Marlins Spear Mets, 4-3

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares MIAMI — A high pitch count ended Jonathon Niese’s night and propelled the Miami Marlins to another walkoff win.Niese shut down the Marlins through seven innings but, after his pitch count reached 108, the Mets went to their bullpen and it all fell apart.Casey McGehee hit a sharp grounder that caromed into right field off the back of reliever Gonzalez Germen’s foot, allowing the winning run to score, and the Miami Marlins rallied late from a three-run deficit May 5 to beat the New York Mets 4-3.Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a tying double in the eighth off Daisuke Matsuzaka, who failed to retire any of the five batters he faced.“When I was warming up in the bullpen, I was struggling with my command,” Matsuzaka said through an interpreter. “I tried to focus on the batter and getting outs. I really regret taking away Niese’s win and the team’s win.”Giancarlo Stanton had an RBI single and the Marlins scored another run on shortstop Omar Quintanilla’s fielding error in the eighth.“Anytime a game is lost it’s tough to watch,” Niese said. “But it’s just one game. I never want to leave a game but — 108 pitches — I figured our bullpen has been doing great.”Niese allowed five hits, struck out six and walked one. He has permitted one run or less in his last four starts.Christian Yelich led off the ninth with a single off Scott Rice (0-1). He advanced to second on Ed Lucas’ sacrifice. Germen intentionally walked Stanton before McGehee got his RBI single.Marlins closer Steve Cishek (2-1) pitched to a scoreless ninth for the win. Miami improved to 15-5 at home and is 6-1 on its current nine-game homestand.The Marlins have won two in a row in their final at-bat. “We’re a good ball team,” Saltalamacchia said. “We go out there every day and have a good approach.”Yelich and Ed Lucas led off the eighth with walks. Stanton followed with an RBI single and Quintanilla let McGehee get through his legs, allowing Lucas to score. Saltalamacchia doubled to right-center to make it 3-allKyle Farnsworth relieved Matsuzaka and, with the infield drawn in, retired Jeff Baker on a grounder to second. Farnsworth walked pinch-hitter Garret Jones and struck out Adeiny Hechavarria and retired Marcel Ozuna on a grounder to third.“Give Niese a lot of credit — he looked good out there,” Miami Manager Mike Redmond said. “We had a tough time early on, trying to figure him out. He shut us down but we were able to hang in there and mount a late rally.”Daniel Murphy and Curtis Granderson homered off Miami’s Nathan Eovaldi in the first inning for 2-0 lead. Murphy’s shot over the fence in right field was his first of the season and Granderson hit his third with a drive that bounced off the upper deck in right-center field.Bobby Abreu had a sacrifice fly to left, scoring David Wright in the fourth. Wright led off the inning with a double and advanced to third on Grandeson’s single.Eovaldi scattered five hits, walked one and struck out a career-high 10 in seven innings.“The Marlins have been hot, especially in this park and late,” Mets Manager Terry Collins said. “They can be really tough.”Eric Young Jr. returned to the lineup and went 1 for 4 after a freakish pregame injury on May 4. Young was struck on the right cheek off a batted ball from Lucas Duda that bounced off an indoor batting cage.Although he passed concussion tests, Young said he felt dizzy and Collins sat him out of the series finale against the Rockies.Marlins starter Jose Fernandez said his left thigh feels fine and he will make his next start after being struck by a one-hopper off the bat of Dee Gordon in the fifth inning of Miami’s 5-4 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers Sunday. Fernandez went 4-1 with a 1.59 ERA in April, earning his first NL Pitcher of the Month award.last_img read more

Oilers Steamroll The Rangers, 3-1

first_imgNEW YORK — Benoit Pouliot made the most of his return to Madison Square Garden.Pouliot scored the go-ahead goal against his former team midway through the second period and backup Viktor Fasth made 20 saves as the Edmonton Oilers beat the New York Rangers 3-1 on Nov. 9.Pouliot scored his second goal of the season off a nifty pass from linemate Ryan Nugent-Hopkins at 8:29 of the middle period to put the Oilers ahead, 2-1.Pouliot was a key member of the Rangers as they reached the Stanley Cup finals last spring before he signed a five-year, $20-million deal with Edmonton in July.“It was fun to be back and great that we came out with a win,” Pouliot said. “Last year was awesome for me. Of course playing against guys I had a great time with, I wanted to do well.”Nugent-Hopkins opened the scoring at 3:19 of the first with his team-leading fifth this season with assists to Pouliot and Jordan Eberle. Carl Hagelin tied it for the Rangers with 7:26 remaining in the period with his fourth goal.Teddy Purcell’s empty-net goal at with 1:27 remaining in the game sealed the Oilers’ second straight win. Edmonton snapped a four-game losing streak with a win at Buffalo on Nov. 7.“Those are the types of games that we want to get the result in because it goes a long way to the learning process for our guys,” Oilers coach Dallas Eakins said. “We had success throughout the game playing an aggressive game.”The Rangers lost for the second time in two nights, coming off a 5-4 loss at Toronto on Nov. 8.With an unusual 6 p.m. local start time, the Oilers played better from the start, outshooting the Rangers 11-8 in the first period. The trend continued in the second as the Rangers put forth a minimal attack, with six shots on Fasth while Edmonton had 13 more on Henrik Lundqvist.The Rangers continued their uninspired play in the third, bringing a few jeers from the Madison Square Garden crowd. It took 11 minutes into the final period for New York to register its first shot on goal by Tanner Glass.“Our effort was unacceptable,” Rangers defenseman Marc Staal said. “We were out of sorts all over the ice and we were losing battles. It’s tough to win a hockey game that way.”The 32-year-old Fasth started opposite fellow Swede Lundqvist for the first time. It was Fasth’s third start in four games in place of Ben Scrivens.“The boys were great blocking shots and making good plays in front of me, especially when they had a push at the end,” Fasth said. “It feels really good as a team.”Lundqvist, who finished with 30 saves, kept the Rangers in the contest, especially in the middle period with saves on Justin Schultz and rookie Leon Draisaitl. The loss left the Rangers’ goalie searching for answers.“When the energy isn’t there, it’s hard to play this game,” he said. “We need to raise our level. There’s no way around that.”The Oilers were without leading scorer Taylor Hall who missed his fourth straight game with a sprained knee. However, they welcomed captain Andrew Ference back after the defenseman missed three games because of a suspension for an illegal check to head of Vancouver’s Zack Kassian.The Rangers continued to play without injured defensemen Ryan McDonagh (shoulder) and Dan Boyle (hand). They also missed John Moore, who completed a five-game suspension for a high hit on Minnesota’s Erik Haula.Moore can return for the Nov. 11 home game against Pittsburgh. Boyle has been out since the season-opener but has resumed practicing with the team and could return this week.Rangers coach Alain Vigneault hinted roster moves could be looming for his inconsistent squad. “We are going to evaluate our team, see where we are, see if we can make some adjustments and go from there,” Vigneault said.(ALLAN KREDA)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Cubs’ Arrieta Hurls 2nd No-Hitter

first_imgCINCINNATI — Jake Arrieta’s first no-hitter set him apart. Pitching another one in the span of only 11 regular-season starts has put the Chicago Cubs ace in elite company.And his catcher suspects that the reigning NL Cy Young winner has a few more of those no-hit moments left in him.Arrieta overcame early sloppiness and bore down at the end, shutting down the Cincinnati Reds in a 16-0 rout on April 21 that left everyone amazed except him.After all, he’d done it before. “It feels different the second time,” said Arrieta, who did his best pitching in the last few innings with the gem in reach. “I was a little more relaxed as the game progressed.”Arrieta (4-0) struck out six, walked four and allowed only six balls hit out of the infield during the first no-hitter in Major League Baseball this season.No spectacular plays were needed by Cubs fielders to preserve Arrieta’s performance. He threw 119 pitches, retiring Eugenio Suarez on a routine flyball to right field to end it.Arrieta threw his first career no-hitter last Aug. 30 at Dodger Stadium, beating Los Angeles 2-0. That game came as Arrieta put together one of the best pitching stretches in club history — he’s 15-0 in his last 16 regular-season starts.“What can I say?” Manager Joe Maddon said. “Man, it was spectacular.”The Reds hadn’t been held hitless in a regular-season game since 1971, when Rick Wise did it for Philadelphia at Riverfront Stadium. In the 2010 NL playoffs, Roy Halladay of the Phillies pitched a no-hitter against Cincinnati.“We got dominated,” Reds outfielder Jay Bruce said. “That’s the most dominating game I’ve ever been a part of. He was great; we weren’t.“Every time he goes out there, he’s got no-hit stuff. He’s arguably the best pitcher in the game today.”Arrieta is among several pitchers in the last decade to pitch two no-hitters. The 30-year-old righty is on the list with Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander, Tim Lincecum and Homer Bailey, who threw the only other no-hitter at Great American Ball Park on July 2, 2013, against the Giants.“I feel like I didn’t do a whole lot,” said David Ross, who caught his first no-hitter. “That animal was in control the whole time. He locked it in when he needed to.“He’s got the capability of doing that every night out.” At 39, Ross has already announced this will be his final season. Arrieta said it was exciting to let Ross have this thrill.Arrieta is the first Cubs pitcher to win his first four starts in a season since Greg Maddux went 5-0 in 2006. Ken Holtzman is the only other Cubs pitcher to throw more than one no-hitter in the modern era, doing it in 1969 and 1971.Kris Bryant homered twice, including a grand slam, and drove in six runs. Arrieta contributed a pair of singles and a walk as the Cubs pulled away.The 16-run margin approached the most-lopsided victory in major league history. In 1884, Pud Galvin and Buffalo beat the Detroit Wolverines 18-0 in the National League, STATS said.By Arrieta’s standards, it was a bit of a struggle. He walked three batters — he’d allowed only two walks in his first three starts combined — and needed 85 pitches to get through six innings. After that, he dug in and made quick work of the Reds’ lineup.“In the sixth, I knew it was going to be a possibility for me,” Arrieta said.The thousands of Cubs fans in the crowd of 16,497 were on their feet cheering as Arrieta walked Scott Schebler to open the ninth, got pinch-hitter Tucker Barnhart on a popup, Zack Cozart on a fly to center and Suarez on an easy fly.Arrieta and Ross embraced halfway between home plate and the mound as the rest of the Cubs circled around him.In September 2014, Arrieta lost a no-hit bid against the Reds on Brandon Phillips’ one-out double in the eighth at Wrigley Field.This time, the offense made the outcome a moot point while extending the Cubs’ best start since 1970 at 12-4.Bryant hit a two-run shot in the first off Brandon Finnegan (1-1), and his third career grand slam in the seventh off Drew Hayes made it 13-0. Ben Zobrist and Ross added solo shots, and Anthony Rizzo had a three-run homer.As the Cubs made it a romp, there was only one question left: How far could Arrieta go? He gave himself a chance by getting through the seventh and eighth innings on only 18 pitches, bearing down against an over-matched lineup.Finnegan started at Wrigley Field on April 11 and didn’t allow a hit until Ross singled with two outs in the seventh. They were ready for the left-hander this time. Dexter Fowler doubled off the wall in center on Finnegan’s first pitch of the game, and Bryant’s homer made it 2-0.(JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Fortounis Extends Contract with Olympiacos

first_imgKostas Fortounis has signed a contract extension with Olympiacos which will keep him with the Erythrolefki until 2020. The new deal has a high release clause and it will increase Fortounis’ yearly earnings. Additionally, Dominguez’s contract was extended for one more year while Andreas Bouchalakis will remain with the club until 2020.Fortounis new contract extends his stay in Piraeus to 2020 (previously 2019). With the new deal, Fortounis will now earn roughly €1 million a year, doubling his previous agreement with the club (€400,000). In the scenario of a transfer, before 2020, his new contract has a release clause of €20 – €25 million. Fortounis had a tremendous season with Olympiacos and has caught the eyes of many European clubs. With the new deal, anyone interested in Fortounis will need to pay a hefty amount to Olympiacos to acquire the rising Greek star. Similar to Fortounis, Bouchalakis also extended his contract with the club until 2020.Olympiacos decided to activate the expansion clause in Chori Dominguez’s current contract and the Argentinian playmaker will remain with the club for one more season. There were rumors that the Greek Champions would not progress with the expansion clause, but according to Live Sport, Dominguez will wear the Erythrolefka for another year.Source: www.agonasport.comTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Apoel reach Europa League knockout stage despite defeat

first_imgApoel suffered a 2-1 defeat away to Astana on Thursday, but the night ended in celebration for the Cypriots as Olympiacos’ 1-1 draw against Young Boys in the group’s other game means they are through to the knockout stages of the Europa League for the first time in their history.Astana had to come from behind to defeat ten-man Apoel, but the Nicosia club quickly got over the loss after Olympiacos stopped Young Boys from winning, meaning they cannot be caught by the third or fourth-placed sides with one more game still to play.The game in the Kazakhstan capital was in doubt earlier in the week with temperatures reaching -30 degrees Celsius, but the eventually rose to a modest -8 ahead of kick-off.The home side got an early foothold on the game and the first good effort on goal came on 25 minutes when Apoel defender Astiz cleared the ball into the path of Astana full-back Shomko who hit a rasping effort with his left-foot which whistled past the post with Waterman helpless.But just as they did in three of their previous four Europa League group games this season, it was Apoel who took the lead. A long ball out of defence was flicked on by Aloneftis and Efrem, without taking a first touch, hit the bouncing ball with the outside of his left boot which flew into the top corner, for one of the goals of the competition so far.The joy was short lived however, as Apoel were quickly reduced to ten men. A poor touch from Astiz, allowed Kabananga to intercept and the Spaniard made the hasty decision of bringing him down, leaving the referee no other option but to send him off as he was the last man.Despite being a player down, Apoel started the second half on the front foot, with De Camargo having an effort on goal before Efrem nearly picked out Sotiriou for what would have been a close-range tap-inAstana nearly equalised on 57 minutes when Apoel’s Lago slipped in his attempt to clear, presenting Despotovic with a fine chance, but Waterman spread himself well to deny the striker from six yards.On the hour mark however, the hosts were level. What should have been a routine collection of a harmless corner by Waterman, the Dutchman let the ball slip out of his hands allowing Anicic to equalise from close range.From then on, it was backs to the wall stuff for the Cypriot side, as Astana piled on the pressure. On 64 minutes, after a free-flowing move, Beysebekov lashed into the side netting.Astana’s momentum continued to grow, with Kabananga going close minutes later. The Congolese striker again threatened with a sharp volley on the turn with ten minutes remaining, though Waterman appeared to have it covered.Apoel’s resolve was finally broken on 84 minutes when Shomko’s cross found Despotovic, who edged ahead of Carlao, then hit the post with his first attempt but made no mistake from the rebound.The defeat was quickly forgotten however, thanks to Olympiacos preventing Young Boys from winning in Piraeus and the fact that the Greeks drew rather than won means Apoel can finish group winners with just a draw when the pair meet in the final group game on 8 December in Nicosia.Source: cyprus-mail.comTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Playoff Berth Gives Rest of NBA Glimpse into Bucks’ Future

first_imgMILWAUKEE (AP) — Steel beams and giant cranes tower over a lot next to the Bradley Center, a busy construction site that will turn into the next home of the Milwaukee Bucks.A new downtown arena offers the most visible sign of progress for a franchise in transition.From the emergence of Giannis Antetokounmpo as an NBA All-Star to a return to the playoffs, this has been an important season for the Bucks. They return home on Thursday to host the Toronto Raptors in Game 3 of a first-round series tied at 1-1.“In a very real sense, we’re in the process of fulfilling the commitment we made … building the arena and building in downtown Milwaukee,” co-owner Wes Edens said. “Every time you go out there, you can see the arena rising before your eyes.”Edens was part of an ownership group that bought the franchise from former U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl in 2014. The goals seemed lofty back then: turning a 15-win team back into a winner while also building a new arena that would keep the Bucks in town.While the road to reaching both targets hasn’t always been smooth, the Bucks are brimming with optimism.On the court, Antetokounmpo blossomed into the team’s first All-Star since 2004, and first All-Star starter since 1986. He’s now in the top 10 of NBA jersey sales, the first Bucks player on that list since Gary Payton’s brief tenure with the team in 2003.A 6-foot-11 forward with freakish athleticism, Antetokounmpo is a triple-double threat every night.“His length is unbelievable,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. “He plays so hard, the kid plays so hard. He has a heart as big as this table.”A first-round draft pick in 2013, the 22-year-old Antetokounmpo is part of a young group for the Bucks at similar points in their development, including fifth-year forward-guard Khris Middleton and third-year forward Jabari Parker. Middleton returned from a hamstring injury that sidelined him for the season’s first 50 games on Feb. 8, the same night that Parker was lost with a season-ending left knee injury.The Bucks still made the playoffs and finished above .500 for the first time since 2009-10 on the strength of tougher defense and winning close games in a 14-victory March.“One of the things that I’ve learned is that no one feels sorry for you. At one point (we were) 22-30 and struggling,” Edens said. “It starts with the very high play of Giannis. … Khris came back and he’s such a good basketball player, you see him down the stretch being so effective.“Look at the record in close games, were much better down the stretch. More broadly, the team is a very deep team,” Edens added.After the new ownership group took over, the Bucks began using the slogan “Own the Future.” They’ve tweaked that slogan on a highway billboard in recent days to read “Come See the Future,” a nod to the playoffs and the arena project.“We have a two- to four-year plan to be an extremely successful, sustainable NBA franchise,” team President Peter Feigin said. “You tell the promise and then you deliver on it.”The $524 million project is expected to be completed before the 2018-19 season. A public financing plan covered $250 million toward construction, with current and former team owners having committed $250 million and expected to cover any cost overruns.The Bucks are scheduled to move into a new 60,000 square-foot practice facility across the street from the new arena this summer, what the team says will be a state-of-the-art space that will be among the best in the league. It promises to be a big upgrade over the current facility just outside Milwaukee.The new downtown project would be the centerpiece of a multi-purpose entertainment district on what was 30 acres of mostly vacant land or parking lots. The goal is to turn the area into “a vibrant neighborhood activated by sports, entertainment, residential and office uses,” the team has said.A playoff berth for the Bucks allows the rest of the NBA to also get a glimpse of the team’s future.“It means a lot for the franchise and the city of Milwaukee,” Middleton said. “We’ve come a long way.”GENARO C. ARMAS, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Alonso Breaks NL Rookie HR Record, Mets Crown Royals 11-5 (Video)

first_imgAlonso also had an RBI double and scored three times during his second consecutive three-hit game. Rosario had three hits and three RBIs in the leadoff spot, and Joe Panik added three hits as the top four batters in the Mets’ lineup combined to go 11 for 18 with nine RBIs and seven runs.“When we’re locked in and try to put good at-bats together and hit the ball hard and not try to do too much, I mean, we can be really dangerous,” Alonso said. “Today we showed that.”New York scored six times in the seventh to turn a 4-3 deficit into a 9-4 lead. J.D. Davis tied it with a pinch-hit RBI single and Rosario had the go-ahead single two batters later. Alonso, Conforto and Wilson Ramos added RBI base hits later in the inning.New York battered Royals reliever Kevin McCarthy (2-2), who was charged with four runs in one-third of an inning.Jeurys Familia (4-1) allowed one run in two innings.“Familia did a great job. Six big outs for us,” Callaway said. “Some in a tight game and then went back out. Tough spot to go back out — he probably sat for 20 minutes.”Conforto put the Mets up 3-0 in the first, sending the first pitch he saw from starter Glenn Sparkman 452 feet to right field for his 25th home run.Sparkman settled down after that to throw six solid innings. He set down 14 of his next 15 batters and pitched around a couple of one-out singles in the sixth.“Once I got my groove, I felt really good,” Sparkman said. “I really wanted to go as far as I possibly could in this game.”Mets starter Zack Wheeler didn’t allow a hit through the first three innings, but things snowballed over the next two. He gave up four runs — three earned — on five hits in five innings and committed a costly throwing error in the fifth.“A couple of bloopers dropped in and then I messed the play up at first that I should have made and it kind of took off from there and I couldn’t stop it,” Wheeler said.STATS AND STREAKSMets catcher Tomás Nido snapped an 0-for-24 skid with a double in the seventh. … Ramos singled in the seventh to extend his hitting streak to 13 games, tied for the longest active run in the majors with Cincinnati’s Jose Iglesias. … Rosario moved from shortstop to left field in the seventh, his first major league appearance in the outfield. … Cheslor Cuthbert went 0 for 4 for the Royals, matching Chad Kreuter’s team record with his seventh straight 0-for-4 game. Cuthbert is hitless in 30 at-bats since Aug. 8. … Kansas City is 1-10 in series rubber games this season and 1-24 dating to May 30, 2018.TRAINER’S ROOMWith an off day on Monday, the Mets held Davis out of the starting lineup for a second consecutive day as he nurses a sore calf. Following his pinch-hit single, he went first to third on Nido’s double but then was removed from the game. Afterward, Davis said it was just a precaution and he expects to play Tuesday.UP NEXTMets: Return home Tuesday night to begin a nine-game homestand against playoff contenders. Steven Matz (7-7) starts the series opener against All-Star Game MVP Shane Bieber (12-5) and the Cleveland Indians. Callaway was Cleveland’s pitching coach under skipper Terry Francona before getting the job in New York.Royals: Head out of town for a seven-game trip beginning Monday night in Baltimore. Jorge Lopez (1-7) makes his 12th start of the season.By: Kollin Miller, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shares KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Pete Alonso wasn’t even sure he was going to make the New York Mets’ opening day roster, so even he never could have imagined the incredible season he’s having.The burly first baseman hit his 40th home run to break the National League rookie record, capping a late outburst by the New York Mets in their 11-5 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday.“This season’s been unbelievable,” Alonso said. “It’s been a dream come true so far and I just want to keep building off of it and keep trying to help this team win.”Michael Conforto hit a long homer in the first inning and drove in four runs. Amed Rosario put the Mets ahead 6-4 with a two-run single in the seventh, and Alonso went deep in the ninth.New York Mets’ Michael Conforto hits a three-run home run off Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Glenn Sparkman during the first inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)Alonso quickly fell behind 0-2 in the count, but when Royals pitcher Jacob Barnes threw a high fastball, he didn’t miss.“I was just trying to hit the ball hard like I have been,” Alonso said. “Take good, quality swings at good pitches and, thankfully, he gave me a fastball up in the zone, which I like to swing at.”The result was a no-doubt shot over the bullpen in left field that snapped a tie with Cody Bellinger, who hit 39 home runs for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2017 on the way to winning Rookie of the Year honors.“It was a pretty grand one,” New York manager Mickey Callaway said. “It went a long way, it seemed like.”Next up for the 24-year-old Alonso is the Mets season record of 41 home runs set by Todd Hundley in 1996 and equaled by Carlos Beltran a decade later.“That’s even more mind-boggling,” Alonso said. “I’m just really grateful. Grateful and thankful and happy that I’ve had this opportunity.”New York, in the middle of a crowded NL wild-card race thanks to its second-half surge, completed a 3-3 road trip and improved to 24-10 since the All-Star break.last_img read more

ST: 8-bit MCUs with rich analog and DMA in low-cost SO-8 package

first_imgSTMicroelectronics is boosting feature integration in low-cost, low-power 8-bit microcontrollers with the new STM8L050. As the latest in the ultra-energy-conscious STM8L series, it embeds rich analog peripherals, a DMA controller, and separated data EEPROM, all in an inexpensive SO-8 package with up to six user I/Os. Leveraging ST’s powerful, efficient STM8 core running at up to 16 MHz, the STM8L050 delivers economy and performance for resource-constrained products like industrial sensors, toys, access cards, e-bike controllers, home-automation or lighting products, smart printer cartridges, or battery chargers.The integrated DMA (Direct Memory Access) controller speeds application performance by streamlining data transfers between peripherals and memory, or from memory to memory, ultimately saving power consumption. The 256 bytes of separated EEPROM allows applications to store important program data when the MCU is powered down, while allowing maximum utilization of Flash for code storage.Alongside two comparators, the STM8L050 has a 4-channel 12-bit analog-digital converter (ADC) and a low-power real-time clock with programmable alarm and periodic wakeups, allowing designers to minimize external analog components. In addition, support for either an external or internal clock at up to 16MHz further enhances flexibility to balance performance with bill-of-materials savings.Other features include 8Kbytes of on-chip Flash memory, 1Kbyte of RAM, two 16-bit timers, one 8-bit timer, and popular connectivity and debug interfaces including SPI, I2C, UART, and SWIM.As an STM8L device leveraging ST’s ultra-low-power technologies, the STM8L050 provides power-saving modes that cut current to as little as 350nA, and operates over a wide voltage range from 3.6V down to 1.8V. The MCUs are fully specified from -40 to 125°C, ensuring robustness and reliability in demanding applications such as industrial controls or lighting products.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Allegro: advanced transmission speed sensor ICs with ASIL B certificationNext Mouser and Inventek Systems announce global distribution agreementlast_img read more

congatec presents 10 new high-end modules for embedded edge computing

first_img Continue Reading Previous Eurotech integrates Infineon TPM to enable end-to-end security for IoT Edge SolutionsNext Kontron S&T acquires industrial mainboard business from Fujitsu Technology Solutions congatec announced 10 new COM Express Type 6 modules featuring the best and latest Intel embedded processor technology. The four Intel Xeon, three Intel Core, two Intel Celeron and one Intel Pentium processors are all based on the same Intel microarchitecture (codenamed Coffee Lake H). This enables congatec to provide all 10 new processors on one COM Express module design the conga-TS370. A total of 14 processor module variants are now available on this single microarchitecture, offering extremely wide scalability. The spearhead in terms of computing power is the 45 watt 6-core module with 2.8 GHz Intel Xeon E-2276ME processor. It provides the highest embedded computing performance with integrated high-performance processor graphics currently available worldwide, while the 2.4 GHz Intel Celeron G4930E processor module with 35 watts sets the new price-performance benchmark.Particularly noteworthy are the two 6-core congatec modules with a TDP of 25 watts offered on Intel Xeon E-2276ML and Intel Core i7-9850HL processors. They enable developers to create completely passively cooled embedded edge computing systems that can run up to 12 standalone virtual machines in parallel thanks to hyperthreading. This allows operation even in fully sealed systems, under the harshest environmental conditions and with the highest IP protection. The same applies to the two quad-core modules with Intel Xeon E-2254ML or Intel Core i3-9100HL processor as well as the Intel Celeron G4932E processor-based module, all featuring a partly configurable TDP of 25 watts.Other applications besides embedded edge computing include classic high-end medical imaging systems and HMIs as well as high-end gaming, infotainment and digital signage systems that require best-in-class computing power and throughput on a single die in tandem with the Intel graphics technology.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

Automating IoT security threat/risk analysis and compliance

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: IoT A Discovery service allows peers/subscribers to learn about the services supported. Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. There are three sharing models defined in TAXII: Hub and Spoke, Source/Subscriber, and Peer to Peer.Both STIX and TAXII are machine-readable. Designing services such as this to be machine-readable is a pre-requisite for enabling automated analysis and response to the latest threats. These threat intelligence feeds provide useful information but must be analyzed in the context of the unique vulnerabilities associated with an IoT product – for this, additional data feeds are required. The latest security advisory data must be available for example. Machine-readable vulnerability feeds allow an IoT security service to analyze threats in context to come up with a true risk-based scoring model for their products. Cisco for example has defined the OpenVuln API to enable automation of their Cisco-specific security advisories. Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP) provides a vendor-agnostic capability for machines to consume CVE data. SCAP has been around for more than a decade and provides a listing of known security flaws, software configuration issues and associated product names.Product vulnerability information must extend down to the components used within the product. Open Source Software (OSS) and third-party libraries play a vital role in IoT products. Customer organizations must be able to identify these libraries within deployed IoT products to accurately calculate risk. To solve this, the National Telecommunications Industry Association (NTIA) is working on the Software Component Transparency initiative that will result in a machine-readable Software Bill of Materials (SBOM).The SBOM will allow customer organizations to be able to query for the libraries and components used within the product and make use of the data in an automated analysis program. This supports easy identification of vulnerable components that must be patched and allows APIs to be developed that track the status of these components during the life of a product. It will take time however for IoT product vendors to begin incorporating this new capability.In the interim, tools such as VDOO Vision™ can be used by security operations teams to scan IoT products attached to the network, report back on vulnerabilities and inventory all of the third-party libraries present in their IoT devices. This information is used to more accurately calculate risk and determine which specific library patches must be deployed quickly. Tools such as VDOO’s Embedded Runtime Agent (ERA™) can even be quickly compiled on IoT products to mitigate identified firmware risks far more quickly than it would take a developer to patch, presenting security operations teams with a balanced approach towards mitigation. ERA supports both Linux and Android and operates on MIPS, ARM and X86_64 architectures. It is designed to minimize impact on device requirements such as code-size, latency. For example, ERA introduces only 1MB of storage overhead and less than 1% of typical IoT CPU overhead. Security engineers are informed of the tailored ERA safeguards based on the results of the VDOO Vision scans.Security Operations teams should begin designing automated risk management processes for their IoT deployments. In the Department of Defense (DoD) for example, cyber security leaders have begun to build upon the success of their continuous compliance programs to begin enabling a more comprehensive automated risk management program. Instead of simply calculating compliance scorecards that demonstrate a deployment’s adherence to a set of policies or regulations, security teams can automatically quantify risk by evaluating multiple data feeds that better inform on the context of a vulnerability. This requires a holistic view of the current vulnerabilities within a system and the impacts and likelihood of threats. By automating and integrating vulnerability data with threat intelligence data an organization can create a near real-time view of their risk management profile for their IoT products.All of these automated data feeds can allow product security engineers to begin thinking about automated responses to the latest risks. We can look to the cloud firewall industry for examples of automated response to threat information. Cloud firewalls today integrate APIs that can automatically modify rules based on the latest threat intelligence – for example, known-malicious IP addresses or DNS records.IoT products should begin to incorporate basic security automation features at the device and cloud service level that allow policies and rulesets to be updated as new threats are discovered or the likelihood or impact of a threat increases. Organizations such as NIST’s National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCOE) are also defining new approaches such as Manufacturer Usage Description MUD that allow device profiles to be generated and stored in the cloud. These profiles signal to the ecosystem the valid communication profile for the device. Using an approach such as this, IoT device profiles can provide an additional input into the automated risk analysis of an IoT deployment.As industry continues to make progress in enabling technologies for automated risk management, IoT product vendors should adopt these features to support their customers’ ability to quickly assess risk and automatically deploy mitigation actions.Brian Russell is a Security Advisor for VDOO and Chair of the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) Internet of Things (IoT) Working Group. He is also a Chief Engineer for Cyber Security Solutions at Leidos – a Fortune 500 Government Contractor where he has led Research and Development (R&D) for secure cloud systems, autonomous vehicles, permissioned blockchain networks, and cryptographic key management systems. Brian is an adjunct professor with the University of San Diego (USD) in the graduate Cyber Security Operations and Leadership Program and co-author of the book Practical Internet of Things Security. He is also a SANS Analyst. An Inbox service allows nodes to receive content and a Polling service specifies how to request content.center_img Continue Reading Previous PEAK-System: integrate CAN FD interface and I/O functionality into your hardwareNext ADLINK joins ROS 2 Technical Steering Committee Risk management is a never-ending task. Security engineers must continuously evaluate threats, vulnerabilities and risks to meet compliance mandates and stay ahead of attackers. Analysts must be able to analyze near daily vulnerability reports and calculate their impact on systems. This can lead to overwork and fatigue as vulnerability reports never stop. Automation is critical to helping organizations make sense of threat intelligence data, dynamically update policies and achieve continuous compliance within systems. Machine-readability is required to enable automated threat and risk analysis processes.This article examines some of the automated threat and vulnerability management options available today and discusses how these approaches can be adapted to the goal of securing the IoT and maintaining near real-time views of not only compliance but also risk status. A previous article more broadly discussed the need for tools that help developers more effectively build security into IoT products.To enable automated risk management for IoT deployments, analytics systems ingest data from numerous disparate sources and automatically analyze that data to craft a clear picture of the latest risks. Sources of data ideally include IoT products themselves which should be designed to report on device software and hardware composition and third-party or open-source components. Firmware analysis tools run by the security operations team scan the latest deployed firmware and report back on weaknesses. Threat intelligence feeds provide context to threats including attacker profiles and capabilities. All of this data should be provided in machine-readable format so that it can be fed to machine-learning algorithms that are trained to calculate a risk profile for each device. Maintaining a continuously updated risk profile of each type of device provides a solid foundation for analyzing security trade-off decisions. Figure 1 shows a framework for automated and continuous threat and risk analysis.click for larger image Figure 1: Data collection informs automated risk profiling (Source: VDOO) One of the first areas that can be automated is threat intelligence sharing. Threat intelligence provides ongoing data regarding the latest attacker profiles and context related to Indicators of Compromise (IoCs). Today, there are a number of automated threat intelligence sharing tools available. Structured Threat Information eXpression (STIX) is one example. Created by MITRE and OASIS, STIX allows sharing of threat information including motivators, capabilities, and suggested response. STIX also provides data related to the indicators of compromise and the appropriate response/course of action to take if compromised. STIX 2.0 is available from OASIS and is designed to work either as a standalone sharing standard or with the Trusted Automated eXchange of Intelligence Information (TAXII) specification.TAXII is also defined by OASIS. TAXII is a REST-based API that operates over HTTPS. The specification defines how standardized threat intelligence information is shared. Channels can be configured using a basic publish/subscribe model allowing producers to share threat intelligence data with consumers. In an IoT model, the cloud security service supporting the device product would act as a consumer of threat intelligence data, enabling the service to autonomously evaluate the latest threat environment associated with the device. Three services are defined: A Collection Management service allows for subscription to data collections.last_img read more

World Cup 2018: Spain find massive support among Asian football fans

first_imgFootball rules million of hearts and it’s no different in Asia, where the game enjoys unparalleled popularity. However, the 2018 World Cup has only five participants from the continent. The highest ranked Asian side at the quadrennial event is Australia at 36, which strictly speaking is not even an Asian country.In the absence of their teams at the World Cup, Asian football fans have often supported European nations. The phenomenon could be a result of the popularity of the European domestic leagues in the Asian countries.La Liga competes hard with the English Premier League in Asian markets, where the quality of local competitions can be modest and their national teams’ hopes of qualifying for the World Cup remote.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGESpain in particular have found massive support among the Asian fans. The likes of Sergio Ramos, Andres Iniesta and Isco are hugely admired by Asian football fans, many of whom have flocked to the World Cup to follow the 2010 champions to unlikely destinations across the huge Russian heartland.Chinese fans are particularly smitten by Spanish football, while being dismissive of the stodgier local product showcased at home.Chinese football fan Diego Wang would prefer to see the national team play at the World Cup, but in their absence, his heart belongs to Spain and the superstars he has long revered on television.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEIt was a big commitment for Wang to fly his parents and girlfriend from their Ecuador home base to Russia to see the Iberians, but a chance not to be spurned.advertisement”We’re quite into Spain because we actually studied there so we have some sentiment about the place,” Beijing-born Wang told Reuters in Kazan on Tuesday, on the eve of the Group B match against Iran.”We like the style of Spanish football, and this is the last chance to see this generation of Spanish players so we wanted to come see them,” added Wang.Wang Wei, a lawyer from Yantai in the eastern province of Shandong, had tickets for the Spain-Iran match at Kazan Arena for he and his friend Deng Mengtao, a Russia-based Chinese.Also read – Fighters from the frozen north: Iceland had also stunned Portugal in 2016″This team Spain, because its a highly skilled team, that’s why we like them,” Wang said, while out sightseeing at Kazan’s Kremlin, the city’s most popular tourist sight.”Then there is the La Liga competition, Barcelona, then Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi, we all like them. They give us young people more passion and inspiration.”Dressed in a Spain shirt, Bangkok-based Kirana Chontweenut and her Thai friend Kornkarun Wattaninwong arrived in Kazan after a long train journey.Also read – World Cup: Saudi Arabia players safe after plane engine catches fireInitially nervous about travelling in Russia, they were pleasantly surprised by the local hospitality.”I’ve supported Spain for about 10 years and I love their tactics and when they play together its the best for me,” chemicals industry worker Kirana told Reuters.”I like Raul Gonzalez (before) and now it’s Sergio Ramos.”I can’t explain how much Im excited about tomorrow night. It was my dream. It’s like a dream come true.”Her friend Kornkarun added: “Because we’ll be able to see the players as someone you can watching from the screen, the TV screen for years and now were seeing them for the very first time in our life, basically, so it’s very, very exciting.”A Thailand tourism worker, Kornkarun was also wearing red but it was a Bayern Munich shirt.She admitted her first allegiance was to defending champions Germany, and showed off her fingernails painted in the yellow, black and red of the country’s flag.”Tomorrow (they’re) going to be Spain red and yellow,” she laughed.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

TV actress Kritika Kamra turns up the heat in a bikini; pic goes viral

first_imgKritika Kamra, who rose to fame with her role of Aarohi in Kitani Mohabbat Hai opposite Karan Kundra, isn’t exactly trapped in a typical TV bahu image. Yet, she has hardly shot for bold photo shoots and posted bikini pics on her Instagram page.She, however, made an exception recently while holiday in Krabi, Thailand, when she turned into a beach bum by sporting a pink bikini.Thankfully, she did not receive a backlash like many of her contemporaries are so used to whenever they post a bikini pic. She in fact got a lot of compliments for her bold look.Kritika who was most recently linked to Jackky Bhagnani recently made news when she said she wanted to kill her ex-boyfriend Karan Kundra. Here’s what she said: “I will kill Karan Kundra because I can’t marry or hook-up with him. I can’t hook-up with Karan Johar so I will marry him. He has two beautiful kids, I will have to do nothing, just take care of the kids. (Looked at Karan Wahi) I am very sorry but we may have to hook-up.” She was asked who she would kill, marry or hook up with amongst Karan Wahi, Karan Johar and Karan Kundra.Kritika has been choosy about her roles and has refrained from playing regressive roles. She played Dr. Nidhi in Kuch Toh Log Kahengey who falls in love with a man twice her age and is seen as Ananya Kashyap in Reporters. She has also participated in dance reality shows Zara Nachke Dikha and Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa.advertisementlast_img read more

Kadaikutty Singam release this Friday: 5 reasons to watch Karthi’s rural drama

first_imgActor Karthi started off his career by playing a villager in director Ameer’s Paruthiveeran. His realistic performance in the state award-winning film earned him critical acclaim. However, the actor has been conscious enough to not fall into an image trap.He took more than seven years to opt for another village-based script. With director Muthaiah’s Komban, Karthi once again proved that he can excel in this genre with as much expertise as he can while playing city-based roles.With director Pandiraj’s Kadaikutty Singam, it looks like Karthi is going all out. Right from his looks to his expressions, Karthi has got into the skin of a villager. The film’s cast includes Sayyeshaa, Sathyaraj, Priya Bhavani Shankar, Bhanupriya, Sriman and Arthana. The ensemble cast is also one of the reasons why the film looks authentic.As Kadaikutty Singam gears up for a worldwide release on July 13, take a look at why you need to watch this film.1. Pandiraj’s rootsDirector Pandiraj is known for his realistic scripts. In almost all his interviews, he has spoken about his humble background. He hails from a farmer’s family and Kadaikutty Singam has Pandiraj written all over it.The Pasanga director has always been vocal about the importance of agriculture and farming. His entire family is into farming and that has been an inspiration for him. In an interview, the director said, “I wanted to make a film with a farmer for a hero, who takes great pride in being one. If you treat it as a business, it can be profitable.”advertisement2. Karthi’s determinationFor the past couple of years, Karthi’s filmography is filled with city-based films. But he hails from a family which is deeply rooted in culture and tradition. Even today, Sivakumar and his entire family celebrate important festivals in his villages.Kadaikutty Singam is a film that will focus on the importance of strong relationships. Karthi hails from one such family with rich culture and tradition. Karthi, in an interview, revealed that people need to realise the importance of family no matter how educated you are in life.3. Suriya’s cameoKadaikutty Singam’s premise emphasises familial values. Similarly, Karthi’s brother and actor Suriya was instrumental in assembling the entire team. He was the backbone of the film and made sure the shooting progressed as smoothly as possible.Another reason why Kadaikutty Singam has become a family venture is because of Suriya’s inclusion. In fact, the National Award-winning actor has played a cameo in the film. He was also particular about the film looking as authentic as possible.4. Rekla raceWe automatically associate the phrase ‘village-based entertainer’ with visuals of jallikattu. But there are other sports activities in villages that are lesser known to people.One such sport is the rekla race, which involves bulls lugging carts for a certain distance, and then the winners are awarded. Around 140 carts participated in the race organised by the Rekla Federation of Tamil Nadu. The team of Kadaikutty Singam used the opportunity to film the race and have it as an integral part of the story.5. Good pre-release buzzMonths before the release of Kadaikutty Singam, the team managed to sell the digital and satellite rights for a fair price. It is said that the digital rights have been purchased by Amazon Prime while the satellite rights have been sold to Vijay Television.However, Kadaikutty Singam is taking on Tamizh Padam 2, which has managed to generate a better buzz. If Tamizh Padam 2’s screenplay is engaging, there are high chances that Kadaikutty Singam will emerge as a winner in this box office battle.ALSO SEE | Suriya and Karthi turn singers for Venkat Prabhu’s film PartyALSO WATCH | Tamil actor Surya sends legal notice to PETA for slanderous commentslast_img read more

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 price, specs and everything else we know so far ahead of August 9 launch

first_imgWe are just a little over a week away from Samsung’s Unpacked 2018 event in New York where the company is expected to announce the Galaxy Note 9 and perhaps a few other products like the Galaxy Tab S4, a redesigned S Pen and the Galaxy Watch. The Galaxy Note 9 will be the star of the as it will be the third flagship phone from the company this year following the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. There have been tons of rumours, renders, live images and reports of the phone over the past few weeks and news is still leaking out.Late last Friday, a tipster based in Indonesia tweeted a promotional image of the Galaxy Note 9 along with its price and storage variants. According to the promo, the Galaxy Note 9 will be offered in two storage variants – 128GB and 512GB. The 128GB Galaxy Note 9 will have a price tag of IDR 13,500,000 (approx Rs 64,400) while the top model will be priced IDR 17,500,000 (approx Rs 83,500) in Indonesia. Notably, the promo does not mention 64GB or 256GB models, both of which have been rumoured in the past. In fact, here’s a quick roundup of all that we know so far about the upcoming Galaxy Note 9.– Talking about the design first, don’t expect a dramatic change to the look of the Galaxy Note 9 compared to the Galaxy Note 8. The upcoming flagship is expected to sport a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED Infinity Display on the front with narrow bezels. This means it could just marginally taller than the 6.3-inch display on the predecessor. You can also expect a dual curved edge display which has become a trademark for the company.advertisement– The biggest change to the design will likely be on the rear panel of the Galaxy Note 9. The device, which will sport a glass back, will see a new placement for the fingerprint sensor. The sensor will now be placed just below the dual camera setup to avoid smudging the camera lens and making it easier to reach for users. The Galaxy Note 9 will be offered in three different colour options – black, blue and brown. — Samsung’s stylus, the S Pen, is expected to see a redesign as well which suggests some new functionalities although details around this are still slim. Some reports in the past suggest the S Pen could come with Bluetooth support and may allow for music playback control and long-range self-timer among other things. The way Samsung has been teasing the S Pen, it’s safe to say the company is ready to announce a few interesting things about the stylus on August 9. The S Pen is expected to come in black, brown and yellow colours.– As for the hardware, we expect the Galaxy Note 9 to pack pack most of the same specs as the Galaxy S9+. The device will be powered by the latest Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810 chipset depending on the market. We also expect 6GB and 8GB of RAM options on offer.– After the entire Galaxy Note 7 battery issue a couple of years ago that caused a number of units to catch on fire, Samsung played it safe and fitted a smaller battery inside the Galaxy Note 8. A few days ago, Samsung posted a teaser video suggesting the Galaxy Note 9 may get a bigger battery, suggesting the company is confident about not repeating the Galaxy Note 7 debacle.– Samsung has been a little hush about revealing anything regarding the cameras on the Galaxy Note 9, which might lead one to think that the company is not going to make any significant changes. Rather, it is expected that the device will bring a dual camera configuration similar to the Galaxy S9+ including the Dual Aperture feature that will allow the camera to switch between apertures depending on the lighting condition.– Last week, a Flipkart teaser was spotted suggesting the Galaxy Note 9 India launch will coincide with its global unveiling on August 9. The teaser also suggests that the device will start shipping in the country from August 15.ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy Tab A2 XL specs leaked, could launch alongside Note 9, Tab S4 on Aug 9last_img read more

Karunanidhi’s last journey begins

first_imgChennai, Aug 8 (PTI) Amid cries of people hailing him as “Thalaivar,” (leader), DMK president M Karunanidhi’s last journey began today with thousands of people paying their last respects. Heart-rendering slogans like ‘Kalaignar pugazh vazhga vazhgavey’ (long live the glory of Karunanidhi) rent the air as tri-service personnel lifted the glass casketcontaining the mortal remains and walked up to the decked up military hearse. Sobbing family members, including the late leader’s sons M K Stalin and Tamizharasu, followed them. The hearse inched its way to the Marina beach about 1.7 km from Rajaji Hall with thousands of people lining up on the roads to catch a last glimpse of the departed leader. Hundreds of people sporting black shirts and carrying pictures and banners of the late leader followed the hearse.Karunanidhi’s body was draped in the national tri-colour with his trademark black glasses, yellow shawl, white shirt and dhothi on.Earlier, a galaxy of political leaders led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid their last respects to the departed leader.The mortal remains of Karunanidhi will be lowered into the burial pit behind the samadhi of his mentor and DMK founder C N Annadurai at Marina beach with full statehonours. PTI VGN BN TVSTVSlast_img read more

Watch: Ronaldo scores first Serie A goal as Juventus beat Sassuolo

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo finally opened the scoring account for Juventus as the Italian club registered a 2-1 win over Sassuolo in Serie A.Both goals for Juventus were scored by Ronaldo while Douglas Costa received a red card for spitting at an opponent.The five-times world player of the year opened his account in the easiest possible fashion by tapping into an empty net from less than two metres in the 50th minute.The Portuguese added another in the 65th minute when he finished off a counter-attack by drilling a low-angled shot beyond Andrea Consigli and into the far corner with his left foot.FT – @Cristiano’s brace gives us all three points at the Stadium! #FinoAllaFine #ForzaJuve #JuveSassuolo pic.twitter.com/EdfuoqwM5uJuventusFC (@juventusfcen) September 16, 2018After Ronaldo missed two good chances for a hat-trick, Khouma Babacar headed one back in the 90th minute but could not prevent Sassuolo from falling to their first defeat of the season.Costa became involved in a running feud with Sassuolo midfielder Federico Di Francesco.Ronaldo’s first goal for Juventus.. pic.twitter.com/2v6SyEF61eASG (@ahadfooty_II) September 16, 2018Ronaldo’s second goal pic.twitter.com/rEYxlXJo1oThat Mech Kid ! (@r3al__AJ) September 16, 2018The Brazilian escaped with a booking for elbowing and then head-butting his rival as they tangled before the Sassuolo goal but was then sent off after video cameras caught him spitting at the same player in another altercation.Juventus, chasing an eighth successive Serie A title, have 12 points, three ahead of Napoli. Earlier, AS Roma squandered a two-goal lead when they were held 2-2 at home by lowly Chievo.advertisement(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

There will always be rivalry between India and Bangladesh on field: Shikhar Dhawan

first_imgIndia opener Shikhar Dhawan Thursday said there was “no shame” in his disastrous run of form in the Tests against England as his plans did not work out despite giving his all.Dhawan, whose place in the Test team is under threat for the home series against the West Indies, seemed unfazed about a possible axe.The batsman, who has made a Test comeback in the past on the basis of his stellar showing in white-ball cricket, is back amongst the runs in the ongoing Asia Cup.Also Read – India clear favourites against charged-up Bangladesh in Asia Cup final”I think it always helps when you perform well (irrespective of the form). Agar fayda hona hoga to ho jayega, nahi hona hoga to nai hoga (we will see if my current form helps me in Tests). Whenever I play, red ball or white ball, I utilise whatever knowledge I have of the game,” said Dhawan on the eve of the Asia Cup final against Bangladesh here.Match prediction India vs Bangladesh Asia Cup Final: Predicted playing XI of India and Bangladesh”If you talk about the England Test, I did not do well but I gave it all. Others played better than me. I accept it. There is no shame in it. Then I came here to play white ball cricket, had different plans because of different conditions. Sometimes they (plans) work sometimes they don’t,” the stylish left-hander said in his defence.Talking about Friday’s final, Dhawan said Bangladesh will pose a stiff challenge even though India beat them comfortably in Super Four.advertisementIndia vs Bangladesh live streaming, 2018 Asia Cup final live telecast: Where to watch Ind vs Bang live streaming online”Pakistan may be a bigger team on paper but Bangladesh played better cricket than them and are in the final again. They are always tough to beat, especially at home. They are showing by performances they have gotten so much better. They know how to play under pressure.Kedar Jadhav’s day out with MS Dhoni ahead of Asia Cup final”They play fearlessly against big teams and you have to appreciate that. Having said that, it takes time (to win major events). For them reaching the final is a also a big thing. Hopefully, we will win tomorrow but you will see them crossing the barrier in some other tournament.”Dhawan and Rohit Sharma have provided India solid starts and that is one of the reasons why the side is unbeaten in the tournament.Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Afghanistan stars console heartbroken young Indian fanWhen asked whether there was extra pressure on the two senior batsmen in the absence of skipper Virat Kohli, the southpaw said: “It was not like that we felt that we had more responsibility in Virat’s absence. It was a tournament where the management could give opportunity to the upcoming players, find out who all are equipped to bat in the middle order.”That is why we took rest also (against Afghanistan) so that guys who have not spent time in the middle get to do that. Virat around or not, Rohit and I approach every match the same way, with the same effort. There is obviously a lot of difference between England weather and the weather here but we train well to deal with that.”On India-Bangladesh rivalry getting bigger with time, especially after the 2015 series when the latter won at home, Dhawan added: “Well, there was rivalry before that also. There will always be rivalry on the field. Off the field, we are friends but on it we have to do our job.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Sri Lanka’s Dimuth Karunaratne apologises after arrest for drink driving

first_imgSri Lanka’s Test captain Dimuth Karunaratne has apologised for his actions in a drink-driving accident that injured one person in Colombo and led to the cricketer’s arrest on Sunday.The injured driver was later discharged and Karunaratne was released on bail, with Sri Lanka Cricket stating they would conduct their own inquiry into the incident.”I firstly need to apologise to the owner of the other vehicle who had a few very minor injuries and was absolutely decent in his manner to very amicably sort out the matter directly with me,” Karunaratne said in a statement on Monday.”I… would like to inform all of you that he has been discharged from hospital where he was under precautionary observation and is now resting at home.pic.twitter.com/vi32n2C33R Dimuth Karunaratne (@IamDimuth) April 1, 2019″This morning I produced myself in court and did follow the due legal process of Sri Lanka and did abide by all formalities therein required. I shall continue to assist/follow with what ever legal obligations are necessary from my end.”I’m very much aware that perhaps my actions were utterly unbecoming of a Sri Lankan national cricketer and I do apologise to all of you for this incident.”Karunaratne was Sri Lanka’s captain when they became the first Asian team to win a Test series in South Africa last month.Also Read | PCB fines Umar Akmal for late night outing in Dubai during Australia ODI seriesAlso Read | Maybe Brexit will prevent Kolpak deals from happening: Dale Steynadvertisementlast_img read more

India vs Australia: Zaheer Khan backs Umesh Yadav ahead of Ishant Sharma for 1st Test

first_imgThere is a lot of hype around the Indian pace unit as Virat Kohli’s visiting team take on Australia in the first of a four-match Test series, starting December 6 in Adelaide.With as many as five fast bowlers in the squad, Kohli and the team management have a selection headache to deal with in the lead up to the opening Test.Meanwhile, former India pacer Zaheer Khan has an advice for the think tank days ahead of the much-anticipated series opener.The 40-year-old has backed Umesh Yadav to play in Adelaide ahead of seasoned campaigner Ishant Sharma, who found fame taming the Australian batsmen in the 2007-08 tour.Like a lot of other experts, Zaheer is not tempted to chose Bhuvneshwar Kumar for his batting skills, considering the conditions Down Under that may not suit the Meerut pacer’s style.”I think [Jasprit] Bumrah, Umesh and [Mohammed] Shami should play in the first Test. No doubt we have seen a lot of improvement in Ishant’s bowling and he has experience of playing there as well. But I think if these three play, it would be good for India,” Zaheer told India Today.In the only tour game in Australia before the four-Test series kicks off, Indian bowlers conceded 544 runs against Cricket Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground. However, Zaheer does not read too much into the tour game scoresheet and rates India’s bowling resources at par with Australian battery comprising of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, and Nathan Lyon.”If you compare the two sides, the bowling sides of the two teams are even. But India’s batting looks stronger, taking into consideration experience and other factors. I think India has a very good chance to win the Australia series,” the left-arm pacer said.’Virat has done exceedingly well, he will deliver again’advertisement Virat Kohli will be key to India’s chances of posting big totals Down Under (AP Photo)Zaheer, who rolled his arm over in the T10 League in Sharjah, wants the Indian batsmen to set the foundation for the bowling unit that consistently picked 20 wickets in Test matches in South Africa and England earlier this year.”I think it’s a good chance if the batsmen can give a platform to the bowlers by scoring 350-400 runs when they bat first or try and get better than the opposition while batting second. If that happens, then I think the bowling has that ability because a lot of them have been there before. So they are capable of putting pressure on Australia.”India are looking for an unprecedented series win Down Under and in the absence of Steve Smith and David Warner, Kohli’s men are being billed as favourites to create history.”Virat has done exceedingly well of late and he will deliver again. Like I said earlier, India have a very good chance to win this time,” Zaheer added.Also Read | Virat Kohli in no mood to get into confrontations with Australia: Do not see the needAlso Read | Ex-Australia cricketers differ on ways to tackle the Virat Kohli threatAlso Read | Virat Kohli not underestimating Australia without Steve Smith and David WarnerAlso see:last_img read more

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