BSP candidate from Ambala Cantt attacked, injured

first_imgBSP candidate from Ambala Cantt. constituency Rajesh Chanalia was injured after being attacked with a sharp-edged weapon by two unidentified youths on Tuesday evening, police said. He was rushed to the civil hospital. BSP workers gathered at the hospital and demanded immediate arrest of the assailants. They demanded that sufficient security be provided to their leader. Senior police officers also visited the leader at the hospital. The matter is being investigated, the police said. The assailants managed to flee after the incident. The police have launched a search in the area to trace the assailants, the police said. Assembly elections in Haryana will be held on October 21.last_img read more

After another finals loss for Alaska, Alex Compton left feeling ‘sick to the stomach’

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Despite this relative success, Compton failed to win a single title and the Aces’ loss to Magnolia in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup finals brought his title series record to 0-5.That mark is no cause for celebration, not even that proverbial moral victory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief“Right now I feel sick to my stomach,” said Compton after Alaska’s 102-86 Game 6 loss to the Hotshots Wednesday at Ynares Center in Antipolo. “If you don’t win the championship in the PBA, you lost. So it’s all of us, we lost in the Finals.”“I think what’s particularly painful about the Finals loss is that you’re there. It’s that you’re there. It’s always frustrating. If you ask me, would you rather go to the Finals and lose or go through the 14-game losing streak and not make the playoffs? I’d rather be in the Finals.” LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—There’s just something about the finals that Alex Compton hasn’t figured out.Compton’s Alaska teams are usually in the top tier of the league and are considered to be one of the more dangerous teams.ADVERTISEMENT Compton’s first three finals appearances were all against San Miguel with one series ending in four games and the other two in seven.Of the three, it can be argued that the seven-game series loss in the 2015 Philippine Cup had to hurt the most since this was when the Beermen came back from a 0-3 pit to stun the Aces in what is now known as the “Beeracle.”Compton added that even though basketball games are still the same, in essence, whatever the stage, the Finals is still a different beast.“When you’re there, when you get your shot blocked, when you’re there, everything just feels more painful in a sense,” said Compton. “We’re in the Finals, so it’s painful to lose because you’re there and it’s like you have the opportunity and you want to grab it.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening View comments First ONE trilogy: Geje Eustaquio, Adriano Moraes battle for a third timelast_img read more

Saqlain drops plans to stay and work in Pakistan

first_imgKarachi, Mar 5 (PTI) Disappointed with the functioning of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) here, Pakistans celebrated off-spinner, Saqlain Mushtaq has dropped plans to stay and work in the countrys cricket set-up. Saqlain said on the PTV sports channel that he was disappointed at observing the way things functioned in the present cricket system run by the Pakistan Cricket Board. The cricketer-turned-coach said he had come to Pakistan last year with a view to settle down in his hometown Lahore with his family and give something back to Pakistan cricket in a coaching capacity. “But after working with Saeed Ajmal for three months for the Pakistan board, the things I observed and saw, I can tell you one cant work properly and freely here and they are problems in the system,” Saqlain said. “I am now preparing to go back to the United Kingdom with my family and resettle down there. I am very disappointed,” he added. One of Pakistans top spinners, who ended up with 208 test and 288 one-day wickets and is also credited with inventing the doosra delivery, Saqlain worked with Saeed on behalf of the PCB when the off-spinner was banned from bowling in international cricket by the ICC. Saqlain, who has worked as spin bowling coach with the New Zealand, West Indies and Bangladesh teams, said he wanted to give back his experience and skills to Pakistan cricket. “I sincerely wanted to do something for Pakistan cricket which made me what I am today. Unfortunately things havent worked out that way for me,” he added. Pakistans cricket system and the internal functioning of the PCB has for long been the subject of discussion and criticism with some former players including former captains, Rashid Latif and Muhammad Yousuf flatly refusing to work in the present set-up. While Latif turned down the chief selectors post, Yousuf has said he is ready to coach the batsmen but not in present set-up. Former Test opener and captain Aamir Sohail and Pakistans cricket great Javed Miandad also parted ways with the PCB after working in different capacities. Both claimed they were not allowed to implement their plans for the betterment of Pakistan cricket as too many hurdles were created for them. PTI Cor ATK ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

10 months agoBrian Stock joins Bournemouth academy coaching staff

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Brian Stock joins Bournemouth academy coaching staffby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Bournemouth midfielder Brian Stock has joined the club’s academy coaching staff.Bournemouth have appointed Stock as the under-14s lead coach.The former midfielder made over 150 appearances for the Cherries between 2000 and 2006. He said, “Calling time on my footballing career was a very tough decision, however with this opportunity at the club where I started my journey and a club so close to my heart made it an easy one! “I’m looking forward to working with all the academy staff and players at AFC Bournemouth and am excited at starting a new chapter in my career.” last_img read more

Serving Is A Disadvantage In Some Olympic Sports

Table tennisMen’s doubles51 VolleyballMen’s34 BadmintonMen’s singles52 In five Olympic sports, with medals in 18 events up for grabs, a net separates players from their opponents. In each case, before a point can get underway, someone has to serve. On a crucial point, as you watch the medal rounds of badminton and volleyball this weekend, would you rather see your team start with the ball or shuttlecock in its court or in its opponent’s?I tried to find out. It turns out the data isn’t readily available.1A word on the data. Ideally the table that follows would show complete data for every sport. But the Olympics website doesn’t publish comprehensive stats for any of these sports. And press contacts for each of the sport’s international federations either didn’t respond to inquiries or said they couldn’t help with the data. So for each sport, I dug through box scores — in badminton’s case, liberating serve stats from PDFs, and for volleyball, by parsing play-by-plays. I grabbed data for just two or three days of competition in each sport, generally including preliminary stages and knockout stages in which each discipline (singles, doubles, mixed) was competing. Even that wasn’t easy. Alan Reifman, the Texas Tech University professor known for his hot-hand sports analysis who is also a volleyball analyst, tried parsing two games of one volleyball match at my request, and sent me his worksheet. It’s below. But after digging through PDFs and doing a lot of data entry and copy and pasting, I got data for hundreds of matches and thousands of points across 18 variations on the theme of serving. I was looking for how often the player or team that serves ends up winning the point. The conclusion: In tennis, the serve is a weapon. In badminton and table tennis, it’s just a way to get the point started. And in volleyball, it’s a vulnerability. Table tennisMen’s singles53 TennisWomen’s singles57 SPORTEVENTSERVE SUCCESS RATE TennisMen’s doubles65% Table tennisWomen’s singles53 Table tennisWomen’s doubles50 BadmintonWomen’s singles55 Tennis servers have an advantage at the 2016 Olympics; volleyball servers don’t TennisWomen’s doubles56 2016 Olympics data for matches from 2-3 days of preliminary and knockout play for each eventSources:, BadmintonMixed doubles46 Beach volleyballWomen’s35 BadmintonMen’s doubles46 BadmintonWomen’s doubles45 Beach volleyballMen’s32 TennisMen’s singles63 TennisMixed doubles64 VolleyballWomen’s38 The sports divide into a few tiers of serving advantages.Tennis is at the top. Within tennis, the serve is a bigger weapon for men than for women, in part because men are taller than women, on average, and so they can hit down on the ball with less risk. And the serve is more valuable in doubles than in singles, because the returner is trying to avoid the server’s partner and so has to aim for a narrower window than in singles. So at the very top of the server pyramid is men’s doubles, followed by mixed doubles — a man is serving in at least half of the games — and men’s singles. Then come women’s singles and doubles, where the server’s advantage is slightly smaller because of returners’ comparative advantage in the women’s game.In badminton and table tennis, it doesn’t matter all that much who’s serving. But there are some nuances. In both sports, servers do better in singles than in doubles. This is different from tennis because the serve functions differently in these sports. In table tennis, when playing singles you can serve to either side — left or right — on each point, which is not true in tennis. So if your goal is to hit it where the returner isn’t, singles provides a big advantage. And in neither sport is the server’s partner as likely to smash away an errant return as in tennis. (Table tennis doubles rules also restrict where the server can hit it.)In volleyball, a point when you serve is considered one on which you’re playing defense. That’s especially true for men. Most serves don’t win the point outright, and when they don’t, the receiving team has three hits to control the ball, set it and smash it, and the sport has developed highly complex plays designed to win the point outright with its first possession. But as tough as it looks for servers in volleyball, the numbers in the table slightly understate the challenge a typical volleyball server faces. That’s because the numbers are aggregated over all teams. But in volleyball, the team that won the prior point gets to serve. So the stronger teams get to serve more, which weighs their serving success more heavily than that of weaker teams. Some of what looks like the limited serving success for volleyball players in the table is really strong teams’ overcoming the serving liability to withstand their opponents’ attacks and get the point.2In badminton — for which we have the data, unlike volleyball — averaging across teams instead of points, which gives you a fairer sense of the typical server’s chance of winning the point, lowers servers’ success rates by about two percentage points.The stats are pretty consistent at other levels of the game. Todd Dagenais, coach of the University of Central Florida women’s volleyball team, said teams in his team’s league, the American Athletic Conference, win on the serve between 38 percent and 45 percent of the time. Alan Reifman, a Texas Tech University professor who is also a volleyball analyst, said 40 percent is typical in the women’s college game. Top men’s World League Volleyball teams score on 31 percent to 38 percent of their serves.In a way, volleyball servers have it easy. They’re not expected to win the point anyway, so success is a pleasant surprise. And they get to take more risks. When you’re probably going to lose the point if the ball goes in anyway, you lose less by missing, so why not aim a little closer to the top of the net or toward the sidelines or back line? In beach volleyball at the Olympics, men have lost the point by missing their serve about 13 percent of the time, and women 11 percent, according to data provided by Giuseppe Vinci, founder of the analysis site VolleyMetrics. That compares to 3 percent to 4 percent in tennis and less than 1 percent in some of the badminton events. Not all the sports record aces, and some define them differently than others, but tennis players also hit more of those than some of their peers — in part because they get two chances to serve, so they can take big risks on the first serve.“A ‘just keep it in, let them make mistakes’ philosophy used to be more common,” Joe Trinsey, assistant coach of the U.S. women’s indoor team, said by email. “But with the speed and power of the attacks (as well as the tactical complexity and deception of the offenses) increasing each generation, it is becoming more common to see coaches pushing their teams to attack more from the service line, even if it means more errors.” read more

Womens Lacrosse Jillian Rizzo providing Ohio State with foundation for programs future

Ohio State sophomore goalie Jillian Rizzo prepares to pass the ball to a teammate during Ohio State’s 20-5 loss to Maryland on April 15, 2018. Credit: Ethan Clewell | Lantern ReporterJillian Rizzo is not used to sitting on the bench. She joined her high school varsity women’s lacrosse team in seventh grade. For the next six years, she was the starter in net for her team. Then she came to Ohio State and started 16 of the Buckeyes’ 17 games in net as a freshman before starting all 15 as a sophomore.Though her team did not find much success in 2018, finishing with just a 5-10 overall record, Rizzo has provided the Buckeyes with a consistent presence in net. She finished the year second in saves per game at 12.5 per game, giving her team a chance to win every time she started a game.Having just finished her second season as a starter and never having played for a contender, Rizzo is exactly the type of foundation block the Buckeyes need to start to turn their fortunes around. And Rizzo feels the rest of the team is getting ready to join her in that turnaround.“Our culture is changing in a way where we are going to be back on top again soon,” Rizzo said. “I look forward to that and I have fun every day trying to help us get there. We got a new strength coach this year who has helped us tremendously and we are all setting the bar higher each day.”Rizzo was not always going to be a goaltender, however. Lacrosse was not a big sport in her town and when no one else stepped up to play goalie on her high school team, the middle-schooler was thrust into the role. Though a starter, Rizzo was still one of the younger players on the team. As one of two middle schoolers on the team, older teammates were always jokingly shoving the dirty work onto her like getting water for the team.But this never seemed to bother Rizzo. “I had older siblings and I knew all the older kids already,” Rizzo said. “It wasn’t an issue being the youngest, I really liked it. We were all there to play lacrosse so that’s what we did, I was never considered to be the youngest on the field.”Ohio State head coach Alexis Venechanos said she views Rizzo’s experiences during middle school as part of her success in college. “She is a confident goalie and she’s always had that maturity from the start,” Venechanos said. “Maybe that came from middle school where she was always playing up. I really think that has shaped her into the type of teammate, person, and player that she is now.”As she got older, her passion for the sport outgrew most of her high-school teammates. When she came to Ohio State, she was finally given the opportunity to play with others who shared her passion for the sport.However, with passionate players came a higher standard of performance. Although Rizzo said her self-imposed standards did not change, she immediately needed to adjust to the speed at which she was playing, her daily workouts, all while adjusting to a new team as well. These constant changes never seemed to phase her. “This is exactly what I was looking for so I thrived upon the challenge. Everyone here wants to be the best they can be and competes to win games whereas in high school, people were there to stay in shape or had nothing else to do in the spring,” Rizzo said. “It’s refreshing to be on a team where everyone cares so much.”Though that passion has been a pleasant change of scenery for Rizzo, she said she feels the players often get overly emotional on the field, which has a negative impact on their game. “We love playing and we tend to get a little bit emotional on the field, which is a good thing,” Rizzo said. “But sometimes I think we need to stick to our game plan, and stick to putting our noses down and grinding during the game.”Venechanos and Rizzo both believe in the group that the team will take into next season and think a turnaround could be coming.And with Rizzo being one of the team’s leaders, there is at least that steady presence in net for Ohio State to lean on moving forward. read more

New San Diego budget reflects new era

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Helen Robbins-Meyer, San Diego County’s Chief Administrative Officer released the county’s 2020 proposed budget yesterday, that totalssix point two billion dollars.The Board of Supervisors will spend a month dealing with amendments and public hearings that begin June 10.KUSI’s Steve Bosh has a preview.A new era in leadership is broadening the County of San Diego’s outlook on how to grapple with some of our region’s core issues, meet new challenges and remain prepared for whatever the future may bring.The County’s new $6.21 billion recommended budget for fiscal year 2019-2020 reflects a new direction while maintaining the fiscal discipline that ensures we deliver important programs to our residents. The budget supports our Live Well vision of a County that is building better health, living safely and thriving.Over the last two years, allocations of general purpose revenue to the County’s Health and Human Services Agency have nearly doubled, representing the County’s commitment to help our most vulnerable residents. This increase supplements the majority of HHSA’s programs funded through other sources like state and federal revenue, while still providing necessary funding for public safety programs, which represent the County’s largest allocation of general purpose, or discretionary revenues.Key priorities in the new budget include helping people with mental health or substance use disorders, those experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness, lack of affordable housing, and children and families in the foster care system. The County will also continue its focus on transforming the juvenile justice system.In terms of mental health, budget increases will support walk-in services for outpatients, fund 70 Psychiatric Emergency Response Teams and expand services for residents with severe mental illness who rotate in and out of hospitals. Additional psychiatric beds will help those needing longterm care. Extra funding will go to the No Place Like Home program for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness who need mental health services.San Diegans will get continued access to Drug Medi-Cal systems treatment for substance use disorder after our investment tripled last year from $54.6 million to $179.6 million annually. The number of people treated is expected to jump 30% over that time period. Substance use disorder often exacerbates mental illness, homelessness and criminal behavior.The County doubled the original $25 million housing trust fund to $50 million to create affordable housing for homeless families and veterans, older adults with extremely low incomes, those with special needs and others at risk for homelessness. The full $50 million trust fund could result in as many as 1,800 affordable units. Development of four excess County properties will create an additional 700+ affordable units in coming years.More funding will go toward Child Welfare Services for investigations and carrying out recommendations by the new Child and Family Strengthening Advisory Board. The budget will also advance services for Alzheimer’s disease. More staffing will help Public Health Services identify emerging trends and monitor infectious diseases such as measles.Overall, the County is adding 338 staff positions with 270 slated for HHSA.In the area of juvenile justice reform, the County will create two new Achievement Centers for young people at risk of returning to juvenile hall. Continued funding for the recreational program Safe Destination Nights will keep 8,000 teens off the streets in the critical evening hours. Continuing to fund the Fresh Start program will help adults with criminal records overcome barriers to success. The program can reduce felony convictions to misdemeanors, dismiss or expunge criminal records, and offer Certificates of Rehabilitation.Sustainability remains a high priority. The County is exploring energy options such as community choice energy. The County will continue implementing its Climate Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gases, including planting 3,500 trees on public lands and adding 500 acres of open space to the 41,000 acres already preserved.The budget will fund capital projects like new Live Well Centers, parks, trails, fire stations and more. Partial funding includes the five-year renovation project for the historic County Administration Center, which kicked off in April.The budget decreases 1%, or $59.7 million, from last fiscal year primarily from reduced spending for one-time projects ($381.9 million) such as capital, but anticipated spending for ongoing programs has increased by $322.2 million. Posted: May 7, 2019 May 7, 2019 KUSI Newsroom New San Diego budget reflects new era KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

Utility to Build Solar Farm at Navy Sites on Guam

first_imgThe Navy is planning to lease almost 200 acres to the Guam Power Authority to install photovoltaic solar panels in eight locations capable of generating up to 43.8 megawatts of power.Officials are seeking public comment on the project after issuing a draft environmental assessment (EA) Friday.Four of the arrays would be located at Navy Base Guam in the southern half of the island, and four arrays would be located at sites in northern Guam, reported Stars and Stripes.“We approached the Navy several years ago with a request to possibly utilize their properties, and today we believe we’ve reached a major milestone in our process with the publishing of this draft EA for public comments,” said John Benavente, general manager of the Guam Power Authority.Commander, Joint Region Marianas is proposing to provide a 37-year lease of the land to the power authority. The energy generated by the solar arrays would feed into the utility’s electric grid for public and military use.“These projects will bolster energy security and lessen Guam’s dependency on imported fuel,” Capt. Glenn Shephard, commanding officer of Naval Facilities Engineering Command Marianas, said in a written statement. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more