Howe: Bournemouth will be hard to stop

first_imgEddie Howe has warned the rest of the Championship his Bournemouth side will be a hard team to stop if they continue their ruthless streak in front of goal.The Cherries hit five past Fulham to move back to the top of the table and become the division’s leading scorers.Bournemouth had picked up just four points from the six games before Tuesday’s win over Wolves but Howe said he hopes that blip is now over.“If people felt we were going to win every game this season, I’d say that expectation is too high” Howe said.“During the six games we didn’t win, I thought the performance levels were very strong.“We were dominating games, we just weren’t being clinical enough in both boxes.“But in the last two games we’ve refound our confidence in front of goal and when we have that ruthlessness we’re a hard team to stop.”Howe said he was pleased to have won so comprehensively at Craven Cottage given the strength of the Fulham squad.He added: “I felt it was going to be a difficult fixture, when you see the players Fulham have.“But we started the game very positively, the lads were clinical in front of goal and could have scored more.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Cards take Shootout title over Anderson to stay perfect

first_imgCorning >> The Corning Cardinals dominated the first half of the 16th annual Shootout Tournament championship Saturday night against the Anderson Cubs, but the Cubs adjusted at halftime to take a third period league before the hosts pulled away again with just minutes to go in the game for a 53-48 win.“Corning and Anderson, we know each other well, we’ve been in the NAL together for 14 years…we know each other inside and out,” said Cardinals coach Kurt Wilkins. “We know how to make each other …last_img

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Geocaching.com Presents: Swamp Caching

first_img SharePrint RelatedGeocaching.com Presents: Space Coast Geocaching StoreDecember 9, 2012In “Française”Geocaching.com Presents: Puzzle CachingNovember 18, 2012In “Française”Geocaching Vacation Destinations – Geocaching.com Weekly NewsletterOctober 4, 2012In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter” [Click CC for Closed Captioning in French, Swedish, Norweigen, Italian, Bulgarian, German, and English][vsw id=”1K06EM-qGp0″ source=”youtube” width=”425″ height=”344″ autoplay=”no”]Geocaching is about zeroing in on the coordinates, even if the direction leads you into the heart of a swamp. Watch “Swamp Caching” for a trek into the wilds of the Florida Everglades. It’s a caching adventure like no other. Adventurers encounter rare flowers, wild coffee, exotic birds, and even alligators (at a safe distance).There’s a geocache in there somewhereFlorida geocacher, Lorriebird, takes an expedition into the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park to search for her difficulty 2, terrain 3 geocache, K2. The cache was placed with permission from Florida State Park officials. The geocache was designed to offer an environmental experience to those unfamiliar with swamps.Subscribe to the Official Geocaching.com YouTube channel for the latest tips and tricks in geocaching. Watch the more than 100 videos produced by Geocaching.com on our video page.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

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Ronda Rousey unloads on the Bella Twins: “Bunch of untrustworthy b*tches!”

first_imgAdvertisementRAW Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey is out on her mission for revenge. The Rowdy One was stabbed in the back by the Bella Twins this week on RAW following their victory against The Riott Squad in six-women tag team competition.Brie and Nikki Bella cut short their post-match celebrations and ruthlessly attacked Rousey, to the shock of both the Champ and the WWE Universe. The 31 year old did fight back but the numbers game proved to be too strong as she was left motionless in the middle of the ring.The Bella Twins responded to their actions in an exclusive interview:EXCLUSIVE: Nikki & Brie @BellaTwins attacked @RondaRousey because they want to start a #Bellalution ahead of #WWEEvolution. #Raw pic.twitter.com/Dl2iPSSqoJ— WWE (@WWE) October 9, 2018Later during the night, it was announced that Nikki would get a shot at the RAW Women’s Championship later this month at WWE Evolution on October 28.Formerly, good friends, Rousey has now found two new enemies. In her latest interview, Ronda reacted to the betrayal by the Bellas this past Monday and said, “Nikki Bella, Brie Bella…they’re a bunch of untrustworthy bitches.”Here’s the clip of Ronda Rousey’s appearance on TMZ Sports: Advertisementlast_img read more

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Argentina ousted in soccer; Portugal and Honduras advance

first_imgBRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Argentina has been eliminated from the Olympic soccer tournament after a 1-1 draw against Honduras, which advanced to the quarterfinals along with Portugal.Two-time Olympic champion Argentina needed to win to reach the knockout round, but it wasn’t able to defeat Honduras in Brasilia on Wednesday.Antony Lozano scored for Honduras in the 75th and Mauricio Martinez for Argentina in injury time.Both teams missed penalties when the match was scoreless. Honduras captain Bryan Acosta had his shot saved by Argentina goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli before halftime, while Argentina playmaker Angel Correa hit the post from the spot in the 55th.Portugal drew 1-1 against Algeria in Belo Horizonte to finish first in the group with seven points. Honduras and Argentina ended with four points, with Honduras ahead on goal differential. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img 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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Which NBA Playoff Teams Have The Most Star Power

Portland Trail Blazers15810102 ButlerPHI+4.0MillsapDEN+2.8 San Antonio Spurs15480000 Orlando Magic15340102 VucevicORL+4.5SiakamTOR+3.0 Detroit Pistons14250022 ConleyMEM+2.6 Boston Celtics16410113 IrvingBOS+4.1WalkerCHA+2.8 HardenHOU+8.0WestbrookOKC+5.3LeonardTOR+3.7 CurryGS+6.6PaulHOU+4.9Nurkic*POR+3.3 The NBA’s championship-caliber players, 2019 edition2019 NBA player tiers based on CARMELO-projected plus/minus talent EmbiidPHI+4.4GriffinDET+2.9 ALPHASBETASGAMMAS Golden State Warriors17941116 PLAYERTEAM+/-PLAYERTEAM+/-PLAYERTEAM+/- Milwaukee Bucks17391014 Philadelphia 76ers16730215 Indiana Pacers15440000 JokicDEN+6.8GobertUTA+5.1GreenGS+3.3 Cousins*GS+4.1BledsoeMIL+2.8 The NBA playoffs can sometimes come down to key role players knocking down clutch shots in important moments. But mostly, it’s all about the stars. The league revolves around its top players more than any other sport, and those players usually determine where the championship resides each season.So which playoff team has the most star power? One way to measure this is to break players into tiers based on their performance metrics. A few years back, my boss Nate Silver devised a system called “star points,” which awarded teams a score based on how many stars it had on its roster. Players in the top tier of stars (“Alphas”) are worth 3 points apiece, those in the next (“Betas”) are worth 2, and the lower tier (“Gammas”) are 1 apiece. Teams generally need at least 5 of these star points in total to begin thinking about a title run, and 7 star points is where a championship roster really begins to take form.Perhaps surprisingly, there aren’t any teams with 7 or more star points this season. The Golden State Warriors would have had 8 if DeMarcus Cousins hadn’t been injured Monday night, but Cousins is out indefinitely with a torn quadriceps and may miss the rest of the playoffs. That drops the Warriors into the co-lead with 6 star points, alongside Toronto. And that could mean a more wide-open postseason than we’ve been used to, in which role players might take on an even greater degree of importance.To calculate star points this season, I turned to the constantly updating player talent ratings from our CARMELO projection-system depth charts. (In the previous iteration of star points, Nate used an amalgam of various advanced metrics, but that was before our player ratings updated in-season.) After resetting the cutoffs for each tier to maintain a similar number of players of each type,1An Alpha now has a CARMELO-projected overall plus/minus of +5.5 or greater; a Beta has a projected plus/minus of less than +5.5 but at least +4.0; and a Gamma has a projected plus/minus of less than +4.0 but at least +2.5. I found that the NBA has six current Alphas (four of whom are active in the playoffs), 13 Betas (12 of whom are in the playoffs, but one of those — Cousins — is injured) and 17 Gammas (13 whose teams are in the playoffs, with two injured). In an unusual twist, two of this season’s Alphas — LeBron James and Anthony Davis — actually missed the playoffs. (Their intertwined soap opera is worth its own set of charts.) But among the postseason’s remaining star power, there are some interesting mixes of player tiers on the top teams.The Warriors might be a surprise with only one Alpha (Stephen Curry), one Beta (Kevin Durant) and one Gamma (Draymond Green). Durant didn’t quite qualify for Alpha status, in part because he ranked only ninth in Real Plus-Minus (and 18th in Box Plus/Minus) this season. Meanwhile, Green was downgraded to a Gamma because of a weak offensive season,2According to our mix of RPM and BPM, he was 0.9 points per 100 possessions worse than the average NBA player on offense, though his defense more than made up for it. Klay Thompson barely broke even in projected plus/minus talent (+0.1), and Cousins now appears to be lost for at least most of the playoffs. The usual caveats about the Warriors’ sometimes lax regular-season efforts apply, but based on performance metrics, this team’s name recognition might outpace its actual star power at this point.And yet, only the Raptors match the Warriors in that regard among postseason teams. They also did it in a very different way: Unlike Golden State, Toronto boasts no Alphas, but it does have one Beta (Kyle Lowry) and four Gammas (Kawhi Leonard, Pascal Siakam, Danny Green and Marc Gasol). Wait … Lowry is a Beta and Leonard is only a Gamma? The difference between the two (+4.0 vs. +3.7) is so slim as to be splitting hairs, but Leonard had a surprisingly down year in RPM, ranking just 37th in the league, while Lowry ranked 20th. The broader point, however, is that Toronto has assembled an unusually deep stable of star talent. The team has long been known for its depth down the roster, but a series of moves helped turn that depth into something slightly different: a collection of quasi-star-level talent at the top of the lineup. How the playoff teams stack up on star powerCurrent CARMELO ratings and star points* for 2019 NBA playoff teams Utah Jazz16990102 DurantGS+4.6Oladipo*IND+3.1 Oklahoma City Thunder16730204 Los Angeles Clippers15000000 * Star points are based on a weighted total of a team’s stars, in which Alphas are worth 3 points, Betas are worth 2, and Gammas are worth 1.Team totals do not include injured players.Sources: ESPN, Basketball-Reference.com LowryTOR+4.0GreenTOR+2.8 Denver Nuggets16731014 JamesLAL+6.3TownsMIN+4.9HolidayNO+3.2 The Rockets and Sixers rank just below the Warriors and Raptors in star points with 5 apiece, but where in that group is Milwaukee, the East’s No. 1 seed? The Bucks have perhaps the Alpha of all Alphas this season in Giannis Antetokounmpo. But only one other player around him qualified as a star: Eric Bledsoe is a Gamma, while Brook Lopez barely misses the cutoff. Milwaukee’s overall lack of supporting star power would make it a historical anomaly if it does end up winning the NBA title.The Utah Jazz, in the midst of a brutal first-round matchup against the Rockets, also has very little star power (one Beta in Rudy Gobert). But they have a bunch of guys who just barely missed Gamma status: Joe Ingles, Derrick Favors, Ekpe Udoh and Donovan Mitchell all had CARMELO plus/minus ratings under +2.5 but greater than +1.5. If we added an extra category for “Deltas” — worth, say, a half-point per player — the Jazz would leapfrog Boston and be much closer to the top of the heap than the bottom.Regardless, there’s a reason that star points don’t track perfectly with a team’s CARMELO rating or its championship odds. Depth does matter some, even if the effect is less of a factor as rotations shorten during the postseason. And sometimes teams are simply built with a blueprint that helps them perform better than their star power would suggest (the Bucks are a good test case there as well), while others aren’t quite as good as their multiple stars say they should be (the Sixers could be lumped into that group).Before they blew a 31-point lead Monday night — and, more importantly, lost Cousins to injury — the Warriors were looking every bit the star-studded machine we thought they’d be all season long. Now, they are still sizable favorites to win it all, but their edge in star power is not quite as decisive as it’s been in recent seasons. We’ll find out soon enough whether that will matter in Golden State’s quest for a third straight championship, or if another team near the top of the rankings above can finally supplant the Warriors and build a star-powered legacy of its own. TeamCARMELO RatingAlphasBetasGammasStar Points Players By Tier Brooklyn Nets14780000 DavisNO+5.8LillardPOR+4.7SimmonsPHI+3.1 Toronto Raptors17750146 DrummondDET+2.7 * Out indefinitely with injuryPlayers in italics are on teams that missed the playoffs.Sources: ESPN, Basketball-Reference.com GasolTOR+2.5 CovingtonMIN+2.7 Houston Rockets17531105 AntetokounmpoMIL+6.9GeorgeOKC+5.2HorfordBOS+3.4 Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

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Rose Bowl notebook Will Tressel loosen Pryors leash

No one is asking the Buckeyes to replicate last season’s bowl game use of quarterback Terrelle Pryor.In Ohio State’s 24-21 Fiesta Bowl loss to Texas, Pryor threw for 66 yards, rushed for 78 and even caught a touchdown.But as Pryor has battled through injuries to his ankle and knee, the well of offensive diversity has dried up. As coach Jim Tressel called for more runs and asked less of his sophomore quarterback, the team rolled off five straight wins, with Pryor’s arm playing far less of a role.Now, will the untested quarterback finally be let loose in the team’s most critical game of the year?“I hope so,” Pryor said. “I hope for that every game, but I just want to get a ‘W’. Whatever the team needs me to do, I want to do it.”OSU sprinted past its last five opponents, posting at least 225 rushing yards in each victory. But after nearly six weeks off, will the team revert to its steady ground game, or open things up through the air?Pryor believes a balanced scheme would fare best.“It’s whatever they can’t stop,” he said. “If they can’t stop our passing game, then we’re going to keep doing that. We’ve gotten a lot better passing, we can throw the ball, it just depends on if we’re going to do it. If we keep everything balanced, then we’re going to be good.”Receiver DeVier Posey predicted that Pryor is primed for a break-out performance.“I definitely believe he can have a great game,” Posey said. “He’s poised for a great game, he’s been practicing well.” NFL bound?Ten Ohio State juniors filed paperwork to the NFL to learn about their potential status in the league’s April draft.Many players go through the process simply to gauge their draft stock heading into their final collegiate year.Defensive lineman Cameron Heyward suggested that he wouldn’t mind sticking around for his senior season.“Right now, I’m leaning towards staying,” Heyward said. “I’m just enjoying time with my guys. These guys are my brothers.”Defensive end Thaddeus Gibson refused to cave in to constant questions from reporters, saying that the decision only serves as a disruption.“I don’t want any distractions,” he said. “I’m just locked in on [the game], I’ll worry about that later.”Linebacker Brian Rolle, however, fully expects to return to Columbus for a final hurrah.“It’s not something I weighed about, whether I was going to stay or leave,” he said. “I just did it just to know where I’d be if I did think about leaving. I’ll be back next year most definitely.”Rose Bowl adds trio to HallFormer Buckeye offensive lineman John Hicks was one of three inductees Wednesday to the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame.Hicks paved the way for running back Archie Griffin to collect a pair of Heisman trophies. During Hicks’ time at OSU, the Bucks played in three Rose Bowls, winning one.Hicks spoke to a crowd of family, friends, Rose Bowl bigwigs and media about how the Rose Bowl meant so much to him and his family growing up.Along with Hicks, Barry Alvarez, the current athletic director and former coach of Wisconsin, and Tom Hansen, the former Pac-10 Commissioner, were also elected to the Hall of Fame.Rain, rain go awayInclement weather led to the cancelation of Ohio State’s outdoor practice Wednesday afternoon.A steady rain kept the Buckeyes indoors, where they instead held offensive, defensive and position meetings. read more

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Wrestling Ohio State wins 2017 Big Ten title

The Ohio State wrestling team wins the 2017 Big Ten championship. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsAfter junior Kyle Snyder sealed his individual championship at heavyweight, it became official: the Ohio State Buckeyes are the 2017 Big Ten wrestling champions.OSU scored 139.5 points as a team to claim the top spot while Penn State placed second with a score of 130. Both teams entered the tournament with three No. 1 pre-seeded wrestlers.In addition to the team victory, the Buckeyes also took home four individual championships, including redshirt junior Nathan Tomasello (133 pounds) winning his third, and redshirt freshman Kollin Moore (197 pounds) winning his first.The other two champions were redshirt junior Bo Jordan at 174 pounds, his first Big Ten championship after finishing as a runner-up twice previously, and world champion Snyder winning his second at heavyweight.Two other Buckeyes finished as runners-up: Myles Martin at 184 pounds and Micah Jordan at 149 pounds.The Buckeyes next competition will come at the NCAA National Championships tournament March 16-18 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. read more

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Ronaldo may have another World Cup in him – Deco

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo may still have another World Cup left in him after this month’s tournament, reckons his former Portugal teammate DecoThe five-time Ballon d’Or winner arrives at Russia on the back of having inspired Real Madrid to a third straight Champions League crown and will now be hoping to replicate this success for Portugal.The World Cup is the one trophy that has eluded Ronaldo throughout his entire career and, at the age of 33, many are expecting the tournament in Russia to be his final chance to finally lift international football’s most prestigious trophy.But Deco feels that it is wrong to say that this will be Ronaldo’s final World Cup, as with player like him “you never know”.“With Ronaldo, you never know. It depends how fit he will be at the next World Cup,” Betfair ambassador Deco told Express Sport.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“Of course, it’s complicated because there is a time for everyone, even those super fit like him but I think it’s a difficult time for the players.“It’s complicated when you start watching them at the end of your career but it’s easier to think about showing the best at the World Cup.“Of course, if you ask every player they want to win the World Cup, they dream about that for sure, Ronaldo is the same.“I think for all the players it’s a competition, a dream competition, when you think of being a real soccer player.”Portugal will begin their World Cup campaign against Iberian neighbours Spain on Friday in Group B.last_img read more

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