Wijnaldum insists Liverpool not getting carried awayby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum insists they’re not getting carried away by title talk.The season is only eight games old but already Jurgen Klopp’s men hold a significant eight-point lead over last season’s champions Manchester City.”We don’t want to think we are already champions. That would be a really wrong thing to do,” Wijnaldum told Sky Sports.”I’m sure the manager will keep us grounded and say that we just have to think about ourselves, and try to play good and try to give 100 per cent every week.”We just have to do what we did before and look at ourselves and not look too much to other teams because we don’t have influence on other teams – we can’t control the performance of other teams.”We just have to make sure we are ready for the games that are to come and to make sure we are ready and try to have good results because we know that it can change quickly.”Then at the end of the season we will see where we stand.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after defeating the Georgia Bulldogs 35-28 in the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)SEC Media Days continued Wednesday morning, with Alabama’s Nick Saban taking the podium first. The Crimson Tide head coach didn’t face very many tough questions, however, and the ESPN broadcast team apparently noticed.After Saban’s presser ended, ESPN forgot to cut the audio on a few of its analysts’ microphones. Host Dari Nowkhah was heard making chicken noises, implying that the media was scared to ask Saban tough questions. He also said that Saban “owns” the media. He later owned up to the mistake on-air.ESPN broadcasters (not realizing mic was live) made chicken sounds and said Saban “owns the media” because nobody asked about Cam Robinson— Bill Landis (@BillLandis25) July 13, 2016@SECNetwork cuts to commercial and you hear @ESPNDari ask the question “You think he (Saban) owns the media?” #SECMD16— Justin Nails (@justinnails) July 13, 2016When @SECNetwork doesn’t realize their still live & says “Nick Saban Owns The Media” #Whoops #SECMD16 @finebaum @johnP_hayes— #Tribe17 (@NoleNationFSU) July 13, 2016And @ESPNDari owns up to it. Kudos to him. Great segment all around on reaction to Saban’s presser— Eric Bowman (@E_ROCK12) July 13, 2016It was expected that someone in the media would ask Saban about the status of star offensive lineman Cam Robinson, who was arrested on multiple charges this past May. That didn’t happen though.Saban likely won’t make it through the day without being asked about Robinson, but it was a bit surprising that it wasn’t one of the first questions on the docket.
Bangkok: More than half of the 147 tigers confiscated from a controversial Thai temple have died, park officials said Monday, blaming genetic problems linked to in-breeding at the once money-spinning tourist attraction. For years, the Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua temple in the western province of Kanchanaburi pulled tourist hordes who could be photographed — for a fee — next to scores of tigers. But in 2016 park officials began a lengthy operation to remove the big cats amid allegations of mismanagement, and claims the creatures were being exploited. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USDozens of dead cubs were found kept in freezers, sparking claims the carcasses were being sold by a temple rumoured to have raked in hundreds of thousands of dollars each year from visitors. Tiger parts can fetch enormous sums in China and Vietnam, where they are falsely believed to have medicinal properties. The surviving adults were taken to two breeding stations in nearby Ratchaburi province but only 61 of the 147 have survived so far, parks officials told reporters. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”It could be linked to in-breeding,” Pattarapol Maneeon, of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation said. “They had genetic problems which posed risks to body and immune system.” Many suffered from tongue paralysis, breathing problems and lack of appetite that led to fatal seizures. “Most of the tigers were already in distressed state stemming from the transportation and change of location… later their health problems emerged,” Sunthorn Chaiwattana, another department official said. Legal cases against the temple are ongoing. Conservationists questioned whether authorities had looked after the seized animals appropriately, with small, cramped cages enabling the spread of disease. “To be very honest who would be ready to take in so many tigers at once?” said Edwin Wiek, founder of the Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand. Conditions at the enclosures were “not good enough to house so many tigers and the set up was wrong”, he added. Tens of millions visit Thailand every year, and a lucrative wildlife tourism industry has grown in-step with visitor numbers. But critics say cash often trumps animal welfare at many attractions. For a price, visitors can ride and bathe with elephants, hold monkeys and pose for selfies with tigers. Animal rights groups have long criticised the industry, with chained up animals kept in small quarters with inadequate veterinary care, or forced to perform tricks for tourists.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District has rescinded the evacuation order that had been in effect for the area near the Tommy Lakes Fire north of Fort St. John.The PRRD issued the evacuation order last Saturday after high winds fanned the flames of the fire, causing it to grow rapidly over the weekend. The PRRD said this morning that as of 9:00 a.m., that evacuation order has been lifted, however, residents that were forced from their homes will continue to be on evacuation alert.The area covered by the evacuation alert is identical to the area of the previous evacuation order, and includes the following area northwest of Prespatou: Starting at the junction of the Beaton Airport Road, Birch Road and Two Creeks Road, bearing northerly along the Beaton Airport Road ending at the bridge on the Beaton River. Next bearing SE along the Beaton River continue stopping near Two Creeks road near the Beatton River; Next bearing SW along the Two Creeks Road returning to the junction of the Beaton Airport Road, Birch Road and Two Creeks Road.Residents who are under an evacuation alert should prepare for the possibility of an evacuation order by doing the following:Locating all family members or co-workers and designate a Reception Centre outside the evacuation area, should an evacuation be called while separated.Gathering essential items such as medications, eyeglasses, valuable papers (i.e. insurance), immediate care needs for dependants and, if you choose, keepsakes (photographs, etc). Have these items readily available for quick departure.Preparing to move any disabled persons and/or children.Moving pets and livestock to a safe area.Arranging to transport your household members or co-workers in the event of an evacuation order. If you need transportation assistance from the area please call 1-800-670-7773 or 250-784-3200.Arranging accommodation for your family if possible. In the event of an evacuation, Reception Centres will be opened if required.Monitoring news sources for information on evacuation orders and locations of Reception Centres.
Paris: French Open organisers have announced an eight per cent increase in the total prize money to 42.6 million euros ($48.35 million) and also inaugurated a new court that is the famed Grand Slam tennis tournament’s third-biggest. Prize money will jump the most for men and women who are ousted in the qualifying stage or who lose in the first round, with the latter now set to earn 46,000 euros ($52,333) apiece, an increase of 15 percent over last year, Efe news reported on Friday. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThe winners of the men’s and women’s singles will each receive 2.3 million euros ($2.6 million), up 4.55 percent from last year, while the singles finalists will earn 1.18 million euros, an increase of 5.36 percent. On Thursday, tournament organisers also inaugurated a new 5,000-seat court that is the first piece of a renovation project launched in 2018 at tennis’ clay-court Grand Slam. Known as Court Simonne Mathieu, it is named after a star French player of the 1920s and 1930s who won two Roland Garros women’s singles titles (when the tournament was known as the French Championships). Mathieu (1908-1980) also was a runner-up at that tournament on six occasions and became a French resistance fighter during World War II.
New Delhi: To promote innovation in FinTech space, the central bank will issue guidelines for regulatory sandbox in the next two months, RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das said Monday. A regulatory sandbox is a framework set up by a regulator that allows FinTech startups to conduct live experiments in a controlled environment under supervision. “A Regulatory Sandbox’ would benefit FinTech companies by way of reduced time to launch innovative products at a lower cost. Going forward, the Reserve Bank will set up a regulatory sandbox, for which guidelines will be issued in the next two months,” he said at an event organised by NITI Aayog here. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe RBI’s working group on FinTech and digital banking in November 2017, had suggested the introduction of a regulatory sandbox/innovation hub within a well-defined space and duration to experiment with FinTech solutions, where the consequences of failure can be contained and reasons for failure analysed. Observing that FinTech has the potential to reshape the financial services and financial inclusion landscape in India in fundamental ways, he said, it can reduce costs and improve access and quality of financial services. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”We have to strike a subtle balance between effectively utilising FinTech while minimising its systemic impacts,” he said. He also said that the RBI has encouraged banks to explore the possibility of establishing new alliances with FinTech firms as it could be pivotal in accelerating the agenda of financial inclusion through innovation. “It is essential that flow of investments to this sector is unimpeded to realise its full potential. It is imperative to create an ecosystem which promotes collaboration while carefully paying attention to the implications that it has for the macro economy,” he said. Pointing out some of the challenges, the Governor said risks for FinTech products may also arise from cross border legal and regulatory issues. Data confidentiality and customer protection are major areas that also need to be addressed, he said. Emphasising that India has been at the forefront of this revolution, he said, a recent global survey ranks India second in terms of FinTech adoption, with an adoption rate of 52 per cent.
This includes a record 13 touchdowns (the previous career record for any punt returner was 10). Hester also has five touchdowns from kickoff returns (good for eighth on the all-time list9Despite playing for a good defensive team for much of his career and not even returning kicks full-time for parts of it.) and is looking to break his present tie with Deion Sanders for most non-offensive touchdowns in NFL history.Kick and punt returns normally aren’t a big enough part of the game for a good returner to produce much value unless he also does other things well. But Hester is so insanely good he may be as close to an exception as you’ll ever see.Determining how much value Hester added on kick returns is relatively simple. Taken on a season-by-season basis, a typical NFL kick returner would have scored about 1.8 touchdowns on Hester’s attempts, while Hester had 6.0. This leads to about an extra .20 points per game.10Actually it’s .204 points per game, compared to .208 if you estimate the value of additional field position directly.But where things get interesting is with punts. With teams taking such crazy measures to avoid giving him the ball, Chicago’s punt return game benefited greatly whether Hester actually touched the ball or not.11Giving Hester credit for Chicago’s entire return game is neither an aggressive nor a conservative assumption. If the rest of the special teams squad was below average, it’s possible that Hester provided even more value than the squad as a whole.Since 2006, when Hester joined the team, Chicago has had the highest number of yards per punt return, resulting in the best average starting position, and has scored a touchdown on one of every 21 returns. The average for teams other than Chicago was one TD every 82 punt returns. And that’s not even counting all the times other teams punted short or out of bounds to avoid a return.According to ESPN’s “expected points added” metric, Chicago’s punt return game was worth about .15 expected points over expectation for each of the 668 punts they faced, or about .80 points per game total.Combining this .80 with the .20 Hester gained returning kickoffs, he was probably worth around 1 point per game overall.We’re obviously not talking Aaron Rodgers-type value here. But football is a 46-on-46 sport: It’s hard for any one player (aside from a quarterback) to matter much. A reliable 1 point per game is pretty significant.Chicago had an average margin of -2.1 points per game last year, so with Hester’s departure, let’s say the team is starting out in a 3-point hole. If the offense gets worse or the defense gets better, it could go either way from there.Detroit LionsExpected wins: 8.3Playoff probability: 38 percent (25 percent to win the NFC North)Super Bowl win probability: 3 percent Last year, with quarterback Aaron Rodgers missing half the season due to a broken collarbone, the Packers finished with just an 8-7-1 record, and gave up more points than they scored. Despite all that, they still eked out an NFC North division championship for the third year in a row.In the eight games in which Rodgers played more than the opening drive, the Packers went 6-2 with an average margin of victory of 7.4 points. In the eight games that featured the smorgasbord1Matt Flynn, Scott Tolzien and Seneca Wallace all started games in Rodgers’s absence. of Packers backups, they went 2-5-1 with an average margin of defeat of 8.8 points. It’s difficult to disentangle a quarterback’s performance from that of his teammates (or his coaches), but the Packers’ 2013 results are perhaps the best evidence yet that Rodgers is the real deal.2Though not quite Peyton-esque.Since Rodgers took over for Brett Favre in 2008, the Packers have been one of the NFL’s best franchises. They’ve won the fourth-most games (they’re in essentially a four-way-tie behind the Patriots) and a Super Bowl (as many of those as anyone else over that period, and one more than the Patriots). ESPN’s Total Quarterback Rating (QBR) is one of the most all-encompassing quarterback rating systems out there today.3Note this isn’t necessarily a compliment. In a phenomenon I like to call “The Paradox of Quarterback Metrics,” beyond a certain point, the more information a QB metric takes into account, the less it tends to tell you about the quarterback. Rodgers’s QBR in the last six years is 72.9, second only to Peyton Manning’s 80.7. Rodgers performs fantastically well in a variety of other quarterback metrics.But that’s what happens when you a) play for a good team and b) don’t throw interceptions. These are strongly related. Most interceptions are thrown when the quarterback’s team is trailing (about twice as many as when it’s ahead), and they become more and more likely the more his team is down or the closer they come to the end of the game4Being ahead or behind one score is 0-8 points, two scores is 9-16 points, three scores is 17+ points.:Interceptions are often (even largely) a product of completely rational risk-taking by desperate quarterbacks. A logical implication of this is that if a quarterback is too conservative, he can throw too few interceptions, which can be just as bad as throwing too many.Despite his various successes, it’s possible Rodgers fits this description of an overly conservative quarterback. For example, with his team down by two or more scores (9+ points) he has thrown only three interceptions out of 354 passes attempted (0.8 percent) in his career. This is typically when quarterbacks throw the most INTs, because they’re trying to get their teams back into the game, and high-risk strategies often give them the best chance to win. Overall, quarterbacks throw interceptions about 3.5 percent of the time on average in those situations, with even most great quarterbacks breaking 3.0 percent. Peyton Manning, for example, has averaged 3.1 percent, Drew Brees has averaged 3.3 percent, and even Tom Brady has thrown 2.3 percent (slightly above his career average).5Based on play-by-play from 2001 through 2013.Being insufficiently willing to gamble even when circumstances are dire can be good for a QB’s stats, while bad for his team. And there’s evidence of this in Rodgers’s record as well: He has only engineered six fourth-quarter comebacks in his career — good for 149th all time (Russell Wilson already has eight).There’s nothing wrong with giving your team the lead and then keeping it.6I vividly but hazily recall this being Troy Aikman’s response when someone asked him about his lack of fourth-quarter comebacks back in the ’90s — and he had one about every 10 games. But Rodgers has averaged one fourth-quarter comeback every 14.5 games. This is staggeringly low, even for a player whose team isn’t behind that often. Brady has played for an even more consistently good team and has a fourth-quarter comeback once every 6.2 games. Both brothers Manning have averaged one every six games, Ben Roethlisberger has one every 6.2, Drew Brees and Joe Flacco have one about every eight. Favre (surprisingly) had one only every 9.9 games.But the good news for Packers fans is that Rodgers has some pretty low-hanging room for improvement: If he starts taking more calculated risks (likely sacrificing his stats a little in the process), the Pack may be even more dangerous.Chicago BearsExpected wins: 8.4Playoff probability: 39 percent (25 percent to win the NFC North)Super Bowl win probability: 3 percent Editor’s Note: FiveThirtyEight is running a series of eight NFL previews, one division at a time, to highlight the numbers that may influence each team’s season. America’s favorite weekly soap opera is about to begin; get prepped.Green Bay PackersExpected wins (using implied power ratings from Las Vegas point spreads): 9.4Playoff probability: 55 percent (41 percent to win the NFC North)Super Bowl win probability: 6 percent Last year the Detroit Lions finished 7-9, the second-highest win total of quarterback Matthew Stafford’s career. Despite throwing for 4,650 yards and 29 TDs, Stafford now faces headlines like this one from Fox Sports: “Stafford needs to bounce back in a big way.”According to that article, Stafford “must cut down on his crucial mistakes when it’s make-or-break time.” Presumably, this refers to the six fourth-quarter interceptions Stafford threw in one-score games last year.But, see above: Interceptions are hard to interpret. Stafford also had seven touchdowns under those circumstances, and four of his six interceptions were with his team trailing.12Also known as the best time to throw interceptions. So let’s break down Stafford’s interception rate a bit further:With his team down 2+ scores, his interception rate is 2.5 percent. If anything, this may be too low.With his team down one score or less, his interception rate is 2.8 percent. This is probably just about right.With the game tied, his interception rate is 2.2 percent, which is below average.With his team up 2+ scores, his interception rate is about 3 percent, which is a little high, but not necessarily a problem considering the sample size.With his team up one score or less, his interception rate is pretty high: 3.8 percent overall and a whopping 6.7 percent in the second quarter.In other words, if there’s one spot where Stafford has been making an unusually high number of mistakes it hasn’t been “make-or-break time,” it has been earlier in the game, when his team is up one or fewer scores and most QBs would play it safe (league average interception rate is around 2.3 percent under those circumstances).Of course, while throwing interceptions with your team up one score isn’t generally wise, it could be worth it if it’s helping you gain a ton of touchdowns. Indeed, Stafford throws a good number of TDs in these situations.While that 4.5 percent is good, it’s only 0.5 percentage points better than average — in other words, it’s not a very good trade-off considering his interception rate under these circumstances is 1.5 percentage points higher than average.To generalize a bit, you can think of the sum of a player’s touchdown rate and interception rate as his “aggression level.” Stafford is a fairly aggressive quarterback overall, but his aggression level while ahead by one score or less in the second quarter is 10.4 percent, which is off the charts compared to the league average of 6.8 percent. This isn’t really the best time to get aggressive, and it isn’t really working for him.Minnesota VikingsExpected wins: 6.5Playoff probability: 17 percent (9 percent to win the NFC North)Super Bowl win probability: 1 percent Last season, the Chicago Bears finished 8-8, fitting for a team with one of the best offenses (not led by Peyton Manning) and one of the worst defenses in football. That’s a good excuse to talk about their special teams.For as yet unknown reasons, Chicago let its best player7Relative to his position. go.While Devin Hester never developed into the double-threat for Chicago that the team hoped (much less the triple-threat he was at the University of Miami), he is almost certainly the greatest punt returner in NFL history.8Some of that field position is no doubt due to Hester’s reputation and the fact that teams went to great lengths trying to avoid kicking him the ball — so he probably grabbed the ball in better positions. But the average Chicago field position from a non-Hester return was around the 30 yard line. And the fact that Hester was able to take so many returns and still do so much with them is remarkable in its own right. Adrian Peterson now has more than 10,000 yards rushing and 91 touchdowns in his seven-year career, giving him over 2,000 more yards and 24 more touchdowns than anyone in the last seven years. Yet the Vikings finished 5-10-1 last year, their third 10-loss season in four years. They haven’t had a top-10 offense since Brett Favre’s miracle year, nor before that since the Randy Moss era.The utility of the running game in football is still an open question. While pass-heavy offensive approaches typically gain points (and wins) more efficiently than run-heavy ones, we’re nowhere near game-theoretical dominance. In other words, however marginal it may become, the running game still has its uses:The threat of the running game forces defenses to defend multiple strategies, which makes the passing game more efficient.It’s low-risk and eats up the clock: A team that is ahead may be willing to give up a small amount of per-play value in order to shorten the remainder of the game and decrease the chances of a costly turnover.Runs gain positive yards more consistently than passes, which can be useful in a number of ways beyond average yardage. For example, very good running backs (or running games) set up a higher number of second-and-short situations than passes do, and these can be better than first downs.Of course for Nos. 1 and 2 to work most efficiently, you have to run effectively. And running effectively mostly means No. 3.While Peterson breaks a larger share of long runs than typical running backs, he is neither a consistent gainer nor a producer of high-leverage situations.Obviously Adrian Peterson’s long runs are worth something: They’re worth a lot of yards. But yards are easier than ever to come by in today’s game. No matter how great a running back is at breaking long ones, he’s not going to be as efficient at gobbling up yards as his team’s passing game is (no matter how mediocre the team’s quarterbacks are).On the other hand, the better a team is at strategically maximizing the running game, the more valuable those “bonus” yards become — because the running plays that produce them are no longer taking the place of passes.In other words, if you can’t run consistently, it doesn’t matter if you can break a bunch of long runs, because you’d still be better off passing. But if you can run consistently, those long runs become gravy.None of this is to say that Peterson’s shortcomings necessarily reflect poorly on his running skills, no more than we can say the same for any running back’s underperformance. Peterson has simply produced a little below average at the bread-and-butter stuff that keeps the running game relevant, and this undercuts the value of his long runs considerably. With a better offensive line, or quarterback, Peterson’s value would improve doubly.Read more of FiveThirtyEight’s NFL season previews.
PLAYERTEAMTOTAL Eric GordonHouston Rockets183 The Warriors’ offense already has a cheat code of sorts because of how thin they spread defenses with their shooting, but they also get a ton of mileage out of the threat Thompson poses aside from his 22 points per game. Thompson’s star teammates find far more openings when playing alongside him because defenders know they can’t step too far away from the lethal shooter. That gives the two former MVPs on the roster true single coverage as opposed to double-teams. Curry and Durant each took advantage and shot nearly 50 and 57 percent from the field, respectively, when playing together alongside Thompson, per NBA Wowy. Watch here as the Clippers lose track of Durant while trying desperately to account for each member of the Warriors’ three leading scorers. The threat of Thompson’s jumper helps create an easy bucket underneath.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/klaykdsteph.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Unsurprisingly, Curry and Durant’s field-goal percentage numbers fell to 46 percent and 50 percent, respectively, in their almost 400 minutes without Thompson.In turn, the other Warriors are engaging in near-perpetual motion to help spring Thompson free. Many of his jumpers stem from the Warriors’ unusual network of screens and picks — with the stars often setting improvisational back screens for role players and guards springing free big men. Still, Golden State works hardest to get Thompson open: He had a whopping 516 separate plays in which they brought him off a screen — a figure that led the NBA by a country mile. For context, Thompson got more shot attempts following a screen than 20 different teams in 2016-17, according to Synergy Sports.His role this past season was a far cry from what it was just four seasons ago, before Steve Kerr took over as coach, when the young Warriors utilized a much different style of offense. Back then, their attack was heavily rooted in stagnant 1-on-1 plays as opposed to the free-flowing system they currently run to perfection. In the course of one year, Golden State went from being dead-last in the NBA with 246.6 passes thrown per game in 2013-14 to seventh in the league with 315.9 passes per night in 2014-15 under Kerr.Under former coach Mark Jackson, Thompson got a steady diet of entry passes on the block and finished the 2013-14 season with an eye-popping 130 post-ups — the fifth-highest total among NBA guards that year, according to Synergy Sports. As jarring as that number sounds, consider this: Thompson has only posted up 137 times total in the three seasons since then.“I knew I wanted to install plenty of movement, and it just so happened that Klay turned himself into Reggie Miller and Rip Hamilton,” Kerr told me this week, citing two of the more elite shooters off screens in modern times. “To me, Klay’s the best guy in the league now at moving without the ball. It just comes natural to him, and it made him a natural fit with our offense.”One of Thompson’s best skills is his ability to score in bunches without possessing the ball all that much. These outbursts have become his trademark since his heroic 41-point, 11 3-pointer performance two seasons ago when the defending champion Warriors were on the cusp of postseason elimination in Oklahoma City. Among those averaging 20 points per game last season, Thompson tied with Brook Lopez for the league lead in lowest time of possession per game, at just 1.6 minutes, while the Warriors guard averaged the highest points-per-touch average. “This is a gunslinger that’s spitting out the ball before anyone can even get to him,” said Fraser, the Warriors assistant.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/klaydefendedbykd.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Thompson told me that he’s made it a point since the age of 15 — when he attended a shooting camp and watched renowned shooting instructor Dave Hopla drill dozens of jumpers — to unload the ball faster.“[Hopla] said, ‘It doesn’t matter where your feet are as long as your shoulders are squared,’ ” Thompson said. “That’s really resonated with me ever since I was a kid. So now, every time I just try to get a good shot off and make sure my shoulders are square toward the rim, even if my feet are in an awkward place. If I’ve got a good base, and I can get some lift, that’s all I need.”Thompson’s uncanny ability to find the basket while barely able to see it — he tested this notion by taking, and making, triples in a Sports Science lab with the lights turned off — simply confirmed what many already knew about him: He can make the sorts of shots others wouldn’t even dream of taking.Asked about having a teammate of that stature, Durant smiled. “That’s the great part about it. I don’t have to play against that no more,” he said. “You can’t relax for a split second, or he’s gonna get a shot off.”Check out our latest NBA predictions. Thompson connected on 131 of 302 attempts within that release window, for a mark of 43.4%. For context, the leaguewide average percentage on all 3-pointers was 35.8%.Source: STATS SportVu C.J. MilesIndiana Pacers192 Trevor ArizaHouston Rockets152 OAKLAND, Calif. — Humans need oxygen, plants need sunlight, and NBA shooters need space to breathe. A cushion from a defender allows a player to do his job successfully: It gives him time to turn and face the basket, bend his knees to develop rhythm and square his feet.Then there’s Klay Thompson, who often does none of these things yet still hits threes at a better-than-40-percent clip and strikes fear in just about every NBA defense. “You ever had someone walk right up on you and talk a few inches away from your face?” asked Warriors assistant Bruce Fraser. “That’s Klay. It’s like he doesn’t mind not having space when he shoots.”Any number of things would correctly explain why the Warriors, who open their season tonight, are on the cusp of becoming a dynasty. Two-time MVP Stephen Curry is a game-breaking playmaker capable of bringing defenses to their knees in a way we’ve never seen. Pair his skill set with that of Kevin Durant, and you have a legitimate title contender. None of that even speaks to the defensive presence and edge Golden State often gets from Draymond Green.Yet Thompson’s quick-trigger attempts from deep might be the best barometer of success for the Warriors. Golden State won 95 percent of its games last season (going 43-2) when the swingman hit at least 40 percent of his shots from 3-point range, but the Warriors won just 69 percent (23-10) when Thompson connected on less than 40 percent.Guarding the 6-foot-7 Thompson is like a formal job interview: If you merely show up on time, rather than getting there a little early, it often means you’ve arrived too late. And God forbid you actually show up a little late — you might as well turn around and go home. Part of this is because Thompson is such a talented, pure shooter, but it’s also because he gets the ball out of his hands faster than any player in the NBA and can connect on his jumpers without having to dip his knees to generate a rhythm.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/klayquicktrigger1.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/klayquicktrigger2.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.While Houston coach Mike D’Antoni has his Seven Seconds or Less strategy, Thompson has established his own version of hot potato this past season, in which he launched a total of 302 catch-and-shoot triples within 0.79 seconds of touching the ball, according to an analysis run by STATS SportVu at FiveThirtyEight’s request. The next-closest player, C.J. Miles, had just 192. What’s more, Thompson hits the quick-trigger triples at nearly the same clip, 43.4 percent,1131 of 302 as when he takes his time and composes himself. When told of these numbers, Thompson put it best: “Sheesh.” Tobias HarrisDetroit Pistons184 Stephen CurryGolden State Warriors180 Kristaps PorzingisNew York Knicks163 Channing FryeCleveland Cavaliers182 Nicolas BatumCharlotte Hornets160 Klay Thompson is the fastest sharpshooter, East or West3-pointers attempted within 0.79 seconds of catching the ball, 2016-17 Klay ThompsonGolden State Warriors302 Tony SnellMilwaukee Bucks157
No. 18 Ohio State opened their 2012 season with a 56-10 victory against Miami (Ohio) in Urban Meyer’s first game as head coach. There is still much to be learned about the Buckeyes this season, but a few things were made evident in OSU’s route of the RedHawks. An offense can be fast while going nowhere Even in the first quarter, when the Buckeyes punted four times in four possessions, it was evident how fast Meyer wants his team to play. As the stagnant OSU offense managed just 48 yards in the opening quarter, sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller continued to hurry his teammates back to the line of scrimmage for another play. This offense will struggle at times, but they will not compromise their game plan, or their aggression. But when moving it’s a thing of beauty After a shaky first quarter the Buckeyes responded with an offensive barrage. It took the offense only four plays to move the ball 83 yards for their first touchdown of the season, and from that point forward the Buckeyes moved down field at a rapid pace. In the second quarter alone, OSU accounted for 297 yards of offense; more yards in one quarter than they had in five games last season. With Miller at quarterback, Ohio State had four touchdown drives of more than 50 yards. None of those drives took more than nine plays. Braxton Miller in a nutshell Miller’s performance was essentially a microcosm of what I expect his season will look like. At times, his play will remind everybody that he is just a sophomore learning a brand new system. He showed that he still struggles throwing the deep ball, missing an open Evan Spencer three times in the first half. The first pass attempt was overthrown and the next two were underthrown. All three could have been touchdowns. But after starting the game by completing just 1 of 7 passes for five yards, Miller caught fire, connecting on 13 of his next 17 attempts for two touchdowns and no interceptions. Miller also broke the school record for rushing yards by a quarterback in a game, accounting for 161 yards on the ground. The secondary was second best The Buckeyes’ secondary could be a cause of concern this season. Miami quarterback Zac Dysert finished with 303 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions, but could have had an even better game. The Buckeyes benefited from several dropped passes by Miami receivers, and will have to tighten up their coverage as the move closer to conference play. Give an extra helmet sticker to… The OSU wide receivers. Last season, the team’s leading receiver had 14 receptions. Yesterday, Corey “Philly” Brown led the team with seven. That’s a testament to how anemic OSU’s aerial attack was last year. But it also indicates how improved the receivers, and in particular Brown, are. Brown is clearly a focal point of Meyer’s offense, and one of Miller’s favorite targets. He was used in a multitude of ways, lining up out wide, in the slot and occasionally, in the backfield. Sophomore Devin Smith’s acrobatic, one-handed touchdown reception in the second quarter could be the play of the year in college football. It also ended OSU’s offensive drought, and provided a much-needed spark of excitement to the entire stadium.
Ohio State junior wide receiver Johnnie Dixon (1) scored the final touchdown in Ohio State’s 55-24 loss to Iowa on Nov. 4. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThere was some thought that redshirt junior wide receiver Johnnie Dixon might forgo his final year of eligibility at Ohio State and enter the NFL draft since he was finally healthy for a full season.But Dixon decided to turn down the opportunity and stay at Ohio State for one last season.Dixon posted a tweet of a video with the text “1 more” and a caption that read “Unfinished business!” The return gives head coach Urban Meyer a key cog on the outside for a new quarterback next season.Unfinished business! 1 last ride #Gobucks pic.twitter.com/NB9ehwe2te— Johnnie L. Dixon III (@YoungKing_JD5) January 12, 2018Dixon is the second receiver to announce his return to Ohio State for a fifth season. H-back Parris Campbell tweeted he would remain a Buckeye for his redshirt senior season.Dixon has dealt with continual knee issues since enrolling at Ohio State in 2014. He hadn’t been able to play more than half-season for the first three years in college, but he remained mostly injury free in 2017.Dixon caught 18 passes for 422 yards with eight touchdowns for the Buckeyes this season. He was one of quarterback J.T. Barrett’s best deep threats in the passing game, catching three touchdowns of more than 40 yards.The 5-foot-11 wideout from West Palm Beach, Florida, had his highlight moment against then-No. 2 Penn State in October, when he caught two touchdowns in the fourth quarter of Ohio State’s 15-point comeback victory against the Nittany Lions.He started in all but one game in 2017.
Manchester City’s Kyle Walker is currently the best right-back in world football, says his England teammate Kieran TrippierThe 28-year-old was used as a right-sided centre-back in England’s route to the World Cup semi-finals and has been deployed in a similar role at City this season.It was Trippier who was instead selected by head coach Gareth Southgate as the right wing-back.But the Tottenham defender has suggested that Walker is the greater player in the position.Trippier told Soccer AM: “At this moment in time, for me, personally, Walks. When I was playing with him at the World Cup, how quick and powerful he is. Even on the ball, you see it at Man City, he’s so comfortable.“He’s got everything for a full-back, and he’s only getting better playing at Man City. So for me, he’s the number-one right back in the world.”Trippier and Pochettino try to clear up a war of words George Patchias – September 13, 2019 The apparent war of words between Kieran Trippier and Mauricio Pochettino is thought to be nothing more than a misunderstanding.Trippier was sold by Tottenham…Despite no new arrivals this summer, Spurs have won both of their opening games of the new Premier League season.But Trippier insists that the club have already got all the required level of talent and depth in the squad to mount a challenge.“No, it doesn’t matter. We know the squad we’ve got,” he said.“We’ve got the manager, the players, and we’ve got so much quality in this team.“We’ve got depth as well, so many good players waiting to play. About not signing a player? That doesn’t play on our minds, we’ve just got to fully focus on what’s ahead of us.”
Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde is certain that Lionel Messi remains the world’s best, despite not making the final three shortlist of FIFA’s The Best awardDespite playing a key role in Barcelona’s domestic double last season, Messi was overlooked for football’s biggest individual award.Instead, it was Real Madrid playmaker Luka Modric who claimed the award ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah.Speaking ahead to Barcelona’s game away to Leganes tonight though, Valverde insists there are no doubts over Messi.“Everyone will have their opinion, I have mine,” said the Spaniard in a press conference.“I do not think it’s time to compare players, but for us, Messi is the best. I have nothing else to say, [other than] Modric is a great player who has had a great year.”Zidane hails ‘quality’ James Rodriguez after Real Madrid’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane reserved special praise for James Rodriguez after his starring role in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante.Valverde feels that football is starting to become more like show business nowadays due to the extensive coverage on individual prizes, like the Ballon d’Or and FIFA’s.“Years ago there weren’t his many awards, so there wasn’t as much press coverage,” he said.“Now there’s lots of them, every gala is a homage to something or someone. They bring stars from all over the world and they have to sell that.“It’s covered by more press, so it becomes more controversial. It sells, in a certain way. I put it [controversy around awards] down to that.“It’s maybe excessive, but this is what it is. It’s a sport, but more and more it’s becoming show business.”
We tell you all about why FC Barcelona is already starting to look for a defender for the winter transfer market, they are running low on centre-backs.FC Barcelona has some serious squad depth problems this early in the season, they will most likely go after a couple defenders during the winter and they have already started looking at the options they have.French defender Samuel Umtiti’s injury last month was only the beginning of a complicated situation for the Catalan club, they also received the news that Thomas Vermaelen was also confirmed out of competition for at least six weeks with a full femoral muscle tear on his right leg.The Belgian defender leaves the club with very few options for defenders, manager Ernesto Valverde only has Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet to face the upcoming final part of 2018 in all competitions.There is always the option of looking at the club’s youth academy where club products Chumi, Cuenca, and Mingueza are eager to get that opportunity to prove themselves.But the club’s president is not as confident as the players, he hinted that the club will go after one or two defenders during the winter transfer window this Tuesday.’@jmbartomeu ha dejado la puerta abierta a la incorporación de algún central en la #GalaEstrelles https://t.co/p97pNqPXlS— Mundo Deportivo (@mundodeportivo) October 16, 2018While attending a gala for the Catalan FA where his player Carles Aleña received an award this Tuesday, president Josep Maria Bartomeu was questioned about the club’s difficult moments and lack of defenders.“We’ll be on the lookout for a centre-back in the market. It’s bad luck that two of the four we have gotten injured,” said Bartomeu to Mundo Deportivo.“We have a B team and this could translate into an opportunity for them. We’ll have to see what happens. We’ll need to see how we are at the end of the season, that’s what’s important.”The main problem with this statement, is that Bartomeu didn’t sound very convincing when he spoke about the option of using their own academy players to fill the void that Umtiti and Vermaelen left in the club.The president sounded as if he was speaking more out of compromise at the event, mainly because academy product Carles Aleña was right beside him and there has been a lot of controversy with his lack of participation in the first Barcelona squad despite being considered one of the club’s greatest discoveries of the last few years.🤔🤔🤔Top 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.Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has left the door open on a potential transfers before end of the monthMore: https://t.co/a9dJVIl2CA pic.twitter.com/1xO5f3fsOb— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) August 13, 2018The options for the Catalan club are not really that many, there are not too many clubs in Europe that are willing to sell their best defenders to one of the biggest clubs in the world.The club has already set their eye on Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt who is only 19 and has been followed by the club’s scouts for a long time, this might be the ideal time for him to make the jump to FC Barcelona.The board of directors has also been following French revelation Dayot Upamecano, who has a very similar style of Samuel Umtiti and shouldn’t be as expensive as other more experienced players could be.The Catalan giants are also following Slovak defender Milan Skriniar, who plays for Internazionale Milano and is only 23 years old, this player is considered amongst the top defensive players of his generation and could also become a perfect addition for FC Barcelona during the winter.There is no doubt that FC Barcelona will have to make a move during the winter, they will have to endure with only two defenders for the next two months, and manager Ernesto Valverde will even have to experiment with defensive midfielders in that position.Everyone Praising Bartomeu for this transfer window. But forgot the main man behind all these. The man who gave everything for this Club as a player and Director.He is none other than Eric Abidal! pic.twitter.com/UC8VeuSqZ1— BarcaTimes (@BarcaTimes) August 9, 2018Which defenders in European football would you like Barcelona to sign during the winter? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
Napoli captain Marek Hamsik believes it’s essential that they start making up ground on Serie A leaders JuventusCarlo Ancelotti’s side are second in the league table with 28 points and nine wins from 12 games this season.Things have also been going well in Europe with Napoli top of Group C with Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain trailing behind.However, Juventus are already six points ahead in the Serie A after having only dropped points on one occasion this term at home to Genoa.The Bianconeri snatched the Serie A title from Napoli’s grasp last season and are looking good for an eighth straight crown this time around.And Hamsik admits they must start closing the gap after the international break on Juventus, whilst confirming their last-16 spot in the Champions League.“We had a start with difficult matches, in the Champions League too,” Hamsik told sport.aktuality.sk.Gasperini reveals why he rejected Inter Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Atalanta manager, Gian Piero Gasperini, has revealed why he rejected Internazionale Milan’s job proposal over the summer transfer window.“We’re in a good place, even if Juventus are already a bit ahead. After the international break we’ll try to get to the Champions League Last 16, and reduce the gap to Juventus.”Hamsik is yet to either score a goal or add an assist in his 12 appearances for Napoli this season.“On a personal level I haven’t had a perfect start, but I’ve improved a lot in the new role,” admitted Hamsik.“The coach [Carlo Ancelotti] noticed that things weren’t going exactly as they should and slightly tweaked the system.“I think Napoli are once again showing the strength we had, getting good results and performances.”Napoli will face Chievo Verona at home in a Serie A game on November 25 after the international break.
More than half of the monthly magazines that use “mobile action codes”-such as 2D bar codes, QR codes and Microsoft Tag-are using them to deliver video, according to Nellymoser, Inc. a Boston-based tech firm that specializes in turning printed action codes into applications on mobile phones. Beyond video, 23.1 percent of publishers are using action codes to deliver micro sites while 16.6 percent are offering sweepstakes through action codes. Just 3.6 percent of monthly magazines are delivering coupons via action codes, while 2.4 percent are offering e-commerce or an electronic storefront. However, action codes are used more often by advertisers (59 percent) than editorial 41.5 percent). The two action codes that use a smartphone app-QR codes and Microsoft Tag-account for 95 percent of the action codes appearing in monthly magazines (with Microsoft Tag accounting for 81.6 percent of that). Meanwhile, some other publishers are moving beyond printed action codes. In its September issue, Marie Claire offered a “Shop the Ads” program that leveraged services from advertising technology company Pongr that lets consumers use mobile cameras to share images of designated products across social networks as well as request information on the product from the brand as well as contact editors. The promotion-which grew from an editorial program called “Shop the Shoot”-didn’t use bar codes, apps or required consumers to have a smartphone. Twenty-seven pages in Marie Claire’s September issue were designated for the program, featuring more than 200 products from brands such as Armani. A copy of the Nellymoser report is available here.
READING, MA — In celebration of National Drive Electric Week (September 8-16), Reading Municipal Light Department (RMLD), in partnership with the Town of Danvers Electric Division, invites customers to attend a free Plug-in Electric Vehicle Ride and Drive event on Sunday, September 16, 2018 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at RMLD’s offices located at 230 Ash Street, Reading. Attendees are invited to view and test drive (or ride) an assortment of plug-in vehicles from local automobile dealers. Information about charging stations, electric vehicle incentive programs, and rebate programs will also be available. Local electric vehicle owners will also be in attendance to offer insider reviews and commentary.Customers who are unable to make it on Sunday are welcome to attend a Ride and Drive event held by Concord and Belmont on Saturday, September 15thfrom 11:00 am – 3:00 pm at Walden Pond in Concord.RMLD’s summer pilot program offers residential customers a $1,500 rebate for the lease or purchase of a new or used Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV), and a $1,000 rebate for the lease or purchase of a new Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle Plus (PHEV+) with an on-board battery capacity greater than 10 kWh. Customers must take delivery of the vehicle by October 31, 2018 in order to qualify. RMLD also offers a residential rebate of 100% of equipment costs up to $500 for a networked (or “smart”) AC level 2 charging station.Electric vehicles offer significant environmental benefits, reduce fuel costs for EV owners, and help keep electric rates low.For more information on RMLD’s electric vehicle program, visit http://www.rmld.com/electric-vehicle-rebate-programs.(NOTE: The above press release is from RMLD.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedRMLD Invites Customers To Attend Free Electric Car Show In Wilmington On September 15In “Community”SAVE THE DATE: RMLD To Hold Family-Friendly Open House On October 10In “Community”RMLD To Hold Electric Car Show At Wilmington Farmers Market On September 15In “Community”
Best for outdoors SmartThings Wi-Fi Smart Plug Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house WeMo Mini Wi-Fi Smart Plug Share your voice iDevices Outdoor Switch Best for HomeKit See All Chris Monroe/CNET TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug with Energy Monitoring See at Amazon Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) Preview • Apple’s slow-moving HomeKit is a smart-home slacker • See at Walmart Apple HomeKit Best overall Smart Home TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini At $30, the WeMo Mini Wi-Fi Smart Plug is affordable and comes with native Google Assistant, Alexa and yes, HomeKit compatibility.The WeMo app isn’t our favorite, and you won’t get energy monitoring with this plug. Those shortfalls aside, this space-saving design and solid HomeKit compatibility make it easy to recommend to users in Apple’s ecosystem. Read our full review of the WeMo Mini Wi-Fi Smart Plug. Comments Google Assistant Alexa SmartThings Amazon Best Buy Apple Apple HomeKit This smart plug comes with an easy-to-use app, monitors your energy consumption in kilowatt hours (kWh), and works with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa for voice commands. The plug’s design blocks the outlets above or below it, and it isn’t compatible with Apple HomeKit. Still, the TP-Link’s Kasa app is great, and you’ll get a clear picture of how much energy your connected appliance is using. Unlike some smart plug manufacturers, TP-Link has a host of other Kasa smart home products including light bulbs, cameras and even a power strip, making it easy to expand your smart home in one app if you like this plug.Read our full review of the TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug with Energy Monitoring. Tyler Lizenby/CNET Now playing: Watch this: See at Amazon Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected News • The best Apple HomeKit devices of 2019 Aug 30 • iRobot Roomba S9 Plus vs. Neato Botvac D7 Connected Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. See at Best Buy Best for energy monitoring At just $18, this smart plug is the most affordable on our list. It’s also the smallest. Pair that with energy monitoring and Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa smarts, and you’ve got a great option for your smart home. The SmartThings Wi-Fi Smart Plug won’t work with HomeKit and there’s no extra USB charging port. The SmartThings app doesn’t offer as many customization options and scheduling capabilities as TP-Link’s Kasa smart plug above, but SmartThings did impress us by creating an easy to set up smart plug that doesn’t need a SmartThings hub. reading • Best smart plugs for 2019 3 Tyler Lizenby/CNET 3 reasons you need a smart plug Other models we testedThere are dozens of smart plugs out there from companies large and small, and while we haven’t tested every single one, we’ve seen quite a few come through the CNET Smart Home. Here’s a quick look at other notable options. Amazon Smart Plug: Amazon’s flagship smart plug costs $25 and only works with Alexa. While setup is easy, it isn’t as feature-rich as other models. Satechi Dual Smart Outlet: This HomeKit friendly smart plug is expensive at $60, but you will get two outlets and energy monitoring capability. There isn’t any compatibility with Google Assistant and or Amazon Alexa. iHome Outdoor: This $40 outdoor smart plug works with all three voice assistants, but you’ll only get one outlet. ConnectSense Smart Outlet 2: This $60 behemoth does it all—energy monitoring, individually controlled outlets, a USB port and LED status lighting. However, the price and unattractive, oversized design are enough to keep me from recommending it. Koogeek: This $32 smart plug works well with HomeKit, but blocks adjacent outlets. Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa integrations aren’t as smooth as we’d like to see. Puregear Pureswitch: This HomeKit-centered smart plug is another solid choice for Apple smart homes, but it didn’t perform as well in our testing. Eufy smart plug mini: This pint-sized smart plug is just slightly larger than our SmartThings budget pick above and costs just a few dollars more at $23. You’ll get Amazon and Google Assistant smarts, as well. Things to rememberChoosing the best smart plug for you begins with voice assistant compatibility. Choose a plug that works with whichever voice assistant you’re using. You can usually find this information on the product box, website or in your voice assistant’s mobile app. Next, consider where your plug will be placed and whether blocking other adjacent outlets is a concern. If so, be sure to pick a plug that isn’t too large. Most models described as “mini” will be space-saving. Extra features like energy monitoring and USB charging can add even more control and convenience. No matter which smart plug you choose, bringing everyday products online with a plug is one of the simplest ways to automate and smarten your home. Tags The $50 iDevices Outdoor Switch is a great way to automate outdoor lights, fans, lamps or other patio electronics. It works with Google Assistant, Alexa and HomeKit and includes energy tracking. While you will get two outlets, you can’t control them individually. If that’s a must-have for you, we’d recommend checking out the iClever Smart Plug.Read our full review of the iDevices Outdoor Switch. Smart products are replacing our old light bulbs, refrigerators, speakers and more, but what about the stuff in our homes that isn’t smart yet? That’s where smart plugs come in.These nifty gadgets connect your regular old coffee maker, lamp, fan or nearly anything else to your smart home for voice control and automation. There are models for every voice assistant. Some even work with all three: Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit and Amazon Alexa. Read more: Want to buy a smart plug? Read this first | These smart plugs are the secret to a seamless smart homeNew smart plugs are popping up all the time. Wyze recently announced the Wyze Plug (we’ll be testing it out soon). Picking the right smart plug means taking a look at your needs, your home and the platform you use to control it all.We’ve tested dozens of smart plugs from companies large and small and these are our best bets for bringing the rest of your home online. Disclosure: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. TP-Link’s Kasa line of smart home products includes this space-saving smart plug. It works with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, and the Kasa app offers plenty of detailed options for customizing scheduling, away modes and timers. What you won’t get? Energy consumption data, a USB port or HomeKit compatibility. Still, if you’re interested in scheduling and voice commands, TP-Link’s $30 smart plug is a great choice.Read our full review of the TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini. Best budget pick Chris Monroe/CNET 2:02 CNET Smart Home CNET Smart Home See at Best Buy
From left: Goldie (a member of the Crips street gang), Bonez (member of the Bloods and a self-published author), and Mugga (pronounced ‘moo-ga’, a member of the Crips).While being accused of plotting to kill law enforcement officers by the Baltimore Police Department, members of the Bloods, Crips, and Black Guerrilla Family, all notorious street gangs, organized to protect businesses, journalists, and residents during a period of unrest and rioting in Baltimore City.“It was a total lie, misconception,” said a young member of the Bloods who gave the name Bonez about the allegation by police. “That was never the case. We never actually said, or had a meeting about, ‘we are joining to actually hurt the police,’ or different things.”“We were just trying to help the community,” said a man who gave the name Mugga (pronounced like ‘moogah’) and is a member of the Crips. “For them to sit there and put it on us, and say we were [targeting police officers], it wasn’t fair. But that’s the outlook they always have on us for years. So all we’re trying to do is help, but for all the help that we do we just keep on getting blamed over and over. But that won’t stop us from helping, we’re just going to keep on going.”In conversations that have taken place in media and around the city, much has been made of a supposedly new unity emerging among Baltimore street gangs in the aftermath of the death of Freddie Gray, the Sandtown Winchester man who died on April 19, one week after sustaining fatal injuries while in the custody of Baltimore police. But the three gang members who spoke to the AFRO before a major demonstration at the War Memorial Plaza on May 2, said there was nothing new about this unity in the first place.“We’re setting the differences aside, even though, there really were no differences,” said Goldie, a member of the Crips. “I’ve known Bonez for a while now . . . I’ve known Bonez since we were working together, as far as employment. He’s a good brother. Very educated. You don’t meet too many representatives of the Crips or the Bloods that are doing anything in reference to try to help the community, or writing books, or trying to help the kids out.”Bonez concurred, saying, “There’s already been a unity.”“The unity didn’t come together just for one situation, or just because Freddie Gray died – rest in peace Freddie Gray – but this unity has already been built. And it’s been built over the years. It wasn’t anything that just came out,” continued Bonez.Mugga expressed frustration at the inability of media accounts to capture the complexity of the life of inner city gang members, young men whose options were often limited to choosing between bad and worse. “When everybody looks at, ‘Oh, he’s a Blood,’ or, ‘He’s a Crip, he’s doing this, he’s doing that,’ all this is not around just gang banging, or hustling, and all that. There’s more to it, [but] people just don’t see that. Like out here, all these days that we’ve been helping, they don’t put that out, they don’t show us [helping], they just throw it all down and play what they want to show,” said Mugga.“Me, I actually wrote a book,” said Bonez, who will soon release a self-published book titled, ‘Gangster Statistics: The Untold Story.’“We have a lot of others that have been doing projects. I’ve been doing projects that have been helping the community, been uplifting the community, been strengthening the community. [And] not just one nationality, [all] nationalit[ies] as a whole. Now we are the ones to actually stop the problems, so we can be judged correctly, and properly,” added Bonez.Mugga lamented the fact that the Baltimore police have not sought to play a more productive role in poor Black communities, adopting an adversarial posture instead. The problem, the three young men concurred, is that many police officers have never known what it is to grow up in the streets, driving an attitude towards the behavior of those who have to had to navigate those challenges that is not informed by understanding.That limitation, which undermines the authority of police in difficult neighborhoods, extends to much of the City’s power structure, said Bonez, explaining why street gangs were able to have more success at policing their own communities during the April 27 riots than the police themselves.“They have to put people in leadership that are actually in those communities. [Take] the mayor. The mayor, she doesn’t come out in these communities. She doesn’t build relationships with these actual people. So how do you expect somebody to actually respect another individual who says they’re supposed to be in leadership, who is actually not for us,” said Bonez.email@example.com
Kolkata: Mystery shrouds the death of a girl whose body was found hanging from the ceiling fan inside her house at Debpur village of Memari in East Burdwan.The victim has been identified as Kaveri Laha. According to the preliminary investigation, police suspect that the victim might have committed suicide after being jilted in a love affair. Police have recovered a note book from the room of the victim where she has expressed her love for a youth. They also suspect that on the two pages of note book the victim might have written with her blood. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe note book contains a letter written by the victim addressing her boyfriend with whom the victim had a relationship for the past few years. Cops suspect that the girl might have committed suicide after her boyfriend married another girl. The family members knocked on the door of the victim repeatedly but the victim did not open the door. The victim’s parents informed the locals who in turn called up the local police station. Police later broke open the door of the victim and found her hanging from the ceiling fan. The victim was rushed to a nearby hospital where the doctors pronounced him brought dead. The body was sent for an autopsy which might throw some light on her death. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAfter interrogating the parents of the girl, police came to know that she had been in a relationship for nearly four years. She was under tremendous mental depression for the past few days but the family members could never expect that she would take such a drastic step. Police also came to know from local sources that the victim had met her boyfriend in a nearby area a few days ago. The victim had also cut her hand on repeated occasions. Cops are also investigating if there was any foul play behind her death. Police have started a detailed probe in this regard.
0 Comments Share They will be needed to slow down the Vikings offense, which was expected to receive a boost with Dalvin Cook rejoining the lineup after a Week 2 hamstring injury limited the second-year back out of Florida State through five weeks this season. That plan was thwarted however, as Cook was placed on the inactive list after a poor pregame workout.Related LinksWeek 6 injury report: Arizona Cardinals at Minnesota VIkingsRB David Johnson is still the foundation of the Cardinals’ offenseCardinals sign WR Kendall Wright, cut cornerback Deatrick NicholsDefensive ends Tashawn Bower and Everson Griffen, along with safety Andrew Sendejo were also on the inactive list making five of 11 players listed on the injury report inactive for the Vikings for Week 6.Despite a filled up injury report with appearances throughout the week by 14 different players, the Cardinals will mostly have a full flock of players at hand to plug into the rotation.The only player on the injury report placed on the inactive list was rookie receiver Trent Sherfield. Newly signed receiver Kendall Wright was also listed on the inactive list for the Cardinals. Tackle Riley Reiff will be out for the Minnesota Vikings as the Arizona Cardinals fly into the Twin Cities looking for an upset bid over last seasons NFC runner-up.Offensive lineman Mike Iupati and Andre Smith, who entered the contest with questionable designations for the Cardinals, are both expected to play.As for the defense, lineman Robert Nkemdiche and Markus Golden are both back in the lineup after missing out last week with injuries to the foot and knee, respectively. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals’ Mike Iupati (76) gets ready to put a block on Josh Mauro, left, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)