Tawny Crazy Ant

first_imgThe tawny crazy ant has made its way into Georgia for the first time. University of Georgia Extension agent James Morgan of Dougherty County discovered the ant—which originates from South America—on Aug. 15 and submitted a sample to the University of Georgia for identification.Prior to his discovery, the ant was found only in a few counties in Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. Where it occurs in those states, it is a major nuisance. Morgan stumbled upon the ants at an assisted living facility, after the director called the UGA Extension office for help controlling the insect.Thousands travelling together“What I found was thousands of dead ants in a pile in the corner of the bathroom floor,” Morgan said. “The duplex was vacant, and the ants had come in looking for a food source. When they came in, they died and we found hundreds of them piled up around baseboards and in corners.”After further investigation outside the facility, Morgan found droves of the ants in an outbuilding. “We found them in the lawn on debris and dead wood, and we traced them back to a storage area that was full of appliances,” he said. Accustomed to identifying Argentine ants, fire ants and other ants common to Georgia, Morgan knew these ants were different. “They’re reddish in color, very tiny, and they run around and scurry really fast. And they don’t march in a straight row like Argentine ants,” Morgan said.Confirmed as tawny crazy antsHe sent a sample to UGA entomologist Dan Suiter, an Extension specialist in urban entomology housed on the UGA campus in Griffin. The samples were confirmed as tawny crazy ants (Nylanderia fulva) by taxonomist Joe MacGown at the Mississippi Entomological Museum. The ant is classified as a nuisance because of its attraction to electricity and because it travels in masses. It likes to get into electrical boxes, Suiter said. Large accumulations of the ant can cause short circuits and clog switching mechanisms, which can result in electrical shortages in phone lines, air conditioning units, chemical-pipe valves, computers, security systems and other electrical locations.“Most people will be overwhelmed by the number of tawny crazy ants they’ll find. It’ll be through the roof,” he said. “They’ll come in your house, and it becomes a kind of ‘ant from hell’ scenario.”Suiter said once an ant species gets established, it’s “really hard to dislodge them.” Not Argentine antsHe expects Georgians to confuse the tawny crazy ant with Argentine ants. Like Argentine ants, the tawny crazy ant travels indoors in search of food and water. It doesn’t sting like a fire ant, but it probably has a mild bite, he said. The ant also is capable of spraying small quantities of formic acid, which may irritate some individuals. About one-eighth-of-an-inch long, tawny crazy ants are slightly larger in size than Argentine ants and have erratic foraging patterns. Argentine ants are dark brown in color, slightly smaller and do not move as fast or as erratically. “We will probably get a lot of reports that people have it when they really have Argentine ants. Those are sugar ants—the ones you see in trails,” he said. Suiter describes dead tawny crazy ants as looking like snowdrifts. “They can be inches deep in a pile,” he said. “When they get up and going, the numbers that die will be in the tens of thousands in and around a structure.”Likely came to U.S. through a portLike many non-native, invasive species, no one knows exactly how the ant came to the U.S. or how it made its most recent trip to the Peach State. “It probably came into the U.S., initially, from several Florida ports and one in Mississippi and one in Galveston,” Suiter said. He thinks the ant may have hitched a ride on a plant brought into the state from a region where the tawny crazy ant is already established. Back in Albany, Morgan says the director of the assisted living facility had no knowledge of anyone traveling to any of those regions.To discourage the new ant species and other pests from entering a home, Morgan recommends searching for and sealing any cracks around doors and windows. Due to large populations, the tawny crazy ant typically requires a pest management professional.To verify the presence of tawny crazy ants, take a sample to the nearest UGA Extension office. For office locations, call 1-800-ASKUGA1 or see extension.uga.edu.last_img read more

Decision to allow circuit court appeals to be heard in Letterkenny welcomed

first_imgThe decision from the President of the High Court to allow circuit court appeal hearings to be heard at Letterkenny courthouse in future has been welcomed. The decision comes following a request from the Donegal TD to the Courts Service in which he urged the organisation to do more to facilitate litigants resident in the county by having cases heard at local courts instead of the long-standing practice of hearings being held at courts in Sligo and Mayo. Describing the decision as a ‘victory for common sense’, Pearse Doherty said: “At present, it’s my understanding that it’s been the long-standing practice of the Courts Service to have all civil appeal cases heard at courts in either Sligo or Castlebar.“This has meant that, even in instances where a case has originated in Donegal, no subsequent appeal hearings were held locally.“As a result, I have received correspondence from constituents expressing their frustration at the inconvenience, as well as the financial burden, which having to travel to attend these hearings is causing them.“Many of those have spoken about not being able to see any justifiable reason for the practice, and have understandably pointed to the fact that the Courthouse in Letterkenny, which has just recently been opened after a major redeveloped, could play host to such cases.“Having listened to their legitimate concerns, I wrote to the Courts Service to ascertain why all Circuit Court Appeal cases relating to litigants in Donegal were continuing to be transferred outside of the county.“I am happy to now report that I have received a response from the organisation in which it’s been confirmed that, after some consultation between the Courts Service and the President of the High Court, it’s been agreed that they are in favour of having Circuit Court Appeals heard at Letterkenny.“Furthermore, and following on from my request, the Principal Registrar in the High Court is currently making the relevant arrangements with Courts Service Regional authorities and local management in Letterkenny for a sitting of the High Court to be held in Letterkenny during this July.“I’ve been advised that, once these arrangements are finalised, all courts staff will inform practitioners of the dates in question.“I am happy that this decision has been reached, it is a victory for common sense, and I genuinely hope that this development will result in litigants and other relevant stakeholders being able to enjoy easier access when attending hearings.”Decision to allow circuit court appeals to be heard in Letterkenny welcomed was last modified: March 25th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:letterkennyLetterkenny courthousePearse Dohertylast_img read more

Shunglu report says 495 CWG contracts were cleared in a hurry

first_imgSacked Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (OC) chief Suresh Kalmadi has been indicted yet again, this time by the high-powered V.K. Shunglu committee, set up by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, to probe the Commonwealth Games mess.Shunglu slammed Kalmadi and his aides for mismanagement, arbitrary award of contracts and outright dubious acts of omission and commission that resulted in heavy losses to the government exchequer.Accusing Kalmadi of running the OC like a private club, the Shunglu panel report said: “The OC seemed to function as a ‘club’ where the criteria for recruitment and promotion seemed to be ‘who knows who’ rather than merit.” The panel’s fifth report on OC’s mismanagement, which was made public on Thursday, pointed out that Kalmadi’s “monopolistic” functioning led to the mess that has sullied India’s image in the sporting arena and cost huge loss to the exchequer.”There was extreme concentration of powers at the top and conflict of interest among OC officials. It was found the OC had serious governance problems due to an unwieldy general body with 500 members and a subservient executive board. The OC was synonymous with the chairman,” the report said.The report pointed out that Kalmadi approached the government for an additional Rs 900 crore in August 2010, when there was no need for additional funds at that point.In fact, the report notes, Kalmadi and the OC consistently kept “misrepresenting” the Games as being “revenue neutral” in order to justify its extravagant spending.Kalmadi spent Rs 5.06 crore on a “reckless exercise of patronage to send people unrelated with sports to the Beijing Olympics on a pleasure trip,” the report said.advertisementInsiders in the OC have all along held that if the contracts were awarded judiciously, it could have saved more than Rs 350 crore. Accusing Kalmadi of deliberately concentrating all decision-making powers at the top with himself or his trusted aides, Shunglu said Kalmadi functioned with a “coterie”, so that “most of the decision making was controlled by the chairman and his loyal appointees.””The very fact that people seemed to be shunted, transferred or superseded at times when they appeared to dissent or raise concerns suggests that the philosophy was to recruit and promote candidates who would follow directions without question,” the report said.It said the “extreme concentration of power at the top” ensured that decision-making remained limited with the chairman and his coterie of loyal senior management.Pointing out severe conflict of interest within the OC, where key officials of Kalmadi-controlled Indian Olympic Association (IOA) also held senior positions in OC, the panel said accountability, internal and external, “was not the norm.”The executive board hardly exercised its governance role and often delegated responsibility to the executive management committee to the point ofabdication of responsibility, the panel stated.According to documents available with Mail Today, the OC managed to award only 47 out of 542 contracts in four years between October 2006 and December 2009. Left with no time, it was forced to award 495 contracts in just nine months (January to September 2010).”But that cost OC at least Rs 350 crore more than what was estimated earlier in 2006-07 when the Games budget was finalised. With no time left, we haphazardly awarded 495 contracts in just nine months beginning January to September 2010,” a top OC official admitted.In fact, as many as 75 contracts were awarded in October 2010. The highest number of contracts-130-were awarded in September last year, just a few days before the CWG, sources said.Naturally, the cost escalated when OC went to negotiate. From simple deals for sports equipment, functional area logistics, hotels and flight bookings to big contracts in overlays, catering and Games management system software to digital scoreboards (TSR) for real time results, the cost soared well beyond estimates.The committee found irregularities and revenue losses in executing contracts related to ticketing, sponsorship, overlays, timing, scoring and results, catering and recruitments. Calling the award of three contracts to Event Knowledge Services, a consultancy firm, for venue development as dubious, the committee recommended a probe by the CBI and Enforcement Directorate (ED) to trace the flow of funds from OC to the company in Mauritius.The panel had raised objection on some positions being filled with persons of questionable integrity with past records of vigilance cases against them.Government instructions were flouted in posting of staff in sensitive positions, it said.”It was clear the OC CEO Jarnail Singh was not given adequate responsibility when he joined the OC in 2009. Again till the end, he was not given crucialpowers (appointment of staff, consultants, and vendors, signing of contracts, etc) and was not made the head of the secretariat,” the report said.advertisementOC sources have confirmed that Singh had raised objection to appointment of M. Jayachandran, officer on special duty (finance and accounts) as “against the government rules”. But he was bypassed by Kalmadi and his close aides, including Lalit Bhanot.In fact, the panel pointed out that there were serious differences between former chief operating officer V.K. Gautam, joint directgeneral T.S. Darbari and director general V.K. Verma.The report noted that the TSR (time score record) contract was awarded after great delay to Swiss Timing. The OC took two years and nine months to finally award the contract and as a result, the vendor itself charged a premium on Rs 18 crore, citing delay on the part of the OC.The overlays contracts, aggregating Rs 630 crore, were greatly delayed and initiated only in December 2009 because OC intentionally did not provide estimates and had included provision for overlays in the several budgetary exercises it had undertaken.The report also says that the technology contract for Games management system, signed at a ‘crisis stage’ in March 2010 for Rs 21 crore, was actually managed by Melbourne for just Rs 5 crore.last_img read more

15 days agoChelsea expected to welcome back James, Rudiger for Newcastle

first_imgChelsea expected to welcome back James, Rudiger for Newcastleby Freddie Taylor15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea duo Reece James and Antonio Rudiger are on track for a return to action after the international break.James was forced to withdraw from England U21 duty on Thursday due to an ankle injury, but he’s expected to be back in training next week.According to the Daily Mail, the injury is not serious.Rudiger has been injured for most of this season but he posted an update on Thursday on social media of him training at Cobham.The Blues face Newcastle at Stamford Bridge on October 19. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

6 children 3 women among 15 killed in raids on terror hideouts

first_imgColombo: Six children and three women were among 15 people killed when suicide bombers blew themselves up during a shootout with security forces in Sri Lanka’s Eastern province, police said Saturday. The security forces continued their hunt for members of the local terror group National Thowheeth Jamath (NTJ) which was behind the deadly Easter Sunday bombings in which 253 people were killed and over 500 injured. Police Special Task Force (STF) personnel and Army troops were engaged in the gun battle with an armed group at a house in the Saindamarudu area in Kalmunai city, about 360 kms from Colombo. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework The heavily-armed men opened fire on troops, leading to the shootout on Friday night. A civilian, who was caught in the gun battle, died. Three men are believed to have set off explosives during the violent clashes. “A total of 15 bodies recovered, six men, three women and six children. At least four suspected suicide bombers are dead and three others who were injured are in hospital,” a police spokesperson said. The curfew imposed in the Muslim-majority areas of Kalmunai, Chavalakade and Sammanthurai would continue until further notice, the police said. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen “When the police was doing a joint search operation in Sainthamuruthu, gunfire was directed at them,” police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said. A suicide blast took place and the body of a terrorist with a T56 assault rifle was found at the site. The police said that 20 more people were arrested in connection with the April 21 bombings. Officials also seized one kg of explosives near a railway station at Wellawatta, a popular south Colombo suburb. The curfew was lifted for other areas at 4 AM on Saturday. At the security council meeting held last night, it was decided that search operations to crackdown on extremist terrorism must continue until the threat is completely eliminated. Security has been improved at hotels, schools and public places. Nine suicide bombers carried out a series of devastating blasts that tore through three churches and three luxury hotels on the Easter Sunday, killing 253 people. The Islamic State claimed the attacks, but the government has blamed local Islamist extremist group NTJ for the attacks.last_img read more

Modis Kedarnath Yatra stunt a gross violation of MCC

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress on Sunday lodged a complaint at the Election Commission of India against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, alleging that the latter’s widely televised Kedarnath Yatra for the last two days is a gross violation of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) on polling day. The party sought immediate action to “stop telecast of such a surreptitious and unfair campaign which is morally wrong.””I would like to bring to your notice that even though the election campaign for the last phase of polling for 2019 Lok Sabha elections has ended on May 17, 2019 at 6 pm, surprisingly Narendra Modi’s Kedarnath Yatra is being covered and widely televised for the last two days on national as well as local media. This is a gross violation of the Model Code Of Conduct,” states the letter to the Chief Election Commissioner undersigned by Derek O’Brien, leader of the Trinamool Congress Parliamentary Party, Rajya Sabha. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIt further states that Modi had even announced that the “Master Plan” for Kedarnath Temple was “ready” and also addressed the public and the media at Kedarnath. “It is absolutely unethical and morally incorrect,” the letter read. It alleges that every minute detail of Modi’s activities during the visit have been widely publicised, with an ulterior motive to influence voters directly or indirectly. “Modi chants are also being heard from the background. All these moves are well calculated with the ill intention to influence the voters even on the date of poll,” the letter read. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”It is very unfortunate that the Election Commission, the highest body and the eyes and ears of the democratic process, remains blind and deaf to the gross violation of the MCC,” O’Brien alleged. The letter from Trinamool assumes significance as during the elections, several Opposition parties have also alleged MCC violation on the part of the Prime Minister. Even Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa on Saturday expressed dissent over clean chits for four speeches made by Modi and one by BJP president Amit Shah. Lavasa has reportedly told Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora that his “participation in the deliberations of the Commission becomes meaningless” since his minority decisions “go unrecorded”.last_img read more

The NBA Players Who Are Too Busy Complaining To Get Back On

Of course, it’s one thing to lag and another to complain. You’ll notice, for example, that the list is filled with stars, who can be forgiven for not running quite as hard on defense sometimes since they’re doing so much on offense for their clubs each night.So I dove into the film, watching hundreds of these lag instances. I found that someone like Houston’s Trevor Ariza, a player whose role is to spot up for corner 3s, owes his Lag Rate to his positioning on the court. Look where he is at the end of this Rockets possession, for example, in the top-left portion of the screen.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/arizastuckinthecorner.mp400:0000:0000:08Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.But the top five, I discovered, aren’t really victims of positioning — they’re victims of their own play styles. Play styles that, yes, sometimes include complaints.Draymond Green: Some of Green’s delays in getting back down the court appear to happen because he’s disappointed with himself after an overly fancy pass he’s made is intercepted. But the Warriors’ fiery fifth-year forward makes his fair share of complaints and often stays behind to air them.No one can dispute Green’s value, given his superb passing ability and his immense defensive skill, which makes him a deserving candidate for defensive player of the year. But he’s prone to joining plays late when he feels he’s been bumped off course while en route to the basket. (He sometimes argues when he feels teammates are fouled, too.)Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/draymondarguing.mp400:0000:0000:12Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/draymondreallylate.mp400:0000:0000:14Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.There are times when Green’s lateness burns Golden State. But based on the film I watched, the Warriors’ defense — one of the league’s best — was able to hold off opponents until Green made it back down the court more often than not.Russell Westbrook: Through March 21, Westbrook had 41 instances of lags of more than 3 seconds, 17 more than LeBron James, the next-closest wing player. Studying video of each example, I found a wide variety of reasons why he took so long to get back on defense.Every now and then, Westbrook seems to fall this far behind as a way to catch a quick breather — understandable given how much he’s asked to do for OKC’s offense. Other times, the hyper-athletic Westbrook takes an ugly spill or appears to get hit in the face, sending him into a momentary daze.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/westbrook.mp400:0000:0000:14Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.But, yes, he absolutely complains, and occasionally does it by continuing to sit on the floor long after he’s fallen to the ground.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/westbrookcomplaining.mp400:0000:0000:22Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/westbrooknotgettingback.mp400:0000:0000:17Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.LeBron James: The King’s inclusion on this list is not a surprise. But it was surprising to see why he made the list. Yes, James complains plenty about no-calls.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/lebron1.mp400:0000:0000:13Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/lebroncomplains.mp400:0000:0000:13Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.But the primary reason that James is in this group is simple: After missed shots and turnovers, he often cherrypicks when it looks like the opposing team may speed the ball down the court for a quick shot. That makes for awkward instances when Cleveland’s opponents pull the ball back out to actually run their offense, as it forces him to try to rejoin the action up to 10 seconds after the fact.Cleveland’s struggles on defense have been a head-scratcher to many. James’s choice to often stay on one end of the floor is likely part of the reason why the Cavs ranked last in transition defense during the regular season.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/lebron6.mp400:0000:0000:15Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/lebron5.mp400:0000:0000:16Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.John Wall: Wall — every bit as explosive as Westbrook, if not more — encounters many of the same issues as the Oklahoma City star. When Wall is bumped in the air while moving at a high speed, he goes flying. As such, his delays in getting back are seemingly split: About half the time, the Wizards guard appears to genuinely fall down; the other half, he is beside himself over a no-call.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/wall2.mp400:0000:0000:14Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/wallnotgettingback.mp400:0000:0000:14Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.One thing that sets Wall apart from many of the others on this list: He’s fast enough to be completely out of a play and then recover in time to force a turnover.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/wallhustleplay.mp400:0000:0000:14Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.James Harden: Harden is the player whose lag seems most often to be the result of complaining. Unlike Wall and Westbrook, who race around the court, Harden is more deliberate and generally doesn’t fall over when bumped. His displeasure with the calls is generally what’s slowing him down.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/hardencomplaining.mp400:0000:0000:15Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/hardenlate.mp400:0000:0000:15Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/hardencomplains.mp400:0000:0000:15Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Harden, the slowest-moving defensive wing in the NBA,2Among players logging 20 minutes or more. sometimes argues for too long, putting the Rockets in a tough spot when he does. Houston’s been fantastic when it can set its defense; the club ranked seventh in efficiency on that end after a make, according to Inpredictable, which specializes in win probabilities and advanced stats. But the club falls to 24th after it misses a shot and has less opportunity to align itself properly.While the playoffs figure to stop players from lagging behind, don’t expect the shot at a title to quiet the arguments. Over the weekend, ESPN commentators Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson were taken aback by all the complaining.“I understand why referees just put their hands up at a certain point and say, ‘Just stop,’” Van Gundy said during Game 1 of the Pacers-Cavs series. “Because on every call or non-call, everybody is complaining.”“To me, it’s at an all-time high,” Jackson responded. NUMBER OF TIMES PLAYER CROSSED HALF COURT BEHIND BALL … PLAYERTEAMTOTAL3+ SECONDS LATERLAG RATE Only players who lagged more than 3 seconds behind the ball at half court at least 15 times included. Through March 21.Source: SportVU LeBron JamesCLE1292419 Russell WestbrookOKC2134119 James HardenHOU1191916 Bradley BealWAS1341813 As someone who each week watches about a dozen NBA games for a living, I have my fair share of pet peeves. Like many fans, I lose my patience with the glitchy League Pass whenever I’m forced to stream a game on my laptop. By the ends of close games, I’ve often lost interest during the 15-minute span it takes to play the final two minutes.I have a special place reserved, though, for players who fail to get back on defense. In particular, nothing drives me up the wall like seeing a complaint from a player about a no-call lead to a 5-on-4 advantage on the other end of the floor and a basket by the opposing club. Now, instead of losing out on just 2 points from the no-call, a 4- or 5-point swing has taken place in mere seconds.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/cousinscomplaining.mp400:0000:0000:15Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.With that in mind, I wanted to find a fun way to estimate which players most frequently take the longest to get back on defense, because of complaints or other reasons. Even with all the fancy new player-tracking systems, there’s no “lagging” stat. So we tried to approximate it. Brittni Donaldson, a data analyst from SportVU, the NBA’s camera-based tracking system, sent me how many times each player had trailed the ball across the half-court line this season (as of March 21) after a failed offensive possession.But a player might be slow across the line for lots of reasons, some more legitimate than arguing with the refs — battling under the boards, for example. So to get a better sense of who’s taking their sweet time instead of getting back on D, we baked another layer of data into our analysis, looking at how many times each player took more than 3 seconds to reach half court once the ball had already crossed that point.From there, we divided the second number by the first one to find how often a player was lagging way behind. And voila — that’s what we’re calling “Lag Rate.”1This also helps neutralize elements of pace, since a player like Toronto’s Kyle Lowry gets so many fewer plays per game than Houston’s James Harden, for instance. Only players with at least 15 instances of crossing half court more than 3 seconds after the ball qualified for inclusion on the list. Players who rank highly don’t always trail the ball across half court — but when they do, they’re behind it by seconds and seconds.One huge caveat here: No power forwards or centers rank highly in this metric because they’re generally bigger and slower than other players. They also camp near the rim for offensive boards — something that makes it more difficult for them to get back on D as quickly. So, in effect, we’re seeing a list of the wing players who lag behind most often. With that said, here are the leaders in “Lag Rate”: Draymond GreenGS901820% Kyle LowryTOR1141614 Kyrie IrvingCLE1231714 DeMar DeRozanTOR1011515 Which NBA players lag behind on defense? Trevor ArizaHOU1101715 John WallWAS1242319 read more

Ohio State baseball gives up rout to Oklahoma State 163

Ohio State baseball (21-22, 10-8 Big Ten) was looking to rebound from a series loss to Illinois going into their non-conference game against No. 19 Oklahoma State (32-15,12-8 Big 12), but instead were handed a 16-3 defeat behind the Cowboys’ offensive explosion. OSU went into the game hoping to improve above .500 behind senior starting pitcher Dean Wolosiansky. The captain could not get it going however and after giving up six runs in 4.1 innings was pulled out of the game. The pitching troubles did not stop there however, junior reliever Brian Bobinski let Wolosiansky’s two left-over runners score and then gave up five of his own runs in 1.2 innings. “We were up in the strike zone all night tonight and we made it easier on their hitters,” said coach Greg Beals. “They are good hitters, not taking anything away from them, but the quality of our pitches weren’t quite there tonight.” It took the Buckeyes offense until the seventh inning to get to Cowboys starter Andrew Heck. Through six Heck held OSU scoreless, but after loading the bases in the seventh, he hit junior David Corna to score a run. A following RBI ground out by junior outfielder Joe Ciamacco and throwing error produced the only three runs of the game for OSU. “It was a mixture between just as a team having a bad game, offensively and defensively,” said senior outfielder Brian DeLucia. “It’s definitely a lesson learned and we’re just going to have the mentality to come back and fight tomorrow.” Game two will be Wednesday with a 6:35 p.m. starting time. Freshman John Kuchno (1-4, 7.62 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Buckeyes. No pitching zone The bats for Oklahoma State came ready and Buckeye pitchers could do little to cool them. OSU pitching as a whole gave up 16 runs on 20 hits and only one was unearned. They have given up 41 runs in the past four games Wolosiansky’s woes The pitching struggles have continued for Wolosiansky with an outing that saw the captain starter give up 8 runs and 11 hits in only 4.1 innings of work. He went to 2-7 on the year and his overall ERA rose to 6.48. “This year hasn’t been his year but if we just stay together as a team and he keeps leading, that leadership reflects everything, so he’ll do alright and bounce back,” DeLucia said. Change in the bullpen After Wolosiansky was pulled in the fifth inning, Beals went with a different bullpen than usual, giving the ball to Bobinski and then letting junior Paul Geuy finish the last three innings. His usual bullpen rotation includes junior Andrew Armstrong, sophomore David Fathalikhani, senior Jared Strayer, and freshman two-way playerJosh Dezse. “We have to manage our personnel a little bit with conference being priority number one,” Beals said. “You’re not going to go to an Armstrong or Strayer or Dezse at that point in the ballgame.” read more

Ibrahimovic confirms return for World Cup

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic has confirmed that he will likely be making a return to international football for Sweden in the upcoming World Cup in Russia this summerThe LA Galaxy forward had initially retired from international football at the end of Euro 2016, but has been hinting recently that he would be open to a potential return to the Swedish national team for the World Cup.Ibrahimovic’s involvement in the tournament had been questioned, due to the star’s ties with Malta-based gambling company Bethard prohibiting him from any form of participation under FIFA regulations.Yet the star had previously stated that “FIFA can’t stop me” and has now took to Twitter to announce that his chances of making the tournament are sky high.“The chance of me playing in the World Cup is skyhoga #FifaWorldCup2018.” wrote the 36 year-old.Lionel Messi, Paul PogbaPaul Pogba has spoken to Lionel Messi over his future Andrew Smyth – September 10, 2019 Manchester United star Paul Pogba had a chat with Lionel Messi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Zinedine Zidane and many others over his future, says his brother.The chance of me playing in the World Cup is skyhöga #FifaWorldCup2018— Zlatan Ibrahimovic (@Ibra_official) 15 April 2018Prior to his retirement on 2016, Ibrahimovic was the captain of Sweden and remains their all-time leading goalscorer with 62 goals in 116 appearances.last_img read more

Delano denied dream to represent GB TCI at IAAF World Championships

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#United Kingdom, August 13, 2017 – London – Delano Williams is disappointed, upset but determined to keep pushing as he aims to be not only the first athletics competitor for the TCI to medal (again) at the world’s biggest and best meets, but to be the greatest in his events for the country.Islanders were shocked to not see Williams in that 4x400m final for Team Great Britain & the Netherlands on the final night of competition at the IAAF World Championships, which were for 13 days being staged in London.   The missing man, hailing originally from Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos  explained to Magnetic Media that he did not run in the heats and did not run in the finals; TeamGB went on to gain a bronze medal in the event.We reached out to Williams on Facebook, he replied with…  “To be honest there’s a lot of stuff happening in my life right now in terms of financial support and coaching. Everyone thinks that I have it together and expects so much of me, but no one really knows my struggles except for my close friends and family really and I will leave it at that …”#MagneticMedia had reached out to Rita Gardiner, who is close with the athlete and she explained that #DelanoWilliams’ times had dropped and that is what likely contributed to the changes in the composition of the relay team, which Delano is usually a part of; always running a fantastic leg two.Williams is upset, and while we could not see his face, we are fairly certain that his 24k smile was missing on Sunday when he confirmed that he was told on the day of the finals that he would not be in the relay.President of the TCAAAs, Edith Skippings explained in a WhatsApp message,  “When they announced the 4x400m relay I was in the stadium waiting for Delano to come out to run.    I was so surprised when he did not.”Allowing us a further peek into his psyche in the disappointing turn of events, Williams also shared with Magnetic Media:  “Sometimes in life you put all your trust in someone and in the end you are disappointed.    My back might be against the wall now and I might be down but I’m definitely not out.    Things will change and I will rise again.”Team Great Britain featuring Matthew Hudson-Smith, Dwayne Cowan, Rabah Yousif and Martin Rooney completed the event in a time of 2:59:00 and a bronze medal; a season’s best to end the Championships at home at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Stadium.Trinidad and Tobago managed to pull of an historic win and first time gold medal in the 4x400m for their country, with the USA earning the silver in that final race of the 2017 Championships. Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianews Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDTlast_img read more