World Cup semi run just the start, says Kane

first_imgThe tournament’s top goalscorer with six goals, Kane himself missed a huge chance to give England breathing space in the first half.But he believes even brighter days lie ahead for the third-youngest squad on show in Russia.“It hurts now but I know when we look back there are a lot of positives, (a lot of) experience we can take. That’s the aim, in two years’ time in the Euros to go again and win big tournaments,” said the Tottenham Hotspur striker.“We’ve shown we can do well in these tournaments and the aim is now not to wait another 20-odd years to get to another big semi-final. It’s to go again and try to achieve our dreams.”In their run to the last four, England re-engaged with a fanbase disaffected by decades of failure at international tournaments, most notably in a humiliating exit to Iceland at Euro 2016.World Cup fever swept the nation back home and even after the defeat, thousands of England fans at the Luzhniki stadium stayed behind long after the final whistle to give their side a rousing send-off.“It’s massive that we had a good tournament and restored pride in the nation. The fans are excited to watch us play and that’s how we have to keep progressing,” added Kane.“We should be proud and hold our heads up high because we’ve come a long way from two years ago. Even out there the fans singing after a defeat, it’s a proud feeling.”– ‘Special’ Southgate –Off to a flyer: Kieran Trippier put England in front in Moscow © AFP / MANAN VATSYAYANAEngland manager Gareth Southgate has taken much of the credit for moulding his young side, not only with a commitment to play attractive and attacking football on the field, but a fresh open attitude with fans and media off it.“This team is very special,” said Kieran Trippier, who had got England off to a flying start in the semi-final with a fifth-minute free-kick to open the scoring.“It all comes from the manager. Unbelievable manager… I can’t speak highly enough of him. He sets the tone, he brought this team together. Everybody knows how close our team is and that all comes from him.”Trippier was one of many England players with limited international experience before the tournament who went onto shine in Russia.And he expects a “great future” for England, with most of the current squad still young enough to be around for the 2022 World Cup.“There is a great future going forward, trust me, with this team,” added Trippier.“In the future for sure with this manager, with these players, the team is only going to progress and I’m sure we can go far in the next tournaments.“We’ve got a great team spirit, great chemistry, a very young team. We can succeed and do the country proud.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000More to come: Harry Kane sees a bright future for England despite losing in the World Cup semi-finals to Croatia © AFP / FRANCK FIFEMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jul 12 – Harry Kane says England restored pride during their run to the World Cup semi-finals and can use the tournament as a springboard for sustained success for a talented young generation.Playing in their first World Cup semi-final for 28 years, England blew a golden opportunity to reach their first final since 1966, surrendering a 1-0 half-time lead to lose 2-1 to Croatia after extra-time in Moscow on Wednesday.last_img read more

How Sharks’ Burns pulled ahead in the Norris Trophy race

first_imgSAN JOSE — As the Sharks rise in the Western Conference standings, a key member of their team has pulled ahead in his own race for a piece of significant hardware.Brent Burns took the driver’s seat in the Norris Trophy race during the Sharks 4-0 road trip through Western Canada, adding six points to a total that is tops among NHL defensemen.The numbers speak for themselves. With 63 points in 57 games, Burns is on pace to become the first blue liner in 25 years to hit the 90-point mark, a feat …last_img read more

Whiskers Inspire Technology

first_imgThe latest gadget on robots or Mars rovers could be whiskers.  These tactile sensors provide ways to see in 3D, says a report on National Geographic News.  Information about latitude, longitude and elevation can be gleaned from whiskers.  Rodents continually rotate their whiskers to gather information, but seals and sea lions let the ocean currents flow around them.    Joseph H. Solomon and Mitra J. Hartmann, engineers at Northwestern University, devised robotic whiskers and tested their sensitivity.  Writing in the Oct. 5 issue of Nature, they said,Several species of terrestrial and marine mammals with whiskers (vibrissae) use them to sense and navigate in their environment – for example, rats use their whiskers to discern the features of objects, and seals rely on theirs to track the hydrodynamic trails of their prey.  Here we show that the bending moment – sometimes referred to as torque – at the whisker base can be used to generate three-dimensional spatial representations of the environment, and we use this principle to construct robotic whisker arrays that extract precise information about object shape and fluid flow.They believe this knowledge could help improve robotic engineering.  “Our results on biomimetically engineered whiskers may find application in land-based robots and autonomous underwater vehicles, in which a capability for tactile perception could broaden and enhance performance.”  Sean Markey began his National Geographic article with a speculation about a future generation of Mars explorers: “Armed with high-resolution cameras and infrared sensors, the Mars rovers have been collecting data from the red planet in unprecedented detail…. But, some researchers say, the robotic space explorers could boost their performance if they added another powerful tool to their arsenal: whiskers.”  See also the writeup on LiveScience.1Joseph H. Solomon and Mitra J. Hartmann, “Biomechanics: Robotic whiskers used to sense features,” Nature 443, 525(5 October 2006), doi:10.1038/443525a.It’s clear that the interpretation of whisker movements must come from the base, since the protein fiber that makes up a whisker contains no nerve endings.  This means an elaborate sensory apparatus must inhabit the tiny follicle of each whisker.    Car drivers used to install curb whiskers to sense the car position during parallel parking, but the transduced information was useful not to the car, but to the driver, who through auditory input could respond accordingly.  Imagine what it would take to engineer a car to parallel park itself based on one curb whisker’s tactile response.  Sensors would have to be mounted orthogonally at the base, and computer software would have to be written, complete with feedback to the steering and brakes.    In the mammal body, whether of a rat, cat, seal or otter, sensing the conical movements of a whisker must require multiple nerve endings in each hair follicle.  The timing and strength of each nerve response must be coordinated with brain software to draw the 3D image, and the reaction time must be nearly instantaneous to do the animal any good.  This is all complicated by the large number of individual whiskers (nearly 20 per side on the face of this Weddell seal).  All this technology can fit on the tiny head of a mouse or weasel, allowing the animal to gain a continuous image of its dark surroundings.    Based on the observed performance, design-theoretic researchers could probably expect to find even more engineering behind this one tactile sense.  Undoubtedly similar responses occur in hair follicles since we are aware of temperature and touch with those smaller antennae also – another reason not to shave, men, especially if you like cave exploring or crawling under the house.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Police in M.P. strip, thrash farmers

first_imgIn a shocking incident in Madhya Pradesh, a group of farmers was allegedly stripped and beaten up by policemen at Tikamgarh Dehat Thana for participating in a protest march on Tuesday. The State government ordered an inquiry into the incident after a video and photographs of the farmers sitting in their underwear inside the police station were circulated on social media.On Tuesday, a large number of farmers took part in Khet Bachao, Kisan Bachao agitation called by the Congress near the Tikamgarh District Collectorate.During the protest, a group of Congress workers and farmers tried to enter the Collectorate to present a memorandum to Collector, Abhijit Agarwal.Verbal duelHowever, they were stopped at the entrance by the policemen and asked to wait, said Congress leader Yadvendra Singh, one of the organisers of the protest.Some of the protesters got into a verbal duel with the policemen as a result of which the latter had to use lathis, teargas and water cannons to disperse the crowd, said a Collectorate official. Later, in the evening, when a group of protesters were returning to their village in two tractor trolleys, they were allegedly stopped and detained at the Tikamgarh Dehat police station.The policemen allegedly forced the farmers to take off their clothes and sit in their underwear. “They were also beaten up,” alleged Mr. Singh.State Home Minister Bhupendra Singh said that an inquiry had been ordered into the incident. “The Director General of Police has been asked to institute an inquiry and submit a report within three days,” he said.last_img read more

Onwubere eyeing impressive farewell in NCAA ahead of PBA Draft

first_imgLOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  View comments Onwubere also has high hopes ahead of the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft, saying he’s confident that he can fit to whatever team picks him.“I know that I’ll go back on being a role player. The effort, the hustle, the defense, I can promise that I can do my best there,” he said. “If I’ll be given the chance, I just promise that I’ll continue developing my game and do my best on defense.” Lyceum evades Letran upset to go 16-0 “I’ve already filed for the draft. My coaches told me that I’m ready for the PBA and I can’t waste my time anymore,” he said.Onwubere has been averaging 15.8 points, 11.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.5 blocks so far this season, impressing in his final year as he emerged as the undisputed leader of EAC.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 23-year-old is also looking to pounce on the opportunity after memorable stints with Racal in the PBA D-League.“Now, my name is in the discussion so I’m really making the most of this opportunity,” he said. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sidney Onwubere. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netEmilio Aguinaldo College may have failed to reach its target of making it to the Final Four this NCAA Season 93, but the fight is still not over for Sidney Onwubere.With only two games left in his collegiate career, the Fil-Nigerian forward is seeking to leave a lasting impression in his final days as a General before he makes the jump to the pro league.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citylast_img read more

Aaron Finch smashes T20 records, Australia beat Zimbabwe by 100 runs

first_imgAustralia captain Aaron Finch led from the front and struck a world T20 record 172 off just 76 deliveries to help his team thrash Zimbabwe by 100 tuns in the T20I tri-series on Tuesday.Finch’s score was record for the highest individual score in T20 international cricket, bettering the previous best of 156 which he himself had set five years ago against England in Southampton.Finch struck 10 sixes and 16 boundaries to power Australia to 229/2 in 20 overs. Along with the individual score, he was part of a record-breaking 223-run first-wicket stand with D’Arcy Short, who made 46.The previous best was the 171-run unbroken stand between New Zealand’s Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson against Pakistan in Hamilton more than two years ago.Zimbabwe struggled for the second straight match and were restricted to 129/9. Andrew Tye took 3/12 and Ashton Agar picked up 2/16.”Yeah, it was nice to get a few in the middle, and break the record. Could’ve started better with the ball, so I thought we could’ve been more polished in the field.”I thought using the spinners was the right move on the surface. Short was good too, but we bowled well in the middle overs. This innings is right up there. They don’t happen very often, so very pleased with it,” man-of-the-match Finch said at the post-match presentation.Finch tore into the Zimbabwe bowling attack on Tuesday with all of the bowlers conceding over 9 runs per over except for Tendai Chisoro, who managed to give away just 19 runs from his four overs.Blessing Muzarabani was the pick of the bowlers for the hosts as he managed to dismiss Short and Finch in the final over of the innings.advertisementAustralia, who crushed Pakistan in their first game on Monday, top the table with 4 points followed by Pakistan and Zimbabwe.(With AP inputs)last_img read more

Roger Goodell Is Getting Blasted For His Comment On Laremy Tunsil

first_imgLaremy Tunsil and Goodell smile holding his draft jersey.Laremy Tunsil.Former Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil’s draft experience was unraveling by the second Thursday night as both his Twitter and Instagram accounts were being hacked, sharing posts detrimental to his draft stock. No matter how you feel about the things posted to his social media accounts, one thing was clear: somebody was out to get him. But when NFL commissioner Roger Goodell sat down with ESPN’s Mike and Mike Friday morning to discuss, he seemed to think the chaos was just part of the draft experience, telling Greeny and Golic: “I think it’s all part of what makes the draft so exciting.”Roger Goodell to @MikeAndMike on Tunsil situation: “I think it’s all part of what makes the draft so exciting.” https://t.co/W1S1NwgfcU— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) April 29, 2016While it clearly wasn’t meant to be a malicious statement, it probably wasn’t the best way to describe it either, and he’s getting blasted for it on Twitter. Oh, @nflcommish. It’s a good thing the owners don’t pay you for your public-speaking skills. https://t.co/SM9RuwhMaC— Jim Trotter (@JimTrotter_NFL) April 29, 2016 I’m pretty sure Roger Goodell is universally hated— Joseph Kennedy (@bigjoebadger) April 29, 2016 How can people respect this rat @nflcommish https://t.co/tvlPtAh0EG— Mike Sheerin (@Mike_Sheerin) April 29, 2016 Wonder why players and fans don’t trust @nflcommish to be judge and arbiter of “integrity”…https://t.co/eBODeJJvO6— Nick Dorich (@NickyDPharmD) April 29, 2016 @nflcommish I felt bad that u were booed all day yesterday …until I heard ur comments on what makes this draft so exciting. Keep booing!— Jason Trawick (@jasontrawick) April 29, 2016 Does @nflcommish realize how stupid he sounds? Nice job throwing @KingTunsil78 under the bus! Only thing deflated in the @nfl is #Goodell— Russ Weakland (@MrSandwich96) April 29, 2016 Roger Goodell has less than zero class. https://t.co/8A3A5vj0hm— John Archibald (@ResSports) April 29, 2016 @nflcommish thinks it’s “entertainment” to see a kid slandered and lose millions of dollars. I scream conspiracy.— TheBron James (@Phaulkner) April 29, 2016 @rogergoodell thinks a kid getting railroaded is #exciting. Never got a thank you for gift he gave to the Starks for their #redwedding #nfl— Ron Cardashenstein (@RonCar69) April 29, 2016Tunsil was picked up by the Dolphins and will begin his NFL career as a first round pick, but he’ll never forget draft night – for all the wrong reasons.last_img read more