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first_imgWhen the NCAA had their rules committee devise a plan to speed up basketball games and improve scoring, they again put the referees in a tough position.  If you watch a game today, you will notice that simply touching a player away from the basket is a foul but you can beat a big man to a pulp under the basket and not get a foul called on you.  How many times have you seen a player get called for an illegal pick this year?  In one game there were 4 illegal picks called in 4 consecutive possessions.  Players have no clue as to what they can do.  These are the rules that officials are supposed to be calling.As far as I am concerned, all this has done is slow down the game rather than speeded it up.  They are calling more and more picky fouls and there is a constant parade to the free throw line.  Add to this the NCAA’s rule that you must check the monitor in the last 2 minutes of a half for any questionable call, and I think they are adding a half hour to the games rather than reducing them.Scoring is up but only because of the 30-second clock in the NCAA and the additional free-throw shooting that is taking place.  However, the games are longer.last_img read more

first_imgFor all her brilliance and experience and that bloody-minded determination of a champion, there were two things Serena Williams simply could not overcome at Wimbledon on Monday.One was Round-of-16 opponent Sabine Lisicki, who produced the performance of a lifetime to clinch a stunning upset – 6-2, 1-6, 6-4.The other was age. Williams’ astonishing form throughout 2013, good enough for a 34-match winning streak of imperious dominance, was such that she had begun to seem timeless. Yet it must be remembered that Williams is now 31 years old and the exception rather than the rule in what is increasingly a young woman’s game.While all her advantages in terms of technique and power and court smarts are too much for most of her out-matched opponents to deal with, those capable and brave enough to stick to a certain plan may increasingly find positive traction against her.Lisicki was game to try to wear Williams down, confident she could stick around long enough for the American’s legs and spirit to get weary. She moved Williams around Centre Court, attacking Serena’s ferocious forehand with wide slicing serves and whipping groundstrokes deep into each corner.It was a tactic that looked ultimately destined to fail when Williams took a 3-0 lead in the deciding set, before Lisicki dug deep once more for a final revival that saw her reel off six out of seven games. At the end, Lisicki sunk forward to her stomach, sobbing in delight and disbelief at the finest moment of her career. The 23-year-old German reached the 2011 semifinals at Wimbledon, and this win continued her extraordinary streak of having beaten the reigning French Open champion at Wimbledon on four occasions.But nothing was bigger than this, a triumph over a living legend who was seeking to match the longest winning streak on the women’s tour since the turn of the century. Serena’s sister Venus Williams won 35 straight in 2000. “I am shaking,” said Lisicki. “I am so happy. Serena is such a tough opponent and it is an amazing feeling to win this match.” Williams had no excuses and found some gracious words for Lisicki at the net and some more during her post-match press conference.“It’s not a shock,” Williams said. “She plays really good on grass and has a massive serve. Sabine played really well, she always plays really well at Wimbledon.“Every time I step on the court I am the favorite so I have grown to get used to that. You know it is not going to be an easy match against her. I need to do better. She played a super-aggressive game. When you have absolutely nothing to lose you can play with so much freedom and you can be so loose.”At certain times in her career Williams’ conditioning has been called into question, but that had nothing to do with this loss. All those years on tour might have taken a step off her speed, but throughout this year she has kept in exceptional shape.This was a defeat as simple as an inspired opponent and the cruel sands of time. Even after 16 Grand Slam titles Serena is not done yet, not by a long shot, though this was a reminder that in the coming months and years her age may be a tougher foe than most of her supposed rivals.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A mix of clouds and sun expected over the Ohio today as warm air continues to push into the region. We expect more clouds in the north, but better sunshine potential in the central and southern parts of the state. Southwest flow will continue through the day. A minor disturbance lingers over MI and southern Ontario this morning, and clouds from that will be drifting across Lake Erie and into northern Ohio.  We see chances of a few scattered to isolated showers in those areas, down to around US 20. WE do not expect anything of consequence through the day farther south.  However, clouds will be increasing as we move through the afternoon and evening.Rain and thunderstorms arrive tomorrow. However, we likely will not see much of that truly get here until mid to late afternoon and the moisture ramps up overnight tomorrow night through Thursday. That means tomorrow morning and afternoon we continue to see clouds build, but will see some sunshine too. The more sun we see, the bigger the concern will be for thunderstorms in the afternoon and at night, as we charge up the atmosphere with extra energy. The rains from tomorrow late afternoon through Friday will be from .5″-1.5″ with coverage near 100% .Then we see lingering rain through Saturday bringing up to another half inch of rain over 70% of Ohio. Clouds finally give way to better sun on Sunday, but perhaps not until the afternoon. The map at right shows system total rain potential through Sunday morning.Next week starts damp. Scattered showers return for Monday with 75% of Ohio seeing up to half an inch of rain. Tuesday scattered showers bring 40% coverage to the entire state with rain totals up to .25”. Then Wednesday afternoon we see the largest slug of moisture arrive with a frontal boundary. . Rain and thunderstorms Wednesday late afternoon through Thursday trigger totals of .25”-1” with 90% coverage.Partly to mostly sunny skies finally muscle back in for Friday. As we transition into the extended period, we keep dry weather in over most of the state for Saturday the 27th but have to look for showers from US 50 south. Partly sunny skies are expected for Sunday the 28th. If this pattern is realized, that will be a significant dry window for at least half of the state…but it comes after some pretty significant moisture to start next week.As we finish April and move into May, we have rain returning Monday evening, the 29th, and continuing through midday Tuesday, the 30th. This brings .25”-.75” with 80% coverage. It will be followed up with scattered showers for Wednesday, May first, with .2” or less expected. A dry finish to the 16 day period is anticipated at this time for the 2nd.last_img read more

first_imgTags:#Google#Location#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img curt hopkins Google is busy hiring 300 temporary workers at its Kirkland, Washington offices to help it make corrections to its maps. This undertaking is expected to last a year. Google has gained ground on its competitors, companies like Yahoo and Microsoft, by rolling out a series of map overlays for activities like walking and biking. But it has also registered plenty of exasperation from users encouraged to, for instance, bike through the White House.A Google spokesperson named Jordan told Seattle tech blog TechFlash that a lot of “the work will be focused on data management, said Newman. That includes keeping current on new business listings and the latest information on things like bike trails.”Google “is working with temporary staffing firms Randstad and Aerotek to find 300 ‘visual data specialists’ to improve the product.” 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

first_imgVANCOUVER — A rare encounter with several juvenile bluntnose sixgill sharks in waters off Vancouver implies the population may be larger than previously thought, says a marine biologist.Chris Harvey-Clark of Dalhousie University was part of a team of researchers who used a small submarine to explore the waters about a kilometre off the coast and about 100 metres below the surface.He said they were surprised to see three juvenile sixgills, in part because the population was thought to have been reduced significantly by an experimental fishery that operated in the 1990s.“Over all the years I’ve been doing this, since the 1970s, I’ve only seen maybe two or three juveniles. I think that’s what made the experience off downtown Vancouver so amazing,” he said in an interview.“In thousands of dives I’ve done, I’ve only seen two or three juvenile sixgills. And all of a sudden, bang, in a very short period of time, you see three. To me, that was the dramatic moment that this sub dive led to.”Harvey-Clark, who is also a veterinarian, wrote about the September 2017 discovery in a paper published last month in Sea Technology.He said it’s also unusual to see juvenile sixgills, which are about one to two metres long, because the cannibalistic nature of sharks means that the younger, smaller animals are often forced to hide in deeper waters.“Juveniles of this species are rarely found at that size. It’s a highly cannibalistic species. If a big one finds a little one, they just eat it,” Harvey-Clark said.“These juveniles, almost neonatal sharks, are probably using depth as a way to segregate from other adults of their species who would eat them if they could find them.”The slow-growing, but long-lived species of shark is typically found in waters up to 2,000 metres deep and grows to five or six metres.The researchers put out bait of oily fish but the sharks also appeared to be very attracted to the metal parts of the sub. Because they’re a deep-sea shark, they detect prey based on microvolt amounts of current the bottom fish are putting out, he explained.He said it was also interesting to see that there was a lot of food for sixgills at a depth of only 100 metres.“There was lots of dogfish, lots of ratfish, tons and tons of squid species that we don’t really see much of in shallow water in that part of Vancouver,” he said.“The whole thing was illuminating about the whole life that goes on beneath the surface right off a densely populated city centre. People swimming off the beaches of Vancouver would never imagine the sharks out there.”But he doesn’t think swimmers should be too nervous about the creatures taking a bite out of them.“You don’t want to ever say that about something that gets this big. These sharks get to be a huge size. They eat everything. They have a giant mouth and saw teeth,” he added.“But there have been many, many diver encounters with this species and nobody’s ever really had an aggressive encounter with a sixgill.”He said they’re a slow-moving, relatively sedentary bottom-feeding species, and their favourite food is stuff that’s already dead.“If you want to see a sixgill really get active, some salmon offal on the bottom … That’s really what they’re after.”Laura Kane, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

After years of playing it cool in the free-agency game, the San Antonio Spurs entered the market this month and were the clear-cut winners. That probably shouldn’t be a surprise: Winning is pretty much what the Spurs do. And these summer victories have them poised for many more once the season starts.The Spurs nabbed LaMarcus Aldridge, the best (realistically)1There was little chance that Memphis’s Marc Gasol or San Antonio’s own Kawhi Leonard would switch teams, and while Cleveland’s LeBron James hasn’t officially re-signed, it’s basically a foregone conclusion that he’ll be back with the Cavs. available free agent of the summer, negotiated new contracts for essential wings Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green, convinced Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili to each forgo retirement in favor of another crack at a championship, and even managed to snag veteran forward David West for $11 million less than he would have made had he opted into the final season of his contract with the Indiana Pacers.In other words, it was a good week for Gregg Popovich.To measure just how good it was — or how dominant next season’s Spurs figure to be, I dusted off last year’s preseason projection system (fueled by Real Plus-Minus), plugged projected RPM values into Rotoworld’s depth charts, and (unscientifically) estimated how much playing time each player will receive.2Basically, I looked at last year’s minutes per game for each player, as well as how many minutes per game were logged by others who will be at the same position on his 2015-16 team, eventually ballparking a reasonable figure. (In other words, it was definitely not scientific.) Here’s a first pass at how good San Antonio could be next season:That predicted power rating of +8.9 means the Spurs are talented enough to win about 60 games,3That estimate is based on the Spurs’ being in the Western Conference. Because the West is (somewhat significantly) better than the East, it takes more talent for a team to get the same number of wins out West than it would if they were in the East. which is very high for a true talent projection. A lot of luck and variance lurks out there, ready to make a team’s record different from its underlying skill, so most teams that win 60 or more games don’t actually possess 60-win talent. (Using Statistical Plus/Minus talent ratings, I found that only 18 percent of teams that won 60 or more games in a season4If a season was shorter than 82 games, I prorated it. since 1979-80 truly had 60-win talent on their rosters.) But this Spurs roster appears to really have that much talent.It’s a formidable group that stacks up against any of the other teams across the league — even the defending champions in Oakland. To test this, I ran similar projections for a handful of other notable teams that were either good last season and didn’t lose much talent over the offseason (like the Warriors) or have enjoyed an eventful offseason thus far.5The official list of teams I checked, in order of projected 2015-16 quality: the Spurs, Warriors, Cavaliers, Thunder, Rockets, Raptors, Grizzlies, Clippers, Wizards, Mavericks, Bucks, Hawks and — just for fun — the Knicks. (As a sanity check: Yes, the Knicks are projected to be very bad.) Here were the best of those squads:According to these preliminary projections, the Spurs are excellent, although they’re not a super-team. (In other words, they’re not a juggernaut that looks poised to blow away the rest of the league.) In the eyes of RPM, they’re essentially tied with Golden State now as the best team in basketball, closing the gap that existed between the two teams last season.But San Antonio and Golden State do seem to be well ahead of the rest of the league. Cleveland ranks third among teams I checked but is still four to five wins behind the leaders, according to the power ratings. (Oklahoma City is two to three wins behind Cleveland; Houston is one to two wins behind Oklahoma City; and then there’s Toronto and a distant group containing Memphis and the Clippers.)The Spurs were already among the class of the league before strengthening their roster this summer. While San Antonio may not shatter any records, its surgical dissection of the free-agent market has left it with arguably the best team in basketball. read more

first_imgTitled ‘Words Matter: Writings Against Silence’  (Penguin Random House India), the book has been edited by award-winning poet and scholar K Satchidanandan.It contains essays written by scholars and writers including Romila Thapar, Githa, Salil Tripathi and Ananya Vajpeyi among others. “In their perceptive and insightful essays, the contributors argue that we must nurture critical thinking to fight all kinds of discrimination and insularity,” publishers said. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ The book includes excerpts from writings of rationalists Narendra Dabholkar and Govind Pansare and scholar M M Kalburgi, who were killed by fundamentalists, besides articles and speeches by eminent public figures like Markandey Katju and Nayantara Sahgal among others. In the past, some of them were also part of the Award Wapsi campaign where over 40 artists and writers returned their Sahitya Akademi awards protesting against the killings of Kalburgi, Dabholkar and Pansare. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe book emphasises the need for intellectuals to take the responsibility of safeguarding the democratic nature of the nation and advocates free speech. It also highlights that the status quo (of traditions) must be challenged to enrich the diversity of India. “Myths, texts and systems of faith and thought have been cherished, revisited and also challenged. It lies in our interest as a modern nation to preserve our cultural strength and help democracy flourish,” reads the book.last_img read more

first_imgCouverture chocolate, which is cocoa butter from the purest and the richest cocoa beans from around the world, has various health benefits. Cocoa butter helps in anti-aging, and improved skin health. Vibhu Mahajan, Chief Operating Officer at Choko la, the manufacturing company talks about some benefits of couverture chocolate: Cocoa is one of the highest known natural sources of anti-oxidants in the world. It is rich in Flavan-3-ol, anti-oxidant compounds which can improve cognition, lower blood pressure and increase circulations. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfCocoa butter used in couverture has lower melting point. This increases ‘friendly cholesterol’ HDL levels and maintains total cholesterol level.Cocoa butter which is one of the main ingredients in the preparation of couverture chocolates, helps in combating kidney problems and also prevents cardiac diseases.Real couverture dark chocolate is said to reduce risk of arteriosclerosis (thickening of walls of arteries in a person’s body which hampers the blood flow). Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe phenethylamine present in chocolate uplifts one’s mood instantaneously.Due to low glycemic index of chocolate, one can be carefree about surge in blood sugar levels.Theobromine present in couverture chocolate hardens tooth enamel and cures cough.Flavonoids present in cocoa can help one in getting glowing and healthier skin.last_img read more