first_imgA subplot of the draft will be how the Lakers – or their rivals – improve their assets for summer trades. The Lakers notably made a hard push to try to acquire New Orleans big man Anthony Davis near the February trade deadline, offering several young players and draft assets. Getting a top-two pick in the draft, either Williamson or likely No. 2 prospect Ja Morant of Murray State, would sweeten the pot considerably for any potential trade package.On the other hand, Boston, which is rumored to be interested in making a run at Davis this summer, has the chance to gain some assets: The Celtics gain Memphis’ pick if the Grizzlies land ninth or further down in the draft, and they’ll get Sacramento’s pick unless the Kings get the No. 1 pick (1 percent odds). Philadelphia would get the pick if the Kings get the top spot – and the 76ers could be looking to shake up their roster with three key free agents (starters Jimmy Butler, Tobias Harris and JJ Redick) after a second-round playoff loss to Toronto.With a front office shaken by change for the last month, a newly hired coaching staff that has the appearance of being the third choice after a tumultuous process, and a roster that has tried to roll with the punches ever since the season ended, the Lakers could use a turnaround in their fortunes. And while the odds aren’t particularly in their favor, the chance for a surprise remains a ray of light that the team hopes to guide them back onto a winning path. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed For the past season, the Lakers and luck have been poor bedfellows.When it comes to injuries, fate has been disproportionally unkind: from groin tears to broken hands to sprained ankles to pneumonia and even a blood clot. The Lakers were hit hard on their way to a second-half slide in which they finished 17-31 after LeBron James’ injury on Christmas day.If the same strings that guide such misfortunes also have some influence on the ping-pong balls that will be bouncing in 1,000 different possible combinations on the NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday night, maybe the Lakers should feel worried. Or maybe they should feel as though they’ve earned some good karma – because moving up in this year’s draft could help regain some sense of optimism for a franchise that has taken plenty of body shots, even since the season ended.It might not feel like much of a boost, but the odds that the Lakers land the No. 1 overall pick in the draft are twice as good as they used to be: Under the rules revised by the league two years ago, the Lakers, who finished with the 11th-worst record this season, have a 2 percent shot at the top spot.center_img Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThey’re not good odds, but that 2 percent represents consensus top prospect Zion Williamson from Duke – a 6-foot-7, 285-pound dynamo with sky-high athleticism and a tireless motor. For the franchise that covets him, he’s a potential foundational piece, one of the most exciting NBA prospects of the last decade. For the franchise that is looking for a more immediate path to winning, he’s the ultimate trade chip.This is the Lakers’ eighth appearance (and sixth in a row) in the draft lottery (they owed their 2018 pick, 10th overall, to Philadelphia), and they’ve only ever moved up twice: Both times they advanced (No. 2 in 2015 for D’Angelo Russell, No. 2 in 2017 for Lonzo Ball), they had a top-four position to begin with. Moving up for Williamson or any of the other top spots will require hitting on longer odds than any other lottery they’ve ever advanced in.Kyle Kuzma, the second-year forward who will represent the Lakers in Chicago on Tuesday night at 5:30 p.m. PT, said he will shun any good luck charms or trinkets.“I’m bringing myself,” Kuzma said in a video released by the team. “Knock on wood, but I’ve had a lot of luck in my life. So hopefully me being there will help.”The revised odds, designed to reduce the incentive for teams to tank, already help. For one thing, the NBA now draws for the top four spots, as opposed to just three. The odds for the worst teams in the league are lower than they used to be – New York, Cleveland and Phoenix all have the exact same odds (14 percent) at landing No. 1, whereas, in the old system, the Knicks would have had a 25 percent chance of picking first. Toward the back end of the lottery, where the Lakers are, the odds have improved. A  year ago, the 11th-place Lakers would have only advanced to a top-three pick in 2.9 percent of scenarios; this year, they can improve to a top-four pick in 9.4 percent of scenarios. Those are still worse odds than their chances of being jumped by one of the teams behind them (12.6 percent), but the improvement is representative of how the NBA hoped to reward the teams that were closer to the middle of the pack.The Lakers had something of a feel-good finish to the season, a 6-5 stretch powered by two-way contract players and G Leaguers who got on the court because of the slew of injured rotation players. It hurt the Lakers’ lottery odds, but not profoundly: Minnesota, which finished just one game behind the Lakers, has a 3 percent chance of picking first, and a 13.9 percent chance overall of getting a top-four pick.Related Articles How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years last_img read more

first_imgChelsea midfielder Cesc on emotional farewell: This career goes so fastby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has spoken of his final game before joining AS Monaco.The midfielder was handed a rare start and given the captain’s armband for his final appearance in a blue shirt for the FA Cup win over Nottingham Forest.Fabregas missed a first-half penalty but Maurizio Sarri’s side ran out 2-0 winners thanks to Alvaro Morata’s double.The Blues boss withdrew Fabregas in the closing minutes so supporters could give the Spaniard a deserved send off after 198 games for the club.”Time flies,” said Fabregas. “It feels like last week that I started playing professionally and now it’s more than 15 years.”It goes so fast and you have to be ready every three days, for the criticism with everyone saying how good you are and the ups and downs.”It feels like growing older it never goes away it is technique. Physicality goes away. Technicality stays with you.”Nottingham Forest keeper Luke Steele denied Fabregas the perfect send off when he kept out the former Arsenal man’s spot-kick.Fabregas added: “I saw the keeper going down in the middle of the run and I thought I had it. It was unfortunate.”The day I got 100 caps for Spain I also missed a penalty, so it was destiny.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Benfica president Vieira: Mourinho? Money is no problemby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBenfica president Luis Filipe Vieira has the financial backing to hire Jose Mourinho.The sacked Manchester United manager has been raised by Vieira as a replacement for the sacked Rui Vitoria.There’s been claims Mourinho’s personal demands would be too much, but Sport says the president has said “the money is no problem”, opening the debate again.Vieira insists he had not spoken to Mourinho though. Bruno Laje is working as interim coach for now and the president said that he will stay in charge until the end of next week. Mourinho is a free man after being sacked by Manchester United. last_img read more

1Mike Trout28.61Mike Trout37.9 PLAYERWAR 5Alex Rodriguez22.95Ken Griffey Jr.30.1 5Al Kaline8.95Al Kaline15.4 3Ty Cobb9.53Ty Cobb15.7 2Ty Cobb46.7 As a result — and in concert with MLB labor mechanisms that force young stars to either play for peanuts through their arbitration years or lock themselves into long, below-market extensions (as Trout did in 2014, re-signing with the Angels through 2020) — Trout has produced a ton of surplus value for the Angels, relative to what he’s been paid. According to FanGraphs.com, Trout’s production would have been worth about $357 million on the open market since his MLB debut, a span over which he was paid only about $24 million.That’s why speculation that the Yankees are loading up for a Trout trade breaks down upon examination. At a glance, why not ship Trout away from a rebuilding team where his WAR is being wasted (aside, of course, from Angels fans who like to watch him play) to a huge market that has the prospects for a blockbuster deal? The answer: It would take a monster package of young talent to justify trading away a player who so outperforms his contract and probably will continue to do so for the next several years.If we apply Tom Tango’s simple WAR projection system with an average future value of $8.6 million per win,3Starting with a rough cost-estimate of $8 million per WAR next season, with 5 percent annual growth until 2020. the final four seasons of Trout’s contract figure to see him generate 32.5 WAR, for a market value of $282 million,4Including the yearly minimum salary of about $500,000. and be paid $122 million. So it probably won’t be until Trout’s next contract that the cost-benefit tradeoff of having him around begins to make a trade realistic for either the Angels or the team they’re negotiating with.At that point, the math gets a little silly. Even in the first year of his next deal, Trout’s WAR projects to be worth so much on the open market (roughly $75 million) that he’d need a truly paradigm-shifting contract — one that would basically double the highest annual salary of anybody in the game right now — to not be underpaid. With superstar free-agent deals, the question often isn’t whether they’ll be paid more than they’re worth, but by how much. Trout, however, is so good that it might be hard for him to earn fair market value even in his big post-prime payday.For now, that means Trout is probably stuck carrying the Angels. In the past, that would have also meant his chances of contending for the MVP were slim, despite his incredible individual numbers. But perhaps Trout’s win Thursday also signals a change in the way voting will be conducted going forward. The MVP electorate has been skewing more progressive for a while, in terms of its willingness to use sabermetric tools, and there’s nothing more open-minded than giving the MVP to the leader of a 74-88 team.But maybe it was also about Trout’s own particular greatness. No player has ever been so good at such a young age; it was likely that future generations would have looked at his repeated MVP snubs and wondered what the hell the voters were thinking to deny him the AL’s top individual award, over and over. WAR Through Age 22WAR Through Age 23 4Bryce Harper8.94Ken Griffey Jr.15.5 1Mike Trout48.5 3Ted Williams23.63Ted Williams34.2 a 3Mickey Mantle40.9 4Alex Rodriguez38.0 4Mel Ott23.54Mel Ott31.4 WAR Through Age 24 2Ty Cobb25.52Ty Cobb36.0 a PLAYERWAR 5Ken Griffey Jr.37.0 WAR Through Age 20WAR Through Age 21 2Mel Ott11.42Mel Ott17.9 Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout is widely acknowledged to be the best player in baseball and has been for quite some time. But for all his gifts, awards recognition has been hard for Trout to come by. Although Trout has led the American League in wins above replacement (WAR) for each of the past five seasons,1Ever since he first became a full-time player in 2012. he had only won MVP honors once going into Thursday night’s award announcement — and victory there was far from assured.Unlike in the past, though, when Trout’s horrid teammates were held against him in favor of some lesser player on a winning team, the voters broke with tradition and went for the player with stellar individual numbers. In winning the MVP, Trout became just the sixth player from a losing team to take home the hardware. It was a victory for the new ways of player evaluation and a more modern take on what the “valuable” part of MVP really means.But even if Trout hadn’t won the award, he could have taken the same solace he could last year: MVP or not, but he’s still tracking to be the G.O.A.T.Through every single age in which he played a full season,2Not including his age-19 season in 2011, when he logged only 40 games after a July call-up. Trout has been the all-time career leader in Baseball-Reference.com’s WAR for position players. It was true through age 20, age 21, age 22, age 23 and — after posting 10.6 WAR in 2016, a performance that basically matched his previous single-season peak — age 24. No player has ever started his career on this kind of tear — not Ruth, not Cobb, not Mantle, nobody. Mike Trout is (still!) the G.O.A.T. at any age Most career WAR through each age since 1901, among position players.Source: Baseball-Reference.com 1Mike Trout11.41Mike Trout20.7 read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 24, 2017 – Inagua – Over 80 Haitian migrants were apprehended in the southern Bahamas Thursday afternoon during an exercise carried out jointly by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, Immigration authorities, and U.S.-led Operation Bahamas and Turks and Caicos (OPBAT).Shortly after 7:00 pm Thursday, an American sailing vessel with suspected migrants aboard was spotted aground by an OPBAT helicopter in waters off Little Inagua.    Just over 30 migrants were transported from the wreck and Little Inagua Island to Great Inagua with the assistance of an OPBAT helicopter.The Defence Force patrol craft, HMBS Arthur Dion Hanna under the command of Lieutenant Commander Berne Wright, also participated in the migrant operation and was assisted by Defence Force Marines stationed at HMBS Matthew Town in Great Inagua in apprehending an additional 56 migrants off Little Inagua.Just under 20 of the migrants were flown out of Great Inagua to the capital on Saturday for medical attention.    The remainder will be transported to the Capital where they will be turned over to Immigration officials for further processing.The Royal Bahamas Defence Force remains committed to defending the territorial integrity of The Bahamas and keeping our borders secured and waters safe.(For further information please contact the RBDF Public Relations Department or visit our website: www.rbdf.gov.bs, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and view our Youtube channel) -rbdf-#GuardOurHeritagePress Release: RBDF Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

first_img Explore further More information: Patent: appft1.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-P … 45&RS=DN/20120188245AbstractThere are provided apparatuses and methods for increasing the pixel density of a digital display through mechanical actuation. In some embodiments, a display device is described having a processor configured to provide an image for display and a memory coupled to the processor. The memory stores the image and is configured to map the image to a pixel matrix. A display controller is coupled to the memory and configured to sample portions of the image and to store the portions of the image into planes. Each sampled portion comprises a different set of pixels of the pixel matrix. A display is coupled to the display controller and is configured to display the contents of the sampled planes. In particular, the display controller is configured to sequentially provide the sampled planes to the display for sequential display. At least one actuator is coupled to the display to displace the display for the displaying of the sampled planes, so that pixels of each plane are displayed in a unique location from the pixels of other planes.via: www.patentlyapple.com/patently … e-video-glasses.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2012 Phys.org Citation: Apple bowl-headed patent shows wearable computing plans (2012, July 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-07-apple-bowl-headed-patent-wearable.htmllast_img read more