INTERVIEW: Chetan Ramsai d’Souza is all set to bring parkour to the silver screen again

first_imgQ. How did you break into films?A. After earning a black belt in karate, I came across a YouTube video about parkour in 2007. We then began putting up videos of our own work. After one of our own films, Wrong Moves, got 1,900,000 views, I got a call from,Q. How did you break into films?A. After earning a black belt in karate, I came across a YouTube video about parkour in 2007. We then began putting up videos of our own work. After one of our own films, Wrong Moves, got 1,900,000 views, I got a call from Kannada film director Pawan Kumar, in 2015, asking that we choreograph a few stunt scenes for the film U-turn.Q. What’s the difference between choreographing a stunt and performing a move yourself?A. A stunt scene in a film usually does not have a long running sequence. On the other hand, while performing parkour, one aims to allow the body to move freely over obstacles, buildings and objects.Q. Have you brought new thinking to the stunt business?A. When I took up stunt choreography, I made sure to present aspects like a story-board of the stunt. I also pre-visualised and at times pre-shot the sequences. This is unheard of in Indian cinema. My current goal is to help revolutionise the stunt and fight choreography industry.Q. Have you gotten any grief for commercialising the sport?A. Yes, there are some parkour athletes who disagree with my decision to showcase the sport or do some flips and moves in mainstream cinema and commercials. I don’t understand why anyone should be bothered by the fact that I am using my talents and skills to make money and also to popularise the sport among masses.last_img read more

Pakistan wants U-19 Asia Cup to be moved out of India

first_img(Eds: Updating with details) Karachi, Aug 8 (PTI) The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) today said it wanted the upcoming Under-19 Asia Cup to be moved out of India to a neutral venue due to security concerns. India is scheduled to host the tournament in November in Bangalore but a top PCB official said given the present diplomatic situation between the two countries, it would request the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) to relocate the venue at its meeting later this week at Colombo. “We will be taking up this issue with the Asian Cricket Council when its development committee meeting is held in Colombo this weekend,” the PCB official told PTI. He said the PCB didnt want its players to go through the tensions of not knowing whether they will be able to travel to Bangalore for the event or not. “In recent times visas have been refused to number of Pakistani sporting teams and we dont think the conditions in India are conducive for our team to play there,” he said. Shaharyar Khan, who completed a three-year tenure as PCB chairman this week, is set to take over as chairman of the ACC at the weekend meeting. Najam Sethi, who is set to be elected as Shaharyars successor tomorrow confirmed that Pakistan wanted the Under-19 Asia Cup to be shifted out of India. A reliable source within the PCB said the Board had now decided to take a tougher stance on ties with India. “After the BCCI recently made it clear it didnt want the Pakistan emerging team in the tri-nation series in South Africa, the PCB has also decided to adopt a tough line now with Indian Board,” the source said. He said the South Africans had invited Pakistan to replace the Australian side in the tri-series but instead had to opt for Afghanistan following resistance from the BCCI. He said Pakistan would also take up the issue of the venue for the planned Asia Cup senior tournament next year in March-April at the ACC meeting. The official said that the Asia Cup was a very important event for development of junior players and could be held anywhere in the region but not India. Diplomatic tensions between the two nations have prevented the neighbours from playing a bilateral series since 2007, apart from Pakistans tour to India in 2012-2013 when they played a short limited-overs series. PTI Cor SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

‘Vidarbha Express’ Umesh Yadav born to bowl fast: From a raw pacer to India’s best

first_imgUmesh Yadav first bowled with a leather ball when he was 20. Nine years later, he is India’s fastest bowler on the circuit and Virat Kohli’s go-to-man whenever the star spin twins struggle to make those incisions.Umesh, unlike plenty of India pacers of the past, is not just around to bowl a few tidy overs with the new ball. He makes his presence felt with sheer pace, prodigious movement and plenty of swing (when conditions allow).In the extended 2016-17 home season, Umesh picked up 30 wickets on pitches that were tailored to suit the needs of R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. More importantly, he played 12 Test matches and looked fit and raring to go every time the skipper threw the ball at him.For the Vidarbha Experess, nothing is more thrilling than pace. He was born to bowl fast and he is happy to do that for a living.”I have always wanted to bowl fast. Later when I matured, I realised what fast bowling is all about. It was difficult where I came from but I grabbed my chances. I realised I had the ability and I knew I had pace. There are plenty of bowlers in the Indian domestic fraternity who can bowl 130kmph – but I had raw pace,” Umesh told bcci.tv.It has not been an easy ride for Umesh. Plagued by injuries, it once looked like he would fade into oblivion like so many others in the past. So many talented pacers have struggled to cope with the inevitable injuries and it looked like Umesh would be down for the count before his career really took off.advertisementBut a sound understanding of what he really needed to do helped him get back on track.”It was easy to maintain (pace and fitness) earlier. Then you realise the back is stiffening and all those sort of things. You need to look after your body and I thought if I wanted to play for a long period of time, strengthening and conditioning would be very important,” he said.Umesh’s rise has been all the more storied because for several years, he only bowled with rubber and tennis balls. He picked up a leather ball when he was 20 but within two years, he was charging up to bowl to Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman in the Duleep Trophy.The transition from rubber ball to leather ball was anything but easy. He realised the leather balls would do a lot more, swing a lot more and move away from the batsmen. The lengths began to vary and he realised he had to work hard to control what his deliveries could do.”I started with tennis and rubber balls. When you learn something as a kid, you get better with it. And when I shifted to hard ball cricket, I was cofused with the swing and movement.”I didn’t know how to control the ball and the coaches told me to focus on my control. I used to bowl a lot of short balls and I was told to hold my left arm. I had a high-arm action. I corrected my alignment after that. I was very raw early on – I started playing hard-ball cricket at 20, which is pretty late for a fast bowler,” Umesh said.Hard-ball cricket is not a problem for Umesh anymore. Thirty-three Test matches old, it is him, Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma who would be in focus when India start touring overseas.last_img read more

Taraji P Henson joins “What Women Want” remake

first_imgLos Angeles, Nov 15 (PTI) Actor Taraji P Henson will star in the remake of “What Women Want”.The film has been titled “What Men Want” and Henson will play the role of a sports agent, who gains the power to hear mens thoughts, reported Variety.Directed by Nancy Meyers, “What Women Want” was released in 2000 starring Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt.The new project will be produced by Will Packer and James Lopez with Henson as executive producer. PTI RB RBlast_img

La Liga: Stunning Marco Asensio strike helps Real Madrid get back on track

first_imgReal Madrid forward Marco Asensio scored a stunning second-half goal as Zinedine Zidane’s side put their troubles behind them by cruising to a 3-0 victory over Las Palmas in La Liga on Sunday.Casemiro opened the scoring for the Spanish champions in the first half before Asensio and then Isco scored after the break to give Real their first win in three games in all competitions.The victory took Real above neighbours Atletico, who also have 23 points, on goal difference into third spot, four off Valencia and eight adrift of Barcelona.”We came out looking for the win, they sat deep but then once we scored we were able to hit them on the counter,” said Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos.”We were clinical in front of goal and the win comes at a good time for us. We go into the derby (against Atletico) next time out with a win under our belts.”With their title rivals winning on Saturday, the pressure was on Madrid heading into the international break after a shock 2-1 defeat at Girona in their last Liga game and a 3-1 midweek reverse away to Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League.However, after a nervy opening period, Real’s class showed.TENSION RELEASEDKarim Benzema missed their best chance after three minutes when he fired straight at keeper Raul Lizoain. Nacho then went close before Cristiano Ronaldo – who has one Liga goal this season – clipped the outside of the post with a left-foot shot.advertisementCasemiro’s goal came at a good time for the home side, with the interval fast approaching, and released the tension around the Bernabeu when he stooped to nod home Asensio’s corner.From there on it was plain sailing for Zidane’s side.There appeared little danger when the ball fell to Asensio outside the box after 56 minutes but he thundered an unstoppable left-foot strike into the top corner.Ronaldo went close again and Ramos struck the bar before Isco rounded off the scoring with a sweeping move on the break 15 minutes from the end. Late on there were a smattering of boos for French striker Benzema as he was substituted.However, Ramos said they were not unduly concerned about a lack of goals from Benzema and Ronaldo so far this season.”Their goals will come. Karim is more generous in that sense. Cristiano goes home annoyed when he doesn’t score, but we’re not worried. They make the difference and the most important thing is to win. The goals will come.”Las Palmas remain second-bottom on six points.last_img read more

Niese Leads Mets Past Bucs, 5-3

first_imgPITTSBURGH — There were smiles all around in the New York Mets’ clubhouse on June 28.After a 5-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Mets got good news on third baseman David Wright’s sore left shoulder: There was no structural damage in the joint.Jonathon Niese extended his streak of solid starts with six gritty innings, rookie Eric Campbell had three hits while subbing for Wright as the Mets spoiled Gerrit Cole’s return from the disabled list.“I think it’s important with (Wright) out that a bunch of other people need to step up and today we had timely hitting and timely pitching and were able to get a W, which was nice,” Campbell said.The Mets said Wright had a bruised left rotator cuff. He will be treated with anti-inflammatories before being reevaluated on June 30. For now, the Mets think Wright can avoid a trip to the DL.“They want to see if it feels better after a couple days’ rest,” Assistant General Manager John Ricco said. “If he’s still feeling the same, we’ll reassess it at that time.”Niese (5-4) gave up three runs and scattered seven hits. It was his 20th straight outing without allowing more than three runs, dating to last season.“I told (pitching coach Dan Warthen) when I came out that I was the worst pitcher in the world in the fourth and fifth innings, the dumbest pitcher in the world but was pretty in the other innings,” Niese said.Niese was handed a 5-0 lead by the middle of the second inning, but he nearly squandered it by issuing consecutive bases-loaded walks to Pedro Alvarez and Chris Stewart in the fourth and an RBI single to Neil Walker in the fifth that made it a two-run game.Neise, however, made it through the sixth, Jeurys Familia followed with two perfect innings and Jenrry Mejia pitched a perfect ninth for his eighth save.“Jon went back out there and battled after that fourth inning, even though he didn’t have good stuff,” Mets Manager Terry Collins said.Campbell drove in the first run in a three-run first inning with a double off Cole (6-4). Daniel Murphy capped the Mets’ scoring with a two-run single with two outs in the second.Cole, who leads the Pirates in victories, lasted just four innings. Activated from the DL earlier on June 28, he was tagged for five runs and seven hits. Cole had been out since June 4 with right shoulder fatigue.“I think it would have been a lot better if I were to have taken less focus off the hitters and put more on myself and not tried to do too much,” Cole said. “I think I was a little too results oriented, trying to avoid this trying to do this, trying to do that.”After Campbell hit his RBI double in the first, Lucas Duda scored on a wild pitch and Kirk Nieuwenhuis capped the inning by singling in a run.Niese lost the strike zone in fourth but was able to pitch out of a bases-loaded jam by striking out pinch-hitter Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco.“That at-bat against Marte, I was just trying to get a strike,” Niese said. “Once I got a strike, I was able to relax and get guys out.”(JOHN PERROTTO)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Rangers Extinguish The Flames, 5-2

first_imgCALGARY, Alberta — Rick Nash is enjoying the best scoring stretch of his career, and the New York Rangers are reaping the benefits.Nash scored two goals to reach 20 for the season in the Rangers’ 5-2 victory over the Calgary Flames on Dec. 16 that completed a three-game Western sweep and extended their winning streak to four.Nash has a career-best 11-game point streak, recording eight goals and six assists during the spurt. He tied Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin for the longest run in the NHL this season. The Rangers are 8-3 during Nash’s scoring streak.“We need him to play the way he is,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. “We’re no different than any other team in the league. You need your top players to be your top performers, and that’s what Rick is doing for us right now.”Twenty goals in 29 games is a torrid start for Nash, who had just 26 goals in 65 games last season.“Rick Nash is an elite hockey player,” said linemate Derek Stepan, who had a goal and assist. “He was playing the same way last year. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to find the back of the net (as much), but this year he’s been our best player.”Chris Kreider and Carl Hagelin also scored for New York, which will finish its road swing at Carolina on Dec. 20.Jiri Hudler and Curtis Glencross — with just 1:15 left — scored for Calgary. After a terrific start to the season, the Flames have lost six straight in regulation for the first time since Jan. 13-25, 2010.“It’s so easy when you’re winning to go out there and make things happen when things are bouncing your way,” Flames center Matt Stajan said. “The real test is when nothing’s going your way and you’re in a funk like we are. This is where we have to step up.”Henrik Lundqvist stopped two short-handed breakaways by Calgary: Lance Bouma on a 4-on-2 rush, and Josh Jooris on a 2-on-1 break. Lundqvist finished with 29 saves.Nash opened the scoring 11:22 in when he broke in alone and beat Karri Ramo on a backhand-to-forehand move.With the Rangers killing a penalty, Nash made it 3-0 at 3:06 of the second when he was set up by Stepan on a 2-on-1 break. His three short-handed goals are one shy of NHL-leader Tyler Toffoli of Los Angeles.“The biggest thing is Stepan is making great plays, and I’m getting lucky with pucks going around the boards,” Nash said. “It’s one of those things you don’t want to think about too much when they’re going right.”A key sequence came in the final minute of the first period. Mats Zucarello raced the puck up ice and fired a long shot that Ramo handled easily. Ramo expected Kris Russell to clear the puck away, but he shoved it back toward Ramo.Before Ramo could cover it, Kreider stuck in his stick and knocked the puck into the net to make it 2-0 with a power-play goal at 19:52.“Karri has to freeze it,” Flames coach Bob Hartley said. “He had the puck in front of him, and the referee made the right call. That puck was loose, so they came in and they whacked it in.”The frustrated Ramo gestured with his trapper in the direction of Russell.“At that time, it’s probably one of our best penalty kills of the season,” Hartley said. “We generated three great scoring chances, they didn’t get a sniff. They get that gift and that hurt us because right now, we’re fragile.”Down 3-0, the Flames nearly got on the board when Markus Granlund ripped a puck off the crossbar that fooled the goal judge.Stepan then made it 4-0 at 11:15 on a wrap-around. That ended the night for Ramo, who was pulled by Hartley after allowing four goals on 13 shots. In his previous start, Ramo gave up four goals on 19 shots in Buffalo.Hudler scored the Flames first goal at 11:56 of the second period, deflecting in Mark Giordano’s point shot.The Flames have scored only 10 times during their skid. However, they have held the edge in shots in five of the six games, including Dec.. 16.Lundqvist, who improved to 13-7-3, has given up a total of two goals in his last three starts.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Jets’ Ryan Unfazed About Losing Job

first_imgNEW YORK — One more week. One final game.That’s all that might be left in Rex Ryan’s tenure as coach of the New York Jets, with his future uncertain beyond the Dec. 28 season finale at Miami against the Dolphins.Sweeping changes could be on tap for the Jets, who are 3-12 after a 17-16 loss to the New England Patriots on Dec. 21 and finishing out a fourth straight season without a playoff appearance.Owner Woody Johnson could opt to clean house on Dec. 29 by firing Ryan as well as General Manager John Idzik, pushing the reset button on the franchise.“I’m not worried about a coaching change or whatever,” Ryan said during a conference call. “I’m not even worried. I’m just looking forward to the opportunity that’s right in front of us, and that’s playing against Miami.”Beyond that, of course, is anyone’s guess. Johnson has been keeping his thoughts on the situation close to the vest, but he can’t be happy with what has transpired on the field or off during the past few seasons.Four years ago, the Jets were a win away from the Super Bowl. Now, they’re among the teams with the worst records in the NFL.“I think when we look at this season and the games we did lose, there were, in my opinion, a lot of games that were decided by a couple of mistakes or a couple of plays,” left tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson said. “It actually makes me feel that if we were to overcome those mistakes or made those plays at critical times, that we’d be put in a very different place.“I don’t think we’re far away. I think a few key pieces is what we need.”But Johnson could determine that a few of those include a new coach and a new General Manager. “I’m not thinking about it,” Ryan said. “I’ve never worried about it, and won’t. I know I have a job to do, and I plan on doing it.”Jets players have been asked for weeks about the possibility of a coaching change, which would lead to changes throughout the locker room as well as the staff.“I think the toughest part about it is not being able to continue to play for the same coach, the same guy that you learned to love, you invest so much in, and you believe (in) them,” quarterback Geno Smith said. “To reset and readjust is a tough thing to do, but we are professionals and we have to do it.“A change could be good for us all, so if it happens, when it happens, then we’ll see.”The players haven’t given up hope that Ryan could return, but they know the decision is out of their hands. They could, however, have better stated their case on the field. The Jets’ two losses to the Patriots this season were by a total of three points, and seven of their 12 losses overall were by 10 or fewer points.Ferguson is finishing his ninth season, all with the Jets, and he went through a coaching change when Eric Mangini was fired after the 2008 season. As a veteran looking at the twilight of his career, he’s wary of what could be involved in a total shake-up of the organization.“I actually think if we preserve what we have and just strategically make some switches here or there,” Ferguson said, “we’d be far better off than trying to clear everything and start fresh.”It’s a sentiment shared by several players throughout the locker room, but it might not be enough to save Ryan or Idzik from the unemployment line in less than a week.“Hopefully we can just preserve what we have and, if anything,” Ferguson said, “learn just how to do what we do better and hopefully we won’t have another year that was like this.”(DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Lopez Tips Nets Past Knicks, 100-98

first_imgNEW YORK — Their big lead was gone and their hold on a playoff spot was in danger of following.Instead, the Brooklyn Nets were saved by Brook Lopez’s effort — his second one, actually.Lopez’s follow shot with 2 seconds left gave the Nets their fifth straight victory and a share of seventh place in the Eastern Conference, as they beat the New York Knicks 100-98 on April 1.The Nets blew a 16-point, second-half lead but escaped what could have been a crushing loss thanks to Lopez’s work on the boards on their last possession.“We’re just finding ways to win ballgames,” point guard Deron Williams said. “We start off great and have some lulls. Tonight we had two, but at the end we buckled down and did what we had to do to win.”Williams had 26 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in one of his best games of the season. And when he missed in the lane with the game tied at 98, Lopez tipped the ball once, then knocked it in on his second attempt.“D-Will got a good look. He was being aggressive like he had been all night. I was right there around the rim and just tried to keep it alive,” Lopez said.Andrea Bargnani scored 22 points for the Knicks, who lost their eighth straight.“It’s tough, but we kind of put ourselves in a hole earlier in the game,” Knicks forward Jason Smith said. “It wasn’t just that last play.”The Nets swept the season series for the first time since going 4-0 in 2006-07, and they tied Miami at 34-40. The Heat own the tiebreaker after beating Brooklyn all four times.The Nets won for the ninth time in 11 games, but barely held on after appearing to run out of gas on their second night of a back-to-back.Lopez finished with 18 points, well below the dominant numbers he had put up recently during his run as East player of the week, but just good enough to keep the Nets ahead of Boston in the race for the conference’s final playoff spot.Cleanthony Early scored 14 for the Knicks, who were far more competitive than during most of their skid. He missed a 3-pointer that would have won it on the final possession.The Nets had a 16-point lead late in the third quarter after a 3-pointer by Williams, whose only game with more points this season was when he had 29 against the Knicks in the Nets’ 110-99 victory on Nov. 7.A night after scoring 33 in the first quarter, the Nets came back with 30 more in this one and led by nine after one. They pushed it to 14 early in the second and there seemed to be little interest in the finale of this season’s New York City series, the crowd at Madison Square Garden quiet and disinterested for most of the game.That all changed when the Knicks opened the fourth quarter with a 17-7 run that brought them to 92-88 on Early’s 3-pointer midway through the period. They later cut it to one but threw up consecutive airballs with a chance to take the lead, then finally tied it at 98 on Early’s 3-pointer with 1:07 to play.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Islanders Strike Lightning, 5-2

first_imgNEW YORK — Disappointed by a bad loss in the last game, New York coach Jack Capuano singled out some players he said ‘needed to play better.’ The Islanders then went out and got a crucial win in their playoff push.John Tavares got his 30th goal and two assists, and New York scored three times in a 5:15 span of the second period to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-2 on April 4.On April 2, the Islanders lost 5-0 at home to the Pittsburgh Penguins.“We were embarrassed by it,” Tavares said. “We knew it was a big two points (tonight) and we played our type of game. … We really liked the way we responded and now we got to carry it over tomorrow (at Washington). That’s the really important test I think, test our character in a tough back-to-back against a team that’s won the Presidents’ Trophy already and we’re still fighting hard here.”Ryan Pulock, Matt Martin, Brock Nelson and Johnny Boychuk also scored for the Islanders, and Thomas Greiss had 32 saves.New York holds the Eastern Conference’s first wild-card spot and won for the third time in four games to reduce its magic number to two over Boston to secure a third straight postseason berth.After the morning skate earlier April 4, Capuano named Nelson, Ryan Strome and Josh Bailey among the players that needed to step up down the stretch.“It’s not that I’m calling them out or trying to embarrass them in front of anybody, we need those guys to play better,” Capuano said after the win. “The only reason I singled them out is because I care about them. … And we gotta do something to ignite them.”The Islanders remained two points behind the crosstown-rival Rangers for third place in the Metropolitan Division, and the teams meet at Madison Square Garden on April 7.The Islanders improved to 10-2-1 at home since the All-Star break and play two of their last four at Barclays Center.Alex Killorn and Victor Hedman scored for the Lightning, and Ben Bishop gave up five goals on 23 shots before he was replaced by Andrei Vasilevskiy, who stopped 13 shots.Tampa Bay dropped four points behind first-place Florida in the Atlantic Division after the Panthers’ win at Toronto, and the Lightning’s magic number for their third consecutive playoff berth remained at one.“We gave up four breakaways in the second period,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. “We weren’t shooting and ultimately we would spend time in their zone and they’d get a breakaway and score. … That was the tough part to watch because they were working their tails off. They were competing, they were battling and we just weren’t working smart enough.”The Lightning were without star Steven Stamkos, who had surgery to remove a blood clot from near his right collarbone April 4 and is expected to miss one to three months.Martin put the Islanders ahead 2-1 with 9 minutes remaining in the second when he took a pass from Cal Clutterbuck, cut toward the net and lifted the puck in off Bishop for his ninth of the season.Nelson made it a two-goal game about 4 1/2 minutes later when he got ahead of Lightning defenders, took a perfect pass from Nikolay Kulemin and lifted a backhand into the top right corner.With the Lightning’s J.T. Brown off for a high-stick to Clutterbuck’s face, Tavares made it 4-1 with a slap shot from the top of the left circle with 3:45 left in the second. Kyle Okposo had his team-high 39th assist on the play.Hedman pulled the Lightning back within two with his 10th of the season with 7 seconds left in the middle period.Bishop stopped two shots by Anders Lee on a breakaway, but Boychuk wristed it in at 4:28 of the third. Tavares had his second assist of the game and team-high 64th point on the score.(VIN A. CHERWOO, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Muhammad Ali, who riveted the world as ‘The Greatest,’ dies

first_imgPHOENIX (AP) — Muhammad Ali, the magnificent heavyweight champion whose fast fists and irrepressible personality transcended sports and captivated the world, has died according to a statement released by his family. He was 74.Ali suffered for years from Parkinson’s disease, which ravaged his body but could never dim his larger-than-life presence. He was hospitalized earlier this week.A towering figure in his prime, he still traveled and made appearances in his later years despite being muted by the thousands of punches he took during his remarkable career.He beat the invincible Sonny Liston, fought a string of thrilling fights with Joe Frazier and stopped George Foreman in the “Rumble in the Jungle” in Zaire. But he paid a terrible price for the estimated 29,000 punches he took to his head during a career that made him perhaps the most recognized person in the world.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Brose Bamberg dominates Olympiacos

first_imgBrose Bamberg led from start to finish en route to beating Olympiacos Piraeus 82-68 at Brose Arena on Thursday night. The win improved Bamberg to 5-9 in the standings, while snapping Olympiacos’ four-game winning streak and dropping the Reds to 9-5. Bamberg opened the game with an 11-0 run and never relinquished it. A 17-6 spurt in the second quarter broke the 20-point barrier and Bamberg never let Olympiacos closer than 9 points the rest of the way. If Olympiacos had any chance of coming back, Darius Miller denied it hitting 4 fourth-quarter triples and scoring 15 of his 20 points in the final stanza. Fabien Causeur scored all of his 17 points in the first half, Nicolo Melli had 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and Janis Strelnieks collected 9 points and 7 assists in victory. Olympiacos, which played without the injured Georgios Printezis, saw Vasislis Spanouli score 15 points and Kostas Papanikolaou add 11 in defeat.Bamberg stormed out of the gate, scoring the first 11 points of the game behind Causeur and Miller. Olympiacos needed more than four and a half minutes to score its first points, before threes from Papanikolaou and Spanoulis cut the deficit to 13-9. However, Miller hit a triple to spark another Bamberg run and the hosts were quickly back up with a double-digit lead, which stood at 23-13 after 10 minutes. Back-to-back threes from Melli and Strelnieks opened a 29-13 advantage after 63 seconds in the second. A 0-8 run sparked by big man Patric Young got the visitors within 10 points, but Bamberg answered with 7 straight points, capped by a Nikos Zisis triple, before a three-point play and three-point shot from Causeur increased the margin to 48-27. Olympiacos cut it to 48-30 at halftime with a Spanoulis layup-plus-foul. The visitors scored the first 6 points of the third quarter. A Vangelis Mantzaris triple cut the deficit to 50-39. Zisis stopped the bleeding for the hosts, but a three-pointer from Spanoulis helped cut the deficit to single digits and Papanikolaou beat the third-quarter buzzer with a put-back to make it 59-50 at the end of third quarter. But the visitors never got closer. Strelnieks hit a three to restore a double-digit lead, before Miller took over. His 11 points in four minutes opened a 75-58 edge and Bamberg cruised the rest of the way.Source: EuroleagueTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Atletico Reaches 4th straight Champions League Quarters

first_imgMADRID (AP) — Goalkeeper Jan Oblak made a series of great saves as Atletico Madrid held Bayer Leverkusen to a 0-0 draw on Wednesday and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Champions League for the fourth straight season.Oblak came up big every time Leverkusen got close to his goal, proving crucial for Atletico as it protected its 4-2 first-leg victory in the Round of 16.Oblak made three spectacular consecutive saves midway through the second half to end Leverkusen’s hopes of overturning the defeat in Germany.Leverkusen was trying to reach the quarterfinals for the first time since it lost to Real Madrid in the 2002 final. The German club was eliminated by Atletico at this same stage in a penalty shootout two seasons ago.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Antetokounmpo Tells TNH He Is Touched Seeing the Greek Flag in the Stands (Video)

first_imgOn March 27, the Greek spectators packed the Staples Center to support Giannis and his team, though they lost to Los Angeles Clippers 105-98. The Bucks beat the NBA champs the Golden State Warriors 116-107 on March 29 with a solid performance by the Greek international.Greeks from Los Angeles and various cities in California including San Diego, as well as from Las Vegas, Nevada, and even from London, England attended the game on Friday.Dimitris Dimopoulos (right) and George. Photo TNH.Dimitris Demopoulos and George came from Las Vegas to see Giannis Antetokounmpo and support the Bucks. Their roots are from the Peloponnese.Mr. Demopoulos said, “He is very good this year, in the top 5” and well-known totalking to the Las Vegas Greek community. “All the Greeks know him” and the Americans as well. One of the lucky fans on Friday, Demopoulos got his short autographed by Giannis.Fotis Daskalakis attended the game with his father and brother. His origins are from Crete. Daskalakis’ friend, Josiah Yousling, said of Giannis, “He is a beast, unstoppable!”Demetri Lachanas, Dean Lachanas and Lena Lachanas. Photo TNH.Also at the Staples Center, Demetri Lahanas with his family, his son Dean and his wife Lena, from San Diego also to support Giannis. Mr. Lahanas’ roots are from Nea Koroni and his wife’s from Kiourka.While TNH spoke in Greek with Thanasis Papoulias, whom we met at Tuesday’s Bucks game with the Clippers, we heard another Greek greeting us.Left to right: Spiro Beckas, Eleni Beckas, Paul Andrews (and son), Nikos Davilas, Dino Pantazis, Dino Zaharopoulos, Kristen Lee, Eleni Manolelis, Bobby Zoumberakis, Thanasi Papoulias, Joanne Gioulatos, Nasos Gioulatos, Jimmy Papantonopoulos, Tina Papantonopoulos. Photo TNH.It was Tom Kousoulas, who said that he came to see Giannis with his family he came to see Giannis. Son Nicolas celebrated his birthday at the game, cheering for the Greek Freak. Mr. Kousoulas also spoke about TNH as he had seen the video of Antetokounmpo signing autographs on TNH’s website on Tuesday, and also enjoyed the commentary by TNH’s Publisher-Editor Antonis H. Diamataris, which he receives via email.Left to right: James Kousoulas, Eleni Kousoulas, Tom Kousoulas, Nicolas Kousoulas, Georgia Kousoulas coming out to celebrate Nicolas’ birthday in the best way possible, cheering on live the “Greek Freak” Giannis Antetoukoumpo. Courtesy Kousoulas family.“We will definitely try to be at all of Giannis’ games in Los Angeles,” he said, adding that he is a “modern Greek hero, of whom we are proud.”Panagiotis Piperopoulos was at the game with Iliana Dimoni. They are both originally from Thessaloniki, but live and work in London and, as they say, came to Los Angeles for Giannis.Panagiotis Piperopoulos and Iliana Dimoni. Photo TNH.“We love him, we support him, we hope he will give us an autograph.” Mr. Piperopoulos praised the Greek player’s performance and, in response to TNH’s question, he said that the basketball star is the main topic of discussions. “Of course, yes, yes, we all love Giannis. Greek Freak!”TweetPinShare0 Shares LOS ANGELES – “I sincerely want to thank all these people who come and see me, who support me and the Bucks. Sincerely i am touched each time I see a Greek flag in the stands,” Giannis Antetokounmpo told The National Herald after leading the Bucks to a win over the Los Angeles Lakers 124-122 in overtime at the Staples Center on March 30.“I do not just do it for myself and my family, I do it for my homeland and for you [the fans] who come and support us. You continue to support the Bucks, to come to more games, and know that I am trying to make you proud,” Giannis added when TNH asked about the support of the Greek- and not Greek- fans who follow every game.Again in this game, Giannis Antetokounmpo was among the top players for his team with 27 points, 16 rebounds, and 4 assists, with deserving supporters Eric Bledsoe (39 points, 6 assists, 3 rebounds) and Khris Middleton (28 points, 6 assists, 3 rebounds).For the Lakers, who made a dynamic comeback in the last quarter (15-29 scoring points) leveled the game by the end of regulation when early on, it looked like they would lose easily, Kyle Kuzma scored 27 points and had 12 rebounds and 6 assists, Brook Lopez (20 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists), Julius Randle (18 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists) and Ivica Zubac (16 points, 5 rebounds).The Greek Freak and the Bucks, as usual, brought many Greeks to the arena to support the efforts of the Greek player, who attracts Greek and non-Greek fans from across the country and the globe.last_img read more

Spurs Retire Ginobili’s Jersey During Emotional Ceremony (Pics,Vids)

first_imgSAN ANTONIO (AP) — Manu Ginobili would’ve been happy to quietly retire without the Spurs retiring his jersey. San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said the humble Argentinian had no choice but to accept it with the same passion he gave to the game.“When you’re that great, you have to go through it, so we’re going to make him go through it,” Popovich said.The Spurs retired Ginobili’s No. 20 following a 116-110 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night. He and Bill Bradley are the only players to win an NBA championship, Euroleague title and an Olympic gold medal.“What am I doing here,” Ginobili said. “I had no expectations of being here when I was growing up.”Former San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili’s jersey is unveiled in the rafters of the AT&T Center during his retirement ceremony, after the team’s NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Thursday, March 28, 2019, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 116-110. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)Ginobili won four NBA titles with the Spurs. Despite all his accomplishments and talent, he accepted a role coming off San Antonio’s bench for all but 349 of his 1,057 games during his 16 seasons with the Spurs.“To me, he’s the definition of Spurs basketball because he had no ego,” former Spurs point guard Tony Parker said.Parker and Tim Duncan honored the fellow Big Three star during a funny and heartfelt ceremony that also included speeches by Popovich and former Spurs and Argentina teammate Fabricio Oberto.Manu. Forever.#GraciasManu pic.twitter.com/AlDiTQj0ql— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) March 29, 2019While Ginobili’s jersey now rests alongside those belonging to Johnny Moore, Avery Johnson, Bruce Bowen, James Silas, Tim Duncan, Sean Elliott, George Gervin and David Robinson, the thousands of No. 20 jerseys worn by the fans in attendance is proof he remains dear to their hearts.“His presence off the court was always something special,” Popovich said. “The people here took him in as one of their own and he allowed it to happen. He’s a very warm individual and understood his responsibility to the community. It was a great marriage from day one to this day.”Ginobili spent his entire NBA career with the Spurs, where he became arguably the most beloved player in franchise history.“First time I’m on the court, you guys are cheering and chanting my name and I felt like you guys had my back,” Ginobili said, thanking the sellout crowd.Former San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili, right, hugs former teammate Tony Parker during Ginobili’s retirement ceremony after the team’s NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Thursday, March 28, 2019, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 116-110. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)Gervin, Robinson, Duncan and Parker are among the most popular, but none captured the city’s devotion as much as Ginobili. His ability to speak Spanish in a city predominantly Hispanic played a part in his popularity, but his humility, recklessness and fire endeared him to the team’s rabid fan base.“Because he’s always 100-percent natural,” former Spurs forward Boris Diaw said. “He just had a great connection with the fans, he spent a lot of time with them. He would never say no to take a picture.”An unforgettable night for an unforgettable person.#GraciasManu pic.twitter.com/lufRkDTTtf— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) March 29, 2019Ginobili’s introduction to the team was inauspicious. The Spurs drafted a then-unknown Ginobili with the 57th pick of the 1999 draft and let him stay in the Euroleague for a few more seasons.“We pick people I’ve never heard of. I hear … Emmaniel Ginili,” Duncan said, recreating the puzzled look of draft day.But it quickly became apparent what San Antonio had from the moment the mop-topped 25-year-old stepped onto the court against the Los Angeles Lakers on Oct. 29, 2002.“He was like a mustang out in the field somewhere,” Popovich said. “That’s how he lived his life on the court. He was fearless and wild and did things that won games.”Former San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili, right, kisses Spurs coach Gregg Popovich on the cheek during Ginobili’s retirement ceremony after the team’s NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Thursday, March 28, 2019, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 116-110. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)Popovich said Ginobili helped him become a better coach, taking a step back and not nitpicking. Even if meant watching a pass sail into the stands.“Nobody can control Manu,” Parker said. “Manu is going to be Manu.”Ginobili also displayed an offensive style that has been adopted by an entire generation. His breakneck Euro-step, wrap-around ballhandling, hard fakes and step-back 3s have been adopted by players such as James Harden.“Manu brought something new, something different and a lot of young guys at the time look at him — trying to copy it and seeing that it was working,” Diaw said. “So, I think it’s the guys we see now on the court are the young guys (watching Ginobili) from a few years ago.”By: Raul Dominguez, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Kontron: FlatClient Panel PC now featuring 7th gen Intel processors

first_img Continue Reading Previous Toshiba: Bluetooth 4.2 evaluation and prototyping platformNext Altek: 3D depth sensing chip Kontron is equipping its FlatClient family of Panel PCs with the latest 7th Gen Intel Coreprocessors. The rugged Panel PCs designed for industrial applications offer maximum flexibility at a favorable price. Users benefit from improved graphics and computing performance through the update to the latest processor technology.  The FlatClient Panel PCs have proven themselves successfully in high-volume implementations in industrial applications. They are available in numerous versions covering display sizes from 25.7 to 60.5 cm. They are available in both 16:9 and 16:10 widescreen format, as well as 4:3 and 5:4 standard format. Kontron is one of a select few manufactures in the marketplace offering up-to-date processor and display technology in 4:3 and 5:4 regular format devices. FlatClients feature a full-metal housing and are available in versions for independent operation with VESA mount or as built-in devices. They are available with PCAP, resistive touch screen or protection glass and can optionally be equipped with RFID readers.The Kontron FlatClient Panel PC family is structured in two distinct lines: the ECO Line features Intel Atom processors, while the PRO Line is based on Intel Core CPUs. Optionally, both lines can be equipped with two serial interfaces (RS232, RS422, RS485), an audio output and an RFID module with a CF/SD card reader. Depending on the processor used, Kontron FlatClient Panel PCs support the Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 operating systems including Embedded versions, Windows 10 IoT and Linux.The design of the FlatClient models can be customized to meet customer requirements, for example by freely choosing the color of the front and back of the devices and providing them with individual logos. All FlatClient devices are characterized by their fanless design, are highly shock- and vibration resistant and feature an easy-to-clean, anti-glare and scratch-resistant front glass with IP65 protection.The FlatClient family supports Kontron’s Security Solution APPROTECT. In tandem with a specifically developed software framework, it provides full IP and copy/reverse engineering protection through a WIBU-Systems security chip. Additionally, Kontron’s APPROTECT Licensing enables new business models such as ‘pay per use’ or time-based trial versions, as it can be used to easily enable or disable features via a predetermined set of variables. For secure cloud connectivity, a TPM 2.0 Security Chip is integrated. All FlatClient Panel PCs are CE and cULus certified.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

Kontron: KBox A-250 with pITX-2.5

first_img Continue Reading Previous Renesas completes RZ/N1 solution kit lineupNext Rohde & Schwarz presents test solution for 3GPP release 14 location services for NB-IoT Kontron announces the KBox A-250 at embedded world 2018. The newest addition to Kontron’s compact industrial computer platforms is tailored for gateway applications. Based on a pITX-2.5″ SBC with Intel Atom processors of the E3900 family, the fanless KBox A-250 has been designed as a cost-optimized gateway for IoT Edge applications. Its fields of application are primarily found in industrial automation.The compact KBox A-250 offers numerous interfaces to connect various layers of communication: A serial interface (RS232/RS485) for local data collection and connection to the sensor- or machine environment is provided. Connection to the IT environment can be realized through the integrated Gigabit Ethernet interfaces as well optional WiFi support. Additionally, a GPIO-interface is included. Wireless technologies such as LTE (4G) and GSM (2G/3G) are supported, an integrated LTE module can be added on demand.The KBox A-250 can be set up and run quickly and easily, making it suitable for OEM manufacturers and systems integrators aiming to leverage the full potential of next generation intelligent infrastructure in IoT environments. The KBox A-250 is Microsoft Azure Certified and can be easily used with Microsft Azure IoT Services. The Kontron KBox A-250 is based on pITX-APL with Intel Atom® E3930/E3940/E3950 processors and up to 8 GB ECC storage. The system offers one DisplayPort interface, two Gigabit Ethernet- and two USB 3.0 interfaces. System upgrades can be implemented through a MiniPCIe interface. Operating system and data can be stored either on one M.2 SSD, one mSATA SSD or one microSD.The KBox A-250 supports Kontron’s Security Solution APPROTECT. In tandem with a specifically developed software framework, it provides full IP and copy/reverse engineering protection through a Wibu-Systems security chip. Kontron APPROTECT Licensing also provides license management to enable demo versions for limited time periods, or activation/deactivation of functions for a limited number of executions for new business models like pay-per-use. For secure cloud connectivity, a TPM 2.0 Security Chip is integrated.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

Apacer: 32-bit DDR4 SODIMM designed for ARM architecture systems

first_img Continue Reading Previous IntervalZero and TSEP partner on real-time IEEE1588 master stack for Windows and RTX64Next Würth: simulation models for LAN transformers available for free download Apacer launches a 32-bit DDR4 SODIMM which supports industrial embedded systems using ARM/RISC processors or the latest RISC-V 32-bit processors. Traditionally, memory used for 32-bit ARM/RISC embedded systems is usually designed as built-in memory, which makes it difficult to meet the demands for smart IoT devices requiring high flexibility in distributing memory capacity and space. Considering the current market gap in ARM embedded memory systems and high demands for performance and bandwidth in the industrial control market, Apacer has stepped in with the world’s first 32-bit DDR4 SODIMM industrial memory, creating an upgradable 32-bit memory solution, whereby the shortcomings of limited memory capacity and performance for built-in memory can be solved. This technology will be implemented in intelligent applications in automotive electronics, automation systems, server and networking applications, NAS, and edge devices such as gateways.Compared with Intel x86, the ARM processor with RISC architecture has been widely used in embedded industrial systems developed for specific application markets due to its energy-saving, cost-efficient and lightweight features. With the diversifying development of the IoT field, the rich ARM architecture network has propelled the intelligent development of IoT devices and after extensive endeavors in deployment, great results have been seen in recent years.Apacer’s 32-bit DDR4 SODIMM designed for ARM architecture systems can be used in processors made by large companies such as NXP, Freescale, Marvell, Cavium, and Texas Instruments and is also compatible with the latest RISC-V 32-bit processor. It can operate with just 1.2V, which is 20% less than a comparable DDR3 would require. Apacer’s 32-bit DDR4 SODIMM comes with 3 specifications: DDR4 2133/2400/2666 with a choice of 2GB, 4G and 8GB capacity and supporting industrial-grade wide-temperature ICs from original manufacturers.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

Dealing with the illusion of security

first_imgThe complexity, ineffectiveness, and cost of digital security has worn the digital technology industry into apathetic resignation. Some industry leaders are saying that it may be time for a new processor architecture to arrive, if only to put an end to the cesspool that is current digital security technology.At the 2018 Arm TechCon in San Jose, California, Arm issued the second edition of their IoT Security Manifesto. I wanted to see what kind of progress had been made by the embedded industry toward meeting the goals that the document laid out originally and expanded upon this year. The result was, as John Cleese used to say, “not a sausage.” The question is: Why?One clue was in the new issue of the manifesto in the section on Meltdown and Spectre (MDS). The revelation of those security holes earlier this year knocked the goals of the 2017 manifesto into a cocked hat for the simple reason that the holes were integrated into the very hardware. Patches were issued, but these could be easily turned off by both the users and the malefactors attacking the systems. Every vendor that I talked to admitted that this was a problem they were facing, along with the reality that the software patches caused performance slowdowns of 10% to 15% on a given processor.I’ve been interviewing chief information and security officers (CISOs) for about five weeks now, asking a simple question: What will it take to make your network truly secure? Not the internet, just their network. Everyone said the same thing: “We can’t.” The CISOs of companies that purchase and implement security technology and services know that, even if they were to purchase everything possible, it wouldn’t guarantee a secure internet or intranet and, even if it did, it would slow their own productivity to a virtual standstill, making investment in more technology hard to justify. A telecom executive who requested anonymity said, “The state of digital security technology is like a cesspool. Every once in a while, we throw in something new, stick our paddle in, and stir, but it still stinks.”In part, as I mentioned in a previous column , inherent insecurity of system arises from badly written code created by overworked and exhausted engineers. There are basic security standards to which developers are supposed to adhere in order to avoid those problems, and an entire sub-industry has sprung up to help teams stay on target. As you’ll see in this video , Jim McElroy, sales and marketing vice president at LDRA, says that this is more important to the automotive and industrial technology sectors, “…since they are under the gun from a security security requirements perspective, as different systems need to communicate securely.” But that is strictly from a software perspective. The issue of digital security lies much deeper.The very core of the problem existed at the processor level even before MDS was discovered. Multi-core processors promised increased processing power, but customers started complaining that they were not seeing the improved performance that was advertised. To fix that problem, the chip industry switched from in-order processing to out-of-order processing, which involved putting off often used tasks to the cache and bringing them up when it was anticipated that they would be needed. This delivered the performance, but it also opened huge security holes. The manifesto section on MDS explained as much.What the section glossed over was that the off-loaded tasks often included PIN numbers, usernames, passwords, bank accounts, etc. — all of the stuff that hackers were looking for, which was now easily accessible by those who knew how. The patches provided by the big players (Intel, Apple, etc.) theoretically covered those holes, but the corresponding degraded performance became noticeable to the user community, so on a case-by-case basis, the users were instructed how to turn them off. 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. Continue Reading Previous Abaco: 3U VPX video/graphics/GPGPU boards based on NVIDIA Pascal GPU technologyNext Creating a better EV batterycenter_img Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Analog last_img read more

Cincinnati Open: Nick Kyrgios forgets his tennis shoes in locker room

first_imgNick Kyrgios has this knack of becoming the centre of attention anywhere he goes to play tennis and it was no different at the Cincinnati Open on Tuesday. Kyrgios was there to play his first-round match against American Denis Kudla but before that itself, he got himself in a peculiar situation.It was just another day as Kyrgios walked out on the court to play a match of tennis but is there a normal day with the Australian? As Kyrgios took the courtside chair and took off his high-top basketball shoes to get into his tennis shoes, he realised he had forgotten to get them.Kyrgios rummaged through his bag, went through various compartments of his tennis bag only to realise that his tennis shoes were left into the locker room.Kyrgios was heard swearing after he realised what had happened and murmured, “Wait, what?”Only @NickKyrgios #CincyTennis pic.twitter.com/TPitUz7jV5 Tennis TV (@TennisTV) August 14, 2018After walking around the side of the court in his dark grey socks to find someone who could retrieve his shoes, the embarrassed Australian then told his bemused opponent Kudla: “I left my tennis shoes in the locker room, sorry man.” Nick Kyrgios rummaged through his bag to realise his tennis shoes were missing. (Reuters Photo)With his white tennis shoes finally on his feet, Kyrgios went out and dropped the first set before rallying back for a 6-7(2), 7-5, 7-6(9) victory.The talented-yet-temperamental Australian burst onto the scene in 2014 when he beat Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon but has earned a reputation as the sport’s ‘bad boy’ given his combustible temperament.advertisementRecently in the first round of the Rogers Cup, Kyrgios was defeated by former world No.3 Stan Wawrinka 6-1, 5-7, 5-7.Before that in Wimbledon this year, Kyrgios was beaten by Japan’s Kei Nishikori 1-6, 6-7(3), 4-6 as he looked completely out-of-sorts at the All England Club in London.Next up for Kyrgios in the US Open tune-up will be Croatian Borna Coric, a 6-2, 6-3 winner over Russian qualifier Daniil Medvedev.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more