OGQ ropes in seven foreign coaches

first_imgMumbai, Oct 16 (PTI) Seven foreign coaches in four disciplines have been roped in by the Olympic Gold Quest (OGQ), an outfit founded by sports icons Prakash Padukone and Geet Sethi, to train 80 junior and senior sportspersons within the country and overseas.This has been done as OGQs research and experience over the last two Olympic cycles “has shown that foreign coaches bring in invaluable knowledge on the techniques, strategies and training methods used by top athletes worldwide which is important to implement in training of our Indian athletes as they prepare for the Olympic Games”, a media release from OGQ said today.More than 40 of these trainees are being supported by OGQ, the release said.The foreign coaches appointed by OGQ are: Charles Atkinson of England for boxing, Kim Hagyong of Korea for archery, Vladimer Mestvirishvili of Georgia for wrestling as well as Kim Seonil (Korea), Munkhbayar Dorjsuren (born in Mongolia but a German citizen) Lazslo Scuzak (Hungary) and Anton Belak (Slovak Republic) for shooting.OGQ, a not-for-profit foundation, has been established to help Indian athletes win Olympic Gold medals. OGQ raises donation from fans, individuals and organisations to support training of senior and junior Indian athletes who have a potential of winning an Olympic medal. PTI SSR RSYlast_img read more

Ashes 2017: Australia regain the urn after Josh Hazlewood picks five-wicket haul

first_imgJosh Hazlewood grabbed his sixth five-wicket haul in Test cricket as Australia crushed England by an innings and 41 runs in the third match of the series to reclaim the Ashes.Hazlewood finished with 5/48 as England were bowled out for 218 in their second innings at Perth to hand Australia a 3-0 unbeatable lead in the five-match series.Play was delayed by three hours by damp patches on the pitch and rain squalls throughout the morning, but it was not enough to save England as they lost their last six wickets for 85 runs.”So many different emotions are coming out right now, I’m that excited,” Australia skipper Steve Smith said.”What an amazing feeling to win an Ashes series, my first as captain to be three-nil up…it’s quite incredible.”It doesn’t get much better than this! #Ashes pic.twitter.com/HObo7Vf3Ze- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) December 18, 2017Even with some 28 overs lost to the weather, England resumed in peril at 132 for four, still 127 runs short of making Australia bat again on a pitch riddled with cracks at both ends.Great stuff Aussies!! The urn has returned!! Celebrate well lads �?���?���??��?�� #singitloudandsingitproud- Glenn Maxwell (@Gmaxi_32) December 18, 2017Wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow was bowled for 14 by Hazlewood on the first delivery he faced, with Nathan Lyon trapping Moeen Ali lbw for 11.First innings centurion Dawid Malan raised his fourth test half-century but after being worked over by Hazlewood, a gloved catch behind for 54 when trying to pull the bowler.Aussie skipper Steve Smith is the Player of the Match after his career-best double-ton. What a player! #Ashes pic.twitter.com/5pHaEUsuAaadvertisement- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) December 18, 2017Hazlewood claimed his fifth victim of the match when tail-ender Craig Overton was taken in the gully for 12 where Usman Khawaja took a fine low catch.The urn returns!! Brilliant performance boys! #Ashes- Aaron Finch (@AaronFinch5) December 18, 2017Stuart Broad lasted two balls before he was caught behind off Pat Cummins, with the same bowler wrapping up the match and the series by dismissing Chris Woakes for 22.(Courtesy: Reuters)The #Ashes are back where they belong! #ohwhatafeeling @Toyota_Aus pic.twitter.com/qJzxltBYJX- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) December 18, 2017last_img read more

Virat Kohli wants youngsters to keep focus on Test cricket

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli on Wednesday said that for the game cricket to sustain globally, Test cricket needs to be the premier format.”I believe Test cricket is paramount for the game to sustain globally. I would urge youngsters to take up longer version of the game,” Kohli said during the first ever Annual Conclave of Delhi & Districts Cricket Association.It was an evening to remember where the legends of Delhi Cricket came together for the inauguration of stands named after Bishan Singh Bedi and Mohinder Amarnath. It was a poignant moment when Kohli recollected his days as an U-14 and U-16 cricketer with Bedi as the coach.”I remember when I played U14 and U16s for Delhi, Bedi sir would make us train too much. Now that’s become a part of my life,” Kohli fondly recollected in presence of Delhi legends and Sharmila Tagore, wife of former India captain Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi.”It’s a huge honour to stand with all Delhi captains. I myself have been a Delhi captain,” said Kohli.Bedi on his part said: “I may not agree with some of his gestures on field but I have not seen someone more intense than Virat on field. I have never seen an Indian more intense than Virat. He will mellow down for sure but how much I have learnt watching Virat is unreal.”The straight talking Bedi as usual was forthright in his assessment about how cricketers nowadays use Ranji Trophy or Duleep Trophy as platform for IPL contract.advertisement”To play for India, figures in first class cricket comes in handy. Ranji Trophy should be played for the sake of Ranji Trophy and Duleep for the sake of Duleep. I don’t understand the name of these teams like Red, Blue and Green,” Bedi said.Amarnath, meanwhile, recollected glory days of Delhi cricket. “It was Bishan whose leadership gave Delhi cricket the respect. He was not just a captain but a leader of men,” Amarnath said.last_img read more

Baseball’s Don Zimmer Dies at 83

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Don Zimmer wasn’t a fixture in baseball forever. It just seemed that way.He played alongside Jackie Robinson on the only Brooklyn Dodgers team to win the World Series. He coached Derek Jeter on the New York Yankees’ latest dynasty. And his manager once was the illustrious Casey Stengel.For 66 years, Zimmer was a most popular presence at ballparks all over, a huge chaw often filling his cheek. Everyone in the game seemed to know him, and love him.Zimmer was still working for the Tampa Bay Rays as a senior adviser when he died June 4 at 83 in a hospital in nearby Dunedin. He had been in a rehabilitation center since having seven hours of heart surgery in mid-April.“Great baseball man. A baseball lifer. Was a mentor to me,” teary-eyed Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said.Zimmer started out as a minor league infielder in 1949, hitting powerful shots that earned him the nickname “Popeye.” He went on to enjoy one of the longest-lasting careers in baseball history.Zimmer played on the original New York Mets, saw his Boston Red Sox beaten by Bucky Dent’s playoff homer and got tossed to the ground by Pedro Martinez during a brawl.Oh, the tales he could tell.“Zim was around when I first came up. He was someone that taught me a lot about the game — he’s been around, he’s pretty much seen everything,” Jeter said after the Yankees lost to Oakland 7-4. “His stories, his experiences.”With the champion Yankees, Zimmer was Joe Torre’s right-hand man as the bench coach. “I hired him as a coach, and he became like a family member to me. He has certainly been a terrific credit to the game,” Torre said in a statement.“The game was his life. And his passing is going to create a void in my life … We loved him. The game of baseball lost a special person tonight. He was a good man,” he said.A career .235 hitter in the big leagues, numbers could never define all that Zimmer meant to the game. He had tremendous success, too — his teams won six World Series rings and went to the postseason 19 times.Zimmer’s No. 66 Rays jersey had been worn recently by longtime Tampa Bay third base coach Tom Foley in tribute — the team wanted that, and MLB decided a coach should wear it.Foley was crying in the dugout June 4 during a 5-4 loss to Miami. He later remembered the Rays going as a team to see “42,” the movie about Robinson. “He would talk about it. He had a lot of stories, a lot of history coming out of him,” Foley said. “He had a lot to give, a lot to offer and he did.”Earlier this season, the Rays hung a banner in the front of the press box at Tropicana Field that simply read “ZIM.”“Today we all lost a national treasure and a wonderful man,” Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg said in a statement.There was a moment of silence at Dodger Stadium for Zimmer before Los Angeles played the Chicago White Sox.“On behalf of Major League Baseball and the many clubs that ‘Popeye’ served in a distinguished baseball life, I extend my deepest condolences to Don’s family, friends and his many admirers throughout our game,” Commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement.Zimmer’s biggest admirer was his wife “Soot” — they were married at home plate during a minor league game in 1951. Two years later in the minors, Zimmer’s path took a frightening turn — he was beaned by a fastball and left in a coma, and doctors had to put metal screws in his head.Zimmer recovered well enough to wear a lot of uniforms during his 56 years in the majors. He played for the Dodgers, Mets, Cubs, Cincinnati Reds and Washington Senators. He managed San Diego, Boston, Texas and the Cubs.“I loved Zim. I loved his passion. He was a great, great guy. He was a great baseball guy,” Yankees executive Hank Steinbrenner told The Associated Press. “Everybody loved him.”Zimmer hit 91 home runs and had 352 RBIs in 12 seasons. He started Game 7 when Brooklyn beat the Yankees for the 1955 crown and was an All-Star in 1961.The next year, he played under Stengel on the 1962 expansion Mets, who famously went 40-120. “Don’t blame them all on me,” Zimmer once said. “I got traded after the first 30 days.”Zimmer was the 1989 NL Manager of the Year with the Cubs and was at Yankee Stadium for three perfect games, by Don Larsen in the 1956 World Series and by David Cone and David Wells in the late 1990s.“Zim was a great man, and there are no words to explain what he brought to us and what he meant to me,” Rays star Evan Longoria said. “He taught me a lot of things, and those days of sitting in the dugout with him will be missed,” he said.Said Rays pitcher David Price: “Zim was a very special person to all of us. A very special person in baseball, period.”“He always lit everybody’s faces up whenever he’d walk in,” he said. “Zim had a passion for baseball that rubs off on everybody.”Zimmer is survived by his wife; son Thomas, a scout with the San Francisco Giants; daughter Donna, and four grandchildren.last_img read more

Jets Comeback Beats Bengals, 25-17

first_imgCINCINNATI — Andy Dalton’s first throw was right there. So were his next seven. Even his longest pass came down in the exact spot he intended. Perfect, all around.Dalton completed all eight of his passes and led the Bengals to a pair of touchdowns and a field goal during three impressive series Aug. 16 before the New York Jets’ reserves rallied for a 25-17 preseason victory.“He continues to play the way we think Andy should play all the time,” coach Marvin Lewis said. “It doesn’t surprise me. It’s the way he practices every day. He doesn’t need to be flashy. He just needs to be accurate. He just needs to handle the offense. He does that very well.”It was Dalton’s first game at Paul Brown Stadium since his turnover-filled 27-10 loss to San Diego in the opening round of the playoffs.Also, it was his first home game since he signed a six-year contract extension that showed Cincinnati’s commitment.Couldn’t have gone any better. “That’s about as good as it gets in the preseason, I guess,” Dalton said. “I just felt good out there.”The fourth-year quarterback went 8-for-8 for 144 yards, one touchdown and a perfect passer rating of 158.3. The Bengals (0-2) rolled up 173 yards while he was in the game, pulling ahead 17-3.With their starters on the field, the Jets (2-0) had another bad day at Paul Brown. They got drubbed 49-9 in Cincinnati midway through last season — Dalton threw a career-high five touchdown passes in that one.Their injury-depleted secondary made it easy for Dalton. “Dalton looked like a million-dollar quarterback tonight,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said.In an experiment, the Jets moved safety Antonio Allen to cornerback and had him cover A.J. Green. It didn’t go well at all — Green caught three passes for 69 yards, including a 35-yard catch after he pulled away from Allen down the sideline.Dalton threw a 43-yard touchdown pass to Mohamed Sanu on the opening series, fitting a long throw in-between double coverage. “I just had to put my hands out,” Sanu said. “It was all Andy on that one.”The Bengals went no-huddle with Dalton in the game, part of new offensive coordinator Hue Jackson’s attempt to speed things up. They looked comfortable at the new pace.“You want to see that every time out,” Lewis said. “Andy looked very sharp.”Geno Smith played the first half, staying in with the starters after Cincinnati substituted on defense in the second quarter. Smith was 10 of 13 for 98 yards and a passer rating of 65.5. He also ran four times for 20 yards, including a 1-yard touchdown.Smith had his worst day as a rookie at Paul Brown last season, throwing two interceptions that were returned for touchdowns.Michael Vick took over in the second half and threw a 17-yard touchdown pass. He went 5-of-9 for 70 yards and scrambled twice for 16 yards. Rookie Ikemefuna Enemkpali blocked Kevin Huber’s punt out of the end zone for a safety.The Jets had seven penalties for personal fouls, unsportsmanlike conduct and unnecessary roughness. Offensive tackle Breno Giacomini got two of them — one for shoving cornerback Terence Newman after his interception, another for a roll block. Guard Brian Winters also got flagged for two.(JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Gee Whizzed! A’s Beat Mets, 6-2

first_imgOAKLAND, Calif. — Oakland Athletics leadoff hitter Coco Crisp tinkered with his swing for a few days and finally got the results he has been looking for.That is critical for a team trying to hang on in the AL West after owning the best record in baseball for a majority of the season.Crisp hit a tiebreaking three-run triple in the fourth inning to help Scott Kazmir earn his career-best 14th win, and the A’s beat the New York Mets 6-2 on Aug. 19 to snap a five-game losing streak.“I haven’t been hitting well at all so I’m trying to figure out some things to try to be successful with whatever I’m dealing with,” Crisp said. “These past couple of days, whatever I’ve been trying to do it seems like it could work so I’m trying to stick with that and see what happens.”Crisp wouldn’t divulge what changes he has made to his swing but it is clear he knew something had to change.Coming off a miserable road trip when he went 2-for-23, Crisp grounded out and singled before lining an 0-1 pitch from Mets starter Dillon Gee down the right field line with the bases loaded. It was Crisp’s third triple this season.The A’s, who avoided losing six consecutive games for the first time since 2012, remained a half-game behind the Los Angeles Angels in the AL West.“It’s very rare that he goes through a stretch like that,” Oakland Manager Bob Melvin said of Crisp. “It’s not like he was striking out all the time (or) taking off-balance swings. A hit like that, especially with runners in scoring position in a tight game, can do wonders for the personality.”Kazmir (14-5) allowed one run and four hits in six innings. He retired nine of his final 10 batters after giving up a solo home run to Travis d’Arnaud leading off the fourth.New York lost its third straight.Oakland had been mired in a team-wide hitting slump before coming up with its most productive game in a week.Crisp, the A’s leadoff hitter who has been in and out of the lineup with lingering neck pain, provided the biggest boost with his first multi-hit game since July 8.Josh Reddick added a two-run homer, and Alberto Callaspo drove in a run with a sacrifice fly two batters before Crisp’s bases-clearing hit.The Mets avoided making history but couldn’t snap their skid.New York had been held to four hits or fewer in its previous five games. According to stats provided to the team by Elias Sports Bureau, no club had ever done that in six straight.The Mets managed seven hits this time but it wasn’t enough to prevent their second loss in three games against the A’s this season.Gee (4-6) gave up four runs and eight hits in 5 2-3 innings. The right-hander fell to 0-5 in his past seven starts and is winless since July 9.“He was up in the zone,” Mets Manager Terry Collins said. “That’s not where he’s supposed to be. The balls Coco hit were because he fell behind in the count. He’s a better pitcher than he’s showing.”(MICHAEL WAGAMAN)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Rangers Take Off Blue Jackets, 2-1

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares COLUMBUS, Ohio — After consecutive shutout losses, the New York Rangers needed a lift.They got it from their sterling goaltender — and with the return of an injured teammate.Marc Staal and Chris Kreider scored and Henrik Lundqvist made 35 saves to lead the New York Rangers to a 2-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Jan. 16.Lundqvist dueled with Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky most of the night, trading great saves.Despite getting only two shots on goal in the third period, the Rangers hung on.“We did what we had to do,” coach Alain Vigneault said. “When we weren’t where we were supposed to be, our goaltender was.”Lundqvist was pleased that his team pulled out of its offensive funk.“When you get used to winning, losing is terrible,” he said. “You could see when we scored that first goal we relaxed a little bit, we started playing better, we had more speed.”Derek Stepan, who was a game-time decision to play due to an upper-body injury, assisted on both second-period goals after missing the Rangers’ last game.“We came out in the second period and did a lot of good things — things we had been doing earlier in the season,” he said. “When we execute the way we did in the second, we’re really a tough team to play.The Rangers finally found some offense after a scoreless drought of 146:59.Staal converted on a rebound off a shot from the left circle by Stepan at 5:59 of the period. They had not scored since Nash tallied on an empty-netter with 1 minute left in a 3-1 win at San Jose on Jan. 10.Just 4:11 later, they scored again.Stepan triggered the goal with a nifty stretch pass to Kreider, all alone behind the defense, who faked to his forehand before slipping a backhand just past Bobrovsky’s outstretched left toe at the post.The Blue Jackets got on the board at 3:16 of the third. Bobrovsky, who made 24 stops, made a spectacular save on a redirect, with Ryan Johansen then connecting with Hartnell on a long pass. Hartnell beat Lundqvist high on the glove side, with the goalie picking up the second assist.The Rangers, thanks to some quality saves by Lundqvist, hung on.“I wouldn’t say we necessarily shut them down,” Vigneault said. “They had a couple of good looks. I liked the way we battled tonight. We weren’t crisp the whole night, but we found a way.”Scott Hartnell had the goal for the Blue Jackets, who have dropped four in a row while being outscored 15-7 after collecting points in 13 of 15 games.“It’s just frustrating we’re on a little bit of a skid right now,” Hartnell said.Ryan Johansen extended his personal- and franchise-record points streak to 12 games with an assist (7-7-14). It’s the longest such streak in the NHL this season.“We did some good things,” Columbus coach Todd Richards said.Lundqvist was solid all night. He stymied Johansen on repeated whacks at a loose puck in the crease with just under 6 minutes left.It appeared the Rangers got a big goal late. Bobrovsky deflected a high pass by Mats Zuccarello for Kevin Klein with 1:26 left in regulation.The puck glanced off the right leg of Hartnell and bounced into the net. It was ruled a no-goal on the ice and a video review was inconclusive whether Klein had contacted the puck with a high stick.Bobrovsky stood tall as the Rangers swarmed with seven shots on their first power play, and also gloved Dominic Moore’s shot after Tanner Glass’ steal in the opening period.Lundqvist, playing can-you-top-this, stopped Cam Atkinson in close after a New York giveaway early in the game, then twice turned away Johansen, first on a wrister and then point-blank off a loose puck, in a span of a few seconds.(RUSTY MILLER, AP Sports Writer)last_img read more

Three Dead, 22 Hurt at Homecoming

first_imgSTILLWATER, OK— A woman arrested on a DUI charge crashed into a crowd of spectators Saturday during the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade, killing three people and injuring nearly two dozen others, police said.Stillwater police Capt. Kyle Gibbs said the woman’s sedan plowed into an unoccupied motorcycle of an officer who was working security at the parade, then into the crowd. The driver of the sedan was taken into custody on a driving under the influence charge, Gibbs said.Gibbs said three people were killed and 22 were injured in the crash Saturday morning, including eight who were airlifted to hospitals with critical injuries.Police said Adacia Chambers, 25, was taken into custody on the DUI charge. Her hometown was not released.“We treat these like we would any homicide investigation,” Gibbs said. “It’ll probably take several days to get additional information as to the cause of the accident”Oklahoma State University President Burns Hargis said there had been discussion about canceling the homecoming game Saturday afternoon against Kansas but that it would be played. The victims were expected to be remembered with a moment of silence.Dave Kapple of Houston told the Stillwater News Press that he and his son were about 10 feet away when they saw the vehicle barreling into the crowd.“We heard somebody scream, ‘Look out!.’ (The driver) plowed through a police motorcycle, and then a crowd of people,” Kapple said. “People were flying everywhere.”Konda Walker, from Anchorage, Alaska, was attending the festivities ahead of the homecoming game.“At first we thought it was part of the show,” Walker told the News Press. “People were flying 30 feet into the air like rag dolls.”Phone calls to Oklahoma State officials were not immediately returned.The university posted on Twitter: “Oklahoma State University is saddened by the tragic parade incident earlier this morning. Our thoughts & prayers are with those affected.”It’s not the first tragedy to strike events connected to Oklahoma State spots programs. Ten people, including two OSU men’s basketball players, were killed in a 2001 plane crash while returning from a game in Colorado. And Oklahoma State women’s basketball coach Kurt Budke and assistant Miranda Serna were among four killed in a plane crash in Arkansas in 2011 while on a recruiting trip.“The families, I know, and these victims will never be able to understand this, nor will we,” Hargis said. “But the Cowboy family pulls together, unfortunately we’ve had to do it before and were going to do it again.” TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Olympiacos Edges PAOK, 104-99

first_imgTHESSALONIKI – It took an overtime, but Greek basketball power Olympiacos eventually got past a scrappy PAOK team on Nov. 2, winning 104-99.The last-place home team put a big scare in the Reds but fell to 0-4 with the loss. Olympiacos had to stage a furious comeback to tie it in regulation before pulling away in the OT. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

Yanks Lose Opener to Astros, 5-3

first_imgNEW YORK — Joe Girardi came running out of the dugout on a freezing afternoon for his first argument of the season.Houston’s Jose Altuve had just scored the go-ahead run when pitcher Dellin Betances threw Carlos Correa’s slow roller over first baseman Mark Teixeira and down the right-field line. The New York Yankees Manager wanted plate umpire Dana DeMuth to call out Correa for running in fair territory.“You have no lane to throw it, so Dellin’s only option is to throw it and hit him,” Girardi said. “I don’t think that’s what baseball wants, so, to me, it’s something that probably needs to be looked at.”New York lost the argument and its opener.Correa started the comeback with an RBI grounder and solo homer against Masahiro Tanaka, and the Astros went on to beat the Yankees 5-3 April 5 to win four straight openers for the first time in franchise history.The Yankees have lost five straight openers, matching the franchise record, and seven of eight.“If you throw the ball into right field, it’s like pass interference in football: a non-catchable ball,” Teixeira said. “They’re not going to call pass interference if the ball’s way out of bounds.”There were tiny ice crystals on the infield when batting practice began. New Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro wore a balaclava. Houston ace Dallas Keuchel said the baseballs felt chalky, “like throwing a sandball.”Betances (0-1) relieved to start the eighth and walked Altuve, who stole second. Correa hit a dribbler that Betances shot-putted over Teixeira.“Maybe I was inside the line, but then he’s got to hit me in the back in order for me to be called out,” Correa said. “I was just trying to maybe confuse him. He’s a pitcher. They don’t play much defense.”After the four umpires conferred, the call was upheld and Girardi played the remainder of the game under protest.“That ball was so high that in my judgment that was just an error, a bad throw,” DeMuth said.Luis Valbuena added a two-run single on Betances’ 30th and final pitch for a 5-2 lead.“Next time, I’ll just try to hit him,” Betances said. “It was just tough. I couldn’t see Tex.”It was 27 degrees when batting practice began, and the temperature rose to 36 with a stiff wind and a cloudless sky at game time. The crowd seemed slightly more than half the announced attendance of 47,280 — the smallest for a Yankees home opener since 2003. This also was the lowest temperature for any regular-season Yankees game in the Bronx since that 2003 home opener.The public address system played Foreigner’s Cold As Ice before Colby Rasmus led off the second. But players did have a few amenities in a ballpark that opened eight years ago — vent blew hot air into the dugouts and the bat racks were heated, keeping the wood warm.Keuchel (1-0) allowed Castro’s two-run double in the second, which ended the AL Cy Young Award winner’s 29-inning scoreless streak against New York, but gave up just three hits in seven innings, struck out five and walked four — his most since last June 20. He retired his final 11 batters.Didi Gregorius homered on a 96 mph fastball in the eighth from Ken Giles, and Luke Gregerson got three straight outs for the save.Castro, acquired from the Chicago Cubs to give the Yankees another right-handed bat, pulled an 85 mph cutter down the left-field line in the second for a 2-0 lead.“I was a little nervous at the beginning,” he said.Left fielder Aaron Hicks, like Castro making his Yankees debut, misjudged Altuve’s liner leading off the fourth and allowed it to soar over him for a leadoff double. Correa grounded into a force-out that scored Altuve.“I just missed it. Plain and simple,” Hicks said. “I got caught flat footed.”Tanaka gave up a sixth-inning homer to Correa that tied the score. He allowed two runs and four hits in 5 2-3 innings. “I think we played some pretty good baseball today against a good pitcher and a good team,” Teixeira said. “It’s just one bad inning.”(RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Bruins Beat Ducks 3-0 for 4th Straight Win

first_imgBy: Dan Greenspan, Associated PressANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Boston Bruins have been trending in the right direction for a while.Jaroslav Halak is starting to round into form again.Halak made 30 saves in his fourth shutout of the season, and the Bruins beat the Anaheim Ducks 3-0 on Friday night for their fourth consecutive victory.“It’s a team effort all the time,” Halak said. “Like anytime we win a game or I get a shutout, it has to be everybody on the same page and I think tonight we were for 95 percent of it, and that makes you successful. We opened up the trip on the right note.”Noel Acciari and Jake DeBrusk scored for the Bruins, who have earned at least a point in nine consecutive games. Chris Wagner added an empty-netter with 1:31 remaining.Boston Bruins right wing Chris Wagner, center, and Anaheim Ducks center Adam Henrique scuffle as a linesman tries to break them apart during the second period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Halak has won consecutive starts since a 1-4-2 stretch during which he allowed 23 goals. Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy attributed the rough patch to the defense’s inability to clear traffic from in front of the net and give the Slovakian goalie a chance to see the puck.“He had a real hot streak at the start, cooled off a little,” Cassidy said. “A product of both those streaks is usually the team in front of you. You play well, they keep the net clear, the goalie is going to look good.”Halak did his part, denying Corey Perry on an odd-man rush that was set up by Rickard Rakell’s stellar backhand pass in the opening minute of the second period.Halak also got some help when defenseman Brandon Carlo deflected Brandon Montour’s follow-up shot of a breakaway by Ducks rookie forward Max Jones late in the first period.Jones didn’t have the angle he wanted initially and hesitated to shoot after racing past three Bruins at the blue line, allowing Halak to square up and make the initial save.“A couple of times I got help from my D by clearing the puck or making a save for me, but I think it was a good effort,” said Halak, who got his 46th career shutout.Acciari put the Bruins in front 5:31 into the first period when he tipped Carlo’s powerful slap shot past Boyle, ending a 16-game scoreless streak.Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy, left, and Anaheim Ducks center Derek Grant fall while competing for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Bruins made it 2-0 on DeBrusk’s power-play goal 5:07 into the second. Anaheim goalie Kevin Boyle got caught out of position after challenging David Krejci, who easily skated past the rookie and fed DeBrusk for an easy tap-in. DeBrusk scored for the second straight game.“Yeah, I was grinding for that one, that’s for sure,” DeBrusk joked. “It was pretty much lying in the crease and I had a front-row view to it, and it was just nice to be in the right place at the right time and help the team.”The Ducks have dropped 20 of their past 23 games. They have been shut out three times in their past nine games and scored a total of nine goals in that span.“You can’t expect to shut teams out every night,” Ducks defenseman Josh Manson said. “It’s unfortunate, but we know we have to score. It doesn’t change anything for us.”Boyle made 26 saves.NOTES: Torey Krug had the secondary assist on DeBrusk’s goal, his sixth assist during a five-game streak. Krug has nine assists in his past nine games. . Anaheim was shut out for the sixth time this season. … Sean Kuraly had two assists.UP NEXTBruins: Visit Los Angeles on Saturday night.Ducks: Host Washington on Sunday night.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Renesas: MCU using advanced 28nm Embedded Flash technology

first_imgRenesas announced the sample shipment of the industry’s first on-chip flash memory microcontroller using a 28 nm process technology. To contribute to the realization of next-generation green cars and autonomous vehicles with higher efficiency and higher reliability, the revolutionary RH850/E2x Series MCU incorporates up to six 400 MHz CPU cores, which makes it the first on-chip flash memory automotive MCU to achieve the industry’s highest processing performance of 9600 MIPS. The new MCU series also features a built-in flash memory of up to 16 MB as well as enhanced security functions and functional safety.Targeting ASIL-D, the highest level of the ISO 26262 functional safety standard for automotive E/E systems, the RH850/E2x Series adopts the dual core lock step CPU structure that guarantees that the calculations performed by two CPU cores are identical. The RH850/E2x also provides up to four sets of CPU pairs, and features a variety of hardware functional safety improvements. In applications where a system malfunction could lead to life-endangering accidents, these features immediately detect faults should a malfunction occur and allow system safety to be maintained. Renesas will provide safety analysis tools that can flexibly support a wide range of use cases to implement safe systems.Under Renesas autonomy, an open, innovative and trusted platform for assisted and automated driving, Renesas provides end-to-end solutions that advance the evolution of vehicles towards next-generation green cars, connected cars, and autonomous-driving vehicles. The 28nm-generation automotive control MCU is a new breakthrough product featuring next-generation technology for achieving vehicle control, which, together with the R-Car Family of systems-on-chip designed for cloud connectivity and sensing, constitute the two main pillars of the Renesas autonomy Platform.Samples of both 28nm and 40nm MCUs from RH850/E2x are scheduled to be available from March 2018.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Making a “Smart City” smart with cellular gatewaysNext Farnell: element14 now stocking Rohde & Schwarz RTC1000 and RTM3000 oscilloscopeslast_img read more

ADI: biological and chemical sensing interface IC

first_imgAnalog Devices announces a new sensor interface IC that enables the next generation of intelligent electrochemical sensors. As the only solution available to incorporate potentiostat and Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS) functionality on a single chip, the ADuCM355 precision analog microcontroller with bio-sensor and chemical sensor interface is an ideal solution for applications such as industrial gas sensing, instrumentation, vital signs monitoring and disease management.The device features the industry’s most advanced sensor diagnostics, best-in-class low noise and low power performance, and smallest form factor. This new microcontroller platform offers increased reliability, utmost flexibility and significant cost savings.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous IBASE: slot-in digital signage player running on Window 10 and Linux UbuntuNext Key driving technologies for industry 4.0last_img read more

Air India set to have ‘Maharaja’ class seats on international flights

first_imgNew Delhi, June 20 (PTI) Passengers on most of Air India’s international flights are all set for a new experience as the airline will soon introduce ‘Maharaja’ business class seats, variety cuisines and new uniforms for crew, officials said. The revamped products and services is likely to be unveiled on June 22, which would also come on an eventful week when the government decided to put the breaks, for now, on the disinvestment plans for the loss-making carrier. “The airline would launch a revamped Maharaja business class,” Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha told reporters here. The existing first class and business class seats on its Boeing 777 and 787 aircraft fleet would be revamped for the Maharaja business class seats. These planes operate short and long haul international routes. Airline officials said the latest makeover exercise would involve overhauling of a section of the first class and business class with an upgraded ambience, upholstery and other new features. The night kits would also come with a new look, they added. Besides, variety cuisines and new uniforms for crew would be introduced, they said. “The objective of the revamping exercise is to bring about the much needed change in the airline, make it more customer-focussed with enviable service,” one of the officials said. Another official said the move is part of larger efforts to attract more passengers on its international flights and in turn generate more revenues as well as gain more market share. Currently, Air India has 17 per cent market share on international routes. It has over 2,500 international prime-time slots per week spread across 43 overseas destinations.advertisement According to the officials, the cabin crew of Boeing aircraft flying on the overseas routes would be sporting new uniform with a subtle western touch. Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu and his deputy Jayant Sinha are expected to unveil the new products. The Civil Aviation Ministry today said the government is committed to strategic disinvestment of Air India and a plan is being prepared to run the airline efficiently, weeks after the flagship carrier’s strategic stake sale failed to take off. “Air India has a very important role to play in the aviation sector of India. Therefore, to keep it healthy, efficient and forward looking airline is an important priority for the government,” Prabhu said today. PTI SAN RAMRAMlast_img read more

Lakshya Sen targets 2018 Youth Olympics after becoming Asian junior champion

first_imgIndia’s junior badminton star Lakshya Sen has his eyes set on the 2018 Youth Olympics after a successful Badminton Asia Junior Championship, where he defeated the world No.1 to win the gold medal.Just a week ago, Lakshya stunned the top seed Kunlavut Vitidsarn of Thailand 21-19, 21-18 to win the Junior Championship and became only the third Indian after Late Gautam Thakkar (1965) and PV Sindhu (2012) to win a gold medal at the Asia Junior Championship.Lakshya is also a former world No.1 in the junior category. Even as Lakshya is now focusing on making a smooth shift to the senior circuit, his goal at the moment are Youth Olympics and World Junior Badminton Championships.Lakshya, after winning in Asia, is high on confidence and will look to conquer the world.”I will try to win the Youth Olympics and World Junior Badminton Championship,” Lakshya said.Also read – Lakshya Sen wins gold in Badminton Asia Junior ChampionshipsReflecting on his win in Jakarta, the 16-year-old Lakshya said that he was very happy with the win as he had put in a lot of hard work for the tournament.When asked about his role model, Lakshya said it has to be former All England Champion Prakash Padukone as he has learnt a lot from the legendary badminton. Lakshya trains in Bengaluru at the Prakash Padukone Academy.Meanwhile, Lakshya’s father credited the entire team, including physios and trainers, for Lakshya’s success in the tournament.Throwing light on Lakshya’s future schedule, his father said that he would be participating in two events which would be held in Spain and Vietnam before heading to Buenos Aires for the Youth Olympics.advertisementWith the win at Asia Junior Championships, Badminton Association of India (BAI) had honoured Lakshya and announced a cash prize of Rs. 10 Lakh for the rising badminton star.The 2018 Youth Olympics is slated to be held from October 6 to 18.(With ANI inputs)last_img read more

Ghajinikanth Review: Interesting premise wasted by dull writing

first_imgIn Gautham Menon’s Achcham Yenbathu Madamaiyada, the name of the hero was kept a secret all through the film and was revealed to be ‘Rajinikanth’ towards the end, and it invoked a sense of intrigue and surprise. The name was out of place in a film that was trying to be that intense.But Ghajinkanth is the type of film where the hero can be named Rajinikanth or Kamal Haasan or Sivaji Ganesan or Suruli Rajan, yet it won’t matter much. The whole point is to not take anything seriously in a film which takes itself so lightly. So, even if a dark-skinned boy is shamed for his colour, or if a maid is treated as a sub-human being, one should be a sport and not complain.Rajini Ramanathan is an ardent fan of Superstar and names his son Rajinikanth. Apart from everything else, the son also inherits his dad’s love for the Tamil actor. But Rajinikanth has one problem – a severe case of memory loss. He forgets things in a short span of time, reminding us of Suriya’s film Ghajini. Hence, the title Ghajinikanth.When his dad expects his son to be kickass like Baasha Rajini, he ends up being Dharmathin Thalaivan Rajini and it is funny when Ramanathan laments the same. However, a larger part of the comedy doesn’t work in the film, ironically directed by Santhosh P Jayakumar, who is riding on the success of the adult comedies (Iruttu Arayil Murattu Kuthu and Hara Hara Mahadevki).advertisementSo, Ghajinikanth meets his love Vandana (Sayyeshaa), the shockingly gullible fair-skinned Tamil heroine who instantly approves of the flat-earth theory if it were to come from the hero. He hides his problem to make Vandana fall in love with him. His crimes vary from harmless lies to criminally offensive impersonation. But he has to convince Vandana’s father, who knows the truth, to accept their relationship.Amid all these, there is this one-dimensional villain, a police officer who is obsessed with Vandana. He has been written just for the sole purpose of a climax fight and to act as a truth-dispensing machine.Arya, though does very little in terms of acting, is convincing as an annoying and irresponsible bloke. We get a bit of surprise from Sayyeshaa, who takes her lines seriously and mouths her dialogues well. Her right expressions suggest that she is not clueless and is in the know of the proceedings of the film. But it is also a pointer of how less is expected of a heroine in Tamil cinema.ALSO READ: Will Arya’s Ghajinikanth work at the box office?ALSO WATCH | Tamil actor Simbu booked for obscene beep songlast_img read more

Asian Games 2018: India’s medal tally after Day 6

first_imgIndia grabbed seven medals on Day 6 of the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta to take their medal tally to 25.India won medals in tennis, women’s kabaddi, shooting, rowing on Friday to end the day as the most productive one so far in this year’s Asian Games.Indian rowers started the day with a bang as they got three medals for their country early on in the day. Dushyant Chauhan bagged bronze in men’s Lightweight Single Sculls and it was followed by another bronze by Rohit Kumar and Bhagwan Singh in men’s Lightweight Double Sculls event. After two bronze medals in rowing, the Indian team finally struck in men’s Quadruple Sculls event.Later in the day, Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan clinch won gold in men’s doubles tennis.The next medal came when the women’s kabaddi team, much like the men’s team, failed to overcome the mighty Iranians and surrendered a lead to go down in the final and therefore, settele for silver.Heena Sidhu continued her medal-winning run at the Asian Games well as she settled for bronze in the 10m Air Pistol Women event.The last medal of the day came from Prajnesh Gunneswaran, who settled for bronze after losing his men’s singles tennis semi-final. Therefore, India ended the day with 25 medals (6 gold, 5 silver and 14 bronze)Dushyant bags maiden Games medal for India in rowingDushyant Chauhan bagged the bronze medal in the men’s Lightweight Single Sculls at the Jakabaring Rowing and Canoeing center in Jakarta.Dushyant finished third with a time of 7:18.76 to clinch the first medal for India on Day 6. This is also the first medal for the country in rowing at the Games.advertisementRowing team wins fifth gold medal for India The Indian rowing team clinched the country’s fifth gold in this year’s Asian Games (@Media_SAI Photo)The Indian rowing team clinched the gold medal in the men’s Quadruple Sculls final on Friday to add the third medal for the country.The Indian rowing team comprising of Sawarn Singh, Dattu Bhokanal, Om Prakash and Sukhmeet Singh crossed the finish line in first place with a time of 6:17.13 to bag the yellow medal.Indonesia bagged the silver medal with a time of 6:20.58 while Thailand took the bronze with a time of 6:22.41.Rowers Rohit Kumar, Bhagwan Singh get bronze in Double ScullsIndian rowers won a gold and two bronze medals in an incredible start to the sixth day of competitions at the 18th Asian Games.The team comprising Sawarn Singh, Dattu Bhokanal, Om Prakash and Sukhmeet Singh clocked 6:17.13 to win the gold medal in men’s quadruple sculls.Rohan Bopanna, Divij Sharan win gold in men’s doubles tennisIndia’s Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan won the gold medal in the men’s doubles tennis event after defeating Kazakhstan’s men’s doubles pair in the final.Bopanna and Sharan, who were the top seeds in the event, played to their billing throughout the tournament and beat Kazakhstan’s Aleksandr Bublik and Denis Yevseyev 6-3, 6-4 to scoop the top prize in the event.Bronze for Heena Sidhu Heena Sidhu bagged 10m Air Pistol Women event (AP Photo)Heena Sidhu settled for bronze in the 10m Air Pistol Women event at the Asian Games 2018 in Palembang while Manu Bhaker finished fifth on Friday as India continued with their good show in shooting.Heena shot an almost perfect 10.8 in her penultimate shot to go within touching distance of gold and silver but a 9.6 in the final shot meant she had to be content with the bronze colour of the medal.India women settle for silver in KabaddiIndian women’s kabaddi team settled for silver at the Asian Games 2018 after a 24-27 loss too Iran in the final.Their silver medal came after the men’s kabaddi team settled for a bronze for the first time since kabaddi was included in the multi-sport event.Prajnesh Gunneswaran settles for bronze in tennisPrajnesh Gunneswaran settled for bronze in men’s singles tennis event at Asian Games 2018 after he lost his semi-final match to Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin.Prajnesh became only the sixth India to win a men’s singles medal at the Asian Games.Prajnesh, who is ranked 161st in the world, fought hard but went down 2-6, 2-6 to world No.75 Istomin in 86 minutes. Prajnesh was no match to the strength and power of Istomin.Day 5: WRAP Shardul Vihan then earned silver in men’s Double Trap final (AP Photo)India returned with three medals on Thursday in the ongoing 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta to take their medal tally to 18.advertisementAnkita Raina earned bronze to kick start India’s day despite her loss 4-6, 6-7 to Shuai Zhang of China in a match which lasted for over two hours.15-year-old shooter Shardul Vihan then earned silver in men’s Double Trap final. Shardul shot 73 to claim the silver medal, while Korea’s 34-year-old Shin Hyunwoo clinched gold scoring 74.The last medal of the day was a bit of a shock as the Indian men’s kabaddi team lost to Iran 18-27 and were knocked out in the semi-final, therefore, settling for bronze.This was the first time the Indian men’s kabaddi team had to settle for anything less than gold in the Asian Games.Day 4: WRAP Rahi Sarnobat became the first Indian woman shooter to win a gold medal at the Asian Games (AP Photo)Rahi Sarnobat scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman shooter to win a gold medal at the Asian Games as she prevailed in a nervy shoot-off in the 25m pistol event.The 27-year-old got the better of Thailand’s Naphaswan Yangpaiboon in a shoot-off after both shot a Games record score of 34 in the finals.India also bagged four bronze medals in the wushu sanda competition at the 18th Asian Games on Wednesday. This is the best ever medal haul by India in wushu at the Asian Games.Three medals came from the men’s competition as Santosh Kumar (56 kiloram), Surya Bhanu Pratap Singh (60kg) and Narender Grewal (65kg) lost in their respective semi-finals. Each losing semi-finalist is assured of a bronze medal.Day 3: WRAP Saurabh Chaudhary clinched the top prize in men’s 10m air pistol event (AP Photo)Saurabh, 16, clinched the top prize in men’s 10m air pistol event with Games record of 240.7 ahead of Japan’s Tomoyuki Matsuda (239.7).Saurabh’s compatriot Abhishek Verma won bronze in the same event with a score of 219.3.16-year-old Saurabh Chaudhary shoots for gold with record scoreSaurabh and Abhishek’s success was followed up by shooter Sanjeev Rajput, who bagged silver in Men’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions to take India’s tally to eight.Shooter Sanjeev Rajput claims 3rd silver medal for IndiaIndia also clinched a medal in a game that many would have been unfamiliar of. The Indian team settled for bronze medal in Sepak takraw men’s team regu.India win first medal in sepak takrawIn the last medal of the day came from wrestler Divya Kakran, who bagged bronze in women’s 68kg freestyle category.Divya Kakran gets bronze in women’s wrestlingWrestler Divya Kakran won her first Asian Games medal when she beat Taipei’s Chen Wenling in the bronze medal match in Jakarta.Day 2: WRAP Wrestler Vinesh Phogat won gold in 50kg category final (AP Photo)Vinesh defeated Yuki 6-2 in the 50kg category final to bag the top prize and take India’s tally of gold medals to two at the 18th edition of the Asian Games in Indonesia.Vinesh Phogat 1st Indian woman wrestler to win Asian Games gold medalEarlier in the day, Shooter Deepak Kumar and Lakshay won silver each in 10m air rifle and men’s trap respectively.advertisementIndia bag 2nd shooting medal as Deepak Kumar claims silverThe 33-year-old Deepak did not mind the long wait for a major medal, 14 years after he picked up the sport. Deepak shot 247.7 to finish second on the podium behind China’s Haoran Yang, who won the top prize with a Games record 249.1 at the JSC Shooting Range of this port city.Lakshay, on the other hand, picked up the gun only four years ago as a teenager and at 20, after managing to hit a total of 43 out of a maximum shots of 50.Shooter Lakshay bags silver in men’s trapLakshay is now a silver-medallist at the Asiad, equalling the feat achieved by former world champion Manavjit Singh Sandhu at the 2006 Doha edition.Day 1: WRAP Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar won bronze in the mixed rifle event (AP Photo)The first medal came for India when shooters Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar won bronze in the mixed rifle event.The Indian pairing of Chandela and Kumar aggregated 429.9 after 42 shots in the 48-shot final and were in second spot for major part of the 48-shot finals before China overtook them to take the silver.Shooters Apurvi Chandela, Ravi Kumar win first medal for IndiaWrestler Bajrang Punia emerged as the star of the day after he opened India’s gold account at the 18th Games, as he won the 65kg category.Wrestler Bajrang Punia wins India’s first gold in Asian Games 2018An in-form Bajrang outclassed Uzbekistan’s Sirojiddin Khasanov (13-3), Tajikistan’s Fayziev Abdulqosim (12-2) and Mongolia’s N Batmagnai Batchuluu (10-0) to storm into the gold medal bout.In the final, he was tested by Japan’s Takatani Daichi but the Haryana grappler held his nerve to prevail 10-8 in an exciting battle.last_img read more

Justice Mudgal to head selection committee for Dronacharya and Dhyanchand awards

first_img(Eds: fixing typo in headline) New Delhi, Sep 11 (PTI) Justice Mukul Mudgal, who headed the Supreme Court-appointed probe into the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal, has been named chairman of the 11-member selection committee to pick this year’s Dronacharya and Dhyanchand awardees. The panel headed by Mudgal, the retired Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court, has been picked by the Sports Ministry but it yet to be officially announced. “The meeting will take place on September 16 in Delhi,” a source in the panel told PTI. The selection committee features former Commonwealth Games gold-winning air pistol shooter Samresh Jung and shuttler Ashwini Ponnappa among others. The panel also comprises former national boxing coach G S Sandhu, hockey coach AK Bansal and archery coach Sanjeeva Singh apart from Sports Authority of India’s Special Director General Onkar Kedia and Joint Secretary (Sports) Inder Dhamija. The panel also has two sports journalists and Target Olympic Podium Scheme CEO Commander Rajesh Rajagopalan. Dronacharya award is presented to coaches for their outstanding and meritorious work on a consistent basis over a period of four years. The Dhyanchand honour is bestowed on sportspersons for their life-time achievements and contribution to sport during both their active career and after retirement. The National Sports Awards ceremony, held on August 29 every year to commemorate the birth anniversary of hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand, will be organised on September 25 this year. The change of schedule was done because of the clash of dates with the Asian Games, which concluded on September 2 in Jakarta. PTI AT PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

India’s pace battery begins preparations for Australia tour

first_imgThe tour of Australia will be the last leg of the defining overseas tour this year for Virat Kohli-led Team India and after their failure to grab opportunities and win the series in South Africa and England, the pressure will be on its peak.In both the tours of South Africa and England, it were mostly the batsmen who let the team down by not scoring enough while the bowlers managed to pick 20 wickets almost every time.Though India will begin the Australia with a T20I series, starting November 21, the first Test will take place from December 6 and India fast bowler Mohammed Shami has already begun his preparations.Shami conceded that they are watching videos in order to prepare for the tour Down Under and will focus on “getting the line and length right”.”As a fast bowling unit, we did well in England. We are preparing for the Australia series and watching a lot of videos. The plan is to focus on the series as much as possible as the opponents are very strong. We will work on getting the line and length right,” Shami told reporters in Kolkata.Shami said winning or losing aside, the bowlers and the entire Team India will look to put their all on the pitch.”We will always try to do our best. Winning or losing also depends on luck. We will give our 100 per cent,” Shami said.Experts have termed this tour as India’s best chance to win a Test series Down Under considering Australia’s current form and the absence of their two key batsmen in Steve Smith and David Warner.advertisementSmith and Warner were banned for a year by Cricket Australia following a system-shaking ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town in March, earlier this year.However, recent reports have come that the board is considering reducing the bans on Smith, Warner and Bancroft after a thorough check in the entire Australian cricket system showed how much the board was on fault for letting such a culture breed in the national team.Shami felt that the absence of Smith and Warner definitely weakens the Australian team but in the end, it is about sticking to their strengths for Team India.”If those two don’t play, they will obviously be weakened. But in the end, you have to stick to your plan and work on your strengths,” Shami further said.Asked if Shami is looking ahead to the 2019 ICC World Cup next year, he said, “It depends on who is fit and who is not during that time. My performance will be evaluated and and I will expect to get a chance if I do well.”If I don’t, I have to accept that too. That’s too far away. We always think about the next series and that is more important for us.India squad for 4 Tests versus Australia:Virat Kohli (C), M Vijay, KL Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Parthiv Patel, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ishant, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more