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US Open: Fourth seed Alexander Zverev beaten by Borna Coric

first_imgFourth seed Alexander Zverev had his bid for a maiden grand slam title come to a crushing end on Wednesday when Borna Coric rallied for a 6-3, 5-7, 6-7(1,) 6-7(4) victory in the second round of the U.S. Open.The two 20-year-olds may be part of tennis’s next generation but the German and Croat have gone toe-to-toe on court since they were youngsters.The clash was not even the first time the two have met at Flushing Meadows with Coric beating Zverev in the U.S. Open junior boys semi-finals on the way to winning the title in 2013.As professionals Zverev and Coric have met once, where the Croat came out on top with a three-set victory in the opening round at Cincinnati in 2015.Despite crossing paths over the years Zverev insisted that the two players do not have a history — yet.”We played two times (as professional), so…I don’t know, is that a history?” said Zverev. “I think Rafa (Nadal) and Roger (Federer) have a history. Or Novak (Djokovic) and those guys have a history.”I don’t think we have a history.”If they do not have history Zverev and Coric most certainly have a burgeoning rivalry.”It’s that NextGen thing, you know, what ATP is promoting,” said Coric. “I don’t see it as a big rivalry.”I think we all have our paths, our careers. We need to go in our way.”Zverev, winner of five titles this season including a warmup tournament in Montreal where he defeated Roger Federer in the final, looked poised to settle the score when he grabbed the opening set.advertisementReuters PhotoBut the 61st-ranked Coric battled back to win three close sets, the last two in tie-breaks, to leave the German swinging his racquet in frustration.”It’s upsetting. The way I played was upsetting,” said Zverev. “The tournament so far is upsetting for me.”Zverev’s frustration was grounded in the fact he missed an opportunity to go deep onto the tournament with Andy Murray out with injury and world number one Nadal and five-time U.S. Open champion Federer both in the top half of the draw.”I know that I could have done some big things here. I know that I could have done something that I haven’t done before,” Zverev said.”I was the highest-ranked player in the bottom half of the draw after Andy retired.”The draw is pretty open in the bottom part. I felt like I should have been the favored there.”I just played a very, very bad match, so it’s unfortunate. But that’s how it is.”last_img read more


November 18, 2019 0

We get to rub our shoulders against the best: Sunil Chhetri after Asian Cup qualification

first_imgHaving missed out on the 2015 Asian Cup, India captain Sunil Chhetri is determined to prove himself at the 2019 edition of the continent’s premier football tournament.India qualified for the 2019 Asian Cup after thrashing Macau 4-1 in their qualifier at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium on Wednesday evening.India had failed to qualify for the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup and thus also failed to qualify for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup.    Earned our right to battle against Asias best and what better place to do it than at the Fortress. Happy,proud,relieved and more. pic.twitter.com/a4DkDJCCNK- Sunil Chhetri (@chetrisunil11) October 11, 2017″I was there when we missed out in 2015 and that still hurts me,” Chhetri said after the match.”This is the tournament we play for. We get to rub our shoulders against best in Asia which we don’t get many times,” he added.Rowllin Borges (28th minute) put India ahead in the first half before Sunil Chhetri (60th) and Jeje Lalpekhlua (90+2) found the net after the break.After a gap of 8 years, we’re back in @afcasiancup. UAE, here we come. #BackTheBlue #AsianDream pic.twitter.com/IU5Zwj9K8G- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 11, 2017Macau defender Man Fai Ho scored an own goal in the 70th minute while trying to clear a pass into the penalty box by India’s Halicharan Narzary.Nicholas Mario de Almeida Torrao scored the lone goal for the visitors in the 37th minute.The Indians have been in impressive form, winning all the four group matches they have played so far to ensure qualification in style.advertisementThe scenes after India qualified for the AFC Asian Cup 2019. #BackTheBlue #AsianDream pic.twitter.com/mWuhE5Upll- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 11, 2017Chhetri praised his teammates for their performance, but admitted that the Indians will have to be at the top of their game and cut out the mistakes when they travel to the United Arab Emirates in 2019 for the tournament proper.”Amazing feeling. We have worked hard for this. Quite a group. Good last 3 points. great feeling. Happy with the way we bounced back,” the striker said.”Just four teams qualified. It shows our hard work. We will keep working hard.”We can’t lose our cool. The goal we conceded was against the run of play. Balwant had great pace and set it up for me to finish,” he added.last_img read more


November 18, 2019 0

AB de Villiers to lead South Africa in Faf Du Plessis’ absence in inaugural four-day Test

first_imgAB De Villiers will lead South Africa in the inaugural four-day Test against Zimbabwe at St George’s Park starting on Boxing Day in the absence of regular captain Faf Du Plessis.Du Plessis will miss the day-night match because of a viral infection, confirmed Cricket South Africa hours before the start of the historic match.”Faf has been making steady progress from back and shoulder injuries and until last week was on track to make a comeback in this match,” said team manager Mohammed Moosajee.”He developed a respiratory tract infection which delayed his recovery this week, and subsequently made it difficult for him to make a full recovery in time for the match.”We are hopeful he will recover in time to lead the team for the first Test match against India starting in Cape Town on January 5.”He will continue to receive treatment and rehab from our physiotherapist, Craig Govender, and we are hopeful he will recover in time to lead the team for the first Test match against India starting in Cape Town on January 5th.�?� – Dr Moosajee on Faf. #SAvZIM pic.twitter.com/YUM4RtI575- Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) December 26, 2017De Villiers will be making his return to Test cricket after a gap of almost two years in the one-off Test. This will also be the first-ever day-night Test in South Africa.A minimum of 98 overs will be played on each day and a first-innings lead of 150 will be enough to enforce the follow-on in the day-night fixture in Port Elizabeth. Play will also be extended for an extra 30 minutes to accommodate the additional eight overs.advertisementCurrently, a minimum of 90 overs must be bowled per day during a five-day Test affair and a first-innings lead of 200 is required to enforce the follow-on.The Test is a warm-up for the Proteas’ three-match home series against India in January and then four against Australia in March and April.The historic Test will act as a warm-up for the Proteas, who will host India for a three-match Test series, followed by six ODIs and three T20Is. The first of the three Tests starts on January 5 at Cape Town.  (With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more


November 18, 2019 0

The Ashes: Stuart Broad ready for hostile reception in Australia

first_imgStuart Broad is all geared up for the Ashes which start  on November 23 at Brisbane. Broad, who skipped the ongoing second warm-up match against Cricket Australia XI, said he feels like his “time is coming”.Broad is making his third trip to Australia for the Ashes and while he doesn’t have happy memories Down Under, he is hoping to turn things around this time. While his first tour in 2010-11 was cut short by an injury, he finished with 21 wickets in England’s 5-0 whitewash in 2013-14.”I think I do have a match-winning spell in me, yes. I feel like I’m ready for one of those spells again. I’ve done a lot of work over the last eight weeks and straightened my run-up a huge amount to get my seam and fingers right behind the ball for the bounce. I don’t want to swing it, it will be against my strengths to come here and bowl a full length looking to swing the Kookaburra. I want to do what McGrath and Josh Hazlewood do: bash away and bring in both sides of the bat. I’ve done some good work. I feel like my time is coming,” Broad said. (The Ashes: England want clarity on ‘complicated’ Ben Stokes situation, says Andrew Strauss)Broad knows he will be Australia’s enemy No.1 during the five-match series after he refused to walk when England hosted the Ashes in 2013. While Darren Lehmann accused the pacer of blatant cheating, an Australian daily, The Courier-Mail, referred to the bowler as ‘Stuart Fraud’ for the duration of the Ashes in Australia later that year.advertisement”I’m building myself up for it. I think I might miss it a little bit if nobody said anything. You’re better off getting jeered than nothing. At least if you’re jeered, someone has heard of you or you’ve done something in an Ashes series.”It feels different already on this trip. The day after we arrived I walked down to breakfast and there was a picture on the back page of the paper with me having a selfie with an England fan. So actually seeing my face in a paper over here was a new experience. The last time I was ‘Stuart Fraud’. So they are spelling my name right, we’re already on to a winner,” he said.”But yes, if you’re an England cricketer in Australia, you have to prepare yourself for a bit. Everyone has to brace themselves for it. It is a great part of the rivalry,” he added.last_img read more


November 18, 2019 0

Hoop Finals: Olympiakos Gets Even

first_imgPIRAEUS – Olympiakos’ hoopsters thrashed Panathinaikos, 89-64 on May 26 to tie their series 1-1 in the best-of-five Greek basketball league finals, running away with an easy victory.The game was over almost as soon as it started as the Reds just pummeled their eternal rivals, jumping out to an 8-0 lead and 29-12 margin after one quarter, and had a 19-point gap, 48-29 at the half.Panathinaikos was without injured American star James “Airlines” Gist, who had intimidated Olympiakos under the boards in the first game. The Greens tried a comeback in the second half, opening with a 7-0 spurt, but the victors came back with an 8-0 return to pretty much end it right there.Olympiakos shot 52 percent from three-point land, hitting 13-of-25 to make sure Panathinaikos wouldn’t be able to claw its way back in to the game.Giorgos Printezis was the top scorer for Olympiakos with 18 points, while Loukas Mavrokefalidis notched up 19 for Panathinaikos.This was the second biggest margin of victory for Olympiakos over Panathinaikos. “Victory margins in the play-offs have no bearing on the series, except for the psychological factor,” Olympiakos coach Giorgos Bartzokas said after the game.In the battle for third PAOK leads Panionios 2-0 in the best-of-five series after its 81-63 home win on May 26.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


November 18, 2019 0

Kvitova Dominates to Win Wimbledon

first_imgLONDON — Petra Kvitova overwhelmed Eugenie Bouchard 6-3, 6-0 in less than an hour Saturday to win Wimbledon for the second time in the most lop-sided final in more than two decades.The Czech left-hander completely outplayed the 20-year-old Canadian — appearing in her first Grand Slam final — with her big serve, aggressive returns and flat groundstrokes.Kvitova, the 2011 champion, put on a clinic of power tennis, ripping baseline winners off both wings and leaving Bouchard looking helpless. Kvitova won the final seven games, finishing the 55-minute rout with another clean winner — a cross-court backhand.Kvitova fell onto her back at the dusty baseline after her final shot flew past Bouchard. Later, she climbed into the stands to embrace her parents and the rest of her team.The last time a player lost only three games in the Wimbledon final was in 1992, when Steffi Graf beat Monica Seles 6-2, 6-1.Kvitova’s attack-minded game is perfectly suited for the grass of the All England Club. Both of her Grand Slam finals have been at Wimbledon.“I can’t say that it’s more special, but definitely after three years to stand here with the trophy again, it’s absolutely amazing,” Kvitova told the Centre Court crowd.For Bouchard, the first Canadian to reach a Grand Slam final, it was a humbling defeat. She is named after Britain’s Princess Eugenie, the granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, and the princess was watching from the front row of the Royal Box.“I feel like it’s a step in the right direction,” Bouchard told the audience. “I don’t know if I deserve all your love today, but I really appreciate it.”Bouchard, the Wimbledon junior champion two years ago, came into the match with the best record in majors this year — 16-4 — and was the only player to reach at least the semifinals of the first three Grand Slams.But she had no answer for Kvitova, who seized command from the start, attacking Bouchard’s second serves and moving her all over the court. Kvitova was always on the offensive, never letting the Canadian get comfortable. After her one bad game, when she was broken while serving for the first set at 5-2, Kvivota won the rest of the games.“I had a great tactic from my coach,” she said. “He always knows (how) I have to play.”Kvitova piled up 28 winners, 20 more than Bouchard. Even while being thoroughly beaten, Bouchard had only four unforced errors, as Kvitova’s searing groundstrokes pushed her into so many forced errors.The Centre Court roof was closed immediately after the match as rain began to fall. The two players left the court while the roof was being shut and returned later for the trophy ceremony.Kvitova accepted the Venus Rosewater Dish from the Duke of Kent.It was the first final between two players born in the 90s. Kvitova is 24, four years older than Bouchard.Kvitova is the third different player to win a Slam this year, the fourth straight year that the opening three majors have gone to different champions.The men’s final will be played Sunday, with Roger Federer going for a record eighth Wimbledon title and 18th Grand Slam championship against 2011 winner Novak Djokovic. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


November 18, 2019 0

Wee Jay, Samaras Get Sports Awards

first_imgATHENS – A 10-year-old Irish fan of Greek striker Georgios Samaras who captured attention with his delight over the player during the World Cup was honored along with him Dec. 15 by the Greek Sports Journalists’ Association, which honored outstanding achievements in sports in a gala in Athens.Jay Beatty, who has Down’s syndrome, became a fan of Samaras when the Greek soccer star was playing for Celtic – the boy’s favorite team. They became media sensations when Samaras picked him up from the crowd when the Glasgow team lifted the Scottish Premiership trophy in May.Fans of both laughed a social media campaign to try to get the boy to the World Cup in Brazil but the dates clashed with a family holiday and he couldn’t accept an invitation from the Greek Soccer Federation.Jay’s father, however, posted a video showing the young boy in a Greece jersey and celebrating the team’s victory over Ivory Coast which went viral.Samaras was awarded for his “contribution to sports and his ethos” at the event held at the Peace and Friendship Stadium. The award was for “the message of humanity and sensitivity which they sent worldwide.”“This event is being televised live to the Greek nation and Jay will be receiving an award on the night along with his hero Samaras,” Martin Beatty, the boy’s father, was quoted by the Belfast Telegraph as saying prior to the trip to Greece. “It’s hard to believe that a wee 10-year-old boy with Down’s syndrome will be flying to Athens to receive this.”Wee Jay celebrates his 11th birthday on December 23.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


November 18, 2019 0

Panthrakikos Beats PAOK, 3-1

first_imgATHENS — Panthrakikos beat third-place PAOK 3-1 in the Greek league on March 21, when last-place OFI announced it was dropping out.OFI was the second team to withdraw after Niki Volos. Both clubs were struggling financially.Defeat kept PAOK 10 points behind leader Olympiakos, which hosts Kerkyra on March 22 and has a game in hand, and four behind second-place Panathinaikos, which visits Veria on March 22. Panthrakikos was joint 12th.Nicolas Diguiny and Christos Tzanis scored in the first half and Igor de Souza added a penalty in the second for Panthrakikos. PAOK narrowed the gap through Dimitris Papadopoulos early in the second half.The visitors played the final 13 minutes of the game with 10 players after Yiannis Skondras was dismissed for a second yellow card.Also, Levadiakos won 1-0 at Ergotelis.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


November 18, 2019 0

A-Rod Homers for 3000th Hit

first_imgNEW YORK — Alex Rodriguez homered for his 3,000th career hit and smiled all the way around the bases Friday night, the highlight so far in what’s become a resurgent season for the disgraced slugger.The New York Yankees star wasted no time, connecting in the first inning on a first-pitch, 95 mph fastball from Detroit ace Justin Verlander.Out of baseball last year while serving a drug suspension, Rodriguez became the 29th player in major league history to reach 3,000 hits. He was the first to do it since Yankees great Derek Jeter homered from the very same batter’s box in 2011.“It’s a magical number,” Rodriguez said after the final out of New York’s 7-2 victory. “I’m very happy to be in the club.”With the crowd at Yankee Stadium standing in anticipation, Rodriguez sent a high drive to right field. He held onto the bat as he took a few steps toward first base, and outfielder J.D. Martinez bumped into the wall as he backed up.Fans roared as the ball sailed a half-dozen rows into the seats.Rodriguez pointed to the crowd a couple of times and blew a kiss to someone behind the backstop after crossing the plate. He was greeted by Mark Teixeira and other teammates between the plate and the dugout, and got a big hug from manager Joe Girardi.The only other players to hit a homer for No. 3,000 were Jeter and Wade Boggs.Retrieving the souvenir ball might be harder for Rodriguez than hitting it. Zack Hample, a 37-year-old who describes himself as a professional home run ball catcher, wound up with the prized keepsake.Hample originally told the Yankees he had no intention of giving it back. He watched the ninth inning with team president Randy Levine and chief operating officer Lonn Trost, and said he’s considering what to do.“Now, I’m thinking about it,” he told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.“There’s no right thing to do,” he said. “I want to enjoy the moment.”A day earlier, Hample tweeted that Rodriguez “deserves favors from no one, least of all a fan.”Rodriguez turns 40 next month. The three-time AL MVP launched his 13th homer of the season and has enjoyed a productive year as a designated hitter after returning from his suspension.Rodriguez hit his 667th career home run after beginning the day with a .299 lifetime average in 21 seasons. He joined Hank Aaron and Willie Mays as the only players with 600 homers and 3,000 hits.Earlier this year, Rodriguez passed Mays for fourth place on the all-time homer list and eclipsed Barry Bonds for second on the official RBIs chart.“I’m enjoying this season as much as any,” he said.Unlike with home run No. 660 that tied Mays, there was no marketing agreement between Rodriguez and the Yankees regarding this milestone — and thus, no potential squabble over $6 million. The team even tweeted updates throughout his pursuit, using the hashtag AROD3K.This hit was quite different from his first one — a four-hop, infield single on July 9, 1994, at Fenway Park against Boston’s Sergio Valdez. Back then, Rodriguez was an 18-year-old batting last for the Seattle Mariners, a young man with a big future.Friday night’s plate umpire, Ed Hickox, coincidentally was behind the plate for A-Rod’s first hit, too.“Is that right — 21 years apart?” Hickox said an hour before the first pitch. “I was aware he was a prospect for Seattle when he got the hit, but that’s all we knew then.”For all his achievements, A-Rod has been a polarizing lightning rod in recent years. While the crowd in the Bronx cheered him, there are many fans who will forever attach an asterisk to anything Rodriguez accomplishes.Such is the baseball world in the wake of performance-enhancing drugs, where RBIs, ERAs and other huge numbers have been tainted by PEDs. Bonds, Roger Clemens and Mark McGwire are among the many with Cooperstown-caliber credentials who haven’t come close to being elected to the Hall of Fame because of drug scandals.High school student Claire Campo, from Mission Viejo, California, bought a $135 Rodriguez jersey in the souvenir store an hour before the game.“I love Alex Rodriguez,” she said. “People need to get off his case. He’s done everything you could ask for on the field. What he’s done off the field, he apologized and paid the price. What more do you want?”Her grandfather, Larry Vastola of Morristown, New Jersey, said he completely agreed with her. But he said his wife — Campo’s grandmother — had a different view.“She can’t stand him,” he said. “When we get home, we’re going to tell her that they dislike him so much at Yankee Stadium that they were giving away these jerseys.”Rodriguez was the No. 1 pick in the 1993 draft. He became a star in Seattle, later joined Texas and was traded to the Yankees after the 2003 season. His 3,000th hit was his 1,465th with the Yankees.As Rodriguez ascended to becoming a perennial All-Star, many looked at him as a player who could help restore credibility to the record books while stars such as Manny Ramirez, Sammy Sosa and Rafael Palmeiro were caught up in drug scandals during the late 1990s and 2000s.But in 2009, Rodriguez admitted to using steroids while with Texas. His involvement in the Biogenesis drug investigation near Miami, where he lives in the offseason, was a low point and it got him suspended for a year after an acrimonious appeal.After suing MLB and the Yankees — all lawsuits have been dropped — Rodriguez returned to baseball with trepidation. But he has won back some fans in New York by being a productive player on the field and a model citizen off the diamond.Rodriguez homered on the birthday of late Yankees hero Lou Gehrig, and connected a day before Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, Reggie Jackson, Boggs and other New York stars return for Old-Timers’ Day.Jeter finished with 3,465 hits. His milestone day was indeed monumental, when he went 5 for 5 with the deciding hit. The buzz leading up to his 3,000th became the talk of baseball and when he homered off Tampa Bay’s David Price — now with the Tigers — the crowd responded with a 4-minute ovation.As Jeter rounded the bases, first baseman Casey Kotchman doffed his hat and several Tampa Bay players came out of the dugout to applaud.Rodriguez came out for a curtain call after his homer, but there was nothing close to the outpouring of love that Jeter received. Cleveland Cavaliers star Kevin Love and New York Knicks executive Phil Jackson were among those in attendance.Rodriguez homered off Verlander for the fourth straight game, and popped up and grounded out in his next two at-bats. A-Rod has tagged a lot of pitchers over the years, getting 26 hits off knuckleballer Tim Wakefield and 25 off David Wells.The pitcher who has held Rodriguez hitless the longest? Arizona lefty Oliver Perez, against whom Rodriguez is 0 for 11.Rodriguez tied the late Roberto Clemente with 3,000 hits, and can rapidly move up the list. Craig Biggio is 21st and reachable this year with 3,060, and Cal Ripken is 15th at 3,184.Pete Rose owns the career record with 4,256. As for who will next reach 3,000, it’s hard to say.Ichiro Suzuki, now a part-time player for the Marlins, is closest to Rodriguez and began the day with 2,886 hits. Adrian Beltre followed with 2,657 and Albert Pujols had 2,585. Tigers star Miguel Cabrera had 2,266 and is 32.Before Jeter, no player had gotten his 3,000th hit in a Yankees uniform. Now, the last two to accomplish the feat did so wearing pinstripes.BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer___AP Baseball Writers Howie Rumberg and Mike Fitzpatrick contributed to this report. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


November 18, 2019 0

Serena Wins Sixth Wimbledon

first_imgLONDON — Serena Williams let herself briefly bask in the joy of a sixth Wimbledon championship, 21st Grand Slam singles trophy overall and fourth consecutive major title July 11, even balancing the winner’s silver dish atop her head — Look, Ma, no hands! — as she sauntered off Centre Court.“I was peaceful, feeling really good,” Williams said. “Maybe a little after that, I started thinking about New York.”On to the next one. When the U.S. Open begins at Flushing Meadows in August, Williams will pursue pretty much the only accolade to elude her so far: a calendar-year Grand Slam, something no one has accomplished in tennis in more than a quarter-century.She will arrive there having won her past 28 matches at major tournaments, the latest coming at the All England Club on July 11 when the No. 1-seeded Williams put aside an early deficit and a late lull, closing out a 6-4, 6-4 victory over No. 20 Garbine Muguruza of Spain.It’s Williams’ second self-styled “Serena Slam” of four majors in a row; she also did it in 2002-03.“I’ve been trying to win four in a row for 12 years, and it hasn’t happened. I’ve had a couple injuries. You know, it’s been an up-and-down process,” Williams said. “I honestly can’t say that last year or two years ago or even five years ago I would have thought that I would have won four in a row.”At 33, she is the oldest woman to win a Grand Slam tournament in the Open era of professional tennis, and it comes 16 years after her first, at the 1999 U.S. Open.Only Maureen Connolly in 1953, Margaret Court in 1970, and Steffi Graf in 1988 have won all four majors in a single season. And only Court (24) and Graf (an Open-era record 22) own more Grand Slam singles titles than Williams.Her collection includes a half-dozen trophies each from Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and Australian Open, and three from the French Open. “I just never dreamt I would be out here still,” Williams said, “let alone winning.”Hasn’t come easily. Far from it. At the French Open, fighting an illness, she gutted out five three-setters on the way to the title last month.At Wimbledon, she was two points from defeat twice against Britain’s Heather Watson in the third round, then eliminated a trio of women who are former No. 1s and own multiple major titles: her older sister Venus, Victoria Azarenka, and Maria Sharapova.“She refuses defeat. She refuses to lose,” said Williams’ coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, who has helped her win eight of the past 13 Grand Slam tournaments. “When she feels the taste of losing, she finds so much strength, and then she can raise her level.”Maybe the most telling statistic about Williams’ ability to turn it up a notch when the spotlight is brightest is this: Her record in major semifinals and finals is 47-7.The victory made her 21-4 in Slam title matches; it was the 21-year-old Muguruza’s first major final.But Muguruza’s 6-2, 6-2 win against Williams at the 2014 French Open is the American’s most lopsided loss at a major.In the first game July 11, Williams contributed three double-faults — she wound up with eight — and missed a forehand long, then a backhand long, to get broken. Less than a half-hour in, Muguruza led 4-2, thanks in part to her big, flat groundstrokes that pushed Williams around.Williams was not going to go gently, of course, and she produced a 20-minute burst of brilliance, grabbing five straight games and nine of 10. “I was like, ‘What can I do?’” Muguruza said.Suddenly, Williams was up a set and 5-1 in the second. And suddenly, she began to come undone.“All the people are nervous, even Serena, in a final,” Muguruza said. “Because I saw it.”Up in the stands, Mouratoglou saw it, too, noticing that Williams’ ball tosses on serves were too low, a sign of being tight.She got broken at love to make it 5-2. After Muguruza held, Williams served for it again, and was broken again, wasting a match point in the process. Now it was 5-4, and the crowd was roaring after each point — even during some.“Definitely a little pressure,” Williams acknowledged, “toward the end.”Ah, but no one is better with so much at stake. The finish was anticlimactic, with Muguruza missing a forehand to get broken at love. Both women stood still, neither realizing it was over. Soon enough, though, Williams was telling a teary-eyed Muguruza: “Don’t be sad, you’ll be holding this trophy very, very soon, believe me.”For now, Williams is keeping all the hardware to herself.___HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


November 18, 2019 0

High Winds Cancel Aqueduct Card

first_imgNEW YORK  — Aqueduct has called off Monday’s racing card because of a forecast calling for high winds. This is the first cancellation of the winter meet.The $150,0000 Toboggan Stakes, the holiday feature, has been rescheduled for Sunday.The track remained open for simulcast betting on out-of-state tracks.Racing will resume Friday.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img


November 18, 2019 0

Wiggins, Butler Lead Wolves to Rare Romp over James, Cavs

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Wiggins had 25 points in three quarters, Jimmy Butler pitched in 21 points and tight defense on LeBron James, and the Minnesota Timberwolves cruised to a 127-99 victory over Cleveland on Monday night that stopped a 12-game home losing streak to the Cavaliers.Karl-Anthony Towns (19 points, 12 rebounds) and Taj Gibson (16 points, 13 rebounds) were tenacious around the basket for the Timberwolves, who outrebounded the Cavs 56-37 and had a 60-42 advantage in points in the paint.James had just 10 points on 4-for-8 shooting, taking his first loss at Minnesota since Feb. 17, 2005. Cleveland fell behind by as much as 41 points in the third quarter after a dunk by Wiggins.Butler had plenty to do with that, contributing nine assists and eight rebounds before resting during the fourth quarter, too. The Wolves led 69-42 at halftime.Jeff Green scored 22 points off the bench to lead the Cavs, who’ve lost six of their last nine.WARRIORS 124, NUGGETS 114OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry scored 32 points and dished out nine assists in another superb performance during his sensational recent stretch, and Golden State avenged an ugly home loss to Denver in late December.Klay Thompson scored 19 on his bobbblehead night while Draymond Green added a season-high 23 points and 10 assists in the defending NBA champions’ fifth straight victory on a night when Kevin Durant sat out his third consecutive game with a strained right calf.Nikola Jokic had his first triple-double of the season with 22 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists as four players scored 20 points or more for the Nuggets.Curry had his 12th 30-point game of the season. The two-time MVP has scored 29 or more points in seven straight games.SPURS 107, KINGS 100SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge had 31 points and 12 rebounds, and San Antonio came back from 13 down in the second half to beat Sacramento despite playing without Kawhi Leonard and Manu Ginobili.Davis Bertans scored a career-high 28 points on 11-of-15 shooting with six 3-pointers. Patty Mills added 14 points and five assists, and Bryn Forbes scored 12 to help the Spurs to their 12th consecutive win over the Kings.San Antonio closed on a 10-3 run.Willie Cauley-Stein had 22 points and nine rebounds for the Kings.RAPTORS 114, NETS 113, OTNEW YORK (AP) — DeMar DeRozan scored 35 points, including a go-ahead three-point play with 26.1 seconds left in overtime, and Toronto shook off a late injury to Kyle Lowry to beat Brooklyn.The Raptors lost a 10-point lead in the final 4 1/2 minutes of regulation and then lost Lowry after a hard fall in OT, but at least won the game, just as they always do against the Nets.Toronto beat Brooklyn for the 10th straight time and won its fifth in a row overall.Jonas Valanciunas had 21 points and 13 rebounds for the Raptors. Lowry finished with 18 points and 11 assists, but had to be carried off the court after landing on his lower back while going for a rebound.Spencer Dinwiddie scored a career-high 31 points for the Nets, but his wild shot on a last drive went over the backboard.PACERS 109, BUCKS 96INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Domantas Sabonis had 17 points and 10 rebounds and three of his teammates each scored 15 to lead Indiana past Milwaukee.Indiana has won two straight since a five-game losing streak. Victor Oladipo, Thaddeus Young and Myles Turner all scored 15 points.The Bucks were led by Khris Middleton with 19 points and Giannis Antetokoumpo with 17.It was a complete reversal from the Bucks’ 21-point victory over Indiana last week.This time, the Pacers dominated most of the final 42 minutes by creating turnovers and forcing Milwaukee into bad shots after hitting 18 of their first 25 attempts.Indiana broke it open by scoring 20 straight points in the first quarter to turn a 15-14 game into a blowout. The Pacers finished the period on a 22-2 spurt to make it 37-16.ROCKETS 116, BULLS 107CHICAGO (AP) — Eric Gordon and Chris Paul each had 24 points and nine assists, Gerald Green scored 22 and Houston beat Chicago.Trevor Ariza hit six 3-pointers and scored 18 to go with nine rebounds. Clint Capela added 15 points and 16 rebounds, and the Rockets won for the third time in 10 games despite blowing a 21-point lead.Bobby Portis led the Bulls with 22 points. Denzel Valentine and Kris Dunn each scored 19, but Chicago lost for the fifth time in six games.With NBA scoring leader James Harden missing his fourth consecutive game because of a strained hamstring, the Rockets regained control after falling behind early in the third.They scored eight straight to stretch a two-point edge to 10 late in the quarter and took an 87-76 lead into the fourth after Green and Paul nailed back-to-back 3s. Houston was in charge the rest of the game.PELICANS 112, PISTONS 109NEW ORLEANS (AP) — DeMarcus Cousins scored 16 of his 20 points after Anthony Davis left with an ankle injury in the third quarter, and New Orleans held off Detroit.Rajon Rondo capped a 12-point, 15-assist performance with two transition layups in the last 1:21 to help secure a victory the Pelicans needed to restore morale after a listless blowout loss in Minnesota over the weekend.Davis dominated before he left with 4:41 remaining in the third, scoring 30 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in 27 minutes. He walked to the locker room, favoring his right ankle, and never returned.Cousins, who also had 10 rebounds, picked up the slack, and E’Twaun Moore finished with 23 points.Tobias Harris scored 25 points and Avery Bradley had 24 for the Pistons, who’ve lost three of four. Andre Drummond, who missed two of Detroit’s previous three games, had 16 points and 14 rebounds.CLIPPERS 108, HAWKS 107LOS ANGELES (AP) — C.J. Williams hit a 3-pointer from the left wing with nine seconds left to lift Los Angeles over Atlanta.Lou Williams led Los Angeles with 34 points but missed a late 3 that was rebounded by Wesley Johnson. He passed the ball out to C.J. Williams for a shot that snapped the Clippers’ two-game skid.Taurean Prince missed a 15-foot jumper with three seconds remaining on Atlanta’s last possession.DeAndre Jordan added 25 points and 18 rebounds as Los Angeles won despite blowing a 13-point lead in the third quarter. The Clippers played without leading scorer Blake Griffin, who suffered a concussion Saturday against Golden State.Prince scored 20 points and Dennis Schroder added 18 for the Hawks, who lost their fourth straight.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


November 18, 2019 0

Greek Hoop Star, Florida’s Calathes, Says U.S. Could Lose World Title

first_imgNick Calathes, a star point guard for Greece’s national basketball team – by way of the University of Florida – won’t have the limelight with NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo taking it – and said that the U.S. team could lose in the quarterfinals at the world tourney coming up in China.Calathes, whose $2.5 million salary makes him the third-best player in Europe, and who played with the Memphis Grizzlies, said the U.S. should be favored despite sending back benchers instead of stars staying home.Once you get to the knockout round, one loss and you’re out. “It’s not like the NBA where it’s best-of-seven,” Calathes told TheLines.com in a phone call from Athens.“One team that is having a good day can get you that day, any day…For this version of Team USA, a lot of guys have not played international ball, and it’s just a totally different style of play,” Calathes said. “The spacing is different, a lot of offense takes place in the paint, and it’s definitely more physical. Stuff that’s usually a foul in the NBA will be legal in China.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


November 18, 2019 0

LeBron James has Triple-Double, Lakers Beat Mavs in OT

first_imgDALLAS — Anthony Davis started overtime with back-to-back dunks after Danny Green’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer in regulation, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Dallas Mavericks 119-110 on Friday night.LeBron James and young Dallas phenom Luka Doncic had matching triple-doubles, with the 10th of Doncic’s career extending the 20-year-old’s record for triple-doubles for players under 21. James is third on that list with five.James had a season-high 39 points with 16 assists and 12 rebounds. The 15-time All-Star converted a three-point play on a layup for a 110-103 lead in overtime.Dallas got closer with five straight points from Doncic before a punctuating 3-pointer from James.Doncic finished with 31 points, 13 rebounds and a career-high 15 assists.Davis had 31 points and eight rebounds. Kristaps Porzingis finished with 16 points and nine boards after a fast start for the 7-foot-3 Latvian in the best test yet of big-name duos for the young Dallas pair from Europe.Kyle Kuzma made his season debut for the Lakers with nine points and three rebounds in 19 minutes.NETS 123, ROCKETS 116NEW YORK (AP) — Taurean Prince had 27 points and 12 rebounds and Brooklyn slowed down James Harden and Houston.Two nights after scoring a franchise-record 159 points in a victory at Washington, the Rockets couldn’t get nearly enough shots to drop after opening an early 15-point lead. They went 12 for 48 from 3-point range, with Harden a dismal 2 for 16.Harden finished with 36 points and eight assists, but he was 10 for 31 from the field. Russell Westbrook added 27 points, eight assists and seven rebounds.Neither Harden nor Kyrie Irving was at his best in a matchup of the NBA’s two leading scorers.Harden came in leading the league with 36.8 points per game and scored 59 in the Washington outburst. Irving came in at 35.3 per game, He finished with 22 points on 7-for-18 shooting with 10 assists.Caris LeVert scored 25 points for Brooklyn.KINGS 102, JAZZ 101SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Harrison Barnes scored on an offensive rebound with 2.9 seconds remaining after Nemanja Bjelica’s missed 3-pointer, and Sacramento won its first game of the season, snapping a five-game skid.Donovan Mitchell’s desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer grazed the front of the rim.De’Aaron Fox scored 25 points, Buddy Hield had 18 and Bogdan Bogdanovic added 14 to help the Kings (1-5) end their worst start in nearly 30 years. Sacramento entered the game as the only winless team in the NBA.Mitchell had 24 points for the Jazz (4-2). Rudy Gobert added 15 points and 16 rebounds, and Mike Conley scored 19.CELTICS 104, KNICKS 102BOSTON (AP) — Jayson Tatum hit a turnaround jumper with 1.3 seconds remaining and Boston beat New York for its fourth straight victory.Tatum finished with 24 points. Kemba Walker scored 23 of his 33 points in the second half, and Gordon Hayward had 13 points and nine boards.Marcus Morris led the Knicks with 29 points, hitting a tying 3-pointer with 4.7 seconds left. Rookie RJ Barrett had 15 points and seven rebounds.BUCKS 123, MAGIC 91ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 29 points and 14 rebounds and Milwaukee routed Orlando.Eric Bledsoe added 18 points, six rebounds and six assists for Milwaukee, and Khris Middleton added 16 points and six rebounds. The Bucks were coming off a 116-105 loss at Boston on Wednesday night.Evan Fournier led Orlando with 19 points.BULLS 112, PISTONS 106CHICAGO (AP) — Zach LaVine scored 26 points, Otto Porter Jr. added 22 and Chicago overcame a big effort by Derrick Rose against his former team to beat Detroi.Rose delighted the hometown crowd with 23 points and seven assists. But the Bulls came away with the win after dropping three in a row while handing the Pistons their fourth loss in five games.LaVine put Chicago ahead for good with back-to-back 3-pointers and added four free throws in the final 11.5 seconds. Porter shot 8 of 12, nailing three 3s. Wendell Carter Jr. added 16 points and 11 rebounds.PACERS 102, CAVALIERS 95INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Malcolm Brogdon had 25 points, eight rebounds and six assists to help injury-depleted Indiana beat Cleveland for its first home victory of the season.Jeremy Lamb added 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Domantas Sabonis had 18 points and 17 rebounds. The Pacers have won two in a row after opening the season 0-3.Kevin Love led Cleveland with 22 points and 17 rebounds.SPURS 127, WARRIORS 110SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Patty Mills came off the bench to score 31 points and San Antonio beat Golden State, hours after the Warriors learned they will be without injured star Stephen Curry for at least three months.LaMarcus Aldridge added 22 points for the Spurs (4-1), who were coming off their first loss of the season a night earlier.D’Angelo Russell led Golden State (1-4) with 30 points.The game was an indication of the uphill battle facing Golden State without Curry, who underwent surgery after breaking his left hand Wednesday against Phoenix.Russell couldn’t carry the Warriors alone, even with three teammates in double figures. Rookie Jordan Poole scored 20.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


November 18, 2019 0

Book Review: Algorithms to Live By by Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Design Methods I’ve read a lot of computer-related books in my time. Some of them were really interesting, some were “sort of OK,” and quite a few bored my socks off. Happily, every now and then, I’ve been lucky enough to run across an offering that stands proud in the crowd. One such work is Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions by renowned author Brian Christian and cognitive scientist Tom Griffiths.The underlying premise of Algorithms to Live By is that computer scientists have spent a humongous amount of time and effort researching and honing computer algorithms so as to make them provide results in the shortest time and as efficiently as possible. The thing is that these strategies that have been honed for computers are also applicable to our daily lives. As the authors say in their introduction:How should a processor allocate its “attention” to perform all that the user asks of it, with the minimum overhead and in the least amount of time? When should it switch between different tasks, and how many tasks should it take on in the first place? What is the best way for it to use its limited memory resources? Should it collect more data, or take an action based on the data it already has? As an example, suppose you’ve recently moved to a large city and you have 100 days to look for an apartment, but these little rascals tend to be snapped up almost as soon as they come on the market. Further assume that you are new to the city and you aren’t fully sure what to expect in your price range. You could simply plonk your money down on the first residence that comes along, but then you’ll be left wondering if this was in fact the worst of the bunch and if you could have done much better. Alternatively, you could hold out all the way to the last day, but then the chances are that you’ve already seen — and missed out on — the best apartment going.  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.center_img Continue Reading Previous The Cyber Grand ChallengeNext RTOS trends and challengeslast_img read more


November 18, 2019 0

Advantech opens expanded European Service Center in Eindhoven

first_imgAdvantech officially opens its new European Service Center — with dignitaries from Taiwan and the Netherlands — invited to tour the newly expanded smart facility, warehouse and production plant. The Advantech European Service Center (AESC) will double the size of its warehouse and office space and see production capacity nearly tripled, helping the firm drive regional growth and meet customers’ growing Industry 4.0 needs.Serving as Advantech’s European headquarters, the building features a range of smart technology innovations, including a completely renovated reception area (iReception) with iVisitor digital sign-in for visitors, and a smart meeting room management system (iMeeting).Also featured are Smart Energy control and monitoring built on Advantech’s own Smart Power Meter, Digital I/O, and Power Relay Modbus products, and WebAccess HMI/ SCADA software. It offers intelligent functionality to monitor and control light and temperature — reducing costs and carbon emissions and thus improving the user experience.The Internet of Things extends further in the facility to an iLunch booking system which centralizes staff food orders made via POS terminal or their PC or smartphone app, and automatically distributes them to third-party catering companies. Digital signage throughout the facility is on hand to offer staff and visitors useful information when and where they need it most.In the production area of the new plant, Advantech practices Industry 4.0 with a highly customized CTOS Manufacturing Execution System (iCTOS MES), process automation, machine automation, and equipment/environment monitoring. Real-time data is collected, analyzed and then displayed in a Situation Room to help managers take action, monitor KPIs, speed improvement cycles and support a high degree of product customization.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous TI introduces educational robot TI-Innovator RoverNext LieberLieber: LemonTree for product family engineeringlast_img read more


November 18, 2019 0

Wind River advances automotive OTA technology with differential system

first_imgWind River announced enhancements to Wind River Edge Sync, including differential system technology that enables the smallest differential update when conducting over-the-air updates. The ability to keep updates minimal reduces distribution time and cost, update transmission time, and memory required on automotive electronic control units. Wind River’s latest Edge Sync technology has been supplied to major automakers, most recently for Ford.Efficient differential updates are an important functionality necessary for a successful, production-grade automotive OTA solution. The management of software over the course of a vehicle’s lifetime has become increasingly important to both maintaining system value and as a means of addressing security, and OTA update technology is a key element of this. Among its many features, Edge Sync differential system technology includes patch streaming, patching in place, A/B updates, pause and resume and a reduced memory footprint of software client.Edge Sync is Wind River’s highly modular, end-to-end OTA update and software lifecycle management solution that allows for rapid, safe, and secure updates to software and firmware. Edge Sync meshes seamlessly with automakers’ proprietary systems or with third party data solutions enabling car companies to efficiently manage and maintain automotive software for the entire life of the car and to continuously improve the value of the car and experiences with customers on a long- term basis.Beyond OTA and software lifecycle management, Wind River’s diverse automotive portfolio also includes the high-performance, market-leading VxWorks RTOS, tuned for both determinism and responsiveness, with a proven track record in safety- and security-certified environments. Building on VxWorks technology, Wind River Drive provides Adaptive AUTOSAR-oriented software to support customers in developing ISO 26262 ASIL D–certifiable automotive safety-critical applications. Wind River also delivers Wind River Linux and other commercial-grade open source technologies, world-class technical support, and maintenance to help customers stay up-to-date on the latest innovations.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous EKF: quad M12-X GbE ports for XEON processor CPU cardsNext Apacer: comprehensive solutions for IoT era revealed at electronica 2018last_img read more


November 18, 2019 0

Are Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas wearing promise rings? See pics

first_imgPriyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas’s romance has been the talk of the town. If the grapevine is to be believed, the two are very serious about each other and are planning to get engaged by the end of July or in August this year.Even as rumours of their engagement continue to do the rounds, Priyanka and Nick were clicked sporting identical rings on their dinner date in Mumbai. This has sparked speculation that they have exchanged promise rings, as a sign of their commitment towards each other. Photo: Yogen Shah Photo: Yogen ShahThe couple is holidaying in Goa since Sunday, along with Priyanka’s family and close friends. Talking about the trip, Priyanka’s cousin Parineeti Chopra told a leading publication, “It was like a family trip and there were friends with us too. So it was a friends and a family trip actually. It was short and sweet. I was there for like 24 hours and I had a great time. It was a great trip.”Priyanka and Nick first set tongues wagging when they arrived at last year’s Met Gala together, both dressed in Ralph Lauren creations. At the time, Andy Cohen had asked Priyanka on his show if there were any “flirtatious vibes” between her and Nick, to which she laughed, “We didn’t have time yet. Maybe the next time we meet?”Andy then went on to ask her, “Any possibility of you dating Nick Jonas in the future?” Priyanka blushed and tactfully evaded the question, exclaiming, “Listen, these questions on this show…”advertisementThe link-up rumours were reignited last month, when Priyanka and Nick spent the Memorial Day weekend with each other. Since then, the two have been clicked together on a series of dates. They have also been leaving flirtatious comments on each other’s Instagram posts, much to the delight of netizens.Earlier this month, Nick took Priyanka as his date to his cousin’s wedding. They arrived hand-in-hand at the ceremony, where she met the entire Jonas clan. She even got a vote of confidence from his brother, Kevin Jonas, who declared that she was “super-awesome”.Last week, Nick arrived in Mumbai with Priyanka, reportedly to meet his ladylove’s mother, Madhu Chopra. When Madhu was asked what she thought about her daughter’s rumoured boyfriend, she told a leading daily, “I’ve met him for the first time, so it’s too early to form an opinion.”ALSO SEE: Priyanka Chopra nails seductive rain dance with Parineeti as boyfriend Nick Jonas watchesALSO READ: From Met date to Mumbai, the Priyanka Chopra-Nick Jonas affairALSO WATCH: Lovebirds Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas arrive in Mumbailast_img read more


November 17, 2019 0

Elevanil wins gold in junior shooting meet

first_imgNew Delhi, July 13 (PTI) Young Indian shooter Elavenil Valarivan today claimed the women’s air rifle gold medal in the 28th Meeting of Shooting Hopes junior international championship in Plzen, Czech Republic. The 18-year-old shot 250.8 in the final to get the better of Italy’s Nicole Gabrielli (249.7) by 1.1 point. She had also topped the qualification with 628.0. Aleksandra Szutko of Poland won the bronze with 228.2. The other Indian shooter in the final, Shreya Agrawal finished fourth with 206.6. Also, the Indian junior men swept the three medals in the 25-metre sports pistol, with Rajkanwar Singh Sandhu winning the gold with 586, one point ahead of Vijayveer Sidhu. Udhayveer Sidhu bagged the bronze medal with 582. “It feels great but more importantly it was important to maintain the consistency of points. I am happy, that I could score as planned. These are important exposure tournaments for Asian Games and my goal is to do well there,” Elavenil said after her win. Among other notable results for India on the day, Aishwarya Pratap Singh Tomar reached the final of the junior men’s 50m rifle 3 positions event and finished fourth with a score of 433. Yesterday, extending her golden run, teenager Manu Bhaker won her ninth international gold medal in the last one year and talented Anish Bhanwala also emerged champion in their respective pistol events. PTI AH PDSPDSlast_img read more


November 17, 2019 0

Khattar dedicates Haryana’s first civil airport to pubic

first_imgHisar (Hr), Aug 15 (PTI) Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today dedicated the state’s first civil airport at Hisar to the people of Haryana, saying it would open the possibilities of creating an economic corridor and vibrant industrial ecosystem. He said a high-speed train would soon be started from Hisar to Delhi to improve connectivity to the international airport at New Delhi. Khattar was addressing a press conference after inaugurating the Hisar Airport, integrated aviation hub, Phase-I at Hisar today. Finance Minister Capt Abhimanyu and BJP state president Subhash Barala were also present on this occasion. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was also signed between the state government and SpiceJet Limited which has shown keen interest for assistance in development of Phase-II and III of the integrated aviation hub. While Additional Chief Secretary, Civil Aviation, Devender Singh signed on behalf of the state government, chairman and managing director, Ajay Singh signed on behalf of SpiceJet. The integrated aviation hub is being developed in over 4,200 acres of land. The Civil Aviation Department has 600 acres of land and with the transfer of 3,600 acres by Animal Husbandry and Dairying Department today, the Civil Aviation Department would be officially the owner of 4,200 acres of land which sets the stage for Phase II and III planning and development, an official statement said. The chief minister assured that the state government could freeze the available land of other departments in case of additional requirement of land for the project. Khattar said the project was conceived years ago but the previous Congress government in the state made “only tall and hollow claims” whereas his government “removed all hurdles” in the implementation of the project.advertisement With the inauguration of the first phase of the project today, all facilities required for flying an aircraft have been made available at the airport, he added. He said that the state government also plans to develop a cargo terminal, aero-space, defence university, defence MRO and aviation university in the second phase of the project. The Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the same is expected to be completed within the next 18 months. “Under the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS)-UDAN, airline namely M/s Pinnacle Airways Limited has bid for two routes–Delhi-Hisar and Hisar-Chandigarh. Six flights a week have been planned on both routes from here. “A nominal fair of about Rs 1,450 per passenger would be charged for these routes. The airline is in the process of obtaining requisite approval from the Airport Authority of India (AAI) and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and is expected to commence operation from mid-October this year,” Khattar said. He said that in view of the growth in the civil aviation sector and the locational advantage to the national capital region (NCR), the state government also plans to extend the existing airstrips in four other aerodromes in Pinjore, Karnal, Bhiwani and Narnaul to 5,000 feet to create facilities for activities like flying training, adventure sports and parking of aircraft. Khattar said his government plans to develop the Airport at Hisar as an international airport to decongest the Delhi airport. In reply to a question, the chief minister said his government intends to invite Non Schedule Operator Permit (NSOP) Holders to operate on mutually acceptable routes from the Hisar Civil Airport, for which the state government would provide “attractive incentives” and expects commercial operations to begin very shortly. Khattar said the state government is in advanced talks with the Himachal Pradesh government for tie-up for flights from Hisar to Shimla, Kullu and Dharamshala. SpiceJet’s chairman and managing director Ajay Singh said that the airport at Hisar would give further boost the development in the state. He said the Hisar Airport would serve as an alternative to the International Airport at Delhi in the times to come. PTI SUN HP CK CKlast_img read more


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