Florida Marlins199771-256-327 New York Yankees1939438153-285 Last year’s Chicago Cubs were an overwhelming team, riding one of the most impressive run differentials in recent history to a world championship. But this season, the Cubs have struggled to lift themselves above .500 despite playing in a mediocre division. Chicago should watch out — if it keeps playing this poorly, the Cubs will end up undergoing one of the largest drop-offs ever suffered by a World Series winner.Teams often struggle after a championship. Even the most exceptional roster can get pushed back toward average through some combination of a World Series hangover and regression to the mean. But the Cubs’ slide is uncommon even by those standards. According to run differential, only five other champs in history have declined as much as Chicago has this year1For teams that played fewer than 162 games — including the 2017 Cubs — I pro-rated their run differentials to a 162-game schedule.: Detroit Tigers193527153-218 Of the 10 teams on the list, seven played before 1950, when baseball was a very different sport. In the current era (since 1988), the Cubs drop-off is the third worst, trailing only the 2013 Red Sox — more on them later — and the infamous fire-sale 1997 Marlins. Chicago had more room to fall than most champs — only 19 World Series winners matched the 2016 Cubs’ +252 run differential — but that just makes their current mediocrity stand out all the more starkly.Boston’s decline between 2013 and 2014 provides the best recent precedent for Chicago’s slump. Just two years after current Cubs President Theo Epstein left the Sox, Boston won the World Series with a core roster that Epstein mostly assembled. The following year, however, the Red Sox disappointed their fans by scraping together a woeful 71-win season. This was part of a multi-season trend of the Red Sox zig-zagging between contention and mediocrity, and that stretch wound up being the most extreme set of year-to-year swings in MLB history.But unlike the 2014 Red Sox or the ’98 Marlins, the 2017 Cubs have fallen apart while fielding a roster that’s largely unchanged from the year before. The Red Sox lost a star in Jacoby Ellsbury, along with an everyday catcher (Jarrod Saltalamacchia) and some bit players; the Marlins turned over nearly their entire team after winning it all. By contrast, Dexter Fowler counts as the Cubs’ only notable subtraction, and a healthy Kyle Schwarber (fresh off his World Series heroics) was supposed to offset Fowler’s loss. Instead, Schwarber floundered so much that he was was sent to the minors. (Granted, Fowler hasn’t been impressive with his new team, either.)It’s unlikely that the Cubs will continue to be this bad for the rest of the year. Even with their poor play through the season’s first 83 games, most projections call for them to rack up many more wins over the second half. They ought to sneak into the playoffs in a division with few strong contenders, and once they’re there, anything can happen. But even if you credit Chicago with the elevated run differential that these projections expect over the rest of the season, rather than simply pro-rating their differential so far, the Cubs would still end the year with the eighth-largest decline in history. No matter what happens, the Cubs’ 2017 performance will have been just as historic as it was a year earlier, even if it’s not nearly so impressive. Chicago Cubs201625225-227 Chicago White Sox191719914-185 RUN DIFFERENTIAL St. Louis Cardinals1931211-34-245 Pittsburgh Pirates190926583-182 Los Angeles Angels2002207-7-214 All run differentials are based on a 162-game schedule.Source: Lahman’s Baseball Database Cleveland Indians1948282106-176 Boston Red Sox2013197-81-278 The Cubs’ decline is historic Boston Red Sox191226823-245 TEAMYEARCHAMPIONSHIP YEARFOLLOWING YEARDIFFERENCE
On Friday night, the Miami Heat buried the Indiana Pacers under a barrage of 3-pointers, taking Game 6 by 25 points and advancing to the NBA Finals for the fourth consecutive season. The Heat were 11 of 26 from behind the 3-point arc (the third game in this series that their 3-point makes hit double-digits). Outside shooting is a central pillar of Miami’s offense, but the degree to which it used these shots to beat the Pacers was surprising.The Pacers had one of the stingiest defenses in the NBA during the regular season, and defending the 3-point line was one of their biggest strengths: the Pacers both discouraged 3-point attempts and held down their opponents’ 3-point accuracy. The Heat, meanwhile, were one of the most frequent and accurate 3-point shooting teams during the regular season.With a great defense matching up against a great offense, competing strengths dancing around a specific facet of the game, we would expect the results to fall somewhere in the middle.Not so much. In the Eastern Conference finals, the 3-point battle was won, emphatically, by the Heat’s offense.The Pacers didn’t limit the Heat’s 3-point attempts. The Heat took more. And those 3-point shots weren’t forced. They came within the framework of Miami’s offense; the Heat even pushed their accuracy past their own regular-season mark.The Heat’s 3-point shooting from the corners was particularly important. Other than a shot at the basket, no other location, on average, yields a higher expected value than a corner 3-pointer. Against the Pacers, the Heat took nearly twice as many of these shots as the Pacers’ defense allowed during the regular season.This 3-point bombardment came from just about everywhere. Six different Heat players made six or more 3-pointers in the series, and six different players made at least one corner 3-pointer. Six different Heat players assisted on a 3-pointer. In short, the load was shared in making and facilitating these shots.In their half-court offense, the Heat almost always have their eye on an open 3-point look. The Heat’s opponent in the NBA Finals is still to be determined. Both the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder present stout defenses. But the Thunder were roughly middle of the pack in the regular season in limiting 3-point attempts and makes. The Spurs, on the other hand, were among the league’s best — similar to the Pacers. Of course, the Heat have just shown they can get the shots they want against an elite defense keyed toward stopping them.Correction (May 31, 8:00 p.m.): A previous version of this post incorrectly counted the number of Heat players to make seven or more 3-pointers and at least one corner 3-pointer in the Eastern Conference finals.
The No. 7-ranked Ohio State field hockey team’s main goal entering the 2010 NCAA Tournament Saturday is simple: win the first two rounds of the tournament and advance to the Final Four. “Even from preseason, our biggest goal was making the Final Four,” senior back Bri Doak said. “If we play like I know we can play, I don’t see why we won’t be in the Final Four next weekend.” OSU (16-4) will play the No. 15-ranked University of Albany (16-5) in the first round of the tournament. Because the bracket for the tournament was not released until Tuesday night, the OSU coaching staff has had little time to scout Albany. However, OSU coach Anne Wilkinson has seen enough to know Albany will be a tough challenge for the Buckeyes. “They’re strong. They’re very, very strong with their tackling,” Wilkinson said. “They have great individual skills and they are very disciplined with the way they play.” The Buckeyes enter the NCAA Tournament coming off a disappointing loss to the Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament Finals. Before the loss to UM, OSU had a 10-game winning streak. With the winning streak gone, OSU players are now looking at the NCAA Tournament as a fresh start. “The Michigan game was a disappointing loss for us,” senior forward Jena Cacciatore said. “The NCAA (Tournament) is a new season. We are 0-0 across the board, so anything can happen.” Cacciatore is excited for Saturday’s game against Albany for more than a chance to make up for the UM loss. Albany’s senior midfielder Sarah Deane is Cacciatore’s good friend and former high school teammate. “I’ve been asking coach to play her for years. When I found out, I knew it would be bittersweet because one of us will get knocked out,” Cacciatore said. “It’s taught me I better be careful what I wish for.” The game will be special for Doak as well. She will be making her 80th career start, setting a new OSU record. “When (Doak) came in as a freshman, she kind of flew under the radar, but she’s always been a constant for us,” Wilkinson said. “She came in with great fitness and has maintained it. She has earned every minute.” OSU plays Albany at 2 p.m. Saturday in State College, Pa. The winner will advance to the second round and play at 2 p.m. Sunday against the winner of Penn State and Syracuse.
Ohio State softball’s sophomore pitcher Alex DiDomenico is making strides to be a star player for the Buckeyes after pitching her fourth complete shutout win of the season over the weekend at the Cherry Blossom Classic. In OSU’s game Saturday against Canisius in Fairfax, Va., DiDomenico struck out three batters and allowed one hit in six innings of play. The Buckeyes won, 8-0. DiDomenico received her first career Big Ten weekly honor of Pitcher of the Week Feb. 18. “It was very exciting for her, but I think most importantly it was the fact that what she did was a team effort,” said OSU softball coach Kelly Schoenly. The Youngstown native’s athletic journey began when she was young. “My dad got me into the sport when I was like 5, and my sister played, too,” DiDomenico said. “They love the sport and they are my biggest supporters, you know, it’s really important to us.” DiDomenico was also selected as an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete in 2012, an achievement that she said she credits to knowing her priorities. “It’s always tough, but really, it’s prioritizing your time and knowing how to put what’s important first,” DiDomenico said. When DiDomenico finds time to unwind, it is not unusual to catch her watching the movie “Pitch Perfect” with teammate sophomore catcher Shelby Pickett, catching up on needed sleep or keeping up with schoolwork. DiDomenico’s teammates also said they often play pranks on her because she has a good sense of humor. “We went around in a circle and everyone had to say ‘woof,’ and it had a name after it, and hers was ‘woof arted,’” Pickett said. “So when you put it together, it’s ‘who farted’ and she had no idea until the end and it was hilarious.” Schoenly said DiDomenico’s determination on and off the field is a characteristic that is hard to miss. “She’s a boxer, a fighter, she’s a bulldog, she’s all of those words,” Schoenly said. “She might get knocked down, might get a hit, but we say she’ll bend, but she won’t break. So she’s definitely got that, ‘You might hit me once but I’m going to come back harder, fighting harder,’ mentality.” DiDomenico said she’s keeping that intense focus on softball and school for the time being. “I would really like to become an All-American and just keep working towards that, you know anything is possible,” DiDomenico said. “I just want a good education, hopefully a good job, but I don’t know, wherever life takes me.” Schoenly said she expects great things in the future from DiDomenico. “I think she’s one of those young women that is going to go and conquer the world,” Schoenly said. “I really feel like she’s got kind of an inner drive where she’s going to do something special because she’s got that energy and desire that you can feel it coming out.” OSU is scheduled to play Indiana at Buckeye Field on Friday at 3 p.m. in the Buckeyes’ first conference game of the season.
Ohio State senior attack Eric Fannell fends off a defender against UMass on Feb. 18 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsThe No. 18 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team is off to its best start since 1966, but without facing a ranked team, the Buckeyes had been largely unproven in the national picture. On Wednesday afternoon, OSU (7-0) silenced doubters with a 6-3 win over the No. 10 Towson Tigers in Maryland.Freshman attack Tre LeClaire, senior midfielder Johnny Pearson, redshirt freshman attack Lukas Buckley, senior attack Eric Fannell, sophomore attack Jack Jasinski and senior midfielder John Kelly all scored for the Buckeyes. OSU senior goalie Tom Carey started for the second week in a row and made eight saves.Senior midfielder Jake Withers was dominant in the faceoff circle, winning 11-of-13 faceoffs.Late in the first period, the Buckeyes broke a scoreless tie. Buckley scored with 2:32 remaining in the quarter followed by Pearson a minute later for a 2-0 lead after one.In the second period, Towson senior midfielder Mike Lynch brought the score to one with a quick strike with more than five minutes remaining. However, Jasinski quickly retaliated to keep the lead at two. OSU led 3-1 at the half.The Tigers began to make a comeback in the third with scores from Tigers senior attackman Ryan Drenner and senior attack Tyler Konen to tie the game at three entering the final quarter.After blowing a 3-1 lead, the Buckeyes shut out the Tigers in the fourth quarter 3-0 to seal the deal. Fannell scored the first goal less than two minutes into the quarter to take a 4-3 lead. Kelly scored with a little more than seven minutes remaining, and the Buckeyes leading scorer LeClaire put the game away, making the score 6-3 with 2:39 remaining. After its first ranked win of the season, OSU will face its toughest test of the season at home against Denver on Sunday at 5 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. The game will be broadcasted on ESPNU.
Former Sevilla boss Eduardo Berizzo has been announced as the new head coach of Athletic Bilbao on a one-year contractThe Argentine has been recovering from prostate cancer since leaving Sevilla, but he has now been named as the new boss at the San Mames.Berizzo succeeds Jose Angel Ziganda at Bilbao, who himself replaced the Barcelona-bound Ernesto Valverde last summer.Speaking to Marca after his appointment was announced, Berizzo revealed that his primary focus will be on building a side that will not be afraid to attack from the startZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“The coaches have an idea, but it is true that the characteristics of the players also mark the team figure, I want an attacking game, to be a protagonist, to have a dynamic team, with possession of the ball, with movements. I also say that you have to take it out as quickly as possible to the opponent,” he said.For the fans, Berizzo added:” We have all the enthusiasm to put into building a team that excites us.”Bilbao ended this season in 16th place in the La Liga table.
After discovering he had heart problems, Andrea Orlandi Stabilin has been forced to retire from the world of football.Spanish winger Andrea Orlandi Stabilin, who played for Barcelona B and even for Barcelona’s first team once, has been forced to retire after discovering he has heart disease.The former Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder will leave behind a career that started in 2003 and lasted until 2019.“I felt like this was coming after I had the medical but until it was made official I still had that glimmer of hope,” he told the Brighton official website.“Sadly it is not safe for me to play on and I was devastated when the doctor broke the news. However, I am coming to terms with it quite quickly and am so thankful to all the medical staff who have helped me.”“I could have had an operation to try and carry on playing, but at 34 it would have been risky and stupid to do so. I have to think about my future more than football now,” he added.“The truth is I could have died during my career, so I must look at the bright side that I am still here with my wife and kids and that I enjoyed many years playing the game I love,” he continued.“It is still very early so I have not planned my next step yet. For now, I will enjoy some time with my wonderful family.”Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.Orlandi played for many teams in the world, starting with Alaves in his native Spain, then Barcelona, Swansea City, Brighton, Blackpool, Anorthosis, APOEL, Novara, and Chennaiyin.He was trying to say goodbye to his career playing in Italian Lega Serie C with Virtus Entella.“I had a special five years at Swansea but my two years at the Albion were the greatest of my career,” he commented.“It was a fantastic group of players and some of my best friends in life were at the club at the same time. It made those wins extra memorable when enjoying them alongside true friends at a tremendous club.”“My first season was the best I have ever played personally and I absolutely loved the city of Brighton. I have missed the place ever since I left and hopefully I will get the chance to come and visit soon,” he concluded.😍 “Poetry in motion!”#BHAFC 🔵⚪️https://t.co/uXXD2Mi6YJ.— Brighton & Hove Albion ⚽️ (@OfficialBHAFC) February 25, 2019
220.127.116.11 Evaluations in Team Sports. In team sports, an institution shall use an evaluation for each prospective student-athlete participating in a practice or contest observed by the institution’s coach, except an evaluation that occurs on the same day as a permissible contact (see Bylaw 18.104.22.168). An institution’s coach who is attending an event in which prospective student-athletes from multiple educational institutions participate in drills (e.g., combine) shall use an evaluation only for each prospective student-athlete participating in the event that the coach observes engaging in the drills. In football, an observation that occurs during a permissible contact period shall count only as a contact per Bylaw 13.02.4.1. (Revised: 6/28/04, 5/14/05, 10/30/12) Print Friendly Version Story Links Did You Know…?In sports with evaluation days, an evaluation day is used even when a coach engages in an evaluation of a prospective student-athlete, who has signed an NLI, participating in practice or competition in a team sport (e.g., football). See Bylaw 13.1.7 for more information.
LCDs, have of course, become widely popular as the display type of choice for computers, smarthphones and handheld devices—they form the most basic part of such screens, the pixels. Each pixel is made up of a sandwich of liquid crystals set between pairs of glass plates—one of which polarizes light shone from behind. Light movement is controlled by turning on or off a small electric charge to cause the crystals to rotate a little bit or to relax. With state of the art technology, rotating the crystals happens very quickly when current is applied—it’s the relaxing back to their natural state that occurs relatively slowly. In this new effort, the researchers found a way around this problem by using crystals that don’t need to be rotated to control the way light is allowed to pass through, or not.The solution was found in using a type of molecule called CCN-47 as the basis for the crystals—when placed together in a solution they naturally align in a perpendicular fashion. This meant that they wouldn’t have to be rotated to change light passing through. Instead, they found that using such molecules as the basis for crystals meant that the polarization of the light could be rotated (by changing the way the electric field was applied) instead of the crystals—a much faster process. Testing showed the relaxation state could be achieved in just 30 nanoseconds instead of the usual several milliseconds.The researchers don’t expect this new type of LCD to replace those now used for common display devices—those are now fast enough that any gains in speed would not be noticeable to the human eye. Instead, they believe the new types of LCDs might be used to make new kinds of lasers for use in satellite communications or perhaps in cameras. Explore further Citation: Researchers discover a way to switch liquid crystals off faster (2013, September 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-09-liquid-crystals-faster.html Journal information: Physical Review Letters (Phys.org) —A team of physicists at Kent State University has discovered a way to cause liquid crystals to relax to their natural state faster. The result, the team explains in their paper published in Physical Review Letters, is a Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) display device that has much faster change rates than conventional LCDs. Experimental setup: NLC cell sandwiched between two 45-degree prisms. Credit: Volodymyr Borshch et al. © 2013 Phys.org Researchers develop molecular switch that changes liquid crystal colors More information: Nanosecond Electro-Optic Switching of a Liquid Crystal, Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 107802 (2013) link.aps.org/doi/10.1103/PhysRevLett.111.107802AbstractElectrically induced reorientation of nematic liquid crystal (NLC) molecules caused by dielectric anisotropy of the material is a fundamental phenomenon widely used in modern technologies. Its Achilles heel is a slow (millisecond) relaxation from the field-on to the field-off state. We present an electro-optic effect in an NLC with a response time of about 30 ns to both the field-on and field-off switching. This effect is caused by the electric field induced modification of the order parameters and does not require reorientation of the optic axis (director). This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
The beauty and hair care industry in India is witnessing a growth with new products and processes making inroads every season. Hair taming is one such method that seems to have made it big in the “evolved” hair care industry as women are loving the “no side effects and no harmful chemicals” procedure. Talking about the changing trends, experts say: “Earlier, when women used to use heat appliances like straightening iron, blow dryers onto their strands or undergo hair treatments like rebonding, hair smoothening, they faced many difficulties with the texture of the hair, which resulted in dissatisfaction. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”When hair taming came into the Indian market, people gradually started getting the hold of it. Hair taming gives the desired texture to the hair with its 100 per cent protein treatment known as keratin, which is infused into the cuticles to make hair healthier and shinier.”Speaking further, they revealed how hair taming has become a new age trend in the market as it rejuvenates strands from the roots while relaxing it. “As compared to rebonding or hair smoothening, taming involves more natural protein-based process which uses relatively fewer chemicals. Women prefer hair taming rather than going for artificial hair treatments because it helps them in managing hair easily, without any worries of frizz and damage,” experts told. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe treatment lasts for up to 4 months depending upon quality of the hair. It conditions hair while infusing natural keratin deep into the cuticle of the hair shaft. There is no better treatment than this when it comes to silky, smooth and frizz free hair. Hair taming treatment has been successful so far in delivering these results which is why even the biggest brands are getting into this treatment.The future of hair care industry lies in the products and treatments which restore the hair back to natural state with no side effects, no harmful chemicals and no artificial look, one of the experts, who has been observing the changing trends pointed out. “The changes were less prominent and slow in the beginning as people were in the process of adapting this change. But by the 20th century, keratin treatment became a hype in the market across the globe and that’s how eventually all the big brands and salons started including keratin treatment in their products and services,” experts said.Many brands are focusing on keratin treatments for smooth hair. So how effective is it for long hair and how can one avoid the complications?”After getting the treatment done, one has to be very careful while buying hair products and has to look into the chemicals and ingredients added to it. Try switching to sulphate-free products which keeps the moisture intact. Also, some shampoos will have keratin infused in them. These are great as long as they don’t contain sulphate,” they stated.Also, though there are no hard and fast rules before getting the keratin treatment done, it’s still better if you don’t have any metallic dyes or henna coating on your hair as that doesn’t get you the great results. However, post treatments, you need to take care of a few things for two days — like don’t tie your hair back, stay away from heat and sweat and other little things. Avoiding such factors would help you to get the best results.Also, it is vital that after the treatment, you only use sulphate-free shampoos and the shampoos that are specially created for post-keratin treatment. Doing so elongates the life of the treatment and gives you frizz free hair for a longer period,” said an expert.