Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe: Everton defeat hard to takeby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe refused to criticise his players after defeat at Everton.Goals from Kurt Zouma and Dominic Calvert-Lewin sealed the three points for the hosts, who move up to tenth. Howe said, “It’s a difficult one to take and one that is similar to our recent run. Personally, I’m really pleased with our performance.”We started strongly, created chances, defended well and then we switched off for a second and got punished. The game is then more difficult. We penned them in but couldn’t get that goal. “At the time, I thought the first penalty shout on Brooks probably was a penalty. I haven’t seen it back, so I may be wrong. At the end, I’ve then been told there was a stonewall, but that’s the way things are going for us at the moment. “In terms of Andre Gomes, certainly from my view, I thought the first one could’ve been a yellow, as well as the second. If you add them together, he is lucky to stay on the pitch. I haven’t seen back the one at the end, though.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Sampdoria president Ferrero challenges Vialli to get seriousby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSampdoria president Massimo Ferrero has challenged Gianluca Vialli to get serious if he wants to buy the club.Ferrero insists he’s not the one holding up the sale.”I called it a song and dance, because if I want to buy a club, a price is agreed, it is paid and the paperwork exchanged,” Ferrero told Rai Due.“Anyone who knows about football gives their value to Sampdoria. When I arrived here, the Primavera youth team was playing 80km away, there was no home stadium for them, but I created Sampdoria Next Generations, a football school introducing kids to Samp.“I don’t know how much they are offering me, because I haven’t heard from anyone and there are no negotiations. If Vialli wants Sampdoria, he should come here and make an offer. You’ve got to stop attacking me about this.“If they give me the money Sampdoria is worth, then I will walk away. If not, I’m staying here, as Samp is in my heart and I am not afraid of anything.“I work for Samp from morning until night. Vialli is a legend for Samp, I know that, but let’s try to make sense of the whole thing.”
YouTube/Swanny JA few weeks ago, it looked like Oklahoma would be a big roadblock for the TCU Horned Frogs on their path to the College Football Playoff. After the Frogs’ blowout loss to Oklahoma State (and a legitimate struggle against Kansas), and the Sooners’ huge win over Baylor, the script has been flipped. Now Oklahoma is being touted as a big time Playoff contender, while the Frogs are looking to climb back into contention. With Trevone Boykin and Josh Doctson having injury issues, the Frogs are pretty beat up, helping give OU a chance at another big win.Sooners hype video-maker Swanny J dropped his TCU clip early this week. Sooners fans probably won’t complain. Beating the Frogs would be another big step towards making the top four:
UPDATE 7:45 p.m. – The fire is now contained and the Wildfire Service says the fire reached 7 hectares in size and was caused by humans.UPDATE 4:45 p.m.: The Alaska Highway is open in both directions after being closed for approximately 15 minutes to allow a water bomber to drop retardant on the brush fire. Crews are still working to contain the fire.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The B.C. Wildfire Service is responding to a brush fire near Mile 64 of the Alaska Highway. As of 4:30 p.m. crews have closed the Alaska Highway in both directions while a water bomber drops fire retardant on the fire.The fire was first seen by local residents at approximately 3:30 p.m. between the 252 road and the Dump road. The fire is south the Coffee Creek Subdivision.If you’re in the area let us know what you see, email firstname.lastname@example.org with any video or photo and information about the status of the Alaska Highway.If we learn any more information, we will update this story.
New Delhi: Computerised draw of lots for selecting pilgrims for the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra was held here Wednesday, in which for the first time, preference for fresh applicants or route choice of senior citizens was incorporated into the software, MEA officials said.Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale presided over the draw of lots held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Bhawan, and also urged pilgrims to help “protect and preserve” the fragile environment in the Himalayas. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe ministry’s consistent effort has been to get as many applications, because it thinks this Yatra is important not only for those going for spiritual or religious purposes, but also to build relations between India and China, he said. Ministry of External Affairs organises the Yatra during June to September each year through two different routes – Lipulekh Pass (Uttarakhand),and Nathu La Pass (Sikkim). Known for its religious value and cultural significance, it is undertaken by hundreds of people every year. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadFor Kailash Mansarovar Yatra 2019, the ministry received 2,996 applications, out of which 2,256 are male applicants, and 740 females. As many as 624 senior citizens had applied for the yatra. For Lipulekh route, there are 18 batches with 60 pilgrims per batch and for Nathu La, 10 batches with 50 yatris per batch. Two liaison officers will assist each batch of yatris. “It is our hope and endeavour that we provide the first chance to those who didnt ad the chance to go to the Yatra, the first-time applicants and we give priority to them. And, of course, to senior citizens as well,” Gokhale said. He said, consistent efforts have been made to make the Yatra website as pilgrim-friendly as possible. “We also have a helpline now for applicant yatris. And, emails received from them are regularly monitored and applicants are suitably advised in a time-bound way,” he added. A senior official said, the Nathu La route is less arduous compared to Lipulekh route and so preferred by senior citizens. “Earlier they would tell us their route choice while applying for the Yatra, and we would try to accommodate their request in the overall process. This year, we have incorporate the preferences of first-time yatris and the senior citizens in the algorithm of the software used for the draw of lots, which is for the first time,” he said. The selection is a fair computer-generated, random gender-balanced selection process, the MEA said in a statement, adding, the selected yatris are informed through mobile text messages and email. “Since 2015, the entire process commencing with on-line application till selection of yatris is a fully computerized process. Therefore, applicants do not need to send a letter or fax to seek information. The feedback options on the website can be used for obtaining information, registering observations or suggestions for improvement,” it said. The Yatra involves trekking at high altitudes of up to 19,500 feet, under inhospitable conditions, including extreme weather, and rugged terrain, and may prove hazardous for those who are not physically and medically fit. Gokhale urged yatris to strictly observe safety norms, for themselves and also for their fellow pilgrims. The Yatra is organized with the support of the state governments of Uttarakhand, Delhi, and Sikkim; and the cooperation of Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP). The Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam (KMVN), and Sikkim Tourism Development Corporation (STDC) and their associated organisations provide logistical support and facilities for each batch of yatris in India. Sushama Katarai was delighted after the draw, and said, “I have always wanted to do this Yatra. It is a like a dream come true for me.” Varun Khandelwal, a Delhi-based pilot, who was put on the waiting list after the draw, said, “I am hoping I will make it eventually. I have always wanted to experience Kailash Mansarovar Yatra.”
Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta capped off his impressive Cy Young case with the first no-hitter of his career late last month. Arrieta’s 2015 résumé lists a 1.99 ERA, 19 wins and the third-most wins above replacement (WAR) in the league.1Here, I’m using Baseball Prospectus’s version of pitcher WAR, which is based on its new pitching statistic Deserved Run Average. This incredible year builds on a 2014 season in which he was one of the top 10 pitchers in baseball. So it’s no surprise that this year, Arrieta has confirmed he’s an ace. But how he became one isn’t the usual story of a phenom flying through the minors and into hitters’ nightmares. Instead, it’s the story of a guy who kept changing the way he threw a baseball until everything started to click into place.Two years ago, Arrieta was a near-replacement-level player, worth a win or so as a member of the Baltimore Orioles and Cubs. His career to that point had been lackluster. As a fifth-round draft pick, Arrieta had already exceeded expectations merely by making it to the majors, but his performance there hadn’t been especially impressive: Arrieta recorded a grand total of 3.1 WAR in 78 games spread over four years, never putting up an ERA better than 4.66.While Arrieta’s surface stats were static and unimpressive, his mechanics were busy evolving. Where a pitcher releases the ball is one of his most important characteristics: High release points establish more downward plane on the ball, causing a pitch to sink as it enters the zone; release points far to the left or right create more horizontal motion through the zone.Most of the time, the horizontal and vertical coordinates of a pitcher’s release point are fairly constant, determined largely by mechanics learned long before he made the majors. In Arrieta’s case, however, his release point changed the more time he spent in the bigs. Every year, Arrieta’s release point increased in height and moved further toward the third-base side of the pitching rubber. The total change is extreme: Arrieta moved his release horizontally across the rubber by nearly a foot and upward by nearly six inches. Since Arrieta didn’t get any taller or wider during that time, the variation in his release point means that his pitching mechanics changed.2It’s popular to attribute the change to Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio, who has had success in developing other pitchers, but it appears as though Arrieta began his transformation long before getting to Chicago. Release points change arm angles, and those in turn affect platoon splits, or how well a pitcher does against batters of different handedness. Sideways arm angles — the product of low release points — establish more horizontal movement, which can befuddle same-handed batters. Typically, pitchers perform better against same-handed batters, and before the 2013 season, Arrieta was no exception. But as his release point drifted upward, Arrieta, who is a right-hander, began to show a reverse split: For the past three years, he’s been better at getting lefties out than righties.Beyond the modified platoon split, Arrieta’s new release seems to have allowed him to develop a consistency he didn’t have before. The standard deviation of Arrieta’s release is substantially narrower than average (meaning he was more consistent) in 2015 and 2014, after being wider than average in all his previous seasons. Release point consistency is correlated with walk rate, and along with Arrieta’s more steady release came a profound improvement in command, from 4.90 walks per nine in 2013 to 2.08 in 2015.Arrieta’s release point evolution is extremely rare. In a given year, most pitchers sustain a game-to-game standard deviation in release point of only a single inch. (Think about that! Hundreds of times, pitchers perform a motion as violent as hurling a 95-mph fastball with a consistency of plus or minus a single inch!) Even from year to year, so practiced are their mechanics that pitchers vary their release points by merely 1.8 inches on average.3For these calculations, I used Pitch Info’s corrected release point coordinates, which adjust for calibration errors between parks.Arrieta is a different story. His largest single-year change (from 2012 to 2013) ranks in the 90th percentile of all players’ single-year changes since 2009.4I got that stat after z-score normalizing the average horizontal and vertical coordinates for each pitcher, in each year since 2009. I limited my analysis to pitchers who threw more than 1,250 pitches per season, eliminating relievers and partial seasons. That was done to ensure that the other pitchers in the data set could be fairly compared with Arrieta. Arrieta’s ongoing trend toward a higher and farther-right release point is even more impressive over a longer time period. Over any two years between 2009 and 2015, Arrieta’s release point change is in the 95th percentile; over three, only 13 pitchers made larger changes to their release point. Over four years, only eight pitchers5Out of the 203 pitcher-spans that qualified. experienced as much release point movement as Arrieta did.Those eight pitchers are very different from Arrieta. Many are pitchers who have suffered extensive injuries since 2010, including Brandon McCarthy (missed 417 days), Clay Buchholz (306), J.A. Happ (235) and Tommy Hanson (238).6All data on days missed comes courtesy of Baseball Prospectus, in particular Corey Dawkins’s manually curated injury database. The only pitcher on the list who has missed fewer days since 2010 than Arrieta (161) is Cole Hamels (101), but Hamels was already an established frontline starter in 2010. His evolution since then has been more about coping with the normal effects of age, as opposed to growing into an ace, as Arrieta has.Perhaps the best parallel for Arrieta is Blue Jays pitcher Marco Estrada, who missed 222 days. Like Arrieta, Estrada seems to have embarked upon a program of steadily moving his release upward, becoming more of an over-the-top arm slot. But unlike Arrieta, Estrada — who is also a right-hander — has moved toward the center of the rubber and away from third base. Whether that choice is at all related to Estrada’s lack of success (his 3.31 ERA and 4.50 FIP in 2015 are uninspiring) is an interesting question. Maybe, like 2013 Arrieta, Estrada is only a few inches of release point away from becoming an ace.What makes Arrieta unique is not that he changed as much as he did — it’s that the changes were associated with such a drastic improvement. Most of the time, a release point transformation like Arrieta’s is the product of injury. But in Chicago, Arrieta didn’t just change; he adapted into one of the best pitchers in the league.
Members of the Ohio State field hockey team sing ‘Carmen Ohio’ after a 2-1 loss to Michigan on Nov. 2 at Buckeye Varsity Field.Credit: Grant Miller / Copy chiefOhio State field hockey fell short against top-seeded Maryland, 5-0, in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals Thursday morning in Ann Arbor, Mich.Maryland’s Sarah Sprink, the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, scored a pair of goals in the victory. The junior defender started off the scoring 17 minutes into the game with a goal off a penalty corner from Big Ten Freshman of the Year, midfielder Moira Putsch.With less than 10 minutes to play in the half, Sprink was awarded a penalty stroke, and she connected to give Maryland a 2-0 lead at the half.The Terrapins (17-2, 7-1) didn’t hold up on their attack coming out of the half. Instead, they put the game away with a six-minute onslaught.Freshman defender Carrie Hanks scored in the 42nd minute off a crossing pass from Putsch to start Maryland’s second-half rally.Less than five minutes later, Sprink found space again and found junior midfielder Anna Dessoye for a tip-in goal.For good measure, senior forward Katie Gerzabek scored Maryland’s fifth goal with 22:39 to play to put the game out of reach for the Buckeyes.OSU was outshot, 22-7, and the Terrapins held an 8-3 advantage in penalty corners.Second-team All-Big Ten performer Peanut Johnson got three shots on goal during the game, but the Buckeye junior forward was not able to find the back of the net.OSU finished its season 6-12 after going 6-13 in 2013. The Buckeyes are set to return 12 freshmen next season, including leading scorer Maddy Humphrey, who finished the season with 32 points on 12 goals and eight assists.Johnson is also set to return for her senior season after finishing with a career-high 11 assists and combining with Humphrey for 59 points in 2014.Since defeating Indiana on the road to get coach Anne Wilkinson’s 300th victory, OSU lost four consecutive games to end the season.Maryland is set to face Penn State in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament on Friday at 1 p.m. at Phyllis Ocker Field in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has warned his former Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho over their recent form and insists that they must keep winningThe former Swede international left the club last month to join LA Galaxy in the MLS and, while praising the Portuguese coach, Ibrahimovic did warn Mourinho that the club must continue winning silverware in order maintain their status among Europe’s elite.“I like Mourinho. He is the Special One.” Ibrahimovic told ESPN (via Manchester Evening News).“He likes to win. Wherever he went he won. He made me feel comfortable. He gave me a lot of responsibility.“He said to me the only problem he had with me was when could he rest me.“They’ve been doing it good. Let’s hope, there’s one last trophy to play for, and that’s the FA Cup. So hopefully they win it.”Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…Ibrahimovic joined United in the summer of 2016 and had a terrific debut campaign at the club with his 28 goals in his 46 appearances proving to be a critical factor in their triumphs in the Community Shield, EFL Cup and the Europa League.“Last year we had a big success with the three trophies with a new team like that, new coach, couple of new players.” said the 36 year-old.“And hopefully that rings on, because as a top team, like United, you need to keep winning, because that is the status of the club.“You need to win. And if you’re not winning, you’re not belonging to the top.”Ibrahimovic made his debut for LA Galaxy in last weekend’s surprise 4-3 win. The Swede came on as a substitute in the second-half and his two goals played a decisive effect on the derby.
Jamie Redknapp voiced his opinion on what exactly do Manchester United need in order to challenge reigning winners Manchester City, and he thinks it is just a single player.The Red Devils emerged from sixth to second in the Premier League in this season alone and the fact that if they were able to get 81 points in total, they would have been able to win the tournament recently became public.However, they lost to all the three new clubs in the Premier League and fell 19 points behind City, as well as being knocked out of the Champions League at the last-16 phase.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“They finished second and could win the FA Cup but let’s face it… this is one of the most boring United teams,” Redknapp admitted of United’s football this season, according to SportBible.“They signed off the league season with a 1-0 win over Watford that was shown last on Match of the Day. If Jose Mourinho wants to change that, he should go and buy Gareth Bale.”“He has won it all at Real Madrid and won’t be fazed by the Premier League. United won’t be the only ones after him. If Eden Hazard goes to Real Madrid, I’m sure Chelsea would be keen on a swap deal,” Redknapp went on to add.
Former Scotland defender Gary Caldwell has advised Alex McLeish’s men to maintain their energetic performance in subsequent games.Scotland secured their second win in 2018 by dispatching Albania thanks to goals from Steven Naismith and a rare own goal from Berat Djimsiti to seal a 2-0 win.“The team right from minute one played with energy and I think that has to be the style,” Caldwell told BBC Scotland.“When you have John McGinn, Callum McGregor, Andy Robertson, Kieran Tierney – the first thing you think about those players is energy.Report: Euro 2020 qualifying Group H George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group H is being controlled by France and Turkey, but Iceland is still in with a shout.Reigning world champions France ran…“They played on the front foot, they were aggressive, they tried to play in Albania’s half and they did that for all of the first half and most of the second half and got their rewards by playing with such a high tempo.“Albania are better than they looked because of the way we played. They couldn’t cope with playing at the tempo.”The Scots bounced back from the 4-0 loss to Belgium to win their first group tie in the Uefa Nations League.