Poll Results: Hill Beats Out Washington As OSU Fan Favorite

first_imgI do understand Hill winning this poll though. Here’s what Mike Gundy said about him after the TCU game. “Justice has the unique ability to have has body at more of a 45 degree lean and not go to the ground,” said Gundy.On to the comments.Nate: Got to go with Evans. He is better at his craft than the other options. Hell, he might be the best PG in the country. Hill by year 3 though is going to be incredible to watch, though..Miller918: I understand your sentiment in picking Evans, who I agree is the best at his position of the four (though Washington might be a close second) but my answer is Hill; knowing that he’s going to be around and presumably only get better for the next 2-3 years makes watching him now that much more enjoyable.Guest: El Presidente is the clear choice when QB1 is dealing the pain and suffering it’s better than watching the Gullet punctuate Gundy’s points when chewing a refAdam M.: How is Chris ‘Truck-Stick’ Carson not even an option? I love Hill’s elusiveness, but let’s face it, Carson is dynamite in the entertainment realm of football. I had no idea what I would get when I asked which OSU athlete you most enjoy watching — heck, I didn’t even know who I was going to vote for. But after 1,500 votes, Justice Hill has narrowly beaten out James Washington 38 percent to 31 percent. Jawun Evans finished third at 25 percent.My personal choice is Evans. Maybe it’s because I understand basketball better than I do football and played it more growing up, but Jawun is a delight to watch hoop. Jay Bilas is going to have to dig deep into his bag of superlatives on Wednesday evening to describe No. 1’s ability to penetrate the lane and put up potentially his third-straight 30-point game in Maui (he needs 35 for 100 total in Maui this week!)He’s a NBA player in a college setting, and I get to watch him play on my team. That’s fun as hell.Today’s poll: Which player do you most enjoy watching?— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 22, 2016 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Zach Crabtree Breaks Down Best OSU Plays of 2016

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. This is fun. More of this, please. Zach Crabtree lists his top 10 offensive plays of the 2016 season and then breaks them down on film with Allison Gappa. His No. 1 surprised me (it would not have been the one I would have picked), but I loved the self-deprecation from the Kansas State game (“I had a terrible block on my part”) and the insight into various plays OSU ran throughout the year. Also, all the Texas plays!And I still can’t believe this happened (and that it might not have been his best November truck stick …)dec-22-2016-08-37-46last_img read more

10 months agoFriend admits Morata WANTS to leave Chelsea

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Friend admits Morata WANTS to leave Chelseaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAlvaro Morata WANTS to leave Chelsea this month.Speaking on Cadena Cope, a member of the striker’s camp revealed the Spaniard has decided to leave Stamford Bridge in January.PSG, Bayern Munich and Atlético Madrid are all being linked with Morata.However, Sevilla are regarded as favourites to land the centre-forward – with a loan arrangement already being discussed.Both Sevilla coach and sports chief Joaquin Caparros have confirmed their interest. last_img

Cardale Jones Addresses “Fans” Who Were Trashing Him On Twitter

first_imgCardale Jones pumping up the crowd before the game.Cardale JonesOhio State quarterback Cardale Jones hasn’t played up to his potential this season, and many Buckeyes fans have been vocal about their desire for head coach Urban Meyer to make a change at the position. Unfortunately, far too many are expressing their opinions the wrong way.Following Ohio State’s narrow victory over Indiana this past Saturday night, Jones celebrated the team’s win on Twitter. Some of the responses he got were beyond offensive. Tuesday, he addressed the “fans” who decided to trash him online. He clarified that they’re “haters”, not fans.@CJ12_ I’m sorry for all of the idiotic responses you get from so called “fans”— Chad Proud (@cproud13) October 6, 2015 RT: *haters https://t.co/H6bcaErCe5— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) October 6, 2015 Rome wasn’t built in a day— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) October 6, 2015 Jones will get another chance to silence the haters Saturday against Maryland.last_img read more

Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the

first_imgTORONTO – Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:One, two, three, four, I declare a trade warCanada’s $16.6-billion worth of retaliatory tariffs take effect Sunday on dozens of U.S. products — from strawberry jam to screws and nails — making good on threats of a tariff war after the U.S. implemented levies on Canada’s steel and aluminum. Investors are watching for Trump’s next move while consumers are watching whether U.S. suppliers raise prices.Passenger rightsThe Canadian Transportation Agency holds a public consultation on air passenger protection in Ottawa on Wednesday. The event is part of a larger effort to draft rules and set minimum standards of treatment in order to establish a bill of rights for air travellers, including how best to deal with tarmac delays, bumped seats and lost luggage.The last puzzle pieceStatistics Canada releases the labour force survey for June on Friday. The previous month’s survey showed that the economy lost 7,500 jobs, while the unemployment rate held steady at 5.8 per cent for the fourth consecutive month. It’s the last piece of major economic data for the Bank of Canada to review before its next interest rate announcement mid-month.Carbon conundrumParticipants in Ontario’s cap-and-trade system will be looking to Ontario’s new premier for answers next week. Tuesday will be the first day of business for Premier Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative government, which has vowed to immediately dismantle cap-and-trade, leaving billions of dollars in carbon credits in limbo.Dog days of summerFinancial markets enter the summer doldrums next week and trading volumes are expected to be low given holidays for both Canadian and U.S. indices on Monday and Wednesday, respectively. Stock markets have had a bumpy ride this year. Toronto’s S&P/TSX Composite Index fell 8.5 per cent from an all-time high at the beginning of the year, only to recover and post a new record high of over 16,400 points in June.last_img read more

Congress fields Renuka Chowdhary from Khammam

first_imgHyderabad: The Congress has named former Union Minister and senior leader Renuka Chowdhary as its candidate for Khammam Lok Sabha seat in Telangana. Her name figured in the seventh list of candidates announced by the Central Election Committee on Friday night. The party had already announced candidates for 16 seats in Telangana and only Khammam was pending. The decision came a day after Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) decided to field Nama Nagrswara Rao from Khammam, hours after he quit the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and joined the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS). Chowdhary, who was elected from Khammam in 1999 and 2004, lost to Nageswara Rao of TDP in 2009. In 2014, Congress left the seat for Communist Party of India (CPI). P. Srinivas Reddy of YSR Congress was elected and later joined TRS.last_img read more

The 2016 Cubs Won Just Like The 1997 Marlins Did

As the Chicago Cubs celebrated winning the World Series last month, much of the attention centered on the contributions of young, homegrown players such as National League MVP Kris Bryant and third-place Cy Young finisher Kyle Hendricks. But under the guidance of general manager Theo Epstein, the Cubs also loaded up on external talent — and salaries — in preparation for their title run. Even after adjusting for MLB-wide increases in the cost of a win,1For the purposes of this story, all references to payroll increases will be adjusted by measuring changes relative to differences in how much marginal salary bought a win above replacement (averaging together the two methods of WAR found at FanGraphs and Baseball-Reference) between the seasons in question. Chicago boosted their payroll by 169 percent between 2014 and 2016 — a record two-season increase among World Series winners.2At least since 1985, the first season for which Baseball-Reference.com has team payroll data.It’s a fitting coincidence that the previous mark was set by a team whose roster was basically completed about 20 years earlier. On Dec. 12, 1996, the Florida Marlins signed free-agent outfielder Moises Alou to a five-year, $25 million contract, the final major piece of a team built largely through a wild, two-year spending spree. When they celebrated their own championship 10 months later, Florida would face accusations of having “bought a World Series,” but they also set a model that many teams would follow over the ensuing years, sometimes to great success — as with the Cubs — and often to great failure. Either way, the era of the store-bought championship bid was at hand.As the hot stove burned in late 1996, the Marlins had only been around as a franchise for four seasons, and they’d never finished a season with a record above .500. But they were also trending upward: Florida had improved its winning percentage in each season the team existed, including an 80-82 record in 1996, which saw them post a 31-24 record (a 91-win pace) in August and September.Marlins owner Wayne Huizenga, already a ’90s business icon for his ownership stake in video-rental titan Blockbuster Entertainment, was also sinking more money in his teal-clad expansion club. Before the 1996 season, Florida GM Dave Dombrowski had upped the team’s payroll by 38 percent,3A raw increase of $6.6M, even as the MLB-wide rate of marginal salary per WAR slightly decreased. from 25th in baseball to 16th, reeling in such big-name free agents as Kevin Brown, Al Leiter and Devon White. The next winter, Dombrowski poured even more cash into Florida’s roster — increasing payroll by another 33 percent — when he signed more free-agent deals with Alou, Alex Fernandez, Bobby Bonilla and Jim Eisenreich.Unsurprisingly, all that aggressive free-agent spending gave new Marlins manager Jim Leyland significantly more talent to work with. If we use Tom Tango’s WARcel projections as a simple way to judge how many wins Florida could have expected to get out of its new acquisitions (as well as the cost of losing the players it jettisoned in the process), the Marlins picked up more than 15 net WAR in talent for 1997 alone through Dombrowski’s wheeling and dealing over the previous two offseasons, another modern-era4Again, going back to the advent of complete team-payroll data in 1985. record for an eventual World Series winner. But having an existing talent base is still preferable to buying one. According to my regression, each extra WAR a team starts with before a two-year stretch of acquiring players is worth about a 60 percent bigger boost to its World Series odds than a WAR of talent snagged from outside the organization over the following two years.9In a way, this makes sense: Existing talent is generally younger, with more potential production (and more cost-controlled years) ahead of them with the club than players poached from other organizations.Plus, the effect of supercharging a roster has lost some of its potency since Florida spent its way to glory. If we split up our data into two sets — one that covers the 1987 through 1997 seasons, and the other for every year since — a one-standard deviation increase in payroll and talent meant a 40 percent bigger bump in World Series odds back then than it would now.Anecdotal evidence bears this idea out, as well. Before the 2016 Cubs made good use of their massive talent influx, the 2004 Boston Red Sox were the last team to win a championship with anything close to the same expensive quick-build strategy as the 1997 Marlins employed. And they were the exception to the rule that most free-spending title bids fall short. For instance, extreme shopping sprees by the Yankees in the early to mid-2000s and, more recently, by the Los Angeles Dodgers yielded a grand total of zero titles, despite the huge financial advantages. (Yes, the Yankees won it all in 2009, but that year they spent about 21 percent less — relative to the MLB average — than they had at their peak in 2005.)Despite fears of a “bought” championship dating back to the advent of free agency (if not earlier), baseball is a tough sport to rig with pure cash. Not only is the postseason incredibly random, but it’s difficult to even predict whether a team will be good enough to get there in the first place. The very best team in baseball only has something like a 15 percent chance of winning it all going into a given season, and although there’s no such thing as having too much talent on a roster, putting that philosophy into practice gets mighty expensive mighty fast. That’s why World Series winners such as the 1997 Marlins — and, now, the 2016 Cubs — are destined to remain historical anomalies, ranking among the very few teams in history who ever saw a complex multiyear building scheme end in anything other than frustration. At the time, no modern team had ever won a championship following such a talent binge. When the defending-champion New York Yankees spent the off-seasons of 1994 and 1995 loading up on players, that meant adding 9 net WAR of talent and 56 percent more payroll5A raw increase of $8.2M over seasons where the cost of WAR was decreasing.. In terms of totally overhauling their roster from the outside, mainly through the power of free-agent shopping, the Marlins were on another level entirely.And it worked out well. Together, Brown, Fernandez, Alou, Bonilla, White, Leiter and Eisenreich combined for about 19 of the Marlins’ 37 total WAR, a big reason — along with 1993 trade pickup Gary Sheffield — why 77 percent of Florida’s wins that season were generated by players who debuted with other franchises. (No World Series winner had gotten less from its homegrown players in the previous 74 years.) In combination with a few homegrown talents such as Livan Hernandez,6Hernandez grew up playing in Cuba, but he defected in 1995 and signed an amateur free-agent deal with the Marlins. Charles Johnson and Edgar Renteria, Florida’s mercenary contingent powered the Marlins to 92 wins and the NL Wild Card, then navigated the team through a difficult string of postseason opponents en route to a seven-game World Series triumph over the Cleveland Indians — the first-ever Series win for a wild-card team.Of course, just as swiftly as it had been built, Florida’s talent machine was disassembled part by part. By spring training of 1999 — just 16 months after Renteria lined a walk-off single up the middle to seal Game 7 — 22 of the 1997 Marlins’ top 26 players by WAR had been purged from the team’s roster, scattered across the majors in baseball’s most infamous “fire sale.”Critics railed against the cynicism of instantly gutting a championship roster, a blight that still taints that Florida team’s legacy. But the Marlins were undeniably trendsetters: In the decade leading up to 1997, only 13 teams had been built in a similar manner, increasing payroll by at least 25 percent and adding at least 5 net WAR of talent over a two-year span. In the two decades since, 36 teams have tried the same tactic — nearly 40 percent more attempts per season.7And, again, this is inflation-adjusted — it measures payroll increases over and beyond changes to the MLB-wide price of a win. With MLB teams’ revenues exploding in the post-strike era, more and more teams began mounting Marlins-style tactical spending strikes.As for whether that strategy has been a reliable path to victory, well, it’s complicated. Based on a logit regression using MLB data since 1987,8With the dependent variable being whether a team won the World Series or not — yep, this is an all-or-nothing analysis, in the spirit of the 1997 Marlins’ build-and-tear-down model — and the independent ones being the amount of WAR a team started out with before its two-year spending spree, and the amount of WAR talent added and percentage change in payroll over the subsequent two years. increasing payroll and/or talent can certainly increase a team’s probability of winning the World Series: If an average team were to add as much to its roster as the 1997 Marlins did, its championship probability would increase sevenfold. read more

EXCLUSIVE Former Argentina player is not happy about Libertadores in Madrid

first_imgFor Ruben “Ratón” Ayala, CONMEBOL’s decision to take the Copa Libertadores Final to Spain was not the correct oneFormer Atletico Madrid and Argentina national team forward Ruben “Ratón” Ayala is not happy that the Copa Libertadores Final will take place in Spain.The second leg of this match was postponed twice on November 24 and 25 after some River Plate fans attacked Boca Juniors’ bus.And then CONMEBOL decided it will be played outside Argentina, in Real Madrid’s house: Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.“I didn’t like it,” Ayala told a Ronaldo.com reporter.“The reality is, this is a match that had to be played in River’s stadium or in Estadio Nacional [Uruguay] or in Palmeira’s stadium [Brazil].”River Plate v Boca Juniors - Copa CONMEBOL Libertadores 2018Match Preview: River Plate vs Boca Juniors Boro Tanchev – September 1, 2019 It is time for one of the most intense derby games in the world, as River Plate and Boca Juniors go head-to-head tonight at 22:00 (CET).“It is very complicated because playing in Madrid will be very difficult, at least this is what I think,” he explained.“I think Boca and River will play while frustrated. It was very bad that Madrid was chosen.”Former Atletico Madrid and Argentina national team forward Ruben “Ratón” Ayala is not happy that the Copa Libertadores Final will take place in Spain.What do you think about his reaction? pic.twitter.com/aNZyP4QMPB— Ronaldo.com (@ronaldocomint) December 5, 2018last_img read more

Hospitals teeming with mosquitoes

first_imgWater accumulated in coconut shells and at open places on the premises of Dhaka Medical College Hospital. This situation is an ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes. Photo: Suvra Kanti DasMugda Medical College Hospital is about seven years old only and its buildings are all quite new. Yet the hospital is unclean, garbage strewn both inside and outside, and water accumulating here and there.The government disease control unit has said that the presence of Aedes mosquitoes carrying the dengue virus is at a high risk level in this hospital.During a visit to the hospital at around 9:30 Friday morning, a banner of the medical college’s principal, Shah Golam Nabi, caught the eye. It read, “Discard unnecessary water around your house, cover all water containers.”The principal used this message to raise people’s awareness regarding Aedes mosquitoes and dengue, but the local people and hospital staff say that the road in front of the hospital becomes water-logged at the slightest of rain. Water gathers on the hospital grounds too.Around 10 cleaners were seen struggling to clear away garbage that had accumulated over quite a few days.One of the woman cleaners said, “Something has happened and that is why we have been told to clean the entire place.”Water had accumulated on almost every floor of the hospital. Old medicine bottles, water bottles, polythene, medicine packets, rags, buckets full of water and coconut shells were piled up in a gap between two walls. The skull of a slaughtered cow was also seen there.On the fourth floor of the hospital, where the director’s office is located, water had accumulated in a flower garden there. Water had also gathered where parts of the hospital complex remained under construction.According to a survey of the government disease control unit, Aedes mosquito larvae was found in 80 per cent of the empty containers lying in and around the hospital. The inside and outside of the hospital is perfect for mosquitoes to breed.The disease control unit carried out a survey from 31 July to 4 August in 14 areas of Dhaka and a dangerous level of larvae was found in 12 of the places.If Aedes mosquito larvae is found in 20 per cent of the discarded containers in any locality, that is considered a high-risk area.Dhaka Medical College Hospital was among one of the three areas where there were Aedes larvae in 60 to 80 per cent of the discarded containers included.Officials of the disease control unit said that they had informed the two Dhaka city corporations of the results a couple of days after the survey was run.Prothom Alo correspondents on Friday visited the Mugda hospital, Dhaka Medical College Hospital, Mitford Hospital, Shaheed Suhrawardy Hospital, Shishu Hospital, Dhaka Mahanagar Hospital and, outside of Dhaka, the medical college hospitals of Chattogram, Khulna, Mymensingh, Rajshahi and Bogura.Prothom Alo correspondents also visited government hospitals in Gazipur, Manikganj and Faridpur districts.The condition of almost all these hospitals was unhygienic with water and garbage accumulated in different places. It was obvious that the hospitals hadn’t been cleaned for long.Water gathered at the underconstruction second floor of Sher-e-Bangla Medical College and Hospital, Barishal. Photo: SayanDirector general of the health directorate Abul Kalam Azad told Prothom Alo, “We had issued directives to all hospitals about maintaining cleanliness and hygiene. They followed the directives too. These matters cannot be monitored every day. Sometimes some places skip attention, but we are sincere in our efforts.”Dengu patients are kept on the floors 8, 9 and 10 at the Mugda hospital. According to official records, 385 dengue patients were admitted to the hospital on Friday. This year 2,197 dengue patients were treated at this hospital so far.At a recent event organised by the hospital, in the presence of the health minister, the locality’s member of parliament Saber Hossain Chowdhury said that 11 dengue patients had died in hospitals this year.There were around 100 patients outside the ward on the 10th floor. The nurses were extremely busy, with hardly time to talk. There were no physicians available for comment. The principal of the medical college was also unavailable over mobile phone.Director of the hospital Amin Ahmed Khan said there were posts vacant for physicians at the hospital. With the increased number of dengue patients, the physicians and nurses were under extreme pressure. Physicians were supposed to be provided from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, but they hadn’t joined as yet.The patients were satisfied with the treatment they were receiving at the hospital, but not with the environment. Several of them said that there were mosquitoes all over the place. A number of patients on the 10th floor were using mosquito nets. Many didn’t get mosquito nets. Many avoided using the nets because it was too hot.The director admitted the mosquito menace. He said the hospital was located on low land and water accumulated at the slightest of rain. Water also gathered in the under-construction parts of the hospital. He said that so far 10 nurses and 12 physicians of the hospital were afflicted with dengue.Entomologist Manzur Chowdhury told Prothom Alo, “There are a lot of Aedes mosquitoes in hospitals like the one in Mugda. They bite dengue patients and spread the virus to others. This is evident in the number of physicians and nurses with dengue fever.”last_img read more

Jazzing it up

first_imgIt is the time when all the jazz lovers in the city can head on to enjoy the best of jazz music as Cocktails and Dreams Speakeasy celebrates the international Jazz Day.Keeping up with its tradition of bringing the best in music and cocktails to its customers,  it lines up three great bands- Drift The Trio, Grey Area and Takatrio performing Jazz live. 30 April is honoured as the International Jazz Day by UNESCO. This day is marked out to celebrates the historical, cultural, and educational contribution of this popular genre of music. It aims to spread international awareness about this unique musical style; and to promote the cultural, and social values that Jazz stands for.Honouring this sentiment, Cocktails and Dreams Speakeasy presents a night dedicated to Jazz.When: 30 AprilWhere: SCO 23, Behind Galaxy Hotel, Sector 15, Gurgaonlast_img read more

Williams brushes off Navarro challenge to clinch 8th Miami title

first_imgWorld number one Serena Williams has won her eighth Miami WTA title with a comprehensive 6-2, 6-0 win over Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro. The 33-year-old US superstar, who won her 19th Grand Slam title in Australia this year, lifted the trophy in the elite premier level tournament for the third straight year. She also won three straight Miami titles from 2002-04 and back-to-back titles in 2007-08. With her 66th career WTA title, she is one shy of Billie Jean King for sixth on the Open Era all-time list.  Also Read – Khel Ratna for Deepa and Bajrang, Arjuna for JadejaWilliams hasn’t lost a competitive match since October, when she fell to Simona Halep in the round robin phase of the WTA Finals — which Williams went on to win. Williams had already surpassed Steffi Graf for most Miami triumphs with her win last year. On Saturday she joined Graf, Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert as the only Open Era players to win the same event at least eight times. Graf won nine titles in Berlin, Evert won eight in Hilton Head, and Navratilova achieved the feat in seven tournaments — including her nine Wimbledon titles.  Also Read – Endeavour is to facilitate smooth transition: ShastriAfter clawing her way past world number three Halep in the semifinals, Williams played for the title against an opponent she had beaten in four prior encounters without dropping a set. World number 12 Suarez Navarro, playing in the biggest final of her career, found herself facing Williams at her most formidable — firing winners from every part of the court.  “When I play with Serena I know that she’s the best,” Suarez Navarro said. “She has the game to make me play bad.  “But this time I believed in me, in how I’m playing the other matches. I tried. I tried until the last point, but it was tough and difficult for me.” Suarez Navarro held her nerve and her serve through the first five games. But Williams converted her third break chance of the sixth game to grab a 4-2 lead in the opening set, consolidating the break with an easy hold. Suarez Navarro saved two set points against her serve in the next game, but Williams gave herself another chance with a forehand winner and Suarez Navarro handed her the set with an error. Suarez Navarro had a chance to break in the first game of the second set, but Williams held on then broke at love in the next game. She polished off the triumph in just 56 minutes. It was an especially satisfying win for Williams, coming after a troublesome knee prompted her to forfeit her scheduled semi-final at the premier level tournament in Indian Wells a fortnight earlier. Suarez Navarro lost her seventh WTA final in eight appearances. But her fine week in Florida, where her victims included Venus Williams, will see her break into the top 10 in the world rankings on Monday.last_img read more