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Serena leads semi-final charge of thirtysomethings

first_imgBy Nick Mulvenney MELBOURNE, Australia (Reuters) – Only three women can now prevent Serena Williams from clinching a 23rd grand slam title on Saturday – her sister Venus, a younger compatriot and a 34-year-old Croatian she last played nearly two decades ago.The quartet take to Rod Laver Arena today with Serena playing Mirjana Lucic-Baroni and Venus facing Coco Vandeweghe at the business end of an Australian Open where upsets have been a daily occurrence.The seedings have not proved much of a guide in the women’s draw this year, with world number two Serena the sole survivor of the top 12 at the start the tournament.The head-to-head will not provide much help either when assessing Serena’s matchup against Lucic-Baroni, given their last meeting came in 1998 at Wimbledon when they were both 16.“It was on Centre Court. That’s all I remember. I remember winning. I was so excited because I was so young. She obviously was super young, too. That’s all,” Serena said yesterday after beating Johanna Konta in the quarter-finals.“We have totally different games now, the both of us. We both have gone through a lot. We both have survived, and here we are, which I think is a really remarkable story.”As six-time Melbourne Park champion, Serena will be clear favourite, of course, more so because she has reached her 34th grand slam semi-final without losing a set.Lucic-Baroni’s path to the last four has been more of a battle, as befits a woman who has overcome huge adversity to get back to the top of the game after years in the wilderness.While Serena missed the back end last season with a shoulder problem, Lucic-Baroni has more immediate concerns about an injury to her left leg.“I’m going to be just fine,” said the world number 79. “I’m going to recover, do some therapy, and I’ll be fine. I’ll just put some extra tapes on and hopefully it will hold me together. I’ll fight hard. I’ll be okay.”The first semi-final is an all-American affair pitching Venus, the oldest woman in the draw, against 25-year-old surprise package Vandeweghe.Venus does not have an Australian Open crown in her collection of seven grand slam titles and has reached the final just once, losing to Serena in 2003.Vandeweghe has got to the last four of a grand slam for the first time here by blowing opponents off the court with her booming serve and big winners.Venus might be hoping that the occasion gets the better of the world number 35 but promised nevertheless that the power tennis would not be coming from just one side of the net.Power is her game, her strength. She’s putting the ball in with it, it’s awesome to see really,” Venus said.“(But) I play a power game as well. I’ve been fortunate enough to play good defence and have good movement around the court. Hopefully this will be a plus for me.”Vandeweghe was seven years old when Venus first played at the Australian Open and said it is remarkable to think she was about to face a player she once asked for an autograph.“It’s a dream to play someone you grew up watching,” she said. “To play an unbelievable player, future Hall of Famer, Venus, to be on the court with her but to do it at this stage of a grand slam is kind of crazy.”last_img read more

Manny Machado drives in 4 runs as Dodgers extend win streak to 4 games

first_imgPreviousLos Angeles Dodgers bench coach Bob Geren (16) high-fives Manny Machado (8) after the team’s 8-4 win over the Texas Rangers in a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler (21) delivers a pitch against the Texas Rangers in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)Texas Rangers starting pitcher Ariel Jurado (57) delivers a pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler (21) delivers a pitch against the Texas Rangers in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson (31) high fives Brian Dozier after scoring against the Texas Rangers in the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)ARLINGTON, TX – AUGUST 28: Enrique Hernandez #14 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates with Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers after scoring on a two-RBI single hit by Manny Machado #8 of the Los Angeles Dodgers against the Texas Rangers in the top of the third inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 28, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus (1) hits for an RBI single in the third inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor (3) makes it back to third ahead of the tag by Texas Rangers third baseman Jurickson Profar (19) in the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)Texas Rangers right fielder Nomar Mazara (30) hits an RBI single against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)ARLINGTON, TX – AUGUST 28: Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers fields a ground ball hit by Jurickson Profar #19 of the Texas Rangers in the bottom of the second inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 28, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)ARLINGTON, TX – AUGUST 28: Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers fields a ground ball hit by Jurickson Profar #19 of the Texas Rangers in the bottom of the second inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 28, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)ARLINGTON, TX – AUGUST 28: Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers fields a ground ball hit by Jurickson Profar #19 of the Texas Rangers in the bottom of the second inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 28, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)ARLINGTON, TX – AUGUST 28: Walker Buehler #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches against the Texas Rangers in the bottom of the first inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 28, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)ARLINGTON, TX – AUGUST 28: Rougned Odor #12 of the Texas Rangers commits an error fielding the ball against Max Muncy #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the top of the second inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 28, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)ARLINGTON, TX – AUGUST 28: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a leadoff triple against the Texas Rangers in the top of the seventh inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 28, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)ARLINGTON, TX – AUGUST 28: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates with Chris Taylor #3 of the Los Angeles Dodgers after scoring against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 28, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)ARLINGTON, TX – AUGUST 28: Ariel Jurado #57 of the Texas Rangers walks to the dugout after being pulled from the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the top of the third inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 28, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)ARLINGTON, TX – AUGUST 28: Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks on from the dugout as the Los Angeles Dodgers take on the Texas Rangers in the bottom of the second inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 28, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)ARLINGTON, TX – AUGUST 28: Pedro Baez #52 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches against the Texas Rangers in the bottom of the sixth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 28, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)ARLINGTON, TX – AUGUST 28: Manager Dave Roberts #30 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pulls Caleb Ferguson #64 of the Los Angeles Dodgers from the game against the Texas Rangers in the bottom of the sixth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 28, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)The Dodgers’ Manny Machado hits a two-run single during the top of the third inning of Tuesday’s game against the Rangers in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger (35) rounds second base on a triple hit in the seventh inning against the Texas Rangers in a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor (3) hits and reaches first on a throwing error by Texas Rangers’ Elvis Andrus in the seventh inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)ARLINGTON, TX – AUGUST 28: Kenley Jansen #74 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches against the Texas Rangers in the bottom of the ninth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 28, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)ARLINGTON, TX – AUGUST 28: Kenley Jansen #74 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches against the Texas Rangers in the bottom of the ninth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 28, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)ARLINGTON, TX – AUGUST 28: Shin-Soo Choo #17 of the Texas Rangers hits a broken bat ground out against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the bottom of the ninth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 28, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen (74) delivers a pitch in the ninth inning a baseball game against the Texas Rangers, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)Texas Rangers’ Shin-Soo Choo (17) breaks his bat hitting into a double play to end the baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. Dodgers won 8-4. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)Los Angeles Dodgers bench coach Bob Geren (16) high-fives Manny Machado (8) after the team’s 8-4 win over the Texas Rangers in a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler (21) delivers a pitch against the Texas Rangers in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)NextShow Caption1 of 28Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler (21) delivers a pitch against the Texas Rangers in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)ExpandARLINGTON, Texas — The Dodgers have never stopped seeing themselves as a playoff team. Manager Dave Roberts points it out whenever asked.Now they have found a way to look like one – play last-place teams.Manny Machado drove in four runs as the Dodgers beat up on the Texas Rangers 8-4 on Tuesday night.The win was the Dodgers’ fourth in a row (all against the last-place San Diego Padres and Rangers). It is their longest winning streak since they started July with four consecutive wins. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start The Dodgers were 5 for 17 with RISP on Tuesday, including a two-run single by Machado and a two-out RBI single by Brian Dozier in the third inning that put the Dodgers ahead to stay.Machado drove runs with a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning and a single following Justin Turner’s leadoff double in the sixth. In between, Dozier hit his 20th home run of the season (fourth with the Dodgers).In his first 23 games with the Dodgers, Machado batted .261 with only five RBIs. Since swapping places in the batting order with Turner, Machado is batting .286 (16 for 56) with five home runs and 16 RBIs in 13 games – nine of them in the past three games.The Dodgers outhit the Rangers 15-8, including three and a walk from Kiké Hernandez. Everyone in the starting lineup got on base at least once.“That’s what we’re trying to do,” Machado said. “You can’t win games just hitting homers. We’ve been preaching that – taking what they’re giving us, passing the baton.” Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire “It’s imperative,” Roberts said. “When he’s doing what he’s doing at the back end, it puts everybody in their rightful positions or roles and we can kind of use them, deploy them when we need to.“When he’s right, he’s way more efficient. There’s a swing-and-miss with the cut fastball. And right now obviously, he’s searching, he’s frustrated. … This is a struggle for him. But I know he’s going to get through it.”Jansen has given up seven runs on 10 hits (including four home runs) in four innings since being treated for an irregular heartbeat. Jansen has stopped taking medication prescribed after the episode of atrial fibrillation. He complained of it robbing him of adrenaline on the mound but said he was “so amped up” without it Tuesday, leading to issues with his command.“Listen – I’ll be all right,” Jansen said. “I’ll figure it out. At some point, I’ll figure it out. I was a little amped up today. My command wasn’t there. But I’ll figure it out.“People can say, ‘Oh, God – what’s happening with me?’ I know myself. I have a lot of confidence in myself. I’ll figure this out.”Five games against the Padres and Rangers was just what the doctor ordered for a Dodgers’ offense needed that had been running hot and cold since the All-Star break.“Obviously, the opponent matters in the sense of you’re going to see some really high-end quality starters,” Roberts said. “But I still think the ability to stay in the strike zone, not try to do too much, take a base hit when you need to, take a walk when you need to – that applies to whoever you’re facing. Whatever pitcher, whatever team. Yeah, the last four games have been very good. “Related Articlescenter_img Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Facing the Padres and Rangers has been just the boost the Dodgers’ inconsistent offense needed. Over the past four games, they have scored 31 runs on 50 hits (including seven home runs) and 16 walks. They are batting .329 during the win streak. Perhaps most importantly, that includes a 16-for-54 (.296) mark with runners in scoring position – a stat notable both for the number of opportunities (an average of 13.5 per game) and a big jump from the .233 average in those situations from the All-Star break up to this streak.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.But all is still not well. After two days off for their struggling closer, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he was committed to pitching Kenley Jansen for an inning Tuesday regardless of the score in an attempt to ease him back after three disastrous outings last week.He gave Jansen the ninth inning with a six-run lead and it did not go smoothly. Jansen gave up three hits and a walk, retiring just one of the first five batters he faced and allowing two runs to score. If not for a nifty behind-the-back stab of a broken-bat grounder by Jansen himself, it could have been worse.“At least something went my way tonight,” Jansen said of the play.But Roberts acknowledged that Jansen needs to return to his normal standard if things are going to go the Dodgers’ way down the stretch. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season last_img read more

REVEALED: CHEF’S WITHERING ATTACK ON CONRAD!

first_imgALL top chefs have egos – but it appears the success of Donegal chef Conrad Gallagher has irked a cookery rival.The big Letterkenny chef was on the guest list for a ‘Taste of Dublin’ event last week to honour Myrtle Allen of Ballymaloe fame.But Conrad failed to show up. However one chef who did was Kevin Dundon of Dunbrody Country House Hotel….and he was vitriolic in his comments about Gallagher, host of a recent popular TV3 chef show.Said Dundon: “He (Conrad Gallagher) has had a ridiculous amount of media coverage for a man who has left such a mess around him.“I don’t understand that and I’ve told him to his face.“He is a loveable rogue, but right now I am not speaking to him.” Gallagher has been a huge success again back in Ireland since leaving massive debts behind him in South Africa.He has two restaurants – one in Dublin and one in Sligo.REVEALED: CHEF’S WITHERING ATTACK ON CONRAD! was last modified: June 12th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Conrad Gallagherletterkennylast_img read more

Production Tips for Shooting in Outdoor Lighting Conditions

first_imgThe quality of the sunlight is an important part of any outdoor shoot. Here are a few rules of thumb to make sure you optimize your footage.When it comes to filming in the great outdoors, weather and timing are crucial to capturing great footage. It’s key to remember that bad weather can sometimes yield great footage and great weather can sometimes equate to bad footage. Have you ever been filming something outside on a beautiful sunny day and wondered why it looked so bad?Planning when and where to shoot outside is incredibly important when it comes to style, quality, and condition. Here are some valuable tips for capturing better coverage when it comes to filming out under the sun.Take CoverFilming under the direct sunlight can make your on-screen talent look a little uncomfortable. Their skin will appear oily, harsh shadows will cover their faces, and they will be constantly squinting. It’s not pleasant. It’s not flattering. Your best option is to find shade — be that under a tree or beside a building.Use an ND FilterIf filming under the blazing sun is a must then invest in an ND filter. These will darken the image your camera captures so you don’t have to compensate with aperture and shutter speed for unpredictable brightness.Sunset + Blue HourIt’s a no-brainer that filming during sunset looks incredible — every teenager with a mobile phone and an instagram account can tell you that. But if you want to capture beauty, beyond sunsets and flares, there’s an incredible time of day just after the sun has fallen behind the horizon called “blue hour” (or “magic hour“). This occurs when the sun has either just set or is about to rise, and it can create a beautiful water color effect across the clouds.Embrace the GrayMy favorite filming condition is when the sky is overcast. The texture of the clouds creates a massive soft box for the sun. This provides incredible detail in your coverage, and it diffuses the sunlight, so it’s not overpowering on-screen. Overcast days are great for pretty much every camera too. This is because they aren’t compensating for shutter speed, aperture, or even ISO to get an balanced image — the lighting is perfect!Overall, each condition creates different circumstances — no one single one is better than the other. It’s important to understand the effects of filming exteriors and the vibes different kinds of weather lend to every shoot. Overcast mornings can feel dark and gloomy, while sun-blazing evenings can feel hot and sweaty. The key thing to remember is that light translates the environment not temperature. Just because It feels nice out doesn’t mean it will look nice on camera. My biggest piece of advice is to figure out the tone you want for your scene before looking out the window!Looking for more video tutorials? Check these out.Which Camera Movement Should You Use — And When And Why?Video Tutorial: Build Your Own $50 Car-Side Camera MountThe Benefits of Working with 4K Footage in a 1080 SequenceWhat Else Can You Do with Your 360° and VR Video Footage?Everything to Know About Layer Styles in After Effectslast_img read more

UAAP Season 80 Preview: Now contenders, Adamson Falcons embracing the pressure

first_imgLATEST STORIES LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief NBA: ‘Special’ Kyrie Irving to be a better playmaker with Celtics, GM Ainge says For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Read Next “Slowly, we’re picking up. What’s important for us is to stress and make sure that we can be mentally tough and prepared for this coming season in terms of how to handle pressure.” Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games After bursting into the Final Four last year, Adamson is now regarded as one of the contenders for this season’s championship.Coach Franz Pumaren is well aware of that, and he believes that it’s time for the young Soaring Falcons embrace the challenge head-on.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s important for us to start manning up, start accepting the pressure. The difference right now, probably, is that other teams will be preparing for us, unlike last season that they underestimated us because we’re consistent being at the bottom of the team standings,” he said.With focus on consistency in his program, Pumaren has also set higher expectations for his team—from just merely trying to make the Final four to achieving higher than fourth place. “We need to improve on our finish last year, but we have a tough task ahead of us. As we all know, other teams have been rebuilding since last year. It’s a never ending process. Two years ago, they’ve stockpiled their players so we just have to assess everything once the season gets going,” he said.The Soaring Falcons will have a virtually intact line up with Cameroonian big man Papi Sarr upfront, together with the trio of Jerrick Ahanmisi, Robbie Manalang, and Sean Manganti.Pumaren, though, is expecting more from his bench unit as he wants Adamson to be unpredictable on both ends.“Hopefully, we can get some lift from our guys and the rest of the team because it’s so hard if you rely in only a couple of guys. You’ll be predictable,” he said.But more than the talent, Pumaren is putting emphasis on he mental side of things as he seeks to see a more mature Adamson crew this year.ADVERTISEMENT E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad center_img MOST READ Coach: Franz PumarenLast Season: 8-6 (Final Four)Holdovers: Jerrick Ahanmisi, Robbie Manalang, Papi Sarr, Sean MangantiAdditions: Tyrus Hill, Koko PingoyKey Losses: Jaydee Tungcab, Harold NgADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

BaliPure stuns Pocari Sweat in Game 1

first_imgTrump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Audacious Alpe pins hope on repertoire of strength The Water Defenders have now won five of their last six games including two straight victories over Creamline in the Final Four.Pocari’s stunning fall spoiled Myla Pablo’s night. The former National U star was named MVP before the match but managed just nine points against BaliPure.Elaine Kasilag had 11 points to lead Pocari.Earlier, Mega Builders pulled off an 18-25, 25-23, 26-24, 22-25, 25-13 squeaker over Cignal TV to force a sudden death duel for the men’s crown.ADVERTISEMENT DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games MOST READ LATEST STORIES The way things worked out in Game 1 of the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference Finals Saturday night was hard to imagine as BaliPure actually tiptoed precariously at the edge of elimination early in the tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidecenter_img From grasping at straws to salvage an up-and-down campaign, the Water Defenders are now within a game of grabbing the championship trophy following a surprisingly quick 25-22, 25-19, 25-22 victory at Filoil Flying V Centre.“We were almost eliminated and it was a really difficult road going to the championship,” said coach Roger Gorayeb in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“[But] we’re confident and we’ll just capitalize on this win,” he added. “We will go to the next game with the psychological advantage.”Aiko Urdas led the Water Defenders with 15 points while Jerrili Malabanan and Grethcel Soltones added 14 and 10 points, respectively. View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more

a month ago​Leicester boss Rodgers explains Maddison switch

first_img​Leicester boss Rodgers explains Maddison switchby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City boss Brendan Rodgers explained his decision to switch the role of star James Maddison.The Englishman got a chance at number 10 against Tottenham on Saturday.And he was the star of the show for Leicester, netting the winning goal in a 2-1 success over Spurs.”The change in personnel, that worked well for us,” Rodgers said to reporters after the game. “We tried to get another attacking player into the middle.”I felt at Manchester United, as well as we might have pressed the game sometimes, we needed to be more forward-thinking, so we brought him inside, and Harvey in [on the left].”He can play in a couple of positions, James. We saw him at the top of the diamond in the early part of the second half. He plays that role in behind very well.”We needed to be more aggressive in the game and take the ball, and he’s a player who will take the ball.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Joey Bosa Went Off On Twitter Critics Tonight

first_imgOhio State defensive end Joey Bosa is no stranger to the spotlight. He’s been one of the stars of the Buckeye defense for the past few seasons and is a projected top-10 pick in April’s NFL Draft. With that spotlight comes the attention of critics in the media, the stands, and sometimes on Twitter. Apparently, a group of people were trolling Bosa on there today, pulling up old tweets and trying to get his attention. They seemed to get it, but not in the way that they may have expected.Bosa ripped off a series of tweets mocking the Twitter critics. He deleted them almost immediately, but we screenshotted them before he did. bosa4bosa5bosa1bosa3Bosa is going to have several more years of dealing with taunting on social media. He’ll probably ignore it next time.Oh, by the way – that chicken looks really good.last_img read more

Skeptical Football Good News And Bad News For The Colts

For example, of the 24 wild-card-round veterans who made it to the conference championships since 1994, eight have gone on to win the Super Bowl (including seven of 20 who faced a top-2 seed in every round). For a road team, having a 1-3 chance of winning the Super Bowl with two games to go is ridiculous: Road teams in the playoffs normally have only about a 1-3 chance of winning their next game.After two solid victories against strong teams (beating the Cincinnati Bengals — a fellow five-loss team — and the heavily favored Peyton-Manning-led Broncos in Denver, each by double digits), the Colts’ stats suddenly look a lot better than they did when they were getting thrashed by the Dallas Cowboys a few weeks ago.You can see how those wins have changed the Colts’ fortunes in the chart below. I plotted winning efficiency vs. scoring efficiency — generally the two main modes of statistical analysis in football.3Using expected wins added per game from offense and defense (similar to “WPA,” calculated using ESPN’s expected win percentage model) against the net expected points per drive (from “EPA” of offense and defense). I’ve then compared where each playoff team stood at the start of the playoffs to where they stand now (upper right is better):As you can see, the Colts have made the biggest positive move by a long shot. This is what the “trial by fire” phenomenon is all about: Since the Colts have taken the hardest road to get where they are, we’ve learned more about them.And what’s crazy is that this movement may underestimate what we’ve really learned. Unlike Elo ratings or SRS, these EPA and WPA metrics don’t account for strength of opponent (though ESPN’s model does account for playing on the road). It also treats the Colts’ playoff games as being just as important as their regular-season games, which empirically doesn’t seem to be the case (as I mentioned last week, we’re going on at least 20-plus years now where playoff games have been between two and five times as important as regular-season ones, depending on your assumptions).Of course, the other remaining playoff teams have won to get where they are as well. But think of it like this: If the chart underestimates each team’s movement, each arrow could be twice as long, and then we’d see a very different picture — the Colts might even leapfrog the Patriots. As it stands, the Colts have closed much of the gap between themselves and the favorites anyway, and may very well deserve to be right there with them.But are they good enough to win a Super Bowl? Here’s a plot of every team that had positive WPA and EPA stats entering the playoffs since 1994. I’ve marked Super Bowl winners in dark gray and present-year (eliminated) teams with empty circles:The Colts are well within “contender” range, and the teams ahead of them aren’t historically dominant.And the Green Bay Packers, tops in each metric, shouldn’t get complacent. Only three of 14 teams with better EPA have won championships, and two of 16 teams with higher WPA have won, and just one of the unlucky nine teams that were better on both axes won. Now, obviously the Packers are already into the third round of the playoffs, so we’d probably expect their chances to be a bit better than other teams in their neighborhood — but even accounting for that, a team of their strength at this stage hasn’t done any better than the average “trial by fire” team in the same spot.So things are looking up for Luck and crew: They’re a stronger-than-normal wild-card-round veteran playing against slightly weaker-than-normal dominant teams. Great.And now for the bad newsThe bad news is that the Colts have to play the Patriots, who eliminated them from the playoffs in last year’s divisional round, 43-22, and then dropped another 40 points on the Colts in their 42-20 Week 11 victory in Indianapolis (to add insult, the Colts were also coming off of a bye).So in the past year, in one home and one away game, the Patriots have won twice and outscored the Colts 85-42.But does this matter? Figuring out just how predictive “prequel” games can be (relative to other metrics) is a surprisingly thorny issue. Here are a few of the difficulties:The home team in the playoffs generally has the better record or holds tiebreakers against a team it has already played. This means it’s more likely to have won any regular-season matchup.We know that home-field advantage in the playoffs is generally stronger than it is in the regular season, and a big part of that is due to the fact that stronger teams tend to host playoff games. But part of the effect may also be because a team that can regularly beat another team it plays will also be more likely to play that team in the playoffs at home.Because of the aforementioned “trial by fire” effect, away teams in later rounds of the playoffs may be stronger than we would expect. This may actually mean that the home-field effect is stronger than it appears — such as if the home team won a regular amount of the time against teams that were stronger than average.The Super Bowl is weird. Again perhaps partly because of “trial by fire,” teams that lost to their Super Bowl opponents in the regular season actually have a winning record in the championship game. The possible causal link here4This is only 13 Super Bowls, and so, speculative.: A team that won the matchup in the regular season is more likely to have the easier road to get to the rematch.I tried to run some regressions, but because there are so many distinct scenarios that are very different from each other, the samples are too small to detect persistent trends, much less statistically significant ones.That said, there are a few things that we can probably extrapolate — at least as being supported by the data, if not proved by it — from looking at the equivalent scenarios. So let’s start with teams that played each other twice in the regular season vs. teams that didn’t play each other at all:Cases where the home team in the playoffs lost both regular-season games are too rare to give them any weight (though they do favor the regular-season victor). The most salient point is that playoff home teams that beat their opponents twice (as opposed to just once) in the regular season win about 9 percentage points more often (68.8 percent vs. 59.5 percent). This also doesn’t appear to have anything to do with the relative strength of the teams, because the sweeping teams have had a lower difference in margin of victory.5Why don’t teams that beat their opponents twice win more often than teams that haven’t played their opponent at all? I don’t know — perhaps some of the reasons above, or maybe there’s truth to the idea that divisional rivalries are different. In the baseline category — a game between teams that never played in the regular season — the home team has won in the playoffs 68 percent of the time.This suggests that matchups matter, at least in cases where a team goes 2/2 against their opponents. But what about cases where they only played one game? These have the added wrinkle that someone (almost always) had home-field advantage in that game. So the scenarios look like this:The differences here are smaller — as we would expect, and they comport pretty closely with the relative overall strengths of the teams in question — though there’s still some causal complexity (a single road win vs. a home loss can pretty much account for the observed difference in strength). You can contemplate the road/home performance and its relationship to margin of victory in the playoffs and ensuing results all day (I’ve spun my head around it plenty). But the bottom line is that playoff home teams that won their regular-season matchups against their playoff opponents on the road have won close to 75 percent of the time in the playoffs — the highest of any of these scenarios.tl;dr: The Patriots beat the Colts 42-20 in Indianapolis this year. That’s not good news for Indianapolis.But I’ll offer the same point I made about Carolina last week: While the situation looks bad, it will be especially meaningful if the Colts manage to win. If they pull off the upset against New England, not only will they have taken out the top two seeds in the AFC on the road to the Super Bowl, but they’ll have done it by avenging two losses from earlier in the year.Charts by Reuben Fischer-Baum. The NFL is down to its final four Super Bowl contenders, and it’s quite a group. All of them are division winners, and each has 13 wins on the ledger. Picking a favorite is tricky. The New England Patriots are a tempting choice, having led the NFL in SRS (“Simple Rating System,” or margin of victory adjusted for strength of schedule), as well as having been one of the greatest dynasties in NFL history. Yet the other three teams have all won championships more recently. The AFC championship game features an old rivalry with a new face. And the NFC championship arguably features the league’s best offense against the league’s best defense. So, you know, this weekend should be boring.According to bookmakers, the weakest of these teams — by a healthy margin — is the Indianapolis Colts. Futures markets give them about 15-2 odds to win it all. After accounting for house advantage, that implies that gamblers thinks the Colts have about a 10 percent chance of hoisting the Lombardi Trophy on Feb. 1.It’s fitting that the biggest underdogs left in the playoffs are led by Andrew Luck — the Hacker Gods’ vicar on Earth — who seems to be on a mission to prove that you have to be willing to lose to win.Last week, Luck even made the interceptions he threw while in the lead (normally a big no-no) look good, throwing deep on third-and-longs — 43 yards downfield on third-and-12 in the second quarter, and then 37 yards downfield on third-and-13 in the third. No one throws deep interceptions quite like Luck, and after he casually shrugged them off on Sunday, even old-guard commentators noted how downfield interceptions are really just like punts.1But with more upside!Whether Luck’s relentless approach will translate into playoff glory remains to be seen. But in the meantime, there’s good news and bad news for the Colts.The good newsThe Colts have faced the toughest road of the teams left standing. Last week in this column, I examined the “trial by fire” effect in the NFL playoffs — the phenomenon by which wild-card-round veterans appear to get stronger and stronger the deeper they go into the playoffs.2Note, this doesn’t mean they are actually getting stronger; it means that only the strongest of them survive the trials. read more