Ratings Nerd Fight Seattle is 1 in Elo Green Bay Is 1

11Cincinnati154011Kansas City1532 27Chicago141927Cleveland1409 25N.Y. Jets144025N.Y. Jets1458 9Philadelphia15459New Orleans1540 2New England16752New England1653 32Tennessee133932Oakland1346 29Tampa Bay137729Tampa Bay1358 RANKTEAMRATINGRANKTEAMRATING 10Arizona154110Pittsburgh1536 We relaunched our NFL Elo power ratings on Thursday with a nifty interactive that lets you track where your team stands and how likely it is to win each game. But Elo isn’t the only statistical power rating out there; in fact, our NFL previews used predictions and rankings generated by ESPN’s new Football Power Index (FPI), a system of far greater complexity.1While Elo simply takes last year’s overall end-of-season ratings and regresses them to the mean, FPI adds some intricacies: It breaks a team’s quality down into components that measure its offense, defense and special teams, incorporates Vegas expectations, and employs subjective survey data from NFL experts. Since we plan to use both metrics in our NFL coverage throughout the season, we thought it would be interesting to look at how closely the two ratings mirror each other, as well as which teams fare better in each. (Note: To make an apples-to-apples comparison, I converted FPI to the same scale as Elo. I also updated the Elo-equivalent FPI ratings of New England and Pittsburgh to reflect Thursday night’s season-opening game.) 8Pittsburgh15528Baltimore1553 23St. Louis147723Minnesota1477 26Cleveland142226Chicago1444 28Oakland138928Washington1394 16San Francisco152916Buffalo1510 18Houston150518Detroit1501 30Washington137130Jacksonville1351 24Atlanta146224San Francisco1463 For the most part, Elo and FPI agree about the landscape of the league; the correlation coefficient between the two metrics is 0.94. But the fit isn’t perfect. 17San Diego152317Houston1508 13Detroit153813Arizona1526 12Kansas City154012Miami1530 20Miami148420N.Y. Giants1496 1Seattle16781Green Bay1653 22Minnesota147922St. Louis1484 5Dallas15905Denver1622 15Buffalo153415Carolina1515 4Denver15954Indianapolis1635 3Green Bay16013Seattle1642 6Indianapolis15816Dallas1592 ELOFPI 7Baltimore15777Philadelphia1564 14Carolina153614Cincinnati1525 31Jacksonville135731Tennessee1349 19New Orleans148619San Diego1497 Elo thinks more highly of 17 teams — including the San Francisco 49ers,2Probably because Elo has no idea they lost so much talent during the offseason. Oakland Raiders, Detroit Lions, Seattle Seahawks3Thus continuing Elo’s ongoing crush on the Seahawks. and San Diego Chargers — than FPI does. Among the teams that FPI favors, on the other hand, are the Indianapolis Colts, New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers, Miami Dolphins and Atlanta Falcons.It’s tough to pinpoint exactly why the discrepancies exist in many cases (so many factors go into the FPI’s construction, in particular), but they’re worth keeping an eye on as the season progresses. 21N.Y. Giants148021Atlanta1495 read more

Home opener against Maryland on deck for Ohio State softball

OSU redshirt senior first baseman Erika Leonard (15) swings at a ball. Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe Ohio State softball team is finally headed home. With 22 games already in the books in 2016, OSU (15-7) has the chance to make a statement on its own field. The Buckeyes, who are coming off a 4-1 trip to San Diego, which included a 9-6 win over then-No. 22 Fresno State, are set to face Maryland (7-20) in their home opener Friday at 6 p.m. at Buckeye Field. The three-game series stretches from Friday to Sunday and marks the beginning of conference play. Up to this point, OSU has seen action in five tournaments since February. “We won, but we aren’t even at our best yet,” said OSU coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly. “Everyone has been like, ‘Wow, imagine what we will be like when we put it all together,’ which is great.”Maryland at a glanceThe Terrapins have not had a winning season since 2013, and this season has been more of the same. Maryland failed to tally a winning weekend at any of the six tournaments it attended, including an 0-3 showing at its own invitational last week.Maryland checks in at last place in the Big Ten for both win percentage and team pitching. The Terrapin pitching staff, which is led by redshirt junior Madison Martin, currently owns a 6.08 ERA while allowing 238 hits. Starter Brenna Nation has only 19 strikeouts in her 19 appearances, although the redshirt junior’s slow start might just be an adjustment to a larger role than in her two previous seasons.Sophomore Skylynne Ellazar has 13 RBIs and a .388 batting average, while senior infielder Lindsey Schmeiser leads the team with four home runs, despite having only 11 total hits so far.The Terrapins’ opponents are outhitting them .327 to .281 and have nearly 60 more RBIs than the younger Maryland squad. The team has only two seniors, but its key advantage is the versatility of its players. Eight of the 20 Terrapins play multiple positions, enabling the team to rotate and increase its endurance.Strength from the moundUnlike the Terrapins, the Buckeyes’ greatest asset is their cohesive pitching staff. OSU still boasts the lowest ERA (2.30) in the conference, and its five pitchers continue to fill both starting and relieving roles. Junior Shelby Hursh continues to dominate from the mound with 69 strikeouts, only 23 behind her total in 2015. The right-hander retains the lowest ERA in the conference.“Shelby’s ability to step in and execute her pitches immediately allows us to take the momentum back into our dugout,” Schoenly said.Junior Lena Springer also has performed well, ranking in the top 10 with a 2.17 ERA, while surrendering only four extra-base hits to opponents.More top honorsBuilding off senior Cammi Prantl’s Big Ten and Louisville Slugger honors last month, two more Buckeyes earned conference awards last week. Senior first baseman Erika Leonard earned Big Ten Player of the Week, while second baseman Emily Clark was named co-Freshman of the Week. Leonard and Clark recorded strong weekends in Arizona and California, as both players posted a batting average north of .350. Leonard hit two home runs, while Clark recorded her first-career four-bagger against Fresno State. In late February, Leonard was announced as one of 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award, which will be given to one NCAA Division I softball player in May. The award, which focuses on community, classroom, character and competition, encourages players to use their platforms to act as leaders in their community, according to its website. “This team is lucky to have such strong seniors this season,” Schoenly said, referring to Leonard, Prantl and shortstop Maddy McIntyre. “They’re leaders and role models, and I never want them to leave.” Eight other Big Ten players were selected as candidates. Leonard’s nomination marks the first time an OSU player has been selected since the award’s inception in 2007.Coming upAfter their series with Maryland, the Buckeyes are set to head to Wisconsin for another three-game matchup spanning from April 1 to 3. First pitch is set for 5 p.m. on April 1. read more

Ohio State running backs ready to wipe slate clean against California

Ohio State running backs coach Stan Drayton said he asks a lot from his players. Senior running back Jordan Hall and redshirt junior running back Carlos Hyde have proven themselves in the areas Drayton focuses on, but with both players injured, younger running back talent like freshman Bri`onte Dunn and sophomore Rod Smith will need to develop quickly. And Drayton said the clock is ticking until OSU kicks off against California Saturday. “Based on performance, last week was not very good,” Drayton said. “However, we wipe the slate clean every week. They have to have an unbelievable week at practice this week to earn their time on the field.” Dunn had five rushes for 29 yards while Smith gained 10 yards on three attempts against Central Florida last week. At this time last year, Dunn was in high school at Canton’s GlenOak where he ran for 5,479 yards in his career for the Eagles. His first ever action with OSU was against Miami (Ohio) and his career numbers now total 60 yards on 12 rushes and one touchdown. Smith has more experience compared to Dunn, but not by much. Smith had 29 carries for 116 yards and one touchdown last season, though the biggest impact he had on a game might have been a fumble during a game against Toledo late in the fourth quarter last season. The Buckeyes, up 27-22 at the time, held on to win despite Smith’s fumble, but the player saw limited time after that game. “It’s one thing getting your mind right to go to be a backup for third string tailback for a game. It’s another thing getting your mind right to be the guy that’s going to jog out there with the first offense,” said coach Urban Meyer during a Monday press conference. “Whoever has the best (practices on) Tuesday and Wednesday is going to line up at tailback.” After Hyde suffered a strained MCL during Saturday’s game against UCF, junior wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown saw some time in the backfield, carrying the ball twice for 33 yards during the game. Drayton does not see him spending much time in the backfield. “(Brown’s) a wide receiver, you know, I don’t want to send the wrong message out there,” Drayton said. “He is the wide receiver and we need him to be productive on the perimeter.” Brown ran the ball in high school and said he would like to play the position again but is supportive of the players on the depth chart. “I think that anyone of our running backs should be able to go in there,” Brown said. “If coach Meyer wants to use me carrying the ball, I’m fine with it.” Another player that can relieve some pressure from Dunn and Smith is senior fullback Zach Boren. “We ask him to do, from a job description stand point, probably more so than everyone else in that offense,” Drayton said. “He’s a young man that can get us four to five yards on an inside zone play and turn around and block a five technique.” In his first three seasons with OSU, Boren was mainly used as a blocker, taking a total of one carry for two yards and zero touchdowns. In the first two games he already has nine attempts for 26 yards and his first career rushing touchdown. There is also hope in Buckeyes camp because Hall will return to practice this week. Hall, who has been out since late June while recovering from a foot injury after stepping on a piece of glass, has been medically cleared to play. His return to practice, however, doesn’t mean fans should expect to see the running back on the field Saturday. Drayton said they’re still taking it day-by-day at practice with Hall. “We’re going to get out there and see where his conditioning level is. He has not had contact and we’re going to see how his body reacts to contact a little bit and we’ll just take it from there.” Even if Hall can’t play Saturday, Drayton said he feels with the talent currently available, there will still be a solid backfield. “I feel as though if Zach Boren continues to progress along with Bri`onte Dunn and Rod Smith, those younger backs progress, I think we can be solid there,” he said. “There’s some things that they cannot do that Philly Brown may be able to do.”

Womens volleyball tops Polish opponent Dabrowa 32

Shelby Lum / Photo editorSenior outside hitter Kaitlyn Leary (11) spikes the ball during a match against Dabrowa Sept. 4, at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-2.The No. 23 Ohio State women’s volleyball team won a five set exhibition match against Polish professional team, Dabrowa.OSU looked like the stronger team in the first set, winning 25-22 Wednesday, but Dabrowa stormed back with a 25-6 statement in the second set before the Buckeyes dropped the third set and finished off the fourth and fifth.Senior defensive specialist Julianne Mandolfo said the Buckeyes were not playing like themselves throughout the second set.“We were playing way too intense and that’s not how we play at practice,” she said.The senior was took charge in the huddle after the set.“I was just saying ‘we need to all calm down,’” Mandolfo said. “I was just reiterating how, when we play at practice, how well we do with each other.”The Buckeye offense was inconsistent through the first two sets, finishing with 18 kills and 17 errors and Dabrowa, led by Natalia Brussa, pulled out the third set 25-18.Coach Geoff Carlston said his team was not playing their normal game to that point, especially during the second set.“I let them know how I felt,” Carlston said. “It was more about the effort, though.”The coach said he was happy with how his team responded as OSU looked like a new squad in the fourth set, led by freshman middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe.OSU never wavered throughout the set, getting consecutive Sandbothe service aces to stretch the lead to 17-9. The freshman, who moved to the right side for the match, said she wanted to attack from the service line, even though she also made a few mistakes.“Just keep serving aggressive,” Sandbothe said. “If you go back there and just lob it in, you’re not helping anybody.”A kill from sophomore middle blocker Andrea Kacsits finished out a 25-20 fourth set victory for OSU to even the match at two sets apiece.The Buckeyes were up early in the final set, with a Sandbothe block eventually making it 6-5.After trading blows with Dabrowa, consecutive kills from Kacsits gave OSU the lead at 13-10 before a kill from junior outside hitter Erin Sekinger sealed the victory, 15-13.Kacsits, with a huge smile on her face, said “it feels so good” to beat a professional team after the match.She said her teammates were not sure what to expect from the match and it was fun to see them pull out a victory, even though the play was ugly at times.“I think it says a lot about who we are as a team and a lot about our captains and our leadership,” Kacsits said.Kacsits led the Buckeyes with 12 kills on the night, as senior outside hitter Kaitlyn Leary added 10. Sandbothe finished with eight kills and two service aces. Junior setter Taylor Sherwin chipped in with 42 assists.The Buckeyes travel to Tallahassee, Fla., for the Four Points by Sheraton Seminole Invitational this weekend.Ohio State is scheduled for two matches Friday, first against No. 16 Western Kentucky at 11 a.m. and later, tournament host No. 15 Florida State at 7 p.m. The Buckeyes close out the tournament against Florida Gulf Coast at noon Saturday. read more

Hendrick signs new Burnley deal

first_imgBurnley have announced that midfielder Jeff Hendrick has signed a contract extension to stay at Turf Moor until the summer of 2020.Hendrick has made 91 appearances and scored five goals since joining Burnley from Derby County in August 2016.The 26-year-old started 29 Premier League games last season to help Burnley finish seventh in the Premier League and qualify for Europa League.The Ireland international is known as versatile midfield man and has been deployed centrally and in a more attacking role this season.His current deal was due to expire at the end of the season, but the club has today exercised their option to extend his stay by 12 months.Burnley FC v Manchester City - Premier LeagueMatch Preview: Burnley vs Liverpool Boro Tanchev – August 30, 2019 Premier League leaders Liverpool travel to Burnley for the Matchday 4 of the 2019-20 Premier League campaign.LATEST: Clarets Extend Hendrick Stay https://t.co/Cw6rxRxjB5— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) December 20, 2018“He’s done well for us,” Burnley manager Sean Dyche told the club’s website.“We have asked a lot of him. We have used him in a number of different positions that sometimes aren’t natural to him and over time he has delivered good performances for us.”last_img read more

Kim Darroch leak Trump scrapped Iran nuclear deal to spite Barack Obama

first_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/2:25Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-2:24?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Representative ImageReutersUS President Donald Trump’s decision to abandon the Iran nuclear deal in 2018 was to spite his predecessor Barack Obama, according to a leaked memo written by the UK ambassador to the United States.Kim Darroch claimed that Trump was guilty of “diplomatic vandalism” and abandoned the Iran deal due to “personality reasons” and hostility with Obama, reported Daily Mail citing the cache of leaked documents.Darroch also said that the former UK foreign minister, Boris Johnson, had appealed to the Trump administration last year to reconsider backing out of the international nuclear deal with Iran.The leaked papers revealed that the decision to abandon the crucial Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPA) also called the Iran nuclear deal, was disputed among the officials. Darroch also claimed that the White House did not have a “day-to-day” strategy regarding the aftermath of the withdrawal from the deal. Close Is Trump Destroying Obamas Foreign Policy Legacy? Darroch’s confidential memo, reported by Daily Mail last week, also contained the UK ambassador referring to the Trump administration as “clumsy and inept.”Trump slammed Darroch as “a very stupid guy” on Tuesday and said the White House would no longer deal with the UK ambassador. Darroch submitted his resignation a day later.The wacky Ambassador that the U.K. foisted upon the United States is not someone we are thrilled with, a very stupid guy. He should speak to his country, and Prime Minister May, about their failed Brexit negotiation, and not be upset with my criticism of how badly it was…— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 9, 2019The decision to step down was also due to Boris Johnson’s, the Tory frontrunner to become the next Prime Minister of UK, failure to support Darroch during Tuesday night’s leadership debate, a British official told CNN.A criminal investigation for the leaked documents was opened by the UK police. Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said the leaks caused damages to the UK’s bilateral relations with the US.FREEDOM OF PRESSNeil Basu’s claimed the leak as a criminal matter which is “the clear public interest in bringing the person or people responsible to justice.” Warnings issued by the UK police to journalists for facing prosecution if further leaks get published is said to have sparked furore over limiting press freedom.Such prosecution of journalists “would amount to an infringement on press freedom and have a chilling effect on public debate,” countered Boris Johnson on Saturday.Jeremy Hunt also criticised that UK police’s decision to curb press freedom and said he defends “to the hilt” the right to press freedom.These leaks damaged UK/US relations & cost a loyal ambassador his job so the person responsible MUST be held fully to account. But I defend to the hilt the right of the press to publish those leaks if they receive them & judge them to be in the public interest: that is their job— Jeremy Hunt (@Jeremy_Hunt) July 13, 2019The Director of Society of Editors, Ian Murray said that such cutbacks on press freedom give rise to totalitarianism, “I cannot think of a worse example of a heavy-handed approach by the police to attempt to curtail the role of the media as a defence against the powerful and those in authority,” reported The Guardian.However, former Defence Secretary Michael Fallon defended the Met police’s decision and said that curbing the publication of such confidential information violates the Official Secrets Act.”As soon as we find who did it, we should have them investigated and prosecuted,” Fallon said on BBC Radio. “We have press freedom … but we also have laws. We have the Official Secrets Act and it is important that law is upheld,” he added.last_img read more

Heres why you should drink green tea

first_imgYour love for green tea may help improve memory as well as insulin resistance in the brain caused by a high-fat and high-fructose diet, researchers say. A study, involving mice, showed that green tea contains an ingredient known as EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate), the most abundant catechin and biologically active component. This component has the potential to alleviate insulin resistance – a precursor to type II diabetes – that is induced by obesity as well as improve age-related cognitive decline, accompanied by peripheral inflammation, the researchers said. “Green tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world after water, and is grown in at least 30 countries,” said Xuebo Liu from the Northwest A&F University in Yangling, China. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”The ancient habit of drinking green tea may be a more acceptable alternative to medicine when it comes to combatting obesity, insulin resistance, and memory impairment,” Liu added. Previous research pointed to the potential of EGCG to treat a variety of human diseases such as bone marrow disorders, reducing the kidney toxicity and damage caused by cancer drug, as well as some heart conditions.Being the healthiest beverage on the planet, Green tea does more than that. It is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that have powerful effects on the body. This includes improved brain function, fat loss, a lower risk of cancer and many other incredible benefits. Here are some health benefits of green tea (sic) that have been confirmed in other human research studies: Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive1. Green Tea contains bioactive compounds that improve health Green tea is more than just green liquid. Many of the bioactive compounds in the tea leaves do make it into the final drink, which contains large amounts of important nutrients.It is loaded with polyphenols like flavonoids and catechins, which function as powerful antioxidants These substances can reduce the formation of free radicals in the body, protecting cells and molecules from damage. These free radicals are known to play a role in aging and all sorts of diseases. Try to choose a higher quality brand of green tea, because some of the lower quality brands can contain excessive levels of fluoride.2. Compounds in Green Tea can improve brain function and make you smarterGreen tea does more than just keep you awake, it can also make you smarter.The key active ingredient is caffeine, which is a known stimulant.It doesn’t contain as much as coffee, but enough to produce a response without causing the “jittery” effects associated with too much caffeine. Caffeine has been intensively studied before and consistently leads to improvements in various aspects of brain function, including improved mood, vigilance, reaction time and memory.However, green tea contains more than just caffeine. It also has the amino acid L-theanine, which is able to cross the blood-brain barrier.3. Green Tea increases fat burning and improves physical performanceIf you look at the ingredients list for any fat burning supplement, chances are that green tea will be on there. This is because green tea has been shown to increase fat burning and boost the metabolic rate. Some studies show that green tea leads to increased weight loss. It is particularly effective at reducing the dangerous abdominal fat.4. Green Tea may protect your brain in old age, lowering your risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’sThe bioactive compounds in green tea can have various protective effects on neurons and may reduce the risk of both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, the two most common neurodegenerative disorders.5. It may reduce your risk of cardiovascular diseaseStudies show that green tea can improve some of the main risk factors for these diseases. This includes total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and triglycerides.Green tea also dramatically increases the antioxidant capability of the blood, which is half the way to cut the risk of heart attacks.ptilast_img read more

Michigan House committee approves income tax rollback

first_img15Feb Michigan House committee approves income tax rollback A landmark proposal to give every Michigan worker income tax relief was approved by a  House committee today in Lansing.The plan would lower the state’s personal income tax rate from the current 4.25 percent to 3.9 percent in 2018, resulting in a savings of almost $1 billion a year by 2019. The tax rate would continue to drop 0.1 percent each year afterward until the income tax is eliminated, providing more relief for workers each year.“A strong economy begins in our homes,” said Rep. Lee Chatfield of Levering, the bill sponsor. “When Michigan families have more of their own income to spend or save, the entire state economy benefits. This simply is the right thing to do and the right time to do it.”Reducing the income tax rate to 3.9 percent would fulfill a promise originally made in 2007, when a series of tax changes included a planned lowering of the personal income tax rate. The reduction to 3.9 percent, originally scheduled for 2015, never materialized due to tax structure changes approved in 2011.The legislation approved today by the House Tax Policy Committee would restore that promise. The bill now advances to the House floor for consideration.“Let’s give something back to all of the workers – the middle class, the small-business owners, and everyone else who has carried the burden in this state for so long,” said Rep. Jim Tedder of Clarkston, chair of the Tax Policy Committee. “They deserve some relief. We have an opportunity here for Michigan workers to keep more of their own money.”###The legislation is House Bill 4001. Categories: Chatfield News,Newslast_img read more