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first_imgArizona Cardinals’ Emmitt Smith (22) is stopped for a short gain by Miami Dolphins’ Sammy Knight in the first half Sunday, Nov. 7, 2004, in Miami. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez) The piece, from a current Cardinals running back to a past one, closed with this realization: “I’ve somehow never met Emmitt Smith.”Johnson, a first-time Pro Bowler in his second NFL season, probably won’t have to wait much longer to do so.Smith saw the article and on Twitter posted a video thanking the current Cardinals running back for looking up to him as a child.@DavidJohnson31 thank you for picking me out as the one to inspire you. Good luck to you and the @AZCardinals and God bless… pic.twitter.com/N6BLoi3IdB— Emmitt Smith (@EmmittSmith22) December 21, 2016“David Johnson, I saw the article and your tribute to Emmitt Smith, bro. It was definitely heartwarming and definitely, definitely I felt your spirit,” Smith said. “Thank you so much for picking me out as the one you wanted to watch ’cause you had many, many choices. I don’t know what it is about me that captured your mind, your emotions and your imagination. I’m just thankful God placed me in your heart and in your spirit. Good luck to you and the Arizona Cardinals, good luck to you and your career.“Give me a call anytime if you want to talk about anything, God bless.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Cardinals running back David Johnson saw Emmitt Smith’s spin moves and jump-cuts. His love of football grew around the desire to unnecessarily recreate them as a young child and physically punish his opponents in Pop Warner football, just as his Dallas Cowboy idol did on the NFL field.Johnson wrote about his obsession with Smith, the Hall of Fame running back, at The Players’ Tribune this week in an article titled “A Tribute to My Idol, Emmitt Smith.” With two games remaining in 2016, Johnson is chasing NFL history. He is the first player to record 100 yards from scrimmage in every one of his first 14 games and would break a record with 16 games of 100 combined rushing and receiving yards in every outing for a season.“He’s my childhood idol, guy I looked up to, the reason I played football and wanted to play running back,” Johnson said Wednesday after watching Smith’s video. “It meant a lot just to see him relay the message back, letting me know he read the tribute. It’s very cool to see him make a video like that.”He is also hoping to become the third member of the 1,000/1,000 club of players who have each rushed and received for 1,000 yards in a single season.The Northern Iowa product is sitting at 1,138 rushing yards with 13 touchdowns and 800 receiving yards with four more scores so far. Top Stories center_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more


Ubers selfdriving car unit valued at 73bn as it gears up for

first_imgSelf-driving cars … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. 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Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Uber Share via Email Fri 19 Apr 2019 11.48 EDT Shares3232 Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Motoring @ByRobDavies This article is more than 2 months old Uber Topics Business Today: sign up for a morning shot of financial news Uber’s self-driving car unit has been valued at $7.3bn (£5.6bn), after receiving $1bn of investment by a consortium including Toyota and Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund.With weeks to go until the loss-making San Francisco firm’s stock market float, expected to value the company at up to $100bn, Uber said it had secured new financial backing for its plans to develop autonomous vehicles.Japanese carmakers Toyota and its compatriot Denso, a car parts supplier, will invest a combined $667m in Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group (ATG). The remainder will come from Japanese conglomerate SoftBank’s $100bn Vision Fund, whose largest investor is Saudi Arabia. Toyota and SoftBank are already major investors in Uber, with the latter owning 16%.In addition to the consortium’s $1bn investment, Toyota will provide up to a further $300m over three years to help fund ATG’s development of commercially available self-driving cars.A new independent ATG board will be formed using the investment from SoftBank, Toyota and Denso. Six directors will be appointed from Uber, one from SoftBank and one from Toyota. Eric Meyhofer, the head of ATG, will be the chief executive.Uber’s chief executive, Dara Khosrowshahi, said the funding would “help maintain Uber’s position at the forefront” of a transforming transportation industry.It will also allow Uber to share the cost of developing self-driving cars with investors, allaying concerns about the amount being spent on a project that has shown few signs of bearing fruit. ATG has spent more than $1bn since 2016, a substantial outlay given that Uber has yet to make a profit and is not forecast to do so in the short term. Share via Email newscenter_img Reuse this content Support The Guardian Uber is a loss-making firm but has received financial backing to develop autonomous cars.Photograph: Hollis Bennett/Uber Share on WhatsApp US firm received $1bn from consortium including Toyota and Saudi Arabia Appeasing Wall Street has become particularly important for the company, given that its stock market float is due to go ahead in early May.It is expected to launch an investment roadshow at the end of April, which will explain to investors why they should put their money into the company. This is a critical process before an attempt to raise $10bn, leading to an expected valuation of up to $100bn.One of the biggest concerns for potential investors is how Uber, which made a loss of $1.85bn last year and $2.2bn the previous year, intends to turn its rapid growth and globally recognised brand into regular profitability.Long-term investment in self-driving vehicles is one potential route into the black because it would allow Uber to cut out the cost of paying its drivers. But in a regulatory filing before the float, it said ATG, which is yet to bring in revenue, is fast eating up investment cash.Uber said developing self-driving cars was “expensive and time-consuming and may not be successful”. It is already lagging behind competitors such as Waymo, owned by Google’s parent company Alphabet, the company added.The autonomous vehicle industry has been slow to get off the ground, with Uber suffering particular difficulty after a fatal crash in March 2018. The accident, involving an Uber self-driving SUV, killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona, and forced the company to close its biggest testing operation and halt autonomous driving in other cities.Uber has a small number of cars being tested in Pittsburgh but only during the day and in clear conditions, with two safety drivers present. They do not offer rides to passengers.ATG’s chief scientist, Raquel Urtasun, said earlier this month that it is not clear when self-driving cars will be deployed at a large scale and for at least the next decade there will be a mix of robot and human-controlled cars. Share on Twitter Stock markets Uber’s self-driving car unit valued at $7.3bn as it gears up for IPO IPOs Share on Twitter Last modified on Sun 21 Apr 2019 06.15 EDT Rob Davies Since you’re here… Read more This article is more than 2 months old Share on Facebooklast_img read more