TORONTO (AP) — DeMar DeRozan’s big game put the Toronto Raptors in a place they’ve never been before: up 2-0 in a playoff series.DeRozan matched his career playoff-high with 37 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 19 points and 14 rebounds and the Raptors beat the Washington Wizards 130-119 on Tuesday night as Toronto took a 2-0 lead in a playoff series for the first time in franchise history.“I didn’t go out there planning to score 37 points, I went out there to be aggressive,” DeRozan said.Kyle Lowry had 13 points and a career playoff-high 12 assists as Toronto set team playoff records for points in a quarter, a half, and a game.C.J. Miles scored 18, Delon Wright had 11 and Serge Ibaka 10 for the Raptors, who snapped an NBA-worst 10-game losing streak in Game 1s with a 114-106 win on Saturday.DeRozan, whose 37th point came on a friendly roll on a fourth quarter free throw, equalled his total from Game 3 of the second round against Cleveland last year. It was his 12th career 30-point game in the postseason. The Raptors are 9-3 in those games.“I though DeMar was super on the offensive end,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. “We needed every point. He did an excellent job of reading what the defense was doing to him and making them pay.”Lowry called DeRozan “an MVP-type caliber player.”Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) shoots as Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam (43) defends during the second half of Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Tuesday, April 17, 2018, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)DeRozan missed his first two shots but connected on 14 of his final 21 attempts, including three of six from long range. He also converted a four-point play.“When he’s making 3’s, he’s very tough to guard,” Washington’s John Wall said of DeRozan.Toronto, which made a team playoff record 16 3-pointers Saturday, connected on 13 of 35 from long range in Game 2, making only two in the second half.Wall scored 29 points, Mike Scott had a career playoff-high 20 and Ty Lawson 14 for the Wizards, who host Game 3 on Friday night.“We’re the team that’s in the hole, we’re the team that’s desperate, but we have a lot of confidence,” Wall said. “We’re not down on ourselves at all.”Wizards guard Bradley Beal missed eight of 11 shots and finished with nine points. Beal had more fouls in the first half (three) than made baskets (two).“We need him,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. “We’re going to have trouble beating this team if he doesn’t play better.”Trailing 100-90 to begin the fourth quarter, the Wizards cut it to 108-103 with 7:52 left on back-to-back 3-pointers by Scott and Lawson, and a pair of free throws from Wall.Miles stopped the run with a long 3, Toronto’s first of the second half, and the Raptors put it away with a 17-4 spurt over the next four minutes. The sellout crowd roared when DeRozan forced a turnover and saved the ball from going out of bounds, then passed to Lowry who fed Wright for an alley-oop dunk with 3:38 left, putting Toronto up 125-107.Raptors guard Fred VanVleet returned after sitting out Game 1 because of a bruised right shoulder, but looked rusty in three minutes of action at the start of the second quarter, airballing a shot and mishandling a pass before being replaced by Lowry. VanVleet did not play in the second half.“He was tentative, he was just too tentative,” Casey said. “I felt like we had to get him out and let him rest a little bit more. He just wasn’t ready.”Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) slips with the ball in hand as Toronto Raptors forward OG Anunoby (3) defends during the second half of Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Tuesday, April 17, 2018, in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)Toronto set a team playoff record with 44 points in the first quarter, including 13 from DeRozan, and led 44-27 after one. All five starters made at least one 3-pointer as the Raptors shot 7 for 13 from long range.“Seven 3s in a quarter, that got the momentum going,” Brooks said.Brooks called two timeouts to try and slow Toronto, to little effect, while Wizards guards Wall and Beal each picked up two early fouls, forcing them to the bench.“That kind of hurt us and they took full advantage of that,” Wall said.Miles made three 3-pointers and scored 11 points in the second and DeRozan added seven as Toronto broke its playoff record for points in a half by taking a 76-58 lead at halftime.Wall scored 14 points in the third while Toronto shot 0 for 7 from 3-point range, allowing the Wizards to cut it to 100-90 heading to the fourth.TIP-INSWizards: Wall went 11 for 11 at the free throw line. … Ian Mahinmi was called for a flagrant foul on a driving Ibaka in the second. … Lawson made his Wizards debut in the first, replacing Wall.Raptors: The Raptors used 13 players, including G-League MVP Lorenzo Brown. … Toronto’s previous high for points in a quarter of a playoff game was 39, set against Orlando in 2008. Their previous high for points in a half was 63, set against Miami in 2016. … The Raptors had 10 assists on 16 made baskets in the first. … Valanciunas had eight rebounds in the opening quarter. … The Raptors also took a double-digit lead in the first quarter of Game 1. … Coach Dwane Casey celebrated his 61st birthday.VOTER FRAUDBrooks had this to say about DeRozan and Lowry: “Both of those guards are All-Stars for a reason. Maybe next year I won’t vote for them.”DOUBLE FEATUREValanciunas had 12 points and 12 rebounds in the first half. It was his 12th playoff double-double, matching Antonio Davis for the most in Raptors history.EXPENSIVE SPILLThe game was briefly halted in the second after a vendor spilled several cans of beer along the sideline opposite Toronto’s bench.UP NEXTGame 3 is Friday night in Washington.—By IAN HARRISON , Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shares
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Playing basketball seemed trivial to the Spurs following the death of Erin Popovich.They competed as best they could Thursday night. It just wasn’t enough against Golden State, again.Kevin Durant had 26 points, nine rebounds and six assists, and the Warriors beat San Antonio 110-97 for a 3-0 series lead over the Spurs, who were still reeling from the death of Gregg Popovich’s wife.“It was a perfect setup for a letdown,” Golden State forward Draymond Green said. “I don’t say that to be insensitive at all to the situation. We all take this basketball stuff serious and we want to win, but when you start talking life and death, a game doesn’t matter. But yet we still wanted to come out and try to win the game.”The Warriors can close the first-round series with a win Sunday afternoon in San Antonio in Game 4.“It’s hard to think about that for me, personally, right now because there is other stuff bigger than basketball,” Spurs veteran Tony Parker said.The Spurs were playing a day after the death of Erin Popovich, who passed away after battling an undisclosed long-term illness. Erin and Gregg Popovich were married four decades and have two children and two grandchildren.Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9) goes up for a shot as San Antonio Spurs’ Danny Green (14) and Dejounte Murray (5) defend during the first half of Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series in San Antonio, Thursday, April 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)San Antonio did not air a video tribute or hold a moment of silence for Erin in an apparent attempt to make the game as routine as possible for its players, but that was impossible.Coach Popovich was not in his customary position roaming the sidelines, choosing instead to be with his family. San Antonio assistant Ettore Messina coached the team in Popovich’s place.“We are all hurting,” Spurs veteran Manu Ginobili said after the morning shootaround. “We want to be next to Pop, we want to support him, but we’ve got to go out there and compete today. But, for sure, we are toiling. It’s not an easy day to be here.”Ginobili and Parker said it was tough to play basketball following Erin’s passing, but the team’s goal was to compete and play with the grit Popovich has always demanded of them.Parker, who said Erin and Gregg were a mother and father to him when he entered the league as a 19-year-old, lived up to those wishes. Parker, who averaged 2.0 points in the first two games, finished with 16 points in 17 minutes.LaMarcus Aldridge led San Antonio with 18 points and 10 rebounds.The Spurs had an emotional start, but could not sustain it against the talented Warriors.“This was about what I expected,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said. “First half they were getting after us like they did in Game 2 and we stayed with it, we had some bursts. The whole point is take care of the ball and defend over 48 minutes and things should work out.”Already on the edge of their seats for the first home game of the playoffs, fans erupted when Rudy Gay threw down a one-handed dunk over Golden State’s JaVale McGee. The cheering was nearly constant as the Spurs scored the game’s first six points before the Warriors began to settle in.Durant and Klay Thompson shot down San Antonio’s chances.Thompson added 19 points, including 3-for-6 shooting on 3s.Golden State closed the first half on a 20-9 run to eliminate a five-point deficit and take a 52-46 lead. Durant had 17 points in the first half to counter 10 points each from Gay and Parker.Gay finished with 11 points.The Warriors opened 1 for 14 on 3-pointers. Golden State finished 10 for 32 on 3s.“Well, when the 3s are not going, we’ve just got to continue moving the ball and getting open looks,” Thompson said. “But if we’re getting open looks, they’re eventually going to fall, and we rely on our defense when we’re not making shots. Our defense can be a constant for us, shouldn’t always dictate how hard you play.”Green added 10 points, six rebounds, seven assists and four blocked shots.TIP-INSWarriors: Durant rolled his ankle at midcourt with about 4 1/2 minutes remaining but rose on his own after remaining on the court for less than a minute. Kerr said Durant and Shaun Livingston, who also rolled his ankle moments later, are both fine and will play in Game 4.. . Warriors G Stephen Curry did not play but sat behind the team’s bench as he continues to rehabilitate a sprained knee. Curry is expected to return for the second round, if the Warriors advance. … McGee started after being listed as questionable with a bruised left quadriceps. He had six points and four rebounds in 15 minutes.Spurs: Messina was coaching his first NBA playoff game, but he has won more than 10 titles in the Euroleague, Russian SuperLeague and Italian League. … Dejounte Murray had nine points and four assists in 16 minutes.FOND MEMORIESKerr has been a friend of the Popovich family since his days playing for the Spurs at the turn of the century. In fact, Kerr grew so close with Erin Popovich that he almost got his longtime friend in trouble.“Erin was sort of the balance that Pop needed,” Kerr said. “I still remember when he traded me to Portland in 2001, he called me up to tell me the news (and) he said, ‘I don’t think I can go home, because Erin is gonna be so mad at me for trading you.’ ”—By RAUL DOMINGUEZ , Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shares
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Celebrating Liverpool’s stoppage-time winner by covering his left eye, Roberto Firmino was finally able to jest about the injury that nearly denied him a chance to face Paris Saint-Germain.Assurances the scratch on the cornea had cleared up only came hours before kickoff in the Champions League on Tuesday.“I can open the eye again,” Firmino told Juergen Klopp, according to his manager after the 3-2 victory.Firmino still had to bide his time to play, starting on the bench and watching as Liverpool threw away a two-goal lead. Firmino had been on the pitch 11 minutes by the time Kylian Mbappe equalized for the French champions in the 83rd minute.But the French World Cup winner’s carelessness at the other end allowed Firmino to provide a thrilling climax to a pulsating night at Anfield to open Group C.Mbappe was dispossessed by James Milner and Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk combined to feed the ball to Firmino. The Brazil forward, who injured his eye against Tottenham on Saturday, now had the vision to find the space to weave through the defense and strike the ball low into the net.“The day before yesterday there was no chance (he could play) and yesterday it didn’t look well,” Klopp said. “This morning he came in and said ‘I’m fine.’”A PSG fan wears a mask depicting US President Donald Trump in the stands ahead of the Champions League Group C soccer match between Liverpool and Paris-Saint-Germain at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, England, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)It all made for painful viewing for PSG coach Thomas Tuchel in his first Champions League game with the French champions. Conceding in the first minute of stoppage time at the end of an electrifying encounter at Liverpool is just what happened when Tuchel’s Borussia Dortmund was beaten 4-3 by Klopp’s side in the Europa League quarterfinals in 2016.“This is what Liverpool do,” Tuchel said. “They press you and they make it hard for you in possession.”Four months after the five-time European champions lost last season’s final to Real Madrid, Liverpool showed its credentials to challenge for the title again by finding a way to tame Neymar and Mbappe for much of the game.“He’s got to work hard to try to improve,” Tuchel said of Mbappe.Left back Andy Robertson, who repelled Mbappe’s forays down the right, also showed his attacking ability by setting up the opener. A cross from Robertson was headed in by Daniel Sturridge 30 minutes into his first Champions League start since playing for Chelsea in 2012.“We are good at getting in people’s faces,” Robertson said, “especially at home to make it uncomfortable.”Milner, who was Liverpool’s tireless engine in midfield, then stepped up to the penalty spot when Georginio Wijnaldum was tripped by Juan Bern, doubling the lead in the 36th minute.“We conceded goals in the first half,” Tuchel said, “but we never lost our confidence.”That was evident when Thomas Meunier sliced into the net in the 40th minute, and PSG avoided a bigger deficit when Mohamed Salah’s goal in the 67th was ruled out for Sturridge sinking his studs into goalkeeper Alphonse Areola in the buildup.PSG’s Thomas Meunier, left, scores his sides first goal during the Champions League Group C soccer match between Liverpool and Paris-Saint-Germain at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, England, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)Salah, Liverpool’s top scorer last season, had a low-key game and it was his misplaced pass that gifted PSG a chance to equalize. Substitute Julian Draxler took the ball forward and released Neymar, who was challenged by van Dijk as he broke into the area. Mbappe seized on the loose ball and fired into the bottom corner.“In the second half I think we showed a bit more personality,” PSG defender Thiago Silva said. “But in a match like this, where the level is high, you always have to be focused, because the other team can score at any given moment.”As Firmino showed after Liverpool seized on Mbappe’s misfortune to make it six wins out of six in all competitions this season.“We lost a ball that usually we don’t lose,” Thiago Silva said, “and we were punished for that mistake.”PSG is rarely so troubled at home, already sitting five points clear by winning the opening five games of its French title defense. The harder task is wining the Champions League for the first time.“Maybe today we could have displayed a little bit more aggression,” Tuchel said. “Maybe we need to improve in our intensity in some areas of the field.”—By ROB HARRIS , AP Global Soccer WriterLiverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold, right, competes for the ball with PSG’s Neymar during the Champions League Group C soccer match between Liverpool and Paris-Saint-Germain at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, England, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)TweetPinShare0 Shares
NEW YORK (AP) — Vladislav Namestnikov snapped a tie in the third period, and the New York Rangers beat the New Jersey Devils 4-2 on Saturday night to stop a six-game slide.Ryan Strome had two goals and an assist and Libor Hajek scored his first NHL goal for the Rangers, who hadn’t won since beating the Devils in their previous meeting on Feb. 23. Namestnikov also had two assists, and Henrik Lundqvist made 22 saves.Damon Severson and Blake Coleman scored first-period goals for New Jersey, which has lost six in a row. Cory Schneider made 37 saves.New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) deflects the puck as New Jersey Devils’ Eric Tangradi looks for a rebound during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, March 9, 2019, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/ Bill Kostroun)The Devils carried a 2-1 lead into the third, but Hajek got a cross-ice pass from Strome and wristed a shot past Schneider on the glove side at 1:29.Namestnikov then made it 3-2 when he scored his 10th of the season at 13:25 off a pass from Mika Zibanejad. Strome added an empty-netter.Trailing 2-0 after the first, the Rangers controlled play for most of the second and got on the board late in the period.Kevin Shattenkirk’s shot from just inside the blue line was deflected by Strome, who scored his 12th at 18:22. The Rangers outshot the Devils 14-2 for the period, but Schneider was sharp for New Jersey.The Devils got off to a fast start.New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist stops the puck during the first period of the team’s NHL hockey game against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday, March 9, 2019, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/ Bill Kostroun)First, Severson’s shot from the right point got past Lundqvist for his 10th of the season 16:26 into the first. Then New Jersey ended its lengthy power-play drought when Coleman deflected Will Butcher’s shot for his 19th of the season at 19:49. The Devils had come up empty on their previous 25 power plays.Down, not out.The @NYRangers complete the @dunkindonuts NHL Comeback! pic.twitter.com/8YH488FjwM— NHL (@NHL) March 10, 2019NOTES: Devils F Travis Zajac reached 500 points with his first-period assist. He is the fourth player in franchise history to reach the mark. … New Jersey, which is without several forwards because of injuries, recalled forwards Eric Tangradi and Brandon Gignac from Binghamton of the AHL. … Rangers defenseman Marc Staal was scratched. … The Rangers agreed to terms with goaltender Adam Huska on an entry-level contract. He appeared in 69 games in the past three seasons with UConn. Huska was a seventh-round selection in the 2015 draft.UP NEXTDevils: Continue their six-game trip Tuesday night at Calgary.Rangers: Open four-game trip at Edmonton on Monday night.By: Simmi Buttar, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
Team president Cam Neely said Cassidy did a good job during the season integrating new players into the lineup because of injuries. The Hockey Hall of Famer said Cassidy’s ability to communicate with the players was a key to his success.“He’s got an open door policy; I think he communicates well — not only with the veteran leadership group but also the other younger players,” Neely said. “I think in today’s game, you can’t just stick someone in a hole and tell them what to do and think they’re going do it. I think it takes a lot more communication.”Cassidy, 54, was a defenseman who played 36 games over six seasons for the Chicago Blackhawks. He had a 47-53-9 record in his first head coaching stint, with the Washington Capitals from 2002-04, before he was fired 25 games into his second season.“As for getting a second chance, you never know. I always hoped I’d get one,” he said. “I think every coach will tell you that … they’d like to learn from their mistakes and get another kick at the can. I did, thankful for it and it’s worked out well so far.”TweetPinShare0 Shares BOSTON — The Boston Bruins signed coach Bruce Cassidy to a multiyear contract extension Wednesday, a reward for leading the team to the Stanley Cup Final in just his second full season on the bench.“I think it’s a good marriage,” Cassidy said at the team’s training facility the day before training camp begins. “I think it’s worked well for both sides. So, for me, it’s where I wanted to be.”Cassidy took over when Claude Julien was fired during the 2016-17 season and led Boston to an 18-9 record the rest of the way. He was kept on and given a three-year deal that had one year remaining.Terms of the extension were not disclosed. But general manager Don Sweeney said it was important to the team to have the new deal worked out before the start of camp.“Peace of mind not only for Butch, but for ourselves and probably the players a little bit too,” he said. “He’s earned the right to lead this club.”In all, Cassidy is 117-74 as the Bruins coach, leading them to back-to-back 100-point seasons. Boston reached Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final in June, losing to the St. Louis Blues 4-1.
Green Hills Software has achieved certification of conformance of its INTEGRITY-178 Time-Variant Unified Multi Processing (tuMP) real-time operating system to the Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) Technical Standard edition 3.0. The certification covers both the Safety Base profile and the Security profile. The INTEGRITY-178 tuMP RTOS is the first software component of any type to be certified conformant to edition 3.0, which underscores the commitment of Green Hills Software for certification to open standards.Version 3.0 of the FACE Technical Standard represents a major improvement over the prior version 2.1.1 in that it addresses the use of multicore processors in safety-critical applications. The technical standard now requires any Operating System Segment (OSS) that claims support for multicore partitions to meet ARINC-653 Part 1 Supplement 4, including the requirement for multicore operation as defined in Section 2: “Multiple processes within a partition scheduled to execute concurrently on different processor cores.” In ARINC-653, each application is called a partition and has its own memory space.Asymmetric Multi-Processing (AMP), the simplest software architecture in a multicore-based system, is not sufficient to meet the requirements of Supplement 4. INTEGRITY-178 tuMP is the only certified FACE-compliant operating system to meet the requirements of ARINC-653 Supplement 4, and it does so with the availability of Bound Multi-Processing (BMP) in addition to AMP and Symmetric Multi-Processing (SMP). By definition, BMP is an enhanced and restricted form of SMP that can statically bind an application’s ARINC-653 processes (i.e., tasks) to a specific set of cores, allowing the system architect to more tightly control the concurrent operation of multiple cores. INTEGRITY-178 tuMP allows the system developers to bind ARINC-653 processes within an application to a core using an API or using the system configuration file. In addition, INTEGRITY-178 tuMP meets the ARINC-653 Part 2 Supplement 3 requirements for SMP operation.INTEGRITY-178 tuMP supports all combinations of AMP, SMP, and BMP in a time-partitioned manner (i.e., Time-Variant Unified Multi-Processing) on a multicore processor. Meeting worst-case execution times (WCET) while multiple cores are executing concurrently can be very challenging no matter the choice of AMP, SMP, or BMP. Contention from multiple cores trying to access a given shared resource, such as memory or I/O, can create interference between cores. Certification authorities have emphasized their concerns about such interference by including objectives for interference identification, mitigation, and verification in the CAST-32A position paper. As a true multicore IMA operating system with a proven 8+ year service history, INTEGRITY-178 tuMP includes both a fully capable multicore scheduler and support for bandwidth allocation and management of shared processor resource access. The supported bandwidth management technique emulates a high-rate hardware-based approach to ensure continuous allocation enforcement.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Ethernet is key to the autonomous vehicleNext IAR Systems to showcase offering for IoT security, automotive functional safety and RISC-V
Continue Reading Previous Renesas and Miromico bring to market enhanced LoRa module based on Synergy platformNext Bulgin: programmable smart connector for harsh environments At embedded world, Maxim Integrated Products will demonstrate how it is empowering design innovation by showcasing leading-edge analog technology for wearable healthcare, IoT and security applications. Maxim will host demos at the booths of two of its distribution partners, EBV and Avnet Silica, and will have experts available to discuss ways to achieve rich functionality, stingy power consumption and tiny form factors. Maxim Demos at EBV’s booth include:Wearable Healthcare: See how solutions including Health Sensor Platform 2.0 and MAX-HEALTH-BAND can help designers extract highly accurate vital signs from wearable designs.IoT: Experience the lowest power GPS solution on the market (RF + baseband) featuring the MAX2769C universal GNSS receiver for battery-powered designs and view new products such as a low-power Arm Cortex-M4 processor-based microcontroller with Bluetooth 5, a nanoPower buck converter, analog building blocks and an RF transmitter.Security: Learn how Maxim can easily and more securely enable MQTT cloud connectivity with the MAXQ1062 DeepCover cryptographic controller for embedded devices. With ChipDNA-based authentication ICs, embedded security within the DARWIN microcontroller family and secure microcontrollers for mobile POS systems, Maxim offers a full portfolio of solutions to secure next-generation IoT devices.Visitors can register online for a free MAX32660-EVSYS board and claim a board with a printed copy of the registration form. With the board, users can evaluate the MAX32660 ultra-low-power Arm Cortex-M4 with floating-point unit-based microcontroller for wearables and IoT sensors. Visitors can see Maxim’s nanoPower watch demo and have a chance to take home either a MAX17222EVKIT or MikroElektronika Thermo 6 click featuring the MAX31875 temperature sensor (while supplies last).Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components
Sundance Multiprocessor Technology has launched the Sundance VCS-1, a small, high performance, low power and lightweight embedded processor platform designed specifically for precision robotics incorporating complex, real-time vision, control and sensor applications. Utilizing the PC/104 form factor, which measures just 90 x 96mm, to provide industry-standard compatibility and expandability, the Sundance VCS-1 embedded processor module is optimized for computer vision, Edge AI and Deep Learning requirements. It weighs just 300g, has a low power consumption of typically 15W and is highly compatible with a wide range of commercially available sensors and actuators.At the processing heart of the Sundance VCS-1 is a Xilinx Zynq MPSoC which is mounted on to the PC/104 board using a System-on-Module. It incorporates an ARM Cortex A53 64-bit quad-core processor combining real-time control through engines for graphics, video, waveform, and acceleration with an FPGA. These include an ARM Mali 400 graphics processing unit (GPU) for graphics acceleration, an ARM Cortex R5 Real-Time Processing Unit (RPU) for managing real-time events and the programmable FPGA logic for hardware acceleration of AI algorithms used for on-the-fly image processing.The Sundance VCS-1 features extensive I/O capabilities made available through the Sundance External Interface Card (SEIC), including multiple USB3 interfaces for interfacing various cameras and sensors such as the Intel RealSense T265 tracking camera, Intel RealSense D435 and Stereo Labs Zed depth cameras and FLIR AX-8 thermal camera. It can also connect with most Arduino and Raspberry Pi actuators and sensors. A further interface enables it to mimic PC with HDMI display, SATA storage and Ethernet networking. An onboard ADC is available to gather data from an external sensor and there is an onboard DAC to control servos etc. A large selection of I/O standards is also implemented directly on the programmable logic to reduce the latency between the various supported cameras, sensors and servos.Extensive software support is provided for precision robotics solutions including the ROS Melodic Morenia (ROS compatible and ROS2 ready) robotics platform, MQTT machine-to-machine connectivity protocol, OpenCV computer vision library of real-time programming functions, the Xilinx’s Edge-AI solutions and the Python scripting language. Also supported are the Ubuntu operating system, Xilinx SDSoC environment, TULIPP’s STHEM toolchain and Xilinx DPU (deep learning processing unit) for convolutional neural networks. The Sundance VCS-1 is available in a custom enclosure, the PC/104-Blade, designed to remove the need for any fans and provide a rugged environment for building embedded applications for resilient precision robotics.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous RIGOL announces new 2 GHz MSO8000 series digital oscilloscopeNext Will EDA-style verification methods enhance autonomous vehicle safety?
Diego Maradona is offering USD 10,000 award to anyone who helps him identify the person who spread the rumour that the football legend passed away after Argentina vs Nigeria match on Tuesday.The fear of Maradona’s well-being arose after the former footballer had to be helped from his seat after Argentina defeated Nigeria 2-1 to qualify for the knockouts.In the video posted on Twitter, a man can be seen helping Maradona to stay on his feet as he was led away from his seat overlooking the pitch and into an adjacent room.Maradona stable after needing medical attention at #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/tf0XIPRh72The Sportz Zone (@SportzGlobal) June 27, 2018The death rumour was then spread by a WhatsApp voice message. The message claimed that Maradona was admitted to a hospital after the match and had died of cardiac arrest.”I gave instructions to make public the decision to offer a reward of 300,000 pesos (around $10,000) to anyone who can provide true and accurate information about the author of the audios,” Maradona’s lawyer Matias Morla told Argentina’s Clarin daily.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEMaradona, however, after the match clarified that he was perfectly fine.”I’m perfect. I’ve never been better,” he told reporters.”I want to tell everyone that I am fine, that I am not, neither was I interned,” Maradona posted on Instagram.”In the halftime of the game against Nigeria, my neck hurt a lot and I suffered a decompensation. I was checked by a doctor and he recommended me to go home before the second half, but I wanted to stay because we were risking it all. How could I leave? I send a kiss to everyone, thanks for the support!”advertisementHis lawyer cleared to the media that Maradona’s poor health was a result of “a spike” in blood pressure.”It’s a subject that at one time alarmed him. It’s no secret how he lives through a game. How he lived them as a player is how he lives them as a fan.”ROUND OF 16 LINEUP & SCHEDULEHe also shared the doctors had advised Maradona to not stay for the second half of the match.”The doctors told him to rest, not to stay for the second half of the Argentina-Nigeria match, but asking that of Maradona is like asking a son not to love his mother.””For Diego, the team is Dona Tota (his mother), and he will never let her on her own,” he said.
Hamza Shahbaz Sharif is looking good. Twenty-four hours before the verdict that will convict his three-time prime minister uncle Nawaz Sharif, and fiery first cousin Maryam, Hamza, 42, who works out every day and sports his standard issue Ferrogamos with a blue shalwar kameez, is about to give his first,Hamza Shahbaz Sharif is looking good. Twenty-four hours before the verdict that will convict his three-time prime minister uncle Nawaz Sharif, and fiery first cousin Maryam, Hamza, 42, who works out every day and sports his standard issue Ferrogamos with a blue shalwar kameez, is about to give his first interview in eons.With just over two weeks left before the July 25 election, and his party under constant fire, Hamza has been keeping a low profile. But now he emerges, as it is finally evident that he and his father, Shehbaz-the three-time chief minister of Punjab province, younger brother and able deputy to Nawaz-are largely in the clear in this land of judicial filibustering and camouflaged coups.With the legal disabling of the ‘other’ Sharifs (who were still in London at the time this article went to print, tending to Nawaz’s wife but promising to return by Friday the 13th, just 12 days before the polls, and expected to be arrested upon arrival and helicoptered straight to jail), the political reality at 180-H Model Town, Lahore-the secretariat of the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz), the only party in the country named after a living man-is clear: Hamza’s time has come. The obsequious army of valets, bureaucrats and advisors around him is definitely behaving like they believe it. But Hamza, a three-time member of the national assembly, and the chief electoral operator of the party, won’t actually admit it.In the PMLN, not praising Nawaz-the 68-year-old who now faces 10 years of jail and another 10 years of political winter as he stands disqualified to run for public office after he’s completed his sentence for “living beyond means”-or elevating yourself is unwise. It’s also a breach of the rules.advertisementIf I’m not loyal to my brother, who am I going to be loyal to?- Shehbaz Sharif, Brother of Nawaz SharifThe truth is, Nawaz is still a vote-getter. His absence from the rallies his party leaders have been holding has been felt. Shehbaz has been trying to keep up the momentum, with his dramatic speeches and rolled-up sleeves, but a recent Gallup poll placed the PMLN only marginally ahead of Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI), while other surveys upped Khan’s position, creating a lack of clarity, at least in Punjab-the bustling province of over a 100 million which must be taken for any kind of shot at the centre.Importantly, senior PMLN leaders are standing by keenly for the moment when Nawaz will come to their constituencies, pump his fists and thumb his nose at the establishment. They are waiting for his exquisitely-timed salvos-about the enabling of the Mumbai attacks, about puppeteer space aliens (the new code word for the army in Pakistan) and about why he was removed in the first place (the over-memed “Mujhe Kyoon Nikala”)-a routine that has been swelling PMLN support for months, creating mammoth crowds at rallies and sympathetic editorials in the dailies.But now, with the conviction of the two most powerful members of Pakistan’s longest-ruling political dynasty after a 10-month trial over the Sharifs’ Mayfair properties, that moment may never come. Nawaz has been removed from the election map, along with his heir apparent and PR chief, Maryam.Ominously, after the convictions were handed out to Nawaz, Maryam and her estranged husband Safdar, the absence of any serious protests in favour of Nawaz, especially in his hometown of Lahore, while not reminiscent of the distribution of mithai (when he was removed by Pervez Musharraf in 1999), reflected a muted acceptance of a fait accompli: For now, Nawaz Sharif is history. Man of the moment Imran Khan addressing supporters in Karachi ahead of general elections. (Photo: Reuters)Still, Hamza puts up a brave face. In his interview, he borrows tactics from his father’s nuanced playbook, and drops his uncle’s aggressive dictionary-“governance through consultative process”, “the army’s great sacrifices”, etc.-but he doesn’t, can’t, disown his confrontational uncle and cousin, who’ve been creating havoc in national security and judicial circles for months, if not years. He thinks that he’s sharp enough to pull his voters past the post on election day, but he won’t utter the magic words that may get him the establishment’s blessings.”We may have a difference of opinion with him, but Nawaz Sharif is still the Quaid [leader] of the party,” he says. And the feedback I get after the airing of the interview from a close watcher in Rawalpindi, the home of the army: “He’s a good lad. But it’s curtains for the Sharifs.”advertisementHOUSE OF SHARDSAfter being disqualified from office in July 2017, Nawaz had almost a year to manoeuvre. Instead, he embarked on a self-immolating mission to settle scores, and that too with a slighted military. As he went on the warpath, installing a token PM instead of letting his efficient brother take over the reins, Nawaz-goaded on by Maryam and her media machine of trolls, spokespersons, anchors and ministers who reported to her, not the party-created the biggest victim of his own fall: Shehbaz.Broadly tolerated by the military, genuinely respected by the bureaucracy, naturally more media savvy, a speaker of Mandarin, German and Turkish, the works-18-hour-days dynamo that is Shehbaz Sharif was edged out of succession by his brother. As 2017 became 2018, and a campaign of anti-military innuendo became a blazing, non-stop, social and mainstream media army-bashing fest-so much so that serving ISI generals and brigadiers are called out by name as political engineers by the Nawaz machine on prime-time TV-Shehbaz, the eternal good cop, kept apologising about his brother’s rants and his niece’s tirades, remained on the back foot about the spiralling tensions with the establishment, and increasingly lost his backdoor access to General Headquarters, the home of the army.Even when Nawaz grudgingly installed him as party chief, Shehbaz remained powerless against the parallel headquarters run by Maryam. And then trusted aides were picked up on corruption charges; favoured journalists and bloggers disappeared; opposition leaders derided Shehbaz’s inability to stand up to the disgraced Nawaz. In Rawalpindi, Shehbaz was written off as an invertebrate, not ready for a bigger platform that was his to step up to and take. But, clearly, the traditions of the Sharif household came first for Shehbaz: “If I’m not loyal to my brother, who am I going to be loyal to?” he told me in an interview earlier this year.Moreover, Nawaz’s longest-serving deputy and former interior minister Nisar Ali Khan, a pro-military member of the party who was close to Shehbaz, was also pushed out after tensions with Maryam, cutting off a vital link with Rawalpindi and creating a rupture of electoral defections, widening what I call Pakistan’s biggest divide: The Garrison Gap.Duly assisted by his eldest, Hamza-though not the entire PMLN machine (half of which reports to Maryam)-Shehbaz’s only traction now, in a fractured party which is missing its primary weapon, Nawaz, is getting the actual vote.I will bet you my last shirt that Nawaz is going to go.- Imran Khan, Chairman, Pakistan Tehreek-e-InsaafRISE OF KHANBut there is a 65-year-old rock in the way of 66-year-old Shehbaz. This summer, Imran Ahmad Khan Niazi celebrated 22 years of the founding of his PTI. Once termed as a vanity project, a gentlemen’s club, then a cult, and now scorned as the ‘King’s Party’-liberal code for being military-backed-the Pakistan Tahreek-e-Insaf, translated as Movement for Justice, has become that for its millions of followers. Today, Khan is polling higher than he’s ever polled in any surveys in the past, and given most of the credit for disabling Sharif. But he didn’t just get here on his own. The winds of change were with him.advertisementHere’ a killer statistic, literally. Pakistan’s never voted an incumbent back to power. By hook or crook, by bombing or ballot, by coup or craft, Pakistan doesn’t vote, nor allows its leaders, back into consecutive terms.But around early 2016, just before the Panama Leaks disclosed details about his offshore companies, Nawaz was looking like he was all set for a comeback. He was signing energy deals across the region; he was taking credit for anti-terror operations; he was crushing it with his Kashmir speeches at the UN; with the China Pakistan Economic Corridor in his sights, he had even managed to brush off the flak that came from the surprise birthday visit of Narendra Modi in late 2015, all the while his brother went into overdrive with vote-magnet projects in the Punjab.Disavowed after a messy divorce and an anti-climatic months-long protest, Khan was lost in the wilderness in early 2016. But with the Leaks, Khan came back to life. He tweeted, rallied, protested and repeated his anti-corruption campaign against the Sharifs, swearing their London flats were from ill-gotten gains. First, nobody really got it. Offshore companies? Didn’t all rich folks have them? London apartments? Hadn’t the Sharifs lived there for ages? Soon, ‘Panama’ became ‘Pajama’, a meme for morons. But Khan didn’t relent.Sharif overplayed his hand. After the heavy-handed crushing of a protest Khan had planned in Islamabad in 2016, coupled with a dangerously timed leak to an anti-establishment reporter about the military’s links with militant groups, the tide turned, and the establishment went to battle stations. Enter, the courts, which started the Panama proceedings in earnest. Throughout the first half of 2017, Khan was only to be found at the Supreme Court, scribbling notes, doing pressers, tweeting about the forensic details of the Sharifs’ alleged financial malfeasance. Again, it was a case nobody thought would go anywhere. But dozens of hearings down the road, at the last one, a year ago, I spoke to Khan during the court’s recess in one of the chambers he had set up as his headquarters. Picking on a mango with a fork, he was ambitious, as usual. “I will bet you my last shirt that Nawaz is going to go,” he told me, like it was gospel. His lawyer, Naeem Bokhari, chimed in for effect: “He’s gone! Nawaz is caught behind by a fair judiciary! Bowled by Imran from the pavilion end!”THE ART OF THE POSSIBLEThey’re saying that if Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Sheikh Mujeeb broke Pakistan’s one-party system-and then Pakistan itself-in the 1970 polls, then this is the year that Khan-third-time husband, fourth-time contender, born-again-and-then-born-once-again Sufi-will break the two-party system dominated by the PMLN and the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) for decades. If politics is the art of the possible, then Khan is the only leader flirting with clear probabilities right now.With federal investigators summoning former president Asif Zardari of the PPP last week (for money laundering), with the assassination of Khan rival Haroon Bilour (member of the Awami National Party) by the Taliban, with the expected arrest of arch-rival Nawaz, and with the army’s plan of deploying the largest-ever contingent of troops for a general election (an unprecedented 371,000 troops inside and outside 80,000 polling stations), even Machiavelli would admit this week is looking like Khan owns it.But there is time, yet. And Khan has been blamed for misjudging before. Maybe that’s where the honourable judges will come to his aid, yet again. Or maybe, come election day, by the process of elimination, none of us will have much of a choice but to vote for Khan anyway.
Senior Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez is reportedly considering retirement after his demotion in the players’ central contract categories by the Pakistan Cricket Board.According to reports in local media, the batting all-rounder has taken his demotion as an insult as he has been performing up to the mark and has won several honours for his country.Hafeez, 37, has been one of PCB’s top category contract earners for quite a while but PCB on Monday replaced him with Babar Azam in the top category. Hafeez has now been dropped to category ‘B’ from ‘A’ in the annual central contact given to players for a period of one year.”Hafeez felt upset over the decision, and now he is disillusioned due to discriminatory treatment and, as a result, cannot continue to keep on playing. Mohammad Hafeez will not sign the central contract,” local media quoted the sources as saying.According to sources, Hafeez has expressed strong reservations over the new contract which demoted him to the second tier category.He has so far represented Pakistan in 50 Tests, 200 ODIs and 83 T20Is since making his international debut in 2003.This comes in after Hafeez refused to play the fifth ODI of the series against Zimbabwe after he was not included in the team for the first four matches of the series.On Monday, the PCB had announced new central contracts for the upcoming year July 2018- June 2019 by including a total of 33 players across five categories of the central contract. National team captain Sarfraz Ahmed, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Amir, Yasir Shah and Babar Azam were included in Category A.advertisementAhmed Shehzad, who was provisionally suspended for testing positive for a banned substance, failed to get a central contract.The PCB also announced 25 to 30 per cent increase in the monthly payment for each of its categories and also raised its players’ match fees by 20 percent across all categories.(With inputs from IANS)
Happy International Peace Day! The United Nations declared September 21 to be the International Day of Peace in 1981.Since then, this day has been observed as a reminder to everyone on Earth that we have only one planet – it is our only home and we should progress towards making it even more beautiful than it is already and not do any harm to any individual or group of people.2018 theme of International Peace DayTheme of International Peace Day 2018. (Image: internationaldayofpeace.org)Peace day 2018 celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: The Right to Peace.You may have heard about several insurgency operations and military initiatives taken by countries over the years, but these few initiatives, taken by the United Nations promote global peace.Here are some steps taken towards global peace:Art for Peace, KabulOn September 7, 2010, United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan launched ‘Art for Peace’, an initiative in war-torn Afghanistan. An exhibition of artworks created by young artists was held at Kabul’s famous Queen’s Palace.The exhibition aimed at reminding the upcoming generation of Afghanistan about their 2,500-year-old cultural background.Peace on Wheels, AfghanistanNadir Shah Nangarhari of Afghanistan started a bicycle trip for around 14,000 kilometres around Europe and America to spread the message of peace and global brotherhood.The Afghan government has identified the ace cyclist and his son as peace ambassadors and supports the initiative.Peaceful co-existence, IraqThe youths and children of Kirkuk, Iraq, gathered to take part in several sporting activities in August 2010. The event brought communities together and breathed a new life into the victims of military insurgencies.advertisementThe one-month sporting programme, held under the theme of ‘Love and Peaceful coexistence is the basis for peace in Kirkuk,’ aimed to educate the next generation about love, peace, and tolerance.Play for Peace, GazaEzbet Abed-Rabbo is a small settlement near the border of Israel and Gaza. Israel’s aggressive military actions had left the town devastated.A team of 25 psychologists and counsellors, appointed by the Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution, took heed of the situation and helped the children and members of the community with psychological treatment.Peace takes a flight, GazaChildren of Gaza fly kites to commemorate the earthquake and the tsunami disasters which hit Japan in 2011 during an event organized by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East in Gaza City. (Image: Getty Images)Around 7,000 kids made it to the Guinness Book of Records in August 2010 when they flew kites simultaneously on a beach in Northern Gaza to spread the message of togetherness and global peace.Project Amani, KenyaProject Amani is a peace initiative launched in Kenya to educate the people of the African country about the national progressive transformation and welcome them to be an active part of it.The Kenyan youths have been instrumental in the implementation of this initiative.Knowledge for all, SudanSudan is considered one of the most war-affected countries in the world at present. The country is filled with ex-combatants from the civil war that gave birth to South Sudan.In order to rehabilitate these former gunmen into a normal lifestyle, the German Technical Cooperation, an implementing partner of the UNDP Reintegration Programme, offers classes on subjects like maths, general science etc to such ex-combatants.READ| A call for peace: United Nations was set up today, 71 years agoREAD| ‘The World is one family’: Students from around the world extend peace message at international culture festivalInterested 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Shashank Manohar, the International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman, made a strong deposition as India’s witness and it marked the end of the three-day Dispute Resolution Forum hearing into Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) compensation claims.It is learnt that the three-member committee has kept its orders reserved as there have only been oral submissions from both parties.”Now there will be written submissions and after that the panel will write the order,” a senior Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) official told PTI on the condition of anonymity.PCB has claimed INR 447 crore compensation following allegations that the BCCI didn’t honour a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that required India to play six bilateral series between 2015 and 2023.”We are very happy how the cross examinations went. Today Manohar’s deposition was very strong. He deposed as India’s witness not as ICC chairman. Even all the other witnesses also put up a strong case,” the official said.Former external affairs minister Salman Khurshid was Tuesday cross-examined, during which he justified India’s refusal to play bilateral cricket with Pakistan.Khurshid, who was the external affairs minister during the UPA-II government which finished its term in 2014, was presented by the BCCI as one of its prime defence witnesses on the second day of the hearing that began Monday.Manohar, himself a lawyer, was the BCCI president when erstwhile PCB chairman Shahryar Khan had visited India to meet him in order to convince the BCCI for a bilateral series at neutral venues.”Manohar is very well versed how the e-mail signed by Sanjay Patel is not binding. He is well aware about contractual obligations in bipartite agreements,” the official said.advertisementIndia and Pakistan last played a bilateral series in 2012-13 when the 1992 world champions toured India for three ODIs and as two Twenty20 Internationals.The two arch-rivals play only in multi-nation tournaments organised by ICC and most recently played two matches at the Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates.(With inputs from PTI)
Paris, Nov 19 (AFP) French prosecutors have opened an investigation into claims Paris Saint-Germain subjected apprentices to racial profiling, breaking anti-discrimination laws. The alleged practice at the reigning French champions was first revealed by investigative website Mediapart. The club has already conducted an internal investigation and found “no proven case of discrimination”. Mediapart, citing information from Football Leaks documents, said that between 2013 and this year, PSG’s scouting department filled in recruitment forms on potential youth signings that included a section on ethnicity. The section offered four options: French, West Indian, North African, African.Documenting information on racial or ethnic origins is illegal in France. French Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu condemned the practice and said she was “shocked” at the revelations while the French Human Rights League, an anti-discrimination group, filed a legal complaint citing discrimination and racial profiling. Mediapart, part of the European Investigative Collaborations consortium which has studied the Football Leaks documents, said the controversy “blew up internally” in March 2014. That was in relation to the case of a 13-year-old player called Yann Gboho, who caught the eye of scouts while playing for FC Rouen in northern France. But despite his talent and potential, he was overlooked by the club after he was racially profiled as West Indian. The teenager, who is now a French youth international, was actually born in the Ivory Coast and not the West Indies. He eventually signed for another Ligue 1 club, Rennes. PSG said its own probe into the racial profile allegations had showed that the forms on which the information was requested were “the personal initiative” of the head of its scouting network outside the capital.advertisement The club’s internal report concluded: “Despite their existence, there was no process of discrimination at the level of scouting, evaluating or recruiting of young players.” The scandal is the latest blow to the reputation of PSG, whose ultra fans have been punished in the past for racism, while the club is being probed for allegedly flaunting UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules. A match-fixing probe has also been launched following the club’s October Champions League tie against Red Star Belgrade. (AFP) AH
Roger Federer’s wish is about to be granted — he’s getting the chance to return Serena Williams’ powerful serve.The famously unflappable Swiss acknowledges being excited about the prospect of taking on his fellow tennis great on Tuesday in a Hopman Cup mixed doubles match between Switzerland and the United States.”I admire everything she has done both on and off the court,” Federer said. “I have always thought how is it to return that serve and go head-to-head with her.”Federer made an impressive start in preparation for his Australian Open title defense with a seemingly effortless 6-1, 6-1 victory over Cameron Norrie on Sunday.His playing partner Belinda Bencic also won to seal defending champion Switzerland’s victory over Britain in Group B.Federer and Bencic will next take on Williams and Frances Tiafoe to kick-start the New Year with arguably the most anticipated match in the tournament’s three-decade history..@serenawilliams and @rogerfederer discuss what it’s like being parents on tour. #HopmanCup pic.twitter.com/CUyM994qYGHopman Cup (@hopmancup) January 1, 2019Tickets were sold out soon after being released for the showpiece encounter, which pits Federer and Williams on court for the first time. The 37-year-olds have won 43 Grand Slam singles titles between them.”It’s very exciting for us. I hope tennis fans tune in and watch it because it’s going to be one time and probably never again in this type of competition,” Federer said.By most people’s standards, the two stars have an unusual meeting place.”I don’t know her that well. I only know her from some champions’ dinners at Wimbledon,” Federer said. “We have busy lives and a big entourage, so it’s rare to really deep dive. We can relate to each other more so now, being parents.”advertisementFederer will head into the clash in form after a masterclass 57-minute thrashing of Norrie. The 20-time Grand Slam champion moved around the court well and hit the ball crisply to overwhelm Norrie.”I was very happy that I was able to come out tonight and put in a good performance,” Federer said. “I was happy with all aspects of my game. footwork, offensive play, serve, return. It was all there.”Also Read | Roger Federer delighted after winning start to new season at Hopman CupAlso Read | How sports stars around the world welcomed 2019Also Read | Roger Federer warms up for Australian Open with some tennis on the sand
The inaugural edition of the $15 million ATP Cup men’s team event will be hosted in Sydney, Brisbane and one other city in the lead-up to the Australian Open next January, Tennis Australia announced on Monday.Sydney, which will host the knockout rounds and final, announced a A$50.5 million ($36 million) upgrade of the Olympic Tennis Centre venue on Friday, which includes putting a roof on the main showcourt.Perth, which has hosted the mixed team Hopman Cup for the last 30 years, and Adelaide are the other cities likely to be in the running to host the group stage of the event along with Brisbane.The 24-team tournament is seen as a threat to the International Tennis Federation’s (ITF) revamped 18-nation Davis Cup competition starting in Madrid in November.The new ATP event also has major implications for the other men’s and mixed events in Australia and further afield that have traditionally been used by players to prepare for the year’s first grand slam at Melbourne Park.Brisbane will host ATP Cup matches along with the existing WTA event for women but there is likely to be no men’s draw at the Brisbane International from next year.Sydney also currently hosts men and women’s draws at the Sydney International — a tournament with a history dating back to 1885 — in the week before the Australian Open.No details were given about how the hosting of the Jan. 3-12 ATP Cup would affect the men’s event but Tennis Australia said there could potentially be a new women’s tournament in Australia.advertisementThe most contentious potential casualty of the restructuring is the Hopman Cup, which was won by Swiss pairing Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic at the weekend.Popular with the players, and organised by the ITF rather than the tours, the event has been played out in front of healthy crowds in Perth since 1989 but is unlikely to survive without any top male players.Tennis Australia is contracted to host the tournament until 2022 and are on record as having said they “planned to honour” that agreement with the local government in Western Australia.Federer said after his victory last weekend that he hoped Perth would continue to host top class tennis.”If it’s the Hopman Cup, that’s great. If it’s not, then it’s a pity,” he said.”We had an unbelievable event here for so many years. These events … get the players closer together – men and women.”We share a lot of tournaments together, but it’s not the same as when you play together or share the same court. Let’s hope it continues in some way shape or form.”Craig Tiley, who is chief executive of Tennis Australia as well as co-organiser of the ATP Cup, said the time was right to expand the sport’s offering to Australian tennis fans.”We want more players rewarded, more opportunities for them, more opportunities for fans to get to see them … more global exposure for the sport.”A major step toward achieving that vision is to deliver world-class tennis to cities across Australia, which is what the ATP Cup will do.”It is the next piece in a vision that will ultimately grow tennis and provide inspiration for future generations,” Tiley added.Also Watch:
Unseeded pair Sam Stosur and Zhang Shuai defeated second seeds Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic 6-3 6-4 to claim the women’s doubles title at the Australian Open on Friday.Australian Stosur, who has a history of suffering attacks of nerves in front of home fans, struggled to serve out the match at Rod Laver Arena and double-faulted on match point.But she and China’s Zhang held on and claimed the win when Hungary’s Babos struck long in a baseline duel with Stosur.Stosur claimed her third Grand Slam doubles title after winning the 2005 U.S. Open and 2006 French Open, while Zhang celebrated her first.”We have a great friendship and I think that really shows when we play.”@bambamsam30 credits partner @zhangshuai121 for their #AusOpen title. pic.twitter.com/Wl57GNIGJI#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 25, 2019.@zhangshuai121 considered retirement in 2015. @bambamsam30 urged her to keep playing.Four years later, they are Grand Slam champions together #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/IP1vtMCgdo#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 25, 2019Also Read | Outdoor matches suspended at Australian Open due to heat wave and blackoutsAlso Read | Naomi Osaka sets up final vs Petra Kvitova after beating Karolina PliskovaAlso Read | Rafael Nadal outclasses Stefanos Tsitsipas to storm into final
Yuwa, a Jharkhand-based NGO which works for girl empowerment, Sunday won the Laureus Sport for Good award, becoming the third Indian entry to bag the honour.The NGO, founded by Americans Franz Gastler and Rose Thomson Gastler in 2009, runs a football program in rural Jharkhand covering 450 girls.The girls are amateurs and, those who have been around for long, have become coaches.Four girls out of the 450 – Hima, Nita, Radha and Konika will receive the award on behalf of Yuwa at The Laureus World Sports Awards here on Monday.”Empower girls through sport to overcome violence and choose their own future.”It’s clear to see why @YuwaFootball have been honoured. Congratulations! #Laureus19 pic.twitter.com/EiPDIFHDOF#Laureus19 (@LaureusSport) February 17, 2019An Indian sporting feat made its way to the Laureus Awards for the first time in 2004 when the Indian cricket team and its Pakistani counterpart shared the Sport for Good honour for resuming bilateral ties despite tensions between the two countries.Most recently, Magic Bus from India won the Laureus Sport for Good award in 2014.Congratulations @YuwaFootball!Hugely deserved winners of the Laureus Sport for Good AwardHelping young women in Jharkhand, India choose their own future. #Laureus19 pic.twitter.com/tOgarOJGes#Laureus19 (@LaureusSport) February 17, 2019On Sunday, none other than legendary coach Arsene Wenger kicked football with the young Indian girls ahead of the announcement.”They are good technically and want to play together. We used to say football is a sport played by 11 selfish individuals but they play like a team and are highly motivated,” said Wenger.advertisementFive-time Olympic champion swimmer Missy Franklin too was inspired by the story of the Indian girls who come from humble backgrounds and from a region where child marriage is prevalent.”It is just so inspiring to hear their story and meet them. I am glad I could spend some time with them,” said the 23-year-old Franklin, who took a shock retirement from the sport in December last year.Also Read | Sprint sensation Hima Das juggling between training and board exams in AssamAlso Read | SAI requests CBSE to reschedule exam dates for Manu Bhaker, Vijayveer Sidhu