A’s Mike Fiers throws no-hitter against Reds

first_imgClick here if you have trouble viewing the gallery in your mobile device.OAKLAND — When we last saw Mike Fiers at the Coliseum, the Toronto Blue Jays hit .500 against him and beat the Athletics 10-1.So Fiers, moved up in the rotation a day by manager Bob Melvin, was eager to erase that memory as well the bad feelings from a few other recent starts. He succeeded beyond his wildest dreams Tuesday night, beating the Cincinnati Reds 2-0 with the 13th no-hitter in franchise history.It was the …last_img

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Infographic: Know your copyrights on World Book and Copyright Day

first_imgTo celebrate Unesco’s International World Book and Copyright Day on 23 April, an annual event that promotes reading and highlights the importance of creative ownership, we bring you an infographic on the basic concepts of copyright.In a digital age, when original ideas can move rapidly around the world within seconds, it is important that creators in all forms of media – music, film, art and books – understand the intricacies of controlling how their intellectual property is used, and making sure they are properly compensated for their original ideas.Illegal downloading and digital piracy are just some of the more notable ways that copyright can be violated. Plagiarism, unlawful appropriation and the illegal selling of media is a significant problem, in not only a technological sense, but also at a very real, grassroots level, particularly in South Africa and the rest of the continent.last_img read more

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Fall tillage: Is it necessary?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Harold Watters, Ohio State University ExtensionIt’s dry and we harvested relatively early, so we have time to kill — and diesel is cheap (right?). Sjoerd Duiker, Soil management specialist at Penn State is a graduate of OSU’s School of Environment and Natural Resources and works just next door. A couple of years ago he supplied us with these remarks on when and why to do fall tillage, it bears repeating.When compaction has been caused, remedial action may be needed. This is especially the case if ruts have been created. If no ruts are seen, tillage is probably not needed. Instead, plant a cover crop to use the living root system to alleviate compaction.Ruts need to be smoothed out to be able to plant the next crop successfully. However, if ruts are uniformly distributed across the whole field, some type of tillage may need to be done on the whole field. In many cases, however, ruts are localized and only need localized repair.It will be necessary to till deeper than the depth of compaction. Shallow “vertical tillage” tools that only do tillage in the top 4 inches will not be sufficient to manage soil compaction.Very tough shanks are needed that will penetrate instead of bounce on top of the compacted layer. New subsoilers can do maximum fracturing without doing much surface disturbance with straight or bent-leg shanks. Parabolic shanks do much more surface disturbance and will need more secondary tillage for seedbed preparation and are therefore not preferred.Deep tillage may be what you could use in the fall, and then come back in the spring to smooth the field up with a field cultivator or disk harrow.Deep tillage should fracture the soil and it therefore needs to be performed in relatively dry soil.Deep tillage can be performed in a living cover crop in the spring if you use the modern, low disturbance subsoilers. So do not let subsoiling deter you from planting a cover crop.The more tillage you do, the more you set yourself up for increased compaction problems in the future.last_img read more

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Moreno, PH Archers hope to put gold-less past behind them

first_imgPH Archery team. Photo by Marc ReyesKUALA LUMPUR—For Youth Olympic Games champion archer Luis Gabriel Moreno, studies will take the back seat for the time being.The 2014 YOG champ—in tandem with Chinese Li JiaMan—said he took a sabbatical from his marketing course at La Salle to prepare for the Southeast Asian Games.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Also comprising the team are four-time champion Amaya Paz-Cojuangco, who delivered the lone silver two years ago, and two-time Olympian Mark Javier.Completing the lineup are Rogelio Miguel Tremedal, Joseph Benjamin Vicencio, Niron Brylle dela Cruz, Florante Matan and Earl Benjamin Yap in the men’s team.The women’s squad is also composed of Pia Elizabeth Angela Bidaure, Nicole Marie Tagle, Jennifer Chan, Kim Concepcion, Kareel Meer Hongitan, Mbigail Tindugan and Mary Queen Ybanez.Two gold medals will be at stake in compound events Wednesday at Synthetic Turf Field, KL Sports City. ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago “It will be just for one term,” said Moreno, who, along with 15 other members of the Philippine archery team, sees action starting Wednesday.He admitted feeling the pressure to perform after the country went home without a gold in Singapore two years ago.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“For me personally I will just try to remember what I practice and hope for the best,” he said.The team had five international trips, including a week-long training camp in San Diego before competing in the World Cup in Salt Lake City in the United States. Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Read Next MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LATEST STORIES Sepak takraw targeting 2 golds UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension View commentslast_img read more

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Heavyweights who crashed out of FIFA World Cup 2014 early

first_imgSpain were the 5th defending champions to be knocked out at the group stage. Italy (1950), Brazil (1966), France (2002) and Italy (2010) had suffered a similar fate.,Spain were the 5th defending champions to be knocked out at the group stage. Italy (1950), Brazil (1966), France (2002) and Italy (2010) had suffered a similar fate.last_img

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a month agoLiverpool youngster Cain overjoyed with first professional contract

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool youngster Cain overjoyed with first professional contractby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJake Cain says it’s a dream come true signing his first professional contract with Liverpool.The 18-year-old midfielder, who has been with the club since the age of nine, penned terms earlier this week.”It’s a dream come true really,” Cain told Liverpoolfc.com.”It has been one of my aspirations all my life and it has finally happened. I’m buzzing with that and all my family are made up as well.”I was at the Academy and Alex [Inglethorpe] called me into his room and offered it to me. I was over the moon to get it signed.” last_img

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16 days ago​Man City boss Guardiola ‘lost cool’ with David Silva

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Man City boss Guardiola ‘lost cool’ with David Silvaby Ansser Sadiq16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss reportedly lost his temper with one of the senior members of his squad.Guardiola reportedly laid into his countryman, midfielder David Silva.The manager is said to have accused Silva of not running enough in their recent home defeat to Wolves in the Premier League.It is a result that puts two-time reigning Premier League champions City eight points behind Liverpool.Guardiola has reportedly tried to remain calm throughout the season, as he does not want to add further anxiety to the City squad.But he laid into Silva after the Wolves game, per the Daily Mail. He allegedly told the midfielder: “David, you didn’t give us enough running. Where were the legs?”Silva is in his last season at the club and is seen as one of City’s greatest ever players. last_img read more

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The Race For The Top Pick In The 2015 NFL Draft

The 2-12 Jacksonville Jaguars host the 2-12 Tennessee Titans Thursday night, ending this season’s sad slate of Thursday night games with the saddest game of all. But this awful matchup still matters. The top pick of the 2015 NFL draft is in play.This week, we added each team’s chances of getting the No. 1 overall pick to our weekly playoff implication interactives. In 50,000 simulations, just Tampa Bay, Tennessee, Oakland, Jacksonville and Washington managed to clinch the No. 1 overall pick at least once (the New York Jets blew their chances with last week’s win). The Buccaneers are your clubhouse leader, getting the pick in 54.8 percent of simulations, while the Titans are second at 25 percent.The size of that gap is a little misleading. The Buccaneers don’t control their own destiny, and the loser of Tennessee at Jacksonville will be nipping at their heels:The game also affects a much weirder scenario. If two teams from different conferences finish with the same record and strength of schedule, the pick will be decided by coin flip. These flips aren’t so uncommon, but they’ve never decided who gets the No. 1 overall. Before Thursday’s game, there is a 2 percent chance the top pick will be decided by a Tennessee vs. Tampa Bay coin flip. If the Titans lose, that figure bumps up a bit to 3.2 percent.But which team would actually keep the pick? The presumed top player of the 2015 draft is Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. None of the teams in contention saw impressive QB play in 2014: Josh McCown is old, Zach Mettenberger is shorn, Blake Bortles is bad and Derek Carr is dinky. Washington is just a mess, but they’re pretty much out of the running.Jacksonville and Oakland are the most likely to trade the first pick, as Bortles and Carr have likely done enough in their rookie seasons to warrant a second look. Tennessee and Tampa Bay would be much more likely to take Mariota. This means the St. Louis Rams – or even the Philadelphia Eagles – could be keeping an eye on an otherwise terrible Thursday night game, crossing their fingers for a Jacksonville loss.Mike Beuoy contributed analysis. read more

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This Years Patriots Are Almost On Pace To Be The GOAT

2Chicago Bears19426-01751 TEAMYEARRECORDELO AFTER 6 WEEKS 1Chicago Bears19866-01756 23Indianapolis Colts20056-01697 8Chicago Bears19435-0-11718 Once again, the New England Patriots find themselves atop the NFL heap: 5-0 so far this year with the league’s best points-per-game margin. Las Vegas oddsmakers consider New England far and away the best team in football. Excellence isn’t unfamiliar for the Pats; just last month, we anointed their 2007 squad1Unbeaten in the regular season. as the best single-season team in NFL history. But this year’s version is also one of the greatest teams in NFL history — through a season’s first six weeks.Of course, that last qualifier is important; the Patriots aren’t even a third of the way through their schedule, and you don’t win any prizes for being really good going into Week 7. On the other hand, the Patriots are really, really good.We can measure this using Elo ratings, one of our favorite metrics for ranking football teams. You can read the fine details of how they work here, but in a nutshell, Elo assigns each team a strength rating based on how likely it thinks that team is to win games in the future. The ratings are simple — their only inputs are the score, strength of opponent and location of each game — but they’re also predictive and self-correcting, so a team’s strength estimate is constantly evolving.And in the case of the 2015 Patriots, that rating is ridiculously good. Through the first six weeks of an NFL season,2Which technically encompasses only five games for the Patriots, because they had a bye in Week 4. only three teams have ever possessed a higher Elo rating than New England’s current mark of 1736: 5San Francisco 49ers19905-01734 19Green Bay Packers19626-01702 12New England Patriots20045-01714 7Denver Broncos19986-01724 11Miami Dolphins19735-11714 15Philadelphia Eagles19505-11711 9Pittsburgh Steelers19795-11717 16Miami Dolphins19846-01709 13Canton Bulldogs19236-01714 24New England Patriots20115-11695 25Cleveland Browns19515-11693 22Los Angeles Rams19686-01697 14Green Bay Packers19635-11713 18Minnesota Vikings19705-11707 3New England Patriots20076-01748 10Dallas Cowboys19944-11716 21Chicago Bears19415-11698 17Green Bay Packers19306-01708 4New England Patriots20155-01736 6Green Bay Packers20116-01728 20Chicago Bears19346-01698 I wrote three weeks ago, when they were 3-0, that this year’s Pats were unlikely to match the 2007 team’s 16-0 regular season record … and they still aren’t. (New England has roughly a 7 percent chance of going undefeated now.) But the Patriots are within striking distance of where the ’07 Pats were at the same point that season, and that ought to strike fear in the hearts of New England’s remaining 11 opponents.CORRECTION (Oct. 23, 10:50 a.m.): An earlier version of a table in this article listed the 1950 Philadelphia Eagles twice. One of the entries, which represented the Elo of the Eagles after five games, was incorrect and has been removed. The teams below that entry have each been moved up a slot, and the 2011 Patriots were added to the list as the 25th team.CORRECTION (Oct. 25, 1:25 p.m.): An earlier version of this article gave an incorrect record for the 1931 Green Bay Packers through the first six weeks of the season. The team was 6-0, not 7-1. The Packers’ Elo through those six weeks was too low for them to be in the top 25, so we have removed them, moved the teams below up a slot, and added the 1951 Cleveland Browns. read more

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Theres No Reason To Think Barry Bonds Can Coach Like He Could

Barry Bonds is back in baseball. The Miami Marlins announced Friday that Bonds will become their hitting coach, joining new manager Don Mattingly’s staff.1Since retiring, Bonds has worked as a spring-training guest instructor for the San Francisco Giants, but not on a full-time basis. So now we’ll get to obsessively analyze Bonds’ proportions all over again, this time in arguably the majors’ worst uniform.Bonds is a lightning rod because of his role in MLB’s steroid era, but I’m not here to re-litigate how much he cheated or what his punishment should be. The guy was pretty terrific at hitting a baseball long before we knew what BALCO was.My question is simple: Does a good hitter make for a good hitting coach?Not necessarily.To find out, I looked at every hitting coach going back to 19732The year the designated hitter was introduced. using data from Retrosheet.org, and for those who played in MLB, I gathered their Weighted Runs Created Plus (wRC+, a per-plate appearance measure of offensive production that we’re quite fond of at FiveThirtyEight) and the number of wins above replacement (WAR) that can be attributed to their offensive contributions.3For sticklers, this means I removed both positional defense and the overall position adjustment from a player’s WAR. But I did leave baserunning in offensive WAR, as is the custom for the statistic, even though that aspect of the game is often managed by instructors other than the hitting coach.But how does one go about quantifying coaching performance? It’s a complex question that I’ve struggled with over the years. One simple way to judge a hitting coach’s effectiveness is how well his hitters outperformed their expectations. To that end, I used a historical database of Marcel projections — named for the pet monkey from the show “Friends” because they’re so basic a monkey could compute them — and measured the degree to which a hitting coach’s pupils performed better in the batter’s box (according to Weighted On-Base Average, or wOBA) than they were projected to.Armed with all this information, we can see the (non-)relationship between a hitter’s offense and his coaching talents. Whether we make the comparison using the hitting coach’s career WAR, as in the chart above, or using a weighted average of his lifetime wRC+, the correlation between hitting well and coaching others to do the same is effectively nonexistent.While Bonds may have been second only to Babe Ruth among career hitters — ignoring steroids — we have no idea what that means for Giancarlo Stanton, Dee Gordon and the rest of the Marlins hitters. So while the thought of Stanton becoming even more Bonds-like has pitchers everywhere reconsidering their chosen profession, it’s still anyone’s guess whether Bonds will be able to communicate to others just what drove his preternatural plate discipline and freakishly fast reflexes at the plate. read more

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