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first_imgBrazil will take on Chile in the first tie of the FIFA World Cup, Round of 16 stage on Saturday There’s no denying it, the thought of sudden World Cup elimination is on the minds of Luiz Felipe Scolari and his Brazil squad.The veteran coach wants to assure the people of the host nation, though, that nerves are nothing to be worried about.”It’s normal to feel uncomfortable and anxious ahead of this first elimination game,” Scolari said Friday, on the eve of Brazil’s second-round match against Chile. “We are a bit more scared and nervous.”It’s normal in any competition, not only because this one is in Brazil. We know we can’t make mistakes, we can’t lose.”A win over Chile at the Mineirao Stadium will keep Brazil on track for its sixth World Cup title, while a loss would be considered a massive failure in a country which has invested billions to stage the tournament.Scolari said there’s a chance that Chile plays better than Brazil and eliminates the hosts, which shouldn’t be considered the end of the world if it happens.”We have been doing our job with a lot of dedication, but we have to understand that if they are better than we are in the game and they win, we can’t lower our heads, end our lives and throw ourselves into a well,” he said.Brazil has reached the quarterfinals of the World Cup every time since 1994. Its last elimination in the second round was against Argentina in 1990.advertisementThe Brazilians haven’t lost to Chile since a World Cup qualifier in 2000, and have never lost a head-to-head with the Chileans on home soil. Since 2000, Brazil has won 10 of 12 matches against the Chileans. The teams have met three times in World Cups, with Brazil winning 4-2 in the semifinals of the 1962 tournament in Chile, then 4-1 in the second round in 1998 and 3-0 at the same stage in 2010.”Statistics don’t mean anything to us,” Brazil captain Thiago Silva said. “We have to remember that in the other side there is a team with the same dreams that we do. So if we can’t advance, life must go on.”Scolari hinted that he will change the team’s midfield for the match, replacing defensive midfielder Paulinho with Fernandinho, who played well as a second-half substitute in the 4-1 win against Cameroon. The Manchester City player, a late addition to the World Cup squad, scored a goal and helped set up another.It remained unclear if defender David Luiz would be fit to play after leaving Thursday’s practice because of a back problem. The Brazilian federation said he participated in part of the team’s training session on Friday, and an MRI scan didn’t show any serious injury. The federation said he would remain undergoing treatment until shortly before the match.Brazil has four players going into Saturday’s match with a yellow card, including Silva, striker Neymar and defensive midfielder Luiz Gustavo. Another yellow against Chile will sideline them from the quarterfinals if Brazil advances.last_img read more

first_imgUK Anti-Doping (UKAD) said it was “deeply concerned and shocked” by a Sunday Times report in which a British doctor alleged he had prescribed banned performance-enhancing drugs to 150 sportsmen including several Premier League footballers.The paper said Dr Mark Bonar claimed his “clients” included an England cricketer, British Tour de France cyclists, a British boxing champion, tennis players and martial arts competitors as well as footballers.In the past six years he had treated more than 150 sportsmen from the UK and abroad with banned substances such as erythropoietin (EPO), steroids and human growth hormone, and the performance improvements were “phenomenal”, the report added.The Sunday Times said that during a series of meetings with undercover reporters, Bonar had spoken about sportsmen he had treated. The newspaper also sent a sportsman to Bonar’s clinic, who recorded his appointments with a hidden camera.Neither the newspaper nor Reuters was able to substantiate the claims made by the doctor.UKAD chief executive Nicole Sapstead said the body had been aware of allegations against Bonar after a sportsperson approached them two years ago but had not been able to act upon them because he was not affiliated to any particular sport.”Under current legislation, UKAD has the power only to investigate athletes and entourage (including medics) who are themselves governed by a sport,” she said.UKAD had considered informing the General Medical Council, which overseas medical practitioners in Britain, but decided the evidence they had was insufficient for such a referral, Sapstead added.UKAD chairman David Kenworthy said an independent review would be conducted into the issues raised by the report.advertisement”They will be asked to look at the way the information supplied by the sportsperson was handled and whether proper procedures were followed,” he said.”They will also be asked to make any recommendations to improve the way in which intelligence is dealt with in the future so that UKAD can be as effective as possible in keeping sport clean.”The news is likely to cast a further shadow on the sporting world ahead of the Rio Olympics.Russia was suspended from international track and field last year following a report exposing widespread cheating and corruption among its athletes.The country faces a ban from the Olympics unless Russia can prove to the World Anti-Doping Agency and the IAAF governing body that it has met a series of conditions regarding its anti-doping operations.last_img read more

first_imgAlready one of the greatest sportsmen of his era, Roger Federer will become the most successful man in Wimbledon history if he can beat Croatian Marin Cilic on Sunday’s final and claim an unprecedented eighth men’s singles title.The Swiss, level with Britain’s William Renshaw and American Pete Sampras on seven titles, is rejuvenated after taking a six-month break last year and enters the final as the clear favourite having not dropped a set in the tournament.Add in the fact he has been almost unstoppable this season, winning four of the six events he had entered – including an 18th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in January – many pundits and rivals believe Federer is playing some of his best tennis this year.While Cilic will be contesting his first final at the All England Club, this will be a record 11th appearance for Federer and, less than a month short of his 36th birthday, he is the oldest Wimbledon finalist since Ken Rosewall finished runner-up in 1974 aged 39.Should he triumph, Federer will become the oldest winner of the Challenge Cup since tennis turned professional in 1968.”It makes me really happy, making history here at Wimbledon. It’s a big deal. I love this tournament,” Federer said after another vintage performance dealt with Czech Tomas Berdych in the semi-final.”All my dreams came true here as a player. To have another chance to go for number eight now, to be kind of so close now at this stage, is a great feeling.advertisement”I am unbelievably excited. I hope I can play one more good match. Eleven finals here, all these records, it’s great. But it doesn’t give me the title quite yet. That’s why I came here this year. I’m so close now, so I have just got to stay focused.”Cilic, the first Croatian to appear in a Wimbledon singles final since Goran Ivanisevic triumphed in 2001, is looking to become the first man from his country to win multiple grand slams.In seven meetings with the tall Croat, Federer has lost just once – in the semi-final of the 2014 U.S. Open when Cilic went on to win the title.In last year’s Wimbledon quarter-final, Federer needed five sets and saved three match points to get past Cilic and that should give the Croatian some hope.”I was one point away from winning a match over here against him. Definitely I believe in my own abilities to get through and to win it,” the 28-year-old said after beating American Sam Querrey in the semis.”But I still know that it’s a big mountain to climb. Roger is playing maybe some of the best tennis of his career at the moment, having a great season. So I know it’s going to be a huge challenge. But I believe I’m ready”.last_img read more

first_imgIndian Super League (ISL) debutants Jamshedpur FC picked up experienced Indian footballers from the first 10 rounds of the draft here on Sunday.The Jamshedpur based club picked up veteran Indian goalkeeper Subrata Paul alongwith several players who represented Kolkata giants Mohun Bagan and East Bengal in the I-league last season.The ISL side picked up centre-back Anas Edathodika, defensive midfielder Mehtab Hossain and right-back Souvik Chakrabarti from Mohun Bagan. Winger Bikash Jairu and full-back Robin Gurung were picked up from East Bengal.The club also unveiled their logo during the draft.Photo Credit: Jamshedpur FC Twitter Midfielder Eugeneson Lyngdoh and striker Robin Singh who have earlier played for former I-League champions Bengaluru FC (BFC) will re-unite with former BFC coach Ashley Westwood at Amar Tomar Kolkata (ATK).last_img read more

first_imgAustralia Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Jamie Maclaren hits hat-trick as Socceroos stroll to win over Nepal Reuse this content Read more Socceroos hammer Taiwan to maintain perfect start to World Cup qualifying Australia sport Read more On the one hand, we learn very little from such matches, on the other, the potential lessons are countless. What data has Graham Arnold’s support staff gleaned from the two performances? Who backed up well, who performed consistently, who outperformed someone else in a comparable position? How did Brad Smith’s showing at left-back compare with Aziz Behich? Did James Jeggo match the passing distribution of skipper Mark Milligan? How did Brandon Borello’s high-speed metres stack up against Craig Goodwin’s?Poring over a wealth of performance data, Arnold’s backroom will continue to add to a dossier of analysis – how players performed in humidity, within certain timeframes of recovery, after certain training loads. Some of it might be useless – it’s difficult to compare apples and oranges. But some of it could contribute to vital insights, to be kept up the sleeve for key playoffs or knockout matches.For the players, there a physical toll on being a dual international and top domestic league competitor – what has a new Socceroos like Borello learned this week to help him adapt? Then there are the hours spent in camp. How well does a player like Ajdin Hrustic who left Australia aged 14 or the Scotland-raised Harry Souttar even know their teammates? Over days of training, meals in carbon-copy hotels or long airport lines important bonds develop. The kind of ties that come to form that most intangible of notions at international level: team culture.There are 11 months until the third round of AFC qualifying begins in earnest; almost two years until we’ll know if this crop of players has done enough to book a spot at Qatar 2022. Like the intricate mosaics of the classical world, the cumulative beauty of every individual tile, each minor detail, won’t be known until the full picture has been completed.In terms of the football, against Nepal and Taiwan there was much to like and much to admonish. Against Nepal the goals came from four set pieces and a cross. Against Taiwan it was four crosses and two set pieces, with only Jamie Maclaren’s 84th minute goal coming through the middle of the park. Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter World Cup 2022 Share via Email Six points, 12 goals scored, one conceded. As weeks in international football go, it has not been too shabby. Having followed Wednesday’s 5-0 win over Nepal with a 7-1 drubbing of Taiwan – their biggest win in three-and-a-half years – the Socceroos can be relatively pleased with their results, however much they were expected.But as in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, with the AFC’s expansion from 20 to 40 teams at the first pool-stage round, hockey scores are not unexpected – this week Iran beat Cambodia 14-0, South Korea beat Sri Lanka 8-0 and China used the full weight of its billion-plus population advantage over Guam to win 7-0. Whether these mismatches are advantageous to or even necessary for the slow march of progress across the vast region of Asia is a question for the regional governing body. And whether there’s an obvious net benefit for Australia is equally hard to say. features Share on LinkedIn World Cup Topics Share on Messenger You could praise Australia’s approach and say they identified significant comparative advantages against both opponents and exploited them ruthlessly. But for a nation that for several years has struggled to open up high-quality opponents, it could also look like the work of a flat-track bully. Whether Australia has developed sophisticated patterns of play or rotations to pull top-30 nations out of shape is a question we can’t yet answer.In the second half against Nepal, Australia were poor – at time sloppy in possession, at times slow to build the play and create clean-cut opportunities. Against Taiwan there were significant lapses of concentration. If the Socceroos played down to their opposition, there are opportunities to challenge the mentality of some players.Against Nepal, Australia took 36 shots for their five goals, with only 10 of these on target. Against Taiwan 11 of Socceroos’ 16 efforts needed saving, seven of which resulted in goals. If Arnold and his staff hammered the players between games on this aspect of play, it paid off handsomely.With five pool games remaining before the third round, Arnold has plenty of time to try combinations, to blood new players and to grow the chemistry and camaraderie within the squad. Come September next year though the style of football will need to have evolved significantly, if Australia are to perform more admirably then they did at the recent Asian Cup where losses to Jordan and United Arab Emirates derailed the Socceroos’ title defence.Sharp improvement will put Australia in good stead during that third round, against more challenging opposition. Whether the building blocks will have been sufficiently put in place by then is not yet apparent.last_img read more

first_imgImproved services for Nova Scotians applying for employment support and income services, and new accommodations to help disabled parents and guardians get their children to school bus stops were among the reforms triggered by the Office of the Ombudsman during the fiscal year 2017-18. The cases are cited in the annual report released today Sept. 27, by Ombudsman William Smith. “It was a busy and challenging year,” said Mr. Smith. He reports that complaints and inquiries increased by close to seven per cent, to a total of 2,517. The total includes all complaints, inquiries and contacts with youths in the care or custody of the province. “The year also marked an exciting new initiative involving young people, the Ombudsman’s Youth Summit in October of 2017, and by the launch of a stepped-up program to support Nova Scotia’s seniors.” The employment support and income services matter involved a practise in the Department of Community Services of contacting applicants for income assistance only once regardless of whether the caseworker could leave a telephone message. Discussion between an Ombudsman representative and Community Services officials resulted in a reform that allows caseworkers to make subsequent calls, and follow up with a letter if no phone contact is made. In the school bus case, disabled parents of a young child reported difficulty accompanying their child to certain school bus stop locations. In the past, the Halifax Regional School Board permitted exceptions to Department of Transportation and Infrastucture bus stop rules only for children with disabilities. The complaint to the Ombudsman resulted in a change to the board’s student transportation policy that now permits route accommodations based on the disabilities of parents and guardians. Overall the year’s activities followed the traditional pattern, with most inquiries involving three major government departments: Community Services, 412 Justice, 34 Health and Wellness, 134 In Nova Scotia, the Ombudsman traditionally has served as an unofficial representative of children who receive government services. Over time this responsibility has become a core component of the office. This year there were 646 face-to-face meetings with children in care or custody, up from 472 the previous year. A youth-related highlight of the year was the Ombudsman’s Youth Summit. There were more than 40 participants, including youth in care and custody and from schools and organizations across the province. “The Youth Summit was an outstanding success,” said Mr. Smith. “We all learned a lot. Importantly, we learned how much we need to learn.” Inspired by the summit, an Ombudsman Youth Council will be established, supported by the Ombudsman but designed to be for youth, by youth. The first meeting of the council will take place later this fall. The annual report notes that following a recommendation of the Ombudsman’s Child Death Review Report of 2014, the departments of Justice, Health and Wellness, and Community Services have continued to work together to implement an automatic child death review. Common in other jurisdictions, the review would involve a required investigation into all deaths, and eventually critical injuries, of children in the care or custody of the province or receiving government services. Mr. Smith said it has been a long process, but he remains optimistic the child death review will become a reality. The Ombudsman said the growing role of the office in supporting seniors includes an initiative already well underway. He said all Ombudsman representatives are now involved in an outreach project visiting continuing care residences all over the province, meeting seniors, their families, and residence staff to explain and promote Ombudsman services for residents of those facilities. Mr. Smith said that in the coming year he is looking forward to the resolution of an application to the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal to settle a question of jurisdiction. The matter stems from an investigation launched by the Ombudsman into the handling of complaints made to the Adult Protection Services Division of the Department of Health and Wellness about the safety and well-being of a vulnerable person. “Regrettably the department refuses to fully co-operate with the investigation, citing broad privacy legislation and contending a lack of jurisdiction for the Ombudsman to investigate. “While such an application is rare, I believe it is necessary based on the circumstances, and is in the public interest.” The Office of the Ombudsman has a staff of 17 and budget of just under $1.8 Million. The Ombudsman’s Annual Report is now available online at .last_img read more

first_imgBhubaneswar: Naveen Patnaik, who led his Biju Janata Dal to a landslide victory in the Assembly elections, took oath as the chief minister of Odisha for a record fifth consecutive term on Wednesday. Patnaik was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Ganeshi Lal at the Idco Exhibition Ground here. Twenty newly elected BJD MLAs also took oath as ministers, including 11 of Cabinet rank, at the swearing-in ceremony attended by a host of dignitaries. President Ramnath Kovind spoke to Naveen Patnaik and congratulated him on taking oath as the chief minister. “The President conveyed his good wishes to him and his entire team for the development of the state @Naveen_Odisha, the President’s Secretariat tweeted.last_img read more

first_imgNelvana’s laugh-out-loud series 6Teen, and CGI interactive series Little Charmers are also included in the deal. Cinedigm will release Babar and Father Christmas, Babar: King of the Elephants, Babar: The Movie, Franklin and the Turtle Lake Treasure and Pippi Longstocking for digital purchase in November.“The Nelvana catalog includes both exciting newer properties as well as beloved series which have entertained and engaged multiple generations over the years,” said Yolanda Macias, Executive Vice-President of Acquisitions. “Through our broad digital and physical reach in the U.S., we are thrilled to expand Nelvana’s distribution of these well-known programs and help bring them to both long-time fans and new audiences alike.”Cinedigm has also renewed streaming rights for six Nelvana series, including Babar and Maggie and the Ferocious Beast, for its Dove and ConTV streaming networks..About NelvanaNelvana is Canada’s premier animation company and a world-leading producer and distributor of children’s content. Nelvana has delighted audiences around the globe for more than 40 years with a vast library of more than 4,000 episodes from original, award-winning series like Babar and Franklin. Nelvana’s content is distributed in more than 160 countries worldwide and broadcasts across Corus Entertainment’s suite of leading kids networks. Nelvana Enterprises, the global licensing and merchandising arm of Nelvana, manages the organization’s portfolio of in-house and third-party brands with offices in Toronto and Paris. Nelvana Studio, with offices in Toronto and Montreal, employs more than 300 Canadian artists working with local and international producers to create premium children’s content for a global stage.  For more information, visit www.nelvana.comAbout CinedigmCinedigm powers custom content solutions to the world’s largest retail, media and technology companies. The global company provides premium feature films and series to digital platforms including iTunes, Netflix, and Amazon, cable and satellite providers including Comcast, Dish Network and DirecTV, and major retailers including Wal-Mart and Target. Leveraging Cinedigm’s unique capabilities, content and technology, the company has emerged as a leader in the fast-growing digital-first channel business, with seven networks under management that reach hundreds of millions of devices while also providing premium content and service expertise to the entire digital-first ecosystem. With reciprocal distribution partnerships in both the United States and China, Cinedigm’s growing stable of platforms has unprecedented availability in the two largest markets in the world. Learn more about Cinedigm at Facebook Advertisement Advertisement TORONTO, CANADA – Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana has inked a significant multi-year home entertainment deal with Cinedigm for multiple titles from its world-famous children’s content library including classic series like Babar, Babar and the Adventures of Badou and Bakugan Battle Brawlers.Los Angeles-based Cinedigm (NASDAQ: CIDM) has taken DVD and transactional digital rights for more than 3,000 episodes and will be kicking off the deal with Nelvana’s hit preschool series Ranger Rob, which focuses on the adventures of the Big Sky Park ranger and his gregarious group of friends. Additionally, Cinedigm will be releasing DVDs of The ZhuZhus, the Disney Channel series based on the US$2-billion toy brand.“These extensive home entertainment deals with first-in-class partner Cinedigm, broadens Nelvana’s North American footprint, enabling U.S. fans to access our iconic library of children’s content wherever and whenever they want,” said Pam Westman, Head, Nelvana Enterprises. Twitter Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

2 March 2010The top United Nations humanitarian official today, on a visit to Gaza, called for the re-opening of border crossings to alleviate the suffering of the area’s population in the wake of last year’s deadly conflict. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes saw first-hand the conditions in Gaza, just over one year after the end of the three-week Israeli military offensive, known as operation “Cast Lead,” which had the stated aim of ending rocket attacks by militants operating in the area.The fighting left more than 1,400 people dead, injured 5,000 others and reduced homes, schools, hospitals and marketplaces to rubble.In Beit Hanoun and Izbet Abed Rabbu, Mr. Holmes met families whose houses were destroyed and was briefed on humanitarian work being carried out, including by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).“I have a lot of admiration for the resilience and ingenuity of Gaza residents in trying to cope with the present circumstances,” he said. “The work of relief agencies to assist those who have to endure hardship is also remarkable.”But he stressed that it is “disturbing” that one year after the fighting ended, “no meaningful reconstruction has yet started.”Emphasizing the negative impact of the blockade and the tunnel economy, the official, who arrived in the region on Sunday for a five-day visit, said he witnessed their effects on people’s livelihoods and efforts to carry out normal lives.While in Gaza, he also met with representatives from civil society and the private sector to discuss socio-economic conditions in the area, as well as with aid workers, who voiced concerns over the lack of hope for significant change and for shrinking humanitarian space.Addressing reporters, Mr. Holmes underscored the unacceptability of the continuing blockade and appealed for the release of Israeli Corporal Gilad Shalit, who has been held for almost four years.Regarding Mr. Shalit, he rejected any ties between the Israeli soldier’s case and the conditions of 1.4 million Palestinians in Gaza.A dramatic change of policy, including the full re-opening of crossings, is essential to allow people to live the dignified lives they are entitled to, emphasized Mr. Holmes, who also serves as UN Emergency Relief Coordinator.“Where there have been some marginal access improvements in some sectors during the past months, including the import of glass which we welcome, this falls far short of what is needed to rebuild livelihoods and avoid Gaza sliding backwards.”Mr. Holmes’ first stop in the region was Jerusalem, where he commended senior Israeli officials for the country’s recent response to the earthquake in Haiti, in particular the very early deployment of a field hospital, and both sides agreed to work to strengthen cooperation between the UN and Israel in this area.He also stopped in Ramallah, voicing concern over the situation in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, not least the so-called Area C, which covers 60 per cent of the West Bank and remains largely off limits to Palestinians.Mr. Holmes is scheduled to head to Tel Aviv tomorrow. read more

CV manufacturing output, year-to-date, 2012-2014 Commercial vehicle (CV) manufacturing output fell 22.1% in February to 6,235 units.This marked the eighth successive monthly drop and left year-to-date volumes down 18.4%.The impact of restructuring continues to be felt across home and export markets. UK CV manufacturing output rolling year total “Early signs of a recovering European market are a glimmer of good news for UK CV manufacturers still feeling the effects of subdued demand and industry restructuring,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive. “There are still tough months ahead while we work through the pain of the past few years, but if growth in mainland Europe strengthens, there may be light at the end of the tunnel.” UK CV manufacturing 2014 Click through to download the UK CV manufacturing news release for February 2014.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Good Morning Goodman continues with co-hosts Susan LeBlanc and Najlaa Rauf congratulating the winners of Monster Pitch. Brock students Madi Fuller and Harrison Olajos, founders of Campus Brainiac, won the Monster Pitch competition last week which was judged by Jim Treliving, one of five judges on CBC’s Dragons’ Den and Chairman and Owner of Boston Pizza International Inc., Bruce Croxon, co-host of BNN’s The Disruptors and CEO of Round 13, Deborah Rosati, corporate director and co-founder of Women Get On Board, and Jason Sparaga, co-founder and co-CEO of Spark Power Corp. and founder of Spara Capital Partners.The Brock community is invited to attend a free pre-departure workshop for travelers to China on Wednesday, March 30. The workshop is being hosted by international students at Brock’s Goodman School of Business and will cover topics such as business cultural norms, negotiation styles, transportation, etc.The ETS Major Field Test is being held on Wednesday, April 6 again for Goodman students who want to compare their business knowledge with their peers around the globe. The ETS Major Field Test is a standardized test measuring business knowledge in a variety of areas. Results are kept confidential but can be used to benchmark against aggregate results. Students can register by emailing by Friday, April 1 at 4:30 p.m.The Brock tax clinic continues this week from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day in Scotiabank Hall’s Computer Commons.Students wanting to learn more about the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation can register for on-campus CPA Ontario office hours which are being held on Monday, April 4.Lastly, Goodman student clubs are currently hiring next year’s teams. Details and job postings are on CareerZone.This is the latest in the Good Morning Goodman series which updates the Goodman School of Business community weekly on important news and events.0:27 – Innovation Matters and Monster Pitch recap1:40 – Congratulations to Monster Pitch winners Campus Brainiac3:00 – ETS Major Field Test registration3:27 – Brock tax clinic3:48 – Travel to China pre-departure workshop4:48 – CPA Ontario office hours5:03 – Student clubs hiring for next year read more

The NBA regular season ends Wednesday, and the playoffs begin Saturday. And with that in mind, we’re going to shake things up a bit with regard to FiveThirtyEight’s NBA Power Ratings.Until now, we’ve ranked every team according to a projection of its true talent over the upcoming week — and the upcoming week only — using Real Plus-Minus (RPM) player ratings provided by Jeremias Engelmann and Steve Ilardi. (For more details on the original methodology, see our introductory rankings post.)But this week, with many teams resting key players in preparation for the playoffs, we’re ranking every team according to its projected playoff power rating. This means we’re projecting every team to be at “full strength” in terms of minutes given to players who will be available for the postseason, instead of only projecting for the next week. Playoff probabilities and expected end-of-season wins are still driven by projected minute distributions over the next few days, but the power ratings themselves have been geared to capture the talent that each team is bringing into the playoffs.With the playoffs being emphasized more in our ratings, it’s fitting that the San Antonio Spurs rank in the top two for the first time since early February. They’ve won 11 straight games, a run backed up by the underlying talent of one of the league’s best teams.The Atlanta Hawks also benefit from our switch to “playoff power” — while Thabo Sefolosha’s bizarre season-ending injury hurts their chances of winning the championship, we’ve boosted the playing time for many of their good players who have consistently been listed as day-to-day in the injury report in recent weeks.As for teams on the fringe of the playoffs, we noted last week that the Boston Celtics were basically a coin flip to make the playoffs, battling it out with the Brooklyn Nets, Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers for one of the two remaining postseason slots in the Eastern Conference. A week later, the Celtics have all but completely claimed their spot; our model now gives them a 98.9 percent probability of making the playoffs.By the same token, the Heat have almost completely dropped out of the race, with just a 2.4 percent chance of qualifying for the postseason. That leaves the Nets and Pacers to fight over one spot with two games left per team. Our calculations give Brooklyn the inside track largely because of the team’s possession of the tiebreaker over Indiana, in addition to an easier remaining schedule (the Nets face the No. 9 Chicago Bulls and No. 23 Orlando Magic; Indiana faces No. 7 Memphis and No. 15 Washington).Out West, the race for the No. 8 seed is between the New Orleans Pelicans and Oklahoma City Thunder, and the Pelicans have the edge in our simulations. Oklahoma City is marginally more talented, according to RPM, and is even projected to win fractionally more games on average, but New Orleans holds the tiebreaker over the Thunder.In no small part because of those tiebreakers, there’s a 45 percent probability that the Nets and Pelicans will be the final two teams to slip into the playoffs when the season ends Wednesday. read more

Ohio State junior starting pitcher Connor Curlis delivers a pitch Friday night against Nebraska in Bill Davis Stadium. Credit: Mac Connor | Ohio State AthleticsThe Ohio State baseball team (17-8, 0-1 Big Ten) got off to a hot start, scoring three times against Nebraska starter Luis Alvarado in the first two innings.But the Cornhusker ace blanked the Buckeyes over the next 6.1 innings and Nebraska (14-12, 2-2 Big Ten) finished off a 7-3 win in the Buckeyes’ conference opener Friday night.“We tried to control [Alvarado]’s rhythm a little bit, but he was pounding the strike zone,” head coach Greg Beals said. “Give his competitive spirit credit, because he got popped in the mouth early in the game and stayed in there and kept competing.”With no outs and a runner on first in the fifth inning, Husker junior shortstop Angelo Altavilla laid a sacrifice bunt attempt down the third base line. Third baseman Conner Pohl threw the ball away, allowing Nebraska sophomore center fielder Joe Acker to score on the throwing error. Altavilla later crossed home plate on a single by senior first baseman Scott Schreiber to give Nebraska the 5-3 lead.In the bottom of the ninth inning, a pinch-hit single, a fielder’s choice and a walk loaded the bases with two outs for Ohio State junior second baseman Brady Cherry. Nebraska closer Jake Hohensee shut down the opportunity and polished off his sixth save of the season with his third strikeout.Junior Connor Curlis started on the mound for the Buckeyes and was nearly unhittable through three innings, sitting down nine of 10 batters with four strikeouts. But the game began to unravel in the fourth inning.Schreiber smacked his team-leading seventh home run of the season, a no-doubter over the left field fence. Senior second baseman Zac Repinski kept things going with a one-out double to put two runners in scoring position. Both runners scored on a ground ball and a single to even the game at three.Curlis finished with eight strikeouts, surrendering three earned runs in 6.2 innings of work. Ohio State extended its early lead when redshirt junior designated hitter Nate Romans deposited the 1-0 pitch directly above the 400-foot sign in center field during the bottom of the second inning that put the Buckeyes ahead 3-0.“He came at me with the changeup first pitch and he didn’t hit with it, so I was sitting fastball and he left it up,” Romans said. “It’s kind of funny too, because we’ve got these new bat regulations and stuff and the wind was blowing in.”Nebraska scored two insurance runs in the eighth inning, closing the door on a potential Buckeye comeback. read more

first_img Apollo 11 Gift Guide: Best Moon Landing 50th Anniversary GiftsCool Gifts for Every ‘Star Wars’ Junkie Listen bub, we all know that you’re a big Wolverine fan; who isn’t? Ever since he slashed onto the comics stage in Hulk #181 (technically #180, but it was just one panel) he’s been a hit with the fans. He was created by Roy Thomas, John Romita Jr., and the late Len Wein as well as first being illustrated by Herb Trimpe in the comics. Wolverine has since been a member of teams like X-Men and the Avengers, one of the few continuously successful solo title mutant characters, and has graced the big and small screens.Whether you call him Wolverine, Logan, Weapon X, or James Howlett, there is no denying he was one of the single most popular characters in the Marvel Universe. Since you definitely have someone in your life who adores Wolverine, we here at Geek put this gift guide together to help you with all your Wolverine shopping needs!Diamond Select Toys Wolverine StatueThis finely crafted foot tall Wolverine statue features the character unmasked in his classic yellow and blue outfit as well as a Danger Room inspired base. Great for displaying on your collectibles shelf at home!Old Man LoganIf you loved the Academy Award-nominated movie Logan, then you need to pick up the book that inspired it. Written by Mark Millar, the creative mind behind the hit movies Kickass and Kingsman, and illustrated by Marvel Civil War artist Steve McNiven, this book is a must own!Wolverine X-Force HoodieInspired by Wolverine’s X-Force costume design, this hoodie is great for keeping you warm or you can flip up the hood in the back and use it as a quick cosplay!Wolverine MugThis Wolverine inspired mug includes classic images of the character including part of the iconic cover of Wolverine #1. It’s available with a black or white interior and in 12 oz. or a jumbo 20 oz. size!Wolverine Neon PrintHere’s a unique print concept! It’s Wolverine designed to look like a neon sign. The colors really pop in a way where your guests are gonna do a double take when they see it! Available in multiple sizes to accommodate your decorating needs. Great for a kids room!Wolverine and the X-Men: The Complete SeriesXavier and Jean Grey have gone missing, and it’s up to Wolverine and the rest of the X-Men to find them! Collect all 26 episodes here on Blu-ray and relive the excitement, or check it out for the first time if this gem flew under your radar before.Slash and Serve Shredded Meat ClawsYou can’t channel your inner Wolverine all the time, but now you can in the kitchen! These stainless steel claws will help you shred large cuts of meats fast while you say “Snikt! Snikt!” to yourself all you want!Astonishing X-Men: GiftedAs much as we may love Wolverine’s solo adventures, sometimes you just want to see him on the X-Men. One of his best portrayals on a team has been in Joss Whedon and John Cassaday’s run on Astonishing X-Men. Relive the magic and check it out for the first time. Either way, you’ll likely agree with Wolverine that maybe it would be easier if they just build the X-Mansion out of LEGOs.LEGO Wolverine vs MagnetoSpeaking of LEGOs, how about Wolverine going up against one of his most powerful foes, Magneto? This set is part of the Mighty Micros series and involves little assembly! Suitable for ages 5 and up.Minimalist Wolverine Art PrintThis classy, minimalist art print of Wolverine in his beloved costume is a great addition to any den, lounge room, or even an office. Available in 8″ x 10″, but the seller is open to custom sizes to fit your needs! Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

first_imgFormer Arsenal defender Lauren has advised the club to focus their efforts on signing Denis Suarez over James Rodriguez.Despite enjoying an impressive debut campaign on loan at Bayern Munich last season, James’ future remains in doubt after starting just five of his nine Bundesliga appearances this term.The Colombia international’s loan deal will expire at the end of the season with Bayern having the option to sign James permanently for €42m or allow him to return to parent club Real Madrid.But it appears that Los Blancos don’t have much interest in retaining James with reports in Spain suggesting that they will use him as part of an exchange deal for Tottenham star Christian Eriksen.Arsenal have also been strongly linked with a move for the 27-year-old over the past few weeks, but any move for him this month is very unlikely after manager Unai Emery admitted they can only make loan signings this month.“I’m not sure that Arsenal should be seriously considering James Rodriguez, even on loan,” Lauren told Bwin. “Rodriguez has got a lot of talent, but the warning signs are there that he hasn’t been able to settle at either Real Madrid or Bayern Munich.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“He comes with a massive wage bill so Arsenal would have to make sure he was fully on board with the philosophy of the club.“Rodriguez has played in the big games for the big clubs so there’s no doubting his talent. If Emery can get the best out of him then he could make a real impact on whether Arsenal qualify for next season’s Champions League. It’s a roll of the dice.”Instead, Lauren believes Arsenal would be better off pursuing a move for Barcelona midfielder Suarez, who is unhappy due his lack of game time at Camp Nou.“Suarez should be Arsenal’s number one target this transfer window,” he added.“He’s an excellent player and he’s having to fight with so many top players to get first-team football at Barcelona. Arsenal should look to sign him above the likes of Rodriguez, no doubt about it.”Lauren played for Arsenal as a right-back for seven years and was a member of the “invincibles” squad that went the entire 2003/04 Premier League campaign unbeaten.The former Cameroon international scored 11 times in 242 appearances for the Gunners and went on to play for Portsmouth and Cordoba before retiring in 2010.last_img read more

first_img Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Now playing: Watch this: See It Enlarge ImageThe MacBook 12-inch. Sarah Tew/CNET We’ve seen the current 12-inch MacBook discounted in recent months, but Best Buy’s Tuesday-only $500 discount on the entry-level 12-incher is about the best sale price we’ve encountered. This ultraslim model lists for $1,300 but is selling for $800 in two color options (online only). This model features Intel’s Core M3 chip, the mobile version of the Core i3, plus 8GB of RAM and a 256GB solid-state drive. Apple released the latest version of the MacBook 12-inch over a year ago, so there’s a good chance we’ll see new, updated versions of it in the near future — possibly as early as Apple’s WWDC keynote on June 3. But $500 off the current model is still intriguing. The sale ends tonight at 11:59 p.m. CT (9:59 p.m. PT).Best Buy also has the Core i5 version of the 12-inch MacBook on sale for $1,099 ($500 off), but that model appears to be sold out. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of products featured on this page.See at Best Buy Tags Preview • The new 12-inch MacBook has 3 stealth upgrades 2 Apple’s 12-inch MacBook grows up • Share your voice Best Buy Intel Apple Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it $849 Apple CNET may get a commission from retail offers. This story originally published at 8:09 a.m. PT. Mentioned Above Apple MacBook (12-inch, space gray, 2017) 37 Photos 1:15 Review • MacBook review: Apple’s 12-inch mini laptop gets it right Walmart Best Buy Apple $1,299 News • In defense of the Apple MacBook keyboard See it Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 See It See It Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. reading • Best Buy flash sale: $500 off Apple 12-inch MacBook See All $869 35 best battery life laptops Laptops Apple MacBook Comments $1,099last_img read more

first_imgThis week, Dillingham landfill employees began burning municipal trash.Download Audio:The new incinerator at the Dillingham landfill.Credit Matt Martin/KDLGPoncho Garcia is the Public Works Director for the City of Dillingham. He says the incinerator heats up to about 1,300 to 1,400 degrees Fahrenheit.“We’re going through about 5,000 pounds of trash a day. And once we get the other addition help we’re probably going to pump that up to 10,000 pounds or more a day,” said Garcia.The city purchased and installed the incinerator after the Department of Environmental Conservation did not renew a permit for open burning.City Manager Rose Loera says the new incinerator will help to save the city costs and clean up the landfill.“You won’t see bears trying to get into the cells. The bird activity would diminish tremendously,” said Loera.The incinerator does not handle glass, and the City is continuing to ask residents to sort glass from their trash and take them to drop-off locations around town.last_img read more

first_imgDownload AudioPresident Obama delivered his final budget to Congress this morning. It has a picture of Denali on the cover, and several big-ticket Alaska items among its pages.Deputy Interior Secretary Mike Connor says the budget includes a proposed 10-year,$ 2 billion coastal climate resilience program to help states and communities adapt to climate change.“Part of this funding is set aside to address the needs that the president saw first-hand when he visited coastal communities in Alaska that are seeing their homelands eroding into the ocean at a rapid pace,” he said, in a phone call with reporters.Alaska’s share of the climate fund would be $400 million, over a decade.The budget also includes $150 million toward a new billion-dollar icebreaker. The White House says the money would complete all planning and design work so ship construction could begin in 2020.Obama also wants to boost Denali Commission funding to $19 million and, says USGS boss Suzette Kimball, improve Alaska data collection to create better maps.“It is particularly critical for Alaska, as many of the existing Alaska topographic maps are as much as 50 years old,” she said.The budget aims to lower the nation’s carbon emissions, in part by squeezing the oil industry. To fund a greener transportation system, the president is proposing a new per-barrel oil tax of $10.25. (That’s 25 cents higher than what administration officials said it would be last week.)  Alaska’s oil industry and congressional delegation call that a terrible idea. The budget would also eliminate tax breaks that save the oil and gas industry more than $2 billion a year.Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says the oil and gas industry “enjoys many, many tax credits” and has an unfair advantage over alternatives.“It is not level playing field across the energy landscape, and this budget attempts to make it at least a little more level,” Jewell said.A president’s budget is only a proposal, but it usually influences how Congress writes spending bills. This year, congressional leaders are harshly critical.Alaska’s delegation to Congress says they like the icebreaker money, but dislike the oil tax among, other items. Congressman Don Young, in a written statement called the budget frustrating because, Young says, it identifies problems of great concern to many Alaskans but fails to provide a “genuine path” to solve them.last_img read more

first_img Popular on Variety In addition, ESPN+ will offer an original programming lineup that includes the “30 for 30” documentary “The Last Days of Knight,” about controversial former Indiana U. basketball coach Bob Knight; “Draft Academy,” a behind-the-scenes look at top prospects leading up to the 2018 NFL Draft; and “Quest for the Stanley Cup,” a weekly docu-series that will run during the NHL playoffs.For true sports fanatics, ESPN+ will include a “Sports Marketplace,” offering subscriptions to additional premium streaming services like MLB.TV (and NHL.TV, beginning with the 2018-19 season).BAMTech Media, majority-owned by Disney, is handling the development and operation of ESPN+ and the Disney SVOD service. Founded by Major League Baseball (which remains a minority shareholder along with the NHL), BAMTech has run the MLB.TV service for 15 years — a long track record of delivering high-scale streaming services — and powers other services including NHL.TV, HBO Now, Hulu’s live TV and WWE Network.At launch, the new ESPN App with ESPN+ will be available on the following devices and platforms: Apple’s iPhone, iPad and Apple TV; Amazon’s Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Fire TV smart TVs and Fire Tablets (4th generation and newer); and Android phones, Android TV and Google Chromecast. Disney Layoffs Hit Nearly 60 in Media Distribution Division ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Stars Tease How Saga Ends ESPN is stuffing its ESPN+ subscription service with thousands of live sporting events and other programming — which won’t be available on its cable TV channels. And it’s also promising sports mega-fans who pony up $4.99 per month that they won’t be blasted with as many ads.To be clear: The live games on ESPN+, which will include MLB, NHL, Major League Soccer and PGA events plus international sports like soccer, cricket, and rugby, will have traditional ad breaks — just like on TV — delivered using dynamic ad-insertion technology.However, ESPN+ subscribers will not see standard display ads or pre- and post-roll video ads anywhere on the ESPN App, or connected-TV platforms. Instead of those traditional ad formats, for ESPN+ the programmer is focusing on securing integrated brand sponsorships; the launch sponsor for ESPN+ is American Express. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 The idea is to create an uncluttered and personalized viewing experience with ESPN+ that gives marketers a canvas to deliver “bespoke” messaging, said Ed Erhardt, president of ESPN’s global sales and marketing. Related “It’s about giving brands new ways to reach consumers while delivering the right ads, to the right people, in the right environment,” he said. “This speaks to our desire to provide an advertising experience that gives advertisers more creativity and the opportunity for higher engagement.”ESPN+ will be available through and a redesigned ESPN App, also launching Thursday. The new ESPN App — which is sponsored by Audi — will provide access to all content from the Disney sports programmer, tailored to individual fans’ favorite teams and sports.The new ESPN App will offer three tiers of content:Free: The app will continue to offer sports scores, news, features and analysis, video highlights and clips, and a library of live and on-demand sports audio content;“TV Everywhere” access: Subscribers of participating pay-TV operators will be able to log in for live and on-demand access to ESPN’s U.S. linear and digital networks (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, ESPNews, SEC Network, SEC Network +, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Goal Line, ESPN Bases Loaded, Longhorn Network, ACC Network Extra);ESPN+: Direct-to-consumer subscription streaming access to thousands of additional live sporting events, original content and shows, and a VOD library with thousands of hours of past sporting events, documentaries and other features.ESPN+ marks the first subscription plan from Disney Direct-to-Consumer and International, the new division headed by Kevin Mayer that the media conglom announced last month. In addition to ESPN+, Mayer’s DTCI encompasses the Disney-branded streaming service (as yet unnamed) set for a late-2019 debut.Available only in the U.S., ESPN+ costs $4.99 per month or $49.99 per year. During the launch week (April 12-18) users can get a special 30-day free trial subscription, a promo sponsored by American Express.Erhardt declined to say how long the Amex and Audi sponsorship deals are in place, saying both are “ongoing customers of ESPN.” Under its pact with Amex, the financial-services company also will be the presenting sponsor of the entire library of ESPN Films’ “30 for 30” documentary features, available exclusively on ESPN+. As an example of the overall integrated-marketing deal with Amex, Erhardt noted its exclusive sponsorship of the behind-the-scenes “SportsCenter All-Access” special on ESPN linear TV on April 10. While ESPN+ has a slew of content, it’s worth noting that it will not include live games from the NFL or NBA — the two most popular pro leagues in America. Live sporting events on ESPN+ (subject to local-market blackout restrictions) include:MLB: One daily game, seven days per week, throughout the regular season, for a total of more than 180 gamesNHL: Beginning with the 2018-19 season, a daily game throughout the regular season for total of more than 180 hockey games plus on-demand replays of the 2018 Stanley CupPlayoffsMLS: The entire MLS Live out-of-market schedule with more than 250 games this season, as well as exclusive local-market broadcasts of 23 Chicago Fire matches available to subscribers in ChicagoCollege Sports: Football, basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, track and field, gymnastics, swimming and diving, lacrosse, wrestling, volleyball, golf and more from 20 U.S. collegiate conferencesTop Rank Boxing: Hundreds of live boxing matches, including 18 exclusive Top Rank fight cards throughout the yearPGA Tour Golf: 50 days of coverage from 20 PGA tour events, including the RBC Heritage, The Players Championship, and the FedExCup PlayoffsGrand Slam Tennis: Hundreds of men’s and women’s singles, doubles and other matches, from the Australian Open, Wimbledon and U.S. OpenCricket: Hundreds of Test, ODI and T20 format matches from New Zealand Cricket and Cricket IrelandRugby: Hundreds of matches from SANZAAR Rugby, the HSBC World Rugby Sevens series, and Major League RugbyCanadian Football League: Nearly 200 games from Canada’s pro leagueEnglish Football League: About 200 total soccer matches, including an average of four per week from Sky Bet Championship Playoffs, League 1 and League 2, plus six matches per month from the EFL Cup (beginning in August) and 16 matches per month throughout the EFL 2018-19 seasonUEFA Nations League: 100-plus live matches from the newly created tournament. Pay-TV customers with an ESPN+ subscription will be able to access the entire tournament including the 36 UNL matches on ESPN linear networks and ESPN3United Soccer League: About 450 matches from the North American league this seasonESPN+ also will feature exclusive studio programming including “Detail,” an NBA analysis show written, produced and hosted by Kobe Bryant; “In The Crease,” a nightly NHL show co-hosted by ESPN’s Linda Cohn and Barry Melrose; and “ESPN FC,” a daily soccer news, highlights and analysis show hosted by Dan Thomas.last_img read more

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. April 16, 2013 For those who’ve been anxiously wondering how much storage or what type of camera will come with the much-anticipated release of Google Glass, the tech giant has announced the specifications for the computer-enabled “smart” glasses.The prototype models of Glass — which are already starting to ship to winners of Google’s “Glass Explorer” contest — will come with a total of 16 GB storage, meaning after pre-loaded software they will have 12 GB of usable memory. The lenses themselves will feature high resolution displays, which Google says will be the equivalent of looking at a 25-inch high definition screen from eight feet away.Glass will also come with a 5-megapixel camera and be able to capture video at 720p resolution, Google says. Additionally, a fully charged battery should last one full day under typical use. Some features, of course, such as Google Hangouts and video recording, will be more battery intensive.Related: VC Heavyweights to Fund Tech Startups Creating Google Glass AppsOther Glass specs, via Google:Fit Adjustable nosepads and durable frame to fit any face. Extra nosepads in two sizesAudio Bone Conduction TransducerConnectivity Wifi – 802.11b/g BluetoothCharger Included Micro USB cable and chargerCompatibility Any Bluetooth-capable phone The MyGlass companion app requires Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or higher, and MyGlass enables GPS and SMS messagingRelated: A Look at ‘Google Glass’ and What the Computerized Glasses Can Do Google also released a Glass-related FAQ, and guidelines for the user interface and API (application-programming interface) for app developers.What would you do if you had Google Glass? Let us know in the comments below. 2 min readcenter_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now »last_img read more