FOOTBALL: INISHOWEN LEAGUE REPORTS, RESULTS AND TABLES

first_imgINISHOWEN FOOTBALL LEAGUE – www.inishowenfl.ieJackie Crossan Premier DivisionRedcastle United                   1-4                   Moville Celtic Moville got off to a great start when they took the lead on 7 minutes after Nigel McMonagle burst through the home defence to fire low past Michael McCole.They increased their lead minutes later when a corner fell to Eamon Reddin whose effort deflected off a defender on its way past McCole.A minute before the break they clinched the points when McMonagle crossed for Shaun Doherty to volley high past McCole from ten yards.Redcastle had the first threat of the second period on 56 minutes when Cathal Faulkner fed Brendan Murphy but he fired inches wide from fifteen yards.Moville upped the tempo and went four nil ahead on 76 minutes after a Raymond Campbell cross was collected by PJ Barr to fire low past McCole from ten yards.The home side got a consolation in the closing minutes when  Brian Tracey pounced on a loose ball to fire high past Sean McGuinness from fifteen yards.Carn FC                                  4-1                   Cockhill CelticThe home side got off to a perfect start when Shane Doherty was upended in the area anmd Michael Byrne converted the penalty low to Leo McColgan’s right hand side. They increased their lead on 15 minutes after Adam Byrne sent Declan McGonagle clear to fire high past McColgan.Midway through the half Daniel Mclaughlin  crossed for Shane Doherty but his first time effort was superbly blocked on the line.Cockhill’s best chance came minutes before the interval when a quick Derek Doherty throw found Mark Moran who cut in but saw his powerful effort superbly saved by Gerard Crossan.Minutes after the restart Carn made it three nil when a Matthew Byrne corner was headed back across goal by Gerard McEleney for Adam Byrne to slot home. Cockhill came more into the game then with Derek Doherty racing clear but Crossan advanced to block well.They got a goal back on 70 minutes when Darragh McDermott advancing from half way and with the home defence backing off he unleashed a tremendous shot from thirty yards to the top corner.They went close again when martin Donaghey headed just over following a corner.Carn ended strongly with Daniel Mclaughlin racing onto an Adam Byrne pass but McColgan advanced to block well.They completed the scoring in the final minute after McGonagle beat the offside trap to race clear and round McColgan to slide the ball home.Aileach FC                              6-2                   Illies Celtic A young and inexperienced Illies  side took a deserved lead on 18 minutes when Gavin Doherty turned the ball past Kevin McDermott from six yards after the home defence failed to clear.But the home side levelled within minutes when a first time Ciaran McGrory pass released Anthony Doherty to fire low past Graham Doherty from ten yards.Aileach took the lead minutes later when a Darren McMonagle corner caused confusion and deflected off  defender past Doherty.Illies were reduced to ten men then when James O Donnell collected a second booking.Aileach took advantage when McMonagle broke on the right and crossed for Gavin Doherty to score with a thundering header to the roof of the net.Illies reduced the deficit minutes before the interval when the home defence failed to clear a Gavin Doherty cross allowing Paddy Doherty to fire home at the back post. Minutes after the restart Aileach increased their advantage when James Gillespie set Anthony Doherty clear and his cross was powerfully headed home by McGrory.Illies suffered a further loss when they were reduced to nine men on 75 minutes after Stephen McHugh was redcarded for dissent.Aileach were rampant now and Conor Gallagher stole in at the back post to fire home from a narrow angle on 80 minutes.They completed the scoring on 88 minutes when Anthony Doherty capitalised on a defensive error to slot home from close range.Culdaff FC                              1-2                   Clonmany ShamrocksThis was a tough game throughout with defences on top for long periods and no quarter asked or given.In a bright opening a good exchange etween Conor O Brien and Matthew Crampsey saw the latter’s cross overhit before at the other end Alan Friel cut  in from the left and fired narrowly wide.O’Brien then sent Derek Doherty clear on the right and with keeper Patrick Harkin well out Doherty’s return ball across the face of the box was intercepted and cleared.Culdaff were out of luck then when JJ Doherty’s powerful free from twenty five yards crashed off Harkin’s right hand post and across the goal to safety.Minutes later Clonmany had a great chance after a deep Joe Grant cross found Marty Doherty at the back post but his low effort was well smothered by Darragh Mclaughlin.Culdaff then saw  a Brendan Mclaughlin cross shot flicked wide by Eugene Mclaughlin before O Brien beat two men on the left and advanced into the area only for his effort to be blocked behind by the legs of Harkin.Clonmany took the lead on 41 minutes after a corner was cleared to Raymond McDaid who fired a superb volley from twenty four yards past McLaughlin.Culdaff levelled within a minute when a long free found O’Brien who headed over but was caught by keeper Harkin and O Brien picked himself up to despatch the penalty past the keeper.The second half was a real dogged affair with both sides fully committed. Chances were few and defences were on top for long periods. O’Brien curled a free from the edge of the area past the left hand post before at the other end Brendan Devlin curled one just past the angle and over.Clonmany struck for the winner on 74 minutes when after a scramble in the home area the ball fell to Brendan Devlin who flashed a left footed effort across Mclaughlin to the far corner from ten yards.Culdaff probably should have salvaged a point in the last minute when a Dean O Connor corner found Eugene Mclaughlin but he headed inches over from close range.Strand Hotel First Division Reports – www.inishowenfl.ieGleneely Colts 0-4 Dunree United Dunree dominated and stayed at the top of the table with this emphatic victory over Gleneely Colts.They opened the scoring on 12 minutes after Philip McGuinness released Daniel McLaughlin who tucked the ball low past Eddie McNamee from close range.Midway through the half they added a second when McGuinness split the home defence with a superb ball for Thomas Mulhern to lift the ball over the advancing McNamee from twelve yards.On the stroke of half time Dunree added a third when Mulhern’s cross was neatly flicked home by David Laird from six yards. The nearest the colts came to a goal arrived on the hour mark when Patrick McLaughlin headed a Drew Crumlish corner just over.Dunree added a fourth on 71 minutes when a Laird pass released McLaughlin to beat the offside trap and round McNamee to slot home. The colts tried hard but Dunree saw out the remainder of the game comforstably.Carrowmena FC 0-3 QPSThe point reignited their title challenge with this comfortable win in Tremone over a Carrowmena side who if they had taken their late chances could have made things uncomfortable for the visitors. The point dominated the opening half with Raymond Buchanan seeing an early free over the wall well saved by Mark Doherty before they had strong penalty claims waved aside midway through the half. On 35 minutes a corner broke to Paul Grant whose powerful effort crashed off the post before they made the breakthrough minutes before the interval. Dean Barron saw his twenty yards effort parried by Doherty but Adam Harkin followed up to slot home from five yards.Carrowmena had an early chance in the second period when an inswinging Cory O Brien corner was headed just over by brother Jordan..The point responded on 55 minutes and increased their lead when Odhran McColgan fed Oisin McCool and when McCool crossed McColgan was on hand to slot home. They made it three nil when substitute Karl Donnelly fed Brian McColgan who squared for Dean Barron to fire home from twelve yards.Carrowmena had two late chances after substitutes Brendan Doherty and Gerard Gill combined to send Gill clear but with only Conor McColgan to beat he fired wide.Then in the closing minutes Kevin McDermott played a one two with Mark McGonigle before crossing for Gill who controlled well but saw his effort saved by McColgan.Moville Celtic Res 2-2 Rasheney FC Although dropping valuable points in the title race Rasheney will be happy enough with a share of the spoils as they came from behind on two occasions in the game. The home side began well and broke the deadlock on 16 minutes when Ciaran Diver beat a defender on the left before cutting in and chipping the advancing Johnathan Noone from the edge of the area.Rasheney pressed and got back on terms on 37 minutes after John McLaughlin fired a powerful thirty yards free kick to the roof of the net past Shane Skelly in the home goal.The opening part of the second half was a dour midfield struggle with defences on top.Moville regained the lead on 77 minutes after James Gillen released Tony Boyce to outpace the visitors defence and fire low past Noone from sixteen yards.But a defensive error in the hoem defence on 84 minutes allowed Peter Doherty to slot home from six yards and gain a point for his side. The home side came closest to winning the game but Ryan Killen headed just over after a corner.Inishowen Engineering Reserve Premier Division Reports – www.inishowenfl.ieCockhill Res 0-4 Aileach ResThere was a very even opening to this game but in the end the visitors were the more clinical when the chances came their way.Cockhill had the first opening after a long ball from Shane McDaid found Michael Coyle but he fired wide when well placed.Aileach took the lead on 31 minutes when Stephen O Donnell’s corner was flicked on at the near post for Liam Burke to poke home at the back post.Before the break Sean Donaghey played a superb ball through for Michael Coyle but his effort was blocked by the legs of David McGeady.Aileach lifted the tempo on the restart and another O Donnell corner found the unmarked James Wallace to slot home at the back post.They increased their lead on 57 minutes when O Donnell converted a penalty awarded for an innocuous looking challenge.Cockhill tried to respond and on 64 minutes a Marty Bradley cross was headed down by Declan Kearney but Alan Fletcher blazed over.Another Bradley cross on 83 minutes saw Fletchers first time effort well saved by McGeady.Aileach finished strongly with Darren Gallagher seeing his effort well saved by Lee McCarron in the home goal.Gallagher then intercepted a back pass to race clear and add the fourth at the second attempt after McCarron had saved his first effort to keep his side firmly at the top of the table.QPS Res 3-2 Glengad ResThe home side dominated the opening half and when Michael Mclaughlin in the visitors goal parried a Paul Hegarty free McLaughlin recovered superbly to deny Fergal Buchanan from the rebound.Gerard Greene then released Mark Duffy but he pulled his shot wide of the near post.The home side continued to press and on 17 minutes Seannan McColgan released John McCloskey whose effort was tipped onto the bar by McLaughlin.McColgan himself then burst through the visitors defence midway through the half and when his effort was blocked by McLaughlin the ball fell to Duffy whose goalbound effort deflected off a defender and behind.The pressure told minutes later when Duffy’s cross from the right found McCloskey whose mishit effort fell perfectly for McColgan to slot home from six yards.They made it two nil on 38 minutes when a superb Stephen King cross from the right found Hegarty who controlled on his chest before firing to the bottom corner from the edge of the area.Glengad’s only threat of the half came minutes before the interval when following a corner Mark Smith headed over.Four minutes into the second period the home side added a third when Hegarty converted a penalty awarded after Aiden Lynch had been tripped in the box. Glengad got back into the game five minutes later when a long ball saw a home defender head the ball past his own keeper Lynch. Glengad were buoyed by this and when a William Logan free kick found Ronald McDaid ghosting in at the back post his downward header was brilliantly saved by Lynch.Minutes later McDaid saw an effort from twenty five yards superbly tipped over by Lynch.In a rare break at this stage the home sides McColgan fed Aiden Lynch but his powerful effort flew into the side netting.Glengad got another goal back on 72 minutes after a Niall McLaughlin effort crashed off the bar for Christopher McLaughlin following up to slot home.They almost got an equaliser in the closing minutes when Smith advanced on the left and fired past the advancing Lynch but home defender Stephen King got back to clear.Carn Res 5-1 Sea RoversPlayed in good conditions on Saturday afternoon Rovers got the perfect start in the opning minute when Shane Diver nipped in to capitalize on a defensive error and fire past JJ Doherty.Carn took control then with Keelan Doherty firing over the bar before Rory Brady was twice denied by keeper Fergal Bradley in the space of six minutes. In a rare attack for Rovers Diver beat two defenders but fired straight at Doherty when well placed.Play swung back to the other end and Keelan Doherty saw his low effort from the edge of the area well held by Bradley. Diver was giving the home defence plenty to think about and on 40 minutes he pounced on a loose ball inside the area but again Doherty saved.Carn levelled on the stroke of half time when Keelan Doherty’s cross found Brady to slot low past Bradley from eight yards.Minutes into the second half the home side took the lea din fortuitous fashion after Brady’s cross deflected off a defender past Bradley.Brady then had an attempted lob sail over before seeing another effort well saved by Bradley.On 65 minutes Carn increased their lead when a Paddy McGuinness shot was well parried by Bradley but Matthew Doherty tapped in from close range.Doherty then made it four nil when he raced onto a Brady through ball to round Doherty and slot home.In the final minute Brady completed his hat trick when he intercepted a back pass and rounded the hapless Bradley to slot home.Clonmany Res 2-4 Culdaff ResThe visitors stunned the home side when they took the lead in the 11th after a deep Paddy McColgan corner kick found the unmarked Ryan Greene to fire home from six yards.Clonmany responded with Aiden Doherty seeing one effort well blocked by George Houten before the same player collected a Johnny Porter crossfield pass and turned his man but fired just wide.They doubled their lead midway through the half after a superb pass from Greene sent Niall Gordon clear and he sidefooted past Roger McGilloway from sixteen yards.With Clonmany playing a high defensive line they were caught out again before the break when Gordon slid the ball through for Noel Mclaughlin to run clear and finish well past McGilloway. Clonmany got the perfect start to the second period when Aiden Doherty converted a penalty awarded after he had been upended in the area.But Culdaff hit back ten minutes later when a loose ball broke to William Hutchinson who despatched a cool finish past the advancing McGilloway.Clonmany got a consolation in the latter stages after Conor Bradley broke on the left and fed Doherty on the egde of the area and he squeezed his shot home despite Houten getting a hand to it.Inishowen Engineering Reserve First Division ReportsMoville Youths 0-2 Cockhill ColtsMoville were first to show in the second minute when Robert Kane broke clear but dragged his effort wide when well placed.At the other end keeper Lee McElroy made a superb save to deny Martin McDermott. Kane then saw his twenty five yards feee kick well saved by Sean Parker before at the other end a Laurence McDaid free kick across the face of the home goal eluded all.Midway through the half hesitation in the home defence allowed McDermott to nip in and fire past the exposed McElroy and give Cockhill the lead.Moville tried hard to reply and Brian Orr was unlucky to see his effort beat Parker but cleared off the line.Cockhill wree unlucky twice before the interval when in separate attacks both McDermott and McDaid saw efforts crash back off the bar before being cleared.Moville dominated the second period and Parker in the visitors goal had a storming game making fine saves to deny Orr, Kevin And Oran McDermott in the opening quarter.Against the run of play Cockhill broke and Paddy Mclaughlin fired a superb shot from the edge of the area past McElroy on 74 minutes.Moville laid siege to the Cockhill goal but a combination of good saves from Parker and poor finishing saw Gearoid McQuillan, Kane and Oran McDermott all fail to convert good openings.Illies Res 4-5 Dunree ResIn a superbly entertaining game the play flowed from one end to the other before Dunree finally claimed the points.After a quiet opening the game burst into life on 21 minutes when Constantin Bamica fired a superb twenty yards effort high past Christopher McCallion in the home goal.But Illies equalised within five minutes when the visitors failed to handle an inswinging Martin Coyle corner and it ended in the net.A minute later they took the lead when Dunree keeper Philip Doherty failed to hold a Charlie Mclaughlin cross allowing Coyle to tap in from close range.But Dunree were back on terms minutes later after Bamica beat the offside trap o race clear and square for Tommy Doherty who had the simplest of tasks.Dunree then took the lead agaion on 35 minutes when Doherty’s cross found David Eccles on the edge of the area and he fired to the roof of the net .On the stroke of half time they increased their lead when Eccles pounced on a loose ball to hammer to the roof of the net from twenty yards.Illies started the second period well and reduced the deficit on the hour when Dominick Doherty blasted a twenty yards free high to the net.Minutes later Doherty repeated the feat to level the game before Illies were unlucky not to take the lead after Andrew Grahams effort crashed off the post.Dunree regrouped and got the winner on 85 minutes when Paddy McGilloways effort from the halfway line caught keeper McCallion off his guard and the ball sailed over his head and into the net for a splendid goal.Rasheney ROVERS 1-2 Greencastle ResThe home side opened brightly with Charlie Gill heading clear from a Fergal Doherty effort and Brendan Grant shooting wide after accepting a pass from George Doherty. Mid way through the half Cathal Kelly got in behind the Rasheney defence but his ground shot was blocked by an excellent Declan Grant stop. Play switched to the other end and when Paul Mc Conologue released Grant, goalkeeper Seamus Bovaird advanced to foil his attempt. Both sides continued to create chances with Anthony Mc Eleney firing past Bovaird but also the post and Kelly delivering an inviting cross into the centre where no one could apply the finishing touch. On 38 minutes Greencastle moved in front when Ronan Doherty was released through the middle and he drove under Grant from outside the area. Just before the break a build up along the left involving Grant and Ryan Gill resulted in Eamon Doherty’s long range cross dropping just beyond the crossbar. A triple substitution on the hour mark for the home side paid dividends within five minutes. One of the subs, Liam Mc Gonigle surged up the left wing and laid off to Eamon Doherty whose low centre was swept home from 14 yards by Grant for the equaliser. The visitors regained the lead on 74 minutes when substitute Daniel Diver set up Kelly and his angled shot from inside the box beat Grant. Ronan Doherty who was prominent throughout the match for Greencastle had a chance to extend his team’s advantage when he was scythed down close to the byeline with 4 minutes remaining. However, keeper Grant made an excellent save from the same player’s spot kick while the rebound was driven wide. Near the end Greencastle was out of luck again and once more Grant denied them. Kelly accepted Kerr’s pass and found himself straight through with only the keeper to beat but Grant prevailed.Rasheney Res 0-1 Redcastle ResA strong cross field breeze made conditions difficult for both sides but it was Rasheney who made light of the conditions in the opening half.On 14 minutes Damien Friel drove a twenty five yards free kick just past the post.Friel and Kevin Noone then combined to set up John Doherty but he failed to hit the target from twelve yards.On 34 minutes Friel raced clear of the visitors defence and when Ryan McCole advanced to block Friel retrieved the ball and crossed deep for Brian Doherty to head the ball across goal but there were no takers.Before the interval Friel fired a free kick from the edge of the area just over the bar.Rasheney were first to show on the restart when an angled looping effort from Friel just cleared the bar.Redcastle came more into the game in the second half with Greg Breslin advancing into the area before seeing Sean Friel make a smothering save. Breslin then set up Conor Doherty but he scooped the ball high and over the bar when well placed.Rasheney hit back with Brian Doherty seeing an angled cross well gathered by McCole before the same player surged forward but fired over from the edge of the area. Redcastle substitute Stephen McCauley almost made an immediate impact when he rounded keeper Friel only to see his effort cleared off the line by Kevin Noone.At the other end substitutes Denis Hegarty and Cathal Herron combined and crossed but Doherty just failed to connect at the back post. Redcastle struck for a late winner on 87 minutes when Breslin collected the ball and evaded two tackles to race into the area and round Friel to slot home and claim a crucial three points.Jackie Crossan Premier DivisionPPtsGlengad1229Carn1223Redcastle1222Moville1021Clonmany919Aileach1318Culdaff1417Illies     (R)137Cockhill *  (R)130* points deductedStrand Hotel First DivisionPPtsDunree1434QPS1433Rasheney1431Moville Res1626Greencastle1215Gleneely1513Carrowmena168Buncrana *135* points deductedInishowen Engineering Reserve Premier DivisionPPtsAileach922Culdaff1121QPS819Glengad1218Clonmany1115Carn1112Cockhill911Sea Rovers110Inishowen Engineering Reserve First DivisionPPtsRedcastle1028Rasheney Res1022Moville Youths1116Cockhill Colts915Dunree812Rasheney Rovers119Illies97Greencastle96Sunday 24th Feb 2013 Advertisement Reserve League ShieldSemi Finals 11amQPS V AileachL DavenportAss.T Brown & T Moyne Advertisement Rasheney V  GlengadW CurranAss. G O Kane& JP HoughtonUlster Junior Cup1-30pm ET&PenMonaghan V Moville CelticCarn V CurraghE DohertyPremier Division 2pmRedcastle V ClonmanyT McAreeCuldaff V GlengadB BreslinCarrowmena V GleneelyJJ LaffertyMoville Res V DunreeD McLaughlinGreencastle V QPSW HarveyBuncrana V RasheneyM McGonagleReserve Premier 11amSea Rovers V CockhillS DeeneyGlengad V CarnR McDermottReserve First 11amCockhill Clt V GreencastleL PorterRasheney Rvs V RedcastleG McLaughlinMoville Yth V IlliesL DugganFOOTBALL: INISHOWEN LEAGUE REPORTS, RESULTS AND TABLES was last modified: February 18th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:FOOTBALL: INISHOWEN LEAGUE REPORTSRESULTS AND TABLESlast_img read more

SPORT-JONES 2

first_imgThe BCCI is in the process of finalising the coach for The BCCI is in the process of finalising the coach for Team India but Jones, who coached Islamabad in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) last season, said hes not in the running. “No, Im not going anywhere. Teams are mainly led by great captains. I think India have great leaders in Kohli, Dhoni and a lot of good senior players… whoever coaches them will do a good job. “The CAC of VVS, Sourav and Sachin are following the right process to make a proper decision. Its the number one/best job in the world as a coach. You shoulders are under more pressure but at the same time whoever they pick will do a fantastic job,” he said. “Im too busy commentating. I really enjoyed the coaching job with Islamabad in the PSL. Coaching a national team is completely different, where youre not only managing players but coaching them as well. But in franchise its about just managing and getting the selection process right.” “Its a great game. I just feel privileged that Im at 55 and still earning a living from the game and I still enjoying just as much as I did when I was young.” Jones, who is here as an expert commentator for pink ball day/night multiday game in India, said its high time that the Test crickets timings are changed to suit to the lifestyle of todays busy officegoers. “At the moment, all the heady stuff has gone into T20 and ODIs. So its about time we start to look after our Test cricket,” he said on the pink ball day/night Test. “People are very busy today. They might watch it on social media but they dont actually get a chance to go to the stadium and watch a match. The opening hours of the Test cricket shop has been wrong.” “We are not going to say this going to happen all the time. But maybe one in eight Tests played around the world will be a pink ball. Its just the matter of players getting used to it.” “If we dont look after the game, were going to lose them. We dont want that to happen. We got to teach our kids how important the Test cricket is. The contribution of Dravid, Ganguly, Tendulkar, Kapil Devs and the all the greats,” he said. So far only one day/night Test is played when Australia defeated New Zealand in three days at the Adelaide Oval in November last year as the turnout was a huge success. “Its proven in Australia that people will watch it at night if you have good teams playing against each other,” Jones who did the commentary in the historic Test said. The only thing Jones likes to change is the colour of the sight-screen from white to black. “I dont think it goes well with the pink ball. I think they would be better with the black. But thats my personal opinion. If the players feel fine, then its okay. Maybe they can change around with a click of a button for different people.” (MORE) PTI TAP KHS KHSadvertisementlast_img read more

Kansas Is The Only Final Four Team Playing Modern Basketball

Why the team had to change this season isn’t much of a mystery. The high-low offense frequently puts the key decisions of a possession in the hands of the team’s big men, either after receiving a pass at the top of the key (the “sweet spot” that allows a player to shoot, pass or get back on defense) or down in the low post. This allows the offense to get its big men open through screens and ball reversals and for the bigs to find cutters for easy buckets. It requires bigs who can execute a moving, developing offense. But the Jayhawks’ frontcourt exploded just before the season, leaving the team without that crucial component.Five-star freshman Billy Preston never played a game for the Jayhawks after coming under investigation by the NCAA; he would eventually sign with a Bosnian professional team. Jack Whitman, a transfer from William & Mary, left Kansas abruptly in the summer of 2017 just a few months after committing to the school. Self had expected Whitman to contribute heavily along the front line: “We were thin up front,” Self said at the time, “and looking to add somebody that would be eligible immediately and was experienced. … He’s a great fit for what we need because we’re going to be so young up front and he’ll add some experience.”That left Kansas with sophomores Udoka Azubuike and Mitch Lightfoot, as well as late-arriving freshman Silvio De Sousa. Azubuike has been excellent — his 77.2 field goal percentage is the best in Kansas history — and De Sousa has emerged as a reliable backup. But this is not the polished frontcourt of your standard contending Kansas team. So Self has empowered his perimeter players to carry the team instead. Devonte’ Graham, Malik Newman and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk each are shooting more than five threes per game this season and hitting better than 40 percent. LaGerald Vick is shooting four per game and making 37.8 percent.By contrast, party-crashing Loyola of Chicago takes only 35.8 percent of its shots from three, below the average — though still above Self’s preferred waypoint. That’s unusual for an upset-minded team — those teams often take advantage of the short college 3-point line to achieve short-term scoring parity. Loyola instead relies on skill and strategy to win, along with new inefficiencies in the modern game ripe to be exploited by the right team.While Kansas does not attempt threes at quite the same rate as Villanova or Michigan, it has gotten off a similar number of attempts thanks to another modern facet of the squad: Kansas plays at a relatively fast tempo, while the other three semifinalists play at a glacial pace.Despite taking an enormous 47.1 percent of their shots from beyond the arc, Villanova has not pushed tempo: The Wildcats rank 225th in the country in average length of offensive possession, at 17.8 seconds, according to KenPom.com. Michigan ranks 311th at 18.7 seconds. And Loyola comes in 285th at 18.4. It makes sense for Loyola to slow pace, since underdog teams are best served by minimizing possessions and leaning on variance to carry them over more talented opponents. But a team like Villanova, more talented than nearly all of its opponents, would be better off maximizing the number of shots taken by both its own players and its opponents. Talent wins out over time.Kansas has maintained a standard brisk tempo over the past several seasons, ranking in the top 100 and often the top 50 in the nation since 2013 by KenPom.com’s average offensive possession length. (The Jayhawks rank lower on overall tempo because their defense typically forces opponents late into the shot clock, which is a good thing for a defense to do.) This season, Kansas is at 16.5 seconds per offensive possession, 76th in the country and miles ahead of its Final Four competition, making it the only program remaining that’s playing by the modern guidelines for overdogs: Push pace and shoot threes.This seems to be the season that Bill Self finally, fully, adapted to his players — and the times and, OK, the catastrophe surrounding his preseason frontcourt. This concession has allowed the Jayhawks to reach the Final Four, playing Saturday in what sure seems like the de facto championship game. Villanova will be the favorite. But Kansas, for once, will not have its own ideologies holding it back.Check out our latest March Madness predictions. Across the years, Kansas men’s basketball head coach Bill Self has fashioned an unmistakable brand of play. The Kansas Jayhawks, playing Villanova on Saturday in the Final Four, feature a high-low motion offense — inside-out basketball that moves the ball and values polished big men who can score at the rim and make decisions on the perimeter. That insistence didn’t leave much room for Kansas to adopt the ongoing 3-point revolution in basketball. Kansas stuck with its high-low system even as the very premises of the game were shifting underfoot.“When highly successful coaches adapt and succeed, like win a championship, we say they adapted to their players,” ESPN’s John Gasaway told reporter Matt Giles for FiveThirtyEight in 2016. “Self does not adapt to his players.”The lights flickered on briefly in that 2015-16 season, as observers wondered whether Kansas was finally adopting a modern rate of 3-point shooting. It didn’t last. Kansas’s rate of 3-point attempts fell off late in the season, and the team finished ranked 238th in the country in the share of its field goal attempts that were 3-pointers, according to KenPom.com. The Jayhawks were eliminated in the Elite Eight that season by a Villanova team that lived on the 3-point shot but didn’t shoot well in the quarterfinal. Self’s team took away Nova’s range, limiting it to 4 of 18 shooting from three, and the Wildcats won anyway. Perhaps this shook something loose in Self.In 2016-17, the Jayhawks threatened to be the first KU team under Self to breach the Division I average for 3-pointers attempted per field goal attempt. They weren’t a team of gunners, exactly, but their 35.9 percent 3-point attempt rate was a large step up for Kansas. This season, the Jayhawks have climbed even higher, reaching 41.4 percent — easily clearing the D-I average of 37.5 percent. That’s a quantum leap for the program given its recent history and a shocking development given Self’s stated opinions on shot selection.“Based on our history and the success that we’ve had with our shot selection over the years,” Self told the Kansas City Star in 2015, “I think 30 percent is a pretty good number for us.” read more

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first_imgMan jailed after leading Border Patrol on a high speed chase on the I-8 Posted: November 30, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A 21-year-old man was behind bars today on suspicion of leading Border Patrol agents on a high-speed pursuit that ended when he crashed the truck he was driving on  Interstate 8 in Boulevard, killing three of the suspected undocumented immigrants riding unrestrained in the pickup and injuring the other seven.Luis Alberto Virgen, a U.S. citizen who lives in Tijuana, allegedly sped off when the federal personnel tried to pull over the passenger-packed white Chevrolet Silverado he was driving near the Mexican border in eastern San Diego County shortly before 4:30 p.m. Thursday, according to the California Highway Patrol.With the agents giving chase, Virgen entered Interstate 8 at Buckman Springs Road and fled to the east briefly before exiting at Ribbonwood Road and re-entering the freeway, this time headed west, the Border Patrol reported.After fleeing for several more miles, the suspect ran over a tire-flattening spike strip that agents had laid across the roadway in his path east of Crestwood Road, according to the federal agency.About a minute later, the Silverado — occupied by a single passenger in the front and the rest in the cargo bed — veered off the interstate, went up a dirt embankment, became airborne, overturned  and rolled back down the sloping roadside onto the freeway.Virgen was the only one in the truck wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, and the others were ejected, CHP public-affairs Officer Travis Garrow said.Two of the male passengers and the sole female member of the group died at the scene of the wreck. The names of the deceased were withheld pending family notification.Medics took Virgen and the surviving passengers to a hospital for treatment of moderate to serious injuries, Garrow said.About an hour after the fatal accident, Border Patrol personnel in the area came across another vehicle believed to have been involved in the apparent human-smuggling attempt and arrested a second man. The suspect’s name was not released.Virgen was booked into San Diego Central Jail early this morning on suspicion of three counts of vehicular manslaughter. He was being held on $150,000 bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Tuesday afternoon. KUSI Newsroom November 30, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: KUSI, Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

5 QUICK QUESTIONS with Festival of Trees Lead Organizer Becky McGrath

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple recently caught up with Becky McGrath, lead organizer of We’re One Wilmington’s Festival of Trees, for five quick questions.What’s it like planning one of Wilmington’s most popular community events?“I have a lot of help; it’s certainly not just me. I’ve got an awesome team of 12 volunteers. For example, Karin Bloom takes care of the bake sale. Tammy McElligott handles all the decorating. Nathalie Hayduk takes care of all the entertainment. Jomarie O’Mahoney and Catherine Maiella take care of our Member Social. Jen Bolanos and Pam Almedia tag all the ornaments on the Angel Tree. And we have other team members as well helping out wherever they can. Planning starts in the summer. It’s hours and hours of work put in by tons of people. But it’s really a pleasure. They’re all amazing people to work with. We work really well together.”Are there any changes to this year’s Festival of Trees compared to years past?“Yes, the biggest change this year is we opened a day early, although not to the general public. The event is getting more and more crowded each year. We wanted to make it a more comfortable atmosphere for folks who might be older or need room for wheelchairs and walkers. We invited the Senior Center to come out on Friday morning. A couple of groups from Windsor Place are coming on Friday afternoon. The teachers and staff of Wilmington Public Schools have also been invited to come on Friday after school. Lots of the teachers don’t live in Wilmington, so they may not want to make the drive back to town on the weekend. There’s a lot of trees this year decorated by schools and student groups.”How many donations are you anticipating this year?“We’re estimating 118 donations, which includes 60-70 tall trees. It’s definitely a record year for donations. I think we’re reaching the maximum allowed for the venue. When you visit this weekend, just think of all the people — hundreds of community members — who put their heart and soul into these trees. We’re so grateful to the community.”How many people attend Festival of Trees each year? Will the event ever outgrow Villanova Hall?“Based on raffle ticket sales, we suspect about 2,000 people come through during the weekend. We really like where we are. The location keeps it feeling like a nice a community event. It’s so close to the Common. It’s really convenient for all the other activities going on, including the Town Tree Lighting on Saturday night and the Sons of Italy’s Breakfast with Santa on Sunday morning at the Knights of Columbus. It really is just the perfect spot. I think we’ll stay here, we just might have to cap the number of donations at 120, our magic number.”How much does the Festival of Trees raise each year? Where do the funds go?“Each year it climbs. The amount raised almost doubles each year, which is pretty amazing. Last year, after expenses, we cleared $50,000. And that’s without charging any admission fee — that’s raffle sales and bake sales.The event’s proceeds allows We’re One Wilmington to do so many things. We recently made a $2,000 sponsorship to the Elderly Services Department’s new Memory Cafe. We sponsored the “Revive Civility” program at the Wilmington Memorial Library.  We purchase holiday gifts requested by Wilmington families. We’re supporting 21 families this year. We paid over $3,000 in utility bills for people in emergency financial need. We have care packages we send out to residents who are struggling financially or emotionally. We hand out $8,500 in scholarships annually. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.”BONUS QUESTION: Which is your favorite tree this year?“I have to admit, the cupcake tree is my favorite. It’s so adorable.”Becky McGrath (bottom left) and some of her team of organizers.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWe’re One Wilmington Still Looking For Donations For Festival Of TreesIn “Community”We’re One Wilmington Still Looking For More Trees For Festival Of Trees, Announces More Event DetailsIn “Community”PHOTOS: Becky McGrath Named 2017 Wilmington Good GuyIn “Photo of the Day”last_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday March 12 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Tuesday, March 12, 2019:#1) Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day EarlyThe Shriners are holding a St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance at the Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road). A social hour begins at 6pm. Dinner starts at 7pm. The evening features an Irish dinner; music; and prizes. Tickets cost $25. For more information and to purchase tickets, contact 978-657-4202 x 216.#2) Red Cross Blood DriveThe Red Cross is holding a blood drive at Wilmington Friendship (Masonic) Lodge (32 Church Street) from 1pm to 7pm. Learn more HERE.#3) Paying The College Bill: Strategies To SaveThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding a workshop on saving for college at 6:30pm. Jack Wang from Longhorn Financial LLC is back with this workshop reviewing different options to pay the college bill, ranging from loans to payment plans to other less known strategies. The pros and cons of each option will be discussed so participants can make an informed decision on which method is best for their family. For high school juniors, seniors & their parents. Register HERE.#4) How To Be A BeekeeperThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding a lecture on beekeeping at 7pm. Join Julie Kelley, Wilmington native and owner of Tewksbury Honey, for a lively presentation and discussion about her favorite pollinators! This hour long program will feature information about honey bees, keeping bees, and, of course, honey and its benefits. Julie’s honey will be for sale at the end of the program. Register HERE.#5) Tour Of Wilmington Town MuseumThe Town Museum (430 Salem Street) is open from 10am to 2pm. Come explore Wilmington’s history. Free admission.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Friday, July 19, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, July 23, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, August 15, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Switching allegiance key to survival in Game of Thrones

first_imgSydney: If you are waiting for the ‘Game of Thrones’ season eight, scheduled to air in April 2019, here are some clues as to which characters are more likely to survive. Evaluating the deaths of all important ‘Game of Thrones’ characters across seven seasons of the show, a team of researchers has found that characters were more likely to survive if they switched allegiances, such as Tyrion Lannister who switches allegiance between the houses Lannister and Targaryen. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfCharacters in the popular TV series are more likely to die if they do not switch allegiance, and are male, according to the findings published in the journal Injury Epidemiology. The researchers at Macquarie University in Australia also found that the risk of death was also greater for characters that were ‘lowborn’ (not a Lord or Lady), compared to those that were “highborn”. “The risk of death is high among characters in Game of Thrones. By the end of the seventh season, more than half of the characters had died – 186 out of the 330 characters we included in this study – with violent deaths being the most common by far,” said corresponding author of the study. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”While these findings may not be surprising for regular viewers, we have identified several factors that may be associated with better or worse survival, which may help us to speculate about who will prevail in the final season,” Lystad added. The most common causes of death were injuries (73.7 per cent), and particularly wounds of the head and neck, including 13 decapitations. Only two deaths from natural causes occurred across the seven seasons of Game Of Thrones: Maester Aemon and Old Nan, who both died of old age. The remainder of deaths were from burns (11.8 per cent) or poisonings (4.8 per cent). The most common circumstances of deaths were assault, operations of war, and legal executions. The probability of dying within the first hour after first appearing on screen was around 14 per cent, the findings showed. The researchers collected data on mortality and survival of 330 characters from all 67 episodes from seasons one to seven of ‘GoT’last_img read more

For Amazon Cloud Wars Heat Up

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. To avoid the hassle of operating data centers, many companies hand the job off to Amazon. In addition to being the biggest online retailer, Amazon has built a giant business of renting servers to customers that need computing power to crunch numbers, stream movies and process orders.But Amazon, the leading so-called “cloud services platform,” faces an increasingly stiff challenge. Rivals like Microsoft are slowly gaining ground in what is a key battleground between some of the technology industry’s biggest companies.“Cloud platforms are the service of choice for modern software, which means that all the big businesses who have a significant stake in app development or distribution are getting into this space. They have to,” says James Staten, a Forrester Research analyst.Amazon’s Web Services, the name of its data center arm, controlled up to 75% of the global cloud platforms market in 2013, according to Forrester Research analyst James Staten. But that share is expected to drop to around 65% by the end of this year.Meanwhile, Microsoft, a distant second in the race with what is known as Azure, had 15% of the market in 2013. That share is expected to climb to 25% by the end of the year.The potential for cloud computing remains huge. Corporations could spend as much as $235 billion on it in 2017, more than triple the amount they spent in 2011, according to IHS Technology. It’s no wonder then companies like Microsoft, Google, Salesforce, SAP and Oracle are ramping up efforts to meet demand.Created in 2006, Amazon Web Services gambled early on the idea of building data centers that stored and processed information for other businesses. Now that data center division, which is estimated to generate around $5.5 billion in revenues this year, has over 1 million customers like NASA, Netflix and Spotify.“The cloud is the new normal,” boasted Andy Jassy, Amazon Web Services SVP, at the cloud platform’s annual conference in Las Vegas last week where the company unveiled tools to make software development easier and cheaper.Microsoft pushed into the so-called “cloud” long before Satya Nadella became CEO in February. But it was Nadella who championed a more cloud-focused strategy inside the company.Signing up data customers is critical for Microsoft, which has had huge success in selling software for personal computers but has stumbled as people have shifted to mobile devices. The company is betting that business services like Azure are a big part of its future.Microsoft is trying to close the gap through lower prices and by rapidly introducing new features. Jeffrey Hammond, a Forrester Research analyst, said that Azure is easier to learn for new customers that lack technical experience.“I think that’s often how developers feel,” Hammond says. “There are a lot of different choices, and it’s not always clear what the best thing to do is.”Still, Amazon Web Services remains the platform of choice for startups such as Spotify, Airbnb and Pinterest. Azure, meanwhile, is more popular with larger companies such as Xerox, eBay and McKesson. (According to Staten, more startups are starting to use Azure, but in many of those cases, the startup has some prior history with Microsoft.) Both platforms must round out their services more to fuel growth.Microsoft is marketing its cloud as being more flexible than Amazon’s. Traditionally, Amazon’s servers hosted and processed the vast majority of their customers’ information. Microsoft, in contrast, uses a more “hybrid” approach in which customers can store and process some of their data with Microsoft while doing the rest on their own servers. That’s appealing to customers that want more ownership over their information but still want some of the cloud’s benefits.Microsoft’s “hybrid” approach could prove more lucrative, at least in the near-future. By 2017, Gartner estimates that nearly 50% of all large enterprises in the U.S. will run off some kind of hybrid cloud set-up. Even Amazon gets the appeal. Earlier this year, Amazon CTO Werner Vogels said his company would offer some tools to help customers go hybrid if that is what they want.“What we’re ultimately seeing here is huge change,” says Hammond, comparing the move to cloud services to the rise of the Web.For Amazon Web Services, Azure and others battling for the cloud platform market, the trend signals something they already know: Game on. This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine 4 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » November 19, 2014last_img read more