OK with delay: Six who could make Monday marks

first_img1. Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing. He tops the list because of his win last year at Bristol in a rain-delayed race run the following day in overcast conditions … the exact forecast for Monday, as it turns out. Harvick also notched a fourth and a ninth at Pocono. He is one of just three drivers who finished in the top 10 in three of the four delayed races from 2016. 2. Brad Keselowski, Team Penske. Two top-five finishes at Pocono plus a seventh at Charlotte in the fall equal a team that understands how to adapt to ever-changing conditions. Crew chief Paul Wolfe is one of the sport’s best strategists. 5. Kasey Kahne, Hendrick Motorsports. Kahne’s top-10 performances in last year’s delayed races came at the bigger tracks (Charlotte, Pocono), but they were strong finishes — third and sixth, respectively. Plus, his 10-consecutive lap averages during Saturday’s practices were among the best in the field. RELATED: Fantasy Live homepage What we do know: Some drivers and teams will adapt better than others. When the skies clear and the green flag drops today (1 p.m. ET, FOX), Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers will face a different type of Bristol. We studied the results of last year’s four races that were delayed a day due to rain — both Pocono races, the fall race at Charlotte Motor Speedway and the Bristol Night Race, which ran Sunday afternoon rather than the typical Saturday night. Some drivers excelled a day later more than others.center_img Pounded by rain over the past 24 hours, all of the rubber that accumulated onto the track, giving it grip, has been washed away. All of the resin-based VHT applied to the bottom of the track in an attempt to create a full-blown groove on the bottom? Who knows? 3. Kurt Busch, Stewart-Haas Racing. In addition to winning Pocono last year in the summer, Busch finished 10th at Pocono in August and eighth at Charlotte. Given his Bristol history and a veteran crew chief in Tony Gibson who’s done this delayed race thing a time or two, this year’s Daytona 500 champ makes the list.RELATED: Go deeper on driver stats 4. Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing. Busch finished in the top 10 in two of last year’s four postponed races — sixth at Charlotte and ninth at Pocono-2. We’re giving him additional credit for his Bristol performance last year, though, where he led 256 of 500 laps but had to take his car to the garage with a broken suspension. RELATED: Race lineup | Monday schedule With those results in mind, here are our six drivers to monitor today as you watch the race on FOX or as you make final tweaks to your Fantasy Live lineup. | Full fantasy preview here 6. Chris Buescher, JTG Daugherty Racing. Yes, a wild card. Buescher’s Pocono-2 win was based off great strategy and intuition, but don’t discount that he finished fifth at Bristol while driving for Front Row Motorsports.</p>last_img read more

Wolf Hall Miniseries, Starring Tony Winner Mark Rylance, to Be Broadcast on PBS

first_img Richard III Rylance will play Thomas Cromwell in Wolf Hall, which is set during the reign of Henry VIII. Featuring a script by Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) and directed by Peter Kosminsky, the series follows Cromwell’s rise from the son of a blacksmith to right-hand man to the King. No other casting has been announced. Related Shows Mark Rylance Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 16, 2014 It’s shaping up to be a busy six months for Mark Rylance: After ending his Broadway engagement as the star of both Twelfth Night and Richard III, the two-time Tony Award winner will begin filming the previously announced miniseries adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s bestselling historical novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. According to The New York Times, PBS’s Masterpiece will broadcast the miniseries in 2015. Star Files View Comments A Best Actor Tony winner for Boeing-Boeing and Jerusalem, Rylance most recently starred and co-directed the new play Nice Fish at the Guthrie Theatre and directed Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones in a London revival of Much Ado About Nothing. Richard III and Twelfth Night begin previews on October 15 at the Belasco Theatre and open on November 10, directed by Tim Carroll.last_img read more

Week 7 football predictions: SM East faces a test on the road

first_imgThe Lancers entered the field at Rockhurst for the first time since 1982.Shawnee Mission East (5-1) at Lawrence (5-1)This is by far, without question, the best matchup in the state. The Lancers and Chesty Lions come in tied for the Sunflower League lead at 5-0 with their lone losses coming in Week 3 to teams on the other side of the state line. SME fell to Rockhurst, 26-20, while Lee’s Summit West held Lawrence to a touchdown in its 28-7 win. These two teams didn’t meet last year and Lawrence ended up winning the league because it defeated Olathe North, while East fell. Both offenses can put up points and both defenses can shut it down. Something will have to give. East scores 50.1 points per game while allowing only allowing 14.2 points. Lawrence, in contrast, scores 38 points per game while allowing 17.3 per contest.Register to continuelast_img read more

Daily Postcard: Snow Storm Hovers Over Los Alamos

first_imgDaily Postcard: View around noon Thursday on the way to Albuquerque showing a monster snow storm hovering over Los Alamos. Photo by Ken Hansonlast_img

Top German court seeks comments on patent court challenge

first_imgThe long-drawn out process of setting up a unified patent regime for Europe has hit a new delay, with the German Constitutional Court extending its deadline for comments about the credibility of a legal challenge. The Bundesverfassungsgericht (BVerfG) said today it will accept submissions until 31 December instead of 31 October – meaning no decision on whether to hear the case will be made until at least next year. As a result, German ratification of the underlying treaty is on hold. The challenge, filed by Düsseldorf intellectual property attorney Ingve Stjerna, questions the constitutionality of the German legislation enabling ratification. A spokesperson for the court told the Gazette the challenge ‘claims a violation of the limits deriving from the right to democracy with respect to the transfer of sovereign powers.’The case also alleges:Violation of the ‘qualified majority requirement’ under German law. This stipulates that a majority of two thirds of the members of the German parliament and Federal Council must rule on anything that transfers sovereign powers to European institutions;Democratic and rule of law deficits in relation to the legislative powers of the UPC;Lack of independence and democratic legitimacy of UPC judges;Allegations that the UPC agreement is incompatible with European Union law.Organisations that have been asked to submit comments include; the Federal Bar Association, the German Lawyers’ Association the European Lawyers’ Association. The European Patent Office, which will grant unitary patents once they come into force, has also been invited to comment.‘During the further course of the proceedings it is possible that the court may ask additional agencies to submit statements,’ the court added.The UPC, which will hear disputes related to unitary patents, has been beset with delays – not even counting the complications of Brexit. One of the court’s major divisions is set to be housed in Aldgate Tower in the City of London. It will, on occasion, have to refer certain matters to the Court of Justice of the EU. The UK Intellectual Property Office stresses that the CJEU’s role will be restricted to issues of interpretation in limited areas where EU law impacts on patent law. The UK government, despite pledging to end the jurisdiction of the CJEU after Brexit, has said it plans to honour commitments to sign up to the patent agreement. Parliament is to debate a statutory instrument that will give the court ‘legal personality’in the coming weeks.However, the German challenge puts the entire project in doubt, as Germany and the UK’s ratification is required before the agreement goes ahead.  The committee tasked with implementing the court has already conceded that the planned start date of December this year will not be met.last_img read more

Keysight Technologies to Showcase Innovative Solutions for LTE-A & 802.11ac at the Mobile World Congress

first_imgKeysight Technologies will be displaying its newest solutions that address present and future wireless design and test challenges at Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, from 2 to 5 March. They will showcase innovations in LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) including 3GPP, Releases 11, 12 and 13. The Keysight demonstrations will focus on the high-performance design and test solutions required to address increased peak data rates with multiple technologies. This includes Carrier Aggregation, enhanced use of multi-antenna techniques, and enhanced uplink for next-generation wireless devices in R&D and manufacturing.Here are some details on the Tests Setups that will be on display at the Mobile World Congress:E7515A UXM Wireless Test Set: The UXM’s powerful and extensible architecture is ready to handle the challenges of the latest LTE-Advanced evolutions, such as 4CC, 256 QAM, and UE categories 11 through 14. Keysight will demonstrate full, end-to-end IP data throughput of 450 Mbps with integrated, independent fading and noise for each component carrier, along with advanced small-cell technology, such as FeICIC, for verifying HetNet and cell-edge performance capabilities.T4000S-Series Wireless System: The T4000S-series wireless systems offers RF, RRM and PCT conformance and design verification test, including LTE-A test cases and CA band combinations. The compact design, based on a common hardware set, minimizes space requirements and scales from bench-top to a full rack system. Additional customizable test plans can be used to exhaustively verify UE design beyond conformance. Test automation, combined with remote user interface, enables extended test without tying up valuable engineering resources.E6640A EXM wireless test set: Ultimate scalability and port density for high volume UE manufacturing with the E6640A EXM wireless test set. With multi-format coverage and fast, accurate measurements, the EXM is ready to handle the latest manufacturing test challenges, such as WLAN MIMO and LTE-A CA testing. Keysight will demonstrate 802.11ac, 160 MHz bandwidth, and 4×4 True MIMO testing, showing how EXM can generate and analyze high-throughput formats to help engineers quickly reach their production goals.E6650A EXF Wireless Test Set: This is the first one-box tester dedicated to femtocell manufacturing. The EXF is validated with the latest WLAN and cellular chipsets, including LTE and LTE-A. The EXF delivers the speed, performance, and cost control with the scalability required to ramp production rapidly and lower the cost of test in manufacturing.To learn more about the Keysight wireless solutions, test solutions for advanced car systems, and other new wireless test solutions, stop by their Booth at the Mobile World Congress.last_img read more

Mike Sorensen: On college hoops, Jazz and spring football

first_imgThe college basketball season is winding down, the NBA playoffs (for some teams) are on the horizon and baseball is right around the corner . . .Kudos to Utah coach Ray Giacoletti and his 29-6 record in his first year as Utah basketball coach. Who’d have ever dreamed, least of all the modest Giacoletti, that the Utes would win 29 games, go 13-1 in theMountain West Conference and make it to the NCAA Sweet 16 — even with potential national player of the year Andrew Bogut. The real test will be how Giacoletti does over a period of years with his own players. But with nearly all of his players returning, along with some top-notch recruits and redshirts, look for Giacoletti to be a consistent 20-game winner in the years ahead . . .Now that Utah AD Chris Hill is on the NCAA Selection Committee, couldn’t he at least keep his eye on which bracket Utah and Kentucky are in? We’re not asking him to do the Utes any favors with higher seeds or favorable locations. All he has to do for the next four years is make sure Kentucky is on the opposite side of the bracket from Utah. Is that asking too much?After sitting through several NCAA tournament games over the past two weeks, I’m more convinced than ever that something needs to be done about the timeout situation in college basketball. Not only are there too many overall, and too many back-to-back TOs, they are also too long, almost a minute longer for NCAA play. That’s why you get the NBA-length two-hour and 20-minute games like the Duke-Michigan State game the other night that delayed the Utah game by almost a half hour . . .I know, I know, money rules and television dictates the timeout situation so it can get more commercials in. But the plethora of timeouts is driving some fans away from the game, not to mention driving us poor sports writers wacky . . .Speaking of timeouts, another rule that has got to change is the “leaping out of bounds timeout.” You know the one — where a player grabs a loose ball and as he’s flying through the air out of bounds, yells timeout. It started in the NBA a few years ago and is now popular in college ball. Officials seem to love these calls. They seem to take great pleasure in making a dramatic timeout signal whenever players do this. Perhaps if a player has been nudged toward the sideline and is falling out of bounds, he should be able to call timeout. But these “flying leap” timeouts have got to go . . .Maybe he’ll get better with experience, but I wasn’t too impressed with ex-Ute coach Rick Majerus as a basketball analyst on ESPN this year. The charm he used to exhibit to the national media doesn’t come across when he’s analyzing basketball games, either as a game color analyst or an in-studio host . . .Too bad about Andrei Kirilenko’s season-ending injury the other day. The good news is it should help solidify the chances of the Jazz ending up with the fourth-worst record in the NBA this year. The Jazz aren’t going to “catch” Atlanta, Charlotte and New Orleans, who have pretty much locked up the bottom three spots. However, this should keep the Jazz from overtaking Portland and Golden State over the next three weeks and moving down in the draft order . . .Unfortunately, unless they draw out a ping-pong ball and jump into the top three, the Jazz are unlikely to get a shot at Utah center Andrew Bogut, who has to be a surefire top three pick . . .Remember when spring football in Utah was pretty much ignored up until the final scrimmage, or game, depending on the university? Now we get daily updates on who’s taken over the backup left tackle spot, etc. To me it’s kind of like Christmas shopping in August. Football is fun, but it’s hard getting excited about it four months in advance . . . And finally, baseball season begins next week, which should make us baseball fans excited, especially on the heels of the terrific Red Sox World Series win of 2004. Unfortunately, all the talk about steroids over the past few weeks has taken much of the shine off our national pastime . . . E-mail: [email protected]last_img read more