first_imgThe NBA has gone on summer vacation.It appears that Steve Kerr, U.S. citizen, never takes a day off.The Warriors head coach, like many Americans, was made aware Sunday of a tweet sent by Donald Trump, in which the president suggested that four Democratic Congresswomen, three of them born in this country, the other a naturalized citizen, “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”Kerr, joining in the chorus of censure, took a slightly different …last_img

first_imgWhile it is relatively cheap to get a web startup off the ground these days, other industries aren’t as lucky. Take green-tech or medical technology for instance; at TED this year Bill Gates said that the minimum investment the world needs to create sustainable eco-friendly renewable energy is “only” in the range of hundreds of millions of dollars – and that’s just to get started. It’s industries like these that require Angel and VC investments at the early-stage level to get significant innovations off the ground, and a government tax credit proposed for angels in Minnestoa could encourage them to dole out more cash for high-tech ventures.Earlier this month in St. Paul, “witness after witness” spoke in support of a bill that would create $32 million in tax credits available to angel investors, writes Thomas Lee of MedCity News. “Entrepreneurs, investors, university officials, industry groups warned lawmakers that the lack of early stage capital meant innovative start-ups in Minnesota would either die or move to another state,” Lee adds.With a growing community of medical innovation, Minnesota is attempting to play catch-up with its neighbor state Wisconsin whose similar tax credit has provided rocket fuel for innovation. Lee quotes a report from the Wisconsin Angel Network which says that angel investments and number of deals tripled in the first three years of the state’s program. He adds that three bio-tech spin-offs from the University of Wisconsin were bought for more money in the last three years than in the last 25 years of Minnesota-based university spin-offs.“VitalMedix Inc., a promising drug company from the University of Minnesota, recently moved to Hudson, [Wisconsin]” Lee says. Hudson is just across the Minnesota/Wisconsin border less than 20 miles from St. Paul. “Miromatrix Inc., based on the work of Dr. Doris Taylor, warn they will leave the state if they can’t find angel financing.”One reason for the success of similar credits in other states is that it acts as an insurance for angels when they make risky investments. Most innovation is a risky investment because it’s an unproven model, and providing a tax credit safety net for the angels could provide the much-needed investment dollars to the companies with tomorrow’s innovations. Should state governments be putting aside money to backup their local angel investors? Or are there better, cheaper ways to boost innovation? Will we ever see anything like this for Internet startups? Let us know your thoughts in the comments. Tags:#start#startups Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… chris cameron 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

first_imgThe five-member Indian badminton team led by Saina Nehwal arrived in Delhi on Monday evening enroute to London for the Olympics beginning on Friday.The contingent comprising Saina, Ashwini Ponnappa, Jwala Gutta, Parupalli Kashyap and V. Diju will leave for London on Tuesday morning under the supervision of chief coach Pullela Gopichand. The majority of India’s 81-member Olympic contingent has reached London.”The reason we stayed back in India is that we prefer training amongst ourselves. We would do the same in London rather than sparring with players from other countries,” Ashwini, who will be representing India in the women’s doubles with Jwala, told IANS.World No.5 Saina, one of India’s brightest medal hopes in London, starts her women’s singles campaign on Saturday.Kashyap, ranked 21, will be the sole representative in men’s singles after pipping Ajay Jayaram for the Olympic qualification.A medal can be expected from Jwala and Ashwini, who made history by wining a bronze at the World Championships last year.Jwala will also pair up with Diju for the mixed doubles event.last_img read more

first_imgChennai will be eager to carry on the momentum from their last win as they take on Lahore todayWelcome to the coverage of Match 11 in the Champions League Twenty20 between Chennai Super Kings and Lahore Lions from the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore.The unfortunate result today has surely made things a little difficult for MS Dhoni brigade as far making the semifinals cut is concerned. As it stands, Chennai will have to win their final match against Perth at all costs to push ahead for the knockouts. If they falter against Perth, then it is the end of the road for the Men in Yellow. With 3 wins in as many encounters, Kolkata have already stormed to the semi-finals. Perth are also in the race. They can qualify if they win their remaining two matches.Match Update: The rain is pretty heavy here and the match officials have decided to abandon the game. Chennai Super Kings and Lahore Lions will have to share the points. Bad News: It has started raining at the M Chinnaswamy stadium. The players are off the field and there’s no official word on the toss yet. If there is no play by 10:45 PM local time, the match will be abandoned. Stay tuned for more updates! After losing their opening fixture against Kolkata, the Chennai stormed back to sink Sunfoil Dolphins in a run-fest. The former champions will seek to build on the momentum and gather more steam in the race to the semi-finals when they clash with Pakistan T20 champions – Lahore Lions – who are smarting from their defeat at the hands of Kolkata.advertisementHowever, considering the shorter boundaries at the M.Chinnaswamy stadium and the batting firepower in either side, another run-fest is in the offing.Quotes:”We batted really well, the wicket remained quite the same, credit to Raina and McCullum for a great start, it was important to utilize all our resources so we went really hard. With our bowling struggling slightly it was important to get those 15-20 extra runs, even if we go down trying to get those runs. I am sure that our batsmen won’t score 240 every time,” MS Dhoni said on Chennai’s bowling woes.”The domestic players in our team, outside of the six international cricketers, they need a clear picture of what is needed, an improvement with regard to fielding. I think CLT20 is providing them with that platform and the more they will play, the more they will learn. The team is playing very well as a unit, but we’ve to put in more efforts into fielding,” Mohammed Hafeez said on Lahore’s fielding blunders.Stats & Trivia:Suresh Raina has smashed 199 T20 sixes, the most by an Indian batsman.Dwayne Bravo stands eighth on the list of most T20 wickets. The Caribbean all-rounder has 203 T20 scalps, 22 ahead of Sunil NarineAziaz Cheema has been the bowler of the tournament thus far, collecting 10 wickets in 4 games at an average cost of 11.40. It may be recalled that he was on the brink of a hat-trick in each of his three qualifying matches.Chennai Super Kings:The batsmen, led by Suresh Raina, took the Dolphins’ bowlers apart with clinical ruthlessness only a game of Cricket ’97 powered with cheat codes could have matched. Brendon McCullum’s gravity-defying fielding lit up the M.Chinnawamy stadium as much as his fast hands did with the bat. Ravindra Jadeja and Faf du Plessis starred in blazing cameos as the Chennai charged to post 242 – the joint highest total in the history of the CLT20.The bowling continues to be an unchecked box for the Chennai, despite Ashish Nehra finding a second wind. Ravi Ashwin and Jadeja have not hit their rhythm, as evidenced by their mediocre combined output of 11-0-116-3. Dhoni can’t always rely on Dwayne Bravo’s assortment of slower cutters and Nehra’s experience.Mohit Sharma has showcased his increasing mastery over the back-of-the-hand slower ball, but he is also prone to leaking runs. While Ishwar Pandey bowled his full quota of overs against Kolkata, he was absent from the bowling attack against the Dolphins.Keeping in view Chennai’s bowling profligacy, Dhoni will be banking on the extra 20-run cushion from his batsmen.Lahore Lions:Every Pakistan team has two distinct personalities and Lahore Lions are no exception. Their CLT20 campaign has been a start-stop affair with their recent form reading: Loss, Win, Loss, Win. They have suffered another jolt with Adnan Rasool being reported for suspect action. The off-spinner has been placed on a warning list, but can continue to bowl, until he receives another report(while on the warning list)advertisementAhmed Shehzad, who scored a breezy 59 against KOL, will be their stick of dynamite at the top of the order. Their batting can assume dangerous proportions if the likes of Mohammad Hafeez and Umar Akmal convert flashes of brilliance into streaks of consistency. The onus is also on Nasir Jamshed to step up and deliver. The 24-year old has eked out only 61 runs in his last 8 T20 innings.On the bowling front, Aziaz Cheema and Wahab Riaz have looked potent, whether making early inroads or hitting the block hole at the death. Meanwhile, Asif Raza and Hafeez have assisted the duo with useful contributions.However, Lahore’s bowling strength has been dragged down by their kindergarten fielding.Teams(from):Chennai Super Kings: Faf du Plessis, Dwayne Smith, Suresh Raina, Brendon McCullum, MS Dhoni(c/wk), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishwar Pandey, Mohit Sharma, Ashish Nehra, Mithun Manhas, Pawan Negi, John Hastings, Samuel BadreeLahore Lions: Ahmed Shehzad, Nasir Jamshed, Mohammad Hafeez(c), Saad Nasim, Umar Akmal(wk), Umar Siddiq, Asif Raza, Wahab Riaz, Mustafa Iqbal, Adnan Rasool, Aizaz Cheema, Imran Ali, Mohammad Saeed, Ali Manzoor, Agha Salmanlast_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-AZ striker Kenneth Perez: We can beat Man Utdby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer AZ Alkmaar striker Kenneth Perez believes they can beat Europa League opponents Manchester United.AZ host United on Thursday evening.“They have a very good chance,” Perez told FOX Sports. “They are my favourite, as far as I’m concerned. “I saw Manchester United against Leicester. It was so bad. I think AZ is a favourite, but on paper it remains Manchester United, so you have the feeling that it is a tough opponent. “If AZ is not impressed by that, they have a very big chance of winning.” last_img

first_imgHead coach Jim Harbaugh leads the team onto the field.ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 22: Head coach Jim Harbaugh leads the team onto the field while playing the Illinois Fighting Illini on October 22, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan won the game 41-8. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Jim Harbaugh hasn’t coached a game in Ann Arbor yet, and he already may be the coach with the highest approval rating with his fan base in the country. Michigan hasn’t been shy about promoting their alumnus head coach either. This morning, the program dropped a short video on Instagram discussing Harbaugh’s “energy and passion,” which senior linebacker Desmond Morgan calls “authentic.” We’re just over a month away until the season kicks off, Michigan fans. Get pumped.last_img

first_imgStory Highlights Prime Minister Andrew Holness and U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin today signed an Energy Framework to foster cooperation on energy and infrastructure investment in Jamaica. Prime Minister Holness and Secretary Mnuchin signed the Framework to Strengthen Infrastructure Investment and Energy Cooperation at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. The Framework is part of a U.S. initiative called America Crece, or the Americas Grow.center_img Prime Minister Andrew Holness and U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin today signed an Energy Framework to foster cooperation on energy and infrastructure investment in Jamaica.Prime Minister Holness and Secretary Mnuchin signed the Framework to Strengthen Infrastructure Investment and Energy Cooperation at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. The Framework is part of a U.S. initiative called America Crece, or the Americas Grow.In that regard, Prime Minister Holness expressed gratitude to the US Treasury Department for its support.“Thank you to the Treasury Department for your strong support in assisting Jamaica in doing what we’ve done in terms of our fiscal turnaround and our economic reforms. We are also very thankful for the understanding and facilitation that you’ve given us in other critical regional matters. It means a lot to us and as we look to strengthen our relationship we welcome deepening partnership in energy,” said Prime Minister Holness.Under the Framework, the two countries will cooperate to:Further, diversify Jamaica’s sources of energy to power the country’s economic growth;Integrate cleaner energy sources, including natural gas and renewable energy, furthering Jamaica’s environmental goals and making Jamaica’s economy more competitive;Accelerate Jamaica’s adoption of innovative power technologies, including renewables and related micro-, mini-grid and battery storage systems;Increase Jamaica’s energy resiliency through energy source integration and catalyzing investment in rural areas and at critical infrastructure facilities; andEnhance the reliability, resilience, and efficiency of the national energy systems.“This initiative marks a major advancement for the U.S. and Jamaica that will yield additional investment and export opportunities for both countries. Additionally, the Framework provides a foundation for Jamaica to play a pivotal role in regional Caribbean energy growth, integration, and security. The agreement will help catalyze private sector capital for investments across the energy value chain, including upstream energy production, power generation, transmission, and distribution,” said Secretary Mnuchin.last_img read more

WESTERN CONF. TEAMRECORDWIN %EASTERN CONF. TEAMRECORDWIN % Conference48-5447.1Conference54-4852.9 Spurs5-455.676ers5-455.6 Timberwolves2-340.0Wizards4-450.0 Trail Blazers2-340.0Pacers4-450.0 Suns3-442.9Magic4-450.0 INTERCONFERENCEINTERCONFERENCE Source: Basketball-Reference.com Warriors7-277.8Pistons5-183.3 The East is better than the West (for now)Records from games between teams in the Eastern and Western Conferences in the 2017-18 season Thunder5-183.3%Celtics5-0100.0% Nuggets6-366.7Bucks4-266.7 Grizzlies0-40.0Nets3-633.3 Mavericks2-340.0Hornets3-350.0 Jazz2-528.6Heat3-442.9 Lakers3-537.5Cavaliers2-250.0 Kings1-712.5Hawks2-340.0 Rockets6-275.0Raptors6-366.7 For most of this millennium, the West has ruled the NBA with zero debate, boasting a long list of superstar players, including Tim Duncan, Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, James Harden and Russell Westbrook, to name just a few. Meanwhile, in the East, there has been LeBron James — and 14 teams that each year served essentially as LeBron James cannon fodder. The NBA’s lopsided conference balance seemed to grow even more drastic this summer, when we saw a migration of top NBA talent from the East to the West. As we detailed at the time, 22 of the league’s 30 best players started the 2017-18 season out West — the largest such number for one conference since the 1970s — after the likes of Jimmy Butler, Paul George and Paul Millsap were all either traded to or signed with Western teams.But about a month into the season, something odd is happening: The East is flipping the script.When the Celtics beat Golden State on Thursday, they cemented themselves (not LeBron’s Cavaliers — who have been mediocre so far) as the hottest team in the NBA right now.1The Celtics beat Atlanta on Sunday for their 15th straight win. And Boston isn’t the only Eastern Conference team off to a good start this season. So far, the East has a 54-48 record against the West in interconference games — a stunning development after an offseason spent fretting about how the West would dominate to an unprecedented degree.Conference disparity has long been an NBA talking point — in the 2015 playoffs, the No. 8 seed in the West would have been the No. 6 seed in the East, and just a year earlier, the West’s eighth seed had a better record than the East’s third seed. It’s an issue that was a hot topic around the league before the most recent exodus — and one that commissioner Adam Silver has publicly stated will continue to be looked at. Since 1999, there’s been only one season (2008-09) in which teams in the East have finished with a winning percentage above .500 against teams in the West. The player inequality of this offseason appeared to only pile on to the league’s growing problem.But as Silver and his team were mulling possible solutions, the league started playing games — and somehow the East began to hold its own (and then some). Through the opening month of the season, the East has won 53 percent of its games against the West, talent exodus be damned. And it’s not as if the best in the East has just been beating up on the worst in the West: According to our Elo model, Eastern Conference underdogs are 31-30 in cross-conference games so far this season — about 12 games better than the Elo ratings said they “should” be. Pelicans4-357.1Knicks4-266.7 Clippers0-50.0Bulls0-60.0 This isn’t by any means enough of a sample size to conclude that the conference imbalance is over, but you can already say that the East has far exceeded any preseason predictions. Before the season, Elo predicted that certain teams at the top of the East would have enough talent to jostle with the top teams in the West — and sure enough, Boston and Toronto have stood out so far. But others — we’re looking at you, Cleveland — haven’t. Instead, it’s been the likes of the Pistons, the Knicks and the Sixers, whose win totals FiveThirtyEight projected to be in the lower half of the league, that have beaten our projections most and outperformed their counterparts in the West. The dregs of the East simply aren’t the pushovers we’re used to them being in recent seasons.A wild start to the season may have helped as well. So far in 2017-18, Elo favorites have won only 60 percent of their games, which — if it holds up — would shatter the 2001-02 season’s mark (64 percent) for the lowest winning percentage by favorites since the 1976 ABA-NBA merger. This topsy-turvy NBA season has been ripe for conference balance to be flipped on its head.Either way, there’s plenty of basketball left to be played — and reason to think things will even out before season’s end. First and foremost, the talent disparity favoring the West hasn’t really gone anywhere; even though some East players are performing above expectations, all the players who departed the East for the West should start asserting themselves eventually. Another sign the balance may tip back into the West’s favor: The West is still outscoring the East by an average of 0.3 points per game in cross-conference games, despite its sub-.500 record. And we’ve been here before — at this stage of the 2015-16 season, the East was also above water, and it ended up getting humbled over the rest of the schedule.So the East still may not actually be better than the West. But it will only need to finish the season at a .492 clip (roughly 40 wins in an 82-game season) to end with a .500 record against its counterpart. Given all the factors working against it going into the year, that might be the single most astonishing thing that happens during the entire 2017-18 NBA season.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

Tracy Sprinkle is no longer a member of the Ohio State football team, an OSU spokesman confirmed to The Lantern Monday afternoon.Sprinkle was arrested in Lorain County early Saturday morning and charged with rioting, failure to disperse, possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia following a bar fight. According to the spokesman, Sprinkle’s status with the team will be re-evaluated at the end of the legal process.Sprinkle, who was set to be a defensive lineman for the Buckeyes, plead not guilty to all charges Monday morning, according to multiple reports.Sprinkle, who had yet to see the field in his time in Columbus, was a 2012 Associated Press first team All-Ohio selection out of Elyria High School. He enrolled early at OSU, joining the team in January of 2013.During his senior year of high school, Sprinkle recorded 103 tackles, including 19 sacks and 30 total tackles for loss. He was also the first defensive player since former OSU linebacker Matt Wilhelm to win the Lorain County Golden Helmet award, which goes to the best player in the county. Wilhelm won the award in 1999. read more

Ohio State redshirt senior Billy Price gives his thoughts on battle for right guard at Big Ten Media Days in Chicago on July 24. Credit: Jacob Myers | Managing EditorChicago — A month away from the season opener, the Ohio State football team still has several question marks at key positions.Chief among those open spots is right guard.“It’s wide open as we speak, and obviously right guard is as critical a position as there is, so it’s going to be a big battle this training camp,” coach Urban Meyer said in his opening remarks at Big Ten Media Days.Meyer listed seven names who are going to be battling for that spot: redshirt juniors Malcolm Pridgeon and Demetrius Knox, redshirt sophomores Matt Burrell and Brandon Bowen and freshmen Wyatt Davis, Thayer Munford and Josh Myers. “There’s positives and negatives to having seven guys, but how do you get those guys reps and no one has really stepped up and taken it,” Meyer said. “It’s going to be a street fight, especially the first 10 days because you can’t have seven guys competing for that spot … That’s going to be No. 1 on the hit list as we start practice.”The player they are replacing — redshirt senior center Billy Price — believes that even though they are young players, they cannot be counted out just yet, citing now-sophomore Michael Jordan as an example of a young player who came into his true freshman season and won a starting job on the offensive line.“Josh Myers, Thayer Munford and Wyatt Davis, all three of them have ability. They all each bring something to the table that I haven’t seen before, I haven’t seen in a while,” Price said. “(Jordan) came to work last year, he got the position and that’s why he was playing … Perspective to those guys happening, if you show up, you tighten your shoes and you go to work, the position is yours.”Price knows what it takes to step up and take on the starting role as right guard. And so as a senior captain and former right guard himself, he has taken time in between practicing his new role as center to coach several of the younger players as they battle to be Price’s right-hand man on the offensive line.“It’s my job as an older guy to take a young guy underneath and say, ‘Hey, let’s go play some ball,’” Price said. “I’ve had those conversations. Thayer Munford, Wyatt, Josh Myers in particular just being with the freshmen class to just saying, ‘Hey, I need you guys. We need you guys. You’ve got to develop. We need everybody within that room to have their role running, let’s go play some ball.’”One of the freshmen that has stood out to Price so far this year has been Myers. Nicknamed “Tommy” by some of the players for being a “country boy,” Myers has already started to build chemistry with the team and become familiar with the players and rigors of working with the team since he enrolled in January, which Price said has given the freshman an edge.“Josh went through an offseason and he’s continued to develop there as things have continued,” Price said. “I think that because he had those four extra months and he went through a spring, that name is mentioned in (at right guard). And I think that if he continues to develop, if he goes and puts in all out there 100 percent at camp time, it will raise an eyebrow to coach Meyer.”Another player whose name is frequently linked to the starting right guard position is Burrell, who started with the first-team offense during the spring game. Burrell redshirted his true freshman season in 2015 and emerged as an early front-runner for the starting left guard spot in 2016. However, he lost the position battle to Jordan, and was demoted to a backup role.Losing out the job last season to a true freshman, Burrell could have let the loss get to him and cost him further on down the road. But instead, Price said, he has battled through the loss and gained confidence along the way.“You build confidence as a young man too, and I think for Burrell’s case, he’s built a lot of confidence as well as a lot of the other seven that you mentioned,” Price said. “There’s a lot of things that are starting to click for him as he is the favorite from what you’ve said.”And while Price did not voice his own opinion on whom he deems to be the favorite, he acknowledged that Burrell has been considered the likely starter by some out there.“I think from what coach Meyer has said, an article that had been presented, that yes I think (Burrell) is the favorite according to sources,” Price said. “That is not saying that I said that he’s the favorite or that I think he’s the favorite, I just know if I play next to him, we’re going to be okay.” read more