Itanagar, May 22 (PTI): The banned United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent) has allegedly served an extortion notice on former Arunachal Pradesh minister Bida Taku, demanding Rs 10 lakh.The ULFA (I) served the extortion notice on Saturday and threatened him with dire consequences if he failed to comply with the demand, according to the former minister. Taku, who unsuccessfully contested the 2014 Assembly election against Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein from Lekang constituency in Namsai district of the state, filed an FIR with the Mahadevpur police station yesterday.The Mahadevpur police station has confirmed the FIR filed by Taku in regard to the extortion demand.Taku served as minister of state for RWD, Education and Sports and Youth Affairs from 1996 to 1999 under Gegong Apang and Mukut Mithi ministries. “I suspect the involvement of some local political leaders in provoking the ULFA (I) to target a person like me who do not have a house to live in,? the former minister claimed. PTI UPL MD
The goalposts may have moved in Formula One this season but, after a dominant one-two in Canada on Sunday, triple world champion Lewis Hamilton feels Mercedes are back on target.The champions looked their old selves in Montreal as Hamilton led team mate Valtteri Bottas to their first one-two since the Finn joined in January as replacement for retired champion Nico Rosberg.The Briton’s 56th career victory was his sixth in Canada and third in a row, and he turned the tables on Ferrari with a peerless performance.Hamilton qualified on pole, the 65th of his career to equal the tally of his late Brazilian boyhood idol Ayrton Senna, led from start to finish and also set the fastest lap to complete the ‘grand slam’.Coming two weeks after Monaco, where he had qualified badly and finished seventh as Ferrari enjoyed their first one-two since 2010, it was the perfect weekend.”I think for us, we really solidified our strength, we’ve got a better understanding of the car and hope we can put it in the same spot in the following races,” he told Sky Sports television.”Also we know now, after the last race, where to develop this car moving forwards which I think is really going to make a difference in winning this championship.”Hamilton warned, however, that there was still much to do and it would take time.”I don’t think we’ve completely got rid of all the issues we have,” he said.”We’ve understood the tyres, utilized the tyres a lot better this weekend, but I think there’s still things we’ve understood but that you can’t just fix in two weeks.advertisement”So in terms of where we direct the development, the guys now in the factory have a much better goal. The goalposts have moved, but they know where it is and now they can work full steam ahead towards that.”Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, a four times champion, finished fourth on Sunday and saw his lead over Hamilton cut to 12 points with 13 races remaining.The German and Hamilton now have three wins each, with Bottas taking the other.Vettel had also qualified on the front row in Montreal but the expected battle between the two title contenders failed to materialise with the German having to fight through the field after his car’s front wing was broken on the opening lap.Hamilton had no doubt Ferrari would be back to speed immediately.”They are still very, very quick. They’ve been so consistent all year. This is the only weekend they’ve had not the greatest result but they’ve not had a seventh or something like we’ve had,” he said.”So they are still very much there, they are still going to be very hard to beat.”
India skipper Virat Kohli on Sunday expressed disappointment after losing against Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final but said that his team has just lost a game of cricket against a side which outplayed them.Pakistan came out with a splendid all-round performance as they defeated arch-rival India by 180 runs at The Oval to lift their maiden Champions Trophy title.Chasing a challenging total of 339 runs, India bowed down before the Pakistani bowlers and got all out for mere 158 runs in 33.3 overs.”Indeed (disappointing). Congratulations to Pakistan and their fans. The way they turned things around speaks volumes of the talent they have in their side. They can upset anyone on their day,” said Kohli in the post-match presentation ceremony.The India skipper said that it was indeed disappointing to lose but he was proud of the team as they played some really good cricket to enter the finals of the Champions Trophy.”Credit to Pakistan; they outplayed us. We never took anyone lightly. They were more intense and more passionate,” he said.”We haven’t won the final, have lost a game of cricket, and that’s all. We need to move on and learn from our mistakes. We just weren’t good enough on the day. We will take that on the chin and move on,” he added.Chasing such a big target, that too in the finals was never going to be easy and India had pinned all its hopes on Virat Kohli, one of the best chasers in the world as he had done so many times for the Men in Blue in the past.advertisementBut Kohli (5), the big match player did not get going, along with Rohit Sharma (0) and Shikhar Dhawan (21), and the defending never came back into the game after that.Mohammad Amir, who did not play in the semis, produced a brilliant spell of pace bowling and took the priced scalps of the top three Indian batsmen to leave the Men in Blue at bay.The only standout performance came from all-rounder Hardik Pandya who raised hopes through his brilliant innings of 76 off 43 balls after the team after they were reduced 72 for the loss of six wickets went in vain.Pandya was involved in a mix-up with Ravindra Jadeja and was run-out. It was formalities for Pakistan after that and they clinched the win by bowling out India for 158 in the 31st over.Apart from Pandya, no other Indian batsmen could play freely and were found struggling against a steaming Pakistan bowling attack.Amir picked up three wickets for 16 runs from his six overs. Apart from him, Hasan Ali picked up three wickets for 16 runs and Shadab Khan had two wickets for 60. Junaid Khan also chipped in with a wicket.In contrast, opener Fakhar Zaman scored a brilliant century and a late hitting from middle order led Pakistan to 338 for the loss of four wickets after they were put into bat.Put into bat, the Men in Green had a perfect start as both Azhar Ali and Zaman shared a 128-run opening stand to put their team on road of a massive first innings-score.Both the batsmen didn’t spare any of the Indian bowlers, except Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and scored on all parts of the ground.However, in a complete mix up, Ali got run out at his individual score of 59.Zaman, who made his debut in the tournament, continued his dream run as he scored his first ODI hundred. The left-hander was literally brutal as he smashed 12 fours and 3 massive sixes during the course of the innings.In trying to up the ante, he got out but not before scoring a brilliant 114 off just 108 balls.Mohammad Hafeez and Babar Azam also chipped in with handy contributions towards the end of the innings and helped their team go past 300 marks.Hafeez smashed 3 sixes and 4 boundaries during the course of his innings.Zaman was adjudged the Man of the Match while Hasan Ali was declared the Player of the Tournament.
Former German tennis star Boris Becker has been declared bankrupt by a court in London after failing to pay a “substantial” long-standing debt since 2015.Lawyers for the the three-time Wimbledon champion pleaded with a Bankruptcy Court registrar today to allow Becker a “last chance” to pay off the debt.But Registrar Christine Derrett, who recalled watching Becker play on Centre Court, ruled there was a lack of credible evidence the outstanding payment would be forthcoming and refused to adjourn the case.”One has the impression of a man with his head in the sand,” she said of the six-time major winner after making the bankruptcy order following a brief hearing.The bankruptcy application was made by private bankers Arbuthnot Latham and Co. in connection with a judgment debt owed them by Becker dating back to 2015.The German’s lawyers had argued there was sufficient evidence to show that he would be able to pay the debt soon through a refinancing arrangement, involving remortgaging a property in Mallorca, which was expected to raise six million euros (6.7 million).His advocate told the registrar his instructions from Becker were that it was expected the deal would be approved by a Spanish bank in approximately one month.Becker’s advocate said his client was not likely to benefit from bankruptcy and it could have an adverse effect on his “image”.But the judge responded: “He should have thought about that a long time ago.”She added: “It is not often the case that a professional person has a judgment (debt) outstanding against them since October 2015. This is a historic debt.”advertisementBecker split with former world number one Novak Djokovic last December following three successful years together, the Serb winning six of his 12 Grand Slam titles with Becker as coach.
Expressway, speed and a rush of adrenaline – the result is always fatal and 28-year-old Asad Malik became the latest victim of speed junkies on the Noida-Greater Noida Expressway.On Saturday afternoon, Malik’s Eeco car was smashed by a Lamborghini that swerved to avoid a speeding Swift Dzire, resulting in his death. Strangely, the same 23-km-long expressway allegedly witnessed an illegal horse race too recently. The act was caught on camera and the video clip went viral on social media websites.The series of incidents not just raise questions on the safety feature of the expressway but also on the role of Noida police which is well-equipped to monitor such stretches.Even after 24 hours of the incident, Noida police have no clue about the identity of the Lamborghini driver involved in the accident. Similarly, the police were caught unaware on the horse-racing incident and are now scanning CCTV footages.INVESTIGATION IN THE CAR ACCIDENTThe investigation in the car accident is also based on the CCTV footage. The police have caught the driver of Swift Dzire and identified him as Mohsin Khan.”All the cars involved in the accident were at a very high speed. CCTV footages show that speeding Swift Dzire was behind the Lamborghini car and tried to overtake it. The driver of Swift lost control and ventured into the lane of Lamborghini, forcing the driver of the sports car to swerve and avoid a collision. However, he smashed an Eeco, leading to Malik’s death,” said a senior police officer.advertisementMalik was a resident of Joshi Colony and was going to Greater Noida for work. “He was brought to hospital, but had no pulse and was declared brought dead. He sustained severe head injuries and was bleeding heavily,” said KK Tripathi, a doctor at Jaypee Hospital.Trying to conceal their failure in identifying the Lamborghini driver, Noida police claims Mohsin is the main accused as he lost control. But Mohsin blames the Lamborghini driver for the accident.”The Ecco was racing with the Lamborghini and the accident took place between the two. I have no role in the accident as my car didn’t even touch any car involved in the mishap. In fact, to avoid the accident, I had to collide my car with the divider. I stopped at the spot to cooperate in the investigation but police arrested me. I could have fled like the Lamborghini driver,” Mohsin said.NO SUCCESS IN KEEPING A CHECK ON SPEED JUNKIESThe speed limit for heavy vehicles on the Noida-Greater Noida Expressway is 60 kmph, and for light motor vehicles, it is 100kmph. There are 132 high definition cameras, installed along the expressway, which work under the highway traffic management system (HTMS) and is designed to capture only images of vehicles moving at more than 100kmph. But Noida police have not got much success in keeping a check on speed junkies.On the other hand, a recent video of horse racing on the expressway has put Noida police on the backfoot over successful usage of the high tech system. A viral video shot by an anonymous user has gone viral on social media, which captures around half a dozen jockeys racing on the highway alongside speeding cars.Noida police confirmed the video was shot at the expressway but are unaware when the incident took place. “It is a serious matter and we are scanning cameras installed on the highway to check when the incident took place. We are trying to identify the horse riders,” said a senior officer.But the entire incident also punches holes in patrolling along the expressway considered unsafe by users as many incidents of carjacking and robbery have taken place here. For many years Noida expressway has remained a favorite stretch for motorists as it offers non-stop drive till Greater Noida and further connects till Agra via Yamuna expressway. It is easy to spot 1000cc bikes and high-end sports cars cruising on this stretch and often ‘illegally’ used by motorists to race for money.Also Read:Bangladesh: 17 people killed in road accident in RangpurPune: Tanker rams bus carrying 15 friends returning from wedding party, 6 killedWatch:Speeding Lamborghini hits van on Greater Noida Expressway, one killed
Hardik Pandya has been included in India’s squad for the three-match Test series against Sri Lanka while Rohit Sharma returned in place of Karun Nair.Pandya was selected in the four-match Test squad against Australia but didn’t get to play a match before sustaining a shoulder injury. He was then dropped for the last two Tests against the Australians while Rohit returns to the side after missing out on the Australia series due to a thigh injury to replace Karun Nair, who failed to live up to expectations after grabbing eyeballs with an unbeaten triple century against England in Chennai.Pandya has been impressive with both bat and ball for India in limited-overs cricket and earned his call deservingly while Rohit had a decent run in the Indian Premier League for the Mumbai Indians after returning from his injury. The Mumbaikar also scored 304 runs from five matches in the recently concluded ICC Champions Trophy and finished as the second highest run-getter in the tournament behind Shikhar Dhawan.Mohammed Shami, who was dropped from the four match Test rubber against Australia in February also made a return to the squad and will replace all-rounder Jayant Yadav for the Sri Lanka tour. KL Rahul, who has recovered from the shoulder injury that kept him out of the IPL, Champions Trophy and the West Indies series also keeps his place in the 15-member squad.The Virat Kohli-led side is set to play three Test matches, five One-Day Internationals (ODI) and a one-off Twenty20 International during the series.advertisementThe three Test matches will be played in Galle, Colombo and Kandy.India, who are the No. 1 ranked side in the world, will play three Test matches against the Lankans. The first match is on July 26 at Galle.Full-squad: Virat Kohli (c), Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Abhinav Mukund.
John Isner pushed on towards a Tour finals spot on Friday when he made it through to the semi-finals of the Paris Masters with a 6-4 6-7(5) 6-4 win against Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro as the tournament was hit by the withdrawal of Rafa Nadal.The American, last year’s runner-up, needs to win the tournament if he is to clinch the final berth in the season-ending event at the O2 in London from Nov. 12-19.Del Potro would have claimed it if he had won, but the ninth seeded Isner was more consistent as he set up a meeting with Serbian qualifier Filip Krajinovic, who advanced after world number one Nadal withdrew injured.Nadal told a news conference that he was suffering from a right knee problem, leaving his participation in the season-ending Tour finals in the balance and robbing fans in Paris of the tournament’s prime attraction.The home support had something to cheer, however, when wildcard Julien Benneteau defeated third seed Marin Cilic of Croatia 7-6(5) 7-5 to advance to the last four.He will face either American Jack Sock or Spain’s Fernando Verdasco.While the top seeds have been paying the price of a demanding season, Isner has looked fresh and despite allowing Del Potro to level for one-set all with a double fault on set point, the American was a cut above his opponent.”I definitely wasn’t preparing to play Rafa (in the following round), today, it was all about Del Potro,” he said.”You would think Rafa, if he took the court would be the favourite in that match. But I think it just goes to show how physical tennis is, especially with someone like Rafa who’s played a lot this year. I don’t know what’s going through his head, but I can’t control that.advertisement”So whether I was playing Rafa or Filip tomorrow, it’s going to be a pretty similar game plan for me. So that’s what I’m focusing on.”Benneteau was also the fresher player when he faced Cilic and played the important points far better than his opponent.Cilic double faulted to hand the opening set to Benneteau and the Frenchman played the closing stages of the second perfectly, wrapping up the match with a superb forehand winner down the line on the Croatian’s serve.
Former Arsenal and Czech national midfielder Tomas Rosicky announced his retirement from professional football on Wednesday.Rosicky, 37, came through at Sparta Prague, where he is now also finishing his playing days, before moving to Borussia Dortmund in 2001 and to Arsenal in 2006 where he played for a decade.Rosicky won a Bundesliga title with Dortmund and two FA Cups with Arsenal, for whom he appeared in 246 games and scored 28 goals.Years of injuries often kept him off the pitch for a long while and he said that his body was telling him for a long time that it can’t take it anymore.”My body was telling me for a long time that it does not want (to do it) any more,” he told a news conference. “I would probably have nothing to offer my team mates and Sparta.””I lived through beautiful moments but unfortunately also terribly negative ones,” he added. “Without even thinking about, I would immediately do it again.”Rosicky started 105 games for the national team, making him the third most-capped player in the country’s history.Injuries however have limited his playing time especially in recent years and he returned to Sparta Prague in 2016 and appeared 12 times for the side so far.(Courtesy: Reuters)
Rohit Sharma was a happy man after India’s five-wicket victory against Sri Lanka at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai to sweep the three-match T20I series 3-0.The Mumbaikar, who smashed a 43-ball 118 in the second T20I at the Holkar, missed out on Sunday as he fell for a 20-ball 27. But he said that he is happy with the team effort that resulted in the victory.”Guys who got opportunities made it count throughout. Thoroughly a team effort. Each and every guy has put in a lot of effort. They’ve done their homework thoroughly, which was pleasing. Lot of the guys you see were playing their first game, second game, but it never felt that way,” said Rohit.India’s composition was questioned throughout the series as they went with just five specialist bowlers but the players stepped up and everything went well and the stand-in captain was happy with how things ended.”We always knew that whatever target is set up, we back our batsmen to get it. That is something we spoke about at the start of the series too, to play with six batters and an all-rounder. Happy with the composition we had throughout the series,” he said.The Indian bowlers led by Jaydev Unadkat did a very good job to restrict the Sri Lankans to a modest total of 135/7 from their 20 overs. Unadkat, who was playing only his third T20I was the pick of the bowlers with 2/15 from his four overs. He was ably backed by the debutant Washington Sundar (1/22) and Kuldeep Yadav (1/26) from their four overs. Today’s bowling attack had an avearge age of 22.8 and Rohit was proud of the way they performed.advertisement”They’ve played lot of cricket in home conditions – IPL and things like that. They were confident and it was our job as management to back them. It’s a great occasion to play for your country. They came and did what they were expected to do,” Rohit said.AP PhotoTalking about the challenges ahead in South Africa, where India play three Tests, six ODIs and three T20Is, he said that the team has performed well despite few hiccups and are ready for stiffer challenges against the Proteas.”Looking very much forward to South Africa. Would like to reiterate the home season we’ve had. Never easy, no matter what conditions you play in. You have to go and get the win,” said The Hitman.India finished 2017 with 37 wins, the second most in a calendar year. Reflecting on a very successful season, the 30-year-old said: “Since we started playing against Australia at home, we started doing things right. There were few hiccups in the middle. Games like Dharamsala which taught us a lot. As a batting unit too, we were challenged at different times, but the way we came back was very good.”India will fly for South Africa on December 27 to play the South Africa series. The first Test starts on January 5 at the Newlands.
Fitness is the fuel that drives the current Indian team, especially run by their captain Virat Kohli’s focus and stress on staying fit.With the intensity of the game of cricket increasing every single day, Kohli and the Indian management are stressing on fitness more than ever, keeping in mind the 2019 World Cup.While players today have dieticians, nutritionists and trainers today to keep up their fitness levels, Kapil Dev proved his fitness through his playing career, missing out on only one Test match in his 16-year-long Test career.And that one Test match took place on December 31, 1984 — exactly 33 years ago. India played against England in Kolkata when Kapil Dev did not play the Test.Prior to Kapil Dev had played 66 straight Test matches and after this Kolkata Test, the all-rounder played another 65 consecutive Tests.Recently, when India all-rounder Hardik Pandya took a break after playing consecutive matches in ICC Champions Trophy, West Indies, Sri Lanka and then in India against Australia and New Zealand, he was criticised for taking a break after playing only just a few Test matches.Kapil Dev, who is the most decorated seam bowling all-rounder in India and with whom Pandya is often compared, categorically missed only a single Test and never because of fitness.For all-rounders, having to bat, bowl and field, it often takes a toll on your body but Kapil Dev managed to stay fit and represent the country so consistently in the era when fitness was not the centre of the sport.advertisementKapil Dev captained India to the glorious World Cup victory back in 1983.With the ball, Kapil Dev is known for his lethal outswingers, which left the right handers rooted to their crease.He was a game-changer with the bat as well and had skills to change the gane’s momentum at any given time with his aggressive batting.Fielding wise, the decorated all-rounder was extremely athletic, giving his all to each ball.Kapil Dev played a total of 131 Test matches and ended his career having scored 5248 runs with a strike rate of 94.76 and with 434 wickets at an average of 29.65.
NEW YORK – The New York Yankees and prized Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka agreed on Jan. 22 to a $155 million, seven-year contract.In addition to the deal with the 25-year-old right-hander, the Yankees must pay a $20 million fee to his Japanese team, the Rakuten Golden Eagles.After missing the playoffs for just the second time in 19 years, the Yankees went on a free-agent spending spree this offseason, also adding catcher Brian McCann and outfielders Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran. The four big deals totaled $438 million.“We’re going to do what we’ve got to do to win,” Yankees co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. “Anybody that questioned our commitment to winning is going to have to question themselves.”Big league teams had until Jan. 24 to reach an agreement with Tanaka, who was 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA last year as the Golden Eagles won the Japan Series title.His agreement calls for $22 million in each of the first six seasons and $23 million in 2020, and it allows the pitcher to terminate the deal after the 2017 season and become a free agent. He also gets a full no-trade provision.Tanaka receives a $35,000 moving allowance, an annual $100,000 housing allowance to be used in New York or near the team’s spring training facility in Tampa, Fla., and an interpreter of the pitcher’s choice at an $85,000 yearly salary. In addition to his own flight to the U.S. for each season, Tanaka annually will be provided four first-class round trip tickets between New York and Japan.Tanaka’s deal is the highest for an international free agent and the fifth-largest for a pitcher, trailing only the seven-years deals of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw ($215 million), Detroit’s Justin Verlander ($180 million), Seattle’s Felix Hernandez ($175 million) and CC Sabathia ($161 million under his original agreement with New York).Tanaka replaces the retired Andy Pettitte in the rotation, joining Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda and Ivan Nova. David Phelps, Adam Warren, Michael Pineda and Vidal Nuno are in the mix for the No. 5 slot.“We had to make sure we had enough pitching to go together with our new lineup,” Steinbrenner said.New York had great success in the Japanese market when it signed outfielder Hideki Matsui, a star from 2003-09 who was the World Series MVP in his final season in pinstripes. But the Yankees had failures with Hideki Irabu and Kei Igawa, pitchers who failed to file up to their potential.Combined with deals to re-sign Kuroda and Brendan Ryan, and to add Kelly Johnson, Brian Roberts and Matt Thornton, the Yankees’ offseason spending on free agents totals $471 millionTanaka’s deal pushes the Yankees’ payroll for purposes of the luxury tax over $203 million for 20 players with agreements. Barring trades, there is little chance New York will get under the $189 million tax threshold.Yankees Managing General Partner Hal Steinbrenner had been saying for two years that getting below the tax threshold in 2014 was a goal but wouldn’t get in the way of fielding a contending team. In addition to losing tens of millions of dollars in revenue sharing annually, the Yankees have paid $252.7 million in luxury tax over the last 11 years.“There has been criticism of myself and my brother the last couple years that, gee, if our dad was still in charge, we’d be spending this and spending that and doing whatever it takes to win,” Hank Steinbrenner said, referring to late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.“He didn’t have revenue sharing, at least for most of his time,” Hank Steinbrenner added. “That’s what these people in the sports media don’t seem to get. If it wasn’t for revenue sharing, we’d have a payroll of $300 million a year if we wanted to. So we’re doing this despite having to pay all that revenue sharing.”Tanaka was the first player available under the new agreement between Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball, which caps posting fees at $20 million and allows multiple big league teams to negotiate. Under the previous system, in place from December 1998 through last offseason, there was no limit on the bid for negotiating rights and only the team with the top bid could try to sign the player.Under that system, Boston obtained pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka from the Seibu Lions before the 2007 season for $51,111,111.11 and agreed to a $52 million, six-year contract. Texas got pitcher Yu Darvish from the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters before the 2012 season for $51,703,411 and gave him a $56 million, six-year deal.(Ronald Blum, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
CLEVELAND (AP) — With another clutch shot, Kyrie Irving took the Warriors on a trip down memory lane.Irving dropped a short, turnaround jumper over Klay Thompson with 3.4 seconds left as the Cleveland Cavaliers rallied just the way they did in June’s NBA Finals to defeat Golden State 109-108 on Sunday in a marquee Christmas matchup that more than lived up to the hype.Down by 14 early in the fourth quarter, the Cavs chipped away and then put the ball in the hands of Irving, whose step-back 3-pointer over Stephen Curry on June 19 helped seal Game 7 and gave Cleveland its first major pro sports championship since 1964.This time, Irving went deep in the lane before spinning and making his shot over Thompson, one of the league’s best defenders.“The kid is special,” LeBron James said of his teammate. “It was never in doubt.”Golden State had one last chance but Kevin Durant, who led all scorers with 36 points in his first game in the league’s hottest rivalry, lost his balance coming off a screen and couldn’t get off a shot as time expired.Durant felt he was fouled by Richard Jefferson.“I was trying to make a move,” he said. “I didn’t fall on my own.”James scored 31 points with a season-high 13 rebounds, Irving added 25 points and Kevin Love 20 for the Cavs, who were down 3-1 in the Finals before storming back to stun a Warriors team that won 73 games during the regular season, but came up one victory short of winning their second straight title.Thompson added 24, Draymond Green 16 and Curry 15 — on 4 of 11 shooting — for the Warriors, who had their winning streak stopped at seven and fell to 9-1 against Eastern Conference teams.The biggest present under the tree for basketball fans this holiday was filled with drama, intensity and more than a few moments that sparked reminders of last season’s brilliant Finals.Irving drained a 3 from the wing that looked a lot like the one he made on June 19, but his bucket over Thompson had a higher degree of difficulty.“That’s a really hard shot,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “I thought Klay played tremendous defense. You don’t do anything different.”The teams will meet again Jan. 16 and then not again unless they make it back to the Finals — a “three-quel” that would be the first in league history.If there was any doubt that this game meant more than the other 81 to both squads and fan bases, Green took care of that in the opening minutes.After being called for his second personal foul, Green stormed off the floor, cursing with every step on his way to the bench. Green, whose suspension from Game 5 of the Finals helped swing the series to Cleveland, was slapped with a technical and several of his teammates came over to calm him down before things got worse.TweetPinShare0 Shares
MILWAUKEE (AP) — After scoring a career-high 44 points, Giannis Antetokounmpo wrote a note on the game ball.“This is for daddy. We got a win tonight,” the 22-year-old Milwaukee Bucks player said, remembering his father, Charles, who died last month at age 54.Antetokounmpo scored 17 points in the fourth quarter, including a dunk that put Milwaukee ahead 111-110 with 11 seconds to go.After a timeout, Damian Lillard found Jusuf Nurkic running open down the lane, but Antetokounmpo blocked his shot at the basket, sending the 7-foot center crashing to the floor.The FULL highlights as Giannis goes for a career high 44 points against the Blazers!! #FearTheDeer pic.twitter.com/eqerMbu5j7— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) October 22, 2017Antetokounmpo, starting his fifth NBA season, made 17 of 23 shots with eight rebounds and four assists as Milwaukee kept pace with a Portland team that had dominated its first two opponents. The Bucks star is averaging 38.3 points through three games, up from 22.9 last year, 16.9 in 2015-16 and 12.7 in 2014-15.“Seventy-nine more. This is just the beginning,” he said, thinking about how many regular-season games remain.After Nurkic was rejected at the basket, Khris Middleton was fouled and made both free throws.“They committed two guys to Dame, so somebody was going to be open,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said, referring to Lillard. “Turned out to be Nurk but they made a really good defensive play.”Lillard scored 26 points, including 16 in the fourth quarter. CJ McCollum also scored 26, and Nurkic had 17 points and 11 rebounds. Tony Snell scored 17 points and Middleton added 16 for Milwaukee.Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo reacts after making the go-ahead basket against Portland Trail Blazers during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)Portland trailed 108-101 when Nurkic sparked a 9-1 run with a pair of baskets. Lillard made a 3-pointer and then a pair of free throws to put the Blazers ahead 110-109 with 57 seconds left.“I wish I could replay it, but it’s tough when you lose,” Nurkic said.Milwaukee used an 11-4 run midway through the fourth quarter to open a 106-99 lead on Malcolm Brogdon’s fast-break layup off a bounce pass from Antetokounmpo.FRUSTRATING EVENINGPortland’s Evan Turner spent much of his 32 minutes on the court attempting to guard Antetokounmpo. “I was comfortable with everything,” Turner said. “If I made him take 10 dribbles in the post, made him spin two or three times and he makes the shot, there’s nothing you can ask for. He got on a roll, hit some jumpers, had a great night. I guarded him the same way every time.”BACK AND FORTHThe game had 10 lead changes and was tied 15 times.DIFFERENT APPROACHESPortland made 11 of 27 3-point attempts. Milwaukee had 54 points in the paint to the Blazers’ 26.TIP-INSTrail Blazers: Stotts was the Bucks’ coach from 2005-07 and was an assistant from 1998-02.Bucks: C Greg Monroe’s foul on Cleveland G Derrick Rose on Friday night was upgraded by the league to a flagrant 1 from a common foul.UP NEXTTrail Blazers: Portland plays its home opener Tuesday against New Orleans.Bucks: Milwaukee is home against Charlotte on Monday.JOE DiGIOVANNI, Associated PressTweetPinShare33 Shares
Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram I get at least one if not handful of pitches a week from people who want to write guest articles about the lack of security in the Internet of Things. They all start the same:“By 2020 there will be 10 gazillion IoT nodes connected…” The best ones make a few specific recommendations about using authentication and encryption.It’s not enough. Some of the big thinkers in our industry discussed the issue as part of a panel sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery on the future of the Internet that marked 50 years of the Turing Award.Reading a transcript, I wondered aloud if we need a working group to define a set of basic security/privacy standards and a simple certification test for them. A logo could let consumers and business users know the products support at least fundamental capabilities.In the event of a significant hack, the tools might even be useful to identify what holes need to be plugged. As a starting point, perhaps it is enough to require multi-factor authentication and encryption based on a hardware root-of-trust.It’s a concept worthy of an English major (me), but it has a long way to go to pass muster among engineers (you). So I invite your feedback.The first really great piece of feedback is already in from Nick Feamster, a professor of computer science at Princeton and a 2016 ACM Fellow. He was also one of the big thinkers in the Turing panel.Feamster was generally supportive of the concept of a sort of Underwriter’s Labs of IoT security. But he noted the devil is in the details:First, who is the certification body? Should it be entirely composed of members from industry? If so, which stakeholders are involved? Second, what requirements should go into the certification program? Being overly prescriptive may backfire in light of the rate at which technology (and attacks) progress. Third, consumers may not appreciate the value of certification, particularly if meeting the requirements of certification increases the cost of a device. Finally, how will the certification standards be implemented? As much as a certification lays down rules of the road, the process must also make it as easy as possible for vendors to adhere to it. OK, so there are a few ugly details to get sorted out. The good news is some groups are already at work on some of these kinds of issues.Continue to the next page on Embedded’s sister site, EE Times: “IoT security: What we need next.” Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Continue Reading Previous The Write Stuff: Crafting a DNA StatementNext Designing in portability
Parasoft presents their automotive software test automation solution. At the core of the solution is Parasoft C/C++test, a unified C and C++ development testing solution that helps organizations address software development best practices by providing automated testing tools that simplify unit testing, code coverage, traceability, static code analysis with built-in support for MISRA, and more.Parasoft’s latest release focuses on tool qualification and compliance with MISRA 2016, and addresses the challenges of increased connectivity due to today’s IoT and connected car initiatives:Parasoft has streamlined the tool qualification process with a new qualification kit that automatically provides the documentation, templates, tests, and reports needed to qualify Parasoft C/C++test for use in ISO 26262 software development. The new Compliance Pack for MISRA automatically creates reports and provides real-time views of overall project status, reducing the burden of generating supporting documentation to satisfy MISRA guidelines. The Compliance Pack also brings efficient workflows to investigate violations and prioritize remediation actions, to ensure that compliance is baked into the development process.Parasoft C/C++test’s seamless integration with Parasoft SOAtest and Parasoft Virtualize combines API testing with runtime application coverage and simulated virtual test beds, to deliver a complete set of technologies that enable customers to take control of the testing challenges of today’s connected platforms.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous A fresh look at embedding a web serverNext Eurotech and e-Lios partner up for a coffee 4.0
Continue Reading Previous Mouser stocking Arduino MKR VIDOR 4000 development boardNext Kithara exhibits at VISION 2018 Kontron expands its TRACe family of operational computers designed specifically for the railway market: The Kontron TRACe-B40x-TR, a EN50155 certified fanless generic platform, features the latest Intel Atom E3900 series processors and 6th Generation Intel Core processors. The first released variant is the Kontron TRACe-B404-TR, based on the Intel Atom x5-E3940 quad-core @ 1.6 GHz high performance per watt processor, with 8 GB DDR3L memory and 32 GB SLC eMMC Flash.The TRACe B40x-TR is an EN50155 compliant fanless transportation computer platform, specifically designed for rolling stock application where high processing capacity, low consumption, robustness and small size are needed to match system requirements. The first released variant is the TRACe B404-TR, based on Intel Atom x5-E3940 quad-core @ 1.6 GHz high performance per watt processor with soldered 8 GB DDR3L memory and 32 GB SLC eMMC Flash. Other variants will be made available later, based on Intel Atom x7-E3950 quad-core @ 1.6 GHz, Intel Core i3-6100U, or Intel Core i7-6600U processors when higher performance is needed.TRACe-B40x-TR has two independent networks (2x LAN with M12 connectors). It comes with an ultra-wide range power supply (from 24 VDC to 110 VDC nominal input voltage range, including tolerance range of +/- 40% required according to EN 50155, meaning a voltage range between 14,4 VDC and 154 VDC) adapted to all types of railway vehicles from light rail vehicles to high speed trains.The front plate operational connectors are electrically insulated in compliance to EN50155 standard with lockable M12 connectors. The rear plate hosts standard connectors (display port, USB 3.0/2.0, serial line) for maintenance purposes and is protected from dust and water during operations with a cover plate. Thanks to its modularity, the TRACe-B40x-TR product also accommodates several optional wireless interfaces (such as Wi-Fi, 4G/LTE, and GNSS), field busses (RS422/485, CAN, MVB, and others), SATA devices (up to two 2.5” SSD) and/or additional optional I/Os (such as DIOs, Audio, and USB) to match any railway applications such as on-board CCTV, entertainment/infotainment PIS, or TCMS. Samples of the Kontron TRACe(TM) B404-TR are available now.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules
Continue Reading Previous Elma’s newest E-Frame system provides open access for easy probing and debuggingNext IBASE: fanless and highly compact 3.5” disk-size SBC The rapidly growing market of high precision applications requires ADCs with faster programmable data rates, higher accuracy and more integrated features to maximize system performance. To meet these needs, Microchip Technology introduced a family of compact ADCs that offer high programmable data rates of up to 153.6 kilosamples per second. The 24-bit MCP356x and 16-bit MCP346x delta-sigma ADC families offer faster programmable data rates over similar devices on the market while providing high accuracy and lower noise performance. Available in a tiny 3 mm x 3 mm UQFN-20 package, these highly integrated ADCs meet increasing demand for small packaging in space-constrained applications such as portable instrumentation devices.Most high-resolution delta-sigma ADCs on the market have slower programmable data rates of a few kSPS. The MCP356x and MCP346x families offer a much faster data rate, making the devices ideal for a variety of precision applications that require different data speeds, including industrial process control, factory automation and sensor transducers and transmitters. The ADCs also offer integrated features to eliminate the need for external components and reduce the overall cost of a system, including an internal oscillator, temperature sensor and burnout current source.The new families provide 24-bit or 16-bit resolution, two/four/eight single-ended or one/two/four differential channel options, allowing developers to choose the most suitable ADC for their designs. The devices join Microchip’s extensive portfolio of versatile ADCs that meet the needs of a variety of speed, accuracy and power consumption requirements.The MCP3564 ADC evaluation kit (ADM00583) is available to demonstrate the performance of the MCP356x family.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components
France defeated Croatia 4-2 in a dramatic final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow to win the FIFA World Cup for the second time in 20 years. Veteran Bollywood Star Amitabh Bachchan saw things differently.Immediately after France won their second World Cup on Sunday, a user on Twitter pointed out to Big B that several players in the French squad are of African origin which includes the likes of Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappe, N’Golo Kante, Samuel Umtiti, Steven Nzonzi, Presnel Kimpembe, Ousmane Dembele, Steve Mandanda, Benjamin Mendy and Blaise Matuidi among others.And Bachchan responded : “That’s it then…AFRICA won the World Cup 2018!!!”Thats it then Africa won the World Cup 2018 https://t.co/jXd7nXuIaQAmitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) July 15, 2018The tweet did not go down well with some Twitter users explaining that it was France’s diverse team who had won, and others saying that it was in poor taste.French players proud to represent AfricaBachchan senior put out another tweet where he congratulated France for the World Cup win and Russia for hosting the tournament.”Congratulations France for winning the World Cup ! Congratulations Croatia for winning our hearts!..and CONGRATULATIONS Russia for a most fantastic WC 2018..systematic, efficient, secure, filled with incredible hospitality and smiling faces everywhere..,” he tweeted.T 2868 – – Congratulations France for winning the World Cup ! Congratulations Croatia for winning our hearts ! .. and CONGRATULATIONS Russia for a most fantastic WC 2018 .. systematic, efficient, secure, filled with incredible hospitality and smiling faces every where .. ! pic.twitter.com/McbHUtPev3advertisement Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) July 15, 20182018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE”It has always been the case that the French team has always had players from Africa and from other countries and territories, and not just in football but in other sports,” France coach Didier Deschamps said ahead of the final.”They are all French and they are all proud to be French but through their origins, through their childhood, they have friends, they have families in these countries so they have a certain attachment to these countries and a certain pride that these people will see them play in a World Cup Final.” N’Golo Kante played an integral part in France’s World Cup 2018 triumph (AP Photo)Deschamps on Sunday became only the third man in history to win the World Cup as a player and as a coach. The former Juventus coach equalled the record of Brazil’s Mario Zagallo and Germany’s Franz Beckenbauer.As for the match, a first-ever own goal in a World Cup final gave France the lead as Mario Mandzukic headed a free-kick into his own net in the 18th minute but Croatia pulled level through a strike from Ivan Perisic in the 28th minute.Also read- Coach Didier Deschamps says it is ‘marvellous’Antoine Griezmann converted a penalty in the 38th minute to regain France’s lead which was further increased to 3-1 by Paul Pogba in the 59th minute.Kylian Mbappe (65th) made it 4-1 before Mandzukic pounced on a blunder from goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to reduce the difference to two in the 69th minute, giving some hope to Croatia. But the third goal from Croatia never arrived as the talented French side, coached by Didier Deschamps sealed a deserving triumph.Antoine Griezmann soaks in surreal atmosphere after France win World CupFrance thus pulled level with South American powerhouses Argentina (1978, 1986) and Uruguay (1930, 1950) as the third nation with two World Cup titles.With this win, Deschamps, who captained the title winning 1998 French side, achieved the rare distinction of becoming only the third man, in history — after Brazil’s Mario Zagallo and German legend Franz Beckenbauer — to win the World Cup both as a player and a head coach.(With inputs from IANS)