Tech Mahindra to launch first-of-its-kind Global Chess League

first_img Tech Mahindra to launch first-of-its-kind Global Chess League Local NewsBusiness By Digital AIM Web Support – February 22, 2021 Pinterest TAGS  Facebook Twitter NEW DELHI, India & DALLAS & LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 22, 2021– Tech Mahindra Ltd., one of the fastest growing Global IT companies and a leading provider of digital transformation, consulting and business re-engineering services and solutions, today announced the launch of a first-of-its-kind phygital (physical and digital) Global Chess League. It also announced that Viswanathan Anand, five-time World Chess Champion, and Indian Chess Grandmaster will mentor, partner, advise and help shape the league. With his motivational and inspirational stature across the world as an individual and a chess champion, Anand will help catalyse the growth of chess, further building the sport that has defined his entire life as he joins hands with the Tech Mahindra Global Chess League and becomes its face for the global audience and his fans. The League’s launch will mark a watershed moment as it aims to raise the profile of the sport, discover new generations of chess champions, enhance the fan base of the sport and take the sport to new commercial heights. New-age technologies such as 5G, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality will be at the core and will be leveraged to explore innovative ways of promoting the game through interactive platforms to engage a global audience. Tech Mahindra will act as the architect behind this concept and will provide necessary operational and technological support to execute the vision. Anand Mahindra, Chairman, Mahindra Group, said,“Chess still has an incipient and largely untapped potential across the globe. Recently, there has been a surge of interest post the online Chess Olympiad and the enormous popularity of a TV series based on the game. We hope that the creation of a league will harness this resurgence of interest and bring about a renaissance in the world of chess. I am particularly excited about sharing my learnings from founding the Pro Kabaddi league with the team in order to replicate that success on a much larger and global platform.” Viswanathan Anand, 5-time World Chess Champion, said, “Chess is a game that is played by millions around the world. At this time, a unique opportunity exists to popularize it further and dramatically enhance its visibility through a global league powered by technology. I am personally happy to partner with a technology provider like Tech Mahindra, whose endorsement and promotion will certainly elevate the sport to a higher level and offer the right platform to popularize chess across the globe. There is a renewed interest in the game of chess and through this unique global league format, we will be able to keep the spirit of chess intact and ensure the right platform is provided to upcoming talent.” Current plans envision the League to engage players from all levels – professional or otherwise. The League will have 8 franchise owned teams from across the world. The teams will comprise of a mix of titled women and men players along with juniors and wildcard entrants playing each other in a Round Robin format. The teams qualifying for the semifinals will enter the knockout stage of the championship. We are actively looking at the prospect of introducing innovative scoring, board selection methods and a fantasy league to maximize viewer engagement. The final League structure and team details will be announced in due course. CP Gurnani, MD & CEO, Tech Mahindra, said, “ Chess has many synergies with the business world, with its emphasis on intellect, strategy and mental rigor. By leveraging Tech Mahindra’s expertise in new age technologies like 5G and Virtual Reality to drive fan engagement and viewership globally, we can truly transform chess into an e-sport. Furthermore, this global chess league will help us create an exceptional and inspirational experience by bringing the game home to global fans.” As part of its NXT.NOW framework, which aims to enhance ‘Human Centric Experience’, Tech Mahindra has a deep focus on leveraging cutting-edge technologies to deliver enhanced experience and enable digital transformation to meet the evolving needs of the customer. About Viswanathan Anand As a five-time World Chess Champion, Viswanathan Anand has cemented his place among the greatest Champions of all times. His hallmark lightning speed and intuitive play is well recognized and critics rate him as one of the biggest natural talents ever in the history of chess. He is the only champion in chess history to have won a World championship title in all formats, match, knock-out and tournament. In India he has received the high civilian awards of Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan, Padma Shri and Arjuna Award. He is also the first recipient of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award. He is also a six-time winner of the coveted “Chess Oscars.” About Tech Mahindra Tech Mahindra offers innovative and customer-centric digital experiences, enabling enterprises, associates and the society to Rise. We are a USD 5.2 billion organization with 121,900+ professionals across 90 countries helping 997 global customers, including Fortune 500 companies. We are focused on leveraging next-generation technologies including 5G, Blockchain, Cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence, and more, to enable end-to-end digital transformation for global customers. Tech Mahindra is one of the fastest growing brands and amongst the top 15 IT service providers globally. Tech Mahindra has consistently emerged as a leader in sustainability and is recognized amongst the ‘2021 Global 100 Most sustainable corporations in the World’ by Corporate Knights. With the NXT.NOW framework, Tech Mahindra aims to enhance ‘Human Centric Experience’ for our ecosystem and drive collaborative disruption with synergies arising from a robust portfolio of companies. We aim at delivering tomorrow’s experiences today, and believe that the ‘Future is Now’. We are part of the Mahindra Group, a USD 19.4 billion federation of companies that enables people to rise through innovative mobility solutions, driving rural prosperity, enhancing urban living, nurturing new businesses and fostering communities. It enjoys a leadership position in utility vehicles, information technology, financial services and vacation ownership in India and is the world’s largest tractor company by volume. It also enjoys a strong presence in renewable energy, agribusiness, logistics and real estate development. Headquartered in India, Mahindra employs over 2, 56,000 people across 100 countries. Connect with us on www.techmahindra.com Our Social Media Channels Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TechMahindra Twitter: https://twitter.com/Tech—Mahindra LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/tech-mahindra/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/techmahindra09 View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210222005512/en/ CONTACT: Abhilasha Gupta, Global Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Email:[email protected];[email protected] KEYWORD: TEXAS INDIA UNITED STATES UNITED KINGDOM CANADA NORTH AMERICA ASIA PACIFIC EUROPE INDUSTRY KEYWORD: SPORTS CONSULTING DATA MANAGEMENT GENERAL SPORTS TECHNOLOGY PROFESSIONAL SERVICES ELECTRONIC GAMES ONLINE GENERAL ENTERTAINMENT ENTERTAINMENT SOFTWARE SOURCE: Tech Mahindra Ltd. Copyright Business Wire 2021. 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Kat Wright Shares “Marvelous” Video Ahead Of Tonight’s NYC Show

first_imgKat Wright and The Indomitable Souls are playing New York City’s American Beauty on tonight, February 23rd, along with local acts Joanna Teters and LoveDeep (purchase tickets here). To get excited for the show, she shares a live video for “Marvelous” from her new album By My Side. It was recorded on September 17, 2017 at Grace Potter’s Grand Point North Festival on the Burlington, VT waterfront.We recently sat down with Kat to discuss all things musical inspirations, life in Burlington, and her Indomitable Souls. Join us tonight, but first watch this new video:last_img

Symposium to deal with implications of 2013 Treaty of Basseterre underway

first_img 5 Views   no discussions LocalNews Symposium to deal with implications of 2013 Treaty of Basseterre underway by: – November 8, 2011 Share Share Sharecenter_img Public Relations Officer of the DMA Severin McKenzie A major symposium to deal with the implications for Dominican manufacturers following the 2013 implementation of the Treaty of Basseterre is currently underway in Dominica.The event is being organized by the Dominica Manufacturers Association (DMA) in collaboration with the Invest Dominica Authority and the Dominica Association of Industry and Commerce (DAIC).Public Relations Officer of the DMA Severin McKenzie says Dominican manufacturers are already at a disadvantage hence today’s symposium is essential to their continued survival.“It appears that we have an attitude of don’t care in Dominica and manufactures are already at a disadvantage in the way business is being done within the OECS. There are quite a number of constraints that Dominican manufactures face as it relates to shipping, air access, lack of certain facilities and if we are to enter into the liberalized open space, we will find ourselves disadvantaged if we do not prepare ourselves,” he added.Meantime Chief Executive Officer of the Dominica Association of Industry and Commerce Achille Chris Joseph says there are certain aspects of the Economic Union that is already in effect.“A citizen of the OECS can move freely with an ID card and there is no limitation as to how long he can stay in any member country of the economic union. Even more than that is the fact that the provision for a business concern in any island of the OECS to locate or purchase business and operate in another island is also in effect. So a St Lucia businessman can come to Dominica and operate with no restriction,” he explained.Dominica Vibes News Tweet Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Charles M. “Buffalo” Conner

first_imgThose surviving who will cherish Charles’ memory include his wife, Pamela Conner; son, Nathan (Sarah) Bates of Fairland; daughter, Ashley Parrish of Greenwood; 2 grandchildren, Rylend and Landon Bates; one sister, Jerrie Hinson of Las Vegas, NV, and one brother, Phillip (Susan) Conner of New Castle.  Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Larry Lamance and a sister, Patricia Pierce. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.  Memorial contributions can be made to the Everton Fire Department, 5495 IN-1, Connersville, IN 47331.  To sign the online guestbook please visit www.cookrosenberger.com.  The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Charles Conner. Charles M. “Buffalo” Conner, of Connersville, was born on May 1, 1956 in New Castle, the son of Dalton and Della York Conner.  He worked for Duke Energy for 38 years in substation maintenance and retired in July of 2017.  After being together almost 23 years, Charles surprised his love, Pamela Bates with a marriage proposal and on May 8, 2015 they tied the knot.  He enjoyed dogs; training German Shepherds for 34 years, and was part of the Everton Water Board.  On Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at the age of 61, Charles passed away at Reid Health in Richmond.last_img read more

Argentina coach wants Messi fresh for World Cup

first_imgMessi scored four goals as Argentina reached the final in Brazil, but he cut a peripheral figure in the latter stages as his side finished runners-up to Germany following a 1-0 defeat after extra time.Argentina last won the World Cup in 1986 with Diego Maradona inspiring the country to a second title. In Russia, they will face Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria in Group D.Share on: WhatsApp Buenos Aires, Argentina | AFP | Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli said Tuesday he expects captain and star striker Lionel Messi to arrive at the World Cup in peak form after he battled fatigue at the 2014 tournament.“We’ve spoken with Leo about what’s happening and that he doesn’t find himself in the same situation four years ago when he arrived exhausted at the World Cup (in Brazil),” Sampaoli said at a news conference.The former Chile and Sevilla coach added the goal was to ensure that Messi “makes the most of his rest periods to arrive (in Russia) at the top of his physical and mental form”.last_img read more

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week

first_imgFacebook8Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-Pet of SheltonSunshine is a sweet young mixed breed dog with a gorgeous brown and white coat. She has been spayed, weighs 48 pounds, and is up to date on her vaccinations and rabies shot. Sunshine is an incredible dog who enjoys people of all types. She is loving, very smart, and ready to learn obedience and tricks. Sunshine knows sit, shake, and loves to walk on the trails with the volunteers. She is vocal and will be happy to tell you her life story. She was great on her ride in the car, and did well in her crate. Sunshine is truly a ray of bright sunshine for all the volunteers here at the Adopt-A-Pet kennels. Adopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit www.adoptapet-wa.org, Facebook at “Adopt-A-Pet of Shelton Washington” or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, email us at [email protected]  or call 360-432-3091.last_img read more

Hull promoted to the Premier League with play-off victory over Sheff Wednesday

first_imgHull City return to the Premier League for the 2016/17 season having beaten Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 in the Championship play-off final at Wembley Stadium.The Tigers were dominant in the first half, as the Owls struggled with the occasion, but it was a frustrating 45 minutes for manager Steve Bruce as his side failed to take their chances.It took a wonder-strike from Mohamed Diamé in the second period to seal the victory and book his side’s place alongside Middlesbrough and Burnley in the top flight.WATCH Mo Diame’s stunning promotion-winning goal here!Hull were the side to settle the quicker, taking control of proceedings at Wembley as they looked to test the Owls’ nerves early on.Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Tom Huddlestone was the first to try his luck on goal, with his effort stinging the hands of Keiren Westwood.This was a preview of what was to come for the Tigers, with chance after chance created – but missed.Abel Hernandez, a club record £10m signing last summer, had a header cleared off the line mid-way through the first half. The Uruguayan nodded Robert Snodgrass’ corner towards the far corner only for Kieran Lee to block his effort and deny Michael Dawson on the follow-up.Wednesday were fortunate not to have conceded a penalty, as replays showed the ball had striked Lee’s hand. Carlos Carvalhal’s side almost rubbed in their luck moments later. Dawson lost the ball on the edge of his box and Fernando Forestieri pounced on the defender’s error. The forward, however, lacked composure, firing his effort wide.Hull, though, remained in control, forcing Westwood into a number of fine saves. And Diamé, with 40 minutes on the clock, almost gave his side the lead close to half time. After beating three of the Owls’ defenders, the 28-year-old unleashed a powerful strike, but his effort canoned off the post and out for a goal kick.With so many chances missed, Bruce’s frustration on the sideline continued to grow. Despite their dominance, the goalless scoreline left all to be played for after the break.It was more of the same as the second half got under way.The Tigers weren’t struggling for possession or chances, but were failing to make it count.An effort from close-range fired over the bar by full-back Andrew Robertson summed up the afternoon for Bruce’s side – so far – at Wembley.But this was soon forgotten. Diamé, who came close at the end of the first half, found himself with space 25 yards from goal and expertly sent the ball over the outstretched hand of Westwood to make it 1-0 to Hull in the 72nd minute.With the goal advantage, the Tigers began to dictate the play with confidence and it looked game over for the Owls, even with plenty of time remaining to draw level.With 10 minutes left to stage a comeback, Wednesday looked void of ideas as their dream of returning to the Premier League began to fade.Tiredness started to show and Hull City were able to seal an ultimately comfortable victory and hand manager Bruce a record fourth promotion to England’s top flight. 1 Mohamed Diamé celebrates after scoring the only goal to seal promotion to the Premier League for the Tigers last_img read more

Can We Get More and Pay Less To Keep About The Same?

first_imgThe layout is improved, and we should save moneySo did the redesign simplify construction, improve energy performance, and reduce cost?We haven’t run a cost analysis or energy performance calculation yet, but we are confident we have been successful. Perhaps more importantly, we like this revised layout even better than the previous one. Is it possible to tweak the design of EdgewaterHaus to simultaneously get more energy performance from the building, pay less to build it, and still keep about the same square footage and floor plan?We liked the aesthetics of the design and floor plan, except for a few niggling concerns. To maximize solar heat gain for the Passive House Planning package energy analysis, our architect Chris Briley made the windows on the south facade as large as possible. The bottom of the windows are set just high enough off the floor so we don’t need safety glass, and the top of the windows are less than one inch from the ceiling. We never really liked that look; it doesn’t leave any room above the window to install interior shades. A lesser concern was the roof truss over the family room limited the depth of ceiling insulation we could apply near the eaves; we’d have to substitute higher R-value but more expensive spray foam to maintain a consistent R-value in the ceiling. RELATED ARTICLES But these were quibbles. So why, you ask, would we want to change anything besides replacing the Unilux windows we have now rejected because of their poor customer support? [Editor’s note: Roger and Lynn Normand are building a [no-glossary]Passivhaus[/no-glossary] in Maine. This is the 18th article in a series that will follow their project from planning through construction.] BLOGS BY ROGER NORMAND West wing changes could lower costsCould we redesign the west wing of the house to pull the study within the rectangle of the house while also reducing the width of the entire west wing, so the square footage stayed about the same? That would simplify excavation, erecting the foundation, framing the walls, and eliminate one type of roof truss.From a PHPP perspective, the study would now be part of the larger, rectangular floor to wall ratio. The consensus was this was no home run, but perhaps a base hit on energy performance and another on cost savings for material and assembly. Chris said it would be a small redesign effort. So let’s do it!Image #2 (below) shows the revised floor plan. Note how the study is now part of the rectangle of the west wing of the house. It’s now excavated the same way as the rest of the house, with the same approach for the footers, foundation, walls, and trusses. That should cost less for material, time and labor. The floor-to-wall ratio is better, and there are four fewer corners to improve energy performance.It turns out this redesign led to other positive benefits. I suggested we flip the position of the his/her closets with the master bath. That brought the plumbing runs in the master bath some 35 feet closer to the core of the house, nearly above the mechanical room in the basement. That helps PHPP energy performance more than you might think.Ready to take a hot shower in the morn? You turn on the hot water and wait to purge the cold water in the pipes before the hot water arrives and you step into the shower. You just wasted all that cool-to-warm-to-now-hot water down the drain. Now why did none of us think of this before? Walking a few extra feet to the bathroom will also provide better sound isolation when one person is showering and the other still asleep. Is this a big closet or a small bedroom?We ended up with an small net increase of 87 square feet – we cut 25 square feet from the main floor, but added 112 square feet to the lower level. In Passive House parlance, we reduced the main floor’s “treated floor area” (a measurement that excludes walls and stairs) by 70 square feet, and added 112 square feet of TFA to the lower level.Chris also revised the window dimensions on the south facade. Reducing the window height cut 25 square feet of south facing glass. That will hurt us on PHPP, but allows us to install interior shading devices above the windows and still show about 6 inches of wall. It also allowed Chris to have the trusses bear on the top of the south wall rather than hung on metal hangers, which will provide more head room for cellulose insulation in the ceiling.But wait, there’s more. The “her” closet had become too big — much too big, Lynn agreed. It was big enough to be a bedroom. There didn’t seem any convenient way to reduce its size without creating other layout conflicts. Hmmm… In a moment of seeming clairvoyance, the problem became the solution: let’s make it a legal bedroom. We will likely use it as a closet/storage area, but future owners could use it as a bedroom — say to monitor an infant sleeping nearby. At 4,400 square feet, a five-bedroom house is more appropriate than one with four bedrooms. Conveniently, this will also help us on LEED scoring and the revised green appraisal we are awaiting.center_img Time to rein in costsCost. Costs have grown — a lot — since we started putting dollar signs in front of the many building categories. More than we expected or felt comfortable with. It wasn’t a matter of affordability, but a decision of how much of our assets we wanted to sink into EdgewaterHaus, vs. other desires such as world travel. The cost of EdgwaterHaus was on a bad upward trend, and we hadn’t even started construction yet!We had to put EdgewaterHaus on a diet. Where to start? We asked Chris, Marc Rosenbaum our energy consultant, and Symphony Construction, our notional (we never did sign a contract) builder, for ideas.Some things were easy to spot. The amount of stonework had nearly doubled. The stone plus installation cost about $40 per square foot. We eliminated the stone flanking the upper portion of the family room bump-out and the less visible east side of the house.There were six stone planters leading to a trellis made of five parallel stainless steel cables stretched above the windows along the south facade. Ivy would grow along the trellis to shade the windows in the summer. The leaves would die in the fall to again allow the sun to penetrate through the windows to heat the interior of the house. But we’re talking Maine, and the PHPP identified only a few weeks of potential overheating. The minisplit heat pump system we will use for heating also provides air conditioning; overheating solved.More importantly, have you ever tried to tame ivy? You can’t. It spreads uncontrollably, and grips tenaciously. I pictured myself perched on a ladder several times each year yanking ivy off the stone, the siding, the metal roof , the solar collectors, and the windows. I have seen ivy grow through a closed window into the house!Good-bye trellis. We could also pass on etching a color into the concrete for the lower level. GBA Encyclopedia: Integrated DesignThe Pretty Good House Looking Through Windows — Part 7Designing Superinsulated WallsCutting Down Trees and Milling LumberA Visit to the Local SawmillSeeing Red on a Green Property Appraisal — Part 1Seeing Red on a Green Property Appraisal — Part 2Seeing Red on a Green Property Appraisal — Part 3 Forget about Passivhaus?Symphony suggested we abandon the Passivhaus standard and cut back on the “excessive” insulation levels: reduce the amount of rigid foam under the basement slab and the depth of cellulose in the walls and ceiling. Lynn and I talked about that, but I wasn’t ready to give up on Passivhaus. Still, we felt the need to identify other savings opportunities.I kept looking at the study on the west wing of the house. With its unique foundation, slab-on-grade, and roof trusses, the study seemed like a misfit appendage to the west wing of the house. The deep, sandy soil on the site would likely require excavating this area to nearly equal that for a full depth basement. Its small floor-to-wall ratio and four exterior corners hurt PHPP energy performance.We would have to bury a tube in the concrete slab to carry condensation from the minisplit (HVAC) wall cassette on the exterior wall of the study to the plumbing in the basement. Would that buried tube become a future headache? The first article in this series was Kicking the Tires on a Passivhaus Project. Roger Normand’s construction blog is called EdgewaterHaus.last_img read more

Ferrer on Rice ejection: ‘I didn’t do anything’

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ The former UST forward claims he didn’t do anything dirty.“I was looking at their coaches and they were also restraining him. If I did something, I’m sure they will call me out, but they didn’t.”Emotions were on a high in the best-of-5 series and Ferrer thinks that Rice’s inability to adapt to PBA’s level of physicality led to his demise in what was an all-important Game 4 for TNT.“I didn’t say anything and I was just physical. I think he wasn’t really able to adjust to the style of basketball here,” he said.Ferrer and the Gin Kings were able to close out the KaTropa, 115-105, and advance to the best-of-7 finals against Meralco.ADVERTISEMENT “I didn’t do anything. All I’m doing is what Brownlee has been doing to him on defense,” Ferrer said in Filipino.Ferrer admitted he was caught by surprise with Rice’s actions with 1:41 left in the first quarter, especially with TNT firmly in control of the game early on.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I was denying him the ball, and then he choked me. I was surprised,” he recalled, as the alleged choke saw him hit the floor after Greg Slaughter’s made basket that sliced the deficit down to 12, 23-35.Rice, then, threw the ball at Ferrer as Ginebra sued for time and a fracas ensued. View comments PH finishes 4th in Asian Baseball Championship Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:46Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games “I’ll continue doing my part and and whatever role coach Tim (Cone) gives to me. We just have to show our never say die attitude always,” he said. LATEST STORIES Kevin Ferrer. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netKevin Ferrer said he did not do anything out of the ordinary that may have caused TNT import Glen Rice Jr. to reach his boiling point in Game 4.The Ginebra rookie thinks that it was just Rice’s frustrations that got the better of him and led to his early ejection.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Nextlast_img read more

Martin Truex Jr. caps career season with first NASCAR title

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Truex won his first Cup title by winning the finale, beating Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski for the championship. The other three were former champions. Truex was the favorite .He thrived in that role, didn’t flinch when fellow Toyota driver Busch tried to use a different pit strategy to steal the race and then held off a hard-charging Busch over the final 12 laps to capture the title.It was the eighth win of the season for Truex and first championship for Denver-based Furniture Row Racing. It was the second title in three years for manufacturer Toyota.“Just a dream season. I was going to be gutted if we didn’t win,” Truex said. “We gave it our all, and it was enough tonight.”Busch finished second for Joe Gibbs Racing as Toyota, the most dominant manufacturer this season, went 1-2 in the finale.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Austin Cook wins at Sea Island, earns trip to Masters “We always say if you can fight a struggle with a positive attitude and just have a smile on your face and find the good and the silver lining in everything, in the end you’ll come out and karma will pay you back and good things will happen to you.” QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Galvez OK with ‘selective’ martial law in Mindanao PLAY LIST 02:14Galvez OK with ‘selective’ martial law in Mindanao00:50Trending Articles01:53Gov’t, MNLF creating panels to ‘move forward’ in peace talks01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kyle Larson, who was eliminated from the playoffs last month, finished third in a Chevrolet for Chip Ganassi Racing. Harvick, seeking his second title, was fourth in a Stewart-Haas Racing Ford.Keselowski wound up seventh and was stopped short in trying to give Team Penske a season sweep of the two top American racing series. Penske won the IndyCar title in September.Truex’s victory also denied Ford its third win of the weekend. Ford drivers won the Truck Series race and the Xfinity Series race. The manufacturer has not won a Cup title since 2004.But it may not have even had a chance Sunday because that’s how strong Truex has been all year . Through his tears, he tried to express what this season — a year in which longtime partner Sherry Pollex suffered a recurrence of ovarian cancer — has meant.“A lot of it was for (Pollex). A lot of it was for me. A lot of it was for this team,” Truex said. “I’ve wanted this since I was a little kid. Just never give up on your dreams no matter what happens and what kind of crap you go through.”Missing from the celebration party was Furniture Row team owner Barney Visser. He suffered a heart attack two weeks ago and is sidelined in Colorado. After pouring millions into his race team, Visser watched it win its first championship on television.Truex led nearly every statistical category this year, including wins, laps led and stage victories. Heading into Homestead, six of Truex’s wins came on 1 1/2-mile tracks, the same layout as Homestead. Now seven of his career-best eight wins are on those sized tracks.“I mean, yeah, they’ve had the fastest car all year, so it was good to see him win,” said Harvick.Keselowski reiterated that he believed the redesigned Toyota Camry has had an advantage over the competition since it debuted this season, and Chevrolet will catch up with its new Camaro next year.Ford has no plans for a redesign. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 “I don’t think anyone really ever had a shot this year the second that (Camry) got put on the racetrack and approved,” Keselowski said. “It kind of felt like Formula 1 where you had one car that made it through the gates heads and tails above everyone and your hands are tied because you’re not allowed to do anything to the cars in those categories that NASCAR approves to really catch up.”It was the final race as full-time drivers for Dale Earnhardt Jr., the most popular in NASCAR , as well as Danica Patrick and Matt Kenseth. Earnhardt retired after his 25th-place finish.Patrick blew a tire and wrecked , finishing 37th. The only woman to lead laps in the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500, Patrick said in a tearful news conference this weekend that she would race only in those two events next season and then retire.Kenseth, who finished 15th, has no ride lined up for next year and said he will take time away from NASCAR.Earnhardt’s final ride slightly overshadowed the championship race, but he tried to put the focus back on good friend Truex afterward. He drove up alongside Truex, hit his car in celebration and talked after the race about his happiness for Truex. Truex won two Xfinity Series championships driving for Earnhardt early in his career.With a cooler of beer propped on the trunk of his race car, Earnhardt chugged several then partied with his crew and fans as Truex collected the Cup trophy.“I was glad to have a hand in getting his career started, I am so proud of him,” Earnhardt said. “This sport needs drivers like Martin Truex Jr., and everything that he went through as a driver, and everything he went through in his personal life, and everything Sherry has gone through, it’s just great. And they (Furniture Row) are the outsiders up there in Colorado, came down here and beat all of us from North Carolina.”Even with that early success when driving for Earnhardt’s second-tier team, Truex’s career never took off. He had a ride with Dale Earnhardt Inc., which closed and was folded into the Ganassi lineup. He finally found some success after signing with Michael Waltrip Racing, but he got snared in an MWR cheating scandal in 2013 that ultimately cost Truex his job and led to the eventual shutdown of the organization.He acknowledged earlier this week that he worried he’d never race again at NASCAR’s top level, at least until Visser called.Pollex reminded Truex of how far they’ve come when she embraced him.“I told him ‘That’s why you never give up,’” she said. “That’s been our motto all along, ever since I started my cancer battle. We were never going to give up, and we didn’t. Everybody is battling something, everybody is fighting something in their life, not just cancer, but any kind of struggle that they’re going through in their life. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA If he did, then everyone would see Martin Truex Jr. cry.Truex capped the most successful season of his journeyman career as NASCAR’s champion Sunday, then struggled to start the celebration. He was mobbed on the frontstretch by his Furniture Row Racing team, and after his girlfriend pushed through the crowd to get to him, he finally pulled the helmet and black visor off to show his face.Truex was sobbing.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I was a mess. I couldn’t even talk,” Truex said. “I was a wreck thinking about all the tough days, the bad days, the times where I thought my career was over with, the times when I didn’t think anyone believed in me, but the guys, the people who mattered did, my fans, my family.“Then when I got with this team … they resurrected my career and made me a champion.” MOST READ Martin Truex Jr. celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series auto race and season championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla., Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)HOMESTEAD, Fla. — NASCAR’s newest champion wouldn’t take his helmet off.He couldn’t.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Read Next View commentslast_img read more