Premier League: Manchester United F.C. frustrate Liverpool F.C. in disappointing derby

first_imgA cautious Manchester United frustrated Liverpool as a lacklustre North-West derby ended 0-0 at Anfield on Saturday.United manager Jose Mourinho set his team up to limit the space and opportunities for Liverpool’s attack and that approach worked at the expense of any real adventure from the visitors.Liverpool’s best opening came in the 35th minute but United goalkeeper David De Gea pulled off a superb save with his legs to keep out a shot from Joel Matip and Mohamed Salah’s follow up was wide.United created little beyond a Romelu Lukaku shot two minutes before the interval which was well dealt with by keeper Simon Mignolet.The draw leaves United alone at the top of the table on 20 points although Manchester City, who are now a point behind, can regain first place when they host Stoke City later on Saturday.last_img read more

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1st Test: Devendra Bishoo five-wicket haul helps West Indies take 148-run lead vs Zimbabwe

first_imgWest Indies turned the first Test around and led by 148 runs after five wickets from leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo helped bowl Zimbabwe out for 159 on Day 2 on Sunday.West Indies struggled to 219 all out in its first innings but Bishoo made use of the spin-friendly pitch at Queens Sports Club to claim a fourth five-wicket haul and put the tourists in a position of strength.The West Indians had reached 88-1 in their second innings by stumps, building a significant lead in the first of two Tests in Bulawayo.Of the 21 wickets to fall in the first two days, 14 of them have gone to spin bowling. That’s a surprising return on a surface that’s just two days old, but Bishoo didn’t mind as he collected 5-79.Opener Hamilton Masakadza top-scored with 42 for Zimbabwe and Craig Ervine made 39. But Bishoo removed both of them, and the rest of Zimbabwe’s batsmen couldn’t muster much between them.Kraigg Brathwaite was 38 not out and Kyle Hope 32 not out in West Indies’ second innings, with Kieran Powell the only wicket to fall – also to the spin of Zimbabwe captain Graeme Cremer.West Indies lost its most recent series 2-1 in England but showed promise on that tour and is favored to beat a Zimbabwe team that hasn’t won a Test since 2013.Despite that poor run, Zimbabwe had high hopes ahead of this series after the return of Brendan Taylor, its best batsman, and Kyle Jarvis, its best quick bowler. They gave up internationals for three and four years, respectively, to play in English county cricket.advertisementTaylor, in his first Test innings since November 2014, was out for 1 caught by Jermaine Blackwood at slip trying to play a reverse sweep off Bishoo.last_img read more

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Rahul Dravid plays down Virat Kohli’s rest rumours

first_imgIndian junior and ‘A’ team coach Rahul Dravid dismissed reports of Virat Kohli being denied rest during the Test series against Sri Lanka next month, saying all such news is nothing but a ‘needless controversy’.When quizzed if Kohli needs a mini break as he has been playing continuously in nearly all formats of the game from last one year in the national capital, Dravid said, “Everyone needs rest. Virat Kohli will get rest when he wants. I don’t know why there is so much of discussion and controversy.”Speaking at a felicitation programme for women cricketers, he said, “Rotations are needed. There are a lot of matches being played, so you need to rotate the players. I think the management is taking right decision.”The former Indian captain also maintained a positive stance on the introduction of the nine-team Test championship and a 13-team One-Day International league.The International Cricket Council (ICC) had earlier approved the curtailed version of the Test cricket on a trial basis in a recently held board meeting in Auckland.The sport’s governing body has also given nod to a nine-team two-year Test series, which will begin in 2019.A 13 team one-day league will start in 2020 and can be used as eligibility criteria for the ICC Cricket World Cup.”I think having the context to especially ODI cricket and series is really important and sometimes in tri-series and bilateral series it can get a bit difficult to generate that level of context,” Dravid said.He further said, “But if you are having that sort of context towards a particular end goal in mind then surely something good can come out of it. If it creates that level of interest and context in bilateral series it will be a good thing.”advertisementDravid, who retired from the short format cricket in 2012, is the current Overseas Batting Consultant for the Indian team and also the head coach for the Under-19 and ‘A’ teams.Talking about his experience in coaching the junior Indian team, the 44-year-old said, “I have really enjoyed coaching since the past two years and it has been a great learning experience.”However, Dravid believed that the Under-19 cricket players remained under a lot of pressure and he is trying to create a team with the good environment where the best out of the players could be drawn.last_img read more

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Madras HC moved for probe into embezzlement of volleyball

first_imgplayers allowanceChennai, Nov 2 (PTI) A senior office-bearer of the Volleyball Federation of India has moved the Madras High Court seeking a CBI probe into what he alleged embezzlement of Centres allowance to players competing in international tournaments by a top federation official.When the petition by VFI Associate Secretary K Nandakumar came up for hearing, Justice G Jayachandran directed him to file an additional affidavit mentioning the source of information about the allegations made by him.The petitioner sought a direction to the CBI deputy superintendent of police, Anti-Corruption Branch-Chennai, to register a case based on his complaint lodged in June last year.According to him, each player was given a daily allowance of USD 100 for their sustenance when they represent the country in international tournaments by the Union Sports Ministry. It was routed through the respective national sports federation.Nandakumar alleged an internal investigation and scrutiny in the VFI had revealed that federation secretary general in connivance with a former secretary general and chief executive officer had given only USD 25 to the volleyball players.He further charged that they had transferred the embezzled amount into a sham account and siphoned off the money meant for players and officials and enriched themselves by falsifying and manipulating the federation accounts.Nandakumar submitted that though it had been more than a year since he lodged the complaint, no case had been registered. PTI CORR VS ZMNlast_img read more

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Serena Williams to face Jelena Ostapenko in come-back match at Abu Dhabi event

first_imgSerena Williams, a 23-time grand slam champion, will mark her comeback to Tennis at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, since taking time out for the birth of her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.She will step on to the court after almost a year in preparation of her Australian Open title defence and will face off against French Open winner Jelena Ostapenko and will be the first pair to participate in the 10th edition of the tournament.The match with be the 36-year-old Williams’ first in almost a year as she prepares to try to defend her Australian Open crown in January, a title she captured earlier this year while pregnant. As for the Australian Open, she will seeded very low after she 22nd inthe WTA rankings, as she missed almost 11 months of Tennis.I had to Wikipedia my age the other day. I forgot how old I was.- Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) December 25, 2017″I am delighted to be returning to the court in Abu Dhabi for the first time since the birth of my daughter in September,” Williams said in a statement on the championship’s website.In the 10th edition of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship, which has long marked the beginning of the men’s global tennis season, Serena will be making history along with Ostapenko.”I am excited and honoured to be making my comeback as part of the first women to participate in the event,” Williams added.The championship runs from Dec. 31 to Jan. 2.advertisement(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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Big buyers take advantage of economic lull to buy luxury cars

first_imgSales of luxury cars in the country clocked a robust double digit growth in 2017 as high networth individuals took the economic slowdown in their stride to lap up a slew of new models launched by the German trinity of Mercedes Benz, BMW and Audi with newcomers Jaguar Land Rover and Volvo, too, revving up the competition during the year.Market leader Mercedes-Benz is headed to retain the top spot in the luxury segment as it has built an unassailable lead with a 20 per cent jump in sales to reach the 11,869 units mark during the first nine months of 2017, which was 90 per cent of its 2016 volume.The company is expected to announce its full-year sales figure this week. Interestingly, the German carmaker has recorded its best-ever growth even as Mercedes-Benz India head Roland Folger has been criticizing the government’s policies for inhibiting growth.Mercedes-Benz launched around 12 new models during the year with its AMG range taking centrestage.While launching its AMG CLA 45 and GLA 45 with prices starting at Rs 75.2 lakh recently, managing director and CEO Roland Folger said, “The performance car segment in India is fast evolving and hence product innovation becomes crucial to outpace the industry growth.”The second largest luxury car player, BMW India sold 9,379 cars during the full year in 2017, posting a healthy growth of 25 per cent as compared to 2016.Vikram Pawah, BMW Group India president, said, “2017 was a challenging year for the automotive industry in India that adversely affected stability and impacted consumer confidence due to several policy fluctuations. BMW has achieved this successful growth as a result of its robust strategy. In 2017, the BMW sales growth was predominantly driven by the Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) segment, particularly the BMW X1 (compact SAV) and the BMW X5 (premium SAV). The second half of 2017 also saw an unprecedented acceleration in sales with the launch of the all-new BMW 5 Series. “advertisementAudi, however, was the only exception to report a muted two per cent volume growth for the year at 7,876 units. This was the first time in three years that the German company announced its numbers.”We have increased our sales by two per cent while earning a profitable growth for our dealer partners,” Audi India head Rahil Ansari said in the statement.Jaguar Land Rover India, the British marquee owned by the Tata Group reported a 49 per cent volume growth in 2017 at 3,954 units.”We have reported a sterling performance in 2017, buoyed by a new and competitively priced model range, worldclass retailer footprint and enhanced service and brand experience programmes,” JLR said in a statement.The company attributed the exceptional growth to almost all model lines, starting with the XE at Rs 35.85 lakh, followed by the XF, F-Pace,Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque emerged as its most popular model.JLR said it saw huge demand for the all-new Discovery, the top-ofthe-line Range Rover Sport and the flagship the Range Rover. Rohit Suri, president and managing director at Jaguar Land Rover India said, the increasing popularity of our products is a great testimony to our focus on building a highly capable and customer friendly sales and service infrastructure to support these aspirational brands.Swedish luxury car maker Volvo Cars reported a 28 per cent increase in sales at 2,029 units in 2017. The car maker had sold 1,585 units in 2016.”The year 2017 indeed has been a record year for us as we witnessed the introduction of some exciting products S60 Polestar, V90 Cross Country and the all new XC60 along with the successful start of local assembly and network expansion,” Volvo Auto India managing director Charles Frump said.As 2018 looks even more exciting with a full year sales of the new XC60 and an exciting compact luxury SUV scheduled to be launched mid-year, the company is on track to double its segment share to 10 per cent by the end of 2020, Frump added.last_img read more

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Lewis Hamilton needs to raise his game, admits Max Verstappen

first_imgDespite Lewis Hamilton lifting his fourth world championship title in Mexico, Max Verstappen believes the Mercedes driver will “absolutely” have to raise his game if he wants to cope with a challenge from the Red Bull racer next season.Though Hamilton became a four-time world champion with a ninth-place finish at the Mexican Grand Prix, the race itself was won by the Red Bull’s Verstappen.The triumph in Mexico City was the Dutchman’s third in Formula 1 with many predicting that he is a future champion, including Hamilton.After topping the drivers’ championship standings, Hamilton had said that he is determined to come back better than ever in 2018, adding that Verstappen is making him realise that he has to “raise the game to another level”.”There is always someone there waiting to take my position. I’ve got Max sitting there waiting to take it. I’ve got to raise the game another level in order to stay ahead of him and that motivates me. There’s my motivation already for next year,” Hamilton, who fought back to finish ninth in Mexico after a first-lap clash with his title rival Sebastian Vettel, had said.Echoing similar views, Verstappen admitted that the Briton driver would have to up his game next season.”Well, he has to. Absolutely. That’s nothing bad against Lewis, but when you win three, four World titles, your sharpness kind of disappears. So I think at one point if you have a real challenge again from someone, you have to raise your game,” Sport24 quoted Verstappen, as saying.advertisementVerstappen further said that he has never been in the top spot and, therefore, he is determined to achieve the same in the upcoming season.”Because you’re not really used to fighting it out every single race for victories or podiums, which I’ve been doing for the last three years. I’ve never been in his position, so I’m really determined to get there. I’m really fired up to achieve that,” the Red Bull driver said.While Versatappen heaped praise on Britain’s most successful F1 racer, he believes the cars that Mercedes have designed have helped Hamilton to win four times.”I mean, a lot about it is the whole package. Of course, he has been in the best car for three years now, so that helps a lot. That’s the difference compared to his team-mates, for example, that’s why he’s winning the championships. He’s better than everyone around him,” he concluded.last_img read more

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Ranieri Ready For Europe Tourney

first_imgATHEN — Claudio Ranieri signed a two-year contract to coach Greece’s national football team on July 25th, replacing Fernando Santos after he guided the Greeks to the second round at the World Cup in Brazil.Ranieri, a 62-year-old Italian, is moving to Greece from French club Monaco, which finished second in the league last season behind Paris Saint-Germain. He has coached more than a dozen European clubs, including Chelsea, Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid.Greece will be playing in Group F of the qualifying tournament for the 2016 European Championship, facing Hungary, Romania, Finland, Northern Ireland, and the Faeroe Islands. The Greeks are looking to qualify for their sixth major tournament in 12 years.Considered defensively strong, the Greeks struggled to score in Brazil, but Ranieri said he was generally impressed by the team’s performance. “They had a good run and I liked their spirit,” the Italian said while visiting Karaiskaki Stadium, where Greece will start its qualification campaign against Romania on Sept. 7.“I don’t think there need to be many changes to the core of the team … We’ll keep their hard work going and see how we can improve the results.” TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Caps Blank The Rangers, 1-0

first_imgWASHINGTON — Braden Holtby made 30 saves for his second career playoff shutout and Jay Beagle scored his first goal of the postseason, giving the Washington Capitals a 1-0 victory over the New York Rangers on Monday.Washington holds a 2-1 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal series.Beagle, one of the Capitals’ less-heralded players, put the puck past Henrik Lundqvist on a second-effort, deflected shot 7 1/2 minutes into the second period. Alex Ovechkin, meanwhile, was held without a goal for the first time in the series.The line of Beagle, Troy Brouwer and Andre Burakovsky had zero goals through Washington’s first nine games of these playoffs, but as Beagle put it: “We felt like we had more to give.”Holtby was at his goalkeeping best, stopping Martin St. Louis on a 1-on-1 six minutes after Beagle scored.Game 4 of the best-of-seven series is at Washington on May 6.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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More Trouble for Rio Olympics

first_imgLAUSANNE, Switzerland — International sports federations expressed concern April 19 over problems with venues for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, including power failures at the gymnastics arena this week.Members of the Association of Olympic International Sports Federations reviewed preparations for the Rio Games, which open in less than four months on Aug. 5.“They miss some very important details in each field of play,” ASOIF President Francesco Ricci Bitti said at the group’s annual meeting.Ricci Bitti told delegates that IOC President Thomas Bach “is worried like you, like me” about details for Rio.Rio’s Sports Director acknowledged to the 28 Olympic sports that the city’s seven-year preparations “were not perfect or up to your expectations” but said the games would be a success.“I can assure you that the athletes will not have any problems in games time, nor any of you in your events,” Agberto Guimaraes said.The comments followed complaints raised by the gymnastics federation, known as FIG, which is holding its artistic gymnastics test event at Rio Olympic Arena this week.FIG official Ron Froehlich cited power outages, putting at risk athletes’ safety and the scoring system, plus missing equipment at an underfunded temporary training venue.“Most important, they have problems with regard to the Omega (scoring) system,” Froehlich said. “Furthermore, power outages while the athletes were performing, which is a very serious issue.”The absence of flooring at a temporary training center venue was “due to lack of funding,” he said.Earlier, ASOIF Director General Andrew Ryan disclosed that two top IOC officials will travel to Rio soon to work more closely on preparations.Christophe Dubi, the Olympic Games executive director, and sports director Kit McConnell are “moving permanently” to the host city, Ryan said.Dubi’s predecessor, Gilbert Felli, was assigned to work with local organizers two years ago amid growing concerns about Rio’s readiness.Guimaraes also addressed longstanding problems of water pollution and “floating garbage” in Rio, and the possibility of officials’ accommodation — including a Trump hotel — not being ready, before giving further assurances.“The athletes will be happy with the results they we have achieved,” he said. “You and your federations will be happy with the level of service that we will provide to you.”Rio organizing committee head Carlos Nuzman said the impeachment process against Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff would not affect the final preparations.“Until today we have no involvement, no problems with any political or economic situation in the country,” Nuzman said.(GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Barcelona Says Neymar Wants to Leave Club Amid PSG Rumors

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares SANT JOAN DESPI, Spain (AP) — Neymar has told Barcelona that he plans to leave the club, with a blockbuster move to Paris Saint-Germain seemingly imminent.The club said Wednesday that the Brazil striker told his teammates “that he had the intention of leaving the club and seeking his future elsewhere, and the coach has given him permission to leave training.”PSG is rumored to be ready to pay his release clause of 222 million euros ($262 million). That would dwarf the 105 million euros (then $116 million) that Manchester United paid for France midfielder Paul Pogba last year.Barcelona said Neymar did not specify where he wants to play next, but the only club speculated to be after him — and one of few which could handle the cost of the transfer — is the Qatari-owned PSG.Barcelona said Neymar left the training ground 30 minutes after arriving on Wednesday. He had arrived to Spain on Tuesday night after holding publicity events for both his personal brand and Barcelona in China.With his lightning-quick feet, creative instincts and scoring touch, Neymar helped maintain Barcelona as one of the top clubs in Europe for the past four seasons as he blossomed into a worldwide star.He teamed up with Lionel Messi and Luis Saurez to make an almost unstoppable attack. Neymar scored 105 goals — some of them true gems — and was a key playmaker for Barcelona as it won a Champions League, two Spanish leagues, three Copa del Reys, one Club World Cup, a UEFA Super Cup and two Spanish Super Cups.By MANU FERNANDEZ and JOSEPH WILSONlast_img read more

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Late Header from Kane Gives England 2-1 Win over Tunisia

first_imgVOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — Twice wrestled to the ground during the match, England captain Harry Kane finally evaded the Tunisian defense just as time was running out.Kane found an open area of space at the far post and used his head to meet Harry Maguire’s flick-on, scoring the winning goal Monday in a 2-1 victory at the World Cup.It was relief for Kane and Gareth Southgate, who leapt into the air in delight as his World Cup debut as a coach got off to a winning start.“The best teams in the world keep that belief in what they’re doing,” Southgate said, “and in the end they break the opposition down.”England shouldn’t have found it so tough in its Group G opener against such opposition. Not after Kane got England off to a perfect start with an 11th-minute tap in. But after Kyle Walker softly conceded a penalty that Ferjani Sassi converted in the 35th, many of the fouls went against England.“Maybe there was a bit of justice at the end,” Kane said.Tunisia’s Syam Ben Youssef, right, jumps as he fights for the ball with England’s Harry Kane during the group G match between Tunisia and England at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd, Russia, Monday, June 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)Finally, Kane showcased on the international stage the predatory instinct in front of goal that has served Tottenham so well. Only two years ago, the striker failed to find the net at the 2016 European Championship, which ended in humiliation with a loss to Iceland in the last 16.The team has been transformed by Southgate since then. For all the placidness and togetherness within the group, Southgate has added persistence and doggedness.“It shows the work we have put in these last few weeks,” Walker said. “Togetherness and believing in ourselves.”At the last World Cup, England couldn’t even win a game. Low expectations for this year’s overhauled team were dispelled early in Russia when Kane reacted quickly to score after John Stones’ header was saved. But England struggled to finish it off.When Walker’s flailing arm caught Fakhreddine Ben Youssef, a penalty was awarded and Sassi slotted it in to equalize.England’s players later thought they deserved the same verdict when Kane was grappled to the ground twice by Tunisians on either side of the halftime break. Both times, the referee decided against punishing the culprits.Despite it all, Kane remained patient and delivered in the first minute of stoppage time.“You go until the last second,” Kane said, “and I’m absolutely buzzing.”England’s Harry Kane scores his side’s 2nd goal against Tunisia during a group G match at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd, Russia, Monday, June 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)NEAR MISSESEngland seemed destined for a familiar hard-luck story — dominance with little to show for it.Before Kane’s opener, Jesse Lingard had a shot saved on the line before setting up Raheem Sterling, who fluffed his chance while staring at an unprotected part of the net.Chances to regain the advantage were squandered. When Dele Alli’s header was turned onto the crossbar, Stones messed up the follow-up.Lingard later hit the post after breaking past goalkeeper Farouk Ben Mustapha.“The pleasing thing was the movement, the pace, the interchange,” Southgate said. “The control from the back with the ball.”STATISTICSHowever hard it was to break through, the English attack achieved its most shots on target in the first half at a World Cup since 1966 — the only time the team won the trophy.For Kane, wearing the captain’s armband is only making him more prolific. He now has eight goals in six games as captain.England’s Kieran Trippier points during the group G match against Tunisia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd, Russia, Monday, June 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)INJURY WATCHTunisia was forced into an early goalkeeping change.Mouez Hassen was caught by Lingard in the fifth minute but remained on the field and even pulled off a fine save — clawing away Stones’ header from Ashley Young’s corner — before Kane scored.Hassen, though, was forced off in the 15th and replaced by Ben Mustapha.GROUP DYNAMICSEngland and Belgium are the early front-runners as expected. But while England passed the sterner test, Belgium had the most comfortable start in its 3-0 victory over Panama.England will hope the World Cup newcomers roll over as easily when they meet on Sunday.BUGGINGThe late priority in the warm-up for England was needing insect repellent. Mosquitoes and little bugs have been swarming across the city, creating an annoyance for players.—By ROB HARRIS , AP Global Soccer WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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France Wins 2nd World Cup Title, Beats Croatia 4-2

first_imgMOSCOW (AP) — Kylian Mbappe and France put on a thrilling show in winning the World Cup title. All Russian President Vladimir Putin might remember is the Pussy Riot protest.The 19-year-old Mbappe became only the second teenager after Pele to score in a World Cup final, helping France beat Croatia 4-2 on Sunday.Mbappe had just shown his electrifying speed in the 52nd minute when play was held up by four protesters who ran onto the field in the second half. Russian punk band Pussy Riot later took credit for the incident — watched from the VIP seats by Putin, whose government once jailed members of the activist group.About 12 minutes after play resumed, Mbappe sent a right-footed shot past Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic.The only other teen to score in a World Cup final was Pele, who was 17 when Brazil beat Sweden 5-2 in 1958.France’s President Emmanuel Macron embraces France head coach Didier Deschamps during the award ceremony after the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)Mbappe, who plays for Paris Saint-Germain in the French league, was born months after France first won its only other World Cup title in 1998.Putin was later on the field during a downpour to award medals to the players. FIFA president Gianni Infantino then handed France captain Hugo Lloris the World Cup trophy.Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann, France’s two other key players, also scored at the Luzhniki Stadium.But it was Mbappe who put the match out of reach with a furious passage of play in the second half. In the 59th, a run from Mbappe started a play that ended up with Pogba on the edge of the penalty area. With his second attempt, the midfielder curled his shot beyond Subasic.Mbappe then scored himself, his fourth of the tournament, to make it 4-1.Griezmann scored from the penalty spot in the 38th minute after a video review. About four minutes after his corner kick was knocked out of play, the referee ruled Ivan Perisic had handled the ball on the way.France took the lead in the 18th when Croatia’s tallest outfield player, 1.90-meter (6-foot-3) forward Mario Mandzukic, rose to meet Griezmann’s free kick with the top of his head. He inadvertently sent it past his own goalkeeper.Perisic and Mandzukic both scored for Croatia, first to equalize in the 28th minute and later as a consolation goal in the 69th, embarrassing Lloris with a flicked shot as the France goalkeeper tried to dribble the ball out of his goalmouth.France coach Didier Deschamps became only the third man to win the World Cup as a player and a coach. Mario Zagallo of Brazil and Franz Beckenbauer of Germany are the others.—By GRAHAM DUNBAR , AP Sports WriterFrance’s Antoine Griezmann, points to two stars on his jersey indicating two world cup wins, as he celebrates with Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe after the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. France won the final 4-2. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)Rain pours down as Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic comforts Croatia’s Ivan Rakitic after France won 4-2 in the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)French players celebrate at the end of the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. France won 4-2. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)France’s Paul Pogba celebrates with fans after winning 4-2 during the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)France’s Kylian Mbappe, front, celebrates after scoring his side’s fourth goal during the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)France’s Kylian Mbappe celebrates after scoring his side’s fourth goal during the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)France’s Kylian Mbappe,, center, celebrates after scoring his side’s fourth goal with teammate France’s Olivier Giroud, right, during the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)Croatia’s Luka Modric prepares to kick the ball during the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)Croatia’s Luka Modric, right, and Croatia’s Dejan Lovren, left, react after France’s Paul Pogba, not in picture, scored his side’s third goal during the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)TweetPinShare11 Shareslast_img read more

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IBASE: slot-in digital signage player running on Window 10 and Linux Ubuntu

first_img Continue Reading Previous A peek inside Amazon FreeRTOS: Communication and memoryNext ADI: biological and chemical sensing interface IC IBASE Technology rolls out its latest IOPS-602, a slot-in digital signage player built on the benefits and functionality of Intel’s Open Pluggable Specification (OPS). The OPS standard provides cableless and cost-effective deployment for more effective management and maintenance of media players.The IOPS-602 OPS signage player is powered by 7th Gen Intel Core QC/DC processors and runs both Window 10 and Linux Ubuntu operating systems. It uses the processor-integrated, high-definition graphics for crisp content playback with up to 4K resolution. In addition, advanced features to meet customer requirements include up to 32GB of DDR4 SO-DIMM support, four USB 3.0, one Gigabit LAN, an M.2 (KEY E) for optional WiFi/Bluetooth expansion cards, and Intel AMT for remote system control, monitoring and troubleshooting.IBASE offers a comprehensive line of digital signage players with solutions from entry-level, low power systems for one or dual FHD displays, to high-end systems that feature advanced configurations for 4K/8K/12K multi-screen video walls, hardware/software EDID emulation and wireless communications expansion options.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

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Device security: when ‘how’ becomes just as important as ‘what’

first_imgAll code should be statically analyzed for correctness. Static analysis will not show that the implementation meets its requirements, it will only verify that common coding issues are not present in the implementation. There are many open source and commercial tools available for this, although the quality varies wildly; the tool should be able to verify conformance standards such as MISRA™ and SEI-CERT-C, which incorporate best practices for development that will protect against the most common classes of cybersecurity attacks. Attention to these foundational steps will lead to products that are not only more secure, but also higher in quality – and that’s something both your customers and accountants will certainly appreciate. So now when we talk about securing a connected device, it’s just as important to consider how the device is created as well as what type of device you’re planning to create.Robert Bates is Mentor’s chief safety officer responsible for the safety, quality and security aspects of Mentor‘s embedded product portfolio targeting the industrial, automotive, and aerospace markets.  In his role, Rob works closely with customers and certification agencies to facilitate the safety certification of devices to IEC 61508, ISO 26262 and other safety certifications. Before moving to Mentor, Robert was a software development director at Wind River, where he was responsible for commercial and safety certified operating system offerings, as well as both secure and commercial hypervisors. Robert has 25 years of experience in the embedded software field, most of which has been spent developing operating system and middleware components to device makers across markets and regions. Testing that takes the security requirements into account just as it does for product functionality. Note that it doesn’t matter how the requirements are stated, whether they are traditional waterfall-type requirements or user stories, stated formally or informally – what’s important is that they are clear, commonly understood, implementable, and approved (Figure 3). The same concepts apply to the designs that are derived from this process.click for larger image Figure 3: Simplified Software Security Lifecycle based on SAE J-3061. (Source: Mentor, a Siemens business) Implementation                                                    As the designs are completed and well understood (or at least well underway) we can consider implementation. There are several things to consider in terms of verifying the implementation of a system: Continue Reading Previous Mouser: ATmega4809 8-bit MCU for command and control applicationsNext How embedded projects run into trouble: Jack’s Top Ten – Number Nine Requirements should be reviewed by all applicable stakeholders (development, test, documentation, quality assurance, system integration, etc.) and it should be verified that each of these stakeholders have a common understanding of what the requirements mean. Unambiguous, reviewed, and approved requirements that include security requirements from an initial threat review. 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. All code should be peer reviewed, mostly focusing on the basic question: “Does the code satisfy the requirements and designs?” The main goal should be to convince other sets of eyes that the code actually does what was intended and serves as a safeguard against any ambiguity or differences of opinion that remain. Often, code reviews focus on items like avoidance of bad programming practice and adherence to standards, which is better enforced through static analysis; the time spent in reviews should be spent on the most important tasks. Remember that the compiler should be considered as well – all code should compile without unexpected warnings. These steps are simply general best-practices that are doubly important in a cyber-security context.The final step: testing When it comes to the testing of the implementation, the same general guidelines should be applied to the development of the implementation itself. The test design should be reviewed by the relevant stakeholders to make sure that what the testers test matches what the implementers implemented and what the product manager expected. Also, the test cases themselves should be peer reviewed just as the application code is.Conclusion While there are other aspects of product development to consider when creating a secure device, the three main fundamental considerations to ensure success are: Over the last few years security in embedded devices has moved from something that was considered important in a few select industries to what has become a primary consideration in just about any type of device. From the smart home to the automobile, industrial controllers to medical equipment, securing devices from the outside world is more important today than ever before.  Engineers usually think of security as a collection of features to build into their devices. This is often accomplished as simply as integrating well-known security measures (encryption, intrusion detection, etc.). More sophisticated development teams might conduct some type of software security analysis such as Thread and Operability Analysis (THROP) to better understand the kinds of threats the device will be subject to and design protections against those threats.These kinds of techniques while necessary, do not complete the full story. No matter how much analysis we perform, features we add, or how thoroughly we test the device; the device will be subject to attacks that don’t even exist today which might come into light at some point during the lifetime of the device.As a result, we need to make the device as difficult as possible to exploit once it’s infiltrated.Device safety We can take our cue from the world of device safety. The recognition of software’s role in the safety of devices has grown along with the importance of software in these devices. This has led to the formalization of software safety principles in avionics (DO-178C), general industrial (IEC 61508 – as seen in Figure 1), automotive (ISO 26262) and many other industry specific standards.click for larger image Figure 1: The IEC 61508-1 (Edition 2) basic overview of a safety development lifecycle. (Source: IEC) What these standards have in common is that they consider not only the determination of hazards that would lead to safety issues (the what ), but they also focus on the developmental lifecycle (the how ) with an eye towards verifying that the system does precisely what it was intended to do, and thus reduce or eliminate the possibility of any unforeseen issues that might prevent the system from being as safe as intended. For security, our goals are no different, but instead of concentrating on a safety development lifecycle, we focus on a security development lifecycle .The security development lifecycle This concept has not yet been widely deployed in embedded device development. To see real-world examples of a secure development lifecycle, you would have to look at Microsoft’s SDL or the secure development lifecycle maintained by the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP), which mostly targets Web and App developers, but these principles are transferable to any kind of embedded device development.Another interesting resource is from the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and their J-3061 publication, “Cybersecurity Guidebook for Cyber-Physical Vehicle Systems.” While not technically a standard, it is a collection of practices that are worthwhile to think about when creating a security-focused development lifecycle.Establishing and following best practices What does a security-focused development lifecycle entail? It can be broken into a collection of practices that you are either doing or you should be doing. The most important areas to consider are requirements, design, implementation, and testing (Figure 2). The most significant thing to do within each of these steps is to incorporate a verification step into the activity. (The standards mentioned in this article go into great detail on verification, so if you want more information go to the standard of your choice.)click for larger image Figure 2: The software security development lifecycle can be broken down into a collection of best practices. (Source: Mentor, a Siemens business) First, when a development organization starts a project, they try to determine what the device will do. This is then translated into functional requirements of the type engineers traditionally work with. When we consider the addition of trying to make that device secure, we have to think about the environment the device will operate in; what kinds of threats the device will be subject to and how do we prevent or minimize the damage if those threats do occur? This is determined using some kind of cyber security threat and risk assessment, the results of which will make it clear what the strategies will be to secure the device. These strategies will then be translated to high-level security requirements, which is where the development process begins. Note that at this point the requirements may be physical (“Add anti-tamper tape to the outside of the enclosure”), or software (“Support user access control”) or any other aspect of the device.At this point, the requirements (functional, security, safety, etc.) will often be stated at a very high level. This is perhaps the biggest issue with any type of embedded development. While we expect that requirements to start out as high-level statements (“Add the XYZ feature”, “Protect the device from common DDoS attacks”, etc.) many teams take these requirements and run directly into the design and development stages without first fleshing the requirements out (which seems to happen with software requirements more than other disciplines). This can lead to several issues, including ambiguity in the requirements which leads to misunderstandings of what was intended by the involved stakeholders as well as to an inconsistent understanding of the requirements between teams, resulting in mismatches between development, test, product management, etc. on what the requirement actually means.Avoiding typical pitfalls Because of the potential pitfalls in devising a security-focused development lifecycle, there are three important concepts to keep in mind: Requirements should be approved by the product owner, especially if the decomposition of requirements has been performed by a different function than the product owner (such as an architect or system engineer). Development standards that minimize known code issues that could be exploited. Requirements should be unambiguous . If the requirements directly from the threat and risk assessment are unambiguous, fantastic, if not, then the high level requirements that we start with need to be decomposed and expanded upon to remove ambiguity. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Design Methods, IoT, Security last_img read more

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Infineon and JD join efforts to build smart IoT ecosystem

first_imgInfineon Technologies and JD group have signed a strategic partnership agreement aimed at creating an efficient and secured smart IoT ecosystem accelerating towards the vision of smart life. The two companies will combine Infineon’s leading technology expertise in the semiconductor solution field and the local market insight and network of JD, China´s largest online retailer.As an underlying technology provider, Infineon provides effective technical support for various aspects such as the creation of IoT devices, data connectivity, storage and analysis. The aim of this partnership is to speed up applications in scenarios such as smart homes and assist in the continuous improvement of JD’s cloud service platform.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Acceed: mobile video controller for 8 PoE camerasNext ST: create ultra-compact chargers for wearables and IoT deviceslast_img read more

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Sensirion: pin-type humidity sensor enables easy replaceability

first_img Continue Reading Previous congatec: real-time networking of Industry 4.0 factoriesNext Molex and Contrinex collaborate on industrial automation solutions portfolio Sensirion presents the new pin-type relative humidity sensor SHT85 for easy replaceability in a wide range of applications. The digital humidity sensor SHT85 is Sensirion’s best-in-class humidity sensor with pin-type connector for easy integration and replacement. It builds on a highly accurate and long-term stable SHT3x sensor that is at the heart of Sensirion’s new humidity and temperature platform. The unique package design allows for the best possible thermal coupling to the environment and decoupling from potential heat sources on the main board.The SHT85 features a PTFE membrane dedicated to protect the sensor opening from liquids and dust according to IP67, without affecting the response time of the relative humidity signal. It thus allows for sensor use under harsh environmental conditions, such as high exposure to dust. Final accuracy testing on product level ensures best performance making the SHT85 the perfect choice for demanding applications.Sensirion’s CMOSens Technology offers a complete sensor system on a single chip, consisting of a capacitive humidity sensor, a bandgap temperature sensor, analog and digital signal processing, A/D converter, calibration data memory, and a digital communication interface supporting I2C fast mode. The sensor covers a humidity measurement range of 0 to 100% relative humidity and a temperature measurement range of -40 to 105°C with a typical accuracy of ±1.5% RH and ±0.1°C. The broad supply voltage of 2.15 V to 5.5 V make the SHT85 perfectly suited to a wide range of applications.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

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TRINAMIC: incremental encoders for BLDC motors and stepper motors

first_imgBLDC motors are famous for their durability, efficiency, and controllability. But while durability and efficiency are inherent to brushless DC motors themselves, the ability to control them depends on the feedback mechanism used. Which is why TRINAMIC introduces their latest ABN encoder optimized for BLDC motors: the TMCS-28-x-1024.Enabling to drive the motor with the exact torque and rpm required for an application, optical incremental encoders for brushless DC motors as well as stepper motors make it possible to use smaller drives in applications, opening up new markets to them. What’s more, encoders like the TMCS-28-x-1024 ABN encoder also allow for predictive maintenance when used correctly.More and more indicators show that in the near future, applications will be able to predict when parts need to be calibrated, checked for wear and tear, or even need replacing. Keeping track of runtime is one way of doing so but tracking the exact number of handlings – and type of handling – using encoders is more accurate.Using encoders for BLDC motors, or other means of feedback systems such as closed-loop ICs for stepper motors, predictive maintenance can be built in to any application. This way, incremental encoders not only increase the efficiency by driving motors the best way possible, it further increases efficiency by reducing down-time to a minimum.Besides offering single encoders, Trinamic now also offers both stepper motors mounted with encoders and BLDC motors with encoders mounted to them.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Infineon: safe and robust LED driver IC for a large set of use casesNext dSPACE: TargetLink 4.4 with new functionalitieslast_img read more

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Chandimal banned for one Test after being found guilty of ball-tampering

first_imgSri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal has been banned for one Test and fined 100 per cent of his match fee after being found guilty of ball-tampering during the second Test against West Indies at St Lucia.Chandimal had been charged with trying to change the condition of the ball but he had denied the charges. He has been charged for breaching Level 2.2.9 of the Code of Conduct by ICC.”During a hearing held at the end of the St Lucia Test, in which video evidence was used in the presence of the Sri Lanka team management as well as the match officials, Chandimal admitted putting something in his mouth but wasn’t able to recall what it was,'” an ICC press release said on Tuesday.Also read – Chandimal pleads not guilty to ball-tampering chargesThe release further stated that Javagal Srinath, who was the match referee, ” handed Chandimal the maximum punishment available under the code, i.e. two suspension points and a fine of 100 per cent of his match fee.”As two suspension points equate to a ban from one Test or two ODIs or two T20Is, whatever comes first for the player, Chandimal will miss the day/night Barbados Test, starting from Saturday, 23 June. Furthermore, and because two suspension points correspond to four demerit points, these have been added to Chandimal’s disciplinary record.Commenting on his decision, Mr Srinath said: “After reviewing the footage of the incident, it is clear that Dinesh applied an artificial substance to the ball, namely saliva containing the residue of something he had in his mouth, an action which is prohibited under the ICC Code of Conduct.advertisementAlso read – Sri Lanka players walk off to protest ball-tampering allegations”The footage shows that upon receiving the ball, Dinesh took something from his pocket and put it into his mouth. After sucking or chewing whatever he put in his mouth for a few seconds, Dinesh then proceeded to spit on his finger and polish the ball with his saliva which would have contained the residue of the artificial substance that he had in his mouth, on two separate occasions.””During the hearing, Dinesh admitted to putting something in his mouth but couldn’t remember what it was, which I found unconvincing as a defence and the fact remains it was an artificial substance.Also read – Sri Lanka deny wrongdoing in 2nd Test vs West Indies”In the pre-series briefing held on the back of the ICC Cricket Committee recommendations, both the sides were explicitly told that the match officials would be extra vigilant towards all aspects of fair play, including changing the condition of the ball and as such it is disappointing that this has happened.”ICC Chief Executive David Richardson backed the Playing Control Team, when he said: “The ICC fully supports the match officials in their decision and will continue to do so in any other such instances.”The strong message from last month’s ICC Cricket Committee was that there needs to be stiffer sanctions for offences such as changing the condition of the ball and, as such, we will be recommending to the ICC Board at next month’s annual conference in Dublin to upgrade this to a Level Three offence.”On Sunday, Chandimal had pleaded not guilty after on-field umpires Aleem Dar and Ian Gould, and third umpire Richard Kettleborough, all from the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires, had charged him for changing the condition of the ball in breach of clause 41.3 of the ICC Standard Test Match, ODI and T20I Playing Conditions after play on Saturday.The umpires had laid the charge after television footage from the final session’s play on Friday, which had been made available before the start of play on Saturday, appeared to show the Sri Lanka captain taking something out from his left pocket and putting it in his mouth, before applying the residue of the artificial substance to the ball which they viewed as an attempt to change its condition.(With inputs from ICC)last_img read more

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BIZ-JLR-SALES (CORRECTION)

first_imgJLR India sales up 66% in Jan-Jun period(Eds: Removing Evoque Convertible from 2nd para)Mumbai, Jul 10 (PTI) Jaguar Land Rover India todayreported a 66 per cent increase in sales at 2,579 units in thefirst half of 2018 buoyed by a strong product portfolio.Rohit Suri, president and managing director of theTatas-run company, said, “We have seen tremendous growth onthe back of new launches like the Range Rover Velar and theModel Year 2018 Range Rover and Range Rover Sport.”These, coupled with dedicated retail and after salesinitiatives have helped us register a solid growth of 66 percent in the first half of 2018 at 2,579 units.”Other luxury brands also did well with the marketleader Mercedes-Benz clocking 12.4 per cent more volumes at8,061 units and the number two player BMW selling 13 per centmore units at 5,171.Swedish player Volvo reported over 30 per cent spikein volumes at 1,242 units in the first half of 2018.The third largest player Audi has not yet disclosedits half-yearly sales figures. PTI BEN SSSS SS SSlast_img read more

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