As Indian domestic cricket circuit tries to reinvent itself, the legendary Sachin Tendulkar suggested that every Ranji Trophy game should be played on two different pitches to prepare a better Test team for overseas assignments.He also had an interesting take on how to make bilateral Test series engaging – by having back-to-back home-and-away rubbers so that the strength of two teams remains mostly constant but the conditions change to make for a bigger challenge. (Also read: How Sachin Tendulkar transformed Virat Kohli into a run-machine)However, it is Tendulkar’s suggested innovations of two different pitches for a single Ranji match which will make anyone sit up and take notice.”I have thought a lot about neutral venues in Ranji Trophy (which is being experimented this season). I have a suggestion which can be radical. When we go to places like Australia, New Zealand, West Indies and South Africa, we play with kookaburra balls which swings early. Think about a young Ranji batsman playing with SG Test in India and then facing difficulty overseas,”Tendulkar spoke at Hindustan Times Leadership Summit.”Let us have the first innings on a green top with kookaburra balls which would give openers a challenge. Even bowlers will have something. Our spinners will also learn how to bowl with kookaburra on Green tops,” Tendulkar explained. His next suggestion was even more interesting.”Now let there be a pitch adjacent to the green top which would be a rank turner. Now the second innings will be played on that track with the SG Test ball which would also help our batsmen play against quality spin bowling. We have been too focused on playing pace in overseas conditions but we should not forget how to play spin bowling. Don’t forget even overseas teams are losing to us in India. May be they would start using SG in their domestic matches.”advertisementFor Tendulkar, two pitches, two balls in two innings of a match takes curator preparing designer pitches out of the equation and also nullifies the toss factor.”A captain would start thinking that winning the toss will give him only 10 percent advantage that is his right to choose first. But if he chooses to bowl on green top he should remember that he would need to bat on a Turner in the fourth innings,” he said making it clear that it may or may not click.In fact, BCCI president Anurag Thakur was among the audience listening with rapt attention. (Also read: Virat Kohli + Alastair Cook = Sachin Tendulkar?)About the dwindling crowd in Test cricket, Tendulkar blamed lack of rivalry in the longest format that has caused affected the interest in the sport not to forget the emergence of Twenty20.”When we grew up we had rivalries like Sunil Gavaskar vs Imran Khan, Viv Richards vs Jeff Thomson and then (Brian) Lara vs Glenn McGrath or Steve Waugh vs Curtly Ambrose. The West Indies team in ’80s and ’90s generated interest. The target then was to beat the West Indies. Australia was an incredible players. Nine world class and if 3-4 could close the game. That is missing,” he lamented.Asked what could be a solution, Tendulkar said: “Look we went to England in 2014 and lost the series. Now England are down in this series and since 2014, they have lost a couple of players.”My suggestion is to have back to back matches against same the side home and away. Let us play two Tests in India and then two Tests in England. Same set of players but different venues. Obviously there will be some changes in terms of form and injuries but core will be same. That will be a fair contest.”He was all praise for the current Indian team led by Virat Kohli.”This team reminds me of our times between 2000-2011. They have a quality pace and spin attack. We believe that it is the best team in the world. Soon rest of the world will follow us.”Tendulkar, who has been promoting Olympic Sports, also spoke about some discussions he has had with Sports Authority of India to popularise various events.”During IPL, we can have athletics events and then during ODIs when you have packed houses. That will also encourage the athletes.”
Karachi, Dec 8 (PTI) Pakistans upcoming home Davis Cup tie against Iran has gone under a shadow of doubt as Iran has asked ITF to shift the contest to a neutral venue due to security concerns. Pakistan Tennis Federation (PHF) Secretary Khalid Rehmani said the ITF had informed them that the Iranian Tennis officials had sent them a letter expressing concerns over the security situation in Pakistan. “This letter has come as a big shock to us. Iran is a friendly nation with us and their athletes have been coming to Pakistan for different sports events in the last two years,” he said. Rehmani said that Iran?s request would now be discussed at the Executive Board of directors of the ITF. The PTF was overjoyed last month when the ITF confirmed that Pakistan would be hosting its Davis Cup tie against Iran at home (Islamabad) in February. It was the first Davis Cup tie in Pakistan after 12 years of isolation due to security concerns by teams who refused to play in Pakistan forcing them to play home ties on neutral venues. “We did not expect this from Iran as we were confident they would come. The ITF only gave us permission to host the Davis Cup tie at home after their security experts studied the situation in detail and gave clearance,” Rehmani said. He said that the PTF had given all assurances to the ITF that it would provide the best security for the Davis Cup which is to be held at the secure Pakistan sports complex in Islamabad. “We will get in touch with the Iranian tennis officials and try to convince them again that they should not have any concerns over the security which will be provided to their players and officials,” Rehmani said. The last time Pakistan played a home Davis Cup tie was against New Zealand in New Zealand but top player Aisam ul Haq Qureshi had boycotted the tie in protest. PTI Cor AT ATadvertisement
Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has been so impressed by Kylian Mbappe that he believes his young team-mate can become one of the greatest players ever.Mbappe has scored 11 goals in eight appearances for PSG already this season, while he reached the pinnacle of the international game in the summer as he helped France win World Cup 2018 by becoming the first teenager since Pele to score in the final.The rise of the 19-year-old shows no relent and Buffon, himself considered one of the greatest goalkeepers ever, does not forecast any change in the situation. 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! “If he maintains the desire to be number one, to be a great champion and humility to work to improve, he will have an incredible career ahead of him. And when I say incredible, I mean one of the best in history,” he told Canal+.“Maintaining the mentality is the biggest obstacle because he is still very young and it could take him maybe 15 years. Having the right mindset over such a long time isn’t easy. It requires a lot of energy. But I’ve told him this because I know he can do it. He has the strength to do it.”Buffon’s own situation in Paris, meanwhile, is a little more complicated as he has flitted in and out of the team under competition from Alphonse Areola. “The situation satisfies me a lot because I don’t have the ambition to make 70 matches per season, but I want to play the right ones and play them with quality,” he said. “I think that to build a strong team, PSG must have two good keepers. Just look at Real Madrid. The future of big teams is like this: having two high-level goalkeepers. And to find the solution to make them both play. I don’t know how I would have reacted at 20, but at 40 it’s perfect for me.”The veteran has played six times for Thomas Tuchel’s side this season and has conceded only three goals, keeping three clean sheets in the process.He will miss the midweek Champions League match with Napoli due to suspension.
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Cricket Australia has tried to lure captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner away from the Indian Premier League by offering them multi-year contract deals.According to the Sydney Morning Herald, CA got in touch with Smith, Warner and fast bowlers Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins with “verbal offers of three-year deals” instead of the usual one-year contract. However, there was a condition: stay away from the IPL.Pat Howard, CA’s executive general manager of team performance, approached the players with the new offers in the midst of a pay dispute but he reportedly got a lukewarm response from the stars.Last month, Australia’s professional cricketers rejected a pay offer from CA, saying the proposal was “a win for cricket administrators but a loss for cricket”.Warner and Smith are among the most valued international cricket stars in the IPL.Warner led Sunrisers Hyderabad to lift the title last year and was on top of his game with 848 runs, losing the Orange Cap to Virat Kohli. This year, Warner has already amassed 535 runs and is a clear favourite to finish the season as leading run-scorer.Smith on the other hand, has turned it around for Rising Pune Supergiant after taking over as captain from MS Dhoni. He has so far scored 367 runs.Starc was an integral part of Royal Challengers Bangalore before he decided to sit out this season in a bid to prepare for the Champions Trophy which starts in England from June 1. Cummins has been impressive for the Delhi Daredevils, who have as a team endured some tough moments this summer.advertisementNotably, all these players command top bucks and would almost certainly make more money in the IPL than any of CA’s multi-year contracts on offer currently. It remains to be seen if the Australian board comes back with more aggressive offers.Australia apparently want to ensure their players remain fit and fresh for international assignments and have sufficient break to recover before the gruelling international season starts after April-May.
DreamsNew Delhi, May 19 (PTI) Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar today met Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss his upcoming biographical film, “Sachin: A Billion Dreams”.The 44-year-old sports icon took to Twitter to share a picture from his meeting with Modi.”Briefed our Honble PM @narendramodi about the film #SachinABillionDreams and received his blessings,” Tendulkar captioned the photo.The star was accompanied by his wife Anjali.”Thank you for your inspiring message @narendramodi Jo khele, Wahi khile! Could not have agreed more. #SachinABillionDreams,” he wrote along side another picture.Produced by Ravi Bhagchandka under the banner of 200NotOut, the movie is directed by British filmmaker James Erskine.A R Rahman has composed the music for the film.The biographical drama is all set for a worldwide release on May 26. PTI SHD JCH
Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar feels the advent of Twenty20 cricket has changed batsmen’s approach to chasing big scores in ODIs, something that would be of help if India were to replay the lost 2003 World Cup final against Australia.India lost the 2003 World Cup final against Australia by 125 runs in Johannesburg. Australia had scored a mammoth 359-2 and the Indian batters put up a dismal show to be bundled out for 234.Asked about the loss, Tendulkar said, “I feel if we were allowed to play that match today, the players will approach that game differently.””We were all charged up, we went out to field and right from over one, it was that big moment, unbelievably charged up. (If the) same players are given an opportunity, we will approach it (that game) differently,” Tendulkar said.The 44-year-old was speaking to reporters here on Tuesday after the highlights of his upcoming biopic “Sachin: A Billion Dreams” was shown to the media.”(Players would have approached) differently only because of introduction of T20, in those days 358 (359) looked (a) herculean task, it will be today as well but it will be closer than 2003,” he said.”We have also on number of occasions got 325-340 runs and that is because the format has changed, the rules have changed a little bit. The conditions have also changed (than) what we got there, I just feel the mindset has changed because of introduction of T20 and the calculations are different,” explained the former right-handed batsman.Meanwhile, Tendulkar also heaped praise on Raj Singh Dungarpur, the former BCCI president and chairman of selectors, saying he helped him in his early days.advertisement”Raj bhai clearly told me focus on your exams, you are not going to West Indies (in 1989). This was during semifinals of Ranji Trophy, we were playing Delhi and I was having a net session in the morning.”(I) clearly remember Raj bhai walking up to me and said Sachin, after this Ranji Trophy, you focus on your SSC exams. You will play for India, but you are not going to West Indies.”Raj bhai has always been extremely supportive. Raj Bhai has played huge role in my life,” remembered the master-blaster.He also said his children Sara and Arjun have given a thumbs up to the upcoming movie, which is set to release on May 26.”For the world I am cricketer, but for them I am their father first, so how they react was important for me, when their reaction was positive, I said James (Erskine) has done agood job,” he quipped.The star batsman also revealed that his coach Ramakant Achrekar will watch the movie tomorrow.”Sir will be watching the movie tomorrow. Without him, nothing can happen,” he added.
BCCI has clarified that the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) never asked for money to select the coach of the Indian cricket team.A report in the Indian Express today said Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman wanted to be “suitably remunerated” for selecting the coach. The three legends of the game had met with BCCI CEO Rahul Johri after the India-Sri Lanka match at The Oval on Thursday and the Indian Express reported that the CAC comprising Tendulkar, Ganguly and Laxman told Johri that they did not want their services to be honorary.WATCH VIDEOHowever, the BCCI slammed the report and said it was “totally baseless and devoid of facts.””The contents of this article are malicious and such attempts to dilute and misrepresent the continued contribution of these former legends of Indian Cricket are totally incorrect and unfounded.”Johri told India Today said he was disgusted with the report and added he would send a stinker to the newspaper.The CAC had selected Anil Kumble as India coach for a one-year term in 2016 and has been tasked once again to select the next coach. There were reports of a rift between skipper Virat Kohli and Kumble over the latter’s intimidating attitude.BCCI issued an advertisement asking for applications for the post of India coach last month. Consequently, Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Richard Pybus, Lalchand Rajput and Dodda Ganesh applied. Kumble re-applied despite being told he would get a direct entry into the pool.However, the CAC has backed Kumble to continue as coach of the team.advertisementHere is the full statement from the BCCI after the Indian Express report:The Indian Express Newspaper of 11th June (today), carries a news item stating that there was a claim by the members of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), for being compensated for their meetings held to select a head coach for the Indian Cricket Team. BCCI wishes to clarify that there has been no such claim and the story carried by the newspaper is totally baseless and devoid of facts.The contents of this article are malicious and such attempts to dilute and misrepresent the continued contribution of these former legends of Indian Cricket are totally incorrect and unfounded.BCCI wishes to reiterate the fact that the guidance and recommendations of the CAC are invaluable for the betterment of Indian cricket and we urge the publication to withdraw the said article and make suitable amends.Rahul JohriCEOBCCI
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German Angelique Kerber continued to lead the Women’s Tennis Association rankings released on Monday with 6,965 points.This week saw the rise of Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki, who climbed two spots to sixth place, and the rise of Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetzova, who ascended one spot to eighth position, reports Efe.In addition, Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova fell three spots to ninth place.No other changes took place in the top 10, with Romanian Simona Halep still in second position, followed by Czech Karolina Pliskova.The current WTA rankings and point scores are as follows:1. Angelique Kerber (Germany) 6,965 points2. Simona Halep (Romania) 6,8503. Karolina Pliskova (Czech) 6,3864. Serena Williams (US) 4,8105. Elina Svitolina (Ukraine) 4,7656. Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) 4,3457. Johanna Konta (UK) 4,3258. Svetlana Kuznetzova (Russia) 4,3109. Dominika Cibulkova (Slovakia) 4,01010. Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) 3,985.
Akshay Kumar is on a roll. The actor has one more release this year, and three lined up for next year. After wrapping up Padman, the 49-year-old actor has begun shooting for Reema Kagti’s Gold.The film is the tale of the first gold medal that India won as a free nation in the 1948 London Olympics. While the details about Akshay’s character have been kept under the wraps, a leaked picture from the film set has gone viral. The photo shows Akshay in a dhoti-kurta, while his co-actor Mouni Roy, who is making her Bollywood debut with Gold, is in a saree.And now a report in Mumbai Mirror reveals that Akshay will essay the role of a Bengali, and the actor is learning Bengali from a language coach on the film set.A source was quoted as telling the daily, “A dialect tutor and a special trainer to explain traditional Bengali mannerisms have been working with Akshay, who has been prepping for the part since May. The costume team has been working with fabrics that reflect the designs from Kolkata in the ’40s and have been tailored to enhance Akshay’s character.”The film will see Mouni making her big screen debut. “Mouni plays Akshay’s love interest in the film and will also be seen speaking in Bengali. She will wear bright sarees in shades of red with puffy blouses and roses in her hair to be in sync with the showcased era. It’s a small yet prominent part,” added the source.advertisementThe film will hit the screens on August 15, 2018.ALSO READ | Gold first look: All you need to know about independent India’s first Olympic gold ALSO READ | Akshay Kumar’s Gold: Akshay Kumar and Talaash director Reema Kagti team up for sports drama ALSO WATCH: Akshay Kumar wins National Award – How the actor became Sabse Bada Khiladi
The Rajya Sabha member from West Bengal representing the Trinamool Congress, Derek O’Brien thought to have “little bit of fun” on Instagram.The fun came soon after the Mumbai Police Cyber Cell registered an FIR against comedy group AIB co-founder, Tanmay Bhat.Comedian Tanmay Bhat came under fire after an AIB meme got viral which showed Prime Minister Narendra Modi using a dog filter on Snapchat. The meme was tweeted from AIB’s official Twitter handle. On July 15, the old quiz show host tweeted sharing an Instagram photo. He tweeted, “It’s the weekend. Time for a little bit of fun.”It seems it wasn’t Derek’s idea to use the dog filter. OML Founder CEO Vijay Nair tweeted on July 14 saying ‘he’d vote for any politician who uploads their photo with a dog filter’.Any politician who would voluntarily upload their pic with a dog filter right now gets my vote.- Vijay Nair (@vijay_nair) July 14, 2017On July 15, Derek O’Brien along with Shashi Tharoor was tagged in a tweet. The tweet asked both of them to “be a sport”.@ShashiTharoor? Be a sport? @quizderek? https://t.co/g8Dxay8HMl- Anant Rangaswami (@AnantRangaswami) July 15, 2017The jocular challenge excited TMC’s Derek compelling him to think about spreading some good fun around, especially when the situation got uptight after AIB’s Tanmay Bhat was booked for a meme of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.What a good idea . Giving it a thought. Should I ? Should I not ! Hmmm On itadvertisement- Derek O’Brien (@quizderek) July 15, 2017Derek gracefully applied the dog filter, the same filter which is landing people in jails in the present times. Derek replied thanking Vijay Nair for the idea and went ahead with it.Thanks for the idea . I just did- Derek O’Brien (@quizderek) July 15, 2017And after Derek O’Brien, Shashi Tharoor too was game to post his photo with dog filter. Thiruvananthapuram MP Tharoor directed the tweet towards the trolls tagging AIB’s Twitter handle.Attn all trolls: I took the #DogFilter challenge! @AllIndiaBakchod pic.twitter.com/0lmClCS7CF- Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) July 15, 2017People in India have been questioning the suppression of something as harmless as humour. Which reminds us all of a famous Franklin Roosevelt quote, “A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward.”FYI || FIR against AIB’s Tanmay Bhat: Is India going the North Korea way? Where’s the tolerance? ||Also Read || AIB’s Tanmay Bhat reminds Modi of his post: We surely need more humour in public life ||
Boxer Vijender Singh on Saturday defeated China’s Zulpikar Maimaitiali in the unified WBO Asia Pacific and Oriental Super Middleweight title, maintaining his unbeaten streak. Star cricketers and top Bollywood actors took to Twitter to congratulate Vijender on his thrilling victory.Vijender beat Maimaitiali by unanimous decision to win his second title and also his nine consecutive bout.Speaking about the much-awaited encounter, Vijender had earlier trolled his opponent and said that he would try to finish the bout as soon as possible as “Chinese product don’t last long”.Vijender, who remained unbeaten since his debut in professional boxing, has also fought eight bouts, last one being against former world number one boxer Francis Cheka from Tanzania where he defended his title.Vijender clinched his first title in July 2016 against Kerry Hope of Australia, becoming the WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight Champion. He has 30 rounds under his belt, which gives him a slight edge over his opponent, who has fought 24 rounds till now.Tough match this,but congrats @boxervijender .Enjoyed Hakka Noodles while watching ur fight & you made Chinese Hakka Bakka#BattleGroundAsia pic.twitter.com/6nlcX92MHM- Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) 5 August 2017SINGH IS KING! @boxervijenderWBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title ??WBO Oriental Super Middleweight title ??#BattleGroundAsia pic.twitter.com/saVTaKuQzU- IOS Boxing (@IOSBoxing) August 5, 2017He came.He saw.He conquered.@boxervijender kept his unbeaten record in Pro-Boxing intact! #BattleGroundAsia pic.twitter.com/MFpMNGYOD4- IOS Boxing (@IOSBoxing) August 5, 2017A moment to cherish for all of us! The whole country is proud of @boxervijender. #BattleGroundAsia pic.twitter.com/9SZnyTbQgyadvertisement- IOS Boxing (@IOSBoxing) August 5, 2017Surreal atmosphere! The moment when @boxervijender was announced as the champion. Nothing less than goosebumps!#BattleGroundAsia pic.twitter.com/3CayWQ7TL6- IOS Boxing (@IOSBoxing) August 5, 2017T 2507 – ??? ?? !! ???? ?? ??? ?? ?? ???? !! Vijendra beats China opponent to keep his title !! A slug fest but WE won ! Congratulations ! pic.twitter.com/qbd5n6HPdd- Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) August 5, 2017Congratulations to @boxervijender for the great win. Chinese met a grand defeat in Mumbai and same will happen in Doklam #BattleGroundAsia pic.twitter.com/d7kwncuvgQ- Swami Ramdev (@yogrishiramdev) August 5, 2017Congratulations @boxervijender on yet another victory. Looked like the best match of your pro-boxing career. Superbly done#BattleGroundAsia- Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) August 5, 2017WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight champ Vijender Singh ??????????beat WBO Oriental Super Middleweight champ Zulpikar Maimaitiali from China- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 5, 2017#VijenderSingh 9-0SonnyWhitingDeanGillenSamHyuseinovAlexanderHorvathMatiouzeRoyerAndrzej SoldraKerry HopeFrancis ChekaZ Maimaitiali- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 5, 2017Congratulations my brother @boxervijender!! Sabash shera ??#BattleGroundAsia. Keep rocking- Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) August 5, 2017It was like a #MohammadAli vs #Tyson in styles of fighting..very well fought my brother @boxervijender..retains the title #BattleGroundAsia pic.twitter.com/aXHhrEr9au- Randeep Hooda (@RandeepHooda) August 5, 2017
A small boy was seen asking Roger Federer why he is called The Goat in a video posted by US Open Tennis on their social media handles. Soon the video went viral on the Internet with every one swooning over the boy’s funny question and Federer’s masterful tackling of the situation.For all those who are wondering who the small boy is, the boy’s name is Zizou Ahmed and he is a next generation USTA ambassador. He was at the ‘Arthur Ashe Kids Day’ programme where the 19-time Grand Slam champion, Roger Federer was also present at the press conference.#NetGenerationKidcaster @AceZizou met @rogerfederer. So why do they call him the ???? https://t.co/EJamIca7jr #USOpen pic.twitter.com/ipD7RaFRrQ- US Open Tennis (@usopen) August 26, 2017This is how the short question and answer session at the press conference went about, “I wanted to ask you, Switzerland is really cold right, there isn’t too much livestock., So why do they call you the goat?””Sometimes…sometimes they call me that. I don’t call myself that. We don’t have a lot of animals obviously. I am also a part of the livestock there, so”*haha*”You have been the most consistent player of all time, umm…can you continue to play for 8-9 years so that i can play you when I turn pro.””If you can make it on tour, i will make sure that I come back for you.””Is that a promise?”*Shrugs and then laughs*”Almost…almost…pinkie promise”advertisementUS Open Twitter Photo Federer has been addressed by his legion of fans as the ‘GOAT’, which stands for ‘Greatest of All Time’.His claim to the aforementioned title became stronger after his record 8th Wimbledon win, which was also the 19th major trophy overall, overwhelming Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-1, 6-4.Reuters Photo He turned 36 on August 8, making him the oldest man to win Wimbledon in the Open era, and is aWhen the final ended, with an ace from Federer, after merely 1 hour, 41 minutes, Federer’s fans flooded social media websites with congratulatory messages to the GOAT.
Former heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury has announced his return to boxing, saying that he is looking forward to three big fights in 2018.The 29-year-old’s comments come just a week after announcing he would not seek a new licence with the British Boxing Board of Control.Taking to Twitter, Fury wrote, “Be ready to fight in April 2018 in a great fight! & again in the summer in a mega fight! & again in back end of year. 3 big fights in 2018.”Be ready to fight in April 2018 in a great fight! & again in the summer in a mega fight! & again in back end of year. 3 big fights in 2018.- TYSON2FASTFURY (@Tyson_Fury) October 12, 2017Fury had his licence suspended last October after he admitted of taking a lot of cocaine to help him deal with depression.It should be noted that Fury has not fought since defeating Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015 to bag the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO titles.Within two weeks of his victory, he was stripped of the IBF world heavyweight championship belt after he declined to face mandatory title challenger Vyacheslav Glazkov.
HOUSTON — Indianapolis coach Chuck Pagano isn’t sure when Andrew Luck can play again.Not to worry though. He’s got the ageless Matt Hasselbeck to fill in.Andre Johnson caught two touchdown passes from the 40-year-old Hasselbeck, the second for 2 yards in the fourth quarter, to help the Colts beat the Houston Texans 27-20 on Thursday night.“Got the best backup in the league right now,” Pagano said. “We could argue that.”Released by Houston in March after 12 seasons with the team, Johnson had six catches for 77 yards.Hasselbeck won his second straight game filling in for Luck, who was out with a shoulder injury.Hasselbeck’s performance was even more impressive given the fact that he was battling a bacterial infection that hospitalized him this week. He started feeling ill just before halftime Sunday in a victory over Jacksonville and didn’t start feeling better until Thursday night.“I honestly feel like this isn’t even real right now,” Hasselbeck said.Pagano raved about Hasselbeck.“He was literally on his deathbed Monday/Tuesday and mustered up enough to come in Wednesday and practice,” Pagano said. “He was getting IVs and fighting a virus and the grittiest performance I’ve seen in a long, long time.”Brian Hoyer, who replaced Ryan Mallett for Houston (1-4) in the second quarter, threw a pass up for grabs that was intercepted by Mike Adams with less than 2 minutes left to help the Colts (3-2) seal the victory.(KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
The days of Youri Djorkaeff, Jay-Jay Okocha and Fernando Hierro running out to play Premier League games for Bolton are a distant memory for long-suffering fans of the English soccer team.Now, the club is in a complete mess — and, in the worst-case scenario, could yet go out of business.On Wednesday, Bolton officials are due in the High Court in central London over an unpaid tax bill of 1.2 million pounds ($1.6 million) and other debts. Britain’s tax department says the club will go into bankruptcy protection if it doesn’t pay what it owes.The problems are many at Bolton, which is now languishing in next-to-last place in the second-tier League Championship and is likely to be relegated to the third division in the coming weeks.The club — one of the 12 founding members of England’s Football League in 1888 — is in a dire financial position, with its players currently on a 48-hour strike in support of staff whose wages were not paid on time for the second straight month. It is the second time in less than a year that players have taken such action.In addition, the team will have to play its next two matches behind closed doors after Bolton’s safety advisory group decided Tuesday that the club could not guarantee the safety of fans at the stadium. The group, which comprises representatives of the local council, police and emergency services, informed the Football League that it has placed a prohibition notice on the club.With Bolton desperate for wins in an effort to escape relegation, having no supporters for the games against Ipswich on Saturday and Middlesbrough on April 9 is a big blow. The team is five points from safety with seven games left this season.Through all of this, Bolton chairman Ken Anderson, a former agent who bought the club in 2016, says he is hitting obstacles in his efforts to sell it — infuriating fans in the process.The latest in a series of bullish updates from Anderson was published Tuesday, in which he said “talks are ongoing with buyers” whose “advisors (say) that they are in a position that will enable completion to take place shortly.”Anderson urged the team’s players to go back to work, saying their decision “has a negative rather than a positive logic behind it.”“I have read that the players and management staff have said that being paid late does not actually motivate them to go out and perform on the pitch,” Anderson said, adding pointedly: “That is fully understandable, but perhaps they could also explain why the results up to Christmas were not exactly impressive either?”And in remarks that likely didn’t go down well with club staff yet to be paid their salary, Anderson said: “Let’s remember, yesterday was only April 1, so it is not as if it is weeks late, is it?”These latest events contrast sharply to the Bolton of 15-20 years ago when the club was well run and constantly punched above its weight before its relegation in 2012, which ended 11 straight years in the top flight.Bolton reached the last 16 of the now-defunct UEFA Cup in 2008. At the end of the stewardship of Sam Allardyce (1999-2007), the team finished in the top eight of the Premier League every year from 2004-07 and was a beaten finalist in the English League Cup in 2004.There were two glorious years — from 2002-04 — when Bolton’s attack was led by Djorkaeff, a World Cup winner with France in 1998, and Okocha, a Nigerian whose flair and skills made him one of the most watchable players in the world’s most watched league.Now, many soccer fans only hear of Bolton in relation to a crisis that is damaging the reputation of one of the English game’s most famous names.By: Steve Douglas, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
Dale Earnhardt Jr. says his family is “truly blessed” that nobody was seriously injured when his plane crash-landed last week in Tennessee.The retired NASCAR driver, now a television analyst, issued a statement Monday on social media praising the “quick response of my pilots, local law enforcement, emergency personnel and hospital staff.” He thanked people for their phone calls, messages of support and prayers.FILE – In this Sept. 21, 2018, file photo, Dale Earnhardt Jr. looks at his daughter, Isla, and his wife Amy on pit row prior to an Xfinity Series NASCAR auto race at Richmond Raceway in Richmond, Va. Earnhardt Jr. will take the weekend off from broadcasting to be with his wife and daughter after the three were in a plane crash landing Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, near Bristol Motor Speedway. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)Investigators say the plane carrying Earnhardt and his family bounced multiple times during a crash-landing Thursday in Elizabethton and veered off the runway before ending up on a highway. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause.A member of the National Transportation Safety Board looks at the wreckage of a plane that Dale Earnhardt Jr., his wife and daughter and two pilots and a dog were on when it crash landed Thursday at the Elizabethton Municipal Airport in Elizabethton, Tenn., Friday, Aug. 16, 2019. Earnhardt Jr. will take the weekend off from broadcasting to be with his wife and daughter after the crash near Bristol Motor Speedway. (David Crigger/Bristol Herald Courier via AP)Earnhardt was with wife Amy, 15-month-old daughter Isla, two pilots and the family dog. He was to have been part of NBC’s broadcast team for Saturday night’s Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway.Earnhardt says he and his wife appreciate the privacy extended to them as they process what happened.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Renesas Electronics announced that Nissan Motor has adopted Renesas’ innovative and high-peformance automotive technology for the ProPILOT 2.0 system featured in the new Nissan Skyline. The driver assistance system combines navigated highway driving with hands-off, single-lane driving capabilities, employing Renesas’ R-Car automotive system-on-chip (SoC) and RH850 automotive control microcontroller to implement core functionality in the electronic control units (ECUs) that handle driving judgment and control. Designed for on-ramp to off-ramp (ramp-to-ramp) highway driving, ProPILOT 2.0 engages with the vehicle’s navigation system to help maneuver the car according to a predefined route on designated roadways. For the first time, the system also enables hands-off driving while cruising in a single lane.To achieve this advanced capability, the Renesas R-Car SoC first creates detailed environment maps of the vehicle surroundings by combining information on nearby vehicles and other objects from the cameras and front radar with the high-precision 3D map data preloaded for navigation. The SoC determines the vehicle’s own position from the map data and lane information and, based on this information, determines the vehicle’s action plan. The RH850 MCU receives the resulting data and sends control commands to the ECUs such as the steering wheel, accelerator, brakes. Combining the R-Car SoC’s high-performance processing with the RH850’s real-time responsiveness and excellent reliability enables judgment and control operations to take place sequentially and accurately. This contributes substantially to the realization of Nissan’s ProPILOT 2.0 driver assistance system.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Cervoz: T405 M.2 NVMe solution for industrial storageNext RECOM: DC/DC converters in compact 1 x 1” footprint