DONEGAL SPORTS STAR REVIEW – JUNE WAS A MONTH FOR SOCCER, CYCLING AND A LOT MORE!

first_imgJune proved to be another excellent month for Donegal sport with super successes in athletics, boxing cycling, horseracing and motorsport. The Donegal Sports Star review for June highlights those achievements locally, nationally and internationally for the county.There was a memorable weekend for the Boyle cousins Declan and Brian who became only the second crew from the county to win the Donegal International Rally while Mark English and Philip Deignan hit the headlines again in the June review and others who starred in June included the golfer Brendan McCarroll who won a Spanish title. One man who deserves special mention is Trentagh jockey Martin who had a fantastic month after returning from serious injuries sustained in a fall at Lingfield Park in May. Harley who is Marco Botti’s stable jockey rode 13 winners and the two time Donegal Sports Star Award winner is now looking forward to more success on the racetrack over the summer. At the beginning of the month Mark English ran a season’s best of 1:46:22 for the 800m, inside the qualification time for the European Championships, to finish fourth at an international race meeting in Holland. A week later the Letterkenny man ran a season’s best of 1:45:03 to take second place behind Kenyan world record holder David Rudisha at a Diamond League meeting in New York. And near the end of June English won again this time crossing the line first in an 800 metres at the European Team Championships in Tailum, Estonia in a time of 1.47.63.On the first day of the month Letterkenny cyclist Philip Deignan finished 43rd overall at the end of the three week Giro d’Italia. The highlight of the tough tour for Deignan was his third place finish in a very difficult 170km, 18th stage. Deignan then came agonisingly close to winning the second stage of the Tour de Suisse. In the end the Letterkenny man had to settle for second place.Philip DeignanBrendan McCarroll kept his dreams of joining the elite golfing world on track by winning the Alps Tour Peugeot Trophy in Madrid while two time winner of Donegal Sports Star awards Martin Harley returned from a long serious injury lay-off to ride 13 winners during the month of June. Declan and Brian became the first Donegal crew since Vincent Bonner and Seamus McGettigan to win the Donegal International Rally.Inishowen man Sean McCarter skippered the Derry/Londonderry Yacht to a fantastic victory in the New York to Derry leg of the Clipper Around the World Yacht Race. The result put McCarter’s team fourth overall with two stages of the race remaining. Another big news story during June was that Seamus Coleman signed a new five-year deal reportedly worth 75,000 euro annually which will see the Killybegs man stay at Everton until 2019.Also excelling last month was Inishowen AC’s Pauric McKinney who took a silver medal in the Walled City Marathon in Derry. Brendan Boyce finished fourth overall at the British & Irish Race Walking Championships in York and was the second Irish man home. Lifford AC’s Anne Marie McGlynn was fourth in the 3000m at the European Team Championships in Estonia. Staying with athletics Cranford AC’s Claragh Giles took gold in the Shot Putt and Silver in the Javelin at the Ulster Finals at the Mary Peters Track in Belfast while Christopher Murray was second in the U-20 800m in the same finals.The boxing star of the month was undoubtedly Labhaoise Clarke from Carndonagh BC who won her fifth Irish title at the National Stadium in the Women’s Senior Cadet Championships on the last Sunday of June. She defeated Clonard’s Sophie Tierney in the final on an unanimous verdict in the Bantam Weight Division. Clarke was subsequently named on Irish squad for the European Women’s Youth Championships.In cycling there was success for Errigal CC’s Michael McBride who won the ‘Best Young Rider’ category at the Donegal Ras. Errigal also had a good weekend at the North Down GP in Donaghadee with Donal Walsh and Odhran Doogan first and second in the U-12 race while Conor Halvey and P.J. Doogan were the winner and runner-up respectively in the U-14 event.On the first Sunday of June the Termon ladies won the All-Ireland Senior Gaeltacht title for the fifth successive year with a 4-15 to 2-10 win over Clonbur in the final in Moycullen. Also in Moycullen, Kilcar won the All-Ireland Senior Gaeltacht title for the sixth time with a 3-14 to 0-13 victory over Michael Breathnach in the final. The McHugh cousins Ryan and Eoin scored a combined 3-7 in the decider. Michael MurphyMichael Murphy picked up the GAA/GPA May Player of the Month for his superb performance in Donegal’s win over Derry in the Ulster Senior Football Championship quarter-final clash at Celtic Park. And for his display in the same game the 2012 Overall Donegal Sports Star Award winner Karl Lacey received the Ulster GAA Writers Association May Player of the Month award.A little of bit of history was created by Aaron Bradley who became the first member of the Letterkenny Gaels Club to play in an All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Inter-County game when he lined out for London who lost to Limerick in a qualifier tie at Gaelic Grounds. Donegal booked their place in a fourth successive Ulster Final following 3-19 to 0-10 win over Antrim in Clones. And the Minors made it a double for the county with a 2-19 to 1-10.In gymnastics Letterkenny girl Maria Gallagher won the Northern Ireland All Round Gymnastics Championships at Level 8 taking gold for her floor, vault and team routines and bronze on the bars. And the Finesse Gymnastics Display Team took silver at the Dublin Fleadh. The Donegal ‘B’ pool team were beaten in the All-Ireland Championship Final in Ennis by Tyrone.In snooker John Connors took the David Hanna Donegal Snooker Championship title for the fifth time with a 5-0 win over Anthony Bonner in the final. On the international soccer front there was disappointment for a former Donegal Sports Star Soccer Award winner Ramelton’s Kyle Callan-McFadden as the Republic of Ireland U-19 side’s hopes of reaching the Elite UEFA Finals were ended after losing 3-1 to Serbia in a final group qualifier at the Tallaght Stadium. McFadden was captain for one game and played in all three group fixtures in Dublin over the week with the Irish winning 2-1 against Iceland before losing 2-1 to Turkey.Ciara Grant celebrates another stunnerLetterkenny’s Ciara Grant came off the bench as a late sub for the Republic of Ireland Senior Women’s team who got an injury-time winner to defeat Croatia in a crucial World Cup qualifier at the Tallaght Stadium. The Irish followed that up with an excellent draw in Russia.Meanwhile, Shane Duffy, whose father Brian is from Letterkenny, made his international debut for the Republic of Ireland senior team in a friendly 1-1 draw against Costa Rica in Philadelphia. Finn Harps advanced to the third round of the FAI Ford Senior Cup with a hard earned 1-0 win over non-league Belgrove/Home Farm in Dublin thanks to an eighth minute Pat McCann goal but the hosts had played most of the game with just ten men.In the league it was a mixed month for Ollie Hogan’s side as late goal saw Harps slump to their fifth league defeat of the season losing 1-0 to Longford Town in Ballybofey. However, on the last Friday of June the Donegal outfit recorded only their second home win of the campaign when a Ruairi Keating goal gave his side a 1-0 victory over Waterford Utd. Ramelton’s Barry McNamee, the current Donegal Sports Star Soccer title holer, scored the first goal in a ‘Man of the Match’ performance for Derry City in a 2-0 win over Cobh Ramblers in the second round of the FAI Ford Senior Cup at St. Colman’s Park.Former Letterkenny Rovers and Derry City player Cillian Morrison completed his transfer from UCD to Cork City signing a two-and-a-half year professional contract with the Leesiders.The Donegal Women’s U-14s side finished third at the Gaynor Cup in Limerick with an Amy Boyle-Carr giving the side managed by Brid McGinty and Johnny Baird a 1-0 win in the final. St. Catherine’s defeated Bonagee Utd 4-2 to win the Donegal Schoolboys U-14 Champions League Final at Finn Park. Ballyshannon man Matthew McGarrigle won the Metalman Swimming series at Rosses Point in Co. Sligo while Letterkenny 24/7 Triathlon member Aidan Callaghan finished second at the ‘Hell of the West’ Olympic distance event in Kilkee, Co. Clare.In Primary School’s sport Kilmacrennan NS won their fourth piece of silverware of the year by taking the county Cummann na mBunscoil Roinn 2 county title. The success came after also winning the Donegal and Ulster indoor GAA titles and the boys County FAIS soccer final.DONEGAL SPORTS STAR REVIEW – JUNE WAS A MONTH FOR SOCCER, CYCLING AND A LOT MORE! was last modified: July 8th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal Sports Star Reviewlast_img read more

Breaking Up an Ice Age Is Hard to Do

first_img“Ice Age 3” the movie is out, and the subject of ice ages deserves some attention.  Atmospheric scientists and geologists seem very confident sometimes about things they know about only indirectly, like ice ages.  At other times, though, the rhetoric turns diffident (opposite of confident).  Take this opening paragraph from PhysOrg:Scientists still puzzle over how Earth emerged from its last ice age, an event that ushered in a warmer climate and the birth of human civilization.  In the geological blink of an eye, ice sheets in the northern hemisphere began to collapse and warming spread quickly to the south.  Most scientists say that the trigger, at least initially, was an orbital shift that caused more sunlight to fall across Earth’s northern half.  But how did the south catch up so fast?(For more on the orbital shift theory, see the 06/02/2009, 02/05/2008 and 08/08/2006 entries.)  A new theory for how the south caught up is “blowing in the wind,” the article said.  A team put together a model that invokes carbon dioxide release, wind, and Milankovitch cycles to explain how it all happened.    But all is not so tidy.  Here was global warming on a colossal scale, without man being at fault.  “We’re trying to answer the puzzle: why does the Earth, when it appears so firmly in the grip of an ice age, start to warm?”  It’s counterintuitive.  You need heat to start an ice age, and cold to stop it.  According to the new model, a chain of events led to ice age 20,000 years ago, and by 4,000 years later, the system rebounded.  Glaciers made a “spectacular retreat” while carbon dioxide from the deep ocean provided enough warming to prevent another ice age.    The article left off on a confident note that the new theory improves on old models that stalled: “Now, with the evidence for shifting southern hemisphere westerlies, the rapid warming is readily explained.”  Of course, this new model needs some more work: a Penn State scientist said, “Testing this hypothesis will be very interesting, to see whether it successfully ‘predicts’ the observed timing of CO2 and temperature changes in the south.”  One might also wonder why this irreversible chain of events occurred in the “geological blink of an eye” and not repeatedly over billions of years, if it was indeed triggered by a regular orbital cycle.  Climate skeptics might also use this theory to point out that not all global warming is man’s fault – especially one called “the great global warming of all time.”Scientists like this aren’t interested in the truth.  They are interested in preserving the deep time paradigm.  Part of that is always revising deep time models, but never questioning them.  Their whole system is built on a house of cards, and inside the house, life emerges (a miracle).  Once evolution was done with the deep freeze, it came time to clear out the Ice Age room for the Birth of Human Civilization (another miracle).  Ask yourself: “Self, is a little bit of warmth an explanation for human civilization, and not intelligent design?”    Secular scientists would never even pause to deign to ponder to think to consider the possibility that a global flood could produce the ice age (singular) and its warming aftereffects in far less time.  That explanation, at least, has an eyewitness account attached to it.  But no; deep time is in their DNA (Darwin Naturalistic Authority), and so the tale goes on.  It doesn’t need to be true.  It just needs to keep the story going and the storytellers employed.  If they can attach a political spin to it (man-made global warming), all the better.  The more ad hoc, the better; this one-time phenomenon occurs 16,000 years ago, but not throughout their beloved 4.5 billion years of Milankovitch cycles.  They will tolerate a cartoon “Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” (advertised along with the PhysOrg article) with its timeline that is completely out of whack with the Darwinian geological column, but that’s OK – it’s not creationist.  Anything but that.  Anything but the Eyewitness.  Considering that would mean (gasp) the loss of human autonomy for endless storytelling.    Readers not enslaved to the secular guild’s world might like to do a little research on what creation scientists have to say about the ice age.  Search for “ice age” on True Origin, Creation.com, ICR, Answers in Genesis, In the Beginning or the Creation Research Society and you’ll get a lot of hits.  Deep-time geologists and biologists are not the only people who think about these things.  They’re just the only ones who get a free ride in the deep-time media.  They believe in miracles, too, you realize; they just have a handy place to hide them – in the deep freezer of deep time.(Visited 35 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Shooting Stunning Timelapse With Industry Pro Martin Heck

first_imgWant more content on film techniques? Then check out these articles from PremiumBeat.Premiere Pro Tutorial: Compositing Live-Action and Timelapse FootageTimelapse Tips, Tricks, and Tools6 Tips for Filming OutdoorsAre you exploring timeplapse photography? Did this interview with Martin Heck help shed light on the process? Let us know in the comments below. 3. What are some of your favorite places that you’ve filmed? What made these places special to you?There have been a lot of amazing locations I’ve visited in the past few years. Talking about New Zealand and Patagonia: These places are widely considered as the most beautiful places on earth. But last year I had the chance to shoot in a glow-worm cave system in New Zealand. It’s was really a tough but incredible experience. Being in a cave for 36 hours, lit only by glow-worms and in absolute silence, really gives a feeling of being on another planet.Other amazing places are Fjordland (NZ), Torres-del-Paine (Chile), Fitz-Roy-nationalpark (Argentina) and the Dolimites in South Tyrol.Then there is of course the eruption of the Calbuco volcano in Chile in late April of this year. That was the most jaw-dropping thing I’ve ever experienced. It’s hard to describe but when you feel and hear the deep rumbling from 30KM (18 Miles) away it makes you feel very small.4. What techniques and advice could you give someone that is looking to get into timelapse photography. Are there things they should avoid?I always say timelapse is the art of predicting the future. Make sure you know as much as possible about your location before shooting. It is easy to get lost in the technical details, but avoid dealing too much with what gear to buy and so on. It’s really a thing of learning by doing. If you make mistakes you learn from it and will never do them again. I still learn things today that I never thought could have happen.When starting out keep everything simple. A tripod and a camera. Static exposure. Then you slowly get into more advanced techniques like exposure-ramping and motion control. Make sure you don’t underestimate the factor of post-processing. Always go for highest-quality route even if it takes much more effort. We spoke with filmmaker Martin Heck and asked him a few questions about the process of creating amazing timelapse videos. Here’s what he said.Images from Martin HeckIf you aren’t familiar with Martin Heck and his production company Timestorm Films, you soon will be. Martin is a freelance timelapse photographer from Germany who travels the world looking for that one composition. His work is stunningly beautiful and crisp, which doesn’t come from an ARRI or a RED but rather a Canon 6D and Sony A7S. We were lucky enough to catch Martin between productions and got his insight on how he creates these works of art.1. First and foremost, what made you want to get into time-lapse photography, and was this something that you were always interested in?My interest in timelapse-photography basically started with a very old 0.3mp webcam I found in our basement and discovered a basic intervalometer setting in the software. This was in 2008 when I was 15. In this time, timelapse wasn’t that common as it is today and really got my full attention as it was very cool for me to see all the time compressed in a little 15s video.Purchasing better cameras and figuring out how to edit those timelapses really taught me everything I know today. I began building my own motion-control equipment and shot timelapses every time I was on vacation.With the first inquiries for my stock footage coming in 2010 I began to realize that there might be a market for timelapse and I was slowly able to get into higher end tech from this income.Now I am a freelance timelapse photographer, shooting 8K and traveling the world for those shots.So to conclude this question: Time-lapse really was the reason to buy my very first camera. So I would say this was something I was always interested in.2. What is your process like for finding the right timelapse subject or space?I pick spots from seeing photos on the internet, Google Maps, or places I have been before but wasn’t able to timelapse them. The next thing I do is check the environmental situation over time: Where and at which time does the sun rise/set. Same thing for the moon rise/set. What the moon-phase is and where does the milkyway rise and set. Sometimes I check if there are nearby roads were headlights from passing cars can ruin the shot.Then there are weather conditions to be observed. When doing trips to foreign countries, I also consider which season is the best to capture the kind of shots I’m looking for. Even the the humidity sometimes plays an important role as it could condensate on the lens.Those are a lot of factors going into the decision of finding the right location and time. When on location I always try to frame my shots in the most interesting way possible, while keeping it “clean.” Meaning that if there is one thing in the scene I don’t like (sometimes a fence, a sign, lights, buildings etc.) I will move my camera until it’s right. I always ask myself how and why I do something. I also don’t like to use a slider every time just because I can. Often there’s no reason to have a moving camera, in fact keeping the camera still can make for some pretty epic shots. 7. How many cameras do you use to get the shots you’re after?In Patagonia we mostly used all of our three cameras we had with us. But, when hiking, I have to limit myself to what I can carry. Which is mostly two cameras, three lenses, slider and tripod.8. To get the smooth fluid motion in your shot,s do you use the eMotimo TB3 alone? Is there other gear?Beside the TB3, I customized my Dynamic Perception Stage One slider with very lightweight carbon rods and shaved of some weight to make it more backpacking-friendly. 5. What tools are in your toolbox? What does it take to get the amazing shots that you’re able to capture?I currently own a Canon 6D and Sony A7s. Those are my main workhorses, together with a bunch of lenses from Canon and Samyang. For motion control, I use an eMotimo TB3 Black and a customized Dynamic Perception Stage One slider.On our latest trip to Patagonia, I shot with the Pentax 645Z medium-format camera (25mm, 55mm and 120mm Pentax lenses) to get 8K resolution.That’s my “toolbox” and it helps to get the best quality possible, but it is far from mandatory for doing timelapses. I still shoot sometimes with my old Canon 550D/T2i. Still does a perfect job.But most important, in my opinion, is being dedicated about what you do. If you get up every 2 hours in the middle of the night when it’s 2°C to check if it’s started to rain or if condensation is building on the camera, you really know why you’re doing this. Those shots are most rewarding. It’s hard to get those shots and that can been seen in the footage.6. Could you give us a rundown of the your favorite cameras to use? Also, what have you used in the past?Currently, without doubt it’s the Pentax 645Z. With 51MP and an outstanding dynamic range, it’s a very powerful camera. It’s an expensive camera (That’s why I don’t own one) but clearly the best I’ve used so far. Besides this, I use a Canon 6D and Sony A7s. From the beginning, I used a Lumix TZ3, TZ7 and Canon 550D. New cameras appear almost on a daily basis these days, so my kit will change over the time.last_img read more

Green Archers lock up top two, blow out Bulldogs

first_imgMOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDe La Salle secured a top two spot after shooting down National University, 101-76, in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Green Archers rose to 11-2 while dealing a big blow to the Bulldogs’ Final Four bid.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. WATCH: Conor McGregor named EA Sports UFC cover athlete for 2nd time John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 80 PLAY LIST 02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8002:34UAAP SEASON 80 PREVIEW: DLSU GREEN ARCHERS00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next Reigning MVP Ben Mbala put up a game-high 30 points with eight rebounds to lead La Salle while Rivero added 16 points and six rebounds.J-Jay Alejandro and Antonio Joson had 20 points apiece to lead the Bulldogs. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The loss was NU’s eighth in 12 games as the Bulldogs will now have to rely on other teams in hopes to making the semifinals.La Salle immediately built momentum as early as the second quarter going on a 23-9 run with Ben Mbala giving the Green Archers a 43-27 lead late in the period and the defending champions never looked back.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I think we’re getting better every game because we make it a point to follow the game plan the coaches set up,” said Ricci Rivero in Filipino. “What we do in practice, we make sure that we apply it to the game,” said captain Kib Montalbo. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Warriors say Kevin Durant will practice before Game 5

first_imgWith the Warriors’ backs to the wall now in the NBA Finals, Durant — now out for more than a month with a strained calf — was taking the practice floor on Sunday in an effort to determine if he will be able to play in Game 5 of the title series on Monday night.The Warriors trail the Toronto Raptors 3-1 in the series, and need three straight wins to capture a third straight championship.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“He’ll get some extra work in with some of our younger players and we’ll gauge it from there,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.Durant was not made available to comment. The Warriors had their media availability in Toronto on Sunday prior to the practice session. Durant averaged 26.0 points per game for the Warriors during the regular season and 34.2 points in 11 playoff games before he got hurt in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals against Houston. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Canada’s excitement builds as Raptors on brink of NBA crown PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFPcenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport (FILES) In this file photo taken on June 3, 2018 Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors reacts in Game 2 of the 2018 NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFPTORONTO — Kevin Durant was playing basketball on Sunday.The Golden State Warriors hope he will again on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too He had 51 for Oklahoma City in Toronto on March 21, 2014, and scored 51 for the Warriors on the Raptors’ home floor back on Nov. 29. Even if he isn’t 100%, Durant’s mere presence should make the Warriors more potent on the offensive end.The Raptors will have a plan, of course, if Durant gets on the floor Monday night.“If he plays, he’s an MVP, he’s an All-NBA player, he’s an All-Star, Finals MVP,” Raptors guard Kyle Lowry said. “But we can’t focus on that. We have to focus on ourselves.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess The Warriors are 6-3 in the nine games Durant has missed.“It’s just having another powerful weapon out there who can do some very dynamic things on the floor,” Warriors guard Stephen Curry said.Kerr said the plan was to see if Durant could clear some hurdles that he hasn’t crossed during his recovery. Kerr said earlier in the series that Durant could return after completing one practice.“He will be very welcomed, I’ll tell you that much,” Warriors guard Klay Thompson said. “I think it’s pretty easy to realize we obviously miss him out there. He’s propelled us to two championships in the last two years, so it’d be pretty storybook if he comes back and helps us do the same. … I know how badly he wants to be out there. He’s one of the best competitors I’ve ever been around.”Toronto allowed Kobe Bryant to score 81 points on Jan. 22, 2006. In the 1,175 Raptors games since, the most anyone has scored against them is 51 points — done twice, done both times in Toronto, and done both times by Durant.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

The Secret To The Rams Blocking Success Isnt The Linemen Its Sean

Returning to Los Angeles, the Rams used the 11 personnel more than any other team in the NFL in 2018. So it’s possible that instead of the Rams being generationally superior at run blocking — or instead of Gurley being a one-of-a-kind game-altering running back — the Rams’ offensive line just faced fewer crowded fronts than other teams. This would at least provide some context for their overwhelming success — and help explain how Anderson could Wally Pipp an MVP candidate in the playoffs.To find out, I created a reasonable facsimile of Football Outsiders’ adjusted line yards and then calculated the number of yards each team earned either over or under expected based on the number of men in the box and the field position from which the play originated.6I removed QB scrambles but left WR run plays in. I also did not adjust for shotgun. Finally, I did not scale the adjusted line yards metric so that it looks like running back yards per carry. My version of adjusted line yards will not agree exactly with Football Outsiders, but there still is a high degree of correlation. Each metric predicts the other at an r-squared of 0.68.Both Football Outsiders’ line yards and my version agree that the Rams had the best rushing offensive line unadjusted for box count. When we look at line yards over expected after accounting for box defenders, however, the Rams aren’t the best run-blocking offensive line ever. In fact, they’re not even in the top four since 2009. 18New England20093.062.720.364.43 *Box-adjusted line yards adjusts for number of defenders faced near the line of scrimmage.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group But an NFL offense is not just at the mercy of the defense when it comes to running against stacked or light boxes. Play-callers actually have a large degree of control over how many defenders near the line of scrimmage they will have to face. When an offense trots out three or more wide receivers, the defense nearly always matches with an equal number of defensive backs, which limits the number of linebackers on the field and lightens up the box.Since the 2009 season, the number of rushing plays that faced six or fewer defenders in the box has skyrocketed. This is a reflection of an evolving offensive philosophy, not a defensive one. The increasing number of light boxes was a response to the massive shift by NFL offenses to the “11 personnel”: 1 running back, 1 tight end and — most importantly — three wide receivers. Over the course of the past decade, the 11 personnel became the most popular personnel package in the NFL. It’s now the base NFL offense. And nickel5Defenses with five defensive backs on the field. is the current base defense — a sea change from the previous decade when 3-4 and 4-3 defensive fronts were the norm. 2New England20103.322.730.604.82 10Washington20123.162.740.434.24 Teamseason538 adj. line yds538 box adj. line ydsbox adj. line yds over expectedfootball outsiders adj. line yds 8New England20173.082.650.445.05 One explanation is that the Los Angeles Rams offensive line is just very, very good, and Gurley has been reaping the rewards. But I think there’s another factor at work — one that has more to do with the head coach than with the players on the field.Some football observers have gone so far as to suggest that the Rams 2018 run-blocking unit might be the best in the history of the NFL. While offensive lines are perhaps the trickiest position to evaluate with data, there’s actual evidence for this scorching-hot take using a metric created by Football Outsiders called adjusted line yards. Adjusted line yards are calculated by looking at each running play and using a formula to attempt to assign the proper credit to the offensive line. The metric punishes blockers for losses on run plays, credits the hog mollies with half of the yardage on runs from 5 to 10 yards, and gives the line zero credit for any field position gained 11 yards beyond the line of scrimmage.2Football Outsiders also adjusts for plays from shotgun, down, distance and situation, and it removes any scrambles and handoffs to players who aren’t running backs. By this measure, the Rams are the best-performing line in at least the past 22 years, the period for which data is available.31996 to 2018.But one problem with adjusted line yards is that the metric doesn’t account for the number of defenders the offensive line has to face during any given play, which has huge implications for how effective a rush will be. Running the ball when there are seven or eight defenders near the line of scrimmage is much harder than running against six or fewer. If a team runs more of its plays against light fronts, we should expect it to have more success in general. We’d also expect the offensive line in particular to have an easier time opening holes against defensive fronts that have fewer, rather than more, defensive players near the line of scrimmage that they have to block.Looking at 10 years’ worth of data from ESPN’s Sports & Information Group,4For a total of 126,154 running plays. We excluded scrambles and any plays for which no defender data was given. that’s exactly what we find. If we split the field up into 10-yard chunks, there isn’t an area of the gridiron that exists where running against seven or more men in the box is easier than running against six or fewer. 13New England20183.042.650.415.03 11Baltimore20183.122.710.434.61 5Los Angeles20183.312.830.515.49 1San Francisco20123.192.570.634.50 3New Orleans20113.312.730.594.95 14Houston20103.012.610.414.52 7New Orleans20183.122.690.455.19 Todd Gurley began the 2018 season on fire, accumulating yards and scoring touchdowns at a historic pace. Despite missing the final two games of the season, the second-highest-paid running back in the NFL led the league in rushing touchdowns and finished fourth in yards from scrimmage. And yet, Gurley may start Super Bowl LIII as a backup. Since returning from injury, the Rams star has been outplayed by fill-in journeyman running back C.J. Anderson, who has more or less relegated Gurley to a change-of-pace role.How is this even possible? How can a player go from being the league’s premier running back to backing up a guy who was cut by the Denver Broncos in May, the Carolina Panthers in November and the Oakland Raiders in December? We’ve seen backup running backs fill in admirably before — when the Chiefs released star RB Kareem Hunt this season, Damien Williams was just as, if not more, productive1Williams averaged 114 yards from scrimmage and 1.6 TDs in regular-season games he started, while Hunt averaged 109 yards from scrimmage and 1.4 TDs. — but it’s hard to remember it happening to a back as seemingly indispensable as Gurley, let alone on a stage as big as the Rams are on now. 15Seattle20123.142.780.374.42 12Carolina20113.112.710.424.32 9New York20103.172.730.434.56 17Dallas20092.982.600.374.48 19Tennessee20163.052.700.364.63 16Kansas City20103.062.700.374.44 6Miami20093.012.550.474.44 4Jacksonville20103.202.620.594.63 The Rams have the fifth-best offensive line since 2009NFL offensive lines by two metrics for regular-season adjusted line yards, yards accounting for the number of defenders in the box and yards over expected based on defenders in the box, 2009-2018 In fact, if all you know about a running play in the NFL is the approximate field position of a team and the number of defenders near the line of scrimmage, you’re able to predict the leaguewide yards per carry with an extraordinarily high degree of accuracy: 96 percent of yards-per-carry totals are explained by the offense’s field position and the number of men the opponent has in the box. How many defenders are in the box is almost certainly the most important factor in determining rushing success in football, so it follows that we should try to account for it. The 2012 San Francisco 49ers — who were 5 yards from winning a Super Bowl under Jim Harbaugh and QB Colin Kaepernick — take the honor of fielding the best run-blocking offensive line since 2009. Thinking back on the number of big plays Frank Gore broke off against stacked boxes, the ranking certainly passes the smell test. The 2010 Jaguars offensive line, ranking just ahead of the Rams, was also formidable: It opened massive holes for Maurice Jones-Drew and Rashad Jennings, who combined for nine touchdowns and 1,783 yards on the ground despite QB David Garrard doing nothing to scare opposing defenses away from crowding the line and trying to stop the run.The Rams still fielded the fifth best offensive line in our time frame and easily the best this year. But much of the credit for the success of the running game should probably go not to Gurley, Anderson or the Rams offensive line, but to Sean McVay. The second-year coach has put his players in the very best position to succeed through his scheme and play-calling. Running the ball out of the 11 personnel helps dictate to the defense and lightens the box for his linemen, allowing them to open holes even thrice-cut journeyman running backs can run through.While league observers can fall into the trap of over-weighting the effect of coaching, in some cases the credit and praise is warranted. The distribution of talent across teams is so even, it’s really not so much a matter of who you run the ball with — or behind — it’s a matter of when you run it. McVay chooses his spots as well as anyone in the NFL, and the Rams are in Super Bowl LIII because of it.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

Weekly football picks Week 7

Justin Zwick Last week: 1-2 Overall: 15-5 Picks: Ohio State, Iowa, Arkansas Quinn Pitcock Last week: 2-1 Overall: 14-6 Picks: Ohio State, Michigan, Arkansas The only game featuring a difference of opinion last week was Michigan State-Michigan. Sparty’s 34-17 victory gave James Laurinaitis, Quinn Pitcock and Zack Meisel 2-1 weeks. Justin Zwick suffered his first losing week of the season, as he returned closer to the pack at 15-5 overall. Laurinaitis and Pitcock trail Zwick by just one game. Senior basketball player Dallas Lauderdale checks in two games off the pace. This week, every participant expects Ohio State to knock off Wisconsin, but opinion is spread out on the other two contests. THIS WEEK’S GAMES No. 1 Ohio State @ No. 18 Wisconsin No. 15 Iowa @ Michigan No. 12 Arkansas @ No. 7 Auburn James Laurinaitis Last week: 2-1 Overall: 14-6 Picks: Ohio State, Iowa, Auburn Dallas Lauderdale Last week: 1-2 Overall: 13-7 Picks: Ohio State, Iowa, Auburn Zack Meisel Last week: 2-1 Overall: 11-9 Picks: Ohio State, Iowa, Auburn read more

Pep Guardiola happy with Jesus performance

first_imgManchester City boss Pep Guardiola has admitted being more than happy with Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus’ performances this season.Gabriel has netted one goal during this season as well as featured in several games from the bench, however, City boss believes he couldn’t be happier with his contribution to the team.“He is happy,” said the boss via Man City’s official website.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“His performances are very good. His movement, his high pressing is excellent and he works very hard, but he is still young and of course, he has areas he can improve o“We are going to help him in final third and he has desire to improve – we will help him in training with that.”Jesus made his senior debut for Brazil in September 2016. Following 21 caps win and netting seven goals at youth level, which includes reaching the final of the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup and winning an Olympic gold medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics.last_img read more

China hails courage of North South Korean leaders

first_imgNorth Korea`s leader Kim Jong Un (L) and South Korea`s President Moon Jae-in (R) pose for a photo during their summit in the Peace House building on the southern side of the truce village of Panmunjom on 27 April. Photo: AFPChina on Friday heaped praised on the leaders of the two Koreas for holding a landmark summit, calling their handshake over the Military Demarcation Line that divides the peninsula a “historic moment”.“We applaud the Korean leaders’ historic step and appreciate their political decisions and courage,” foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told a regular press briefing.“We hope and look forward to them taking this opportunity to further open a new journey of long-term stability on the peninsula.”She also cited a poem that reads: “We remain brothers after all the vicissitudes; let’s forgo our old grudges, smiling we will meet again.”China is North Korea’s sole major ally but it has supported a series of United Nations sanctions to punish Pyongyang over its nuclear and missile tests.Beijing has pressed for dialogue to peacefully resolve the nuclear crisis.last_img