The Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) has decided to award one-time ex-gratia payments to a number of former cricketers which include current national selector Devang Gandhi, Sarandeep Singh along with bowling coach Bharat Arun.It has been learnt that BCCI has zeroed in on 55 former India players, who have either not been paid during the first lot of payments or are due to get some balance of payments. Most of these players have played less than 10 Test matches.There were a lot of cricketers, who were missing from the initial list while there were a few who got Rs 30 lakh out of the sanctioned Rs 35 lakh. A list has been prepared in this regard to include all the cricketers in the ambit.Some of the more well known names include former India all-rounder Robin Singh, current India player Yuvraj Singh’s father Yograj Singh, noted bowling coach TA Sekhar, wicketkeeper-batsman Vijay Dahiya. Ousted national selector Jatin Paranjpe also figures in this list along with former India medium pacers like Sanjeev Sharma and Salil Ankola.Test players from the 1970’s like Kenia Jayantilal, Sudhir Naik and from the 80’s like Raju Kulkarni also feature in the list.Meanwhile, former first-class players like Prakash Bhatt, Milind Pradhan, Arman Malik, Rakesh Parikh, Shankar Saini have been shortlisted for interview for the Indian cricket team’s administrative manager’s post.Interestingly, Parikh has been a junior national selector and former medium pacer Saini was the Delhi team manager when the infamous bust-up between Gautam Gambhir and KP Bhaskar happened in Bhubaneswar.advertisement
New Delhi, July 25 (PTI) The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) today approved the Indian Super League to be played alongside the I-League in 2017 and 2018, terming it a “temporary short-term bridging solution”. Following a recommendation from All Indian Football Federation (AIFF), the sports Asian governing body today gave green light. AIFFs recommendation to the AFC was that the ISL will replace the Federation Cup, whose winner is currently allocated an AFC Cup preliminary stage place. Therefore, the AFC Committee approved that the I-League champions will play in the AFC Champions League Play-off round and the ISL Champions will play in the AFC Cup preliminary stage ? as long as all clubs adhere to the AFC rules and regulations, particularly club licensing, from 2018. The situation will be reviewed on a yearly basis with conditions which, in addition to adherence to club licensing regulations, include promotion, production, a player allocation system and the following of the road map agreed between the AFC and Indian football stakeholders at a meeting in Kuala Lumpur on June 7. PTI BS KHS KHS
Luis Norton de Matos-coached Indian Arrows will look to end the festive season on a high as they take on Gokulam Kerala FC in the I-League at the Ambedkar Stadium in Delhi on Friday.The Arrows are currently placed eighth on the I-League points table with three points from three games, having only won their opening match against Chennai City FC.On the other hand, Gokulam are placed just below the Arrows at the ninth position with just one point from three games, having secured a 1-1 draw with Chennai City FC.Apart from their victorious match against Chennai, Arrows have played back-to-back games against table toppers Minerva Punjab FC and they lost both 2-0 and 1-0 in Goa and Ludhiana respectively, which spoilt their bright start to the league.De Matos asserted that their primary target is to win the match tomorrow but the team is enjoying the process they are growing through while playing the I-League.”We are certainly looking for a win against Gokulam Kerala FC. The Hero I-League is very exciting for us. In the Hero I-League, the most important thing for us is to show our boys can play with senior players. With no foreigners and mostly 16-17-year-olds, even if we finish 5th or 6th, it’s a huge positive,” De Matos said at the pre-match press conference.Arrows skipper Amarjit Singh, who also captained the Indian side in the FIFA U-17 World Cup, said that after combining both the U-17 and U-19 teams, whose playing style also differed, they have only now settled and adapted to a common style of play. Having struck a balance, he hoped they will play better.advertisement”We are combining well, we have players from both the U-17 and U-19 teams and our styles and strategy were different. In the first three matches, we were trying to adapt to each other. Hopefully, we will play better as we go along,” Amarjit said.Matos added that Minerva are consistent and physical but he was happy with the way his team responded to the match situations.”Minerva were quite consistent and they were quite physical, they were well organized and that’s why they are the league leaders. We lost to the brilliance of Chencho but collectively our team held our own.”After the FIFA U-17 World Cup, these boys are returning to play in the capital for the first time and Matos hoped that the fans will come out in numbers to support them.”It feels good to be back in Delhi and I hope the fans come to support us,” Matos said.On the other hand, Gokulam coach Bino George will be looking to change the tides for his team. He acknowledged the strengths of the Arrows and asked his team to be cautious of them.”Most of our players are inexperienced. Our aim is to finish inside the Top 4. Let’s see what happens. Indian Arrows is quite a young team. I’ve seen their matches and they are quite fast. Although they are a bunch of teenagers we have to be cautious as they are a very good team and I told my boys to not take them lightly,” George said at the official pre-match press conference.
Nick Kyrgios received a major boost and announced himself ahead of the Australian Open, starting at the Melbourne Park on January 15, with a title run in Brisbane.Kyrgios eased past Ryan Harrison 6-4, 6-2 in the final of Brisbane International on Sunday to clinch his maiden tour title at home.With a strong showing in the tournament, despite a niggling knee injury, Kyrgios has given himself a lot of confidence going into the first Grand Slam of the year.Kyrgios has not had much success and has been unable to create a lasting impression in the Grand Slam events but has surely begun 2018 on a high.The crowd packed inside Pat Rafter Arena are on their feet in appreciation for @NickKyrgios. Itï¿½??s his FOURTH @ATPWorldTour crown and a first on home soil ï¿½??ï¿½ï¿½??ï¿½ pic.twitter.com/9jmMYnz9TL- #BrisbaneTennis (@BrisbaneTennis) January 7, 2018With semi-final victory over world No.3 and ATP Finals 2017 winner Grigor Dimitrov in Brisbane, Kyrgios made well have put his name up there among the contenders in the possibly depleted roster of the Australian Open.ALSO WATCHWith Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori already out of contention and Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal also doubtful, Kyrgios’ performance in the final put him in prime notice.On Sunday, Kyrgios had a slow beginning, courtesy his knee issues, and had to save five break points before finding his way out and battled to the first set victory.Vintage @NickKyrgios ï¿½??ï¿½#BrisbaneTENnis pic.twitter.com/IuAu0m6kAP- #BrisbaneTennis (@BrisbaneTennis) January 7, 2018However, the 22-year-old clearly stamped his authority in the second set.advertisementEven as his American opponent dropped his serve at the start of the second set with a double fault, Kyrgios broke Harrison the second time around to comfortable claim the second set and seal the match and title.Kyrgios, who is famous for his unpredictable temper, thanked the crowd for their support and said he loved playing in front of his crowd, even though it may not seem like that sometimes.”Coming here, I felt good all week, I felt right at home. You guys, every time I step out here, you give me such great support. I love playing in front of you guys, even though sometimes it may not seem that way but I do,” Kyrgios said after accepting the winners’ trophy.ï¿½??I love playing in front of you guys. Even though sometimes it may not seem that way. But I doï¿½?ï¿½ @NickKyrgios #BrisbaneTENnis pic.twitter.com/sX0MvRRZsT- #BrisbaneTennis (@BrisbaneTennis) January 7, 2018
NEW YORK — The Nets are hoping their hot play will carry over when they hit the road.Joe Johnson hit six 3-pointers in his 27 points, Mason Plumlee added 18 points, and Brooklyn won its 11th straight at home, beating the Boston Celtics 114-98.After going 12-11 at home to begin the season, Brooklyn’s confidence remained high after concluding its three-game home stand. The Nets have been unstoppable on The Barclays Center’s herringbone-patterned court since beating Philadelphia on Feb. 3“We’ve been playing pretty good at home as a team,” said Johnson, who was 10 of 16 from the floor and 6 of 8 beyond the arc. “We got great ball movement offensively.“Guys really getting interior defense and making plays defensively. We’re gang rebounding and just helping each other. It’s been beautiful to watch and it’s been beautiful to be a part of.”The Nets will try to maintain that momentum during the next five days on the road, where they are 13-20 on the season. They will open up a three-game trip at Dallas on Sunday and continue at New Orleans on March 24 before wrapping up March 25 at Charlotte.Former Celtic Paul Pierce had 14 points, and Andray Blatche and Jorge Gutierrez added 10 apiece for the Nets, who won their third straight game and ninth in the last 10 to move within 1½ games behind the Atlantic Division-leading Toronto Raptors, who lost a double overtime thriller at home against Oklahoma City when Kevin Durant hit a game-winning 3-pointer to finish with 51 points for the night.Brooklyn moved within one game of the Chicago Bulls, who lost at Indiana, for the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race.Pierce was in a celebratory mood late in the game during a stop in action, interacting with the crowd during a T-shirt toss.“It’s great that we’re playing well at home. We know we can win at home, but the real challenge is how well we can play on the road, which is this three-game road trip,” the veteran said.“(It will be) a huge challenge for us knowing that each and every game is huge for us. That’s something that we’re going to have to take care of because come playoff time we may be starting out on the road.”With the score knotted at 45-all with 6:49 left in the second quarter, Brooklyn went on a 19-9 run capped by a pair of 3-pointers from Johnson and Deron Williams to end the half and pull away from the Celtics, who lost for the sixth time in their last seven games.Boston coach Brad Stevens thought that trading baskets with the Nets during the first two quarters did them in.“We weren’t very good on the defensive end of the floor. When Avery Bradley started going off, we just accepted trading baskets instead of really getting stops,” Stevens said.Bradley scored 23 of his 28 points for the Celtics in the first half and Rajon Rondo had 12 points and 12 assists. “The opportunities were there and I was able to knock down my shots,” Bradley said. “Rondo was putting me in good positions to be able to make plays.”Johnson continued his hot shooting in third quarter by scoring 16 points, outscoring the Celtics during a two-minute stretch at the end of the quarter. Johnson made a lay-up and got fouled with 2:43 remaining, hitting a free throw on the 3-point play to extend the lead to 86-72.After a pair of misses by the Celtics, Gutierrez found Johnson for an open 3-pointer and then Johnson followed a Jeff Green basket by nailing another trey to make it 92-74 with 45.6 left.Brooklyn has won 18 of its last 20 at home and improved to 29-10 since Jan. 1, tops in the East. But they’re still struggling on the road, something coach Jason Kidd knows they need to turn around to have success during the playoffs.“You need to win on the road at some point to win a championship. For us, it’s taking one game at a time and winning as many possible and see who we open up in the first round against, on the road or at home.”TweetPinShare0 Shares
LOS ANGELES — For the second time in the Stanley Cup finals, the New York Rangers jumped out to a two-goal lead and were unable to shake the Los Angeles Kings.Now the Eastern Conference champions face the unenviable task of overcoming a 2-0 deficit in the series with the scene shifting to Madison Square Garden. The Rangers lost 5-4 on June 6 night on Dustin Brown’s tip-in goal at 10:26 of the second overtime.“When you play five periods, the difference is not very big between winning and losing,” goalie Henrik Lundqvist said. “We came up short, and now we have to go back to New York and turn this thing around.“You don’t have a choice. You have to move on.”New York took a 4-2 lead into the third period before the Kings pulled even with goals by Dwight King and former Rangers forward Marian Gaborik.The Kings got within one with a favorable non-call that the Rangers felt should have been called goalie interference. New York wasn’t looking for a penalty, but believes King’s goal shouldn’t have counted.King fell on Lundqvist in the crease while he was being checked by Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh.“I’m extremely disappointed on that call — or non-call,” Lundqvist said. “They’ve got to be consistent with that rule. We get called for that penalty in the second period, and the puck isn’t even there.“They score a goal and I can’t even move. It’s extremely frustrating, for them to get life like that. After that, it’s a different game. But that’s hockey.”Lundqvist, who had 39 saves, didn’t accept referee Dan O’Halloran’s explanation that the puck was past him when King made contact.“I don’t expect a penalty on the play, but they need to blow the whistle,” he said. “A goalie can’t move when you’ve got a guy like that on top of you. It’s such an important play of the game. That’s a wrist shot that I’m just going to reach out for, and I can’t move.”King scored at 1:58 into the third, redirecting a long wrist shot by defenseman Matt Greene after Justin Williams shook off a check from Martin St. Louis and got the puck to Greene.“So far they’ve been taking advantage of a couple of mistakes in the first two games that we just have to minimize. But their forecheck brings that out because they put a lot of pressure on us,” Lundqvist said.The Rangers’ penalty-killing unit, which had allowed only three goals in 49 short-handed situations over the previous 15 games, gave up Willie Mitchell’s first goal of the postseason at 14:39 of the second period while Mats Zuccarello was off for tripping Brown.Mitchell beat Lundqvist with a screened slap shot from just inside the blue line with Rangers defenseman Anton Stralman checking King in front.“I think we can do a better job of blocking shots,” Stralman said. “They got too many point shots through. Maybe if we box out a little better in front, Henrik can see the puck a little better. But we worked hard and came really close. It just stinks right now.”The Rangers scored just 11 seconds after Mitchell’s goal, taking advantage of a turnover. Jonathan Quick went behind the net to play the puck and left it for Mitchell, who fumbled it away to Zuccarello before Derick Brassard converted his quick pass to him at the left of the crease.“I thought we were in control then,” Brassard said. “Every time they scored a goal, we answered them. So that’s something positive about this game. But they kept finding ways to score goals, and it’s really frustrating right now. Now we have to go back to New York and try to steal the next one.”(JOE RESNICK)TweetPinShare0 Shares
WASHINGTON — Otto Porter scored 19 points and Kevin Seraphin had 18 points and 12 rebounds to help the Washington Wizards beat Israel’s Maccabi Haifa 101-95 in an exhibition game Oct. 15.Nene and Paul Pierce rested for the Wizards (4-1) and John Wall sat after the first quarter. Glen Rice Jr., who started for the injured Bradley Beal, didn’t return after spraining his right ankle in the third quarter.Porter added eight rebounds —five offensive — and had four steals and four assists.Dagan Yivzori led Maccabi with 23 points, going 7 of 8 from 3-point range. Maccabi made 12 3-pointers, including eight in the first half when it took a 55-54 lead.Washington took the lead for good at 94-91 on Damion James’ 3-point play with 3:21 remaining.TweetPinShare0 Shares
MADISON, Wis. — The arenas tend to be larger for the NCAA Tournament. The media spotlight is brighter. Tensions rise with seasons on the line.In the NCAAs, postseason experience can be just as important, if not more pivotal, than sheer talent.Been there, done that.“It’s important as long as you use it to your advantage,” Wisconsin coach Greg Gard said.Of the 68 teams that qualified for the tournament, Michigan State has the most NCAA experience on its roster, with a cumulative total of 59 games among active players over the previous four seasons, according to STATS.North Carolina was next with 48 games, followed by Wichita State (41), Wisconsin (38) and four schools each with 37 games of NCAA experience going into this year’s tournament.The list accounts for players who may have had NCAA experience at other schools. It does not account for Wichita State’s appearance in the First Four this week.The second-seeded Spartans and top-seeded Tar Heels are contenders again to advance deep into the tournament.“We took care of our business and we have stuff to do,” Michigan State senior forward Matt Costello said this week after his team won the Big Ten Tournament. Coach Tom Izzo said that has been a “battle cry” for his seniors since Michigan State lost to Duke in the Final Four last season.Seventh-seeded Wisconsin and 11th-seeded Wichita State face tougher roads — though experience can especially make a difference for lower seeds.___WISCONSIN: The Badgers’ two most important players, forward Nigel Hayes and point guard Bronson Koenig, have known nothing other than making it to a Final Four during their careers, having each played in 11 NCAA games the previous two seasons.The Badgers struggled early this season in part because they were relying on so many former backups or freshmen to take on more responsibilities.Starting forward Ethan Happ watched from the bench as a redshirt last season while the Badgers made their run to the NCAA title game. His main job then was to be a cheerleader and compete on the scout team.“I was just kind of there, eating cookies and doing homework, stuff like that,” the freshman Happ said Tuesday when asked about his experience last year. “So it wasn’t too much pressure on me.”That’s going to change. Gard expects Hayes and Koenig to continue to offer leadership.“Coming in as a freshman, even as a sophomore, I was a little nervous coming into the tournament. I didn’t know exactly what to expect seeing all the lights and the media attention that everyone gets,” Koenig said.“Hopefully (Hayes and I) can shed some experience on the younger guys and tell them just to focus on the task at really … not to get caught up in the other stuff.”___WICHITA STATE: The Shockers showed their veteran poise on March 15 in routing Vanderbilt 70-50 in a First Four game in Dayton, Ohio. Seniors Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker, who were part of Wichita State’s 2013 Final Four team, led the way against the Commodores.Shockers coach Greg Marshall was so impressed with the senior duo’s poise at an NCAA press conference earlier this week that he said they reminded him of “just a couple of businessmen giving a presentation.”“They’re so used to it. They’ve been doing it their whole careers. But it’s not something that’s your God-given right,” Marshall said. “It’s something that you’ve got to earn and you should appreciate it and hopefully we can make it special.”___FOUR AT 37: Schools with 37 games of cumulative NCAA experience were No. 6 seed Arizona, No. 4 seed Duke, No. 7 seed Dayton and top-seeded Kansas.Dayton faces a tough first-round match-up against No. 10 seed Syracuse and veteran coach Jim Boeheim. But the older Flyers can be bolstered by the memories of having beaten Syracuse two years ago during an NCAA run to a regional final.Arizona was a top seed in 2014 and a No. 2 seed in 2015, but was beaten by Wisconsin each year.Kansas is a favorite to take the title won last season by Duke.“Last time I didn’t know what to expect, and I wasn’t a part of this,” Blue Devils sophomore guard Grayson Allen said at a press conference. “And I think for us as the returning guys, we have a lot more excitement. We’ve all had bigger roles coming into this year, and it’s a lot more exciting this year.”___By Genaro C. Armas, AP Sports Writer. AP Sports Writers Joe Kay in Dayton, Ohio and John Marshall in Phoenix contributed TweetPinShare0 Shares
The upcoming NBA draft is also a catalyst for trades and that was proven today with New York sending Spanish guard Jose Calderon to Chicago in a package deal that includes Derrick Rose leaving the Bulls for the Knicks.Once more Adrian Wojnarowski and the Vertical broke the news, with Rose going to the Knicks in exchange for Robin Lopez, Jerian Grant and Calderon. The Knicks are also gettingJustin Holiday and a 2017 2nd-round pick according to K.C.Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.This was not the first trade of the day, as the Atlanta Hawks are sending guard Jeff Teague to the Indiana Pacers. Indiana will send guard George Hill to the Jazz, who are moving the No. 12 overall pick in Thursday’s NBA draft to Atlanta.As Wojnarowski comments: “With the move, Atlanta is committing to guard Dennis Schroder as its point guard of the future”.TweetPinShare0 Shares
MADRID (AP) — A Spanish judge has summoned Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo to court to answer questions after he was accused of tax fraud by a state prosecutor.The Portugal international will have to appear in the Pozuelo de Alarcon court No. 1 on July 31.Last Tuesday, a Madrid-based prosecutor’s office accused Ronaldo of four counts of tax fraud totaling 14.7 million euros ($16.5 million).Ronaldo has denied any wrongdoing.TweetPinShare0 Shares
SHANGHAI — It is gold or bust for U.S. as the two-time defending World Cup champions try to become the first nation to win three straight.Serbia, Spain and Greece are among the top teams that won’t make it easy for the Americans.The tournament starts Saturday and there will be two teams advancing from each group to the round of 16, which begins on Sept. 6. Quarterfinal play starts Sept. 10, semifinals are on Sept. 13 and the championship game is in Beijing on Sept. 15.Capsule previews for the eight groups:___GROUP ASchedule:At BeijingAug. 31: Poland vs. Venezuela, Ivory Coast vs. ChinaSept. 2: Venezuela vs. Ivory Coast, China vs. PolandSept. 4: Ivory Coast vs. Poland, Venezuela vs. ChinaTeams:CHINAFIBA ranking: 30.NBA fans already know names like Yi Jianlian and Zhou Qi, but Guo Ailun — a 25-year-old with almost a decade of national-team experience already — might end up being the biggest key to the hosts’ potential World Cup success.IVORY COASTFIBA ranking: 64.Deon Thompson was part of North Carolina’s 2009 NCAA championship club, and has a silver medal from the 2007 FIBA U-19 world championship (where he played for the U.S. on a team with Stephen Curry, Patrick Beveley, DeAndre Jordan, Michael Beasley and more).POLANDFIBA ranking: 25.Poland coach Mike Taylor is a Florida resident who once served as the assistant coach for Nick Nurse — now coach of the NBA champion Toronto Raptors and Team Canada — with the G League’s Rio Grande Valley Vipers.VENEZUELAFIBA ranking: 20.Gregory Vargas averaged 11.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists for Venezuela in the 12-game series of World Cup qualifiers, and is one of eight returnees from the team that played in the 2016 Rio Olympics.THE PICKSChina and Poland to the second round.___GROUP BSchedule:At Wuhan, ChinaAug. 31: Russia vs. Nigeria, Argentina vs. KoreaSept. 2: Nigeria vs. Argentina, Korea vs. RussiaSept. 4: Korea vs. Nigeria, Russia vs. ArgentinaTeams:ARGENTINAFIBA ranking: 5.The seemingly ageless 39-year-old Luis Scola is in his fifth World Cup, and has been part of Argentina winning 15 medals in major international competitions over the last two decades. An early concern — top guard Facundo Campazzo is dealing with a sprained right ankle.KOREAFIBA ranking: 32.Dimunitive guard Heo Hoon is the youngest on the Korean roster at 24, though has a legacy already — his father, Hur Jae, is a Korean player and coaching legend.NIGERIAFIBA ranking: 33.One of the few teams in the tournament that could have five NBA players on the court at one time if it wanted, with Ike Diogu, Al-Farouq Amini, Ekpe Udoh, Josh Okogie and Chimezie Metu all on the final roster.RUSSIAFIBA ranking: 10.Russia was one of the last teams to finalize a 12-man roster for the World Cup, and will likely rely on shooting guard Sergey Karasev in the group stage.THE PICKSArgentina and Nigeria to the second round.___GROUP CSchedule:At Guangzhou, ChinaAug. 31: Iran vs. Puerto Rico, Spain vs. TunisiaSept. 2: Tunisia vs. Iran, Puerto Rico vs. SpainSept. 4: Puerto Rico vs. Tunisia, Spain vs. IranTeams:IRANFIBA ranking: 27.Former NBA player Hamed Haddadi provides veteran presence, and the player to watch might be streak-shooting guard Mohammad Jamshidi — a real 3-point threat who also has the ability to score in traffic.PUERTO RICOFIBA ranking: 16.The opening game against Iran is a must-win for Puerto Rico, a team that added undrafted Sacramento Kings signee Isaiah Pineiro — whose grandparents are Puerto Rican — to the national roster for the first time this summer.SPAINFIBA ranking: 2.Gold-medal hopefuls with Marc Gasol, Ricky Rubio and Sergio Llull leading the way for a very veteran squad. Spain should have minimal trouble getting to the second round.TUNISIAFIBA ranking: 51.Dallas center Salah Mejri is the leader for Tunisia, along with California-born wing Michael Roll — who was part of three Final Four teams at UCLA and became a Tunisian citizen in 2015.THE PICKSSpain and Puerto Rico to the second round.___GROUP DSchedule:At Foshan, ChinaAug. 31: Angola vs. Serbia, Philippines vs. ItalySept. 2: Italy vs. Angola, Serbia vs. PhilippinesSept. 4: Angola vs. Philippines, Italy vs. SerbiaTeams:ANGOLAFIBA ranking: 39.Angola coach Will Voigt is a native of Vermont, coached Nigeria at the 2016 Olympics — and not only used to work in the San Antonio Spurs’ video room, but crashed at the home of Spurs coach (and Team USA coach) Gregg Popovich for a few months when he needed a place to stay.ITALYFIBA ranking: 13.Marco Belinelli and Danilo Gallinari lead the way for the Italians, who stumbled into the tournament with seven losses in their final eight tuneup games this summer — including a 32-point routing from Serbia.PHILIPPINESFIBA ranking: 31.The name people will best know is naturalized Filipino and nine-year NBA veteran Andray Blatche, but the name they should know is June Mar Fajardo — a 6-foot-11 center with five MVP awards from his homeland’s top pro league.SERBIAFIBA ranking: 4.The roster is loaded: All-NBA center Nikola Jokic, Boban Marjanovic, Nemanja Bjelica and Bogdan Bogdanovic are all on the team, which has made clear that it believes it can win the gold medal.THE PICKSSerbia and Italy to the second round.___GROUP ESchedule:At ShanghaiSept. 1: Turkey vs. Japan, Czech Republic vs. U.S.Sept. 3: Japan vs. Czech Republic, U.S. vs. TurkeySept. 5: Turkey vs. Czech Republic, U.S. vs. JapanTeams:CZECH REPUBLICFIBA ranking: 24.Tomas Satoransky’s best scoring game for the Washington Wizards last season was a 21-point effort on Jan. 27 — at San Antonio. He’ll lead the Czechs, who open against the U.S. and Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.JAPANFIBA ranking: 48.Wizards rookie and Gonzaga alum Rui Hachimura and Memphis forward Yuta Watanabe (who went to high school in Connecticut and played college ball at George Washington) are the clear leaders of this squad.TURKEYFIBA ranking: 17.There’s plenty of talent there, with NBA players Cedi Osman, Ersan Ilyasova and Furkan Korkmaz leading the way for a team that went to the quarterfinals of the last World Cup in 2014.UNITED STATESFIBA ranking: 1.It’s gold or bust for the two-time defending World Cup champions, bidding to become the first nation to win three straight. Kemba Walker and Donovan Mitchell could be a dynamic backcourt, but the loss to Australia last week raised plenty of eyebrows — and doubt.THE PICKSThe U.S. and Turkey to the second round.___GROUP FSchedule:At Nanjing, ChinaSept. 1: New Zealand vs. Brazil, Greece vs. MontenegroSept. 3: Montenegro vs. New Zealand, Brazil vs. GreeceSept. 5: Brazil vs. Montenegro, Greece vs. New ZealandTeams:BRAZILFIBA ranking: 12.Anderson Varejao, Leandro Barbosa, Cristiano Felicio and Alex Garcia lead the way for the Brazilians, who beat Montenegro earlier this summer and might have to do it again in the group-play finale to advance.GREECEFIBA ranking: 8.NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks leads the Greeks, and has said he would give back that trophy in exchange for World Cup gold. Florida-born point guard Nick Calathes — a former Florida Gator — will run the offense.MONTENEGROFIBA ranking: 28.Orlando Magic star Nikola Vucevic, coming off the best season of his NBA career, gives his homeland hope of a second-round berth — but the opener against Greece will be daunting.NEW ZEALANDFIBA ranking: 38.The player to watch may be guard Tai Webster, who was a big-time scorer for Nebraska as a senior there in 2016-17 and went on to get a summer league stint with the Golden State Warriors.THE PICKSGreece and Brazil to the second round.___GROUP GAt Shenzhen, ChinaSchedule:Sept. 1: Dominican Republic vs. Jordan, France vs. GermanySept. 3: Germany vs. Dominican Republic, Jordan vs. FranceSept. 5: Germany vs. Jordan, Dominican Republic vs. FranceTeams:DOMINICAN REPUBLICFIBA ranking: 18.Dominican Republic coach Nestor Che Garcia has also led the national teams of Uruguay, his native Argentina and Venezuela — plus has coached pro teams in Puerto Rico, Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, Uruguay, Mexico and Spain.FRANCEFIBA ranking: 3.A very real gold-medal contender led by Rudy Gobert in the middle, returning All-World Cup team member Nicolas Batum and NBA veterans Evan Fournier and Nando De Colo. Frank Ntilikina will get minutes at point guard.GERMANYFIBA ranking: 22.Dennis Schroder and Maxi Kleber figure to be the two leaders for the Germans, coached by former North Carolina guard Henrik Rodl. The game against the Dominican Republic could be make-or-break for Germany.JORDANFIBA ranking: 49.Jordan was a very tough out when it debuted at the World Cup in 2010, losing by one to Australia (a game where it led by five with just over a minute remaining) and nine to Argentina.THE PICKSFrance and Germany to the second round.___GROUP HSchedule:At Dongguan, ChinaSept. 1: Canada vs. Australia, Senegal vs. LithuaniaSept. 3: Australia vs. Senegal, Lithuania vs. CanadaSept. 5: Canada vs. Senegal, Lithuania vs. AustraliaTeams:AUSTRALIAFIBA ranking: 11.The Boomers pulled off the pre-tournament shock with a win in Melbourne over the United States, and arrive in China with plenty of momentum. Patty Mills runs the offense, and Andrew Bogut patrols the paint.CANADAFIBA ranking: 23.Not having Miami’s Kelly Olynyk (knee) will hurt the Canadians, who are still good enough for the second round but will have to survive what will likely be the best of the eight groups. Nick Nurse, coach of the NBA champion Toronto Raptors, is coaching Canada.LITHUANIAFIBA ranking: 6.Memphis’ Jonas Valanciunas and Indiana’s Domantas Sabonis are the two best players for the Lithuanians, who bring back five players from the team that went to the World Cup in 2014.SENEGALFIBA ranking: 37.Senegal went 10-2 in the African Qualifiers for the World Cup, tying Nigeria and Tunisia for the best record. But it’ll be a tall task for Senegal to break through in this group.THE PICKSAustralia and Lithuania to the second round.By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball WriterTweetPinShare77 Shares
Würth Elektronik eiSos has founded a subsidiary in Slovenia. In Trbovlje, 60 km east of Ljubljana, nine employees serve the Slovenian market and a growing number of customers in Croatia and Serbia.The managing director of the new Würth Elektronik eiSos subsidiary is Matjaž Popotnik who, as the first sales representative, has grown business for Würth Elektronik eiSos in Slovenia since 2012. The team in Slovenia supports local electronics developers with technical solutions, free samples and high availability of components. After opening a subsidiary in Israel in 2018, Slovenia is the second spin-off from the Würth Elektronik eiSos Group within a short period.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Silicon Labs: IoT connectivity portfolio cuts Wi-Fi power consumption in halfNext IBASE: 2U network computing appliance with dual Intel Xeon scalable processors
Pentek introduced the newest member of the Jade family of high-performance 3U VPX boards. The Model 54851 is based on the Xilinx Kintex Ultrascale FPGA and features two 500 MHz 12-bit A/Ds with two programmable multiband digital downconverters (DDCs) and one digital upconverter (DUC) with two 800 MHz 16-bit D/As. The 54851 is the first board utilizing this new 3U VPX architecture with advanced wideband I/O options.The Model 54851 takes advantage of these VPX I/O options for RF and optical interconnects through the VPX backplane:Option -110: Optical connections based on VITA 66.5 (draft), containing blind-mate MT optical connectors with fixed contacts on the plug-in module and floating displacement on the backplane.Option -111: RF connections based on ANSI/VITA 67.2, containing multi-position blind-mate analog connectors with SMPM contacts.Option -112: RF connections based on ANSI/VITA 67.3 type C, containing multi-position blind mate analog connectors with SMPM contacts, spring-loaded on the backplane allowing more movement and larger diameter cables for better performance.Future options for higher density optical and RF connectors are planned as the supporting standards become available. Organizations such as The Open Group Sensor Open Systems Architecture (SOSA) Consortium are specifying additional types and apertures for VITA 67.3.The Model 54851 can be populated with a range of Kintex UltraScale FPGAs to match specific requirements of the processing task, spanning from the entry-level KU035 (with 1,700 DSP slices) to the high-performance KU115 (with 5,520 DSP slices). The KU115 is ideal for demanding modulation/demodulation, encoding/decoding, encryption/decryption, and channelization of the signals between transmission and reception. For applications not requiring large DSP resources or logic, a lower-cost FPGA can be installed.The Model 54851 also includes a complete multi-board clock and sync engine and a large DDR4 memory. In addition to supporting PCI Express Gen. 3 as a native interface, the Model 54851 includes optional high-bandwidth connections to the Kintex UltraScale FPGA for custom digital I/O.With the Xilinx Kintex Ultrascale FPGA, data converters and optical or RF I/O, the Model 54851 becomes an excellent high performance interface to HF or IF ports of a communications or radar system.Pentek’s Navigator Design Suite was designed from the ground up to work with Pentek’s Jade architecture and Xilinx’s Vivado Design Suite providing an unparalleled plug-and-play solution to the complex task of IP and control software creation and compatibility. Graphical design entry for Xilinx and Pentek AXI4-compliant IP modules using the Xilinx IP Integrator greatly speeds development tasks. The Navigator Design Suite consists of two components: Navigator FDK (FPGA Design Kit) for integrating custom IP into Pentek sourced designs and Navigator BSP (Board Support Package) for creating host applications. Users can work efficiently at the API level for software development and with an intuitive graphical interface for IP design. The Navigator BSP is available for Windows and Linux operating systems.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules, Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Meet the hidden figures of techNext Arrow and IBM aim to reinvent Airport Operations with new IoT solution
New Delhi, Jul 18 (PTI) Top Indian marksman Jitu Rai was today dropped from the Target Olympic Podium Scheme, along with three other shooters, on grounds of recent lack of form. Three track and field athletes were also dropped on the basis of recent below-par performances. The decisions were taken after a meeting of the Mission Olympic Cell here. Commonwealth Games gold medallist table tennis player Manika Batra has been sanctioned Rs 2.4 lakh (approximately) for her training till the Asian Games. This amount includes her training with coach Sandeep Gupta, use of support staff (physiotherapist, fitness trainer and masseur) and purchase of playing equipment. Rs 93,555, which was already approved for Vinesh Phogat’s participation at the Gran Premio De Espana Wrestling tournament where she won the gold medal, was ratified at the meeting. “Proposals of TOPS shooters of about Rs 50 lakhs who will be representing India at Asian Games and World Championships were approved at the meeting. A thorough performance review of shooters under TOPS was also undertaken and four shooters including Jitu Rai were dropped from the scheme, on grounds of recent below-par performances and non-selection in Asian Games and World Championship squads,” a release from the Sports Authority of India said. The three other shooters dropped from the TOP Scheme are Yashaswini Deswal, Amanpreet Singh and Neeraj Kumar. Jitu won a gold each in the men’s 50m pistol event in the 2014 Asian Games and also bagged the yellow metal in the men’s 10m air pistol in the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April. But he is experiencing a lack of form of late and he was left out of the Indian shooting team for the upcoming Asian Games.advertisement Meanwhile, under the funding clearances, Rs 2.93 lakh has been sanctioned to Anjum Moudgil, who participated in the 50m rifle 3 position event at the 2018 Commonwealth Games to procure ammunition for her training till the 2018 Shooting World Championships. “Skeet shooters Mairaj Ahmad Khan and Sheeraz Sheikh are both training under TOPS in Italy under world-renowned coach Ennio Falco. The committee approved the hiring of sports psychologist Giovanna Menditto and physiotherapist Bruno Beniamino for both shooters for a period of 10 days each at a combined cost of Rs. 6.13 Lakhs (Rs. 3.06 lakhs each),” the release said. An amount of Rs 3.25 lakh has been sanctioned to trap shooter Seema Tomar as financial assistance to participate in the Italian Open Green Cup competition from July 21 to August 1. The expenses will also include ammunition and gun maintenance. “Rs. 6.43 lakhs has been sanctioned to double trap shooter Ankur Mittal. This amount includes the purchase of wooden stock, competition expenses for participating in the Italian Open Green Cup and training in Italy with coach Marcello Dradi at Conselice,” the SAI said. Another amount of Rs 8.6 lakh has been sanctioned to double trap shooter Shardul Vihan. Rs 6.53 lakhs will be for his training of 13 days with Marcello Dradi and the remaining Rs 2.06 lakhs will be for purchase of shooting accessories. Rs 4.87 lakh has been sanctioned to pistol shooter Heena Sidhu. Rs 4.32 lakhs will be used for mental performance training with Dr Pierre Beuchamp. The remaining amount will be utilised for the services of a physiotherapist Dr Digbal Ranawat for a month. “Rs 5.51 lakh has been sanctioned to trap shooter Lakshay Sheoran for purchase of equipment and training in Italy towards his preparation for the Asian Games and World Championships. The committee has approved the purchase of equipment and ammunition worth Rs 9.59 lakh for 50m rifle 3 position shooter Sanjeev Rajput.” Rs 4.37 lakh has been sanctioned to trap shooter Angad Vir Bajwa for his training in Italy ahead of the Asian Games and World Championships. In athletics, Lili Das, who has represented India in 800m and 1500m, was dropped on grounds of recent below-par performance. The committee is open to taking her back into the scheme, as she is reasonably young and is seen as a promising talent going forward. Men’s shot putter Om Prakash Karhana and 400m relay runner Mohan Kumar were also dropped from the scheme on grounds of recent below-par performance. About Rs 3 lakh was also sanctioned to four boxers Sonia Lather, Manoj Kumar, Gaurav Solanki and Shiva Thapa to purchase boxing equipment. This is over and above the equipment being provided to the Indian boxing team under Annual Calendar for Training and Competition. PTI PDS PDS ATKATK
HS Prannoy and Sameer Verma gave Indian singles a winning start at the BWF World Championships 2018 in Nanjing, China while the doubles pairs also lit up Round 1 with their dominating show on Monday.India only had two singles players in Prannoy and Sameer competing on the first day and both of them put up a winning performance but the day belonged to the doubles category.Out of the six doubles pairs from India, as many as five advanced to the second round with only Sanyogita Ghorpade and Prajakta Sawant losing in women’s doubles.World No. 11 Prannoy started his campaign in China in style with a 21-12, 21-11 win over New Zealand’s Abhinav Manota. It took Prannoy a mere 28 minutes to pocked the match and advance to the second round.Sameer, who is currently ranked 19th in the world, also dominated his French opponent Lucas Corvee and registered a 21-13, 21-10 victory in 39 minutes.Prannoy will take on Brazil’s Ygor Coelho in the second round but Sameer has a massive task at hand against five-time World Champion Lin Dan.Coming to the doubles category, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponappa, who are participating in their first World Championships as a pair, took 36 minutes to dispatch the Danish pair of Niclas Nohr and Sara Thygesen 21-9, 22-20.Satwik and Ashwini will be up against German pair of Mark Lamsfuss and Marvin Emil Seidel in Round 2.Men’s doubles pair Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy, who recently lifted the Lagos International title, beat Bulgaria’s Daniel Nikolov and Ivan Rusev 21-13, 21-18 to reach the second round.advertisementIndia’s top-ranked mixed doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy registered an easy 21-17, 21-15 win over Czech Republic’s Jakub Bitman and Alzbeta Basova.Saurabh Sharma and Anoushka Parikh won 21-13, 21-12 against Nigerian pair of Enejoh Abah and Peace Orji in the mixed doubles category. Another mixed doubles pair of Rohan Kapoor and Kuhoo Garg registered a 21-19, 21-6 win over Canada’s Toby NG and Rachel Honderich in 28 minutes.The only doubles pair to lose on Monday, Ghorpade and Sawant went down fighting 20-22, 14-21 to the Turkish pair of Bengisu Ercetin and Nazlican Inci in 34 minutes.
An anonymous letter has triggered a war words between Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) ombudsman Ushanath Banerjee and state board President Sourav Ganguly over alleged conflict of interest of selectors Palash Nandy and Madan Ghosh.Banerjee had received an anonymous letter a few days back which pointed out that senior selection panel chief Nandy was associated with a cricket coaching camp.Further, it alleged that Ghosh, who moved from the senior to junior selection recently was both associated with a coaching camp and had also represented White Border Club in CAB meetings previously.”The CAB had done nothing about it for a long time. For the pair, it was business as usual till the letter came and stirred a hornet’s nest,” a source close to the development said.Ganguly shot off a letter, a copy of which was circulated to the media, asking Banerjee not to pay heed to such cases since the complainant did not reveal his or her identity.”The Cricket Association of Bengal will not entertain any such anonymous communication and as such you being an important part of the organisation should follow the same. I feel you are not entitled to give any reply,” Ganguly wrote.Banerjee hit back within hours using strong language. The four-page rejoinder was also circulated to the media.Banerjee rejected the former India captain’s diktat, saying: “It is widely acknowledged that in the interest of maintaining transparency, organisations world over take cognizance of anonymous information.”To butress his point, he cited in the letter examples of cases where the judiciary has acted on the basis of anonymous information.advertisement”You have been incorrectly advised by persons without any homework being done and based on mere knowledge in the subject matter in issue,” Banerjee wrote to Ganguly.”I humbly request you to kindly point out the said policy of CAB, as referred in your letter, and the date when so adopted,” the reply read.When contacted, the senior advocate gave an impression that the issue had been resolved but did not want to be quoted on any further action.(With IANS inputs)
Former India captain Sachin Tendulkar was beaming with pride as his daughter Sara completed her graduation from the University College of London on Friday.Tendulkar, the highest run-scorer in international cricket, shared a picture from Sara’s graduation day along with his wife Anjali.”It feels like just yesterday when you left home for @ucl, and now you are a Graduate. Anjali and I are so proud of you! May you go out and conquer the world Sara,” Tendulkar wrote on Twitter as he posted three pictures of himself and Anjali with Sara.Sara completed her graduation in medicine from the University College of London. Tendulkar’s daughter has followed in the footsteps of his wife Anjali, who is a paediatrician by profession but left her practice after marrying Sachin in 1995.It feels like just yesterday when you left home for @ucl, and now you are a Graduate. Anjali and I are so proud of you! May you go out and conquer the Sara. pic.twitter.com/y9d8bpNzs3Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) September 7, 2018Tendulkar’s son Arjun on the other hand, has decided to take up cricket professionally and recently made his India U-19 debut against Sri Lanka, where he took just 12 balls to grab his maiden wicket. Following the end of the series that India won, he returned to England for his holidays and has been practicing with Team India.advertisementArjun was recently spotted selling radio sets outside the Lord’s cricket ground where India played the second Test against England last month.Before selling radios, he was also one of the volunteers helping the groundstaff during Day 2 of the second Test. Arjun’s father Sachin was in the stands on the first day, along with Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh and director Kabir Khan, watching his son helping out the groundsmen.Arjun has also been training at Lord’s with the Marylebone Cricket Club. “Not only has he been training with @MCCYC4L recently & but he has also been lending a helping hand to our Groundstaff!,” Lord’s Cricket Ground’s Twitter account posted.Arjun Tendulkar!Not only has he been training with @MCCYC4L recently & but he has also been lending a helping hand to our Groundstaff!#ENGvIND#LoveLords pic.twitter.com/PVo2iiLCcvLord’s Cricket Ground (@HomeOfCricket) August 10, 2018
Samsung is prepping to bring a new J series phone to India soon. The South Korean smartphone maker has announced the same on Monday via a teaser. The company took to Twitter to post about the upcoming J series phone. Noting the key highlight of the upcoming J series phone Samsung has confirmed that the new Galaxy J series phone will come with a side fingerprint sensor, similar to what the Moot Z3 Play has.Samsung hasn’t revealed the name of the upcoming phone, however, some reports suggest that it could be the Galaxy J6+. An IANS report claims that Samsung will launch two J series phones — Galaxy J6+ and Galaxy J4+ — in India this week.The report further noted that the Galaxy J6+ is expected to sport two cameras on the rear panel paired with a side fingerprint sensor. While on the other hand, the Galaxy J4+ is likely to come with a new “emotify’ feature. This means, in the teaser posted by Samsung today, the company is talking about the J6+.The teaser posted by the company reveals that the upcoming Samsung phone — possibly the J6+ — will come with bezels slightly on the thinner side compared to the previous Samsung J series phones like the Galaxy J6 or the Galaxy J8. The smartphone will also not follow the latest trend of notched display, the teaser reveals.Experience a cool new way to unlock your world of entertainment. The new Galaxy J with Side Fingerprint Sensor, coming soon. #InfinitelyFunhttps://t.co/Q8mdAa2gFZ pic.twitter.com/1zprdzQXghadvertisement Samsung Mobile India (@SamsungMobileIN) September 17, 2018″Experience a cool new way to unlock your world of entertainment. The new Galaxy J with Side Fingerprint Sensor, coming soon. #InfinitelyFun,” Samsung’s post reads. The teaser attached to the post also reveals that the side placed fingerprint sensor will be fast enough to unlock the phone. Well, that only time will say if it’s as fast Samsung claims.As of now, Samsung hasn’t revealed any detail about the upcoming smartphone. But, considering J series smartphone are mostly mid rangers, the to-be-announced phone shouldn’t be an exception. We can expect the upcoming Galaxy J series phone to cost around Rs 15,000, the IANS report, however, notes that both the smartphones are likely to be priced between Rs 10,000 and Rs 20,000, as confirmed by industry sources.
Paris, Sep 18 (AFP) France’s Interior Minister Gerard Collomb announced Tuesday that he would stand down after next year’s European Parliament elections, in yet another blow to President Emmanuel Macron.Collomb, one of Macron’s most loyal ministers and a heavyweight in his cabinet, told news magazine L’Express that he would quit the ministry to run for his old job as mayor of Lyon in eastern France in 2020.The announcement comes just three weeks after Macron’s popular environment minister Nicolas Hulot quit and as the president’s approval ratings have plummeted.”The local elections are still far away — I will run in Lyon if I don’t get diagnosed as seriously ill anytime before that,” Collomb joked.”I won’t be interior minister right up until the last moment. After a certain amount of time it would be better to be totally free for the campaign,” he said.”I think ministers who want to run in the 2020 local elections should be able to quit the government after the European fight,” he said of the May 2019 European Parliament vote.Collomb, 71, previously served as Lyon mayor for 16 years until Macron poached him for the interior ministry, and it has long been rumoured that he was eyeing a fourth term running the city. Rightwing opponents called on Collomb to step down immediately.”France deserves a full-time interior minister, not a man who’s only thinking about himself and is just doing the job part time,” said Guillaume Peltier, a senior member of the Republicans party.The news comes after Macron struggled through a major scandal this summer over revelations that his former bodyguard Alexandre Benalla roughed up protesters while wearing a police helmet.Collomb became embroiled in the affair after it emerged he knew about the incident but decided it was not his job to inform prosecutors. Benalla has since been charged with assault.Elected in May 2017 on a promise to reinvigorate the French economy, Macron has pushed through pro-business policies such as tax cuts for the wealthy but which have yet to bear much fruit, with growth forecasts recently cut to 1.6 percent of GDP this year.The 40-year-old president, a former investment banker, also became embroiled at the weekend in the latest of a series of comments criticised as appearing out of touch with ordinary people.Macron told an aspiring young gardener he could find him a job just by “crossing the street”, in a restaurant or hotel.A Kantar Sofres Onepoint poll released Monday found only 19 percent had a positive view of Macron, with 60 percent expressing a negative opinion.Collomb has previously said he viewed Macron “almost as a son”, but surprised political commentators this month by saying his government suffered from a “lack of humility”.A Socialist wooed into Macron’s centrist government, he has been faulted by former leftist allies for his record in office, not least an immigration bill that was nonetheless seen by rightwingers as too lax.Hulot, a TV presenter and veteran environmental campaigner, quit on August 28 — live on the radio without informing Macron beforehand — saying he felt “all alone” on green issues in the government.A second popular member of the cabinet, former Olympic fencing champion Laura Flessel, resigned as sports minister just a week later, citing personal reasons. (AFP) PMSPMSadvertisement
Bhubaneswar, Oct 5 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday launched a common city payment card system “Odyssey City Card” for Bhubaneswar.As a joint initiative of the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation, Bhubaneswar Smart City Ltd and the ICICI Bank, the card will facilitate payment transactions for citizen services across the city.The services include shopping, city bus, recreation, parking and utility services like properties tax payments.The Chief Minister also launched “My Odyssey Centres” that will facilitate payment services for citizens.A total of 325 Odyssey Centres will be opened out of which 25 was opened in the first phase.The Chief Minister said that this card system reflects the journey of the heritage city of Bhubaneswar into a modern urban centre and endeavour of government to transform it into a Smart City through technology.The Chief Minister further said this initiative would help in positioning Bhubaneswar as a premier sports city during the upcoming Men’s Hockey World Cup.Anup Bagchi, Executive Director, ICICI Bank said: “ICICI Bank has always been at the forefront of introducing path breaking digital solutions which aims to offer simplicity and convenience to our customers. We are delighted to associate with Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation and Bhubaneswar Smart City Ltd to bring forth the ‘Odyssey City Card’.”–IANScd/nir