Percentage of consumers watching shows on TV drops: survey

first_imgMumbai, Apr 25 (PTI) There has been a significant dip in the number of consumers watching shows on TV to 23 per cent from 52 per cent over the past year as they prefer to view it on laptops and smartphones, says a survey.”Consumers increasingly prefer to watch TV shows on devices such as laptop and desktop personal computers and smartphones,” according to an online survey of 26,000 consumers across 26 countries, conducted by Accenture.”More than 4 in 10 consumers (42 per cent) said they would rather view TV shows on a laptop or desktop, up from 32 per cent in the last years survey,” as per the report.Nearly 13 per cent said they prefer watching TV shows on their smartphones, compared to 10 per cent last year.”The decline in TV viewing over the past year tracks with a four-year trend. As recently as 2014, the survey revealed that nearly two-thirds (65 per cent) of consumers preferred the TV set for viewing shows,” it said.The most recent findings show that only one in five consumers (19 per cent) now prefer to watch sports games on their TVs, down from 38 per cent in the prior-year survey.The report indicates a steep decline over the past year in the percentage of consumers from India who prefer to watch shows on TV sets. That number dropped 78 per cent, from 47 per cent to 10 per cent.In the US, the number fell 57 per cent (from 59 per cent to 25 per cent), and in the UK it dropped 55 per cent (from 56 per cent to 25 per cent), the survey said.advertisement”Over the past one year we have seen a surge in the launch of over-the-top services, both by global and Indian media, and entertainment companies,” Accenture India Managing Director Aditya Chaudhuri said.”The ever increasing penetration of the internet mainly through mobile, backed by WiFi and broadband has helped this wave,” he said.Chaudhuri said along with the internet penetration, high-quality content has enticed the Indian consumers to view varied content, both live broadcast and video-on-demand (VOD), on different devices.”While the consumers increasingly prefer to watch TV shows on laptops and desktops, the smartphone is becoming the preferred device for watching short video clips,” he said.In the survey, more than one-third of consumers said they would rather view these clips on their mobile handsets, a substantial increase from 28 per cent last year.In contrast, the number of consumers who said they would rather watch video clips on their laptops and desktops dropped slightly, from 47 per cent to 44 percent over the last year.The number of consumers who said they prefer to view these clips on their TV sets dropped even more, from 16 per cent to only 5 per cent, the survey added. PTI PSK GKlast_img read more

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  • How Rahul Dravid contributed in the making of Sanju Samson

    first_imgIt was a watershed moment for Kerala wicketkeeper batsman Sanju Samson on Tuesday at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune. (More IPL News)The 22-year-old right-hander finally lived up to his potential and hammered a fine hundred against Ring Pune Supergiant, becoming the second youngest and 12th Indian to hit a century in the Indian Premier League. (Stats: Sanju Samson 12th Indian to score an IPL hundred)His century propelled Delhi Daredevils to a handsome 97-run victory over Pune Supergiant.Samson set things on fire in the first innings as Delhi posted a mammoth 204/5. He took the Pune bowlers to the cleaners from the word go, before converting his first T20 half century to a match-winning hundred. (Sanju Samson blasts first hundred of IPL 2017)Samson, who got to his century with a straight six off Australian leg-spinner Adam Zampa, clobbered five sixes and eight fours in his 63-ball 103.The first century of the IPL 2017 was an important knock for both Samson and Delhi Daredevils in many aspects.Samson made it a night to remember for Delhi Daredevils, who were banking on their young turks in the absence of some of the big stars in the ongoing season. (IPL’s first centurion Brendon McCullum in awe of Sanju Samson: Twitter reactions)For the man himself, it was innings that will help him come out as a mature player. Samson, a son of a police constable, emerged as a talented batsman in the Kerala junior circuit. A consistent outing in the Cooch Behar Trophy earned him a place in India’s team for the U-19 Asia Cup in 2012.advertisementHowever, the tournament proved to be a failure for Samson, who managed just 14 runs in three innings in Kuala Lumpur and was not selected in the subsequent U-19 world cup.Samson made up for it in the Ranji Trophy that season with some fine performances with behind the wicket and with the bat, including two centuries.But it was not the show in Ranji Trophy which made him the next big thing. In 2013, Samson’s consistent performances with the bat for Rajasthan Royals made him a household name. Former India captain Rahul Dravid, the then captain of the Rajasthan team, declared more than once that he was a star in the making. (Sanju Samson finds admirers in Zaheer Khan and Ajinkya Rahane)Samson followed it up another breakout season in the IPL in 2014 where he finished as the joint-highest run-scorer for Rajasthan along with Ajinkya Rahane. Samson was awarded for his consistent performances in the IPL as he was picked for the Zimbabwe tour in 2015. He made his India debut in a T20 match against Zimbabwe, where he scored 19.Dravid, who became the head coach of the Delhi Daredevils in the 2016 season, bought Samson at the auction and the batsman repaid his mentor’s faith by being the third-highest scorer for the team.However, as mostly the case with famed young players, Samson too came into the limelight for all the wrong reasons during the end of 2016. Samson lost his place in the Kerala Ranji side following allegations of indiscipline and was let off only after he tendered an apology. (Sanju Samson thanks Dravid after maiden IPL hundred: Blessed to be with Rahul sir)Amidst all this turbulence, there was one man who never lost his confidence in Samson. Despite of below-average performances in the 2015 and 2016 season of the IPL, Dravid constantly backed Samson to come out good.And on Tuesday, it was Samson’s turn to repay Dravid for the faith he has shown in him. Among the strong crowd in Pune and his cheering Delhi teammates, there was a beaming Dravid, a man who has kept Samson under his wings from the last five years.After the monumental knock, Samson said he was “blessed” to be a part of the Delhi squad and train under the watchful eyes of Dravid.”It’s one of the best knocks of my life and I’m very happy that it has come in the IPL. It is the start of the tournament and we have long way to go from here. I hope to keep contributing to my team’s success,” Samson was quoted as saying by the dedicated the knock to Dravid and to the support staff of Delhi.”The dedication must go to the Delhi Daredevils management. I think Rahul Dravid, Zubin Bharucha, Paddy Upton and each member of the team who has supported me throughout. Last IPL season was not a great season for me, but they supported me throughout and I dedicate this knock to them,” he said.advertisement”I was 17 when I was with the Rajasthan Royals and since then I have been working with him and feel very blessed to be learning under his guidance. Not too many people get this chance and I feel I am extremely lucky to have him around and guide me,” he added.When asked to differentiate between Dravid as a captain and as a coach, Samson said: “I feel Rahul Dravid, the captain on the field, was a bit more aggressive. But when it comes to coaching he is a lot more calm as opposed to what he was while captaining the side.”last_img read more

  • Percentage of consumers watching shows on TV drops: survey

    first_imgMumbai, Apr 25 (PTI) There has been a significant dip in the number of consumers watching shows on TV to 23 per cent from 52 per cent over the past year as they prefer to view it on laptops and smartphones, says a survey.”Consumers increasingly prefer to watch TV shows on devices such as laptop and desktop personal computers and smartphones,” according to an online survey of 26,000 consumers across 26 countries, conducted by Accenture.”More than 4 in 10 consumers (42 per cent) said they would rather view TV shows on a laptop or desktop, up from 32 per cent in the last years survey,” as per the report.Nearly 13 per cent said they prefer watching TV shows on their smartphones, compared to 10 per cent last year.”The decline in TV viewing over the past year tracks with a four-year trend. As recently as 2014, the survey revealed that nearly two-thirds (65 per cent) of consumers preferred the TV set for viewing shows,” it said.The most recent findings show that only one in five consumers (19 per cent) now prefer to watch sports games on their TVs, down from 38 per cent in the prior-year survey.The report indicates a steep decline over the past year in the percentage of consumers from India who prefer to watch shows on TV sets. That number dropped 78 per cent, from 47 per cent to 10 per cent.In the US, the number fell 57 per cent (from 59 per cent to 25 per cent), and in the UK it dropped 55 per cent (from 56 per cent to 25 per cent), the survey said.advertisement”Over the past one year we have seen a surge in the launch of over-the-top services, both by global and Indian media, and entertainment companies,” Accenture India Managing Director Aditya Chaudhuri said.”The ever increasing penetration of the internet mainly through mobile, backed by WiFi and broadband has helped this wave,” he said.Chaudhuri said along with the internet penetration, high-quality content has enticed the Indian consumers to view varied content, both live broadcast and video-on-demand (VOD), on different devices.”While the consumers increasingly prefer to watch TV shows on laptops and desktops, the smartphone is becoming the preferred device for watching short video clips,” he said.In the survey, more than one-third of consumers said they would rather view these clips on their mobile handsets, a substantial increase from 28 per cent last year.In contrast, the number of consumers who said they would rather watch video clips on their laptops and desktops dropped slightly, from 47 per cent to 44 percent over the last year.The number of consumers who said they prefer to view these clips on their TV sets dropped even more, from 16 per cent to only 5 per cent, the survey added. PTI PSK GKlast_img read more

  • Amazon Great Indian Sale: iPhone 5S for 15,999, iPhone 6 for Rs 26,499 are among top deals

    first_imgApple’s iPhones cost a bomb in India. But, if there ever was a good time to buy an iPhone, well, the time’s now. This might seem like a marketing pitch to you, but remember, there are people who keep sifting through online retail stores to find the best deals on iPhones, for we most definitely understand the phrase bang for the buck like no other.Problem is, there’s always never a good time to buy an iPhone. Unless of course, you have the money to spare, or, you’re patient enough to wait for e-retailers to offer them on discounts. For the latter, Amazon has its Great India Sale promotional campaign up and running. And here are a few notable buys.Apple iPhone 5s (Space Grey/Silver, 16GB) for Rs 15,999″Apple iPhone 5s is the top premium smartphone in India across all the states on the cumulative installations basis as of March 2017,” according to CyberMedia Research. Clearly, a lot of people in India, are still buying the iPhone 5s, an iPhone that Apple launched in 2013.Also Read: Amazon Great Indian Sale begins: OnePlus 3, Moto G4 Plus, iPhone 6S available on discountNow that the iPhone 4S and 5C are out of the picture, the iPhone 5s is the cheapest iPhone available in the Indian market right now. The 16 gig model of the iPhone 5s is available for buying at a reduced price of Rs 15,999 (down from Rs 25,000) on Amazon India. The iPhone 5s may be a four year old smartphone, but come to think of it, it isn’t such a bad deal. Especially for someone looking to switch to Apple’s ecosystem. For others, the iPhone 5s could mean a no-hassle smartphone that gets the job done.advertisementThe only reason to not get the iPhone 5s would be its 4-inch form factor and 16GB of on-board storage. Apple iPhone 6 (Space Grey/Silver, 32GB) for Rs 26,499Apple silently announced the 32 gig model of the iPhone 6 in India recently. To begin with, it cost Rs 28,999. Considering that the OnePlus 3T retails around a very similar price, the iPhone 6 was most definitely not an instant recommendation — unless for those invested in Apple’s ecosystem — but at Rs 26,499 Apple’s three year old smartphone still has some room to breathe.In fact, the iPhone 6 makes a little more sense than the iPhone 5s because it comes with a respectable 4.7-inch screen and 32 GB of on-board storage. It may be powered by Apple’s two-generation old A8 mobile processor (Dual-core 1.4 GHz Typhoon) clubbed with PowerVR GX6450 GPU and 1GB of RAM, but, just like any other iPhone the iPhone 6 can make the best use case of its available hardware all thanks to in-class software optimisation.The only reason to not get the iPhone 6 would be the presence of the iPhone 6s.Apple iPhone 6s (Space Grey/Rose Gold, 32GB) for Rs 34,999The iPhone 6s is simply a turbo-charged iPhone 6, getting a boost in both the hardware as well as software departments. Not to say there’s no cosmetic revamp at all. While the iPhone 6 was marred by the infamous bend-gate syndrome, the iPhone 6s brought in a slight reshuffle in ‘make material’ to overcome that weak (and embarrassing) spot. The iPhone 6s uses 7,000 series aluminum first introduced with the Apple Watch Sport that is roughly 60 per cent stronger than standard aluminum alloys, according to Apple.The USP of the iPhone 6s is Apple’s new touchscreen technology called Force Touch, err…3D Touch. It gives you a pressure-sensitive screen that responds differently to different kinds of taps. You get two gestures, a ‘peek’ and a ‘pop’. While a light tap gives you a peek into an app or widget (blurring the background) from anywhere on the screen, tapping it harder pops out more details concerning it.Apple’s ‘Taptic Engine’ meanwhile lets you know what you’re doing all the time by giving you a different tactile sensation for each kind of interaction.Also Read: Xiaomi Redmi 4A goes on sale in India exclusively on Amazon, but has limited stockThe iPhone 6s is be powered by Apple’s A9 processor that is 70 per cent faster and has a 90 per cent faster GPU as compared to the previous generation A8 chip found on the iPhone 6.The iPhone 6s comes with a hugely improved 12-megapixel iSight camera that can record 4K videos and an 8-megapixel FaceTime camera with ‘Retina Flash’.The iSight camera can take something called as ‘Live Photos’. Basically, it’s the camera recording some footage before and after you’ve clicked a photo. Imagine GIFs with sound. There’s also an option to use Motion Wallpapers (like in the Apple Watch) and you can use Live Photos as wallpapers too.advertisementErstwhile, the iPhone 6s’ Touch ID 2.0 fingerprint reader is two times faster than the first generation version on the iPhone 6, according to Apple.The iPhone 6s has got the most discount and is now selling for Rs 34,999 (down from Rs 50,000) making it one of the best buy options on the e-retail website right now. It’s not a dated phone, by any means, and it is currently the second best in the business, next only to the next-generation iPhone 7.The only reason to not get the iPhone 6s would be the OnePlus 3T, and other like-minded Android counterparts.last_img read more

  • Wales ready for crunch battle without Gareth Bale, says coach Chris Coleman

    first_imgThe absence of suspended pack leader Gareth Bale and several other regulars should not stop Wales from firing on all cylinders against Group D leaders Serbia in their World Cup qualifier, manager Chris Coleman said on Saturday.”We have a strong squad here and we are happy with the players we’ve got so there will be no complaints from me come what may tomorrow night,” Coleman told a news conference ahead of Sunday’s clash in the cauldron of Red Star’s stadium.”(Bale) is who he is, he is one of the best players in the world but I firmly believe we have enough about us to get what we need here.”Any team would miss him but you don’t win with one player and you don’t lose because of one player.”It will be a big challenge and I am looking forward to it. I am confident we have enough in our ranks to get a positive result.”Serbia top the group with 11 points from five games, with second-placed Ireland level on points but behind on goal difference ahead of their home game against Austria.Third-placed Wales have seven points after a patchy campaign saw them win one and draw four matches, with Coleman ruing a missed opportunity to beat the Serbians when they drew 1-1 in the reverse fixture in Cardiff.”We really should have beaten Serbia at home as we did enough to win but they equalised straight after we’d hit the post,” he said. “That’s football and the margins are so small.”advertisementWales will also be missing suspended defender Neil Taylor and injured striker Hal Robson-Kanu, leaving Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey in the spotlight as the man to pull the strings against an adventurous home side.Coleman said he had full confidence the playmaker would be up to the task in a raucous atmosphere, with 50,000 home fans expected to throng the ground.”He is a vital player for us and I look at Aaron even when Gareth is there,” said Coleman.”It’s a game we can’t lose and we are up against the strongest team in the group. There’s everything to play for and it’s a great game for us to be involved in.”Captain Ashley Williams added: “As a team we live for these nights. It doesn’t always come off but as of late this is the kind of game that we love when you’re up against it in a different country.”We are a very resilient and gritty team. This is an opportunity for us to show our togetherness and hopefully get the result we want.”last_img read more

  • Spain’s love for the beautiful game

    first_imgFootball in Spain is all about the flair. Here, the beautiful game is transpired to its literal meaning – to portray the sport in its resplendent form.”In Spain, we don’t like to run behind the ball. We like to keep possession and dictate terms in the entire ninety minutes,” says Marcos Tebar, a Real Madrid graduate.Foundation of Spain’s famous tiki-taka style was interestingly laid by Dutch football legend Johan Cruyff. His tenure as coach of Barcelona changed the face of football in the country. The now world-renowned La Masia academy was Cruyff’s brain child, who brought his possession-based football to the club in 1988.The style of play prominently came to global attention during the 2008-2012 seasons when Pep Guardiola’s FC Barcelona dominated European football at its destructive best.Not many knew, football was played with the same finesse in the country since forever.”As kids, we all dream about playing football and we are taught to train with the ball. In every training majority of the drills include a ball as it is important for Spanish players to control the ball. The ideology behind this is that if you have the ball, you can be the master of the game. The tiki-taka is inherited in us since we start playing at the age of 9 or 10. At that age, we just want to play big tournaments and enjoy football,” explains Tebar, a runner-up in the 2003 FIFA U-17 World Cup.Glimpse of the country’s exquisite style of play is at display in India where the Spanish boys are running riots in the current edition of the Junior World Cup.advertisementAfter a narrow defeat to Brazil in the group stage, the La Roja bounced back to life and a just one step far from booking their berth in the final. They take on African giants Mali in the second semi-final in Mumbai today.”I couldn’t watch all the matches as I was training with the club (FC Pune City) so I just saw a bit of the game. But from what I have seen, they are doing well. It was a bit hard that we lost to Brazil but I was hopeful they will bounce back stronger. I would suggest them to keep more of the possession and better control of the game. Rest is assured for them,” he says.Taking a leaf out of his book, Tebar, 31, recalls his time in Finland with the under-17 team consisting midfield maestros David Silva and Cesc Fabregas and heartbreak of losing in the final to none of other than Brazil.”It was a great experience for us. I think it is an important tournament for any footballer and if I had to recall that time, it was definitely one of the best moments. We lost in the final but it shaped many careers years on,” he signed off.last_img read more

  • Seven sportspersons injured in clash over train seat in UP

    first_imgDeoria (UP), Nov 7 (PTI) Seven members of a sports club, including a woman, were injured in a clash with local youths over a seat in the Barauni-Gwalior train here, police said. The members of a sports club in Kanpur were returning from a sporting event in Samastipur in Bihar when the tiff started late last night, a police official said.The players had a reservation in a sleeper class coach and a youth, who boarded the train at Bhatparni railway station, tried to take one of the seats, the official said.A tiff ensued between Anshuman Soni, one of the players, and the youth after which the players thrashed him, he said.Later the youth called his friends on phone and stopped the train by pulling the chain, police said, adding that the group attacked the players with lathis injuring seven of them, including a woman player.The injured were deboarded at the Deoria Sadar railway station and were admitted to the district hospital, he said.Inspector RPF posted at Deoria Sadar, Abhay Kumar Rai said that senior officials have been informed about the incident and GRP is lodging a case. PTI COR SAB NKSlast_img read more

  • Yanks Take Down Jays, 5-3

    first_imgTORONTO — Drew Hutchison has had a hard time whenever he’s faced the New York Yankees this season.Mark Teixeira hit a two-run home run, Hiroki Kuroda won for the first time in four starts and the Yankees beat Hutchison and the Blue Jays 5-3 on the night of June 25, snapping their losing streak at four games.Hutchison (5-6) lost for the third time in four starts, allowing four runs and seven hits in six innings. He walked two and struck out six.“I’m disappointed that I wasn’t able to deliver a better performance for us and not give us a better chance to win,” the right-hander said.New York got all the runs it would need with a four-run third inning against Hutchison. Kelly Johnson drew a leadoff walk and scored on Francisco Cervelli’s double. Two-outs later, Jacoby Ellsbury hit an RBI single and scored on Teixeira’s home run.“I was disappointed in that big inning, especially allowing three runs with two outs and not being able to make that big pitch,” Hutchison said. For Teixeira, the homer was his third in five games.“Hutchison pitched really well, he only made a couple of mistakes that one inning and we made him pay,” Teixeira said. “Other than that, he was throwing some dirty pitches.”Hutchison is 0-3 with a 9.22 ERA in three starts against the Yankees this season.“He’s still a young kid,” Blue Jays Manager John Gibbons said of the 23-year-old. “He’s going to go through his growing pains.”Teixeira said it was important for the Yankees to avoid being swept by the AL East-leading Blue Jays. “That was a big win,” Teixeira said. “We needed this one to stop the bleeding a little bit.”Kuroda (5-5) won for the first time since May 28, at St. Louis, allowing three runs and eight hits in 6 1-3 innings. He walked two and struck out four.“He got us into the seventh inning with a lead and I thought he threw the ball pretty good,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said.David Robertson got the final five outs for his 18th save in 20 chances.Things didn’t start well for the Yankees as Jose Reyes homered into the second deck on Kuroda’s first pitch, his third leadoff blast this season and the 21st of his career.Melky Cabrera followed with a single, but Kuroda struck out Adam Lind and Edwin Encarnacion, then got Dioner Navarro to foul out.Trailing 4-1, the Blue Jays cut the deficit to one in the fifth on a two-out, two-run single by Cabrera, but Lind flied out to end the inning.New York used two walks and a hit batter to load the bases with no outs against reliever Rob Rasmussen in the seventh but only managed to score one run.Teixeira hit a sacrifice fly off Sergio Santos and Carlos Beltran struck out before Ichiro Suzuki walked to load the bases again. Santos escaped by getting Brian Roberts to fly out.Kuroda left after Anthony Gose grounded into a fielder’s choice in the seventh. Shawn Kelley gave up a single to Reyes and got Cabrera to fly out.Matt Thornton came on, Gose and Reyes advanced on a double steal, but Lind ended the inning with a broken-bat grounder to the mound.(IAN HARRISON)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

  • Bucks Hold Off Knicks, 117-113

    first_imgMILWAUKEE — In a hallway at the Bradley Center after another win for the Milwaukee Bucks, smiling team owner Marc Lasry gave coach Jason Kidd a hug.The new era for the rebuilding franchise is off to a pretty good start.Ersan Ilyasova had 20 points, and Milwaukee climbed above .500 for the first time in more than a year by fending off the New York Knicks for a 117-113 victory Nov. 18.Zaza Pachulia added season highs of 14 points and 13 rebounds for the Bucks, who improved to 6-5 on the season after nearly blowing a 26-point lead. It was the first time the team had a winning record since March 20, 2013, when it was 34-33.“As long as we’re consistent, it doesn’t matter how we start, but it’s more how we finish,” rookie forward Jabari Parker said. “That’s what we need to keep trying to do.”Parker, who finished with 12 points, is one of the 19-year-old cornerstones of the future, along with 6-foot-11 forward Giannis Antetokounmpo. He had 13 points, and the balanced Bucks had seven players score in double figures.After giving up a big lead in a season-opening loss at Charlotte, Kidd can point to this game as a valuable lesson for the future.“I thought tonight we kind of used that as a stepping stone to finish off the game against a veteran ballclub that put themselves in position to win,” Kidd said.New York closed to 115-113 with 7.9 seconds left on a dunk off a baseline move by Carmelo Anthony. Jerryd Bayless responded with two free throws for Milwaukee. He went 5-for-6 at the line in the final 26 seconds.A desperation 3 at the buzzer by Tim Hardaway Jr. glanced off harmlessly off the rim. Anthony finished with 26 points, while Hardaway Jr. had 24.The neck-and-neck final few minutes were unexpected after the Bucks led by double digits for most of the first three quarters.After shooting 60 percent in the first half, the Bucks went cold from the field down the stretch. Bayless’ jumper with 6:32 to go was Milwaukee’s only field goal until Ilyasova pump-faked Anthony to hit a 16-footer with 33.1 seconds remaining for a 112-106 lead.The Bucks outrebounded the Knicks 44-28, even with Pachulia replacing starting center Larry Sanders (bruised thigh) at the last minute.“They wanted it at times a little bit more than we did,” Knicks coach Derek Fisher said. “It wasn’t until the third quarter really started to get out of hand that we started to put the right mindset into playing with a sense of urgency.”___GENARO C. ARMAS, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

  • Tom Brady the Greatest Ever Super Bowl Quarterback? Not So Fast

    first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares PHOENIX — His teammates were mostly showered and gone, but Tom Brady was having trouble even bringing himself to move. He sat in front of his locker in Indianapolis, pulling on a pair of boots with a pained look seemingly etched on his face.Brady’s Super Bowl had ended badly once again, and he was trying to make sense of it all. In a few minutes he would walk down a hallway and tell the media why he had the ball in his hand to win the game with 57 seconds left and couldn’t deliver the long touchdown drive every New England fan was expecting three years ago against the New York Giants.“It always comes down to one or two plays,” Brady said then. “If you make them you’re celebrating. If you don’t, you don’t sleep for a week.”Celebrating or sleepless, Brady knows both well. The first three times he took the Patriots to the Super Bowl he came away with three championship rings.That there were more Super Bowls to come was a given. Bill Belichick was building a dynasty behind Brady, and the quarterback was just beginning to feel comfortable as a superstar at the age of 27.But Brady has lost the last two, and the opposing quarterback was the MVP in both of them. Eli Manning outplayed Brady not once but twice, the first time in the very stadium where the Patriots will play the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.There hasn’t been another Super Bowl championship in a decade now. And there’s a real chance that should the Patriots fall again, losing three straight Super Bowls might define Brady’s eventual legacy nearly as much as winning the first three.Greatest quarterback of his era, sure. Brady has won while fighting injuries, and won while his many receivers always seemed to be going through a revolving door in New England.Just to get to six Super Bowls is a staggering accomplishment no quarterback had ever achieved before Brady and the Patriots beat Indianapolis to return to the big game once again.And should the Patriots beat the Seahawks on Sunday, Brady would join Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw, two names long enshrined as greats in Canton, as the only quarterbacks to win four rings.But where do you put a quarterback with a .500 Super Bowl record in historical context? What do you say about one who won his first three, and lost his next three?You say he’s no Bradshaw, who won all four of his Super Bowl appearances for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Certainly not Montana, who won four in 12 full seasons for San Francisco and might have won at least one more if not for injury.While Bradshaw was helped by a dominant defense, Montana won in blowouts and last-minute rallies. His quarterback rating of 127.8 is the best ever in the Super Bowl, while Brady barely cracks the top 10 at 93.8.Here’s a stat that even tops that: In four Super Bowls, on the biggest stages of his life, Montana never threw an interception.Most importantly, Montana didn’t need three shots to win a fourth title. He won every time he took the field in a Super Bowl.Brady was asked several times and in several different ways this week about playing in the Super Bowl six times and what he thinks his eventual legacy will be. He didn’t bite, refusing to rank himself while talking in generalities about how great it is to be playing in his sixth.“It’s hard to think about those things,” Brady said in response to one question. “Like I said, I’ve just been fortunate to be on some great teams. Those guys are unbelievable players, they were so great for this league. They were great teams. I was the biggest 49er fan growing up and to watch Joe and Steve Young — who were my two idols — who were just great for the game and great for the sport.”Brady has been great for the sport, too. He’s the All-American quarterback with the supermodel wife who seems to lead the perfect life.He doesn’t get into trouble off the field, and he usually delivers on it, like he did this season when his irritation with his team’s play quickly turned around a season seemingly headed nowhere.Still it will be hard to call him the greatest ever, even with four Super Bowl wins.Three losses, and you can’t even put him in the conversation.TIM DAHLBERG, AP Sports Columnist____Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at or read more

  • Harvey, Mets beat Phillies 6-5

    first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — The crowd was buzzing before Matt Harvey even threw a pitch. By the time he struck out his first two batters, fans were chanting his name.But at the conclusion of a wild night inside Citi Field, the Mets were worried about David Wright’s hamstring injury — and Harvey was just happy he hung on to win.Harvey labored through six innings during his first home start in almost 20 months, and Lucas Duda hit a three-run double to lead New York past the Philadelphia Phillies 6-5 on April 14 for its third straight victory.“I think obviously I came out pretty strong, and I think as the game went on, pitches were kind of creeping over the middle,” Harvey said. “That might have been the weirdest game I’ve been a part of, maybe ever.”Daniel Murphy homered over the right-center fence that was brought in 3 to 11 feet this season at Citi Field, and the Mets beat their NL East rivals for the 19th time in the last 25 meetings. But it wasn’t all good news for New York: Wright and Michael Cuddyer left the game with injuries.“This is as eventful a game as I’ve ever seen. It had a little bit of everything,” Cuddyer said.Cuddyer, who had an RBI single, exited early with a bruised hand and X-rays were negative. He hopes to play on April 15.Wright pulled his right hamstring while stealing second in the eighth and acknowledged it’s possible he’s headed to the disabled list. He’ll have an MRI, but the Mets’ captain said this injury isn’t nearly as bad as the strained right hamstring that sidelined him for seven weeks late in the 2013 season.“Real frustrating,” Wright said. “Hopefully for me the worst-case scenario is two weeks.”Chase Utley homered twice for Philadelphia and hit an RBI single after entering 2 for 22 (.091). He also was hit in the back by a 95 mph fastball from Harvey with first base open — prompting plate umpire Alfonso Marquez to warn both benches.Harvey (2-0) was no doubt retaliating after Phillies starter David Buchanan (0-2) plunked Wilmer Flores and Cuddyer in the second, both on the left hand.“It was intense and that’s what we kind of expect with these games in our division,” Philadelphia’s Cody Asche said. “Tensions are going to rise every now and then.”With the Mets out of bench players, backup catcher Anthony Recker played third base in the ninth for the first time in his professional career. Wearing a glove given to him years ago by a minor league teammate, the ball never came his way.New York Manager Terry Collins was gone by the fifth, ejected by Marquez for arguing a catcher’s interference call.“This was a bizarre night,” said Collins, who also requested a replay challenge too late — which nevertheless led to a delay that lasted more than four minutes as umpires tried to determine whether he came out of the dugout in time.Harvey struck out nine in six shutout innings last week at Washington, his first outing since Tommy John surgery in October 2013.Finally back on the Citi Field mound where he started the All-Star Game that year, the right-hander whiffed eight and walked none. He gave up three runs and five hits.“You have to get used to being out there more and more, and having a lot of adrenaline running, I kind of got fastball-happy,” Harvey said. “But those are parts of playing through a season and coming back from an injury where you’re gone for so long. … It’s not like I’m not going to ever give up a run.”Jeurys Familia allowed Jeff Francoeur’s solo homer in the ninth before earning his third save.Travis d’Arnaud had an RBI single for the Mets in the fifth after Duda’s second double. Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg lost a replay challenge on the play at the plate.Harvey gave up solo homers to Utley and Asche — and even a leadoff double to Buchanan. That came in the fifth, when Harvey escaped a bases-loaded jam by retiring Carlos Ruiz on a popup.(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball Writer)last_img read more

  • Blue Jays Silence Yanks, 6-0

    first_imgNEW YORK — Their hitters aren’t doing anything. Their pitchers aren’t doing quite enough. And suddenly the New York Yankees don’t sit so comfortably atop the AL East.Ivan Nova gave up a grand slam to Justin Smoak that broke open a scoreless game in the sixth inning, and the Yankees mustered only three singles against David Price and the Toronto bullpen Aug. 8 in a 6-0 loss.Newcomer Troy Tulowitzki also homered as the Blue Jays won their seventh in a row and closed within 2 1/2 games of the Yankees.“There’s a long way to go. What’s really going to determine the division is how you play the next two months, not two games,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said.With two wins in a row, the Blue Jays became the first team to take a set against the Yankees since early July. On Aug. 9, Toronto will try to sweep them in a series of at least three games for the first time since May 2003.“Before, they were good,” Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran said. “Adding Tulowitzki, one of the best shortstops in the game, and Price, one of the best pitchers in the game, of course was good for them.”A day after R.A. Dickey and the Blue Jays beat New York 2-1 in a 10-inning matchup between the highest-scoring teams in the majors, Price (11-4) dominated.Price won for the second straight time since Toronto acquired the 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner from Detroit. He struck out seven.Price had gotten tagged in his last two starts vs. the Yankees to the tune of a 33.26 ERA. Wearing a different uniform, he looked like a different pitcher against them. He pounded his left hand into his glove three times after his final toss, retiring Brendan Ryan on a popup to Smoak with runners at the corners.“It was just one of his good days,” said Chris Young, who went 0-for-3. “He was throwing all three pitches for strikes. When he does that, he’s a tough at-bat.”The Blue Jays had been limited to two singles by Nova (4-4) before they loaded the bases with one out on a pair of walks and a hit.“I felt like I could make a good pitch in that situation. You got to be careful in that situation. It was my mistake,” Nova said.It was Smoak’s first career slam — and the first ever for the Blue Jays in the Bronx.This was the 285th game Toronto played in the old and new Yankee Stadiums since joining the majors in 1977. The Blue Jays had hit five previous slams against New York, all at home, with the last by Tony Fernandez in 2001, STATS said.Toronto Manager John Gibbons didn’t get a firsthand look at Smoak’s shot — he was ejected in the third inning for arguing balls and strikes.Tulowitzki homered in the seventh, his third in 11 games since Toronto got him a trade with Colorado.The Blue Jays improved to 6-2 against New York this year, including 4-1 on the road. Last year, Toronto stopped its 17-game losing streak at Yankee Stadium.The teams play 11 more times this year. “They’re getting closer and closer, but I still feel we can win some games against them and take off,” Nova said.(BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

  • Islanders Buffalo Coyotes, 5-2

    first_imgNEW YORK — Islanders coach Jack Capuano knows how eastern teams can struggle when they return home from a western road trip.He was glad his team didn’t show any rust or jet lag in their first game back in New York on Nov. 16.John Tavares had two goals and an assist to lead the Islanders to a 5-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes.“I thought our guys were resilient tonight,” Capuano said. “We played a good hockey team, and I thought we battled through it and had some legs under us.”Frans Nielsen, Brock Nelson and Steve Bernier also scored and Kyle Okposo had three assists — to increase his team-leading total to 12 — as the Islanders won for the third time in four games. Jaroslav Halak stopped 31 shots to help New York improve to 6-3-2 at home.Martin Hanzal and Mikkel Boedker scored in the third period for Arizona, and Anders Lindback finished with 27 saves. Hanzal’s score was just his third goal of the season but boosted his team-leading point total to 17.Arizona fell to 0-2 on its four-game road trip and will look to avoid its first three-game losing streak of the season Nov. 12 in Montreal.“We’re making mistakes, plain and simple,” Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said. “We’re making mistakes that cost us early in the game. We have to wipe those mistakes.”The Islanders won two of three on a three-game California trip last week, winning at San Jose Nov. 10 and at Anaheim in the finale on Nov. 13.After returning home Nov. 14, they did not have long to get back on Eastern time before returning to the ice Nov. 16.“Coming back from the west coast wasn’t easy. I think if you ask most guys, they probably didn’t feel their best,” Tavares said. “But we battled through it and were strong mentally.”The Islanders took control early, generating the game’s first seven shots, with Lindback stopping the first six. New York took the lead on the seventh when, just 25 seconds after Antoine Vermette was sent off for hooking, Tavares won a faceoff and took a pass from Okposo across the blue line.Tavares carried the puck on his off-wing and flung a backhand cross-ice pass for Nielsen, who buried the puck into the vacant cage, making it 1-0.“Just an incredible pass by Johnny,” said Nielsen, referencing Tavares. “Nothing else really to say about it.”Arizona responded after the goal, posting nine of the game’s next 12 shots, but Halak stopped them all. He also got some help from Nelson in the second period.After Halak stopped Connor Murphy’s sharp-angle shot, the puck squirted to Coyotes forward Tobias Rieder, but Nelson blocked his chance with his right leg, keeping the Isles ahead.The Islanders broke it open with three goals in the first 12 minutes of the third period, including tallies from Nelson and Tavares 4:15 apart.“We battled hard for two periods,” Lindback said, “and they got one early, which kind of set the tone for the third period.”Nelson took a pass at the top of the crease from Casey Cizikas and buried it into a vacant net, boosting the Isles’ lead to two just 1:23 into the period.It was Nelson’s fifth point, and third goal, in the last five games since he was moved to the team’s top line with Tavares and Okposo.“That line has been playing well,” Capuano said. “That line has definitely over the last week helped our hockey club.”Nelson and Okposo later set up Tavares’ goal at 5:38. Bernier then redirected Johnny Boychuk’s blast for his first goal with the Islanders to make it 4-0 with 8:10 remaining.“Bernie just gets into those hard areas,” Tavares said. “He gets to the front of the net, and it was good to see him get rewarded today.”Hanzal and Boedker scored 2:08 apart to pull Arizona to 4-2 with just over 2 minutes remaining.“Jaro was great all night. It’s unfortunate we couldn’t keep the zero for him,” Tavares said. “He was great, especially in the last 10 minutes when they kind of just started throwing everything at the net, and a couple seemed to find its way.”However, Tavares sealed the win with an empty-netter with 40 seconds to go.(PAT PICKENS)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

  • Capitals Shut Out Devils, 1-0

    first_imgNEWARK, N.J. — The Washington Capitals got a missing piece back and it helped them move within grasping distance of the Presidents’ Trophy — and the top seed when the playoffs start next month.Defenseman John Carlson scored at 2:17 of overtime in his return to the lineup, Braden Holtby made 22 saves and the Capitals all but clinched the NHL’s best record in the regular season with a 1-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils on March 25.“He looked a lot more like he did the first stint of the year,” Holtby said after Carlson played for the first time since Feb. 24, his second injury stint this season.“When he came back (earlier) you could tell there was something still going on. It’s a good sign for us. He looks like he’s moving better, not favoring a leg at all.”The win gave Washington 111 points. They can clinch their first Presidents’ Trophy since 2009-10 and the No. 1 seed for the playoffs with a point against the Blues on March 26 or Dallas losing earlier in the day.On the winner, Carlson took a pass from Jason Chimera and ripped a shot from the right circle that beat Scott Wedgewood.“It was a quick play. I saw him walk down the wall and I had my eye on him and I tried to follow the pass,” said Wedgewood, whose shutout streak was stopped at 159 minutes, 34 seconds. “He put it in a good spot. Take nothing away from him but it would have been nice to keep them off the board for a shootout opportunity.”Wedgewood, who shut out Pittsburgh on March 24, has given up two goals in three NHL starts. He stopped 25 shots March 25.Chimera took a pass from Marcus Johansson on the winning play, circled the Devils’ net and found Carlson in the circle for his seventh goal of the season.Carlson sensed that the three Devils on the ice were very tired and he considered not shooting the puck right away to wear them down more, then changed his mind.“When you score, the net seems a little bit bigger,” said Carlson, who was sidelined 13 games this time. “You feel a little bit better about your game. Maybe it gives you a little bit of pep in your step and that wouldn’t hurt me right now.”Both goaltenders came up big in the overtime.Holtby, who picked up his third shutout of the season and his 45th win, fought off Travis Zajac’s shot from between the circles at the start of the 3-on-3.“It was a weird read,” Holtby said after moving to within three wins of tying Martin Brodeur’s NHL single-season record of 48 wins. “I don’t know if it went off a stick or not. I misread it a little bit. There are a couple of guys on that team that can shoot it.”Wedgewood stopped a blast by Alex Ovechkin and a breakaway by defenseman Nate Schmidt, although it was unclear whether he made the save or the shot missed the net.Wedgewood made his NHL debut against Columbus on March 20 and gave up a goal to Jared Boll at 2:43 of the second period in a 2-1 win. He shut out the Penguins 3-0 and blanked the Capitals until the overtime.“He’s played great since he got here,” Devils forward Kyle Palmieri said. “Hopefully he can keep that going. It makes it a lot harder on other teams. They come in and see that he’s only had three NHL games and they think it’s going to be point night. He goes out and surprises them.”At least four times in the opening two periods, the Capitals had chances to score and could not find the net.Ovechkin probably had the best chance on a first period power play, but his shot at an open net hit a player in front and missed the net.The power play was set up when Devils defenseman Vojtek Mozik tripped Evgeny Kuznetsov with the Capitals center about to deposit a rebound into an open net.Jay Beagle of Washington hit a goal post in the second period, while Holtby fought off a backhander by Adam Henrique with less than four minutes left in the second period.(TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

  • A European Panathinaikos

    first_imgPanathinaikos defeated AIK 0-2 in the second leg of the UEFA Europa League 3rd Qualifying round and progressed to the next round, winning 3-0 on aggregate. The Greek club put on a great showing in Sweden with Ibarbo and Berg scoring second half goals.Panathinaikos had the clear advantage to progress before today’s game after winning the first leg 1-0 in Greece. AIK started off as the better side but after the 10 minute mark, Panathinaikos controlled the game. The first half had no notable chances for either team and the score remained goalless.Panathinaikos could not have asked for a better start to the half when a great pass from Berg set up Ibarbo, who’s powerful left-footed strike found the back of the net. The goal came 25 seconds into the second half, giving the Prasini the 0-1 lead (0-2 aggregate) and all important away goal. AIK needed 3 goals to progress with their only good chance of the game coming in the 65th minute when Ishizaki’s free-kick was stopped by the crossbar. Panathinaikos secured their victory in the 73rd minute when Berg’s well-placed strike doubled the Greek club’s lead. The final 15 minutes were played out with Panathinaikos advancing to the Europa League Playoff Qualifying Round.It seems that Panathinaikos has surpassed their shock from last year’ Europa League Qualifying when they were eliminated by Qabala from Azerbaijan. The Tryfilli will be seeded in tomorrow’s Europa League draw and will find out their opponents in the Playoff Qualifying Round.Source: ( Facebook – Instagram )TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

  • Experienced Greece defeats creative Cyprus

    first_imgGreece made it two out of two in the World Cup qualifiers beating visiting Cyprus 2-0 in Piraeus despite a rather lackluster performance on Friday. Two first-half goals by Costas Mitroglou and Petros Mantalos sealed it for the hosts.The successful start to the tenure of German manager Michael Skibbe on the Greek bench continues. He opted for left-back Costas Stafylidis as a replacement for injured Andreas Samaris next to Yiannis Maniatis as holding midfielders, and they had plenty of work against a quite creative Cypriot side.Yet Greece needed just 12 minutes to open the score, as Costas Fortounis took hold of a loose ball in the Cyprus box and fed incoming Mitroglou who slid the ball past Cypriot keeper Costas Panaghi.Then three minutes before half-time Mantalos took advantage of an error by Panaghi and lobbed the ball into the net for Greece’s second goal.Cyprus twice came close to pulling a goal back early in the second half via Nestor Mytides and Giorgos Efraim, and was unlucky not to score as the Greek defense appeared disorganized at times.It is worth noting that when the 1,500 Cypriot fans chanted “Greece-Cyprus, Enosis”, the rest of the stadium offered a warm round of applause. Enosis, a historically charged word for the Cypriots, means Union in Greek.Greece is now joint top of the table along with Belgium and on Monday it travels to Estonia. Cyprus, still on zero points, visits Bosnia next.Source: KathimeriniTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

  • Greece Faces Croatia as World Cup Qualifying Reaching its Climax

    first_imgThe lineup of teams at the World Cup in Russia will be confirmed over the next week.Here’s a look at the two-leg European and intercontinental playoffs matches, as well as how African qualifying is shaping up:Greece is bidding to reach a major tournament again after an embarrassing qualification campaign for the 2016 European Championship.Without defender Kostas Manolas, who is banned from the first leg, the Greeks will play at Croatia on Thursday and then host the return match on Sunday.Manolas is out because FIFA suspended him for trying to manipulate his disciplinary record by deliberately earning a yellow card against Cyprus on Oct. 7. The decision compounded problems for coach Michael Skibbe, who is missing midfielder Petros Mantalos and striker Tasos Donis because of injury.Croatia is set to miss defensive midfielder Milan Badelj for both matches against Greece.The Croatians and the Greeks were in the playoffs for the 2014 tournament in Brazil. Croatia eliminated Iceland 2-0 on aggregate, while Greece beat Romania 4-2 on aggregate.___NORTHERN IRELAND vs. SWITZERLANDNorthern Ireland is within reach of its first World Cup in 32 years after hitting its target of second place in a group won by defending champion Germany.Switzerland, ranked No. 4 in August, finds itself in a tense playoff despite nine straight wins to start qualifying.On Monday, Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic was still looking back to the 2-0 loss at Portugal last month, saying he had imagined playing a “nice friendly” game this week. He acknowledged his team was too passive against Portugal, and challenged players he did not identify to take more responsibility now.The Swiss need to forget about that match before the first leg Thursday at Windsor Park, where only Germany has beaten Northern Ireland in a competitive match in the past four years.Switzerland has a nine-game winning streak at home in tournament qualifiers, and hosts the return on Sunday in Basel.___ SWEDEN vs. ITALYFour-time champion Italy has participated in every World Cup since failing to qualify for the 1958 tournament, which coincidentally was held in Sweden.But Italy has showed poor form recently, ever since a 3-0 loss to Spain in September. After that match, Italy edged Israel 1-0, drew 1-1 with Macedonia and beat Albania 1-0.While Sweden didn’t qualify for the last two World Cups, it impressed in qualifying with a win over France and finished ahead of the Netherlands.“We are winners just by being here,” Sweden coach Janne Andersson said.The first leg will be in Sweden on Friday, with the return match on Monday in Italy.Sweden went unbeaten at home in qualifying at Friends Arena and striker Marcus Berg scored eight times in nine matches.___DENMARK vs. IRELANDBeing in the playoffs for a major tournament is nothing new for Ireland.This will be the team’s ninth time, and they have lost five of them — including against France ahead of the 2010 World Cup when Thierry Henry clearly handled the ball in the build-up to the crucial goal.The first leg will be in Denmark on Saturday. Ireland will host the second leg on Tuesday.Ireland has effectively already won one playoff — by beating Wales 1-0 in its final qualifier — and will likely rely on the counterattacking tactics that worked so well in Cardiff.While there are no real stars in the Ireland team, Denmark has a standout in Christian Eriksen — one of European soccer’s best playmakers over the past few years at Tottenham. He scored eight times from midfield in qualifying.The Danes’ 4-0 win over Poland in group play highlights their potential and they are also higher in the FIFA rankings, at No. 19 compared to Ireland’s No. 26.The managers — Martin O’Neill and Age Hareide — are former teammates at English club Norwich.___AUSTRALIA vs. HONDURASThis is the scenario Australia aimed to avoid when it switched from Oceania to the Asian Football Confederation after the 2006 World Cup: A last-ditch intercontinental playoff in the Americas for a spot at soccer’s marquee event.Australian players traveled from three continents to assemble in Honduras this week to prepare for Friday’s first leg. The return match will be in Australia on Wednesday.It was a similar scenario when the Australians played Uruguay for a place at the 2006 tournament. Uruguay won 1-0 in Montevideo, and Australia leveled it up with a 1-0 win in Sydney before advancing 4-2 on penalties. It ended a long drought for the Socceroos, who had failed to advance from the last playoff stage in 1986 (against Scotland), in 1994 (against Argentina), in 1998 (against Iran), and in 2002 (against Uruguay).Tim Cahill, the only player still active from that playoff series in 2005 and now Australia’s all-time leading scorer, is in doubt because of an ankle injury.___NEW ZEALAND vs. PERUNew Zealand will return to the scene of one of its greatest triumphs when it hosts Peru on Saturday.In 2009, New Zealand beat Bahrain 1-0 in front of a crowd of 35,000 at the Wellington Regional Stadium to qualify for the World Cup for the second time. It had previously qualified in 1982, the same year in which Peru made its last World Cup appearance.The return leg will be in Peru on Wednesday.Rory Fallon, who scored New Zealand’s winning goal in that match eight years ago, has been recalled to the All Whites after a one-year absence. He is currently playing for Dorchester in the seventh tier of English soccer. That win over Bahrain briefly put soccer center-stage in a rugby-mad country and Saturday’s match will likely do so again. The match is a sellout.Peru, ranked No. 10, starts as the overwhelming favorite against 122nd-ranked New Zealand but have a significant setback, with striker Paolo Guerrero ruled out after failing a doping test. Guerrero scored six goals in qualifying.___AFRICAAfrica’s last three World Cup places will be decided on the final group games in qualifying, when Ivory Coast could miss out and Congo could qualify for the first time since 1974.Two of the five groups are settled, with Nigeria and Egypt already through.Tunisia and Congo will tussle for a place from Group A. Tunisia has a three-point advantage, so Congo needs to beat Guinea and hope Tunisia loses at home to Libya. If that happens, the World Cup place will go to the team with the best goal difference.Morocco and Ivory Coast face a straight shootout in Group C when Morocco travels to Abidjan. Ivory Coast must win to sneak through to the World Cup and deny former coach Herve Renard, now with Morocco.Senegal can seal its place on Friday in a contentious qualifier against South Africa, a game ordered by FIFA to be played again because of match-fixing by the referee. Senegal lost the initial game but if it wins on its second chance, it’ll be through to the World Cup.That will lead to serious discontent from the other teams. Burkina Faso, hoping to go to the World Cup for the first time, has already appealed against FIFA’s decision.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

  • Arsenal to Play CSKA Moscow in Europa League Quarterfinals

    first_imgNYON, Switzerland (AP) — Arsenal has been drawn to play CSKA Moscow in a Europa League quarterfinal likely to have political overtones.UEFA made the draw Friday two days after the British government said it would not send officials to the World Cup in Russia to protest the poisoning of a Russian former spy in England this month. The World Cup starts June 14.In other quarterfinals, Atletico Madrid was drawn to play at home first against Sporting Lisbon.Leipzig and Salzburg, two clubs which had shared ownership links until UEFA intervened in the offseason, avoided each other in the draw.Leipzig was paired with Marseille, while Salzburg will travel first to face Lazio.First-leg games are played April 5. Return games are on April 12.The final is on May 16 in Lyon, France.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

  • FIFA’s Hubel to Recommend Football “Grexit” in His Report

    first_imgATHENS – Herbert Hubel, the chairman of the monitoring committee for Greek football, will recommend in his report to FIFA that Greek football teams – including the national team – be excluded from all international competitions, without any suspension or grace period.Based on his statements at a press conference in Athens, it was clear that Hubel was not satisfied with the plan presented by the Greek Football Federation (EPO) and its chief Vangelis Grammenos during their meeting in Athens earlier in March.“The current situation does not allow EPO to guarantee that national tournaments will be conducted smoothly,” Hubel said in his report.Hubel’s report will be delivered to the FIFA Member Associations Committee and discussed in May or June, something that means that there is time to make some changes but also that time is running out for the Greek football.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

  • Tsitsipas Stuns Nadal, Advances to Madrid Open Final (Pics,Vid)

    first_imgMADRID — For the third straight time this season, Rafael Nadal won’t be fighting for a title on his favorite surface.Nadal’s slump on clay continued on Saturday at the Madrid Open with a third consecutive semifinal elimination, adding to his worst start to the clay-court swing since 2015.He lost to ninth-ranked Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, who will try to win his third title of the year in a final against top-ranked Novak Djokovic, who defeated Dominic Thiem 7-6 (2), 7-6 (4) and will have a chance to tie Nadal for the most titles in Master 1000 tournaments with 33.Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece reacts after winning Rafael Nadal of Spain during the Madrid Open tennis men’s semi-final match in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, May 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)In the women’s final, Kiki Bertens beat two-time Madrid champion Simona Halep 6-4, 6-4.“It wasn’t my best night,” Nadal said. “I knew what I had to do, it was clear to me, but I just wasn’t capable of doing it. I didn’t have a good feeling to do the things I wanted to do and that’s it. We don’t have to dwell too much on it.”The second-ranked Spaniard, still seeking his first title of the season, had also failed to make it to the final in Monte Carlo and Barcelona, tournaments he had won the last three consecutive seasons. He lost to Fabio Fognini in Monte Carlo and to Thiem in Barcelona. This is the first time since 2004 that Nadal had arrived in Madrid without a title.“I’ve won a lot over the years on this surface,” he said.” But this year it hasn’t been the case. I’ve been really close, but I haven’t been able to win.”Nadal, who was yet to lose a set in Madrid this year, had beaten Tsitsipas all three previous times they played, without losing a set, including in the semifinals of the Australian Open.Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts after missing a point against Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece during the Madrid Open tennis men’s semi-final match in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, May 11, 2019. Tsitsipas won the match. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)The 20-year-old Tsitsipas converted on his fourth match point to close out the victory on the Magic Box center court.“I’m really happy that I managed to keep my nerves down and fight back. Probably one of the toughest victories I’ve had in my life,” Tsitsipas said. “Adding variety and being unpredictable was the key today.”Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece reacts after winning Rafael Nadal of Spain during the Madrid Open tennis men’s semi-final match in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, May 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)The young Greek played aggressively from the start, breaking Nadal’s serve six times. He saved 11 of the 16 break opportunities he conceded.“I really liked my fighting spirit,” he said. “I went on the court and I was mentally prepared for a fight.”Tsitsipas will be playing in his fourth final of the season and will have a chance to become the first player to win three titles this year, adding to his triumphs in Estoril and Marseille. He is the tour’s winningest player in 2019 with 27 wins.“I have to be mentally prepared for a tough match,” said Tsitsipas, who defeated Djokovic in Toronto last year. “He’s in a pretty good state of his tennis, so it won’t be easy.”By: Tales Azzoni, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare2929 Shareslast_img read more

  • SINTRONES introduces new in-vehicle computer for railway applications

    first_img Continue Reading Previous LDRA, QNX, and Direct Insight host seminars on safety- and security-critical systemsNext PLS: UDE enables synchronous debugging of AURIX multi-chip systems SINTRONES announced the new RBOX-1000, specifically designed for use on railway, tram and road transportation sectors. RBOX-1000 can support rolling stock application, public transport surveillance and facial identification on rail with optimized performance, innovative features and design.New RBOX-1000 designed with Intel Gen6 Core i7-6600U CPU, isolated 110VDC input 6 x GbE with optional PoE In-Vehicle Computer and EN50155 Railway Applications. It is aiming to provide high computing performance for railway applications offer all current PC functions and up-to-date technology, as well as robustness, safety and long-term availability. The new RBOX-1000 was engineered using dual hot swappable SATA storage RAID 0,1,5 and EN50155 Tx temperature and class S2 interruption.More technical features including: 2 x SO-DIMM DDR4 up to 32GB memory, 6 x Intel I210AT LAN chipset, and watchdog timer support, offer 1 – 255 steps. A well designed I/O system provides 2 x USB 2.0 Parts, 6 x 10/100/1000 Mb/s with M12 X-code LAN port (optional PoE total 100W max.), HDMI video port, 2 x SIM card sockets supported onboard with eject and 2 x mini-card slots expansion bus.The RBOX-1000 is approved for a temperature range of -40 ~ 85°C for storage and 40 ~ 70°C EN50155 Tx for operations. This makes the railway computer perfectly suited for rolling stock application. It resists strong vibrations and shock (EN50155, EN61373) with certifications EN50155, EN50121-1, EN50121-3-2.Continuously, RBOX-1000 has compact design on size 482 x 300 x44mm, weight 2500g, and 1U 19” rock mount with wireless router to fit-in and connect with current digital management system on railway and tram, like train public transport surveillance and facial identification.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more