Meet The Personal Stats Analyst Who Helped Kevin Durant Win The MVP

Personal trainers have been a part of professional sports for decades. Personal data analysts are newer.As a trained mathematician, Justin Zormelo provided Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder with personalized analytics during Durant’s MVP season. And in his most recent undertaking, Zormelo is training a 17-year-old, 7-foot-1-inch Sudan native named Thon Maker. Zormelo’s story is told in the latest “Signals” film from FiveThirtyEight and ESPN Films: “By The Numb3rs (With Justin Zormelo),” directed by Jamie Schutz. read more

Ohio State mens basketball drops Nebraska with Michigan Indiana looming

The Ohio State men’s basketball team extended its winning streak to four games Saturday night when the Buckeyes defeated Nebraska in Lincoln, Neb., 63-56. The No. 11-ranked Buckeyes advanced to 17-4 on the season and 7-2 in Big Ten play after the win. Nebraska proved to be a much tougher opponent than it was in the teams’ first meeting of the season on Jan. 2, when OSU dispatched the Huskers, 70-44, at the Schottenstein Center. Saturday, Nebraska gave the Buckeyes all they could handle for a good portion of the first half and even led twice. The Buckeyes received sporadic production from junior forward Deshaun Thomas, who scored 15 points but struggled while doing so. The Big Ten’s leading scorer connected on just 6-of-18 shots, as he was constantly double-teamed and harassed by Husker defenders. While Thomas was fairly inefficient with his scoring, Lenzelle Smith Jr. was anything but. The junior guard made all six of his field goal attempts for a game-high and season-high 21 points. OSU’s 15-4 run at the end of the first half, to which Thomas contributed five points and Smith Jr. added two, seemed to drain some energy out of the home crowd and the Huskers, giving OSU the momentum. The Buckeyes carried that momentum into the second half, and expanded their lead to as much as 15 points. But the resilient Huskers would not go away. Nebraska slowly chipped away at OSU’s lead, in large part because of senior center and defensive anchor Andre Almeida. The 6-foot-11, 314-pound Almeida made it difficult for OSU to find easy looks in the paint, and as the Buckeyes struggled to find scores, Nebraska cut the margin to five points with just more than a minute left to play. The Huskers couldn’t knock down a few open shots in the closing minute, however, and OSU put the game away from the free-throw line. Nebraska falls to 11-12 on the season and to 2-8 in Big Ten play. The Buckeyes remain perfect against their newest conference foe. Since the Huskers joined the Big Ten in 2011, OSU is 4-0 against Nebraska. After struggling to put away one of the Big Ten’s bottom feeders, the Buckeyes will now move into what could be their toughest week of the season. OSU is set to play No. 1 Michigan Tuesday in Ann Arbor, Mich., before taking on No. 3 Indiana on Sunday. read more

PSG are closing in on Rose

first_imgParis Saint-Germain are edging closer to signing Danny Rose from Tottenham Hotspur, according to Express.The French champions want to sign Rose before the close of the transfer window closes on August 31. Rose has lost his starting berth in the Spurs team to Wales international Ben Davies and Tottenham are considering selling him at the right price to the right buyer.But Spurs might be forced to drop their demand for a £50million fee after competition for his services decreased with Schalke now out of the race.The German side, who were the one-time front-runners, opted to go for Lille’s Morocco international Hamza Mendyl instead of Rose.Harry Kane, England‘I’ve never done it!’ Harry Kane hits back at diving claims Andrew Smyth – September 9, 2019 Tottenham striker Harry Kane has hit back against suggestions accusing him of diving twice already in the new Premier League season.The Paris giants are keen on Rose, who could find himself third choice left-back in the Tottenham pecking order behind Ben Davies and Kyle Walker-Peters.Meanwhile, Besiktas have switched their attention to signing Fraser Forster from Liverpool’s Simon Mignolet. The Turkish club have been in search of a goalkeeper all summer, targeting the likes of Arsenal’s Petr Cech and Liverpool’s Simon Mignolet.Forster still has four years left to run on his contract but Saints boss Hughes has said he will listen to offers for him this month.last_img read more

Luis Enrique Rodri can surpass Busquets

first_imgThe British publication, FourFourTwo, have broadcasted the words of Spain national team head coach Luis Enrique concerning Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri.According to the former Barcelona manager, the 22-year-old hotshot has all characteristics to become a ‘new Sergio Busquets.’Although Rodri is yet to establish himself as a regular starter at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano following his summer’s arrival from Villarreal, Enrique seems to be a huge fan of the prosperous youngster.“I have already spoken about their similarities,” he told a news conference.“It’s not good to give too much praise and he is very young, but Rodri comes across as very professional and prepared mentally.“He can reach Busquets’ level and maybe surpass it. Who knows what limits he has?”Robert Moreno says he would step aside if Luis Enrique asks him Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 The Spanish national team manager, Robert Moreno, took the job after Luis Enrique stepped down because his nine-year-old daughter passed away after a bone tumor.Rodri will be better than Barcelona icon Busquets – Luis Enrique https://t.co/ohoDJdkoz2 pic.twitter.com/VRS5qnE5za— Goal Nigeria (@GoalcomNigeria) October 4, 2018Now it’s up to the Rodri to give his answer on the field, but a comparison with a figure such as Busquets can only be flattering.The highly-rated midfielder will in the Spain squad for the matches against Wales and England along with Busquets, as well as, his two Atletico companions, Saul Niguez and Koke.last_img read more

Homer City Council Votes Against Marijuana Establishments On The Spit

first_imgWhen Homer began drafting its regulations for commercial marijuana the spit was among the areas where the retail facilities were not allowed. According to Mayor Zak the council intends to revisit this proposal in the future. Currently the only areas in Homer were marijuana stores can operate are in the central business district, two general commercial districts and the East End district. According to Zak, the council agreed to give more time in order to determine what the sales and atmosphere is like in the areas where Homer currently allows establishments. Homer Mayor Bryan Zak: “There was pretty good testimony from the public on both sides of this issue, and the council had good discussions on both sides also. So, basically it came down to they mayor to make the final decision.”center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Homer City Council voted against allowing retail marijuana establishments on the spit at their council meeting on Monday, March 12. Zak: “Not saying no forever, but we are taking a slower approach, and not immediately open up the Homer spit to establishments.”-last_img read more

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Virat Kohli claims that tournament can get

first_imgThis can’t keep happening with the bails !!! Hard enough being a bowler nowadays .. needs changing— Nasser Hussain (@nassercricket) June 9, 2019India defeated Australia in their second match of the tournament by 36 runs. Next, they are going to face New Zealand on June 13. Virat KohliICCIndian skipper Virat Kohli and Australian skipper Aaron Finch condemned the unfair advantage some batsmen are getting due to the ‘zing’ bails at the ICC 2019 Cricket World Cup. India faced Australia in a much-awaited clash in the tournament on June 9 at the Oval, in London. The incident with the bails happened during Australia’s run-chase.India set a massive target of 353 for Australia to chase in 50 overs in the second half of the game. In the second over of the run-chase, Australian opener David Warner played a delivery of Jasprit Bumrah which after hitting his bat and his boot crashed into the stumps. But the Indian players were stunned to see that the bails did not fall off and Warner went on to score 56 runs. This was not the first incident of this kind that happened with the bails in the tournament. The same thing has happened five times already in this year’s edition.Indian captain Virat Kohli expressed concern over the incident after the match, saying, “This is not something that you expect at international level. Technology is great but if you have to smash the stumps to get a wicket it’s not right. These are fast bowlers and the ball hit the stump quite hard but the bails did not fall.” File photo: David Warner got saved as the bails dd not fall after the ball hit the stumps.Daniel Kalisz/Getty ImagesHe added, “If you bowl a good ball to get someone out and if the batsman still survives then what is the point? This may hamper the tournament.”Australian captain Aaron Finch also voiced his feelings on the incident. He said, “Today, we were lucky that it went on our side, but the other day we can be on the receiving side as well. This needs to be fixed otherwise it can hamper important and crucial matches in the tournament.”The International Cricket Council (ICC) has defended the zing bails stating that they are much more lighter than the wooden bails.The cricket world reacted to the incident quite harshly, former English cricketer Nasser Hussain asked ICC to take immediate action to save the tournament from getting hampered and  Michael Vaughan made fun of the incident.Nice era to Bat when you can’t get bowled !!!!! These stumps/Zinger bail combination have to be changed ….. #CWC2019— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) June 9, 2019last_img read more

Pharma strategy GlaxoSmithKline sets up first team for acquisitions in 93 years

first_imgA British Airways airplane flies past a signage of pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in London in this file photo. GlaxoSmithKline is said to have formed a separate team to chalk out aggressive acquisition plans to further its growth in the competitive Indian market. REUTERS/Luke MacGregorGlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Pharmaceuticals is scouting for acquisitions in the domestic market for the first time since it started its operations in the country 93 years ago, according to a Business Standard (BS) report on Monday.The change in strategy for a company which has preferred to rely on its traditional strengths in the branded generics space. The decision to grow inorganically comes at a time when the government is increasing price over branded generic medicines which has affected the company’s profitability.”So far, our inorganic growth in India has primarily been driven by global acquisition strategy,” Managing Director Annaswamy Vaidheesh told the financial daily.The firm has established products like Zinetac, used for acid peptic ulcer therapy, which have been included in the National List of Essential Medicines (NELM), and reduction of prices on these drugs has affected the firm’s margins.Since the NELM inclusion, Zinetac’s value has fallen 5 per cent, despite its volumes increasing 36 per cent, Business Standard said. Zinetac has market share of 47 per cent in the category, according to December 2016 data from IMS.The UK-headquartered company recorded compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of a meagre 4.4 per cent to Rs 3,000 crore for 2016-17. Profit declined to Rs 337 crore in 2016-17 from Rs 429 crore in 2011. For the first quarter of fiscal 2018 ended June 30, 2017, net sales touched Rs 587 crore, with profits at Rs 26 crore. The company changed its financial year to March-ending in 2014-15 from December-ending earlier, the report said.Regulatory headwinds, eroded marginsDespite pricing headwinds propelled by the government’s social obligations finding their way into pharmaceutical policy, the firm has cemented its commitment to India by investing Rs 1,000 crore in a new manufacturing facility in Vemgal, Karnataka. Another Rs 500 crore is being spent for upgrading a facility in Nashik, near Pune. It is now bringing more products in areas of respiratory drugs and vaccines from its global pipeline to India, the BS report said.In 2015, the parent company, GlaxoSmithKline Plc, had swapped its marketed oncology portfolio with the vaccine business of Novartis AG, Switzerland. This involved the swapping of their businesses in India, too, the BS report said.The parent company got its current identity with the merger of Glaxo Wellcome with SmithKline Beecham in 2000.Vaidheesh said that it was only in the recent past that the company built a India team to evaluate inorganic growth opportunities in the domestic market. “Since we have got our manufacturing footprint more or less sorted, it is time for us to look at what else we can do to drive growth,” Vaidheesh told the financial daily. A woman walks past a GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Ltd logo outside the company headquarters in Mumbai in this December 16, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Danish SiddiquiRegulatory pressures on Indian pharmaceutical companies have been worsening by the day, accompanied by pricing pressure in the generics segment denting realisations.USFDA alerts on Indian pharma companies have increased over the past few years. Regulators used to visit the plants every two years. Now they come every eight months. Increasing inspections have led to a total of 41 import alerts in the past eight years, with 33 of them occurring in the 2013-16 period. This clearly signifies increased USFDA scrutiny on Indian pharma firms.last_img read more

Govt gets offers to buy 50000t of rice

first_imgThe lowest offer in the tender from Bangladesh’s state grains buyer to purchase 50,000 tonnes of parboiled rice was $445.11 a tonne CIF liner out, officials in Bangladesh and European traders said on Monday.The offer was made by trading house Olam.The tender had closed on 11 June and the rice is to be shipped within 40 days of contract signing.No purchase has yet been made and offers are still being considered, European traders added.They said the other offers in the tender in dollars a tonne CIF liner out were: Agro Corp at $449.55, Singsong Food at $458.00, Desh Trading at $459.67, Amir Chand at $474.00 and Sukhbir Agro at $459.30.Bangladesh has started a new programme to import rice to build reserves and cool local prices after sudden floods damaged local crops.Domestic rice prices reached record highs in May and state reserves are at six-year lows in the wake of the flooding that wiped out around 700,000 tonnes of Bangladesh’s rice crops.The state grains buyer said it would import 600,000 tonnes of rice after the flooding, initially issuing two tenders for a total of 100,000 tonnes of rice, its first such tenders since 2011.last_img read more

Iran terms Trumps prediction of talks as PR stunts

first_imgIn this file photo taken on 28 April 2018, Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is pictured during a meeting with his Russian counterpart in Moscow. Photo: AFPIran waved away US president Donald Trump’s claims that talks with the country’s leaders were imminent, saying “threats, sanctions and PR stunts won’t work”.With Washington pulling out of the landmark 2015 nuclear deal and set to reimpose full sanctions on Iran from 6 August, Tehran has responded coolly to Trump’s offer on Monday to talk “any time” without preconditions.“Threats, sanctions & PR stunts won’t work. Try respect: for Iranians & for (international) commitments,” tweeted foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.The Revolutionary Guards also made their opposition to talks clear.“The Iranian people do not authorise officials to meet the Great Satan… Mr Trump, Iran is not North Korea,” said General Mohammad Ali Jafari, commander of the Guards, in an open letter published in local media.Trump told a rally in Tampa, Florida earlier on Tuesday: “I have a feeling they’ll be talking to us pretty soon… And maybe not, and that’s OK too.”He used the occasion to again blast the “horrible, one-sided” 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers which he abandoned in May.“It’s a horror show,” Trump said.“I hope it works out well with Iran. They are having a lot of difficulty right now.”There was not yet an official response from the top leadership, but supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said a fortnight ago that talks with Trump would be “useless.”Scepticism is indeed rife in Tehran over Trump’s latest tactic, with one high-profile lawmaker saying negotiations would be a “humiliation.”- ‘People are worried’ -Despite the rejection, many Iranians are deeply concerned that sanctions could tip the country into a major crisis.Tehran’s Grand Bazaar was packed on Wednesday lunchtime as customers rushed to snap up goods for fear of what might happen when full sanctions return on Monday.“It’s been really busy these last few days. People are worried that if they don’t buy things today, they won’t be available tomorrow,” said Ali, who runs a kitchen store in the bazaar.“They are right-if I sell these knives, I won’t be able to get any more.”He said the reason was that wholesalers and importers were refusing to provide new stock, preferring to sit on their inventory until the extent of the economic crisis is better understood-a claim backed by other shopkeepers.The biggest sign of the crisis so far has been the collapse of the currency, which has lost two-thirds of its value since the start of the year, including a near-20-per cent drop on Sunday and Monday alone.The rial rallied slightly after Trump’s offer of talks, but still stood at 109,000 to the dollar on Wednesday morning-a figure that would have seemed incredible even a few months ago.Several Iranian public figures said it was impossible to imagine negotiations with Washington after all the hostility of recent months.“Iran & US had 2 yrs of talks. With U/E3+Russia+China, we produced a unique multilateral accord-the JCPOA (nuclear deal). It’s been working. US can only blame itself for pulling out & leaving the table,” Zarif wrote on Twitter.Ali Motahari, the high-profile deputy speaker of parliament, said: “With the contemptuous statements (Trump) addressed to Iran, the idea of negotiating is inconceivable. It would be a humiliation.”Only last week, Trump fired off an all-caps tirade at his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani on Twitter, warning of untold “suffering” if Iran continued to threaten the United States.“We cannot negotiate with someone who violates international commitments, threatens to destroy countries, and constantly changes his position,” said analyst Mohammad Marandi, of the University of Tehran, who was part of the nuclear negotiating team.Some officials remained more receptive.“Negotiations with the United States must not be a taboo,” said Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh, head of parliament’s foreign affairs commission, in an interview with the semi-official ISNA news agency.Motahari added that hardliners, who have long opposed any rapprochement with the US, share the blame for the collapse of the nuclear deal.“If the whole Iranian system had worked to implement this agreement, today we would be witnessing the presence of European companies in Iran and their investments, and even Trump would not be able to withdraw so easily from the deal,” he said.“But from the start one part of the system did not want the agreement to work.”The Trump administration says its “maximum pressure campaign” is designed to force Iran into a new deal that goes beyond limiting its nuclear program and includes curbs to its regional behaviour and missile program.last_img read more

23rd Annual Lotta Art Benefit

first_imgThe 23rd annual Lotta Art Benefit returns to School 33 Art Center Nov. 7 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at 1427 Light Street, Baltimore, Maryland.  Lotta Art features a lottery-style drawing where patrons are guaranteed to leave with an original artwork valued at or above the cost of their ticket. This year’s Lotta Art will celebrate School 33 Art Center’s Co(lab)oration projects,  three permanent installations created by collaborating groups of Baltimore artists. Lotta Art is going mid-century modern by hosting a 1960s-inspired cocktail party with classic cocktails, period-perfect attire and music. Visit school33.org for more information.last_img read more