WC Final debutant Ravi Kumar finishes eighth

first_img(Eds: updating with more results)By Abhishek HoreNew Delhi, Oct 25 (PTI) Ravi Kumar finished at the bottom of the heap in a high-scoring 10m air rifle final as hosts Indias medal count remained static at one gold in the ISSF World Cup Finals here today.Competing in maiden World Cup Final, Kumar shot 123.4 in the eighth-man event before becoming the first to be eliminated in the third series on the second day of the competition.On day one yesterday, Jitu Rai and Heena Sidhu combined to give India the gold medal in 10m mixed air pistol event at the prestigious annual event of the International Shooting Sport Federation, being organised at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Ranges.In the womens skeet final, the days last event, three- time Olympic champion Kimberly Rhode of the USA, won her third WCF gold and sixth WCF medal overall when she bested reigning Olympic gold medallist Diana Bacosi of Italy after a fascinating shoot-off for the top two spots.Rhode prevailed 22-21 over Bacosi, after both were tied on 56 hits after the allotted 60 shots in the final.USAs reigning World champion Dania Jo Vizzi won the bronze.Earlier, with 623.9, Kumar managed a fifth-place finish in the qualification.The 2014 Incheon Asian Games team bronze medallist started the final with a 10.5 and followed that up with a 10.3. A 10.2 in the third shot of the first series kept him in fray, but a very low 9.2 in the following shot pulled him to the last place, from where he could never stage a fightback.advertisementHe produced quite a few high 10s in the next two series, including a 10.8 and two 10.6s, but they were not enough to see him through to a better finish.20-year-old Istvan Peni of Hungary clinched the gold medal with 249.8, equalling the junior world record in the process, while Belarus Vitali Bubnovich won the silver with a score of 249.5 in the final.Peter Sidi, a Hungarian shooting legend and a man the likes of Peni looks up to, bagged the bronze — his seventh air rifle medal in World Cup Final — with 228.5.Serbias Milutin Stefanovic fought gamely before finishing fourth with 207.6.”I am very disappointed with this performance. That one nine let me down and I could not come back. I have been practicing hard for this and that is what I am disappointed. I am now looking forward to the Commonwealth Shooting Championships (in Gold Coast, Australia),” said the 27-year- old Kumar.In the days other event, Frances Celine Goberville bagged the gold medal in womens 10m air pistol with 240.9, Yuemei Lin of China won the silver with 237.0 and Mengxue Zhang, also a Chinese and reigning Olympic champion, finished with the bronze after scoring 218.7.There was no Indian interest in this event.Anna Korakaki of Greece, a bronze winner in this event at the Rio Games last year, missed out on a podium finish here and was placed fifth with 177.5. Mexicos Alejandra Zavala Vazquez was fourth with 198.7. PTI AH CM CMlast_img read more

Dhoni inaugurates his first global cricket academy in UAE

first_imgDubai, Nov 11 (PTI) Two-time World Cup winning captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni today inaugurated his first global cricket academy in the bustling metropolis.The academy, jointly launched by Dubai-based Pacific Sports Club and Aarka Sports Club, has been in operation for a couple of months at the Springdales School in Al Quoz.The facility named the MS Dhoni Cricket Academy (MSDCA) will have coaches from India to train the wards.It was officially launched by the legendary former India captain himself in the presence of excited trainees, parents and other key stakeholders of the facility.The academy has the following facilities: four turf, three cement and three matted pitches, spin and swing bowling machine, safety nets, lights for night practice, in-house sports shop for quality cricket gear and video analysis.The academy will conduct regular matches and will also field squads in tournaments to enable trainees to gain vital match practice.There is also an aim to engage the parents in the overall development of their children while they train at the academy.The coaching staff, led by former Mumbai bowler Vishal Mahadik, is well equipped to manage the progress of the students.Speaking about his association with the academy, Dhoni said: “I am delighted to be a part of this venture and will contribute in every way possible to make it a success. It has been my dream to contribute to the game in every way possible. This is the first step in that direction. The enthusiasm of the trainees is what will drive this venture.” PTI AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

Romario to run for post of Brazilian Football Confederation president

first_imgRomario, former Brazil footballer has declared that he plans to run for the post of Brazilian Football Confederation president. His goal, to rid scandal-plagued Brazilian football with his anti-corruption drive.The 51-year-old Romario, as a senator has led congressional investigations into corruption in Brazilian soccer. His announcement comes just four days after CBF President Marco Polo del Nero was suspended for 90 days by FIFA.Del Nero is being investigated in Brazil for alleged unethical conduct. He and his two predecessors, Ricardo Teixeira and Jose Maria Marin, have been charged in the United States in the biggest corruption scandal in soccer’s history.”No one has fought so vigorously against that gang than me, and so I am a legitimate candidate,” Romario said on Instagram. “I have the qualifications for the job. My credentials are my whole contribution to soccer, on and off the field.”He blamed former FIFA President Joao Havelange, who died last year, for installing a “system” of graft in Brazilian soccer and beyond.Romario called for the prosecution of Marin, Teixeira and del Nero at the end of a congressional inquiry he led last year into corruption in Brazilian soccer.Romario helped Brazil win a record fourth World Cup title in 1994 in the United States.His popularity won him a seat as a congressman and then senator for his home state of Rio de Janeiro. He has said he plans to run for governor of Rio to reform the financially bankrupt state.last_img read more

Coppa Italia: Juventus beat Genoa to set up quarter-final clash against Torino

first_imgPaulo Dybala shone for Juventus as the Italian giants beat Genoa 2-0 on Wednesday to enter the quarter-finals of the Coppa Italia.Juventus will be facing their neighbours Torino in the quarter-final and will be looking to defend their title.Dybala, who was dropped from Juventus’ last two league games due to loss of form, scored his first goal for a month and at the perfect time.Just three minutes before half time, Dybala’s clever turn outfoxed his marker and the Argentine fired into the bottom corner of the goal.Dybala was involved in Juventus’ second goal as well as the chance set up by him eventually let to his fellow Argentine Gonzalo Higuain’s goal in the 76th minute.Torino pulled off a shock 2-1 win away to AS Roma with goals from Lorenzo De Silvestri and Simone Edera who put them 2-0 ahead.Roma forward Edin Dzeko had a penalty saved by Vanja Milinkovic-Savic before Patrik Schick pulled one back for the hosts with five minutes left.The quarter-finals will also feature a derby between AC Milan and Inter Milan while Lazio host Fiorentina and Napoli entertain Atalanta.(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img read more

Anil Kumble attends Virat Kohli’s wedding reception in Mumbai

first_imgFormer India coach Anil Kumble attended Virat Kohli-Anushka Sharma’s wedding reception in Mumbai on Tuesday.Kumble and Kohli had a fallout earlier this year resulting in the former’s resignation as India coach. There were reports of a rift between the two in the lead-up to the ICC Champions Trophy in England.Kumble was appointed India coach in June 2016 and during his one-year term, the team won five consecutive Test series from June 2016-March 2017. Under Kumble’s guidance, India also registered ODI series win against New Zealand, England and reached the ICC Champions Trophy final.However, Kumble stepped down as India coach a couple of days after the defeat to Pakistan in the final of the Champions Trophy and did not travel to the West Indies for a limited-overs tour.”I was informed by the BCCI that the Captain had reservations with my style and about my continuing as the Head Coach. I was surprised since I had always respected the role boundaries between Captain and Coach. “Though the BCCI attempted to resolve the misunderstandings between the Captain and me, it was apparent that the partnership was untenable, and I therefore, believe it is best for me to move on,” Kumble had said in a statement.In 2016, BCCI formed the CAC, comprising former players Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman, who chose Kumble for the job.But the 46-year-old, who was put in charge last June, decided to step down after the breakdown of his relationship with Kohli. Local media has reported that Kohli found Kumble’s brand of coaching a bit too assertive and their relationship was beyond repair.advertisementHowever, all the acrimony seemed to be in the past as Kumble walked in to the St Regis, the venue of Kohli’s reception.The 29-year-old India captain married Anushka Sharma on December 11 in an intimate ceremony in Tuscany, Italy and held a reception for their families and friends last week.The reception in Mumbai was attended by several of Kohli’s Team India colleagues including Ravindra Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav and Kuldeep Yadav.Sunil Gavaskar, Tendulkar, Ganguly and Zaheer Khan were some of the other high profile former cricketers who attended the sparkling event in Mumbai.Besides, Kohli’s current India teammates, badminton icon Saina Nehwal, India football captain Sunil Chhetri and tennis star Mahesh Bhupathi also attended the reception.last_img read more

Czech police end investigation into Petra Kvitova stabbing case

first_imgCzech police have ended their investigation into a knife attack on twice Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova last year that forced her off the court for five months this season.Kvitova, who lifted the Wimbledon trophy in 2011 and 2014, required four hours of surgery in December after protecting herself from a man wielding a knife who had gained access to her apartment by posing as a utility worker.The police received a number of clues from the public but could not identify the attacker.”It was not possible to find facts that would warrant launching prosecution (of any specific person),” police spokeswoman Jitka Dolejsova said in a statement.Kvitova, 27, was ranked 11th in the world at the time of the attack, in which she sustained injuries to tendons in all four fingers and the thumb on her left hand.She returned to competitive tennis in May, getting knocked out in the second round at the French Open. The left-hander won the Aegon Classic in Birmingham in June before exiting Wimbledon in the second round.Kvitova made it to the U.S. Open quarter-finals and is now ranked 29th in the world.last_img read more

Mets Come Back, Beat Rockies, 4-2

first_imgNEW YORK — The new-look New York Mets are even inspiring their injured captain.David Wright watched from Florida as Daniel Murphy drove in two runs with a tiebreaking single in the seventh inning, and the Mets rallied for a 4-2 victory over Colorado on Aug. 10 night after top Rockies pitching prospect Jon Gray was lifted after six innings.Between at-bats in his first minor league rehab game, Wright sneaked some peaks at the Mets’ game on TV in the clubhouse at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie.“I saw Murphy’s big two-run single,” Wright said. “It fires me up.”Wright has been out since April 15, and when he returns, he’ll find a clubhouse brimming with confidence. Even his manager senses the difference in a team that has won eight of 10 after making several trades before the non-waiver deadline on July 31.“It’s one of those games that probably a year ago we don’t win that game,” Terry Collins said.The Mets wasted three-run leads in two straight losses to Tampa Bay last weekend, then went ahead against Colorado on Travis d’Arnaud’s first homer since June 20.It was the only hit for the NL East leaders off Gray, the hard-throwing right-hander making his second major league start.But Carlos Gonzalez hit a two-run shot in the fourth off Jonathon Niese (7-9), reaching to the outside corner and sending a drive the opposite way to left-center with DJ LeMahieu aboard. It was Gonzalez’s 13th long ball since the All-Star break.The Mets loaded the bases against Justin Miller (1-1) in the seventh after Gray, the No. 3 overall draft pick in 2013, was pulled after 75 pitches. The rookie is on a strict innings and pitch limit as the Rockies look ahead to 2016 for the budding ace, Manager Walt Weiss said.“Haven’t seen a guy pitching for a while the way he pitched today,” Gonzalez said. “He showed up today with no emotion. Really concentrated on pitching in a big city against a team who is in first place. Just the way he handled himself, that was unbelievable.”Miller gave up a single to d’Arnaud, walked Michael Conforto and then Ruben Tejada as well with two outs. Boone Logan entered and hit Curtis Granderson with a full-count pitch to tie it.Murphy then grounded a single past diving shortstop Jose Reyes, the former Mets star recently acquired in the trade that sent Troy Tulowitzki to Toronto, for a 4-2 lead.“It was good at-bat after good at-bat,” Murphy said.New York improved to 39-18 at Citi Field this season, beating the Rockies at home for a seventh straight time.The Mets entered the game with a 1 1/2-game lead over Washington thanks to some help from the Rockies, who rallied for two wins against the Nationals this past weekend.Niese gave up six hits and two runs without walking a batter in seven innings. It was the 11th time in 12 starts that he went at least six innings.Tyler Clippard pitched a perfect eighth and Jeurys Familia notched his 31st save with a 1-2-3 ninth.“It’s a lot of fun right now,” Murphy said. “Those (new) guys have fit in perfectly with us. They’ve helped take our game to a whole new level.”(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Fantasy Sports Sites Face Suits

first_imgNEW YORK — Customers of the two biggest daily fantasy sports websites have filed at least four lawsuits against the sites in recent days, following cheating allegations and a probe into the largely-unregulated multi-billion dollar industry.In court papers, the customers accused the DraftKings and FanDuel sites of cheating, and argued they never would have played had they known employees with insider knowledge were playing on rival sites.The four lawsuits, which seek class-action status, were filed in federal courts in New York, Illinois and Louisiana since last week, after it was revealed that a mid-level DraftKings employee won $350,000 playing NFL fantasy football on rival FanDuel, beating nearly 230,000 other players after game data not accessible to the public was inadvertently posted online.The companies have since barred their employees from playing on other websites and have said they’ll be conducting internal investigations. DraftKings said last week it has retained John Pappalardo, a former U.S. attorney in Massachusetts, to conduct its internal probe. And FanDuel has asked Michael Mukasey, the former attorney general, to review its internal controls. In a joint statement, the companies said evidence so far shows no employee violated industry rules.But New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman recently asked both FanDuel and DraftKings to turn over information about those investigations into employees who “may have gained an unfair, financial advantage in a contest known as Daily Fantasy Football.” And on Oct. 15, Nevada regulators ordered the sites shut down in that state.A FanDuel spokeswoman declined to comment on the lawsuits. A DraftKings spokesman pointed to the company’s earlier statements on the cheating allegations.Daily fantasy sports have become increasingly popular, with DraftKings and FanDuel blanketing the Internet and TV ahead of the 2015 NFL season with ads promising casual fans the opportunity to win big money playing in tournaments against other sports buffs who meticulously track player statistics.The companies say their business isn’t gambling because it requires skill to assemble a potentially lucrative fantasy team. But former U.S. Rep. Jim Leach, who authored 2006 anti-Internet gambling legislation, told The Associated Press this week “there is no credible way fantasy sports betting can be described as not gambling.”That’s a position Aissa Khirani takes in a lawsuit filed in New York on Oct.15, arguing FanDuel’s operations create gambling-like casino odds and violate state law. The lawsuit seeks unspecified restitution.In another case filed Oct. 8, attorneys for daily fantasy sports players in Kentucky, California, North Carolina, New Hampshire and Florida argue their clients — who paid between $25 and $100 to enter in fantasy sports tournaments — couldn’t possibly compete solely on skill given the access employees have to special information.“The biggest edges any player can have come from having data and information,” the lawsuit claims. “DraftKings and FanDuel employees have access to both things, neither of which is public.”Last year, 1.5 million Americans paid more than $1 billion in entry fees, according to the Sports Business Journal, which found 1.3 percent of players won about 90 percent of profits during the first half of the 2015 Major League Baseball season.Thomas Guarino, of East Alton, Illinois, claims in his similarly worded class action lawsuit against DraftKings and FanDuel that the companies were deceptive by claiming the contests were based on skill, not chance, saying he lost money he would never otherwise have spent.DraftKings and FanDuel were negligent by failing to tell consumers their employees had access to important information others couldn’t have access to in order to “obtain an enormous increased chance to win, thereby greatly decreasing (Guarino’s) and the classes’ ability to use skill to win,” the lawsuit claims.(JAKE PEARSON)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Will Manning’s Dream Come True?

first_imgSANTA CLARA — It’s the perfect scenario, a Hollywood-type script: Peyton Manning emulates John Elway and rides off into the sunset with the Super Bowl trophy in his grip.Will it happen?For Manning to take the Denver Broncos to their first NFL title on Sunday since the team’s current general manager, Elway, did in 1999 before retiring, seems the sentimental choice.Like Elway, Manning has had a taste of losing in the big game, going 1-2. He won a championship with the Indianapolis Colts in 2007, lost with the Colts in 2010, and lost again with the Broncos in 2014. Elway dropped his first three Super Bowls, then won his final two.Manning is the only five-time Most Valuable Player in NFL history, one of the faces of the league and, at 39, the oldest starting quarterback to lead a team in the Super Bowl.Slowed by age and injury, he is no longer the record-breaking passer he once was. He’s still as good as anyone at diagnosing defenses and changing things up – or appearing to, anyway – at the line of scrimmage. But Manning is not quite as capable as he was when it comes to putting the football exactly where he wants it, especially on deep routes.He’s had difficult recent seasons, missing 2011 entirely because of neck surgeries, then struggling in last year’s playoffs. This season, the bad far outweighed the good, including 17 interceptions to only nine touchdown passes in the regular season, missing six games with injuries, getting relegated to backup duty in the NFL for the first time, and vehemently denying a report linking his wife to banned human growth hormone.“My role has been different and my contributions are different,” Manning says. “But I’m fortunate and grateful that I have the opportunity to contribute still, in some way. And it’s a great honor to be going back to the Super Bowl.”Receiver Demaryius Thomas can envision the proper ending to this drama for Denver.“It’s amazing to play for Peyton,” Thomas says. “He’s one of the best to have ever done it, a future Hall of Famer, and he has done so much for me. I’m excited about it, and hopefully we can get this win, and if he decides to retire then he can go out with a bang.”Standing in their way, though, is simply the best team in the league.The Carolina Panthers have the most prolific offense, and a big-play defense. That defense doesn’t match the stats of the Broncos, who ranked first overall, but it’s just as impactful.The offense is led by Cam Newton who, as opposed to Manning, is getting his career going, is just 26, and making his debut in the big game. He also is expected to earn league MVP honors for the first time, part of a new breed of dual-threat quarterbacks as good at running as they are at throwing.“I sound like a broken record, but yet for a dream to play out as it has through the ups and downs, it just means the world for us to get what you prepare for,” says Newton, finishing off his fifth and, by far, best pro season.Carolina is a 5 1/2-point favorite to become only the third team to go 18-1 for the season and win the Super Bowl.Both defenses will have their moments. Denver’s is just too good to be dominated for very long, producing a dynamic pass rush led by Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware, and with superb coverage backs. Carolina’s Luke Kuechly, Josh Norman, Thomas Davis (ready to play after surgery last week on a broken right arm) and Kawann Short are game-changers.Carolina is far more likely to find balance on its offense; Jonathan Stewart is the best running back on either roster, and Newton’s power and breakaway ability toting the ball are unmatched for the quarterback position.One area the Panthers are superior, perhaps vastly so, is on the offensive line. So the Broncos’ relentless pursuit of the quarterback may not be as fruitful as it was against New England’s Tom Brady in the AFC Championship game.It all adds up to Cam and Company spoiling another Super Bowl for the Broncos, leaving Manning to ponder if he wants to leave the NFL after losing his final game.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Ultra-Marathon Runners Face Storm in Greece

first_imgATHENS (AP) — Competitors at the Spartathlon ultra-marathon in Greece have been forced to contend with a storm buffeting Greece since before dawn on Saturday.The winner, Japan’s Yoshihiko Ishikawa, finished the 245.3 kilometer (152.4-mile) race in 22 hours, 54 minutes, 40 seconds. He was more than 42 minutes ahead of the Czech Republic’s Radek Brunner.Ishikawa, who set off from under the Acropolis at 7 a.m. local time Friday, finished early Saturday morning amid heavy rain, which had started shortly after 3 a.m.Since then conditions have only worsened, according to race spokesman Pantelis Tzertzevelis.By 3:50 p.m. local time (1250 GMT), 85 of the 387 runners had finished. About 115 more were still in the race, trying to make the cutoff time of 36 hours, which expires at 7 p.m.—By DEMETRIS NELLAS , Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Kim Overcomes Rough Start to Win Playoff at Lake Merced

first_imgDALY CITY, Calif. (AP) — Known for an attacking style that has led to two of three lowest 72-hole scores in LPGA Tour history, Sei Young Kim had to adapt to win the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship at tight and tricky Lake Merced Golf Club.Already playing through a back injury that forced her to alter her swing, the 26-year-old South Korean overcame a rough start Sunday in cold and windy conditions, then fended off Bronte Law and Jeongeun Lee6 with a birdie on the first extra hole. She won for the eighth time on the LPGA Tour, improving to 4-0 in playoffs.“I think that this win very hardest to win in my life, ever,” Kim said. “Last seven wins, I played really well final round. But today I wasn’t good final round. So I think that playing style, little tough to win. It means a lot.”Kim Sei-young, of South Korea, smiles after winning the first playoff hole of the Lake Merced Golf Club to win the LPGA Mediheal Championship golf tournament Sunday, May 5, 2019, in Daly City, Calif. Kim was in a playoff with Bronte Law, of England, and Lee Jeong-eun, of South Korea. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)Three strokes ahead entering the day, Kim opened with a double bogey and a bogey and dropped another stroke on No. 8. She birdied the par-5 15th to regain a share of the lead, dropped back with a bogey on the par-3 17th and birdied the par-5 18th for a 3-over 75 and a spot in the playoff at 7-under 281.“Even tough pin position, I try to go to the aggressive strategy,” Kim said. “But that strategy make the first hole and the second hole, third holes like no good result. After that I changed the strategy. If the pin position easy, going to the aggressive. If not, just avoid the pin, stay stable.”Law closed with a 65, finishing about 2 1/2 hours before Kim, and Lee6 had a 67.Kim nearly retraced her regulation path on the 18th in the playoff, almost driving into her own divot and hitting another 4-iron from 199 yards a foot closer than before onto the front right fringe.Kim Sei-young, of South Korea, kisses her trophy on 18th green of the Lake Merced Golf Club after winning the LPGA Mediheal Championship golf tournament Sunday, May 5, 2019, in Daly City, Calif. Kim was in a playoff with Bronte Law, of England, and Lee Jeong-eun, of South Korea. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)Law left her approach short and right and pitched to 6 feet. Lee6’s approach bounced into the middle of the green, leaving her a 40-foot eagle putt that she hit 6 feet past. After Kim putted to 2 feet, Law missed her birdie putt to the right, and Lee6’s try went left. Kim then ended it.She won for fifth straight year and first since shooting 31-under 257 last summer in the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic in Wisconsin to break the LPGA Tour record of 27-under 261 she shared with Annika Sorenstam.“Totally different,” Kim said. “When I shoot the 31 under and I look at the hole, just every hole in. But today, it wasn’t. Most hole like miss the hole.”Law, the 24-year-old former UCLA star from England, missed a chance to tie the LPGA Tour record for the largest comeback at 10 strokes.“Obviously, the greens are quite bumpy right now, it makes it kind of difficult at the end,” Law said. “Thought I hit a good putt there, so it didn’t go in. It happens.”She made five birdies in a six-hole stretch in the middle of the round and reached 7 under with a 4-wood to 4 feet for eagle on No. 15. She parred the last three, canceled her scheduled flight and waited to see if she’d win or get into a playoff.“Ultimately, waiting around that long is tough, to even get back into the mindset of, like, ‘OK, I got to go out and play again,’” Law said. “But that’s part of the job.”Lee6 played the final four holes in regulation in 4 under, holing a 12-footer for eagle on 15 and making birdies on 16 and 18.“Not really happy with the three putts,” Lee6 said through a translator.The 22-year-old South Korean has the number in her name because she was the sixth player with the name on the Korean LPGA. She has embraced the number, answering to it and writing a large “6” on her balls. Her South Korean fan club is called “Lucky 6.” Jeongeun Lee5 also plays the LPGA Tour.Lexi Thompson, Amy Yang, Eun-Hee Jiand Charley Hull tied for fourth at 5 under. Thompson, Yang and Ji each shot 71, and Hull had a 74. Hull eagled the 15th to get within a stroke of the lead, then bogeyed the 16th and parred the final two.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Early reports from ARM TechCon

first_img Continue Reading Previous Machine learning platform speeds optimization of vision systemsNext Could lucid dreaming perk-up your productivity? Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Communications, Consumer, Industry I was just on the phone with Rich Quinnell, who is the editor of the EETimes Industrial Control Designline. Rich is currently attending ARM TechCon, and he was bringing me up to date with all the interesting sessions he’s attended and the amazing things he’s seen.Of particular interest in light of the denial of service (DOS) attack that disrupted Internet service in Europe and the US last Friday was ARM’s announcement of a comprehensive portfolio of products and services that promises to greatly simplify the creation of secure IoT systems (see Rich’s ARM Does IoT Security Chip to Cloud column on EE Times).I was also interested to hear that Rich will be attending a dinner and demonstration hosted by Ultrahaptics this evening. The term “haptics” refers to any form of interaction involving touch. Ultrahaptics use a phased array of ultrasonic generators to create tactile feedback technology — think virtual buttons and other controls floating around in mid-air (this video makes things a little clearer).Generally speaking, these ultrasonic-generated controls are invisible to the human eye. The reason for my interest, however, is their application in conjunction with virtual and/or augmented reality systems. In this case, the “invisible” controls could be given visible representations in the virtual and/or augmented worlds. All of this is one more step along the path to a Star Trek-like Holodeck.(Source: Ultrahaptics) I just heard from Cyan that the virtual reality version of Obduction will be made available to their backers (of which I am one) this coming Friday. A large part of Obduction involves manipulating objects in the virtual world. Currently, you have to use a mouse or Xbox controller to achieve this. Hopefully, we will be able to use the Oculus Touch controllers when they become available in December, but having an ultrasonic-based haptic interface would make the entire experience much more immersive (with the added advantage of annoying the dog).All I can say is that I’m very much looking forward to hearing what Rich has to say about all of this following the demo when I chat to him again tomorrow.center_img 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.last_img read more

Just because machines can talk, doesn’t mean they’re smart

first_img 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. Log in to Reply Max The Magnificent says: “”Just because machines can talk, doesn’t mean they’re smart.”nnThat applies to people also LOL” Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Automotive, Communications, Consumer, Industry, Medical March 9, 2017 at 10:36 pm 1 thought on “Just because machines can talk, doesn’t mean they’re smart” Voice interfaces are a red-hot topic in 2017, as I surveyed in my previous post. Many have called 2017 the year of the voice interface, or some such moniker, but anyone who uses a voice interface has surely experienced some head-smackingly irritating moments. Although voice has the potential to become the ultimate human-machine interface, it’s not quite there yet. In this column we will take a look at some of the problems and missing features that need to be addressed.Trapped in a walled garden The first problem that is already becoming apparent in existing voice interfaces is the walled garden phenomenon — each big player has their own closed ecosystem. Monetizing on a voice interface is a tricky business. As opposed to visual media like a web browser or a text search engine, ad placement is not simple to implement in a voice interface. Or course, companies like Amazon need to make sure that their voice services lead to revenue, so it’s no surprise that Alexa is great at helping you buy things on Amazon.What happens when you want to buy something from a different vendor? Apparently, the various voice assistants are each creating their own closed ecosystems of products and service, thereby limiting users’ choices. One possible solution is to make everything voice activated. Then, the machines could be programmed to communicate with each other via voice, like Alexa telling the TV to record your favorite show out loud, regardless of who is the voice service provider of the TV. That would solve the problem of the walled garden, and also enable humans to understand what the machines are saying to each other. On the other hand, it might create a rather noisy home environment, with refrigerators, TVs, vacuum cleaners, lights, and other devices all talking out loud like the appliance version of Toy Story.Currently there are still quirks to fix before this could be a reality. A video of an endless loop between Alexa and Google assistant shows one of the possible shortcomings.Although this is an orchestrated demonstration, many more glitches pertaining to accidental triggers have occurred, like a TV news report that contained the words “Alexa, buy me a dollhouse.” You can imagine what happened.Just how intelligent are these virtual assistants? This leads to the next issue, which is intelligence. The robust quality of automatic speech recognition (ASR) in many devices today is possible thanks to revolutionary advances in deep learning and other fields of artificial intelligence. But just how smart are these virtual assistants and what can be expected of them?In computer science, one the most widely acknowledged touchstones for artificial intelligence (AI) is the Turing test, named after Alan Turing who formulated it. To pass the test, an AI must be undistinguishable from a human being when interrogated. The movie Ex Machina is a superb illustration of this. Ava, the humanoid robot character, passes the Turing test with flying colors. The key to Ava’s intelligence is unlimited access to information about users, along with all of humankind’s interests, desires, and opinions. In this sense, the fictional company ‘Blue Book’ from the film is reminiscent of data collecting behemoths like Google and Facebook. Ava from Ex Machina. How far is Alexa from this? (Source: DNA Films/Film 4) Science fiction aside, it’s quite hard to say how close we are to that type of intelligence. On the one hand, machine learning is advancing in leaps and bounds, repeatedly achieving milestones earlier than predicted by experts, like AlphaGo defeating Lee Sedol. On the other hand, many of the common chat bots are remarkably unintelligent. They make mistakes that no reasonable human would make, like offering pornography to a child, blurting racial slurs, and just being frustratingly oblivious. When confronted with these incidents, an Ava-like AI seems like a distant fantasy. By the way, if you’re interested in a terrific analysis of gender issues in fictional AI depictions, check out this Wired article .Tap to use a hands-free interface? One of the most important and useful features of a voice interface is that it is hands-free. That’s the beauty of it. You can use a voice interface while your hands are engaged in another activity, like driving (“play NPR” ), cooking (“set timer for eight minutes” ), typing (“give me a synonym for ‘a lot’“ ), holding a baby (“dim the lights” ), carrying groceries (“open the door” ), and the list goes on. The idea is that you can use your voice instead of your hands. Therefore, it’s quite bewildering that many voice-enabled devices require a manual trigger, like tapping or swiping, before they start listening to your voice.The reason for this is not a mystery. Listening is an active state that requires processing. Thus, it uses battery power, which is a limited resource in portable devices. So, portable devices have some justification for using a manual trigger. But, imagine having a friend or a co-worker whom you need to poke every time you want to say something to, because they go to sleep in between activities. That wouldn’t fly, would it? The same goes for a voice-activated device. Tapping it really doesn’t make sense. The way to get the best of both worlds — portability and hands-free invocation — is to make more efficient use of the available resources. The processing behind the scenes must be extremely efficient to serve the exact purpose that it’s meant for: always-listening.There are several devices that are already always-on, so it’s just a matter of time until the ones with power-guzzling processors are redesigned to be low-power and always-on. Evidence of this point is the recent announcement that the Amazon Echo Tap can now be used hands-free. Amazon is delivering this feature as an over-the-air software update. This also highlights how important it is to have a flexible, updateable solution in this rapidly changing dynamic market (they obviously did not have this update planned when they named the product). Always-listening is an extremely handy (and hands-free) feature for voice interfaces (Source: CEVA) On the downside, following this update, battery life in always-on standby mode has been reduced to only eight hours. In my next post, I’ll review technology that could potentially increase the standby time from eight hours to three months! If the suspense is too much to take, you can check out this link for a sneak preview, and for additional interesting discussions about always-on technology, you can join the Always-on Technology group on LinkedIn.Can machines interact with humans in a completely natural manner? There are a lot of useful voice interfaces out there, but there are still many challenges ahead to make superb, seamless voice interfaces. Many science fiction tales have given us a glimpse of a world where machines are highly intelligent and can interact with humans in a completely natural manner. In my next post, I would like to look at some of the future technologies that will bring us closer to that vision.Eran Belaish is Product Marketing Manager of CEVA’s audio and voice product line, cooking up exquisite solutions ranging from voice triggering and mobile voice to wireless audio and high-definition home audio. While not occupied with the fascinating world of immersive sound, Eran likes to freedive into the mesmerizing silence of the underwater world. Continue Reading Previous Independent vendors form Embedded Tools Alliance (ETA)Next It’s alive! It’s alive! (The schedule for ESC Boston 2017)last_img read more

Mouser: vision and sensor fusion processor delivers 64-bit processing for ADAS applications

first_imgMouser Electronics now offers the S32V234 vision and sensor fusion processor from NXP Semiconductors. The S32V234 is designed to support safe computation-intensive applications in vision and sensor fusion applications, including Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), front camera systems, pedestrian and object recognition, surround view, and machine learning.The NXP S32V234 processor combines a robust, heterogeneous mix of CPU, GPU and image processors to deliver high-performance processing, vision acceleration, and security features. The processor integrates four Arm Cortex-A53 cores running at up to 1 GHz with a NEON coprocessor and an Arm Cortex-M4 CPU. The Cortex-M4 allows automotive operating systems to interface with external devices separate from the Cortex-A53 CPU. The S32V234 processor offers 4 MBytes of on-chip system RAM and two 32-bit DRAM controllers with support for LPDDR2/DDR3/DDR3L, all with ECC memory. For image processing and vision capabilities, the device includes dual APEX-2 vision accelerators, a GC3000 3D GPU with surround-view support, MIPI CSI2 and parallel image sensor interfaces, and an embedded image signal processor. The S32V234 also offers an impressive array of connectivity features, including Gigabit Ethernet, Zipwire serial interface, dual CAN-FD interfaces, dual-channel FlexRay communication, and a PCI Express lane.The S32V234 provides a wealth of security capabilities, including an on-the-fly AES decryption engine and a Cryptographic Service Engine that meets Secure Hardware Extension protocol specifications. The device also features automotive safety compliance capabilities developed through NXP’s SafeAssure program, which helps manufacturers achieve system compliance with ISO 26262 and IEC 61508 functional safety standards.The S32V234 processor is supported the SBC-S32V234 Vision Prototype Kit, which offers options for Linux (Yocto) and AutoSAR operating systems. The SBC-S32V234 kit is supported by a complete series of enablement tools and the S32 Design Studio integrated development environment.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Avnet Silica opens registration for European MiniZed SpeedWay design workshop seriesNext Rigol: real-time spectrum analyzers, electronic loads and decode options for oscilloscopeslast_img read more

Advantech reveals Edge AI Solutions powered by Intel technologies

first_img Continue Reading Previous Rohde & Schwarz: all RTE, RTO and RTP oscilloscopes now with 16-bit HD mode standardNext Red Pitaya: STEMlab platform tailored for faster data, larger bandwidth applications Advantech reveals the industry’s first hardware and software integrated edge AI solutions powered by Intel Vision Accelerator Design with Intel Movidius Myriad X VPU and Intel Distribution of OpenVINO toolkit. According to ABI Research, shipments of devices with edge AI capabilities will grow by 15x to 1.2 billion units by 2023. AI at the edge enables real-time decision making without the limitation of latency, cost, bandwidth, power consumption, and other considerations. Advantech offers industry-first integrated solutions for edge AI applications ranging from VEGA-300 series AI acceleration modules, inference systems, to ESRP series domain focused solution packages. All of our solutions come with Advantech Edge AI Suite which combines Intel Distribution of OpenVINO toolkit, pre-trained models, and edge management with easy-to-use UI to accelerate AI inference at the edge.Advantech Edge AI Suite is a software development kit for edge AI inference acceleration. With Intel Distribution of OpenVINO toolkit integrated, Edge AI Suite provides a deep learning model optimizer, an inference engine, pre-trained models, and remote monitoring with a friendly GUI. Customers can use Python-based API to quickly import their existing Caffe, TensorFlow, Apache MXNet, and ONNX trained models and deploy them to edge devices. Edge AI Suite also integrates VPU/CPU/Memory real-time status monitoring and model update functions for managing distributed edge devices.Advantech Edge AI modules provide compact, low power plug-in modules in two form factors: VEGA-320 series m.2 modules with one Intel Movidius Myriad X VPU onboard, and VEGA-330 series miniPCIe modules with two Intel Movidius Myriad X VPUs onboard. Together they help accelerate computer vision and deep learning on your edge systems for a wide range of AI-based vertical applications.With software partner alignment, the Advantech ESRP-LPR series provides an integrated solution for smart traffic applications. The solution includes an inference system, pre-trained models such as license plate recognition, vehicle classification, vehicle counting, and pedestrian detection. Plus, edge management software for fast development in AI-based smart traffic applications is included to help speed your application deployment.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

AI experts address key questions about AI fairness

first_imgStanford Gender bias Word embeddings, a popular framework to represent text data as vectors, are widely used in many machine learning and natural language processing tasks, but they exhibit gender and racial stereotypes. Metrics based on them can characterize how gender stereotypes and attitudes toward ethnic minorities in the US evolved during the 20th and 21st centuries. Shown here, the average word embedding gender bias over the occupations over time, overlaid with the average women’s occupation relative percentage, suggests that bias has been decreasing. The metrics and framework developed can be applied to revealing bias in other types of datasets. (Source: PNAS) Francesca Rossi is AI Ethics Global Leader at IBM, and member of the European Commission’s High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence Continue Reading Previous Comparing capacitive and inductive sensing for embedded applicationsNext Midas Displays introduce range of HDMI TFT displays 2) Do AI fairness/bias issues that concern developers revolve around mostly datasets, or algorithms/models, or both, and how are the problems different for each? ZOU: While the big issues of how algorithms can become biased and unfair involve biased datasets, it also happens because training algorithms have their own biases. Learning algorithms can propagate and even amplify biases in the training data. That’s because all learning algorithms are ‘greedy’: that is, they’re designed to optimize for very narrow objectives. Say an algorithm is optimized for the maximum overall accuracy of the entire population in the test dataset. But that population includes a specific minority group that is, for example, less than 1%. If an algorithm trains to optimize for the overall general population it will ignore those minority subgroups.RUS: The problems exist across the board starting from data collection, to preparation and handling, to the learning algorithms which ultimately consume the data. On the data collection side biases can emerge when the data you collect is unrepresentative of reality or when existing human biases are amplified during the collection process. For example, facial detection systems trained on more light skinned faces than dark skinned faces will be biased to be more accurate towards light skinned individuals. Identifying these internal biases within large datasets can be extremely time consuming so it’s crucial for our algorithms and models to be able to also learn these underlying biases automatically in order to mitigate them.ROSSI: Data is not the only source of possible bias that could be embedded. For example, bias could be embedded in the choice of possible decisions the machine should make. Instead of a ‘yes or no’ decision, it might be a ‘one-out-of-many’ decision, so the algorithm could be biased if we leave out an option to consider. James Zou is assistant professor of biomedical data science and, by courtesy, of computer science and of electrical engineering, Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence Special Project Logo - 1000 px Editor’s Note: This article is part of an AspenCore Special Project on AI Fairness. BOULDER CREEK, Calif. — We talked to some renowned researchers who are devoted to solving the eternal AI issue of fairness, robustness, explainability and data provenance. We wanted to find out the state of current research in AI fairness, and how that research can be translated into guidelines, best practices, frameworks, and actual solutions and tools for developers.The experts in academia and industry we interviewed for this special report provided the following answers to five basic questions about AI fairness and ethics.1) EE Times’ research indicates that the main issues in AI fairness as it relates to our engineer/developer audience are fairness, robustness, explainability, and data provenance. Is this the same list you would give? RUS: Yes. All autonomy decision making will need a set of tools to assure consumer trust in their operations. This includes explanation and interpretability of decisions so we know what is going on, privacy so people can share their data, fairness, and accountability and provenance to make sure the data and systems are not misused.ZOU: All of these – fairness, robustness, explainability and data provenance – are essential issues, especially as algorithms are being deployed more broadly in many applications. These issues are also very much intertwined and related to each other. Fairness in the end comes down to robustness and governance questions. When we design AI algorithms we want them to be fair, and this means robust when deployed in different geographic settings and populations. Data governance is also closely related to fairness. The AI Experts Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Advanced Technology ROSSI: We believe that trust is essential for fully adopting AI and reaping its beneficial impact. At IBM, we defined a holistic approach to achieving ‘trusted AI,’ with four key areas: fairness, which is how to detect and mitigate bias in AI solutions; robustness, which is about security and reliability; explainability, which is knowing how the AI system makes decisions so it is not a black box; and lineage, which refers to ensuring that all components and events are trackable throughout the complete lifecycle of an AI system. IBM AI rating In a proposed two-step procedure for rating an AI service against bias when its training data is not available, input data in stage 1 (T1) is unbiased. If, after analysis, the output is found to be biased, that means the system introduced bias. If the output is unbiased, in stage 2 (T2) the system is subjected to biased input data and its output analyzed again. If output is biased, the system doesn’t introduce bias, but follows whatever bias is present in the input data. But if the output is unbiased, that means the system has not only not introduced bias, but also can compensate for any bias in the input data. (Source: IBM) Daniela Rus is director of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL), and professor of electrical engineering and computer science 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.last_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2018: How Mexico set a trap for overconfident Germany

first_imgMexico sprang the perfect trap for confident and overwhelming pre-game favourites Germany on Sunday to take advantage of the champions’ defensive weakness in their opening match at the World Cup.Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio lulled the four-time tournament winners into a false sense of security, fielding only one out-and-out forward in Javier Hernandez and awarding their opponents possession of the ball.The Germans had more than 60 percent of it throughout the game but were unable make it count and break down a disciplined four-man defence, which at every opportunity fed Hirving Lozano, Carlos Vela and Hernandez for counter-attack after counter-attack.The strategy left Germany’s central defenders Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng painfully exposed at the back, gasping for air and unable to cover the large patches in their own half left open.FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGELooking cumbersome and slow, Hummels and Boateng had little support as their holding midfielders Sami Khedira and Toni Kroos joined the attack, leaving the pair to battle against two or even three opponents at a time.Germany, who went into the game having won all five previous encounters at international tournaments against the Mexicans, had no answer to that strategy in the first half and only upped the pressure after the break.Mexicans throng streets at home after shock win over GermanyThey have only themselves to blame, however, because the warning signs were there in their final warmup games going into the tournament.Earthquake detected in Mexico after Lozano stuns GermanyadvertisementA 2-1 loss to Austria and a narrow 2-1 victory over Saudi Arabia had highlighted exactly that weakness in the world champions, with Germany caught napping by the low-ranked Saudis several times throughout their game.FIFA investigating homophobic chants by Mexico fansCoach Joachim Loew warned his players that such performances would not carry them far in Russia.But he somehow failed to heed his own warning, refusing to substitute ineffective midfielder Mesut Ozil, who often lost possession in the Mexican half, and keeping speedy Marco Reus on the bench for an hour.Mexico shock Germany, Swiss deny 5-time champions BrazilBy that time, however, there was little he or fellow substitutes Mario Gomez and Julian Brandt could do.Best goal of my entire life: Mexico’s Lozano on his winner vs GermanyThe Mexicans had more than half a dozen opportunities in the game and should have made sure of victory much earlier with more clinical finishing. But their win puts them in the driving seat in Group F, with Germany in the rare position of having their backs to the wall.last_img read more

India women’s cricketer Harmanpreet Kaur demoted to constable by Punjab Police

first_imgIndia Women’s T20 team captain Harmanpreet Kaur has been demoted to constable. She was posted as a trainee Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) with Punjab Armed Police. A formal communication on the demotion was expected to be made later on Tuesday, official sources told India Today.”She is being retained as a constable till she improves her qualification and submits a valid degree.The decision has been taken and orders were under process,” said Raveen Thukral, media advisor to Punjab chief minister Captain Amrinder Singh,.The chief minister’s decision was made after the bachelor degree certificate submitted by Harmanpreet was found to be bogus.According to sources, police officials approached authorities at the Meerut-based Chaudhary Charan Singh University in April to get the degree verified. Harmanpreet had submitted the document in March this year when she was appointed as DSP.Police authorities were reluctant to speak on the issue as the final call was taken by the Punjab chief minister, who had himself honoured the cricketer in March after she was relieved by Indian Railways as Office Superintendent.”The bachelor degree certificate submitted by Harmanpreet has found to be fake.Further action is to be taken by the higher authorities,” Commandant, 80th Battalion, Punjab Armed Police, Raghbir Singh said.Sources said state government authorities were not in a mood to take any punitive action against Harmanpreet except the demotion. A bachelor’s degree is a pre-requisite to be appointed Deputy Superintendent of Police even if the appointment is from the sports quota.advertisementHowever, submitting a fake degree is a serious crime and according to law, Harmanpreet can be booked for fraud and cheating.Interestingly enough, Harmanpreet’s degree was not verified by the Railway authorities which appointed her Office Superintendent a year ago.She had even completed the first year of her tenure.Captain Amrinder Singh had not only offered a DSP’s post for Harmanpreet but had also intervened with Railway authorities to waive off her remaining contract period. Ironically, he has now been compelled to demote her.Harmanpreet’s father Harminder Singh and other family members refused to come on record. Harminder had earlier confirmed to India Today that Harmanpreet finished her studies from a Moga school.According to the bogus degree certificate submitted by Harmanpreet, she graduated in 2011 from Chaudhary Charan Singh University which was unfounded.last_img read more

Indonesia bids spectacular farewell to Asian Games

first_imgBy Bharat Sharma Jakarta, Sep 1 (PTI) Indonesia bid an emotional farewell to the 18th Asian Games, displaying the same gritty spirit with which it organised the 15-day sporting extravaganza as thousands braved heavy rain to turn up for a spectacular closing ceremony here on Sunday. The 76,000 capacity Gelora Bung Karno stadium did not attract many people when the track and field events were on but they made a beeline to watch the two-hour long closing ceremony that was high on entertainment. Indonesia’s love for Bollywood was also on full display as singer Siddharth Slathia and Denada sang popular numbers ‘Koi Mil Gaya’, ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hain’ and ‘Jai Ho’. As expected, the closing ceremony was not as spectacular as the opening when Indonesian President Joko Widodo made headlines with his bike stunt to enter the venue. But it was fun nonetheless with a heady mix of song, dance and fireworks. Widodo’s video message to his countrymen and the entire Asian continent also added to the excitement. For the organisers, it was the end of an intense and successful campaign, having got four years to prepare for the second biggest multi-sporting event in the world following Vietnam’s withdrawal. Having two cities — Jakarta and Palembang — as co-hosts was a first in Games’ history, making the herculean task all the more challenging. Hosting more than 11,000 athletes from 45 countries across two contrasting cities was no mean feat but a determined Indonesia pulled it off, overcoming the triple threat posed by terrorism, crime and its notorious traffic.advertisement “Everyone supported, that’s the key. The whole of Indonesia became one and supported the Games. We had a plan since March, 2016. As an organisation we made sure we implemented that plan. We also got the best Indonesian talent to support the Games. Did everything work? Not 100 percent. But we tried to solve the issues and did not run away from them,” said Erick Thohir, chief of organizing committee INASGOC. The successful staging of the Games, happening for the first time in Indonesia since 1962, has also given the country the confidence to bid for the 2032 Olympics. International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, who was at the VIP area alongside OCA chief Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah and Indonesian Vice-President, has also given a thumbs up to the countrys Olympic bid. While the grand opening ceremony showcased Indonesia’s rich cultural heritage, the closing of the Games was a modest affair but still scored high on liveliness. The spectators revelled in the united spirit of Asia as artists from India, China and Korea performed. India’s Slathia, one among the six singers who sang the Games anthem in their local language, enthralled the spectators alongside the reputed Ikon and Super Junior from Korea besides Indonesia’s very own like Isyana Saraswati, Dira Sugandi, RAN and Bunga Citra Lestari. For the physically, mentally and emotionally exhausted athletes, the ceremony gave them an opportunity to let their hair down. Forgetting the intense competition for the moment, the sporting champions mingled to celebrate the occasion rather than parading separately. China and Japan, who finished an expected first and second in the medals tally, were welcomed vociferously but the roar got louder when the Indonesian contingent marched in. Indonesia finished fourth in the medals tally, a drastic improvement from a top-20 finish in Incheon four years ago. The Indian contingent was led by women hockey team’s captain and flag-bearer Rani Rampal. It was also a memorable Games for India as it produced the best ever performance with 69 medals including 15 gold, 24 silver and 30 bronze. The loudest cheer, however, was reserved for the 13,000 volunteers who worked tirelessly to contribute to the Games success. The ceremony culminated with Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah calling on the athletes to meet in four years in Hangzhou, the host for the 2022 Asian Games, before the symbolic handing over of the OCA flag to the Mayor of the Chinese city, Xu Li Yi. A sneak peek video of the next host city was also played out on the giant screen, followed by a short cultural performance. PTI BS PDSPDSlast_img read more

Asia Cup 2018: Mohammad Azharuddin critical of Pakistan’s negative approach

first_imgFormer India captain Mohammad Azharuddin felt Pakistan took too much pressure of the India vs Pakistan match and that showed in their game as India drew first blood.India and Pakistan were to play at least two matches in the Asia Cup 2018 and the group match on Wednesday was their first encounter in Dubai, where India thrashed Pakistan by eight wickets with 21 overs to spare.Azharuddin felt that two early wickets put Pakistan under a lot of pressure and they could never shift the momentum today themselves.”It was a great win. By taking two early wickets, India put them under pressure. Pakistan looked like they felt a lot of pressure and that is when the momentum shifted.”Rohit’s captaincy was positive. He made important bowling changes and the bowlers did not disappoint him. When the team performs well, the captain’s performance is also good,” Azharuddin said in an exclusive chat with Aaj Tak.Also read: Clinical India demolish Pakistan by 8 wicketsAzhar was extremely criticial of what he thought was negative approach by Pakistan and could not understand the logic behind not bowling with an attacking mindset and setting fields accordingly.India vs Pakistan: Highlights | As it happened | Photos”I did not understand that when Pakistan only had 163 to defend and they have such good bowlers, I did not see them attack. They should have had slips and should have bowled attacking.”Pakistan bowlers did not bowl bouncers till the end or even yorkers. They just weren’t attacking.”Yesterday people were talking about India almost losing to Hong Kong but today, Pakistan’s approach was negative today and they looked under too much pressure,” Azhar felt.advertisementREAD – Manish Pandey’s sensational catch wows cricket fansAzhar pointed out the important of an opening partnership and felt that Pakistan tried to attack right from the outset, which was the mistake they made.”India controlled the game from the first over. This is why opening partnership is so important. If you lose two wickets up, it gets tough. If India had lost two early wickets too, may be they would have come under pressure too. You can’t start hitting right from the outset, that was Pakistan’s mistake I feel.”Sarfraz Ahmed admits Pakistan stumped by Kedar JadhavWasim Akram agreed with Azharuddin and felt that Pakistan batsmen tried to go after good bowlers and that brought their doom and put them under pressure.”It was tough to defend 163. This is Pakistan’s home ground and the stage was set that they will win the toss and bat and two wickets fell and they lost it. I have been crying for two weeks that Kuldeep will trouble and he got India a main wicket. Also, they did not see Kedar bowl and blindly kept trying to hit him. I understand these people are young but they should give respect to a bowler,” Akram told Aaj Tak.READ – Pakistan crumbled under pressure vs India, says Harbhajan SinghAkram felt that this win will give India a lot of confidence and Pakistan will now have a mindset where doubts will creep in the next time they face each other.”Now India will get a lot of confidence and for Pakistan, you will start thinking about the mistakes and it gets negative.”Hong Kong had a partnership and a patch but I knew India will win. Now the way India dominated Pakistan, when they play next, Pakistan will have doubts in their mind, should they bat first or bowl and what they should do.”This is why I say that before such matches, these players should switch off their social media and news but these young boys won’t listen. It’s like they can’t breath without social media.”Gavaskar also felt that Pakistan batsmen played silly shots and gave away their wickets instead of being patient and playing out the overs.”The way India played was extremely good, good overall performance. Early on when Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah bowled so well it was tough but then Babar Azam and Shoaib Malik got a partnership going but Kuldeep’s ball that got Babar was excellent. After that it looked like Pakistan batsmen were in a hurry and that’s why they lost quick wickets and it was tough to come back from there.”Even when Amir was batting fine, Hasan played immaturely. There was no need, you had to stay till 50 overs and get a bit more runs for the bowlers to defend. It looked like Pakistan didn’t think before batting.advertisement”India even fielded well, Manish Pandey’s catch and even other catches which went high up. Zaman’s catch, Chahal had to run and take. India played like a team and all-round performance,” Gavaskar said at Aaj Tak.last_img read more