Prospects of St. Louis vs Chicago MLS rivalry excites McBride

first_imgMajor League Soccer is headed to St. Louis and Brian McBride is already excited for the prospects of a rivalry between the expansion side and Chicago Fire. The two cities have a long history of sports rivalries, with the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals sharing a division in Major League Baseball, while the Blackhawks and Blues are both members of the National Hockey League’s Central division. That rivalry will now have the chance to extend to the soccer pitch, with St. Louis set to begin play in 2022 after being awarded a team by MLS on Tuesday.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? And McBride, who played his college soccer at St. Louis University and made over 100 appearances for the Fire during his professional career, is thrilled by the prospects. “I’m really excited,” former Fulham and Columbus Crew forward McBride said on ESPN. “And not just because St. Louis deserves it, and the history of St. Louis.  “But now you’ve got this rivalry between Chicago and St. Louis. [It] is there in all professional sports that they both have sports in. And now you have it with the Fire and the St. Louis team that’s coming in. It’s going to be really special.”The new outfit in St. Louis will be the 28th team in MLS, but the club will be the first in one regard – with a majority female ownership group, the first of it’s kind in league history and a rarity in top-level professional sports. And those new owners are hoping to continue the proud legacy of sports achievement in the city as they add a soccer club to the roster of professional teams. “The most interesting aspect, and one we are very proud of, is the fact that we are the first female majority led ownership group in MLS history, and one of few in all professional sports,” St. Louis owner Carolyn Kindle Betz at Tuesday’s announcement. “This is truly a historic day for St. Louis.  “I believe it was just a couple months ago we were celebrating our very first Stanley Cup win. So being awarded this MLS team just continues to add to the positive momentum going on in our city.  “We are providing a great opportunity to bring together many different segments of the community, uniting people and their love for the game. As we have stated from the beginning, we did not want to take resources away from the city. Our goal has always been overwhelmingly to privately finance a team and stadium that fuel the region’s continued growth, bringing people together and creating a lasting legacy for this city.”last_img read more

Users of public wifi may have had personal details stolen

first_imgPEOPLE WHO USED wi-fi in public areas such as hotels may have had their details stolen due to security flaws, an Irish firm has warned.Cork-based IT firm Smarttech.ie said that they had discovered “serious flaws” in cyber security measures after visiting 10 hotels in October and November. They say that finding the flaws took “minimal” effort. Smarttech say that they “wanted to demonstrate just how dangerous using unencrypted logins and passwords across a public network can be”. Over the course of these security tests however, Smarttech.ie soon realised that the level of security being provided was a serious problem. In addition, they say that users seemed “completely oblivious to the dangers of using public wi-fi”.The company carried out tests on public wi-fi systems and spotted flaws within 20 minutes.They were then able to access users’ information, including email logins, credit card details, social media passwords and banking information.In some cases, networks were accessed from outside the hotels.Smart-tech says that they informed all of the hotels and made recommendations on how to close the gaps.They added that anyone who operates a network should be aware of the security on their network. Under EU law, it is the duty of the premises supplying the network to ensure that the network is secure.According to Ronan Murphy, CEO of Smarttech.ie, “Consumers need to be aware that if you are accessing public wi-fi there are serious security challenges. The tests we carried out prove that these risks affect anyone using public Wi-Fi. However there are steps that hotels and restaurants can take to secure their Wi-Fi service and therefore protect their customers”. Read: Pics: The US towns where residents are banned from using mobile phones or wi-fiRead: 10 ways to improve your smartphone’s battery lifelast_img read more