the super over.”He just told me to back my skill. ‘It’s just an over, don’t take extra pressure, be confident, be calm and try to execute our plans’,” Bumrah revealed.”This was the first time, when I was bowling super over, there is always pressure, because you have to defend only 11 runs, but at that time you only keep a calm head and not to focus on negative things.advertisement”I was focussing on positive aspects and thinking about the plan which we had made,” he added.Chasing 154 for victory, there were three run-outs in the last seven balls as Mumbai Indians got bundled out for 153 off the final ball.Asked whether the Mumbai batsmen had pressed the panic button in the last over, Bumrah said, “We were not panicking.We are losing wickets quickly, usually these things happen in cricket. It was a good tight match and we are happy at the end that we were the winning side.”We are working hard and are doing well. We have done well in previous matches. But this is cricket, someday you will click, some day you will not click. We are working hard and are looking to improve every time we play. Hopefully we will be able to do well in batting department as well.”Meanwhile, Gujarat Lions opening batsman Ishan Kishan also lauded Bumrah’s effort in the super over.”Actually he bowled a very good over. Any batsman would have found it really tough to hit a six or a boundary off those yourkers. It was a perfect over for Mumbai Indians,” said Kishan.He insisted that his team always thought that the target could be defended.”Actually it’s all about belief. So we believed that our bowlers would do well and fielding was very good in the previous matches,” he said.last_img read more

Jose Mourinho not pleased with Manchester United despite Celta Vigo win

first_imgDespite Marcus Rashford firing Manchester United to a first-leg advantage against Celta Vigo, manager Jose Mourinho has said that he was not at all satisfied with the result of Europa League semi-final tie.Striker Marcus Rashford ‘s superb free-kick in the second-half helped his side beat Celta Vigo 1-0 at Balaidos to gain the upper hand in their last-four clash.In-form Rashford, who also scored a dramatic extra-time winner against Anderlecht in the quarter-finals, scored a bending a free-kick into the corner in the 67th minute to ensure United take an away goal and a massive advantage going back to Old Trafford in a week’s time for the semi-final second leg.Mourinho, however, said that although he was happy with his side’s performance against Celta Vigo, he does not feel the same way about the result.”I am very pleased with the performance but not with the result. We played well enough to have [the] result closed but we have to go and play at Old Trafford. At half-time [it] should have been three or at least two, but the result is open,” goal.com quoted Mourinho as saying.While United hold the advantage going into next Friday’s second leg at Old Trafford, Mourinho believes the tie could have been already over had his side made full use of their chances.”We tried to win the match. We missed chances but the team played well, they were compact against a team who are difficult to play against. Let’s hope Old Trafford want us to win because when Old Trafford wants it, we win,” the Portuguese manager added.advertisementWith the Jose Mourinho’s side outside the Premier League’s top four, the Europa League perhaps represents their best chance of earning a place in next season’s Champions League.United will next take on Arsenal in their Premier League clash on Sunday, while Celta will lock horn with Malaga on the same day.last_img read more

Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan only recommendations, not contracted yet: Committee of Administrators

first_imgNewly appointed head coach Ravi Shastri will be meeting the four-member committee of the Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for the selection of the support staff for Team India.CoA chief Vinod Rai on Saturday informed that Shastri is presently out of the country and once he is back, the four-member committee will have a meeting with him.”We have taken the board on the recommendations of the CAC for Mr. Ravi Shastri as the head coach. And we have decided that for further coaches and others, we must have a discussion with Mr. Ravi Shastri. We have discussed with him, he is away. He comes back tomorrow or day after,” said Rai.WATCH FULL VIDEO”We have set up a committee of Diana Edulji, Acting Secretary Amitabh Choudhary, acting president of the board CK Khanna and CEO Rahul Johri as a convener, who will speak to them and Ravi Shastri and make the selection of the other coaches,” he added.The meeting, which comes after the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) appointed Zaheer Khan as bowling coach and Rahul Dravid as overseas batting coach, has been scheduled for July 18.However, the CoA chief made it clear that the CAC has just made recommendations over the same.”There’s no such thing as a contract as yet. These are just recommendations. A recommendation has been made and the CoA has to act on that. That recommendation will be acted upon in consultation with the head coach,” he said.advertisementThe BCCI has, however, clarified that Zaheer Khan will only be available as overseas bowling coach of Team India and will travel with the team on tour to tour basis.The board also made it clear Shastri was consulted before appointing Zaheer and Dravid as bowling and batting consultants respectively.”The recommendation for Ravi Shastri was made on the merit of his presentation and the vision that he projected for taking the team to greater heights. After taking the decision on his selection, the CAC consulted him and decided on having Batting and Bowling consultants on overseas tour-to-tour basis, as per the requirement of the team,” the BCCI had said in a release.As per reports, Shastri wants Bharath Arun to join the team as a full-time bowling coach.Presently, Sanjay Bangar and R Sridhar are officiating as batting and fielding coach.last_img read more

DU releases 8th cut-off list for reserved category students

first_imgNew Delhi, 2 Aug (PTI) The Delhi University today announced its eighth cut-off list exclusively for admitting reserved category students.In the 8th cut-off list, the highest percentage is 95 for BSc Physics (Hons) at the Hindu College for the OBC students.In the special drive, only such students will be admitted who have registered for the Delhi University and have not been admitted in any college irrespective of any reserved category under previous cut-off lists, a statement issued by the varsity said.The admissions for this cut-off list will take place between August 3 and August 4.”No fresh registrations will be allowed in the drive,” the statement said.The DU will also issue 9th cut-off list to admit students belonging to reserved categories – SC, ST, OBC, Persons With Disabilities (PWD), Children/Widows (CW) of Armed Forces, Kashmiri Migrants (KM) and students in Sports/Extra Curricular Activities (ECA). PTI CPB AQSlast_img read more

US Open: Rafael Nadal takes first step towards Roger Federer showdown

first_imgWorld number one Rafa Nadal dismissed Dusan Lajovic 7-6(6), 6-2, 6-2 to ease into the US Open second round on Tuesday, setting the Spaniard on a collision course for a long overdue Flushing Meadows showdown with Roger Federer.While the year’s final grand slam is only just underway tennis fans have circled September 8 when, if all goes to form, Nadal and Federer would meet in the last four to decide a place in the final.One of the great rivalries in sport, Federer, a five-times U.S. Open winner and Nadal, twice champion, have clashed 37 times over the years but never have they stood across the net on Flushing Meadows’ hardcourts.On French Open clay, Wimbledon’s manicured lawns and in Australian heat, the elegant Swiss maestro and muscular Spaniard have played for titles and while no trophy would be on the line a New York meeting would still have the Big Apple buzzing.”Today I won. That’s the most important thing for me,” Nadal told reporters. “I believe that I am ready.”After a sluggish run-up to the U.S. Open that included a shock round of 16 loss to Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov in Montreal and another to Australian Nick Kyrgios in the Cincinnati quarter-finals, Nadal needed a few games to find his range against the 85th-ranked Serb.The 21-year-old, chasing a first U.S. Open win, showed no sign of nerves, using his stylish groundstrokes to grab the early break on the way to 4-2 lead, the four games as many as he won in his only other meeting with Nadal, a round of 16 loss at the 2014 French Open.advertisementAP PhotoBut a steely Nadal found his comfort zone, breaking back at 5-5 to force the opener to a tiebreak that he took 8-6.A ruthless Nadal delivered the young Serb another tennis lesson, breaking his opponent at the first opportunity in the second and third sets to improve his record in first round U.S. Open matches to 13-0.”Tough beginning of the match,” said Nadal, who will next meet American Tommy Paul or Japan’s Taro Daniel.”The important thing is to win because is normal that you have some nerves at the beginning and you get a little bit tight at the beginning of the tournament.”So important thing is be through and that’s what I did today.”last_img read more

Six-a-side football format set to grow in India: Bhutia

first_imgHyderabad, Nov 9 (PTI) Star footballer Bhaichung Bhutia, who was today roped in as the League Mentor of the Hyderabad Football League (HFL) six-a-side tournament, said the new format is set to grow in India.The third season of HFL six-a-side tournament, to be held at different venues here, will begin on November 26 and conclude on January 27, 2018. It will feature 135 matches.”Six-a-side format is a great format to play…its a sports which is really growing. I think this is a format which is going to grow in India.”Small format–small-sided-games have always been fascinating. South Americans have now picked up small-sided- games like five-a-side, six-a-side and seven-a-side games,” Bhutia told reporters here.”I think this format allows kids to get contact with the ball much more. This format has been encouraged a lot in South America. I think in India, this year onwards the All India Football Federation is trying to introduce small-sided- games,” the former captain of Indian football team said.According to Bhutia, six-a-side tournament is a fast and exciting game and keeps one always on the move. “I think not only kids but players, who have retired like me would also enjoy playing it. It is a wonderful format to play.”To a query on his role as League Mentor, Bhutia said, “I am here to mentor and advise the organisers in terms of format and towards taking it in different states to popularise it.”To another query, Bhutia said, “Six-a-side has nothing to do with the AIFF (the apex Indian football body). It is a new kind of format and a new kind of a game and I dont think federation or anybody will object to it.”advertisementHFL chairman Murad Jasani said the long-term vision of the league is to have 12 permanently registered teams and players who are on contracts with the teams by the next season and replicate similar leagues in eight more cities within the next three years. PTI VVK RSYlast_img read more

Coaches need to be respected, rewarded: Gopichand

first_imgMumbai, Dec 6 (PTI) Backing the view of shuttle ace Prakash Padukone, Indias national badminton coach, Pullela Gopichand, today said sports coaches need to be respected and rewarded for new players to emerge.”I completely agree with Prakash sir. Its very important that coaches need to be looked at, its high time we looked at it because we should have looked at it in the past 10 years and we haven?t. And it?s not only badminton but across all sports; this is for me the most important thing which is there,” Gopichand said here today.”Coaches need to be respected, coaches need to be rewarded, coaches need to be awarded and people should be motivated to take up coaching,” said Gopichand on the sidelines of the function to announce a grass-roots talent hunt plan by his academy with IDBI Federal Life Insurance.A few days ago Prakash said that it was high time the badminton-governing body in the country, BAI, Sports Authority of India and the sports ministry looked at coaching the coaches by inviting top foreign coaches to do the job.”We treat Indian coaches differently, foreign coaches differently. I?ll have to say this openly, but there?s not a single rupee of remuneration which any of the coaches in the past have got from either the federation or the SAI. It?s time they start looking at coaches differently, start looking at coaching differently. And unless we do that we can?t sustain the ecosystem of sports,” he explained.advertisement”I think this is an aspect which, for the last few years, has been a challenge of the entire ecosystem which brings the best players back into the sport. And creating good coaches doesn?t end with giving them good training. It is the entire ecosystem which is important. A coach needs to be respected.”I?m sure everyone has these challenges in the teaching profession as well. The best mind doesn?t get into teaching. Likewise, we also face the same challenges with coaching. Coaches need to be trained, need to be motivated, need to be recognised, need to be rewarded. All these are important.”In the entire ecosystem of the sport, how many coaches do we know from various fields? Even sportspersons, reporters, and myself, we would not know so many of them. Also, how much of pay we give them is also important,” he remarked.”The best models in the world are where they?re coached at and athlete-centric and system-driven and unfortunately we?re far away from that model,” he added.Gopichand also expressed concerns over the cramped international calendar of the Badminton World Federation.”I think they?ve cramped the calendar too much. It?s unfortunate the kind of thinking that the BWF has. And I don?t agree to what they have in terms of getting players to play so many tournaments. And there are players who?re already getting injured, performances have not been consistent at all and it doesn?t help the players cause when they have to continue to push themselves to play so many tournaments.”There?re so many ways of ensuring that the sport is promoted and cramping up the calendar and forcing the players to play is not a very good idea,” he added.On the new service rule announced by the BWF, he said “I approve of it.”As per the new rule, the shuttle should be below 1.15 metres from the surface of the court at the instant of being hit by the servers racquet. PTI SSR NRBlast_img read more

Eovaldi Retires 18 Straight, Yanks Beat Arizona, 4-2

first_imgPHOENIX — Nathan Eovaldi doesn’t consider himself an ace just yet. He sure pitched like one the night of May 17, though.Eovaldi retired the 18 batters he faced after allowing a freak lead-off base hit and the New York Yankees salvaged the final game of a three-game series in Arizona by beating the Diamondbacks 4-2.“I don’t look at myself as an ace but I do want to try and do well when we’re struggling and try to get us back on track,” he said. “I do feel like if you have a good start from the starter, everybody else kind of builds off that.”Jean Segura’s ground ball to start the first inning bounced off the bag at second and dribbled into the outfield for a double.Yankees Manager Joe Girardi thought it would have been a base hit even if it hadn’t hit the bag “but it was one of the weirder doubles you’re going to see.”After that, only two balls even reached the outfield off the Yankees right-hander, who hit 100 mph on the Chase Field radar gun while improving to 4-0 in his last five starts.Eovaldi (4-2) gave up one run and struck out five with no walks.“He attacked,” Girardi said. “He did a heck of a job. We needed a win tonight after losing the first two the way we did and he pitched a great game.”Brett Gardner hit a two-run homer and Jacoby Ellsbury went 3 for 3 with an RBI single for New York. Aroldis Chapman threw a perfect ninth for his fourth save since being reinstated on May 9.Shelby Miller (1-5) scattered 10 hits over 5 2/3 innings, allowing three runs.Eovaldi threw just 85 pitches and admitted he was “a little bit disappointed” not to come out for the seventh.But Girardi instead turned the ball over to the well-rested big three at the back end of the bullpen — Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Chapman.“I’m going to take my chances probably 99 percent of the time with Betances, Miller and Chapman,” Girardi said, “just because they’re so good.”The only other Arizona hit for the night was Chris Owings’ home run off Andrew Miller in the eighth.Ellsbury opened the game with a walk and Gardner hit Shelby Miller’s 1-2 pitch into the right field seats for his fifth home run of the season.After his unorthodox double in the first, Segura took third on a ground out and scored when Paul Goldschmidt bounced out to third.Third baseman Chase Headley may have had a chance to throw the runner out at home, especially when Segura screeched to a stop about two-thirds of the way there, but chose to get the sure out instead.New York added a run in the sixth.With a runner at second and two outs, Arizona Manager Chip Hale went to the mound but chose not to make a pitching change.Ellsbury followed with an RBI single, making him 6-for-6 lifetime against Miller.“I went to talk to him and make sure it was his last hitter,” Hale explained. “I was going to bring in Chaf (Andrew Chafin) for Gardner. Ellsbury’s numbers versus left-handers are really good. Granted, he hits Shelby pretty well, but we had a plan how to pitch him, but he (Miller) just got the ball up a little.”(BOB BAUM, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

WORLD CUP: Confetti Greets Argentina’s 1st Triumph in 1978

first_imgControversy and confetti. The 1978 World Cup in Argentina was awash with both.Twelve years after being awarded the right to host the World Cup, Argentina was a very different country. It had been under the control of a military junta since 1976, after a coup overthrew the government of Isabel Peron. Its ruthless treatment of political opponents — tens of thousands would eventually disappear — cast a shadow over the tournament.The pressure on coach Cesar Luis Menotti and the team to exploit their home advantage and become the third South American country after Uruguay and Brazil to win the World Cup was immense. But after nearly 50 years of trying, Argentina did just that, defeating the Netherlands 3-1 in extra time in front of a confetti-laden home crowd.Inspired by striker Mario Kempes, who scored twice in the final to take his tournament tally to six, Argentina inflicted the second straight final defeat on the Dutch, who almost won it at the end of normal time when Robbie Rensenbrink hit the post.The Dutch were without Johan Cruyff following his last-minute withdrawal. Cruyff later revealed that he didn’t board the plane to Argentina because of a kidnapping attempt months earlier. At the time, there was widespread speculation that his absence was an act of protest against the junta.Forty years later, Argentina’s triumph still raises eyebrows.In that World Cup, there was a second group stage that determined which teams made it to the final, but the scheduling did not allow for the final group matches to take place at the same time. In Argentina’s case, the team took the field knowing that a 4-0 victory over Peru was required after Brazil had won its last group match against Poland 3-1.Argentina won 6-0.Raanan Rein, an Israeli professor of Latin American history, told a FIFA-hosted conference on World Cup history in 2010 that he was “100 percent persuaded” that the junta was somehow involved, collaborating with “at least one foreign government” to fix the match.Others argue that the Peru team just fell away after a strong start — it happens all the time — and were unnerved by the intimidating atmosphere inside the stadium in Rosario.Regardless, it was time for the joyous people of Argentina to let the confetti fly.—By PAN PYLAS , Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Stefanos Tsitsipas Sets Mark for Greek Tennis at Wimbledon

first_imgLONDON (AP) — Stefanos Tsitsipas is setting a new standard for Greek tennis. And he’s hoping people back home will soon start taking notice.Tsitsipas became the first Greek man in the 50-year professional era to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament after beating Thomas Fabbiano of Italy at Wimbledon on Friday.The 19-year-old Tsitsipas won 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 in 91 minutes to further enhance his status as one of the top young talents in the game.He is the first Greek man in the round of 16 at the All England Club since Nicky Kalogeropoulos in 1964.“It’s an amazing feeling, and I feel very proud I represent Greece and that all of my hard work has paid off,” Tsitsipas said. “It’s just such nice feelings to be the first from your country to do so.”Greece has a proud sporting tradition dating back to the founding of the Olympic Games. But tennis has never quite caught on, remaining in the shadow of more popular sports like soccer and basketball.Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece, right, meets Thomas Fabbiano of Italy at the net after defeating him in their men’s singles match on the fifth day at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Friday July 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)“I just think it’s not in the culture yet, and people don’t take tennis that seriously like other sports,” Tsitsipas said.If anyone can change that, it’s Tsitsipas, who has quickly become a fan favorite at Wimbledon with a playing style that includes a penchant for the spectacular.He has become known for diving at full stretch to reach shots on the grass courts, pulling off one such winner in his second-round win over Jared Donaldson.Even Roger Federer is a fan, having practised with the Greek youngster at Wimbledon last year.“I feel like he’s taken a major step forward since his match here last year. … he seems much more comfortable coming to the net, playing from the back, knowing when to use power, when to use finesse,” Federer said. “I think that’s always key for a one-handed backhand player.”Tsitsipas next faces ninth-seeded John Isner of the U.S., who also reached Wimbledon’s fourth round for the first time by beating 98th-ranked Radu Albot of Moldova 6-3, 6-3, 6-4.“(Tsitsipas) is certainly one of the best young players we have in the game today,” Isner said. “He has a lot of talent and a lot of ability. But I have experience on my side.”The Greek teenager owes some of his talent to his mother Julia, who was a top Soviet player in the 1980s.Those genes have rubbed off on his siblings, too. Younger brothers Petros and Pavlos are promising juniors, meaning Greece may not have to wait 50 more years for another deep run in a Grand Slam.“I think with good results (and) big names coming from Greece that can prove there are good tennis players, I think they can inspire young kids,” he said. “Young kids can go out more and choose other sports instead of football or basketball.“The media can have a big impact on that. And then as a sportsperson, you can just expose yourself and be the first person that can make tennis a big thing in Greece.”By MATTIAS KAREN, Associated PressTweetPinShare66 Shareslast_img read more

Malkin, Letang Each Score Twice, Penguins Beat Rangers 6-5

first_imgPITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins survived a four-minute penalty kill and went on the hunt against the New York Rangers.Kris Letang scored his second of the game and Evgeni Malkin scored twice in a span of six minutes, helping the Penguins beat the Rangers 6-5 on Sunday.Defensemen Marcus Pettersson and Brian Dumoulin also scored for the Penguins (31-21-7), who leapfrogged the Carolina Hurricanes for the second Eastern Conference wild-card spot.“At the beginning of the third, getting that kill, it gave us such a boost,” Letang said. “And then we got a bunch of goals.” Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby (87) cannot get a shot past New York Rangers goaltender Alexandar Georgiev (40) with Rangers’ Marc Staal (18) defending during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)Forty-nine seconds after Sidney Crosby’s high-sticking double minor expired, Letang took a feed from Crosby and beat goalie Alexandar Georgiev to give the Penguins the lead for good with 15:24 left.Malkin then scored twice in a span of 2:31 to give him four goals in two games since serving a one-game suspension for a stick-swinging incident.“He tends to be a guy who builds confidence when he scores, and so I think that bodes well for us and for him,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. “He’s an elite player … and you could see it in the third period tonight, the kind of impact he can have.”Mats Zuccarello had two goals, and Kevin Hayes and Mika Zibanejad scored over the game’s final 5:46 for the Rangers, who couldn’t complete a second rally after erasing a 3-1 deficit to tie it late in the second period.Not taking the lead during the four-minute power play that spanned the second intermission was crucial to the game’s outcome.Pittsburgh Penguins’ Evgeni Malkin (71) is upended by New York Rangers’ Adam McQuaid (54) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)“We got demoralized,” Rangers coach David Quinn said, “and they got a new set of energy and a new lift and the whole complexion of the game changed.”Crosby had three assists to give him 11 points in his past five games for the Penguins, who had won just seven of their previous 17 games to fall in danger of missing the postseason for the first time since 2005-06.Malkin has points in seven consecutive games that he has played over the past month, interrupted by missing five games with an upper-body injury and the one game because of suspension.Letang opened the scoring 16:11 into the game. He has 15 goals, one off his career high set in 2015-16.It was the first time all season the Penguins got four goals from defensemen.“The last couple games we have been really active getting chances,” Dumoulin said.Zuccarello’s goals were his 10th and 11th, each tying the game. Ryan Strome also scored for New York, which had won three of its previous five.The Rangers have scored 11 goals over a two-game span for the first time this season after winning 6-2 at Buffalo on Friday.Zibanejad added an assist and Chris Kreider had two assists, giving the Rangers’ top-line trio of those two and Zuccarello 58 points in their past 14 games.“Except for those five or six minutes there in the third, I think we played a good game,” Zuccarello said. “Obviously, it’s a good team over there. They have good forwards. They’re going to get some chances, but I think we created a bunch of good chances.“It could’ve gone either way. It’s hard when they score three right away — boom, boom, boom.”NOTES: The Rangers scratched D Brady Skjei (lower-body injury sustained during Friday’s game), C Brett Howden (MCL sprain) and RW Jesper Fast (flu). Coach David Quinn said Skjei should be able to return for Tuesday’s game. … Rangers D Neal Pionk did not play during the third period as a precaution after he was hit in the eye by a stick. … Penguins LW Tanner Pearson was a healthy scratch for the second consecutive day after he had been in the lineup for every game since his acquisition from the Los Angeles Kings in November.UP NEXTRangers: New York wraps up a four-game trip Tuesday at Carolina.Penguins: Continuing a stretch of four divisional matchups over a five-game span, the Penguins play at New Jersey on Tuesday.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Paris Saint-Germain’s President Latest Tie to French Corruption Probe

first_imgGENEVA (AP) — The president of French soccer champion Paris Saint-Germain is the latest sports official implicated in a sprawling five-year corruption probe that keeps spreading.Prosecutors in France have implicated Nasser al-Khelaifi — who leads Qatar-owned PSG, is chairman of Qatar-owned broadcaster beIN Sports, and sits on the executive committee of European soccer body UEFA — in “active corruption.” They linked him on Thursday to payments allegedly helping Doha win hosting rights for track and field’s world championships.The IAAF, track’s governing body based in Monaco, is at the core of allegations of bribery, extortion and systematic doping.The wider case led to exposing state-backed Russian doping at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.Suspected vote-buying in Olympic hosting contests are also part of ongoing investigations.Here’s a look at the scope of the French investigations:THE SOURCE CASERussian runner Liliya Shobukhova won three straight Chicago Marathons from 2009-11, and also won in London.She paid some prize money to athletics officials to ensure her doping stayed hidden.In 2014, when she was eventually banned, she turned whistleblower. German network ARD alleged in a landmark program about Russian doping that Shobukhova received a 300,000 euro ($336,000) refund for her cheating being exposed.The payment came from a Singapore account called Black Tidings linked to Papa Massata Diack. His father, Lamine Diack, was the IAAF president for 16 years and one of the most influential African members of the International Olympic Committee.After the German broadcast, the World Anti-Doping Agency created an investigation team to verify allegations.THE FIRST DOPING REPORTIn November 2015, a devastating first report by the WADA team detailed orchestrated doping in Russian track and field, and IAAF complicity.The IAAF’s treasurer and Russian athletics federation head, Valentin Balakhnichev, was accused of extorting athletes with the threats of bans for doping.Russia had “sabotaged” the 2012 London Olympics by sending athletes who should have been banned, wrote the investigation team, which included Canadian law professor Richard McLaren.Lamine Diack’s reputation was wrecked months after retiring. The IOC ended his honorary membership.French prosecutors put Diack under formal investigation for corruption and money-laundering. The 85-year-old Senegalese is under house arrest, and was indicted this week.The WADA report exposed the key role of Grigory Rodchenkov, the director of drug-testing laboratories in Moscow and Sochi, in the conspiracy.THE RUSSIAN SCIENTISTRodchenkov’s life choices as the scandal deepened were filmed for the Oscar-winning documentary Icarus .Fearing for his life in Russia, Rodchenkov fled to the United States and entered a witness protection program.In May 2016, he made explosive claims to the New York Times about a Russian government-backed plan for athletes using steroids to win Sochi Olympic medals. Tainted samples were swapped in Rodchenkov’s lab for pre-stored clean urine.WADA ordered a second investigation by McLaren. His interim findings led to Russia sending a track and field team of just one long jumper to the Rio Olympics.After the full McLaren Report was published, the IOC let Russian athletes compete at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics only after extra vetting.OLYMPIC VOTE RIGGING?Frank Fredericks was among the world’s fastest men in the 1990s. The Namibian won silver medals in the 100 and 200 meters at back-to back Olympics.In October 2009, he was an IOC member when Rio de Janeiro was voted the 2016 Olympics host. Chicago’s bid, with last-minute lobbying by President Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey in Denmark, was eliminated in the first round.That day, Fredericks received a $300,000 payment, allegedly from a Brazilian businessman via Papa Massata Diack. Fredericks was charged in November 2017 by French prosecutors who suspect a vote-buying plot.The Rio Olympics organizing head, Carlos Nuzman, was arrested by Brazilian authorities working on the case with the French.“The Olympic Games were used as a big trampoline for acts of corruption,” federal prosecutor Fabiana Schneider said then.2020 TOKYO OLYMPICSTokyo also lost to Rio in 2009, then four years later won the 2020 Summer Games bid contest.Now Tokyo is tarnished by association with the Diack family. In January, it emerged French prosecutors issued a preliminary corruption charge against Japan’s top Olympic official, Tsunekazu Takeda.Takeda acknowledged approving paying $2 million from the bid to Black Tidings before the 2020 Olympic vote. He denied wrongdoing but resigned, and lost his IOC membership .The role of Japanese marketing giant Dentsu was questioned. Before retiring, Lamine Diack extended the IAAF’s long-standing commercial partnership with Dentsu through 2029.QATAR’S POINT MANA spin-off from Qatar’s win in 2010 to host soccer’s 2022 World Cup was deeper investment in sports.Soon, the gas-rich emirate’s wealth bought Paris Saint-Germain, to compete for European titles, and more broadcast rights via the sports arm of Al Jazeera, rebranded as beIN.Nasser al-Khelaifi, a former tennis professional, ran both in Paris.On Thursday, Paris prosecutors confirmed al-Khelaifi — along with beIN’s CEO in Paris — was being investigated over suspicious payments by a Qatari investment fund in 2011. They totaled $3.5 million days before the IAAF vote choose its 2017 world championships host. London beat Doha, but the 2019 edition later went to Qatar’s capital city.Al-Khelaifi’s lawyer said the money legitimately was for commercial rights, and most went on to Dentsu and the IAAF.The money passed through an agency founded by Papa Massata Diack. He is believed to be in Senegal, where he has been the subject of an Interpol order, and not cooperating with French authorities.The IOC has said it is offering whatever help French authorities need.___By GRAHAM DUNBAR AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

MACOM: 400Gbps chipset for short reach optical connectivity applications

first_img Continue Reading Previous ALLDAQ: USB 3.0 SuperSpeed isolator for industry and audioNext ON Semi: image sensor platform enables new functionality for industrial camera design MACOM Technology Solutions announced the sampling availability of its four channel, 56 Gb/s PAM-4 VCSEL driver (MALD-38435) and companion four channel transimpedance amplifier (TIA) (MATA-38434) devices for short reach VCSEL-based optical module and active optical cables (AOC) applications. These new devices complement previously announced transmit and receive clock data recovery devices for a complete transmit and receive solution. MACOM’s chipset solution operates at up to 56 Gb/s PAM-4 (28GBbaud PAM-4) data rate per channel, enabling short reach (up to 100m) optical modules for 200G QSFP and 400G QSFP-DD and OSFP applications.As demand for 100G connectivity progresses to 200G and on to 400G, optical module suppliers are looking to enable Cloud Data Centers and high-performance computing clusters with optical connectivity solutions delivered in a small form factor and consuming low power at low cost. MACOM’s fully analog chipset solution, featuring the MALD-38435 driver and MATA-38434 TIA along with MACOM’s existing MASC-38040 and MAOM-38051/38053 CDR devices, offers customers that optimal high-performance, low power and low-cost combination. By utilizing fully analog circuitry as opposed to digital signal processing, MACOM’s solution delivers best in class low latency, especially critical for high performance computing applications. The MALD-38435 driver and MATA-38434 devices are offered as a die-level solution with 250um channel spacing, optimal for direct wire-bonding to VCSEL lasers and photodetectors. The devices feature individual channel programmability control via an I2C interface for flexible management by the module’s local microcontroller. The devices feature low power and a small die size enabling implementations in QSFP and QSFP-DD modules. The devices’ low jitter performance enables low bit error rate (BER) of 1E-15 with an FEC protected link. When combined with MACOM’s CDRs, the solution delivers extensive per channel equalization and eye shaping programmable features as well as PRBS generator and checker and eye monitor features.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

Race for long-range IoT network finds early leaders

first_img Log in to Reply Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: IoT Continue Reading Previous IBASE: Mini-ITX motherboard powered by 9th/8th gen Intel processorsNext EKF: CompactPCI Serial to CompactPCI Classic bridge CameronRobertson says: 1 thought on “Race for long-range IoT network finds early leaders” July 22, 2019 at 9:11 am Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. “Manufacturers are not sitting around when it comes to advances in the tech sector including network storage. They would grab any given opportunity and strike the iron while it is still hot. This is because changes in the tech sector can occur in the blink SAN JOSE, Calif. — LoRa and cellular’s Narrowband-IoT (NB-IoT) are far ahead of a pack of low-power wide-area networks (LPWANs) staking out early design wins in the internet of things. The LTE-M version of 4G cellular is a distant third, and Sigfox trails, according to a new report from IHS Markit.The report suggests that a once wide-open field is beginning to narrow significantly. However, it’s still early days. IHS estimated that just 150 million LPWAN links were deployed in 2018, a figure that it expects to expand at a 63% compound annual growth rate to hit 1.7 billion links by 2023.It’s also worth noting that some alternatives are just emerging from the lab. For example, multiple vendors are shipping their first chips this year for a 900-MHz version of Wi-Fi called HaLow that’s expected to hold significant promise for long-range connections. And last year, research institute CEA-Leti announced early work on a new option based on a patented Turbo-FSK waveform.That said, IHS forecasts that NB-IoT and LoRa could claim 86% of all LPWAN links in 2023. “We think it is a two-horse race by 2023, with LoRaWAN more in private and NB-IoT mainly in public networks,” said Christian Kim, one of the authors of the report.Interestingly, Huawei’s HiSilicon division is the leading supplier of today’s NB-IoT chips, 90% of which are deployed in China. Taiwan’s Mediatek is second, and China’s RDA Unisoc is third in NB-IoT silicon. NB-IoT had its origins in technology from U.K. startup Neul, acquired by Huawei in 2014.The relatively sluggish market for LTE-M chips is led by Qualcomm, followed by Sequans and Altair. Semtech is by far the dominant supplier of LoRa chips, the current market leader among LPWANs.Overall, 54% of last year’s LPWAN deployments were in China versus about 23% each in the Americas and the EMEA region. Government-backed smart-city projects in China are driving NB-IoT today with deployments in smart meters, parking meters, and streetlights.“Most projects are using government money,” said Kim. “A lot of enterprises have not warmed to NB-IoT, even in China.”To some extent, the LPWANs are solutions seeking problems. IHS currently tracks 20 use cases proposed for the links.The China government is promoting use of NB-IoT in smart homes for electronic locks, smoke detectors, and other uses, and Huawei has talked about its use in agriculture for more efficient dairy farms. However, it has not yet taken hold in such applications to date, Kim said.In the U.S., Wi-Fi and Bluetooth by far dominate in the smart home. And in developed countries, dairy farms are already operating at high efficiency levels, he added. LoRa and NB-IoT could command 86% of all LPWA deployments by 2023. Click to enlarge. (Source: IHS Markit) last_img read more