ADVA said that its FSP 3000 CloudConnect TeraFlex has succeeded in transporting 300Gbit/s of data per wavelength over a 6,800-kilometer fiber link. Conducted alongside ADVA’s partner Acacia Communications, the trial was the first in the industry to cover the trans-Atlantic distance with a fiber link typical of a cost-optimized submarine cable using 300Gbit/s channels and a commercially available transponder with real-time digital signal processing (DSP).The demo, which also achieved the highest spectral efficiency for such a link carrying 300Gbit/s per wavelength with 70GHz channel spacing, highlights the capabilities of the ADVA FSP 3000 TeraFlex solution to support flexible, ultra-high-capacity, long-haul and subsea data transport.“This lab trial proves the power of our FSP 3000 TeraFlex to deliver scalable long-haul data transmission with the highest spectral density at the lowest cost-per-bit. It shows subsea and intercontinental network operators that our solution is an ideal choice for transporting enormous amounts of data with the utmost flexibility in symbol rate, modulation format, and channel spacing to maximize the capacity of any given network,” said Sorin Tibuleac, director, system architecture, R&D, ADVA.“We’ve already shown that our FSP 3000 TeraFlex supports the growing bandwidth needs of metro DCI infrastructure with successful 600Gbit/s trials. Now we’re proving what it can do over the world’s longest links. What makes this trial so significant is that it leverages a commercially available solution that can be configured to achieve the highest capacity on any distance from inter-data center connections to inter-continental links. To accomplish that over a fiber cable with trans-Atlantic reach is a truly unique achievement.”“This trial broadens the horizons of what can be achieved over great distance in terms of capacity and modulation flexibility,” said Christian Rasmussen, founder and VP, digital signal processing and optics, Acacia Communications.
WRBI Area Boys Basketball Scores (2-22)Batesville 64 Beech Grove 55East Central 59 Franklin County 41North Decatur 59 South Decatur 44Connersville 46 Lawrenceburg 29Switzerland County 68 South Dearborn 49Jennings County 92 Southwestern Hanover 27Shelbyville 77 Hauser 64Knightstown 66 Hagerstown 57
David Ginola wants Newcastle to give their fans something to cheer about by winning the Europa League this season. They have overcome the likes of Bordeaux and big-spending Anzhi Makhachkala to reach the last eight of the competition, but are big outsiders to make the final in Amsterdam next month after they lost 3-1 to Benfica in the first leg of their quarter-finals. Ginola, who became adored by Magpies fans during his two-year spell at St James’ Park, added: “The Europa League is very important for a club like Newcastle. “This way the team can say: ‘OK, it has been hard and tough but we have managed to do something good in a European competition’. It’s almost like a relief for them. Football is not fighting, it’s about enjoyment.” With the help of their new influx of French imports, Newcastle started to turn the corner in February, but they have still had to play the majority of the second half of the season with the threat of relegation hanging over them. That has led to some understandably tense displays, including one on Sunday when the hosts needed a last-gasp strike from Papiss Cisse to grab a win against Fulham. Although the victory eased the pressure on Newcastle slightly, Ginola still feels his former club will have to keep fighting to avoid the drop. “When you are playing to avoid relegation it’s a different world to when you are playing to try to get in to the Champions League,” said Ginola, who played 75 times for Newcastle. “We are talking about surviving and we are talking about living. They are completely opposite. “They are only a few points above relegation so they are not quite there yet. Most of the teams down there will fight until the end. It’s going to be really difficult and you need to have a certain mentality to fight these situations.” Press Association Many had predicted Newcastle would kick on from their success last term but with six games of the season to go, the Magpies sit 13th in the Barclays Premier League, just five points above the relegation zone. The only positive for the Toon Army this season has been their club’s form in the Europa League, and Ginola said: “It has been a very tough season for them and it’s a long way to go to save the season, but the Europa League means a little bit more for them because they have had a hard season and this competition gives you an opportunity to cheer people up a bit.”
By Simon EvansLISBON, Portugal (Reuters) – The Champions League final between Bayern Munich and Paris St Germain today is a clash of two of the modern giants of the European game but in terms of footballing history, the French club are the relative newcomers.For not only will this be PSG’s first final in the competition, it comes 11 days after they celebrated only their 50th anniversary as a club.To give some perspective, Bayern are 120 years old while last year’s winners Liverpool were formed in 1892.Indeed, when Bayern won the first of their five European Cup titles in 1973, PSG were just three years old and playing in the French third division. While French football has a long and rich history, the capital city was noticeably absent from the elite with Parisians showing little interest in the game, as provincial clubs like St Etienne and Reims enjoyed continental success.Those in the capital who followed the game made the most of brief moments of promise for the small, older traditional clubs, Red Star and Racing Club, until the creation of PSG.The merger of the new Paris Football Club and Stade Saint-Germanois in 1970 created a team for the changing population of the capital. A French Cup win came in 1982 and four years later, they won their first league title. With backing from television company Canal Plus, the club attracted top talent such as winger David Ginola and Liberian striker George Weah.By 1996, the club had made its mark on the international stage with a team featuring Brazil midfielder Rai and France international Youri Djorkaeff helping them win the European Cup Winners’ Cup with a 1-0 victory over Rapid Vienna.PSG started being able to attract big names, with Ronaldinho joining in 2001, but the key moment of change came 10 years later when Qatar Sports Investment took control of the club. The Qataris began a huge investment in talent and top managers as they sought to create a ‘superclub’ to match global brands such as Barcelona and Real Madrid.David Beckham ended his career at PSG while Zlatan Ibrahimovic brought his huge personality to Paris and, domestically, the club have dominated the French league, winning seven of the last eight championships.Success in Europe has been harder to find however. For all the money spent, including a world record 222 million euros for Brazilian Neymar, PSG failed to get beyond the quarter-finals stage in the Champions League.UNTIL THIS YEAR Wins over Italy’s Atalanta and Germany’s RB Leipzig have propelled Thomas Tuchel’s side, powered by local hero Kylian Mbappe, to a place in club football’s biggest game.Luis Fernandez, who played for the club in the 1970s and ’80s and was manager of the team which won the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1996, appreciates the sense of history. “Generations follow one another, but you can feel that those who have lived our adventure know it and have loved it,” he said.“I also remember playing in the Champions League. It’s always a beautiful night of football, it’s a different approach. Every year there are expectations. We opened the way with the Cup Winners’ Cup.”
MATTHEW KUTZ/Herald photoFor the first time in Big Ten play this season, the No. 8 UW volleyball squad will play the regrouping game.After dropping their first conference match of the season to the No. 4 Penn State Nittany Lions on Saturday, the Badgers (13-2, 5-1 Big Ten) try to bounce back and start another winning streak against the Northwestern Wildcats (10-6, 1-5) Wednesday evening at the UW Fieldhouse.The Wildcats have lost their last three matches, but the fact that they surprised No. 18 Ohio State by pushing the Buckeyes to a fifth game last Saturday should be enough to force the Badgers to think twice before labeling Northwestern a pushover team.”We know that they are a dangerous team, and they’re still a team that is fighting to get more wins in the Big Ten,” UW head coach Pete Waite said. “We have to go after them as hard as we go after anybody.”As intimidating as the UW hitters have been, with five Badgers averaging at least 2.4 kills a game, Wisconsin’s success has stemmed largely from defensive blocking, as well as a potent backcourt. UW leads the conference in blocks and has held opponents to a .127 hitting percentage, second lowest in the Big Ten.”We have to continue to be extremely aggressive with our passing and our defense,” Aubrey Meierotto said. “Passing and defense is usually what wins games, so that’s always going to be our main focus.”In a league packed with offense, Northwestern is hitting just .236 on the year, eighth-best in the Big Ten. UW libero Jocelyn Wack, who brings a 46-match double-digs streak into Wednesday, said the weaker Wildcat offense brings no different strategy to the Badger defense.”It’s the same with every team we play,” Wack said. “We’re just going to go out there and play the same game we’ve been playing, it’s just … a chance to knock off another team.”Wack, who leads the Badgers with an average of just over five digs per game, compared the Northwestern attacking style to a couple Big Ten teams in the upper echelon of the conference.”Their outside hitters will hit some extreme angles, which is actually pretty similar to Minnesota and Penn State,” Wack said. “We’ve faced a lot of middle [blockers] like theirs, so we’re just going to prepare the same way we have for everyone else.”Northwestern’s conference opponents have averaged a .262 hitting percentage against the Wildcats. This doesn’t bode well for NU, as Wisconsin has won each of its 12 games when the team hits .200 or better.A match removed from hitting just .078 against Penn State, Meierotto said the offense is determined to return to a solid rhythm against the Wildcats.”Penn State put a very good block on us, so we’ve been working hard on hitting higher shots and maintaining our aggressiveness,” she said.Wisconsin should also get some boosts from the serving game. The Badgers rank fourth in the league with 1.59 aces per game, with major contributions from middle blocker Sheila Shaw and serving specialist Megan Mills.Both Shaw, with 0.39 aces a game, and Mills, with 0.36 a game, are in the top ten in the conference individually.Mills saw a nine-game streak with at least one service ace per game come to an end against the Nittany Lions.”They all stepped up and had really good passing [after the serve],” Mills said. “You just have to give [Penn State] credit for it.”With only three days off between the tough loss to the Lions and the upcoming NU match, the Badgers have worked hard to set up a game plan for the Wildcats in a short time.Of course, it doesn’t hurt that Wisconsin, currently enjoying the third-highest home attendance in the country, will remain in the Fieldhouse for the rest of this week.”I think we’re just preparing the same way we always do,” Waite said. “We want to be fresh and feeling good going into the match, and the fact that it’s a home game really helps.”
Coach Silas Tetteh has revealed that former U-20 midfielder Ishmael Yartey has rendered an apology to him over bribery allegations the player leveled against him ahead of the 2009 World Youth Championship in Egypt.The Coach who spoke on the Joy Sports Link Saturday, said ” He called after I came back from Rwanda… as a matter of fact he sent some few people to come and meet me and say sorry”.The player who now plays for French Ligue 1 side Sochaux, launched a blistering attack on Ghana’s U-20 coach, Sellas Tetteh in 2009.He claimed the Coach took bribes before naming the final squad a week to the World Youth Championship.He claimed even though many of players were in the squad on merit, those on the periphery were in the squad because of their powerful connections to the coach.Four years on, the Coach popularly known as “Borbor” reminisced and said the utterances came from “a frustrated player who felt he had to make the team and he couldn’t and he went destroying the hand that fed him”. When asked if he would like to work with the repentant midfielder again, the coach responded that “If he would win for me, why should I refuse?”Coach Silas Tetteh’s U-20 team has returned from a successful campaign at the 2013 Africa U-20 Youth Championship in Algeria where the Black Satellites won silver.
The defending champions of the Ghana Rugby Club Championship (GRCC), Cosmos Buffaloes RFC, won their second match by beating Accra Sharks RFC 87-6 in the ongoing GRCC League on Sunday at the Accra Sports Stadium.The Buffaloes who played largely with new players due to the transfer of 9 key players to other clubs surprised spectators with quality rugby play.According to Mr. Amuzuloh Salim, manager and coach of Cosmos Buffaloes RFC, the performance of his team on the day was beyond expectation, describing it as a shocker. Speaking to the press, Mr. Salim noted how the dream of retaining the trophy was almost shattered after selling the team’s key players to other clubs in order to raise funds for the club.He said the team’s performance has boosted their enthusiasm to fight harder to retain the trophy by the end of the season.“I’m very excited today because I wasn’t expecting my boys to play spectacularly like this looking at what happened to the club in the past two weeks where most of our key-players were sold to other clubs. I’m grateful to my boys for making me proud because initially I thought it’s impossible to retain the cup but with this performance I’m sure we can win the league again,” he said. There was a presentation of First Aid boxes to all clubs by Mr. Amuzuloh Salim, who is also a member of the Greater Accra Rugby Association (GARA), on behalf of GARA. Mr. Amuzuloh Salim hands over a First Aid box to Mr. Mr. Nizar El-Aschkar, owner of Accra Sharks RFC, on behalf of the Greater Accra Rugby Association (GARA) on Day 3 of the ongoing Ghana Rugby Club Championship (GRCC) at the Accra Sports Stadium. The Cosmos Buffaloes RFC team that beat the Accra Sharks RFC team Accra Sharks RFC poses for a team picture before the kickoff against Cosmos Buffaloes RFC The match officials for Day 3 of the ongoing Ghana Rugby Club Championship (GRCC) at the Accra Sports Stadium. As usual spectators were treated with a Women’s 7s team match prior to the main event Day 3 of the ongoing Ghana Rugby Club Championship (GRCC) at the Accra Sports Stadium. A Cosmos Buffaloes RFC player breaks through the defences of the Accra Sharks RFC
After a first half that saw around a third of our preseason Top 50 Prospects receive big league promotions, the number of elite players on the cusp of the major leagues has shrunk considerably. However, there is still plenty of talent in the upper minors and there’s no doubt that we’ll continue to see large numbers of rookies make their way to the bigs in the second half of the season — which means we’ll see plenty of call-ups play key roles in fantasy baseball leagues down the stretch (especially in Keeper/Dynasty leagues). Interested in sports betting? Tell us what YOU want from a mobile sportsbook 8. Justus Sheffield, LHP, Seattle (47). Sheffield is like the proverbial box of chocolates – you never know what you’re going to get. At his best, he’s a No. 3 starter with a plus fastball and nasty slider. At his worst, he can’t find the zone with his heater and throws cement-mixer breaking balls that get launched in the seats. If he can show some consistency over the next month the Mariners will almost certainly give him a big league look, if for no other reason than to show that they got some return in the James Paxton deal.9. Dustin May, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers (49). The Dodgers have a fragile rotation and have already used eight different starting pitchers this season. May is a polished arm who has logged at least 120 innings each of the past three seasons. He’s currently throwing well at Double-A (3.74 ERA with an 86/21 K/BB in 79.1 IP) and has the stuff to be a quality mid-rotation guy. He’s an obvious choice for a call-up if the Dodgers lose one of their starters down the stretch.10. A.J. Puk, LHP, Oakland (#18) – Puk missed 2018 due to Tommy John surgery and has just returned to game action but he’s already 24 years old and was on the cusp of the majors when he got hurt last year. Puk will get eased back into action but if the A’s hang around in the Wild Card race, he would be an attractive late-season addition to the big-league bullpen or rotation. When healthy, he has an electric fastball, wipeout slider, and can draw comparisons to a young Chris Sale. Here are the 10 guys from my midseason Top 50 who are most likely to have a big league impact in the second half of the season:2019 MLB Top Prospects: Second-half fantasy baseball sleepers1. Keston Hiura, 2B, Milwaukee (No. 12 in our midseason prospect rankings). Hiura impressed in a brief May call-up (.281 with five HRs), but he was sent back to Triple-A after 17 big league games when Travis Shaw returned from the injured list. Since then Hiura has continued to hit and Shaw has continued to struggle. The Brewers are still in the thick of the pennant race and eventually should give Hiura another shot. Hiura can be too aggressive at times, but he’s one of the best pure hitters in the minors and should continue to produce in the bigs. Long-term, expect an average near .300 with moderate power (12-15 home runs) that could increase as he matures.2. Luis Urias, 2B, San Diego (14). Urias also spent some time in the bigs earlier this season but struggled mightily (.083 average in 11 games). Since returning to Triple-A he’s been on fire (.331 average with 17 HRs in 59 games). The Padres still have a shot at the playoffs and incumbent second baseman Ian Kinsler hasn’t played well, so San Diego could soon give Urias another chance. From my conversations with Urias about his big league experience, I think he was just anxious and should eventually adjust to the majors. His skill set is elite – great hand-eye coordination, plus bat speed, and excellent pitch recognition – and his 2019 home run surge is a sign that he could hit for both average and some power.3. Mitch Keller, RHP, Pittsburgh (17). Keller has been knocked around this season in three big league spot starts, but he has an elite arm and should see more action in Pittsburgh later this year. Keller has dominated in the minors, but he’s typically taken some time to adjust as he’s advanced from one level to the next. Keller has plus stuff featuring good command of an electric mid-90s fastball, a plus curve, and above-average changeup. Long-term, he could be a No. 2 starter.4. Bo Bichette, SS/2B, Toronto (6). Bichette missed time earlier this year due to a broken hand, but he looked big league ready when I saw him in spring training and hasn’t skipped a beat since returning to game action at Triple-A (.295 average with three HRs and seven SBs in 25 games). The Blue Jays are in full rebuild mode and could very well give Bichette an extended look in the latter part of the season. I expect Bichette to succeed right away, as he’s a ferocious competitor with a great work ethic and the tools to hit for average, stroke 20-plus home runs, and steal 15-20 bags.5. Brendan McKay, LHP/1B, Tampa Bay (15). The Rays are in the playoff hunt this season, and McKay is a talented arm who’s big league ready (1.22 ERA and 88/15 K/BB with only 38 hits allowed in 66.2 IP between Double-A and Triple-A). Eventually Tampa will need to call him up even if an innings limit relegates him to a bullpen role. McKay has a smooth, repeatable delivery, shows plus command of four quality pitches, and should eventually be a No. 2 starter in the bigs.MORE PROSPECTS: Updated Top 50 rankings6. Kyle Tucker, OF, Houston (10). Tucker struggled in a big league cameo last season and is now stuck behind a log jam in the Houston outfield. All he’s done in response is get off to an eye-popping start at Triple-A (.281 average with 23 HRs and 17 SBs through 71 games). The Astros have a deep but injury-prone outfield, so don’t be surprised if injuries open the door for Tucker to get another shot in Houston. Tucker is a polished hitter with good balance and plus bat speed that generates excellent raw power. If he can tighten his plate discipline, he should hit .270 with 25-plus home runs over a full big league season.7. Jesus Luzardo, LHP, Oakland (5). Luzardo missed the first two months of the season with a shoulder strain and is still working back into shape, but he looked big league ready when I saw him in spring training. Only 21 years old, Luzardo is already one of the best pitchers in the minors with excellent command of three quality pitches (plus fastball, plus change, and above-average breaking ball). If he can tighten his curve and pitch consistently at Triple-A, he’ll probably get a call-up to Oakland later this summer.
After scoring, Bedoya ran toward an on-field microphone and shouted: “Congress, do something now. End gun violence. Let’s go!”In response, MLS released a statement that didn’t mention Bedoya specifically but alluded to his actions: “The Major League Soccer family joins everyone in grieving for the loss of lives in Texas and Ohio, and we understand that our players and staff have strong and passionate views on this issue.”The weekend shootings resulted in the deaths of 30 people (authorities on Monday said El Paso’s death toll had risen to 22 on Monday), sparking fresh calls for politicians to address the country’s gun laws.Speaking after Sunday’s game, Bedoya, 32, said he wanted to take his chance to push for change.”It’s absurd. I’m not going to sit idly and watch this stuff happen and not say something,” the former USA international told a news conference.”Before I’m an athlete, before I’m a soccer player, I’m a human being first. This stuff affects me. I’ve got kids. I mean, I can’t be the only one here… all you guys I’m sure feel the same way in this day and age, in our society.Our captain @AleBedoya17 making a statement. Our hearts go out to everyone affected. pic.twitter.com/sJuKxjbIOA— Philadelphia Union (@PhilaUnion) August 5, 2019″I’m dropping my kids off at school and I’m looking around paranoid, thinking about exit strategy, when I’m at the mall, when I’m at a movie theater, when I’m at a concert, a festival down the street, big gatherings.”Something’s got to be done. It’s got to the point where we’ve almost become numb to it and that’s a big problem.” MLS on Monday said the league understands Philadelphia Union captain Alejandro Bedoya’s stand against gun violence, as he labeled the situation in the United States as “absurd” in the wake of mass shootings over the weekend in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.Bedoya, who opened the scoring in Philadelphia’s 5-1 thrashing of DC United, took his chance to send a message to the nation’s leaders. By Monday, it was clear that MLS wouldn’t punish Bedoya for his actions, a possibility that Bedoya was unfazed by because, he said, he had to stand up for what he believed in.”I don’t care. Fine me if they want. I’ve got to make a stand. Like I said, I’m a human being before I’m an athlete, you know what I mean, and that should be everybody here,” he said.”We’re all human beings, we’re all affected by this type of stuff. I don’t know about you but my kids man… it’s scary, man, to think about what can happen at any time, right now, in this day and age, here in America.”
He is also improving in every other category with 18 home runs, 64 RBIs and a .964 OPS in 101 games in 2019 — all of which comes after he posted eight homers and a .589 OPS over the last three seasons.The 27-year-old’s hot bat was highlighted at the beginning of the week when he hit a 461-foot home run versus the Orioles.He had a total of 10 hits through the four-game series. The Gio Show goes on 👏 pic.twitter.com/zeo7CLFG4M— New York Yankees (@Yankees) August 12, 2019“We had been trying to acquire him for awhile,” Cashman said. “We daydreamed about him being a very versatile utility player. We loved his glove.”We were very fortunate that we ran into him at the proper time of his development.” Luis Severino injury update: Yankees starter ‘continues to feel strong,’ says Aaron Boone Gary Sanchez injury update: Yankees slugger activated from IL “Nobody thought Gio would be this guy,” general manager Brian Cashman told Yahoo Sports . “What he is doing now was not anything we felt we were tapping into.”After hitting .225 in 167 major league games for Cleveland and Toronto from 2015-18, Urshela is batting .337 through 102 games this season. Related News Yankees’ Aaron Judge on recent slump: ‘It’s just baseball’ The Yankees have been pleasantly surprised by Giovanny Urshela’s recent success.It’s something the team was admittedly not prepared for when it acquired the third baseman from the Blue Jays in August 2018.