first_imgRafael Nadal says winning a French Open-Wimbledon double for the third time in his career will be “complicated” but is highly motivated to have a go as he prepares for the grasscourt season.The 31-year-old captured an unprecedented 10th Roland Garros title in sensational style on Sunday, thrashing Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka in the final after a faultless fortnight in Paris.It maintained a return to form and fitness for the Spaniard who also reached the Australian Open final at the start of the year and who climbed to number two in the rankings on Monday – his highest mark since 2014, since when he has often been battling injuries.Inevitably thoughts are already turning to Wimbledon and the prospect of Nadal repeating his 2008 and 2010 victories – both of which followed hot on the heels of winning French titles without dropping a set as he did this year.Nadal, never one to fuel the hype, warned against installing him as a favourite on the Wimbledon lawns where he has also lost three finals; especially as his recent record there is dismal.”Since I have had problems with my knee, since 2012, playing on grass has been very complicated for me,” Nadal, who lost only 35 games at Roland Garros to become the first player to win the same grand slam title 10 times in the professional era, said.”We’ll see how my knee behaves. Playing on grass is very special. You need to play at a lower level. The body posture is down. You have less stability.advertisement”But keep in mind I played five finals in Wimbledon. I like playing on grass. On grass, anything can happen. I’m motivated.”After steamrolling through the European claycourt season, compiling a win-loss record of 24-1 with titles in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid before regaining his French Open crown, Nadal will spend a few days relaxing at home in Mallorca before playing in the Wimbledon warm-up at Queen’s Club.After weeks spent on the bouncy red clay, it is a tough transition and Nadal is well aware of the dangers having suffered early defeats at Wimbledon to the likes of outsiders such as Steve Darcis, Lukas Rosol and Dustin Brown.Since losing in the 2011 final to Novak Djokovic he has not gone beyond round four while last year he could not play because of the left wrist injury that curtailed his French Open. He also pulled out in 2009 when his creaking knee prevented him from trying to defend his title.”I could win the first two matches and then things could change,” Nadal, whose first grand slam title for three years took his total to 15, said. “The fact is that the two first matches could be very dangerous.”I need to feel strong, low, and have powerful legs to play well in Wimbledon. If I have pain in the knees then I know from experience that it’s almost impossible. If I am healthy and I am able to have the right preparation I’ll have my chances.Nadal’s incredible form, he is 43-6 so far this season, means there is also the strong possibility of overhauling Andy Murray and ending the year as world number one for the first time since 2013.”Winning these kind of titles, then you have chances to become any number on the ranking. I don’t know. I am playing well. If I am able to keep playing well, why not?” he said.”I am right now seeded No. 2. We will see what happens during the rest of the year. It really depends on me.”last_img read more

first_imgA decision by the Haryana’s BJP government to deny occupation certificate to a proposed eye hospital of the Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust (RGCT), in which Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi hold key positions emerged as a political flashpoint on Saturday.The Opposition party hit back, crying conspiracy and witch-hunt.Officials say the town and country planning department has withheld the certificate because of delay in construction of the medical institute in Gurugram. The Congress termed the act vengeful and ascribed political motives to it. “This is political witchhunt by the BJP. Rather than looking at its own corruption cases, the party in power is spiking a project that is for the welfare of people, essentially the rural population,” said an aide of former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.The five acres of panchayat land in Ulhawas village was allotted to the trust during Hooda’s tenure in 2009. The construction period of the hospital was three years – till 2012.A TPCD official told Mail Today that the project has been under construction for more than five years and so it has been decided to decline approval of occupation certificate. The Manohar Lal government told the state Assembly two years ago that the circumstances under which the land in Ulhawas village was allotted would be fully investigated.WHY THE CERTIFICATE HAS BEEN WITHHELD? The official spokesperson of Haryana government also confirmed the development. “The trust has failed to complete the project in the given three-year period and so the occupation certificate was disapproved by the department. The move of TCPD is under law and equal for all,” he said.advertisementThe plot was allotted in December 2009 on a 31-year lease at Rs 3 lakh per acre with a 5 per cent annual increase.For the last six years, the panchayat has been getting Rs 15 lakh every year and will keep getting it until the lease runs out. Satish Nagar, former sarpanch of Ulhawas village, claimed the then Hooda government acquired the land and allotted it to the trust against the wishes of villagers.”Since the move was against villagers, six of them knocked on the doors of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and urged its intervention. They were forced to withdraw their petitions, leading to a stir in the village,” Nagar said. The villagers at the time organised a protest against the move and were even supported by current Union Home minister Rajnath Singh. “I don’t know what was the political compulsion of Hooda to acquire five acres of land and allot it to the trust. The land was proposed for the development of a stadium and school to provide quality sports and education facilities to the younger generation. The Hooda government had done an injustice to locals and the TPCD move has given villagers something to cheer about,” Nagar said. The construction of a three-storey hospital building on the land is currently underway. Over 25-30 per cent of the work still remains.Also read: When Rahul Gandhi asked ex-MP to gift his gold bracelet to a devoted Congress leader  Also read: Rahul Gandhi to visit grandmother in Italy, BJP calls it a ‘summer vacation picnic’Also read: How can you stop me? Rahul Gandhi pushes cop as he tries to enter violence-hit Mandsaur on a bikelast_img read more

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a three-nation tour, today met Portuguese Prime Minister Antonia Costa in Lisbon and thanked him for supporting India’s permanent membership at United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and Multilateral Export Control Regime.While Costa emphasised on science, which he said is going to be one of the most important areas for cooperation with India in the future, PM Modi said that new agreements in the field of taxation, science, space and youth affairs and sports outline expanding scope of partnership between the two nations.PM Modi said that the two nations have agreed to set up a joint science and technology fund of four million euros.He further said that Indian films are being subtitled in Portuguese and a Hindi-Portuguese dictionary is being developed for mutual benefit now. PM Modi added that passion for football runs deep in Portugal and it could form another league of further connect between the two countries.Talking about terrorism and violent extremism, PM Modi said that both nations are determined to deepen cooperation against it. He also expressed condolences for the victims of forest fire.Portuguese PM Costa said that while it was maritime link that connected the two nations in the past, now it is the digital link that will join the two countries.The two leaders also signed MoUs for creation of an India-Portugal Space Alliance and for advancing collaborative research. These agreements will promote India’s science and technology partnership with Portugal, towards the establishment of a unique Centre on the Azores Archipelago – the Atlantic International Research Centre.advertisementThey also launched a unique startup Portal – the India-Portugal International StartUp Hub (IPISH) – in Lisbon. This is a platform initiated by Startup India and supported by Commerce & Industry Ministry and Startup Portugal to create a mutually supportive entrepreneurial partnership.ALSO READ:Narendra Modi leaves for 3-nation tour, will be first world leader to meet Donald Trump for White House dinner Ahead of Modi visit, US sees no threat to Pakistan from arms deal with India ALSO WATCH:last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 4 (PTI) Honda Cars India Ltd (HCIL) today reported a 12.2 per cent increase in domestic sales at 12,804 units in June.The company had sold 11,407 units in the same month last year, HCIL said in a statement.Last month, the company sold 283 units of small car Brio, 1,307 units of premium hatchback Jazz, 1,193 units of compact sedan Amaze and 5,187 units of mid-sized sedan City.The company also sold 4,243 units of its new compact sports utility vehicle (SUV) WR-V. Besides, SUV BR-V saw sales of 567 units. The sales for SUV CR-V stood at 24 units.In addition, it exported a total of 450 units during the month under review.On the sales performance, HCIL President and CEO Yoichiro Ueno said: The company has “conducted a price protection in June to those customers who purchased cars before GST rollout in order to counter the sales challenge during pre-GST period. It helped us maintain good sales numbers”.”We foresee that the GST rollout, good monsoon forecast and upcoming festive season will further improve the buyers? sentiment,” he added. PTI MSS BALlast_img read more

first_imgManchester United F.C.’s Paul Pogba is the world’s best midfield player and has the potential to win the Ballon d’Or in the next five years, the Frenchman’s club and national teammate Anthony Martial has said.Pogba, who rejoined United from Juventus in 2016, scored five goals and provided four assists in 30 Premier League appearances last campaign.The 24-year-old has started the current season strongly with two goals and an assist in the first two league matches and Martial believes his compatriot can reach the next level and become the best footballer in the world.”Paul is very mentally strong and he is very sure of himself,” Martial told United’s website.”He is a big guy, he is very technical on the ball and he has lots of endurance. I would say he is probably the best midfield player in the world.Reuters Photo “He is still young, too, so he has a lot to work on and he can get even better… If he continues to play and improve like he is doing then I think he is also going to win the Ballon d’Or award in the next five years.”Martial, who has scored two goals in as many league games this season, also praised Pogba’s attributes off the pitch and said the duo are targeting silverware at both domestic and national tournaments.”We want to win a lot of trophies together at United, and we also want to win the World Cup with France,” the 21-year-old added.advertisementThe United duo will be looking to extend their flying start to the campaign when the club host Leicester City at Old Trafford on Saturday.last_img read more

first_imgWWE SmackDown Live’s main event scene has been in constant flux with a plethora of superstars getting a crack at Jinder Mahal’s WWE Championship title.The likes of Randy Orton, Shinsuke Nakamura are getting opportunities to usurp the ‘Modern day Maharaja’  from the pinnacle of success in his own wrestling career.Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura teamed up to face the ‘Bulgarian brute’ Rusev and Jinder Mahal as the main event on the latest episode of WWE Smackdown Live.In the match, after an feisty opening exchange, Orton and Nakamura suffered some early setback. As the match progressed, the Japanese-American pair hit back and finally defeated Rusev and Mahal.They worked together to come out victorious despite the fact that they face each other next week for the chance to become the No. 1 contender to Mahal’s crown. After the end of the match, Orton turned his attention to Nakamura, surprising him with an RKO as they were celebrating the win…. because you NEVER know when #TheViper will STRIKE!#SDLive @RandyOrton @ShinsukeN pic.twitter.com/mm66ZyzioQ- WWE (@WWE) August 30, 2017Both, Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura, are current ‘baby faces’ on WWE SmackDown, and the match next week sets up interesting prospects mainly due to the each man’s in-ring style.Earlier in the night, Mahal had approached Rusev to form a strong alliance for the night’s main event. Rusev told off Mahal saying that it was not about “Bulgaria, India, Japan or America” and warned ‘the Maharaja’ to be careful because he will be coming after the title.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgMumbai, Nov 13 (PTI) The north Indians and the south Indians are different culturally, but they are almost similar as well as diverse when it comes to keeping fit while travelling, a survey has revealed.Running is the favourite fitness activity of 94 per cent travellers from the north and 80 per cent from the south, according to Hotel.coms survey ? The Rise of Activacation.The survey was conducted among 8,400 adults across 28 countries, by OnePoll between March 31 and June 21, 2017.”We love that people are seeing sport as a way to have more rewarding holiday experiences. Theres been a real evolution in holiday priorities and millennial travellers in particular now demand more from a trip,” Hotels.com Director, Regional Marketing Greater China, SEA and India, Jessica Chuang said.She said social media plays a key role too, as young travellers want to share their life at the touch of a button, and fitness is the latest trend theyre embracing and instagramming.”Fitness options are now so important that millennial are choosing hotels based on how they will help them keep fit on vacation ? and hotels are really upping their game,” she added.The survey further revealed that 51 per cent travellers from the northern part of India have a preferred holiday fitness regime, like working out in the hotel gym, while 53 per cent travellers from the south would go for meditation.While 60 per cent north Indians prefer gym facilities in a hotel, 50 per cent travellers from the south like the same, it said.The survey also found that 50 per cent travellers each from both the regions like posting fitness pictures on social media.advertisementAbout 80 per cent travellers from the north as well as the south prefer quality fitness facilities over quality of food, the survey said. PTI SM GK BASlast_img read more

first_imgJammu, Nov 27 (PTI) Several measures have been taken by the government to augment and upgrade the sports infrastructure in the state, Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh said today.”We have already undertaken a comprehensive programme for augmenting the sports infrastructure in rural as well as urban areas,” Singh said while interacting with participants of the 8th Sambo National Championship held in Bihar.With six gold, eight silver and nine bronze medals, the Jammu and Kashmir team was the runner-up in the seven-day championship which concluded early this month.Players of the team are slated to participate in trials for the Asian Sambo Championship to be held next year.Congratulating the players and the association members, Singh said mega sports tournaments are being organised in the state regularly to groom local talents.”These events provide the requisite exposure to the budding talents and instill spirit and confidence in them,” he said.He said every possible support would be provided to Sambo so that more children and youth start playing the game.The deputy chief minister said the youth of the state have already made their mark at national and international events and the need of the hour is to provide them more opportunities. PTI TAS AB IJTlast_img read more

first_imgNew York, Dec 1 (PTI) Teenagers who spend more time on smartphones and other electronic screens may be at the risk of developing depression and suicidal tendencies, a study claims.Researchers from the Florida State University in the US said screen time should be considered a modern-day risk factor for depression and suicide.”There is a concerning relationship between excessive screen time and risk for death by suicide, depression, suicidal ideation and suicidal attempts,” said Thomas Joiner, from the Florida State University.”All of those mental health issues are very serious. I think its something parents should ponder,” he said.The researchers discovered 48 per cent of teenagers who spent five or more hours per day on electronic devices reported a suicide-related behaviour. That compared to 28 per cent of adolescents who spent less than an hour using electronic devices.The results, published in the journal Clinical Psychological Science, clearly showed that teens who spent more time on the devices were more likely to be unhappy.Those who focused more on nonscreen activities like sports and exercise, talking to friends face to face, doing homework and going to church were more likely to be happy.Depression and suicide rates for teens between the ages of 13 and 18 increased dramatically since 2010, especially among girls, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The study identified excessive use of electronic devices as a likely culprit.According to CDC statistics, the suicide rate increased 31 per cent among teenagers from 2010 to 2015, while a national survey shows that the number of adolescents reporting symptoms of severe depression rose 33 per cent.advertisementThose increases were largely driven by teenage girls. Their suicide rate soared 65 per cent and those suffering severe depression increased 58 per cent.The rate of suicide-related behaviours – feeling hopeless, thinking about suicide or attempting it – increased 14 per cent. PTI SNE SAR SNElast_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK — Carlos Beltran felt he was finally emerging from a miserable start to his career with the New York Yankees.One swing the night of June 20th made him certain of it.The slumping slugger launched a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning, giving New York a 5-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.“Thank God the past couple of days I would say I’ve been feeling more comfortable at the plate and I’ve been putting good at-bats together,” Beltran said. “I just felt confident that I was going to do something positive.”Beltran signed a $45 million, three-year contract with New York this winter after an All-Star season with the St. Louis Cardinals. But he has struggled with inconsistency and an elbow injury has limited him to the designated hitter role since early June. Beltran began the game batting just .221.But right after Brian McCann lined an RBI single, Beltran hit a drive off Zach Britton (3-1) far over the left-field wall. It was the first time this year that the Yankees won in their final at-bat at home, and it was their fourth straight victory overall.“It’s been somewhat of a struggle then he got hurt. But you can just see him starting to square the balls up,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said. “That was a tremendous at-bat.”The Yankees kept coming up empty with runners in scoring position until the ninth. Brett Gardner led off the inning with a single, then Derek Jeter struck out looking and Jacoby Ellsbury flied out.Mark Teixeira followed with a walk and McCann singled home a run, setting up Beltran’s first walkoff homer since 2008, for the New York Mets.Britton was already off the field by the time Beltran made it to home plate, where he was mobbed by his teammates and then got doused during a postgame interview.“He just had a couple of sinkers up and they made him pay for it,” Orioles Manager Buck Showlater said of Britton. “I cannot really fault him, all things considered. He let it rip and it did not work for him tonight.”David Huff (1-0) gave up Steve Pearce’s RBI single in the ninth but got the win.Leading 3-1 heading into the ninth, the Orioles missed a chance to pull even with the Yankees for second place in the AL East.“It is frustrating. These are games we want to win right now but you just have to turn the page,” said Britton, who has two blown saves in 11 chances. “You cannot just sit here and mope about it. Go out there and make the adjustment.”Coming off a decisive three-game sweep of the division-leading Toronto Blue Jays, New York jumped out to a quick lead on Teixeira’s RBI double. Then they fizzled, wasting three chances with the bases loaded and failing to capitalize on a career high-tying six walks from Ubaldo Jimenez.“We just couldn’t seem to get the big hit when we needed it,” Girardi said.Center fielder Adam Jones threw a runner out at home plate in the second and hit an RBI single in the sixth, helping the Orioles take a 2-1 lead.Nick Hundley doubled for the Orioles’ first hit off Hiroki Kuroda leading off the sixth and scored on Pearce’s one-out double.Pearce had an RBI single in the ninth three batters after third baseman Yangervis Solarte made a fielding error to open the inning.The Yankees loaded the bases for the first of three times in the second but Beltran, who doubled leading off, tried scoring on Gardner’s fly to medium center field. Jones’ throw reached Hundley on one perfect hop, and the catcher had plenty of time to apply the tag for the double play.Jimenez loaded bases in the fifth with three straight two-out walks. He needed one pitch to get out of the jam: Teixeira grounded to first base on the first pitch he saw, keeping it 1-0.The Yankees loaded the bases again with two outs in the sixth — a single and two walks — but this time Jimenez wasn’t given a chance to quash the rally. T.J. McFarland was brought in to face Gardner.Second baseman Ryan Flaherty got the save, though, ranging deep behind second base to field Gardner’s hard one-hopper and making a swift, backhand flip to shortstop J.J. Hardy covering for the forceout.(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgATHENS — Greece coach Claudio Ranieri has dropped veteran striker Fanis Gekas from his attacking lineup, and called up rookie Nikos Karelis for European Championship qualifiers against Finland and Northern Ireland.The Greeks lost their Group F opener 1-0 at home to Romania last month. Ranieri recalled the 34-year-old Gekas to his provisional squad but dropped him in favor of the 22-year-old striker Karelis. “This is a big step for my career, and I was deliegted to get the call,” Keralis said.Ranieri also stuck with in-form PAOK striker Stefanos Athanasiadis who failed to make Greece’s World Cup squad earlier this year.PAOK defender Giannis Skondras was named as a late replacement for Avraam Papadopoulos, after the Turkey-based player suffered a cheekbone injury.Earlier Oct. 3d, World Cup captain Giorgos Karagounis was formally presented as a coaching assistant for the national team, after announcing the end of his club career.He will travel with his former teammates to Finland for the Oct. 11 match. Greece hosts Northern Ireland three days later.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK — Henrik Lundqvist took a puck to the throat and was scared and in pain. His New York Rangers felt every bit of both as they watched him writhing on the ice.Lundqvist was struck by a shot from Carolina’s Brad Malone in the second period after teammate Ryan McDonagh’s stick pushed up his goalie mask.Lundqvist shook that off, stopped 31 shots overall, and backstopped the Rangers’ slump-busting 4-1 win over the Hurricanes on Jan. 31.“I was getting ready for the shot, and I could feel a stick under my chin pull up my helmet, so I lost vision of the puck,” Lundqvist said. “I had a bad feeling about it because I could kind of see the puck coming, but then I lost track of it.“When I got hit, it was obviously extremely painful and it was hard to breathe for a couple of minutes.”That pain subsided, but Lundqvist still felt headaches and light-headedness that the medical staff attributed to a lack of oxygen after being struck. By the time the Rangers stretched their lead to 4-1 in the third, he was feeling much better.The Rangers had lost two straight since the All-Star break, mustering only one goal in the process, but Rick Nash and Dominic Moore scored in the first period, and Chris Kreider and Dan Boyle added insurance tallies 21 seconds apart in the third.That was enough to get Lundqvist his 24th win.“You’re nervous for him, and your stomach drops a bit,” said Rangers defenseman Marc Staal, who faced brothers Eric and Jordan — Hurricanes forwards. “Anytime a guy is kind of rolling around and kicking his legs, you know it’s not good.”Malone had the lone goal for the Hurricanes, who went 7-3-2 in January — their first winning month this season. Cam Ward stopped 33 shots in Carolina’s first game of four-game trip that will continue out West.“I thought we controlled a lot of the play, just a few breakdowns,” Jordan Staal said. “That’s a good team that will make you pay quick. We have to rebound.”The Rangers have taken the first four meetings from the Hurricanes this season and have won 15-of-16 overall against Carolina, including nine straight at home.Lundqvist has been a big reason why. He also has experience with getting hit in the throat. He said he and his brother got into many fights because of his wayward high slap shot.“My brother was an expert at that, actually, in practice,” Lundqvist said. “He hit me on the throat a lot of times, but not like this where my helmet kind of came off and I lost track of the puck.“It could have been a lot worse. I feel lucky.”After being treated for about 5 minutes, Lundqvist gathered himself as chants of “Hen-rik, Hen-rik!” filled Madison Square Garden.“It was just unfortunate timing by me,” McDonagh said. “I’m trying to box a guy out, and my stick kind of gets his mask up.“I was a little nervous, but knowing the guy that he is, I thought for sure he would battle through.”Lundqvist’s best save came just over a minute into the second when he got his skate on the puck to prevent Andrej Nestrasil from scoring into an open right side.Malone brought Carolina within a goal at 2-1 at 5:38 when he deflected in a pass from defenseman Ryan Murphy for his fourth of the season and third in five games.“We’ve played better, had the puck more,” Hurricanes coach Bill Peters said. “Our starts have been better. Have to crack the riddle (of) scoring goals.”The Rangers spent much of the first period pinned in their zone. They were outshot 15-8 and relied on Lundqvist to bail them out multiple times — including in the closing seconds when he rolled onto his back to keep the puck from getting past him — and yet carried a 2-0 lead into the intermission.“The first half of the game, we might have been up 2-0 but that was mostly because of Hank’s play,” said Rangers coach Alain Vigneault, who shuffled up his forward lines multiple times. “We were up 2-0 but they had been the better team.”Nash got New York’s slumping offense rolling 6:30 in on the Rangers’ second shot. He intercepted Andrej Sekera’s clearing pass in the neutral zone and brought the puck into the Carolina end.He snapped a shot from above the left circle and beat Ward for Nash’s 29th goal — tying the NHL lead — and first in four games.(IRA PODELL, AP Hockey Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgOlympiacos Piraeus took over a close game in the final quarter to take home a 75-88 victory against Zalgiris in Kaunas, where the Reds had lost by 30 last season. The final score was deceptive after 23 lead changes and 10 ties in the first 30 minutes, but Olympiacos owned the last 10 to run away with the victory and improve to an 8-4 record. Zalgiris dropped to 4-8. Olympiacos filled the boxscore with six double-figure scorers, led by Matt Lojeski and Kostas Papanikolaou with 16 each. Georgios Printezis added 15, but limped off in the fourth quarter with a knee injury. Khem Birch posted 13 points, including 7 of 8 late free throws, while Erick Green and Vassilis Spanoulis scored 10 each. Spanoulis had 8 assists as well. Paulius Jankunas paced Zalgiris with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Brock Motum added 12 points, while Lukas Lekavicius had 11 and 8 assists.Kevin Pangos fired in a triple to start the scoring while a patented Printezis flip-in got the Reds on the board. A pair of put-backs by Printezis and Papanikolaou made it 5-9 but Leo Westermann’s three-point and a fadeaway by Jankunas put the hosts ahead. Printezis answered with a bank shot and Pangos with a layup as the lead changed hands again. Nikola Milutinov with a dunk off a great pass from Spanoulis made it 14-17 but Edgaras Ulanovas and Arturas Milaknis soon put Zalgiris up 20-19. Printezis hit a one-hander from the foul line before Lekavicius fed Motum in the corner for a triple as Zalgiris led 23-21 after 10 minutes. Motum scored before Lojeski and Milaknis traded triples to start the second quarter. Green and Spanouls both struck from deep them for a 30-30 tie. Birch slammed a miss to put Olympiacos back in front, 33-34, but Renaldas Seibutis answered from long range to switch it again. After Lekavicius converting made it 38-36. Birch tied it up with a put-back dunk then took a pass from Spanoulis for the lead. Printezis made a brilliant move for a running jumper as Olympiacos pulled into halftime ahead 40-42.Jankunas and Papanikolaou flipped the scoreboard with triples to start the second half at 43-45. Printezis scored in close then came back with a triple for the Reds’ biggest lead yet, 45-50, but soon a fastbreak by Seibutis preceded Pangos hitting a floater for another lead change, 51-50. Lojeski forged a new tie by beating the shot clock and Papanikolaou stole for a go-ahead breakaway layup. Green buried a triple and Milutinov finished the third quarter at the foul line giving Olympiacos a 60-63 advantage. Lojeski’s floater opened the fourth quarter and soon a block by Papapetrou led to Green’s triple at 62-67. Spanoulis reappeared with a step-back triple that elicited a groan from the Zalgiris fans at 62-70. After Lojeski’s fastbreak reverse upped the difference to 64-73, worries hit Olympiacos as Printezis limped off the floor with an knee injury. Papanikolaou struck from the arc for the game’s first double-digit lead, 66-76, but free throws and a big steal from Zalgiris led to a Motum layup at 70-76 with 3 minutes left. Spanoulis slalomed for a layup and Birch made 7 of 8 free throws down the stretch, however, as the Olympiacos defense reasserted itself and the visitors walked off winners.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgCLEVELAND (AP) — For eight innings, nothing. The Indians did everything in the ninth.Yan Gomes hit a three-run homer with two outs off All-Star closer Greg Holland as Cleveland, down to its last strike several times, rallied for four runs in its last at-bat for Corey Kluber and stunned the Colorado Rockies 4-1 on Tuesday night.After Austin Jackson tied it with a two-out bloop RBI single, Gomes connected on the first pitch from Holland (2-3), driving it into the seats in center field to touch off a wild celebration in Progressive Field.Gomes flung his helmet and skipped around the bases as the Indians players danced out of their dugout at the improbable walk-off win.“That was unbelievable, man,” Gomes said. “It was some battle at-bats, too. Austin found the hole out there, but he battled his tail off. That’s the best closer in the NL, and maybe in the major leagues right now. We’ve seen him plenty of times. We all know a little about him. We were just trying to put some good at-bats together and trying to get a win for Corey.”Kluber (10-3) deserved it. The right-hander gave up three hits, struck out 11, threw his second straight complete game and continued his dominance since returning from the disabled list on June 1.But if not for Jackson’s heroics against Holland, the majors’ saves leader, and Gomes’ eighth homer, Kluber would have taken a tough loss. Until the Indians’ late rally, Charlie Blackmon’s homer on Kluber’s second pitch looked like it might stand up as the game’s only run.“First couple hitters of the game, home run, single and then nothing,” Indians manager Terry Francona said of Kluber’s latest gem. “It’s fun to watch. It’d be nice to score some runs so he could really enjoy it. He spent two and a half hours being grumpy, then you win.”Holland walked Edwin Encarnacion with one out and struck out Carlos Santana before getting ahead of Jackson. In a two-strike hole, Jackson barely nicked a pitch before fouling off two more and dropping his game-tying RBI single into right-center, the flair just eluding a diving Blackmon.“They all suck anytime you lose especially when it’s your fault,” Holland said. “Walking the tying run and the winning run was the key to the inning. Edwin had a good at-bat. The walk to Zimmer was more on me. I don’t think he ever swung. Jackson had a good at-bat. I thought it was a fly ball off the bat. He just hit it in a perfect spot.”The Rockies honored late manager Don Baylor by hanging his No. 25 jersey in their dugout. Baylor, who died Monday at 68 after a long battle with cancer, led Colorado to the playoffs in 1995 — the expansion franchise’s third season.Indians All-Star left fielder Michael Brantley sprained his right ankle in the fifth, going down after taking a few steps toward a fly ball. Brantley, who played in just 11 games last season following right shoulder surgery, started running after a fly to center when he pulled up. The 30-year-old dropped to the grass and had a concerned look on his face while being checked by a trainer.Brantley, who was on the disabled list in June with a sprain to the same ankle, limped slowly off the field to an ovation and was helped down the dugout steps.Francona said Brantley will undergo an MRI and the team should know more on Wednesday.KLUBER WITH A CAPITAL KKluber is just the third pitcher to strike out at least eight in 13 consecutive starts, joining Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez as the only pitchers to accomplish the feat. Johnson did it three times, and Martinez twice.LEADOFF, LIFT0FFBlackmon’s homer was the 100th of his career — and 27th leading off a game. He’s the 12th player in team history to reach the century plateau. He’s hit a major league-leading 21 leadoff homers since the start of 2015.TRAINER’S ROOMRockies: OF Ian Desmond (strained right calf) took batting practice on the field before Tuesday’s game. There’s no timetable for his return. He’s been on the 10-day disabled list since July 16.Indians: Francona said All-Star LHP Andrew Miller may need a few days beyond his stint on the 10-day disabled list to recover from right knee tendinitis. Miller was placed on the DL last week and is eligible to be activated on Aug. 12. Asked when the indispensable Miller will pitch once he’s activated, Francona quipped: “Five minutes after he’s off the disabled list.”UP NEXTTrevor Bauer, who held the Yankees to one run in seven innings last week, starts the series finale for the Indians. Bauer lasted just 3 1/3 innings against Colorado earlier this season. Rookie Antonio Senzatela starts for the Rockies. He gave up two homers in a start against Cleveland in June but got the win.By TOM WITHERSTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_img Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Inside a Google data center in Oklahoma. (Source: Google) Google and its hyperscale rivals crave a roadmap of performance leaps to stay at the bleeding edge of deep learning, a demanding and rapidly expanding new style of computing. The chip industry needs something to replace Moore’s law which is delivering decreasing returns while generating rising costs.So, Google engineer Cliff Young invited chip vendors to beat a path to a new kind of AI computer, perhaps built from some new kind of transistor.Today, Google is running whole buildings full of its third generation TPU, a huge honking accelerator flanked by enormous DRAM stacks. The chips are directly connected on proprietary interconnects in pods that require liquid cooling to run problems expressed in a newly streamlined numerical format.Just six years after noticing matrix multiplication jobs were emerging as a new workload on its cloud services, Google has pulled out all the stops to speed them up. It is about to report stellar benchmarks for its systems. And it’s not enough.“We’re ripping things up and building them anew. We need new techniques to apply. I’d love to learn about your field and build the next generation of TPUs together,” Young said in a keynote here.“We need as much Moore’s law as we can get, and we need more options, too — some possibly raw,” he said, suggesting new kinds of analog or optical computing, perhaps with emerging non-volatile memories.Young’s group is even toying with radical ideas like letting signal-to-noise effects in analog chips directly represent accuracy levels in neural network models, sidestepping the whole digital computing layer. Everything is up for discussion.“We’re on a collision course with scaling limits. We can only get machines to be so dense — even Google will reach limits to how many data centers and systems we can run,” he said. July 22, 2019 at 5:17 am Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram 1 thought on “AI workloads raise sense of urgency for next-gen performance” Continue Reading Previous DATA MODUL extends touch sensor portfolio with even bigger sizesNext Teledyne SP Devices: 8-channel 10-bit digitizer with 1 GS/s sampling rate No one can predict whether hyperscalers and chip architects can define some fundamental new chip techniques that rewrite the rules in computing. However, the hyperscalers clearly have the money.Amazon, Facebook and Google together have annual revenues of greater than $400 billion. Overall, the top seven hyperscalers manage about 70% of all public cloud services and buy about a third of all data center gear, said Vlad Galabov, a principal analyst at IHS Markit.By contrast, the U.S. government last year rolled out a new and ambitious DARPA program to give the chip industry a shot in the arm. However, its budget is just $1.5 billion spread over five years. An industry group called for at least tripling federal spending on core semiconductor research.Young spoke at the second annual AI Design Forum, hosted by the SEMI trade group and Applied Materials. The event’s implicit theme last year was that AI is the new Moore’s law. It’s the same theme this year, but the tone of urgency has dialed up a couple notches.>> This article was originally published on our sister site, EE Times: “AI Seeks New Moore’s Law.” “Employees today in every sector are already aware of the competition they have against AI. They cannot simply regard it as a storage of machinery anymore because AI is more than just that. AI can think, act, and decide as well as human workers. Thus, next Log in to Reply MelBrandle says: last_img read more

first_imgDucati has launched its adventure-sports motorcycle in India, the Multistrada 1260 and the 1260 S.Ducati announced the launch through its Twitter social media handle. The Multistrada 1260 initially made its debut at the Ducati World Premiere last year, ahead of the EICMA 2017 held in Milan, Italy.The engine on the 2018 Multistrada 1260 is different than the standard Multistrada 1200. The new engine is slightly bigger with a larger displacement value of 1,262cc because of the longer 71.5mm stroke, and also features Desmodromic Variable Timing (DVT). The 1260cc engine now belts out 160bhp f power and 129.4Nm of torque.The prices for the Multistrada starts at Rs 15.99 lakh, ex-showroom for the 1260 and Rs 18.06 lakh for the 1260 S. In international markets, the Multistrada is sold in two more variants, the 1260 S D-Air, and the Pikes Peak variant which gets carbon-fiber bodywork, and suspension from Ohlins. Other changes are the increase in steering rake from 24mm to 25mm, and adding 48mm on the swingarm.Here are some pictures of the Multistrada 1260: Ducati Multistrada 1260 Pikes Peaklast_img read more

first_imgFor many of us yoga is equivalent to mental and physical well being. But for a growing tribe this ancient Indian discipline has turned into a source of income.The craze for yoga is growing on the back of a boom in wellness and fitness sector. And since the inception of International Day of Yoga on June 21, 2015 yoga has received a leg up.From yoga studios to yoga accessories or demand for yoga teachers, yoga becomes the flavour of the season, especially during June-July.”Thanks to yoga day our business increases by 30-40 per cent in June and July every year. We have more than 300 yoga students enrolled with us, of whom 112 came for permanent membership in these two months last year,” says MS Srinath, director of Pranava Yoga, a Noida-based yoga studio.Srinath goes on to say that over the past couple of years there has been a spike in the number of people signing up for yoga.”There is a lot of chatter on yoga around June 21. We dont have to incur extra promotional costs since the government and various organisations across the world promote yoga extensively,” Srinath says.MONEY-MAKING ASANASFor the Delhi-based Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga, the purchase of yoga articles and sports items went up in the first year of yoga day celebration to over Rs 3 lakh in 2015-16 from under Rs 2 lakh in 2014-15.In a June 2017 report trade body Assocham highlighted a shortage of yoga instructors by around three lakh as against the demand of over five lakh yoga practitioners.According to media reports, the estimated value of yoga industry globally is at around $80 billion. In India, the value of wellness industry has crossed Rs 85,000 crore.Yoga industry in the US is expected to become a $11.5 billion industry by 2020.According to statistics and studies portal Statista, the US had 37 million people practicing yoga by the end of 2015 as against 17 million in 2008. This number is expected to increase to 55 million by 2020.”Classes are the main source of revenue for the industry. Just over 50 per cent of the revenue of yoga and pilates products and services market in the US was generated from yoga classes in 2015,” Statista says in a report.advertisementAlso Read: PM Modi leads 50,000 people to kick-start 4th International Yoga Day celebrationsAlso Read:Top netas bend in asanas on International Yoga Day | See picsAlso Read: Shilpa, Kareena, Malaika: Yoga rules Bollywood toolast_img read more