Paris St.-Germain Beats Olympiakos 2-1, Qualifies for Second Place in Knockout

first_imgPARIS — A 10-man Paris Saint-Germain showed its resilience by scoring a last-minute winner to beat Olympiakos 2-1 on Nov. 27 to secure a place in the knockout stages of the Champions League.With PSG a man down for most of the second half after midfielder Marco Verratti’s sending off, Olympiakos looked to have done enough to seal a valuable draw when center half Kostas Manolas equalized from close range in the 80th minute following a corner.But Cavani ran onto substitute Adrien Rabiot’s pass and finished with a powerful shot that gave goalkeeper Roberto Jimenez no chance.“It was a little bit difficult but we managed to reach our objective,” PSG coach Laurent Blanc said. “The players showed solidarity and that’s an important quality to have. All great teams have this, and it helps you go get through tough moments.”The temperamental Italian midfielder Verratti’s sending off in the 46th handed the visitors a way back into a contest that looked easy when Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored in the seventh minute on his 100th appearance in the competition.Ibrahimovic swept in a cross from Gregory van der Wiel in the 7th minute to get his eighth goal of the competition and set a new single-season club record. Manolas tapped in after ‘keeper Salvatore Sirigu saved an Alejandro Dominguez attempt.“I have the impression that when we equalized, PSG really wanted the game to finish and were waiting for the whistle,” Olympiakos coach Michel said. “We have one game left against Anderlecht and if you look at the five games I think we deserve to qualify.”PSG drew 1-1 with Anderlecht in its previous game and again looked vulnerable to counterattacks — even before Verratti’s red card.“I think we respected PSG too much,” Michel said. “We saw that we could get into their penalty area very quickly and we just needed to show more audacity.”Verratti had only himself to blame after the first yellow was needless — a blatant handball to stop an Olympiakos attack from midfield — and the second was careless as he tugged back David Fuster’s shirt.“Marco deserved the first yellow. It’s stupid but sometimes you don’t really think about things because you’re doing it to break up a move, to help the team,” Blanc said. “He put us in difficulty, but I don’t hold it against him.”PSG started the game at its usual frenetic pace.Fullback Gregory van der Wiel was given far too much space down the right and delivered a perfect cross for Ibrahimovic, who thumped the ball into the roof of the net from the edge of the box to break George Weah’s single-season club record of seven.“I’m lucky enough to have two great players who can score goals,” Blanc said. “Great scorers like that always show up for big games.”But Blanc warned his players before the match about casual defending and Olympiakos went close to equalizing two minutes later, when Joel Campbell tried his luck with a low shot that forced a smart save from Sirigu.Van der Wiel was getting behind the Olympiakos defense with ease and almost found Ibrahimovic again moments later, but the shaky defense hacked the ball clear.“We were much better than them in the first half but then we made things difficult for ourselves,” midfielder Thiago Motta said. “We also won with our hearts, it’s important to show such character.”Kostas Mitroglou — the hero of Greece’s World Cup playoff win against Romania — prompted another good Sirigu save in the 34th. Campbell then headed over from a free kick as the visitors enjoyed a decent spell of pressure.Despite being a player down, PSG pushed forward and earned a free kick about 35 yards from goal. Ibrahimovic hit a fierce, swerving shot and Jiminez flung himself to the right to make an excellent save.“It’s the second time (this season) we’ve won with 10 against 11,” Blanc said. “It can serve us well in the latter stages of the competition.”Moments after Ibrahimovic was substituted, Olympiakos forced a corner. Manolas’s header bounced off Rodriguez’s leg and toward goal, drawing a fine reflex save from Sirigu — but he was helpless to stop Manolas getting to the rebound.Olympiakos’ only other defeat of the season was a 4-1 loss to PSG and the Greeks head into the final Group C game level on points with Benfica after the Portuguese side won 3-2 at last-place Anderlecht.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Olympiakos Routs Host Panthrakikos 4-1

first_imgATHENS, Greece (AP) — Andreas Samaris scored a goal and dished two assists to help defending champion Olympiakos beat host Panthrakikos 4-1 in the Greek league on Nov. 23.Costas Manolas scored in the 21st minute with a header off Samaris’ free kick and Igor equalized in the 42nd. Joel Campbell gave Olympiakos its lead back with a looping header in the 53rd, before Samaris scored with a free kick in the 58th and assisted Javier Saviola on his seventh goal of the season two minutes before time.Olympiakos rested several starters, including top scorer Costas Mitroglou, ahead of the Nov. 27 Champions League clash at Paris Saint-Germain. Victory took Olympiakos nine points clear of second-place PAOK, which hosts Aris on Nov. 24.  Αlso, OFI won 1-0 at Apollon and Atromitos beat Veria by the same score.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Kuroda Bolts Yanks For Japan

first_imgTOKYO — Japanese media report free-agent right-hander Hiroki Kuroda will return to Japan in 2015 to pitch for his first team, the Hiroshima Toyo Carp.The reports say Kuroda, who turns 40 in February, has signed a one year contract worth $3.3 million. Kuroda pitched for Hiroshima from 1997-2007 and then spent four years with the Los Angeles Dodgers before moving to the New York Yankees.The Japanese broadcaster NHK and other reports said Saturday that Kuroda will wear No. 15, the same number he wore when he last pitched for the Carp. Hiroshima kept the number open for him during his time in the major leagues, where he wore 18.Last season, Kuroda was 11-9 with a 3.71 ERA. He was 79-79 with a 3.45 ERA in 1,319 career major league innings. He struck out 986 and walked only 292.Kuroda was perhaps the most durable starter in the Yankees’ rotation the past three seasons. He worked 199 innings this year after exceeding 200 in his first two with New York and the final season with the Dodgers.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Harvey, Mets Rock Marlins, 7-6

first_imgNEW YORK — For the second day in a row, the Miami Marlins fought back only to fall short. That was the closest thing to a positive development during their lost weekend in New York.Matt Harvey won his third straight start to begin his comeback season and the banged-up Mets, despite losing two important players to injuries, held off Miami 7-6 on April 19 for their eighth consecutive victory.It marked the first time the Marlins were swept by their NL East rivals in a four-game series.“I’m happy and pleased with the way our offense kept battling,” Miami Manager Mike Redmond said. “But at the end of the day, you can’t win at the big league level if your starter is going three innings.”After the Marlins (3-10) trimmed a six-run deficit to one, Jeurys Familia retired Christian Yelich and Giancarlo Stanton on grounders with a runner at second for his sixth save.Yelich was 0-for-5 and struck out seven times in the final two games of the series.“Trying to remember a time where I’ve felt this terrible up there but I really can’t. I don’t know what’s going on,” he said. “I need to be better. The team needs me to be better and you have to just own it. I’ll be better and it will click.”Ruben Tejada hit a three-run double off Miami starter Tom Koehler, and Travis d’Arnaud singled twice in New York’s seven-run fourth.“That’s the second time this year that we’ve given up seven runs in an inning. It’s tough to win ballgames like that,” Redmond said. “Needed a deep start out of Tommy, and it was looking good there for three innings and then it just snowballed on him.”The first three innings could not have gone any better for Koehler (1-2). Pitching close to home with family and friends in the stands, he retired his first nine batters and even singled off Harvey.The fourth inning could not have gone much worse.Koehler loaded the bases with none out and gave up RBI singles to Daniel Murphy and Juan Lagares. Kirk Nieuwenhuis drew a four-pitch walk to force in another run before Tejada, the No. 8 batter, drove a bases-clearing double to deep left-center.“Extremely disappointing, just hanging the bullpen out to dry,” Koehler said.The Mets made it 7-1 with d’Arnaud’s run-scoring single off Sam Dyson. New York sent 12 hitters to the plate in its biggest inning since a seven-run seventh against Arizona on July 2, 2013.“We’ve got to get the pitching straightened out and get these guys deeper into games to give us opportunities,” Redmond said.It was a costly win for the Mets, who lost d’Arnaud to a broken right hand and reliever Jerry Blevins to a fractured left forearm. Blevins took a line drive off his throwing arm, and d’Arnaud was hit by a pitch.“Not a good day,” manager Terry Collins said.Already missing captain David Wright (hamstring) and right-hander Zack Wheeler (elbow surgery), the Mets matched the best start in franchise history at 10-3.They won their first seven home games for the first time and completed their first four-game sweep since July 2011 in Cincinnati.The winning streak is the club’s longest since an eight-game run in June 2010. New York also opened 10-3 in 1986 and 2006 — and won division titles both times.Harvey (3-0) has been sick lately but said he didn’t want to give up a start. Handed a 7-1 lead, he tired and was chased with none out in the seventh.The ace right-hander, coming off Tommy John surgery that sidelined him last season, yielded four runs and eight hits. But he threw 63 of 84 pitches for strikes while whiffing seven and walking none. He has struck out 24 and issued one free pass.“It was a battle,” Harvey said. “I think I kind of ran out of gas.”(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Krygios Sits for Aussie Davis Cup Bid

first_imgGLASGOW, Scotland  — As Britain prepares to take on Australia in the Davis Cup semifinals this week, the focus will be as much on who’s missing as who will be taking the court in Glasgow.Andy Murray will lead a team bidding to win Britain’s first title since 1936, while the visitors will be without Nick Kyrgios, who lost to the Scot in the opening round of the U.S. Open and who has frequently drawn controversy for his antics this season.In the second round of the Rogers Cup in Montreal in August, a court microphone picked up a vulgar remark that Kyrgios made about the reported girlfriend of his opponent, Stan Wawrinka.Earlier this year, Kyrgios appeared to make little effort to return serve in the second set of his fourth round loss against Richard Gasquet at Wimbledon after arguing with the umpire, while against Murray at the U.S. Open earlier this month, the 20-year-old closed his eyes and appeared to fall asleep while he sat in his chair at the end of the second set.Australia Davis Cup captain Wally Masur spoke to Kyrgios after his U.S. Open defeat and they agreed it was best for him to miss the match against Britain, which starts with Sept. 18 singles.“Nick played Andy at the US Open and we sat down two days later,” Masur said. “Nick has had a really full year, in more ways than one so far. We felt that, mutually, this was the best fit for him and the best fit for the team.“To be honest, we look at Nick as a 10-year proposition. He’s going to be a great player for Australia. But this Davis Cup tie just came around a bit too soon.”Lleyton Hewitt, Bernard Tomic, Sam Groth and Thanasi Kokkinakis make up Australia’s team.For the 34-year-old Hewitt, who will retire after the Australian Open in 2016, this is a final shot at Davis Cup glory.“In my last year playing, it’s a great opportunity,” Hewitt said. “With my experience and the other boys’ youth out there, we’ve really mixed it up.“I think a lot of the pressure is on, obviously, Andy. So whoever gets the opportunity to take him on, on day one, has got nothing to lose, you can go out free swinging and play your game. I think Andy pretty much has got to win that match.”Murray rejected claims that Britain is a one-man team, and that all the pressure was on him.“I wouldn’t say it’s all on me. We got into this position by everyone in the team playing their part,” Murray said. “I think there’s pressure on everybody. It’s Lleyton’s last chance to win the Davis Cup and he’ll be feeling pressure as well.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Super Bowl Media Circus Begins

first_imgSAN JOSE — What happens when you put Peyton Manning, Miss Universe, an orange-and-blue leprechaun and 200 TV cameras into the same room?Answer: Super Bowl Opening Night.The NFL took a good idea gone surreal — what used to be known as “Media Day” — gave it a new name, added a live cover band and moved the whole thing to prime time Monday to kick off Super Bowl week between the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers.This new and amped-up interview-fest came complete with a guy walking around inside an inflatable football and a newly choreographed players’ introduction that involved all 60 players from each team walking out onto a four-story-high catwalk.“I had no idea that was a bridge we were standing on,” said Manning, getting ready for his fourth Super Bowl.And yet, the more things change, the more they stay the same.“Will you kiss my wife?” one questioner shouted to Panthers QB Cam Newton, who answered his hour’s worth of questions with a sports-drink-themed towel wrapped around his head.“I don’t think I can do that,” Newton said.Suffice to say, Manning and Newton — one a five-time MVP, the other a strong favorite to win his first later this week — couldn’t have seen a lot of this coming, no matter how hard they prepared.Who would play you in a movie? “Maybe a young Robert Redford,” Manning said.Another reporter — or make that, person with a credential — asked Manning to look into the camera and wish a Happy Chinese New Year to all his friends in that part of the world.At one point, a reporter from a Spanish-language station cranked up some bass-heavy music and pleaded with Newton to dance.He passed. “Got to be feeling it,” he explained.All of this thoughtfully brought to prime time by the NFL for the first time in the 50-year history of the Super Bowl.For decades, Media Day was a Tuesday-at-noonish affair — scheduled so as not to interrupt the teams’ schedules and to give writers the rest of the week to craft the stories.But this year, the NFL moved it to Monday night, where minor details like dress code, off-color banter and 8-year-olds asking football players questions after bedtime barely raise an eyebrow.NFL spokesman Michael Signora described the scheduling change as one that allows “more fans (to) experience what has grown to become a very unique, popular Super Bowl event.”Conveniently, the NFL-owned NFL Network captured all the action live.Surprising they didn’t do this earlier. It’s a nod to the reality that “Media Day” has long been a “journalism-free zone” — one in which fans have willingly, for the last five years, paid money for tickets that allow them to sit in the stands and watch the madness unfold.Speaking of which …Late in the Broncos session, Rocky the Leprechaun — a regular at Broncos games over the years — laid a dollar bill out on the blue carpeting of SAP Center and waited to see if someone would pick it up. Several minutes passed. Nobody did.“Crazy to see that,” he said.What makes this week so great?“There’s a lot of happiness,” said the gnome-turned-sociologist. “This world needs all the happiness it can get.”Only one team will be happy come Sunday night. The Panthers are favored. Manning is a sentimental favorite; at 39, many people expect he’ll retire after this one.That was one of the few actual news angles being worked on during Denver’s hour of fun behind the mic.“I haven’t made up my mind and I don’t see myself knowing until the season’s over,” Manning said.Also, the Broncos were involved in a minor bus crash after practice. There were no injuries. “Just adds to the intrigue of what we’ve had all year,” Manning said.Back to the important stuff.Miss Universe, one of the 5,500 “reporters” with credentials for Super Bowl-week festivities, answered more questions than she asked. Most had to do with Steve Harvey. “Yes, I am the real Miss Universe,” she said, referencing Harvey’s embarrassing gaffe a few weeks back.Harvey was a no-show at this one.No one missed him.From the costumes, to the beauty queens, to the guys dressed up like the Swedish Chef from the Muppets, this prime-time special had pretty much everything — except for Donald Trump, who was waiting on caucus results in Iowa.Manning was asked to recollect a meeting with Trump a few years back. Maybe someday, Newton will meet The Donald, too.“I tell kids, that oval-shaped pigskin can take you a lot of places,” said the Panthers quarterback, who won the national college championship with Auburn a few years back. “It’s taken me to the White House.”And to this place. Kickoff is less than a week away.EDDIE PELLS, AP National Writer___TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Manning Bids Football Adieu

first_imgENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Peyton Manning got through the weekend thanks to hundreds of texts and calls from men he played against or alongside over his unparalleled 18-year NFL career.He had to crack a few jokes to help fight back the tears at his retirement news conference March 7, when the words didn’t always come as easy as the emotions.His voice cracking, especially when he mentioned his hero, Johnny Unitas, Manning said goodbye to the game he loved in an auditorium packed with friends, family and laughter.Manning, who turns 40 this month, said the timing was simply right to call one last audible one month after winning his second Super Bowl trophy.“I thought about it a lot, prayed about it a lot … it was just the right time,” Manning said. “I don’t throw as good as I used to, don’t run as good as I used to, but I have always had good timing.”Manning came to Denver on March 20, 2012, for the chance to win another title in the twilight of his career. General manager John Elway had the blueprints.Four years later, he hobbles away a champion, just like his boss did 17 years ago.Manning is going golfing later this week with brothers Cooper and Eli — whose trip to Denver morning was scuttled by a stomach bug.Manning plans to travel to Indianapolis later this month for a lower-key goodbye, nothing like this one, and said he’ll still participate in his family’s annual passing academy this summer.Aside from that, it’s anybody’s guess.Maybe a front office or a broadcast booth beckons. He hasn’t ruled out anything other than this: he and his wife and 5-year-old twins won’t be moving out of Denver. They love it here.“I’m totally convinced that the end of my football career is just the beginning of something I haven’t even discovered yet,” Manning said. “Life is not shrinking for me; it’s morphing into a whole new world of possibilities.”March 7 wasn’t a day to ahead but a time to take stock.“When I look back on my NFL career, I’ll know without a doubt that I gave everything I had to help my teams walk away with a win,” Manning said.“There were other players who were more talented, but there was no one could out-prepare me, and because of that I have no regrets.”Elway thanked Manning for coming to Colorado, saying he made his own job easier, noting that with Manning living here, free agents were basically asking Elway “where do I sign?”It was through the eyes of a former QB and not those of a GM that Elway really enjoyed watching Manning, however.“Peyton Manning revolutionized the game,” Elway said. “We all used to think a no-huddle was a fast pace, get to the line of scrimmage and get people off-balance. Peyton revolutionized it, and you know what, we’re going to get to the line of scrimmage, take our time, I’m going to find out what you’re doing and then I’m going to pick you apart.“I can’t tell you how many times I said, ‘Dang, why didn’t we think of that?’”Manning went 50-15 in Denver, leading the Broncos to four AFC West titles, two Super Bowl trips, one championship, and in 2013 guided the highest-scoring offense in league history.All after retraining himself to throw following a series of neck fusion surgeries forced him to miss the 2011 season and he was cut by the Colts.Former Colorado Rockies slugger Todd Helton, Manning’s teammate at Tennessee in the 1990s, once told the story about how Manning’s right arm was so shot after his neck operations that he thought Peyton was goofing around when he threw a football and it fluttered like a wounded duck.“He had nothing,” Helton recounted. “But I knew he’d come back and be Peyton Manning again because nobody else works that hard.”Manning revealed last summer he still had no feeling in the fingertips of his right hand, and yet he threw 140 of his NFL-best 539 TD passes for the Broncos, including a record 55 in 2013.Team President Joe Ellis told Manning, “If there is a list of achievements needed to attain greatness, you’ve checked every box.”Elway was equally emotional when he walked away from the game after winning his second championship in 1999, and on March 7 he said, “Having been through it, I know it’s a hard day for him.”Indeed, Manning choked up several times, especially when he listed all the things he’d miss about football: deciphering defenses; the flights home after a big win; his teammates.Coach Gary Kubiak recounted Manning’s journey through six weeks of rehab and his return to the field in leading Denver to a comeback victory over the Chargers in the regular-season finale that secured the AFC’s top seed.“I know it was tough, and you were special along the way,” Kubiak said, turning to the five-time MVP. “So, it was only nine months for me, but I’ll remember it for a lifetime.”Manning revealed after the news conference he had an “orthotics guru” who had also helped other NFL QBs take up shop in his garage last November to fit him with some orthotics that helped him get back on the field. He added the torn ligament near his left heel feels fine and won’t require surgery in retirement.He informed Elway, Kubiak and Ellis of his decision to retire on March 5. The move gives the Broncos $19 million in cap space to try to sign several of their free agents, including Manning’s heir apparent, Brock Osweiler.Manning also called each of the other coaches he played for: Jim Mora, Tony Dungy, Jim Caldwell and John Fox.He also called Bill Parcells, Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, Tom Moore, Jim Irsay, Wes Welker, and Brandon Stokley. Then, he group-texted some former teammates with the Colts and Broncos, his high school buddies and his college pals.He texted coaches he played against, telling them all they’d been a part of his football life. All of the responses and conversations “kind of helped me through the last day and a-half,” Manning said.Manning refused to let anything dampen his big day, declining to address in detail a recent rehashing of a sexual harassment claim from his days at Tennessee.“This is a joyous day,” he said, “and nothing could overtake this day.”Earlier, reciting from Scripture, he said, “I have fought the good fight and I have finished the race.”“Well, I’ve fought a good fight,” Manning said. “I’ve finished my football race and after 18 years, it’s time.”(ARNIE STAPLETON, AP Pro Football Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Spieth Keeps Shaky Master’s Lead

first_imgAUGUSTA, Ga. — One round away from another green jacket, Jordan Spieth couldn’t help but look back.A victory in the Masters was starting to look inevitable April 9 when Spieth stood on the 17th tee with a four-shot lead.The wind that caused so much havoc had subsided. Rory McIlroy was out of the picture. Spieth had just made five big putts in a row, three of them for birdie.Two holes later, he found himself explaining what went wrong.Sure, he had the lead for the seventh straight round at Augusta National, but just barely. Two wild tee shots, two poor wedges and five putts at the end of an already wild ride left Spieth with only a one-shot lead.And it left the Masters up for grabs.“It was a really tough finish to go from holding a four-shot lead … to where all of the sudden, now it’s anyone’s game,” Spieth said. “So it’s tough to swallow that. ”His biggest challenge?“Understand this is the position I wanted to be in after 54 holes,” he said, “and not think about the finish to today’s round.”A bogey and a double bogey gave Spieth a 1-over 73, one shot ahead of Masters rookie Smylie Kaufman. It also gave plenty of hope to a cast of challengers that include 58-year-old Bernhard Langer and Hideki Matsuyama of Japan, who were two shots behind.Looming three shots behind — that’s nothing at Augusta National — were world No. 1 Jason Day and Dustin Johnson. Eleven players were within five shots of the lead, and that even includes McIlroy, who didn’t make a birdie in his round of 77.“To be honest with you, I would be feeling a lot worse about myself if I hadn’t have just seen what Jordan did the last two holes,” McIlroy said. “I sort of take a bit of heart from that, that I’m still in this golf tournament.”That’s what gnawed at Spieth.He led by four shots after the third round a year ago and was able to protect the lead. With a forecast for less wind Sunday, it could be a sprint to the green jacket filled with birdies, eagles and those Augusta National roars that have been largely swept away by three straight days of 25-mph gusts.“I know I have to shoot a significant under-par round tomorrow in order to win this tournament, when I could have played a different style of golf, like I did on Sunday last year,” he said.Kaufman, who qualified for the Masters by shooting 61 in the final round to win in Las Vegas, used to spend his summers playing junior golf against Spieth. He kept the stress to a minimum and rallied with three birdies over his last six holes for a 69.No one has won a green jacket on his first try since Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979. Maybe there’s one waiting for a 24-year-old named Smylie.“This place fits my eye pretty well,” Kaufman said. “I just enjoy playing, coming out every day. It’s Augusta National. It’s hard not to have some fun out there.”The biggest surprise was Langer, who won his second Masters in 1993 about three months before Spieth was born. Playing alongside Day — and usually playing from some 60 yards behind him — Langer plodded his way around in the wind and ran off three birdies for a 70.On the 30-year anniversary of Jack Nicklaus becoming the oldest Masters champion at 46, Langer now has a chance to become the oldest winner of any major by 10 years. Julius Boros won the 1968 PGA Championship when he was 48.Can he really win?“I believe I can,” Langer said.Matsuyama, who won the Phoenix Open earlier this year, had a brief chance to tie Spieth until missing a birdie chance on the par-5 15th.Just like Spieth, he let the last few holes get away from him with bogeys on the 16th and 17th for a 72. He still was only two shots behind.Day (70) and Johnson (72) were at even-par 216, along with Danny Willett, the Englishman who wasn’t sure he was going to be able to play in his first Masters because his wife was pregnant. She gave birth last week.Almost as surprising as Langer being two shots behind is McIlroy still even having a chance. Starting the round one shot out of the lead, he fell apart after the turn with a bogey from the trees on No. 10 and a double bogey in the water on the 11th.Spieth also made double bogey at No. 11, but was able to recover. The lead was down to one shot, until he made an 18-foot birdie on the par-3 12th, then holed fast, sliding birdie putts on the 14th and 15th to restore his margin.And three holes later, it was gone.(DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Blaszczykowski goal cements Poland’s place in last 16

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares MARSEILLE, France (AP) — Poland will play Switzerland in the last 16 of the European Championship with a big question hanging over its head: Has star striker Robert Lewandowski left his goal-scoring boots at home?Poland cemented its first appearance in the tournament’s knockout stage with a 1-0 win in Marseille on Tuesday against already eliminated Group C opponent Ukraine.Usually so clinical for Bayern Munich, and the top scorer in Euro 2016 qualifying with 13 goals, Lewandowski not only failed to find the net in Poland’s three group-stage matches, he also failed to have a single shot on target.Second-half substitute Jakub Blaszczykowski struck the winner for Poland in the 54th minute. Poland qualified second from the group behind Germany. Both finished with seven points, but Germany had a superior goal difference.Lewandowski missed a sitter in the first half. Given time and space in front of goal by a scything pass from Arkadiusz Milik through Ukraine’s defense, he aimed for the top left-hand corner, but side-footed the ball high and wide.Lewandowski squandered other chances, too, failing to connect with a fizzing cross from Milik and, moments later, getting tangled in his own feet in front of goal and firing weakly past Andriy Pyatov’s right-hand post.Coach Adam Nawalka insisted that he’s not concerned, predicting that Lewandowski will score against Switzerland on Saturday in Saint-Etienne.Instead of dwelling on Lewandowski’s drought, he focused on the striker’s link-up play with teammates, saying he is “doing a lot of fantastic work” and is “the steam power of the locomotive we have.”“The fact that Robert Lewandowski hasn’t scored a goal yet is not a problem whatsoever for our team,” he said. “It’s just a matter of time. He’s creating more and more chances and I think he will score in the next match.”Blaszczykowski quickly rewarded Nawalka for bringing him on for the second half, taking the wind out of Ukraine’s sails with his goal from a cleverly worked short corner.Poland’s Jakub Blaszczykowski, left, scores his side’s first goal during the Euro 2016 Group C soccer match between Ukraine and Poland at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, France, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)Found with a pass from Milik, Blaszczykowski turned right then left to make space for himself and curled in a left-footed shot.Polish fans, who comfortably outnumbered Ukrainian supporters in the 67,000-capacity Stade Velodrome, celebrated by lighting at least two flares, an action likely to bring a fine of at least 1,000 euros (US$ 1,130) for Poland from UEFA.There were brief scuffles in Marseille’s Old Port neighborhood ahead of the match, with riot police firing tear gas and detaining at least two people after rowdy fans threw bottles, and more brief clashes outside the stadium itself, where police used a water cannon and more tear gas to disperse unruly Poland fans.Inside the stadium, Poland was content to sit back for much of the second half, leaving Lewandowski alone up front, with little opportunity to redeem himself.Left winger Bartosz Kapustka will be missing for Poland against Switzerland, having picked up another yellow card in the second half.Nawalka called Switzerland, which advanced as the runner-up to France in Group A, “one of the more interesting” teams at Euro 2016, but said his squad is powered by “faith and optimism.”“It’s great to see the team is progressing,” he said. “We haven’t conceded a goal and we are still going forward.”Poland against Ukraine pitted two countries that have had contrasting fortunes since they co-hosted Euro 2012.Ukrainian football has suffered in the successive waves of turmoil that have rattled the country, with two of its top four teams last season displaced by fighting with separatists in eastern Ukraine that has killed more than 9,300 people.Poland has gained in strength. Bottom of its group in both 2008 and 2012, it now advances for the first time with a team that is solid defensively, conceding no goals in Group C against Northern Ireland, Germany and Ukraine.But it will likely need Lewandowski to start firing on all cylinders for its adventure to continue.last_img read more

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Financial, Soccer Ideals Collide in Champions League

first_imgROB HARRIS, AP Global Soccer WriterLONDON (AP) — UEFA is putting itself in a quandary by combing through Paris Saint-Germain’s finances, investigating whether the French capital club has flouted spending rules to sign Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.On one hand UEFA doesn’t want out-of-control spending by the clubs. On the other it wants more clubs to be competitive.No team is better placed than PSG to give the Champions League something missing for 13 years: A team in the final from outside England, Germany, Italy and Spain.And yet the overzealous spending that could allow PSG to break up that Champions League monopoly, by winning its first title, could also see the club blocked from entry next year by the organizers of European soccer’s flagship club competition.It’s where the need for fiscal diligence collides with mission statements by UEFA leaders desiring more open, exciting competitions.Enhancing the competitive balance within the Champions League is the thorny issue UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin is trying to resolve while grappling with the spending rules inherited from disgraced predecessor Michel Platini amid constant threats of a breakaway by the gilded elite.Although UEFA is trying to drum up excitement around the start of the Champions League proper this week, rarely does the group stage deliver a shock once the standings are complete in December. Leading teams are unlikely to be squeezed out of the top two places in each group to progress to the knockout phase.And from next season the competition will prove even tougher if you aren’t from one of Europe’s top four football nations. England, Germany, Italy and Spain are to enjoy the luxury of four automatic spots in the group stage, removing the need for any teams to negotiate the August playoffs, and entrenching the status of the privileged.Less well-off clubs, though, have gained an unlikely champion in Javier Tebas, the president of the Spanish league which has been represented in the past four Champions League finals. Tebas, irritated that Neymar left Barcelona for PSG, has led calls for the Qatari-owned club to be punished by UEFA for paying for his world-record transfer. Tebas also wants to dilute the concentration of wealth in the game.“As more and more money is given to these clubs it’ll be taken away from the smaller leagues and smaller clubs,” Tebas told The Associated Press. “Football will lose its structure and clubs will either be much richer or much poorer and it’ll affect the competitions.”But there are dangers, too, for domestic competitions if UEFA simply doles out the Champions League revenue more equitably; fattening the prize money for entrants from smaller countries is worsening the imbalance.Competition in smaller leagues has already been distorted — wiped out in several cases — due to the economic advantage that strengthens each year for teams sealing return tickets to the Champions League.In UEFA’s Swiss homeland, Basel has won eight league titles in a row. Around 35 million euros ($42 million) has been banked by Basel from the Champions League and Europa League in the last three seasons — the same amount clubs in Switzerland’s top two divisions are expected to share this season from television and marketing revenue.It’s a similar story in Greece where Olympiakos has won seven titles in a row. Celtic has cruised to the last six titles in Scotland, as has Juventus in Italy. Bayern Munich (Germany) and APOEL (Cyprus) are both five-time defending champions. And in Portugal, Benfica and Porto have shared the top domestic trophy for the last 15 years.Copenhagen, winner of the last two Danish titles, will not feature in the Champions League group stage this year after being beaten in the playoff round by Azerbaijani newcomer Qarabag. Dropping into the Europa League, though, will be healthier for Danish football.“Somebody at Copenhagen might kill me for saying this,” Danish league chief executive Claus Thomsen told the AP. “But it’s a bigger problem for the Danish competitive balance if we have one team participating in the Champions League each year and no participants in the Europa League, than if we had two teams in the Europa league every year.“There’s already a distortion where if one club for a number of years qualifies for the Champions League it will eventually distort the competitive balance.”Rarely are the cream of European clubs so blunt to air the view publicly, but they really do not want to be playing smaller teams like Copenhagen anyway.Head-to-heads like Barcelona-Juventus in the group stage on Tuesday are the fixtures desired by the elite more often; they are more attractive to broadcasters in an era of declining television ratings.Just the type of matches you would get in a Super League.The four guaranteed group-stage slots for the English Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, and Serie A from 2018-19 were handed down only to placate clubs threatening once again to launch a breakaway competition.So while UEFA looks to punish teams like PSG for spending too heavily, and talks about spreading the wealth, those objectives run head first into conflict with the desires of the clubs with the financial might and the stars of the game.FIFA is preparing the ground for a larger slice of the club game. The global body is exploring expanding its little-regarded annual Club World Cup into a 24-team extravaganza every four years, with the bulk of slots for the European teams featuring the stars of the game.“We are in the middle of a transformation where we will shift to new competition models,” Dutch league chief executive Jacco Swart said. “What is very important I think is we have to stand open for new models because it’s not always that the current competition models are the best.”Swart, a member of the board of the European Professional Leagues organization, raises the prospect of an international club competition. The International Champions Trophy, an American-backed privately operated, invite-only preseason competition, is gaining traction and could be laying the foundations for an eventual Super League one day.“Not only do the governing bodies have the monopoly anymore of organizing competitions,” Swart said.UEFA has been put on notice as the Champions League groups get underway.___AP Global Soccer Writer Rob Harris is at www.twitter.com/RobHarris and www.facebook.com/RobHarrisReportsTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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SECO makes your business IoT-ready in three easy steps

first_img Continue Reading Previous Axiomtek: fanless and ultra-slim 4K digital signage playerNext powerBridge: 2U 19” system allows signal processing of 48 GigE-vision cameras SECO has put everything in place to showcase the latest additions to its product range to the tens of thousands of expected visitors at embedded world. In addition to its vast array of products and services, SECO will be presenting its IoT-oriented service that aims to convert any business in an IoT-ready business in three easy steps, delivering on the promises of the Industry 4.0 and helping the business unleash its potential, in terms of both process optimization and monetization.Step 1: connecting the business’ machine with SECO smart gatewaysThanks to SECO’s smart gateways, it is possible to provide the customer’s factory with new sensors, and ultimately turn the factory into a Smart Factory. This is made possible by the powerful and flexible CPUs (ARM and x86), full connectivity (2G/3G/LTE, LAN, Wi-Fi, BT) and, most importantly, by rapid integration with sensors and PLCs. By adopting this architecture, the customer’s business can take advantage from machine learning on the edge, with data processing taking place directly on board, without the need for cumbersome client-server communication for data analysis.Step 2: setup of the devices with the Device Manager Web PlatformOnce the customer’s business has been equipped with SECO’s smart gateways, the whole system can exploit the data analysis that takes place on the edge. This happens both automatically, through routines implemented by machine learning algorithms, as well as by human intervention. Through the Device Manager Web Platform, also accessible via mobile, the customer can indeed control and configure devices, manage sensors, actuators and the operating system, not to mention software updates and API requests. For the customer, this means that his product is always updated thanks to the possibility of further expanding its potential with over-the-air software releases by SECO – something which greatly extends the lifetime of the product itself. This, combined with smooth integration with CRM, Analytics and ERP, boosts the business’ efficiency to the highest degree. As the cherry on the cake, the customer can benefit from the insights of machine learning algorithms in the form of predictive maintenance. In other words, through extensive analysis of the data coming from the sensors deployed in the factory in phase 1, the system can extrapolate the lifetime of the product and anticipate anomalies before they happen. This not only reduces the downtime of machineries, but also decreases the costs of running the business.Step 3: monetizing data with value added servicesThanks to all this, the factory becomes smart, with relevant consequences in terms of monetization. The main result is the opportunity for the business of entering the aftersales market, providing value-added services to its customers. This is made possible not only because of the optimized process, but also the faster time to market, enabled by increased productivity and the reduced downtime that the business achieves with the new insights coming from machine learning-driven data analysis. Among these new monetization opportunities are consumables management and, most importantly, the service of predictive maintenance that the business is now able to deliver to its customers. All in all, the business is finally capable of enhancing the customer experience and profits out of it, opening new, untapped revenue streams.With a much larger stand than in previous years, in addition to its complete solutions for the industrial domain and IoT, for the very first time SECO will also host the UDOO product line and applications for makers, educators and IoT designers.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

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Portwell: Mini-ITX powered by Intel Core i family with up to six core performance

first_img Continue Reading Previous Eurotech: fanless COM Express Type 7 basic module delivers Intel Xeon performance at the edgeNext Kithara: Real Time for 40 Gigabit Ethernet Portwell announces the release of the WADE-8211-Q370, a new Mini-ITX form factor embedded system board based on the 8th Generation Intel Core processor and Intel Q370 Express chipset. Along with four independent video outputs, the WADE-8211 also utilizes the 8th Generation Intel Core Processor, built on 14nm process technology utilizing 3D Tri-gate transistor technology, resulting in increased performance and improved energy efficiency. The Mini-ITX Board includes Intel Turbo Boost Technology for faster processing, Intel vPro Technology for superior remote configuration capabilities and Intel Hyper-threading for multithreaded processing. These features translate into reduced manageability cost and improved security, making the WADE-8211 an ideal solution for Industrial Automation, Medical Equipment, Transportation and Retail Systems.Based on Mini-ITX form factor, the WADE-8211 is right-sized perfectly for applications with small footprint computer and supports the powerful Intel Core i7 / i5 / i3 (8th gen.) and the Intel Pentium / Intel Celeron processor series. It is equipped with the highly performant Intel Q370 Express Chipset and guarantees highest functionality on a small-sized surface with Intel AMT 12.0 and vPro support, 2x Intel GbE LAN and BIOS configurable PCI Express Lane. It is designed and tested for enhanced operating temperature range up to 60°C and 24/7 continuous operation.The WADE-8211-Q370 supports up to 32GB Non-ECC DDR4 memory up to 2133MHz on two 260-pin SO-DIMM sockets making it faster than its predecessor. Its expansion interface supports one PCI Express x16 Gen3 (8.0GT/s) for enhanced video performance and support one Mini-PCIe and two M.2 slots (one M.2 Type E socket (2230) for Wireless, one M.2 Type M socket (2242/2260/2280) for SSD).The board supports four type independent displays, dual DP (Display Port), VGA and 24bit LVDS with greater 3D performance compared to its previous generation. Running with a low TDP CPU (35 watts), the WADE-8211 can provide superior performance in various environments. Moreover, the enhancement in flash playback, rich 2D/3D graphics quality, security and power efficiency enables a fascinating visual experience in a variety of market segments such as Industrial Automation, Medical Imaging, Retail Automation, Transportation, and Digital Signage.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

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Enhancing privacy and security in the smart meter lifecycle

first_imgThe Internet of Things (IoT) is growing at a spectacular rate. The ability to control devices remotely and gain valuable data insights is driving us towards what is expected to be a trillion connected devices by 2035, delivering orders of magnitude more data than we see today. One area where we’re seeing a heavy growth in the number of connected devices is around smart meters. According to iHS Markit, spend on Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) is expected to rise to $13 billion in 2023, compared to $9 billion in 2018. The companies providing our heat, light, and water are benefitting from automated meter readings, precise billing, plus remote connection and disconnection capabilities – all with less resource than was previously possible.But this unprecedented growth creates an ever-expanding attack surface for cybercriminals to prey on essential infrastructure, or infiltrate and steal information from individuals and enterprises. For example, malware hackers utilized ‘Crash Override’ malware to gain control of Ukraine’s power grid in December 2016 and shut down 30 substations, blacking out the city of Kiev and reducing the city to one-fifth of its power capacity.Security threats can take many different forms throughout a smart meter’s operational life. Utilities must consider various factors and be prepared for different attack vectors to ensure their customers are protected. For example, a side channel attack involves snooping and analyzing data consumption via Correlation Power Analysis (CPA) to gain credentials and access to infrastructure. Energy suppliers and the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) need to enforce security from device to cloud. They also need to be able to update their firmware over-the-air (OTA) to ensure resiliency for a device’s lifecycle. So how can utility companies ensure their smart metering deployments maintain security and privacy for all stakeholders?Important customer usage data, some of which may be Personally Identifiable Information (PII), resides inside the meters, meaning that smart meter security has direct implications on privacy. The data may be used by utilities to forecast energy demand, configure demand response, and offer recommendations on energy consumption. That data needs to be accessed in a responsible manner and managed in accordance with a range of regulations like the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Such policy enforcement requires a foundation for trusted data with security infused into data collection, data analytics, and the device itself. This requires root of trust in the devices, authentication-based access, plus encryption of data at rest and in transit.Six ways an IoT platform enables secure and private smart metersEnsuring smart meter security and data privacy requires a lifecycle approach extending from manufacturing through on-boarding and regular use (Figure 1). With an IoT platform such as the Arm Pelion IoT platform, the necessary lifecycle support is integrated in the platform’s device management and access control capabilities. The following sections describe six ways an IoT platform addresses lifecycle security requirements so critical for ensuring privacy.Figure 1: An example of a secure device lifecycle. (Source: Arm Pelion IoT platform) 1. Ensuring a Root of Trust for the Large Volume of Smart Meter Deployment at Scale During Factory Provisioning The production facilities tasked with manufacturing smart meters need to balance scalability with resilience that will ensure a device is trusted, offering a secure foundation for the meter’s life in the field. A root of trust (ROT) constitutes a series of functions within a secure enclave that is trusted by the smart meter’s operating system. Injecting credentials onto a single device can mitigate this risk, but the ability to scale this process to the millions of devices is key in maintaining the balance between efficiency and security. The matter of trusting a factory becomes more of a concern when you consider that utility companies are not manufacturers themselves and often outsource production and trust to OEMs. So how do we make a third-party factory ‘trusted’?Trust is instilled by administering certificating authorities that cross-reference the IoT platform, bootstrap, and lightweight M2M (LwM2M) servers. A range of tools provided by the IoT platform provider offers a linear process for the configuration of the certificate authority (CA) that ensures only meters that possess a certificate signed by a CA and a public key can establish a connection between the device and its device manager.click for larger image Figure 2: An example of secure factory provisioning (Source: Arm Pelion IoT platform) Once the CA is configured and linked to the manufacturer’s individual account the factory line is ready to mass-provision devices. This five-stage process involves: Using a factory tool to inject the generated keys, certificates and configuration parameters to the device on the manufacturing line 3. Secure Communications The introduction of the Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) assists utility companies with the automation of monitoring, billing, connection, and disconnection. It’s the culmination of smart meters, communications networks, and data management systems that enable two-way communication between providers and customers. This additional layer of communication facilitated by the low power, long-range functionality of low bandwidth connectivity exposes utility providers to additional risk. Therefore, communication between the device and the IoT platform, then onwards to the utilities provider’s web application, is secured by using standard TLS.click for larger image Figure 3: An example of chip to cloud TLS encryption. (Source: Arm Pelion IoT platform) TLS is a cryptographic protocol that provides end-to-end communications security over possibly untrusted networks and is widely used for IoT device communication to the cloud. The basic steps to communicate over a secure communication channel using TLS include initialize an SSL/TLS context, perform an SSL/TLS handshake and establish a secure connection between smart meter and cloud, send/receive data between smart meter and cloud, and notify a peer that a connection is being closed.This industry-standard method not only acts as a cryptographic protocol, but it also removes the need for cumbersome and insecure passwords. This is because the act of presenting a signed certificate presents the utility provider’s account with a validated unique device ID, removing the need for other forms of identification. With the use of Device Language Message Specification (DLMS), communication to meter goes over DLMS using Security Suite 1 which is PKI based for authentication and key agreement, and uses AES-GCM-128 for authenticated encryption.4. Trusting update sources Updating devices in the field is key to a successful smart meter deployment, some of which could last for more than 20 years. During this time, OTA updates can offer additional functionality for both end user and utility provider post-deployment including fixing bugs, extending the serviceable life, and thus the overall lifecycle cost of a unit. Remote updates are also an effective means of protection from the latest threats or newly discovered vulnerabilities without the rigmarole and cost of manually updating in the field.Yet, conversely, the very act of updating a device to administer protection from the latest threat could pose its own risks if the update itself is unverified.Devices need to make important decisions about firmware in a suggested update. For example, is the update trustworthy and applicable to the device? A way to verify if the firmware update image is trusted is using metadata (known as the manifest). The manifest is digitally signed to authenticate the integrity of the update itself before any action is taken. The author of the firmware owns the keys to provide end-to-end verification of the update. The authoring and signing of a firmware manifest ensure that only trusted updates (those with a verifiable chain of trust) are applied to the correct devices.The easiest way to create manifests is to use a manifest tool, which runs on your PC to create, sign and upload manifests and test the entire end-to-end update flow.5. Secure, Confidential Update Campaigns Just as OTA is key to a secure device lifecycle, security itself is key to a successful OTA update. Firmware security updates deployed by an IoT platform are segregated from transfer protocol, which means the delivery network is treated as untrustworthy. This facilitates a secure update at scale by taking a packaged update, creating a campaign and then deploying that campaign securely to the connected device.The Device Management Client waits for update notifications, then verifies the package, applies the update and reverts to the device’s original state if the update fails, before reporting any issues. What’s more, individual devices can be monitored for suspicious behavior during the campaign.Rollback protection prevents meters from being maliciously rolled back to an older, more vulnerable firmware version and updates can only proceed if the associated firmware manifest is a later version. Downgrades to previous meter versions are available, but they require authenticated service operator authorization.6. In-field Certificate Management There are several scenarios where the utilities companies may want to prevent a deployed smart meter from connecting to the cloud. For example, If the integrity of in-field smart meter is breached and the certificates are compromised, suspension of the compromised devices by the utility company is key to ensure overall security of the broader AMI ecosystem. Utility providers also want to make sure that they can renew the certificate for the smart meters deployed in-field. Certificate renewal is necessary if the existing certificate of a smart meter is about to expire, and once expired, the smart meter will not be able to connect to services online.The process of renewing device certificates involves an IoT device management platform such as the Pelion Device Management platform and its Device Management Client. This five-stage process typically involves: Conclusion Utility companies are capitalizing upon the efficiencies and additional revenue opportunities presented by smart meters made possible by the IoT. Yet the speed and scale of this growth presents significant opportunities for cyber criminals as the attack surface increases with each device deployed and every update administered. An effective IoT device management platform can help establish a secure foundation that permeates through the meter’s operational life to foster streamlined, scalable deployments and ensure both utility companies and their customers remain protected.Mohit Kedia is a staff product manager at Arm’s IoT Services group. Based in Austin, Mohit is focused on making IoT products a reality using Pelion Device Management, industry leading IoT SaaS product and Mbed OS, the most advanced open source IoT operating system platform in the world. Mohit previously held variety of roles in product management and solutions architecture at AMD and NXP leading hardware, software and silicon products for Internet of Things and emerging embedded markets. Mohit holds MBA from University of Texas at Austin and Graduate degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Texas A&M University. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: IoT Generating device keys (above diagram), certificates and configuration parameters for the device The device management platform then sends the signed certificate back to the smart meter in the field. Using a key configuration manager and factory configurator client (FCC) APIs in the device to validate the information Finalizing the provisioning process and blocking the FCC code in the production image to ensure that it cannot be accessed following provisioning Injecting the software imagecenter_img The device management platform sends the CSR tothird-party certificate authority (CA) for signing of certificate. The internal Device Management CA signs LwM2M certificates and sends it back to device management platform. 2. Trusted Connections with the Grid During On-boarding As mentioned previously, OEMs producing smart meters can often be one step removed from the end user, meaning flexibility in the provisioning process is often required to meet their existing processes. For instance, some choose to create their keys and certificates in-house before bundling them into a factory configurator utility (FCU). The FCU sits within the factory line and works alongside the manufacturer’s factory tool to configure and inject a device with the credentials, which in turn validates the smart meter’s operational parameters. Alternatively, some choose to inject directly onto the device. While the former is a more efficient method, both are equally secure.Because the OEM has no idea at the point of manufacturing where the smart meter will be deployed or the account it will be associated with, it is essential that the eventual connection with the grid is a trusted action. Therefore, manufacturers and utility companies utilize pre-shared keys (PSK) involving an enrollment list. This process verifies the unique ID to match the credentials to the enrollment information in a specific Device Management account, the device is then assigned to that account. This only happens if the device ID matches the ID uploaded in the utility provider’s IoT portal.PSKs provide both devices and the IoT platform with a common key that has been securely provisioned into a device and constitutes the most basic level of security. It’s deemed basic because there is a risk that the credential passed to the smart meter during manufacturing and the confidential list of credentials stored on the servers could be compromised, leaving millions of meters and users’ data exposed. However, a public key infrastructure (PKI) is a more secure approach.PKI makes the introduction between a device and the IoT platform and adds a layer of asymmetric cryptography that tethers the cryptographic signature to the third party that authenticates the meter. Using this third party is a far more secure way to authenticate, as credentials are only generated on the device itself and exist nowhere else.Whilst providing this level of flexibility for an OEM, any IoT partner worth their salt will maintain security and ensure a unique identity during the bootstrap stage. The interaction takes place as part of the data transfer with the Bootstrap Server over encrypted transport layer security (TLS) communications, which is designed to prevent eavesdropping, tampering or message forgery. Continue Reading Previous Parasoft: software security and compliance testing for DevSecOpsNext Silicon Labs: 5G-ready jitter attenuators with fully integrated reference The smart meter generates a new key, creates a certificate signing request (CSR) based on the existing certificate, and sends the CSR to Device Management. Calling the Device Management API from the Device Management Portal, or from a smart meter. 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.last_img read more

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Who was Rahul Gandhi before he became a politician?

first_imgRahul Gandhi turned 48 today, June 19. The Congress president made his foray into politics in 2004.Gandhi has since then elevated himself as a national leader, recently announcing his prime ministerial aspirations.However, he stayed away from public sphere for much of his childhood and early youth. So who was Rahul Gandhi before he took on the mantle of his family legacy and entered politics?1. Heir to a dynasty Indira Gandhi holding Rahul Gandhi.Rahul Gandhi was born on 19 June 1970 to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi. He hails from the fourth generation of the Nehru-Gandhi family. His grandmother Indira Gandhi was the then Prime Minister of India. He is also the great-grandson of India’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru.2. Early schooling Rahul Gandhi with his father Rajiv Gandhi, mother Sonia and sister PriyankaGandhi attended St. Columba’s School, Delhi before entering The Doon School in Dehradun, Uttarakhand from 1981 to 1983. His father had also been a student of The Doon School.3. The assassination of Indira Gandhi Rahul Gandhi at the funeral of Indira Gandhi.His grandmother and former Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi was assassinated in 1984. Due to the security threats, he and his sister, Priyanka were home-schooled till 1989.4. College life In 1989 he took admission in Delhi’s St. Stephen’s College for history honours for his undergraduate education. He entered the college through the sports quota. He moved to Harvard University where he went to study economics in 1990.5. The assassination of Rajiv Gandhi Rahul Gandhi performing the last rites of his father Rajiv Gandhi. (Photo: Getty)In 1991, after Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by the LTTE during an election rally, he shifted to Rollins College in Florida, USA, due to security concerns and obtained his BA in 1994.advertisement6. The Rahul Vinci Code He further went on to obtain an MPhil in Development Studies from Trinity College, Cambridge in 1995 where he went by the name of Rahul Vinci, due to paranoia surrounding his safety. Jawaharlal Nehru and Rajiv Gandhi had also been undergraduates at Trinity.7. Working like a common man Rahul Gandhi with his girlfriend Veronique in London in 1999.After graduation, Rahul Gandhi worked at the Monitor Group, a management consulting firm, in London for three years. The Monitor Group was founded by management guru by Michael Porter. In 2002, he was one of the directors of Mumbai-based technology outsourcing firm Backops Services Private Ltd.8. Stepping on to the political stage Rahul Gandhi campaigning with his mother in Rae Bareli, UP in 2004. (Photo: Reuters)In March 2004, Gandhi announced his entry into politics by announcing that he would contest the May 2004 elections, standing for his father’s former constituency of Amethi in Uttar Pradesh in the Lok Sabha. In his first interview with foreign media, Gandhi portrayed himself as an uniter of the country and condemned “divisive” politics in India, saying that he would try to reduce caste and religious tensions.The rest, as they say, is history.READ: The Rahul Gandhi doctrineREAD: The beautiful lesson Rajiv Gandhi taught Rahul about love and hatelast_img read more

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World Cup 2018: Belgium on the verge of knock-out berth against Tunisia

first_imgBelgium’s ambitions at the World Cup lie beyond the group stage, so the team’s players just want to get through to the knockout round as quickly and easily as possible.The next step in that plan is to beat Tunisia on Saturday.”We have to be concentrated on our game, because with our strengths we don’t have to wonder about how Tunisia will want to play,” Belgium defender Thomas Meunier said Thursday. “We want to do everything to finish the game as soon as we can.”A win for the Belgians at Spartak Stadium would put them on the verge of qualifying from Group G. A win for England over Panama a day later would be confirmation.Belgium started slowly on Monday against a defensive Panama side mostly concerned with avoiding a big loss in its World Cup debut – even coach Hernan Gomez said he was satisfied with the 3-0 loss because “it should have been worse.”2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGETunisia is a step up in quality from Panama, but its attacking ability was hobbled by the injury which stopped creative forward Youssef Msakni from coming to Russia for his country’s first World Cup appearance since 2006.BEAUTIFUL GOALSIn a World Cup full of set-pieces, own-goals and penalties, Belgium coach Roberto Martinez was content with the elegant way Belgium beat Panama.All three goals came from open play, with Dries Mertens scoring a volley before Romelu Lukaku headed in a pass from the outside of Kevin De Bruyne’s foot and then chipped the goalkeeper.advertisement”The hardest thing in football is to score goals and they were beautiful goals from open play,” Martinez said Wednesday. “You should not look for perfection. We need to improve, of course. We want to improve.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLE”I think the three games in the group stage, it was always for us to improve in a mental way, in a technical way, in a tactical way.”FORTY-YEAR WAITAnything but a win will leave the Tunisians with little or no chance of qualifying for the knockout stage, but history isn’t on their side.Four decades and 12 World Cup games have come and gone since Tunisia’s last win, a 3-1 victory over Mexico in 1978. That win made history because until then no African team had ever won on soccer’s biggest stage.BELGIUM’S TIME?With Brazil, Germany and Argentina all failing to win their opening games in Russia, some Belgium fans feel it could be their time.The team is trying to keep its feet on the ground, aware that Panama was one of the weakest opponents in the competition. Meunier said he is confident that the World Cup’s historically dominant teams will recover their form.”The first game is always very special because the little teams are very motivated and want to give everything on the pitch,” he said. “But I do think that in the following days, there will not be too much surprises in groups. I’m convinced that the big teams will go through maybe with some difficulties, but they will go through.”last_img read more

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Asiad: Strong medal chance for India in men’s golf

first_imgJakarta, Aug 22 (PTI) Represented by a young and motivated squad, India stand in with a strong medal chance in the men’s golf competition of the Asian Games, which begins here tomorrow. Rayhan Thomas is the best ranked Indian in the men’s golf team but Aadil Bedi and Hari Mohan Singh, son former India hockey star, MP Singh, have shown excellent form in recent weeks. The fourth Indian, Kshitij Naveed Kaul, has spent a lot of time in Jakarta getting used to the Pondok Indah Golf Course here. It looks extremely forgiving for the golfers with wide fairways and very little rough, meaning the scores should be low. The weather has been perfect and the early starters will have a definite advantage. India boats of a young team with most of them in their teens. The men’s team is represented by 18-year-old Thomas, Kaul (17), Bedi (17) and Singh (24), while the women’s team has Sifat Sagoo (17), Ridhima Dilawari (20) and Diksha Dagar (17). India won a bunch of medals when the sport made its debut at the ninth Asian Games in New Delhi in 1982 with gold and silver in individuals and gold in team event. The next medal came from Shiv Kapur in 2002 at Busan, when he won the individual gold. In both 2006 (Anirban Lahiri, Gaganjeet Bhullar, Chiragh Kumar and Joseph Chakola) and 2010 (Rashid Khan, Rahul Bajaj, Abhijit Chadha and Abhinav Lohan), the Indians won a team silver. At the 2014 Games, India narrowly missed a medal. Though Thomas, at No. 19, is the third highest world ranked player in the field, Bedi and Singh have shown fine form while playing alongside professionals. The duo finished tied 22nd at the recent Take Solutions Masters in Bangalore. Bedi was also tied 14th at the LP Cup, an ADT event, also in Bangalore.advertisement The men have a great chance to grab a medal, but the young women’s team will find the going tough against the likes of South Korea, Thailand and China. The Indian women have never won a medal at the Asian Games. PTI Cor SSCSSClast_img read more

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Asian Games 2018: Vikas Krishan, Amit Panghal assured of medals in boxing

first_imgBoxer Vikas Krishan assured another medal for India after he progressed to the semi-finals of 75kg event. It will be Krishan’s third successive Asiad medal and he’s the first Indian boxer to do so.Vikas fought despite a cut above his left eye to beat China’s Tuoheta Erbieke Tanglatihan 3-2.Vikas had won a lightweight 60kg category gold in the 2010 Asiad before adding a middleweight bronze in the 2014 edition.He also won a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games earlier this year.ASIAN GAMES 2018 FULL COVERAGE | MEDALSHe will square off against Kazakhstan’s Abilkhan Amankul in the semifinals.The Indian stood out for his sheer grit against the more imposing and faster Tanglatihan. Vikas held his own despite the cut above his eye opening up in the very first round.The Haryana-boxer, one of only four Indians with a world championships medal to his credit, launched very few attacks but managed to connect just enough straights to get the judges’ nod.Asian Games 2018, Day 11: Live UpdatesHe spent most of the bout keeping his distance and closed in only when Tanglatihan tried to target his body.Earlier, Amit Panghal (49kg) advanced to the semi-finals to assure himself of a maiden medal at the Games.The Armyman, who is a Commonwealth Games silver-medallist, defeated South Korea’s Kim Jang Ryong 5-0 with a thoroughly dominating performance to enter the last-four stage where he will take on Filipino Carlo Paalam.In the boxing competition, semifinalists are entitled to bronze medals.(With PTI inputs)advertisementlast_img read more

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England Cricket Board charge Ben Stokes with bringing game into disrepute

first_imgEngland all-rounder Ben Stokes and batsman Alex Hales will appear before a disciplinary hearing in December after being charged on Tuesday with bringing the game into disrepute for a fracas outside a Bristol nightclub a year ago.The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said in a statement that both were required to attend a panel hearing of the independent Cricket Discipline Commission (CDC) in London on Dec. 5 and 7.They could face anything from a warning to the termination of contract.Each has been charged with two counts of breaching an ECB directive that states: “no participant may conduct themself in a manner or do any act or omission at any time which may be prejudicial to the interests of cricket or which may bring the ECB, the game of cricket or any cricketer or group of cricketers into disrepute.”READ – Ben Stokes cleared of affray charges by Bristol courtThe timing allows both men, who have resumed their international careers, to be available for England’s tour of Sri Lanka in October and November.England have three tests, five one-day internationals and a Twenty20 international lined up in Sri Lanka before starting a tour of the West Indies in mid-January.Stokes and Hales were referred to the CDC by the ECB’s director of cricket Andrew Strauss a year ago but the hearing was put on hold while Stokes faced criminal charges ensuing from the street brawl in Bristol last September.READ- Stokes had at least 7 vodka drinks and 3 beers before Bristol pub brawladvertisementThe 27-year-old was last month found not guilty of affray.Prosecutors had told the court that Stokes had got into a fight with two men after being refused entry to the western city’s Mbargo nightclub.Hales, 29, was interviewed by police but not charged over the incident.Stokes’s lawyer Paul Lunt said after the verdict that the case had cost Stokes the England vice-captaincy, his place on an Ashes tour to Australia last winter and in other England matches.Stokes was charged of affray for his involvement in a pub brawl in Bristol on September 24, but was cleared of wrongdoing by the Bristol Crown Court.Prosecutors said the all-rounder had lost control after drinking heavily earlier in the night.After being refused entry to the Mbargo nightclub, the cricketer had abused the doorman and then mocked two openly gay men, the court was told.READ – Ben Stokes ‘mocked gay men’ before Bristol pub brawl: ProsecutorStokes had denied the charge, told the jury he had been acting in self-defence after stepping in to defend the gay couple who had been on the receiving end of homophobic abuse.He said he had not been drunk but admitted he could not remember what the had been said.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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Earn upto Rs 2 lakh at Indian Navy: Apply before October 5 @ joinindiannavy.gov.in

first_imgThe Indian Navy has invited applications from unmarried male/female candidates for grant of Short Service Commission, SSC in Executive Branch (logistics and Law cadre) and from unmarried male candidates for grant of Short Service Commission, SSC in Information Technology Specialisation.This online recruitment is being held for the course that will start from July 2019 at the Indian Naval Academy Ezhimala, Kerala.All the interested, eligible candidates are requested to apply through the prescribed format latest by October 5.Vacancy details:Total posts: 35Name of the post:SSC (Logistics) (Male or Female): 20SSC X (IT) (Male): 15SSC (Law) (Male or Female): 2Eligibility criteria:SSC Logistics branch: The candidate must possess a degree in either of these courses BE/ BTech, MBA, BSC/ BCom/BSc(IT), MCA, Bachelor of Architecture with a minimum of 60 per cent from a recognised institute or varsity.SSC in IT branch: The applicant must possess qualification in either of these courses BE/BTech/ Computer Engineering, M.Sc, BSc, MTech, BCA/MCA with 60 per cent of marks.SSC in Law: The interested candidate must hold a bachelors degree in Law with 55 per cent from a recognised institute/varsity.Selection process:The shortlisted candidates will be called for stage I Test (day one) and Stage II Test (four days).The Stage I test consists of intelligence test, picture perception and discussion test and will be conducted on the first day of arrival at SSB.The interviews will be held from November 18 to March 19. SSB interviews would be scheduled at Bangalore, Bhopal, Coimbatore, Vishakhapatnam and Kolkata.advertisementHow to apply:All the candidates need to apply online at joinindiannavy.gov.inPay scale:Sub Lieutenant (S Lt): Level 10 (Rs 56,100- Rs 1, 10,700)Lieutenant (Lt): Level 10B (Rs 61,300- Rs 1, 20,900)Lieutenant CDR (Lt Cdr): Level 11 (Rs 69,400- Rs 1, 36,900)Commander (Cdr): Level 12A (Rs 1, 21,200- Rs 2, 12,400)Important date:Last date to apply: October 5About the Indian Navy:The Indian Navy is a well-balanced and cohesive three-dimensional force; capable of operating above, on and under the surface of the oceans — efficiently safeguarding our national interests.The Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) exercises operational and administrative control of the Indian Navy from the Integrated Headquarters of the Ministry of Defence (Navy).He is assisted by the Vice Chief of the Naval Staff (VCNS) and three other Principal Staff Officers, namely the Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff (DCNS), the Chief of Personnel (COP) and the Chief of Material (COM).The Navy has the following three Commands, each under the control of a Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief:The Western Naval Command (Headquarters at Mumbai)The Eastern Naval Command (Headquarters at Visakhapatnam)The Southern Naval Command (Headquarters at Kochi)Read: West Bengal Police Lady Constable Exam on this date, Check details @ www.policewb.gov.inRead: Indian Railways is hiring! Apply for RRB Group C vacancies in sports quota before October 15last_img read more

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Artistic gymnastics World Cup: Dipa eyes Olympic berth with good show

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 21 (PTI) Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar would be aiming to put behind the injury-marred disaster that was the Asian Games when she aims for a positive start to her Olympic qualification bid with the World Cup of artistic gymnastics in Cottbus, Germany from Thursday. The four-day showpiece is part of an eight-event qualifying system under which the gymnasts will make the cut based on the aggregate of their top three scores. The four-member Indian team, which also comprises B Aruna Reddy, Ashish Kumar and Rakesh Patra, will look to make it count with good performances. Dipa, who finished fourth at the Rio Olympics, will be India’s best bet in the tournament after clinching the gold at the Artistic Gymnastics World Challenge Cup at Mersin, Turkey in July this year. The 25-year-old from Arunachal Pradesh endured a poor comeback from injury in the Jakarta Asian Games where she had to pull out midway after her knee problem flared up again. Aruna, on the other hand, won a bronze medal in one of the earlier world cups this year in the women’s vault event in Melbourne and she too will fancy her chances. Among the men, Ashish has been India’s brightest with a bronze in floor exercise at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China. He also won a bronze and silver medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in floor exercise and vault respectively. Rakesh also had some decent performances this year, a fourth-place finish in the ring apparatus finals at the Commonwealth Games being the highlight. He also narrowly missed a medal at the Melbourne World Cup in February, finishing fourth.advertisement The run-up to the event, however, has been chaotic with the showdown between the Sports Authority of India (SAI) and the de-recognised Gymnastics Federation of India (GFI) affecting the athletes. The bitter war between the two bodies led to the Indian gymnasts missing the world Championship in Doha last month. In fact, ahead of the Cottbus event, the Sports Authority of India refused to bear the cost of Yogeshwar Singh and Pranati Das, while clearing the other four gymnasts to participate in the tournament. This prompted Pranati and Yogeshwar to express their grievances to SAI in a letter early this month. PTI ATK PM PMlast_img read more

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