Champs changes will help – Forbes

first_img Adjustment Proposed changes to the structure of the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Championships will aid in the development of Jamaica’s track and field and safeguard student athletes. That’s the view of George Forbes, ISSA’s competitions director. Using a worst-case scenario to illustrate the need to regulate the number of events one athlete can do at the championships, Forbes asked: “If a boy were to do four events and on the final day of Champs he’s doing the 4x400m and something were to happen to him, who do they think they’re going to blame?” Asked if ISSA felt a duty of care in the aftermath of the death of footballer Dominic James and basketballer Saymar Ramsey in the Christmas term, he replied, “It’s true. We were mindful, and to put the thing in perspective, we have contemplated these changes from just after Champs.” According to Forbes, the changes presently incorporate feedback from high school track and field coaches. “As a matter of fact, almost every single thing that we proposed, we looked at their counter proposals and we made some adjustments.” The proposed changes include the following: – Class 2 boys will now compete separately in the 400m hurdles. – Field event athletes will now have the option of doing three events in this area or two field events and two relays. – Track athletes will be restricted to two individual events only, and in addition, they can do two relays. – Females will now only be allowed to contest the heptathlon and one other event. – Class 3 girls will no longer be able to compete in steeplechase and 3000m, which is now restricted to classes 1 and 2 only. – Classes 1 and 2 boys will be allowed to compete in steeplechase and 5000m. One such adjustment relaxed a proposal that athletes contest just one relay. As things stand now, two individual running events and two relays is acceptable. However, the changes have largely been opposed by the Jamaica Track and Field Coaches Association. “The only thing we have not changed and we’ve not tweaked is the 400m hurdles for Class 1 and Class 2 and we’re convinced that it is the right way to go.” He said a similar change made to the boys’ triple jump after the 2012 edition of Champs has increased the number of participants. “When we did the triple jump, it was triple jump open, just Class 1 boys. Basically, we changed it,” he asserted. “We have more people doing triple jump,” he declared.last_img read more

Mencken’s Law at Work in Science

first_img(Visited 358 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The intuitive solution to a problem can be actually more harmful than the problem itself.H. L. Mencken said of explanations, “there is always a well-known solution to every human problem — neat, plausible, and wrong.” Here are a couple of examples.The mixed effects of online diversity training (PNAS). Many dread having to undergo “diversity training” at work. Such training, common in corporations and academia, assume that human beings need their attitudes fixed, because politically-incorrect biases have been inherited from the parents or from childhood. What better solution than to hold classes that can teach the offenders to accept “diversity and inclusion” attitudes from leftist elitists who just want to “help” people? Chang et al believe in the value of such training, but they were perplexed to find that results were mixed. In their study of 3,016 people who had undergone the training, a lot of people did not change their attitudes:Although diversity training is commonplace in organizations, the relative scarcity of field experiments testing its effectiveness leaves ambiguity about whether diversity training improves attitudes and behaviors toward women and racial minorities. We present the results of a large field experiment with an international organization testing whether a short online diversity training can affect attitudes and workplace behaviors. Although we find evidence of attitude change and some limited behavior change as a result of our training, our results suggest that the one-off diversity trainings that are commonplace in organizations are not panaceas for remedying bias in the workplace.In particular, the researchers found that such training had “limited efficacy among those groups whose behaviors policymakers are most eager to influence.” The diversity police may just have to resort to old-fashioned methods: electroshock, drugs and lobotomy.Banning exotic leather in fashion hurts snakes and crocodiles in the long run  (Natusch, Webb and Shine, The Conversation). There ought to be a law! The knee-jerk reaction of politicians rushes to the obvious solution: when a resource is threatened, ban all exploitation of it. It’s a big issue in conservation these days when endangered species teeter on the brink of extinction. Is it possible that such actions do more harm than good? Consider this case: ban all exotic leather! Crocodiles are threatened!We are all familiar with the concept of “fake news”: stories that are factually incorrect, but succeed because their message fits well with the recipient’s prior beliefs.We and our colleagues in conservation science warn that a form of this misinformation – so-called “feelgood conservation” – is threatening approaches for wild animal management that have been developed by decades of research.The issue came to a head in February when major UK-based retailer Selfridges announced it would no longer sell “exotic” skins – those of reptile species such as crocodiles, lizards and snakes – in order to protect wild populations from over-exploitation.But this decision is not supported by evidence.As they explain, “feelgood conservation” can backfire, by harming those with an interest in preserving the animals – the local people who sell the skins! Honest sellers (not the poachers who rush in to another country and kill elephants for their ivory or rhinos for their horns and leave) depend for their livelihood on being able to sell crocodile hides for profit. They are not going to deplete their resources. They often work hard to ensure plenty of crocodiles and snakes survive, so that a steady supply can sustain their business.How can this be? Isn’t conserving animals better than killing them for products? What do these guys mean that stopping trade in exotic skins will be a disaster for the animals themselves? Isn’t this a sleazy business? Think like a businessman here:Actually, no. You have to look past the fate of the individual animal and consider the future of the species. Commercial harvesting gives local people – often very poor people – a direct financial incentive to conserve reptile populations and the habitats upon which they depend.If lizards, snakes and (especially) crocodiles aren’t worth money to you, why would you want to keep them around, or to protect the forests and swamps that house them?The three conservationists end by saying the proposed cure is worse than the disease: “The ban announced by Selfridges is a disastrous move that could imperil some of the world’s most spectacular wild animals and alienate the people living with them.”The lesson is that critical thinking means opening one’s mind to think beyond the solutions that look clear, simple, and wrongI remember a “diversity training” quiz that everyone at NASA/JPL had to take after the lab opened a “Diversity and Inclusion” department. The quiz was dressed up in cutesy cartoons, explaining things like why you shouldn’t call your holiday party a “Christmas Party” because it might offend somebody. Most people I spoke with thought the exercise was stupid. It was demeaning and insulted their intelligence. And since each quiz item only allowed one right answer, it smelled elitist, not allowing any rational discussion about any of the multiple-choice questions, but demanding conformity of thought. Who were these do-gooders over in another building telling us how to behave, as if we didn’t already know? And what happens if we answer incorrectly? Do we get put on a suspicion list? One can see multiple ways that this “feelgood” exercise could have aroused more strife than inclusion.The “best” answer was to expunge all traces of Christmas. Exercise: Apply this lesson to current worries of today: climate change, fossil fuels, renewable energy, endangered species, national monuments, foreign aid, etc. Just as critical thinking must not jump to the simple solution, it must not also leap to the opposite conclusion. People and their politicians must learn to think past the “feelgood” response and consider the long-term effects of their choices. Sometimes the poorest people suffer the most.last_img read more

9 months agoBournemouth boss Eddie Howe: Everton defeat hard to take

first_imgBournemouth 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 saylast_img read more

Join Eve Ensler And Rise For A Fair Wage

first_imgJoin Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC-United), Eve Ensler and One Billion Rising: Revolution and rise for a fair wage.On Tuesday, October 14, Join ROC-United, Eve Ensler, and One Billion Rising in a National Day of Action for ONE FAIR WAGE and an end to gender discrimination and sexual harassment in the restaurant industry.The action will include a flash mob of dancing servers, worker stories from ROC members, and an opportunity for others to share their stories and experiences in the industry.Find out how to take part here.According to organizers: “In today’s economy, families depend on both men and women to make ends meet. Corporations have stacked the deck against us, raking in profits while we struggle with increasing costs and jobs that hardly pay the bills. Women are at the core of the modern economy, but families can’t prosper as long as our laws about work and family are stuck in the past. Our mothers, sisters, and daughters deserve full and fair opportunities to succeed, just like our brothers and sons. It’s time to update our economy to make it work for women and their families, not just for rich corporations. Our families, our economy, and our country depend on it.”last_img read more

Why did you do that my dear cousin People in Lac Simon

first_imgDanielle Rochette Tom Fennario APTN National NewsLAC SIMON, QUE — Joseph Anthony Raymond-Papatie, 22, posted on his his Facebook page at 10:28 pm on Saturday, shortly before he took his own life.“Sorry everyone, I gotta go now. I killed a cop,” he wrote.The “cop” in question was Thierry Leroux, 26, who was shot and killed after responding to a domestic disturbance call at Raymond-Papatie’s residence.Now the Algonquin community of Lac-Simon is taking the tentative first steps towards healing.“It was me who asked to do a prayer in front of the police station, to make a big circle, and I know that there were many that were touched,” said Lac-Simon elder Jeannette Brazeau.Impeding the healing process here are questions about what made Raymond-Papatie shoot Leroux.A quick glance through Raymond-Papatie’s Facebook profile reveals a gun aficionado who had joined the armed forces.But Vice-Chief Pamela Papatie told APTN National News that he was also active in the community.“He was involved in activities after work and school, like crossfit. I’ve seen him do substitute teaching at the high school,” says Vice-Chief Pamela Papatie.APTN National News learned that Raymond-Papatie had recently lost an uncle to suicide, something that happens all too frequently in Lac-Simon.Over crowded housing, drug, alcohol abuse, and poverty are also listed by residents as issues that plagued the First Nation, which sits about 500 kilometres northwest of Montreal.Vice Chief Papatie says five teams of crisis workers have been brought in to help Lac-Simon to help community cope.Still, many spoke today of Lac-Simon needing to look within to tackle what ails the community.“There’s lots of support here, there are services that have been put into place here in the Mental Health Centre. Me I’m proud of my community but it’s important that the youth goes looking for the resources. Elders too,” said Brazeau.Thierry Leroux had only been a part of the Lac-Simon police force for six months.As a non-Aboriginal officer, Leroux made an effort to implicate himself in the community.“We played volleyball together a couple of times during the holidays. I saw him as always smiling, he was shy but really nice,” said Vice Chief Papatie.Papatie had the opportunity to speak with Leroux’s parents Monday, in front of makeshift flower and tobacco memorial at the police station.“When I went to see them I was very emotional. I thanked them for meeting with me and I gave them my condolences personally and in the name of the community,” she said. “There’s lots of people in my community who are praying for them.”Although a memorial has also been set up in front of Raymond-Papatie’s house, a sense of incomprehension lingers on social media.“Why did you do that, my dear cousin?” said a final comment on Raymond-Papatie’s Facebook page.The message is peppered with teary emoticons of pain and rage.Since there’s no one here who can truly answer that, the people of Lac-Simon will instead continue to look within themselves for an explanation, as they begin their journey back towards normalcy. [email protected]@aptn.calast_img read more

Party leaders remember Ambedkar

first_imgOUR CORRESPONDENT NEW DELHI: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said that Bharat Ratna Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar was a staunch advocate of equality and social justice. He was speaking after paying floral tributes on the occasion of 128th birth anniversary of Ambedkar in a function organized at Delhi Vidhan Sabha. Kejriwal further stated that Baba Saheb was the chief architect of the Indian constitution, which is unique in the world. Deputy CM Manish Sisodia, Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel, Delhi Social Welfare Minister Rajender Pal Gautam and MLAs, were also present on this occasion. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDelhi Congress president Sheila Dikshit also offered floral tribute to Bharat Ratna Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar, at a function organized by the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee’s SC Department. On this occasion, Delhi BJP President Manoj Tiwari said that the views being presented by the political parties these days are quite different from the views of Baba Sahab. “The purpose of Baba Sahab was not class war but social harmony, politics of coordination and right to education and social justice. He tried his best for it. Baba Sahab was so much highly educated person of his time that he could have joined service like IAS, not only this he could have secured highest post in London but he pledged to ensure justice for the last man in the queue in India itself. Tiwari said that Baba Sahab was of the view that everybody has equal rights over the opportunities available in the country. “Everybody should get equal opportunity to avail it. Baba Sahab tried his best in his entire life for it. He suffered injustice himself with his family but he worked for ensuring justice to the people,” he said.last_img read more

Man killed for bullying friends four arrested

first_imgNEW DELHI: Frustrated over being bullied almost everybody, a school cab driver along with his accomplices killed a 22-year old man by first stabbing and then strangulating him at an abandoned farm house situated barely 800 metres from the Neb Sarai police station in south Delhi on the intervening night of Tuesday-Wednesday.The accused were six in number and overpowered the victim and murdered him.To evade arrest, the accused had disposed the body by throwing it in a nearby ditch and covered it with some leaves. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe deceased has been identified as Surjit Kashyap, a resident of Jawahar Park in Neb Sarai who used to work as delivery boy in a food making company. Police have arrested four accused while two are still at large. “On April 17, at about 12.12 am, his brother filed a complaint at the Neb Sarai police station that his younger brother Surjit Kashyap is missing and has not returned home,” said Vijay Kumar, the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), South district. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”In his complaint, the victim’s brother said his brother had gone out to meet his friends and suspected foul play behind his disappearance. A case under section 302, 201 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) was registered at Neb Sarai police station ,” said the DCP. During investigation, police identified a few people who were last seen with Kashyap. Police identified the accused as Sombir Singhal who worked as a school cab driver in Neb Sarai and Saket area, Vicky Jha, who worked as a helper in Max Saket, an unemployed youth named Satbir and Vicky Bhatt who was a data entry operator. “During interrogation, the accused confessed to their crime and revealed that Sombir and Vicky had an old enmity with Kashyap. He had beaten them a few years ago and since then they were holding a grudge against him. The accused said that Kashyap used to bully and threaten Sombir almost on a daily basis,” said the DCP. “The accused also disclosed that on April 15, Kashyap had again threatened Sombir. In the evening, he got information that Surjit was sitting with one of his friend. Sombir along with his friends went to the abandoned farm house, stabbed and strangulated him. They disposed the body by throwing it in a nearby ditch and covered it with some leaves,” said the DCP. “Four accused have been arrested. Two more of their accomplices identified as Golu and Ravinder Bisht are still absconding and police have launched manhunt to nab them,” the DCP said.last_img read more

The 2019 Favorites And Breakout Picks For The American League

TeamElo RatingWinsLossesRun Diff.Make PlayoffsWin DivisionWin World Series How Elo is forecasting the AL East race Avg. Simulated SeasonChance to… TeamElo RatingWinsLossesRun Diff.Make PlayoffsWin DivisionWin World Series Orioles142160102-198<1<1<1 Indians15539567+13382%73%8% Based on 100,000 simulations of the 2019 MLB seasonSources: Baseball prospectus, Fangraphs, Clay Davenport Yankees15699765+14782%47%13% Blue Jays14827587-5592<1 Royals14517092-10342<1 The division race: The New York Yankees didn’t sign Manny Machado or Bryce Harper. But they didn’t need to: They have Aaron Hicks (4.8 wins above replacement1According a mix of Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs’ competing versions of the metric. last season) and young, burgeoning stars Gleyber Torres (2.4) and Miguel Andujar (2.5). While they will be without staff ace Luis Severino (5.1) for some time, our forecast likes them just a bit more than the defending World Series champion Red Sox. The Yankees’ position players set the single-season record for home runs last year and could threaten their own mark this year. And in a game increasingly decided by bullpens, the Yankees might have the best ever. The Boston Red Sox have the reigning AL MVP in Mookie Betts (10.6) and another MVP-caliber bat in J.D. Martinez (6.1), leading a lineup that could pass for an All-Star team. If David Price (3.4) picks up where he left off in the World Series (1.98 ERA in 13 innings) and returns to levels he pitched earlier in his career, he could give the Red Sox another dominant ace alongside annual Cy Young contender Chris Sale (6.5). Fellow starter Nathan Eovaldi (who had 1.9 WAR and his best season in the underlying skills) gives the Red Sox another high-ceiling arm. The Red Sox have had success getting more out of pitchers like Eovaldi, Joe Kelly and Matt Barnes, which gives reason to believe they can overcome the losses of Kelly and Craig Kimbrel to free agency. Not only do the Tampa Bay Rays have the top farm system in the American League, according to Baseball America, but they won 90 games a year ago with the second-youngest position player group (27.1 years) in the league and the youngest pitching staff (27.1). The Rays have quietly put together one of the more talented rosters in the game that includes reigning AL Cy Young winner Blake Snell (6.2) and underrated star Tommy Pham (3.7). The Rays are a postseason sleeper team.The difference-makers: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. There’s nothing left for Vlad’s son to prove in the minor leagues. He hit .402 in Double-A last season and .381 across all levels. Most rate him as the game’s top prospect with elite bat-to-ball and power ability. The only thing that could slow him down is injury — and maybe the Blue Jays’ front office. He and fellow top 20 prospect Bo Bichette should be franchise cornerstones for an up-and-coming Blue Jays team. Once a highly touted prospect in Pittsburgh, Tyler Glasnow (0.8 WAR in 2018) came over to Tampa in the second half of last season in the Chris Archer deal. He’s always had command trouble but trimmed his walk rate in August while retaining his high strikeout rates. He has breakout potential if the Rays can help him optimize and harness his stuff. The Rays actually paid (gasp) for a talented free agent in Charlie Morton (3.2), who has an elite spin breaking ball and a high-velocity fastball. Morton, when healthy, has quietly emerged as a top-of-rotation talent. Top Rays pitching prospect Brent Honeywell, and his diverse pitch mix that includes a screwball, could be ready to help early in the season. New York landed the top arm available this winter in trading for James Paxton (3.3). Since his breakout 2017 season, Paxton ranks ranks sixth in the majors in strikeouts per nine innings (11.1)2Among pitchers who have thrown at least 150 innings. and 13th in wins above replacement per 200 innings (5.0). The Yankees also added elite reliever Adam Ottavino (2.3) — who actually began his dominant 2018 campaign in a Manhattan storefront — to an absolutely dominant bullpen that averaged 11.4 strikeouts per nine innings last season, a record.Gone tanking: The Baltimore Orioles The Orioles could be historically poor, but take solace in this, Orioles fans: Your club would still probably win the International League. Rays15258676+4642123 Angels15068082-72271 Avg. Simulated SeasonChance to… How Elo is forecasting the AL West race Based on 100,000 simulations of the 2019 MLB seasonSources: Baseball prospectus, Fangraphs, Clay Davenport TeamElo RatingWinsLossesRun Diff.Make PlayoffsWin DivisionWin World Series How Elo is forecasting the AL Central race Based on 100,000 simulations of the 2019 MLB seasonSources: Baseball prospectus, Fangraphs, Clay Davenport The division race: Because of an elite starting rotation, because Francisco Lindor (7.7 WAR) and Jose Ramirez (7.9) — if they can stay healthy — have become superstars by tapping into their pull-side power, because they reside in one of the weakest divisions ever … the Cleveland Indians are still heavy favorites in the AL Central despite one of the more disappointing offseasons in baseball. Only the Orioles and Reds spent less than the Indians’ $2.5 million in free agency. While the Indians can perhaps do nothing and still win the AL Central, they’ve been outclassed in the ALDS in each of the last two years — and the gap between the Indians and the Houston/New York/Boston super teams is perhaps growing. While the Indians are still slated to finish with the fifth-best record in baseball and 11 games ahead of the Twins in our projections, there are questions about their lineup after trading catcher Yan Gomes (2.5) and losing left fielder Michaely Brantley (3.5) to Houston in free agency. The Minnesota Twins are trying to close the gap with the Indians. Byron Buxton’s (-0.4) spring has offered hope that he could begin to tap into his offensive potential, and Eddie Rosario (3.5) is quietly emerging as a star. But third-year general manager Derek Falvey prides himself on developing pitchers, and that’s where the Twins are attempting to make up the most ground. The Twins’ starting pitchers ranked ninth last season in AL ERA (4.48) and fielding-independent pitching (4.54). (The top four AL teams in ERA and FIP all reached the postseason.)The difference-makers: The Twins signed Michael Pineda in December 2017 to a two-year deal despite knowing that he would miss all of 2018 as he recovered from Tommy John surgery. They hoped the wait would be worth it to enjoy his bat-missing ability: He ranked seventh in swinging strike percentage in 2015-17. Martin Perez and his velocity spike and new cutter also looks like a find for the Twins, and the club signed free-agent Marwin Gonzalez (2.0) to a favorable deal. White Sox uber prospect Eloy Jimenez was the best bat in the minors last year not named Guerrero. He slashed .355/.399/.597 in Triple-A 55 games as a 21-year-old. The 6-foot-4, right-handed hitting outfielder will likely begin the season in the majors after agreeing to a seven-year contract last week, ensuring that the White Sox don’t suppress his service time. Jimenez was acquired from the north side in the Jose Quintana deal; the Chicago Cubs could regret the deal for years.Gone tanking: The Kansas City Royals, Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox. While the White Sox’s collection of young talent might pay off down the road, they are unlikely to contend this season. The Royals have an even longer road ahead with no top 100 prospects, according to some analysts. The Tigers are also far from being relevant, but they hope they drafted a new ace and face of the franchise in Casey Mize, the No. 1 overall pick last June. The Houston Astros remain the model franchise in MLB entering 2019. They are on the cutting edge of player development and have built a club that won the 2017 World Series, won 103 games a year ago and project to win 98 games this season, according to our model, all while maintaining a farm system that has ranked fifth or better by Baseball America in three of the past four years. The Astros might be the best team in the game, and they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon: They’ve locked up Alex Bregman (7.2 WAR) to a long-term deal, they feature a young core of Carlos Correa (1.7) and Jose Altuve (5.0) in their primes, and they have more riches on the way in outfield prospect Kyle “Ted” Tucker. They’ve become masters of acquiring pitchers, often high-spin-rate arms, and getting more out of them than other teams, including Justin Verlander (6.5), Gerrit Cole (5.5) and Ryan Pressly (2.0). The Los Angeles Angels and Mike Trout (10.0) essentially agreed to a lifetime contract earlier in March. While Trout has never won a playoff game, the second act of the Trout era in Anaheim is looking more promising. The Angels’ farm system is improving, and Shohei Ohtani (3.9) gives the club a second legit superstar if and when he can pitch and hit again. There’s work to do, but the Angels might have the most enviable pair of players in the game. You may not have heard of Oakland A’s third baseman Matt Chapman (7.3), but the two-way star was sixth in WAR for all batters last season. The A’s had the fourth-most efficient offense in part because no team hit fewer ground balls. Getting the ball off the ground is the A’s latest hidden edge. The big question for the A’s is what kind of production they’ll get from a rotation that lacks dominant, ace-type arms. In their bullpen, they have one of the most impressive arms in baseball in Blake Treinen (3.9).The difference-makers: Astros pitching prospect Josh James wasn’t even on prospect radars last spring, but by the end of the season, he had taken his 100-mph fastball and wipeout changeup to the majors. James is one reason that the Astros were probably comfortable in allowing starters Dallas Kuechel and Charlie Morton to depart. James will begin the year in the bullpen, but he could become an important part of the rotation. The Mariners might hasten their rebuild with the offseason signing of Yusei Kikuchi, one of the best pitchers in Japan over the past several seasons. Kikuchi has a swing-and-miss slider, and his fastball sits at 93 mph but can reach 98. The A’s acquired Jurickson Profar (2.5 WAR) from Texas, one of a number of lower-profile but potentially useful additions. Profar was once the top prospect in the game, but he has dealt with a number of injuries. Still, he’s been effective when on the field, posting a .793 on-base plus slugging last season.Gone tanking: The Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers. Seattle GM Jerry Dipoto restocked a weak farm system with the trades of Paxton, Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz this offseason, but the Mariners have a long way to go to compete with the Astros. While the Rangers are exploring some innovative practices with Driveline Baseball, they have a team that will be challenged at the major league level and a system that lacks a prospect that projects to be a future difference-maker. It’s a long road from the bottom of the AL West to the top. Avg. Simulated SeasonChance to… White Sox14577191-9153<1 Welcome to our two-part guide to the 2019 MLB season through the lens of our MLB prediction model. In each division, we’ll outline the key teams in the division race, discuss the incoming players who will make the biggest difference and classify the tanking teams you should ignore on principle. Here is our preview of the American League (click here for the National League): Astros15779864+16286%74%16% Tigers14436894-11942<1 Twins15088478+2636202 Mariners14937983-23186<1 Rangers14597092-1033<1<1 Red Sox15629567+13176399 Athletics15188379+2632112 read more

Kam Williams careerhigh point output leads Ohio State to 9743 win over

After 10 minutes and seven seconds, the No. 12 Ohio State men’s basketball team had just a seven-point lead against High Point on Wednesday night.Redshirt-freshman guard Kam Williams (15) shoots the ball during a game against High Point on Dec. 10 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 97-43, behind a career-high 23 points from Williams.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / For The LanternThen redshirt-freshman guard Kam Williams was subbed into the game.Less than a minute after taking the floor, Williams hit a pull-up 3-pointer, then tacked on another five points in just over two minutes. By halftime, he had 13 points on four-for-four shooting from the floor as the Buckeyes took a 43-24 lead into the break.After the game, Williams said his success shooting the ball stems from the work he puts in between games.“Well I try to take all of my shots in the flow of the offense, and the shots I was taking today I practice those everyday,” he said. “The key is when you’re practicing to just take game time reps so when the game time comes it’s a lot easier.”After the game, coach Thad Matta agreed that Williams was shooting within the offense, and not forcing his attempts, which comes from an understanding of his job on the court.“Kameron obviously had a hot hand. I think he only hit the rim once or twice. All of his shots came within the system. I thought he did a great job of adjusting,” Matta said. “Kameron has done a great job of understanding his role and what he needs to do.”OSU’s first-half surge helped the Buckeyes (7-1) to a 97-43 win over the Panthers (6-3) for their second win in a row since losing to then-No. 5 Louisville on Dec. 2.Freshman forward Jae’Sean Tate said the loss to the Cardinals — which came after a fun-win run to start the season — was used as a learning point for the Buckeyes.“It (the loss) was an eye-opener, but you can’t really just keep thinking about that,” Tate said after the game. “You just gotta get up the next day and try to get better.”After High Point hit a free throw early in the second half, the Buckeyes took over to extend their lead to 30 with 15:50 to play. The lead ballooned to 36 just over two minutes later and then to 40 points with more than 10 minutes to play.By the 10-minute mark, Williams and freshman guard D’Angelo Russell each had 16 points to lead all players as the Buckeyes already had five different players in double digits.With 9:11 to play, sophomore forward Marc Loving hit two free throws, meaning all 10 OSU players to take the court had registered at least one point.Matta said he would like for the Buckeyes to keep up a balanced scoring output, but knows that won’t necessarily always be the case.“It is something that you hope can continue. We are going to play games where maybe we don’t have as many possessions or whatever,” Matta said. “The more balance you have as a basketball team, the better you can become down the stretch and without question, getting five guys in double figures, almost six is something that as a coach, it excites you.”Williams tacked on another four points in a row to give the Buckeyes an 85-41 lead with about six minutes to play. Those four points — coming on two mid-range jump shots — made him a 20-point scorer for the first time in his collegiate career.OSU shot 62.5 percent from the field, compared to a 32.1 percent clip from the Panthers.To go along with Williams’ instant-offense in the first half, Russell tallied 11 points in the opening 20 minutes as the Buckeyes shot 55.2 percent from the floor and made four of their first seven 3-point attempts.On its way to a 19-point first half lead, OSU outrebounded High Point, 23-11, and benefited from an eight-point advantage in points off the bench.Williams’ career-high 23 points led all players as Russell added 18 for OSU. Tate, senior guard Shannon Scott and senior forward Sam Thompson each finished in double figures as well, with 12, 11 and 10 points, respectively.Williams said the Buckeyes can be a dangerous team when every player on the floor successfully executes their role.“That’s the biggest key,” he said. “If everybody on our team does their job and brings energy, we’re gonna be a hell of a basketball team.”Williams finished the game eight-of-10 from the floor and four-of-five from beyond the 3-point arc.High Point redshirt-junior guard John Brown finished second in the game with 19 points.After outscoring his closest opponent by four points, Williams said he’s always had success as a shooter on the basketball court.“All my life that’s what I’ve been known to do, is put the ball in the bucket,” he said. “And that’s something that I’ve always had a knack for, so to me it wasn’t really a surprise.”Tate added that his teammate’s success shooting the ball wasn’t a shock to him, either.“He does that every day,” Tate said.The Buckeyes are set to return to the Schottenstein Center on Saturday to take on Morehead State at 1 p.m. read more

Three Lions shirt numbers confirmed for England World Cup 2018 squad

first_imgEngland have just confirmed their squad numbers for the 2018 World Cup, with Jordan Pickford taking the No.1 jersey, according to Standard Uk.The numbers do not assure who will be a beginner against Tunisia in England’s opening game, not since the 1970 World Cup have the Three Lions fielded a starting XI numbered 1-11 in their first match of the tournament.However, giving Pickford No.1 Jersey, Gareth Southgate’s has made his decision clear that the Everton shot-stopper is the leading contender to start in goal. In other places, Jesse Lingard will wear No.7, captain Harry Kane takes the No.9 shirt and Jamie Vardy is No.11. Dele Alli takes his preferred No.20 shirt.Last Saturday, Pickford started England’s friendly against Nigeria, impressing Southgate, who described his decision as “a bit of a statement”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“His decision making was good although he was rarely tested,” Southgate added.You can check out the squad number in full:1 – Jordan Pickford, 2 – Kyle Walker, 3 – Danny Rose, 4 – Eric Dier, 5 – John Stones, 6 – Harry Maguire, 7 – Jesse Lingard, 8 – Jordan Henderson, 9 – Harry Kane, 10 – Raheem Sterling, 11 – Jamie Vardy, 12 – Kieran Trippier, 13 – Jack Butland, 14 – Danny Welbeck, 15 – Gary Cahill, 16 – Phil Jones, 17 – Fabian Delph, 18 – Ashley Young, 19 – Marcus Rashford, 20 – Dele Alli, 21 – Ruben Loftus-Cheek, 22 – Trent Alexander-Arnold, 23 – Nick Popelast_img read more