first_imgHe was sitting in a suite at Fenway Park on Saturday night when Boston Red Sox rookie Clay Buchholz threw a no-hitter. And on a Labor Day finish that brought playoff atmosphere to the PGA Tour, Lefty pitched a gem of his own. With thousands of fans standing six-deep behind the greens, and hundreds more camped out in front of video boards, Mickelson blew away Tiger Woods with a flawless front nine and held him off down the stretch to win the Deutsche Bank Championship, a sign that Lefty is healthy enough to again challenge the world’s No. 1 player. “I had a lot of fun – not just today, this whole week,” said Mickelson, who closed with a 5-under 66 for a two-shot victory Monday. “We went and saw the no-hitter in Fenway Park. How often does that happen?” More often than Mickelson going head-to-head in the final round against Woods and winning the tournament. That was a first. But the way he played all week, including the first two rounds with Woods and Vijay Singh, it might not be the last. “This is what we hoped the summer would be,” swing coach Butch Harmon said from Las Vegas. “And if it hadn’t have been for the hand injury, it would have been.” It was the first victory for Mickelson since The Players Championship in May, when he looked ready to make another run at Woods. Then he injured his left wrist, costing him his summer. Only recently has Mickelson been able to swing without flinching. The pain on this Labor Day belonged to Woods. He couldn’t make a putt on the front nine, and couldn’t deliver enough clutch putts while trying to make up ground on the final holes. He wound up with a 67 despite taking 32 putts, which left him tied for second with Arron Oberholser (69) and Brett Wetterich (70), who played in the final group of what seemed like a Nationwide Tour gallery. The buzz outside Beantown was on the biggest names in golf, and Mickelson relished this victory. “For 10 years I’ve struggled against Tiger,” Mickelson said. “This sure feels great to go head-to-head … and over the last five or six holes when he’s making a run, it was fun to match him with birdies.” A snapshot of this sun-splashed afternoon on the TPC Boston could be summed up around the greens. Woods had eagle putts on four holes and played them 3 under. Mickelson didn’t have any looks at eagle, but played those same four holes in 4 under. The pivotal shot, though, was an 8-iron to 6 feet on the 16th, after Woods had put his 8-iron 10 feet above the hole. Both made birdie, keeping Mickelson two shots ahead. He clinched it with a chip from deep rough on the par-5 18th green to 4 feet for birdie, while Woods missed an eagle putt from 35 feet. “To be able to stand up on 16 after he knocked it close and follow it with a birdie of my own … it feels terrific,” Mickelson said. Mickelson finished at 16-under 268 and earned $1.26 million, moving him atop the standings in the PGA Tour Playoffs. But after dispatching of Woods, Mickelson picked his next battle with PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem. He said he might not play next week outside Chicago at the BMW Championship, saying he owed it to the tour but that Finchem had not fulfilled some requests that Mickelson has made. “My frustration from this past year came from asking for a couple of things in the FedEx Cup that weren’t done, and not feeling all that bad now if I happen to miss,” he said. Mickelson, who moved back to No. 2 in the world with his 32nd career victory, took only 23 putts in the final round and built a five-shot lead after 10 holes. Woods had ample opportunity to close the gap, especially when Mickelson took double bogey on the 12th hole, but he never got closer than two shots. “Unfortunately, I just didn’t make enough putts to really push him,” Woods said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GOLF: Mickelson outduels Woods to win the Deutsche Bank Championship. By Doug Ferguson THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NORTON, Mass. – Phil Mickelson’s return to Beantown was sweeter than he ever imagined. last_img read more

first_imgBurnley boss Sean Dyche has argued the 18-month ban imposed on Joey Barton is “harsh” on the day the Football Association published their reasons for suspending the midfielder following betting breaches.The FA imposed the punishment on the 34-year-old on Wednesday in relation to Barton making 1,260 bets on matches between March 2006 and May 2016, with a regulatory commission arguing an 18-month ban was “not out of kilter” with previous betting cases and was the “shortest possible sanction” that could have been handed out.Barton re-signed for the Clarets on a short-term deal in January, when Burnley made financial provisions for the possibility of such a big suspension, and although he will appeal, he accepts his playing career has now likely been brought to an end.Dyche believes the severity of the punishment for Barton was rough when considering the bans awarded for other offences, such as the nine-month suspension ex-Manchester United striker Eric Cantona was awarded for attacking a fan in 1995.“He feels it’s a bit harsh,” Dyche said. “He’s disappointed.“We equally feel it’s a bit harsh. I don’t know how you balance all these different things that have happened in football.“One of the most obvious was the legend that is Eric Cantona kung-fu kicking someone – he got a nine-month ban.“We know the rules, I must make that clear, and he knows that. But the FA made it quite clear there’s no intent other than his own personal gambling, his integrity is intact, it’s just his own personal situation – you think 18 months seems a long time to me, in lieu of some of the things I’ve seen in the game.“The FA, we understand they have a role and we respect their decision, we have to. In the bigger picture of the sport, they’re obviously showing strength in these individual decisions.“I can only assume they’re going to move on to cheating, which is at a level that needs to be sorted out: diving, feigning of injury, falling to the floor. It needs to be sorted out.“I’m sure they’ll next move on to the bigger picture and the greater good of the game.”The FA revealed their findings in a 63-page document issued on Thursday which detailed the extent of Barton’s charges.In it they noted Barton gambled £205,172.79 and placed 42 bets in 20 matches involving teams he was part of, featuring in two of those games.On 15 occasions he backed his side to lose, though he did not play in those games.The governing body has confirmed they wrote to Barton in 2012 after the player made two Twitter posts which appeared to allude to betting, and that they were alerted to his account with Betfair when the bookmakers emailed the FA informing them they believed he was in breach of betting regulations in September 2016.Barton has argued the game itself needs to reconsider links with the gambling industry given 10 top-flight clubs, including Burnley themselves, have shirt-sponsorships deals with businesses from that sector.Asked if that situation was hypocritical given the rules in place against players, Dyche added: “I think it’s the reality, whether it’s hypocritical or not.“Football’s a massive, massive business now. Many people want to be linked to football for many different reasons, advertising is a big one.“It’s the controlling powers of football, they can decide whether that’s relevant, it’s not for me to decide that.”Barton’s chances of a successful appeal appear to be slim after the commission argued an 18-month ban was the most lenient punishment they could have arrived at.However, they also noted that Barton had been open, expressed remorse and was willing to assist others with gambling issues and warn players of its perils. 1 The FA imposed the punishment on the 34-year-old on Wednesda last_img read more

first_img Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ latest Boca Junior’s midfielder Nahitan Nandez is a man in demand whoops gameday cracker Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion revealed Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury huge blow 1 MOST READ IN FOOTBALLcenter_img SORRY REPLY Leeds United are reportedly keen on an ambitious move for Uruguayan World Cup star Nahitan Nandez – but only if they secure promotion to the Premier League.Various foreign media outlets, including Ovacion and TMC, claim the Championship high flyers are keen on a summer move for the midfielder. Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City tense The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Should Leeds make a return to the top flight next season following a 15-year absence, they are set to splash the cash – with’s QPR Luke Freeman just one of a number of options the Whites are looking at.Ovacion further claim that the Yorkshire outfit are willing to spend a reported £25m to land Nandez.Nandez, who is currently on Boca Juniors’ books, had been strongly linked with a switch to Serie A last summer after an impressive World Cup.The 23-year-old, who has won 20 caps for his country, was part of the Uruguay side that reached the quarter-finals in Russia before losing to eventual winners France.TMC claim Sampdoria, Fiorentina and Cagliari are all keen, but now Leeds are said to have joined the race for the midfielder. Marcelo Bielsa’s men would have to have earn promotion for the move to be a feasible one, both for the club and for the player to even consider the move to Elland Road.South American radio station Continental claimed last year that Nandez had a £12m release clause in his contract, with Newcastle showing an interest at that time.Should Bielsa’s men end up forking out a higher fee than that for the talented midfielder, it would be their most expensive transfer since signing Robbie Fowler from Liverpool in 2001.last_img read more

first_img Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff A photo of him kissing Diana, Princess of Wales, was also shown to the jury, with Gascoigne left weeping in the dock as he was cleared of sexual assault.Gascoigne was also cleared of a less serious alternative charge of assault by beating which they were told to consider by Judge Peter Armstrong.After the verdict was returned Gascoigne thanked the judge, the jury and his dentist – an apparent reference to evidence earlier in the trial about him not having his false teeth in when he was on the train. TOP WORK Paul Gascoigne at Teesside Court alongside his agent, Katie Davies The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos PAYBACK Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future appointed changes 2 Getty Images – Getty 2 revealed The former England midfielder hugs a fan as he leaves court center_img LATEST SORRY Michelle Heeley QC, defending, said the former player had no sexual intention.She said “In his own naive way, he thought he was making a larger woman have more body confidence.“It’s a clumsy way to go about building someone’s confidence, but it was not sexual.”Jurors were handed a file of photos showing Mr Gascoigne kissing and being kissed by famous footballers and fans. RECOMMENDED FOR YOU Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion latest Paul Gascoigne has been cleared of sexually assaulting a woman on a train after he kissed her on the lips.The 52-year-old former England midfielder told jurors he had no sexual intention when he ‘forcibly and sloppily’ kissed the fellow passenger, who he said had been abused by another passenger.Gascoigne, who denied a single charge of sexual assault, told Teesside Crown Court that he kissed the woman on the York to Newcastle train in August 2018 to boost her confidence after he claimed he heard someone call her fat. Getty Images – Getty Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ scrap Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? ‘I’ll get him’ – Robertson further endears himself to fans with revenge vow to Mane last_img read more

first_imgDerek McInnes said Aberdeen have the confidence and quality to take the game to Burnley at Turf Moor next week.The Dons were on course for a famous win at Pittodrie after Gary Mackay-Steven scored from the spot, but Sam Vokes struck late on for the Premier League side to level the tie.Despite the late setback handing the inititiave to the Clarets, McInnes saw enough from his charges to suggest the Dons can cause a shock down south.He said: “I thought we equipped ourselves very well against a team I’ve the highest regard for. “There’s a feeling we can score down there, we created enough good moments to suggest that.“If we score there it’s game on. “We’ve scored against good teams in Europe before and won 1-0 at Celtic Park in a high-pressure game.“The players have the confidence and personality to take the challenge on of trying to win the game at Turf Moor.” Aberdeen impressed for the opening hour as they set about the visitors at a raucous Pittodrie.But Burnley’s strength told in the closing stages as they fought back.McInnes admitted his side ran out of steam as the match progressed, but believes they’ll be better for it next time out.He added: “For the first competitive game of the season I thought it was played at a rapid tempo, credit goes to both sets of players.“We ran out of legs a wee bit, it’s difficult to sustain the energy levels.“But I think after that game tonight we’ll be better again.“Nobody can say Burnley didn’t deserve their equaliser, credit to them, they moved the ball better after half-time and you can see why they only lost five or six games on the road last year.”last_img read more

first_imgAction begins Thursday afternoon at Kohl Center in MadisonBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMADISON — A total of 16 local wrestlers will hit the mats this week at the 2017 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison.Wrestling begins with preliminary matches in all three divisions and Division 1 quarterfinals on Thursday. Division 2 and 3 quarterfinals, consolation matches, and semifinals in all three divisions are set for Friday. The finals are scheduled for Saturday at 5 p.m.A pair of sophomores qualified for Marshfield and will face tough opponents in the Division 1 prelims on Thursday afternoon.Nolan Hertel is making a return trip to Madison after going 0-2 last year as a freshman. Hertel (32-9) will face Joshua Otto (35-4) of Hartland Arrowhead in a first-round match at 145 pounds.Sam Mitchell (25-14) will face Connor Williams (44-1) of La Crosse Central in a 170-pound match for the Tigers.“At this point in the season, it’s about doing all the little things right,” Marshfield coach Jackson Hein said. “It comes down to making the time worth it and believing in our training. Attitude is everything.”In Division 2, Spencer/Columbus Catholic has three wrestlers that will compete at the state meet, including three-time qualifier Hunter Luepke.Luepke, a junior, did not place as a freshman but earned a fifth-place medal at 182 pounds last year. As a sectional champion, Luepke (36-2) has a first-round bye and will take on the winner of Hayden Arneson (31-6) of Monroe and Matt Buechel (30-7) of New Holstein in a 195-pound quarterfinal early Friday afternoon.Rockets making their first state appearances will be sophomore Logan Zschernitz at 285 pounds and freshman Ashton Ackman at 106.Zschernitz (37-3), also a sectional champ, will face the winner of Josh Frerk (34-4) of Denmark and Tennesse Hatfield (29-14) of River Valley in a 285-pound quarterfinal Friday afternoon.“Hunter and Logan are both wrestling on another level right now,” Spencer/Columbus coach Jake Zschernitz said. “Hunter has been dominant all year long, but he is continuing to get better every match. The same for Logan. He’s the most athletic 285 I’ve seen and improves daily as the season has progressed. They both push each other in practice and have the same goal in mind: They expect to be state champions.”Ackman (35-7) will face Quintin Gehrmann (33-5) of Jefferson in a 106-pound prelim late Thursday afternoon.“All three wrestlers are really peaking at the right time,” Jake Zschernitz said. “Ashton has a little bit tougher road coming into state as a (second-place finisher). He’s been doing a very good job staying on the offense and scoring points. At sectionals he tech-falled three of his opponents. We think he can continue that production going forward.”For the second year in a row, Stratford will have 11 of its 14 wrestlers in the Division 3 state field, four of whom are returning state champions.Senior Kamren Bornbach (220 pounds) and juniors A.J. Schoenfuss (120) and Jeremy Schoenherr (138) are shooting for their third-straight state titles. Senior Tyson Kauffman (285) is back to defend his title won last year.Junior Mason Kauffman, a champion two years ago, was forced to medical forfeit the 152-pound championship last year after suffering a heart ailment that was diagnosed after a semifinal victory. Because it was a medical forfeit, it did not count as a loss on his career record, and he will take a perfect 128-0 mark (29-0 this year) into a 152-pound quarterfinal on Friday.Jake Drexler (132), Derek Marten (126), and David Marquardt (160) are also back at state for the Tigers. Drexler took fifth at 113 and Marquardt sixth at 145 to earn medals last year.Manny Drexler (106), Kade Ehrike (170), and Aiden Hoffman (195) will be making their first state appearances.Ehrike, Hoffman, and Tyson Kauffman wrestle in preliminary matches Thursday. The other eight are sectional champions and earned byes into the quarterfinals on Friday afternoon.“Getting 11 kids to qualify for state again this year is very exciting,” Stratford coach Joe Schwabe said. “We lost a couple kids at regionals, so I didn’t know if this was going to happen. However, the kids wrestled very physical and aggressive all day and won some key matches early to advance 10 into the finals with another coming ‘back door.’ This group kind of feeds off of each other. They are definitely believing in the team philosophy and pick each other up and keep each other motivated.“This is a very positive group that is wrestling with a lot of confidence right now. I want them all to believe they can win, wrestle to win, and then go win.”(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)2017 WIAA State Individual Wrestling TournamentFeb. 23-25, Kohl Center, MadisonThursday, Feb. 23Division 1 preliminaries, 3 p.m.Division 1 quarterfinals, approximately 5:15 p.m.Division 2 & 3 preliminaries, 7 p.m.Friday, Feb. 24Division 1 consolations, 10 a.m.Division 2 & 3 quarterfinals, 11:15 a.m.Division 1 consolation semifinals, 1:45 p.m.Division 2 & 3 consolation semifinals, 2:45 p.m.Division 1, 2 & 3 semifinals, 7 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 25Division 1, 2 & 3 consolation wrestlebacks, 10 a.m.Division 1, 2 & 3 fifth-place and third-place matches, 11 a.m.Division 1, 2 & 3 championship matches, 5 p.m.Local MatchesDivision 1 preliminaries, Thursday, 3 p.m.145: Nolan Hertel (32-9), Marshfield, vs. Joshua Otto (35-4), Hartland Arrowhead.170: Sam Mitchell (25-14), Marshfield, vs. Connor Williams (44-1), La Crosse Central.Division 2 preliminaries, Thursday, 7 p.m.106: Ashton Ackman (35-7), Spencer/Columbus, vs. Quintin Gehrmann (33-5), Jefferson.Division 3 preliminaries, Thursday, 7 p.m.170: Kade Ehrike (23-6), Stratford, vs. Daniel Kocourek (40-5), Reedsville.195: Aiden Hoffman (34-9), Stratford, vs. Reed Guenther (31-10), Blair-Taylor.285: Tyson Kauffman (12-5), Stratford, vs. Brandon Klimek (35-6), Crandon.Division 2 quarterfinals, Friday, 11:15 a.m.195: Hunter Luepke (36-2), Spencer/Columbus, vs. winner of Hayden Arneson (31-6), Monroe, and Matt Buechel (30-7), New Holstein.285: Logan Zschernitz (37-3), Spencer/Columbus, vs. winner of Josh Frerk (34-4), Denmark, and Tennessee Hatfield (29-14), River Valley.Division 3 quarterfinals, Friday, 11:15 a.m.106: Manny Drexler (39-3), Stratford, vs. winner of Danny Pritz (30-3), Mineral Point, and Logan Steglich (37-6), Cumberland.120: A.J. Schoenfuss (32-5), Stratford, vs. winner of Caden Calabrese (39-7), Kenosha Christian Life, and Jacob Rogers (32-6), New Lisbon.126: Derek Marten (36-4), Stratford, vs. winner of Brian Matthews (34-12), Riverdale, and Max Dascher (32-3), Cochrane-Fountain City.132: Jake Drexler (40-2), Stratford, vs. winner of Seth Schlegel (39-2), Spring Valley/Elmwood, and Jacob Luckow (30-17), Mishicot.138: Jeremy Schoenherr (14-0), Stratford, vs. winner of Weston Wichman (39-5), Johnson Creek, and Collin Lull (28-17), Lancaster.152: Mason Kauffman (29-0), Stratford, vs. winner of Josh Conrad (29-5), Independence/Gilmanton, and Levi Kohn (39-9), Random Lake.160: David Marquardt (35-4), Stratford, vs. winner of Zach Coffeen (45-4), Laconia, and Gavon Brown (19-15), Parkview.220: Kamren Bornbach (36-1), Stratford, vs. winner of Cody McCollough (42-5), Fennimore, and Austin Knoops (15-3), Whitehall.last_img read more

first_imghttp://jengaoneweekatatime.tumblr.com/post/131297835909/my-favorite-person-at-grace-hopper It’s a rarity in life to be able to gather with others who share a common cause, and be inspired for almost every minute of every day together. To do so with 12,000 people over 3 days is unheard of. Except when it comes to the Anita Borg Institute’s Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing.It was fun to watch people walking in, and then Dr. Telle Whitney and Hillary Mason seemed to flip on a switch and you could see the inspiration in the eyes of the students, business leaders and industry pioneers alike. Everyone in the building had a real feeling that we can change the world. That diversity, particularly in technology, is our biggest asset. We all know that technology is going to change lives, and the call to action from industry leaders like Sheryl Sandberg, CTO of Facebook; Megan Smith, White House Chief Technology Officer, Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube, Hillary Mason, Fast Forward Labs CEO; Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation – to a host of researchers and industry veterans all did their part to inspire everyone in attendance.Attendees started arriving in Houston on Tuesday – Ada Lovelace Day – and ran through a closing celebration party at Minute Maid Field on Friday night.Technology is a part of our world. It’s hard to capture in words the inspiration that was painted on the faces and obvious in the eyes of this week’s GHC attendees.  These women will shape our future and provide inspiration to the women and men – the future innovators – who will come after them.Gandhi said, “I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.” It’s incumbent on leaders today to recognize the power that is GHC. The value of diverse teams is steeped in research, proven in history, and evidenced in the marketplace.For me, the lasting image of this year’s conference is of the face of a ~20 year old student riveted to the inspiring words of Anita Borg founder Telle Whitney proposing to her audience that “you can create real change”  – and seeing that young woman’s eyes light up with inspiration.And thank you for reading this far – as a man attending this conference (for the third time – previous experiences captured here and here), I was clearly inspired by the set of speakers – and also impressed by growth in the number of attendees and the quality of the speakers – inspirational leaders and steeped academics. However, as many pointed out throughout the week, the challenges remain and progress has not been as great as it could be.I came away thinking more about how I could personally contribute and actively work with my peers to help move things forward. It was also great to be able to connect and talk with other men who attended and realize how many people are working on creating inclusive cultures at companies – big and small – all around the world.Call to ActionLook in the mirror and be open and willing to changeWe all have unconscious biases- be open to learn from others. Explore Project Implicit https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/Take initiative to experience being the minority and what it feels like to be excludedEveryone is different, and it’s easy to find differences between us, and what these can make a team great, they can also be negative – seek out your own differences and role play what it would be like if your unique trait was not included. “Guys with no hair can’t speak until Thursday”, or “we will solicit feedback from everyone with brown eyes.”  “If you’re wearing a something yellow today, you will be part of our leadership team.” How would you approach decision-,makers in these cases?Sign up for next year’s Grace Hopper Women in Computing ConferenceGHC is an incredible resource for women in tech. It’s an incredible education for men in technology. Everyone should attend. Book early, it sells out fast. Check out more resources:http://gracehopper.anitaborg.org/http://anitaborg.org/https://www.ncwit.org/http://leanin.org/http://www.heforshe.org/https://code.org/http://digigirlz.comhttp://girlswhocode.com/SHRM: Why Diverse Teams are more Innovative postRSA: Question Uniformity postRSA: We Know More than we can Tell postThe Grace Hopper conference is powerful and incredibly motivating – and reminds us all why we need to work to have more women in technology.Here are a few tweets that capture the spirit:last_img read more

first_imgTags:#enterprise IT + Project Management: A Love Affair steven walling Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… As of now, the brand of custom social network service CollectiveX is no more, and the “social collaboration communities” of Groupsite.com have taken its place. Obvious names for social web platforms may not be all the rage (Ning, anyone?), but a move to Groupsite/s will definitely be a boon for communicating what the service is all about. The free public or private social networks, with the pro package for enterprises, will remain essentially the same, just with a new identity wrapped around it. CollectiveX networks previously hosted as subdomains should already be migrated to the new Groupsite.comWhy is CollectiveX No More?CollectiveX started offering public or private groupware in 2007, and dubbed the SaaS package “groupsites” individually. But there was always some muddied waters when considering whether it was social networks from CollectiveX, CollectiveX group sites, or CollectiveX’s groupsites. In short, things were a tad confused in the brand department.Thus, the company has dropped its original name in favor of taking up the name it gave to its product, one that more quickly communicates what the startup is all about. Will Groupsite.com Make An Impact?In a word, yes. A more complementary brand for the service should likely increase its ability to compete with other players in the realm of private social networks, such as Ning. An identity that just makes intuitive sense is nothing to sneeze at, and can have a lasting impression. last_img read more

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Streamlined blogging platform Medium rolled out a new login process Monday that throws the trusty old password out the window. Instead, you simply enter an email address or phone number, and a temporary login link lands in your inbox or phone—just like password reset or account verification links used by sites when you first sign up. “Passwords are neither secure nor simple,” writes Medium’s Jamie Talbot, summing up a sentiment that has been picking up steam lately. “They’re hard to remember or easy to guess, everyone reuses them (even though they know they shouldn’t), and they’re a pain to type on mobile. They don’t even keep you that safe.” See also: How Emojis Could Leap From Messages To LoginsFor being gatekeepers (or bouncers) for our online accounts, they’re inordinately vulnerable. They can be “brute-forced” through trial and error, teased out of you with a cleverly worded email or IM message, applied to access numerous accounts—thanks to our insistence on using the sames ones over and over—and easily leaked out onto the Web. Put another way, they don’t really do a good job of proving that you are who you say you are, and keeping everyone else out. That’s precisely why companies are hot to ditch passwords and find another way to protect our online accounts—like temporary, auto-generated links or tokens.  The Trouble With PasswordsPassword safeguards essentially work the same way: If someone gets access to that alphanumeric word or code, your account is theirs until you notice and swap it out. But that delay can be costly (in more ways than one). Preventing that nightmare scenario has become a core business for companies like Dashlane, 1Password and LastPass, which manage and hide the bevy of logins in a user’s life behind one secure master password. But these businesses may have to brace themselves, as auto-generated tokens and hyperlinks aim to nix their bread and butter. Unlike passwords, those temporary links or codes don’t work in perpetuity. They slam the door closed on access after a single use, a set period of time, or often both. And apps and services send them directly to the most convenient receptacles available to you—your email inbox or smartphone. This approach may seem old-fashioned, particularly when contrasted with newfangled login protocols like face detection, voice authentication and other biometric security, or even creative variations, like emoji passwords. What the messaging process has going for it, though, is that it’s cheap and easy to implement. And since brute-forcing a token or URL string would be impractical, if not nearly impossible, the system would remove some important points of potential vulnerability. At least some, anyway.  A Token EffortThe new Medium login screen.Medium isn’t alone in adopting this rather old-school, simple security alternative. Passwordless, for example, is middleware for Express and Node.js that uses a similar token-based system: Instead of entering some sort of “open sesame,” the keys to your account land in a (supposedly) secure email address or mobile number. “The classic [username and password] mechanism has by default at least two attack vectors: the login page and the password recovery page.” writes the Passwordless team. “Especially the latter is often implemented hurriedly and hence [is] inherently more risky.” So nixing the password could actually reduce, rather than increase, risk. In other words, if you don’t have a password, no one can guess it or steal it. Your only vulnerability then is your email. As the infamous Sony hack—which spilled a mother lode of embarrassing celebrity emails onto the Internet—taught us last year, the relative integrity of those accounts have their own security issues. The temp token approach might amplify them, given that anyone with access to your inbox could theoretically breach your Medium account too. See also: “Stop Sharing Our Humiliating Emails!” Sony Lawyer DemandsIn practice, however, Medium’s system and others like may not actually pose any greater threats. Temp tokens or links expire quickly, and the process itself mimics existing password reset links that Medium and many other services already email or text regularly. Not that the new password-free systems are hackproof—there’s no such thing—but taking everything into account, they could be a step forward from the username-and-password combination we’ve relied on for so long. At minimum, they appear to be an easy, cost-effective way to remove at least some of the potential vulnerabilities. When Will We Lap The Old Login? Of course, password managers are quick to defend the old password system and their efforts at dealing with it. LastPass representatives were keen to point out to ReadWrite the reduced friction, faster response time and extra privacy you get from its service. (Gmail, for instance, can’t see which services you’re using or send your login emails to spam.) Ultimately, password wranglers may be but a band-aid for the flawed approach to authentication we’re still stuck with (for now). Eventually, biometric and even behavioral solutions will become more commonplace, and fingerprint or iris scanners—which have already infiltrated some mobile devices—will land on every phone and computer keyboard. In the meantime, we’re going to need other ways to defend ourselves and our data—perhaps including password-less alternatives like Medium’s. Only when better options become available on a wider scale, can we leave the old ways of logging in behind for good. Images courtesy of Nikcname and Mediumcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… david nield Tags:#hackers#hacking#Login#Medium#Password#security last_img read more

first_imgAmerican professional golfer Tiger Woods has appointed Notah Begay as his new coachNotah Begay is among a handful of people who not only know Tiger Woods, but understand him and his needs as well. Begay was nine, when they met for the first time and their bond has only grown stronger in the past 30 years. In his first major press conference after missing the cut at the PGA Championship earlier this year, Tiger mentioned two names ahead of the upcoming Hero World Challenge at Isleworth that, he believes, will play an important part in his plan for redemption: Notah Begay and Chris Como.Tiger Woods Interview “Notah and I go back to the time I was – we’ve known each other almost 30 years now. I really value his opinion, and he came to me with some information about my stats, and really had a – we had a pretty long conversation about where I was, where I need to go and where I’m at now,” Tiger said.Begay introduced him to Como – after meeting him for the first time in 2008 – and that eventually led to his hiring as Tiger’s new swing consultant. “Well, his view of where my golf swing should be was in line to where I think it should be going, and I think it was a good synergy in that way,” Tiger said, adding he is taking his swing all the way back to when he was a kid.”I was happy with the direction I was going. I had won eight times in two years. Things were progressing in the right direction. But unfortunately physically, I was getting damaged doing it. So in retrospect, you look at, was I ever hurt when I was little? Granted, I don’t think we all were.  I think we all could jump off roofs and nothing would break. But playing detective and looking back on it, you have to somewhat have an understanding physically of where you are at that time,” Tiger said.advertisementHero MotoCorp MD Pawan Munjal strikes a pose with American golfer Tiger WoodsEvery golfer, however talented he may be, needs someone to trust, who can closely monitor his swing and technique and offer an honest and objective feedback. Moving forward, Como is likely to play a major role in Tiger’s bid to return to his old form. “Well, it is new, but it’s old (my swing).  When I say that – because I haven’t done it in a very long time. We looked at a lot of videos from when I was a junior, in junior and amateur golf, way before – even when I came out there and had some really nice years where I hit the ball really well. We went back to some of those old videos and really looked at it. And it was quite interesting to see where my swing was then and how much force I could generate with a very skinny frame.  How did I do that? How do I generate that much power? That’s kind of what we are getting back into it,” Tiger added.For Begay, the bigger concern will be Tiger’s rehabilitation from his back trouble. He is no stranger to career threatening injuries and his own promising career was cut short due to a back injury.Having struggled with his back trouble for most part of 2014 – this is the fifth time in five years that he is planning a comeback after undergoing rehabilitation – Tiger will now be hoping for a win in the tournament (from Dec 4-7) he is hosting at a course he knows like the back of his hand.”I just now need to hit more balls, but the body is good. It’s nice to have – I don’t have the sharp pain like I used to at the beginning of the year. I don’t have that anymore. I still have some aches and pains, just like anybody else who is my age and older, but I don’t have to do – I’m past the rehab portion of it, and now I’m in the strength development of it, and I don’t have to do those tedious little rehab exercises,” Tiger said.   Tiger clearly has a long-term game plan in place. His performance this week, however, will indicate whether he’s on the right path.Himashu Singhal is the Editor of Golf Digest Indialast_img read more