Watch Guide: Week 8

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. We all might have a severe disdain for 11 a.m. football games, but hey, at least we have a watch guide to get us through them. This week’s slate is not necessarily loaded, but there are some good Big 12 games.TCU at West Virginia. OU at Texas Tech looking for its first 4-0 Big 12 start since 2004 (!) We also get Alabama favored by nearly three touchdowns over the No. 6 team in the country. Parity!Thanks as always to Ryan Hartwig for his work.Weekend Watch Guide: Week 8last_img read more

Reaction To Josh Henson, John Wozniak Hirings

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. It’s been a whirlwind in Stillwater recently with the basketball team making noise, baseball starting on Friday, wrestling going undefeated and Mike Gundy rolling around in an orange singlet.So the hirings of Josh Henson (OL) and John Wozniak (RBs) got a little bit buried in the frenzy. I wanted to look briefly at their thoughts as well as what Mike Gundy said about bringing back two folks who are familiar with the OSU program.Josh Henson (OL Coach)“Josh is highly intelligent and he knows the things that need to happen for us to be successful at Oklahoma State,” said Gundy. “We know him well and we’re excited about what he brings to our team.”Henson was the offensive coordinator at Missouri before coming back to OSU (where he played) as an offensive analyst last year.“Oklahoma State is my alma mater and will always have a special place in my heart,” said Henson. “The opportunity to come back and be part of Cowboy football is special to me. I want to thank Coach Gundy for giving me the opportunity to come back. What excites me about returning to Stillwater is the opportunity to take OSU to the next level. When you win 10 games, winning those extra couple games is a real challenge, and I’m excited to have that opportunity.”Yeah … no kidding.John Wozniak (RB Coach)“What I like about John is that he is a self-made guy who worked his way up and did it the hard way,” Gundy said. “He worked with us here at Oklahoma State and then went on to have success with Les Miles at LSU and with Nick Saban at Alabama. I know him and I know he’s a hard worker and that he can recruit. He’s been with people who I’m close to, so I’ve followed his path along the way and we’re excited to have him back here with us.”Wozniak was a GA with OSU in 2004 before going to LSU in 2005 with Les Miles. He has also coached at Memphis, UAB and Alabama before being the WRs coach last year for Southern Miss.“Oklahoma State is a special place. Just like the players, coaches want to be at a place where football is important – a place where the fans care and the players have bought into the university and its football program. Ever since I left here in 2004, I’ve wanted to be back, and fortunately, now I have that opportunity,” Wozniak said.“Being around Coach Gundy in 2004, I had a lot of respect for him as a football mind, and more importantly, as a man. I knew that if I ever had a chance to work with him again, that I definitely wanted to do that.”One person who knows and has been around both Henson and Wozniak is former offensive coordinator Todd Monken. I asked him what he thought about OSU bringing them back.“Both are great hires,” Monken told PFB. “Are outstanding in all three critical areas. Can recruit, are really good teachers and are awesome at developing young men.”Check, check and check. Former QB Zac Robinson is in as well.Coach Henson is the man. Glad to see him back on board. https://t.co/MCfhYQ6VNA— Zac Robinson (@Zac_Robinson5) February 10, 2017So the coaching carousel has seemingly been stopped before it really got started and OSU is in a good position as it heads towards its first spring practice in less than a month.last_img read more

Big Recruiting Weekend on Tap for OSU Spring Game

first_imgCollin Clay — 2019 defensive end — Oklahoma City, Okla.Jayce Medlock — 2019 wide receiver — Lancaster, TexasOSU signees Oklahoma State has picked up commitments during the spring game in each of the last two seasons, and on Saturday the coaching staff has a chance to go back-to-back-to-back. If nothing else, it’s a big day for recruits to visit and see facilities, interact with players, coaches and prospective recruits. Here’s a look at some of the prospects we’re expecting to be in Stillwater. As a note, we will continue to update this post as more confirm their visits.Recruits 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

Going Deep on the Best Long Plays of the Mike Gundy Era

first_imgTyreek’s speed lands him again on this list. At 97 yards, this ties for fourth-longest kickoff return and this isn’t Hill’s longest. He went for 99 on Jayhawk kickoff that year as well.The Bedlam punt return was much more significant but this just reminds me what it was like having a return man waiting that could take it all the way — at any given time. Hopefully, the Cowboys will have that again this year.Justin Gilbert’s Kickoff Return – KU at Oklahoma State (2013)Justin Gilbert also fits in the mold of one of those guys that you didn’t want to take your eyes off of for fear of missing a play like this. That’s one of the reasons I picked him as my top pick of former Gundy players that I would add to the 2017 team. Shore up the cornerback rotation and add a dynamic returner in one move.Five OSU kickoff returns have spanned the length of the field. Gilbert returned two of them and the other three were by Mike Gundy’s Heisman-winning teammate.Justin Gilbert’s Kickoff Return at Texas (2011)Just a bonus Gilbert play because I wanted to. Because you want to watch them — over and over.This was back when whooping up on the Longhorns was a relatively new feeling, which made this play/game all the more gratifying.Weeden-to-Blackmon 67-Yard Fiesta Bowl Touchdown (2012)This 67-yard play does even crack the top 10 of longest passing plays at OSU history. But it was one of the most significant. It kept the Cowboys going blow-for-blow with Andrew Luck’s Cardinal and was one of the highlights for most Oklahoma State fans.I’m sure I missed one or two great ones so share your favorites below. With 12 seasons in the books, Mike Gundy is the longest-tenured head coach in Oklahoma State history. His mentor Pat Jones and posthumously-anointed National Champ Jim Lookabough each lasted 11 years in Stillwater. He’s now also the longest continuously-tenured head coach in the Big 12.So with that in mind, let’s look back at some of the best long plays of the Mike Gundy era.These aren’t necessarily the 10 longest plays during Gundy’s time at the helm but they did have to be among the longest in their category (i.e. returns, rushes, receptions) in school history to qualify. In no particular order, here are some of my favorites. I don’t want to rank them. I just want to enjoy them. And I hope you do too.AdChoices广告Dez Bryant’s 78-yard punt return againts Texas A&M (2008)I could have picked Dez’s 82-yard return against Houston earlier that same year but this one won out for me because of who it was against. This win was the first against the Aggies in five tries and the Cowboys had only won two of the last 12 meetings — since the Big 12 was formed. OSU rattled off four straight wins in the series starting with this game.Plus, it’s an amazing play. Dez ducks under, out and away from tacklers reminiscent of the old cartoons where Bugs Bunny pops out of the dog pile and taps his would-be antagonist on the shoulder — and then disappears.Rudolph to Washington for 82 yards against Kansas State (2016)Of the 10 longest passing plays in Oklahoma State history, this dynamic duo has produced three. Rudolph threw five of those passes and the other two during Mike Gundy’s tenure were No. 1 – Zac Robinson to Jeremy Broadway in 2008 and Daxx Garman to Brandon Shepherd against Missouri State in 2014. That’s right Weeden-to-Blackmon have been pushed off that board by QB1. Don’t worry, I still found a spot for them below.The reason this particular play is one of my favorites is what it meant. Oklahoma State was behind on the road in the fourth quarter at a place that’s been hard for the Cowboys to win. This score brought them within two and set them up for the comeback win.It was Mike Gundy’s second win in Manhattan as a head coach. And just the second win by OSU there in nearly 30 years. The last three OSU quarterbacks to win at Bill Snyder Family Stadium were Mike Gundy (1986 and 1988), Brandon Weeden (2010), Mason Rudolph (2016).Jamie Blatnick’s 59-yard Bedlam fumble return (2011)This one is the shortest play on our list in terms of yardage — although it lands in the No. 6 slot of longest fumble returns in Cowboy history. Oklahoma State was up 10-0 at the end of the second quarter but the Sooners were in the red zone and on a crucial third down. Talk about a momentum play.Alex Elkins surged unscathed at Landry Jones and proceeded to ruin his evening. Jamie Blatnick turned on what jets he had and nearly scored. The play set up a Joseph Randle 1-yard touchdown. Things kept rolling and Oklahoma State took it to the Sooners 44-10 ending an eight-game losing streak and helping secure its first Big 12 title.Tyreek Hill’s Punt Return at Oklahoma (2014)You remember that cold, damp, windy night in Norman? It was especially cold and windy near the top of the 103 section on the west side of the stadium. But it provided a perfect view of the play that essentially set Oklahoma State’s program on a new trajectory. Think about the feelings surrounding the program (both inside and out) before this game and where they are now.At the least, it helped secure a Bedlam win and guaranteed bowl eligibility along with the additional practice/bowl experience that would help springboard the 2015 team to a 10-0 start.At the most, it may have long-reaching ramifications on the careers of Mike Gundy and Mason Rudolph. Imagine burning Rudolph’s redshirt just so he could look good but go 0-2 and the Cowboys finished 5-7? Not a good look.Mike Hamilton’s 83-yard touchdown run against Texas Tech (2005)This play made the list for a couple of reasons. The first? Nostalgia. There are no names on those jerseys!This is a clip of firsts. It was Mike Gundy’s first season as head coach. This play helped secured Mike Gundy’s first Big 12 win — there have been 62 since. This was Mike Hamilton’s first touchdown.Later this season, Hamilton would break the record for most rushing yards by a freshman at Oklahoma State with 961, a record that Justice Hill just broke last fall. This 83-yard run is still the 10th longest in OSU history.Rudolph to Washington – Pittsburgh at Oklahoma State (2016)Coming off of that tough loss that never should have been to Central Michigan, Oklahoma State fans filed in with bated breath but still faithfully striped Boone Pickens Stadium. Then cautious sighs quickly turned into ecstatic cheers.Mason Rudolph made a statement with this quick strike to Washington on the very first offensive play for the Cowboys. At 91 yards, it is the second-longest passing play of all-time at OSU.Josh Stewart’s Punt Return on TCU (2013)What a fun memory. This is still the best thing about the traffic cone, all-orange look with orange brand. Josh Stewart was a dude, and I still wish he would have stayed around for his senior season. Not that it would have necessarily made a huge difference for the Cowboys in 2014. It was just fun to watch him play.And how much fun was it to have two dynamic return men like Josh Stewart and Justin Gilbert on the same team? Stewart is still one of my favorites Cowboys.Tyreek Hill’s Kickoff Return – Iowa State at Oklahoma State (2014) 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. 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7 days agoHeskey: Leicester big enough to keep hold of Maddison

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Heskey: Leicester big enough to keep hold of Maddisonby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEmile Heskey says Leicester City are no longer a feeder club.Heskey believes the club’s growth will allow them to fend off interest from Manchester United for James Maddison.”I think Leicester are moving away from being a feeder club,” Heskey told bwin.”They’ve lost a few big names over the last couple of seasons, but there is no need for Leicester to sell anyone else. The team is developing so strongly and it doesn’t deserve to be called a feeder club.”Leicester are under no pressure to sell Maddison and I expect they’ll fight off any interest.” last_img

Michigan’s Maurice Ways Unveils Team’s New Jumpman Cleats On Twitter

first_imgA Michigan player holding new Jordan Brand cleats.Twitter/Maurice WaysAt midnight, Michigan and Nike officially became partners – kicking off an 11-year deal worth $173 million. Fans, as we noted earlier, flooded The M Den overnight to get their hands on new merchandise for the Wolverines. It looks like the Michigan football players have also gotten a look at some of the gear they’ll be wearing on the field this year.Two players – wide receiver Maurice Ways and safety Khaleke Hudson – have posted short videos of Jumpman cleats decked out in Michigan logos. Check them out:??? thank you for blessing us @Jumpman23 ?? pic.twitter.com/EmaDCvCBJu— Moe Ways (@MoeWays) August 1, 2016? pic.twitter.com/ahdKefUojR— Khaleke Hudson (@KhalekeHudson) August 1, 2016Michigan’s full uniforms have yet to be unveiled. We imagine there will be great interest when that happens.last_img read more

Maersk Is Not on the Scrubber Team

first_imgzoom The IMO’s 0.5 sulphur cap on marine fuel set to enter into force in 2020 has caused numerous headaches to shipowners as they start to prepare for compliance of their fleets with the new regulations.Speaking of the available solutions during a Capital Link panel on Marine Fuels: An Industry in Transition in New York, Marc Refsoe Holm, Leader US Fuel Desk – Maersk Oil Trading, said that “Maersk is not on the scrubber team.”According to Holm, there are various operational concerns when it comes to scrubbers as they have not established themselves as a proven technology on large two-stroke diesel engines used across Maersk’s fleet.“We do not believe that the open loop scrubber system is actually gonna be a solution. It might be a short-term solution, and then, very quickly, the shipping world will be forced to switch to a closed-loop system, which requires a completely different calculation, taking into account the issues such as infrastructure and cost,” Holm explained.Another issue raised with respect to scrubber technology is the lack of a level playing field.“We feel that the scrubber technology potentially allows for an open door for different operators to maybe opt not to run their scrubbers when outside the port limits. We think that there will be major issues when it comes to compliance and enforcement of the regulations,” he added.Referring to the solutions being pursued by Maersk and major shipping carriers in order to become compliant with the new sulphur cap, Holm said that those would probably be 0.5 % blended fuel oil and marine gasoil-based solutions for tanker owners with smaller ships.Furthermore, penalties for non-compliance with the new regulations seem to be minor when compared to investment costs to become compliant and fears have been raised on whether this might prompt owners to dodge compliance.Port authorities are yet to perfect their enforcement strategies to avoid such occurrences, and development of a robust enforcement system is key.With respect to alternative marine fuel options available on the market, John Lycouris, CEO of Dorian LPG said that, from a suppliers perspective, LPG looks like an easier solution than LNG as the latter lacks the necessary infrastructure.There are a lot of small ships that can carry out LPG bunkering, and there are around a 1,000 places across the globe that can take or deliver LPG, Lycouris explained.However, an LPG engine is yet to be introduced into the market, hopefully in the next couple of years, he highlighted.Aside to LNG, methanol, and ethanol-driven engines are a possibility, and these two alternative fuels are easier to handle and store than LNG.“Some operators will be using their cargos for marine fuel, LNG carriers will lean to use LNG as fuel, the same goes for methanol, ethanol, LPG, etc.”Dorian LPG has opted for scrubber technology for its ships, and, as highlighted by Lycouris, this solution does not allow for manipulations, as the scrubbers have the ability to record if, and when, they are switched off and can pinpoint the exact location of such instances due to GPS technology.In conclusion, residual fuel is likely to be a badly hurt and extremely cheap commodity due to the implementation of the forthcoming regulations.What is more, a considerable impact is expected on trading patterns and refineries, especially in South America, and Iran.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

The Latest Nissan says chairman Ghosn to be dismissed

first_imgTOKYO — The Latest on Nissan Motor Co.’s chairman Carlos Ghosn and allegations he underreported income. (all times local):5:10 p.m.Nissan Motor Co. says an internal investigation found that its chairman, Carlos Ghosn, has underreported his income. The Japanese automaker said he will be dismissed.Nissan said an investigation based on a whistleblower report found Ghosn had falsified reports on his compensation “over many years.”It said the investigation found other misconduct by Ghosn, including the personal use of company assets.Nissan said it had provided information to prosecutors and was co-operating with their investigation.___6:15 p.m.Japanese media say Carlos Ghosn, Nissan Motor Co. chairman, is being questioned by Tokyo prosecutors on suspicion he falsified his financial reports.Nissan said Monday it was looking into the reports, while prosecutors declined comment.The Asahi newspaper said Ghosn submitted voluntarily to questioning about suspected violations of financial and exchange regulations. The national broadcaster NHK and Kyodo carried similar reports.Asahi said Ghosn is suspected of failing to report hundreds of millions of yen (millions of dollars) in income.Nissan, based in Yokohama, Japan, said it was checking into the reports.Brazilian-born Ghosn, sent in by alliance partner Renault SA of France, has led a dramatic turnaround at Nissan over the last two decades, rescuing Nissan from near-bankruptcy.The Associated Presslast_img read more

The Latest Germany confident calm will return to France

first_imgPARIS — The Latest on France’s response to violent protests (all times local):11:30 a.m.Germany’s foreign minister says his country isn’t worried about anti-government protests in neighbouring France and he’s confident the situation will calm down soon.Germany and France have traditionally been the European Union’s leading powers. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Monday that “France is needed in Europe, and we know that focusing on such disputes in a country of course consumes energy, but that is completely normal.”In Paris, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe was holding crisis talks with representatives of major political parties.Maas said that “France is known for its special protest culture, and I think we’re seeing that now, but from all that I hear and what is planned in the way of talks, we are confident that the situation there will calm down in the foreseeable future.”___9:25 a.m.French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe is holding crisis talks with representatives of major political parties in the wake of violent anti-government protests that have rocked Paris.More than 100 people were injured in the French capital and 412 have been arrested over the weekend during France’s worst urban riot in years, with dozens of cars torched.President Emmanuel Macron held an emergency meeting on security with Philippe on Sunday and the government hasn’t ruled out the possibility of imposing a state of emergency.It was the third straight weekend of clashes in Paris. The protests began last month with motorists upset over a fuel tax hike and have grown to encompass a range of complaints that Macron’s government doesn’t care about the problems of ordinary people.The Associated Presslast_img read more

The Teams That Should Be Buying And Selling At This Years Baseball

Major league teams are on the clock and must decide whether they want to buy or sell — and this decision comes with perhaps more urgency than in any previous July. MLB’s annual trade deadline is one week away, and the deadline carries a new sense of finality this season, as baseball eliminated August waiver trades in favor of a single July 31 cutoff for deals. Although the early read on the market has been one of uncertainty, at the very least we should see an intriguing chess match develop between rival general managers in the leadup to next Wednesday afternoon.Granted, we don’t exactly know how those GMs will react to the compressed timeline when making deals this year. But here at FiveThirtyEight, we do have a tool to help assist with the overall deadline decision-making process: the Doyle Number. (So named for an infamous 1987 Detroit Tigers deadline trade when they shipped future Hall of Famer John Smoltz to Atlanta for pitcher Doyle Alexander.) Basically, Doyle measures the amount of future talent (i.e., total projected wins above replacement added over the next six seasons) a team should be willing to give up — in the form of prospects or other team-controlled assets — in exchange for adding an extra WAR of rental talent in 2019, with the goal of maximizing its total expected championships in both the short and long term.In other words, Doyle is all about the tradeoff between how adding talent improves a buyer’s present-day championship odds and reduces those odds in the future.1Or vice-versa, in the case of a seller. So when we say the Los Angeles Dodgers have a Doyle Number of 2.17, it means they should be willing to sacrifice 2.17 future WAR in exchange for every WAR of talent they add at the 2019 deadline. (This is a textbook definition of a buyer; the Dodgers’ Doyle Number is the highest in baseball.) Meanwhile, the lowly Tigers are clear sellers: They have a Doyle of 0.00, meaning there is literally no amount of rental talent they could add this season that would justify giving up any future WAR.2Detroit is all but mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, so any player they add for the remainder of this season would be tantamount to pouring precious resources into a hopelessly lost cause.Those are the easy cases. A team with a Doyle Number around 1.00 has a tougher choice, and would essentially be equally served by either buying or selling, depending on the particulars of a given trade. Here are the Doyle Numbers for each of 2019’s MLB teams, taking into account games played through July 22: TEAMPLAYOFFSWIN WSDOYLETEAMPLAYOFFSWIN WSDOYLE Nationals6230.92White Sox<1<10.00 Athletics0.95+5.4+2.1+0.4+0.1+1.4+4.3 Indians7041.48Padres2<10.04 Time to switch up the rosterAfter adjusting for the effect on championship odds, net equivalent wins gained if a team buys or sells 2, 5 or 8 WAR at the trade deadline for teams on the buy/sell fence Athletics4930.95Rangers<1<10.03 Red Sox3520.76Mariners<1<10.00 Braves9661.64Pirates5<10.06 ODDS FOR…ODDS FOR… When it comes to teams on the buy/sell fence, the details of their trade options are important. The Milwaukee Brewers — who have just 84 wins of talent on their roster, a 40 percent chance of making the playoffs and 2 percent World Series odds — could only get a big surplus from buying if they were to somehow land an MVP-caliber player;4Or various players whose talent adds up to 8 WAR. otherwise, they’d get a lot more out of just selling assets and reloading for the future. By contrast, the Chicago Cubs would only make sense as sellers if they blew up everything and got a massive haul of prospect value back in return. But the Oakland A’s, St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox, in addition to the Nationals, could benefit from either buying or selling, as long as they commit to a strategy.5Boston’s situation is complicated by the dire status of its farm system (see chart above), which was partially gutted to help build last year’s World Series winner. Doyle says a marginal deadline improvement is a net loss for Boston, given its low odds of making the playoffs. But the Sox don’t necessarily have the prospects to buy any bigger than that … which probably means they should just sell. So naturally, president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski has already begun the buying process. In fact, for all of these teams, some kind of activity at the deadline is better than standing pat and doing nothing.A few interesting teams are not on that list of on-the-fence clubs. The San Francisco Giants have played themselves into the larger deadline conversation in the media, thanks to a recent stretch of surprisingly good play (they’re 15-3 in July). But Doyle says holding onto rumored trade candidate Madison Bumgarner would be a big mistake. With 77 wins of underlying talent (according to Elo) and a still-slim 8 percent playoff probability, even a massive 10-WAR improvement in current talent (think trading for Mike Trout) would result in a net long-term loss of expected championships if bought at a fair price.6Ten wins of extra talent in 2019 would improve the Giants’ current championship odds by 1.0 percentage point, or 0.01 expected titles. Ten wins of extra talent spread over the next six seasons would improve the team’s expected championships by 0.029 titles. Just let the dynasty end already!Likewise, the Rangers, Philadelphia Phillies and Arizona Diamondbacks — all teams with .500 records or better — are logical candidates to make a deadline push based on traditional baseball thinking. But similar to San Francisco, Doyle sees the Rangers as a team with 75-win talent who has overachieved to its current record and, trailing three division rivals in the standings, possess less than a 1 percent chance of making the playoffs. With attractive trade assets such as Minor and fellow starter Lance Lynn potentially on the block, Texas would be well served to sell. Philadelphia and Arizona have better talent than the Rangers, but neither has much chance of winning their respective divisions, so the wild-card game appears to be each team’s ceiling. Doyle explicitly accounts for how much that fact slices into a team’s World Series odds, which helps explain why each team has a Doyle Number under 0.50. (Then again, I would have considered the Phillies a good candidate to buy a month ago, so these things can change quickly.)Whatever happens over the next week, it should be fascinating to watch teams react to the finality of this year’s deadline. Even before the new hard July 31 cutoff, deadline activity has been increasing in the past few seasons anyway, and recent history tells us the deals made now could have a significant effect in the postseason. While there aren’t as many massive rental-candidate stars on the market as last year — maybe Arizona’s Zack Greinke qualifies? — the added sense of urgency could keep things interesting, whether teams follow Doyle’s advice or not.Check out our latest MLB predictions. The Doyle Number represents how many wins of future talent a team should trade away now for one extra win of talent in 2019.Source: FanGraphs Cubs6341.34Mets4<10.03 Rays4820.75Royals<1<10.00 Brewers4020.73Marlins<1<10.00 Cubs1.34+1.0-0.2-0.3+1.0+3.7+8.4 Who are 2019′s trade-deadline buyers and sellers?Postseason chances (according to the FiveThirtyEight prediction model) and Doyle Numbers* for 2019 MLB teams Phillies3510.48Orioles<1<10.00 Diamondbacks3110.31Tigers<1<10.00 Twins9461.70Reds5<10.06 *The Doyle Number represents how many wins of future talent a team should trade away now for one extra win of talent in 2019.Playoff and World Series odds are as of July 22.Source: FanGraphs Houston and Minnesota are in particular need of pitching, in a year when the most desirable trade targets are disproportionately pitchers. So if the Astros deal for, say, Texas Rangers starter Mike Minor (whose long-term track record is that of about a 5-WAR pitcher3According to a mix of the WAR versions found at FanGraphs and Baseball-Reference. From now on, I’m going to start referring to our spin on WAR as JEFFBAGWELL — Joint Estimate Featuring FanGraphs and B-R Aggregated to Generate WAR, Equally Leveling Lists. Because everything we do here must be backronymed. per 162 games), Doyle says the Astros should be willing to part with as many as 12 wins of future talent to add Minor’s five wins to their current talent level. Each amount — five wins now or 12 over the next six seasons — is worth about 0.071 expected championships added.Not every team has such a stark split between the importance of present wins and future ones. The Washington Nationals, for instance, are one of the teams whose Doyle is currently closest to 1.00, the point of true indifference between buying and selling. They could buy 5 WAR of current talent and have it be worth the equivalent of 1.3 additional WAR in the future, so it would still make sense in terms of balancing expected championships. But they could also sell 5 WAR of current talent, and get back the equivalent of 2.3 extra future WAR if we again assume the championship odds are balanced. This is a delicate situation, although it also can give a team many options in the trade marketplace. Here are all of the 2019 teams who could either add or subtract players — in increments of either 2 WAR (a solid regular starter, per Baseball-Reference’s WAR guide), 5 WAR (an All-Star level player) or 8 WAR (an MVP-level player) of present-day talent — and still potentially create a surplus in total wins after balancing the championship odds: Yankees>99192.16Giants8<10.13 Net WINS FOR TALENT SOLDNet wins FOR TALENT BOUGHT Astros>99172.09Rockies5<10.07 Dodgers>99%26%2.17Angels5%<1%0.16 Nationals0.92+5.8+2.3+0.4+0.1+1.3+4.1 Rays0.75+9.4+4.1+1.0-0.3+0.2+2.1 Cardinals0.86+7.1+2.9+0.6+0.0+0.9+3.6 Red Sox0.76+8.8+3.8+1.0-0.3+0.2+2.1 Brewers0.73+10.1+4.4+1.1-0.3+0.1+2.1 Cardinals4430.86Blue Jays<1<10.00 One of the key lessons from Doyle is that the best candidates to buy at the deadline aren’t the ones that conventional wisdom might suggest. Instead of teams that are on the cusp of the playoffs, the most committed buyers ought to be teams whose playoff odds are already solidified — but whose World Series chances could get a big boost with a few important additions. This is a consequence of how talent relates to winning championships in baseball: Because even the best teams usually only have a 15 to 25 percent chance at the title, a mega-talented roster can still get a sizable increase in World Series odds by adding extra star power. As long as it doesn’t create too many positional logjams (and even those can be worked around), there are effectively no diminishing returns between your team’s talent and its odds of holding a parade in November.Of course, you also have to possess prospects that will convince sellers to part with veteran talent. Among the teams with the highest Doyle numbers, the best farm systems belong to the Atlanta Braves, Houston Astros, Minnesota Twins, Dodgers and — to a lesser extent — Cleveland Indians, according to FanGraphs’ estimates of total farm-system value. (The Tampa Bay Rays also have an incredible amount of prospect talent in their pipeline, though their Doyle of 0.75 suggests a slight preference toward selling, not buying, despite the team’s position in the thick of the American League wild-card race.) TeamDoyle8 WAR5 WAR2 WAR2 WAR5 WAR8 WAR read more

Womens volleyball No 19 Buckeyes suffer sweep at No 9 Penn State

OSU freshman defensive specialist Camry Halm (14) dives for a ball during a game against Northwestern University on Sept. 28 at St. John Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Credit: Ross Tamburro | Lantern PhotographerPenn State’s Happy Valley left one team happy on Wednesday night, but it wasn’t the Buckeyes.The No. 19 Ohio State women’s volleyball team was swept 3-0 by the No. 9 Penn State Nittany Lions. OSU’s record sits at 13-8 after the loss. As for Penn State, it increased its win streak to 15 in a row and remain undefeated in conference play. OSU was able to hang with the Nittany Lions for nearly the entire match, but in the end Penn State edged out wins in each set (25-21, 25-20, 25-17). Penn State’s offense was anchored by junior middle blocker Haleigh Washington and junior outside hitter Simone Lee. The duo combined for 10 kills against OSU in first set alone. OSU had an anchor of its own though, and in the second set, it was senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe. She went to work trying to chip away at the Nittany-Lion lead. In total, she posted eight of her 15 kills on the night in the second set with help from fellow senior middle blocker Kylie Randall. Buckeye coach Geoff Carlston pulled his challenge card on three plays in the third set, one of which was overturned in OSU’s favor for a Penn State net violation. However, the team struggled to gain a lead against a Nittany Lion team firing on all cylinders. Sandbothe led OSU in hitting percentage with .429, followed by sophomore setter Taylor Hughes with .364. Freshman middle blocker Madison Smeathers combined for three blocks. A positive for OSU came from senior libero Valeria León whose nine digs in the game tied the OSU career digs record set by National Player of Year Stacey Gordon in 2004. She is a lone dig away from claiming the title outright. Without any hitches, she’ll reach this achievement when OSU hosts Michigan State on Saturday. Saturday’s match against the Michigan State Spartans will be OSU’s breast cancer awareness match. The first serve is set to take place at 6 p.m. at St. John Arena. read more

Michy Batshuayis Valencia future in doubt

first_imgValencia boss Marcelino Garcia Toral refused to confirm whether or not they will look to sign Michy Batshuayi on a permanent deal at the end of the seasonThe Belgian forward arrived in Spain during the summer on a season-long loan deal from Chelsea.Batshuayi had great success with Borussia Dortmund on a loan spell for the latter part of the previous campaign with seven goals in 10 Bundesliga games.However, life at Valencia hasn’t gone as well with Batshuayi only managing three goals in 19 appearances across all competitions.Los Che retains an option to make Batshuayi a permanent member of the squad this summer.David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.But, for now at least, Marcelino remains unsure over what to do with the struggling forward.“At the right time will analyse the final situation and we will decide,” said Marcelino, according to Sports Mole.“There is a transfer [clause], I do not know what the situation is contractually, but for all parties who want to leave, we will look for what is best for Valencia and thus the appropriate decisions will be made.”Batshuayi is in the squad for Valencia’s Champions League Group H finale against Manchester United with kick-off set for 21:00 (CET) tonight.last_img read more

Brooklynites Wins Flow Caribbean Peoples Choice Award

first_imgTop photo: Frances-Anne Solomon and John ReidInsert: Esosa Edosomwan(Photo Credit: Lanly Le) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMIAMI, FL, November 7, 2016 – Esosa Edosomwan is the 2016 ‘Flow Caribbean People’s Choice Award’ winner!  Esosa’s television show concept Brooklynites – an inspired tale of young hopes, dreams, ambition, and the pursuit of lasting love – received the most online votes.This People’s Choice Award is part of a broader initiative by CaribbeanTales, to enable strong content by regional artists and those living in the diaspora.  The ten finalists that ‘pitched’ their TV show ideas were selected participants in the CaribbeanTales Incubator Programme (CTI) – a year-round development and production hub for Caribbean and Caribbean Diaspora Producers, of which Flow is the lead sponsor.The Flow Caribbean People’s Choice Award gave regional audiences the chance to vote online for their favourite Caribbean ‘pitch.’ Once the polls opened on August 23rd, fans around the region closely followed Flow’s social media pages to see which finalist was featured each day and then cast thousands of votes on the CaribbeanTales website.  After nearly two months of voting, Brooklynites came out on top.Along with the honour, Flow presented Esosa with US$1,500 in cash and a premium handset valued at USD$1,000.  Big Man Dan by Kafi Kareem Farrell and The Weekend by Sean Hodgkinson and Aurora Herrera came in a close second and third respectively.Congratulating Esosa and her team, John Reid, CEO of Cable and Wireless and operator of Flow, stated “Brooklynites won the people’s choice with its compelling story and is a great representation of what CaribbeanTales is trying to achieve through this project to help develop the indigenous film industry.”  Reid also added,  “All of the concepts presented were very strong and we look forward to working alongside the winners to help bring their creative ideas to life.”CEO and Founder of CaribbeanTales, Frances Anne Solomon, said,  “The CPCA is a chance for people around the region and the world to engage with exciting new Caribbean TV series ideas and have a say in what they want to see on their screens! It is a honour to be working with Flow on such a ground-breaking initiative.”Visit the CTI website for more information and to apply for the 2017 CTI Programme.  And follow Flow and CaribbeanTales on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Related Items:last_img read more

Airport Rehabilitation Project Has Moved Inside The Terminal

first_imgKenai City Manager Paul Ostrander: “We’re going to be upgrading the entire facility, it’s going to look much different then it did before, we are looking to modernize the whole facility.”   Some of the renovations include expanding the areas where passengers check in for their flights, expanding the baggage claim area, and a new roof for the building. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The 2018 Terminal Rehabilitation Project construction has moved inside the terminal building with additional sections of the lobby contained and blocked off at the Kenai Municipal Airport. Avis, Mossy Oak Properties, and Budget were moved to temporary locations at the south end the first week of January 2019. Airport Administration office has been moved to the south end by Brothers Cafe and Grant Aviation has been moved to the Administrative office.center_img The Terminal Improvement Project is estimated to cost nearly $12 million for construction. The City of Kenai will spend nearly $1.5 million, while the rest of the money comes from a Federal Aviation Administration grant. The rental car agencies located in the terminal will also each get a new office. Construction is scheduled to wrap up December 1, 2019.last_img read more

Spotify Premium Grew 1 Million Users A Week In August

first_img Twitter Having passed 150 million active users, Spotify’s paid subscription base is racing to 65 millionPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Sep 11, 2017 – 11:57 am For some observers, the increasing popularity of streaming services is a competitive race to be won, but with millions of new active users trying Spotify in August, the music industry hopes streaming can be a win-win for artists, fans and all major streaming platforms.On Sept. 8 an insider source told Digital Music News that Spotify has surpassed 150 million active users worldwide.The same source revealed that the service’s 60 million paid subscribers at the end of July has been racing toward the 65 million mark, increasing by about 1 million users per week during August.Although Spotify’s ad-supported free tier has been an effective ambassador for licensed music streaming, this new digital ecosystem is accompanied by growing pains. For example, Apple Music only offers paid listening and is rapidly approaching 30 million users having launched in 2015. Spotify has been building its base since 2008 and still struggles to establish itself as a profitable business.It’s undeniable streaming music has moved into the mainstream with many legal options. That is why it is so essential this burgeoning legal marketplace doesn’t shortchange the songwriters and performers who create music — the music that brings these digital business models to life.Spotify Captures Half Of British Teens’ Streaming HoursRead more Spotify Premium Grew 1 Million Users A Week In August Spotify Premium’s August Growth Spurt spotify-premium-grew-1-million-users-week-august Facebook Email News last_img read more

Pope urges decisive measures on Rohingya crisis

first_imgPope Francis speaks during a meeting with officials, members of civil societies and diplomats at the presidential palace in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 30 November, 2017. Photo: ReutersPope Francis called Thursday for “decisive” international measures on the Rohingya crisis as he began a visit to Bangladesh.More than 620,000 of the Muslim minority have sought sanctuary after fleeing violence in Myanmar.”It is imperative that the international community take decisive measures to address this grave crisis, not only by working to resolve the political issues that have led to the mass displacement of people, but also by offering immediate material assistance to Bangladesh in its effort to respond effectively to urgent human needs,” the pope said in a speech.Pope Francis made his comments shortly after arriving from Myanmar, where he walked a diplomatic tightrope, staying away from allegations that the army is waging an ethnic cleansing campaign against Rohingya Muslims despite pressure to publicly confront the incendiary issue.He praised Bangladesh for taking in the Rohingyas who have flooded across the border on an unprecedented scale since a fresh outbreak of violence in their native Rakhine state.But as in Myanmar, he refrained from using the word “Rohingya”, instead referring to “refugees from Rakhine state”.Pope Francis had been urged not to use the name in Myanmar to avoid provoking hardline Buddhists and making the country’s Catholic community a target.”None of us can fail to be aware of the gravity of the situation, the immense toll of human suffering involved, and the precarious living conditions of so many of our brothers and sisters, a majority of whom are women and children, crowded in the refugee camps,” the pope said.last_img read more

Woman held on charge of financing militancy Police

first_imgHomaira alias Nabila Police claimed to have arrested a woman for her alleged involvement in financing a plan to carry out an attack on 15 August 2017, the National Mourning Day.  The woman is Homaira alias Nabila.Homaira was arrested from the Gulshan on Thursday, Counter Terrorsim and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit deputy commissioner Mohammad Mahibul Islam Khan told Prothom Alo.He added that Homaira was the chief of woman wing, ‘Bat Woman’ of neo-JMB. The police official also claimed that she regularly financed in militant activities.Police foiled the attempt of a militant attack on 15 August last year after law enforcers had raided the Hotel Olio International in the capital.In connection with the incident, police detained a suicidal attacker Saiful’s friend Abdullah Bin Mosaddek Sami.Later, Tanvir Yeasin Karim, owner of publication organisation ‘Karim International’ was shown arrested on 20 November.Homaira is the wife of Tanvir Yeasin Karim.According to police, Homaira instigates Tanvir to involve in militancy. She also financed militant activities through some Akram Hossain Khan. Akram is now under police custody.CTTC unit claimed that they earlier knew the involvement of Homaira in militancy, but the policemen did not arrest her as she was pregnant.Homaira completed Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) from Viqarunnisa Noon School and College. She studied in North South University and Malaysia. Her father owns a luxurious shopping mall in the capital’s Hatirpool area.Police also said that another woman was detained for her alleged involvement in militant activities.The woman, Sadia Afroze alias Nina, 24, is a student is a fourth-year student at Accounting department of Begum Rokeya University in Rangpur.According to Lalmonirhat Correspondent, Sadia was held from her home at Dhubni village of Hatibandha in Lalmonirhat on Wednesday night.last_img read more

George W Bush Says Russia Meddled In 2016 US Election

first_img Share AP Photo/Seth Wenig, FileFILE- In this Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 file photo, former U.S. President George W. Bush speaks at a forum sponsored by the George W. Bush Institute in New York. Bush spoke Thursday at a summit in Abu Dhabi put on by the Milken Institute, an economic think tank based in Santa Monica, California.Former President George W. Bush said on Thursday that “there’s pretty clear evidence that the Russians meddled” in the 2016 American presidential election, forcefully rebutting fellow Republican Donald Trump’s denials of Moscow trying to affect the vote.While never mentioning President Trump by name, Bush appeared to be pushing back on Trump’s attempts to have warmer relations with Russia, as well as his comments on immigration.The White House did not immediately comment on Bush’s remarks.“There’s pretty clear evidence that the Russians meddled,” Bush said at a talk in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. “Whether they affected the outcome is another question.”Bush also said that “it’s problematic that a foreign nation is involved in our election system. Our democracy is only as good as people trust the results.”U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded Russia meddled in the 2016 election to help Trump win. Numerous investigations are under way to determine whether Trump’s campaign aided the Kremlin in its efforts.Trump has repeatedly denied any “collusion” with Russia.Speaking of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Bush called him “zero-sum.”“He’s got a chip on his shoulder,” Bush said of Putin. “The reason he does is because of the demise of the Soviet Union troubles him. Therefore, much of his moves (are) to regain Soviet hegemony.”Bush also stressed the need to back NATO and other alliances the U.S. has with the world.Putin “is pushing, constantly pushing, probing weaknesses,” the former president said. “That’s why NATO is very important.”Bush also criticized Trump’s decision to scrap a program implemented by former President Barack Obama’s administration that allows young immigrants living in the U.S. illegally who were brought here as children to remain in America.“America’s their home,” the 43rd American president said. “They’ve got to get it fixed.”Bush acknowledged that he tried to overhaul America’s “broken” immigration system, but failed.“There are people willing to do jobs that Americans won’t do,” he said. “Americans don’t want to pick cotton at 105 degrees (Fahrenheit), but there are people who want put food on their family’s tables and are willing to do that. We ought to say thank you and welcome them.”Bush in 2008 became the first sitting U.S. president to visit the UAE. He spoke Thursday at a summit in Abu Dhabi put on by the Milken Institute, an economic think tank based in California.He made his comments while in a conversation with Michael Milken, known as the king of high-risk “junk” bonds in the 1980s. Milken pleaded guilty to securities-law violations in 1990 and served 22 months in prison. He agreed in a settlement with the SEC to a lifetime ban from the securities industry and paid a $200 million fine.Milken, who is a prostate cancer survivor, and his family have given hundreds of millions of dollars away in recent decades. Forbes magazine estimates Milken, 71, is now worth some $3.6 billion.last_img read more

Culture you can drink Belgian beer gets UN approval

first_imgCulture you can drink! Belgian beer gets UN approval Posted by Thursday, December 1, 2016 Tags: UNESCO Travelweek Group center_img BRUSSELS — Next time you raise a glass of Belgian beer, rest assured: It’s a cultural experience.UNESCO added Belgian beer to the list of the “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity” on Wednesday.Belgium is known throughout the world for its wide array of tastes, from extreme sour to bitter, produced in just about every city and village across the west European nation of 11 million people. The history of Belgian suds stretches back centuries to medieval monks and has been celebrated in paintings by Pieter Brueghel and in countless songs since.Brussels regional leader Rudi Vervoort said Monday that beer “has been a part of our society since time immemorial.”It is not all history with Belgian beer though. Only this year, one brewer, Brugse Zot, moved very much with the times, building a beer pipeline out of the medieval centre of Bruges to a bottling plant on the outskirts out of environmental and architectural concern.More news:  Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish StepsAnd at a time when many pubs are closing or falling on hard times as overall beer consumption declines, such international recognition is more than welcome.Sven Gatz, who went from being head of the Belgian Brewers Federation to becoming Culture Minister for the northern region of Flanders, compared the recognition to winning the World Cup.“We love our beer and appreciate the endless diversity within it, something that can’t be equaled anywhere else in the world,” Gatz said. “In Belgium, beer doesn’t have to give way to wine or other drinks in terms of quality and diversity.”In days when alcohol abuse becomes an ever bigger concern, UNESCO said it was about more than just drinking.“Beer is also used by communities for cooking, producing products like beer-washed cheese, and paired with food,” UNESCO said in a statement.For Belgium, it is the spirit of beer that seeps through society, be it from the Dutch-speaking north, the Francophone south or the tiny German-speaking region in the east.More news:  Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?“This beer culture is really deep for Belgians,” said Isabelle Weykmans, culture minister for the German-speaking region.“It is more than just drinking beers,” she told The Associated Press, saying it is about culture and the skill of beer-making.Despite the decline of many pubs, the spirit is now carried onwards by small craft breweries like the Brussels Brasserie de la Senne, where owner Yvan De Baets works the taps.It is the universal appeal of Belgian beers that he cherishes.“I especially like the fact that they are global, universal, they make people gather, and I think that is what touched UNESCO,” he said. “It highlights our traditions, our own culture that is linked to beer. So, as Belgian brewers, we are very happy.” Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more