LATEST STORIES Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV James’ selection of his Fade to Black, though, is almost calculated as teammates Tristan Thompson and Kevin Love also wore their own pair.Other Nike athletes that time also wore their own pair of Kobe 11 Fade to Black like Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman and Dallas Wings point guard Skylar Diggins.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Star ousts Rain or Shine, books semis berth BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR View comments MOST READ This, though, wasn’t the first time The King rocked a pair of his older contemporary.In fact, James has worn Bryant’s signature shoes several times already.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPhoto from the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Official Twitter account.Back in February of 2016, James rocked a pair of Kobe 11 Black History Months during the Cavaliers’ pregame shootaround before their game against Charlotte.Then James paid tribute to the Mamba when he wore a pair of Kobe 11 Fade to Black in the Cavaliers’ last regular season game in 2016. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Photo from NBA.com Twitter account.LeBron James has three signature lines with Nike, but in preparation for Cleveland’s third game against Golden State in the NBA Finals, the King donned a pair outside of his name.The four-time MVP decided to sport a pair of Kobe 11 EM “Barcelona” during the Cavaliers’ practice at Quicken Loans Arena a day before Game 3 and with Cleveland down 0-2 in the series.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP
Sachin TendulkarA Samajwadi Party MP, miffed at Sachin Tendulkar’s absence from the Rajya Sabha, said he did not consider the cricketer as the “God of cricket”.”I don’t consider Sachin Tendulkar as the God of cricket. There have been many good batsmen. If cricketers are given the place of God then there will be a lot of trouble with puja-paath,” said Naresh Agarwal, a Rajya Sabha member from Mulayam Singh Yadav’s party.Tendulkar is a nominated member of the Upper House of Parliament.Agarwal was reacting to Tendulkar being granted leave of absence from Rajya Sabha for the entire session. The House was informed that the cricketer had sought leave citing personal and professional reasons.Earlier, Agrawal told the House that Tendulkar did not seem to respect Parliament.”He came to Delhi, went to Vigyan Bhawan but did not come to the House. If someone comes to Delhi and does not attend the House, it means the person does not respect the house. Sachin needs to explain why he did not come to the house when he was in Delhi.”SP leader Naresh AgarwalThere was a ruckus in the Rajya Sabha as Tendulkar’s application for being granted leave was brought before the house.It is a regular practice to take up applications from members seeking leave from the sittings of the house and it is generally granted by members without any objection.However, as Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien read out the application from Tendulkar seeking leave, some members raised objections and created a din.advertisementKurien, however, said the members were not supposed to discuss applications seeking leave.”So many members are absent for various reasons, it is for the chair to enquire why they were absent. It is not for members to enquire why a certain member is not coming,” said Kurien.The house then granted leave to Tendulkar.
Jorginho marked his Premier League debut with a goal as Chelsea kicked off their campaign with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Huddersfield Town at the John Smith’s Stadium.Italy international Jorginho passed home a fearless penalty in the 45th minute as Maurizio Sarri earned his first competitive win at the helm after his team went down to Manchester City in the Community Shield last weekend, while fellow debutant and the world’s most expensive goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga started with a clean sheet.Jorginho, who followed Sarri’s path from Napoli for a reported £50million, added to the opener from World Cup-winning midfielder N’Golo Kante, who returned as one of three changes to the team that lost to City. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Huddersfield struggled to test Kepa in his first outing since joining from Athletic Bilbao for £72m as Chelsea dominated the second period, with Pedro adding the gloss after a brilliant counter-attack launched by substitute Eden Hazard.Chelsea were lacking dynamism and conviction as Huddersfield sat deep and proved difficult to break down, but Pedro’s driving run and pass out to Willian enabled the Brazilian to pick out Kante, who scuffed a left-footed volley into the ground and inside the far post in the 34th minute.Huddersfield were a persistent threat from crosses into the box and they went close to an equaliser when Steve Mounie headed Mathias Jorgensen’s flick-on against the inside of the upright.But Chelsea again punctuated a strong spell for the hosts with a goal, Jorginho sitting debutant Ben Hamer down with a skip in his run-up for an incredibly cool spot-kick after Christopher Schindler caught Marcos Alonso at the end of a neat move from the Blues.The Blues were the sole aggressors in the second half and, after Hamer parried a header from Antonio Rudiger behind, Alonso sent an acrobatic effort against the crossbar in the 58th minute.Hazard came on for Willian for just his second outing since the World Cup and poked a pass through the legs of Terence Kongolo for Pedro to lift Chelsea’s third beyond Hamer and round off a routine win. This man! #HUDCHE pic.twitter.com/DsNKYkhbJR— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 11, 2018Calm, cool and collected… #HUDCHE pic.twitter.com/WQz45t6pYa— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 11, 2018 What it means: Chelsea getting there … slowlyMore flashes of what Chelsea fans can expect from ‘Sarri-ball’ would have been anticipated and they received a brilliant example when Ross Barkley flicked Jorginho’s pass into the run of Alonso, who won the penalty from Schindler. After looking aimless for long periods in the first half they were much improved in the second, with more Hazard involvement likely to take them up a gear.Pat on the back: Jorginho gets Blues tickingAfter a frustrating debut against City, Jorginho produced a fine display at the base of Chelsea’s midfield. The Italy international barely misplaced a pass and orchestrated the visitors’ approach by keeping himself open and barking out orders. The return of the industrious Kante no doubt helped him focus on the areas he excels in.Boot up the backside: Morata goes MIAA persistent and troublesome back injury stymied a strong start to Alvaro Morata’s Chelsea career, but he showed no sign of turning around the form that has seen him net just once in the Premier League this year. In Sarri’s 4-3-3 he struggles to link up with his team-mates and often cuts an isolated figure in the final third. He will have World Cup-winning team-mate Olivier Giroud breathing down his neck if he does not step things up quickly.What’s nextChelsea welcome Arsenal to Stamford Bridge in the standout Premier League fixture of next weekend, while things do not get any easier for Huddersfield – they head to reigning champions City. Key Opta stats:- Including caretakers, Maurizio Sarri is the ninth consecutive Chelsea manager to avoid defeat in his first Premier League game in charge of the club, with Avram Grant the last to lose his debut fixture (0-2 v Manchester United in September 2007). – Chelsea haven’t suffered an opening day defeat away from home in the Premier League since 1998-99 (1-2 v Coventry), winning six and drawing one of their seven such games since.- Huddersfield have picked up just nine points from their last possible 36 in Premier League home games (W2 D3 L7), with the first game in this run being a 1-3 defeat against Chelsea in this fixture last season.- Chelsea midfielder Jorginho has scored 90 per cent of the penalties he has taken in the top five European leagues (all competitions), converting 10 of his 11 spot kicks across three different clubs (Verona, Napoli and Chelsea). read more
Roger Federer’s 6-1 6-3 win over Alexander Zverev was nothing short of historic as records tumbled left, right and centre.The Halle Open win was the hundredth title of his long and illustrious career, 92 of which are singles crowns while eight have come in doubles.He is 10th to reach this landmark in the history of professional Tennis.With the Grass season truly underway and Wimbledon just around the corner, the Swiss racked in his 16th grass title, nine of which have come at the Halle Open itself. He won the title in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2012 are the years he won the Wimbledon Grand Slam.Halle Open also tops the list of most titles for Federer at a single completion with Wimbledon, Cincinnati Masters, Basel and Dubai Opens (all at seven titles) coming in a close second.He is also third on the list of most singles titles and quickly closing in on second placed Ivan Lendl (who has 94 titles) and the leader — Jimmy Connors, who has 109 titles to his name.AP PhotoThe 35-year-old victor claimed the Halle Open title one week ahead of the Wimbledon tournament and had to hardly break a sweat in his 140th career final.Interestingly, he also became the first player to beat both the Zverev brothers at the same event. He defeated older sibling Mischa in the round of 16.Federer, who skipped the clay-court season after winning the Miami Open earlier this year, claimed his fourth title of the year. He has now matched Rafael Nadal’s tally and will be seeded ahead of the Spaniard for Wimbledon, which starts in eight days.advertisementFederer had already won the Australian Open before titles in Indian Wells and Miami in 2017.The 18-time Grand Slam champion was surprised by German veteran Tommy Haas on his return from the two-month break last week in Stuttgart but brushed off any doubts over his form in Halle.(With inputs from Agencies)
TweetPinShare0 Shares MILWAUKEE (AP) — Fatigued after a hard-fought road win the previous night, Giannis Antetokounmpo recognized the importance of following up with a win at home.“It was tough. A lot of us were tired,” Antetokounmpo said after the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 98-90 on Saturday night.The Bucks won in San Antonio 94-87 on Friday night.“We played hard last night, but to validate last night’s win we needed to win tonight,” Antetokounmpo said.Antetokounmpo scored 33 points and had a season-high 15 rebounds to help Milwaukee overcome Lonzo Ball’s historic triple-double.Ball became the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double when he had 17 points, 13 assists and 12 rebounds. At 20 years and 15 days, he bested LeBron James by four days to become the youngest to accomplish the feat.The accomplishment meant little to Ball, given the outcome.“I really don’t care,” Ball said. “I just wanted to win tonight. I thought we put ourselves in a good position to get it, but it didn’t happen.”Ball had struggled mightily in the early going this season getting shots to fall until finding a groove against the Bucks.“He was really good tonight,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “Obviously, it helps when you get some of those shots to go in. I thought he did a great job of playing at a pace, creating for others, constantly being the aggressor on the offensive end, keeping the defense on their heels.”Milwaukee used a 9-2 run at the end of the third quarter to grab a 77-67 lead.The Bucks maintained a double-digit lead throughout most of the fourth. After the Lakers pulled within seven with just over five minutes left, Antetokounmpo threw down a dunk while being fouled. He made the free throw to grow the Bucks’ lead back to 10 points. He followed with a twisting layup on the next possession as the Bucks gained control.Bucks coach Jason Kidd credited his team’s effort.“Guys were tired there at the end, but it just showed the maturity of us understanding what was at stake,” Kidd said.Ball had 11 points, 10 assists and six rebounds in the first half. He made just three of 12 shots in a loss at Washington on Thursday, but finished 7-for-12 and made 3-of-5 shots from three-point range against the Bucks.“I told you, I am going to keep shooting,” Ball said. “They fell tonight.”KIDD ON BALLKidd, who had a storied career as a point guard, had high praise for Ball’s performance. “He got off to a great start shooting the ball,” Kidd said. “His strengths are finding his teammates and rebounding the ball, making the game easy for his teammates. He did that at a very high level tonight.”SLOW STARTAfter an impressive game on Friday night, Eric Bledsoe’s home debut got off to a rough start. Acquired from Phoenix earlier in the week, the 6-foot-1 guard missed his first four shots. He finished with 11 points on 4-for-13 shooting. Kidd likes the added dimension Bledsoe brings to the Bucks offense. “He brings a dynamic we haven’t had since Brandon Knight, and that’s speed,” he said.STIFLING DEFENSEAfter surrendering 124 points in a loss to Cleveland on Nov. 7, the Bucks have held their last two opponents to 90 points or less. “Defense wins games,” Kidd said. “I thought the guys did a great job of focusing on the defensive end, rebounding the ball, taking care of the ball.”TIP-INSLakers: Coming off a game in which he made just one of seven three-point attempts, Ball began by draining both of his 3-point attempts in the first quarter. … The near-capacity crowd booed Ball nearly every time he touched the ball early in the game. … G Vander Blue, last year’s D-League MVP, entered the game in the second quarter, seeing action at the Bradley Center for the first time since playing for Marquette University in the 2012-13 season.Bucks: Mirza Teletovic missed a second consecutive game with left knee soreness. Coach Jason Kidd said he doesn’t expect Teletovic to return to practice until Wednesday. .Milwaukee played its third set of back-to-back games this season.UP NEXTLakers: At Phoenix on Monday night.Bucks: Host Memphis on Monday night.RICH ROVITO, Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid had knocked the air out of Toronto by the time he punctuated a Game 3 victory with a windmill dunk. Embiid sprinted down the court with his arms stretched out like airplane wings, and the Philadelphia 76ers flying high in the postseason.Embiid refused to get tripped up back in Philly, scoring 33 points and playing to the “MVP!” chants to lead the Sixers to a 116-95 victory over Toronto Raptors on Thursday night.Philadelphia took a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinal series.“When I have fun, my game just changes,” Embiid said. “I’m always told if I don’t smile during the game it means I’m having a bad game or I’m not into it. I know to get my game going, I’ve got to have fun on the court.”Embiid also had 10 rebounds, shaking off a pair of passive games and became the driving force on offense the Sixers needed as they chase their first NBA championship since 1983.He made the game his own in the third quarter and helped the Sixers put away a Raptors team badly overmatched outside of Kawhi Leonard.Toronto Raptors’ Kawhi Leonard, right, reaches for the ball as he holds off Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid, left, during the second half of Game 3 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series Thursday, May 2, 2019, in Philadelphia. The 76ers won 116-95. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)Embiid struck a chord when he buried a 3 in the third that stretched Philadelphia’s lead to 12. That was start of a string of plays that got Toronto’s attention. Embiid chased a loose ball and was tripped when Pascal Siakam intentionally stuck out his right leg and sent Philly’s All-Star tumbling to the court. The crowd went wild and Siakam was hit with a flagrant foul. Embiid made both free throws as fans — including some of Philadelphia’s biggest sports stars — serenaded him with chants of “MVP! MVP!”Jimmy Butler, the Game 2 standout, dunked off his own steal and the Sixers had quickly put the game out of reach. Butler had 22 points.Embiid scored another layup and waved his arms and pointed with a smile as wide as the hoop. Embiid went 9 of 18 from the floor and made 12 of 13 free throws.It was moments like this why the 76ers endured the painful Process — the years of tanking seasons for high draft picks, like in 2014 when they drafted Embiid with the No. 3 overall pick.Toronto Raptors’ Marc Gasol, center, is fouled by Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons, left, with Joel Embiid, right, also defending during the first half of Game 3 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series, Thursday, May 2, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)Hall of Famer Allen Iverson and rapper Meek Mill engaged in a lengthy embrace from the courtside seats as the Sixers moved two wins away from their Eastern Conference final appearance since 2001.The Sixers just had to survive Leonard.Leonard toyed with Ben Simmons in the third to lead Toronto’s charge back into the game. The Raptors ran Simmons through screens to give Leonard the space he needed to create and bury open jumpers. And when there was no space, Leonard simply bullied his way to the basket. He shoved a right elbow into James Ennis III and spun around him for a two-handed jam. Leonard made all six baskets and scored 14 points in the quarter to cut the deficit to eight points. Kyle Lowry and Danny Green offered little help (20 combined points) and Leonard couldn’t carry the Raptors on his own.“They did a great job scoring. We didn’t,” Leonard said.Leonard scored 33 points, and Siakam added 20.“I think we got outplayed in just about every area we can get outplayed,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “It’s been a while since we’ve seen this team play that way.”The Sixers split the two games in Toronto after a losing streak in the Canadian city that dated to 2012. They returned home to a delirious crowd amped for one of the most crucial games of the Process era.Embiid wore a black Process hoodie to the postgame press conference.“We’ve got a lot more to give and do something special,” Embiid said.Embiid, who missed a game against New Jersey in the last series with a sore left knee, averaged only 14 points and shot 28 percent (7 of 25) from the floor in the first two games and was tied up by Marc Gasol in frustrating fashion. Not in Game 3. Embiid buried a 3 and followed with a sweet spin move on Gasol the next time down that got the Sixers rolling. The franchise center’s sweetest play came when he blocked Leonard’s layup in the lane, hustled back and got the ball in his hands, and connected with Tobias Harris in the corner for a 3. Embiid scored 18 points in the half and pushed the Sixers to a 64-53 lead at the break.TIP-INSRaptors: Serge Ibaka was hit with a flagrant foul on JJ Redick in the first quarter.76ers: Simmons, an Australian, smacked Kyle Lowry right in the land down under and sent the Raptors guard down and smacking the court in pain. …Greg Monroe (sprained left ankle) and Mike Scott (right foot) played … Phillies slugger Rhys Hoskins, Flyers star James van Riemsdyk and Eagles QB Carson Wentz rang the ceremonial Liberty Bell to start the game.UP NEXTGame 4 is Sunday in Philadelphia.___By DAN GELSTON AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
Continue Reading Previous Decreasing energy consumption using direct memory accessNext Rohde & Schwarz increases bandwidth of power rail probes to 4 GHz Nordic Semiconductor provided a ‘sneak peek’ of its upcoming nRF91 Series low power cellular IoT solution. Front and center of Nordic Semiconductor’s upcoming nRF91 Series is a highly-integrated, low power, global multimode LTE-M / NB-IoT System-in-Package (SiP). The SiP integrates a complete low power cellular IoT system into a tiny 10x16x1.2mm package that integrates modem, transceiver, RF front end, dedicated application processor, Flash memory, power management, and crystal and passive components. With this level of integration the nRF91 SiP combines all the benefits of traditional cellular modules, including teleregulatory and cellular certifications, with ease-of-use, unprecedented integration, and the smallest form factor ever seen in the cellular industry to date.Nordic is proud and excited to have Qorvo as a strategic partner for both the RF front end and the SiP development and manufacturing. The nRF91 SiP leverages Qorvo’s RF front-end, advanced packaging, and MicroShield technology to deliver a unique, ultra-compact solution that combines high performance with low power consumption. The nRF91 Series supports global operation with a single SiP variant thanks to the combination of Nordic’s multimode LTE-M / NB-IoT modem, SAW-less transceiver, and a custom RF front-end solution from Qorvo. The nRF91 takes security for low power IoT devices to new heights by combining the inherent security of cellular connectivity with a cutting-edge security solution for the application hardware and software. The integration of an Arm Cortex-M33 processor and Arm CryptoCell-310 security IP enables an entire low power cellular IoT application to be implemented on an nRF91 SiP.The built-in host processor features TrustZone for Armv8-M, helping secure application data, firmware, and peripherals using an isolated, trusted execution environment across the CPU and system. The nRF91 SiP also features built-in support for positioning via an integrated Assisted GPS (A-GPS) solution that combines cellular and GPS technology to deliver fast and accurate positioning.The nRF91 SiP is based on Nordic’s own nRF91 Series low power cellular IoT SoC. Jointly developed by Nordic’s highly experienced cellular design team in Finland, and low power experts in Norway, the chip was developed from scratch to optimize the power, cost, and size savings enabled by the new LTE-M and NB-IoT cellular standards. The nRF91 Series includes a complete suite of software and easy-to-use development tools to accelerate innovation and product development.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components
Hyderabad, Aug 8 (PTI) P V Sindhu believes Indian shuttlers haven’t got enough time to prepare for the Asian Games but expects the team to deliver more than just the one bronze medal claimed in the 2014 edition. Indian women’s team had won a bronze medal at Incheon four years ago and Sindhu hoped they can change the colour of the medal this time when the multi-sport event gets underway on August 18. “Definitely, it is going to be very different. Because, we have the team events and also the individuals. Very less time to prepare. But, as a team, last time we got bronze. This time, we would expect a better one,” said Sindhu, who clinched her second silver at the World championships last Sunday. “Also, individuals, I hope that I do well. Taking the World Championship silver, taking it as a confidence, I hope that I move forward and do well.” India haven’t won a medal in women’s singles at the Asian Games. Eight-time former national champion Syed Modi is the only individual medallist for India at the Asiad, having won a bronze at the 1982 New Delhi edition. Sindhu defeated top Asian players such as Japanese duo of Nozomi Okuhara and Akane Yamaguchi and Korea’s Sung Ji Hyun en route to her second successive final at the World Championship. Given her impressive form, chief national coach Pullela Gopichand is hopeful of another successful outing at the Asian Games. “I think to beat Okuhara in the quarter-finals and Yamaguchi in the semi-finals is something very good. Beating both of them, the way she (Sindhu) did, I think it has been fantastic. We are hopeful for another successful event at the Asian Games in the coming 10 days,” he said yesterday.advertisement Talking about her performance at the World Championship, Sindhu said: “I am really very happy for the silver. It’s been a good week. As you all know the draw was comparatively tough. From the first round, there were good tough matches. It’s good that from my side, I gave my 100 per cent. “Definitely, I will have to try more harder and harder until I get that gold. I hope, one day, I will get that.” Sindhu finished second after losing to Olympic champion Carolina Marin in the title clash. It was her second defeat in the summit clash as she had lost an epic final against Okuhara at Glasgow last year. Asked about the performances of other players in the World Championship, Goichand said: “I think we had four quarter-finalists at the world championships more than it has ever been. But, I think there were areas which could have improved definitely. (Kidambi) Srikanth and (HS) Prannoy could have done better,” he said. “The conditions were a little tricky at the World Championship as some days were slow and some days were fast and it was a learning experience for the players. “We had the Commonwealth this year, we did well. We had the World Championships relatively good. Hopefully, at the Asian Games, if we do well, this year will be a successful year for Indian badminton,” he said. PTI SJR ATKATK
GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 31: Damon Webb #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Malik Hooker #24 react during the first half of the 2016 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl against the Clemson Tigers at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 31, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)Damon Webb welcomed Tommy Armstrong Jr. to the Horseshoe with a pick-six.Well, that didn’t take long. On Nebraska’s first possession, Cornhuskers quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. was picked off by cornerback Damon Webb, who then returned the interception for a score. Webb’s pick came off of a deflection by the intended receiver.Webb weaved his way past potential tacklers on the return, giving Ohio State an early 7-0 lead.Damon Webb welcomes Tommy Armstrong to The Horseshoe pic.twitter.com/F13eAnSBLN— Jack McGuire (@JackMacCFB) November 6, 2016Both Ohio State and Nebraska need to win to stay in the College Football Playoff race. There’s a ton of time left, but the Buckeyes have to like where they are.
Former Slovenia star Zlatko Zahovic has slammed David Alaba as “disrespectful” for not knowing Jan Oblak and Josip Ilicic’s names.Austria beat Slovenia 1-0 in their Euro 2020 qualifying clash thanks to a 75th minute strike from Guido Burgstaller. Their first win of the campaign moved above them above their opponents in Group G.After the game, Austria and Bayern Munich full-back Alaba praised Slovenia keeper Oblak and attacker Ilicic, even though he did not know the Atletico Madrid and Atalanta stars’ names. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “Their goalie is pretty good, and they have one [a good player] on the right of the attack,” the 26-year-old said. Alaba has faced Oblak four times in the Champions League and the goalkeeper has established himself as one of Europe’s best in his position after five years with Atletico Madrid.The 26-year-old has won La Liga and the Europa League with the club, making 208 appearances for Diego Simeone’s side.Meanwhile, 31-year-old Ilicic has represented Palermo, Fiorentina and Atalanta and has 58 caps for Slovenia to his name. Alaba’s ignorance surrounding the pair provoked a strong reaction from ex-Valencia and Benfica man Zahovic, who says Ilicic and Oblak deserve more recognition for their exploits.Zahovic told Ekipa: “It is disrespectful not to know one of the best goalkeepers in the world and a player like Josip Ilicic – that does not show a mark of respect.”Meanwhile, Slovenia boss Matjaz Kek praised Alaba’s talent as a player but was as surprised as Zahovic by the eight-time Bundesliga winner’s attitude.”I know everything about Austria, Jan Oblak is no stranger,” he said. “Everyone respects their opponents in their own way. Alaba is a great player, his career is impressive.”Austria’s next Euro 2020 qualifying game comes against North Macedonia on June 10, while Slovenia take on Latvia.Poland are top of the group on nine points from three games, with Israel two behind.North Macedonia sit third in the group, with Austria and Slovenia closely behind, while Latvia sit bottom with zero points.
SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 17: The Notre Dame Fighting Irish mascot carries the school flag on the field before the game against the Michigan State Spartans on September 17, 2005 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)On Saturday afternoon, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Syracuse Orange took the field for a football game in a baseball stadium. The two teams traveled to the Bronx for a match-up at Yankee Stadium.To pay homage to the great baseball tradition the Yankees have, Notre Dame thought it would be a good idea to wear pinstripes – like the Yankees. The idea sounded great, key word “sounded.”When the Irish took the field with pinstriped pants, college football fans watching at home cringed.Here’s just a sample of the reaction from those watching today’s game between Notre Dame and Syracuse.These Notre Dame uniforms are embarrassing. Don’t use someone else’s brand. You’re NOTRE DAME.— Chris Vannini (@ChrisVannini) November 17, 2018Surprised Notre Dame didn’t get some Duke and Lakers accents into these uniforms to fully represent their fanbase.— AG (@AndyGlockner) November 17, 2018Oh wow, those Notre Dame uniforms are even more hideous on the field.— NunesMagician.com (@NunesMagician) November 17, 2018You can see the uniforms here.Notre Dame won’t care about the outrage. The Irish raced out to an early 7-0 lead and then intercepted a pass from Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey. Notre Dame kicked a field goal to take a 10-0 lead with just under seven minutes left in the first quarter.
Everlane Wants You to Have a Daily Uniform to Make Dressing Easier Editors’ Recommendations What is Bourbon? A Brief History of America’s Whiskey How to Cultivate Mid-Century Modern Style in Your Own Home Everyone’s favorite patriotic holiday is nearly here, and with that comes the chance to step out in style. Luckily, Huckberry covers your Fourth of July essentials in style, with plenty of great gear to go around. And although celebrating or traveling in style might sometimes seem like an afterthought, it’s essential nowadays — that goes for all the small style details, like sharp sunglasses, a pair of stylish summer shorts or a great weekender bag. Read on, and get ready for the long weekend ahead.Huckberry Bradley Mountain Weekender Duffle [$179]Before you hit the road, you’re going to need a great bag to carry everything in — right? Among stylish travel upgrades to make, a durable bag crafted from waxed canvas (like this one) is just the right one to pick up.Knockaround Fort Knocks Polarized Sunglasses [$29.98]Under $30 for a pair of durable, dependable and stylish men’s sunglasses? You better believe it. It’s what Fort Knocks does, and it’s one accessory you shouldn’t let out of your sight on a (hopefully) sunny weekend.Huckberry Marathon General Purpose Quartz Watch [$179.9]In keeping with the theme of durability and versatility in styling, Marathon delivers a watch that really is general purpose, what with a reliable Quartz movement and a trusty NATO strap (plus a history of military use, to boot). It’ll do just fine for your Fourth of July style adventures.United By Blue Selby Chambray Shorts [$54.98]Slim, stylish shorts are a summer style essential, whether you’re heading to fireworks this coming weekend or a summer music festival thereafter. A pair cut from versatile, eye-catching chambray sets you apart from the pack while seamlessly pairing with a heather grey pocket tee and classic white sneakers.Flint & Tinder Soft-Washed Pocket V-neck [$19.98]Finding stylish yet subtle ways to work in seasonally appropriate color is a tricky balance to master. And yet, a soft T-shirt in a distinctive Lake Blue color is precisely the way to go, as it plays nicely off the blue chambray shorts (which nod to the U.S.A, of course).SeaVees Hermosa Plimsoll Standard [$78]There’s hardly a set of sneakers more classic or distinctive than SeaVees, especially when it comes down to dressing for warm weather. The vintage-washed, textured-linen upper will keep your feet cool, while the slim silhouette sits well beneath slim lightwash denim or tan chinos for travel.Impossible Project I-1 Camera [$349.98]Lest you forget to capture your favorite moments of the trip, pick up a camera that’s a truly modern update of the classic instant-photo style. It’s extremely well-designed and functions at a high level, complete with an iPhone-exclusive app that gives you extended control and capability over the photos you take. Talk about a picture-perfect finish. The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer The New Land Rover Defender Is Just as Glorious as We Expected
zoom Genoa-based classification society RINA has signed an agreement for the acquisition of the Edif Group, the UK provider of technical inspection and engineering consultancy services, for £118.5 million (around USD 173.24 million).The acquisition results in an expanded international geographic footprint for RINA, particularly in the US, UK and Germany, as explained by RINA.“This acquisition is strategic and fits very well with RINA due to Edif’s profile in the marine industry. The ERA engineering consultancy and the NDE testing, inspection and certification business have an excellent reputation built on excellence, much in the same way as RINA,” Ugo Salerno, RINA’s CEO comments.The Edif Group, a portfolio company of Phoenix Equity Partners, includes the ERA engineering consultancy and the NDE testing, inspection and certification business.“I am proud to have co-founded and grown the Edif Group from a standing start over the last 5 years, alongside my colleagues in the Edif team and with the backing of Phoenix Equity Partners,” Rob Dilworth, Edif’s CEO says.As a result of the deal, RINA says it will employ approximately 3,000 staff and 1,500 associates in over 80 offices in 163 countries.
Kolkata/ Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu will campaign for the Trinamool Congress in Bengal on Thursday. He will address election rallies along with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.Naidu, who is also the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president, left Delhi on Wednesday for Kolkata. He is slated to address election meetings in Jhargram and Haldia. He will campaign for the Trinamool in Kharagpur on Thursday. Banerjee had addressed an election rally of the TDP in Visakhapatnam last month. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaMeanwhile, veteran Bollywood actor Shakti Kapoor, known for his villainous and comic roles, on Wednesday campaigned for Trinamool Congress candidate Madan Mitra for bypolls in Bhatpara Assembly seat. Kapoor participated in a Trinamool Congress road show in the area, travelling in a open jeep accompanied by popular Bhojpuri singer Rani Chatterjee. “If you want your future to be in safe hands, press button number three in the EVM. Do not forget. Press button number three” he said as Mitra’s name would be listed on number three on the EVM. He also recited some of his popular dialogues to entertain the people. With inputs from agencies
REYKJAVIK, Iceland — Trouble is rattling one of Iceland’s most distinctive industries: the production of the thick, hand-knitted “lopi” sweaters adored by tourists and worn with pride by locals.The individually produced, very warm sweaters have become a symbol of Iceland. But local knitters are upset at seeing their profit margins diminished by the appearance of sweaters actually made in China, albeit from authentic Icelandic wool.Containers full of local yarn are shipped from the North Atlantic island nation, made into sweaters in China, then shipped back again, labeled as “hand-knitted from Icelandic wool”.Knitting co-ops around Iceland, struggling to compete, last month urged the government to ban companies from branding woolen sweaters as “Icelandic” unless they are made locally.The Associated Press
“If it were a mistake, then by implication we are saying that racism and intolerance do not exist,” Mr. Annan said in response to a reporter’s questions during his visit to Sweden. “Look around you. It’s very much an issue. It is unfortunate that the Member States could not organize themselves to discuss it in a calmer and more constructive manner without all the divisions.”Holding the World Conference was not premature, the Secretary-General added, because “if we didn’t discuss it this year, when would we discuss it? What we hope is that once you have raised the awareness, and discussed what possible measures governments and societies can take, everybody would go home and focus on what needs to be done.”The outcome document or final declaration by the Conference is only a beginning, he said. “The important thing is that they go home and act on these issues.”Meanwhile at the World Conference in Durban, civil rights groups today asserted that governments were failing in their responsibility to deal with the human rights crises that generated so much anger and frustration in civil society.Representatives of international and national rights groups urged governments to remedy racism and all forms of intolerance, saying States had a critical duty to listen and to act with a renewed sense of urgency.The non-governmental organizations – representing indigenous populations, religious societies, youth groups and national human rights organizations – urged the Conference to focus its attention on the inalienability of all basic human rights in its final Declaration and Programme of Action.The Conference, which ends tomorrow, has set a goal of adopting a Declaration and Programme of Action that can be used as a framework by individual countries, governments and their civil society partners to promote policies of tolerance and further protect citizens from all forms of discrimination.In related news, the UN Information Service in Vienna, along with the maxBundesliga and the Austrian Football Association, has planned a “Footballers Against Racism” campaign to coincide with the World Conference. UNIS Vienna has designed a T-shirt which will be worn by players in League and First Division matches through Sunday. After a short announcement and a greeting from the Secretary-General, the players will remove their shirts and throw them into the crowd.
Loonie dips to three-week low as Bank of Japan meetings weaken currencies AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 21, 2013 4:53 pm MDT TORONTO – The loonie slid to a three-week low Monday as concern about monetary easing by the Bank of Japan negatively affected the yen and U.S. stock and bond markets remained closed for the Martin Luther King holiday.The Canadian dollar was down 0.15 of a cent to 100.68 cents US.The Bank of Japan began a two-day policy meeting amid pressure from the country’s new government to take more aggressive steps to fight the long deflationary slump in the world’s third-largest economy.Some analysts expect the bank to expand its asset-purchasing program and set an inflation target.The “Bank of Japan monetary policy decision could be a big moment for the country,” said Colin Cieszynski, senior market analyst for CMC Markets Canada in a note.“In recent weeks, (the yen) has been selling off and the Nikkei has been soaring on anticipation that the new government would get its way. Today the two markets are reversing course, suggesting either that traders expect the Bank of Japan won’t go far enough or that significant stimulus has already been priced in and that some are already starting to take profits.”In commodities, benchmark oil for February delivery was off a four-month high, down nine cents to US$95.47 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.February gold bullion rose $2.70 to US$1,689.70 an ounce while copper prices were down.Meanwhile, Statistics Canada reported that wholesale sales rose 0.7 per cent in November to $49.6 billion, largely as a result of higher sales in the computer and communications equipment and supplies industry. The agency says sales were up 0.5 per cent in volume terms.
This morning SMMT hosted a breakfast event to discuss the findings of its Capturing Opportunity report that was previously launched at the Paris Motor Show in September.Produced on behalf of SMMT by KPMG, the report positions the UK as a destination of choice for global vehicle manufacturers and identifies supply-chain opportunities in the UK automotive sector. Bringing together key industry stakeholders and international delegates, the breakfast event included presentations provided by representatives of KPMG exploring the report’s findings further as well as a Q&A session for attending delegates.The report highlights that the UK’s key strengths lie in the varied mix of manufacturers that have all built reputations for quality and engineering excellence. Additionally, with the UK exporting to more than 150 countries around the world, the broad spread of export markets was cited as a positive factor in the country’s stability and future prosperity.Despite the strong body of evidence that demonstrates how the UK is one of Europe’s most attractive automotive industry locations, there are factors that pose a risk to ongoing success. To develop and keep pace with change, urgent action is required to address an impending skills shortage in key industry areas.Download the full ‘Capturing opportunity’ reportClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
On Tuesday morning, I called the World Cup semifinal between Germany and Brazil a very evenly matched contest.Yeah, about that …In an astonishing 18-minute span during the first half, the Germans opened up a 5-0 lead against a Brazil squad that seemed to have given up without its superstar striker, Neymar, who’d been knocked out of the previous match with a back injury. Germany would pile on two more goals before Brazil’s Oscar netted a meaningless marker in the 90th minute to set the final score at 7-1.How big is a six-goal margin of victory in the World Cup? Going into this year’s tournament, only 17 matches in Cup history had seen one side win by six or more goals — most recently when Portugal trounced North Korea 7-0 in the 2010 group stage. And just twice had it happened as late as a semifinal, depending on how you treat Brazil overpowering Sweden 7-1 in 1950 and Argentina’s 6-0 clobbering of Peru in 1978. (Both of those matches technically came in the stage directly preceding the final, but also in a format that used additional round-robin groups to filter teams into the final rather than the knockout-style bracket used today.)The bewildering scoreline in Tuesday’s match had me wondering what an equivalent margin would be in other sports. One approach to the answer is to use the standard deviations of scoring margins in each sport. Lucky for us, in his book “Mathletics,” Wayne Winston, a professor of operations and decision technologies at Indiana University, has done the heavy lifting for us with regard to pro football. Following up on the work of statistician Hal Stern, Winston found that the margin of victory for an NFL team can be approximated by a normal random variable with a mean of the Vegas line (or the margin predicted by a computer power rating) and a standard deviation of 13.86 points.Winston also wrote:For NBA basketball, NCAA basketball and college football, respectively, Jeff Sagarin has found that the historical standard deviation of game results about a prediction from a rating system is given by 12, 10, and 16 points, respectively.Applying Stern’s, Winston’s and Sagarin’s methodology to historical World Cup matches from 1930 to 2010, I found that the distribution of the scoring margin in a high-level international soccer match (relative to the pre-match prediction using Elo ratings and a home-field effect) is approximately normal with a mean of zero and a standard deviation of 1.83 goals. If Brazil and Germany were considered evenly matched going into Tuesday’s game (giving Brazil only credit for playing at home), we’d predict Brazil’s margin of victory to be about 0.5 goals, so Germany’s six-goal margin was 3.6 standard deviations above expected.Going by Winston’s numbers, a 3.6 standard deviation performance in the NFL would be the equivalent of beating an opponent by nearly 50 more points than expected. If you’re curious, you can find a list of the biggest postseason blowouts in NFL history on Pro-Football-Reference.com; if we (naively) assume all of those games were considered evenly matched aside from a three-point bonus for the home team, the closest analog to Germany’s win over Brazil might be the Jacksonville Jaguars’ 62-7 demolition of the Miami Dolphins in 2000 in Dan Marino’s final game.Put in soccer terms, the Jaguars’ margin would have been 6.8 more goals than expected. But that’s nothing compared to the the 1940 NFL championship game between the Chicago Bears and Washington Redskins, which ended with the Bears winning 73-0 (on the road, no less). By soccer standards, that would be like winning by 10 more goals than expected, a mark Germany would have needed to pour on about three more goals to match.In college football, Germany’s rout was the equivalent of winning by 57 more points than expected. That’s about the same as Tulsa’s 63-7 victory over Bowling Green in the 2008 GMAC Bowl (a game that carried just a little less importance than Germany-Brazil). In terms of bowls that had national championship implications, you’d have to go back to 1996 and the Fiesta Bowl between then-undefeated No. 1 Nebraska and No. 2 Florida. Favored by three going into the game, Nebraska won by 38, 62-24. But in soccer terms, that’d be a mere win by four more goals than expected — a far cry from the Germans’ performance.Shifting gears to basketball, the Germans’ victory would be like an NBA team winning by 43 more points than expected. Basketball-Reference.com has a list of most lopsided playoff contests in NBA history; assuming evenly matched opponents with a 3.25-point home-court advantage, Germany’s win would be most like the Los Angeles Lakers’ 118-78 win over the San Francisco Warriors in the 1969 postseason. (If you’re looking for an equivalent game in the conference finals or later — probably a more apt comparison for Germany-Brazil — the most comparable rout would be the Lakers’ 153-109 win over the Denver Nuggets in Game 5 of the 1985 Western Conference finals.) And the most dominant conference-finals-or-later win in NBA history, the Lakers’ 126-70 thrashing of the Golden State Warriors on the road in Game 3 of the 1973 Western Conference finals, would be like winning by nine more goals than expected in soccer.College basketball’s biggest NCAA Tournament wins have usually come in the early rounds of the tournament, which comes as no surprise. (For instance, poor 16-seed Prairie View got pasted by No. 1 seed Kansas, 110-52, in the 1998 opener.) Isolating Final Four games, we find a pair of 34-point blowouts that took place in the national semifinal. According to Sagarin’s research, Germany’s win would be like a college basketball team lambasting an evenly matched opponent by 35.9 points.In terms of impressive victories, Germany’s romp ranks among the most notable blowouts across sports more familiar to fans in the United States. A 7-1 win might not seem all that uncommon to baseball fans, so it might help to think of it as the equivalent of a 47-point NFL road playoff victory, or a 40-point win on the road in an NBA playoff game. It wasn’t something you see every day, especially considering it came on the cusp of the World Cup final.
You’re the general manager of an NBA team, and come 2016, one of your star players wants to try out for Team USA. The squad just dominated the FIBA World Cup, he says, and he wants in on the next gold medal.What do you decide?One school of thought says that playing for Team USA will help a player’s NBA performance. Grantland’s Bill Simmons has cited Kevin Durant’s 2010 FIBA experience as a turning point in Durant’s career. Players have said they were “getting better while facing the best players in the world.” And others have described a confidence boost simply in being selected.On the other hand, some analysts, owners and players have expressed concern about giving up scarce summer rest to put on additional basketball miles, particularly for veterans coming off grueling June playoff runs. And what about injuries?The NBA first sent its players to compete in international play with the 1992 Olympic Dream Team. NBA players have since competed in 10 biennial international tournaments (the NBA did not send pros to the 1998 FIBA World Championships due to a lockout). Let’s look at how those players performed in win shares (WS), win shares per 48 minutes (WS/48) and player efficiency rating (PER) in the NBA season following their overseas experience (relative to their age-adjusted Simple Projection System estimates).The average change among all players was +1.6 percent in WS, +3.0 percent in WS/48 and -1.6 percent in PER. The results don’t seem to confirm nor deny the arguments for or against international participation.Breaking the results down by year, however, shows that some tournaments may have provided a larger performance boost than others.So, what happened to the gold-winning 2010 squad that competed in Turkey? Tyson Chandler had a monster 2010-11 year for a championship-winning team after coming off an injury-plagued previous two seasons. Stephen Curry, Eric Gordon, Kevin Love and Lamar Odom also made huge strides. Meanwhile, Russell Westbrook emerged as an All-Star, and Derrick Rose broke out to win the league MVP. (Durant was one of only two players from the 2010 squad to have a lesser-than-expected 2010-11 season.)What has caused the recent post-Team USA boost? Well, it could just be noise. But it’s worth noting that Mike Krzyzewski took over as coach in 2006, and his training may have helped spur the rate of improvement. Interestingly, the only years Team USA failed to take gold (2002, 2004 and 2006) are the years players performed worse in the following NBA season (excluding the original 1992 squad). This may be due to Team USA management selecting more of an “All-Star team” during those years, with many perennial All-Stars already at their peaks.When Jerry Colangelo took over as director of USA Basketball in 2005, he demanded more long-term commitments from players (but this requirement didn’t make the team younger; although older players largely made up the 1990s Dream Teams, the average age of Team USA declined in the early 2000s and has remained fairly constant between 24 and 26 since then).Assuming the average boost continues after the 2014 FIBA World Cup, here’s how Team USA players are expected to perform in the next NBA season.Of course, there are a few limitations to this analysis. First, Team USA members aren’t randomly selected, and it may be that the coaching staff now picks players they deem to be on the rise. It’s also worth noting that the Simple Projection System is a metric designed for use on the average NBA player, so it may need tweaking when applied to the stars of Team USA. Also, the system is probably too conservative about adjusting for a player’s age.Still, it appears instruction from Coach K and training and playing with peers atop the basketball universe may have positive, long-lasting effects. That may be reason for NBA teams to think twice before holding players out from international competitions.