Election report has Manoukian ahead in funds

first_imgManoukian carried $75,400 into this year from his previous campaign and amassed an additional $89,000 before mid-February from local businesses and political allies. The campaign also took in about $3,700 in nonmonetary compensation this year and raised an additional $32,000 over the past month. He has spent about $126,000. Contributions include $1,500 from Adam Schiff for Congress, a campaign committee for the local U.S. representative. Fellow council candidate John Drayman gave Manoukian $100. Agajanian tallied $70,321 in contributions and services. He has spent about $21,700 on mailers, campaign-worker salaries and other expenses. Keuroghelian, an immigration consultant and former Glendale police spokesman, has raised $45,500 in money and services. He has spent about $40,600 on mailers and television time. Incumbent Weaver, first elected to the council in 1997, carried $30,000 from his past campaign and raised more than $35,800 this year, which includes a personal loan of $1,650 and a $1,000 contribution from Bob’s Big Boy restaurant in Glendale. He has spent about $43,300 on the campaign. GLENDALE – Incumbent Councilman Rafi Manoukian has raised a staggering $124,700 for his City Council campaign, leaving other council hopefuls in the dust, according to the latest financial disclosures obtained Monday. Manoukian, a two-term councilman first elected in 1999, is apparently the only one so far to break the $100,000 barrier in the April 3 election, which has two seats up for grabs. His closest rival in fundraising, television host Vrej Agajanian, had more than $70,000, according to campaign finance statements covering up to March 17. Of the eight candidates for council, only Agajanian, Manoukian, Mayor Dave Weaver and candidate Chahe Keuroghelian submitted disclosures by Thursday’s deadline. From earlier statements filed in February, challenger and Glendale Unified school board member Greg Krikorian had gathered about $56,100 for the campaign, including $16,000 raised this year. He has spent about $10,800 on signs and mailers. Drayman, president of the Montrose Shopping Park Association, had a war chest of more than $18,000, of which $1,100 has been spent. Candidate Herbert Molano raised $10,707, which includes more than $10,000 of his own money. He has spent about $1,300. Challenger Lenore Solis filed a short form for campaign spending of less than $1,000. eugene.tong@dailynews.com (818) 546-3304 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Súile Na nÓg art exhibition showcases young Donegal talent – Picture Special

first_imgJunior and Leaving Certificate Art students in Donegal showcased their creations in a captivating exhibition Súile Na Nóg last month.For 23 years, the Art Teachers Association of Donegal has come together to showcase the work of Junior Certificate students, with the new addition of Leaving Certificate work.The Regional Cultural Centre Letterkenny kindly and carefully create this exhibition space so that the students’ hard work and outstanding creations get the recognition they deserve and so that friends, family and members of the public can take in this amazing variety of work in all its creativity and glory.Members of The Donegal Art Teachers Association at Súile Na Nóg 2019It’s an exhibition for all the family with an endless variety of art in all its forms. It is sure to inspire any budding artist and current art students of all ages.The opening of the Súile Na Nóg exhibition took place on Thursday the 17th of October at the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny and was presented by the Donegal Art Teacher Association.There was a wide range of extraordinary drawings and paintings as well as impressive life-like models on display, showcasing the talent and flair that these students have for art.Sorcha Keeve voted best ordinary level project by the Donegal Art Teachers AssociationWinning Ordinary Project Aaron Curley, Carndonagh Community SchoolSpecial recognition was given to last year’s Junior Certificate students Aaron Curley of Carndonagh Community School, whose project ‘Nice One’ was awarded Best Ordinary Level project by the Donegal Art Teachers Association and Sorcha Keeve of Loreto Secondary School, Letterkenny, whose project ‘Everything has beauty but not everyone sees it’ was awarded Best Higher Level project.See photos from the event in the picture gallery below:Anna Leadly, Loreto Secondary School Letterkenny with her artworkAnna Leadly and Orlaith Bennis with their art teacher Miss Lynnette RodgersLaura Bonar with her mother Nora BonarStudents from Raphoe Royal and Prior with their art teacher Laura FergusonLoreto Secondary School students enjoying the exhibitionClaire Russell With her artworkGrace Mc Shane with her teacher Michelle Mc GeeLauren McLaughlin Carndonagh Community SchoolTeachers from St. Columbas Stranorlar_ Brian O_ Donnell and Donna Mac GroryKate Smyth ONeill Carndonagh CSMrs Ladley with Thresea May SweeneyMrs Ladley with Megan Toland Saoirse Gallagher, St. Columbas Stranorlar, College with her artworkLaura Sweeney with her grandmotherEmily Mullen, Loreto Secondary School Letterkenny with her 3D artworkMia Henry, St Columbas Stranlorar with her artworkEmma Thomas Abbey Vocational School with her artworkStudents from Coláiste AilighSúile Na nÓg art exhibition showcases young Donegal talent – Picture Special was last modified: November 6th, 2019 by Katie GillenShare 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:Súile Na nÓglast_img read more

Extraterrestrial Geocachers? — Head Alien Series (GC253ZN) — Geocache of the Week

first_imgThis alien picked a pretty spot to land. Photo by geocacher JEEPSTAFFSee All Photos Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog.If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, leave a comment below with the name of the geocache, the GC code, and why you think we should feature it.Share with your Friends:More If you were to create a piece of geo-art, what would it be and why? Tell us in the comments. Then check out other installments of geo-art on Pinterest. This alien is all smiles. Photo by geocacher JBaseGeocache Name:Head Alien #01–51(Here’s the bookmark list with all 51 caches)Difficulty/Terrain Rating:1.5/2Why this is the Geocache of the Week:One of the best parts about geocaching is that there are plenty of ways to play. Some geocachers are all about finding creative containers, others are all about the numbers and some are all about the big picture—literally. Individually these 51 geocaches in the Nevada desert that make up this series might not be the most interesting finds, but when you put them together you get something incredible. And considering that yesterday a geocaching Travel Bug® launched into space, the shape you come up with is pretty appropriate. This isn’t the only piece of geo-art in the world. In fact, geocachers have been creating art out of geocaches for years. Other shapes include a peace sign, a UFO, people and animals.# of Finds:1,056# of Favorite Points:209What Clay4 & whtwolfden, the geocache owners, have to say:“Having our Head Alien Geo-art series selected for Geocache of the Week is a tremendous honor. After placing the E.T. Highway Mega-Trail, we thought it would be a nice surprise for everyone who attended the kick-off event to release the Head Alien series. We coordinated with our local reviewer for the Head Alien series to be published during the E.T. Trail event. The planning, travel time to reach the area, and actual placement of the caches took several days worth of work. The series takes roughly 3 to 4 hours to walk the nearly 7 mile design.We love to read the logs and hear about the adventures people have out there. It’s what motivates us to do more. We’d like everyone to know how much we appreciate their efforts in the continued upkeep of the E.T. Highway Mega-Trail as well as both the Head Alien and U.F.O. series. We also want to say a heartfelt Thank You to everyone for their unwavering support of all our projects and events. It’s what inspires us to continue doing what we do.”What geocachers are saying: “This was an awesome cache series to do at night. Thanks for the hunt.” – graylling“The walk around the alien head was fun and well worth the smilies we got. Thanks for putting these caches out here!” – Team_JLKC“Had a blast taking on this sweet geo-art design today on our first day caching in Nevada.” – fox-and-the-houndRead More LogsPhotos:On the hunt for the owner of this spacecraft. Only 50 more caches to go! Photo by geocacher darkrumlover SharePrint RelatedKlaatu Barada Nikto! — Aliens Among Us (GC1N0B9) — Geocache of the WeekMarch 12, 2014In “Community”Just hangin’ with my gnomeys — Gnomesville (GCHTN7) — Geocache of the WeekMay 7, 2014In “Community”Don’t look down! — Vertical Limit I: Die Brücke (GCZVW2) — Geocache of the WeekMarch 5, 2014In “Community”last_img read more

Ubuntu’s Quixotic Mobile War: HTML5 – Not Linux – Is The Key

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#Linux Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth has never been one to think small. Walking down Oxford Street in London a few years back, he told me that one thing his money gives him is the ability to “see into the future a few years,” buying things today (his example was blisteringly fast Internet service) that will be commonplace tomorrow. Not content to simply see the future, however, Shuttleworth is now trying to invent the future, elevating Canonical’s Ubuntu Linux distribution from the sexiest nun in the Linux desktop convent to the dominant operating system for mobile devices.It’s a big goal. But is it a reasonable one?Shuttleworth declares that “Unity [Ubuntu’s user interface] in 2013 will be all about mobile – bringing Ubuntu to phones and tablets.” He makes a compelling case in a slick video. But in this, as ReadWrite’s Dan Rowinski has pointed out, Canonical is already several years too late. The opportune time for an open-source alternative to Apple’s heavily controlled iOS would have been at Apple’s apex of dominance… which is precisely when Android staked its claim. But Ubuntu wasn’t there, instead focusing on yesterday’s desktop market.Fighting Android And iOS – And MicrosoftNow Canonical must swim upstream against entrenched, premium iOS and entrenched, commodity Android, which competes well at the high end while eviscerating Apple at the low end. Add to this developer inertia, whereby mobile developers balk at even the fragmentation within these two platforms, and Canonical has entered a market that it has no reasonable chance to win.Knowing Shuttleworth, this won’t deter him in the least. I suspect it energizes him.No matter that Microsoft, far better financed and with dramatically more industry support, appears to be failing in its attempt to dislodge either iOS or Android, despite a reasonably compelling offering for the same high-end enterprise market Canonical is targeting, in addition to the low-end feature phone market.  By most accounts, Windows Phone 8 is an exceptional mobile operating system, with stunning innovations like social integration into one’s address book.  And yet it has failed to make any sort of dent in the market, leading one prominent analyst, Roger Kay, to deride Microsoft as having “reached an Orwellian impasse, in which it cannot tell the truth – even to itself” about how the market operates and its fortunes within the market.Can Canonical hope to do better than Microsoft?This isn’t a question of intelligence. Nor is a suggestion that Shuttleworth lacks Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s flair for developer dances. It turns out that mobile is incredibly, brutally hard. I spent a year at Canonical and worked amongst exceptionally talented people. If Ubuntu on smartphones fails, it’s not because the people building it are weak. It’s because mobile is a terribly tough market to crack.  Frankly, I don’t think Shuttleworth’s convergence argument is the right way to win. I don’t want the same OS to run across my disparate devices. Or, rather, I don’t want the same experience across those devices. I actually want my apps to span different devices, but that isn’t really a platform problem. It’s a billing issue, and not one that goes away until we escape the app stores that lock our apps to a particular store, rather than being connected to the developer.Nor do I think developers really believe that they can write once and have their applications run anywhere. That hasn’t worked on iOS or Android, and Ubuntu isn’t going to be much different. It’s fiction that writing an app on Ubuntu for smartphones will carry over to Ubuntu for in-car entertainment systems. Technically, that might be possible, but the user experience in those disparate systems requires a different application. I just can’t see developers getting much of a reprieve by having “one OS to rule them all,” even if it works as advertised.The Internet And HTML5 Offer The Only Way InBut if we step back a moment, there is actually one OS that spans wildly different devices. It’s called the Internet. And Ubuntu, as much as any other hardware-bound OS, gets it right.In Shuttleworth’s video announcement of Ubuntu mobile, he says something that could well prove the key to Ubuntu’s success:[In Ubuntu] Web applications are now first-class citizens in your launcher and switcher instead of being trapped in a browser.  Nobody else brings desktop apps and web apps together so seamlessly.Google beat iOS in smartphones, as it’s threatening to do in tablets, by offering developers and users a different experience, one built on lower costs and openness (not to mention heavy subsidies). To pit itself against Android, as Canonical is doing with Ubuntu, Canonical needs to offer something better, and not merely a better user interface, which Unity may well be. That didn’t work for Microsoft, and it’s unlikely to work for Canonical, because it’s not enough of a differentiator for developers and consumers to really pay attention. Shuttleworth is also correct that emulating Android is likely a losing strategy.But making the Web a first-class citizen on mobile devices? That would be a Very Big Deal, and it’s one that Canonical has already started to deliver on, as Shuttleworth rightly notes. It’s a potentially winning strategy because it’s disruptive.Shuttleworth stresses that being late to the mobile party is a virtue, but I can’t agree. Except…he might be right insofar as HTML5 is concerned. Ubuntu’s tardiness has allowed HTML5 to mature. For the first time, HTML5 job postings, which look to bloom beyond Android and iOS jobs, are about to surpass Flash developer job postings, as Indeed.com data shows:Eliminating The Barriers Between Native And WebThis could be the perfect storm for Ubuntu to make its mark on mobile. By eliminating the sometimes silly distinction between “native” and “Web.” By making the Ubuntu experience about what happens beyond any single device – about what happens in the HTML that spans different devices.  This is, of course, precisely what Mozilla is hoping to do with Firefox OS. In an ideal world, the two open-source giants would work together, as there is far more to be gained by collaborating on making the Web a first-class mobile citizen than there is to be lost.Regardless, launching a full-frontal attack on Apple and Google is a losing strategy. But going in through the Web’s back-door, one whose mobile capabilities are already good enough and keep getting better? That strikes me as something that Canonical is well-positioned to deliver, and just the sort of industry-changing disruption Mark Shuttleworth could sink his teeth into. Matt Asaylast_img read more

As If Your Life Depended On It

first_imgWhat if your life was threatened? What if the amount of time you had left was somehow put at risk? You’d worry about all that you would lose, you’d worry about the people you are leaving behind, and you’d take massive action and do something about it, wouldn’t you?Thankfully, your life, at least as it pertains to the time you have available to you, isn’t being threatened now. But there are threats to your life worth avoiding, too. Specifically threats to the quality of your life.Life Is More Than TimeWhat if the quality of your life is being threatened? The quality of your life is as important as the quantity, and in many cases more important. If you agree with this statement, and surely you must, then you should act with equal or greater urgency when the quality of your life is threatened.Relationships: The quality of your life is the quality of your relationships. There are countless things that threaten your relationships, but the greatest threats are largely neglect and complacency. More than money or some other measurement of success, relationships are the scale you will use to take account of your life. If your relationships are not what you need them to be, then you have to take action with the greatest sense of urgency.Purpose and Meaning: If the quality of your life is hampered by the lack of meaning and purpose in your work, you have to make a choice. You have to change your work, or you have to give yourself over the work you are doing now. The truth of the matter is that you can find meaning and purpose in all kinds of work if you make the decision to give yourself over to it. If you aren’t making a contribution, you need to make changes.A Life Well LivedYour life isn’t measured only in time. It is measured in the quality of the life you live, the difference you make for the people that matter to you, and the contribution you make. Because this is true, you need to act as if your life depends upon you getting the big things right.Your intentions and your actions matter. It’s important to get the big things right when there are no second chances. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Kobe Haters Are Stuck In 2008

But the Question of Kobe has undeniably helped the analytics movement grow. Rather than pretending that basketball was baseball and settling on those initial narratives about supposedly inefficient star players, the second wave of basketball metrics tended to illuminate the first generation’s blind spots — namely, the dynamic aspects of the game, such as a player’s tangible on-court impact, how different skill sets complement one another and what value should be assigned to every bit of real estate on the floor. As a byproduct, the metrics came around again to the old-school realization that scoring workload matters — and few players in NBA history carried a bigger scoring burden than Bryant, particularly in his prime.Of course, some of the new stats co-signed longstanding doubts about Bryant’s game. Despite receiving 11 all-defensive team nods from 2000-01 to 2013-14, for instance, he was only in the 41st percentile of defenders by Real Plus-Minus over that timeframe. But others — such as his No. 4 overall ranking by offensive RPM in the same data set — confirmed that the true benefits of Kobe’s game were being masked by box score metrics wearing true-shooting blinders. Had today’s most cutting-edge metrics — like SportVU’s ability to track a shot’s difficulty (not just its efficiency) — existed during Bryant’s prime, we’d be able to interrogate questions like whether Kobe is the “best difficult-shot-maker” ever.In a lot of ways, we have Bryant to thank for the tools we have available to appreciate the full contribution of stars — like Russell Westbrook — who would have slipped through the cracks during that first wave of basketball analytics, because those tools were at least in part developed to make sense of Kobe.As the ink dries on this final, morbid chapter of Kobe’s career, even the most stats-savvy of analysts have to acknowledge Bryant’s all-time greatness. According to Value Over Replacement Player, a measure of total contribution that tries to emulate RPM for historical seasons,1For technical sticklers: VORP uses as its input Box Plus/Minus, which is premised on estimating a player’s RPM-style on-court effects in seasons before play-by-play data. Bryant ranks as the NBA’s 15th-best regular-season player since 1973-74 and its eighth-best in the playoffs, both of which track with the No. 12 all-time ranking he received in a recent ESPN poll of NBA experts.Those rankings are still probably not as high as many observers would place the Black Mamba. But they do represent a kind of compromise between the traditionalist viewpoint and the first wave of sabermetric assessments that harshly criticized Bryant for his relative lack of efficiency. Bryant’s game had its flaws, and he was certainly no Jordan, but he was a player of undeniable historical importance. His résumé speaks enough to the on-court portion of his legacy, but for statheads, Kobe’s career helps us track the evolution of basketball analytics over time, both in its reaction to his performance and its ability to capture the meaningfulness of that performance in the first place.Check out our latest NBA predictions. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed For a stathead such as myself, tracking Kobe’s career arc has been fascinating because it’s existed in near-perfect overlap with the lifespan of basketball analytics. When Bryant made his NBA debut, on Nov. 3, 1996, the field (if you could even call it that) was in an embryonic state. Dean Oliver and John Hollinger were proto-blogging in relative anonymity; the APBRmetrics forum — an early petri dish of smart basketball folks — wouldn’t even become a discussion group board for four-plus years; there was no Basketball-Reference.com, no Player Efficiency Rating, no Sloan Conference, no Nylon Calculus. Over the past 20 seasons, as Kobe’s career unfolded through its successes and growing pains, analytics did too, with the former serving as a touchstone — and lightning rod — for the latter.The stats were not always kind to Kobe, least of all in his perpetual, mythic struggle against Michael Jordan. Perhaps that comparison would have been less harsh in an earlier era, thanks to a similar ring count and a passing statistical resemblance, but the advanced metrics have consistently debunked the parallel. (They’ve essentially taken on the role of the old noodge at the bar or barbershop, reminding “kids these days” of their historical betters.) Kobe wasn’t nearly as efficient as Jordan, they’d remind; he’d likely never be as valuable no matter what the rings said. Likewise, the numbers always seemed to find some other contemporary upon whom to bestow the “Next Jordan” mantle, be it LeBron James or Dwyane Wade or even Tracy McGrady. As if chasing Jordan’s shadow wasn’t hard enough, the shadow seemed to be armed with the cold, compassionless weaponry of data.It didn’t help that hoops analytics went through its contrarian phase right around the time Kobe peaked. Every sabermetric movement has a period in which its sport’s sacred cows are officially on notice, and basketball’s came in the mid-2000s — known around these parts as the Hollinger Era — when Bryant embodied many bits of conventional basketball wisdom in need of rigorous auditing. Back then, it was fashionable to unearth the deep cuts, the guys like Carl Landry or Gerald Wallace or, uh, Landry Fields, who didn’t get as much play on SportsCenter but contributed efficiently within their roles. Obsessed with efficiency over context, many in the field downplayed the value of Kobe’s greatest skill — relentless, tireless scoring — and went so far as to suggest that an average player could have notched as many points if given the same number of opportunities. (Note: This is, and always was, insane.) Others raised more valid questions about Kobe’s reputation for clutch shooting and lock-down defense, and these cut more to the core of what fans wanted to know about him and players of his caliber. It was a crucial point for basketball stats; perhaps a fractious relationship between Kobe and stat-geekdom was simply the necessary collateral damage. By Neil Paine Kobe Bryant played his final game Wednesday and sent himself off in spectacular style by scoring 60 points (albeit on 50 shots from the floor). It was quintessential Kobe — grabbing the lead headline even on the night the Golden State Warriors set the all-time NBA record for single-season wins. Kobe could never fade quietly into retirement. Listen to our sports podcast, Hot Takedown, discuss the Warriors’ record-setting season. Embed Code read more

Ichiro Is Old And Good

The strangest final acts of all-time great careers usually involve career-tarnishing performances in bizarre uniforms. You know the type: Johnny Unitas as a Charger, Patrick Ewing with the Magic, Wade Boggs as a Devil Ray, etc.Last year, erstwhile Seattle Mariners legend Ichiro Suzuki was foundering his way into that group. He hit 88 points below his previous career average, flashed even less power than usual and finished the season below the replacement level, with -0.8 WAR. Making matters worse, he did it all while wearing a Miami Marlins uniform, one of MLB’s ugliest get-ups since those Devil Rays unis were shoved into the back of the closet. Ichiro’s fate seemed as Boggsian as any great player in recent memory.But this season, Ichiro has flipped that narrative on its head. Instead of continuing his depressing slide into the abyss, he’s currently hitting .385, rarely striking out, drawing walks at a greater rate than ever and generally spraying line drives all over the field. According to FanGraphs, he already has more WAR this season (0.7) than in his previous two combined (-0.3). In fact, he’s on pace (for whatever that’s worth) to finish with one of the best twilight-of-career-with-a-weird-team seasons in major league history.To judge Ichiro against his counterparts from the past, I filtered every season ever1This goes all the way back to 1871. for players who were 35 or older (Ichiro is 42), had at least 50 career WAR (as of Tuesday, Ichiro had 57.5), and were playing for a team with whom they spent fewer than 10 percent of their career games (about 8 percent of Ichiro’s games have been with Miami). Here are the best of those seasons (with a minimum of 50 plate appearances) according to WAR per 600 plate appearances: 2011M. CameronMarlins381644.450.82.3 1982R. SmithGiants373984.464.75.3 1991W. RandolphBrewers365124.762.05.6 YEARPLAYERTEAMAGEPAWAR/600CAREER WAR% OF CAREER GAMES W/ TEAM 1893J. GlasscockPirates353145.460.18.8 2010J. ThomeTwins393405.368.67.0 1982J. MorganGiants385545.698.88.5 1972W. MaysMets412424.2149.84.5 2005K. LoftonPhillies384065.862.65.2 Ichiro has been so good this year that among the pantheon of old-guy seasons in bizarre uniforms, only Manny Ramirez’s wild post-trade-deadline Dodgers stint in 2008 was better. And hardly any of the other players on this list were remotely as old as Ichiro is now.(I’d like to point out a few other things from the table: First, Kenny Lofton makes the list twice, for both a stint with the Cubs that I do remember — he made the final out of the Bartman Game — and a Phillies season of which I have little recollection. Also, Ichiro isn’t the only active player on the list; Chase Utley has quietly been adding to his sneaky-great résumé while wearing unfamiliar Dodger duds this year. And, finally, let’s bury the idea that Willie Mays’s Mets tenure was a total blight on his record. Mays’s final season, 1973, wasn’t quite up to his usual Hall of Fame standards, but in 69 games as a Met the year before, he hit extremely well — 44 percent better than league average, according to FanGraphs. That performance checks in at No. 20 on our list above, so, contrary to popular opinion, Willie was no bum for most of his return stint in New York.)Anyway, in all fairness, there are legitimate reasons to doubt that Ichiro can continue playing so well as the season progresses. His batting average on balls in play is a sky-high .403, for instance, and although Ichiro’s no stranger to a strong BABIP (his career mark is .340, well above that of a typical player), he’s also no longer the speed merchant he once was — that BABIP seems due for a correction. But if Ichiro can keep shooting liners around Marlins Park, like he did during his four-hit game Monday, his 2016 season will probably still be good enough to cement a place among the best ever produced by aging superstars in peculiar locales.Andrew Flowers contributed research.Check out our latest MLB predictions. 2000W. ClarkCardinals361976.752.12.6 1896D. BrouthersPhillies382674.379.73.4 2011L. BerkmanCardinals355874.956.19.4 1892R. ConnorPhillies356865.586.07.8 1927T. CobbAthletics405744.4149.47.5 1930H. HeilmannReds355395.268.87.3 2016I. SuzukiMarlins42687.157.57.8 1946B. HermanBraves363014.855.13.9 2010J. EdmondsBrewers402406.064.53.6 2003K. LoftonCubs362365.362.62.7 2008M. RamirezDodgers362297.966.79.7% 2016C. UtleyDodgers371654.762.44.6 For players aged 35 or older with at least 50 career WAR, on teams with fewer than 10 percent of the player’s career games. Minimum 50 plate appearances (PA) with team in season. Stats as of May 24.Source: FanGraphs.com Great seasons in strange, strange uniforms read more

Can Donovan Mitchell Lead The Jazz Past The Rockets

More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed By Neil Paine and Kyle Wagner Embed Code Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. On Thursday’s show (May 3, 2018), Neil and Kyle discuss Utah’s impressive win in Houston to even up the series, replay the Raptors’ terrible fourth quarter against the Cavs in Game 1 of their series, and touch on Stephen Curry’s return for the Golden State Warriors.The Lab will be back with another episode next week. In the meantime, keep an eye on FiveThirtyEight’s NBA predictions, which are updated after every game. read more

Buckeye briefs for Mar 4

Catcher Dan Burkhart was named to the 2010 Johnny Bench Award watch list. The award is given to the nation’s top collegiate catcher. Burkhart was the Big Ten Conference Player of the Year last season. He batted .354 last season and had 62 RBI. Burkhart has started hot this season, batting .435. He has thrown out 36 percent of attempted base stealers in his career.Freshman Amy Meier was named Big Ten Golfer of the Week this week after finishing in a tie for seventh at the Kinderlou Forest Challenge. She shot a 79 in the first round and a 70 in the second round, tying for the lowest score. Meier’s scores led the Buckeyes to finish as runner-ups in the 18-team field, which encompassed 11 top 30 teams. Meier is the first Buckeye to earn any weekly honor this season. Women’s volleyball recruit Kaitlyn Leary was named to the Sports Imports/Volleyball Magazine Girls Fab 50. The two-time state champion comes to Ohio State from Padua Franciscan High School in Parma, Ohio. The 6-foot-1 outside hitter was first-team All-State in 2008 and 2009. She has trained and competed with the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Training Team for two years in preparation for the competition in the Big Ten. Leary joins the Buckeye roster as the sixth player on the Fab 50 list. read more

Mens Basketball Ohio State overcomes firsthalf sloppiness to win 8272 against Radford

Ohio State junior guard C.J. Jackson (3) calls for help in the first half of the game against Radford on Nov. 12. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorBoth Ohio State (2-0) and Radford (1-1) seemingly tried its best to lose Sunday’s game with both teams piling up fouls and turnovers. But in the end, it was the Buckeyes who survived the sloppy play to beat the Highlanders 82-72. After the game, though the stat sheet showed a win for the Buckeyes, only one thing stood out to senior forward Jae’Sean Tate. “Turnovers,” he said. Ohio State committed 19 fouls and turned the ball over 15 times. Radford turned the ball over 15 times and committed 26 fouls.The Buckeyes’ improved discipline in the second half appeared to be the difference maker. After turning the ball over nine times in the first half and committing nine fouls, the Buckeyes posted just six turnovers and 10 fouls, respectively, in the second half. Radford, on the other hand, continued to run into foul trouble, tallying 13 fouls in the second half.The team looked much more disciplined for most of the second half, but head coach Chris Holtmann said he really was only going to focus on the negatives. For him, that was the entire first half. “I didn’t particularly care for the start, really the first half,” Holtmann said. “I just didn’t think we had quite the mindset we needed to have at times.”If there was any highlight for Ohio State, it came from guard C.J. Jackson, who finished the evening with 19 points, three assists and six rebounds. The night did not start out well for Jackson, however. The team’s lone point guard appeared to be trying to force too much to happen with the ball in his hands. He committed four turnovers, including one on an in bounds pass and another on a bounce pass from outside into the paint. But after sitting down on the bench and talking with assistant coach Ryan Pedon extensively, Jackson played with more energy. He knocked down a 3-point shot 30 seconds after returning to the game. Two minutes later, he added another 3 to his scoresheet, gathered a defensive rebound on the next Radford possession and knocked in a close-range jumper to add to the Buckeyes’ lead. “Once coach pulled him out, I went over to him like, ‘Look bro, there’s a lot of basketball to be played,’” Tate said. “Once he got out there and saw a couple shots going in and hit the singles like coach said, then he just took over the game — more aggressive, he found his rhythm and he made everybody around him better too.”With plenty of fouls and turnovers, the game began as a topsy-turvy matchup with five lead changes coming in the first 7:16 of play. The final lead change during that time span came when freshman forward Kaleb Wesson caught a pass a few feet from the basket, surveyed the court for an open Buckeye before sinking a mid-range jumper to put the Buckeyes on top 11-10. Ohio State led for the remainder of the game, however Radford kept it close. Senior Andrew Dakich turned over an inbounds pass leading 15-12 and Radford guard Carlik Jones tipped in his own missed shot to bring the game back to one point.From that moment, Ohio State outscored the Highlanders 29-20 the rest of the first half to extend its lead to 44-34, fueled predominantly by Jackson and redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop, who combined for 16 points. Throughout the game, Bates-Diop was able to impose his will on the smaller Radford defense.  The 6-foot-7, 235-pound forward finished the game with 22 points and 10 rebounds for his second double-double in as many games. He went 8-for-17 from the field, including 3-for-7 from beyond the arc, and made all three of his free-throw attempts. The size gap was apparent between the two teams from the start, but the Highlanders had a plan to minimize the impact the gap had. Radford played aggressive defensively, often deploying a full-court press on the Buckeyes. The HIghlanders also waited back on every in bounds pass, and often would wrap up the point guard taking the ball out. Still, there was only so much they could do. The Buckeyes dominated inside the paint, outscoring the Mountaineers 34-22 from inside.Holtmann attributed a bulk of the ability to score in the paint to the strong rebounding demonstrated by both Tate and Bates-Diop throughout the game.“Yeah those guys got, obviously JT and Keita both have a real nose for the ball,” Holtmann said. “I was pleased with their ability to go get it and I think they’re a really good offensive rebounding team, so that’s something we really hammered. And I think we did a pretty good job keeping them off the glass.”Coming out of the break at halftime, the Buckeyes came out playing much improved defense, preventing the Radford offense from getting much of anything going. Bates-Diop knocked down a 3-pointer just 20 seconds into the half, but after that, it took two minutes for another team to score. But 3 1/2 minutes into the half, the Buckeyes exploded out for a 12-1 run over the next 2:08, quickly extending their lead to 61-35.Ohio State struggled to find the net for some time after that,  managing only 21 points over the remaining 14 minutes of the game. But it continued to play strong defense to limit the Highlanders. They only put up 27 points of their own to fall 82-72 to Ohio State.Ohio State will look to build on the 2-0 start to the Chris Holtmann-era at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Schottenstein Center when it hosts Texas Southern. read more