first_imgSeptember 2, 2018. As Manchester United prepare to kick off their Premier League fixture at Burnley there is an unmistakable background noise to proceedings beyond the raucous away following. The sound is that of an aeroplane hovering above complete with its message from a section of United support. ‘Ed Woodward: A Specialist in Failure!’ it proclaims.The executive vice-chair, seen by some as a money-making puppet for the disliked Glazer family who own the club, has been called into question before but never quite so publicly, unanimously nor demonstrably as this. It is a reminder that Manchester United fans will always have an opinion on what direction the club is taking off the pitch as well as on it.It was rather apt that the plane protest happened at the beginning of this week of all weeks. Because 20 years ago today, the most seismic of attempted coups took place at Old Trafford. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! September 6, 1998. News breaks that the United board – led by chairman Martin Edwards – have been in talks with Rupert Murdoch’s British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB) since the summer over the potential sale of the club to the media giant for £575 million. Within three days, further talks had led to confirmation of an agreement worth £623.4m.The adverse response was monumental, both from United fans and from the wider UK public. In an era when the sport was yet to come across the likes of Roman Abramovich, Randy Lerner, Sheikh Mansour or the Fenway Sports Group, the very prospect of a foreign power coming in to take over one of the biggest institutions in the country resulted in hitherto unseen shockwaves.There were boycotts of Murdoch’s Sun newspaper, with rivals The Mirror urging fans to ‘Stop The Red Devil’, complaints from all sides of Parliament, a rally in Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, and even the formation of a supporters’ group named ‘Shareholders United Against Murdoch’.John Paul O’Neill, author of the book ‘Red Rebels’, tells Goal why fans were so keen to voice their resistance.“The two main motivations were preventing Rupert Murdoch getting his hands on the club, and ensuring it remained independently owned in a guise that the support could directly influence matters (albeit as a plc),” he begins. “The link between a club and its support was still seen as something important, with clubs being much more embedded in, and central to, their local communities.“In 1998, this was still true of United, even if it was to a lesser extent than it might have been for much smaller, less commercial clubs like Manchester City. The fear raised at the time was that decisions about United would be taken far away from Old Trafford in foreign-based boardrooms where the fans would hold no sway. Those predictions have come to pass under the Glazers.”Manchester United Rupert Murdoch protestManchester United Rupert Murdoch protestIn April 1999, there came the news that the Monopolies and Mergers Commission had effectively blocked the deal in reporting back to the Labour Government – which until then had seen Murdoch as a key ally – that BSkyB had not supplied adequate assurances regarding its motivations.That, of course, would not be the last we would hear of foreign ownership, either in the Premier League or at Manchester United.Having spent two years gradually building up their shares in the Red Devils, it was on May 12, 2005 that the Glazers gained a controlling stake of 57 per cent in United and within seven weeks they had acquired the 98% necessary to force compulsory sales on the remaining minority shareholders and complete their takeover of the club.The partial funding of the deal by loans which were secured against the club’s assets meant that the Glazers, just like the BSkyB group before them, became public enemy number one at a stroke. The ‘Love United Hate Glazer’ movement began there and then, while some disgruntled supporters even broke away to form FC United of Manchester in non-league football.Thirteen years on, and the club is seemingly approaching a crossroads. While on the field United have gone five seasons without a concerted title challenge, Woodward has delighted the Glazers with his exploits on a commercial level. From 10 sponsors in 2013, the club now has around 80 just five years after Woodward became the main decision-maker at Old Trafford.Ed Woodward Sir Bobby Charlton Manchester UnitedBut that has done nothing to appease fans, as underlined by the sight of the banner being flown over Turf Moor on Sunday. So, 20 years on from fighting the good fight which would see the BSkyB deal blocked, are United in any better a position now than they might have been had Murdoch got his way in 1998?“Despite what Murdoch’s propaganda sheets such as the Sun claimed at the time, there were never any plans for Sky to buy up all the game’s stars for United,” explains O’Neill. “Murdoch even admitted as much after the buyout had been officially blocked – it was all about Sky gaining a seat on the other side of the negotiating table when it came to bidding for Premier League TV rights.“Given that, there’s nothing to say that the club would be any better off, even in light of the fact that the Glazers subsequently bought the club. I’ve often heard people comment ‘I bet they wish they’d welcomed Murdoch now’ in the years since 2005, but you can only fight the battle that’s in front of you at the time, and the groups of United fans who saw off Murdoch helped ensure the club was free from his ilk for another seven years.“If the support didn’t ultimately take that opportunity to ensure the club couldn’t be bought – shares went down to £1 each at one point, valuing the club at one-third of the eventual price the Glazers paid – then so be it. There’s nothing to say that Sky wouldn’t have sold it to a buyer like the Glazers after a few years anyway.”Bryan Glazer Joel Glazer Avram Glazer Manchester UnitedRupert MurdochWhile the Murdoch episode was one of a number that didn’t go through – Edwards had previously rejected a 1984 bid by another media magnate, Robert Maxwell, and attempted to sell to the maverick Michael Knighton in 1989 – it was inevitable that United would eventually be sold, particularly after the likes of Chelsea and Aston Villa had been bought up by foreign powers in the early 21st century.But it was 20 years ago today that it became clear football was moving away from its fans. The vast sums of money being pumped into the Premier League had become increasingly attractive to parties beyond those with football in their veins, and the BSkyB bid would be the first of many which would eventually alter the landscape.“Back in the ‘90s and beyond fans were paying a fraction of the money they are today to be treated like sh*t, and getting a far greater, more communal matchday experience for their cash,” adds O’Neill. “And back then fans could at least abuse Martin Edwards and the like in person.“Nowadays the Florida-based Glazers don’t hear any dissent, nor care about any, even if there was to be any, which there very rarely is.”These days, Manchester United and its supporters share something of an uneasy alliance rather than a harmonious relationship. That was perhaps always destined to be the case. But things may have looked very different indeed had the bombshell Sky approach of 20 years ago been successful. 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first_imgBarcelona midfielder Arda Turan has called curtains on his international career in the wake of an alleged heated confrontation with a journalist.The 30-year-old midfielder was at the centre of allegations of a bust-up with a journalist during Turkey’s flight back from Monday night’s friendly against Macedonia.He was reported to have clashed with reporter Bilal Mese during the flight. Outraged that the journalist was on the plane, Arda is said to have grabbed him by the throat and shouted at him.Later on, the Barcelona mid-fielder slammed the media on his Instagram account, writing, “lies, slander and ignore people’s dignity and family values”.However, on Tuesday, he revealed that his time with the national team is over.”Bad things happened last night. But am I regretful? No. Now I feel at ease,” goal.com quoted him as saying. “I talked with our coach and president of the federation and said that I want to leave national team. I said that I don’t want to play against Kosovo.”Hitting back at the media, the 30-year-old insisted that he would always give the same response to those who put out such false news.”I’ll always give the same response to those who put out such false news. I’ve never forgotten what it did to us,” he said.”I speak as a man who serve the national team in all categories, loves his country and jersey. My national team career is over,” he added.Arda, who played for Atletico Madrid as well, has featured 97 times for Turkey’s senior team, having made his debut against Luxembourg in August 2016.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgLaunched back in January, Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 will go on sale again on Flipkart and Mi.com today. The sale like always will commence at 12 noon. Apart from the two online stores, Redmi Note 4 is also available on Xiaomi’s first Mi Home in India, which is located in Bengaluru’s Phoenix Marketcity Mall.To recall, Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 was launched in three variants in India. The first variant comes with 2GB RAM and 32GB storage available at Rs 9,999. The second variant packs 3GB RAM and 32GB storage priced at Rs 10,999, while the third one features 4GB RAM with 64GB storage memory which is available at Rs 12,999. Further, The Redmi Note 4 is available in four colour variants in India – gold, grey, matte black, and silver.According to the latest report by International Data Corporation (IDC) Redmi Note 4 is the highest shipped smartphone in India in Q1 of 2017, which makes Xiaomi the second largest smartphone manufacturer in India. The IDC report further states, “Two new launches – Redmi Note 4 and Redmi 4A, in the first quarter of the year not only drove the volume growth for Xiaomi but also helped vendor to lead online smartphone shipments with 40.6 per cent share.””In the first of quarter of 2017, Redmi Note 4 became the highest shipped smartphone in India. This smartphone replaced Samsung Galaxy J2 which was the top model back in Q4 2016,” adds IDC.In terms of specifications, Redmi Note 4 sports a 5.5-inch full-HD with 1080×1920 pixels resolution and 2.5D curved glass IPS display. Further, the smartphone runs MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and is powered by Snapdragon 625. The smartphone is available in two RAM variants — 3GB and 4GB of RAM memory.advertisementOn the camera front, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 features a 13-megapixel camera on the rear, which is further coupled with PDAF (phase detection autofocus), an f/2.0 aperture, 77-degree wide angle lens, and also dual-tone LED flash. Note 4 further sports a 5-megapixel selfie shooter which comes coupled with an 85-degree wide angle lens. Further, the device is backed by a 4100mAh battery.Also Read: Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 becomes the most shipped smartphone in India in Q1 2017: IDCAlso Read: Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 review: Raising the barlast_img read more

first_imgDivij Sharan won his first title of the 2017 season on the ATP World Tour, and third overall, when he clinched the European Open trophy with American partner Scott Lipsky in Antwerp, Belgium.The unseeded Indo-American team’s giant-killing campaign culminated with a 6-4 2-6 10-5 win over Santiago Gonzalez and Julio Peralta, in the summit clash.Reaching the final of the season-opening Chennai Open with Purav Raja was left-handed Sharan’s best show this season on the ATP World Tour before this performance.His first two ATP titles came with compatriot Purav Raja, who now plays with Leander Paes. They had won titles in Bogota (2013) and at Los Cabos (2016).Champions???in Antwerp @EuroTennisOpen???? with @scottlipsky16 @ATPWorldTour title#3 @IndianOilcl @adidastennis @head_tennis @fulfil pic.twitter.com/psM1HVVhE5- Divij Sharan (@divijsharan) October 22, 2017″I am really happy to win possibly my last ATP tour event of the year. It’s not been easy these couple of months. I have played with a lot of different partners. I have tried my bestto just focus on myself and improve my game,” Sharan told PTI from, Antwerp.”Scott and I beat some really good teams to win the title here which should help my confidence moving forward.” They had knocked out third seeds Rajeev Ram and Raven Klaasen in the quarter-finals and followed it up with an upset win over the second seeds Ivan Dodig and Marcel Granollers in the semi-finals.Asked if he will continue his partnership with Lipsky, Sharan said, “We will speak about it. Scott is done for the year and headed home. I plan to play some Challengers next month before calling it a year.advertisementSharan will next play a Challenger event in Brest with Scott Clayton and may also feature in two home Challengers in Pune and Bangalore in November.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 7 (PTI) As a choking blanket of smog enveloped the national capital today, a number of schools in Delhi suspended outdoor activities and advised parents to ensure their children wear masks.Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also asked his deputy Manish Sisodia to consider shutting schools for a few days after the air quality dropped to the “severe” category on the air quality index in Delhi.”Dear parents, please note that due to high pollution levels/unfavourable weather conditions in Delhi, morning sports practice has been suspended for a few days,” read a message by Sanskriti School.Shri Ram School also issued a notice to parents along those lines.Tagore International School has truncated outdoor activities to once a week since Diwali considering high pollution levels.Mount Carmel School in an advisory said: “Dear parent, due to increased pollution levels and poor air quality, students are advised to wear masks to school from tomorrow.”However, doctors said long-term measures are needed in addition to masks.AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria said there is not enough data on the efficacy of masks and stressed on the need for initiating a movement to protect the environment.”Masks are not very helpful as a lot of air can get inside from the sides. Also, they are tightly sealed and children and eldery find them very uncomfortable to use.He suggested implementing long-term measures and said the use of nasal filters or air purifiers can provide short-term relief only.Education institutions in the National Capital Region have also issued advisories in view of high pollution levels.advertisementSri Ram School in Gurgaon “cancelled all after-school sports activities” and ordered that all “morning activities be conducted indoors”.OP Jindal University in Haryanas Sonepat asked students not to step out of the campus, saying “the air quality in district has dropped significantly and traffic on the Sonepat-Narela road is expected to be very unpredictable due to the weather condition”. PTI GJS PLB GVSlast_img read more

first_imgVirar (Mah), Dec 10 (PTI) Karan Singh won the mens full marathon and also registered his maiden victory in the 7th Indiabulls Home Loans Vasai Virar Mayors Marathon here in Palghar district today.24-year-old Karan from Bombay Engineering Group (BEG), Khadki, who is returning after a two-year hamstring injury lay-off, won a close race as he produced a late burst to beat back a strong challenge from another armyman Mohit Rathore of Artillery Centre, Hyderabad.Karan with a strong charge pipped Rathore at the post, to finish in first position clocking a time of 2 hours 24 minutes and 26 seconds, a media release said.Rathore (26) running his first full marathon, did well to keep pace with the champion, but in the final kilometre Karan decided to increase the pace, which the former was unable to match and finished a close behind in second place with a timing of 2:24.32 seconds.Meanwhile, defending champion, 32-year-old Rashpal Singh of Army Sports Institute, Pune, finished third with a time of 2:27.56, much lower than his personal best of 2:20.23, at the National Marathon in Delhi recently.Karan took home Rs 2.5 lakh, while Mohit received Rs 1.25 lakh and Rashpal got Rs 75,000.”I have not participated in any race for almost two years and winning here gives me a very good feeling,” Karan was quoted as saying in the release.Meanwhile, Ankit Malik (24) who was also making his debut completed a grand double for BEG by winning the mens half marathon clocking a time of 1:05.56 seconds ahead of favourite Pradeep Singh of Army Sports Institute, Pune, who clinched the silver in a time of 01:07.13 seconds.advertisementShankar Man Singh, also of ASI, completed the race 15 seconds slower to win the bronze medal.However, Indian Railways athletes completed a clean sweep in the womens half marathon with Swati Gadhave successfully defending her crown by clocking a time of 1:18.26 seconds.First-timer Chinta Yadav picked the silver in 01:19.07 seconds ahead of bronze medal winning Monika Raut in 1:20.23 seconds.Both Malik and Gadhave became richer by Rs 1.25 lakhs each.The marathon was recognised by the Athletic Federation of India (AFI).Results:Mens full marathon: 1. Karan Singh (BEG, Khadki) ? 02:24.26secs, 2. Mohit Rathore (Artillery Centre, Hyderabad) – 02:24.32secs; 3. Rashpal Singh (ASI, Pune) ? 02: 27.56secs.Men?s half marathon: 1. Ankit Malik (BEG) ? 01:05.56secs, 2. Pradeep Singh (ASI, Pune) ? 01:07.13secs, 3. Shankar Man Singh (ASI) ? 01:07.28secs.Women?s half marathon: 1. Swati Gadhave (Railways) ? 01:18.26secs, 2. Chinta Yadav (Railways) ? 01:19.07secs, 3. Monika Raut (Railways) ? 01:20. 23secs. PTI NRB NSKlast_img read more

first_imgAustralia’s pace battery has fired all throughout the ongoing Ashes series so far so it would be a big blow to the hosts if Mitchell Starc is ruled out of the fourth Test against England starting December 26.Starc has been cleared of a serious heel injury but his participation in the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground remains doubtful.”It’s a funny kind of injury,” his teammate Pat Cummins said on Saturday. “It’s not super common, but if it’s not treated well it can drag on for a very long time.”It’s a bruise pretty much where you’ve got to walk all day and bowl. I’m sure they’ll come to an agreement and if he knows he’s not right, he’ll put his hand up.”Starc bowled with the heel problem in the third Test at the WACA on Monday as Australia wrapped up an innings and 41-run win over England to reclaim the Ashes with two matches to spare.The 27-year-old has been in sublime form and is currently the top wicket-taker with 19 wickets from three matches of the ongoing Ashes series.The left-armer did not participate in Australia’s training session at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday and sported a large compression sock on his right ankle.Cummins suffered a similar injury following his Test debut in 2011 and was out for more than four months.”I chatted to him about it… it’s one of those ones where there’s no way around it. You can’t strap it differently, you can’t bowl off the other foot or anything. It’s hard to hide,” Cummins said.advertisement”So (you have to) try and get it early enough and not try and really, really damage it. It can be a long process trying to get it right. He knows that, the staff know that and I’m sure they’ll work it out.”Reserve seamer Jackson Bird is likely to step in if Starc is ruled out.”I hope for Mitch’s sake his heel’s not too serious and he does get up,” Bird said. “But it’d be unbelievable to play an Ashes Test on Boxing Day. Either way I’ll be ready.”The hosts will also have wicketkeeper Tim Paine joining the squad on Sunday after he stayed at home in Tasmania due to his father-in-law being hospitalised following a stroke.last_img read more

first_imgBy Aparajita UpadhyayGurgaon, Jan 11 (PTI) Realising that a taxing calendar can drain you completely, rising Indian golfer Shubhankar Sharma is now focussing on becoming tough “mentally” ahead of a new season, during which he is set to make his Major debut. The 21-year-old ended the 2017 season with a bang by winning his maiden title on the Asian Tour at the JoBurg Open, an event co-sanctioned by the European Tour. The three-stroke win over Erik van Rooyen earned him an entry into the 2018 Open Championship. “My number one focus is to be mentally and physically fit. Travelling so much, meeting different people, being in different time zones takes a toll on the body,” Shubhankar told PTI at the sidelines of a felicitation ceremony.”Although I am young, taking long flights can be exhausting. Golf gets mentally taxing, you can be playing five days in a row for weeks with intense pressure of everyone watching,” he said.The youngster, based in Chandigarh, said consistency was key to succeed on the demanding circuit.”Golf is a tough sport, the top players finish in the top-10 every week and win 2-3 majors. You can keep having good weeks, consistency is very important, it is always a challenge as you are playing against the weather conditions.” Interestingly, Shubhankar was contemplating withdrawing from the JoBurg Open, which opened so many doors for him. He became only the fifth Indian to win a title on the European tour after Arjun Atwal, Jeev Milkha Singh, SSP Chowrasia and Anirban Lahiri.advertisement”I was in Mauritius and the JoBurg event was next week. Mauritius to Johannesburg is not that long but Johannesburg to Indonesia – where the next title was scheduled – takes an entire day.”Thats why I was thinking of skipping it. No Indian went, I was the only one to go. I was pretty convinced I should take a weeks rest or come back to India and play a tournament happening in Mumbai at the time. But I was playing well, so I decided to go and I am glad I went,” he said. Exuding confidence, Shubhankar said he was not surprised when he won the title.”The plan was always to win as soon as possible. In golf you can have a great week but falter at the last stage. I turned Pro really early so it did not come as a shock to me when I won. I knew I had it in me to win,” he said.Talking at the felicitation ceremony, organised by DLF, Shubhankars sponsors since he turned Pro, Senior Executive Director, Aakash Ohri said “Shubhankar is a world champion in the making. His recent win speaks volumes of his dedication towards the game. We, at DLF, are committed to supporting him in his quest to excel in the sport.” PTI APA AT ATlast_img read more

first_imgSOCHI, Russia – With just one game to prepare for its Olympic showdown with Russia, the United States men’s hockey team decided to cram an entire tournament’s worth of hard work and highlights into one spectacular opener.Paul Stastny scored twice during a six-goal barrage in the second period, and the Americans got off to a roaring start in Sochi with a 7-1 victory over Slovakia in preliminary-round play Feb. 13.Ryan Kesler, David Backes, Phil Kessel and Dustin Brown also scored as the U.S. battered Slovakia for six consecutive goals in a 13:51 span, turning what was expected to be a tough matchup into a laugher with their relentless offense.“I guess you never really expect to beat a team like that 7-1, and you never do it in a tournament like this,” captain Zach Parise said. “We just capitalized on the chances we had, moved the puck well and used our speed.”Although their goal celebrations declined from elation to excitement to sheepishness while the score skyrocketed, the Americans answered any lingering questions about their offensive abilities and their aptitude on the big Olympic ice by decimating a Slovak roster studded with NHL players.“You have to do a lot of skating out there on the big ice, but I think we handled it all right,” said Kessel, who led the U.S. with two goals and an assist.Jonathan Quick made 22 saves in his Olympic debut for the U.S., which hopes to improve on its silver-medal finish in Vancouver despite a roster that isn’t thought to have the offensive power of Canada, Russia or Sweden.In their only warmup for a Feb. 15 game against Alex Ovechkin and the host Russians, the Americans had more than enough potency to leave Slovakia’s two goalies battered.“For the first time on the big ice for most of us, I thought we did pretty well,” Stastny said. “Our strengths are our puck possession and our speed, and we were really able to use both of them. All four lines just kind of clicked, and so did our D-men.”Jaroslav Halak stopped 20 shots before getting pulled when Stastny tipped home Kevin Shattenkirk’s pass to put the Americans up 5-1 with their fourth goal in 12:04. Peter Budaj replaced Halak, but Kessel and Brown piled on goals in the next 1:47.Tomas Tatar scored for Slovakia, which traveled to Sochi without high-scoring Marian Gaborik and veteran defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky due to injury. Nobody anticipated such a defensive collapse by a talented roster anchored by Stanley Cup-winning defenseman Zdeno Chara.Slovakia’s last two Olympic appearances have been humiliations: The Slovaks blew a third-period lead and lost to Finland in the bronze medal game in Vancouver, depriving them of their nation’s first Olympic hockey medals.“We’re going to be better,” said Tatar, the Detroit Red Wings’ young forward. “We had a solid first period and then tied it. We’ve just got to play way better in our defensive zone. I think we’re going to be ready to play the next game. We have a lot of talent in our locker room, and we’re going to sort it out.”John Carlson opened the scoring for the U.S. in the first period, and Tatar tied it with a nasty wrist shot in the opening minute of the second. Kesler put the Americans back ahead 1:02 later with a one-timer through Brown’s screen, and Stastny scored 1:06 later on a fat rebound of Max Pacioretty’s shot.The hits just kept coming, and the U.S. didn’t let up until Brown redirected Carlson’s pass to make it 7-1, sending the once-boisterous Slovak crowd into frustrated silence at Shayba Arena.Patrick Kane, T.J. Oshie and James van Riemsdyk added two assists apiece, with the speedy Kane looking particularly comfortable on the wide Olympic ice.The U.S. had lost to Slovakia in each of the teams’ two previous Olympic meetings, giving the game special meaning to Stastny. The two-time U.S. Olympian has a famous Slovak father: Hall of Famer Peter Stastny played extensively for the Czechoslovakian and Slovak national teams alongside his lengthy NHL career.“It was good to finally get it on the third try,” Stastny said.The Americans’ scoring outburst made their goaltending situation seem secondary for a day, but Quick still handled the Slovaks’ chances well. U.S. coach Dan Bylsma waited until Feb. 13 to choose Quick for the first start over Ryan Miller, who backstopped the Americans to silver medals in Vancouver while winning the tournament MVP award.Quick, who didn’t get in a game in Vancouver, emerged as one of the world’s top goalies while leading Los Angeles to a Stanley Cup championship in 2012, but he missed seven weeks of the Kings’ current season with a groin injury.(Greg Beacham, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgFLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Woody Johnson made one costly comment for the New York Jets.The NFL is fining the team $100,000 for tampering because of the owner’s comments in December about Darrelle Revis, then a member of the New England Patriots, according to a person familiar with the situation.The Jets will not lose any draft picks as a result of the fine, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither the team nor the league announced the sanctions. The New York Daily News was the first to report the NFL’s decision.The Patriots filed a tampering charge against the Jets after Johnson said he’d “love to have Darrelle back” when asked if there could be a possible reunion during the offseason.Revis, who spent his first six seasons with New York, helped the Patriots win the Super Bowl in February. The star cornerback re-signed with the Jets as a free agent a month later.After Revis returned to the Jets on a five-year, $70 million contract, Patriots owner Robert Kraft commented that he wished the cornerback “was still with us.”New York then filed a tampering charge against New England — since Revis was then a member of the Jets — but the Patriots will not face any punishment from the league, according to the person with knowledge of the situation.“I really don’t have any comment on it,” Revis said before voluntary minicamp practice. “I know my name was involved in the tampering situations, but it’s not in my control.”Revis rejoined his former New England teammates April 23, when the Patriots visited President Barack Obama as Super Bowl champions at the White House. Jets running back Stevan Ridley, another former member of the Patriots, also attended the ceremony.“It was awesome,” Revis said. “I got to take a lot of pictures, got to see the president. Cool guy. It was a great experience.”Revis didn’t feel at all awkward being with the Patriots for one final time despite being a member of the AFC East-rival Jets.“No, it wasn’t weird,” he said. “I knew a lot of those guys even before I went to New England. We have a special bond, and it’s something we’ll never forget as a team.”(DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgARLINGTON, Texas — Through four starts this season, A.J. Griffin has pitched just as well as Rangers ace Cole Hamels.In his latest start, Griffin pitched eight strong innings — the longest outing by a Texas starter this season — to lead the Rangers to a 10-1 victory over the New York Yankees on April 26.All this after missing two major league seasons following Tommy John surgery. Yet his start’s greatest significance to Griffin had nothing to do with his comeback.“We were just trying to get the game in before the rain came,” Griffin said following a 2:19 game that is the Rangers’ shortest this season.A deluge hit Globe Life Park about 45 minutes after game, well after Griffin’s strong game and Mitch Moreland’s bases-loaded two-run single that keyed a five-run third inning.The Rangers ended a four-game skid, during which they totaled five runs. They were no-hit for six innings by Yankees right-hander Nathan Eovaldi on April 25.Griffin (3-0) allowed four singles and a walk and struck out five. He lowered his ERA to 2.52 — matching that of Hamels — and has limited opponents to a .189 batting average. He’s filling a spot in the rotation that Yu Darvish, also returning from Tommy John surgery, is expected to reclaim next month.“I feel like I’m back, pretty much,” said Griffin, who was 14-10 in 2013 for the Oakland A’s before needing surgery. “My mechanics are sound. It’s pretty encouraging stuff.”“I’m proud of where he’s at right now based on the history,” Texas Manager Jeff Banister said. “He’s been pretty impressive.”“We should have put better swings on the mistakes, but he didn’t have many,” Yankees DH Mark Teixeira said. “He hit the corners a lot, and give him credit.”Nine Texas runs scored with two out. In the third, the Rangers got all five with two outs after Prince Fielder was intentionally walked by Luis Severino (0-3) to load the bases. Ian Desmond walked, then Moreland hit his single. Desmond scored on a wild pitch, and Elvis Andrus had an RBI single.Desmond and Rougned Odor homered for Texas.Severino lasted only three innings, giving up seven hits, two walks and a wild pitch. He went into the game with the worst run support among AL starters, averaging 1.33 runs.Nomar Mazara, who turned 21 on April 26, had two singles and scored twice. Mazara, the majors’ youngest player, has hit safely in 11 of 14 games with six multihit games since being promoted from Triple-A Round Rock on April 10.Desmond had two hits and scored three runs — twice on wild pitches. He is hitting .448 with three home runs in his last eight games after hitting .091 with no homers in his first 12.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgAEK Larnaca failed to make the Europa League group stages after a 3-0 defeat (4-0 aggregate) at the hands of Slovan Liberec on Thursday, in what was a night to forget for the Cypriot runners up.The Larnaca club entered the game with high hopes of repeating the heroics that saw them defeat Spartak Moscow in Russia in the previous round, but Jan Sykora’s first-half hat-trick spelled the end of AEK’s dreams of making the group stages for the second time in their history.Their task ahead of kick-off was complicated enough as it was, trailing by one away goal after Vladimir Coufal’s header at the Antonis Papadopoulos last week. The first thing that manager Imanol Idiakez would have stressed to his players was to not concede an early goal.Yet that was exactly what happened – Milan Baros beat his man on the right touchline before cutting the ball back to Sykora who then dispatched from close range after just eight minutes.At that point, the objective remained the same for AEK, as they still needed two goals to see them into the Europa League groups.However, their task became increasingly unrealistic seven minutes later when Egon Vuch drove down the right wing and had the time to pick out Sykora on the far post who then had the simple task of blasting the ball into an empty net from six yards out.AEK’s first sight of goal came on 34 minutes, when a quick breakaway ended in Tete having a shot across goal, but it was comfortably saved by Martin Dubravka.Over 100 fans from Cyprus travelled to the Czech Republic to attend the game, but even the most optimistic AEK fan could not concede that their European dream was over before half-time.A simple goal kick from the home side was allowed to bounce twice before Vuch flicked a header on towards Sykora who side-footed the ball beyond Mino for his hat-trick and a 3-0 lead (4-0 aggregate).The tempo of the match naturally subsided in the second period with the result all but confirmed. Other than a long-range drive from Joan Tomas on the hour mark and a header on target from Ivan Trickovski soon after, AEK were unable to find a spark for any possible comeback.Their chance of a consolation came via a penalty on 87 minutes, but even that could not be attained as Tomas’ penalty was saved by Dubravka. Ander Murillo was then sent off to cap a miserable evening.All in all, AEK can be proud of a solid campaign but will be left disappointed at being knocked out by a side who were not of the same calibre as Spartak in the previous round.Source: Cyprus-mail.comTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgSix first-half goals set Belgium on its way to a record-tying victory and a place in next year’s European Championship.Three late goals revived the Netherlands’ chances of being at the continent-wide tournament, too.Belgium — the world’s top-ranked soccer nation — became the first team to qualify for Euro 2020 by crushing San Marino 9-0 on Thursday, matching the biggest margin of victory in its history. It was 6-0 by halftime in Brussels, with striker Romelu Lukaku scoring two of the goals to pass 50 in internationals.The Belgians consolidated their place at the summit of Group I and guaranteed a top-two finish with three qualifiers to spare.Their neighbors didn’t have it so easy, with the Netherlands’ scoring three goals from the 80th minute to come from behind and beat Northern Ireland 3-1 in the Dutch stronghold of Rotterdam. Memphis Depay scored two of those late goals.It left the two teams in a three-way tie on 12 points with Germany in Group C. The Northern Irish have played one game more, though, and their remaining two qualifiers are against the Dutch and the Germans.Croatia and Poland both won 3-0, against Hungary and Latvia respectively, to stay in control of their groups.RAMPANT BELGIUMBelgium has now won an international game by a nine-goal margin on four occasions, with San Marino on the receiving end of two of those thrashings. In 2001, it lost 10-1 in this fixture.Double figures looked well within reach of the Belgians after they scored six goals in the final 17 minutes of the first half, with Nacer Chadli, Toby Alderweireld and Youri Tielemans joining Lukaku in finding the back of the net. There was also an own-goal from Cristian Brolli.The other three goals came from the 79th minute, through Christian Benteke, Yari Verschaeren and Timothy Castagne.“Nine-nil is a good result,” said Lukaku, who now has a record-extending 51 goals for Belgium, “but we would have loved to have scored one more and broken that all-time record.”Russia looks almost certain to join Belgium in advancing from the group after beating Scotland 4-0 at home to stay eight points clear of Cyprus in second place.Russia is away to Cyprus on Sunday, and needs only a point to qualify.LEAVING IT LATEWith the Dutch trailing 1-0 heading into the final 10 minutes, it looked as though they might need a back-door route to Euro 2020 via the playoffs.A defeat would have left them six points adrift of Northern Ireland but Ronald Koeman’s team finally converted one of their chances when Depay scored in the 80th to cancel out Josh Magennis’ opener five minutes earlier.Luuk de Jong and Depay — following a surging run by Frenkie de Jong — added goals in injury time to seal victory for the Netherlands, who have now won 17 matches in a row at Feyenoord’s De Kuip stadium in Rotterdam since drawing 0-0 with Romania in March 2007.“We are devastated with the nature of the defeat,” said Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill, whose team went from being favorites to automatically qualify to the outsiders in the space of about 10 minutes.Belarus drew 0-0 with Estonia in the group’s other game. Both teams are out of contention.LEWANDOWSKI HAT TRICKRobert Lewandowsi moved onto 60 international goals by scoring his sixth hat trick for Poland in its 3-0 win in Latvia.The Bayern Munich striker netted twice in the opening 13 minutes before adding a third in the 76th.Austria stayed three points behind Poland in Group G by coming from behind to beat Israel 3-1. North Macedonia beat Slovenia 2-1 and is a further two points in third place.CROATIA IN COMMANDCroatia, the World Cup semifinalist last year, opened up a three-point lead in Group E by beating Hungary 3-0 thanks to a fifth-minute opener by Luka Modric and two goals by Bruno Petkovic.Second-place Slovakia was held to a 1-1 draw at home to Wales, which is fourth — three points behind its opponent — but has a game in hand over all the teams above them.The top two in each of the 10 groups qualify for the 24-team Euro 2020, which is being played in 12 countries with no automatic places for hosts. The other four qualifiers will come through four tiers of playoffs in March.___By STEVE DOUGLAS AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_img Continue Reading Previous Space and security are keynote topics at ESC Boston 2017Next Embedded programmability finds sweet spot in IoT 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. It’s true that in the animal kingdom there is safety in numbers. But in the IoT, where billions of devices are expected to be connected within the next decade, the sheer volume of devices isn’t expected to mitigate the security risk. In fact, given that many devices may share the same codebase or hardware design, it will simply increase it.This is the reality of creating a more connected world; it will become easier to infringe personal space both in the real world and online. To some extent modern society has little choice, it needs that level of connectivity to meet the rising demand for food production, mass transit and energy distribution. Reconciling these two paradigms will be where the emerging IoT meets the established IT infrastructure.There is much the embedded industry can learn from the enterprise sector, in terms of the technology developed to provide security. Firewalls, authentication, encryption and intrusion detection have all evolved within the enterprise space and perhaps the most important thing to understand is that all of these technologies are intended to work cooperatively. There is no single solution to security in IT; each technology must play its part.Unfortunately the technology isn’t directly transferable. Putting a firewall in a device intended to communicate with other devices on an ad hoc basis would be difficult, for example (although embedded firewalls do exist). Similarly, intrusion detection may be challenging to implement reliably in resource-constrained devices such as smart sensors and other ‘edge nodes’. However, authentication and encryption are security techniques that most definitely could — and should — be implemented in the embedded domain.A significant aspect of the IoT security imperative stems from the way disparate devices will participate, by its nature this will involve known and unknown devices joining and leaving networks on a relatively frequent basis. When those networks are considered ‘local’ and comprise only devices in the local area, the security risk is perhaps limited. But in reality a wireless device can join a ‘local’ network from some considerable distance; physical barriers such as locked doors and high walls offer little or no barrier to a wireless signal.Even wired interfaces represent a threat where physical access is possible and no security measures have (or can be) taken. This could be any kind of serial or parallel port, such as PCI Express, CAN, USB or even (and, as it turns out, quite ubiquitously) JTAG/Boundary Scan.The problem isn’t necessarily the lack of security in the interface itself, but the lack of security in the devices and data that the interfaces connect to and, by extension, its network. Some work is already being carried out; the introduction of the USB Type C authentication protocol intends to inhibit unauthorized USB Type C chargers and devices from gaining full access to a system. Similar steps should perhaps be taken with other prominent interfaces, particularly those that implement a message-based protocol. While such action wouldn’t help protect the many millions of instances already deployed, it would at least help to protect future devices that are also more likely to be connected to the IoT.Until all wired and wireless interfaces are protected — and even after — using encryption and authentication can significantly improve overall security in the IoT. The Open Web Application Security Project has identified a number of so-called Attack Surface Areas in the IoT, due mainly to missing or poorly implemented encryption or two-factor authentication.Many of the microcontrollers that will enable the IoT now provide support for encryption and authentication. ARM has extended its TrustZone technology to Cortex-M cores based on its ARMv8-M architecture, a technology that provides a ‘hardwired firewall’ at the transistor level. This allows trusted software to run completely isolated from untrusted software. Because it is implemented at the hardware level, Cortex-M microcontrollers that employ TrustZone can still deliver real-time operation, making them applicable to many of the IoT applications that need real-time response levels.  When TrustZone is used in conjunction with secure boot and a trusted operating system, it creates what ARM refers to as a Trusted Execution Environment (TEE).center_img Even with encryption and authentication, devices can still be compromised. An increasingly common form of attack is instigating a system reboot or update, and using that opportunity to install malware. Secure boot is a technology that strives to ensure the firmware in a system cannot be compromised in this way. This may be as simple as inhibiting on-chip Flash from being overwritten, or as extensive as authenticating the firmware at boot time. Some manufacturers now support this with dedicated solutions, such as High Assurance Boot developed by NXP. This is implemented through a software library stored on-chip in ROM, which is used to cryptographically authenticate firmware stored off-chip. It achieves this using a digital signature and the Public Key Infrastructure methodology; the firmware is signed with a private key and verified using a public key. Such approaches are used to establish a ‘root of trust’ between devices.Creating a root of trust between devices is seen as an effective defense in the IoT. It requires that the two devices authenticate themselves before any sensitive information is exchanged. The type of information that should be considered sensitive would typically be a password for accessing a network. In many cases, an absence of assured trust can be exploited to request and receive passwords in an unencrypted data exchange. Most wireless protocols default to unencrypted exchanges, which is predominantly common in short-range wireless technologies that predate the IoT. More recent protocols, such as Thread, have security and encryption ‘built in’ at their core, while Bluetooth now offers a security mode that enforces encrypted key exchange. Understanding and instigating the security features of a chosen wireless technology is now an essential part of product design.As billions of devices come online, the attack surface for IT infrastructures increases. As many of the IoT nodes are currently — and may continue to be — designed without full regard for security, the threat this presents is causing referred pain. Without doubt, the responsibility of securing IoT nodes lies with the OEMs developing them and not with those responsible for the security of the infrastructure.The point at which both these worlds collide will be the gateway, the device responsible for channeling the IoT data and services to the rest of the Internet. As this is essentially an entirely new application space, it is unclear who will secure this space and how. As yet, no single solution or provider has emerged as the ‘de facto’ gateway provider; both the embedded and the enterprise sectors have it in their sights.But as with all aspects of security, it cannot be fully deferred to ‘someone else’ and even the most secure gateway will still need to have confidence in the security measures put in place throughout the network.Yannick Chammings has led Witekio as Chief Executive Officer since 2009. He oversees the overall executive, operational, sales, engineering and strategic leadership of the company from the headquarters in Lyon, France. Yannick brings more than 20 years of industry experience, with deep expertise in embedded software and smart object technologies. Prior to Witekio, he developed Adetel’s embedded software branch, which became the foundation for Adeneo Embedded. In 2007, he set up the US operations and develop the overall activity before spinning it off and transforming it into Witekio.  Yannick holds a Master in Computer Engineering from INSA-Lyon, France. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Design Methods, Industry, Security last_img read more

first_img Continue Reading Previous Express Logic: X-Ware IoT platform supports Microsoft Azure IoT SDKNext How embedded projects run into trouble: Jack’s Top Ten – Number Five ETAS Connections 2018 will take place on October 22 and 23 in Stuttgart’s Wagenhallen. Many esteemed decision-makers and experts will convene at this annual event to discuss topics important to the automotive industry’s future. This year’s focus lies on the topic “What are the challenges in the development of autonomous driving systems?”The age of autonomous robots is upon us. At home, on farms, in the air, and on the road – smart systems are assisting us everywhere and this is only the beginning. Autonomous driving is drawing closer. But will it help us turn the vision of accident-free driving into reality? What is the state of the art? Where are the barriers? What are the challenges? What can we achieve today?Together with the Advisory Board, an impressive line-up of international speakers addressing the following topics was organized:•            Simulation-based development •            Data-driven development •            Software development methods and tools for level 2 to 5 systems •            Adaptive AUTOSAR •            Software platforms for autonomous driving •            Artificial intelligence in autonomous vehicles •            Functional safety and SOTIF (Safety of the Intended Functionality) •            Security as the key to digital transformationShare this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

first_img Continue Reading Previous Cadence: multi-rate PAM-4 SerDes delivers industry-leading PPA efficiencyNext Bridgetek: credit card sized HMI development hardware Sensirion now offers a new humidity and temperature module, the SCC30-DB. Some applications require a humidity and temperature sensor to be located in a specific part of the device – often at a different location to the main control board. With the SCC30, customers can place a humidity and temperature sensor anywhere in a device and connect it to the main board with a cable. Based on Sensirion’s experience and expertise in environmental sensing, the SCC30 is optimized for easy design-in and sensing performance. The SCC30 offers superior sensor performance with capacitive sensor elements and a very attractive price/performance ratio due to Sensirion’s latest generation of highly integrated humidity and temperature sensors SHT3x. The module provides high reliability and excellent long-term stability, a broad supply voltage range of 2.4 V to 5.5 V and delivers fully calibrated and processed measurement values through an I2C interface. The compact design with connector and easy-to-use digital interface makes the SCC30-DB a cost-effective and versatile plug & play solution for a wide range of applications.Typical applications are air treatment devices such as air conditioners, air purifiers, humidifiers and dehumidifiers. The SCC30-DB is also optimally suited for HVAC and other appliance products.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

first_imgTwenty-three times major champion Serena Williams suffered the worst loss of her storied career on Tuesday, falling 6-1, 6-0 to Britain’s Johanna Konta in the first round of the Silicon Valley Classic.After a routine hold to start the match, Williams lost the next 12 games in a one-sided affair that lasted less than an hour, stunning the partisan crowd of 3,000 at San Jose State University.Those expecting to see Williams continue to battle back after a difficult child birth last year were left disappointed as the 36-year-old committed 25 unforced errors to Konta’s nine and managed to put just 41 percent of her first serves into play.”I think she played well in the second set and I think I wasn’t sharp at all in the first set and she got confident and she clearly ran away with it,” the American said after the loss.Williams, who lost the Wimbledon final earlier this month to German Angelique Kerber, had never lost a match before where she did not win at least two games since turning pro in 1995.As poorly as Williams played, the 27-year-old Konta was sharp, firing six aces and smacking 17 winners to Williams’ nine while controlling the tempo of the match.”She obviously wasn’t playing at her best level, nowhere near it, and I really just tried to play the match on my terms,” said Konta, who won the tournament two years ago.”I tried to put aside the incredible champion she is and just play the player of the day,” she said.advertisement”I felt I did better than her on the day but it’s still a humbling experience to be out here with her.”With the loss, Williams falls to 11-4 since returning to the tour and will look to bounce back when she competes in the Cincinnati Open next month, another hard court tune-up ahead of this year’s U.S. Open.Konta will face American teenager Sofia Kenin in the second round.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

first_imgNigeria and Ghana could face international football bans this month over political interference with their football associations, world soccer’s governing body FIFA said on Tuesday.FIFA sent a final warning to the Nigeria and said the elected president, voted back in 2014 and the executive committee should lead the Nigerian federation (NFF) amid domestic challenges to the leadership.”The Bureau of the FIFA Council decided that if by Monday, 20 August 2018, at 12:00 (CET), the Nigeria Football Federation offices are not handed back to the legitimate NFF executive committee under President Amaju Melvin Pinnick…the NFF will be suspended with immediate effect,” FIFA said in a statement.”The suspension would be lifted only once the NFF, under President Amaju Melvin Pinnick and General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi, confirms that it has been given back effective control of the NFF and its offices.”FIFA said any ban would not affect the Nigerian team currently competing in the women’s Under-20 World Cup in France as the tournament was already under way. Nigeria also took part in the men’s World Cup in Russia in June.Ghana will also be banned this month if an order to liquidate its FA is not withdrawn.”The Bureau of the Council considers that the petition introduced by the Attorney General to the High Court of Justice to start the liquidation process of the GFA constitutes undue influence in the affairs of the GFA in contravention of art. 14 par. 1 i) and art. 19 par. 1 of the FIFA Statutes,” FIFA said.”Under these circumstances, the Bureau decided that if the petition to start the liquidation process of the GFA is not withdrawn by Monday, 27 August 2018 at 12:00 (CET), the GFA will be suspended with immediate effect. The suspension would be lifted only once the above-mentioned petition is withdrawn and FIFA is given written proof thereof.”advertisement(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more