FIFA Fires Finance Director Kattner Over Bonus Payments

first_imgGENEVA — FIFA has fired its Finance Director of the past 13 years, removing another fixture of the Sepp Blatter Presidential era in another round of revelations about irregular million-dollar payments.Markus Kattner’s exit on May 23 came after he spent several months in his highest profile role at the scandal-rocked world soccer body — as its interim top administrator promoting FIFA’s wish to change its tainted culture even as his links to other investigations added up.FIFA said Kattner was fired after an internal investigation said he allegedly broke his legal responsibilities to the organization “in connection with his employment contract.”The 45-year-old German official was due payments worth millions of dollars over a six-year period from 2008-14 from additions to his contract, a person familiar with the FIFA investigation said.The extra payments were known to then-President Blatter and then-Secretary General Jerome Valcke, Kattner’s immediate boss in that period.“We don’t yet understand why these payments were made,” the person said on condition of anonymity as details of the investigation are confidential. “These contract provisions were not known widely and not to the appropriate officers at FIFA.”It is unclear if the contracted payments which came to light last week could form part of a wider investigation of criminal mismanagement at FIFA conducted by Swiss Federal prosecutors, who opened proceedings against Blatter last September.“We are not in a position to determine the legality of the contracts,” the person said, adding that “the appropriate authorities are aware of the issue.”United States federal prosecutors — who have indicted and taken guilty pleas from more than 40 soccer and marketing officials, plus marketing agencies, in a sprawling bribery probe — have said they are monitoring FIFA’s commitment to genuine reform under President Gianni Infantino, who was elected in February.FIFA’s ethics committee is likely now to open an investigation against Kattner, with charges of conflict of interest and disloyalty to FIFA among potential outcomes.An emailed request for comment from Kattner was not answered.Kattner joined FIFA as director of finance in 2003 from the McKinsey consultancy firm, where he worked with the former FIFA President’s nephew, Philippe Blatter, on a project advising the soccer body.In 2007, Kattner got the Deputy Secretary General title after Blatter hired Valcke for the top administrative job.Kattner was promoted in an interim role when Valcke was suspended last September for financial wrongdoing and then fired in January.“Markus Kattner has been dismissed from his position effective immediately,” FIFA said in a statement. “FIFA’s internal investigation uncovered breaches of his fiduciary responsibilities in connection with his employment contract.”FIFA has already announced that United Nations official Fatma Samoura of Senegal is due to start work next month as the new permanent Secretary General.Kattner’s alleged wrongdoing came to light last Friday, the person with knowledge of the latest investigation said, one week after Samoura’s hiring was announced by Infantino.Kattner was at FIFA headquarters on May 23 before his firing was announced. His exit is unconnected with the timing of Samoura’s hiring and expected arrival at FIFA, the person said.“This is based on documentary evidence that is information which emerged in the last three days,” the person said, stating that no whistleblower was involved in revealing the case.FIFA is being subjected to an internal investigation led by lawyers it retained from U.S.-based firm Quinn Emanuel, which is working separately from investigations by federal prosecutors in the U.S. and Switzerland.As a central figure overseeing FIFA finances during most of Blatter’s Presidency, Kattner and his finance department have been linked to the American and Swiss cases, and investigations of other officials by FIFA’s ethics committee.American prosecutors have focused on $10 million paid through FIFA accounts, at the request of South African organizers of the 2010 World Cup, as alleged bribes for senior officials to vote for that country’s successful hosting bid.Valcke has been implicated as the money went through the FIFA finance department he oversaw. South African officials have said the money was for soccer projects to support the African diaspora.FIFA previously suggested the cash transfers were known to long-time FIFA Finance Committee Chairman Julio Grondona of Argentina. Grondona died in 2014.Michel Platini has said that his invoice requesting a $2 million payment for backdated salary from FIFA was sent to Kattner in 2010. The now-banned UEFA President got the money approved by Blatter in February 2011.In that case, Platini had a four-year ban confirmed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport this month, and Blatter awaits an appeal at CAS to challenge his six-year ban for conflict of interest. They deny wrongdoing.Kattner is also expected to be sought as a witness in German and Swiss investigations of unexplained payments between FIFA and German organizers of the 2006 World Cup, including soccer great Franz Beckenbauer.When questioned at FIFA news conferences since October, Kattner has said he has been advised by FIFA not to comment on ongoing criminal and ethics cases.(GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports Writer)FIFA has punished Markus Kattner. (Walter Bieri/Keystone via AP)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Body Visible in Wreckage of Plane Carrying Soccer Player

first_imgLONDON (AP) — One body is visible in the seabed wreckage of a plane that went missing carrying Argentine soccer player Emiliano Sala and his pilot two weeks ago, air accident investigators said Monday.Sala and pilot David Ibbotson were on board the small aircraft that disappeared from radar over the English Channel on Jan. 21 as it flew from the French city of Nantes to Cardiff, Wales.Sala, a striker who played for Nantes in the French top flight, was preparing to start a new career in the Premier League at Cardiff.Wreckage from the plane was located on Sunday after Sala’s family raised funds for a private search by American-born shipwreck-hunting specialist David Mearns that was conducted in conjunction with British air accident investigators.An underwater remotely operated vehicle surveyed the seabed and confirmed an object was the missing Piper Malibu aircraft, with the registration N264DB visible in a picture of the fuselage released Monday.“One occupant is visible amidst the wreckage,” the Air Accident Investigation Branch said in a statement. “The AAIB is now considering the next steps, in consultation with the families of the pilot and passenger, and the police.”Investigators say they plan to release an interim report into the accident this month.___By ROB HARRIS , AP Global Soccer WriterA view of the match day programme with an image of Emiliano Sala on the cover, ahead of the English Premier League soccer match between Cardiff and Bournemouth at the Cardiff City Stadium, in Cardiff, Wales, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019. (Mark Kerton/PA via AP)CAPTION CORRECTS THE DATE – This photo made available by Josette Bernard on Saturday Jan. 26, 2019, shows a seat cushion from a plane on a beach at Surtainville, France. Air accident investigators say two seat cushions have been found which are likely to have come from the plane carrying Argentine soccer player Emiliano Sala. They are the first traces of the plane to be found since it disappeared over the English Channel on Jan. 21 as it flew from France to Wales. Sala had just been signed by Premier League club Cardiff. (Josette Bernard via AP)Nantes players wear jerseys showing Argentinian player Emiliano Sala in La Beaujoire stadium as they train before the French soccer League One match Nantes against Saint-Etienne, in Nantes, western France, Wednesday, Jan.30, 2019. Sala disappeared over the English Channel on Jan. 21, 2019 as it flew from France to Wales. Sala had just been signed by Premier League club Cardiff. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)FILE – In this Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, file photo, a Nantes soccer team supporters stops by a poster of Argentinian player Emiliano Sala and reading “Let’s keep hope” outside La Beaujoire stadium before the French soccer League One match Nantes against Saint-Etienne, in Nantes, western France. On Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, the man leading a private search for the missing plane carrying Argentine soccer player Emiliano Sala says the wreckage has been found. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

PragmaDev gives away ETSI SIP conformance test executables

first_img Continue Reading Previous MicroSys: RTOS Microware OS-9 Version 6.1 with embedded graphics XiBase9Next ON Semi: rapid installation of battery-free smart passive sensors for IoT applications PragmaDev Studio supports different modeling and testing technologies which are ideal to describe the interactions between generic entities. The testing technology implemented in PragmaDev Tester module is the one used by ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute) to publish conformance tests to its protocols.The Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) is a protocol for multimedia communications over Internet Protocol. SIP is a text based protocol and the standard defines the format of messages exchanged as well as the sequence of the messages. ETSI has published the conformance test cases in TTCN-3. The official test cases contain a few minor mistakes that have been corrected by PragmaDev team. The C++ code has been generated with PragmaDev Tester and compiled with GCC. The executable includes a command line interface to select and run the desired test cases. A log file is generated that indicates which test case did work or not. The interface with the System Under Test is socket based so it can basically be run on any standard computer. The test parameters are defined in a file that canbe freely edited with PragmaDev Tester. The resulting executable is free to download and to use from PragmaDev web site. This demonstrates PragmaDev commitment to support TTCN-3.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

Infineon and XAIN to collaborate on bringing blockchain into the car

first_imgInfineon Technologies and XAIN have agreed to work together on bringing blockchain technology into the car. The goal of the collaboration is to test possible applications and develop suitable ones to market maturity. A first demonstrator shows how access rights, e.g. for car sharing, can be granted decentrally with a smartphone app.A blockchain is a decentralized database that enables speedy transactions and particularly secure, tamper-free storage. In connection with cars, feasible applications for this technology include automated payments, keyless access for car sharing schemes, on-demand services, tuning protection and automated driving functions. Essentially, it is all about the granting of access rights – to the car itself or to specific data in the vehicle. An example involving specific data is when insurance companies offer low rates for car owners with good driving habits.All of Infineon’s 2 nd generation AURIX microcontrollers can provide support for blockchain functionality in cars already today. This support is based on an embedded hardware security module that complies with the highest level of the EVITA security standard. An HSM consists of special computing and storage units within the microcontroller. It performs the cryptographic operations and is protected by a dedicated firewall of its own. The 2 nd generation AURIX microcontrollers thus have a secured memory for the digital key used for identification in the blockchain and are able to perform blockchain operations, such as hashing or digital signing, swiftly and securely. Certified security controllers such as the OPTIGA TPM 2.0 from Infineon for automotive applications allow even higher security levels to be reached.However, the creation of new data blocks still represents a challenge for the conventional microcontrollers used in cars. Due to the enormous amounts of required computing power, the so-called mining as used in the context of cryptocurrencies, up to this point in time has been executed by high-performance processors. XAIN, however, is working on a new process that can also be performed on devices that need to be economical in their use of energy – such as microcontrollers in cars.At the Infineon Automotive Cybersecurity Forum, Infineon and XAIN are presenting their first demonstrator. It shows how access rights can be granted decentrally, swiftly and securely by means of a smartphone app. An application for this would be a car sharing scheme without a platform or back-office in which all participants are able to spontaneously share their cars with others.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous ROHM: automotive-grade buck-boost power supply chipsetNext IBASE: expandable Panel PCs for harsh factory automation applicationslast_img read more

Candera announces membership in the Automotive Grade Linux and The Linux Foundation network

first_img Continue Reading Previous Teledyne SP Devices: 8-channel 10-bit digitizer with 1 GS/s sampling rateNext Arrow Electronics introduces reference kit for Intel Cyclone 10 LP Starting with 15th of May, 2019 Candera is official member of Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) and The Linux Foundation. With Linux at its core the membership in these powerful networks will support Candera in further facilitating the collaboration across this open source system and leveraging the potential in many of its core markets.Within the last years the open source operating system Linux has extended its application areas far beyond servers, smartphones, and tablets and has found its way into the automotive industry. In fact, Linux is currently powering infotainment systems, head-up displays and connected car systems for renowned OEMs worldwide like Toyota, Nissan, and Jaguar Land Rover.As a leading HMI tool provider for the automotive industry Candera situated in Linz, Austria is dealing with numerous customer projects based on Linux OS, with tendency to rise even more in the upcoming years. The membership in the Automotive Grade Linux (a collaborative open source project bringing together automakers, suppliers and technology companies to accelerate the development and adoption of a fully open software stack for the connected car) and Linux foundation (supported by more than 1,000 members and the world’s leading home for collaboration on open source software, open standards, open data, and open hardware) is an important step for Candera.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

Honor Note 10 with 6.9-inch display, 6,000mAh battery leaked via official listing

first_imgSoon after Honor president Zhao Ming confirmed the existence of the Honor Note 10, some images and specs of the upcoming phablet have now surfaced online. The leaked screenshots of the Honor Note 10 was reportedly taken from the device’s official page on The images not only reveal the design of the Honor Note 10, but also confirms some of the specs as well.The screenshots spotted by CNMO reveal that the Honor Note 10 will sport a tall 6.9-inch 2K AMOLED display with slim bezels for a possible 18:9 aspect ratio. This keeps in line with what we have come to hear about the phone in the past. The back, which is likely made up of metal, will sport a dual camera setup on the top left corner and a fingerprint sensor placed near the center. There is no way to confirm whether the design is true or not so one should take the report with a pinch of salt. As per the screenshots, the Honor Note 10 will be powered by a Kirin 970 chipset coupled with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Notably, the phone will also feature the company’s GPU Turbo tech that was recently also featured on the Honor 10 GT. The technology will boost the phone’s graphic chip to enhance gaming experience. The Honor Note 10 will also house a large 6,000mAh battery as per the screenshot. If the latest leak is true, Honor will likely tout the upcoming flagship as an entertainment powerhouse.Lastly, the image also mentions a 16-megapixel sensor as the main camera on the Honor Note 10 with AI support that will be provided by the Kirin chipset. There is no mention of what the secondary camera and front camera will bring. Zhao Ming did not provide a timeline on when the Honor Note 10 will be unveiled, but considering how the phone was accidentally listed on the company’s official site, we could be just a few weeks away from its launch.advertisementlast_img read more

World Cup fans explore underground Josef Stalin’s bunker of Nazi era

first_imgFor World Cup fans who are in Samara for the quarter-final clash between England and Sweden, there is still a day to go.As they gear up for the big clash on Saturday, some fans decided to explore the darker city of city that is hidden underground.Hundreds of visiting supporters went underground to explore the Josef Stalin’s bunker — the chambers that were dug out underneath the southwestern city in Russia to protect the leader of the Soviet Union in case of a Nazi German attack. Of course, the assault never happened.During the second World War, Samara, which was named Kuybyshev at that time, was chosen as the alternative capital of the Soviet Union should Moscow fall under the German attack. The bunker was built to be the headquarters of the Armed Forces, that were being led by Stalin.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE”You get goosebumps. You can’t imagine all of that happened just here and only a few years ago. It is a very good experience to take back to our country,” said Mexico fan Josue Resendis.Supporters, many still wearing their team’s tops, carefully walk down flights of narrow stairs until they are 37 metres (120 feet) below the soccer celebrations.”To think that a place that today shows so much happiness has had a past in which children, women were carrying arms and building planes in order to have one human being fighting another human being because of an ideology…” Thiago Andrade from Brazil told Reuters.advertisementAlso read – World Cup 2018: Neymar joins Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi in mural clubIt is good that it is over and that things in the world are now solved in a different way.”The bunker was built in 1942, but remained a secret to Samara’s citizens until 1990, when it was uncovered and later turned into a museum.Its walls were built to withstand a direct hit from an aerial bomb and held enough provisions to feed Stalin and his entourage for up to five days.Stalin never had to use the shelter though.Also read – World Cup 2018: Dazzling goals, memorable celebrations and the dance of joyThe bottom floor contains two rooms: the main chamber which could accommodate 115 people and was meant to serve as meeting room, and Stalin’s personal chamber, the tourists’ favourite.Here they can sit at Stalin’s desk, pick up the handset and “call the Kremlin”.Legend has it, according to a museum guide, that the phone line used to be live until a French tourist called home and ran up an extortionate bill.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Bangladesh cricketer faces BCB investigation after social media controversy

first_imgBangladesh batsman Sabbir Rahman has landed himself in trouble once again, this time after allegedly abusing and threatening two fans on social media.The incident took place after Bangladesh’s second ODI against West Indies on Wednesday while the batsman is already serving a punishment for physically assaulting a child during a first-class game in December last year.The Bangladesh Cricket Board has said that they will investigate the matter.”Players, especially national players, are given definitive guidelines on how to behave with fans and on social media,” Chowdhury told Daily Star. “They have been told that they must be very careful when interacting with the public on social media. Since it is out in the public and when it has come to the board’s knowledge, if such a breach has occurred it will be referred to the disciplinary committee and appropriate action taken.”According to ESPNCricinfo, the threatening message also contained foul language was sent from the Facebook account named Shabbir Rahaman Roman, the same account is also used in BCB’s official emails to the players and media.The message was sent out after the fan posted a sarcastic comment on Rahman’s poor form with bat as he scored only 15 runs in two ODIs.According to the Daily Star, the account has now been deactivated after the BCB was notified of the event.Rahman had also got into trouble with BCB on two previous occasions. In 2017, he was stripped of his central contract and fined US$25,000 for assaulting a child during a Rajshahi Division first-class game. In 2016, Rahman was fined US$15,000 for disciplinary breaches during Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).advertisementlast_img read more

Ben Stokes, amid legal battle, sends out emotional message for England

first_imgAbsent all-rounder Ben Stokes sent best wishes to his England team-mates, in particular debutant batsman Ollie Pope, ahead of the second Test against India at Lord’s on Thursday.Stokes is standing trial at Bristol Crown Court accused of knocking out two other men outside a nightclub in the southwest English city in September last year.Stokes on Thursday, wished his colleagues well in a Twitter message accompanied by an Instagram photograph of all-rounder Sam Curran, like Pope a 20-year-old Surrey star, celebrating a wicket.Ben Stokes ‘mocked gay men’ before Bristol pub brawl: Prosecutor”Good luck to all the englandcricket lads today and for the rest of the week, always exciting seeing guys get there first opportunity, hope it goes for you well for you @opope32 #loveengland” wrote Stokes.Good luck to all the englandcricket lads today and for the rest of the week,always exciting seeing guys get there first opportunity,hope it goes for you well for you @opope32 #loveengland Stokes (@benstokes38) August 9, 2018Prosecutors say Stokes was the “main aggressor” in a fight that broke out after an England match. The 27-year-old however, has denied the charge against him.India vs England: Ollie Pope to debut in Lord’s Test, says Joe RootadvertisementBut in a statement provided to police and heard in court Wednesday, Stokes said he only stepped in after hearing two men being homophobic toward two other men.Stokes said “matters had become too serious to ignore and that I had to intervene.”Stokes himself is accused of earlier mocking the gay men outside the club and flicking a cigarette butt at them. Stokes denies taunting them, telling police they “thanked me for preventing them from being beaten up.”His absence will be a big blow for England in the second Test at Lord’s which is yet to begin due to relentless rain in London.Stokes is in good form with the ball after having taken 3 wickets in the first Test as the hosts completed a 31-run win at Edgbaston on Sunday to go 1-0 up in a five-match series.England captain Joe Root confirmed on Wednesday that 20-year-old Surrey batsman Pope would make his debut at Lord’s in place of the dropped Dawid Malan.(With agency inputs)last_img read more

Germany’s Sami Khedira not calling time on international career

first_imgSami Khedira on Thursday said he was in no mood to give up playing for Germany despite the 2014 world champions’ poor outing at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Germany were knocked out of the World Cup in the group stages after losing two of the three matches in the first round.Khedira was among a number of players sharply criticised for their performances in Russia in June after Germany crashed out of the World Cup in the group stage.It was Germany’s earliest exit at a World Cup in 80 years, putting the national team future of several players, including Khedira, in doubt. The 31-year-old Khedira was part of Germany’s 2014 World Cup winning squad.”After a good season and nine goals with Juventus, I played my two worst matches at the World Cup with full fitness. That was really bad,” Khedira, who plays for Italian club Juventus, said on his Instagram account.Germany finished last in their group with just one win – over Sweden – and defeats to Mexico and South Korea. Khedira played in both those defeats, having been dropped against Sweden.Toni Kroos hits out at Mesut Ozil for ‘nonsense’ racism claims”The criticism against me and us all is justified,” he said, while adding he was ready to fight for his spot on the team.”It must be an honour for any active player to play for this country, this (DFB) association and this team,” said Khedira.”If there are better players at the moment then I will accept it. But should I be nominated because the coach believes I can help the DFB then for me it is always an honour and an obligation.”advertisementFellow midfielder Toni Kroos has also said he wants to continue with the team, while Mesut Ozil announced his international retirement in July, saying he had faced “racism and disrespect” because of his Turkish roots after he appeared in a photo with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Steve Smith cuts short Caribbean Premier League with abdominal strain

first_imgSteve Smith flies back to Australia after suffering an abdominal tear in the ongoing Caribbean Premier League (CPL).Smith, who was signed by Barbados Tridents as a replacement for Shakib Al Hasan, scored 185 runs in seven innings and claimed three wickets during his stint at the CPL.The banned Australian skipper was also forced to miss the Tridents’ defeat to the St Lucia Stars and would play no further part in the Twenty20 tournament.Smith is serving a 12-month ban from international cricket for his part in the Cape Town ball-tampering scandal.BREAKING: Steve Smith has a side strain and has been ruled out of the remainder of CPL 2018 #CPL18 T20 (@CPL) September 2, 2018″He had a slight tear and he had to go back, so it’s a really unfortunate situation,” Tridents captain Robin Singh said.The injury is not expected to prevent Smith returning to domestic cricket later this month.Although banned from playing for his home state New South Wales, Smith is scheduled to turn out for his Sydney club side Sutherland on Sept. 22, Cricket Australia’s website ( said.His ban ends in March 2019 but he will be suspended from leadership roles for a further 12 months.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Asian Games was a trailer, you will watch full film at Tokyo Olympics: Army chief Rawat

first_img(Eds: Minor edit in 10th para) New Delhi, Sep 5 (PTI) They have contributed 11 out of the 69 medals in country’s highly successful Asian Games campaign but chief of Indian Army, General Bipin Rawat, termed it as “only trailer” as the full length movie will be released during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. “I want to congratulate the entire contingent and I am not just talking about the medal winners. Some won medals and some did not perform up to the mark but I am hopeful that they will continue to work hard. Asian Games was just a trailer and you will get to watch the full movie during Olympics. That’s our endeavour for Mission Olympics,” Rawat told media after felicitation of the Army athletes. The Chief of Army Staff said that he expects more medals in future marquee events. “We had 73 representatives of the Indian Army which included 66 athletes and seven coaches, who were a part of the Indian contingent. We won 11 medals including 4 gold and 4 silver and 3 bronze medals. I expected even more but I am not disheartened. I know that they will train harder, be more determined to win many more laurels for the country.” Rawat said that most of the athletes who interacted with him on Wednesday requested the Army to help them get more international exposure. “They spoke to me about need for international exposure. They want to compete with world’s best athletes on a regular basis, have access to state-of-the-art training abroad. This exposure boosts an athlete’s confidence. We have seen our athletes perform well at home but at times fail due to stage fright in overseas conditions.advertisement “That’s why international exposure with good foreign coaches will be of great help with only two years left for the Tokyo Olympics,” the Army chief said. Rawat was all praise for the Indian equestrian team that won two silver medals and promised that Army is on course to buy quality horses of foreign breed. “There are lot of events where we haven’t won medals earlier but during this edition we have won medals. We have never won any medals in Equestrian after 1982 Delhi Asiad. This time we won two silver medals in the Equestrian. “We are in process of buying new horses. The 61st Cavalry of Indian Army has been tasked to buy new horses from foreign land. We will buy good horses so that riders can train here. However we would also see to it that they can train in foreign countries.” There are five specific sports units of Army that are working on Mission Olympics which include Army Sports Institute, Army Rowing Node, Army Yatching Node, Army Equestrian Node and Army Marksman Unit . “All our nodes are working on the Mission Olympic programme. But we are not working in isolation. We are getting a lot of support from the Sports Ministry. We have some fields where we specialise — like boxing, shooting and rowing. These are some of our specialities. We would continue to work with sports ministry,” General Rawat concluded. PTI KHS BSBSKHSlast_img read more

Australia tour will be challenging even without Smith and Warner: Bhuvneshwar Kumar

first_imgIndia pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar expects India’s tour of Australia next month to be a challenging one even in the absence of David Warner and Steve Smith.Smith and Warner are currently serving one-year bans following their involvement in the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa in March this year.The 28-year-old also believes that no overseas tour is easy.”It [the Australian tour] will be challenging, no tour is easy. But Australia will be challenging because when you play outside your home [country] you need to adapt to certain conditions. It won’t be easy for bowlers as there is hardly any movement these days,” Bhuvneshwar told reporters on Monday.Asked how the absence of Smith and Warner will affect Australia, Bhuvneshwar said: “I cannot say that we will overcome them. They don’t have the two batsmen [Smith and Warner], who have done well over the years. [But] there are other batsmen in their place and it is not that they aren’t good.””It’s their home conditions. For us, if the two [Smith and Warner] were there, it is a challenge, now they are not there, it will still be a challenge,” the Uttar Pradesh fast bowler said.”If it would have been easy, we would have always won the series [in the past]. It won’t be easy. Our preparation in the warm-up matches there will matter,” he said.Read – WAGs: The great debate in Indian cricketBhuvneshwar is now associated with ASICS and was in the city for its promotion.advertisementBhuvneshwar has been rested for the first two ODIs against the West Indies.The right-arm fast bowler, who has played 92 ODIs and 21 Tests, lauded the rotation policy of the team management.”The way fast bowlers are managed, the rotation policy is in a way good, as we get a break and others get a chance and the body remains fresh,” he said.He also stressed on the need to have breaks.”Breaks are needed after you play a long tour. You are mentally tired, like Jasprit [Bumrah] said when you return you are fresh and are rearing to go. Hence breaks are needed, as your body gets tired,” he said.India’s tour of Australia starts with a three-match Twenty20 International series from November 21. The two cricketing giants will then play four Tests before a three-match one day international series in January 2019.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Virat Kohli’s 38th hundred in vain as India go down to West Indies in 3rd ODI

first_imgVirat Kohli’s hundred in a run-chase ended up in a losing cause for a change as West Indies beat India by a big margin of 43 runs in the third ODI in Pune on Saturday.Chasing 284 for victory, Kohli’s 107 off 119 balls had kept India in the hunt throughout the chase but he kept on losing batting partners and was eventually dismissed by Marlon Samuels in the 42nd over to end the contest there and then.India were eventually bowled out for 240 with Samuels finishing with brilliant figures of 3 for 12 while Obed McCoy and captain Jason Holder picked up two wickets each along with Ashley Nurse who got 2 for 43 from his 10 overs.India vs West Indies 3rd ODI: HighlightsKohli was the top-scorer for India as he smashed his 38th ODI hundred and third successive in the series to become the first Indian to achieve the feat.It was also his sixth in 2018 and fourth consecutive century on home soil in ODIs. It was also his 23rd hundred in a run chase.India vs West Indies 3rd ODI in Pune: As it happenedA hat-trick of centuries for #KingKohliHe becomes the first Indian cricketer to score hundreds in 3 consecutive ODIs. Whaddaaplayaa (@BCCI) October 27, 2018The rest of the Indian batsmen failed miserably tonight with only Shikhar Dhawan (35) managing a score of over 30 after Kohli.MS Dhoni takes stunning catch: Fans taunt BCCI over T20I snubThis was also Windies’ first win on this tour after they tied the last ODI in Guwahati where both teams ended up with identical scores of 323.advertisementIt’s all over here in Pune. #TeamIndia all out for 240Windies win by 43 runs.The series now stands at 1-1 with two games to go #INDvWI (@BCCI) October 27, 2018Earlier, a disciplined Indian bowling attack restricted the West Indies to a challenging 283/9 with Shai Hope once again top-scoring for his side.The visitors found a notable contribution from wicket-keeper Hope, who smashed a 113-ball 95 to help his side reach a fighting total.India’s Jasprit Bumrah was the wrecker-in-chief, picking four wickets for just 35 runs, while Kuldeep Yadav bagged two for 52.Put into bat, the West Indies were off to a poor start as Jasprit Bumrah struck twice to dismiss openers Kieran Powell (21) Chandrapaul Hemraj (15) within the first nine overs with the scorecard reading 38/2.Hope, who had come after the fall of Powell, was joined by Marlon Samuels, who too, fell cheaply after scoring just nine runs.Shimron Hetmyer and Hope then added 56 runs for the fourth wicket, taking West Indies past the 100-run mark. Just when the partnership looked settling, Hetmyer, while trying to go big, missed the ball before Mahendra Singh Dhoni made no mistake in dislodging his bails, leaving the visitors reeling at 111/4.Kuldeep Yadav, who dismissed Hetmyer, also got the better off incoming batsman Rovman Powell, who could manage to contribute with just nine runs as the visitors were left at 121/5.Skipper Jason Holder was then involved in a crucial 76-run partnership with Hope before Bhuvneshwar Kumar struck to pack back the former on individual score of 31.The visitors, who were at 197/6, then lost Fabian Allen (5) and Hope soon however, Ashley Nurse chipped in with valuable 40 runs down the order before becoming a victim of Bumrah as West Indies reached 283 runs in 50 overs.(With IANS inputs)last_img read more

Shuttler Sindhu extends support to Pro Volleyball League

first_imgMumbai, Nov 2 (IANS) Rio Olympics silver medallist shuttler P.V. Sindhu has joined hands with the Pro Volleyball League to support the game in the country, it was announced on Friday.The Pro Volleyball League also signed up American volleyball legend and two-time Olympic medallist David Lee, who will be part of the inaugural edition of the league. Both the stars shot for a promotional video, along with some of India’s best playersin the build-up to the league that will be played in February 2019.”I have grown up to stories of my parents playing volleyball and representing their teams and country at various events.. It is a very high-energy and spectator-friendly sport,” Sindhu said.”The Pro Volleyball League will be a much-needed shot in the arm for the sport and with the likes of David Lee coming on board it will be a great opportunity for all the players here to learn from their experience,” she added.Lee has been a household name in the sport of volleyball. He has played the sport professionally in over seven countries, and has won multiple championships. With a height of 6ft 8 inches, the Alpine-born player is well known for his blocking abilities.” I think the league will help grow the sport in the country and improve the skill set of the players by leaps and bounds. I have played professional volleyball across the globe and I am really looking forward to a new challenge here in India,” said Lee.The Pro Volleyball league will also witness the participation of some of the top Indian players like Mohan Ukkrapandian , Ranjit Singh, Akhin Jas, Deepesh Sinha, Gurinder Singh and Prabhagarn to name a few. Mohan, current captain of the Indian Volleyball Team, is one of the best setters in Asia and has been part of the Indian team for almost a decade now.–IANSgau/bgadvertisementlast_img read more

Dani Carvajal defends sacked Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui

first_imgReal Madrid defender Dani Carvajal has come out in support of sacked coach Julen Lopetegui.Lopetegui was sacked last week after less than five months in charge of Real Madrid, following a hefty Clasico defeat by Barcelona and a dire run of form in which they sunk to ninth in La Liga.Carvajal says Lopetegui is the best manager he has worked under.The coach has endured a nightmare year after being sacked by Spain on the eve of the World Cup after agreeing to take the Real Madrid job.However, Carvajal, who won three Champions League titles with Real under Zinedine Zidane, is standing by Lopetegui.”For me, he’s the best coach that I have had,” Carvajal told TVE. “Unfortunately, he lacked the bit of luck necessary to continue with us. His way of seeing football, his way of managing the group, of being with the players, is something I share.”I said it before he arrived at Real Madrid, I’m still saying it now he’s gone, and I will keep saying it until I have a coach that’s better than him.”Lopetegui’s replacement, interim coach Santiago Solari, has two wins from his two matches in charge, although Carvajal has not featured due to a calf injury.The right back is not available for Real’s trip to the Czech Republic to face Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League on Wednesday.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

The year is not over yet, hope to finish on a high: PV Sindhu to India Today

first_imgMuch before she became a sports icon, PV Sindhu as a little girl would travel to see her father compete in professional volleyball for India. Both her parents have been national level volleyball players.Experiencing emotions go yo-yo over wins and losses became a habit. All that sporting spirit now comes in handy in dealing with the title drought this year.The Rio Olympics silver medalist has been roped in to promote the upcoming Pro Volleyball league. At some level she felt it’s her responsibility to help popularise a sport her parents excelled in. “I didn’t understand much at the time but I would go to see Dad play. I am very excited about the league” Sindhu said.Even though Sindhu has not won a title yet, her 2018 cannot be bracketed as poor by any means. She has made five title finals this year. In 2017, she had made six. She does not need to be reminded that each of the five finals this year resulted in losses while she had three titles to show last year.So glass half full over glass half empty? “I am happy about what I have achieved and the year is not yet over. There’s China Open and Hong Kong. So I hope to do well. For the year I think there are three tournaments and then we have our league. So I hope I finish well and end the year on a good note,” Sindhu told India Today.Also read – PV Sindhu marches into second round of Fuzhou China OpenadvertisementThe reluctance to delve into the defeats of the final is visible. Internally, India’s leading shutler may have scrutinised each losses over and over again. “It’s one of the questions that you have to face. You take it in a good way and work it out and comeback positively,” Sindhu replied when asked if the questions affect her.With two World Championship finals to follow up on her Olympic silver, Sindhu has proven she belongs to the big league. At 23, she has years in hand to overcome the final hurdle.When clouded by criticism, Sindhu has advice of her sporty parents to fall back on. “A few times when you have lost and are really upset, they can come up to you and say ‘there is always next time. You can always do it. You have to keep working hard, overcome your mistakes. Pump yourself up. It’s never over until it’s over’.”last_img read more

Santiago Solari handed Real Madrid manager contract till 2021

first_imgSantiago Solari has made the progress from an interim manager to being the permanent coach as Real Madrid handed the former Castilla coach a contract till June 2021, the club announced in a statement on Tuesday.Solari was brought in as interim coach after Real Madrid sacked former Spain manager Julen Lopetegui after just 140 days in charge of the club.Under Lopetegui, Real won four and lost four matches in the La Liga and drew two. In the Champions League, they won two and lost one. The poor form culminated into a 5-1 drubbing at the hands of rivals Barcelona in El Clasico, after which Florentino Perez had had enough.After the 42-year Argentine Solari took over, Real Madrid have got four wins in as many matches. Solari has enjoyed the best start of any coach in the club’s history and his appointment as permanent manager was approved by the Spanish soccer federation (RFEF) on Monday.Solari played for Real from 2000 to 2005 in the Galacticos era alongside Zinedine Zidane, who was the club’s coach and won three Champions League titles in a row before stepping down.Solari led Real’s reserve team from 2016 until he took over from Lopetegui last month, who only managed 14 games at Real, the second least since Jose Antonio Camacho in 2004, who managed six games.Lopetegui, therefore, became the coach to serve the least amount of time as Real coach since the turn of the millennium. Vicente Del Bosque served the most with 1,315 days to his name. The closest to Lopetgui in terms of least days served is Juande Ramos, who served as Real coach from 2008 to 2009. He was replaced by Manuel Pellegrini, who served a year from 2009 to 2010.advertisementSolari, on the other hand, has presided over victories against Melilla in the Copa del Rey, Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League plus Real Valladolid and Celta Vigo in La Liga.Lopetegui was sacked after Madrid sank to ninth in the domestic standings. However, after Sunday’s 4-2 win at Celta, the club are sixth, four points behind leaders Barca.(With Reuters inputs)Also watch –last_img read more

Sergio Ramos will regret deliberate yellow card if we win: Ajax midfielder De Jong

first_imgThe illegal efforts to force a second yellow card by Real Madrid’s captain and defender Sergio Ramos were ill-advised and should Dutch team Ajax prevail in the second leg of the Champions League round of 16 he will rue his actions, midfielder Frenkie de Jong has said.The Netherlands international De Jong, 21, who is set to join Barcelona in the summer, called out Ramos’ hubris as the Spanish forward was penalized and will have to sit out of the Tuesday match and also any second match the Spanish powerhouse may advance to if Madrid were to beat Ajax, reports Efe.”Maybe Sergio Ramos will regret it if Ajax pulls off an upset Tuesday at Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu stadium or if Ramos finds himself unable to play in the first leg of the quarter-finals,” the Dutch midfielder told the daily Netherlands newspaper Algemeen Dagblad.With just one minute to go on February 13 before the end of the match, after Spain winger Marco Asensio had sealed the 2-1 Madrid victory over host Ajax, Ramos deliberately earned a yellow card by blatantly fouling Ajax and Denmark forward Kasper Dolberg.”Looking at the result, I would be lying if I said I didn’t force it,” Ramos said after the match.Ramos, 32, clearly did force it, hoping that by sitting out of the second leg round of 16 match, he would clear all former yellow cards against him and be ready to play in in the first leg of the CL quarterfinals without any risk.”It is not to underestimate the opponent nor to think that the series is over, but in football, you have to make hard calculations,” Ramos added.advertisementWhat Ramos could not foretell was that UEFA looked at the event and ruled that the famed Spanish captain had cheated and dole out a two-match suspension.In discussing the upcoming game, De Jong acknowledged that Ajax, the squad he joined in 2016, is the underdog in the lead up to the second leg.”Real Madrid is obviously the favourite,” the rising Dutch star said.Yet, De Jong stressed that he refused to throw in the towel as the team is intent on battling forward as long as it has life and a chance to play.The Dutch football federation decided to postpone the league match Ajax was due to play against PEC Zwolle this weekend, so the players could focus on the Tuesday Champions League clash with the famed Iberian club.De Jong said it was the right decision for the federation to make as his side would have been exhausted had they had to play Zwolle before the trip to Madrid.last_img read more