Jordan Spieth emerges from epic duel to win British Open

first_imgJordan Spieth survived a roller-coaster final round at the British Open to claim his third major title after beating fellow American Matt Kuchar by three strokes in a thrilling duel at Royal Birkdale on Sunday.Spieth carded a one-under-par final round of 69 to finish on 12-under for the tournament but, after three days of consistent golf by the American, it was a remarkable day of highs and lows for the 23-year-old.The Texan, who won the U.S Masters and U.S. Open in 2015, joined Jack Nicklaus as one of only two players to win three legs of the career grand slam before turning 24. Tiger Woods was 24 when he won his third different major.Spieth began the day with a three-stroke lead but saw that evaporate on the front nine, where he made four bogeys and a birdie to enter the turn sharing the lead with Kuchar on eight-under, before he steadied himself and surged to victory.Clutching the Claret Jug awarded to the winner, Spieth, the youngest American to win the British Open and the youngest from any country since a 22-year-old Seve Ballesteros in 1979, said his victory was “a dream come true”.”I drank some wine from the Claret Jug when Zach Johnson won it two years ago and people said that was bad luck. I started to believe them too after nine holes today,” he added.”I’m going to take this back to America which may upset a few of you all but I’ll return it. Thank you very much, what an incredible honour.”Real DramaadvertisementAfter his struggles on the front nine, the real drama began when Spieth drove wildly into the dunes, striking a spectator, on the 13th hole.He was forced to take a penalty stroke after deeming the ball unplayable and, after a lengthy series of deliberations, he played his second shot from the edge of the practice range next to the television trucks.Spieth scrambled to make a creditable bogey out of the par-four hole but that still handed the lead to 39-year-old Kuchar, who was playing the more solid golf as the wind rose and temperature fell.However, the sight of his rival alone at the top of the leaderboard appeared to click a switch in Spieth who responded with a birdie on the par-three 14th, where he was close to a hole-in-one.”When that (birdie) putt went in was my first vocal appreciation of the day. And I knew that we had momentum on our side and we were tied.”All of a sudden I felt and believed that I could win that golf tournament, when 30 minutes prior and really the entire day after the fourth hole I didn’t feel that way,” he said.He then brilliantly sank a 45-yard putt to eagle the par-five 15th and followed that with birdies on the 16th and 17th to banish any thought of a repeat of his U.S. Masters meltdown last year.As he received the trophy Spieth paid tribute to compatriot Kuchar, saying he had enjoyed the battle and describing him as a great champion and class act.”I believe Matt Kuchar will win a major championship. And I believe that he’ll do it sometime soon. He’s a great champion and he’s such a great person,” Spieth said of his rival, who had been given underdog backing from the Birkdale crowd.China’s Li Haotong finished third on six-under-par after a superb last-round 63 left him on the range hoping, in vain, that a few more bogeys from the leading pair might give him a shot at a playoff.Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy produced his best round of the week with a 67 to leave him on five under for the tournament and tied in fourth place with Spain’s Rafael Cabrera-Bello who shot 68.last_img read more

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FIFA U-17 World Cup: Fans’ mad scramble for tickets as Kolkata get Brazil vs England bonus

first_imgFootball fans in Kolkata went into a frenzy as FIFA made a last minute venue change of the U-17 World Cup semi-final between Brazil and England, shifting the match from Guwahati to Kolkata’s Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangan.Kolkata will now host all but one of the four remaining games in the tournament.Amidst the frenzy, demand of an elusive ticket to Salt Lake stadium for Wednesday’s high profile clash has simply gone through the roof. On Tuesday morning, hundreds of fans were seen lined up the stadium ticket counter and had been standing overnight, hoping to grab a ticket as soon as counters opened this morning. However, to their disappointment no ticket was sold off the counters.As per FIFA, tickets for the rescheduled game were only available for online booking from Monday evening. Given the massive demand, tickets were sold out by Tuesday afternoon leaving fans waiting in long queues at the stadium angry.”I have been waiting since 4am this morning. I just got one ticket online so need to buy more tickets offline for my family so that we can all enjoy the match together,” said Abhijit.Due to the mad rush for tickets, many could not access the website online.On Tuesday, the organisers clarified that tickets will only be given at the counter to those who had booked it online and no off counter sale was possible with cash.”I have been searching for tickets online since last night but it’s unavailable there. So I came to the counter to check. I can only hope for a miracle to get a ticket now,” said another disappointed football fan.advertisementAs per FIFA, fans with valid online booking number can collect their tickets from the stadium ticket counter till 10pm on Tuesday.last_img read more

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Mukkabaaz gets U/A certificate, Kashyap thanks Joshi, Irani

first_imgMumbai, Jan 9 (PTI) Anurag Kashyaps upcoming film, “Mukkabaaz” has been given a U/A certificate by the CBFC and the director says he is grateful to censor board chief Prasoon Joshi for a “reasonable, rational and empowering experience”.The filmmaker also thanked I and B Minister Smriti Irani for providing him with some “space” to express himself in a free and fearless manner through his movie.Starring Vineet Kumar Singh and Zoya Hussain, the sports drama chronicles the power dynamics in Uttar Pradesh and has been receiving praise even before its scheduled release on January 12.Kashyap, 45, took to Twitter to announce the news.”In times of uncertainty and great doubt I am grateful to actually have a reasonable, rational and empowering experience with the CBFC. U/A with one voluntary audio deletion…”I was asked by the board, my intention to make this film and I spoke freely and fearlessly and was accorded the respect of a filmmaker by CBFC. Last time that happened was GOW (Gangs of Wasseypur)” he wrote.The filmmaker also said a “voluntary audio deletion was the difference between getting an A certificate and the U/A”.”Thank you @prasoonjoshi_ and @smritiirani and the board and the revising committee panel. Just to be given space to speak freely and fearlessly makes it all so worth it,” Kashyap wrote. PTI RDS BK RDSlast_img read more

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Ashes 2017: Moeen Ali to lead England XI in warm-up ahead of Perth Test

first_imgAll-rounder Moeen Ali will lead the 12-man England XI squad against Australia XI in a two-day warm-up match starting on December 9.Australia will host England in a warm-up game from December 9 to 10 at the Richardson Park in Perth.”Ali is the only player from the 11 that played against Australia in Adelaide to feature in the match,” the England Cricket Board said in a statement on Thursday.”He is joined in the 12-man squad with the five players that did not play in Adelaide, plus six players from the England Lions (Ben Duckett, Keaton Jennings, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Liam Livingstone and Mark Wood), who are now based in Perth at a training camp.”England XI: Moeen Ali (captain), Jake Ball, Gary Ballance, Mason Crane, Tom Curran, Ben Duckett, Ben Foakes (wicket-keeper), Keaton Jennings, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Liam Livingstone, Mark Wood.last_img read more

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Frank Lampard gives conditional thumbs-up to video technology

first_imgFormer England midfielder Frank Lampard backed the video assistant referee (VAR) technology but wants opinion of the match officials to prevail in ‘grey’ situations.FIFA has said it would like to use VAR at the 2018 World Cup, and soccer’s law-making body International Football Association Board is expected to decide next March whether to make them part of the game on a permanent basis.VAR involves assistant referees watching the action remotely and then drawing the match referee’s attention to officiating mistakes or missed serious incidents and England’s FA will trial it when the national side host world champions Germany in a friendly at Wembley on Friday.”Moving forward, I think we have to be very careful how we, how much we let go to technology,” Lampard said at a soccer event in the Japanese capital.”I think it’s important that we experiment… But for me, before we start putting it in the major tournaments, we have to make sure that we are not trying to video every moment of the game, and try and make video decisions on opinions.”Matches between England and Germany have seen several controversial decisions in the past including Lampard’s disallowed goal in the 2010 World Cup and Geoff Hurst’s goal in the 1966 World Cup final.”Sometimes, the referee will have a different opinion, about whether something is a red card or a yellow card and I think some very black and white issues in the game that go along technology, video technology is a must,” said Lampard, who was capped 106 times for England.advertisement”Things that are not black and white — things that are grey, things that are opinions — we need to leave that to the referee. But we’ll see as we practise with it more and more.”Lampard, who started his career at West Ham United, established himself as one of Europe’s finest midfield players during a 13-year spell at Chelsea.He is Chelsea’s all-time top goalscorer with 211 goals in over 400 appearances in all competitions and won three Premier League titles, four FA Cups and the Champions League during a trophy-laden spell at Stamford Bridge.Lampard said his desire was to manage Chelsea.”I need to learn, having played for 20 years doesn’t necessarily make you a great manager, so I have to learn the ropes, but I would love to be able to put my experiences as a player,” the 39-year-old said.”Of course, having been in Chelsea for so long, that would be the club, that would be my dream, but that’s not an easy path.”last_img read more

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Here are some of the best moments from Ed Sheeran’s grand concert in Mumbai

first_imgEver since international pop star Ed Sheeran had landed in India, his fans in the country had been counting days, eagerly waiting to witness his gala performance in Mumbai.And there’s no doubt that the singer’s live concert, that was held tonight at Jio Garden, BKC, Mumbai, actually lived up to its hype, only leaving the audience wanting for more of the musical magic.As the concert comes to an end, let us take you through some of the highlights of Ed Sheeran’s grand show that will remain etched in our memories.1. When Ed Sheeran appeared in a blue kurtaThe blue kurta that the singer chose to don on the stage, wasn’t just any regular means of paying tribute to India. The blue kurta actually had the name of his album, Divide, written in Hindi. The concert in India was also part of the singer’s Asia tour for the same album. Apparently he isn’t wearing an ordinary kurta there’s DIVIDE written on it in Hindi ?? Legend! #EdSheeranIndia pic.twitter.com/ZNBHFulPrF- Siddhant (@IamSiddhant0701) November 19, 20172. When Ed Sheeran made no secret of his love for India”You know I have made no secret of my love for India, ever,” said the singer, as the audience cheered on. ”It’s such a pleasure to be back in India,” he added, while encouraging the audience to sing along with him.Photo: Yogen Shah 3. When he went off stage only to return in the Team India jerseyThe audience couldn’t keep calm when the pop sensation appeared on the stage sporting a Team India jersey and sang his most popular song, Shape of You.advertisementThe guy rocked!!Started the #concert bang on time.What an awesome evening!#EdSheeranIndia #EdSheeran #EdSheeranOnJio #edsheeranMumbai pic.twitter.com/SEl01AsF4g- Shweta (@zestinatote) November 19, 20174. When Ed Sheeran sang Shape of You Of course, the audience at the show enjoyed every bit of the singer’s big gig while joining him in his songs, as he strummed the guitar. But they went absolutely wild, singing their heart out, when Ed Sheeran belted out one of his best numbers, Shape of You.Shape of you @JioGarden. #EdSheeranOnJio #dividetour #EdSheeran @reliancejio #EdSheeranIndia #shapeofyou pic.twitter.com/kITrIxeMMj- Sushant Sawal (@Sushantsawal) November 19, 20175. When celebrities from tinsel town were spotted among the audienceBollywood actor Aftab Shivdasani, along with his wife, were spotted at the show by the paparazzi. Actor Ram Kapoor and his family had also come to attend the show.Photo: Yogen ShahPhoto: Yogen Shahlast_img read more

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U.S. Sochi Speedskating Debacle

first_imgSOCHI, Russia – Zbigniew Brodka knocked off Shani Davis and all the other big names in the men’s 1,500 meters, capturing Poland’s first gold medal in Olympic speedskating Feb. 15.Brodka won the closest 1,500 in Olympic history over Koen Verweij of the Netherlands, who skated in the final pair. The two were initially shown on the scoreboard as tied for the top spot, but when the time was broken down to the thousandths, the victory went to Brodka.His time was 1 minute, 45.006 seconds. Verweij settled for silver in 1:45.009.Brodka, who had skated in the 17th of 20 pairs, thrust his arms in the air when he saw the “1” appear beside his name — the first major victory of his career. Verweij appeared to scream an expletive and glided around the inside of the track, shaking his head in disbelief, his long blond hair flowing behind him. Even during the flower ceremony, he found it hard to muster a smile, despite giving the Dutch their record-tying 13th medal of these games.The bronze went to Canada’s Denny Morrison, his second medal in Sochi.The 29-year-old Brodka is a firefighter and former short track skater who placed 27th in the 1,500 at the Vancouver Games four years ago. Though he had put up solid World Cup results in recent months, he had never won a major international event and there was little to indicate he would break through in Sochi.Now, he’s got the biggest prize of all.It was another tough day for two-time silver medalist Davis and the rest of the American team, who hastily went through a suit change because of concerns their new high-tech attire was actually slowing them down.The U.S. got approval to switch back to the suits it wore during a successful World Cup season in the fall, but it sure didn’t help. Brian Hansen of Glenview, Ill., was the top U.S. finisher in seventh.The 31-year-old Davis, runner-up in the king of races at the last two Olympics, faded badly over the final lap. The Chicago native wound up 11th in what could be the final individual event of his brilliant Olympic career. The only race he has left in Sochi is team pursuit.“I feel the damage of the suit was already done,” Davis said, clearly blaming the turmoil for the team’s dismal showing at these Olympics. “It took its toll. I spent energy in ways that I wouldn’t have done normally.”Defending Olympic champion Mark Tuitert of the Netherlands briefly claimed the top spot on the scoreboard before sinking to fifth. Russia’s Denis Yuskov just missed a medal, winding up 0.15 behind Morrison’s time of 1:45.22.It was a surreal day for the Americans, who arrived in Sochi touting their new Under Armour Mach 39 suit as the fastest in the world, only to begin having doubts about its effectiveness just a few days into the competition.After some adjustments that didn’t make much of an impact, the U.S. petitioned the International Skating Union to go back to its previous suit, worn at World Cup meets and the country’s Olympic trials in late December. The ISU didn’t sign off on the suits until some hasty alterations that were still going on just hours before the race, reducing the size of the company’s logo to conform to Olympic rules.No one could blame the suits for the latest debacle. Joey Mantia of Ocala, Fla., finished 22nd and Jonathan Kuck of Champaign, Ill., was 37th out of 40 skaters.The Americans, it would seem, simply weren’t prepared to compete at the level being shown by other countries, especially the Dutch. The Netherlands now has as many speedskating medals as East Germany’s haul at the 1988 Calgary Games, with five more events to crush the previous record.(PAUL NEWBERRY, AP National Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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L.A. Clippers Sold To Ballmer

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has agreed to buy the Los Angeles Clippers for a record-breaking $2 billion. Now it’s up to others whether the deal goes through.Shelly Sterling said in a statement issued that she’d signed a binding contract for a sale of the Clippers by The Sterling Family Trust to Ballmer in what would be a record deal if approved by the NBA.Ballmer “will be a terrific owner,” Sterling said, “We have worked for 33 years to build the Clippers into a premier NBA franchise. I am confident that Steve will take the team to new levels of success.”Sterling negotiated the sale after her husband, Donald Sterling, made racist remarks that were made public. The remarks included Sterling telling girlfriend V. Stiviano not to bring blacks to Clippers games, specifically mentioning Hall of Famer Magic Johnson.Shelly Sterling’s statement noted that she made the deal “under her authority as the sole trustee of The Sterling Family Trust, which owns the Clippers.”Donald Sterling’s attorneys contend that he is a co-owner and therefore must give his assent for the deal to go through. They also say he won’t be giving it.“Sterling is not selling the team,” said his attorney, Bobby Samini. “That’s his position. He’s not going to sell.”Ballmer beat out bids by Guggenheim Partners and a group including former NBA All-Star Grant Hill after presenting an “all-around superior bid,” according to an individual with knowledge of the negotiations.The individual, who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly, said Ballmer made more than an hour-long personal visit to Shelly Sterling’s Malibu home and laid out his plan.“He knocked their socks off, they bonded, had a good connection,” the individual said. The amount was also the largest of the offers, and Ballmer was one potential buyer to deal with rather than numerous members of a group.Ballmer said in a statement that he is honored to have his name submitted to the NBA for approval and thanked the league for working collaboratively with him throughout the process.“I love basketball. And I intend to do everything in my power to ensure that the Clippers continue to win — and win big — in Los Angeles,” Ballmer said. “LA is one of the world’s great cities — a city that embraces inclusiveness, in exactly the same way that the NBA and I embrace inclusiveness.”On May 29, Magic Johnson lauded the deal on his Twitter account: “Steve Ballmer owning the Clippers is a big win for the City of LA and all the people who live in the City of Angels!”Though Donald Sterling’s attorneys now say he won’t agree to sell the team, a May 22 letter obtained by The Associated Press and written by another of Sterling’s attorneys that says that “Donald T. Sterling authorizes Rochelle Sterling to negotiate with the National Basketball Association regarding all issues in connection with a sale of the Los Angeles Clippers team.” It includes the line “read and approved” and Donald Sterling’s signature.Samini said Sterling has had a change of heart primarily because of “the conduct of the NBA.” He said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s decision to ban Sterling for life and fine him $2.5 million as well as to try to oust him as an owner was him acting as “judge, jury and executioner.”“They’re telling me he should stand back and let them take his team because his opinion on that particular day was not good, was not popular?” Samini said. “It doesn’t make sense. He’s going to fight.”It’s unclear how the agreement will affect a special hearing of NBA owners planned for June 3 in New York to consider the charge against Donald Sterling for damaging the league with his comments.A three-quarters vote of the 30 owners to support the charge would have resulted in the termination of both Sterlings’ ownership of the franchise. The deal is expected to be presented to the league before Tuesday, according to the individual.Silver has said his preference would be for the franchise to be sold rather than seized — and that means sold in its entirety, with neither Sterling retaining a stake. Though according to the deal’s terms Ballmer will own 100 percent of the team, Shelly Sterling may continue to be involved under conditions worked out privately with Ballmer, the individual said.Franchise sale prices have soared since the current collective bargaining agreement was ratified in 2011. The Milwaukee Bucks were just sold to New York investment firm executives Marc Lasry and Wesley Edens for about $550 million, an NBA record.Last year, Vivek Ranadive’s group acquired a 65 percent controlling interest in the Sacramento Kings at a total franchise valuation of more than $534 million.This is not Ballmer’s first foray into potential NBA ownership. Ballmer and investor Chris Hansen headed a group that agreed to a deal to buy the Kings from the Maloof family in January 2013 with the intention of moving the team to Seattle, where the SuperSonics played until 2008.But Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson lobbied the NBA for time to put together a bid to keep the team in California, and though the Ballmer-Hansen group later increased its offer, owners voted to deny the bid for relocation and the Kings were sold to Ranadive.The former Microsoft CEO helped Bill Gates transform the company from a startup with fewer than 40 employees and $12 million in annual revenue into the world’s most valuable business. The pair met in 1973 while living down the hall from each other in a Harvard dorm.During his tenure at Microsoft, Ballmer was known for his competitive drive and wild displays of emotion and hand-waving.At his farewell address to Microsoft employees, he high-fived and hugged audience members, pumped his fists in the air, and even shed tears as the popular 1987 song “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” played on the sound system. In a video of the event widely viewed on YouTube, he screams: “You work for the greatest company in the world!”___By Tami Abdollah. AP Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney contributed to this report.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Stefanidi Wins Pole Vault Silver

first_imgZURICH – With a sterling performance, Ekaterina Stefanidi won a silver medal for Greece in the women’s pole vault at the European Athletics Championship.She was poised to win the gold but Anzhelika Sidorova of Russia took it on her final jump, clearing 4.65 meters on her third and last attempt after missing twice.Both had cleared 4.60 but Stefanidi had fewer misses. Sidorova’s first two attempts at 4.65 were not close but she surged on her last attempt.Russia’s Angelina Zhuk-Krasnova came third.Stefanidi’s medal was Greece’s 20th in the history of European Championships. She received a congratulatory telegram from Greek President Karolos Papoulias.She was the champion of the PAC-12 and the NCAA while at Stanford.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

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Manning, Broncos Drub Jets, 31-17

first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Julius Thomas started screaming after he caught a dart of a pass from Peyton Manning while streaking into the end zone. “It’s so easy!” the Denver Broncos tight end shouted.Well, it was far from the blowout many predicted, but Peyton Manning and the Broncos were in control most of the way in beating the New York Jets 31-17 on Oct. 12.“I like to have fun out there,” Thomas said. “I was just really excited.”And, for good reason. Manning connected with him twice and Demaryius Thomas once, leaving the Broncos’ quarterback two shy of Brett Favre’s career mark for passing TDs. Manning has 506 career touchdown passes, and could tie or break Favre’s record Oct. 19 at home against San Francisco.“I don’t know if any of them are big for me, especially in the middle of the season,” Manning said of the importance of the record. “We’re playing a tough schedule, got the 49ers at home and they’ve been one of the dominant teams of the past couple years. That’s all I am thinking about.”Manning was 22 of 33 for 237 yards — a far cry from last week’s performance against Arizona, when he passed for a career-high 479 yards with four TDs.But he displayed his methodical best at times in his return to MetLife Stadium, where he and the Broncos (4-1) were blown out by the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl last February.“It’s just ridiculous how good he is,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said.The Jets (1-5) had a chance to tie when they got the ball deep in their own territory with less than a minute left. But after a sack put the ball at the 1, Geno Smith was intercepted by Aqib Talib, who returned it 22 yards for a sealing touchdown that sent New York to its fifth straight loss.“The game plan was great,” Smith said. “We should’ve done a better job.”The struggling Smith, looking to keep his starting job, was 23 of 43 for 190 yards and touchdown passes to Jace Amaro and Eric Decker, with the one interception. Decker finished with six receptions for 54 yards, while Amaro had 10 catches for 68 yards for the Jets, who play at New England on Oct. 16.(DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Giants Beckham NFL’s Top Rookie?

first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Odell Beckham, Jr. says being named the league’s top rookie doesn’t dominate his thoughts. But it’s not far away, either.“It’s always in the back of your mind,” Beckham said. “But right now, we’ve got two more games and whatever happens, happens. You can only control what you can control.“If it were to happen, it would be quite an accomplishment,” he said. “But it’s not up to me, so I’ll just keep doing what I’m doing.”Beckham is certainly a contender headed into his game at St. Louis on Dec. 21, based on his last 10 games. If he wins rookie of the year honors, he’d be the first Giant to win the award.Beckham missed the first four games with a strained hamstring, then debuted Oct. 5 against Atlanta and has been a force since despite the Giants going 5-9. The first-round draft pick will probably pass 1,000 yards this weekend and is four catches away from Jeremy ShockeyHe could push his 972-yard total past the 1,000 plateau against the Rams. He is also four catches away from Shockey’s club reception record of 74 for rookies. One more score will give him 10 touchdowns.League-wide, his numbers are ahead of fellow rookie receivers Mike Evans of Tampa Bay (59 catches for 948 yards and 11 TDs) and Carolina’s Kelvin Benjamin (67 catches for 952 yards and nine touchdowns).His numbers also exceed Buffalo’s Sammy Watkins, Miami’s Jarvis Landry, and Philadelphia’s Jordan Matthews, all of whom have played full seasons.One offensive rookie who could compete will stand on the opposite sideline as Beckham tries to put on his usual show. Rams running back Tre Mason has started the last six games and has 661 rushing yards on the season, tops among NFC rookies and second among rookies overall.None, however, have been as dynamic as Beckham, who highlighted his season with a three-fingered touchdown catch in the Game 11 loss to Dallas.“When I’m standing on the sidelines, I’m rooting for him all the way,” coach Tom Coughlin said. “When I get to Monday, sometimes I run it back an extra time.”Even safety Antrel Rolle has marveled at how easily Beckham gets open against fast-learning, fast-adjusting defenses.“The guy’s phenomenal,” Rolle said, adding that the addition of a healthy Victor Cruz to next year’s receiving corps could make Beckham that much more of a defensive headache. “The thing I most admire is that he doesn’t play like a rookie. He always gets open. He’s got a real good connection with Eli (Manning) and it’s getting even better.”Beckham has had double-digit catches in three of the last four games, and 23 catches for 273 yards and four touchdowns in the last two against Tennessee and Washington. He said his numbers, which include five 100-yard receiving games, and records realized or pending, are simply a product of high personal expectations.“Never would I have expected it to happen, but I always had it in the back of my mind,” Beckham said. “I set the bar as high as possible. But I didn’t even know I broke Shockey’s record until someone came and told me about it. To be in company with Shockey is great.”He may soon have time to contemplate a piece of hardware for his mantel. But Beckham has other things on the front burner right now. He’ll let the voters take care of the awards.“That’s not up to me,” he said. “It’s in the back of my mind, but we’ve got two games left. I just want to finish strong.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Nets Race Past Pacers, 123-111

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS — Brook Lopez hears the message loud and clear from Brooklyn Nets coach Lionel Hollins.Time is running out to land a spot in next month’s playoffs. “We’re running out of games, so they’re all important,” Hollins said. “You want to win every game.”Lopez had 26 points and four blocked shots to lead Brooklyn to a 123-111 victory over the slumping Indiana Pacers on March 21.The Nets, who have won four of five, are trying to take full advantage of their opportunities to get into the postseason — even if that means finding enough energy to push through for a 129-127 triple-overtime win March 20 against Milwaukee and then playing a road game the following night.“I think we came out the way we knew we needed to,” Lopez said. “We all came out and tried to be aggressive. When the other team made a run, we responded.”Bojan Bogdanovic had 21 points and five rebounds off the bench, and Deron Williams scored 17 for the Nets.George Hill had 18 points and nine assists, and Luis Scola and Solomon Hill each finished with 17 points for the Pacers (30-39), who lost their fifth straight.Lopez scored the go-ahead basket with 1.5 seconds remaining in the third quarter to give the Nets an 88-87 lead.Brooklyn pulled away for good when Joe Johnson converted a three-point play and Bogdanovic made a 3-pointer to put the Nets ahead 109-100 with 4 minutes remaining.“You don’t want to be fighting uphill when you’re playing these high-powered offensive teams,” Hill said. “It’s tough when you see guys making shots like they were making them.”The Nets (29-39) used an 11-0 run in the second half to take the lead — much different from Indiana’s 110-85 romp in Brooklyn on Dec. 27.But this time, the stakes were higher. A win for the Pacers would have put them in sole possession of eighth place in the Eastern Conference.Instead, the Nets closed the gap in a crowded race for the final playoff spot.After Lopez scored to give the Nets the lead, Bogdanovic hit a 3-pointer and another basket, and Alan Anderson made a layup to give Brooklyn a 96-87 advantage with 9:54 left.“We controlled the game from the first minute to the last minute,” Bogdanovic said. “We’re going to have to continue to do stuff if we’re going to make the playoffs.”The Pacers went on a 9-1 run of their own in the fourth.Scola converted a three-point play to bring the Pacers within a point with 8:04 remaining, but the Nets then managed to pull away.___(JIM JOHNSON) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Wrong Play Wins World Poker Title

first_imgLAS VEGAS — It’s one thing to outlast hundreds or thousands of poker players to win one of the World Series of Poker’s 68 events and the Las Vegas tournament’s coveted gold bracelet.It’s another thing entirely to win a game you’ve never played before.Christian Pham of St. Paul, Minnesota, did exactly that rising to the top of 219 players, including a few poker icons. By accident.The 40-year-old professional poker player said he intended to play no-limit Texas Hold ’em but instead inadvertently signed up for a different game happening the same day: so-called no-limit deuce-to-seven draw lowball. The cost? A $1,500 buy-in.“It’s a totally different game. Different mindset. Different strategies,” said Shawn Harris, Pham’s dealer at the final table.Essentially, the goal is to have the lowest poker hand, no straights or flushes, and if a player ends up with a pair, it’s better if it’s a pair of twos. Players can also draw cards.The event was just one of 68, all offering a chance at a golden bracelet prize, happening in Las Vegas at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino throughout the 51-day World Series of Poker that started on May 27 and culminates with the closely watched Main Event.Pham said he didn’t realize his mistake until he was dealt five cards instead of the usual two. He panicked, then observed, leaning on helpful players who advised him what beat what.“At first you suspect an act, but if it was, it was very good,” said Chris Mecklin who was sitting next to Pham when the game’s newbie realized he had made a mistake. He didn’t know it would be a fortuitous one.Mecklin said it became clear that Pham was an experienced player, just not in this game. When he won a hand with the best set of cards one can get in the game — a two, three, four, five and seven — he said Pham seemed confused that he happened to be holding the most desired combination of cards.The next day, Mecklin signed into WSOP.com to check on the game’s results. “Imagine my surprise when I see the photo of the chip leader!” he said in an email.Pham said the guidance from his fellow players at the table helped, and he studied up the night in between. In the end, he said it was his tournament acumen for when and how much to bet and manage his chips that got him to the top.On June 12, he was $81,314 richer and held up his gold bracelet, the tournament’s version of a Super Bowl ring, and stood on stage as tournament organizers and players stood for the playing of Vietnam’s national anthem. Every winner of the tournament’s 68 events gets to hear his or her anthem of choice.Pham moved 15 years ago from Vietnam to Minnesota, where he delivered newspapers. He played his first cash poker game in 2008 and later won second place in a local tournament along with several thousand dollars.He didn’t think of poker as a way to make a living, though, and gave it up until 2012.Then he won a $200 satellite tournament in 2014 that sent him to Caesars Palace in Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker’s circuit main event where he won the gold ring and $214,332.“After that, I thought this game might be very good to me,” he said.(KIMBERLY PIERCEALL) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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After Bengals Loss, Giants Recouping

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Steve Spagnuolo’s return as the New York Giants defensive coordinator was marked by tentative play, a lot of yards surrendered and way too many injuries.Other than the injuries, the group’s play in a 23-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals probably should have been expected.It’s a new system and the players struggled, giving up 432 yards and 29 first downs.Linebacker Jameel McClain, who didn’t make the trip to Cincinnati because of a neck injury, did a lot of yelling at his TV watching the defense play on Aug. 14, much to the chagrin of his finance.“I’m an animated guy, so me screaming at the TV for a preseason game, she didn’t love that too much,” McClain said.Cornerback Prince Amukamara, who didn’t play because of a groin injury, said the performance was surprising.“I felt like on the defensive side we got punched in the mouth pretty early,” Amukamara said Aug. 16 as the Giants returned to work.“Cincinnati had a great (opening) drive, but then after watching the film, there was some good stuff and some bad stuff.”The injuries took a toll on the secondary with rookie safeties Mykkele Thompson (Achilles tendon) and Landon Collins (knee), and cornerbacks Trumaine McBride (hamstring) and Jayron Hosley (concussion) among the injured. Thompson is going to miss the season.Cornerback Chykie Brown (knee) and safety Nat Berhe (calf) were injured in training camp and didn’t make the trip to Cincinnati.Collins was listed day-to-day was Amukamara, Berhe and McBride. Brown will be out at least a week, and Hosley is being evaluated for a concussion.It’s created a lack of depth, particularly at safety, which was a very inexperienced group coming to training camp.On Aug. 16, the Giants signed veteran free agent safety Brandon Meriweather, a former first-round draft choice and two-time Pro Bowler. He started 10 games for Washington last season and finished with 53 tackles, a career-high three sacks, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. He practiced on a limited basis.To make room on the roster, they waived kicker Chris Boswell. Thompson was also placed on injured reserve.Jeromy Miles is the current leader of the safety group that now includes Meriweather, Cooper Taylor, Berhe and Bennett Jackson, who was converted from cornerback this season. He said Spagnuolo’s defense is complex.“We have a long way to go,” said Miles, who worked with the first team safeties along with Jackson. “That’s the cool thing about the first preseason game. It’s a tuneup and you get to see where you stack up against other competition. The Cincinnati Bengals are a great team and a great organization, and we have a chance to keep developing”Taylor, who had an interception in the practice, said injuries are part of the game and everyone has to step up and fill the void. He said the biggest problem against Cincinnati was mistakes on the little details such as alignments techniques.Jackson, who is doubling as a nickel back, said there were times when defenders seemed to hesitate instead of injured playing fast.“That’s something coach Spags talked about today: ‘Play fast and play more aggressive,’” Jackson said. “A mistake will happen but you clean up a lot of mistakes playing aggressive and fast.”The Giants will get another chance to get the defense down on Aug. 22 when they play host to Jacksonville at MetLife Stadium.“The biggest measure of our team is to see how we bounce back,” Amukamara said.(TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer)last_img read more

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Giants’ Manning Takes Blame

first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Eli Manning is taking the blame for two late blunders that led to the New York Giants’ collapse against the Dallas Cowboys, including one where he told halfback Rashad Jennings not to score.The bottom line though is that there is plenty of blame to go around.Coach Tom Coughlin accepted it again on Sept. 14. Offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo can have some, too, and so can defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, whose group gave up touchdowns on Dallas’ final two drives in a 27-26 loss on Sept. 13.Manning was the focus of the blame Sept. 14.After losing track of Dallas’ timeouts, the 12-year veteran says — on his own — he told Jennings not to score on two consecutive plays when the Giants had a first down at the Cowboys 4-yard line with 1:54 to play, and 23-20 lead.“I thought that they may let us score to get the ball back, so that’s why I informed Rashad if they let you score, just go down at the one-inch line. Don’t score,” Manning said. “He still ran hard, we got two yards on first down and second down, third down that was my, it’s still my mistake. That did not come from the sideline.”Manning believed Dallas had one timeout remaining when it had two. The problem was Manning didn’t realize Dallas did not use a time out with 1:54 when the Giants declined a penalty after a first-down pass to Odell Beckham Jr.In the final five minutes, NFL rules mandate that the game clock starts on the snap after all out of bounds plays and after all penalty enforcements. That allowed Dallas to use its final two time outs after runs of 2 and 1-yard by Jennings.To compound the problem, Manning threw the ball away and stopped the clock again on a third-down pass. He should have taken a sack and milked the clock.Manning talked to the offense and acknowledged the mistakes.“Really the third-down decision is what bothers me more than anything,” he said. “I think not making the better decision right there and taking that sack. That would’ve made a bigger difference than anything.”Coughlin said he was unaware that Manning told Jennings not to score. He wanted a touchdown.“That’s all I ever wanted was to get back to the 10 point lead,” Coughlin said. “Dallas has had success driving the ball late in the game against us for a couple years, and scoring late touchdowns to defeat us. By going up 10, that would not have been an issue.”There were other problems. Before the third-down pass play call, none of the coaches told Manning to take a sack if the play was not open.“I’ve got to be smarter in that scenario and understand that the clock is the most important thing there and that we weren’t going to go for it on fourth down,” Manning said. “So that’s bad management of the game in that scenario and understanding how important the clock was right there.”Josh Brown’s field goal gave the Giants a 26-20 lead with 1:34 left, but Tony Romo drove the Cowboys to a winning touchdown with seven seconds left.The loss was a brutal one for a team that was looking for a big start after missing the playoffs the last three seasons.“It hurts but it’s supposed to hurt when you play your tails off and you work hard and you do a lot of good things and don’t come out on top, it hurts,” Manning said.Defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins said the loss was one of the most devastating of his 12-year career, noting teammates and coaches tried to pick him up. He added former Giant Michael Strahan talked to the team and that helped.“You go out there and you fight, we fight as hard as we did, and we put ourselves in position, and we just couldn’t close it out and finish it,” Jenkins said.(TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Bike Crash Kills Ravens’ Walker

first_imgBALTIMORE — Baltimore Ravens cornerback Tray Walker, who played one season in the NFL, died March 18 of injuries from a dirt bike crash in Miami.His godmother confirmed the 23-year-old Walker’s death, according to the Ravens.Walker was riding a Honda dirt bike with no lights and wearing dark clothing when he collided with a Ford Escape on the night of March 17, Miami-Dade Police said. He had been in Jackson Memorial Hospital in critical condition.A fourth-round 2015 draft pick, Walker played in eight games last season, mostly on special teams.Ravens coach John Harbaugh wrote a heart-felt letter to his players before Walker died. Later, in a statement, Harbaugh said, “Tray was a young man with a good and kind heart. He was humble and loved everything about being part of the Ravens’ team. He loved his teammates — the practice and the preparation — and that showed every day. … I’ll never forget that smile.”General Manager Ozzie Newsome, who drafted Walker, said, “Tray was one of the most humble persons we brought in for a pre-draft visit. That was striking. After we drafted him, he and his family were so excited to receive the call that he was about to become a Raven. It was one of the calls I will always remember. There was such joy for Tray and his family.”Walker made only one tackle with Baltimore, but he made a lasting impression on those around him.“Tray was a young man who was full of energy and promise,” quarterback Joe Flacco said. “This is very hard to wrap my head around, and I am devastated.”Walker played high school football at Miami Northwestern High School before enjoying a four-year career with Texas Southern. He was second-team All-Southwestern Athletic Conference in 2014.“Tray had a hard shell,” Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith said, “but once you broke through that, you found a person who was learning how to become a man and was so eager to be a great person and professional. I am heartbroken for his family.”Walker’s death was felt throughout the organization, all the way to the top.“We have two sons not too much older than Tray, and we can’t imagine how much his family is suffering,” team owner Steve Bisciotti said. “This is so sad. The right words are hard to find at a time like this. As much as we can comfort Tray’s mom and the rest of his family, we will.”(DAVID GINSBURG, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Rockies’ Arenado says ‘My Heart Was Here’ After $260M Deal

first_imgSCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Nolan Arenado asked questions. Lots of them. A staggering amount, according to his agent.Once the third baseman acquired the answers needed, it became clear to Arenado he didn’t need to experience the allure of free agency. He wanted to be in Colorado if the Rockies were willing to make the kind of commitment worthy of keeping the four-time All-Star and six-time Gold Glove winner.“At the end of the day my heart was here,” Arenado said Wednesday, a day after agreeing to a $260 million, eight-year contract.Arenado chose the certainty and potential of the Rockies over the uncertainty of a free-agent market that’s been hard to predict in the past couple of seasons. He is sticking with the team that first drafted him in June 2009 in the hope of following Todd Helton’s path and being a fixture in Denver for his entire career.“Believe me, I educated myself a lot on what I really wanted and I just felt like this was the best thing for me,” Arenado said. “I love playing with this group. I think we have a great group. I really believe we can win. I wouldn’t make this decision if I didn’t believe that.”Arenado’s deal has a $32.5 million average annual value, second behind the $34.42 million for pitcher Zack Greinke in a $206.5 million contract with Arizona that began in 2016. Arenado has a full no-trade provision and can terminate the deal after three seasons, a point which both Arenado and Rockies GM Jeff Bridich saw as beneficial to determine whether Colorado remains a title contender.“Hopefully it’s not a factor but those sorts of situations are part of large contracts these days with the type of commitment,” Bridich said.Arenado’s deal is the second financial splash by mid-market NL West teams during spring training after San Diego landed a $300 million, 10-year deal with San Diego. Bryce Harper remains on the market.The length and structure of the deal was important to the Rockies.Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado, third from left, listens to owner Dick Monfort talk, as manager Bud Black, left, and general manager, Jeff Bridich look on during a news conference in Scottsdale, Ariz., Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. The Rockies All-Star third baseman agreed to a $260 million, eight-year contract. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)“My belief is we can compete on an (average annual value) with anybody. We have to make sure the term is something we can live with. That was a lot of our discussion was the length and the term of the contract,” Rockies owner Dick Montfort said.“A larger market team if they have what they call dead salary when a player is a little older, they can sort of get by with it. … Our high price or All-Star players need to be on the field.”Arenado’s agent, Joel Wolfe, said his client never expressed any apprehension about the potential of facing free agency. Arenado’s only concern was going into this season without long-term certainty and what a down season or even an injury could mean when free agency arrived.“That was the only real risk that he felt, is there is risk in down performance. There is risk in injury,” Wolfe said. “We talked about Trevor Bauer’s injury, where the guy was going to have a Cy Young-caliber season and then gets a comebacker and breaks his leg. There are things that could happen. He plays so hard, jumping into the stands, sliding into first base in the WBC, he didn’t want to have to have that thought in his head ever, that third gear, that pumping the of the brakes, which is natural sometimes for players in their walk years.”Arenado agreed in January to a $26 million, one-year contract with the Rockies. His new deal keeps that salary and calls for $35 million annually from 2020-24, $32 million in 2025 and $27 million in 2026. He must decide after the 2021 season whether to opt in for the remainder of the contract.He can earn an additional $25,000 each time he is an All-Star or wins a Gold Glove, $50,000 for Silver Slugger, $75,000 for league championship series MVP, $75,000 for World Series MVP, $100,000 for MVP and $50,000 for second through fifth in the voting, and $100,000 for comeback player of the year.“I’m a homer. I love our homegrown guys,” Montfort said. “I love our process and anytime we can keep a player like Nolan for a career that’s a great testament to the organization and what we’re trying to do.”___By: Tim Booth,  AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Davis Scores 40, Hitting 26 FTs, as Lakers Rout Grizzlies

first_imgLOS ANGELES (AP) — Anthony Davis scored 40 points — including a franchise record 26 made free throws — and had 20 rebounds to help the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Memphis Grizzlies 120-91 on Tuesday night.It’s the fourth 40-20 game of Davis’ career and his first since 2016. The last Lakers player to accomplish it was Shaquille O’Neal in 2003.Not a bad night for someone whose status was questionable two hours before the game due to a right shoulder injury suffered in Sunday’s win over Charlotte. Lakers coach Frank Vogel said 90 minutes before tipoff that he wasn’t sure of Davis’ status. But the seventh-year forward did some shooting drills and was in the starting lineup.LeBron James added 23 points for the Lakers, who are off to their first 3-1 start since winning their first eight in 2010.The Grizzlies (1-3) led 65-59 with seven minutes remaining in the third quarter when the Lakers went on a 27-2 run to close out the quarter. Davis scored 16 during the rally, with all but two of the points coming at the line. The final 10 Lakers’ points in the quarter came via Davis free throws.Ja Morant led the Grizzlies with 16 points while Jonas Valanciunas added 14 points and 11 boards.HEAT 112, HAWKS 97MIAMI (AP) — Jimmy Butler made his first four shots and scored 21 in his Miami debut, rookie Tyler Herro scored 29 and the Heat defeated Atlanta in a game where Hawks star Trae Young left early in the second quarter with a sprained right ankle.Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) reacts after scoring during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)The 19-year-old Herro had a 19-point second quarter for Miami, while fellow reserve Goran Dragic scored 21. Bam Adebayo had 17 points and 10 rebounds for Miami and Kendrick Nunn finished with 17..Young left with 9:56 remaining in the first half, turning his ankle when he landed on the foot of Miami’s Justise Winslow. The reigning Eastern Conference player of the week — who had 102 points in Atlanta’s first three games — finished with five points in 11 minutes.John Collins scored 30 for Atlanta, including a career-best five 3-pointers, and Jabari Parker finished with 12 for the Hawks.Butler missed the first three games of the season while celebrating the birth of his daughter Rylee. He was 5 for 11 from the floor, and went 10 for 15 from the line. As a team, Miami was 33 for 45 from the line — compared with 16 for 24 by Atlanta at the stripe.Herro set a Heat record for points off the bench by a rookie, topping the mark of 28 set by Michael Beasley on March 4, 2009. And Herro and Dragic became the ninth Heat duo all-time to have 20-point games off the Miami bench on the same night.MAVERICKS 106, NUGGETS 106DENVER (AP) — Maxi Kleber had 14 points, seven rebounds and a key block late to help the Mavericks beat the Nuggets.Nine Mavericks players scored in double figures on a night their two top scorers were held in check. Luca Doncic scored 12 points and Kristaps Porzingis had 10 points and 14 rebounds.Nikola Jokic had his second triple-double of the season, with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, and Paul Millsap had 23 points and eight rebounds. Will Barton scored 19 but it wasn’t enough to prevent Denver from losing its first game of the season.The Mavericks rallied from 11 down in the third quarter on the strength of their support players. They did most of their damage after Denver took a nine-point lead late in the third quarter. Tim Hardaway Jr., who finished with 14 points, hit three 3-pointers and Dorian Finney-Smith two during a 30-10 run that gave Dallas a 103-94 lead midway through the fourth quarter.The Nuggets chipped away at the lead and got within 107-106 on Gary Harris’ 3-pointer and appeared to take the lead with 1:05 left when Maxi Kleber was called for goaltending on Murray’s layup.Dallas coach Rick Carlisle challenged the call and it was overturned after review, keeping Dallas ahead 107-106.Doncic hit a driving layup and Jokic lost the ball out of bounds with 29.2 seconds left. After Doncic missed two free throws Jamal Murray, who had 16 points, missed everything on his 3-point attempt with 3.8 seconds left.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Four Basic Rules for Good Design-In of Environmental Sensors

first_imgIn a world where everything becomes smarter and more connected the Internet of Things is on the rise. Due to increased demand on mobility and convenience battery-driven devices hold an increasingly important role in this. For engineers the development is challenging: it involves knowledge about connectivity, energy harvesting and management, software and sensor integration. By Daniel Lehmann, R&D Engineer at Sensirion In order to take full advantage of the performance and features of environmental sensors, e.g. humidity and temperature sensors, mechanical design rules need to be considered. Unbeneficial housing and PCB designs may cause unexpected temperature and humidity deviations and could increase the response time. Simply following four basic rules makes the integration easy and straightforward. From our experience, we recommend to take the mechanical integration of the sensors into account in a project as early as possible. The complexity of the integration will increase the later the housing is designed.A. Most important the sensor has to be exposed to the ambient as much as possible and large openings in the housing should be used. This guarantees a fast system response and the influence of the housing can be minimized.B. Furthermore, the sensor enclosure should be isolated from the other parts of the device. This will reduce offsets of the integrated system.C. As third advice, the volume around the sensor, so called dead volume, needs to be minimized. This will result in a decreased response time.D. Last but not least the sensor should be placed in an area without heating sources like Microcontrollers and ideally thermally decoupled. Otherwise, the heating effect of other components gives an offset to the sensor signal. If a mechanical solution is not sufficient to solve the issue, Sensirion also offers software based compensation for that.More information regarding design-in can be found in the “Sensirion Design-In Guide”, which is available in the Downloadcenter of Sensirion’s website. The information in this guide should be partly transferable but not exhaustive for development of non-battery driven IoT devices and to the design-in of other environmental sensors.Find more information about Sensirion’s new ultra-low power humidity sensor SHTC3 for battery-driven applications on www.sensirion.com/new-shtc3Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Making your device secureNext Arrow: secure provisioning service for NXP based IoT deviceslast_img read more

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