first_imgSupermarket competition Shoppers on the streets of Wuhan appeared unperturbed by criticisms of the city’s wet markets as dirty and dangerous, instead citing convenience as the reason for choosing supermarkets instead.One 40-year-old supermarket shopper surnamed Chen told AFP that she thinks the food at wet markets is “good and cheap.”She rejected criticism that China’s markets are unhygienic, saying it “just isn’t true.””Their stuff is always fresh,” she said.People in China traditionally prefer buying fresh food — as opposed to frozen or packaged food — although supermarkets have been vying to steal away consumers in recent years.In 2019, the majority of Chinese people said they preferred to shop at supermarkets compared to other types of food shops, according to Chinese research firm iiMedia.”There are just more things at supermarkets,” Jiang Yonghui, a 20-year-old Wuhan resident, told AFP. “I don’t think there’s any hygiene difference.” Wet markets are popular venues to buy fresh meat, vegetables and fish across Asia — most selling common, everyday produce to locals at affordable prices.Most don’t sell live animals, although some do. During visits to three Wuhan markets this week, AFP saw live turtles, frogs, fish and crustaceans for sale, but no fowl or mammals blamed for past diseases.Workers at Baishazhou said they were now required to disinfect their stalls several times a day. Yang keeps multiple bottles of disinfectant in her small office, alongside a box of masks.Nevertheless, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said this week the decision to reopen wet markets was “unfathomable”.”We need to protect the world against potential sources of outbreaks of these types of viruses,” he told Australian TV.The top medical specialist for the US government, Anthony Fauci, told Fox News earlier this month that wet markets should be shut down “right away.” ‘Doomed’ The nationalistic state-run Global Times launched a strident defense of China’s wet markets on Tuesday, attacking “preconceived ideas” and “ridiculous requests” to close them.While the World Health Organization has said governments must ban the sale of exotic wildlife and enforce food safety regulations, it has not called for any wet markets to be closed.Vendors at Wuhan’s markets say unaffordable rents and the lingering effects of the citywide shutdown are more immediate concerns than the threat of contagion.”Business is very bad,” said Zhang Zhizhen, a duck meat seller at Lanling market. “It’s because of the epidemic — there are still very few people on the streets.”Most Wuhan market sellers who spoke to AFP said they never sold wild animals.But at the city’s Tiansheng market, two freshwater produce sellers who declined to give their names said they had to stop selling certain types of frogs and turtles because of the new rules.”This definitely affects our income, but we have to overcome this. It can’t be helped,” one seller said.Low foot traffic at the market, which has locked all but one entrance and only allows customers in after a temperature check, remains their main concern.”We don’t know if we can survive,” the other seller said. “Do you see anyone here?” At a large food market in the Chinese city of Wuhan, signs forbid the selling of wild animals and live fowl, while announcements calling for “victory” over COVID-19 play on a loop from speakers.China’s “wet markets” have been slammed internationally as the coronavirus roils the world, with the disease having seemingly emerged from stalls selling live game in Wuhan late last year.The government has since banned the sale of wildlife for food, but the reopening of markets has drawn criticism from around the world as the death toll from the pandemic continues to mount.center_img Topics : Shut down during the lengthy quarantine that sealed off Wuhan until April 8, the city’s markets are now fighting for survival as customers have not been rushing back.”There’s no question, we’re doomed this year,” spice seller Yang, who runs a stall at the massive Baishazhou wholesale market, told AFP. “There have never been so few people at our market.”Yang, whose sales have fallen by a third from before the lockdown, dismissed criticism of markets as virus hotbeds as “unnecessary panic”.One market remains closed: The Huanan Seafood Market that sold a range of exotic wildlife and is suspected to be the cradle of the virus that jumped from animals to humans.last_img read more

first_imgAt boxer’s event ‘Battle of the gladiators’ which was held on Saturday, 11 May, in Karlsruhe, BiH boxer Senad Hadžić won the title of the Champion of Europe in super-heavy category in WGL-MMA.In one of the main fights of the night Hadžić defeated Hungarian boxer Enyedi Domper in front of 2000 spectators.Senad Hadžić, in his career has won titles of the International champion of Germany, he was amateur champion of the world, professional champion of Germany,  and he also won many other titles and medals.He currently lives in Munich, and he’s the member of ‘Fighting Gym Asmir Burgić’ camp in Cologne and trains in Munich and Cologne, and he recently opened martial arts school in Munich.(source: klix.ba)last_img read more

first_imgAn essay by Edna Devore of the SETI Institute on Space.com encourages churches to join in Mike Zimmerman’s “Evolution Sunday” celebrations.  Zimmerman, with his Clergy Letter Project (see also New Scientist), has gotten over 10,000 pastors to sign a statement affirming evolution as an essential part of science and religion (02/11/2006).  Devore thinks this is a wonderful opportunity for scientists and people of faith to join in dialogue.1    Devore’s advertisement, dripping with praise for Charles Darwin but without a single mention of God, includes this paragraph about why the SETI Institute is promoting Evolution Sunday:Why is SETI Institute concerned with Darwin and evolution?  Understanding the evolution of the universe—galaxies, stars, planets, and life—is at the heart of our research.  In Darwin’s autobiography he states, “Everything in nature is the result of fixed laws.”  Discovering these “fixed laws” that govern the origin, nature and distribution of life is the core mission of the SETI Institute, and exploring change over time is the powerful theme that unifies all of our work, from laboratory to classroom.  The work of our scientists working on the NASA Astrobiology Institute research team focuses on the co-evolution of life and its planetary context, in projects that range from studies of life’s emergence on early Earth to the habitability of planets orbiting relatively cool M-stars.  This project will directly impact the Institute’s search for evidence of life that, like us, is sufficiently complex to reflect upon its own origins.  The evolution of complexity and intelligence is a challenging research area, but one that can be probed scientifically, and Institute research seeks to tease important insights out of both the fossil record and animal communication systems.  Darwin would no doubt be fascinated!Regarding “fixed laws” in biology, however, an essay in Nature this week questioned whether biology has any laws in the sense that physics employs.2   In “A battle of two cultures,” Evelyn Keller argued from philosophy and history that physics and biology cannot be compared on the basis of scientific laws:How appropriate is it to look for all-encompassing laws to describe the properties of biological systems?  By its very nature, life is both contingent and particular, each organism the product of eons of tinkering, of building on what had accumulated over the course of a particular evolutionary trajectory.  Of course, the laws of physics and chemistry are crucial.  But, beyond such laws, biological generalizations (with the possible exception of natural selection) may need to be provisional because of evolution, and because of the historical contingencies on which both the emergence of life and its elaboration depended.    Perhaps it is time to face the issues head on, and ask just when it is useful to simplify, to generalize, to search for unifying principles, and when it is not.Keller did not elaborate on why she thought natural selection could possibly be exempted from the provisional nature of biology.  She ended by stating that the influx of physical scientists into the emerging discipline of “systems biology” will require some guidelines – maybe even abandoning the their “traditional holy grail of universal ‘laws’.”    That debate aside, Edna Devore ended with the all-encompassing questions any worldview must ask.  But strangely, for someone asking churches to come on board, she said nothing about how God might be at least a partial source of information.  No; the only personages to look to for answers, according to Devore, are: self, and Charles Darwin.What might be found can best be understood from a basis of self-knowledge.  Where did we come from?  Where are we going?  What else is out there, and how did it evolve?  What will we become?  Big questions to ponder on the birthday of a man who helped us shape them.1Zimmerman calls it “Evolution Sunday” instead of “Darwin Sunday” because he claims only creationists refer to evolutionary theory as “Darwinism.”  Why he chose his special day to fall on the Sunday before Charles Darwin’s birthday he did not explain.  Devore seems to understand the centrality of Darwin to evolution; her short essay contains 18 references to Charles Darwin, but none to other evolutionary theorists.  Her essay begins with a quote from Darwin and ends with praise for “the man who helped us shape” the answers to life’s biggest questions.2Evelyn Fox Keller, “Connections: A clash of two cultures,” Nature 445, 603 (8 February 2007) | doi:10.1038/445603a.Devore’s essay is so silly and shallow and uninformed, it’s easy to dismiss it as complete poppycock.  But Christians should be merciful, so let’s meet her halfway, and suggest ways we might make Evolution Sunday a meaningful occasion.  Here is a suggested Order of Worship for Evolution Sunday:Begin with a moment of silence for the 148 million who died under the regimes Darwin’s philosophy inspired (11/30/2005).Scripture Reading: Psalm 1 (the danger of walking in the counsel of the ungodly, instead of delighting in the law of the Lord).Opening hymn: This Is My Father’s World.Sunday School Lesson: the art of Baloney Detecting.Testimonies: people who trusted their self-knowledge and ruined their lives till they got back to the Word of God, or who embraced evolutionism uncritically till they studied the evidence.Prayer: each class prays for a communist country that is still trying to impose atheism, justifying it with Darwin’s theory.  Pray for the pastors and Christians being persecuted (see Persecution.com).  Also pray that social evils will end that are rationalized by evolution: abortion, embryonic stem cell killing, cloning.Choir: Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee (02/09/2007).Sermon: Matthew 7 (Sermon on the Mount) about building on the rock of Jesus’ word instead of the shifting sands of human opinion.  Give illustrations of the many ways evolutionary theory has shifted with each new falsifying evidence (e.g., 12/14/2004 and the 12/27/2006 commentary).  Describe how evolutionary ideas did not begin with Charles Darwin, but illustrate the Long War Against God.Option Two:  The contrast between Darwin’s Tree of Life (02/01/2007) and the Tree of Life described in Genesis and Revelation.  Key text: Proverbs 3:13-24.  Secondary text: Matthew 7:13-20 (a tree is known by its fruit).  Other references to “tree of life” can be found on BibleGateway.Hymn: How Firm a Foundation, about God’s excellent Word.Challenge: Every member gets a packet of materials to use in witnessing to Darwinists: a copy of ICR’s Acts and Facts newsletter with encouragement to get on the mailing list, a card listing URLs for creation websites (like this one), a package of gospel tracts aimed at flaws in evolutionary theory such as these from CMI, and a copy of the DVD The Case for a Creator.We hope Edna appreciates our attempts to help make Evolution Sunday a rich and meaningful opportunity to reflect on “the development of evolutionary theory from before Darwin to the present and the rich and complex historical interaction of evolution and Christianity.”(Visited 27 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgSol Plaatje appears on the cover of thelaunch edition of Wordsetc, the first of the“iconic writers” to feature on themagazine’s cover. Phakama Mbonambi, publisher ofWordsetc. “I’ve always loved readingbooks and quality magazines,” he says.By Lusanda NgcaweniThe last few years have seen remarkable new interest in local South African literature. The Time of the Writer, Franschhoek Literary Festival and Cape Town Book Fair have become not-to-be-missed affairs, boutique bookstores are popping up all over, and everyone seems to belong to a book club. A significant part of this trend is the appearance of new South African literary magazines, with Wordsetc and boeke Insig both launched in December 2007.“I’ve always loved reading books and quality magazines,” says Phakama Mbonambi, publisher of Wordsetc. “For me, presentation is just as important as content. It doesn’t matter if you are well-known author, if your writing style is not inspired, I won’t be captivated, regardless of what you have to say. I’m a partisan of a beautiful sentence.“Even at varsity I’d take the little pocket money I had to buy GQ, not because of its fabulous fashion – which I couldn’t and still can’t afford – but because I discovered gems of well written stories between those glossy pages. And of course the models were also great to look at,” he says.“As a journalism student, I scrutinised these publications, and picked up a lot about the various ways of packaging stories; the wonderful intros and depth of research; the use of language; the design and photography. I later discovered The New Yorker and was blown away by the varied nature of the articles, and the amount of space dedicated to them. The New Yorker pretty much wrote about any subject and did it beautifully. Since then I’ve fantasised about having something similar locally.”Quarterly literary publicationAnd thus the seed of Wordsetc – the title means “words, etcetera” – was planted. Fast forward a few years and in December 2007, the launch issue hit the shelves. Mbonambi as editor and publisher, and his two friends Zamani Xolo (creative director) and Barney Luthuli (financial manager) are the force behind this quarterly literary publication.Publishing is a risky business. Multiply that by a thousand, add to that a couple more hundred, and that’s how much more risky self- or independent publishing is. The number of magazine titles that have fallen by the wayside in the last year alone could probably save a rainforest or two. But Mbonambi won’t let me rain on his shine, he is determined to make this work.“The magazine market may be saturated but I believe Wordsetc stands a huge chance of survival because it is groundbreaking,” he says. “By focusing on literature it appeals to the intellect. We are talking to a niche audience that can afford to buy this title, with or without an economic slump.“Subscriptions are crucial to ensuring that the title thrives. Because of its nature, Wordsetc appeals beyond affluent and literary-minded individuals. It has potential to be distributed on a subscription basis to institutions of higher learning, public libraries, companies and government departments. If these distribution channels could be adequately explored, the survival chances improve markedly.”Literary giants and new writingsThe willingness to deal with the problems that come with publishing a literary journal is linked to Mbonambi’s passion for the subject matter. “South Africa has a rich literary tradition,” he says. “We’ve produced a number of literary giants such as Sol Plaatje, Bessie Head, Nadine Gordimer, Es’kia Mphahlele, Zakes Mda and many others. Wordsetc pays homage to these writers through profiles, features and essays.”Sol Plaatje appears on the cover of the launch edition, the first of the “iconic writers” that will be a feature of the magazine’s cover. “Sol Plaatje was an accomplished and colourful writer and politician who was way ahead of his time.” says Mbonambi. “We wanted to honour him and tell his story to a generation of South Africans who do not know it, and of course to highlight his literary side. In the second edition we’re leading with Es’kia Mphahlele, the godfather of South African literature.”While acknowledging the past and highlighting the greats, Mbonambi is determined to explore new literary territory. “The idea is also to record new writings in South Africa and explore themes that are applicable to our age. While the past cannot be dismissed or willed away, I felt that some themes had been done to death in South African literature. Just because a writer is black, for example, his story doesn’t have be set in a squatter camp.”Many of the magazine’s contributors are authors and they will be happy to hear that “the idea is to provide them with a platform to dazzle. Readers get to sample their prose and thoughts, know their wishes, desires, frustrations, hopes, ideals and so on. After being titillated, the idea is to go out and buy their works.”Mbonambi has to get people to buy the magazine first and this is expecially difficult in a country where there is not a great reading culture.“Unfortunately, the market is tiny, which is why Wordsetc is so niched. Wordsetc readers appreciate a home-grown product with substance; something they can proudly show off anywhere in the world and proudly display on their coffee tables,” says Mbonambi. “In order for the reading market to grow, libraries have to be supplied with new, quality books so that those who can’t afford to buy books can also enjoy the pleasures of reading.”Advertising and distribution challengesNaturally a bold venture like this produces challenges, the major one being attracting advertisers and although this is the case with any new title, Mbonambi is frustrated with the “myopia” of some media planners. “They keep asking for ABC figures, completely disregarding the environment in which a client’s ad will be placed,” he says.“What is particularly heart-breaking is the number of book publishers who are reluctant to support a literary journal, yet they claim to be concerned about the poor reading culture in this country. You’d think they’d be quick to embrace a title that promotes South African literature. Thankfully, some publishers can see Wordsetc’s potential and have supported us. I’m very grateful for that.”Distribution is another obstacle that new publishers have to negotiate. “It took a long time to get into Exclusive Books and the top 20 CNA stores; I could only get in there after I got a distributor. A positive is that I got a chance to cultivate relationship with many independent bookstores nationally,” says Mbonambi. “These shops help fill the distribution gaps where Exclusives and CNA are not available, though personally distributing to these bookstores has been costly.”Mbonambi has had to learn quickly along the way: “The fee for using a distributor is exorbitant. They take half of the cover price plus R1.30 per all copies handled. Which points to one thing – never rely on the cover price. Rather push for advertising revenue and bulk sales. Another distribution pain is going to a major bookstore and finding your copies buried underneath other titles.”With any funding but their own “yet to materialise”, there is little money for marketing. “We’re relying on word-of-mouth, bookstore promos and media interviews for now,” says Mbonambi.Fortunately there has been a positive response from people in the industry. “Authors are excited to have a literary platform for their work, while some visionary publishers recognise its potential as a vehicle for promoting books. Readers are equally impressed. They appreciate the fact that something different has come on to magazine shelves. We’ve had a lot of compliments about the content, photography and design.”About boeke InsigBoeke Insig is an Afrikaans literary magazine-cum-book club published by New Media Publishing and Media 24. This quarterly, which launched at the end 2007, has Ruda Landman (former Carte Blanche leading lady), hosting a “book table” over breakfast or lunch where she interviews authors featured on that issue’s cover. Subscribers receive discounts to these book tables, and get book vouchers and discounts on some books. boeke Insig managing editor, Jomarie Dick, says the reader response has been very encouraging and that subscriptions are growing steadily.Useful linksWordsetcBoeke Insiglast_img read more

first_imgDuke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski speaking at Fan Town Hall.Twitter/@duke_athleticsMike Krzyzewski is 68 years old, but coming off of the 2015 national championship, don’t expect the Hall of Famer to hang up his whistle in the near future. When asked about any potential retirement plans, Coach K had a simple answer: he doesn’t have any.“I have no thoughts on retiring right now.” -Coach K #FanTownHall pic.twitter.com/oIX80NPU5i— Duke Athletics (@Duke_ATHLETICS) July 2, 2015We don’t think Coach K can coach forever, but the way he’s been recruiting, it wouldn’t be wise to doubt him.last_img read more

first_imgRick Neuheisel performing at a South Carolina bar.Rick Neuheisel SingingIn addition to being a former head coach and current college football analyst, it appears Rick Neuheisel is also a performer in his spare time. The 54-year-old Neuheisel took his show on the road to Wild Wings Cafe in Columbia, S.C. this evening, where he’s performing on-stage in a South Carolina hat under the watchful eye of Steve Spurrier and a host of other bar patrons.The HBC looks like he’s having a good time. Neuheisel also broke out the tune “Born in the SEC,” which he has previously sang on the Dan Patrick Show.pic.twitter.com/owbpx8wTRX— Steve Spurrier Jr (@coachspurrierjr) August 8, 2015What do you all think of Neuheisel’s vocal prowess?last_img read more

first_imgMichigan Stadium on a rainy day.InstagramMichigan freshman Ahmir Mitchell transferring after suspension.Ahmir Mitchell enrolled at Michigan early, but it doesn’t look like he’s ever going to play a down for the Wolverines. Wednesday, just days after it was announced by head coach Jim Harbaugh that the freshman wide receiver would be suspended indefinitely, Mitchell announced on Twitter that he’d be leaving the program.“It’s been all love from the fans, community, and the people of Michigan. I’ve made bonds and friendships with people here that will last a lifetime. I love what U of M had to offer me but, what is best for me and my family comes first. Therefore I will like to announce that I am hereby reopening my recruitment to all Universities and football programs.”Mitchell specifically stated that he’s “reopening’ his recruitment. But since he’s been enrolled at Michigan since January, this would have to be considered a transfer.All love for the people of Michigan and U of M ?? pic.twitter.com/dATIELCJQe— Ahmir_SoDevoted (@TheDeuce_2_Nice) August 24, 2016Mitchell is a class of 2016 player who was rated as a four-star composite. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound star is from Egg Harbor City, New Jersey.Reasons for Mitchell’s suspension have not been released. Harbaugh became frustrated with the press when asked about it last week.last_img read more

When he was hired in May to coach the Milwaukee Bucks, Mike Budenholzer inherited a promising but underachieving core of young players led by Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Bucks — who have not won a playoff series since 2001 — had just suffered yet another postseason disappointment and hoped a coaching change would help them escape perpetual mediocrity.To say the results have been encouraging would be an understatement. Budenholzer has implemented a new and more modern offensive strategy that is utilizing Antetokounmpo’s unique talents like never before. Under Budenholzer this season, the Bucks are scoring at a conference-leading rate of 113.2 points per 100 possessions. The team has the best record in the NBA, has won 10 of its last 11, and has already beaten conference rivals Boston, Philadelphia and Toronto (three times now). Milwaukee is heading into All-Star weekend as perhaps the most intimidating team in the Eastern Conference.So, yes, the coaching change has worked. But what exactly has Budenholzer done — and why is it working so well for the Bucks? One strategic change was clear even back in the preseason when Budenholzer rolled out his new offense.“Coach Bud wants us to shoot more 3s,” Milwaukee guard Malcolm Brogdon told Eric Nehm of The Athletic. “A lot more 3s.”Last year, the Bucks attempted just 24.7 3-pointers per game (25th-most in the league). Under Budenholzer, they have pumped up their long-range volume to 37.8 3-pointers per game, second-most in the NBA this season (trailing only the Houston Rockets).But Budenholzer has done more than just open the 3-point flood gates in Milwaukee this year: He has engineered a sea change in shot selection.“I think there’s a lot of focus on how many 3s [we are taking], but hopefully we’re having the best of everything,” Budenholzer said to The Athletic. “If you’re an efficient offense, you’re getting to the basket. You’re getting to the paint. You’re getting to the free-throw line. And you’re shooting a bunch of 3s.” This season, the Bucks have done more to modernize their shot chart than any other team in the league, as shown in these year-to-year charts.1The 2017-18 chart is through games as of Feb. 5, 2018. Their share of shots taken at the rim or behind the 3-point line — referred to as the Moreyball Rate, after Houston general manager Daryl Morey — has jumped by 16 percentage points, according to data compiled by PBP Stats. Correspondingly, their average 2-pointer is being attempted from a shorter distance, about 2.5 feet closer to the hoop. And everybody on the team is cutting back on midrange jumpers.The Bucks’ transformations in Moreyball Rate and 2-point shot distance are the biggest changes by any team in the NBA from last season to this one. In fact, the Bucks’ sudden modernization is among the most drastic changes in shot selection by any team during the entire era of play-by-play data (available since 2001-02). Appropriately, Morey produced the biggest Moreyball makeover in league history during Houston’s 2012-13 season, James Harden’s first with the team.For the Bucks, the advantage of being laggards in the Moreyball revolution has been an opportunity to learn from the mistakes of their competitors. Seth Partnow, now Milwaukee’s director of basketball research, wrote for Vice Sports in 2016 that creating makeable shots takes more than just jacking threes and driving headlong into the lane. “Three-pointers and shots at the rim are indicators of good offense, but they’re not good offense in a vacuum, and teams that use them as targets should be wary of putting the cart before the horse. Those are good shots in theory. In practice, the best shots are the ones the personnel on hand can make.”Fundamentally, the Bucks have achieved their impressive offensive efficiency on the strength of the two principles of Budenholzer’s offensive philosophy: pace and space.Budenholzer’s emphasis on court spacing has been emblemized by the image of five “stand-here” squares he had taped to the floor of the Bucks practice court, surrounding the 3-point line. By initiating their offensive possessions with all five players outside the 3-point line, the Bucks leave more space for Antetokounmpo to attack the basket. Once Antetokounmpo draws attention around the basket, he’s free to kick the ball out to open 3-point shooters in space. It’s a positive feedback loop that yields easier shots for Antetokounmpo and his teammates.The Bucks’ improved floor spacing has been facilitated by some shrewd front-office maneuvers. The team signed capable stretch bigs Brook Lopez and Ersan Ilyasova on team-friendly contracts while at the same time cutting ties with paint-clogging centers Greg Monroe, Tyler Zeller and, most recently, John Henson.With all that extra space, Antetokounmpo has been attacking the basket relentlessly this season. Since last year, he has increased his volume of drives per game from 11.0 to 12.9; his paint touches are up from 5.3 to 6.5 per game; and he’s now taking more shots at the rim (523) than any other player in the league. These additional basket-attacking duties have put the onus on Antetokounmpo to read the defense and distribute the ball to his teammates.The result has been a career high in assists for Antetokounmpo this season (5.9 per game), with an emphasis on kick-out dimes. On 289 total assists this season, Antetokounmpo has set up a teammate for a 3-point basket 168 times (58 percent), while he has assisted a teammate in scoring a 2-point basket just 121 times (42 percent). In other words, Antetokounmpo has created 262 more points via assisted 3-pointers than he has via assisted 2-pointers this year. That is the biggest such margin of any player in the league and it’s not even remotely close — Detroit’s Blake Griffin is second with 98 more points assisted on 3-pointers than 2-pointers.Among the top-30 assist leaders this season, Antetokounmpo and teammate Eric Bledsoe are two of only seven players who have created more points via assists on 3s than on 2s. 2018-19Bucks6480+167.55.0-2.5 MEMMike Conley225103328450309-141 SeasonTEAMPrev. seasongiven seasonDiff.Prev. seasongiven seasondiff. NOPJrue Holiday293138431586414-172 The Bucks’ drive-and-kick is producing threesThe top 30 2018-19 NBA assist leaders by the difference in points created from assisted 3-pointers vs. 2-pointers, through Feb. 5 2013-1476ers5166+159.56.5-3.0 TORKyle Lowry287101388574303-271 PORDamian Lillard23188319462264-198 2005-06Cavaliers4760+139.08.0-1.0 2015-16Hornets5164+139.58.2-1.3 CHAKemba Walker174117291348351+3 BOSKyrie Irving195120315390360-30 INDDarren Collison21989308438267-171 2014-15Cavaliers5365+128.87.2-1.6 2012-13L.A. Lakers5163+129.18.1-1.0 2008-09Trail Blazers4454+1011.08.9-2.1 MOREYBALL RATEAVG. 2PA DISTANCE Moreyball Rate is the share of the team’s shots taken at the rim or behind the 3-point lineSome percentage-point and distance differences may not add up because of roundingAs of Feb. 5, 2019Source: PBPstats.com MINJeff Teague17179250342237-105 LALLonzo Ball19461255388183-205 MILEric Bledsoe167112279334336+2 PHXDevin Booker174108282348324-24 GSWKevin Durant192119311384357-27 GSWDraymond Green17896274356288-68 PHIBen Simmons236182418472546+74 UTARicky Rubio182104286364312-52 WASJohn Wall178101279356303-53 2012-13Rockets53%74%+208.8ft6.2ft-2.6ft 2018-19Wizards5871+128.76.9-1.8 ATLTrae Young239155394478465-13 SASDeMar DeRozan192123315384369-15 2004-05L.A. Lakers5061+118.67.8-0.9 OKCRussell Westbrook321163484642489-153 TeamPlayer2P3PTOTAL2P3PDIFF HOUJames Harden251151402502453-49 UTAJoe Ingles19173264382219-163 DETBlake Griffin140126266280378+98 LACLou Williams18569254370207-163 MILGiannis Antetokounmpo121168289242504+262 2003-04Wizards3852+1410.98.7-2.2 DENNikola Jokic285114399570342-228 Source: PBPstats.com 2017-18Raptors5871+128.36.5-1.8 ASSISTSPOINTS CREATED DALLuka Doncic151120271302360+58 Milwaukee has modernized its shot selection, big timeTeams with the biggest jumps in their Moreyball Rate from the previous season and their change in average distances from the basket on 2-point field-goal attempts, since 2001-02 2007-08Magic5366+138.06.9-1.1 2016-17Nets5372+198.46.1-2.4 2008-09L.A. Clippers4457+1310.28.2-2.0 SACDe’Aaron Fox227146373454438-16 LALLeBron James16785252334255-79 WASBradley Beal152117269304351+47 BKND’Angelo Russell230116346460348-112 At the top of the list, Antetokounmpo finds himself in the company of a few other big ball handlers — Griffin, Ben Simmons, Luka Doncic — who can distribute to their teammates from the inside out. LeBron James, who is basically the prototype for this point-forward approach, assisted on 344 of his teammates’ 3-pointers in Cleveland last year (for 1,032 points), more than any other player in the NBA. (He created 226 more points on the 3s he assisted than on 2s.) Antetokounmpo is on pace to post a similarly lopsided distribution of assists this season.Impressively, when Antetokounmpo has been on the court this season, 89 percent of the Bucks’ 3-pointers have been assisted; that’s 11 percentage points more than the team’s assisted-3 rate when he’s been on the bench. The Bucks’ improved spacing seems to be helping Antetokounmpo create all the right shots for his Milwaukee teammates.Establishing a faster pace has gone hand-in-hand with the Bucks’ efforts to create better spacing. Budenholzer has emphasized playing with urgency and purposeful movement, and the team has shaved nearly a second off the duration of its average offensive trip (from 14.0 to 13.1 seconds per possession). According to Synergy Sports, the Bucks have attempted fewer field goals this season during the last seven seconds of the shot clock (from 19 percent of all field-goal attempts to 15 percent) and have correspondingly increased the proportion of their attempts (from 59 percent to 65 percent) that are attempted with somewhere between seven and 18 seconds remaining on the shot clock.Antetokounmpo helps push the pace for the Bucks. Budenholzer has instructed his lanky star to dribble the ball up the court immediately after securing any defensive rebound, which has created more uptempo half-court possessions and shots in semitransition.The Bucks are shooting better when they keep their offensive flow uptempo like this — with an effective field-goal percentage of 56 percent on shots taken with between seven and 18 seconds left on the shot clock and just 48 percent on their more slowly developing shots.A new and more modern offensive approach predicated on floor spacing and pace, along with some smart personnel decisions, have helped Budenholzer unlock the immense potential of the Bucks’ young superstar. Perhaps when they hired Budenholzer the Bucks would have been happy with winning a playoff series. But with Milwaukee in pole position for its first conference championship appearance in nearly two decades, the Bucks now have eyes on a bigger prize. The older Milwaukee generation is surely reminiscing of the summer of ’71 — the last time there was a transformative young star in town. And who knows, maybe this season will end like that one, with an NBA championship for the Bucks. Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

Junior midfielder David Planning (12) takes a shot during a game against Michigan April 12 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 15-6.Credit: Dan Hope / Lantern photographerIn a clash of the only remaining unbeaten teams left in ECAC play, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (5-6, 2-0) is scheduled to host the Air Force Falcons (8-3, 3-0) inside Ohio Stadium Saturday with first place on the line.Getting hot at the right time, the Buckeyes have won four of their last five after starting the season 1-5, including a convincing win over archrival Michigan in front of more than 17,000 fans last Saturday inside Ohio Stadium.However, OSU coach Nick Myers said the team has put the Michigan game behind them and they are now focused on taking an Air Force squad that is currently one of the hottest teams in the country.“For our men, it’s the next play, next game mentality,” Myers said. “We understand what’s on the line this weekend. You got an opportunity at a share of the conference championship, Air Force is looking at an opportunity to win it outright. Right now, it’s as close to a playoff mentality as you can get against a team that is red hot, very well coached, and has a lot of seniors.”Going into its last game against No. 17 Fairfield, Air Force had yet to record a victory over a team ranked in the top 20, but that didn’t stop them from handling the Stags for a 16-8 win.Now winners of six straight, Air Force sits atop the ECAC with the chance to win the regular season title for the first time under coach Eric Seremet.The Falcons are led by 14 seniors, who have the offense rolling right now after having scored 13 or more goals in five of their last six games.OSU senior goalie Scott Spencer said the team is just focused on themselves and playing the fundamentals well this weekend.“It’s not about any one guy. We just really want to hone in on supporting each other and focusing on the little things,” Spencer said. “These last two weeks, we’ve really been focused on fundamentals and the basics and not trying to get too fancy, but really knowing who we are and what we do best.”Spencer, who has started four games for the Buckeyes since fellow senior goalie Greg Dutton went down with an injury, is 3-1 on the season and is the reigning ECAC Defensive Player of the Week after holding Michigan to only six goals while making nine saves in the Showdown in the Shoe.Myers said Spencer, along with the rest of the Buckeye defense, will have to build on their momentum and confidence to slow down a potent Falcons offense led by senior attackman Mike Crampton (33 goals, 16 assists).“He’s been really steady. Scotty is a guy that brings a great deal of consistency to the lineup. He’s got a great work ethic,” Myers said. “Every day, Scotty is going to come to practice ready to go and I’m really happy to see him having success. I think his success is a product certainly of the defense as well. He’s doing his job in there and defensively, we are slowly starting to get more confidence as the year goes on together.”Offensively, junior midfielder Jesse King will hope to continue his stellar play, as he has 21 points in his last three games and 45 on the season. Junior attackman Reegan Comeault will also look to build on his scoring streak as the only Buckeye to tally a point in every game this season.Game time is set for Saturday at 1 p.m. and is slated to be Senior Day for 10 Buckeyes, including senior midfielder Jake Sharick, who won’t be able to play because of an ACL tear that has kept him sidelined all year. Despite the injury, Sharick said the game will be just as special as if he was playing.“We are all working for the same thing,” Sharick said. “Everyone’s trying to get one job done, so I feel just as part of the team as if I was on the field. We’re all gonna take that mindset in for this day, so it’ll be a fun day.” read more

first_imgThe ACT Government has knocked back an unsolicited bid by Aquis Entertainment for the AU$330 million redevelopment of Casino Canberra.Chief Minister Andrew Barr revealed on Wednesday that although the government recognizes the potential benefits of developing the Casino Canberra site, Aquis’ proposal was untenable due to ongoing uncertainty surrounding regulation as well as financing details. Ainsworth launches review of product development after Asia-Pacific struggles see FY19 decline RelatedPosts In a filing to the Australian Securities Exchange, Aquis – which is controlled by Hong Kong businessman Tony Fung – blamed “certain decisions taken by the ACT” for rejection of its bid. They include changes to legislation regarding electronic gaming machines, including how many gaming machines Aquis would be allowed to install and how they would be obtained.The ACT Government previously rejected a request by Aquis to operate 500 slot machines at Casino Canberra, offering 200 slot machines and 60 EGMs instead subject to certain strict conditions. Casino Canberra is not allowed to operate any slot machines under current law.Aquis said in this week’s filing that such restrictions “meant it was difficult to progress Aquis’ original proposal. In addition, Aquis could not provide detailed information in relation to the financing of the proposal requested by the ACT Government without the ACT Government providing the certainty sought by Aquis in respect of various key aspects of its proposal including tax rates, license fees and the legislative framework.”However, it added that the company has been invited to work with the Economic Development Division of the Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development on a revised proposal.“Aquis continues to believe that the development of an integrated entertainment precinct in Canberra’s CBD offers Canberra and the ACT a once in a lifetime tourism infrastructure opportunity,” the company said. “Therefore, Aquis will continue to engage with the ACT Government on development opportunities.”Aquis also revealed that it has received a number of preliminary proposals to acquire either Casino Canberra or a controlling stake in the company. Cairns targeting up to 500,000 tourists a year with Global Tourism Hub Revenue falls, losses widen for Aquis Entertainment Load Morelast_img read more