Beckham might be recalled by England’s national team

first_img Liverpool rallied for a 2-1 win at defending champion Barcelona and Inter Milan was held to a 2-2 tie by visiting Valencia in the Champions League. Chelsea gained a 1-1 tie at Porto and AS Roma was held to a 0-0 tie by visiting Lyon. GOLF: One year after he set a tournament record with a 9-and-8 victory in the opening round, Tiger Woods relied on a big par save early and a near ace on the 14th hole to put away Ryder Cup teammate J.J. Henry 3 and 2 at the Accenture Match Play Championship in Marana, Ariz. Fourth-seeded Phil Mickelson got a scare, not taking the lead against fellow lefty Richard Green until the 14th hole. Mickelson won 1-up. FOOTBALL: Defensive tackle Vonnie Holliday signed a $20 million, four-year contract to stay with the Miami Dolphins. The deal includes a signing bonus of nearly $7 million. Peyton Manning has agreed to restructure his contract with the Indianapolis Colts to save the team nearly $8 million in salary-cap space. “That’s all you’ll get from David Beckham. The reaction from every adversity he’s ever gone through in his career, he’s always bounced back and been professional and got on with his job,” McClaren said Wednesday. McClaren suggested Beckham, who will join the Galaxy of Major League Soccer this summer, would have to maintain his form to stand any chance of getting back on the team for next month’s European Championship qualifiers against Israel and Andorra. David Beckham’s recent performances for Real Madrid have improved his chances of a recall to the England team. The former captain was dropped by England coach Steve McClaren after last year’s World Cup. However, Beckham has played well since being recalled to the Madrid team and set up all three goals in Tuesday’s 3-2 Champions League win over Bayern Munich. center_img HOCKEY: Philadelphia Flyers forward Mike Knuble had surgery to insert a plate in his face to fixate the broken bones in both his right cheekbone and right orbital bone. The Carolina Hurricanes said left wing Erik Cole could miss up to four weeks after tearing a muscle near his hip. The New York Rangers placed forward Brendan Shanahan on injured reserve. TENNIS: Sam Querrey (Thousand Oaks) advanced to the second round of the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships, posting 17 aces in a 6-3, 6-2 win over Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic in Memphis, Tenn. 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

Gallery: Constitutional Court

first_imgThe Constitution Hill precinct, located just west of Hillbrow in Johannesburg, is the seat of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, the highest court in the country in terms of matters relating to the Constitution. The Constitutional Court building on Constitution Hill in the Johannesburg inner city is now 10 years old. (Image: South African History Online)Formerly a fort and then a notorious prison, the precinct is full of history and it’s fitting that a light, airy and altogether public court now resides on the premises.The theme of the precinct in “justice under a tree” and refers to the age-old African practice of people gathering under a tree to discuss important matters. This theme is carried through the building in a number of different ways.Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image. The building which houses the judges’ chambers, the courtroom, the law library and the art gallery.• Download high-resolution image As with the front of the building, the words “Constitutional Court” in all eleven official languaes can be seen on the side.• Download high-resolution image The Angry Godzilla, a three-metre-high statue carved from a single leadwood tree by artist John Baloyi, stands guard at the northern end of the court building.• Download high-resolution image The Great African Steps lead up to Constitution Square and the entrance to the main building.• Download high-resolution image Constitution Square was built on the site of the old awaiting trial block, which dates back to 1928.• Download high-resolution image Three of the staircases from the awaiting trial block have been preserved. Bricks from the building were preserved and used to build the courtroom and the Great African Steps.• Download high-resolution image The words “Constitutional Court” in all eleven official languages.• Download high-resolution image “History” by the late Dumile Feni is often mistaken for a slavery statement, but the artwork actually depicts people moving forward by carrying each other.• Download high-resolution image The eternal flame of democracy burns in one of the old awaiting trial stairwells.• Download high-resolution image The word “freedom” is inscribed on the bowl’s rim. Before it arrived in Johannesburg, the flame was lit in 2011 by former president Nelson Mandela at his Eastern Cape home, and the flame passed through the hands of all the judges before it touched the bowl.• Download high-resolution image The doors to the court building feature the 27 fundamental themes of the Bill of Rights in all official languages, plus sign language.• Download high-resolution image The magnificent doors stand nine metres high, and are a work of art in their own right.• Download high-resolution image High above the doors, each of the judges presiding when the building was constructed inscribed the words equality, dignity and freedom in their mother tongue into the concrete.• Download high-resolution image The foyer continues the theme of “justice under a tree” and is built to resemble a stand of trees where people would traditionally gather to discuss problems.• Download high-resolution image The foyer is airy and welcoming, with tall tree-like pillars and delicate silver wire chandeliers, designed to look like the leaves of the forest canopy.• Download high-resolution image The phrase “A luta continua” (Portuguese, meaning “the struggle continues”) is written in neon on the wall. It refers to the ongoing process of transformation, but was also the rallying cry of the Mozambican Frelimo freedom movement in the 1960s and 70s.• Download high-resolution image The foyer is designed to make the most of natural light, and gives a welcoming feeling to those who enter.• Download high-resolution image Inside the courtroom, which is always open to the public, the judges’ seats are covered with hide from the hardy indigenous Nguni cows – each one is different, symbolising the different characteristics that each judge brings to the bench.• Download high-resolution image  The panels in front of the window, as well as the South African flag, were made by hand. The flag is beaded and was crafted by unemployed women from a rural beadwork workshop. The panels symbolise clouds in the sky, and their theme is echoed in the carpet, which looks like the shadows of clouds on the ground.• Download high-resolution image The digitally-woven tapestry is by Marlene Dumas, one of the country’s most distinguished artists. Titled The Benefit of the Doubt 2, its themes are law, justice, innocence and freedom.• Download high-resolution image Justice under a tree – the symbol of the Constitutional Court at the entrance to the courtroom.• Download high-resolution image While the art gallery houses many fine pieces, one could also argue that the entire building is a work of art.• Download high-resolution image The bulk of the collection was assembled by former Constitutional Court judge Albie Sachs, over a ten-year period.• Download high-resolution image The square brass nosings on the steps leading down to the judges’ chambers were designed by Jabu Nala, a resident of the high-density suburb Hillbrow in Johannesburg, using patterns of traditional beer pots.• Download high-resolution image Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Ohio Cattlemen’s BEST Program awards novice participants

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) BEST program has teamed up with sponsoring partner, Weaver Livestock, to get new youth involved with the OCA BEST program. A Novice sponsorship, which covers an OCA membership ($75 value) and a BEST nomination fee ($45 per head), has been awarded to 50 deserving Ohio youth for this year’s BEST show season.The sponsorships were available to any 8-21-year-old cattle enthusiast that is participating in their first or second year of the BEST program. More information can be found at www.ohiocattle.org.BEST (Beef Exhibitor Show Total) is a youth program of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) that recognizes Ohio’s junior beef exhibitors for participation and placings through a series of sanctioned cattle shows that include showmanship competitions. Juniors who participate in these sanctioned shows earn points for their placings. Points are tabulated for cattle, showmanship, registered Bred & Owned animals and first or second year BEST participants in a separate Novice division for market animals, heifers and showmanship. The program promotes consistency for exhibitors at sanctioned shows hosted by county associations or agricultural groups and clubs. These points are tabulated and posted at www.ohiocattle.org. The program concludes with an annual awards banquet held in May where Novice participants are also entered into a novice-only drawing for a showbox, donated by Weaver Leather Livestock.For more information on the BEST program contact the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association at 614-873-6736 or email [email protected] Be sure to follow OCA on Facebook or visit www.ohiocattle.org for the latest program updates.The winners were as follows:Cheyenne Anders – Howard2. Gabrielle Anders – Howard3. Emily Barkheimer – North Lawrence4. Seamus Bly – Painesville5. Hawk Brehm – Fayette6. Scarlett Brehm – Fayette7. Lance Brinksneader – Arcanum8. Bailey Cherry – New Plymouth9. Brandon Christian – ChardonTrevor Christian – ChardonKendall Davies – Bowling GreenLily Dennis – LancasterBarrett Evans – DoverBrady Evans – DoverRussell Fox – TiffinAva Gibson – CareyTaylor Herman – AtwaterMaggie Hoorman – Columbus GroveCarson Klingel – MarionAric Lust – Mt. VernonCowen McKelvey – FredericksburgHaylee McKelvey – FredericksburgJacob McMillen – SunburyJoseph McMillen – SunburyConnor McNinch – West AlexandriaDylan Mezie – HowardGarrett Miley – SarahsvilleIsaac Miley – SarahsvilleCheyenne Myers – MinervaAlexis Perry – WoodvilleLukas Perry – WoodvilleMason Powell – FultonMorgan Powell – FultonJames Sander – Oak HarborJoshua Sander – Oak HarborDelaney Sark – OrientAnna Scheurman – WarsawMegan Schulte – OttawaReed Schumacher – Columbus GroveRobyn Schumacher – Columbus GroveKelsey Shope – McDermottErica Snook – CaldwellGavin Stump – SycamoreMorgan Truesdale – PowellAddie Van Kirk – AlexandriaNathan Videkovich – AshvilleCaroline Winter – AshvilleColton Worden – NevadaRamey Wyant – Jackson50.       Noah Zigo – Johnstownlast_img read more

Forum highlights largest wind farm in Ohio

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The general manager of the largest electricity-generating wind farm in Ohio will discuss the science of wind energy, wind turbines, and the myths associated with wind power at the Northwest Ohio Ag-Business Breakfast Forum, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018 from 8 – 9:30 a.m. The event is hosted by the Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) at the Agricultural Incubator Foundation (AIF).The Blue Creek Wind Farm, a $600 million project of Avangrid Renewables, was completed in 2012 in Paulding and Van Wert counties, generating electricity to more than 76,000 homes.This forum is part of the Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership Pollution Prevention (P2) program, which utilizes the entire network of engineering resources, equipment manufacturers and suppliers at its disposal to provide complete and cost effective evaluations in power and lighting, water usage, utilities efficiency assessments, water and air discharge and sustainability.Arrive early, as breakfast and informal networking will start at 8 a.m., with the program to follow. The cost is just $10 per person when you RSVP in advance, or $12 per person at the door without RSVP (cash or check) which includes breakfast and networking opportunities.The Northwest Ohio Ag-Business Breakfast Forum is an educational networking opportunity to provide information on current issues, trends and programs available to the agricultural community and those who support its advancement.The AIF is located at 13737 Middleton Pike (St. Rt. 582) in Bowling Green. Walk-ins are welcome, but guests are encouraged to reserve a seat in advance by visiting ciftinnovation.org.last_img read more

Pay more attention this year to reduce spray drift

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Erdal OzkanSpray drift not only result in wasting expensive pesticides and pollution of the environment, it may damage non-target crops nearby, and poses a serious health risk to people living in areas where drift is occurring. Drift happens! It accounts for about half of all non-compliance cases investigated by the Ohio Department of Agriculture. As you know, we are experiencing an unusual weather situation in Ohio and several other Corn Belt states this year. Wet fields have made planting of corn and soybeans delayed or in many cases forced farmers to abandon it altogether looking for alternatives such as planting cover crops. Either situation presents added caution when applying herbicides in terms of spray drift which is defined as movement of pesticides by wind from the application site to an off-target site during or soon after application is done. When exactly the same types of crops, such as genetically modified beans, or non-GMO beans are planted in neighboring fields, herbicide drifting from one field to another may not show injury symptoms. However, drift must be one of your most serious concerns when spraying herbicides in fields where the adjoining fields have been planted with some other crops and cover crops. Even a small amount of drift may create significant damage on such crops under these conditions.Although complete elimination of spray drift is impossible, problems can be reduced significantly if you are aware of major factors which influence drift, and take precautions to minimize their influence on off-target movement of spray droplets. The factors that play a role in either the creation, or reduction of spray drift are: a) Spray characteristics, such as volatility and viscosity of pesticide formulation; b) Equipment and application techniques used for spraying pesticides; c) Weather conditions at the time of application (wind speed and direction, temperature, relative humidity and stability of air around the application site); and most importantly, d) Operator care, attitude, and skill. Here are five cost-effective things you can do to minimize spray drift.Pay attention to wind speed more than anything else. The risk of spray drift will increase with increases in wind speed. There is no magic wind speed number below which drift will be minimum. There are many other factors mentioned below that influence the wind speed you should stay under. Generally, wind speeds below 5 miles per hour, coupled with other good management practices, will significantly reduce the injury caused by drift. The best investment you can make is to buy a wind meter that tells you how high the wind velocity is at any given time. Having a wind meter handy will help you avoid a costly problem associated with spray drift.Pay attention to wind direction. If the wind is blowing in the direction of some sensitive crops downwind, stop spraying. Don’t take the risk. Come back later in the day or the next day when the direction of the wind has shifted away from the sensitive crops.If you can, keep your nozzles as close to the target as possible while still producing a uniform distribution of spray on the target. This doesn’t cost any money as long as it is practical to make it happen.When you’re ready to change nozzles, consider selecting nozzles that produce much fewer of the extremely small droplets that are most likely to drift away. Low-drift nozzles are in the market and do a tremendous job of eliminating extremely small, drift-prone droplets from the droplet spectrum. This is especially important when spraying systemic chemicals like Glyphosate. Since the active ingredients in these types of chemicals are translocated, not requiring a thorough coverage on the target weeds, there is no need to use small droplets that increases the risk of drift.There are chemicals that are designed to increase the droplet size, and reduce the number of very small droplets when added into the spray mixture. Most of them are some sort of polymer that tends to increase the viscosity and density of the spray mixture, which leads to larger droplets. This, however, should be the last defense against drift. First consider the other options such as better targeting of the spray and switching to low-drift nozzles.If you are using nozzles that produce relatively smaller droplets, avoid spraying under extremely hot and dry weather conditions. Under these conditions, evaporation of liquid from a droplet decreases its mass rapidly, increasing the drift distance of droplets.Pay attention to conditions that may be conducive to formation of a phenomenon called thermal inversion. Normally, warm air rises up. So, during late morning to early evening, the surface temperature is usually warmer than the air temperature near the ground. So, the small droplets discharged from a nozzle may follow this normal air movement from ground up, and eventually evaporate during this process. However, during very early morning (before sunrise) or sometime after the sunset, the air temperature at some distance above the ground may be warmer than the ground temperature. Under these conditions, the warm air above the ground is trapped between the ground and the inversion layer. Under these conditions, as shown in the picture below, the small droplets suspended in the air simply follow the horizontal air movement miles away from the application site. So, avoid spraying during very early in the morning or very late in the evening, if the weather is extremely calm.Practicing the recommendations I mentioned in this article will help you reduce the risk of spray drift significantly. At the end, you will be the one making spraying decisions. If there are any doubts about a spraying job that might result in drift, wait until there is no longer that element of doubt.More detailed discussion on these tips and other drift reduction strategies are outlined in following OSUE Extension Fact Sheets available online:FABE-525 (http://ohioline.osu.edu/factsheet/fabe-525),FABE- 523 (http://ohioline.osu.edu/factsheet/fabe-523), andFABE 524 (http://ohioline.osu.edu/factsheet/fabe-524) Erdal Ozkan, Professor and Extension agricultural engineer, can be reached at 614-292-3006, or [email protected] This column is provided by the OSU Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, OSU Extension, Ohio Agricultural Research & Development Center, and the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.last_img read more

10 months agoCardiff boss Warnock: Poor start handed Spurs win

first_imgCardiff boss Warnock: Poor start handed Spurs winby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City boss Neil Warnock admits they were never in the game for defeat to Tottenham.Cardiff lost 3-0 at home via goals to Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Son Heung-min.Warnock said: “When we start off like that we shoot ourselves in the foot. All the planning goes out of the window. The goals were disappointing but they were too good for us in the first half. But that’s life and you move on.”I was pleased we hung in there because it’s easy to throw the towel in when you’re 3-0 down to a team like this. Four points in three games over a difficult period is good really.”We have had a great season so far. Players were told what they were doing and two or three let me down a little in that respect defensively today. We were playing for pride in the end.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Shohei Ohtanis Value Has No Precedent

The derby for Japanese baseball superstar Shohei Ohtani has nearly reached its long-awaited conclusion, after the pitching-and-hitting phenom narrowed his list of preferred teams down to seven. (Notably, the list doesn’t include either the New York Yankees or Boston Red Sox — Ohtani is reportedly leaning toward smaller-market and/or West Coast clubs.) If MLB’s best two-way player since Babe Ruth1Or at least Wes Ferrell. is on his way, we’ll know soon which uniform he’ll wear while revolutionizing the game.On the field, scouts are sold on Ohtani’s potential (if not his durability) as a top pitcher, as well as his speed and raw power as a hitter. And the statistical projections think he’ll be very good no matter what position he plays. According to the ZiPS system, developed by ESPN’s Dan Szymborski, both Ohtani’s ERA and his on-base-plus-slugging projections figure to be about 20 percent better than league average2Relative to park and league. over his next five seasons in the big leagues. For context’s sake, only 58 hitters and 79 pitchers met either of those qualifications over the preceding five seasons. Ohtani has the potential to hit both benchmarks.Of course, there’s also a lot of uncertainty around Ohtani’s projection to the American game, as is always the case with players whose backgrounds are in the different flavor of baseball being played in Japan. To get a sense for which other players from Japan had numbers similar to Ohtani’s, I looked at Clay Davenport’s translated Japanese-league statistics for native-born players with at least 700 MLB plate appearances or 200 innings pitched. (Specifically, I used the peak-adjusted version of Davenport’s stats, which accounts for a player’s age and tries to peg how good he’ll be in his prime.)3Davenport’s 2017 numbers are not updated yet for Ohtani, but I estimated the adjustment using Davenport’s 2016 data and Ohtani’s statistics at Baseball-Reference.com. I then ran Bill James’s Similarity Scores for each set of statistics — after converting them all to a per-season format — to give us the pitchers and hitters whose body of work most resembled Ohtani’s before arriving in America. Kenta Maeda3.804.1131202254.415.12.50.8856 Hideki Matsui.82217.1.28732420651065.843967 K. Kawakami4.321.8131202224.415.42.41.0859 NAMEERAWARWLSVIPERASO/9BB/9HR/9SIMILARITY Peak-adjusted statistics take into account a player’s age and project his numbers to a player’s prime seasons. The per-season adjustment converts all numbers to 600 plate appearances.Sources: ClayDavenport.com, Baseball-Reference.com Kazuhiro Sasaki3.143.96535963.879.33.51.2884 As for Ohtani’s batting stats, only two hitters — fellow outfielders Hideki Matsui and Kosuke Fukudome — stand out as being highly similar to their younger counterpart, and they also represent two potentially divergent paths for Ohtani’s performance at the plate. After a 10-year MLB career spent mostly with the Yankees, Matsui ended up being the greatest Japanese power hitter ever to play in the U.S. (and the second-best position player, behind future Hall of Famer Ichiro Suzuki). Ohtani’s power stats in Japan were every bit as impressive as Matsui’s were before he arrived stateside; in terms of translated stats, the former has the latter beat on home runs and doubles per 600 plate appearances, in addition to slugging percentage and OPS. But it’s important to note that Fukudome’s numbers weren’t too far behind, and his MLB career is largely viewed as a disappointment.It’s also worth pointing out that few hitters who profile as powerfully as Ohtani have even tried to make the leap from Japan to the major leagues. Japanese position players have more frequently been cast from a similar mold as Ichiro, whose game was based around speed and hitting for average, not blasting monster home runs. (At least, not outside of batting practice.) So on the batting side, Ohtani will be exploring territory still somewhat uncharted by past Japanese prospects — a matter made even more complicated by scouts’ assessments that his swing needs shortening and concerns that he won’t be able to make the proper adjustments unless he gets a lot of reps against MLB-caliber pitching.But even if he ends up being more like a mashup of Matsuzaka and Fukudome than Darvish and Matsui, Ohtani would still have plenty of value because of the unique dual role he could fill. A league-average pitcher in 150 innings plus an average hitter with 100 plate appearances would be worth 1.8 wins above replacement (1.5 with his arm and 0.3 with his bat).4Ohtani might get around 55 plate appearances in the course of throwing 150 innings as a starting pitcher, so this assumes he’d also get a few extra PAs a week as a fielder or pinch-hitter. Those stats alone would fetch nearly $20 million on the free agent market — and that’s without even considering the ways in which Ohtani might “break” the very framework of WAR itself.Systems like WAR are designed to judge the value of pitchers’ batting relative to other pitchers, so the total offensive WAR for pitchers in a given season adds up to about zero. (Because pitchers tend to be horrible hitters, this essentially means the per-inning position adjustment for pitchers is astronomical compared even with that of catchers, the nonpitching position that gets the biggest positional boost.) If he spends a decent chunk of time in the field and/or proves to be a solid hitter, Ohtani could force the curators of WAR at Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs to do some mathematical gymnastics, weighting his position adjustment and offensive production for the plate appearances he gets at pitcher and in the field. Or maybe they’ll just calculate two separate versions of batting WAR for Ohtani — one that treats him like a pitcher and another that considers him a position player. Either way, WAR wasn’t designed with a player like Ohtani in mind.There’s also the added benefit of Ohtani’s bat off the bench as a pinch-hitter or a designated hitter on days he isn’t starting, which would give his team extra roster flexibility. This was previously discussed when considering the ways in which FiveThirtyEight favorite Ben Zobrist frees up roster space by playing a bunch of different positions; when studying the matter, Baseball Prospectus’s Russell Carleton found that Zobrist’s versatility probably earned his then-team, the Tampa Bay Rays, a couple of extra runs per year. The value of converting a pitcher’s roster spot into a functional hitter/position-player on some of his off-days is probably even greater, and it might play into the decision of which league Ohtani ultimately ends up joining.In the American League, Ohtani would presumably play DH to save the wear and tear on his body in between starts, though the intrinsic value of a DH is the lowest of any position (therefore raising the bar for his hitting production), and he wouldn’t get in any extra trips to the plate on days he was pitching. In the National League, Ohtani could hit for himself during starts, make better use of his above-average fielding skills on off-days and need less impressive hitting stats to produce value. (Plus, if he ever came out of the bullpen, he could even be the rare reliever who stays in the game when his lineup slot comes up.) For those reasons, it does seem like the NL would offer more opportunities for Ohtani’s unique repertoire of skills to add value.But that’s all speculation at this point. The truth is, the MLB hasn’t seen a two-way player like this since the days of Wes Ferrell and Red Ruffing, each of whom played most of their careers before World War II. Baseball has gotten so specialized that it’s been assumed that no pitcher — not even the Carlos Zambranos, Mike Hamptons or Madison Bumgarners of the world — would ever be a viable regular hitter again. But Ohtani could prove all that wrong if his translated numbers, well, translate. No matter where he ends up signing, it’s going to be ridiculously entertaining to watch it all play out. So Taguchi.7172.6.2572554388910.650858 Koji Uehara2.6613.1131132174.065.91.61.2893 Kenji Johjima.7216.1.2802931439668.750736 Yu Darvish3.4219.2171102503.726.72.90.6949 H. Iwakuma3.4214.2131302324.345.02.40.8865 Masato Yoshii4.626.299111654.524.62.80.9841 Kosuke Fukudome.7544.3.2853410117611810.830947 Who will Shohei Ohtani pitch like?Translated, peak-adjusted per-season Central and Pacific League statistics for Japanese-born pitchers with at least 200 MLB innings pitched Takashi Saito2.349.5101161894.695.92.81.2827 Kazuhisa Ishii4.440.8101101944.817.74.51.1809 Tsuyoshi Shinjo.6683.3.23724711371139.651850 Kazuo Matsui.7015.4.28826108409133.754843 Hideki Okajima3.094.7554914.817.24.41.1780 Akinori Iwamura.7204.8.273248125912610.764831 S. Hasegawa3.707.9111402255.253.92.91.1789 Shohei Ohtani——18902183.348.13.00.61000 Hiroki Kuroda3.4522.1121302224.834.82.81.1821 Ohtani’s pitching numbers bore a strong resemblance to those of Yu Darvish and Masahiro Tanaka, two of the most highly touted — and successful — Japanese imports of the past decade. Of course, they might also represent the best case scenarios for how Ohtani’s career will play out on the mound; for example, Daisuke Matsuzaka’s track record was only slightly more dissimilar, and he ended up being pretty average over his time in MLB. And the matter of Ohtani’s durability can’t be dismissed — these numbers are projected to a full season of work, but Ohtani never pitched more than 160⅔ innings in a season in Japan, and he was limited to 25⅓ innings in 2017 because of various injuries. However, my old colleague Ben Lindbergh has shown that Japanese pitchers tend to age better (and hold onto more of their value) than comparable MLB pitchers, reputation be damned. And in general, the pitchers on the list above that graded as more similar to Ohtani ended up having the better major-league careers. Statistically speaking, there’s little to quibble with in Ohtani’s pitching résumé. Who will Shohei Ohtani hit like?Translated, peak-adjusted per-season Central and Pacific League statistics for Japanese-born hitters with at least 700 MLB plate appearances NAMEOPSWARAVG2B3BHRBBSOSBOPSSIMILARITY Shohei Ohtani——.29542423561326.8781000 Masahiro Tanaka3.5612.7171112563.726.32.20.7948 MLB CAREERTRANSLATED JAPANESE STATS Hideo Nomo4.2423.9161402644.318.44.60.9872 Hideki Irabu5.153.4111122024.337.33.90.8859 Norichika Aoki.7389.9.2972175616621.765917 M. Kawasaki.6091.7.27416112417129.676788 D. Matsuzaka4.459.0161202433.917.12.90.8919 Tomo Ohka4.2611.04701095.764.35.60.9773 MLB CAREERTRANSLATED JAPANESE STATS Ichiro Suzuki.75958.9.33227710515027.856921 H. Takahashi3.991.3101121964.875.33.21.2807 Akinori Otsuka2.446.06327793.079.72.90.8928 Tadahito Iguchi.7396.5.251226124712225.688788 Peak-adjusted statistics take into account a player’s age and project his numbers to a player’s prime seasons. The per-season adjustment converts all numbers to 68 games + starts.Sources: ClayDavenport.com, Baseball-Reference.com read more

Ohio States Corey Philly Brown ignites inferno for Urban Meyer

Maybe Corey “Philly” Brown just needed his coach’s permission. Three days after Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer said – only half kidding – that the junior wide receiver is “allowed to make a guy miss,” Brown answered Meyer’s call with one of the biggest plays in Ohio State’s biggest victory of the 2012 season. Brown returned a punt 76 yards for a touchdown roughly five minutes into the third quarter, putting OSU up, 49-31, against Nebraska Saturday night at Ohio Stadium. The highlight-reel worthy play all but sealed the now-No. 8-ranked Buckeyes’ 63-38 win against the then-No. 21-ranked Huskers. At the same time, the touchdown showcased the skills Meyer has wanted to see from his should-be playmaker all season. “The thing I’m looking for from Philly is, we need some explosiveness in this offense,” Meyer said last Wednesday. After going down on contact and failing to run past defenses through five games, Brown said he was pleased with the “explosiveness” he displayed during the return. He deferred credit to his teammates after the game, though. “Basically they made the perfect blocking and made it easy for me,” Brown said. “The blocking was so good all I saw was me and the punter. I knew I had to make just one person miss and change the game.” Brown said he knew he had to make a play as he jogged onto the field and prepared himself for the return. Not just because Meyer had been imploring him to, but due to the way the game had been hanging in the balance. OSU was up 11 points at the time, but the Buckeyes had not yet had a lead bigger than two scores. Nebraska’s offense – after scoring with relative ease through two-and-a-half quarters – just had its first three-and-out possession of the second half. Brown said he saw an opportunity to change the way the game was flowing, as did his coaches. “Going out there, I knew I had to make a play. (OSU running backs coach Stan Drayton) was in my ear, he was in my face, telling me I had to change the game,” Brown said. After the game, Meyer and many other OSU players claimed Brown’s return, along with the interception sophomore cornerback Bradley Roby returned for a touchdown in the first quarter, were the plays of the day. “We do a ceremony after the game (and) let some guys talk who performed well, and every one of them to a man said that,” Meyer said of the praise Brown received from his teammates. Brown’s performance Saturday night didn’t just include the special teams touchdown. He had three catches for 35 yards and was the only Buckeyes wide receiver with a reception. On OSU sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller’s 72-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, it was a block from Brown that sprung the OSU sophomore quarterback. “Philly Brown probably turned (the game around),” Miller said. Yet again though, Brown gave credit to his teammates before accepting any praise of his own. “We had a couple punts leading up to (Miller’s run), and having someone like Braxton to excite the crowd – because the crowd kind of got out of it and everything – having someone like Braxton to be able to make a play like that, (to) get us into the game, being able to score was good,” Brown said. While Brown has trouble accepting praise from the media, he will gladly accept praise from his head coach with a smile. “It’s always good to be one of (Meyer’s) guys,” Brown said. “He told me he loved me, I told him I love him, I appreciate him. He’s turning most of the wide receivers’ careers around, basically.” Brown has been arguably the most consistent wide receiver on OSU’s roster. He has 35 catches on the season, the most on the team. The junior said he’s grown tremendously since the start of the season and that he is “learning now” every day. Still, Brown said he knows there is plenty of room to improve, with Meyer’s call for more broken tackles near the top of his things to do list. “I’ve just got to get better using my vision, speed and obviously, like (Meyer) said, break some tackles,” Brown said. read more

InterHealth Canada sponsors basketball team trip to Puerto Rico

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 6, 2017 – Providenciales – A team of basketball players from the TCI Rising Stars Basketball Club is preparing to compete in an international basketball tournament on July 18th – 22nd 2017 in Puerto Rico. The  tournament is expected to attract teams from countries such as Costa Rica, Dominican Republic and Mexico.InterHealth Canada is a key sponsor of the team from the Turks and Caicos Islands, which will consist of fourteen young male athletes from Grand Turk and Providenciales. The corporate arm of the healthcare management company provided financial aid and purchased the team uniforms.During a media briefing on Wednesday, July 5th 2017 at the Downtown Ballpark in Providenciales, Public Relations and Marketing Manager for InterHealth Canada TCI, Nikira John said the donation reflects the company’s commitment towards health promotion and encouraging youth, especially young men, to stay physically active and productively engaged. Secretary of the TCI Basketball Federation, Trevor Cooke also participated in the media briefing to offer best wishes to the team during their final two weeks of practice.President and Vice-President of the Rising Stars Basketball Club, Marvin and Jarrett Forbes intend to utilise the opportunity to promote their older athletes on an international scale with hopes of receiving a college scholarship.The TCI Rising Stars Basketball Club has managed to seize unique overseas opportunities for its basketball stars in the past. Dwaine Simmons, a young athlete of Grand Turk most recently secured a college basketball scholarship with Dakota College in the United States.The club was established in the Turks and Caicos Islands in 2012 with a mission to empower today’s youth and teach young basketball players to have respect for themselves, their peers, and their community by instilling a code of ethics built on honesty, responsibility and team work.Currently, there are 90 athletes registered in Providenciales and 82 athletes registered in Grand Turk ages 8-18. The goal is to eventually expand to the islands of South Caicos, Middle Caicos and North Caicos.Press Release: interHealthCanadalast_img read more