ATHENS (AP) — Rick Pitino is back in a final.However, the Greek team he’s coaching reached the final after their opponents walked out at halftime because of poor officiating.Greece’s government has condemned a walkout by the basketball club Olympiakos during the Greek Cup semifinal game on Wednesday. The club forfeited the game in Athens after leaving while trailing 40-25.A spokesman for the team said he was “disgusted” with the quality of the refereeing.Giorgos Vassiliadis, the deputy minister for sport, described the game as a “blow to the sport” but said he couldn’t interfere with the referee selection process.Pitino tweeted after the incident, “Well, in 42 years of coaching, I thought I had seen it all.”Pitino’s Panathinaikos team will play in Sunday’s final against PAOK in Crete.TweetPinShare0 Shares
NEW YORK (AP) — Joel Embiid had 31 points and 16 rebounds, and passed to Mike Scott for the go-ahead 3-pointer with 18 seconds left as the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Brooklyn Nets 112-108 on Saturday to take a 3-1 series lead.Embiid also had a flagrant foul that led to a scuffle and two ejections during an eventful return to the lineup after missing Game 3 with a sore left knee.Tobias Harris had 24 points, eight rebounds and six assists for the 76ers. They can advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals for the second straight season with a victory at home Tuesday night.They got a big boost from the return of Embiid, who scored eight straight points in the fourth quarter after the Nets led by seven. He helped the 76ers overcome the loss of Jimmy Butler, who was ejected in the third quarter after Embiid’s hard foul on Jarrett Allen.Caris LeVert scored 25 points after being inserted into the Nets’ starting lineup. D’Angelo Russell and Allen each added 21.Jared Dudley also was inserted into the starting lineup for the Nets and had been agitating the 76ers with his defense and his talking, but was gone midway through the third quarter as one of the central figures in the scuffle that spilled into the stands.Embiid swung his arm forcefully while fouling Allen, and Dudley quickly moved in and bumped Embiid. Butler then ran in and pushed Dudley to start the shoving. Dudley, Simmons and referee Ed Malloy all got knocked into the seats, and after a lengthy video review, Butler and Dudley were given technical fouls and ejected, and Embiid’s foul was ruled a flagrant 1.Embiid would later make the biggest mark with his offense. The 76ers were trying to get the ball to him trailing by one after Joe Harris’ layup, but Embiid couldn’t control the pass under the rim. But he regained the ball and found Scott in the corner for a 3 and a 110-108 lead.Allen then turned the ball over after three Sixers surrounded him and Harris closed out the scoring with two free throws.NUGGETS 107, SPURS 103SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Nikola Jokic had 29 points and 12 rebounds, Jamal Murray added 24 points and Denver beat San Antonio, rebounding from a flat performance tie the series at two games apiece.Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) scores past San Antonio Spurs center LaMarcus Aldridge (12) during the first half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball playoff series in San Antonio, Saturday, April 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)LaMarcus Aldridge had 24 points and nine rebounds for San Antonio. DeMar DeRozan added 19 points before he was ejected with five minutes remaining after arguing with an official over an offensive foul.Game 5 is Tuesday night in Denver.ROCKETS 104, JAZZ 101SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — James Harden overcome a horrible shooting performance and scored 14 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, leading the Houston past Utah for a commanding 3-0 lead in their first-round playoff series.Harden made a 3-pointer and added two free throws with 42.4 seconds left to give the Rockets a 101-97 lead. After Donovan Mitchell made two free throws, Harden missed another 3-point attempt, but P.J. Tucker, who finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds, grabbed the rebound, was fouled and made one of two free throws.Mitchell had a wide-open look at a 3-pointer on the ensuing possession, but like so many of his shots in the hard-fought contest, it was off the mark.Harden misfired on his first 15 shots and was 3-for-20 shooting with 10 assists. He was 14 for 16 from the line.Chris Paul scored 18 points and Clint Capela had 11 points and 14 rebounds for the Rockets, who won despite shooting 38.4 percent from the field and 67.6 percent from the line.Mitchell scored 34 points but struggled shooting, too, making just 9 of his 27 attempts. Derrick Favors had 13 for the Jazz.Game 4 is Monday night in Utah.___TweetPinShare0 Shares
AMSTERDAM — Last season’s Champions League semifinalist Ajax came close to crashing out in qualifying Tuesday, coming from behind to beat PAOK Thessaloniki 5-4 on aggregate.On a night when former European champions Porto and Celtic were both knocked out, Ajax faced elimination when its former youth player Diego Biseswar scored for PAOK in the 23rd minute to put the Greek team 3-2 ahead on aggregate.Ajax captain Dusan Tadic saw one penalty saved, but scored a second to draw level. A Nicolas Tagliafico header finally put the Dutch team ahead in the 79th, before PAOK’s rough, physical style handed Ajax a third penalty converted by Tadic.Biseswar scored again in stoppage time for PAOK to again put Ajax in danger, but the Dutch champion held on to win. PAOK’s players and staff surrounded the referee to protest after the final whistle.“It was a tough evening. I’m glad we got there in the end, but don’t ask me how,” Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek said. “It’s a very tough team to play against.”In the playoff round, the last stage of qualifying, Ajax faces a likely easier task against APOEL of Cyprus, which beat Azerbaijan’s Qarabag 3-2 on aggregate.The fact that Ajax even had to play qualifying prompted debate over UEFA’s rules, which tend to favor less-storied teams from big countries over high achievers from smaller nations.Ajax’s place in the qualifying rounds was down to the Dutch league’s low ranking, despite its heroics last season. By contrast, Italy’s strong record means Atalanta gets a Champions League group stage spot despite never having played in the competition before.Elsewhere, Porto was beaten on away goals by Russia’s FC Krasnodar after conceding three in the first half. At 3-3 on aggregate, the Portuguese team threw players forward in search of a winning goal, but dogged defending kept the Russians ahead. They will face Olympiacos for a place in the group stage.Romania’s CFR Cluj scored two late goals against Celtic to win 4-3 on the night and 5-4 on aggregate following after a tense game in Glasgow, while former champion Red Star Belgrade came through a marathon penalty shootout after a 2-2 aggregate draw.Red Star and FC Copenhagen took 11 penalties apiece before Jonas Wind’s miss sent the Serbian team through. Wind and Red Star’s Radovan Pankov took two penalties apiece in the shootout because Red Star had finished the game with 10 men.Former group-stage regular Dynamo Kiev lost in qualifying for the third straight year, losing 4-3 on aggregate to Brugge.Dinamo Zagreb, LASK Linz and Rosenborg also went through.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Continue Reading Previous Renesas expands RX24T and RX24U MCU lineup for motor control applicationsNext MEMXPRO: PCIe PT33 SSD series to upgrade industrial control systems As the LoRa (Long Range) technology ecosystem accelerates, security remains an area for improvement in the market due to vulnerabilities that leave the network and application server keys accessible in the memory of modules and microcontrollers paired with a LoRaWAN stack. If keys are accessed in a LoRaWAN device, a hacker can impersonate it and authorize fraudulent transactions, which can result in a scalable attack with substantial losses in service revenue, recovery costs and brand equity. Microchip Technology in partnership with The Things Industries announced the industry’s first end-to-end security solution that adds secure, trusted and managed authentication to LoRaWAN devices at a global scale. The solution brings hardware-based security to the LoRa ecosystem, combining the MCU- and radio-agnostic ATECC608A-MAHTN-T CryptoAuthentication device with The Things Industries’ managed join servers and Microchip’s secure provisioning service.The joint solution significantly simplifies provisioning LoRaWAN devices and addresses the inherent logistical challenges that come with managing LoRaWAN authentication keys from inception and throughout the life of a device. Traditionally, network and application server keys are unprotected in the edge node, and unmonitored, as LoRaWAN devices pass through various supply chain steps and are installed in the field. The Common Criteria Joint Interpretation Library (JIL) “high”-rated ATECC608A comes pre-configured with secure key storage, keeping a device’s LoRaWAN secret keys isolated from the system so that sensitive keys are never exposed throughout the supply chain nor when the device is deployed. Microchip’s secure manufacturing facilities safely provision keys, eliminating the risk of exposure during manufacturing. Combined with The Things Industries’ agnostic secure join server service to the LoRaWAN network and application server providers, the solution decreases the risk of device identity corruption by establishing a trusted authentication when a device connects to a network.Similar to how a prepaid data plan works for a mobile device, each purchase of an ATECC608A-MAHTN-T device comes with one year of managed LoRaWAN join server service through The Things Industries. Once a device identifies itself to join a LoRaWAN network, the network contacts The Things Industries join server to verify that the identity comes from a trusted device and not a fraudulent one. The temporary session keys are then sent securely to the network server and application server of choice. The Things Industries’ join server supports any LoRaWAN network, from commercially operated networks to private networks built on open-source components. After the one-year period, The Things Industries provides the option to extend the service.Microchip and The Things Industries have also partnered to make the onboarding process of LoRaWAN devices seamless and secure. LoRaWAN device identities are claimed by The Things Industries’ join server with minimal intervention, relieving developers from needing expertise in security. Customers can not only choose any LoRaWAN network but can also migrate to any other LoRaWAN join server by rekeying the device. This means there is not a vendor lock-in and customers have full control over where and how the device keys are stored.The ATECC608A is agnostic and can be paired with any MCU and LoRa radio. Developers can deploy secure LoRaWAN devices by combining the ATECC608A with the SAM L21 MCU, supported by the Arm Mbed OS LoRaWAN stack, or the recently-announced SAM R34 System-in-Package with Microchip’s LoRaWAN stack. For rapid prototyping, designers can use the CryptoAuthoXPRO socket board and The Things Industries provisioned parts in samples with the SAM L21 Xplained Pro (atsamd21-xpro) or SAM R34 Xplained Pro (DM320111).Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components
Goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson was a zombie movie director before he started playing football for Iceland. And, it was his experience behind the camera that helped him outwit Argentina’s Lionel Messi on Saturday.Awarded a penalty with the help of VAR, Messi stepped up to take it and it was expected that the Argentina captain will score and put his team ahead. But, the goalkeeper had other plans. Messi unleashed a shot towards the goalkeeper’s right but it was weak and at a saveable height and Halldorsson guessed it right and denied the best player in the world perhaps to add another feather to Iceland’s cap.The tiny nation, which is playing its first World Cup ever, then went on to hold onto the 1-1 scoreline and pull off a major upset in the Group D game.Speaking about his save after the match, he said that he did his homework and it paid off for him.FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGE”I did my homework,” the 34-year-old who plays in the Danish league told reporters after stopping a 64th-minute spot kick that pegged Argentina to a 1-1 draw and added to a miserable run of four misses from seven this past season for Messi. Hannes Halldorsson saved a 64th-minute penalty (Reuters Photo)World Cup 2018: Iceland hero reveals how he prepared for Lionel Messi”I looked at a lot of penalties by Messi and I also looked at how I had been behaving in the last penalties. So I tried to get into their mindset, how they would be thinking about me.”advertisement”I had a good feeling it would go this way today,” he said of his dive to his right to stop Messi’s uninspired effort.World Cup 2018: Messi flops as Iceland draw with ArgentinaWith the five-time world player of the year stepping up to restore Argentina’s lead in the Group D opener, tiny Iceland’s first ever appearance at the World Cup finals, Halldorsson admitted that he felt the pressure.Cristiano Ronaldo fans troll Messi over missed penalty”For me, as a goalkeeper from little Iceland and at the first game at a World Cup, to face the best player in the world at a penalty is,” — he gave a long pause — “a big moment.”2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL FIXTURES”It’s a dream come true to save a penalty, especially if it helps us get a big point,” he added, as Iceland now aim to reach the next round from a group also featuring Croatia and Nigeria.World Cup 2018: Modric does what Messi could not as European nations shineHalldorsson is not the only one in the Icelandic unit to have a day job apart from football.Defender Birkir Mar Saevarsson works in a salt-packing factor back home and actually had to take permission from work to play at the World Cup in Russia.Coach Heimir Hallgrimsson promised that more is to come. Satisfied at denying Argentina no space despite 72-percent possession, he even mused on missed chances that might have given victory. Iceland coach Heimir Hallgrimsson (Reuters Photo)But with trademark dark humour, the part-time coach and full-time dentist, conceded: “We wanted to use spaces behind them — but it’s difficult when you don’t have the ball.”Croatia and Nigeria will have to watch out, though.”People say we celebrate when we won a point,” he said. “But wait and see how we celebrate when we’ve won a game.”Nigeria fans barred from carrying chickens into stadiumsIceland will next face Nigeria on June 22 and then cap off their league campaign against Croatia on June 26.
The second World Cup win in France’s football history led to wild celebrations across the nation, while few clashes between police and fans also took place in several cities.France had reserved their best for the last as they crushed Croatia 4-2 in the FIFA World Cup 2018 final to be crowned world champions on Sunday.The French football fans got exactly what they wanted as the final in Russia became the highest-scoring final since England beat West Germany 4-2 after extra-time in 1966 and the highest in normal time since Brazil beat Sweden 5-2 60 years ago.Millions of French football fans were delirious with joy as Hugo Lloris lifted the trophy with people waving the French national flag on the streets. A huge crowd was also gathered at the Eiffel Tower which was lit up in French colours. 90,000 people had gathered to watch the match on vast TV screens next to the iconic tower.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEHowever, French police were forced to fire tear gas and dispersed crowds from the Champs Elysees after clashes with a small group of unruly fans threatened to spoil celebrations.A small number of fans clashed with police, damaging some businesses and properties along the Champs Elysees, while some threw stones and other projectiles at riot police who responded with teargas.France beat Croatia 4-2 to become FIFA World Cup 2018 championsA decision was made by security officials to disperse the crowd, BFM TV said. It said minor crowd trouble was also reported in the city of Lyon.advertisementParis police unleash water cannon as #WorldCup celebrations get out of control pic.twitter.com/rp1zfsw2pSRuptly (@Ruptly) July 16, 2018BREAKING: Violence and riots have erupted in Paris following World Cup celebrations.Armed forces have been deployed but several businesses have been looted and vehicles have been vandalized. pic.twitter.com/5jp7xrpWXhFrance Football (@FrenchFutbol) July 15, 20185 cars burned in #lyon pic.twitter.com/EILOZxkI22Cinzia Rizzi (@cinziarizzi7) July 15, 2018France had mobilised around 110,000 security staff for the Bastille Day festivities on Saturday and World Cup football final on Sunday.Back in Zagreb, fans didn’t lose heart even after Croatia’s loss as the country produced its best performance in a World Cup but sadly ended as runners-up.FIFA World Cup 2018: Full list of prize winnersPeople on the streets were definitely disappointed at the result but they still lit up flares and waved the national flag to celebrate Croatia’s amazing run in the tournament.Croatian players have cemented their place as legends back in their nation as they helped Croatia reached their first World Cup final in history.This is happening in Croatia right now. This is crazy pic.twitter.com/RTlrQpAyFKFlFA World Cup (@FutbolWorId) July 15, 2018Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic told his players they should be proud of their sensational World Cup run and their performance in the final on Sunday despite losing 4-2 to France at the Luzhniki StadiumFrench players crash press conference to celebrate World Cup triumph”Of course, we are downcast, but I told them ‘hold your heads up high. You have no reason to feel dissatisfied, you have given your all and you have to be proud of your performances at this tournament’,” he told a news conference.”Chin up lads, if somebody had offered us to be runners-up at the start of the tournament, that would have been fantastic.”World Cup 2018: French President greets Croatian team, then learns the dabCroatia, with a population of only 4.2 million people, were not among the favourites at the start of the tournament. Their progress to the final gripped the imagination of the Balkan nation and members of the Croatian diaspora living in countries from Germany to Australia.Croatia will stage on Monday a welcoming party for the soccer team in Zagreb. Thousands of Croat fans are expected to come to the main Zagreb square in the early afternoon when the players are due to arrive.Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic appealed to employers to let staff leave work early to join the celebration. Train tickets will be 50 percent cheaper for those wishing to travel to Zagreb from other Croatian cities for the occasion.(With Reuters inputs)
New Delhi, Oct 16 (PTI) The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has proposed amending the 2007 Sports Act to ensure that the largest number of viewers have access to broadcast of sporting events of national importance, officials said Tuesday.As per the provisions of the Sports Act, the live feed received by Prasar Bharati from the content rights owners or holders is only for the purpose of re-transmission of the said signals on Doordarshan’s own terrestrial and DTH network and not for cable operators or other networks, they said.As such the viewers, who do not have DD FreeDish or Doordarshan’s terrestrial network, are either unable to watch these sporting events or are compelled to watch them on highly-priced sports channels, thus defeating the objective of the Sports Act, officials said.With a view to give the largest number of viewers access to broadcast of sporting events of national importance, the ministry proposes to amend section 3(1) of the Sports Act to ensure mandatory sharing of the signals of such sporting events with “other networks, where it is mandatory to show the Doordarshan channels as per the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995”, according to a ministry notice, seeking feedback from people and the stakeholders on the draft bill that carries the amendments to the Sports Act. PTI ASK RC
Batsman Shaun Marsh is doubtful for the second one day international against South Africa due to an injury. Marsh had missed the first game in Perth due to an abscess on his buttock.Batsman Ben McDermott has been added to Australia’s squad ahead of the match and could make his ODI debut should Marsh fail to recover in time for the second match in Adelaide on Friday.McDermott is the step-son of former Test bowler Craig McDermott.”We will continue to monitor Shaun’s progress and give him every opportunity to prove his fitness ahead of the match,” selector Trevor Hohns said in a team release on Tuesday.The 23-year-old made his international debut in a Twenty20 match against United Arab Emirates last month and played all three of Australia’s T20 defeats against Pakistan in the Gulf nation.Aaron Finch’s Australia lost the opening one-dayer against South Africa by six wickets at Perth Stadium. The third and final match is in Hobart on Nov. 11.(With inputs from Reuters)
New Delhi, Nov 21 (PTI) Accusing Madhya Pradesh Congress president Kamal Nath of seeking votes on religious grounds, the BJP Wednesday urged the Election Commission to take action against him and his party. The party also accused him of hatching a “criminal conspiracy against free and fair polls” in the state, as it in its complaint to the EC referred to a purported video in which Kamal Nath is allegedly asking a group of Muslims to ensure that the Congress gets 90 per cent of votes in their booths.The Congress will suffer badly in the November 28 polls in the state if it does not happen, Kamal Nath, who has so far not responded to the charge, allegedly said.A BJP delegation, including Union ministers Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and S S Ahluwalia besides Rajya Sabha member and party spokesperson Anil Baluni, submitted a memorandum to the commission in which the party also sought action against a news channel over “paid opinion polls”.There has been no official response from the Congress.”This is a case of Congress spicing up its secularism with communalism. It sports a ’tilak’ on the road and wears a cap in private,” Naqvi said, in an apparent dig at the opposition party over its Hindu outreach and Kamal Nath’s alleged appeal to Muslims for their votes at a private meeting.It is a clear case of communal appeal for votes, he said.The BJP urged the EC to take action against Kamal Nath and the Congress under the Representation of People Act, which bars seeking votes in the name of religion.advertisementThe Congress leader had termed as fake another video in which he was purportedly seen urging Muslims to be wary of the RSS agenda.The Congress is a “history-sheeter” in communal politics, Naqvi alleged.The BJP leader also claimed that an opinion poll broadcast by a news channel on November 18 violated the EC’s guidelines that bar telecast of any opinion or exit poll until the last day of poling is over after the Model Code of Conduct comes into effectThe survey had forecast a better show by the Congress than the BJP in the assembly polls and Naqvi alleged it was a case of “paid news”.The BJP has also sought action against the Congress for allegedly offering allurements to voters in Madhya Pradesh. PTI KR GVS
The Yamaha YZF-R15 brought about a marked shift in the 150cc segment back in 2008 yet for long, many enthusiasts have also been asking for a naked version of the motorcycle. Well, let’s be honest, the FZ despite its positives simply didn’t match up to the R15’s performance. 2019 finally sees Yamaha launch the MT-15 and we sampled it at the Buddh International Circuit. Yamaha MT-15 in essence, is the R15 stripped off its fairing but the styling cues go deeper than that.The Yamaha MT-15 in essence, is the R15 stripped off its fairing but the styling cues go deeper than that. The seat for instance, is a single piece unit that doesn’t bear any resemblance to the R15’s. The tail end of the design is more in line with the MT 09 and MT 07. The fuel tank too isn’t a direct lift off the R15 and of course, the headlamp inspired by the Samurai, definitely bears semblance to the bigger MTs. Yamaha MT-15 gets a 155cc, liquid-cooled, 4-valve engine that is a free-revving and effortless performer.Styling though is far easier to change than the engine and its sub-components. Yamaha MT-15’s powerplant is the same 155cc, 19.3bhp unit as in the R15 v3 but has been tuned to dish out power lower in the rev-range. This becomes possible with revised ECU mapping and ignition timing. Samurai inspired DRLs and exposed projector underneath complements the aggressive overall design.The final drive ratio has also been altered with a 52 teeth rear sprocket compared to the 48 of the R15 for better acceleration and mid-range grunt. Yamaha didn’t stop at that and decided that the already sharp steering geometry of the Yamaha R15 had to be sharper still for the streetsadvertisement Box section swingarm replaces the aluminium unit on the R15 along with a larger rear sprocket.More stability has been afforded thanks to the 10mm increase in wheelbase and a box section swingarm too. The famed Deltabox frame remains as do most of the cycle parts from the v3 R15. LCD display, borrowed from Yamaha R15, has similar levels of information display besides looking great.All this means that Yamaha MT15 is just as able in its handling and a few laps around the north section of the BIC proved that. The BIC being a Formula 1 track is obviously very fast for a 155cc motorcycle, so much so that we never hit the sixth cog. Nevertheless, using the engine’s top-end power in fourth and fifth displayed the changes brought about by the modifications. The revs rise strong from the get go and the MT accelerates a little harder than the R15 but the power tapers off sooner, nearing 9,000rpm and higher. This is where the R15 still feels stronger while the MT feels a little lack lustre despite the variable valve actuation. The MT’s intentions are clear in this respect. While the R15 feels at home on a track, the MT will suit the streets.While the R15 feels at home on a track, the MT will suit the streets, where its sharper dynamics will shine through aided by quick bursts of acceleration that it’s more adept at than its sibling. Turn in is quick, sharp and surefooted while the MRFs offer a good amount of grip. The smooth surface of the BIC doesn’t say much about the suspension when considering road use but on track, the firmness and supple damping was perfectly suited for sport riding. Single seat on Yamaha MT-15 seems spacious but doesn’t allow for much movement.The ergonomics is another stand out difference. The MT has its rider sitting upright with just a hint of forward lean while the rearset footpegs are spot on making for a sporty riding stance. Although, the rider’s triangle doesn’t allow for much movement in the saddle.VerdictThe MT-15 makes its street focused dynamics clear but a true picture of the MT-15’s capabilities shall be revealed when we ride it on public roads. Meanwhile, the question to be answered is the number of people willing to put their money on the MT and its popularity against the FZ16 and the FZ25. The steep pricing might be its only shortcoming as Rs 3,000 separates it on either side of the FZ25 and R15. A fully-faired motorcycle is still a clear choice for many while a bigger engine is always more enticing.ALSO READ | Hero XPulse 200: First ride reviewALSO READ | Hero XPulse 200T: First ride reviewALSO READ | Cristiano Ronaldo is not the owner of Bugatti La Voiture Noireadvertisement
Transfers Bony seals Swansea return in deadline day move from Man City Last updated 2 years ago 06:21 9/1/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Swansea City Manchester City Premier League The Ivory Coast international has returned to the Liberty Stadium following a frustrating spell at the Etihad, filling the boots of Fernando Llorente Wilfried Bony has sealed a return to Swansea from Manchester City on transfer deadline day, penning a two-year contract.Bony underwent a medical earlier on Thursday ahead of a reported £12million move, with Fernando Llorente leaving to join Tottenham.Swans 23/10 to draw with Newcastle Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina The 28-year-old Ivory Coast international left Swansea for Manchester City in 2015 but failed to establish himself at the Etihad Stadium and spent an underwhelming season on loan at Stoke City last campaign.A statement from the Swans on the club’s official website read: “Bony has signed a two-year deal, with the option of a third, at the Liberty Stadium after the Swans paid an undisclosed fee for the Ivory Coast international.“Bony, who has opted for squad number two, returns to South Wales just over two-and-a-half years after he left the Swans for City in a deal worth up to £28 million.“He was a huge fans’ favourite during his first spell as a Swan, when he established himself as one of the Premier League’s leading frontmen.We’ll go wild, wild, wild… pic.twitter.com/JljASfbhEz— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) August 31, 2017“Bony originally signed for the Swans from Vitesse Arnhem, where he had an exceptional goalscoring record, in a club-record deal in the summer of 2013.“He netted 34 goals in 70 appearances – only 56 of which were starts – and became a focal point of the Swans side.”The return of Bony completed a positive day of business for Paul Clement’s side, with a shock loan deal for Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches already wrapped up.
Syahmi Safari Syahmi explains reason behind lack of playing time in SEA Games Zulhilmi Zainal Last updated 2 years ago 07:10 17/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Twitter @OfficialPBSNT Selangor Malaysia U22 Southeast Asian Games Selangor’s Syahmi Safari was not a regular starter for Malaysia U22 in the recent SEA Games, and the youngster told Goal the reason why. BY ZULHILMI ZAINAL Follow on Twitter Despite having been touted as one of the best prospects in the Malaysia Super League (MSL) this season, Selangor winger Syahmi Safari had a relatively underwhelming 2017 SEA Games campaign with Malaysia U22 recently.He was used mainly as a late substitute by head coach Datuk Ong Kim Swee, and when he was handed a start in their group match against Singapore, he failed to impress Ong, who took him off at halftime for midfielder Nor Azam Azih.But when met by Goal, the youngster said he took the snub in his stride, believing that he will get more chances in the future as he is still young. Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing “The SEA Games is a valuable experience for me, as I got to take part in a competition at that level at a young age.”I did not get to play much as Matthew Davies was constantly picked ahead of me. He’s far more experienced, having played in the AFF Championship, and he’s been with the coach (Ong) for a while now. And coach knows our individual strengths, so it is ultimately up to him.”I’m not disappointed, in fact it’s an experience for me to be able to learn from my teammates,” revealed the 19-year old winger when met earlier this week.He then explained that in order to prove himself to Ong, he needs to perform more consistently.”I have to work harder and prove myself in the league and the Malaysia Cup, but what’s also important is for me to be consistent with my performance.”That doesn’t necessarily mean just scoring goals or providing assists, but also for me to defend better,” noted Syahmi.
Malaysia Cup ‘It’s not meant to be’ – Abu Bakar laments PKNP’s wasted chance of reaching semis Zulhilmi Zainal Last updated 2 years ago 08:15 25/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Goal / Muhammad Iqbal Malaysia Cup PKNP v FELDA United FELDA United PKNP Malaysia Cup dark horse PKNP were the victims of a spectacular come-from-behind Felda United win in their Malaysia Cup quarter-final tie. BY ZULHILMI ZAINAL Follow on Twitter Speaking to the press following their 4-1 Malaysia Cup second leg quarter-final defeat to Felda United on Sunday, PKNP FC head coach Abu Bakar Fadzim lamented his men’s over-confidence in the match.Despite having come away the first leg victors with a 3-1 win and taken a 1-0 lead in the second leg at the Shah Alam Stadium through Hyeon Woo Kim’s 28th minute goal, the dark horse Premier League side would go on to concede four goals in the remainder of the tie, and lose 5-4 on aggregate.”After leading, we somehow were surprised by two soft goals in the final 10 minutes (of the first half). We should have pressed more and played with more discipline if we really wanted to qualify for the semis. Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing “Instead we made another error and lost concentration in the first five minutes of the second half, and an experienced Felda punished us for that.”For me, the boys have given their best but maybe it just wasn’t meant to be our time. We were too comfortable and over-confident, and wasted our chance to be in the semi-finals.”Our young boys must take this as a lesson, and now move on by redirecting our focus on the remaining two games in the Premier League,” he remarked.Asked by Goal about the effect of the defeat on his side’s morale, as they are still in the running for promotion to the 2018 Super League with two matches left to go, the former Perak head coach responded that they have nothing to lose.”I can’t deny it will affect us as we had one foot in the door, but I will monitor them in the coming days.”We will come back as we have nothing to lose and we’ve proven that by reaching the quarter-final stage, only that we lost to a complete team. We will focus on the remaining two (league) matches,” noted Abu Bakar.
Transfers Diego Costa completes £58 million transfer to Atletico Madrid from Chelsea Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 03:05 27/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Getty Images Transfers Atlético Madrid Chelsea Premier League The Spain striker has officially finalised his move ahead of the two clubs facing off in the Champions League group stage Diego Costa has completed his £58 million move from Chelsea to Atletico Madrid on the eve of the Champions League match between the two clubs at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium. Atletico agreed a fee with Chelsea last week to re-sign Costa, who has now completed a medical and agreed personal terms to return to the Spanish capital three years after leaving for Stamford Bridge. Chelsea to beat Man City & over 4.5 goals 11/1 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. However, Atletico’s six-month transfer ban means Costa will be unavailable to play for Diego Simeone’s side until January and will have to watch Wednesday’s meeting between the two clubs from the stands.Antonio Conte has insisted that he holds no grudge against the 28-year-old, despite the pair falling out after the Chelsea manager texted Costa in the summer to remind his striker that he was no longer needed. “Yes, as I said before, I have no problem with Diego Costa,” Conte said when asked whether he will be happy to see Costa, who could be presented to Atletico fans at the game. “I said that we wish, for him, the best for the future. We want to thank him for the last season. But, I repeat, I have no problem with him.”The deal will end months of dispute between the player and the club, with all parties thought to be relieved to have resolved the situation.Atletico chose an initial loan move to spread the costs over two seasons and Costa will ultimately become their record signing. Costa’s Chelsea career ends with him having won two Premier League titles and the League Cup after he moved to the Premier League in 2014 for £32 million.
Spartak Moskva v Sevilla Dzeko, Pjanic or David Luiz? Vote for the UEFA Champions League Goal of the Week, presented by Nissan! Goal Last updated 1 year ago 17:32 10/19/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Getty Images Spartak Moskva v Sevilla CSKA Moskva v Basel Chelsea v Roma Juventus v Sporting CP Spartak Moskva CSKA Moskva Sevilla Basel Roma Chelsea Sporting CP Juventus UEFA Champions League Edin Džeko David Luiz Matchday 3 brought another glut of magnificent strikes in Europe’s leading club competition, but which was best? Edin Dzeko’s stunning volley versus Cheslea has been nominated for the UEFA Champions League Goal of the Week, presented by Nissan!The Roma man’s superb finish arrived during his side’s thrilling 3-3 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, in a game that also saw David Luiz earn a nod for matchday three’s prize for his flashed curling finish.Dzeko and Luiz will also have to beat out competition from Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic, who once again proved himself one of the best free-kick takers on the continent as he lifted his shot effortlessly over the wall in his side’s 2-1 defeat of Sporting. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Spartak Moscow’s Denis Glushakov is also up for the gong, thanks to a splendidly controlled volley during his side’s 5-1 demolition of Sevilla.Basel’s Taulant Xhaka rounds out the nominations with a fine run and smart finish that helped secure the Swiss side a comfortable victory at CSKA Moscow.Click here to watch the contenders and vote for the UEFA Champions League Goal of the Week, presented by Nissan!
Daniel Osvaldo Premier League flop Osvaldo: I quit football for beer, barbecues and rock music! Patrick Gleeson Last updated 1 year ago 21:08 11/16/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty composite Juventus Boca Juniors Internazionale Southampton Serie A Superliga Premier League The 31-year-old enjoyed spells in Italy and England before pursuing a career in music, claiming he prefers alcohol to money Former Italy international Dani Osvaldo has cited his love of food, alcohol and rock ‘n’ roll as his reasons for his premature retirement from professional football.The 31-year-old had stints at Fiorentina, Roma, Southampton and Inter, among others, before returning to his country of birth, Argentina, to play for Boca Juniors.Saints 13/2 to beat Liverpool Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Osvaldo was part of the Boca squad to claim the Argentine Primera Division title and Copa Argentina in 2015 before calling a close on his career as a footballer. Reports surfaced that Osvaldo had been sacked by Boca, though the forward claimed the decision was made to allow him to focus on becoming a musician.Now, speaking to La Gazzetta dello Sport , Osvaldo has revealed that he had fallen out of love with the game and his desire to eat and drink what he pleased meant more to him than money.“I decided to quit at Boca, there was too much gossip,” Osvaldo said. “I couldn’t go out, I was afraid of people. I couldn’t do it anymore. I had offers from China and clubs in the Champions League, but I was detached.“I was beginning to hate what I had always loved. Football deserves respect, and I prefer asado [Argentinian barbecue] and beer to money.”“Do you want a laugh?” Osvaldo, who managed just three Southampton goals whilst on the south coast, continued. “In December 2016 [Jorge] Sampaoli contacted me, he was at Sevilla at the time,” Osvaldo recalled.“He said to me: ‘Dani, I’m not asking anything of you, you can do what you want on the pitch and off, but I need a striker’.“I told him ‘but boss, there’s the Cosquin Rock festival!’. He said ‘I forgot! Go, of course, you can’t miss it’. Two crazy people!”Osvaldo signed for Southampton in 2013 for an estimated £12.8 million but the attacker only scored three goals in his two years on the books at St Mary’s.He was fined £40,000 for fighting on the touchline at the start of 2014 and disciplined internally by the Saints after it was alleged that he assaulted team-mate Jose Fonte.
Gaming Fantasy Football: Liverpool dominate Goal Champions League Team of the Week after Spartak thrashing Kevin DeVries Fantasy Football Writer 22:29 12/7/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Gaming UEFA Champions League Olympiakos Piraeus v Juventus Benfica v Basel Bayern München v PSG Tottenham Hotspur v APOEL Real Madrid v Borussia Dortmund Porto v Monaco Liverpool v Spartak Moskva Porto Real Madrid Borussia Dortmund Bayern München Olympiakos Piraeus PSG Spartak Moskva Juventus Basel Benfica Tottenham Hotspur APOEL Monaco Liverpool Philippe Coutinho Sadio Mané Mohamed Salah Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Our Fantasy writer looks at the latest round of European football and highlights stand out players from the Reds, Bayern Munich, Juventus and more The last round of Champions League group stage play is now in the books, and it was a matchday that saw Philippe Coutinho pick up his first ever hat trick for Liverpool in their 7-0 drubbing of Spartak Moscow. That performance obviously earned him a spot in our Team of the Week, where he is joined by four of his Liverpool teammates, but who else is in the team?GK: Loris Karius – Liverpool – 1 Game, 5 Saves, 1 Clean Sheet = 9 Points Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player DF: James Milner – Liverpool – 1 Substitute Appearance, 3 Assists, 1 Clean Sheet = 15 PointsMilner has done very little when given a chance in the Premier League this season, but put him under the European lights and he shines. He ends the group stages with the most assists of any defender (five), and three of them coming on Wednesday. It’s also worth noting that Liverpool have a much higher clean sheet rate in the Champions League (50%) than domestically (31%).DF: Alex Sandro – Juventus – 1 Game, 1 Assist, 1 Clean Sheet = 10 PointsDF: Serge Aurier – Tottenham – 1 Game, 1 Assist – 1 Clean Sheet = 10 PointsThe wingback rotation under Mauricio Pochettino has become a thorn in the side of many Fantasy Premier League owner, but it may be more consistent in the Champions League than you think. Aurier started all but one of Tottenham’s European matches and did fairly well in a hellish group, managing a pair of clean sheets and assists. Who they draw in the next round will obviously dictate his value and usability, but the Frenchman definitely did his part in helping Spurs dominate the Group of Death.MF: Philippe Coutinho – Liverpool – 1 Game, 3 Goals = 20 PointsCoutinho had a hat trick of assists at the weekend and followed it up with an actual hat trick against Spartak Moscow on Wednesday. He ends the group stages with the second most Fantasy points among midfielders and sixth overall in the Goal game. His influence on this Liverpool team should have diminished with the arrival of Mohamed Salah, but it seems to have given him the freedom and space to flourish into an even better player.MF: Sadio Mane – Liverpool – 1 Game, 2 Goals = 14 PointsMF: Corentin Tolisso – Bayern Munich – 1 Game, 2 Goals = 14 PointsMF: Mohamed Salah – Liverpool – 1 Game, 1 Goal, 1 Assist = 11 PointsMF: Yacine Brahimi – Porto – 1 Game, 1 Goal, 1 Assist = 11 PointsFWD: Vincent Aboubakar – Porto – 1 Game, 2 Goals, 1 Assist = 15 PointsPorto came into Wednesday’s match just three points clear of Leipzig, but Aboubakar’s performance ensured safe passage to the Round of 16 for the Portuguese club. He has also been a solid Fantasy asset for his owners thus far, considering he currently sits in the top 10 among forwards and is cheaper than everyone with more points. He could face a tough road in the Champions League, though, with the Portuguese side set to face a group winner come February, but he will likely be solid value regardless.FWD: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Borussia Dortmund – 1 Game, 2 Goals = 12 Points
Reuse this content Rugby union Topics Read more Read more “If it’s in the UK or Ireland before you fly out to South Africa, that would be adequate. It’s his [McCafferty’s] choice, but it just makes things difficult really. He has his opinion and I have mine.”Last summer the Lions played just 72 hours after arriving in New Zealand and scraped past a weak Provincial Barbarians team 13‑7.Gatland cited the example of the Wales No 8 Ross Moriarty – who sustained a back injury in that game in Whangerei – as an example of a player who was hit hard by having to go straight into competition.Moriarty was forced home from the tour because of the problem and spent long periods of the season just finished on the sidelines.“I look back now and with Ross it was a really unusual injury, a back and nerve injury,” Gatland said. “Was that caused by the flight time? A lack of preparation? Jetlag? Or the pressure of the travel up from Whangerei? It’s a possibility it could have occurred from that.”Gatland is in Argentina preparing for Wales’s two clashes with the Pumas. The 54-year-old was angry at PRL’s refusal to release the England-based players Josh Adams, Tomas Francis and Luke Charteris for his team’s 22-20 victory against South Africa in Washington DC, a game which fell outside World Rugby’s designated Test window.The Worcester wing Adams and the Exeter prop Francis have since been called up anyway and both are involved in Gatland’s squad to face Argentina in San Juan on Saturday.Pressed further on PRL’s refusal to help out the Lions, Gatland could not resist another dig and said: “I don’t want to talk about PRL, it’s obviously the best competition in the world, isn’t it?” Discussions over how the Lions trip to South Africa in 2021 will fit into the rugby calendar remain ongoing but the PRL chief executive, Mark McCafferty, has already refused to accommodate a change in the English season to help out, describing such a move as “suicidal” to his competition.During the Lions tour to New Zealand last summer Gatland’s side played the first of their 10 matches only three days after landing. The trip to South Africa is likely to feature eight matches in five weeks. “If the Lions is supposed to be the best of the best, you have to give them adequate preparation,” said Gatland, who is unbeaten in two Test series as the team’s coach.“I felt in New Zealand my biggest concern was flying on the Monday, arriving on the Wednesday, and then playing that Saturday. By doing that we were opening up players to the potential of injury risk.“My view is that by taking the field as early as we did in New Zealand without adequate preparation, we were doing that. I’m not the only who has said that, everyone has.”Gatland has three Lions tours on his CV – he was forwards coach alongside Ian McGeechan in South Africa in 2009 – and knows exactly what is involved working at elite level.“If you need not the best but adequate preparation, then I find it ironic major nations send teams to the Gold Coast [Australia] for two weeks to prepare for a sevens programme and the Lions can’t go to Hong Kong,” Gatland said. “I don’t know why they can do that and you can’t send your No 1 team away to prepare. Why wouldn’t you want the Lions to have at least a week to prepare together? 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League Two Share on LinkedIn Read more Carbon offsetting Share on WhatsApp Forest Green Rovers Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share via Email A British professional football club that is powered by renewable energy and serves vegan food to players, staff and fans has received a prestigious United Nations certification.Forest Green Rovers, which plays in League Two, announced on Monday that it has become the world’s first UN certified carbon-neutral football club.Based in the Gloucestershire town of Nailsworth, the club has signed up for a United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) initiative called Climate Neutral Now for the 2018-19 season.FGR’s green credentials have been attracting attention around the world for several years. It claims to be the first vegan football club in the world after receiving the vegan trademark from the Vegan Society.The club says it became vegan because of the “huge environmental and animal welfare impacts of livestock farming”, as well as to improve player performance and give fans healthier, tastier food on match days. Topics news FGR is powered by 100% green energy from Ecotricity – the company founded by the club’s chairman, Dale Vince – some of which is generated by the solar panels on the stadium roof.The team plays on an organic pitch, which is cut by a solar-powered robot lawnmower, and all rainwater that falls on the stands or on the pitch is recycled to minimise the club’s use of mains water.FGR has electric car charging facilities at the stadium, to encourage fans to travel to games sustainably.FGR was promoted to the Football League for the first time in the club’s 129-year history last year and will start its second season in League Two – the fourth tier of professional football in England – next month. Climate change Sign up to the Green Light email to get the planet’s most important stories Share on Pinterest Greenhouse gas emissions Share on Messenger Reuse this content