first_imgThe Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed a plea challenging the Allahabad High Court verdict rejecting a petition seeking direction to Uttar Pradesh Police to lodge an FIR against former Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav for his alleged order to open fire on ‘kar sewaks’ at Ayodhya in 1990. A Bench, comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan and K.M. Joseph, dismissed the plea on the ground of delay considering the fact that appeal has been filed against the May 3, 2016, order of the High Court. The plea had alleged that on October 30, 1990, several ‘kar sewaks’ were killed in police firing at the temple town when they were taking part in a “peaceful movement” for the construction of a Ram Temple there. The plea was filed by a Lucknow-based man, who had in 2014 approached a trial court for a direction to the police to lodge an FIR against Mr. Yadav, who was the Chief Minister of U.P. in 1990. He had alleged that the Samajwadi Party leader had given a statement in public meetings that he had ordered the police to fire on ‘kar sewaks’ to win the confidence of Muslims. The trial court had dismissed his plea after which he had moved the High Court challenging the order. In his appeal filed in the top court, the petitioner had claimed, “The High Court failed to appreciate that in a huge public gathering, Mulayam Singh Yadav, has confessed/ admitted that he ordered to fire guns on ‘kar sewaks’ and he further admitted in the second public meeting that if he did not order to fire on kar sewaks then the confidence of Muslims would be broken.”last_img read more

first_imgAbsconding Uttar Pradesh policewoman Laxmi Singh Chauhan, accused of embezzling ₹70 lakh, surrendered in an anti-corruption court in Meerut on Thursday along with constable Dheeraj Bhardwaj, who was allegedly her accomplice.Ms. Chauhan was on the run for more than a month and according to local sources used every possible ‘connection’ to steer clear of the charges. The surrender came after the Allahabad High Court rejected her appeal for anticipatory bail and the U.P. Police declared an award of ₹25,000 each on her and seven accomplices. The process of attachment of their properties had also started.Hailed as ‘Lady Singham’ for her presence on social media, Ms. Chauhan was posted as SHO at Link Road police station in Ghaziabad when she embezzled ₹70 lakh while solving, ironically, a case of embezzlement. According to the police, on April 22, CMS Info System company lodged an FIR of stealing money meant to be loaded in ATMs across the city against its employee Rajiv Sachan. The company claimed that Mr Sachan stole a sum of ₹75.50 lakhs. During recovery on September 24, when the accused was arrested with an accomplice, the amount was found to be ₹1.15 crore but Ms. Chauhan showed only ₹45,81,500 as the recovered amount. Later, a CCTV footage showed Ms. Chauhan allegedly transferring a ‘bag’ from a government vehicle to her private car. Raid at residenceOn September 27, a team led by the then SP (City), Shlok Kumar, raided her residence and recovered ₹1.12 lakh and a bag of CMS Info System from there. Soon, Sudhir Kumar Singh, Senior Superintendent of Police, Ghaziabad, suspended her and a case under Section 409 of the IPC and the Prevention of Corruption Act was registered against her and seven constables.last_img read more

first_imgLIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Out for more than six months because of a hip injury, Pingris practiced for the first time on Monday as the Hotshots were preparing to slug it out with Phoenix Petroleum in two days, seeking to keep their immaculate elimination round slate intact.But coach Chito Victolero is not about to rush his ace power forward back into action.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“He needs to get his timing back,” Victolero said.“Relatively, he played well (in practice), but we will not rush him. He needs to get his rhythm back and hopefully, he can rejoin us soon.” Pingris went to the United States for rehab and therapy and will definitely be of big use to the Hotshots, who were ousted in painful manners in the Philippine Cup and the Commissioner’s Cup.Star has the tools to go all the way and has been in all pre-conference hypes because of a solid roster that could rival San Miguel, which claimed the Hotshots’ scalps in the Commissioner’s Cup Final Four before winning the championship over TNT KaTropa.With a 3-0 record, Star is the only unbeaten team in the ongoing season-closing conference.ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Busmen seek repeat over Tajik club Read Next Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnessescenter_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief PBA IMAGESStar, the team tipped to give Grand Slam-seeking San Miguel Beer a run for its money in the PBA Governors’ Cup, is about to get a much-needed boost.Marc Pingris, the hard-nosed anchor of the Hotshots’ defense, is set to make a return to active play within the next two games at the soonest as Star tries to crack a championship series for the first time this season.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

first_imgSri Lanka appointed opening batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan as its new captain on Monday as part of a major overhaul of its cricketing structure following the national team’s defeat by India in the World Cup final earlier this month.Former skipper Kumar Sangakkara, his deputy Mahela Jayawardene and a fourmember selection committee led by retired batting star Aravinda de Silva resigned earlier this month.A new selection committee led by former captain and administrator Duleep Mendis has been appointed.The 34-year-old Dilshan has previously led Sri Lanka in several Twenty20 and one-day internationals and is most likely to be an interim captain, with a younger player expected to be skipper at the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.He has played 66 Test matches, scoring 3,990 runs at more than 42 runs per innings. In 203 One- Day Internationals, Dilshan has scored 5,456 runs and taken 62 wickets, bowling off- spin.Dilshan also had an excellent World Cup, where he was the tournament’s highest scorer with 500 runs.Having been an inconsistent middle- order batsman, Dilshan’s performances improved after he was promoted to open the batting.Mendis said that one of his main tasks will be to look for younger talent capable of taking over from current stalwarts like Sangakkara, Jayawardene, Dilshan and Thilan Samaraweera, who are nearing their mid- thirties and are unlikely to be at their prime at the next World Cup.” Sri Lanka Cricket is proud to announce the appointment of Tillakaratne Dilshan as the national captain in all three formats of the game for Sri Lanka’s tour of England in May 2011,” an SLC statement said.advertisementSri Lanka Cricket said on Monday that selectors have postponed naming a vice- captain because prospective candidates are nursing injuries and may not be available for next month’s tour of England.Anjelo Mathews is in the running for vice- captain and the 23- year- old all- rounder is tipped to be Sri Lanka’s choice to be captain for the next World Cup.The changes also come amid a debate in Sri Lanka over the sports minister’s order to national cricketers playing in the lucrative Indian Premier League to return early to prepare for the English tour.Sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage said the national team duties must be a priority over playing in the IPL. Dilshan, Sangakkara, Jayawardene, Lasith Malinga, Suraj Randiv are among the players who may be compelled to return early.Muttiah Muralitharan, who retired from international cricket after the World Cup and is not bound by a contract with SLC, has criticised Sri Lanka’s decision.last_img read more

first_imgMahindra & Mahindra Ltd. launched the CNG variant of its popular mini-truck Jeeto in India; priced at Rs 3.49 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi). Mahindra Jeeto CNG variant aims to promote eco-friendly last mile transportation of goods and has been developed to cater to the evolving business needs of the transporters. The CNG Variant of the Jeeto will be available on the top end model of Jeeto X716.ALSO READ:Mahindra Thar Club Challenge 2016 turns out to be a hitPravin Shah, President & Chief Executive, (Automotive) Mahindra & Mahindra. said, “With the launch of Jeeto CNG, Mahindra has taken yet another step towards promoting sustainable mobility solutions. With best in class payload, higher mileage, longer deck size & attractive pricing, Jeeto CNG offers excellent value proposition for its customers and is a perfect CNG mini truck for their business needs.”Engine:The Jeeto CNG is powered by an advanced engine that delivers power of 16 hp and torque of 38 Nm. Jeeto has the advantage of the best in class payload, higher deck size compared to competition, superior mileage, lower maintenance, and the promise of higher earning potential, making Jeeto the perfect vehicle for business needs.ALSO READ:Mahindra to introduce JAWA Motorcycles in India; acquires BSA MotorcyclesPerformance:Jeeto has been designed for refined performance and delivers fuel efficiency of up to 37.6 km/l, which is the best in this segment.Design:Jeeto CNG sports a stylish and contemporary exterior with an impressive characteristic front grille that lends it a distinguished look. Also, bringing in a touch of exclusivity are the dual tone interiors and a contemporary dashboard.advertisementALSO READ:Mahindra e2oPlus First Drive ReviewFeatures:Jeeto CNG has many car like features – such as a large cabin space with better headroom and legroom. The better ergonomics and car like gear-shift quality further enhance the Jeeto CNG’s driving pleasure. The cabin of Jeeto has been designed to provide better safety to the driver and co-driver with (ELR) seat belt systems, head restraints and bucket seat.last_img read more

first_imgItaly coach Mancini delighted to have booked place at Euro 2020by Carlos Volcano13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveItaly coach Roberto Mancini is delighted to have booked their place at Euro 2020.Mancini praised Italy for showing “patience” to beat Greece 2-0.The Azzurri have won all seven games in Group J and qualified for Euro 2020 with three matches to spare, something the Nazionale have never previously achieved.Jorginho converted a penalty and Federico Bernardeschi’s shot was deflected to secure the victory.Mancini said, “The lads did really well. First of all, I want to thank the fans at the Olimpico for coming out and supporting us, even if the first half when we were a bit tense, perhaps nervous at being back in Rome.“We wanted to dedicate the win to the kids at the children’s hospital,” the Coach told Rai Sport, referring to this week’s team visit.Greece put up a brick wall for an hour, but were eventually broken down by a penalty.“We’ll meet teams who sit back and defend. We were too frenetic in the first half, but should’ve patiently moved the ball around to open up spaces. Instead, we started long balls and that’s no good.“It was a much more relaxed second half, we kept focused and achieved our objective.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_img The Bond-Inspired AddArmor Audi RS7 Is the World’s Fastest Armored Car Watch a Tuned Audi RS3 Give the Dodge Challenger Demon a Run For Its Money Close The Audi RS3 is a fast car, but it’s not really a drag racing superstar. The aftermarket can change that. Audi and Volkswagen tuning specialist APR threw a slew of modifications at an RS3, and the result is a pint-sized sedan with 600 horsepower that can run the quarter-mile in less than 10 seconds.The APR RS3’s sub-10-second time could have it worrying the 840-hp Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, which Dodge claims is capable of a 9.65-second quarter mile.To put that in perspective, a stock RS3 has 400 hp and, according to Road & Track, runs the quarter-mile in 12.1 seconds. Audi asserts that the stock RS3 will do 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds, but APR boasts that its tuned version will do the job in just 2.4 seconds.Not surprisingly, that level of performance required extensive modifications. The RS3’s 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-five got new turbo internals, an upgraded fuel system and intercooler, and a tuned ECU set up for E85 (85 percent ethanol, 15 percent gasoline). The rear seats were also removed to save weight (who needs practicality?), and the car has a straight-pipe exhaust. APR also fitted Hoosier drag radials to all four wheels of this all-wheel drive car. It’s kind of funny to see those tires on a German sports sedan.All of this adds up to a car that made eight quarter-mile passes of less than 10 seconds during a session at Montgomery Motorsport Park in Montgomery, Alabama. The RS3 was driven by its owner, Keith Brantley. Of the eight passes, the quickest was a 9.83 seconds at 144.39 mph. That’s just 0.18 off Dodge’s claimed quarter-mile time for the Demon.APR did not quote a cost for its tuned RS3, but considering the long list of modifications and the fact that a stock RS3 starts at $54,900, building your own probably won’t be cheap. You may end up spending close to the $84,995 base price of a Demon, although you’ll end up with a car that’s a bit more subtle. It really comes down to preference for Dodge or Audi, factory or aftermarket. Because whether it’s a muscle car with a factory warranty or a tuned sports sedan, speed usually doesn’t come cheap. Editors’ Recommendations Watch This Bugatti Chiron Shatter a World Speed Record at More Than 300 MPHcenter_img 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now The Maserati Quattroporte: Luxury You Can Sort of Almost Imagine Affording A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing last_img read more

first_imgzoom Chinese shipbuilder Jiangsu Hantong Ship Heavy Industry yesterday held keel laying ceremonies for two bulk carriers at its Hantong Shipyard.The keel for a 38,000 dwt bulk carrier was laid at the shipyard’s slipway No.1, and the keel laying for the 64,000 dwt bulker was carried out at slipway No.2.The 38,000 dwt vessel received class approval by Bureau Veritas, while DNV GL granted class approval to the 64,000 dwt bulker.The larger bulker was reportedly ordered by Canada’s Lighthouse Shipping. The 38,000 dwt bulker was built for the company’s fleet.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was one of the scores of people paying tribute at the funeral for Liberal MP Arnold Chan on Saturday morning in Toronto.Chan, the member of parliament for Scarborough-Agincourt, died of cancer earlier this month at age 50.Trudeau was one of several speakers at the ceremony, along with Chan’s wife Jean Yip and their three sons as well as childhood friends.Former Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty read from the Bible, and many of Chan’s colleagues were honorary pallbearers, including Conservative MP Erin O’Toole and Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen.Chan was remembered as principled and optimistic, a devoted family man and a talented musician, and an MP completely engrossed with the political process.In an emotional tribute, Trudeau described Chan as man with deep conviction, calling him “one of the most honourable members of that House of Commons.”He said the last time he saw Chan, they sang Elton John’s “Your Song” together, with Chan on piano.“You all know that I don’t sing often, and there’s a reason for that,” Trudeau said. “But Arnold had me belting out the words while he played beautifully.“Arnold, your song will forever be ours.”Trudeau also quoted Maya Angelou: “Your legacy is every life you’ve touched.”“I look around this room, I look back at the days that followed the tragic news of our friend’s passing, and I see Arnold’s lasting legacy,” he said. “A legacy that goes far beyond the bills he authored or the votes he won. Far beyond the victories he celebrated and the losses he bore.”Chan grew up in Toronto. He earned masters degrees in political science and urban planning, and also has a law degree. He was named the Liberal Party’s deputy House leader after they took power in the 2015 federal election.In June he gave an impassioned speech to his fellow MPs, urging them to reject acrimonious debate and what he called “canned talking points” in favour of civility. At the time, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale called the speech “truly extraordinary.”Chan was diagnosed with nasopharyngeal carcinoma shortly after he won the Scarborough-Agincourt seat in a 2014 byelection. He began a difficult treatment regime of radiation and chemotherapy, but revealed in March 2016 the cancer had returned.His funeral was jointly officiated by Toronto MP Rob Oliphant, an ordained minister, as well as Rev. Sarah Chapman. Other politicians in attendance were Toronto Mayor John Tory and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version erroneously said Rob Oliphant was the only officiant at the funeral.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – A former soldier facing a murder charge in Ontario has lost a bid to halt his trial over concerns about delays in the case.The Supreme Court of Canada declined to hear Adam Picard’s challenge of an appeal court decision dismissing his arguments about the time it took to bring the case to trial.Picard was arrested in December 2012 in the killing of 28-year-old Fouad Nayel, who went missing in June that year.The trial was set to begin in 2016 but the Ontario Superior Court of Justice stayed the first-degree murder charge in light of new time limits established by the Supreme Court.In its appeal, the Crown argued the judge mischaracterized the nature of the delays, failed to consider the complexity of the case and did not properly account for a transitional period in applying the new rules.The Ontario Court of Appeal allowed the appeal last September and ordered the trial to proceed, prompting Picard to take his case to the Supreme Court.last_img read more

first_imgWashington: The US Supreme Court has stayed the execution of a Buddhist inmate in Texas whose request that his spiritual adviser be present in the execution chamber was denied. In a brief, unsigned order, the court on Thursday said that Texas may not execute the inmate, Patrick H. Murphy, “unless the state permits Murphy’s Buddhist spiritual adviser or another Buddhist reverend of the state’s choosing to accompany Murphy in the execution chamber during the execution”, The New York Times reported. Murphy was sentenced to death for the 2000 murder of a police officer, Aubrey Hawkins. He has been a Buddhist for about a decade, according to court papers. Justices Clarence Thomas and Neil M. Gorsuch said they would have allowed the execution to proceed. In a concurring opinion, Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh wrote that the state’s policy of allowing only Christian and Muslim chaplains to attend executions amounted to unconstitutional religious discrimination. “The government may not discriminate against religion generally or against particular religious denominations,” Kavanaugh wrote. “In this case,” he wrote, “the relevant Texas policy allows a Christian or Muslim inmate to have a state-employed Christian or Muslim religious adviser present either in the execution room or in the adjacent viewing room. “But inmates of other religious denominations who want their religious adviser to be present can have the religious adviser present only in the viewing room and not in the execution room itself for their executions.” Murphy’s case was similar to one in February in which the court, by a 5-to-4 vote, allowed the execution of a Muslim inmate in Alabama who had asked that his Imam be present. In Alabama, only a Christian chaplain employed by the prison was allowed in the execution chamber.last_img read more

Rabat – A political party representing Australian Muslims has been created in Sydney in the aftermath of the Paris attacks on Monday.The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported that Sydney man Diaa Mohamed unveiled The Australian Muslim Party in response to the growing political activism against Islam.Mr Mohamed said the party would provide a platform for Australia’s Muslim population on a national political level. “Maybe it is because we didn’t know how, or we were a bit too fragmented, so hopefully this will at least give us that opportunity,” he told ABC.Mr Mohamed said he almost called off the launch in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks, believed to be the worst atrocity in France since World War Two.The party’s formation comes after several anti-Islamic parties intend to stand for election including one launched by Geert Wilders in the country last month, Australian Liberty Alliance.Other anti-Islamic parties include Rise Up, Party For Freedom, Love Australia or Leave It.The country has been plagued by anti-Islamic incidents including attacks on Muslim women wearing hijab and anti-mosque rallies held at proposed worship sites.The party hopes to have Senate candidates in all states and territories at Australia’s federal election next year. It needs 500 signatures to register for Australia’s Senate ballot paper. read more

DUBLIN — Joe Schmidt will leave as Ireland coach after next year’s Rugby World Cup and will be replaced by Andy Farrell.The Irish Rugby Union Federation made the announcement on Monday, a day after Schmidt was named Coach of the Year in the World Rugby awards.Schmidt has guided Ireland from eighth to second in the world rankings in five years in the job, and also led the team to the only victories over New Zealand in the team’s history — in Chicago in 2016 and in Dublin this month.The 53-year-old New Zealander said he will “finish coaching” after the World Cup in Japan and “prioritize family commitments.”Farrell is currently one of Schmidt’s assistants, having joined the backroom staff in 2016___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more

Toronto’s made jumpers throughout the playoffs have been by far the most suspenseful of those of any of the final eight teams, taking an average of 0.117 seconds to fall into the basket. That hang time was 44 percent longer than the average of the other seven clubs. And looking at a larger sample size doesn’t change much about the result: At an average of 0.108 seconds, the Raptors’ successful regular-season jumpers at Scotiabank Arena took longer to fall through the basket than any other team’s makes on their home courts, too, according to the SportVU analysis. You might remember that Leonard hit a game-winner in March against Portland — a fadeaway from Scotiabank’s right baseline, with the shooter’s bounce and all — that looked almost identical to the one he would eventually make against Philadelphia.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/KawhiBLAZERS.mp400:0000:0000:12Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.To be clear, even though the Raptors have the longest hang time at home, their numbers are far from an outlier in the data set. The arena did have an odd rim-related issue last season, when officials had to delay a game because one of the rims was slightly crooked and required an adjustment. But no one could look at the numbers presented here and realistically suggest that anything about them is crooked, or that the arena’s rims are fundamentally different from others in the NBA.Still, there’s no doubting the fact that Toronto has gotten a couple of very friendly bounces over the course of the playoffs — not just from Leonard, but also from Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet, who told me somewhat candidly, “I hate our rims.” (While that might sound odd, given his incredible hot streak lately, VanVleet had struggled mightily the last two postseasons from the perimeter.)Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/BOUNCES.mp400:0000:0002:21Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.There are a number of potential factors to consider with unusual data like this. One counterintuitive example: A team with dead-eye shooters, for instance, often won’t get opportunities for much hang time on the rim because their jumpers will swish through the net, registering a minuscule amount of time around the basket as a result. At the same time, though, players and teams who use considerable arc might be better positioned to get a beneficial bounce or roll, regardless of how soft or tight the rims are.2Midrange shots usually require less arc than 3-pointers, so a team taking more triples — like the Raptors, who have taken more than 40 percent of their shot attempts from that distance this postseason — might ultimately get more soft bounces. And no team has put more air under its 3-pointers this postseason than Golden State.In fact, while the Raptors’ shots have had the most hang time on the rim during home games, the Warriors have seen the league’s biggest home-road disparity in terms of how much longer the ball has teetered on the basket while playing in familiar confines. Golden State’s jumpers have stayed in the vicinity of the rim 0.02 seconds longer at Oracle Arena this postseason than on the road, by far the biggest gap of any playoff club. By contrast, Toronto’s shots actually hang near the rim slightly longer on the road than they do at home, so it’s hard to claim a soft-rim advantage at home for the Raptors. Trail Blazers-0.001 76ers0.216 Raptors0.224s Raptors-0.008 On jump shots of 10 feet or more, among teams that advanced beyond the first round of the playoffs.Sources: STATS SportVU, SECOND SPECTRUM Celtics-0.004 The notion of shot arc is where Leonard’s series-ending jumper comes into play. While Kawhi generally doesn’t put much arc on his shots at all, he had to loft the one against Philly over the outstretched hand of 7-footer Joel Embiid to avoid having it blocked. Leonard’s shot reached a peak height of 18.2 feet before bouncing on the rim — a night-and-day difference from the league-average peak height of just 15.1 feet. The extra height almost certainly gave the shot a greater chance of going in from a physics standpoint.And that shot is the first thing that comes to mind now whenever the Raptors benefit from seemingly lucky bounces. VanVleet, even with his expressed hate for the Toronto rims, has fully leaned into the idea that something magical — with the baskets or otherwise — is happening here.“I think we’ve got a special thing going. Just kind of the aura, and the magic in the air, you can feel it a little bit,” VanVleet told me. “We have a lot to do with that, our fans have a lot to do with that, and things are just going the right way for us.”Check out our latest NBA predictions. Bucks0.206 Celtics0.210 Are the Raptors getting lucky rolls on their home rims?How long shots hang on the rim by team in home games, 2019 playoffs TEAMADDED HANGTIME AT HOME On jump shots of 10 feet or more, among teams that advanced beyond the first round of the playoffs.Sources: STATS SportVU, SECOND SPECTRUM The Warriors’ shots survive on the rim longer at Oracle ArenaHow long shots hang on the rim at home vs. on the road by team, 2019 playoffs Warriors+0.020s Trail Blazers0.220 Rockets+0.006 Bucks0.000 Rockets0.181 TEAMBALL IN VICINITY OF RIM 76ers-0.006 Nuggets0.208 Warriors0.214 Nuggets-0.014 Kawhi Leonard’s rainbow arc game-winner in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals over Philadelphia — a buzzer-beating miracle that bounced on the rim four separate times, for 1.8 seconds, before falling through — was historic the second it went down. And that shot will arguably become even more iconic if and when the Toronto Raptors dethrone the Golden State Warriors’ dynasty in the coming days. Few shots have provided that sort of drama while also indirectly ushering in what figures to be a changing of the guard in the sport as we know it.Because of that shot, it’s been hard not to notice the others that have all but taken up residence on the cylinder at Scotiabank Arena. “Those rims are really soft,” Raptors guard Kyle Lowry said.But do shots really hang on the rims more in Toronto? Will the Raptors have some hidden advantage when they take their home court and try to close out the NBA Finals in Game 5? As it turns out, yes, the Raptors’ jump shots do roll on and around the rim longer in Toronto than other teams’ jumpers do in their respective arenas. But no, that isn’t somehow evidence of anything underhanded at play.In an analysis of Second Spectrum shot-tracking data run by Matt Scott of STATS SportVU, we looked at all jumpers of 10 feet or greater, both in the regular season and the playoffs, and pulled the time measured between when the ball hit the rim and when it left the vicinity of the cylinder for a miss or went through the net for a make. The Raptors’ jump-shot attempts at home this postseason have bounced on or around the rim for an average of 0.224 seconds, the longest of any team to advance beyond the first round.1Even if you exclude Leonard’s wild shot against the Sixers from the data set, the Raptors’ jump-shot attempts have still hung on or around the rim longer, on average, than any other team that made it to the second round. read more

Embed Code The New York Times’ Benjamin Hoffman reports on the details of the DeMarcus Cousins trade.ESPN Stats & Information takes a look at the numbers behind the trade.Kyle Wagner wrote about whether the trade made sense for the Kings.Chris Dobbertean’s latest analysis of the NCAA men’s field.The NCAA is looking at changing the way it chooses teams for March Madness, writes FiveThirtyEight’s Neil Paine.In a profile in TIME, James Harden makes the claim that he’s the NBA’s most valuable player.Significant Digit: 110, the number of points that Grinnell College scored against Illinois College last Saturday. Grinnell employs the Grinnell System, the hallmarks of which include shooting a lot of threes, subbing entire lineups in and out at once, and employing a full-court press. Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (Feb. 21, 2017), we revisit how the Kings got fleeced in the DeMarcus Cousins trade with FiveThirtyEight’s Kyle Wagner. Next, we call up bracketologist Chris Dobbertean of SB Nation to break down the stakes in men’s college basketball as March Madness approaches. Finally, is James Harden as good as he says he is? We investigate.Links to what we discussed this week: More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed FiveThirtyEight read more

first_imgMicrosoft has been busy buying companies lately, but this purchase would blow all of their previous ones out of the water. According to a post on Twitter by Eldar Murtazin, the Russian technology blogger who’s managed to scoop the media before with his insider sources at Nokia, Microsoft is planning a bid for Nokia’s mobile division. The total cost: $30 billion.Murtazin isn’t just some blogger with wild ideas. His sources have been right in the past, and he was the first to break the story that Nokia was going to side with Microsoft over Google for Windows Phone 7 instead of Android. He was also the man who shocked the tech world with the assertion that only 674,000 Windows Phones were sold during the first quarter they were available, calling it a “total failure.”If Murtazin is correct, Nokia would leave the mobile phone business entirely, and Microsoft would pick up its mobile unit and start manufacturing Windows Phones using Nokia hardware and technology. If you’re shocked or simply don’t believe it, you have good reason to be skeptical.After all, Microsoft just shelled out $8.5 billion – the most it has for any single acquisition in its history – to buy Skype. They already have a partnership with Nokia worth over $1 billion to provide Windows Phone 7 to Nokia’s next generation of smartphones, when they’re announced. Even so, some people point to Microsoft’s failed bid for Yahoo! last year for $40 billion as proof they’re willing to shell out big bucks if the opportunity is right.Additionally, new Nokia CEO Stephen Elop is largely seen by Nokia fans as a Microsoft “plant” of sorts, softening up the company and giving Microsoft more influence from the inside. Elop did indeed work for Microsoft at one point, but whether or not his loyalties are to his current or former employer are probably less important than the question of how well such a large deal would work in the long run.Naturally, Microsoft and Nokia both refuse to comment on the matter at all.Read more at Twitter and SoftSailorlast_img read more

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Councilwoman Lorie Zapf FacebookTwitter Councilwoman Lorie Zapf delivers State of the District Posted: January 25, 2018 January 25, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSan Diego District 2 Councilwoman Lorie Zapf delivered her State of the District address Thursday night.She mentioned accomplishments in 2017 like fixing up streets in the district. Zapf also spent time honoring community volunteers. center_img KUSI Newsroom Updated: 10:49 PM KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more