Guwahati, Dec 4 (PTI) Bhutanese Ambassador to India Maj Gen Vetsop Namgyel today called on Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal here and the two made a strong pitch for the growth of the entire region.The chief minister and the ambassador discussed issues such as cultural and sporting exchanges and tapping of tourism potential of Assam and Bhutan, an official release said here.Informing Namgyel about the two-day Global Investors Summit to be held here from February 3, Sonowal invited Bhutan to participate in the event.Namgyel also expressed his countrys keen interest to participate in the summit.Bhutan is looking forward to tap Assams tourism destinations considering its sprawling tea gardens, unique and colourful culture and national parks, he said.Sonowal said Assam can also develop and promote various sports in the Himalayan country.The Ambassador invited Sonowal to visit Bhutan which he accepted in principle, the release added. PTI DG NN LNS
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Samsung has launched a new 16GB storage variant of the Galaxy On Nxt in India at a price of Rs 10,999. The Galaxy On Nxt 16GB storage variant will be available for buying exclusively from online retail website Flipkart from January 3. If you chose to buy the Galaxy On Nxt 16GB storage variant during Flipkart 2018 Mobiles Bonanza sale – between January 3 – January 5 – you’ll be able to get it at a reduced price of Rs 9,999.The original Galaxy On Nxt, with 32GB storage, was launched in India in October 2016. The newly announced variant is essentially the same phone with lesser storage. Which means, much like the original Galaxy On Nxt, the newly announced variant also boasts of an all-metal unibody design — top and bottom ends being plastic with brushed metal finish to accommodate the antennas — with curved 2.5D glass on the front.In typical Samsung fashion, the phone comes with a front-mounted physical home button that doubles as a fingerprint scanner. The phone comes with a 5.5-inch Full-HD IPS LCD display with a 1080×1920 pixels resolution and a 1.6GHz octa-core Exynos 7870 processor clubbed with 3GB RAM under the hood. The Galaxy On Nxt supports expandable storage of up to 256GB via a dedicated micro-SD card slot. The dual-SIM phone supports 4G LTE (VoLTE-ready) and runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow-based TouchWiz UI.Also Read: Samsung investigating possible Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8 battery issueThe Galaxy On Nxt further sports a 13-megapixel camera on the rear with f/1.9 aperture, autofocus and LED flash. On the front you get an 8-megapixel camera, also with LED flash. The phone is backed by a 3,300mAh battery which is non-removable.advertisementSamsung is also set to launch another Galaxy On range phone in India soon. The new Galaxy On phone, from Samsung, will be an Amazon India exclusive and will focus on design, performance and photography elements. The new Galaxy On phone, in addition, will also allow for users to shop “in a new way” suggest a new teaser page that has gone just live on the e-commerce website.Not a lot is known about Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy On phone, but, it will most likely be a successor to the Galaxy On Max which was launched in July. The photography-centric mid-level Galaxy On Max phone was launched at a price of Rs 16,900 exclusively via Flipkart. The new Galaxy On phone will likely be on similar lines but will sell on a different e-commerce portal.
Hatchbacks have proved to be a major segment for the Indian car market. Right now, you can get any hatchback which is affordable, low-maintenance to stylish and feature-rich, performance machines. Providing a wide variety of choices, the hatchbacks are now looking at major consumer inclination from all sides. This means every car manufacturer is now scrambling to make more hatchbacks which offers advanced comfort, convenience, and also which are reasonably priced. Among the wide range of options, here are the top ten hatchbacks which you can buy right now.Maruti Suzuki BalenoThe Baleno proved to be a game changer for the Indo-Japanese carmaker in India. The Baleno was designed with inputs from Maruti Suzuki Swift and was designed for customers who desired for something better than the former. The second entrant to Maruti Suzuki Nexa’s lineup, the Baleno features contemporary design, new exterior characteristics and smart equipment.The hatchback also offers a spacious cabin equipped with features like Maruti’s SmartPlay Infotainment System, Smartphone Connect/Apple CarPlay, and remote control via Smartphone App to name a few.The MS Baleno gets dual airbags and ABS with EBD as standard across the entire lineup. The Baleno also gets a reverse parking camera and is offered only on the range topping variants. The Baleno is powered by a 1.2-litre petrol churning out 83bhp and 115Nm of torque. The hatchback also gets a 1.3-litre diesel which churns out 74bhp and 190Nm of torque.Prices for the Baleno petrol starts at Rs 5.3 lakh and Rs 7.14 lakh for the diesel version (ex-showroom).advertisementHyundai Grand i10The Korean carmaker launched the Grand i10 in order to challenge the dominance of the Maruti Suzuki Swift. Placed between the Hyundai i10 and the i20, the Grand i10 proved to be a success for the Korean carmaker.The Grand i10 comes with smart exterior features and a spacious cabin which sports a 2 DIN integrated radio with MP3 player, steering mounted controls, height adjustment for the driver, rear AC vents and adjustable rear seat head rests.Driver airbag is standard across all models, while the passenger side airbag and ABS are available only on the top-spec trims. Under the bonnet, customers get a choice between the 1.2 litre Kappa Dual VTVT petrol churning out 81bhp and 114Nm of torque. The diesel variant gets the 1.1-litre 2nd generation U2 CRDi diesel engine which is mated to a five speed manual gearbox, along with an option of a four-speed automatic transmission.Maruti Suzuki SwiftThe Suzuki has been with us for a decade already and is still going strong with the model performing consistently well and is still one of the best hatchback cars found in India.However, because the Swift is facing tough competition due to the numerous hatchbacks being introduced to the Indian market at breakneck speed, the Swift is all set to receive a comprehensive makeover next year and will also get the AMT option in line with other vehicles in the range.The Swift gets standard features like a rear defogger, automatic climate control, illuminated steering wheel mounted bluetooth and audio control. Considering the market, the Swift is a good option in the B-segment. In terms of safety, driver and co-passenger side airbags are standard on top-of-the line variant and optional on rest of the trims.Under the bonnet, power is derived from a 1.2-litre, K-series VTVT petrol engine which churns out 83bhp and 115Nm of torque. Diesel is derived from Fiat’s 1.3-litre Multijet engine with 74bhp and 190Nm of torque.Prices for the petrol variant start at a modest Rs 4.84 lakhs and Rs 6.03 lakh for the diesel variant.Renault KwidRenault brought out this game changing entry level hatchback with the Kwid to the Indian car market. With its crossover-ish looks, the Kwid looks well designed. Among several features Kwid came equipped with touchscreen infotainment system, 300-litre boot space, 180mm of ground clearance, digital instrument cluster, all encompassed in a spacious passenger cabin.The Renault Kwid is powered by a 799cc three-cylinder petrol engine which ic capable of belting out 53bhp and 72Nm of peak torque. The engine comes mated to a 5-speed transmission as standard. Renault also offers a 1-litre petrol version which churns out 67bhp and 91Nm of peak torque.The Kwid starts at Rs 2.62 lakh ex-showroom while the litre version starts at Rs 3.53 lakh ex-showroom.Hyundai i20The Hyundai i20 is placed in the B Plus segment. With the launch, Hyundai strengthened its dominance with the new Elite i20 which captures the Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design philosophy. Exterior styling looks well with its pulled back headlamps and a heaxagonal grille.advertisementThe Elite i20 scores well when it comes to space and also gets a lot of eqipment to boot like a touchscreen infotainment system, multi-functional steering wheel, and keyless entry with engine start/stop button.Under the bonnet, the i20 Elite gets the 1.2-litre Kappa dual VTVT petrol and a 1.4-litre U2 CRDi diesel variant as well. Both the variants are mated to a five-speed manual and optional six-speed manual for the diesel variant.The Elite i20 starts at Rs 5.29 lakh for the petrol variant and Rs 6.67 lakhs for the diself variant (ex-showroom).Honda JazzHonda Jazz was taken off the market as the sales were hit by the lack of a diesel engine and high price. Honda Jazz later returned with Honda pitching it strongly against various rivals in the market.The new Jazz took inputs from the City saloon, Honda made key styling additions to exteriors. On the inside, it remains the same spacious hatchback with ample room for its occupants. One of the main additions which was made to the hatchback is the 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine with a six-speed manual transmission. The petrol variant gets the 1.2-litre, i-VTEC mill with an option of CVT which is not available on the diesel variant.The Honda Jazz prices start at Rs 5.89 lakh for the petrol and Rs 7.24 lakh for the diesel variant (ex-showroonm).Tata TiagoThe Tiago was originally launched as the Tata Zica with which we had completed our road tests. The showroom version was renamed as the Tiago because of circumstantial reasons. The Tiago was Tata’s new city car which promised not to get into the Indicab lineup with some of the finest features like inbuilt Juke app, multi-drive modes (ECO and CITY), among other features.Tiago’s refreshing new looks with the pulled back headlamps, nippy form factor, hexagonal grille, and premium cabin made sure that we could not see that the Tiago was built on the Indica platform. The Tiago is powered by two new units, the 1.2-litre Revotron petrol and the 1.05-litre Revotorq diesel units, mated to a five-speed transmission.The prices for the Tiago start at Rs 3.21 lakh for the petrol and Rs 3.97 lakh for the diesel (ex-showroom).Maruti Suzuki IgnisThe Ignis’ first appearance can be marked during the Geneva Motor Show which had appeared as the Suzuki iM-4 concept and was later unveiled at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. The Ignis was MS’ first foray into the hot-hatch segment and it sure was a looker.The Ignis gets loaded with top-of-the-line features like automatic climate control, a touchscreen SmartPlay Infotainment system which is equipped with USB and bluetooth connectivity and also comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The Ignis also gets reverse parking sensors and a multi-function steering wheel.Safety is a standard feature across the range with dual front airbags, ABS, and EBD being offered. The Ignis gets its power from a 1.2-litre K-series petrol and a 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engine with a five-speed manual gearbox. Prices for the Ignis starts at Rs 4.6 lakh for the petrol and Rs 6.32 lakh for the diesel (ex-showroom).advertisementHonda BrioThe Honda Brio was launched in 2011 and was Honda’s offering of a small hatchback for the city. The model has undergone some changes on the exterior and interior department. The 2016 Brio now gets a bigger grille with a black accent and a thick chrome strip.The equipment list on the Brio is not extravagant but the Brio gets keyless entry, electrically folding mirrors with turn indicators, power windows and an engine immobilizer. The Brio also gets a new instrument cluster, bigger dials, two-DIN infotainment system with USB and Bluetooth connectivity and a premium air-con unit. The top end Brio also gets all-black interiors with silver accents.Under the bonnet, the Brio gets a 1.2-litre four-cylinder iVTEC petrol which churns out 87bhp and 109Nm of torque. Honda is yet to introduce a diesel variant of the Brio.The price for the Brio starts at Rs 4.66 lakh ex-showroom across Honda showrooms in the country.Maruti Suzuki Alto 800/K10The Alto has been that quintessential Indian family hatchback which was renowned for being hassle-free, low on maintenance, easy going looks, simple interiors, and strong durability with probably any car mechanic being able to repair it, lest it broke down.It has been a while since Maruti Suzuki made any significant changes to the high selling range of Alto vehicles. The last major update was the launch of the Alto 800 in October 2012. While the Alto 800 was all-new, the larger sibling K10 remained the same since its launch in 2010.Exterior design is slightly different in both models but overall carry the same outline. The differentiating factors for both cars is the larger chrome grille and the upside down rectangular air intake on the K10 as compared to the Alto 800 grille which is dominated by the famous Suzuki ‘S’ and a more octagonal air intake.The interiors of the 800 are basic with a 1-DIN music system with two speaker up front while the K10 gets a 2-DIN unit with support for USB and AUX. The top spec 800 gets air-con, power steering and front power windows.The Alto is a basic hatchback with no extra frills, simple looks and basic equipment to boot. The Alto 800 gets a new 796cc petrol engine which churns out 48bhp and 69Nm of torque. The K10 gets a 998cc engine which churns out 67bhp and 90Nm of torque.Prices for the 800 and the K10 starts at Rs 2.48 lakh and Rs 3.28 lakh, ex-showroom.
A cadet at the Officers Training Academy here died during a boxing bout after sustaining a “head injury”.Rony Scaria, a resident of Kerala, lost his life while on pre-commission training at the OTA Chennai, an official release said.He sustained a head injury while participating in a boxing competition and was rushed to a private hospital, where an emergency surgery was also performed.He, however, could not gain “consciousness” and breathed his last at 04.55 PM yesterday, the release said.Hailing him as a “sincere, dedicated and valiant gentleman cadet”, the release said. Scaria’s father, M M Scaria, is an employee of State Bank of India in Idukki district.Scaria had joined the Academy in April. He was slated to become a commissioned officer in the Army in March 2018. Military academies all over the world teach and train cadets in boxing as the sport develops self confidence, aggressive spirit and perseverance, which are essential qualities of a military leader, the release said.Boxing is an integral part of the OTA too, it said.A sports medicine specialist is posted at the academy and the cadets wear protective gear of international standards during competitions, the release claimed.”The loss of Cadet Rony is therefore, most unfortunate,” it said.”The family suffered an irreparable loss and the Nation has lost a bright young and brave budding officer cadet,” the release added.
With Olympic gold medalist Renaud Lavillenie from France sidelined with a bad foot, Greece’s Konstadinos Filippidis won the event at the World Indoor Athletics Championships at Sopot, Germany on March 8.Lavillenie had also set the world record of 6.16 meters last month and without having to face him Filippidis won the world title with a far-lesser vault of 5.8 meters.Germany’s Malte Mohr took silver and Jan Kudlicka of the Czech Republic bronze, both on countback after they too managed 5.8 meters but had more misses than Filippidis, who won the World Challenge last year in Berlin as well.He has had a comeback couple of years after a disappointing seventh place finish at the Olympics. He didn’t perform between 2007-09 after being found guilty of doping with etilephrine, a cardiac stimulant.The 27-year-old has never before won a global medal at the junior or senior level, but that hasn’t been due to lack of trying.He was fourth at both the 2003 World Youth and 2004 World Junior Championships and has competed at three World Championships and three World Indoor Championships with his best placing, fourth, coming at the 2010 World Indoors.TweetPinShare0 Shares
PHILADELPHIA — Maybe hitting the road will help the Philadelphia Phillies.Wilmer Flores hit a grand slam and drove in a career-high six runs, Bartolo Colon threw seven-plus sharp innings and the New York Mets beat the floundering Phillies 11-2 on June 2 in a makeup from an April rainout.After playing 39 innings in the three previous games, the teams finally didn’t go extras. The Mets took four of five from the Phillies and are 9-1 in Citizens Bank Park, dating to last season.“Tough series, grueling games, long games,” Manager Ryne Sandberg said. “We had our chances. We came up short on offensive side.”The last-place Phillies went 4-7 on a season-long 11-game homestand and are 12-19 in Philadelphia. They’re a season-worst seven games under .500 and barely resemble the team that won five consecutive NL East titles from 2007-11.“We didn’t play that well this homestand,” Chase Utley said. “Nothing we can do about it now. We have to go on the road and win games.”Despite their struggles, the Phillies are only 6½ games behind Atlanta in the NL East. “We’ve shown better baseball before this series. We’ll continue to work at it,” Sandberg said.Roberto Hernandez (2-3) failed to pitch six innings for the sixth time in 10 starts. He allowed five runs — four earned — and five hits in 5 1-3 innings. “Hernandez had good stuff,” Sandberg said. “Lack of run support. Lack of sound, fundamental baseball.”Colon (5-5) allowed two runs and six hits to win his third straight decision. The 41-year-old righty has a 1.61 ERA in his last three outings.Bobby Abreu and Lucas Duda hit consecutive doubles in the second to give the Mets a 1-0 lead.The Mets chased Hernandez in the sixth. Matt den Dekker and Daniel Murphy hit consecutive singles to start the inning. David Wright drove them both in with a shot off the wall in center. After a one-out walk to Abreu, Hernandez was replaced by Mario Hollands.Duda hit a grounder to second base that should’ve been an inning-ending double play, but Utley booted it for an error. Flores then looped a two-run double down the right-field line for a 5-0 lead.The Mets blew it open with six runs in the ninth off Jake Diekman and Phillippe Aumont capped by Flores’ hitting a grand slam, his second career homer in 145 at-bats.Den Dekker, called up from Triple-A Las Vegas a day after being sent down, robbed Ryan Howard of his third homer in three games. He jumped above the short wall in center and grabbed Howard’s drive in the second.Den Dekker saved another run in the third when he threw out Reid Brignac trying to score from second on Ben Revere’s single. Brignac hadn’t even reached third base when den Dekker fielded the ball in medium center, but third-base coach Pete Mackanin inexplicably waived him home.Howard’s RBI groundout in the sixth ended Colon’s scoreless innings streak at 16 1-3. Revere scored on Jeurys Familia’s wild pitch in the eighth to cut it to 5-2.(ROB MAADDI, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
BRUSSELS — Ten years later, Justin Gatlin is dominating his sport once more.Granted, it’s happening at a time when Usain Bolt is taking a break from the track — but given the way Gatlin is running, perhaps even the seemingly unbeatable Jamaican will have to watch out next year.The American sprinter ran the fastest 100 meters of the year Sept. 5, and set a personal best at 32, before also winning the 200 only an hour later at the Van Damme Memorial, the last major event of the season.It extended his unbeaten streak to 18 races so far, with one minor race in Rieti, Italy, to come on Sept. 7.A full decade after he became Olympic 100 champion in Athens and four years after returning from a long doping ban, Gatlin set a time of 9.77 seconds. That matches the time he was stripped of in 2006 when he was slapped with a four-year ban, which at the time gave him a share of the world record.Now, humbled by hindsight, it gives him hope that the best might be yet to come. “It is coming back full circle, right,” Gatlin said. “So, hmmm, a little bit of bittersweet, but I am happy.”The only athlete coming close to stealing Gatlin’s spotlight in Brussels high jumper Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar, who came preciously close to setting a world record of 2.46 meters but had to settle for an Asian record of 2.43.At 23, Barshim still has much his career ahead of him. For Gatlin, it already is an achievement to have come back from the doping ban.Even in his 30s, Gatlin still has the quick start, the vigor of acceleration and the sustained strength right through to the finish to make many younger men jealous.Doing it in two races on one night was just another way to prove a point. “I wanted to test my toughness,” he said.He will need it next year, because Bolt will be back and bent on winning another world championship triple in Beijing as a stepping stone toward the 2016 Olympics Rio.Bolt’s season was limited to just a few minor events this year because of injuries, but Gatlin is looking forward to meeting him head head-on and turning a one-man show into a duel.“It is not just one lane on the track,” said Gatlin of Bolt’s dominance. “I don’t want to go out there and lay down when Usain Bolt takes the stage. I will go out there and push him. … The world wants to see a good rivalry.”Another American excelled in the women’s 200, with Allyson Felix clocking a world-leading 22.02 seconds to beat Frenchwoman Myriam Soumare and European champion Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands.In the shot put, New Zealand’s Valerie Adams won her 56th straight competition, beating the 27-year-old stadium record with a throw of 20.59 meters, which also was the best performance of the year.Barbora Spotakova of the Czech Republic also set a leading mark for the season and a King Baudouin stadium record, winning the javelin with 69.99.(RAF CASERT, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
DENVER — The New York Rangers turned a difficult situation into a game-changer against the struggling Colorado Avalanche.Carl Hagelin scored a tiebreaking goal after the Avalanche rallied to tie and the Rangers survived a third-period rally to beat Colorado 6-3 on Feb. 12.New York seemed to run out of energy early in the third period, and had to survive a 5-on-3 power play for the Avs.Kevin Hayes had a goal and two assists and Rick Nash scored his NHL-leading 34th goal and added an assist. Cam Talbot stopped 26 shots for New York.“I thought Cam played extremely well. Not a tremendous amount of work in the first period, a little more in the second and they blitzed us in the third,” New York coach Alain Vigneault said. “He gave us a chance to battle back and win the game.”The Rangers have won four of their last six to move into third place in the Metropolitan Division. They are three points behind second-place Pittsburgh and have played one less game than the Penguins.Jarome Iginla, Gabriel Landeskog and Jan Hejda scored for Colorado, which has lost four straight.“Right now maybe we squeeze the stick a little too tight,” Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said. “Our confidence is not there. Hopefully it will turn and help us to win some hockey games.”The Avalanche, a week ago sitting just outside the last playoff spot after winning three of four, have fallen into last place in the Central Division. Colorado is 12th in the Western Conference a season after having the second-best record in the West.The Avalanche didn’t go down easy. Iginla and Jan Hejda scored 4:01 apart in the third to tie it at 3, but Hagelin gave New York the lead again 1:18 after Hejda tied it. It was his 12th of the season, a shot from short range.“Obviously it gave us momentum,” Hagelin said. “They were dominating us for 10 minutes in the third. When you give a team like that a lot of room to skate they’re going to make plays.”Nash made it 5-3 with 4:18 to go and Ryan McDonagh scored into an empty net with 1:01 remaining.Dan Boyle opened the scoring in the first period with his eighth goal. Hayes made it 2-0 1:47 into the second with his ninth of the year — he skated through nearly all the Avs, around defenseman Tyson Barrie and beat Varlamov with a forehand close in.“I was thinking, ‘get it deep,’ but there was no one in front of me,” said Hayes, a rookie who had the first multi-point game of his career. “The (defenseman) gave me some space and I cut it back.”Colorado cut the lead in half when Landeskog scored when a deflected shot went off his chest and past Talbot.“I thought Landy’s goal was a huge goal to get some momentum back after they were up 2-0,” Iginla said. “Unfortunately, it wasn’t nearly good enough.”The Avalanche had a great chance to tie it when New York took two penalties in a span of 7 seconds. Colorado managed just two shots on the two-man advantage, and soon after Dan Girardi left the penalty box, Mats Zuccarello beat Semyon Varlamov with a wrister to make it 3-1.“We get one and make it a 2-1 game and get a two-minute 5-on-3,” Landeskog said. “It kind of felt like it deflated us a bit, not discouraged us, but gave them the momentum a little bit. It was a big kill for them.”TweetPinShare0 Shares
CALGARY, Alberta — American Brittany Bowe broke the world record in the women’s 1,500 meters Sunday, and Russia’s Pavel Kulizhnikov topped the previous mark in the men’s 500 at a World Cup speedskating event.The 27-year-old Bowe, from Ocala, Florida, finished in 1 minute, 51.59 seconds to break the record of 1:51.79 set by Canada’s Cindy Klassen in 2005 in Salt Lake City.On Nov. 14, Bowe broke her own world mark in the 1,000, but teammate Heather Bergsma topped her in the next pairing.“Falling just short of the gold and world record (Saturday) definitely put some extra motivation in my body,” Bowe said. “I channeled a lot of that energy into good skating, good race tactics and I knew I had to skate perfect to end up on top. To be able to get that world record is quite an honor … Cindy’s in a class of her own. She’s a legend.”Kulizhnikov finished the 500 in 34.00 to break the mark of 34.03 set by Canada’s Jeremy Wotherspoon in 2007.Bergsma, from High Point, North Carolina, was second Sunday in the 1,500 in 1:52.27. The Czech Republic’s Martina Sablikova was third in 1:54.18.China’s Hong Zhang won the women’s 500 in 36.94. South Korea’s Lee Sang-hwa was second in 36.99, followed by Bergsma in 37.06, and Bowe in 37.12.In the men’s 500, Canada’s William Dutton was second in 34.25, and teammate Alex Boisvert-Lacroix followed in 34.30. Russia’s Denis Yuskov took the 1,500 in 1:41.88. Belgium’s Bart Swings was second in 1:42.48, and American Joey Mantia third in 1:42.48.TweetPinShare0 Shares
GREEN BAY, WI – The Thanksgiving Day stage was set. It was the night the Green Bay Packers were to retire Number 4 – the numeral donned by their iconic quarterback, Brett Favre.To make the evening extra-special, the aiiling Bart Starr, who led the Packers to wins in the first two Super Bowls ever, fought back from illness to make it to Lambeau Field- the Packers’ home – in order to give Favre a warm embrace.Moreover, Favre received a nod from current Packers’ QB sensation Aaron Rodgers, as the Lambeau fans wildly cheered the team’s two most recent superstars’ hug.So when the first quarter ended with the Packers leading their historic rivals, the Chicago Bears 7-0 courtesy of a 25-yard pass from Rodgers to running back Eddie Lacey, the script was on track.Except, someone forgot to tell the Bears they were supposed to roll over and be the Packers’ patsies.In a solid performance by the Bears’ underrated defense, and a consistent night by quarterback Jay Cutler, the Bears held off Rodgers and the Pack the rest of the way en route to a 17-13 upset.Chicago’s versatile running back Michael Forte made a notable if unspectacular return, keeping the Bears in the game, as rookie RB Jeremy Langford continued his stellar debut season by scoring a touchdown.Rodgers brought the Pack back in the final seconds, and it all came down to the final play – but Rodgers could not covert. The Bears held on to win 17-13 and claim an important stake in the two teams’ iconic rivalry, on the marquee Thanksgiving Day stage.This legendary battle will endure, but the 2015 contest goes to the team from the Windy City. Well done, Bears. TweetPinShare0 Shares
Olympiakos is one step from winning the Basket League title after coming from seven points down in the last three minutes of its home game with Panathinaikos to win by five in the end (77-72) and lead the best-of-five series 2-1 on Thursday.The Greens seemed destined for yet another break, as they led 66-59 and saw Olympiakos’s best player in Games 1 and 2 of the finals limp off injured: Giorgos Printezis is a doubt for Game 4, but at least saw his captain take over and lead the Reds to a home triumph in Game 3.After being largely anonymous in the first 35 minutes of the game at the Peace and Friendship Stadium in Piraeus, Vassilis Spanoulis once again took it upon himself to win the game for the hosts after winning Game 2 with his buzzer beater.He scored 10 consecutive points to overturn the deficit and lead the Piraeus team to an unassailable lead and to the first home win in the final series. He finished the game with 22 points.Panathinaikos paid for its lapse in concentration in the end, missing crucial shots and free throws, and is now with its collective back on the wall ahead of Game 4 at home, probably on May 30.The series for the third place has also gone to a fourth game, after Aris defeated AEK 74-69 at home on Wednesday to slash its deficit to 2-1. If AEK wins on Saturday in Athens it will win the series.TweetPinShare0 Shares
TweetPinShare0 Shares Portugal came away with a 1-0 victory over Croatia in extra time and advanced to the quarter-finals where they will play Poland. Santos’ men scored a late goal in extra time with Quaresma’s tap in header after a great counter-attack. The Portuguese were not convincing, but with Santos’ “favorite” 1-0 Portugal is through to the quarter-finals.Croatia was one of the most impressive teams during the group stages, defeating Spain in the final matchday to win Group C. On the other hand, Portugal failed to live up to their name, finishing 3rd in arguably one of the easiest groups at the tournament. The two teams played to an extremely unentertaining match with both teams prioritizing the clean sheet, rather than offensive play, in hopes of scoring a counterattack goal that would decide the game. The first and only real chance of normal regulation fell to Croatia in the 60th minute with Vida’s header from Rakitic’s in-swinging free-kick. The game finally came to life in the final 10 minutes of extra time, as Croatia pinned Portugal into their penalty area. Croatia came close to an opener on many occasions and were even denied by the post. But it was Portugal, through a fantastic counter-attack that stole the victory with only 3 minutes remaining in overtime. Renato led the surge, passed it off to Nani, who picked out Ronaldo on the opposite end of the penalty box. The Real Madrid star failed to convert from close range however Quaresma was there to tap in the header, giving Portugal the lead. Croatia had one final opportunity to pull level, but Vida’s left-footed shot agonizingly went wide. The final whistle sent the Portuguese into celebrations while the Croatians digest the bitter end to their tournament.Croatia’s Domagoj Vida, center, reacts at the end of the Euro 2016 round of 16 soccer match between Croatia and Portugal at the Bollaert stadium in Lens, France, Saturday, June 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)Portugal continue to look more and more like “Santos” team rather than “the Ronaldo Show.” A great defense first, accompanied by a good counter attack, is the style of play the former Greek National Team Coach likes to implement. Today, it worked against Croatia and he earned his “favorite” 1-0 result, barely enough to send his side through to the quarter-finals.Portugal will play Poland in the final 8 with their eyes on a place in the semi-finals. Croatia, who had a great run in the group stage, will bow out of the tournament earlier than they hoped.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — AEK Athens and Panathinaikos both won 1-0 in the penultimate round of the Greek league playoffs on Sunday.AEK beat PAOK, and Panathinaikos defeated Panionios.Tassos Bakasetas scored AEK’s only goal in the 42nd minute with a low drive from the edge of the area.AEK had chances for a wider margin, but Lazaros Christodoulopoulos sent a penalty kick wide in the 6th and Bakasetas headed wide in front of an empty goal in the 24th.Earlier, Robin Lod scored for Panathinaikos with a powerful strike from just inside the area in the 17th.AEK has a 1-point lead over both PAOK and Panathinaikos, with Panionios a further 4 points behind.Sanctions over the abandoned Panathinaikos-PAOK game could determine who gets to join Olympiakos in Champions League playoffs.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Even with the talent oozing through the squad, Croatia only squeezed through the playoffs to qualify for a second straight World Cup.More is expected of Real Madrid playmaker Luka Modric, Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic and Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic in Russia.Can they emulate the performance in 1998 when Croatia finished third at its first World Cup?Davor Suker, who was that tournament’s top-scorer, now has overall responsibility as the head of Croatia’s football federation.After France, Croatia qualified for three more World Cups in 2002, 2006 and 2014 but was always eliminated in the group stage.In qualifying for the 2018 edition, Croatia was robust in defense but lacked consistency in attack. Only 15 goals were scored, the second lowest after Ireland among the top two finishers from all qualifying groups in Europe.Whenever an opponent scored, Croatia could find no way to win.Here’s a closer look at the Croatia team:COACHZlatko Dalic took charge at a critical time with one game remaining in qualifying. The win over Ukraine carried Croatia into a playoff series against Greece that Croatia won 4-1 on aggregate. His immediate impact was called “phenomenal” by Modric. Although Dalic had been in charge of clubs in United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia since 2010, he wasn’t entering unknown territory given he worked with many players as assistant coach of the under-21 national team.FILE – In this Monday, Oct. 9, 2017 filer, Ukraine’s Oleksandr Karavaev, left, challenges Croatia’s Luka Modric during their World Cup Group I qualifying soccer match between Ukraine and Croatia at the Olympiyskiy Stadium in Kiev. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky, File)GOALKEEPERSLyon goalkeeper Danijel Subasic has become the first choice after conceding twice in eight qualifiers. Subasic, who has made 36 international appearances since his debut in 2009, might also be able to chip in with goals. He scored from a free kick while playing for Lyon in 2012. Gent’s Lovre Kalinic is the likely backup.DEFENDERSSubasic has decent support from the defensive line. In qualifying, Croatia only conceded four times, the same as World Cup holder Germany and reining European champion Portugal.The defense could yet be stronger. Vedran Corluka is back at full strength after missing last year with an Achilles tendon injury. A veteran of 98 international appearances, the 32-year-old Lokomotiv Moscow center back has experience from the Premier League with Manchester City and Tottenham, where he played alongside Modric.Domagoj Vida of Besiktas and Josip Pivaric of Dynamo Kiev were mainstays in the team in qualifying. Liverpool center back Dejan Lovren is also available.MIDFIELDERSCroatia’s creative midfield pairing of Modric and Rakitic might be facing its last chance to deliver at this World Cup. Modric is 32, with 105 caps, and Rakitic is 30 and has made 91 appearances.Croatia needs them to replicate their club form at a major tournament. So far, their best achievement with the national team was reaching the Euro 2008 quarterfinals.Dalic has a number of other attractive choices who are hungry to impress: Milan Badelj, who became the captain of Fiorentina after Davide Astori died in March; Sime Vrsaljko of Atletico Madrid; Inter Milan’s Marcelo Brozovic; and Modric’s Madrid teammate, Mateo Kovacic.With such creative power, Croatia should be able to outplay most opponents.FORWARDSIn the 4-2-3-1 formation, Mandzukic leads the attack and scored five goals in qualifying, taking his tally to 30 in 82 appearances.FILE – In this Nov. 19, 2013, file photo, Iceland’s Aron Gunnarsson, left, is challenged by Croatia’s Luka Modric during their World Cup qualifying playoff second leg soccer match in Zagreb, Croatia. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic,File)With support from Inter forward Ivan Perisic and AC Milan’s Nikola Kalinic, they should pose a real threat. Hoffenheim striker Andrej Kramaric also stepped up in qualifying, scoring both goals in a 2-0 victory at Ukraine, securing a spot in the playoffs.Keep an eye on Perisic’s head. When an outline of a map of Croatia was shaved into his hair at Euro 2016, Perisic scored twice. When he replaced it with the red and white checkerboard design of Croatia’s flag sprayed into his cropped hair for a match against Portugal, he didn’t score and Croatia was eliminated from the tournament.GROUP GAMESCroatia opens its Group D campaign against Nigeria on June 16 before facing Argentina on June 21 and Iceland on June 26.FULL SQUADGoalkeepers: Danijel Subasic (Monaco), Lovre Kalinic (Gent), Dominik Livakovic (Dinamo Zagreb)Defenders: Vedran Corluka (Lokomotiv Moscow), Domagoj Vida (Besiktas), Ivan Strinic (Sampdoria), Dejan Lovren (Liverpool), Sime Vrsaljko (Atletico Madrid), Josip Pivaric (Dynamo Kiev), Tin Jedvaj (Bayer Leverkusen), Duje Caleta-Car (Red Bull Salzburg)Midfielders: Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona), Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid), Milan Badelj (Fiorentina), Marcelo Brozovic (Inter Milan), Filip Bradaric (Rijeka)Forwards: Mario Mandzukic (Juventus), Ivan Perisic (Inter Milan), Nikola Kalinic (AC Milan), Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim), Marko Pjaca (Schalke), Ante Rebic (Eintracht Frankfurt)—By KAREL JANICEK , Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shares
KALININGRAD, Russia (AP) — England barely seemed troubled by losing. Belgium appeared to be a reluctant winner.Such was the curious conclusion to the group stage at the World Cup on Thursday. Neither team needed to win and there was good reason for neither to even want to win.Belgium did collect the three points, beating England 1-0, and secured first place in the group on Adnan Januzaj’s curling shot. But that might not turn out to be the desirable outcome since the victory diverted Belgium onto the tougher potential path to the final.Although Belgium gets what appears to be an easier match against Japan in the round of 16, it could get trickier with a victory in Rostov-on-Don on Monday. Brazil, Portugal, France and Argentina are possible future opponents.“I don’t think you can plan the ideal scenario,” Belgium coach Roberto Martinez said. “You have seen big nations coming very close to elimination, or already eliminated.”Thanks to a pair of opening victories for both, England and Belgium entered the Group G match knowing they were already in the second round. Belgium made nine changes and still won. England lost the top spot after dropping Harry Kane, the tournament’s leading scorer, and seven others.Belgium’s Nacer Chadli clears before England players can head the ball during the group G match between England and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Kaliningrad Stadium in Kaliningrad, Russia, Thursday, June 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)England coach Gareth Southgate could barely contain his delight in finding himself on the less challenging side of the draw. His team will face Colombia on Tuesday in Moscow, followed by possible matchups against Spain, Russia, Croatia, Denmark, Sweden and Switzerland.“We don’t suffer for (the loss),” Southgate said. “When you are a leader and a manager you have to make decisions that are right for your group and your primary objectives. Sometimes those decisions will be criticized … but you have to think about the bigger picture.”For Southgate, it was as much about ensuring players like Kane did not pick up injuries in a game that wasn’t essential. The leading scorer in Russia with five goals watched the match from the bench. So did Romelu Lukaku, who has scored four for Belgium.“We don’t like to lose, but tonight there were other factors that were more important,” Southgate said. “We know our strongest 11, but what’s pleasing is that there are guys that have put their hand up tonight to really push for a place.”KEY TO SUCCESSWhat could have been a tantalizing match between two strong European teams turned out to be a bit of a letdown.England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford made an early save on a shot from Youri Tielemans. And after a fumble by Pickford, Gary Cahill made a goal-line clearance.On the other end, Kane’s replacement up front for England, Jamie Vardy, tried his luck with a header. Marcus Rashford came closest for England at the start of the second half but his low shot was tipped around the post by Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.If the script was to avoid winning, Januzaj didn’t read it. Picking up possession on the edge of the penalty area, he shifted the ball around Danny Rose and curled it into the corner of the net in the 51st minute.JANUZAJ’S RE-EMERGENCEJanuzaj was briefly one of the most talked about players in the world when he scored twice in his Manchester United debut in 2013. There was even talk of him becoming eligible to play for England on residency grounds.England’s Ashley Young, left, and Belgium’s Marouane Fellaini challenge for the ball during the group G match between England and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Kaliningrad Stadium in Kaliningrad, Russia, Thursday, June 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)Januzaj opted for Belgium, but his career faltered. After a detour at Borussia Dortmund and Sunderland, he found a new home last year at Real Sociedad.“In England I had a lot of criticism. Now I wanted to show people I’m here,” the 23-year-old Januzaj said. “I’ve been putting in a lot of work.”GROUP DYNAMICSEngland ended up with the potentially more difficult match in the round of 16, even though the country’s national team hasn’t won a knockout-stage game at any tournament since 2006.___By ROB HARRIS , AP Global Soccer WriterRob Harris is at www.twitter.com/RobHarris and www.facebook.com/RobHarrisReportsTweetPinShare0 Shares
NEW YORK — Tim Weah made the U.S. roster for this month’s FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Poland. Josh Sargent and Tyler Adams were left off Friday, making it likely they will be with the senior national team at the CONCACAF Gold Cup.Alex Mendez heads the 21-man roster after scoring eight goals with six assists at last year’s CONCACAF Under-20 Championship. Mendez left the LA Galaxy youth system last fall to sign with Germany’s Freiburg.Weah, a son of Liberia President George Weah and 1995 FIFA Player of the Year George Weah, scored three goals against Paraguay in the round of 16 at the 2017 Under-17 World Cup. He has one goal on eight appearances with the senior national team. Weah has spent this season on loan from Paris Saint-Germain to Glasgow Celtic and has four goals in 17 matches.Sargent scored five goals at the 2017 Under-17 World Cup and twice at the 2017 Under-20 World Cup. He made his debut for Werder Bremen this season and has two goals in 10 games.Mendez is among 14 players on coach Tab Ramos’ roster who played at the CONCACAF tournament.Goalkeeper Brady Scott is the loan holdover from the 2017 Under-20 World Cup roster.The U.S. opens against Ukraine on May 24, plays Nigeria three days later and closes the group stage against Qatar on May 30. The Americans were eliminated in the quarterfinals in 2015 and 2017. Weah may miss the opening match to remain with Celtic, which plays in the Scottish Cup final May 25.Ramos, who played for the U.S. at three World Cups, will be coaching the Americans at the Under-20 World Cup for the fourth straight tournament.The roster:Goalkeepers: C.J. Dos Santos (Benfica, Portugal), David Ochoa (Salt Lake), Brady Scott (Cologne, Germany)Defenders: Sergino Dest (Ajax, Netherlands), Chris Gloster (Hannover, Germany), Aboubacar Keita (Richmond), Mark McKenzie (Philadelphia), Matthew Real (Philadelphia), Chris Richards (Bayern Munich, Germany)Midfielders: Edwin Cerrillo (Dallas), Chris Durkin (D.C,), Richard Ledezma (PSV Eindhoven, Netherlands), Alex Mendez (Freiburg, Germany), Paxton Pomykal (Dallas), Brandon Servania (Dallas)Forwards: Ayo Akinola (Toronto). Konrad De La Fuente (Barcelona, Spain), Ulysses Llanez (Wolfsburg, Germany), Justin Rennicks (New England), Sebastian Soto (Hannover, Germany), Tim Weah (Celtic, Scotland)TweetPinShare0 Shares
MADRID — Novak Djokovic celebrated a lot more than a record-tying 33rd Masters 1000 title at the Madrid Open.Djokovic left the Spanish capital feeling pretty good about his game, too, carrying a lot of confidence into the rest of the clay-court season.The top-ranked Djokovic earned a comfortable 6-3, 6-4 win over Stefanos Tsitsipas on Sunday to join Nadal as the most successful players in Masters 1000 tournaments, moving five ahead of Roger Federer, who is third in the all-time list.It was Djokovic’s second title of the season, adding to his triumph in the Australian Open.“I feel like this tournament win was very important for my level of confidence because after the Australian Open I wasn’t playing my best, I wasn’t finding the right game and the consistency on the court in Indian Wells, Miami and Monte Carlo,” Djokovic said. “(It’s a) very important time for me in the season, because this gives me a lot of confidence prior to Rome and, of course, Roland Garros, where I definitely want to play my best.”Djokovic will be seeking his second French Open title in June. He now has three Madrid Open trophies, adding to the ones he won in 2011 and 2016.“These are the best tournaments, biggest tournaments we have in our sport, in the ATP, of course alongside the Grand Slams,” Djokovic said. “This is as important and as good as it gets.”Serbia’s Novak Djokovic holds the trophy after winning the final of the Madrid Open tennis tournament in two sets, 6-3, 6-4, against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, May 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)Djokovic was in control from the start against his 20-year-old Greek opponent, who had defeated Nadal in the Madrid semifinals and was trying to become the first player to win three tour titles this season.The Serb broke Tsitsipas early in the first set and late in the second to comfortably close out the match at the Magic Box center court, securing his 14th clay title — and 74th overall — without dropping a set.The eighth-seeded Tsitsipas, the tour’s winningest player in 2019 with 27 victories, lacked the intensity and aggressiveness that he showed against second-ranked Nadal and was overpowered by Djokovic. He had beaten Djokovic in Toronto last year in the first meeting between the two players.Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas plays a shot against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic during the final of the Madrid Open tennis tournament in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, May 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)“He deserved the victory, he played unbelievable. I couldn’t do much,” Tsitsipas said. “Physically I was not there. My legs were not coping with my mind. Completely I could feel the fatigue and this soreness, not just in my legs, but everywhere in my body. I had a tough match last night, so he took advantage of that. I just didn’t have solutions.”Djokovic didn’t concede a break point on Sunday, earning a crucial one for himself at 4-4 in the second set by returning Tsitsipas’ overhead shot with a backhand winner down the line. He then served out to win the match.The 31-year-old Djokovic, who now has 200 wins against top 10 opponents, had struggled after winning the Australian Open, with his best result since then having been a quarterfinal appearance in Monte Carlo at the start of the clay-court season.Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas plays a shot against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic during the final of the Madrid Open tennis tournament in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, May 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)He was coming off another confidence-boosting win over an in-form Dominic Thiem to make it to the final in Madrid.Tsitsipas, who will reach a career-high No. 7 ranking this week, won titles in Estoril and Marseille, and reached the final in Dubai, where he lost to Federer. He was beaten by Nadal in the Australian Open semifinals for his best-ever showing in a Grand Slam. The Toronto final, when he lost to Nadal, was his first in a Masters 1000 event.In the doubles final, Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau defeated Thiem and Diego Schwartzman 6-2, 6-3 for their second Madrid Open title, adding to their 2016 victory.Kiki Bertens won the women’s title on Saturday. By: Tales Azzoni, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Continue Reading Previous Exploring the intersection of IoT, AI and quantum computingNext u-blox: 5G-ready cellular module and chipset for low power wide area IoT applications The quest these days for SoC and system designers is for strong security without compromise to meet the demanding security challenges of today. One important part of the security story is providing isolation between different applications. However, the reality is that isolation among applications in some security offerings today provide at best a roll of the dice.Let’s break this down some more. Ideally, the SoC/system designer wants to isolate different applications from different entities, meaning keeping them separate and protected from any vulnerabilities in other applications. This way each entity along the supply chain path has its own opportunity for security. Those entities are the SoC vendor, device OEM, service provider, end user, or other participant in that device’s ecosystem.Unfortunately, that’s not the case in some instances where they may all be running in the same secure domain. There’s no isolation between entities running secure operations. If a secure application is run, it’s in that “same secure domain” along with every other application.It doesn’t take much brain power to realize that problems arise because those different entities may not completely trust each other in the context of security. If one entity experiences a malicious attack, it compromises the security of all the other entities.Multiple roots of trust in a security processor, on the other hand, give the SoC/system designer a separate security domain for every entity. Those security domains are completely separated from each other using strong hardware security. Security assets like keys and hardware resources associated with one entity are completely isolated from those associated with other entities.In this security processor architecture, each entity owns its set of signed applications. All the context is flushed from the security processor when it switches from one application to another, and by default no data, keys, or other information persist in that processor. This ensures no context is shared between entities.Therefore, security assets are completely and securely assigned to specific entities. There is by default no overlap, meaning different entities cannot be allowed to access the same resources. However, overlap is acceptable if desired and assignments are properly made.A set of keys are assigned to each root in this architecture. This enables applications to be signed differently for each root. Consequently, each root essentially gets its own private set of applications. When the application is loaded into the security processor core, the root is identified, and then the hardware configures itself specifically for that root.Lastly, what’s important to know about this architecture is that keys associated with a root provide a complete, isolated set of derived keys the root uses. This means that one key can become many keys. Those many keys can then be used for a considerable number of different security operations. But every set of keys is unique per root, and one root has no way to access keys from another root, which is hardware enforced.Ben Levine is Senior Director of Product Management for the Rambus Cryptography Products Group. Previous roles at Rambus include Technical Director, focusing on hardware security cores, and Director of Engineering, managing hardware and software teams. His technical expertise includes ASIC design, hardware security, system security, computer architecture, and system design. Ben was previously a research faculty member at CMU and an Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh. He has a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from CMU. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Design Methods
Brazil put up a much-improved performance in their last Group E encounter as they defeated Serbia to reach the round of 16 of 2018 FIFA World Cup.Paulinho and Thiago Silva scored as the five-time champions registered a 2-0 victory on Wednesday.The win, combined with Switzerland’s 2-2 draw with Costa Rica, meant Brazil finished top of Group E on seven points, two ahead of the Swiss, who will face Sweden in the last 16. Serbia ended in third place on three points and are eliminated along with Costa Rica.With defending champions Germany knocked out and Argentina scraping through at the death, five-times champions Brazil were desperate to stamp their authority on a tournament where World Cup pedigree has counted for so little.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEBut, having needed two goals in stoppage-time to beat Costa Rica in their last game having been held 1-1 by Switzerland in their opener, they took a long time to make any impression on a well-drilled and rugged Serbian defence.However, after 36 minutes a superb lofted pass from just inside his own half by the outstanding Philippe Coutinho sent Paulinho clear and he stretched high to toe the ball over goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic and ease the pressure.MATCH HIGHLIGHTSNeymar was again well shackled and unable to impose himself, with one dipping shot over the bar and another at the legs of Stojkovic after a lightning counter-attack his only notable contributions in the first hour.However, while their superstar front men were making little headway at the other end, having conceded three goals in their previous 12 games, Brazil’s often-overlooked defence again showed their mettle as Serbia threw more men forward.advertisementFIXTURES | POINTS TABLERoared on by their outnumbered but deafening fans, striker Aleksandar Mitrovic had one instinctive reaction header blocked on the line and another well saved by Alisson as suddenly another upset seemed possible.That spell around the hour proved Serbia’s high water mark, however, as Brazil made it 2-0 when Silva rose high to thump home a Neymar corner after 68 minutes.Brazil then knocked the ball around with all the deft skill and control that the neutrals at Spartak Stadium had come to see but even then Neymar couldn’t get the goal he so desperately wanted, firing a bouncing shot over the bar and having a final effort palmed clear by Stojkovic.(With PTI inputs)