QPR linked with keeper swoop

first_imgQPR want to sign Scotland goalkeeper Allan McGregor from Glasgow Rangers, according to the Daily Mail.It is claimed the R’s are willing to offer £5m plus one of their fringe players in a bid to land the 27-year-old, whose Ibrox team-mate Nikica Jelavic has also been linked with a move to west London.The Daily Mirror say Gary Cahill’s transfer to Chelsea is in danger of collapse because the defender has concerns about moving to Stamford Bridge.The Mirror also report that Chelsea’s Gael Kakuta is a target for Marseille and Greek club Olympiacos, who both want him on loan and are trying to hijack his expected move to another French club, Dijon.This page is updated throughout the day.  Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Why LTE-M is a game changer for IoT

first_imgFollow the Puck LTE-M promises to transform the Internet of Things (IoT) by connecting more “things” in more places than ever before.  We spoke with Cameron Coursey, vice president of IoT Solutions, AT&T, about what companies need to know.What is LTE-M and why is it a game changer for IoT? LTE-M connects IoT devices and applications directly to a 4G LTE network without a gateway. LTE-M technology is designed specifically for IoT devices and applications.  It’s ideal for alarm panels, smart cities wearables, metering and more. And LTE-M provides carrier-grade security across our nationwide LTE network.What are the benefits of LTE-M?LTE-M is capable of providing:Longer battery life (expected up to 10 years).Better coverage for IoT devices underground and deep inside buildings.Smaller module size – as small as a penny.Lower costs – modules priced at well under $10Why is selecting the right IoT network so important? Connectivity is the first step. It’s oxygen for the IoT.Success in the IoT marketplace depends not only on your device or app, but on choosing the right network, at the right time, in a rapidly evolving market. You need to connect to the network that best fits the specific demands of your IoT devices.Building a successful IoT solution is all about matching your connectivity needs to the right technology or mix of technologies. Whether you choose one network technology or take a multi-network approach, you want the best blend of coverage, performance, and value.What should businesses consider when choosing an IoT network? I tell businesses that they should consider a number of factors:Coverage requirements can be very different for various IoT devices.  Some move frequently and need the breadth and scale of the cellular network. Others are so remote that only satellite services can effectively communicate with them.  So, there are device and use aspects to be considered.Mobility is also important – knowing whether and how your IoT devices will be mobile is essential for technology selection. Each wireless network technology has a range or distance that limits a device’s ability to communicate to network access points. Some technologies work best for fixed locations, others can support limited or low speed movements, others support full mobility.Battery life plays an important role in the design of IoT devices. If batteries can last for months or even years on a single charge, more things can be connected in more places for longer periods of time.Cost is a major factor in virtually every project. These include one-time hardware and deployment costs as well as recurring costs, which include network services, management platforms, cloud data storage, maintenance and logistics, and security.AT&T stood up its LTE-M network in the U.S. earlier this year. What can you tell me about that? In May, AT&T deployed its nationwide LTE-M network through software upgrades at existing cell sites. The LTE-M network is now live on our nationwide 4G LTE network. We plan to deploy LTE-M across our LTE network in Mexico by the end of 2017 to create the first North American LTE-M footprint.Our nationwide LTE-M deployment marks another step forward on our path to 5G and massive IoT. We can now reach new places and connect new things at a price that’s more affordable than ever before.How do businesses connect and develop on the AT&T LTE-M network?The AT&T LTE-M IoT Starter Kit gives designers the tools to develop and prototype IoT devices for AT&T’s LTE-M network. The kit includes all the elements required to collect sensor data, connect to the AT&T network, and utilize various cloud services for the management, storage, and analytics of a connected IoT device.At AT&T, we help companies of every size develop IoT solutions to lower costs, gain efficiencies, and improve competitive advantages. For more information on our complete suite of IoT solutions and services, visit us at marketplace.att.com. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… ReadWrite Sponsorscenter_img Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Tags:#4G#4g lte#AT&T#connectivity#featured#iot network#iot solutions#LTE-M#network#top Related Posts last_img read more

Why Icardi failed to make the grade at Barcelona

first_imgMauro Icardi and Barcelona tried to make it work. The Rosario-born striker, who had moved to the Canary Islands at the age of nine, signed with the Catalan club’s youth ranks in 2008 – the same year a certain other Argentine from Rosario, Lionel Messi, donned the senior squad’s No.10 shirt for the first time.However, despite his undeniable quality, Icardi failed to follow in his countryman’s footsteps and become a star at Barcelona. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The young attacker would soon come to realise that in order to succeed in the professional ranks, he had to look beyond Camp Nou, the very pitch on which he will lead out Inter as club captain on Wednesday evening.There was a time, however, when the forward was one of the pearls of La Masia – or rather should have been.When he joined up with Cadet A, they were blessed with one of the most talented teams in the youth academy’s history. And one that played with heart.“There are not many generations from La Masia that have been so united over time. We spent a lot of weeks together in Ibiza,” Ivan Balliu, currently turning out in Metz’s backline in Ligue 2, tells  Goal . Icardi had joined a team that was more like a family.“The competition was healthy,” Balliu says. “In grassroots football they always give you opportunities and we tried to take advantage of them when they arrived.”Icardi, though, faced more obstacles than most.Firstly, as Oriol Romeu, a fellow Barca graduate now at Southampton, recalls, the Argentine was quite a reserved character and didn’t integrate well.“He was always covered by his family,” the midfielder says. “He only had a small connection with us.” La Masia bedroomDespite his struggles to integrate, though, Icardi has fond memories of his time in Catalunya. “We’ve met a few times since then,” Romeu adds, “And we always talk about Barcelona.” Proof that the striker was steeped in the values of La Masia, even if his situation was more complicated than the rest.“He didn’t have the same multi-faceted profile like most of the other strikers that we had in La Masia, but he knew how to hold the ball and he was a great goalscorer,” says Balliu.“How well he played in terms of his direct game was a given, and he could fight well with central defenders.”These characteristics, however, “were not exactly what was required of a front man in order to fit the [Barca] model.”Journalist Jaume Marcet points out that Icardi “was of the penalty-box striker archetype, an excellent goalscorer with a great air game, very different from the others at that time.“He wasn’t a player who participated in the build-up; he used to be isolated and disconnected.”Marcet adds, though, that “he is one of the best players I’ve seen in the formative football of Barcelona.”Mauro Icardi, InterEven so, “He did not look completely comfortable in the game. He didn’t link between the lines or fall in behind. He offered a more static profile and, at that time, he was asked for mobility that he simply didn’t have.”To make matters worse, Messi began playing as a ‘false nine’ under Pep Guardiola’s orders during Icardi’s second season at the club. Barca’s other teams followed this practice, making Icardi’s game even less suited to the Blaugrana’s new philosophy.According to Marcet, the coaches at La Masia asked their forwards to “drop off down the middle to receive the ball, offer more things than mere shots on goal”.Icardi suffered as a consequence.“Maybe he wasn’t prepared to take on these tasks because he had different characteristics,” Marcet says.Indeed, before his final season as a Barca player, in 2010-11, Zlatan Ibrahimovic found himself in a similar situation in Guardiola’s first team and decided to return to Italy to link up with AC Milan.Icardi essentially followed suit in January 2011, joining Sampdoria on loan for the second half of the season.He would not return, not as a Barca player anyway, as the Genoa club paid the €400,000 required to make the deal permanent in the summer of 2011.The rest, as they say, is history.last_img read more

Big weekend for Touch Football Victoria

first_imgIt will be a big weekend for Touch Football Victoria this weekend, with a VT League double header, a fundraiser for cancer research and much more! The first round of the girls’ Victorian Schools Touch Football League (VSTFL) will be held on Friday night at Aquinas College, while the second round of the Boys’ competition will be held at Scotch College. The 2014 season sees 76 teams competing, which is the biggest VSTFL competition ever held. Sunday will see a VT League double header at Elwood Park. The Melbourne University Northern Blacks and Eastern Falcons will play the first ever VT League ‘Call to Arms’ match on Sunday 9th February to raise funds for Cancer Research. In a first for Touch Football in Victoria, the two teams will use their Round 14 game to promote awareness of cancer in men by wearing yellow socks and arm bands. There will also be a BBQ on the day, with all proceeds going straight to the cause.Touch Football Australia’s High Performance Skills and Performance Analyst, Karley Banks will also be in attendance at the VT League double header, assisting the Women’s VT League coaches and doing training sessions with the Women’s teams during the day as part of Touch Football Victoria’s Women in Sport grant. For more information or to keep up-to-date with all of the latest results from the weekend, please visit the Touch Football Victoria website and social media pages:Website – www.victouch.com.au Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballvictoria Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyvicInstagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootyvic Related LinksBig Weekend in Viclast_img read more

9 days agoKevin Keen delighted to be back with West Ham

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Kevin Keen delighted to be back with West Hamby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveKevin Keen is delighted to be back with West Ham.The former midfielder is West Ham U18s lead coach.“It’s great to be back,” said Keen to the club’s website.“It’s been fantastic to go back to Chadwell Heath and see the new training ground – I’d not been back here for seven years. There’ve been amazing changes – what facilities for the players to play on.“It’s a completely different environment now. We had a lot of portacabins, and everyone was more or less on that site. All of a sudden, we’ve got an environment, a building, that’s just for the U18s and younger, and it’s absolutely amazing.” last_img read more

Jay Leno Helps Wishes Come True

first_imgWhen former Tonight Show Host Jay Leno is not busy performing stand-up comedy for large scale arena crowds, he is busy helping to make wishes come true.On March 16th, Jay Leno supported The Make-A-Wish Foundation annual black tie gala. This annual benefit helps raise funds to assist The Make-A-Wish Foundation’s mission to grant wishes that change the lives of eligible kids and be creative in exceeding the expectations of every wish kid easier to achieve.Veteran Tonight Show host and comedian, Jay Leno, has been an active wish granter for Make-A-Wish. Last summer, Leno granted a wish to an Illinois wish child, Robert, who was interested in Jay’s car collection. Immediately after his performance, Jay auctioned off packages to visit his Big Dog Garage, raising an additional $100,000 for Make-A-Wish Illinois as stated on the Make-A-Wish website.Visit wish.org to learn more about Make-A-Wish Foundation.Copyright ©2015Look to the Starslast_img read more

The US Is Downright Mediocre At The World Baseball Classic

Puerto Rico1380.67 Chinese Taipei39-3.26 American fans like to think of the U.S. as the home of baseball; they even tried to mythologize it into the game’s place of origin at one point. And, yes, the majority of the game’s best players are from America. But in the World Baseball Classic, arguably the highest-profile event in international baseball, the U.S. is merely ordinary: It’s 10-10 over the tournament’s history, despite playing a relatively weak slate of opponents over the years. What gives?The WBC has always held more appeal for international players and fans, whose national teams take it far more seriously than the U.S. team does. The U.S. seldom sends its best players to the event, for better (it reduces the risk of key injuries in games that are essentially treated as exhibitions) and worse (it deprives the game of its best players playing on a worldwide stage). That means we won’t be seeing the likes of Bryce Harper and Clayton Kershaw in this year’s Classic, much less living legend Mike Trout.As a result, the U.S. has gotten mediocre results on the field, far from what might be expected out of a country that still considers itself baseball’s standard-bearer. To get a schedule-adjusted ranking of how countries have performed at the four World Baseball Classics,1Including 2017’s games, as of March 8. I calculated Sports-Reference’s Simple Rating System (SRS) for every WBC game since the event began in 2006.2A few more details: I gave more weight to games that took place in later rounds (first-round games had a weight of 1, second-round games a weight of 2, WBC semifinals a weight of 4 and WBC finals a weight of 8.) I also used a home-field advantage term of +0.16 runs per game, matching what it is in MLB since 2006. Among the 13 teams that have played double-digit WBC games, the U.S. ranks just seventh — far behind No. 1 Japan, who has dominated the tournament more than any other country. Mexico69-2.05 Japan — not the U.S. — dominates the World Baseball Classic Japan1973.40 Venezuela107-0.22 Italy47-1.49 United States1010-0.41 COUNTRYWINSLOSSESWEIGHTED SRS Cuba1480.67 Australia19-3.73 Dominican Republic1441.49 Netherlands910-1.20 Teams are ranked according to the Simple Rating System (SRS) for all WBC games since 2006, with extra weight applied to games in later rounds.Source: Wikipedia South Korea1471.79 China28-6.12 National pastime or not, America’s unexceptionalism probably won’t improve until the U.S. starts treating the WBC less like an exhibition event, and more like the international showcase other countries already think it is. Share on Facebook read more

Buckeyes embrace Rose Bowl possibility

The Rose Bowl isn’t the National Championship, but playing in the oldest, most prestigious bowl is a tradition that every Big Ten and Pac-10 team dreams of.The Ohio State Buckeyes are one win away from realizing that dream, but must first knock off the Iowa Hawkeyes on Saturday. An OSU win will cement a record fifth consecutive conference title and the Buckeyes will certainly smell the roses.OSU Coach Jim Tressel knows just how much the game means. He said that on Saturday, both teams will know what will be on the line.“I think it would be hard if you have the opportunity to earn a chance to play in that bowl game to minimize the excitement of that,” Tressel said. “We haven’t gone in a long time. It’s an important thing to Ohio State. It’s an important thing to Iowa. I’m not sure what year was the last time they went, but it’s a big deal.”“The Granddaddy of Them All,” as the Rose Bowl has come to be known, is a spectacle filled with tradition, a parade and a fierce inter-conference rivalry.The Big Ten and Pac-10 send their best teams to play on Jan. 1, but surprisingly, the Rose Bowl always seems to escape the Buckeyes’ grasp.  Ohio State has only played in the Rose Bowl three times in the last 30 years. Their last appearance in 1997 was an instant classic with the Buckeyes winning on a late touchdown against previously undefeated Arizona State.Since the inception of the Bowl Championship Series in 1998, the Buckeyes would have sent three teams to the prestigious bowl: 2002, 2006 and 2007 would have all been Rose Bowl years, but instead, OSU played for a national championship.In 2007, OSU lost to Illinois in the penultimate game of the season. The following week, after a win over Michigan and another Big Ten title, the roses were brought out and the Buckeyes celebrated what was believed to be a bid to the big game.However, due to several upsets the Buckeyes climbed from No. 7 to No. 1 without playing another game and instead went to the National Championship against LSU.“We were real excited to win another Big Ten championship and get the chance to go to the Rose Bowl,” senior tight end Jake Ballard said about the 2007 victory. “It was thrilling, we hadn’t been to the Rose Bowl in 10, now 12 years. We were just looking forward to going.”The BCS title game might have more at stake, but as a Big Ten school, the Rose Bowl is what a team plays for. Its tradition and pageantry cannot be rivaled. Tressel even got a bit nostalgic when talking about New Year’s Day’s most sacred game.“Jan. 1 in our house, two black-and-white TVs set up side by side, that old 30-pot coffee … my dad never got off the couch, man, we were taking him coffee and switching stations. I mean, that was — shoot, you were living on Jan. 1,” Tressel said with a smile. “That was it for the year, by the way.”Recently, the Rose Bowl hasn’t been a proud event for the Big Ten. The conference representative has been blown out by USC the last three years and hasn’t won the bowl since 2000.“The Rose Bowl is everything, it is where college football is at; … what it’s all about,” Ballard said. “Everybody wants to go there, everyone wants to play in that game. Ohio State has a long history in the Rose Bowl and we haven’t been back in some time. To go out there our senior year and to take care of business and come back with a Rose Bowl victory would be something great for Ohio State.”It would also benefit the Big Ten as a whole, Ballard said, because of their lack of big bowl wins the last several years.Ohio State could kill two birds with one stone Jan. 1. Making up for its past three BCS bowl losses, but also getting a big win for a conference that has struggled recently in postseason play.To do that, the Buckeyes will have to beat Iowa first. read more

Lazio director confirms Immobile and MilinkovicSavic contracts

Igli Tare spoke on how they learned from last season’s injuries and now have realized the importance of squad rotationAfter many weeks discussing contracts for Ciro Immobile and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Lazio has confirmed they are almost done.The team’s director Igli Tare discussed with Football Italia the importance of squad rotation.“It’s a matter of days for Immobile and Milinkovic-Savic’s contracts. The agreements have been there for a while and I think it’ll be finalized at the start of next week,” he said.Fonseca hints Smalling could debut tomorrow Manuel R. Medina – August 31, 2019 AS Roma manager Paulo Fonseca has hinted Chris Smalling could debut in tomorrow’s Derby Della Capitale between his team and Lazio.“Considering the experience we had last season, above all towards the end of the season with injuries to four or five fundamental players, we paid a heavy price for that, so realized the importance of squad rotation.”“I can’t stop transfer gossip, but Caicedo’s situation is not the one that was pictured in the papers. It’s a tough role for him to be on the bench for much of the time, and the fans don’t forgive him anything,” he added.“Everyone here admires Caicedo, I had a long talk with him and you can see he’s hungry, even if so far it’s only been evident in training. I believe he’ll have a fine season.”“I agree that we’re in a position that we are not accustomed to being in, as we were always surprised outfits, whereas this year we declared that we wanted to be protagonists,” he concluded. read more