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In yet another incident of cow vigilantism, a mob of around a hundred people has allegedly beaten up five persons, including an auto-rickshaw driver, near Gosi village in Faridabad on suspicion of carrying beef. While four have been discharged, one of the injured is recuperating at a hospital.According to the police, the mob surrounded and beat up auto-rickshaw driver and four persons suspecting them of carrying beef on Friday morning. The attackers recorded the entire incident on a mobile phone. Two First Information Reports (FIRs) have been registered in this connection at Mujesar Police Station.Station House Officer, Mujesar Police Station, Inspector Vinod Kumar said that efforts were being made to identify and arrest the accused involved in the attack. “We are trying to identify the accused based on the video clip. A case has been registered against them. None will be spared,” said Mr. Kumar.A case has also been registered against the victims on suspicion of carrying beef and the meat samples have been sent for forensic examination. “Since slaughtering of cow is an offence in Haryana, a case has been registered against the five men as well. The results of the meat sample are awaited,” said Faridabad Police spokesperson.
Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Liverpool are all set to meet Aston Villa on Saturday (November 2), as part of the ongoing Premier League. Liverpool have won nine of their opening 10 matches, thus keeping Jurgen Klopp’s team in a favourable position on the point table. The upcoming match against Aston Villa will see them trying to maintain the six-point gap between themselves and second-place Manchester City with a win over Aston Villa. Aston Villa, meanwhile, were defeated badly 3-0 by Manchester City and need a win to ease fan concerns. The Premier League 2019-20 fixture Aston Villa vs Liverpool will be played at Villa Park.For starters, Liverpool who scored five goals in their last match did not feature any regular starters and thus will be rested and energised. Aston Villa, on their part, are likely to try anything for a possible win over Liverpool. When it comes to the teams, Joel Matip is still out with a knee issue while Nathaniel Clyne and Xherdan Shaqri are still recovering as well. For Aston Villa, Jota is yet to make a comeback while Keinan Davis has been ruled out with a thigh injury.Premier League 2019-20 Aston Villa possible starting lineup vs Liverpool: Heaton; Guilbert, Engels, Mings, Targett; El Ghazi, Nakamba, McGinn, Luiz, Grealish; Wesley.Premier League 2019-20 Liverpool possible starting lineup vs Aston Villa: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Mane, Firmino.Where to watch Premier League 2019 Aston Villa vs Liverpool match live in India (TV channels)?Liverpool will travel to Aston Villa on Saturday. The PL 2019 Aston Villa vs Liverpool will be played at Villa Park. The Premier League Aston Villa vs Liverpool game live telecast will be on Star Sports Select HD1 channels in India at 8:30 PM.How and where to watch online PL 2019 Aston Villa vs Liverpool match live streaming?Aston Villa vs Liverpool live stream will be available on Hotstar app and hotstar.com website in India for premium users. Aston VillaliverpoolPLPL 2019 First Published: November 2, 2019, 4:12 PM IST
New Delhi, Aug 25 (PTI) Vijay Goel today said the Sports Ministry will not take back its recommendation for Dronacharya Award to Hiranand Kataria, whose nomination has got mired in a controversy. It has been reported that Kataria, who was given Dronacharya for kabaddi, is a joint secretary of the Wushu Association of India, and the players and coaches have expressed surprise over his selection. “I would like to go by what the committee has suggested. The committee is headed by none other than Pullela Gopichand. But if contrary facts emerge we will look into the matter,” Goel told PTI. The minister said Kataria was nominated by an Arjuna awardee and it does not matter if the Kabaddi Federation of India nominates him or not. Asked about weightlifter Sanjita Chanu opting to challenge her exclusion in court, Goel said, “One or other misses out, always.” “People will always complain when they miss the recognition. We will definitely consider her next year.” All 17 Arjuna awardees and two Khel Ratnas, chosen for year 2017, will be conferred the honour on August 29, observed as National Sports Day, at the Rashtrapati Bhawan. PTI AT AH AH
Indian tennis stars Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth and HS Prannoy will aim to book their places in the semi-finals of the ongoing Denmark Open Superseries Premier tournament when they play their respective matches on Friday.Prannoy last night stunned three-time Olympic silver medalist Lee Chong Wei to storm into the quarterfinals at Odense.The unseeded Indian outplayed the seventh seeded Malaysian, and won the Round-of-16 match, 21-17, 11-21, 21-19. It was Prannoy’s second successive victory over Lee. He will today face top seeded Son Wan Ho.Meanwhile, world number eight Srikanth, who defeated South Korea’s Jeon Hyeok-jin 21-13, 8-21, 21-18, will lock horns with second seeded Viktor Axelson.In women’s singles, ace Indian shuttler Saina will face fourth seeded Akane Yamaguchi to book her place in the semi-finals.The 27-year-old made it to the last-8 after beating Nitchaon Jindapol of Thailand, in straight games, 22-20, 21-13. It was Saina’s seventh victory over the Thai.
PHOENIX — In sports, the bottom line and the last word is the final score. Journalists spilled tons of ink turning deflate gate inside out, but on Super Bowl Sunday evening the New England Patriots sprayed champagne over each other, and Tom Brady and Bill Belichek and company get to take home another championship trophy.A fourth touchdown gave the Patriots a 28-24 lead. Earlier in the 4th quarter Tom Brady threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Danny Amendola and the New England Patriots cut the Seattle Seahawks’ lead to 24-21 midway through the fourth quarter in the Super Bowl on Sunday.Down 10 to start the fourth, the Patriots’ defense held as Rob Ninkovich sacked Russell Wilson to force a punt. After Brady was sacked on the first play, he drove the offense 76 yards to get New England within a field goal. Brady set an Super Bowl record with his 11th career TD pass to Amendola in the back of the end zone.After Katy Perry’s colorful halftime performance, the Seahawks came out firing.Wilson threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin after Brady’s second interception of the game and the Seahawks took a 24-14 lead over the Patriots going into the fourth.Unknown receiver Chris Matthews had a breakout game in the first three quarters, making his first four career catches for 109 yards. Matthews, a cousin of Hall of Fame defensive end Reggie White, played in just three games before he made the crucial onside kick recovery in the NFC title game against Green Bay.His first catch was a twisting 44-yard reception over Kyle Arrington to the Patriots 11. Two runs later, Marshawn Lynch scored on third-and-goal from the 3. Matthews’ next catch was an 11-yard TD with 2 seconds left in the second quarter. He had a 45-yard catch on the first series of the third quarter to set up Steven Hauschka’s 27-yard field goal for a 17-14 lead.On the ensuing possession by New England, All-Pro linebacker Bobby Wagner stepped in front of Brady’s pass to Rob Gronkowski and returned 6 yards to the Patriots 34. Wilson had a 15-yard run and Lynch ran 14 yards before the TD pass to Baldwin, who drew an unsportsmanlike penalty for his celebration.Brady, the first quarterback to start six Super Bowls, had only two interceptions in his first five. He threw his first pick in the end zone in the first quarter.The teams got down to football under the open retractable roof at University of Phoenix Stadium after dealing with distractions far beyond typical Super Bowl hype over the past two weeks.The Patriots are being investigated for using under-inflated footballs in their 45-7 win over Indianapolis in the AFC championship game.Meanwhile, star running back Lynch was a daily sideshow for the Seahawks this week because he refused to answer questions from the media.In the 12th matchup between No. 1 seeds since 1975 and the second in a row, the Seahawks (14-4) are trying to become the first team to win consecutive Super Bowls since the Patriots (14-4) a decade ago. Seattle routed Denver 43-8 last year.Brady bounced back after his first pick to throw his NFL record-setting 50th postseason TD pass — an 11-yarder to Brandon LaFell on the next drive. Brady then tied Joe Montana’s Super Bowl record with his 11th TD pass — a 22-yarder pass to Gronkowski with 31 seconds left in the second quarter to give the Patriots a 14-7 lead.But the Seahawks answered quickly. Wilson drove them 80 yards on five plays in only 29 seconds.Robert Turbin ran 19 yards. Wilson followed with a 17-yard run. Wilson then connected with Ricardo Lockette for 23 yards and a facemask penalty away from the ball tacked on 10 yards.Instead of kicking a field goal, the Seahawks ran one more play with 6 seconds remaining. Matthews beat Logan Ryan to make the catch.Jeremy Lane made his first career interception on Brady’s first poor throw and weaved his way to the 14 before Julian Edelman knocked his own helmet off while making the tackle. Lane went to the locker room after being hurt on the return and was ruled out for the rest of the game with an arm injury.The Patriots have tied Dallas and Pittsburgh for most Super Bowl appearances with eight. They’re trying to become the sixth franchise to win at least four. Brady and coach Bill Belichick — the only coach-QB combo to reach six together — led the Patriots to three Super Bowl titles from 2001-04, but lost twice to the New York Giants in 2008 and 2011.Brady and New England’s prolific passing attack are facing a tough challenge against Seattle’s “Legion of Boom” secondary. All-Pros Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas were in the starting lineup after both were injured in the NFC championship game against Green Bay. Kam Chancellor, a three-time Pro Bowl safety, also started after hurting his knee in Friday’s practice.After John Legend delivered a stirring rendition of “America The Beautiful,” Idina Menzel followed with a rousing performance of the national anthem. A pro-Seahawks crowd booed when Belichick was shown on the video screen during the anthem.At halftime, the lights went out, and Perry took over the stadium with a spectacular concert that included Lenny Kravitz and Missy Elliott.___TweetPinShare0 Shares
The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) has failed to clear the dues for seven Indian Premier League (IPL) seasons to the Mumbai Police which organises elaborate security for the IPL and other matches held in Mumbai, as per an RTI revelation.In a reply to Right to Information (RTI) activist Anil Galgali, the Mumbai Police has revealed that it is yet to receive its fees of Rs 21.34 crore, including pending interest of Rs 5.61 crore, due to it for providing security for IPL and other major cricket tourneys till 2018.For the recently-concluded IPL season, the Mumbai Police provided full security to the teams, venues, players, etc. though the Home Ministry orders were pending and the last order expired on March 31, 2019.”Assistant Commissioner of Police (coordination) Dilip Thorat has replied under the RTI Act that the outstanding amount includes fees for providing security for One Day Internationals, T-20 World Cup, Tests and Women’s World Cup matches, all of which are pending and the amount keeps piling up,” Galgali told IANS.The police have not yet raised the bills for the IPL 2019 as no fresh orders have been received from the state government, but Galgali said they will do so shortly when the new government resolution is expected.Last year’s IPL security for nine matches cost the city police Rs 1.48 crore, but the MCA is yet to clear the bill, he pointed out.”It is obligatory on the part of the MCA to immediately clear the dues of the police department for the prompt help the police provides by way of security and smooth conduct of the IPL. Even the police officers concerned must ensure that the bills are cleared within a reasonable period after the IPL is over,” Galgali said.advertisementAlso Read | I’ll come back in 2023 World Cup if MS Dhoni is still around: AB de Villiers
Manchester United is set to break the world transfer record for a defender after agreeing to pay 80 million pounds ($97 million) to sign Harry Maguire from Leicester, a person with knowledge of the deal said Friday.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the transfer for the 26-year-old Maguire is yet to be finalized.United has been pursuing the center back for more than a year since his standout performances at the 2018 World Cup for England and finally agreed to Leicester’s asking price with just a week remaining in this summer transfer window ahead of the Premier League season opening.The fee eclipses the deals for Matthijs de Ligt to leave Ajax for Juventus last month for 75 million euros (then $85 million), and for Virgil van Dijk to join Liverpool from Southampton for up to 75 million pounds in January 2018.Leicester’s hand in the negotiations with United was strengthened by Maguire signing a new five-year contract last September. Leicester will be receiving 80 million pounds two years after paying around a fifth of that fee to sign Maguire from Hull.As it stands Maguire will be the seventh central defender at United going into the season, alongside Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Victor Lindelof, Marcos Rojo, Chris Smalling, and Axel Tuanzebe.United opens its campaign against Chelsea on Sunday, Aug. 11. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side is trying to return to the Champions League after finishing sixth in the Premier League last season.Also See
United States U.S. Soccer confirms September friendly with Mexico Goal 03:20 5/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) ALFREDO ESTRELLA United States Mexico The USMNT will square off against El Tri in Nashville as the two nations renew their rivalry following the 2018 World Cup The United States and Mexico will meet in Nashville, Tenn. for a friendly between the two nations in September, U.S. Soccer announced.The two long-time rivals will meet at Nissan Stadium on September 11 during the first FIFA international break following the 2018 World Cup in Russia.CONCACAF will be holding qualifying for the confederation’s League of Nations tournament during that international window. However, because the USMNT and El Tri both made the six-team final round of 2018 World Cup qualification, the Hexagonal, the two nations are already qualified and had the date free. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Mexico will come in following the 2018 World Cup, which sees El Tri face off against Germany, South Korea and Sweden in Group F.The USMNT will be continuing its rebuild after missing out on the 2018 World Cup, and has also scheduled fall friendlies against England and Italy in November.The rivals last squared off during the Hex, with the two nations playing out a 1-1 draw at the Azteca stadium in June 2017. The USMNT lost to 2-1 Mexico in Columbus in November 2016 to begin their ultimately unsuccessful qualification in the Hex.However, despite the on the field rivalry, the U.S. and Mexico are part of a joint three-nation bid with Canada to host the 2026 World Cup.The bid, which is competing with Morocco’s solo bid, will be decided on June 13 of this year.Nashville is also the site of one of Major League Soccer’s new expansion franchises, which is expected to begin play in 2020. It announced former Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre to its CEO role on May 21.
Newcastle targeting Leeds striker Kemar Roofeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United are targeting Leeds striker Kemar Roofe.The Mirror says Rafa Benitez is considering a move for Roofe — if funds for new signings are made available to him.The 25-year-old has scored 13 goals in 18 games for the Championship promotion chasers.And Toon boss Benitez knows he’d bring the firepower he is looking to add at St James’ Park.Leeds, however, are well aware that Roofe’s goals will be vital to them if they want to reach the Premier League. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Story Highlights Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, has lauded organisers of the 57th Montego Bay Yacht Club’s International Marlin Tournament for selecting the Cornwall Regional Hospital as a beneficiary.The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB)-sponsored event will be held from October 2 to 6, and is expected to attract over 700 participants, including overseas visitors. Proceeds from a beach party slated for the final day at the Doctor’s Cave Beach Club will be donated to the hospital.Mr. Bartlett, who spoke at the launch of the tournament at the CRU Bar and Kitchen on Lady Musgrave Road in St. Andrew on September 10, said he is pleased with the attention that the hospital will get from the event.“We welcome all the support that we can get from everywhere, and we want to expand the range of support, because health is the most important element of the well-being of a people. We are happy that they chose Cornwall Regional, and we want the success of the tournament to be overwhelming,” the Minister said.He told the audience that the tournament brings is a high-value group, which should result in more spending and a higher level of consumption at facilities in the Montego Bay area.“I want to encourage these maritime sports,” he told the gathering, adding that, increasingly, Jamaica will be recognised for such events, and with the country having the largest economic zone in the region, it must position itself for the multibillion-dollar area of sport tourism.Meanwhile, Tournament Director, Londie Murray, said the hospital has been receiving support from the event, with the desire to “have it fully functioning for everybody”.For his part, Chief Executive Officer of Dolla Financial, Kadeen Mairs, a title sponsor of the tournament, said their involvement is to build the tourism product and services in Jamaica.Senior Brand Manager at Caribbean Producers Jamaica (CPJ), Kemmar Lewis, said it was an easy decision for his company to sponsor the event, as CPJ wants the hospital “to represent the best of Jamaica”, with improved services for children and other patients. Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, has lauded organisers of the 57th Montego Bay Yacht Club’s International Marlin Tournament for selecting the Cornwall Regional Hospital as a beneficiary. The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB)-sponsored event will be held from October 2 to 6, and is expected to attract over 700 participants, including overseas visitors. Proceeds from a beach party slated for the final day at the Doctor’s Cave Beach Club will be donated to the hospital. Mr. Bartlett, who spoke at the launch of the tournament at the CRU Bar and Kitchen on Lady Musgrave Road in St. Andrew on September 10, said he is pleased with the attention that the hospital will get from the event.
Oil has been slumping the last couple of days but it hasn’t tempered the optimism that it’s headed to $60 a barrel.That’s still the feeling from Auspice Capital CIO Tim Pickering, who believes that mark by year end.He said there are several reasons why it’s headed up, including U.S. crude exports at record highs, while storage withdrawals have also been higher than expected. The fighting in Iraq is another factor.“Prices in the near term are higher than prices further out in the future and what that does is it disincentivizes storage and it accelerates withdrawals because the prices are higher closer to the spot price,” he explained.He added $60 a barrel will likely incentivize some companies to start drilling again.Three years of low oil prices have slowed investment and that could lead to a price spike, since demand is on the rise, and the money going into projects hasn’t kept up.“Companies are much more cost conscious and aware of being efficient in terms of both capital resources and human resources but I think activity is picking up and will continue to pick up,” said Pickering.But it won’t just be companies which benefit. The province has racked up a lot of debt on the assumption oil prices would be higher.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – ICBC is reminding drivers to use caution when driving through parking lots during the holiday season.ICBC says some drivers mistakenly believe that driving in parking lots is ‘safer’ due to lower travel speeds, but drivers need to continue practicing their safe driving habits, even while travelling in parking lots.Parking lots present drivers with unique challenges such as increased congestion and heavy pedestrian activity. The holiday season could add a layer of distraction with people more apt to be preoccupied with their shopping list or finding a parking spot. While most parking lot crashes happen at low speeds and only result in vehicle damage, dealing with the aftermath of a collision is the quickest way to put a damper on the holiday spirit.According to ICBC, about 150,000 crashes happened in parking lots last year resulting in 5,400 injuries.ICBC receives hundreds of thousands of vehicle damage claims every year, with costs exceeding $1.5 billion.Drivers are encouraged to apply a bit of holiday cheer, be courteous and have a bit more patience during this time of year.Here are some safety tips:The rules of the road still apply, even on private property: Drivers should know that the law still applies, even in mall parking lots. Avoid cutting diagonally through a lot – travel only in the appropriate lanes. Don’t use your phone while driving, instead, program your navigation or holiday tunes before you start your car.Have your car facing out in your parking spot: This position is safest for drivers because it helps you avoid the risk of reversing into a lane with potential blind spots when leaving.Park further away, if you can: Instead of circling endlessly to get a spot that’s closest to the mall entrance, pick a place that’s further away. You’ll avoid a high-traffic area where you’re more likely to crash with another vehicle or hit a pedestrian.Slow down and be on alert: Drivers should drive slowly in parking lots to have enough time to react to an unexpected vehicle backing out of their parking spot or an unanticipated pedestrian, especially young children, which may be harder to see.Pay attention to the arrows and stop signs: Many parking lots are quite narrow, restricting specific lanes to a single direction. Pay attention to the signs and markings on the road to avoid getting into a crash.Don’t block traffic: Deciding to follow a shopper, then waiting for them to load their car, buckle up and leave, jams up traffic behind you and likely takes you much longer than if you had just found a spot further away. Sitting idle in a lane can leave you vulnerable to a collision, and you could be blocking other drivers who are trying to move.Let it go: No sense in having a showdown with another driver for a parking spot. Move along, and maybe that good karma will net you something nice this season.For more information and driving tips, you can visit ICBC.com
“All concerned should do their utmost to use the new and changed circumstances to advance the cause of peace and reconciliation in Angola,” particularly the members of the National Union for Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), said a statement issued late Monday evening by the Secretary-General’s spokesman.”The Secretary-General and the UN system will continue their efforts in support of a peaceful resolution and a political settlement of the conflict that has brought so much suffering to the people of Angola,” said the statement, which was issued after Mr. Annan had been formally notified of the death of the President of UNITA.Meanwhile, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Africa, Ibrahim Gambari, was expected to brief the Security Council today on recent developments. According to a UN spokesman, Mr. Gambari was also planning to travel to Washington D.C. for a possible meeting with Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos.
As the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) moves quickly to expand its emergency response to the food shortage crisis in Niger, the French Government has donated to the agency some 1.7 tons of essential drugs and other life-saving supplies to help save tens of thousands of children and their families facing starvation.According to UNICEF, French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Philippe Douste-Blazy, arrived in Niamey, Niger over the weekend accompanying an air-lift, which included antibiotics, anti-malarials and de-worming tablets, as well as special oral re-hydration salts for the treatment of diarrhoea in severely malnourished children.The French government also airlifted another 35.4 tons of therapeutic milk, therapeutic food and oral re-hydration salts to Niamey. All of these life-saving supplies were donated to UNICEF Niger, along with 2.6 tons of locally-purchased therapeutic food. These essential supplies will be used immediately to help save the lives of vulnerable children affected by the food crisis in Niger.UNICEF estimates that 160,000 children in Niger are suffering from moderate under-nutrition and another 32,000 children are suffering from severe under-nutrition.As the crisis has deepened in recent weeks, UNICEF has delivered more than 41 tons of therapeutic milk and 1.5 tons of therapeutic food – Plumpy’nut – to the Government and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The agencies’ therapeutic food purchases are now supporting 10 fixed therapeutic feeding centres and 21 outreach therapeutic centres.
An independent United Nations human rights expert today urged Bahrain’s Government to amend a new counter-terrorism bill, expressing concern that the law could harm human rights in the country and would be “particularly troubling” as the Kingdom is a member of the newly constituted UN Human Rights Council.The bill, titled “Protecting Society from Terrorists Acts,” is awaiting ratification by the Head of State before becoming law, but the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, Martin Scheinin, called for the legislative and executive branches to “reconsider.”“While fully conscious of the fact that States’ obligation to protect and promote human rights requires them to take effective measures to combat terrorism, I encourage the executive and legislative branches of Government to make amendments to this bill to bring it in line with international human rights law.“Disregarding concerns based on international human rights standards would be particularly troubling in the case of a country that is a member of the newly constituted UN Human Rights Council.”The Special Rapporteur wrote to the Government in March and again last month, when this bill was before Parliament, identifying some issues of concern regarding the proposed legislation and he also listed these four broad areas in today’s statement.He said he was concerned that:the definition of terrorism is overly broad since there is no requirement of specific aim to commit a terrorist act and some acts are deemed to be “terrorist” without the intention of causing death or serious bodily injury – thus this definition goes against several human rights instruments;restrictions on freedom of association and assembly would allow the criminalization of peaceful demonstrations by civil society;excessive limitations are being placed on freedom of speech due to the use of broad and vague terms regarding the offence of incitement to terrorism since there is not a clear threshold for criminalization established;rights to due process would be denied because of the excessive powers of the Public Prosecutor regarding detention without judicial review.Mr. Scheinin and other Special Rapporteurs are independent, unpaid experts with a mandate from the Human Rights Council.
This represents half of the media package for the Big Ten, with ESPN and CBS essentially combining to own the second half until the conference reopens bidding on that other half of the deal. ESPN, CBS, NBC and Turner are all expected to compete for that package.“We’re in a great place,” Delany said. “To have (FOX) as a partner for the next six years is gratifying and exciting.”Delany also announced the conference will now allow conference members to schedule FCS opponents, going back on a rule implemented last season.He said it can be very difficult to get three FBS opponents on a schedule, and so the conference will allow schools to schedule a game against an FCS opponent in years when a team in the conference has fewer than four conference home games.He did add though the conference will allow teams to play FCS opponents, there are several factors for encouraging programs to assemble tougher schedules, which includes impressing the College Football Playoff committee.In addition to those past two topics, Delany was also asked about a rule change implemented by Indiana that does not allow any athletes with former sexual assault charges to compete for the university, and whether he would enforce that rule for all teams in the conference. He said while the conference has had discussions about implementing that rule conference-wide, the Big Ten will allow each school to determine that policy on its own and will not force it on any of the schools.“We recognize that some conferences have adopted policies, adjusted policies,” Delany said. “Institutions will determine whether someone’s prior conduct should prevent someone from playing in the Big Ten conference.”Lastly, Delany was asked about Chris Spielman’s lawsuit against Ohio State. Delany said he does not know much about the case despite having read a few articles about it, and from a Big Ten perspective, he did not have a comment.“We’re defending what I’ve tried to say from the beginning is people have the right to bring a case and the rights to defend themselves,” Delany said. Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delaney at 2017 Big Ten Media Days at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago on July 24, 2017. Credit: Jacob Myers | Managing EditorCHICAGO — Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany addressed a number of topics during his opening speech at Big Ten Media Days on Monday, beginning with the confirmation of a six-year deal with FOX to air 25 football games and 50 basketball games.The deal was first reported by John Ourand and Michael Smith of Sports Business Daily on April 19, 2016, and said that it will run for six years. The deal will allow those games to be aired on both the broadcast channel and FS1. It will begin in the fall of 2017 and will cost FOX $250 million per year.
198476ers52-30+2.4Lost 1st Round15871572-15 ELO RATING IN PLAYOFFS 2012Heat46-20+6.4Won Title16131712+99 2009Cavaliers66-16+8.9Lost Conf. Finals17251742+17 1979Bullets54-28+4.8Lost Finals15811554-27 Average* * Average excludes 2017 Cavaliers.Source: Basketball-reference.com 1982Celtics63-19+6.4Lost Conf. Finals16861703+17 2007Cavaliers50-32+3.9Lost Finals15981621+23 1999Bulls13-37-8.6Missed playoffs1355—— 2000Spurs53-29+5.9Lost 1st Round16371625-12 2001Lakers56-26+3.7Won Title16471779+132 2011Heat58-24+7.5Lost Finals16721702+30 2007Heat44-38-1.2Lost 1st Round15051479-26 2006Spurs63-19+6.7Lost 2nd Round16851675-10 1988Lakers62-20+4.8Won Title16431662+19 2010Lakers57-25+4.8Won Title16131695+82 2003Lakers50-32+2.7Lost 2nd Round16551651-4 1981Lakers54-28+3.3Lost 1st Round16101595-15 2013Heat66-16+7.0Won Title17571754-3 Forget looking at defending champions, though. The more important variable, as far as sports bettors are probably concerned, is LeBron. Between his experience, his toughness, and his ability to thrive in crunch-time situations, he has a game well tailored to the playoffs. And that shows up in the data: 2014Heat54-28+4.8Lost Finals15811604+23 1993Bulls57-25+6.2Won Title16791726+47 1986Lakers62-20+6.8Lost Conf. Finals16521647-5 How defending NBA champions fared the next season 2002Lakers58-24+7.2Won Title16761738+62 1996Rockets48-34+1.6Lost 2nd Round14851497+12 2005Pistons54-28+3.3Lost NBA Finals16131689+76 1994Bulls55-27+2.9Lost 2nd Round15751607+32 16441658+15 1990Pistons59-23+5.4Won Title16661716+50 1989Lakers57-25+6.4Lost NBA Finals16371677+40 2012Mavericks36-30+1.8Lost 1st Round15471525-22 2016Warriors73-9+10.4Lost NBA Finals17881756-32 2013Heat66-16+7.9Won Title17571754-3 1987Celtics59-23+6.6Lost NBA Finals16761659-17 2004Spurs57-25+7.5Lost 2nd Round17341719-15 1997Bulls69-13+10.7Won Title17661802+36 2017Cavaliers51-29+3.2TBD1566TBDTBD 1998Bulls62-20+7.2Won Title17281785+57 ELO RATING IN PLAYOFFS LeBron James’s teams usually find a higher gear in the playoffs 1985Celtics63-19+6.5Lost NBA Finals16681685+17 Average* 2008Spurs56-26+5.1Lost Conf. Finals16621678+16 1991Pistons50-32+3.1Lost Conf. Finals15521535-17 * Average excludes 1999 Bulls and 2017 CavaliersSource: Basketball-reference.com 2017Cavaliers51-29+3.4TBD1566TBDTBD 1983Lakers58-24+5.1Lost Finals16051606+1 2015Spurs55-27+6.3Lost 1st Round17331721-12 1980SuperSonics56-26+4.2Lost 2nd Round16391614-25 2016Cavaliers57-25+6.0Won Title16421759+117 1992Bulls67-15+10.1Won Title17691762-7 2011Lakers57-25+6.0Lost 2nd Round16591624-35 2006Cavaliers50-32+2.2Lost 2nd Round15621564+2 1995Rockets47-35+2.3Won Title15311665+134 The Cleveland Cavaliers haven’t been any good lately. And I don’t just mean their loss Sunday against the Atlanta Hawks, in which they became only the third team in NBA history to blow a 26-point fourth-quarter lead. They’re 12-13 since the All-Star break. They have one of the NBA’s worst defenses, having allowed 107.9 points per 100 possessions — in the same territory as the Orlando Magic and the New York Knicks. They haven’t won a road game against a Western Conference playoff team all season. But handicappers think LeBron James and company have a pretty good chance of winning their second-straight NBA title anyway.Their view depends on their belief in the existence of Playoff LeBron, a superhero that transcends his already-formidable regular season form to carry his team to ever-greater heights. The good news for Cavs’ fans is that Playoff LeBron exists. He just might not be mighty enough to drag this team to a title.On the basis of their regular-season record and point differential, this season’s Cavs have been in the same general vicinity as teams such as the Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors and Utah Jazz. Those teams are variously 30-to-1 to 100-to-1 longshots to win the title, according to Vegas bookmakers. But the Cavs are nonetheless the second-favorite team to win the championship, with a 20 to 25 percent chance according to bookmakers.Computer systems disagree. All of them have the Warriors as odds-on favorites to win the title, with the San Antonio Spurs as the next-best bet, and the Cavs as part of an undistinguished mass of teams beneath them. ESPN’s BPI puts Cleveland’s chances at just 4 percent. Basketball-Reference’s playoff odds also have them at 4 percent. And FiveThirtyEight’s Elo-based ratings1In this article, I’m mostly ignoring the difference between Elo ratings and “CARM-Elo” ratings, which are Elo ratings adjusted for our pre-season CARMELO projections. Our forecasts are based on Carm-Elo ratings, but the Cavs’ Elo rating is 1566 and their Carm-Elo rating is 1562, so this makes little difference at this stage of the season., which heavily weight recent play, have them even lower at just 2 percent.Usually, Elo-type ratings mimic betting markets fairly well. We give the Warriors a 65 percent chance of winning the title, for instance, and the San Antonio Spurs an 11 percent chance — right in line with where markets have them. So what accounts for the huge difference on Cleveland?One explanation is that this is all just sort of irrational: the Cavs are a marquee team and bettors just can’t stomach the idea that they’re just the Raptors with better uniforms. But I’m not sure I totally buy that; NBA betting markets are usually fairly sharp.Instead, bettors expect the Cavs to find a higher gear in the postseason. This isn’t an idea they just came up with; it was already priced into their assessment of the Cavs before the year began. At the start of the NBA season, FiveThirtyEight’s projections forecast the Cavs to win 57 regular-season games. (They have 51 now, so they’ll finish with no more than 53 wins.) That forecast was almost the same as what Vegas gave them, which put their over-under at 56.5 wins. But we also gave the Cavs only an 11 percent chance of winning the title whereas Vegas put them at 5-to-2 against, or a 29 percent chance. In other words, handicappers and the computer models agree on “regular-season Cavs.” It’s just that Vegas thinks that “playoff Cavs” are different — and much better — whereas our Elo ratings make no such distinction.But is there good reason to think that Cleveland can turn it up a notch?It’s not hard to recall examples of defending champions that lollygagged their way through the regular season, only to show up as the best version of themselves in the playoffs. In 2000-01, Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers finished with a 56-26 record — better than the Cavs this year, but not by that much — before winning 15 of 16 playoff games and repeating as NBA champion. And Hakeem Olajuwon and the 1994-95 Houston Rockets finished at 47-35 before winning the title despite being the No. 6 seed. In his last season in Miami, James and the 2013-14 Miami Heat had an uninspired regular season, going 54-28. But they made the NBA finals before losing to San Antonio.I’ve done a bit of cherry-picking there, however. Overall, it’s not clear if defending champs overperform by much in the playoffs. In the table below, I’ve looked at every defending NBA champion since the ABA-NBA merger in 1976-77. If the “higher gear” theory is correct, then they should systematically beat Elo’s expectations in the postseason, in which case their Elo ratings will rise over the course of the playoffs. On average, however, these teams’ Elo ratings increased only from 1644 to 1658 during the playoffs.2This average excludes the 1998-99 Chicago Bulls, the only NBA champion since the merger to miss the playoffs. So there’s a little something there, but in Elo terms, that’s pretty minor — not much more than a rounding error.3An Elo rating of 1644 is equivalent to 55.5 regular season wins in an 82-game season, while an Elo rating of 1658 is equivalent to 56.7 wins. 2010Cavaliers61-21+6.5Lost 2nd Round17011646-55 YEARTEAMRECORDPOINT DIFF.PLAYOFFSSTARTENDDIFF. 2008Cavaliers45-37-0.3Lost 2nd Round15061562+56 2015Cavaliers53-29+4.4Lost Finals16311692+61 2014Heat54-28+4.2Lost Finals15811604+23 2009Celtics62-20+7.4Lost 2nd Round16931653-40 16351669+34 1978Trail Blazers58-24+5.9Lost 1st Round15581551-7 YEARTEAMRECORDPOINT DIFF.PLAYOFFSSTARTENDDIFF. James’ teams have made the playoffs 11 times prior to this season. And they’ve played really well, both in absolute terms and relative to their regular-season performance. James and the Cavs did have a disastrous postseason in 2010 — when, as the No. 1 overall seed, they lost to the Celtics in the second round — but that’s pretty much the only exception. On average, they’ve gained 34 Elo points from the start of the playoffs to the end. And over James’s past six postseasons, they’ve outperformed their regular-season ending Elo rating by an average of 55 points.So let’s say that Elo has the Cavs’ underrated by somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 points. Call that a “LeBron clutch factor” or whatever else you like. I asked my colleague Jay Boice to add 50 Elo points to the Cavs’ Elo rating and rerun our playoff simulations. Their championship odds rose … but only to 6 percent.Instead, you have to add about 150 points of Elo rating to get the Cavs’ odds in the same vicinity as Vegas has them.4With a 150 Elo-point boost, the Cavaliers’ NBA title probability would be 21 percent. That’s a lot. Elo sees the Cavs’ current level of performance as equivalent to a 48-34 regular-season record. Add 150 Elo points to that total, and they’d project to a 62-20 regular season record. That’s a 14-win gain — about what you’d get from adding someone like Kawhi Leonard or Anthony Davis to the roster.Have no doubt: I’d love to plunk some money down on the Cavs at the odds our forecast and the other computer models give them. Playoff basketball is a pretty different specimen from regular-season basketball, and our model isn’t doing anything to account for that. This is something for us to examine for future iterations of the model, even if the Cavs get bounced in the first round.But I also wonder if the bookies aren’t going too far in the other direction. There are plenty of defending champions — and James-led teams — that underwhelmed in the regular season before going on to win a title or at least reach the finals. But few of them underperformed as much as the Cavs have. They also tended to benefit from down periods in the league, as the 1994-95 Rockets and 2000-01 Lakers did. This year, the Cavs will have to get past the Warriors, who might be even better than last year’s 73-9 version5The Warriors’ point differential is better last year’s — and the fourth-best in NBA history — and they have Kevin Durant., or, failing that, probably the Spurs.Nor will the Cavs’ enter the postseason with much rest. Instead, as the East’s No. 1 overall seed has been up in the air between the Cavs and the Celtics, James has averaged 43 minutes per over the team’s last five games. Kyrie Irving has gotten only two days off since the All-Star break. Kevin Love has played heavy minutes despite missing time in February and March due to knee surgery.James has beaten expectations so many times in the playoffs that transcendent things are almost expected from him. If he leads the Cavaliers to another title this year it really might be his greatest accomplishment yet.
What might have been a hot streak for Ohio State’s women’s soccer team finally went cold in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. After capturing the Big Ten Tournament championship on Nov. 4, the No. 4-seeded Buckeyes (16-4-2) played 90 minutes of regulation and 20 minutes of overtime before losing to Oakland University on penalty kicks, 3-1, Saturday evening at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The loss snapped a nine-game winning streak for OSU, a feat that tied the school record set back in 2004. Over the course of that span, the Buckeyes outscored opponents 25-5. While OSU had little trouble getting shots on the goal during Saturday’s contest, outnumbering Oakland 28-5, putting the ball in the back of the net proved a different story. “Soccer’s a cruel game and to outshoot a team 28-5 it’s a pretty tough one to swallow,” said OSU coach Lori Walker. “We have to credit Oakland for finding a way to win.” In the game’s shootout, Oakland managed to score on its first two kicks as redshirt senior goalkeeper Shannon Coley managed to thwart OSU’s first three attempts. After the Golden Grizzlies missed their next two shots, the Buckeyes made their fourth kick, keeping their hopes alive. Oakland, though, had other plans as it made its fifth and final shot to clinch the victory. For some members of the OSU squad that started this season’s campaign 0-2, it was their final time suiting up in the Scarlet and Gray. “I’m proud of every single girl on the roster and it’s a hell of a way to end a season. It’s unfortunate, the circumstance, but I can’t say that’s there’s any girl that I look and should have their head down,” said senior defender Lauren Granberg. Despite OSU’s 7-3 shot advantage in the first half, junior midfielder Julianne Boyle and the Golden Grizzlies drew first blood in the 41st minute and took the 1-0 lead. In the second half, the Buckeyes sent a barrage of 15 shots at Coley, who made four saves, but could not keep out one from OSU’s leading scorer. Senior forward Tiffany Cameron scored her 21st goal of the season in the 60th minute thanks to an assist from Granberg and sophomore midfielder Ellyn Gruber, knotting the score up at 1-1. Cameron led all members involved in the contest in shots on the goal with eight, three more than Oakland’s five tries. Cameron’s goal was the first score surrendered by Oakland since an Oct. 20 loss at Fort Wayne. With the loss the Buckeyes finish their 2012 season with a 16-4-2 mark and the program’s third Big Ten Tournament Championship. “To end our season on a tie and loss in penalty kicks is a pretty tough ending to a pretty fantastic season,” Walker said. Oakland will take on Texas A&M in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.