Column: With help from above, Cubs finally win a title

first_imgThe fleeting storm along Lake Erie couldn’t have come at a better time for the Chicago Cubs.It was as if the gods finally cut this snake-bit franchise a long overdue break.One hundred and eight years overdue.Shell-shocked after blowing a three-run lead with four outs to go in Game 7 of the World Series, the Cubs looked more like deer staring into headlights as they headed to extra innings against the Cleveland Indians. A series of head-scratching moves by manager Joe Maddon, who seemed intent on making sure the drought lasted into its 109th year, cost Chicago a chance to wrap this thing up in regulation.Then it started raining.The tarp was hurriedly rolled out to cover the infield and the Cubs used the break to regain their composure with a hastily called team meeting. The delay lasted only 17 minutes, but that was long enough to steady their shaky nerves.Chicago went out in the 10th inning and turned a 6-6 tie into an 8-6 lead. Ben Zobrist delivered a run-scoring double down the left-field line, and third-string catcher Miguel Montero followed with an RBI single to give the Cubs some much-needed breathing room.Then, shortly before 1 a.m. on the East Coast, the Cubs stamped out the Curse of the Billy Goat and Steve Bartman and Black Cats and Fly Balls Lost In the Sun — everything that conspired to keep them from celebrating a World Series title since their last one in 1908. With the gutsy Indians having scored one final run, cutting the deficit to 8-7 and putting the potential tying run on base, third baseman Kris Bryant swept across the infield, scooped up a soft ground ball and whipped a throw over to first baseman Anthony Rizzo to end it once and for all.Next year finally arrived.Now, they can hoist a championship banner over Wrigley Field, not just a “W” flag.“It happened! It happened! Chicago, it happened!” Rizzo kept saying over and over again, as if he wasn’t quite sure about it himself. “We did it! We’re world champions! I tell ya, we’re world champions! I can’t believe it!”As one should’ve expected for a franchise that has endured so much misery, the Series-clinching win was downright gut-wrenching. Really, that was the way it had to be. The Cubs raced out to a 5-1 lead and were still up 6-3 with two outs in the eighth. But Maddon had already set in motion an excruciating finish for long-suffering Cubs fans by yanking starter Kyle Hendricks far too soon, and then calling upon overworked closer Aroldis Chapman in the eighth to close things out.Chapman, predictably, surrendered a run-scoring hit to make it 6-4, followed by a two-run homer to Rajai Davis that sent Cleveland’s fans — who know a thing or two about suffering — into a delirious dance.With the Cavaliers’ drought-breaking NBA title already in the bank just a few months ago, it looked as though the Indians would improbably bring home their first World Series title since 1948 to add to the city’s trophy case. In the ninth, when Maddon inexplicably called for a safety suicide bunt with two strikes, only to have Javier Baez foul it off for a strikeout with the potential go-ahead run at third base, it seemed inevitable that Chicago would find a way to blow it.Then the skies opened up.And the Cubs settled down.Jason Heyward, a big free-agent signee who’s been a huge disappointment in an otherwise thrilling season, called his teammates together in the weight room.“I just had to remind everybody who we are and what it took to get here,” Heyward said.His words settled everyone down.“It was the best thing for us,” Bryant said.Rizzo concurred.“We rallied together,” he said. “We knew we could do this. We pulled together and the boys believed.”Team architect Theo Epstein, who oversaw a drought-breaking title for the Boston Red Sox in 2004 and now has done the same with the Cubs, happened to walk past the weight room during the delay.“They were all gathered around saying, ‘This is only going to make it sweeter boys. Let’s grind. Let’s grind. Here we go,’” Epstein related. “They went out and had an unbelievable inning.”Cleveland manager Terry Francona downplayed the stoppage, saying he didn’t think it decided the game.“I don’t think it really did,” he said. “Bryan Shaw was the guy we had out there. Of all the guys we have, he probably bounces back as good as anybody.”But Shaw, who got the final two outs in the ninth, looked like a totally different pitcher when he went back to the mound in the 10th. He surrendered three hits and two intentional walks. The only out he got was a towering fly ball by Bryant that was caught just short of the wall in center field.For the Indians, the drought goes on.For the Cubs, there’s no more talk about 1908.They are World Series champions.All it took was a stirring comeback from a 3-1 deficit, one of the greatest Game 7s in baseball history — and a little help from above.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Cavaliers, Rockets Comfortably Win Openers

first_imgCLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James considered swigging a beer while scoring 35 points, Kyrie Irving added 24 and the Cleveland Cavaliers picked up where they left off following a long layoff and throttled the Toronto Raptors 116-105 on Monday night in the opener of their NBA Eastern Conference semifinal.The Cavs hadn’t played since April 23, when they completed a four-game sweep of Indiana. But the defending champions didn’t show signs of rust and were well-prepared to face the revenge-seeking Raptors, who lost to Cleveland in last year’s conference finals.Toronto dropped to 1-12 in playoff openers.Game 2 is Wednesday night.Kyle Lowry scored 20 and DeMar DeRozan 19 for the Raptors, who were within seven in the third quarter before James dropped a 3-pointer, converted a three-point play, drained another 3 and then considered washing down a brew.ROCKETS 126, SPURS 99SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Trevor Ariza scored 23 points while James Harden added 20 points and 14 rebounds as Houston stormed past San Antonio in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals, the Spurs’ worst loss in a series opener under Gregg Popovich.The Rockets were 22 for 50 on 3-pointers, the most 3s attempted and made against the Spurs in their long postseason history.Houston had six players in double figures, including 20 points and 13 rebounds from Clint Capela.Game 2 is Wednesday in San Antonio.Houston led by as many as 39 points, including a 30-point lead in the first half, in the opener of the first series between the rivals since the Rockets’ victory in the 1995 Western Conference finals.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

PL: Klavan Grabs Late Winner for Liverpool; United Beats Everton

first_imgLIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Ragnar Klavan headed home from close range in the fourth minute of stoppage time to earn Liverpool a 2-1 win at Burnley in the Premier League on Monday.The Estonia defender got on the end of a nod-down by fellow center back Dejan Lovren to grab the winner at Turf Moor, sealing Liverpool’s third straight win and cementing fourth place in the standings for Juergen Klopp’s side.Sadio Mane span and fired home a rising shot to put Liverpool ahead in the 61st minute, as the Reds made light of the absence of striker Roberto Firmino — who started on the bench — and injured forwards Philippe Coutinho and Mohamed Salah. Salah, Coutinho, Firmino and Mane have scored 58 of Liverpool’s 77 goals this season.Johann Berg Gudmundsson scored an 87th-minute equalizer for Burnley, which lost at home for the second straight time after a 3-0 defeat to Tottenham last week.Lingard, the late developer finally flourishing at UnitedFor all the recent talk about the money Jose Mourinho has — or hasn’t — spent at Manchester United, his best player at the moment might be one who cost the club nothing.United prides itself on the blossoming of its youth-team graduates and Jesse Lingard is the latest to flourish on the big stage.Lingard scored his seventh goal in his last nine Premier League games to wrap up United’s 2-0 win at Everton on Monday, which ended the team’s run of three draws that might have fully knocked it out of title contention.At age 25, the forward is finally establishing himself as a first-team regular at United, proving much more influential and clinical than the dropped Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the position just off the striker.Lingard signed professional terms with United in 2011 before spending periods on loan at Leicester, Birmingham, Brighton and Derby in England’s lower leagues from 2012-15. Much like Harry Kane at Tottenham, Lingard — a locally born player — has taken a circuitous route to his current position as one of the form players in the Premier League.“These boys, they jump or they don’t jump,” United manager Jose Mourinho said. “One thing is to be a talent, another thing is to be a very good player. Some players are not capable of making that jump, some players go from that … to normal players.“I think Jesse has made that jump. He has been more consistent, adaptable, he understands the game, the different positions. He is going in a good direction.”It is not just the number of goals Lingard is scoring that is impressive, it’s the quality of his strikes, too. His latest was a curling 25-meter (yard) shot that found the top corner in the 81st minute, adding to Anthony Martial’s goal for United in the 57th.A difficult festive period for United had threatened to get worse on Monday. With Liverpool edging past Burnley 2-1 earlier thanks to an injury-time winner, a defeat for United at Everton hours later would have dropped Mourinho’s team below its arch rival to fourth place.Instead, United climbed to second place, 12 points behind Manchester City, whose game in hand is against Watford on Tuesday.Here’s what else happened in the Premier League on Monday:___LEAVING IT LATERagnar Klavan headed home from close range in the fourth minute of stoppage time to earn Liverpool a third straight win and cement fourth place at the end of the busy four-game festive period.Liverpool had conceded an equalizer in the 87th minute to Johann Berg Gudmundsson, which canceled out the opening goal by Sadio Mane — the only member of Liverpool’s so-called “Fab 4” attack to start at Turf Moor.Roberto Firmino was on the bench, while Philippe Coutinho and Mohamed Salah were out injured.Liverpool is six points clear of fifth-place Arsenal.___PRESSURE ON HUGHESMark Hughes is the latest Premier League manager in danger of getting fired after his Stoke side lost 1-0 at home to Newcastle, two days after a 5-0 defeat at Chelsea when Hughes rested his frontline players.There were boos from Stoke fans at the final whistle, while a “Hughes Out” banner was on display inside the stadium.“Who else is going to do it?” Hughes said, when asked about his future after 4 1/2 years at Stoke. “In terms of the knowledge of the group and the progress in my time here, I’m the best person to do it.”Stoke has won only two games in its last 12 and dropped to 16th place, two points clear of the relegation zone.Ayoze Perez scored the 73rd-minute winner for Newcastle.___EASY FOR LEICESTERLeicester hardly missed the injured Jamie Vardy in a routine 3-0 win over Huddersfield.The striker had a groin problem and wasn’t risked by manager Claude Puel. Vardy’s replacement, Islam Slimani, scored as did Riyad Mahrez and Marc Albrighton.In the other game, Callum Wilson scored a late equalizer for Bournemouth in a 2-2 draw at Brighton in a match between two mid-table teams.___STEVE DOUGLAS, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Giannis Left Mexican Cantina after Waiting Too Long

first_imgMILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo helped the Milwaukee Bucks win a playoff game but couldn’t score a table at a Mexican restaurant.Antetokounmpo says the social media-fueled mess over the missed meal isn’t a big deal.The food flare-up started after a Bucks fan posted a picture on Twitter of the All-Star forward waiting at BelAir Cantina on Sunday.Mexican restaurant in Milwaukee somehow doesn’t recognize Giannis, he leaves after waiting too long. Pizza place down the street has no issue spotting the 6-foot-11 man. pic.twitter.com/liNgeUdEJV— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) April 23, 2018Earlier that afternoon, Antetokounmpo’s putback with 5 seconds left helped the Bucks beat the Boston Celtics in Game 4 to tie their first-round playoff series. Game 5 is Tuesday night in Boston.The fan’s post went viral. He says Antetokounmpo stayed 10 minutes before leaving. The restaurant later posted a message on social media apologizing for not seating Antetokounmpo in “as timely a manner as we would have hoped.”The forward told reporters in Boston on Monday that he left only because his ankle was bothering him. Antetokounmpo missed a couple of games late in the regular season with a sore right ankle.Antetokounmpo says he knows the restaurant’s owners and calls them “really good people.” He added that he plans to take up the owners’ offer to pay for his next meal.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Messi Scores Another Hat Trick, Pulisic Gives Dortmund the Win

first_imgPARIS (AP) — If the World Cup had given the impression that Lionel Messi was slipping down soccer’s pecking order, the Argentine star made it clear he remains at the top of his game.Messi scored a record eighth Champions League hat trick on Tuesday in Barcelona’s 4-0 win over PSV Eindhoven as Europe’s top club competition got underway. Meanwhile, Kylian Mbappe, the teenage star widely viewed as the man capable of dethroning Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in a near future as the best player in the world, endured a frustrating night in a 3-2 loss with Paris Saint-Germain at Liverpool.The World Cup winner scored a second-half equalizer but then gave the ball away in stoppage time, a costly mistake that paved the way for Roberto Firmino’s winner.Messi once again failed in his bid to lift the World Cup trophy this summer in Russia, where he did not play at his best and Argentina lost to France in the round of 16. But Messi is a different player in the Champions League, a competition he has won four times, and in which he has scored 103 goals.With his hat trick on Tuesday, he now leads Ronaldo 63-60 in total group-stage goals.“We were up against Messi, the best in the world,” PSV coach Mark van Bommel said.Ousmane Dembele also scored for Barcelona, which was already 3-0 up when it was reduced to 10 men as defender Samuel Umtiti was sent off with a second yellow card for a hard foul in the 79th. The Group B result extended Barcelona’s unbeaten run at home to 27 matches in the Champions League.In the group’s other match, Mauro Icardi volleyed in a superb equalizer for Inter against Tottenham and Matias Vecino headed in the winner in injury time to complete a 2-1 win for the Italian club on its return to Europe’s top competition.PULISIC SCORESChristian Pulisic celebrated his 20th birthday by scoring on his return from injury to give Borussia Dortmund a late 1-0 win at Club Brugge in group A.“It was great to come back after injury to and to be back with the team,” said Pulisic, who made his 100th appearance for the club.The American, who hadn’t played since Aug. 26 due to muscular problems, came on with around 20 minutes remaining and scored in the 85th when Matej Mitrovic’s attempted clearance rebounded off his shin and looped in over Brugge goalkeeper Karlo Letica.“It was a bit lucky but I’ll take it on my birthday,” said Pulisic, who had missed two Bundesliga games for Dortmund and the U.S. friendlies against Brazil and Mexico.MONACO LOSES AGAINIn the other Group A game, Monaco was handed yet another home defeat, losing 2-1 to Atletico Madrid.After losing all three home games in the group stage last season, Leonardo Jardim’s side grabbed an early lead against the run of the play with a goal from Champions League debutant Samuel Grandsir. However, Atletico dominated for long spells and struck back before the interval through goals from Diego Costa and Jose Gimenez.ETERNAL CASILLASSchalke goalkeeper Ralf Faehrmann saved one penalty but was beaten by another as Porto salvaged a 1-1 draw in their Champions League-opening game on Tuesday. Galatasaray defeated Lokomotiv Moscow 3-0 at home in the other Group D game.In Germany, Porto keeper Iker Casillas started his 20th Champions League campaign, more than any other player.—By SAMUEL PETREQUIN , AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Giannis, Bucks Fall Short, Raptors Advance To First Finals

first_imgTORONTO — Kawhi Leonard had 27 points and 17 rebounds to lead the Toronto Raptors into the NBA Finals for the first time with a 100-94 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night.The Raptors overcame a 15-point deficit to win the series in six games and will host the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night.Pascal Siakam scored 18 points, Kyle Lowry had 17 and Fred VanVleet 14 for the Raptors, who used a 26-3 run late in the third quarter and early in the fourth to turn the game in their favor.Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) turns back to shoot the ball as Milwaukee Bucks’ Malcolm Brogdon, left, and Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) defend during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals Saturday, May 25, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 21 points and 11 rebounds, but the NBA’s top team in the regular season saw its bid for a first finals berth in 45 years come to a disappointing end with a fourth consecutive defeat.Down 76-71 to start the fourth, the Raptors tied it with an 8-2 run while Leonard and Antetokounmpo were both on the bench. Ibaka’s dunk with 10:32 to go tied it at 78.Antetokounmpo returned after a timeout, but Leonard kept sitting. That didn’t matter to Toronto, with Siakam’s basket giving the Raptors an 80-78 lead, their first lead since it was 6-3.Leonard’s one-handed slam after Lowry’s steal gave Toronto an 87-79 lead with 6:46 to go before the Bucks responded. George Hill answered with a layup, Brook Lopez converted a three-point play and Antetokounmpo scored to cut it to 87-86 with 5:19 to go.Lowry and Lopez swapped baskets before Gasol’s 3 put the Raptors up 92-88 with 3:50 left. After another basket by Lopez, Leonard made a 3 to push Toronto’s lead to 95-90 with 3:04 to play. It was Leonard’s first 3 after missing his first seven attempts of the game.Toronto made 12 of 27 3-point attempts, including four of eight in the fourth quarter.Siakam, who missed a pair of free throws late in the fourth quarter of Toronto’s double-overtime win in Game 3, hit one to make it 98-94. Leonard grabbed the rebound on the second and was fouled. He made both, putting the Raptors up 100-94 with 3.9 seconds to go.Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam (43) recovers the ball after it hit the rim during the second half of Game 6 of the team’s NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals against the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday, May 25, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)Brogdon and Middleton each made a pair from long range as the Bucks shot 6 for 9 from 3-point range in the first and closed the quarter with 10 unanswered points to lead 31-18. Toronto shot 6 for 19 in the opening quarter, missing six straight twice in the first 12 minutes.The Bucks extended their lead to 38-23 on a 3 by Ersan Ilyasova with 7:46 left until half. Toronto cut the gap to 46-43 on a 3 by VanVleet with 1:07 left in the second, but Eric Bledsoe answered with a 3 and Antetokounmpo split a pair at the line, giving the Bucks a 50-43 advantage at the intermission.The lead went back to 15 in the third before Leonard finished the period with a flourish. He had eight points in the final 2:01 and Toronto closed with a 10-0 run, cutting a 15-point deficit to 76-71.TIP-INSBucks: Milwaukee shot 4 for 16 in the second but three of its made baskets were 3-pointers. … The Bucks had six points in the paint in the first half. … Coach Mike Budenholzer was called for a technical foul on Milwaukee’s first possession of the second half. Leonard missed the free throw. … Antetokounmpo shot 5 for 10 at the free throw line.Raptors: Danny Green, who missed all three of his field goal attempts in 16 minutes in Game 5, had another rough night. Green shot 0 for 4 in 14 minutes. … Leonard’s 17 rebounds were his most in any game this postseason. … Lowry had eight assists.DRAKE WATCHRaptors fan and ‘global ambassador’ Drake sat in his regular seat adjacent to the Toronto bench. The rapper wore a black hoodie with ‘KAWHI ME A RIVER’ printed on the back.UP NEXTThe NBA Finals comes to Canada for the first time when the Raptors host the Warriors on Thursday night. Toronto swept Golden State in the regular season.By: Ian Harrison, Associated PressTweetPinShare3434 Shareslast_img read more

Antenova: high performing 3G,4G/LTE antennas for smallest PCBs

first_img Continue Reading Previous Apacer: industrial-grade USB drives provide full data protectionNext Mentor: free schematic symbols, PCB footprints and 3D Models for PartQuest Antenova is now shipping its two newest antennas: Integra and Inversa. These new chip antennas are designed specifically to perform in 3G and 4G diversity applications with very small PCBs. At just 3.3mm high, the antennas are ultra-compact, so they can be used in slim-line devices that will be unobtrusive in use. The antennas perform efficiently with a small ground plane, and can even be used on PCBs as small as 65mm. Where the PCB is smaller than 75mm, Antenova provides an additional active tuning circuit to overcome bandwidth reductions. The antennas are designed to work singly or in pairs for MIMO and diversity systems. They have beam steering which gives good isolation and cross correlation and will provide faster downloads in diversity applications.They are made in left and right versions: the Integra antenna, part numbers SR4L049-L / SR4L049-R, and the Inversa antenna part numbers SR4L034-L / SR4L034-R. One or two antennas can be used on a PCB and they can be placed in a left or right corner, on any side of the PCB. This gives designers plenty of combinations and options for placing them in a design while leaving space for other components on the board. The ‘keep-out’ area around the antennas is minimal, allowing them to be placed close to other components. Integra and Inversa operate at different frequencies.  Integra covers 791-960 MHz, 1710-2170 MHz, 2300-2400 MHz and 2500-2600 MHz, for European markets, while Inversa covers 698-798 MHz, 824-960 MHz, 1710-2170 MHz, 2300-2400 MHz and 2500-2690MHz and is built for global markets. These antennas are suitable for small tracking devices, OBDs, 4G Mi-Fi routers, medical equipment, tablets, MIMO systems, Femtocell and Pico stations and remote monitoring.Antenova provides RF design support and help with antenna integration for customers who require these services.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

Infineon: European research project iDev40 with focus on networking

first_img Continue Reading Previous Arrow: secure provisioning service for NXP based IoT devicesNext Lynx to deliver 2nd generation IMA development platform for Avionics The European research project iDev40 (Integrated Development 4.0) has been launched under the leadership of Infineon Austria. In this project, 38 partners from six countries will be involved in research on the smart networking of development and production processes for electronic components and systems. With a project volume of 47 million euros, iDev40 is among the biggest European research projects with a focus on digitization along the entire value chain and Industry 4.0.The three-year research project focuses on three areas: secure data and knowledge management along the product life cycle, digital information flow and innovations in the supply chain. Intelligent data management provides secure access to information for people and systems. This makes it possible to deduce information and knowledge from huge amounts of data at high speeds. Development and production teams will be networked with each other, independent of their locations, and communicate in real time along the value chain. Processes can be virtually mapped by digital factory and product twins and can thus be simulated comprehensively. Artificial intelligence and machine learning play a central role in all of this.An important research aspect of iDev40 is the continued development of jobs of the future, in terms of both new job profiles and the skills that are needed to interact with highly automated, complex systems.iDev40 is organized as a private-public partnership and as such set to drive the global competitiveness of the European microelectronics industry. It combines investments from industry, individual countries and ECSEL (Electronic Components and Systems for European Leadership) Joint Undertaking. In addition to investments from industry, iDev40 is co-financed by funding from Austria (BMVIT), Belgium, Germany, Italy, Romania, Spain and the ECSEL Joint Undertaking.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components, Tools & Software last_img read more

What HD mapping brings to autonomous vehicles

first_img 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. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Design Methods Continue Reading Previous Würth: precise constant current generation with DC/DC convertersNext RISC-V ready to come of agecenter_img ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. — The world now knows that Tesla’s Elon Musk thinks that high-precision GPS maps for self-driving cars are a “really bad idea.”During the company’s Autonomy Day in April, Musk made it abundantly clear that too much dependency on HD Maps can turn an autonomous vehicle (AV) into a “system that becomes extremely brittle,” making it more difficult to adapt.The rest of the automotive industry, however, pretty much believes that AV could use an HD map as, at least, a backup system.“HD Maps are all about adding intelligence to improve the performance and safety of automated vehicles,” said Phil Magney, founder and principal at VSI Labs.As Matt Preyss, Product Marketing Manager at HERE, explained, HD maps are not the familiar GPS helpers used by human drivers. The HD maps in question — loaded with geo-coded metadata — are specifically designed for machines, said Preyss.The foremost purpose for AVs to use mapping data is, according to Magney, “to add confidence to the system. It takes a load off the computational problem of road parsing.” The layers in HD maps include “precision lane markings, boundaries, geometries, and 3D markers for localization,” he said.A layered approach for robocar maps (Source: Lyft) HD mapping for AVs, as it turns out, is becoming a very competitive market not just among traditional navigation map vendors, but also tech companies, car OEMs and startups. In one way or another, the field is jockeying for data ownership, where the high-stakes game plays today.EE Times got some help from AV experts at VSI Labs to break down pros and cons of HD mapping for the future of ADAS and AVs. Why HD maps are needed There are many reasons why AVs should leverage HD maps. Best of all, HD maps offer the most straightforward solution for either automated driving systems (ADAS) or AV to get better at “road parsing” – analyzing ground and aerial images for road segmentation.Even for an ADAS car to do basic jobs like lane-keeping, HD maps are effective when lane markers have faded, covered by snow or obscured other weather conditions.The combination of data from different sensors (computer vision, radars, sonars) should also be able to parse the road. But they have their limitations.“A good example of sensor limitations comes from Tesla accidents,” explained Magney. “In the Mountain View accident, a likely contributing factor was road surface changes. The dark asphalt surface next to the light concrete surface may have caused the computer to interpret this as a lane line leading to the improper trajectory.”Magney noted, “If Autopilot had a detailed lane model (an HD Map) this accident could have been prevented as the system knows where it should and should not be.”In the Mountain View accident, a likely contributing factor is the road surface changes. The dark surface is asphalt while the light surface is concrete. Autopilot may have misinterpreted the change of surfaces as a lane line leading to the improper trajectory. If Autopilot had a lane model and was localizing against that lane model, this type of accident could be prevented. This is why Autopilot (and any other L2 system) require constant driver attention and engagement. (Source: VSI Labs) Presumably, cameras are still the best, most cost-effective sensors, but they would struggle with road parsing, Magney cautioned. The problem is that it is computationally expensive, he said. “HD mapping assets alleviate the computational load and add confidence to the environmental model.”What about lidars, then? Shouldn’t the addition of lidars be able to improve parsing?Not so fast, said Matthew Linder, senior AV software engineer at VSI Labs. Based on lots of experience with lidars at VSI, he acknowledged that lidar is best for 3D perception and environmental modeling, and it reliably detects unknown objects and free space. “However, lidar offers limited performance in poor weather,” Linder warned. “For example, lidar fails to detect lane markings if they are completely covered by snow. Lidar is also still very expensive. Lidars (or any sensor for that matter) cannot see through occlusions, like other vehicles, trucks, hills, around a bend or building.” In his opinion, “The map can extend as far you need, and does not have issues with occlusion.”When asked about HERE’s HD Live Map, Preyss claimed, “We can support any localization solution developed by an OEM. We believe a fusion of GPS/IMU, HD maps and other sensors is the ideal solution for SAE L3 through 5 systems.”Nonethelss, “OEMs will have different strategies with different price-points, roll-outs and technologies,” he acknowledged. Noting that the automotive industry is “largely taking an incremental approach to automation,” Preyss said, “We need to make sure our solution can support their various strategies, not only for today, but for the long-term.”last_img read more

WFI fears ban if Pakistan wrestlers denied visa for Asian Jr Championships

first_imgThe office bearers of the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) are spending sleepless nights as the government has given a visa clearance to all participating nations barring Pakistan for the Asian Junior Wrestling Championship in New Delhi starting July 17.17 countries, including traditionally strong Iran, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Japan, Mongolia will be participating in the six-day event to be held at the KD Jadhav Wrestling Stadium in the national capital. Pakistan, which does not have a women’s team, is awaiting a clearance for its Freestyle and Greco-Roman style teams.The WFI had faced a similar problem last year while hosting the Senior Asian Wrestling Championships as the contingent from Pakistan could not participate after being denied visa.The federation fears a repeat of events could put them on mat this time as United World Wrestling (UWW), the international governing body for the sport, will take the matter quite seriously.”We are in touch with the Home Ministry officials. They are saying a clearance from the Intelligence Bureau (IB) is required. After what happened last year, Pakistan lodged a complaint with the UWW. This time, fearing the same circumstances, they have already registered an advance complaint when the junior championship was allotted to us,” WFI chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh told India Today.”We had assured UWW that there will be no issue this time because this is not a bilateral tournament and Pakistan have every right to participate. We can’t stop a team from Asia in an Asian tournament. If we don’t let Pakistan participate without any valid reason then UWW can take any action against us. This could be in the form of a huge fine, not letting us host any big tournament in the future, or banning our federation completely for five years, they can do anything.”advertisement”See, any tainted player can be stopped from getting a visa but not the entire team. I have spoken to the Home Minister (Rajnath Singh), he is out of town today and I will be meeting him tomorrow morning,” he added.Sharan said that the WFI has got all clearances, including that from the Sports Ministry and, as a host nation, had even applied for the teams’ visas four months ago. The WFI boss is also the vice-President of UWW Asia and knows that India’s image could suffer a serious dent in the world of wrestling.”I interact regularly with the officials of Pakistan Wrestling Federation. They were quite worried this time but I had assured that this problem will not crop up again. Unfortunately, it has. They have a good wrestling team and even won a gold medal at the CWG. Hopefully, once the HM listens to our problem, he will clear visas for the Pakistan team,” said Singh.Around 146 Freestyle, 117 Greco-Roman style and 100 women wrestlers will be competing for 10 gold, 10 silver and 20 bronze medals in each style. India’s budding wrestlers had won two gold, three silver and eight bronze medals in the last edition of the championship.last_img read more

Newcastle and West Brom complete Salomon Rondon and Dwight Gayle swap

first_imgNewcastle United and West Brom have completed the swap deals of Salomon Rondon and Dwight Gayle on Monday.Rondon moved to Newcastle while Gayle went to recently relegated West Brom in a straight swap deal.Rondon, who is Newcastle’s sixth signing of the summer, scored 10 goals from 40 games in all competitions for West Brom last season.Newcastle manager Benitez, who has been asking the board to get new faces in, said that Rondon’s experience in the Premier League will help the Toons.”When we were looking for options up front, we knew how important experience would be. Salomon has been in the Premier League for a while and he knows how demanding it is,” he said.Rondon, 28, said he had been aware of Benitez’s interest in securing his services.”It’s an honour to be here and I’m excited to get started with my team mates,” added the striker. “The clubs were talking for a long time.”Here he is!Welcome to the Albion, @dwightgayle…#WBA pic.twitter.com/uVxPvysKq1West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) August 6, 2018Gayle, who is 27, played a key part of Newcastle’s return to the top flight in 2017, scoring 23 goals in 32 appearances as the north-east club won promotion.He found life much harder against Premier League defenders, however, managing only six goals in 37 games last season.West Brom head coach Darren Moore said Gayle’s track record in the Championship was a key factor in taking him on loan.”This deal was in the best interests of both clubs,” Moore added. “Dwight is a proven goalscorer in the Championship. He’s quick and sharp off the back of defenders and I believe he will add to our goal threat.”advertisement(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

10 things PM Modi said during his Independence Day speech

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort on India’s 72nd Independence Day. PM Modi listed out many advances that India has made in past few years. Modi spoke about the government’s achievements in the past four years. This Independence Day marked PM Narendra Modi’s last speech before 2019’s general elections.In his speech, PM Modi said that India is no longer in a fragile-nation group but has made significant strides in sectors like technology, agriculture and science. Prime Minister also highlighted how MUDRA yojana has enabled crores of fellow Indians in getting employment. Prime Minister also listed out how the country has worked to remove middlemen used to exploit farmers but now things have seen a sea change. Forgery has been made impossible now and thousands have benefitted from this.Here’s all you need to know about PM Modi’s speech in 10 points:PM Modi Independence Day speech in 10 points1PM Modi mentioned the achievements of Indian women. Praising the recent achievements of the all-women crew of INS Tarini, Modi said, “We are proudly celebrating Independence Day today as six women officers of the Indian Navy, circumnavigated the globe recently.” He also said from Parliament to sports, Indian women have made India proud in every sector.2He mentioned the importance of social justice for all. Modi said, “The Constitution of India, given to us by Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar has spoken about justice for all. We have to ensure social justice for all and create an India that is progressing rapidly.”3Talking about taxpayers, he said that today India is celebrating honesty and tax compliance. Modi said he can assure taxpayers that their money is being used for good. He said, “The tax given by one person is being used to feed three poor families in India. What can be more relieving than this?”4Talking about the eradication of black money, Modi said that his government has saved Rs 90,000 crore of welfare funds. “I have weeded out 6 crore dubious beneficiaries of government schemes.”Saying that “Middlemen always loot the poor, Modi added that his government is trying to fix the system which exploits poor.5Modi also claimed that in the last two years, 5 crore Indians were pulled out of poverty. He said that his government has worked hard in the past 4 years to pull poverty out of India.6Talking about the MUDRA Yojna, Modi said that more than 13 crore people were given loans under the Pradhan Mantri MUDRA Yojna. Of the 13 crore, 4 crore people borrowed loans for the first time.7Modi also focused on extremism. Talking about Kashmir, Modi said, “We don’t believe in “goli and gali” for Kashmir.” Quoting Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Kashmir PM Modi said he believes that Kashmir’s troubles could only be solved by a “hug”.”Tripura, Meghalaya and many parts of Arunachal Pradesh are seeing historic peace. From 126, Left Wing Extremism is restricted to 90 districts. We are working to ensure peace across the nation.” said Modi.8He raised the issue of rapes in India. PM Modi said that we Indians must cry when women are wronged by a demonic mindset. Talking about law and order, he said, “Rapists of minors are getting capital punishments now. We should shape young minds to honour women. Families need to teach how to respect women.”Modi also talked about triple talaq and said that it has ruined the lives of Muslim women in India. “We are trying to end this practice but there are some people who are not wanting it to end. I ensure the Muslim women that I will work to ensure justice is done to them.” said PM Modi.9Modi said that his government is working hard in bringing exceptional reforms in the agriculture sector. He said farmer incomes will be doubled by 2022.10Talking about the Swachh Bharat mission, Modi said that lakhs of children are leading healthier lives now. He also talked about Modi government’s initiatives such as Ujjwala and Saubhagya Yojana and they are enhancing the dignity of fellow Indians. He announced that Jan Arogya Abhiyan will provide health assurance worth Rs 5 lakh to poor families. The Abhiyan will benefit at least 10 crore poor families in the country and will be launched on September 25 this year.Stay with IndiaToday.in’s live coverage as India celebrates its 72nd Independence Day.Also read: This Independence Day, an all-women SWAT team is guarding the Red Fort Also read: PM Modi promises India’s first manned space mission by 2022 in Independence Day speechWatch: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 72nd Independence Day full speechlast_img read more

Virat Kohli-James Anderson rivalry to resume but ‘the scales have tilted’

first_imgIndia’s sensational bowling performance on Day 1 of the Southampton Test means that the England pacers will have to come out all guns blazing on Day 2 of the Test match.England were bowled out for 246 and the pacers took eight wickets among themselves.The Indians looked solid in the last session of day one’s play but negotiating the swing bowling of James Anderson, who chases a personal milestone of his own, will remain a tough challenge for the likes of Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul.Anderson, who is currently seven wickets away from becoming fourth highest wicket-taker in Test cricket, will again look to get rid of the Indian top order and expose the middle-order early.And if England successfully manage to get two early wickets, one of the most awaited contest of the series — the Anderson-Kohli duel — will come forward again. It has been intriguing so far and part four of the drama is eagerly awaited at Southampton.Also read – Virat Kohli fields unchanged playing XI for the first time in 39 TestsSix short of breaking Glenn McGrath’s (563 wkts) all time leading wicket takers’ record amongst fast bowlers, Anderson has squared up against many great batsmen but rarely finished second best in home conditions.The Indian captain has managed to hold his own and slowly but surely tired him down in the ongoing series. The Anderson-Kohli battle has by no means been one sided. Kohli has surely come on top if numbers are to be seen but Anderson had his fair share of moments but he has been let down by English slip cordon most of the time.Also read – India bowlers fire again, England 246 all out on opening dayadvertisementKohli will take great pride in not conceding his wicket to his nemesis of 2014, in all three test matches so far.”Luck cannot be quantified. In 2014 Virat only played eight false shots to Anderson and got dismissed four times. In this series by the second Test match itself Virat had played 33 false shots against Anderson without being dismissed. So you know that the luck has swapped hands,” former cricketer Aakash Chopra tells India Today.”But his technique is much better than in the past and right now you can say he has won the battle hands down,” he adds.Chopra also reckons the rules of the game have changed between India’s 2014 tour of England and now.”Anderson has tapered off because of age and Virat Kohli has grown into a different beast altogether. He is the best batsman on planet earth right now. In 2014, the scale was tilted in Anderson’s favour. Now it’s tilted in Virat’s favour,” he opines.Also read – Farokh Engineer impressed with Rishabh Pant’s confidence on Test debutWicket-keeping legend Farookh Engineer is also happy about the fact that Kohli has given him a shot at bragging rights in front of his Lancashire troop including James Anderson.”Anderson has grown up in front of me. I am one of the vice presidents at Lancashire. He came up to me after the Lords Test and ribbed me about how easy the Indian batsmen had made it for us with keeping our slip fielders busy. But the way Virat has converted the unplayable balls into playable balls against Anderson has impressed me immensy. You can’t score four off every ball and Virat has realised that,” he tells India Today.But the English camp seems to think there is a lot more gas left in the tank for Anderson. Coach Bayliss even predicted three or four more years for him. Even Australian great McGrath, whose record Anderson is all set to surpass, predicts it will be impossible for anyone to get past the English swing operator.Anderson spoke about Virat teasing and leg-pulling him during the first Test (‘That’s not like you’) when he offered some freebies. How he would would hope his record scalp would be that of Virat Kohli.Would Kohli be equally mindful not get out to Anderson? “I am sure he will try his level best. It may be at the back of his mind,” Chopra says.”But it would not be the overwhelming thought. And Virat if he is honest with himself which he always is, he would know that Anderson from time to time has found the outside edge and he has been fortunate and there have been dropped chances. The focus would be on the good ball on which not to give your wicket away,” he says.last_img read more

India could be in for a surprise if they take Bangladesh lightly: Sunil Gavaskar

first_imgBangladesh are fully capable of causing yet another upset in the Asia Cup 2018 when they face India in the summit clash on Friday, feels former India captain Sunil Gavaskar.Mashrafe Mortaza’s team defeated Pakistan by 37 runs in the final Super Four match on Wednesday to set up the final against the defending champions, who are the only unbeaten side in the tournament so far. The last time these two teams met in the Super Four stage, India registered a comfortable 8-wicket win.India in fact, are on a 11-match unbeaten streak in the Asia Cup but they still cannot afford to get complacent against a resurgent Bangladesh side, according to Gavaskar.There will always be rivalry between India and Bangladesh on field: Shikhar DhawanBangladesh completely outplayed Pakistan in their last game to deny a India-Pakistan final which the cricket pundits and fans were predicting before the tournament even began.Also Read – India clear favourites against charged-up Bangladesh in Asia Cup final”This is not an anti-climax. Bangladesh fully deserve to be in the final. It’s about time we should stop thinking that only India and Pakistan matter. The kind of support that Bangladesh have and their fans throng the stadium. They are absolutely fanatics.Match prediction India vs Bangladesh Asia Cup Final: Predicted playing XI of India and Bangladesh”They are as ardent fans of their team as the Indian fans are. I don’t think it is fair to say it’s an anti-climax. Bangladesh fully deserve their place in the finals because they made an excellent comeback against Afghanistan and have played exceedingly well so far. If India take them lightly they could be in for a surprise,” Gavaskar told India Today.advertisementIndia vs Bangladesh live streaming, 2018 Asia Cup final live telecast: Where to watch Ind vs Bang live streaming onlineBangladesh have entered the Asia Cup final thrice in the last four editions and have shown excellent fight and grit in this edition as well.Kedar Jadhav’s day out with MS Dhoni ahead of Asia Cup finalIndia are the overwhelming favourites to lift the trophy for a record seventh time but Rohit Sharma’s team will be wary of the threat that Mortaza’s team possesses.MS Dhoni should play domestic cricket: Sunil GavaskarBangladesh however, will have to battle against all odds, including injuries to a few key players in their attempt to lift the trophy for the first time.Tamim Iqbal was ruled out with a wrist fracture on the first day of the tournament and then the finger injury of experienced all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan ruled him out of the final.But on the positive side, former skipper Mushfiqur Rahim, who is the second highest run-scorer in the tournament so far, belted a brilliant 99 against Pakistan to strengthen Bangladesh’s shaky middle order.”Mushfiqur has been batting absolutely brilliantly both his knocks against Afghanistan and Pakistan were terrific efforts.”Despite the fact that two of their stalwarts (Shakib and Tamim) are not in the team they have done really well and fully deserve to be in the final,” concluded Gavaskar.last_img read more

2nd Test Day 3: Umesh Yadav, openers star as India crush West Indies to sweep series

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IPL: KXIP appoint Mike Hesson as coach, swap Marucs Stoinis with Mandeep Singh

first_imgFormer New Zealand coach Mike Hesson was revealed as the Kings XI Punjab coach on a two-year contract, replacing Australia’s Brad Hodge.Hesson stepped down as New Zealand coach in June with less than a year to go for the 2019 World Cup in England, saying “he wanted a break from the rigours of international cricket”.KXIP CEO Satish Menon confirmed Hesson’s appointment.Nava SeasonNava CoachEk Navi UmangNew SeasonNew CoachRenewed PassionWelcoming @CoachHesson to the @lionsdenkxip#LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #KXIP pic.twitter.com/57AmpqvRNRKings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) October 29, 2018″We were in talks with many reputed coaches before zeroing on Hesson. He has been appointed on a two-year contract,” Menon told PTI.The New Zealander will get to pick his support staff and it remains to be seen if Virender Sehwag, who was the team mentor till last season, stays on board.Former players Daniel Vettori and Stephen Fleming are the other New Zealanders who have been appointed head coach in the cash-rich IPL.It was only under Hesson’s guidance that New Zealand reached the 2015 World Cup final.KXIP have never won the IPL and their last appearance in the play-offs came in 2014, when they lost to Kolkata Knight Riders in the final.According to media reports, KXIP have also opted to swap Marcus Stoinis for Mandeep Singh from Royal Challengers Bangalore.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Mithali Raj has got good reasons to be peeved: Farokh Engineer

first_imgMithali Raj’s scathing remarks against coach Ramesh Powar in a strongly-worded letter of complaint to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has left Indian women’s cricket searching for answers to questions in the aftermath of the World T20 selection controversy.While Powar told India Today he had ‘no comments’ to offer, he is expected to communicate his side of the story when he meets BCCI CEO Rahul Johri and General manager Saba Karim on Wednesday.Former India cricketer Farokh Engineer finds it dispiriting that the Indian women’s cricket success story is getting lost in the ugly dressing-room melee.Amitabh Chaudhary stunned, Mithali Raj letter to BCCI not shared with secretary”It saddens me because women’s cricket has made so much progress. Mithali Raj is a fabulous player. She had got 50’s in the tournament and she was dropped. She has got good reasons to be peeved off,” he told India Today.Mithali Raj accuses coach Ramesh Powar of bias: He humiliated meContents of Mithali’s letter, now out in the open, mean the issue has now snowballed into a controversy much beyond just a selection matter. Mithali has acussed Powar of humiliation in front of the team.Also read: Will Mithali Raj retire from T20Is after World T20 fiasco in West Indies?Recalling the details of how she learnt the news of being dropped from the all important semi-finals, she writes, “It is when Harman walked to toss, he (Powar) came running to me and said that they were going with the same team. It meant the whole team knew who were playing and it was just me who was not aware.advertisementAlso read – Manipulative, lying, cheat: Mithali Raj’s manager lashes out at Harmanpreet Kaur”Also, when the team was getting ready to field in the second innings, it is customary that even those who aren’t playing should join the team huddle as it has always been the norm in our team. But to insult me that day, he sent a word through the manager to tell that it was only the playing eleven that can join in the huddle and the rest can go back to dugout making us feel as outcasts. It was worrying and insulting because the coach was out to destroy and humiliate me.Also read: Ganguly relates to Mithali’s omission from World T20 semi-final: ‘Welcome to the group'”I couldn’t control my tears having given it my all for 20 years. It seemed my efforts had no value,” Mithali wrote.Also read: Mithali Raj ‘terribly disappointed’ after World T20 semis axing, says personal coachEngineer refused to react directly on Mithali’s allegations but repeated she did not deserve to be dropped. “I wasn’t there so I am in no position to comment. But I think it was ridiculous. On merit she deserved to be in the team without a doubt,” he said.last_img read more

Mysterious Motorola smartphone with 48-megapixel quad cameras, waterdrop notch leaks: Is this Moto M2?

first_imgMotorola may not have been creating enough hype with its latest G7 series smartphones but leaks and rumours have given us a fair idea about their upcoming aggressive offerings in the budget segments. So far, the Moto One Vision is supposed to bring a major refresh in Motorola’s design lineup with a punch hole camera design. While we assumed that would be the only upcoming release from the Lenovo-owned phone maker, another leak has thrown up light on a mysterious Motorola phone that brings a quad-camera setup to Motorola’s lineup for the first time.The renders of the device have been obtained by CashKaro and Onleaks, with no name or specifications given for the device. However, the renders show us possibly the most striking feature of the device – a quad camera setup at the rear. The phone has four cameras arranged in a unique pattern, with the Moto logo imprinted on the camera module itself. The renders approve of one of the cameras being a 48-megapixel sensor. There’s no information on the rest of the camera modules for now.The rear seems to be made out of metal with a brushed aluminium finish. The finish is definitely different from anything else we have seen on Motorola. The phone also sports a USB-C port, a 3.5mm headphone jack and all the other usual buttons. The renders show two colours – silver and black. The front of the device comes with a familiar notched display. We saw the new Moto G7 adopt the waterdrop notch and the same is applied here. The chin is narrow but big enough to hold the Motorola logo. While the render doesn’t show any proof, it is said the phone will come with an in-display fingerprint sensor. This means that the phone could use an OLED panel.advertisementForm what it seems, it is too early to get finished designs of the Moto G8. With the Motorola One vision expected to bring the punch hole camera design to the affordable segments, it seems that this could kickstart a new Motorola series. Considering the metallic finish and the waterdrop design, Motorola could also launch this as the successor to the Moto M from a few years ago. Motorola won’t possibly be launching this as a premium device, considering its affordable phones now offer a glass-bodied design.Whichever name this phone carries, it clearly shows Motorola’s intentions to aim for a major share in the camera-focused smartphone market. The 48-megapixel camera could most probably be using the Samsung sensor instead of the Sony IMX585 sensor. Considering the last Motorola M came with a MediaTek processor, Motorola could use the Helio P70 for this device.Since the information on this device is parse at the moment, it would be clever to take this with a pinch of salt.ALSO READ | Moto One Vision leak positions it as Redmi Note 7 Pro rival, to feature punch-hole cameraALSO READ | Motorola One Power review: Android One plus a massive battery equals a winnerALSO READ | Moto G7 Power officially launched for Rs 13,990, India gets more RAM and storagelast_img read more

Injured Jhye Richardson withdrawn from Australia World Cup squad

first_imgAustralian pace bowler Jhye Richardson has been ruled of his maiden Cricket World Cup by a shoulder injury and was withdrawn from the squad for the tournament in England and Wales on Wednesday.The 22-year-old, who made his one-day international debut in January last year, will be replaced by namesake Kane Richardson after failing to recover from a shoulder dislocation he suffered playing against Pakistan in March.”This is obviously very disappointing news for the team and for Jhye, who has been exceptional throughout his rehabilitation process,” team physiotherapist David Beakley said in a Cricket Australia news release.”After his most recent assessment and attempting to bowl in the nets, it was clear that Jhye was not progressing as fast as required and therefore, in consultation with selectors, we made the decision to withdraw him from the squad.”Jhye will continue with his rehabilitation and we will look to resume bowling in the coming weeks,” Beakley said.Kane Richardson, who has taken 29 wickets in 20 ODIs, was already at the pre-World Cup training camp in Brisbane and got the nod over Test paceman Josh Hazlewood, who is on the comeback trail after a back injury.Hazlewood was a key member of the team that won the World Cup in 2015 but will also be vital to Australia’s hopes of winning the Ashes series in England that follows the World Cup.Australia’s first match in their World Cup title defence is against Afghanistan in Bristol on June 1.Revised squad: Aaron Finch (captain), Usman Khawaja, David Warner, Steve Smith, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa.advertisementlast_img read more

Manchester City defend Premier League title, valiant Liverpool finish 2nd

first_imgManchester City successfully defended thePremier League title after what was one of the most thrilling title races in the history of the league after a 4-1 win at Brighton and Love Albion on Sunday. While City have registered their sixth league title win, Pep Guardiola has become their first manager to defend the title.Liverpool finished with 97 points, the third highest point tally in the history of Premier League but it wasn’t enough as City stitched a 14-match unbeaten league run to pip the Merseyside club by just a point. Guardiola’s men had broken the record by going past the 100-point mark during their title-winning run last season.Liverpool’s 29-year-long title drought has thus extended. Jurgen Klopp’s men had finished 25 points behind City last season but have been arguably the best side in Europe this season to bridge the gap and give Manchester City a huge scare.In fact, in January, Liverpool had a 7-point advantage over City but Guardiola’s side didn’t lose a single match since the start of the New Year.WWWWWWWWWWWWWWinners!14 wins in a row to wrap up and incredible season!#mancity pic.twitter.com/ONrqLSGrOe Manchester City (@ManCity) May 12, 2019Liverpool notched up their 9th successive win in the league after their 4-1 victory over 7th-placed Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield where they had knocked Barcelona out of Champions League after one of the most stunning comebacks in the semi-final 3 days ago.Liverpool were leading 1-0 after a Sadio Mane goal in Anfield at the half-time on Sunday and for a brief moment were leading the table as Manchester City were stunned by Brighton as Glenn Murray opened the account at the Community Stadium in the 27th minute.advertisementHowever, City struck back in no time with Sergio Aguero scoring the equaliser in the 28th minute. Aymeric Laporte put Pep Guardiola’s side back in the lead as he doubled the scoring in the 38th minute. At the half-time, City were just 45 minutes away from a second successive title.Also Read | John Gregory extends Chennaiyin FC stay to 2020Also Read | Ander Herrera confirms Manchester United exit in emotional farewell videoAlso Seelast_img read more