first_imgSrinagar experienced the coldest night of the season on Saturday night as the mercury continued its downward spiral in most parts of the Kashmir valley and Ladakh region. Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 5.6 degrees Celsius on Saturday night, down from minus 4.2 degrees Celsius the previous night, MET officials said on Sunday. It was the coldest night of the season so far in the city, they said. The night temperature in the city has dropped over five degrees since Thursday as the valley is moving closer to the 40-day harshest winter period, locally known as ‘Chillai Kalan’, which begins on December 21. The officials said Qazigund, Kupwara and Leh also experienced the coldest night of the season on Saturday night along with Srinagar. Qazigund, the gateway town to the Valley, in south Kashmir recorded a low of minus 5.6 degrees Celsius on Saturday night, compared to the previous night’s minus 5 degrees Celsius. Coldest DecemberThe officials said it was the coldest December night in Qazigund in the last four years. The town had recorded a low of minus 5.9 degrees Celsius on December 27, 2014. The nearby Kokernag town recorded a low of minus 5.7 degrees on Saturday night, up from minus 6.6 degrees the previous night. Kupwara in north Kashmir saw the mercury going down from minus 4.5 degrees the previous night to settle at a low of minus 6 degrees Celsius on Saturday, the official said. They said it was the coldest December night in Kupwara in the last five years.last_img read more

first_imgMission Hills Group will design and build the school and its six indoor courts, but it will be operated by NBA China.The NBA already has three training academies in China for top male and female prospects.NBA China chief executive David Shoemaker said in a Mission Hills press statement: “This groundbreaking NBA Basketball School in Haikou further builds upon our commitment to developing young basketball talent in China. “We are delighted that Mission Hills Group shares our vision and are thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute to the government’s pledge to grow a sporting culture in Hainan Province.”Hainan, sometimes referred to as China’s equivalent of Hawaii, already hosts a Barcelona football academy, also in partnership with Mission Hills.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:08Smash hit? Tesla suffers broken glass mishap at launch of new truck07:50BYS Academy: Create a Fall Glam Makeup Look01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding PH chess team eyes 7 golds or more in 2017 ASEAN Para Games BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Along with football, basketball is the most popular sport in China and Bryant said the new facility — construction begins later this year — will be a boon to the Chinese game.“The Chinese youth will benefit from a complete approach to player development that combines NBA-quality coaching with NBA-level training,” said the retired five-time NBA champion.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I believe this partnership will lift the game of basketball to a higher level in China.”The 39-year-old was in the city of Haikou, on the southern Chinese island of Hainan, to unveil the project.center_img Retired basketball superstar Kobe Bryant enjoying himself during his Mamba Mentality Tour on Saturday night, June 25, 2016, at Araneta Coliseum in Cubao. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLos Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant announced plans Tuesday for China’s first NBA basketball school, a development the 18-time All-Star says will improve the game in the country.The NBA Basketball School-Mission Hills Haikou will be open to male and female players from junior up to professional level after its completion in 2019 and could help unearth the next Chinese basketball star.ADVERTISEMENT E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Read Next LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

first_imgJust too good Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Executive vice president of basketball operations John Paxson said at the end of the season that Boylen would likely get an extension. The Bulls made it official on Friday, though they did not announce the length or financial terms.“Jim has a strong vision on where he wants to take this team, and he has done a great job establishing the culture that we want this organization to stand for as we continue to progress,” Paxson said in a statement. “He has tremendous passion for developing young talent, is a strong communicator and a good fit for this team. The organization is confident in the direction that he is taking our players, and we are committed to him.”FEATURED 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, logisticsThe Bulls went 22-60 in the second year of their rebuild and finished with one of the worst records in franchise history. They were 5-19 when Hoiberg got fired and went 17-41 the rest of the way under Boylen.His first week was a rocky one with a team-record 56-point blowout loss and a few players raising the possibility of boycotting practice the following day after back-to-back games. Instead, there was a team meeting and a session with coaches and management. And Boylen started to connect with players. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles View comments Chicago believes it has the makings of a promising foundation with Lauri Markkanen, Zach LaVine, Wendell Carter Jr. and Otto Porter Jr. The Bulls figure to get a high draft pick, though they have just a 12.5% chance to win the lottery.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Head coach Jim Boylen of the Chicago Bulls reacts as his team takes on the New York Knicks at the United Center on April 09, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. The Knicks defeated the Bulls 96-86. NOTE TO USER: Head coach Jim Boylen of the Chicago Bulls reacts as his team takes on the New York Knicks at the United Center on April 09, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. The Knicks defeated the Bulls 96-86. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images/AFPCHICAGO — The Chicago Bulls and coach Jim Boylen have agreed to a contract extension.Boylen was already under contract for next season when the Bulls promoted him from assistant coach to take over for the fired Fred Hoiberg in December. They never gave him the interim tag.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

first_imgSyracuse players in a pregame huddle.YouTube/SyracuseThe Syracuse Orange were hit by the NCAA with some rough sanctions this past offseason, but unlike last year, in 2015-2016, the team will be eligible for the NCAA Tournament. Of course, they’ll need to post a better record than 18-13 to make it happen.Friday, ahead of the team’s first game of the season, Syracuse released a hype video titled #CuseMode. It features highlights of the team’s preseason games this year. Check it out:Syracuse returns a number of key contributors from last year’s squad – including Trevor Cooney, Michael Gbinije, Kaleb Joseph and Tyler Roberson. It’ll be interesting to see if they can compete in the ultra-competitive ACC.last_img read more

first_imgThe logo on Michigan’s football jerseys isn’t the only thing that’s changing regarding the Wolverines’ look heading into the 2016 season.Jim Harbaugh’s team also has different helmets.Michigan will still be sporting its “iconic” winged helmets, but they’re a bit different. The Wolverines’ helmets are now of the “matte” variety.The program’s equipment staff tweeted out a couple hi-res pictures of the helmets with the caption, “Still Iconic.” Michigan@HailEquipment Michigan@HailEquipmentWhat do you think, Michigan fans?More Photos Of The Wolverines’ New Uniforms Belowlast_img read more

first_imgThe cast of FOX’s GREASE: LIVE has teamed up with DoSomething.org, the largest organization for young people and social change, for its annual Teens for Jeans campaign.Grease Live Teens For Jeans CampaignTeens for Jeans encourages young people to run a gently-used jeans drive in their schools and communities and donate the jeans to their local homeless shelters.The GREASE: LIVE cast hosted its own Rydell High drive, with cast members Keke Palmer, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jordan Fisher, and more donating their denim to help youth who are experiencing homelessness in the Los Angeles area.Audience members attending the live broadcast were encouraged to bring their jeans to donate to the drive.Over one million young people in the United States experience homelessness every year, and a pair of jeans is one of the items most often requested by young people entering homeless shelters. In the past eight years, DoSomething.org’s Teens for Jeans campaign has provided over 5 million pairs of jeans for youth experiencing homelessness.For more information on how to participate in Teens for Jeans click here.last_img read more

first_imgOn November 13th 2017, LOUIS XIII Cognac premiered “100 Years” – The Song We’ll Only Hear If We Care – a unique musical composition created by Pharrell Williams that will not be released until 2117.Pharrell – #IfwecareLOUIS XIII partnered with Pharrell on this innovative project due to a shared dedication to environmental issues. The original song is a creative expression of the delicate relationship between nature and time, and the effect humans have on their environment. Each decanter of LOUIS XIII represents the life achievement of generations of cellar masters, so LOUIS XIII must always think a century ahead.Pharrell’s exclusive track was recorded onto a record made of clay from the chalky soil of the Cognac region, and stored in the cellars of LOUIS XIII in a state-of-the-art safe specially designed by Fichet-Bauche that is only destructible when submerged in water. If sea levels continue to rise at such an alarming rate due to climate change, scientists project that in 100 years, a significant portion of the world’s land might be underwater. The only way to guarantee this original piece of music will be heard again in 2117, one century from now, is if we address the tragic consequences of global warming – if we do not change our way of living, future generations will never be able to hear this song. “100 Years” by Pharrell Williams will be out in 2117, but only #Ifwecare.“I love the fact that LOUIS XIII thinks a century ahead,” said Pharrell Williams. “We should all do the same for the planet. We have a common interest in preserving nature for the future. Each bottle is the life achievement of generations of men and women. It’s all about legacy and transmission.” Pharrell has long been passionate about preserving our environment and how important human action is to addressing climate change.“100 Years” premiered during a private listening party in Shanghai, where Pharrell presented the song one time only. The one hundred lucky guests in attendance were not allowed to record the once-in-a-lifetime experience, so the song remains a secret for the next century. LOUIS XIII and Pharrell aimed to inspire these guests to take action and motivate others to get involved in the international effort to curb global warming.“We are incredibly proud of this innovative project,” said Ludovic du Plessis, Global Executive Director of LOUIS XIII. “Nature and time are at the heart of what we do. If the environment is unstable, even the greatest cellar master would not be able to compose the exceptional blend that is LOUIS XIII. Global Warming is one of the most important issues of the 21st century; with 100 Years – The Song We’ll Only Hear If We Care, we hope to inspire people around the world to take action.”In 2015, LOUIS XIII partnered with renowned actor and creative visionary John Malkovich to create “100 Years: The Movie You Will Never See,” a thought-provoking artistic work that explores the relationship of past, present, and future. “100 Years” – The Song We’ll Only Hear If We Care – was previewed in Shanghai on November 13th, 2017. For more information, visit the brand website – WWW.LOUISXIII-COGNAC.COM.GLOBAL WARMING 
LOUIS XIII was founded in 1874 by Paul Emile Rémy Martin and is the pure result of the genius of its creators: the environment and generations of owners and cellar masters. Mother Nature is at the heart of what we do: without her full balance and wellness, the greatest cellar masters or vineyards would not be able to grow and assemble the exceptional blend of up to 1200 eaux-de-vies that compose each LOUIS XIII decanter. Like Paul Emile Rémy Martin, André Giraud, Georges Clot and Pierrette Trichet did in the past; today’s Cellar Master Baptiste Loiseau is setting aside our finest eaux-de-vie as a legacy to his successors, for the coming century.Following the event in Shanghai, LOUIS XIII Cognac will launch an international tour in major cities all around the world in order to raise awareness and funds for environmental organizations through charity dinners. Through these events, LOUIS XIII will directly support associations dedicated to curbing climate change on a local level.Thanks to the gift of our Grande Champagne Terroir where LOUIS XIII soil and vines are nestling, each decanter is the life achievement of generations of cellar masters. From its birth in 1874 to the Universal Exhibition in Paris, or by accompanying the royal dynasties of Europe, LOUIS XIII was a privileged observer of the 20th century. Today, it is only natural that we care deeply about our environment and work to serve as a flag bearer to address this major issue of the 21st century. Where protecting our terroir is a day-by-day necessity, to think a century ahead has been the core tenet of our philosophy since LOUIS XIII was founded, as the cellar master must set aside the finest eaux-de-vie as a legacy to his successors for the coming century. Preparing the legacy we will leave behind for future generations is an integral part of our brand DNA and our involvement in the international effort to combat climate change is not only legitimate, it is imperative.The Remy Cointreau Group, including LOUIS XIII, has long been dedicated to the international effort to curb global warming. The group joined the United Nations “Global Compact” environmental organization 14 years ago, and has been a member of the U.N.‘s elite “Global Compact Advanced” since 2014. The group is dedicated to contributing to the international effort with its 2020 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, within the U.N. environmental framework. Taking action to help battle climate change is one of the main objectives of the 2020 program, with one of its goals being to reduce the group’s greenhouse gases and carbon footprint. Top priorities of this program include sustainable wine-growing practices, energy efficiency, eco-friendly packaging, optimization of product shipments and forest conservation. Given its niche production, LOUIS XIII contributes to a very small CO2 emission.“As a company, we must do the best we can every day to make the world a better place,” explained Ludovic du Plessis, Global Executive Director of LOUIS XIII. ” But no single person or brand can stop global warming on their own – it must come from the unified global actions of all people around the world. Together we are much stronger than any person or brand is on their own. This is not about any one city or country but the future of our planet as a whole. Our concern is not primarily for Cognac, but for every city around the world.”last_img read more

first_imgTRENTON, N.J. – The biggest U.S.-based drugmaker will change leaders in January when Pfizer Chief Operating Officer Albert Bourla replaces CEO Ian Read, who has led the company for nearly eight years.Pfizer Inc. said Monday that Read will become executive chairman of Pfizer’s board of directors.The move comes after Pfizer’s board in March gave Read an $8 million bonus contingent on boosting Pfizer’s stock price and staying on for up to a year. That allowed Read time to groom Bourla, who had been appointed last January to the newly created chief operating officer post.The maker of Viagra and the advanced breast cancer drug Ibrance has been dealing for several years with declining revenue as patents expired and generic competition began for a series of big-selling drugs, as have many other drugmakers. For Pfizer, those drugs include Viagra, blood pressure pill Norvasc and high-cholesterol pill Lipitor, which had reigned as the world’s top-selling drug for nearly a decade.The success of Ibrance, other recent cancer drugs and pneumococcal vaccine Prevnar 13 have revenue growing again, and Pfizer shares have risen about 22 per cent so far this year.Read, who started working at Pfizer in 1978 as an auditor, spent much of his tenure as CEO trying to pull off mega-acquisitions, the strategy that had enabled Pfizer to leapfrog to the top among U.S. drugmakers. But Read failed on deals to acquire first Allergan and then AstraZeneca, primarily to be able to move Pfizer’s headquarters — just on paper — to lower-tax countries in Europe.The New York company said in July that it was again reshaping its business, this time into three units: Innovative Medicines; Established Medicines, which handles older drugs that have lost protection; and Consumer Healthcare. It said Innovative Medicines will bring in most of the company’s revenue and has strong growth potential, due partially to an aging population that will create growing demand for new medicines.A couple of weeks after announcing the business reorganization, Pfizer reported a second-quarter profit that surged 26 per cent in a performance that beat Wall Street expectations.But Pfizer drew the ire of President Donald Trump in early July when it announced price hikes for about 40 of its drugs — shortly after Trump promised without any grounds that drug companies would be announcing “massive” voluntary price cuts by mid-June. Those cuts never came and most drugmakers have continued to hike prices, but Trump publicly shamed Pfizer on Twitter for its increases, leading the company to reverse them, but only until January at the latest.The 56-year-old Bourla just became chief operating officer in January. He also has run the drugmaker’s vaccines, oncology and consumer health care business.Read, 65, became CEO in December 2010 and has served as board chairman since 2011.When he took over, Pfizer’s share price was just $16.72, after steadily declining by more than one-third during the 4 1/2-year tenure of his predecessor, Jeffrey Kindler — a key reason Pfizer’s board forced Kindler out suddenly.On Monday, Pfizer shares climbed 20 cents to $44.27.___Follow Linda A. Johnson at https://twitter.com/LindaJ_onPharma___Johnson, based in Trenton, covers the pharmaceutical industry. Murphy reported from Indianapolis.last_img read more

“If Mike Trout walked into your neighborhood bar, would you recognize him?” The New Yorker’s Ben McGrath raised that question in a provocative essay last month.I’m reasonably certain that I would recognize the MLB outfielder if he walked into One Star. But McGrath’s point is well-taken. Despite being (as McGrath aptly calls him) a “once-in-a-generation talent,” Trout is relatively anonymous. Based on Google search traffic so far in 2014, Trout is only about as famous as Henrik Lundqvist, the New York Rangers goaltender. He’s one-fifth as famous as Peyton Manning — and one-twentieth as famous as LeBron James or Lionel Messi.Trout’s also much less famous than Derek Jeter, a shortstop who hit .256, with four home runs, this year.That Jeter fellow, as you may have heard, played his last baseball games Sunday. Jeter’s case for being a once-in-a-generation talent is weaker than Trout’s. Jeter never won an MVP (although he probably should have won one in 1999). He rarely led his league in any offensive category. He was one of the best baseball players for a very long time — but he was not clearly the best player at any given time. In that respect, he’s more similar to Pete Rose or Nolan Ryan or Warren Moon or Patrick Ewing or Nicklas Lidstrom — great players all — than generational talents like Peyton Manning or LeBron James or Willie Mays or Ted Williams.Jeter, however, was probably the most famous baseball player of his generation.Google Trends maintains data on Google search traffic since 2004, a period that captures the second half of Jeter’s career. Google searches aren’t a perfect proxy for popularity — as you’ll see, infamy can also get you a lot of Google traffic — but they’re a reasonably objective approximation of it.I looked up the search traffic for Jeter, along with that for every other baseball player to post at least 30 wins above replacement (WAR) from 2004 through 2014. (Jeter’s WAR, controversially, was only 31.4 during this period; about 50 players rated ahead of him.) I also included every MLB MVP winner since 2004 — along with Trout, who might finally win an MVP this year. The chart below lists everyone else’s search traffic relative to Jeter’s.Jeter leads in Google traffic. The only players within 50 percent of him are Alex Rodriguez, Barry Bonds and Ichiro Suzuki.Rodriguez and Bonds, of course, have made news in recent years, mostly for their use of performance-enhancing drugs. Suzuki is a better comparison, but most of his search traffic is because of his extraordinary popularity in Japan. In the United States, Jeter generated five or six times as much Google interest as Suzuki did.Otherwise, Jeter laps the field. Based on the Google numbers, he’s been about nine times as famous as his Yankee contemporary Mariano Rivera. He’s been about five times as famous as David Ortiz, another legendarily “clutch” performer. He’s been about 30 times as famous as Jimmy Rollins, a fellow East Coast shortstop and one who did win an MVP award.Jeter’s also considerably more famous than today’s best-in-a-generation players. Even in 2013 — when he was hurt and played in only 17 games — Jeter was about as popular as Trout, Clayton Kershaw and Andrew McCutchen combined, at least according to Google.Playing in New York almost certainly had something to do with this. Lots of Yankees and Mets rank high on the Google list. Robinson Cano, the former Yankee, has gotten twice as much search traffic as the Philadelphia Phillies’ Chase Utley though the two are highly similar statistically.But I hope that Trout, Kershaw, McCutchen or Bryce Harper does something extraordinary this postseason and begins to build a legend of his own. It’s not healthy for a sport when its most popular player is 40 years old. read more

2018St. John’sDuke1977Villanova2117Marquette17611511 2007AuburnArkansasAlabamaLSU1577 Win No. 1Win No. 2Win No. 3 2017NebraskaIndiana1910Maryland1840Iowa17671577 *Georgia had two qualifying streaks in 2007-08, which overlapped. We included only the streak with the lowest starting rating.Source: ESPN, Sports-Reference.com 1997MissouriNebraskaTexasOklahoma1619 SeasonTeamOpponentEloOpponentEloOpponentEloStarting Elo 2017NebraskaIndianaMarylandIowa1577 1997MissouriNebraska1764Texas1810Oklahoma18681619 1970W. ForestUNCDavidsonUNC1627 1977VirginiaMaryland1843W. Forest1828Clemson18901583 1985Miss. St.AlabamaLSUGeorgia1586 2008Georgia*Ole Miss1758Kentucky1788Miss. St.18931599 1985Miss. St.Alabama1827LSU1831Georgia17671586 The Johnnies’ win streak came out of nowhereLowest Elo ratings for teams just before starting a three-game win streak against opponents who each had at least a 1750 Elo rating, 1950-2018 *Georgia had two qualifying streaks in 2007-08, which overlapped. We included only the streak with the lowest starting rating.Source: ESPN, Sports-Reference.com 2008Okla. St.BaylorTex. A&MKansas1607 SeasonTeamNo. 1No. 2No. 3Starting Elo The 2018 St. John’s Red Storm might go down as the most erratic team in men’s college basketball history. When they were losing, they couldn’t do anything right. But now that they’re winning, they’re taking down some of the most feared programs in the country. No team has ever rattled off a more impressive series of victories from a less likely place than the Johnnies did over the past week and change.But let’s roll things back a bit. To start things off, coach Chris Mullin’s squad began the season 10-2 — tied for the program’s second-best start to a season in 32 years. Although most of those wins came against relatively weak opponents, the team was competitive late in each of its losses (to Missouri and Arizona State, both of whom rank among the top 40 in Ken Pomeroy’s power ratings). Coming off a season of progress in Mullin’s second year at the helm, things finally appeared to be looking up for the Storm in their quest to return to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2015.Then the wheels fell off. Starting with their first Big East game of the year, a loss to Providence three days after Christmas, the Johnnies proceeded to drop 11 straight games. Before the calendar could even flip to February, St. John’s had matched its in-conference loss total for all of last season. An early season-ending injury to sophomore guard Marcus LoVett, who’d finished second on the team in scoring last season, helped tank the offense,1It dropped from 120th nationally in KenPom’s rankings before the losing skid to 165th. and the defense collapsed from 13th in Ken Pomeroy’s ratings to 41st over the span of a month.St. John’s found numerous ways to lose during the streak. For instance, there was the 25-point loss to Butler, in which the Storm almost instantly found themselves in a 19-2 hole and scored just 45 points all game (the school’s second-worst offensive output in a game since 2010-11). Then there was the marathon back-and-forth defeat against Georgetown that it took two overtimes to decide — and that the Johnnies led by 5 with 24 seconds left in the first overtime, only to watch Hoyas forward Marcus Derrickson tie the game with a personal 6-1 run.After their 11th straight loss, a hard-fought 73-68 defeat against sixth-ranked Xavier, the Johnnies’ future looked even more bleak. Games against Duke, Villanova and Marquette were coming up, so there was little to suggest that the Red Storm would be able to pull their season out of its death spiral.And that’s when one of the most absurd eight-day turnarounds in college history started: an upset win over the then-No. 4 Blue Devils to snap the losing streak. An even bigger upset at Villanova, which was No. 1 at the time. A relatively — dare I say it? — routine victory over a tough Golden Eagles squad, with the kind of second-half performance that good teams grind out. All the while, sophomore guard Shamorie Ponds has transformed into a superstar, averaging 34 points per game on 55 percent shooting during the shocking three-game winning streak. For a team that might not even make the NIT, they’ve looked like a tournament dark horse in recent days.How unexpected was this sudden reversal? Our Elo power-rating data goes back to the 1949-50 season, and over that span there have been 1,207 streaks where a team won three games in a row against opponents who each had Elo ratings over 1750 — the mark of a good team.2For reference’s sake, a 1750 Elo would be the equivalent of an Oregon or Maryland — the 57th-best team in the nation this season, according to Elo. Of those 1,207 teams, none had a lower Elo at the start of their streak than St. John’s, who’d dropped to a 1511 rating at its nadir (which was a low point since Dec. 2016, and the program’s fifth-lowest rating in a season since 1964). Statistically speaking, the Johnnies might have been the least likely team in history to rattle off those three particular wins at that particular moment in time. 1970W. ForestUNC1835Davidson1751UNC18271627 2000MarquetteDepaul1768Louisville1800Charlotte17671621 1977VirginiaMarylandW. ForestClemson1583 2018St. John’sDukeVillanovaMarquette1511 2007AuburnArkansas1770Alabama1761LSU17671577 2008Okla. St.Baylor1767Tex. A&M1928Kansas20511607 2008Georgia*Ole MissKentuckyMiss. St.1599 The Johnnies’ win streak came out of nowhereLowest Elo ratings for teams just before starting a three-game win streak against opponents who each had at least a 1750 Elo rating, 1950-2018 Win 2000MarquetteDepaulLouisvilleCharlotte1621 The victories over Duke and Villanova alone were historic. According to Elo, St. John’s was the lowest-rated team ever to knock off two teams with ratings over 1900 in back-to-back games, toppling a record that had previously been held by the 1957-58 Nebraska Cornhuskers (when the Huskers beat No. 4 Kansas and then No. 1 Kansas State). But unlike that Nebraska team, which lost the following game, the Red Storm tacked on another impressive win to bring their streak up to three in a row.They’ll try to extend it to four straight on Wednesday night, against DePaul in Chicago — and according to Pomeroy’s projections, there’s a 49 percent chance that St. John’s will pull it off. If so, it would only add to one of the most up-and-down seasons the sport has ever seen. Even after three big wins, the Red Storm still aren’t on anybody’s NCAA tourney radar. In fact, with 13 losses already on the books, maybe the only sure way for St. John’s to get to the dance would be for them to win the Big East Tournament — possibly by knocking off Villanova again. But hey, stranger things have already happened. read more

It might have taken 10 years, 474 losses and millions of dollars lost, but one thing should be very clear to everyone by now: Professional hockey was not meant to be played in Columbus. At least not at the NHL level, where in their first decade of existence, the Columbus Blue Jackets have provided Ohio’s capital with little more than one season of winning hockey, enormous revenue losses and an ever-diminishing fan base. Since joining the NHL in 2000, the Blue Jackets have compiled a combined record of 313-474-33 (the NHL eliminated ties before the start of the 2005–06 season). The Jackets’ best year came during the 2008–09 season, in which the team posted a 41-41 record (10 of those losses came in overtime) and was rewarded with the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference playoffs, in which the Detroit Red Wings promptly swept them. But, unlike the other NHL cellar dwellers, who can at least point to the future as a reason for hope, the Blue Jackets are more than likely headed toward their third major roster overhaul in 10 years. The Jackets are currently constructed around forward Rick Nash, which is the equivalent of building an NBA team around Danny Granger, Andre Iguodala or Chris Bosh. Nash might put up some nice numbers and make a few All-Star teams, but you’re not getting past the first round of the playoffs with him as your best player. Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson has also committed $5.8 million over the next two seasons to goaltender Steve Mason, who in the 2010–11 season allowed the ninth-most goals in the league and ranked outside the top 50 in save percentage. The losses, particularly the 66-98 record the Blue Jackets have owned since the 2008–09 season, also have taken a toll on the team’s once-excited-and-optimistic fan base. This past season, the Jackets averaged 13,659 fans per home game — the fewest in franchise history. Just six games sold out at Nationwide Arena this season, and on Oct. 20, a record-low 9,802 fans showed up to watch the Blue Jackets play the Anaheim Ducks, a record that was broken eight days later, when 9,128 fans — 49.3 percent of Nationwide Arena’s capacity — witnessed the Blue Jackets beat the Edmonton Oilers. The most enthusiastic the hockey fans got in Nationwide Arena this season was Dec. 4, when the Blue Jackets played the Pittsburgh Penguins, and jerseys supporting Penguins center Sidney Crosby outnumbered those for the hometown team. Chants of “We want 10” were audible throughout the arena that night, as the Jackets fell to the Penguins, 7-2. Not surprisingly, the lack of fan support has hurt the Jackets’ bottom line, as The Columbus Dispatch reported last week that the team lost $25 million over the course of last season, bringing the Jackets’ total revenue losses since the 2004–05 NHL lockout to $80 million. The financial forecast for the Blue Jackets isn’t looking any brighter either, as the franchise’s dim future isn’t likely to bring any closet Columbus hockey fans out of hiding. One of the reasons for the aforementioned NHL lockout was the overexpansion that the league experienced in the early 2000s, and putting a team in college-crazed Columbus was a part of that problem. Does it really surprise anyone that a city that had trouble selling out games for the No. 1 basketball team in the country this past season isn’t supportive of an irrelevant team in the least popular of the four major sports leagues? As cities like Winnipeg and Kansas City long for a professional hockey team, there’s one in Columbus wasting away. Ten years ago, both the Blue Jackets and the city of Columbus were full of hope and optimism, but as neither the organization nor the city has proven capable of fully committing to the other, it’d be best for both to go their separate ways, because things just aren’t working out. read more

The Ohio State wrestling team suffered its first two losses of the season to the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Minnesota Golden Gophers this weekend. The Buckeyes, who entered Friday night’s contest against Nebraska undefeated, were beaten, 18-16, in Lincoln, Neb., and again defeated, 24-13, at Minnesota Sunday afternoon. Minnesota seized control of the dual early by winning the first six matches, which left the Buckeyes down, 18-0, at intermission. It wasn’t until freshman Hunter Stieber scored an 11-8 decision against Minnesota redshirt freshman Nick Dardanes in the 141-pound match up that the Buckeyes finally got on the board. OSU mounted a comeback behind victories from freshman Cam Tessari, who pinned Minnesota redshirt freshman Dylan Ness in the 149-pound match, and freshman Josh Demas scored a 13-5 major decision at 157-pounds. In the final match of the afternoon, OSU freshman Derek Garcia dropped a 5-3 decision to the Golden Gopher’s redshirt junior Cody Yohn at 165-pounds, sealing a 24-13 win for Minnesota. The Buckeyes dropped to 7-2 overall and 1-2 in the Big Ten while Minnesota improved to 5-2 and 2-0. OSU was able to split the victories in the dual, 5-5, but was edged as Nebraska managed to outscore the Buckeyes, 3-1, in major decisions. Freshman Johnni Dijulius, redshirt freshman Logan Stieber, Tessari, redshirt sophomore Nick Heflin and freshman Andrew Campolattano all collected wins for OSU. While the Buckeyes trailed the Cornhuskers early, 3-0, Dijulius, a true freshman, was able to score a major decision, 11-3, against Nebraska’s Shawn Nagel at 125-pounds to put OSU up, 4-3. At 133-pounds, redshirt freshman Logan Stieber helped the Buckeyes build a slim 7-3 lead with an 8-2 decision against Ridge Kiley. Up next at 141-pounds, freshman Hunter Stieber surrendered a major decision to Nebraska’s Jake Sueflohn which left the Buckeyes tied, 7-7, before OSU redshirt freshman Tessari scored a takedown in overtime which again gave OSU the lead, 10-7. OSU would only manage to win one of the next four matches, which gave Nebraska an 18-13 lead with only the Buckeyes’ redshirt sophomore Heflin defeating Nebraska’s Tyler Koehn, 6-2, at the 174-pound weight class. Campolattano finished the dual in the 197-pound weight class with a 5-3 decision against James Nakashima. OSU will look to redeem itself and continue its march toward a Big Ten title against fellow Big Ten member Purdue this Thursday at 7 p.m. at St. John Arena. The Boilermakers, also coming off a loss, are 6-5 overall with a 1-1 record in the Big Ten. Purdue managed only three wins out of 10 matches in their previous dual at home against Illinois. read more

first_imgCELTIC manager Brendan Rodgers has blamed poor defending for Celtic’s Champions League exit.AEK Athens defeated Celtic 2-1 in their Champions League second leg third qualifying round tie in Greece. Brendan Rodgers was disappointed as his side lost 3-2 on aggregate.Brendan Rodgers warned his side that the third qualifying round tie in the Olympic Stadium was his biggest qualifying challenge they would after the 1-1 draw in the first leg in Scotland last week.However, it took only six minutes for his side to go behind, thanks to a Rodrigo Galo strike.Things got worse for the visitors when Croatian striker Marko Livaja headed in a second goal just five minutes into the second half.Substitute Scott Sinclair scored in the 78th minute for Celtic to reduce the deficit a goal, but the Scottish champions could not score a second goal which would have helped them qualified on away goals.Leicester City, Manchester UnitedMatch Preview: Manchester United vs Leicester City Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Old Trafford is the venue for the Premier League encounter between Manchester United and Leicester City, which kicks off at 16:00 (CET) on Saturday.And Brendan Rodgers was far from pleased with his side’s defending in Greece. Daily Star reports.Speaking to the press after the game, he said: “Over the course of the two games it’s disappointing to have that much control and opportunities in the games and concede soft goals,”“We gave ourselves a chance with a goal at the end and we threw everything at it.””I thought a lot of our build-up play in that final third was worthy of something from the game.“But you can’t defend that softly and in the end, we were punished for it.“This is the competition we want to be in and qualification is getting even harder now.“But I still felt this was a game with our play and the qualities that we had more than enough to win.”last_img read more

first_imgThe footballer scored his first goal of the 2018-2019 Italian Lega Serie A season today, after founding the net last week in the UEFA Champions LeagueMauro Icardi scored from the penalty kick spot today, to open up the way for Internazionale Milan to beat Fiorentina 2-1.Teammate Danilo D’Ambrosio helped with another goal, while Federico Chiesa found the net for Fiorentina.This is the first goal of the 2018-2019 Italian Lega Serie A season for the Argentinean forward, after scoring last week too during the UEFA Champions League match.“I don’t know if we’re becoming more mature, but we are working to improve,” the captain told Sky Sport Italia as quoted by Football Italia.“We allowed Fiorentina too much space and risked on a few counter-attacks. We have the players to score goals, but we all need to improve when it comes to defending as a team.”Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“Social media and those in the press talk too much. I didn’t score for four Serie A games and they start stirring up trouble, but I have 120 Serie A goals behind me, so I’m not worried,” he explained.“Every year this happens. I am calm, I continue doing my job. My wife and the club have to talk, then if my contract has to be improved, then they’ll sort it out.”90’+5 – È FINITA!!! Altri tre punti importantissimi: #InterFiorentina 2-1😘⚫🔵 pic.twitter.com/oyZ4w7ZwnB— Inter (@Inter) September 25, 2018last_img read more

first_imgChelsea are reportedly closing in on signing Leandro Paredes from Zenit Saint-Petersburg as a replacement for Cesc FabregasThe Spanish playmaker ended his four and half year stay at Stamford Bridge this month in favour of a move to AS Monaco following a lack of game time.Now Chelsea are short of midfield options and have begun a frantic search for a suitable replacement before the transfer window closes in less than two weeks time.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.But The Express reports that Blues look set to succeed with a £31m deal for Paredes from Russian side Zenit on the verge of being completed.The Argentina international could even make the squad for Thursday’s Carabao Cup semi-final second leg clash with Tottenham.Paredes has been at Zenit since 2017 after joining from AS Roma for £24m and joins Chelsea after their failed bid for Cagliari’s Nicola Barella.last_img read more

first_imgWayne Rooney is confident that the Major League Soccer (MLS) will continue to grow over the years and attract even more top talent.Ever since David Beckham’s arrival in 2007 from Real Madrid, the MLS’ profile has grown exponentially with a host of big names making the move over to the United States.Thierry Henry, Steven Gerrard, David Villa, Kaka, Andrea Pirlo, Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard and now Zlatan Ibrahimovic have all played in the MLS in the last 12 years.And Rooney, who reached the Eastern Conference semi-finals in his first campaign at DC United last term, is confident that the MLS will attract more big names in the years to come following his former United team-mate Nani’s arrival at Orlando City.“It’s a fantastic league,” said Rooney, according to Sky Sports.“Obviously Nani came as well (to Orlando City). I think he may be 31 (32), I came at 32.“I think you will start getting players in their mid-20s who, instead of going to big teams in Europe, hopefully, we can attract them to come here.“Because I do think it’s a fantastic league and it has got the foundations to keep growing.“Players are seeing that and they are deciding to come here, when they have other offers on the table around Europe.”However, Rooney revealed that his first Stateside winter has been a surprise for him.wayne rooney, harry kane, englandReport: Rooney talks Engalnd Kane and Guardiola George Patchias – September 12, 2019 Wayne Rooney has spoken of his England record, Harry Kane smashing it and Pep Guardiola for England.In an interview on his Wayne Rooney podcast…“I have realised how cold it gets,” said the English forward. “A lot colder than back in England, so that was challenging.“We couldn’t really take the kids out anywhere, it was too cold!“I am sure, like a lot of people who have got kids, you take them to school, pick them up and take them somewhere to play, or sit down and do their homework with them.“So, it is quite boring but that’s our life and we enjoy it!”Rooney scored 12 goals and provided six assists in 21 appearances for DC United last season after completing a move from Everton last June.The 2019 MLS season will begin this weekend with Rooney and DC to start their own campaign at home to defending champions Atlanta United at Washington in the Audi Field Stadium on Monday.🌞⚽️ #DCU pic.twitter.com/bcoHGaYtFY— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) February 26, 2019last_img read more

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, October 18, 2017 – Kingston – Attorneys and accused persons are being strongly urged to take advantage of the Supreme Court’s second installment of the Sentence Reduction Day initiative on Thursday and Friday this week.   On October 19, the programme will be made available at the Home Circuit and Gun Court Division of Kingston and St. Andrew, and on October 20 at the St. Catherine Circuit Court.The Sentence Reduction Day initiative provides an opportunity for accused persons to enter a guilty plea and benefit from a maximum of up to 50 per cent reduction in their sentence, according to the provisions of the Criminal Justice Administration Amendment Act, 2015.In an interview with JIS News, Deputy Registrar with the Criminal Division of the Supreme Court, Tamsyn Bailey, said while an accused person can normally benefit from a reduction in his sentence under the legislation, he would have to make the plea by a specific time in his case.“If they missed the opportunity when they would have been entitled to that 50 per cent discount, on the [Sentence Reduction] days, they have [a second chance].   Even on the day in question, if persons wish to plead guilty, they will be allowed to do so,” she said, adding that the amount of reduction in the sentence will be dependent on the circumstances of the case.“I would implore accused persons, if you are guilty, to avail yourselves of this opportunity,” she urged.The Sentence Reduction Day programme, first done on May 22, is being implemented by the Criminal Case Management Steering Committee, which has as its mandate the implementation of policies and strategies that are geared towards the administration of justice in a timely manner in all the courts.   The initiative was implemented as a measure to reduce the large number of cases pending trial.Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Andrea Martin-Swaby, cited the value of the programme to the reduction of the backlog.   She said the Home Circuit Court, which serves Kingston and St. Andrew, has in excess of 800 cases awaiting trial, while the St. Catherine Circuit Court Division has in excess of 400 cases.“Entering a plea of guilt has always been viewed by the courts as a sign of remorse, and the court has always, in my experience, been lenient to the sentencing of persons who plead guilty,” she said.Mrs. Martin-Swaby noted that several factors are taken into account when sentencing, and that there are other options outside of prison terms available to the judge, such as a suspended sentence, probation or a monetary fine.Through his attorney, an accused person can indicate his intention to utilise the initiative to the registry of the Home Circuit and Gun Courts or the Criminal Registry of the Supreme Court, and to the clerk of the court at the St. Catherine Parish Court before 10:00 a.m. on the day.The Sentence Reduction Day programme is expected to be eventually rolled out at courts in all parishes.Release: JIS Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 1, 2017 – Nassau – Coral Harbour Base, 30 OCT. ‘17 (RBDF): For Petty Officer Anthon Gardiner, Telley as he is called by those who know him well, the Scotia Bank 2018 Calendar competition presented him a unique opportunity to receive unbiased feedback on his new found love, photography.And that he did.   His photo Sunrise out at East End Point, captured the hearts of the judges and will be leading the ScotiaBank 2018 Calendar off, being featured in January.   He was presented his official award at Bahamas National Trust Wine & Arts Festival held over the weekend.He has been involved in photography a relatively short time.   Back in 2015, Petty Officer Anthon Gardiner bought a drone because it was a cool and trendy big-boy-toy. He took pride in flying it and began taking photos simply because it was an option in the drone he purchased.What he didn’t expect was that his interest would grow exponentially in capturing imagery.   He began studying online tutorials from global artists about photography and editing and began posting some of his favorites on his Instagram handle Telley G Aerial Photos. Gardiner also purchased a good DSLR camera and began shooting photos all around New Providence.He felt he found his calling and his goal became to “bring the beauty of The Bahamas to the world.’   He wasn’t sure how to digest the praises from his followers, as they gushed and awed at his photos, high-fiving him for his creative eye. Until Now.   He plans to continue shooting and creating masterpieces, bringing vivid images of our way of life to the world.Petty Officer Gardiner joined the Force in April 2001 as a member of Entry 36 along with Woman Entry 8.   He has served his entire career as an engineer, currently billeted as the Chief Engineer onboard HMBS Leon L. Smith.Photo shows: Petty Officer Anthon Gardiner with his wife Lieutenant Gardiner at the Bahamas National Trust Wine & Arts Festival held over the weekend. Also shown are photography work done by himself. (For further information please contact the RBDF Public Relations Department or visit our website: www.rbdf.gov.bs, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and view our Youtube channel) -rbdf-#GuardOurHeritage Press Release: RBDF Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

first_imgDuring the Champions League match against Liverpool FC, Brazilian Neymar wasn’t able to contain himself from showboating once more.The man who will appear in this Thursday’s newspapers covers all over France is Neymar after his performance against Liverpool on Wednesday, but barely anyone will discuss the negative aspects that keep showing an unfortunate side of him.The darker aspect of Neymar keeps appearing on every match he plays for both his club or country, for one good deed there is always something negative that he also makes sure everybody notices.This Wednesday against Liverpool FC at Parc des Princes, Paris Saint-Germain finally won the crucial match that was expected from them as they defeated last year’s finalist and one of the most competitive clubs in world football.However, it wasn’t enough for him to be the player who gave the French giants their three points as there were a few things he did terribly wrong and sparked the same old criticism he’s always gotten due to his behavior on the pitch.Neymar seems like a very approachable figure in football, he is a publicity magnet who seems very likable but he has acted against that great image lately.An angry Klopp accuses Neymar of playacting then storms out of the interview!#beINUCL #PSGLIV pic.twitter.com/Hdi4evaflB— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS) November 28, 2018For starters, we have the always present faking when he plays any match. This Wednesday we could witness Neymar’s “acting” chops once again in the slightest of contacts with any Liverpool player, something that Jürgen Klopp already recriminated about him right after the match without going into a lot of detail.The Reds knew that with PSG winning the match during the second half, the game would get delayed with incomprehensible fouls in areas of the pitch that are usually inconsequential to a football match.The problem here is that Neymar tends to be very loud with his complaints when he feels someone touches him, something that almost nobody takes well when they are facing him during a match.One of the plays in question that we’ll use as an example, will be an isolated challenge with compatriot Firmino in which his ankle barely gets touched.But Neymar’s reaction to that was exaggerated, something that angered even his friend from the Brazil National Team.This behavior was seen as a product of Neymar’s young age and immaturity at first, but the man is already 26 years old and people have already begun to grow tired of it.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…✨ Henderson has Neymar where he wants him. Until this… 🤩Skill of the Day: @neymarjr 👌#UCL @Mastercard pic.twitter.com/PgG0E40OUn— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) November 28, 2018Another two details of Neymar’s behavior was the showboating, which he tends to do during the final moments of the match when his team is winning.Many defenders have already expressed how little they fancy any player humiliating them in the same way that Neymar constantly does.But the player doesn’t care about what anybody thinks, he is convinced that he is preaching beautiful football without thinking about the possible consequences.Just last season, he already got a nasty ankle injury from that style of play but it doesn’t look like he’s learned his lesson. And finally, perhaps the most blasphemous of his mistakes this Wednesday was Neymar’s behavior with the fans.There was a moment during the second half when the PSG fans jeered Neymar for all the previously mentioned reasons, the player stopped running at that moment and recriminated the reaction from his own supporters.We are sure that the player already knows the followers are always sovereign, and yet he doesn’t seem to mind-challenging their opinion on live television.Going against the fans of your own football club is etiquette 101 for any professionals who know a thing or two about this industry.Neymar too smooth with the skill 🌈 pic.twitter.com/ez2oc5twJs— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 28, 2018When do you think Neymar will learn that his behavior needs to be modified? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

first_img KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Bruce Pechman FacebookTwitter Biggest Christmas gifts of 2017 Updated: 6:50 PM December 29, 2017center_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsMany parents were out this holiday season looking for the best Christmas gifts for their children, but which gifts topped the charts this year?KUSI was joined by Bruce Pechman, the Muscleman of Technology, with more. Posted: December 29, 2017 KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more