CINCINNATI — On May 1, 2018, Brandon Crawford was the Giants’ biggest offensive liability, as the shortstop was hitting .189 with a paltry .537 on-base plus slugging percentage.On May 1, 2019, Crawford’s batting average was slightly higher than it was a year ago at .198, but his OPS was a club-worst .495.Crawford’s slow offensive start gave the Giants significant cause for concern a year ago, but after a dismal April, the left-handed hitter rebounded with two of the best months of his pro …
Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#YouTube What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces fruzsina eordogh I can’t count the times I’ve wanted to film a video blog or upload a video to YouTube, but didn’t because I was daunted by all the steps it would take to upload a video – including everything from editing it to locating a musical score. Not only are these steps daunting, but they take a lot of time. It seems I wasn’t alone, because YouTube has responded on Monday with the launch of YouTube Capture, a free app “designed for speed.” YouTube Capture not only makes uploading your video to YouTube easier, but also color corrects, stabilizes your video if your hands were shaking, and makes it easy to trim your video and add musical tracks. The app will even “remind you to rotate your phone to a horizontal position for filming, so your videos look high-quality and free of ‘Vertical Video Syndrome.’” Being as I am iPhoneless, I asked Dan Rowinski – ReadWrite’s mobile expert – to take the app for a test drive. Apart from having to sign up for a YouTube Channel, Rowinski found the speed and ease of the app useful. “I could have been through the whole process in minutes. Shoot, add a thing or two, and onto YouTube in seconds, really. If I was into that type of thing, that would seem pretty cool.”YouTube Capture is currently available only on the iPhone and iPod Touch, though in an official YouTube blog post announcing the app, software engineer Reed Morse wrote the team is working on making the app available on Android soon. No word on if YouTube will make the app available for BlackBerry or Windows Phone 8. Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
Greece’s Giorgos Samaras challenges Japan’s Yoshito Okubo during their Group C clash Reduced to 10 men after captain Costas Katsouranis was sent off in the 38th minute with his second booking, Greece held on for a 0-0 draw with Japan on Thursday that kept both alive in Group C and sent rival Colombia through to the knockout round of the World Cup.MATCH COMMENTARY Both teams inserted new strikers in search of goals and a first victory, but ultimately the main objective was survival and both achieved that with one match left in group play. Japan would have been eliminated with a loss.Once Katsouranis was sent off after a rough challenge on Makoto Hasebe, Greece withdrew into a defensive setup and held firm. Greece surrendered three goals in a loss to Colombia, but even short-handed was better organized against Japan and avoided any critical mistakes.Japan pressed the attack after halftime and had several chances to score.The best came in the 68th minute when Shinji Kagawa played a long pass over the top to Atsuto Uchida, who sent it back across the middle to Yoshito Okubo, who blasted the volley over the net.Greece goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis also was forced to make a diving save in injury time to preserve the draw and the point for Greece.Greece was determined to turn around its dismal scoring history in the World Cup – 18 goals conceded against just two scored – inserting Kostas Mitroglou up front. But Mitroglou’s best effort was an early volley that spun off his foot and he didn’t even make it to halftime.advertisementAfter taking an elbow in the side in the 30th minute, Mitroglou collapsed to the ground. He got up and walked off under his own power but soon determined he couldn’t continue and was taken off for Theofanis Gekas in the 35th minute.Things got worse for Greece just moments later when Katsouranis was sent off. Greece retreated into its half of the field for most of the second half.Japan, which had been beaten up in a physical matchup with Ivory Coast in a 2-1 opening loss, once again had to deal with a bigger, stronger and much taller opponent.Coach Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni dropped Kagawa from the starting lineup in surprise move, putting veteran striker Okubo up front with Europe-based star Keisuke Honda.Okubo had one of Japan’s best chances to score in the first half but sent his header over the crossbar in the 33rd minute.Team Lineups(from):Japan: Eiji Kawashima; Atsuto Uchida, Maya Yoshida, Yasuyuki Konno, Yuto Nagatomo; Hotaru Yamaguchi, Makoto Hasebe (Yasuhito Endo, 46th); Shinji Okazaki, Keisuke Honda, Yoshito Okubo, Yuya Osako (Shinji Kagawa, 57th)Greece: Orestis Karnezis; Vasileios Torosidis, Konstantinos Manolas, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Jose Cholevas; Ioannis Maniatis, Konstantinos Katsouranis, Panagiotis Kone (Dimitrios Salpingidis, 81st); Ioannis Fetfatzidis (Georgios Karagounis, 41st), Konstantinos Mitroglou (Theofanis Gekas, 35th), Georgios Samaras
Rupinderpal Singh, Akshdeep Singh, Ramandeep Singh, Danish Mujtaba and VR Raghunath were on target for IndiaDespite drag-flick specialist VR Raghunath missing as many as eight penalty corners and Rupinderpal Singh sustaining a serious thigh injury, India managed a 7-0 victory over minnows Oman in the men’s hockey event at the Asian Games, here on Tuesday.For India, Rupinderpal (18th, 19th min) successfully converted two penalty corners before limping off the field after scoring the second goal. The unbelievably off-colour Raghunath (39th, 60th min) managed two goals via penalty stroke and penalty corner.Akshdeep Singh (33rd), Ramandeep Singh (54th) and Danish Mujtaba (60th) were the other scorers.The worrying factor for India will be ace drag-flicker Rupinderpal’s injury before the crucial game against arch-rivals Pakistan.After a barren first quarter, India opened the account in the 18th minute when Rupinderpal’s rasping drag-flick hit the top of the right side. In the very next minute, he was again on target but was seen in considerable pain after successful conversion. He limped off the field and didn’t come back for the rest of the 41 minutes.However, it was big-bodied Raghunath, who would like to forget this match quickly as he seemed to be on a missing spree as he spurned one drag-flick after another.There was a spell of five minutes between the 21st and 25th minute when India were successful in earning five penalty corners, but Raghunath missed all five. The last one in fact he even failed to trap.In the third quarter, Raghunath was saved from blushes when Akshdeep deflected home yet another misdirected penalty corner hit to make it 3-0 in the 33rd minute.advertisementFinally, in the 39th minute (9th minute of 3rd quarter), Raghunath found his name on the scorers’ list as he converted a penalty stroke to make it 4-0.But such has been Raghu’s performance today that he could not even manage a smile after scoring.The final quarter saw India score three more goals with two of them coming in the last minute of the match.It was ironical that Raghunath finally found the target with the 10th drag-flick and the grumpy defender left the field despite a big margin of victory.
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man City veteran Fernandinho: I’ve been training as centre-back all seasonby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFernandinho has revealed he has been training as a centre-back all season. With John Stones and Aymeric Laporte injured, Pep Guardiola was forced to field the defensive midfielder alongside Nicolas Otamendi against Shakhtar Donestk on Wednesday.City cruised to a 3-0 victory and Fernandinho was happy he could contribute to the win.”It was a quiet night at the back but the team have made a very good game,” said Fernandinho.”It was easier at the back because we played as a team and the guys up-front closed down the space.”I’ve been training in this position since the start of the season. Pep knows all about our squad and team. Today was my opportunity and I hope I can improve more.”
Week two didn’t look like it’d be that crazy on paper, but after a roller coaster day of football, Notre Dame has a new quarterback, Auburn narrowly avoided a historic upset, Arkansas got embarrassed by a MAC school, and BYU won on ANOTHER Hail Mary. Those ridiculous events have really altered odds for the national championship. As ESPN’s Brett McMurphy points out, the Fighting Irish, Tigers, and Razorbacks all fell significantly.Biggest drops in @LVSuperBook title odds from last week: Notre Dame from 12-1 to 40-1, Auburn 15-1 to 30-1, Arkansas 40-1 to 100-1— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) September 14, 2015On the other hand, there are some big gainers as well.Biggest moves up in @LVSuperBook title odds from last week: Michigan State from 20-1 to 10-1, Ole Miss & UCLA both from 30-1 to 20-1— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) September 14, 2015Via VegasInsider.com, here are the 10 teams that currently have the best odds to win it all.Who are you betting on?[VegasInsider.com]
On the heels of Ringling Bros.’ announcement that it’ll shut down its operation in May as well as the death of Tilikum, the subject of the documentary Blackfish, at SeaWorld Orlando after languishing in captivity for 33 years, actor Kate del Castillo is teaming up with PETA to urge the Miami Seaquarium to see the writing on the wall and return the captive orca Lolita to the ocean, where she was seized from her family over four decades ago.Lolita hasn’t seen another orca since 1980, when her tankmate, Hugo, died after ramming his head repeatedly into the side of their tank. Del Castillo, who stars in a new video screened at a Miami news conference on Tuesday, says, “Lolita’s story is particularly tragic and poignant to me because I come from a tight-knit family. And so does she.” She continues, “Orca families spend their entire lives together. Lolita should have spent her life with her mother and aunts and siblings. But instead, she has spent 46 long and totally miserable years stuck inside the world’s smallest orca tank at the Miami Seaquarium.”The La Reina del Sur star is calling on her fans to boycott the facility, which she calls a “hellish tourist trap.” She says, “Everything moves me about Lolita’s story …. I think it’s devastating and it breaks my heart in every single way.”PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment” — has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture for issuing an exhibitor’s license to the Miami Seaquarium, despite the facility’s alleged violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act. It has also filed a lawsuit against the park alleging that confining Lolita to a tiny tank with incompatible animals and virtually no relief from the hot sun violates the Endangered Species Act.
WE Day, the world’s largest youth empowerment event, announced today the initial lineup of powerful speakers and performers attending WE Day Illinois on April 25, 2018, at The Allstate Arena.Alongside title sponsor The Allstate Foundation and other sponsors, WE Day Illinois brings together 15,000 local youth who have made a difference in their communities for a life-changing experience celebrating the power of social change.Now in its fourth year, WE Day Illinois will bring together speakers, presenters and performers including Rasheda Ali, Ally Brooke, Celebrity Marauders, Lonnie Chavis, Monique Coleman, GRAMMY Award winner Daya, Jordan Fisher, Chris Gardner, Former Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard, Anthony Gonzalez, Laurie Hernandez, Jack & Jack, Skai Jackson, Kenyan Boys Choir, Jason Mayden, Johnny Orlando, Jenna Ortega, Dr. Jacqueline Sanderlin, Becky Savage, Myreanna Smith, Esera Tuaolo, Margaret Trudeau, Cleo Wade, Spencer West and more. This dynamic lineup will join international activists and WE co-founders, Marc and Craig Kielburger as they share their passion for change, energize the crowd and motivate young people to continue to take action on pressing issues and make positive change in their communities.“In every community in our country, young people are working to make the world better. We must encourage and support them to pursue their ideas and to believe in themselves,” said Tom Wilson, WE Day Illinois Co-Chair and Allstate’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “WE Day celebrates the 214,000 Illinois youth who make a difference through the WE Schools program.”WE Day Illinois brings together students and educators from over 500 schools across the state, with more than half of attendees coming from Chicago Public Schools.“I’m so excited to return to the WE Day stage in Illinois! This is my fifth WE Day and it’s always amazing to see young people support each other as they work together to make a real difference in the world,” said Jordan Fisher, actor, recording artist and recent champion of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. “Big or small, these kids are following their dreams and I’m proud to be part of a day that celebrates their hard work.”Community Impact Through WE During the 2016/2017 school year, schools and student-led groups across Illinois volunteered more than 509,000 hours and raised over $1.2 million in support of 265 local and global causes such as hunger, homelessness, bullying, education and literacy.The students of the “EmpoWEred” group at Morgan Park High School are an example of how making small changes can bring a positive impact to the local community as they volunteer their time at a local retirement home and the Chicago Food Depository as part of the WE Schools campaign, WE Volunteer Now. In addition to their work in the community, they are devoted to an ongoing passion project—an art piece that spells out the word “refugee,” with each letter decorated with a different theme. The final creation will be unveiled at a school-wide campaign, WE Are Silent, where students take a vow of silence to shine a light on young people fighting for their basic human rights and stand together as one.“This is a generation that is tuned-in to the needs of their community. WE Day demonstrates their commitment to choosing hope, optimism, empathy and courage over fear, division, apathy and intolerance,” said Craig Kielburger. “We are honored to celebrate these 15,000 young people who come from over 500 schools and youth groups across Illinois, joining together to make a difference and proving you are never too young to change the world.”About WE Schools More than a one-day event, WE Day is connected to the free, yearlong service learning educational program WE Schools. The program provides schools and community groups with curriculum, educational resources and action campaigns, and is designed to enhance a school’s existing social initiatives or spark new ones. WE Schools encourages students to further their learning and develop life skills for success beyond the classroom. A global movement of 3.8 million young people strong, youth involved with WE have raised $25 million for more than 7,220 local and global organizations, volunteered 8.9 million hours for social causes and collected over 2.6 million pounds of food.About WE Day You can’t buy a ticket to WE Day — students from across the country earn their way by taking action on one local and one global cause of their choice through the WE Schools program. WE Day is free of charge to students and teachers, thanks to the generous support of The Allstate Foundation. Through its Good Starts Young initiative, The Allstate Foundation empowers youth with the strength, confidence and skills to step up as leaders and achieve success in their lives.WE Day is supported in Illinois by Co-Chairs Tom Wilson, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Allstate; Alex Gourlay, President, Walgreens; Arne Duncan, Managing Partner, Emerson Collective and Former U.S. Secretary of Education; and Linda Imonti, National Partner in Charge, Advisory Office Leaders and Chicago Advisory Office Leader, KPMG LLP. In the U.S., WE Day is supported by Tom Wilson, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Allstate; Jane Francisco, Editorial Director of Hearst Lifestyle Group and Editor-in-Chief of Good Housekeeping; Brett Tollman, CEO, The Travel Corporation; and Steve Robinson, CEO and Founder, Zilliance and Janet Crown, CEO, Burn 60 Studios.
Yards / target8.67.7 YesNo Gronkowski on the field? Targets400100 Receptions27772 Air yards / target9.47.4 Completion %69.272.0 Brady needs GronkPatriots’ receiving stats, 2017-18 season through Week 15 First downs / target0.690.32 Plenty of things went sideways down the stretch of Patriots-Steelers on Sunday. Pittsburgh tight end Jesse James either did or did not make a go-ahead touchdown catch with 28 seconds left in the game, and Ben Roethlisberger definitely didn’t spike the ball with eight seconds remaining to set up a field goal that very likely would have tied the game 27-27 and sent the game into overtime. But uncertainties aside, one thing beyond argument was the unalloyed dominance of Rob Gronkowski in his return from a one-game suspension.Gronkowski had nine catches for 168 yards against a defense that had been determined to stop him. He caught passes with defenders draped over him and inaccurate throws from Tom Brady. He created space down the seam and made catches in traffic over the middle. He was a lot.Gronkowski’s return also made a noticeable difference for Brady, who had looked vulnerable without his tight end, especially when going deep. The Patriots have been without top wideout Julian Edelman all season after he suffered a season-ending ACL tear during the preseason, and they were also without receiver Chris Hogan on Sunday. And even though the Patriots showed last season that they can succeed — win a Super Bowl! — without Gronkowski,1Gronkowski missed the Patriots last five regular-season games and all three playoff games. Edelman doubled his per-game receiving average in the second half of the season and had 342 yards in New England’s three playoff games. Brady has struggled over the past several seasons when neither Edelman nor Gronkowski is on the field.Here’s how New England’s passing game has gone with and without Gronkowski on the field this season (which has, of course, played out entirely without Edelman): Yards3,429771 Source: ESPN Stats & information group Gronk’s effect as a receiver himself should be obvious enough — he’s an enormous target with sure hands. But the way he opens up the offense overall, or perhaps the way the offense contracts when he isn’t around, has a greater effect on the offense as a whole than even his impressive personal numbers suggest. While the receiving yards per target gained remain about the same when Gronk sits — yards per target fall from 8.6 to 7.7 — the average air yards per target fall off considerably, as do the team’s first downs per target. And even though Brady is excellent at short, quick passes, it’s not the same without Gronkowski eating up chunks of yardage and opening up lanes for teammates to do the same.Even with Gronkowski’s standout performance, the game came down to that chaotic final minute. Maybe it goes differently if Pittsburgh doesn’t lose its own driving-engine receiver, Antonio Brown, early in the game. There are a lot of mysteries about what could have happened in this specific game. But any doubts raised by New England’s loss to Miami in Week 14 seem to have been put to rest: Brady and the Patriots are still just fine, so long as Gronkowski is on the field.Check out our latest NFL predictions.