Yanks Lose Youkilis to Japan

first_imgNEW YORK – Kevin Youkilis is leaving the major leagues after an injury plagued season and heading to Japan.The three-time All-Star has agreed to a one-year contract with the Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan’s Pacific League.“They made it very apparent right from the start they were quite interested in Kevin being there,” agent Joe Bick said.A 34-year-old first baseman and third baseman, Youkilis will have a $4 million base salary and can earn $1 million in bonuses — including some based on walks, a provision not allowed in major league contracts.After nine seasons with the Boston Red Sox, Youkilis signed a $12 million, one-year deal with the New York Yankees. But his back started to bother him in mid-April, and an epidural injection didn’t improve a lumbar spine sprain.Sidelined from April 27 to May 31, he went back on the DL on June 13, had surgery a week later to repair a herniated disk and didn’t return. Youkilis hit just .219 with two homers and eight RBIs over 28 games and 105 at-bats.“There’s no reason to believe he’s anything less than 100 percent,” Bick said. “Workouts are going normally.”Youkilis has a .281 average in 10 big league seasons with 150 homers and 618 RBIs, and he earned a World Series ring with the 2007 Red Sox.At Rakuten, Youkilis may become teammates with star pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, who went 24-0 last season, While Tanaka wants to join the major leagues, Rakuten is reluctant to make him available in the new posting season, and the 25-year-old right-hander can’t leave as a free agent until after the 2015 season.“We were talking with eight or nine other clubs over here,” Bick said. “In the final analysis, he said the right thing for my family and me is to go do this. It will be a wonderful life experience.”(Ronald Blum, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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He’s Baaaack: A-Rod Back on Roster

first_imgNEW YORK — Alex Rodriguez’s season-long suspension formally ended Thursday, a day after the World Series ended.The New York Yankees reinstated the third baseman from the restricted list.Rodriguez was suspended by Major League Baseball for violations of the sport’s drug agreement and labor contract and lost just over $22 million of his $25 million salary. The three-time AL MVP, who turns 40 on July 27, is owed $61 million by the Yankees over the next three seasons. New York general manager Brian Cashman said it’s possible Rodriguez may see some time at first base.New York did not have to make a move on its 40-man roster because 10 players became free agents, including David Robertson, Hiroki Kuroda and Ichiro Suzuki. Jeter, the Yankees’ captain, has retired.Rodriguez, who was married to Cynthia Scurtis from 2002-2008, is a chrismated Orthodox Christian.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Keflezighi To Run N.Y. Marathon

first_imgSAN DIEGO (AP) — It’s great being Meb these days. Crazy, too.Meb Keflezighi already was a big-time marathoner, with a silver medal at the 2004 Olympics and a win in the New York City Marathon in 2009. Then came his inspirational victory in the Boston Marathon a year after the bombings there, and his life went stratospheric.It’s been a rush of appearances, speaking engagements and other commitments.The highlight? Being seated at the head table with his wife Yordanos at a White House state dinner in August. Keflezighi said President Barack Obama announced his arrival by saying, “Here comes the fast guy. Do you know how fast this guy is?”Meb being Meb, though, he’s loving every minute of it, with his easy smile and laugh.On a typically spectacular early autumn San Diego afternoon, Keflezighi took a short break before heading to Mammoth Lakes in the Eastern Sierra for 3 1/2 weeks of altitude training prior to running in the New York City Marathon on Nov. 2.Sitting on the balcony of his house in the upscale Mission Hills neighborhood, his view stretches from downtown all the way over to Point Loma and the Cabrillo National Monument, where he took the oath of citizenship on July 2, 1998. It’s a far different scene than the one rife with war and poverty that he left behind in the third world.There’s an American flag flying from the front of his house. He’s wearing a red, white and blue USA shirt his sponsor, Skechers, made for him.“The American dream is to be in San Diego,” said Keflezighi. He was born in Eritrea in the Horn of Africa before his father was able to get the family to Italy and then San Diego.“Unless you count the practice I did today,” said Keflezighi, who had gone on a training run of 26.2 miles. He progressively moved an ice pack from his right ankle to his knee to his thigh as he sat for an interview.New York will be his first marathon since he became the first American man in 31 years to win the Boston Marathon. Keflezighi said life has been “crazy” since.“It’s an honor and privilege and it comes with a lot of responsibility,” he said. “Hopefully everybody that interacted with me before I won Boston, feel the same way after Boston. The demand on my time has changed drastically. Boston just went over the top. To be an American to be able to bring the home title back after what happened last year was a pretty amazing experience, and people appreciate it. It’s not even congratulations. It’s more, ‘Thank you.’“It’s been hectic but in a great way.”Keflezighi knows some people will expect him to win New York. It won’t be the end of his world if he doesn’t.He’ll do the proper amount of training, “but at the same time, it’s not like I have to win New York. Not that I don’t want to win New York. At the same time, it’s, ‘been there, done that.’ I’ve just got to go back to the basics and start working forward.”Keflezighi points to last year’s New York City Marathon, when he was 23rd in 2 hours, 23 minutes, 47 seconds. It was his lowest finish and slowest time for a marathon. His training had been interrupted by injuries, and at one point he slowed to a walk.While other elite runners might grouse or offer excuses, Keflezighi ended up with a special moment. He and Michael Cassidy of Staten Island, whom he met before the race in the elite runners’ tent, ran the last three miles together. Approaching the finish, they held hands and then raised their arms aloft as they crossed the line.“I won my age group,” Keflezighi said with a laugh.Sure enough, the engraved crystal plate for winning the 35-39 age group is on a counter in his kitchen, near a box of Wheaties with his picture on it. It was made for him after he spoke at General Mills’ annual sales conference.A shot at the 2016 Olympics remains a possibility. The trials will be in Los Angeles.“Since I know the date, Feb. 13, 2016, I guess I’m gearing for it somehow, some way,” he said.Keflezighi, 39, remains motivated by how his father, Russom, escaped Eritrea by walking 225 miles to Sudan. Because he had supported Eritrean rebels in their fight against Ethiopian soldiers, Russom Keflezighi felt it was too dangerous to remain. Five years later, he was able to get his family out.Meb was 12 when the family arrived in San Diego. He and eight of his siblings have received college degrees, while Admekom is attending San Diego State.“For us it was never, ‘Are we going to go to college?’ It was, ‘When are we going to college?’ or ‘Which college are we going to go to?’ said Keflezighi, who graduated from UCLA.Their half-sister, Ruth, grew up in Italy and moved to the United States first. “She is the reason we came to San Diego, so she deserves an honorary degree for that,” said Merhawi Keflezighi, who has a law degree from UCLA and is Meb’s agent and business manager.It’s a good bet Keflezighi’s Boston win will always be his career highlight.In the corners of his bib, Keflezighi wrote the first names of the four people killed in the bombing and manhunt.“Not that we wanted 2013 to happen. But my energy was all on that race to be able to say, ‘What can I do positively to change Boylston Street?’ I see the pictures that have been taken there, from the front, from the back, from the side; people are on their feet clapping or chanting U-S-A, U-S-A. It gives me great pride to have done that for the people.”(BERNIE WILSON, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Trout Time: AL All-Stars top NL 6-3

first_imgCINCINNATI — Mike Trout flashed the skill that puts him at the front of baseball’s new generation, just moments after four of the all-time greats walked off the field.Trout became the first player in 38 years to homer leading off an All-Star Game, then became the first player to take home the Midsummer Classic’s MVP award two years in row.A new-look All-Star Game finished with the same old result. The AL beat the NL 6-3 on July 14 and will open the World Series at home for the 10th time in 13 years.“It’s obviously a humbling honor with the MVPs,” Trout said in his usual understated, aw-shucks manner.After Trout completed a career All-Star cycle in just his fifth big league season, Prince Fielder delivered. He drove in two runs, sending Trout blazing home ahead of Joc Pederson’s throw with the run off Clayton Kershaw that put the AL ahead for good.In an age of dominant pitching, Felix Hernandez, winner David Price, Zach Britton, Dellin Betances and Wade Davis took scoreless turns in the AL’s third win a row.Playing on the AL West-leading Los Angeles Angels, Trout could add an even bigger honor this fall — his first World Series ring.“He can do anything that anybody can do on a baseball field,” AL Manager Ned Yost said. “He can hit with power. He can run. He can drive the gap. He’s a great defender. He’s just special. When you look at Mike, you don’t look at a 23-year-old. You look at a guy that is one of the best baseball players on this planet.”A season after the retirement of Derek Jeter dropped the curtain on the turn-of-century greats, Trout was among six starting position players under 25 — the most since 1965. At last year’s game in Minneapolis, he hit a tie-breaking triple and later a go-ahead double.This time Trout sent Zack Greinke’s fourth pitch, a 94 mph fastball on the outer half of the plate, over the wall in right next to the visiting bullpen for an opposite-field homer.Winner of his first season AL MVP award in 2014, the center fielder joined Willie Mays, Steve Garvey, Gary Carter and Cal Ripken, Jr. as the only two-time All-Star MVPs.Stars old and young gathered in one of baseball’s most traditional towns. The Reds became baseball’s first professional team in 1869, and players wore caps with horizontal stripes in an attempt at a 19th Century feel.Pete Rose, Cincinnati’s hometown hero and baseball’s banned career hits leader, was given an 80-second ovation when he walked onto the field before the game to join Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan and Barry Larkin, elected by fans as the Reds’ greatest players.Wearing a red jacket and tie and walking stiffly, the now 74-year-old Charlie Hustle was applauded as soon as his image appeared on the video boards, even before he emerged from the AL dugout.And in the first All-Star Game at Great American Ballpark, which opened in 2003, fans got to see some great ballplayers.Bench, changed into a blue jacket, returned with Hank Aaron, Mays and Sandy Koufax, voted baseball’s great living players by fans as part of the promotion.In a sentimental yet stunning reminder of generational change, Aaron, 81, and Morgan, 71, needed canes to reach the infield, and Mays, 84, was aided on and off the field by an assistant.“Growing up, I didn’t get to see them play that much,” Trout said. “But looking up, seeing highlights of all the Hall of Famers, it’s something I really look forward to looking at and I’m learning more about them, just how great they played in every respect of the game.”Above the field, new Commissioner Rob Manfred watched from a luxury suite, the first All-Star Game not presided over by Bud Selig since 1992.Many players of the new generation love bling in a manner that puzzles the old guard: Buster Posey wore a gold-colored helmet behind the plate, looking a bit like the Great Gazoo or a Praetorian Guard, accessorizing with a chest protector, shin guards and cleats all with gold-colored trim.Baltimore’s Adam Jones was shod in bright orange cleats, and Kansas City’s Lorenzo Cain and Washington’s Bryce Harper donned golden spikes.Trout, a Generation Y star with a baby boomer work ethic, completed a unique cycle on a clear evening that followed a heavy afternoon downpour.He singled in his All-Star debut in 2012, doubled to open 2013 game and tripled in the first inning last year. He was just the ninth player to hit for an All-Star cycle in his entire career, joining an illustrious list that includes Hall of Famers Ted Williams, Roberto Clemente, Ernie Banks, George Brett, Mike Schmidt and Mays. Fielder later became the 10th.No one had homered leading off an All-Star Game since 1977 at old Yankee Stadium, when Morgan connected off Jim Palmer. Greinke, coming off five scoreless outings, had not allowed a run since June 13.“It’s not easy,” Greinke said of pitching to Trout. “You’ve got like a 2-inch window up in the zone. If you throw it higher than that, he takes it. If you throw it lower, he does what he did.”Fielder and Cain had run-scoring hits in the fifth against Kershaw, the reigning NL MVP, that put the AL ahead 3-1.Manny Machado, at 23 another of the sport’s fresh faces, hit a double off the right-field wall against Francisco Rodriguez in the seventh and scored on Fielder’s sacrifice fly. And Brian Dozier, the last player added to the game as an injury replacement, hit a solo home run off Mark Melancon in the eighth.NL runs came home on Jhonny Peralta’s RBI single in the second, Andrew McCutchen’s homer off Chris Archer in the sixth and Brandon Crawford’s sacrifice fly in the ninth.NL manager Bruce Bochy thought ahead to some future ceremony involving Trout, perhaps at an All-Star Game or World Series, perhaps at the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.“He’s going to be standing there, I think, with the guys we saw tonight,” Bochy said.(RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Indiana Ends Liberty Dream, 66-51

first_imgNEW YORK — Tamika Catchings has made a habit of playing her best with the most at stake in her final postseason run.She scored 14 points and made key defensive plays to help Indiana beat the New York Liberty 66-51 on Sept. 29 in the decisive Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals, advancing the Fever to the WNBA championship.They will face the Lynx in the finals that begin Oct. 4. in Minnesota.“This is awesome,” Catchings said. “If you had asked me before the season if I’d be sitting right here, we’re going to try, I don’t know. To be sitting here means a lot for the organization, for my team.”Catchings, who announced she’s retiring at the end of next season, has willed her team to victories. The Fever won the final two games in the opening round against Chicago, then, against New York, the Fever swept the final two contests, rallying from an 18-point deficit in the second quarter in Game 2 to force the game.“Nobody thought we’d win the first series,” Catchings said. “No one thought we’d win this round. No one thinks we’ll win the finals. We’re not done yet.”Indiana is back in the finals for the first time since 2012 — the only season the Fever won the championship.“It’s special to be back there,” said Fever coach Stephanie White, who is the first rookie WNBA coach to lead a team to the finals.The Fever improved to 8-2 in elimination games in the past four seasons and Catchings is a huge reason why. She averaged 21.2 points and 8.8 rebounds in the first nine of those games.“Just watching her play, you know you want to do what you can to help her win,” said Marissa Coleman, who scored 15 points — hitting five 3-pointers. “She always makes the play when we need it most.”Catchings and Indiana looked ready to cruise to the finals, building an 18-point lead in the third quarter. Coleman hit three 3-pointers in the third quarter to help the Fever build their huge lead after Indiana held a 33-22 halftime advantage.New York wasn’t done. Epiphanny Prince, who was scoreless in the first half, hit a 3-pointer to start a 12-3 run to close the period and bring New York within nine heading to the fourth.The Liberty hit three 3s during that spurt, capped by Candice Wiggins’ shot that made it 49-40 with 28 seconds left in the quarter and brought the loud crowd to its feet.As he’s done at so many Knicks games, Spike Lee was leading the charge from the sideline, trying to spur the Liberty to a monumental rally. The Liberty kept it going to start the fourth as Wiggins scored the first five points of the period to get New York within 49-45.But Catchings made two free throws that started a 10-0 run and restored the double-digit lead, essentially sealing the victory for the Fever.“We came close, just couldn’t make the plays when we needed to,” said Tina Charles, who finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead New York.New York was trying to make its first appearance in the WNBA Finals since 2002. The Liberty have been to the championship four times and lost each one.Charles finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead New York, which had the best record in franchise history and was the top seed in the Eastern Conference before falling short in the playoffs. Wiggins led New York with 15 points. (DOUG FEINBERG, AP Basketball Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Phillies Shut Out Mets, 1-0

first_imgNEW YORK — Vince Velasquez’s first pitch in his Philadelphia Phillies debut was a fastball. So was his second and his third.The 23-year-old right-hander opened with 16 consecutive fastballs against the New York Mets, all from 92-95 mph. He struck out a career-high nine over six innings and Ryan Howard’s opposite-field home run in the fifth inning off Bartolo Colon provided enough offense. The Phillies won 1-0 on a chilly April 9 for their first victory this season.Velasquez (1-0) said his goal was “to go out there and make a statement, to show that we got this win, to show that we’re capable of winning and we’re not losers.”“If we were 0-5, we’re just going to hold our heads down low,” he said.Acquired in the seven-player offseason deal that sent closer Ken Giles to Houston, Velasquez struggled through a 26-pitch first inning that ended with Neil Walker’s flyout with two on. New York didn’t put two runners on in an inning after that as Velasquez combined with four relievers on a three-hitter.Velasquez didn’t have anything up his sleeve on the 41-degree night but rather something toasty in his pants: 2-by-3-inch heat packets.“I had them in my back pockets when I was out there,” he said, “so I’d touch my butt a little bit and proceed to pitch.”Velasquez made seven starts and 12 relief appearances as a rookie last year. Helping the rebuilding Phillies avoid what would have been their first 0-5 start since 1934, he gave up three hits and three walks.“He exudes energy,” Phillies Manager Pete Mackanin said.Velasquez had the most strikeouts in a Philadelphia debut since Roy Halladay in 2010.“He locked in,” Howard said. “He pitches pitch a chip on his shoulder or pitches kind of with an attitude, if you will.”Hector Neris, Daniel Stumpf, David Hernandez and Jeanmar Gomez combined for hitless relief, sealing just the second win for the Phillies in their last 12 games at Citi Field.Gomez got three outs with six pitches for his second career save, his first since July 2014 with Pittsburgh. He retired Wilmer Flores on a game-ending lineout to shortstop Freddy Galvis.“A laugher,” Mackanin joked. “I knew we were going to win as soon as Freddy caught that ball — that last ball.”Pitching in short sleeves and without an undershirt, the 42-year-old Colon (0-1) allowed five hits in six innings, walked none and struck out seven — including six looking. His fastball reached up to 92 mph.Howard’s home run, on an 88 mph pitch, went to the opposite field and cleared the original 16-foot green wall in left.“The pitch just stayed towards the middle,” Colon said.Philadelphia Odubel Herrera missed a hit-and-run sign in the sixth, leading to Cesar Hernandez getting caught stealing at second.Hernandez failed to run home from third in the ninth, when Maikel Franco hit a slow roller and third Wilmer Flores bounced the throw to first. A day earlier, Hernandez ran into an inning-ending double play when Herrera’s popup dropped after the infield-fly rule was invoked.“We’ve seen it before with him,” Mackanin said. “We just have to keep on him and point them out to him, and hopefully he’ll learn from them. He’s a good player, but he’s got to polish it up a little bit.”(RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Greece’s Ekaterini Stefanidi Won the Gold Medal in the Women’s Pole Vault Final (video)

first_imgThis time, neither had a failure through 4.75 meters — they were tied at the top with all opposition already out. Then, Stefanidi scaled 4.82 while Morris failed.When gold was already assured, Stefanidi cleared 4.91 for a Greek record.In a tie for bronze at 4.65, Robeilys Peinado got Venezuela’s first-ever medal in the championships. She tied with 2015 champion Yarisley Silva of Cuba.TweetPinShare2525 Shares LONDON (AP). In another duel for gold, Ekaterini Stefanidi again held off Sandi Morris to claim pole vault gold.Morris and Stefanidi were involved in an epic battle when the Greek won on a countback at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. It was almost as good at the world championships.last_img read more

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Red Sox Manager Alex Cora Won’t Visit White House

first_imgCHICAGO — Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora will not attend the ceremony at the White House on Thursday honoring the 2018 World Series champions.Cora cited the Trump administration’s response to Hurricane Maria in his native Puerto Rico as the reason for his decision.“The government has done some things back home that are great, but we still have a long ways to go,” he said on Sunday following a 9-2 win over the Chicago White Sox. “That’s our reality. It’s pretty tough to go celebrate when we’re where we’re at. I’d rather not go and be consistent with everything.”Cora recently said he might attend the ceremony and say something, but had a change of heart after speaking with family and friends.“We talked about it and decided (not going) was the best way to do it,” he said.Cora said he informed the Red Sox of his decision a few days ago. Boston plays at Baltimore Monday through Wednesday and has a day off on Thursday.Shortstop Xander Bogaerts also said on Sunday he won’t visit the White House.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Rabiot Credits Club Icon Buffon for Making Move to Juventus (Videos)

first_imgThe 24-year-ol Rabiot said there were many other reasons he decided to join Juventus, including the lure of playing with Cristiano Ronaldo, and also because the club is “a level higher than PSG.”Rabiot spent most of his career at PSG, apart from a brief loan spell at Toulouse. He played 240 games for the club and helped it to a number of domestic trophies, including five league titles.However, Rabiot has not played since December and ran down his contract in a troubled last season in Paris after contract talks, involving his mother Veronique as agent, stalled.“The past six months were difficult both on a sporting level and on a personal level for me,” Rabiot said. “Today that is closed. It’s a new adventure and a beautiful adventure I’m sure.“I hope to do my best, I want to do my best. I just want to lay the past behind me.”Rabiot has six appearances for France, but none since his refusal to be on standby for the 2018 World Cup which France won.TweetPinShare0 Shares TURIN, Italy — New Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot said conversations with club great Gianluigi Buffon helped convince him to sign with the Italian champion.Rabiot was presented to the media on Tuesday, after completing his free transfer move from Paris Saint-Germain the previous evening.Rabiot spent last season with Buffon at PSG and they could be teammates again if the goalkeeper rejoins Juventus for what would be an 18th season at the Serie A side.“I have to say that last season I spoke a lot with Gigi,” Rabiot said. “He gave me so much advice, we talked a lot about Juventus obviously because he knows the squad well, the club.“He was the best person I could ask advice from or talk to. His opinion matters a lot to me … so certainly he had a part to play in my decision.”last_img read more

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Lewandowski Scores 2 as Bayern Beats Olympiakos 3-2

first_imgATHENS (AP) — Two goals from Robert Lewandowski handed Bayern Munich its third straight Champions League win on Tuesday as the German side came from behind to beat a high-spirited Olympiakos 3-2 at Karaiskakis Stadium.Youssef El Arabi gave Olympiakos the lead when he caught Manuel Neuer off guard in the 23rd minute with a powerful downward header that pushed the Germany goalkeeper behind the goal line.But the heavily marked Lewandowski found space 11 minutes later to fire in a loose ball after a shot from Thomas Mueller was blocked by Jose Sa. The Poland striker added the second two minutes after the hour mark, swinging his leg high to tap past Sa.Substitute Corentin Tolisso made it 3-1 with a stylish shot from outside the area in the 75th. Olympiakos hit back four minutes later through Guilherme, with a deflection helping his volley beat Neuer.“We had to score three goals to win the match and we need to get back to playing like Bayern … So another difficult night but we have nine points,” Neuer said. “They were dangerous — we knew they would be — but we have Lewandowski.”Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski scores his second goal during the Champions League group B soccer match between Olympiakos and Bayern Munich at the Georgios Karaiskakis stadium in Piraeus port, near Athens, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)Bayern leads Group B with nine points after routing Red Star 3-0 and Tottenham 7-2 in their previous matches.“I don’t like conceding so many goals because that means we have to keep chasing,” Lewandowski said. “We have to get used to winning this way … (But) it’s my job to score goals and help my team.”Tottenham thrashed Red Star 5-0 in the group’s other game on Tuesday.Olympiakos nearly snatched a draw in the final minutes as Daniel Podence used good footwork to get a shot on target test Neuer, who then barely beat El Arabi to the rebound.Striker Giorgos Masouras said carelessness had undone his team’s hard work.“We can’t say the result was unfair. At this level, individual mistakes will cost you and all three goals involved bad decisions by players,” he said. “It is disappointing but we were well prepared, fought hard, and took them on.”___By DEREK GATOPOULOS Associated PressBayern’s Robert Lewandowski, second left, celebrates with team mates Bayern’s Philippe Coutinho, second right, Bayern’s Thomas Mueller, left, and Bayern’s David Alaba after scoring his side’s second goal during the Champions League group B soccer match between Olympiakos and Bayern Munich at the Georgios Karaiskakis stadium, in Piraeus port, near Athens, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during the Champions League group B soccer match between Olympiakos and Bayern Munich at the Georgios Karaiskakis stadium, in Piraeus port, near Athens, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Machine vision and plumbers’ helpers at ESC Minneapolis 2017

first_img cocobang says: 1 thought on “Machine vision and plumbers’ helpers at ESC Minneapolis 2017” Do you recall my ESC Boston: You should have been there! column from earlier this year? As part of that column, I included this short video, which was taken by my chum, Stephane Boucher, who leads the EmbeddedRelated.com website.This video shows me demonstrating a mega-cool artificial neural network (ANN) and deep-learning system performing a machine vision application (the system was loaned to me by the chaps and chappesses at CEVA).The way this works is that I set my notepad computer to display a series of random images that were originally gleaned from the Internet. I also have a small webcam that’s pointing at the screen. The output from the webcam is fed into a board in which the neural network is implemented on a Xilinx FPGA. The neural network identifies the images. The output from the board is the original image augmented by an identifying caption, like “African Elephant,” “Human Baby,” “Steel Bridge,” “Soft Toy,” and so forth. This is all happening at a rate of about one image per second, which makes it even more impressive.I’ll be taking this system with me to show off at the Electronics of Tomorrow conference in Denmark on October 31. The following week, I’ll be demonstrating it as part of my Advanced Technologies for 21st Century Embedded Systems talk at the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) in Minneapolis.Before setting off on my travels, I thought I’d better set everything up in the bay outside my office, just to ensure that everything was tickety-boo, as it were. Once the system was up and running, I decided (with the permission of their boss) to invite the lads from the manufacturing area downstairs to come and have a look. After all, it’s not every day that they get to see next-generation technology of this ilk.So, we all trooped upstairs and they were suitably impressed. But then one of them (there’s always one, isn’t there?) said, “Hang on, how do we know that these aren’t pre-selected images that the system has been specially taught to recognize?”Well, that’s not an unfair question, when you come to think about it, so I responded, “Why don’t you try pointing the camera at other things in the room?”First, he pointed it at my notepad computer and, a second later, the output display showed the image of the computer annotated with the text “Notepad Computer.” Next, he pointed it at a book, then a pen, and so on for other objects that happened to by lying around on the table.Unexpectedly, he pointed it at one of the other lads — a nice guy sporting a T-shirt and a nonchalantly unshaved look. The system immediately responded with “Plumber’s Helper.” I have to say that this took everyone by surprise and we all burst out laughing.(Source: pixabay.com) Goodness only knows how the neural network came to this conclusion. I’m also wondering how it become part of the network’s training? Still-and-all, as they say, it was a pretty clever conclusion, resulting in the lad now having a new nickname that might follow him around for a long time to come.Will you be attending ESC Minneapolis? If so, it would be great to see you at my talk. Alternatively, if you spot me ambling around, please feel free to stop me to say “Hi”. I’ll be the one in the Hawaiian shirt. As always, all you have to do is shout “Max, Beer!” or “Max, Bacon!” to be assured of my undivided attention. Continue Reading Previous eFPGA custom blocks supercharge data acceleration systemsNext Meet the future at ESC Silicon Valley 2017 Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Industry November 9, 2017 at 10:34 pm Log in to Reply “dasdasd”last_img read more

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India vs England: Virat Kohli walks off with stiff back, returns after treatment

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli was forced to miss the on-field action for a few overs during the last session of Day 3 of the second Test against England at Lord’s on Saturday.Kohli, who also suffered a sore back during the tour of South Africa earlier this year, was seen spending some time off the field during the third session.While Chris Woakes and Johnny Bairstow were tormenting the Indian bowlers, Kohli had to leave his troops to treat his sore back. Reports suggest that he was feeling pain in his lower back and that is where he perhaps received treatment.Kohli scored a gritty century in the first Test against England at Edgbaston, which was also his maiden hundred in the country.The innings helped Kohli exorcise the demons of 2014 England tour, when he scored only 134 runs in 10 innings. He also scored a half-century in the second innings of Edgbaston Test.INDIA VS ENGLAND 2ND TEST DAY 3: FOLLOW LIVE UPDATESDespite Kohli’s best effort, India lost the match by 31 runs and went 1-0 down in the five-match series.Lord’s Test, a crucial one for India in the series, started on a bad note for the visitors when the dry conditions of Lord’s went under a makeover after the first day was washed out due to rain.The second day was also marred by rain but the toss finally took place, which was won by Joe Root as England decided to bowl first.Kohli and his batting troops once again faltered as India were bowled out for just 107 runs. On the third day in London, the sun shone bright as England took the field to bat.advertisementEven as the bowlers gave India early breakthroughs with Mohammed Shami being the pick of the lot, Bairstow and Woakes stitched together a huge partnership to peg India back again.With the Test slipping out of India’s hands, Kohli’s troubled back could mean even bigger problems. Even during the second session of the day, Kohli sat out for some time but it is not confirmed if that was due to the back problem.Kohli returned to the field in the 71st over with a smile on his face, perhaps indicating that he was fine, but it remains to be seen how problematic this re-occurence of the back problem could be.During the South Africa tour as well, Kohli went off the field during the second T20I with what he later termed as a glute strain. He later missed the third and final T20I of the series citing a sore back.Ahead of the England tour, Kohli also suffered from a neck sprain that saw him missing out on a county experience with Surrey.last_img read more

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Viswanathan Anand holds Hikaru Nakmura in Sinquefield Cup first round

first_imgViswanathan Anand, the five-time world champion, started the Sinquefield Cup with a draw against USA’s Hikaru Nakmura on Saturday. Sinquefield Cup in St. Louis is a part of the Grand Chess tour.Anand, who finished last in the rapid and blitz event earlier this month, did not give Nakamura any chance to hold the American to an easy draw.The pieces changed hands at regular intervals as Anand equalised with a typical central breakthrough in the middle game and the players arrived at a drawn queen and pawns endgame in quick time where the peace was a just result.Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan got off to a flier cruising past Wesley So of the US.In the other decisive game of the day, Levon Aronian of Armenia came up with a brilliant endgame show to beat Sergey Karjakin of Russia.The other two games in the ten-player round-robin tournament ended in draws as Maxime Vachier-Lagrave split the point with world champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway and USA’s Fabiano Caruana could not make much headway against Alexander Grischuk of Russia.With eight rounds still remaining in the 300000 USD prize money tournament, Mamedyarov and Aronian emerged as early leaders with one point, while Anand, Nakamura, Carlsen, Vachier-Lagrave, Caruana and Grischuk follow them at half point behind.It turned out to be a good day for Mamedyarov who enjoyed his typical variety of chess with complications remaining for the major part.Until a week ago, Wesley So was leading the Grand Chess tour but the pounding in rapid and blitz and the first round loss here means that the Filipino-turned-American will have to recover lost ground.advertisementIt was another Queen’s gambit declined of the day but Mamedyarov put pressure on the king side to win a pawn by force. The technicalities remained but the Azerbaijani made it look like child’s play and it was a picturesque finale where the checkmate was imminent.Aronian outwitted Karjakin out of a Berlin defense game as white. Slow manoeuvring throughout the game out of a level position ensued in the queen-less middle game and Karjakin was the first to err. Aronian wrapped it up in 69 moves.Results round 1: Hikaru Nakamura (Usa) drew with V Anand (Ind); Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (Fra) drew with Magnus Carlsen (Nor); Fabiano Caruana (Usa) drew with Alexander Grischuk (Rus); Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Aze) beat Wesley So (Usa); Levon Aronian (Arm) beat Sergey Karjakin (Rus).(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

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Was affected by fatigue in Asian Games 2018 400m Final: Muhammed Anas

first_imgMuhammed Anas Yahiya became India’s first silver-medallist in the Men’s 400m race at the Asian Games in 36 years. The last time an Indian won a silver medal or better at the Asian Games was in 1982 in New Delhi and it was K.K. Premachandran.On Sunday, Anas bagged a silver medal in the Men’s 400m, finishing just behind Qatar’s Hassan Abdalelah, with a timing of 45.69 seconds.Anas had qualified for the Final after topping the charts in both the Heats Qualification and Semifinal after clocking 45.63 seconds and 45.30 seconds, respectively.Earlier in the year, Anas had marginally missed out on a podium finish at the 2018 Commonwealth Games (CWG) in Gold Coast but had set a personal best and National Record of 45.31 seconds.Congrats #MuhammedAnas for tht tremendous effort of 45.69s that added one more medal to #India’s tally at #AsianGames2018 #EnergyOfAsiaThat was #WillToWin champion!!@muhammedanasyah @ioaindia @asiangames2018 pic.twitter.com/b97Vv4D1E7Athletics Federation of India (@afiindia) August 26, 2018ASIAN GAMES 2018 DAY 9 LIVE UPDATES | FULL COVERAGE | MEDALS TALLYHe later broke his own National Record during Nove Mesto nad Metuji in Czech Republic by clocking 45.24 seconds in a 400m race.However, announcing himself to the world at the Asian Games means the world to Anas. The fact that he missed out at CWG 2018 perhaps pushed him even more and in the end, he was able to fulfill one of his aims in Jakarta.”It was one of my aims to win a medal [at the Asian Games]. The practice for the Games was extremely good in Czech Republic, where there was a nice weather and good food. I also got a lot of competition and companionship in practice there,” Anas told IndiaToday.in.advertisementAnas topped the charts in both the rounds before the Final and clocked a brilliant 45.30 seconds in the Semifinals. During the Final, he got off the blocks brilliantly but faded away towards the end and just about managed to hold on to a silver medal.Also read – Asian Games 2018: Muhammed Anas wins men’s 400m silverAnas accepted that fatigue played its part in his run at the Final but was still happy to have achieve the silver medal finish.”Yes, I got fatigued after the Semifinals and I guess that affected my run a bit but I want to thank God that I won a medal here.”During the Heats and Semifinals in Jakarta, it was evident how Anas attempted to break into massive speed in the last 100m at so to give himself a chance to win the race.Like it was seen even with India’s newest sensation Hima Das during her IAAF U20 World Championships gold medal run, she burst in the last 80 metres to take the gold.Anas said how he and his coach worked extremely hard on his speed ahead of the Asian Games and it bore its fruit. However, he added that he still needs to get better in that aspect and managed his body better.”During the practice for the Asian Games, we lay special focus on my speed. I still need to develop my speed further to run better,” Anas said.Sunday proved be a silver day for India in athletics as along with Anas, Hima and Dutee Chand also won silver medals in Women’s 400m and Women’s 100m, respectively.By the end of Day 8 of the Asian Games 2018, India stood at ninth in the medals tally table with 36 medals — 7 gold, 10 silver and 19 bronze.last_img read more

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New Nokia phone receives 3C certification, could be HMD’s 2018 flagship

first_imgHMD has launched a slew of Nokia phones this year, most of which fall in the budget to mid-range segments. The company is yet to announce a true 2018 flagship Nokia phone, and with just a few more months to go before the year comes to a close, one expects that a flagship is just around the corner. Now, a new Nokia phone has been spotted on China’s 3C certification site, which suggests this could be the high-end Nokia phone we have been waiting for.The Nokia phone comes with a model number TA-1131, and there is some expectation that this could be the rumoured Nokia 9 flagship. The certification itself doesn’t reveal anything apart from the fact that it supports 5V/3A, 9V/2A and 12V/1.5A charging speeds, which confirms that it will have fast charging support. That’s not really surprising since most Nokia phones support fast charging. The certification only really tells us that a new Nokia phone is in the works and seeing as how HMD has already launched a bunch of affordable smartphones already, all fingers now point towards a new flagship.The new Nokia phone will likely be launched in China first before goes global, a trend HMD has been following with the Nokia X5 and Nokia X6, which launched globally as the Nokia 5.1 Plus and Nokia 6.1 Plus, respectively. The Nokia 8 Sirocco that was launched earlier this year cannot be called a true 2018 flagship as it brought last year’s hardware. The phone was more of a statement from that company that it can design flagship-level smartphones that can take on the best of them when it comes to looks.advertisementBack in March, there were reports that HMD could launch a Nokia 8 Pro and Nokia 9 in the second half of 2018. These phones are expected to be powered by the latest Snapdragon 845 chipset. Notably, the Nokia 9 has been rumoured to sport a penta-lens setup, which is now closer to being possible after HMD recently acquired the PureView trademark from Microsoft. A 2018 flagship Nokia phone with great cameras is exactly what the company needs to cap off the year on a strong note. We should know more about this mystery new Nokia phone in the days to come.last_img read more

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