first_imgThe NSWTA State Conference aims to improve the delivery of Touch Football with a specific focus on our Affiliates and volunteers. Presentations are made throughout the weekend aimed to assist and enhance the ability of affiliates to provide a better product for our members. The Conference offers a tremendous opportunity to learn what other Touch Associations are doing as well the networking with members from across the State including Regional and State Officials.Delegates arriving on Friday, 25 July 2008 will be VIP Guests at the Vawdon Cup. On Saturday, 26 July 2008 a Blues Dinner will be held of which former Australian cricketer and commentator Kerry O’Keeffe. The Blues Dinner will recognise NSWTA best Affiliates, Regions, Administrators, Players, Juniors, Volunteers, Referees, Coaches and Selectors. The 2008 NSWTA Blues Awards winners and Hall of Fame inductees will also be recognised on the night.The nominees are:Affiliate of the YearSix regional winners and one State winner. SunsWagga TAKiama Juniors TA (Stingrays)Albion Park TA RebelsEast’s TAUNSW TABankstown Juniors TA MetsPenrith TALower Blue Mountains TABlacktown TA ScorpionsManly TARyde Eastwood TANorth’s TA HornetsPeninsula TAParkes TAWallsend TA EaglesGlen Innes TATamworth TAInverell Juniors TA Administrator of the Year John Ryan East’s TAJulie Andrews Wallsend TAElijah Van Der Kwast UNSW TALinda Bruce Glen Innes TA Region of the Year SunsHornetsMets Rod Wise Medal- Volunteer of the Year Kellie Johnston Wallsend TAChris Dolahenty Wagga TAGary Brickell Wollongong TA Coach of the Year Andrew Hawkins Wallsend TAPeter Forrester Canterbury TAMick McDonald Wests TAAnnette Mounsey Wollongong TA Selector of the Year Craig May Taren Point TABob Monkley Yass TAMel McMah Easts TATim Kitchingham Penrith TANatilee Sargeant State PanelMale Player of the Year Joel Willoughby Canterbury TAGary Sonda Canterbury TAJason Stanton Wests TASteve Roberts Canterbury TA Female Player of the Year Kristy Judd Easts TAClare Winchester Canterbury TANola Campbell Wests TALouise Winchester Canterbury TA Junior Male Player of the Year Ben Moylan Penrith TAMichael Singh Wests TANick Good Penrith TA Junior Female Player of the Year Nicky Albury Wests TAAmy Regal Wollongong TAStephanie Halpin Tamworth TA For all information regarding the NSWTA State Conference and Blues Dinner please visit www.nswtouch.com.au to stay up to date with developments.last_img read more

If averaging 20 points per game is the traditional benchmark of the NBA star, scoring 30 a night vaults a player into another category entirely. Not including this year’s early hopefuls — Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans and Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder — it’s been done 65 times in all of NBA and ABA history, most often by the Michael Jordans and Wilt Chamberlains of the world. Joining that rarified club, or even coming within striking distance of it, is a big deal.Before he had an off night against the Sixers on Monday, Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan was positioned to join that group. And given how much freedom to shoot he’s been granted in the Raptors’ offense, he’ll probably flirt with the 30-PPG barrier again before the season is over. Considering that DeRozan set a career high in scoring last season with 23.5 points a game, his sustained run at the 30-point level has been a revelation. In the NBA, players don’t just wake up with an extra 6 or 7 points per game in their pockets.DeRozan’s improvement is especially rare for a player who already scores a lot: Among all the players in NBA history who improved on their existing career high in scoring by at least 5 PPG in a season, DeRozan currently has the 18th-highest scoring average. It’s a leap nearly identical to the one Steph Curry made last season.DeRozan has continued a long trend of dragging his efficiency up to match his perpetually high usage — despite the additional workload this season, he’s up to 80th in true shooting percentage among qualified scorers1For the purposes of this story, a player qualified for the league leaderboard if he played 12.2 minutes per scheduled team game, which works out to about 1,000 minutes in a normal 82-game season. this year, which is a career high for him. Part of that is DeRozan benefitting from the Raptors’ faster pace this season — they’re averaging 2.1 more possessions per game this year than last — even if that’s not always coach Dwane Casey’s preferred way to play. And in the half-court, he’s developed a near-mastery of the two-man game with teammate Jonas Valanciunas, with both players ranking among the league’s most efficient in the pick-and-roll. DeRozan’s probably sinking his deep 2s (a longtime staple of his game, much to statheads’ chagrin) at an unsustainably high rate, but he’s also hitting far fewer of his 3s than he did last year, so that should balance out.But DeRozan may also have maxed out just how much impact a player of his particular style can have. Among the 86 cases since the merger where an NBA player scored at least 28 points per game in a season — including six players so far this year — DeRozan is tied for the eighth-lowest Box Plus/Minus. As a group, those players averaged an offensive BPM of +6.1; DeRozan’s is only +3.8. And although the Raptors have the second-best offensive efficiency in the NBA this season, their offense scores only 0.4 more points per 100 possessions when DeRozan is in the game than when he’s on the bench.Obviously, some of that is the residue of a relatively deep team being able to press that advantage against other teams’ reserves. But to use DeRozan’s most common floor-mates as comparison points, the Raptors’ offense loses 5.9 points per 100 possessions when Kyle Lowry exits the game and 6.6 points per 100 possessions when Patrick Patterson leaves the court. And then there’s his porous defense: His defensive BPM ranks 17th-worst among that group of 28-point scorers, and Toronto opponents are scoring 4.2 more points per 100 possessions with him on the floor than off.In other words, the metrics say DeRozan’s overall impact on the game isn’t anywhere near as valuable as his raw scoring would suggest.Perhaps none of this should come as a surprise. When I analyzed NBA players and sorted them into archetypes for a story in October, I found that DeRozan belongs to a class of player I dubbed “one-dimensional scorers” — players characterized by very high usage rates, good numbers in shooting efficiency and assists, and almost zero contributions on the boards or on defense. That kind of player is custom-built to put points on the board, and DeRozan is scoring the 10th-most points per game of anybody in that classification since the merger. But like DeRozan, they also lack in other areas of the game, and it almost always makes them less valuable than we’d expect based on their scoring averages alone.For instance, using all qualified players since the merger, I ran a regression that used each player’s points-per-game average in a given season to predict his Box Plus/Minus (to measure his overall performance, regardless of how he generated his value), then separated the results out by player archetype. The archetype that underperformed its predicted BPM the most (by far) was DeRozan’s group, the one-dimensional scorers, a trend that can be seen clearly when we graph them in comparison with all other archetypes: It’s not impossible for a one-dimensional scorer to have an outsized impact on the game, even relative to his scoring average. Curry, for instance, is suffering a down season to begin 2016-17 — causing him to slip into the same archetypal category as DeRozan (quelle horreur!) — but he’s still been a better player, according to BPM, than his 26.6-PPG would suggest. And DeRozan himself isn’t far from the apex of what a one-dimensional scorer can be. He currently ranks 94th in BPM out of the 1,162 qualified player-seasons that fit into the archetype since 1976-77.It’s also possible that the traditional statistical outlook on “pure” scorers misses some of the complexities of team dynamics. In the same way that the Warriors can cram more skill sets onto the floor by adding Kevin Durant — the rare superstar who also functions as a floor-spacing sharpshooter — perhaps scorers who can carry an inordinate burden without leaking efficiency allow teams to stuff the rest of the roster with more diversely talented players. But even if that’s the case, it hasn’t turned up in the stats yet, despite a lot of people looking for a way to pin down that dynamic (or something like it) over the years.The debate over the value of one-dimensional scorers is far from settled even in today’s age of advanced analytics, and there’s plenty of evidence that it’s difficult to replace what a top scorer brings to his team. But the numbers also suggest that certain playing styles tend to produce less value than others. It will be interesting to see if that holds true even when the performance is as prolific as DeRozan’s has been early this season.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

A Lorain County jail official has confirmed via telephone to The Lantern that Ohio State redshirt-freshman defensive lineman Tracy Sprinkle has been arrested and charged with rioting, failure to disperse, possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.Sprinkle is scheduled to appear in court on Monday, according to a jail official.According to a Lorain County jail official, Sprinkle’s drug charges were not for possession of heroin.Sprinkle, who has yet to see the field in his time in Columbus, was a 2012 Associated Press first team All-Ohio selection out of Elyria High School. He enrolled early at OSU, joining the team in January of 2013.During his senior year of high school, Sprinkle recorded 103 tackles, including 19 sacks and 30 total tackles for loss. He was also the first defensive player since former OSU linebacker Matt Wilhelm to win the Lorain County Golden Helmet award, which goes to the best player in the county. Wilhelm won the award in 1999.As of Saturday evening, an OSU spokesperson had not confirmed the report of an arrest or suspension to The Lantern.It was first reported by Eleven Warriors that Sprinkle had been arrested and suspended from the team. read more

first_imgGianluigi Buffon is expected to complete his move to Paris Saint-Germain this week after agreeing on a two-year deal, reports Calcio MercatoThe 40-year-old is out of contract at Juventus at the end of this month and had been expected to retire from professional football at the end of this season.However, Buffon held a press conference last month and announced that he would be leaving Juventus after 17 years and confirmed that he had retracted his decision to retire this year.The 2006 World Cup winner has received a numerous amount of offers and is now set to complete his free transfer to PSG this week with an announcement expected either on Tuesday or Wednesday.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.The move will likely see current PSG number one Areola being relegated to the bench, who has now accepted the likely hood of his “idol” joining the Ligue 1 champions.“Buffon is my idol and I could find myself working with him, we’ll see what happens,” he told Telefooot.Reports state that Buffon has agreed to a two-year contract that will see him earn €7m per season plus bonuses and will allow him to take on an ambassadorial role for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.last_img read more

first_imgA mid-flight engine failure forced an Air France A380 jet with more than 500 passengers on board to turn back to the Ivory Coast capital Abidjan where it landed without further incident early Sunday.”We were flying over Niger (to Paris)… I saw a ball of flame for a few seconds and then a large bang on the left side of the aircraft,” Baudelaire Mieu, a journalist with Bloomberg News, told AFP.”The plane began to roll, everything was shaking and people started to panic. The pilot came on and said ‘We have just lost a left side engine. We are returning to Abidjan,” Mieu said.The Air France-KLM manager for West Africa Jean-Luc Mevellec confirmed the incident.”Technically, it is what is called an engine blow-out. It is a well known problem,” Mevellec told AFP.”It happens from time to time. It is a well known phenomenon, well understood and crew are well trained on simulators all year long to deal with this time of fault,” he added.Mieu said the giant four-engined aircraft, the world’s biggest passenger jet, “continued to vibrate all the way back to Abidjan. People were praying.””It was a close call. I have never been so frightened!”last_img read more

first_imgAP Photo/John RaouxOrange County Sheriff Jerry Demings, left, answers questions at a news conference near the scene of a shooting where there were multiple fatalities in an industrial area near Orlando, Fla., Monday, June 5, 2017. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said on its official Twitter account that the situation has been contained.ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A disgruntled former employee opened fire Monday inside a Florida awning factory, killing five workers before killing himself, authorities said.Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings described the shooter as a 45-year-old man who had been fired in April and had been previously accused of assaulting a co-worker. The attacker was not believed to be a member of any type of subversive or terrorist organization, he said.The man was not charged when he was accused of battering the co-worker in June 2014, and his previous criminal record was otherwise minor — marijuana possession and driving under the influence, the sheriff said. The co-worker he allegedly beat up three years ago was not among the victims Monday, the sheriff added.Shelley Adams said her sister, Sheila McIntyre, called her from the company’s bathroom during the shooting and kept repeating, “My boss is dead. My boss is dead.”Fiamma Inc. calls itself one of the largest manufacturers of awnings for camper vans, motor coaches and sport utility vehicles.State and federal law enforcement officers converged on the awning business in an industrial park in Orlando shortly after 8 a.m. after a woman ran out and called 911 from a tile business across the street, said Yamaris Gomez, that store’s owner.“All she kept saying was he was holding a gun and told her to get out,” Gomez said.Officers were dispatched within 45 seconds and arrived two minutes later, the sheriff said. The FBI also responded, said Ron Hopper, who runs the FBI’s Orlando office. And while five people were killed, “seven others’ lives were saved due to the quick actions of the officers who arrived on the scene today,” said Special Agent Danny Banks of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.Authorities had no reports of any specific threats the gunman made to people at the company or anyone else, Banks said.The attack shows why people need to alert authorities whenever they learn of anything that could lead to violence, Banks said.“If people see something that seems abnormal, they need to say something,” Orlando Mayor Teresa Jacobs added.Sen. Bill Nelson called for more action to address mental health issues. He noted that next Monday will mark a year since the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, at a gay nightclub in Orlando. The attack at the Pulse club killed 49 people and wounded dozens more.“The city of Orlando, which is still healing from the Pulse massacre, has seen too much violence this past year,” the Florida Democrat said in a statement.Republican Gov. Rick Scott asked “all Floridians to pray for the families impacted by this senseless act of violence.”___Associated Press Writer Freida Frisaro in Miami contributed to this report.___The story has been edited to correct spelling of last name of sheriff to Demings, not Demmings. Sharelast_img read more

first_imgNASAHurricane Ike as seen in 2008 from NASA’s Earth Observatory.Every time Houston recovers after a flood, the topic of future mitigation projects dominates the news and local conversation, at least for a little while. At Houston Public Media we have reported on several plans — from protecting wetlands to installing massive water channels underneath I-10. It seems like everyone is always talking about what we could do. After Harvey, many are hoping all that talk will finally result in action.“We’ve had this kind of crazy policy in the United States of recovery, which is a policy of failure if you think about it,” says Dr. Bill Merrell at Texas A&M University Galveston. “‘We’re gonna fail to protect you, so we’re gonna help you recover.’ Well hell, protect me.”In 2008 Merrell watched Hurricane Ike from the Galveston Strand. “I looked out at my wife and said ‘The Dutch would’ve never put up with this,’” he said. Merrell immediately thought of the Dutch because they have a lot of flooding risks similar to Texas, and they have developed a system of seawalls to protect themselves.That’s how Merrell came up with the idea for a “coastal spine,” also known as the ‘Ike Dike,’ and he has spent the last nine years planning it. The project is not cheap — it would cost just under fifteen billion dollars to complete what is essentially just a wall with a few gates, so the idea’s taken a while to gain momentum. But after Harvey, Merrell’s big idea is beginning to look a little closer to reality.“We need to stop talking, and quite frankly we need to start designing and building,” said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner as he gave his support for the “coastal spine” at a recent press conference. Turner has been pushing hard for the project since Harvey hit and he hopes to tap federal funds. He’s not the only one.Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush brought up the idea during the last state legislative session, but it didn’t go anywhere. In August, Bush requested the fifteen billion dollars in a letter to President Trump. Several dozen towns and community organizations signed that letter.Fifteen billion dollars is a lot of money, but advocates say a direct hit from a hurricane could cost much, much more. Without the spine, a flood could cause the price of gas to skyrocket and shut down most of the military’s supply of fuel. A flood would shut down — at least temporarily — the Houston Ship Channel, which generates hundreds of billions of dollars in trade each year.But Merrell says the coastal spine isn’t the end-all-be-all solution to flooding in the region. The Coastal Spine would only protect from storm surge, not the freshwater runoff that drains out of Houston’s bayous. “There are solutions to freshwater that need to be looked at, obviously,” said Merrell. “In combination you want to prevent either type of flooding as best you can.”Because the spine would block much of the Bay from the Gulf of Mexico, it could disrupt the ratio of saltwater to freshwater. More freshwater from rainfall runoff could throw the Bay’s ecosystem off balance.Bob Stokes is the president of the Galveston Bay Foundation. He says the research on what the project would do to marine life in the area is not yet complete. It’s up to the Army Corp of Engineers to do those studies before the spine is built. But even with its potential flaws, Bill Merrell still hopes to see the project completed. “There are solutions,” Merrell said. “They’re not easy, they’re not cheap, but there are solutions. I think in the long run, we’re better off protecting our economy, our homeowners, the lives of our citizens.”The ‘coastal spine’ is estimated to take four to five years to complete. That’s if someone can find the fifteen billion dollars, of course. X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share 00:00 /03:56 Listen last_img read more

first_imgStory Links Kentucky defeated Louisville 56-10 on Saturday night at Cardinal Stadium. UK holds a 16-15 lead in the all-time series, including an 8-5 edge in games played in Louisville. Kentucky won the toss and deferred its choice until the second half. Louisville received the opening kick.TEAM NOTES Kentucky 56, Louisville 10November 24, 2018Cardinal Stadium | Louisville, Ky.Attendance: 49,998TEAM RECORDS & SERIES NOTES The Cardinals registered their second highest rushing total of the season with Saturday’s 226 yards on the ground. The 226 yards rushing for Louisville marked the second highest total allowed this season by the Wildcats, who entered the game allowing just 136.6 yards per game.PLAYER NOTES Malik Cunningham’s 75-yard touchdown rush in the first quarter set a school record for longest scoring run by a quarterback while also matching the school record for the longest run by a quarterback. Lamar Jackson had a 75-yard non-scoring rush against Mississippi State on Dec. 30, 2017. The 75-yard touchdown run by Cunningham was a career long rush as well as Louisville’s longest play from scrimmage this season. Cunningham moved up to sixth on the Louisville career list for rushing yards by a quarterback with 497 yards. He trails Lamar Jackson (4,132), Stefan LeFors (756), Dave Ragone (597), John Giles (578) and Wally Oyler (501). Cunningham’s previous long run of the season with a 61-yarder against Syracuse. Cunningham led the Cardinals with 497 yards on the ground in 2018 marking the fourth straight season a quarterback has led Louisville in rushing yards. Jaylen Smith moved up to 10th on Louisville’s career receptions list with 152 catches. Redshirt junior Mason King moved up to eighth on Louisville’s career punting yards list with 7,098 yards. Hassan Hall set a Louisville freshman record for all-purpose yards with 1,220 yards, breaking the record of 1,206 yards set by Keith Stephens in 1986. Redshirt senior cornerback Cornelius Sturghill registered his first career interception with his pick in the third quarter. Sophomore linebacker C.J. Avery added his second career interception. Senior running back Jeremy Smith closed his career with a season high 76 yards rushing on a season best 13 carries. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Sean McCormack had career highs for passes completed and attempted after finishing 3-of-8 for 15 yards. Sophomore tight end Jeffrey Banks made his first career start. Tight end Jordan Davis and running backs Javian Hawkins, Malik Staples and Dae Williams were suspended for Saturday’s game due to a violation of team rules.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

first_img Box Score (PDF) INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Alex McNicholas led the way with four goals as Louisville women’s lacrosse won 15-5 at Butler on Wednesday afternoon. With the victory, the Cardinals improve to 2-5 overall, while the Bulldogs fall to 2-4.Ally Hall got Louisville on the board just 45 seconds into the game and the Cardinals scored four times in the first five minutes to build an early 4-0 lead.After Butler got on the board with 21:39 to go in the half, Louisville reeled off another five straight goals to build a 9-1 lead and then went into the locker room at halftime with a 10-3 advantage. The Bulldogs pulled within eight at 13-5 with 3:56 to go, but the Cardinals got two more goals in the final two-plus minutes to secure the victory.McNicholas scored two goals in each half for her first hat trick of the season. She also led the way with three draw controls.Tessa Chad added her fourth hat trick of the year on seven shots, while Caroline Blalock and Sarah Blalock finished with two goals each.  Caroline Blalock and Shay Clevenger led the way defensively with three ground balls each.The Louisville defense limited Butler to just 14 shots, while the offense racked up 40 shots, 31 of which were on goal. Rachel Florek picked up her second win of the season in goal, finishing with four saves and a .571 save percentage.The Cardinals also finished with 15 draw controls to Butler’s five.Following the win, Louisville returns home to host Duke on Saturday at noon.Print Friendly Version Story Linkslast_img read more

first_imgUpgraded to an international crafts fair, the Surajkund Crafts Mela will be inaugurated by President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday in Haryana’s Faridabad district in the National Capital Region. Surajkund has, since its inception, been quite a favourite with Delhiites. Assam will be the flavour of the fair this year. Nearly 20 countries, including SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) members, have confirmed their participation in the 27th edition of the fair, a state government spokesman said. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’As many as 300 crafts persons, weavers, artisans, folk musicians and dancers would participate from the theme state of Karnataka, he pointed out. ‘Keeping in view the record participation of 12 countries in the last year’s mela, it has now been upgraded as International Crafts Mela. This year also, the countries that have confirmed their participation are Rwanda, Guinea, Tunisia, South Africa, Namibia, Zambia, Ethiopia, Congo and Egypt from the African continent. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix‘Eurasian countries namely Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan and SAARC nations Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan would participate. Thailand and Peru would also participate,’ he added.Surajkund Mela Authority will provide 50 per cent rebate in the entry tickets to the disabled, senior citizens, serving soldiers and ex-servicemen. Freedom fighters will have free entry to the fair.The fortnight-long fair showcases traditional crafts from all over India and leading artisans.Surajkund derives its name from the ancient amphitheatre sun pool constructed here in the 10th century AD by Raja Suraj Pal, one of the Tomar chieftains, in the Aravalli mountain range.DETAILAt: Surajkund Mela Grounds, Faridabad When: 1-15 FebruaryTimings: 9.30 am to 7.30 pmlast_img read more

first_imgShe has crooned soft numbers in the past but now actor Shraddha Kapoor is ready to take her singing passion to another level as she is training in rock music for her next film Rock On 2.The 26-year-old actress made her singing debut with the unplugged version of the song Galliyan in Ek Villain and later lent her voice for Vishal Bhardwaj’s Haider.After the release of her latest film ABCD 2 she recorded the unplugged version of Bezubaan Phir Se. Also Read – A fresh blend of fameShraddha will be training professionally for the first time for the sequel of rock musical drama Rock On.“I like singing but I never trained before Rock On 2 happened. For this film I am training in rock genre,” Shraddha told a media person.The young star is “very excited” to work with actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar and considers him as one of the most talented people in the film industry.”I am very excited to work with Farhan. I have been a fan of his movies, his direction, his acting, his voice. He is one of the most talented, fearless and most inspiring people we have in the industry today. And I am tremendously happy about the fact that I am doing a film with him,” she said. Also Read – Martin Freeman confirms ‘Black Panther’ returnShraddha visited North East for a recce with the Rock On 2” team and has already started working on the film’s music with Farhan, who became a singing sensation after Rock On.“Farhan and I were practising a song recently. It was lovely. He is so funny and so passionate about what he does it’s just amazing,” she said.Rock On 2, the much awaited sequel to 2008 hit, will also see Arjun Rampal, Prachi Desai, Shahana Goswami reprising their roles. Director Abhishek Kapoor will not return for the sequel.The cast will begin shooting in Shillong this September and the film is slated to release next year.last_img read more