Month: November 2019

first_imgLiverpool must improve quickly or risk getting badly beaten by their Premier League rivals, skipper Jordan Henderson has said after the team’s 4-1 loss to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.Tottenham brutally exposed Liverpool’s defensive frailties as in-form striker Harry Kane scored a brace while Son Heung-min and Dele Alli were also on target at Wembley.Mohamed Salah pulled a goal back in between but it was not enough to inspire a comeback as Liverpool dropped to ninth in the table on 13 points and have conceded 16 goals so far — their most after nine games since 1964.”I’m sure a lot of criticism will come our way and deservedly so… we’ve got to change it quickly, otherwise you lose games and you lose them badly like we did today,” Henderson told the BBC.”So we need a reaction quickly, we need to bounce back on the training field and in games, but like I say, I believe we can.”We know there are things to improve and things to change quickly. I’ve got every faith that we can because we’ve got a fantastic team. But we need to work on a few things and change it quickly.”Henderson sprung to the defence of Dejan Lovren after the hapless Croatian centre-back was hauled off the pitch on the 31st minute by manager Juergen Klopp.”I think we didn’t start well at all, so it’s about being ready for the game – everybody, I know Dejan (Lovren) got took off early in the game but it could’ve been anyone of us that came off because it wasn’t good enough,” he said.advertisementLiverpool will look to bounce back from their loss when they host Huddersfield Town at Anfield on Saturday. Tottenham, who moved level with second-placed Manchester United on 20 points, travel to Old Trafford.last_img read more

first_imgBy Bharat SharmaAlbany (Bahamas), Nov 29 (PTI) Tiger Woods doesnt know how long he is going to play but is fully motivated to show his kids that he can be a lot more than the Youtube golfer they have seen in their grown up years.Woods, who has undergone multiple back surgeries in his long and illustrious career, is set for his latest comeback at this weeks Hero World Challenge here after a nine-month absence from the sport.He is just happy being pain-free after a long time and wants to be back on the course with his friends, whom he will be up against during the week.He also hopes that his kids — daughter Sam and son Charlie — see him play a lot on the tour and may be one day carry his bag in a tournament.Ahead of the Hero World Challenge, Woods was asked what Sam and Charlie thought of him as a golf player and whether they know that he was the Lionel Messi of his sport. The legendary golfer recently had an interaction with the star Argentine footballer.”Its more Charlies, thats his idol. He plays FIFA all the time and its always Messi, so its pretty neat to see my kids kind of in awe like that. I thought it was really neat for them to have us back in the locker room just to meet (Luis) Suarez and a few other guys on the team. It was really a surreal moment for me to step back and watch my kids just really appreciate it,” said Woods.advertisementDo they know that their 14-time major winning father is considered one of the greats of the game?”Thats what I was referring to about the quote that my daughter said. I said, Isnt it neat to be a living legend? She said, Yeah, we live with one. I never thought my kids have understood what Ive been able to do in the game of golf because they always think Im the YouTube golfer. Theyve never seen me in action.”So most of the stuff theyve watched has been on highlight packages. Theyve never seen what I can do on a golf course, and then when I started coming back for this event, Sam wanted to go out on the golf course with me.”She just thought it was so cool I was hitting it where she couldnt see it. Charlies the same thing, he wants to compete, he wants to play with me, those are things that are special,” said the 41-year-old in his first interaction with the media on his return.Woods now wants his kids around whenever he is playing.”I want them to see what Ive been able to do my entire career. Ive been fortunate enough to play tournament golf for 37 years and I want them to experience some of that, have a better understanding of it.”I dont know how long Im going to be playing but I want them to come to a few events, I want them to feel it, I want them to understand it a little bit more. It would be neat to have one of them carry the bag in a tournament,” said a relaxed looking Woods as he answered the barrage of questions in detail.The last edition of the Hero World Challenge was also a comeback event for him but he could not continue for long and withdrew from the Dubai Desert Classic in February.Woods insists this time his body feels much better.”You know, Im not going to be dunking a basketball anytime soon, but Im able to live without any lower back pain or any kind of zinging down my leg or have foot drop. I dont have any of those issues anymore. Thats why it is very different.”Woods further said his future will depend a lot on how his body behaves in competitions.”You know, I hate to be so mundane on this one, but honestly, Im just looking forward to getting through these four rounds and having an understanding, a better understanding of where Im at. I dont know where Im at. What I mean by that is I dont know how hard I can hit it, what shots can I play.”I dont know what the future entails in that regard because Im still learning about this body and once I get a better understanding I can give you a better answer,” he added. PTI BS CM CMadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgMadurai, Jan 4 (PTI) A meeting to discuss the security arrangements, rules and regulations for jallikattu (bull taming) sport, to be conducted at three places in the district, was held here today.District Collector Veeraraghavarao said jallikattu will be held at Avaniapuram on January 14, at Palamedu the next day and Alanganallur on January 16.The sport will be held from 8 AM to 3 PM, he said.About 500 policemen would be deployed on security duty. A total of 500 bulls are likely to be used in the event.Besides 10 ambulances, 3 fire service units and 10 medical teams would be deployed on duty, officials said. PTI SSN BNlast_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK – Carmelo Anthony wanted New York, and the Knicks wanted him.Now, a little more than three years after the trade that brought them together, Anthony could decide to leave.The Knicks would like him to stay — at the right price — and have told their All-Star forward that. But they also realize he will have some appealing options elsewhere.“As the head coach, I have to be prepared to coach the players that we ultimately have,” new coach Derek Fisher said last week. “I would love to have the opportunity to work closely with Carmelo. I’m looking forward to it and we’ll see if it can happen.”Fisher, team President Phil Jackson and General Manager Steve Mills met with Anthony in Los Angeles on June 13, three days after the Knicks hired Fisher as coach. Jackson had already met with Anthony after the season ended, asking him to consider delaying free agency for a year.However, Anthony is still expected to go through with his plan to opt out of the final year of his contract before the June 23 deadline. That would make him a free agent on July 1, and depending on what LeBron James decides, possibly the best one on the market.Teams such as Chicago, Dallas and Houston have been linked to the two-time Olympic gold medalist, as have the Miami Heat, under a scenario where Anthony would go play with James.Those were all playoff teams this season, and Anthony, who just turned 30, has said his priority is competing for championships. The Knicks, who went 37-45, have to make him think he can do that in New York, even without much flexibility to improve the roster this summer.“We obviously firmly believe that here is that place for Carmelo,” Fisher said, “and we’ll do our best not to convince him or change his mind from maybe a decision that he’s already made, but really just help give him some confidence that with the personalities involved and our commitment to working hard to achieve a certain level of success, that this is the place that he can have what it is he wants.”Anthony believed that a few years ago, pushing the Denver Nuggets to trade him to New York. The deal got done in February 2011 but at a heavy price for the Knicks, who not only dealt away promising young players such as Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler and Timofey Mozgov, but also their first-round pick in this year’s draft.Jackson hopes Anthony would take less than a maximum salary to stay, making it easier to rebuild the roster. Or put off the decision by opting in for the last year of his deal, which would pay him $23.3 million. The Knicks would be in a much better position in the summer of 2015 to construct the type of roster Anthony wants — if he’s willing to wait.“He’s great and he deserves that, and so that’s what we want to work to create with him and hopefully we can do it,” Fisher said.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgBUFFALO — Donald Trump remains in the running to buy the Buffalo Bills.And so are NHL Buffalo Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula, a person close to the process confirmed Thursday night to The Associated Press while speaking on the condition of anonymity because the sale is supposed to be private.Michael Cohen, Trump’s executive vice president and special counsel, confirmed in an email to the AP that his boss was chosen to advance to the next round of bidding. Cohen said he was informed of the decision by Morgan Stanley, the banking firm overseeing the sale of the team for late owner Ralph Wilson’s estate.“Mr. Trump’s significant wealth, name recognition and real estate knowledge makes him a viable option,” Cohen said.Trump is bidding on his own after electing against being joined by partners. He is prepared to make an all-cash offer.Trump is proving to be serious in his efforts to buy the Bills, who are on the market after Wilson died in March. Trump was previously dismissed by critics as using the Bills’ sale as a publicity stunt.The Pegulas have been low-key throughout the sale process in regards to their interests in purchasing the Bills.The Bills most recently were valued by Forbes at $870 million but are expected to sell for at least $1 billion, partly because NFL teams rarely go on the market.Morgan Stanley’s selection of Trump and the Pegulas comes after prospective groups were asked to submit non-binding bids by Tuesday.A Toronto group that includes rocker Jon Bon Jovi was expected to submit a bid. It’s not known if that group has been selected to advance.The deadline Tuesday was regarded as a soft one, meaning other interested parties can still submit bids until a prospective owner is identified. The time, however, is growing shorter for outside groups to become involved.The next step is for groups who have been approved to advance is to meet with both Morgan Stanley and members of the estate to obtain the franchise’s financial information. Bills President Russ Brandon also is expected to make a presentation to prospective bidders.Once that is done in the coming weeks, groups will then be asked to submit formal bids. The bidding process is unsealed, meaning Wilson’s estate will have the ability to ask groups to increase their bids.Though no timetable has been established by Morgan Stanley, a prospective owner is could be identified by as early as Labor Day and presented to NFL owners for approval during league meetings in early October.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgNEWARK, N.J. — There wasn’t much celebrating after the New York Rangers won the Presidents’ Trophy for the best regular-season record for the third time in franchise history.The post-game activity after the Rangers 4-2 win over the New Jersey Devils on April 7 was businesslike, from congratulating goaltender Cam Talbot on the ice to talking about heading into the playoffs with home-ice advantage.It was good to get the job done, but there is more to do.“It’s not an easy thing to do,” coach Alain Vigneault said. “You look at the teams still fighting to get into the playoffs. It’s a challenging thing. For our group, it’s one thing in the direction that we’re looking to get to. I’m very proud of our group but we all know that we are going to be judged by what we do in the playoffs. So this is a first step and we’re going to get ready for the next one.”New York won’t know who it wlll face in the opening round of the Eastern Conference playoffs, but Game 1 will be at Madison Square Garden next week.The Rangers never trailed against the Devils after getting goals from Kevin Hayes and Ryan McDonagh in a 47-second span in the first period. Talbot made 19 saves and James Sheppard and Carl Hagelin added third-period goals as the Rangers swept the four-game season series with New Jersey.“We battled hard all season long to get to this point but we know that the job’s not finished yet,” said Talbot, the backup who played a major role this season by posting a 17-5-3 record since Feb. 4, when starter Henrik Lunqvist was lost for nearly two months with a neck injury.The win was the Rangers’ fifth straight — four with Lundqvist in net — and it improved their record to 52-21-7 for 111 points. The 52-wins ties the franchise record and the point total is one less than that franchise mark, both set in 1993-94, the last time they won the Stanley Cup.“It is a great accomplishment. Like any team, we had to handle adversity, injuries, ups and downs, travel, everything that goes about an NHL season,” McDonagh said. “For us to clinch and say we won the regular season is a huge confidence boost. It’s a reassurance of what this team is capable of.”Patrik Elias and Steve Bernier scored and Cory Schneider made 36 saves in the Devils’ final home game.The Rangers will be looking to return to the Cup finals for the second straight year. They lost the final to the Los Angeles Kings last season.The Rangers never trailed in this game but it was nothing like Saturday’s 6-1 rout of New Jersey in New York.Despite being outshot by a 40-21 margin and having to kill off seven penalties, the Devils were right in the game until Hagelin scored into an empty net with just under than 2 minutes to play.Sheppard have given the Rangers a 3-1 lead midway through the third period, deflecting Dominic Moore’s shot past Schneider for his seventh goal of the season.Bernier closed the gap to a goal less than a minute later, with a backhander that Talbot originally stopped. As the puck lay in the crease, the goaltender and Derick Brassard scrambled to clear the puck but Talbot kicked it into his own net.Talbot was outstanding earlier in the period, stopping Adam Henrique twice and and Scott Gomez in close with a backhander to preserve the Rangers’ 2-1 lead.Hayes gave the Rangers the lead at 13:45 of the first period with his 16th goal of the season. Devils defenseman Eric Gelinas turned the puck over behind his net and Martin St. Louis poked the puck out front to Hayes for a shot past Schneider.McDonagh doubled the margin less than a minute later with a goal just 7 seconds after Jacob Josefson was sent off for hooking. Brassard won the ensuing faceoff, and Hayes and Keith Yandle moved the puck to the Rangers’ captain from the left point that beat a well-screened Schneider.The Devils, who had only two shots in the opening 17 minutes, got on the board with their third. With Tanner Glass of the Rangers in the penalty box, Bernier found Elias alone between the circles for his 12th goal of the season.“I think we got in penalty trouble,” Devils forward Mike Cammalleri said. “It’s tough to get a flow and a momentum. When we did get to play them 5-on-5, we did pretty well.”The Rangers had a two-man advantage for 1:27 in the opening minutes but only managed one shot on goal. It foreshadowed a night in which they converted on 1 of 7 extra-man chances.(TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares WASHINGTON — Unburdened by the catastrophes of past Game 7s littering the Washington Capitals’ playoff history, rookie Evgeny Kuznetsov delivered a breathtaking, series-clinching goal that got Alex Ovechkin’s seal of approval.“Pretty sick,” Ovechkin declared.Sure was.Skating around every opponent on the ice as he swooped across from the right boards, past the slot and waited, waited, waited for the right moment to lift a rising shot over sprawling goalie Jaroslav Halak, Kuznetsov scored the go-ahead goal with 7:18 remaining, and Braden Holtby only needed to make 10 saves April 27, leading the Capitals to a 2-1 victory that eliminated the New York Islanders in the first round.“If you’ve never played hockey,” Kuznetsov said, “you’ll never feel this.”Joel Ward gave Washington a 1-0 lead late in the second period, and Frans Nielsen pulled New York even early in the third.The Capitals now face the Presidents’ Trophy-winning New York Rangers, who eliminated Washington from the 2012 and 2013 playoffs — in Game 7 each time.That’s part of a long history of postseason failures for the Capitals, including never advancing beyond the second round since Ovechkin arrived and began earning MVP trophies and leading the NHL in goals year after year.This was the eighth time in 10 playoff series involving Ovechkin that went to a Game 7, and his team was only 2-5 in such contests until Monday.Until Kuznetsov — a 22-year-old center taken with the No. 26 pick in 2010, six years after Ovechkin went No. 1 overall — came through, adding to the two goals and assist he had in Game 3.“That’s the best I’ve seen us play,” Holtby said. “Start to finish, that’s the game we’ve been trying to groom all year.”The Islanders’ loss ends their playing days at Nassau Coliseum, which opened in 1972. The team is moving to Brooklyn next season.“We wanted to get back home,” coach Jack Capuano said.You have to go back 22 years to find a playoff series won by the Islanders, and that victory in 1993 came against — guess who? — the Capitals. Since then, New York has lost seven consecutive first-round series.“It’s just hard to believe it’s really over,” said Islanders captain John Tavares, who had two goals and four assists in the series. “”It was intense. It was physical. It was draining.”Halak pointed to Washington’s 26-11 edge in shots, saying: “We needed to shoot a little more. Obviously you’re not going to score if you don’t shoot.”Only three teams have produced fewer shots in a playoff game since 1990, according to STATS.This was the first Game 7 of this year’s NHL playoffs, fittingly. Through the first six games, each team scored 14 goals. Each won on the road. Each won in overtime. During the regular season, both finished with 101 standings points.But this was the Capitals’ turn to thrive. “By Game 5,” coach Barry Trotz said, “I thought they wore down a little bit.”Kuznetsov thought the Islanders looked tired during his highlight-reel goal.They did seem to move in slow motion as he swooped across the ice to put his team back in front.“For him, it’s just another day. There’s no previous history for him, so he could just go into it raw and just have a good time,” Ward said. “That’s the good thing about young guys.”There was one last bit of tension, when Capitals defenseman John Carlson was whistled for roughing with just under three minutes remaining. But the Capitals killed it off, making the Islanders 0-for-14 on power plays in the series.Perhaps fueled by a combination of relief and elation, the crowd grew louder and louder as the final seconds ticked away.“We were hungry, we wanted to get after it, and I think people doubted us a little bit,” Ward said. “So we wanted to prove something to ourselves and to our fans.”(HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Sports Writer)last_img read more

first_imgBALTIMORE, MD — With tempers still smoldering in riot-torn Baltimore and nearby neighborhoods clearing out rubble and debris, the Orioles played a baseball game Wednesday.This wasn’t for the fans, because there weren’t any at Camden Yards.The game was held behind closed doors, and the Orioles and Chicago White Sox played because it was considered to be the best way to fill out the schedule for both teams.The timing worked for baseball, not so much for Baltimore. It was an unusual move by Major League Baseball, which usually errs on the side of caution in the wake of tragedy.Baseball games were canceled after riots ignited in Los Angeles and terrorists attacked New York and Washington. Baseball put off the World Series in 1989 after an earthquake hit San Francisco.In Baltimore, after a drug store was set on fire about four miles from the ballpark and the National Guard was summoned to restore order, they played a game because this was the only planned visit by this season by the White Sox. The postponed games Monday and Tuesday were to be made up as part of a doubleheader on May 28, but there was seemingly nowhere to go on the schedule with Wednesday’s game.So they moved up the starting time by five hours to 2:05 p.m. to beat the 10 o’clock curfew and had the teams go at it before 47,000 empty seats. Baltimore won 8-2.“We have a schedule so we’ve got to get games in,” Chicago second baseman Gordon Beckham said. “We can’t just miss all three games and expect to make them up down the line. I mean we’ll have no off days for the rest of the year.“So, we at least have to get this one in.”Just about everyone who put on a uniform understood the circumstances. Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man, died of spinal cord and other injuries while in police custody. The protests that followed included looting, violence and rioting.Though no property around the ballpark was damaged, the city was hurting and here they were, playing a baseball game to preserve the integrity of the schedule.“It is strange. The commissioner of baseball made a decision,” said Gov. Larry Hogan. “I’m glad that we don’t have tens of thousands of fans down there. Even though things appear to be calm, having tens of thousands of people in that part of the city, that’s where our command center is operating.”On a scale of what was significant to Baltimore on this day, the Orioles’ 20th game of the season wasn’t exactly at the top of the list.“It makes you realize how unimportant really in a lot of ways this is compared to some things that are going on,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “You try to keep that mind and look at things realistically, where this fits in the scheme of things. You prioritize what’s important and we tried to do that.”Athletes are paid well to play when they’re told, no matter what the sport.“There’s nothing those guys can do about it. They’re a team,” said 49ers tight end Vernon Davis, who played in college at Maryland. “They have no control over what just happened. This is just how the world is. It has to be like this. They’re going to have to play no matter what.”Showalter hopes this game can serve as the first step toward getting Baltimore back on its feet.“We’ve made quite a statement as a city, some good and some bad,” he said. “Now, let’s get on with taking the statements we’ve made and create a positive. I want to be a rallying force for our city.”Their intentions may have been in the right place, but seemingly not much else.Playing the game without any fans in attendance was both a good and a bad thing. The team didn’t divert any police from doing their job around the city, but the people of Baltimore didn’t get a chance to turn the page by watching the home team play at Camden Yards.“Sports brings people together — black, white, or any different,” Orioles center fielder Adam Jones said. “For those three hours, you can have beers, nachos and some Boog’s (barbecue) and forget about our daily lives.“But today, we’re just going to have to play a Major League Baseball game without fans. I think that’s first time in history.”Must the game go on?“We’re doing the right thing,” Orioles first baseman Chris Davis said. “I’m not real happy about playing in an empty stadium. That’s one of the reasons that we look forward to coming home so much, playing in front of our fans. But we also understand that there’s a bigger picture here.”That’s true, but the bigger question is whether they should have been playing at all.“There are a lot more important issues going on outside the stadium,” Orioles left-hander Zach Britton said. “It kind of makes you realize how small baseball is compared to some of the other issues in the U.S. and around the world.”___TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK  — All that stands between the New York Jets and the playoffs is Rex Ryan.Well, how’s that for an absolutely juicy story line?The Jets, in their first season under coach Todd Bowles, are facing a win-and-in scenario against the Buffalo Bills and their former coach, who was fired after failing to lead New York to the postseason in each of the last four of his six seasons.“In the words of the great Steve Smith,” linebacker Calvin Pace said, referring to Baltimore’s loquacious wide receiver, “‘Man, it’s going to be a bloodbath.’”The Jets (10-5) went from being outside the playoff picture to controlling their chances with a 26-20 overtime victory Sunday over the New England Patriots — helped in large part by Bill Belichick choosing to kick off rather than start the extra period on offense.Ryan Fitzpatrick coolly marched the Jets down the field and won it with a 6-yard pass to Eric Decker.Pittsburgh, which held a tiebreaker edge over New York, surprisingly lost to Baltimore and slipped behind the Jets in the playoff race. As a result of Denver’s 20-17 overtime win over Cincinnati on Monday night, New York can earn a berth with a win or if Pittsburgh loses to Cleveland next Sunday.“I want it,” defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson said of reaching the postseason. “I want it bad.”He and the Jets get to prove how much next Sunday at Buffalo (7-8). The Bills had high hopes in Ryan’s first season, especially when he declared their playoff drought would end. Instead, they’ll miss out for the 16th straight year.So, after spending six years doing everything he could to get the Jets into the postseason, Ryan will be out to keep them from getting in.“It’s just the next game on the schedule,” cornerback Darrelle Revis said, downplaying the matchup.Ryan is already 1-0 against his former team after a 22-17 victory over the Jets in a Thursday night game. While Ryan was clearly excited by the win, he also predicted the teams’ next meeting would probably help decide who goes to the playoffs.He was half-right.On Monday, Ryan praised the Jets, not adding any extra fuel — but, it’s early in the week, of course.“I think, first off, it’s about getting the win and we know we are facing a team that is red hot,” Ryan said in Buffalo. “This team is a complete football team.”After their loss to the Bills, the Jets fell to Houston 24-17 to drop to 5-5. A 4-1 start was washed away by inconsistency, lost opportunities and a search for answers.“We had to come together,” Pace said, “or the ship was gonna sink.”They haven’t lost since.“The past couple weeks have been playoff games,” Bowles said. “There really is no pressure. They just play together and we have fun and we try to get better as a team. There’s no pressure on us. We know have to win. We’ve been having to win the past five weeks. ”Fitzpatrick’s steady play during the winning streak has been MVP-like. He has thrown for 1,525 yards and 13 touchdowns with one interception. In three of the last four games, Fitzpatrick has driven the Jets to a win in the final 2 minutes of regulation or overtime.“Fitz has been amazing for us,” Pace said.So has Brandon Marshall, who set the franchise’s season record with 101 catches — and counting. Decker has, too, with 75 catches, including 11 TD grabs.The defense has been terrific the past month, led by a front line that made things miserable for Tom Brady and the Patriots.These are the things the Jets players expected back in September.“There was still a ton of belief and I just think you know being in the league and having experience that a lot of us do have, you can recognize when you have a good team,” Fitzpatrick said. “So, I think the belief’s always been there just because we see the way that everybody works week in and week out and we see the talent level on this team.“I think that the belief has been there from Day 1 and it hasn’t wavered.”Left tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson echoed that sentiment: “I think we knew we had a special team even at the beginning of the season.”Bowles let his team know what’s at stake in his postgame speech Sunday, telling the players: “Win and we’re in.”That’s about as far as the coach will go in terms of motivational tactics. Bowles feels none of that stuff is needed at this point with so much on the line.“We’re going to treat it the same,” Bowles said of the approach for Sunday’s game. “We understand what we’re going up against. We’ve got to continue to do the things we’ve been doing. We try to do anything else, then we won’t have a chance to win.”DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgATHENS — IOC President Thomas Bach says the torch relay for this year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will include a stop at a refugee camp in Athens.Bach has also promised to build sporting facilities on the island of Lesbos that has been hard hit by the migrant crisis.Bach visited a refugee camp in Athens on Thursday and met potential candidates who could compete for the first time as part of a stateless refugee team at the games in Rio.Bach said the athletes will attend the opening ceremony, marching behind the Olympic flag before host team Brazil enters last.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK — The New York Knicks won’t re-sign Jimmer Fredette to a second 10-day contract.The former college player of the year appeared in two games with the Knicks, making a 3-pointer on his lone shot attempt. His deal expired March 2 and the team elected not to give him another.Teams can sign players to two consecutive 10-day contracts, then must offer them a contract for the rest of the season if they want to keep them beyond that.Fredette has spent most of the season playing for the Knicks’ NBA Development League affiliate, where he averaged 21.8 points.The Knicks called him up Feb. 22, but interim coach Kurt Rambis made it clear the former BYU sharpshooter would have to outplay the guards already on the roster.Fredette had averaged 6.0 points for three NBA teams before the Knicks.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — The Yankees’ offense was asleep for seven innings and so was the sellout crowd. New York was about to get shut out for the second straight night and drop a season-high 5½ games behind first-place Boston.Aaron Hicks woke everyone up with his bat, then made a rocket of a throw, preserving a ninth-inning lead with a double play that electrified fans and bailed out Aroldis Chapman in yet another Yankees-Red Sox thriller.“We need to get as many wins as we can against these guys and just show that we’re willing to fight back,” Hicks said after his two-run homer sparked a five-run eighth inning that led the Yankees to a 5-4 win Friday. New York cut its AL East deficit to 3½ games and stopped Boston’s winning streak at eight.Hanley Ramirez’s two-run, first-inning homer and Andrew Benintendi’s fifth-inning solo drive off Jaime Garcia built a 3-0 lead for Eduardo Rodriguez, who held the Yankees to two hits in six innings. Matt Barnes followed with a hitless seventh that extended the scoreless streak by Boston’s bullpen to 19 innings.And then the drama began.In the first of 10 games between the AL East rivals in 24 days, the Yankees sent 11 batters to the plate in the eighth. Pinch-hitter Brett Gardner was nicked on a foot by a pitch from Addison Reed (0-1), a call originally missed by plate umpire Fieldin Culbreth and overturned on video review.Didi Gregorius and Todd Frazier followed Hicks’ home run with RBI singles and Ronald Torreyes hit a sacrifice fly for a 5-3 lead.And there was more.Pitching for the first time since Saturday, Chapman walked Jackie Bradley Jr. on four pitches and Eduardo Nunez on five. He missed outside with a 100.6 mph fastball, and Benintendi — whose bases-loaded walk against Chapman gave Boston a July 14 win at Fenway Park — came to the plate as Dellin Betances warmed up.Benintendi lofted on 0-2 pitch 327 feet to Hicks, just in front of the left-field warning track, and Bradley scored on the sacrifice fly. The strong-armed Hicks, who returned Thursday from a lengthy stay on the disabled list, made a one-hop throw to third base that was about 6 feet to the fair side of the base. Frazier made a backhand catch and swiped Nunez on the back as the former Yankee slid headfirst and reached for the base with his left arm.“If it happened again tomorrow, I would take the chance tomorrow again,” said Nunez, a former Yankee acquired by Boston from San Francisco last month. “That’s how you play the game. That was a great throw. That was a great pick from Frazier and an amazing tag.”Mitch Moreland flied out, giving Chapman his 15th save in 18 chances.“If he’s safe right there,” Gardner said, “the next play’s a sacrifice fly and the game’s tied, right? Who knows how it would have played out. A game-changer on both sides of the ball.”Boston and New York met while 1-2 in the division this late in the season for the first time since 2011.Hicks, back from an oblique injury that sidelined him since June 25, hooked an inside slider high down the right-field line. He tried to will the drive fair.“Of course, I’m talking the ball,” he said.And what did he tell it?“Go!”That made it 3-2 and stopped the Yankees’ shutout streak at 16 innings.Gary Sanchez singled, advanced on a wild pitch and Aaron Judge walked.Joe Kelly relieved, Gregorius blooped an opposite-field hit to left that tied the score, and Frazier dropped a single into left, a ball he thought was going to reach the outfield.Frazier, who is from New Jersey, thought back to his youth.“I remember that excitement, coming to the ballpark and watching these games,” he said.CROWDSThe Yankees drew 46,509 in their eighth home sellout, matching their total in each of the last two seasons. They had 16 in 2014, Derek Jeter’s final season.TRAINER’S ROOMRed Sox: 2B Dustin Pedroia could be headed to the DL for the third time this season. Pedroia’s left knee was too inflamed for him to play, two days after he went 0 for 4 as a DH at Tampa Bay in his first game since July 28. … LH David Price, who hasn’t pitched since July 22 because of left elbow inflammation, threw in the outfield from 120 feet, then threw more intensely from 60 feet on flat ground, including breaking balls.Yankees: LHP CC Sabathia (right knee inflammation) hopes to miss just one turn. He was put on the 10-day Friday, a move retroactive to Wednesday, when he had cortisone, platelet rich plasma and Synvisc injections. LHP Jordan Montgomery was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and will take Sabathia’s turn Sunday. … 2B Starlin Castro (strained right hamstring) and 1B Greg Bird (right ankle surgery) are likely to start minor league injury rehabilitation assignments next week.UP NEXTRHP Luis Severino (9-4) starts Saturday for the Yankees and LHP Drew Pomeranz (11-4) for the Red Sox. Severino has won four straight starts and is unbeaten in his last six outings. Pomeranz is 5-0 in his last eight starts.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees are buying back the YES Network, partnering with Amazon in a deal that will give the company the right to stream games in the team’s broadcast territory.The deal for the team’s parent company to purchase 80 percent of the network from The Walt Disney Co. values YES at $3.47 billion, nearly $500 million less than when 21st Century Fox acquired a majority stake in 2014.Yankee Global Enterprises is the lead investor and partnered with Amazon.com Inc. and Sinclair Broadcast Group as its strategic investors, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Friday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the purchase was not announced and has up to 120 days to close.Mubadala Development Co., a United Arab Emirates’ sovereign wealth fund, is a minority investor along with The Blackstone Group, RedBird Capital, the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and MSD Capital, which manages assets of Michael Dell and his family.YES was owned by Yankee Global Enterprises, Goldman Sachs, Providence Equity and NJ Holdings (a company then controlled by former New Jersey Nets owners Louis Katz and Ray Chambers) when YES sold a 49 percent stake to Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. in late 2012. News Corp. split into two companies the following year, with broadcast properties spun off to 21st Century Fox.21st Century Fox raised its stake to 80 percent in early 2014 and Yankee Global Enterprises reduced its stake from 26 percent to 20 percent in a deal that valued the network at $3.9 billion.Disney announced in December 2017 a deal to acquire Fox, a change in control that triggered Yankee Global Enterprises right-of-first refusal to buy back the YES Network shares. Disney already owns ESPN, and to gain antitrust approval it reached an agreement with the U.S. Justice Department last June to sell the 22 regional sports networks it was acquiring.RSNs have dropped in value with the rise in cord-cutters among consumers. The deal to invest in YES will give Amazon rights to stream the games of teams on the network within their local territories. YES broadcasts the Yankees, the NBA’s New Jersey Nets and Major League Soccer’s New York City FC team.Yankee Global Enterprises, controlled by the Steinbrenner family, owns 20 percent of NYCFC. The rest of NYCFC is owned by City Football Group, the parent company of Manchester City, City Football Group is controlled The Abu Dhabi United Group for Development and Investment. Khaldoon Al Mubarak is chairman of City Football Group and chief executive officer of Mubadala.YES has been the most-watched regional sports network in the U.S. in 14 of the last 16 years. Yankees games on YES averaged 326,000 viewers for live telecasts last season.By: Ronald Blum, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_img PaulChau says: October 2, 2018 at 4:53 am Log in to Reply Continue Reading Previous New version of MIPI CSI-2 looks (literally) beyond mobile phonesNext A history of microprocessor debug, 1980–2016 September 19, 2018 at 5:59 am 2 thoughts on “Is the surveillance industry ripe for a storage change?” “I’m actually flabbergasted to think that this would happen, but it’s a sad, sad truth. At my self storage facility we only keep as much data as we can in storage for about the last couple of weeks simply because the files are too big! Obviously I hope tha PaulChau says: Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. “I’m actually flabbergasted to think that this would happen, but it’s a sad, sad truth. At my self storage facility we only keep as much data as we can in storage for about the last couple of weeks simply because the files are too big! Obviously I hope tha Picture this scenario: During the nighttime, there has been a break-in at a company location and the perpetrator has been caught on tape. The recording is stored and reviewed at a later time, only to find that — due to compression — the images of the perpetrator is obscured; also, frames have been dropped because of unstable data recording. This makes identification much harder and the recording might even be inadmissible in court.Now let us tweak this scenario a bit: During the nighttime, a person is picked up by the surveillance cameras. With fast-working data analytics, the system notices that there is someone in the restricted area and simultaneously notifies the appropriate personnel. The infiltrator is quickly apprehended on the premises, and the high quality of the recording helps correctly identify the person. So, what can this example tell us?The thing is that most surveillance systems today use hard disk drives (HDDs) for storage purposes. While this works perfectly well for basic setups, it can be a hindrance for implementing modern surveillance features. The use of solid state drives (SSDs) for data recording is a solid step forward (pun intended) towards fixing this, as it gives the user access to data analytics that enables advanced features such as facial recognition and automated traffic control systems.This raises the question: “What is the reason HDDs are still so commonplace?” In fact, this is partially due to some misconceptions that still linger, such as, “HDDs are more cost efficient and have higher capacities, while SSDs have relatively low capacities and are more prone to failure due to P/E (program-erase) cycle limitations.” As technology advances, however, these “truths” are not nearly as clear-cut anymore. Furthermore, as the relative price gap between HDDS and SSD is closing, SSDs can now provide a cost-efficient alternative to many traditional surveillance setups.Puncturing the low endurance myth Let’s start off with limited P/E cycles. This has been seen as the bane of any SSD in a recording-heavy environment, and — 10 years ago — this by itself would be more than a good enough reason to look elsewhere for a storage solution. But things change, as the slightly informal — yet very extensive — SSD test from The Tech Report clearly shows.The SSDs involved all went through an absurd amount of around-the-clock write and erase cycles, yet — even with some hiccups — they all performed well past their stated limits. By also taking into account advances in technology since the test was started (2013), coupled with the fact that these were all consumer-grade devices, we can safely put the final nail in the myth of limited SSD endurance. With the correct setup, there’s simply no need to worry that an endurance failure will ever happen.Now to be fair, running out of P/E cycles is only one way that an SSD can fail; it can still struggle with faulty ICs, bad batches and so on. So, some SSDs will still fail, never having gotten close to their limits. If we look at the data for SSD and HDD reliability, while SSDs will experience smaller failures, the rate of complete failure is much higher for HDDs. Although this could be seen as comparing apples to oranges, there is certainly little ground to claim that the HDD has any advantage over SSD when it comes to endurance.Quality and analytics Another even more clear advantage for the SSD is speed, which has also been the main selling point ever since this form of storage entered the market. Modern surveillance setups don’t just record and store data, but they are also seeing increasing requirements for data analytics. This means handling on-the-spot operations like facial recognition and then taking immediate action once a hit is made. Thus, the system has to be able to handle demanding simultaneous read/write operations, which HDD technology is — in many cases — poorly equipped to handle.Real-time analytics of this sort is also reliant on high quality recording, and is susceptible to frame loss if the system is unable to sustain stable recording rates. SSDs can, through firmware optimization, more easily fill this role than any HDD, as they are much more adapt at both random and simultaneous read/write operations. The graphs below show just how large an effect optimization can have on video recording stability.Write performance for standard SSD without firmware optimization (Source: Innodisk) Write performance for Innodisk SSD with firmware optimization implemented (Source: Innodisk) Capacity and price But even with the two elements discussed above working in favor of the SSD, there remain two bastions where the HDD still stands strong: namely price and capacity. For those just looking for a simple and affordable system, an HDD-based solution can be a perfectly good fit.This holds true for low-performance HDDs, but once you reach the 10K-15K RPM drives, it’s a different story. These drives have platters that spin up to twice as fast as normal drives and have significantly increased performance. However, prices increase and capacities drop dramatically, even being surpassed by higher-end SSDs.So, if your application needs to perform above that of a basic surveillance setup, instead of moving up the HDD ladder, the easier solution is to just skip this rung altogether and instead opt for an SSD. By also calculating in a higher overall reliability, the total cost of ownership will — in many cases — tip the scales in favor of the SSD solution.Innodisk’s 2.5″ SATA SSD 3MV2-P offers up to 2TB capacity coupled with high speed and stable performance (Source: Innodisk) A technological impasse Another aspect to consider is the underlying technology. Although referred to as drives, SSDs don’t actually have any moving parts. This means that they are naturally more adept at taking a beating both in terms of shock and temperature; it also means less heat created during operation. By comparison, an HDD has a head that flies on a thin layer of air above the platter. Any strong enough vibration or shock will lead to a head crash and data being lost. Thus, for any recording performed onboard vehicles or in hostile environments, an SSD should be the primary choice for storage.HDD components are also more limited by physics itself; you can only go so small before losing mechanical integrity. SSDs, by comparison, are already operating on microscopic levels, fitting staggering quantities of transistors in nanometer spaces. This is clearly evident by the ever-decreasing size of the modules. Thus, if available space is limited, SSDs can save the system integrator a lot of headache.Conclusion Having read this far, one might think one’s choice of storage media is an either-or choice, but this is not necessarily the case. In fact, a combination of the two storage systems may offer the best solution, where HDDs handle data archiving while SSDs take care of any operations requiring high-speed or high-quality recordings for data-analytics. A solid state device might also be worth considering as an addition to already existing setups as it can drastically increase system performance.While a price gap still exists between the two solutions, SSDs are already more than qualified to enter the market. SSD technology has already shed many of its earlier issues, it can now fulfil the stricter requirements of modern surveillance, and it will expand on what is possible with a well implemented surveillance system.A graduate in the sciences from Taiwan, Mr. C. C. Wu continued his 14-year career with Flash technology and SSD firmware algorithms for embedded applications. Mr. Wu is responsible for the creation and development of Innodisk’s innovative firmware division, and he continues to expand their footprint for Flash solutions. Wearing multiple hats, Mr. Wu worked extensively with the R&D department and sits as the VP of Flash BU and EVP of Innodisk’s Branch Office in the US. 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first_imgToshiba launch the TC78B025FTG, a three-phase brushless motor driver IC with a rotation speed control (closed loop control) function. The new device is intended for small fan applications in servers, home appliances and industrial equipment.The cooling fans used in servers and other must be small and rotate at high speeds with uniform accuracy. Uniformity is best achieved by using a speed-feedback method to suppress fluctuations in rotation speed caused by changes in the power supply voltage and load. Until now, this has required the use of microcomputers, but Toshiba’s new solution achieves flexible rotation speed control without external microcomputers by incorporating a non-volatile memory (NVM). This allows easy system configuration and supports motor speeds from hundreds to tens of thousands of rotations per minute (RPM) especially as Toshiba’s intelligent phase control (InPAC) motor drive technology realizes efficient driving across a wide rotation range without requiring adjustment.The device operates from a power supply in the range 4.5 to 16V and provides a sine-wave drive with 150-degree commutation. Industry-leading low ON resistance of 0.2Ω (typ.) (total of high and low sides) reduces the IC’s self-heating during operation, thereby extending support to large current drives. Speed is controlled by a simple PWM signal or an analog voltage input. In built protections include thermal shutdown, over current protection and motor lock detection. The device is housed in a VQFN24 package measuring just 4 x 4 x 0.9mm.In addition, the TC78B025FTG implements a 1-Hall drive system and current sense resistor-elimination system (Advanced Current Detection System – ACDS) to reduce the number of external components and contribute to space saving on PCBs.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Arrow Electronics offers Scalys System-on-ModulesNext Cadence and NI collaborate to simplify next-generation semiconductor and RF developmentlast_img read more

first_img Continue Reading Previous Bridgetek helps bring 3.5” HMI display shield venture to lifeNext ADI: sigma-delta A/D converter for AC and DC signals VITA, the trade association for standard computing architectures serving critical and intelligent embedded computing systems markets, announces the ratification by ANSI and VITA of ANSI/VITA 48.4-2018 “Liquid Flow Through VPX Plug-In Module Standard”. This standard has completed the VITA and ANSI processes reaching full recognition under guidance of VITA. This is the first VITA standard to define a liquid cooling method for plug-in backplane modules.The ANSI/ VITA 48.4-2018 standard establishes the mechanical design, interface control, outline and mounting requirements to ensure the mechanical intermateability of 6U VPX liquid-flow-through cooled plug-in modules within associated sub-racks.  The modules use liquid flowing through an integral heatsink of the module for cooling the electronic components and circuit boards.  Quick disconnect coupling assemblies allow fluidic coupling to the chassis coolant manifold.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

first_img Continue Reading Previous Why a smarter edge will spark new applications of computer vision in 2019Next Clientron: Embedded DIN-rail box PC supports triple displays MEMXPRO announces the launch of mSMART 4.0, its new generation smart storage device monitoring software tool, available free for download. MEMXPRO mSMART 4.0 is able to check read/write performance, system information, lifespan, and disk health status of all storage devices, including MEMXPRO and other brands. Enabling the predictive power of big data analytics in the AIoT era, mSMART detects problems and provides alerts to reduce routine inspection tasks and operational costs. Integrated with an enterprise database, the system will record SSD status and store data logs to benefit big data analytics that help decision making processes.Featuring powerful functions, easy to use MEMXPRO mSMART software tool discloses detailed information about almost all of their industrial SSD brands, exceeding even the functions of current SSD testing tools like crystaldiskinfo. Many industrial customers want to know more about the SSD controller model numbers, but many module manufacturers hide this information by removing the IC markings and as a result, customers cannot fully understand their hardware. To avoid confusion, mSMART can fully display original host controller model numbers and detailed up-to-date information, as well using advanced algorithms for accurate lifespan calculations.The AIoT era brings Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) together making the world smarter and boosting AI systems on the edge to fulfill rapid microsecond responses for time-critical applications with minimal network latency. According to Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) of Taiwan R.O.C, data processed and stored at the edge outside of a traditional data centers will increase to 75% by 2022.It is well known that these days autonomous cars are equipped with terminals, sensors, actuators, and controllers. Along with gateways, edge servers, and roadside equipment at local sites, these end devices are driven by algorithms, with continuous scanning of surrounding traffic flows and prediction of possible changes to those surroundings in order to quickly react to real-time traffic conditions for enhanced driver safety. Edge clusters handle large-area, high-definition maps, and high-volume database analytics with deep learning on cloud-based systems. To locally process data for flexible deployment, MEMXPRO mSMART 4.0 conducts storage device monitoring and data acquisition at the edge, transferring crucial data to central management.Smart factories rely on edge computing, AI, and data analytics and systems help provide real-time information when abnormal conditions occur. MEMXPRO mSMART 4.0 is able to check total disk activity, as well as helping to trace and manage disk utilization and health status. When it detects high risk conditions, warning notices are given out to remind users to take preventative action. mSMART 4.0 also combines with system maintenance scheduling to intelligently send out commands for preventive measures, reducing maintenance burden and enhancing operational efficiency.MEMXPRO new mSMART tool supports Windows, Linux, and Andriod OS and can monitor DRAM modules and storage devices with PCIe and SATA interfaces, showing device part numbers, firmware versions and controller information. Its clean and simplified GUI makes mSMART 4.0 intuitive and easy to understand and use. For advanced SSD users, a more powerful version provides information regarding sequential and random read/write speeds and performance, spare block space, disk temperatures, health status, and lifespan info. In addition, users can read S.M.A.R.T. system information, log files, and alert/email setups. MEMXPRO advances industrial storage product competitiveness with software, firmware, and hardware products that provide intelligent tools for analysis and prediction, cost evaluation, safety, and efficiency.MEMXPRO 100 percent focuses on providing industrial and server memory modules and flash storage solutions, with in-house software, firmware, and customization services. The main product lines include high-capacity MLC E231 series with 4TB 2.5” SSD, 1TB mSATA and Half Slim SATA, high-speed NVMe PCIe Gen3 x4 SSD, extended endurance StrongMLC SSD, Power Plus SSD for power loss protection, and industrial wide temperature DIMM modules and flash storage devices. MEMXPRO also develops value-added software tools, including an mSMART device monitoring agent, OS pre-loaded service, SDK, and SaveOS system recovery service. The integration of hardware and software helps customers save development time and reduces cost.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

first_img Continue Reading Previous Silicon Labs to showcase smart home and building automation connectivity solutionsNext Kontron: railway 19-inch platform for train control The STM8-SO8-DISCO 8-bit microcontroller Discovery Kit from STMicroelectronics lets users evaluate all three STM8 variants currently available in the popular 8-pin SO8 package. As well as outstanding three-in-one value, the kit offers no-frills simplicity and features to jump-start the next stage of development. There is a single button and indicator LED for interacting with the board, while the embedded STLINK/V2 and USB port simplify in-circuit debugging and programming from a connected PC. The MCUs are soldered onto individual break-offs that can be separated from the compact main board as pluggable DIL-8 modules ready to start prototyping.The supported MCUs are the STM8S001J3M3, STM8L001J3M3, and STM8L050J3M3. The STM8S001J3M3 delivers affordable performance with features including advanced 16-bit timers with three comparator outputs, three capture-compare channels, a 10-bit ADC, and an 8-bit timer. The ultra-low-power STM8L001J3M3 consumes just 0.3µA in Halt mode and integrates 8- and 16-bit timers and two comparators. Also leveraging ultra-low-power technology, the STM8L050J3M3 adds a 12-bit ADC and 4-channel DMA controller.The MCUs all feature the state-of-the-art STM8 core running at 16MHz, and 8Kbyte on-chip Flash. System-control features include watchdog and clock control, and popular communication interfaces including UART, SPI, and Fast I2C. With up to six user I/Os, they are ideal for use in industrial sensors, home-automation devices, smart lighting, access cards, battery chargers, or smart printer cartridges.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components, Tools & Software last_img read more

first_imgThe powerful solderable emSTAMP-Argon module with the heterogeneous architecture of the STM32MP1 from STMicroelectronics enables real-time functions in power-saving operation. The integrated ARM Dual Cortex-A7 is suitable for demanding tasks, such as use in industrial IoT systems or motor control. The additional Cortex-M4 makes the emSTAMP Argon module ideal for industrial communication systems.The heterogeneous architecture of the STM32MP1 with the dual core Cortex-A7 is suitable for demanding tasks, such as use in industrial IoT systems or motor control. The additional Cortex-M4 makes it ideal for industrial communication systems. It supports the protocols of PROFINET, EtherCAT and EtherNet /IP and more. The Cortex-M4 core uses the ecosystem of the STM32 MCU. This has the advantage that codes for STM32 Cortex-M4 systems are easily reusable.The solder able emSTAMP Argon is optionally available with the operating system Android or Linux. As a service provider for embedded software and hardware, emtrion offers its own Board Support Packages (BSP) as well as supplementary services such as virtualization (Jailhouse) or the appropriate security solution.emtrion guarantees a long-term availability of up to 15 years. The emSTAMP Argon core module is also available as a single board computer (emSBC Argon).Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Kithara at the All About Automation in LeipzigNext Bumps in the road to AV safetylast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 18 (PTI) The Indian Olympic Association (IOA), seeking a dialogue with the Sports Ministry on the issue of good governance, has received the backing of IOC which has asked it to follow the principle of responsible autonomy in all deliberations with the government. IOA President Narinder Batra had recently sought time from the Sports Ministry to discuss “good governance and implementation of revised Sports Code” after the IOC warned against government interference in the functioning of the National Olympic Committee. In an email to Sports Secretary Rahul Bhatnagar, Batra said it’s time that all stakeholders come under one roof on the issue to avoid a situation where Indian athletes risk the chance of participating in 2020 Tokyo Olympics under the Olympic flag. Batra also attached IOC reply to his e-mail. “We fully support your efforts to work in close coordination with the competent authorities in India and establish a constructive dialogue in order to (i) avoid any undue interference and, at the same time, (ii) make sure that the basic principles of good governance are fully implemented within the Olympic Movement in India,” an IOC letter to Batra said. IOC shared a document on basic principles and approach that should prevail in the relationship between government authorities and asked it to make it basis of IOA’s discussions with the government to avoid “unnecessary disputes”. Batra wrote to Bhatnagar that “proper process not being followed by GOI MYAS in relation to proposed changes in draft Sports Code.” “We request for time from you and Hon’ble Minister to discuss on these issues and want to resolve everything in an amicable and constructive manner. We once again request for meeting and do not want a situation where the future Indian team’s may have to go under Olympic Flag in Tokyo 2020 Olympics and other events,” Batra added.advertisement Besides, the IOA President has asked the Sports Ministry to discuss and take actions against illegal and unauthorised sporting bodies existing in the country after the matter was brought to light by the International Kabaddi Federation (IKF) earlier this year. “My request is that GOI MYAS should be pro active in curbing the growth of bogus federations in India. We are willing to come and discuss on these issues and together take actions against these bogus federations and take them to their logical end all across India,” Batra wrote in a separate mail. The matter was brought to IOA’s notice by the IKF after its President JS Gehlot has written to the Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, drawing his attention on the issue. “I wish to draw your kind attention towards the mushrooming of illegal and self proclaimed sports organisations which are confusing the youth of the country by conducting illegal and unauthorised events including National Championships as well as National Game etc,” Gehlot wrote in his letter to the Minister on April 3. In the letter, he also mentioned 10 such illegal federations, which are conducting unauthorised kabaddi events and issuing certificates to the participants. “These types of illegal and unauthorised National Championships / National Games etc. cause undue harassment to the ignorant players who participate in the same. The certificates issued by such organisations are not valid for various benefits to the players,” Gehlot’s letter read. “Players realise this fact only when their claim for job or other benefits is being rejected on account of invalid certificate. Needless to mention that these socalled self proclaimed organisation charge money from players on various accounts. “May I request your good office to take stern action against these errant organisations which use the words like National Championship, National Games etc and do suffix word India in their name,” the letter added. PTI SSC ATATlast_img read more