Harmanpreet Kaur’s blistering 115-ball 171* helped India beat Australia by 36 runs at Derby on Friday and set up a final against hosts England at the Home of Cricket — Lord’s on Sunday.This is the third time the Indian cricket team will play a final at the Mecca of Cricket after the 1983 World Cup and the dramatic Natwest series final in 2002.While the previous two occasions it was the men’s team led by Kapil Dev and Sourav Ganguly, who made India proud, this time it’s up to Mithali Raj’s women to bring glory to their nation and lift the first-ever World Cup in women’s cricket.Reuters PhotoIndia’s record in finals in England has been good so far. The Kapil-led team won the World Cup in 1993, Ganguly’s men won a nail-biting thriller to upset Nasser Hussain’s men 19 years later. The Men In Blue under Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the Champions Trophy in 2013 as well.However, Lord’s has always been special to India and Mithali’s women will look to extend the dominance at the iconic ground. India have played two so far and won on both occasions.1983 WORLD CUPOn June 25, 1983, the Indian team scripted history after beating an intimating West Indian side by 43 runs to lift their first-ever World Cup.India took on the Windies twice in the tournament prior to the big final. They had beaten West Indies in their opener by 34 runs and then West Indies beat India by 44 runs in their second game. But everybody rooted for the team from the Caribbean, under the captaincy of Kapil, India did the unthinkable to down the two-time champions.advertisementPutting into bat first, the Indians managed a paltry total of 183 from 54.4 overs. Malcolm Marshall and Andy Roberts starred with the ball for the Windies as they were all-set to lift their third trophy.But, Kapil and Co. had other plans.Defending a small total, the Indians started on the front foot by dismissing Gordon Greenidge early. The bowlers kept it tight and didn’t allow the batsmen to get away. Desmond Haynes and Viv Richards steadied the ship after an early blow and took West Indies to 50 before the former fell to Madan Lal for 13. Once Haynes fell, the bowlers tightened the noose further and the Windies started losing wickets at regular intervals.Although Faoud Bacchus and Jeff Dujon did form a 43-run partnership for the sixth wicket, Mohinder Amarnath castled Dujon to get India back into the game. Marshall, Roberts and Michael Holding fell soon after and their innings ended at 140 from 52 overs. Lal and Amarnath starred with the ball for India — picking up three wickets each.That was the first time India had reached the final and an inspirational performance at the Mecca of Cricket allowed them to lift the cup in their maiden try and end West Indies’ dominance, who had won in the last two editions.NATWEST TROPHY 2002The match was nail-biter but it will forever be etched in the memories of every Indian and perhaps English cricket fans due to the Indian captains antics once they won the match.Ganguly took off his shirt at the balcony and waved it passionately after snatching a remarkable victory from the jaws of defeat — some would say that was his reply to Andrew Flintoff’s infamous actions a year back at the Wankhede.PTI PHOTOBut, the match itself was nothing short of a spectacle.Hussain won the toss and elected to bat first. England were provided with a brisk start by Marcus Trescothick and Nick Knight. They pair put together 42 runs before the latter fell in the eighth over to Zaheer Khan.Then walked in the captain and the hosts were up and away before anybody could realise. Trescothick and Hussain played aggressively and kept attacking the bowlers. Trescothick finally fell for a 100-ball 109 when Kumble castled him but the damage was already done. The duo put together a stand of 185 runs for the second wicket.Hussain anchored the innings and played a supporting role to Andrew Flintoff, who blasted 40 off 32 balls to help England go bast the 300-run mark. Hussain completed his century before finally falling for 115 — with England’s score on 312/4 from 48 overs. The hosts managed 23 runs off the final two overs and set an monstrous target of 326 for the visitors to win the match.India were off to a flyer thanks to Ganugly and Virender Sehwag, who put on 106 from 14.2 overs before the Prince of Kolkata departed for a 43-ball 60. Sehwag failed to continue and sonn departed for 45 — leaving India at 114/2 from 16 overs.advertisementIndia lost three quick wickets and were staring at defeat. Then came the remarkable comeback. With the team struggling at 146/5 from 24 overs, two young players put their hands up when it mattered the most.Yuvraj Singh and Mohammed Kaif started slowly but soon started counter-attacking and kept India’s hopes alive. The duo put together a humongous stand of 221 for the sixth wicket before the southpaw finally fell for 69 from 63 balls. India still needed 49 runs from 44 balls but there were no batsmen to support Kaif now.PTI PHOTOHowever, he kept playing a blinder and was ably supported by Harbhajan Singh but the offie soon fell, followed by Kumble and India’s hopes were diminishing. But Kaif held one end guided his team home with three balls to spare. He finished with 87* off 75 balls and was named the man-of-the-match for his remarkable knock.
Mumbai, Aug 3 (PTI) Telecom major Vodafone today said its app Vodafone Play has tied-up with Discovery Communications expanding its infotainment content portfolio for its subscribers across genres.Vodafone Play will offer a bouquet of 12 channels from Discovery Communications India portfolio on its platform like Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Discovery HD World, Discovery Science, Discovery Turbo, Discovery Kids, Investigation Discovery (ID), Animal Planet HD World, TLC HD World, Discovery Tamil and sports channel DSPORT.Commenting on the tie-up Discovery Communications India Senior Vice President, Affiliate Sales and Product Distribution Vijay Rajput said, “As the media ecosystem continues to evolve, we remain focussed on delivering more content, across more screens, to more people.””Vodafone Play is a single window offering content across genres and languages and this association with Discovery strengthens our infotainment category,” Vodafone India National Head ? VAS, and Content Dipankar Ghoshal said in a statement. PTI DS RMT BAS
Ravi Shastri is not a man of few words and his articulation in praise of the current Indian side for creating history in Sri Lanka hasn’t gone down well with Indian captains of yesteryears.On his return as India coach, Ravi Shastri had high praise for the Virat Kohli-led side to follow up their series win in Sri Lanka two years back with a demolishing performance in the first Test of the ongoing series.”There have been a lot of big names who have played for 20 years, they have come to Sri Lanka many times and never won a series. This team is used to doing things a lot of other teams have not done,” Shastri had said.Former captain Sourav Ganguly was not amused by Shastri’s over the top praise refused to react, cryptically wishing him “good luck for the future” while Mohammad Azharuddin, who has also led India in Sri Lanka, slammed his former teammate saying “he was disrespecting himself”.But another former India captain Kapil Dev finds nothing wrong in Shastri’s assessment and goes on to defend his former teammate.In an interview to India Today, Kapil said “If this team has done well we have to respect that. Statistics say that. Else don’t show statistics. There is no disrespect. If you don’t like it sorry. It’s not about hurting any egos. It maybe that future teams will perform even better. That’s his thought process.”When quizzed further if Shastri was not over-estimating Indian team’s performance against a depleted Sri Lankan side, he backed Shastri’s right to speak his mind.advertisement”I think it’s just a way of saying. When history is created you have to say so. And these young boys are far better than any other team. They are playing with a purpose and you have to respect that,” he affirmed.India have since gone on to win the second Test and could clean sweep the series going by current form. But the jury is still out on what context this win will have in Indian Test cricket history.
Zinedine Zidane showed his anger over a five-match ban imposed on Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo for pushing the referee in Sunday’s Spanish Super Cup first leg.Ronaldo scored as a substitute in Madrid’s 3-1 win over Barcelona at Camp Nou, but he was sent off for diving moments later after which he shoved official Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea. The Spanish football federation hit Ronaldo with a four-match suspension on top of the automatic one-game ban.”I am annoyed. We are very annoyed. I’m not going to have a go at the referees, but when you look and see what happened, to think Cristiano is not going to play five games … Something happened there, I’m annoyed,” Madrid coach Zidane told a news conference on Tuesday.”What happened, happened, but when you look at what happened and see they have given him five games, it’s a lot.”Ronaldo got one yellow card when he took off his shirt after scoring his goal, then a second moments later for diving. After he was ordered off, he pushed De Burgos Bengoetxea, which led to the suspension.Madrid appealed the suspension and the RFEF committee will respond on Wednesday morning, meaning Ronaldo could feature in the second leg on Wednesday at the Bernabeu.”We have to wait until tomorrow. The committee meets and after that meeting we will see what we can do,” Zidane said.Asked if he believed the ban was designed to single out Ronaldo, Zidane said, “I don’t know, I don’t think so and I hope not, I hope they did it with conscious and because they are doing their jobs, but well, in the end what sticks with me is the five games.”advertisementDefender Dani Carvajal defended his teammate Ronaldo, who he claimed was being harshly punished for his sixth red card in a Madrid shirt.”It’s an excessive ban and a frustrating situation. I’m not in the referee’s head, but he didn’t have to be sent off,” said the Spaniard.”We’re all upset with the punishment as Cristiano is an important player for us. We hope it’s reduced and he’s back in action soon.”
Liverpool have rejected a third bid from Barcelona for playmaker Philippe Coutinho, sources said on Friday.Reports in British media put the latest bid at 125 million euros ($146.85 million), as the Spanish club continue to seek a replacement for Coutinho’s Brazil team mate Neymar, who they sold to Paris St Germain for a world record 222 million euros earlier this month.Manager Juergen Klopp has previously insisted that the 25-year-old would not be sold, although last weekend he said that if Liverpool’s owners decided to accept a bid there was nothing he could do about it.Coutinho will miss Saturday’s match at home to Crystal Palace because he still has a back injury, Klopp told reporters on Thursday.
Mumbai, Aug 23 (PTI) Bollywood star Katrina Kaif is a huge fan of fantasy drama “Game of Thrones” and if given a chance the actor would love to work in the HBO series.Katrina posted on Instagram a picture from a recent photoshoot, in which she sports tribal inspired swimwear with heavy silver anklets, and expressed her desire to join the cast of the popular TV series.”Can I be in #gameofthrones pleeeeeasseee… #ilovejonsnow #pleasetakemeintheshow moodyandbroodingismything,” she captioned the photo.Katrina, 34, made her Instagram debut in April this year and currently has 117 posts and 4.6 million followers.The seventh season of “Game of Thrones” has reached its finale with only one episode left. PTI SHD SHD
Chennai, Aug 24 (PTI): Top Indian surfers including Sekar Petchai and Tanvi Jagdish will take part in the surfing event of 5th Covelong Point Surf, Music & Yoga Festival 2017 to be held at Covelong Point here from August 25 to 27.Apart from home-grown surfers, participants from states including Karnataka, Goa, Odisha and Kerala and those from Sri Lanka, Australia, France and USA are expected to add spice to the competitions.A total of 140 surfers will take part in the various categories.”Covelong Point for four editions has seen some of the best surfers in the country. We want people across the country to work together in taking this sport to a bigger stage,” Rammohan Paranjpe, vice-president, Surfing Federation of India, said in a press release.”The quality of surfers that we see at the festival is astonishing each passing year. We are very focused on extending our support to the sport to develop it and nurture it,” said Arun Vasu, managing director, TT Group, which is organising the event.Former South Africa cricketer Jonty Rhodes and India Test opener Murali Vijay would be associated with the event. PTI SS BN
Real Sociedad midfielder Asier Illarramendi scored a thumping first international goal to give Spain a 1-0 win away to Israel in Group G on Monday, which rounded off their World Cup qualifying campaign with a ninth victory in 10 games.Illarramendi appeared on the edge of the area after a Spain corner had been cleared and drove the ball high into the net with the outside of his boot, breaking the deadlock in the 76th minute.Spain had already sealed their place in Russia as group winners and their only motivation was to keep up their slim chances of being seeded in December’s World Cup draw, with the 2010 champions 11th in last month’s world rankings.Israel had long been out of contention for a playoff place, finishing fourth on 12 points, one behind Albania in third. Italy ended their campaign second on 23 points.Coach Julen Lopetegui made nine changes from the Spain team that eased to a 3-0 win over Albania on Friday, with only Sergio Busquets, who made his 100th appearance for Spain, and captain Sergio Ramos keeping their places.”We knew this was a difficult game for different reasons but we wanted to win and take another step towards recovering our winning mentality which could help us go on and win the World Cup,” Spain goalkeeper Pepe Reina told reporters.”If you had asked us before the campaign started, we would all have taken the results we got. Italy were the team to beat but every side posed their own difficulties and we’ve been very consistent, confident in ourselves and we’ve played in the style we wanted to wherever we’ve been.”advertisementSpain lacked the spark with which they had played their previous qualifiers, but still had the better of the chances and it took four impressive saves from Israel goalkeeper Ariel Harush to prevent the visitors leading before the interval.Veteran forward Aritz Aduriz, youngster Marco Asensio and Ramos each saw long range efforts blocked, while the best chance of the half fell to Chelsea forward Pedro, who found himself clean through against Harush but scuffed his shot straight at the goalkeeper.Athletic Bilbao striker Aduriz, 36, missed an even clearer chance early in the second half when he failed to connect with a rolling pass from close range, despite being unmarked.It took another Basque player in Illarramendi to finally put Spain in front, while Asensio had a late strike ruled out for offside.
Australian tennis player Sam Groth has announced that he would bid adieu to his career after the next year’s first major of the season at the Melbourne Park in January.Groth, an Olympian and Davis Cup mainstay, will call curtains to his 13-year-long career after the Australian Open, which is to be held from January 15 to January 28.While announcing his decision, the 30-year-old said he had increasingly struggled “with the whole life on the tour thing.””It’s been something I’ve been thinking about since the Wimbledon. I went to Newport, a tournament I’ve done really well in. I ‘qualified’, won a round and I was playing John Isner on centre court and a part of me just really didn’t want to be there,” news.com.au quoted Groth, as saying.”My issue has never been competing. Before I got to 53 in the world, my issue was doing enough work and all those sorts of things. That became the easy part at the end. But getting out and competing and being away from home became tough,” he explained the reason behind his decision.Groth, who was rewarded for his performances with the 2015 Newcombe medal, made his professional debut in 2006 and moved to a career-high ranking of world no. 53 in 2015 .He was also a significant part of Australia’s Davis Cup team that made it to the semi-finals that year.
MELBOURNE, Australia – Rafael Nadal continued his dominant streak over Roger Federer to reach the Australian Open final for the third time, beating the 17-time major winner 7-6 (4), 6-3, 6-3 night to set up a championship decider against No. 8-seeded Stan Wawrinka.With his 23rd win in 33 matches against Federer, the 27-year-old Spaniard set up an ideal chance to win a 14th Grand Slam title and to become the first man to win all four majors at least twice in the Open era.Nadal missed the 2013 Australian Open during a seven-month layoff for illness and a knee injury, but returned to win the French and U.S. Opens among his 10 titles for the season and finished the year at No. 1.He won the Australian Open in 2009, beating Federer in the final, and lost in a five-set, 5-hour, 53-minute 2012 final to Novak Djokovic after ousting Federer in the semis. In other years, he’s struggled with injuries — it’s the only Grand Slam tournament he hasn’t won at least twice.“It’s really, really emotional for me to be back on this court, Rod Laver Arena, and to be able to play another final,” Nadal said. “I think tonight I played the best match of the tournament. I go on court (against Federer) knowing that is a really tough match and if I am not playing my best, I will not have the chance to win.”At the end of the night, Federer knew he wouldn’t even be the No. 1-ranked player in Switzerland next week. By reaching his first major final, Wawrinka ensured he’d replace Federer as their country’s highest-ranked player for the first time.But the 32-year-old Federer is confident of winning more majors, expecting some coaching from Stefan Edberg and continued improvement in his fitness to help after a slump in 2013, when he didn’t reach any of the major finals for the first time in 11 years.“I still think my best tennis is only ahead of me now,” said Federer, who reached the Australian Open semifinals for 11 consecutive years.Nadal is now second on the list of players reaching Grand Slam finals, joining Ivan Lendl on 19 — Federer leads the list with 24. Another Grand Slam title would lift Nadal to equal second on the all-time list with Pete Sampras, who was in the crowd for the match.Nadal has struggled with a blister on the palm of his left hand in his last two matches, but he removed the heavy tape that affected his serve in his quarterfinal win over Grigor Dimitrov and replaced it with one square of adhesive tape. A TV camera got a close-up view of the blister when he took a medical timeout after the first game of the second set, drawing gasps and groans from the crowd.“Too much talk about the blister. The blister is OK,” Nadal said in his on-court interview. “The problem … is the position of the blister, it’s difficult.” But, he said, he didn’t feel any pain.He certainly didn’t show it if he did. He resisted just about everything Federer threw at him, scrambling to keep balls in play that usually would be winners.Federer served and volleyed, he played with good touch, he played drop shots, he tried everything — even complaining to the chair umpire about Nadal’s loud grunting after the tiebreaker — but his 50 resulting unforced errors doubled the number by his rival.Left-handed Nadal hit 13 of his 28 winners on his powerful forehand, attacking Federer’s one-handed backhand yet again.“I tried a few things … then again, Rafa does a good job of neutralizing you,” Federer said. “So I guess at times I couldn’t quite do what I wanted to do, but that’s because of Rafa.”The first break of the match came in the sixth game of the second set, giving Nadal a 4-2 lead. That only heightened the crowd support for Federer, who got a standing ovation when he broke Nadal back to make it 2-all in the third set, immediately after dropping serve in the previous game. It noise and chants died down again when Federer was broken again soon after and Nadal finished off the match.Wawrinka beat Tomas Berdych on Thursday night, getting an extra day off ahead of Sunday’s championship match. Li Na will be hoping for third time lucky in the women’s final on Saturday against Dominika Cibulkova. She has reached the finals in three of the past four years, but is yet to win the Australian title.Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci rallied to win the last five games and successfully defended their Australian Open women’s doubles title on Friday with a 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 victory over Russian pair Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina.(John Pye, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
NEW YORK — Joel Ward wanted Alex Ovechkin to hear him over the din at Madison Square Garden. So, the depth forward screamed at his superstar teammate.Maybe he should do it more often.Ward got Ovechkin’s attention and drove the Russian’s feed past Henrik Lundqvist with 1.3 seconds left to give the Washington Capitals a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers on April 30 in Game 1 of their second-round series.“I took a hard whack at it and it went in,” Ward said. After the goal was confirmed by replay, Ovechkin kissed Ward on the cheek.“I heard (Ward) screaming so loud,” Ovechkin said. “I just wanted to throw the puck (to him). As soon as I went to the bench and I saw the replay, it was a clear goal. We’ll take it.”Following a mostly ceremonial face-off, the teams skirmished at center ice, sparked by New York’s displeasure that Nicklas Backstrom wasn’t penalized for hitting Dan Boyle from behind on the play that led to Ward’s goal.To a man, the Rangers acknowledged that they let up, expecting referees Chris Rooney and Kelly Sutherland to blow the play dead.“I saw (Boyle) get hit (and) go down,” defenseman Ryan McDonagh said. “I kind of hesitated.”Ovechkin opened the scoring with a power play goal with 1:47 remaining in the first period. Jesper Fast tied it with 4:39 left in the third, tipping Kevin Hayes’ point shot past goalie Braden Holtby.Holtby made 31 saves, and Lundqvist stopped 27 shots.Game 2 is May 2 in New York.“I don’t care,” New York coach Alain Vigneault said, when asked if the 12:30 p.m. start for Game 2 could benefit his team. “We’ll play whatever time the game is.”The Capitals ended a two-game losing streak against New York in the playoffs. Washington also lost three of the four regular-season meetings with the Rangers.“They’re a very talented team,” Capitals coach Barry Trotz said about the Rangers, who finished the regular season with the most points and wins in franchise history. “There’s a reason that they finished No. 1 in the regular season.”In the first period, with New York center Dominic Moore in the penalty box for holding, Ovechkin carried the puck into the offensive zone and whipped a shot past Lundqvist from the top of the left circle for his third goal of the playoffs.In 27 career playoff games against the Rangers, Ovechkin has 11 goals and 10 assists. He led the NHL during the regular season with 53 goals, 25 power-play goals and 11 game-winning goals.Ovechkin’s goal was Washington’s first playoff score against Lundqvist in 138:13 dating to Game 6 of the 2013 Eastern Conference quarterfinals.“He’s a rare talent in this league,” Trotz said about Ovechkin. “He’s very similar to Mark Messier. Those rare talents that can play a very heavy game (and) intimidate you with speed. He can intimidate you with his skill and his physicality.”Holtby was aided by some misfires from New York’s shooters.In the second, Carl Hagelin pushed Fast’s cross-ice feed wide of the net. Later in the period, Derick Brassard couldn’t jam a loose puck in the crease past Holtby. Martin St. Louis’ slap shot from the slot 3:56 into the third was blocked by Karl Alzner.“Adjustments will be made,” New York center Derek Stepan said. “One of the biggest adjustments will be shooting more pucks.”Lundqvist was strong, too. He made a glove save on Backstrom with 5:28 left in the second. In the third, he stopped Brooks Laich’s wraparound attempt and John Carlson’s off-wing drive.“It’s a tough one, it really stinks,” Lundqvist said. “We will regroup and come back.”(DENIS GORMAN)TweetPinShare0 Shares
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Kacy Rodgers had barely settled himself on the podium before he was hit with the question of the week.How do the New York Jets stop Rob Gronkowski?“That’s a great question and there’s about 30 other teams I need to ask,” the defensive coordinator said with a laugh. “In all fairness, he’s a tremendous player. We’ve got a lot of different things we’ve got to try. I don’t think that one thing works to stop him.”The New England Patriots tight end is a matchup nightmare, and not just against the Jets. He’s having yet another terrific season with 66 catches for 1,072 yards and 11 touchdowns.His biggest game this year came the last time the AFC East rivals played in October, when Gronkowski had a career-best 11 catches for 108 yards and a TD.“You don’t find too many 6-foot-7 (he’s actually 6-6) tight ends that can move,” linebacker Calvin Pace said. “You’ve got a quarterback that can throw him open a lot of times. With him being so tall, it’s in his favor. You’ve got to run multiple guys at him, tough coverage and you have to get there.”That’s part of the problem, though. Do you use a safety, an athletic linebacker — or, both?Other than his size making him difficult to bring down, Gronkowski has terrific speed for a tight end, and many linebackers can’t keep up.“You’ve got to have different game plans when you go up against him,” said safety Calvin Pryor, who will likely be tasked with defending Gronkowski. “He’s so big and physical and he’s able to get off the jam quite easily when someone tries to jam him because he’s so strong.”In the teams’ last meeting, Pryor left with a high ankle sprain early in the third quarter, causing the Jets to scramble to find an effective match against Gronkowski.No good.With Pryor out of the game, the New England tight end had six catches for 68 yards and a touchdown.“Well, every healthy body will help against that,” Rodgers said. “I don’t know that one person alone will stop him. He’s a tremendous player, so we’ve got a lot of different things we’ve got to try, but he’s definitely an important part of our game plan.”Jets coach Todd Bowles didn’t dismiss the idea of trying to be physical with Gronkowski to knock him off his game a bit. But the Jets coach warned that defenders need to get their feet under them because of his size.“He can run anybody over,” Bowles said. “He’s nifty as well. You’ve just got to be smart about how you play him.”Gronkowski is confident wherever he lines up that he can beat whoever might be across from him. Still, he doesn’t downplay the fact he faces a challenge on just about every snap.“It’s not just you go out there and you win the matchup,” he said during a conference call. “These players, especially these defensive backs, safeties of the Jets, linebackers, they can cover — press, off the ball, whatever it is. I’ve just got to be prepared and focus on what I’ve got to do in order to get open.”Bowles was also asked if playing in space against Gronkowski could be more effective than bumping him.“Nothing has really worked,” he said. “You’ve just got to pick and choose your poison against him and just try and slow him down.”Much easier said than done, of course.Gronkowski has made a career of running through, past and over would-be defenders. He’s on the verge of setting some franchise career records. Gronkowski has 65 touchdown catches, two behind Stanley Morgan.His 66 total TDs (65 catches, one run) put him two behind Morgan for the most total scores in Patriots history.“As you look at it, this guy lines up in line at tight end, then you look at it and (he) lines up as a No. 1 receiver,” Rodgers said. “He’s all over the place and that creates matchup problems.“It creates a lot of problems. A headache.”(DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Pele will not attend Friday’s opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics because of poor health, denying Brazilians a chance to celebrate their greatest sports figure.The 75-year-old soccer great said this week he had been invited to light the cauldron, though that was not confirmed by Rio organizers.“I’m not physically able to attend the opening of the Olympics,” Pele said in a statement on Friday.Pele had hip surgery recently and often walks with a cane. His absence — in any role — will be a huge disappointment to fans and organizers. He is easily Brazil’s most recognizable athlete — or former athlete — though he stopped playing almost 40 years ago.“Only God is more important than my health,” he wrote. “In my life I’ve had fractures, surgeries, pain, hospital stays, victories and defeats. And I’ve always respected those who admire me.”He said pulling out was “my own decision.”Pele’s role in the opening ceremony has never been clear. He had said earlier that a commitment to a sponsor would force him to travel the day of the ceremony.“If I manage to change (the travel plans), I would like to have the honor to light it,” he said.In statement, Pele apologized for disappointing Brazilians and said “as a Brazilian, I ask God to bless all who participate in this event.”He signed the statement Edson Arantes do Nascimento — Pele. TweetPinShare0 Shares
MADRID (AP) — If it was a farewell, Andres Iniesta went out in style.The veteran midfielder is expected to soon confirm he’s leaving Barcelona at the end of the season. He couldn’t have asked for a better way to say goodbye.Iniesta scored amid a brilliant performance as Barcelona crushed Sevilla 5-0 in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday, and became the first team in 85 years to win four straight Copa titles.“It was a great night, for me and for the whole team,” Iniesta said. “There were a lot of strong emotions, a lot of different feelings. I’m happy to be able to help the team win this title.”Despite a lifetime contract at Barcelona, the 33-year-old Iniesta has been linked to a move to Chinese football. He will reveal his decision in the next week.“It’s a spectacle to watch Andres play,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said. “He has to make a decision and see if he wants to come back next season.”Luis Suarez scored twice and Lionel Messi and Philippe Coutinho also made the scoresheet for Barcelona’s record-extending 30th Copa triumph, and sixth in the last decade.“We played a great match, with a lot of determination,” Valverde said.FC Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta, centre, with teammates as they celebrate during an award ceremony after defeating Sevilla 5-0 in the Copa del Rey final soccer match at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, April 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul White)Sevilla was trying to win a sixth Copa and save a season which will end without any trophies and maybe not even a place in the Europa League next season.“Barcelona … played a formidable match,” Sevilla coach Vincenzo Montella said.The final took place at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in the capital amid the ongoing political turmoil involving Catalonia’s bid for independence.There were jeers by part of the Barcelona crowd when the national anthem was played, but the boos were largely subdued by the reaction of the numerous Sevilla fans in the crowd. Spain’s King Felipe VI smiled and saluted the fans after the anthem.Suarez opened the scoring with a shot into the open net after a breakaway that started with goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen in the 14th minute. Cillessen made a long pass from inside his area to Coutinho. The Brazilian playmaker entered the box free from markers before making a pass back to Suarez, who just tapped the ball in.Messi scored with a mid-height shot from the middle of the area after a great backheel pass by Jordi Alba off the end line. Messi became the second player to score in five Copa del Rey finals, after Athletic Bilbao’s Telmo Zarra.Suarez scored again before halftime with a low shot after picking up a great throughball by Messi and fending off a defender while entering the area.FC Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta holds up the trophy as he celebrates during an award ceremony after defeating Sevilla 5-0 in the Copa del Rey final soccer match at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, April 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)Iniesta scored the fourth in the 52nd after a quick exchange of passes with Messi. He dribbled past goalkeeper David Soria and shot into an empty net.Iniesta received a huge ovation by fans from both clubs when he was substituted near the end of the match. He then lifted the trophy, his sixth in the Copa.Last year, Iniesta became the first player to sign a lifetime contract with Barcelona, a deal allowing him to keep playing for the club for as long as he remained fit.Coutinho closed the scoring by converting a 69th-minute penalty kick after a handball by a Sevilla defender.No other team had won four Copa titles in a row since Athletic Bilbao from 1930-33. The only other team to do it was Real Madrid from 1905-08.Barcelona is also three points away from winning the Spanish league. Sevilla lies seventh, the final spot guaranteeing a Europa League berth next season.It was Sevilla’s eighth straight match without a win in all competitions.—By TALES AZZONI , AP Sports WriterBarcelona’s Luis Suarez reacts during the Copa del Rey final soccer match between Barcelona and Sevilla at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, April 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul White)Barcelona’s fans cheer during the Copa del Rey final soccer match between Barcelona and Sevilla at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, April 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)TweetPinShare0 Shares
OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry made nine 3-pointers and scored 36 points, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Portland Trail Blazers 116-94 on Tuesday night in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals while playing without injured star Kevin Durant once again.Curry shot 12 for 23 in his fourth 30-point performance this postseason, finding far more open looks than he had in the last round against Houston. The two-time NBA MVP outplayed the Portland duo of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, who combined to go 11 for 31 facing a strong Golden State defense.Klay Thompson had 26 points, including a late one-handed slam. Draymond Green established the energy on both ends early for the well-rested Warriors and finished with 12 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, three blocks and two steals.Lillard scored 19 points back home in Oakland, just miles away from where he grew up. McCollum had 17 and missed five of his six 3s as the cold-shooting Blazers went just 7 for 28 from long range.Game 2 is Thursday night, and the Warriors are unlikely to have two-time reigning NBA Finals MVP Durant back from a strained right calf. An update on Durant’s status is expected that day once he is re-examined.Curry matched his postseason career high for 3s, also accomplished in Game 1 of last year’s finals against Cleveland. He found his groove far earlier than in the Game 6 clincher at Houston on Friday night, when he scored all 33 of his points in the second half.Little brother Seth struggled with three points for Portland, which shot 36.1% overall.Lillard hit a game-winning 3-pointer with 6.3 seconds remaining in overtime Dec. 27 in his last regular-season game at Oracle Arena. He averaged 28.3 points and 6.5 assists in four regular-season games against Golden State this season.He arrived for Game 1 in a custom Oakland Athletics baseball jersey having averaged 30 points in his nine previous playoff matchups against the Warriors.Green has at least 10 rebounds in six straight playoff games, matching his postseason career-best streak of six also done last year.The teams combined for 11 turnovers in the opening quarter.Golden State began its fifth straight Western Conference finals, joining the Lakers are the only other team to do so.The Warriors won their previous two postseason series with Portland, both over the past three seasons. They had a four-game sweep in the first round in 2017 during a remarkable 16-1 run to the title and a five-game Western Conference semifinal series the previous year.“The Warriors were a special team that year that they swept us,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said.FAMILY AFFAIRBetween warmup shots, Seth Curry stole a glance to the other end as his big brother went through his own pregame routine.Back in the locker room, Stephen Curry said, “That was wild.” Then, he joked, “Only me and Seth are going to score, the whole series.”Proud parents Sonya and Dell Curry had planned to flip a coin to determine who wore which gear for the games.It turned out Dell Curry wore Steph’s No. 30 on the front and Seth’s No. 31 on back, while Sonya had Seth’s number on her front and Steph’s on the back.The Currys became the first brothers to ever face off in a conference final and the first in any round since Marc Gasol for the Grizzlies against Pau Gasol and the Spurs in the first round of the 2017 playoffs.ON THE ROADThe Blazers traveled straight to the Bay Area from Denver after winning Game 7 on Sunday rather than return to Portland.“Denver seems like a week ago now,” Stotts said. “NBA players are resilient, physically and mentally. I think everybody is prepared for it whether you’ve had days off or not had days off.”TIP-INSTrail Blazers: Portland committed four quick turnovers and finished with 21 to the Warriors’ 14. … G Rodney Hood, who suffered a bone bruise in his left knee Sunday against the Nuggets, scored 17 points. … Portland is 1-9 all-time against Golden State in the playoffs.Warriors: Golden State is 18-1 in Game 1 of a playoff series dating to the 2015 title run, having won the last 12 postseason openers. … Former Warriors C JaVale McGee received a rousing ovation when introduced in the first quarter sitting along one baseline. … The Warriors are 28-10 in the postseason with the starting lineup used Tuesday that included Andrew Bogut again starting in place of Durant, according to Elias.By: Janie McCauley, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
GWANGJU, South Korea (AP) — Lilly King won the 50-meter breaststroke at the world swimming championships, giving the American two victories over Russian rival Yuliya Efimova on Sunday.They were denied a third meeting when King was disqualified in the heats of the 200 breast for not putting both her hands on the wall at the same time in a turn.King touched in 29.84 seconds, the only swimmer under 30 seconds in the final.Benedetta Pilato of Italy took silver in 30 seconds flat.Efimova, who won the 200 and finished second to King in the 100, earned bronze in 30.15.—By BETH HARRIS AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
September 28, 2016 at 9:25 am September 27, 2016 at 11:19 pm “I’m not wearing my happy face is all I can say … terms like “end of an era” come to mind … Embedded.com won’t be the same without you … we’ll leave the light on for you in case you get bored and decide to come back home (or even just drop in to vi 27 thoughts on “Signing off” “What they said. To the 10th power with precision and no round off error. Your abundant contributions have enormously helped so many and like so many I will miss you. Your comments, lessons and musings have accompanied me throughout my embedded developm “I happened upon this site because I needed information on firmware engineering for a presentation for a class I’m taking, when this post/article caught my eye. 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Take some time to visit a few hamfests before they’re completely gone… ;^)” “Jack, sad day for me as a former and now resurrected Publisher (quaint term these days) of Embedded Systems Design. You have a truly authentic voice and that’s a rare thing we all enjoyed and you should be proud of.nnStill hope to see you around event “In case any of you missed it, Jack’s glossary of embedded computing terms a few years back was a side-splitter! I’m sure my colleagues thought I had lost my mind when they heard me laughing so hard! You have a real talent there, Jack, for making me laug “Job well Done Jack…thank you.nYour articles helped this EE know enough about the programming world to be dangerous :-)..” “Many of us will miss you Jack. As a budding embedded guy, I continue to learn many tricks and techniques from your articles.nAs some one noted, who is going to fill this gap?nnThanks for all the articles. Reading them was greatest fun I had.n-Venkat D elizabethsimon says: scarter.525 says: Log in to Reply “Can’t say I read your first column, since I was still in school. However, I have been reading them regularly since the mid-90’s. I will miss your stories, especially all of the history that you work into your columns. I’ve learned a lot from you. Than October 5, 2016 at 7:19 am “Thanks Jack for the many columns and articles that have enriched my life over the years. I always looked forward to hearing your practical advice.nnBest of luck, smooth sailing and may the wind always be at your back.” Log in to Reply Log in to Reply firstname.lastname@example.org says: Log in to Reply “Your columns were much more than university curricula in embedded in particular and engineering in general. nSharing oneu2019s experiences and expertise without expecting anything in return makes you so special. nHonestly, the engineering is so special September 28, 2016 at 5:06 pm Log in to Reply Dilogic says: Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Profession sashi ono says: September 26, 2016 at 1:45 pm “We are all going to miss the knowledge that Jack shared with us over the years. I’m glad that I’m still following him over at the Embedded Muse! Best of luck!” September 27, 2016 at 4:10 pm Log in to Reply Log in to Reply Log in to Reply September 27, 2016 at 2:34 pm “Wow! Now that’s news Jack. Embedded.com will certainly be different without you. Safe journeys and see you on email.nn–Steven” Log in to Reply In 1989 Tyler Sperry, then editor of the print publication Embedded Systems Programming, asked me to write a monthly column for the magazine. That morphed into Embedded Systems Design which in turn succumbed to the demise of print in 2012. During those years I wrote some 260 columns for those publications. A later editor, Lyndsey Vereen, wisely saw the importance of the web and asked me to contribute a weekly on-line column starting in 2001. That was some 700 articles ago.Over the years the magazine and web site were bought and sold a number of times. This summer Aspencore (part of Arrow Electronics) acquired it from media giant UBM. I have no insight into Arrow’s plans but suspect that not much will change.But it’s time for one change – this will be my last column. At this point in life I’m cutting back on work activities a bit. Scant free time is taking its toll.In the intervening years I’ve gone from a relative youngster to being eligible for social security. My family life revolved around a two-year-old son and soon a daughter, to now being a proud father of self-sufficient adults building their own lives. Once a late-night phone call portended some teenage driving incident. Now my cell is always at hand to respond to the exigencies of ancient parents.How life changes!And how this field has changed! In the 80s only the latest PCs had 32 bit CPUs – they were a rarity in the embedded world. Windows was unusable and Linux didn’t exist. Connectivity mostly meant an RS-232 port. The web had yet to be invented. A few low-power eight-bitters could run from batteries but any kind of computational horsepower required connection to the AC mains. There was no Wi-Fi nor any of the huge array of wireless protocols available today.Developers mostly used in-circuit emulators to debug their code. That was my business in the 80s and 90s – we made emulators for a number of processors, but that technology is now obsolete. Propagating bus signals over a long cable at hundreds of MHz is just not feasible. And who sockets processors anymore?There was no JTAG debugging. No IDEs. No source level debugging. In the embedded world systems were more likely to be coded in assembly than C.Some surface-mount existed but most avoided it in favor of through-hole technology. None of the exotic packaging like PoP or WLCSP had been invented.Digital cell phones were not available. Yet two decades later Martin Cooper, the inventor of the hand-held mobile phone, gave a keynote at the ESC and I’ll bet not a single attendee did not have a cell in his or her pocket.Over the years I’ve made friends with many of you. Some in person, others I only know from email correspondence. You have all enriched my life tremendously, and I’ve learned a lot from our interaction. Thank you, all.Most web sites have comments that would make a sailor squeamish. Here they are unmoderated, though it’s probably possible to delete those that might be inappropriate. That has never happened, at least for my columns. And that says something pretty special about embedded.com’s readers, who are consistently polite and bursting with useful information.Though Marybeth would love to see me retire that’s not happening any time soon. I’ll continue my newsletter, seminars, and other activities. This field is so endlessly fascinating that stopping would be like cutting off a limb.Keep in touch! The best part of writing this column has been interaction with you readers. Thanks for all of the dialog. And keep reading embedded.com. The change that has characterized this field will only accelerate; this site offers the information you need to keep up with the latest technology.Jack G. Ganssle is a lecturer and consultant on embedded development issues. He conducts seminars on embedded systems and helps companies with their embedded challenges, and works as an expert witness on embedded issues. Contact him at . His website is . Steve.Leibson says: Log in to Reply Mark.Fiedler says: September 27, 2016 at 3:12 am November 29, 2016 at 9:56 pm Log in to Reply Log in to Reply ShantanuA754 says: surf101 says: Matt Chernosky says: September 30, 2016 at 6:17 am MWagner_MA says: jimfordbroadcom says: October 21, 2016 at 11:16 pm September 26, 2016 at 2:09 pm Jim_E says: Log in to Reply Log in to Reply Log in to Reply mosspp says: September 29, 2016 at 1:39 am “Thanks for all of the columns Jack. I canu2019t remember when I started reading them, in the early 80u2019s I believe, ESP and/or EDN dead-tree editions. As I read more of your work, I thought to myself, u201cwho is this guy? He sounds like a regul September 29, 2016 at 10:55 am September 28, 2016 at 6:45 pm Log in to Reply “It’s been over a decade since I did any real embedded work, yet I still read every article in this column, for the wisdom here is beyond embedded, and we are entertained while learning. Thank you!n” Log in to Reply October 24, 2016 at 11:39 am “You will be missed Jack. Who is going to fill the gap that will be left? Good to hear your weekly embedded muse newsletter will continue. I wish all the best.” MadCap says: Log in to Reply “I was affraid this day would come. Your column is THE one I made sure I read on this site, thank you. I have learned an immense amount from you even as I am approaching veteran status. (almost) I look forward to continued reading of your Embedded Muse. “To use a Zulu expression of farewell:nHamba kahle (pronounced “gashle”)-go well. I look forward to still reading your newsletter.” October 6, 2016 at 9:45 pm Colin Walls says: September 27, 2016 at 3:03 am vdyavanapalli017 says: “When I was first starting out as a young embedded systems developer, Jack you were the first person I recognized where I realized: wow, there are other people out there that do this too… and who care about doing it better! Thanks for all your help and i Log in to Reply “Being your devoted reader since your EDN days, I will miss this weekly routine a lot. But, time takes it’s toll – I feel it myself too. I hope your newsletter won’t follow the same path soon :-)nnBest of luck to you and your family and thanks for all th September 26, 2016 at 10:00 pm September 28, 2016 at 5:06 pm worknhard9062 says: D J Liu says: October 9, 2016 at 4:16 pm “Say it isn’t so. I’ve been reading your columns since the ESP days. I used to rip them out of the print magazine to save for later. Much embedded wisdom there and in your web columns.nnI wish you the best of luck in the future.nnChris Knight” Log in to Reply “Best wishes and no worries, Jack; I’m happy enough simply being subscribed to your newsletter.nncheers, – vicn” October 21, 2016 at 9:03 pm vapats says: “Jack, going to miss your columns, here’s to wishing you the best. Was wondering about the Muse while reading this article, glad to hear that will continue. Became a fan of yours about 20 years ago under the print version of Embedded Systems Programming. Continue Reading Previous Reflections on a careerNext Watching others write code October 21, 2016 at 9:29 pm General Bob says: Joffrey says: dcblaza says: Log in to Reply vasanth kumar d says: Log in to Reply September 30, 2016 at 10:22 am September 26, 2016 at 7:17 pm “I am always a big fan of yours and consider you as my guru. I learned software key debouncing techniques from one of your articles. 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SINTRONES launched the cost-effective VBOX-3210 series powered by AMD Radeon graphics via the third-generation Graphics Core Next architecture enables the AMD Embedded R-Series SOC Quad Core RX-421BD/RX-216GD and GX-224IJ/GX-215JJ. The new series are developed for new generation of various vehicle applications.The VBOX-3210 series is an astonishing graphics with true 4K decode/encode, intelligent power management, full functional extensible and extremely compact size in-vehicle computing. The Superior 3D graphics from triple independent Display (2 x DP port, 1 x VGA) is driving immersive for eye-catching 4K multi-media, and the max. up to 32GB DDR4 DRAM enhance the performing of the 3D graphics. It has 5 x GbE LAN and can be integrated max. 4 x PoE 802.3at which is a suitable solution for portable, fixed and in Vehicle video surveillance applications. Its strong flexibility has 3 x miniPCIe + 1 x M.2 2230 A-E key slots for extended modules of wireless, LTE w/ Dual SIM Card, WLAN, GPS Dead Reckoning, GSM/GPRS, BT. One CFast and one SATA storage is a perfect solution for mobile DVR, driver behavior recording and in Vehicle digital signage The Built-in Battery option provides internal battery kit for 10-15 minutes operating (Taiwan Patent No.: M447854). A very wide input voltage ranges from 9 to 48V with Smarter Vehicle Power Ignition can be used for all kind of vehicles including Battery Electric Vehicle. It can be operated in extreme weather conditions (Operating temperature: -40 ~ 70℃) suitable for (LPR) License Plate Recognition and outdoor traffic surveillance. In addition, the new VBOX-3210 series is longevity and supports at least year 2025 as stability and reliable solution.Using the SINTRONES VBOX-3210 the customers will be able to implement and manage/fleet management in-vehicle solution in consumer field such as buses, trains, taxi, school buses, trucks, forklift, agriculture machine or public sectors such as police cars, fire trucks, garbage truck, or snow plow.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Cincoze: sunlight readable Panel PC and touch monitor for outdoor applicationsNext SINTRONES: ABOX-5100 series delivers GPU acceleration with a small footprint
Continue Reading Previous HCC Embedded validates SafeFTL for Micron Automotive SPI NAND FlashNext Silicon Labs: PCI Express gen 5 clocks and buffers lead in performance and power Kontron announces in parallel with the launch of the new AMD Ryzen Embedded R1000 SoC (system on a chip) that it will be extending its COMe-cVR6 Computer-on-Modules – currently based on the high-performance AMD Ryzen Embedded V1000 series – with the next-generation processors in the 12-25-watt performance class. The new low-power COM Express Compact Type 6 modules, which are based on the very successful and highly regarded ‘Zen’ microarchitecture, will target price-sensitive, compact, and fanless applications that require a new class of performance. Typical markets are industrial real-time controls and industrial edge devices, machine GUIs, panel PCs, and medical systems, along with infotainment, gaming, and digital signage platforms.Designed for harsh environments, the rugged COM Express Compact modules are convincing in all of these applications thanks to memory down options and their significantly compact form factor. Compared to COM Express Basic, the footprint is reduced by about 22 percent.The new Kontron dual-core Computer-on-Modules with the AMD Ryzen Embedded R1000 SoC – which have planned availability of ten years – will feature the same high-performance ‘Zen’ CPU cores offered by the AMD Ryzen Embedded V1000 processors – including up to 24 GB ECC supporting 64-bit DDR4 (optionally soldered) as well as full cache bandwidth with 1 MB of shared L2 cache plus 4 MB of shared L3 cache. The same Unified PI (BIOS) will be utilized as well, with only minimal adjustments to what has been revised within the feature set. To provide more power options, the integrated Radeon Vega 3 GPU offers three computing units, which can support up to three UHD 4K displays @ 60 Hz.The Kontron COM Express(R) modules based on the AMD Ryzen Embedded R1000 SoC will give engineers a very attractive platform that provides a new class of performance for embedded solutions.The new COMe-cVR6 Computer-on-Modules based on the AMD Ryzen Embedded R1000 SoC will provide attractive features such as USB 3.1 Gen 2 as well as high-speed PCIe 3.0 lanes, with the option of using one of these for a PCIe switch that will provide four PCIe 2.0 lanes to the COMe connector. Three independent display ports cover a wide variety of graphics-centric application scenarios due to their high flexibility. In addition to the common interfaces such as SATA, I2C, and SMBus, two serial interfaces, a high-definition audio interface and Gigabit Ethernet round out the feature set.The new COM Express Compact modules will support the Kontron APPROTECT security solution for integrated software protection. Based on an optionally integrated Wibu-Systems security chip combined with a specifically developed software framework, it provides IP and copy/reverse engineering protection. Kontron APPROTECT licensing also makes it possible to use new business models such as ‘pay per use’ demo versions for limited time periods, and a certain number of executions.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules
New Delhi, Jul 4 (PTI) More than 34 years after coming into existence, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) is set to be renamed as Sports India, Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore announced today after the sports body’s governing body meeting here. “Sports Authority of India is being renamed. The word authority is being removed. It will be known as Sports India now,” Rathore said after the meeting even as the press release issued by SAI had no mention of the change in name being approved. The sports body, established in 1984, organised its 50th GB meeting, where it was also decided that coaches will be given a say in decision making and the food expenses of athletes will also be increased. The governing body also advised SAI to bring in reputed companies in the hospitality sector to manage the residential and food facilities under the SAI Residential Scheme. “It was emphasised that the highest quality of food and nutrition which is appropriate to the development of athletes at various levels should be ensured and there should be zero compromise on this issue,” said the release. Recently, the Indian men’s hockey coach Harendra Singh had highlighted the shockingly low level of hygiene at SAI’s Bengaluru centre, where the quality of food and standard of living came under the scanner. SAI will explore options for entering into public private partnership with appropriate agencies, including global agencies to develop the stadia, utilize the extra land which is currently not being used by the athletes, so that new facilities are created for sports which are accessible to the general public.advertisement In order to develop infrastructure of global standards at the best possible price, SAI will develop its procurement system keeping in mind the rules of the GFR, so that higher standards of infrastructure are developed and maintained. The governing body decided that the engineering wing in SAI would be strengthened to undertake this activity. The governing body also advised the SAI to encourage entry of professionals at various levels to manage critical activities for better accountability and efficient functioning. The Secretariat for the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) was also approved to provide support to the Mission Olympic Cell. PTI AT AHAH