Mumbai, Jul 12 (PTI) Taking a dig at the BJP over the terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray has asked the senior ally to send gau rakshaks to fight terrorists in the Valley.Seven Amarnath pilgrims, including six women, were killed and 19 injured when terrorists attacked a bus in Kashmirs Anantnag district on Monday evening.While five of the deceased hailed from neighbouring Gujarat, two were from Maharashtra.”They (the BJP) used to say that do not bring sports, culture etc. in political issues. Today, religion and politics came together in the form of the terror attack. Should we understand that none of those terrorists would have been alive today if they had cow meat in their bags and not weapons?” Thackeray asked yesterday.”The issue of gau rakshaks is raging today. Why dont you send these vigilantes to fight terrorists?” he asked while addressing representatives of various Ganesh mandals for the upcoming festival here.Thackeray, whose party shares an uneasy relationship with the BJP, further said, “If the BJP government can talk to separatists in the Kashmir Valley to resolve their issues, they can certainly talk with those wishing to celebrate the Ganesh festival amidst fanfare.”He requested the Devendra Fadnavis government to bring in an ordinance against restrictions imposed by the Bombay High Court on noise level during the festivals.Earlier, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said the attack on Amarnath pilgrims is an assault on the entire nation and the government, and it is high time that such dastardly incidents are given a befitting reply.advertisement”This attack was not only on pilgrims going for the Amarnath yatra but on the entire country and the government in Delhi (Centre),” he said.”Merely condemning the incident will not suffice. It is now high time that this (terrorist attack) is given a befitting reply,” he said. PTI MM NSK GVS GK DV
South Africa paceman Morne Morkel has ruled out tweaking his run-up despite becoming the embarrassed owner of a dubious distinction for overstepping the crease in Test cricket.When Morkel bowled Ben Stokes for 44 off a no-ball in the Lord’s Test against England, it was the 13th time that the lanky 32-year-old pacer was denied a wicket by his tendency to plant his front foot beyond the popping crease, the most for any bowler in Test history.”World record, thank you. Somebody needs to hold it. It’s 13 wickets I’d like to have in the bank but it’s not to be,” Morkel told reporters ahead of the second Test beginning on Friday in Nottingham.”It’s not acceptable. It’s a controllable thing.”The respite for Stokes did prove costly, though not in terms of runs. The all-rounder added 12 more to his first innings total before falling to Kagiso Rabada, whose over-exuberant send-off invited a one-match suspension.”It’s a rush of blood to the head, wanting to create something with the older, softer ball. Maybe I ran in too quickly and just over-strode,” Morkel said.The tall paceman’s long limbs are perceived by many to be behind his frequent overstepping but Morkel felt it was more down to rhythm and altering the run-up was not the solution.”I need a lot of rhythm and timing is crucial for me,” he said. “The more I’ve bowled in a Test match, the better my timing and my feel at the crease was.”I can’t make my run up longer, I can’t make it shorter. I’m just going to stick with it.advertisement”The only thing I can do is keep on working on that; work on getting the foot behind the line,” Morkel added.England lead the four-Test series 1-0 with matches at The Oval and Old Trafford set to follow the Trent Bridge contest.
Courtesy his US Open Grand Prix Gold title triumph, Indian shuttler HS Prannoy has jumped six places to be at 17th position in the latest BWF world rankings.Parupalli Kashyap, who reached his first final at US Open in more than two years after recovering from multiple injuries, also gained 12 places to be at the 47th spot.Sameer Verma, who has qualified as the fourth Indian for the World Championship, jumped four spots to be 28th in the standings.With Prannoy improving his position, India have four men in the top-20. Kidambi Srikanth, who clinched back-to-back titles at Indonesia and Australia, is the highest ranked Indian at number 8.Ajay Jayaram is ranked 16th, while B Sai Praneeth is 19th spot after losing a place.In women’s category, PV Sindhu remained 5th while Saina Nehwal dropped a spot to be world number 16. They are the only two Indians in the top-25.In mixed doubles, Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy dropped three places to lie at the 20th spot. There were no Indian pair in the top 25 in men’s or women’s doubles.
Ferrari headed into the August Formula One break with a one-two victory in Hungary on Sunday but race winner and championship leader Sebastian Vettel recognised that team mate Kimi Raikkonen had been faster.The German’s fourth win of the season put him 14 points clear of Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton, who could have been on the podium but instead ceded third place back to Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas in an act of sportsmanship.Vettel was suffering with steering problems and had to stay off the kerbs but there was never any suggestion that he might let Raikkonen, who was in danger of being caught by Hamilton, go through.”I didn’t do a favour to Kimi who obviously could go faster, I didn’t have the pace,” the relieved German said in podium interviews.
Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon added the world title to her Olympic gold when she won a superb women’s 1,500 metres final in a white-hot London Stadium atmosphere on Monday, judging her charge to perfection and holding off the field.Kipyegon, silver medallist two years ago, took up the running with 600 to go and was stride for stride with in-form Sifan Hassan until the Dutchwoman faded while the Kenyan stayed strong to cross the line in four minutes 2.59 seconds.Jenny Simpson of the United States, the 30-year-old 2011 champion, also showed great track nous as she slipped up the inside and finished like a teenage sprinter to take second.South Africa’s 800 metres specialist Caster Semenya also powered through on the line to grab the bronze.”I knew it would be fast, it is such a quality field,” Kipyegon said. “The best was going to win here. It was always going to be quick and competitive.”After a relatively low-key night’s action, the 55,000 crowd roared their encouragement to home hopes Laura Muir and Laura Weightman to create a vibrant atmosphere.Muir had travelled to Rio de Janeiro with real medal hopes last year after a stellar season but failed to live with the last-lap pace in the Olympic final and finished seventh.CROWD FRENZYThis time she had vowed not to repeat that error and set the pace from the start and, although it was not a particularly punishing one, her positive move sent the crowd into a frenzy.After a slow second lap, Kipyegon and Hassan, the fastest over the distance in the world this year, took it up with 600 to go as Muir and Simpson stayed in their wake in a thrilling last 300.advertisementBut it was the Kenyan who had the superior staying power as she drove through the line for a brilliant win to follow her 2016 triumph at the Olympics in Rio.Hassan, who slipped to fifth, and then Muir, fourth, ran out of gas over the last few metres, allowing Simpson and Semenya, who has barely run a 1,500 in her career but has been unbeatable over two laps, to snatch the minor medals.”My coach has been telling me all day, ‘Be willing to run your guts out and you’ll be great’, so I did exactly what she said,” Simpson said.”The last 300 metres in particular I ran my guts out and it paid off.”Having the experience is huge because having the ability to stay calm is so hard. To come out with a medal, I think it was down to keeping my wits about me.”RISKY MOVESimpson said she has now run a remarkable 17 global championship 1,500m races and “learned 17 different ways of running them.””I don’t think I’ve ever passed on the inside before but for a nanosecond I saw that gap open. It’s risky, it could have closed, but it worked out,” she said.Semenya, who will start as favourite to retain her world title over 800m, said she had enjoyed her major championship experience of the longer distance.”It’s just the beginning for me, you’ll be seeing more of me in the 1,500,” she said.”I like the challenge and I think I can do better.”Semenya, whose entire career has been run in the spotlight of questions about her hyperandrogenism and the claimed advantage her high natural testosterone levels give her, was less happy to discuss that situation.”I’ve no time for nonsense about medication,” she said. “My focus is on being healthy and competing.”Ethiopia’s defending champion and world record holder Genzebe Dibaba looked short of fitness and finished last.
It is that time of the year again when beach wear makes an appearance in a far flung village off the Chennai coast. Surfers rule the roost and a medley of musicians and wellness instructors have packed their bags to join the fun. Yes, it’s the Covelong Point Surf, Music and Yoga Festival and it gets bigger and better this year. “We are hoping to have as many as 20,000 attendees this year and many more outdoor activities like Frisbee, volleyball and cycling,” says Yotam Agam, 48, Festival Director. “We also have four different music stages and more wellness activities with facilitators from around the world. Surfing of course remains the largest attraction,” he adds.Picture courtesy: Yoav Rosenthal (EarthSync) The Global music festival this year will see artists like The Raghu Dixit Project, IndoSoul by Karthick Iyer, Skrat and Carnatic musicians like Mahesh Vinayakram and Padma Shankar playing in the backdrop of the pristine Kovalam Beach where the event is set to take place. The confluence of classical music and surfing and that of city folk and local villagers is one of the things that makes this festival special and unlike any other in the country. “What’s beautiful about this sport is that when surfers are in the water, walls come down, differences and distinctions become irrelevant – the ocean will do that to you. We’re all just human beings united by a passion for good surf, out in the water chasing the next wave. Village folk and city folk alike, it doesn’t matter – and you’ll see that unity of different communities, countries, people when you walk through the festival grounds,” says Arun Vasu, 49, CMD, TT Group talking about the festival.advertisementPicture courtesy: Yoav Rosenthal (EarthSync) Also Read: 4 stories about Lord Ganesha you probably didn’t knowThe main events include a surfing competition where surfers from around the world take to the seas in the small fishing village. The year’s surfing ambassador is cricketer Jonty Rhodes and other celebrity guests include Murali Vijay and actors Jeeva, Arya and Veera. So, pack your bags, some sunscreen and head out to a festival that has something for everyone just like the city it was conceived in.Picture courtesy: Yoav Rosenthal (EarthSync) On August 25th to 27th; At Covelong Point Social Surf School, Kovalam; Log onto www.covelongpoint.com for registrations; Entry free
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) report of 2016 has revealed that one Indian cricketer has tested positive for banned substances among the 153 BCCI accreditated cricketers.The cricketer, whose name has not yet been revealed will be the second after former India U-19 player Pradeep Sangwan to have tested positive. Sangwan was playing for Kolkata Knight Riders in 2013 when he tested positive during that year’s Indian Premier League.According to the 2016 Anti-Doping Testing Figures, 138 cricketers registered under BCCI were tested ‘In Competition’ (IC) in which one cricketer has tested positive. It could be concluded that the cricketer in question has tested positive during a BCCI domestic event like Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy, IPL or Irani Trophy – as it has happened ‘In Competition’.It may or may not be an international cricketer but it is for sure that it did not happen during an ICC event as normally the world cricket’s governing body mandatorily sends a media release.There were 15 ‘Out Of Competition’ (OOC) tests conducted during the same period in which all results were negative. When BCCI was contacted about the identity of the cricketer, a top BCCI official, who handles the specific domain told PTI: “We haven’t received any report from the WADA as of now so we are not in a position to reveal the name of the cricketer.”The report states that one urine sample has ‘Adverse Analytical Findings (AAF)’, which means that the athlete in question has tested positive. None of the BCCI accreditated cricketers’ blood samples have been tested.advertisementIn 2016, ICC has carried out 561 tests with 244 In-Competition (IC) where there 1 Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) an 1 Atypical Findings. They also conducted 317 Out of Competition. Similarly, Pakistan Cricket Board has no positive tests among the 52 tested while Bangladesh’s 24 tests have come negative.
Amazon India last month announced its third smartphone offering under the 10.or (Tenor) brand, called the 10.or D. The handset comes following the 10.or G and 10.or E, both of which fall in the budget segment. The latest handset comes at an even lower price point starting at Rs 4,999 and will go on sale on the e-commerce platform from January 5. Considering the specs on board, the 10.or D looks to provide a solid entry-level smartphone to take on the Redmi 5A.The e-commerce company says that the 10.or D has been designed considering customer feedback. The “Crafted for Amazon” smartphone highlights certain specifications such as a large 3500mAh battery, fingerprint sensor and stock Android, among other things that have been popular requests by Amazon customers for a budget handset. If the 10.or D delivers, it will be a pretty solid challenger to the Redmi 5A, if not a winner in its own right. Read on to know how well the phone performs.Design and displayCompanies seldom pay attention to design when it comes to entry-level smartphones. When you’re trying to sell a cheap phone, you’re pretty much going to have to make some compromises in some some areas. The 10.or D does just that. The handset isn’t the most attractive looking device out there, but you can tell the company is focussing on what is inside. Here, the Redmi 5A tends to win as it has a more pleasing design.One of the biggest highlights here is the fingerprint sensor on the back, which quite rare to see at this price pointadvertisementThe handset is easy enough to hold in one hand, but it is a bit thick which is probably due to the 3500mAh battery inside. The 10.or D has a plastic outer shell, but the matte finish on the back is smooth to the touch. One of the biggest highlights here is the fingerprint sensor on the back, which quite rare to see at this price point. The Redmi 5A does not sport a fingerprint sensor, so I would definitely call this a win for Amazon if one is keeping count. In my time with the handset, I found the fingerprint sensor was not the fastest, but not too slow to complain as well. It also failed to register my fingerprint on occasion, but just the fact that you’re getting a fingerprint sensor at this price point is something worth bragging about.The 10.or D sports a 5.2-inch HD display, which is pretty bright and vivid for a 720p resolution. The brightness levels are good and the colours look impressive as well, especially the reds and blues. Viewing angles are decent, but look a bit off at extreme angles. Visibility indoors is great and the phone handles pretty well outdoors under bright sunlight as well. The handset does not come with an ambient light sensor so you will need to manually adjust the brightness depending on your surrounding.Software and performanceThe 10.or D runs stock Android 7.1.2 Nougat, which is great as I found the experience to be quite snappy for a budget phone. The phone is light in terms of the pre-loaded apps on board. You’ll get a pretty clean set of Android applications as well as a couple of pre-loaded Amazon apps like Kindle and Prime Video which are non-removable, but they don’t take up a lot of storage space either so it should bother anyone.The handset is powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core processor Snapdragon 425 processor (Cortex A53) with Adreno 308 GPU, which is similar to the Redmi 5A. Most of the basic daily apps like WhatsApp, Google, Facebook among other things will open pretty quickly and you won’t find a lot of lags and stutters. You will find some slow down when browsing some heavy apps like Facebook or playing graphic intense games, which is understandable considering the chipset you’re getting.By the end of the day, I found a good 30 per cent charge still leftI’m a little unsure about backward facing speakers on smartphones. Both the 10.or D and Redmi 5A feature speaker grilles on the back, which I feel may be better than keeping them on the bottom of the phone only to have your palms block them when watching videos on landscape. However, a speaker on the back means the sound will travel in the opposite direction, which means you’re not going to get a precise hearing experience. But the speaker is loud enough to compensate for that.CamerasMoving over to the optics, the 10.or D sports a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera that are again similar to what you will find on the Redmi 5A. After taking a couple of indoor and outdoor shots through the rear camera, I found that colours are decent but they aren’t crisp. Zoom in on them and you’ll find that details are lacking and they often come out a bit hazy. This brings me to the point that the cameras have difficulty in focusing on the subject. You will have to wait a while before you can grab one steady and clear shot.advertisement XPreviousNextThe front camera isn’t great, but it gets the job done. It captures selfies but the colours look washed out and it lets in too much light from the edges. Much like the rear camera, the front also has trouble focusing on the subject and more often than not the shots come out a little hazy. The Redmi 5A seems to do a little better in this aspect and if cameras are an important factor for you then you may want to look the other way. BatteryOne of the biggest features entry-level smartphone consumers look for is a battery that lasts longer than a day, and the Amazon India promises that and a whole lot more with the 10.or D. The handset houses a 3500mAh battery, which is impressive at this price point. To compare, the Redmi 5A comes with a 3000mAh battery. Now, e-commerce platform promises up to 2 days of battery life on average use. This seems about right as during my time with the phone I got about a day and a half of juice with above average usage. My usage included messaging, calls, listening to music for about an hour and streaming videos for about two hours. By the end of the day, I found a good 30 per cent charge still left.Usage aside, what really impressed me was the standby time. When Amazon said that the phone will last up to 10 days on standby, I feel they were being quite modest as I found the 10.or D still had charge left in it after leaving it idling away for 10 days, which makes me believe it could have given me a few days more. The handset features a standard micro-USB port and does not support fast charging. It takes about two to two and a half hours to charge the device from zero to 100 per cent, which I can’t complain about considering the number of times I actually need to charge to phone is pretty low.Should you buy it?Before the launch of 10.or D, if someone were to ask me the beat phone to buy for Rs 5000, I would usually suggest the Redmi 5A. But now I find myself favouring the 10.or D just a little bit more. I do admit the Redmi 5A wins in the design department and cameras to some extent. But if it comes down to providing a stock Android experience and battery life, the 10.or D just wins it in my opinion. Also, adding a fingerprint sensor is just an extra touch of impressive.advertisementBased on my time with the 10.or D, I found that the phone to be extremely promising. Sure, the design may not be something to write home about, but the software is pretty fluid and the performance was snappy as well. From the looks of it, the 10.or D seems like a worthy challenger to take on the Redmi 5A and other entry-level phones. Amazon will have to amp up advertising, though, to really get this phone out there in the public’s eye. The biggest concern as I see it is that people don’t know the brand well enough. So, even if I were to suggest the 10.or D, my skeptic friends and family would probably prefer the Redmi 5A just because it is backed by Xiaomi’s name.10.or D review7.5/10Good stuffExcellent batteryStock AndroidFingerprint sensorBad stuffUninspiring designAverage camerasBulky build
Jonny Bairstow’s unorthodox method of greeting Cameron Bancroft in a pub last month overshadowed questions of cricket at the news conferences following Australia’s win over England in the Ashes series opener.Speculation about a head-butting incident emerged when some Australian fielders made a reference to it — picked up on an on-field microphone — in a bid to unsettle England wicketkeeper Bairstow while he was batting on Sunday.The England Cricket Board confirmed overnight it had asked Bairstow for an explanation. Both sides agreed there was nothing malicious in the incident, and there’s unlikely to be any disciplinary action.Not long after Bancroft scored the winning runs for Australia on Monday, remaining unbeaten on 82, he and Bairstow fronted separate news conferences to outline what happened at the Avenue bar four weeks ago.The winning moment followed by a shake of hands at the Gabba! Cracking Test match to open the series #Ashes pic.twitter.com/Rp2UVrLtYV- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) November 27, 2017Bairstow went first, offering a statement without taking questions.”It’s been blown completely out of proportion,” he said. “There was no intent, nor malice about anything during the evening. (The Ashes: Man-of-the-match Steve Smith praises Australia’s grit)”As you could see out there today there was no animosity between myself, Cameron and any other of the Australia players and hopefully now we can swipe this underneath the table.”England coach Trevor Bayliss said there was no aggression in Bairstow’s actions, and said he wouldn’t even define it as a head butt. England captain Joe Root described the episode as boyish behavior, and said the timing of the revelations may have been a plot to unsettle his team.advertisementBancroft made his debut for Australia in Brisbane, and the first questions he faced post-game were not about cricket.”I got into a very amicable conversation with Jonny and he just greeted me with a head butt, kind of thing,” Bancroft explained of the night in question. “I was expecting a handshake. It wasn’t the greeting of choice that I was expecting.”There was certainly no malice in his action and we continued on, having very good conversation for the rest of the evening,” Bancroft added. “Obviously at the time, he said sorry. For me personally it was just really weird — it was so random and I certainly didn’t expect it coming.”Bancroft said he’d have preferred a handshake or a hug, but wasn’t knocked over and wasn’t particularly upset by the greeting.”He says hello to people very differently to most others,” he said. “I let it go and moved on from it. It was fine.”Just wait for Steve Smith to absolutely lose it at the end of this video! ??? #Ashes pic.twitter.com/S3UMqBfEZj- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) November 27, 2017The Perth incident happened in the wake of a separate episode in September outside a club in Bristol that has resulted in all-rounder Ben Stokes missing the start of the Ashes tour. Stokes has remained in England pending a police investigation.Bayliss said there’d be no disciplinary action against Bairstow, but added that the player group would likely agree to change policies to ensure there’s no risk of off-field behavior that puts external pressure on the team.”Well, that’s what I thought after Bristol as well, they would be extra dumb and stupid if it didn’t (change), for sure,” Bayliss said. “Any team at this level will take any opportunity to get stuck into the opposition.”If you put yourself into that situation, you’re fair game. We’ve got to be very careful that we don’t do that in the future.”The opposing #Ashes skippers on Australia’s mind games with Jonny Bairstow… pic.twitter.com/Lj6vi0JdBS- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) November 27, 2017Off-field incidents have overshadowed Ashes series in the past, including in the buildup to the 2013 series in England when Australian opener David Warner was banned for test matches following a confrontation with Root in a bar.Root said there was no comparison between the two episodes. What bothered him most was the opportunity the Bairstow incident gave the media to criticize his England squad, and the advantage that gave the Australians.”It’s come up the first day Australia had a good day on the field four weeks later,” Root said. “If it was a big deal, it would have come out a lot earlier. We have to be careful not to make a big deal of something that’s not there.”I think the most important thing is we stay strong and tight as a group of players and that we continue to keep doing the hard work that we have done throughout the whole trip.”advertisement
New Zealand right-arm seamer Matt Henry has been confirmed as a replacement for injured Tim Southee for the opening Test of the two-match series against West Indies, beginning at the Basin Reserve on Friday.Confirming the news, skipper Kane Williamson revealed that Henry has been preferred as Southee’s replacement over fast bowler Lockie Ferguson for the first Test match.Despite Ferguson bagging seven wickets for New Zealand A against the West Indies earlier this week, Williamson insisted that Henry has been chosen for the national team since he has been playing exceedingly well for a long time now.”He probably hasn’t had the opportunities he’s deserved and now is a great opportunity for him. He’s a different bowler to Lockie but has been bowling with good pace and does tend to move the ball well,” Sport24 quoted Williamson, as saying.As a result, Henry will join the third pace-bowling spot with Trent Boult and Neil Wagner.Earlier, Southee was ruled out of the first Test against West Indies because of a pending birth of his first child.Meanwhile, uncapped wicketkeeper-batsman Tom Blundell is also in line to make Test debut for New Zealand after being drafted in the squad as BJ Watling’s replacement, who was ruled out due to a hip injury.Besides Tests, the two sides are also scheduled to play three-match ODI series, beginning December 20 at the Cobham Oval, Whangarei.The New Zealand squad for first Test is as follows:Kane Williamson (captain), Tom Latham, Jeet Raval, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Tom Blundell, Mitchell Santner, Colin de Grandhomme, Matt Henry, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult.advertisement
Discouraging exposure of children to the poisonous air, the Delhi government ordered all schools upto Class 5 to be shut down on Wednesday after the Capital woke up to a thick blanket of smog.Schools have been asked to suspend morning assembly and bring other outdoor activities like PT classes to a halt until the situation improves. “The situation of smog and pollution level will be under scrutiny from Wednesday morning and if the bad air quality persists, we will most likely extend the shutdown of schools on Thursday,” said deputy CM Manish Sisodia.Citing kids’ safety amid worsening air quality, schools across city issued advisories and took precautionary steps, asking parents to inform teachers if their ward is suffering from any breathing ailment.”No child should be rhythmically breathing in this air. We have asked parents to inform us if their child needs extra attention. We have also asked children to use light cotton mask when moving outdoors,” said Priyanka Mehta, principal of Amity International School, Mayur Vihar.Modern School, Barakhamba Road also ceased all sports practices on Tuesday evening in the school premises. The school has further decided to conduct the practices for its upcoming founder’s day within the auditorium.The drastic measures have trickled down to schools in NCR likes Gurgaon and Faridabad as Ram Bilash Sharma, education minister of Haryana, directed all private and government school for changing their timetable. “We have directed all private and government schools to change the timing till November 30. The new school timing will be 9 am to 3.30 pm and it is imposed with immediate effect,” Sharma said.advertisementAt present, schools in Gurugram and Faridabad are operating from 8 am to 1.30 pm.Timings at Shiv Nadar School in Gurgaon have been delayed and now as per the Haryana government circular, the timings are 9 am to 3.30 pm. In a circular issued by school, it has been made mandatory for students of all classes attending school to wear masksThe decision came after Delhi reeled under high level of pollution PM10 and air pollution level inched close to “severe” category.ALSO WATCH | Delhi engulfed by smog blanket, visibility drops to 15 meters
KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Salvador Perez shouted at Hunter Strickland, who shouted right back. The Kansas City Royals streamed from their dugout, the San Francisco Giants from their own. And for a tense moment in the sixth inning Oct. 22nd, Kauffman Stadium was consumed by chaos.The one thing that was clear? The World Series suddenly had some life.Perez broke open Game 2 with a two-run double in a five-run sixth, and the Royals’ cast of clutch relievers kept the Giants in check for a 7-2 victory that leveled the Series and spiced things up as it shifts to San Francisco for three games.“We showed them that we have fight in us, and I think they knew that already,” said Billy Butler, whose RBI single in the sixth inning gave the Royals a 3-2 lead. “But we stepped up big there as a team, and that gave us some confidence.”Jeremy Guthrie will be on the mound Oct. 24 for the Royals, who had won eight straight playoff games before a 7-1 loss in the opener. Tim Hudson will start for San Francisco.“With their pitching and our pitching, and the way both teams play, we’re going to have a fight, I think, every game,” Giants Manager Bruce Bochy said.So much talk of fighting after the two teams nearly came to blows Wednesday.The Royals had surged ahead on Butler’s single when Perez followed with a double off Strickland into the left-field gap. Omar Infante then scorched a pitch into the bullpen in left, the fifth homer that Strickland had allowed to 23 postseason batters.Boiling over with anger, Strickland yelled into his glove then got into a shouting match with Perez as the big, burly catcher headed for home. Players spilled out of both dugouts, and several Royals streamed in from the outfield bullpen before the umpires finally restored order.“He started to look at me, so I asked him like, ‘Hey, why you look at me?’” Perez said. “So he was telling me, ‘Get out of here, whatever.’ So I don’t know. ‘You don’t have to treat me like that. Look at Omar. Omar hit a bomb. I didn’t hit a bomb. I hit a double.’”Strickland said he simply let his frustration get to him. “I let the team down,” he said. “My emotions got to me.”With his 100 mph fastball singeing the Giants’ batters, Royals flamethrower Yordano Ventura allowed two runs while pitching into the sixth inning. The 23-year-old protege of Pedro Martinez hardly looked like the first rookie to make a World Series start for the Royals, calmly handling a lineup that had ravaged staff ace James Shields.The dynamic trio of Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland did the rest.Herrera got the final two outs of the sixth to escape a jam, his first three pitches clocking at least 100 mph. He also survived a shaky seventh before Davis breezed through the eighth.Greg Holland, who saved each game in the Royals’ sweep of Baltimore in the AL Championship Series, allowed a two-out single to Brandon Crawford before fanning Gregor Blanco to end the game.The Giants’ only runs came on a homer by Blanco and a double by Brandon Belt, their streak of seven straight World Series wins ending on a crisp, breezy night.“For us to leave here with a split, you like to get greedy,” Bochy said, “but we know it’s going to be a tough series.” Early on, it looked as if the Giants could have a big lead heading back to the Bay Area.The fleet-footed Blanco silenced a rollicking sea of blue, becoming the 10th player to open a World Series game with a home run. He deposited Ventura’s 98 mph fastball in the bullpen in right field, just his 17th home run in more than 2,300 at-bats.The crowd, energized from the moment that Hall of Famer George Brett delivered the ceremonial first pitch, was left waiting for something good to happen for the second straight night. This time, the scrappy Royals gave it to them.ALCS MVP Lorenzo Cain stretched a two-out double later in the first, and Eric Hosmer walked on four pitches. Butler, Giants starter Jake Peavy’s long-time nemesis, then bounced a single past the outstretched glove of Crawford at shortstop to knot the game 1-all.The Royals kept the pressure on in second. Infante doubled over the head of Travis Ishikawa in left field, and Escobar sliced a two-out double down the right-field line to give Kansas City a 2-1 lead, its first in the World Series since Game 7 in 1985.The Giants, so accustomed to October baseball, refused to back down. Belt tied it in the fourth with a double that bounced off Nori Aoki’s glove in right field.The game was still knotted at 2 when the Royals got their first two batters aboard in the sixth. Bochy pulled the fiery Peavy. Butler promptly hit a go-ahead single off Jean Machi, and Strickland came in two batters later.From there, well, the Royals showed they still had plenty of fight left.(DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shares
ALBANY, N.Y. — New York ended its ban on professional mixed martial arts — the last hold-out in the nation — opening the cages for major fights in its big venues and lower-level scraps across the state.Gov. Andrew Cuomo praised the move as a boost to the state economy as he signed the law April 14 at Madison Square Garden, ringed by Ultimate Fighting Championship ex-champions Ronda Rousey and Chris Weidman, a Long Island native.“Madison Square Garden is the international icon for great sports events,” Cuomo said. “The economics that go along with the sport are undeniable.”The UFC, the sport’s largest promotion, which broadcasts shows on Fox television and major events on pay-per-view, announced plans at the signing to hold its first New York show Nov. 12 at the Garden.The law doesn’t take effect until September, giving the New York State Athletic Commission time to add two members, adopt regulations, train staff and begin licensing promoters, trainers and fighters.The sport’s violence drew opposition from some lawmakers and proposals from others to better protect fighters, who wear small gloves and engage in a combination of kickboxing, wrestling and jiu-jitsu, often inside a cage or other enclosure.Provisions added to the law raise the insurance required to $50,000 for fighter injuries, a $50,000 death benefit and $1 million for life-threatening brain injuries, and it authorizes the state to study potential funding mechanisms for long-term care of fighters who develop degenerative brain conditions.It’s also designed to bring the amateur sport, which has grown unregulated across the state, under state-authorized supervision.UFC lobbied hard for years to convince state politicians to legalize it, bringing marquee fighters like Jon Jones and Rousey to Albany’s Capitol.Meanwhile, Rousey became a model and action film star with an entourage. Jones, a native of upstate New York, is widely regarded as the best fighter, pound for pound, on the planet.There are many lesser-known fighters training in New York who expect now to make some money in the last state where pro fights were banned.“I believe there will be packed houses,” said Liam McGeary, an English expatriate who lives in Brooklyn and is the professionally unbeaten light heavyweight champion for Bellator.“There’s a lot of fight fans over here who don’t get to experience the fight shows we do over on the West Coast,” said McGeary, who has fought in California and other states. He predicted many local fans, as well as others from England, will turn out to New York venues.Bellator’s principal owner is New York-based Viacom, whose Spike TV broadcasts the fights to 150 countries.Promotion President Scott Coker said they put on 16 cards last year, plan to do 29 this year and are averaging 1.2 million viewers per show.“We’re building our roster every month. We’re going after some of the big free agents. We’re building some fighters from the ground up,” he said.Among venues they’re talking to is Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Coker said. “It’d be a great place to hold our inaugural event there in New York.”UFC Chief Executive Lorenzo Fertitta said they’ll hold an upstate event this year and later others across New York. Weidman is already scheduled for a middleweight title rematch in June against Californian Luke Rockhold in Los Angeles.Bellator is also considering the Garden and other New York venues, including Indian reservation casinos and Buffalo, Coker said.The Governor’s office estimated the sport will yield almost $140 million in annual economic activity in New York from gym expansions and about 70 yearly MMA events.Duff Holmes has a roster of about 20 fighters who train evenings and weekends at his gym in suburban Utica. Former UFC light heavyweight Matt Hamill trained with him.“The last few years in New York, the highest level amateurs were basically pros,” Holmes said. Several of his guys had 15 or 20 amateur fights, while in other states most have only four or five before turning professional.For the New Yorkers, travel would have cost anything they made. The ability to sell hometown tickets could change that math, though the high insurance requirements may keep smaller promoters out of the market, he said.However, Holmes has at least two fighters, featherweight Eric Mendiola and lightweight Pete San Antonio, who’ve each fought professionally twice for smaller promotions following long amateur careers. “They’re at the level that’s going to be noted,” he said.There are a dozen or more amateur promotions in New York, including some that sell tickets to mismatches with barely trained fighters, Holmes said. “That’s one good thing that’s going to come out of this. They’re going to go bye-bye.”(MICHAEL VIRTANEN)TweetPinShare0 Shares
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NEW YORK — The Tampa Bay Rays and Miami Marlins drew 12,653 Wednesday night — combined.Baltimore, Cincinnati, Minnesota and Tampa Bay set stadium lows this year. Kansas City had its smallest home crowd since 2011 and Toronto and San Francisco since 2010. The Marlins’ average attendance is less than Triple-A Las Vegas.Major League Baseball’s overall average of 26,854 through Wednesday is 1.4% below the 27,242 through the similar point last season, which wound up below 30,000 for the first time since 2003.Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred attributes this year’s drop to fewer season tickets but emphasizes day-of-game sales are up 6%.“Given the explosion of entertainment alternatives and the growth of the secondary market, it is not surprising that season ticket sales can be challenging,” he said. “The clubs are responding to this challenge with creative and effective approaches. For example, sales of subscription tickets are double what they were a year ago. And the Twins recently had a $5 flash sale that produced crowds of over 30,000 in three of four games, and the largest single-game attendance since 2016.”Nineteen of the 30 teams have seen their average fall from a similar point last year, with the largest drops in Toronto (6,963), San Francisco (6,463), Baltimore (3,839) and Detroit (3,686).Large rises have taken place for Philadelphia (10,383), Oakland (4,027), San Diego (3,465) and the Chicago White Sox (2,311). The Phillies signed Bryce Harper and the Padres added Manny Machado.“A lot of it comes down to competition. Fans want to know their teams are doing everything they can to compete for a championship every year,” union head Tony Clark said. “I see every empty seat as a missed opportunity. Experiencing a game and seeing players perform in person creates a bond with baseball; our industry needs to find ways to convert those empty seats into lifelong fans.”Fans watch a baseball game between the Miami Marlins and San Francisco Giants, Thursday, May 30, 2019, in Miami. Major League Baseball’s average attendance of 26,854 is 1.4% below the 27,242 through the similar point last season, which wound below 30,000 for the first time since 2003. Baltimore, Cincinnati, Minnesota and Tampa Bay set stadium lows this year. Kansas City had its smallest home crowd since 2011, and Toronto and San Francisco since 2010. Miami and the Rays drew 12,653 Wednesday night _ combined. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)MLB’s average peaked at 32,785 in 2007 — the last year before the Great Recession and the next-to-last season before the New York Yankees and Mets moved to smaller stadiums. The average was at 30,517 in 2015 before sliding for three straight years, and last season’s final figure of 28,830 marked a 4% drop, the overall number hurt by unusually cold and wet weather early in the season.Manfred points to other metrics that please MLB: Games top prime-time cable ratings in 24 of 25 markets and MLB.tv streaming is up 8.5%. He views increases for the Phillies, Padres, Athletics and White Sox tied to team performance.Florida remains a problem on both coasts.Despite a sparkling, eight-season-old ballpark with a retractable roof, Miami is averaging 9,554 in Derek Jeter’s second season as chief executive — below the 9,582 average for Triple-A Las Vegas in its first season at a new 10,000-capacity stadium.Tampa Bay plays in one of the most outmoded facilities in the major leagues and drew 5,786 against the Blue Jays on Tuesday, the smallest home crowd for the Rays, who started play at Tropicana Field in 1998.“The more people there are, the more energy there’s going to be,” Tampa Bay outfielder Kevin Kiermaier said. “No matter what crowd you’re playing in front of, you have to get motivated.”A quartet of last-place teams has seen swaths of empty seats.Miami is on track to have the lowest home attendance in the National League for the seventh straight season. Tampa Bay is at the bottom of the AL for the fifth consecutive year.“Any time you’re seeing less people show up to the ballpark, I think you’re wondering why and you’re wondering how you can change that,” said Miami first baseman Neil Walker, accustomed to big crowds from his time in New York. “You’ve got to assume that it has a little bit to do with it being expensive to come to the ballpark.”Having traded many veterans, the Orioles are 28th in the majors at 16,263. Baltimore topped 2 million in 21 of its first 25 seasons at Camden Yards, exceeding 3 million nine times. But the Orioles drew 6,585 against Oakland on April 8, the lowest in the ballpark’s 28-season history except for a 2015 game closed to the public at a time when the city was plagued by rioting.“I wish fans were here. When we played in Wrigley, the energy level was off the charts,” first-year Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. “I’m hoping that someday soon that will be the case here.”Cincinnati’s crowd of 7,799 against Milwaukee on April 1 was the lowest for a Reds’ home game since 1984 at Riverfront Stadium. That same day, Toronto drew 10,460 against the Orioles, the smallest attendance at the Rogers Centre since 2010.San Francisco drew 28,030 vs. Pittsburgh on April 10, the Giants’ lowest home crowd since 2010.Kansas City’s crowd of 10,024 against the Twins on April 2 was the lowest at Kauffman Stadium since 2011. Minnesota drew 11,465 against Toronto on April 17, the lowest figure in Target Field’s 10-season history.“As a kid, I loved more than anything to go to the ballpark and I loved nothing more than playing baseball,” Walker said. “But I think a lot of people are just — they want action now. They don’t want to be totally consumed with a game maybe that’s just not timed.”By: Ronald Blum, AP Baseball WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
Continue Reading Previous The Write Stuff: Using BookendsNext A new computing architecture for Big Data and AI applications Not sure how to fill that blank page or even start writing those documents? Read Ron Green’s hints and guidelines for engineers looking to become better writers.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram
Continue Reading Previous F&S: COM for battery-powered applications with numerous interfacesNext ADLINK: fanless Embedded computers with Windows 7 support STMicroelectronics’ STSPIN233 is a low-voltage motor driver suitable for both single-shunt and three-shunt brushless-motor driving integrating a 200mΩ 1.3Arms power stage, in a slim and compact 3mm x 3mm package.The STSPIN233 also has the industry’s lowest standby current, at less than 80nA. Moreover, it can be put into standby mode under logic control, making it ideal for extending operation from batteries in equipment like drone-camera gimbals, educational robots, toothbrushes, shavers, medical syringe pumps, or small drives in Internet-of-Things devices.Powering the STSPIN233 is easy and uncomplicated. Its input-voltage range of 1.8V-10V allows use with a power source as basic as a single Li-ion cell. Built-in safety features further simplify system design, including over-current, short-circuit, and over-temperature protection, UVLO, and interlocking.A development ecosystem comprising a Nucleo expansion board (X-NUCLEO-IHM17M1) and related software tools (X-CUBE-SPN17 for STM32Cube) is available for the STSPIN233, to jump-start evaluation and prototyping leveraging the easy-to-use STM32Cube software environment that includes tools, middleware, and application-code examples.With the arrival of the STSPIN233, ST now offers a complete portfolio of miniature monolithic low-voltage drivers for stepping, brush, or brushless motors in small battery-powered devices. The complete family, comprising STSPIN220, STSPIN230, STSPIN233, STSPIN240, and STSPIN250, each with a dedicated Nucleo evaluation board and X-CUBE software package, offers flexible choices including single, dual, or high-current (2.6Arms) brush motor control, and sensed or sensorless BLDC control. The STSPIN233 is available now as a compact 3x3mm QFN.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components
Continue Reading Previous Motherboards for safe operation in harsh industrial environmentsNext congatec: COM Express Computer-on-Module with 3 GHz Intel Core i3 processor Code coverage is important, and improving coverage is a worthy goal. But simply chasing the percentage is not nearly so valuable as writing stable, maintainable, meaningful tests. By Arthur Hicken, Parasoft Download PDF version of this article Measurement of code coverage is one of those things that always catches my attention. On the one hand, I often find that organizations do not necessarily know how much code they are covering during testing – which is really surprising! At the other end of the coverage spectrum, there are organizations for whom the number is so important that the quality and efficacy of the tests has become mostly irrelevant. They mindlessly chase the 100% dragon and believe that if they have that number the software is good, or even the best that it can be. This is at least as dangerous as not knowing what you have tested, in fact perhaps more so since it can give you a false sense of security.Code coverage can be a good and interesting number to assess your software quality, but it is important to remember that it is a means, rather than an end. We do not want coverage for coverage’s sake, we want coverage because it is supposed to indicate that we have done a good job testing the software. If the tests themselves are not meaningful, then having more of them certainly does not indicate better software. The important goal is to make sure every piece of code is tested, not just executed. Failing enough time and money to fully test everything, at least make sure that everything important is tested.What this means is that while low coverage means we are probably not testing enough, high coverage by itself does not necessarily correlate to high quality – the picture is more complicated than that. Obviously, having a happy medium where you have “enough” coverage to be comfortable about releasing the software with a good, stable, maintainable test suite that has “just enough tests” would be perfect. But still, these coverage traps are common.Parasoft DTP example dashboard The first trap is the “we don’t know our coverage” trap. This seems unreasonable to me – coverage tools are cheap and plentiful. A friend of mine suggests that organizations know their coverage number is not good, so developers and testers are loath to expose the poor coverage to management. I would hope this is not the usual case.One real issue that teams encounter when trying to measure coverage is that the system is too complicated. When you build an application out of pieces on top of pieces on top of pieces, just knowing where to put the coverage counters can be a daunting task. I would suggest that if it is actually difficult to measure the coverage in your application, you should think twice about the architecture.A second way to fall into this trap happens with organizations that may have a lot of testing, but no real coverage number because they have not found a proper way to aggregate the numbers from different test runs. If you are doing manual testing, functional testing, unit testing, and end-to-end testing, you cannot simply add the numbers up. Even if they are each achieving 25% coverage it is unlikely that it is 100% when combined. In fact, it is more likely to be closer to the 25% than to the 100% when you look into it.As it turns out, there is in fact a way to measure and add coverage together in a meaningful fashion. At Parasoft, we leverage the vast amount of granular data captured by our reports and analytics tool, Parasoft DTP, which we can use in this context to provide a comprehensive, aggregated view of code coverage. Our application monitors are able to gather coverage data from the application directly while it is being tested and then send that information to Parasoft DTP, which aggregates coverage data across all testing practices, as well as across test teams and test runs. If that sounds like a pretty significant amount of information, you are right! DTP provides an interactive dashboard to help you navigate this data and make decisions about where to focus testing efforts.If multiple tests have covered the same code, it will not be overcounted, while untested parts of the code are quick and easy to see. This shows you which parts of the application have been well tested and which ones have not. So, no more excuses for not measuring coverage. This leads us to the next trap – the “coverage is everything” perspective. Once teams are able to measure coverage, it is not uncommon for managers to say “let’s increase that number.” Eventually the number itself becomes more important than the testing. Therein lies the problem – mindless coverage is the same as mindless music. The coverage needs to reflect real, meaningful use of the code, otherwise it is just noise.And speaking of noise… the cost of coverage goes up as coverage increases. Remember that you not only need to create tests, but you have to maintain them going forward. If you are not planning on reusing and maintaining a test, you should probably not waste time creating it in the first place. As the test suite gets larger, the amount of noise increases in unexpected ways. Twice as many tests may mean two or even three times as much noise. The meaningless tests end up creating more noise than good tests because they have no real context, but have to be dealt with each time the tests are executed. Talk about technical debt! Useless tests are a real danger.Now, in certain industries, safety-critical industries for example, the 100% coverage metric is a requirement. But even in that case, it is all too easy to treat any execution of a line of code as a meaningful test, which is simply not true. I have two basic questions I ask to determine if a test is a good test. What does it mean when the test fails? What does it mean when the test passes?Ideally, when a test fails, we know something about what went wrong, and if the test is really good, it will point us in the right direction to fix it. All too often when a test fails, no one knows why, no one can reproduce it, and the test is ignored. Conversely, when a test passes we should be able to know what was tested – it should mean that a particular feature or piece of functionality is working properly.If you cannot answer one of those questions, you probably have a problem with your test. If you cannot answer either of them, the test is probably more trouble than it is worth.The way out of this trap is first to understand that the coverage percentage itself is not the goal. The real goal is to create useful meaningful tests. This of course takes time. In simple code, writing unit tests is simple, but in complex real-world applications it means writing stubs and mocks and using frameworks. This can take quite a bit of time and if you are not doing it all the time, it is easy to forget the nuances of the APIs involved. Even if you are serious about testing, the time it takes to create a really good test can be more than you expect.At Parasoft we have an answer for this: the Unit Test Assistant inside the Java development testing tool (Parasoft Jtest) takes on the tedious tasks of getting mocks and stubs right. It can also help expand existing tests in a useful way to increase coverage – helping you create good unit tests as well as make recommendations to improve test coverage and test quality as well.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software
Japan did not expect the kind of counterattack Belgium orchestrated after the Asian giants had taken a two-goal lead in the round of 16 match of FIFA World Cup 2018 at Rostov Arena on Monday. Belgium fought back to win 3-2 and book a quarter-final berth against Brazil on Friday.Belgium in fact, became the first team since West Germany in 1970 to come from behind and win a World Cup knockout game.The Belgians threw caution to the wind to reach the World Cup quarter-finals as substitute Nacer Chadli scored in the dying seconds against Japan to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.The distraught Japanese, who went 2-0 up with goals by Genki Haraguchi and Takashi Inui early in the second half, fell to the turf after Chadli poked the ball home from Thomas Meunier’s cross four minutes into added time at the Rostov Arena.World Cup 2018: Brazil, Belgium in quarter-finals, Japan go down fightingBelgium, who had taken a conservative approach to the game, got back into contention with late goals by Jan Vertonghen and substitute Marouane Fellaini before Chadli struck.And that stunning late assault, minutes after Japan were soaring high and dreaming of a quarter-final berth, was too much too handle for the 61st-ranked team.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE”We wanted to win it. Our team is strong enough and against Belgium we could at least match them, I believed. There were different plans in my mind and of course we started off very well but at the end, right at the end, to have conceded a goal like that was not expected,” said Japan coach Akira Nishino.advertisement”When we were 2-0 up and I didn’t change my players, I really wanted to score another goal and we did have opportunities. We were to some extent, controlling the ball and controlling the game, but at that point, Belgium upped their game when they really had to.”At that point, when the free-kick and corner-kick were taken, we wanted to decide and finish the match. Of course at that point I thought we might go to extra-time but I did not expect that kind of super counter-attack and my players didn’t expect that in a few seconds the ball would be carried into our half and it would decide the match.”Belgium faced an embarrassing exit but finally clicked to become the first team to win a World Cup knockout game from two goals down since West Germany beat England 3-2 after extra time in 1970.However, there was a lot of praise for Japan on social media. The Asian side won respect and admiration for their gutsy fight against one of the best teams in the world.Belgium will now play Brazil in the quarter-final in Kazan on Friday.(With Reuters inputs)