It is a well-known fact that the players in the Indian cricket team are extremely conscious of their diet and are always accompanied by nutritionists and dieticians on overseas tours.Captain Virat Kohli is not only the leader on the field but he also sets high standards for himself and the rest of the players in terms of fitness with the strict diet that he follows.This is exactly why the current crop of players in the team look so fit and don’t have an ounce of fat in their bodies. Kohli himself leads the way and works super hard to stay in such good shape.The boys are closely monitored by nutritionists who keep a check on what they eat after and during matches and on days when they have to practice. The food is even prepared according to the conditions and temperature of the place they are at.The BCCI recently released a video on their Facebook page where players can be seen having lunch but the food spread is not what you would expect. The buffet doesn’t consist of salads, pastas or grilled food but it has dishes like dal, chicken curry, curd, rice, naan, vegetables, among other stuff.Kohli, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav and Hardik Pandya take us through what they are having for lunch after a practice game in Colombo.While Kohli could be seen having gluten-free rice and chicken curry which is very high on protein and contains a bit of oil due to the humid conditions in Sri Lanka, Bhuvneshwar and Hardik prefer to have curd rice along with dal.advertisementRavindra Jadeja seems to be in love with a Sri Lankan special soup while Umesh is indulging in some delicious naan and chicken curry. Seems like it’s his cheat-day of the week.”This Indian cricket team has brought in the fifth dimension. It all started with playing the game – batting, bowling and fielding – fitness being a part of it. Now the players have embraced fitness and lifestyle which reflects on the buffet spread here.”They are extremely aware and well educated on what to have as a proper meal in-take and what not to have.”They are proper professionals and the fifth dimension is here to stay. That is the name of the game now. The macro and micro nutrients, the timing of the meals, supplements and what not has become the game-changer here. It’s gung-ho time here,” explains Shankar Basu, strength and conditioning coach of the Indian teamTeam India’s food is being prepared and catered by the chefs at Taj Samudra hotel in Colombo from where it is properly packed and sent to the P Sara Oval stadium.India and Sri Lanka will square off in the first Test at the Galle International stadium from July 26.
New Delhi, Aug 21 (PTI) The Sports Ministry has ordered an enquiry into reports that national campers at a SAI centre in Bengaluru were using a broken container for ice bath and also sought a report from the Sports Authority of India. It has been reported that members of the junior Indian hockey team were using a broken plastic water tank for an ice bath at the centre. “The ministry has ordered an enquiry. After assuming charge as the Sports Minister during his visits to different SAI Centres in the country, Vijay Goel had emphasised the need to upgrade SAI Centres to provide the best facilities to the players practicing or getting trained at SAI Centres across India,” a sports ministry official said. PTI AT CM CM
Eight places in the Champions League’s last 16 are still up for grabs heading into the last round of group games.Three traditional heavyweights – Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich – are already through, as are former champion Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City. Tottenham and Besiktas complete the set of current qualifiers.A look at what’s happening around the Champions League this week:ATLETICO IN DANGERAtletico Madrid needs a lot to happen to keep alive its streak of four consecutive appearances in the knockout stage.Diego Simeone’s team, twice a finalist in the last four years, must beat Chelsea away and needs Roma to draw or lose against Azerbaijani team Qarabag at home.Reuters Photo Atletico didn’t win any of its first four matches in Group C. Among its setbacks were back-to-back draws against Qarabag.Sevilla is in a much more comfortable position as it can reach the last 16 for the second straight season with a draw at Maribor on Wednesday. Sevilla can win Group E with a win if Liverpool fails to defeat Spartak Moscow at home.ENGLISH SWEEP?England is already assured of having two group winners in the last 16, through Manchester City and Tottenham. By Wednesday, it could have five.On Tuesday, Manchester United needs just a point at home to CSKA Moscow to seal first place in Group A, and already qualified Chelsea can finish top of Group C by beating Atletico.Reuters Photo A day later, Liverpool can secure top spot in Group E by beating Spartak.advertisementThe English have never had five teams in the knockout stage of the Champions League.GERMANY DISAPPOINTSGermany’s representation in the last 16 could come down to just one team, Bayern Munich, after disappointing campaigns from the Bundesliga’s best – Borussia Dortmund in particular.Dortmund, which reached the final in 2013, is already out after failing to win any of its group games and is now competing with APOEL for the consolation of Europa League qualification from Group H. Ahead of its visit to Real Madrid on Wednesday, Dortmund has just two points from five games, the same as Cypriot team APOEL.Reuters Photo Leipzig still has a chance to progress on its European debut but needs a favor from Monaco at Porto in Group G. Leipzig, which is level on points with Porto, hosts group winner Besiktas on Wednesday and will only go through if it secures more points than the Portuguese team.Bayern hosts Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday needing to win by a four-goal margin to progress as Group B winner. PSG beat Bayern 3-0 in Paris and has a far superior goal difference.Germany’s fourth team, Hoffenheim, didn’t make the group stage after losing in the playoffs to Liverpool.MORE ITALIAN HEARTACHE?None of the three Italian clubs in the competition have advanced yet, setting up a nail-biting finish to the group phase that is drawing comparisons with Italy’s World Cup playoff loss to Sweden.Reuters Photo Napoli appears to have the toughest path to the knockout stage. Coming off a devastating loss at home to Juventus in Serie A, the Partenopei must win at Feyenoord on Wednesday and hope Manchester City beats Shakhtar Donetsk in Group F.Juventus, a finalist in two of the last three seasons, can go through with a win at Olympiakos in Group D on Tuesday or if Sporting Lisbon fails to beat Barcelona.Roma can also go through with a win against Qarabag in Group C on Tuesday, or if Atletico Madrid fails to beat Chelsea.Amid sluggish ticket sales, Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco has been urging fans to show up at the Stadio Olimpico.”We want to win and sing together,” Di Francesco posted on social media. “On Tuesday we’ll need all of your support.”Reuters Photo EXTENDING THE RECORDAfter putting seven goals past Celtic two weeks ago in Group B, PSG and its impressive offensive armada of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani will also try to improve what is already a tournament record of 24 goals in this season’s group stage.PSG is seeking a sixth straight group win and to rebound from a shock 2-1 loss to promoted Strasbourg in the French league.
Opening batsman Nasir Jamshed has been handed a one-year ban by the Pakistan Cricket Board for not cooperating with the board in the ongoing Pakistan Super League spot-fixing probe.The PCB had provisionally suspended Jamshed in February this year after he was arrested by UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) for allegedly violating its anti-corruption code. He was later released on bail.PCB said Jamshed had played a central role in the spot-fixing scandal that hit PSL in its second edition and that the board’s Anti-Corruption Tribunal had found the batsman guilty of breaching its code of conduct.The 28-year-old was charged with violating Article 2.4.6 and Article 2.4.7 of PCB’s Anti-Corruption code, one of which was “obstruction and non-cooperation” in the scandal, Geo TV reported.The spot-fixing allegations relate to a match between Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi in Dubai in this February during the second edition of the PSL.On March 6, a three-member tribunal was formed by PCB to investigate the spot-fixing case allegedly involving Islamabad United batsmen Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif.The ACU had, in August, handed a five-year suspension to Sharjeel for his involvement in spot-fixing case whereas Latif, too, was also granted ban for five years in the same matter.Meanwhile, fast bowler Mohammad Irfan and all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz were also handed suspension for six and two months, respectively, after the duo failed to report the board regarding the corrupt approach to the board on time.Other players involved in the spot-fixing case were Shahzaib Hasan and Mohammad Sami.advertisement(With ANI inputs)
Shikhar Dhawan blasted India to their eighth straight ODI series win with an 85-ball century in the third and final ODI of the three-match series against Sri Lanka at Visakhapatnam on Sunday.He reached his 12th one day international century with a four off Gunaratne and proceeded to celebrating by taking off his helmet and in his trademark arms-outstretched fashion. He went after the bowling right from the start of the Indian innings and made sure he stayed till the end and take India home. He struck 13 boundaries in his match-winning knock and also struck two massive sixes.That’s it and that’s a wrap. #TeamIndia do it in style and win the series 2-1 #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/ftYwFqSNYQ- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 2017Dhawan was dismissed on a duck in the first ODI in Dharamsala and his reply was a sturdy 68 in the second at Mohali.He has had amazing 2017 and thanks to his ton in the third ODI against Sri Lanka, he overtook South African Quinton de Kock in the list of most ODI runs in the calendar year of 2017. He will finish the year with 960 runs, in fifth place behind Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Upul Tharanga and Joe Root.Fewest inns to reach 12th ODI 100Inns74 – Quinton de Kock 81 – Hashim Amla 83 – Virat Kohli 90 – David Warner 95 – Shikhar Dhawan#IndvSL- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) December 17, 2017He has scored three hundreds and six fifties this year year, having send the ball 124 times to the boundary and 14 times over it. advertisementEarlier in his innings, he became the second fastest and Sixth overall to score 4000 one day internationals runs in his 94th innings of his ODI career.Dhawan was 62 runs away from the feat when he walked out to bat in chase of Sri Lanka’s 215 at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam. After the dismissal of skipper Rohit Sharma, who had score a record-setting third ODI double hundred in the previous match, Dhawan along with Shreyas Iyer, who was playing his third ever ODI match, took India to the target.The Dhawan Domination continues. Second consecutive half century for @SDhawan25 #TeamIndia #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/9LMSzl5sKy- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 2017
MIAMI — Whiffing on a lusty swing for strike three, Bartolo Colon sent his helmet flying. He sheepishly retrieved it and tugged the bill low over his eyes while walking to the dugout, as if he hoped not to be recognized.So it goes for New York Mets pitchers at the plate.Colon and the rest of the Mets staff remained hitless this year, and their teammates didn’t fare much better against Henderson Alvarez, who pitched a six-hitter to help the Miami Marlins win 3-0 on May 6.Colon (2-5) allowed three runs in seven innings. He also went 0 for 2, striking out both times, leaving Mets pitchers at 0 for 56 this season with 30 strikeouts.Colon, a longtime American Leaguer, is 0-for-11 with eight strikeouts. “I know that I’m not a good hitter,” he said through a translator. “This is all new for me.”Other Mets pitchers don’t have that excuse, but with six walks this year, their on-base-plus-slugging percentage is .097. Last year Mets pitchers batted .115 to rank third-worst in NL, and tied for the major league lead at their position with 140 strikeouts.“We stress from the first day of spring training that pitchers have to be a little more athletic, they’ve got to handle the bat a little bit better,” Manager Terry Collins said. “We hit every day, like everybody does. We bunt, we run the bases, we do all the things that everybody else does. We just have to put the ball in play. We’ve just got to change up some things when we get home, and see if we can get them out on the field a little bit more, and see if that will help.”Miami improved to a major league-best 16-5 at Marlins Park, and is 7-1 on its current homestand with one game left. The Marlins clinched the series and have won seven of their eight home series — they are 2-10 on the road.“We’re playing with a lot of confidence right now,” manager Mike Redmond said. “Hopefully we can finish it off and go on the road and start winning some games out of our suitcase. That’s big right now in our development process.”Alvarez (2-2) completed the victory by striking out Curtis Granderson on three pitches with a runner on third. He retired the side in order only three times but was helped by two double plays and a fine play by third baseman Casey McGehee, who threw out a batter from foul territory.“He was moving the ball both sides of the plate,” said Daniel Murphy, who doubled twice. “He threw the sinker. Once you thought you had that measured, in the last third of the game he started shoving us to the other side of the plate. He threw the ball well, he doesn’t walk guys, and he got big double plays when he needed to. Tough at-bats.”The Mets, who went 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position, were shut out for the third time. They lost for the fifth time in the past six games.“You’ve got to get the big hit, as they got,” Collins said. “We didn’t get any.”Alvarez allowed a leadoff double in the fourth but retired the next three batters, including David Wright and Granderson on lineouts. Wright grounded out to end the sixth with runners at second and third.“When Alvarez has his ‘A’ stuff like tonight, and you have a good at-bat and hit a ball hard, it’s pretty frustrating,” Wright said, “because you know there’s not going to be too many opportunities when he’s throwing the ball like he is.”The Marlins won with seven hits. NL home run leader Giancarlo Stanton missed one by inches when he hit an RBI double that caromed off the wall near the 418-foot sign in center field in the first inning. He scored on a single by McGehee.The Marlins put together three consecutive two-out singles in the fifth, the last by McGehee to make it 3-0. “These guys are red hot here,” Collins said. “We’re going to get hot, too.(STEVEN WINE, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
NEW YORK — Stalking off the mound, Gio Gonzalez slammed the ball hard into Matt Williams’ hand without a word.Back in the dugout, Gonzalez had a little more to say to the Washington manager. The pitcher covered his mouth with a towel for a brief — and lively — chat with Williams.“He was upset, and I understand it,” Williams said after the Nationals lost to the New York Mets 4-3 Sept. 12.Gonzalez was pulled with two outs and no one on base in the seventh inning when Williams wanted a reliever to face Juan Lagares. In the fifth, Lagares hit a tiebreaking double that helped end the Nationals’ 12-game winning streak at Citi Field.“We tried our best to diffuse it,” Gonzalez said. “It’s not bigger than it is.”“There’s two sides of that story, too,” he said.Williams said he realized his lefty wanted to stay in the game. Asked whether he spoke to Gonzalez about showing such emotion, Williams said: “That’s part of the game, and that was our discussion.”The Mets’ losing streak at Citi Field versus Washington dated to last season, and was their longest in team history against a visiting club.“Well, it is really nice, and we have played them good. They are just really tough,” Mets Manager Terry Collins said. “There has been a lot of nights where we have had them late in the game and then they come back, do some big damage against us,” he said.Washington almost did it again in the ninth inning. Denard Span led off with a single against Jenrry Mejia, and Asdrubal Cabrera flied out to the wall.After Span stole his 30th base, Mejia struck out Anthony Rendon, walked Adam LaRoche and then fanned Ian Desmond for his 26th save in 28 chances.Rendon got three hits, including his 20th homer — which came after a replay reversal. Washington has outhomered the Mets 32-6 over their last 13 meetings in New York.Dillon Gee (7-7) and a trio of Mets relievers ended the drought, aided when Lagares drove in Eric Young Jr. for a 4-3 lead.Travis d’Arnaud put New York ahead with a bases-loaded double in the first off Gonzalez (8-10). Three runs scored on the hit, with Lucas Duda kicking the ball out of catcher Wilson Ramos’ glove for an error.In his last eight games, d’Arnaud has five doubles and seven RBIs. LaRoche and Ramos hit RBI singles in the third, and Rendon hit a solo homer in the fifth that made it 3-all.Gee gave up nine hits and two walks in 5 1-3 innings. Carlos Torres threw a double-play ball to end the sixth and worked the seventh, Jeurys Familia pitched the eighth and Mejia closed.Lagares also singled, was hit by a pitch and stole a base.Mets rookie second baseman Dilson Herrera boxed around several grounders. But he also went back for a tricky catch on Cabrera’s soft liner with the bases loaded to end the second.A day after Bartolo Colon was ejected for hitting two Washington batters with pitches following home runs and a Mets batter got nicked, Williams predicted there wouldn’t be any carry-over from the “shenanigans.”There were a couple of early HBPs, but no hostility. Lagares was plunked by Washington for the third straight series, and Span was hit by Gee on a pitch that bounced.(BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
KANSAS CITY, MO — It’s the Kansas City Royals – and Mike Moustakas – against the Baltimore Orioles – and Nick Markakis – in the American League Champion Series after the Royals won game three 8-3 to sweep the Los Angeles Angels after the Orioles wrapped up their own sweep by beating the Detroit Tigers at home 2-1 in the afternoon.In Kansas City Alex Gordon hit a bases-clearing double in the first inning, Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas each homered and the Kansas City Royals beat the Los Angeles Angels 8-3 on Sunday night to finish a sweep of their AL Division Series.Back in the playoffs for the first time since 1985, the wild-card Royals will face the Orioles in the AL Championship Series beginning Friday night in Baltimore. Kansas City went 4-3 against the O’s this year.The Royals’ James Shields allowed homers to Mike Trout and Albert Pujols over six otherwise solid innings. C.J. Wilson failed to escape the first for Los Angeles, giving up all three runs on Gordon’s tone-setting double.The Orioles topped a runaway title in a division of behemoths, with an unexpected sweep against a trio of Cy Young winners.For Nelson Cruz, Buck Showalter and this unheralded bunch from Baltimore, the question now is: What’s next?Cruz sliced a two-run homer for his latest big postseason hit, and the Orioles held off the Detroit Tigers 2-1 Sunday to reach the AL Championship Series for the first time since 1997.Bud Norris outpitched David Price in Game 3 of the AL Division Series. The Tigers scored in the ninth inning and put the tying run on second with no outs, but Orioles closer Zach Britton escaped the jam to lift Showalter into his first LCS in 16 seasons as a big league manager.“This is fun to watch. Believe me, I’m happier than you can imagine,” Showalter said. “But most of it comes from getting to see the players get what they’ve put into it.”Baltimore opens the ALCS on Friday at home against Kansas City or at the Los Angeles Angels.“We’ve got a lot to go and we’re grinding,” outfielder Adam Jones said. “If we play as a team, we can do anything.”So often an afterthought in the rugged AL East, the Orioles won their first division title since 1997 this year, dispatching the second-place New York Yankees by 12 games — and last-place Boston by more than double that margin. That put Baltimore up against another of the game’s most star-laden rosters, and Miguel Cabrera, Justin Verlander and the Tigers couldn’t manage a single win.Cruz’s homer Sunday was his 16th in postseason play, including eight against the Tigers. He was the MVP of the 2011 ALCS for Texas in a six-game victory over Detroit.Cruz spent much of this past offseason without a team after serving a 50-game suspension last year for violating baseball’s drug agreement.“He knows things were self-inflicted,” Showalter said. “He really wanted to re-establish himself, and we thought that we could provide a real good opportunity for him, and the sky might be the limit.”Norris pitched two-hit ball for 6 1-3 innings, and Andrew Miller got five straight outs to keep the shutout going.Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez opened the ninth with back-to-back doubles off Britton. Bryan Holaday struck out after a failed bunt attempt, and Showalter made the unconventional decision to put the winning run on base by intentionally walking Nick Castellanos.That meant the bottom of Detroit’s lineup would have to come through. The Tigers sent up Hernan Perez — who had five at-bats in the regular season — to pinch hit, and he bounced a 96 mph fastball into a 5-4-3 double play. It was Britton’s second save of the series.Cruz led the majors with 40 homers this season, and the Orioles topped baseball with 211. It was his two-run homer in the first inning of the opener that set the series’ tone, and he came through again in the sixth inning against Price. Cruz’s drive cleared the wall in right, about 2 feet to the left of the foul pole.Not bad for a guy the Orioles signed in late February. Cruz turned down a $14.1 million qualifying offer that would have kept him with Texas — but he ended up having to settle for an $8 million, one-year contract with Baltimore that included $750,000 in roster bonuses.Cruz’s powerful bat enabled the Orioles to withstand season-ending injuries to Manny Machado and Matt Wieters, as well as Chris Davis’ 25-game suspension for an amphetamine violation.“If you tell me before the series we’re going to sweep, I don’t believe it,” Cruz said.Detroit won its fourth straight AL Central this year. But after reaching at least the ALCS the last three seasons, Detroit couldn’t make it there this year. The Tigers remain without a World Series title since 1984 — a drought one year shorter than Baltimore’s.“It’s disappointing. You feel like you let the fans down and you feel like you let the organization down,” said Brad Ausmus, who replaced Jim Leyland as Detroit’s manager after last season.Detroit acquired Price at this year’s trade deadline, adding another impressive arm to an already-formidable rotation. Max Scherzer, Price and Verlander are the AL’s last three Cy Young Award winners, and the Tigers started them all in this series. Verlander and Cabrera have combined for the last three MVP awards.No use against a Baltimore team that had already surprised most of baseball with a 96-win regular season.“We got beat. There’s all there is to say,” Scherzer said. “We got outplayed in the series in every facet.”After dropping the first two games of the ALDS in Baltimore — the second thanks to an eighth-inning collapse by the bullpen — the Tigers returned home to a fairly subdued crowd at Comerica Park.In the third, Don Kelly was on second with one out when Torii Hunter hit a grounder to the left side. Kelly was caught between second and third and tried to slide headfirst back to second. Second baseman Jonathan Schoop initially dropped the throw from shortstop J.J. Hardy, then quickly picked up the ball and tagged Kelly.An umpire supervisor said through Major League Baseball spokeswoman Phyllis Merhige that Schoop was still in the act of fielding the ball, so it was not obstruction.“It was probably more incidentally than anything else, going after the ball,” Ausmus said. “I don’t know that anything could be done in that situation.”TRAINER’S ROOMDetroit OF Rajai Davis was out of the starting lineup with a pelvic strain. He lined out as a pinch- hitter in the seventh. Tigers C Alex Avila left in the sixth after taking a foul ball off the mask.UP NEXTBaltimore reached the ALCS in 1996 and 1997, losing to the Yankees and Cleveland. The Orioles went 3-4 against Kansas City this seasonTweetPinShare0 Shares
TweetPinShare0 Shares OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Durant decided his best chance for “growth” means leaving his beloved Oklahoma City behind for a big move out West to join the Golden State Warriors to play alongside Splash Brothers Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.In the most anticipated move of the NBA offseason, Durant announced his decision Monday on The Players’ Tribune. His deal can become official Thursday, when free agents can sign their new contracts.Independence Day, indeed.“The primary mandate I had for myself in making this decision was to have it based on the potential for my growth as a player — as that has always steered me in the right direction,” Durant said in the article. “But I am also at a point in my life where it is of equal importance to find an opportunity that encourages my evolution as a man: moving out of my comfort zone to a new city and community which offers the greatest potential for my contribution and personal growth. With this in mind, I have decided that I am going to join the Golden State Warriors.”And the 2015 champion Warriors, who squandered a 3-1 NBA Finals lead to lose to LeBron James and the Cavaliers last month, know how tough Durant is in any lineup: They rallied from down 3-1 to beat Durant and the Thunder in a seven-game Western Conference Finals.Golden State applied a full-court press to land Durant. On Friday in the Hamptons, the Warriors sent owner Joe Lacob, general manager Bob Myers, coach of the year Steve Kerr, Curry and Thompson to meet with the 6-foot-9 superstar.The 2014 MVP and four-time scoring champion led the Thunder to the NBA Finals in 2012, and to the Western Conference finals in four of the past six years — and he’s only 27. He recovered from a broken bone in his right foot that cost him much of last season to post one of the best years of his career.Durant met with the Thunder, Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Boston Celtics, San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat once teams could begin negotiating with free agents.“I’m from Washington, D.C. originally, but Oklahoma City truly raised me. It taught me so much about family as well as what it means to be a man,” Durant said. “There are no words to express what the organization and the community mean to me, and what they will represent in my life and in my heart forever. The memories and friendships are something that go far beyond the game. Those invaluable relationships are what made this deliberation so challenging.“It really pains me to know that I will disappoint so many people with this choice, but I believe I am doing what I feel is the right thing at this point in my life and my playing career.”He should be a good fit in Golden State’s varying lineups and gives All-Star Draymond Green another physical body and rebounding presence.The Warriors topped the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls’ mark and set the NBA regular-season wins record with 73 victories and led the league in scoring.The Warriors have been one of the league’s deepest teams, and look to be that way again.Durant has been a difficult opponent for the Warriors __ he averaged 30 points per game against them in this year’s Western Conference finals and dropped a career-high 54 points on them in 2014.Adding Durant will give the Warriors another chance to chase a title after the bitter feeling that was this season — a record-setting year that ended without the team’s biggest goal being reached. Durant has had to carry much of the scoring load for the Thunder over the years, but having Curry, Green and Thompson on the floor with him should open up space he hasn’t had during his tenure in Oklahoma City.But the Warriors will have to move players to make room for Durant.They will have to make a decision on the future of restricted free agent Harrison Barnes. Center Andrew Bogut, meanwhile, removed all references to the Warriors from his Twitter page and is expected to be traded to clear room for Durant. His Twitter page now features a photo of the 7-footer in an Australia jersey.Losing Durant to a top rival will sting for the Thunder.“Kevin’s contributions to our organization during his nine years were profound, on and off the court,” Thunder Chairman Clayton I. Bennett said in a statement. “He helped the Thunder grow and succeed in immeasurable ways and impacted the community just the same.“We thank him for his leadership, his play, and how he represented Oklahoma City and the entire state of Oklahoma.”
What to watch in the leading soccer leagues in Europe this weekend:___ENGLANDThe 90,000-capacity Wembley Stadium hosts its first Premier League match on Sunday when Tottenham plays Chelsea. Tottenham has temporarily moved across north London while a new arena is built to replace the demolished stadium at its White Hart Lane home.While Tottenham opened the season with a victory at Newcastle, Chelsea made a miserable start to its title defense with a loss to Burnley. Another title contender, Liverpool, also struggled. After being held by Watford, the next assignment for Juergen Klopp’s side is a home match with Crystal Palace on Saturday, when Arsenal also plays Stoke. Huddersfield beat Palace in its first-ever league game and hosts Newcastle on Sunday.Manchester United is at Swansea on Saturday fresh from a 4-0 thrashing of West Ham that provided a small indication that Jose Mourinho could avoid another sixth-place finish this season. Former United captain Wayne Rooney is back in action in the city on Monday when the second round is completed by his new Everton side playing at Manchester City.— By Rob Harris in LondonFRANCENeymar is set for his home debut for Paris Saint-Germain against Toulouse on Sunday.If last weekend’s performance away to Guingamp is anything to go by, home fans will have high expectations at Parc des Princes.The Brazil forward, a world record signing at 222 million euros ($262 million) from Barcelona, scored one and created another for striker Edinson Cavani in a 3-0 win. The sharpshooters combined well considering it was their first match together.Toulouse, however, will not necessarily be overawed, having drawn at PSG last season and won at home.Defending champion Monaco will likely again be without teen star Kylian Mbappe at Metz on Friday. The 19-year-old forward was left out last weekend as he pressures for a huge move to PSG. Still, with Radamel Falcao netting four times already, he may not even be missed.— By Jerome Pugmire in Paris.SPAINReal Madrid displaced Barcelona as the top team in Spain by winning the title for the first time in five years in May. Going into their league openers on Sunday, Madrid still has the upper hand.Madrid, which opens its title defense against Deportivo La Coruna, routed Barcelona 5-1 over two legs to collect the Spanish Super Cup on Wednesday. Barcelona opens against Real Betis with Ernesto Valverde now in charge of a team he is trying to restructure following the departure of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain.Atletico Madrid, which has finished third for three straight years since winning the title in 2014, opens against newcomer Girona on Saturday. Atletico has been unable to sign any players during the offseason due to a FIFA ban for breaching rules on youth players.— By Joseph Wilson in Barcelona.GERMANYBayern Munich’s campaign for a record-extending sixth straight Bundesliga title begins on Friday at home to Bayer Leverkusen. Coach Carlo Ancelotti has had to deal with the retirements of Philipp Lahm and Xabi Alonso, but the arrivals of midfielder Corentin Tolisso, forward James Rodriguez, and defenders Niklas Suele and Sebastian Rudy should compensate. Defending the Bundesliga title alone will not be enough for Ancelotti, who is under pressure to deliver more in Europe.Volkswagen-backed Wolfsburg, which came close to being relegated last season, begins at home on Saturday to Borussia Dortmund. Dortmund has been distracted by Barcelona’s aggressive pursuit of French forward Ousmane Dembele, who remains suspended for missing training. Leipzig, last season’s surprise runner-up, starts its campaign at Schalke on Saturday.— By Ciaran Fahey in BerlinITALYAfter an expensive overhaul at AC Milan, how quickly will Vincenzo Montella’s new-look side gel? The Chinese-led consortium that purchased Milan from Silvio Berlusconi for $800 million in April has infused the club with cash and spent more than 200 million euros ($234 million) on players in the offseason. The Serie A campaign starts away at Crotone, which only narrowly avoided relegation last season.Juventus begins its search for a seventh successive title with the first match of the weekend, at home to Cagliari on Saturday.Napoli, which finished third, will be hoping to push Juventus even closer this time and it visits newly promoted Hellas Verona, also on Saturday. Roma, last year’s runner-up, visits Atalanta on Sunday.— By Daniella Matar in MilanTweetPinShare0 Shares
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Tiger Woods paused on the ninth green and stared at a nearby leaderboard.His name would have been on it if not for one hole.Woods hit two balls in the water at the par-3 17th at TPC Sawgrass — the first time he’s done that in 69 rounds at The Players Championship — and carded a quadruple-bogey 7 in the second round Friday. It was his worst score at the famed island green and matched his highest on any par 3 in 24 years on the PGA Tour.Woods rebounded with two birdies on the front side, leading to a 1-under 71 and leaving him at 3-under 141 for the tournament.He was well back of the leaders, but felt he was still within range heading to the weekend.“Everyone who makes the cut, anyone who makes the cut, has a chance to win this golf tournament,” Woods said.Woods was 5 under and tied for eighth, two shots off the lead at the time, when he approached the course’s signature hole. Thousands of fans surrounded the murky lagoon and were shocked when Woods’s wedge shot from 146 yards away strayed a little left, landed pin high and rolled off the green. It went through the rough, across a wood beam and plunked into the water.“I was a bit surprised it went that far,” said Woods, who made par or birdie on every other hole Friday. “I took something off that wedge and it flew a lot further than I thought. The other guys took a little read off of that.”Woods said he would have dialed back his swing had he hit after playing partners Patrick Reed and Webb Simpson. But he was the first to play.He made a beeline to the drop area and promptly hit another into the drink. This time, he hit another wedge too flat and too hot. The ball one-hopped off the green and into the water.“Both shots I’m just trying to hit the ball into the slope and just walk away with a 20-, 25-footer and move on about my business,” Woods said. “I was pretty ticked, no doubt about that, and I was bound and determined to get it all back and get it back to (5 under), and I thought that would have been a hell of a fight. Ended up getting back to 3 (under).“Still was a good fight to get to that point, but as of right now I’m six back, which is definitely doable on this golf course, especially with the weather coming in.”The forecast calls for cooler temperatures and a change in wind direction over the weekend, which could make scoring tougher on the Stadium Course.Tiger Woods hits from the drop zone after hitting his tee shot into the water on the 17th hole during the second round of The Players Championship golf tournament Friday, March 15, 2019, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)Woods likes the way he’s played so far — aside from the one hole.“I’m very happy with the way I’ve been grinding around this golf course,” he said. “I’ve missed a few opportunities to get up-and-down for birdie. Overall, I think I’ve putted pretty solidly. Other than 17 today, I really haven’t done a whole lot wrong. I very easily could be up near that lead. There’s no way I would be leading, but I would be close enough to that lead given the weekend and the forecast.”Woods said his neck — soreness caused him to miss the Arnold Palmer Invitational last week — felt “fine.”He had no excuses for what happened at 17. Woods had hit four balls into the water during his previous 68 rounds at the Players. He had carded a double-bogey four times, including in the final round in 2018.“Number-wise and club-wise, it shouldn’t be that hard,” Woods said. “But we all know if you land it up on top, it’s got a good chance of getting out of here. And that’s the tricky part: It’s just a wedge and you want to get it somewhere up there where you got a chance to make birdie, but you just can’t afford to land it too far up on top.”By: Mark Long, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare22 Shares
Continue Reading Previous Hyperstone announces DACOM West as distribution partnerNext Allegro MicroSystems: ISO 26262/ASIL-D power management IC for automotive control units Holtek has released its new bidirectional wireless FSK/GFSK high performance transceiver IC, the BC3601. This device, which operates in the 300~960MHz license-free ISM bands, is suitable for battery or IoT applications that require low power consumption, such as smart homes, intelligent security products, car alarms, industrial/agricultural controllers and many other wireless bidirectional communication products.The BC3601 includes a fully integrated high power programmable amplifier, a frequency synthesizer and a digital demodulation function, etc., greatly simplifying the peripheral circuit design. The RF characteristics of the device are compliant with ETSI/FCC specifications. The device has an operating voltage ranging from 2.0 to 3.6V and a programmable transmitting power up to +17dBm. Its receiving sensitivity is up to -118dBm at a data rate of 2kbps and its transmission rate is up to 250kbps. The device also includes an ATR (Auto-Transmit-Receive) function and an integrated high precision, low power oscillator for WOT (Wake-on-TX) and WOR (Wake-on-RX) functions.The BC3601 includes an SPI control interface and meets with the industrial specification operating temperature of -40 to 85°C. It is supplied in a small 24-pin QFN package type which will meet the requirements of thin profile wireless product and module designsShare this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components
Continue Reading Previous ST: one-board discovery kit contains three 8-pin STM8 MCUsNext Avnet Silica demos AI and IoT technologies at embedded world 2019 Kontron announced the TRACe-RM404-TR fanless 19-Inch 1,5U railway computer. EN50155-certified, it is specifically designed for train control and communication applications. Designed as a robust and compact 19-Inch 1.5U box computer, the Kontron TRACe-RM404-TR provides a perfect balance between processing performance, I/Os, power consumption, and reliability in demanding railway environments.Thanks to its 19-inch mechanical design (compliant to EN60297-3- 100), the TRACe-RM404-TR can easily fit any existing railway equipment. The box computer has already been chosen for a train retrofit by a large rail system solutions provider in Asia, supporting the train control in an automated metro.Kontron TRACe platforms are designed to make customization faster, system integration easier, and to reduce time to market while shrinking maintenance and support costs over the entire life cycle of the program. Kontron’s TRACe-RM404-TR 10 year’s product lifetime combined with the long term support services ensure long service life, up to 25 years and more.The first TRACe-RM404-TR variant features the Intel Atom x5-E3940 quad-core @ 1.6 GHz high performance per watt processor, with 2GB DDR3L memory up to 1866 MHz (optional up to 8GB DDR3L) and 64 GB Industrial MLC SSD memory. The Kontron TRACe-RM404-TR offers multiple communication ports, making it ideal for train control applications. The TRACe-RM404-TR features three independent Gigabit Ethernet network ports (on M12 connectors), 2x RS232/422/485 isolated ports with galvanic isolation, 8 isolated digital inputs and 8 isolated digital outputs for operation plus 2x USB, 1x GbE RJ45, 1x RS232, and display port interfaces for maintenance purposes. It comes with an EN50155 class S2-C1 ultra wide range power supply (from 24 VDC to 110 VDC nominal input voltage range) adapted to all types of railway vehicles from light rail vehicles to high-speed trains. Its rugged EN50155 fanless and low-power design ensures high performance and high reliability, operating within a temperature range of -25 to +70°C.Thanks to its modularity, the TRACe-RM404-TR product can accommodate several optional wireless (4G LTE, Wi-Fi) interfaces, field busses (CAN2.0, MVB) and/or additional optional I/Os (Audio, USB) to match any other railway applications such as onboard CCTV, entertainment/infotainment PIS or train-to-ground communications.Like all Kontron’s TRACe transportation computing platforms, the TRACe-RM404-TR integrates advanced health management tools. Equipped with a dedicated microcontroller to monitor all functions, TRACe-RM404-TR enables operators to permanently, continuously, and independently monitor and report the status of the application executed in parallel with normal operations. This health management unit is fully integrated in the Kontron CMON-Line monitoring firmware module, which enables operators to monitor the entire fleet, better anticipate maintenance, reduce turn-around times and increase the overall availability of the units.Moreover, the unit supports the Kontron Security Solution APPROTECT, which offers comprehensive security mechanisms such as IP and copy protection while avoiding reverse engineering.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules
MS Dhoni became only the third Indian cricketer after Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid to play 500 international matches when he walked on the field for India’s second T20I against England in Cardiff on Friday.Tendulkar holds the record for most international matches (664) while Dravid is 8th in the list with 509 matches.Dhoni became the ninth batsman to achieve the feat, surpassing former Pakistan captain Inzaman-ul-Haq (499). He is the only wicketkeeper in the 500-match club.Dhoni, who turns 37 on Saturday, had made his international debut in 2004 when he was picked to face Bangladesh in an ODI in Chittagong.INDIA VS ENGLAND 2ND T20I | SCORECARDHe burst on to the international scene as a sprightly 23-year-old and made the wicketkeeper-batman’s position his own. There was little doubt the Jharkhand lad was destined for greatness.Under Dhoni’s leadership, India won the World T20, the World Cup, Champions Trophy and became the No.1 Test team. He did everything humanly possible as captain and a finisher par excellence. Besides, his wicketkeeping skills got better with each passing day.Dhoni retired from Test cricket in December 2014 but not before he scoring 4876 in 90 matches at 38.09 with six hundreds and 33 fifties. He continues to play the limited-overs formats and is one of the key men in Virat Kohli’s team as India build their squad for the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales next year.In the Cardiff T20I, Alex Hales made an unbeaten 58 to lead England to a thrilling five-wicket victory that levelled the Twenty20 series at 1-1.advertisementThe hosts needed 12 runs off the final over, and man-of-the-match Hales blasted the first ball for six to bring up his fifty before England reached their target of 149 with two deliveries to spare.India, who won the first match by eight wickets, started poorly after losing the toss and slumped to 22 for three.Rohit Sharma skied a catch off Jake Ball, Shikhar Dhawan was carelessly run out after dropping his bat, and Lokesh Rahul, fresh from a brilliant unbeaten century in Manchester, was bowled by Liam Plunkett.India captain Virat Kohli (47) and Suresh Raina (27) rebuilt the innings with a patient partnership of 57 and former skipper MS Dhoni (32 not out) helped his side plunder 22 runs off the final over to lead the touring side to a respectable total.England also started badly and lost Jason Roy (15), the in-form Jos Buttler (14) and Joe Root (nine) as they struggled to 44 for three.But Hales and Morgan added 48 for the fourth wicket and Jonny Bairstow struck two sixes in a quickfire 28 to increase the momentum.Hales hit three sixes and four fours in his 41-ball knock to lead England home, and the teams head into the final match of the series in Bristol on Sunday all square.(With inputs from Reuters)
Joe Root silenced his critics in style during the ODI series against India, smashing two successive hundreds in the last two matches to lead England to victory.Root led the way for England with the bat scoring 216 runs in the three matches with 113 not out and 100 not out in the second and third ODIs respectively.But the biggest positive which came out of the series for England was the way their batsmen played Indian chinaman Kuldeep Yadav after failing to read the left-arm leg-spinner in the first T20 international at Manchester in which he picked up a five-wicket haul and in the first ODI at Nottingham where he bagged a six-wicket haul.But Root showed his teammates on how to bat against Kuldeep and his spin twin Yuzvendra Chahal, finishing unbeaten in the last two games.India vs England: Root, Morgan and English spinners snap India’s winning runJoe Root was under the scanner before the ODI series after failing miserably in the T20Is, scoring just 9 runs in two games before being dropped for the third game.But Root bounced back in style and led England to its first ODI bilateral series victory against India since 2011.MS Dhoni struggling at the moment, India too top-heavy: Sourav GangulyThe series-deciding ODI at Leeds ended with Root scoring the winning runs with a boundary and getting to his 13th hundred.Root celebrated the win by dropping his bat with India captain Virat Kohli watching on. It seemed like he was making a statement prior to the Test series against Kohli and Co.advertisementEoin Morgan hails England spinners after series win against IndiaEngland’s limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan however, felt otherwise.”A statement? No he made a fool of himself!,” joked Morgan after the game.England fast bowler Stuart Broad even ran a Twitter poll after watching Root drop his bat.India vs England 3rd ODI: HIGHLIGHTS | AS IT HAPPENED”RT (re-tweet) if you’d have preferred Root to whip his shirt off & run round Headingley rather than that ‘bat drop,” Broad tweeted with a picture of Andrew Flintoff waving his shirt at Wankhede.RT if youd have preferred @root66 to whip his shirt off & run round Headingley rather than that bat drop. pic.twitter.com/m3jCHTT4eUStuart Broad (@StuartBroad8) July 18, 2018The move which seemed quite dramatic on Tuesday night, however, might just come back to haunt England in the coming months as the two teams gear up for the five-match Test series starting August 1.Virat Kohli might have a reply ready for Root after this gesture as it is certain that the feisty Indian captain won’t forget this very soon. He was not in bad form himself, having scored 191 runs and finishing as the second highest run-scorer in the ODI series.READ – Kohli storms past AB de Villiers, MS Dhoni to break another ODI record Andrew Flintoff took off his jersey and waved it around Wankhede stadium after England’s 5-run victory in the 6th ODI in 2002 (Getty Images)Players from both camps already have a notorious reputation of giving it back as it happened 16 years ago when all-rounder Andrew Flintoff took off his jersey and waved it around the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai after England’s 5-run victory in the ODI series-decider against India.READ – Kohli stares in disbelief after falling to Adil Rashid’s leg-spinMonths later, then India captain Sourav Ganguly went a step ahead to return the favour as he took off his shirt and waved it wildly on the Lord’s balcony after India’s famous victory in the 2002 NatWest Series final at the Mecca of Cricket. That day still haunts former England skipper Nasser Hussain.16 years after NatWest Series heroics, Mohammad Kaif retires Sourav Ganguly took off his jersey and waved it wildly on the Lord’s balcony after India’s famous victory in the 2002 NatWest Series final (YouTube screen grab)Kohli’s attitude is quite similar to that of Ganguly, if not the same. He was in the past norotious for his aggressive celebrations after scoring hundreds or winning games during his initial years in international cricket.But all that changed with time and with more responsibility on his shoulders as Kohli took over the reins from MS Dhoni.Kohli now channels his aggression in his batting instead, scoring runs in all formats and winning games for India even though he doesn’t back away from giving it back to the opposition whenever he is provoked, which the Australians learnt the hard way.There have been quite a few heated arguments on the field between India and England players as well in the past, especially when India plays in the UK.advertisementThe upcoming five Tests should be no different with Kohli looking to make a statement as he plays the longest format in England for the first time as captain.Root’s bat-drop may or may not have been aimed at any of the Indian players but the loss must have bruised the egos of a team which prides itself on its 50-overs record.Kohli in particular, would also be looking to stamp his authority in this part of the world after a horrid tour last time around in 2014. England after all, remains the only country which he hasn’t conquered in the longest format and he might just do it with a bat-drop of his own or something even more dramatic on September 11.
Xiaomi will launch the Mi A2 and the Mi A2 Lite Android One-backed phones for the global market on Tuesday, July 24, in Spain. The USP of the Mi A2 and the Mi A2 Lite will be the fact that both these phones will run a stock version of Android and not Xiaomi’s custom ROM MIUI. Also, both these phone will come with the promise of frequent and timely software updates, considering they will be part of Google’s Android One program.The Mi A2 will be successor to the Mi A1 from last year, while the Mi A2 Lite will likely be a toned down version of the same. Both the phones will however rock the same Android 8.1 Oreo software, and also quite possibly both these phones will come with dual rear cameras. Here’s a quick preview of the Mi A2 and the Mi A2 Lite before Xiaomi announces them at its global launch event.Xiaomi Mi A2, Mi A2 Lite: Tentative specs and featuresWhile the Mi A2 looks set to be a rebranded Mi 6X, the Mi A2 Lite will likely be a rehashed Redmi 6Pro. Both the Mi 6X and the Redmi 6 Pro have already been launched in China, with Xiaomi’s custom MIUI software. The Mi A2 and the Mi A2 Lite should run vanilla Android, or more precisely, vanilla Android 8.1 Oreo software out-of-the-box. Since the Mi A1 had the exact hardware specifications as the Mi 5X, last year, it is expected that Xiaomi may do something similar with the Mi A2 and the Mi A2 Lite as well. This means both the Mi A2 and the Mi A2 Lite should have the same specs as the Mi 6X and the Redmi 6 Pro respectively.advertisementMi Fans, only 1 day left until we launch #MiA2 and #MiA2Lite in Spain! Can’t wait to show everyone what the next generation Android One device will look like.Can anyone guess what feature this is about? #Xiaomi #2isbetterthan1 #XiaomiGlobalLaunch pic.twitter.com/V2pOPyoRLKDonovan Sung (@donovansung) July 23, 2018The Mi 6X has a full-metal body and comes with a 5.99-inch ‘full-screen’ full-HD+ display with a 2160x1080p resolution and 403ppi pixel density. Also, it supports an unusual aspect ratio of 18:9, as against the more traditional 16:9. In terms of core hardware, the Mi 6X is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor with up to 6GB RAM and up to 128GB storage which is expandable. The Mi 6X is a dual-SIM phone that supports 4G LTE connectivity. The Mi 6X is further backed by a 3,010mAh battery, and charges over USB Type-C with support for fast charging (Quick Charge 3.0) packed in.The main highlight of the Mi 6X, according to Xiaomi, is its camera setup. The dual camera module on the back of the Mi 6X comes with one 12-megapixel sensor (Sony IMX 486 sensor) and another 20-megapixel sensor (Sony IMX 376 sensor). Both the sensors have an f/1.75 aperture. The dual camera setup is further assisted by a dual-LED (dual-tone) flash. On the front, the Mi 6X comes with a 20-megapixel camera with soft LED flash that also enables face unlock. The Redmi 6 Pro, on the other hand, looks like a mashup of the Redmi Note 5 Pro and an iPhone X. The phone looks exactly like the Redmi Note 5 Pro from the back, and from the front, it looks a lot like the iPhone X, only with slightly more bezels. The Redmi 6 Pro comes with a 5.84-inch full-HD+ display with a 2280×1080 pixel resolution, 19:9 aspect ratio and 432ppi pixel density. It is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor with up to 4GB RAM and up to 64GB storage which is also expandable. The dual-SIM phone supports 4G LTE and is backed by a 4,000mAh battery and charges over standard micro-USB.On the optics front, the Redmi 6 Pro sports a 12+5 MP setup on the rear and a 5MP camera on the front.Xiaomi Mi A2, Mi A2 Lite: Tentative priceTwo independent online sellers in Romania recently listed the Xiaomi Mi A2 and the Mi A2 Lite on their respective platforms, revealing purported price specifics of the upcoming Android One phones.According to QuickMobile, the Xiaomi Mi A2 will cost RON 1,288 (roughly Rs 22,200) for the 4GB RAM and 32GB storage version while the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage version will be available for RON 1,424 (roughly Rs 24,600). The Mi A2 Lite on the other hand will cost RON 943 roughly Rs 16,200) for the 3GB RAM and 32GB storage version while the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage version of the phone will cost RON 1,143 (roughly Rs 19,700).advertisementAccording to PCGarage, the Xiaomi Mi A2 will cost RON 1,400 (roughly Rs 24,200) for the 4GB RAM and 32GB storage version while the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage version will be available for RON 1,600 (roughly Rs 27,600). The Mi A2 Lite on the other hand will cost RON 1,000 (roughly Rs 17,200) for the 3GB RAM and 32GB storage version while the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage version of the phone will cost RON 1,200 (roughly Rs 20,700).Note that this may not be the final pricing, and may be just placeholder text which also is indicated by the discrepancy in pricing on the two stores.Additionally, an AliExpress listing claims that the Mi A2 Lite will have two versions: 3GB RAM and 32GB storage for around $190 and 4GB RAM and 64GB storage for $210.ALSO READ: Xiaomi Mi A2, Mi A2 Lite likely to launch on July 24: Rumoured specs, price and everything you need to know
Sri Lankan cricketer Danushka Gunathilaka was on Wednesday questioned by the police in rape case that has forced the cricket board to suspend him pending investigation.Gunathilaka was suspended from all forms of international cricket by the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) board after his friend was accused of raping a Norwegian woman in the cricketer’s hotel room.The police, however, said the evidence do not point to the opening batsman’s personal involvement in the case in which one of his friends has been arrested.Gunathilaka, 27, was not aware of what took place between the Norwegian woman who had complained of rape on Saturday night after which his friend, Sandeep Jude Selliah, 26, was arrested, they said.He had booked two rooms at the hotel on the night of the incident and had violated Sri Lanka Cricket’s code of conduct of players by staying out longer hours, the police said.Gunathilaka was later suspended by Sri Lanka Cricket for his disciplinary breach and therefore will not figure in the 5-match ODI series against South Africa starting Saturday.His friend has been remanded in custody and will make a magisterial court appearance on Thursday, the police said.SLC rules do not allow cricketers to bring in guests into their hotel rooms and also stipulate that during matches players must be back in their rooms by midnight.Gunathilaka was the second highest run-scorer in the two-match Test series against South Africa with 161 runs in four innings at an average of 40.25 including two half-centuries.His suspension for the breaching of code of conduct regulations will now come into affect while his fee for the match will also be withheld pending the outcome of the inquiry.advertisementGunathilaka is no stranger to suspensions as he was suspended for three matches last October as well for misconduct during the home series against India.Another member of Sri Lanka’s Test squad, leg-spinner Jeffrey Vandersay, was on Friday given a suspended one-year ban from international cricket after pleading guilty to misconduct during last month’s tour of the West Indies.(With agency inputs)
Paris, Sep 4 (AFP) French President Emmanuel Macron was hit by a second resignation in a week on Tuesday as his sports minister quit, forcing him to make two changes to his cabinet. Macron was already seeking a replacement for environment minister Nicolas Hulot, whose shock resignation last week caught France’s political establishment off guard. Hulot, a TV star who enjoyed the highest ratings of any in Macron’s cabinet, accused the president of not moving fast enough on key green pledges such as cutting France’s reliance on nuclear power. His resignation was a blow for Macron, who famously responded to US President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the 2015 Paris climate deal with a pledge to “make our planet great again”. His office announced that parliament speaker Francis Rugy, a former Greens party member who jumped ship to Macron’s Republic on the Move party last year, would fill Hulot’s shoes. Earlier Tuesday, Sports Minister Laura Flessel, a popular fencing champion overseeing preparations for the 2024 Olympics in Paris, also stepped down. Unlike Hulot, Flessel cited “personal reasons” for her decision. “She wants to be able to act more freely and in a different way. (Her decision) is not linked to budgetary issues,” a source close to the minister told AFP, referring to tensions over state funding for the 2024 Games. She will be replaced by Roxana Maracineanu, a silver medalist in backstroke at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney and a world champion in 1998. The cabinet shuffle comes as Macron is trying to rebound from his lowest approval ratings since taking office in May 2017.advertisement A poll Tuesday showed his ratings at just 31 percent, down 10 points since July. When you are president, “there are some days that are easier than others,” Macron said Monday during a back-to-school visit in Laval, western France. His popularity had already taken a hit before the holidays after one of his top security aides was caught on film roughing up protesters while wearing a police helmet during a Paris demonstration. Critics accused the president and his team of trying to cover up the incident, reinforcing his image as an aloof leader dismissive of traditional checks and balances. The French leader also seems to be entertaining doubts about a major tax reform. The government has pledged to start collecting income tax from workers’ monthly wages starting in January, instead of the year after tax declarations are filed as now. But Macron now appears to be having doubts, saying he wants to ensure that all the kinks in the new system are ironed out before it is brought it. French daily Le Parisien reported over the weekend that hundreds of thousands of mistakes had been uncovered during a recent testing phase. Analysts say that former banker Macron, who has promised to boost purchasing power, may also be loathe to oversee a drop in workers’ net salaries on their payslips — even if the total amount they pay in taxes does not change. Business leaders, whom Macron has pledged to help by slimming down regulations, have criticised the reform which could cost companies a total of 310 million to 420 million euros (USD 360 million to USD 490 million) to implement.Macron was scheduled to discuss the issue with Budget Minister Gerald Darmanin on Tuesday along with Prime Minister Edouard Philippe. Philippe’s office said Tuesday that he would appear for a prime-time TV interview Tuesday evening to discuss both the cabinet shake-up and the tax reform plan. (AFP) SMJSMJ
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The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) has handed hockey goalkeeper Akash Chitke a two-year ban after he tested positive for a prohibited substance earlier this year.Chitke was provisionally suspended by NADA from March 27 and a final decision of suspending him for two years was taken on October 8 after a final hearing by the Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel (ADDP).Chitke tested positive for banned anabolic steroid (Norandrosterone) during an out-of-competition test during the senior team’s hockey camp in Bengaluru on February 27.The final order was uploaded on agency’s website late on Thursday where it was mentioned that his case of dope violation was “unintentional” as he had taken medicine for an injury on his left foot.However along with Chitke, there were five other athletes across other disciplines, who were all handed four-year suspensions for violation of anti-doping code as they could not prove how prohibited substances entered their body.The five others are wrestler Amit, kabaddi player Pradeep Kumar, weightlifter Narayan Singh, athletes Saurabh Singh, Baljeet Kaur and Simarjit Kaur.One of the members of the ADDP Panel, which imposed sanctions on Chitke, is Olympian and former hockey captain Jagbir Singh.All the athletes have three weeks to appeal against the sanction to NADA’s highest body Anti Doping Appeals Panel (ADAP).There is a possibility that NADA might push for tougher sanctions on Chitke, who was a part of the Indian squad that won Asian Men’s Champions Trophy as well as Asia Cup in Dhaka.According to the NADA order, Chitke’s urine sample report had Adverse Analytical Findings (AAF) for 19-Norandrosterone (19 NA, metabolite of Nandrolone or its Precursor) at a concentration level greater than 15 ng/ml, Androgenic Anabolic Steroid, which is non-specified substance as per NADA/WADA prohibited list.advertisementOnce Chitke’s ‘B’ sample also showed similar AAF finding, a hearing was conducted on August 13. The player appeared before the panel and he said he had consumed medicines prescribed by his doctor for treatment of his index finger on his left foot.While it was proved that Chitke neither sought Therapeutic Use Exemption Certificate (TUE Certificate) nor did he mention about the injection taken on the Doping Control Form, he was able to establish that he had no knowledge of the injection prescribed by the physician, whom he consulted in Pune.Thus, he was able to avoid the maximum sanction of four years although NADA still has provision to appeal against this decision.(With inputs from PTI)