CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile device Subscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table book* * * BOSTON — Apparently, the Warriors did not just handle DeMarcus Cousins conservatively so they could maximize his time to heal his injured left Achilles tendon. At least the Warriors’ head coach did not seem impressed with what Cousins showed in practice.“DeMarcus was …
It was history in the making when Gift Ngoepe became the first player from South Africa – and Africa – to play in the Major League Baseball in the US.Gift Ngoepe is the first player from South Africa, and Africa, to play in the American Major League Baseball, on 26 April 2017. His team, the Pittsburgh Pirates, beat the Chicago Cubs. (Image: Pittsburg Pirates, Facebook)Compiled by Priya PitamberSouth African Gift Ngoepe was overcome with emotion when he became the first player from Africa to make an appearance in a Major League Baseball game in the US, on 26 April 2017.“I told myself not to cry, because I’m in the big leagues and I’m a big guy,” Ngoepe told ESPN. “[Francisco] Cervelli hugged me, and I could feel my heartbeat through my chest. It was emotional, and I had to fight back the tears.”Italo-Venezuelan Cervelli is a catcher for the Pittsburgh [email protected] 2B Gift Ngoepe makes history in the Steel City. https://t.co/mJQuO0Onbz pic.twitter.com/RVXv82mYHO— MLB Stat of the Day (@MLBStatoftheDay) April 27, 2017What a moment. pic.twitter.com/59UyHlrdz3— Pirates (@Pirates) April 27, 2017Ngoepe said he thought about where he came from and his journey from South Africa to pursue his dream of playing in the American major league.“I thought about the struggles of being in the minor leagues for eight-and-a-half years and then to finally get up here and get a hit in my first at-bat. The whole thing was just awesome. That’s the only word I can think of to describe it. It was awesome.”The South African player helped his team, the Pittsburgh Pirates, beat the Chicago Cubs.Watch:Opening doorsNgoepe said baseball was still developing in Africa, but he hoped his involvement would inspire more interest in people.“It’s a dream come true for me because it’s been my dream since I was a 10-year-old boy, but it also means so much to the people of South Africa and baseball in Africa,” Ngoepe said before the game, according to Eyewitness News.Hugs. The gift that keeps on giving. #amirite pic.twitter.com/BEHoJ1oxBQ— Pirates (@Pirates) April 27, 2017Source: ESPN, EWNWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and Wright & Moore Law are sponsoring three seminars dealing with employment law and crisis prevention on the farm.Each meeting will provide information about employment practices to protect farmers’ businesses, legal compliance measures and crisis preparedness methods. The information is drawn from a comprehensive handbook, “Livestock Farm Labor and Crisis Prevention Guide,” which was produced by Ohio Farm Bureau and Wright & Moore.Agricultural law attorneys, veterinarians, communications experts, policy experts, industry representatives and farmers provided input for the guide.The seminars will describe how to deal with employee disputes and public criticism as well as how to conduct background checks on applicants, what to put in an employee manual and how to create a crisis plan. Agribusiness owners who have adopted the handbook’s recommendations also will be speaking at the meetings.Participants will receive a copy of the handbook, and lunch will be provided.The meetings are:Jan. 28: Clinton County Fairgrounds in Wilmington, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration deadline is Jan. 22.Feb. 18: Owens Community College in Findlay, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration deadline is Feb. 12.March 24: OARDC Shisler Center in Wooster, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration deadline is March 18.Cost is $35 for Farm Bureau members and $110 for non-Farm Bureau members, which includes an OFBF membership. To register, contact Amy Hurst at 614-246-8262 or [email protected]
Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#Facebook#privacy#social media#social networks Related Posts The big vote on Facebook’s proposed policy changes is in… and it’s tiny. A paltry turnout of less than 1% of Facebook’s one billion-plus user base means that the measures proposed by Facebook will pass, including the dissolution of the voting process altogether. So much for rocking the vote.7 To 1 Vote Is Meaningless589,141 Facebook users voted in favor of keeping the site’s existing policies while 79,731 users voted to switch things up and adopt the proposed policy changes. The funny thing? It doesn’t matter at all, since the vote would only be binding if 30% of a billion-ish users cast a vote. Sure, rallying more than 33 million Facebook folk was all but impossible, but the governance vote ended today at noon Pacific time with less than a million votes – an even more abysmal turnout than anticipated.Since it always required a 30% turnout to actually effect any change, the site governance vote was a nominal right to begin with. While I think Max Schrems and Europe Vs. Facebook have the right idea in putting the heat on the social network for increased transparency and better privacy procedures, abolishing the vote affects exactly nothing – except symbolically. Facebook claims that it will pursue a more meaningful channel for user feedback moving forward, since clearly the existing system wasn’t exactly working as intended – especially as Facebook’s membership exploded. But we’ll have to wait and see how that turns out. According to Facebook’s Site Governance blog:“To be clear, our goal in modifying our site governance process is to make sure that we receive feedback from you in the best, most productive way possible so that we can be responsive to your input. Many of you provided us with ideas on how we could continue to meet that goal. You pointed out that our decision to update the process gives us an opportunity to innovate and search for new and better ways to enhance participation. We agree and will incorporate your suggestions into creating new tools that enhance communication on Facebook about privacy and governance.”Other ChangesBeyond un-voting users’ voting rights away, the microscopic level of participation means that a handful of other changes to Facebook’s Data Use Policy and Statement of Rights and Responsibilities (SRR) also go into effect. Contrary to popular misinformation, the company isn’t messing with users’ ownership of their own content. Beyond a relaxed set of rules around sharing user data with its affiliates, namely Instagram, the amendments mostly alter the language around Facebook’s privacy and advertising policies rather than the content of the policies themselves. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification taylor hatmaker
Rashid Khan was the star of the show and his all-round performance floored Bangladesh as Afghanistan won by a massive margin of 136 runs in their final group match of the Asia Cup 2018.Rashid Khan had earlier scored a 32-ball 57 not out and then returned with figures of 2/13 with the ball and then run out debutant Abu Hider Rony in a remarkable fashion to well and truly celebrate his birthday on the cricket field.After this massive win at Abu Dhabi, Afghanistan will next take on Pakistan, who lost by eight wickets to arch-rivals India, in Abu Dhabi on Friday.Rashid also became Afganistan’s joint-highest wicket-taker as with 112 wickets from just 49 ODI matches. Mohammad Nabi is his partner at the top with 112 wickets in 103 matches. Rashid has taken less than half of the matches to be equal with Nabi and on a day, when his quick-fire fifty allowed Afghanistan back into the match.Bangladesh vs Afghanistan: As It Happened | ScorecardRight from the start of Bangladesh innings, they struggled in the chase of 256. Nazmul Hossain Shanto (7) was the first to fall off Mujeeb Zadran and Liton Das (6) soon followed him to leave Bangladesh reeling at 17/2.Bangladesh’s most experienced player Shakib Al Hasan entered at this point and started negotiating the Afghanistan bowlers.While Shakib looked in good touch, none of the others could hold the other end as Mominul Haque (9) and Mohammad Mithun (2) fell to pave way for Mahmudullah.Shakib and Mahmudullah added 36 runs for Bangladesh before Rashid Khan arrived to the scene and picked the big wicket of Shakib (32).advertisementAfter that it was only a matter of time as Bangladesh’s asking rate kept increasing and Afghanistan looked more and more dominating.Also read – Asia Cup 2018: Birthday boy Rashid Khan becomes Afghanistan’s joint-highest wicket-takerMosaddek Hossain (26*) dug deep till the very end, trying to stitch partnerships with Mahmudullah (27), Mehidy Hasan (4), Mashrafe Mortaza (0), Abu Hider (1) and Rubel Hossain (0) but could not save the day for Bangladesh.A brilliant bowling display from Afghanistan’s bowlers helps bundle up the Bangladesh innings for 119 in 42.1 overs. Afghanistan win by a significant margin of 136 runs #BANvAFG #AsiaCup2018 pic.twitter.com/Qgq8nNjzaEAsianCricketCouncil (@ACCMedia1) September 20, 2018Earlier in the day, Rashid smashed a brilliant unbeaten half ton right at the end of Afghanistan’s innings to propel them to a competitive total of 255 runs at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi.Rashid shared a 95-run stand with Gulbadin Naib, who ended up not out at 42 runs. In the final 10 overs, the duo added 97 runs to Afghanistan’s total after they initially got together at 160/7.Rashid hit eight fours and one six in his superb innings while Gulbadin got five boundaries to his name. In the final over itself, Rashid smashed four boundaries and got to his half century with utmost ease and the Afghan crowd in Abu Dhabi was on its feet to celebrate their star cricketer.Afghanistan had won the toss and elected to bat and initially struggled against the disciplined Bangladeshi bowling.Afghanistan were reduced to 28/2 in the sixth over but Hashmatullah Shahidi steadied the innings. He stitched a 51-run partnership with opener Mohammad Shahzad (37) for the third wicket.Debutant pacer Abu Hider (2/50) opened the bowling for Bangladesh and he got his first ODI wicket in his fourth delivery. Afghanistan opener Ihsanullah (8) hit two consecutive fours before a big one from him landed into the hands of Mohammad Mithun at cover region.Abu Hider had his second wicket in the sixth over as Rahmat Shah (10) was completely beaten by a beautiful delivery which knocked off the stumps.It was at this point that Shahidi and Shahzad struck a partnership before Shakib broke the stand, which was threatening to get big. Shahzad was holed out at long on with Abu Hider taking a spectacular catch to give his senior team-mate the first wicket of the match.Afghanistan crossed the 100 mark exactly at the halfway stage but Shakib was only getting better as he bowled out Afghanistan captain Asghar Afghan (8), who was beaten by the flight of the delivery and drove the wrong line to see his stumps uprooted.Shakib then added another wicket to his kitty in the 34th over by sending Samiullah Shenwari (18) back to the pavilion to reduce Afghanistan to 239 for 5.Shahidi was holding one end together all this while but he also got out in the 38th over as he edged a Rubel Hossain delivery to the wicketkeeper for a soft dismissal.At 160 for 7 in the 41st over, it seemed that Afghanistan would struggle to even reach 200 but Rashid and Gulbadin had other ideas.advertisement(With PTI inputs)
(Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)The 2016 college football season kicks off two weeks from tomorrow (technically it starts earlier than that, but the first Saturday of the season is what really counts).Week 1 should be incredible.The opening weekend of the year includes the following games:Alabama vs. USC (Sept. 3)Florida State vs. Ole Miss (Sept. 5)LSU vs. Wisconsin (Sept. 3)Clemson vs. Auburn (Sept. 3)In anticipation of Week 1, Marvel has created the following comic book covers for those four games. They were tweeted out today by ESPN’s Paul Finebaum.Check them out below.Marvel’s College Football Comic Book Covers
natesilver: Our model thought the DeMarcus Cousins injury was a pretty big deal. Although I think it overrated how effective Cousins had been this season.sara.ziegler: All season, Cousins has been more about potential in our model.But the Warriors didn’t need him early in the season, obviously.tchow: I have nothing much to say about this series, but I do want to point readers to this interview KD gave before Game 3. natesilver: It’s not that they’re going to lose to the Clippers, but I do just have to wonder about a team’s mentality when they can blow a 30-point lead.chris.herring: NBC analyst Tom Haberstroh pointed out that Steph was only averaging 19.9 points per 36 minutes this season with Boogie on the court, and that he essentially morphed into Malcolm Brogdon.Averaged 31.4 points per 36 minutes without DeMarcus on the floor.sara.ziegler: Wownatesilver: I mean, part of that might be that Steph was being deferential in an effort to get Cousins feeling like himself again.chris.herring: EXACTLYWhich … there isn’t time to do that in the playoffs.tchow: Definitely. I think Steph went through a similar dip when KD joined too.chris.herring: The last thing you want is Steph playing nice when you need him to be Steph.natesilver: It does just seem kind of impossible when you have to shut down Steph AND KD and Klay. Even if the rest of the team kind of sucks.chris.herring: I tend to think this helps them for now, but the Rockets series was one of the overarching reasons they signed Cousins — to make it so Houston couldn’t switch as much as they did on them last yearnatesilver: Yeah. So in some ways, we’re back to last year’s series, which was as even as it gets. The Rockets lately are playing as well as last year. And the Warriors without Cousins are basically last year’s team.sara.ziegler: After this matchup, will we even want to finish out the playoffs??natesilver: Well, the Western Conference finals are likely to be an anti-climax.tchow: LOL. Yes! I for one am very interested to see who comes out of the East to play against Warriors/Rockets.Check out our latest NBA predictions. Everyone’s like, “Why are these four stars such awkward fits together” — and I’ll admit that they’re a little awkward, but with a half-decent bench, it’s an entirely different team.chris.herring: I don’t think it’s a terrible bench. And the truth is, you can stagger when you have that many stars.But the spots in which it’s terrible … yeah.tchow: Sixers’ bench: Who? Who? Who? The big guy. Who? and Who?sara.ziegler: 🤣chris.herring: That’s their issue, I think. I’m not sure Boban Marjanovic would work against every team. But he’s their backup big.natesilver: I saw Boban at the United Airlines lounge at Newark Airport one time. He was very big and tall and sitting in a giant lounge chair and still looked very big and tall.chris.herring: I tweeted last night that I’m pretty sure he dunked last night with one foot still on the ground.Anyway: I want to talk more about how disappointed I am in Brooklyntchow: Are you just disappointed in their central A/C system at Barclays, Chris? chris.herring: If and when the NBA move the first round back to a best-of-five, they’re going to use this series as evidence as why. (edited)natesilver: I think there needs to be a mercy rule where you can concede your playoff series and get like three Lottery Balls or whatever.sara.ziegler: OK, let’s move back to the West. The Trail Blazers are off to a great start, up 2-0 against the Thunder. Our model is surprised at this series — it had given the Thunder a 77-23 edge. Are you guys surprised?chris.herring: Yes. I’m surprised. Maybe stupid, too.natesilver: I mean, if Paul George isn’t himself, our model is gonna screw that series up.tchow: He’s hurt!chris.herring: I feel like a contrarian now, but I don’t even think he’s shoulder is the problem anymore. He shot the ball semi-decently last game.Russ is shooting like he’s the one injured.tchow: Our model can’t predict that Russell Westbrook will shoot 35 percent and 10 percent from 3-point range in this series.chris.herring: EXACTLYWhat I will say is that I don’t have a lot of faith in OKC if it’s simply relying on the notion that its shooting will improve.They are shooting 16 PERCENT from three in this series.Which, while God awful, is only a slight regression for them!natesilver: That whole quadrant of the bracket — OKC, Portland, San Antonio, Denver — seems incredibly weak to me.chris.herring: If OKC had a team full of sharpshooters, I could understand having more confidence.But Russ still defends Damian Lillard as if he’s surprised that Dame can/will pull up from 35 feet.The guy needs to be treated as if he’s Steph at this pointtchow: I don’t want to take anything away from Portland. Yes, they lost Jusuf Nurkic, but CJ and Dame have been awesome this series.chris.herring: I came in thinking that this might be a sweep or a 4-1 series in favor of OKC. Simply thought that not having Nurkic would hurt against someone like Steven Adams. I thought CJ McCollum would struggle to find a rhythm (he’s coming off an injury and wasn’t good vs. OKC during the season). We watched Dame log 35 a night against the Thunder during the season and still get swept 4-0 during the regular season.tchow: CJ has been 🔥chris.herring: I didn’t think they had a great chance in this series. They had lost 10 playoff games in a row. With the exception of perimeter shooting, I thought just about everything else would be in OKC’s favor. Wrong, wrong, wrong.tchow: If Dame wasn’t in Portland, would he still be this underrated? It feels like this is a storyline every season.sara.ziegler: That’s a good question.How many people regularly see him play?tchow: Basketball nerds: “Look at Damian Lillard!”Basketball fans: “Who this?”chris.herring: I guess we have to define underrated.natesilver: He was All-NBA First Team last season, no?But, yeah, Portland has to be one of the least-watched teams in the league, or at least by people not in the Pacific Time Zone.chris.herring: Even if you know who he is, and how great he is, I think you could objectively look at this series — and what the Blazers have done the last two years in the playoffs (0-8) — and say OKC should have been favored.tchow: For OKC to take Game 3, they need to ____________.And don’t say something like “play better” (looks at Nate).sara.ziegler: SHOOT BETTERchris.herring: … shoot better than my 4-year-old nephew does from outside of 23 feet.natesilver: I’d say they need to play better basketball.sara.ziegler: In the other non-Warriors series out West, the Rockets are handling the Jazz easily so far, setting up a showdown with Golden State in the second round. This has played out about as expected, right?chris.herring: I had higher hopes for Jazz-Rockets. Am impressed with how dominant Houston has looked, but thought Utah would play better than this. Their defensive scheme has looked downright nonsensical to metchow: If Chris has a soft spot for Indiana, I think I have a soft spot for Utah. I love this team and wanted more out of them this series.sara.ziegler: Utah is a very likable team.natesilver: I didn’t expect Houston to dismantle Utah quite so thoroughly.In fact, I think that’s the story of the first round so far. It’s a highly consequential story because the Rockets are absolutely good enough to give the Warriors a series.chris.herring: The disappointment I feel with Utah is equivalent to how excited I am for the second round, with Warriors-Rockets.That will seemingly be the Western Conference finals, just a round early.natesilver: It would be quite something if the Rockets actually need fewer games to dispatch Utah than Golden State needs with the Clippers.chris.herring: Seriously.tchow: The Jazz just seem like a team that’s so close to figuring it out. Maybe not to a point where you think they can beat Golden State, but they’re so good in the regular season. I don’t know what happens to them in the playoffs.chris.herring: Yeah, I sort of agree in theory, Tony.But I think what I’ve learned is that I have to be leery of a team that relies on such a young player to be its leading scorer.natesilver: Maybe you just need more isolation scoring in the playoffs? Or more scoring, period?chris.herring: I remember a stat from last year: Donovan Mitchell was the first rookie to lead a playoff team in regular-season scoring since Carmelo Anthony.I think there’s a reason we don’t see it happen much. And I think it’s even more problematic for a team built like that to have all sorts of horrible defensive breakdowns, because at that point, you know they have no shot at keeping up in a shootout against one of the best scorers in modern history.If Quin Snyder rolls out the exact same defensive scheme that he did in Games 1 and 2, this series will end in a sweep.natesilver: Is Mitchell … a little bit like Carmelo Anthony in that he’s taking too many shots? I mean, I guess he has to take a lot of shots with that lineup. But Utah really needs another player who can create his own shot.tchow: What if you played a player like Royce O’Neale more? He’s +1.8 on defense (according to our model), and it looks like they do a bit better defensively with him on the floor.chris.herring: He’s another example of what Nate is talking about, though: A guy that isn’t likely to create his own shot.This is a team that will need to take a long, hard look at itself this summer despite how well it’s played during the second half of these last two seasons.tchow: One obvious fix would be to get rid of Grayson Allen.KIDDING!!!natesilver: I also think Utah benefits from being a bit unorthodox. Rubio is an unorthodox point guard. They’re defense-first. They can play at a slow pace, although they picked up their pace a lot this year. They’re well-coached. So there’s an advantage from game-planning in the regular season. But Daryl Morey and the Rockets are going to study the hell out of the Jazz and know how to counter.chris.herring: Some of these teams are built to play really, really well in the regular season. And there’s incredible value in that, for seeding purposes, etc.But the inability to change your playing style when you’re forced to is often fatal this time of year.sara.ziegler: Finally, Golden State seemed like Golden State in Game 3 of their series against the Clippers. So that panic appears to be over?chris.herring: Hell, they seemed like Golden State in Game 2 to me!It was just a massive collapse at the end of Game 2.sara.ziegler: LOLchris.herring: I actually pointed out yesterday that the game played out exactly the same way for a long while: sara.ziegler (Sara Ziegler, assistant sports editor): We’ve had almost one full week of games in the NBA playoffs, and trends are emerging. Golden State took a 31-point third-quarter lead over the Clippers on Thursday night … and didn’t lose! So after a few early surprises, things seem to be getting back to what we expected.One series not playing out according to seeding is San Antonio-Denver. The No. 7 Spurs beat the No. 2 Nuggets 118-108 on Thursday to take a 2-1 lead in the series. This comes as a surprise to the FiveThirtyEight NBA Predictions model, which had Denver as an 88 percent favorite to move on. The Nuggets are still favored, but just 60-40. Are you guys surprised by how this series is going?chris.herring (Chris Herring, senior staff writer): Not all that much, no. I think I picked Denver out of respect for the season it had. But this was the one team basically everybody had questions about coming in.I had the series going seven games, with Denver winning. It could easily be 3-0 Spurs right now.tchow (Tony Chow, video producer): I am surprised, but I don’t think we really should be. It’s the Spurs being the Spurs again.natesilver (Nate Silver, editor in chief): Our model doesn’t like San Antonio very much, so given their regular-season performance and home-court advantage — and Denver has a big home-court advantage — the Nuggets were pretty clear favorites. But it didn’t really like the Nuggets all that much either. They aren’t a great playoff team because their depth doesn’t really help them in the playoffs, the topline talent is not all that good, and they don’t have much playoff experience.So I’m surprised that we had them as high as 88 percent, frankly! But not surprised that the Spurs are ahead in the series.chris.herring: On Denver’s home-court advantage: The Nuggets haven’t beaten the Spurs in San Antonio in 14 tries now.tchow: I am surprised because at one point in the season, our model gave the Spurs just a 4 percent chance of even making the postseason. We had a story a while back that talked about how they started turning it around (better defense, better bench production), but they were still underdogs going into this series, in my opinion.sara.ziegler: Yeah, I had sort of counted the Spurs out a long time ago.Let that be a lesson to me: Never count out Pop.The experience factor really seems to be hurting the Nuggets so far. (And our model took 3 points away from them for their lack of playoff experience.)chris.herring: Nuggets coach Mike Malone has talked about the experience factor a pretty decent amount in the past weekHis young starting point guard, Jamal Murray, began Game 2 going 0-for-8. Malone was asked if he gave thought to pulling him because of Murray’s performance. He said no, in part because he needed to show his young players that he believed in them, and that he’s with them, win or lose. Murray responded by hitting 8-of-9 in the final quarter to bring the Nuggets all the way back for a dramatic win.The win probably saved their season for the time being. But it speaks to the volatility of having such a young/young-minded club.tchow: Murray wasn’t much better in Game 3 — just 6 points and two assists. I’m not trying to pin Denver’s failing’s this postseason all on Murray, though. All the Nuggets starters were pretty terrible in Game 3.chris.herring: It’s a pretty big contrast between the teams.While we’re talking about the growing pains for a young team, it’s worth pointing out that the Spurs are being led in part by youngster Derrick White, whose defense is his calling card. I think this is his first real exposure to a national audience, but he’s been playing really well for months.tchow: White’s Game 3 performance was kind of a reminder for a lot of people who don’t watch the Spurs that he existed.sara.ziegler: LOLchris.herring: White’s experience has been different because of all the injuries they’ve had. But White and Dejounte Murray are going to be an annoyingly good backcourt once the team is healthy again next season. AND there’s Bryn Forbes, too.natesilver: The whole Nuggets backcourt feels like it’s way short of championship caliber. It needs an anchor. There are lots of useful pieces you could rotate around that anchor, like Murray and Gary Harris, but without that anchor, it doesn’t quite come together.chris.herring: It’s tough: They have a fantastic, sure-handed backup in Monte Morris, who led the NBA in assist/turnover ratio.sara.ziegler: MORE MONTE MORRISCyclones, represent!chris.herring: He may not win a game for you. But he’s extremely unlikely to ever lose one for you, which you could argue Murray either occasionally does, or comes close to doing. Again: These are the growing pains for a young team sometimes.sara.ziegler: On to another team that has seemed shaky at times this postseason: the Philadelphia 76ers. But they seem to have recovered from their upset in Game 1 — they’ve beaten the Nets convincingly twice in a row now. What looked different for them in Games 2 and 3?tchow: Ben. Simmons.natesilver: Sen. Bimmons.chris.herring: Yeah, that sounds about right. Whether it was Jared Dudley that got in his head, or just him recognizing that he had to be more aggressive, Simmons has been a completely different player since Game 1.tchow: Simmons had a -21 plus/minus in Game 1. Game 2 he was +23, and then +11 in Game 3 with a 31 point performance on 85 percent shooting.chris.herring: I hate to say this, because maybe it’s premature, but I was beginning to think that the Nets could steal this series if things broke right for them.tchow: I think a lot of people thought that, Chris. The Nets are legit and play really hard.chris.herring: The Nets stole home-court advantage in Game 1. Were basically even at halftime of Game 2. And then get a gift rolled out on a platter for them, with Joel Embiid sitting out of a Game 3 played in their home arena, in front of a fan base that hasn’t hosted a playoff game in four years.Thursday was their chance. And I think with the loss now, that might be about it.natesilver: I’m in the Ben-Simmons-is-underrated camp. Yeah, he doesn’t really have a jumpshot. But he does pretty much everything else well. And there have been a lot of players throughout NBA history who have survived or even thrived without jump shots — Giannis Antetokounmpo basically does that now. The advanced stats like Simmons.tchow: I think it’s very different for a player like Giannis to not have a jump shot than Simmons.chris.herring: While we’re on the issue of Simmons, I think we learned that Embiid not being there might have been a help for himFor all the wonderful things Embiid does, he plays at a plodding pace.Someone like Simmons thrives in an up-tempo environment because of his inability to shoot.tchow: Sara, I found the hot take for next week’s Hot Takedown episode: FiveThirtyEight’s Chris Herring says Sixers are better without Joel Embiid.sara.ziegler: LOLOLOLYes!chris.herring: They might be in this series! Well, probably not: Greg Monroe was rough.If they had more depth, they might be.natesilver: That’s the thing about Philly. Look how bad their bench is: chris.herring: Well, that too.sara.ziegler: Are you disappointed that their slogan is “We go hard,” and then they didn’t?chris.herring: They did go hard!It’s not a question of effort with them. It never is. But I think what Nate alluded to is exactly the issue here. The Sixers’ bench isn’t great/may be bad. And the Nets’ second-best player is their bench.natesilver: Yeah, Brooklyn’s not totally unlike Denver. Excellent depth, no playoff experience, frontline talent is meh.tchow: Nate, they’re both small-market teams. I get it. (Queens represent!)sara.ziegler: OMGTony trying to start a borough war here.chris.herring: You generally see Brooklyn go on these massive runs in the second quarter of these games. But then after halftime, the game gets broken open, and Kenny Atkinson — who I really, really like — waits too long to call a timeout!The Sixers went on a 21-2 (!!!!) run in Game 2 before Atkinson called for timeout. It took a 1-point deficit and expanded it to a 20-point lead for the Sixers. And then the game was over.tchow: Maybe Atkinson is from the Phil Jackson school of letting the players figure it out on their own.natesilver: What was the atmosphere like at Barclay’s, Chris? I think it’s one of the coolest venues in sports from an architectural/amenities standpoint, but every time I’ve gone, the fans are sort of half-hearted.chris.herring: Last night was amazing to start the game. But I think they were sort of stunned to see the team run out of steam.And as Tony said: I was freezing.sara.ziegler: Well, it is a hockey rink, too.chris.herring: So maybe the have to have the ice ready? But good lord.My phone turned off at one point because of how cold it was.sara.ziegler: WowThat’s cold.chris.herring: The atmosphere was really great. It’s good to have the playoffs in Brooklyn again. And hopefully Manhattan at some point in the next couple years. (side-eyes Knicks)natesilver: Knicks fans should be rooting against Boston and against Golden State, right?chris.herring: I’ve heard the same stuff everyone else has about Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving coming to the Knicks. As much as I hear it, I just have to see it to believe that it’ll actually happen.natesilver: I think KD could leave either after a championship or a flameout. But Kyrie — yeah, he’s already flip-flopped enough that I think Knicks fans want the Celtics out by Round 2.chris.herring: I think I’m just too conditioned to believe that nothing overwhelmingly good can happen for/with the Knicks unless there’s an enormous downside that comes with it.sara.ziegler: LOLnatesilver: My current scenario is that they get Kyrie and also draft Ja Morant and somehow that turns into a disaster.sara.ziegler: Speaking of Kyrie, the Celtics are making quick work of the Pacers. Indiana doesn’t seem to have quite enough offense so far to hang with Boston.chris.herring: 😔tchow: I’m actually interesting to read Chris’s thoughts on this series. I remember A LOT of people were down on Boston going into the playoffs.chris.herring: Yeah. I had some hope that this could be an interesting series.But I also was tasked with writing an Indiana-based primer for the ESPN side ahead of this series. When I got to the “Why Indiana can win section,” I sat and stared at my screen for like an hour.So this actually doesn’t surprise me all that much.They simply don’t have enough offense. Or ingenuity.natesilver: I haven’t watched much of that series; pretty much my only recollection was seeing a score that was like 76-59 in the fourth quarter of Game 1 and thinking I needed to update my contact lens prescription, but nope, that was the actual score.chris.herring: They basically hand the ball off to Bojan Bogdanovic and say, “Do something.” Kind of like a kid who does a magic trick, but is still holding the quarter in his hand, in plain sight, for everyone to see.tchow: Has Boston done anything to change people’s minds about their chances though?chris.herring: No. They’re merely beating a flawed, weakened team, IMO.tchow: That’s what I figured about Boston. The real test, if they do end up beating the Pacers, will probably come against Milwaukee.chris.herring: In fairness to Nate McMillan and the Pacers, this was always going to be an uphill battle, because they’re playing without Victor Oladipo. It was a great accomplishment to go 21-21 this season without their star player after going 0-7 without him last season.sara.ziegler: Yeah, they don’t really have anything to feel embarrassed about.chris.herring: I really like Indiana, and have a soft spot for Little-Engine-That-Could sort of teams. But they need some reinvention.They could use more firepower. But they need better schemes.natesilver: I feel like the whole first round could use more firepower. Between inexperienced teams, teams with injury problems, teams without any star talent … it feels a little bit like spring training or something.tchow: I agree, but it has been more interesting than I imagined.chris.herring: A little.sara.ziegler: Let’s talk about the other interesting series in the East: No. 2 Toronto has had its hands full with No. 7 Orlando. The Magic took the first game, but the Raptors stormed back in Game 2. The teams will face off Friday night in Orlando. Do we think the Magic have a realistic shot in this series?natesilver: Mayyyyyybe?chris.herring: It depends on what you define as “a shot.” I think they can get another game, potentially. I don’t think they will win the series. The Raptors responded in Game 2 the way you hoped a top-flight team would.sara.ziegler: But the Magic are underrated, Chris!I heard you say so.chris.herring: Oh, they are. And not enough people know that.But I don’t think that I ever conflated them being underrated with the notion that they should somehow beat the Raptors in a series.tchow: Kyle Lowry responded in Game 2 the way you hoped. Chris wrote about Lowry’s Game 1 woes before, but he responded in a big way.natesilver: Orlando is a weird-ass team, and they played very well in the second half of the season.If you’re looking for an upset pick, I’d rather pick a weird team than a normal one.chris.herring: If they had played competitively in Game 2, sure.Or had a matchup they could readily exploit.sara.ziegler: The Raptors had a 98 percent chance to win this series before the playoffs start, and now they’re all the way down to 93 percent. So things are still looking pretty good for them.In the last series in the East, the Bucks had a little trouble with Detroit before pulling away in Game 2. But the most interesting thing to me about that game was Blake Griffin picking up his second technical foul of the series.Blake Griffin, you’ll recall, has not actually played yet in this series.tchow: Bucks in four. I think we can move on?sara.ziegler: LOLchris.herring: Yeah. That’s literally the only thing I find interesting about this series. That, and finding out how far away from the basket Giannis can dunk from.tchow: The NBA tweet highlights of Giannis dunks have been the only saving grace of this series.
OSU redshirt sophomore guard Sierra Calhoun (4) turns the corner to drive to the hoop during a scrimmage against Ashland on Nov. 6 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 88-78. Credit: Zach Konno | For The LanternFollowing an 88-79 exhibition win over the Ashland Eagles on Sunday, Ohio State women’s basketball head coach Kevin McGuff was not shy about voicing his displeasure with his team’s performance.“We had an overall lack of focus and effort that was disappointing, quite frankly,” McGuff said.He also said Ashland did a great job of executing throughout the game and praised the opponent for sticking to its game plan.“We didn’t do anything to make it hard on them,” McGuff said. “We had a couple flurries where we kind of pressed them a little bit, but we didn’t sustain anything with any consistency because we didn’t have focus and energy that would give them problems.”After Ashland claimed the opening tip, it was a back-and-forth contest for most of the first quarter. Ashland pulled it to within one at 22-21 with 1:34 remaining in the first, but an 11-0 run by the Buckeyes put the score at 33-21 early in the second.OSU took a 47-36 lead into the half, but a 9-3 Ashland run to begin the third put the Eagles within five at 50-45. OSU would then use a 17-4 run to claim a 67-49 lead early in the fourth.The Eagles used one last push to slowly chip away at the Buckeyes’ 18-point lead. Ashland brought it to within six at 82-76 with 2:06 left before OSU closed out the tight win.McGuff said that the Buckeyes displayed much more effort in a recent closed-door scrimmage.“Early in the year, we’re picking and choosing where we’re going to have our best effort,” McGuff said. “That’s a really dangerous thing for a team to do.”Cooper leads the wayThis offseason, senior forward Shayla Cooper said that OSU’s depth would allow her to slide into a more comfortable role. At times last season, she had to play in the middle due to depth issues. On Sunday, Cooper looked more like a guard than a forward.“It was stuff that I worked on all summer, so I was glad to be able to put it to test,” Cooper said.The 6-foot-2 forward brought the ball up the court to set up the offense on several occasions as well.“Coach put a big emphasis on that in these past couple of practices,” Cooper said. “If you get the rebound, go.”Cooper finished with a team-high 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting. She added four rebounds and four assists in 24 minutes.Newcomers showcase talentOf OSU’s 88 points, 42 came from three new additions to the Buckeyes’ roster. Redshirt junior transfer Stephanie Mavunga (previously at North Carolina) led all newcomers with 18 points on 7-for-12 shooting and a 4-for-4 mark at the free throw line. The forward added eight rebounds and a team-high five blocks.“I think she’s still not where she’s going to be,” McGuff said. “You can see today what she’s capable of doing, but she also missed some shots that I think she can make, and she can be better defensively and on the boards.”Redshirt sophomore guard Sierra Calhoun, a transfer from Duke, tallied 12 points on 4-of-10 from the field. True freshman Kiara Lewis put up 12 points on 4-of-4 shooting and buried both of her three-point attempts, but she went just 2-of-10 from the free throw line.Freshman guard Jensen Caretti also saw the court, but she was 0-of-1 from the field in 10 minutes.Mitchell struggles from the fieldJunior guard Kelsey Mitchell, who was voted as the Big Ten’s Preseason Player of the Year, couldn’t find her shot on Sunday. She went just 5-of-20 from the field and missed all eight of her three-point attempts.“She wasn’t her normal self,” McGuff said. “But, we had other people step up.”Of OSU’s 88 points, 77 came from players other than Mitchell, something that likely would have not happened with last year’s team.“That’s the beauty of this team, is we have a lot of offensive weapons,” McGuff said.Up nextOSU will tip off its regular season on Nov. 1 at noon against Duquesne at St. John Arena.
Dontre Wilson (1) and other Buckeye players fight with Michigan players during a game Nov. 30 at Michigan Stadium. OSU won, 42-41. Credit: Ritika Shah/ Asst. photo editorThe Big Ten Conference issued a public reprimand Monday for Ohio State redshirt-senior right guard Marcus Hall’s actions as he exited the field against Michigan Saturday.Hall and freshman running back Dontre Wilson were ejected for their involvement in an on-field fight that occurred in the second quarter of OSU’s 42-41 win against the Wolverines. Upon entering the tunnel, Hall flipped off the Michigan Stadium crowd with both hands, which violated the Big Ten’s Sportsmanship Policy, the release said.Neither Hall or Wilson will face any further punishment from the conference.The OSU coaching staff was also reprimanded by the B1G “for failing in its duty to effectively manage the process of escorting an ejected student-athlete from the playing field to the locker room,” the release said.In addition, the conference release stated that it reviewed the video of the fight, saying it was handled properly.“The officials and coaching staffs from both institutions did a good job of containing the situation once it started,” the release said. “As bad as it was, we’re fortunate the incident did not escalate any further. More can, and should, be done by both coaching staffs in the future to prevent similar incidents from detracting from this rivalry.”The Big Ten considers the matter closed.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has agreed to honour the bet he made with David Beckham after Sweden were knocked out of the World Cup by EnglandThe former Paris Saint-Germain teammates made a bet with each other prior to Sweden and England’s quarter-final meeting at the World Cup.If England lost, Beckham would have had to have taken Ibrahimovic to IKEA to buy him any item of his choosing for his new mansion in LA.But if Sweden were the losing side, then Ibrahimovic would have to accompany Beckham to an England game in the nation’s football shirt and eating fish and chips at half-time.And it was Sweden who were the losing side with England grabbing a 2-0 victory on the day.“David, we made a bet, I lost,” Ibrahimovic said, as quoted by Metro.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“I’m coming to Wembley to watch an England game in an England shirt and eat fish and chips so that’s it.“Just give me time to breath and cool down after the loss but it’s okay, I’m looking forward to the game.”England next game will be against Switzerland on September 11 at home.Zlatan Ibrahimovic isn’t backing out of his bet with David Beckham…@Ibra_official #ENG #SWE #WorldCup #MUFC pic.twitter.com/fVyaL3y5RH— BBC RM Sport (@BBCRMsport) July 19, 2018