Watch: Jennifer Winget aka Maya’s bold to bald transformation is Beyhadh amazing

first_imgBeyhadh’s Maya aka popular TV actress Jennifer Winget’s transformation has left her fans shocked. The show is taking a leap and the actress will sport a bald look post leap. The actress shared a video of her transformation but deleted it after some time. But her fans were quick, as they saved and shared the same on Jennifer’s fan page on Instagram.However, Jennifer also shared a pic of her bald look on Instagram and captioned it, “From Bold to Bald?! She didn’t, did she? Oh but, he did!!! #dhananjay dada is responsible for all the hard work that went into bringing Maya’s bald and beautiful avatar “alive” up next on #Beyhadh Stay tuned peeps!” The pretty actress, who plays Maya in Sony TV’s Beyhadh, will go bald for the upcoming track of the show. This whole new look is a part of the third leap of the show. Post leap Maya will be shown in an ashram surrounded by saints and children where she will shave off her head and vow to avenge her child’s death.advertisementAlso read:  Dear Arjun, you are Beyhadh disgusting, I’m thankful you are not my friend or brotherlast_img read more

Kagiso Rabada raring to go after suspension

first_imgSouth African strike bowler Kagiso Rabada is eager to return to action for this week’s third Test against England at The Oval after serving a one-match suspension for disciplinary reasons, bowling coach Charl Langeveldt said on Monday.The 22-year-old missed the second Test in Nottingham after being banned for what the International Cricket Council (ICC) called “inappropriate language” towards England batsman Ben Stokes in the first Test at Lord’s. “He is the type of guy who steps up when the heat is on. Having KG back is a big bonus for us,” Langeveldt told reporters ahead of the third Test which starts on Thursday.”He is a youngster with a lot of energy, he will come with a lot of energy. I have no doubt he will step up… he will be raring to go,” Langeveldt added.Rabada was handed one demerit point for giving Stokes a send-off after the all-rounder was caught behind in the first Test, which England won by 211 runs, but under ICC regulations was banned for accumulating four points in a 24-month period.The fast bowler had already been penalised three points for “deliberate physical contact” with Sri Lanka’s Niroshan Dickwella in February, but Langeveldt said the incident has not affected Rabada’s morale. “He has been positive. He was obviously disappointed about what happened but he has learned from that. The important thing about an incident like this is to learn from it so that it doesn’t happen again,” Langeveldt said.”KG is a strong character and he was positive the whole week, he said come Thursday he wants to be ready for the Test.”advertisementSouth Africa won the second Test by 340 runs to level the four-match series at 1-1.last_img read more

Premier League: Antonio Conte criticises Chelsea players for loss of composure

first_imgChelsea coach Antonio Conte berated his players for losing their composure after new captain Gary Cahill saw red on Saturday, and said he would be working on new formations using only 10 men.The champions slumped to a 3-2 opening day defeat against unfancied Burnley, shipping three goals in the first half after Cahill was sent off for a dangerous tackle.”It was a key moment. After this red card we lost our composure,” the Italian told reporters.”We must pay attention and try to keep our heads the rest of the game. Instead we conceded three goals and despite a good second half performance it was difficult to change the result.”Conte, looking tired and disgruntled, said he preferred not to talk about the referee who also sent off Cesc Fabregas in the 82nd minute after the Spaniard earned a second yellow card for an ill-timed tackle on former Chelsea man Jack Cork. (Also Read: Premier League: Wayne Rooney is still ‘one of the best’, says Ronald Koeman)Conte paused and thought long and hard when asked about referee Craig Pawson’s decisions, then said: “I think that the coach can make mistakes, the players can make mistakes, the referee…”Conte said his halftime team talk, which along with the introduction of new striker Alvaro Morata who scored on his debut, appeared to completely transform the game, involved pointing out how the players had panicked and lost their shape.”I like to tell always the truth and in the second half we changed totally the situation. We didn’t lose the balance and we tried to change the final result.”advertisementConte returned to his mantra from last season that the team needed to work hard to produce results and he pointed out that Chelsea had finished their last three games without all 11 of their players on the pitch.”Also I have to study a new formation with 10 men, because when it happens with this regularity I must be worried.”Morata, he said, was working hard on his fitness and on adapting to Conte’s system.He brushed aside questions about reported tension with Chelsea’s board over signing new players and said he was not worried because three key players – Eden Hazard, Pedro and Victor Moses – could return from injury and suspension for Chelsea’s next game against London rivals Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley.”I’m not worried because we have to trust in our work … In the next game I’m not sure whether Pedro is ready but for sure we’ll have (the other) two players. We’ll find the right solution.”last_img read more

US warns its citizens of continuing threats in Bangladesh

first_imgBy Lalit K JhaWashington, Aug 25 (PTI) The United States has warned its citizens of continuing threats from terrorist groups in Bangladesh and the risk of travelling to this country even as it said the security forces have carried counter terrorism operations here.In a latest travel advisory, the Department of State warned US citizens of continuing threats from terrorist groups in Bangladesh and to consider the risks of travel to and throughout the country.However, the Department updated its travel warning to reflect the change in the US Embassy in Dhakas status to “partially accompanied,” effective August 24.This allows all adult family members of US government personnel to remain in or return to Dhaka.Previously, only adult family members employed by the US government were permitted to remain or return to Dhaka.Minor dependents are still prohibited from residing in Dhaka.The US Embassy remains open and will provide all consular services, it said.”While Bangladeshi security forces continue to identify and counter terrorist elements, the Islamic State of Iraq and ash Sham (ISIS) and al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) persist in their efforts to plot and/or carry out terrorist attacks throughout the country,” the travel advisory said.In March, two suicide bombing attempts occurred at Dhakas Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport and an explosion in the city of Sylhet killed seven people.These incidents were the first notable attacks since July 1, 2016, when terrorists killed more than 20 people, including one US citizen, in a restaurant frequented by foreigners in Dhakas diplomatic enclave.advertisementSimilarly, in October 2016, ISIS threatened to target “expats, tourists, diplomats, garment buyers, missionaries, and sports teams” in the most “secured zones” in Bangladesh.Recurring threats and periodic terrorist activities have prompted the Embassy to require US government personnel in Bangladesh to live, work, and travel under strict security guidelines, the travel advisory said.US government officials and their adult family members are not permitted to travel on foot, motorcycle, bicycle, rickshaw, or other uncovered means on public thoroughfares and sidewalks in Bangladesh.In addition, US government officials and their family members remain severely restricted in their ability to visit public establishments and places, or to attend large gatherings in Bangladesh. PTI LKJ ARKlast_img read more

Rohit Sharma blazes away to 5th ODI century in 2017, breaches 1000-run mark

first_imgRohit Sharma followed captain Virat Kohli in smashing his fifth century in one day internationals in 2017.Rohit reached the three-figure mark off 106 balls when he took a single of the bowling off Tim Southee in the third and final ODI against New Zealand in Kanpur on Sunday. The right-handed bat was eventually dismissed for 147 off 138 when he was caught by Southee off Mitchell Santner in 42nd over.The India opener played an aggressive knock and dominated the bowlers from the word go as his innings was studded with 18 fours and two sixes. The Hit-Man also completed 150 sixes in ODIs.150 sixes in ODIs for Rohit Sharma. Only four other Indians have hit more!#IndvNZ- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) October 29, 2017 Rohit, who now has 15 tons in ODIs, became the second batsman after Kohli to slam five hundreds this year.The 30-year-old equalled Virender Sehwag’s tally of 15 hundreds and is now the fourth highest in the list of most ODI centuries scored by Indians behind Sachin Tendulkar (49), Kohli (31) and Sourav Ganguly (22).During his innings, Rohit also surpassed Joe Root to become the second batsman after Kohli to aggregate 1000 runs in the 50-overs format.1000 ODI runs for Rohit Sharma in 2017. Only the 2nd after Virat Kohli (1385*) to do so this year.#IndvNZ- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) October 29, 2017Interestingly, this has been the fourth time in Indian cricket’s rich history that two Indian batsmen were quickest to breach the 1000-run mark in a calendar year in ODIs.Ganguly and Mohammad Azharuddin achieved the feat in 1997 while in 1998, Sachin Tendulkar, Azharuddin and Ganguly scored more than 10000. Gautam Gambhir and MS Dhoni were also the first two batsmen to complete 1000 ODI runs in 2008.advertisementlast_img read more

Cricket in my blood, switching back after marriage won’t be difficult: Virat Kohli

first_imgVirat Kohli said he was raring to go hard in South Africa and said it would not be difficult to get back to professional cricket after a short break.Kohli, who scored 2818 international runs and 11 hundreds in 2017, opted out of the limited-overs series against Sri Lanka to get married to Anushka Sharma in a private ceremony in Italy.”I was away for something that was more important but getting back to professional cricket won’t be difficult at all. I was training (during the break.),” Kohli told the media hours before India’s departure for South Africa.India leave for South Africa later on late on Wednesday for a three Test series starting January 5. That will be followed by six ODIs and three T20 Internationals.AP PhotoKohli was in red-hot form during the three-Test series against Sri Lanka, smashing 610 runs including back-to-back double hundreds in Nagpur and Delhi as India won the series 1-0.The Sri Lanka series really rounded off a dominant home season for India. In 2017, India won 37 international matches and 14 series. Currently, they are on a nine-streak series win in Test cricket and Kohli’s men have the opportunity to create history.India will embark on a long run overseas starting with the tour of South Africa but Kohli said the mindset needed to remain the same.”Cricket is played with bat and ball and if you are not there mentally, every condition seems like a home condition.”You have to embrace the local culture to be able to do well there. The excitement is very important to be able to do well,” he said.advertisementAfter Kohli’s wedding with Anushka on December 11, the couple hosted receptions in Delhi and Mumbai where several Bollywood and sporting celebrities joined in the celebrations. But now the focus would shift to cricket as India travel to a land known for its fast and bouncy pitches.last_img read more

How Mohanlal got his Odiyan new look will make you do a double take

first_imgAs we all know, Mohanlal is currently working on his upcoming project Odiyan, directed by VA Shrikumar and funded by producer Antony Perumbavoor.The teaser of this fantasy thriller was released yesterday and Mohanlal’s brand new look is giving us new fitness goals.In the teaser, Mohanlal is clad in a dhoti and sports his slim-and-trim look for the movie. His makeover for the movie has sent his ardent fans crazy and they cannot stop raving about it.The actor essays the role of Odiyan, which is inspired by the life of Manickyan who was the last surviving member of the tribal community. The Odiyan tribe lived in the Palakkad and Malabar region.Reportedly, the Malayalam actor underwent a strict regime to lose about 18 kilos in about 51 days. It is said that Mohanlal is toiling hard so that he can convincingly play the role of Odiyan’s younger self.The movie also stars Manju Warrier and Prakash Raj in pivotal roles. Made on a lavish budget, the film crew will resume shooting for the final schedule in a couple of days.Director Shrikumar Menon, after completing the post-production work on Odiyan, will concentrate on his next project, Randamoozham, which once again has Mohanlal in the lead role.Randamoozham will be made on a whopping budget of Rs 1000 crore and we will get to see Mohanlal playing the role of Bheema in it. Telugu star Nagarjuna has been approached to essay the role of Karna in the movie.ALSO WATCH: Malayalam superstar Mohanlal’s car hit by a truck; actor escapes unhurt advertisementlast_img read more

Jose Mourinho hails David De Gea heroics as Manchester United beat Arsenal

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho labelled goalkeeper David de Gea as the best in the world after the Spaniard equalled a Premier League record during his side’s exhilarating 3-1 victory at Arsenal on Saturday.De Gea made 14 saves — several of them exceptional — as Arsenal threw everything at United after conceding twice in the opening 11 minutes in a sizzling clash at the Emirates Stadium.”I told him after the match, what I saw today was the best from a goalkeeper in the world. You need the keeper to be there for you when the team needs him,” Mourinho, whose side closed the gap on leaders Manchester City to five points, said.??? @D_DeGea made 14 saves against Arsenal, the joint-most by a goalkeeper in a single #PL match alongside Tim Krul & Vito Mannone#ARSMUN @ManUtd pic.twitter.com/GptDYx7cce- Premier League (@premierleague) December 2, 2017De Gea saved twice in quick succession from Hector Bellerin and Sead Kolasinac shortly before halftime and somehow kept out United striker Romelu Lukaku’s miskick when trying to clear from a corner.After the break he continued to thwart Arsenal’s best efforts, making an astonishing double save to first keep out Alexandre Lacazette’s shot, then stuck out his leg to deny Alexis Sanchez from point-blank range.The only other goalkeeper to make so many saves in a Premier League match are Tim Krul for Newcastle United (vs Spurs in November 2013) and Vito Mannone for Sunderland (vs Chelsea in April 2014).”De Gea was man of the match by a clear mile,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said.advertisementJose has described him as “the best in the world” – so it’s no surprise that @D_DeGea has been voted your #MUFC Man of the Match! ??? pic.twitter.com/AgJNbsG30B- Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 2, 2017Two goals from Jesse Lingard and one from Antonio Valencia earned United the victory — Mourinho’s first away against a top-six club since he arrived at Old Trafford.And the nature of United’s vibrant display answered the critics who have accused Mourinho of ‘parking the bus’ in away games against the sides challenging for top-four places.”I think it was a fantastic game,” Mourinho, whose United sides had managed only one goal in their previous seven away to Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea, told reporters. “If I was in the stands or at home I would have been sad for the game to finish.”In my case it was different because I wanted to win, I wanted the game to finish. It was two very good teams going through different moments of the game.”We managed to start the game with intensity and being aggressive and with that desire to play in their half.”A perfect night in London ???? #mufc pic.twitter.com/GZ4Bgj9SvM- David De Gea (@D_DeGea) December 2, 2017The fly in the ointment for Mourinho was a straight red card for Paul Pogba, which will rule the French powerhouse out of next weekend’s crunch derby with Manchester City.While his ‘studs up’ tackle on Bellerin in the 75th minute was a poor one, Mourinho felt some of the Arsenal players had hounded referee Andre Marriner to send Pogba off.”I didn’t see the tackle,” Mourinho said. “I just know that Paul is frustrated and a bit disappointed with his (France) colleague (Laurent Koscielny) for his reaction because everyone knows Paul is a clean player and it was not his intention.”last_img read more

Blues Whitewash The Devils, 1-0

first_imgNEWARK, N.J. — Vladimir Tarasenko is on one of those streaks where any time the St. Louis Blues forward is on the ice, the puck seems to find him in scoring position.After being stopped on a first-period breakaway and hitting a goal post in the second, Tarasenko scored a power-play goal early in the third period and the Blues extended their winning streak to six games with a 1-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Nov. 4.“Vladdy is on a hot streak right now and he’s proving to everyone how good of a player he can be,” said Blues goaltender Jake Allen, who stopped 26 shots in earning his second straight shutout and ending the Devils’ two-game winning streak. “He is definitely leading this team right now.”The NHL’s No. 1 star last week, Tarasenko has seven goals in last five games and the deciding tally for two straight games. He netted the clinching shootout goal against the New York Rangers on Nov. 3.“He came through for us,” St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock said. “I know he felt badly that he missed those chances early on, but he stuck with it and got the goal. That’s a goal scorer’s goal.”His blast from the right circle at 4:55 was the difference against the Devils. Tarasenko netted his eighth goal of the season just 17 seconds after Devils defenseman Marek Zidlicky was whistled for holding Alexander Steen in the crease.Steen barely kept the puck in the New Jersey zone after the faceoff, and then Tarasenko and Jori Lehtera exchanged a couple of passes before the Russian ripped a shot past Cory Schneider, the only one of 23 he didn’t stop.“It’s a save I’d like to make for sure,” said Schneider, adding the shot beat him on the short side.Devils coach Pete DeBoer wasn’t surprised Tarasenko got the goal. He had three shots in the game and five overall, with two just missing the net.“I looked at the goal and that’s probably the hottest guy in the league,” DeBoer said. “He makes a good play. He has a knack for it and he is on fire lately.”The Blues’ winning streak is one shy of the NHL-high of seven this season set by Anaheim.Allen, who shut out Anaheim 2-0 in his last start on Oct. 30, had two good stops on Travis Zajac and one on Adam Henrique in the second period. He got his glove on Michael Ryder’s shot drive in the first, with the puck landing on top of the net.“It just fluttered and landed on top,” said Ryder, who led the Devils with seven shots.Allen smiled about the save. “I got my feet tangled up, but I managed to get my glove on it,” he said.The Devils came into the game with the NHL’s third-best power play, converting at 26.3 percent, but they went 0-for-3.The Blues also had three chances, and converted the one they needed. The also saw defenseman Ian Cole hit a goal post in the first period.“It’s not easy to win like this on the road,” said Blues forward Jaden Schwartz, who had the secondary assist on the goal. “Our goal was to come in here and get the points and we did that. You never think one goal is going to win it, but getting the first goal was huge and gave us a lot of confidence.”(TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Rangers Beat Penguins in OT, 4-3

first_imgNEW YORK — Kevin Klein lost part of his ear in the first period, then found the back of the net in overtime to give the New York Rangers a stirring victory.Klein, known more for his defense, has discovered his offensive game this season. The defenseman has scored a career-best six goals and has a career-high three game-winners — including two in overtime.His latest was the difference in a 4-3 victory over Pittsburgh on Dec. 8 after the Rangers squandered a late two-goal lead when the Penguins struck twice in 24 seconds.“It might have hit their D-man in front. I was just trying to get it by,” Klein said of his slap shot. “When it went in, I was pretty happy.”Klein’s first goal of the season was also in overtime in a 4-3 win on Oct. 21 at New Jersey. He then netted the winner on Nov. 19 against Philadelphia.This one was even more dramatic because early in the game, Klein was bloodied by a high stick from Pittsburgh’s Zach Sill that ripped off part of his ear. That was reattached, and Klein resumed his role on the ice and scored for the second straight game.“I am getting a lot of heat because I’m not using him on the power play,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said with a smile. “That is the second time he has come up real big for us in overtime.“Good for him. He lost a piece of his ear, and they sewed it back. Say what you want about hockey players, but they are tough.”Rick Nash broke a second-period tie with his sixth goal in eight games, and Henrik Lundqvist returned to the net with 32 saves for New York.Nash and J.T. Miller scored in the middle period to turn a one-goal deficit into a lead, and Kevin Hayes made it 3-1 with 7:02 left in regulation. Lundqvist earned his third win in his past five appearances after sitting out New York’s 3-2 loss at Detroit on Dec. 6.“We needed it for a couple reasons,” Lundqvist said. “Obviously for confidence, but also we need points to get back in the race.”New York, fourth in the Metropolitan Division and 11 points behind Pittsburgh, has four days off before starting a four-game trip at Vancouver on Dec. 13.Nick Spaling staked Pittsburgh to a 1-0 lead in the first period, and Evgeni Malkin and Steve Downie scored in rapid succession in the third. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 25 shots for the Penguins, who have dropped two of three overall and two of three to the Rangers this season.Malkin started the comeback with his 15th goal at 15:17, and Downie tied it with his fourth seconds later after the Rangers couldn’t handle a bouncing puck in their end. Downie also assisted on Spaling’s goal.“It wasn’t easy,” Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said. “It was a good job by everyone to stick with it and get ourselves into overtime … but it’s never fun losing.“Sometimes you don’t always get the result you want, but you have to be able to look in the mirror, and I think everyone did that.”Pittsburgh wore its old-school, black-and-gold uniforms but fell to 9-2-2 on the road. New York has earned a point in eight of the last nine regular-season meetings with the Penguins (5-1-3).The Rangers finished the first period and started the second on the power play, thanks to Hill’s 4-minute high-sticking penalty that caused Klein’s injury.New York didn’t take advantage of that, but tallied the tying and go-ahead goals 4:50 apart to take a 2-1 lead. After Lundqvist made a save on a short-handed breakaway early in the second, the Rangers seemed to gain their legs and energy.Miller tied it 1-all off a feed from Martin St. Louis at 3:50 for his second of the season. Nash put New York in front at 8:40 with his 18th goal — the second-most in the NHL.Pittsburgh grabbed a 1-0 lead with 7:25 left in the first when Crosby set up Spaling with a cross-zone pass that was converted into a rising shot for Spaling’s fourth goal.Crosby has gone seven games without a goal and has just one in his last 10 games. However, he leads the NHL with 26 assists in 27 games.(IRA PODELL, AP Hockey Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Athanasiadis Back to Lead PAOK

first_imgPAOK earned a 1-2 victory in the Czech Republic against Liberec after falling behind in the opening 46 seconds. Athanasiadis made an emphatic comeback to the starting lineup scoring both goals for the Dikefalos tou Vora, including the winner in the 82nd minute. The win makes POAK the clear favorites to advance to the knockout stages from Group J. PAOK began the match in a 4-3-3 formation with Glykos, Leo Matos, Varela, Tzavellas, Leovac, Cimirot, Canas, Shahkhov, Campos, Rodrigues, and Athanasiadis. It was a horrific start for PAOK as they fell behind only 46 seconds into play. The PAOK defense fell asleep as Sykora uncontestedly entered their penalty area, finding Komlichenko, and the Russian’s shot beat Glykos to give the hosts the 1-0 lead. Slovan Liberec came close to a second goal minutes later, but fortunately for PAOK Glykos made an acrobatic save to deny Hovorko’s header from the corner. In the 9th minute, PAOK was awarded a penalty when Sykora committed a handball as Rodrigues entered the penalty area. From the spot, Athanasiadis made no mistake to bring PAOK level 1-1. After the action-filled opening 10 minutes, neither team created a classical chance to score with the pace of the match falling midway through the half. Liberec began the second half as the stronger side, controlling the possession, but failing to create a chance on goal. The first opportunity fell to PAOK in the 72nd minute through Mystakidis’ shot that did not find the target and minutes later Liberec was denied by the post from Komlichenko’s shot. With 8 minutes remaining, Leovac’s cross fund the head of Athanasiadis and the Greek striker scored his second goal of the night to give PAOK the late 1-2 lead. Liberec pressed in the final minutes for an equalizer but PAOK’s defense was able to hold onto their advantage. With Liberec’s goalie up for the final chance of the game, Rodrigues had an opportunity to seal the victory in front of an open goal but he failed to find the target from 35 meters out. The win puts PAOK atop of Group J, along with Fiorentina (defeated Qarabag 5-1 today), with 4 points. PAOK and Fiorentina are now the clear favorites to advance from the group to the knockout stages. In matchday 3, PAOK will travel to Azerbaijan to face Qarabag.Source: AGONAsport.com (Like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and Twitter)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Panathinaikos edges CSKA, climbs into fourth place (video)

first_imgPanathinaikos Superfoods Athens hung on in an overtime thriller to defeat CSKA Moscow 85-80 on Friday at Olympic Sports Center Athens. That victory was the fourth in a row overall and the 11thstraight at home for the Greens, who raised their record to 18-11. The win, coupled with Fenerbahce Istanbul’s loss at Real Madrid, put Panathinaikos alone in fourth place and Coach Xavi Pascual’s men can clinch home-court advantage for the playoffs with a win in their regular season finale next week at Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv. CSKA fell to 21-8 and will finish the regular season in second place regardless of the Round 30 results. K.C. Rivers led the winners with 17 points, including a three-pointer with two minutes left in overtime from which CSKA never recovered. Mike James and Chris Singleton added 13 points apiece and Nick Calathes tallied 12 points and 6 assists and made a pair of critical free throws and forced a turnover in the final minute of regulation. Nando De Colo and Milos Teodosic led the CSKA attack with 15 points each and James Augustine and Andrey Vorontsevich both scored 14. CSKA outrebounded Panathinaikos 37-44, but also committed 17 turnovers.The game was exciting from the start with plenty of steals and daring passes. Calathes connected from downtown to give Panathinaikos a 7-5 lead. The visitors found a matchup they liked with De Colo inside and fed the MVP three times for as many baskets to make it 9-11. A three by Nikos Pappas over Augustine pushed the Greens in front 16-15. Mike James drilled a jumper in the closing seconds of the first quarter to make it 20-17 after 10 minutes. Singleton added to the Panathinaikos advantage with a three-pointer, but Cory Higgins heated up to close the gap and Aaron Jackson ran the pic-and-pop with Vorontsevich, who connected from behind the arc to put CSKA on top 28-29. James shined with a three-point play and Rivers heated up too, but Vorontsevich and Augustine the teams even. A Rivers three and Calathes steal and layup at the buzzer left the Panathinaikos crowd in a frenzy with a 45-40 halftime lead. Higgins and Kyle Hines drew the visitors within 1 at the start of the second half, but Demetrius Nichols’s steal and three-point play kept the Greens in control. Nevertheless, CSKA kept it close and tied the game at 55-55 on a three by DeColo. Free throws by Pappas made it 58-55 through three quarters. CSKA tied it twice through Augustine and De Colo before Vitaly Fridzon gave the visitors a 63-64 edge from the line. De Colo added a triple, however Rivers’s layup got the hosts back within 1 and James dropped in a finger roll for a 71-70 lead with 2:16 remaining. CSKA came up empty on its next two possessions, but also kept Panathinaikos scoreless. And then Teodosic struck with a pull-up three with 37 seconds left to put the visitors on top once again. Calathes tied the game with free throws with 25.8 second left and after 3 turnovers in the final 20 seconds, the regulation buzzer sounded with the game tied at 73-73. Neither team led by more than 2 points in the extra session until a three by Rivers with two minutes left made it 82-78. And the momentum remained with the hosts the rest of the way. Source: EuroleagueTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Celtics Beat 76ers 114-112 in Game 5, Advance to Face Cavs

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares BOSTON (AP) — With 2.4 seconds left and the Boston Celtics leading by one, Marcus Smart had a chance to all but clinch Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals and eliminate Philadelphia by making a pair of free throws.He missed the first.He could have made things more difficult for the 76ers by missing the second one on purpose, and forcing them to go the length of the court with the clock running. He chucked it against the rim; it went in.That gave the 76ers a chance to win with a desperation 3-pointer. The full-court inbounds pass went into the left corner, and who was there to intercept it, heaving it back into the air to run out the clock?To the surprise of no one in a Celtics uniform, it was Smart.“That’s a Marcus Smart sequence. That just describes him so well,” guard Jaylen Brown said after Boston beat Philadelphia 114-112 on Wednesday night to advance to the Eastern Conference finals for the second straight year. “If it came down to one guy coming up with it, everybody’s got their money on Smart.”Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown reacts after hitting a 3-pointer against the Philadelphia 76ers during the third quarter of Game 5 of an NBA basketball playoff series in Boston, Wednesday, May 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)Jayson Tatum scored 25 points, Brown had 24 and Terry Rozier scored 17, sinking a pair of free throws to make it a four-point game with 9.8 seconds left after forcing Joel Embiid’s turnover. Al Horford added 15 points and eight rebounds for Boston.The Celtics will play Cleveland in the Eastern Conference finals for the second straight year. Game 1 is Sunday in Boston. It’s the Celtics’ first back-to-back trips to the conference finals since making it five straight times in the original Big Three era from 1984-88.“When you get here, you’re flattered by the thought of the Boston Celtics,” coach Brad Stevens said. “You realize if you’re going to break records here, you’re going to break bad ones. Because none of the good ones are reachable.”Embiid had 27 points and 12 rebounds for the 76ers, Dario Saric had 27 points and 10 rebounds, and Ben Simmons added 18 points, eight rebounds and six assists. The 76ers rode The Process back into the playoffs for the first time since 2012, winning won 20 out of 21 games before Boston beat them three straight times to open the conference semifinals.“The Process is never going to end,” Embiid said. “This is a process to get to the playoffs, we did it. This was a process to get to the conference finals, we didn’t. Next year, that’s our goal.”In a game that featured 21 lead changes — the most in the playoffs this year — the Celtics scored eight straight points in the final 1:37, taking the lead on Tatum’s layup with 23 seconds left. Embiid had a chance to tie it but he missed a heavily contested layup, failed to tip it back in and then grabbed that rebound, too.Rozier knocked the ball out of his hands, off his leg and out of bounds with 10.8 seconds left.Boston Celtics center Aron Baynes, right, and forward Al Horford (42) block Philadelphia 76ers forward Dario Saric (9) during the first quarter of Game 5 of an NBA basketball playoff series in Boston, Wednesday, May 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)“Just a championship play, that’s all,” said Rozier, who made a pair of free throws to make it 113-109 — eight straight points for Boston.J.J. Reddick’s 3-pointer cut the deficit to one, and then it was Smart’s turn. Coming off the bench, he had 14 points, six rebounds, six assists and three steals.“He’s made for this,” Stevens said. “He’s made for these moments. We can go through the stat line all you want, but when your season’s on the line and you need to do really hard things, he can do really hard things.”BLEDSOE AND ROZIERAfter striking up a long-distance friendship with Drew Bledsoe during the Milwaukee series, Rozier finally met the former Patriots quarterback for real.Rozier first invoked Bledsoe’s name during a trash-talking back-and-forth with Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe, pretending to confuse the two. Drew Bledsoe joined the fun by recording a video that was played for the TD Garden crowd during Game 7.Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) drops to the floor as the ball bounces out of bounds after hitting him, as Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier, right, points during the final seconds of Game 5 of an NBA basketball playoff series in Boston, Wednesday, May 9, 2018. The turnover helped the Celtics keep the lead as they defeated the 76ers 114-112. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)But on Wednesday, the football player was there in person, meeting Rozier before the game and sitting courtside with Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck.NO OFFENSE TAKENStevens has never put much stock in coach of the year awards.So predictably, the news earlier Wednesday that he didn’t receive a single vote for this season’s National Basketball Coaches Association’s trophy, which went to Toronto’s Dwane Casey, didn’t faze him either.“The way that thing works is you get one vote…I looked at the sheet and there’s no way that I would have voted for me over any of the other 29 people,” Stevens said. “The guy that should have won got it.”Other coaches to receive votes were Brett Brown, Mike D’Antoni, Nate McMillan, Gregg Popovich, Doc Rivers, Quin Snyder and Terry Stotts.The winner of the Red Auerbach Trophy as the NBA’s Coach of the Year Award will be announced next month.TIP-INS76ers: Embiid was called for a technical foul for elbowing Horford under the basket midway through the third period. Horford made the free throw, and Aron Baynes made two for the original foul to give Boston a 75-63 lead, its biggest of the game to that point. … Embiid is 0-8 on game-tying or go-ahead shots in the final minute this season, according to ESPN.Celtics: G Shane Larkin (left shoulder sprain) was unavailable after running into a hard pick in Game 4. That left the coach Brad Stevens with an eight-man rotation. … With seven 3-pointers in the series, Baynes has more in these five games than in the other 409 games of his career combined, according to ESPN. … Boston was 6-for-20 in the third, with six turnovers, watching a nine-point lead wither to one. … Tatum and Utah’s Donovan Mitchell are the only two NBA rookies with seven straight playoff games of at least 20 points since Julius Erving did it in 1972.—By JIMMY GOLEN ,  AP Sports Writerlast_img read more

Ronaldo Nets Hat Trick to Send Juventus into CL Quarters (Pics, Vid)

first_imgTURIN, Italy (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first hat trick for Juventus to send the club into the Champions League quarterfinals with a 3-0 win over Atletico Madrid on Tuesday as the Italian side fought back from a two-goal first-leg defeat.Ronaldo netted from open play in each half and then converted a late penalty as Juventus advanced 3-2 on aggregate, ending Atletico’s hopes of reaching the final in its Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri gestures during the Champions League round of 16, 2nd leg, soccer match between Juventus and Atletico Madrid at the Allianz stadium in Turin, Italy, Tuesday, March 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)It was Ronaldo’s eighth hat trick in the competition, moving him level with Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and demonstrating why Juventus paid Real Madrid 112 million euros (then $131.5 million) for the Portugal star who has dominated the competition in recent years.Ronaldo is looking for a fourth straight Champions League title, while Madrid was eliminated without him by Ajax last week.Manchester City is also through to the final eight after routing Schalke 7-0 to progress 10-2 on aggregate.Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Champions League round of 16, 2nd leg, soccer match between Juventus and Atletico Madrid at the Allianz stadium in Turin, Italy, Tuesday, March 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)Juventus thought it had taken the lead less than three minutes into the game but VAR confirmed that Ronaldo had fouled Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak before Giorgio Chiellini fired in the rebound.Italy forward Federico Bernardeschi was handed a start instead of Paulo Dybala for Juventus, and he responded by putting in a cross from the left for Ronaldo to head in at the far post in the 27th minute. Bernardeschi also had several chances to extend Juve’s lead — notably with an audacious overhead kick in the 35th minute which flew narrowly over.Hat-trick complete. Comeback complete. (via @brfootball) pic.twitter.com/cv980MmuPR— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 12, 2019Ronaldo went close again shortly before halftime when he again outjumped everyone but headed Leonardo Spinazzola’s cross wide of the right post.Ronaldo did get the second goal three minutes after the break. Joao Cancelo put in a cross from the right and although Oblak clawed Ronaldo’s header out from under his crossbar, goal-line technology confirmed the ball had crossed the line.Juventus went all out attack and got the decisive third goal four minutes from time. Bernardeschi was nudged over in the penalty area and Ronaldo converted the resulting spot kick to send the home fans wild.By: Daniella Matar, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

McCollum Leads Blazers Past Cold Nuggets, 97-90

first_imgDENVER (AP) — After giving up 39 points to Damian Lillard in the opener, the Denver Nuggets were determined to make sure Portland’s role players would have to bear the burden of evening up the series.His teammates were up to the task on a night that Lillard, who came in averaging 34.8 points in the playoffs, was held to 14 points on 5-of-17 shooting.CJ McCollum led six Trail Blazers in double figures with 20 points in a 97-90 victory at the Pepsi Center on Wednesday night that evened their series 1-1.“It’s very important,” said Enes Kanter, who chipped in 15 points for Portland. “Teams can’t guard him with one man. They were sending double-teams, triple-teams. That’s when I said, ‘He’s making himself better, but at the same time he’s making everybody else better around him.’ He was passing the ball, really active on defense. He’s been unbelievable, man.”The series shifts to Portland for Game 3 Friday night, and Lillard’s hoping a return to the Moda Center will help him find his long-range rhythm after he misfired on 14 of 19 3-pointers in Denver.Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, left, fights for control of a rebound with Portland Trail Blazers forward Al-Farouq Aminu during the first half of Game 2 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Wednesday, May 1, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)The Nuggets trimmed a 17-point, third-quarter deficit to 95-90 in the final minute thanks to an astonishing 14 offensive rebounds in the fourth quarter and a 19-9 run before Rodney Hood’s two free throws with 17 seconds left iced it.“The good news is they had all of those offensive rebounds but they didn’t convert a lot,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said. “They were 8 for 24 on second-chance points. We were fortunate we came away not hurt as badly as we could have been on the offensive boards.”Nikola Jokic had 16 points and 14 boards but got off to a slow start and wasn’t nearly the take-control force he was in Game 1, when he scored 37 points.“The last quarter we missed a lot of put-backs, but 23 offensive rebounds is a big number,” Jokic said. “The first half we had open shots but we didn’t make any of those.”With Jokic taking — and missing — just one shot in the first quarter and scoring six points in the first half, the Nuggets trailed 50-35 at halftime after the franchise’s worst quarter ever at home in the playoffs, one in which they made just 5 of 23 shots and missed all 10 of their 3-pointers.Nuggets coach Michael Malone said he admonished his team at halftime, “‘if you’re not making shots, maybe attack the basket, maybe get to the foul line, maybe get to the rim.’”They started doing that after halftime, but the Blazers answered time after time, getting 15 points from Hood, 11 from Al-Farouq Aminu and 10 from Zach Collins.BANGED UPDenver sparkplug forward Torrey Craig’s nose was bloodied after he was knocked down and slammed into teammate Monte Morris’ foot early in the second quarter. Moments after Craig hobbled off, leaving a trail of blood, Maurice Harkless rolled his right ankle and also left the game.Harkless didn’t return but Craig came back in the second half.Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, center, drives to the rim and throws back as pass as Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris, front, and center Nikola Jokic defend during the first half of Game 2 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Wednesday, May 1, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Jamal Murray spent part of the fourth quarter on the stationary bike trying to loosen up his tight right thigh. He missed 12 of 18 shots.Craig, whose insertion into the starting lineup turned around the Nuggets’ first-round series against San Antonio, returned with a face mask with 3 minutes left in the third quarter. He immediately grabbed a rebound and his 3-pointer with a minute left in the quarter was Denver’s first since 1:11 of the first quarter.“I think Torrey Craig is the unsung hero of the game,” Malone said. “He’s got some (guts). He’s got some toughness.”SCUFFLEJokic pushed Kanter, who slammed into Craig with 43.5 seconds left on a made free throw. Murray took exception to Kanter staring down the fallen Craig and a scuffle ensued at midcourt. The two were assessed a double technical.BOW TIESStotts and his assistants rocked bow ties Wednesday night in honor of Jon Yim, the team’s video coordinator and player development coach who was seriously injured in an auto accident last week that left him hospitalized with a broken leg and collapsed lung.Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, right, is defended by Portland Trail Blazers center Enes Kanter during the first half of Game 2 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Wednesday, May 1, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)“That was dope,” Harkless said. “I thought it was pretty cool. They all took a picture before the game in the locker room, probably send it to him. That’s a cool gesture. We all wish he was here. We’re all praying for him. We feel him. He’s a big part of our team still. We’ll see him when we get home.”TIP-INS:Portland: Harkless and Aminu combined for 10 points in the first quarter after being held to a combined four points in Game 1.Denver: Will Barton sank two foul shots with 8:19 left in the fourth quarter after an odd sequence in which the Jokic missed a jumper and the Nuggets missed five put-backs.___By ARNIE STAPLETON AP Sports WriterPortland Trail Blazers forward Maurice Harkless, left, reaches up to block a shot by Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray during the first half of Game 2 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Wednesday, May 1, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Arch Madness: Blues Win 1st Stanley Cup, Beating Bruins 4-1 (Pics,Video)

first_imgBOSTON — St. Louis goalie Jordan Binnington was waiting patiently, as NHL rookies learn to do, while the Stanley Cup was passed from teammate to teammate across the recently conquered ice of the new Boston Garden.Thirteen Blues took their turn with the iconic trophy, raising it above their heads, lowering it for a kiss, posing for a picture.Finally, understudy Jake Allen gave the starter a little shove, and the Game 7 star timidly skated forward to receive the Cup and cap off one of the great rookie runs in NHL history.St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington carries the Stanley Cup after the Blues defeated the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of the NHL Stanley Cup Final, Wednesday, June 12, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)Binnington stopped 32 shots, and Ryan O’Reilly scored for the fourth straight game Wednesday night to lead the Blues to a 4-1 victory over Boston in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final and their first NHL championship.Alex Pietrangelo added a goal and an assist and Brayden Schenn and Zach Sanford also scored for St. Louis, which had the worst record in the league in early January but won 30 of their final 49 regular-season games, then soared through the playoffs to reach the final for the first time since 1970.Binnington, who was pulled from a 7-2 loss in Game 3, took a shutout into the final minutes, and the Blues were never really in danger after scoring twice in the final few minutes of the first period.“He bounced back. We knew he would,” Pietrangelo said. “Unbelievable first period. His confidence, his swagger, his belief in himself — unbelievable.”Coach Craig Berube, who took over when Mike Yeo was fired in November, is the fourth coach in the past 11 years hired in midseason to lead his team to the NHL title.“Once we pulled it together, we were tough to beat,” Berube said.Matt Grzelcyk scored the Bruins’ only goal, and Tuukka Rask stopped 16 shots for Boston.Boston outshot St. Louis 33-20, but the Blues went ahead at the end of the first period on goals from Reilly and Pietrangelo about three minutes apart. The second period was scoreless, then Schenn put it out of reach with 8:35 to play and Sanford made it 4-0 before the Bruins spoiled Binnington’s bid for a shutout.St. Louis Blues head coach Craig Berube, right, watches as Ryan O’Reilly (90) speaks to teammates on the bench during the second period in Game 7 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins, Wednesday, June 12, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)St. Louis can stop singing the blues.It’s time to play Gloria.Returning to the site of their last appearance in the final, which ended when Bobby Orr sailed through the air after scoring the Cup winner, the Blues won for the third time in Boston this series and an NHL record-tying 10th time in the postseason.O’Reilly won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the postseason. He is the first player since Wayne Gretzky to score in four consecutive Stanley Cup Final games.Not so surprising with Gretzky, who is the NHL’s leading regular-season and playoff scorer, but O’Reilly had just three goals in his first 22 postseason games.Boston will have to console itself with the two major sports championships it has already won in the past year, or the dozen trophies that have been chauffeured through Boston in a parade of the city’s iconic, amphibious Duck Boats. Three of them have come at St. Louis’ expense.“We were the underdogs the whole series. We knew that,” Pietrangelo said. “We knew people didn’t think we would have a chance but we believed in each other and that’s all that matters.”The Bruins tried to harness all the local karma they could.Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman and Julian Edelman waved a banner before the game while wearing David Ortiz jerseys; the Red Sox slugger is recuperating just a mile or so away from an assassination attempt in his native Dominican Republic.Retired Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling also was in the crowd, wearing his World Series ring and a Bruins jersey. Portable party Rob Gronkowski also made an appearance on the video board.And the Bruins responded, dominating for long stretches of time except in the way that mattered most.The Blues had just one shot on goal heading into the final minutes of the first period, but they scored first when O’Reilly deflected a shot from Jay Bouwmeester into the net. Then with just 8 seconds left in the period and Bruins forward Brad Marchand tentative on a line change, Pietrangelo beat Rask to make it 2-0.Bouwmeester played in 1,184 regular-season games — the third most among active players who had not gotten their names etched on the Stanley Cup.By: Jimmy Golen, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

SGeT: open standard connects embedded devices to the cloud

first_imgIntroducing the Universal IoT Connector (UIC), the Standardization Group for Embedded Technologies (SGeT) has released the first purely software-related standard ever since its inception six years ago. This was preceded by the insight of manufacturers, system vendors and users that a universal IoT connector that standardizes the connection between hardware and cloud is needed for a comprehensive rollout of Internet of Things applications. Previous standardizations often focussed on communication and protection only and thus on the higher software- or communication layers. Or to put it short: where it comes to the application and thus the useful part of IoT solutions.However, data first has to reach the level, where it can be collected, transported and finally processed or stored. Although it is possible to access and control hardware resources such as sensors, actuators or embedded systems through the eAPI for embedded hardware via a defined interface, all hardware I/O communication has to be done manually for each and every edge- and cloud connection until now. When replacing hardware, updating, or even changing manufacturers, many, if not all, customizations need to be made from scratch, possibly for all affected layers, right through to the final application. This is precisely where UIC comes in: The integration of counterparts is made easier by the three levels of abstraction, allowing partitioning of the many aspects of IoT computing. The UIC interface standard makes a distinction between the device configuration device configuration (hardware identification, device mapping, value-to-information matching), the sensor and actuator communication (hardware driver) and the device communication (data transfer & processing). With more than 450 cloud service offerings and an even greater number of possible hardware configurations, this provides a very open, efficient, and hands-on approach to current and future Internet of Things solutions.Specifically, the Universal IoT Connector architecture consists of three interface descriptions: First, the Embedded Driver Module (EDM) interface, which controls the connected hardware peripherals via drivers and provides for sensors, actuators or other local information. The second functional block is the Project Configuration Interface, which provides a configuration mechanism for embedded systems. It regulates which periphery is to be controlled, how raw data is added to information sets and at what point data is going to be transmitted to the server. Last but not least there is the Communication Agent Interface, responsible for transferring information to the communication unit, for example a (cloud) server, which includes sending and receiving of data sets or events. What makes UIC stand out in the field is its open approach to server connectivity (Cloud/Fog/M2M) and its associated infrastructure, as well as to its underlying hardware and vendors – at least as long as EDMs are supported – and last but not least to the level of communication. Depending on the configuration, this allows for connecting to Amazon Web Service (AWS) using a Qseven module and MQTT as well as connecting to Microsoft Azure Cloud via XRCE using a COM Express module. Due to the abstraction, the lean middleware paves the way for a particularly flexible approach. The cross-platform and open approach unifies the access to multiple hardware components from different vendors – such as ADLINK, congatec, Kontron, Portwell or Seco – utilizing a growing number of supported cloud platforms, such as AWS, M2MGO’s People System Things (PST), SAP Hana or Microsoft Azure Cloud using a wide range of protocols (MQTT, XRCE, OPC / UA, etc.). In addition, UIC runs on Windows Embedded and Embedded Linux.SGeT’s UIC standard offers a hands-on, open approach to IoT solutions and Industry 4.0 applications in one of the strongest growth markets.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Ikalogic: ScanaQuad analyses and debugs your serial communication protocolNext Unifying cross-platform UIslast_img read more

Machine learning aids wireless channel characterization

first_imgDr. Tim O’SheaDr. Andrea Goldsmith 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. The optimizer, a neural network (NN), in Fig. 1 compares the data input at the encoder to the data from the decoder. No RF knowledge is needed because the signal processing takes place at baseband and the entire signal chain is treated as a single entity. While it’s possible to optimize encoders with no knowledge of the hardware nor RF channel, the learning process can run faster if it has some prior mathematical knowledge of the channel. 5G applications can start with a 3GPP channel model. (NYU Wireless maintains an extensive list of papers covering 5G channel models.) Through a training algorithm, the NN can create a model of the channel based on probability of correctly detecting a symbol. The data fed into the ML algorithm can come from channel measurements—data captured in the lab or in the field—or from theory. The more data fed to the optimizer, the better it can learn and produce more accurate coefficients. The result is a set of weights (coefficients) that can then be incorporated into cellular modem encoders and decoders. The video below, from O’Shea’s 2019 Brooklyn 5G Summit presentation, depicts how the ML algorithm improves a 4QAM constellation diagram. You can see the clusters converge as the algorithm learns the channel characteristics and applies results to encoders and decoders.The job of any wired or wireless communications receiver is to detect transmitted symbols in the presence of noise and distortion. In digital communications, the receiver must recreate the transmitted symbols that represent bits. To accomplish detection in 5G mmWave signals, Goldsmith described an ML technique called a sliding bidirectional recurrent neural network (SBRNN) that she and Nariman Farsad at Stanford developed when they couldn’t find a suitable ML algorithm for optimizing wireless channels. SBRNN calculates the probability of a symbol by capturing a sliding consecutive symbol set. That is, it finds the average of the symbol probabilities in the sliding window to estimate the new symbol’s state. Think of it as averaging of amplitudes when digitizing an analog signal. As the algorithm captures a new symbol, it uses what it knows about previous symbols to calculate the probability of the state of the new symbol ( Figure 2 ). Such sliding is common in signal processing but, according to Goldsmith, is new to ML. text Figure 2. A sliding bidirectional recurrent neural network calculates the highest probability of a symbol, learning from previous symbols. Goldsmith said the ML technique produced better results than using traditional optimizing algorithms such as the Viterbi algorithm, except in certain cases ( Figure 3 ). text Figure 3. SBRNN produces better results than the Viterbi algorithm in most cases. While watching and listening to these two presentations focused on using ML for wireless channels, I couldn’t help but wonder if ML could also be used for wired copper or fiber communications channels. After all, high-speed digital links use pre-emphasis, adaptive equalization, and error correction to improve BER. One such paper on the topic is High-Speed Channel Modeling With Machine Learning Methods for Signal Integrity Analysis, published in IEEE Transactions on EMC . DesignCon 2019 held several sessions on ML, neural networks, and signal integrity, including a boot camp. While ML can learn about a signal chain and produce results without prior knowledge, don’t expect ML to replace the knowledge of RF engineers, at least that’s what O’Shea said when asked. Even so, there is some concern in the engineering community. The 2019 IEEE International Microwave Symposium will feature a panel session on Tuesday, June 4 titled Will Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) take away my job as an RF/Analog Designer?.— Martin Rowe covers test and measurement for EDN and EE Times . Contact him at martin.rowe@AspenCore.com.>> This article was originally published on our sister site, EDN: “Machine learning meets 5G wireless.” Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Channel sounding of 5G signals started years ago with the intent of gaining knowledge on how 5G signals will react in a real-world environment. From those experiments, engineers have developed channel models. 5G New Radio is, however, much more complex than LTE given beam steering and mmWave signals. Thus, developing mathematical models and adapting them to modems has become far more difficult with 5G. Channel models are important because wireless PHYs must encode, transmit, receive, and decode data in such a way that bit-error-rates (BERs) stay acceptably low. Artificial intelligence (AI), in the form of machine learning (ML), is becoming a tool for characterizing wireless channels in the digital domain. At the 2019 Brooklyn 5G Summit, Prof. Tim O’Shea from Virginia Tech and Prof. Andrea Goldsmith from Stanford presented their work where they use ML to characterize entire signal chains that include encoders, decoders, and the wireless PHY between them. That is, from the ADC output of a transmitter to the DAC at a receiver ( Figure 1 ). O’Shea and others have started a company called DeepSig and have developed products that use ML to characterize a wireless channel. Figure 1. Machine learning can take transmitted and received baseband data and use the results to optimize wireless channel encoders. Both O’Shea and Goldsmith have adapted ML from other applications to wireless systems. O’Shea uses concepts developed for vision while Goldsmith adapted a concept used for molecular communications. Continue Reading Previous Clientron unveils PT2500/ PST750 POS terminal for entry to high-end marketNext Solid Sands: next-generation release of SuperTest compiler test and validation suite last_img read more

World Cup 2018: Kane hat-trick in record England win, Poland knocked out

first_imgHarry Kane and England stole the show on Sunday as his hat-trick powered England to a 6-1 win over Panama in Nizhny Novgorod while Colombia thrashed Poland in the last game to knock them out of the tournament.Sunday also saw the most goals (14) to be scored on a single day (maximum three games) so far in the tournament since since 10th June 1990 (also 14).England’s dominating display was followed by a four-goal thriller between Japan and Senegal which ended in a 2-2 draw in Ekaterinburg and the last the day of the match saw Colombia ease past Poland to send them home from this year’s World Cup.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEThe day started with one way traffic at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium as England hammered five goals past the World Cup first timers in the first half itself. John Stones opened the scoring for England from a corner. The Manchester City man lost his marker and jumped high before heading it home in the 8th minute. Kane then put England 2-0 ahead when he converted from a penalty that Jesse Lingard earned in the 22nd minute. Lingard got England’s third with a curler into the top corner. Stones then got his second when he headed an easy ball home from a beautifully worked free-kick before Kane converted another penalty at the stroke of half-time to end the half on a high.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEIn the second half, Kane got his hat-trick goal in the 62nd minute after a Ruben Loftus-Cheek shot deviated and looped over the goalkeeper to go in and give Kane his fifth goal of the tournament. Panama’s euphoric moment came when Felipe Baloy scored in the 78th minute after the English players switched off from a free-kick.advertisementJapan and Senegal then played out a thrilling Group H encounter, where the Blue Samurais came from behind twice to level the game 2-2 and come out with a point.DAY 11 – HIGHLIGHTS | PHOTOSSadio Mane gave Senegal the lead in the 11th minute with his first World Cup goal. He tapped the ball into the net after goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima was unable to control a shot from Youssouf Sabaly. Japan struck back in the 34th minute when Takashi Inui scored with Japan’s first shot on goal, but Moussa Wague restored the lead with a shot high into the net in the 71st. Coming on in the 72nd minute, Honda then scored in the 78th minute, knocking the ball past two defenders standing on the goal line, to give Japan a 2-2 draw.In the last match of the day, Poland were handed a 3-0 drubbing by Colombia in Kazan. The first half ended 1-0 with Yerry Mina heading in a pinpoint cross from James Rodriguez in the 40th minute. The second half is when all the drama happened. The Colombian attackers tore apart a hapless Polish defence. Radamel Falcao (70th minute) and Juan Cuadrado (75th minute) scored twice inside five minutes to kill the game and send Poland home. England qualify for last 16, Panama’s first World Cup goalEngland’s impressive show in the World Cup continued on Sunday when they hammered Panama 6-1 in their second Group G fixture of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.Harry Kane scored a hat-trick while John Stones bagged a brace and Jesse Lingard curled one in to make it six for England.ENGLAND VS PANAMA – MATCH REPORTThis was the first time the Three Lions had scored five plus goals in a World Cup fixture ever. Previous top scoring matches were the 1966 final against Germany that England won 4-2 and against Belgium in 1954 when they match ended in a 4-4 tie.This is only the fifth time in World Cup history that a team has scored five plus goals in the first half of a match. The last time it happened was in Brazil, when Germany hammered the hosts 7-1 in the 2014 semi-final at the Mineirao.Despite the 6-1 drubbing, Panamans also had a reason to celebrate and they did. Baloy’s 78th minute strike past Jordan Pickford, gave them their first-ever goal in a World Cup.The English defence fell asleep for a while the substitute pulled off at the back of the defensive line from Alivia’s free-kick and somehow connected with the ball while sliding to send the ball inside the goal.They lost the match and crashed out but this moment of joy will forever be remembered by the Panamans. Kane sets English records, tops goal scorers chart in RussiaadvertisementWith three on Sunday and a brace against Tunisia earlier, Kane has now scored five goals in the 2018 FIFA World Cup and is now the leading goal scorer in this year’s tournament in Russia. He is also now the third England player to score a hat-trick in a World Cup. Geoff Hurst was the first in the 1966 final and Gary Lineker was the second, when he put three past Poland in 1986.Also read – Kane first Englishman to score World Cup hat-trick since 1986The 25-year-old, who now has five goals in World Cups now, is only behind Lineker (10) in terms of goals scored in a World Cup. He is level with Hurst, who also has five to his name. Bobby Charlton and Michael Owen have four each.Also, Kane’s first spot kick was the first penalty converted by an England player at the World Cup since 2002. David Beckham scored the last time from the spot against Argentina. He is also the third player now behind Hunt (1966) and Lineker (1986) to score three or more goals in a group stages of a World Cup match.Also read – Kane wants England to believe after reaching last 16The 25-year-old, who now has five goals in World Cups now, is only behind Lineker (10) in terms of goals scored in a World Cup. He is level with Hurst, who also has five to his name. Bobby Charlton and Michael Owen have four each. Honda’s historic goal versus SenegalKeisuke Honda came off the bench and struck a 78th minute equaliser to earn Japan a 2-2 draw after falling behind twice against Senegal.The Japanese playmaker, who replaced Shinji Kagawa for the second time in this World Cup, scored his 4th goal in a World Cup. He became the top-scoring Asian player in World Cup history. He has now scored four goals from nine appearances so far. Honda scored twice in South Africa 2010 and one each in Brazil 2014 and Russia 2018.JAPAN VS SENEGAL – MATCH REPORTThe 32-year-old also added another unique stat to his name. His 78th minute equaliser also gave him his first goal against an African nation. And, now, he is the only Japan player to have scored a goal against a nation from every continent – South America, North America, Europe, Asia, Oceania and Africa.This is also Japan’s joint-best start to a World Cup campaign with four points from their first two games. They have also never scored four goals from their first two games in a World Cup. Senegal’s Wague sets African recordSenegal right-back Moussa Wague scored in the 71st minute to give Senegal the lead in Ekaterinburg against Japan but Honda’s strike seven minutes later evened things up for the second consecutive time.However, he achieved some personal records. Wague became youngest ever African player to score a goal at the World Cup at the age of Just 19 years and 236 days. He also became the first African teenager to score in a World Cup during the peech of a game he had. The right-back had 62 touches, put in seven crosses, created four chances, cleared the ball twice, had one shot on goal and scored from it.advertisementAlso read – Mane disappointed with draw vs JapanSenegal also became first African nation to score two or more goals in both of their first two matches in World Cup. Also, Senegal haven’t lost any of the previous 15 matches that Sadio Mane has scored in now. They have won nine and drawn six. Poland knocked out in group stagesPoland were knocked out of the World Cup after their 0-2 loss to Colombia on Sunday in Kazan. They have now lost both of their games in this year’s World Cup so far.The Polish now have zero points from two games and cannot reach the minimum mark of four even if they beat Japan in their next Group H game. They lost their game against Senegal 1-2 in their first game of the World Cup and failed to recover and beat the Colombians in their second game.POLAND VS COLOMBIA – MATCH REPORTPoland struggled to put together any proper move to threaten the South Americans and in the end lost the match without a proper fight one could say.They become ninth team to get knocked out from this tournament and the first from its group. Before them, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Peru, Costa Rica, South Korea and Panama were knocked out.last_img read more

Railway Recruitment 2018: 10th pass can apply for 2,573 posts @ rrccr.com

first_imgThe Central Railways has released an official notification inviting all the interested and eligible candidates for ‘Apprentice’ posts under the Apprentices Act 1961.The online registration process for the same will conclude on July 25The interested applicants can apply though the prescribed format on the official website, rrccr.com(Read: Railway Recruitment Board announces exam schedule for ALP/ Technician posts, check details here) Vacancy detailsTotal vacancies: 2,573 postsNames of the posts:1. Mumbai clusterCarriage and Wagon (Coaching) Wadi BunderFitter: 182Welder (Gas and Electric): 6Carpenter: 28Painter (General): 24Tailor (General): 18Kalyan Diesel ShedElectrician: 11Machinist: 1Welder (Gas and Electric): 1Programming and systems administration assistant: 4Mechanic Diesel: 33Laboratory Assistant (CP): 3Kurla Diesel ShedElectrician: 24Mechanic Diesel: 36SR DEE (TRS) KalyanFitter: 62Turner: 10Welder (Gas and Electric): 10Electrician: 62Machinist: 5Instrument Mechanic: 5Laboratory Assistant (CP): 5Electronics Mechanic: 20SR DEE (TRS) KurlaFitter: 90Turner: 6Welder (Gas and Electric): 3Electrician: 93Parel WorkshopFitter: 26Machinist: 34Sheet Metal Worker: 27Welder (Gas and Electric): 27Electrician: 35Winder (Armature): 32Mechanic Machine Tools Maintenance: 24Tool and Die maker (Press tools jigs and fixtures): 68Mechanic (Motor Vehicle): 7Mechanic Diesel: 138Also read: 9 reasons why you should take a job at Indian RailwaysMatunga WorkshopMachinist: 26Mechanic Machine Tool Maintenance: 48Fitter: 197Carpenter: 126Welder (Gas and Electric): 55Painter (General): 37Electrician: 90S and T Workshop, BycullaFitter: 26Turner: 6Machinist: 5Welder (Gas and Electric): 8Programming and Systems Administration Assistant: 6IT and Electronic System Maintenance: 2Electrician: 3Painter (General): 42. Bhusawal ClusterCarriage and Wagon depotFitter: 107Welder (Gas and Electric): 12Machinist: 3Electric Loco shedFitter: 38Electrician: 38Welder (Gas and Electric): 4Electric Locomotive WorkshopadvertisementElectrician: 56Fitter: 53Welder (Gas and Electric): 7Programming and Systems Administration Assistant: 2Manmad WorkshopFitter: 27Turner: 3Machinist: 7Welder (Gas and Electric): 7Mechanic (Motor Vehicle): 1Mechanic Diesel: 4Painter (General): 2TMW Nasik RoadFitter: 10Machinist: 4Welder (Gas and Electric): 6Electrician: 26Carpenter: 2Mechanic Diesel: 23. Pune ClusterCarriage and Wagon depotFitter: 20Machinist: 3Welder (Gas and Electric): 3Painter (General): 2Carpenter: 3Diesel Loco shedMechanic Diesel: 55Electrician: 55Welder (Gas and Electric): 8Machinist: 2Painter (General): 14. Nagpur ClusterElectric Loco Shed, AjniElectrician: 33Electronics Mechanic: 15Carriage and Wagon depotFitter: 51Painter (General): 1Welder (Gas and Electric): 5Carpenter: 25. Solapur ClusterCarriage and Wagon depotFitter: 54Carpenter: 2Machinist: 4Welder (Gas and Electric): 8Painter (General): 3Mechanic Diesel: 2Kurduwadi WorkshopFitter: 7Machinist: 5Welder (Gas and Electric): 4Carpenter: 2Painter (General): 3Eligibility criteria:Educational qualification:Interested and eligible candidates should be matriculate or class 10th pass with minimum 50 per cent aggregate from a recognised board or university.Also, a candidate should possess National Trade Certificate in the notified trade issued by the National Council for Vocational Training or Provisional Certificate issued by National Council for Vocational Training/State Council for Vocational Training.Age limit:The candidates should not exceed the maximum age limit of 24 yearsHowever, applicants from reserved category will get age relaxation as per government normsUpper age limit is relaxed by 05 years in case of SC/ST candidates and 3 years in case of OBC candidatesSelection procedure:The selection will be done on the basis of a merit list.How to apply:Interested candidates can apply on the official website of Central Railways, the link for which is rrccr.com.Application fee:General/OBC: Rs 100SC/ST/PWD/Women candidates: NilNote: The payment can be made by using debit card /credit card/Internet Banking/SBI Challan etc. by providing information as asked on the screen.Important date:The last date to apply is July 25.Read: Railway Recruitment Cell is hiring sports persons; last date to apply August 10last_img read more