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Odom Unconscious in Brothel

first_imgLAS VEGAS — Former NBA and reality TV star Lamar Odom was hospitalized after he was found unconscious at a Nevada brothel, authorities said.The former Los Angeles Laker and member-by-marriage of the Kardashian family was in a Las Vegas hospital the night of Oct. 13 and there was no immediate word on his condition, officials said.The Nye County Sheriff’s Department was called at about 3:15 p.m. to Love Ranch in Crystal, Nevada, about 70 miles outside of Las Vegas for a report of an unresponsive man needing an ambulance, Sheriff Sharon A. Wehrly said in a statement.The 35-year-old was stabilized and taken to Desert View Hospital in nearby Pahrump, the statement said. Officials then tried to have him airlifted to Las Vegas, but the 6-foot-10-inch Odom was too tall for the helicopter that was available and he was driven by ambulance to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center.Dennis Hof, who owns the Love Ranch and other legal brothels in Nevada, said his staff had picked up Odom from a home in Las Vegas on Oct. 10. “He just wanted to get away, have a good time and relax,” Hof told The Associated Press in a phone interview.Hof said Odom was “happy, he was sleeping every night,” while visiting, but two women went to check on Odom the afternoon of Oct. 13 after not hearing from him since early morning, and found him face down and unconscious.When they turned him on his side at the direction of a 911 operator, Odom started “throwing up all kinds of stuff.”Hof said Odom had been taking herbal Viagra and had drunk part of a bottle of cognac since arriving, but had no knowledge of his use of any other drugs.“It’s incredibly sad,” said Hof, who turns 69 on Oct. 14. Hof is known for his own onetime reality show, Cathouse, on HBO.Odom’s hospitalization was first reported by TMZ.Odom, who won two NBA championships with the Lakers in 2009 and 2010, last played in the NBA in 2013, and saw recent reality TV fame through his marriage to Khloe Kardashian.Kardashian filed for divorce in 2013, citing irreconcilable differences. The divorce has not yet received final approval from a judge.The two were married in 2009 in a large ceremony that was taped for the E! network, following a whirlwind engagement that was also filmed.The Lakers played an exhibition game in Las Vegas on Oct. 13, losing 107-100 to Sacramento. Kobe Bryant and Metta World Peace are Odom’s only remaining teammates on the roster.World Peace clearly was distraught about Odom’s health after the game.“There’s not one word I could say that would make sense,” World Peace told reporters, declining further comment.Bryant left the arena without speaking to reporters.Odom spent the best years of his career with the Lakers, winning two championship rings and the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award in 2011.After seven years in purple and gold, he was crushed in December 2011 when the Lakers attempted to trade him to New Orleans in a multiplayer trade for Chris Paul. He eventually went to Dallas in another deal, but was out of the NBA just two years later.Some troubles that met Odom before and during his career appeared to worsen after he left the league, and included a no-contest plea to drunken driving shortly before his divorce.Odom was suspended during the 2000-01 season for violating the NBA’s anti-drug policy for the second time in eight months. During the 2010-11 season, a cousin he was close to died and Odom was a passenger in a vehicle involved in an accident in New York that killed a cyclist.Odom played one season at Rhode Island before being drafted in the first round with the No. 4 overall pick by the Clippers in the 1999 NBA draft.Born Lamar Joseph Odom on Nov. 6, 1979, in New York City, he was raised by his grandmother after his mother died of cancer when he was 12. His father was a drug addict.In 2006, Odom’s 6-month-old son Jayden died from SIDS while sleeping in his crib in New York.He has a daughter, Destiny, and a son Lamar Jr., from a previous relationship.____By Andrew Dalton and Sally Ho. AP Sports Writers Beth Harris and Greg Beacham also contributed to this story from Los AngelesTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

NFL Wins Brady Deflategate Appeal

first_imgNEW YORK— New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s appeal of his suspension in the Deflategate scandal was denied by a federal appeals court on Monday. Brady must serve a four-game suspension imposed by the NFL, the federal appeals court ruled, overturning a lower judge and siding with the league in a battle with the players union.A three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan ruled 2-to-1 that Commissioner Roger Goodell did not deprive Brady of “fundamental fairness” with his procedural rulings. The split decision may end the legal debate over the scandal that led to months of football fans arguing over air pressure and the reputation of one of the league’s top teams.It is also likely to fuel a fresh round of debate over what role, if any, the quarterback and top NFL star played in using underinflated footballs at the AFC championship game in January 2015. The Patriots won the contest over the Indianapolis Colts, 45-7, and then won the Super Bowl.The ruling can be appealed to the full 2nd Circuit or to the U.S. Supreme Court, but it would likely be a steep and time-consuming climb even if the courts took the unusual step to consider it.In a majority opinion written by Judge Barrington D. Parker, the 2nd Circuit said its review of labor arbitration awards “is narrowly circumscribed and highly deferential — indeed, among the most deferential in the law.”“Our role is not to determine for ourselves whether Brady participated in a scheme to deflate footballs or whether the suspension imposed by the Commissioner should have been for three games or five games or none at all. Nor is it our role to second-guess the arbitrator’s procedural rulings,” the opinion said. “Our obligation is limited to determining whether the arbitration proceedings and award met the minimum legal standards established by the Labor Management Relations Act.”The 2nd Circuit said the contract between players and the NFL gave the commissioner authority that was “especially broad.”“Even if an arbitrator makes mistakes of fact or law, we may not disturb an award so long as he acted within the bounds of his bargained-for authority,” the court said.In a dissent, Chief Judge Robert Katzmann said Goodell failed to even consider a “highly relevant” alternative penalty.“I am troubled by the Commissioner’s decision to uphold the unprecedented four-game suspension,” Katzmann said. “It is ironic that a process designed to ensure fairness to all players has been used unfairly against one player.”The NFL Players Association said in a statement it was disappointed.“We fought Roger Goodell’s suspension of Tom Brady because we know he did not serve as a fair arbitrator and that players’ rights were violated under our collective bargaining agreement,” the statement said. “Our union will carefully review the decision, consider all of our options and continue to fight for players’ rights and for the integrity of the game.”NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the court ruled Goodell acted properly in cases involving the integrity of the game.“That authority has been recognized by many courts and has been expressly incorporated into every collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and NFLPA for the past 40 years,” McCarthy said.The appeals ruling follows a September decision by Manhattan Judge Richard Berman that went against the league, letting Brady skip the suspension last season. Goodell insisted the suspension was deserved.The appeals court settled the issue well before the start of the 2016 season, avoiding the tension built last year when Brady didn’t learn until a week before the season that he would be allowed to start in the Patriots’ opener.At oral arguments in March, appeals judges seemed skeptical of arguments on Brady’s behalf by the NFL Players Association.Circuit Judge Denny Chin said evidence of ball tampering was “compelling, if not overwhelming” and there was evidence that Brady “knew about it, consented to it, encouraged it.”The league argued that it was fair for Goodell to severely penalize Brady after he concluded the prize quarterback tarnished the game by impeding the NFL’s investigation by destroying a cellphone containing nearly 10,000 messages.Parker said the cellphone destruction raised the stakes “from air in a football to compromising the integrity of a proceeding that the commissioner had convened.”“So why couldn’t the commissioner suspend Mr. Brady for that conduct alone?” he asked. Parker added: “With all due respect, Mr. Brady’s explanation of that made no sense whatsoever.”Parker also was critical of the NFL at the arguments, saying Brady’s lengthy suspension seemed at “first blush a draconian penalty.”LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated PressAP Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner and AP sports writer Kyle Hightower contributed to this report.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Singleton, Calathes lead Panathinaikos over Baskonia for fourth straight win

first_imgIn a thriller that went down to the final second, Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens defeated Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz 69-68 in the Greek capital on Friday. Panathinaikos and Baskonia now have 9-5 records in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Regular Season, just like Real Madrid, Olympiacos Piraeus and Fenerbahce Istanbul. Chris Singleton led the winners with 23 points – 19 of them in the first quarter. Mike James added 16 and Nick Calathes amassed 14 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals for the Greens. Toko Shengelia led Baskonia with 17 points, Adam Hanga added 12, Rodrigue Beaubois had 11 andIlimane Diop 10 for the visitors. Baskonia outrebounded Panathinaikos by 9-23 before halftime, getting 19 defensive boards to Panathinaikos’s 4. Baskonia limited the hosts to 8-of-20 two-point shooting (40%) and 4-of-15 three-pointers (26.7%) to get a 37-41 margin at the break. Despite being outrebounded 28-44, Panathinaikos handled the ball better, taking 11 steals to just 8 turnovers and forcing Baskonia to finish the game with 19 turnovers.Hanga sank a floater and had a huge block off the glass in a 0-6 run that Beaubois capped with free throws. Calathes rescued Panathinaikos with consecutive layups and Singleton followed free throws with a triple that gave the hosts their first lead, 9-8. Singleton kept pacing Panathinaikos with 4 free throws, a dunk and a triple for a 20-14 margin. Singleton finished the first quarter with 19 points and his third bomb from downtown made it a double-digit game, 27-16. Shengelia brought Baskonia within 27-18 after 10 minutes. Shengelia stayed on fire early in the second quarter and a layup by Beaubois tied the game at 27-27. Panathinaikos called timeout, but a jumper by Diop soon completed Baskonia’s comeback, 30-31. James tried to change things for Panathinaikos, but a jumper by Kim Tillie, a put-back slam by Diop and a driving layup by Rafa Luz gave Baskonia a 37-41 edge at halftime. Hanga took over with a driving layup and a three-pointer that boosted his team’s lead to 38-47 soon after the break. James Feldeine followed free throws with a huge slam and got help from Demetris Nichols and Calathes to get Panathinaikos within 49-51. Johannes Voigtmann had 4 points in a 0-6 run and Larkin added a driving layup to make it 55-59 after 30 minutes. Three-pointers by K.C. Rivers and James helped Panathinaikos regain the lead at 65-63 midway through the fourth quarter. James followed free throws with a jumper, but Beaubois singlehandedly brought Baskonia within 69-68. The guests got the ball with 15.1 seconds and Beaubois slashed to the basket, but could not get a shot up in time.Source: EuroleagueTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Spurs Overcome Leonard Injury, Harden to Beat Rockets in OT

first_imgSAN ANTONIO, Texas (AP) — Danny Green scored seven of his 16 points in overtime, and the San Antonio Spurs overcame an injury to Kawhi Leonard to beat James Harden and the Houston Rockets 110-107 in overtime on Tuesday to take a 3-2 lead in their second-playoff series.Leonard had 22 points and 15 rebounds in 38 minutes before leaving with an injured right ankle. Leonard stepped on Harden’s foot with 5:37 left in the third quarter and then played limited minutes before sitting out overtime.Harden had 33 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. He had a chance at potential tying 3-pointer in the final seconds of overtime, but was blocked from behind by Manu Ginobili.RAUL DOMINGUEZ, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Mayweather Dominates McGregor in Late Rounds to go 50-0

first_imgLAS VEGAS (AP) — Floyd Mayweather Jr. put on a show in the last fight of his spectacular career.Conor McGregor didn’t do so badly, either.Mayweather figured out a 50th opponent Saturday night, letting McGregor have the early rounds before stalking him late and leaving the mixed martial artist defenseless and exhausted on the ropes in the 10th round.It was a smashing end to a career that earned Mayweather more money than any fighter before him — including an estimated $200 million for his last bout.“I think we gave the fans what they wanted to see,” Mayweather said. “I owed them for the (Manny) Pacquiao fight.”Mayweather battered McGregor around the ring in the later rounds, finally stopping him at 1:05 of the 10th with a flurry of punches that forced referee Robert Byrd to stop the fight.Before a pro-McGregor crowd that roared every time the UFC fighter landed a punch, Mayweather methodically broke him down after a slow start to score his first real stoppage in nearly a decade. He did it in what he said would be his final fight, against a man who had never been in a professional boxing match before.Floyd Mayweather Jr. hits Conor McGregor in a super welterweight boxing match Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)McGregor boxed surprisingly well but after landing some shots in the early rounds, his punches seemed to lose their steam. Mayweather then went on the pursuit. McGregor backpedaled most of the way, stopping only to throw an occasional flurry as Mayweather wore him down.“I turned him into a Mexican tonight,” McGregor said. “He fought like a Mexican.”Though Byrd cautioned McGregor for hitting behind the head on two different occasions, there were no real fouls in the fight and McGregor never tried to revert to any MMA tacticsMcGregor had vowed to knock Mayweather out within two rounds, and he won the early rounds with movement and punches to the head. But the tide of the fight turned in the fourth round as Mayweather seemed to figure out what he had to do and began aggressively stalking McGregor.Mayweather was credited with landing more than half his punches, as he solved McGregor’s defense after a few rounds. Ringside stats showed him landing 170 of 320 punches to 111 of 430 for McGregor.In a fight so intriguing that it cost $10,000 for ringside seats, McGregor turned in a respectable performance for someone in his first fight. He switched from southpaw to conventional at times and used his jab well, but Mayweather’s experience and his ring savvy paid off as he executed his game plan to perfection.Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, embraces Conor McGregor after a super welterweight boxing match Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)“Our game plan was to take our time, go to him and take him out in the end,” Mayweather said. “I guaranteed everybody this fight wouldn’t go the distance.McGregor was trailing badly on all three ringside scorecards through the ninth round, with scores of 89-81, 89-81 and 87-83. The Associated Press had it 87-84.Mayweather was widely criticized for not going after Pacquiao in their megafight, and he didn’t make the same mistake this time. In a fight that could make him $200 million, he seemed to stagger McGregor with a series of punches in the ninth round, landing at will as McGregor desperately tried to clinch.The end was near as the two fighters came out for the 10th round and Mayweather went right after McGregor again. He landed a punch that set McGregor reeling across the ring, then landed a combination that had McGregor defenseless as Byrd moved in to stop the bout. McGregor didn’t complain when the fight was stopped and went over and hugged Mayweather.“I was a little fatigued,” he said. “He was composed in there, that’s what 50 pro fights can give you.”He seemed almost happy in the ring afterward, secure that he had given a good performance even in losing.“I thought it was close though and I thought it was a bit of an early stoppage. I was just a little fatigued.”McGregor’s challenge of Mayweather was fueled by social media and turned into a spectacle as the two fighters promoted the bout. It figured to make him $100 million or so, and gave McGregor a name and brand outside of the UFC.He also got some respect from a fighter who has been in the ring his entire life.“He’s a lot better than I thought he’d be,” Mayweather said. “He’s a tough competitor, but I was the better man tonight.”After all the talk and hype, the fight unfolded like most in boxing figured it would. Mayweather, a 5-1 favorite, took a few rounds to establish his dominance but once he did it was a one-sided fight.Mayweather ran his record to 50-0, surpassing Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 record and giving himself a great parting gift. He repeated afterward that he was not going to fight again.“This is my last fight for sure. 50-0 sounds good, I’m looking forward to going into the Hall of Fame,” Mayweather said. “I picked the best dance partner to do it with.Irish fans arrived by the thousands in the days before the fight, filling the arena for the weigh-in and boisterously cheering for their man. They even went off in the middle of the night and spray painted an Irish flag and “49-1” on a billboard on Interstate 15 promoting Mayweather’s businesses.The capacity crowd of 14,623 cheered McGregor on, but they quieted as the fight progressed and Mayweather showed his dominance.TIM DAHLBERG, AP Boxing WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

‘We Want Seven!’ Huge Crowds Fete Patriots On Super Bowl Win

first_imgBy: Philip Marcelo, Associated PressBOSTON (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of jubilant fans jammed downtown Boston on Tuesday for a parade celebrating the New England Patriots’ sixth Super Bowl title, clamoring for more with cheers of “We want seven!” and “Next year, right here!”A party atmosphere enveloped the city as fans clad in team garb packed sidewalks in the mild weather and stood on tiptoe for a glimpse of quarterback TomBrady, coach Bill Belichick and the rest of the team. Red, white and blue confetti rained down.It’s a familiar feeling in Boston. The parade came just four months after the city feted the Red Sox for their fourth World Series championship in 15 years.“Getting to see Tom Brady again is always a special day, but the Patriots are amazing. Six-time champs,” fan Lauren Mills said, adding that she still hasn’t had her fill. Her message to Brady: “Go for No. 7. He still has how many fingers left? You know, four more rings to go.”Fresh from Sunday’s 13-3 victory over the Los Angeles Rams in the Super Bowl in Atlanta, team members and their families took a 2-mile (3-kilometer) swing through the city aboard Boston’s iconic World War II-era amphibious “duck boats.”Brady held his pigtailed daughter, Vivian, and they waved and grinned at the crowd as players and team owner Robert Kraft took turns holding aloft theLombardi Trophy. Belichick and his partner, Linda Holliday, beamed, and the storied coach doffed his cap.Star tight end Rob Gronkowski, who has talked about retiring after this latest NFL title, whooped it up with his brothers and father. He and several other players removed their shirts and spent much of the parade cavorting bare-chested.They waved large signs that read, “We Got Everything” — a twist on the Patriots’ motivational hashtag, “Everything We Got,” that had become a theme this season.At least one brave Rams fan, wearing one of that team’s blue and yellow jerseys, hung out along the parade route.Officials expected more than 1 million attendees, and early trains and subways were jammed, overwhelming the Boston area’s transit system with what officials said was record ridership.The weather was unseasonably warm, with temperatures above 60 degrees (15 degrees Celsius) and dazzling sunshine.Security was tight, and police took away several fans who appeared intoxicated, including one man on a stretcher.Mayor Marty Walsh warned fans not to throw anything. Errant beer cans slightly damaged the Red Sox World Series trophy last year.Unlike in past years, no post-parade rally with speeches was held. Officials didn’t elaborate on why.Stephen Chhom, of Lynn, Massachusetts, was along the parade route overlooking the Statehouse with his friend Ricky Sok and Sok’s son, Raiyu.“What made this year special were all the other fans doubting us,” Chhom said, wearing a Julian Edelman jersey. “The record speaks for itself. Tom Brady and the rest of the team prove themselves every single time.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Liverpool Leads 32-Team Champions League Draw on Thursday

first_imgGENEVA — Ajax has completed the 32-team Champions League lineup that sees Liverpool spearhead another English challenge in the group-stage draw on Thursday.After all-English finals in both UEFA club competitions last season, defending champion Liverpool, Premier League title holder Manchester City and Europa League winner Chelsea are all in the pot of eight top-seeded teams.Runner-up Tottenham is joined in the pot of second-seeded teams by Ajax, its semifinal opponent last season which advanced from the playoff round on Wednesday.England seeks to lift European soccer’s most iconic trophy for the 14th time. Spain has a record 18 titles, though those were won by just two clubs — 13 for Real Madrid, five for Barcelona. Five different English clubs have won the competition which kicked off 64 years ago.A familiar group of national champions from Europe’s top leagues completes the top-seeded pot: Barcelona, Juventus, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and, back after a three-year gap, Zenit St. Petersburg.$2.1 BILLION PRIZE FUNDThe 32 teams, from 16 different countries, will again share prize money of 1.95 billion euros ($2.16 billion) from UEFA. The total revenue is 3.25 billion ($3.6 billion) for broadcasting and commercial sales across the Champions League, Europa League and season-opening Super Cup.The title winner in Istanbul on May 30 should get at least 100 million euros ($111 million). All 32 clubs get a basic fee of 15.25 million euros ($16.9 million) plus more based on match results, a share of national television rights, and a ranking of their historical record in UEFA competitions.SEEDING THE TEAMSUEFA’s seeding for pots 2 to 4 grades teams by their Champions League and Europa League results in the previous five years. Last season, Liverpool and Ajax both emerged from pot No. 3.Of 11 former European champions in the draw, four will come from the pot of second-seeded teams: Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Ajax and Benfica.Third-seeded teams include Salzburg, which is entering the group stage for the first time in 24 years with new American coach Jesse Marsch. The Austrian champion had several playoff failures when owned by energy drink maker Red Bull.Atalanta from Italy makes its Champions League debut as a dangerous outsider among low-ranked teams. Leipzig and Lille, the French runner-up, are also teams from Europe’s big five leagues which landed in pot No. 4.Leipzig can be in the same group as Salzburg due to UEFA deciding two years ago there was no conflict of ownership interest after Red Bull cut some ties to the Austrian club. The teams played in the same Europa League group last season.UEFA restrictions in the draw prevent teams from the same country being in the same group, and keeps Russian and Ukrainian teams apart due to political tensions. That rule was imposed in 2014 after Russia annexed the Crimea region from Ukraine.RUSSIA UP, PORTUGAL DOWNRussia’s rise to be UEFA’s sixth-ranked national league, with two guaranteed places, has exposed a relative decline of Portugal’s clubs.Only Benfica is in the draw after Portugal had three teams in the 2017 group stage and two last season. The league runner-up now enters the third qualifying rounds, and Porto was ousted by Krasnodar, a Russian debutant which lost in the playoffs to Olympiakos on Tuesday.Olympiakos, the Greek runner-up, plays in its 19th Champions League group campaign.RED STAR’S TREKFor the second straight season, Red Star Belgrade was the only team that advanced through four qualifying rounds since early July.Red Star, in pot No. 4, can be drawn with third-seeded Dinamo Zagreb, its big rival in the former Yugoslavia national league which broke up in 1991.TIMETABLEUEFA’s one-hour draw ceremony begins in Monaco at 6 p.m. local time (1600 GMT). It includes awards presented to the best men’s and women’s players in European soccer last season.The four-team groups start play on Sept. 17 and finish Dec. 11. The Round of 16 knockout pairings are drawn on Dec. 16.DRAW POTSPot 1: Liverpool, Chelsea, Barcelona, Manchester City, Juventus, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Zenit St. Petersburg.Pot 2: Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Napoli, Shakhtar Donetsk, Tottenham, Ajax, Benfica.Pot 3: Lyon, Bayer Leverkusen, Salzburg, Olympiakos, Club Brugge, Valencia, Inter Milan, Dinamo Zagreb.Pot 4: Lokomotiv Moscow, Genk, Galatasaray, Leipzig, Slavia Prague, Red Star Belgrade, Atalanta, Lille.By GRAHAM DUNBAR AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

UEFA Asked to Remove Turkey as Champions League Final Host

first_imgROME — UEFA has been asked to consider moving this season’s Champions League final out of Istanbul because of Turkey’s military action in Syria.UEFA declined to comment Wednesday about a letter sent from the Italian sports minister questioning if it was appropriate to continue letting Turkey host the biggest club game in world soccer in May.“We know well that the seriousness of what is happening in Syria will not be resolved with this act but we are all aware of the importance (political, media, economic, cultural) that belongs to one of the most important sporting events in the world,” the letter states, according to Italian news agency ANSA.The Ataturk Olympic Stadium was picked by UEFA last year over the Stadium of Light in Lisbon, Portugal.UEFA vice president Michele Uva told an Italian radio station it was “absolutely premature to talk about sanctions,” though the situation would be evaluated by the European soccer body’s executive committee. It next meets on Dec. 4.Istanbul already hosted the UEFA Super Cup this season. Champions League winner Liverpool beat Chelsea, the Europa League title holder, in a penalty shootout after a 2-2 draw.Since Turkey began a military offensive in northeast Syria last week, national team athletes from the country have made salute gestures at sports events.UEFA asked its investigators on Tuesday to assess if the Turkish soccer federation should be charged in a disciplinary case. Salutes made by Turkey players after European Championship qualifying games against Albania and France in the past week could breach rules prohibiting political statements at stadiums.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

AAEON: industrial embedded boards supported by AAEON community

first_img Continue Reading Previous Parasoft announce SOAtest Smart API Test GeneratorNext Why FIR sensing technology is essential for achieving fully autonomous vehicles With the AAEON Shop, AAEON Europe is giving professionals the chance to purchase industrial embedded hardware online and get it quickly! The Shop gives the opportunity to buy a selected range of products in smaller quantities, while related product documentation is ready for immediate customer download.The AAEON Shop is divided into different product categories, meaning ‘UP Boards,’ ‘Internet of Things,’ ‘Rugged Tablet Computers,’ ‘Panel PCs,’ ‘Box PCs,’ ‘Industrial Boards,’ ‘Network Appliances’ and ‘Accessories.’ Selected products, such as Pico-ITX boards, which are supported by the AAEON Community, are delivered in just a week to any European country. Also, the Shop gives the opportunity to sort by vertical markets and Community supported boards.With this concept, AAEON Europe intends to serve niche markets and areas which require fast prototype, while developing a closer customer relationship with the possibility for quick response. Our main project focus is on industrial companies and industrial startups.In support of the AAEON Shop, AAEON is introducing the AAEON Community – a fast feedback loop from end-customers for industrial products based on Intel formerly known Apollo Lake and Intel Kaby Lake platform to improve the product fit to market.The Community gives subscribed members the chance to share their experiences, their projects, their products and their know-how across users and AAEON hardware and software partners. It includes a Wiki where one can find tutorials and getting started guides, a centralized Download section and a discussion Forum with an FAQ branch.Currently, the Community is focusing on two boards, the PICO APL1 and PICO-APL3 but AAEON is planning to include support to three other models in the upcoming three months. The two Community supported boards will be delivered within seven working days when purchased through AAEON Shop. Joining the community will give the members the chance to apply for selling their solutions – based on AAEON products – in AAEON Shop and UP Market Place and to present them in AAEON tradeshows and events.In support of the launch of the AAEON Shop and Community, AAEON Europe is offering a 10% discount (code: buy@AAEONshop) for all products available in the AAEON Shop. This code is valid until 11/07/2018.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

Eurotech: AVR chooses IoT building blocks for smart agriculture project

first_img Continue Reading Previous congatec teams up with OSADL to optimize support for Real-Time LinuxNext Infineon is launching first magnetic sensors based on TMR technology Eurotech announced that AVR has chosen the ReliaGATE family of intelligent edge computers running Eurotech’s Everyware Software Framework and Everyware Cloud to manage the edge devices for its smart agriculture project to connect its harvesting machinery. These IoT building blocks are integrated by AVR partner delaware with an MS Azure-based IoT platform that gathers, analyzes and visualizes data from sensors on tractors and other farming vehicles.With a showcase version up and running, AVR plans to release the platform for end users later in 2018, gathering market feedback to drive the development of new capabilities. No financial information has been disclosed.AVR has a decades-long history in the field of potato agriculture, designing and manufacturing harvesters, planters and cultivators. It’s a niche market, but they are one of the world’s biggest players, exporting equipment to every continent. However, even a traditional industry like agriculture is being impacted by emerging IT innovations.In the past, AVR focused much more on the mechanical side of agriculture. Now, the goal is to develop smarter machines with many more sensors and use the collected data to bring value and transparency to stakeholders along the entire value chain as an add-on to our core offer of high-quality machinery.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

Axiomtek: 16-PoE transportation box PC with E-Mark and EN 50155 compliance

first_imgAxiomtek’s UST500-517-FL is powered by the LGA1151 socket 7th/6th generation Intel Core and Pentium processors up to 65W with Intel Q170 chipset. It integrated 16 PoE ports in RJ-45 or M12 connectors for IP cameras as well as supports DVI-D, HDMI and VGA interfaces for three surveillance monitors. In the meanwhile, it provides a full scope of power protection that includes intelligent vehicle power management technology for ACC on/off delay, shutdown delay, and over/under voltage protection.The rugged transportation box PC has good communications capability, with two full-sized and two half-sized PCI Express Mini Card slots and two SIM card slots for 3G/4G, GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth applications. For system integrators with extensive storage needs, the system offers four swappable or two built-in 2.5” SATA drives and up to 20TB capacity in a single unit. Enhanced by its robust structure and system design, the UST500-517-FL is able to operate under a wide temperature range from -40 to +70°C and vibration endurance up to 3 Grms. This transportation embedded box PC is in compliance with E-Mark and EN 50155 for mobile surveillance applications.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous EKF: quad port USB 3.0 peripheral slot card for CompactPCI SerialNext How embedded projects run into trouble: Jack’s Top Ten Countdownlast_img read more

Parasoft: software security and compliance testing for DevSecOps

first_imgParasoft announced the latest releases of Parasoft Jtest and Parasoft dotTEST, their Java and .NET development testing solutions that combine static analysis, security testing, unit testing, and code coverage analysis to help users maximize application quality and security, while minimizing business risks. The new releases (10.4.2) focus on enabling DevSecOps to make security a part of the development process, and help organizations achieve continuous security and compliance with more support for security standards than ever seen before. Parasoft’s security solutions integrate into the daily development workflow from the start, providing teams with continuous visibility into security standards compliance, and helping them remediate vulnerabilities earlier and continuously throughout the DevSecOps journey.Parasoft’s solutions provide pre-configured, out-of-the-box, and fully-customizable test configurations for security standards, including CWE Top 25, CWE CUSP, OWASP Top 10, PCI-DSS, and UL 2900.  Developers can execute real-time security and compliance scans, directly within their development workflows in the IDE, to see potential security vulnerabilities right where they can understand and fix them prior to check-in.In this release, Parasoft has also built into the product a broad array of context-specific training and tutorials for vulnerabilities identified in the code, to help developers learn about and address security issues as they work, enhancing their security expertise. The same security configuration or policy can also be leveraged by scans executed as part of the CI/CD pipeline, providing a safety-net to gate the delivery pipeline and ensure that insecure code does not get promoted to later stages. Bringing everything together is Parasoft’s centralized reporting dashboard that dynamically demonstrates the application’s security and compliance status in real-time, with widgets that directly correlate to the security standard’s risk assessment framework being used, and automatic report generation for auditing.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Infineon: AMR-based angle sensors as single and dual die versionsNext Enhancing privacy and security in the smart meter lifecyclelast_img read more

BIZ-MERCER-COST OF LIVING

first_img‘Mumbai more expensive for expats than Melbourne, Frankfurt’Mumbai, Jun 26 (PTI) Cost of living for expatriates inMumbai is the highest in the country, and more expensive thanits global peers like Melbourne and Frankfurt, said a survey.The financial capital of the country is ranked at the55th spot in terms of cost of living globally, higher thancities like Melbourne (58), Frankfurt (68), Buenos Aires (76),Stockholm (89) and Atlanta (95), according the 2018 cost ofliving survey by global consulting firm Mercer.Other Indian cities featuring in the survey includeDelhi (103), Chennai (144), Bengaluru (170), with Kolkata(182) being the least expensive Indian city.”While cities such as Melbourne and Buenos Aires havefallen in their rankings, Mumbai’s jump in ranking is alsoattributable to continued surge in prices of food, alcohol anddomestic supplies,” the survey noted.Hong Kong is ranked as the world’s costliest city tolive in for expatriates.Inflation, among the highest in Indian citiessurveyed, remained at 5.57 per cent for the surveyed set ofexpatriate goods, during the survey period.This is especially true for prices of expatriate fooditems such as, butter, meat and poultry as well premium farmproduce which have increased significantly, along with pricesof alcohol, according to the report.Costs of sporting, leisure related activities havealso played a role to rising prices, followed in part bytransportation costs, which includes taxi fares and cost ofregistration and road taxes, it noted.The survey is designed to help multinational companiesand governments determine compensation strategies for theirexpatriate employees.advertisementAccording to Mercer’s International Policies andPractices Report on India, 93 per cent of companies docompensate through a cost of living allowance for theirexpatriate assignee.”This increase in prices of goods in our cities,viewed along with currency exchange rate, has a direct impacton the Indian assignee compensation when using a balance sheetapproach, making overseas assignment costs sometimes greaterand sometimes smaller,” said Padma Ramanathan, India practiceleader, global mobility, Mercer.In this scenario, companies are reconsidering howfrequently expatriate salaries are reviewed, she said, addingin balancing assignee cost with assignee satisfaction, somecompanies prefer to let the assignee retain the benefit ofwindfall if applicable.This year’s rankings in the survey, which uses NewYork City as the base city for all comparisons, includes 209cities across five continents and measures the comparativecost of more than 200 items in each location. PTI DSK SSSS SS SSlast_img read more

Asian Games 2018: Dutee Chand ends 16-year wait for India with silver in 200m

first_imgStar sprinter Dutee Chand clinched her second silver medal at the Asian Games 2018 after finishing second in the women’s 200m final race on Wednesday.Dutee’s medal was India’s 52nd at the ongoing Games and the second on Day 11 following Manika Batra and Achanta Sharath Kamal’s table tennis bronze. India now have 9 gold, 20 silver and 23 bronze medals in the competition so far.Dutee, who had won a silver medal in the 100m final and emerged as the second fastest woman in Asian on Sunday, clocked 23.20 seconds to cross the finish line in second place behind Odiong Edidiong of Bahrain, who clocked 22.96 seconds. Wei Yongli of China took home the bronze medal with a time of 23.27 seconds.Dutee’s medal ended India’s 16-year wait for a medal in the women’s 200m event. Saraswati Saha was the last athlete to win a medal (gold) in the event back in 2002. Overall, Dutee is the fifth female athlete to win a medal in the event after Mary D’Souza (bronze in 1951), Stephie D’Souza (silver in 1958) and PT Usha (silver in 1982, gold in 1986).Dutee’s silver in the 100m was also India’s second at the Games after PT Usha’s silver medal at the 1986 Asiad in Seoul.Dutee came into the Asian Games after enduring a difficult past few years but her performance in Jakarta will keep her critics quiet for good now.She was dropped from India’s Commonwealth Games contingent in 2014 after being rendered ineligible to compete as a female athlete due to hyperandrogenism policy of the world athletics body (IAAF), the last four years of her life have not been easy for the 22-year-old Odisha athlete.advertisementBut she got the suspension overturned in the Court of Arbitration for sports in January this year, which allowed her to participate in international 100m and 200m events. Dutee however, was unceremoniously dropped from the squad for the CWG this year in Gold Coast.But Dutee has slowly but steadily fought her way back in the sport and is once again proving her talent on the track to the world.After her silver medal performance in the 100m final at this Asiad, Dutee put in another strong show in the 200m semi-finals on Tuesday in which she finished on top with a personal best time of 23:00 seconds, which was faster than her qualification round timing.Dutee was in third position in the beginning but made up in the last 50m stretch to edge out Edidiong Odiong (23.01) and Lingwei Kong (23.32).Dutee’s compatriot Hima Das on the other hand, was disqualified from the semi-finals due to a false start. Dutee meanwhile, was faster than Hima in the qualifying, clocking 23.37, compared to 23.47 of the latter.In the National Inter-State Championships in June, Hima had won the 200m gold in 23.10 ahead of Dutee, who had clocked 23.41.last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy A9 launched: Key specs, features, price and everything you need to know

first_imgSamsung on Thursday added another new Galaxy A phone to its portfolio, and it is by far the company’s most unique one to date. The reason being the Galaxy A9 (2018) is the first smartphone in the world to get a quad-camera system. The back of the latest Galaxy A phone sees four cameras vertically stacked which Samsung says will help you capture the world the way you see it.The new Galaxy A9 reflects Samsung’s focus on offering unique and challenging mid-range smartphones to take on the competition. Not only does the Galaxy A9 highlight the four cameras on the back, but it also bring an attractive gradient design and a tall Infinity Display among other things. Here’s what you need to know about the Galaxy A9Samsung Galaxy A9 specificationsDisplay: The Galaxy A9 sports a 6.3-inch FHD+ (1080×2160) Super AMOLED displayProcessor: It is powered by an octa-core processor but Samsung hasn’t confirmed whether it’s a Snapdragon 660 chipset or an Exynos processorRAM: It will be offered with 6GB of RAM in most countries, but some areas will see an 8GB variant as well Internal storage: Both the RAM options will come with 128GB of internal storage. This is expandable up to 512GB through a microSD cardRear camera: The quad camera system on the back includes a 24MP main sensor with f/1.7 aperture, an 8MP ultra wide angle lens with f/2.4 aperture, a 10MP telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom and a 5MP depth sensor.advertisementFront camera: The device gets another 24MP sensor on the front and the camera supports live focusBattery: The Galaxy A9 (2018) will house a 3,800mAh battery with fast charge support via USB Type-C.Software: It will ship with Android Oreo with Samsung’s Experience UI on topSamsung Galaxy A9 features– The USP of the Galaxy A9 is the four cameras on the back that have been vertically stacked on the top left corner. Samsung is offering you a lot more ways to capture photos that one may otherwise be unable to do with regular dual cameras. The quad-camera system will allow users to easily switch between regular to wide-angle, zoom to depth and such combinations at your will. Additionally, the cameras also get functions like Scene Optimisation and defect recognition to help you capture the best, most realistic photos.– The four cameras on the back include a 2X telephoto lens for close up shots, a wide-angle lens for capture more area in a frame, a depth sensor to capture bokeh shots, and a regular 24MP primary sensor with a wide f/1.7 aperture for detailed low light captures.– Apart from the unique camera system, the Galaxy A9 also gets a unique gradient colour scheme on the back. The Bubblegum Pink and Lemonade Blue have a gradient design that moves from a darker shade to a lighter one. The colours also change depending on how you look at it.– The Galaxy A9 also houses a large 3,800mAh battery that should provide enough juice to take you through a full day and maybe more depending on your usage. The device also supports storage expandability up to 512GB which when combined with 128GB of internal storage would mean more than 600GB of total storage at your disposal.Samsung Galaxy A9 price and availabilityThe Galaxy A9 will cost 599 euros (approx Rs 51,300) when it goes on sale I’m the UK and Europe sometime in November. Samsung is yet to announce whether it plans to launch the Galaxy A9 in other markets including India, but it is highly possible.The company recently launched the Galaxy A7 in the country at Rs 23,990. The Galaxy A9, if it indeed comes to India, could come with a pretty steep price tag. Whether or not the quad cameras justify the price tag will remain to be seen after a more detailed review.Disclaimer: The reporter’s travel and stay for this event in Kuala Lumpur have been arranged by Samsung. ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy Note 9 review: A Note worth takinglast_img read more

Southpaw surprise at Fenesta

first_imgUnder-16 top seed Bhakti Parwani’s title hopes were given a fatal blow on Thursday after she was handed a surprise exit by 12th seed Vipasha Mehra 6-0, 0-6, 4-6 in the quarter-finals of the National Juniors Open at the DLTA, here.The fourth day of the tournament – which saw last-eight actions in singles – saw another shocker in boys’ under-16, second-seed Sushant Dabbas lost out to ninth-seed Denim Yadav 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 despite taking a big 4-0 lead in the decisive set.In the first upset, Bhakti started her game on top gear as she took the first set without breaking a sweat 6-0. The Gujarati girl’s ease at finding winners in the first set suggested this is going to be a cakewalk for Bhakti into semi-finals.However, Vipasha came with a different game plan and started to engage in long rallies with her compatriot. The plan was on the spot as the game took a 360-degree turn in the second set as the 16-year-old Tamil Nadu girl broke Bhakti’s serve early in the first set. The Southpaw took control of the game from there on and went on to win 10 games on the trot that included 6-0 win of the second set and a massive 4-0 lead in the final set.With her back against the wall, Bhakti finally pulled up her socks and won her first game on her serve to make it 4-1. The point seemed to give her a major boost as she broke Vipasha in the next game and soon the match went down to the wire at 5-4. But Vipasha managed to hold her nerve and served well in the final game to clinch the match.advertisement”She didn’t let me get comfortable in the first set and it was over before I could realise it,” said Vipasha, who trains at AKTA in Pune. “But I told myself that the match is not over until we shake hands and I decided to focus on my game more than what she was doing. Breaking her early in the second set gave me the much-needed confidence.”Moments before the upset, Denim also sprung a surprise defeat on one of the tournament favourites Sushant. The tie seemed evenly matched as both served well to keep the score at 3-3. But Denim, whose forehand and shot angles was creating issues for his rival, broke Sushant’s serve and maintained his serve to take the first set 6-3.Being threatened, Sushant came back strongly in the second set and played some strong forehand and backhand strokes to win second set 6-2. The 15-year-old southpaw was cruising in the final set with a 4-0 lead but gave away the match as Denim broke him thrice to take the game.In other matches, Divesh Gahlot (1) overcame an early threat by Naresh Badgujar after losing the first set by convincingly winning remaining two sets 4-6, 6-1, 6-1.Tournament favourite in boys under-14, Udit Gogoi consolidated his dominance with a comfortable win of 7-5, 6-0, while the third seed Aman Dahiya too notched up a straight-set win over Deep Munin 6-2, 6-2.In girls’ under-14, Vaishnavi Adkar (1) was made to sweat in the first set my Renne Singla but overcame his compatriot 7-6 (3), 6-4. While second seed Renne Singh hardly broke any sweat to beat Suhita Mururi 6-2, 6-2.last_img read more

Ranveer’s mantra: Say ‘yes’ to everything wife says

first_imgMumbai, Dec 2 (IANS) Newly wed Ranveer Singh knows the secret for a happy married life: Say ‘yes’ to everything your wife says.He made the remark while looking at his wife Deepika Padukone at their wedding reception here on Saturday night that brought together a host of personalities ranging from Bollywood megastar Big B to cricketer M.S. Dhoni.Amitabh danced to his song “Jumma Chumma” and superstar Shah Rukh Khan hit the dance floor with actress Malaika Arora on their hit track “Chaiyya chaiyya” at the star-studded gala which saw the stars letting their hair down.Ranveer and Deepika hosted a wedding reception, a black-tie industry party night at The Grand Hyatt on Saturday in Mumbai, where well-known personalities from Bollywood, sports and political background were present.From the pictures and videos of the party circulated on social media, it seems the celebs had a gala time at the event, which has rounded up days of celebrations around their nuptials which took place in mid-November in Lake Como, Italy.Not only Big B and SRK, actors like Karisma Kapoor and Varun Dhawan danced their heart out with Ranveer on a song from “Judwaa”. In one of the videos, the “Band Baaja Baaraat” actor can be seen rapping along with rapper Divine.But it was Ranveer’s speech which added a spunk. Though new to married life, Ranveer already seems to know what it takes to have a happily ever after.Actress Shilpa Shetty Kundra’s husband Raj Kundra uploaded a video in which Ranveer can be seen sharing words of wisdom.”The key to success in life is to say yes to everything that she says,” he said, pointing at Deepika.”So when baby says, Baby, change the vibe of the music’, I have to oblige,” Ranveer said.The list of attendees also included actor Hrithik Roshan, Sara Ali Khan, Ishaan Khatter, Disha Patani, Tiger Shroff, Aditi Rao Hydari, Radhika Apte, Jim Sarbh, Lara Dutta along with husband Mahesh Bhupathi, Vidya Balan with Siddharth Roy Kapoor, Hema Malini with son-in-law Bharat Takhtani, producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra and his wife Anupama Chopra, Vicky Kaushal, Rekha, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Kalki Koechlin, Nimrat Kaur, R. Madhavan and his wife Sarita Birje.For the evening, the couple arrived looking nothing short of regal. Ranveer wore a classic black piece suit with a bow tie designed by Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna. Deepika was dressed in a deep red Zuhair Murad ensemble.–IANSsim/rbadvertisementlast_img read more

Virat Kohli sympathises with Steve Smith and David Warner: I felt very bad

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli admitted that he was sad to see the way Steve Smith and David Warner were treated post the ball-tampering saga, saying that he does not want anyone to go through what the duo experienced.”Well, it was sad to see,” Kohli told Adam Gilchrist in an interview for foxsports.com.au.”As big a thing as it became, you never want to see anyone go through that because I have known David and I have known Steve as well.”Apart all the competitiveness on the field and all the battles that you have, you never want to see such a magnitude happen to two sportsmen and what happened after was, I felt, very bad. I felt like that the things happened after shouldn’t have happened,” Kohli said.Smith and Warner were escorted by security officials when they returned to Australia from Cape Town, the visuals of which deeply affected Kohli.”The things that hit me the hardest was the way they were received at the airports and the way they were escorted out,” Kohli said.”Those things to me felt like this is very, very hectic.”It is not my place to comment on the decisions but to treat people like that for me it was unpleasant to see. I would never want to experience that as a cricketer,” Kohli added.Smith had broken down in front of his family and the journalists during a press conference at the Sydney airport after landing in Australia. Warner too landed in Sydney in the company of his wife and two daughters and was hounded by the media with flashlights and probing cameras. He took was reduced to tears as was then-Australia coach Darren Lehmann, who resigned post the scandal.advertisementSmith and Warner were eventually handed one-year bans by Cricket Australia for their involvement while Cameron Bancroft, the player who was caught on camera changing the condition of the ball with a sandpaper during the Cape Town Test, received a nine-month suspension. When asked if he had spoken to Smith and Warner after the incident in Cape Town, Kohli said, “Not at that time precisely.”Kohli has had his share of altercations with both Smith and Warner on the field with the India captain even going on to claim that he wouldn’t be friends with a lot of the Australian players after they toured India last year.But the equation seems to have changed now between them with Kohli stating that Warner and his friendship goes beyond the boundary ropes and the former Australian vice-captain is someone who has been kind to him.”But after that event, from then on and before, I’ve always been in touch with David. Me and him get along really well, so I’ve always been in touch with him. He’s always nice and sends me texts after games and he’s been very kind to me.”It takes two people to break a barrier – which might be created on the field – and he’s been more than welcoming in that regard and I have reciprocated in the same way,” Kohli added.Also Read | Virat Kohli not underestimating Australia without Steve Smith and David WarnerAlso Watch | Steve Smith breaks down during public apology for ball-tampering scandalAlso Read | Adelaide Test: Ashwin, Shami put India on the cusp of famous win over Australialast_img read more

Boxing Day Test: Mayank Agarwal does not regret missing out on debut hundred

first_imgIndia’s latest Test debutant, Mayank Agarwal said he is happy with his effort despite missing out on a century on the opening day of the ongoing Boxing Day Test against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.Having knocked at the selectors’ doors by scoring tons of runs in domestic cricket, Agarwal finally got the much-deserved opportunity to represent his country at the highest level in the ongoing third Test. The occasion couldn’t have been bigger as the MCG was packed to the rafters amid all the festivities in Melbourne.Agarwal though showed he belonged at the highest level by scoring a 161-ball 76, which included eight boundaries and a six. The 27-year-old was solid at the crease as he fended away the threats from the Australian quicks and off-spinner Nathan Lyon. He also became the top-scoring Indian batsman on Test debut in Australia, going past Dattu Phadkar’s record from 71 years ago.”I am happy. Obviously I would like more. I would definitely take 76 rather than something less than that. Having said that, I would have liked to go on, score more and remain not out at the end of the day’s play,” Agarwal told the media in Melbourne after the first day’s play.Shedding light on the emotional moment when he received his India cap, the opener added: “It was a tremendous feeling to get the cap. I had a lot of emotions when I got it and those are something that I will cherish for the rest of my life.advertisement”The first thought was I was very happy that I am going to represent my country. It’s a big stage. I had the senior walk up to me and say ‘it’s a big day’. The bigger the occasion, the bigger the opportunity to leave a mark.”‘Wasn’t easy to get ready for debut on Boxing Day’Agarwal though conceded it wasn’t easy to get hold of the emotions in front of a massive crowd at the MCG on Wednesday.”It wasn’t easy [to get ready] to get hold of the emotions and focus there. But it was needed to be done. It was needed to be done. I just kept telling myself that I had a plan to go with and stuck to it. Even though it was overwhelming, it was good out there, am happy with the way I started.”Agarwal-Vihari pair bats 18.5 overs togetherDespite the MCG pitch being docile, Agarwal needed to be patient and he did exactly that even as the Australian pacers were keeping it tight.Agarwal added 40 runs with India’s makeshift opener Hanuma Vihari, who was bumped out on 8. However, the pair batted 18.5 overs, the most by an Indian opening duo since in SENA (South Africa, England, New Zealand and Australia) since the Centurion Test of 2010 wherein Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag batted 29.3 overs.Agarwal defended the slow start and said Australian bowlers made it tough for both Vihari and himself in the first hour of play on Wednesday.”Vihari is a good player. He got tons and tons of runs in the Ranji Trophy. He has got a triple hundred playing at No. 3. I don’t think it was too hard for him as well. He adjusted to the conditions pretty well,” Agarwal added.”Even though we didn’t score a lot of runs together, we managed to play out the balls. I thought they [Australia] were bowling pretty well. They didn’t give us a lot of loose balls. They kept it tight.”Agarwal on the attack against Lyon!Watch live via Kayo here: https://t.co/0glOblMnaq #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/M7KJpXu5XIcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 26, 2018Despite having scored more than 2000-plus runs in the last two domestic seasons, Agarwal found it difficult to break into the senior national team. He got his maiden call-up during India’s two-match series against the West Indies at home earlier this year but he did not get to make the playing XI.Agarwal wasn’t part of the original 18-man India squad for the Australia tour but an injury to Prithvi Shaw and the poor form of Murali Vijay and KL Rahul prompted the team management to fly him to Australia after the Perth Test.”I am very lucky that I made my debut at the MCG. Every player has got to go through the grind, getting runs at the Ranji Trophy level. I did that an I am happy I scored runs. I learnt a lot over the last five years when I played the Ranji Trophy. I have played at different parts of India as well, played in different scenarios,” Agarwal said.advertisementSpeaking about the disappointment of not being named initially in the squad, he added: “Well, like I said, you do think about it but then you’re professional, you have got to tell yourself that’s not in your control. Move on, see what’s next for you, prepare for that. Once you’re in, give your best.”I was very happy when I got picked against the West Indies. From then on, it was not in my hand. The good thing was, after that there was a lot of domestic cricket and India A games. Once you play a lot of matches, those thoughts don’t come. You’re focussed on the games and trying to win those games.”Also Read | India vs Australia: Virat Kohli booed at MCG and made to wait at the crease after teaAlso Read | India vs Australia: Mayank Agarwal shines on debut with maiden fifty on Boxing DayAlso See:last_img read more