Star Sports launches first Tamil sports channelStar Sports launches first Tamil sports channel

first_imgChennai, May 30 (PTI) Star Sports, the sports broadcast arm of Star India, has launched “Star Sports Tamil,” the countrys first Tamil sports channel. The channel would bring fans across the State a full calendar of sports – starting with the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, followed by the second edition of Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL), VIVO Pro Kabaddi League Season 5 and Hero ISL, a press note said. The channel would provide curated content localised to Tamil stars such as India cricketer R Ashwin, TNPL stars and those from Chennaiyin FC. A marketing campaign, #MachiAreYouReady (Buddy, are you ready), has commenced along with the launch of the channel. Former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who is popular in the State thanks to his eight-year stint with IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings, would feature prominently in the campaign. The channel would feature content exclusively packaged with a line-up of eminent Tamilian hosts and commentators from the sports fraternity such as K Srikkanth, L Sivaramakrishnan, S Badrinath, S Sriram, S Ramesh and Hemang Badani. Star Sports Tamil will be available on leading DTH/cable operators across Tamil Nadu as well as rest of India. The channel went live on May 28. PTI SS APR APRlast_img read more

Top West Indians will continue international snub, says Darren SammyTop West Indians will continue international snub, says Darren Sammy

first_imgLeading West Indian cricketers will prefer to play in lucrative Twenty20 tournaments around the world instead of representing the Caribbean side under the current administration, former captain Darren Sammy has said.Players such as Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo have long been embroiled in contractual disputes with the board and the team even abandoned a tour of India midway through the 2014 series over a payment structure row.Cricket West Indies (CWI) only select players for their international sides if they feature in domestic competitions, leading to many high-profile absentees who ply their trade in overseas Twenty20 leagues.”I can’t tell a player not to play in a league when it could make them financially stable to look after their family,” Sammy, who led West Indies to two World Twenty20 titles, told BBC Radio Five Live.West Indies have had little success outside the shortest format and missed out on qualification for the recent Champions Trophy, played among the top eight 50-over sides of the world.They are ranked ninth in one-day internationals and one place higher in the test format.Sammy tore into his home governing body immediately after guiding the side to their second World T20 title in India last year, saying the players “felt disrespected by the board coming into the tournament”.The 33-year-old has since missed out on selection for the West Indies.”The way we structure our cricket, we’re not going anywhere,” said Sammy, who has played 38 tests and 126 ODIs.”I’m very scared we will be relegated to be playing against Ireland and Scotland. It’s very sad for us.advertisement”If you really have West Indies cricket at heart you will have the right players for all the formats playing and helping you get to tournaments.”CWI said it was working with stakeholders to resolve the issue and was focussed on direct qualification for the 2019 50-over World Cup in England and Wales.”Regarding player eligibility, since the July 2016 meeting in Fort Lauderdale, there has been ongoing meetings with the players in large and small groups, and we feel we are closer to a resolution,” the BBC quoted a CWI statement as saying.”Cricket West Indies remains focused on its role to facilitate player development through its competitions and other support services.”last_img read more

Virat Kohli, Team India celebrate MS Dhoni’s 36th birthday in JamaicaVirat Kohli, Team India celebrate MS Dhoni’s 36th birthday in Jamaica

first_imgMS Dhoni celebrated his 36th birthday with team members in Jamaica yesterday, as the entire team and their families came together to make their former captain feel special.BCCI posted a video of the celebrations on their social media page where Shikhar Dhawan and Yuvraj Singh were seen smearing Dhoni’s face with the cake.Captain Virat Kohli clicked a photograph with Dhoni’s cake-smeared face and has shared it with his fans on Twitter.Another one from the celebrations! ??? pic.twitter.com/0jfj8vvLD2- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) July 7, 2017Along with Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan and Kuldeep Yadav clicked pictures with the birthday boy and  shared the same on their social media accounts.Happy B’day Mahi bhai wish you lots of happiness and peace and success going ahead. God bless @msdhoni. ??? pic.twitter.com/JkbTS5qwgq- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) July 7, 2017One more pic from the celebrations!! pic.twitter.com/JsJML21Rrf- ajinkyarahane88 (@ajinkyarahane88) July 7, 2017Earlier in the day, Virat Kohli had backed  MS Dhoni after the former captain was questioned over his recent failing in chases.”I think we get too impatient after just one game. That can happen to anyone. Any batsman can struggle and any batsman can get stuck at the crease. Even if you’re in top form, it can happen to you, so I don’t think there’s any issue,” Virat Kohli had said after India won the ODI series against West Indies 3-1.advertisementlast_img read more

Wimbledon Men’s final, highlights: Roger Federer creates history with 8th titleWimbledon Men’s final, highlights: Roger Federer creates history with 8th title

first_imgRoger Federer lifted his 19th Grand Slam title with a straight sets victory over Marin Cilic in the Wimbledon final on Sunday.”It’s a wonderful moment for us as a family. This one’s for us”- @rogerfederer #Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/HEinaVhOIB- Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 16, 2017″I’ll be gone again for the next six months if it keeps working out this fantastic when I come back!”- @rogerfederer #Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/XsReiwReBI- Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 16, 2017Well hello old friend… #Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/QvtisnHl72- Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 16, 20172003 ???2004 ???2005 ???2006 ???2007 ???2009 ???2012 ???2017 ???The moment @rogerfederer won #Wimbledon title No.8 pic.twitter.com/rMzNNA6M0K- Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 16, 2017What it means to make history…#Wimbledon @rogerfederer pic.twitter.com/amzokbYM36- Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 16, 2017Champion. Again. #Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/2ntcpKZ4i7- Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 16, 201720.22 IST: Roger Federer beats Marin Cilic 6-3 6-1 6-4 to lift Wimbledon title for record 8th time. This is also his 19th Grand Slam singles title.20.15 IST: Roger Federer races to 5-3 lead in the third set vs Marin Cilic.20.12 IST: Roger Federer breaks Marin Cilic in the third set to lead 4-3.20.09 IST: Roger Federer makes it 3-3 vs Marin Cilic in the third set.20.07 IST: Marin Cilic leads 3-2 vs Roger Federer in the third set.20.04 IST: Roger Federer makes it 2-2 in the third set against Marin Cilic.19.52 IST: Roger Federer holds his serve, 1-1 in the third set vs Cilic19.47 IST: Marin Cilic takes medical time-out. Roger Federer is leding 6-3 6-1.Reuters Photo19.42 IST: Roger Federer takes the second set 6-1 vs Marin Cilic, takes 2-0 lead.advertisementAP Photo19.40 IST: Roger Federer breaks Marin Cilic again, leads 5-1 in the second set. Federer to serve for the set.It’s a big ovation for Cilic as he returns to court after an extended changeover to hold serve#Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/i0xC7iXDLA- Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 16, 201719.32 IST: Marin Cilic holds on to his serve. Roger Federer leads 3-1 in the second set.19.26 IST: Roger Federer races to 3-0 lead against Marin Cilic in the second set.Federer on the charge.He breaks Cilic at the first time of asking to move 2-0 ahead in the second set #Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/EMheaKGIqF- Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 16, 201719.24 IST: Roger Federer breaks Marin Cilic early in the second set to lead 2-0.19.21 IST: Roger Federer starts second set with a 1-0 lead in the second set vs Marin Cilic.Reuters Photo 19.17 IST: Roger Federer breaks Marin Cilic again to take the first set 6-3.19.12 IST: Federer leads five games to three in the first set.19.06 IST: Roger Federer takes 4-2 in the first set vs Cilic.19.02 IST: Roger Federer breaks Marin Cilic in the first set to take 3-2 lead.18.57 IST: Federer holds on to his serve to make it 2-2 in the first set.18.55 IST: Another double fault by Roger Federer in the first set.18.49 IST: Nervous start for Roger Federer, holds on to his serve and it’s 1-1 in the first set.18.44 IST: Marin Cilic holds on to his serve in the first set vs Roger Federer.18.41 IST: Marin Cilic to serve first in the men’s final at the Centre Court.18.39 IST: Federer last won the grass-court major in 2012. But he won the Australian Open this year for his 18th Grand Slam title.18.31 IST: Federer and Cilic get a grand reception at the Centre Court.Luca Schmetzer from Wandsworth will take part in the coin toss ceremony today, but there’s plenty to do before that… @WimbledonFdn pic.twitter.com/bdPE3OJmX6- Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 16, 2017Ahead of his bid for an eighth #Wimbledon crown, Roger Federer practices out on Court… 8 pic.twitter.com/rKwX9uQ9yg- Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 16, 2017Roger Federer and Marin Cilic at Wimbledon 2017. Who has the upper hand statistically?Will history  repeat itself? Roger Federer in seven meetings against Marin Cilic, has lost just once, a 2014 U.S. Open semi-final defeat as Cilic went on to claim his maiden grand slam title. Last year on Centre Court, Roger Federer and Marin Cilic combined for a five-set classic.Will we be in for more of the same?#Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/uMLuG3tPj7- Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 16, 2017Roger Federer can become the first man in the century-plus history of Wimbledon to win the championship eight times. He will face Marin Cilic in the final.The final practice.A first #Wimbledon final awaits for @cilic_marin… pic.twitter.com/hro3H0ICWf- Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 16, 2017Federer, who turns 36 on August 8, would also be the oldest men’s champion at the All England Club in the Open era, which began in 1968. Federer already owns a record 18 major titles.advertisement140 years of famous footsteps…#Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/RsoscMZL94- Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 16, 2017*deep breaths*The countdown to the Gentlemen’s Singles Final begins…#Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/tC7S6NdDea- Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 16, 2017He is 6-1 against Cilic, including a victory in the Wimbledon quarterfinals last year when Federer came back after dropping the opening two sets and facing three match points. The only time Cilic beat Federer was in the semifinals of the 2014 U.S. Open, en route to his only major trophy.For the first time in eight grand slam finals over the same amount of years, Federer will not play someone called Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal when he bids for a record eighth Wimbledon title on Sunday.Such has been the dominance of tennis’s so-called big-four along with Swiss Stan Wawrinka that Federer will have to wind the clock back to the 2009 U.S. Open when he lost to Juan Martin del Potro to remember what it is like to play a major final against someone outside of the sport’s established powerbase.Federer is level with Britain’s William Renshaw and American Pete Sampras on seven Wimbledon titles and has been refreshed after taking an extended break from the game to prepare for the grasscourt slam.The final day of The Championships 2017 has arrived.Will we witness history? #Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/a5PxjkIrUG- Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 16, 2017last_img read more

Ian Chappell backs India captain Virat Kohli in Anil Kumble coach fiascoIan Chappell backs India captain Virat Kohli in Anil Kumble coach fiasco

first_imgAustralian legend Ian Chappell has backed India skipper Virat Kohli in the controversy that erupted after his fallout with former coach Anil Kumble, saying “if a coach is to be inflicted on a captain”, it should be someone with whom he is comfortable.In his column for ‘ESPNCricinfo’, Chappell played down the role of a coach in any team.”Kohli didn’t have the same harmonious relationship with Anil Kumble that he enjoyed with Ravi Shastri when he was cricket director. The fact that India have now reverted to Shastri as coach prompts the question: ‘Why change something that isn’t broken?’,” he asked.”If a coach is to be inflicted on a captain then at least it should be someone with whom he’s comfortable,” he added.Kumble resigned from the position after the Champions Trophy last month and admitted that his relationship with Kohli had become “untenable”. Kohli, on his part, has not yet given any comment on the rift.last_img read more

I don’t have any specific goals, team always comes first: Ravichandran AshwinI don’t have any specific goals, team always comes first: Ravichandran Ashwin

first_imgRavichandran Ashwin, regarded as a great team man, said he never plays the game with records in mind and for him country’ s interest always supersedes his personal goals.Ashwin claimed three wickets giving away 65 runs in Sri Lanka’s second innings to help India bundle out the hosts for 245 runs and win the first Test of the three match series by a massive 304 runs.(Also read: We have all the bases covered on this tour, says Virat Kohli after Galle Test win)In less than six years since making his debut, Ashwin has become the fastest bowler to claim 250 Test wickets, and now needs just 25 more scalps in his next six Tests to become the fastest to 300. Crowning off No.50 in style! @ashwinravi99 gets a memento to take back from Galle #TeamIndia #SLvIND pic.twitter.com/FMpDNUS7Is- BCCI (@BCCI) July 29, 2017Ashwin so far claimed 279 wickets from 50 Test matches. But for the wily Tamil Nadu off-spinner numbers hardly have any significance in his career. (Also read: Healthy competition among openers keeps me on my toes: Shikhar Dhawan)”For me its always teams first. Since my childhood days when I dreamt of playing for India I had one goal and that is to take Indian cricket to greater heights,” Ashwin said at the end of the first Test against Sri Lanka.  “I don’t have any specific goals at all. I don’t have any numbers in front of my eyes to achieve. I just want to give my best for the country and in the process I know I can achieve something for myself as well,” he added.advertisementIndia won the first Test within four days and are now leading the three-match series 1-0. The second Test of the series will be played in Colombo August 3 to 7.last_img read more

Rohit Sharma moves up to No.5 in ICC Rankings for ODI batsmenRohit Sharma moves up to No.5 in ICC Rankings for ODI batsmen

first_imgRohit Sharma moved up two places to No.5 after crossing the 800-point mark for the first time in his career. The stand-in India captain smashed his third ODI double hundred in Mohali against Sri Lanka last week and reached a personal high of 825 points.Rohit had been named captain when India decided to rest Virat Kohli for the limited-overs matches against Sri Lanka. After failing in Dharamsala, Rohit hit back with a sensational 208 not out in Mohali. In the final ODI in Vizag, Rohit was out for 7 but India wrapped up their eighth successive series win.Meanwhile, Shikhar Dhawan, named player of the series, too has gained one slot to reach 14th position after aggregating 168 runs including an unbeaten 100 in Visakhapatnam. Dhawan had slammed 68 in the second match, figuring in a 115-run opening stand with Rohit.Rohit was the only man to score more than one double hundred in ODIs. Four other batsmen – Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Chris Gayle and Martin Guptill – have only one each.On November 13, 2014, Rohit had set a world record for the highest individual score in ODIs with a scintillating 264 at the Eden Gardens against Sri Lanka. He had scored his maiden ODI double hundred against Australia the previous year.Rohit was in fine form in late 2016 before an injury ruled him out of international cricket for seven months. He returned to competitive cricket during the IPL and made 333 runs from 17 matches as Mumbai Indians lifted the trophy for a record third time.Rohit was an automatic choice to partner Shikhar Dhawan in the Champions Trophy and he made an immediate impact with scores of 91, 78, 12 and 123 not out as India stormed to the final. However, he was dismissed for a duck in the title clash against Pakistan.advertisementRested for the bilateral series against West Indies, Rohit returned for the Sri Lanka tour with scores of 54, 124 not out and 104. Against Australia, he carried on from where he left off in Sri Lanka and smashed successive scores of 71, 65 and 125 as India won the series 4-1.Later in the year, Rohit turned his attention on New Zealand and set up India’s victory in Kanpur with a scintillating 147.(With inputs from ICC press release)last_img read more

Continental giants India struggle for global success in 2017Continental giants India struggle for global success in 2017

first_imgBy Saumojyoti S ChoudhuryNew Delhi, Dec 27 (PTI) The age-old malady of inconsistency remained unaddressed but Indian hockey did take baby steps towards global success in 2017, a year which reaffirmed the nations continental supremacy in the sport.The Asia Cup crown after a decade and the bronze at the Hockey World League Finals were the high points for Indias mens hockey team in the year gone by, where successes at the global stage were few and far between.For the womens team, however, it was a year to remember. The girls won only their second Asia Cup title in October- November and by virtue of the title entered the top-10 of the FIH rankings for the first time.Awe-inspiring at times and ordinary on occasions, that precisely sums up the Indian mens team in 2017.They started the year with a bronze at the Azlan Shah Cup and ended it in the same fashion — with a bronze in the season-ending HWL Final in Bhubaneswar.In between, it was a roller-coaster ride as Manpreet Singh and Co. continued to grapple for world supremacy.Having proved their upper-hand in Asia for quite sometime now, India were out to prove their might at the world stage in 2017 but results werent on expected lines when the teams travelled to other continents.The mens team started its international calender with the Azlan Shah Cup, where it found a new nemesis in Malaysia against whom they lost to crash out of the final.In the tournament, India also suffered an early setback when captain and goalkeeper P R Sreejesh suffered an ACL injury and was ruled out for the rest of the year.advertisementBut by beating New Zealand to finish third, following the setbacks, came as a relief for the then coach Roelant Oltmans, who began the year under pressure after India made a quarter- final exit at the 2016 Rio Olympics.Then came the three-nation invitational tournament in Dusseldorf, where India carved out a draw against Germany and a win over world No.3 Belgium.India also had mixed results during the tour of Europe, where they won a couple of Test matches against World No.4 Netherlands and Austria.Those results were looked upon as good practice for the Hockey World League Semi-Finals up next, but their campaign in London was a disaster as they slumped to defeats against lower-ranked Malaysia and Canada to finish a disappointing sixth.As expected, the defeats against lower-ranked sides cost Oltmans his job and the under-performing senior players their places in the national team.The 63-year-old Oltmans was replaced by his Dutch compatriot Sjoerd Marijne, who shifted base from the womens team to the mens side.Indian hockey entered a new era with Marijnes entry and the Dutchman struck gold in his first assignment — the Asia Cup in Dhaka — where the team won a gold after a hiatus of 10 years.In between, Manpreet Singh took over as captain of the side and slowly became the epicentre of Indian midfield, replacing experienced Sardar Singh, who had a troubled year.With age not on his side and troubled by the questioning by British police in London during the HWL Semi-Final over a complaint by his former girlfriend, Sardar lost his mojo on the turf and was slowly shown the door in favour of younger players in the HWL Final.India also defeated Pakistan twice in 2017 and by doing so, recorded their seventh successive win against the arch- rivals.Marijne might have tasted success in his maiden test, but the real challenge awaited the Dutchman at the HWL Final in Bhubaneswar.India started their HWL Final campaign with a spirited 1 -1 draw against world champions and eventual winners Australia.But as has been the case, inconsistency came back to haunt the Indians as they slumped to defeats against England and Germany.In the quarterfinals, India faced Belgium and the hosts came up with their best performance of the year, beating the World No.3 side in the shoot-out.India, however, lost 0-1 to Olympic champions Argentina on a rain-drenched Kalinga Stadium turf in the semis before getting the better of a depleted German side in the bronze- medal match.The result made Marijne the first foreign hockey coach to finish on the podium in his first two assignments.For the women, the Asia Cup crown enabled them to qualify for the 2018 World Cup on merit.The Asia Cup title also gave the junior World Cup-winning coach Harendra Singh his first triumph as in charge of the womens team.advertisementIn between, the Indian girls won a gold at the HWL Round 2, but finished eighth in the HWL Semi-Final in Johannesburg, thereby failing to qualify for the HWL Final in Auckland, New Zealand, unlike their male counterparts who were lucky to steal a place by virtue of being the hosts.But as curtains slowly drew on 2017, a ray of hope shone brightly for a packed 2018, a big year for Indian hockey with the Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and World Cup lined-up. PTI SSC PM PMlast_img read more

Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara slip in Test rankings after Cape Town defeatVirat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara slip in Test rankings after Cape Town defeat

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli and middle-order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara have slipped in the latest Test rankings following their 72-run defeat against South Africa in the series opener in Cape Town.Kohli, who scored 5 and 28 in the match which was dominated by the pace bowlers from both sides, fell one place to No.3 while Pujara’s 26 and 4 saw him slip two places down to No.5. (Virat Kohli defends Rohit Sharma’s selection, says current form was the reason)Kohli had moved up from No.6 to No.2 in the ICC Test rankings (with 893 rating points) for batsmen after a sensational series against Sri Lanka where he finished with 610 runs in December 2017.WATCHKohli scored two back-to-back double hundreds in Nagpur and Delhi including a career-best 243 at the Feroz Shah Kotla. He was named man-of-the-series as India won their ninth successive series under him. (India’s preparation for South Africa Test series raises questions)Kohli finished 2017 with 1059 Test runs from 10 matches including five hundreds – three of them were double tons.Australia’s captain Steve Smith continues to stay on top with England skipper Joe Root gaining two places up to No.2.In the bowling rankings, Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin remained static at No.3 and No.4 positions respectively but Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who grabbed six wickets in the match, reached his career-best 28th rank.MARSH BROTHERS ACHIEVE CAREER-BEST RANKINGSRoot has earned 26 points from the Sydney Test in which he was dismissed once in scoring 141 runs, but Kohli has dropped 13 points after his contributions of five and 28 at Newlands. Pujara’s scores for 26 and four result in his total falling by 25 points.advertisementSouth Africa’s Hashim Amla and Dean Elgar have slipped three places apiece to finish in 10th and 16th positions respectively, but AB de Villiers has risen five places to 13th with a slot in the top-10 firmly within his sights.South Africa opener Aiden Markram, who was the player of the tournament in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in 2014, and India all-rounder Hardik Pandya are the other big movers from the Newlands Test. Markram has moved up six places to 48th, while Pandya is now ranked 49th after rocketing 24 places.India’s Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma have also lost ground. Vijay is now 30th after dropping five places, Dhawan has slipped three places to 33rd, while Sharma has ended up 44th after falling three places.Australia batsmen have a lot to smile about in the latest rankings, which were released on Tuesday morning.Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh and Mitchell Marsh have all achieved career-best rankings after stroking excellent centuries in the Sydney Test.Khawaja, who scored 171 in Australia’s 649 for seven declared, has jumped eight places to 19th after collecting 55 points, Shaun Marsh has earned 42 points for his fine 156 that has moved him from 31st to 20th spot, while his younger brother Mitchell has been rewarded for his 101 with a leap of eight places that has put him in 57th position.RABADA TOPS BOWLING CHARTSKagiso Rabada has become the number-one ranked bowler in the ICC Test Player Rankings after helping South Africa to an exciting victory over India in the first Test at Newlands on Monday.Rabada, who was one of the stars in South Africa’s successful campaign in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in the UAE in 2014, returned figures of three for 34 and two for 41 against a star-studded India batting line-up.For this effort, the 22-year-old has collected five points, while James Anderson, who had entered the Sydney Test as world No.1, dropped by the same number of points following the last Ashes Test. This 10-point swing means the South African has moved ahead of the Englishman by one point after nine points had separated the two fast bowlers leading into the two Tests.A delighted Rabada said: “It’s special to be ranked as the No.1 Test bowler in the world. It is a surreal feeling. It’s what you dream of achieving when you start playing the game.”Cricket is ultimately a team sport and I’m thankful for the support from my team mates. It’s a great start to the year personally and for us as a team, hopefully we can continue putting in winning performances.”Rabada is the seventh South Africa bowler to top the ICC Test Bowling Rankings after Aubrey Faulkner, Hugh Tayfield, Peter Pollock, Shaun Pollock, Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander.Rabada’s team-mate Philander is the other bowler inside the top-20 to make an impressive gain. For his match figures of nine for 75, which also earned him the player of the match award, the 32-year-old has earned 67 points, which, in turn, has lifted him from 12th to sixth position.advertisementPhilander now trails Australia’s sixth-ranked Josh Hazlewood by eight points and has an opportunity to break into the top-five following the Centurion Test, which begins on Saturday, 13 January.Outside the top-20, India’s Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Pat Cummins of Australia have achieved career-high rankings.Bhuvneshwar has vaulted eight places to 22nd following figures of four for 87 and two for 33, while Cummins has leaped eight places and is now in 28th position after match figures of eight for 119, which also earned him the player of the match award.There is no change in the top-five of the all-rounders’ list, which is still headed by Shakib Al Hasan, with Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin in second and third place, respectively.last_img read more

MS Dhoni was never bullied as a kid. There is a very good reason tooMS Dhoni was never bullied as a kid. There is a very good reason too

first_imgHaving a passion for sports at a young age has its own perks. It keeps you fit, healthy, is a great career choice no matter what the sport is and apparently it also helps you to steer clear of bullies, it worked for MS Dhoni atleast.The former India skipper recently revealed that he was never bullied at a young age as he used to play with boys who were much older to him.   “I don’t think I was ever bullied. One of the reasons could be that often, people who are very small, thin or timid, you tend to get away without being bullied; if someone is very cute and cuddly, he/she also gets away with things. I was small and timid,” Dhoni told The Print.”Another reason could be that I used to play with boys that were much older to me, and they saw me as a younger brother. We lived in a colony and were only two or three of us that were of the same age group, the other children were at least five or six years older to us.”Playing cricket with older boys also helped Dhoni improve his game.”Maybe that is one of the reasons that I play cricket well, because I have always played cricket with people who were older than me, which meant that they had more power and they understood the game better. Playing with them made me better.Dhoni also said that even when he was playing domestic cricket at the under-16 and under-19 levels, he never faced any bullying in the dressing room.”So as far as bullying is concerned, I do not think we were bullied at any point of time. Even when we started playing cricket at the under-16 or under-19 level, we were never bullied. Often, it depends on the seniors – how the seniors are in the team environment affects the nature of the team, and the juniors also get groomed according to them. What is important is that you keep on passing the baton to the next generation.advertisementDhoni also condemned the act of bullying and said, “Bullying is not a thing that should happen. In a society, it does happen, but there are ways to deal with it. One of the effective ways is to pass on the culture of being against the concept of bullying, and the culture of being nice to people. That is what life is all about.”last_img read more

Error Costs Yanks, Twins Win, 2-1Error Costs Yanks, Twins Win, 2-1

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins got a lot of help in snapping a skid against the New York Yankees.Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli made a throwing error in the 11th inning that allowed Josh Willingham to score from second base, giving Minnesota a 2-1 victory on July 5th.With the bases loaded, Trevor Plouffe hit a dribbler to reliever Matt Thornton (1-1). The left-hander flipped it to Cervelli for the force-out at home.Cervelli then tried for the double play but his throw sailed way over the head of first baseman Mark Teixeira and Willingham raced home with the winning run.“We’ll take a win any way we can,” said Twins Manager Ron Gardenhire, who was ejected in third inning after arguing from the dugout. “They had to make a play and threw it away.”Cervelli wished he would have held onto the ball because Plouffe was blocking his throwing lane to first.“It’s bad. We don’t want to end the game like that, especially myself,” he said. “Next time I’ve got to make a little clear, talking about my vision to first base. If I don’t have it, I have to just eat the ball.”Pinch-hitter Chris Colabello doubled off the right field wall to lead off the 11th, missing a game-ending homer by inches.The victory snapped a seven-game home skid against the Yankees and was just Minnesota’s fourth win against New York in 17 games at Target Field.Brian Duensing (2-2) pitched around a Carlos Beltran single in the 11th.Yankees starter David Phelps had retired 11 straight before Willingham snapped an 0-for-14 skid with a homer to left that tied the game at 1 in the seventh inning.Before Willingham’s drive, Phelps had only allowed one baserunner to reach second base.In addition to his home run, Willingham also saw the whacky final play unfold as he ran from second to third, and, eventually, home. To him, a win is a win for the struggling Twins.“They’re all pretty,” he said. “That play is typically not one to end a game on, but today it was good enough to get us a win, I guess.”Ichiro Suzuki stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch with two outs in the fifth before coming home on Cervelli’s single to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead.Yohan Pino held the Yankees to one run over six innings, but Minnesota couldn’t put together enough offense to give the soft-tossing 30-year-old rookie his first win.After both starters turned in strong outings, two of baseball’s hottest bullpens took over. Coming into July 5, Minnesota’s relievers had a 1.78 ERA in their last 18 games while New York’s pen had a 1.66 ERA in their last eight.Five Twins relievers held the Yankees to three hits over five innings of relief. The winning run charged to Thornton was unearned.Even though he pitched well, Phelps was mad at himself for even letting the game be decided by the bullpen or a crazy play at the end.“We’re out there grinding and there’s going to be games where we don’t score a lot of runs,” he said. “That’s why it’s frustrating for me to go out and give up a leadoff home run in the seventh. Just put up a zero there and we can put that game away with our bullpen.”Cervelli was a late addition to the lineup after regular catcher Brian McCann was scratched with a sore foot.(ADAM CZECH)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Phelps Loses Again at NationalsPhelps Loses Again at Nationals

first_imgIRVINE, California — Tom Shields upset three-time Olympic champion Michael Phelps by one hundredth of a second to win the 100-meter butterfly at the U.S. national championships on Aug. 8.Shields touched in 51.29 seconds, tying for the second-fastest time in the world this year. Phelps was second in 51.30, losing for the second time in as many events this week; his biggest meet since making a comeback in April.“I’m somebody who can’t stand to lose,” Phelps said. “I don’t care if it’s by a hundredth or by five seconds. This will definitely motivate me.”Four of the seven quickest times in the world were recorded in the morning preliminaries, led by Phelps’ 51.17. But he couldn’t keep it together in the final against Shields, who also won the 200 butterfly earlier in the meet.Phelps is still likely to earn a spot on the U.S. team for the Pan Pacific Championships this month, but he could have guaranteed himself a trip to Australia with a win in the event that he calls “my baby.” He finished next-to-last in the 100 freestyle on Aug. 6.The 18-time Olympic gold medalist has two events remaining this weekend.Tim Phillips was third in 51.54. Ryan Lochte finished fifth in 52.21.Phelps was seventh after one lap and was closing hard on Shields in the closing stages, but his decision to glide to the wall rather than take another stroke cost him.“It just cut all of my momentum,” he said. Bob Bowman, Phelps’ coach, said, “It was pretty terrible.”Phelps didn’t feel like his usual self walking on deck, while Shields confidently looked at the stands and then at his California teammates, who cheered him on during introductions.“Normally I’m very relaxed and very ready,” Phelps said. “Like Bob said, it’s probably just because I’m not used to being in this kind of shape or this kind of feeling going into a meet.”Bowman suggested Phelps was nervous, which may strike some as odd because he’s the most decorated Olympian, with 22 medals.“It’s not fitness, but it’s the knowledge that he’s getting up here against these guys who are on fire,” the coach said. “He knows what he’s done to get here and it ain’t what he used to do to get here.”Phelps knows it, too. “If I want to go 50-point then I need more — I need more training, I need more endurance, I need to feel more comfort with my stroke,” he said. “There are just a lot of things that need to happen. I understand that.”(BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Mavs Rout Woeful Knicks, 107-87Mavs Rout Woeful Knicks, 107-87

first_imgNEW YORK — Tyson Chandler started training two weeks after last season, searching for a better result next time when he stepped on the floor at Madison Square Garden. He got it. This time, he was on the right end of a Knicks loss.Chandler had three dunks during Dallas’ sizzling start to his return to New York, and Dirk Nowitzki scored 16 points to help the Mavericks beat the Knicks 107-87 on Dec. 16.Chandler thought he would be back with the Knicks this season and started working out earlier than usual so he could help them rebound from the sour taste of their 37-45 finish. Instead, new President Phil Jackson dealt Chandler to Dallas in his first big move, and left even the respected center wondering if he was the target after the Hall of Famer said the move was in part to address some of the team’s chemistry problems.“I wouldn’t say there was any vindication, my whole thing is just I want to have a successful year,” Chandler said. “I feel like I’ve got a great opportunity with this team and I want to help lead this team to something special.”Chandler played a key role in the NBA’s highest-scoring team putting together a nearly unstoppable start that gave it the lead for good. Monta Ellis added 14 points, and Chandler Parsons had 13 after missing a game with a sore lower back.Carmelo Anthony scored 26 points for the Knicks. Tim Hardaway Jr. had 14 but was 5 for 17 in another poor shooting effort.“They were ready to play from the start. We weren’t,” Anthony said. “We kind of got backed up on our heels and then we decided to come out and play and pick it up after that.”Shortly after hearing mostly cheers during introductions, Chandler dunked a lob pass for the game’s opening basket. He threw down another alley-oop that gave Dallas 10 baskets in its first 11 shots.Knicks coach Derek Fisher yanked all five starters at once soon after but the Mavs kept rolling, opening a 34-15 lead while sinking 13 of their first 16 attempts.“I thought the start was not the right way to start a professional basketball game,” Fisher said. “Those guys that were in there to start the game, that was a disappointment to their teammates.”The Knicks then answered with a 17-2 run that carried over into the second quarter and cut it to 36-32. But the Mavericks regained a double-digit lead by halftime and gradually expanded their advantage during the second half.Chandler came to New York a few months after the Mavs’ 2011 NBA championship, and won a Defensive Player of the Year award while helping the Knicks to a division title and two playoff appearances.But he had a disappointing season along with the team in 2013-14 and was dealt back to Dallas on the eve of the draft along with Raymond Felton for Jose Calderon, Samuel Dalembert and Shane Larkin.Calderon and Dalembert have struggled for the lowly Knicks (5-22), while Chandler came in shooting 68.2 percent from the field. He went 4 of 5 for eight points with 14 rebounds. “Biggest thing that he wanted to do is just win and I’m glad that we could beat them twice for him,” Parsons said.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

From Warehouse To Yankee PitcherFrom Warehouse To Yankee Pitcher

first_imgNEW YORK — Chris Martin was as far from the bright lights of the major leagues as could be five years ago, working in a warehouse off Interstate 20 in Arlington, Texas, pushing 650-pound Sub-Zero refrigerators onto dollies for deliveries.Drafted twice but never signed, he hurt his arm while pitching for a community college, didn’t respond to surgery and finished school without a degree.But at least he was down to one job.He worked his own unique day-night doubleheader for a stretch, from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the lawn-and-garden section at Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse and from 5:30-11 p.m. loading 53-foot trailers for UPS at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.Not anymore.Come Feb. 21, the 28-year-old will be wearing No. 61 for the New York Yankees at spring training, a throwback to an era a half-century ago when all but stars worked odd jobs to make ends meet.“Oh man, I’m pumped. I’m ready to go. Wish it started today,” the 6-foot-8 right-hander said.Martin had given up on a baseball career in 2008, when he wasn’t able to make a single toss without sharp pain.In a sport filled with players on the field nearly year-round since their early teens, Martin didn’t pitch in a game from the fall of 2005 until the summer of 2010. But serendipity and perseverance intervened.An unexpected encounter in a bar with a high school buddy set off a chain of events that started with a fortuitous game of catch and led to a tryout at his own expense, stops with six minor league teams and his major league debut with Colorado last April. The Yankees purchased him last month for $75,000.“It’s just an amazing story, how a guy like this completely gets lost in the shuffle,” said Pete Incaviglia, the former slugger who signed Martin to his first professional contract with the Grand Prairie Airhogs, an independent team in Texas.A 2004 graduate of Arlington High School, Martin was drafted by Detroit in the 18th round with the 523rd pick. He chose to attend McLennan Community College in Waco, and stayed there when Colorado drafted him in the 21st round in June 2005.Martin, however, hurt his shoulder in a game at Navarro Junior College that fall. He tried rest and rehab at the advice of Dr. Keith Meister, the Texas Rangers’ team physician, but that didn’t help. Meister operated in August 2007 to repair the labrum and release the shoulder capsule.When he healed, Martin tried out for the Fort Worth Cats of United League Baseball.“The shoulder still felt the same, so that’s when I decided to hang it up,” Martin said.He went to work at Lowe’s. Plus, he added the night job, primarily for UPS’s health insurance.That was his life for about a year, until he went to J. Gilligan’s Bar & Grill and came across Jordan Bostick, who was a year behind him in high school. Bostick was a warehouse manager at Texas Appliance in Arlington, and he suggested Martin work for him.“I don’t know about how the money compared, but it definitely was a lot better than doing double duty, that’s for sure,” Bostick recalled.One day in June 2010, Bostick broke out a left-handed catcher’s mitt at the warehouse. Martin hadn’t picked up a baseball in three years.“I was playing slow-pitch softball,” he said. Martin’s pitches “busted seams and nearly took my thumb off,” Bostick said.Martin’s shoulder, surprisingly, felt OK.“When he was in college, he was real thin, tall and skinny. I just don’t think he was as strong enough for as hard as he was throwing,” Martin’s father, Matt, said.“When he was working for that appliance store, he was doing a lot more physical labor, so he was getting stronger, I would have to say.”Martin joined a friend on a men’s league team, pitched a few times and remained pain free.A series of texts and calls between former McLennan players landed Martin a tryout with Incaviglia’s team.“Out of the corner of my eye, I see my bullpen catcher waving me over, and so I go over there and kind of stand behind the catcher and look at my gun: 94, 94, 95,” Incaviglia said.Martin signed for $800 a month and went 4-0 with a 1.95 ERA in 13 games. Incaviglia called Red Sox scout Jaymie Bane.“I said: Just bring him to your tryout and call me and say thank you,” Incaviglia remembered.After the season, Bane had Martin throw for another Red Sox scout. Then Martin went to Fort Myers with his dad and pitched batting practice at Boston’s minor league complex for Bane and Red Sox officials Allard Baird and Jared Porter. Martin’s father still has a copy of a check the Red Sox sent reimbursing Chris’ airfare and a room at the Ramada: $464.52.After a few pitches, Baird told Bane to stand behind Martin and shift him toward the third-base side of the pitching rubber.“The moment he did it, it came out, and you could see the difference,” Bane said.Boston asked Martin to come back two days later for a bullpen session, to make sure his arm bounced back. The Red Sox signed him for $1,100 a month.Martin pitched at Class A with Greenville and Salem, Double-A with Portland, Maine, and Triple-A with Pawtucket. He was traded to the Rockies in December 2013 and sent to Colorado Springs.Martin made his big league debut last April 26 at Dodger Stadium, and his first three batters were Adrian Gonzalez, Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier — totaling 547 homers at the time. He had a 6.89 ERA in 16 big league games over 43 days during two callups and finally earned bigger money: $168,256.The Yankees like his fastball, which averages 95 mph. And Martin’s height — he wears a size 50 jersey.When Martin struggles in games, he thinks about his long journey to the big leagues.“It reminds me how fast baseball can be taken away and it makes me not take things for granted anymore,” he said. “I don’t want to go back to where I was.”(RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Broncos Rally Stuns Chiefs, 31-24Broncos Rally Stuns Chiefs, 31-24

first_imgKANSAS CITY, Mo. — Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos have beaten the Kansas City Chiefs every way imaginable over the years, from playoff shootouts to defensive tug-of-wars.Well, not quite every way. Not until Sept. 17.Denver cornerback Bradley Roby returned Jamaal Charles’ second fumble 21 yards for a touchdown with 27 seconds left, completing a stunning comeback in the closing minute for a 31-24 victory — the Broncos’ seventh straight over their AFC West rivals.“I’m not quite sure I’d ever been in one quite like that,” Manning said. “That was a new one.”Manning threw for 256 yards and three scores, the last to Emmanuel Sanders with 36 seconds left as the Broncos (2-0) appeared to force overtime. But on the next play from scrimmage, with the Chiefs (1-1) also eyeing overtime, Charles was stripped by Brandon Marshall and the ball bounced right into Roby’s hands.The dramatic about-face came after Knile Davis gave Kansas City the lead with 2:27 left on an 8-yard run, raising hope among a sellout crowd that the Chiefs might finally end some curses.Instead, Denver won its 13th straight division road game, breaking a tie with the San Francisco 49ers (1987-90) for most in NFL history. And for one night, Manning quieted his growing doubters by improving to 14-1 in his career against the Chiefs.“I’ve been involved in a couple of pretty crazy games,” he said, “but nothing quite like this.”Charles finished with 125 yards rushing and a touchdown, but he will only remember his fumbles — one in the red zone early in the game, the other deep in his own territory late in the game.“I have to be careful with the ball,” Charles said. “It’s my fault.”Alex Smith threw for 191 yards for Kansas City, but also had two passes picked off.“We thought we had it won,” Davis said. “Unfortunately, they made the touchdown and it was our time to overcome and win the game, and we couldn’t finish. It was an emotional rollercoaster.”Manning threw a pick-six of his own, but he responded when it mattered the most.The Broncos took over at their own 20 after Davis had given Kansas City the lead, and the seven-time All-Pro marched them calmly down field.Manning found Demaryius Thomas for three long receptions to get deep into Chiefs territory, then hit Sanders with a strike over the middle on third-and-10 from the Chiefs 19 for the touchdown that kept Denver alive.“That last drive was really good,” said Manning, who joined Brett Favre during the game as the only quarterbacks in NFL history with at least 70,000 yards passing. “I’m really proud of our young offensive line — no poise issues, no communication issues.”The late-game dramatics transpired after the Chiefs bolted to a 14-0 lead in their home-opener, energizing a boisterous, red-clad crowd that had been tailgating all afternoon.But like he has so often against the Chiefs, Manning answered by leading Denver on an 80-yard TD march late in the first half. The capper was a pass over the middle to Sanders, who slipped between the safeties and somersaulted into the end zone for the 16-yard touchdown reception.Two plays later, Aqib Talib picked off Smith’s throw on a poorly thrown pass in the flat, and the Broncos needed just four plays for Manning to find Virgil Green with a tying touchdown toss.After swapping field goals, the Chiefs were poised to celebrate when Davis took a handoff from Smith as the quarterback fell down and raced into the end zone late in the fourth quarter.Turned out to be not late enough for Manning and the Broncos.“I’ll tell you,” Manning said, “their defense is so much better than last year. They’re so stout against the run. They just make it hard all night. We just kept plugging.”(DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Aris FC Continues to RiseAris FC Continues to Rise

first_imgTHESSALONIKI – Aris, at Toumba Stadium in the Thessaloniki derby against league leaders PAOK, showed definitive signs that the team as whole is coming together. It had been a trying time for the “God of War” as a flurry of January signings and a switch in manager’s destabilized the team and temporarily mixed up team chemistry. Two points taken off of PAOK, who is undefeated in the league, is the latest sign of Aris rising to the expectations of fans, the history of the club and chairman Theodoros Karypidis.Without a lot of fanfare, but instead with the methodical work of their Greek manager, Savvas Pantelidis, the “yellows” managed to transform themselves from a vulnerable weak mettled team, to a side that was genuinely disappointed to have only earned a draw against PAOK. Combining the hard work on the training ground and this most recent positive result for the club, Aris looks ahead at its fixture schedule with renewed optimism and hope that they will remain in the top-5 teams of the league after fighting so hard to get there.Club chairman Theodoros Karypidis was on-hand to witness his side draw against PAOK at Toumba and went down to the dressing rooms after the final whistle to congratulate his players for playing hard, performing well and leaving Toumba with a hard-fought point. In addition to the praise, Karypidis reminded the players of his request earlier in the season that by the end of the campaign he wants the club to secure the requisite place in the league table to clinch a berth to play in European qualifiers in the summer.It’s worth noting that around 50 dedicated fans of Aris waited Sunday night for Aris’ team bus to arrive at the Kleanthis Vikelidis Stadium to congratulate their club and to wish them well in the upcoming important matches.Surely all Aris fans felt proud with the way that their team played in the derby against PAOK, something that was expressed in his comments by Aris’ French forward Nicolas Diguiny who said, ” It was a difficult match just as we expected. We got one point even though we could have gotten all three if we took advantage of our counterattacks. It is better for us that PAOK managed to take the lead and then we were able to equalize rather than the opposite. We always play with 100% effort because we want our fans to be proud of us. I believe that with the way that we played tonight, they are proud of us.”From then on, another big surprise from Aris’ perspective at Toumba was the excellent chemistry in the heard of the defense between Fran Vélez and Lindsay Rose. The center defensive pair, excluding a 20-minute spell in the match against Panionios had never previously played alongside one another. Despite that, the two of them in the match against PAOK displayed an understanding on the pitch that made it seem as though they had been playing on the same team for years. Velez reached his yellow card limit at Toumba and so if he collects another yellow he will face a one match ban.Aris FC has already made tickets for next Saturday at the Kleanthis Vikelidis Stadium against AEK available where they are expecting a large turnout, if not a sellout.TweetPinShare44 Shareslast_img read more

Tackling IoT system interoperabilityTackling IoT system interoperability

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: IoT Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Continue Reading Previous Interface Concept ComEth4510a dual Planes L2/L3 Ethernet Switch, selected by Thales for a radar applicationNext VadaTech announces MicroTCA chassis optimized for FPGAscenter_img IoT application development has already evolved largely into an integration problem. Developers can find all manner of IoT hardware devices that provide a growing number of near drop-in solutions for populating an IoT system’s layers of terminal sensor nodes and edge computing devices. Developers can similarly find solutions designed to fill those layers with software — from RTOSs in the periphery, high-performance Linux at the edge, and any manner of software running on the cloud’s virtual servers. In practice, of course, building an IoT application requires significant effort in making all of those pieces function as a single system and application while ensuring end-to-end security, availability, and reliability. Worse, large-scale enterprise IoT systems need to do this multiple times as they combine separate, specialized IoT systems into a functional whole. That’s a challenge facing many enterprise-level IoT developers — and one Mentor Graphics hopes to address with its Embedded IoT Framework.This notion of a network of IoT networks is a key requirement for success at the enterprise level. Mentor Graphics cites a view by McKinsey that 40% of the potential value of an IoT application depends on successful integration of multiple IoT systems. Integration of even one IoT system is work enough: Mentor notes a forecast by Gartner that in the near term, half of the cost of implementing IoT systems will be spent on integrating their individual components. Unlike IoT platforms, which are intended to simplify vertical integration of hardware to cloud systems, Mentor’s IoT framework seeks to ease both vertical and horizontal integration of systems implemented on various IoT platforms such as the Amazon Web Services (AWS) IoT Core, Microsoft Azure IoT Hub, and others.Frameworks have a long and somewhat tortured history in the electronics industry. Years ago, EDA companies including Mentor introduced comprehensive frameworks intended to simplify the integration of individual design tools from multiple providers into a “seamless” work flow. The problem then was not unlike what enterprise IoT developers face today. Of course, AWS and Microsoft Azure bear little resemblance to the point-tool providers of the EDA era. As far as the enterprise IoT developer is concerned, however, they are similar in that they provide just one piece of a larger, multi-system puzzle. What’s relevant here is the history lesson from those earlier frameworks: Despite heroic efforts, those EDA frameworks failed because they went too far, attempting micro-level integration. The added layers of software meant to normalize data, manage tool work flows, and support other design tasks paradoxically delayed availability of actual, workable integrated production design flows.With its IoT framework, Mentor took a different approach. Here, the company avoids inserting itself between the developer and IoT platforms such as AWS’s and Microsoft’s. Rather than attempt to provide a single software interface to all IoT platforms, the Mentor Embedded IoT Framework seeks to fill the existing implementation gaps that lead to the kind of costs that Gartner describes. In this framework, IoT platform SDKs are there, untouched, available for native use by the developer, but supplemented by services designed to fill the gaps (Figure).Figure. The Mentor Embedded IoT Framework intends to supplement commercial cloud SDKs with services needed to fill existing gaps in the implementation of enterprise IoT applications. (Source: Mentor Graphics) One of the implementation gaps that Mentor addresses relates to software updates. Although cloud providers support basic functionality for compiling and downloading a file, the cloud-level service typically lacks detailed information about device bootloader function, for example. Consequently, developers are left to create additional device-level services to define the specific actions required to safely deploy a software update package. Mentor fills the gap by providing more complete software-update services.That’s not to say that the Mentor Framework doesn’t sometimes provide more generalized alternatives to the cloud vendor’s solution. For example, AWS Greengrass lets IoT developers migrate portions of their cloud services to edge devices, using AWS Lambda functions to provide some cloud functionality even when the cloud connection is lost. Greengrass is a unique service that provides an important capability, but it remains an AWS-specific service. To add application- or service-level software to edge devices through a more general approach, developers could use industry-standard Docker containers to encapsulate and deploy their software. With the Mentor Embedded IoT Framework, developers can use either approach: AWS Greengrass with Lambda functions or use the framework’s support for Docker to deploy containerized software.The Mentor Embedded IoT Framework initially supports AWS and Microsoft Azure IoT platforms with planned support for Siemens, IBM Watson, and others. For more information, view the Mentor video or visit the Mentor Embedded IoT Framework site.last_img read more

IAR Systems acquires Secure ThingzIAR Systems acquires Secure Thingz

first_img Continue Reading Previous Apacer upgrades to new-generation DDR4-2666 memory modulesNext Maxim: uSLIC power modules revolutionize design for highly space-constrained applications IAR Systems has entered into a share sale and purchase agreement to acquire 100 percent of the shares in Secure Thingz  a provider of advanced security solutions for embedded systems in the Internet of Things. With the acquisition, IAR Systems secures its position as a frontrunner in offering solutions for security in embedded systems.Founded in 2016, Secure Thingz develops and sells products and services for implementation of embedded security in connected devices. The company has provided security solutions for the development platform Renesas Synergy Platform through its Secure Deploy platform offerings, which is developed in order to solve the major security challenges faced by companies developing for the IoT.In February 2018, the product Embedded Trust has been launched. Developed in partnership between IAR Systems and Secure Thingz, Embedded Trust enables secure development and makes security part of the development workflow. Embedded Trust enables companies to safeguard intellectual property against overproduction and counterfeiting, manage software updates in a robust way, and protect end users from malware intrusion and theft or loss of data.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

Maxim: PMICs drive optimized power for automotive ADAS functionsMaxim: PMICs drive optimized power for automotive ADAS functions

first_img Continue Reading Previous TRINAMIC: rapid positioning with smart stepper motor drivesNext Lanner: rugged vehicle surveillance NVR With a series of power-management ICs from Maxim Integrated Products, designers can optimize power for automotive advanced driver-assistance systems functions to achieve high performance, small size, efficiency, and electrical protection. ADAS functions, many of which are now mandatory or will be soon, increase vehicle safety and enhance the driving experience. These features include smart braking for collision avoidance, GPS/navigation, adaptive cruise control, lane centering, lane-departure warning, and back-up/surround video. Although these functions receive considerable design attention, managing DC power in electrically harsh vehicle environments is a less-publicized yet critical challenge for ADAS system designers.Maxim’s array of application-optimized ICs regulate, manage, and protect DC power. These products solve critical problems for ADAS systems designers by offering a unique combination of package size, high operating efficiency, low quiescent current, integrated ASIL-B/D electrical protection, and reduced EMI.The series of PMICs which Maxim has released include:MAX20019 Dual Synchronous Step-Down Converter – Provides the industry’s smallest 3.2MHz dual step-down power supply in a 2 × 3mm package sizeMAX20087 Quad Camera Power Protector – ASIL-B/D grade camera module protector IC includes an I2C interface to report on overvoltage/undervoltage/fault conditions; monitors up to four 600mA coax channels and isolates faults from individual camera modulesMAX20075 and MAX20076 Step-Down Converters – Offers lowest quiescent current with peak and valley mode options; provides a high peak efficiency of 91% for always-on applications compared to competing solutions, while featuring a 40-V load-dump toleranceMAX20014 Triple-Output Converter – Features one synchronous boost and two synchronous step-down converters for smaller, simpler, and lower cost designs (competing approaches require two ICs plus discrete components); features 2.2MHz switching frequency and spread-spectrum capability for reduced EMI and comes in a small 4 x 4mm package sizeShare this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

Efficient web server technology for resource-constrained microcontrollersEfficient web server technology for resource-constrained microcontrollers

first_img 2 thoughts on “Efficient web server technology for resource-constrained microcontrollers” “Whoa, lots of questions.nnThis post was meant as a short introduction. If you had navigated to GitHub, you would have seen the long list of supported RTOSs, TCP/IP stacks, etc.. You would have also seen that it can use lwIP without an RTOS, but that in Some time ago we published an article titled A fresh look at embedding a web server, where we suggested using WebSockets instead of HTTP with its traditional GET and POST commands. One commenter criticized the article for not being suitable for a broad category of small microcontroller based embedded systems.The WebSocket protocol when used correctly uses fewer resources than a traditional web server. In fact, we believe WebSockets is the only viable option if you ever plan on TLS enabling the embedded web server. You may already be using an embedded web server in your device, but enabling TLS on a standard web server for a resource-constrained device typically ends in disaster. To understand why TLS creates such a problem for standard web server technology, see our tutorial When Not to Embed a Web Server in a Device.Modern Web Application Reference Design for Microcontrollers We recently committed our Embedded HTTP and WebSocket Server to GitHub. The Embedded HTTP and WebSocket server, called the Minnow Server, has been specifically designed for tiny microcontrollers with limited resources.More importantly, we also included a reference example that shows how to build a modern real time web user interface for device management. The web application is a so called Single Page Application (SPA) that exclusively uses the WebSocket protocol for device management. The HTTP protocol is used only for loading the SPA. In other words, HTTP is initially used by the browser when loading the application on demand from the device.The reference example includes real time updates of LEDs and a thermostat gauge, and it shows how to do firmware upload over WebSockets. The complete SPA requires only 41 Kbytes of flash memory storage space. Also, the WebSocket server requires very little RAM for the communication.The following screenshot shows the SPA firmware upload page. The page is one of several examples pages that show how to benefit from the new WebSocket protocol. The firmware upload page shows how to create a drag and drop JavaScript upload logic and how to send the uploaded file to the server via the WebSocket connection. All messages sent via the WebSocket connection are sent as JSON text messages except for the upload, which is sent as binary data. Modern JavaScript can easily manage binary data and the WebSocket protocol supports both binary and text frames.Get Started with the Minnow Server Head over to GitHub, download the Minnow Server, and start writing your own SPA for your own microcontroller design. The reference example has been designed such that it can easily be reused for your own embedded device management application. The CSS and HTML5 building blocks in this application have been designed for reuse. In addition, the WebSocket communication JavaScript library included in the example is designed to be generic and can easily be reused in other applications.Note: The Minnow Server is designed for small microcontrollers, but since the reference example is primarily designed for educational purposes, we have limited the ready to use build environment to Windows and Linux. You can port the application to an embedded system, but it makes more sense to just use the design ideas in the reference example. You may of course use the generic parts “as is”.Although the Minnow Server can be set up to manage several connections, the reference example is set up to manage one connection at a time. Attempting to connect a new browser window while another browser window is using the one and only WebSocket connection will not work.Should you lack the required HTML/CSS/JavaScript experience, consider teaming up with a front end web developer. The best way to think about how to create an SPA is to compare the development process to creating a desktop application or a phone application that is designed to communicate with a device using TCP. Typically, different developers are in charge of the desktop app and the device’s firmware and this is also the best way to design an SPA. The firmware and front end developers would need to agree on the communication API between the browser and server and vice versa. In other words, they would need to specify the type of messages sent over the WebSocket connection.Wilfred Nilsen, Founder & CTO of Real Time Logic, has 28 years’ experience in designing embedded software. Powered by a vision of connected embedded systems, he designed the Barracuda Application Server, tailoring it for the small footprint, real-time needs of embedded microprocessors. January 24, 2019 at 12:03 pm Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: IoT Log in to Reply Log in to Reply WNilsen says: January 25, 2019 at 4:18 pm Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Continue Reading Previous Mouser and Inventek Systems announce global distribution agreementNext Kontron: IoT solutions for digital transformation at embedded world “Does this support HTML/SSI/CGI or is it Websockets and thats it ? Which version of HTTP ? Persistent connections ?nWho provides the transport ? What API ? I mean, does it work with lwIP ? Does it require the socket API ? Or, do you expect the user to p scaprile says: last_img read more