20 Jan

Sports Briefs

first_imgNinth Annual Jamaica Bicycle Bash Bicycle enthusiasts from across the island are expected to converge at James Bond Beach in St Mary on Sunday, May 29, for the 9th Annual Jamaica Bicycle Bash. Whether taking part in the many games and competitions, showing off their bicycles, or simply enjoying the vibe with other cyclists, the day is designed to provide a fun-filled family atmosphere for riders of all ages. Crowd favourite “Rambolyimpics” will once again be a centrepiece of the competition schedule, along with the “Bunny Hop”, “Slow Race”, “Eliminator”, “Gladiator Circles”, and many others! Guests will also be treated to stunt demonstrations from the island’s best BMX stunt riders. Entry fee is $200 with a bicycle and $300 without. Gates open at 10 a.m. Russian tennis head backtracks MOSCOW (AP): The head of the Russian Tennis Federation backtracked on his comments yesterday, saying he didn’t mean to suggest that Maria Sharapova’s failed doping test could spell the end of her career. Russian news agency R-Sport had quoted Shamil Tarpishchev yesterday as saying that Sharapova’s situation is “bad” and that it is “very doubtful” that she will resume her career. “I only said that she can’t play now because no ruling on her case has been issued,” Tarpishchev later told the Tass news agency. Sharapova tested positive for meldonium at the Australian Open in January. She said she had taken the drug for a decade for medical purposes and didn’t know it had been banned for 2016. Sharapova remains provisionally suspended from competition pending a ruling from the International Tennis Federation. Kaka tops MLS salary list BETHESDA, Md (AP): Kaka remains Major League Soccer’s highest-paid player at just over US$7 million, and American goalkeeper Tim Howard will earn slightly more than US$2.5 million in his return to the league. Kaka, the former AC Milan and Real Madrid star, is earning a base salary of US$6.6 million from Orlando City, according to figures released yesterday by the MLS Players Union. Including a prorated share of compensation not specified to a specific year, his total earnings remain a league-record US$7,167,500. Toronto’s Sebastian Giovinco, the league’s 2015 MVP, has a US$5.6 million base and total compensation of US$7,115,556. US national team captain Michael Bradley, in his third season with Toronto, has a US$6 million base and US$6.5 million total earnings. Howard, the US starting goalkeeper at the past two World Cups, is joining Colorado next month after a decade at Everton. He has a US$2.1 million base and US$2,575,000 in total compensation. Steven Gerrard, the former Liverpool and England captain now with the Los Angeles Galaxy, has a US$6 million base salary and US$6,132,500 in total earnings. Former Chelsea and Manchester City midfielder Frank Lampard, who has yet to play a match for New York City this season, has a US$6 million salary. He is followed by teammates Andrea Pirlo (US$5.6 million, US$5,915,690) and David Villa (US$5.61 million).last_img read more

21 Dec

Half-time: Fulham 1 Leeds United 0

first_imgMoussa Dembele’s 24th-minute goal put Fulham ahead at Craven Cottage.Dembele went past Leeds captain Sol Bamba and fired underneath keeper Marco Silvestri – the striker’s fourth goal of the season.Fulham had looked dangerous early on and Ross McCormack, playing against his former club, fired wide of the near post.At the other end, Joe Lewis, playing in place of the injured Andy Lonergan, was called into action to keep out a shot from former Brentford midfielder Stuart Dallas.Leeds, in their first match under new manager Steve Evans, had plenty of possession after going behind but struggled to create clear-cut chances before finishing the half strongly.Lewis Cook tried his luck with a long-range effort which on-loan keeper Lewis comfortably held.Lewis produced another save two minutes before the interval, this time to deny Gaetano Berardi.And in the final seconds of the half, Bamba missed a chance to equalise when he headed over at the far post from Luke Murphy’s right-wing free-kick.Fulham: Lewis, Richards, Stearman, Burn, Garbutt, Christensen, Tunnicliffe, O’Hara, Pringle, McCormack, Dembele.Subs: Rodack, Hutchinson, Fredericks, Parker, Kacaniklic, Husband, Woodrow.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

17 Dec

Deal or no deal: Finding the right nitrogen rate

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest One of the largest investments in a corn crop is the nitrogen (N) application, and many farmers will be sidedressing their corn soon. Especially with this year’s profit outlook, it is important to carefully consider how much N to apply. Deciding on the correct N rate can be a lot like playing the game “Deal or no deal.”“Deal or no deal” was a TV game show that aired a few years ago. The game consisted of a series of 26 cases, each containing a different amount of money ranging from $0.01 to $1,000,000. A contestant would select a case at random, and then play the game to reveal how much money was in their case, or try to sell their case for more than it was worth.Each corn field will require a certain amount of N to reach its maximum yield potential. However, that ideal rate is a lot like the dollar value in the contestant’s case — it isn’t known until the end of the game (harvest). So we have to use the tools that we have available to make our best guess as to what that ideal rate will be when we make the application.The average is usually a good place to start. It’s easy to take the value of all the cases in the game and determine that, on average, a contestant will take home $131,477.54. Iowa State University, in association with The Ohio State University, developed an online calculator that estimates the maximum return to N rate (the rate at which you achieve maximum yield per dollar of N invested). To use the tool, go to http://cnrc.agron.iastate.edu/, select Ohio, and enter your cost of N along with your value of corn. The tool uses multiple years of university studies to provide the N rate which, on average, will be most profitable for your farm. However, this average could still be quite different than the actual ideal rate that a crop needs, just like a contestant wouldn’t want to give up the $1,000,000 case for the average case value.In the game of “Deal or no deal,” the potential value of the contestant’s case is narrowed down as the game progresses and they open other cases, eliminating the possibilities of what might be in their own case. In farming, each passing day is like opening another case. Each day’s weather will tell a little bit more about how much N is available to the crop. If May and June bring a lot of sunny days and just enough rainfall in small increments, then any early-applied N is most likely still available to the crop. Or, if a field experiences several heavy rainfall events, there is a good chance that some of the N has been lost. Split-applying N or delaying an application can put more weather behind you when making the application, therefore narrowing the range that that final ideal rate will fall in.Periodically throughout the game show, the banker will offer to buy the contestant’s case by analyzing the current situation in the game. While neither the contestant nor the banker knows exactly what is in the case, the banker’s offer gives the contestant an idea of what the case is worth. Farmers can use tools in a similar way to estimate how much N their crop will need based on the current conditions. Using a Pre-sidedress Soil Nitrate Test (PSNT) or other similar test can help you know how much N is currently in the soil and how much you might need to add to get close to that final ideal rate. This can be especially helpful if you applied some N early, applied manure, or expect to get some N credit from a cover crop.At some point, the contestant must end the game, either by opening all of the cases or selling to the banker. As a farmer, using the tools available to you such as online calculators, delayed/split applications, and/or soil testing can help you make a better deal when it comes to deciding how much N to apply.last_img read more

28 Sep

What We Learned From The US Womens Soccer Friendlies

When I was asked to write a data-driven “analytical profile” of the U.S. women’s national team (USWNT) before it heads to Canada for the World Cup, I quickly realized something: There wasn’t enough data. I wasn’t that surprised; women’s sports data is severely lacking.Sure, there are goals and assists, but anything beyond basic stats is unlikely to exist for non-World Cup matches. Looking at how a team performed four years ago with a different coach and different players isn’t very informative.We’re left with the USWNT’s three “send-off series” matches against Ireland, Mexico and South Korea. These games received top-notch coverage and provide some rich data.What did we learn about the USWNT during these matches — a 3-0 win against Ireland, a 5-1 victory over Mexico and an uninspiring 0-0 draw against South Korea? With the understanding that the competition and substitutions patterns will differ in Canada, and that three games does not a large sample size make, below are five takeaways from the U.S.’s friendly matches.1. The backline looks ready defensively for the World CupGoalie Hope Solo barely broke a sweat in any of these games; she faced 14 shots (six on goal), made five saves and allowed one goal in 270 minutes. Only two of those shots came from inside the box.Solo’s relative boredom is a testament to the team’s backline, which featured starters Becky Sauerbrunn, Meghan Klingenberg, Julie Johnston and Ali Krieger. Christie Rampone, who will turn 40 during the World Cup, Lori Chalupny and Kelley O’Hara also contributed as substitutes.Overall, the U.S. allowed a total of 68 completed passes in its defensive third in the three games, including just nine into the penalty area. To put that in perspective, the USWNT completed at least 80 passes in the attacking third in each of the three games.The one area where the defense might need to improve is set pieces. Mexico’s lone goal came off a free kick, and the only other shot the U.S. relinquished in the box was off a corner. The outside defenders will also be key attacking up the wing in Coach Jill Ellis’ 4-4-2 formation, an area that was lacking in the U.S.’s final game against South Korea.Here’s the ESPN/TruMedia/Opta shot chart:2. They’re creating opportunities but having trouble finishingThe U.S. averaged more than 23 shots per game, including an average of 16 from inside the penalty area. Both of those stats would have led all teams at the 2011 Women’s World Cup.The good news for the U.S. is that it is creating chances; the Americans created more than 15 scoring chances per game off passes, and all seven of their non-penalty-kick goals were assisted. Most of those chances led directly to a shot from within the penalty box.The U.S. left a number of goals on the table, however, particularly early in games. In the first 40 minutes, they took 30 shots and scored one goal. As a result, they entered halftime tied with both Mexico and South Korea.In the second half against Mexico, the U.S. exploded for four goals, but otherwise they struggled to put the ball in the back of the net. In the other five halves combined, the U.S. scored about three fewer goals than was expected based on the type and location of their shots, according to ESPN/TruMedia’s model for predicting a team’s expected goals. Megan Rapinoe, Carli Lloyd and Christen Press were all held scoreless despite a number of opportunities from close range.3. Possession/tempo will be keyThe United States was one of the most direct teams in the 2011 World Cup, and when Ellis took the job, there were fears that she would continue to focus on long forward passes. Although the U.S. played more direct than they probably wanted to against South Korea, it appears they have taken steps toward a more possession-oriented style in this small sample of games.In the three friendlies, the U.S. had a higher possession percentage (64 percent vs. 53 percent) and pass-completion rate (77 percent vs. 70 percent) than it had in the 2011 World Cup. Besides the lower level of competition, the main reason for the higher percentage is the length of their passes; the U.S.’s average pass traveled 17.4 yards, about 4 fewer than in 2011, and their percentage of long balls (passes of 35 yards or longer) dropped significantly. For context, no team had an average pass distance shorter than 18 yards in the 2011 World Cup.In the game in which the U.S. struggled most, against South Korea, the Americans slowed the pace and resorted to more long balls. As Ellis has noted, it is essential for the U.S. to push the tempo and play at a faster pace, especially since the tournament is played on turf.4. They have options at forwardAlex Morgan was held out of the friendlies with a bone bruise on her knee, which gave Abby Wambach, Amy Rodriguez, Christen Press and Sydney Leroux the chance to start at forward. Morgan is expected to be healthy for the tournament, which gives Ellis choices up top.Wambach, the international leader in goals, is always a threat to score. She led the U.S. with four goals, including two signature headers, in the friendlies. Wambach turns 35 on Tuesday, and she is likely to have a mixed role as a sub and starter at the World Cup, which opens up playing time for others.Leroux enters the World Cup averaging the fewest minutes per goal in USWNT history. In the friendlies she led the U.S. with 16 shots, including 14 in the penalty area, but struggled to get them on target. In limited action, Rodriguez showcased her speed and could also start for the Americans. With so many options at forward, the biggest question will be whether they can develop chemistry. No two forwards completed more than seven passes to each other in the three matches combined, and at various points this year each forward missed time with injury or illness.5. There will be no easy games in CanadaOver the next month, you will hear over and over again that the rest of the world is catching up to the top teams in women’s soccer. The U.S.’s 0-0 draw against South Korea is just one example of how the U.S. could lose to anyone if it is not on top of its game.The U.S. is second in the FIFA World Rankings behind Germany, but in 2015 the Americans already have two ties (Iceland and South Korea), one loss (France) and two one-goal victories (England and Norway) in 10 games. Even in its seemingly “easy” victories against Ireland and Mexico, the Americans struggled to finish in the first half.Although questions remain after the three friendlies, the U.S. heads to Canada with a “title or bust” mentality. Can the U.S. win its first World Cup since 1999? To do so, they’ll need to build on the defensive prowess they’ve shown and find a set of forwards who can convert scoring chances. read more

28 Sep

Beside The Points For Friday April 13 2018

kyle:and champions leaguesurely counts more than mlsneil:MLS fans get in my inbox every time I’ve written about the Sports Equinoxtony:LA derby > Manchester Derbycwick:El Trafico is such a great name for a derbyPredictions NBA See more NBA predictions Things That Caught My EyePredators are the starless favoritesThe Nashville Predators are the betting favorites to win the Stanley Cup, with the team accumulating the most overall points this past season. What’s remarkable about the Predators is that they don’t have a single offensive star; seven forwards finished with at least 35 points but none of them had more than 64 points. That’s the fewest points for an NHL Presidents’ Cup winner’s top scorer in more than 30 years. [FiveThirtyEight]Ohtani is bona fideAngels phenomenon Shohei Ohtani is the superstar he was touted to be; he got three homers and two wins as a pitcher in his first 10 games, the first time a pitcher has pulled that off since about 1920 and the dead ball era. He’s got the fourth highest strikeout rate and the 17th lowest walk percentage this year. [FiveThirtyEight]LeBron is new StephThrough Monday, LeBron James has made 52.3 percent of his shots from 28 feet or further from the hoop. That is the best deep ball percentage since at least the 2000-01 season, when such play-by-play data is first available. That success is outpacing Steph Curry’s death-from-above three pointer season in 2015-16. [FiveThirtyEight]Try out our interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?FIFA officials offered money, gosh I wonder if they take it.A consortium of investors is offering FIFA $25 billion for the rights to FIFA’s club competitions and a potential global league for national teams. This eye-popping figure wasn’t enough to overcome a tabling of the matter ahead of additional research — European representatives worry that such a competition would compete with UEFA Champions League. But come on, money is offered to FIFA you think they can push that off forever? [The New York Times]Good luck seeing playoff hockey in CanadaThere are 18,201 total seats in the Toronto Maple Leafs arena. There were 672 of those seats available to an exclusive pre-sale for their first home game. After the pre-sale, there were a mere 96 available seats left to the general public. I’m beginning to get the idea that the biggest city in Canada may like hockey. [CBC]LGMAs of right now, FiveThirtyEight’s model gives the 10-1 New York Mets a 50 percent chance of making the playoffs. Eleven games ago, during the preseason, the odds were half that, with a 24 percent chance of making the playoffs. Heck of a start for the Mets. Meanwhile, a bit uptown, the 6-6 Yankees’ odds of making the postseason have fallen around 10 points in the same period to 65 percent. [FiveThirtyEight]Big Number(s)150/1Those were the Las Vegas preseason odds of the expansion team Vegas Golden Knights winning the Stanley Cup. As of March 18, those long odds had steadily dropped to 6/1, and now the William Hill sportsbook puts them at 13/2. [Darren Rovell]Leaks from Slackneil: Oh, and don’t forgetNew record We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe All newsletters read more

28 Sep

Twitter ban instituted for Ohio State football players

Following Ohio State football’s 24-17 loss to Florida in the 2012 Gator Bowl, members of the team are turning the page on this past season and turning off their Twitter accounts. Several players confirmed after the Monday loss to the Gators in Jacksonville, Fla., that new OSU head coach Urban Meyer had scheduled a 7 a.m. Tuesday meeting with non-senior members of the program. At the meeting, the team was informed that Twitter use would be banned, according to several players’ Twitter accounts. The OSU athletic department did not immediately respond to The Lantern’s request for comment regarding the team’s new social media guidelines. Players took their Twitter accounts to alert the public to the new policy. From his Twitter account, @STONEYeleven, junior tight end Jake Stoneburner said at approximately 1 p.m.: “Twitter=Done. Me=back for senior year, leading this team, and shocking the world!! #gobucks #12-0″ Junior tight end Reid Fragel commented on the newly implemented Twitter ban from his account, @FRAGEL88, at around noon Tuesday, saying: “New staff new rules. No more twitter, not a big deal and probably for the better. Love our fans, love this place. Go Bucks #2012” Not every player praised the social media ban. From his account, @phillybrown10, sophomore wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown said: “I’m not leaving my followers lol.” Meyer, along with his new coaching staff, assumed control of the football team following OSU’s Monday loss in the bowl game. read more

18 Sep

France looking really strong – Sagna

first_imgBacary Sagna believes that France are looking “really strong” heading into the World Cup and feels that the disappointment of losing the Euro 2016 final can make them even more determined to win at RussiaThe former Arsenal and Manchester City full-back represented France at international himself and participated in three of their last four major tournaments.However, Sagna was not included for the World Cup squad this time around.But the 35-year-old is still feeling optimistic about France and is hopeful that with all the “amazing players” at the squad that they can win their first world title since 1998.“The France national team is really strong,” he told ESPN.“Every single position is really strong. We have amazing players going to the World Cup and I think they’re going to do well, not only because they are talented but because they are really young.Euro 2020Report: Euro 2020 qualifying Group H George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group H is being controlled by France and Turkey, but Iceland is still in with a shout.Reigning world champions France ran…“There’s a good vibe in the team and in the most recent competitions, in the World Cup in 2014 and in Euro 2016 we did well. I’m looking forward to seeing the team reach the final and winning.”Losing to Portugal in the Euro 2016 final at home soil, could further fuel France’s determination this summer.“I remember the first words [in the dressing room] after losing the final were thinking about the World Cup,” he said.“It was disappointing to lose the final the way we did in France, and I think the team wants to live these kinds of moments again because it’s just magical, crazy when you see the impact it had on the country itself. They have quality and they’re going to go step by step.”After being released by City last summer, Sagna now plays for Benevento Calcio in Serie A.last_img read more

17 Sep

Remembering 911 Remembering Conrad Howell

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, September 9, 2016 – This weekend, we also remember the tragedy of 9-11, 15 years later and our own September 11th tragedy in the mysterious death of pastor, preacher, broadcast show host, husband, father, brother and so much more, but notably the author of the country’s National Song – This land of Ours – Rev. Dr. Conrad Howell.  It was one year ago on September 11 that Howell went missing; a cadaver dog aided in the search where scores of residents turned out to find missing Howell.  Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:remembering 9/11, remembering Rev. Conrad Howellcenter_img Rev was found on Saturday September 12, his body was in bushes not too far away from his home in the Blue Mountain area.  While Police ruled the death not a homicide, residents rejected the notion of a suicide.last_img read more

5 Sep

Vivo employees vandalise premises clash with security personnel after layoffs

first_imgVivo India under fire for sacking employeesFacebook/VivoIndiaChinese smartphone manufacturing firm Vivo has come under fire after it sacked about 20 employees on Tuesday, July 25. Following the layoffs, over 100 employees gathered at the brand’s Greater Noida manufacturing plant and protested against the company and even clashed with its security personnel.The employees of the organisation said that those sacked were not given prior notice and had no alternate jobs to fall back on. The employees were reportedly told to wind up after lunch as there was not enough work for them. There were also rumours that the firm was gearing up to lay off more number of employees after which the tensions are said to have escalated.”Believing the information, the employees stopped their work, and started gathering inside the premises. They soon started raising slogans against the company management. The officials tried to pacify them but they did not listen,” the Times of India quoted an official as saying.The protesting employees are said to have vandalised the Greater Noida office premises and broke some equipment. Some of them are also said to have stolen mobile phones. The Greater Noida police then had to step in and control the protest and six persons were arrested. The police are also going through the CCTV footages to identify others.”The police team conducted a search at the company premises and arrested six persons. The accused were produced in court and sent to judicial custody,” Nishank Sharma, CO II, Greater Noida, told the daily.Post the clash, the Vivo office remained closed on Wednesday, and the officials said that they were assessing the damage and carrying out maintenance and repair work.Meanwhile, speaking of the layoffs, Vivo India said that they were in tune with the company’s business decision. “We look at staffing the right size in various divisions to improve productivity. The layoff is in line with this business decision,” Vivo India told International Business Times India.  Vivo is here with on-screen fingerprint scanner smartphoneInternational Business Times, India | Kukil Bora”We have strictly adhered to the rules and regulations and the contract, and are taking all the right measures to ensure a peaceful transition keeping their best interests in consideration.”Vivo has been doing well for itself in India. Apart from making a mark in the mobile phone market with an array of devices, it recently extended the title sponsorship contract with the Indian Premier League (IPL) by five years and has also acquired the rights of becoming the title sponsors of the Pro-Kabaddi League for five years. The deal is valued at Rs 300 crore.last_img read more

5 Sep

10 tips on how to deal with office politics VIDEO

first_img Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … 10 tips on how to deal with office politicscenter_img Office politics will never go away. It’s a fact of company life.When we think of office politics, the implication is usually malicious. We think of power struggles, allegiances, back-stabbing and malicious gossip. Some people succeed on it, but most people find it utterly wretched.While majority of employees feel office politics hurt productivity, a 2012 survey by Robert Half International shows 56% of workers feel politicking is necessary to get ahead in their career.However, destructive office politics can demoralize an organization, hamper productivity, and decrease company revenue.So what can you do to prevent your career and personal life from being damaged by rampant office politics and gossip?Here are some tips, both applicable for staff and management, on how to deal with office politics.Watch the video to find out more.last_img read more