Yanks Beat Cards, 6-4, in 12

first_imgST. LOUIS — Brett Gardner’s leaping catch in the 11th inning gave the New York Yankees life. Patient at-bats and their first hit since the fifth inning put them over the top.“I just tried to get back there as fast as I could,” Gardner said of his catch at the top of the left field wall that denied Yadier Molina of at least extra bases and perhaps a game-ending two-run homer in the Yankees’ 6-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in 12 innings May 26.“It was an easy play, just go back and make sure I get the ball in the glove before my back hits the wall.”Brian Roberts’ bases loaded single was the go-ahead hit in a three-run 12th fueled by two walks and a hit batter. The Yankees won for the fourth time in extra innings on the season, three of them in the last six games.“It’s a grind,” Gardner said. “But we’ve been playing pretty well and we seem to really stay focused.”Pinch-hitter Alfonso Soriano and Brendan Ryan each added an RBI for the Yankees, who took the opener of a three-game interleague series for their third straight win. Alfredo Aceves (1-2) worked two scoreless innings and David Robertson earned his 11th save in 12 chances.“At that point, you’re just trying to get the guy in,” Roberts said. “You need to be selective and find ways to win.”Jon Jay had an RBI double in the 12th for the Cardinals, who lost for the third time in 12 games.“Just a really bad day,” reliever Randy Choate said. “I felt fine coming in, just didn’t have good stuff.”A standing-room crowd of 47,311, the third-largest at 9-year-old Busch Stadium, showed up to see an opponent making only its second appearance in St. Louis since losing to the Cardinals in the 1964 World Series.The enthusiasm did not appear to be dampened by a 61-minute weather delay — for rain that did not materialize — before the first pitch.Cardinals pitchers retired 20 of 21 batters before the 12th, when Choate (0-2) faced five batters and four reached safely.Five Yankees relievers were stingy, too, permitting two hits in seven innings.“It comes down to doing little things and getting big hits,” St. Louis Manager Mike Matheny said. “That’s no secret. We had a couple of opportunities to get the big hit. You can’t do it all the time.”Jacoby Ellsbury got the rally started when he walked to lead off the inning and stole second, a call upheld after Matheny challenged. After coming through, Roberts is 3 for 6 in extra innings.“Another big hit for us,” Manager Joe Girardi said. “I thought the bottom of the lineup was extremely productive.”Molina slammed his helmet in frustration after Gardner came down with his drive at the top of the fence with a runner on and one out in the 11th.Derek Jeter got a standing ovation before his first at-bat, and thousands stood again when he singled, although they also roared when he took a called third strike to end the eighth against Carlos Martinez after Molina’s pinpoint throw on Gardner attempting to steal.Michael Wacha dealt with a rain delay for the fourth time in his 11 starts — total idle time of 4 hours, 52 minutes. After nine pitches the Yankees had the lead, with a walk by Gardner and a single by Jeter setting up Ellsbury’s RBI single.The first three batters reached in a two-run fifth, too, with Kelly Johnson’s RBI single and Gardner’s sacrifice fly putting the Yankees up 3-1.New York rookie starter Chase Whitley was vulnerable early, too. The Cardinals needed two at-bats to tie it in the first when Matt Carpenter tripled off the right-field wall and Kolten Wong doubled, but they missed a chance for more when Wong overslid third and was caught stealing for the first time in eight attempts this season.Whitley qualified for a win for the first time in three career starts, but left with the bases loaded and none out in the sixth before the Cardinals tied it against Preston Claiborne. Allen Craig had an RBI groundout and Jhonny Peralta followed with a sacrifice fly.Wacha bounced back after taking a foul liner off his elbow while sitting in the dugout his last time out, giving up three runs on four hits in seven innings. He had a season-low two strikeouts, the first against Ellsbury leading off the sixth.(R.B. FALLSTROM, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Braves Squeeze By Mets, 3-2

first_imgNEW YORK — Braves pitchers are thankful Andrelton Simmons is their shortstop and not another powerful pitching arm.The 24-year old would not sign with Atlanta in 2010 unless the Braves allowed him to remain in the infield.With the potential tying run on third base in the eighth inning on Aug. 27, he ranged onto the outfield grass to snag Travis d’Arnaud’s grounder, then made a one-hop throw to first baseman Freddie Freeman.That preserved the lead as the Braves beat the New York Mets 3-2 behind Julio Teheran’s strong start to stop a three-game losing streak.“Two out, man on third, not only does he make the play, but he makes an accurate throw to first base,” Braves Manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “Today, Teheran should take him out to dinner because he saved him the win.”Teheran (13-9) gave up three hits in 6 1-3 innings, struck out four and walked two. “My fastball was working and I threw my changeup more,” he said. “I think that’s how I got them off-balance.”Jason Heyward connected on Zack Wheeler’s third pitch of the game for his 11th homer of the season.After Wilmer Flores’ home run tied the game in the second, the Braves went ahead for good in the third when Phil Gosselin reached on a bunt single, Freeman doubled, Justin Upton hit a broken-bat RBI groundout and shortstop Ruben Tejada allowed Evan Gattis’ two-out bouncer to pop out of his glove for a run-scoring error.“Justin’s at-bat was huge,” Heyward said. “It was a broken bat and scored the go-ahead run. When you put the ball in play, it puts pressure on the defense. And then when Gattis put the ball in play, they made an error and it led to another run.”Craig Kimbrel allowed Eric Campbell’s leadoff single in the ninth and walked Matt den Dekker. After Flores sacrificed, Gosselin threw out Campbell at the plate on Tejada’s grounder to third and pinch-hitter Kirk Nieuwenhuis flied hit a game-ending flyout. Kimbrel got his 39th save in 43 chances.Juan Lagares had an RBI single in the eighth off Jordan Walden before Lucas Duda grounded into a double play. Then came Simmons’ sterling throw.“It looks like he has no chance, and then in the last second, he just reaches for it and throws it,” d’Arnaud said. “What a great play.”Wheeler (9-9) gave up three runs — two earned — four hits and three walks in seven innings with seven strikeouts. He had been 6-0 with a 2.12 ERA in 10 starts since losing to Oakland on June 25.Atlanta began the night 1 1/2 games behind San Francisco for the second NL wild card.(CHARLES O’BRIEN)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Phil Jackson: If Knicks Continue to Stink Up the Garden, It’s His Mess

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — Phil Jackson offered a mea culpa for the New York Knicks’ awful first half of the season but said he’s doing what’s best for the franchise’s future.Days after trading away two of the team’s best players and getting little in return, Jackson asked fans not to blame coach Derek Fisher because what’s shaping up as the worst season in franchise history is his responsibility.The Knicks entered Saturday’s game against Charlotte with an NBA-worst 5-34 record and on the longest single-season skid in team history— 14 straight games.“In anticipating that we were going to be better, that we were giving hope to our fans that maybe there was a possible playoff opportunity here, that goes on me,” Jackson said. “That we have to now take responsibility and move forward and make things happen, that also goes on me and now I have to do the job that I was brought in to do.”Jackson had said before his first full season as the team’s president of basketball operations that he thought the Knicks were capable of contending for a playoff spot, but now says that “they obviously weren’t.”But Jackson, part of two championship teams with the Knicks as a player and a title-winning coach with the Lakers and Bulls, insisted he’s making moves that could turn around a franchise that hasn’t won since that second title in 1973.“We’re going through this period of time and for some of the people that have been fans of this team have told me many times that there’s been this impression that maybe the team should blow it up and should start over again and it’s never happened,” Jackson said. “It’s always been going after the next big star.“We kept searching for the big star to change our fortunes which has never happened in the last 45 years or so, so reality is that this is probably the best way to go about the business and to begin and to restart and do it the right way and put it together in a way that really makes sense.”Jackson traded guards J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert to Cleveland this week in a three-team deal that could leave the Knicks with more than $25 million in salary cap space next summer. Jackson said he hopes to bring in five to six new players next season.He acknowledged making the wrong decisions on the team he put together this season, though he was hamstrung for financial reasons. He may not be done making moves, saying the Knicks could be active at next month’s trade deadline.“I just think that no one should be surprised in what we do from here on out,” Jackson said.Jackson, who won an NBA-record 11 championships as a coach, praised Fisher for remaining optimistic and keeping the team’s future goals in mind. He also spoke highly of All-Star Carmelo Anthony, who hopes to return soon from a sore left knee.But he might be one of the few Knicks who is still around next season. Jackson said this season’s group didn’t learn the team’s triangle offense as quickly as he hoped, necessitating some of the moves he’s made and the next search for talent.Jackson said that he’s lost some sleep trying to figure out ways to improve the Knicks, but believes it will happen. He said Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan, who gave Jackson his first chance to be a team executive in March, has remained supportive.“We hope we’re on the right track, even though this isn’t the track we anticipated,” Jackson said.BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writerlast_img read more

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Clippers Humiliate Knicks, 111-80

first_imgNEW YORK — Doc Rivers sat his starters down early, then benched himself after the game.Rivers sent out assistant Mike Woodson to handle the postgame interviews, and the former Knicks coach had plenty to smile about after his new team smashed his old one.DeAndre Jordan raised the NBA’s best shooting percentage above 71 percent by making all seven shots and scoring 14 points, and the Los Angeles Clippers pounded New York 111-80 on March 25.Woodson said his boss claimed he was ill, but he downplayed his first trip back to face the team that fired him as a motivator for the Clippers.“This is not about me,” Woodson said. “I mean, it really isn’t. This is about the Clippers and the fine team that Doc has put together. And we’re playing for something.”And the Knicks had no chance of slowing them down.Shooting all night from either right at or above the rim — and once right on top of Jason Smith — Jordan hiked his season percentage to .713, which would be second only to Wilt Chamberlain’s .727 in 1972-73.Chris Paul added 11 points and 16 assists for the Clippers, who won their fifth straight and improved the fourth-best record in the Western Conference to 47-25. Austin Rivers scored 21 points in 19 minutes off the bench.The only negative for Jordan was grabbing just 10 rebounds — the Clipper starters played less than 30 minutes — to end his streak of games with at least 14 rebounds at 19.“I knew we had to come out with the right mindset and intensity to win the basketball game,” Jordan said. “You can’t play teams’ records, you’ve got to play the game and take care of business.”Rookie Cleanthony Early had a season-high 18 points for the Knicks, who lost their fifth straight and moved a loss away from matching the franchise single-season record.“They played better than us during the game,” center Andrea Bargnani said. “Better on defense, they executed better, they shared the ball better.”The Knicks are 14-58, just two seasons after winning 54 games and reaching the second round of the playoffs under Woodson. Woodson was fired after last season by Phil Jackson after going 109-79 with two playoff berths in 2½ seasons.Woodson’s new team outclassed his overmatched old one right from the tip. Paul had nine assists after one quarter — the Knicks had only seven baskets — and the Clippers poured it on in the second period. Jordan’s ferocious dunk over Smith with 3.6 seconds left made it 63-33 at halftime and the Clippers led by as much as 40.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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ESPN Suing Verizon

first_imgESPN is suing Verizon in an escalating clash over how the popular sports channel is being sold in a discounted pay-TV package.The complaint filed Monday in New York’s state Supreme Court alleges Verizon is breaking its contract with ESPN, owned by Walt Disney Co., by unbundling the sports channel from the main programming line-up of Verizon’s FiOS TV.The legal showdown could have ripple effects on how other pay-TV programming is packaged. Cable and satellite services are scrambling to retain subscribers as the advent of Internet video spawns new and less expensive ways to stay entertained and informed.Verizon is allowing customers to subscribe to a bare-bones package of 35 channels for $55 per month, with the option of adding other two other tiers of programming such as a sports package that includes ESPN. The streamlined packages are meant to appeal to budget-minded consumers weary of paying for dozens of TV channels that they rarely watch.Pay-TV providers such as Verizon are under pressure to give subscribers cheaper and more flexible choices as they face intensifying competition from Netflix, Hulu, Amazon.com and other online services that stream TV series and movies over high-speed Internet connections.Those market forces prompted Time Warner Inc.’s HBO, a long-time staple in pay-TV lineups, to recently begin selling an Internet-only service for $15 per month.“Verizon’s current skirmish speaks to the trouble distributors will have in creating a slimmer package that is attractive both from an economic and content perspective,” MoffettNathanson Research wrote in an analysis Monday.ESPN is fighting Verizon’s discounted “custom TV” package because it gives subscribers the option of bypassing the sports channel in their programming selections. That violates pay-TV requirements stipulating that ESPN be included in the main bundle of programming, according to ESPN. Despite the alleged breach of contract, ESPN hasn’t yet pulled its channel from the sports pack that Verizon is selling as part of its discounted service.New York-based Verizon Communications Inc. denies its new options break its ESPN contract. “Consumers have spoken loud and clear that they want choice, and the industry should be focused on giving consumers what they want,” the company said in response to ESPN’s lawsuit.In its statement, ESPN said it favors innovation as long as it doesn’t violate existing agreements. The sports channel recently worked out a deal that enabled Dish TV’s Sling service to include ESPN and ESPN2 in an Internet video service that costs about $20 per month. ESPN is included in the main programming line-up of Sling, though.While ESPN took Verizon to court, CBS Sports Network disclosed plans to join Verizon’s separate sports package beginning May 1.Few details of ESPN’s claims against Verizon were available Monday because the material in the lawsuit is currently considered confidential.ESPN is highly prized by pay-TV providers and advertisers because the channel has the rights to a variety of major professional and college sports that still command large audience who watch the programming live instead of on DVR recordings that let viewers skip the commercials.The sports channel’s allure has established ESPN as the most expensive channel in basic pay-TV channels, based on estimates from data provider SNL Kagan. ESPN charges pay-TV distributors $6.61 per monthly subscriber compared to just $1.65 per subscriber for the second most expensive basic channel, TNT.MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Business Writer___AP Business Writer Tali Arbel in Washington contributed to this story. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Nationals Draft Mariano Rivera III

first_imgNEW YORK — Enter Sandman — the sequel.Iona College right-hander Mariano Rivera III, son of the former Yankees closer, was drafted in the fourth round June 9 by the Washington Nationals.Rivera was 5-7 with a 2.65 ERA and a school-record 113 strikeouts with 27 walks in 85 innings this season for the Gaels, while also being selected the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference’s pitcher of the year.While his famous father saved a major league-record 652 games, the younger Rivera has been a solid college starter with six complete games, including three shutouts.Rivera III was drafted in the 29th round by the Yankees last year, but opted to return for his junior season.Rivera III was drafted in the 29th round by the Yankees last year, but opted to return for his junior season.“Obviously, he comes from a great baseball background,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said before his team faced the Nationals at Yankee Stadium. Girardi added that it’s “a big day for the young man and for ‘Big Mo.’”While he doesn’t have the devastating cutter that made his father so dominant during a 19-year career, the younger Rivera has a fastball that hits the mid- to upper-90s consistently, along with a solid curve and slider.He bears a striking resemblance facially to his father, although the 21-year-old Rivera takes a smaller frame to the mound at 5-foot-11 and 155 pounds; the elder Rivera was 6-2, 195.Rivera wasn’t the only player with baseball bloodlines taken early during the second day of the baseball draft. Missouri State outfielder Tate Matheny, son of St. Louis manager Mike Matheny, was drafted by Boston early in the fourth round.Matheny, a 23rd-rounder by the Cardinals out of high school in 2012, hit .291 with five homers and 43 RBIs for the Bears this year, along with a team-leading 12 stolen bases.Michigan State outfielder Cam Gibson, son of 1988 NL MVP Kirk Gibson, was drafted in the fifth round by the Detroit Tigers — the team that drafted the elder Gibson with the No. 12 overall pick in 1978.Cam Gibson was drafted in the 38th round by Arizona in 2012 while Kirk was managing the Diamondbacks, but opted to go to Michigan State, where his dad also played his college ball. He hit .294 and had 17 stolen bases in 57 games for the Spartans this season.Several other familiar names were selected in the first two rounds including: Florida high school outfielder Kyle Tucker (No. 5 overall by Houston), the younger brother of Astros outfielder Preston Tucker; Texas high school third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes, son of former big leaguer Charlie Hayes, went 32nd overall to Pittsburgh; Georgia high school outfielder Daz Cameron, son of former All-Star Mike Cameron, went 37th to Houston; and California high school third baseman Tyler Nevin, the son of 1992 No. 1 overall pick Phil Nevin, was drafted by Colorado at No. 38.Among other notable selections was Texas drafting Duke right-hander Michael Matuella, who had Tommy John surgery in April, early in the third round. Matuella was considered a candidate for the No. 1 overall pick entering the season.“Unreal moment,” Matuella wrote on Twitter. “Im beyond excited for the opportunity that the @Rangers have given me!! Thank you to everyone for the incredible support!!!”(DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Tampa Bay Rays Tame Cuba

first_imgHAVANA — When Kevin Kiermaier slid into home for the Tampa Bay Rays’ first run of the day, President Barack Obama flung his arms wide in the sign for “safe.”Then he turned to his left and shook the hand of his seatmate and Cuban counterpart, Raul Castro.The scene was a remarkable milestone for sports diplomacy as the two presidents try to set aside more than 50 years of Cold War hostility during which about the only thing the countries agreed on was a shared love of baseball.Obama and Castro even joined in when fans were doing “the wave.”In the landmark game, the first visit by a major league team to the Communist island since 1999, the Rays beat the Cuban national team 4-1 on March 22.James Loney homered and drove in three runs, and Matt Moore and the Tampa Bay pitchers shut out the Cubans until Rudy Reyes homered in the ninth inning.But the day will be remembered less for the final score than for the two men sitting in the front row at Estadio Latinoamericano, the last stop on Obama’s trip to Cuba this week in a bid to further pave the road toward normalized relations.The near-capacity crowd roared as Obama and Castro entered and walked toward their seats right behind home plate, waving to fans and greeting other dignitaries.Chants of “Raul! Raul!” broke out.Rarely has so much pomp and circumstance accompanied an exhibition game. Former All-Stars Derek Jeter and Dave Winfield and Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred were among the President’s greeters. Secretary of State John Kerry was also in the VIP box, as well as several of Cuba’s highest officials.Before the first pitch, Rays players walked over from the dugout to say hello and passed flowers and small Cuban flags through the netting to first lady Michelle Obama and first daughter Sasha.“Appreciate you guys,” said the President, clad in a white shirt and sunglasses. Castro was slightly more formal in a blazer.Obama shared an extended handshake with ace pitcher Chris Archer, who once was a minor leaguer for the Chicago Cubs. He gave Obama, a White Sox fan, a glove owned by Moore.The last time a big league club played in Cuba was 17 years ago when the Baltimore Orioles came to this same stadium during spring training.“We won’t experience anything like this again,” Rays Manager Kevin Cash said afterward. “So it’s a very special day for Major League Baseball, the Tampa Bay Rays and obviously all of our players, myself included.”Said Moore: “It’s really great, you know, this is something that feels like a very big game back home … I’ve had the opportunity to be in the playoffs a few times and this feels like that kind of an event.”Both Obama and Castro were gone by the third inning — with Obama heading to the airport to fly south for a state visit to Argentina — but the stands remained packed until the final out.Reyes, a hometown favorite who plays for Havana’s powerhouse club Industriales, finally gave the fans a reason to cheer with his solo shot.“It kind of went quiet for a little bit, but then they get something going, you can imagine how loud this place can get when it’s championship baseball,” Cash said.The day left Reyes imagining something else, too. “A lot, this game meant a lot, because of the brotherhood there will be from now on” between Cuban and U.S. baseball, the third baseman said.The diamond detente will help “open the door to the possibility that Cuban baseball players can play” in the majors, he said.What the game lacked in offensive productivity from the home team, it made up for in pageantry.Loud music and dancers on the field warmed the crowd up beforehand, and tots in tiny baseball uniforms escorted the players out for introductions.A white-clad choir sang both countries’ national anthems and a flock of doves was unleashed from the center-field stands. The Cuban and U.S. flags fluttered atop the scoreboard under overcast skies.The stadium known as “El Latino” got a facelift just before the Rays’ visit, providing a freshly scrubbed backdrop.“It’s beautiful. The field looks marvelous,” said Guillermo Gonzalez, an 18-year-old university student. “We are celebrating a union between two peoples, between the United States and Cuba. It’s marvelous.”The stands were notably more mellow than your average Cuban game, where the music, dancing and horn-blowing can be practically nonstop.Admission was free, and tickets were distributed to Cubans through organizations such as student groups and workplaces. That essentially assured a well-behaved crowd and no government opponents around to protest.Maria Ester Mendoza Alvarez, a 52-year-old university professor, agreed that cultural exchanges like this one can help heal geopolitical schisms, but also said the United States ought to end its economic embargo on and give back the naval base at Guantanamo — two longstanding grievances of the Cuban government.“Forget all the politics — we are going to enjoy this as a game, nothing more,” Mendoza said.The trip was also a homecoming for Tampa right fielder Dayron Varona, who was born in Havana and spent seven years playing in Cuba before hopping a boat to Haiti in 2013. On March 21 he had a tearful reunion with relatives he hadn’t seen in three years.In a symbolic moment, Varona was first to bat. He flied out to first, to polite applause. He said after the game that “playing baseball here is a really beautiful thing, very impressive.”Meeting Obama, that also stood out. “That gave me a lot of satisfaction,” Varona said. “I hope someone took a photo and has it somewhere so I can go pick it up.”Luis Tiant, a three-time MLB all-star, and Pedro Luis Lazo, who had a long career with Cuban club Pinar del Rio and the national team, threw out the first pitches.The stadium observed a minute of silence before the game in memory of the Brussels attacks.(PETER ORSI)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Mets Beat Back LA Dodgers, 4-2

first_imgLOS ANGELES — The moment of truth for the New York Mets came in the eighth inning, when reliever Jim Henderson did what he was called on to do — pitch out of a jam with a two-run lead.It helped Steven Matz win his fifth straight start.Matz pitched six efficient innings, Curtis Granderson homered on the first pitch of the game, and Kevin Plawecki also went deep to lead the defending NL champions to a 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 9.Henderson relieved Antonio Bastardo with one out and the tying runs on base in the eighth. He struck out Yasiel Puig after getting behind him 2-0, then got Thompson on a foul pop“At that point, you want to attack him. You don’t want to load the bases and put the tying run at second,” Henderson said of the Puig at-bat. “The second pitch he fouled off was a ball, so I just lucky with that one. Then I just kept on challenging him with the fastball and it worked out.”Manager Terry Collins is enjoying the way his late-inning relievers have been handling their roles.“One of the things we try to get through to them is that your role is very simple — get the guy out who’s standing in the batter’s box, no matter who it is or what inning it is,” Collins said. “And our bullpen has been doing that.”Matz (5-1) allowed two runs and six hits in six innings and struck out five in the opener of a four-game series, the teams’ first meeting since last year’s NL Division Series.“It was one of those days where I didn’t have my best stuff and had to grind a little bit,” Matz said. “But I was still able to throw all my pitches and be able to mix them up, which helped me out. For me it’s just more of a focus, taking it pitch by pitch, not look ahead and just kind of being in the moment.”Matz served up a two-run homer to Trayce Thompson in the fourth after he was staked to a 3-0 lead, but the left-hander helped himself out in the sixth with an RBI double inside third base that chased Scott Kazmir and made it 4-2.Jeurys Familia got three outs for his 11th save in 11 chances.Kazmir (2-3) gave up four runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings. The nine-year veteran lefty was drafted 15th overall by the Mets in 2002 but never pitched a game for the big club before he was traded to Tampa Bay.“He really paid for balls that he happened to leave in the middle of the plate,” Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis said. “They put some good swings on those pitches and got a couple of homers. So hopefully he will learn from those mistakes and we’ll get him back on the edges of the plate.”Granderson got things underway with his 37th career leadoff homer, which landed in the pavilion seats in right-center. The Mets have outscored their opponents 24-5 in the first inning.Puig continued his recent string of highlight-reel plays in the second with a sprinting backhanded grab of Juan Lagares’ sinking liner to right-center field. Two batters later, Plawecki hit his first homer of the season into the left-field pavilion.It was the Mets’ major league-leading 49th homer. Their total is the highest through 31 games in franchise history. New York came in having scored 75 of its previous 133 runs on homers for a major league-best 56.4 percentage.Yoenis Cespedes made it 3-0 with an RBI single in the third, but was doubled off second after left fielder Kike Hernandez made a running catch of Lagares’ bases-loaded blooper. It was Hernandez’ second assist of the inning.(JOE RESNICK)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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PAOK Bounces Panionios, 2-0; AEK Whips Panathinaikos, 3-1

first_imgPAOK gained ground in the Greek Champions League tourney, beating Panionios, 2-0 as AEK defeated Panathinaikos, 3-1.Panionios, in chaos over the likely transfer of Tasos Bakasetas to AEK, gave up two goals in the first half in front of empty stands.AEK turned the tables on Panathinaikos for the Greens’ 3-1 win in the first game between the two. Helder Barbosa scored twice and Jakob Johansson got the other goal for te winners. Substitute Sebastian Leto scored for Panathinaikos.With two games let to play, PAOK leads the tourney with 10 points, AEK has eight, Panathinaikos seven and Panionios with only one. On May 29, Panathinaikos hosts Panionios and AEK entertains PAOK.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

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In longest World Series Game, Dodgers Outlast Red Sox in 18

first_imgLOS ANGELES (AP) — Exhausting and then exhilarating for the Los Angeles Dodgers.Max Muncy’s home run leading off the bottom of the 18th inning finally ended the longest World Series game in history early Saturday and gave Los Angeles a 3-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox that drew the Dodgers to 2-1 in the best-of-seven Series.While the Dodgers mobbed Muncy at home plate, the Red Sox will rue one that got away.They were oh-so-close in the 13th to taking a huge 3-0 lead. But second baseman Ian Kinsler’s wide throw on a two-out grounder by Yasiel Puig let Los Angeles score the tying run in a game that lasted 7 hours, 20 minutes.Muncy later homered to left-center off Nathan Eovaldi, jolting the remaining fans to their feet at 12:30 a.m. A grinning Muncy tossed his helmet in the air as he headed for third.Recalling Kirk Gibson’s winning pinch-hit homer in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series, Muncy came within feet of ending it in the bottom of the 15th. But his shot to right sailed just foul and he ended up striking out.The battle of attrition had a bit of everything, including 18 pitchers and 27 position players.Long after rookie Walker Buehler dazzled over seven shutout innings for the Dodgers, things got interesting.The Red Sox tied it 1-all in the eighth and took a 2-1 lead in the 13th.The Dodgers answered with the tying run in the bottom of the inning.After Dodgers center fielder Cody Bellinger made the throw of his life in the 10th, both teams scored on bizarre errors in the 13th.Boston manager Alex Cora used starter David Price in relief, rotated his outfielders in the middle of innings and even put catcher Christian Vazquez at first base for the first time in his big league career.Out of position players, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts called on ace Clayton Kershaw to pinch-hit in the 17th. He flied out.The stadium organist was busy, too, launching into “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” in the 14th inning — a second version of the seventh-inning stretch. Not many had left by then.The crowd cheered when the stadium clock reached midnight.Game 4 is Saturday at Dodger Stadium. Eovaldi was scheduled to start for the Red Sox, but he threw 97 pitches in relief as one of nine pitchers they used. Left-hander Rich Hill starts for the Dodgers.The Red Sox had a wild 13th, with a walk, a steal, an infield hit and an error before taking a 2-1 lead.Brock Holt drew a leadoff walk and stole second. Pinch-hitter Eduardo Nunez got flipped on his back by catcher Austin Barnes as he chased Scott Alexander’s wild pitch.Nunez then reached on a nubber to the right side and Alexander botched the throw to first, allowing Holt to score. Nunez got knocked on his back again in the play at first, but stayed in the game since the Boston had no one left on its bench.The Dodgers tied it 2-all in the bottom of the 13th. Muncy drew a leadoff walk and tagged up when Nunez tumbled into the third base stands after catching Cody Bellinger’s pop foul. Muncy scored when Kinsler botched the throw to first on Yasiel Puig’s infield single.Boston’s Jackie Bradley Jr. tied it 1-all with a homer off closer Kenley Jansen in the eighth.The Dodgers led 1-0 on Joc Pederson’s two-out homer in the third.Both teams squandered numerous chances. The Red Sox stranded runners in the 10th and 11th. The Dodgers left runners on in every inning from the fifth to the 11th.Boston had runners at the corners in the 10th. Pedro Baez walked J.D. Martinez with one out and took third on Holt’s single to center.Bellinger started a sensational, inning-ending double play from center field, catching Nunez’s pinch-hit fly and then firing to catcher Austin Barnes a few feet up the third-base line. Barnes made the tag as Kinsler came barreling past and both players tumbled to the dirt.The game began in 78-degree heat — 31 degrees warmer than at Fenway Park for the first two games.Buehler stymied the Red Sox through seven scoreless innings. The right-hander retired his final 14 batters before leaving after 108 pitches. He allowed two hits, struck out seven and didn’t walk anyone.Boston starter Rick Porcello gave up one run and three hits in 4 2/3 innings, struck out five and walked one.UP NEXTBoston hadn’t decided on a Game 4 starter.Hill is 0-0 with a 2.61 ERA this postseason, starting once in the NLDS against Atlanta and once in the NLCS against Milwaukee. He also appeared in relief in Game 6 of the NLCS.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Ajax to Play PAOK of Greece in Champions League Qualifying

first_imgNYON, Switzerland (AP) — Ajax will start its Champions League campaign against unbeaten Greek league winner PAOK Thessaloniki in the third qualifying round drawn Monday.Last season, four-time European champion Ajax reached the semifinals in May having entered the competition in the second preliminary round in July.As the Dutch league winner, Ajax now starts one qualifying round later — on Aug. 6 or 7, with the first leg in Greece — needing to beat two opponents instead of three to join the elite group stage.Porto was paired with Krasnodar in a separate qualifying path for teams that placed second or third in higher-ranked leagues.Also, Dynamo Kiev will face Club Brugge, and LASK will take on either PSV Eindhoven, the 1988 European champion, or Basel.First-leg games are played Aug. 6-7, and return games on Aug. 13.The second qualifying round is played through July 31.___TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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New AMD embedded processors attract COM module manufacturers

first_img Continue Reading Previous Defining IoT and Industry 4.0 with embedded systemsNext Optimised semiconductors help in making robots collaborative At the time of the official launch of the new AMD Ryzen Embedded and AMD EPYC Embedded processor families, the company had already garnered support from more than 20 partners. This article explains why these processors are attractive for embedded COM manufacturers. Figure 1. The AMD EPYC Embedded processor offers native 10GbE interfaces. It is therefore ideal for connecting manufacturing cells as part of the Industry 4.0. Even redundant system configurations are possible. This article is contributed by AMD                                          Download PDF version of this articleLeveraging its multi-functional design with a highly scalable thermal design power (TDP) of 12W to 54W, support for the AMD Ryzen Embedded V1000 Series is extremely broad. What attracts embedded board manufacturers most is the significantly greater performance driven by central processing unit (CPU) + graphics processing unit (GPU) integration, along with better pricing than competitive solutions. This processor offers up to 2x more performance than its predecessor and 46% more multi-thread performance than the competition. This is extremely important in today’s multicore era with virtualization and parallel virus scanners, firewalls and intrusion detection solutions. What is more, the new AMD Ryzen Embedded processors have also made significant gains in graphics – which has been a core strength of AMD processor technology from the beginning. They now offer twice as much graphics performance as the AMD Embedded R-Series accelerated processing unit (APUs) (codenamed “Merlin Falcon”) and up to 3x more graphics performance than the competition. All in all, the new AMD Ryzen Embedded V1000 APUs with Zen CPUs and Vega GPUs achieve a performance throughput of up to 3.6 TFLOPS.Figure 2. COM Express module with AMD Ryzen Embedded processor conga-TR4 available from congatec. Thanks to these impressive performance figures, there is also a large portfolio of products to support the launch of these new processors. With AEWIN, Axiomtek, DFI, iBASE, Kontron, and Sapphire Technology, AMD has found six launch partners to support AMD Ryzen Embedded V1000 processors on the Mini-ITX motherboard standard. The advantage of this ATX compatible board standard is its comprehensive ecosystem. Manufacturers can rely on a variety of components, enclosures, and power supplies that are also used in the commercial sector, making their system designs comparatively fast, cost-effective, and future-proof.The manufacturers of COM Express modules also provide comprehensive support for the AMD Ryzen processor, which covers the entire range of possible COM Express form factors. The COM Express Basic form factor (125 x 95mm) with Type 6 pinout is supported, for example, by Advantech, congatec, MEN, SECO and Portwell; while Kontron has managed to fit the AMD Ryzen Embedded on the slightly smaller COM Express Compact form factor (95 x 95mm). GE even goes one step further by squeezing the low-power processor variants on the COM Express Mini (85 x 55mm), which means the new AMD Ryzen Embedded processor is available in any size of the PICMG specification.A special variant is offered by MEN Mikro. The CB71C is an extremely rugged COM Express module that is both 100% compatible with the COM Express Type 6 pinout and also compliant with the VITA 59 standard. The latter specifies more robust mechanics to ensure reliable operation even under harsher environmental conditions than the COM Express specification allows. This means the module can operate completely fanlessly at significantly higher TDP. For this reason, the module is encased in a closed aluminum frame, which ensures optimum EMC protection and efficient conduction cooling while supporting a temperature range of -40°C to +85°C. The module is also pre-qualified for the specifications and certifications in critical applications such as rail transport or medical technology, and it is ‘Made in Germany’, which has its price, but pays off when there are high documentation and certification requirements.Besides these universal board level platforms for a wide range of industrial applications, there are also a large number of providers who position their products for use in specific applications, such as IBASE and Arrow Electronics Intelligent Systems (Seneca) and AOPEN in the area of media players and digital signage systems, or Advantech Innocore and Quixant in the field of gaming platforms.With its ABOX-5100 series, in-vehicle computing system provider Sintrones also offers a system designed for artificial intelligence (AI) applications that can accommodate up to four GPU expansion cards. It supports both AMD Embedded Radeon E9260 GPU and Nvidia GTX-1050TI GPUs, as well as AMD Radeon Vega GPUs. Areas of application include deep learning and virtual reality for industrial automation, self-driving vehicles and intelligent transport systems. Three full-size mini-PCIe slots for internal expansion plus an M.2 A-E Key 2230 for WiFi/GPS/4G LTE are also available.Figure 3. The VITA 59 compliant COM Express Rugged standard allows fanless operation of AMD Ryzen Embedded processors even at TDPs over 35W e.g. on MEN Micro CB71C board. The AMD EPYC Embedded 3000 processors, which are also based on the Zen microarchitecture and of key importance for the edge, networking and storage sectors, deliver outstanding performance with up to 2.7 times more performance per dollar. With up to 64 PCIe Gen3 lanes and 16 SATA ports, they also offer twice as much connectivity as the competition. Seagate Technology, for example, is seeking a minimum of 40 percent performance improvement over prior generation product architectures at a lower cost for its customers, which AMD helps enable through the EPYC Embedded 3000 processors, in addition to delivering enterprise-grade reliability, availability and serviceability.Such and comparable solutions can be used even in harsh environments, in the extended temperature range and for periods of 10 years when assembled into a BGA package and are perfect for the many decentralized fog data centers that are currently being installed on the edge of the IoT. The advanced AMD EPYC Embedded processor is ready to support network function virtualization (NFV), software defined network (SDN) plus – with ECC support – real-time industrial system requirements, and more. A total of eight 10GbE channels are available for setting up micro server connectivity on the factory floor. iBASE, for example, plans to use this comprehensive offering in its new FWA8800 network appliance for security, firewall and UTM tasks. Equipped with a large number of network interface modules, it also supports 25G/10G/1G optical and copper ports and impresses with a long service life of up to 10 years.Interestingly, none of the classic embedded board level manufacturers is currently supporting the AMD EPYC Embedded 3000 processor. This is because there is no classic embedded form factor for this new performance class at the edge/fog server level. However, a design analogous to the VITA 59 would enable fanless cooling up to the eight core version with 50W TDP. At the Server-on-Module level, the fact that COM Express Type 7 can only provide up to 4x 10GbE lanes is an ongoing obstacle. The new AMD EPYC processor, on the other hand, already executes eight of these interfaces and can therefore connect up to six local instances over 10GbE if Industry 4.0 server nodes are connected in line over 10GbE loopback. It therefore presents a perfect performance class for extremely powerful edge servers, which so far have been lacking an embedded form factor that would enable them to find immediate support upon the launch of the processors. So, we’re curious to see which manufacturers will present some kind of cube design for Industry 4.0 edge servers based on the AMD EPYC Embedded processor in the next few months. IoT connected high-performance applications would definitely benefit from it.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules, Chips & Components last_img read more

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Allegro: advanced transmission speed sensor ICs with ASIL B certification

first_img Continue Reading Previous Advantech B+B SmartWorx launches range of LoRaWAN wireless solutionsNext ST: 8-bit MCUs with rich analog and DMA in low-cost SO-8 package Allegro MicroSystems Europe released its most advanced transmission speed sensor family members, complete with ASIL B certification. The A19520, A19530, and A19570 magnetic sensor ICs are the product of nearly 20 years of application-specific experience and technological advancement – including GMR and Hall effect technology – making them ideal for meeting the demanding requirements of today’s transmission applications.The A19520, A19530, and A19570 magnetic sensor ICs measure speed and direction information and integrate EMC protection capacitors. The sensors also incorporate Allegro’s SolidSpeed Digital Architecture, a groundbreaking mixed-signal architecture that enables the widest dynamic range of air gap, distinction of vibration versus rotation, stray field immunity, and highly adaptive performance.Each product brings a unique offering to the family. The A19520 allows compatibility with existing transmission designs, thanks to its industry-leading performance and selectable output protocols. It uses Hall effect technology and a two-wire interface. The A19530 provides advanced signal processing, open/short detection capability, and selectable speed or speed and direction output protocols. It uses Hall effect and a three-wire interface. Using GMR and a two-wire interface, the A19570 brings the same high algorithmic performance as its Hall effect counterparts—but at significantly larger air gaps and with flexible device orientations.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

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Cadence unveils 3D electromagnetic field solver for PCB and IC package design

first_imgCadence Design Systems entered the fast-growing system analysis and design market with the announcement of the Cadence Clarity 3D Solver, which delivers gold-standard accuracy with up to 10X faster simulation performance and unbounded capacity compared to legacy field solver technology. The Clarity 3D Solver efficiently tackles electromagnetic challenges encountered when designing complex 3D structures on chips, packages, PCBs, connectors and cables—bringing true 3D analysis to any engineer with desktop, high-performance computing (HPC) or cloud computing resources. The Clarity 3D Solver easily reads design data from all standard chip, IC package and PCB implementation platforms while also providing unique integration benefits for design teams using the Cadence Allegro and Virtuoso implementation platforms.Highly complex structures found in silicon interposers, rigid-flex PCBs and stacked-die IC packages must be modeled accurately in 3D for structure optimization and high-speed signaling compliance. High-speed signaling, such as in 112G SerDes interfaces, relies on high-fidelity interconnect design. Any slight change in impedance can negatively impact bit error rate, so optimization entails extensive research including dozens of complex extractions and simulations. To accommodate this workload, legacy field solvers must run on massive, expensive high-performance servers. In addition, speed and capacity limitations of legacy field solver technology require users to carefully simplify and/or partition the structure into smaller segments to fit within local computing constraints. This pseudo-3D approach creates the risk that the resulting final model may contain inaccuracies due to artificial effects from the superficial model boundaries.Clarity 3D Solver technology addresses the most complex EM challenges faced when designing systems for 5G communications, automotive/ADAS, HPC and IoT applications. Industry-leading Cadence distributed multiprocessing technology enables the Clarity 3D Solver to deliver virtually unlimited capacity and a 10X speed up required to efficiently and effectively address these larger and more complex structures. The Clarity 3D Solver creates highly accurate S-parameter models for use in signal integrity (SI), power integrity (PI) and electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) analysis, enabling simulation results that match lab measurement.The Clarity 3D Solver is optimized to distribute a job across multiple low-cost computers while remaining equally efficient when running on a more powerful and expensive server with terabytes of memory. A unique distributed adaptive meshing approach and significantly smaller memory requirements than legacy 3D field solvers enable the Clarity 3D Solver to extensively utilize cost-effective cloud and on-premises distributed computing. These advantages make the cloud-ready Clarity 3D Solver an ideal choice to optimize a company’s cloud computing budget.Using the Clarity 3D Solver in conjunction with the Cadence Sigrity 3D Workbench, users can merge mechanical structures such as cables and connectors with their system design and model the electrical-mechanical interconnect as a single model. The Clarity 3D Solver is also tightly integrated with the Virtuoso, Cadence SiP Layout and Allegro implementation platforms, enabling 3D structures to be designed in the Allegro and Virtuoso environments, optimized in the analysis tool and implemented in the design tool without being redrawn.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Nordic Semi: open-source industrial-grade environmental sensing and asset tracking solutionNext Intel driving data-centric world with new 10nm Agilex FPGA familylast_img read more

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Rajnath calls on Mongolia PM; holds bilateral talks

first_imgUlaanbaatar, Jun 23 (PTI) Home Minister Rajnath Singh today called on Prime Minister of Mongolia Ukhnaagiin Khurelsukh and discussed with him a wide range of bilateral issues including border management, disaster management and cyber security.The home minister is on a three-day visit to Mongolia to further strengthen bilateral relations and security cooperation.”Had a wonderful meeting with Prime Minister of Mongolia Mr. @UKhurelsukh today. We discussed a wide range of issues including border management, disaster management & cyber security. Hope these deliberations add to our efforts in deepening India-Mongolia bilateral relations,” Singh said in a tweet.Earlier today, Singh attended the ‘Mini Naadam’ festival organised in the rural areas of Ulaanbaatar.”It was an impressive show of traditional sports and culture in Mongolia,” he said.He also visited the ‘Ger’ of a Nomadic Tribe family in Mongolia.”These people are extremely hospitable in nature. I’m thankful to their warmth and hospitality,” Singh said in another tweet.Yesterday, Mongolia broke ground for the construction of the landlocked country’s first oil refinery with the help of a USD 1 billion loan from India which Singh described as an important milestone in the bilateral ties.Mongolia is seen as an important strategic partner of India and New Delhi wants to realise the huge potential of bilateral relations with Ulaanbaatar.Modi had in 2015 visited Mongolia, the first-ever visit by an Indian prime minister.External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was also in Mongolia in April this year where she discussed economic cooperation in infrastructure development, energy, services and information technology with her Mongolian counterpart. PTI CPS CPSadvertisementlast_img read more

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‘We are good mates’: David Warner denies talk of rift with Steve Smith

first_imgDavid Warner has stressed that he is still great friends with former Australian captain and Steve Smith as he refuted rumours of a rift between the pair in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal.Warner opened up about his relation with Smith after making a return to professional cricket in Canada’s Global Twenty20 league.”Steve and me are good mates. If people hang in the hotel, they’ll see us hanging out with each other and stuff. At the end of the day, it was a big thing that happened and for us, you’ve got to handle it in your individual way and then how you handle it collectively,” Warner said here.A day after Smith made 61 on his return to cricket in the same tournament, Warner was bowled by Lasith Malinga’s second ball in a far briefer stint at the batting crease.It was Warner’s first match since he was banned alongside Smith and Cameron Bancroft by Cricket Australia in March for conspiring to scuff up the ball with sandpaper during the third Test against South Africa.The return ,however, just lasted just two balls as the former Australia vice-captain was dismissed for one run.Opening for the Winnipeg Hawks, Warner was clean-bowled by Lasith Malinga’s first ball of the second over.Australian Ben McDermott top-scored with 68 runs as Winnipeg scored 203-4 to beat the Montreal Tigers (157 all out in 18.5 overs) by 46 runs.Warner, a former vice-captain of the national team, added, “We haven’t really been able to catch up because he’s (Smith) been away, Cameron’s (been in Perth and I’ve been doing what I’m doing and got family at home. So it’s been hard, but this has been good, we’ve had numerous chats and I’m sure we’ll hang out plenty more, we’re in the same hotel.”advertisementCA’s ban does not extend to domestic tournaments outside Australia, which allowed Smith and Warner to play in Canada.Life, post the ball-tampering controversy and the subsequent ban, has been tough for his whole family, Warner said.”It definitely has been (tough), not just for me but for my family, obviously the fans out there that support cricket and Australian cricket, so I’m responsible for that, that’s my fault and why I’ve had some tough times,” Warner said.”But I’m an adult, I’m big, strong, I’ll move forward and keep continuing to move forward and making sure I’m doing the right things at the right times to keep playing the best cricket I can.”Reports had previously claimed that the Australian dressing room was left divided after Warner stormed out of the team’s WhatsApp group after Cricket Australia’s Integrity Unit concluded he was the architect of the ball-tampering controversy.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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2019 Yamaha Xabre 150 spotted testing, new naked sports motorcycle from Yamaha

first_imgYamaha has been testing the latest facelifted Xabre naked sports motorcycle on the streets of Indonesia. The Xabre 150 is slated to get a host of design updates as well as mechanical updates with an added price hike.The 2019 Yamaha Xabre gets a redesigned dragon line headlamp cluster and LED the main beam. The motorcycle also gets LED pilot lamps on top of the headlamps, revamped tank extensions, new tail frame, and a new engine cowl.Other updates on the motorcycle include a single piece seat which is different from the split seat which was present on the earlier motorcycle. The exhaust is the same as the current Yamaha R15 V3, dual-tone finish with brushed aluminum tips. The tail lamps are similar to the current gen FZ 150cc model. The blinkers, rear mudguard are all again from the current gen Yamaha R15 V3.Yamaha has not yet confirmed the mechanical specs, but we believe the Xabre or the M-Slaz, as it is called in some markets, will be powered by a 155cc single cylinder engine, again found currently on the Yamaha R15 V3.After the motorcycle is launched in Indonesia, it remains to be seen if Yamaha will launch the naked sports motorcycle here in the Indian two-wheeler market. If launched, the Xabre will go head-on against the likes of Suzuki Gixxer which is slated to arrive with a new look as well as an improved engine.Image: M Nashrul Azizlast_img read more

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India vs England, Rose Bowl Test: Weather forecast for today and tomorrow

first_imgThe weather deceived England skipper Joe Root again after his move to bat first in the fourth Test backfired. England were bowled out for 246 on Day 1 as the Indian bowlers wrecked havoc.The weather is expected to stay the same at least early in the day with some cloud cover providing the English bowlers the perfect chance to return the favour to their Indian counterparts.At the start of play on Day 2, the temperatures will be around 17 degree centigrade and the sunny intervals will have the batsman needing to just ride out the first session. As the day progresses, batting will become easier as the temperature will rise but never over 20.There is little to no chance of rain on Day 2, with the conditions being similar the following day as well. It is expected to be cloudy on the second day of the 4th Test (UK Metoffice Photo)India bowlers fire again, England 246 all out on opening dayIndia bowled out England just a few overs before stumps and then scored 19/0 at the Rose Bowl Cricket Ground here on Thursday.With India trailing by 227 runs, openers Lokesh Rahul (11) and Shikhar Dhawan (3) remained unbeaten.The day started with Indian pacers wrecking England’s top order, taking four quick wickets to reduce the hosts to 57/4 at lunch.Jasprit Bumrah (2/21), Ishant Sharma (1/7) and Hardik Pandya (1/16) were among the wickets even as Mohammed Shami, coming in as the second change bowler, constantly kept asking questions to the vulnerable English pair.Electing to bat on a track with a tinge of live grass, England’s opening woes continued to haunt them as Keaton Jennings was trapped plumb in front by an excellent incoming delivery from Bumrah, for a duck in the third over of the innings.advertisementOne over later, Bumrah almost sent packing English skipper Joe Root (4) when he was on two, before the Decision Review System (DRS) came to the latter’s rescue. Root was trapped plumb in front but television replays showed the bowler had overstepped.The England captain, however, failed to take advantage of the reprieve as Ishant swung it big into the England captain to trap him lbw.Reduced to 15/2, England’s hopes were pinned on former skipper Alastair Cook (17) and Jonny Bairstow (6), playing as a specialist batsman after injuring his finger.But Bumrah scuttled such ambitions by scalping Bairstow, caught behind by Rishabh Pant in the 13th over before first-change bowler Hardik ended Cook’s 55-ball resistance, thanks to a brilliant low catch at the third slip by Virat Kohli.India could have had Buttler too, but Pant missed a tough one. Together with Stokes, Buttler managed to see off the initial scare from the Indian pace attack before heading for lunch undivided.The second session saw Indian pacers continue their domination, taking two more wickets in the second session to reduce England to 139-6.Resuming the post-lunch session at 57/4, Stokes and Buttler played out the initial few overs cautiously before Buttler started opening up only to bring his downfall, caught by Virat Kohli off Shami.Reduced to 86/6, the left-handed pair of Moeen and Sam steered the ship to safety, as they played the Indian pacers with extreme caution and did not allow premier off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin to dominate.The final session saw Moeen and Curran stabilising the hosts innings, forging a crucial 81-run partnership. After Moeen’s wicket no other batter supported Curran, and as a result the hosts were bundled out for 246 just before the end of play.For India, Jasprit Bumrah took three wickets while Ishant Sharma, Mohammad Shami and Ravichandran Ashwin took two wickets each.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

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Sultan of Johor Cup 2018: India lose to Great Britain but reach final

first_imgIndia secured a spot in the final of 8th Sultan of Johor Cup 2018 despite suffering their first defeat of the competition 2-3 against Great Britain on Friday.India will face Great Britain once again in the final on Saturday in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.India made it to the final of the competition at the back of four straight wins in the Round Robin stage, where they defeated Malaysia 2-1, thrashed New Zealand 7-1, edged out Japan 1-0 and beat Australia 5-4.India qualified for the final with 12 points while Great Britain had 10 points, having won three of their five matches.FT. The Indian Junior Men’s Hockey team are defeated at the 8th Sultan of Johor Cup 2018 as Great Britain’s goal late in the proceedings was enough to hand the team their first loss of the competition on 12th October.#IndiaKaGame pic.twitter.com/C42MKbE32ZHockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) October 12, 2018On Friday, the Indian team led by Mandeep Mor made a strong start making repeated forays into the striking circle. The tactic fetched them two back-to-back penalty corners in the fifth minute and Vishnukant Singh converted the second attempt after a good variation.But the following minute Britain scored a brilliant field goal through Cameron Golden to equalise 1-1.In the second quarter too, India continued to keep up the momentum stretching Great Britain’s defence. While the first penalty corner went amiss, the second was well struck by Shilanand Lakra in the 20th minute which was handy work of good variation and deflection that helped them take a 2-1 lead.advertisementThe third quarter belonged to Britain as they tested the Indian defence. Defensive errors in the circle on India’s part saw them give away back to back penalty corners. Britain did not miss this opportunity as they scored in the 39th minute through Stuart Rushmere.The English put the Indian defence under pressure in the final quarter as they found ways to create chances in the circle.A penalty corner earned in the 51st minute saw them convert their third goal through Captain Edward Way and eventually defended the score-line to hand the Indians their first loss in the tournament.(With IANS inputs)last_img read more

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Tim Paine not satisfied despite thrilling draw in Dubai Test: ‘We’re here to win’

first_imgAustralia managed to forced a draw in the first Test against Pakistan in Dubai as fans back home showered them with plenty of praise. Australia skipper Tim Paine though is in no mood to celebrate the draw despite the low expectations from fans.After steering his side to safety through 139.5 overs of fourth-innings resistance in Dubai, Paine noted his team starting to spill out of the viewing area in celebration and immediately put a lid on it.Paine said he was mindful of Michael Vaughan’s words in an Ashes documentary released last year, when the former England captain recalled watching the Australians celebrate an escape at Old Trafford in the 2005 series.Vaughan said he never thought he would “see an Australian team celebrate a draw” and from then on felt England had the mental upper hand in a series they would go on to win.READ – Ready for whatever Pakistan throw at us in Abu Dhabi: Mitchell Starc”Michael Vaughan said after one of the Tests that he felt as an opposition captain that they had them when he saw them celebrating a draw,” Paine told reporters on Monday, on the eve of the second and final Test in Abu Dhabi.READ – Justin Langer praises ‘chemistry’ between Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja”I’ve seen that myself before.”I think we were clearly pretty excited by what we’ve been able to achieve because it doesn’t happen too much but you’ve got to keep a bit of perspective on it and realise that we had been outplayed particularly over the first few days.advertisementREAD – I was very nervous: Tim Paine after Australia hold Pakistan for thrilling draw”While it was great we did fight back, a draw is a draw and we’re here to win.”The draw was still enough to keep Australia in with a chance of winning their first series in Asia since the 2011 tour of Sri Lanka.READ – Australian team tries too hard to be aggressive sometimes, feels James AndersonPaine said Australia needed to be mentally prepared for another five-day slog against Sarfraz Ahmed’s team in the Middle Eastern heat.”(We) touched on it last week that not many people gave us a chance over here, which is a great opportunity for us to prove people wrong and a great thing to keep driving us,” he said.”We’re trying to get better every day, and if we manage to play our best next week maybe that is possible.Read – Pizza and The Inbetweeners discussions kept Paine, Lyon going in Dubai Test”But we’ve got to turn up for a really tough match, it’s going to last five days and we’ve got to be on for all of those five days and every session.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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