OUTSPOKEN Cricket West Indies (CWI) director Conde Riley has claimed Windies captain Jason Holder pleaded with the then newly-appointed Ricky-Skerrit association not to change the regional team’s coaching staff ahead of the ICC World Cup.The administration has come in for some heavy criticism in some quarters after the new president sacked interim coach Richard Pybus and the selection panel only weeks ahead of the tournament.The move had proven to be particularly controversial as the team had put in a strong performance against England in an ODI tour of the Caribbean only a few weeks prior.Despite being president of the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) and a director of the CWI, Riley, who warned against the move, was understandably among the critics.“We ain’t win a match after the opening game against Pakistan because they fired everybody. Jason Holder, the captain, begged him not to do it, I begged him not to do it. I am hurt,” Riley told the Barbados Nation News.“I am angry. I said, what they did was wrong to fire every selector. We just beat England and they fired everybody. The ‘A’ team lick up, the ‘B’ team lick up, and the dressing room is in disarray.I say what I have to say, the BCA board of management can vote me out. I am a life member, but I can’t see something that is wrong and say that it is right.” (Sportsmax).
Another prominent person besides LaMarcus Aldridge felt unimpressed with the Lakers’ first free agency meeting with him.“We accomplished the part about how much we wanted this player,” Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said in a conference call on Thursday. “But I don’t feel the basketball component of it was covered in depth.”Kupchak contended “we didn’t have as much time to talk basketball as we would have liked to” in a two-hour meeting that preceded the Houston Rockets’ presentation. Kupchak added the meeting “wasn’t as intimate a setting as I would have liked.” Aldridge met with a wide range of Lakers’ representatives, including Kupchak, Kobe Bryant, coach Byron Scott, president Jeanie Buss, executive Jim Buss and former Showtime Laker James Worthy. Other front office, business and publicity officials attended as well as representatives with Time Warner Cable SportsNet and AEG. Aldridge had felt the Lakers placed too much focus on branding over X’s and O’s. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I don’t think the meeting was as bad as people heard it was, nor do I think it was as good as we hoped it would be,” Kupchak said. “I would say, ‘Live and learn.’”• Related: Bass, Williams agree to deals with L.A.The Lakers learned their follow-up attempts did little.Kupchak and Scott met with Aldridge again two days later and talked basketball. But Aldridge still left the Portland Trail Blazers for the San Antonio Spurs. The Lakers also whiffed on their other targets in free agency. Greg Monroe chose Milwaukee over the Lakers. DeAndre Jordan initially selected Dallas before returning back to the Clippers. Kupchak conceded it felt “a little unsettling” the Mavericks could then pursue center Roy Hibbert, whom the Lakers agreed to acquire last week from Indiana for a future second-round pick. Kupchak argued the incident set “an uncomfortable precedent” before adding, “I want nothing but the best for DeAndre Jordan.” Kupchak also deferred to the NBA on whether it should reduce the moratorium period before free agents can sign their contracts. Kupchak had other things on his mind. • Related: Lakers summer league: Five things to watchThe Lakers have failed to retain or attract marquee free agents for three consecutive years, including Dwight Howard, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Pau Gasol. Yet, Kupchak dismissed how much the Lakers’ presentations played any role.“Your roster has a lot to do with your ability to recruit free agents that are established and maybe looking for a team that can win right away,” Kupchak said. “This is not a roster that an established player would say, ‘I can go there and win a championship next year.”The Lakers finished last season with their worst record in franchise history amid an injury-laden roster, most notably to Bryant. He played 35 games before needing right shoulder surgery in what marked his third consecutive season-ending injury. Although Scott estimated Bryant remains a month away from any shooting or any upper body exercises, the Lakers expect their star player to return for his 20th NBA season fully healthy. The Lakers have three rookies (D’Angelo Russell, Larry Nance Jr., Anthony Brown) and two emerging talents (Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson). • Related: Lakers Q&A with Mark MedinaKupchak said Hibbert partially waived his trade kicker initially worth $2.8 million to accommodate Indiana’s to clear his $15.5 million salary amid a diminished role. The Lakers signed Lou Williams to a three-year, $21 million deal a year after winning the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award in Toronto. They also acquired 10-year NBA veteran forward Brandon Bass. Kupchak added he still has a room exception worth $2.8 million and that Nick Young could still have a role if he follows Scott’s instruction to improve on defense.Kupchak conceded “it’s not a perfect roster,” but can the Lakers make the postseason?“I would say yes,” Kupchak said. “I don’t see why we don’t contend for a playoff spot. But our young players have to grow beyond our years and we have to stay healthy.”That mostly involves Bryant, whom Scott said will meet with him and the Lakers’ training staff in either three or four weeks on how to reduce his workload. Last year, Bryant averaged 22.3 points on a career-low 37.3 percent clip in 36.4 minutes.“We added some veterans that I think will make him happy and some young players that will frustrate him,” Kupchak said of Bryant. “His focal point going into the season is his own conditioning and his own health. I think that has a potential to frustrate him.”Kupchak still expressed optimism about Bryant’s play, though he reiterated his belief Bryant will retire after this season. Then, the Lakers could offer a max contract to two free agents. “We’ll get better at it,” Kupchak said. “Our team will get better. We’ll be more attractive.”
A federal judge has issued a ruling that temporarily blocks a Republican-supported Florida law which had kept some felons from voting because of their inability to pay fines or other legal debts.The ruling, made on Friday by U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle, means that thousands of felons who were previously denied the right to vote will now be able to cast ballots – that is, unless the state gets a higher court involved, or if Hinkle decides to uphold the law’s constitutionality.The issue revolves around whether Florida lawmakers can require released felons to pay all outstanding fines, restitution and other legal debts before they have the right to vote restored under last year’s voter-approved Amendment 4.Although Hinkle acknowledged the state’s authority to require payment of fines and other debts in order to complete criminal sentences, he says, “the last word will belong to the Florida Supreme Court.”Both sides are expected to plead their case to Hinkle in April.In his ruling, Hinkle explained that a felon’s inability to pay the fees raises constitutional questions, since about 80 percent of the state’s felons have unpaid financial obligations which are imposed by courts during sentencing.Nearly 1.4 million felons who have completed their sentences had their voting privileges restored under last year’s constitutional amendment.However, the Republican-controlled Legislature passed a bill earlier this week, which Governor Ron DeSantis signed, requiring felons to pay all fines, restitution and other financial obligations to complete their sentences.According to Helen Aguirre Ferre, DeSantis’ spokeswoman, “Today’s ruling affirms the governor’s consistent position that convicted felons should be held responsible for paying applicable restitution, fees and fines while also recognizing the need to provide an avenue for individuals unable to pay back their debts as a result of true financial hardship.”She added that the Governor would consider options “on addressing a pathway for those who are indigent and unable to address their outstanding financial obligations.”The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Florida, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law went to court earlier this month seeking the preliminary injunction.Julie Ebenstein, an attorney with the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project, says, “The court held that the right to vote cannot be denied based on a person’s inability to pay fines and fees. This ruling recognizes the gravity of elected officials trying to circumvent Amendment 4 to create voting roadblocks based on wealth.”Secretary of State Laurel Lee says her department is still reviewing the order, but will comply with the ruling while providing guidance to local elections officials.
-As 3,500 youth to beneficiaries for special agricultural activities By George Harris and David A. YatesAs part of efforts to improve the economic status to contribute to food security in the rural parts of Liberia, the Youth Opportunities Project (YOP) recently made additional recruitment of 3,500 youths that are living at a very low-income level.The initiative is a continuation of YOP’s Productive Public Works (PPW) program.According to a release, YOP’s PPW phase-two recruitment exercise was executed for a period of one month across the fifteen counties of Liberia. A total of 129 communities from the fifteen counties were selected during the recruitment process.Recruited youth who are between the ages 18 to 35 will be incorporated into a special agricultural initiative of YOP, the release said.In a follow-up interview, YOP National Coordinator, Jesse Bengu, said that YOP agricultural initiative is designed to increase youth earnings but also enhance their entrepreneurial potentials.“The venture would positively shift and engage their [youth] minds, and promote their ambitions to abandon acts that are counter-productive for society,” Bengu said. “Therefore, in-demand agricultural produce like rice, cassava, eddoes, maize, and vegetables worth paying attention to as it is necessary and would profit those in our program and the nation at large.”Bengu added that his organization is preparing to drill youth through two operational plans that will help them overcome their economic challenges. First, YOP is offering basic planting tools, and cash as labor subsidies to recruited youth that are from rural communities. Secondly, it is building the capacity of recruited youth through basic financial and small-skills business management training.The YOP is implemented by the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MYS) and the Liberia Agency for Community Empowerment (LACE). It is supported by the World Bank with a 10 million dollar loan to the Government of Liberia.The project focuses on Pre-Employment Social Support for urban youth between the ages of 15-17 years, and Household Enterprises for Urban Youth as well between the ages of 18-35.For the Productive Public Works component, the project supports rural youth between the ages of 18-35 years. A total of 15,000 beneficiaries are targeted by December 2020 the end of the project’s five-years term.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
6 6 6 Jose Mourinho has won the Premier League for the third time in what is his second spell in charge of Chelsea.But does winning the league in such a comfortable manner mean he is an automatic choice for Manager of the Year?Some may argue that, should Nigel Pearson keep Leicester up, he should be given the honour or Ronald Koeman for his work at Southampton when nobody gave them hope of staying up.Here, talkSPORT looks at the contenders for the top award, so let us know who you think should win it. 5. Mark Hughes: Stoke manager who has spent little but looking to finish in the top 10 – Hughes’ reputation took a battering when he was at QPR, but he has done his job quietly and effectively at Stoke. Of the Premier League clubs last summer they spent the least and a top 10 finish is likely. 6 3. Ronald Koeman: Southampton manager who has defied expectations and spent a great deal of time in the Premier League top four – Before the start of the season a lot of fans outside of St Mary’s tipped Southampton for relegation given that Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert were among the players sold for big money, while manager Mauricio Pochettino left for the Tottenham job. However, the club have bought well and Koeman has overseen a strong campaign where the club, as late as March, were still in the Premier League top four. A very impressive season. 6. Jose Mourinho: Chelsea manager and Premier League champion – His Chelsea team were ruthless this season as they marched their way to the title, having spent most of the campaign at the top of the table. Amazingly, Mourinho has not won a Manager of the Month award. Defender Branislav Ivanovic told the London Evening Standard: I dont know how that [not winning Manager of the Month] happened. But it doesnt matter if he won one or not, for sure he is the best manager this season. 1. Nigel Pearson: Leicester City manager who may be about to pull off a great escape – Who deserves the Premier League’s Manager of the Season when the LMA’s annual award is given out at the end of May? Here, talkSPORT looks at the contenders, one of which must be Leicester boss, Pearson. He was presented with the monthly gong in April following four straight victories against West Ham, West Brom, Swansea and Burnley and now the Foxes are on course to avoid relegation when two months ago they looked certain for the drop. 4. Garry Monk: Swansea manager who has broken the club’s record points total and still chasing European football – Swansea lost main goal threat Wilfried Bony in January, but that has not affected them and under Monk the football has been very easy on the eye, with Bafetimbi Gomis popping up with important goals. In addition they have not spent a lot of money, but recruited wisely and the Welsh club are still in the hunt to qualify for the Europa League via their league finish. They are also only the third team in Premier League history to win both home and away against Arsenal, following Man United, West Ham and Chelsea. 6 2. Louis van Gaal: Man United manager who is slowly restoring pride at Old Trafford – Van Gaal took over at Man United following a poor season under David Moyes while his reign also started slightly later as a result of the Netherlands’ World Cup campaign where Van Gaal was in charge of his national team. There was no European football for United this term, but the Dutchman has managed to steady the Old Trafford ship and in his debut season has guided the club back into the Champions League. With a full pre-season and the right players being bought should make them contenders next year. 6
Follow the Puck Related Posts Tags:#featured#IBM#Internet of thngs#IoT#Microsoft#Omilia#top#voice recognition Nicolas De Kouchkovsky is the founder and principal at CaCube Consulting. He is an Advisor and Consultant to B2B software companies, helping them grow. Nicolas covers all aspects of marketing and market development, working on a project basis or as a VP of Marketing on demand. He spent over 25 years in the Cloud and Software industry as a product and marketing executive.Nicolas as extensive experience with Enterprise Software markets and is a recognized expert in customer facing technologies including Customer Service, Contact Centers, Sales, E-commerce, and Analytics.Nicolas held numerous executive roles at Genesys. As head of Product Management, he transformed the company from Computer Telephony Integration (CTI) middleware to a Software Application provider. As Chief Marketing Officer, he drove the company expansion in the broader multi-channel Contact Center market. Before joining Genesys, Nicolas held several senior positions at Alcatel-Lucent where he most notably established and developed the Call Center business. Prior, he was Chief Technology Officer at Cirel, a startup that pioneered multi-protocol gateways and ran a Software Integration practice at Digital Equipment (now Hewlett Packard). Nicolas De Kouchkovsky Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… The past months have witnessed breakthrough announcements from Microsoft, IBM, and Google, all hitting new marks in speech recognition accuracy; they claim that the error rate has reached 5.1 percent — the word error rate of humans.Still, that doesn’t seem particularly accurate — the last time I spoke to a machine, I didn’t get the feeling that the recognition was nearly that good. Let’s review the next generation of speech technologies, how they are enabling new analytics, and the growing role of these insights for businesses to see whether the companies’ claims are accurate.Some history of speech recognitionIn early 2000, speech recognition reached 80 percent accuracy. In the enterprise space, it triggered adoption for Interactive Voice Response (IVR), which was initially implemented to remove the complications involved in customer service problems.But speech applications were very dependent on vocabularies and languages. They required a sophisticated set-up by highly specialized system integrators, and each major language had its speech recognition startup. It was only in 2005, when Nuance snapped up 15 companies, that the space was consolidated.See also: Amazon makes it cheaper for developers to use Alexa voiceAside from speech usage for IVR, a second use case emerged for Quality Management (QM). Customer service organizations use quality management applications to listen to call center calls and rate them. The process used to be tedious, limited to a small sample of calls, and like looking for a needle in a haystack. With speech recognition, it became possible to automate parts of the process. Workforce optimization leaders NICE and Verint developed or bought ways into speech analytics, followed by Contact Center Infrastructure players like Avaya or Genesys.These developments remained limited. IVR speech enablement has failed to transform the customer experience, and voice self-service experiences continue to be rated poorly. Speech for QM is often confined to compliance or script adherence verifications. At the beginning of the 2010s, it seemed that speech technology had stalled.The machine learning transformationWhile speech for customer service was developing, Amazon, Apple, Google, IBM, and Microsoft continued investing in research and development of speech technologies, driven by the vision it would eventually become critical for user interaction with machines.Apple broke into the market with the introduction of Siri, which used machine learning to transform speech recognition. Artificial intelligence removed many of speech technology’s complications and intricacies, as well as the need to re-engineer the stack for new languages or new vocabulary sets.Today, most digital disrupters, most notably China “Big Three,” Alibaba, Baidu, and Tencent, are building their speech stack. Because generic machine learning engines can be used, barriers to entry have been lowered dramatically. Open source options, like CMUSphinx, HTK, Julius, Kaldi, and Simon, are also widely available.Disrupting the customer service spaceThe AI breakthrough has paved the way for new entrants. Companies like iFLYTEK or Speechmatics are aggressively addressing the issues of usability, accuracy, and deployability, in particular beyond the dominant languages.For customer service, the battle is now shifting to the other half of the equation, Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Natural Language Understanding (NLU).Yactraq is applying its patented technology to democratize audio mining. It is finding that, by democratizing the technology for businesses, it can enable businesses to innovate besides compliance and adherence, helping discover best practices in customer interaction.Deep Learning has been powering its speech stack since 2013. It now sees NLU as the next frontier, as it can understand more than one command from different, simultaneous speakers, and prioritize them. After targeting automation and assistance for call centers, it is expanding in other industries and use cases. This industry focus is critical to finding solutions.Omilia is another intriguing story. Originally formed as an IVR system integrator, in 2007, it started developing its own speech technology with the vision to leapfrog IVR-directed dialogs and offer natural conversations. Omilia was able to leverage deep learning to assemble its stack; its technology bolstered an impressive 59 percent reduction in IVR abandonment and a double-digit increase in self-service completion at Royal Bank of Canada.Sales communication leading the way?Inside selling is on the rise, and as a result, sales communication has become an active and innovative space. A growing number of sales interactions are taking place over the phone, and sales executives are concerned about becoming blind to these conversations.Chorus.ai is a pioneer of the sales intelligence space. Cultivating a solutions approach, it has assembled a vertically-integrated stack that provides a broad range of indicators for assessing the effectiveness of conversations and correlates sales process elements to actual outcomes. It uses homegrown speech recognition, tuned and modeled for sales conversations. The company is baking its know-how in a three-step “onboarding” process, recording all conversations to uncover insights in a matter of days. These insights are then used to create dashboards tracking performance drivers, which can eventually be monitored in realtime and used to drive changes on the front lines.Gong.io was born from one of its founders experiencing building fast growing sales teams. The founder got frustrated with inaccurate, undeveloped, superficial tools for measuring performance. He reviewed existing tools and found them too complex and ill-suited for B2B sales, which have long, unscripted conversations that can involve more than two participants. Gong.io focuses on conversation intelligence by uncovering topics and recognizing performance patterns. Founded recently, in August 2015, Gong.io assembled its first solution in record time.The sales technology space, though recent, is incredibly dynamic: in only a few years, it evolved beyond coaching and performance management to provide broader prospect and customer insights. Sales technology is poised to become a key element of Voice of the Customer (VoC) programs.Across the three market landscapes —Inside Sales, Interaction Management, and Intelligent Assistance and Bots — I am maintaining with VB Profiles, I have identified over 30 players:Artificial intelligence is transforming the speech industry. Within a given domain or use case, voice recognition technology is very accurate. Usability still has not been perfected, and NLP and NLU have yet to be implemented, but speech technology has already become mature enough to stimulate the creation of new applications and markets — more startups and innovations should be on the way.
The India versus Pakistan World Cup match on Wednesday is being billed as the final before the final, having gained elevated status among the billion-plus people in these cricket-obsessed countries. A peek into the numbers -It was already the most discussed match in the World Cup, but it will no longer be just about years of intense rivalry or Sachin Tendulkar’s hundredth international century.Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani will attend after a direct invitation from his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh, giving the match a new diplomatic significance.In a cricket sense alone both sides will be under massive pressure. It is the first time they have met in the semifinal of the World Cup, though they met in the 1996 quarterfinal in Bangalore, which India won by 39 runs.This is the first head-to-head match since July 2008 which has taken place on the home soil of one of the teams. On that occasion Pakistan beat India by eight wickets in Karachi in the Asia Cup.Mohali is the border state of Punjab and this will be the closest Pakistan have been to a home game since March 2009, when the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team’s convey en route to a test match at Lahore led to the end of teams touring Pakistan for the foreseeable future.Master Blaster Sachin TendulkarThe teams have only met four times in nine previous World Cups and India have won all four games convincingly. Sachin Tendulkar has played in all four of these encounters, scoring 54 not out, 31, 45 and 98.In 1992 in Sydney, India won by 43 runs after Pakistan lost their last eight wickets for 68 runs. In a highly-charged match Indian wicketkeeper Kiran More made a frenzied appeal for a legside catch off Javed Miandad – Javed mocked him by leaping up and down. Tendulkar was man of the match for an unbeaten 54 and 1-37.advertisementIn 1996 in Bangalore India won the quarterfinal by 39 runs. Navjot Singh Sidhu made 93 out of 287-8. In Pakistan, crowds burned an effigy of Wasim Akram even though had not played in the game because of injury. It was Miandad’s final match. While announcing his retirement he took the opportunity to denounce the team management.In 1999 India won the Super Six match by 47 runs at Old Trafford amid high security because of the tense situation in Kashmir. India scored 227-6. Pakistan made 180 off 45.3 overs with Venkatesh Prasad taking 5-27.In 2003 India won by six wickets at Centurion. Pakistan made 273-7, with Saeed Anwar scoring 101. India reached 276-4 in 45.4 overs and Tendulkar was man-of-the-match for his 98 off 75 balls, laying into Shoaib Akhtar’s bowling despite struggling with cramp.HEAD TO HEAD ODIs: Played 119; India 46, Pakistan 69, NR 4In India: Played 26; India 9, Pakistan 17In World Cup: Played 4; India 4, Pakistan 0At Mohali: Played 2; Pakistan 2– In April 1999 Pakistan won by seven wickets in Mohali after bowling India out for 196. It was Virender Sehwag’s debut match and he batted at No. 7. Saqlain Mushtaq took 3-49 and Shoaib 2-18. From 34-3 Ijaz Ahmed and Inzamam-ul-Haq added an unbeaten 163 after Prasad had dismissed the top three batsmen.– On Nov. 8, 2007, Pakistan won by four wickets. India made 321-9, with Tendulkar out for 99 after edging Umar Gul to the keeper. Pakistan overhauled India’s total with a ball to spare with Younis Khan making 117 and Shahid Afridi hitting the winning run. The 322-6 is still Pakistan’s highest score batting second to win an ODI.– India have played nine games at the Punjab Cricket Association ground at Mohali, winning five and losing four, including two to Pakistan. Of the eight floodlit games, India has won four and lost four.– Pakistan has played six games here, all under lights, won two and lost four. Pakistan has batted second every time. Afridi has played in all six matches, spanning more than 10 years.– Overall 18 ODI’s have been staged at the PCA Ground. Of the fifteen that were floodlit matches, 10 have been won by the side batting first and the average first innings score is 253.– The two matches played here in this World Cup were both day games and the results went to form with South Africa beating the Netherlands and West Indies beating Ireland.– Once again all eyes will be on Sachin. He scored 53 in the quarterfinal win over Australia as a nation watched hoping he would reach his 100th international hundred. Will he make it against Pakistan? He has 32,710 international runs at 49.71 from 629 matches, with 99 hundreds, 153 fifties and 34 ducks.– He is the first batsman to cross the 18,000 run barrier, his 18,008 coming at 45.13 with 48 centuries and 94 half centuries. His average against Pakistan is lower at 39.16 and he has five hundreds and five ducks against them.advertisement– Afridi is the leading wicket-taker in the tournament with 21 at 10.71, including two five-wicket hauls. He has taken a wicket every 18 balls and his economy rate is 3.49 in his seven matches. Afridi has 313 ODI wickets and is the third leading wicket-taker for Pakistan. This will be his 300th ODI innings and he will become the ninth player to pass that mark, the second for Pakistan after Inzamam-ul-Haq. His batting has been a disappointment in this tournament, with just 65 runs off 50 balls in six innings, with a top score of 20 against Canada.– India have asked for eleven umpire decision referrals, resulting in two decisions being changed. Pakistan have asked for 19 reviews, seven of which were lbw appeals by Afridi. In total five of the 19 were successfully overturned, including two in Afridi’s favour. Simon Taufel and Ian Gould are the on-field umpires. Taufel has changed one of his seven decisions that were referred to the TV umpire, whereas Gould has had all six confirmed on review.STAT ATTACK India opener Virender SehwagVirender Sehwag needs two for 1,000 runs against Pakistan.Mahendra Singh Dhoni needs 24 for 1,000 runs against Pakistan and 67 for 6,000 runs.Gautam Gambhir needs 51 for 4,000 runs.Kamran Akmal needs 95 for 3,000 runs.Misbah-ul-Haq needs 51 for 2,000.Saeed Ajmal needs three wickets for 50 and Shoaib Akhtar needs three wickets for 250.Glenn McGrath holds the record for most wickets in a tournament with 26 in 2006-07. In this tournament Shahid Afridi has 21 and Zaheer Khan 17.
With an 8-4 victory in Los Angeles Thursday night, the Chicago Cubs took a 3-2 NLCS lead over the LA Dodgers and now head back to Chicago just one win away from the World Series. According to FiveThirtyEight’s Elo prediction model, the Cubs have an 81 percent chance of capturing the franchise’s first pennant since 1945. And with a 51 percent probability of winning the World Series, Chicago is now more likely than not to end its 108-year drought and celebrate a title for the first time since 1908.Of course, Cubs fans have heard some version of this before. The team entered Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS under the same conditions — up three games to two, needing only to win one of the next two games (both at Wrigley Field) to clinch the pennant — but then disaster struck. They also led the 1984 NLCS two games to none, needing to win only one of the next three games in San Diego to advance (back when the league championship series used a best-of-five format). That advantage conferred an even greater pennant probability184 percent, according to a basic calculation that just looks at home-field advantage and the number of games remaining at each location. than Chicago has now or had in 2003,279 percent in both cases, according to the same measure we looked at for 1984. and they still managed to blow it. So Chicagoans can be forgiven if they’re not booking travel to Cleveland quite yet.And if the Cubs’ championship dreams end up being deferred to a 109th year, it’ll probably be because of the Dodgers’ pitching trio of Clayton Kershaw, Kenley Jansen and Rich Hill. According to Elo’s starting-pitcher rating component, Kershaw is the best starter in baseball by a mile — he boosts LA’s Elo rating by a whopping 71 points when he takes the mound — and he’ll try to help the Dodgers stave off elimination Saturday night. Hill, LA’s starter for a potential Game 7, is no slouch either: He ranks 14th among starting pitchers in our ratings. And for his part, Jansen, the Dodgers’ closer, has completely shut down the Cubs when called upon in the NLCS so far, notching 16.2 strikeouts per 9 innings over a couple of multi-inning appearances.The Cubs will counter with their own aces — Game 6 starter Kyle Hendricks ranks seventh in Elo, and they’ll likely send 18th-ranked Jake Arrieta to the hill in Game 7 — but Chicago’s fate might come down to how well its lineup hits LA’s star pitchers. Although the Cubs’ offense has been incredibly uneven in this series, scoring eight or more runs in each of the team’s three wins and zero in each of its two losses, the common threads in those scoreless games have been that either Kershaw or Hill took the mound as the starter, and Jansen (who appeared in both games) came in to close it out. Before Chicago can pop champagne in Wrigley’s spacious, newly renovated locker room, they’ll probably have to score some runs off the Dodgers’ aces.But for now, the Cubs find themselves in a good spot. They’ve been the talk of baseball all season long; now they’re closer than ever to fulfilling their potential and ending the franchise’s absurdly long dry spell. VIDEO: Cleveland fooled us twice
The Chelsea footballer believes Morata is in good condition and played very good against Crystal Palace in the weekendChelsea footballer Pedro has stated his very happy at how well his teammate Alvaro Morata is playing, especially after the game against Crystal Palace.“The team worked very hard and I’m very happy to score a goal and get the three points because it’s very important for us to stay near the top and to continue in this way,” Pedro told Chelsea’s official website.“The team are playing very well, moving the ball with one or two touches, creating chances and winning games. The important thing for us is getting the three points but we just need to take it step by step and game by game.”Daniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“We were in good condition, playing well and creating chances but a draw is different,” he added.“After, when Alvaro scored again, we controlled the game and moved the ball faster, I then scored the third and that was good.”“He’s in good condition and he had a very good performance,” Pedro added.“He has the mentality to score goals and help the team, that’s the best way for him.”
Ed Lenderman, AP Posted: April 20, 2018 Students protesting for gun reform hold National School Walkout Ed Lenderman, AP, April 20, 2018 Updated: 12:03 PM 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 SettingsCLAIREMONT (KUSI) — Students from about two dozen San Diego County schools walked out of class Friday for the second time in just over a month to protest gun violence and urge politicians to better protect campuses.The first protest last month came on the one-month anniversary of a shooting that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Friday’s was planned for the 19-year anniversary of the shooting that killed 13 people at Columbine High School in Colorado.The Columbine shooting is generally considered the start of modern-day school massacres, and since April 20, 1999, there have been three deadlier shootings on campuses: the one that killed 32 people at Virginia Tech in 2007, the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 that killed 20 young children and six adults, and the Feb. 14 shooting this year in Parkland.In an editorial today listing the name of each victim, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported that including the Columbine shooting, 223 people have been killed by gun violence on school campuses since 1999. That number included mass shootings, gang shootings and any gun violence in campus housing or at school athletic fields, but excluded suicides, drive-by shooting victims and people killed on buses or at off-campus school events.Students from at least two dozen schools planned to walk out of class at 10 a.m. Friday. Area schools that registered with nationalschoolwalkout.net, according to 10News, were Bonita Vista High School, Canyon Crest Academy, Chula Vista High School, Clairemont High School, Coronado High School, Eastlake High School, El Camino High School, Farb Middle School, High Tech High School, Hilltop High School, Hoover High School, Kumeyaay Elementary School, La Jolla High School, Mission Hills High School, Olympian High School, Otay Ranch High School, Point Loma High School, Poway High School, Rancho Buena Vista High School, San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, San Marcos High School, Scripps Ranch High School, University City High School and Westview High School.The Poway Unified School District said in a statement that officials at its schools “have been working with student leaders to coordinate safe places for those choosing to assemble and exercise their First Amendment rights on campus in supervised areas.”“All PUSD attendance policies remain in effect should any of our students choose to leave campus and not return,” district officials said, adding that, per CIF policy, student-athletes must attend at least two-thirds of their classes in order to be eligible to practice or compete later in the day.Officials from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department released a statement saying they “respect everyone’s right to express themselves in a peaceful and respectful manner” but urging students to communicate with law enforcement before the protests, especially if a walkout or march would involve leaving a campus.Sheriff’s officials also urged any students who heard of possible violence to contact the Students Speaking Out tip line at (888) 580-8477. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter