WINNIPEG, Manitoba — For her second goal of the night against Australia, U.S. midfielder Megan Rapinoe channeled Lionel Messi.Rapinoe dribbled the ball before her long, low shot breezed past diving Matildas goalkeeper Melissa Barbieri.“I was doing my best Messi impression,” Rapinoe laughed, before adding: “A much slower version.”Rapinoe’s two goals gave the United States a 3-1 victory over Australia on June 8 in the Americans’ opener at a Women’s World Cup that began with both FIFA and the U.S. team facing controversy.Christen Press also scored for the second-ranked U.S., which is seeking its third World Cup title and first since 1999. And embattled goalkeeper Hope Solo saved four shots on goal, including a pair in the first 15 minutes by the hard-charging Matildas.Lisa De Vanna had tied the score midway through the first half for No. 10 Australia, which kept the United States at bay for the opening hour.“A little bit choppy. I think you could tell we were a little bit nervous,” Rapinoe said. “But we settled in a bit and we were able to get some goals. Three points, that’s most important, especially in this group that’s shaping up a little weird.”The field has expanded from 16 teams to 24 this year, and the Americans’ next match in difficult Group D will be June 12 against fifth-ranked Sweden and former U.S. coach Pia Sundhage.They finish group play on June 16 against Nigeria, which played to a physical and somewhat surprising 3-3 tie with Sweden in the opener of the June 8 doubleheader.U.S. star forward Alex Morgan, sidelined by a bone bruise in her left knee, entered in the 79th minute in her first game action since April 11 with her Portland club.“I felt really good. I had no pain whatsoever,” Morgan said. “Obviously, I was running down balls a lot and trying to keep possession, making sure we kept the 3-1 lead. I felt good, and I’m looking forward to getting more time, hopefully next time.”Rapinoe scored in the 12th minute for the Americans, Press put the U.S. ahead for good in the 61st, and Rapinoe added her 31st international goal in the 78th, the first two-goal game at the World Cup for the U.S. since Abby Wambach against Norway in 2007.The Americans, who won the title in 1991 and ’99, improved to 5-0-2 in World Cup openers and 23-0-2 in all matches against Australia. The game was televised in prime time back home, where large numbers of fans tuned in last year for the men’s World Cup in Brazil.“Couldn’t be prouder to have the women of Team #USA representing us in stars, stripes, and shin guards. Good luck,” Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton tweeted.In the absence of the 25-year-old Morgan, 35-year-old Wambach and Canada-born Sydney Leroux started up top against the No. 10 Matildas, whose best World Cup finish was sixth in 2007.While the American women have won three straight Olympic gold medals, the third World Cup title has eluded them. They lost the 2011 final to Japan on penalty kicks.The World Cup is being played as FIFA deals with a scandal which U.S. prosecutors allege involves more than $150 million in bribes. FIFA President Sepp Blatter, who is not at the tournament, announced last week that he plans to resign.Solo started a day after an ESPN report revealed new details about her arrest last June in Washington state on domestic violence charges.“That was a long time ago. I’ll be honest, we’ve moved on,” U.S. coach Jill Ellis said. “She’s been a fantastic player and teammate. None of that has even resonated with us, and I’m sure many of the players aren’t aware of it.”Asked whether it was it difficult to maintain concentration, Solo responded: “I’m perfectly focused.”She was tested in the fifth minute, when she tipped Emily Van Egmond’s shot off the crossbar and over. She made another save on Michelle Heyman in the 13th.“Hope came up absolutely huge for us,” Rapinoe said. “At least three saves that no one else in the world could make.”Rapinoe’s kick from the top of the penalty area deflected off an Australia’s Laura Alleway past goalkeeper Melissa Barbieri.But De Vanna tied it when she slotted the ball inside the near post for her 36th goal in 100th international appearance appearsPress scored off a cross from Leroux. When Press was subbed off seven minutes later, she was given an ovation from the crowd of 31,148, which overwhelmingly sided with the Americans. It was her first career World Cup goal.Ellis said Rapinoe’s player of the match honor was well deserved. “Megan thrives in big games, big moments,” Ellis said. “Yeah, she’s got ice running through her veins.”(ANNE M. PETERSON, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
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CLEVELAND — The New York Yankees needed something positive to happen before they headed to Toronto for an important three-game series.As it turned out, several positive things happened, most notably the end of a five-game losing streak, in an Aug. 13 8-6 win over the Cleveland Indians.New York remained a half-game behind AL East-leading Toronto, which has won 11 in a row. The teams begin their series Aug. 14, a week after the Blue Jays swept three games at Yankee Stadium.“They’ve been playing great baseball,” designated hitter Alex Rodriguez said. “We just won a game. It’s going to make for a great series.”Brian McCann hit a three-run homer and Stephen Drew also connected. Limited to a total of six runs during their skid, the Yankees shook loose as McCann hit one out in the first inning.Drew hit a solo homer in the second, his 15th of the season, added an RBI double in the fourth and wound up scoring a career-high four runs.While it’s still mid-August, the series, which sold out a week ago, will have a postseason feel. “This is what you put in all the hours in for,” McCann said. “This is fun and it’s going to be a competitive race.”Brett Gardner got three hits and drove in three runs for New York.Nathan Eovaldi (12-2) won his seventh straight decision, allowing four runs in 5 1/3 innings. The right-hander hasn’t lost since June 16, a span of 10 starts.Andrew Miller, who blew his first save of the season Aug. 11, allowed a run in the ninth on Carlos Santana’s single but struck out Abraham Almonte to end the game. Miller is 25-for-26 in save situations.Yankees Manager Joe Girardi admitted McCann’s home run couldn’t have come at a better time. “It seemed like that was more runs than we scored in a week,” he said. “It changes the mood, obviously.”Trevor Bauer (9-9) gave up six runs in 3 1/3 innings as Cleveland’s four-game winning streak ended.The Indians rallied from a four-run deficit and cut the lead to 7-5 in the seventh when Dellin Betances threw a wild pitch with the bases loaded.“We just ran out of innings,” Indians Manager Terry Francona said. “You see Betances and Andrew Miller coming and that’s no picnic. But we kept hitting and guys gave themselves a chance. Tough game to win.”Jacoby Ellsbury, snapping an 0-for-19 skid, started the game with a single and Gardner walked. Bauer retired the next two hitters but fell behind McCann in the count 2-1. That prompted a visit by pitching coach Mickey Callaway, and McCann hit a towering drive to right on the next pitch.The home run was McCann’s 20th of the season and second is as many nights. TweetPinShare0 Shares
They arrived in the offseason at a combined cost of $140 million, with the intention of bringing a new dimension to Liverpool’s midfield.Fabinho would be the pure, out-and-out holding midfielder the team had been missing for a few years. Naby Keita would be the energetic, goal-scoring, box-to-box runner in the mold of Steven Gerrard.It has taken eight months — and some initial skepticism — but they are finally proving their worth to a team that could yet end the season as the Premier League champions, not to mention Champions League winners.The goals from Liverpool’s three-pronged strikeforce of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino speak for themselves. The defense, marshalled by the dominant Virgil van Dijk, is deservedly getting plaudits for the being the meanest in the league.But Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp at last might have his ideal midfield to complete the team.Much to his initial frustration, Fabinho was eased slowly into English soccer by Klopp following a move from Monaco for 50 million euros ($58 million). The Brazil international has underlined his versatility by filling in at center back — and even right back — but is now a mainstay as the team’s midfield anchorman, his long legs and reading of the game regularly breaking up opposition attacks.Keita has taken even longer to feel at home since joining from Leipzig for a reported 70 million euros (then $85 million). Some turns and flicks aside, the Guinea midfielder has produced largely forgettable performances in his first season for Liverpool as he struggled to get attuned to the pressing game required in Klopp’s team.But he has started Liverpool’s last three games and scored in two of them — his first goals for the club. Even though he didn’t score in the 2-0 win over Chelsea on Sunday that kept Liverpool in first place by two points, Keita regularly popped up in or around the box to give Chelsea’s defenders another player to think about apart from Mane, Salah and Firmino.“It is not easy to move from Germany to change club, especially as the league is not the same,” said Mane, who briefly played with Keita at Red Bull Salzburg in 2014. “It is part of the things you have to deal with and he is working hard every single day.“The real Naby is coming still.”Tellingly, the blossoming of Fabinho and Keita has given Jordan Henderson some license and freedom to get forward, and the captain is in arguably his best form this season. Henderson changed the game when coming on as a substitute in the 3-1 win over Southampton on April 5 and set up Mane’s opening goal against Chelsea with a delicate cross after bursting into the box.Henderson recently revealed he went to Klopp’s office to speak to the manager about playing further forward, having spent most of the season as the holding midfielder in front of the defense. Fabinho’s emergence has enabled Klopp to make that switch and Henderson looks, for the moment anyway, to have ousted Georginio Wijnaldum from the lineup.It is a tough call on Wijnaldum, who has been one of the best players not just for Liverpool but in the Premier League.But these are the ebbs and flows of a long season and the Fabinho-Keita-Henderson triumvirate looks to be Liverpool’s new-look midfield. Expect them to be first choice for the final games of the season as the team chases titles at home and in Europe.By: Steve Douglas, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
I feel a rant coming on! I have just been to visit my mother in South Africa and I found many examples of designer oversight that proved very frustrating. First up – the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Despite the fact that all the controls are available on the seat-back screen, the controls for the lights, volume for the entertainment, and request for the attendant are duplicated in hardware on top of the armrest. Every time you try and shift your weight you end up inadvertently calling the attendant, changing your headset’s volume or turning on your neighbour’s overhead light (or any combination).That is nothing compared to the toilet. Apparently it was designed to make sure the lid stays down at all times when not in use, with the help of gravity. This means that standing up to pee is very difficult since you have to have one hand dedicated to keeping the seat and cover up at all times. This doesn’t stop men from trying though, with a resultant mess.Oh but it gets much worse! The seat also slopes forward which is uncomfortable enough when you sit, but the lid rests on your back which is quite creepy and is almost as if to say hurry up! Before you even get seated though, you have to perform several antics that would be slapstick comedy if viewed by an audience. The designers provided a dispenser for paper seat covers for hygiene which the airline thoughtfully keeps filled. So you take one out and complete the perforations so that there is a gap where there needs to be. You now need one hand to lift the cover and a second to place a flimsy piece of paper in the right location on a sloping surface. A third hand would solve the problem. And now… you have to turn around – how exactly do you keep the paper in place and the cover up while you do that? Did you remember to unbuckle and drop your pants? No, that has to be done first. Start again. Next question – how do you only partially drop your pants so they don’t end up in the shmutz on the floor? A fourth hand would be well, really handy. (A Goon Show aficionado might suggest a second person!) Now to manage the turn around, keeping the paper in place and with your pants hitched, all you need is an eye in the back of your head.Next time I will travel with adhesive tape- it would match the duct tape used to hold some wall panels down – no wait, that was the 767 I flew on!For these and all the other indignities they have inflicted on us passengers I curse aircraft interior designers, their managers and airline executives to fly cattle-class for all eternity. Give my regards to the Flying Dutchman, and I don’t mean KLM.Let me get off one soapbox and on to a more familiar one. I travel with an Apple iPad Pro and an LG G4 Vigor smartphone (using Android 5.1.1), both devices you would think were designed to operate in multiple locations. My mother has a 1GB download limit on her Internet access and some ridiculously slow data transfer rate – both limitations have been fairly common on all my travels especially a recent cruise. Four days into the trip, my iPad popped up with a notice that there was a 10GB download of the new operating system. Did I want to install? The next day – did I want to install? It took 5 days for it to figure out that maybe it should wait. Why isn’t there an option of “don’t bother me for N days” or only update when connected to a particular MAC address? At least in this case the software did stop nagging after a while.Android updates for the different apps on my phone show up about 90 times a week, but at least it’s easy enough to ignore except for an app called WhatsApp. For those of you who don’t know, it’s an app that allows you to send messages and have conversations over the Internet. Overseas it seems to have supplanted regular SMS messages and Skype. WhatsApp doesn’t follow the Android update regimen even though the updates happen quite frequently. You only find out that there’s an update pending when you open the app. When I open the app I want to make a call, so I don’t want to update at that instant. I decline. But at the end of the call when I want to take the opportunity whilst I remember, there is no option anywhere that I can find to allow you to initiate the update. And so you have to try to remember to try and open the app at some other time in the hope that it will prompt for the update, because there is another kicker. At some point, WhatsApp won’t let you continue until you actually do update – and hopefully you have bandwidth at that time to do it. Grrrr.Bundled with the Android on my smartphone is a widget called Agenda. I recently decided to join the 20th Century by porting my paper diary to the electronic medium. Imagine my surprise when I looked at an appointment scheduled for after my return and it was supposed to be happening at midnight. The app had shifted all my appointment times to South African time. I had set up an appointment whilst in SA for my return and that was set to SA times, so wrong on my return. There is a setting to lock the time to the default zone, but that means that setting an appointment for when I am in SA won’t work. Sigh! Oh and another thing, the app will send me an email ½ hour before an appointment That’s great, but the time it details in the email is in England’s time zone. I could understand using UTC, but English time? I can find no obvious method to change it to local time or any other time zone.Let me stop here before I pass judgement on the Apple Pencil (which I will do as part of another blog) or iTunes. And don’t get me started on the features of Microsoft Word that don’t work properly (maybe another blog as well). This isn’t the first time I have expressed dissatisfaction with the design of others. Here are some more of my opinions where I don’t think the designers tried out their own products: Monkeys Got to My Cardio Machine, Monkeys Messed Up My HP Scanjet, Big Time, and Cable Box Causes Bigger Headache Than Daytime TV.Do you have examples of where designers obviously haven’t tried out their own products? Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram January 28, 2017 at 5:49 pm “Hi Antedeluvian I have not yet started to calm down regarding the Cypress PSoC Creator module and AIP’s for SPI, why do you have to write dummy writes to read?” “Here is another- nthe treadmill on my machine allows ~8 different languages BUT the legend on the button to allow you to select the option to change languages is in the language on the display. If you arrive and are greeted by something in Korean (I assu January 29, 2017 at 9:14 pm “I am not the only one to rant about designsnnMax did it at lest once on “The best and worst alarm clocks everu2026″nhttp://www.edn.com/electronics-blogs/the-engineering-life-around-the-web/4237749/The-best-and-worst-alarm-clocks-ever-nnMarti Log in to Reply Log in to Reply Crusty says: antedeluvian says: “Hi CrustynnIt’s been a while since I worked on the SPI and I don’t remember this apparent anomaly. However, if I remember correctly the nature of the module (and SPI) is to allow simultaneously shifting data OUT to the slave on one pin whilst shifting d antedeluvian says: January 16, 2017 at 9:18 pm Log in to Reply Log in to Reply Continue Reading Previous AI system transforms large facilities into intelligent environmentsNext The challenges and evolution of CubeSat electronics January 29, 2017 at 9:19 pm 4 thoughts on “Monkeys everywhere” antedeluvian says: 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.
Renesas Electronics announced the launch of its Failure Detection e-AI Solution for motor-equipped home appliances, featuring the Renesas RX66T 32-bit microcontroller. This solution with embedded AI (e-AI) enables failure detection of home appliances — such as refrigerators, air conditioners, and washing machines — due to motor abnormality. Property data showing the motor’s current or rotation rate status can be used directly for abnormality detection, making it possible to implement both motor control and e-AI–based abnormality detection with a single MCU. Using the RX66T eliminates the need for additional sensors, thereby reducing a customer’s bill of materials cost.When a home appliance malfunctions, the motor operation typically appears abnormal when running and being monitored for fault detection in real-time. By implementing e-AI-based motor control-based detection, the failure detection results can be applied not only to trigger alarms when a fault occurs, but also for preventive maintenance. For example, e-AI can estimate when repairs and maintenance should be performed, and it can identify the fault locations. This capability provides home appliance manufacturers the means to boost maintenance operations efficiency and improve product safety by adding functionality that predicts faults before they occur in their products.The Renesas Failure Detection e-AI Solution for motor-equipped home appliances can control up to four motors because it utilizes the high-performance RX66T MCU. Today’s washing machines typically incorporate three motors: One to rotate the washing tub, one to drive the water circulation pump, and one to drive the drying fan. The Renesas Failure Detection e-AI Solution can therefore be used to control these three motors with a single RX66T chip while at the same time monitoring all three motors for faults.The new solution utilizes the Renesas Motor Control Evaluation System and an RX66T CPU card. This hardware is combined with a set of sample program files that run on the RX66T MCU as well as a GUI tool that enables collecting and analyzing property data indicating motor states. In order to detect faults, it is necessary to learn the characteristics of the normal state. Using the GUI tool, system engineers can immediately begin developing AI learning and optimized fault detection functionality. Once the AI models are developed, the e-AI development environment (composed of an e-AI Translator, e-AI Checker, and e-AI Importer) can be easily used to import the learned AI models into the RX66T.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous MVTec presents embedded vision and deep learning at embedded worldNext AAEON: mini-ITX motherboard powers vision for Industry 4.0
Continue Reading Previous IBASE: low-power IBQ800 Qseven CPU module for extended temperature rangeNext MEMXPRO: industrial SSDs with Micron durable 3D TLC PCAP (projected capacitive) technology has established itself in numerous industrial and medical applications. Developments such as multi-finger and gloved operation and operating through liquids have become standard. With the latest sensor, controller and bonding technologies, DATA MODUL offers customers advantages in product development for several years. However, further developments of touch technology usually only make sense if a need can be met or aroused. In addition to force sensing and hover gesture control, haptic feedback offers the ideal combination of innovation, operating safety and intelligence for numerous customer applications.Offering customers all currently available technologies, DATA MODUL and Austrian haptic touch technology experts next system have formed a partnership. The next system technology is characterized by a very direct, regulated control and movement of the touch surface. Thus, a wide variety of haptic functions can be realized: from the emulation of a real “click frog button” to sliders and freely definable input elements.Haptic feedback is generated by mechanical movement as a reaction to a touch event. The user thus receives confirmation that his input has taken place. This technology is typically applied in operator terminals for ATMs or elevator controls. The haptic touch from next system ensures simple operation of smooth glass surfaces. This sensitive innovation offers users with impaired vision an advantage that a conventional PCAP solution cannot offer.For industrial applications, the integrated force measurement allows additional safety functions to be implemented via freely definable thresholds. In addition to visually impaired users, users of operating devices in all safety-relevant applications, such as intensive care medicine, where the user does not always have the screen in view, also benefit from the clear, haptic feedback of the touch event.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules
\R Paris, Jul 16 (AP) It was a victory for all of France and the home crowd did it justice, pouring into Paris’ Champs-Elysees Avenue by the tens of thousands to celebrate in an explosion of joy.France’s 4-2 win over Croatia in the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday marked the second time in 20 years that France has won the World Cup, and came at a time when the people feel needy.”It represents enormous things,” said Goffrey Hamsik, dressed in a hat resembling a rooster – the French national symbol – and a shirt with the No. 10 for Kylian Mpappe, the 19-year-old breakout star who hails from the Paris suburb of Bondy.”We’ve had lots of problems in France these past years,” he said, recalling deadly terror attacks. “This is good for the morale … Here, we are all united. We mix. There is no religion, there is nothing, and that’s what feels good.” People wrapped in flags and dressed in crazy hats, and one man spotted totally nude except for the tricolor, marched down the avenue where France displayed its military might a day earlier for Bastille Day.Revelers set off smoke bombs in the national colors – blue, white and red – obscuring Napoleon’s triumphal arch. People climbed atop every newspaper kiosk and bus stop in the area to wave flags and lead the crowds below in cheers. The national anthem, the Marseillaise, rang out, cars honked horns and cherry bombs cracks.A young man sprayed a fire extinguisher on the crowd on a late hot afternoon.Hundreds of police in riot gear were discretely lined up on side streets to monitor revelers.advertisementTypically, celebrations in France end up with some broken shop windows and other destruction, and Sunday was no exception. Tear gas was lobbed at one point on the Champs-Elysees. About 4,000 police watched over the fan zone – packed to its 90,000 capacity – during the match, then moved to the Champs-Elysees and neighboring streets.As night fell, The Eiffel Tower flashed 1998-2018 to mark France’s two World Cup titles.The Arc de Triomph was awash in the national colors, lit with the rooster, the faces of the winning team and the words “Proud to be Blue,” or French.The celebrations were spread across the nation.For all the crazy antics – and some revelers who got out of control – a sense of patriotism and unity was almost visceral.Antoine Griezmann, the France striker who scored one of the goal’s Sunday, told a news conference two days before the final, televised on BFM TV, that pride in country is in short supply.”We say it so little … We should be proud to be French,” Griezmann said.Mahmoud Bourassi was among those taking a longer-term view and he had some sobering thoughts about France’s run to the title and the festivities it has sparked.Bourassi runs a youth center in Bondy – Mbappe’s home that was among those scarred by riots in 2005 that exposed the fissures of France that have yet to heal – and he knows the teenage star of the tournament.”All this euphoria and effervescence, it’s positive but it’s emotional and ephemeral,” he said ahead of France’s win. Bourassi said sports is a “catalyst to bring people and nations together.” But, he added, it must be built on.”What we’re seeing is magic, exceptional. But what are we going to do with it tomorrow?” That is a question for President Emmanuel Macron, who was in Moscow celebrating with the team on victory night, and will receive the squad more formally on Monday at the presidential Elysee Palace.Revelers celebrated the moment.”We’re happy. It took 20 years … It’s the pride of the nation. It unites everyone. It federates,” Frederique Pourquet said as she and her friend left the Champs-Elysees.The win “shows that the French people are consolidated and the work of all France,” said Omar Bzi.Hajar Maghnaoui, of Asnieres, north of Paris, said “It’s a way to bring the French people together, and also the world.” (AP) APAAPA
Colombo, Jul 29 (PTI) Former Sri Lanka Cricket President Thilanga Sumathipala today made the allegation that 1996 World Cup winners Arjuna Ranatunga and Aravinda de Silva were the first players from the country to be named for alleged match fixing. “Arjuna and Aravinda were the names mentioned, they were alleged to have taken 15,000 dollars from someone named Gupta,” Sumathipala told reporters at the north central town of Anuradhapura. He said his (SLC) administration at that time was blamed for not investigating the complaint of alleged match fixing by Ranatunga and de Silva. Sumathipala was firing a salvo at Ranatunga in the duo’s long running public slanging match. Ranatunga, a current government minister, had earlier accused Sumathipala’s family of having links with bookies. He said that SLC has gone down to a precipice because of corrupt management of the game under Sumathipala. Ranatunga’s brother Nishantha had filed court case to stay the May 30 elections of SLC when Sumathipala seemed ready to be re-elected. Nishantha was one of two rivals of Sumathipala for the position of SLC boss. The Minister of Sports has appointed a Competent Authority to run the SLC while elections are being delayed. PTI Corr PDS PDSPDS
India settled for the silver medal after losing to Pakistan 2-3 in the final of the Asian Team Snooker Championship in Doha.After Babar Masih put a fluent 81 break to win the first frame against Pankaj Advani, Malkeet Singh restored parity with a 52 break win over Mohammad Asif.The doubles was the turning point where Asif played out of his skin to pull back a 62-point deficit and allow his partner Masih to wrap up the frame 70-72.Pushed on the back foot, Pankaj displayed fine potting to craft a frame-winning 68 break.It was then again down to Malkeet to save the day for India, but he could not on this occasion.Hours before that, Malkeet played the match of his life under pressure to clinch the deciding frame against Pakistan 2 and a berth for the Indian team in the final.Pakistan-1 beat India 3-2Pankaj Advani lost to Babar Masih 2-110(81)Malkeet Singh defeated Muhammad Asif 81(52)-47Doubles Pakistan beat India 70-72Pankaj Advani beat Muhammad Asif 107(68)-5Malkeet Singh lost to Babar Masih 18-98.(With PTI inputs)
The United Nations Children’s Fund-India (Unicef-India) has appointed Asian Games gold-medalist sprinter Hima Das as the country’s first ever youth ambassador.The world organisation tweeted on Wednesday evening coinciding with the Children’s Day celebrated on November 14 commemorating the country’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s birthday and announced the name of the woman athlete from Assam, Hima Das.UNICEF made the public announcement on their Twitter handle:Meet our Youth Ambassador, Hima Das!The Asian Games medallist is @UNICEF India’s first ever youth ambassador as part of #WorldChildrensDay celebration.#GoBlue pic.twitter.com/4WYieI6MhBUNICEF India (@UNICEFIndia) November 14, 2018Hima Das seemed pretty stoked and honoured with the announcement. Here’s what she tweeted:I’m honoured and grateful to be the first @UNICEFIndia Youth Ambassador. I look forward to encouraging and supporting children to achieve their dreams. Join me and #GoBlue this #ChildrensDay pic.twitter.com/7gpgYCJQniHima Das (@HimaDas8) November 14, 2018″I’m honoured to be chosen as Unicef India’s Youth Ambassador, and I hope I will be able to inspire more children to follow their dreams,” Das responded.Hailing from Nagaon district, Das clinched a gold medal in Women’s 4×400 metre relay event at the 2018 Asian Games. She also won a silver in the Women’s 400m Race event.What does a youth ambassador do?In her role as a Youth Ambassador, Hima will be working towards raising awareness about the rights and needs of children. She will help amplify the voices of children and young people as active participants in decision making, thus contributing to their holistic development.advertisementAbout Hima Das:Hima Das, nicknamed the ‘Dhing Express’, is an Indian sprint runner from the state of Assam. She holds the current Indian national record in 400 metres with a timing of 50.79 s that she clocked at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia. She is the first Indian athlete to win a gold medal in a track event at the IAAF World U20 Championships.Hima’s other awards and honoursDas is the second Assamese runner after Bhogeswar Baruah to win a gold medal at an international event.Baruah won a gold medal at the 1966 Asian Games in the men’s 800 meter event.The Government of Assam appointed her as the state’s brand ambassador for sports.She was conferred with Arjuna Award by the President of India on September 25, 2018About UNICEFUNICEF India works with central government to ensure that each child born in this country gets the best start in life, thrives and develops to his or her full potential.Also read: Of ‘Dhing Express’ Hima Das’s several victories for IndiaInterested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to email@example.com
Gujarat Fortune Giants defeated Haryana Steelers 40-31 in Ahmedabad on Thursday, to end their home leg of Pro Kabaddi League season 6 on bright note.Sachin led the scoring charts with 10 points while defender Parvesh Bhainswal achieved another high five and scored six tackle points.Monu Goyat had an indifferent first half but ended up being the top scorer for Haryana Steelers with 10 points.Gujarat’s top raider Sachin also hit the 100-point landmark in this edition of Pro Kabaddi League.Gujarat are now top of the table in Zone A with 58 points from 14 matches while Haryana are fifth in the table with 26 points from 14 matches.Mahendra Singh Rajput got Gujarat off to a flying start as he made a super raid in the first minute.Haryana Steelers composed themselves and forced a super tackle in the third minute to trail 2-5. Haryana got their first raid points in the fifth minute when Anand Tomar got a two-point raid.Gujarat inflicted the first all out of the match in the seventh minute to lead 11-4.Vikas Kandola got a two-point raid in the ninth minute as Haryana Steelers trailed 6-13.Monu Goyat, who had a quiet first half, came to life in the 17th minute to come up with a super raid for Haryana Steelers.Sachin got a two-point raid for Gujarat in the 18th minute as Gujarat went into the break leading 21-15.The second half saw Gujarat not relenting under Haryana’s pressure. In the 27th minute Haryana suffered another all out as Gujarat threatened to run away with the match.advertisementWith less than 10 minutes to go Gujarat held a nine-point advantage as they led 30-21.Parvesh continued his fine form as he put in a strong tackle in the 34th minute to give Gujarat 33-22 lead.Sachin and Monu got a couple of raid points for their teams as Gujarat led 35-25 with less than five minutes to go.(With inputs from PTI)Also watch –
Big guns Liverpool and Manchester United won their matches in the Premier League on Saturday to keep pressure on their opponents. While Liverpool extended their lead at the top, Man United mounted pressure on fourth-placed Chelsea with a 2-1 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion.Liverpool recovered from a poor first-half display as they came from behind to beat battling Crystal Palace 4-3 in a thrilling goalfest at Anfield.The win, secured by late goals from Mo Salah and Sadio Mane, moves Juergen Klopp’s side seven points clear of Manchester City, who face bottom club Huddersfield Town on Sunday.Palace took a shock 34th minute lead, against the run of play, when Andros Townsend slotted home a fine pull-back from Wilfried Zaha.P A S S I O N pic.twitter.com/A0ZccOGxJyLiverpool FC (@LFC) January 19, 2019Liverpool equalised 47 seconds after the interval when the ball looped high into the area where Salah skilfully converted with the outside of his left foot after Virgil van Dijk’s long-range effort was blocked.Give the ball to Bobby and he will score… pic.twitter.com/Mt1gIIASfiLiverpool FC (@LFC) January 19, 2019Suddenly Liverpool were buzzing and it was no surprise when Brazilian Roberto Firmino put them ahead, collecting a pass from Naby Keita and beating veteran Palace keeper Julian Speroni with a slightly deflected low shot.Ice cool pic.twitter.com/ntuhbB7W3ILiverpool FC (@LFC) January 19, 2019But Palace were not about to roll over and they fought back to level at 2-2 in the 65th when James Tomkins was left unattended to head in a Luka Milivojevic corner.advertisementSperoni, Palace’s 39-year-old third-choice, then gifted Liverpool a goal when his one-handed waft at a harmless-looking James Milner cross fell for Salah to tap in after 75 minutes.Milner was sent off in the 89th for a second yellow card after a late challenge on Zaha before Mane added the fourth for the hosts with a solo strike in stoppage time.There was still time for Palace to strike again with Max Meyer beating Alisson Becker with a low shot which the Brazilian keeper would have expected to save.MAN UNITED WIN 2-1Manchester United stretched their perfect run under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to seven wins from as many games in all competitions with a 2-1 home defeat of Brighton & Hove Albion.The result provisionally lifted United one place up to fifth on 44 points from 23 games, three more than sixth-placed Arsenal who were playing fourth-placed Chelsea in the 1730 GMT fixture.”He’s one of the best players in the league.”@NemanjaMatic is full of praise for @MarcusRashford! #MUFC pic.twitter.com/F1MaSxatUVManchester United (@ManUtd) January 19, 2019United stormed into a two-goal lead through Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford in the first half but faded in the second and served up a nervy finish to their fans after Pascal Gross pulled one back for battling Brighton.Here’s to another three points for #MUFC! #MUNBHA pic.twitter.com/NQE6kudWkGManchester United (@ManUtd) January 19, 2019Pogba opened the scoring with a 27th-minute penalty and Rashford made it 2-0 in the 42nd with a superb individual goal, beating his marker with dazzling footwork before hitting the top corner from a tight angle on his 150th appearance for United.Another excellent display from @MarcusRashford, who receives a standing ovation as he’s replaced by @DarmianOfficial. #MUFC #MUNBHA pic.twitter.com/iyffcU1enfManchester United (@ManUtd) January 19, 2019Gross reduced the arrears out of the blue in the 72nd minute, drilling in a close-range shot off the underside of the bar after Davy Propper floated in an inch-perfect cross with the outside of his foot.United, who missed several chances to increase their lead in the opening hour, were forced to hang on in the closing stages as the visitors pounded a flurry of crosses into the penalty area.NEWCASTLE BEAT CARDIFFNewcastle United moved out of the relegation zone and dropped Cardiff City into it as an unlikely double by Fabian Schar earned them a crucial 3-0 victory at St James’ Park.An afternoon that began with unpopular club owner Mike Ashley being booed by disgruntled home fans ended on a brighter note as Rafa Benitez’s side took maximum points at home for only the third time this season.FULL-TIME: Newcastle United 3 Cardiff City 0Fabian Schär’s first two goals for the Magpies gave the hosts a two-goal lead before Ayoze Pérez’s stoppage-time strike sealed a welcome three points for United!Reaction to follow at https://t.co/6wuhjKS0XX. #NUFC pic.twitter.com/fkj8oE4SAAadvertisementNewcastle United FC (@NUFC) January 19, 2019After five games without a league win the visit of Cardiff had the feel of a key relegation battle and Schar’s 24th-minute opener eased the tension around the ground.Finding himself in an advanced position the Swiss international centre back drove in from near the touchline and curled a superb shot past Cardiff keeper Neil Etheridge.It was Schar’s first goal for Newcastle since joining from Spanish club Deportivo La Coruna and having got the taste for it he doubled his side’s lead when bundling the ball into the net from a Matt Ritchie corner just past the hour mark.Cardiff offered little in response apart from the odd flurry and Schar was not far away from claiming a hat-trick when he headed off target from another Ritchie corner.Ayoze Perez added some late gloss, tapping in Newcastle’s third in stoppage time from Salomon Rondon’s cross.Newcastle climbed to 17th with 21 points, one place above the drop zone while Cardiff are in 18th spot, with 19 points.BURNLEY-WATFORD DRAWLowly Burnley made it four games unbeaten in the Premier League with a 0-0 draw at seventh-placed Watford.But the Clarets were left frustrated after a stoppage-time effort by striker Chris Wood was deemed narrowly offside.Watford came out of the blocks strongest and Gerard Deulofeu twice went closely early on, with one effort superbly saved by Tom Heaton before James Tarkowski cleared a shot off the line.It wasn’t a classic… #WATBUR 0-0 [FT] pic.twitter.com/wR1gkw96yXWatford Football Club (@WatfordFC) January 19, 2019Burnley had several chances to win but Ashley Barnes and Dwight McNeil missed great opportunities for Sean Dyche’s side, who had won their last three games.SOUTHAMPTON STUN EVERTONSouthampton earned a crucial 2-1 win over Everton at St Mary’s on Saturday but had to endure a nervy finish as they boosted their battle against relegation under galvanising new manager Ralph Hasenhuettl.James Ward-Prowse scored a superb individual goal just after the break before a Lucas Digne own goal looked to have comfortably sealed a deserved win for the Saints in the 64th minute.We were all Ralph Hasenhüttl when that full-time whistle finally blew! #saintsfc pic.twitter.com/U6hmtaKAUASouthampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) January 19, 2019Yet a goal at the start of stoppage time from Gylfi Sigurdsson gave the home fans a nervous finish as eight minutes was added on, much to Hasenhuettl’s consternation, while Everton pushed for the equaliser.The win pushed Southampton into 15th place on 22 points, three clear of the relegation zone, as they won only their second home match of the season — both coming under their new Austrian boss’ stewardship.Back-to-back #PL wins! #saintsfc pic.twitter.com/TMKGuuP99jSouthampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) January 19, 2019Southampton deserved the win after dominating the first half and twice striking the woodwork — first, as Nathan Redmond hit the post and then as Andre Gomes hit his own side’s upright while trying to defend another attack from Danny Ings.advertisementSaints got the reward for their enterprise when Ward-Prowse was given too much freedom to maraud towards the Everton goal and smashed a 50th-minute shot past goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.The hapless Digne then toe-poked the ball past Pickford while desperately trying to quell an attack from the ever-dangerous Redmond in the 64th minute before Everton’s late attacks came to nothing.WILSON WONDER VOLLEY IN BOURNEMOUTH’S WINBournemouth’s Callum Wilson smashed home a wonderful second-half volley and his strike partner Joshua King added a second to give their side a much-needed 2-0 home win over West Ham United.First win of 2019First clean sheet of 2019A goal each for the front menEnjoy your Saturday night Cherries! pic.twitter.com/yXXiVT05RZAFC Bournemouth (@afcbournemouth) January 19, 2019With Bournemouth desperate to secure their first league victory in almost a month, Artur Boruc started in goal ahead of Asmir Begovic while West Ham left unsettled striker Marko Arnautovic, who has been linked with a big-money move to China, out of their squad.Both sides struggled to hit the target in the first half, but West Ham’s Lukasz Fabianski made two superb saves early in the second and moments later striker Andy Carroll, in for Arnautovic, blazed over from close range as the game opened up.Wilson gave the home side the lead with a thunderous volley in the 54th minute, catching the ball perfectly and leaving Fabianski rooted to the spot as it flew into the top right-hand corner for his 10th league goal of the season.With West Ham attacking and Bournemouth content to play on the counter, Wilson almost got a second in the 71st minute but this time his first-time shot came off the foot of the far post and rolled to safety.The visitors continued to leave space at the back as they desperately chased an equaliser, and King was able to slot the ball into an empty net after a superb counter-attack to secure all three points for Bournemouth.Also Watch:
Oppo K1 India launch on February 6, expected to be cheapest phone with in-display fingerprint sensor
The Oppo K1 is coming to India on Wednesday, February 6. Oppo has confirmed the launch of the first-ever smartphone in the K series, and Flipkart has also set up a dedicated page for the Oppo K1 which means the phone will be available on the e-commerce site. The biggest highlight of the upcoming Oppo phone is that it is one of the most affordable phones with an in-display fingerprint sensor.The Oppo K1 has been launched in China already, so pretty much everything is known about the device. It was announced with a starting price of CNY 1,599 (roughly Rs. 16,900) for the base model with 4GB of RAM, while the 6GB RAM variants costs CNY 1,799 (roughly Rs. 19,000). You can expect the India pricing of the Oppo K1 to fall in the sub-Rs 20,000 segment as well.Oppo’s upcoming mid-range smartphone will likely be the cheapest phone with an in-display fingerprint sensor. Apart from this, the phone also highlights a powerful mid-range Snapdragon 660 chipset and a waterdrop display and a 3D glass back.The Oppo K1 sports a 6.4-inch FHD+ (1080×2340) display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and over 90 per cent screen-to-body ratio. Teh Snapdragon 660 chipset is paired with up to 6GB of RAM and the phone is offered with 64GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 256GB via a microSD card.The Oppo K1 houses a 3,600mAh battery and sports dual cameras on the back. The camera system includes a 16MP primary sensor and a 2MP secondary sensor. On the front, the Oppo K1 gets a typical 25MP selfie camera for crisp and detailed selfies. The Oppo K series is set to be online-only, which would be a first for the company. We will know more about the pricing and availability on February 6 at 12pm.advertisementALSO READ | Oppo finally finds a way to hide selfie camera in smartphone displayALSO READ | Oppo F11, F11 Pro and R17 Neo may launch in India soon
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Suzuki Motorcycle India today launched the new Gixxer for an introductory price of Rs 1,00,212 (ex-showroom, Delhi). The 2019 Suzuki Gixxer is available in three colour options — Metallic Sonic Silver, Glass Sparkle Black and Metallic Triton Blue.Powering the new Gixxer is a 155 cc, four-stroke, single-cylinder fuel injection, air-cooled, SOHC engine with SEP technology. The motor delivers 14.1 PS and 14.0 Nm of torque and is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. Taking care of the suspension duties are telescopic front forks and monoshock at the rear. The bike gets 17-inch tyres and a disc each at the front and rear. Also available is a single-channel ABS. The new Suzuki Gixxer features LED headlamp.The new Suzuki Gixxer is inspired by the European design trend and sports low crouched silhouette. It features LED headlamp and taillamp, new digital instrument cluster, dual exhaust outlet, split seat and rear tyre hugger.”The new Suzuki Gixxer is built keeping in mind a dynamic rider seeking exhilaration and power with each ride. We are excited to continuously build our motorcycle portfolio, aiming to increase our market share in the segment. As we continue to move towards widening our Suzuki family, we look forward to winning more hearts with our thought-through product range specially designed for the Indian market,” Suzuki Motorcycle India Company Head Koichiro Hirao said.”With the growing popularity of premium sports motorcycles in India, we are thrilled to present the all-new Suzuki Gixxer, proclaiming an aggressive style, advanced technology and powerful performance. Suzuki Motorcycle India is growing at a robust pace with Gixxer being the flagship brand. We are certain that the fresh options under the Gixxer brand will delight motorcycling fans, infusing excitement and confidence in their riding experience,” Suzuki Motorcycle India Vice President Devashish Handa said.advertisementIn May 2019, Suzuki Motorcycle India had introduced Gixxer SF and 250 2019 Gixxer SF 150 for starting prices of Rs 1,70,655 (ex-showroom, Delhi) and Rs 1,09,870 (ex-showroom, Delhi), respectively.ALSO READ | Volkswagen Beetle no more, production of iconic car ends 81 years after launchALSO READ | Hyundai Kona for Rs 25 lakh or Hyundai Creta for Rs 16 lakh: Which will save you more money in long term?ALSO READ | Govt selling vehicle and DL data of Indians for Rs 3 crore, 87 private companies already bought it
Expecting the first 500 total in limited-overs history, Cricket World Cup organizers reprinted the scorecards that are sold to fans at venues in England. The original designs only catered for totals of up to 400 runs.Then in the week after the tournament began, the British weather turned cold and wet. The flat, dry pitches that had seemed like strips of batting paradise for three years turned soft and tacky, and bowlers came back into the reckoning.No team got close to setting a batting record. There were only four totals above 350, topped by England’s 397-6 in a mismatch against Afghanistan.Yet at the climax of the 46-day saga, in the craziest and most dramatic final ever, it was batsmen and their biggest hits that determined the champion on a sunny Sunday evening at Lord’s.Tied after 100 overs, and tied again after the first ever Super Over a sequence of six extra deliveries for each team what finally separated England and New Zealand after 8 hours, 45 minutes of a slow-burning final was England slapping 26 balls either to or over the boundary compared with New Zealand’s 17.Having dismissed England for 241 in reply to their own 241-8, the Kiwis didn’t raise the issue of wickets being the logical tiebreaker. They graciously accepted that the rules were the rules. But no rules are set in stone, and the International Cricket Council ought to correct them. Coach Gary Stead suggested the trophy be shared next time.Different rules came into the spotlight Monday when Simon Taufel, a five-time world umpire of the year, pointed out that the on-field umpires erred in the last over of the regular game in awarding six runs to England, including the four accidentally deflected from Ben Stokes’ bat , instead of five. And Stokes should not have been on strike for the next delivery. Taufel said the “error of judgment … influenced the game” but not the outcome.advertisementThat was one of England’s two late strokes of luck. Nine balls earlier, Stokes was caught on the boundary by Trent Boult, but the New Zealand fielder’s momentum made him step back onto the boundary pads. Instead of Stokes being dismissed, he got six runs.England, the No. 1-ranked side and pre-tournament favorite, saved its best until last in the round robin, also. At self-inflicted risk of missing the semifinals, England’s last two group matches against India and New Zealand became knockouts. England won both convincingly and got its swagger back. Then defending champion Australia was beaten in the semifinals, and New Zealand was edged in the final to salvage a four-year mission to take advantage of home conditions and win the World Cup title for the first time.England’s legacy in the home of cricket is shaky. Cricket’s popularity has been on the wane in England for years. Sport England says the number of people aged over 16 who play cricket at least once in two weeks has fallen by 20% in the last three years.Most of the current team was inspired by England’s drought-breaking triumph in the 2005 Ashes series against Australia. But that was the last time the England men’s team was on domestic free-to-air television until Sunday, when Sky TV agreed under pressure to share the final with a domestic broadcaster. Viewership peaked at 8.3 million, comparable with the 2005 Ashes.Unfortunately, the rest of the tournament was broadcast locally on pay TV and mainly on the inside of the sports pages, especially while the Women’s World Cup of soccer was drawing millions of British eyeballs to England’s run to the semifinals.English cricket compensated by marketing the men’s tournament to British Asians, who backed their teams, packed stadiums, booed Aussies pair Steve Smith and David Warner, and generated much of the best atmosphere. They also wrought the question of why has Pakistan been playing its home internationals in silent solitude in the United Arab Emirates, and not in England?Those relentlessly upbeat fans also made up for the lack of variety that teams from Scotland, Zimbabwe, and Ireland once offered the global tournament, until they were given little hope of qualifying. Slashing the teams from 14 to 10 was supposed to reduce mismatches and increase competitiveness, but the tournament became predictable quickly.The semifinalists were established less than a quarter of the way in. Only at the halfway stage were the top four threatened when England couldn’t chase down Sri Lanka’s 232-9 in Leeds. That defeat suddenly gave hope to Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.The next week marked the tournament’s high point until the playoffs: Mohammed Shami’s last-over hat trick for India to snuff out Afghanistan, Boult catching Carlos Brathwaite on the boundary to rob the West Indies, Australia’s Jason Behrendorff taking a maiden five-for to hand England a third group-stage loss, Pakistan’s Babar Azam smashing New Zealand with an unbeaten century, and bees forcing South Africa, Sri Lanka and the umpires to lay faces down in Chester-le-Street.advertisementSport craves underdog stories, but it seemed nobody could deliver.Afghanistan came to win “three or four games” but didn’t win any. Meanwhile, Gulbadin Naib was better at bicep posing than being a captain, and all-time leading scorer Mohammad Shahzad found out he was being sent home by reading a tournament news release for what he called a minor knee strain.But no team was more disappointing than South Africa, which missed the playoffs for only the second time.The West Indies didn’t have a Plan B for the short ball, and suffered from carrying Andre Russell, who could hardly stand, and Chris Gayle, who could hardly walk. Pakistan waited too long to start Shaheen Afridi, Sri Lanka was too dysfunctional, and Bangladesh didn’t provide enough support for the amazing Shakib al Hasan. Australia came unglued by untimely injuries, and India was cruising in the tournament until it slumped to 5-3 just 19 deliveries into its chase of New Zealand in the semifinals.For all of New Zealand’s nice guy persona, it had a mean streak. Without posting 300, New Zealand lulled the West Indies, South Africa and India into a false sense of security, and gunned them down in the last over.The lasting image of the tournament was going to be the New Zealanders commiserating with a crestfallen West Indies allrounder Brathwaite, after his attempted six to win was caught by Boult inside the boundary.Instead, the lasting image will remain of England celebrating with the trophy, because New Zealand didn’t quite push the boundaries enough.Also Read | Sharing World Cup should be considered if finalists can’t be separated: New Zealand coachAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Went to default mode during NZ’s Super Over, says Jos ButtlerAlso See:
Imran Khan, former Pakistan skipper and current Prime Minister, has said that he is working on a plan to develop “best cricket team of the world” following the dismal performance of the Men in Green in the recently concluded World Cup in England and Wales.Pakistan were knocked out in the group stage of the 2019 World Cup. Sarfaraz Ahmed’s men finished fifth in the points table — at equal points (11) with New Zealand after the round-robin stage. However, the Black Caps qualified as the fourth team for the semifinals owing to better net run rate.”After the World Cup, I have decided that I will improve this Pakistan team. I am going to reform Pakistan cricket,” said Imran while addressing a gathering of Pakistani-Americans at Capital One Arena in downtown Washington DC on Sunday.”There have been a lot of disappointments. Hopefully, in the next World Cup, you will see a very professional, best Pakistan team. Remember my words,” he added.He, however, did not divulge the details about his plans for reforming Pakistan cricket.The Pakistan Prime Minister is currently on a three-day visit to the US.Also Read | Navdeep Saini, fast and furious, set to make his mark on the big stageAlso Read | Didn’t want to feel the pain and regret of losing another final: Jos ButtlerAlso See:
Five days with rain and numerous event cancellations due to weather conditions reduced the total attendance at the 2019 Clay County Fair in Spencer, but officials say a lot of loyal fair goers still came out between September 7th through the 15th.Fair Manager Jeremy Parsons says overall Fair attendance totaled 296,998, down roughly 4 percent from 2018’s number of 308,603.The cancellation of the Foreigner concert on September 7th because of muddy and wet conditions contributed to the decline.Fair goer spending on food,concessions, and carnival rides was down around 2 and a half percent from 2018, but when the weather cooperated, their spending set three single-day records for September 10th,13th and the 15th.Parsons says inclement weather is always the number one factor that affects attendance.
OMG DON’T DO THAT YES THAT WAS AWESOME Play of the gameThe Oil Baron pulls a Bradford. pic.twitter.com/OQ7cDEZiSh— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 3, 2016Best playWas there any doubt? It went from an “oh man, that sucks!” play to “oh man, wait what??!” play:Don’t totally know what happened, but Ramon Richards scored. pic.twitter.com/e4kymDHVOa— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 3, 2016 The Cowboys rolled on Saturday in Stillwater with a dominating performance over a less than impressive FCS foe. Regardless, there was some interesting plays from the game. Here’s a recap of some of the superlatives from the season opener:WinnersFreshmen. Several true freshmen saw the field Saturday, and that’s big for OSU in developing their depth this season — they’ll see the benefit of that depth later this year. Even more, the first score of the season came from true freshmen Madre Harper — his first play of his collegiate career. Getting those guys live game experience is invaluable for a team relying on their depth to carry them through the season.LosersThe running game. Mike Gundy got his 125 rushing yards like he said he’d like to get coming into the season. But only racking up 142 against an opponent like SE Louisiana doesn’t really scream improved. A number of things go into that, including the fact that the rotation was nothing like it would be in a conference game. Chris Carson, Rennie Childs, Jeff Carr, Barry J. and Justice Hill all had their moments, though, which is encouraging. The competition shall continue on to week 2, and we don’t have much more clarity on whether it’s going to be improved in the running game or not just yet.The biggest touchdown that wasn’tThis could go for a number of different plays, but without a doubt the runaway winner was the Barry J. Sanders punt return that almost was. The call on the field was ruled a touchdown but was reviewed and ruled down at the one. But the crescendo of the crowd from the time he caught the punt to his rampage down to the end zone was insane — even the announcers seemed to be rooting for it to happen.WATCH: Take a look at Barry J. Sanders taking it back ALMOST all the way.Catch the second half on FSN! #okstate pic.twitter.com/dTTfuMYc1y — Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) September 3, 2016 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Most impressive catchJhajuan Seales was the man on Saturday of the receiving corps. He lead the deep bunch in receiving yards and had 2 touchdown snags. The biggest play was this incredibly athletic leaping catch as he backed his way into the end zone. Rudolph dropped a pretty nice seed throwing on the run, but this haul even earned a retweet from Dez Bryant:
Crystal Palace Hodgson looking to make style match talent at Crystal Palace Matthew Scott Last updated 2 years ago 04:01 16/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Crystal Palace Premier League Crystal Palace v Southampton The new Palace boss hopes he can pull the right strings at the club, having replaced the sacked Frank de Boer Roy Hodgson believes Crystal Palace’s players were ill-suited to Frank de Boer’s coaching style, but is confident he can keep them up.De Boer was sacked after four games in charge, having lost them all with Palace failing to score – representing the worst start to a Premier League campaign.Palace 12/1 to beat Man City Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Former England manager Hodgson has replaced him, perhaps signalling a return to the staunch defence and organisation that Sam Allardyce employed to keep them in the Premier League last term.Hodgson, having given international debuts to Palace trio Martin Kelly, Andros Townsend and Wilfried Zaha, is confident he has a good grip on the style they ought to play in order to thrive.”It’s very difficult to impose a style of play if you don’t have the players to play it, that’s pretty obvious,” said Hodgson ahead of his first game in charge, Saturday’s visit of Southampton to Selhurst Park.”I have seen quite a lot of Crystal Palace over the last five years, in particular my four years working with England.”I have seen Palace progress and also many of the players who are still here and improved. Roy is set on making the fans happy…Watch the full press conference for free on https://t.co/TTogt72Aro now! pic.twitter.com/jO6TY9tIZt— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) September 15, 2017″I think I have a clear idea of what they’re good at and what they can do, so our style needs to be one that helps us win football matches.”I have to get to know the players better and know what our best team is. But what I will say is that there a lot of players here who have been at the club a long time who have had a lot of success, helping the club into the Premier League and then keeping them up.”So anything which has been successful in the past can be continued and one always hopes, develops further.”Hodgson grew up in Croydon, south London, a few short miles away from Palace’s home.He added: “It’s a chapter in the book of life opening for me, and one I’m looking forward to. “One I’m hoping brings joy to the fans of Crystal Palace. That would be special because I am a Croydon boy and didn’t leave here until I was 24 years of age.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.