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Newcastle legend Shearer: Almiron has no confidence whatsoeverby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveToon legend Alan Shearer was unimpressed by Newcastle United’s performance in their 0-0 draw with Brighton.United had chances to win but they had far inferior possession statistics and were indebted to Fabian Schar for keeping out Aaron Mooy’s shot. Even the late introduction of Andy Carroll to attempt to spark the team into life didn’t work. Analysing the match, Shearer said of his former side: “You can see why both of these teams are struggling to score. I thought it was a poor game. Brighton were the better team, Newcastle were really poor.“But still had two very, very good chances they should have scored from. The first one Almiron had no confidence whatsoever. I never fancied him to score. He desperately needs a goal, still hasn’t scored.“And then Joelinton finds himself eight yards out and with a free header (from a corner). He should score.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
With the NHL playoffs starting this week, all eyes will be on the goaltenders, hockey’s masked men. A goalie’s time on the ice is a solitary existence, with flurries of activity punctuating long periods of inaction. Hockey has been called the ultimate team sport, but all too often the goaltender finds himself alone as the puck approaches.Because the goalie is a team’s last line of defense, it’s no surprise that strong performance in net is incredibly important to winning a hockey game. During the regular season, save percentage (the generally accepted shorthand measure of goaltending effectiveness) explains a higher proportion of team performance than any other fundamental factor1Think of hockey’s “Four Factors” as the following: generating shots (as measured by shots per game), scoring on a high percentage of those shots (shooting percentage), preventing opposing shots (shots allowed per game), and stopping shots (save percentage). Together, these factors explain over 99 percent of a team’s goals-per game-differential, which in turn explains 92 percent of point percentage (a team’s standings points divided by the total number of points available in its games). in hockey.2The measure of relative importance used here is the Lindeman, Merenda and Gold (LMG) method described in this paper. In NHL regular seasons since 1988, team save percentage has a 29.5 percent LMG value when regressed against goal differential/game, compared to 28.9 percent for shooting percentage, 24.0 percent for shots allowed/game, and 17.7 percent for shots/game. In the playoffs, the emphasis on goaltending only intensifies; save percentage is easily the most important determinant of a team’s goals-per-game differential in the postseason.3In postseason play since 1988, team save percentage has a 43.3 percent LMG value when regressed against per-game goal differential, compared to 34.9 percent for shooting percentage, 13.3 percent for shots allowed/game and 8.6 percent for shots/game. A hot goalie really is the key to a successful playoff run.But herein lies a great paradox: Despite goaltending’s outsize impact on the outcomes of hockey games, it’s extremely hard to say exactly which goalies are truly good or bad at their jobs.This perplexing point was raised by the authors of the 2010 book “Stumbling on Wins,” and it still stands today. Using Hockey-Reference.com’s adjusted version of the save percentage statistic, adjusted Goals Against Percentage (GA%-),4I used GA%- because it’s useful for historical analysis since it compares a goalie’s save percentage to the ever-changing league average. GA%- is scaled to represent the percentage of the league’s rate of goals per shot that a player allows, so lower is better. For example, a GA%- of 84, like Henrik Lundqvist had last season, means he allowed only 84 percent of the number of goals a league-average goalie would have allowed on the same number of shots. the correlation of goalie performance from year to year is so low5A correlation coefficient of 0.296, to be exact, for goalies who qualified for Hockey-Reference’s leaderboards in back-to-back seasons. that, in practical terms, only 30 percent of the difference we see between a goalie and the league average in any given season actually “belongs” to the goalie himself. The rest is just random.6So when Ottawa’s Craig Anderson led the NHL last season with a 67 GA%- (the second-lowest mark of any goalie since 1984), the best expectation of his talent going forward was still only a GA%- of 90 — the assumption being that the other 23 points of GA%- were probably due to random variance. (If you’re doubting that assumption, Anderson snapped back to earth this season with a 104 GA%-.)The poor correlation of save percentage from one year to the next also indicates that goalies are extremely volatile commodities. For instance, if a goaltender is above average in a given season, there’s only a 59.2 percent chance he’ll be above average again the following year. And if he’s below average now, don’t worry: There’s a 47.2 percent probability that he’ll be above average next season.7Some of this is admittedly due to selection bias; by zeroing in on goalies we knew had a “next season,” we’re implicitly weeding out the ones who played poorly and were never given another chance — presumably because scouts decided they were as bad as the numbers said. But the threshold to qualify for Hockey-Reference’s save percentage leaderboard is a mere 26 games in a normal season, so the selection effect shouldn’t influence the results too much.Take Brian Elliott of the St. Louis Blues. During the 2010-11 season, Elliott was the NHL’s second-worst qualified goalie — only Nikolai Khabibulin was less effective at stopping pucks — and in 142 career games he had a lifetime GA%- of 111 (which translates to 11 percent worse than league average). If any goalie seemed unlikely to play well in the future, it was Elliott, but the very next year he led the NHL with a 69 GA%- (31 percent better than league average), at the time the third-best single-season performance by any goalie since the NHL started tracking save percentage in 1984.8Elliott’s 2011-12 season now ranks fourth because Craig Anderson put up a 67 GA%- last season. And how did Elliott follow that brilliant campaign? By posting a below-average 106 GA%- last season, and a 90 GA%- this year.It’s the kind of thing that will spin you around faster than a Pavel Datsyuk deke.So is Elliott a good goaltender or not? We can say he is probably a slightly below-average netminder who happened to have an all-time outlier of a career year in 2012. But that’s just because we have a relatively large amount of data on him by now. His career GA%- is 103 after nearly 250 games and 6,000 shots faced. A goalie’s save percentage only begins to stabilize after facing around 3,000 shots, at which point we would expect half of his observed performance to be talent (the rest is still luck). The busiest goaltenders each year face roughly 2,000 shots, so it takes about a season and a half for GA%- to offer insight on even the biggest goaltending workhorses.This does not mean that there is no difference in talent among goalies. It just means there’s a great deal of uncertainty around how any one goalie compares to another, and that the distribution of talent among NHL-caliber goaltenders is significantly more narrow than would be expected from looking at season-level save percentages alone.9The spread of which is artificially inflated by luck in small samples. As a consequence, the “replacement-level” save percentage for goalies (to borrow a term from baseball’s sabermetrics, referring to the production a team could expect from a minimum-salary player freely available on the waiver wire) is remarkably close to league average.10In keeping with the ratios of cap dollars devoted to each position, a save percentage .006 below average is probably the optimal replacement level. In 2013-14, that would set the replacement level at .908, a number that was average just five seasons ago. This, too, is a product of the uncertainty surrounding the true talent level of any given goalie — with such high levels of volatility, teams don’t need to accept bad goaltending performances for long. Given what little information we have about any goalie’s actual talent, a backup is almost as likely to give above-replacement production as a struggling starter is.If chance overwhelms skill in an entire regular season’s worth of goaltending statistics, imagine what can happen in the playoffs, when the leading goalies face but 800 shots at most. The Vancouver Canucks have experience with this: Kirk McLean, a nine-year veteran with a perfectly average 100 career GA%- going into the 1994 playoffs, backstopped the team to within a win of the Stanley Cup on the strength of a stellar 78 GA%- in the postseason. So do Capitals die-hards: Olaf Kolzig led Washington to the Finals in 1998 with a playoff GA%- that was 27 points lower than his career average. And Mike Smith nearly did the same for the 2012 Phoenix Coyotes. Playoff history is littered with seemingly nondescript goaltenders who suddenly became incredible puck-stoppers come springtime.But history can also cut the other way. In 2001, the great Patrick Roy had a regular-season GA%- of 90 — 13th in the league, if slightly down from his peak numbers of a few years earlier — and during the playoffs he had one of the best performances of his career with a 75 GA%-, leading the Colorado Avalanche to the championship. The following year, Roy was quite a bit better during the regular season (81 GA%-), ostensibly setting himself up for another strong playoff bid. So what happened next? Roy put up a terrible 110 GA%- in the playoffs, capped off by an embarrassing, season-ending loss to Detroit in which he allowed six goals before being pulled from the game in the second period. In the minuscule sample of the playoffs, even Hall of Famers are at the capricious whims of variance.It’s something to keep in mind during this year’s playoffs. Just as we found the correlation for regular-season GA%- to be quite low from year to year, the correlation between a goalie’s regular-season and his playoff GA%- is even smaller, as is the correlation between his previous career GA%- and playoff GA%-. We can’t predict who will fluctuate, just that somebody likely will.It’s not just goalies who are unpredictable; hockey’s stats holy war over shot quantity versus shot quality has shown us that an offense’s shooting percentage is just as inconsistent. The whole sport is especially vulnerable to random fluctuations, something that shows up most once a puck starts moving towards the net.In 2008, an Edmonton fan named Brian King left a comment at a now-defunct Oilers blog suggesting that the best way to understand luck in hockey was to look at a team’s shooting percentage on offense and the collective save percentage of its goalies. If you combined those stats for a team, and compared them to the league average, you could tell whether a team had been lucky or unlucky — and how far it had to go to regress to the league’s mean. The metric became known as PDO (its namesake was King’s online pseudonym), and the more it strays from its baseline of 1.00 (above 1 means lucky; below, unlucky), the more likely the team’s record, and even its goal differential, has been tainted by randomness.A great deal of recent hockey research has shown that, if given a large enough sample, every team’s PDO will more or less regress toward the league average of 1.00. The big implication of PDO is that a team has virtually no long-term control over shooting percentage, just like it can’t predict the efficacy of its goalie. The key to good defense, then, is simply to keep the opposition from shooting, because it’s impossible for a goalie to maintain a consistently high save percentage.PDO can now tell us the extent of hockey’s chaos, but goaltenders have always grappled with the randomness of their position. In his classic book, “The Game,” the Montreal Canadiens’ Hall of Fame goalie Ken Dryden wrote that a goaltender’s mental focus is key:If you were to ask a coach or a player what he would most like to see in a goalie, he would, after some rambling out-loud thoughts, probably settle on something like: consistency, dependability, and the ability to make the big save. [ … ] Because the demands on a goalie are mostly mental, it means that for a goalie the biggest enemy is himself. Not a puck, not an opponent, not a quirk of size or style. Him. The stress and anxiety he feels when he plays, the fear of failing, the fear of being embarrassed, the fear of being physically hurt, all are symptoms of his position, in constant ebb and flow, but never disappearing. The successful goalie understands these neuroses, accepts them, and puts them under control. The unsuccessful goalie is distracted by them, his mind in knots, his body quickly following.Stats portray the goalie’s job as a nihilistic one. Chaos mounts, pucks fly, muscles react. What happens beyond that is so random that, as Dryden writes, the only way for a goalie to cope is to focus on what’s immediately in front of him: a stretch of ice with an ever-changing landscape of variables.
Coach Urban Meyer stands in front of the team before the Buckeyes take the field against Rutgers on Oct. 1. The Buckeyes won 58-0. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorThe enterprise that is college football continues to grow with social media branding, television deals and other sources of revenue. All factors emphasize the importance of signing one of the best play callers in the country, but that comes at a price.On Wednesday, USA Today released a compiled database of the 2016 salaries of all NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision coaches. At the top were arguably the three best coaches in the NCAA: Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, Alabama coach Nick Saban and Ohio State coach Urban Meyer.Meyer is ranked third out of 128 coaches with a 2016 total salary of $6,094,800.Meyer trails only Harbaugh and Saban, respectively, for the largest income of Division I coaches. Harbaugh tops the charts at $9,004,000, more than $2 million higher than Saban’s $6,939,395. USA Today lists Harbaugh’s maximum bonus at $1,325,000, while Meyer’s maximum bonus is $775,000.Not all of Meyer’s payment is coming from OSU. The school pays Meyer a maximum of $6,003,000, with all bonuses factored in, and Meyer received $91,800 for “other pay.” OSU said the $91,800 was meant to cover travel costs associated with outside engagements, and any leftover money was directed to the Shelley and Urban Meyer Family Foundation.The most recent outside-income form available to USA Today was due to be filed by Sept. 10, 2015, and lists Meyer as having generated a total of $801,450 in “cash and/or goods and services for charities.” That number includes $696,450 he raised for his family’s charity.Meyer had $250,000 of his possible bonuses paid in the 2015-16 season.
Ohio State redshirt junior center Trevor Thompson catches the ball on the block against Northwestern’s Dererk Pardon on Jan. 22 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jacob Myers | Assistant Sports EditorOhio State survived a road game on Thursday — one could argue the Buckeyes stole it. The last thing the team needed was a flop at home against a Northwestern team that is currently projected in the NCAA field and on the cusp of being ranked in the top 25 — but flop is just what they did.Northwestern walked away from the Schottenstein Center with a 74-72 victory on Sunday. It marked the first time since 1977 the Wildcats beat OSU in Columbus.In the first half, OSU could not find its way to the charity stripe, as the Buckeyes had just one attempt from the free throw line — a miss from sophomore guard JaQuan Lyle. Even with some extremely physical defense on display from Northwestern, only one foul sent OSU to the line in the first.Even after having a lead, OSU allowed a 10-0 run and a 9-0 run in the first that erased the lead.The Wildcats were led by Scottie Lindsey, who racked up 21 points, who also lead the team with time on the court with 35 minutes. The Buckeyes had little answer for him, leading to the Wildcat win. OSU was led in scoring by junior forward Jae’Sean Tate, who earned 14 points. Sophomore guard JaQuan Lyle had 13 points, and hit two of his three 3-point attempts. “There was times in the game where we started on a run, but we just couldn’t capitalize,” Tate said following the loss. “First half, at the end we just didn’t work together as a team, and (Northwestern) got that little run. We just didn’t have it tonight.”OSU had a bit of a scare during the first half, as sophomore guard C.J. Jackson fell hard in front of the Northwestern bench and was helped to the locker room during a timeout, putting little to no weight on his right knee. He later returned, and finished the game with seven points and six rebounds, but was visibly limping for much of the game.Each side traded blows in the early goings of the second, before a 3 by Northwestern guard Bryant McIntosh brought the Wildcats’ lead to five with 13:59 left in the game.Contrary to the first half, Northwestern was guilty of a plethora of fouls, allowing 22 second-half chances at the line, and put the Buckeyes in the bonus with 12:29 left in the game. Of those, OSU converted just 12 for a 52 percent mark from the free throw line.Junior center Trevor Thompson took advantage of a noticeable height advantage over anyone was guarding him, pulling down 15 boards and picking up 11 points. Sunday marked his sixth double-double this season, all of which have been with points and rebounds.“It’s just frustrating,” Thompson said. “We have to play harder. Biggest thing, this last three games, has been competing, competing, competing. All in. There was moments today where we just split apart and wasn’t a team and didn’t compete.”A basket by Jackson with 9:05 remaining tied the game at 52-52, before he found space on the next possession in the right corner and nailed a 3 to give OSU the lead. Northwestern pushed ahead off back-to-back plays by guard Isiah Brown, who knocked down a tough layup before grabbing a steal and scoring on a fast break. After a Tate 3 from the corner and a defensive stop, the junior forward went to the line looking to tie the game, but missed one of his shots.After getting close, OSU fouled Northwestern on three separate trips, giving the Wildcats an easy chance to stretch out their lead. All six free throws were converted.“I thought our half court defense was pretty decent in terms of what we were trying to do and what we were trying to take away,” OSU coach Thad Matta said. “But Northwestern’s too good to give them free points, that’s for sure.”OSU fought back with 3-point shots from Lyle and freshman center Micah Potter, and had the chance to pull within one after Loving made a layup and was fouled. But it wasn’t meant to be for OSU, as his foul shot clanked off the back of the rim, and Northwestern converted two more from the free throw line. The loss puts OSU at 2-5 in the Big Ten, and 12-8 overall. Northwestern is now 5-2 in conference play, and is 16-4 overall.The Buckeyes will face Minnesota at home on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in their next game
Torino have reportedly had an approach from Arsenal for star forward M’Baye Niang, claims reports from ItalyThe Gunners have set their sights on a move for the Senegal international in this summer transfer window and have made contact with Torino over the prospect of signing Niang.But Tutto Mercato Web claim that an official bid has not been lodged yet and that Arsenal have just enquired for the time being.But new head coach Unai Emery may be set to step up his interest in Niang in the near future with the Premier League’s summer transfer window to close on August 9.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.But the Spaniard will have to make a decision soon with Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund also interested in making a move for the 23-year-old.Since replacing Arsene Wenger at Arsenal this summer, Emery has already signed five new players with Ligue 2 side Lorient’s Matteo Guendouzi being his latest arrival.
Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has no interest in allegations made against him by whistleblowers Football LeaksThe Qatari businessman is at the centre of Football Leaks’ latest scandal, who accuse Al-Khelaifi of engaging in a fraudulent attempt to escape UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.PSG released a statement last week denying the claims made against their president.This comes in light of PSG and Manchester City both reaching settlements with the UEFA Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) in May 2014 over their FFP breaches.“Honestly, I do not look at that,” Al-Khelaifi told RMC Sport after PSG’s 1-1 Champions League draw with Napoli on Tuesday.“It’s complete rubbish. Winning our next games is the most important.”PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.Al-Khelaifi also declared his satisfaction with the UEFA’s decision to use the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology in next season’s Champions League.However, PSG will be rueing the fact that VAR hadn’t been available on Tuesday night after Jose Callejon appeared to be offside in the build-up to Napoli’s equalising penalty.Lorenzo Insigne scored from the spot to cancel out Juan Bernat’s 45th-minute goal for PSG, who also claimed he was denied a penalty of his own.The draw with Napoli leaves PSG third in Group C and a point behind the top two.“We will have to win our last two games to qualify. Of course there is, there is certainly a penalty,” added Al-Khelaifi.“But we will accept. VAR is needed as quickly as possible. We lost two points for two errors of the referee.”
The Manchester United footballer has said he’s not worried about the final position for the club and he needs to play game by gameFor Manchester United footballer Ander Herrera, the possibility to finish top-four in the English Premier League doesn’t bother him.“When I saw we were maybe 12 points behind, I decided not to think about it, go game-by-game and that’s what we did,” the Spaniard was quoted by France 24.“That’s what I did at least, and things are going well, so I don’t want to change. I am not going to think about that.”Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“If we continue this run, we will be closer to the top four but it’s not something that kills my mind right now,” he commented.“Very important for (goalkeeper) David (de Gea). We wanted to make David happy because he was a little bit disappointed the last games.”“I had to cope with him after the game, killing my mind, telling me that he wanted a clean sheet and I’m happy for him as well because he got a clean sheet,” Herrera concluded.
A Chittagong court on Tuesday granted bail to 10 school teachers out of 13 accused in a sedition case filed with Banshkhali police station in this year, reports UNB.Chittagong district and session judge Helal Chowdhury passed the bail order, said lawyer Ibrahim Hossain Chowdhury Babul.The court also rejected the bail petitions of three other teachers in the case.According to the court sources, the accused compared the father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman with the chairman of a local union parishad Liakat Ali, also a BNP leader, in the question paper of a class IX interim exam of those schools.The conscious people of the area noticed the matter first and protested it on social networking sites and local media before they informed the matter to upazila administration, sparking off a huge public criticism.Following this, sub-inspector M Nurul Anwar of Banshkhali police station filed a case against 13 teachers of different schools on 14 June.However, all of the accused granted an eight-week anticipatory bail from the High Court in the case.On 23 August, the 13 teachers of secondary schools in different upazilas of the district surrendered to a local court upon completion of the interim bail and filed bail petitions again.However, the court sent them to jail rejecting their bail petitions.
$21 lower level adult $14 lower level youth/senior/college student $40 Family 4 Pack (end zone seats only) $10 group tickets, minimum of 10 tickets (end zone seats only) Watch The eight ACC teams (1-Louisville,1-Notre Dame, 3-NC State, 3-Syracuse, 4-Miami, 5-Florida State, 9-Clemson, 9-North Carolina) selected to the tournament match a league record (2014, 2015, 2018), and are the most of any conference this year. It’s fifth time in seven years at least seven ACC teams have made the NCAA Tournament. Parking information subject to change. For the most up-to-date information, visit www.LouisvilleKy.gov. $37 lower level adult $24 lower level youth/senior/college studentSingle-Session Tickets Story Links Series History: First meeting between the two teams.Date: Friday, March 22Time: 12 p.m. ETSite: KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Ky. (22,000)Radio: WKRD 790 AM, Nick Curran, play-by-play; Adrienne Johnson, analystVideo: ESPN2, Beth Mowins, play-by-play, Nell Fortner, analystLast Meeting: First MeetingSeries History: First MeetingUofL National Ranking: 5th Associated Press, 5th USA TodayClick here to purchase tickets or visit GoCards.com/NCAAWBB for more information.All-Session Tickets Tickets All parking lots and garages around the KFC Yum! Center will be open on Friday afternoon, but spaces may be limited due to the game being played during a workday.The following is a list of some of the many garages that will be open on Friday (availability subject to change): Third-year head coach Charlie Buscaglia’s team is led by All-NEC First Team junior center Nneka Ezeigbo, who was also named the league’s defensive player of the year and tournament MVP. Ezeigbo averages 12.6 points per game and 7.8 per game, while also finishing fourth in the conference in blocks (1.38 per game) and eighth in steals (1.72 per game). Freshman guard Isabella Posset was an All-NEC Rookie Team selection as she led the team in assists (2.8 per game) and steals (1.9 per game), while ranking second in scoring (7.8 points per game). LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville women’s basketball (29-3, 14-2) opens NCAA Tournament play on Friday at 12 p.m. ET when they host Robert Morris at the KFC Yum! Center.At 29-3 and No. 5 in the Associated Press and USA Today polls, Louisville is a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season and the second time in history.Louisville is making its 22nd NCAA Tournament appearance and 11th in 12 seasons under head coach Jeff Walz. The Cardinals are marking their ninth straight NCAA Tournament and 14th in the last 15 years. Louisville is 31-21 all-time. They were 4-11 in their first 11 appearances and are 27-10 in their 10 appearances with Walz. They have moved on to the Sweet 16 eight times and advanced to the NCAA Final Four three times (2009, 2013, 2018). With three Final Fours in the last 10 years, UofL ranks fourth in the country behind UConn (10), Stanford (6) and Notre Dame (5). ABOUT THE COLONIALSRobert Morris (22-10, 16-2 NEC) makes their sixth tournament appearance and third in four seasons after winning both the NEC regular season and tournament championships. The Colonials are riding a four-game winning streak into the tournament, capped off by a 65-54 victory over Saint Francis (Pa.) in the NEC title game. Walz/Players Pregame Quotes Walz boasts a 27-10 record in NCAA Tournament games, which is 7th all-time in winning percentage and 4th among active coaches. He has directed UofL to a pair of national runner-up finishes (2009, 2013), three Final Fours (2009, 2013, 2018), four Elite Eights (2009, 2013, 2014, 2018), eight trips to the Sweet 16 and 11 NCAA Tournaments.UofL played 15 games against teams that participated in this year’s NCAA Tournament, boasting a 12-3 record (defeated: 2-UConn, 3-Syracuse, 3-NC State (twice), 5-Florida State, 5-Arizona State, 6-Kentucky, 8-Central Michigan, 9-North Carolina, 9-Clemson (twice), 13-Boise State; lost to 1-Notre Dame (twice), 4-Miami). Four (4-0) of Louisville’s opponents advanced to the Women’s National Invitational Tournament: (Miami (Ohio), WKU, Virginia Tech, Hartford). Robert Morris averages 62.9 points per game, while ranking 13th nationally in scoring defense by only allowing 54.8 points per game. The Colonials are also ranked in the top 25 nationally in turnover margin (25th, 4.25) and steals (25th, 321). Game Notes Skywalk Garage (120 N. Third St) Actors Theatre Garage (130 S. Third St.) Witherspoon Garage (101 W. Witherspoon St.) Courtyard by Marriott Garage (100 S. Second St.) LG&E Garage (207 W. Market Street) Humana Waterside Garage (201 N. Brook St.) First and Main Garage (100 E. Main St.) Cowger Garage (Fourth & Market) National City Tower Garage (412 W. Main St.) US Bank Garage (401 W. Market St.) One Riverfront Plaza (401 W. Main St.) Riverfront Garage (141 N. Sixth St.) For the latest on Louisville women’s basketball, visit GoCards.com, follow the team’s Twitter account at @UofLWBB or on Facebook at facebook.com/UofLWBB. Print Friendly Version
In a letter dated Tuesday, Carver County District Court Judge Kevin Eide denied a request from three of Prince’s heirs to reconsider the artist’s estate’s recent agreement with Tidal, which was approved by the court in May. Attorneys for heirs Sharon Nelson, Norrine Nelson and John R. Nelson submitted a heavily redacted request earlier this month that, according to a response letter from the estate, requested reconsideration of that agreement on the basis of news reports that alleged Tidal had falsified its streaming numbers.Included in the deal is a week’s exclusive streaming rights for an album of unreleased material that will be co-curated by Jay-Z and is scheduled for release next year; the agreement also settled “previously unresolved legal matters” between the estate and Tidal, which had been ongoing in the wake of the confused state of the artist’s business affairs after his death from an accidental overdose in April 2016. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety In the estate’s response, attorney Lora M. Friedemann argued that “The Nelsons fail to raise any issue that merits reconsideration,” stating, among other claims, that their request is “based on accusations about Tidal reported in one newspaper article in Norway over six weeks ago,” which claims that Tidal falsified its streaming numbers for high-profile releases including Kanye West’s “Life of Pablo” and Beyonce’s “Lemonade.” The Nelsons’ letter fails to acknowledge that Tidal has denied the allegations as ‘lies and falsehoods,’ and has stated that information ‘was stolen and manipulated.’ Unproven media reports do not constitute an ‘intervening legal development,’ or demonstrate that the Court’s Order was ‘palpably wrong in some respect.’“The Nelsons’ request is meritless and should be denied,” she concludes.The heirs’ attorney did not immediately respond to Variety’s request for comment.In 2015, Prince struck a deal with Tidal that made it, at the time, the exclusive streaming partner for his catalog. After his death, most of his Warner catalog returned to all major streaming services in February of last year, but much of it remained either unavailable or only on Tidal while the two parties worked to settle the deal. That agreement was announced last month.
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has directed to review the “conditions of all bridges, flyovers, embankments and irrigation dams” in the state, with the onset of monsoon.Sources said that the Chief Minister has given the direction as she is concerned about the common people and she wants the review to be done so that no untoward incident takes place during monsoon.After the assessment of the condition of the structures, the concerned authorities will take necessary steps for repairing them, if needed. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt has been stated: “With the onset of monsoon, it would be appropriate to undertake a quick review of the conditions of all bridges, flyovers, embankments, irrigation dams, etc. throughout the state.”It may be mentioned that such an exercise of assessing the condition of all such structures across the country was made two years back.It has also been directed that “all the departments concerned must carry out necessary audit of the condition of all these structures, so that the structures remain stable and Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPno untoward incidents take place.”Chief Secretary Malay De will be supervising to ensure that all “the reports are submitted in 15 days”.In the report, the inspecting official or engineer has to mention the name of the structure, its proper location including the name of the district, condition of the structure (severely damaged/moderately damaged/minor damaged/good), observation of the construction wing, recommendations if any and if any steps have already been taken. Following the direction of the Chief Minister, the top brass of the state Public Works Department (PWD) has urged all its zonal engineers to inspect the condition of all bridges and flyovers under their jurisdiction.Direction has been given to the zonal engineers to submit the report to the Engineer-in-Chief of the department by July 13 and the compiled reportwill be finally submitted on July 16.The zonal engineers have been directed that they must take immediate steps for repairing after restricting traffic movement on bridges and flyovers, if the necessity of immediate repair is found during the inspection.It may be mentioned that the state government has already completed the assessment of all roads in the state.
Kolkata: The two-member enquiry committee constituted by Jadavpur University in August last year to probe procedural or other lapses in the evaluation of answer scripts of all the six Humanities subjects in which the varsity had conducted admission tests have not yet been able to ascertain the reason behind the disparity in marks during successive evaluation. The committee is scheduled to submit its enquiry report by this month. A retired Justice of Calcutta High Court and an external academician constitute the committee. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash Bengal”The committee has held a number of hearings with different sections of people including academicians, teachers and students. The committee had earlier planned to submit the report by December but the process was delayed due to holidays during the Puja vacation and a number of persons who needed to be present in the hearing were not available. We have been informed that it would be submitted by this month but they have been unable to find out the reason behind the disparity of marks in the two evaluations,” a senior official of JU said. The committee is also likely to come up with suggestions on what should be the admission procedure. “I cannot divulge anything about the findings at this juncture,” said Ashutosh Ghosh, former Vice-Chancellor of Calcutta University who is one of the members of the probe panel. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be mentioned that there were allegations of improper evaluation of answer scripts of History and the varsity had to conduct re-evaluation with external academicians. It was found that there was a significant variation of marks secured by the candidates in the first and second evaluation. The first evaluation was conducted by professors of the History department while the second one was done by external experts. There were as many as 15 changes in the revised selection list for History. A total number of 15 candidates who were on the waiting list after the earlier evaluation, made it to the selection list after re-evaluation. There were cases where a student, who had scored 6 out of 100, got 32 after re-evaluation. A total of 344 scripts were re-evaluated. The merit list for admission was prepared on the basis of 50 percent marks in the board examination and 50 percent scored in the admission test. Apart from History, admission tests were held in English, Bengali, International Relations, Philosophy and Comparative Literature. Though there were minor lapses in the evaluation of scripts in the other subjects, the university’s ambit of probe involved all the six subjects for the sake of transparency. Bhaskar Sarkar, convener of the West Bengal College and University Professors Association (WBCUPA) said: “We have urged the university that the rules for admission should be same for all subjects — either it will be on the basis of marks in the board examinations or on the basis of marks in admission tests.”
Maya Art Space has been one of the pioneer organizations in promoting art and culture across Bengal. Starting from hosting some of the best contemporary and veteran artists, organizing workshops to promote various forms of art, felicitating the luminaries of the art world, getting associated with a magazine called Art East whose Chief Editor is Jogen Chowdhury, Maya Art Space is a forerunner in the artistic diaspora of Bengal.Presently Maya Art Space has ideated ‘Artalk’, a series of films on the contemporary, veteran and young artists of Bengal. The first film of this series featuring Jogen Chowdhury was launched on September 24, at Nandan 2, in the presence of Ganesh Halui, Sanath Kar, Indranil Sen, Minister of state for information and cultural affairs, Vivek Kumar, Principal Secretary, Information and Cultural Affairs along with other luminaries from different walks of life. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfMadhuchhanda Sen, the brain behind the organization is doing this documentary series to archive the experiences of the living stalwarts like Jogen Chowdhury, Ganesh Haloi, Sanat Kar who would talk about their unique techniques, innovations, improvisations, and philosophy of life. This is for the first time, any independent organization is venturing into such an archiving initiative. Directed by Sourya Deb, who heads the Film division of Genesis Advertising and has made around 50 documentaries, and cinematographed by Mrinmoy Mondal, the celebrated DoP of the national award-winning Bengali film ‘Sahaj Pather Goppo’, these films will capture the candid moments of the artists as they talk about their vivid experiences and struggles. The music of the series has been done by independent musician Samantak Sinha.
Yuliana SlashchevaThe target audience shares of CTC Media’s Russian TV networks were affected by overall audience fragmentation and increased competition from news broadcasts in the third quarter, causing the firm to mull changes to its output.Announcing its latest results, CTC Media said it was evaluating a “potential transformation” of its Peretz network, making it a “more cutting edge and dynamic channel, with a focus on edgy action content.”It also said it was considering changing its audience demographic for its female-skewing Domashny network from women aged 25-59 to women aged 25-50, with an updated programming and content policy attracting “significantly younger audiences to this channel.”CTC Media CEO Yuliana Slashcheva said that its flagship CTC Channel, which targets an audience of young adults, experienced “strong pressure from news channels throughout the third quarter” due to the “political turbulence” from the situation in the Ukraine. Slashcheva added that there was also a shift in the type of entertainment shows that consumers wanted to watch.“The demand is shifting from humour and sitcoms to drama and happy-ending dramedy shows. We took this trend into consideration for content production, and CTC Media came up with a series of new projects in these genres that we are expecting to launch across our channels in the coming months,” she said.Peretz, which has traditionally focused on humour and reality TV, saw its target audience share fall year-on-year from 2.3% to 2.1%. CTC attributed this to increased competition from channels that broadcast political news on the situation in Ukraine, audience fragmentation and the “relative underperformance of certain programming.”Domashny channel’s target audience share decreased year-on-year in Q3 from 3.9% to 3.7%, again because of fragmentation and competition from news broadcasts – though this was partially offset by changes in the programming schedule in daytime and primetime slots.The CTC Channel maintained its place as the third most-watched broadcaster in Russia in its target demographic of 10 to 45 year old viewers. However, its target audience share was down year-on-year from 11.6% to 10.3%.Overall, CTC Media said that it outperformed the Russian TV advertising market in both Q3 and the nine months ended September 30, 2014. However, its operating revenue grew more slowly due to “weakening content sales in Ukraine.”Devaluation of the ruble, which lost 15% against the dollar during the third quarter and declined 17% year-on-year, also “significantly affected” CTC’s third-quarter performance.In the quarter, operating revenues came to US$158.6 million (€124.6 million) – up 3% year-on-year in ruble terms, but down 7% in dollar terms. Net income came to US$31.6 million, down 24% in rubles and 32% year-on-year in dollar terms.At the same time CTC Media has appointed two international firms – Morgan, Lewis & Bockius and Habif, Arogeti & Wynne – and a Russian firm, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners, to provide legal and tax advice ahead of planned changes to Russian media law. This will reduce the permitted level of foreign ownership in Russian media firms from 50% direct ownership to 20%.
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