Sensirion presents carbon dioxide and RH/T sensor module at AHR Expo 2018

first_img Continue Reading Previous ams: “true wireless” earbud powered by ams’ ANC technologyNext Avalue: embedded products with 6th gen Intel Core processor At this year’s AHR Expo 2018 trade show in Chicago, Sensirion, the expert in environmental and flow sensor solutions, is introducing the SCD30 – a humidity, temperature and carbon dioxide concentration sensor.CMOSens Technology for IR detection enables highly accurate carbon dioxide measurement at a competitive price. Along with the NDIR measurement technology for CO2 detection, a best-in-class Sensirion humidity and temperature sensor is also integrated on the same sensor module. Ambient humidity and temperature can be outputted by Sensirion’s algorithm expertise through modeling and compensating of external heat sources without the requirement for any additional components. Thanks to the dual-channel principle for the measurement of carbon dioxide concentration, the sensor compensates for long-term drifts automatically by design. The very small module height allows easy integration into different applications.Carbon dioxide is a key indicator of indoor air quality. Thanks to new energy standards and better insulation, houses have become increasingly energy efficient, but the air quality can deteriorate rapidly. Active ventilation is needed to maintain a comfortable and healthy indoor environment, and to improve the well-being and productivity of the inhabitants. Sensirion’s SCD30 offers accurate and stable CO2, temperature and humidity monitoring. This enables customers to develop new solutions that increase energy efficiency and simultaneously support well-being. With the new SCD30, Sensirion has expanded its portfolio to include environmental sensor for air quality measurement.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

Nordic Semiconductor: Zigbee solution for the nRF52840 multiprotocol SoC

first_imgNordic Semiconductor announces its first Zigbee wireless connectivity solution for use with the nRF52840 multiprotocol SoC. The first engineering release is available now with a production grade Zigbee 3.0-certified release planned for the second half of 2018. The introduction of the Zigbee solution expands Nordic’s portfolio of mesh networking products (including Bluetooth mesh and Thread) for smart home, enterprise, and industry. As with Nordic’s other mesh solutions, the nRF52840 SoC with the S140 v6.0 SoftDevice (“stack”) can support concurrent Zigbee and Bluetooth 5/Bluetooth Low Energy operation.Nordic’s multiprotocol solution for the nRF52840 SoC enables use cases that take advantage of several wireless technologies. Examples include interaction with a Zigbee smart lighting network from a smartphone via Bluetooth 5, or a Zigbee security network using Bluetooth beacons for location identification. The SDK includes several examples including concurrent operation of Zigbee and Bluetooth 5 for a smart light bulb and switch.Zigbee is a global, standards-based wireless solution that takes advantage of the IEEE 802.15.4 PHY and operates globally in 2.4GHz unlicensed bands (and other frequency bands in some geographical zones). Raw data throughput rates of 250kbps can be achieved at 2.4GHz (16 channels) and transmission distances range from 10 to 100 meters, depending on power output and environmental characteristics. The technology supports large mesh networks (which allow nodes to relay messages to other nodes) and low power operation for extending battery life.Established in 2002, the Zigbee Alliance is a non-profit association of members that has created a thriving global ecosystem. The Zigbee Alliance states that the technology is a global, standards-based wireless solution that can conveniently and affordably control the widest range of devices to improve comfort, security, and convenience for consumers. It is the technology of choice for world-leading service providers, installers and retailers who bring the benefits of the Internet of Things (IoT) into the smart home.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous AAEON: 3.5” subcompact board with 10 USB and 12 COM portsNext FII Tech Growth invests in SECOlast_img read more

IntervalZero and TSEP partner on real-time IEEE1588 master stack for Windows and RTX64

first_img Continue Reading Previous ST updates STM32CubeMX MCU configurator with multi-panel GUINext Apacer: 32-bit DDR4 SODIMM designed for ARM architecture systems TSEP and IntervalZero agreed last year on a cooperation to port the IEEE 1588 stack from TSEP to RTX64. This cooperation was now successful and enables the user to develop advanced applications with exact time synchronization under Windows with real-time properties.The IEEE 1588 stack from TSEP provides all means necessary for a time synchronization via so-called end-to-end (E2E) connections and specified according to IEEE 1588-2008 (version 2). In addition, a general synchronization algorithm is included, which allows synchronization in the range of 40ns. However, it is always possible to define your own synchronization algorithm and to integrate it easily. The IEEE 1588 stack is therefore a good choice for users for whom IEEE 1588 compliance is a necessary requirement. The IEEE 1588 stack has been completely developed in C ++ and according to the C ++ 11 standard.IntervalZero RTX64 transforms Windows into a real-time operating system. Already existing partnerships allow customers of IntervalZero the use of software stacks for EtherCAT and CANopen, which can run on its own core, independently of delays caused by Windows. The partnership with TSEP now adds an IEEE 1588 stack that meets future requirements for IEEE1588 or PTP. The generic approach of the IEEE 1588 stack from TSEP combines the possibilities of PTP with the real-time solution of IntervalZero under Windows into a very interesting solution. With the deterministic nature of RTX64, the synchronization algorithm can be realized much more precisely in comparison with the IEEE 1588 master.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

Apacer: latest CFexpress card performance leaps forwards as PCIe and 3D NAND flash integrate

first_imgApacer has launched the world’s fastest memory card, CFexpress. Ideal for 4K or 8K UHD image processing and recognition applications, this CFexpress card is the latest addition to Apacer’s high-speed PCIe SSD product line. In fact, Apacer currently has the industry’s most complete PCIe product line. The combination of PCIe with 3D TLC NAND flash memory is ideal for companies who are pivoting to high-performance computing, AI, deep learning and intelligent image analysis.Compliant with the CFA industrial CFexpress 1.0 specification, the world’s smallest and fastest memory card, CFexpress Type B, adopts industrial-grade 3D TLC NAND flash memory and -40°C~85°C industrial-grade wide-temperature ICs from original manufacturers. Thanks to its top-of-the-line PCIe NVMe Gen3x2 interface, it offers transfer speeds up to three to four times higher than SDXC and CFast2.0, giving it theoretical transmission performance of up to 2GB/s. The high-performance, compact and removable features of CFexpress fully meet the requirements of high-definition image processing and recognition applications, which can be expected to play an important role in PCIe SSD solutions.Apacer’s PCIe SSD solutions use multiple firmware technologies to achieve full-channel data protection. For example, through End-to-End Data Protection technology, Apacer SSDs can detect and correct erroneous data in real time, ensure the integrity and correctness of data transmission between the host and the NAND storage area, and greatly improve data reliability.Mindful of the potential overheating issue due to high-speed processing, the distance between the thermal sensor, the NAND flash and the controller is also carefully constructed to monitor the temperature of the system precisely. Moreover, Apacer’s thermal throttling technology uses intelligent frequency modulation to ensure data stability and integrity is not threatened by higher temperatures.Apacer’s PCIe Gen3x2 high-speed SSD solution meets the next-generation NVMe 1.3 specification for optimal access performance. IOPS read/write and continuous read/write speeds can reach 240,000/180,000 and 1,600/1,000 MB/s, meaning massive amounts of data processing at high speeds. Apacer currently offers M.2 2280, M.2 2242 and high-speed memory card CFX options. Customers in the IoT, high-performance computer, gaming, AI and deep learning fields are already adopting Apacer’s latest product line. Even virtual host applications such as Citrix Key, VMWare and Hyper-V are benefiting from Apacer technology.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous EKF: low power CompactPCI Serial CPU board suitable as stand-alone solutionNext Lanner: rugged industrial box PC with 4G/LTE configurationlast_img read more

World Cup studs: Iran players steal the show, Moroccon coach a head-turner

first_imgIran are set to face Spain in a key on Wednesday night after giving themselves a serious chance of qualifying from the first round of group matches.Iran produced a Moroccon heartbreak in their World Cup opener when Aziz Bouhaddouz scored an own goal in the fifth minute of added time and Iran walked away with all three points.Iran are placed in Group B, alongside two big names in Spain and Portugal. But with Spain vs Portugal finishing in a 3-3 draw, Iran now have a realistic chance to qualify for the Round of 16.While Iran put up a gritty display on field, the players’ good looks have not gone unnoticed either.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEFIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEAs soon as the Iranian national team landed in Russia and their pictures were released, the social media began swooning over how good looking the players were. Ehsan Hajisafi (left) and Karim Ansarifard after Iran’s win over Morocco. (Reuters Photo)A Twitter user went on to say, “Not sure if it’s Iran National Football Team for the #WorldCup or competitors in Mr. Universe!”Not sure if its Iran National Football Team for the #WorldCup or competitors in Mr. Universe! June 11, 2018People went on to say that they were going to support Iran only because they wanted to see these men for a longer time in the World Cup.Iran national football team June 14, 2018I heard the internet was suddenly #teamiran because of these guys – can you blame anyone? Sports can be a way to bridge political gaps – especially when these are the athletes representing us. Irans national football team #TeamMelli has landed for the #WorldCup2018 (@HastiTaghi) June 10, 2018Irans national football team is looking like some GQ spread June 13, 2018But Iran’s campaign has not been without controversy.Ahead of Iran’s first game against Morocco, news came out that Nike had pulled out of the sponsorship deal and were no longer going to provide boots to the Iran national team due to US sanctions.Iran coach Carlos Queiroz and players slammed Nike for their irresponsible treatment towards the country and its player but social media managed to associate even this to the looks of the Iran team and found a silver lining. The team from Iran have been in the news for their looks since the beginning for FIFA World Cup 2018. (Reuters Photo)A Twitter user waived away Nike’s treatment of Iran and said, “Nike isn’t sponsoring their footwear due to US sanctions, but after photos like this, will anyone really be paying attention to their feet?”This is Iran’s national football team. Nike isn’t sponsoring their footwear due to US sanctions, but after photos like this, will anyone really be paying attention to their feet?#WorldCup Lila (@MuhammadLila) June 13, 2018Meanwhile, a few Iranian fans also raised banners asking for women back home to be allowed inside stadiums. Iranian skipper Masoud Shojaei, however, said the World Cup was not the place to discuss women issues. Alireza Jahanbakhsh celebrating Iran’s victory in the first FIFA World Cup 2018 match. (Reuters Photo)While the Iran national team will take the field later on Wednesday, there is another man who will be at the ground and one who has caught everybody’s attention.When Portugal take on Morocco today, the latter’s coach Herve Renard will be the one who will have people’s eyes on him.Last time when he stood at the sidelines, he turned many heads and fans could not help but notice his stark resemblance to Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays the role of Jamie Lannister in HBO’s superhit series Game of Thrones.Famous TV presenter Joe Morrison posted a photograph of Renard and even joked, “The best looking guy at the #FifaWorldCup2018 will be involved in the Portugal v Morocco game tonight and it’s not @Cristiano !!”The best looking guy at the #FifaWorldCup2018 will be involved in the Portugal v Morocco game tonight and its not @Cristiano !! – Join me from 4.30pm on SonyTen2 #Rennard Morrison (@joefooty) June 20, 2018last_img read more

Is Shah Rukh Khan hosting Akash Ambani’s engagement ceremony?

first_imgAkash Ambani the eldest son of India’s richest man Mukesh Ambani, is all set to get formally engaged to Shloka Mehta on June 30 this year. The engagement will take place at the Ambani residence, Antilla.While we sure will see the whole of B-town coming together to bless this couple, a close source informed a daily that none other than Shah Rukh Khan will be the master of ceremony for Akash Ambani and Shloka Mehta’s engagement ceremony. Shah Rukh is also a close friend of the Ambanis. Photo: Instagram/Shah Rukh KhanWe of course cannot think of a better person to work the crowd than King Khan. He will not just be hosting the ceremony, but will also be seen performing for the lovely couple along with many of their friends from Bollywood. Akash had proposed to Shloka on March 24 earlier this year. Photo: InstagramAkash had proposed to Shloka, the daughter of Russell Mehta, who heads Rosy Blue Diamonds, on March 24 earlier this year. The proposal reportedly took place at a ceremony on a romantic evening in Goa in the presence of Mukesh Ambani and his mother, Kokilaben. Akash and Shloka. Photo: InstagramThe Ambani and Mehta family have reportedly known each other for a long time. Shloka is the youngest of the three children of Russell and Mona Mehta.ALSO READ | Have you read the beautiful poem Nita Ambani penned down for Akash Ambani and Shloka Mehta?ALSO WATCH | Watch Nita Ambani speak on sports and education at India Today Conclave 2018advertisementlast_img read more

Furious Tushar Arothe reacts after resigning as India women’s cricket coach

first_imgTushar Arothe who was froced to resign as the Indian women’s cricket team coach on Tuesday after having alleged differences with some of the star players, who had protested against his training methods.A hurt Arothe siad that “letting players decide the fate of coaches” will only set a bad precedent.The 51-year-old Arothe, who guided India women cricket team to World Cup final, was removed after the BCCI received complaints from senior players, especially Twenty20 skipper Harmanpreet Kaur, about his training methods.”If students start deciding on the syllabus and course curriculum when there is a teacher, I don’t think it’s a great thing. Similarly, if you start removing coaches merely on the basis of allegations from the players, then you are setting a bad precedent,” Arothe told PTI in a no-holds barred interview today.Arothe also said that this frequent chopping of coaches whenever the players are unhappy will only reflect poorly on them.READ – Tushar Arothe resigns as India women’s cricket team coach”There was someone before me (Purnima Rau), who was removed as players didn’t want her. Now they don’t like my style. Tomorrow, a new person will come and they might find him/her to be unsuitable. So if only one side is having a problem what does it tell you,” Arothe said.The former Baroda skipper is at his wits end to understand what went wrong between July last year to now. That from being a successful coach, who had taken the side to World Cup final and twin series win in South Africa, he became an overnight villain after India’s Asia Cup T20 debacle in Kuala Lumpur.advertisementHis training methods were questioned and there were a plethora of allegations about trying to “remote control” the team.Arothe wanted to set the record straight and said that each and every allegation about him is “false” and he had made his point to the Committee of Administrators, when he was summoned for a meeting.”The main allegation was about two training sessions per day. Well, the girls didn’t have a problem till Asia Cup. This process started before last year’s World Cup. And to make it clear, those who batted or bowled during the morning session were rested during the afternoon or evening session. You want to become No 1 side and you don’t want to work hard. It doesn’t happen like that,” said Arothe, who had earlier worked as a fielding coach between 2009-2012.”Post World Cup euphoria, when the girls came for a camp in September, I found most of them complacent and still basking in glory. I told them ‘Please remember, you people have lost and not won the World Cup. All the accolades are fine but we need to work harder’.”If that was one of the issues, what has hurt Arothe the most is the allegations of trying to control playing XI and strategies during the Asia Cup.”The playing XI would be decided at the team meeting and manager (Trupti Bhattacharya) and one selector (Shashi Gupta) were also a part of decision making process. The team list used to be minuted by the manager. This is complete falsehood from the part of those players, who have complained to the BCCI,” Arothe said.”I heard an absurd complaint that I tried to control the proceedings during the match from the sidelines. That is as ridiculous as it can get. If a coach shouts instructions during the match, he would be penalised by the match referee as per ICC code of conduct,” Arothe said.During his meeting with BCCI brass, he was told that a senior player had said that he tried to force the bowlers into bowling negative line.”I was asked ‘why did you instruct the girls to bowl negative line?’ I said :’We have recording of the match. Please analyse the video and tell me which over did you think that a bowler bowled negative line (leg-stump line). When these allegations were being levelled, they should have at least thought that in T20s, it’s difficult to bowl negative line unlike longer formats,” Arothe explained.The final issue was about the scheduling of the camps and Arothe claimed that it was the senior players including T20 captain Harmanpreet, who had decided on an entire training schedule from March till October when they were scheduled to travel to West Indies.”Suddenly after Asia Cup, the camp was cancelled and no one had the courtesy to inform me. Every minute details of the schedule was done in consultation with the players and then suddenly I hear complaints about schedule.advertisement”They want to do gym work for strength. But if I tell them that hit a few balls to gauge your strength, is it wrong? Most of our batters have a strike-rate of less than 100 in T20s and if you are not willing to work hard, then you will have problems,” said the veteran of 114 first-class matches.Arothe, however, had good words to say about senior pros Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami.”Mithali and Jhulan have been very co-operative and open to discussions at team meetings. And about Harman, I have no hard feelings. She is a fantastic cricketer. But I am surprised because when I asked who has complained, I was told “Kaptaan ne bola (the captain said). But I wish them all the best for their future,” Arothe concluded.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Indian women crush Japan in kabaddi for contingent’s first win

first_imgJakarta, Aug 19 (PTI) The Indian contingent registered its first win at the 18th Asian Games as the country’s women’s Kabaddi team made mincemeat of Japan in their Group A opener here today. India won 43-12 in a lop-sided encounter. The Indian women dominated the contest from start to end against the Japanese, recording an emphatic win in their first game on day one of competitions. India stayed on track to complete a hat-trick of titles in the multi-sport quadrennial extravaganza. Japan were never in the match and the gulf in class between the two teams was evident from the beginning. The men’s team, also one of the favourites, start their campaign against Bangladesh later in the day followed by a match against Sri Lanka in the evening. PTI AH AHlast_img read more

Naomi Osaka withdraws from Wuhan Open after losing in Pan Pacific final

first_imgUS Open champion Naomi Osaka withdrew from the Wuhan Open in China on Sunday because of viral illness.Osaka announced the decision hours after losing the Pan Pacific Open final to former world number one Karolina Pliskova in Tokyo.The Japanese world number seven was beaten 6-4 6-4 by Pliskova in Tokyo and said afterwards that she was suffering from fatigue.Wuhan Open organisers confirmed Osaka’s withdrawal due to a viral illness on their Twitter page.Unfortunately @Naomi_Osaka_ has been forced to withdraw from Wuhan with viral illness. Get well soon Naomi!Wuhan Open (@wuhanopentennis) September 23, 2018Osaka’s workload had to be managed indeed as she has been playing for a while now. Just after winning the US Open, where she pulled off a major upset by beating Serena Williams 6-2 6-4 under controversial circumstances.The Wuhan Open, which began on Sunday and ends on September 29, still boasts a strong field despite Osaka’s withdrawal, with the top five women’s players, including world number one Simona Halep, all taking part.last_img read more

No time for celebrations, Jeremy looks to bulk up for Tokyo dream

first_imgBy Aparajita Upadhyay (Eds: Recasting overnight story) New Delhi, Oct 10 (PTI) He is living an Olympic dream at 15 but Indian weightlifting sensation Jeremy Lalrinnunga has no time to stay in the moment as he has to bulk up in pursuit of a bigger Olympic goal in less than two years. The Mizo teen, touted as the next best thing in Indian weightlifting, came up with a personal best effort in the 62kg category to clinch India’s first gold medal at the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires on Monday. He is happy beyond words but does not have the time to sit back and relish the moment for too long. “I am feeling really happy that I won the gold medal here,” Lalrinnunga told PTI from the Argentine capital. “I am returning to Patiala on October 21. I have to train hard now for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. I am going to change my weight category to 67kg for the Olympics so I have to work harder,” he added. Son of a national-level boxer Lalneihtluanga, Lalrinnunga aspired to don the gloves too but shifted to weightlifting as it involved just power to excel, something he found fascinating. “A new weightlifting academy opened in my village. The moment I saw it I wanted to try out the sport. I used to do boxing when I was younger but when I tried weightlifting I loved it. It’s a sport that involves strength and that is the reason I love it,” Lalrinnunga said. He was eight when Lalrinnunga was enrolled at the Mizoram Weightlifting Academy. A year later he was picked by the scouts of the Army Sports Institute in Pune.advertisement “I have been training at the Army Sports Institute since 2012,” he said. Starting off in the 50kg category, Lalrinnunga won the national gold but the teenager has struggled with maintaining his weight, jumping from 50kg to 62kg in a span of two years. “As I was growing my height and weight was increasing. Then coach sir advised me to switch to 56kg. “After shifting to 56kg also my body continued to grow and it was very difficult for me to maintain that weight, so we decided to go even higher switching to 62kgs.” However, weight issues were not the only obstacles in Lalrinnunga’s Youth Olympics preparation, the teenager also contracted chicken pox months before the big event. “I suffered from chicken pox in May so I had to gain back my strength for 62kg. My focus was on the Youth Olympics so I had to work very hard to recover and start training. “I learned a lot of new techniques in the process. We focused mainly on strength training and perfecting the technique,” Lalrinnunga said. PTI APA PM PMlast_img read more

Champions League: Manchester City, Real Madrid earn huge wins to close in on last-16

first_imgGabriel Jesus was in the thick of things for Manchester City while Karim Benzema scored a brace for Real Madrid as they registered huge wins in the Champions League matches on Wednesday.While City thrashed Ukraine’s Shakhtar Donetsk 6-0, Real Madrid completed a 5-0 rout of Viktoria Plzen to take themselves a step closer to the last 16 of the Champions League.City’s win over Shakhtar Donetsk meant they lead Group F with nine points, three ahead of the Olympique Lyonnais at the second spot.Real Madrid are joint-toppers of their group along with AS Roma, who are both on nine points off four matches. CSKA have four points with Plzen on one.Manchester City are simply destroying opponents at the moment and have scored 19 goals in their past four home games in all competitions.Even with Argentine striker Sergio Aguero left on the bench and midfield playmaker Kevin de Bruyne injured, they were simply too strong for Shakhtar.Riyad Mahrez created the 13th-minute opener, toying with the Shakhtar defence before his low ball, across the face of goal was turned in by skipper David Silva.Also read – Champions League: Manchester United score two in last 5 minutes to stun JuventusGuardiola’s side, who enjoyed a 6-1 win on Sunday over Southampton in the Premier League, doubled their advantage in the 24th minute after a comical penalty award that left the visitors shaking their heads in disbelief.Raheem Sterling burst into the penalty area and went down, without any contact or even a challenge, after driving his foot into the ground, as he attempted a chip. Hungarian referee Viktor Kassai could not have seen the incident clearly as he awarded the spot-kick and Brazilian Jesus slotted home.advertisementBoth managers said after the game that the referee had made a mistake, with Shakhtar boss Paulo Fonseca laughing as he described the decision as “ridiculous”.Sterling said he had apologised to the official, but while he may be embarrassed to watch that replay on television, he will take great pleasure from what came next.The England winger scored a brilliant third after leaving two Shakhtar defenders standing as he flew out of midfield and then beat Andriy Pyatov with a superb shot into the corner.Jesus added the fourth in the 72nd minute, again from the penalty spot, after Taras Stepanenko brought down David Silva in the box before Mahrez finished off a well-worked counter-attack six minutes from the end.Mahrez then set up Jesus for his hat-trick, a perfect through ball allowing the Brazilian to deliver a deft chip over Pyatov and into the goal.City will book their place in the next round with a win or a draw in Lyon on Nov. 27. “Unfortunately we haven’t qualified, but we are so close and will try to maintain this level. Maybe it will help keep us focused,” said City manager Pep Guardiola.KARIM BENZEMA GETS A BRACE5 Goals4 Goalscorers3 Points2 Champions League debuts1 Fantastic performance!#RMUCL | #HalaMadrid Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) November 7, 2018In temporary coach Santiago Solari’s first Champions League game in charge Real began slowly but were out of sight before halftime after a clinical masterclass of finishing.The victory also marked Real’s third in a row in all competitions under their temporary coach, who said he was focused on the next game rather than his status at the club.”We came into the game fully focused and it showed,” Solari said. “We have the players here to score lots of goals and that’s what we did.”Benzema opened the scoring in the 20th minute when he beat two defenders before slipping a shot through the legs of Plzen goalkeeper Ales Hruska to claim his 200th goal for Real.Casemiro doubled the lead three minutes later when the Brazilian outjumped his marker and headed home from a corner.An unmarked Benzema notched his second goal in the 37th minute with a redirected header assisted by Gareth Bale to give Real a 3-0 lead and Benzema returned the favour minutes later when he flicked on a cross for Bale to sweep home a volley.Toni Kroos completed the scoring in the 67th minute when he cooly chipped over the keeper after a counter-attack involving Brazilian substitute Vinicius on his Champions League debut.”It was an important night for us,” Casemiro said. “We’ve scored five times and this result will give us confidence.On other days we created chances like tonight but didn’t take them.”advertisementWhat turned into a comfortable night for Real began in nervy fashion as Czech champions Plzen began brightly with Patrik Hrosovsky’s cross cannoning off Nacho and hitting the woodwork.But any hopes Plzen harboured of a shock win were wiped out with two quickfire goals in the 21st and 23rd minutes.”We conceded four goals in the first half and the match was over,” Plzen defender Lukas Hejda said.The hosts were more lively after the break and managed a few shots on goal but could not find the quality they needed in the final third to chip away at Real’s lead.Madrid beat Plzen 2-1 at home last month 2-1 with Julen Lopetegui at the helm before the former coach was sacked three months into his first season in charge after Real were thrashed by arch-rivals Barcelona.The loss was Plzen’s second 5-0 drubbing in Group G play after Roma’s Edin Dzeko scored a hat-trick in leading the Italian side to an easy win in early October.LEWANDOWSKI DOUBLE GIVES bAYERN 2-0 WIN OVER AEKHome winTop of the group @lewy_official at the doubleCheck out our free-to-watch highlights from #FCBAEK Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) November 7, 2018Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski scored once in each half to give his team a 2-0 victory over AEK Athens in the Champions League on Wednesday that put them two points clear at the top of Group E with two matches left.Lewandowski scored a 31st-minute penalty and added another in the 72nd with a volley at the far post as the Bavarians got a much-needed confidence boost ahead of their Bundesliga match against league leaders Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.Bayern, who struggled in the first half against a gutsy AEK, are on 10 points, with Ajax Amsterdam on eight after drawing 1-1 against Benfica.The Greeks made the better start and Vasilis Lampropoulos’ glancing header in the fifth minute sailed just wide of Manuel Neuer’s post.AEK valiantly stood their ground for 30 minutes but a 31st-minute penalty for a foul on Lewandowski allowed the striker to score the opener.Leon Goretzka almost scored for Bayern 10 minutes after the restart but his point-blank header was pushed over the bar by AEK keeper Vasilis Barkas.The keeper then denied Lewandowski in a one-on-one as Bayern pressed hard for a second goal that would kill off the game.They were rewarded in the 72nd minute when Joshua Kimmich whipped in a corner and Lewandowski was left unmarked to volley in at the far post after a flick-on.ROMA BEAT 10-MAN CSKA TO CLOSE IN ON LAST 16| Check our the best 20 photos from another #UCL win for #ASRoma in Moscow! #CSKARoma Roma English (@ASRomaEN) November 7, 2018AS Roma put themselves on the brink of a place in the Champions League knockout stage when Lorenzo Pellegrini’s first goal in the competition gave them a 2-1 win at 10-man CSKA Moscow on Wednesday.advertisementThe game was settled in a four-minute spell in the second half when CSKA, having just made it 1-1, had Hordor Magnusson sent off and Pellegrini grabbed a fortuitous winner for the Serie A side.Roma, who completed a double over the Russian side in Group G, have nine points from four games while CSKA have four. Real Madrid (six points) were away to Viktoria Plzen (1) later on Wednesday.Roma, semi-finalists last season, went ahead through Kostas Manolas’ header in the fourth minute, and Alessandro Florenzi and Edin Dzeko wasted chances to put them further ahead before the break.CSKA sounded a warning just before halftime when Georgi Shchennikov headed over with the goal at his mercy.They levelled six minutes after the restart when Ilzat Akhmetov burst into the penalty area and found Arnor Sigurdsson, and the Icelandic teenager fired past Robin Olsen.Magnusson was sent off five minutes later for tripping Justin Kluivert and Roma quickly took advantage.Bryan Cristante’s mishit shot landed at the feet of Pellegrini and the 22-year-old, who has already provided three assists in the group, beat Igor Akinfeev from a narrow angle as the CSKA defence claimed offside.LATE GOALS EARN 10-MAN HOFFENHEIM 2-2 DRAW AT LYONWhat a battle!Even with 10 men, #TSG come away with a point against @OL_English!2-2 #OLTSG Hoffenheim EN (@achtzehn99_en) November 7, 2018Hoffenheim kept their slim hopes of extending their Champions League season afloat on Wednesday when they came back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with only 10 men at a rain-sodden Olympique Lyonnais.Lyon coped much better with the wet conditions and Nabil Fekir put the home side ahead after 19 minutes when he netted from close in after a thunderous strike from Ferland Mendy came back off the woodwork.Tanguy Ndombele made it two eight minutes later when he capped a nice passing move by stroking the ball home from Mendy’s cut-back.Any hopes of a comeback looked remote when Kasim Adams Nuhu was sent off for the visitors six minutes into the second half but the decision appeared to energise the Germans and Andrej Kramaric got a goal back 14 minutes later.Lyon, who had the bulk of the goal-scoring opportunities, had reason to rue their missed chances when in the second minute of injury time Czech defender Pavel Kaderabek blasted home from close range to give Hoffenheim a share of the points.The goal was only Kaderabek’s second in 34 European appearances but it helped the German side move off the bottom of Group F and on to three points, one ahead of Shakhtar Donetsk, who lost 6-0 to Manchester City in Wednesday’s other game.City lead the group with nine points, three clear of Lyon.”When you’re two-nil down at half-time away from home, you have to choose to go out and go all-in,” said Hoffenheim defender Ermin Bicakcic. “We could have scored a late winner even after the equaliser.”Fekir, who scored Lyon’s first goal, said: “Our problem at the moment is that when we concede we’re not calm after it.”It wasn’t a good evening. It’s got to the stage where we’re repeating ourselves but we’re trying to correct things.”After their red card our intensity levels dropped a bit and some of the tempo went. We gave them more confidence and they managed to get back on terms. It’s sad for us.”(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

North, South Korea win heritage status with joint wrestling bid: UNESCO

first_imgParis, Nov 26 (AFP) North and South Korea marked a new step in their reconciliation efforts Monday as UNESCO accepted their joint bid for Korean wrestling to be recognised as part of the world’s cultural heritage. The two Koreas had originally filed separate applications for their traditional form of wrestling to be recognised on the UN cultural agency’s world heritage list. “The fact that both Koreas accepted to join their respective applications is unprecedented,” UNESCO chief Audrey Azoulay said in a statement. “This inscription, through a joint application, constitutes a historic first step on the road to inter-Korean reconciliation.” The bid was approved by UNESCO’s committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage at a meeting in Mauritius. Known as Ssirum for North Korea and Sssireum for the South — each uses a different system to render the language into English — wrestling has been practised at village festivals for centuries. Nationwide competitions are still held every Chuseok, the Korean harvest festival, on either side of the border. The sport has some similarities to Japanese sumo but begins with two wrestlers facing each other on their knees in a pit, holding onto a cloth sash tied around the waist and using their strength and technique to knock their opponent to the ground. In the South, wrestlers are topless and only wear tight shorts, while in the North they don sleeveless jackets. Southern matches are held on sand while the North uses a round mattress. There has only been one inter-Korean wrestling competition, on the South’s Jeju island, in 2003.advertisement Until now, North and South Korea have always submitted separate bids for inclusion on UNESCO’S list of the world’s greatest cultural treasures. South Korea added its tradition of making kimchi — a fermented cabbage dish widely enjoyed across the peninsula — in 2013, prompting the North to seek the same status for its own version, granted in 2015. The Korean folk song “Arirang” has a similar story — the South’s was recognised in 2012, followed by the North’s two years later. For wrestling, the South applied in 2016, a year after the North. But at a meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Paris last month, Azoulay suggested the requests be combined, and the idea was also taken up with North Korean oficials. The joint bid was made possible by a rapid diplomatic thaw between the two Koreas with three summits this year between Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The two Koreas are still technically at war after the 1950-53 conflict ended with an armistice rather than a peace treaty, sealing the division of the peninsula with an impenetrable border. This border, a four-kilometre-wide by 248 kilometre-long area known as the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ), has become something of a nature reserve due to the lack of human activity. UNESCO has suggested it could be designated as a special natural biosphere under a similar joint initative. (AFP) SMJSMJlast_img read more

Tehseen Poonawalla moves EC against Sadhvi Pragya, says BJP fielding terror accused in polls

first_imgTehseen Poonawalla today (April 18) filed a complaint with the Election Commission (EC) against Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur’s candidature in the Lok Sabha elections on the grounds that she faces terror allegations.Tehseen Poonawalla has moved the EC against Sadhvi Pragya’s nomination.Malegaon blast accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on April 18, 2019.The BJP has fielded Sadhvi Pragya as Lok Sabha candidate from Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.Tehseen Poonawalla wrote a complaint letter to the EC against the candidature of Sadhvi Pragya asking the EC to ‘debar Sadhvi Pragya from contesting Lok Sabha elections’.In the letter Poonawalla wrote, “It is of utmost importance to note that Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Sqaud (ATS) has pronounced Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur as the ‘principal conspirators’ of the Malegaon blast dated September 29, 2008, which left six dead and 101 injured.”Poonawalla further wrote in the letter, “Thakur is currently facing charges under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and also stands accused of murder, attempt to murder, criminal conspiracy, and of promoting enmity between different groups on ground of religion. That the court had observed that Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur had planned the conspiracy with the aim to spread terror and cause communal crack in the society. The BJP is fielding a terror accused as a candidate in Bhopal.”According to an ANI report, earlier in the day, father of a victim in Malegaon blast also filed application against Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur after she was declared the BJP candidate from Bhopal.Application questioned her candidature before National Investigation Agency (NIA) court citing Sadhvi Pragya’s health which was one of the reasons in her bail application.advertisementTehseen Poonawalla took to Twitter and wrote, “If Hardik Patel can be barred then even Sadhvi Pragya must be prevented from contesting. This is the duty of the Election Commission. We cannot have two rules. Moreover, by stating this is a ‘dharam yudh’, Sadhvi Pragya has violated the model code of conduct. She was granted bail coz she was unwell!”If #HardikPatel can be barred even #SadhviPragya must be prevented from contesting . This is the duty of the #ElectionCommission . We cannot have 2 rules. Moreover by stating this is a dharam yudh, Sadhvi Pragya has violated the MCC.She was granted bail coz she was unwell !Tehseen Poonawalla (@tehseenp) April 18, 2019Sadhvi is facing trial in the 2008 Malegaon blast case.Saffron-clad Thakur (48), with her trademark short hair and sporting a rudraksh mala, became the face of right wing extremism after being arrested by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) in the 2008 Malegaon blast case.Arrested in the 2008 Malegaon blast case, Sadhvi Pragya was given a clean chit by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), but the trial court refused to discharge her from the case.She was granted bail by the Bombay High Court in 2017. Six people were killed and over 100 injured when a bomb went off near a mosque in Malegaon in north Maharashtra, on September 29, 2008. According to the prosecution, it was the handiwork of a Hindu extremist group.The court dropped the charges under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) against her, and she is now being tried under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.In view of Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur’s image as an RSS-basher and the city’s 4.5 lakh Muslim voters (out of the total 18 lakh-plus voters), the BJP decided to field a hardline Hindutva leader against the Congress leader, party sources said.Last month, when her name started doing rounds as a probable BJP candidate, Sadhvi Pragya told PTI, “I am ready to take on Digvijay Singh if ‘sanghatan’ (organisation) asks me to do so,” she had said, calling the former Madhya Pradesh chief minister an “anti-Hindu leader who called Hindus terrorists”.Today, alleging torture by jail officials, Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, BJP Lok Sabha candidate from Bhopal, alos broke down while addressing the party workers.#WATCH: Alleging torture by jail officials, Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, BJP Lok Sabha candidate from Bhopal, breaks down while addressing the party workers (@ANI) April 18, 2019Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur while alleging torture by jail officials said, “Woh kehalvana chahte the ki tumne ek visfot kiya hai aur Muslimo ko maara hai. Subah ho jati thi pit te pit te, log badal jate the peetne wale, lekin pitne wali main sirf akeli rehti thi.”ENGLISH TRANSLATION: They wanted me to say I was involved in the blast and killed Muslims. Throughout the night I used to face the thrashing.(With inputs from PTI)Also Read | Lok Sabha Election 2019: All dates, full schedule, constituency-wise details, all you need to knowAlso Read | Sadhvi Pragya, Malegoan blast accused, joins BJP; who is she?Also Watch | Sadhvi Pragya Thakur joins BJP, may take on Digvijaya Singh from Bhopaladvertisementlast_img read more

Shai Hope and John Campbell of West Indies in highest ever opening stand in ODIs

first_imgJohn Campbell and Shai Hope broke the record for the highest opening partnership in the history of the One Day Internationals.Campbell and Hope shared a 365-run opening stand from 284 balls to beat Pakistan’s Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq’s 304-run stand against Zimbabwe in 2018, and claim the record.Campbell and Hope also became the only opening pair to score 150 runs each in the same innings of an ODI.John Campbell 179 runs from 137 balls, including 15 fours and 6 sixes, at a strike rate of 130.66.Shai Hope, on the other hand, scored 170 runs from 152 balls as he smashed 22 fours and 2 sixes and that too at a strike rate of 111.84.v306* run partnership!WI created history.The highest opening ODI partnership in the history of the game!! #MenInMaroon #ItsOurGame Cricket (@windiescricket) May 5, 2019The record-breaking partnership was broken by Barry McCarthy on the second ball of the 48th over.The right-arm pacer bowled a length delivery outside off, as Campbell tried to hit another one out of the park. He ended up miss-timing the ball as the ball went up in the air as William Porterfield charged in from sweeper cover to take the catch.Hope fell in the same over, as McCarthy bowled a short of a length delivery and again outside off. Hope unfortunately hit it straight into the hands of Lorcan Tucker at mid-wicket.The 365-run partnership between Campbell and Hope is not the highest partnership ever, as that record belongs to Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels of West Indies again, who had put up a 372-run stand for the second wicket against Zimbabwe back in February 2015.advertisementThird on the list is a 331-run stand between India’s Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar against New Zealand in 1999, with a 318-run stand between Dravid and Sourav Ganguly (vs Sri Lanka in 1999) in fourth.John Campbell, who smashed his maiden ODI century, said that he was happy for himself and Shai Hope for batting the way they did.”Very proud, first international century, it was a good pitch to bat on. I am very happy for both myself and Shai, think we set-up the innings very well, after a slow start, it became a better batting track,” Campbell said after the innings break, as West Indies posted 381/3 from their quota of 20 overs.Shai Hope echoed the sentiment, saying that they enjoyed batting together. “He did a bit more than me, we both enjoyed batting together,” Hope said after the West Indies innings.When Hope was asked about the becoming the fastest West Indian to reach 1000 run in one-day cricket, he said that he had no idea.Also Read | Won’t feel too bad if I’m left out: Jofra Archer on his World Cup 2019 dreamslast_img read more

MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav were trying to hit but pitch got pretty slow: Rohit Sharma

first_imgThe muted finish to India’s attempt to chase down a victory target of 338 against England at Edgbaston had fans wondering what had happened to MS Dhoni.Instead of going for the sixes, Dhoni and Jadhav blocked and ran a single here and there to leave a Sunday crowd frustrated in Birmingham.Of Dhoni’s seemingly sedate 42 from 31 deliveries, India vice-captain Rohit Sharma felt it came down to playing the conditions. Rohit said Dhoni and Jadhav were trying their best to hit boundaries, but England was bowling too tightly and the pitch got very slow as well.”They were trying to hit the ball but at the end it got pretty slow. You have to give credit to England’s team because they mixed up their variation nicely and kept us guessing all the way through the game,” Rohit said after the match.Rohit Sharma “When Mahi and Kedar were batting I think they were trying to hit, but were not able to because of the slowness of the pitch” #ENGvIND #CWC19 Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) July 1, 2019India was always a long way behind the run-rate required after being 28-1 after 10 overs – the slowest power play so far of the tournament – but started gaining momentum through the innings of Rohit Sharma (102), Virat Kohli (66), Rishabh Pant (32) and Hardik Pandya, who struck 45 from 33 balls.After Pandya was out in the 45th over, after which India required 71 off 30 balls, Dhoni hit another boundary four balls later but didn’t find the rope again until the penultimate over. By that time India needed 51 from 11 deliveries.advertisementThe 2011 World Cup-winning captain hit Chris Woakes for six off the first ball of the last over and India took 12 runs off the last six balls to cut the margin of defeat to 31. India’s unbeaten run at the tournament ended, but it remained in second spot on the World Cup standings with two group games to play.But India captain Virat Kohli also defended Dhoni and Jadhav’s slow approach by blaming the pitch and conditions. Dhoni and Jadhav faced 31 balls and played out 7 dots, They ran 20 singles and hit only 1 six and 3 fours when the need of the hour was a lot more boundaries.The MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav partnership:31 balls39 runs7 dots20 singles3 fours1 six#ENGvIND #CWC19Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) June 30, 2019Former captains Sourav Ganguly and Nasser Hussain raised some serious questions on air during their commentary stint but Kohli defended his batsmen at the end of the game.”We kept losing wickets and that doesn’t help in a big chase, but credit goes to England in the end. It’s up to discussions with the two guys who were in there,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.”I think MS Dhoni was trying really hard to get the boundary but it wasn’t coming off. They bowled in good areas and the ball was stopping, hence it was difficult to bat towards the end. We have to sit and assess and improve on things in the next game,” Kohli said.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Pakistan fans gutted after India lose to EnglandAlso Read | World Cup 2019 semi-finals scenarios: Why India’s defeat to England will make Pakistan nervousAlso Read | World Cup 2019 points table: Pakistan slip out of top four after India loseAlso Read | You all wanted Rishabh Pant to play, there he is at No. 4: Rohit Sharma’s epic reply to journalistlast_img read more

Ravindra Jadeja had hunger and determintation to do something special: Sachin Tendulkar

first_imgRavindra Jadeja was playing only his second match in the World Cup 2019 but still managed to make an impact with his all-round performance as he almost pulled off a miracle for Team India in the first semi-final against New Zealand on Wednesday.Jadeja’s valiant 77 off 56 balls took India agonisingly close to their target of 240 but once he got out, the chase fell apart as the team got bowled out for 221 in 49.3 overs.Jadeja became the first batsman to score over fifty runs in a World Cup knockout match. It was his partnership with MS Dhoni which kept India alive in the chase after they collapsed to 92 for 6 in the 31st over.The pair added 116 runs for the seventh wicket before Jadeja’s dismissal in the 48th over. Dhoni departed soon after, run out on 50 which was the final nail in the coffin for India.Is there a better celebration in world cricket?#CWC19 | #INDvNZ | #TeamIndia World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 10, 2019Former captain Sachin Tendulkar lauded Jadeja for his special knock and also praised Dhoni for being the guiding force behind that seventh-wicket partnership which almost won the game for India in Manchester.”He was brilliant. This morning when he got Ross Taylor run out with that direct throw, we in the commentary box were discussing that it could be his day. The way he took initiative in that partnership (with Dhoni), he caught New Zealand by surprise, caught them off guard.”There were number of clean shots by him, which were from a batsman who was out there to do something and prove something. I would give him 10 on 10 today.advertisement”At this world stage who wouldn’t want to go out and perform well. You could see that determination and that hunger to do something was special and very much there. It was amazing to watch both of them, the way they ran between the wickets. That understanding was very much there because they play together in the IPL as well,” Tendulkar told India Today.The Old Trafford crowd applauds a magnificent half-century #INDvNZ | #CWC19 | #TeamIndia World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 10, 2019″The sound that his bat was making was something different. You could hear that. With Dhoni’s guidance and experience he created that impact but unfortunately it wasn’t enough to finish the game. But in a convincing manner that Jadeja took charge, he was the aggressor today. He was hitting those big shots and rightly so.Captain @imVkohli all praise for @imjadeja post his semi-final show #TeamIndia #CWC19 #INDvNZ (@BCCI) July 10, 2019″I felt that really worked well. One person was an aggressor and the other one was an experience campaigner. I felt MS (Dhoni) was going to attack in the last 3 overs. Because it also became important for someone to be there till the end. But possibly the boundaries could have come a bit earlier. But in retrospect you have number of things to say,” Tendulkar said.Also Read | Bitter pill to swallow: Sachin Tendulkar after India crash out of World Cup 2019Also Read | MS Dhoni could have batted at No. 5 instead of Hardik, says Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | Virat Kohli reacts to reporter’s question on MS Dhoni retirement speculationAlso Read | New Zealand were braver than us and they deserved to win, says Virat Kohlilast_img read more




first_imgSouth Dakota Republican governor candidate Kristi Noem says state Rep. Larry Rhoden is her pick for lieutenant governor.Noem, currently the state’s U.S. representative, says she chose Rhoden as her running mate because he’s “plain spoken, direct and honest.”Rhoden is a state lawmaker and rancher near Union Center and currently serves as a House majority whip.Rhoden, who first started serving in the Legislature in 2001, says the team has an opportunity to do “big things without raising taxes or growing government.”He says he’s humbled to accept the offer to serve.last_img read more



Some Final Thoughts on What to Expect from OSU This Football Season

first_imgWas doing some research for this season and realized #okstate has beaten Baylor 263-99 in their last five games in Stillwater. ?— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) August 26, 2015But I don’t want to lose to those guys. I think the TCU game at home (which I dearly hope is at night) is going to be just downright fantastic.Boone: Yeah, I’m going with the TCU game at home as well. I’m banking on this being a similar situation as the 2011 Baylor game. I’m planning to skip a wedding for this game, so I really hope this one turns out to be a good one.One uniform predictionPorter: I think we’re going to see some sort of new jersey this season. We’ve sort of run the gamut on new lids, but we haven’t seen a new top in quite a while. My hope is for throwbacks from the 70s or 80s (preferably the black with arm stripes) but I’ll take anything paired with the throwback Cowboy helmet.Boone: New cleats? New cleats.Favorite preseason quotePorter: Mike Yurcich saying “you don’t want to go out there looking like a hobo” was one of the best things I’ve read in years. I’ll give him the nod.Boone: On recruiting RB Jeff Carr, Mike Gundy said “I was at home and got a call the day before signing day. So I went in on the computer and had my son pull it up because I don’t know how to pull things up on the computer. So he pulled him up and clicked him on and he and I watched him and we definitely agreed that he’s good enough to play at this level.” I laughed out loud when I watched the interview.Favorite uniformPorter: I’ve opined too much on uniforms. I mostly asked this one for you, Mr. Boone. You guys know my favorite is Carbon Fiber-White-Orange. What about you?Boone: Well, I really enjoyed the chrome helmets. If I could pick one this season, it would probably be anything with the icy white helmet. But I’m going with Phantom Pete helmet, Black-Black-Orange. So, so good.Flawless. Flawless.Mason Rudolph’s season in three wordsPorter: Forget Brandon Weeden! I’m kidding (I think), but that’s how excited I am about QB1.Boone: Sophomore Heisman contender. I don’t think he’ll win it, but I think he’ll finish in the top 10 in voting.Who is the best newcomer?Porter: This one is tough. I’m going to say Victor Salako. I think he’ll have the biggest impact on what this team is from last year to this one. There are so many to choose from though which is a good thing.Boone: Going to pick true freshman Jalen McCleskey. He doesn’t have the size to be a physical force, but his sub-4.4 40-yard dash time will be fun. I think he makes a big splash in the return game.Will the offense or defense be better?Porter: It’s a valid question (which is great considering I came up with it). I’m going to say the defense, but I bet it’s a lot closer than most folks think.Boone: The offense already looked much better in the Cactus Bowl, thanks largely to a patchwork offensive line that finally came together. The defense will be notably better this year, particularly when it comes to turnovers forced.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! We’ve given predictions and made our picks, but there are questions that linger. Boone and I take one last stab at what we’re going to see during the 2015 football season.Player you’re most excited to seePorter: For me it’s Jordan Burton. Don’t take my word for it though. Here’s Emmanuel Ogbah from last week. “We have Jordan Burton, who can be an All-American.”He could be Josh Furman on speed. Literally.Boone: I can’t help but say Chris Carson. Everyone wants to know what he can bring to the table. Now that Kevin Peterson has compared him to Adrian Peterson, I’m dying to see just how accurate that comparison is.Position you’re most worried aboutPorter: It should be defensive tackle, I guess, but running back is still a question mark for me. As many have pointed out, big muscles don’t mean a lot of yards per carry (hi, Jeremy Smith). Chris Carson has a lot to prove and the depth there isn’t as great as I would like it to be.Boone: For me this is still the offensive line. They obviously looked greatly improved from the regular season in the Cactus Bowl, but the overall body of work has yet to convince me they can string together series to consistently open holes in the running game. Gundy, in marking the progress the O-line has made, didn’t quite convince me not to worry just yet. “I wouldn’t say it was necessarily night-and-day, but it went from night to at least sunrise, he told the Oklahoman.Game that concerns youPorter: At Texas is never all that fun to me. They’re easy to make fun of right now, but that game in Austin could be a season changer the same way the 2011 game in College Station was. I don’t know if that’s “concerning” to me (West Virginia also comes to mind) but I think as of right now, that matchup will have the most at stake.Boone: The Texas game in Austin will be circled on the calendar, and I just don’t think the Longhorns have the firepower to put us in the dust. I have the following week versus Kansas State at home as the most concerning game. The Wildcats will be coming off a bye week and fully rested with two weeks preparation, while the Cowboys could be coming off an emotional game in Austin. You know the Snydercats will be ready.Game that excites youPorter: I want to be excited about Baylor at home because, well because this.last_img read more