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Petra Kvitova happy knife attack did not derail Wimbledon dream

first_imgPetra Kvitova is happy to achieve her dream of playing at Wimbledon next week after recovering from serious injuries to her playing hand sustained during a knife attack in her home last December.The two-times champion was expected to be sidelined for at least six months after the attack and the 27-year-old said she feared missing the grand slam event this year.Kvitova returned to action at the French Open, where she was knocked out in the second round, and won the Aegon Classic on Sunday on her favourite grass-court surface.”I said if I am not playing I will probably not come just to watch,” Kvitova was quoted as saying by the Times.”Now I am coming to play which is even better. I think it will be amazing. It doesn’t matter if I win, lose or whatever, but the dream which I set when it (the attack) happened, that I wanted to play Wimbledon this year, will come.”The victory at Birmingham marked Kvitova’s first title this year but she could not celebrate with her trademark clenched fist salute due to the lingering effects of the injury.”I still can’t do my fist bump when I am playing,” she added. “The doctor said it will never be the same because of the scars for sure, and then we don’t know how everything will work out.”But I am happy that I am playing tennis and not badminton because there is a small grip, so it would be more difficult for me to hold.”advertisementThe Czech Republic player is the 11th seed at Wimbledon which starts on Monday.last_img read more

Will India win Perth Test? I am not giving up hopes, says Sunil Gavaskar

first_imgIndia need 175 runs to take a 2-0 lead in the four-match series, Australia need 5 wickets to go on level terms. but former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar is still hopeful of an Indian victory in the Perth Test.Chasing an improbable target of 287 for a win, India crawled to 112 for 5 at the close of play on Day, with Hanuma Vihari 24 not out and Rishabh Pant unbeaten on nine.Gavaskar had really sounded optimistic about India’s chances during his commentary stint on Sony Six earlier in the day. He said Rishabh Pant and Hanuma Vihari have an opportunity to prove themselves at the highest level.”I wasn’t being sarcastic at all, I was genuinely saying…cricket is a game where things have happened which were so unpredictable. If we have a fabulous partnership between two of the not out batsmen…both young players…both wanting to prove themselves at the highest level. What a wonderful opportunity it is for these two young batsmen Rishabh Pant and Hanuma Vihari to show that they belong here and take India home,” Gavaskar told India Today.”I am saying this because not a single wicket fell in the pre-lunch session on Day 4..so if India can actually do that and not lose a single wicket and at the same time with Pant at the crease India will add much more than the Australian pair of Tim Paine and Usman Khawaja did on Day 4. If Pant is still not out at lunch you can be pretty certain that India will have score at least a hundred runs. If India get 100 runs by lunch with Hanuma Vihari also there then we are looking at 75 to win…so it’s possible..I am not giving up hopes at all. I know after this there’s this lower order or tail with bowlers coming in to bat…very hopeful that if we stick till lunch, we can still turn it around,” he added.advertisementTim Paine led by example with a hard-fought 37 to bat through the morning session alongside Usman Khawaja (72) as Australia made 243 in their second innings.”The decisive moment [for me] was in the morning when India were not able to separate both Tim Paine and Usman Khawaja,” the legendary batsman said.Gavaskar was also critical of the Indian team after an ugly war of words between captain Virat Kohli and his Australia counterpart Paine during the fourth day. Kohli and Paine collided with each other before the umpire was forced to intervene in the first session.And then during India’s innings, Paine had a go at Vijay and said: “Murali, I know he’s your captain but you can’t seriously like him as a bloke.”Former India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar also blasted Kohli’s on-field behaviour and said the India skipper needed to be more responsible.On Monday, Gavaskar said the Indian team are no saints and he believed they were the ones who began the sledging war in Australia and now they had to be prepared to cop it. Ironically, Kohli had promised his men won’t start any verbal wars and would react only if the Australians played dirty.”Tim Paine is not in the Indian dressing room.. So how does he know Vijay does not like Kohli?,” Gavaskar told India Today.”These are the kind of things which are called gamesmanship. We have not been saints either. Way back in 2014, when Australia were down with the tragic death of Phillip Hughes, we started it. They were too shocked in the first Test and we started it.”In a situation like this, we will always lose. Australia are used to playing like that, we are not. It’s not in our DNA to play cricket like that. You also have to take into account if everyone in the team can take it. Even over here, we have started it,” Gavaskar said.Also Read | Virat Kohli best batsman but world’s worst-behaved player: Naseeruddin ShahAlso Read | Prithvi Shaw ruled out of Test series in Australia, Mayank Agarwal named replacementAlso Read | Hardik Pandya to join Team India in Australia, likely to play Boxing Day Testlast_img read more

9 months agoAtletico Madrid defender Godin agrees Inter Milan terms

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Atletico Madrid defender Godin agrees Inter Milan termsby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid defender Diego Godin has assured Inter Milan he’ll join them in the summer, it has been revealed.Off contract in June, El Larguero says Godin has assured Inter he’ll make the move in June.He has agreed terms over a two-year deal worth €5.5m-a-season with the option for a third.Godin has made the decision after Atletico refused to offer more than a 12-month deal for the veteran to renew.The captain had been seeking a two-year contract and is disappointed by Atletico’s unwillingness to meet his demands. last_img read more

Miami Women’s Basketball Coach Blasts Texas A&M

first_imgKatie Meier poses in front of a Miami basketball poster.Twitter/@CoachKatieMeierMiami women’s basketball coach Katie Meier was not happy with the sexist slides from the Texas A&M football women’s clinic, which have gotten the Aggies criticized nationally and led to the suspension of two staff members.Last night, Meier blasted A&M on Twitter for the slides. She also expressed disapproval for only punishing offensive line coach Jim Turner and special teams coordinator Jeff Banks with two-week suspensions.Miami women’s basketball coach Katie Meier fires back at the Aggies’ presentation.This cannot be REAL life in 2016 college athletics. We are EDUCATORS. We WORK in higher education. W set standards https://t.co/WMvuRgXn8e— Katie Meier (@CoachKatieMeier) July 30, 2016 The actual slides are degrading and offensive. I have seen them. 2 week suspension is a joke. Change the culture https://t.co/586e9HTevu— Katie Meier (@CoachKatieMeier) July 30, 2016Meier is a well-respected coach, having compiled a 283-188 record (.591 winning percentage) at Charlotte and Miami. She has taken the Hurricanes to five NCAA Tournaments in the last six years.One of the suspended A&M coaches, Jim Turner, has been in hot water before. Turner was the offensive line coach of the Miami Dolphins in 2012-13 and was a major figure in the team’s bullying scandal.A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin released a statement apologizing for the action’s of his staffers.“There is absolutely no place in our program or in our University community for inappropriate conduct or degrading comments towards women, or anyone, regardless of intent.[…]“On behalf of Aggie football, I want to apologize for the comments at Chalk Talk and also for my failure to review their individual presentations. I want to thank the almost 700 women who came out this week who not only participated in the program but who supported a worthy cause in the Twin City Mission.”For a coach rumored to be on the hot seat, this is probably the last thing Sumlin needed.last_img read more

March Madness Crib Notes for Thursdays Sweet 16 Games

Check out FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions. No. 3 Notre Dame (53 percent win probability) vs. No. 7 Wichita StateLocation: ClevelandWhen to watch: At 7:15 p.m. EDT on CBSPower ratings: Wichita State 88.1, Notre Dame 87.2Upset probability: 47 percentPlayer to watch: Fred VanVleet, Wichita StateAfter prevailing in what was arguably the round of 32’s most exciting game, Notre Dame’s next hurdle will be a terrific all-around Wichita State team that is coming off one of the biggest victories in program history. These two teams are very evenly matched; the Fighting Irish are better offensively (according to KenPom.com’s ratings), but the Shockers have the better defense. There are a few peculiarities that could decide the matchup — Wichita State’s defense is good at gathering rebounds and stopping 2-point field goals, which should mitigate two of the Irish’s offensive strengths. Notre Dame, meanwhile, has the superior long-distance shooters. But this is such a tossup that it might come down to something as obscure as travel distance. Notre Dame is favored to win in part because South Bend is almost four times closer to Cleveland than Wichita is. Wichita State has the better power rating in the FiveThirtyEight model, but the travel is what makes the prediction tilt Notre Dame’s way. File it under “every little edge counts,” I suppose. After a three-day break, the Madness continues Thursday with the commencement of the Sweet 16. And according to the FiveThirtyEight power ratings of the teams involved, Thursday’s games are pretty clearly better than Friday’s slate of matchups. Headlining the action, as always: undefeated Kentucky, who’ll take the court against West Virginia in their sternest test yet (granted, the Wildcats still have an 87 percent chance of advancing). But the most intriguing game of the night might just be North Carolina versus Wisconsin in a battle of contrasting styles.Read on for more about Thursday’s NCAA tournament action …No. 1 Kentucky (87 percent win probability) vs. No. 5 West VirginiaLocation: ClevelandWhen to watch: At 9:45 p.m. EDT on CBSPower ratings: Kentucky 97.9, West Virginia 85.5Upset probability: 13 percentPlayer to watch: Karl-Anthony Towns, KentuckyWest Virginia is a deep, balanced squad with a great swarming defense, but its run likely ends Thursday night against the nation’s most talented team. While the Mountaineers do employ some high-variance strategies that could help their upset chances — particularly a pressing defense that specializes in forcing turnovers — there are plenty of weaknesses for Kentucky to exploit if it can adequately protect the ball. Kentucky had the third-best shooting efficiency differential in the country during the season, while West Virginia had the nation’s 30th-worst; the Mountaineers also allowed the highest free throw rate in the country on defense. (For its part, Kentucky’s offense ranked 30th-best in forcing fouls and 74th in free throw accuracy.) So if this game is decided by conventional means, West Virginia probably won’t win; the Mountaineers will need takeaways and a lot of good fortune to hand Kentucky its first loss of the season. No. 2 Arizona (87 percent win probability) vs. No. 6 XavierLocation: Los AngelesWhen to watch: At 10:17 p.m. EDT on TBSPower ratings: Arizona 94.8, Xavier 85.5Upset probability: 13 percentPlayer to watch: T.J. McConnell, ArizonaBy navigating past a tough Ohio State team with relative ease in the round of 32, Arizona earned the right to face Xavier in one of the Sweet 16’s easier matchups. The Musketeers aren’t a bad team, but they are among the weaker remaining squads in the field. And that’s not good when facing the second-highest-rated team in the FiveThirtyEight power ratings. There are stylistic reasons to think Xavier is overmatched here. The key to the Musketeers’ success has been their offense, particularly on 2-pointers (big men Matt Stainbrook and Jalen Reynolds both shot in excess of 62 percent on twos this season), but the Wildcats excel at short-circuiting opponents’ 2-point efficiency. And in the absence of its bread-and-butter, Xavier might have trouble knocking down enough threes or forcing enough turnovers to make life difficult for Arizona. The Musketeers shouldn’t feel too bad, though: Despite being the No. 2 seed, Arizona is a 58 percent favorite to emerge as the West’s representative in the Final Four. No. 1 Wisconsin (73 percent win probability) vs. No. 4 North CarolinaLocation: Los AngelesWhen to watch: At 7:47 p.m. EDT on TBSPower ratings: Wisconsin 93.6, North Carolina 88.0Upset probability: 27 percentPlayer to watch: Frank Kaminsky, WisconsinWorlds are colliding in Thursday’s most interesting pairing. The Badgers, known for slowing the pace of the game down to a veritable crawl, will meet the Tar Heels, one of the nation’s fastest-paced teams. During the season, Wisconsin’s average possession lasted nearly six seconds longer than North Carolina’s, while the proportion of UNC’s plays on which they had a transition opportunity was more than double that of Wisconsin. (The Badgers were at the bottom of Division I with a 7.5 percent rate of transition chances per play, according to Synergy.) The tempo of this game will be worth watching. Beyond that, the possibility of an upset might come down to whether UNC can get the 2-point shots upon which they thrive against a tough interior Wisconsin defense and — relatedly — whether the Heels can do any damage on the offensive glass versus the Badgers’ great defensive rebounders. read more

Buckeyes rely on goalie play to snap skid

The Ohio State men’s soccer team has had success thanks to great play from its goalkeepers, especially from redshirt freshman Matt Lampson.“He has been playing very well lately,” coach John Bluem said. “I think Matt has taken the position now, it’s going to be his and he is going to try and hold onto it.”The freshman stepped up early in the season and helped guide OSU to its best start in school history.A week ago, the Big Ten named Lampson the conference’s defensive player of the week because of his stellar play against Michigan State.On the season Lampson has three shutouts and .93 goals against average.But Lampson is not the only goalkeeper OSU has on its roster, and Bluem is confident in every one of the young keepers. The Buckeyes have three solid goalies who could potentially take the starting job.Other then Lampson, the Buckeyes have redshirt sophomore Ryan Dalton, who has been seeing more and more play time because of his solid play.OSU also has a true freshman in Alex Wimmer, who is ready to go when his number is called. Had Wimmer not been injured at the beginning of the season, he would have challenged for the starting spot.Coming into the season, Bluem worried his team might be inexperienced at goalie.“No worries anymore,” Bluem said. “Wimmer is ready to go if we need him, Dalton has played really well in the times we used him and Lampson is in really good form right now. I am very pleased at the way they have been playing.”The Buckeyes, however, are in the middle of a tough stretch of games.The team has lost its last two games, 3-0 to Akron and 1-0 to Northwestern. After the Northwestern loss, Bluem questioned the team’s level of effort.“It’s a tough stretch. Hopefully we can address some things and come out with a more intense effort,” Bluem said.With a full schedule ahead, the team wants get back on the field quickly and perform better. OSU is hoping that is the case when they face Cleveland State on Friday.Cleveland State (3-4-3) comes into the game struggling on offense, scoring only one goal in its last three games.But with 11 seniors and the entire defense returning, the Buckeyes will have to be ready.Friday’s match will be played at 5 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

Real Madrid should give Barcelona a guard of honour – Alba

first_imgBarcelona’s Jordi Alba is convinced that Real Madrid should give them a guard of honour for having recently been crown La Liga championsThe Catalan giants sealed their 25th league title with a 4-2 win against the now-relegated Deportivo La Coruna last Sunday with Lionel Messi netting a hat-trick.The title marks their seventh one of the past 10 seasons and they recently defeated Sevilla 5-0 in the Copa del Rey final.But for Sunday’s El Clasico against bitter rivals Real, Zinedine Zidane announced that they will not be performing any kind of guard of honour due to Barcelona’s refusal to the same gesture when they won the Club World Cup in December.“It’s not a decision we take, everyone has respect for those who want to,” said Alba, according to AS.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“The Club World Cup was a competition we didn’t play in. At the [Santiago] Bernabeu, in the league, we have previously performed a guard of honour. If they don’t want to give us a guard of honour it will be because it comes from upstairs.”The defender also defended his head coach Ernesto Valverde for Barcelona’s shocking exit from the Champions League to AS Roma.“It’s an embarrassment, the players have to show our faces, we all make mistakes,” admitted the 29-year-old.“Valverde deserves it more than anyone, he’s the sixth coach to have won a double. He’s managed the dressing room perfectly.”He added: “[The double] has only been done eight times in Barcelona’s history and we have to be very happy. Everyone would have taken it, although we know that in the Champions League we were knocked out badly. The double has been won eight times and the club was founded ages ago.”last_img read more

Cancelo pays tribute to Ronaldo

first_imgFor the Portugal international footballer, the impact his fellow countryman had in Real Madrid was gigantic and cannot be equalAfter Real Madrid lost 5-1 against a Lionel Messi-less Barcelona team, Portugal international footballer Joao Cancelo paid tribute to Cristiano Ronaldo.“Every day I train with Cristiano Ronaldo and so far he has won five editions of the Ballon d’Or,” Cancelo told Sky Sport Italia as quoted by Football Italia.“If Cristiano doesn’t win it this year, it’s just incredible. He is the best of them all and last season he was more decisive than any other player.”David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.“The Ballon d’Or can’t just be decided by the World Cup, because that tournament can only be won by a certain number of select nations,” he said.“If you are born in France, Germany or Brazil, clearly sooner or later you’re going to win a World Cup. Seeing Portugal win the Euros, that is a huge achievement and very rare.”“Cristiano won the Champions League as an absolute protagonist, scoring 15 goals. When he plays for a team, that team becomes the best there is,” he commented.“The proof is in the latest Clasico result. Barcelona without Lionel Messi win 5-1, Real Madrid without Cristiano Ronaldo lose 5-1. That is the difference.”last_img read more

Taste of Tapas on Saturdaynight Seven of Provos best restaurants at Blue

first_img Related Items:Blue Haven Resort, taste of tapas Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 19 Jun 2015 – Speaking of chefs… with all of the proceeds going to the TCI Hospitality Adventure which is the organization of the young chefs program, the Taste of Tapas will unravel under the stars and at the waterfront at Blue Haven tomorrow night, June 20. Tickets are $50 and the seven restaurants have taken these aspiring chefs under their wings to prepare what is always a delicious spread… your ticket also includes a welcome drink. Financial Services Certification available after TCI training Caribbean Food and Wine Festival goes to Gourmet Safari Recommended for you Busy holiday weekendlast_img read more

Scientists Develop First ChipScale Thermoelectric Cooler

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — As computer chips become more powerful, they also become hotter. Nearly all the power that flows into a chip comes out of it as waste heat, and that heat hurts the performance of the chip. Methods for cooling transistors have always been an important part of the semiconductor industry, but recently researchers have been coming up with more clever strategies for keeping computer chips cool. One such strategy is the use of a chip-scale thermoelectric cooler, which has been demonstrated for the first time by a collaboration of researchers from Intel, Arizona State University in Tempe, RTI International, and Nextreme Thermal Solutions.In a recent study published in Nature Nanotechnology, the researchers presented the thermoelectric “chiller” embedded in a chip package that pumps heat out of the chip when current flows through it. The chiller could lower the temperature of a small hot spot on a large chip by nearly 15°C – exceeding the significant 10°C goal that was described in an analysis by researchers at the University of Maryland five years ago.One key to the device’s performance was that the researchers focused on cooling only the hottest spots on a chip, which has previously been shown to be a more energy-efficient strategy than trying to cool the entire chip. Another key is that the researchers fabricated the device out of nanoscale layers of material, which has previously been shown to increase efficiency.The thermoelectric cooler consists of a superlattice structure made of bismuth, tellurium, antimony, and selenium. The structure pumps heat from the back side of the chip to a conventional heat spreader on the front side, which uses convection to transfer the heat and cool the chip.In experiments, the researchers created a hot spot on the chip (with a heat flux of about 1300 W/cm2, which is much higher than usually found on a microprocessor). Even before powering the thermoelectric superlattice structure, the chiller could decrease the temperature of the hot spot by about 6°C. After powering the thermoelectric cooler, the temperature of the hot spot cooled by nearly 15°C.The researchers explained that the thermoelectric technique could provide cooling solutions for computers in future data centers, in which cooling hot spots on processors will be critical for good performance. Transistors run faster when they’re cooler, and also last longer because extreme temperature changes cause mechanical stress on computer chips that can destroy them. Thermoelectric strategies might also help cool the chips in portable devices, such as multitasking smart phones, which run data-intensive processing.As co-author Ravi Prasher of Intel explained, packaging a nanoscale device within a macroscale system is a significant achievement. However, the team still needs to do more work before commercializing the device.More information: Chowdhury, Ihtesham, et al. “On-chip cooling by superlattice-based thin-film thermoelectrics.” Nature Nanotechnology. Published online: 25 January 2009 | doi:10.1038/nnano.2008.417.via: IEEE Spectrum© 2009 PhysOrg.com Explore further On-Chip Silicon ‘Microcoolers’ for Microprocessor Hot Spotslast_img read more