FRENCH OPEN 2019: Serena Williams tries again for 24th major

first_imgPDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war MOST READ 2019 Match Record: 19-52019 Singles Titles: 1Career Singles Titles: 3Grand Slam Singles Titles: 2 — Australian Open (2019), U.S. Open (2018)Last 5 French Opens: 2018-Lost in 3rd Round, 2017-1st, 2016-3rd, 2015-Did Not Play, 2014-DNPADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – In this June 2, 2018, file photo, Serena Williams of the United States, returns a shot against Germany’s Julia Georges during their third round match at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)Women to watch at the French Open, where play begins Sunday:___ADVERTISEMENT Age: 292019 Match Record: 28-82019 Singles Titles: 2Career Singles Titles: 27Grand Slam Singles Titles: 2 — Wimbledon (2011, 2014)Last 5 French Opens: 2018-3rd, 2017-2nd, 2016-3rd, 2015-4th, 2014-3rdAces: Pulled out of Rome with a left calf issue. … Is third on tour in aces this year, but also has hit by far the most double-faults.Topspin: Since getting to the 2012 semifinals at Roland Garros, only has been past the third round once. Her strong lefty strokes and recent form on clay could mean that changes this year.___SLOANE STEPHENS Grand Slam Singles Titles: 1 — French Open (2018)Last 5 French Opens: 2018-Won Championship, 2017-Runner-Up, 2016-4th, 2015-2nd, 2014-RUAces: Among the WTA’s top 10 in break points converted and first-serve percentage in 2019. … Pulled out of Italian Open with hamstring problem, but said she was sure she’d be OK for Paris.Topspin: Tries to defend a Grand Slam title for the first time. Her movement and defense-to-offense skills have carried her to three of the past five finals at Roland Garros.___KIKI BERTENSRanked: 4Country: NetherlandsAge: 272019 Match Record: 26-10 Aces: After going 1-6 against top-10 opponents in 2018, she is 6-4 in those matches in 2019. … Played cricket while away from the tour for nearly two years after the 2014 U.S. Open.Topspin: After major breakthroughs at the Australian Open in January and when she collected the title at the Miami Open in March, seems poised to show big improvement on her 2-5 career record at the French Open.___SERENA WILLIAMSRanked: 10Country: United StatesAge: 372019 Match Record: 7-22019 Singles Titles: 0Career Singles Titles: 72Grand Slam Singles Titles: 23 — French Open (2002, 2013, 2015), Australian Open (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2017), Wimbledon (2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016), U.S. Open (1999, 2002, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014)Last 5 French Opens: 2018-4th, 2017-DNP, 2016-RU, 2015-W, 2014-2ndAces: Back in the top 10 this year after dropping out of the top 400 while away from the tour to have a baby. … After missing about 1½ years of majors, reached two Grand Slam finals in 2018. … Pulled out of last two tournaments because of injured left knee.Topspin: Comes to Paris with only one clay-court match since last year’s French Open. There’s also uncertainty about the status of her knee. So while she’s always considered a favorite, no matter the site or surface, when she is healthy, it is hard to know what to expect from her this time around.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 2019 Singles Titles: 2Career Singles Titles: 9Grand Slam Singles Titles: 0 — Best: SF, French Open (2016)Last 5 French Opens: 2018-3rd, 2017-2nd, 2016-SF, 2015-1st, 2014-4thAces: Ranks in the tour’s top two in aces and service points won this season. … Hit 20 aces in one match. … At past three clay events, went semifinals-title-semifinals.Topspin: Has the game and the confidence to go far in Paris. Many in tennis think she is ready to play well deep into the second week at a major tournament.___PETRA KVITOVARanked: 6Country: Czech Republic Japanese sumo vs Trump’s WWE: big differences in clash of big men Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport ___ASH BARTYRanked: 8Country: AustraliaAge: 232019 Match Record: 24-52019 Singles Titles: 1Career Singles Titles: 4Grand Slam Singles Titles: 0 — Best: QF, Australian Open (2019)Last 5 French Opens: 2018-2nd, 2017-1st, 2016-DNP, 2015-DNP, 2014-1stcenter_img DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP NAOMI OSAKARanked: 1FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsCountry: JapanAge: 21 Aces: After going only 5-4 on clay last year, heads to Paris with a 7-1 mark on the surface in 2019. … Withdrew with injuries from tournaments in Stuttgart (abdominal muscle) and Rome (thumb).Topspin: Big hitting carried her to two Grand Slam titles in a row on hard courts. Clay presents different challenges.___SIMONA HALEPRanked: 3Country: RomaniaAge: 272019 Match Record: 23-82019 Singles Titles: 0Career Singles Titles: 18 Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too LATEST STORIES Ranked: 7Country: United StatesAge: 262019 Match Record: 14-92019 Singles Titles: 0Career Singles Titles: 6Grand Slam Singles Titles: 1 — U.S. Open (2017)Last 5 French Opens: 2018-RU, 2017-DNP, 2016-3rd, 2015-4th, 2014-4thAces: Recently hired coach Sven Groeneveld, who has worked with such past French Open champions as Maria Sharapova and Ana Ivanovic.Topspin: Run to last year’s final in Paris showed that Stephens is capable of winning a Grand Slam championship on clay to go with her hard-court title from the U.S. Open.last_img read more

Anirban Lahiri targets British Open top 10

first_imgIndia’s Anirban Lahiri has targeted a top 10 finish at next week’s British Open at Royal Troon as the reigning Asian Tour number one gears up for a bumper month of golf that ends with the Rio Olympics in August.Lahiri, who turned 29 last week, finished tied for 31st in his British Open debut in 2012 and will make his fourth appearance at the championships at the Scottish links from July 14-17.”The Open is truly a special tournament,” Lahiri told the Asian Tour. “I’ve had a couple of decent outings but feel like I missed out both times on a top-10 finish.”Hopefully Troon suits my eye and I can play consistently throughout the week. A top-10 or better would be my goal this year.”I like playing links courses,” Lahiri added. “You have to be creative and strategically efficient to play well on them. Also I am comfortable flighting down my ball-flight, which is a must in windy conditions.Lahiri, whose tied fifth finish at the PGA Championship last year is the best by an Indian golfer, feels consistency has been lacking from his game in his first full season on the PGA Tour.”It’s been a very slow and sluggish season. I have been inconsistent and have got off to good starts on a few occasions only to have a disappointing weekend.”It’s frustrating when your ‘A’ game feels right around the corner but does not show up as frequently as you would like.”In any case the first season on a new tour is always the toughest and I’m satisfied that I am in a good position to keep my playing privileges for next year.”advertisementWhile a number of top-ranked male golfers have withdrawn from the Rio Games due to Zika fears, Lahiri, ranked 62nd in the world, is excited at the prospect of representing India at the Aug. 5-21 Games, which will see the sport return to the Olympics after a 112-year gap.”Managing energy levels and conditioning are a big challenge this season,” Lahiri added. “I will look to skip a few events leading up to the big ones if I feel like I need to take a break.”My coach will be here in America for two weeks to work on all aspects of the game and sharpen it up for the majors and the Olympics.”Hopefully I can pace myself just right to peak during the majors and Olympics. That’s the goal.??last_img read more

When Neeraj Chopa is on the field, expect the very best from him: PM Modi

first_imgIndia Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Neeraj Chopra, after the 20-year-old won India its first Javelin gold in Asian Games history.Neeraj broke his own national record by clearing a distance of 88.06m, to win India’s second second gold in athletics at the 2018 Asian Games.Neeraj became the first Indian javelin thrower to win an Asian Games gold medal as he shattered his own national record, and his gold is India’s only second medal in javelin throw in Asian Games history after Gurtej Singh won a bronze in 1982 in New Delhi.Overall, he became the third Indian to win a medal in javelin throw. Parsa Singh was the first Indian to achieve the feat when he won a silver medal at the 1951 New Delhi Asian Games.The 20-year-old’s wining threw came in his third attempt. He began with 83.46m and fouled the second attempt.Liu Qizhen of China was a distance second with a best throw of 82.22m while Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem won the bronze with a 80.75 effort.The Commonwealth Games and reigning Asian champion completely dominated the competition as he bettered his own national record of 87.43 which he had come up with in Doha during the first leg of the Diamond League series in May. None of the competitors in the field had a 85-plus throw this season.ASIAN GAMES 2018 – FULL COVERAGE | MEDALS TALLYChopra’s biggest rival was expected to be Chao Tsun Cheng, who last year recorded a throw of 91.36m but the Chinese Taipei thrower could manage a best of 79.81 to finish fifth.advertisementChopra, the world junior record holder of 86.48, has been in tremendous form this season as has consistently crossed the 85m mark.READ – Neeraj Chopra wins India’s first javelin gold medal in Asian Games historyHe won the Federation Cup in March with 85.94m, clinched a gold in the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games with a throw of 86.47m, before the 87.43 effort in Doha. Before coming here, he had 85.17 and 85.69 in France and Finland during his preparations for the Asian Games.Incidentally Virender Sehwag had said that Neeraj Chopra would make India proud again at the Asian Games, after winning Gold at the Savo Games.When @Neeraj_chopra1 is on the field, expect the very best from him.This youngster makes India happier by winning a Gold in the Mens Javelin Throw Final. We also congratulate him for setting a new national record. #AsianGames2018 pic.twitter.com/juRElLZQfxNarendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 27, 2018A historic Gold! The whole nation is immensely proud of @Neeraj_chopra1 for winning the Gold in Men’s Javelin Throw event at the #AsianGames2018. A special moment for you, for Haryana and for all of India! Congratulations.. Keep it up! #PresidentKovindPresident of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) August 27, 2018All put your hands together for #NeerajChopra. Another gold.Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) August 27, 2018NEERAJ CHOPRA creates a NATIONAL RECORD WITH HIS GOLDEN THROW!Unstoppable @Neeraj_chopra1 shatters a national record to claim a in men’s Javelin Throw at the #ASIANGAMES2018. His consistent performance speaks volumes about his hard work! WAY TO GO NEERAJ #KheloIndia pic.twitter.com/q7GDhsSN8dRajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) August 27, 2018And the champion makes us proud once again with a throw of 88.06 mand giving us a Gold. So proud of you @Neeraj_chopra1 #AsianGames2018 https://t.co/yLTp8rQsCcVirender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 27, 2018Is this man one of the biggest stars in world athletics?? By deed, by looks, by style, by attitude. Congrats @Neeraj_chopra1 You are just simply amazing pic.twitter.com/elIQgVeiWSViren Rasquinha (@virenrasquinha) August 27, 2018Congrats #NeerajChopra for winning GOLD.Excellent performance by Neeraj Chopra with 88.06 m.#AsianGames2018#AsianGames#KoiKasarNahi#IndiaAtAsianGamespic.twitter.com/P8lCJuHithSandeep Kumar (@Jaatboyz786) August 27, 2018What a delight to watch you throw #Javelin and clinch a gold for IndiaHeartiest congratulations @Neeraj_chopra1 ! You nailed it! #AsianGames2018 #Athletics #RecordBreaking #NeerajChopra pic.twitter.com/rhxk3tl7zJSuresh Raina (@ImRaina) August 27, 2018(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

India head coach interview likely after Independence Day

first_imgIndia head coach interview likely after Independence DayThe interview process for the selection of India national cricket team’s head coach is likely to be postponed. CAC, led by Kapil Dev, were initially expected to conducted a two-day interview on August 13 and 14. advertisement Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiAugust 10, 2019UPDATED: August 10, 2019 16:36 IST Ravi Shastri is likely to retain his job as head coach of India cricket team (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSHead coach selection interview likely to be 1-day processAround half a dozen candidates have only been shortlistedDelay in paperwork reason for postponement, according to sourcesThere looks to be a slight delay in the process of selection of the next India head coach as the three-member Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising of Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy are likely to interview the shortlisted candidates only post Independence Day — August 15. It was initially said that the process of interviewing them would happen on August 13 and 14.Speaking to IANS, sources in the know of developments also added that it will be in all likelihood a one-day process as there are only around half a dozen candidates who have been shortlisted for the process.”The meeting was initially set to take place on August 13 and 14, but after shortlisting the candidates, it has come to the fore that around six candidates fit the bill for the position of the head coach and thus, one day of interviews should be enough.”Some paperwork still remains and that needs to be completed before the CAC can start the process of interviewing the eligible candidates. Don’t see the process happening before August 15,” the source said.Captain will not be part of decision-making processAsked if skipper Virat Kohli’s opinion will be sought by the CAC, the source said that the captain would not be a part of the decision-making process just as was the case during the selection of the women’s coach.”Don’t see a reason why the captain should be involved as there are guidelines given clearly as to who fits the bill and now it is for the three-member committee to decide on who is the candidate most suited to become the head coach. There is no role for either the captain or the CoA. The same process as was followed during appointing the women’s coach will be followed.advertisement”They will obviously give something like a top three to the BCCI as per their preference and after that it is for the BCCI to approach the person on the top of the list. If that person has all the criteria boxes ticked, he comes in. If not, then the person who is second on the list will be approached. But the call will be with the CAC on preparing the list as per their preference,” the source pointed.Interestingly, skipper Kohli has already made his opinion known when he addressed the media before the Windies series.”With Ravi bhai, all of us have a great camaraderie, everyone in the team shares mutual respect (with him). And we have done really well together as a group,” Kohli said at the pre-departure press conference for the tour of USA and West Indies.”Yeah, we will definitely be very happy if he is continuing as a coach, but as I said it is upon the CAC to seek my advice or opinion if they want. Right now, I haven’t been contacted at all. And I don’t know what is going to happen with the process.”While the CAC is expected to pick the head coach, the support staff will be picked by the selection committee comprising of M.S.K. Prasad, Gagan Khoda, Jatin Paranjpe, Sarandeep Singh and Devang Gandhi.It is strongly believed that while bowling coach Bharat Arun will continue in his role, thanks to his brilliant effort with the bowling unit, Vikram Rathour or Praveen Amre could come in as the batting coach as current coach Sanjay Bangar’s position is under the scanner.Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India cricket teamFollow Ravi ShastriFollow India cricket head coachFollow BCCIlast_img read more

JPs Encouraged to Take Advantage of Training

first_img He noted that they will be called upon to attend training in mediation and restorative justice. Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, who made the call at the swearing-in ceremony for 53 new JPs for St. Andrew at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Sunday (June 3), said they have a very important role to play in assisting the justice system. Justices of the peace (JPs) are being encouraged to take advantage of training being provided by the Government to better equip them to carry out their roles. Justices of the peace (JPs) are being encouraged to take advantage of training being provided by the Government to better equip them to carry out their roles.Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, who made the call at the swearing-in ceremony for 53 new JPs for St. Andrew at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Sunday (June 3), said they have a very important role to play in assisting the justice system.“I expect that you will engage in additional training. I hope many of you get additional training to become lay magistrates,” he said.He noted that they will be called upon to attend training in mediation and restorative justice.“Once you’re a justice of the peace, we’re going to pay for you to become a mediator, so you don’t have to find the $90,000. We will find it, and you can go and get the training to become a mediator.“We also want you to be trained in restorative justice. You have heard the term, but we want you to go through additional training of becoming a restorative justice facilitator, because as a facilitator, when things go wrong, how do you restore the original position?” he said.Mr. Chuck further told the newly appointed JPs that they will be equipped to help with child-diversion cases.“We will have, shortly, as soon as the Act is passed in the Senate, child diversion, because we want to keep youngsters, under the age of 17… from the formal system, and your assistance will be needed,” he said.“If the judge believes it is appropriate, they will refer the child, the offender, and sometimes the victim, to you, a justice of the peace, to see how you can assist that child,” he noted.Minister Chuck commended the new appointees for coming forward to offer their service.“This is a call to work. It is a call to help Jamaica. It is a call to you to step forward and play your part in nation-building,” he said. Story Highlightslast_img read more

HEARTBREAKING SASK FILM INDUSTRYS OPERATING REVENUE SLASHED IN HALF OVER LAST DECADE

first_imgSaskatchewan’s film tax credit was eliminated in 2012, causing many production companies and film crews to leave. (Tina Lovgreen/CBC) Saskatchewan’s film tax credit was eliminated in 2012, causing many production companies and film crews to leave.“Everyone had to make the choice to relearn something else and stay in the province or move away and do the thing that they love, which is working on film,” said longtime set builder Danny Scavuzzo.“Most of the people just packed up and left and it was kind of heartbreaking to watch some of the hardest working, smartest Saskatchewan people pick up and leave the province.” Advertisement A recent report from Statistics Canada paints a picture of a dying film industry in Saskatchewan, with annual revenue falling to just over half of what it was in its heyday about a decade ago.The operating revenue generated by film, television and video productions in Saskatchewan in 2017 was $21 million, compared to $42.2 million generated in 2007.Meanwhile, Manitoba’s film industry generated a comparable $39.7 million in 2007 and has grown to bring in more than $100 million in 2017.Life after the film tax credit Twitter Login/Register With:center_img Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebooklast_img read more

Switzerland and Sri Lanka plan closer cooperation

She added that the migration partnership set conditions for increased involvement for strengthening human rights and creating better prospects for young people in Sri Lanka through vocational training projects. Sommaruga said Switzerland planned to increase its support to Sri Lanka to promote democratic reform, a ministry statement said. Switzerland offered shelter to thousands of refugees. Currently there are about 51,000 Sri Lankans in Switzerland. Around half of them are have acquired Swiss citizenship, according to the justice ministry. Sommaruga met the president, Maithripala Sirisena, as well as government ministers and representatives of the national human rights commission and several civil society organisations, including members of the strongest political party, the Tamil National Alliance.During her four-day trip to the southeast Asian country, she will pay a visit to labour migration programme in the country led by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperationexternal link. The Swiss justice minister, Simonetta Sommaruga, has agreed an extended migration partnership accord with Sri Lanka, Swiss info reported.On Monday, Sommaruga signed a memorandum of understanding in the capital Colombo with the Sri Lankan interior minister, Seneviratne Bandara Nawinne, reaffirming their intention to facilitate and extend cooperation, according to the justice ministry. They said the reconciliation process in Sri Lanka was not sufficiently advanced and the human rights situation in the country was too problematic for closer cooperation. The aim of the visit is to gain first-hand information on the reconciliation process following the end of the 30-year civil war in 2009 and the rule of law in the country, notably the labour migration to Gulf States and Asian countries.In 2016, Switzerland and Sri Lanka signed a bilateral immigration treaty covering the repatriation of Sri Lankans who no longer fulfil the conditions for continued residence in Switzerland.The non-governmental Swiss Refugee Councilexternal link and the Swiss branch of Amnesty Internationalexternal link have criticised the planned cooperation accord with Sri Lanka. read more

Future grad credits donors for helping her to pursue dreams

Brock University has brought Caitlin Muhl one step closer to achieving her lifelong dream of becoming a physician.The next milestone in her career quest is just on the horizon for the Niagara Falls resident, who will receive an Honours Bachelor of Science in Medical Sciences at Convocation next month.Muhl will return to Brock in September to complete her Master’s of Public Health.She shared with a crowd at the recent Student Awards and Donor Recognition Reception the impact the University has had on her life.Muhl spoke about her decision to pursue her post-secondary education at Brock, knowing the experience and opportunities would help put her on the path to becoming a pediatrician.It was the one-of-a-kind Med Plus program that drew her attention and seemed to be a perfect fit, she said. Emily Van Haren, Caitlyn Gallant and Caitlin Muhl spoke at the recent Student Awards and Donor Recognition Reception.Muhl thanked Brock’s donors for their contributions, which support various awards and initiatives that help students across campus continue to pursue their dreams.“Donor awards greatly reduce the burden of post-secondary expenses,” she said, adding it makes it more manageable for students to balance education and community involvement.More than $2 million in the form of thousands of awards are distributed annually to support students in their quest for excellence.The awards event, co-hosted by Development and Alumni Relations and the Faculty of Graduate Studies, is intended to celebrate the success of Brock undergraduate and graduate students and to thank donors for supporting students.During the event, guests also heard from graduate students Emily Van Haren and Brock’s 2017 3MT winner Caitlyn Gallant.Brock’s graduate students continue to be a vital part of our academic and research success and continue to receive external funding to help support their endeavours to build knowledge and lead discovery and innovation. read more

Running Backs Are Finally Getting Paid What Theyre Worth

Relative to other positions, top running backs are slated to make around half as much in 2017 as they did at the start of the 2000s.So why is this happening? Perhaps NFL teams have consciously devalued the running back, or perhaps it’s just a multitude of decisions in many different circumstances that have happened to lead us here. But while the RBs’ new situation almost certainly results directly from the league’s shift toward pass-centric offenses, it may also stem from the league ever so slowly wising up to the fundamental math of its own game. Much like with the 3-point shot in the NBA, passing the football in the NFL has virtually always looked better on paper. And, like the midrange jumper, the NFL seems to be (perhaps more slowly) creeping in the direction of running just about as rarely as the situation and game theory require. Indeed, the history of offense in the NFL is largely a story of running less and getting more efficient: In 20172Note that the 2017 RB figure will likely go up a bit after rookie contracts are signed, since Leonard Fournette, the no. 4 pick, will likely count just under 5 million against the cap because of the rookie salary scale, making him the new 12th-highest paid RB in the NFL. The top 16 RBs are projected to have an average cap value of (just over) $6 million – up slightly from last year’s $5.9 million. Any remaining signings during free agency also may move 2017’s number, though most of the big names are off the market. the top 16 running backs (the league’s above-average starters, give or take a few) are slated to make less than any offensive or defensive positions — even tight ends and safeties, who were the bottom-feeders of the nonkicking game in 2000.3ESPN’s salary data isn’t guaranteed to be complete — particularly the further back you go – though it should be most accurate for top players whose contracts are widely reported. Additionally, running backs and six other positions – WR, DE, CB, LB, DT and OL — averaged between $3 and $4 million in 2000. In 2017, top RBs will average around $6 million — the other six positions will each average more than $10 million. And even this picture may be slightly rosier than it appears, because for several years Peterson bent the RB curve upward.4For example, in 2015 the top 16 averaged $6.1 million, while spots 2 through 16 averaged just 5.4 million.If we look at each figure as a percentage of all money spent on the top 16 players at each position, things look even worse for running backs: Over time teams have been passing more and more, and they have been picking up more and more yards as a result. Part of that is that teams are getting better at passing, but it’s also that they have gotten better at knowing when to pass. And, of course, those two trends play well together: As teams have gotten better at short, high-percentage passes, the rationale for running in situations where you need less-explosive but high-percentage plays has declined.That said, the NFL still has a long and easily demonstrable history of running way, way too much — even recently. We can tell because we know how every play in the NFL since 2000 has affected a team’s likely win percentage. The stat is called WPA, or Win Percentage Added. WPA allows us to look at the results of plays beyond just yards gained5As always, you shouldn’t take my use of this model as a suggestion that it’s perfect. No model is. But it does the job in this case perfectly well., which is helpful since a successful run should positively impact a team’s chances of winning even if it picks up fewer average yards, etc. Indeed, if every team played perfectly and everything was in game-theoretical balance, we wouldn’t expect to see much difference between runs and passes at all. This is not the case.For starters, let’s cut out a bunch of special circumstances and look at the most vanilla run/pass decisions possible: first and second downs, with 5-10 yards to go, outside the Red Zone, outside the last two minutes of either half — giving us about 278,000 plays to work with. This is where the traditional, workhorse, MVP-type running back butters his bread. Now, since the decision to run or pass is largely a function of how far ahead or behind a team is and how late it is in the game, let’s break our results down by quarter and score margin before the play: Basically, there is pretty much no ordinary situation in which running produces better results than passing. If a team is more than 10 points ahead in the second quarter, running has seemed to do OK. And that’s about it. Even situations where running a lot is pretty standard — like up fewer than 10 points in the third or fourth quarters — passing has done substantially better. Of course, some amount of run/pass balance is necessary, or defenses would completely tee off on the pass every time. But this issue is likely overblown: As a pretty straightforward application of introductory game theory, if one option keeps producing substantially better results than the other, you should do it more often.6Technically, you should keep doing it more until the two options have equal marginal expectations.Of course, running the football has ancillary benefits, such as burning time off the clock, avoiding turnovers, gaining positive yards more consistently, picking up shorter yardage a higher percentage of the time, keeping the defenses honest, and so on. (There may even be situations in which teams pass too often, such as with 2-point attempts.) That sounds like a lot of good uses for the run! But note that, when it comes to these things, the quality of your running back — at least by conventional measures like how many yards they gain — is of secondary importance.This is because even a great rushing attack is still worse at picking up yards than even a mediocre passing attack. The all-pro running back may gain a lot of yards as his team funnels its offense through him, but many (or even most) of those yards are picked up in spots — like when a team is slightly up or down in the third quarter — where passing would have been better (or at the very least, where teams should be passing more often). Indeed, much like with having a good punter, there’s a danger that a great running back could hurt his team, if he entices them to run too often. (Conversely, a potential problem with having a great run defense is that opponents may be bullied into passing!)None of which is to say that the running back position will die out, or that the league’s unwillingness to pay a lot for them will continue indefinitely. Running backs and rushing may still be an important part of the game, so long as you aren’t trying to use it to pick up a bunch of yards on the ground. There are better ways to do that, and better things you could be doing with that slot.For example, running backs who excel in short-yardage situations — such as Marshawn Lynch, Jerome Bettis or Marcus Allen7Super Bowl winners, all. — or “third down” or pass-catching RBs who can be legitimate multiway threats in a spread offense — may actually be more valuable than they seem. As the athletes who play “running back” get better at things like opening up the passing game and helping pick up first downs, the position may be leveraged more efficiently and see its value increase commensurately. Note the sole runner scheduled to make eight figures this year is Pittsburgh’s extremely versatile LeVeon Bell (whose one-year franchise player contract will earn him a little over $12 million in 2017).But committing money to “workhorse” running backs who provide little outside of their ability to grind out a large number of yards inefficiently — a description that arguably fits Peterson as well as any great RB — is like doubling down on buggy whips when everyone else is scrambling to make flying cars.CORRECTION (May 16, 1:32 p.m.): The “Why running sucks” chart in an earlier version of this article misattributed the source of its data. It was from Pro-Football-Reference.com, not ESPN Stats & Information Group. Being a productive rusher in the NFL takes a rare mix of skills and talents, such as speed, elusiveness, vision and anticipation. Those who have excelled at it have historically been rewarded with team-defining roles, league accolades, furious media attention and nice contracts to boot.Of late, however, top rushers have seen their roles diminished and their pay stagnate. In the modern NFL, teams appear reluctant to commit resources to ball carriers like they used to.Perhaps this reflects the new offensive landscape in the NFL, in which teams pass more and better than ever before. But it may also reflect a growing recognition that, for all their talent, traditionally great running backs probably don’t actually contribute that much to their teams’ chances of winning.Consider the case of Adrian Peterson — the 2012 NFL MVP and the only running back to win that award in the past 10 years. Peterson has made by far the most money for a RB in NFL history after the Vikings paid him more than $12 million each year for the past six years — during which the Vikings averaged just over seven wins per season. He’s 32 years old and spent much of 2016 injured but led the league in rushing as recently as 2015. As an unrestricted free agent this offseason, Peterson signed with the New Orleans Saints for a modest $7 million over two years, with only $3.5 million guaranteed. In 2017, he’s slated to cost less than Bengals backup RB Giovani Bernard (who will cost $3.7 million against the cap) — not to mention 10 different kickers.1Dustin Colquitt, Thomas Morstead, Bryan Anger, Matt Prater, Stephen Gostkowski, Sebastian Janikowski, Justin Tucker, Graham Gano, Dan Bailey and Mason Crosby! (Have I mentioned kickers are awesome?)While Peterson’s situation has its own contours and meniscus tears, it’s something of an emblem for the NFL’s approach to RB talent right now. With top players at most positions getting paid more and more as the league’s revenues and salary cap have grown (and in some cases, exploded), the average pay for top running backs has stalled and even declined in recent years: read more

Elderly sisters found murdered in Xanthi home

first_imgTwo elderly sisters were found murdered in their home in the village of Komnina, near Xanthi in northeastern Greece, on Thursday. Police said the women, aged 72 and 80, were beaten with a heavy object, possibly an axe or a hammer. Officers said a window had been broken and that the assailant or assailants appeared to have been looking for cash or valuables. The sisters had moved back to the village from Athens seven years ago, locals said. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Analyse médicolégale pourraiton démasquer les coupables dun attentat nucléaire terroriste

first_imgAnalyse “médico-légale” : pourrait-on démasquer les coupables d’un attentat nucléaire terroriste ?Publiée récemment dans la revue scientifique PNAS, une étude américaine cherche à montrer qu’en cas d’attaque nucléaire terroriste, l’examen du site de l’explosion pourrait fournir des indices concernant la provenance de l’engin, et donc l’identité de l’assaillant.Leur matériel d’étude ? Un échantillon – acheté via Internet à un collectionneur – de “trinitite”, ce dépôt lisse couvrant la terre du site d’Alamogordo (Nouveau-Mexique), où fut testée en 1945 la toute première bombe atomique, prototype de celle d’Hiroshima. À lire aussiLe pied d’éléphant, cette effrayante masse radioactive cachée dans les entrailles de TchernobylAlbert Fahey, du National Institute of Standards and Technology (Nist) à Gaithersburg, dit avoir réussi, avec son équipe, à déduire une foule d’informations sur les composants secondaires de la bombe, grâce à une micro-analyse de cet échantillon.Selon lui, si les produits de fission et le plutonium d’une bombe terroriste seraient probablement “anonymes”, issus du marché noir international, les matériaux de l’enveloppe, en revanche, seraient plutôt de provenance locale, désignant potentiellement le pays agresseur. Incrustés dans le décor au moment de la déflagration, ils peuvent laisser de précieux indices : microtraces de plomb dont la composition isotopique trahirait la mine d’où il a été extrait, ou encore poussière des briques de l’entrepôt où l’engin a été stocké.         Le 14 novembre 2010 à 18:39 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

200 millions de tweets publiés chaque jour

first_img200 millions de tweets publiés chaque jourLe site de micro-blogging a annoncé avoir franchi la barre symbolique des 200 millions de messages par jour. En un an, Twitter a vu le nombre des messages échangés quotidiennement être multiplié par trois. Alors que 65 millions de tweets circulaient tous les jours il y a un an, ce chiffre a atteint la barre symbolique des 200 millions, a ainsi annoncé Twitter, relayé par Zdnet. A titre de comparaison, Twitter a indiqué que ces 200 millions de tweets étaient équivalents à 8.163 exemplaires de “Guerre et Paix” de Tolstoï.Cette année, les sujets les plus populaires ont été la grippe porcine AH1N1, suivie du président égyptien Hosni Moubarak et de la fête de Pâques. Conscient que ses contenus sont devenus des outils journalistiques à part entière, Twitter cherche à séduire les organes de presse, comme le prouve le lancement de Twitter for Newsrooms, un guide de bonnes pratiques destiné à faciliter la vérification des sources.Le 1 juillet 2011 à 12:02 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Certains poissons reconnaissent dinstinct leurs parents et sassocient avec eux

first_imgCertains poissons reconnaissent d’instinct leurs parents et s’associent avec euxDes chercheurs autrichiens ont montré expérimentalement que l’épinoche, un petit poisson, reconnaît parmi ses congénères ceux qui lui sont apparentés, même sans les avoir jamais rencontrés et forme par préférence des bancs avec eux.De nombreux animaux savent identifier, parmi leurs congénères, ceux qui leur sont apparentés. Si cela n’est guère surprenant chez les espèces qui vivent en communautés familiales, où les individus se côtoient tous les jours, cela reste plus énigmatique pour certaines autres. Chez celles-ci, les individus s’appuient-ils pour ce faire sur des similarités (apparence, odeur…) avec eux-mêmes ? Les gènes communs induisant souvent des phénotypes communs.C’est en travaillant sur cette problématique que l’équipe de Joachim Frommen, de l’Université de médecine vétérinaire de Vienne, a mis en évidence chez un poisson, l’épinoche à trois épines (Gasterosteus aculeatus) d’étonnantes dispositions à identifier et s’assembler avec ses parents (au sens large). En laboratoire, les chercheurs ont offert à chaque individu qu’ils ont testé, la possibilité de rejoindre un banc de congénères parmi deux au choix. Le premier banc se composait d’individus inconnus du spécimen testé et non apparentés à lui. Le second se composait de ses frères et sœurs, lesquels lui étaient soit familiers (dans une première série de tests) soit parfaitement inconnus (dans une seconde expérience). Des parents inconnus très bien reconnus   À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Les résultats montrent que chaque épinoche testé choisit spontanément de se joindre à sa propre fratrie. Indépendamment du fait d’avoir déjà ou non côtoyé ses membres, souligne l’étude publiée dans la revue Ethology.”Il semble que les poissons apprennent très tôt, durant leur vie à reconnaître les indices désignant les membres du groupe qui leur sont étroitement liés – tels que des signaux olfactifs – et à en déduire des liens de parenté quand ils rencontrent leurs congénères. Le fait d’avoir déjà rencontré ces congénères avant ou non n’a qu’un rôle mineur”, conclut Joachim Frommen, auteur principal de l’étude.Le 15 juin 2013 à 18:52 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Crash kills two in east Vancouver

first_imgTwo motorcycles crashed into a sport-utility vehicle in east Vancouver, killing two people and injuring two others Friday night.The motorcycles were traveling westbound on Northeast 18th Street at about 11:45 p.m. when they struck a 2005 BMW X5 going southbound on Northeast 187th Avenue as it made a left turn, according to a press release from the Vancouver Police Department.The driver of the SUV was pronounced dead at the scene. An 8-year-old child, who was in the SUV, suffered minor injuries. An ambulance took the child to a hospital for evaluation.A 23-year-old motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. The second motorcyclist, also 23, went to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries.The Vancouver Police Department Traffic Unit, which is investigating, indicated that speed and alcohol appeared to be factors in the crash.last_img read more

Insitu chief seeks places to land

first_imgBINGEN — As Insitu Inc.’s new CEO searches for a place to live, he is also in charge of looking for a home for the fledgling Boeing Co. subsidiary and maker of unmanned aircraft. It’s likely that both the company base and its leader’s private residence will be located somewhere within the Columbia River Gorge, Steve Morrow, Insitu’s president and chief executive officer, said Wednesday during his first press conference at the company’s Bingen headquarters. Morrow was hired in late April to replace Insitu’s former executive Steve Silwa, who retired April 1. In October, Insitu announced it was seeking a 20- to 25-acre campus in the Gorge area to consolidate most of its other sites and serve as company headquarters. Morrow said Insitu is looking at 30 potential sites, including a 20-acre parcel at the Port of Klickitat, where the company already has some operations. The company hasn’t secured a site but it is still moving forward with efforts to consolidate, going from 27 buildings to 22 buildings in Bingen, he said.Today, the unmanned aircraft maker employs 800 people in Bingen, White Salmon, Stevenson, Vancouver, and Oregon’s Hood River and The Dalles, all towns Morrow and his wife Connie visited during their recent house hunt, he said.last_img read more

OU faculty recruitment notification by July 25

first_imgHyderabad: Ending a two-decade-old logjam, Osmania University is all set to issue a faculty recruitment notification before July 25. All other universities in the state are also likely to issue similar notifications by the end of this month. According to sources, the notification for about 400 vacancies across various departments in Osmania University will be issued. Also Read – Concerns of marine and fresh water pollution must be addressed on priority basis: Vice President Advertise With Us Speaking to The Hans India, a senior official of the Higher Education department said, “The government has already given its nod for the recruitment of 1,061 vacant positions across state universities. There is no need for any fresh approval from the government and the universities can go ahead issuing notifications,” he added. It may be mentioned here that Vice-Chancellor posts of nine out of 11 universities are falling vacant by the end of July 2019. Also Read – 3-day Snacks Festival begins at Ameerpet Metro station Advertise With Us When asked will the recruitment process will be hit again on account of vacancies of the VCs, the official said, “There is no bar in issuing recruitment notifications. It will be done as per the guidelines recently issued by the University Grants Commission (UGC), along with the timelines.” he said. TSCHE sources said the appointment of VCs is expected to be completed by the second or third week of August 2019. Advertise With Us Letters have already been sent to the UGC and universities concerned to nominate members for the panel. The notification for the recruitment of faculty and the selection of VCs can go parallelly. “All the nine universities will have new VCs by the time the faculty recruitment process reaches the stage where the presence of VC is considered a must as VC is the chairman of the faculty recruitment committee,” the sources said. However, the government does not want the recruitment process to go on under in charge VCs as it might turn into a controversy. An out-going VC of a university said: “Shortly, we are issuing notification as the process of fixing reservations is in the final stage. If possible, it will be issued in the first week of August itself.”last_img read more

Students protest over revoking Article 370 in Guntur

first_imgGuntur: Students under the banner of Progressive Democratic Students Union (PDSU) on Friday protested against abolishing Article 370 to Jammu and Kashmir at railway station here on Friday. They demanded that the Centre withdraw the army from Jammu & Kashmir and cancel the decisions taken without the involvement of people of Kashmir. They also raised slogans against the Centre. Also Read – DGP Gautam Sawang warns over objectional posts on social media Advertise With Us Speaking on this occasion, PDSU state general secretary Gani Raju said that the Centre had taken leaders of political parties into custody, stopped telecast of news channels and internet and sent huge security forces and forcefully abolished autonomy to Jammu & Kashmir and announced creation of two Union Territories. They condemned the act of the Central government and protested.last_img read more

Pollstime govt next month Quader

first_imgObaidul QuaderAn election-time government will probably be formed in the middle of next month, ruling Bangladesh Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader said on Tuesday.The size of the government will be similar to the one formed during the previous national polls, he said while speaking at a press briefing at his secretariat office.”I’ve spoken to the prime minister. There will be no tecnocrats in the election-time government, which will be small in size,” said the minister.”The Jatiya Party has requested that two of their leaders be included. The prime minister will give it a thought,” he added.Finance minister AMA Muhith’s recent disclosure that the national elections would be held on 27 December and that a poll-time government would be formed in October, created controversies.Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, himself was one of the critics of Muhith’s remarks.The AL general secretary on Tuesday mentioned that the nominations of the party’s member of parliament candidtes will be finalised next month and 60-70 leaders have been given hints to this end.When asked about the rumours of a 100-strong list, he said, “Even if a list is there, only the prime minister knows about it and nobody else.”In reply to another questions, the AL leader said the allies will be given 65-70 seats in the polls.He alleged that BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia is trying to play a political game. “Why won’t she go to the best hospital? She is trying to make it an issue.”last_img read more

Edmondson Village Town Hall Meeting and Resource Fair

first_imgThe Greater Southwest District Council is hosting a town hall meeting and resource fair, 1 to 2:30 p.m., March 1, at St. Bernadine’s Catholic Church, 614 Mt. Holly Street in Baltimore. Goals are to:*Improve the condition of the Edmondson Village Shopping Center*Revisit the 2007 Edmondson Village Master Plan*Connect residents with resources need to uplift the community*Work collectively to address neighborhood issues.For more information, please contact Kristerfer Burnett at 443-985-6476 or Kristerferburnett@gmail.comlast_img read more

Heres When to Catch the Upcoming Nintendo Switch Presentation

first_img Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Controller Patent Teases SNES Games on Switch We’re still months out before we can finally get our hands on the Nintendo Switch since it made its proper debut via Nintendo in October. But that certainly doesn’t mean we’re not going to see more of it ahead of its official launch in March. Nintendo has been keeping much of the information about the Switch under wraps over the last few months, but come January 12th at 8 PM PT/ 11 PM ET we’re going to see a whole lot more of it. At long last!Yes, the time has been revealed at long last, with the event taking place later in the day for those of us on the east coast. It’s going to be something that you’ll definitely want to stay up for though if that’s past your bedtime, especially if you’re looking forward to seeing what the Nintendo Switch has to offer.The presentation is going to be a pretty big deal, especially since Nintendo has been quiet about what all it’s going to show off during the event. We know a staggeringly little amount about the Switch so far other than what we’ve been able to surmise from the announcement trailer. It will be a console/portable hybrid that utilizes various control schemes, features detachable controllers, and there are a number of games arriving for the console from notable developers and publishers.This event should be a pretty satisfying deluge of information, especially if buyers will be expected to make a purchasing decision in the coming months, so let’s see if we’ll finally get some information on the system’s pricing, launch titles, and various other bits of info we’re currently missing. It’s been a long time coming, and even though we now have to wait until after the major part of the holiday season to hear more, it’s going to feel so good to finally be in the know. Hopefully. Stay on targetlast_img read more