Ron Dennis forced out of McLaren after 35 years

first_imgRon Dennis has been forced out as chairman and chief executive of McLaren, bringing to an end the Briton’s 35-year involvement with one of Formula One’s top teams.The 69-year-old relinquished his duties on Tuesday following a decision by the majority shareholders to place him on ‘gardening leave’ until his contract expires in mid-January.McLaren said in a statement that Dennis, who has a 25 percent stake in the McLaren Technology Group, would remain a shareholder and director.It added that McLaren “will be run on an interim basis by an Executive Committee comprising the Groups majority shareholders” until a new CEO was appointed.American marketing executive Zak Brown, former head of CSM Sport&Entertainment, who has brought numerous top sponsors into Formula One, has already been linked to the job in paddock speculation. He was not immediately available for comment.Dennis said he was disappointed the shareholders had “forced through this decision… despite the strong warnings from the rest of the management team about the potential consequences of their actions on the business.”The grounds they have stated are entirely spurious…,” he added.DENNIS OUTA Sky News report last week said that Bahrain’s sovereign wealth fund Mumtalakat, which owns 50 percent, and Saudi-born businessman Mansour Ojjeh, the CEO of TAG who holds the remaining 25 percent, wanted Dennis out.It said an unidentified consortium of Chinese investors had made a 1.65 billion pounds ($2.05 billion) takeover bid for McLaren Technology Group that Dennis supported but the other shareholders opposed.Dennis, who has been involved with McLaren since 1980 and is one of F1’s leading lights, stood down as team principal in 2009 but returned as group chief executive in January 2014. The team last won a race in 2012.advertisementFormula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone told Reuters that Dennis had failed to secure a High Court injunction last week against the move to sideline him until mid-January.The BBC reported that the other shareholders felt Dennis’ autocratic style was not suited to growing McLaren in the future, a claim he denied on Tuesday.”My management style is the same as it has always been and is one that has enabled McLaren to become an automotive and technology group that has won 20 Formula One world championships and grown into an 850 million pounds a year business,” he said.”Ultimately it has become clear to me… that neither TAG nor Mumtalakat share my vision for McLaren and its true growth potential.”Dennis said he planned to use his shareholding and board position to “protect the interests and value of McLaren and help shape its future” and would also launch a new technology investment fund.last_img read more

Leeds vs Middlesbrough: TV, stream & preview

first_imgLeeds United take on Middlesbrough at Elland Road on Friday, with both teams seeking three points in a bid to move clear at the top the table. Marcelo Bielsa’s side have got off to a flying start, currently sitting top of the table with 13 points under their belt and only losing their first game of the season on Tuesday night when they were defeated 2-0 by Preston in the Carabao Cup. Middlesbrough have equally had an impressive start in the early-season, earning 13 points and are currently unbeaten.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The two sides last met in the league last season, which resulted in a 3-0 victory for Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium.Here is everything you need to know ahead of tonight’s fixture. Game Leeds vs Middlesbrough Date Friday, August 31 Time 7:45pm BST / 2:45pm EST TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US) the game can be live streamed via ESPN+. US TV channel Online stream NA ESPN+ In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be shown on Sky Sports Football and can be live streamed on Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Football Sky Go Squads & Team News Position Leeds players Goalkeepers Peacock-Farrell, Blackman, Huffer Defenders Douglas, Ayling, Cooper, Jansson, Pearce, Phillips, Berardi, Shaughnessy, Diaz, Struijk Midfielders Forsaw, Dallas, Hernandez, Baker, Nicell, Klich, Shackleton, Rey, Harrison, Brown Forwards Roofe, Alioski, Roberts, Saiz, Edmondson, Dalby, Bamford Loan signing from Chelsea, Izzy Brown, will play no part in the game as he enters the final stages of his knee injury recovery, but Liam Cooper returns.Adam Forshaw and Jamie Shackleton are also both out of contention, while Pablo Hernandez has dropped out of the squad.Leeds United starting XI: Peacock-Farrell, Ayling, Douglas, Cooper, Berardi, Phillips, Klich, Alioski, Harrison, Saiz, Roofe Position Middlesbrough players Goalkeepers Konstantopoulos, Ripley, Randolph, Lonergan Defenders Friend, Ayala, Shotton, McQueen, Fry, Flint, Wood Midfielders Leadbitter, Clayton, Howson, McNair, Downing, Johnson, Wing, Chapman, Tavernier, Besic Forwards Assombalonga, Braithwaite, Hugill, Fletcher, Gestede Julien De Sart will play no part in the game following his permanent return to Belgium, where he will join up with KV Kortrijk.Other than De Sart’s exit, Boro have no fresh personnel issues or concerns ahead of the match.Middlesbrough starting XI: Randolph; Shotton, Ayala, Flint; Fry, Friend, Downing, Clayton, Howson; Besic, Assombalonga. Betting & Match Odds Leeds come into the game as slight favourites, Bet365 placing the home side at 5/4 for a win. A Middlesbrough win is priced at 5/2, while a draw is 12/5.Match Preview Britt Assombalonga, Middlesbrough vs. Notts County, English Championship, August 11Both sides have enjoyed strong starts to their Championship season, each earning 13 points and winning five out of six league games. Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis has spoken highly of Leeds manager Bielsa and believes he is exactly what the West Yorkshire club needs. “He’s a top coach who knows the game, he’s very experienced, he knows what the game is all about,” Pulis said ahead of Friday’s match.“He’s been at some big clubs and he has the experience to handle the situation there. And that’s what Leeds need, they need someone with the experience to ride the enthusiasm and potential there.”Leeds boss Bielsa, while confident in his side, knows Middlesbrough will be a difficult opponent and had said: “It’s an important rival, opponent, no doubt about it. It’s going to be a very difficult, tough game.”The result of tonight’s game will determine who tops the Championship table heading into the international break.last_img read more

Khedira signs new Juve contract

first_imgSami Khedira has signed a new contract at Juventus.The Germany international’s new deal runs until 2021, with an option for a one-year extension.Khedira has won three Serie A titles since joining Juve from Real Madrid and scored a career-best nine goals last season, including a first-ever career hat-trick, although he is more typically known for his defensive contribution and accurate passing. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Indeed, he netted during the club’s 3-2 win over Chievo Verona on the opening weekend, and also featured in the wins over Lazio and Parma.”I just extended my contract at Juventus until 2021,” he wrote on Twitter.”Since my first day I’ve had a special feeling and it quickly felt like home here. I’m very proud to be a part of the great history of the club and of the Juventus family. Let’s continue to make black and white history.”Khedira, who is described as a “cornerstone” of the midfield by the club in a statement, has made 113 appearances for the club following his 2015 move and he has played more minutes than any other player, amassing a total of 8882 in all competitions over his three years. The 31-year-old is one of Europe’s most decorated players and has won league titles in Germany with Stuttgart, Spain and Italy, and also won the World Cup with Germany in 2014. Of course, the midfielder was involved in Germany’s terrible 2018 World Cup campaign, as they were eliminated at the first hurdle for the first time since 1938.However, he has since reaffirmed his commitment to the national team, maintaining that he will not retire from the cause.”I continue to believe that the team’s sporting success and performance must be above all else,” Khedira wrote on social media last month.”The national team must be formed by the best players in the country and the national coach must have free choice.”He has won 77 caps for the national side and has scored seven goals but was not involved in their recent Nations League draw with France or the 2-1 friendly victory over Peru.Instead, he will hope to feature against Sassuolo for Juventus on Sunday.last_img read more

Raveena Tandon has birds on her skirt, and she wore it with a mismatched top

first_imgAmish Tripathi, the author of the bestselling Shiva Trilogy, can safely take the onus of reintroducing Hindu mythology with a twist to the current generation.He launched the Rama series with his book, The Scion of Ishvaku, and is all set to release the third book of the series, Sita: Warrior of Mithila.At the cover launch of his book, Amish said, “The popular version of Sita’s character from Ramayana looks like a character of 1990s television serial, whereas, she was a strong lady who fought with a group of people but was outnumbered, got kidnapped. In fact, the cover of the book depicts that episode.”Amish plans to reinstate the idea of strong women existing in ancient India, reestablishing the fact that women have always been strong.Also Read: Prachi Desai is a little too cute to be true in this pink dressWhile the readers are anxiously waiting to discover the courageous side of Sita, we couldn’t take our eyes off the beautiful woman gracing the event–actress Raveena Tandon.Photo: Yogen Shah Raveena looked gorgeous in a bright-yellow peplum top and a magenta, long skirt. The furiously bright colours were so mismatched that they actually looked good together! Who knew such a thing were possible?We are still trying to figure out how a golden-bird embroidered skirt with a wrap-around, side-knot top can look so appealing.She accessorised the ensemble with a chunky pair of silver earrings, which were a little off, but the bright-yet-lovely colour combination neutralised the effect.advertisementThe neat, braided bun she was sporting looked just so right with the loud attire; we don’t know anyone else who would or could pull off that ensemble.In a nutshell, Raveena looked ravishing, while seeming immensely impressed with the idea of presenting the valorous, unseen side of Sita.Photo: Yogen Shah Also Read: 6 times Anushka Sharma’s fashion game was more relatable than any other celebShe was quoted as saying, “In our ancient society, women had right to make their choices and they were treated as equal counterparts of men. They were brave. So by celebrating the powerful side of women through this book, I am sure Amish is conveying the idea of powerful women.”While Raveena talked about Sita, we had a hard time deciding what to concentrate on–Sita’s battles or Raveena’s beauty.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

JK govt will consider providing security to separatist leaders

first_imgif they ask for: CMSrinagar, May 13 (PTI) The Jammu and Kashmir government will consider any request for security from separatist leaders if they approach the Mehbooba Mufti dispensation following a threat by Hizbul Mujahideen commander Zakir Mussa.”When somebody will seek security from us we will think over it,” Mufti told reporters today on the sidelines of a function when asked about the threat given to separatist leaders by Mussa.The Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) commander, in a video message yesterday, had threatened to kill separatist leadership for terming Kashmir a political issue instead of Islamic struggle meant to enforce Sharia (Islamic law) in the state.Earlier, the chief Minister interacted with specially- abled children from across Kashmir who had gathered at the astro turf TRC ground at a special camp organised by Jammu and Kashmir State Sports Council.She said that her government will do whatever possible to provide necessary facilities to such children, and had to do a lot for their welfare.Stressing that there was a need for schools for specially-abled children, she said “unfortunately we have not been able to provide the required facilities to them so far. They need specially trained teachers”.Lauding the sports council for organising the programme, she said that there was a need to hold more such sports activities in future.Referring to her interaction with other children at the camp, Mehbooba said football players demanded shoes and better infrastructure which the government will provide.”Our children have a lot of potential which needs proper grooming. My government will try to tap their potential so that they can excel in the field of sports and bring laurels to the state,” the chief minister said.advertisementNazir Ahmad, a member of sports council, said over 400 specially-abled children of various age groups from across Kashmir took part in the week-long sports event.Nasir Javid, a therapist working with Life Help Centre for child care at Chanapora locality of uptown Srinagar, said it was a good move on the part of the sports council.He said although sports activities are part of their curriculum at the centre, the event allows them to interact with other specially-abled children. PTI MIJ SMJlast_img read more

After iPhone7, OnePlus 5 may also come in Red colour

first_imgOnePlus phone lovers might get a shiny new Red and Turquoise colour options to buy for the upcoming OnePlus phone. If a tweet by OnePlus is to be believed then the upcoming OnePlus 5 may also come in red and turquoise (with a hint of pink and blue) colour variants. “What 5hould the color of your next phone be,” reads the tweet.What 5hould the color of your next phone be? ??? OnePlus (@oneplus) May 22, 2017The tweet shows 4 colour options- black, turquoise with a hint of pink and blue, red and lastly the gold colour. OnePlus has previously also experimented with colours of its phones. The company launched a Gunmetal shade for OnePlus 3T and later also added a Matte Black colour variant of the phone. To recall, Apple also recently launched a bright red colour variant of its iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The company collaborated with RED to raise charity for HIV/ AIDS affected on every purchase of the red iPhone.OnePlus is gearing to up to launch the OnePlus 5 and the frequent leaks and rumours bombarding from  all sides hint that the launch may happen soon. India Today Tech has in past confirmed that the smartphone will sport a dual camera at the rear. The alleged OnePlus is rumoured to share its looks with its predecessor OnePlus 3T which means it may come with the same aluminum-built metal frame and round edges. Previous rumours suggest that the smartphone could come in black, gold and grey colours. Though not much has been revealed about the phone’s camera but the rumours hint that OnePlus 5 will have the same 16MP selfie-snapper seen in OnePlus 3T.advertisementAlso Read: OnePlus 5 hiding in plain sight, dual-selfie camera, funky colours, thin bezels teased in videos?A recent leaked photo shared by Chinese website Weibo shows that the smartphone will come with horizontally aligned rear dual cameras. The company also recently made its collaboration with DxO public for a better camera quality experience in the OnePlus 5. DxO is a popular software company that creates the photography benchmark text called DxOMark. There are also rumours that OnePlus 5 may ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack this time and instead house come fitted with a USB Type-C port placed between the speaker grilles.last_img read more

Olympics 2024: Emmanuel Macron lobbies for Paris bid, Los Angeles banks on solid candidacy

first_imgFrench President Emmanuel Macron expressed “pride, humility and determination” and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti spoke of his city’s proud Olympic past as the rivals to host the 2024 Games met International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach on Monday.The IOC will hold a meeting on Tuesday where it is expected to ratify an executive board recommendation to award both the 2024 and the 2028 Games at the same time, ensuring both candidates host one Games.However, the IOC would still have to decide who goes first, and the two candidates are lobbying intensely to try to get the 2024 Games they originally bid for.Macron’s presence on Tuesday is an unusual move. Heads of state generally turn up only for the host city vote, which this year will take place in Lima, Peru, on September 13.Garcetti, whose city hosted the 1932 and 1984 Games, supported the IOC’s decision to award both editions at the same time.”We welcome the decision to look at simultaneous awarding of two summer Games,” he said after meeting the IOC’s Bach at the Olympic museum.”We are very excited even in that context to share our unique story with the IOC members, the soul of LA, the taste of the city. We have been a transformative partner every time we had the Games.”Paris is also hoping to stage the Games for a third time, having previously hosted in 1900 and 1924, and Macron said he came with “a sense of pride, determination and humility”.”I came here for two things: pride, for the candidature and being part of this win-win-win situation, and also to carry the values of Olympism the world over. I support them fully,” Macron said.advertisement”We need multilateralism, the structures that provide agreement among nations … and tolerance, which the Olympic movement illustrates well.”Paris has already failed in three attempts to land the Olympics, in 1992, 2008 and 2012.”A unique team in France set up this project,” Macron said. He had already met with the IOC two days after being elected in May.”The project was built by a team, the national Olympic committee, the city of Paris, and is marked by the complete unity behind this project.”Bach, whose meeting with Macron lasted close to an hour and a half compared with 40 minutes for the mayor of Los Angeles, said a decision to give the green light on a double allocation would “create a win-win-win situation for LA, Paris and the entire Olympic movement.”Paris is seen as the frontrunner in the race for the 2024 Games, with Los Angeles having hinted they would accept the Games for 2028.Four other cities — Hamburg, Rome, Budapest and Boston — were in the running for the 2024 Games before dropping out over cost and size concerns, forcing the IOC to overhaul the bidding with the double awarding to make it more attractive to potential hosts of the Games.last_img read more

Virat Kohli’s team can be the best ever India Test team: Ravi Shastri to India Today

first_imgTeam India’s new head coach sounded upbeat after being appointed to the high-profile position by the CAC on Tuesday.As many as 10 former cricketers had applied for the India coach role and five of them were interviewed on Monday by the CAC in Mumbai.  Shastri was the frontrunner, thanks to his impressive interview. Besides, Virat Kohli was reported to be in favour of the former team director.In his first interview since being named coach, Shastri told India Today the current Indian team can be the best Test team the country has ever produced.”It can be a better Test team than any Indian team we have had. This is a team you can travel with. There is a battery of pacers which can do well in all conditions. Their age is such that they are playing at the right time,” Shastri told India Today from London.The 55-year-old former India captain said he was looking forward to the challenge of coaching India.” I have always relished a challenge and I am looking forward to my stint with India. When you are asked to open the batting in overcast conditions, it is a challenge.”I am used to challenges, bring on another one,” Shastri said.Shastri’s first assignment is a tour of Sri Lanka which starts on July 26. He will also have Zaheer Khan (bowling consultant) and Rahul Dravid (overseas batting consultant) for company.last_img read more

Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor is great for boxing: Amir Khan

first_imgAmir Khan spent years trying to nail down a showdown with Floyd Mayweather Jr yet the Briton is more than happy to see the undefeated multi-division world champion come out of retirement to face a man who has never had a single professional bout.Mayweather hung up his gloves in 2015 with a 49-0 record but the 40-year-old American will return to the ring for a lucrative 12-round boxing match against Irish mixed martial arts champion Conor McGregor in Las Vegas next month.Reports of a fight between former world light-welterweight champion Khan and Mayweather often surfaced in the media but the bout never materialised as neither camp came close to the negotiating table.Despite plenty of criticism within boxing, the 30-year-old Khan feels the crossover fight between Mayweather and McGregor will be positive for the sport, which he feels has lost ground to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) MMA promotion.”It’s a business fight, one,” Khan told Reuters. “Two, what’s going to happen now is it’s between boxing and MMA.”At the moment, MMA and UFC is doing so many great numbers on TV, on pay-per-view. Boxing is doing OK but it took little bit of a dip. We are not getting the good pay-per-view numbers we used to.”For now to combine both sports together is going to be great for the sport of boxing (more) than MMA.”We hit a wall and we didn’t really do anything. Boxing never moved forward around the world, whereas MMA kept moving forward and got bigger and bigger and bigger. Boxing kind of stalled in my opinion and we needed something like this.”advertisementUndefeated middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin has dismissed the bout as a ‘circus show’ but Khan disagrees with the Kazakh fighter.”You have to respect everybody that goes into the ring, you have to respect everybody who puts the gloves on. You have to fight in front of millions… not easy,” the Briton said in an interview.Khan, who won a silver medal as a lightweight at the 2004 Athens Olympics, is also hopeful that Mayweather’s return could ultimately lead to a long-awaited showdown between the two men.”When he beats McGregor, which I think he will, that fight can still be there. It really can happen,” Khan (31-4) said. “There’s still some big fights out there for me, Mayweather, (Manny) Pacquiao…”‘Pacquiao Didn’t Lose’Khan was slated to fight eight-division world champion Pacquiao in the United Arab Emirates earlier this year but that deal fell through over money problems.The Filipino instead took on little-regarded Australian Jeff Horn in Brisbane last weekend and suffered a stunning controversial points loss to the former schoolteacher.”I don’t think Pacquiao lost, he lost on paper,” Khan said. “This is boxing, it’s happened to me, it’s happened to many fighters. You can’t sulk about it. You just have to go back, have the rematch and beat him.”We all know Manny is the better fighter. I just think he should have gone in there and knocked him out. Because sometimes fighting somebody in their own backyard is quite difficult to win with the advantages he has.”Khan also did not rule out securing a bout against Pacquiao in the future.”Maybe the Pacquiao fight will happen later, it’s all about timing,” he said. “Maybe Manny Pacquiao didn’t feel confident to take the fight with me this time, maybe he will take it next time.”Khan has not fought since May 2016, when he moved up two divisions to take on middleweight Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, a sixth-round knockout loss that he admits was a mistake he would not be repeating any time soon.”It’s now all about making the right choices for me, making sure I don’t take fights that I don’t need… like going up two weight categories,” he said.”It was a mistake. But if you have to do something which is not ordinary, you have to go do something crazy. That would have taken me to a different level. So you have to take big risks. But it can be damaging for your career.”Khan was in Mumbai to promote the franchise-based Super Boxing League which runs from July 7 to Aug. 12, will be televised live by Sony ESPN and is backed by the World Boxing Council (WBC).last_img read more

US Open: Energised Garbine Muguruza eyes breakthrough

first_imgWorld number three Garbine Muguruza is enjoying the relentless energy of New York but is trying to stay focused on the task at hand – finally breaking through at the U.S. Open, a tournament where success has proved elusive for her.New York is a good fit for the 23-year-old Spaniard, who is easy with a smile off the court but unleashes a torrent of punishing ground strokes when she steps on it. (Also read: Tough US Open draw nothing new for Simona Halep)”It’s all about the balance, finding a nice spirit of competition and also enjoying a little bit of the city but not getting overwhelmed by it,” Muguruza told reporters.”Sometimes I feel like there is a shop, like, three blocks, and three blocks is amazing, long, and so exhausted,” she said with a laugh.Wimbledon champion Muguruza has been on a hot streak recently which has made her one of the favourites to win the U.S. Open.Last year’s French Open champion dominated Simona Halep to win the Cincinnati Masters in the final tune-up before the year’s last grand slam in New York where she is the third seed.”Maybe I’m more of a favourite, I guess,” Muguruza said. “But it’s nothing different. I’m happy to be back. Last major of the year and I look forward to improving on my last results.”Muguruza was eliminated by Anastasija Sevastova in the round of 64 at last year’s U.S. Open, a tournament in which she has not got past the second round in four attempts.advertisement”I think it’s very similar to other surfaces. I think my game is quite similar. I’m a very aggressive player, so I think hard court also helps me in that way,” she said.First up for Muguruza is unseeded American Varvara Lepchenko, who she will face on Monday at Arthur Ashe Stadium.last_img read more

ISIS threatens 2018 FIFA World Cup, shows Lionel Messi crying tears of blood in new poster

first_imgThe world’s most popular game has been put on notice, with ISIS releasing a disturbing photo ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.ISIS released a propaganda image which shows arguably the greatest footballer of this generation, Lionel Messi, crying tears of blood.The photo shows Messi behind bars, with the message, “You are fighting a state that does not have failure in its dictionary.” SITE Intel Group PhotoThe photo has been released by Wafa Media Foundation, a known Islamic State mouthpiece, is the latest stab designed to spread fear through football fans across the world and especially who are planning to travel to Russia for the World Cup.The image also shows the words ‘Just Terrorism’, a play on the NIKE tagline ‘Just Do It’. The same message is also present in Arabic text.The World Cup which almost did not feature Lionel Messi as Argentina were on the brink of missing out on qualification will kick off June 14 and run through July 15.Another photo which was released last week shows a masked man holding a sub-machine gun next to the World Cup symbol with the text ‘Wait for Us’.SITE Intel Group Photo Another photo says , “Oh, enemies of Allah in Russia, I swear that the fire of the mujahideen will burn them, just wait.”SITE Intel Group Photo #FIFA18 a recurring topic among #ISIS supporters, w chatter & graphics threatening “enemies of Allah in #Russia” Rita Katz (@Rita_Katz) October 24, 2017Russia has been swift in response to assure the fans that they are prepared to keep the tournament terrorism free.advertisementThe head of the Russian National Anti-Terrorism Committee had said back in January that preparations were “already underway” to ensure a safe environment.”We have taken into account the huge experience, accumulated by the National Anti-Terrorism Committee and the security organizations involved in providing security for the Sochi Olympic Games, the Kazan Universiade and other huge events,” Igor Kulyagin told Russian news agency TASS (via Russia Today).”Of course, special attention will be paid to providing anti-terrorism safeguards of the infrastructure that will be used for hosting the competition, such as the teams’ stadiums, accommodation units and training facilities.”The 2018 FIFA World Cup will be played across 11 cities in Russia, with the final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.last_img read more

World No.1 shooters may be given direct Tokyo Olympic quotas

first_imgBy Abhishek HoreNew Delhi, Nov 8 (PTI) In a marked departure from the past, the International Shooting Sport Federation has proposed giving direct Tokyo Olympic quota places to shooters ranked world No.1 in their respective events in January, 2020.The move, if passed, will be free of involvement of national federations.”This will ensure that the national federations dont have a say in selection matters for those specific shooters, only the world number one. In a way, it is a good move as merit would get recognition. World number one shooters, in any case, have to be good,” a National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) official told PTI.As per the proposed rule, quota place allocation will start from the 2018 ISSF World Championship to be held in Changwon, Korea from August 31 to September 14 and “the proposed process also includes some quota places to be assigned through world rankings”.This will be applicable for only the top-ranked shooters in each event.As part of its commitment to achieve gender equality – both in terms of events and quota places – the ISSF executive committee said there will be 180 men and 180 women shooters participating in three mixed team, and six mens and six womens individual events in Tokyo.In the 2016 Rio Games, there were nine events for men and six for women in shooting.The ISSF executive committee revised the proposed rules for allocating the Tokyo 2020 Olympic quota places, which will be forwarded to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for final approval. According to ISSF, this is expected to happen in February next year.advertisementThe recommended rules change, which will be forwarded to the ISSF administrative council for final approval, includes final rules for the new mixed team events that will feature continuous elimination formats.These events were approved by the ISSF and the IOC for inclusion in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games shooting program.The ISSF executive committee, after almost a year of discussion and analysis, decided to recommend that the number of shots/targets in mens and womens events be equalised. This will increase the number of shots/targets in womens events, according to the sports apex body.The executive committee, which met in Munich, unanimously decided to reorganise the World Cup Final calendar, holding the competition once every two years, to “not conflict” with the Olympic Games and the World Championship.The ISSF technical committee will review the qualification process for the Finals during its next meeting in February, 2018.With the aim to rationalise the yearly competitions schedule, a new championships calendar will be proposed to the ISSF General Assembly in November 2018.This proposal includes World Championships and Junior World Championships every two years. In every four-year Olympic cycle there will be one world championship each year. PTI AH PM PMlast_img read more

ADHM ambassador Ervin quit smoking in his bid for Rio gold

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 16 (PTI) American swimming legend Anthony Ervin, the brand ambassador of this years Delhi Half Marathon, says he was into smoking during the intervening years between his Olympic gold winning feats in 2000 and 2016.Ervin brings with him an unusual yet astounding personal story that led him to win the 50m freestyle gold at Rio Olympics, 16 years after he won his first gold medal in the same event at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.He gave up competitive swimming at the age of 22 in 2003 and auctioned his 2000 Olympics gold on eBay to help the survivors of Indian Ocean tsunami that killed more than 280,000 in the days after Christmas in 2004.He decided to make a comeback by resuming his training again in 2011 at the age of 30.”I was into smoking after quitting swimming. But once I decided to make a comeback I had to stop it. So, I stopped smoking and went for training to be in top form and fitness. I appeared for the trials and then got into the team,” said Ervin at a media interaction ahead of the Delhi Half Marathon November 19.Ervin is the first swimmer and one of the few non athletics background brand ambassadors of this prestigious event.After his comeback, Ervin did not achieve immediate success and he finished fifth in his pet event of 50m freestyle at the 2012 London Olympics. He did not lose hope and kept himself motivated.His perseverance paid off Ervin won the gold in 50m freestyle at the 2016 Rio Olympics, besides another yellow metal in the 4×100 freestyle relay. His name entered into record books as the oldest individual gold winner in swimming.advertisement”Its difficult to say which gold was better and more memorable. Sydney was my first gold and I was just 19 at that time too young to savour the achievement. This Rio gold was also something special,” said Ervin in his first visit to India.”I always believed I had the potential to be better, that thought needs to be there. There is always more to learn about myself, measure my potential and get better than before,” said Ervin when asked what inspired him to make a comeback.Asked about the auction of his 2000 Olympics gold which fetched USD 17,000, he said, “I have no regrets to have auctioned the gold medal. The fund went to UNICEF and I felt happy. The gold medal is also safe and sound at somebodys home.”Reports say that a swimming fan from the Philippines bought the gold medal.A man of free spirits who quit swimming in 2003 as he wanted to be unhindered and unfettered from the discipline of being a competitive and professional swimmer, Ervin was placed into the sport of swimming as a child with the hopes that he would channel his energy and aggression into something productive. “I was good at mathematics and science at school. I did want to be a professional swimmer. But I love Olympic movement. I hope I will compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics,” said the swimmer who also won a gold each in 50m freestyle and 100m freestyle in the 2001 Fukuoka World Swimming Championships.”I will keep myself fit and take part in the Olympic trials and hopefully I will be selected in the team. I think I have a strong chance to be in Tokyo,” said Ervin who will be 39 by the time of Tokyo Olympics.Ervin said running liberated him and he enjoyed it more than swimming at times.”I may be one of the rare swimmers who likes running. Its a luxury for me as it allows me to look around and observe people, which I dont get in swimming.”About the Delhi Half Marathon, he said, “I am honoured to be a part of the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2017 as the event ambassador.”This race is one of the most sought-after running events for elite and amateurs alike and the elite athletes field proves the fact. I look forward to the race day and experience the excitement and the energy first hand.” PTI PDS ATK ATKlast_img read more

Ashes 2017: Jonny Bairstow responds to boos and jokes with gritty hundred at WACA

first_imgEngland finally got some reason to smile after a very dull and controversial Ashes Down Under so far.Two of their batsmen — Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow scored gritty hundreds to put England in a decent position in the do-or-die Test in Perth as the visitors look to stay alive in the five-match Test series.On Saturday, Malan became the first Englishman to reach the three-figure-mark in this year’s Ashes and on Friday morning, Bairstow followed suit.Malan and Bairstow put together a stand of 237 runs in five hours and it is the highest fifth-wicket stand in Ashes since Eddie Paynter and Denis Compton shared 206 runs at Trent Bridge in 1938.While it was Malan’s maiden Test ton, the day will be more special and a welcome relief for the ginger haired wicketkeepr batsman, who got his fourth century in whites.A quality hundred and what about the celebration from Jonny Bairstow!#Ashes #MagellanMilestones (@CricketAus) December 15, 2017Bairstow, who has been in the spotlight more for an off-field incident earlier on the tour, batted for 322 minute and faced 215 balls, plundering 18 fours in his 119 in a sell-out Day 2 at the WACA.Former England captain Michael Vaughan had strong words for him regarding the incident as well because it meant more controversy and even more words for the Baggie Greens to play with on the field.”If Jonny Bairstow, on the first night in Australia, has broken that code of conduct, also on a fine already from an incident two months ago, I think he has a big, big problem,” said Michael Vaughan.advertisementEngland were already expecting a barrage of words from the hosts regarding Ben Stokes’ bar incident which led to his suspension. And matters got worse when Bairstow came at the thick of things after he ‘headbutted’ young Cameron Bancroft ahead of the Brisbane Test. That was apparently his way of greeting the West Australian as testified by Bancroft himself.”I got into a very amicable conversation with Jonny and he just greeted me with a head butt, kind of thing. I was expecting a handshake. It wasn’t the greeting of choice that I was expecting,” Bancroft explained of the night in question.”There was certainly no malice in his action and we continued on, having very good conversation for the rest of the evening. Obviously at the time, he said sorry. For me personally it was just really weird — it was so random and I certainly didn’t expect it coming,” the 25-year-old added.Bancroft said he’d have preferred a handshake or a hug, but wasn’t knocked over and wasn’t particularly upset by the greeting.Just wait for Steve Smith to absolutely lose it at the end of this video! ??? #Ashes (@CricketAus) November 27, 2017″He says hello to people very differently to most others,” laughed off the opener.Bairstow also offered a statement, saying that it was being blown out of proportion.”It’s been blown completely out of proportion,” he said. “There was no intent, nor malice about anything during the evening.”As you could see out there today there was no animosity between myself, Cameron and any other of the Australia players and hopefully now we can swipe this underneath the table.”The head-butting incident emerged when some Australian fielders made a reference to it — picked up on an on-field microphone — in a bid to unsettle England wicketkeeper Bairstow while he was batting at the Gabba. Following that, he was always seen surrounded by the Aussies whenever he was out there in the middle. Even the crowd played their part to unsettle him and that showed — he only managed 108 runs from the four innings he played before this.The opposing #Ashes skippers on Australia’s mind games with Jonny Bairstow… (@CricketAus) November 27, 2017The hundred will not only give the Yorkshire keeper a much needed boost but also loads of confidence going into the second innings and the Melbourne and Sydney Tests as England look to regain the coveted urn.last_img read more

Brewers Bop Miscue Mets, 3-2

first_imgMILWAUKEE — There is a tricky area in foul territory about two-thirds of the way up the left-field line at Miller Park where the wall juts back in toward the outfield, just behind the tarp.New York Mets outfielder Michael Cuddyer found out the hard way on June 23 just how tough that corner can be when trying to field a double with a speedy runner circling the bases.Carlos Gomez scored the tiebreaking run in the seventh inning when Cuddyer misplayed the double off the wall, helping the Milwaukee Brewers beat the injury-riddled Mets 3-2.“Nothing’s going our way right now,” Cuddyer said. New York lost its sixth straight, falling to .500 (36-36) for the first time since it was 3-3 on April 12.It was the culmination of another dreary day for the Mets.They lost another key piece to an already offensively challenged lineup when starting catcher Travis d’Arnaud went on the disabled list for the second time this season before the game, this time with a left elbow injury.The margin of error is even tighter now with d’Arnaud rejoining middle-of-the-order mainstays David Wright and Daniel Murphy on the disabled list. D’Arnaud spent nearly two months on the DL with a broken right pinkie.That makes Cuddyer’s miscue sting even more.Asked if his team lacked focus, frustrated Manager Terry Collins said “I don’t know how to look for it. All I know, we aren’t executing.”Collins’ tossed in an expletive for added emphasis. “Unless someone fooled me and we’re this bad,” Collins said. “But I don’t think we are.”Gomez had yet to reach third on Adam Lind’s double down the left-field line off Sean Gilmartin when the ball took a high hop off the side wall on Cuddyer. The ball bounced just over Cuddyer’s glove and trickled through his legs, allowing Gomez to score.Explained Cuddyer: “If I wait back on that ball, two things can happen: one, it can miss the jet out and go straight to the wall; or, Carlos Gomez beats it anyway. You hope for a good hop but unfortunately, off the cement, it took a bad hop.”From his vantage point in the Brewers dugout, Manager Craig Counsell thought Lind’s hit had a funny spin caroming off the wall.“It’s got that little place where it’s either going to go down the line or kick right back out,” Counsell said. “So it didn’t get straight down the line and it just kicked back out.”Will Smith (3-0) pitched 1 1-3 innings of scoreless relief before Francisco Rodriguez tossed a perfect ninth for his 14th save in 14 chances.(GENARO C. ARMAS, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Giants Dismantle Bills, 24-10

first_imgORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Coach Rex Ryan was on the defensive after the Buffalo Bills unraveled to produce an undisciplined dud. “Hey, it’s a free country. Write what you believe,” Ryan told reporters. “The one thing I know for a fact is we’ve got heart.”Too much of it, perhaps, following a blood-boiling 24-10 loss to the New York Giants in which the Bills were undone by missed tackles, an ineffective offense and 17 penalties for 135 yards.“We made too many mistakes to win,” Ryan said. “We’ll fix it.”While the Bills (2-2) searched for answers, the Giants (2-2) began shedding their early season reputation for blowing fourth-quarter leads.On the drive after Buffalo cut New York’s lead to 16-10, running back Rashad Jennings responded with a 51-yard, catch-and-run touchdown in which he broke three tackles up the left sideline. On Buffalo’s next drive, cornerback Prince Amukamara sealed the victory by stripping the ball out of the hands of Bills receiver Robert Woods.“It shows grit,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said, referring to a team that lost its first two games by blowing 10-point, fourth-quarter leads. “When we were 0-2, we just need to fight. That’s what we do.”Eli Manning went 20-of-35 for 212 yards and three touchdowns. The Giants defense forced two turnovers and limited the Bills to two first downs and 77 yards through their first nine possessions.(JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Confidence in the New Ethniki Omada

first_imgGreece kicks off in FIFA World Cup qualifying tomorrow with hopes of forgetting their tragic Euro 2016 qualifying campaign. The goal is clear-for Greece to return to the world’s biggest stage and qualify for the FIFA World Cup. This team clearly has the ability to put factors that contributed to the downfall over the last 2 years in the past in order to complete this goal.As they say in Greek, “to psari mirizei apo to kefali “…. There is no doubt that the officials governing Greek Football at the Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) played a critical role off the pitch in the demise of Greek Football, including the National Team. Giorgos Sarris (and his administration) started the negative energy at the end of the last World Cup when he made Fernando Santos look like the “bad guy” in his departure from the team and things only continued to get worse once Giorgios Girtzikis took over. The Girtzikis-like members of EPO are slowly on their way out of the federation, which will lead to good results for ALL of Greek Football.The keys of the National Team were given to Michael Skibbe after Greece went through three coaches in Euro Qualifying. Current Leicester City coach, Claudio Ranieri, seemed the perfect coach at the end of the 2014 World Cup and the “sacking” of Fernando Santos. However, at the beginning of qualifying he seemed completely unprepared for the four games in charge, including to a loss against the Faroe Islands. He spent a total of TWELVE DAYS in Greece while in charge, never taking the time to watch/scout the Greek players from up close. Since taking over, Michael Skibbe seems to have the determination that Ranieri lacked. Skibbe has been to numerous SuperLeague games, attended matches of Greek players abroad, traveled to Euro 2016 to scout out Belgium, and even attended various pre-season friendlies of the Greek clubs.Skibbe has had eight months to prepare and get to know his players without wasting anytime. He has clearly stated that he will implement the “closed club” mentality that has led to Greece’s success over the years. Unlike Euro qualifying, where over 50 players were called up, Skibbe will have set players that will be the base of the team and from there he will give opportunities to players that excel with their club teams and integrate them into the National Team. The players have confidence in him and he has confidence in his players and he has brought the aspect of a “team” back into the locker rooms.If there was one thing missing in the post World Cup era at the National Team it was the actual “team” unity. There were clearly many problems in the locker room and it showed on the pitch during Euro qualifying. Fortunately, the players are united and that positive energy is back in the team. After the friendly victory over Holland, multiple players, including the veterans Tzavellas and Papastathopoulos, clearly stated that “we are once again a TEAM.” This was evident in the friendlies against Australia, specifically when Tzavellas was the first to celebrate with Maniatis after his half-field goal (the two players had personal problems in the past), and also against the Netherlands when the players would celebrate as a whole after scoring. The positive energy is also seen in training.Now that there have been many improvements off of the pitch, it needs to be translated on the pitch. This has been the case in Greece’s recent friendlies, with their best showing coming in their final friendly against a powerful Dutch side in Holland. If Greece builds off of their performance against the Netherlands, there is no doubt that they will improve and be a heavy contender in the qualifying group. Without a doubt, Greece has talent. Four players play for Europe’s top clubs (Papastathopoulos, Manolas, Samaris, Mitroglou) with many others playing in Europe’s top Leagues. Additionally, many of the current players have been apart of Greece’s recent success and will need to lead with their experience to bring Greece back to major tournament.Despite a drop in the FIFA Rankings, Greece was lucky in the draw for World Cup qualifying, being placed in a fairly easy group considering the circumstances. Belgium are the clear favorites (although not a traditional powerhouse nation), with Greece expected to fight with Bosnia for second place which leads to a place in the playoffs. The schedule is also in Greece’s favor. The Galanolefki will start off playing the three weaker teams in the group (at Gibraltar, v Cyprus, at Estonia) with a chance to continue to build confidence and prepare for the “bigger teams.” Greece MUST win their first three games. With nine points and the momentum, they will then host Bosnia (with the backing of the Greek fans) knowing that a win will give Greece the early upper hand for 2nd in the group and keep them well in contention for first place.The odds are against Greece going into qualifying, however over the years Greece has shined in these situations on multiple occasions (vs Ukraine, Russia, Croatia, Ivory Coast). With the drastic changes that have taken place at the team,Greece will now (on Tuesday) begin in their quest to overcome their biggest obstacle yet, to forget the last two years and qualify for their 3rd straight World Cup.Source: ( Facebook – Instagram)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Real Madrid Faces Juventus, Liverpool against City in Champions League Quarterfinals

first_imgNYON, Switzerland (AP) — Two-time defending champion Real Madrid will play Juventus in the Champions League quarterfinals in a repeat of last season’s final.Madrid will travel to Turin for the first leg against the Italian champion which it beat 4-1 at Cardiff in the 2017 final.Liverpool was drawn to host Manchester City first in an all-English clash. After all five English clubs advanced from the group stage to the round of 16, only one will now be in the semifinals.Also Friday, five-time champions Barcelona and Bayern Munich were paired with teams who have never won the tournament.Barcelona is at home first against Roma, and Munich faces Sevilla in the first leg in Spain.First-leg games are played April 3-4. Return games are on April 10-11.Madrid will likely start favorite against Juventus in pursuit of a record-extending 13th European title and a first hat trick since Bayern won its third title in a row in 1976.Cristiano Ronaldo’s 12 goals in the competition this season is more than the entire Juventus team, which has scored just 11 times in eight games.The draw set up Man City for an intense week of games close to home.On the Saturday between its two games against five-time champion Liverpool, City hosts rival Manchester United in the Premier League and could seal the title that day.Man City travels for the first leg to Anfield where it has won only once in its last 30 visits.The final is on May 26 at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine.—By GRAHAM DUNBAR ,  AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Advantech upgrades industrial motherboards with 8th gen Intel Core processors

first_imgAdvantech has upgraded a wide range of its platforms, including industrial ATX motherboards, slot single-board computers, modular IPCs, industrial server boards, and transportation platforms have been fitted with 8th generation Intel Core i/Xeon E Family processors.These 8th generation Intel Core i/Xeon E Family processors deliver 25% performance boost with six cores. Equipped with a 9th generation Intel graphics engine, Intel Core i/Xeon E Family processors offer rapid video acceleration, three independent 4K Ultra HD displays, and support USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10 Gb/s). These new processors are ideal for powering intelligent systems aimed at diverse markets, such as video surveillance, medical, industrial automation, and transportation infrastructure.Product lines upgraded include, the PCE-5131, PCE-5031, and PCE-7131 series of the industrial-grade PICMG 1.3 SBC line; the AIMB-786 and AIMB-706 series of the ATX form factor line; and the ASMB-586 and ASMB-786 series of the server-grade motherboard line have been upgraded.In addition to Intel’s latest processors, the PCE-5131, PCE-5031, and PCE-7131 industrial-grade PICMG 1.3 SBCs are equipped with multiple backplanes, diverse I/O, and various expansion slots to provide unrivaled flexibility and performance.The Advantech ATX motherboard line, AIMB-786 and AIMB-706 series support up to 7 expansion slots. With the inclusion of Intel Core family processors, these motherboards offer high-performance computing and a wide range of system capabilities to support demanding industrial applications that require seamless upgrades, long-term support, proven reliability, and strict revision control.Equipped with an upgraded Intel Core i7/i5/i3/Xeon E Family processor with DDR4 memory, the ASMB-586 and ASMB-786 server-grade motherboards can easily deliver increased computing efficiency for applications that require high-performance computing.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous DDC: SBC chosen by NRL for DARPA robotic missionNext Safeguarding boot code and other critical data: how little-known data protection settings in NOR Flash can help improve system reliabilitylast_img read more