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Ghana’s Afful to play in third straight ACL final

first_imgGhana defender Harrison Afful will be playing in his third successive CAF Champions League final after defending champions Esperance qualified on Saturday.The versatile player lasted the entire duration as the Blood and Gold beat TP Mazembe 1-0 in their second leg semi-final clash in Tunis to advance after drawing 0-0 in the first leg.Afful overly impressed and should have even scored for his side from one of his lethal raids on the right flank.Eight minutes into the game, he tested Mazembe goalkeeper Muteba Kidiaba with a header that the latter parried.Afful put Kidiaba under pressure again in the 23rd minute with a long range effort that Mazembe’s inspirational goalkeeper deflected.The 26-year-old is delighted to have played a role in the club’s recent achievements. He told JOY Sportslast_img read more

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BC Hydro in court defending Smart Meters

first_imgHowever, none of the aforementioned allegations has been proven in court.BC Hydro started upgrading its metering system with smart metres back in the summer of 2011 and argues it will help to ensure the utility can meet BC electricity needs.Meantime the government is on record siting smart meters as the global standard for a modern power grid and predicting about one billion of them will be installed worldwide by 2020. BC Hydro was back in court this week, defending its controversial Smart Meter program, being challenged by a group trying to certify a class action suit against the Crown Corporation.Sharon Noble is with the group Citizens for Safe Technology, which wants the option of opting out of the program without the extra $32/month fee.- Advertisement -However, in this case, she has clarified the class action is being brought by plaintiffs — who don’t want smart metres — seeking the same right, as those who do choose to have cell phones and home Wi-Fi.The group is citing health concerns from the wireless technology that sends the readings back to BC Hydro. But according to Health Canada, there’s no convincing scientific evidence that exposure to low level radio frequency from wireless and Wi-Fi technology is harmful to human health.That noted, Carl Katz — an opposition group consultant — says when he moved into his new house, he had someone come to check the output signal from his Smart Meter.Mr. Katz has concerns about Smart Meters, as well as the Wi-Fi signals coming from his daughter’s school, saying the technology has affected her ability to learn.Advertisementlast_img read more

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SA launches metals atomisation project

first_img3 October 2012 Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu has launched state mineral research company Mintek’s new R44-million water atomising plant. The demonstration plant, situated at Mintek’s Randburg, Johannesburg campus, will initially be used for a two-year, R200-million research and development project with mining company Anglo American Platinum. The project will explore and develop atomisation technology as a means of improving metal recoveries in South Africa’s precious and base metals industries. The water atomising plant will provide an effective means for the production of solid metal powder from six-ton batches of molten metal. Unveiling the new plant this week, Shabangu said the facility represented an ongoing collaboration between Mintek and South Africa’s platinum industry. “What is encouraging with this initiative is the public-private partnership,” Shabangu said. “As the department we have consistently said that beneficiation can never be government’s responsibility alone. “The launch of this programme could not have come at a better time, when the mining industry, particularly the platinum sector, is faced with crippling global market conditions and in turn the spate of labour unrest,” Shabangu added. Shabangu said the technical collaboration was aimed at lowering the costs and environmental burden of the platinum sector, and thus represented a tangible area where the government was working with the industry to remove technical impediments and reduce risk. The atomiser plant was designed and built by MDM Engineering, who sourced the atomisation technology from UK-based metals processing company Atomising Systems. Inside the atomiser, high-pressure jets impinge on the molten stream to break it down into fine particles which can vary in size depending on the alloy and the pressure of the jets. The solidified particles are initially separated from the water by a magnetic separator, followed by a dewatering screw. The final drying of the powder takes place in a rotary kiln. Mintek’s pyrometallurgy division is well known internationally for its work in direct current arcing furnace technology. The technology is well established for use in the production of ferrochromium from chromite, and titania slag and pig iron from ilmenite. Source: SANews.gov.za, with additional reporting by SAinfolast_img read more

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Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, January 3, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Colder air is on the way for the second half of the month, but now through mid January, we will continue to see temps mostly above normal, even when they feel cool. Today we should see no new precipitation statewide. While we would like to say that sunshine is able to come in and take control, it is clear that clouds and cool air are going to make a return to full sunshine difficult in the short term. We won’t rule out some sun today, and we have better chances in South central and and southwest Ohio, but still, there will be plenty of clouds to contend with. But we should not see any significant moisture or precipitation around. Tomorrow we see a better chance at some sun and clouds over a majority of the state, while clouds increase in southwest Ohio. That increase will come in advance of our next system to impact the region. A strong storm complex is exiting the southern plains today and will throw moisture into the Ohio valley tomorrow night. We see rain arriving tomorrow night, closer to midnight in SW Ohio, and then spreading across the rest of the state through Saturday morning. Generally, we look for moisture to stay south of I-70, but we wont rule out a push north of I-70 in east central Ohio (while west central Ohio near I-70 likely misses out on the initial action tomorrow late night. We will keep rain expectation at a few hundredths to at most .5” with 80% coverage I-70 southward. The northern half to third of Ohio sees no precipitation threat out of this event. All precipitation is done by mid morning Saturday. The map at right shows cumulative precipitation potential through Saturday midday. The weekend is dry, both Saturday and Sunday. Clouds will mix with sun both days, but clouds will increase quickly Sunday afternoon. A cold front sweeps through the state from the northwest Monday, and has the potential to bring .1”-.7” of rain with 90% coverage. This moisture will linger into early Tuesday morning. Clouds dominate the rest of the day Tuesday. Partly sunny and dry weather will be in at midweek next week for Wednesday and Thursday. Temps will be above normal still. There is a chance of a few sprinkles Thursday night overnight into Friday morning, but they will only have about 30% coverage statewide. The trough is will feature more of just a shift in winds. Dry for the balance of Friday, but then the pattern gets more active as we move into the 11-16 day period and temps fall. Rain is expected for Saturday the 12th through Sunday the 13th, and as cold air advances, there is a pretty good chance of that moisture turning to snow. Right now, we are looking at .1”-.5” moisture potential, bur some snow chances on Sunday. Then we stay cloudy and cold for Monday, but precipitation free. Light snow is back for Tuesday the 15th, minor accumulations likely, and then a strong winter storm for the 17th, with moderate to heavy rain in the south, and potentially good accumulating snow in the north. Between the two, we won’t rule out some sleet and freezing rain. That storm look impressive, with the best snow accumulation over the northern third of the state…but it also is 15 days out…so there is plenty of time for the track or storm intensity to change. We will be watching it. We turn out partly sunny, but stay cold for the 18th.last_img read more

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Will artificial intelligence mean the end of cyberthreats?

first_imgInternet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Follow the Puck Cybersecurity has come a long way in the last twenty years.In the 90s, the predominant security model used to create secure operating systems was the “castle and moat” approach. Everything inside the firewall was trusted and anything outside it wasn’t trusted.But emerging internet services like email meant that things needed to get through the wall. This was the beginning of the antivirus era of cybersecurity, an era that we are still in. Antivirus works by identifying a threat, creating a signature, and distributing that signature so that every other computer with antivirus software installed can identify malware and defend against it.See also: Is cybersecurity for smart cities being dangerously underestimated?Though the cybersecurity model hasn’t changed much since the advent of antivirus software, that could be about to change, thanks to advancements in cyberthreats.Most people creating malware use it once, and never again, which means identifying it and protecting against it in the future isn’t as helpful as it once was. A lot malware is advanced enough to slip through signature-based techniques of identifying them. Finally, the sheer volume of cyber threats continues to grow at an exponential rate and it’s getting harder to stay on top of them.Deep learning and the future of cybersecurityAdvancement in the field of deep learning allows artificial intelligence developers to create machines that can think like humans but process vast amounts of data quickly. Artificial intelligence researches are hopeful that AI may be the answer to the growing cyber threat problem. AI could theoretically identify eliminate cyber-threats as fast as they can be created.While previous methods for protecting against cyber threats has been reactionary, the malware attacks, the antivirus software identifies it, and then makes other computers immune to it, cybersecurity led by AI could take a more proactive approach in dealing with cyber threats. Tags:#AI#artificial intelligence#cyberthreats#data security#Internet of Things#IoT Mitchelle Dovercenter_img Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

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Shell Becomes Corvus Energys Investor

first_imgzoomIllustration; Source: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Shell Ventures, the corporate venture capital arm of Shell, has decided to invest in Corvus Energy, a Canada-based provider of energy storage systems.As explained, the investment will help Corvus Energy expand internationally and further enhance its position within maritime energy storage.The parties have not disclosed the value of the investment.“To have Shell onboard as an investor means that we can reach out to a much larger market and apply our technology to more rigs and platforms as well as continue the hybridization of offshore vessels,” Geir Bjørkeli, CEO of Corvus Energy, commented.What is more, the investment is said to be a step towards Shell’s ambition to decrease the carbon footprint of the energy products it sells by around 20% by 2035 and by around 50% by 2050, in step with society.“We look forward to working with Shell to power a clean future and support Shell’s determination to make their operations more sustainable,” Bjørkeli added.“The energy sector is going through a major transition as the trend towards renewable generation and electrification of many sectors accelerates,” Kirk Coburn, Investment Director in Shell Ventures, said.“Current hybrid and zero-emission projects have proven that the potential for reducing costs and cutting emissions are substantial, which Shell will take advantage of in its offshore operations,” Coburn continued.With this move, Shell joins a group of strategic investors that jointly own Corvus Energy — BW Ventures Limited, part of shipping company BW Group; Equinor Technology Ventures; Norsk Hydro and a Canadian investment group focused on clean energy solutions.Corvus Energy develops energy storage systems (ESS) for maritime, offshore, subsea and port applications. Their range of lithium-ion battery ESSs are integral to the propulsion and power management systems of more than half of the battery-hybrid and zero-emission vessels worldwide.Read more:Corvus Energy Wins World’s Largest Battery Package Order for Hybrid VesselsFive More Fjord1 Ferries to Feature Corvus Energy Storage SystemsCorvus Energy Unveils New Battery for Cruise, Ferry IndustryStudy: Feeder Containerships Ready to Benefit from Hybrid Power Systemslast_img read more

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The Case For Kawhi Leonard MVP

Defensive Real Plus-Minus+0.971st Russell Westbrook has his triple-doubles, James Harden is probably the quintessential modern NBA player and LeBron James is having a typically MVP-worthy season. But among this year’s top candidates for the Maurice Podoloff Trophy,1Yes, that’s what the NBA calls the hunk of hardware it gives the most valuable player. Podoloff was the first NBA president, serving from 1949 to 1963, and he oversaw some the league’s crucial early developments, including the 1954 adoption of the shot clock at the urging of Syracuse Nationals owner Danny Biasone. only San Antonio Spurs swingman Kawhi Leonard can say he’s good at everything there is to do on the basketball court.Last season, I wrote about how rare it was to find an NBA player — particularly one so good at shooting the basketball — whose other all-around skills were as well-developed as Leonard’s. Since then, all Leonard has done is mature into a breakout superstar, setting new career highs in scoring, usage rate, assist rate and a bunch of other (mostly offensive) categories. But, astonishingly enough, Leonard has held onto the distinction of being the league’s most complete player, despite his big uptick in scoring.Leonard is universally regarded as one of the league’s top perimeter stoppers, thanks to his combination of size (he’s 6-foot-7), athleticism, basketball IQ and massive hands. He has ranked among the top handful of pick-and-roll defenders in the game each of the past two seasons, and ballhandlers rarely try to size him up on isolations anymore. Overall, Leonard perennially qualifies as one of the NBA’s best at suppressing opposing shooting percentages and lowering opponents’ offensive efficiency while on the court. (There’s also a good case to be made that plus/minus is underrating Leonard’s defensive impact this season, since — like a great cornerback in football — opponents aren’t even giving him a chance to affect the game anymore.)This is the second entry in our series making the case for five NBA MVP candidates. We’ve also made the case for James Harden and the case for Lebron James. Still to come: Stephen Curry and Russell Westbrook. Also, check out our NBA predictions.But Leonard also supplements his great D with a deadeye shooting stroke, strong rebounding skills,2Relative to comparable players over the term of Leonard’s entire career. reliable ballhandling and, now, elite scoring. Starting from 11.9 points per game in 2012-13 (his first season as a full-time starter), Leonard has grown by leaps and bounds on offense, to the point that he’s now pouring in 25.7 a night — a stunning metamorphosis from a mere role player in the Spurs’ offense to head honcho. After this latest development to his game, it’s damn near impossible to find a player in the league today who does a wider variety of things at a higher level than Leonard does.With the help of Basketball-Reference.com, I pulled eight major rate statistics for this season that encompass the range of skills an NBA player can possess — true shooting percentage, usage rate, assist rate, turnover rate, offensive and defensive rebounding percentages, steal percentage and block percentage. I got a ninth — defensive Real Plus-Minus — from ESPN.3All nine statistics are current as of April 8. Among players who’ve logged at least 1,500 minutes this season, Leonard is the only one who ranks among the top half of the league in all nine statistical categories: Blocks1.8%73rd Steals2.7%96th Turnovers9.0%82nd DefenseValuePercentile Offensive rebounds3.8%59th Usage31.2%96th OFFENSEVALUEPERCENTILE True shooting61.1%90th Assists19.1%71st Percentile ranking in each category is among NBA players with 1,500 or more minutes in the 2016-17 season. Through April 8.Sources: Basketball-Reference.com, ESPN Kawhi Leonard was better than average at everything this season Defensive rebounds15.8%62nd All of Leonard’s MVP competitors, by contrast, have at least one statistical hole in their respective games. James turns the ball over too much; Stephen Curry doesn’t rebound; Westbrook and Harden play below-average defense, both by block rate and overall defensive RPM.So, statistically speaking, Leonard is the most well-rounded of all the 2016-17 MVP candidates. Just as important — among teams with an MVP-caliber player, the Spurs may be the one whose chances of winning a championship most benefit from its superstar.For all Westbrook’s singular, superhuman fury this season, the Thunder won’t crack 50 wins. And the odds of a team of that caliber winning a championship are next to nonexistent, according to a regression I ran between regular-season team win shares and championships since the NBA expanded its playoffs to 16 teams in 1984. Ditto James, whose 51-win Cavs would be one of the least successful regular-season champions if they were to defend the title. Even Harden’s Rockets, with 54 wins, are in the zone where a title is relatively unlikely. (Only an 8 percent chance, by the same regression.) At the other end of the spectrum, the Warriors — with their 66 wins — would have a good chance of winning the championship even if they had to replace Curry or Durant with an average player. (Sub out either of those stars’ win shares — 12.5 for Curry and 11.7 for Durant — with an average number, and the Warriors’ odds of capturing the title stay strong, north of 20 percent.)But for the 61-win Spurs, Leonard’s production is in a sweet spot, making the difference between a healthy shot at a ring and none at all. Without Leonard’s 13.6 win shares — third-most in the league — San Antonio’s chances of winning it all drop from solid (19 percent) to remote (3 percent). In other words, because Leonard led the Spurs to an elite record without the benefit of another superstar teammate, his production might have had the highest leverage of any MVP candidate’s.Other players had better individual numbers than Leonard did, but nobody had a better all-around season. And the Spurs’ championship outlook would be dismal without him. For our purposes, each of those distinctions is enough for Leonard to meet a very reasonable definition of what makes a player “most valuable” to his team. read more

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So … Are The Buffalo Bills Actually Good

CHI59CHI63CHI 31, WSH 15+0.7– Comparing Josh Allen’s Bills to other 3-0 Buffalo startsQuarterback and team Elo ratings for Buffalo Bills teams that started a season 3-0, 1985-2019 BUF74BUF69BUF 21, CIN 17-5.0– LAC66LAC56HOU 27, LAC 20+9.6– Sources: Pro-Football-Reference, NFL Next Gen Stats 1991Jim Kelly263326621081701✓ QB Elo ratings are the number of Elo points a team would gain or lose if the main quarterback was replaced by a league-average starter from that season.Source: ESPN, Pro-Football-Reference.com Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 3Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 3 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game TEN67TEN61JAX 20, TEN 7+5.7– TB69TB64NYG 32, TB 31+5.2– OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION YearPassesActualvs. ExpectedInterception%Poor Throw% 2008Trent Edwards536711-211535✓ So Allen may be getting better with his arm while remaining a threat with his legs. And as a team, Buffalo ranks ninth in total expected points added (EPA) per game so far this season, including 10th in special teams EPA, eighth in defensive EPA and sixth in defense against the pass specifically. ProFootballFocus grades safeties Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer both as among the top 10 in the league at the position this season, two of 10 total Bills defenders who rank among the top 50 at their respective positions per PFF (and four who rank among the top 25). Last year’s Bills had one of the best EPA defenses in football as well, but they were undone by poor passing offense and special teams; if this year’s team has improved in those regards, Buffalo could have surprising staying power.Of course, the Bills have also played one of the easiest schedules in the NFL so far. The Jets, Giants and Bengals collectively had an average pregame Elo rating of 1415 going into their contests against Buffalo; only the Cowboys, whose opponents have averaged a pregame rating of 1392, have played a softer group of creampuffs this season. And now, here come the Patriots — the second-highest-ranked team in our Elo ratings. New England’s current rating of 1686 is the 13th-highest the Pats have ever had coming into a game against the Bills in the history of the rivalry. (If you can call it that — New England has won five straight and 33 of the past 37 meetings dating back to 2000.) The Pats’ defense hasn’t allowed a touchdown since last year’s AFC title game, and some folks are already talking about the possibility of another undefeated season in Foxboro.So let’s be honest: A lot of signs point to the Bills’ magical season-opening run coming to a screeching halt against New England this week. (Our model gives the Pats a 65 percent chance of winning, despite being on the road, and that’s conservative compared with the probability implied by the Vegas line.) But we also give Buffalo a 70 percent chance to make the playoffs — and for a franchise with only one playoff game under its belt since 1999, that’s as good an excuse for a raucous parking-lot celebration as anything else.Looking Ahead: Week 4Best matchup: No. 4 Dallas (-1) at No. 14 New Orleans, 8:20 p.m. ET SundayMatchup quality: 85th percentile2In terms of the harmonic mean of both teams’ QB-adjusted Elo ratings, relative to that figure for all regular-season NFL games this year.Matchup evenness: 89th percentileAs we wrote about in an earlier edition of the column, Dak Prescott of the Cowboys has been one of 2019’s breakout quarterbacks: According to our Elo QB value metric, only Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes has been better on a per-game basis than Prescott this season. Now he’ll take Dallas and its 3-0 record into New Orleans to face Teddy Bridgewater and the Saints in our top game of the week. All things considered, Bridgewater was fine in his first game as Drew Brees’s stand-in, grading 73 Elo points better than average against the Seahawks last week — though he still ranks 25th among current starters in our QB rankings. New Orleans will probably rely heavily on Alvin Kamara again after the running back racked up 161 scrimmage yards versus Seattle, but our model gives the Cowboys a slight edge (53 percent chance of winning) on the road.See also: Minnesota at Chicago (80th/70th); Philadelphia at Green Bay (85th/62nd).Biggest playoff implications: No. 11 Minnesota at No. 7 Chicago (-2.5), 4:25 p.m. ET SundayPotential shift in playoff odds: 29.4 total percentage pointsThe NFC North has turned into a surprisingly strong division, with every team featuring an above-.500 record at the moment. That’s a good recipe for crucial early-season divisional matchups, and no Week 4 game is more important than Sunday’s showdown between the Vikings and the Bears. Minnesota rebounded from a tough loss to the Packers with a convincing win over the Raiders last week; Chicago finally got a good game out of Mitchell Trubisky en route to a Monday night romp over Washington. The winner of Bears-Vikings will see its playoff odds rise to over 50 percent, but the loser will drop into the 20-to-25 percent range. We give Chicago a 59 percent chance of coming out on top.See also: Cleveland at Baltimore (26.3); Philadelphia at Green Bay (25.3).Best QB duel: No. 1 Patrick Mahomes (KC) vs. No. 13 Matthew Stafford (DET)See also: No. 3 Tom Brady (NE) vs. No. 12 Josh Allen (BUF); No. 7 Carson Wentz (PHI) vs. No. 8 Aaron Rodgers (GB)FiveThirtyEight vs. the ReadersAs a weekly tradition here at FiveThirtyEight, we look at how our Elo model did against everybody who made picks in our forecasting game. (If you entered, you can find yourself on our leaderboard here. I am currently in 984th place!) These are the games in which Elo made its best — and worst — predictions against the field last week: ARI65%ARI55%CAR 38, ARI 20+9.8– MIN74MIN72MIN 34, OAK 14-3.2– YearStarterGm 1Gm 2Gm 3Qb Elo RatingTeam Elo w/ QBWon Gm 4? 1988Jim Kelly+8-48-36+61498✓ SF79SF72SF 24, PIT 20-5.8– 201910364.10.92.95.8 201832052.8%-7.7%3.8%24.4% PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.ResultREADERS’ NET PTS For just the third time since 1992, the Buffalo Bills have started a season 3-0, after they beat the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday in Orchard Park. The team is currently thriving under second-year quarterback Josh Allen, who has led game-winning drives in two of the Bills’ three games this season. Don’t look now, but the Bills are tied for the 11th-highest Super Bowl probability in the league, according to the FiveThirtyEight model.Circle the wagons, Buffalo!But naturally, the Bills are staring at a potential reality check this week, in the form of the also-undefeated New England Patriots. So, in this week’s column, we must ask: Are Allen and the Bills actually good? And will it even matter against the Pats? Let’s dive into the early numbers.Allen has built on a polarizing rookie season with his play so far in 2019. On the one hand, Allen has won games with a combination of timely passing (he leads all quarterbacks this season in yards compiled during the final five minutes of one-score games) and impressive running (only Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson has more rushing yards among QBs). On the other hand, he ranks just 26th out of 35 qualified QBs in passer rating, with below-average rates of completions, yards, touchdowns and interceptions per attempt. In that regard — winning despite across-the-board mediocre passing numbers — Allen is well on his way to joining a bizarre group that includes Jake Plummer, Trent Dilfer, Kordell Stewart and Mark Sanchez.Our own quarterback ratings basically split the difference between the good and the bad. With an Elo QB rating of 161, Allen isn’t great, but he’s not terrible either. In fact, he’s almost precisely average — just 4 rating points below the typical NFL starter — and by Buffalo standards, that’s not too shabby. The last time the Bills’ starter had an Elo rating that good relative to average, it was Tyrod Taylor in the middle of the 2017 season. (That happened to be the only year this century that Buffalo made the playoffs.) Compared with QBs from earlier 3-0 Bills starts, Allen is no Jim Kelly or even Ryan Fitzpatrick, but he is better than Trent Edwards was back in early 2008: QB Elo vs. Avg, First 3 GmsBefore Game 4 2011Ryan Fitzpatrick170176105311510 2019Josh Allen193221-41520— Home teams are in bold.The scoring system is nonlinear, so readers’ average points don’t necessarily match the number of points that would be given to the average reader prediction. Those 2008 Bills would beat the Rams in Week 4 to run their record to 4-0 … before closing the year on a 3-9 skid to finish out of the playoffs. The 2011 Bills also fizzled after a promising first two months — which included a rare win over New England — losing seven straight and eight of their final nine games to waste a 5-2 start. So Buffalo has been tantalized by fast starts before, only to fall flat later on. But all the Kelly-led Bills on the list above went to the AFC championship game, and two of them went to the Super Bowl.Fine — Allen and Kelly, his Hall of Fame predecessor, still have little in common aside from the charging bison on their helmets. But Allen has at least shown some hints of improvement as a passer so far in his second pro season. Despite his still-mediocre overall numbers, Allen has been more accurate this year, cutting his rate of “poor throws” (according to Pro-Football-Reference.com) from a league-worst 24 percent in 2018 to just 6 percent — which ranks fourth-best this year. Some of that can be attributed to a dose of shorter throws,1Allen’s average air yards per pass has dipped from 10.5 to 8.2 this season, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group. but the NFL’s Next Gen Stats estimate that Allen is completing passes at a rate 0.9 percentage points higher than expected this season, even after adjusting for the depth of the pass and other particulars, while he checked in at 7.7 percentage points below expected last season (second-worst in the league). NE91NE95NE 30, NYJ 14-0.2– DAL91DAL95DAL 31, MIA 6-0.3– GB74GB76GB 27, DEN 16-0.9– KC69KC68KC 33, BAL 28-2.7– SEA70SEA72NO 33, SEA 27-4.3– 1992Jim Kelly-3201150501681✓ IND54ATL52IND 27, ATL 24-8.2– Completion% PHI70PHI69DET 27, PHI 24-0.5– Allen has gotten more accurateRates of good and bad passing actions (per attempt) for Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen by season, 2018-19 LAR61LAR66LAR 20, CLE 13+1.1– Week 3 was a victorious one for the readers! The average FiveThirtyEight picker beat our Elo model by 1 point this time around, giving the field its first win of the season. While Elo shrewdly took the Colts over the Falcons and had its faith in the 49ers and Bills rewarded, the readers picked up big points shading the Cardinals, Chargers, Titans and Bucs, all of whom eventually lost. Interestingly, the readers and the computer agreed on the favorite in all but one game last week (that Colts-Falcons game), but the human prognosticators won with smart probabilistic thinking. Nice job, all!Among individual readers, congrats to Bruce C, who led all (identified) readers in Week 3 with 170.9 points, and to Matt Melchior, whose total of 407.0 points leads the full-season contest. Thanks to everyone who played — and if you haven’t, be sure to get in on the action! You can make picks now and try your luck against Elo, even if you missed Week 3.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

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NBA Playoffs Preview The Cavs Down Two Players Are Still Favored Against

Kevin Love’s dislocated shoulder leaves the Cleveland Cavaliers with just two of their “Big Three” for the rest of the playoffs. But the remaining “Big Two” — LeBron James and Kyrie Irving — are probably enough to outlast the Chicago Bulls. FiveThirtyEight’s forecast, which is based on Real Plus-Minus, gives the Cavs a 70 percent likelihood of moving on. The Cavs will also be without J.R. Smith — who was suspended for the first two games of this series after throwing an ill-advised elbow against the Boston Celtics.1These projections assume he plays 20 minutes per game, down from 32 minutes per game this year.The Cavaliers’ offense is spectacular; it ranked third, behind only the Clippers and Warriors, in points per 100 possessions. It is built on shooting a ton of threes — the second-most in the league, as a percentage of total shots — and highly efficient attacking drives to the hoop from James and Irving. The Cavs also excel at offensive rebounding, especially Tristan Thompson, who will play big minutes now that Love is out. Admittedly, it’s still not clear exactly how Cleveland will adjust its rotation. The Bulls are tough and will put up a fight, but the Cavs’ offensive firepower, led by James, will most likely be too much to handle.The Bulls, by contrast, win on defense. Chicago held opponents to the second-lowest shooting percentage in the league. The defense carried them through an inconsistent year from Derrick Rose, who was sidelined with sporadic injuries. Rose, however, showed flashes of brilliance in the first round. And Jimmy Butler is the Bulls’ real star — with a +3.7 Real Plus-Minus rating, he’s the second-best player in this series behind James. Rose and Butler will have to have a transcendent series against a short-handed Cleveland team for the Bulls to have a chance. read more

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Dortmund chief rules out Pulisic Weigl January exits

first_imgBorussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc announced that Christian Pulisic will remain at the club after January, while also hinting the same for Julian WeiglThe young duo have both been linked with winter moves away from Dortmund amid struggles to gain regular game time under coach Lucien Favre.Weigl, who was previously linked with a switch to Manchester City earlier this year, has fallen behind summer recruit Axel Witsel in the Dortmund midfield pecking order.Meanwhile, ex-USA star Alexi Lalas has urged Pulisic to leave Dortmund in favour of a transfer to a bigger European club.Chelsea and Liverpool have been linked with moves for Pulisic recently, but Dortmund insists the American is going nowhere.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“We won’t let any important players, who are indispensable for achieving our sporting goals, leave this winter,” Zorc told Bild.“I’m strongly assuming that Christian (Pulisic) will still be wearing the BVB jersey in February.”Although former Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa is being tipped to make a January exit after being left out of Dortmund’s 2-0 Champions League win at AS Monaco.The Japan international recently expressed a desire to try his luck at La Liga football before the end of his playing career.last_img read more

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