Missing March Madness: Kentucky-Ohio State was much too sweet for early NCAA Tournament meeting

first_imgThis game probably should have been played later in the tournament. It’s still puzzling how the NCAA selection committee placed Kentucky — 25-8 and champions of the SEC Tournament — as the No. 4 seed in the East Region and North Carolina — 26-7 and champion of the ACC regular season — in the same bracket as Ohio State. The Buckeyes won both Big Ten titles and entered the NCAAs at 32-2.The RPI was the metric of choice at the time. OSU was ranked No. 2, with Kentucky at No. 6 and Carolina No. 7. For those who had caught on to KenPom, his ratings had Kentucky at No. 7. How did the Buckeyes wind up with such a stacked bracket? What’s really weird is their athletic director, Gene Smith, was the chairman of the selection committee.The result was a UK-OSU matchup in the Sweet 16, and it was magnificent. The lead was exchanged 14 times in the second half. Not the game — the second half.MISSING MARCH MADNESS: How Georgetown avoided upset from 16-seed PrincetonKentucky center Josh Harrellson was determined to battle Ohio State freshman star Jared Sullinger with as little help as possible, but the Wildcats did bring a double-team to bother Sullinger whenever point guard Aaron Craft, who was a major disruptor on defense but not an elite shooter, delivered the post feed.It’s a measure of how great Sullinger was, in that season and on that night, that Harrellson could be said to have performed exceptionally while Sullinger managed 21 points and 16 rebounds. Harrellson allowed him to shoot only 7-of-14, and the UK big man shot 7-of-9 for 17 points. The 10 rebounds Harrellson gathered tended to be massive, perhaps because most every one was both contested and consequential.Kentucky’s defense was especially stellar during a second-half stretch in which OSU missed nine consecutive shots — that included two blown fast breaks in a row. A 36-32 Buckeyes advantage turned into a 44-42 deficit inside the final dozen minutes. The teams traded the lead for the remainder of the game.It is virtually impossible to single out a play as one that turned the game in UK’s favor, except the obvious one at the end.A 3-pointer from power forward Terrence Jones when defender David Lighty fell put UK up 50-49, but Lighty answered with a turnaround jumper to make it 51-50. Craft tried to draw a charge on Harrellson, but was late and gave up an and-one. Craft made two free throws to tie it 53-all. A beautiful drive-and-kick from DeAndre Liggins got Brandon Knight an open right-wing 3-pointer for a 56-53 lead, but the Buckeyes scored two quick buckets, including a Lighty drive down the left side set up by four screens set at the top of the key, to make it 57-56.It went that way all the way until the final half-minute, when UK had the ball in a 60-all tie and trusted Knight — even with Craft guarding him — to conjure a game-winner. He drove to the right corner of the foul line, pulled up and — with Craft in his face — nailed a jumper with five seconds left to put UK on top.Ohio State had two timeouts but called neither, and Craft raced the ball upcourt while ignoring Lighty, sharpshooter Jon Diebler and Sullinger to his right. He slipped a bounce pass to wing William Buford, who was 2 of 15 from the field. His attempt at a game-winning 3, with two Wildcats defenders surrounding him, caught the front rim. Make that 2 of 16.MISSING MARCH MADNESS: Steph Curry displayed greatness in comeback vs. Georgetown (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/bb/57/lighty-jones-032620-getty-ftr_16vrh4dp3gtjr15scv9etg05ob.jpg?t=393593537&w=500&quality=80 On this occasion, though, it was the night between games at the NCAA South Region in New Orleans, the eve of Butler playing against Florida for the right to compete at the 2011 Final Four. Ordinarily on that Friday evening, I would have been watching the four games at the East and Midwest regions — but I had other obligations.MISSING MARCH MADNESS: Playing out the full schedule, scores for 2020 NCAA TournamentNo. 1 Ohio State vs. No. 4 Kentucky, East Region, 2011Why I missed it: Sporting News was working with a video partner, CineSport, and we were shooting round-by-round previews outside the arenas. It was necessary to tape during the Friday evening game window, and there was some sort of delay that ended up eating way more time than anticipated. I got back to my hotel with only a bit remaining in the game. I didn’t see much of anything that night except the outside of the New Orleans Arena.What I missed: One of the most underrated tournament games, with Kentucky edging the nation’s best team and the No. 1 overall NCAA seedDate: March 25, 2011Site: Prudential Center, Newark, N.J.Rules at the time: 35-second shot clock; 3-point line set at 20 feet, 9 inches; no “no-charge zone”Coaches: John Calipari (Kentucky); Thad Matta (Ohio State)Announcers: Jim Nantz, voice of the tournament since 1991, and Clark Kellogg, a Final Four broadcaster from 2009-14What people remember most about 2011 was Butler shooting 18.8 percent in the NCAA championship game and Connecticut winning while shooting 34.5 percent. That Final Four is considered, to put it gently, a mutt.If Kentucky-Ohio State had been the final — or at least played on the final weekend — then people still would be talking about it as one of the great games ever. It wasn’t a work of offensive beauty, either. Ohio State shot 32.8 percent from the field — the Buckeyes had entered as the No. 1 team in offensive efficiency, at 125 points per 100 possessions — and the Wildcats had only two players reach double figures.It was as fiercely competitive as a tournament game possibly could be, though. No matter how one is covering March Madness, it’s impossible not to miss a lot.Ordinarily, the few games I do miss occur while I’m on the scene at a concurrent game. For those days when there are no games contested at the site I’m visiting, I always make sure to scout out the most convenient sports bar with access to every game shown. Calipari was asked afterward where the game, with all its lead changes, ranked among the best in which he had been involved.”At this moment, the best of all time,” Calipari said. “At this moment.”Nine years later, it still is pretty great.last_img read more

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GAA NEWS: URRIS SENIORS OVERCOME NA ROSSA IN CHAMPIONSHIP

first_imgURRIS GAA CLUB NOTESJUNIOR A CHAMPIONSHIP: On Sunday our Senior men played Na Rossa in the Championship and got off to winning start in this group. Final score Urris 3-08 Na Rossa 0-11.JUNIOR B CHAMPIONSHIP: Muff 0-07 Urris 1-08. Well Done lads.SENIOR & RESERVE FOOTBALL: Both teams down to play Burt in Burt on Sunday in league division 3. Please check our Facebook page for times and in case of any changes to this fixture. CLUB IORRAS: Club Iorras winners for June:€50-John Farren, Ballyliffin.€30-Danny Friel, Dunaff.€20-Colm Toland, Fahan.Thanks to all who support the monthly Club Iorras draw.SUPER VALU KITS FOR KIDS: Super Valu (Buncrana & Carndonagh) Kits for Kids: If you are shopping in Super Valu this weekend or any day, if you spend over €40 you will receive a voucher/receipt, Please pop this in the Urris GAA Box at the front door beside notice board to help towards receiving some kits for our Under Age teams. We need 2,000 tokens. Closes July 13th.BINGO: CLUB Bingo every Thursday night at 9.00pm in St Mary’s Hall, Clonmany. Please come along and support our weekly bingo, numbers have been dropping of late so bring a friend or two. Any funds raised goes directly into the club to help with day to day finances.MATCH “N” WIN: Thursday June 30th: No jackpot winner: numbers drawn: 2, 7, 17 & 18. €15 winners:Madeline Mc Crossan, Tornabratley.Pauline Mc Daid, Glebe.Eileen Mc Laughlin (Brennan), Quigley’s Point.Mickey Gordon, Isle of Doagh.Lola Kelly, Tullagh.Jackpot next week €1,460.Thanks to all our lotto sellers and all who support the club in this weekly lotto. UNDER AGE TRAINING SCHEDULE:U10 Boys & girls: Saturday at 11am to 12 noon.U12 Boys (U12 girls welcome) every Thursday from 4pm to 5pm.U14 Boys: Every Tuesday at 6.00pm.U12 & U14 Girls:Tuesday at 5.45pm to 7pm.U16 Boys :Tuesday at 7pm.As times and days may change please check our Face Book page for daily updates.FIXTURES FOR WEEK AHEAD:Tuesday: U12’s home to Malin at 6.30pm.Wednesday: U14 boys home to Carndonagh in quarter final of Northern Board at 7.30pmFriday: U16 Boys away to Muff at 7.00pm.As fixtures and times may change for various reasons please check our Face Book page for daily updates.NIGHT AT THE RACES: In Mac Tams on Saturday August 13th. Horses now on sale at €10 from all players and committee members.GAA NEWS: URRIS SENIORS OVERCOME NA ROSSA IN CHAMPIONSHIP was last modified: July 4th, 2016 by StephenShare 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:URRIS GAA noteslast_img read more

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Warriors-Kings cheatsheet: Can Golden State contain Sacramento’s high-octane attack?

first_imgTwo nights after an overtime loss to the Rockets, the Warriors (25-14) travel up the I-80 freeway to take on the high-octane (19-19) Sacramento Kings.Here’s everything you need to know about the matchup.When/Where: Golden 1 Arena, 7 p.m. (NBCSBA)Kings projected starting lineup: Nemanja Bjelica, Willie Cauley-Stein, De’Aaron Fox, Iman Shumpert, Buddy Hield Kings Stock Report: In the three weeks following the last matchup between these two teams, the Kings have struggled, going 4-6 …last_img read more

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Saturn Moons Continue to Surprise Scientists

first_imgJust days before a long-awaited dive into the plume of Enceladus (see PhysOrg and JPL press release, flyby stats and news release), Cassini found another surprise in the Saturn system: a moon with rings.    A Jet Propulsion Lab press release on March 6 reported that the large moon Rhea may have rings – the first ring system detected around a satellite of a planet.  The rings, composed of particles up to a meter in size, were not detected visually, but are inferred from electromagnetic effects detected by Cassini’s instruments.  Dips in electron density were seen on both sides of the moon, suggesting the presence of rings.  They apparently extend out eight moon diameters from Rhea.  See also the National Geographic story.  More detail is available at the Planetary Society blog, where Emily said the discovery was unexpected.    The debris orbiting Rhea could have resulted from a comet impact in the moon’s past.  It appears to be organized into three ringlets and is composed of pebble to boulder-sized particles, based on inference of what material could cause the dips in electron density.  No small dust has yet been detected.  What is most mysterious is how the debris could remain there for millions or billions of years.  The original paper in Science1 said that boulders could remain in orbit for 70 million years, but that would only amount to 1/64 the assumed age of the solar system.  Richard Kerr commented on the discovery in the same issue of Science.2  He brought up some reasons why the rings shouldn’t exist:But ring specialists still have their reservations.  Such rings, they say, are possible but improbable.  First, just the right sort of impact would probably have been required to blast material off the icy moon and into orbit.  Then the ring particles would have had to survive millions if not billions of years being torn apart by the tidal pull of Saturn and worn down to dust by eroding small impacts.  Most constraining, perhaps, is the “incredibly low” limit on dust around Rhea set by Cassini’s camera, says Joseph Burns of Cornell University, who is on the imaging team.  Ring boulders must shed some dust, and even tiny amounts of dust show up when backlit by the sun.If the rings survive further observational scrutiny, Cassini scientists will have another age problem on their hands.  In addition to the geysers on Enceladus, the Rhea rings look like young phenomena that are supposed to be billions of years old, according to the scientific consensus.    To prepare for the historic close encounter with Enceladus, watch the Enceladus Virtual Tour.  A map of the encounter is available, and a graph of the plume trajectory.  For more about the moon Enceladus, see the Enceladus main page and our reports from 02/17/2007, 07/11/2006 and 11/28/2005.  Geeks will drool over the Mission Description (PDF).  For latest news, see the new Enceladus blog begun on March 10 by the Cassini team.1.  Jones et al, “The Dust Halo of Saturn’s Largest Icy Moon, Rhea,” Science, 7 March 2008: Vol. 319. no. 5868, pp. 1380-1384, DOI: 10.1126/science.1151524.2.  Richard A. Kerr, “Electron Shadow Hints at Invisible Rings Around a Moon,” Science, 7 March 2008: Vol. 319. no. 5868, p. 1325, DOI: 10.1126/science.319.5868.1325.Let’s all sing together:My Rhea lies over at Saturn,My Rhea has rings that can’t be;Their real lies tell us it’s old stuff,O bring back some Rheality.    You Rhealize what’s going on, don’t you?  All observations must be forced into the old-age assumption, whether they fit or not.  This is known as science.    Enceladus is the moon to watch for a reality check.  Come back Wednesday and Thursday this week for late breaking news about the dramatic flyby as soon as it is made public.  If you downloaded CASSIE 3D tour imager, you can zoom in on the encounter to visualize the history about to be made.  Keep up on the Enceladus blog, too.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Conversations on Nation Brand alignment to be held

first_imgBrand South Africa in collaboration with the Gauteng Department of Economic Development, will host various stakeholders at the Gauteng Investment Centre on Thursday 08 June 2017 as part of its workshop to build South Africa’s competitiveness and a cohesive image of the South African Nation Brand. Just how is a nation brand marketed? This is one of the many questions Brand South Africa and the Gauteng Department of Economic Development will try to answer at the nation brand workshop. (Image: Walter Knirr, Gauteng Film Commission)Johannesburg, Tuesday 06 June 2017 – The workshop conversations aim to enable stakeholders to assess their role in contributing towards building the Nation Brand and how existing efforts to build a cohesive Nation Brand can be further strengthened.Brand South Africa continuously works with stakeholders around the country on an ongoing basis to bring these conversations, as it is imperative that all stakeholders understand how they can work together to position South Africa as a competitive investment, tourism and business destination.Ms Toni Gumede, Brand South Africa’s Stakeholder Relationship Manager: Government asserts that; “the Nation Brand alignment workshops are a critical part of achieving coordinated and coherent manner of presenting the country. This year we aim to further drive these conversations to all stakeholders, making it inclusive and diverse with the core message, to build a strong Nation Branding.”Topics for this Gauteng session will include “the importance of building a sustainable brand” presented by Mr Bob Mabena and a case study on Nation Brand alignment presented by the Gauteng office of the Premier.Participants will also engage in the Nation Brand Masterclass and site tour of the Gauteng Investment Centre.Media is invited to participate in the workshop as follows:Date : Thursday 08 June 2017Time : 08h00 -16h00Venue : Gauteng Investment Centre, The Place,1 Sandton Dr, Sandton, Johannesburg, 2196RSVPS/Enquiries : Ntombi NtanziEmail [email protected] number 081 7041488Brand South Africa will also be able to facilitate any requests for interviews.Follow the conversation on #SANationBrandlast_img read more

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South Africa in top 20 best places to raise children

first_imgClose to 15 000 expats from all over the world took part in an online survey asking in which countries they prefer to raise their children. South Africa was in the overall top 20 family life index. Although Austria may be the best country for expats to raise their children, Finland wins the overall vote for best country when it comes to education. (Image: Media Club South Africa) • African history gets animation treatment • How Far from Home? SA couple chronicle their wander list online • Young South Africans plan to stay at home • How our African neighbours helped end apartheid • Brilliant young minds at the CSIR Staff writerSouth Africa is one of the top 20 countries in which to raise children, according to a recent survey of expats around the world. The country is also eighth on the list of leisure in terms of the quality of life index.A total of 14 388 expatriates representing 170 nationalities took part in the Expat Insider 2015 survey, conducted by Internations. Of them, 53% were female and 47% were male; 38% were single and 62% were in a relationship The survey ran from 23 February to 9 March.In terms of the family status of the respondents, 21% had dependent children abroad and 79% did not have dependent children abroad.A total of 41 countries were included in this index. “In order to be included, each country needed over 30 survey respondents raising kids abroad who rated the… factors on a scale of one to seven,” the report read.The United Kingdom was not one of the 41 countries included, according to Yahoo. Mexico is the top country where locals go out of their way to make you feel at home. (Image: Media Club South Africa)In terms of availability of childcare and education, South Africa was ranked 11th by expats and 20th for the cost of childcare and education. Austria leads in the family life index, although Sweden beats it when it comes to cost of childcare and education.Finland was rated the overall best in education out of the 41 countries. A total of 92% of expat parents gave it a positive rating. Finland also made it to third place for the availability of childcare and education, as well as the related costs. In total, 66% of parents were generally satisfied with the availability of childcare, while 72% gave the availability of education a positive rating.In the ‘Ease of Settling In’ category, Mexico was named the best country in which to feel at home. In this index, South Africa ranked 20th for expats to adjust to local languages.This article was originally posted on Internations and later on Yahoo.last_img read more

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The Race To Replace Google Reader

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… For anyone wondering what the fuss is about, newsreaders are software applications or online services that monitor syndicated feeds—typically using formats such as RSS, or Rich Site Summary, or Atom—from subscribed websites. Subscribe to a site’s news feed, and any time the site publishes new content, the content pops up in the newsreader, all nice and aggregated in one place.There are a variety of newsreader services out there, some meant to be installed as software on your computer or smartphone, and others based online. Over the years, the marketplace started to lean heavily on Google’s Reader offering, which was widely regarded as not only being the best tool to use, but also had a growing community of users that would become as tight-knit and passionate about sharing content and information as Google ever hoped its Google+ network could be.So popular was Google Reader, software was built that used Google’s service as a source. NextGen Reader for Windows, Press for Android and Reeder for OS X and iOS. With the closure of Google Reader, those apps’ users will need to look for a new home, along with anyone else tied directly or indirectly into Google Reader.The Call Of The RaceHere is where the race stands as of today:Digg, the venerable link sharing and news aggregation site, is in beta mode for a new Digg Reader they’ve had in development since Google announced the shutdown of Reader in March. Their countdown clock is showing the days until July 1, but the beta for their new tool is already out, and various media sources are indicating that the full version will be ready to go sometime this week. AOL – yes, that AOL – has launched its own Reader service today, complete with importation of feeds and an application programming interface so other developers might tie their apps into AOL’s feeds, just as apps were doing with Google Reader. The service, like that of Digg’s, is in beta now. Notably, the AOL Reader’s API is free of charge to use now, but the implication is that this will change. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#AOL#Digg#Facebook#Feedly#Google Reader#news readers#RSS#RSS Readers Feedly, a pre-existing service that seems to the heir apparent to Google Reader, is quickly updating its service on both the web and mobile interfaces. Since Feedly was already a player in this space, they have a head start on catching many migrating Google Reader users. Last week, they launched a new Web interface that promises a more Reader-like experience.There are likely to be more RSS-oriented services to come in the days ahead. App.net developer Alex Kessenger has been noodling around the topic of a newsreader of late, so it would not be a surprise to see some effort from that quarter.Is Anyone Watching The Finish?Aggregated content was once the sole domain of newsreaders that relied on RSS and Atom feeds from Web sites. But now there are broader aggregation tools that use not just RSS newsreader feeds but also aggregated content from social networks like Twitter, Facebook and Google+. Flipboard is a flagship example of this kind of aggregator, which represents a threat to “plain” RSS newsreader technology.Facebook is jumping into this expanded aggregation service, the Wall Street Journal is reporting today: “The social network has been quietly working on a service, internally called Reader, that displays content from Facebook users and publishers in a new visual format tailored for mobile devices, people with knowledge of the matter said.”Such applications will challenge the traditional RSS readers, especially where users are more mobile-oriented. That will make a difference in this race to capture Google Reader users, because if such meta-aggregation services are draining the RSS aggregation world of users, then this may be a race where no one will be watching to see who won. Related Posts brian proffitt Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Nature abhors a vacuum, a truism that seems very evident in the current race in the marketplace to replace Google Reader when the doomed service closes down for good on July 1.For a service that Google felt was too much of a bother to keep running for its users, building the next great RSS newsreader tool seem to be the summer’s big event in the technology world. The “race” metaphor seem particularly apt, with competitors employing terms like countdown clocks and finish line – all tied around that fateful July 1 date.As June draws to a close, the contenders in the race are popping up fast and furious, each trying to grab eyeball share from the vast diaspora of Google Reader users that are currently looking for a new home to gather information via automated news feeds created by publishers. Here’s the state of the race thus far.In The Homestretch A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

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Cong.-NCP leaders join Sena rank and file to offer tributes

first_imgSeveral leaders of the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) paid their respects to Shiv Sena founder Balasaheb Thackeray at Shivaji Park on his death anniversary on Sunday, apart from the entire rank and file of the Sena. Party MP Sanjay Raut once again said the State will soon have a chief minister from the Shiv Sena. The Sena is in talks with the Congress and NCP to possibly come together to form a government. Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, along with wife, Rashmi, and sons Aaditya and Tejas, paid his respects to his father.From senior leaders Manohar Joshi, Subhash Desai, Neelam Gorhe and Mr. Raut, to Yuva Sena members and party workers, Shiv Sainiks flocked to the memorial. The Sena’s leader in the Assembly, Eknath Shinde, and party workers reached on foot from Dadar station. Senior NCP leaders Jayant Patil, Chhagan Bhujbal, Jitendra Awhad visited the memorial early in the day. Senior Congress leader Bhai Jagtap also paid his respects, saying he does so every year and there is nothing political about it.Social media tributesTroughout the day, thousands of people visited the memorial. Others, including celebrities, paid their respects on social media. NCP chief Sharad Pawar tweeted his respects to “the man who created a Marathi Manoos who celebrated regional pride, the man known for his oratory and eternally loved by his followers.” Raj remembersThough MNS chief Raj Thackeray, the Sena founder’s nephew, did not visit Shivaji Park, the official MNS Twitter handle tweeted a video with a montage of Bal Thackeray’s pictures. The MNS chief is heard narrating an anecdote of when the uncle and nephew had to reach Sena Bhavan. Since the Sena founder did not use a car with a red beacon, he refused to sit in the then mayor’s car and travelled by taxi, with the mayor’s car following it. Mr. Raut, when asked about talks with the Congress-NCP, told mediapersons, “Balasaheb’s dream of having a Sena CM will be fulfilled soon.”The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation had put up pandals, a stage, barricades and sheds, distributed food packets, and installed a sound system, lights, CCTV cameras, door-frame detectors and scanners.last_img read more

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