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Cousins says he was ejected for using big-man fundamentalsCousins says he was ejected for using big-man fundamentals

first_imgNew Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins (0) elbows Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) in the head, drawing an ejection from the game, in the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Monday, Nov. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Scott Threlkeld)METAIRIE, La. — New Orleans center DeMarcus Cousins says he was protecting a rebound the way all big men are taught when he was ejected for a flagrant foul during a game against Oklahoma City.Cousins was called for a flagrant-two foul when he raised his right elbow near Thunder guard Russell Westbrook’s head during the third quarter of the Pelicans’ 114-107 victory Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Westbrook complained that when he was struck in the head during a game, he didn’t receive the same treatment Nurkic did. And Donovan sarcastically said at the time that he “probably didn’t ask Russell to stay down on the court long enough to get it reviewed.”Cousins, meanwhile, said he was aware of how his ejection following contact with Westbrook fit into the Thunder’s own recent history with disputed flagrant fouls.“It shows that Russ is coachable,” Cousins said. “He listens and they got what they’ve been working on.” Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Cousins, who did not speak about the play until after Tuesday’s practice, said Westbrook “did a good job of selling” the foul in the way he fell to the floor, holding his head.“It’s crazy. When you start playing the game of basketball as a big man, they tell you, ‘When you get a rebound, keep your elbows high and out,’ you know, to protect the ball from guards coming in stripping,” Cousins said. “All I did was use my fundamentals and I got punished for it.”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 shutoutCousins, who has a history of on-court emotional outbursts that draw a relatively high number of technical fouls, said he knew officials would not give him the benefit of the doubt when they reviewed the play on a video monitor before ejecting him.“I’m DeMarcus. I expected the ejection. I knew,” said Cousins, who was assessed a league-high 18 technical fouls last season.Cousins added that he’s not sure what he can do differently going forward other than “send the refs a Christmas card — I don’t know — the league, too. Send Christmas cards, stuff like that.”The play occurred under the Pelicans’ basket in the third quarter after Cousins had secured a rebound. When Cousins raised his elbows near Westbrook’s face, the Thunder guard went down.It wasn’t clear from replays showed to the crowd whether Cousins caught Westbrook in the head or shoulder, or if the contact was significant. 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Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Gymnastics doctor facing at least 25 years in prison MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The league office reviews such plays before deciding on fines or additional punishment.Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry agreed with Cousins’ comment about rebounding fundamentals, saying that Pelicans coaches also tell their big men to use the positioning of their elbows to help secure rebounds.“I don’t think he had any intent on hurting anyone,” Gentry said. “I don’t think there’s anything that was done from a malicious or intentional standpoint.”Hard contact is not necessarily required for a flagrant-two foul. Only contact deemed “unnecessary and excessive,” according to the NBA rule book, which also employs the term “unsportsmanlike” in the section pertaining to flagrant fouls.In some ways, the play appeared to be an extension of recent Thunder protests about officiating that drew $15,000 fines.Westbrook, Paul George and coach Billy Donovan all were fined for comments about a flagrant foul called against Carmelo Anthony, whose elbow made contact with Jusuf Nurkic’s head while Anthony was shooting the ball. Nurkic fell demonstratively to the floor and Anthony was ejected.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Nanotec: compact motor controller for brushless DC motors and stepper motorsNanotec: compact motor controller for brushless DC motors and stepper motors

first_img Continue Reading Previous Infineon: iMOTION IMM100 series reduces PCB size and R&D effortsNext Apacer brings high-speed storage solutions to embedded world 2019 The new CL4-E motor controller from Nanotec is characterized by high performance and its compact design. It is suitable for both brushless DC motors and stepper motors and has a peak power of 1050 W. The rated current of this controller is 6 A, additional heat sinks are not required.The motion controller can be controlled via CANopen and Modbus RTU or programmed for stand-alone operation and be controlled via digital and analog inputs.The CL4-E is designed for field-oriented control by encoder, Hall sensors, or sensorless. Due to speed and acceleration feed-forward control, it offers significant improvements over PI controllers in terms of reference behavior and dynamics. Additional safety for the tolerances of 48 V battery packs and power supplies is provided by the 58 V operating voltage. The CL4-E controller is easy to parameterize and program with Nanotec’s free Plug&Drive Studio software.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

India vs England: Virat Kohli wants composure from his batsmen at Lord’sIndia vs England: Virat Kohli wants composure from his batsmen at Lord’s

first_imgVirat Kohli addressed the frailties of India’s top order that failed to support the captain during the first Test against England at Edgbaston, which India lost by 31 runs.Captain Kohli led from the front and crafted a brilliant 149 in the first innings. He also scored 51 in the second innings when India were chasing a mere total of 198 runs.However, the rest of the batsmen failed to stick to their crease and make their presence felt. Instead, they struggled and gave away their wickets without much fight.As the bowlers took all the 20 wickets in the match to put India in a spot of taking the lead in the series, batsmen failed to back that performance.Kohli, while addressing the press conference on the eve of the second Test at Lord’s, said that there are just about a few adjustments batsmen need to make, particularly in how they react to situation after wickets fall down.Also read – Batting dilemma, strategical changes in line for India ahead of Lord’s TestKohli, who is known for his aggression on the field, advised his batsmen against it at crucial junctures in the match.”I don’t think anything [top order failure] should be judged so soon. We as a team definitely have more patience than other people and so, we don’t take something as a pattern soon.”But when it comes to the wickets falling quickly, it more of a mental aspect than technical — like how you think about a situation after wicket falls. I think that matters a lot, you should have a clear plan of what you want to do in the next 30 deliveries and that plan more often than not, is not aggression. We need a little bit more composure there and that, as a batting unit, we have discussed,” Kohli said.advertisement”Apart from that, I don’t think there’s too much to think because when people see from outside, they think it’s really bad but cricket and especially Test cricket is a marginal game and in England conditions, which is anyway tough. We have to reduce that margin of error.”Also read -India vs England: Ishant Sharma’s sole motive is to win matches for IndiaA couple of days before the second Test, there was a healthy amount of grass on the pitch at Lord’s. It is expected that the groundsmen will shave a few bits before the start of the match but even if they don’t, the pitch is likely to turn out quite dry.The conditions have prompted the Indian camp to rethink their bowling strategy and find a combination to go with and the team management are mulling fielding two spinners.”Fielding two spinners is a tempting thought. It’s definitely in contention,” Kohli shared.”The wicket is quite hard and dry. It’s been quite hot in London for the past couple of months. There is some grass but that’s just to keep the wicket together. Otherwise, it would have been hard to hold itself even on the first two days, that’s how dry it’s been here.”Also read – India vs England, Lord’s Test: Former greats call for Pujara’s inclusion”Pitch is going to be an all-round wicket, Batsmen bat well they will get runs. Seamers are going to be in play with the Dukes ball and overcast conditions as and when. When the wicket wears off spinners can come into play. Tempting thought to field two spinners, but it’s a decision that the team management will make taking into consideration the balance of the side,” he added.Despite the loss at Edgbaston, Kohli was confident that his team can turn the tides and showed faith in the fact that they have shown resistance on foreign shores.”I feel as a team we are just about there. It’s not like we are getting rolled over or getting dominated. Every match we play is competitive. We are in the zone where we are very positive,” he added.last_img read more

Chelsea 1 Norwich City 1 (5-3 pens)Chelsea 1 Norwich City 1 (5-3 pens)

first_imgChelsea 1 Norwich City 1 (aet, 5-3 pens): Hazard and Caballero seal Blues progression Alex Fisher Last updated 1 year ago 06:57 1/18/18 hazardcaballero - cropped Getty Images Nine-man Chelsea needed extra time and penalties to see off Norwich City and move into the FA Cup fourth round on Wednesday. Substitute Eden Hazard spared Chelsea’s blushes by scoring the winning penalty in a shootout, after their FA Cup replay against Norwich City had ended 1-1 at Stamford Bridge.Belgium forward Hazard coolly slotted home Chelsea’s final penalty to earn an unassailable 5-3 lead after Willy Caballero had saved from Canaries striker Nelson Oliveira to finally end the Championship side’s resistance.Chelsea were clinical from the spot after a frustrating third-round replay that saw them miss a host of chances, have three penalty appeals turned down and Pedro and Alvaro Morata sent off. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Michy Batshuayi had given Chelsea the lead after 55 minutes with the Blues’ first goal since Marcos Alonso’s 84th-minute strike against Arsenal on January 3.But Jamal Lewis levelled things up in the final minute of stoppage time, before chaos ensued in the extra period.Referee Graham Scott and his VAR denied Willian and Morata penalties in the added 30 minutes – the latter joining Pedro in being shown red.The nine men saw out the few remaining additional minutes and made no errors from 12 yards to set up a fourth-round meeting with Newcastle United.HAZARD SCORES! THE BLUES GO THROUGH!Chelsea:Norwich: #CHENOR — Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 17, 2018 Problems on the London Underground meant kick-off was delayed by 15 minutes but the hosts did not seem affected as Danny Drinkwater and Willian both fired wide inside the opening 10 minutes, while Cesar Azpilicueta was unable to turn in Tiemoue Bakayoko’s flick from a corner.Norwich initially struggled to make any kind of impact in the final third and the Championship side were grateful to Angus Gunn for keeping the game level, the England Under-21 international goalkeeper brilliantly tipping Drinkwater’s long-range effort onto the bar after 25 minutes.Despite Chelsea’s dominance their recent problems in front of goal showed little sign of stopping, while at the other end Oliveira fired two warning signs towards Caballero’s goal as Norwich finished the half strongly – the first clipping the bar on its way over after a mistake from Batshuayi.The Belgian striker made up for that error 10 minutes after the restart with Chelsea’s first goal in 331 minutes, Batshuayi beating Gunn from close-range as he met Kenedy’s low cross.@mbatshuayi #CHENOR— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 17, 2018Any thoughts that the goal would open the floodgates were quickly dispelled as Josh Murphy and James Maddison almost profited from Chelsea mistakes.The post and arm of Caballero saved them, though, and the hosts should have been out of sight late on, but substitute Morata twice missed golden opportunities.And Norwich made him pay as Lewis headed home his first senior goal, the teenager meeting Timm Klose’s cross in the last seconds of normal time.Chelsea thought they had a penalty early in the first half of extra time as Willian went down under Klose’s challenge, but referee Graham Scott and his VAR ruled it was not a spot-kick – the Brazilian booked for simulation.Their frustrations grew further as Gunn made two saves in quick succession to deny Willian and Morata – the Manchester City loanee equal to both low efforts.Morata was again wasteful in the second period, before Pedro – who was booked in the first half for diving – was sent off for a rash challenge on Wes Hoolahan.He was not the only one to see red either with Morata shown two yellows – the first for a dive, Chelsea’s third for simulation in the match – and the second in the immediate aftermath for his reaction towards the official. read morelast_img read more

Gary Sinese To Host Got Heart Give Hope GalaGary Sinese To Host Got Heart Give Hope Gala

first_imgActor Gary Sinise will return as the host of this year’s Got Heart, Give Hope Gala.On Wednesday, April 17, 2013, Hope For The Warriors will honor combat wounded service members, their families, and families of the fallen at the Got Heart, Give Hope Gala at The Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, Washington, D.C.The black-tie event will feature television and movie actor Gary Sinise as the awards ceremony host. Hope For The Warriors is a national nonprofit organization that assists combat wounded service members, their families, and families of the fallen.On February 14, Valentine’s Day, Hope For The Warriors will reveal this year’s honorees for Hope & Courage Awards. The awards will be presented to each honoree by Sinise at the Got Heart, Give Hope Gala. The Hope & Courage Awards will be presented to representatives from each branch of the military, in addition to family members of wounded and fallen service members. Hope For The Warriors will honor the courage of each award recipient, focusing on the hope they inspire through their remarkable stories of recovery and achievement.“Service members and military families demonstrate overwhelming courage and resiliency in the face of adversity,” Robin Kelleher, Hope For The Warriors President said. “The Gala celebrates and honors their courage as they deal with extraordinary challenges.”Sinise is a member of the nonprofit’s advisory council and the founder of the Gary Sinise Foundation. Hope For The Warriors is one of the foundation’s charity partners.Country singer James Wesley will be the musical guest for the evening. Wesley is a GAC Top 20 Country Singer and singer of the hit singles, Didn’t I and Real. He has performed for Hope For The Warriors in the past and is devoted to supporting service members and military families.For more information about the 2013 Got Heart, Give Hope Gala, click here.The mission of Hope For The Warriors is to enhance the quality of life for post-9/11 service members, their families, and families of the fallen who have sustained physical and psychological wounds in the line of duty. Hope For The Warriors is dedicated to restoring a sense of self, restoring the family unit, and restoring hope for our service members and our military families.Source:PRWeb.comlast_img read more

The Elders Hail Progress In Iran Nuclear TalksThe Elders Hail Progress In Iran Nuclear Talks

first_imgMeeting in Cape Town, The Elders today hailed the positive steps taken in recent weeks on the Iranian nuclear crisis.The new-found flexibility and seriousness being shown by all sides in tackling the dispute was a source of particular satisfaction.Looking ahead to the next round of talks in Geneva between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries in November, as well as a planned visit to Iran by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), The Elders called on all parties to maintain the same constructive and determined spirit – with a view to an early resolution of all issues.Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders and former UN Secretary-General said: “A comprehensive approach is essential, to get to the core of the legitimate concerns that, for many years now, have made this issue one of the most worrisome on the global agenda. All nations have rights and responsibilities in equal measure. You cannot have one without the other.“This is an historic opportunity that should not be dropped. If the international community can get this right, the possibility of transforming the negative dynamics plaguing the Middle East for the better is the great prize to be won.”Recognising the potential opposition to a deal that leaders in both the United States and Iran face, The Elders praised the courage being shown by both the Obama Administration and the new Iranian Government headed by President Hassan Rouhani.last_img read more

Yankees Baseball Legend Bernie Williams Raises Awareness Of Devastating Lung DiseaseYankees Baseball Legend Bernie Williams Raises Awareness Of Devastating Lung Disease

first_imgNew York Yankees all-time great Bernie Williams is teaming up with Boehringer Ingelheim to raise awareness of a lung disease called idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) that his father suffered from for years before he passed away in 2001.Back in Puerto Rico, Williams’ father Bernabé inspired him to play baseball and make it to the Major Leagues. He also taught him to play guitar, which has become Williams’ second career since retiring from baseball.In honor of his father’s battle with IPF, Williams has joined the Sin Aliento campaign to turn his family’s devastating experience with this rare lung disease into a chance to help other families. Williams hopes to educate and empower others who think they may have IPF to seek early diagnosis and treatment and is encouraging people to visit the campaign website – and share the videos and educational Spanish content through social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter using #SinAliento. In addition, they can sign up to the Sin Aliento™ program and receive monthly information in Spanish via e-mail or text messages.“Whether I was in centerfield or at bat, my dad was always my biggest fan. He seemed invincible. So when he was finally diagnosed with IPF after battling symptoms like breathlessness and a debilitating cough that persisted for many months, it was devastating to me and my family,” said Williams. “Sharing my dad’s story is so important because it will help others get the answers they need sooner and easier.”IPF is a rare and serious lung disease that causes permanent scarring of the lungs, and makes it difficult to breathe. Symptoms of IPF include breathlessness during activity, a dry and persistent cough, chest discomfort, fatigue and weakness. Although considered “rare,” IPF affects up to 132,000 Americans, and according to the The Lancet, Hispanics are more likely to suffer from the disease with a 15% higher incidence than the general population. Also, about 50,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed every year with IPF – enough to fill a baseball stadium.“Boehringer Ingelheim is proud to partner with baseball legend Bernie Williams who can speak personally about how IPF affected his dad and his family,” said Al Masucci, vice president, IPF Business Unit, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. “Through the Sin Aliento campaign, we hope to educate people to recognize the signs of the disease and take action to see a doctor as early as possible. It is important that a correct medical diagnosis is determined as IPF is often misdiagnosed.”The symptoms of IPF are similar to, and often confused with, other more recognizable diseases such chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, or congestive heart failure. There are IPF treatments available, including supplemental oxygen, cough management and pulmonary rehabilitation, which can include special exercises or breathing strategies. In 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first drugs specifically indicated for the treatment of IPF.last_img read more

UNESCOs head condemns killing of Indian papers bureau chiefUNESCOs head condemns killing of Indian papers bureau chief

“I condemn the murder of Kishore Dave,” the Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, said in a statement, referring to daily Jai Hind’s bureau chief in the city of Junagadh in the western state of Gujarat.According to UNESCO, Mr. Dave was killed on 22 August and his assailants are reported to have been arrested. “I trust that legal proceedings already underway will shed full light on this crime, which undermines journalists’ ability to carry out their work and contribute to open and informed public debate,” Ms. Bokova said in the statement.UNESCO issues statements on the killing of media workers in line with Resolution 29 adopted by the entity’s member states in 1997, entitled ‘Condemnation of Violence against Journalists.’ read more

Ohio State mens hockey teammates have different outlooks as pro prospectsOhio State mens hockey teammates have different outlooks as pro prospects

Junior defenseman Sam Jardine (21), senior forward Chad Niddery (19) and senior forward Tanner Fritz (16).Credit: Photo Illustration by Mark Batke / Photo editor, Photos by Kelly Roderick (center), Michael Griggs / For The LanternOhio State men’s hockey senior forward Tanner Fritz stood outside the locker room with his hands tangled inside his shirt. The more he spoke about plans for the future, the more his voice softened.Minutes later, a smile broke across the face of his teammate, junior defenseman Sam Jardine. The Chicago Blackhawks’ draft pick spoke proudly about his draft day, but as he discussed his NHL status, his tone changed from self-confident to self-precautionary: he’s still working toward a contract. As Jardine spoke, Chad Niddery sauntered down the hallway that leads to the OSU locker room. Upon hearing he’d been requested for an interview, the Buckeyes’ senior forward half-jokingly declined his requirement to speak. Why would anyone want to talk to him?Moments later, Niddery, the guy that unsuccessfully suppressed his disdain for interviews, couldn’t mask excitement for the next stage in his hockey career, a stage that will likely earn him another stamp on his passport. Three guys. Three different situations. Three entirely different perspectives on the future. On its roster, OSU has two players who were selected in the NHL Entry Draft and four who were invited to 2014 NHL development camps but have not been drafted. Below is a comparison of three Buckeyes who share the same locker room, but belong to different categories with regards to their future.Senior forward Tanner FritzNHL Status: Undrafted, Attended Chicago Blackhawks Development Camp last JulyAfter graduation, Fritz wants to play professional hockey, and if he can have it his way, he’ll play in North America.Aside from being contacted by the Nashville Predators his sophomore year, Fritz’s invite to the 2014 Blackhawks development camp was his first indication his future might lead to the NHL.The OSU captain has 92 points in 117 games played. He caught the eye of NHL scouts last season when Blackhawks representatives, who were at an OSU–Michigan game to watch Jardine, approached Fritz after the game, he said.Chicago’s representatives believed Fritz fit the Blackhawks’ style of play and wanted to introduce him to the organization, he said.“It’s a pretty humbling experience,” Fritz said of attending the development camp. “Just seeing how fortunate and lucky (the Blackhawks) are … it’s every kid’s dream to be in that position.”Chicago instructed Fritz to make better use of his speed and shot, he said.In his final season, Fritz is working to improve his play with the knowledge that scouts are always in attendance and that small plays can make a big impact. “You know there’s always going to be people watching,” Fritz said. “It doesn’t take much for them to notice you.”Still, Fritz acknowledged there’s a chance he won’t receive additional NHL attention, in which case he might make use his connections in the business to earn a tryout. While NCAA athletes are not permitted to have agents, many have family advisers to assist their career decision-making. Fritz, however, does not have one.He’s a lone rider in limbo, but said he’s not nervous for the future. Junior defenseman Sam Jardine NHL Status: Selected by Chicago Blackhawks in 2011 NHL Entry Draft (169th overall)Jardine had just arrived home when the Blackhawks officially claimed his rights in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Before his selection, he had become uneasy about falling to the sixth round and left his house to calm himself.By the time he had returned, Chicago’s chief amateur scout Bruce Franklin, who recognized Jardine when he was playing for the Camrose Kodiaks of the Alberta Junior Hockey League, called Jardine to relay the good news: The then-future Buckeye was NHL property. In his third season with OSU, Jardine has 25 points in 74 games played, often logging time on the Buckeyes’ top defensive pairing.With his foot in the door, Jardine is now working toward earning a contract from the Blackhawks when he’s finished at OSU. Unlike Fritz, he has a family adviser. “Everyone always tells you that as soon as draft day comes, you’re right back into the pool with everyone else again,” Jardine said. “I put a lot of pressure on myself.”The Blackhawks are keeping tabs on Jardine. Representatives from Chicago attended multiple games last season and Blackhawks’ development coach Mark Eaton was in Columbus for the OSU–University of Nebraska-Omaha series earlier this year.Jardine will have contact with Chicago throughout the year, but any comments the Blackhawks make are general, as they are wary of infringing on the instruction of Buckeye coach Steve Rohlik, Jardine said. “You put in the work so that you’re performing for the team here, for Ohio State,” Jardine said. “The extra benefit of that is preparing yourself for the NHL.”Senior forward Chad Niddery NHL Status: Undrafted, not invited to a 2014 NHL Development CampThe Buckeyes’ addition of freshman defenseman Janik Möser might have done as much for the team’s blue line as it has for its fourth-year forward applying for dual-citizenship in Germany.“I’ve always dreamed of going overseas,” Niddery said. “I’d love to go to Germany or Sweden or Switzerland and play over there.”Niddery, whose grandmother is German, will often get language lessons from Möser, who grew up in Mannheim, Germany. Knowing basic German is a requirement for citizenship and something Niddery seems to have his heart set on learning before he attempts to play overseas. During a five-minute discussion of his hockey future, Niddery mentioned the prospect of playing professional hockey in North America only in passing. At 24, Niddery said he doesn’t consider the idea of starting in the lower tiers of American or Canadian professional leagues as enticing as his preferred option.He plans to follow the path of two members of the OSU hockey staff. Buckeye director of hockey operations Layne LeBel and associate coach Brett Larson each played professional hockey in Germany.The connections will be key for Niddery, the senior said. European recruiting is mostly done via word of mouth.“I’m at the age where I have buddies that (play) over there now,” Niddery said. “Basically you just have to network as much as you can just to get that one opportunity.”Niddery’s optimism comes during what might be his career-best season. He’s logged one goal and three assists through 11 games, four points shy of last year’s career-best point total for a season.Any nerves for the future are hidden by his electric excitement. “Get paid to play hockey overseas? Man, that’s living the dream,” Niddery said. “That’s how I look at it.”As the three teammates ponder their professional futures, the Buckeyes are just one game into Big Ten play. OSU fell to Michigan State, 3-1, Thursday night at the Schottenstein Center to start off its conference season. read more

Someday Well Appreciate Alabama And Clemsons Historic DominanceSomeday Well Appreciate Alabama And Clemsons Historic Dominance

There’s perhaps nothing more alluring in sports than the notion of unpredictability, that what you’re witnessing isn’t scripted, that anything could happen. George Mason. Leicester City. Buster Douglas. These narratives are the reason we keep coming back year after year.Recently, though, it seems like the improbable has taken a back seat to the foreseeable — at least in a few major American sports.On Monday at 8 p.m. Eastern, the Alabama Crimson Tide and Clemson Tigers will clash in the College Football Playoff final. It will mark the fourth consecutive season the two will have met in either the finals or semifinals. On the hardwood, the Cleveland Cavaliers have battled the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals in four consecutive seasons.1That streak, however, will … not continue. And on the ice, the Washington Capitals have skated into the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round of three consecutive Stanley Cup Playoffs.But though it might seem like it happens all the time, it’s actually pretty rare for the same teams to square off in the postseason year after year.For example, the MLB playoffs date back to the late 19th century and feature only three instances of teams meeting three seasons in a row.2The Anaheim Angels and Boston Red Sox played each season from 2007 to 2009, the Kansas City Royals and New York Yankees played each season from 1976 to 1978, and the New York Yankees and New York Giants played each season from 1921 to 1923. The NFL playoffs have seen a single instance of teams meeting exactly four years in a row3The San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers played each season from 1995 to 1998. and a single instance of teams meeting five years in a row.4The Oakland Raiders and Pittsburgh Steelers played each season from 1972 to 1976. In the WNBA, the Minnesota Lynx and Phoenix Mercury played in four consecutive playoffs from 2013 to 2016. In the men’s NCAA basketball tournament, there have been eight instances of teams meeting in three consecutive tournaments.5Seattle and Oregon State played each season from 1962 to 1964, Utah State and Arizona State played each season from 1962 to 1964, UCLA and San Francisco played each season from 1963 to 1965, UCLA and New Mexico State played each season from 1968 to 1970, UCLA and Long Beach State played each season from 1970 to 1972, Providence and Pennsylvania played each season from 1972 to 1974, and Utah and Kentucky played each season from 1996 to 1998. And in the women’s NCAA basketball tourney, Notre Dame and UConn faced off in the Final Four, in either the semifinals or finals, an incredible five consecutive times from 2011 to 2015. Boston Celtics-Philadelphia 76ers1965-695 MLB MatchupSpanYears Oakland Raiders-Pittsburgh Steelers1972-765 Nebraska-Penn State1994-963 10 matchups tied3 NBA/ABA Florida State-Miami1987-926 Alabama-Oklahoma1978-803 Baltimore/Washington Bullets-New York Knicks1969-746 Boston Celtics-New York Knicks1951-555 NFL New York Yankees-New York Giants1921-233 Consecutive postseason meetings really are few and far between. And in college football, where turnover among top-tier programs is unavoidable and injuries are prevalent, it’s striking that the same two contenders are about to produce a tetralogy. After bruising, monthslong schedules, we’re left with orange and crimson once again.Even though the teams are familiar, there’s still plenty to be excited about in Monday’s title game. Don’t let the betting line fool you; this year’s installment promises to be the best matchup yet between the two schools. Source: ESPN Boston Celtics-Syracuse Nationals1953-575 Green Bay Packers-San Francisco 49ers1995-984 Possible matchupSpanYears MatchupSpanYears Kansas City Royals-New York Yankees1976-783 33 matchups tied2 In college football, the playoff is so new that it’s harder to look at consecutive matchups in a historical context. But we can guess at which teams might have faced off in a playoff by looking at the teams that ended each season since World War II in the top four of Elo ratings. Anaheim Angels-Boston Red Sox2007-093 Playoff rematches are rare in the big three pro sportsLongest streaks of the same teams meeting in consecutive postseasons for MLB, NBA/ABA and NFL Fort Wayne Pistons-Rochester Royals1950-545 Time spans considered are 1903-2018 for MLB, 1933-2018 for the NFL and 1947-2018 for the NBA/ABA.Source: LSU-USC2005-073 MatchupSpanYears Alabama-Oklahoma1973-764 Florida-Nebraska1995-973 Programs that missed out on playoff rematchesPairs of college football teams with the longest streaks of finishing a season in the top four in Elo ratings, 1946-2013 7 matchups tied4 Nebraska-Oklahoma1971-744 The ESPN Stats & Information Group has tracked total efficiency back to 2005. This year’s Alabama squad ranks first (96.9) of all Football Bowl Subdivision teams in that time frame, and Clemson ranks 15th (91.6). Each enters the game racking up more than 525 yards and 44 points per contest, so it will no doubt be the best offensive matchup we’ve seen in the playoff between the two programs. Compared with each previous meeting, this will be the worst Alabama defense Clemson has faced and the best Tigers’ defense the Tide has played — though the two teams are separated by only about 4 points of defensive efficiency.Alabama’s program has never been known as a high scorer, but it now features the most efficient offense of any team in the past 14 years. But the Tide will stare down a defensive line that is months away from playing in the NFL,6With the notable exception of Dexter Lawrence, who remains suspended over a banned substance found in a drug test. which is likely why the Tigers tout the nation’s third most-efficient defense since 2005.Quarterbacks under Alabama head coach Nick Saban are often more game manager than gunslinger and generally operate in a system that skews conservative. Not this year. No team averages more yards per passing attempt than Alabama’s 11.34. Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts have each posted Total Quarterback Ratings that would rank in the top five among quarterbacks with at least 100 action plays in a season since 2004.7The first season for which we have data for that stat. In total, Alabama QBs have contributed 247.09 expected points on passes this year, 105.8 more than any previous season under Saban and the fourth-most by any team in a season since 2004, the first year for which data is available. The passing attack has accounted for 50 touchdown passes8To just six interceptions. and a team Total Quarterback Rating of 94.1, the best marks produced by an SEC offense over at least the past decade.The offense of Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney features an elite rushing attack, and quarterback Trevor Lawrence could become the first freshman QB to lead a team to a national championship since Oklahoma’s Jamelle Holieway in 1985. Where the team is most improved, however, is in its ability to dominate the line of scrimmage on the defensive end. “They wanted to be the best ever,” Swinney said of his defensive line, which leads the nation in sacks (52), quarterback contacts9Which measures the total number of times opposing quarterbacks were hit by a team’s defense. (312) and pressure rate10Which is the percentage of dropbacks in which the opposing quarterback was sacked, was under duress or was hit by a team’s defense. (43.7 percent). Under defensive coordinator Brent Venables, the unit averages 7.96 expected points added per contest on run defense, the fifth-best mark since the statistic was first tracked in 2004.The trophy case at both schools is getting full: Alabama is looking for its third title in the past four years, while Clemson is looking for its second in the past three. But don’t think these two programs are approaching the game as just the humdrum, foregone conclusion of their seasons. The matchup may have become predictable to us as viewers, but the teams are as eager as ever to face off for college football’s ultimate prize.“It is Clemson,” Alabama tight end Irv Smith Jr. said. “So it is a little more personal.”Neil Paine contributed research.Check out our latest college football predictions. read more

Blackout woes for Essequibo continues as GPL trying to fix problemsBlackout woes for Essequibo continues as GPL trying to fix problems

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGPL’s CEO apologises for prolonged power outages in Region 2September 10, 2018In “latest news”Essequibo Coast GPL generator reportedly moved to Bartica for RegattaApril 1, 2018In “latest news”Essequibians fed up with GPL, constant power outagesJuly 9, 2017In “Local News” Residents living along the Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) have been plagued, once again, with a series of power outages which have affected persons throughout the region; and according to these residents, the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) seems incapable of ending their woes.This publication was told on Saturday that while the utility company is trying to bring the electricity situation under control, only two of the five standby generators at the Anna Regina Power Station are up and running. As such, engineers are appointed to work on a 24-hour shift.It was related that residents have been affected by this issue, which is a major inconvenience.Additionally, the business community in the region is complaining about the significant losses which they have incurred, since frozen items thaw and spoil.Further, this publication was told that there is a heavy cost attached to running individual standby generators and the high fuel prices are adding to the burden of residents as well as the wider business community.Amid these concerns raised, calls were also mounted for the supply of new generators, which were promised by the Government to be installed before the end of this year. Residents are hoping that the site would be completed in time for the installation so as to ease their ongoing distress.In response to the calls, a statement issued by the power station on the Essequibo Coast revealed that two of their standby generators suddenly went down and they were forced to put a load shedding arrangement in place.Additionally, a backup generator which arrived on Friday developed technical problems, but residents were assured that the engineering department was working beyond the call of duty to restore a stable flow of electricity.In the past months, episodes of blackout and prolonged power outages have become one of the usual scenarios in many communities and regions at large. Apart from Region Two, numerous pleas were also made by its neighbouring Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) for a stable supply of electricity.In one instance, the power supply to the community of Canal Number Two was cut for almost 12 hours.“We always getting blackout, sometimes more than two time every week and it does last the whole day. The last time it cut off at seven and they come till in the night to put it on back after more than five reports,” one resident said.Meanwhile, in Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica), a few months ago, prolonged periods of blackouts forced Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo to host his weekly press conference outdoors.At that time, he blasted the Government, noting that here is an obvious lack of short- and long-term solutions to address GPL’s inefficiencies. read more

Driver attempts hit and run hits 5 cars in the processDriver attempts hit and run hits 5 cars in the process

first_imgTHE DRIVER OF a black 4×4 involved in an accident with a taxi in Chicago on October 30th clearly did not want to face the consequences.The driver refused to get out of the car and exchange insurance information, and in fact made several attempts to get away before the taxi driver snapped and started banging on the cars window.The driver of the SUV (later revealed to be stolen) then took off, ramming into four other cars in the process.  The video is pretty shocking. Source: K MooreThe taxi driver is out of work while his taxi is repaired, and is also facing disciplinary action for confronting the driver of the stolen car.The driver of the black car was later arrested.Tow truck driver watches helplessly as car rolls downhill>Deer’s incredible escape from car caught on camera>last_img read more

Blur playing in Dublin this summer but where did you stand onBlur playing in Dublin this summer but where did you stand on

first_imgPod LiveBlur were one of the main players of the Britpop scene in the nineties, dueling with Oasis for the honour of number one chart positions, best haircuts, and general laddishness.Both bands played in Ireland frequently in the nineties, with dates at The Point Depot, the RDS and Oxegen for Blur and Pairc Uí Chaoimh and Slane for Oasis.Where did you stand on the Blur/Oasis divide though? Poll Results: BLUR WILL BE playing their first Irish gig in four years this summer, a gig at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Kilmainham, Dublin.Damon Albarn and co will play on Thursday 1 August, which probably rules them out of playing at Oxegen, which has moved this year to the first weekend in August.The band last played in Ireland at the Punchestown festival in 2009 and most recently released a complete box set of their work called Blur 21.Tickets for the IMMA gig go on sale this Thursday morning at 9am, priced €62.50. Couldn’t care less (621) Oasis til I die (589)center_img I liked both (858) Blur forever (375) Blur foreverOasis til I dieI liked bothCouldn’t care lessVoteLet us know your favourite Blur (or Oasis) tunes and memories in the comments section below…9 reasons why we’ll do anything for Meat Loaf, but we won’t do that> How did yelling goats in pop videos become a thing?last_img read more

Public appeal for woman missing from WaterfordPublic appeal for woman missing from Waterford

first_img Monday 18 Feb 2019, 10:41 PM Image: An Garda Síochána Public appeal for woman missing from Waterford Mary Ryan hasn’t been seen since December. By Sean Murray 35,473 Views Image: An Garda Síochána GARDAÍ ARE SEEKING the public’s help in tracing a missing Waterford woman.Mary Ryan was last seen at Clonard Park, Waterford on 15 December 2018.The 54-year-old is described as being 5’7″ in height, of slight build and with black hair.Despite the picture provided of Mary showing her with blonde hair, it is now dyed black, gardaí said.It is not known what she was wearing when last seen.Anyone who has seen her or can assist in locating her is urged to contact Waterford Garda Station on 0531 305 300, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111. Share164 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL 4 Comments Feb 18th 2019, 10:41 PM last_img read more

Interest ratesInterest rates

first_imgThe recent decision by the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) to hold official interest rates at their current level of 4.5 percent, is a bonus for Australians borrowing to buy their homes. We could possibly get through 2010 without another change to official interest rates.And because of the way so many small and medium sized businesses are financed off the family home, it could also be good news for business owners. However, we’re now in August and it’s worth trying to pinpoint where we are in terms of the trend line for interest rates. I’m predicting that we’re currently in a pattern of holding on official interest rates. I say this because there’s an election this month and the Reserve typically likes to avoid political entanglement (even though they say it makes no difference to monetary policy). Also driving my optimism is that the last interest rate rise in May – which took the official rate to the current 4.5 percent – was the sixth in a series. I have no reason to say that six is a magical number indicating a complete interest rate cycle, but I can say that the six rate rises were aimed at controlling the inflationary threat from the Rudd stimulus spending, and that the rate rises seem to have succeeded. Which brings us to the third main reason why I think the RBA is in no hurry to raise the official rate again soon, and that is the often ignored subject of inflation – a subject we should not overlook given that controlling inflation is largely why the Reserve changes official interest rates. The current headline rate for Australian inflation is 3.1 percent. Since the RBA aims to keep inflation within the bounds of two and three percent, 3.1 per cent may look like a failure, but it isn’t so. The Reserve averages the inflation numbers over an entire cycle and the fact that the RBA has not changed official interest rates this week means they are not concerned. Moreover, the RBA is looking at the detailed inflation data which comes in a quarterly series, the most recent of which was the June quarter inflation numbers. This quarterly series had annual inflation at 2.7 percent (after adjustments that take the anomalous rises out of the equation) and more important, a downward trend for the quarter from 0.8 percent to 0.5 percent. So, when interest rates go up and down we must remember that they largely move to ensure inflation is kept between two and three percent. We will know more when the September quarter figures are published. But for now inflation seems to have stabilised after the spending stimulus, and we could possibly get through 2010 without another change to official interest rates. Mark Bouris is the Executive Chairman of Yellow Brick Road, a financial services company offering home loans, financial planning, accounting & tax and insurance. Email Mark on or check for your nearest branch. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2s Erica unfollows exbeau Shaheer on social media isKasautii Zindagii Kay 2s Erica unfollows exbeau Shaheer on social media is

first_imgKuch Rang Pyar Ke Aise Bhi actors Shaheer Sheikh and Erica FernandesShaheer Sheikh/InstagramHere’s a piece of heartbreaking news for fans of alleged former lovers Erica Fernandes and Shaheer Sheikh. The actress, who is currently seen in Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2, has unfollowed Shaheer on Instagram. The good looking actor, however, continues to follow her. Shaheer and Erica had worked together in Sony TV’s Kuch Rang Pyaar Ke Aise Bhi where they played the roles of Dev and Sonakshi, respectively.Although there were strong rumours of the two dating each other during the time when the show was on air, both Erica and Shaheer never admitted to their relationship and had always maintained that they are ‘just good friends’.It was being said that the alleged couple broke up because of Shaheer’s infidelity. However, Erica had then responded to the reports and reiterated that Shaheer and she were just friends. She further requested gossip mongers to stop making accusations at the cost of someone’s character.Currently, Erica is rumoured to be dating her Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 co-star Parth Samthaan. The buzz is that a lot has been brewing up between the alleged lovebirds. The couple is going strong and is spending more time together than usual. Apparently, Parth and Erica often arrive together on sets and also wait for one another to have afternoon and evening meals together. Not just that, they often leave the sets together as well.While it is not known as to what went wrong between Erica and Shaheer, we wonder if the actress’ growing closeness with Parth is the reason behind her unfollowing Shaheer and thus putting an end to her former relationship? Erica Fernandes and Parth Samthaaninstagramlast_img read more

From Chinese girl to chicken roll Heres how racism is still prevalentFrom Chinese girl to chicken roll Heres how racism is still prevalent

first_imgGetty ImagesUS President Donald Trump has been slammed across the world for his xenophobic attacks against people he perceives as outsiders. In a barrage of tweets, Trump had written that those (referring to four women democratic congresswomen) who don’t like the US should go back. Three out of four of them were born in the United States.What many don’t know is that while this is xenophobia on a larger scale, racism exists across the world. A BusinessTech report said that India is the second most racist country in the world with 60 percent of the population facing racism by their own countrymen. One Twitter user from India also tweeted a story of a little girl who was teased by her friends due to her appearance. One boy allegedly called her a ‘Chinese girl’ and another called her a ‘chicken roll’.”This is my friend’s Instagram account, which she runs in her daughter’s voice. The experiences of a child growing up in Bangalore. Ching lives in Bangalore. Yesterday she spoke to her mum about casual racism in her school bus, among kids. #bengaluru #bangalore,” Sabbah Haji Baji, a Twitter user wrote.Sabbah attached two photos of an Instagram post which the little girl’s mother runs for her. In the post, the mother wrote in the girl’s voice, “My school bus is a privately owned and operated school bus because the school’s buses don’t pick up KG kids and drives students only from Std. 1. So we have students from Joseph’s Boys, Cotton Boys, Sacred Heart Girls in my bus.”She went on to say, “One day, I told mum that the boys in my bus are naughty on our way back home. One called me “Chinese Girl” and the other one called me “chicken roll”. I didn’t like it. It wasn’t nice.”The girl went on to say that her parents made her feel better. In a P.S., the girl said, “If you’re the one teasing people or calling people names, STOP IT. It’s not nice.”This is my friend’s Instagram account, which she runs in her daughter’s voice. The experiences of a child growing up in Bangalore.Ching lives in Bangalore. Yesterday she spoke to her mum about casual racism in her school bus, among kids. #bengaluru #bangalore— Sabbah Haji Baji (@imsabbah) July 25, 2019 What was sad was that students who are barely five or six years of age said this which shows how the parents and other elders in their lives address those who do not look like them.In India, people are constantly made fun of their looks, if they do not look like how Indians normally do. Many are called “Chinki”, “Momos seller”, “drug dealer” and if the person is dark, they are outright called ugly.Migrants from Africa are also discriminated against and even subjected to racial violence. For example, in March 2017, a disturbing video surfaced of a mob of men attacking a group of Nigerian students in a mall in Greater Noida. The violence increased rapidly when they were beaten up with steel rods and chairs.With these instance occurring at an alarming rapidity, one thing which is for sure is that Indians cannot accept those who do not look like them. When this was pointed out, an AAP MLA from Delhi said, “If we really had any problem with black people we would have never shared houses with Tamilians.”last_img read more

Swing with The Tom Cunningham OrchestraSwing with The Tom Cunningham Orchestra

first_imgOn Feb. 28 at 9 p.m., the Tom Cunningham Orchestra will be performing a three hour set of early Swing music, 1930-36, including selections from Benny Goodman, The Dorsey Brothers, Jimmie Lunceford, the Boswell Sisters, and others.  The location is the Spanish Ballroom in Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Boulevard.  Adult admission is $18.For more information, contact or call 571-572-3356.last_img