Manchester City have signed defender Danilo from Spanish champions Real Madrid on a five-year contract for an undisclosed fee, the Premier League club said on Sunday.The 26-year-old joined Madrid in 2015 and played 24 matches for Zinedine Zidane’s side last season as they won the Spanish league title, sealed their second consecutive Champions Legaue trophy and won the Club World Cup.”I am very, very happy to be joining Manchester City,” Danilo told City’s website (mancity.com).”There has been strong interest from other clubs, but it has always been my ambition to play for Pep Guardiola. As soon as I heard of his interest, I knew immediately I wanted to be a City player.”I can’t wait to get started and I’m looking forward to getting to know my new teammates over the coming weeks.”British media reports claimed the Brazilian joined City for a fee of around 26 million pounds ($33.78 million), making him manager Guardiola’s second major defensive signing in the current window following Kyle Walker’s arrival earlier this month.Danilo, who previously won two league titles in four years at Portuguese club FC Porto, will join his new team mates in their pre-season U.S. tour and could face his former club when City play Madrid on Wednesday.($1 = 0.7697 pounds)
Newcastle United F.C. have signed midfielder Mikel Merino from Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund on a season-long loan, the newly promoted Premier League club said on Friday.The Spain under-21 international is manager Rafa Benitez’s fifth signing of the current transfer window following the arrivals of Christian Atsu, Florian Lejeune, Jacob Murphy and Javier Manquillo.”It feels good and I’m very happy to be here, to be part of this club. I’m looking forward to touching the ball, meeting my new team-mates and starting to play football,” Merino told Newcastle’s website (www.nufc.co.uk).?? New signing @mikelmerino1 is already excited about playing in the @premierleague ??º Full interview: https://t.co/PnfHxWxggz #NUFC pic.twitter.com/2BVVjhC0vP- Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) July 28, 2017″I know it’s a great club and a really nice city. I had different options but I think this is the right place for me to play.”Merino, who moved to Dortmund from Spanish side Osasuna at the start of last season, made eight appearances in all competitions for the German club.He also featured for his country in last month’s European under-21 championship in Poland, helping Spain finish as runners-up to Germany.”He’s a good size, has quality on the ball and he’s very, very focused and professional. Hopefully he’s the kind of player we can improve a lot – he certainly has the mentality to get better and better,” Benitez said.
In-form Iraq dazzled yet again, blanking a rudderless Chile 3-0 to register their first ever win in the Under-17 FIFA World Cup and stayed firmly in contention for a knockout berth in the competition on Wednesday.The star of the day for Iraq was striker Mohammed Dawood, who scored a brace (sixth and 68th minutes). He missed out on a hat-trick when his penalty was blocked by goalkeeper Rodrigo Cancino in the dying minutes of the Group F game before a good crowd at the Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangan.Chile’s Diego Valencia put the ball in his own net in the 81st minute to complete the misery for the South American outfit.Iraq, who had lost all their three group matches in their only previous appearance in the tourney in 2013, managed their first point on Sunday when they warmed their way into the fans’ hearts by holding two-time champions Mexico to a 1-1 draw.With four points from two games, the Asian U-16 champions now need only a draw against England in their last group game on Saturday to sail into the Round of 16.On the other hand, Chile are staring at the barrel having lost both their encounters, conceding as many as seven goals.FIFA Photo On Wednesday, Chile were under the pump from the beginning, conceding a goal early, with the dangerous Dawood firing a right footer into the net from an acute angle, despite being hemmed in by two Chile defenders. Dawood had failed to control the ball in his first attempt, but quickly recovered ground to excel in scoring his second goal of the tournament, that earned all round applause from the 40,000-plus crowd in the galleries.advertisementThe margin was doubled midway into the second half. The fleet-footed Dawood looked menacing as he almost managed to cut through two Chilean defenders, but was brought down by a desperate Martin Lara. Dawood himself took the free kick — a low one that swerved in to give the forward his third goal in the competition.Nine minutes from time, substitute Valencia struck an own goal following a corner from the left, sealing Chile’s fate in the game, and may be, in the tournament, as well.It was a completely one-sided match, with the Asian side making constant forays into the rival defence, and enjoying 68 per cent of ball possession in the first half, and 59 per cent overall,The Chileans, who made four changes to the starting line up that collapsed 0-4 to England three days back, seemed out of sort. They hardly managed an attempt at the Iraqi goal, as their attempts fizzled out in the rival defensive third.The Iraqis, who started on a rousing note, could well have doubled the lead in the 13th minute when Bassam Shakir latched on to a cross from Muntadher Mohammed and unleashed the left footer, but the ball was off target.Down 0-1 at the break, Chile tried to show more purpose in the initial minutes of the second session, but Antonio Diaz’s left footer narrowly missed the target.But Iraq seized the initiative soon after, with Dawood coming close to scoring in the 50th minute.The highly-rated striker in fact could have finished off the day with a hat-trick, had he managed to score from a penalty in stoppage time, after he was brought down inside the box. However, Cancino fisted off the set-piece, and the rebound landed on the roof of the net.
Karun Nair slammed a 48-ball century in Karnataka’s 78-run victory over Tamil Nadu in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy on Friday.Nair scored 111 off 52 balls to help Karnataka score 179/9 after being put into bat first. After Nair’s sensational display, leg-spinner Praveen Dubey scalped four wickets to bundle the opposition for a paltry 101 in 16.3 overs in the South Zone clash.In another South zone tie, Andhra Pradesh rode on Ricky Bhui’s unbeaten 58-ball 73 to prevail over Hyderabad by six wickets at Visakhapatnam.WATCHAt the same venue, Sanju Samson’s unbeaten 44-ball 65 helped Kerala outshine an unfancied Goa by nine wickets.In North zone, Rishabh Pant’s breezy 33-ball 51 guided Delhi to an eight wicket victory over Jammu and Kashmir at the Feroz Shah Kotla Ground while Haryana thrashed a star-studded Harbhajan Singh-led Punjab by five wickets at the same venue.At Ranchi, Bengal edged past Jharkhand by six wickets in an East Zone clash while Odisha thrashed Tripura by 72 runs at the same venue.The two Central zone matches played in the day saw Rajasthan beat hosts Chhattisgarh by seven wickets at Raipur while Vidarbha pipped Madhya Pradesh by seven runs at the same venue.(With inputs from IANS)ALSO WATCH:
The Commissioner for Entrance Examinations (CEE) Kerala has released exam date of the Kerala Engineering Agriculture Medical Entrance Examination (KEAM) 2018.As per the schedule, the KEAM 2018 will be held on April 23 and April 24, 2018.As reported, from 2016 onwards, KEAM exam is held for admission in engineering courses only. For admission in medical and allied health science courses, the students have to appear for National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET). For architecture courses, the candidates have to pass the NATA exam.Registration process:The online registration proces for KEAM 2018 will begin soon. CEE Kerala is expected to release the official notification containing important dates, application fee, mode of payment, etc on the official website.Eligibility criteria:Educational qualification:While the detailed notification is expected to be out soon, for this exam, intermediate (class 12) pass candidates from a recognised state board/university with minimum 50 per cent in Mathematics, Chemistry, and Physics can apply.Age limit:Candidates appearing for this exam must be at least 17 years old as of December 31, 2017. They must also have the minimum educational qualification of having passed 12th standard (or any such equivalent) with a minimum of 50 per cent each in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.Details of examination:Paper I – Physics and Chemistry was held on April 23, 2017 from 10 am to 12:30 pm.Paper II – Mathematics was held on April 24About KEAM:KEAM is a state level entrance examination for the admission to various colleges and institutions located in Kerala state for UG programmes.The exam will be held across the 14 district centers in Kerala, Mumbai, New Delhi and Dubai. Candidates who desire to get admission in the various engineering courses shall have to appear for and qualify in the Kerala engineering entrance examination.advertisementFor more details, candidates can visit the official website.Read: Supreme Court directs UP to promote mainstream education for specially abled childrenRead: Sports enthusiasts in schools to get financial aid by Delhi governmentFor more updates, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at email@example.com
President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday hailed Saikhom Mirabai Chanu’s gold-medal winning effort at the Weightlifting World Championship in Anaheim, USA.Chanu, who is employed with the Indian Railways, lifted 85kg in snatch and 109kg in clean and jerk to total an impressive 194kg in the women’s 48kg, in the process setting a new national record and becoming the first Indian in over two decades to claim gold in the tournament.”India is proud of Mirabai Chanu, who has won a gold at the World Weightlifting Championship. Congratulations and best wishes for her future endeavours,” PM Modi wrote on his twitter handle.India is proud of Mirabai Chanu, who has won a gold at the World Weightlifting Championship. Congratulations and best wishes for her future endeavours.- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 30, 2017The President’s Office said in a tweet, “Congratulations Mirabai Chanu for winning a gold medal in the World Weightlifting Championship. India is so proud of you. And congratulations Manipur for giving the country such a wonderful series of champion sportswomen!”Congratulations Mirabai Chanu for winning a gold medal in the World Weightlifting Championship. India is so proud of you. And congratulations Manipur for giving the country such a wonderful series of champion sportswomen! #PresidentKovind- President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) November 30, 2017Seeing the tricolour from the podium, tears of joy rolled down her cheeks, as Chanu picked up a rare honour for an Indian at the marquee event.Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore was also prompt in congratulating Chanu.advertisement”Saikhom Mirabai Chanu wins #Gold in 2017 IWF Senior Men & Women #weightlifting championships in Anaheim, USA. In the 48 kg weight category, her total lift was 194 kg. That’s 4 times her bodyweight. In sports, and in life, ‘Will’ is everything. Never, EVER give up.”Saikhom Mirabai Chanu wins #Gold in 2017 IWF Senior Men & Women #weightlifting championships in Anaheim, USA.In the 48 kg weight category, her total lift was 194 kg. That’s 4 times her bodyweight.In sports, and in life, ‘Will’ is everything. Never, EVER give up.#KheloIndia pic.twitter.com/sbs2crloVv- Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) November 30, 2017Olympic medallist and five-time world champion MC Mary Kom said, “Congratulations #MirabaiChanu on lifting #Gold at #WorldWeightliftingChampionship and becoming 2nd Indian after Karnam Malleshwari 2 bring the glory 2 our country. She created a new record by lifting total of 194kgs of weight in women’s 48kg category.”Congratulations #MirabaiChanu on lifting #Gold at #WorldWeightliftingChampionship and becoming 2nd Indian after Karnam Malleshwari 2 bring the glory 2 our country. She created a new record by lifting total of 194kgs of weight in women’s 48kg category. #OverTwoDecades #ProudMoment pic.twitter.com/xpSG4420t9- Mary Kom (@MangteC) November 30, 2017Another Olympic medallist boxer, Vijender Singh, also joined the country in congratulating the 23-year-old weightlifter.Vijender wrote, “Another Indian women athlete creates history today. India’s #MirabaiChanu lifts 194kg at the World Weightlifting Championship. She is the second Indian after Karnam Malleswari to win gold. You Women Never Fail To Make India Proud !!! Salute ????Another Indian women athlete creates history today. India’s #MirabaiChanu lifts 194kg at the World Weightlifting Championship.She is the second Indian after Karnam Malleswari to win gold. You Women Never Fail To Make India Proud !!! Salute ???? pic.twitter.com/Nh2Ge7wLLD- Vijender Singh (@boxervijender) November 30, 2017The PM meanwhile, also lauded cueist Pankaj Advani for winning yet another world title.Modi said, “Congratulations @PankajAdvani247 for winning your 18th world title in the recently concluded IBSF World Snooker Championship. Your accomplishments make us very proud.”Congratulations @PankajAdvani247 for winning your 18th world title in the recently concluded IBSF World Snooker Championship. Your accomplishments make us very proud.- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 30, 2017
Australia are just one win away from reclaiming the urn in the ongoing Ashes series at home. The hosts have taken a 2-0 lead against England with their victories in Brisbane and Adelaide.The sledging has been “intense” with sparks flying from both ends when the two sides collide on the cricket pitch.England all-rounder Moeen Ali has been a victim of sledging in the first two Tests but he says he hasn’t faced any “major” problem so far.”Somebody asked me what time my kebab shop opened, That’s about it. Nothing major. You take it on the chin,” Moeen was quoted as saying by news.com.au.”It is more intense, but not as much as I thought it would be. I thought Brisbane would be a lot more of a buzz. I mean, there was a buzz. But it’s been pretty quiet, to be honest,” added.Moeen shared an instance when he was ledged by Australia’s vice-captain David Warner.”You’re batting a place too high,” Warner said to England’s new No.6 batsman.”I’m batting two places too high, mate,” Moeen replied. “It went straight over his head,” he said.CA XI win the toss and elect to bowl in the two-day tour match against England at Richardson Park #CAXIvENG pic.twitter.com/X30LGUIQkV- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) December 9, 2017England coach Trevor Bayliss with an interesting take on the heated exchanges during this #Ashes contest. pic.twitter.com/hjl19meb41- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) December 3, 2017In one such instance, England wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow headbutted allegedly “headbutted” Australian batsman Cameron Bancroft during a night out in Perth last month.advertisementAccording to a report in The Independent, the incident occurred between Bairstow and Bancroft outside The Avenue Hotel in Perth, when England were playing a warm-up match against Western Australia Cricket XI at the start of this month. It is claimed that the incident went no further, and that police were not involved in the matter.”I got into a very amicable conversation with Jonny and he just greeted me with a head butt, kind of thing,” Bancroft explained of the night in question. “I was expecting a handshake. It wasn’t the greeting of choice that I was expecting.”It was a good hit. Play on!” (right, Cameron Bancroft?) ???Funny stuff from the UK broadcaster of the #Ashes – @btsportcricket! pic.twitter.com/zDbBiIWVYG- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) November 28, 2017″There was certainly no malice in his action and we continued on, having very good conversation for the rest of the evening,” Bancroft added. “Obviously at the time, he said sorry. For me personally it was just really weird — it was so random and I certainly didn’t expect it coming.”Just wait for Steve Smith to absolutely lose it at the end of this video! ??? #Ashes pic.twitter.com/S3UMqBfEZj- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) November 27, 2017However, it was not the first time that such an incident has happened. In 2013, Warner had punched now England captain Joe Root at a pub in England.Smith and Anderson with PLENTY to say and Aleem decides to step in… #Ashes pic.twitter.com/gNNTdMgBMK- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) December 2, 2017
Shikhar Dhawan struck his 12th one day international hundred to help India beat Sri Lanka in the third and final match by eight wickets at Visakhapatnam and win the series 2-1 on Sunday.Dhawan smashed 100 not out off 85 balls to take India home with eight wickets in hand in do-or-die clash. After losing the series opener in Dharamsala, India bounced back in style riding on skipper Rohit Sharma’s third double hundred in ODI to level the series.Put in to bat, Sri Lanka were off to a solid start riding on Upul Tharanga’s 95 but thanks to India’s new spin-twin Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, the visitors were bundled out for 215 in 44.5 overs.Sri Lanka was cruising comfortably at 168/4 at one stage but the slide began thereafter as the Indian leg spinners shared six wickets between them.The hosts, who won the three-Test series between the sides 1-0, breezed to their target with almost 18 overs to spare to secure their eighth series victory in a row in the 50-over format.Stand-in captain Rohit Sharma, filling in for the rested Virat Kohli, fell for seven to off-spinner Akila Dananjaya but Dhawan remained unbeaten on 100 to guide India home.Dhawan, who also completed 4000 runs in the 50-over format, added 135 for the second wicket with Shreyas Iyer and an unbroken 70 with Dinesh Karthik, who finished on 26 not out.The left-handed opener reached his 12th ODI hundred in 84 balls, hitting 13 fours and two sixes.Playing his third ODI, Iyer compiled his second successive half-century before he was out for 65, his knock including eight fours and a six.advertisementAfter Rohit won the toss and opted to field fearing the evening dew would make it difficult for his spinners to grip the ball, Sri Lanka lost opener Danushka Gunathilaka for 13.But former captain Upul Tharanga launched a brutal counter-attack on the Indian quicks, smashing all-rounder Hardik Pandya for five successive boundaries in his second over.Tharanga hit 12 fours and three sixes in his 83-ball 95 and gave Sri Lanka a strong platform and shared a second-wicket stand of 121 with Sadeera Samarawickrama.Leg-spinner Chahal broke the stand when Samarawickrama was out caught at deep cover for 42.Left-armer Kuldeep, who took 3-42, then struck twice in one over to dismiss Tharanga and Niroshan Dickwella, who was out after hitting the spinner for two fours.Chahal, who finished with 3-46, compounded Sri Lanka’s problems by spinning one past Angelo Mathews’s bat with the right-handed batsman stunned by the amount of turn generated by the leg-spinner to bowl him.From being 136-1 in 22 overs and looking set to post a tough target for India, Sri Lanka completely lost their way with the bat.The teams will next play a three-match Twenty20 series starting in Cuttack on Wednesday.(Courtesy: Reuters)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, 2017
TweetPinShare0 Shares BROOKLYN – Rookie swingman Giannis Antetokounmpo, the 19-year-old Nigerian from Greece who was the first pick in the NBA draft for the Milwaukee Bucks, began to show his promise in his club’s 104-93 loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Dec. 27, wracking up a double-double: 16 points and 10 rebounds.It was a bright spot for the Bucks loss to the lowly Nets who had high hopes this season after trading for perennial Boston Celtic All-Stars Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, who have failed to deliver for the Brooklynites before both scored double figures to beat Milwaukee and end a losing streak.The raw Antetokounmpo, who is still developing, is seen as a project for the Bucks but one with a lot of talent amid hopes he can bring up the cellar dwellers to some respectability.
NEW YORK — This was the fourth quarter the Orlando Magic needed a night earlier, and it sure helped that Carmelo Anthony had to watch a key part of it.Evan Fournier scored a career-high 28 points, and the Magic bounced back from a poor finish with a good one, handing the New York Knicks a sixth straight loss with a 97-95 victory Nov. 12.Nikola Vucevic added 20 points and 13 rebounds for the Magic, who led by 11 points after three quarters in Toronto on Nov. 11, only to lose 104-100. This time, they trailed 85-84 midway through the final period before taking control.“We got an immediate test after being in a tight game from the night before. We were able to close out the game tonight. A great job by a lot of guys tonight,” Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said.Anthony scored 27 points for the Knicks, who were held to 19 in the fourth quarter and still haven’t reached 100 this season. But he picked up a fifth foul and went to the bench with 5:41 to play, and the Knicks were shut out during the 2 minutes he sat as the Magic extended their lead.“Losing is tough. I thought this was a game we could have went out there and gotten tonight, kind of get that monkey off our back. So this is a tough one to swallow,” Anthony said.Vucevic’s basket had just given Orlando an 86-85 lead when Anthony went out. Luke Ridnour made one of the free throws on Anthony’s foul, then Fournier was credited with a basket on a goaltending call with 4:27 left to cap a run of five straight points and give Orlando an 89-85 lead.The French guard later added another free throw during an 8-2 run that made it 92-87, as the Knicks had just one basket in 4 1/2 minutes.“We showed a lot of good things, especially defensively,” Fournier said. “Put in a lot of energy. I’m just proud. It shows we are a good team.”The Knicks had a chance after Anthony made a 3-pointer with 4.3 seconds to cut it to 96-95. Fournier missed the second of two free throws with 3.8 to go, but J.R. Smith was nowhere close on a potential winning 3-point attempt.Coach Derek Fisher said he didn’t draw up a play looking for a 3-pointer, only that there were multiple options and that Smith trusted himself to take the shot. Smith finished with 19 points.Orlando snapped a four-game losing streak in New York.“Of course to come in back-to-back after a tough loss says a lot about this team,” Vucevic said. “We stuck together and we didn’t just give up.”The Magic scored the final seven points of the first quarter to take a 31-27 lead. They had another 7-0 spurt to finish the first half and take a 56-50 advantage to the locker room.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shares
ZURICH – Gianni Infantino pulled off a stunning victory Friday to take over as FIFA president.The Swiss official received 115 of the 207 eligible votes in the second round to earn a decisive majority over Sheikh Salman of Bahrain, who had been the strong favorite entering the election.The 45-year-old former lawyer saluted voters by patting his right hand over his heart, and had to compose himself before starting his acceptance speech.“We will restore the image of FIFA and the respect of FIFA. And everyone in the world will applaud us,” Infantino said, referring to bribery and corruption investigations that have rocked soccer’s governing body and forced Sepp Blatter out of office after more than 17 years as president.Sheikh Salman received 88 votes after being the front-runner during much of the four-month campaign. Prince Ali of Jordan had four votes, and Jerome Champagne of France got zero.In the first round, Infantino surprising led with 88 votes. Sheikh Salman had 85 votes, Prince Ali 27, and Champagne seven.Infantino, the general secretary of European governing body UEFA, is the second straight FIFA president from the Valais region in the Swiss Alps. Infantino is from Brig and replaces the 79-year-old Blatter, who was born in neighboring Visp.Infantino will be president through May 2019, completing the remainder of Blatter’s term.Blatter was forced out by the pressure of American and Swiss investigations of corruption that hit FIFA two days before the previous election in May.“I congratulate Gianni Infantino sincerely and warmly on his election as the new president,” Blatter said in a statement. “With his experience, expertise, strategic and diplomatic skills he has all the qualities to continue my work and to stabilize FIFA again.”There were only four candidates on Friday’s ballot after Tokyo Sexwale withdrew during his campaign speech to voters, and all four went forward to the second round.Not since 1974 has a second-round vote been held in a FIFA presidential election. Then, Joao Havelange of Brazil beat 13-year incumbent Stanley Rous of England 68-52 after an initial 62-56 ballot in Frankfurt, Germany.Infantino exceeded most observers’ expectations after an impressive 15-minute pitch, only 20 minutes before first-round voting began.The Swiss-Italian spoke in several languages without notes and portrayed himself as a leader for the world, not just his own wealthy confederation.“We have to get Europe to do much more,” Infantino said.His campaign promised more of key FIFA gifts to member federations: More guaranteed funding from FIFA’s $5 billion-plus World Cup revenue, more places in an expanded 40-team tournament and more opportunities to stage the World Cup with multi-national regional hosting.Sheikh Salman was expected to lead the first round with backing from Africa and the Asian soccer confederation he has led since 2013.Still, he had been the most criticized and scrutinized candidate throughout the four-month campaign. The issue of Bahrain’s human rights record was often cited by Gulf activists but had not seemed to seriously trouble voters outside Europe.Sheikh Salman has strongly denied claims about his role in the Arab Spring protests of 2011 when he was Bahrain’s soccer federation president.Infantino takes over a wealthy but vulnerable soccer body whose image and confidence has been shattered by escalating scandals.Blatter was re-elected for a fifth term in May but bowed to pressure four days later and announced he would resign. Blatter was subsequently banned for six years for financial mismanagement and was absent Friday after 40 years as a fixture at FIFA meetings.Before electing FIFA’s first new president since 1998, 87 percent of the 207 voting federations passed wide-ranging reforms to protect against corruption and curb the powers of its new president.Those include preventing presidents from serving more than three four-year terms, reducing their powers and guaranteeing more independent oversight for FIFA’s decision-making and spending. The executive committee will be renamed the FIFA Council with more female members while there will be stricter integrity checks will also control top officials.FIFA and its lawyers hope the reform will help show U.S. prosecutors the soccer body is serious about changing its culture, and protect its status as a victim in the American investigation. A total of 41 people and marketing agencies have been indicted or made guilty pleas, and Blatter is a target.Still, the new era FIFA hopes for will not easily escape the fallout from Blatter’s scandal-hit leadership.TweetPinShare0 Shares
PIRAEUS, Greece (AP) — Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde insists his players have not been distracted by the events taking place in Catalonia.“We can see what’s happening but we are concentrated on our own task. That’s to win matches and make the fans happy,” he said on Monday, a day before the team’s Champions League match against Olympiakos.Lawmakers in Catalonia’s parliament declared independence from Spain last week following a disputed referendum that triggered a constitutional crisis in the European Union member.“We’re not naive and can see what’s happening around us,” Catalonia-born striker Gerard Deulofeu said. “But I’m not here to talk about politics.”Barcelona is playing the Greek champion at Karaiskakis Stadium. Valverde received an emotional welcome from fans of his former team. He said it would be a “special game” for him on Tuesday.“It’s a very emotional moment for me to return here where so many great things happened for me. I’ve been looking forward to it,” he said.Valverde’s team could qualify for the round of 16 with a win in Piraeus, and depending on the result of the other Group D match between Sporting Lisbon and Juventus.He said he hoped defender Javier Mascherano recovers from a minor injury to be available.Olympiakos has lost all three of its group matches, and has suffered from an unusually shaky performance in the Greek league, losing for a third time this season to historic rival Panathinaikos 1-0 on Saturday.Barcelona leads the Spanish league, and Deulofeu described Real Madrid’s surprise 2-1 loss in his home town of Girona on Sunday as a bonus for Barca.“I won’t lie, it was a good result,” he said. “Any game that takes points away from one of our biggest opponents is positive for us.”—DEREK GATOPOULOS, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shares
LONDON (AP) — Not one top-10 seed has made the women’s quarterfinals at Wimbledon. Serena Williams will be there, though, after she moved a step closer to an eighth title at the All England Club.Williams reached her 13th Wimbledon quarterfinal by beating Russian qualifier Evgeniya Rodina 6-4, 6-2 on Monday, and never looked likely to join the parade of favorites who have been eliminated.No. 7 Karolina Pliskova became the last of the top-10 seeds to be knocked out, losing to Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands.Since seeds were introduced in the 1920s, it’s the first time none of the top-10 have reached the women’s quarterfinals at Wimbledon. It’s also a first for any Grand Slam tournament in the 50-year professional era.Williams is seeded 25th after returning from having a baby, but is looking like her usual dominant self on the grass courts. In a matchup of the only two mothers remaining in the draw, she jumped into a 3-0 lead in both sets and wrapped up the win in 62 minutes.Rodina, who upset 10th-seeded Madison Keys in the previous round, broke back for 3-2 in the second set but was broken to love straight away.“It was tougher than the scoreline,” Williams said. “I knew we were both moms, and I’m not sure how often that’s happened, if ever. So it’s really cool. You can be a mom, you can still play tennis and you can still be great.”In the men’s tournament, Roger Federer advanced to a record-extending 16th Wimbledon quarterfinal with a 6-0, 7-5, 6-4 victory over Adrian Mannarino of France.The eight-time champion lost just five points in a 16-minute first set but faced break points for the first time in this year’s tournament, saving all four. Federer has now won 32 consecutive sets at Wimbledon to move within one straight-sets victory of breaking his previous longest streak at the All England Club, when he won 34 in a row between the third round in 2005 and the final in 2006.Ninth-seeded American John Isner, No. 13 Milos Raonic of Canada and No. 24 Kei Nishikori of Japan also advanced.Isner rode his big serve to beat Greek teenager Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 7-6 (8), 7-6 (4). He next faces Raonic, who defeated Mackenzie McDonald of the U.S. 6-3, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-2.Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece returns to John Isner of the US during their men’s singles match on the seventh day at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Monday July 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)Bertens hit seven aces and saved eight of the 10 break points she faced to win 6-3, 7-6 (2) against Pliskova and complete the latest upset in the women’s draw. She beat the ninth-seeded Venus Williams in the third round after coming from a break down in the third set.Bertens next faces 13th-seeded Julia Goerges, who beat Donna Vekic of Croatia 6-3, 6-2 to secure her first Grand Slam quarterfinal appearance.Jelena Ostapenko and Dominika Cibulkova will also meet in Tuesday’s quarterfinals.Ostapenko reached the last eight for the second straight year with a 7-6 (4), 6-0 victory over Aliaksandra Sasnovich, while Cibulkova beat Hsieh Su-Wei 6-4, 6-1.Williams faces Camila Giorgi of Italy next, while 11th-seeded Angelique Kerber plays Daria Kasatkina of Russia.—By MATTIAS KAREN , Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shares
Continue Reading Previous MicroSys: smart control on ARM based industrial system on modulesNext IBASE and Quividi partner to provide fully compatible digital signage players ept’s Colibri PCB connectors, which have a pitch of 0.5 mm, are already a reliable choice in COM express and high-speed applications up to 10 Gbps. Now, ept is looking to add a new, high-speed variant to the connector series. The new connector will be suitable for data transfer rates of up to 16 Gbps and beyond.In order to guarantee outstanding signal quality at these high data transfer rates, ept is optimizing the contact design for the entire Colibri connector series. Like its 10 Gbps sibling, the new high-speed variant will be available for board-to-board distances of 5 or 8 mm. Both the plug and the receptacle will also be available with pin counts of 40, 80, 120, 160, 200 and 220. There will also be a 440-pin version, which will consist of two 220-pin plugs or receptacles held together by a soldering frame.S-parameters for simulating data transfer rates of up to 16 Gbps will be available for the embedded world trade fair.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components
Log in to Reply MarkSindone says: January 28, 2019 at 3:31 am My house is Alexa-enhanced, with Amazon Echos , Echo Dots , and an Echo Tap scattered throughout. When I saw the second-generation Echo redesign for the first time, I was pretty underwhelmed by its comparative appearance; I guess I’m more of a “metal” (vs “fabric”) kind of guy. So, I decided to pick up a few first-generation spares, while they were still available, to put into archive storage for whenever the in-service units might die. In doing so, I stumbled across the Echo Plus , a product variant I hadn’t heard of before. It looked just like the Echo, albeit with a slightly different sound signature that folks either marginally preferred or demurred. But here’s the key; in exchange for a slightly higher price tag, it included a built-in Zigbee device controller (subject to 10-100 meter range, although the protocol is mesh-based for repeater-enabled network range extension). As such, it claims to replace (for example) the standalone Bridge device normally required to link a conventional Echo to Philips’ Hue Zigbee-based LED lights (albeit with more limited functionality … according to reviews I’ve seen, the Echo Plus only supports elementary on/off functionality, not dimming, color-changing, or other Hue feature set enhancements handled by the Bridge). What better way, I thought, to not only pick up a spare Echo but also do some hands-on Zigbee testing for the first time? Initially, I snagged a refurbished Echo Plus on sale (at the time) for $80.99 , supplementing it with a standalone Zigbee-supportive 60W-equivalent LED light bulb for an additional $9.99. Shortly thereafter, brand new units went on sale for $99.99 (a close-out special, I accurately surmised at the time … the fabric-swathed second-generation Echo Plus is now the only option available for sale brand new), complete with a free Philips Hue bulb, so I got one of these, too. With a spare LED light bulb now in my possession, a teardown became a feasible option. Specifically, what I’ll be dissecting today is Sengled’s model E11-G13 , the Element Classic A19 “smart” bulb with 2700K soft white color temperature, currently sold on Amazon for $9.99 . I’ll start out with some exterior packaging shots: Inside you’ll find the bulb itself, accompanied by two internal support pieces of cardboard and a single business card-sized piece of documentation … that’s it: Here’s the backside of that sliver of literature and a close-up of the bulb itself: I fired up my heat gun to see if it might be able to cleanly separate the bulb’s translucent plastic globe from the more robust base … no dice, all it did was deform the globe: A hacksaw, however, did the trick: What’s this I see? 1 thought on “Tearing into a Zigbee-based LED light” “Usually it is the set of specs that concerns us the most because as we can see, physically they all look the same. It would be such an exhaustive process should we as consumers need to carefully sieve out the features that we do not need, while looking at Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: IoT Continue Reading Previous SECO: solutions with AMD ‘’Zen’’ CPU & ‘’Vega’’ GPU in a single SoCNext ST to highlight semiconductor solutions for smart industry and smart driving at electronica 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.
Germany replicated the the feat of being the defending champions to lose their opening match of their title defense in the World Cup, just like France in 2002, Spain in 2014.Germany crashed to a defeat in their first game at the World Cup on Sunday as an enterprising Mexico refused to be intimidated and came away 1-0 winners in a thrill-packed Group F opener.A shaky warm-up campaign had called into question the dominant form the Germans showed in qualifying, but experience and records were on their side, having won every opening game at major tournaments since Joachim Low took over as coach in 2006.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP – DAY 4 LIVE UPDATESJuan Carlos Osorio’s side had other ideas, however, holding their own against the favourites’ fearsome but slowing midfield and finding space at the back and seeking to end 33 years without a win against Germany. After wasting a handful of first-half chances while living dangerously in their own half, Hirving Lozano’s 35th-minute strike on the break proved just reward.When German centre back Mats Hummels lost possession deep in the Mexican half, Javier Hernandez was released through the middle. He outpaced Jerome Boateng and with a less than perfect pass found Lozano, who controlled the ball, cut inside Mesut Ozil, held off a charging Toni Kroos and slotted coolly past Manuel Neuer. At the other end, Guillermo Ochoa tipped a blistering Kroos free kick on to the bar minutes later, in what was to prove the Germans’ closest effort of a match in Moscow in which they had more than 60 percent possession but could not make it count.advertisementGermany pressed in the second half but struggled to find the target. Osorio beefed up his defences to hang on, pulling off Lozano with a quarter of an hour left and sending in 39-year-old Rafael Marquez at the back to become the third man ever to play in five World Cups.Low threw on Marco Reus in place of Sami Khedira and, with 10 minutes to go, switched left-back Marvin Plattenhardt for a second striker, Mario Gomez, to reinforce Timo Werner, who had failed to make much of a mark in the German spearhead.Mexico had much of the 80,000 crowd in Luzhniki Stadium on its feet as the Germans left ever greater gaps at the back, and the wastefulness notably of Hernandez on the final pass may reassure future opponents that Mexico, while determined to end a Cinderella reputation, have not replaced Germany as favourites.Youngster Julian Brandt nearly saved Low’s night after taking over from Werner in the final minutes when he blasted a shot past Ochoa’s right post, and even goalkeeper Neuer came up for a corner in injury time.But it was not to be.Mexico can dream of going better than a consistent record of reaching the last 16 of the last six World Cups and perhaps of improving on the quarter-final they last reached in 1986.The Germans now face Sweden and South Korea and should still qualify from Group F. But their reputation is not what it was.(With inputs from Reuters)
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TOKYO, Jun 27, 2018 (AFP) Tokyo’s city government today passed strict new anti-smoking rules ahead of the 2020 Olympics, leapfrogging national legislation on lighting up that has been watered down after opposition from pro-smoking MPs. Japan has long been an outlier in the developed world, considered a smoker’s paradise where lighting up is allowed in most restaurants and bars. The city’s new laws ban smoking entirely on school premises from kindergartens to high schools, although a space can be created outside university and hospital buildings for smokers. Lighting up will be outlawed at restaurants in the capital, regardless of size. Restaurants can set up a separate indoor smoking space but customers cannot eat or drink inside the smoking area. Smokers who repeatedly flout the new rules, and offending restaurant owners, will face fines of up to 50,000 yen ($455). “We are now ready to be the host of mega sporting events like the 2019 Rugby World Cup and the Olympics,” said Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, who has frequently vowed to clean up the city’s act ahead of the Games. “The Tokyo one is stricter (than the national law) but from the perspective of global standards, I have to add that there are other countries that adopt far stricter rules.” The move came as lawmakers prepare a nationwide version of the smoking ban that has faced criticism for falling far short of measures needed to restrict lighting up indoors. The new national law will ban smoking at schools and hospitals, but there are loopholes allowing smoking outside the facilities.advertisementSmoking will also be banned inside large restaurants, but unlike the Tokyo city rules, establishments smaller than 100 square metres — about half the restaurant sector — will be exempt. Big restaurants and newly opened eateries can build a separate smoking space but have to ensure smoke will not escape the area. The health ministry had proposed a strict anti-smoking bill, aiming to stub out smoking at most indoor establishments. But the plan encountered staunch opposition from members of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s own Liberal Democratic Party, many of whom openly back the tobacco industry and smokers over health advocates. Struggling to win support from its own party, the government was forced to water the bill down several times. Japan’s government earns billions of dollars annually in cigarette tax revenue, and owns a one-third stake in Japan Tobacco, the world’s third largest tobacco company. The firm, which includes brands like Winston, Camel and Benson & Hedges, said they welcomed laws protecting against second-hand smoke but opposed “excessive” restrictions. “We strongly wish initiatives would respect people’s ‘freedom of choice,’ embracing difference and diversity of opinions and choices of various people,” JT spokeswoman Reimi Kawato told AFP. Ironically, smoking in the street is already banned in many places in Japan, under local regulations that impose hefty fines on violators. Cigarettes cost only around 440 yen ($4) a pack in Japan and carry modest health warning labels. The World Health Organization has given Japan its lowest rating for efforts to prevent passive smoking, and it even scores poorly in the region compared with countries like China and South Korea. Despite that, however, tobacco use in Japan has been falling, in line with a broader global trend. (AFP) SCYSCY