Sabathia Hurt, Tribe Beats Yanks, 4-3

first_imgNEW YORK — After a pregame ceremony to retire Andy Pettitte’s No. 46, it was largely downhill for the New York Yankees.CC Sabathia exited in the third inning with right knee pain, and Francisco Lindor and Carlos Santana homered for the Cleveland Indians in a 4-3 win over the Yankees on Aug. 23.Sabathia struggled with his command from the onset. He allowed four hits and walked a season-high four batters.He struck out Yan Gomes with a 91 mph fastball for the second out of the third. After the pitch, Sabathia stepped off the mound, visibly unhappy, and was visited by athletic trainer Steve Donohue and Manager Joe Girardi, then left the game.“I felt a little bit of pain warming up in the bullpen and when I was in the game,” Sabathia said. “I just couldn’t finish my pitches like I wanted to.”Sabathia underwent an MRI and visited with team physician, Dr. Christopher Ahmad.“It’s a bad knee,” Sabathia said. “It’s tough, especially when you’re trying to help this team win. Having setbacks like this (stinks). It’s hard just not being able to get through it.”Lindor’s eighth-inning blast was his second in as many days and the first home run Dellin Betances (6-3) has allowed to a left-handed batter in his career, a run of 302 batters.Betances walked Giovanny Urshela to start the eighth. After pinch-runner Jose Ramirez was caught stealing, Lindor hit a 3-2 fastball into the right field stands for his seventh home run.“I’m just trying to throw strikes,” Betances said. “At that moment, I’m trying to keep down with it and it was up and he put a good swing on it.”Carlos Beltran had tied the game in the seventh, blooping a double off reliever Bryan Shaw (2-2). The ball landed just fair down the left field line, scoring Stephen Drew, who had walked, and Jacoby Ellsbury, who had doubled.The double was the first extra-base-hit of the game for the Yanks, who only managed two singles against Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer. Bauer pitched 6 1-3 innings, walking a season-high six and striking out seven.Ellsbury led off the third with a single and then stole second. Brett Gardner walked, and after Beltran advanced Ellsbury with a flyout to right field, Gardner stole second, allowing Ellsbury to score when the throw from catcher Gomes skipped away from Lindor.Gardner’s stolen base was the 200th of his career, making him the sixth Yankee to reach the milestone, joining Derek Jeter, Rickey Henderson, Willie Randolph, Hal Chase and Roy White.Abraham Almonte drew a bases-loaded walk against Branden Pinder in the fifth.Prior to the game, the Yankees retired Pettitte’s No. 46 and unveiled a plaque in Monument Park at Yankee Stadium one day after doing the same for Jorge Posada and his No. 20.Cody Allen pitched the final 1 1-3 innings for his 25th save, his second four-out save of the series.(CHARLES O’BRIEN)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Wall-less Wizards Wallop Nets, 121-103

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares WASHINGTON — With John Wall sidelined by a sore and swollen right knee, Ramon Sessions stepped in to help the Washington Wizards prolong their playoff hopes for at least another game.Sessions scored 18 points and had a season-high 13 assists in his first start of the season as the Wizards defeat the Brooklyn Nets 121-103 on April 6.“Just going out there from (the) jumpstart knowing John is down, I’ve just got to pick up the minutes,” said Sessions, who learned he would be starting an hour before tipoff. “I was just trying to keep pushing the pace and just play my game.”Bradley Beal scored 25 points, and Marcin Gortat had 16 points and 12 rebounds as Washington clung to life in the Eastern Conference playoff hunt.With Detroit defeating Orlando, the 10th-place Wizards (38-40) need to win out, have the Pistons (42-37) lose out and overcome ninth-place Chicago (39-39) to make the playoffs.To make that happen, Washington will likely need Wall to return from an ailment that forced him to miss his first game since last year’s Eastern Conference semifinals.“He had some swelling in (the knee) unlike it had had this year,” coach Randy Wittman said of his All-Star point guard. “I didn’t think he wasn’t going to play, because he’s played 77 games. But I had an idea. And then we came in here and it wasn’t much better than it was this morning, we said shut it down.”Washington visits Detroit on April 8.Thomas Robinson scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Nets, who have lost six straight games by an average of 19.3 points.Sean Kilpatrick added 15 points off the bench as Brooklyn sent out its 20th starting lineup of the season. The Nets were outrebounded 53-38 after it was announced center Brook Lopez and forward Thaddeus Young would be rested for the remainder of the season.“We knew there was going to be a discrepancy on the boards,” interim coach Tony Brown said. “I’ll give them that, but there are still a lot more things we could’ve done.”Wall has been the one sure thing in Washington’s inconsistent season, averaging a career-best 19.9 points and 10.2 assists.But in his first start of the year, Sessions picked up the slack and had 10 of his assists by halftime, helping the Wizards to a two-point lead at the break. After halftime, he marshaled an offense that turned it over only twice while the defense forced Brooklyn into eight giveaways.“Ramon played great,” Wittman said. “I thought he kept a good pace to the game, and for us as a team to have 36 assists on 48 baskets, it doesn’t get much better than that.”(IAN QUILLEN)last_img read more

APOEL Wins 25th Cypriot League Title

first_imgNICOSIA— In the latest developments in international soccer, APOEL Nicosia won its 25th Cypriot league title on Thursday after beating AEK Larnaca 2-0. The team continues to have the most titles of any Cypriot team.Pieros Sotiriou scored in the first half and Giannis Gianniotas added another in the second from the penalty spot.The win put APOEL seven points ahead of second-place AEL with two matches remaining.APOEL’s fourth straight title comes a week after it fired coach Temur Ketsbaia following a loss in the Cypriot Cup semifinals.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Mets Beat Brewers 3-2

first_imgNEW YORK— One night after an especially ugly loss at Citi Field, it was two of New York’s top young talents who steadied the defending NL champions.Steven Matz pitched seven smooth innings to win his sixth consecutive start, Michael Conforto hit a two-run homer and the Mets beat the Milwaukee Brewers 3-2 on Friday.“It is nice to get that one after a rough series,” Conforto said. “It feels like now we’re headed in the right direction.”After skipping a turn in the rotation last weekend and receiving an injection for his sore elbow, Matz (6-1) picked up right where he left off in his previous outing May 9 at Dodger Stadium. The rookie left-hander limited the Brewers to three hits while improving to 10-1 over 13 regular-season starts in the majors.Pain-free and sharp as a tack, Matz struck out eight and walked none as the Mets won for only the second time in eight games. His healthy outing provided a sigh of relief and a timely boost after scuffling teammate Matt Harvey was hit hard and booed loudly Thursday night in the low point of his career, a 9-1 loss to the rival Nationals.“We needed it bad. We were really short in the ‘pen,” manager Terry Collins said. “Tremendous outing. Matter of fact, we’re thinking about giving Harv a shot tomorrow, just for the hell of it. Seems to be working.”The only real hiccup for Matz came when Chris Carter connected for his 13th home run, a two-run shot to center field on a 2-2 pitch in the first. After that, Matz retired 15 straight batters before Hernan Perez singled with two outs in the sixth.“I’m a rhythm pitcher, so I got into the rhythm,” said Matz, who worked quickly and threw 88 pitches in a crisp game that took 2 hours, 31 minutes. “We just kind of got into that groove, but I didn’t really change anything. It’s just one pitch.”Perez was promptly caught stealing by catcher Rene Rivera, a call that was overturned upon replay review. Milwaukee never managed another baserunner — in fact, the Brewers did not strand anyone all night.“We did a good job of hitting with guys on base,” manager Craig Counsell joked. “You have to give yourself opportunities.”Addison Reed tossed a perfect eighth and Jeurys Familia closed flawlessly for his 14th save in as many chances.With the Mets trailing 2-1, Asdrubal Cabrera singled to start the sixth and Conforto went opposite field to left against Wily Peralta (2-5) for his seventh home run. The ball cleared the shortened fence at Citi Field, near the 358-foot sign.“Having that approach and going the other way is something that I’m really working on right now and something that will help me in the future,” Conforto said. “I think it’s a good sign for me to be able to go the other way with power.”Peralta, a 17-game winner in 2014, gave Milwaukee an encouraging outing after struggling early this year. He yielded six hits in 5 2/3 innings, striking out six and walking two.“Better rhythm today. I think I was commanding better, too,” Peralta said. “Between starts, I’ve been working on not thinking much, just grabbing the ball and executing.”Rivera drove in New York’s first run with a groundout in the second after Neil Walker drew a leadoff walk and went to third on Lucas Duda’s single.RING DAYBrewers outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis and reliever Carlos Torres, role players who helped the Mets reach the World Series last season, received their 2015 NL championship rings from Collins and assistant GM John Ricco outside the Milwaukee clubhouse. Ricco brought over gift bags, and Collins thanked both players for their contributions. “We miss you, and congratulations on your success,” he told Nieuwenhuis.IMPRESSIVE STUFFMatz has a 1.35 ERA and 42 strikeouts over 40 innings in his last six starts. … Kazuhisa Ishii is the only other lefty since 1900 to win 10 of his first 13 major league starts, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Ishii was 10-2 after 13 starts for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2002. … Matz is the lone pitcher in Mets history to win 10 of his first 11 career decisions.TRAINER’S ROOMBrewers: LF Ryan Braun missed his third straight game with a stiff back. … Milwaukee placed RF Domingo Santana on the 15-day DL with a sore right shoulder and recalled speedy Keon Broxton from Triple-A Colorado Springs.Mets: 3B David Wright (spinal stenosis) received a scheduled day off, but could play both afternoon games this weekend, Collins said. Eric Campbell started at third and made a diving play in the ninth. … Familia’s left knee was wrapped in ice after he knocked down a comebacker for the final out. He said he was fine.UP NEXTWeather permitting, Milwaukee RHP Zach Davies (1-3, 5.58 ERA) starts the middle game of the series Saturday afternoon against RHP Jacob deGrom (3-1, 2.50).MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Trump Rips NFL QB Kaepernick During Speech in Kentucky

first_imgLOUISVILLE, Kentucky (AP) — President Donald Trump has taken a swipe at controversial NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick at a campaign-style rally in Louisville, Kentucky.Kaepernick, who played for the San Francisco 49ers but now is a free agent, hasn’t yet been signed to another team.Trump told the crowd he read an article reporting that NFL owners don’t want to pick Kaepernick up “because they don’t want to get a nasty tweet from Donald Trump.”“Do you believe that?” he asked the enthusiastic crowd.Kaepernick refused to stand during the national anthem at the start of NFL games last season to protest police treatment of minorities.Trump says of the people of Kentucky, “They like it when people actually stand for the American flag.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

FC Barcelona Foundation, SNF Collaborate on Educational Sports Programs to Help Refugees

first_imgNEW YORK – The FC Barcelona Foundation and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation are collaborating for the implementation of FC Barcelona Foundation’s FutbolNet methodology programs with the aim of helping refugee children and teenagers by preventing and solving conflicts and encouraging social inclusion and integration in hosting communities. The grant by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation will allow the FC Barcelona Foundation to help children in refugee sites in Europe and the Middle East.More than 3.000 children in Greece, Italy and Lebanon will be the direct beneficiaries of the FC Barcelona Foundation’s refugee program, with the financial support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.Details about the collaboration will be announced on Friday, June 23rd during the Sixth Annual Stavros Niarchos Foundation International Conference on Philanthropy, at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, in a discussion between the co-President of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Andreas Dracopoulos, and the CEO of the FC Barcelona Foundation, Nacho Mestre. During the first phase of the program, FC Barcelona Foundation will carry out the FutbolNet methodology program with 1.300 children and teenagers from refugee sites and local hosting communities in Greece, and specifically in Lesvos, Chios, Skaramagas and central Athens. These areas have been selected because of the large proportion of children living within these refugee communities, representing one of the most vulnerable groups affected by the crisis. The program, in the context of the collaboration between FC Barcelona Foundation and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation was launched in Lesvos with a game and a ‘clinic’ educational activity with the participation of former FC Barcelona players.Photo: SNFThe second phase of the program will take place in Italy. FC Barcelona Foundation will engage 900 children and teenagers at unaccompanied minors’ centers, many of whom lost their families in war zones or during their journeys towards Europe.The third country where the program will be implemented is Lebanon, and specifically the Bekaa Valley region. Many children in this area have been residing in refugee camps for more than 5 years and more than 70% are not attending school. Integrating children with their local host communities will be a key focus of the program in all three countries.FC Barcelona Foundation sports methodology: FutbolNet The FutbolNet methodology uses sports as a neutral platform to tackle social problems and provide education on values and reflection tools to stimulate children and young people. FutbolNet is a proven program that has been evaluated and recognized for its social impact and transformation in many countries and in different contexts.The FC Barcelona Foundation will adapt the FutbolNet methodology to the refugee context and will address self-confidence and trauma mitigation, respect, integration, and conflict management between people using dialog as the main tool. FutbolNet sessions will be implemented weekly throughout the year. In addition, FutbolNet Festivals will be organized throughout the year, where participants of the regular FutbolNet program will have the opportunity to share the experience with other children and their families. Innovation: Sports kit for refugee sites Together with the implementation of the FutbolNet methodology, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation grant will allow FC Barcelona Foundation and FC Barcelona’s Innovation Hub to pilot the development of an innovative, portable, and easy-to-use sports kit specially designed for promoting sports and education values. The kit will be distributed in selected refugee sites through partners and will be evaluated for future use.The Co-President of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Mr. Andreas Dracopoulos stated: “Since the outbreak of the refugee crisis in 2014, the SNF has funded grants totaling more than $25 million to support organizations and civil society efforts in Greece and elsewhere that provide aid to those afflicted. We are excited to support FCB Foundation’s impactful education and sport programs for refugee children in Europe and the Middle East and look forward to witnessing how the universal values of teamwork, effort, humility, dialogue, sport and fun can build friendships and help refugee and local communities connect and truly integrate in a joyful and positive environment.”The CEO of FC Barcelona Foundation, Mr. Nacho Mestre, said: “FC Barcelona and its Foundation are profoundly committed to this unprecedented migratory crisis where more than 65 million people have been forced to displacement. The FC Barcelona Foundation is honored by this strategic alliance with such a prestigious organization as the Stavros Niarchos Foundation that will allow us to take a step further in our goal of trying to normalize the living conditions of refugee children and young people, as well as facilitating their integration in the host communities.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Bledsoe Scores 30 Points, Bucks Hold Off Magic 118-108

first_imgORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Eric Bledsoe made it easy for the Milwaukee Bucks and superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo.Bledsoe scored 30 points, Antetokounmpo had 25 points and 13 rebounds and the Bucks won their fourth straight game, beating the Orlando Magic 118-108 on Saturday night.“It’s great to have a lot of options and be able to go in different directions,” Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer said. “Eric was just great. He made some 3s, got to the basket, did a lot defensively. He just did a little bit of everything.”Malcolm Brogdon added 18 points, and Khris Middleton had 15. The Bucks are 11-2 in their last 13 games.“Eric can go 12 of 14, score 30 points and still get everyone involved,” Antetokounmpo said. “He’s a pass- first point guard. We play faster and more together with him. He makes the game a lot easier for me, Malcolm, Khris (Middleton) and Brook (Lopez).”Nikola Vucevic led Orlando with 27 points, Terrence Ross had 16, D.J. Augustin 14 and Jarell Martin 12. The Magic struggled with Aaron Gordon sitting out with a back injury, dropping their third straight.“We can’t play defense like we’ve played these last four games,” Magic coach Steve Clifford said. “Against (Milwaukee’s) defense, the best defense in the NBA, we got 108 at home. You’ve got to give yourself a chance to win, but our defense is just not where it needs to be.”Vucevic and Ross helped the Magic trim a 16-point third-quarter deficit to five going into the final period. Vucevic had a 3-pointer and three-point play in an 11-2 run, and Ross scored the Magic’s last nine points of the quarter to make it 87-82.Martin’s 3-pointer on Orlando’s first possession of the fourth quarter made it 87-85, but that was as close as they would get.Bledsoe scored nine points to help the Bucks pull away. His three-point play with 9:09 left gave Milwaukee a 99-89 advantage. Orlando cut it to 106-102 with four minutes to play, but the Bucks scored on seven of their next eight possessions.TIP-INSBucks: The Bucks had 31 fast-break points to just two for Orlando. … C Brook Lopez had four blocks in the first six minutes. … The Bucks arrived in Orlando early Thursday and had three days of rest waiting for the game.Magic: Martin made three straight 3-pointers in his first appearance in six games. He finished with four 3-pointers, matching his total for the entire season.UP NEXTBucks: Host Dallas on Monday.Magic: At Atlanta on Monday.By BILL FAY , Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Keysight launches new phase noise test system

first_img Continue Reading Previous Innodisk introducing transformative AIoT-solutionsNext How low (power) can you go? Keysight Technologies introduced a new phase noise measurement system for “power users”, which enables them to optimize and prove performance of new designs, meet operational requirements, as well as remain on schedule and on budget. Phase noise is an unwanted phase modulation noise that emerges in nearly all radio frequency and microwave devices including oscillators, mixers, dividers, multipliers and amplifiers. Power users, including professionals responsible for developing high-performance aerospace and defense applications as well as cutting-edge device characterization for 5G and other wireless communication systems, need to validate the phase noise performance of their designs.Keysight’s new N5511A Phase Noise Test System models are available in three frequency ranges – from 50 kHz and going up to 3, 26.5, or 40 GHz with offsets from .01 Hz to 160 MHz internally. It can be configured for either single or dual-channel operation and offers the following key technology features:Flexible architecture for easy integration of external reference sources enabling users to select from a variety of commercially-available low-noise sourcesPhase detector (quadrature) technique maximizes dynamic rangeBest-in-class absolute and residual measurements on both continuous wave and pulsed signalsCross spectral averaging (cross-correlation) to measure noise approaching the limits of physics, down to the kT (–177 dBm/Hz) thermal noise floor, by removing uncorrelated noise between two channels and enabling users to see the real performance of their device under testConsisting of phase detector and data conversion modules housed in a custom, low-noise single PXIe mainframe four units (4U) high, the N5511A occupies minimal rack space. The system software included runs on an integrated PC controller using the Microsoft Windows 10 operating system.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

Herrera defends Mourinho after ‘strange’ Manchester United pre-season in USA

first_imgManchester United midfielder Ander Herrera defended manager Jose Mourinho for his comments regarding the club’s ‘bad’ pre-season at the United States of America.United, who are without 70 per cent of their first-team players according to their manager, won and drew two matches each and lost one in their two-eek long pre-season tour of America.Mourinho has constantly cribbed about the lack of first-team players and the quality of the games being played in USA. Not only that, but he even looked unhappy about the lack of transfer business so far.But, Herrera feels that Mourinho isn’t unhappy about the quality of games or transfes but because of the fact that he is not being able to work on tactics with the first team. He added that all that matters is getting ready for the Premier League season that gets underway on August 10 against Leicester for United.Also read – Romelu Lukaku, Victor Lindelof to join United early after Jose Mourinho plea”This is my fifth pre-season and it’s the most strange pre-season here so far. The most important thing is to get minutes and be ready for the game against Leicester. That’s all that matters.””But probably he’s not frustrated about the club or the market, he’s probably frustrated because he’s not able to work with the players that he’s going to have for the season. Other teams they are able to do that. ‘For example, we played against Liverpool and they had maybe 80 per cent of their squad ready, Milan maybe 90 per cent of their squad.advertisement”I can understand the manager and if I put myself in his position, I would be in the same situation. You want to fight for the titles, but you don’t have the team with you to work for it right now.”Also read – Manchester United edge past Real Madrid in International Champions Cup Jose Mourinho has complained throughout the pre-season about the lack of players and transfers (Reuters Photo)Herrera went one step ahead and defended his manager by saying that he agrees with Mourinho because it is difficult to work with a group of players, who are likely to go on loan or go back to the second team when the season starts.Also read – Jose Mourinho bookie’s favourite to ‘get the axe’ first in Premier League”The work we are not able to do now, we will do it in the last three or four days before the start of the season. But we are in this situation because we have so many good players because we have fantastic players that have reached the semi final and the final. I agree with him (Mourinho) because it must be difficult for him to work with a group of players that maybe he is going to have 50 percent of them in the future.”You cannot really work tactically because you would think the guys that are working could be leaving or going on loan or they are going to the second team, so it’s difficult for him. ‘The only thing that we can say is that we want to be ready for the start of the season and I think the most intelligent thing would have been to postpone the start of the season by maybe one week,” Herrera said.Also read – Jose Mourinho suggests holidaying Manchester United players to return earlyHowever, Mourinho will have some respite as first-team players Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford, Phil Jones and Victor Lindelof have all decided to cut their holidays short and join the squad in time to be available for the first game of the season.United, who signed off from their United States trip with a 2-1 win over Real Madrid in the International Champions Cup on Wednesday, will next face Bayern Munich on August 5 at Allianz Arena. That will be followed by their first game against Leicester on Friday at Old Trafford.last_img read more

Indian compound archery team world class, will taste success in Asiad: Pagni

first_imgKolkata, Aug 6 (PTI) Italian star archer Sergio Pagni, who conducted a 10-day training camp with the Asian Games-bound Indian compound team, is excited to see the progress and said it was primed for success in Indonesia. That India had won medals in all the four events of the compound section when the category was introduced in Incheon four years ago, makes them firm favourites in the August 18-September 2 extravaganza. The 39-year-old, who is the only compound archer to have won successive ‘World Cup Final’ titles in 2010 and 2011, is working with the Indian team since January when the team visited him in Italy for two weeks. “I’m really proud of this group, they are all world class. I am sure that they will come out with flying colours from the Games,” Pagni, a two-time World Championship gold medallist, told PTI from Sports Authority of India training centre in Sonepat. “They have some experienced archers like Abhishek Verma and Rajat Chauhan but at the same time the youngsters also shot consistently. The level we reached was very high.” The women’s team on the other hand has attained a high ahead of the Asian Games by reaching the top of world rankings by virtue of their twin silver medal-winning efforts in the Antalya and Berlin World Cups. However Pagni refused to predict the number of medals India will bag from the compound events. “Every team will fight for the gold and will give their best. It’s about holding your nerves and executing your plans. In such a big competition, it all depends on how someone shoots on that given day. My best wishes to them,” Pagni said.advertisement The Italian will be missed during the games but he said he would stay connected and follow their progress. “I’ve given the instruction to the Indian coaching team who will accompany them. Moreover, my session was more about team building rather than correcting themselves. The likes of Abhishek and Rajat are highly experienced… I only made minor tweaks.” Having earned more than a dozen medals at the world level in a career spanning over a decade, Pagni has no regret about not winning an Olympic medal, as compound is not an Olympic discipline. India’s top compound archer Verma has voiced concern about it but Pagni said they must look beyond the Olympics. “Definitely it’s a dream for any sportsperson to win an Olympic medal. But I cherish all my medals like winning the World Cup Finals, World Championships, they are all equally important. “It’s just that Olympic comes once in four years. I’ve told them to strive for excellence be the number one in your sport. Personally I don’t see coming it to Olympics anytime soon. Stop regretting and focus on the better things on offer,” he said before signing off. The compound events are slated in Jakarta from August 23-28 and the Indian archery contingent is slated to leave on August 13. PTI TAPAHlast_img read more

Bulgaria coach Dzhambazki faces heavy punishment for attacking referees

first_imgBulgaria coach Atanas Dzhambazki is facing severe punishment after attacking two match referees at the end of his team Kariana Edren’s match versus Strumska Slava in the second division fixture on Saturday.He lost his temper after Kariana Edren conceded a late 90th minute goal and lost the match 1-2 at home. Dzhambazki invaded the pitch immediately after the goal was scored and marched straight towards the referee Ivaylo Nenkov.The assistant referee Georgi Velikov tried to defend the referee by standing in front of him. But, things took and ugly turn and Velikov was punched on the face twice and then hit in the chest by Dzhambazki.The Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) will discuss the incident early next week after watching video footage, officials said.The 49-year-old Dzhambazki, who previously coached several first division teams including Slavia Sofia and Montana, was escorted off the pitch by two policemen. The referee blew the final whistle shortly after the incident.Dzhambazki and his club declined to comment.A number of officials, including UEFA referees, have been attacked in Bulgaria in recent years during which the domestic championship has been marred by widespread accusations of corruption.The BFU and referees in the Black Sea state are facing widespread criticism from clubs, media and fans for allegedly favouring certain teams, including Ludogorets, who won the title seven times in a row after clinching their maiden top flight promotion in 2011.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Happy that Ravindra Jadeja only played in last Test: England assistant coach

first_imgRavindra Jadeja has had ann immidiate impact against England in the fifth Test after being left out from the first four. In the first inning he picked up four wickets nad then retuned with the bat to register an unbeaten 86, and the English camp is happy that he didn’t play more matches.Jadeja’s knock helped India to recover from being 160/6 at one point to score 292 as they were bowled out 40 runs short of England’s first innings total.He also treated the audience with his typical sword celebration after scoring his ninth Test fifty. He dusted off the ‘rust’ from his blade as the Indian camp stood to cheer him on.5th Test Day 3 – REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS | SCORECARD | PICS”It was very frustrating. There was a chance dropped before that last partnership got going but to be fair to Jadeja, he played magnificently well,” assistant coach Paul Farbrace said after the end of play on day 3.”I think he’s an exceptional cricketer, a dangerous cricketer – with bat, ball and in the field – and I think we would probably be reasonably happy that he’s only just played in that last game.”READ – We need to pick wickets in first session on Day 4, says JadejaFarbrace has said that the fans and cricket community in the country in general will be hoping to see Alastair Cook score a hundred in what is his last Test innings.Cook finished at 46 not out in England’s second innings at the Oval, as the hosts took a 154-run lead.advertisement”It’d be fantastic, wouldn’t it, if he was to get to a hundred? It’d be absolutely brilliant. I think he’s just enjoying milking all the applause he’s getting. I think it’s just driving him on to bat as long as he possibly can,” Farbrace said. “I think he’s played really well; he’s shown everything that he’s about so far in this game. He’s just got stuck in, and it’s not easy out there, but he looks as though he’s really enjoying the scrap.”I’d imagine the reception he got when he went out to bat probably moved him it moved everybody else in our dressing-room, the fantastic support he’s had. He just seems to cope with everything that’s in front of him.”Farbrace said the record run-scorer will be hugely missed in the dressing room.”As much as we’re going to miss his runs and his catches, I think the calming influence he has among the team, the staff, everybody, is something we’ll all miss when he’s not in the dressing-room,” he said.”When I came into the group in 2014, he was captain of the side and made it so easy to be a member of staff for the England cricket team. That’s quite a daunting thing to come into, having never played international cricket but what he manages to do is make everybody feel very welcome.READ – India need to be mentally stronger to win overseas: Adam Gilchrist”He seems to have the respect of everybody, and everyone is very comfortable talking to him. He’s got a very down-to-earth way, that cheeky sense of humour and people find themselves being drawn to him. He’s just a very caring bloke, and someone you can talk to about anything and everything,” he added.Farbrace also defended opener Keaton Jennings who continued to have a torrid time in the middle. He scored only 10 runs on day 3 before being castled by Mohammed Shami.”I think we’d all agree it’s been tough for anybody (this summer) against the new ball. He knows he wants big scores, hundreds, 50s, big partnerships but the one thing that’s been quite impressive is that you’d never know looking at him that he’s not scored as many runs as he’d like,” he said.”He has tried exceptionally hard to get stuck in but ultimately, he will be disappointed he’s not gone on and got some decent runs. I’d like to think he’s done enough in a difficult situation to be opening the batting come the first Test match in Sri Lanka,” said the coach.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Android P developer preview expected to come out mid-March: Here’s what we know

first_imgAndroid Oreo, Google’s most recent mobile operating system, introduced a few new features like notification dots, Picture-in-Picture, and autofill among others. And while the operating system is meant to improve performance and battery life as well, only a little over 1 per cent of all Android devices can actually boast of it. That’s disappointing considering were already approaching the official launch of Android P now, with the first developer preview being tipped for mid-March.Popular tipster Evan Blass tweeted over the weekend that the first developer preview for Android P will be released mid-March. The exact date, however, has not been provided, but this does keep in line with the first preview for Android Oreo which was released on March 21 last year. The first preview will give us a better look at some of the new features coming to Android P. Mostly, the developer preview will focus on quashing some bugs and allowing app developers to get their apps ready for when Android P goes official.Google is expected to officially announce the Android P at its developers conference that is scheduled to begin on May 8 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View. Of course, that is when we should really know what the P will officially stands for. As of now, there are a number of P-named desserts being speculated that includes some sort of Pie, maybe Pumpkin Pie or Pecan Pie. Also, March 14 is Pi Day, which celebrates the mathematical constant Pi and gives people a reason to eat Pie, and this could be the date for the release of the first Android P developer preview as well.advertisementVery little is known at the moment about what Android P is going to bring to the table. As per past reports, Android P will prevent idle apps from accessing your camera or mic. Another report from last month said that Android P will add support for call recording tone so users can lawfully record phone calls as well as an enhanced call blocking feature. There are also reports that the upcoming major OS will bring native iris scanning support as well, but nothing can be said for sure as of now.ALSO READ: Asus Zenfone 5 is unapologetically an iPhone X clone because thats what users wantThe most interesting of all the reports we have heard so far is Google planning to support the iPhone Xs notch with Android P. As per a Bloomberg report last month, a key goal of Android P will be to persuade more iPhone users to make the switch to Android. Google plans to do this by improving the look of the software, which includes embracing the notch. Essentially, a redesign to Android P will allow OEMs to design affordable full-screen phones with notch cutouts to lure Apple fans away. MWC 2018 already gave us a good look at some Android phones donning the iPhone X-like notch, suggesting that this is a trend we can look forward to this year. The Huawei P20 and OnePlus 6, based on the leaks so far, are some more phones expected to sport the notch and Android P should allow for better optimisation.last_img read more

Borussia Dortmund players ‘hardly slept’ after bomb attack on bus

first_imgBorussia Dortmund players had to, though, less than 24 hours after a bomb attack on their team bus. And they will have to do so again on Saturday, when Eintracht Frankfurt visits in the Bundesliga. (Also read: Champions League: Kylian Mbappe brace gives Monaco 3-2 win in Dortmund)Dortmund midfielder Nuri Sahin made it clear that his thoughts were far from the field in the rescheduled Champions League quarterfinal match against Monaco on Wednesday – a game Dortmund lost 3-2 after an uncharacteristically hesitant start.”Until I was on the pitch in the second half, I didn’t think about football, to be honest. Because last night I didn’t realize what happened, and when I was at home and my wife and my son were waiting in front of the door, there I felt how lucky we were,” the visibly shaken Sahin told former Norway international Jan Aage Fjortoft, now a journalist. (Also read: German police probe possible Islamist links to Borussia Dortmund bus attack)”I know football is very important. We love football. We suffer with football. We love football. I know we earn a lot of money, we have a privileged life, but we are human beings. There’s so much more than football in this world. Last night we felt it.”Dortmund defender Marc Bartra was hit by shrapnel as three explosions hit the bus. The Spaniard was taken to the hospital and had surgery on a broken bone in his wrist. (Also read: Champions League: Borussia Dortmund and Monaco prepare for quarter-final goalfest)advertisementA spokeswoman for federal prosecutors, Frauke Koehler, said metal from one of the bombs lodged in a headrest. It could easily have been a lot worse.”I can’t forget the faces,” Sahin said of his teammates, who ducked for cover when the explosions hit. “I will never forget these faces in my life for sure. Oh yeah, when I saw Marc there and I saw Schmelle (Marcel Schmelzer), I sat next to Schmelle and I will never forget Schmelle’s face. It was unbelievable.” (Also read: Champions League: Borussia Dortmund bus hit by explosion, one player injured)Schmelzer also highlighted the impact of the attack on his side.”We have to function like puppets,” the Dortmund captain said. “You read the whole time of an attack on our bus. But you shouldn’t forget there were 30 people sitting in it, so it’s an attack on us as people. It makes us incredibly sad but also incredibly fortunate to be standing here today, especially when you hear the details that are coming out (from the investigation). We’re just incredibly lucky no one else besides Marc was seriously injured.”Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel was stinging in his criticism of UEFA for going ahead with the Champions League game so soon after the attack.”We had the feeling that we were being treated as if a beer can had hit our bus,” said Tuchel, who claimed he wasn’t asked about whether to proceed with the game.But Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke said Tuesday that a congested calendar meant there was little option for postponing the game further. UEFA spokesman Pedro Pinto told The Associated Press the governing body was in touch with all parties.Tuchel may have been trying to protect his players but it’s clear that the attack had an effect on his side.”Most players hardly slept, myself included,” Dortmund midfielder Julian Weigl said. “I tried to come to terms with it with my family, tried to wind down and switch off. In the end in the game we made the best we could of it.”Amid increased security and while the investigations continue, Dortmund will have to make the best of it again Saturday as it seeks to improve upon its fourth place to secure automatic Champions League qualification. Fourth only brings a playoff.Apart from Bartra, who would have been suspended for an accumulation of yellow cards anyway, Dortmund is struggling with injuries – there was one spot free on the bench against Monaco because of a lack of available players.Dortmund is unbeaten in a club-record 34 league games at home. It has scored in its last 19 games, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang second behind Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski in the scoring chart. Lewandowski has 26 goals in 28 games. Aubameyang, who played two games less, has 25.Frankfurt, which was previously third, has lost its last four games away and it hasn’t won any of its last nine.last_img read more

Realme 2 Pro brings a 6.3-inch Dewdrop display, Snapdragon 660 AIE at Rs 13,990

first_imgRealme has announced its third smartphone for the Indian market. The Realme 2 Pro is the company’s most premium offering yet and packs a host of new and interesting features that tout ‘Power and Style’. The biggest highlights of the Realme 2 Pro is its Snapdragon 660 chipset with up to 8GB of RAM and an edge-to-edge dewdrop display.The Realme 2 Pro (Review) has been priced starting at Rs 13,990 for the 4GB + 64GB option, Rs 15,990 for the 6GB + 64GB variant and Rs 17,990 for the 8GB + 128GB version. The device will be available in Ice Lake, Blue Ocean and Black Sea colours. The first sale will take place exclusively on Flipkart on October 11 starting 12am.Realme 2 Pro specificationsThe Realme 2 Pro sports a tall 6.3-inch dewdrop display with a 1080p FHD+ resolution and 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The display gets a dewdrop notch on top similar to the Oppo F9 Pro, making it the most affordable phone with this kind of notch. The notch is quite tiny and houses a single camera sensor, light and proximity sensor and the earpiece. This also allows Realme to offer an immersive 90.8 per cent screen-to-body ratio. The back of the Realme 2 Pro offers a dewdrop arc design, which means you gets a curved panel that sits comfortably in your palm. The panel itself has a kind of transparent, Dewdrop design achieved after multiple rounds of injection molding. While not glass, the panel has a glass-life feel to it due to 15 layers of sectional lamination.Powering the Realme 2 Pro is an octa-core Snapdragon 660 AIE chipset with Adreno 512 GPU. This is coupled with up to 8GB of RAM for smooth and swift multitasking experience. The company is also touting a great gaming experience thanks to a powerful mid-range chipset. The phone will be offered with up to 128GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 256GB via a microSD card. The Realme 2 Pro houses a 3,500mAh battery that will deliver a full day of battery life. It also supports dual 4G and dual VoLTE.advertisementThe AI dual cameras on the back of the Realme 2 Pro come with 16MP Sony IMX398 sensors with 1.12 micron pixels and f/1.7 aperture that will allow for more light to come through. It also comes with EIS support for video recording. The AI on board will allow the camera to recognise scenes and adjust the settings accordingly. On the front, the device gets a similar 16MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture. The front camera supports AI Beautify mode as well.At the event, the company also announced the Realme C1 as a disruptive entry-level phone with a 6.2-inch notched display, Snapdragon 450 chipset and 4,230mAh battery and dual cameras. The device has been priced at Rs 6,999 as an introductory pricing for the Diwali season. The C1 will be available starting October 11 at 12pm on Flipkart.The company said at the launch that it has sold 1 million units in 4 months. A pretty impressive feat for a new brand in a highly competitive budget market. It will now aim to end the year on a high note with the Realms 2 Pro and the Realme C1, unless the company has another smartphone up its sleeve before 2018 comes to an end.ALSO READ: Realme 2 Pro review: A powerhouse with great displaylast_img read more

BlackBerry Evolve will be available for buying from October 10 via Amazon India for Rs 24,990

first_imgBlackBerry Evolve which was launched alongside the Evolve X in August this year is set to hit the Indian shores on October 10. The phone will be available for buying from Amazon India for Rs 24,990.Optiemus Infracom, the home-grown company responsible for manufacturing and branding BlackBerry phones in markets like India, launched the Evolve and Evolve X phones at a starting price of Rs 24,990. The Evolve is priced at Rs 24,990 while the Evolve X will cost Rs 34,990. Interested buyers can use the ‘Notify Me’ option running on Amazon India website to get updates on the availability of the phone.The company at the launch event had said that both the phones will come bundled with Jio cashback offer worth Rs 3,950 and ICICI bank credit card offer of 5 per cent instant cash back on no cost EMI transactions along with additional launch benefits.BlackBerry Evolve specsBlackBerry Evolve features 5.99-inch full-HD+ IPS LCD display with a 1080×2160 pixel resolution and 18:9 aspect ratio. The phone is powered by 1.8GHz octa-core processor and it comes with 4GB of RAM. The phone packs 64GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 256GB. As far as the cameras are concerned, the BlackBerry Evolve packs a 13-megapixel colour sensor and another 13MP monochrome sensor on the rear. On the front you get a 16-megapixel shooter with f/2.0 aperture.The BlackBerry Evolve is powered by a 4000mAh that supports fast charging. The phone runs Android 8.1 Oreo software. The connectivity options on-board are Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, USB OTG, and USB Type-C. Sensors include Face unlock, Fingerprint scanner, Compass, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor and Gyroscope.advertisementBlackBerry Evolve X specsThe phone sports a 5.99-inch full-HD+ IPS LCD display with a 1080×2160 pixel resolution and 18:9 aspect ratio. It is the first phone from BlackBerry to support wireless charging.It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor with 6GB RAM. The phone packs 64GB internal storage that is expandable up to 2TB. In the camera-department, the Evolve X packs one 12MP sensor (f/1.8) and another 13MP (f/2.6) sensor on the rear. The secondary sensor offers 2X optical zoom in addition to helping in portrait photography. The phone comes with a 16MP selfie shooter. The Evolve X is supported by a 4,000mAh battery that supports both Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 as well as the wireless charging.ALSO READ: BlackBerry Evolve, Evolve X launched in India: Full specs, features, price and everything you need to knowlast_img read more

16-year-old Saurabh Chaudhary wins 4th shooting gold in 4 months

first_img16-year-old Saurabh Chaudhary continued his sensational run of form at the Asian Airgun Championship in Kuwait by winning the gold medal in 10m Air Pistol junior men’s event on Thursday.Saurabh, the son of a farmer based in Meerut, finished with two gold medals at the event. He first won the team gold along with compatriots Arjun Singh Cheema and Anmol Jain by recording a total of 1731 and then came back to bag the individual gold in an eight-man final with a score of 239.8.This is Saurabh’s fourth individual gold medal in the last four months. Saurabh’s run started the Asian Games in August after which he bagged gold medals at the World Shooting Championships in September and the Youth Olympic Games in Argentina last month.While Saurabh won the gold, Arjun bagged the silver medal for an Indian one-two. Chinese Taipei’s Huang Wei-Te clinched the bronze with a score of 218.0 and denied India a clean sweep with Anmol finishing fourth.The Indian trio of Saurabh, Arjun and Anmol missed the World and Asian Junior record by a mere point in the team event.Earlier, India dominated the qualifying stages of 10m Air Pistol event with Arjun topping the standings by getting a score of 578 after 60 shots. Anmol finished second with 577 while Saurabh was placed third with a score of 576.Also read – India’s latest shooting sensation likes farming: Everything to know about Saurabh ChaudharyWhile it was raining medals for he boys, Manu Bhaker 10m Air Pistol event finished in disappointing as she missed out on an individual medal finishing fourth with a score of 196.4.advertisementIn the eight-woman individual final, Abhidnya Patil finished seventh and India had to do without a medal in the discipline.Manu had topped the qualification of the event with a score of 579 while Abhidnya finished fourth with a score of 563. Neha could not qualify for the final finishing 12th with a score of 552.India’s women’s junior team consisting of Manu, Abhidnya and Neha won the team silver in the 10m Air Pistol with a combined tally of 1694 points, going down to team China who scored 1704 to win gold.India now have 10 medals from the competition with three gold, five silver and two bronze medals.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Dancing may help older women perform daily tasks better: Study

first_imgTokyo, Dec 19 (PTI) Dancing may help older women maintain their ability to perform daily tasks, according to a study. The research, published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, examined the potential effects of 16 different exercise types for reducing disability for activities of daily living (ADL) in older women. Researchers at Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology in Japan enrolled 1,003 community-dwelling older Japanese women without ADL disability at the start. In the baseline survey, all participants were asked whether or not they participated in any of 16 exercise types through a face-to-face interview. ADL disability during eight years of follow-up was defined as dependence in at least one ADL task (walking, eating, bathing, dressing, or toileting). ADL disability was noted in 130 participants (13 per cent) during follow-up. Participation in dancing, compared with non-participation, was associated with a 73 per cent significantly lower likelihood for developing ADL disability. There were no significant associations between other exercise types and ADL disability. “It is unclear why dancing alone reduced the risk of ADL disability,” said Yosuke Osuka of the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology. “Dancing requires not only balance, strength, and endurance ability, but also cognitive ability: adaptability and concentration to move according to the music and partner, artistry for graceful and fluid motion, and memory for choreography,” Osuka said. “We think that these various elements may contribute to the superiority of dancing in maintaining a higher ADL capacity,” Osuka said. PTI SARSARlast_img read more

Rishabh Pant’s groundbreaking series in Australia: 20 catches and 350 runs

first_img4th Test, Day 5, Brief Scores: India 622 for 7 declared (Pujara 193, Pant 159 not out, Jadeja 81, Lyon 4 for 178) vs Australia (300 all out; Harris 79, Kuldeep 5 for 99) & 6/0 (Harris 2*, Khawaja 4*). Match ends in a draw. Full ScorecardRishabh Pant was undoubtedly the cricketer who was the centre of attention and dominated headlines in India and Australia throughout the Border-Gavaskar series. Not only did the Bharat Army dedicate a song to Pant, but he also returned back home having made quite a lot of new fans including the likes of Adam Gilchrist and Ricky Ponting.Even the Australian Prime Minister couldn’t help but praise Pant for his competitive spirit while also taking a cheeky dig at him as he hosted both teams at his residence. During the event he was also seen babysitting Tim Paine’s kids as he met with Paine’s wife Bonnie and the couple’s two kids.Pant was all over Australia with his banter from behind the stumps but he also let his gloves and bat do the talking for him.The 21-year-old broke the record for the most catches by an Indian wicketkeeper in a Test series with 20 catches in the four Tests.India vs Australia: SYDNEY TEST REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS | SCORECARDDuring the fourth day of the third Test between India and Australia, Pant had emulated wicket-keeping great Syed Kirmani and Naren Tamhane’s feat with 19 catches but went one step ahead in Sydney as he grabbed his 20th catch, that of Nathan Lyon, to set a new benchmark for Indian wicket-keepers in Test cricket.advertisementThe young stumper became the broadcaster’s favourite during the series thanks to his constant banter from behind the stumps. The hosts broadcasters frequently switched on the stump mics during the series just to listen to what Pant had to say to the Aussies batsmen.But with all the sledging that he did, not for once did Pant forget his primary job, which was to keep wickets to the best of his abilities and score crucial runs down the order whenever needed.Replacing India’s best wicket-keeper, Wriddhiman Saha, in the side was no mean feat. Pant was criticised in England for his ordinary work with the gloves but the cricketer improved with each game he played which led to him breaking quite a few records Down Under.Notably, he had equalled a world record of AB de Villiers and Jack Russell for the most number of catches by a wicketkeeper in a Test, taking 11 catches during India’s 31-run win at the Adelaide Oval.Apart from his improved showing with the gloves, Pant also chipped in with some crucial runs for India and ended up as the second highest run-scorer in the series from either side, behind Cheteshwar Pujara (521), amassing 350 runs at an average of over 58 with 159 not out being his highest score which he managed in the final Test.His second Test century during the Sydney match saw him become the first Indian wicketkeeper to score a hundred in Australia. He is now only one of four Indian wicketkeepers – Budhi Kunderan, Nayan Mongia and MS Dhoni – with a 150-plus score in Test cricket.Criticised for his rash shots in the Adelaide Test, Pant buckled up and showed immediate improvement in Perth and Melbourne where India won their first ever Boxing Day Test. But the crowning moment in his short career till now, came in Sydney where he showed remarkable poise and accelerated brilliantly to put India in a commanding position in the match.His exploits with the bat also prompted former India captain Sunil Gavaskar to urge the Indian team management to promote Pant higher up the batting order to No. 6, saying he is more than a handy batsman to have in the side.”If at all, you’re looking at balancing the team out, then you have got to have Pant batting at No. 6. Every single game, he has contributed 30s and 40s. In Sydney, he scored a 159. Before that he has consistently got starts, which makes him a very useful batsman to have at No. 6. The more responsibility you give him at No. 6, he will convert a lot of those 30s and 40s into 100s,” Gavaskar told India Today.Gavaskar also said that it’s only a matter of time that the Delhi wicketkeeper-batsman will be a permanent member of the Indian limited-overs sides.”It will happen sooner than later (play all three formats for India). But let’s not forget this was Test-match innings that he played,” Gavaskar added.Also Read | Test series win in Australia will give this Indian team a different identity: Virat KohliAlso Read | Best Indian side I have been part of, says Cheteshwar Pujara after series-winning 521 runsadvertisementlast_img read more

ISL: Kerala Blasters and ATK play out thrilling draw in Kochi

first_imgKerala Blasters FC and ATK played out a thrilling 1-1 draw in the first Indian Super League encounter of 2019 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi on Friday.Both sides started the match on a cautious note, opting to sit in midfield rather than commit men forward. Neither side could muster up any clear-cut chances in a cagey opening half. New signing Garcia was ATK’s most threatening attacker of the half. His pace and trickery troubled Kerala’s defence early on, nearly giving the away side the lead. After ghosting inside the box, he nearly let loose, but Sandesh Jhingan was at hand to see out the danger.From Kerala’s end Seiminlen Doungel caused a few problems for the ATK defence with his clever runs inside the box. However, Kerala’s best chance fell to Matej Poplatnik in the 35th minute. The Slovenian’s header seemed to be creeping just outside the far post, but goalkeeper Arindam Bhattacharja was not taking any chances as he saved it comfortably.The best moment of the half came towards the fag end when youngster Dheeraj Singh proved his worth with a brilliant save. Edu Garcia picked up the ball just outside the box, swivelled past Jhingan before executing a neat curling effort. Dheeraj was as alert as ever, as his outstretched hand prevented the ball from entering the top corner.Kerala started imposing themselves in the second period and had a golden opportunity to take the lead a few minutes in when Slavisa Stojanovic had time and space in the penalty box to pick his spot. However, the Serbian rushed at the chance and ended up blazing over.advertisementKerala refused to sit back and continued piling the pressure on their opponents. A few minutes later, Poplatnik forced a smart save from Arindam with a stinging drive.The onslaught from Kerala continued and they really should have taken the lead ahead of the last quarter. Sahal Abdul Samad did brilliantly well from the right-hand side of the penalty box before delivering an inch perfect ball to Doungel. With just the ‘keeper to beat, the winger fluffed his lines as he could only find the side-netting.Just as it seemed the tie would end goal-less, Garcia produced a moment of individual brilliance completely against the run of play. The Spaniard was awarded a free-kick in the 84th minute after being fouled just outside the box. His clever drive skimmed under the wall before creeping into the bottom corner.However, Kerala would not take defeat and equalised almost immediately through Poplatnik. The Slovenian got on the end of a pin-point cross from Cyril Kali. His resulting header took a heavy deflection off Gerson Vieira before landing in the top corner. With time not favouring either side, the match ended in a 1-1 draw, much to the annoyance of both sets of supporters.Also Watch:last_img read more