Terrorist is a terrorist regardless of outfit: DGP

first_img(Eds: Repeating after correcting second para)Srinagar, Jul 28 (PTI) Jammu and Kashmirs top cop today played down reports of former Hizbul Mujahideen commander Zakir Musa being named as the head of al-Qaeda cell in the state, saying “a terrorist was a terrorist” regardless of the terror outfit.Musa had recently broken off ranks with Hizbul Mujahideen after threatening to kill separatist leadership for terming Kashmir a political issue instead of Islamic struggle meant to enforce Shariah (Islamic rule) in the state.”A terrorist is a terrorist, whichever outfit he belongs to. Somebody who has picked up a gun is a terrorist for us,” DGP S P Vaid told reporters here.He was responding to a question over naming of Musa as the chief of Jammu and Kashmir unit of al-Qaeda.Yesterday, United Jehad Council (UJC) chief Syed Salahuddin, in a video, had said the freedom movement of Jammu and Kashmir had no international agenda.”No international outfit, be it Daesh (ISIS) or al-Qaeda or anyone else, has any opportunity or is needed here,” Salahuddin had said.Asked about Salahuddins statement and the split in the militant ranks, the DGP said let them decide between themselves.The situation in Kashmir Valley was limping back to normalcy, he added.Responding to a query that militants were targeting families of policemen in south Kashmir, the DGP said it reflected their frustration.Vaid said all law enforcement agencies were supporting the National Investigation Agencys (NIA) probe into the role of separatists in funding subversive activities in the Valley.advertisement”All law enforcement agencies were in unison. We have no differences. We did support them. When the raids were conducted, the Jammu and Kashmir Police was with them,” he said.The state police chief said only time will tell whether the top three separatist leaders–chairmen of both factions of Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and JKLF chief Yasin Malik–would be questioned by the NIA.The press conference was called to announce Jammu and Kashmir State Marathon 2017, organised by police under civic action programme.Vaid said through the marathon, to be held on Sunday, the police wants to convey a message of peace in the Valley.”We are working with the people. Jammu and Kashmir police belongs to them,” he said.The DGP said such events would help in reducing stone- pelting in the Valley.”Yes, it will (reduce stone-pelting incidents). Marathons and sports activities will make children healthy and healthy brain exists in a healthy body, so they will think positive, he said.The marathon has been divided into five categories men full marathon, men half marathon, women half marathon, eight- km run for boys under 14 and six-km run for girls under 14.Total prize money of Rs three lakh would be given to the winners. PTI SSB MIJ AAR BDS AARlast_img read more

Emma Roberts returning to American Horror Story

first_imgLos Angeles, Aug 2 (PTI) Actress Emma Roberts has joined the cast of the new season of “American Horror Story” titled “Cult.”Roberts is the latest “AHS” alum and member of the Ryan Murphy repertory to be cast in “Cult,” which marks the seventh season of the FX franchise.”American Horror Story” creator Murphy announced the news of Roberts return on Instagram, writing, “Look who showed up on the set of Cult looking glamorous and ready for action.”Roberts posted the same photo on her Instagram with the caption: “Ive joined #ahscult will you?”In the photo, Roberts is sporting darker-coloured hair and is wearing a beige trench coat over a white outfit with a very large knife in hand.The cast of “American Horror Story: Cult” is shaping up, but little is known about the plot, other than the season somehow being inspired by the 2016 presidential election.Along with Roberts, returning “AHS” actors include Evan Peters and Sarah Paulson. Newcomers include Billie Lourd, Billy Eichner and Lena Dunham. PTI SHD SHDlast_img read more

Sri Lanka sports minister calls for report on Test series loss

first_imgColombo, Aug 16 (PTI) Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera has called for a report from Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) after the hosts were whitewashed 3-0 by India in the recent three-match Test series. “This teams capability is not a question but we must know the reasons for the defeat,” Jayasekera told reporters, adding that he also had a two-hour meeting discussing the defeat. “We also have to remember that India is the top team in the world, so the defeat has to be seen from that view point too,” he said. Sri Lankan fans are lambasting the team for the series loss with most of the criticism levelled at the Thilanga Sumathipala administration at SLC. The Chairman of selectors, Sanath Jayasuriya has also faced stinging criticism in social media. The former world cup winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga, who is also Jayasekeras Cabinet colleague, had called for Sumathipala to step down as SLC boss. “We cant change an elected body, that can be done only at the next election,” Jayasekera said. Jayasekera said Ranatunga was someone who had lost the SLC elections. “When there were interim committees which ran Sri Lanka Cricket for 8 years, no one complained. It was only this government which took action to hold elections (for the SLC),” Jayasekera said. Jayasekera said he would soon sit down with the players to discuss the way forward. This is amidst criticism that inconsistent selection policies and politics reigning at the cricket administration had led to the current downfall of Sri Lankas fortunes. PTI Cor ATK ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

Simona Halep has top spot in her sights with Cincinnati win

first_imgRomanian second seed Simona Halep stayed on track for a tilt at the world number one spot with a 6-4 6-3 third-round win over Anastasija Sevastova at the Cincinnati Open on Thursday.Sixth seed Caroline Wozniacki stopped the impressive run of 21-year-old Australian qualifier Ashleigh Barty 6-4 6-2 to reach the tournament’s quarter-finals for the fourth time. Svetlana Kuznetsova, seeded eighth, also reached the last eight by beating Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2 6-4.Halep reached the Cincinnati quarters for the fifth straight year, contesting the final in 2015 and the semi-finals last year in the hardcourt run-up to the U.S. Open.She can leapfrog Karolina Pliskova as world number one by winning the title, which the Czech won last year.Pliskova led Camila Giorgi of Italy 3-0 in the first set before rain suspended the match.Halep trailed 4-2 in the opening set against Latvia’s 15th-seeded Sevastova, who was aiming to take a set off the Romanian for the first time in their last four meetings.But Halep reeled off the last four games to take the set, helped by Sevastova’s unforced errors on crucial points, and won the first three games of the second set on her way to victory.”The match felt quite tough, it was not easy at all,” said Halep, who will face Johanna Konta in the quarter-finals.”I won against the 15th player in the world playing not as I want. It’s a big thing, and I’m really happy about it.”With American Madison Keys serving, Garbine Muguruza saved three match points before breaking and sending the match into a third-set tie breaker, where the Wimbledon champion prevailed.advertisementMuguruza’s 6-4 3-6 7-6(3) victory set up a quarter-final against Kuznetsova.last_img read more

Virat Kohli is the best player in the world in all 3 formats: Virender Sehwag

first_imgFormer India opener Virender Sehwag on Saturday lauded Virat Kohli for his amazing run-scoring feats and declared him the best cricketer in the world in all three formats.Kohli scored yet another hundred, his 20th in Test cricket, in the ongoing third match against Sri Lanka on Day 1 to take India to 371/4 at stumps after the hosts won the toss and opted to bat at the Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi. Kohli remained unbeaten on 156 with Rohit Sharma at the other end.”Flawless innings, every player should learn from him. He slowed down after his hundred so he can come back on day 2 and score a double hundred. Kohli is the best player in the world across 3 formats,” Sehwag said on air after the day’s play.Co-commentator and former India fast bowler Ashish Nehra went one step further and backed the Indian captain to score a triple century in this match.”Kohli can even score 300 the way he is batting,” Nehrji said.150 runs off 178 balls for @imVkohli #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/DhNn9NcQ8y- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 2017Kohli reached the three-figure mark with a single off off-spinner Dilruwan Perera as India reached 264/2 in the 62nd over in the second session. Opener Murali Vijay also slammed a hundred, his 11th in this format, and shared a 283-run stand with Kohli before falling on 155 late in the final session.The 29-year-old surpassed the great Sachin Tendulkar (107) to become the second fastest Indian batsman to score 20 hundreds in Test cricket. Sunil Gavaskar heads the list having reached the milestone in just 93 innings while Kohli got there in his 105th innings.advertisementOverall, Kohli is placed in fifth place behind Don Bradman (55), Gavaskar (93), Matthew Hayden (95) and Steve Smith (99).He is also the quickest to complete 52 international centuries across formats, achieving the feat in his 350th innings to beat South African Hashim Amla’s record of 378 innings.The run machine continues. Three consecutive 100s for @imVkohli #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/sevr4oLuid- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 2017He also went past 3000 Test runs as captain. He is the third Indian skipper after MS Dhoni and Gavaskar to achieve the feat.Kohli also went past 5000 Test runs in the same match today to become the fourth-quickest Indian to achieve the feat in his 105th innings.Before the start of the third Test, Kohli needed just 25 runs to achieve the feat and he got there with a splendid cover drive off Suranga Lakmal which went for a boundary.last_img read more

Dhoni has to keep performing to be part of 2019 World Cup squad, says Harbhajan at Agenda Aaj Tak

first_imgIndia spinner Harbhajan Singh feels Mahendra Singh Dhoni will have to keep scoring runs if he has to make it to the playing XI in the World Cup in 2019.Harbhajan, speaking at Agenda Aajtak in New Delhi, said that 2019 is far away and the world cup winning captain has to keep performing to be a part of the squad.”World Cup is far off. One year is a lot and in Indian cricket, there are a lot of changes every day. Who will be in form that time. Experience is there but form and everything matters. Dhoni is a big player but World Cup is far off and Dhoni has to keep performing to be a part of the 11,” said Harbhajan.”Dhoni has to keep getting runs and if he does that then there is nobody bigger than him, Kohli has handled him well,” he added.Former India captain Sourav Ganguly also backed Harbhajan and said that the World Cup is far away and he needs to perform.”2019 is far off, so like Bhajji said, Dhoni has to keep scoring runs,” Ganguly added.However, VVS Laxman backed MSD and said that he will play a huge role in the Indian squad for the World Cup in England Virat Kohli needs to handle him the way he has been till now.”I don’t think Kohli is protecting Dhoni. He’s above all that and he has a very important role to play in the 2019 World Cup. Kohli is handling Dhoni very well…much like Sourav handled Sachin when he resigned from captaincy,” Laxman said.advertisement”Kohli is giving the right opportunities to MS Dhoni and he takes help from him. He has no ego and I feel Dhoni will have to play a huge hand,” he added.Dhoni, 36, has been in great form this year after handing over the captaincy to Kohli. He has 716 runs from 26 ODIs at an average of 65.09.Dhoni, who is on a break now, will return to play under Rohit Sharma against Sri Lanka in the three-match ODI series, starting December 10 in Dharamsala.last_img read more

Tanaka Tanks in Cleveland

first_imgCLEVELAND (AP) — Michael Brantley homered and had three RBIs, Nick Swisher hit a go-ahead two-run shot and the Cleveland Indians stopped rookie sensation Masahiro Tanaka’s bid to become the major league’s first 13-game winner Tuesday night with a 5-3 victory over the New York Yankees.Brantley hit a leadoff homer in the seventh. The first-time All-Star also had RBI doubles in the first and fifth, raising his average to .328.Tanaka (12-4) allowed season worsts of five runs and 10 hits in 6 2-3 innings. The right-hander, who lost for the third time in four starts, took a 3-2 lead into the sixth before Swisher, a former Yankee, hit a two-run homer that put Cleveland on top.Trevor Bauer (3-4) allowed three runs in seven innings and retired 13 of the last 14 hitters he faced. New York’s only baserunner in that stretch came on Swisher’s fifth-inning error. Bauer struck out six and walked two in winning for the first time since June 16.Cody Allen pitched the ninth for his 10th save.The Yankees were held to four hits, none coming after Brian McCann had a one-out single in the third.The Indians committed three errors, giving them a major league-high 75 for the season.Swisher heard boos from the crowd earlier in the game after going 0 for 2 and having a routine groundball go through his legs.Tanaka allowed a run in a 25-pitch first inning and gave up two hits in the second. He retired seven straight before allowing a run in the fifth when Brantley had a two-out double after Chris Dickerson led off with a single.Tanaka struck out five and walked one.New York scored twice in the first on Mark Teixeria’s RBI single and a throwing error by catcher Yan Gomes. Brett Gardner added a run-scoring groundout in the second.Jason Kipnis started the first with a single, stole second and scored when Brantley doubled to right. Brantley leads the Indians with 14 homers and 60 RBIs.Gardner walked to start the game and moved to second on Jacoby Ellsbury’s single. Dickerson attempted a diving catch of Teixeria’s bloop hit, but the ball deflected off his glove and rolled toward center, allowing Gardner to score.New York pulled a double steal when McCann struck out swinging. Gomes’ throw to second went into center field and Ellsbury scored. Teixeria’s stolen base was his first of the season.NOTES: RHP Brandon McCarthy (3-10) will make his Yankees debut Wednesday night. He was acquired from Arizona on Sunday. “It’s the Yankees,” he said. “It’s a team that’s in contention. It’s a team that’s known for winning, there’s really no other answer than it’s just the Yankees.” … The Indians recalled C Roberto Perez and LHP Nick Hagadone from Triple-A Columbus. … Yankees OF Carlos Beltran (soreness behind right knee) was out of the lineup for the second straight game. … Yankees manager Joe Girardi said RHP Shane Greene, who recorded his first major league win Monday, will start Saturday against Baltimore. … RHP Josh Tomlin (5-6) starts for the Indians on Wednesday.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Greece Stuns Argentina, 79-71

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares Despite a cascade of turnovers, a rebuilt Greek national team shocked favored Argentina, 79-71 in the final group game at the World Cup Basketball Championship in Spain to go 5-0.Argentina was ranked third in the world to Greece’s fifth but the Greek squad has been refashioned after many of its veteran stars retired, were hurt or didn’t want to play.The play so far has been a remarkable turnaround from last year when Greece finished 11th in the European championships and lucked out to even get a bid for the world tourney.Greece advanced into the round of 16 where it will play a tough Serbian team on Sept. 7 while Argentina, which finished at 3-2 in the group, draws a tough rival, Brazil. Greece and Argentina will meet again if both win their quarter-final games.Greece ran out to a 28-16 first quarter lead and led 44-33 at the half before Argentina spurted in the third period to whittle down the lead before the Greek team, throwing the ball all over the court and playing Matador defense – waving while the Argentinians rushed to the hoop – composed itself again.Ahead 64-50 at the start of the final quarter, Greece came unglued and the Argentinians roared back with an 18-6 run to close within two at 70-68 before a couple of clutch hoops on the Greek side kept them at bay.A critical technical foul on Greek center Giannis Bouroussis, who slammed a ball into a sideline table, gave Argentina four easy points. But Bouroussis, who outplayed his heralded opponent Luis Scola, came back with a gritty basket just when Greece needed it most.Bouroussis had 16 points and 15 rebounds but early on it was the play of Florida’s Nick Calathes, a ball-handling player who became a shooter and kept Greece together that provided the early impetus. Calathes finished with 18 points to lead the team.last_img read more

Rangers Rally Late, Beat Wild, 5-4

first_imgNEW YORK — The New York Rangers could have been counted out multiple times against the Minnesota Wild.Such as when forward Chris Kreider was ejected in the first period or when defenseman John Moore was kicked out in the second, or when the Wild scored two even-strength goals and then carried a three-goal lead into the third period.But with only 20 minutes to go against the NHL’s hottest goalie, the Rangers found a way to forge one of their most improbable wins.Despite recording only eight shots through 40 minutes, New York stormed back against Darcy Kuemper and the Wild, scoring five goals in the third period for a 5-4 victory on Oct. 27.Only one other time — Jan. 4, 1956, against Detroit — has New York come back from a 3-0 hole in the third period to win. The last time the Rangers rallied from any three-goal deficit in the third period to win was Dec. 27, 1992, against Boston.“It was a pretty crazy game,” Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh said, “but in the end you want to be on the good side of those.”Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein started the comeback at 2:52 of the third. Rick Nash made it 3-2 at 4:48, but Jason Zucker restored the Wild’s two-goal lead 47 seconds later.“When they scored the fourth one, that was a tough one,” goalie Henrik Lundqvist said. “We came back with two goals and we had the energy. We had the building going and they killed the momentum.”That, too, was fleeting. Youth and some fresh legs carried the Rangers to victory.Anthony Duclair scored his first NHL goal with 3:48 remaining, and Mats Zuccarello put the Rangers ahead 37 seconds later in New York’s biggest third period since January 1993.The Wild appeared to be in complete control nearly all night, but left with a stunning loss. Kuemper gave up only four goals in five previous games this season.“This is twice already this year where we’ve blown third-period leads,” coach Mike Yeo said. “I don’t know if we did that twice all last year. We didn’t respond very well tonight, no question.”Derick Brassard made it 4-3 at 7:54, and the 19-year-old Duclair, playing his seventh NHL game, tied it. Zuccarello won it with his first of the season.“It hasn’t sunk in yet, I don’t think,” Duclair said. “It was a big comeback for us. It speaks to the leadership in this locker room.”Nate Prosser, Matt Cooke and Jason Pominville scored second-period goals for the Wild (4-3), who held a 30-20 shots advantage but had their two-game winning streak snapped.Kreider and Moore could be facing supplemental discipline from the NHL for separate hits that led to the ejection of both.Despite receiving a pair of 5-minute power plays that combined to take up 9:45 of the second, the Wild still haven’t scored a man-advantage goal this season in 24 opportunities.But they struck for three even-strength tallies in the second, and have outscored opponents 13-1 in the middle period this season.New York was outshot 24-8 through 40 minutes — including 11-3 in the second. But the Rangers (5-4) regrouped and began a stretch of 10 of 13 games at Madison Square Garden in thrilling fashion.Kreider received a major penalty for boarding defenseman Jonas Brodin late in the first period, and Moore was ejected midway through the second for a blatant hit to the head of forward Erik Haula that resulted in a match penalty.Kreider was given a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct. That gave the Wild their third power play of the scoreless first period, with 4:45 of the advantage carrying over into the second.The Rangers killed that, but Minnesota grabbed a 2-0 lead soon after with goals 55 seconds apart by Prosser and Cooke.Less than a minute after the second goal, Moore drilled Haula in the side of the head between the circles in the New York end. The Rangers killed that 5-minute power play, too, but gave up a goal moments later to Pominville to fall behind 3-0.Any momentum the Rangers could have expected after Kreider’s penalty expired was lost 44 seconds after it ended when Justin Fontaine sent a diagonal pass down to the right post to Prosser, whose shot was initially stopped by Lundqvist but slithered in at 5:29 for Prosser’s first of the season.Cooke, who earned the second assist on that goal, made it 2-0 at 6:24 when Fontaine sent a pass from behind the net to him at the right post for his second.Pominville stretched the Wild lead to three by scoring his third with 4:22 left in the second.(IRA PODELL, AP Hockey Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Super Bowl Ads Aim Not to Offend

first_imgNEW YORK — Super Bowl advertisers are being careful not to offend.GoDaddy decided not to run an ad that showed a dog being sold online so as not to offend dog lovers. The Victoria’s Secret angels are fully clothed in its teaser spot, at least, although they reveal more in their actual Super Bowl ad. And an anti-domestic abuse commercial will have a high profile-spot during the game after a year of domestic violence scandals in the NFL.Advertisers have to find a balance between grabbing people’s attention and not going too far to shock or offend a broad base of more than 110 million viewers. They want to be sure to make the estimated $4.5 million they’re spending for a 30-second Super Bowl ad worth it. This year, that seems to mean erring on the side of caution.“Companies are being more prudent,” said MediaPost columnist Barbara LIppert. “It’s also a very weird atmosphere with all the coverage about deflated balls and domestic abuse. Maybe advertisers want to be a little more careful in that climate.”It’s a far cry from the dot.com commercial attempts in 2000, when an E(asterisk)Trade ad showed a monkey in a garage and touted the fact that the company had just wasted $2 million dollars, but MediaPost’s Lippert says it makes sense to be restrained.Even GoDaddy, which made its name with racy Super Bowl spots since it began advertising 11 years ago, has been moving away from being edgy; last year one of its Super Bowl ads focused on a woman running a small business.This year, they promised a warm and fuzzy ad featuring a puppy, spoofing a Budweiser ad from last year that also featured a puppy. But the twist at the end of GoDaddy’s spot showed the puppy was being sold online via a web site created with Godaddy.com. After it debuted early, a social media storm erupted, with pet lovers finding the ad offensive. GoDaddy said late Tuesday it wouldn’t air the ad.“At the end of the day, our purpose at GoDaddy is to help small businesses around the world build a successful online presence,” said CEO Blake Irving. “We underestimated the emotional response.” GoDaddy says it has another ad it plans to run.Wix.com, which helps people build web sites, has taken a lesson from GoDaddy. Instead of debuting as a Super Bowl advertiser with a racy spot like GoDaddy did when it was a new advertiser, Wix.com went for non-edgy laughs with an ad that shows retired football players coming up with funny fictional businesses. Brett Favre, for instance, invents a charcuteries business called “Favre and Carve”).Other companies appear to be playing it safer too by not focusing so much on bare skin and sophomoric humor. A Victoria’s Secret 90-second teaser ad showed supermodels fully dressed as football players. The actual Super Bowl ad shows the models dressed in Victoria’s Secret lingerie, though.And the NFL is airing a public service announcement from NoMore, a coalition of anti-domestic abuse organizations. The ad depicts a chilling 911 call from a battered woman to demonstrate the terror of domestic abuse.MAE ANDERSON, AP Business Writer TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Astros’ Keuchel K’s Yanks, 4-0

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares HOUSTON — Astros Manager A.J. Hinch showed confidence in his ace to let him finish what he started the night of June 25.Dallas Keuchel pitched a six-hitter and struck out a career-high 12 in his second shutout in less than a month to lead the Houston Astros to a 4-0 win over the New York Yankees.“I haven’t been here a long time but that’s probably as good as I’ve seen Dallas Keuchel,” Hinch said. “The game plan for him is to use his pitches and be aggressive. His ball is moving all over the place tonight which made them have to be aggressive.”Keuchel (9-3) gave up six singles and walked one while topping his previous best of 11 strikeouts in a shutout over the White Sox on May 30.“Probably, just based on command and stuff wise,” Keuchel said when asked if it was the best he felt. “I got a few pitches early, but they weren’t really aggressive early pitch wise.That led to an advantage for me then later in the game, they started hacking. I was able to get all four pitches over, and that was crucial for me. I was also able to calm down.”The left-hander retired 18 of 19 during one stretch, including 15 straight before Alex Rodriguez’s single with two outs in the ninth. Mark Texeira then walked prompting a trip to the mound by Hinch.“I told him finish the game, I want to go home,” Hinch said. “I think the game should be over and it was his game to finish. That’s exactly what I told him.”Carlos Beltran singled to load the bases, but Keuchel got Jose Pirela to ground into a force out to end the game.Keuchel rebounded from his worst start of the season when he allowed five runs and walked four Saturday at Seattle.“It seems like division games I get a little too amped up for, and it was very uncharacteristic of me in Seattle,” Keuchel said. “I wanted to take a step back and relax a little coming out of the gate and find my groove.”Jose Altuve had three hits and scored three times. Evan Gattis had an RBI single in the sixth and an RBI double in the eighth.Adam Warren (5-5) allowed three runs — two earned — and five hits with four strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings for the Yankees. The loss was Warren’s first in four starts. He has allowed three runs or fewer in each of his last nine starts.Preston Tucker’s RBI double gave Houston a 1-0 lead in the second.Colby Rasmus’ sacrifice fly scored Altuve to stretch the Astros’ lead to 2-0 in the fourth. Chris Young and Beltran each had two of New York’s six hits as the Yankees lost for the fourth time in five games.“Well he stays down in the zone, he’s using the corners, and he’s using the zone,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said of Keuchel.“He attacks, he’s ahead all night. He wasn’t behind in too many counts. We got a few hits but we never put anything together. We hit a couple balls hard foul. He pitched well.”last_img read more

Giants Hall of Famer Willie McCovey Dies at 80

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Willie McCovey, the sweet-swinging Hall of Famer nicknamed “Stretch” for his 6-foot-4 height and those long arms, died Wednesday. He was 80.The San Francisco Giants announced McCovey’s death, saying the fearsome hitter passed “peacefully” on Wednesday afternoon “after losing his battle with ongoing health issues.”A first baseman and left fielder, McCovey was a .270 career hitter with 521 home runs and 1,555 RBIs in 22 major league seasons, 19 of them with the Giants. He also played for the Athletics and Padres.McCovey made his major league debut at 21 on July 30, 1959, and played alongside the other Willie — Hall of Famer Willie Mays — into the 1972 season before Mays was traded to the New York Mets.McCovey batted .354 with 13 homers and 38 RBIs on the way to winning the 1959 NL Rookie of the Year award. The six-time All-Star also won the 1969 NL MVP and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1986 after his first time on the ballot.“You knew right away he wasn’t an ordinary ballplayer,” Hall of Famer Hank Aaron said, courtesy of the Hall of Fame. “He was so strong, and he had the gift of knowing the strike zone. There’s no telling how many home runs he would have hit if those knees weren’t bothering him all the time and if he played in a park other than Candlestick.”McCovey had been getting around in a wheelchair in recent years because he could no longer rely on his once-dependable legs, yet was still regularly seen at the ballpark in his private suite. McCovey had attended games at AT&T Park as recently as the season finale.“I love him so much. It’s a very sad day for me. We were very close,” Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda said in a telephone interview. “Willie McCovey was not only a great ballplayer but a great teammate. He didn’t have any fear. He never complained.“I remember one time in 1960 they sent him down to the minor leagues after being Rookie of the Year the year before. He didn’t complain. He was very polite, he was very quiet. He was a great man, a great friend. I’m going to miss him so much. He didn’t say a bad word about anybody.”While the Giants captured their third World Series title of the decade in 2014, McCovey returned to watch them play while still recovering from an infection that hospitalized him that September for about a month.He attended one game at AT&T Park during both the NL Championship Series and World Series. He even waited for the team at the end of the parade route inside San Francisco’s Civic Center.“It was touch and go for a while,” McCovey said at the time. “They pulled me through, and I’ve come a long way.”McCovey had been thrilled the Giants accomplished something he didn’t during a decorated career in the major leagues.Even four-plus decades later, it still stung for the left-handed slugging “Big Mac” that he never won a World Series after coming so close. The Giants lost the 1962 World Series to the New York Yankees.He often thought about that World Series, and it remained difficult to accept. The Giants lost 1-0 in Game 7 when McCovey lined out to second baseman Bobby Richardson with runners on second and third for the final out.“I still think about it all the time. I still think, ‘If I could have hit it a little more,’” he said on Oct. 31, 2014.In 2012, he said: “I think about the line drive, yes. Can’t get away from it.”McCovey narrowly beat out Mets pitcher Tom Seaver for the 1969 MVP award. McCovey led the NL in home runs (45) and RBIs (126) for the second straight year, batting .320 while also posting NL bests with a .453 on-base percentage and .656 slugging percentage. He was walked 121 times, then drew a career-high 137 free passes the next season.He had been third in the ’68 voting for NL MVP, but after 1969 would never again finish higher than ninth.McCovey and Ted Williams before him were among the first players to really face infield shifts as opponents tried to affect his rhythm at the plate.On Wednesday night, former teammate Felipe Alou recalled inviting McCovey to play winter ball with him in 1958 for Escogido in Alou’s native Dominican Republic.McCovey got homesick, so a still-single Alou moved out of his parents’ home and into an apartment with his dear friend and teammate. They were roommates in the minors and majors, too. McCovey called Alou “Rojas,” his father’s last name. Alou called him “Willie Lee,” McCovey’s middle name.“We had a great relationship. Incredible friend and player and individual,” Alou said. “I have so many good memories.”McCovey was born on Jan. 10, 1938, in Mobile, Alabama. He had spent the last 18 years in a senior advisory role for the Giants.“For more than six decades, he gave his heart and soul to the Giants,” team president and CEO Larry Baer said. “As one of the greatest players of all time, as a quiet leader in the clubhouse, as a mentor to the Giants who followed in his footsteps, as an inspiration to our Junior Giants, and as a fan cheering on the team from his booth.”Said McCovey’s wife, Estela, whom he married this summer: “Every moment he will be terribly missed. He was my best friend and husband. Living life without him will never be the same.”McCovey had a daughter, Allison, and three grandchildren, Raven, Philip, and Marissa. McCovey also is survived by sister Frances and brothers Clauzell and Cleon.McCovey said that 2010 victory, when the Giants won the franchise’s first World Series championship since moving from New York in 1958, helped eased the pain for players like him, Juan Marichal, Mays and Alou. Seeing San Francisco in the Fall Classic again brought those smiles back to McCovey’s face.“We’re kind of getting spoiled,” he said in 2012. “This is two in three years. People don’t realize how hard it is to get here. We’ve been pretty lucky.”McCovey presented the “Willie Mac Award” each season — except in 2014 while dealing with complications from the infection — an honor voted on by the players, coaches and training staff to recognize the team’s player most exhibiting McCovey’s inspirational example both on the field and in the clubhouse. He was there this year as reliever Will Smith was honored.“Something I will cherish forever,” Smith wrote on Twitter on Wednesday. “May he Rest In Peace.”When San Francisco opened its new waterfront ballpark in 2000, the cove beyond the right-field fence was named “McCovey Cove” in appreciation of all he did for the organization. There’s a statue of McCovey’s likeness on the other side of the water from where those splash hits land.“Willie McCovey was one of our game’s greatest power hitters. He won the National League MVP in 1969 and, alongside fellow Hall of Famer and Alabama native Willie Mays, was a key part of many memorable Giants’ teams,” Commissioner Rob Manfred said. “For 22 years on the field and many more after retiring, Willie was a superb ambassador for the Giants and our game.”The Giants said a public celebration of McCovey’s life would be held at a later date.By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Baseball WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Liverpool Chases 6th European Cup, Tottenham Seeks 1st Title

first_imgMADRID (AP) — Liverpool is looking to become European champion for a sixth time and Tottenham is chasing glory for the first time in the Champions League final on Saturday.Tens of thousands of English fans are descending on Madrid for the week’s second all-English final in a European competition.It’s been a less challenging trip for Tottenham and Liverpool fans than their Arsenal and Chelsea counterparts who had to travel from London to Baku, Azerbaijan for Wednesday’s Europa League final.But Tottenham and Liverpool didn’t make it to Madrid the easy way on the field. Both had to overcome 3-0 deficits in their Champions League semifinals, with Liverpool stunning Barcelona and Tottenham defeating Ajax with almost the last kick of the second leg.Tottenham hasn’t reached any continental final since winning the now-defunct UEFA Cup in 1984. And this season has been only the north London club’s sixth appearance in the European Cup — with five qualifications coming since 2010.Liverpool forward Sadio Mane heads a ball during a training session at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, Friday May 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)Liverpool is England’s most successful side in the European Cup, lifting the trophy five times — most recently in 2005. But the Merseyside club lost the 2007 final and again last year to Real Madrid.That was the sixth successive final Juergen Klopp has lost, with the Liverpool manager yet to win a trophy since joining the team in 2015. The team only missed out on a first English title since 1990 when Manchester City defended its title by one-point.While Tottenham finished fourth in the Premier League, Mauricio Pochettino’s side was 26 points behind second-place Liverpool. Lifting the European Cup would be Pochettino’s first silverware since joining Tottenham five years ago.Harry Kane is in line to play for Tottenham for the first time since sustaining an ankle injury in the quarterfinals first leg against Manchester City almost two months ago. Liverpool will have Roberto Firmino fit again after the forward missed the last three matches of the season with a thigh problem.___TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Rohde & Schwarz: EMC test and measurement solutions at EMV 2018

first_img Continue Reading Previous Vector: simplified measurement and calibration of ECUs and ADAS sensors with CANape 16.0Next Axiomtek: Pico-ITX SBC with multiple I/O options and slim design Rohde & Schwarz will demonstrate its comprehensive range of EMC test and measurement solutions – from single devices to customer-specific, turnkey systems. The EMC expert will also present customized measurement software for precompliance and certification measurements as well as accessories such as broadband amplifiers, RF switching units and measurement antennas.For the new radio equipment directive (RED), the now mandatory certification guideline for radio equipment in Europe, the R&S TS8997 test system offers certification testing in line with ETSI EN 301 893 and EN 300 328 for wireless devices in the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz band as well as testing in line with FCC §15.247 and §15.407, including DFS tests. The R&S TS8997 test system supports DUTs with 8×8 MIMO. It meets or even succeeds the demanding measurement requirements of these test standards. Other test solutions on display include solutions for broadcast receivers in line with RED, for digital TV broadcast receivers in line with ETSI EN 303 340, for radio receivers in line with ETSI EN 303 345 and for indoor satellite broadcast receivers in line with ETSI EN 303 372-2.Thanks to their high measurement speed and comprehensive diagnostic tools, the R&S ESR and R&S ESW EMC test receivers are ideal for EMC certification in line with CISPR, EN, FCC and MIL as well as for automotive applications. External mixers were added to extend the frequency range of the R&S ESW for measurements in line with FCC and ETSI. The receiver now measures, for example, the harmonics of transmission equipment up to a receive frequency of 500 GHz.For developers who want to check EMC performance during development, Rohde & Schwarz has introduced the clear and easy-to-use R&S ELEKTRA test software. R&S ELEKTRA replaces the proven R&S ES-SCAN software and supports all of the company’s current EMC test receivers and spectrum analyzers. Rohde & Schwarz will also present an attractive solution for EMC debugging during development: the entry-level R&S FPC1000 spectrum analyzer, the R&S HM6050-2 line impedance stabilization network and the R&S HZ-17 near-field probe set together with R&S ELEKTRA.Different test scenarios are often required to validate a design or product. The broadband amplifiers in the new R&S BBA130 family from Rohde & Schwarz offer a one-box solution.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

ANSI and VITA ratify ANSI/VITA 57.4 FPGA Mezzanine Card Plus (FMC+) Standard

first_img Continue Reading Previous Creative Chips becomes ARM Approved Design PartnerNext FRAMOS appointed by Sony as official distributor for Spresense development boards VITA, the trade association for standard computing architectures serving critical and intelligent embedded computing systems markets, announces the ratification by ANSI and VITA of ANSI/VITA 57.4-2018 “FPGA Mezzanine Card Plus (FMC+) Standard”. This standard has completed the VITA and ANSI processes reaching full recognition under guidance of VITA. The FMC+ standard extends the Gigabit transceiver support specified in ANSI/VITA 57.1 by adding two new connectors that enable additional Gigabit transceivers running at higher data rates. FMC+ adds an optional extension connector (the High Serial Pin Connector extension, or HSPCe) to boost pin-count by 80 positions, arranged in a 4 X 20 array. This brings the maximum multigigabit interfaces to 32 full duplex channels. Additionally, throughput per multigigabit interface has increased to 28 Gbps in each direction. This will allow for higher data rates and expanded bandwidth to all fit within the same form factor as FMC.Additional signals to support backplane reference clock and synchronization have been added. The ANSI/VITA 57.4 standard defines functionality to maintain backward compatibility between new VITA 57.4 carrier cards and existing VITA 57.1 mezzanine modules.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

World Cup 2018: Cristiano Ronaldo ‘happy’ with 4th goal in Russia

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo stamped his authority on the field as Portugal edged past Morocco in their second Group B game in Moscow.The Portuguese scored in the fourth minute of the match at the Luzhniki Stadium to take his team to the top of the table as of now.Ronaldo drilled in a header from a corner and take his goal tally at the tournament to four and lead the line for the golden-boot award early in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.Morocco did try and put together some good moves over the two halves but ultimately failed to score and lost the match 0-1 to Portugal and are now eliminated from the tournament.The 33-year-old’s fourth goal was also his 85th for Portugal and now he is the leading scorer in world football from an European nation. He overtook Hungarian legend Ferenc Puskas (84 goals)to go on top of the list. They are followed by his compatriot Sandor Kocsis (75) and German great Miroslav Klose (71).2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE Ronaldo has scored 85 international goals now (Reuters Photo)Not only that, Cristiano is now the second Portugal player to net at least four goals at a single World Cup after Eusébio (9) in 1966 and is in second place on the all-time international top scorer list behind Iran’s Ali Daei — and the highest among the active players.With four points in the bag and Morocco almost out, Portugal’s chances of making the next round was handed a slight boost but a lot will depend on the late night kick off between Iran and 2010 World Champions Spain. However, the Real Madrid star is not ready to think about that is happy with the three points from this match.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEadvertisement”I’m happy I scored the goal but the most important thing is that we won the game. We have to think match by match in order to progress,” said Ronaldo.Before coming into the World Cup, Ronaldo had scored three goals from 70 shots in his previous three World Cup tournaments combined for Portugal (2006, 2010 and 2014). But this year, at the 2018 World Cup, he has scored three goals from his first four shots.Since November 9, 2012, the forward from Madeira has scored in more games for his Portugal than he has not scored in. He has played 55 games since 55 games and has scored in 28 of them. His goal today was the 48th goal since then and Portugal will be hoping their captain and star man continues to rake in the goals as they mount a challenge for the World Cup.Portugal coach Fernando Santos however, was not too pleased with the performance despite the win.”We have to look at this and we have to talk about it,” Portugal coach Santos said. “We lost control of the game, we misplaced a lot of passes, we lost confidence.”It was inexplicable. If in a match against players like they have, if you don’t have the ball, they will wear you down and you get into trouble,” said Santos.But, he was all praise for Ronaldo, who he thinks is like port wine.”Cristiano is like a Port wine,” Portugal coach Santos said about his talismanic captain. “He knows how to refine his capacity and age at his best. He is constantly evolving, contradictorily to the other players.He knows himself and he knows what he can do. What he does now is not what he did three or four years ago, and not what he will be doing in a few years from now,” said the 63-year-old. Rui Patricio made some important saves to keep the scoreline 1-0 in favour of Portugal (Reuters Photo)Goalkeeper Rui Patricio had loads of work to do throughout the match as the North Africans kept finding pockets of space and create opportunities. The new Wolves goalie made some crucial saves to earn three points for his team.”Of course, no World Cup match is easy even against teams that are theoretically weaker,” said Portugal defender Jose Fonte.”Today, again it was the same situation. They are a team which caused a lot of trouble. We knew how to suffer,” he added.last_img read more

Heena begins preparations for Asian Games, focuses on basics and strengthening technique

first_imgBhopal, July 20 (PTI) Former world number 1 shooter Heena Sidhu has begun her preparations for the upcoming Asian Games in the right earnest, focusing primarily on polishing basics and strengthening technique. The ace shooter is focusing on strengthening her technique and polishing the basics as she looks to put up a strong show at the Jakarta Games next month, following her twin medal feat at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Heena is currently undergoing preparations at the NRAI-organised national camp in the state-of-the-art Madhya Pradesh Shooting Academy in Bhopal, where she is training for close to 8-9 hours a day in a bid to hone her skills ahead of the quadrennial tournament. A lot of emphasis is being laid on her stability and trigger coordination in the 10 metre air pistol event and shot timing in the 25 metre sport pistol, the latter being a time fire event. “This camp is more about polishing the basics and strengthening the technique and then the next one on August will be more about exposing myself to pressure and contingencies,” said Heena, who won a gold in the 25 metre sport pistol and a silver in the 10 metre air pistol at the Gold Coast Games. “For the 25 metre sport pistol, we are working on smoother and precise lifting while in the 10 metre, a lot of work is being done on scatt which is a simulation software for training.” Heena’s day begins with a mental training session at 6 am and is followed by intense sessions at the range.advertisement “The camp has four days of training and one day rest in between,” said Heena. “Apart from all this, I am also making sure to have a healthy balanced diet to ensure I can manage to take the load and get a good night’s sleep for proper recovery.” The Asian Games will be held from August 18 to September 2 in Jakarta and Palembang. PTI AHAHlast_img read more