At a time when the entire cricket world is enamoured by the wrist-spinners, Afghanistan’s Mohammad Nabi has emerged as a dependable finger spinner, who relies on his natural game.The 34-year-old off-spinner has played an important role in Sunrisers Hyderabad last two wins — taking four wickets against Royal Challengers Bangalore last week and two scalps against Delhi Capitals here last night.”I do nothing different. I play my natural cricket. It is just that the conditions are different, so I adjust to the conditions as soon as possible,” said Nabi after Hyderabad beat Delhi by five wickets.Nabi doesn’t always figure in the Sunrisers playing XI as the team uses him according to the conditions only. He has so far been part of just seven matches in the IPL.After missing in action in the earlier matches, Nabi came into the squad following an injury to captain Kane Williamson.From one spin wizard to another, @MohammadNabi007 gets @rashidkhan_19 to reveal the secret to his lively, energetic shows in the #VIVOIPL and talk about innovative shots that he dedicates to his fans By @tanmoym @SunRisersFull Interview – https://t.co/8N1izBjMbQ pic.twitter.com/eoj8nmHhPwIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 5, 2019He along with his illustrious fellow Afghan spinners — Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman — have been playing quite a lot of T20 cricket across the globe.”We have been playing together for last three years for the team, so we wait for our chance and give more than 100 percent. The important thing is to read the batsmen, what is he doing. If he is looking to score runs then you can’t bowl the same ball again. It comes automatic with experience,” he said.advertisement”We have been already successful in Australia at Big Bash. That’s why they pick us. The main thing is to adjust to the conditions. Here most of the times, the condition is such that the ball is turning. In Australia, it is totally different, there is bounce and not that much turning, so you have to stick to your line and look for dot balls,” explained Nabi.Talking about how he approaches his bowling, the Afghan spinner said: “My strategy is always that when I get to bowl after 10 overs, I look for dot balls because it creates pressure and then Rashid and Mujeeb can get wickets from the other end.”Nabi said that the experience of playing at The 2018 Vitality Blast last year in England will help Afghanistan at the World Cup, starting May 30, in England.”Last time we played T20 blast because the World Cup is going to happen there. So we got good experience there and we will look to use our experience and use our talent and do our best in the World Cup,” Nabi said.Asked how he guides Rashid Khan, who has made a name for himself as one of the world’s top spinners, Nabi said: “Sometimes, you can’t get the variation, sometimes you lose concentration, so when we play together in the national team or any other team, you have to make him understand, what is the batsmen doing, what field you need to set.”If you try for more dot balls then the batsmen will make mistakes. If you run after wickets, you will get hit more.”Rashid is a different spinner than other leg-spinners. He is quick through the air and he is sharp and his googlies are not read well by the batsmen, so they want to stay on strike and make mistakes,” he said.Also Read | IPL 2019: In-form Jonny Bairstow wants SRH to keep playing the same brand of cricketAlso Read | IPL 2019: Coach Ricky Ponting slams Feroz Shah Kotla pitch after DC lose to SRHAlso Read | Captaincy always easy when team does well: SRH skipper Bhuvneshwar Kumar
WTF ‘Sh** parking!’ – Werder Bremen’s Caldirola warned over bad driving Ronan Murphy Last updated 2 years ago 18:19 11/9/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty WTF Werder Bremen Bundesliga The Bundesliga side are not known for parking the bus tactics, but if they were, they may not want to include the Italian defender in the strategy Werder Bremen defender Luca Caldirola received an unwanted message during international break – with a note left on his car accusing him of ‘sh** parking’.The former Italy Under-21 international has been with Bremen since 2013 following spells at Inter Milan, Brescia and Cesena, but still has yet to get to grips with parking his car in Germany.Bremen 5/4 to beat Hannover Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Caldirola shared evidence of the embarrassing incident on his Twitter page, showing a warning note that was left on his car with the title ‘Scheisse geparkt’ and the reason for his ‘s*** parking’ explained as ‘keep the exit clear’.Danke für die infopic.twitter.com/X0kz2NGIGS— Luca Caldirola (@caldiluca3) November 8, 2017The 26-year-old has also not impressed on the pitch this season, playing just 90 minutes so far in the Bundesliga as Werder boss Florian Kohfeldt has left him on the bench eight times in the 2017-18 campaign.Caldirola only played five league games for Bremen last season, and was forced to leave on loan for Darmstadt in the previous campaign to get more regular football. As a result, he is expected to leave in the January transfer window, with Newcastle and Huddersfield reportedly interested.If he moves to the Premier League, he may have to improve his parking ability or risk getting fines in his new home!
Desert Wing’s Sharp Angles Bring Drama to the Desert The Best Cast Iron Camping Cookware Is Classic French Technique Still Relevant In Today’s Culinary World? The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Now The Best Men’s Quilted Jackets Stitched for Every Occasion Editors’ Recommendations What do you get when a culinary dropout takes asylum in a former motorcycle garage? Culinary Dropout at The Yard.The latest creation of gastronomic innovator Sam Fox and Fox Restaurants Concepts opened in Phoenix this February after two successful “Dropout” openings in Scottsdale and Las Vegas.The more than 53,000 square feet space, The Yard, gives Arizona a Chelsea Market-type venue with desert panache. With other restaurants and some retail on the horizon, The Yard makes its debut with gastropub Culinary Dropout as its anchor.Its cuisine is pure comfort food with gourmet pretzel dippers, hard-to-find antipasti and fresh Rainbow Trout. The open air kitchen sits in the middle of the main dining area overlooked by a badass “Indian Motorcycle “advertisement etched on the exposed brick walls.In 2013, “cocktails on tap” are trending and Culinary Dropout is taking the lead with its fashionable Manhattan on the pipes. If “cocktails on tap” aren’t quite your thing – not to worry- two-thirds of the menu is devoted to craft beer, wine and other cocktails. The bar itself is an impressive zinc-covered structure that straddle’s the patio and main dining room.Essentially, The Yard is an adult playground with the look of an eclectic, but modern gentleman’s club. There’s one exception. Everyone’s welcome. The staff are dressed to kill and easy on the eyes. You may find yourself forgetting they work there because there’s no staff dress code.You can lounge outside on the more than 3,000 square feet patio or find yourself playing a variety of lawn games, while day drinking of course. Dressed in green leather and Edison bulbs the atmosphere is, casual, like someone’s living room.And there’s more to come with Little Cleo’s Seafood Legend opening in the near future as well as rumors of retail and a coffee shop renting space at The Yard. For information, click here.The Yard5632 N. 7th StreetPhoenix Arizona 85014Hours of Operation:Monday – Thursday: 11a.m. to 10 p.m.Friday: 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.Saturday: 9 a.m. to 12 a.m.Sunday: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The province is providing up to $300,000 to develop a detailed design for the Sydney harbour dredging project. “Dredging the harbour presents a tremendous opportunity to create good jobs and grow the economy in Cape Breton,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Bill Estabrooks. “We recognize that the timing is critical and this initial funding will ensure an early start to the design work.” The funding will be counted against the province’s commitment to provide to up to $15.2 million, or 40 per cent of the projected cost. Cape Breton Regional Municipality has agreed to provide $2 million for the dredging project, and the federal government has been approached to provide the remaining 50 per cent. In June, Deputy Premier Frank Corbett led a delegation to Ottawa to encourage federal participation in the project. Dredging and deepening the harbour will allow it to receive larger container vessels, giving the Port of Sydney a competitive advantage to receive more international business.
Shirley McLeanAPTN NewsYukon RCMP has charged Everett Chief, 44, an Indigenous man originally from Watson Lake, Yukon with two counts of second-degree murder in deaths of Wendy Carlick and Sarah Macintosh.On April 19, 2017, the two women were found dead in MacIntosh’s home in the McIntyre Subdivision of Whitehorse.MacIntosh was a member of Kwanlin Dün First Nation in Whitehorse and Carlick was a member of the Kaska Nation in British Columbia.Wendy Carlick in an undated photo.In a video statement posted to Facebook on Monday, Yukon RCMP Chief Superintendent Scott Sheppard offered his condolences to the family and friends of both women.“This was a difficult investigation involving all the technical and investigative resources the Yukon RCMP could bring to bear–including assistance from other RCMP divisions,” said Sheppard.“The success in bringing this investigation to this stage is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our Major Crimes Unit”Sarah MacIntosh in an undated photo.In March the RCMP opened a cold case unit to work on a growing list of unsolved homicide cases in the territory.Since 2000, there have been 35 homicide investigations with 10 that remained unsolved.That number includes 19-year-old Angel Carlick, Wendy’s daughter.Angel’s body was discovered in a wooded area outside of Whitehorse in 2007. Her death ruled as a homicide.Angel CarlickAfter her death, 51-year-old Wendy Carlick would become an advocate for the murdered and missing.Friends of 53-year-old Sarah Macintosh’s describe her as a person who had a heart of gold and a soft soul, who would never hurt anybody.Sheppard acknowledged the unwavering support and encouragement the RCMP received from both families as well as Chief Doris Bill and the Kwanlin Dün First Nation.“These investigations are exceptionally complex and they take significant resources and time. I would like to thank the families and community leaders for their patience and understanding,” said Sheppard.Sheppard hopes the arrest will allow family and friends to have a better understanding of what happened to Wendy and Sarah.Chief is scheduled to make his first appearance in court on May firstname.lastname@example.org@shirlmclean
Beijing: Pakistan’s relationship with India remains the “only problem” for peace and stability in the region, Prime Minister Imran Khan has said and expressed hope of establishing a “civilised relationship” with New Delhi after the Lok Sabha elections are over. Unless there is peace and stability in region, economic prosperity is difficult for Pakistan, and that is what right now the Pakistan government is working on, Khan who is in China to take part in the 2nd Belt and Road Forum, (BRF) said while addressing China International Cultural Communication Centre here on Friday. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report Khan said Pakistan hopes that the political solution in Afghanistan will succeed and the war-ravaged country attains stability. “Whatever happens in Afghanistan affects the Pakistan’s bordering areas. So we are working for a peaceful region. We have decent relationship with Iran and we are trying to strengthen them,” he was quoted as saying by state-run APP news agency. “The only problem right now is our relationship with India. But we are hoping that after the Indian elections, we will again hope to have a civilized relationship with India too,” he said. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests Since his arrival here on April 25 to take part in the BRF meeting which concluded on Saturday, the Cricketer-turned-politician refrained from speaking on India-Pakistan ties which in the last two months have experienced severe strains following the February 14 Pulwama terror attack carried out by the Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e Mohammed which killed 40 CRPF personnel. His emphasis during the visit appears to be firming up more projects for the USD 60 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the flagship project of China’s ambitious trillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The BRI is Chinese President Xi Jinping’s signature global infrastructure policy. First announced in 2013, the project promises to build ports, roads and railways to revive the ancient Silk Road and create new trade corridors linking China to Asia, Africa and Europe. The BRF forum aims to showcase the progress of the BRI since it began in 2013. The CPEC is opposed by India as it is being laid through the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). In his address at the roundtable meeting of the BRF forum presided by Chinese President Xi Jinping, Khan termed the CPEC as a transformational project which would play an important role in boosting connectivity between the Gwadar Port in Pakistan and Xinjiang region of China. He also underscored the importance of greater connectivity among the BRI participating countries and proposed four specific areas for particular focus, including digital connectivity, mobility of labour, cultural connectivity and sharing best practices in knowledge and innovation. To advance these proposals, among other things, Khan also suggested setting up of BRI Tourism Corridor to improve labour skills and mobility and creating multi-lingual digital platforms. He also mooted cooperation among the BRI countries for poverty alleviation and campaign against corruption. In his speech at the cultural centre, Khan said the BRI had come as a blessing for Pakistan. “Belt and Road Initiative has given us an opportunity to catch up with other nations. CPEC has provided an opportunity for Pakistan to attract investment not just from China, which is the fastest growing economy in the world now. So obviously, China is a main home from where we hope to invite investors,” he said. Khan also met Managing Director of International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde on the sidelines of the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing and reportedly discussed the bailout package. Pakistan is currently undergoing a severe balance of payment crisis, despite large infusion of investments from China, the UAE and Saudi Arabia. The meeting reviewed the relationship between Pakistan and the IMF. Khan identified the areas of reform and initiatives being undertaken by his government to stabilise the economy, control inflation and achieve fiscal balance, the APP report said. The two leaders agreed on the importance of the IMF programme and to work towards an agreement for which a fund’s delegation is coming to Islamabad. The two sides agreed on the need for a social safety net for the vulnerable groups of the society.
OTTAWA — The federal government’s big-ticket efforts to support high-growth tech firms are offering little for emerging companies that have already outgrown the fledgling start-up phase, according to a new survey of CEOs in Canada’s sector.The insights are among the early findings of a three-year research project focused on properly defining mid-sized “scale-up” firms, outlining what prevents them from growing into big companies in Canada and ensuring they’re central to policy discussions.“Scale-ups do not see their interests reflected in the federal innovation agenda,” said a document summarizing the opinions of executives at 48 of these firms during interviews last summer. The research is a collaboration between industry and the University of Toronto. Intellectual property may be a state of mind, but Canada’s mind is not on the game Canada risks losing its artificial intelligence edge as adoption lags and the tech goes mainstream Trade deals that lock up intellectual property rules could have dangerous consequences for Canada The research is partly funded by Toronto-based tech company Delvinia. Adam Froman, the firm’s founder and CEO, said he’s made use of many different federal programs over the last 20 years — and has seen the gaps for scale-ups.The problem, he said, is that without ongoing support, made-in-Canada firms are being purchased by foreign entities, which also gobble up valuable intellectual property Ottawa helped pay for.“We’re exiting too early and the government doesn’t recognize it,” Froman said.Ottawa, he said, remains focused on helping firms with annual revenues under $10 million a year, when it should continue its supports for the “most-at-risk companies” bringing in between $10 million and $100 million per year.“If we can actually help more companies become $50-million companies, $100-million companies and stay in Canada, this will have a material impact on the future of Canada’s economic prosperity,” he said.Froman added that scale-ups are looking for continued support beyond financial help and “handouts.” For instance, he said the government could do a better job promoting “Canada House” as a space where Canadian firms can host events in the United Kingdom and ensuring federal agencies are agile enough to provide advice and services for fast-growing companies like Delvinia.Since taking power in 2015, the federal Liberals have made big bets in hope of lifting Canada’s fast-growing sectors. Ottawa wants Canada to produce global-scale firms that will generate long-term growth and create lots of jobs.Among the measures, Ottawa has dedicated $950 million worth of public funding towards five tech “superclusters,” created a $100-million program to make the federal government a bigger customer of domestic firms’ innovative products and made changes designed to entice foreign, high-level talent to move to Canada.But CEOs interviewed for the survey, taken between June and September, said despite Ottawa’s efforts federal policy has mostly focused on helping smaller, start-up firms.“I think there’s a lot of frustration,” said Steven Denney, the researcher at University of Toronto’s Innovation Policy Lab behind the study. “I think a lot of the frustration stems from what I would say is a perceived lack of recognition.”For example, the summary said CEOs wanted government to give more opportunities to domestic firms when it comes to procurement.Denney said there’s a lack of data about companies in this scale-up category, which the project is also trying to properly define as way to frame policy debate. As he zeros in on a definition, Denney said these firms should have at least $10 million in revenue and between 60 and 65 employees and be considered high-growth according to OECD standards.“If we can’t define it, we can’t talk about it,” he said.A spokeswoman for Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains said Thursday that helping businesses grow, scale up and go global is a top priority.“Our government has taken concrete action to make it easier for scale-ups to access capital, access new markets, and access talent,” Dani Keenan said in a statement.“We will continue to work closely with business to provide the right conditions for businesses to succeed and create good jobs for Canadians.”In a September report, an advisory group assembled by Bains’ department that included industry leaders said Canada has a strong entrepreneurial culture and startup capacity — but that it underperforms when it comes to scaling up companies.“The problem is that government programs tend to focus on entrepreneurs and small-and medium-sized enterprises,” said the economic strategy report on digital industries. The report said the government must refocus some of its programs to help high-performing scale-ups grow into global firms.
Less than a year after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers made Darrelle Revis one of the splashiest acquisitions of the 2013 NFL off-season, the star cornerback is on the move again — this time as a free agent to the New England Patriots.The economics behind Tampa Bay’s desire to divest themselves of Revis were predictably complex, given the league’s byzantine salary-cap rules. But suffice it to say, Revis would have cost the Buccaneers’ front office a lot of money. On the field, though, he will bring a lot of value to New England. Last season, he ranked first among cornerbacks in Pro Football Focus’ play-by-play-based grading system (this data is behind a paywall), making it the second time he’s led the NFL in that metric over the past three years. (He also finished first in 2011.)But more importantly, Revis’ 2013 contributions extended beyond the stat sheet. Paradoxically, a top-flight cornerback’s statistics — particularly his interceptions — tend to go down as he plays better.Take the great Deion Sanders. According to Pro-Football-Reference’s Approximate Value (a measure of an NFL player’s overall value to his team), Sanders peaked during the 1996 season, when he was named first-team All-Pro while playing every game for the Dallas Cowboys. Yet that same season, he tied his career-low for interceptions in a season (two) — even a broken-down, 37-year-old Sanders had more picks with the Baltimore Ravens in 2004.What was going on? Teams were afraid to throw in Sanders’ direction. He wasn’t accumulating interceptions because he rarely had the chance to do so. The same was true for Revis last season. Despite posting one of the lower interception totals of his career, he was effectively shutting off one half of the field, keeping receivers from getting open and/or scaring the opposing quarterback away from risking a throw in his vicinity.Among qualified cornerbacks, only the Seattle Seahawks’ Richard Sherman discouraged opposing passes more than Revis. Teams threw in Sherman’s direction once every 17 snaps. Revis was targeted once every 15 snaps. Only two other CBs, the Atlanta Falcons’ Asante Samuel and the New Orleans Saints’ Keenan Lewis, even cracked the one-in-13 barrier last season. You can’t complete a pass if you don’t attempt it, so a lot of Revis’ value lies in this deterrent factor.All of this isn’t to say that the Buccaneers were wrong to release Revis. They’re a rebuilding team with a new coach, Lovie Smith, and have little use for a veteran soaking up a massive amount of cap room and costing them an extra draft slot. But the Patriots are getting a cornerback who still ranks among the game’s elite.
neil: LOLchris.herring: Not just Hood, either. Zach Collins played his butt off, too, in Game 6 and stepped up in a way I didn’t expect.All this while the Nuggets’ bench did almost nothing on the night.That’s kind of been the story of the entire series, really. neil (Neil Paine, senior sportswriter): The elephant in the room is how eerily similar to last year this is playing out. The Warriors were in the same spot Houston is, down 3-2, with the opponent suffering a key injury. (That time it was Chris Paul who was out, and Golden State stormed back, obviously.)chris.herring: Right.natesilver: At the same time, although Harden disappeared down the stretch run for Game 5 and that wasn’t great, I think Houston gets a little bit too much grief. Beating the KD-less Warriors is still a big feat — remember, they won 73 games without KD! — especially at Oracle Arena.chris.herring: It’s just that Houston had erased a 20-point Warriors lead and taken the lead on the road, with KD out of the picture, and Steph struggling. If you win that game, you’re up 3-2 with a chance to close it at home. They can still do it, but now they have to come back instead of merely going in for the kill.neil: We often talk about the seeming inevitability of Golden State winning these past few years. But if they win again, that fourth quarter will be looked back at as a turning point of sorts, I think. A place where they made their stand as the season could have begun slipping away. Curry even started to get things rolling in that fourth quarter, after a brutal series for the most part.natesilver: I don’t know — the whole game felt like Golden State’s to lose. The first half in particular was wide-open and sloppy, which you’d think was the Warriors’ jam more than Houston’s.chris.herring: Just a couple of really clear things that killed the Rockets. Paul has never shot that poorly in a playoff game. Kevon Looney basically became PJ Tucker for a night, with all the offensive rebounds. The bizarre, fluke play at the end of the game.natesilver: Sometimes I wonder if these analytics-heavy teams don’t emphasize offensive rebounding enough. Of course, they’ve spent way more time looking at the data than I have. But certain types of situations increase offensive rebound percentage more than others, and it can be a hidden source of value.chris.herring: Maybe it was just GSW’s game to take unless the Rockets took it from the Warriors, which goes to Nate’s point about the game having been in Oakland.I’m just really stuck on the “What if?” of that outcome. What if that was the last game at Oracle, potentially, and the Rockets could close this out tonight at home? The hype surrounding tonight would be insane.I guess similar to last year, when Houston had a 3-2 lead but without Paul.neil: It’s worth noting that with KD on the court in the series, the Warriors are +8.8 per 100 possessions; without him, they’re -6.2. So this injury really does add a huge late wrinkle to what was already a mega-interesting series.chris.herring: I know the Warriors have won championships without KD and have even played stretches without him since he joined the team. But I do think it’s interesting that they’d gotten so used to relying on him this postseason.He’d led them in scoring for eight straight games.neil: He also completely changes HOW they play. They run so many more isolations with KD.chris.herring: Even for Steph and Klay, going from that to having to do it all themselves again is a shift.gfoster: Obviously, Curry and Thompson will need to step up on the offensive side to make up for that lost production — and both have been pretty so-so if not bad. But without DeMarcus Cousins and with a thin bench, I wonder how this affects them defensively. How do you think both teams adjust?chris.herring: I would assume the Warriors are going to start Looney without Durant there.You don’t have a ton of options, really.But the Rockets can shade their defense a lot differently without Durant in the mix.natesilver: I guess the one thing about Golden State is that with both KD and Steph out there — and Klay! — there are probably some diminishing returns in terms of being able to get good looks. Meaning, KD won’t hurt quite as much as if they didn’t have another super-high-usage player (Curry) and another super-efficient player (Thompson). Maybe there’s less margin of error against Houston’s defense, though.neil: If the Warriors’ lack of depth was ever going to finally catch up to them, it’s now.natesilver: Yeah, what I really worry about for GSW is the bench units. Curry still doesn’t look exactly right, and if you’re playing him 42 minutes, or whatever, that probably isn’t great.But also not great if you’re playing him 38 minutes and have 10 minutes of a pretty terrible lineup.gfoster: Likewise, Draymond Green gets into foul trouble again, and it’s even more complicated.chris.herring: It’s pretty wild to consider how inevitably we talk of the Warriors winning it all again when an injury like this — one that keeps him out the remainder of the series, but not for the entire playoffs — is so consequential.neil: The flip side, though, is how they still have a good chance to win without a top-five player. Any other team loses a player of KD’s stature and it’s sorta over.natesilver: For the past several seasons, our model has usually had Golden State at about 50 percent to win the championship when the playoffs begin. Sometimes a little higher, sometimes a little lower. Either way, though, that’s a long way from 100 percent.chris.herring: I’m interested to see how Paul responds tonight. And to see whether Tucker is a pest again the way he was in Game 4.He’s not a big-time offensive player, but Tucker not having to guard KD all game long could open things up for him, too.neil: Tucker, Paul and (weirdly) Austin Rivers seem to be the bellwethers for Houston. When they play well, the Rockets have won. Harden, on the other hand, has been pretty even in production between wins and losses this series.natesilver: Which is usually how it works, Neil. 😉 But I agree. This is one of those series where I think basically every game was the deserved outcome, notwithstanding some of the foul controversies in Game 1.neil: Well, my point is that it hasn’t exactly been Harden abnormally taking over games to will Houston to their wins. (To the extent that 35 points per game is just normal for him, haha.)natesilver: I agree, it’s been the entire game plan working. And I don’t think the game plan really worked in Game 5.gfoster: The Trail Blazers and Nuggets will play Game 7 in Denver. Game 7s in the NBA playoffs strongly favor the home team: Nearly 80 percent of them have gone to the home side. How are Portland’s chances of being in that 20 percent group?neil: You would think that number would be even higher in Denver’s favor because the Nuggets have such a strong home-court advantage.natesilver: We actually have Denver at “only” 76 percent, so a bit lower than the historical norm, and we account for the fact that teams at altitude have a bigger home court-advantage. But the home team in Game 7 is by definition the higher seed, and the thing about the Nuggets is that they aren’t as strong as a typical highly seeded team.chris.herring: The Blazers’ chances are wonderful if they can get one more game of bench production like the one they just got in Game 6.neil: Rodney Hood! He knows a new contract is coming. Averaging 16.2 PPG in this series.It was also big for Dame Lillard to get hot from three again like he was against OKC.chris.herring: This tweet blew me the hell away: natesilver: If Zach Collins and Enes Kanter and Rodney Hood are having breakout games … maybe that just means that Denver isn’t very good?chris.herring: The Nuggets haven’t been able to take Nikola Jokic off the court at all.gfoster: I wonder how much fatigue will begin to play a factor, which we have obviously seen in these long series. Dame looks a little gassed no?natesilver: Jokic has also looked gassed at times, except that’s how he always looks so it’s hard to read too much into it.chris.herring: Dame hit some ridiculous shots yesterday — both of the “he’s in a different area code” sort of way, and one where he was falling over and just threw something up and got it go down anyway.natesilver: Did we discuss the four-overtime game? I thought some of the player usage decisions were pretty ridiculous, in terms of teams not incorporating their benches more.neil: Yeah, there were some wild minute totals being recorded in that game. Jokic played 65 minutes!natesilver: Most ever in a playoff game.chris.herring: Yeah. Mike Malone said he needs to trust his bench a bit more.gfoster: C.J. McCollum played 60. Dame played a relatively breezy 58.chris.herring: It’s been tough. Denver’s backup point guard, Monte Morris, who in my opinion was one of the two or three most consistent bench players in the league, has scored 4, 3, 0, 2, 6 and 0 in this series.And trusting a bench that is consistently giving you negative returns whenever Jokic takes a breather … there isn’t time to watch negative returns roll in!It’s the playoffs. Every minute is huge.natesilver: Random aside, but it does seem like teams that are dependent on a PG or a C can have more problems with their depth than a look at their roster might imply. If your star is a SG or SF or maybe a PF, you can slide guys around a lot more and give the team different looks. It’s hard to replace a guy like Jokic, though, in way that’s fluid with your overall gameplan.neil: Yeah, there’s a lot more benefit to versatility in the middle of basketball’s “defensive spectrum” (or whatever we’re calling it).chris.herring: 100 percent, Nate.neil: Both ends call for more specific skills that aren’t as easily replicated when your star needs a breather.natesilver: This is also sort of an interesting problem with on/off statistics. If certain types of players make roster construction harder, and lead to worse lineups when they’re off the floor, a lot of the +/- stats will mistakenly give them credit for that.chris.herring: There was that game to start the playoffs that Denver lost, where Jokic took only nine shots. I was close to writing an entire story about that notion.They’ve done a much better job making sure he’s constantly involved in everything since then. They just have a limited bench.I still wouldn’t like their chances in the next round. But if KD takes a while to come back, at least they’d be playing another thin team in GSW, assuming the Warriors find a way to get one of the next two.gfoster: Moving to the East, Philly staved off elimination and will go back to Canada for Game 7 — and they didn’t get booed (that much) by their home fans, so that’s big. Obviously, this was a big game for Ben Simmons and Jimmy Butler, but Joel Embiid posting a +40 in 36 minutes while only scoring 17 is absurd.neil: Philly’s Big 3 were amazing in Game 6. They finally got it all together at once.chris.herring: I thought Simmons was the story of the night.natesilver: While Embiid’s +40 stood out in Game 6, I noticed that Simmons has had a positive rating in every Philly win so far in the playoffs and a negative one in every Philly loss.chris.herring: Exactlynatesilver: gfoster (Geoff Foster, sports editor): After a lopsided and — let’s face it — largely uninteresting first round, the second round of the NBA playoffs is delivering on its promise. We have only one team that’s already punched its ticket (Milwaukee). Philadelphia and Portland were each able to force a Game 7 last night with clutch wins at home, but let’s start with the Golden State-Houston series, which resumes with Game 6 in Houston tonight. The extent of the Kevin Durant injury is not totally known, but we do know he is out for the remainder of this series. This possibly devastating news was likely a little bit easier to swallow for Golden State fans considering that many people (including myself) looked at that noncontact injury Wednesday and assumed he injured his Achilles.Does this give Houston a legitimate shot to take this series? Or did they blow a crucial opportunity by not stealing Game 5 when KD went down?chris.herring (Chris Herring, senior sportswriter): Both.If they lose the series, they’re going to kick themselves for what happened in Game 5. But that said, they still have a decent shot to pull the upset. The margin for error is so much less now without KD there. They have to play well enough on offense while hoping that either Steph Curry or Klay Thompson are simply ineffective for a game or two. Steph reached down deep and remembered who he was in that fourth quarter, but it’s not inconceivable to me that Houston takes advantage of this.natesilver (Nate Silver, editor in chief): It absolutely gives them a shot. Golden State was basically the equivalent of half a star player better than the rest of the top tier (Houston, Milwaukee, Toronto). Take that player away, and they’re probably a half-step behind instead. Without KD, they’re underdogs in a neutral-court series against all of those teams. HOWEVER, the Warriors only need to win one of the two remaining games to close out against Houston, and one of those games is at home, so they’re still overall favorites (64 percent favorites, more precisely) to win the series. natesilver: Historically, lots and lots of players have learned to shoot the three, especially recently.neil: Yeah, especially big men, I suppose.chris.herring: I legitimately can’t believe Jason Kidd is still in consideration for jobs when he convinced Giannis (and Jabari Parker) not to shoot threes anymorenatesilver: But with Simmons, his free-throw percentage is pretty bad, and he’s bad on long twos, so that does suggest there might be something structurally wrong with his shot.chris.herring: Anyway, I think the Raptors should be fine at home. The series has showcased a number of swings in either direction. If they keep Simmons out of transition, Kyle Lowry doesn’t lay an offensive egg at home, and Kawhi Leonard is himself, I think they’ll be OKgfoster: Kristaps Porzingis aside, was there a bigger trade deadline move than Toronto getting Marc Gasol? I suppose we could point back to Rodney Hood.chris.herring: Gasol was tailor-made for this series, and the matchup with Embiid. He’s not nearly as talented, but he can hold his own with a player who otherwise would have had a chance to break this series open.(Although it’s fair to point out that Embiid has also had, like, three different illnesses this series, somehow.)natesilver: It’s a pretty high-leverage Game 7 in that whichever team loses isn’t going to feel at all good about its season. Not like, say, Portland, which to be honest can be pretty happy even if they get blown out in Denver.chris.herring: That’s certainly true.neil: And this is the point where both teams’ seasons ended last year, too. So they couldn’t even point to a second-round berth as progress.gfoster: Does Brett Brown keep his job if Philadelphia loses?natesilver: I don’t think so.chris.herring: I’d like to think he *should* be safe with a loss, since the series made it seven games. But the owner has been pretty clear in saying that he wanted to see progress with how all-in the Sixers just went. And losing in the second round again, technically, wouldn’t be progress.natesilver: I know Philly has a bunch of weird fits, but Occam’s razor is that a team with Embiid, Simmons, Butler, Tobias Harris and JJ Redick ought to be VERY good, even with no bench.chris.herring: We talked about it before, but I don’t know if I could blame Brown for not getting more out of a group that hasn’t spent that much time together. Especially with Embiid being less than healthy this series. But I’m also not the one making multimillion-dollar decisions in these trades, hirings and firings.neil: Yeah, even though it wouldn’t surprise me at all if they went in a new direction, it would feel a little unfair given the fit and the lack of cohesion.natesilver: I do sort of wonder if they trade Simmons if they lose.gfoster: Does Butler return if they lose?chris.herring: The city of Philadelphia will riot if they don’t bring Butler back.neil: 🔔chris.herring: He’s been fantastic at times, and it’s clear how much he cares about winning. I think the better question is whether they’ll bring Harris back — and if so, at what money.Butler is fascinating because of the mileage he has on his body. But the fans will legitimately be furious if they don’t bring him back.neil: I’m always shocked at how young Butler is. He feels like he’s been around forever.natesilver: Who they would trade Simmons for is a tricky question, because his salary is still pretty low next year. On Twitter the other day, I suggested that an interesting trade might be Simmons straight up for the No. 2 or 3 overall pick, and everyone semed to hate that.chris.herring: A Simmons trade could immediately improve the playoff outlook of the team, but he’s also so young to where it’s very easy to see how and where he could improve. But it’s part of the reason why I’d at least like to see him experimenting with a jumper during games. You really can’t go entire postseasons without so much as even attempting a shot outside the paint. And playing center on a team with Embiid won’t work long-term.natesilver: Because he’s only making like $8 million next year, though, it’s hard to trade him for a veteran talent without having to package him with someone else and messing up your books. So if you could trade him for a young point guard, and actually use Butler as your primary ball handler in a lot of lineups, that might be interesting.chris.herring: It’s easy to say in hindsight, but having Landry Shamet still would have been massive for this team. You also have the question of what to do with a player like Redick — one of your few floor-spacers — once his deal ends this summer.gfoster: Speaking of next season’s plans, I wanted to touch on Boston quickly, who was knocked out this week by Milwaukee (who we haven’t even mentioned). What is going to happen with that team? Does Kyrie Irving stay?neil: What a miserable end to the series (and probably his Celtics career) for Kyrie.chris.herring: I just want to reiterate here: I think Milwaukee can, and probably will, win the whole thing this year.The Bucks haven’t gotten quite enough credit for taking care of business. We wrote the piece about the Celtics having shut down Giannis in Game 1 — and then didn’t mention them again. The Bucks have been impressive as hell.neil: If the Rockets hold court at home in Game 6, the Bucks will be the only team to advance in less than seven games. (And they did it in five.) Although idk how much that says about the Celtics.chris.herring: But Kyrie … who knows with this guy?natesilver: Good news, New York: Kyrie Irving is now officially enough of a headcase to play for the Knicks!neil: LOL, Nate.chris.herring: I don’t think you can go as far as to say that Kyrie burned bridges with the Celtics. But there were so many odd moments where he seemed to be talking about his teammates and what all they needed to do when it wasn’t clear that Kyrie had the stature to say those things.What I mean by that: If you aren’t all the way in, and you waffle on the idea of being somewhere long-term, it looks weird if you readily critique your younger teammates, who probably feel just as invested, if not more invested, as you are. So it was interesting to see Terry Rozier say that he felt he dealt with BS all season. It was interesting to see Jaylen Brown’s many faces on the bench as their season was winding down.natesilver: It’s still hard to see him coming back. I mean, he hasn’t been that subtle about conveying his intentions. Which doesn’t mean he couldn’t change his mind later.chris.herring: It was interesting to hear Al Horford admit that the Bucks reminded him of his 60-win Hawks team, but with a legitimate superstar. And it was interesting to watch Kyrie have a horrible shooting series in which he said he should just take more shots to shoot himself out of the slump.Yeah. I think he’s gone. Knick fans had to be ecstatic at how that all played out.natesilver: It’s also not clear how much Boston wants him back. Certainly the fans have turned on him. His teammates don’t love him. He doesn’t provide that much value relative to the max contract. I’m pretty bullish on Kyrie, but he’s not a huge bargain.chris.herring: Aside from wanting to make up for whatever this season was, I don’t know why Kyrie would return to Boston at this point if he feels over the whole situation.gfoster: I think Kyrie’s status in Boston is contingent on whether the Celtics pursue Anthony Davis, right? Wouldn’t he stay in that scenario?chris.herring: I never understood why he committed to staying as the season was starting. But the fact that he did, if he doesn’t actually want to be there, doesn’t mean he should still follow through with it. I think they’ll likely pursue Davis regardless of Irving.natesilver: Mayyybee not, Geoff? A lot of the other teams that Kyrie might go to could also put together a decent offer for AD.chris.herring: The challenge there is if Irving is gone/leaving, you would have a pretty bare cupboard to entice Davis to stay. Because he’ll be a free agent pretty soon, too.natesilver: By this point next week, we’ll know who has the No. 1 overall pick, too.chris.herring: That was the risk the Celtics waged by trading for Irving in the first place. (They gave up a banged-up Isaiah Thomas, so it wasn’t a huge risk. But still.)This risk would likely involve Jayson Tatum and other important pieces. You’d have to make sure Davis wanted to be there before pulling that trigger, I’d think.natesilver: If push comes absolutely to shove, the Celtics still have Tatum and Brown on cheap deals, a ton of extra draft picks and a good coaching/scouting/analytics staff.So that’s a fair bit of assets to fall back on. It might make you a little more risk-averse, even though Danny Ainge has a reputation as a gambler.gfoster: So under the new lottery rules, the Knicks, Cavs and Suns each have a 14 percent chance at landing Zion Williamson. The Bulls are 12.5 percent, Atlanta 10 percent, Wizards 9 percent.natesilver: Which is the most annoying scenario? That he ends up in Cleveland, maybe?gfoster: Yes. Has to be.neil: Yet ANOTHER Cavs No. 1 pick would be hilarious.gfoster: It’s like when the Edmonton Oilers won the lottery in four out of six years. (hockey reference!!)chris.herring: Maybe I’m too much of a purist? The idea of them winning a fourth lotto in such a tight window would be insane (and maybe depressing on some level, because it feels like incompetent ownership would be gifted with a star yet again). But I also think it would make the Cavs interesting. That said: If he goes to the Hawks, that would be kind of fascinating — perhaps the most interesting fit of the teams with a realistic chance.neil: Trae Young + Zion, let’s GOOOOOO.chris.herring: If he goes to the Knicks, the hype will be like something I’ve never seen in my lifetime. Especially with the KD/Kyrie rumors having been out there, too.gfoster: I do like the idea of Ja Morant on the Knicks.natesilver: Would you trade him for Anthony Davis, though?chris.herring: Will give a lot of voice to the idea of the Knicks swapping the No. 1 pick for a Davis package or somethingnatesilver: WOULD YOU DO IT, CHRIS, IF YOU’RE THE KNICKS?!?gfoster: All-caps questions need answers.chris.herring: LOL.neil: Yeah, I feel like the bottom part of this chat has just been Nate angling to get AD, KD and Kyrie on the Knicks.chris.herring: If I had a really strong sense that I was going to get Durant and/or Kyrie, I would be fine with that. If it was just Davis, and no pieces around him, no. I don’t trust the Knicks enough to truly build it from the ground up, with a single star player in place.Hopefully that makes sense and won’t get me stoned by the Knick fans who read this.natesilver: I’m reading Knicks message boards where people are like “Mitchell Robinson is too good to trade for Anthony Davis.”chris.herring: He’s not. But man, it would be great to hold on to him if you could.Especially if you’re giving them Zion/the first pick. Kevin Knox and Frank Ntilikina, you’d feel more comfortable giving away.natesilver: Yeah, I think Zion for Davis is at least fair value for New Orleans, considering that he really just has one year left on the contract. So if the Knicks are giving up a bunch of other stuff too, I start to not like the trade.gfoster: All right, the lottery is Tuesday, so next week we will have more developments to discuss in this weekly 2018-19 Playoffs/Wild Knicks Speculation chat. Enjoy the conclusion of the second round!Check out our latest NBA predictions. chris.herring: Simmons had 21 points in Game 6, but had only managed 33 TOTAL in Games 2-5.natesilver: I guess that isn’t hugely surprising, but still — Simmons is one of the ultimate “can’t live with him, can’t live without him” players.neil: And one narrative of these playoffs has been about whether Simmons truly fits into Philly’s group, especially long-term. He’s been under a LOT of scrutiny and criticism.chris.herring: I think it’s somewhat unlikely that he has a repeat performance in Game 7 on the road. But even if they can get 15 or so from him on halfway efficient shooting, it’s massive.We know what he is for now.natesilver: I was sorta-kinda persuaded by the argument that his natural position is as a stretch center.chris.herring: But I think that’s part of what works against him in these playoffs: If you keep him and Philly out of transition, he’s going to struggle to score, and he’s going to clog the paint in that dunker’s spotI really loved that story, too, Nate — and was going to find a reason to post it in here.neil: “A bigger and more athletic version of Draymond Green with more scoring ability”chris.herring: And in a way, that’s what he did yesterday.natesilver: I think he’s become a bit underrated at this point. Like, even if you concede the argument that he and Embiid are a bad fit together, if I’m one of the 29 other GMs, I’d be looking for a way to buy low on Simmons.chris.herring: He scored off a couple putbacks. And he scored on fastbreaks. Your challenge is that you can game-plan him during the playoffs as an opposing defense.The fact that he isn’t a jump-shooting threat whatsoever — like, we KNOW he’s not going to shoot — makes him different in that sense than a Draymond, or a Giannis Antetokounmpo. It puts more pressure on the other guys to find ways to score while playing defenses that take advantage of that.But he’s still really, really good.natesilver: If Simmons shot a Giannis number of threes, could he shoot at Giannis’s percentage? It’s not that high a bar to clear.chris.herring: Nah, I’ve watched him warm up several times before. Whereas most NBA players, at any position, can knock down a handful of threes without much trouble, it doesn’t come natural for Simmons at all.natesilver: Hahachris.herring: You’re more likely to see him miss five or six triples in a row than you are to see him hit three or four out of 10 when he’s warming up wide-open.natesilver: Do you buy the theory that he’s shooting with the wrong hand?chris.herring: I think it’s a real possibility, yes. When you watch him shoot with his right hand, it looks more natural than with his left.And I said it on Twitter recently: I think Giannis will be a league-average shooter from three next year.neil: Is perimeter shooting a skill that a player can learn to at least be competent at with enough work? I guess Giannis is a weird comparison point because his best 3-point percentage in a season was still the 34.7 percent he hit as a 19-year-old rookie.
Culpepper2000MINSmith • Kleinsasser • Moss • Carter • Davis226 Cassel2008NEFaulk • Morris • Welker • Moss • Gaffney220 Stabler1973OAKHubbard • Smith • Siani • Biletnikoff • Moore209 New QBYrTmSkill PlayersWtd. A.V. Hogeboom1984DALDorsett • Springs • Hill • Cosbie • Renfro240 Sanchez2009NYJJones • Greene • Cotchery • Keller • Edwards188 *Weighted Approximate Value equals a player’s AV from the previous season multiplied by three, plus his AV from two seasons ago multiplied by two, plus his AV from three seasons ago. A team’s total above is the sum of the weighted AV numbers for all of its primary non-QB skill players.Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com With seconds left in the first half of the Kansas City Chiefs’ preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons last Friday, new starting QB Patrick Mahomes showed once again why KC felt comfortable dropping longtime starter Alex Smith in favor of the talented 22-year-old they took 10th overall in 2017. White1980DALDorsett • Newhouse • Hill • Pearson • DuPree264 Rivers2006SDTomlinson • Turner • Gates • Parker • McCardell291 Mahomes2018KCHunt • Ware • Kelce • Watkins • Hill221 King2000TAMDunn • Alstott • Johnson • Green • Moore234 Rypien1989WASByner • Riggs • Monk • Sanders • Clark235 Woodley1980MIANathan • Williams • Moore • Harris • Cefalo208 Phipps1972CLEKelly • Scott • Pitts • Morin • Hooker226 Manning2005NYGBarber • Finn • Burress • Shockey • Toomer210 Roethlisberger2004PITStaley • Bettis • Ward • Burress • Randle El235 Fitzpatrick2008CINBenson • Perry • H’mandzadeh • Johnson • Kelly202 Staubach1971DALGarrison • Thomas • Hayes • Alworth • Ditka211 Just how impressive was that bomb from Mahomes to Tyreek Hill? As Yahoo’s Michael David Smith noted, Mahomes’s pass traveled further through the air — 68.6 yards, according to the NFL’s NextGen Stats — than any touchdown pass did during the entire 2017 NFL season.1That’s impressive even though the 2017 stats include very little of Aaron Rodgers, king of the deep TD strike. So there’s no questioning Mahomes’s arm. And perhaps more importantly, he’ll be surrounded by plenty of supporting talent that will help him ease into his new role — maybe more of this talent than any other quarterback this decade. But does this ideal situation mean Mahomes is destined to make KC fans forget about Smith — and cure the Chiefs’ chronic postseason problems?Certainly, Mahomes will demonstrate a very different style of play than Smith did. During Smith’s seasons at the helm in Kansas City (2013-17), only Tom Brady had a lower interception percentage,2Among the 39 NFL passers with at least 800 attempts over that span. and nobody topped Smith on the percentage of passes he threw that ended up at or behind the line of scrimmage. Although Smith did begin to stretch the field more as a deep passer over his time in KC, he was mostly defined as an extremely accurate short-range passer who kept the Chiefs’ offense on schedule and didn’t make mistakes. Mahomes, by contrast, carries the “gunslinger” label for a reason: In the his one full start last season, 40 percent of his passes traveled at least 10 yards downfield, which would have ranked fourth in the league if he’d played enough to qualify. Mahomes also throws plenty of interceptions: In addition to the one he tossed during his lone NFL start (thereby increasing KC’s total picks thrown by quarterbacks by 20 percent), he also threw 25 in his final two seasons at Texas Tech,3Where, it should be mentioned, he also averaged a ridiculous 4,853 passing yards and 39 touchdowns over those two seasons. and struggled with turnovers during training camp as well.Fortunately, Mahomes will have an incredible arsenal of weapons to choose from when he’s running Andy Reid’s offense this year. At running back, KC boasts a pair of prolific rushers from the past few seasons in Kareem Hunt — who ran for 1,327 yards as a rookie in 2017 — and Spencer Ware, who missed all of 2017 with injury but notched 921 yards on the ground in 2016. Mahomes will also be throwing to wideouts Hill (1,183 receiving yards in 2017) and newcomer Sammy Watkins, who battled injuries in recent years but had 1,047 yards through the air in 2015. Finally, Mahomes can also go to Pro Bowl tight end Travis Kelce, who has racked up at least 1,000 receiving yards in each of the past two seasons — and is widely considered one of the best two TEs in the league, along with Rob Gronkowski.In other words, there’s a reason ESPN’s Bill Barnwell ranked Kansas City’s non-QB skill players as the best offensive arsenal in the league heading into the season. And in fact, if we zoom out beyond 2018 and look at NFL history, few first-time starters have ever been surrounded by a better group of skill-position talent than Mahomes will have at his disposal this season.To measure this, I went back to the 1970 NFL-AFL merger and tracked each team’s top two running backs and top three receivers (whether wide receivers or tight ends) for each season using Pro-Football-Reference’s Approximate Value metric, which assigns each player a numerical value roughly corresponding to his statistical productivity that year.4It’s not quite an apples-to-apples comparison with this season’s Chiefs, since I used end-of-season numbers for past seasons, and we obviously don’t yet know for sure who the Chiefs’ leading skill-position players will be this season. But using the players who are atop the depth chart heading into the season gives us a reasonable best guess. For those core groups of primary offensive skill players, I added up a weighted sum of their AV over the previous three seasons,5Where — somewhat arbitrarily — AV from the season before gets a multiplier of three, AV the season before that gets a multiplier of two and AV from three years ago gets a multiplier of one. to get a sense for how productive the group had been in the handful of seasons leading up to the one in question. Finally, I filtered for teams whose quarterback was in his first season as an NFL primary QB,6Meaning he led the team in attempts and started at least 10 games that season. to look for situations comparable to the one Mahomes currently finds himself in.After tallying up all the skill-position AV, here are the top supporting casts a new starter has gotten to play with since the merger: Gannon1990MINWalker • Fenney • Carter • Jones • Jordan220 Batch1998DETSanders • Vardell • Morton • Moore • Crowell258 Leinart2006ARIJames • Arrington • Boldin • Fitzgerald • Johnson235 Ponder2011MINPeterson • Gerhart • Harvin • Shiancoe • Jenkins204 George1990INDBentley • Dickerson • Hester • Brooks • Morgan203 Hipple1981DETSims • Bussey • Scott • Thompson • Hill185 Campbell2007WASPortis • Betts • Cooley • Moss • Randle El231 Leftwich2003JAXTaylor • Edwards • Smith • Edwards • Brady204 Evans1980CHIPayton • Harper • Scott • Watts • Baschnagel197 The Chiefs have set Mahomes up for successAmong quarterbacks in their first season as a primary QB, those whose primary supporting cast (2 RBs and 3 WRs or TEs) produced the most weighted Approximate Value* in the previous three seasons, 1970-2018 Although Kansas City’s talented group isn’t quite the most gifted core that a young QB has ever had to work with, it is close — ranking 12th-best since 1970 and the best this decade. In terms of what it might mean for the Chiefs, the rest of the teams on this list ended up posting an average of 8.9 wins per 16 games — just a tick below the average of 9.0 wins posted under their old QB — with the new QB generating exactly the same value (10.5 AV) as his predecessor had done in the role the year before. So if history is any indicator, Chiefs fans may not feel much of a drop-off from Smith to Mahomes, despite the latter’s inexperience.The only real concern around KC’s offense (which scored the sixth-most points of any team last year) might be the state of the team’s offensive line, which ranked among the middle of the pack in pass protection last year and has been up-and-down during the preseason thus far. But even there, Mahomes is in comparatively good hands. If we run the same exercise as above, but for Kansas City’s O-line instead of its skill players, Mahomes’s blocking support ranks 15th among first-time primary QBs since 1970. It’s not exactly the road-grading machine that Dak Prescott had in front of him when he broke in as Cowboys starter in 2016, but the KC line isn’t without talent — including 2017 second-team All-Pro Mitchell Schwartz at right tackle and former No. 1 overall pick Eric Fisher on the left side.All told, you’d have to go back to Tampa Bay Bucs QB Shaun King in 2000 to find a first-time primary signal-caller who got more support from both his skill-position teammates and his offensive line than Mahomes figures to get this season. And while King was little more than a stopgap starter for Tampa, Mahomes is lined up to be the Chiefs’ answer under center for the long haul. With ample talent around Mahomes to help smooth away any rough patches, don’t be surprised if his career as KC’s quarterback gets off to a fast start. And it had better — because if it doesn’t, neither Reid nor his young starter will have many places to lay the blame.
THE GREEN PARTY has picked its four candidates for the European elections in May with party leader and former minister Eamon Ryan to run in Dublin.Ryan was one of four candidates selected by members at a convention held in Dublin on Saturday with the Greens to contest the elections in the three Irish constituencies and in Northern Ireland.Ryan will run in the three-seat Dublin constituency where the main aim will be to improve the Greens’ share of the vote after its collapse at the 2011 general election where the party lost all of their TDs.In four-seat Ireland South, the party will run Grace O’Sullivan, an environmentalist, Irish surf champion and former Greenpeace activist.The party’s finance spokesperson, former senator and sitting Dundalk councillor Mark Dearey is to run in the vast Midlands North West constituency.In the three-seat Northern Ireland constituency the party will run Ross Brown, a founder of the East Belfast Green Party who has a background in green economics.Ryan described the candidates as a “our dream team, for a better future”, saying in a statement: “We want to move on from boom and bust economics, and have a business community that values something more than just short term profit and gain.“We believe that by going Green, Ireland can prosper under a new economic model. It’s in the European Parliament that we can change the rules and help make this happen.”Read: Outgoing IFA president says he has the skills for MEP jobRead: Childers will confirm constituency at the end of January as FF nominations open today
Are you a bicycling enthusiast? Do you own a special pair of specially-designed biking gloves? Do you hold a vehement hatred towards people who drive cars to destinations two blocks away, and also towards pedestrians who dare tread upon your clearly-demarcated bike lane? Do you feel a sense of accomplishment at having biked through a cold winter night even when public transportation could have cut your travel time in half? AdChoices广告If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then you my friend, are a biker. And we would like to put you and your protective gear to work saving the planet. One green-minded biker has created a way to convert all that wind passing over his helmet into electricity. This mobile skull-adorned windmills utilize propellers in order to charge embedded batteries (it takes a two-hour ride to fully-charge). The batteries can then be connected to other devices by USB. However, this isn’t meant to be just another green gadget, but rather [sic]:We want to use it as a medium to sensibilise the public for environmental topics and to integrate sustainability topics into the lifestye of young people by creating a positive experience. via vimeo
But, hey, sometimes you have to make sacrifices when you commit to changing your diet. Adapting to the taste of Ripple probably wouldn’t take you that long.As for me, I’m having a hard time not thinking about Fred Sanford when I see the word Ripple printed on a bottle (for those of you who missed the 70s, Ripple was a cheap, fortified red wine). I’m guessing you wouldn’t want to attempt making Champipple out of this stuff, though. The dairy case used to be packed with cow milk. These days, it’s full of alternatives like soy, almond, cashew, and rice. And now they’ll have to make room for pea milk.There are plenty of people out there with soy and nut allergies, which really limits your choices if you want to go vegan. And if you’re looking for protein in your milk, the plant-based options currently available don’t really cut it.That’s where Ripple comes in. Its creators figured that it was time for a dairy-free option that was high in protein, low in sugar, and still delicious to drink. Ripple contains 8 grams of protein per cup, which is right up there with cow’s milk. It also has 50% more calcium and one Ripple variety contains no sugar — the vanilla, chocolate, and original do, but up to 30% less than their dairy equivalents.High in protein and calcium… low in sugar… and from a sustainable source? What’s the catch, you’re asking? Well, based on comments from people who’ve actually tasted Ripple it sounds like a bit of an acquired taste. Some found it a bit too savory, others say it’s quite thick, and one Business Insider staffer said it had a “prickly, sour aftertaste.” <>
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, November 11, 2017 – Kingston – Parents and guardians are to benefit from two Parent Villages being staged by the National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC) this month, during which they will learn effective strategies to discipline their children. The villages, which are part of Parent Month activities, will be held in Kingston and Montego Bay on November 11 and 25, respectively.Chief Executive Officer of the NPSC, Kaysia Kerr, said frustration is cited as one of the major factors that lead to excessive disciplinary measures being meted out to children. She noted that parents are often not sufficiently equipped to assess and correct certain behavior patterns in their children, which leads them to react from a position of anger.“When the children step out of line, the first response should not be one of aggression, but it should, instead, be one that causes the child to reflect on his/her actions. We also cannot emphasize enough the need for parents to influence behavior through their own conduct,” Ms. Kerr said. She was speaking at a Think Tank held recently at the JIS headquarters in Kingston.Deputy Executive Director of National Integrity Action, partners of the NPSC, Dr. Patrece Charles, said that the desired result of any form of punishment should be that of remorse for the action, on the part of the child. She noted that where children are disciplined out of anger and/or frustration, the child develops feelings of resentment towards the parent or guardian.“If a child is able to feel remorse because of the implications of his actions, he’s more likely to make an adjustment in order to avoid landing in a similar position in the future,” said Dr. Charles.She further indicated that where the child is disciplined in an aggressive manner, he tends to end up feeling as though the parent despises him. This, she argued, creates an even greater issue, as it may cause the child to begin to act out in an effort to get back at the parents for hurting him.“It is my belief that if conversations are had with the child to explain the impact of his actions, and the preferred courses of action are clearly outlined, the outcomes are far more satisfactory,” Dr. Charles said.“We believe that if parents are offered more viable alternatives to the measures that they have been accustomed to, there will be a reduction in the cases of abuse that happen as a result of anger and frustration,” explained Dr. Charles.Release: JIS Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Renault EZ-GO hopes to be an autonomous solution to urban mobility 0 Car Industry Nissan Mitsubishi 37 Photos Share your voice 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Nissan: Stay up to date on all things Nissan.Mitsubishi: Mitsubishi’s doing everything it can to carve itself a larger niche. Post a comment Tags Carlos Ghosn is finally out as chairman and CEO of Renault.Ghosn, who is currently embroiled in a legal battle over alleged financial misdeeds, submitted his resignation this week, Renault said in a statement. Renault’s board convened on Thursday to appoint replacements, settling on Michelin CEO Jean-Dominique Senard for chairman and former Renault COO Thierry Bolloré for chief executive.Ghosn had been removed from his executive positions at Nissan and Mitsubishi shortly after the news broke of his arrest in November, but Renault’s board didn’t vote to oust him, with a report saying that the company wanted to wait until the investigation into his alleged malfeasance had completed. Bolloré had been acting as deputy CEO while Ghosn was in a Japanese jail.Enlarge ImageGhosn has been in detention since his arrest in November. Vincent Isore/IP3/Getty Images Nissan uncovered Ghosn’s alleged “unique” accounting methods with the help of a whistleblower. The automaker claimed its internal investigation uncovered underreported compensation from both Ghosn and Nissan representative director Greg Kelly, in addition to other misconduct, such as personal use of company assets. Ghosn was arrested by Japanese authorities and has been held ever since. It’s believed that Ghosn underreported tens of millions of dollars in income.Tokyo prosecutors didn’t bring charges against Ghosn until December, when they indicted both Ghosn and his employer Nissan — under Japanese law, a company can be charged for the transgressions of its employees. Ghosn could spend upward of a decade in prison if convicted, and Nissan could end up paying a hefty fine.Ghosn’s career started at Michelin, where he progressed from a plant manager to the CEO of Michelin North America before his 40th birthday. In the late 1990s, he became an executive vice president at Renault, where he oversaw the creation of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, which recently brought Mitsubishi into the fold and is now one of the largest automakers in the world. More From Roadshow Renault Nissan
A lightning-sparked wildfire is burning in Nowitna National Wildlife Refuge, in the state’s interior.The Big Mud Fire, burning 55 miles southwest of Tanana, was discovered yesterday by civilian aircraft. A BLM Alaska Fire Service aircraft responded from Fairbanks and flew over the lightning-caused fire. The fire is estimated to have burned about 300 acres, mostly along a ridgeline north of the Big Mud River. (Photo courtesy of Alaska Fire Service)The blaze, dubbed the “Big Mud Fire,” was discovered Wednesday by a civilian aircraft about 55 miles southwest of Tanana.It’s estimated at around 300 acres.According to a BLM press release, a U.S. Forest Service cabin is about 2 miles south of the fire, but does not appear to be threatened, currently.BLM will continue to monitor the fire.
Participants load the bus for the LGBTQ history bus tour outside of the Raven. (Hillman/Alaska Public)During the rowdy pipeline construction days, bars lined 4th Avenue in downtown Anchorage. Many of those establishments were surprisingly open to gay and lesbian Alaskans. On a bus tour this summer, passengers learned the role those places played in local LGBTQ history.Listen nowMyrna Lachoy stood at the front of a bus with a bull horn, pointing out the locations of old Anchorage bars. “It was so sleazy. It was so much fun!”The passengers giggled at bawdy jokes and memories from 30 and 40 years ago, when bar culture was huge in Anchorage. They were on a tour of historical gay hotspots. Myrna pointed to the original Rendezvous Club in downtown.“We had a lot of fun in that little place. It would hold 40 and we had 80 in it,” she recalled.“That is on the bottom half,” chimed in Russ Reno, another tour guide for the night.“Yeah, right,” Myrna countered.The tour focused on the high points of gay life in the 1970s and 80s – the fun places to drink and do drugs. But Reno pointed out that there was a reason for the culture of escapism in the 1980s – the AIDS epidemic.“How many people have at least five people on this bus that they consider friends?” he asked the crowd, who cheered in response.“Now I’d like you to imagine for a second, without being too depressing here, think about what you would feel like after just maybe two years or three years and losing every single one of those friends, and maybe having yourself and one other left. And that’s what the 80s were all about.”Reno said he gathered with others in bars because they were safe spaces, and they could party away their sadness.Before AIDS, it was easier to be gay in Alaska, he said. People didn’t care as much about your sexual identity. They had the Gay Olympics and gay social organizations, like the Mount McKinley Non-Ascent Club. “We never went up, but we’ve been known to… well, you know the rest of that. We were a gentleman’s club.”Russ Reno speaks to participants of the LGBTQ history bus tour. (Hillman/Alaska Public)The small LGBT community even had political clout, he said, because just a few votes could change everything. “And we could organize relatively quickly, so we’d get people out there to vote. And we learned we could push the election in the direct we wanted it to go, so we became very political back in the day.”But Reno says after the AIDS epidemic started, the general community and religious leaders became more homophobic.Madeline Holdorf was at an annual celebration for the LGBT community and drag performers in 1982 when someone threw tear gas into the room.“When that tear gas bomb went off, everyone thought it was part of an entrance, part of the show. And in fact it was tear gas. I was on the dias, which was part of the main stage. And everyone in the room moved at the same time.”Despite the tear gas incident, Holdorf said for years, hundreds of people would turn out for the event. Part of the reason was that, unlike in other parts of the US, gay men and lesbians hung out together. They didn’t have things separate bars or clubs.But now that the greater community is more accepting of LGBT people, the crowds at those events are much smaller. Holdorf said you don’t have to be in to bars or drag shows to find other gay people any more.One of the bus tour organizers, Nicole Cundiff with Alaskans Together for Equality said that doesn’t mean the LGBT community has achieved equal rights.“We have national marriage equality, and we have some non-discrimination ordinances in the state. But statewide we still don’t have LGBT protections, especially when it comes to our transgender population.”Cundiff said that’s part of the reason why they organized the tour – so people would remember the city’s history and stay motivated to keep pushing for equal protections.
Anisul HuqLaw minister Anisul Huq said chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha will be considered absent from Saturday as his leave period ended on Friday.The law minister mentioned article 97 of the constitution to inform Prothom Alo what will happen if the chief justice remains absent.In replying to another question, Anisul Huq said acting chief justice Md Abdul Wahhab Miah will continue his duties.According to article 97, if the office of the chief justice becomes vacant, or if the president is satisfied that the chief justice is, on account of absence, illness, or any other cause, unable to perform the functions of his office, those functions shall, until some other person has entered upon that office, or until the chief justice has resumed his duties, as the case may be, be performed by the next most senior judge of the Appellate Division.Surendra Kumar Sinha. File photoMeanwhile, chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, who was on leave, has flown to Canada from Singapore, said a person close to the CJ. Sinha reached Singapore for his treatment from Australia on Monday night. He set out for Canada from Singapore on Friday (Today).Chief justice’s younger daughter Asha Sinha stays in Canada.The last day of chief justice’s one month leave was 10 November. Some media outlets report the chief justice will return home on 13 November.However, the Supreme Court acting registrar general could not be contacted over phone to know about this.Chief justice SK Sinha left Bangladesh for Australia to stay with his eldest daughter Suchana Sinha. Earlier on 2 October, the chief justice applied to president Md Abdul Hamid for a one-month leave that ended on 1 November.During his leave, the CJ requested the president for extending his leave to 10 November. Taking this in cognizance, CJ’s leave ended Friday.
Getty ImagesPresident Donald Trump announces plans to acknowledge Jerusalem as the capital of Israel at a press conference on Dec. 6, 2017. Pres. Donald Trump Wednesday announced the U.S. would officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. He also directed the State Department to “begin preparation to move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.” It’s a controversial move.Houston Matters brings you the President’s speech along with analysis from local experts on politics and the Middle East.Joining host Craig Cohen for the discussion are:Joe Barnes, a former official with the State Department, and the Bonner Means Baker Fellow at the Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice UniversityRick Sindelar, an assistant professor at the University of St. Thomas’s Center for International StudiesJeremi Suri, the Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs at UT-Austin’s Department of History, and the author of The Impossible Presidency: The Rise of and Fall of America’s Highest OfficeAndrew Schneider, News 88.7’s politics and government reporter Listen 00:00 /31:41 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share
Illustration of the encapsulated graphene heterostructure with molybdenum rhenium contacts. Credit: (c) Science (2016). DOI: 10.1126/science.aad6203 Citation: New type of Andreev process predicted whereby electron and hole states on opposite sample edges carry supercurrent (2016, May 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-05-andreev-electron-hole-states-sample.html © 2016 Phys.org Explore further Electron partitioning process in graphene observed, a world first This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. As Mason notes, the general means for causing current to move between two superconductor materials involves placing a barrier between them and then causing the Cooper pairs to be ferried across via electrons and holes—notably, in situations where the superconductors are connected to a quantum Hall state, only one-way paths along the junction can be traversed. But, the researchers wondered, what might happen if a very strong magnetic field were introduced into the junction, causing the charge carriers to move along only on the edges of the barrier? To find out, they assembled a mechanism that involved two superconducting materials separated by encapsulated graphene samples, and then created magnetic fields as high as two tesla. In such a setup, an entirely new type of Andreev process was predicted to occur in which electrons and hole states that existed on sample edges opposite one another would carry the supercurrent—this was predicted 20 years ago. Prior efforts to create a device capable of verifying the prediction have been hampered, Mason, notes, by the problem of creating an environment where superconducting and quantum Hall states might coexist. In this new effort, graphene samples allowed the team to take a first step toward proving the theory and confirming the new physics that occurs when two correlated states are connected—the work also suggests that a host of hybrid systems could be on the horizon, opening the door to a wide variety of quantum transport behavior which, as Mason also notes, could lead to a range of unique excitations and possibly yet-to-be-imagined devices. Journal information: Science (Phys.org)—A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in the U.S. and Japan has predicted a new type of process whereby electron and hole states on opposite sample edges can carry supercurrent. In their paper, published in the journal Science, the team describes their technique, which involved using encapsulated graphene samples. Nadya Mason with University of Illinois offers a closer look at the work done by the team in a perspective published in the same journal issue. More information: F. Amet et al. Supercurrent in the quantum Hall regime, Science (2016). DOI: 10.1126/science.aad6203AbstractA promising route for creating topological states and excitations is to combine superconductivity and the quantum Hall (QH) effect. Despite this potential, signatures of superconductivity in the QH regime remain scarce, and a superconducting current through a QH weak link has been challenging to observe. We demonstrate the existence of a distinct supercurrent mechanism in encapsulated graphene samples contacted by superconducting electrodes, in magnetic fields as high as 2 tesla. The observation of a supercurrent in the QH regime marks an important step in the quest for exotic topological excitations, such as Majorana fermions and parafermions, which may find applications in fault-tolerant quantum computing.