Apacer upgrades to new-generation DDR4-2666 memory modules

first_imgThe rapid confluence of artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) have not only fueled an increasing demand for various smart application and smart devices and servers, but also increased performance demand in computing power and transfer speed. In response to the successive upgrade in Intel’s and AMD’s servers, desktop processors, and mobile processors platforms, as well as the increased support of adaptation of the DDR4-2666 specification, Apacer has outpaced its competitors in the mass production of DDR4-2666 memory modules for server and industry applications. Apacer’s DDR4-2666 memory is compatible with the latest Intel Purley and AMD EPYC processor platforms, fully highlighting the company’s ambition to the top supplier for the long-awaited overhaul in the global server market and officially propelling industrial memory into the high-performance, high-bandwidth realm of DDR4-2666.Apacer anticipates fully demonstrating the high-performance, high-speed, and high-stability features of its products, thereby satisfying customer requirements. DRAMeXchange, a division of TrendForce, predicts that the global shipping volume of servers could reach 5.53% in 2018 amidst industrial transformation and the rising popularity of smart applications, which would drive growth in server memory of up to 28.6%. That growth would top all memory products. The strong demand for server memory is not only fueled by the server demands of data centers but also associated with the upgrade of Intel and AMD server platforms. Apacer’s comprehensive upgrade of server and industrial memory modules to the DDR4-2666 specification not only caters to the next generation of server platforms, specifically, Intel Purley and AMD EYPC, but also increases transfer rates to 2666 M/s, which is 11% higher than the previous-generation DDR4-2400 specification. The new-generation memory modules outperform the older generation in speed, efficiency, and power conservation.Apacer’s modules are compatible with a variety of products and meet JEDEC memory specifications. They support UDIMM, SODIMM, RDIMM, LRDIMM, ECC UDIMM, and ECC SODIMM specifications and range from 2 GB to 64 GB capacity choices. These products are targeted to satisfy the replacement demands of servers, industrial computers, and smart devices. By taking advantage of its dominance in vertical application markets, such as IoT, healthcare, transportation, national defense, and gaming, and drawing on its superior customization capabilities and immense industrial experiences, Apacer aims to preemptively gain a leading position in this wave of smart innovative development and be fully prepared for era of DDR4-2666.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Module solution for Industrial EthernetNext IAR Systems acquires Secure Thingzlast_img read more

Renesas: integrated cockpit and connected car devices with hypervisor for R-Car SoC

first_imgRenesas Electronics announced the “R-Car virtualization support package” that enables easier development of hypervisors for the R-Car automotive SoC. The R-Car virtualization support package includes, at no charge, both the R-Car hypervisor development guide document and sample software for use as reference in such development for software vendors who develop the embedded hypervisors that are required for integrated cockpits and connected car applications. A hypervisor is a virtualization operating system that allows multiple guest OSs, such as Linux, Android, and various real-time OSs, to run completely independently on a single chip. Renesas announced the R-Car hypervisor in April of 2017 and the new R-Car virtualization Support Package was developed to help software vendors accelerate their development of R-Car hypervisors.As more and more R-Car hypervisors become available from software vendors, OEM and Tier 1 companies will have a wider choice of hypervisor options and will be able to select an optimal hypervisor for the combination of the guest OS to be run, and for the system of meter cluster and cloud services used. This will increase the flexibility of integrated cockpit system and connected car development and make development faster.The third-generation R-Car SoCs were designed assuming that they would be used with a hypervisor. The Arm CPU cores, graphics cores, video/audio IP and other functions include virtualization functions and, originally, for software vendors to make use of these functions, they would have had to understand both the R-Car hardware manuals and the R-Car virtualization functions and start by looking into how to implement a hypervisor. Now, by following development guides in the R-Car virtualization support package, not only can software vendors easily take advantage of these functions, they will be able to take full advantage of the advanced features of R-Car. Also, by providing sample software that can be used as a reference, this package supports rapid development.By growing its ecosystem with partner companies, including hypervisor vendors, Renesas plans to further expand its lineup of the virtualization package, a combination of a hypervisor and guest OS, and aims to lead the deployment of virtualization into vehicles to contribute to the realization of a safe and secure automotive society.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Moxa develops Microsoft Azure IoT Edge-ready gateway devicesNext A peek inside Amazon FreeRTOS: Communication and memorylast_img read more

Applications of blockchain in engineering remain scarce

first_imgWTF Is The Blockchain? A Guide for Total Beginners Blockchain Technology Overview NIST Report on Blockchain Technology Aims to Go Beyond the Hype NIST: Blockchain Provides Security, Traceability for Smart Manufacturing Securing the Digital Threat for Smart Manufacturing: A Reference Model for Blockchain-Based Product Data Traceability What is blockchain? Blockchain. It’s the basis for cryptocurrency and now businesses are looking into other use cases. Engineering use cases have been proposed, though implementations are essentially nonexistent at this early stage in the distributed digital ledger’s development. That’s what EDN learned from speaking with several instrument makers and publishers of calibration software who, when asked, replied “not thinking about it” or “no comment.”Why the lack of enthusiasm in the engineering community? Despite the hype and large number of blockchain descriptions and tutorials available, there is still not even a formal, accepted definition of a blockchain. See ” Blockchain resources,” for links to papers and articles where you can learn how the technology works. Computer scientists at NIST have written a paper that contains the closest thing to a standard description. NISTIR 8202, Blockchain Technology Overview describes a blockchain: Blockchains are distributed digital ledgers of cryptographically signed transactions that are grouped into blocks. Each block is cryptographically linked to the previous one (making it tamper evident) after validation and undergoing a consensus decision. As new blocks are added, older blocks become more difficult to modify (creating tamper resistance). New blocks are replicated across copies of the ledger within the network, and any conflicts are resolved automatically using established rules. The NIST Blockchain Technology Overview, which I highly recommend as a starting point, describes permissioned and permissionless blockchain digital ledgers. In a permissionless blockchain such as cryptocurrency, anyone with the software and enough computing power can become a node in the blockchain network. People who add blocks to the chain use public addresses, concealing their true identities. Permissioned blockchains—where the identity of those able to add blocks is known—have so far received considerably less discussion, but that’s changing. In a permissioned blockchain, only those computers with permission can become nodes in a blockchain network. Such blockchains might have value in documenting engineering activities and storing engineering data as a product moves from design to production. NIST has proposed using blockchain to securely store manufacturing data. Blockchains might find a place in the supply chain to provide proof of origin for parts and prove authentication. Another potential application is to store data as components are assembled onto boards and boards go into systems. EDN spoke with Dylan Yaga, author of NISTIR 8202, who noted this possible use. In addition to its use in the supply chain, blockchain has been proposed as a method for storing calibration data. The authors of Blockchain-based for Calibration of Digital Multimeter System Design point to blockchain’s ability to store data in a way that makes it difficult to change once a block of data is added to a chain. The paper’s authors propose a permissioned blockchain where only authorized parties add blocks of data to the chain. Because the calibration data is stored on every computer in this private blockchain network, it can’t be lost in the event of a data breach, fire, or other calamity occurring at a single location. Today, each lab maintains its own database of equipment it’s calibrated. Many users keep their own copies of data on calibrations performed on their equipment. Figure 1 shows how data might be stored in a blockchain from more than one lab. Each lab would have its own application software (single app shown). Figure 1 Calibration labs, each using their own software (one shown), could share a single blockchain for measurement data. Query a blockchain? The paper’s authors note that simply storing data in a blockchain isn’t enough. The data needs additional software to be organized and needs software to calculate a measurement’s uncertainty and verify traceability to a national lab such as NIST. Michael Schwartz, automation engineer at CalLab Solutions echoed that need. In developing metrology.net, Schwartz and others considered in 2015 implementing a blockchain database for storing calibration data but ran into problems when designing the database for storing data but ran into issues. “We needed a way to query the blockchain data and couldn’t find one,” he told EDN . Instead, Schwartz chose to store the data in XML files. When asked about Schwartz’s claim of no queries, Yaga replied by saying, “Blockchains need additional software to make them usable. You can construct a relational database that uses the blockchain-stored data to perform queries.” “It’s possible,” he continued, “to query a blockchain’s data block by block, but that’s inefficient. The relational database can cache the blockchain’s data for queries, provide a more useable interface for the data, and perform data processing.” Figure 2 shows a relational database with data copied from a blockchain. “Most people aren’t comfortable with command lines found in most blockchain software. The primary reason for storing the data in a blockchain is because changing the data is difficult.” Yaga added that labs would need to verify that data in the relational database has not been altered by comparing its contents against that of the blockchain. You can also use a block explorer to search data in a blockchain. They’re mostly used for searching cryptocurrency blockchains and go by names such as Blockchair, Gold Explorer, and Cardano Blockchain Explorer. Figure 2 A relational database can perform queries of data copied from a blockchain. “Trust” means different things Blockchain resources There’s no shortage of online blockchain descriptions, tutorials and software ratings. Here’s a sampling. NIST papers and articles How do you build a blockchain? Blockchain basics Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Advanced Technology Continue Reading Previous WITTENSTEIN: SAFERTOS now supports RISC-VNext SRAM-based processor-in-memory (PIM) AI chip proves speedy AI inference performer 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 What is Blockchain and What Blockchains Are The Blockchain Might Be the Next Disruptive Technology IEEE publications Blockchain: Understanding Its Uses and Implications, free online course by Linux Foundation In blockchain terms, trust refers to the integrity of a transaction and in the decentralized database’s underlying cryptographic mechanisms as well. Permissionless blockchains rely on a rigorous mathematical process that results in consensus from the community, which creates trust in a transaction’s validity. That’s essential for a permissionless cryptocurrency blockchain because there’s no central authority as there is in traditional currency. According to Yaga, permissioned blockchains might not have the same level of trust (in blockchain terms) as permissionless blockchains because of the limited number of users available to mathematically reach consensus. He noted that a blockchain with a single user has no way to assign such trust to anything put into it. In a permissioned blockchain, anyone with data-entry permission can add blocks to the chain. With few nodes in the network, the users must implicitly trust each other to keep the data valid. But, engineers usually trust the work performed at a calibration lab anyway. If you don’t trust a lab’s procedures and results, look for another lab regardless of how the lab stores test results. In measurement and calibration, it’s trust in the data that counts. The metrology industry has established calibration procedures that accreditation bodies audit when they visit a lab. In the blockchain paper on DMM calibration, labs are the nodes of the blockchain network. But, before data is entered in the blockchain, software calculates uncertainty, creates a calibration certificate for an instrument, and establishes traceability to a national lab before writing to the blockchain. A lab’s customers can log in to an account at a lab and retrieve calibration certificates created by the external software, but not have access to the blockchain. While not blockchain based, Schwartz’s software calculates the uncertainty in a calibration. That software also compares calibration data against a lab’s “scope of uncertainty,” a set of data that results from a lab’s audit, which is based on calibration procedures, equipment used, and the equipment’s traceability to a national lab. The calculated uncertainty can’t be less than a lab’s scope of uncertainty for a given measurement, lest the data be invalid in a calibration sense. Although blockchains rely on “trust,” that trust has nothing to with trusting the quality of the data itself. Thus, s blockchain can have invalid data even though the blockchain software concludes that the data entered is “trusted” from a blockchain perspective. In other words, “garbage in, garbage out.” Blockchain basics: Introduction to distributed ledgers Do You Need a Blockchain? How Blockchains Work Blockchain-based for Calibration of Digital Multimeter System Design IBM’s solution to linking physical goods with a blockchain last_img read more

Pakistan, Korea secure easy wins to keep semifinal hopes alive

first_imgBy Tapan Mohanta Dubai, Jun 24 (PTI) Pakistan and Korea secured easy wins over their respective opponents to open their accounts and keep their semifinal hopes alive in the Kabaddi Masters at the Al Wasl Sports Complex here today. In a group A match, Pakistan prevailed over Kenya 43-21 to finish the first leg matches with five points, as India led with 10 points. Korea demolished a helpless Argentina 72-16 in the first match of the day to open their account after going down to Iran in their tournament opener. In group B, Iran lead the table with 10 points, followed by Korea while Argentina are winless from two matches. The second and final leg will begin tomorrow with Iran taking on Korea, while India lock horns with Pakistan. Two teams from each group make the semifinals, slated for June 29, in the six-nation kabaddi meet that will conclude on June 30. Pakistan executed two all-outs en route to a 23-5 lead at half time as Kenya defence struggle to cope. Pakistan were also bolstered by the joining of their top two raiders Muzammal Hussain and Sajjat Shaukat who arrived this morning after a facing visa hurdles. But coach Nabeel Ahmed preferred to put them on the bench to keep them fresh for the crucial clash against India tomorrow. Aided by a successful review for bonus point, Kenya put up a much improved show in the second half but Pakistan defence showed strong teamwork to thwart all their efforts for an all-out. The first match of the day proved to be a lopsided affair as Argentina were done in by their inexperience.advertisement Such was the Koreans’ dominance that Argentines scored their first point after six minutes with Korea already ahead 12-1. By half time, Korea had inflicted four all-outs and took a huge 44-6 lead. The second half was no different as the Koreans’ solid defence pinned down the inexperienced Argentine raiders with ease. Argentina reached double figures in the 30th minute but still trailed by 47 points to go down in a complete mismatch of sorts. The meet is a brainchild of International Kabaddi Federation in partnership with Star India Pvt Ltd with support of the Dubai Sports Council. PTI TAP AHAHlast_img read more

Mohammed Shami returns for India after public spat with Hasin Jahan

first_imgMohammed Shami returned to the Indian side on Wednesday after a gap of over six months as he was included in the playing XI for the first Test against England at Birmingham.Shami last played for India in the third Test against South Africa at Johannesburg in January and played a starring role in a historic triumph.The first Test against England in Birmingham is also the first international match for the West Bengal pacer after he was involved in a public spat with his wife Hasin Jahan earlier this year.In March, Hasin had accused Shami of extra-marital affairs and domestic abuse. In a Facebook post, Hasin shared screenshots of Shami’s alleged chats with other women. Soon after, Shami denied the accusations on social media and said it was all a conspiracy to defame him.India vs England 1st Test Day 1: Live BlogOver the next weeks, both Hasin and Shami took potshots at each other and issued strong statements in the media. Both parties accused the other of lying and Shami questioned Hasin’s mental health.Hasin had also mentioned Shami’s involvement in match-fixing, which forced the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to withhold his central contract. But, after a thorough investigation from BCCI’s anti-corruption unit (ACSU), he was cleared of any such thing and BCCI offered him a fresh central contract, which it had withheld following his wife’s police complaint. As far as cricket is concerned, Shami was also the part of Indian ODI squad that thumped South Africa 5-1 in the six-match ODI series in February but he didn’t feature in a single game.advertisementShami, who is largely seen as a Test bowler, was then ignored by the selectors for the T20I series against South Africa. He was also omitted from the Indian squad for the Nidahas Trophy.He returned to cricket with IPL as he was bought for Rs 3 crore by Delhi Daredevils. However, he failed miserably in the T20 league as he could only manage three wickets in four matches. DD finished at the bottom of the IPL table.The one-off historic Test against Afghanistan was expected to be the opportunity for Shami to return to the Indian fold as he overcame the family troubles and contract issues. But it couldn’t be as the fast bowler failed the Yo-Yo fitness test despite being named in the India squad. Navdeep Saini was called in as his replacement.Shami was subsequently ignored for India’s T20I and ODI squad for series against Ireland and England.He was, however, recalled to India’s Test squad for the five-match series against England after he finally passed the Yo-Yo test earlier this month.The pacer experienced a pretty successful return to international cricket. He took two wickets for 64 runs as India reduced England to 285 for nine on the opening day of the first Test match at Edgbaston.last_img read more

Sony Xperia XZ3 renders leak ahead of IFA 2018 launch on August 30

first_imgSony is at IFA 2018 in Berlin where it is gearing up to launch its next flagship Xperia phone, which is most likely the Xperia XZ3. We have heard about the flagship for a while now and details regarding its design and specs have been a little middling. But a new report by Winfuture.de gives us our clearest look at what the Xperia XZ3 will look like as well as the hardware it is going to bring.Roland Quandt of Winfuture.de has been pretty spot on when it comes to smartphone leaks and we expect the latest renders and specs details of the Xperia XZ3 to be accurate as well. Starting off with the renders, the upcoming XZ flagship will continue to sport an ambient design with curves and arches, especially on the back. The rear panel is made up of glass that will seamlessly curve into the metal frame. The device will be offered in four colours as per the renders – Black, White, Green and Red.Up front, the Xperia XZ3 will continue to sport an 18:9 display and will not join the latest trend of notched displays. That’s not surprising considering it took Sony quite a while to adopt full-screen displays. Notably, the bezels on the top and bottom of the XZ3 will be a little wider to accommodate two powerful front-facing speakers. The display itself is said to be a pOLED panel but the size is as yet unknown.Powering the Xperia XZ3 will be a Snapdragon 845 chipset with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. It seems this will be the only variant on offer and there is no word yet on support for storage expandability. Interestingly, past reports suggested that the Xperia XZ3 will sport dual cameras on the back, but the renders seem to confirm that Sony will continue with a single camera setup. It is possible that the XZ3 Premium model will get the dual camera system much like the XZ2 Premium. Notably, the phone will be the first to ship with Android 9.0 Pie out-of-the-box.advertisementThe single camera on the XZ3 will bring a 19-megapixel Sony sensor, but it’s unclear whether it will support OIS or EIS. As per the report, the front camera will bear a 13-megapixel sensor. The device is also said to house a 3,300mAh battery with support for USB Type-C. The report adds that the pricing of the Xperia XZ3 should be around 800 euros. We’ll know if the details provided by Quandt are true in just a few more hours.last_img read more

Arda Turan questioned by Turkish police over alleged fight with pop star

first_imgTurkish international midfielder Arda Turan has been questioned by the police in an alleged fight with pop star Berkay Sahin at a night club in Istanbul.According to media reports, Turan was summoned by a prosecutor to make a statement to police after they received reports of the player’s clash with singer Sahin.It quoted Turan’s police statement as saying he rejected allegations he harassed Sahin and that a bullet fired from his pistol when he subsequently went to the hospital where Sahin was being treated for an injury was fired by mistake as he was tucking the gun in his waist.An Istanbul police spokesman said police had sought a statement from Turan. The spokesman did not provide further details.Turan joined Barcelona from Atletico Madrid for 34 million euros ($39.4 million) in 2015, winning six trophies, making 55 appearances and scoring 15 goals for the Catalan side.Turan is currently on loan from Barcelona at Turkish club Istanbul Basaksehir,(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

3rd Test: England 6 wickets away from historic series sweep after Sri Lanka collapse

first_imgEngland are six wickets away from a historic 3-0 whitewash of Sri Lanka after reducing the hosts to 54 for 4 at stumps on day three of the third Test at Sinhalese Sports Club on Sunday.Having set the hosts an improbable target of 327, England bowlers ran through the Sri Lankan top order.Off-spinner Moeen Ali, who shared the new ball with Stuart Broad, dismissed both openers.Danushka Gunathilaka (6) was caught at first slip by Ben Stokes while Dimuth Karunaratne was clean bowled for 23.Sri Lanka vs England 3rd Test Day 3: As it happenedJack Leach claimed a wicket in his third ball of the innings when he dismissed first-innings half-centurion Dhananjaya de Silva for no score.Ben Stokes dismissed Angelo Mathews with a short ball having got him out in the same fashion in the first innings. Mathews pulled a delivery without control and Broad at short mid-wicket took a terrific diving catch.Sri Lanka were ruing the dismissal of their premier batsman with four balls left to the close of play.Kusal Mendis was unbeaten on 15 with nightwatchman Lakshan Sandakan on one.England, who had a first innings lead of 96 runs, made 230 all out in their second innings.England had a poor start, losing four wickets for 39 in the first hour of the morning session before Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes staged a recovery.Buttler top scored with 64 runs having successfully reviewed after being given out leg before wicket when on 27.Stokes, who was twice dismissed off no-balls by Lakshan Sandakan for overstepping the line went on to post 42 runs.advertisementStokes and Buttler shared an 89-run partnership for the fifth wicket.Wicketkeeper batsman Ben Foakes, who added 44 for the eighth wicket with Adil Rashid (24), was unbeaten on 36.Foakes playing in his debut series made significant contributions finishing with 277 runs in six innings at an average of 69, the most by a batsman from either side.Dilruwan Perera finished with a five-wicket haul, his eighth in Test cricket.England won the first Test by 211 runs and sealed the series at Pallekele with a 57-run win. It was their first win in Sri Lanka in 17 years.England is closing on a 3-0 series sweep. Only two other teams – Australia in 2004 and India in 2017 – had achieved the milestone in Sri Lanka.(With AP inputs)last_img read more

Apple announces the Best of 2018; Indian app wins iPad app of the year honour

first_imgThe year 2018 is coming to an end and ahead of the year end, Apple has announced its ‘Best of 2018’- its annual list which details the best content available on the App Store and iTunes across devices including the iPhone, iPad, Mac and the Apple TV. The list includes everything from apps to games, from movies to music and books to podcasts.As the tradition goes, while the company announces the top trends across devices, it also announces a list of apps across categories that its editors consider worth highlighting and represent the best of what the year had to offer. This year, Apple’s editors awarded iPad App of Year honour to and app by an Indian software company.Froggipedia is an augmented reality based educational app developed by India-based Designmate that allows users to observe the life-cycle of a frog and dissect and observe the complex structure of its internal organs without having to touch a frog or lift a scalpel in real life. The app helps kids to test their knowledge of the amphibian using simple fun quiz at the end of the session.However, Froggipedia is not the only cool (and popular) app in Apple’s 2018 list. Here’s a list of the top apps and games that the company has to offer:Best Apps of the Year App Trend of the Year: Self-careGame Trend of the Year: Battle Royale-style gamingiPhone App of the Year: Procreate PocketiPhone Game of the Year: Donut CountyiPad App of the Year: FroggipediaiPad Game of the Year: GorogoaMac App of the Year: Pixelmator ProMac Game of the Year: The Gardens BetweenApple TV App of the Year: SweatApple TV Game of the Year: Alto’s OdysseyadvertisementTop Free Apps – Charts1. WhatsApp Messenger2. YouTube3. Facebook4. Instagram5. Facebook Messenger6. SHAREit7. Google Maps8. Paytm9. TikTok10. HotstarTop Paid Apps – Charts1. DSLR Camera2. CamScanner3. CamToPlan PRO4. Kirakira+5. My Contacts Backup Pro6. Geekbench 47. Pixomatic Photo Editor8. iScanner9. Sense10. Fitness Buddy+ Gym Workout LogTop Free Games – Charts1. PUBG Mobile2. Ludo King3. Sniper 3D: Fun Battle Shooting4. Candy Crush Saga5. Snake Vs Block6. Dream11 Fantasy Sports7. 8 Ball Pool8. Subway Surfers9. Word Link – Word Puzzle Game10. Knife HitTop Paid Games – Charts1. Hitman Sniper2. Assassin’s Creed Identity3. Can Knockdown 24. Grand Theft Auto: San Andrea5. Driving Zone 26. BADLAND 27. F1 20168. Minecraft9. Monument Valley 210. Grand Theft Auto: Vice CityBesides these, Apple, in its annual list, also included apps for its Apple Watch that impressed its editors.Favourite Watch Apps of the Year1. WaterMinder2. App in the Air3. CARROT Weather4. Just Press Record5. Swing Tennis Tracker6. Lifesum: Diert & Marco Tracker7. 10% Happier: Meditation8. Overcast9. Fun Golf GPS10. SlopesALSO READ: | Google Play Users Choice Awards: PUBG MOBILE, Avengers: Infinity War voted the best of 2018last_img read more

Uttar Pradesh: Muslims plan to leave this village if BJP wins polls

first_imgMuslims in Nayabans, an unremarkable village in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, say they remember a time when their children played with Hindu youths, and people from either faith chatted when they frequented each other’s shops and went to festivals together.Such interactions no longer happen, many say, because of how polarized the two communities have become in the past two years, and some are frightened and thinking of moving away – if they can afford it.Muslim residents who spoke to Reuters said they thought tensions would only worsen if Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wins a second term in the current general election, as exit polls released on Sunday indicate is likely. Votes will be counted Thursday.”Things were very good earlier. Muslims and Hindus were together in good and bad times, weddings to deaths. Now we live our separate ways despite living in the same village,” said Gulfam Ali, who runs a small shop selling bread and tobacco.Modi came to power in 2014 and the BJP took control of Uttar Pradesh state, which includes Nayabans, in 2017. The state’s chief minister, Yogi Adityanath, is a Hindu priest and senior BJP figure.”Modi and Yogi have messed it up,” said Ali. “Dividing Hindus and Muslims is their main agenda, only agenda. It was never like this earlier. We want to leave this place but can’t really do that.”He says about a dozen Muslim families have left in the past two years, including his uncle.advertisementThe BJP denies its policies have stoked community divisions.COW KILLINGAt the end of last year, Nayabans, a village of wheatfields, narrow cemented streets, bullock carts and loitering cows, became a symbol of India’s deepening divide as some Hindu men from the area complained they had seen a group of Muslims slaughtering cows, which Hindus regard as sacred.Angry Hindus accused police of failing to stop an illegal practice, and a Hindu mob blocked a highway, threw stones and burned vehicles. Two people were shot and killed – including a police officer.Five months later many Muslims, who only number about 400 of the village’s population of more than 4,000, say the wounds haven’t healed.And in a country where 14 per cent of the population are Muslim and 80 per cent Hindu, Nayabans reflects wider tensions in places where Muslim residents are heavily outnumbered by Hindu neighbours.”There have been no riots in the country under this government. It’s wrong to label criminal incidents, which we denounce, as Hindu-Muslim issues,” BJP spokesman Gopal Krishna Agarwal said.”The opposition has been playing communal politics but we believe in neutrality of governance. Neither appeasement of any, nor denouncement of any. Some people may be finding that they are not being appeased anymore.”CALL TO PRAYERTo be sure, villagers say Nayabans was not free of conflict in the past – attempts to build a mosque in 1977 led to communal riots in which two people were killed. But for the 40 years after that there had been relative harmony, villagers say.Some Muslim residents said Hindu hardliners started asserting themselves more in the village after Yogi took office in March 2017.The atmosphere worsened around the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in 2017 – Hindu activists demanded Muslims stop using a microphone in their madrasa, which also acts as a mosque, to call people to prayer, arguing it disturbed the whole community.The Muslims reluctantly agreed to stop using the mike and speaker – even though they say it had been operating for many years – to keep the peace, but the move created deep resentment.Some Hindus were unsympathetic.”God knows what they are moaning about,” said Hindu elder Om Prakash, a 63-year-old tailor. “There’s peace here but we won’t tolerate any mike there. That’s a madrasa, not a mosque.”Islam requires the faithful to pray five times a day. Without the reminder of hearing the call, some Muslim residents say they risk missing prayer times.”We can’t express our religion in any way here, but they are free to do whatever they want,” said Muslim law student Aisha, 21.She said that Hindu men from the village often shouted anti-Muslim slogans during festival processions. At least a dozen Hindus in the village denied that was the case.Aisha remembers when relations were better.”Earlier they would speak very nicely to us, but now they don’t,” said Aisha. “If there was any problem at all, or someone was sick in the family, all the neighbours would come over and help – whether Hindus or Muslims. Now that doesn’t happen.”advertisement”EMPTY OUT”Sharfuddin Saifi, 38, who runs a cloth shop at a nearby market, was named in a complaint filed with the police by local Hindus over the cow incident last year.After 16 days in jail, he was released as the police found he had nothing to do with the suspected slaughter, but said he found much had changed.Hindus now shun his business. The money he spent on lawyers meant he had to stop going to Delhi to buy stock for the shop, which is largely empty. And he withdrew his 13-year-old son from a private school because he could no longer afford it.”For someone who had never seen the inside of a police station or even dreamt of committing a crime, it’s a big thing,” he said of the trauma of his detention.He often thinks about leaving the village, he says, but tells himself, “I have not done anything wrong, why should I leave?”Carpenter Jabbar Ali, 55, moved to a Muslim-dominated area in Masuri, closer to Delhi, buying a house with money he saved from working in Saudi Arabia.”If Hindus could kill a Hindu police inspector, in front of a police outpost, with armed guards alongside him, then who are we Muslims?” Ali said, recalling the December incident.He still keeps his house in Nayabans and visits occasionally but said he feels much safer in his new home, where all his immediate neighbours are Muslims.”I’m fearful here,” he said. “Muslims may have to empty out this place if Modi gets another term, and Yogi continues here.”Junaid, a round-faced 22-year-old with a goatee, comes from one of the most affluent Muslim families in the village. His father runs a gold shop in a town nearby.Seated outside his home, he recalled playing sport together with Hindus.”When we were young all the Hindus and Muslims used to play together, especially cricket – I played it a lot,” he said. “Now we haven’t played in at least a year.”He said he wanted to move to New Delhi soon to study at a university there. “Things are not good here,” he said.Some Muslims, however, say they are committed to remaining. Aas Mohammed, 42, the owner of a flourishing tiles and bathroom fixtures business in a nearby town, has decided to stay in the village, though he has a house on Delhi’s outskirts.Mohammed helped arrange a lawyer for Saifi after his arrest over the cow incident. He is now lobbying to have the microphone brought back and fighting a legal battle to get a new mosque built.”I will fight on,” he said. “I am not scared, but another term for Modi will make it very difficult for many other people to live here.”Also Read | Axis My India Exit Poll 2019: Frequently asked questions and answersAlso Read | Gurugram: Mob brutally thrashes doctor in Ardee City, says Muslims should leaveAlso Watch | Exit poll predicts Modi tsunami in 2019, NDA likey to win 339-365 seatsadvertisementlast_img read more

Kevin Peterson Wants to Stick It to the SEC in the Sugar Bowl

first_imgBerry Tramel wrote a nice post today about why it’s important for the Big 12 for OSU to beat Ole Miss in the Sugar Bowl (mostly because the SEC has owned the Big 12 in the last decade). He quoted Kevin Peterson who seems, uh, fired up about getting after it with Laquon Treadwell and Co.“We gotta win,” Peterson told the Oklahoman. “We gotta win. We gotta go out there and show ‘em we’re the best conference. We play good ball here. We send guys to the NFL here. We have great players here. We gotta go out there and get the win. That’s the only thing that can really shut some SEC mouths.”I like that. Shut some SEC mouths. It’s not a direct shot at Ole Miss (which you don’t want to do), but he’s clearly not shying away from the moment. Peterson also talked about his career and the fact that he has no regrets. This always makes me nostalgic.“When I came in, I was already hungry. I was ready to show everyone what I could do. You don’t get as many shots to do that when you come from a small school like I did. Guys like Justin Gilbert really showed me that once you get to this level, everyone is on the same level as you. It’s the same playing field, everyone has the same opportunity to do the same things. You have to put yourself above people.“You always have some thoughts from certain games. You missed a tackle, you gave up a touchdown, things like that, but I don’t regret anything that I’ve done here. This has been the most enjoyable part of my life. All of my best friends are her. I feel like I’ve been able to do the right things here to set myself up to continue on the right path for the rest of my life.”Great stuff from one of the good ones.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

France settle for Luxembourg draw

first_imgFrance 0 Luxembourg 0: Stubborn visitors hold on for sensational draw Stephen Creek 04:43 9/4/17 diderdeschamps-cropped Getty Images Luxembourg defied the odds to pull off a shock result against France, holding Didier Deschamps’ side to a 0-0 draw in Toulouse. France’s World Cup qualifying campaign suffered an unexpected blow as Didier Deschamps’ side were held to a 0-0 draw by Luxembourg.Luc Holtz’s minnows, ranked 136th by FIFA, battled tirelessly to earn arguably the most impressive result in the country’s history in Toulouse, keeping a star-studded France line-up full of attacking prowess at bay.The hosts peppered the Luxembourg goal with shots throughout the contest and Antoine Griezmann rattled the crossbar with a first-half free-kick, while Kylian Mbappe tormented defenders with his pace. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina But Luxembourg goalkeeper Jonathan Joubert had the game of his life, pulling off a string of world-class saves to deny the likes of Paul Pogba and Djibril Sidibe when they looked certain to score.A stunning story almost had an even more sensational finish when Luxembourg substitute Gerson Rodrigues struck the base of the post late on, as France narrowly avoided further ignominy on an already humbling evening.The result leaves Les Bleus top of Group A by just one point after second-placed Sweden beat Belarus 4-0 to narrow the gap, and Deschamps’ men must deliver victories in October’s games against Bulgaria and Belarus to make sure of their place at Russia 2018.C’est terminé, les Bleus ont tout essayé mais les Luxembourgeois ont tenu bon jusqu’au bout! #FRALUX #FiersdetreBleus pic.twitter.com/hFoE0YiIdm— Equipe de France (@equipedefrance) September 3, 2017Deschamps made one change to the team that so devastatingly beat Netherlands 4-0 last time out, rewarding Mbappe for his goalscoring performance as a substitute with a starting place ahead of Kingsley Coman.The Paris Saint-Germain loanee burst down the left flank after 11 minutes and cut the ball back only for Griezmann to aim too high with his shot, and moments later Joubert recovered from a mistake to save another Griezmann attempt.The pressure on Joubert’s goal steadily increased and Pogba tested the goalkeeper with a low drive before Luxembourg forward Vincent Thill gave the hosts a scare, firing narrowly over the crossbar after racing clear of the France defence.It took a brilliant one-handed save from Joubert at full stretch to keep out Pogba’s 20-yard shot after 36 minutes, and Griezmann shook the crossbar with a thunderous free-kick two minutes later, but half-time arrived with the scoresheet blank.Frustration began to grow around the stadium as Luxembourg continued to soak up waves of France pressure in the second half and added a degree of composure to their play when in possession.Deschamps sent on Coman and Alexandre Lacazette for Mbappe and Olivier Giroud after 59 minutes, while Joubert continued his heroics for Luxembourg, saving low to his left from a Sidibe header at close range.Layvin Kurzawa headed wide from the edge of the box after 68 minutes before Luxembourg’s Chris Philipps made vital blocks to prevent shots by Griezmann and Lacazette while Pogba nodded against the crossbar as the tension mounted.France’s night was very nearly completely ruined in the 78th minute when Rodrigues broke clean through on goal and beat Hugo Lloris with a shot that came back off the far post, allowing the home crowd to breathe a sigh of relief.But there was no breakthrough at the other end as further late chances went begging and Holtz’s side held on to clinch a famous result. read morelast_img read more

Arsenal team news & likely line-up

first_imgPremier League Arsenal Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Chelsea Chris Wheatley Last updated 2 years ago 14:10 17/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Alexis Sanchez Arsenal Bournemouth Getty Premier League Arsenal Chelsea v Arsenal Chelsea Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge on Sunday Arsenal will face a tough away test against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday in a match which could go some way to revealing more about their title credentials.The Gunners have won their past two consecutive games against Bournemouth and FC Koln in the Europa League, but a 4-0 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield over a fortnight ago still lingers in the memory.Arsene Wenger’s side have an indifferent record at the home of the Blues and will be desperate to put in a performance worthy of a top four contender against Antonio Conte’s well-drilled outfit.“[Our record at Stamford Bridge is because] in recent years, Chelsea had a great team always and it was always difficult to win there,” the manager said. “But our record against Chelsea recently has been good. We won at the Emirates last year, we won the FA Cup final and on penalties in the Community Shield so let’s just continue to focus on the quality of our game and not too much where we play.“Chelsea looked comfortable after 20 minutes [in midweek against Qarabag] but that doesn’t bother me. I think we need to focus on our performance and play our game.” Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing ARSENAL INJURIES Wenger will make a late check on Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil before Sunday’s game with both players rested for Europa League opener on Thursday.Francis Coquelin has been ruled out for three weeks with a hamstring injury while Calum Chambers will play for the under 23s on Friday as he steps up his return to the first team.Long-term injured midfielder Santi Cazorla is unlikely to be involved in first team matter until the turn of next year.Bosman 2017 Santi CazorlaARSENAL SUSPENSIONS Arsenal have no players suspended for this game.Chelsea Arsenal BetARSENAL POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UPWenger has used two different formations this season and admitted after Arsenal’s win over FC Koln that he will change his tactical set-up depending on the opposition.It’s expected that the Gunners will start with three centre backs – Nacho Monreal, Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi – while Sead Kolasinac and Hector Bellerin are likely to start in the wing-back positions.The preferred central midfield pairing of Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey looks set to make its return while a front three of Alexandre Lacazette, Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil represents a strong forward line.Lacazette 6/4 to scoreJack Wilshere played over 20 minutes on Thursday and will be hopeful of being named in the matchday squad at Stamford Bridge.Arsenal Chelsea XICHELSEA TEAM NEWS Danny Drinkwater is an injury doubt with a calf injury while Eden Hazard could start in attack after being eased back into Chelsea’s team following an ankle injury.Baba Rahman isn’t involved due to a knee injury while Diego Costa remains another absentee as he seeks a transfer to Atletico Madrid.Conte has used a 3-4-3 and 3-5-2 formation this season and will welcome back the likes of Morata after resting the Spaniard for their Champions League opener against Qarabag.Danny Drinkwater ChelseaBEST OPTA MATCH FACTS After winning just four of the previous 16, Chelsea have won their last five home Premier League games against Arsenal, since a 3-5 defeat in October 2011. The Gunners haven’t kept a Premier League clean sheet at Stamford Bridge in their last 12 visits there, shipping at least twice in each of the eight. Arsenal have lost their last five away Premier League games versus Chelsea, their joint-longest away losing run in the competition against a single opponent (also 5 in a row vs Man Utd between 2009-2013). The Gunners haven’t lost six consecutive away league games versus a single team since a seven-game run versus Liverpool at Anfield between 1981 to 1988. Should Arsenal concede here, it will equal their longest run of away games without a clean sheet against a specific opponent in Premier League history (13 against Liverpool between 1999 and 2012). Arsenal have won two of their last four games against Chelsea in all competitions – as many as they had in their previous 12 combined. Chelsea have scored in 23 successive Premier League games at Stamford Bridge with over half of these seeing them score three or more goals. The Blues have had a player sent off in their last two games against Arsenal in all competitions (Victor Moses in the FA Cup final, Pedro in the Community Shield). However, they haven’t had a player sent off against them in a league game since Khalid Boulahrouz in May 2007. TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME The match is being televised live on Sky Sports Premier League and kicks off at 13:30 BST.  Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

No Bradley or Altidore for USMNT friendly

first_imgUnited States No Bradley or Altidore for USMNT friendly against Portugal Ben Valentine @bvalentine14 Last updated 2 years ago 07:25 11/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Jozy Altidore Michael Bradley Toronto FC Dan Hamilton/USA Today United States Portugal v United States Toronto v New York RB Portugal New York RB Toronto Friendlies MLS The veterans will not head to Europe to face Portugal, Toronto FC coach Greg Vanney confirmed The U.S. national team’s roster for its Nov. 14 friendly against Portugal is still unknown, but two big names will definitely not be on it.Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley will not be on the roster for the match in Europe, Toronto FC coach Greg Vanney confirmed to reporters after the MLS side advanced to the Eastern Conference final Sunday.Vanney said Altidore and Bradley will not be called up to #USMNT— Joshua Kloke (@joshuakloke) November 5, 2017The international friendly will take place in Faro, Portugal, with the first leg of the Eastern Conference final set for Nov. 21. It was not expected that players from teams still alive in the MLS playoffs would be selected for the roster. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player There may have been a little more doubt surrounding Altidore, who was sent off at halftime in the TFC 1-0 loss to the Red Bulls in the second leg — though TFC did advance on away goals after a 2-2 aggregate draw.The red card means Altidore will miss at least the first leg of the conference final anyway, but there are still no plans for him to join the U.S. squad.last_img read more

Brazil-Japan: Creature meets creator

first_imgJapan v Brazil The creature meets its creator – Japan and Brazil to reconvene in Lille Raisa Simplicio Last updated 2 years ago 20:00 11/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Zico FC Goa Divya Japan v Brazil Brazil Japan Friendlies The two sides will resume their historic friendly rivalry this week when the Chevrolet Brasil Global Tour host the duo at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy Brazil vs Japan may not be one of the sport’s great rivalries, but it is a fixture steeped in history and one that pits the creature against the creator.Former Brazil great Zico played a huge role in the sport’s development in Japan after coming out of retirement to join Kashima Antlers.READ MORE: Brazil’s November BGT schedule | Jesus awarded extra Brazil goal | Last chance for Douglas CostaThe former Flamengo man headed to the Land of the Rising Sun to teach an emerging footballing nation that was desperate to catch up with the rest of the developed football world and Zico’s role in their emergence cannot be overstated. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Japanese tend to treat Brazilians with a lot of respect and admiration. There is always a jovial atmosphere when the Selecao face the Samurai Blue – and Friday’s Brasil Global Tour clash in Lille will be no different.Brasil x Japão 1989With the World Cup 2018 just around the corner, Japan see the test as vital to their preparations for the big show in Russia – and they will be desperate to record what would be their first ever victory over Brazil. Full-back Bismarck scored the first goal between the two teams, as the Selecao triumphed 1-0 in a 1989 friendly in Rio de Janeiro. Curiously, it was during a three-year period when Japan wore a red strip to match the national flag.Brazil and Japan have met seven time in friendlies, with the Selecao triumphant on every single occasion. Their last meeting came on the Brasil Global Tour in 2014, when Neymar hit all four goals in a 4-0 win in Singapore. In addition to friendlies, the two sides have also gone head-to-head in the World Cup.Ronaldo Brasil x JapãoIn 2006, they met in the group stage and Carlos Alberto Parreira’s side ran out 4-1 winners. Zico, one of the greatest idols in Brazilian football history, was sat in the opposite dugout that day, having been appointed Japan coach in 2002.Japan took the lead through Keiji Tamada, but Brazil equalised through Ronaldo, who helped himself to another as Juninho and Gilberto rounded off what proved a comfortable victory.Neymar e Kagawa Brasil 3x0 Japão Copa das Confederações 15 06 2013That was the one and only time Japan and Brazil met at the World Cup, but they have clashed three times in the Confederations Cup, bringing one victory for Brazil and two daws – including a stalemate in 2001 that saw Japan top the group stage and the Selecao go down to France in the semi-finals.Japan and Brazil meet once more on Friday, as the five-time world champions will host the Blue Samurai at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy in Lille.last_img read more

Atlanta lands Nagbe in blockbuster trade

first_imgTransfers Atlanta United lands Darlington Nagbe in blockbuster trade with Portland Timbers Ben Valentine @bvalentine14 Last updated 1 year ago 02:14 12/14/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Darlington Nagbe Portland Timbers Jamie Valdez Transfers MLS Portland Timbers Atlanta United The U.S. international will head to the second-year club to join an already explosive attack that includes Josef Martinez and Miguel Almiron Atlanta United has acquired Darlington Nagbe from the Portland Timbers in a trade, the two MLS teams announced Wednesday.In exchange for the U.S. international, the Timbers will receive up to $1.65 million in allocation money and an international player spot. Atlanta also received Gbenga Arokoyo in the deal.“Darlington was our top target in the league this offseason and we’re ecstatic to welcome him to our club,” Atlanta United technical director Carlos Bocanegra said in a statement. “He is a perfect fit for our style of play as he has a dynamic ability to dribble out of trouble, maintain possession and make passes that bring additional players into the game.” Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The 27-year-old midfielder was the Timbers first-ever MLS draft pick in 2011 and has spent the entirety of his professional career with the Cascadia club. He scored 27 goals and added 30 asissts over the course of 214 regular-season games with Portland. He also added a goal and two assists over 12 playoff games with the pair of assists coming in Portland’s run to the MLS Cup in 2015.Nagbe has been deployed both as a winger and inside as a playmaker during his time in Portland.Another midfield magician. #ATLUTD signs @darlingtonnagbe from the Portland Timbers: https://t.co/qSp8xoAjYD pic.twitter.com/gjnYAvC2at— Atlanta United FC (@ATLUTD) December 13, 2017The Liberian-born Nagbe became a U.S. citizen in 2015 and has been capped 24 times for the U.S. national team.“As the club’s first-ever MLS draft pick, Darlington has grown with this team from its beginnings in the league and has been a great player and representative in his seven years with the Timbers,” said Portland general manager Gavin Wilkinson in a statement. “On behalf of the entire organization, I want to sincerely thank Darlington for everything he has given this club and for helping Portland win its first MLS Cup in 2015. He will always be a part of the Timbers family, and we wish Darlington, his wife, Felicia, and their two children all the best.”The breakdown of the money Portland receive includes $650,000 in general allocation money in 2018, $100,000 in general allocation money in 2019 and $300,000 in targeted allocation money in 2018. In addition to those funds and the international player slot, the Timbers may receive $600,000 in future fees depending on Nagbe’s performance in Atlanta.Nagbe will join an impressive collection of attacking talent in Atlanta, already featuring Miguel Almiron, Josef Martinez and Hector Villalba. Under coach Tata Martino, Atlanta scored 70 goals in its debut season, trailing the league-best attack of Toronto FC by just four goals, en route to a playoff appearance. Arokoyo is a 25-year-old defender who played in just one game for the Timbers in 2016 before going down with a season-ending injury before the 2017 season. Prior to signing in Portland Arokoyo played for Gaziantepspor in Turkey’s top division and Mjallby AIF in Sweden’s top league.last_img read more

Messi v Ronaldo: Who was more successful in 2017?

first_imgPrimera División Messi v Ronaldo: Who was more successful in 2017? Ryan Kelly Last updated 1 year ago 23:30 12/23/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi 2017 Getty Images Primera División Real Madrid v Barcelona Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Real Madrid Barcelona Goal looks back at the trophies, awards and goals of the best players in the world to see who has had the better year A Christmas Clasico brought the curtain down on another remarkable year for the rivalry between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.The duo have fought an incredible battle over the last decade, played out in Europe’s hallowed arenas and the grand ceremonial halls of officialdom.Between them they have won 10 La Liga titles, seven Champions Leagues and 10 Ballons d’Or, forever altering the game in the process as record after record falls before them. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But, as 2017 comes to a close, whose year has it been? Goal takes a look back to see how they measure up to one another.WHO HAS WON THE MOST TROPHIES IN 2017?Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Champions League 2017 Player 2017 Trophies Cristiano Ronaldo La Liga, Champions League, Super Cup, Supercopa, Club World Cup  Lionel Messi Copa Del Rey The primary indicator of success in football is the number of trophies accrued during the course of a player’s career.This year has been a particularly triumphant year for Real Madrid and Ronaldo was one of the chief driving forces behind that pursuit of glory.Los Blancos have collected five trophies in 2017, beginning with La Liga in May, followed by an historic Champions League success in June, and they carried that habit into the new campaign, winning the Super Cup, the Supercopa de Espana and, most recently, the Club World Cup earlier this December.While Ronaldo’s trophy haul was abundant, Messi and Barcelona were left in their rivals’ shadow as they endured a relatively barren year.The Argentine was unsurprisingly a key component in their solitary success of the year back in January, scoring a goal, setting up one and initiating the play for another in the final of the Copa del Rey against Alaves.WHO HAS WON THE MOST INDIVIDUAL AWARDS IN 2017?Cristiano Ronaldo Best FIFA Men's Award 09012017 Player 2017 Awards Cristiano Ronaldo The Best (x2), UEFA Player of the Year, Ballon d’Or, FIFA FIFPro World XI Lionel Messi La Liga top scorer, European Golden Shoe, FIFA FIFPro World XI Given that he was to the fore of an historic season for Real Madrid in 2016-17, Ronaldo’s efforts for the team were duly recognised by the football community in 2017.The 32-year-old kicked off the year by being awarded FIFA’s inaugural The Best accolade in January, which he subsequently retained in October. At both ceremonies, Ronaldo was also named in the FIFA FIFPro World XI.His exploits in Real Madrid’s historic Champions League success – where he was crowned top scorer in the competition after scoring twice in the final – resulted in him being crowned UEFA Player of the Year.At the beginning of December he then finally caught up with Messi as he won his fifth Ballon d’Or.Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel MessiMessi, meanwhile, was forced to play the role of dutiful runner-up at the 2017 individual awards ceremonies, but he did have the edge over the Portuguese in some spheres.The 30-year-old finished the 2016-17 season as La Liga’s top scorer with 37 goals in 34 appearances.He was also the cream of the crop across Europe’s top leagues, winning the 2016-17 Golden Shoe – his fourth time scooping the gong.WHO HAS SCORED THE MOST GOALS IN 2017?Lionel Messi Barcelona Golden ShoeInterestingly, Ronaldo and Messi were tied on 53 goals each in all competitions in 2017 going into the Clasico to end the year, meaning the penalty Messi scored in Barca’s 3-0 win put him ahead by a solitary strike.Messi is head and shoulders above Ronaldo when it comes to scoring league goals, having bagged 40 compared to the Real Madrid star’s relatively paltry 19.However, Ronaldo is undoubtedly the king of the Champions League with an incredible 19 goals – Messi has just four. Notably, 2017 was also the year in which Ronaldo smashed Jimmy Greaves’ long-standing record as the all-time leading scorer in Europe’s top leagues.Lionel Messi 2017 goals: Competition Games Played Minutes Played Goals La Liga 38 3338 40 Champions League 10 783 4 Copa Del Rey 7 630 5 Supercopa 2 180 1 Club Total 55 4931 50 World Cup qualifying 5 450 4 International friendlies 2 180 0 Total 64 5561 54 Cristiano Ronaldo 2017 goals: Competition Games Played Minutes Played Goals La Liga 30 2669 19 Champions League 13 1200 19 Copa del Rey 2 180 1 Supercopa 1 24 1 Club World Cup 2 180 2 Super Cup 1 7 0 Club Total 49 4260 42 World Cup qualifying 6 495 8 International friendlies 1 58 1 Confederations Cup 4 367 2 Total 60 5180 53 As you can see in the tables above, Messi scored more goals than Ronaldo in 2017 but the Portuguese played fewer minutes and scored more evenly in different competitions.On the international stage, Ronaldo has also made his presence felt more than his Argentine rival, scoring a total of 11 goals in as many games for Portugal as they finished third at the Confederations Cup and qualified for the World Cup by finishing top of their group.Messi ultimately came to the rescue for Argentina in spectacular fashion back in October with a hat-trick against Ecuador, but his overall contribution goal-wise in 2017 left plenty to be desired.The Barca star played a total of seven games – five of which were qualifiers – and scored four, three of which came in the aforementioned game against Ecuador.WHO HAS BEEN MORE SUCCESSFUL IN 2017?Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Sevilla 091217When the record books are written they will, without a doubt, look back at 2017 as Ronaldo’s year.The Real Madrid phenomenon carried his tremendous 2016 form into the new year and inspired Zinedine Zidane’s men to back-to-back Champions League glory. Five titles and a clean sweep of individual awards are a testimony to Ronaldo’s relentless pursuit of success and his talismanic role at the heart of one of the most efficient teams of all time.That said, the 32-year-old has noticeably declined during the second half of the year. His meagre tally of four goals in 12 league games was not helped by the five-match ban imposed for a push on a referee at the start of the season and he has only been truly pivotal in the Champions League, where he has hit nine goals in six games in the current edition.While he comes off second-best overall, Messi has set off on an upward trajectory in the second half of the year and he has been central to Barca’s climb to the summit of the Liga this season. He finished with a flourish in El Clasico to suggest the best is yet to come.last_img read more

European roundup: Napoli crumble after Paulo Dybala turns up the heat

first_imgSerie A The Observer Roma Blaise Matuidi: ‘When you’re a football fan, and you love others, you can’t accept racism’ Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Bundesliga Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his 16th goal of the La Liga season, and 300th in the league for Real Madrid. Photograph: Angel Martinez/Real Madrid via Getty Images Sevilla beat Athletic Bilbao 2-0, Luis Muriel and Franco Vázquez getting the goals, and Girona ran out 2-0 winners at Villarreal, with Cristhian Stuani and Anthony Lozano striking either side of half-time to take the newly promoted side to seventh.In France, PSG made light work of their first league encounter since Neymar’s season-ending injury, winning 2-0 at Troyes to restore their 14-point lead at the top of Ligue 1. The visitors broke the deadlock two minutes after the restart when Ángel Di María raced on to Julian Draxler’s through-ball and finished low into the bottom corner. Troyes then wasted two rare forays forward before Dani Alves’ brilliant pass released Christopher Nkunku, who dispatched the ball into the bottom corner. Timothy Weah, the 18-year-old son of the former Liberia striker George, came off the bench to make his debut.In Germany, Borussia Dortmund passed up the chance to regain second place, needing a 38th-minute equaliser from Marco Reus to salvage a point at RB Leipzig in Saturday’s late kick-off. The Germany forward superbly rounded Peter Gulacsi and scored to cancel out Jean-Kévin Augustin’s 29th-minute opener. Earlier, a last-gasp goal from Paulo Dybala sunk Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico. Juve enjoyed the best chances, with Mario Mandzukic and Sami Khedira going close. But the game was set to end in stalemate until the final minute of stoppage-time, when Dybala danced his way into the box to hold off a challenge and hook the ball high beyond Thomas Strakosha.Elsewhere in Italy, Alberto Grassi’s 48th-minute strike was enough to see off Bologna and lift Spal out of the relegation zone.In La Liga, Real Madrid beat Getafe 3-1, Gareth Bale lashing in the opener from inside the area at a sparsely populated Bernabéu, before Cristiano Ronaldo stretched his side’s advantage after a through-ball from Karim Benzema. The Portuguese hit his 16th league goal of the season when he headed in a cross from Marcelo shortly after Francisco Portillo had pulled one back from the spot. Napoli Roma blew open the Serie A title race by beating the league leaders, Napoli, 4-2 on their own turf, hours after Juventus had overcome Lazio in dramatic fashion. The results leave Napoli a point clear of second-placed Juventus, who have a game in hand.Lorenzo Insigne gave Napoli a sixth-minute lead but Cengiz Ünder equalised a minute later with a deflected effort before Edin Dzeko nodded Roma ahead. The Bosnian netted a second with a superb left-foot curler, and Diego Perotti slammed home a loose ball six minutes later. Dries Mertens’s stoppage-time strike was a mere consolation. Topics Juventus European club football Read morecenter_img La Liga Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content Patrick Cutrone keeps Milan on the move as Gattuso conquers Rome Twitter Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter news Pinterest Read more That result meant that Schalke, who had seen off Hertha Berlin earlier in the day through Marko Pjaca’s goal, held on to second spot. The winger turned home a low cross in the 37th minute to seal a 1-0 win that took his side ahead of Dortmund and kept them a point clear of Eintracht Frankfurt, who beat Hannover by the same scoreline thanks to Danny da Costa’s strike.Wolfsburg slipped closer to the relegation zone after losing 2-1 at home to Bayer Leverkusen. A penalty from Lucas Alario and a fine strike from Julian Brandt gave the visitors a two-goal lead, before Admir Mehmedi replied for Wolfsburg with 11 minutes remaining. Elsewhere Hoffenheim kept up their chase of a Europa League place with a 2-0 win at Augsburg, the goals coming from a pair of former Premier League attackers in Andrej Kramaric and Serge Gnabry, while Hamburg – the only founder members of the Bundesliga never to be relegated but now in severe danger – drew 0-0 at home with 10-man Mainz, who remain a place above their hosts in 16th. While Bayern Munich have the title as good as won, the race for the top four looks set to go down to the wire, with just four points separating Schalke in second and Leipzig in sixth. Facebook Share via Emaillast_img read more

Shearer v Schama: ex-England striker refuses football lesson from historian

first_imgWorld Cup Tunisia and England flags before the match in Volgograd displaying the Islamic crescent and the Christian cross. Photograph: Dave Shopland/BPI/Rex/Shutterstock Alan Shearer World Cup 2018 Reuse this content Share on LinkedIn Pinterest Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker)Get in you fucking beauty. Harry the great.June 18, 2018 Share via Email Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Simon Schama (@simon_schama)blimey – prob not intended as such but vast cross vs crescent on Volgograd stadium pitch a bit um medievalJune 18, 2018 Alan Shearer (@alanshearer)You do know that I have played in these games right? https://t.co/dyzvsH9OlpJune 18, 2018 Topics In a clash nobody expected the World Cup to throw up, Alan Shearer locked horns on social media with historian Simon Schama on Monday night over England’s performance against Tunisia.“You do know that I have played in these games right?” was Shearer’s ultimate put-down after Schama had started explaining to him about England’s need for patience. Share on WhatsApp Simon Schama After the exchange between the striker and the historian, plenty of fans were asking Alan Shearer to air his views on topics such as the French Revolution, and one wit asked Schama if he had been nervous before his own international England debut.Shearer wasn’t the only member of the BBC’s presentation team for England’s game to get into a social media spat. Gary Lineker and Piers Morgan have been involved in a continuation of their regular feud, after Morgan’s judgment on the team’s performance.Responding to people who had been critical of England Lineker had tweeted: “Never ceases to amaze me how easy some folk think World Cup football is. Have you watched all the so called big teams? It ain’t that easy, especially against tough defensive opposition. I suppose those that are so critical haven’t been there, though.”Taking issue with Lineker’s description of the performance as “excellent”, Morgan offered his own: “I prefer a more honest critique: good first half, poor second half, lucky win. And may I remind you that we’ve both won the same number of international football tournaments.”Lineker, who referred to Morgan as “tubs” during the exchange, pointed to the fact he had won the most World Cup Golden Boots out of the pair. Morgan continued to tweet at Lineker while presenting Good Morning Britain on Tuesday, also posting a video addressed to Lineker of Morgan chatting to Geoff Hurst, who the former newspaper editor described as “a proper striker”.Lineker’s exuberance for the England performance was summed up perfectly in the tweet he sent when Kane netted the 90th-minute winner. Twitter “Everyone going on about how England should just enjoy the football and play loose massively underestimates the inevitable stomach-knotting teeth-gritting nervy wrench of the first game,” Schama had messaged Shearer, after the historian appeared to get frustrated with the way that BBC pundits were criticising England’s performance.Shearer scored 30 goals in 63 caps for England, and captained the team 34 times. He captained England at the 1998 World Cup, netting twice in England’s four matches.Schama was probably on safer ground when he observed that the pre-match flag display was rather more reminiscent of the era of the crusades than perhaps the organisers had intended. Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Facebook last_img read more