Heres Why the Rangers Will Face Their Toughest Test in the Stanley

Erasing the doubts cast by their shaky 7-4 loss on Tuesday, the New York Rangers stifled the Montreal Canadiens at every turn Thursday night, winning 1-0 and closing out the NHL’s Eastern Conference finals. New York is now four wins away from the Stanley Cup. The Rangers dominated the flow of play in Game 6, particularly on defense, where they yielded just 18 shots (all of which were turned aside by goaltender Henrik Lundqvist).It was a master class in shutting a team down, but it’s also somewhat uncharacteristic of this Rangers team. During the regular season, New York was an excellent offensive team in terms of creating chances (it ranked fourth in Fenwick events — that is, shots directed at the net, excluding blocks — per 60 minutes of 5-on-5 action), but were merely average (14th) at preventing those same types of chances on defense. Yes, part of the Rangers’ blueprint has always been to rely on Lundqvist to make saves, but their defense usually makes him work more than it did Thursday.In the playoffs, the Rangers’ offense-first tendencies have only been amplified. The following table lists how New York has done at generating and preventing Fenwick events per 60 minutes of 5-on-5 ice time, relative to the playoff-wide average rates (stats courtesy of the fantastic ExtraSkater.com). In addition, it lists how we’d expect them to perform against each opponent, based on those opponents’ regular-season numbers relative to the league average.For example, the Rangers’ rate of Fenwick events per 60 minutes of 5-on-5 play against the Philadelphia Flyers was 10.3 greater than the playoff-wide average. But the Flyers also allowed two more events per 60 minutes than the average team during the regular season, so the Rangers’ performance was more like 8.3 Fenwick events per 60 minutes better than an average team.The difference between the actual and expected rates is, theoretically, how the Rangers have performed relative to average after accounting for their strength of schedule. By that measure, New York’s offense has played above average (if below its regular-season standards), while its defense has been worse than the norm, even after effectively shutting down Montreal for most of the Eastern Conference finals. This is consistent with the Rangers’ regular-season profile of a good offense and middling defense, despite the deep playoff run.Of course, in the end, it doesn’t matter whether a team generates chances on offense or prevents them on defense, as long as it manages to control possession of the puck. But that’s why the Rangers might be in for an uphill battle in this Stanley Cup Final, regardless of whether the Los Angeles Kings or Chicago Blackhawks prevail. Those teams finished the regular season No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in close-score Fenwick percentage, which measures a team’s share of all unblocked shots directed at either net during its games. The Rangers finished sixth, and they haven’t really done much to suggest they’ve improved in that area since the postseason commenced. (In fact, their 50.5 Fenwick percentage in the playoffs is below what we’d expect an average team to have done against their slate of opponents.)Fenwick isn’t the be-all and end-all, but it has a good track record when it comes to postseason success. And that, coupled with the West winner’s home-ice advantage, suggests the Rangers are unlikely to be favored when the Final starts Wednesday. read more

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Ohio State versus Tulsa delayed at halftime resumed at 635 pm

A message on the Ohio Stadium video board issuing a delay due to inclement weather. Credit: Nick McWilliams | Sports EditorThe Ohio State Buckeyes led Tulsa at halftime at Ohio Stadium by a score of 20-3, but it took a while before the game began in the second half.The first lightning strike was spotted at 5:25 p.m., the last one detected at 5:45 p.m. There was a 30 minute delay for every lightning strike detected within a 10 mile radius.Fans were told to seek shelter or exit the stadium. If fans chose to exit the stadium, their ticket will be honored for re-entry.The halftime show for the evening was cancelled.Rain began around the two-minute mark of the second quarter and continued through the rest of the game.The teams came back onto the field at 6:17 p.m.The second half got under way at 6:35 p.m. read more

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Ohio State remains at No 2 in AP Top 25 Poll

The Ohio State Buckeyes stayed put at No. 2 in Sunday’s latest Associated Press Top 25 Poll. OSU remained among the undefeated teams in the country following a comeback 30-23 victory over the now-No. 10 Wisconsin Badgers.Alabama claims the top spot by even a greater margin after dispatching Tennessee 49-10 on the road. The Crimson Tide earned 60 out of 61 first-place votes. The other team to earn the only other first place vote was Michigan who moved up to No. 3 after its bye week. The previous third-ranked team, the Clemson Tigers, held on in overtime at home to unranked North Carolina State. The Tigers dropped to No. 4 and Washington was ranked No. 5 for the second straight week. Nebraska jumped to No. 8 after the losses by Wisconsin and Tennessee. The Cornhuskers defeated Indiana 27-22 on the road.This is the second week in a row that four Big Ten teams are ranked in the top 10.OSU battles Penn State on the road on Oct. 22 at Beaver Stadium at 8 p.m. read more

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Ohio State mens soccer team struggles to score in seasonopening draws

Then-junior midfielder Yianni Sarris dribbles during a game against Cleveland State Oct. 27. OSU won, 1-0.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorIf early season matchups are any indication, offense and discipline might be a point of concern for the Ohio State men’s soccer team.OSU started its regular season with two games as part of the Bert and Iris Wolstein Classic this weekend and tied both games while scoring two total goals on top of being shown a total of two yellow cards and one red card. OSU’s opponents were issued a total of eight yellow cards and one red card between the two games.The Buckeyes (0-0-2) battled the University of California-Davis to a scoreless draw in double overtime Friday night, before having almost the same result — albeit with a total of four goals — against Butler University on a rain-soaked Sunday afternoon, resulting in a 2-2 tie.The first half of the Sunday matchup against Butler (1-0-1) ended with OSU failing to register a shot on goal as the two teams entered the half scoreless.The second half, on the other hand, was much more explosive.A frantic stretch began at about the 65th minute, when OSU junior defender Kyle Culbertson dove into the leg of Butler’s junior midfielder Vincent Mitchell. As Mitchell was lying on the ground, Culbertson was issued a red card, knocking OSU down to 10 men for the remainder of the game.Less than a minute later, despite being short-handed, sophomore forward Danny Jensen fought around with the ball in front of the net surrounded by three Butler defenders. His maneuvers were enough to draw a foul, and the referee whistled for a penalty kick.Buckeye junior midfielder Liam Doyle took the kick, and OSU saw a tally on the scoreboard for the first time.Doyle said being able to get that first goal — both of his OSU career and the team’s season — was a big relief and allowed the offense to press the issue less.That lead, however, disappeared before the offense had time to relax.The Bulldogs tied the game just 17 seconds later, when OSU senior goalie Alex Ivanov mishandled a shot from junior forward Jeff Adkins.The shot was hit straight at Ivanov, but the wet conditions appeared to make him fumble it and it rolled past the goal line.“(That goal) is just a blur to me, I try to block that out after it happened,” sophomore defender Tyler Kidwell, who was named to the Classic’s all-tournament team alongside Doyle, said. “I think the ball just got deflected, and somehow snuck in between the pipes. It was unfortunate.”Butler grabbed the lead at about the 74th minute when a connection between preseason All-Big East selections David Goldsmith and Zach Steinberger enabled Goldsmith to launch a shot past Ivanov.But, borrowing Butler’s strategy of answering a goal immediately, the Buckeyes scored less than a minute later. A scramble in front of the Butler net allowed senior midfielder Yianni Sarris to dribble a shot that crept over the line.“I’m extremely happy with our team,” coach John Bluem said. “A man down, we scored twice.”The lineups became even again during the 82nd minute, when Mitchell tackled OSU sophomore forward Christian Soldat with both feet, earning a red card. Soldat was down initially, but rose to his feet within seconds and did not leave the game.No more opportunities came in regulation, and the game again headed to overtime. The offensive opportunities regressed to first-half levels in the 20 minutes of overtime, and OSU had their second-consecutive draw to open the season.“(Butler is) a very, very good team,” Bluem said. “When you get to the end of the season and we look back on this result, I think that we’ll be pretty happy to come away with a 2-2 draw.”The Buckeyes’ season opener on Friday saw yellow cards outnumber total shots on goal seven to six between the two teams.“The game got a little bit chippy, I think, right from the very beginning,” Bluem said. “There (were) some hard challenges right away, so I think both teams got after it a little bit.”Both teams struggled for scoring opportunities in the game as UC-Davis totaled just three shots on goal while the Buckeyes had three shots on goal of their own on 21 total shots.“I think (the offense struggling) was something where, we were doing the right things, it just wasn’t — the final ball or that final pass wasn’t unlocking the defense,” junior midfielder Zach Mason said. “I think we had the right idea. It was just that execution of that final pass, that critical pass.”A scoreless opener was certainly not what Bluem was hoping to see after he said the majority of the offseason was focused on improving the offense. The Buckeyes were shut out nine times in 17 regular season games in 2013.However, Bluem said he wasn’t unhappy with the effort and chances his team created.“It’s a positive result. I think our guys feel like we should’ve won the game,” Bluem said. “Statistically, we dominated the game, dominated possession, corner kicks, shots, and the only thing we didn’t do is score.”The Buckeyes’ next games are set for Friday and Sunday in Wilmington, N.C., against the University of North Carolina-Wilmington and Elon, respectively, before returning home to face Northwestern on Sept. 14. read more

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Florentinos transformation as Real Madrids president

first_imgWe give you a brief historical account of the way that Real Madrid went from a buyer to a selling club in less than 20 years, all thanks to Florentino Perez.There is no doubt that Real Madrid under Florentino Perez has been under two different periods, both were successful in their own right but both of them had completely different philosophies. Back when the club’s president started his first spell leading the Spanish giants, he believed in a more globalized club that could win trophies by spending inhumane amounts of money and he never really paid attention to the player factory he had at his disposal. The arrivals of players like Luis Figo, Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo Nazario, and even David Beckham, spoke clearly about Florentino’s flamboyant style of dealing with other clubs. The man became a true sensation who could convince any player to play for Real Madrid, but the model he utilized failed him miserably because the trophies simply stopped coming his way exactly after one year that Zinedine Zidane scored that magical volley in Glasgow. Things went downhill from there and the fans started doubting their president, Florentino stepped down a few years after failing to implement this model.QUÉ FÁCIL LO HACE REAL MADRID. La broma de Isco Alarcón a Florentino Pérez tras ganar La Decimotercera: https://t.co/bk6MXibH7a pic.twitter.com/zT7YqQskFV— Invictos (@InvictosSomos) September 6, 2018After a couple years of resting from the public eye and watching Real Madrid fall apart from the sidelines under president Ramon Calderon, the fans were in desperate need of a savior and they started to think that Florentino Perez needed to make a triumphant comeback regardless of his transfer politics. The man did come in with a bang after signing many world-class players for the squad, a pack that included Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Xabi Alonso, Alvaro Arbeloa, and Ricardo Kaká. Out of all the players that cost Los Blancos over €200 million overall, only the Brazilian didn’t reach the expectations but the rest were very successful at the club. Florentino’s model seemed to be working perfectly but something had changed in the president, nobody expected this brand new philosophy that has completely transformed Los Blancos from a club that was used to buying all the top quality players, into pro footballer factory that buys players with untapped potential and then sells them back for incredible figures.Florentino Pérez presentará las mejores cuentas de la historia: 750,9 millones de euros en ingresos https://t.co/6TUqIRxNtS— OKDIARIO (@okdiario) September 6, 2018Florentino’s new plan after the last spending spree.The club’s president as intelligent as he’s always been, truly became a club management mastermind during his last five years leading Real Madrid. The man started tapping into a personal network of scouts he started setting around the world that has brought him many impressive talents to the club, the most prominent ones are located in Brazil and Spain as Florentino started paying a lot more attention to local players for the club’s future. After setting up these networks and just waiting for a little while, Florentino has managed to get Spanish players like Marco Asensio, Daniel Carvajal, Isco Alarcon, and Nacho Fernandez. But his outside network has brought him the ability to sign players of the likes of Casemiro, Raphael Varane, Vinicius, Mariano Diaz, and Federico Valverde. All of these players came at an early age and some of them got the chance to leave on loans and grow their skills to then return and win many trophies with the club. Florentino’s plans suddenly changed from a man who didn’t care about spending a lot of money for great players, to a true businessman who worried about the club’s economy.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane 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.? @RealMadrid president Florentino Pérez? Goalkeeper of the Season (@NavasKeylor)? Defender of the Season (@SergioRamos)? Midfielder of the Season (@lukamodric10)? Player of the Year (@lukamodric10) pic.twitter.com/KJ3TltrHz5— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) August 30, 2018This more austere approach is the reason all the club’s members are incredibly happy with the way that Florentino Perez has managed the club in the last decade, they understand his philosophy perfectly now and they almost never go against his decisions because they know that he is looking two or three steps ahead. Only this year, Real Madrid won their third consecutive Champions League and also closed the year with an estimated budget of €752 million which is 11% more than the club had closed the year with last season. Plus, the Spanish giants have transformed into a club that sells players with the fourth consecutive year selling over €100 million in professional footballers to other major clubs in European football. Doing things like this and still competing for trophies, is the perfect way for Florentino Perez to remain in power at Real Madrid until the day he decides to retire. Right now this man is untouchable because the fans know that their beloved club is in the perfect hands and great things will keep happening for them as long as Florentino is on their side.#TS: RONALDO decidió en el último minuto cancelar su vuelo a Montecarlo para la gala de la UEFA, ya que se le informó que el Presidente del #RMadrid, Florentino Pérez, estaba presionando a la UEFA para que premiara a MODRIC.El poder político de Pérez no es secreto para nadie. pic.twitter.com/1Vl5GAqjHI— Juventus Venezuela (@Juventus_VEN) September 5, 2018How would you describe Florentino Perez management skills at Real Madrid? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

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Update on Lionel Messis injury ahead of El Clasico

first_imgTime to give you the latest on Lionel Messi’s injury ahead of next Wednesday’s El Clasico at Camp Nou, he didn’t practice with his teammates today.After FC Barcelona’s 2-2 draw against Valencia last Saturday, the major concern was with Lionel Messi and his physical state due to a muscular problem.During the second half of the game, the Argentine player wasn’t able to continue playing at his usual level after he suffered a blow on his right thigh from one of Valencia’s players and needed to get medical attention on the sidelines.Even after he received treatment on the affected area, Lionel Messi still wasn’t able to return to full beast-mode and the fans at Camp Nour were really worried because of the upcoming Copa del Rey Clasico that’s coming on Wednesday.The Catalan club has been determined to tell the press that he is not going to miss the match, but everybody was expecting him to come on Monday and see if he practiced alongside all of his teammates.Missing this first crucial match against Real Madrid on Wednesday could be catastrophic, Lionel Messi is arguably the most important player they have and his absence has proved to be detrimental for the Catalan club this season.#FCB 🔵🔴 | 🚨🚨🚨💥 Leo Messi no entrena con el grupo. El argentino sigue con molestias en su muslo derecho💥 Dembelé hace trabajo sobre el campo y mantiene opciones de jugar #ElClasico pic.twitter.com/tNQuHah7p4— Diario SPORT (@sport) February 4, 2019The cameras and reporters were waiting for Messi to arrive, the fears were as expected. Lionel wasn’t seen on the practice with the rest of the squad, he was told to remain at the gym throughout the whole session getting the proper treatment for recovery.Messi was spotted getting the proper recovery methods by two different physical therapists, the player did get an important knock on the right thigh and there is still no confirmation about his participation for next Wednesday.A report from Diario Sport suggests that the Catalan club has told everyone in the press that Messi will be 100% ready for El Clasico, but the images of him coming to practice and how worried he look to tell a different story.Messi will try to complete tomorrow’s training alongside his teammates exactly one day before the crucial match, his participation and the evolution of his pain will be the ones that decide whether he will be available for manager Ernesto Valverde or not.The Argentine is eager to play against Real Madrid, one of the favorite victims he’s had throughout his career.On this day in 2004, Messi signed his first professional contract.Top 5 Barcelona players to watch in the Champions League Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 13, 2019 With the Champions League about to start, we need to start talking about the Top 5 Barcelona players to watch in the competition.The UEFA…In the 15 years since:663 games581 goals246 assists33 trophies5 Ballons d’Or(via @brfootball) pic.twitter.com/PC18ICGNiE— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 4, 2019Dembele is back in full force for ValverdeAs we wait for whatever happens with Lionel Messi during the next couple of days, we have to give you all the good news that manager Ernest Valverde has completely recovered Frenchman Ousmane Dembele from the injury he suffered.To those who didn’t know, the young player missed the last four matches due to an ankle injury he suffered during the La Liga match against Leganes.Ankle injuries can be very tricky for dribblers like Dembele, which is why the manager decided to give him such an extended resting period in order to have him completely recovered for the Copa del Rey semifinals.Regardless of who the Catalan club was facing, it was evident that Dembele’s absence could affect the squad but not as much as Lionel Messi missing this upcoming game.We will keep you all posted on what happens with the Argentine, but chances are that he will get to play against Real Madrid without a problem.A victory for FC Barcelona at Camp Nou is very important if they want to play at the Bernabeu with a slight advantage, especially now that Real Madrid are playing amazing football compared to the start of the season.Most assists in Europe’s top five leagues so far this season:🇦🇷 Lionel Messi (10)🇧🇪 Eden Hazard (10)🇩🇪 Leroy Sané (9)🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Ryan Fraser (9)🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Jadon Sancho (9)🇩🇪 Joshua Kimmich (9)A fascinating collection. pic.twitter.com/qyA9mgVa55— Squawka Football (@Squawka) February 4, 2019How important is it for Barcelona to have Messi play against Real Madrid on Wednesday? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

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MTS changes bus schedules and routes in San Diego

first_img Sasha Foo, June 7, 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 (KUSI) — The Metropolitan Transit System is changing schedules on 26 bus routes, as part of a broader plan to make the bus system more efficient and increase ridership.Like transit systems across the nation, the MTS said the number of riders on its buses and trolleys has dropped in the last two years, prompting the transit agency to take a hard look at new ways to improve service and bring more passengers aboard.Starting Sunday, six of the 26 routes will be enhanced with more frequent service, while the other routes will be streamlined to make them faster, with fewer delays.This is the second phase of service changes for MTS. The first took effect in January and the third and final phase will be adopted in September. As MTS CEO Paul Jablonski explained, the transit system needs to boost revenue and riders.This year, MTS had a $6.5 million deficit. We decided to sample rider reaction to the changes, by boarding one of the busiest MTS routes. Route 7 takes passengers from City Heights to downtown San Diego.We met a young mother of two, who is riding one MTS bus or another about three to four hours a day, taking her children to two different schools in the morning and then returning to pick them up in the afternoon.Isla Ogaz was delighted to learn that the Route 7 bus will run more frequently.“That will be great, I like it, I like it,” Ogaz said.Another regular rider, Brandon Thorne said the system needs some improvement.“This one timewise is not that reliable. Like I take the 7 (bus) all the time and there definitely needs to be more service on this one,” Thorne said.When all three phases of the expanded service are complete, the changes will impact 75 percent of the bus system. The MTS is pouring an additional $2 million into making these scheduling changes.Although many drivers are unhappy about the increase in the state gasoline tax, the MTS is paying for some of its expanded services through SB 1 gas tax funds. The transportation funding package was approved by the State Legislature and signed by the Governor last April.If you would like more information about the changes to the MTS schedule and routes, there’s a link to the MTS website. Sasha Foo MTS changes bus schedules and routes in San Diegocenter_img Posted: June 7, 2018 Updated: 10:49 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Research team appears to solve the Pioneer anomaly

first_img The basic problem was that the spacecraft failed to accelerate at the rate predicted, and it did so at what at first appeared to be a constant rate. Subsequent research in the 90’s showed that whatever was preventing the craft from accelerating at the speed expected was lessening, which led some to believe it was tied to the radioisotope thermoelectric generator (RTG’s) onboard that created the electricity used by the craft’s electronic devices to take measurements and beam them back to Earth. Heat venting could work against the direction of travel if it was being expelled in the opposite direction, which it was. The problem though, was that the plutonium used to power the RTG had a half life of 88 years while the accelerating lessening effect occurred at a half-life equivalent to just 22 years.To solve the riddle the new research team built a computer simulation using any and all data that could be collected about the now decades old spacecraft. In doing so, they found that heat generated by the RTG likely wasn’t the culprit because it emitted heat in all directions. The electronics, on the other hand, because they were mounted on the back of the craft, away from the sun and dissipated heat mainly in that same direction, could indeed account for the discrepancy. But more importantly, they also found something prior researchers had not, and that was the decay in the efficiency of thermocouples that were converting heat to electricity which led to less and less heat being generated over time by the electronics, a rate that when combined with the radioactive decay of the plutonium, just happened to coincide with the rate at which the force that was causing the less than expected acceleration. And that they say, is why the craft have not accelerated at the rate calculated. Explore further © 2012 Phys.Org Citation: Research team appears to solve the Pioneer anomaly (2012, April 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-04-team-anomaly.html New theory proposed to explain Pioneer probe gravitational anomaly An artist’s concept of the Pioneer 10 Jupiter encounter. Image: NASA 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. More information: Support for the thermal origin of the Pioneer anomaly, arXiv:1204.2507v1 [gr-qc] arxiv.org/abs/1204.2507AbstractWe investigate the possibility that the anomalous acceleration of the Pioneer 10 and 11 spacecraft is due to the recoil force associated with an anisotropic emission of thermal radiation off the vehicles. To this end, relying on the project and spacecraft design documentation, we constructed a comprehensive finite-element thermal model of the two spacecraft. Then, we numerically solve thermal conduction and radiation equations using the actual flight telemetry as boundary conditions. We use the results of this model to evaluate the effect of the thermal recoil force on the Pioneer 10 spacecraft at various heliocentric distances. We found that the magnitude, temporal behavior, and direction of the resulting thermal acceleration are all similar to the properties of the observed anomaly. As a novel element of our investigation, we develop a parameterized model for the thermal recoil force and estimate the coefficients of this model independently from navigational Doppler data. We find no statistically significant difference between the two estimates and conclude that once the thermal recoil force is properly accounted for, no anomalous acceleration remains.via PhysicsWorld (Phys.org) — Back in the early 70’s NASA launched two exploratory spacecraft, Pioneer 10 and 11. Their missions were to gather information about the solar system as they made their way through it by flying farther and farther from the sun, until they eventually left altogether. Though neither craft has been heard from since 2003, both have confounded scientists since it was discovered in the 80’s that they were not accelerating at the rate that physicists had predicted, a phenomenon that has come to be known as the Pioneer anomaly. Now it appears a small team of dedicated researchers has figured out what is going on, and as they explain in their paper uploaded to the preprint server arXiv, it’s due to nothing more than the way the propulsion system onboard does its job.last_img read more

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