Move over, Ronaldo, Mandzukic is Juve’s main manMove over, Ronaldo, Mandzukic is Juve’s main man

first_imgMario Mandzukic’s future at Juventus was uncertain, even before Cristiano Ronaldo arrived in Turin during the summer.Last April, the Bianconeri board told the veteran striker that they would not stand in his way if he wanted to leave. By April, two lucrative offers had already arrived from China. More were expected to follow, from the Premier League and La Liga.However, after his heroic performances leading the line for Croatia during the World Cup, Juve were delighted that Mandzukic decided to stay put.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! After all, with Gonzalo Higuain having been sent to AC Milan, he would provide quality cover for Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala and Douglas Costa – the all-star front three on which the Bianconeri would base their bid for Champions League glory.Mandzukic had other ideas, though. While everyone else was swept away by the wave of enthusiasm that greeted Ronaldo’s arrival in Serie A, the 32-year-old was getting himself back in prime physical condition after his exploits in Russia.At one point during pre-season, he and Leonardo Bonucci were approached by a camera crew from JTV, Mandzukic stopped them in their tracks. “No videos, just work,” he grunted in characteristically caustic fashion, before breaking into a mischievous grin.It was classic Mandzukic. Just like his performances so far this season. In Juve’s opener against Chievo, he came off the bench with Juve trailing and, in conjunction with Federico Bernardeschi, turned the game around. Mandzukic Cristiano Ronaldo Parma Juventus Serie AHe was rewarded with a start against Lazio the following weekend and opened his account for the season, volleying home emphatically after the ball had rebounded up into the air off Ronaldo’s heel. There was a large slice of fortune about his goal against Parma on Saturday night, too, with Mandzukic converting after the ball again falling nicely for him after an aerial challenge.However, there was nothing remotely lucky about the ingenious back-heel that put Blaise Matuidi in to score the game’s winning goal midway through the second half. The Frenchman’s strike was well-deserved. He had provided incessant industry in gruelling encounter for Juve, one in which they had again flattered to deceive.The same could be said of Ronaldo. While he had performed well in his first two Serie A outings, here, at the Ennio Tardini, he was a peripheral and frustrated figure. Nothing he tried quite came off. However, as Ciro Ferrara mused during the week, Juve’s shape is more of a concern than whether Ronaldo will eventually start scoring in Italy. Indeed, the two are undeniably linked, with coach Massimiliano Allegri still trying to work out how to get the best out of Ronaldo, but also Paulo Dybala and Costa, both of whom started on the bench.Juve have made a perfect start to the season but this is a side with many flaws. As we head into the international break the only sure thing is that when we come out of it, Mandzukic will be the first forward on the team sheet.Ronaldo may be Juve’s superstar but, for now, Mandzukic remains their most effective leading manlast_img read more

Sanchez should never have left Arsenal – PiresSanchez should never have left Arsenal – Pires

first_imgAlexis Sanchez has been told he “had to stay at Arsenal”, with Robert Pires admitting that “complications” at Manchester United may force another move in January.The Chile international made his way through the exits at Emirates Stadium during the last winter window as his contract in north London ran down.Jose Mourinho won the scramble for his signature, with the 29-year-old making his way to Old Trafford on a lucrative contract. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! He was considered to be a major coup for the Red Devils but has struggled for form and is currently nursing an injury which is preventing him from rediscovering his spark.Pires believes leaving Arsenal was Sanchez’s biggest mistake, with the former Gunners star telling El Mercurio: “Alexis was very good, he’s an excellent footballer, but I also got to know him as a person and I can say that I loved knowing him, he is a friend. He stands out for his professionalism and that helped Arsenal to win several titles.“Honestly, it surprised me. For me, Sanchez had to stay at Arsenal, where he was one of our stars.“I don’t know if he could say no to United, but I think the style of play of the London club suits his performances better. But you have to respect his decision.”Having failed to heed that advice, Sanchez is now being urged to consider moving on again.Alexis Sanchez Jose Mourinho Manchester United 2018-19Pires believes Mourinho is the wrong manager for him, with it difficult to understand why the South American opted to link up with the Portuguese rather than making his way to Manchester City to work under Pep Guardiola.The Frenchman added: “Yes, he’s going through a complex moment. The relationship with the manager is always important, but it’s notable that there are complications between Jose Mourinho and him.“When you’re a United manager and you have players like Paul Pogba and Sanchez, you have to take care of them, because in the end the only important thing is for the team to win.“When there are problems, the most important and complicated thing, at the same time, is to sit down to talk and say things face to face.“Sanchez doesn’t deserve to be on the bench or stay at home. We’ll see if he finds a solution in January, because he is not playing and he has to do it, since he is a wonderful footballer.“Mourinho and Josep Guardiola are two coaches who know how to win and conquer titles, but now, City’s way of playing is higher than United’s and it could be that if Alexis went to Pep’s team his situation would be different.”last_img read more

HC stays order that ACs cant be ground to raise school feesHC stays order that ACs cant be ground to raise school fees

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 21 (PTI) The Delhi High Court today stayed its single judge order which has held that installation of air conditioners (AC) in schools of the national capital cannot be a ground to hike tuition fees to pay electricity charges.A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gital Mittal and Justice Anu Malhotra, however, was of the view that 15 per cent hike in tuition fees by school towards power charges and running of the AC system they had installed, was not appropriate.”There may be many parents who cannot afford to even pay one per cent of the enhanced fees by the schools,” the bench orally observed.It asked two city-based schools, challenging the single judge order declining their decision to hike tuition fees to pay electricity charges, whether they wanted to force the parents out of the schools.It, however, said that till the next date, it will stay the verdict of the single judge who had said that providing AC facilities in the school cannot be connected with the curricular or co-curricular activities.The division bench also directed the schools that it will not insist on parents to pay any enhanced fees till pending of the appeal before it.To this, the counsel for the two schools submitted that they have not enhanced any fees since 2015-16 academic year.The bench issued notice to the Delhi government on the schools appeal and sought their stand in this regard.The single judge ruling had come while dismissing the plea of the schools against a June 16, 2016, order of the Delhi governments Directorate of Education (DoE) holding that the 15 per cent hike in tuition fees was illegal.advertisementThe schools had challenged the order before the single judge saying, they hiked the tuition fee to meet the expenses incurred in maintaining and running the AC system and in paying electricity bills for the same, which are all recurring expenses in the nature of revenue expenses.The schools had also claimed that AC have been installed for an academic purpose, the running cost for the same is thus a revenue expense for improvement of curricular facilities.Disagreeing with the schools, the court said the DoEs order “rightly held” that the charges for the electricity bill cannot be included in tuition fees and overheads, nor it is expenses on play-ground, sports equipment, cultural activities etc. and also on co-curricular activities.The electricity bills can only be claimed under the head annual charges.The schools had also contended that if the charges can be claimed under annual charges and not tuition fees, then they have not done anything illegal.Rejecting the argument, the single judge had said, “The same does not appeal to this court, more so when there is a finding in the impugned order (of DoE) that the schools have already increased annual charges in the session 2015-2016. The school could not have further claimed the electricity charges under the head annual charges.” PTI PPS HMP ARClast_img read more

Virat Kohli urges Team India to stay relaxed ahead of ICC Champions Trophy final vs PakistanVirat Kohli urges Team India to stay relaxed ahead of ICC Champions Trophy final vs Pakistan

first_imgVirat Kohli is all geared up for the clash of titans at the ICC Champions Trophy final at The Oval on Sunday. The title holders India start as favourites against their arch-rivals Pakistan when the two cricketing giants meet for the one last time, at least in the 2017 edition of the Champions Trophy in England.WATCH FULL VIDEOIndia and Pakistan have only met in one ICC final – the 2007 World Twenty20 showpiece, which was won by India. Pakistan have never won the Champions Trophy while India are a two-time winners. (Pakistan bowlers will realise the importance of controlling Virat Kohli on Sunday: AB de Villiers)India have been dominant against Pakistan in ICC events, with the overall record being 13-2 in their favour.”It’s just another game of cricket tomorrow, whatever the result we have to go forward and play more games after that,” Kohli said on the eve of the big final. (Still have fond memories of playing in India: Shahid Afridi ahead of India-Pakistan ICC Champions Trophy final)Kohli further tipped his Indian teammates to stay relaxed.”The more relaxed you stay in these kinds of situations, it is a good thing because it helps you take better decisions,” Kohli added. (ICC Champions Trophy: Have no option but to attack Indian top order, says Mickey Arthur)Cricket’s biggest rivalry has become a bit of a dud. India have won all of their matchups in global tournaments for the last five years, including two weeks ago on the Trophy’s opening weekend. India won by 124 runs, their seventh win out of 10 one-day internationals since 2010.advertisementThe final is India’s fourth in the last eight global tournaments. The Indians are the defending champions; powerful, purring and perpetual. (ICC Champions Trophy final: Mercurial Pakistan shouldn’t be discounted, says Mike Hussey)India’s top three batsmen believe they can chase down anything: Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma lead the tournament scoring list and Kohli is fifth.The India skipper is in top form scoring 253 runs and has been dismissed only once in four innings. (ICC Champions Trophy: India wary of maverick Pakistan in high-octane final)”I visualize a lot, see myself in difficult situations convincing that I can pull the team out in those situations,” Kohli added.Star spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja no longer dominate the bowling attack but share the load with pacemen Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah, who boast economies of 4 plus.(With inputs from AP)last_img read more

Women’s World Cup: Natalie Sciver, Heather Knight tons lead England to crushing win over PakistanWomen’s World Cup: Natalie Sciver, Heather Knight tons lead England to crushing win over Pakistan

first_imgEngland crushed Pakistan by 107 runs via Duckworth-Lewis method on Tuesday to register their first win in the Women’s Cricket World Cup at Leicester.Put into bat England rode on magnificent hundreds from Natalie Sciver and Heather Knight to register a mammoth 337 for 7 in 50 overs, which is their highest ever score in World Cup history.The duo shared a 213-run stand for the third wicket with emerging as the top-scorer with 137 runs while Knight was dismissed on 106.Pakistan’s run chase began on a disastrous note as they were reduced to 67 for 3 by the 18th over thanks to some superb bowling from Katherine Brunt (2/21) and Alex Hartley (1/13).Pakistan were 107 for 3 in 29.2 overs when rain stopped play and no further play was possible after that. Pakistan were exactly 107 runs behind the DLS par score at that stage.Brief Scores: England 377/7 in 50 overs (Sciver 137, Knight 106; Iqbal 3/62) beat Pakistan 107/3 in 29.2 overs (Zafar 56*, Abidi 23*, Brunt 2/21).last_img read more

Wimbledon 2017: Martina Navratilova, Pat Cash blast Bernard Tomic after lacklustre lossWimbledon 2017: Martina Navratilova, Pat Cash blast Bernard Tomic after lacklustre loss

first_imgBernard Tomic has faced a barrage of criticism from former players after the 24-year-old Australian said he faced “mental issues” and was bored during his lacklustre loss to Mischa Zverev in the first round at Wimbledon on Tuesday.Tomic was touted as a future major champion in his homeland after winning a slew of boy’s titles, including junior grand slam triumphs at the Australian and U.S. Opens, but his career has stalled and he remains without a title since 2015.Following the 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 loss to Germany’s Zverev, Tomic conducted an unconventional news conference at the All England Club in which he detailed his struggles to stay motivated.Tomic’s attitude irked a lot of his fellow countrymen, including former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash, who said Australians were not pleased with either his performance or his comments.”He can do a lot worse than that to ruin the image that we’ve created. But a lot of ex-players are cringing, Aussies, especially… the guys who started this pro circuit. We wouldn’t be here without these guys,” Cash told the BBC.Australian six-time grand slam doubles champion Rennae Stubbs also expressed her anger at Tomic.”To say the things that he said in the press conference today is a disgrace,” Stubbs said. “You’re an embarrassment to yourself, and not only to the sport but to Australian tennis.”Women’s nine-time Wimbledon winner Martina Navratilova suggested that Tomic’s comments were ungracious and suggested he “stay at home”.”It’s disrespectful to the sport and disrespectful to the history of the sport. If you can’t get motivated at Wimbledon it’s time to find another job,” Navratilova added.advertisement”The spectators paid good money to come here and watch Wimbledon and the guy shows up and doesn’t try, he can’t be bothered. Just stay at home.”Tomic and Tennis Australia have a strained relationship with the player being dropped from previous Davis Cup teams for controversial comments and opinions.last_img read more

Virat Kohli breaks Sachin Tendulkar’s record of most centuries in chasesVirat Kohli breaks Sachin Tendulkar’s record of most centuries in chases

first_imgVirat Kohli surpassed Sachin Tendulkar’s record for most hundreds in chases during the fifth and final One-Day International against West Indies in Jamaica.While The Little Master took 232 innings to score 17 hundreds, he has taken just 102 innings to score 18 ODI tons while batting second.Sri Lanka’s Tillakaratne Dilshan and West Indies’ Chris Gayle are joint third with 11 tons each while Pakistan’s Saeed Anwar and Lanka’s Sanath Jayasuriya have 10 centuries each while chasing.Most 100s in chases in ODIs:18 VIRAT KOHLI (in 102 inns)17 S Tendulkar (in 232)11 T Dilshan/ C Gayle10 Saeed Anwar/ S Jayasuriya#WIvIND- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) July 6, 2017This was also his 28th ODI hundred and he now equalled Sanath Jayasuriya’s record of 28 tons in ODIs and will be joint third with the Sri Lankan in the list of most ODI centuries. Only Sachin Tendulkar (49) and Ricky Ponting (30) have more centuries than him the 50-over format.Tendulkar has 18,426 runs from 463 ODIs while the Indian captain has amassed 8257 runs so far from 189 matches.Kohli, who had a quiet series to his standards before this match, came out with intent and was positive right from the word go.Chasing 206 to win the fifth and final ODI, India lost Shikhar Dhawan in the first over for 4 with the score on 5. He steadied the ship with in-form Ajinkya Rahane and struck a 79-run partnership with the Mumbaikar, before the opener fell for 39 in the 19th over.Kohli continued his seamless batting and reached his fifty off 67 balls with a beautifully timed boundary of the bowling off Ashely Nurse in the 22nd over. The 28-year-old then made sure that the batting doesn’t falter like before and held one end and allowed Dinesh Karthik to settle in before accelerating.advertisementThe Indian captain hit a six off Roston Chase to reach the three-figure mark off 115 balls. He hit 12 fours and two maximums in his innings. He struck an unbeaten partnership of 122 runs for the third wicket with Karthik to finish off the game.Kohli finished as the second-highest run-getter in the series with 244 runs from five matches. Rahane was the highest run-getter with 336 runs.His 115-ball 111 not out helped India clinch the five-match ODI series 3-1.last_img read more

Time to forget 2014 World Cup heartache against Germany, says NeymarTime to forget 2014 World Cup heartache against Germany, says Neymar

first_imgNeymar has urged his Brazil teammates to bury the harrowing memory of the last FIFA World Cup and write a new chapter in the country’s storied football history in Russia next year.Saddled with the pressure of hosting their first World Cup in 64 years, Brazil’s hopes of winning a fairytale sixth title in 2014 collapsed spectacularly with a 7-1 semi-final defeat to Germany.Speaking to the media after participating in a five-a-side match in Brazil on Saturday, Neymar admitted the scars of the loss in Belo Horizonte are yet to heal, Xinhua news agency reported.”We can’t erase what happened. It’s in the history books,” the Barcelona forward said.”But people always remember it, as if it were the only thing that ever happened (to Brazilian football). Let’s start talking about our victories and other positive things.”The upcoming season promises a lot and I hope that it’s the best one of my life. My dream of winning the World Cup could be just around the corner.”Brazil, who secured a World Cup berth in March, currently hold a nine-point lead over second-placed Colombia at the top of the South American zone qualifying standings.The 2018 World Cup will be played in 11 Russian cities from June 14 to July 15.last_img read more

1st Test: Moeen Ali spins England to first Test victory under captain Joe Root1st Test: Moeen Ali spins England to first Test victory under captain Joe Root

first_imgJoe Root began his reign as England captain with an emphatic 211-run win over South Africa in the first Test at Lord’s after a roller-coaster fourth day on Sunday.Set an improbable target of 331 after England had lost their nine remaining second-innings wickets to be dismissed for 233, the touring side never came to terms with a spiteful pitch of uneven bounce and were bowled out for 119.The win was England’s first against South Africa at Lord’s since 1960.Root simply had to rotate his bowlers, although spinner Moeen Ali took the honours with figures of 6/53, giving him 10 wickets in a man-of-the-match performance that included an invaluable first-innings knock of 87.”It was definitely the best all-round performance of my career,” Moeen said. “The pitch allowed me to attack their batsmen as much as I could.”Moeen produced turn and bounce on a wicket that seldom favours fourth-innings run chases. Only three teams have won a test match by scoring more than 300 at the home of cricket, but the tourists must have felt they were in with a chance after dismissing England so cheaply by mid-afternoon.The size of their task, however, became clear when Heino Kuhn (9) and captain Dean Elgar (1) both fell with the score on 12 to fine catches from keeper Jonny Bairstow and Moeen off his own bowling.JP Duminy also departed cheaply and once Hashim Amla was trapped lbw by Liam Dawson, it was only a matter of time.England had their share of luck when Quinton de Kock chopped the ball on to the stumps off his foot but they thoroughly deserved the win against a side who made too many mistakes in the field.advertisementThe final wicket fell when Morne Morkel heaved Dawson to Keaton Jennings on the boundary.Earlier, England’s total was boosted by combative batting by Bairstow, who was dropped off a simple chance to Vernon Philander on seven before making 51, and tailender Mark Wood.That pushed the lead past 300 as South Africa’s bowlers struggled to match their morning success when England, who resumed on 119-1, lost seven wickets.Morkel claimed three victims and Keshav Maharaj four as England failed to force the pace. Alastair Cook top-scored with 69.Root said he was delighted by his first victory in charge, which he owed much to the runs scored by England’s top three in difficult circumstances on Saturday night.”It is nice to stand here having made all the right choices,” he said with a smile. “But the whole team played a big part in this win. Moeen made it very difficult for the batsmen to take him on.”The second Test in the four-match series starts on Friday in Nottingham with South Africa captain Faf du Plessis set to return. Fast bowler Kagiso Rabada, however, is suspended.last_img read more

LG Q6+ India launch set for September 5, will be available offlineLG Q6+ India launch set for September 5, will be available offline

first_imgLG  recently launched the Q6+ in Italy and the phone could soon come to India. The specs and highlights of the phone are already known but there is a new information now, coming from Mumbai-based retailer Mahesh Telecom.While the Q6 is an online-only device, the retailer has posted an image of the Q6+ that shows that the phone will also be available for offline sale which means potential buyers can now walk up to the physical stores and buy the LG Q6+ smartphone. Now what remains to be known is the price only which could be announced at the India launch of the phone.About the availability, the photo posted by Mahesh Telecom hints that the phone could launch sometime around Ganesh Chaturthi, a Hindu festival  that ends on September 5. So there are chances that the phone could debut in the Indian market on September 5 or sometime around. Rumours have it that the phone could launch by August-end or September first week.Specs of LG Q6+LG was rumoured to launch only the Q6 first but the company unveiled a whole new Q6 family of phones including the Q6, Q6+ and Q6a. “Q series offers some of the most sought premium features at a competitive price,”  LG spoke at the launch.coming soon #Offline Mahesh Telecom (@MAHESHTELECOM) August 26, 2017Design-wise, all the three Q6 devices sport similar design to that of LG G6. The new Q6+ can be called as a Q6 with some upgrades in the memory of the phone.advertisementThe smartphone features a 5.5-inch Full Vision 18:9 display with 1080 x 2160 pixel of resolution. The handset runs on the Android 7.1.1. Nougat and powered by Snapdragon 635 processor. Infact all the three phones are powered by the same processor and sport a similar design similar to the G6. Again on the optics front, all the three phones come with 3MP rear camera and a  5MP  selfie snapper. All the three smartphones are backed by a 3000mAh battery.Also Read: LG Q6, LG Q6+, and LG Q6a launched: Full specs, availability and everything else to knowThe only difference is the storage size of the three phones. The LG Q6+ comes with 4GB of RAM. LG Q6 has  3GB of RAM. While the LG Q6a houses 2GB of RAM. Similarly, in terms of the internal storage, the LG Q6+ comes with 64GB of internal storage, while the LG Q6 packs 32GB storage, and LG Q6a comes with 16GB of storage.last_img read more

Czech diplomat calls on Sonowal, lauds govtCzech diplomat calls on Sonowal, lauds govt

first_imgGuwahati, Oct 30 (PTI) Czech Republic Ambassador, Milan Hovorka today called on Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and lauded the states initiatives in creating a conducive ambience for business, art and culture.The diplomat, who is in the city as part of the Czech delegation at the ongoing Guwahati International Film Festival, also praised the governments initiatives in organising events for facilitating cultural and sporting exchanges with different countries, an official release here said.Sonowal emphasised on frequent people to people interactions between Assam and Czech Republic.They pledged to take the mutual relations further through cinema, business, research and technology.Sonowal extended his invitation to the ambassador to the first Global Investors Summit to be held here on February three and four, next year along with a business delegation, which he assured to consider positively, the release said. Sonowal highlighted the investment landscape of Assam, particularly in the oil and natural gas, tourism, natural resources and connectivity sectors and other potential sectors where both Assam and Czech can work together for their mutual interests, it added. PTI DG KK KKlast_img read more

Anthony’s 62 Drives Knicks Past CatsAnthony’s 62 Drives Knicks Past Cats

first_imgNEW YORK – Carmelo Anthony shot his way past Kobe Bryant, Bernard King and Kevin Durant, and he pulled off one more impressive achievement.He brought smiles to the New York Knicks in a miserable season.Anthony scored a career-high 62 points to break the franchise and current Madison Square Garden records, and the Knicks beat the Charlotte Bobcats 125-96 on Jan. 24 to stop a five-game losing streak.Facing daily questions about the Knicks’ miserable present and his own uncertain future, Anthony not only seized an MSG record, but gave the building back some life.And when Anthony threw in a shot from mid-court at the halftime buzzer, Amare Stoudemire laughed hysterically in his suit jacket from the bench, the rest of his teammates standing and roaring.“Just to see everybody smiling once again, that’s what I was more excited to see,” Anthony said. “Guys on the bench smiling, high-fiving, having fun once again, that’s the only thing I care about.”The records were great, too. Anthony made 23 of 35 shots and even added 13 rebounds in the NBA’s highest-scoring performance this season.Anthony had 56 after three quarters, bettering Durant’s previous season high of 54, and stayed in for the first few minutes of the fourth to break King’s Knicks record of 60 set in 1984 and Bryant’s arena record of 61 set five years ago.“I made history tonight, with the performance, but just to be a part of that group of people, like I said, there’s only a small group of people that knows what that zone feels like and tonight I was one of them,” Anthony said.It was easily the highlight of the season for Anthony, on pace to miss the playoffs for the first time in his career and facing frequent questions about his future with the team as he heads into free agency this summer.That was all on hold for one night, the focus simply on Anthony’s amazing scoring.He easily passed his previous career best of 50 points and possibly could’ve even passed 70 or more had the game been close. Instead, he checked out for good after breaking the records when he banked in a short jumper with 7:24 to play.“I’ve seen him score a lot of points, but that was some performance right there,” said J.R. Smith, who was also a teammate of Anthony’s in Denver.Smith noticed a different focus from Anthony before the game, a seriousness replacing the usual laughter. Perhaps some of it was some added pregame motivation after the team watched a video featuring Muhammad Ali, one of Anthony’s favorite athletes.With the Knicks desperately thin in the frontcourt after losing Andrea Bargnani on top of the injuries to Stoudemire and Kenyon Martin, Anthony simply took on more of the scoring load as New York won for the first time on its eight-game homestand after dropping the first three.King, elected to the Hall of Fame last year, said he was proud of Anthony, whom he considers one of the best players in the game.“If anyone was to break my Knicks record that I have held for so long, I’m absolutely delighted that it was Carmelo,” King said through the team’s public relations department.Al Jefferson had 25 points and nine rebounds for the Bobcats, snapping his streak of four straight 20-10 games. Charlotte had won two in a row, holding division leaders Toronto and the Los Angeles Clippers to an average of 93 points.But the Knicks, who had lost to the Bobcats 10 days ago to start their current skid, shot 56 percent. So what happened to Charlotte’s defense? “Melo. Enough said,” Jefferson said.Anthony made 20 of his first 26 shots against what had been a good defensive team, but there was no defense for the zone Anthony was in. “When he’s in one of those zones, ain’t nothing nobody can do about it,” Jefferson added.Last season’s scoring champion had eight points in the first 2½ minutes, went 8 of 10 in the first quarter and had 20 points as the Knicks led 30-21. He skipped his usual break and kept playing deep into the second quarter before finally taking a seat with 4:34 left, shortly after missing an open jumper.He returned with 2½ minutes left to finish the half in style, throwing in a buzzer beater from just inside halfcourt to cap his 15-of-21 half and make it 67-46.Turned out Anthony was just getting started. He made his first five shots in the second half and the Bobcats would eventually grow frustrated, picking up two technical fouls on one play after Anthony’s 3-pointer late in the third.He made both free throws, part of his 10-for-10 showing at the line, and said he tried to check himself out earlier but his teammates wouldn’t allow it.(Brian Mahoney, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Rex Ryan Searches For AnswersRex Ryan Searches For Answers

first_imgFLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Credit the New York Jets with pushing the Patriots to the limit. Also credit them with another loss.The Jets’ sixth straight defeat after an opening victory came in what was one of their better performances of a dismal season. Coach Rex Ryan isn’t taking much solace from that.“It’s been a big failure, obviously,” Ryan said of his team’s record. “The season’s not over, but you don’t want to be 1-6. If you had asked me, I was thinking we’d be the other way — we expect to win every game. Obviously, we are not finding ways to win. We have done some good things, haven’t done it for 60 minutes.”So what’s next?First off, the Jets traded with Seattle for receiver Percy Harvin, also an outstanding kick returner. Harvin is battling a thigh problem and has been injury prone throughout his career, but could be a significant weapon for New York when healthy.The Jets have some extra time to prepare for a home game against Buffalo, but they really can’t breathe much easier because the schedule lightens up. Of course, it can’t get much harder than facing Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford, Jay Cutler, Philip Rivers, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady in succession.“The big picture is that it has to be each day,” Ryan said. “An old thing I got from Lou Holtz was WIN: What’s Important Now.“It has to be on the right now. We can’t look down the road. We just have to find a way to get a win. I hope that will springboard to other things.”Perhaps, but not if they keep making the killer mistakes that doomed them in a 27-25 loss at Foxborough that was a very winnable game.The Jets blew several coverages in the secondary, twice allowing touchdown passes by Brady — including one on third-and-19. They had some critical penalties, with one holding call negating a touchdown.They wasted some timeouts, which made their final drive more frantic and led to a 58-yard field goal attempt that was blocked on the last play.Perhaps worst of all, they moved the ball extremely well in the first half and got four field goals out of it. For those who say it’s important to put points on the board on every possession, it’s even more critical to put touchdowns on the board against a Brady-led opponent.“We have to get better in the red zone. That is really a thing that is holding us back,” Ryan said.Just as running back Chris Ivory noted after the game: “I thought we moved the ball really well, we’ve just got to score a little more when we get to the red zone instead of taking threes. That’s the difference for a win for us.”A win, something the Jets have not experienced since downing Oakland in the season opener.Yes, they’ve faced nothing but teams with winning or .500 records since their loss to Green Bay in Week 2 — and the Packers currently lead the NFC North. And there was that gantlet of outstanding and near-outstanding quarterbacks.But Ryan, who ducked any questions about his job security, doesn’t want to hear or deal in excuses.“We can’t deny where we are at, we’re 1-6,” he said. “The job is every day to get better and I believe our football team is getting better, it just hasn’t been good enough to win yet.“The focus will shift to Buffalo immediately. You go right back, correct what you can correct off this tape. If something is hurting you, you will see it again (from an opponent). So make sure to get that corrected and move on.“Focus on one game is exactly what we will do.”(BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Trout Power: Angels Beat YanksTrout Power: Angels Beat Yanks

first_imgANAHEIM, Calif. — Mike Trout showed off practically every aspect of his MVP talent against the New York Yankees, from his early homer to his late stolen base with a couple of jaw-dropping catches in between.His teammates saw it as just another night for the Los Angeles Angels star — although no game against this opponent is ordinary for the Derek Jeter fan from New Jersey.“Oh, it’s always fun to play the Yankees,” Trout said.Trout and C.J. Cron homered, Albert Pujols and Kole Calhoun added run-scoring doubles, and the Angels beat the Yankees 4-1 June 29 for their fifth victory in seven games.Trout hit his 20th homer of the season in the third inning against CC Sabathia (3-8), crushing a drive to the base of the fake rock pile beyond center field.The shot made him one of six AL players with four 20-homer seasons before their age-24 seasons — a list that includes Rodriguez, Mickey Mantle and Ted Williams.“It’s humbling, but we’ve got a series to win tomorrow,” Trout said.The reigning AL MVP also saved a couple of runs with two sprinting catches in center field on balls hit over his head by Chris Young, leaving the Yankees outfielder waving his arms in disgust.Trout has been moving forward to play in shallow center over the last month, and the catches demonstrated his growing confidence in his formidable defensive ability.“Mike showed you his talent in every phase tonight,” Angels Manager Mike Scioscia said.Trout even swiped second in the ninth inning, getting his first stolen base since May 22.“Real shocker, right?” said a sarcastic C.J. Wilson, the pitching beneficiary of those grabs. “Trout hits a homer, saves a couple of runs with defense. Whatever. Obviously that’s one of the benefits of being a pitcher on this team. You’ve got a guy like that chasing down balls for you.”Wilson (6-6) persevered through six eventful innings of five-hit ball for his third victory in four starts as the Angels (40-37) moved three games above .500 for the first time since June 2.Rodriguez drove in a run and Brett Gardner had three hits for the Yankees, who have lost six of nine.Sabathia pitched six-hit ball into the eighth inning, but got meager run support in his first loss since May 28. The veteran left-hander has given up 19 homers this season.“It’s tough, but it’s part of being an athlete,” Sabathia said of his rough start. “Figuring things out, battling and trying to get better. It’s not the ERA, but just the fact that we’re not winning the games that I start. I just want to keep us in the game and try to get some wins.”In his first game back from a stint at Triple-A Salt Lake, Cron connected in the seventh for just his second homer of a disappointing season. He also got the silent treatment from his excited teammates back in the dugout.Huston Street pitched the ninth for his 22nd save.(GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Penguins Peck Rangers, 3-2Penguins Peck Rangers, 3-2

first_imgNEW YORK — Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins are playing their best hockey of the season with the playoffs just a couple of weeks away.Crosby scored on a deflection at 4:30 of overtime and the surging Penguins beat the New York Rangers 3-2 March 27 in a potential first-round preview.“It was a good play by Tanger (Kris Letang) to throw it into an area where I could tip it,” said Crosby, who has 32 goals.The star center has at least one point in 14 of his past 15 games (seven goals, 15 assists) and is third in the NHL with 78 points.Matt Cullen and Phil Kessel also scored for the Penguins, who have won eight of nine. Marc-Andre Fleury made 25 saves.“I think that we worked hard for it,” Crosby said. “It was a pretty even hockey game. That’s what we’re playing for, to get these two points, especially after a pretty emotional game yesterday, knowing what that meant.“To come back and have a good effort and find a way to get two points in a back-to-back against a good team is nice.”Pittsburgh, third in the Metropolitan Division, moved within three points of the second-place Rangers and two ahead of the idle Islanders. The Penguins, who have beaten New York three times in March, have a game in hand on the Rangers.“It’s big for the standings,” Fleury said. “It’s so close with a division game. You definitely need those points. They’ve had our number in the playoffs the past few seasons.”Eric Staal scored twice for New York, which had won three straight. Kevin Hayes and Jesper Fast assisted on both of Staal’s goals. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 29 shots.“It would have been nice to have those (goals) to help with a win,” Staal said. “(We) could have had a few more. But good things as a line and obviously we have to keep building on that.”Derick Brassard was called for high-sticking with 1.4 seconds left in regulation to give Pittsburgh a power play in the extra period. But the Rangers killed it off before Letang’s wrist shot from the point ricocheted in off Crosby in front.“The last three overtimes, that’s the way we’ve been beat,” Lundqvist said. “It’s tough to defend sometimes when they throw it around top and you get a deflection like that, but overall it was a good hockey game.“It’s just disappointing to lose, especially killing off their power play in overtime. I don’t know what to say, it was a tough bounce there.”Staal entered with one goal in 13 games with the Rangers since joining the team at the trade deadline in a deal with Carolina. It was his second multigoal game of the season.The Rangers took advantage of a Penguins turnover to take a 2-1 lead early in the second period. Staal took a pass from Fast and sent a loose puck past Fleury at the right faceoff circle at 2:07.The Penguins tied it again when Carl Hagelin used his speed to chase down a loose puck and put a shot on Lundqvist. Kessel backhanded in the rebound for his 23rd goal of the season at 8:36.Kessel, who had a goal and four assists in a March 26 win over Detroit, sent a shot off the crossbar a couple of minutes later.The Rangers opened the scoring in the first period.Hayes took the puck up the left side and sent a pass in front to Staal, who fended off defenseman Trevor Daley and deflected the puck past Fleury at 4:19.The Penguins tied it late in the period.Derrick Pouliot took a pass from Daley at the left faceoff circle and shot from the point. Cullen tipped the rebound past Lundqvist at 15:49. It was Cullen’s 13th goal of the season.“I thought we played hard,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. “I thought it was a fairly even game. We had to fight for every inch of ice out there. Those types of games, where you have to fight to get your offense, you don’t get any freebies. I thought our guys played really hard and stayed with it.”(SIMMI BUTTAR, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Greek Soccer Faces World BanGreek Soccer Faces World Ban

first_imgATHENS – Greece’s national soccer team will be barred from European and world play beginning April 15 unless the champions tourney suspended because of violence restarts.The Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) has received a final letter of warning from FIFA which doesn’t care about violence and ordered the government and soccer federation to relent.Sports Deputy Minister Stavros Kontonis stopped the tourney after fan clashed with riot police during the PAOK vs. Olympiacos semi-final game that had to be stopped, another in a long line of violent events at games were fans are allowed to bring in flares and other incendiary objects and routinely battle with cops.Kathimerini said that he letter also states that any decision by the Council of State will not be taken into account as this does not concern FIFA and its requirements. The country’s highest administrative court won’t take the case up until April 19, four days after the ban would go into effect.FIFA demanded Greece change its sports laws so that the Sports Minister would lose some of his authority over games.  FIFA also opposes clauses of the law on doping, which provides for an independent body to rule on doping cases instead of the EPO disciplinary committee.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Real Madrid Defends Ronaldo from Tax Fraud AccusationsReal Madrid Defends Ronaldo from Tax Fraud Accusations

first_imgMADRID (AP) — Real Madrid says it believes Cristiano Ronaldo is “innocent” after a Spanish state prosecutor accused him of defrauding the country’s tax office of 14.7 million euros ($16.5 million).The club issued a statement saying “Real Madrid expresses its complete confidence in our player Cristiano Ronaldo, who we understand has acted within the law as far as complying with his fiscal obligations.”It adds it is convinced Ronaldo “will demonstrate his complete innocence.”A Spanish state prosecutor accused Ronaldo of four counts of tax fraud from 2011-14 on Tuesday. The prosecutor said Ronaldo had used a shell company in the Virgin Islands to hide the true amount of income made from image rights, among other means of illegally reducing the amount of taxes he paid.Ronaldo’s agent has denied any wrongdoing.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Former Panathinaikos Star, Marcus Berg, In Talks With OlympiacosFormer Panathinaikos Star, Marcus Berg, In Talks With Olympiacos

first_imgNEW YORK – By the end of the week it’s likely that Swedish striker, and former Panathinaikos star, Marcus Berg will give his final decision to Olympiacos’ front office regarding an impending transfer to the Piraeus powerhouse.The two sides have had communication over the past few days, however nothing is yet clear as not all of the “obstacles” have been cleared so that Berg’s transfer can be completed.The latest updates allude to the fact that the biggest, outstanding hurdle to clear for the transfer is the length of the contract between the player and the club with the “Red-Whites” wanting a 1+1 contract, while the 33-year old Swede is demanding a clean two-year contract.While Berg is weighing a possible return to Greece, his wife Josephine’s recent social media activity might have hidden meaning regarding her husband’s relationship with Olympiacos’ summer transfer designs.Josephine Berg on Monday uploaded a post to social media that she missed Greece and on Tuesday she uploaded a picture packing suitcases.Specifically she wrote, “Packing again, it’s a never-ending story”, in a post that could mean a lot, or it could mean nothing, in relation to her husband’s talks with Olympiacos. The Piraeus-based club is hoping to have all its summer transfer business done before training camp begins so that new players have time to adequately settle in before the new season commences.TweetPinShare2020 Shareslast_img read more

SEGGER introduces new compression softwareSEGGER introduces new compression software

first_imgSEGGER announces emCompress-ToGo, a new member of the emCompress compression software family. Now with 3 products, SEGGER believes it has the optimum compression solution for any application. The latest software is based around SEGGER’s new compression algorithm SMASH, which has been specifically developed for use in embedded systems with almost no RAM. It features high speed, low memory usage on target compression and decompression with no RAM used other than a buffer holding uncompressed data. The proven emCompress-Embed and emCompress-Flex products offer support for standard compression schemes such as LZMA, DEFLATE, and LZJU90.Whilst the emCompress family of products is geared towards use in embedded systems, it can also be used for other purposes, such as embedding data in PC or other applications. It is proven in various applications, from reducing size of firmware updates, FPGA bitstreams as well as increasing bandwidth of communication channels. All code has been developed by and can be licensed from SEGGER. It is not encumbered by any Open Source license.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Portwell supports UIC standardNext Kontron: new embedded server ZINC CUBE C232 at embedded world 2018last_img read more

Executing secure functions from non-secure code using Arm TrustZoneExecuting secure functions from non-secure code using Arm TrustZone

first_imgAdding the attribute cmse_nonsecure_call tells the compiler that this function is accessible from non-secure memory. This will allow a secure gateway instruction to be used to access the function. In addition, when the secure function has completed execution and is ready to jump back to the non-secure code, any non-banked registers, those that are being shared between the secure and non-secure regions, will be cleared. Clearing the registers prevents any secure data that may have been stored in the non-banked registers from being exposed to the non-secure zone.At this point, a developer would be able to compile the secure library and then from their non-secure project, include the header file for their function and make calls to MySecureFunction.The ability to isolate critical functions from the rest of the application is critical when attempting to secure an embedded system. Careful thought should be applied up front to decide which functions in an application should be isolated and even which mechanisms will be used to. TrustZone is one tool that embedded software developers can start to utilize to improve their products security.ReferencesKeil Application Note 291Keil MDK arm M33 TrustZone Baremetal project example The traditional embedded software application exists in a single contiguous space with unique ID’s, memory and code all sitting together and easily accessible. This of course makes it very easy for a hacker to access the entire system as soon as they can get their foot in the door. The key to embedded system security is isolation. A new way that developers can improve isolation is to utilize the new TrustZone® capabilities in Arm® M23/33 microcontrollers. In this post, I’m going to walk the reader through how they can protect secure functions using TrustZone but still access them from a non-secure memory region.Before diving into the details, it would be useful to discuss a little bit about TrustZone. TrustZone is a security hardware extension for the Armv-8 architecture that provides hardware isolation that creates a secure and non-secure zone from which software can be executed. Both regions have their own MSP, PSP, MPU’s and the secure region even has some non-banked registers that are not accessible in the non-secure zone. The transition from secure to non-secure and vice versa is all done in hardware within three clock cycles, so a developer doesn’t need to concern themselves with adding any extra code to handle the transition; However, a developer does need to concern themselves with properly controlling which secure functions can be accessed from the non-secure region.Figure 1 – Arm TrustZone creates a hardware isolation between secure and non-secure code. TrustZone allows developers to securely boot their microcontroller in addition to specifying which memory regions, interrupts and peripherals should execute in the secure zone. (Image Source: Keil Appnote 291)By default, code executing in the non-secure region cannot access the secure region. Any attempt to dereference a memory location in the secure zone will result in an exception. The problem is that a developer may need to call a secure function such as a crypto library function or maybe a peripheral driver that has been deemed secure. In order to do this, a developer needs to create an interface in their secure application project that becomes part of a secure gateway between the non-secure and secure code regions and allows the secure function to be executed. The secure function executes in the secure or trusted zone, keeping it isolated from the non-secure code.Creating the interface between the secure code and the non-secure code is done using the arm_cmse library which is a C library extension to support secure executable files. The library contains definitions for creating function pointers to non-secure memory such as cmse_nsfptr_create. The compiler itself, such as Keil MDK, also include new compiler attributes like cmse_nonsecure_entry which tell the compiler that the associated function is located in secure memory but accessible from non-secure memory.The process for creating an accessible secure function is simple. First, a developer defines their secure function just like they would any other function except that the function is defined within their secure project. An example secure function can be seen below:int MySecureFunction(funcptr_ns callback, int Data){   funcptr_NS callback_NS;   callback_NS = (funcptr_NS)cmse_nsfptr_create(callback);   Data = callback_NS(Data);   return Data;}There are several interesting points to note about this code:The code makes use of the funcptr_NS type from arm_cmse.h which defines a type for function pointers accessing non-secure memoryAccessing a non-secure callback function from the secure zone requires calling cmse_nsfptr_create which will allow the non-secure function to be accessed in the secure regionTrustZone code will typically use NS to denote non-secure and S to denote secureAs written, this code would not be accessible to the non-secure regionIn order to remedy the fact that this code is completely secure and non-accessible, a developer needs to use the cmse_nonsecure_entry attribute. The secure function definition would then change from:int MySecureFunction(funcptr_ns callback, int Data){…}toint MySecureFunction(funcptr_ns callback, int Data) __attribute__((cmse_nonsecure_call)){…} Jacob Beningo is an embedded software consultant, advisor and educator who currently works with clients in more than a dozen countries to dramatically transform their software, systems and processes. Feel free to contact him at, at his website, and sign-up for his monthly Embedded Bytes Newsletter. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Digital, IoT, Security Continue Reading Previous Parasoft: new ways take the manual effort out of certificationNext Green Hills extends trusted instrument cluster solutions to Renesas’ R-Car D3 SoClast_img read more