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first_imgNew York, Oct 29 (PTI) A sleek BMW sports car once owned by visionary Apple founder Steve Jobs is expected to fetch up to USD 400,000 at an auction in the US.According to legend, Larry Ellison, the CEO of Oracle, enthused Jobs to buy the car that was “a paragon of modern automotive engineering and ergonomics, reflective of Jobs own products and psyche,” said RM Sothebys auction house in the US.While not known to be a car enthusiast, Jobs did have a penchant for German automobiles and design, owning BMW motorcycles, as well as Mercedes-Benz SLs.The 2000 BMW Z8 convertible, which is expected to sell for up to USD 400,000, sports a minimalist style, finished in Titanium over a Black leather interior.The tech genius bought the car in October 2000, keeping it until 2003 before it was sold to the Los Angeles-based current owner.The Z8 has a plethora of important accessories, including its proper hardtop and hardtop stand, car cover, owners and service manuals, service records, two keys, navigation CDs, and ? most significantly, its original BMW-branded Motorola flip-phone.”Interestingly enough, and perhaps unsurprisingly, Jobs was known to have hated the Motorola phone,” the auction house said.The auction will take place on December 6. PTI APA MHN MHNlast_img read more

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first_imgMumbai, Nov 24 (PTI) Hosts Mumbai City FC would look to shrug off their defeat against Bengaluru FC and chase their first win of the season when they take on FC Goa in an Indian Super League (ISL) match here tomorrow. Bottom-placed Mumbai, who will miss services of injured Leo Costa, were unable to score against Bengaluru, who thrashed them 2-0. The hosts have some good forwards in Balwant Singh, Rafa Jorda, Everton Santos who need to fire and convert chances. Mumbai City head coach Alexandre Guimaraies would also be keen that his defenders and mid-fielders put up a spirited show and don?t concede any goals. Their hopes also depend on the performance of their star goal-keeper Amrinder Singh, who would look to repeat his last year?s heroics, when he earned the Golden Glove award. Guimaraies today admitted that his side was more prepared for tomorrow?s game then the opening one. ?We have a tough game. Goa did very well against Chennayin. We have to improve our performance from the first game. For tomorrow, we are more complete in our squad compared to first game and we are prepared,? the Costa Rican told reporters ahead of the game. “So we are prepared and are hoping that it?s going to be a good game and we go for a win,? Guimaraies added. Mumbai had only a shot on target in the last game. when asked about it, the coach said, “We had key players like Balwant (Singh) injured after 12 minutes of the game. Leo Costa got injured.” Goa, who are at number four in the table, on the other hand started on a winning note by defeating Chennayin FC 3-2. And they will look to continue the winning streak. With forwards like Adrian Colunga Perez, Ferran Telechea, Manvir Singh and a host of good mid-fielders and defenders, their coach Sergio Lobero would expect a complete performance at the Andheri Sports Complex. “We did have a very good start in the last game, but as it is in football living in the past will not get you anywhere, so all of us are thinking of the next game, and we are all on tomorrow, We don?t want to focus on past results,? Spaniard Lobero said. The FC coach also said that striker Collunga is injured. ?The only injury we have is Collunga. He failed to recover from the injury he was carrying last week but beyond that the team remains the same,? he said. PTI NRB AT ATadvertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgIndia will hope the likes of Mohammad Siraj, Basil Thampi and Jaydev Unadkat support Jasprit Bumrah as they seek to extend their domination over Sri Lanka in the T20 International series.You can watch Live Cricket Streaming of India vs Sri Lanka, 1ST T20I, Cuttack on Hotstar from 7:00 PM today:India, who demolished Sri Lanka 9-0 across formats in their own den earlier this year, won the three-Test series and ODI series on the islanders’ return visit. The hosts have rested some of their key players ahead of the tour of South Africa.Consequently, three young pacers along with the likes of Deepak Hooda and Washington Sundar have been included in the team.Sundar made his ODI debut during India’s second ODI against Sri Lanka in Mohali last week.India’s batting will heavily rely on skipper Rohit Sharma, who will have KL Rahul for company at the top. Having lost his first match as captain, Sharma’s record double hundred led a 141-run rout in Mohali and he will look to continue that form in the shortest format. A good start will be crucial for India to minimise the workload on the middle and lower order, which will be steered by Dhoni whose ability was doubted in the series against New Zealand.Saurashtra left-arm pacer Unadkat, who last played in a T20I against Zimbabwe in June last year, has been recalled and India have three first-timers in Washington Sundar, Basil Thampi and Deepak Hooda. Baroda all-rounder Hooda had scored the fourth fastest Twenty20 century (108) by an Indian during the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in February. It remains to be seen, however, if he’s handed his debut cap with India already having two finishers in Dhoni and Hardik Pandya.advertisementIn the pace department, death bowling specialist Bumrah will shoulder the responsibility after Bhuvneshwar Kumar was rested. Kerala pacer Thampi has shown his ability to bowl yorkers.With consistency during his Gujarat Lions stint in the IPL. While India will have a bit of concern in the pace department, Yadav and Chahal are expected to deliver. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, have lost five T20Is on the trot, starting from the match against Bangladesh in April.For the visitors, Upul Tharanga was in imperious form during his 95 in the third ODI and he would be the key for Sri Lanka. Former skipper Angelo Mathews, who scored a century in the second ODI, would be the vital cog in Sri Lankan wheel. The islanders would also hope that Niroshan Dickwella strikes form to give some stability to the middle order. Their otherwise ordinary bowling looked exceptional in Dharmasala where they bundled out India for 112 but since then, they have managed to take six wickets in two matches as they have to buck up in all the departments of the game.”We had a good chance to beat India in India, but we couldn’t execute with our middle order. We have to think about the T20Is, everything is past, we have to think about the present,” Sri Lanka captain Perera has said in Visakhapatnam.Squads:India: Rohit Sharma (C), K L Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Siraj, Basil Thampi and Jaydev Unadkat.Sri Lanka: Thisara Perera(C), Upul Tharanga, Angelo Mathews, Kusal Janith Perera, Danushka Gunathilaka, Niroshan Dickwella, Asela Gunaratne, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dasun Shanaka, Chaturanga de Silva, Sachith Pathirana, Dananjaya De Silva, Nuwan Pradeep, Vishwa Fernando and Dusmantha Chameera.last_img read more

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first_imgMesut Ozil’s first half volley guided Arsenal to a 1-0 win over Newcastle United at home in the Premier League on Saturday.With the win, Arsenal entered the top four of the league table while things got worse for Newcastle.Germany midfielder Ozil unleashed an unstoppable shot past visiting goalkeeper Rob Elliot in the 23rd minute as Arsenal celebrated their 10th successive top-flight win over Newcastle, who have now taken one point from their last nine league games.The dominant home side missed several chances in either half while the visitors came close against the run of play in the 56th minute, when Arsenal keeper Petr Cech parried a fierce low shot by Spanish striker Joselu.Talented left back Ainsley Maitland-Niles produced another fine performance for Arsenal and nearly scored after a darting solo run, with Alexis Sanchez and Jack Wilshere also coming close as the Gunners kept their rivals on the back foot.HUDDERSFIELD TOWN NOTCH UP FIRST AWAY WIN AT WATFORDElias Kachunga got a controversial early goal and Aaron Mooy scored twice as Huddersfield Town beat Watford 4-1 in the Premier League on Saturday to record their first away win since the opening day of the season.Kachunga, who was carried off on a stretcher with a knee injury minutes after his goal, appeared to be offside when he prodded home from close range following a Huddersfield corner in the sixth minute but the flag stayed down despite Watford’s protests.Photo Credit: Reuters Australian Mooy added a second goal midway through the first half before Watford captain Troy Deeney all but ended his team’s hopes of a comeback when he was shown a straight red card for a challenge from behind on Collin Quaner.advertisementLaurent Depoitre put the visitors 3-0 up with a well-taken goal soon after the interval before Huddersfield lost their skipper Jonathan Hogg to a second yellow card that briefly evened up the contest.Abdoulaye Doucoure pulled one back for Watford with a sweetly struck half-volley through a crowd of bodies as the home team cranked up the pressure but the midfielder gave away a penalty in the dying minutes and Mooy converted for his second goal.GLENN MURRAY MISSES PENALTY, BRIGHTON DRAW WITH BURNLEYBrighton and Hove Albion striker Glenn Murray missed a first-half penalty as his side drew 0-0 at home to Burnley on Saturday to extend their run of Premier League games without a victory to seven.The Seagulls, who have not won in the league since beating Swansea City 1-0 away on Nov. 4 and who have only scored one goal in their last six games, began slowly but went on to dominate the first half.Anthony Knockaert hit the post midway through the first half, and striker Murray should have given the home side the lead when he was awarded a penalty after tangling with James Tarkowski, but he smashed the spot kick over.Burnley improved considerably in the second half, forcing Brighton keeper Mathew Ryan to make a number of smart saves, but despite a late assault from the home side neither team could break the deadlock and the game finished scoreless.(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img read more

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first_imgIn an astonishing achievement, a 15-year-old left-arm medium pacer from Rajasthan on Wednesday picked up all 10 wickets without conceding a run in a domestic T20 game.Akash Choudhary achieved the feat while representing his side Disha Cricket Academy against Pearl Academy in the Late Bhawer Singh T20 tournament.The tournament is organised by one of the local ground owners in memory of his grandfather. According to the information gathered, Pearl Academy chose to field after winning the toss and restricted Disha Cricket Academy to 156 in their allotted 20 overs.In reply, Pearl Academy were bundled out for just 36, thanks to Choudhary’s incredible feat. The left-arm pacer started with two wickets in the first over, had another two each in the second and third overs and four wickets in his final over, which included a hat-trick.Born in 2002, Choudhary hails from Bharatpur district near the Rajasthan-Uttar Pradesh border. Choudhary’s figures read 4-4-0-10.last_img read more

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first_imgWhat’s going on with the Knicks this year? After two dominant performances after losing nine straight, they get pummeled at home by 41 points. This is not against the Big Three Celtics (of either the Larry Bird/Robert Parish/Kevin McHale or Paul Pierce/Kevin Garnett/Ray Allen variety), it is against a freshly-overhauled team that tossed its aging veterans for youth and future draft picks. Granted, Jeff Green, Jared Sullinger, and Jordan Crawford are playing well, but at this stage of their careers, they are not exactly the new Big Three.Nonetheless, with a fifth of the season in the books the “rebuilding” Celtics remain atop the NBA’s Atlantic Division, while the Knicks and their struggling compadres across the (East) river, the Brooklyn Nets vie for last place.To be clear, the Celtics are by no means a legitimate threat to anyone. In beating the Knicks, they remain a subpar 10-12, although that’s good enough to lead the division by two games! To put things in perspective, the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat continue to dominate the East, with records of 18-2 and 15-5, respectively, through their first 20 games. The remaining five of the Eastern Conference’s top eight teams sported records ranging from 11-10 to 8-10. If the playoffs were held today, five of the East’s playoff teams would have losing records.The situation in the Western Conference is far more normal, with the lowest playoff-eligible team, the Golden State Warriors, at 12-9, which would have given them the third-best spot in the East, if California were situated east of the Mississippi.There’s a long way to go to 82 games, but it’s been a bizarre season thus far. Stay tuned!TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgSOPOT, Poland — Perhaps people know Calvin Smith Jr, and even then likely because his father was a famous runner a generation back. And David Verburg ran on the 4×400 world outdoor gold medal team last year.But Kyle Clemons? Kind Butler III?Like so many on this U.S. team at the world indoor championships which was low on glamor yet deep in talent, they produced beyond expectations on March 9 and now have a 4×400 indoor world record to show for it.When everyone expected the three-day event to peter out without a world record, suddenly this quartet made a name for each and every one on the team. “These are moments you really have to cherish,” Butler said. “We are never going to be here again.”The four sprinters got the baton around in a time of 3 minutes, 2.13 seconds, slashing .70 off the 15-year-old indoor mark set by another U.S. relay team at the 1999 world indoors. The U.S. beat Britain into silver and Jamaica took bronze.“The combination of these guys is amazing. They brought it out of me,” said Clemons, who already took bronze in the individual 400.The record gave the U.S. team eight gold and 12 medals overall, more than double the total of runner-up Russia, which had three gold and five overall.The U.S. team won 10 gold and 18 overall two years ago, but that was such an outsize record performance that no one thought it would be possible again. Yet, when it came to gold, the Americans came pretty close with a slew of little-known names.“We never lose runners, lose people. We just keep reloading,” said Clemons of the U.S. athletics program.The first U.S. gold came in the women’s 800, where Chanelle Price did all the front-running and refused to fade over the final two laps, as she disregarded the massive cheers of the home crowd that was pushing for Angelika Cichocka.Then the 4×400 women’s team led from start to finish to easily win the relay ahead of Jamaica and Britain.And in the wide-open 60 hurdles, Omo Osaghae dipped at the line to beat two Frenchmen in a world leading 7.45. Pascal Martinot-Lagarde was .01 back and Garfield Darien a further .01 second in a tight finish. It was the perfect setup for the concluding relay record.In the top individual race, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce kept the 60 meter title in Jamaica with the fastest run by anyone in four years. The double Olympic 100 champion finish in 6.98 seconds, beating Murielle Ahoure of Ivory Coast by .03 seconds. Tianna Bartoletta of the United States took bronze.Veronica Campbell-Brown was the double defending champion but still too rusty to be at her best as she was only cleared at the last moment to compete at the championships after a doping scandal had sidelined her since last summer.The result proved Jamaica’s sprint credentials again, but overall the day and the championships again belonged to the United States.No one was as overwhelming as Genzebe Dibaba on the last day. The Ethiopian breezed to a gold medal in the 3,000 meters, failing to add a third world record in a season but clinching a long-distance title after the 1,500 two years ago.Dibaba knew from the start she was in a league all her own, and when she took charge at the halfway point only a few could match her pace. With a kick for home with two laps to go, Dibaba immediately created a yawning gap, leaving silver to defending champion Hellen Obiri of Kenya and bronze to Maryam Yusuf Jamal of Bahrain.Dibaba had already set world records in the 1,500 and 3,000 and a world best over 2 miles this winter but decided against a double in Sopot because it would be too draining.“It’s been a great year for me,” said the younger sister of Tirunesh Dibaba, the triple Olympic and five-time world long-distance champion. “Tirunesh also wanted me to focus on the gold and not the time,” she said. “I have done what they hoped and expected.”Mohammed Aman added to a good day for Ethiopia when the 800 defending champion swept past two Polish runners to take another gold, and put his nation third in the gold medal standings. Adam Kszczot got silver. Teammate Marcin Lewandowski crossed in third place but was later disqualified.Kszczot’ silver delighted the home crowd at the Ergo Arena after Anna Rogowska had failed to live up to expectations in the pole vault, finishing fifth behind gold medalist Yarisley Silva of Cuba, who scaled 4.70 meters. Two silver medalists, Anzhelika Sidorova of Russia and Jirina Svobodova of the Czech Republic scaled the same height but missed out on the title on a countback.Olympic champion Jenny Suhr only cleared 4.65 before she skipped the next height and failed three times at 4.75.(Raf Casert, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgPORTLAND, Ore. — Missing their two starting forwards could have been a problem for the Portland Trail Blazers. Instead, it was an opportunity.Damian Lillard had 28 points and 10 assists to lead the Blazers to a 97-87 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Nov. 15, despite the absences of LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum.Three-time All-Star Aldridge was out with an upper respiratory illness. Batum missed his third game with a bruised knee. Coach Terry Stotts inserted little-used Allen Crabbe and Meyers Leonard into their places in the lineup.Fortified by strong bench play, Portland didn’t miss a beat.“The contributions of everybody off the bench — it was definitely a team win.” Stotts said. “It just shows the young guys are getting better.”Brook Lopez led Brooklyn with 21 points, matching up against twin brother Robin for the first time in two years. Joe Johnson added 20 points and Deron Williams had 19 for the Nets, who were coming off losses to Phoenix and Golden State.Reserve center Chris Kaman scored 12 for Portland and Leonard had a career-high 12 rebounds.The Blazers have won four straight.They carried a double-digit lead until late in the fourth quarter, when Kevin Garnett made two free throws and Mirza Teletovic scored at the hoop to get Brooklyn within 88-82. However, Wesley Matthews countered with a 3-pointer for Portland and the Nets got no closer.“At the end of the game we were right there, we got to where we wanted to get,” Brook Lopez said. “We just didn’t finish.”The Blazers went on an 11-2 run at the end of the first quarter to take a 24-15 lead. Williams scored Brooklyn’s first 10 points of the second, but the Nets failed to close the gap and Portland took a 50-39 lead into the half.Lillard and Robin Lopez each scored eight points in the third for Portland, with Lillard giving Portland a 66-53 lead with a 3-pointer midway through the quarter.(JOEL FOWLKS)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgLONDON — In a potential blow to Switzerland’s Davis Cup ambitions, Roger Federer pulled out of the ATP Finals less than one hour before his title match against Novak Djokovic on Nov. 16, handing a third straight title at the year-end event to the top-ranked Serb.The 17-time Grand Slam champion said he hurt his back in the nearly three-hour semifinal win over Davis Cup teammate Stan Wawrinka on Nov. 15 in which Federer saved four match points.“Unfortunately I’m not match fit,” the 33-year-old Swiss told the crowd at the O2 Arena. “I tried everything I could last night, also today: painkillers, treatment, rest, so forth, warm-up, until the very end. But I just can’t compete at this level with Novak. It would be too risky at my age to do this right now and I hope you understand.”Fans appeared to be supportive with applause for Federer when he spoke.The Swiss is set to play for Switzerland in the Davis Cup final against France, starting Nov. 21. If he recovers in time, Federer will be chasing the only major trophy still eluding him. France hosts the match in the northern city of Lille and has opted for clay, a slow surface that could further thwart Federer’s chances to perform well.“I don’t think he was calculating and trying to save his body for Davis Cup final,” said Djokovic. “This is probably the biggest match of the season next to the final of a Grand Slam. I spoke to him, it’s a question mark for the Davis Cup final as well.”It was only the third time in Federer’s career that he withdrew, each time due to a back injury, following walkovers in 2008 at the Paris Masters and in 2012 in Doha.Following back problems that ruined his 2013 season, Federer enjoyed a superb resurgence this season, losing to Djokovic in an epic Wimbledon final and adding five new titles to his collection.Federer, the most successful player at the ATP Finals with six wins, also made it to the semifinals at the Australian Open and the U.S. Open and won his 23rd Masters title in Shanghai last month.He remained on course for the year-end No. 1 spot until this week and had dropped just one set on the way to the final.“I think you have some recurrent things coming back from time to time,” the second-ranked Federer said. “It’s not that much of a surprise. I must say I’ve been feeling really good for over a year now, which has been not a surprise, but it’s been very nice. So this back spasm, whatever it might be, it’s just not a fun thing to have during the day. It’s just uncomfortable. But I’m positive and I’m hopeful that it’s going to go away very soon.”Djokovic became the first player since Ivan Lendl from 1985-87 to win the year-end event three times in a row but was not in the mood for celebrations.“You never like to win, especially these big matches against big rivals, with the retirement,” said the four-time champion.Unbeaten on indoor courts in more than two years, Djokovic finished the season No. 1 for the third time in four years, becoming the seventh man to accomplish the feat at least three times.Besides winning his seventh Grand Slam title at the All England Club, Djokovic was also runner-up at the French Open, and won six titles.“Right now I’m at the pinnacle of my career,” he said, adding that winning at Roland Garros would be one his main goals in future years. “I physically feel very fit. As long as it is like that, I’m going to use these years in front of me to fight for No. 1 of the world and the biggest titles in the sport.”Instead of facing Federer, Djokovic played an exhibition with Andy Murray before a doubles match pitting Murray and John McEnroe against Tim Henman and Pat Cash.Federer’s withdrawal marked the first walkover in a final in the tournament’s 45-year history.(SAMUEL PETREQUIN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgNEW YORK — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said he thinks the New York Yankees have grounds not to pay Alex Rodriguez a $6 million marketing bonus for tying Willie Mays for fourth place on the career home run list.When Rodriguez signed a $275 million, 10-year contract with the Yankees in December 2007, the sides also agreed to a separate deal that called for $6 million each for up to five milestone accomplishments, payable within 15 days of designation by the team.The accomplishments were contemplated to be Rodriguez hitting home runs 660, 714, 755, 762 and 763. In exchange for each designation, he would give the Yankees marketing rights, such as using his name and image in selling licensed goods.After Rodriguez hit No. 660 on May 1, New York refused to make the payment. The Yankees said making the payment was their right and not an obligation.“The Yankees have a well-founded legal position,” Manfred said May 21. Rodriguez returned to the Yankees this year after serving a season-long drug suspension.Under baseball’s labor contract, a grievance must be filed within 45 days of the occurrence on which it is based, unless the sides agree to a different timetable. Unless the case is settled, it would be heard by an arbitrator.“If there’s a dispute over it, it’ll get handled in the ordinary course,” Manfred said.Rodriguez is hitting .246 with 10 homers and 22 RBIs, playing primarily as a designated hitter.“Alex has done a great job re-entering in a difficult situation,” Manfred said. “Whenever a player is suspended, it’s difficult to return to the field and, you know, he’s played well, and good for him. I’m pleased for him.”(RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgNEW YORK — It was an exhilarating run with an empty feeling at the finish line.For a team that lost the World Series in five games, the New York Mets came tantalizingly close to winning.They led Kansas City in the eighth inning or later during three gut-wrenching defeats. They played 53 innings and only trailed at the end of 13.Nine more outs spread over those gnawing nights and they’re the ones bouncing in blissful unison at Citi Field, hoisting the championship trophy, soaking each other with champagne.“This hurt,” Captain David Wright said. “There’s no doubt about it.”After locking up leads all season with steady closer Jeurys Familia, the Mets were unable to put away the relentless Royals. Uncharacteristic walks, deficient defense and a couple of questionable decisions by Manager Terry Collins did them in.What follows now is endless second-guessing and a litany of what-ifs. The players, however, will leave all that to everyone else.“That’ll drive you crazy if you start doing that,” Wright said. “When we get a chance a few days from now, a few weeks from now, to sit down and reflect on what we did to get here, I think it’s going to bring a smile to everybody’s face.”Indeed, it was a rollicking and unexpected ride to New York’s first National League pennant in 15 years.Decided underdogs to Washington in the NL East division, Matt Harvey and the Mets re-energized fans at Citi Field during their first winning season since Shea Stadium was still home in 2008.New York ended a nine-year MLB playoff drought and captured its sixth division title. The Mets dispatched the $290 million Los Angeles Dodgers in a tense and testy Division Series, then swept the Chicago Cubs in the NL Championship Series with a dominant display of pitching and power.“Best time I’ve ever had on a baseball field,” said Wright, who returned in late August after missing more than four months due to a hamstring injury and spinal stenosis.Along the way, Jacob deGrom and rookie Noah Syndergaard demonstrated their late-season mettle. Steven Matz more than held his own despite limited experience, and Daniel Murphy morphed into a record-setting playoff star.“I just told the players, ‘I’ve done this for a long, long time and this is the most fun I’ve ever had,’” Collins said early Nov. 2 after his team’s 12-inning loss in the Series finale. “Last March or last June no one would ever have said we were going to be sitting where we are.”Flush with hard-throwing young aces, the Mets could be a force for years to come.Zack Wheeler is expected back from Tommy John surgery by next summer, and New York’s entire projected rotation is under contractual control through 2018.“These guys proved that they can be marquee names, household names, guys that can go out there and compete for the Cy Young year in and year out, and guys that can carry this organization for years to come into the postseason,” Wright said.Two important bats could be gone from the middle of the lineup, though.Murphy and slugger Yoenis Cespedes, who exited the final game of the Series after fouling a ball off his left knee, became free agents Nov. 2.So did four other players included on a postseason roster: Tyler Clippard, Bartolo Colon, Kelly Johnson and Juan Uribe.Acquired from Detroit at the July 31 trade deadline, Cespedes will likely seek at least a six-year contract well in excess of $100 million. He said he would like to stay, but those numbers might not fit the Mets’ plans.Another big question: will the 30-year-old Murphy get paid in line with the limited contact hitter he’s been most of his career, or the player who suddenly discovered a dangerous power stroke late in the second half this season and totaled seven homers in nine NL playoff games?But with rookie outfielder Michael Conforto and all those young pitchers on board, there’s good reason to think the 2016 Mets could follow Kansas City’s recent course — lose the World Series one year, win it the next.Next season will mark three decades since New York’s last title in 1986.“Now we’ve got the, we’ve-been-there, done-that kind of feel going on,” first baseman Lucas Duda said. “I like our ballclub.”(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgIn a must-win home game to restart its playoffs expectations, Olympiacos Piraeus fired on all cylinders at both ends of the court to register a resounding 82-68 victory over visiting Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz on Friday. Olympiacos improved its record to 4-5 in Top 16 Group F, while Laboral remained in second place at 6-3. With its second victory over Laboral, however, the Reds will win almost any tiebreak should the teams finish with the same record. Georgios Printezis scored 13 of his team-high 17 points in the first quarter as the Reds turned around a slow start. Another 16-0 blast in the second provided game-long double-digit leads that Laboral cut to 71-63 on late, back-to-back triples by Davis Bertans, but there the threat ended. Vassilis Spanoulis added 14 points and 8 assists for the winners, while Ioannis Papapetrou had 11. Former Olympiacos player Ioannis Bourousis led Laboral with 19 points and 7 rebounds, while Bertans added 11, Mike James and Jaka Blazic 10 each.First quarter: Printezis turns things aroundAdam Hanga was fed by Darius Adams for a reverse and Fabien Causeur drove for another basket in close to start the scoring for the visitors. After Spanoulis fed Othello Hunter to put Olympiacos on the scoreboard, Hanga picked up a loose ball and drilled a triple to give Laboral a quick 2-7 advantage. Printezis downed a free throw before Adams and Hanga connected on another easy basket at 3-9. Printezis responded with a pair of shots in close to pull Olympiacos within 7-9. Printezis continued giving footwork lessons in the paint and hit go-ahead free throws. Spanoulis fed Hunter again before Vangelis Mantzaris assited Printezis on a fastbreak layup to make it a 12-0 run and a 15-9 lead for Olympiacos. Out of a timeout, Bourousis buoyed Laboral with a hook shot and soon got to the foul line to make 1 of 2. Printezis made 2 of 2 free throws before Bourousis hit a fadeaway. Printezis fed Nikola Milutinov for a layup and Blazic answered with a triple for Laboral that ended the first quarter with a 19-16 scoreboard.Second quarter: Reds’ defense rulesBourousis faded away on the baseline to make in 19-18 at the start of the second quarter. Daniel Hackett turned a short jumper into a three-point play before James hit a mid-range shot for Laboral before Darius Johnson-Odom swished a step-back three to make it 25-20. Laboral tied it quickly, however, as Blazic first led Bourousis for a dunk then drilled a transition triple at 25-25. Spanoulis made 2 of 2 free throws and D.J. Strawberry fed Milutinov for a layup to make it 31-25. After a Laboral timeout, Spanoulis drove for a gutsy layup. Hakeem Warrick debuted for Olympiacos and seconds later helped force a steal that ended with Strawberry hitting a reverse. Hackett drove hard for another basket, then stole and assisted Papapetrou for a fastbreak slam. When Warrick dished to Strawberry for a layup, a 16-0 run to a 41-25 lead for Olympiacos was complete. A putback by Bourousis ended Laboral’s five-minute scoring drought while Johnson-Odom came back on for Olympiacos to finish another fastbreak. Blazic downed free throws for the visitors and Bourousis made 1 of 2 himself as the first half ended 44-30 for the hosts.Third quarter: Reds keep rollingBertans dropped a baseline jumper for Laboral to make it 44-32 in an otherwise scoreless first 2 minutes of the third quarter. Strawberry stopped on a dime and turned his step-back shot into a three-point play before Bertans matched him from deep at the other end. Spanoulis got loose for a triple himself, but James did the same for Laboral to make it 50-38. Printezis returned to the scoring column with his trademark one-hand push shot. When Spanoulis then shook his defenders for back-to-back layups, Olympiacos was suddenly ahead 56-38. Blazic connected from downtown for Laboral, but was soon matched by Kostas Papanikolaou, with his first points at home since rejoining the Reds. When Papapetrou followed with a layup, Olympiacos had a 20-point lead, 61-41. Adams answered from deep for Laboral before Johnson-Odom detonated a high-speed rim-rocking fastbreak slam. But Adams had another triple in him before the third quarter ended 61-47 in favor of Olympiacos.Fourth quarter: Olympiacos closes it out!Papanikolaou hit a reverse off a feed from Hackett to re-start Olympiacos in the fourth quarter. And after James hit a triple for Laboral, Papapetrou did the same for the Reds. Bourousis backed down for a basket he converted into a three-point play then took a feed from Adams for 2 more points, cutting the difference to 68-53. After a timeout, Spanoulis fed Milutinov, who scored and converted the three-point play at 71-55. But with 5 minutes left, Laboral refused to go away as James scored in close and Bertans buried a corner triple at 71-60. Bertans came back and did it again from the top before Hunter and Adams exchanged baskets to make it 73-65 with 2 minutes left to play. Hunter then added to the Olympiacos lead with 2 of 2 free throws and blocked a three-point try by Adams. When Spanoulis drove for a patented layup, the Reds were ahead by 12 again, 77-65, and on their way to a victory that could be good as gold if these two teams tie at the end of the Top 16.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgWhile Harry Kane didn’t contribute to the glut of hat tricks in European qualifying for the World Cup, the England striker grabbed a crucial equalizer in a chaotic finale against Scotland on Saturday.A dramatic final six minutes in Group F at Hampden Park saw Scotland come from 1-0 down to take the lead through two Leigh Griffiths free kicks. Kane, captain of England for the first time, volleyed home deep into stoppage time to make it 2-2.Things were simpler for Germany and Poland, who were aided by hat tricks as the pair continued to dominate their groups.Despite fielding a weakened team against minnow San Marino, Germany stayed perfect in Group C with a 7-0 win. Sandro Wagner scored a hat trick on just his second appearance for Joachim Loew’s side.Poland stayed unbeaten as Robert Lewandowski’s hat trick took him level with Cristiano Ronaldo at the top of the scoring charts. Lewandowski scored two penalties during a 3-1 win over Romania.But that wasn’t Group E’s only treble. Stevan Jovetic scored Montenegro’s first ever hat trick in a 4-1 victory over Armenia.Kane, who has led the Premier League’s scoring charts for the last two seasons, had mixed emotions at fulltime.“It (the goal) is definitely up at the top, it was a special day,” he said. “It looked like we were going to win the game and then like we were going to lose when 2-1 down in stoppage time.To get the goal was special. I did not know whether the keeper was going to come, so when I saw him stay on his line … what a ball it was, and it was just a good side-foot into the net.”GROUP CIt was only ever a question of how many goals Germany would score against San Marino at Grundig Stadium in Nuremberg.Julian Draxler, one of the few regulars in a weakened Germany squad, opened the scoring before Wagner claimed his first international goal five minutes later, and he didn’t have to wait long before claiming his second, after fans indulged in Mexican waves.Midfielder Amin Younes claimed his first goal for Germany before the break, and there were more cheers after it when Shkodran Mustafi scored two minutes into the second half.Fans needed a bit of patience before the sixth arrived courtesy of Julian Brandt, whose first international goal came in the 72nd, and Wagner completed the rout with five minutes remaining.Norway and the Czech Republic played out a 1-1 draw in Oslo as Theodor Gebre Selassie scored from close range 10 minutes before the break, but Norway’s Alexander Soderlund equalized from the penalty spot.Northern Ireland took advantage of the result as Stuart Dallas scored an injury-time goal to consolidate second place in the group, five points behind Germany, but four clear of the third-placed Czech Republic.GROUP EPoland stayed six points clear as Lewandowski got on the scoresheet for an 11th consecutive qualifying match. He emphatically headed home in the 57th before sealing his hat trick with another penalty five minutes later.Romania scored the goal of the night in the 77th through Bogdan Stancu’s stunning strike but its qualifying hopes look bleak after losing ground to second and third-placed Montenegro and Denmark.Montenegro started fast as Fatos Beciraj gave it the lead after just two minutes, before Jovetic took matters into his own hands. The captain doubled his side’s lead with a low strike in the 28th, and scored Montenegro’s 100th international goal to make it 3-0.He saved the best until last, converting with a stunning scissor kick in the 82nd. Ruslan Koryan bagged a late consolation for Armenia.Denmark kept pace with Montengro in the race for second place as it beat 10-man Kazakhstan 3-1 in Almaty.Nicolai Jorgensen opened the scoring in the 27th and Christian Eriksen added penalty before Islambek Kuat pulled one back for the home side. But substitute Kasper Dolberg sealed the win in the 81st.GROUP FEngland’s position at the top of Group F was weakened as Slovakia and Slovenia both won, but it left Hampden Park relieved to have kept its eight-year unbeaten run in tournament qualifying matches intact.Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain came off the bench to give England the lead before Griffiths’s free kicks looked to have snatched victory for Scotland.But Kane popped up deep into stoppage time to preserve a two point cushion for England in the standings.Its nearest challenger is Slovakia, which secured a crucial 2-1 victory in Lithuania.Marek Hamsik set up Vladimir Weiss for the opener and added a stunning free kick of his own after the break.Slovenia is just one point further back in third place after a comfortable 2-0 win against Malta.Josip Ilicic gave his side the lead with a fine curling effort from an acute angle before setting up Milivoje Novakovic to seal the victory.SAM JOHNSTON, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgATHENS – Navarino Challenge invites people of all ages to participate in the 3-day sports event taking place October 13-15 in Costa Navarino and Messinia. The multi-award-winning event aims to promote the Olympic spirit and ideal, and fair play through the participation of role-model athletes, joining 17 activities in total.On Saturday October 14th, participants will join a non-competitive open water swimming race (10 am) in the Bay of Navarino. Starting from the picturesque port of Pylos, participants will cover a 1-mile (1.6 km) swimming route, designed by the Federal Technical Coach of Swimming, Nikos Gemelos.At 10:30 am, Kids’ Athletics will take place at the Pylos town square, joined by the event ambassador Periklis Iakovakis, Olympic and World Champion at 400m hurdles. Kids’ Athletics has been developed and set in place by a special panel of scientists from IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federation) and is organized in Greece by the Hellenic Athletics Federation (SEGAS) in cooperation with the Ministry of Education.For the second consecutive year, the Stand Up Paddling demonstration race by BIC® Sport (at 11:30 am at Pylos port), with the support of Surf Salad, water sports at Costa Navarino takes place.Stand up paddling at Navarino Challenge. Photo by Loukas HapsisThe day’s events will conclude with a demonstration of Optimist and Laser boats (at 12:30 pm) from the Maritime Athletic Pylos Association “Nestor” with the assistance of the Sailing Club of Kalamata “Poseidon” and the Sailing Club of Kalamata “Eolos” with the assistance of the Municipality Pylos-Nestor, the Port Authority of Pylos, Pylos Association of Enterprises for Tourism Development, and Explore Messinia.On Sunday October 15th, participants will join the half-marathon (21.1km), 10km (joint start time at 8:15 am), and 5km (running and dynamic walking – start time 8:30 am) routes, while the 1km running route for children (9:30 am) will also take place. The race will be timed for all runners.The event will be supported for the first time by official sponsor Sportingbet, one of the world’s leading online gaming companies. On behalf of Sportingbet, Giannis Kapodistrias, said:“We are very pleased to support such a great sport event as Navarino Challenge, which is taking place all across Messinia! Sportingbet is distinguished for its dynamism, energy to achieve goals, passion for sport, which are also found at Navarino Challenge. We are very proud of the fact that Navarino Challenge promotes the benefits of exercise and balanced nutrition and raises awareness regarding childhood obesity.”The gala dinner “A Night to Remember by Qatar Airways” will be held on Saturday October 14th, for the guests and participants staying at The Westin Resort Costa Navarino. The event will also honor athletes distinguished for their ethics and contribution to sport. The unique gifts and awards of the Gala are created once again by Apia store in Costa Navarino.For those wishing to stay at The Westin Resort Costa Navarino, a full program of events is included in their stay, with activities such as taekwondo (led by the two-time silver Olympic medalist Alexandros Nikolaidis), Kids’ Athletics (with the Olympic and World Champion Periklis Iakovakis), boccia (with the Gold Paralympic athlete Grigoris Polychronidis), climbing and bike riding at Voidokilia beach (supported by Navarino Outdoors), pilates (with the PE instructor specialized in pilates Mandy Persaki), basketball, golf (supported by the Navarino Golf Academy) kick boxing (with the champion Alexandros Nikolaidis), baby swimming and aqua aerobic (supported by Swim Academy), tennis cross training (supported by Navarino Racquet Academy) and boxing (supported by Vizantinos target sport club).More information about the available accommodation packages at The Westin Resort Costa Navarino are available online.Samsung will join the event for the first time as the official technology partner, with the eco-system of Samsung Galaxy devices. Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, combined with the camera Gear 360 and Gear VR, will enrich the experience of participants and spectators alike, with unique 360° content.The pasta brand Melissa also joins this year’s event, promoting the message about the benefits of the Mediterranean nutrition and the balanced Mediterranean diet, as the official nutrition supporter.Navarino Challenge is held under the auspices of the Greek National Tourism Organization with the co-organization of Costa Navarino, The Westin Resort Costa Navarino and Active Media Group and the support of the Municipalities of Pylos-Nestor and Trifilia.Registration for Navarino Challenge is still open, more information is available online at: www.costanavarino.com and activemedia.com.gr/product/navarino-challenge-2017/.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgLYON, France (AP) — Striker Antoine Griezmann figured he owed it to coach Diego Simeone to win the Europa League with Atletico Madrid.He did so in style, scoring two expertly-taken goals as Atletico won the trophy for the third time with a 3-0 victory against Marseille in Wednesday’s final.Griezmann’s decisive contribution helped erase bitter memories of 2016, when he missed a second-half penalty in Atletico’s Champions League final loss to Real Madrid.“It was a dream of mine to win this trophy with my teammates and with Simeone,” the France forward said. “Simeone has taught me a lot. He’s made me into a better player and one of the best in the world. I hope I can continue to win more trophies.”Maybe not with Atletico.His goals might end up being the parting gift, considering Griezmann has been increasingly linked with a move to Barcelona.“I don’t think it’s the time to talk about my future,” Griezmann said. “I want to enjoy the moment. I want to enjoy this with the fans.”Marseille’s fans made the three-hour road trip home regretting what might have been if striker Valere Germain had converted a third-minute chance.“We missed our chance. You can’t fall behind against a team like Atletico,” Marseille coach Rudi Garcia said. “In the second half they raised their level and the best team won.”Atletico’s Antoine Griezmann, right, raising his left arm, watches the trophy as he celebrates with his teammates after wining the Europa League Final soccer match between Marseille and Atletico Madrid at the Stade de Lyon in Decines, outside Lyon, France, Wednesday, May 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)Marseille was going for a second European trophy, 25 years after winning the Champions League, but ultimately had no answer to Griezmann’s mobility and finishing. Captain Gabi capped off Atletico’s victory with a fine finish in the last minute after being set up by Koke.“It’s about more than a trophy,” Simeone said. “It represents the value of hard work, a steady hand and consistency, values to be successful in life.”Several Marseille players were in tears at fulltime, undone by a player who was rejected by several French clubs as a youth because of his diminutive stature.“This is a reward for me after I left home aged 14, for all the work I have put in, the suffering,” Griezmann said. “There has been joy and sadness, but I am so happy.”Griezmann slotting coolly into the bottom left corner in the 21st minute after being set up by midfielder Gabi’s first-time pass. Marseille’s woeful defending contributed, as midfielder Zambo Anguissa failed to control a casual pass out from goalkeeper Steve Mandanda and the loose ball bounced straight to Gabi.Four minutes into the second half, Griezmann started and finished the move for his second.He athletically won a high ball in midfield and quickly swapped passes with Koke before gliding into the penalty area unchallenged and clipping the ball over the onrushing Mandanda.Atletico players celebrate with the trophy after winning the Europa League Final soccer match between Marseille and Atletico Madrid at the Stade de Lyon in Decines, outside Lyon, France, Wednesday, May 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)He celebrated both goals with an energetic celebratory dance from popular video game Fortnite.Marseille, which lost finals at this level in 1999 and 2004, began with urgency, but Germain shot over after being played clear through on goal by Dimitri Payet’s slick pass. Adil Rami shot wide moments later as Marseille’s positive start upset Atletico’s rhythm.The French club’s hopes faded after Payet went off injured in the 31st with what appeared to be a thigh injury.Marseille fans were given a first-half warning over the stadium speakers to stop letting off flares and firecrackers or the game would be stopped. They carried on anyway, and so did the game, with sections of the stadium cloaked in thick pyrotechnic smoke.But nothing could disguise Atletico’s vast superiority, as it added to its Europa League trophies from 2010 and 2012. It also lost another Champions League final to Real Madrid in 2014 and the gulf in experience was evident.Atletico took Griezmann off in the final moments to give veteran forward Fernando Torres a send-off, as he came on to a huge ovation from the red-and-white horde of Atletico fans. The 34-year-old Torres is leaving at the end of the season, and raised the trophy aloft with his right hand in front of adoring fans who nicknamed him “The Kid” when he started his career in 2000.Atletico Madrid supporters light flares as they celebrate their team’s Europa League tittle in Madrid, early Thursday, May 17, 2018. Atletico defeated Marseille 3-0 in the final and clinches its third Europa League title. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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first_img Continue Reading Previous Acceed: GPU-PC gains performance from graphics cardNext AAEON collaborates with Intel to deliver powerful network solutions Abaco Systems announced the GVC1001 ultra-high performance graphics, vision and AI evaluation platform. It is based on the recently-released NVIDIA Jetson AGX Xavier module that features an NVIDIA Volta GPU with 512 Tensor Cores and an 8-core ARM CPU.  The GVC1001 is capable of up to 5.7 TeraFLOPS of performance.The GVC1001 is ideal for deployment on highly constrained platforms such as autonomous vehicles. Typical applications include embedded training, 360° situational awareness, EO/IR processing, non-cert Degraded Visual Environment, display processing, moving map and many more.These types of compute-, data- and image-intensive applications are now requiring AI, deep learning techniques and inferencing engines – which the NVIDIA Jetson AGX Xavier module delivers. This new level of processing is required for advanced digital maps, image recognition, image segmentation, object localization, image fusion, image stabilization, object tracking and image correction within the target applications.The GVC1001 is particularly suitable for ground vehicles as it provides two CANBus ports for vehicle data. It is capable of very high bandwidth with video ingest from multiple cameras over the two 10GbE ports. Additionally, for data-intensive applications, the 512-core CUDA-capable Volta GPU opens up a broad range of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance applications. These include wide area persistent surveillance, hyperspectral sensor fusion, IED detection, and synthetic aperture radar processing.In addition to the dual 10 GBE ports and two CANBus ports, the GVC1001 features extensive I/O flexibility with two Gigabit Ethernet ports, two DisplayPort 1.4 ports and two USB 3.0 ports. It is ideally complemented by Abaco’s RES3000 family of rugged Ethernet switches for the aggregation of input from multiple cameras. 256 GBytes of NVMe SSD bulk storage is provided as standard to store mission- and moving map data.To enable the rapid development of image processing and manipulation application development, the GVC1001 is supported by Abaco’s AXIS ImageFlex image processing and visualization toolkit, which is designed to allow engineers to harness the full potential of NVIDIA GPUs. ImageFlex greatly simplifies application creation by delivering a powerful set of high-level application programming interfaces that exploit the full capabilities of the underlying GPUs while abstracting the complex details associated with each implementation.  Applications built using the ImageFlex framework are easier to develop, test, debug and maintain, while speeding time to deployment by up to five times.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

November 17, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgThat Lionel Messi had a frustrating evening against Iceland in Argentina’s 2018 World Cup opener is a tale by now.The missed penalty, the eventual 1-1 draw and as Cristiano Ronaldo fans are claiming, the Portuguese’s hat-trick performance as day ago, Messi has not had a very pleasant beginning in Russia.Having announced his retirement after the 2016 Copa America final loss to Chile, Messi reversed his decision and is now at perhaps his last World Cup to fulfill his dream of a trophy with his country.Messi is well and truly contemplating his retirement after this tournament but Saturday’s dreadful start was far from a fairytale.FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGEMessi attempted a total of 11 shots against Iceland, out of which three of them were on target, and that is the most number of shots he has ever attempted in a single World Cup but still failed to score.Only Italy’s Luigi Riva has attempted more shots in a World Cup than what Messi tried last evening, without scoring. Riva took 13 shots each against Sweden and Israel in the 1970 World Cup.Also read – World Cup 2018: Modric does what Messi could not as European nations shineMessi’s frustrating night can be compounded by the fact that the last time he took these many shots without scoring in a competitive game for club or country was in December 2017 for Barcelona against Deportivo de La Coruna.Messi’s missed penalty brought back memories of the shocking miss during the 2016 Copa America final — one that cost Argentina the chance to lift the title.advertisementAlso read – World Cup 2018, Day 3 Highlights: Penalties, Messi flop show and VARLast evening, it was not the title but surely cost Argentina the match.With Ronaldo scoring a good penalty on Friday, his fans got a chance to troll Messi for missing another and his record with penalties over the last few times does not help the Argentine.For both Barcelona and Argentina, Messi has missed four of the last seven penalties he has taken, and it brings to light a little question, should Messi be taking the penalties?Also read – Lionel Messi misses penalty a day after Cristiano Ronald’s heroicsIt is a hardly contested fact that Messi is extremely dangerous with free kicks. His scoring rate with free kicks is sensational while penalties throw in some embarrassing numbers.On top of that, Messi on Saturday, attempted seven more shots than Ronaldo did against Spain. Yet the Portuguese got a hat-trick under his bag while Messi walked back empty-handed.Also read – World Cup 2018: Iceland hero reveals how he prepared for Lionel Messi”It would have changed the script. It was the advantage. Obviously it hurts me to have missed the penalty,” Messi said after the match.Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli also failed to evaluate Messi’s performance saying that he endured a difficult night due to Iceland’s defensive mindset.”To evaluate and characterise Lionel Messi’s work is difficult because it was an uncomfortable match for him,” Sampaoli said.Also read – World Cup 2018: Messi flops as Iceland draw with Argentina”Iceland played very defensively, blocking all spaces but we did everything we could to win. Leo is very committed to Argentina.”Argentina play Croatia next on June 21 and like Messi said “we will try to pass this quickly.” That will be his one huge motto.last_img read more

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first_imgFIFA, football’s world governing body, has started an investigation into alleged homophobic chants by Mexican fans during their country’s shock victory against defending champions Germany in the World Cup on Sunday.Germany were the clear favourites as they took on Mexico in their opening match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. But the North Americans had other ideas as they pulled off a massive upset with a 1-0 win at Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium.FIFA said it was “collecting the different match reports and potential evidence in regards to the matter, including the one from the anti-discrimination match observer who was present at the game as part of FIFA’s anti-discrimination monitoring system.”FIFA added that it could not comment further until it had evaluated all the information.FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGEMexico fans have long shouted an insult that gay rights groups argue is homophobic at keepers taking goal kicks.Mexico shock Germany, Swiss deny 5-time champions BrazilThe country has been fined several times during World Cup qualifying play over the slurs.Best goal of my entire life: Mexico’s Lozano on his winner vs GermanyMexico’s football federation (FMF) has in the past appealed to fans to refrain from using the chant.WORLD CUP 2018 DAY 4 HIGHLIGHTSThe historic win was earned through Hirving Lozano’s goal. The 22-year-old scored in the 35th minute with a low shot past Manuel Neuer. The goal led to wild celebrations in the stadium and back home in Mexico.Earthquake detected in Mexico after Lozano stuns GermanyadvertisementSuch was the magnitude of the celebration in Mexico that it caused an “artificial” earthquake according to SIMMSA, the body that monitors and analyses seismic activity in the country.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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first_imgBelgian striker Romelu Lukaku scored twice on Friday to match the great Diego Maradona.The Manchester United striker scored a brace as Belgium thumped Tunisia 5-2 in their Group G encounter to qualify for the knockouts. Lukaku, who also scored two goals in the Belgium’s opening match against Panama, became the first player to score two goals in consecutive World Cup matches since Maradona did it in 1986.The first Lukaku goal came in the 16th minute. The 25-year-old latched onto a pass from Dries Mertens to slot it past the Tunisian goalkeeper to double Belgium’s lead after Eden Hazard opened the scoring.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEHe struck again in the stoppage time of first half after he beat the Tunisian defence and then chipped the Thomas Meunier pass over the goalie.In the 1986 World Cup, Maradona scored two goals including the “Hand of God goal” as Argentina defeated England 2-1 in the quarter-finals. In the semis, the maestro scored another two goals as they defeated Belgium 2-0.Lukaku now has four goals in the ongoing World Cup and is now tied with Cristiano Ronaldo as the highest goal scorer, so far. It’s also the most any Belgian player has managed in a single tournament.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEThe former Chelsea striker has now scored seven goals for his country in World Cups and European Championships, more than any other player in their history. He scored a solitary goal in 2014 World Cup and two more in the 2016 Euros.advertisementThe record was earlier held by Jan Ceulemans, who scored six goals in World Cups and European Championships for Belgium.Hazad and Lukaku, who both scored two goals each, became the first pair to do so since Toni Kroos and Andre Schurrle did the same for Germany against Brazil in 2014.last_img read more