‘Game of Thrones’ Thrives on Social Media. Its Author, Not So Much

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts markhachman A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit In the years before cable television and DVRs, a limited number of broadcast TV channels forced Americans to choose from a small selection of programs at any one time, creating a built-in audience. As cable channels proliferated, American audiences splintered. And while studio execs can test-screen both movies and TV shows, Twitter provides provides genuine fan input that the executives said they take to heart.“Sometimes we’ll watch an episode and have the Twitter feed going, and it’s just like being in a theater, in a way,” Weiss said. “It sort of brings the communal nature of the experience back after it disappeared for so long.”Martin’s Own Song Of Ice…At age 64, Martin has prompted concerns that he, like fellow epic fantasy writer Robert Jordan, won’t live to see his series conclude. The fifth book, A Dance with Dragons, was published in 2011. HBO’s third season covers the first half of A Storm of Swords, the third book in the series.“It’s coming,” Martin said of the sixth book, The Winds of Winter. “It’s not going to be done next week. It’s going to be another giant, 1,500 page book. But I’m making progress. I don’t feel comfortable predicting when these things are going to be done, because every time I do I turn out to be wrong and then everybody gets upset.”center_img For all of his anachronistic writing style, however, Martin showed a distinct aptitude for understanding his fans’ mindset, especially regarding piracy.… And FireMartin said:We have to contend with our show being the most pirated show in the world, with most of it coming from Australia. They delay it six months there, so people won’t wait before they download it. I think we’re moving toward a thing where there will be no more delays, to make a show in America where the American director, studio, or producers [won’t] sell it to foreign markets, and broadcasters puts it on six months later or whenever they feel like putting it on. That’s gone now.Martin added that he was proud to work with HBO, which commits to an entire season of a new show, in contrast to the fickle whims of network executives. Had The Wire debuted on NBC, he said, it would have been off the air in three episodes. (And that’s being charitable.)His comments prompted a question to Benioff and Weiss — did they expect to air adaptations of Martin’s entire series on HBO? “God, I hope so,” Benioff responded. When the two went to HBO to pitch the show, it was a rare thing to have creators know exactly where the show was going to begin, move through, and end. (Martin has revealed to the two how he expects Thrones to wrap up.)“I think it would be something that we would be proud of for our whole lives,” Benioff said. “You don’t get that many chances for something that special. We’re hoping we can make it.” Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#HBO#social media HBO’s hit show Game of Thrones thrives on social media. But you can’t say the same of George R.R. Martin, its original author.A George R.R. Martin Twitter account, for instance, has almost 50,000 followers — but no updates at all. (FYI, it’s not a Twitter-verified account. If it’s a fake, it’s a fairly convincing one, in a contrarian sort of way.) Martin’s Web site could most charitably be described as having a distinctly late 1990s look, and his “Not a Blog” — which the author does update fairly regularly — is hosted on… LiveJournal.At the San Francisco premiere of Thrones’ third season Wednesday night, Martin admitted to writing his novels on a PC that still runs MS-DOS, using WordStar 4.0. “I would still prefer to tie parchments to the legs of ravens,” the author joked.Twitter Is ComingThings couldn’t be more different at the show itself. At the premiere event, series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss said that Twitter allows them to receive real-time feedback of what works and what doesn’t. Martin added that he believed worldwide hits like Thrones helping to break down licensing barriers around the world.“One of the things that’s really fun about Twitter in particular is that there’s a fan site Winter Is Coming, and they do this sort of real time, as the show airs, what people are saying on Twitter,” Benioff said. “And for us, we don’t get to watch the shows with an audience. For us, it’s a rare thing where we’re there with a group of people. Mainly it’s people watching TV in their homes. So it’s not a communal experience.“The one thing that’s fun about the Twitter feed is that the reactions in real time the shocking moment, whether it’s Ned’s death, the way Twitter lights up,” Benioff added. “So it’s fascinating, just fascinating to see. There’s the world map of Twitter, where people can see what’s trending and it spikes in Turkey. And to know that our show is popular in Turkey, that’s fantastic.”last_img read more

Day-night Test: Morne Morkel leaves Zimbabwe reeling after South Africa declare at 309/9

first_imgMorne Morkel ran through Zimbabwe top order to leave the visitors reeling on the first day of the day-night Test at Port Elizabeth. (Scorecard)Morkel picked up three wickets to reduce Zimbabwe to 30/4 at the close of play on the first day of the four-day contest after South Africa declared their first innings at 309 for nine.Morkel removed Zimbabwe’s most experienced batsman Hamilton Masakadza with the first ball of their innings and Chamu Chibhabha and Brendan Taylor were also dismissed as the visitors made a tentative start under lights.Craig Ervine was also out to Vernon Philander, leaving debutant Ryan Burl (15) and nightwatchman Kyle Jarvis to see out the day.Aiden Markram scored 125 and AB de Villiers chipped in with a half century as South Africa opted to bat in the first-ever four-day Test and looked to be on course for a big score.But after amassing 251 runs for the loss of four wickets, the hosts lost five wickets in adding only an additional 58 runs after the dinner break before deciding to Test Zimbabwe with the pink ball in their first Test under lights.Masakadza was trapped lbw and Morkel had Chibhabha caught at second slip by Temba Bavuma and Taylor taken behind without scoring.Zimbabwe will start the second day 279 runs behind, seeking to avoid being asked to follow on.The 23-year-old Markram confirmed his potential with a second ton in his third Test as he led from the top of the innings, featuring in a 72-run opening stand with Dean Elgar (31).advertisementDe Villiers got much more work than he would have expected on his return to the Test arena after a hiatus of almost two years after taking time off from the first class game.(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img read more

HP police to recruit 1,000 police personnel soon: Jai Ram Thakur

first_imgShimla, Nov 12 (PTI) The Himachal Pradesh police will recruit 1,000 personnel soon, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said on Monday, while presiding over the closing ceremony of 50th HP Police Sports Meet held at Dharamshala in Kangra district. Thakur announced establishment of Police Housing Corporation and said Rs 50 crore would be provided for it. He said the state has “challenging topography” and that policing is more difficult here compared to other states. “It is important to keep our force fit and events of this kind play a vital role for this,” the CM said. He gave away prizes to the winners of different events organised on the occasion. Northern range won first prize in football, central range bagged the same in volleyball, central range in basketball and south range in athletics. Constables Bhanu Prakash and Dinesh Kumar were declared best athletes. Southern range bagged overall best team in sports and athletics. Later, Thakur unveiled a souvenir produced by the organisers of the sports meet. After welcoming the chief minister and other dignitaries, Director General of Police SR Mardi said the three-day sports meet has been a success as the sports persons exhibited good spirit and talent. He said the state police has made its presence felt in the national-level police meet by winning gold and silver medals in various events. Mardi said the state police was committed to making the state drug-free, for which a massive campaign has been launched. He said the state police has destroyed cannabis from 21,000 bighas in HP. PTI DJI PTI INDINDadvertisementlast_img read more

Mauricio Pochettino disappointed by Tottenham Hotspur’s failure to sign players

first_imgMauricio Pochettino is disappointed by Tottenham Hotspur’s failure to sign any player in the January transfer window but the manager says his team will keep fighting to finish as high up the table as they can.Spurs are the first team in the Premier League era not to sign a player in consecutive transfer windows but despite the lack of fresh faces they sit behind only Liverpool and Manchester City ahead of Saturday’s home game against Newcastle United.”Of course I wanted to strengthen the squad but if we cannot sign, I need to stick with the project of the club,” Pochettino told his weekly news conference.”Of course (I am) disappointed because we are in a very good position and maybe with a help from some players we can remove the excuse that we are not a real contender.”But we are close … and we will fight to the end to be as high as we can.”Spurs were linked with a move for Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi on transfer deadline day, but the 25-year-old joined Crystal Palace on loan in a deal announced after the window closed on Thursday.Pochettino, who declined to comment on Batshuayi, said he would allow Dutch striker Vincent Janssen back into the first team after the player failed to secure a move away.Janssen, who joined Spurs in 2016, had been training with the under-23 side.”He is going to be involved with the first team from today, like another player with chances to be involved or play” Pochettino said.advertisementAlso Read | Premier League January transfer spending fall for first time since 2012Also Watch:last_img read more

Hanuma Vihari creates Irani Cup history with hat-trick of hundreds

first_imgIndia batsman Hanuma Vihari became the first player to score hundreds in three successive innings in Irani Cup on Friday when he completed a century on Day 4 of the ongoing match between Rest of India and Vidarbha at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur.Vihari struck one down the ground off Akshay Wakhare’s bowling just before lunch on Friday to reach the three-figure mark, his third straight hundred in Irani Cup. Vihari had struck 114 in the first innings where Rest of India made 330. Vihari was unbeaten on 180 off 301 balls as ROI declared on 374 for 3, setting Vidarbha a target of 280 runs.Vihari had scored 183 for Rest of India during last year’s Irani Cup match against Vidarbha, who went on to retain the domestic title earlier this year. The said match ended in a draw as Vidarbha had posted a mammoth total of 800 in the first innings after a daddy hundred (286) from Wasim Jaffer.Meanwhile, Vihari also became the first batsman since Shikhar Dhawan in 2011 to score centuries in each innings of an Irani Cup match. Dhawan had achieved the feat against the then Ranji Trophy champions, Rajasthan.Back to back tons for @Hanumavihari. Getting the run registers ringing and how! #IraniCup #ROIvVID pic.twitter.com/Q9pjezMlTdBCCI Domestic (@BCCIdomestic) February 15, 2019Vihari had stitched a 125-run stand with his India teammate, Mayank Agarwal in the first innings. Despite losing partners at regular intervals, the Hyderabad batsman got to the three-figure mark and helped Rest of India post a competitive total. His innings contained 11 boundaries and two sixes as he took 211 balls for his 114.advertisementIrani Cup 2019, Day 4: Rest of India vs Vidarbha live cricket scoreIn the ongoing second innings, Vihari has been dominant against Vidarbha bowlers, especially their spinners on a spinner-friendly track in VCA. He has stitched a 200-plus stand with captain Ajinkya Rahane and helped Rest of India take a lead of over 150.Vihari, who made his India debut during a five-Test series in England last year, has grown from strength to strength and has established himself as one of the mainstays of Virat Kohli-led Test team.After scoring 167 runs against a quality English attack in difficult batting conditions in his maiden Test series, Vihari skipped the Ranji Trophy but played for India A against the England Lions. In three List-A matches played in Thiruvananthapuram last month, Vihari scored 124 runs, including 92 in a match wherein he also picked up a wicket.Also Read | Shane Warne did not call for Ricky Ponting to be banned from IPL 2019. Here’s the truthAlso Read | Shocked after Pulwama terror attack: Virat Kohli grieves over martyred soldiersAlso See:last_img read more

Sevilla report Man United to UEFA

first_imgUEFA Champions League Sevilla to report Manchester United to UEFA over ticket price increase Ryan Benson 00:17 1/11/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) sevilla fans-cropped Getty Images UEFA Champions League Manchester United Sevilla v Manchester United Sevilla The ticketing row between the two clubs continued to escalate after the Spanish side said they will report their rivals to UEFA Sevilla have confirmed they will contact UEFA over Manchester United’s sudden ticket price increase and the English team’s failure to make five per cent of Old Trafford available to away fans.Tensions between the two clubs rose on Wednesday when United revealed in an email to supporters that they were to increase the price of tickets for Sevilla fans by £35 to £89 for their Champions League round-of-16 second leg at Old Trafford in March.That move came after United and Sevilla failed to reach a compromise regarding the Spanish club’s decision to charge away supporters £89 to attend the first leg at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on February 21. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player United’s correspondence also revealed they plan to subsidise £35 towards their travelling fans’ tickets to bring the cost down to £54, the figure Liverpool supporters paid in the group stage.Sevilla responded in a similar fashion and will subsidise tickets of club members to bring costs back in line with United’s initial demands, though the Andalusians are angry they have only been given a 4.1 per cent allocation, rather than their entitled five per cent.CLUB STATEMENT | #SevillaFC allocated 2,995 tickets for Old Traffordhttps://t.co/Ceb8a0LIAo#vamosmisevilla pic.twitter.com/5Wjzg8dsfY— Sevilla FC (@SevillaFC_ENG) January 10, 2018A club statement read: “Last week Sevilla FC applied for the full allocation of tickets offered by Manchester United for the second leg of the round of 16 Champions League tie at Old Trafford.”This amounted to 2,995 tickets – 4.1% of the stadium’s capacity – which were initially priced at £50, £51 and £60.”Owing to questions of security, the Premier League club did not act in accordance with UEFA regulations – which dictate 5 per cent of the stadium’s capacity (3,800 seats in this case) should be made available to the visiting club – when ticket prices were announced midway through December.”Sevilla FC duly communicated the fixed prices and seat allocation for travelling fans to Manchester United. On the basis of this, Sevilla FC made the formal application for away tickets on the 2nd of January.”Though attempts have been made to reach an agreement on fixed prices for tickets, this was ultimately not possible. For that reason, Sevilla FC will maintain the duly communicated ticket prices.”Manchester United have announced a unilateral increase in ticket prices for our fans to ensure away tickets for the second leg cost the same as away tickets for the first.   “Sevilla FC will subsidise the price increase for club members travelling to Manchester for said fixture. With this subsidy, the club will guarantee that no club members pay more than the €60 initially specified.”Sevilla will be in contact with UEFA over both Manchester United’s failure to make 5 per cent of tickets available to away fans, as well as the club’s price increase after a formal application for an away allocation.”Sevilla will also look to guarantee that no Sevillista pays a penny more than any Manchester United fan for similar tickets – as competition regulations dictate.”last_img read more

The WSJ Published A College Football “Grid Of Shame”

first_imgA general view of Rutgers football stadium.NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – NOVEMBER 19: A general view during the first half of a game between the Cincinnati Bearcats and Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Rutgers Stadium on November 19, 2011 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)With only hours to go until the start of the 2019 season, the Wall Street Journal has released its annual college football “Grid of Shame.” The grid reflects how proud or embarrassed the fanbase should be of the program relative to how good it is.“The Grid helps fans determine how bad they should feel about feeling good about their favorite football team. It measures both how good major college football teams are on the gridiron, and how disgraceful they are off of it,” WSJ.com writes.In the 2019 edition of the Grid of Shame, a few powerhouses were definitely on the shameful side of things.Michigan State and Ohio State in particular are considered embarrassing-powerhouses. The Larry Nassar scandal at MSU and the Zach Smith scandal at OSU are the most likely reasons for their low rankings.In fact, less than a dozen Power Five programs deemed “powerhouses” were also deemed “admirable.” Washington, Utah, UCF, Auburn, and Clemson all stood out from the crowd.oh jeez pic.twitter.com/pHWgaGnkVn— MVictors (@MVictors) August 29, 2019 But far more programs were either admirable-weaklings, or embarrassing-powerhouses. Duke, Pitt, Boston College and Northwestern were placed in the former category. Georgia, LSU, Florida, Oklahoma, and Michigan all fell into the latter one.The two weakest programs on the list, Rutgers and Kansas, were also among the most embarrassing. Kansas was above only Baylor in terms of “weaklings.”It’s a strange grid that’s certainly bound to get just about everyone except Utah and Washington fans mad.That may be the only thing people who sees this image can agree upon…last_img read more

Fairmount Expedition Tows Naga 3 Vung Tau, Vietnam

first_imgzoom Tug Fairmount Expedition has towed jack-up rig Naga 3 safely from Labuan, Malaysia, to the PV Marine Shipyard in Vung Tau, Vietnam.The Fairmount Expedition was mobilized from Singapore for this 575 miles voyage. During the voyage the Fairmount Expedition only made use of two of her four main engines.The Naga 3 is a Gusto MSC CJ46-X100-D design jack-up rig, built in 2010 by Dubai Drydocks World and owned by UMW Petropipe/Singapore Drilling.The 70 meters long rig can drill up to 9,144 meters in depth.At the Vung Tau shipyard the Naga 3 will be prepared for her next job offshore Vietnam for the Japan Vietnam Petroleum Company.Fairmount Marine, part of Royal Boskalis Westminster, is a marine contractor for ocean towage and heavy lift transportation, headquartered in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.Fairmount’s fleet of tugs consists of five modern super tugs of 205 tons bollard pull each.Fairmount, May 2, 2014last_img read more

City of Dawson Creek optsin on the Provincial Review of the Kiskatinaw

first_imgAccording to the City, the findings from the review has Council concerned about the elevated levels of bacteriological contaminants such as fecal coliforms and E.coli in multiple locations throughout the watershed.As a water purveyor, the City has an on-going legal responsibility to monitor water quality and respond to source water protection concerns.The City has requested that the Province address these water quality concerns by encouraging the adoption of beneficial management practices on both private and crown land. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The City of Dawson Creek has made the decision to opt-in on the Provincial Review of the Kiskatinaw Watershed.Back in December 2018, the Province requested Dawson Creek’s comments on the impacts of direct cattle access in the Kiskatinaw River Watershed to assist with the development of Livestock Watering Regulations.In response to that request, the City’s Watershed Stewardship Program completed a full review of past reports and management plans.last_img read more

After Trump request Lockheed keeps helicopter plant open

COATSVILLE, Pa. — Lockheed Martin has decided to keep its Sikorsky helicopter plant in Pennsylvania open following a request from President Donald Trump.Wednesday night’s announcement comes little more than a month after the company told the Coatesville facility’s 465 employees the plant would close by the end of the year. The company planned to relocate production work and hoped to move many of the affected employees.In a statement, Lockheed Martin chairman and CEO Marillyn Hewson said at Trump’s request, she reviewed the decision and decided to keep the plant open while the company pursues additional work.Trump tweeted his thanks , calling Lockheed Martin “one of the USA’s truly great companies.”Major programs at the plant included Sikorsky’s S-92 and S-76D helicopter completion work, as well as Canadian Maritime Helicopter Program modifications and upgrades.The Associated Press read more

US wholesale stockpiles fell 02 per cent in June but sales posted

US wholesale stockpiles fell 0.2 per cent in June but sales posted 0.4 per cent increase AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – U.S. wholesalers cut their stockpiles in June for a third straight month even as their sales rose again. The combination suggests businesses have underestimated demand, a trend that could lead to stronger economic growth in coming months.The Commerce Department said Friday that wholesale stockpiles fell 0.2 per cent in June from May. That follows a 0.6 per cent drop in May — the biggest in 20 months — a modest 0.1 per cent decline in April.Wholesalers haven’t shrunk their stockpiles for three months or longer since September 2009, which was three months after the Great Recession ended. The decline shows that many remain cautious and are keeping inventories lean, despite three straight months of solid sales growth.In June, sales at the wholesale level rose 0.4 per cent. That followed a 1.5 per cent increase in May and a 0.8 per cent gain in April.Stronger sales could lead to more restocking in the July-September quarter and drive more economic growth. Faster growth in stockpiles means companies are ordering more goods from U.S. factories.The government reported last month that the economy grew at a lacklustre 1.7 per cent annual rate from April through June.Economists expect the growth rate to be revised much higher after a report this week showed U.S. companies exported a record number of goods in June.Earlier this week, some analysts predicted that second-quarter economic growth could be as strong 2.5 per cent at an annual rate. But the weaker inventory growth may now reduce those more lofty estimates, albeit only slightly.Jim O’Sullivan, chief U.S. economist at High Frequency Economics, said he now expects overall economic growth will be revised up to a rate of around 2.3 per cent.Joel Naroff, chief economist at Naroff Economic Advisors, said that some of the reduction in wholesale stockpiles might have been involuntary, as businesses underestimated sales demand and had to draw down stockpiles more than they had expected.He said that with auto sales remaining strong, inventory gains should rise in the coming months and help support economic growth in the second half of the year.In June, stockpiles at the wholesale level were $499.7 billion. That’s up only 2.9 per cent from a year ago but 29.3 per cent higher than the recession low in 2009.Auto stockpiles fell 1.5 per cent in June from May, while inventories of metals such as steel declined 0.4 per cent.The sales gain was led by a 1.5 per cent increase in furniture and a 0.5 per cent rise in auto sales by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Aug 9, 2013 10:06 am MDT read more

Justice Department goes to bat for beleaguered Dodgers fans

by The Associated Press Posted Nov 2, 2016 2:14 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 2, 2016 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Justice Department goes to bat for beleaguered Dodgers fans LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The U.S. Department of Justice is suing AT&T because its DirecTV unit allegedly orchestrated a backroom deal with competitors to not carry the sole channel that broadcasts Dodgers baseball in Los Angeles.The civil antitrust lawsuit filed Wednesday in Los Angeles federal court accuses DirecTV of swapping information with cable companies Cox Communications Inc., Charter Communications Inc. and AT&T — before it acquired DirecTV — during negotiations to carry SportsNet LA, the network owned by the Dodgers.The complaint says the companies made the agreements to prevent competitors from offering the channel to lure customers. Dodger fans were bitter they could only watch games through Time Warner Cable — now owned by Charter — the past three seasons.The government says DirecTV was the ringleader because it was the only company that unlawfully talked to multiple rivals, and says that DirecTV executives acknowledged that the satellite-TV company would be in a stronger position if competing TV providers also did not carry the Dodgers channel.David McAtee, the general counsel for AT&T, which bought DirecTV in July 2015, said in a statement that cable and satellite TV providers chose not to carry the channel because the companies did not want to pass inflated prices on to customers for a channel devoted only to the Dodgers. He said AT&T looked forward to presenting its side of the case in court.The Justice Department’s suit comes as it also needs to evaluate the telecoms giant’s proposed $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner, the owner of channels including HBO, CNN and TBS as well as film and TV studios.AT&T’s CEO has said that he expects that any concerns regulators have regarding its Time Warner deal could be addressed with conditions on the merger.But John Bergmayer, of public-interest group Public Knowledge, said in a statement Wednesday that the Justice Department’s complaint illustrates that it is difficult for the government to monitor companies’ behaviour and enforce any restrictions on behaviour that result from deal conditions.___Tali Arbel contributed to this report from New York. read more

Where The US Women Are Likely To Play In The World Cups

Check out FiveThirtyEight’s Women’s World Cup predictions.Let’s begin with a confession …This article is 100 percent a selfish undertaking to determine if I will get to see the U.S. women’s national team play live at the Women’s World Cup, which begins Saturday. You see, I blindly bought tickets to “Match No. 49,” a semifinal matchup June 30 in Montreal. As a 27-year-old woman looking to relive her experience as an 11-year-old fanatic during the 1999 Women’s World Cup, I want nothing more than to see the USWNT play in that game.That’s what brings me to this article — a guide to following the USWNT.Below you’ll find the chances of seeing the U.S. in Vancouver, Edmonton, Ottawa, Montreal and Moncton in each knockout-stage round, based on FiveThirtyEight’s Women’s World Cup predictions.For example, FiveThirtyEight projects that the U.S. has a 65 percent chance of making the semifinals. Based on the U.S.’s most likely path, there is a 51 percent chance that the Americans will participate in the semifinal game in Montreal (Match No. 49) and a 14 percent chance that they will participate in the game in Edmonton. read more

The DAntoni Basketball Revolution Goes To College

Marshall basketball coach Dan D’Antoni was angry. His team had been down 20 points at halftime during a late December non-conference game against Pittsburgh (“We looked like we were running in mud,” he said), had exploded in the second half, scoring 1.45 points per possession on a variety of back-breaking 3-pointers and half-court cuts that led to easy layups, and still lost. Any team that can drop 68 points in 20 minutes should win the game, but the final score was 112-106 in favor of Pittsburgh. “We booted it,” he said. When a reporter questioned whether the team’s high number of 3-point attempts might explain the loss, he got testy.Decked out in his customary Marshall basketball t-shirt and a dark blazer, D’Antoni unspooled what he referred to as his “daggone analytics story”: “The last two championships have been Cleveland and Golden State,” he said, talking about the NBA. “What did they do? You don’t see anybody post up. They just spread that thing out and go.”D’Antoni became an overnight exemplar of analytics. But can an NBA blueprint remake a mid-major team with subpar talent in the NCAA?When I asked D’Antoni about his quote, he said that he didn’t mean to embarrass the reporter but, “I could’ve said, ‘Of all those five players on the floor, how many of them do you think we had rated higher for college play than [Pittsburgh] had?’ And we’re within a few points of them. That’s like going to the playground and giving the other team the first five picks, saying, ‘Let’s play,’ and then when they win, saying they outcoached us. Give me a break.”This is D’Antoni’s third season at Marshall, after roughly a decade as an NBA assistant, where he coached alongside his younger brother, Mike, in Phoenix, New York and Los Angeles. Thus far, his tenure has mostly been a success. Before he arrived in Huntington, Marshall had been known more as a stepping stone for rising coaches, such as Billy Donovan and Donnie Jones, than for any on-court successes: the team had finished under .500 nine times since 2001-02. The Herd won 17 games in 2016 (the record marked Marshall’s fifth-highest win total in the 2000s) and quickly notched 14 wins this season before a three-game losing streak the past two weeks sapped some of the squad’s momentum. Now tied for fifth in Conference USA, the Herd have an uphill climb to make it to the NCAA tournament. They face arguably the conference’s toughest February slate — UAB, Old Dominion, and Middle Tennessee all loom during this next week; they’ll likely need a run through the CUSA tournament to make it to the dance.D’Antoni isn’t your usual coach. As I prepped for our interview, I read an article about D’Antoni that mentioned he once said he hugged a tree in his front yard each morning. When I asked D’Antoni about it, he said, “I believe there is a connection between here and somewhere else, and since the tree is a living thing, I connect through it and thank it for everything I have been fortunate to have.” But perhaps even more compelling is his attempt to transform Marshall, a team composed of borderline DI players, a walk-on, and an ex-DII player, into one of the nation’s most analytically efficient offenses.“If you do just the ordinary, you’ll lose, so you have to do something unusual to beat people more athletically gifted than you,” D’Antoni said.For the Marshall coach, that means streamlining an offense so that his players are executing each possession with the intent of taking the most efficient shot possible. And D’Antoni knows all of the percentages. “I’ve told our players the numbers forever,” D’Antoni said. “When you look at offense, it’s not about the overall scheme — it’s about the actions within an offense, and you have to know the best odds for scoring.” Using data culled from the NBA, which D’Antoni contended still applies to the college game, a corner 3, which is worth 1.27 points per shot, is the best shot in basketball. The next best shot? “Any other three,” he said. A lay-up — “a clean lay-up,” D’Antoni stresses — is even better: 1.8 points per shot.1According to the NBA’s most recent data, a shot in the restricted area is worth 1.21 points per shot, while a 3-pointer above the break — that is, an attempt either atop the perimeter or on the wing — is 1.06 points and a corner 3 is 1.21 points.Which is why Marshall never stops shooting. Roughly 43 percent of the team’s attempts are from beyond the arc, squaring Marshall within Division I’s top 50 (per Ken Pomeroy), and according to Synergy Sports, Marshall scores 1.08 points per spot up (1.17 points per catch and shoot), which is bested by only 23 other DI squads. “I don’t know if there is another team in the country that does as many shooting drills as we do,” said Austin Loop, a junior guard with the third-best overall offensive rating in Division I and who has converted 49 percent of his 3’s. Perhaps not coincidentally, Marshall scores at one of the country’s most efficient clips, dropping 1.11 points per possession, which is the highest ever for a D’Antoni-coached team (and good for the top 60 nationally).“We go over every stat that the coaches keep,” Ryan Taylor, Marshall’s senior stretch-4, said. That includes game-by-game plus/minus reports, which are presented to the Herd via a white board in their locker room, as well as intensive film sessions and Synergy analysis (provided by D’Antoni and the rest of the coaching staff). “Coach D’Antoni wants us to make at least 36 percent of our 3’s, which equates to 52 percent on 2’s,” Taylor elaborated.2If Marshall were to connect on 36 percent from deep, it would actually equate to 54 percent of their 2’s. “Taking 3’s is easier for us — since it is farther away from the basket, it isn’t contested, and then it opens up our offense even more.”D’Antoni didn’t naturally warm to this style of play. During his initial years as a high school coach in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, he coached conservatively: “My teams were constantly posting up and taking contested 2’s, which are essentially worthless. Those shots only count for .78 points and are the worst shot in basketball.”His thinking didn’t change until a late-1980s conversation with Mike, then playing in Europe, who relayed the revolutionary impact of the 3-point shot overseas. Dan began to eliminate post ups and mid-range jumpers, and he emphasized 3-point attempts and pick-and-rolls. He continued to fine-tune his offensive approach after he ditched the high school ranks and followed his brother to Phoenix as an assistant, where the two coined the phrase “athletic ball,” a concept D’Antoni brought with him to Marshall: “Instead of a player creating a scoring opportunity, you move the ball quickly so that the ball creates the opportunity. That way, a player who isn’t as athletic but is skilled can play against anybody. As long as the ball is free flowing, it’ll get to the place where that guy is capable of making that shot.”As Mike explains, “Something has to be athletic enough on the floor if your players aren’t, and the ball zipping around accomplishes that.”That’s being put to the test at Marshall. D’Antoni arrived at the college game at a fitting moment. Since 2002, DI’s 3-point field goal attempts rate — the percentage of shots taken beyond the arc — has jumped from 32.1 to 36.2 percent, the highest it has ever been. What works for Cleveland, Golden State and the majority of the NBA — spacing the floor through the 3-pointer — has finally begun to saturate the DI level, and thanks to the years D’Antoni spent on the NBA sidelines, Marshall has been a leader in this strategic shift (the Herd’s 3-point attempts rate jumped from 34 to 42 percent in his first season).As the team’s 14-11 record makes clear, though, change takes time. What D’Antoni is preaching clearly works at the NBA level, but his players are not of that caliber, and the learning curve — even 90 games into his tenure — is still much steeper.During Marshall’s recent losing streak, the Herd made just 30 percent of its 3’s and scored an anemic 1 point per possession. D’Antoni spends each practice teaching his players what constitutes a good shot from a bad shot in his free-flowing and fast-paced offense, but the line separating the two is still very much open for interpretation when the players take the court.“If you watch us play, we still take a lot of bad shots,” said former assistant coach Chris Duhon, who spoke with FiveThirtyEight before he resigned in January after an arrest for driving with a license revoked stemming from a DUI. “We haven’t mastered that process yet.”“Obviously they take some bad 3’s, but heck, if I coached any other way, they’d take some bad 2’s,” D’Antoni said. “But I don’t want players looking over their shoulders to see what is a good shot or not. Our offense gives them a freedom to play the game and use their own smarts to create good shots. Let them choose.”This is the only way D’Antoni knows how to coach, and as a self-described “gunslinger,” the only way he believes Marshall will succeed is through what he calls his ‘organized chaos’ offense. “There is more to it than just saying, ‘Here’s an analytic game plan, let’s do it,’” he said. “I may have opened up how the game is played, but I never want to stand pat.”He continued, “I am a big believer in risk. You have to know how to bet, know the odds, and have a feel for everything. How far along I am with my coaching and whether it’ll work, I don’t know. I tried to figure out the odds, and I just know what I’m coaching at Marshall presents us the best odds for winning.” read more

Queen beams in car mirror as she drives herself from Royal Windsor

first_imgAfter the Duke of Edinburgh announced his retirement from his Royal duties last week, the children and grandchildren of the Queen have embarked on a new phase of public duties, as “Team Windsor” rallied round to fill the his shoes.The Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, Duke of Cambridge, Princess Royal and Earl of Wessex each stepped up a day after the Duke announced his retirement, in a very visible sign of a new collaborative Royal era. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Queen is well wrapped up with wooly gloves as she watches her horse 'Tower Bridge' compete in The cuddy Heavyweight Hunter Class on the first day of the Royal Windsor Horse Show While she has multiple vehicles and a chauffeur for Royal events, she is most frequently seen in her trusty Range Rover.At the Royal Windsor Horse Show on Wednesday, the Queen was filmed sharing a joke with Alan Titchmarsh, the television gardener, while watching one of her entries. She is known for her love of driving, having learned while serving as a mechanic during the Second World War.And the Queen’s fondness for motoring shows no sign of having been diminished as she is pictured beaming in her car wing mirror.The Monarch was photographed in her Range Rover as she drove herself from the Royal Windsor Horse Show on Wednesday afternoon.She and the Duke of Edinburgh were attending the five-day equestrian event, which takes place in the grounds of Windsor Castle. In his first interview since he announced his retirement, the Duke of Edinburgh joked how the rough and tumble of carriage driving left his “Balmoral dog cart” smashed up.Prince Philip told how he took up the sport of carriage driving when he gave up polo aged 50.center_img The Queen watches her horse Tower Bridge compete on the first day of the Royal Windsor Horse Show on WednesdayCredit:James Whatling Having learned to drive while serving in the Women’s Auxillary Territorial Service, the Queen is still often seen in her cars on the Sandringham estate and was pictured behind the wheel of her Jaguar as she returned from service at the Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor Park on Sunday.The 91-year-old Monarch is the only person in Britain who is allowed to drive without a licence.She is also the only person apart from park rangers who is allowed to drive down the 2.6-mile Long Walk in Windsor. Philip was instrumental in helping to establish the sport and took part well into his 80s but gave up competitions some years ago.He said: “I started driving because I’d been playing polo, and I decided I’d give up polo when I was 50.”I was looking round to see what next, I didn’t know what there was available. And I suddenly thought, well, we’ve got horses and carriages so why don’t I have a go.”So I borrowed four horses from the stables in London, took them to Norfolk and practised and thought – why not?” Speaking to Misdee Wrigley Miller, a US contestant in the horse show, the Duke said: “All the carriages were antiques and we had a thing called the Balmoral dog cart, it’s still in the stable, it had to be rebuilt every year because it got smashed up regularly.”last_img read more

Trump to announce climate decision Thursday

first_imgWASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says he will announce his decision on whether to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord during a Rose Garden event Thursday afternoon.Trump promoted his announcement Wednesday night on Twitter, after a day in which U.S. allies around the world sounded alarms about the likely consequences of a U.S. withdrawal. Trump himself kept everyone in suspense, saying he was still listening to “a lot of people both ways.”The White House signaled that Trump was likely to decide on exiting the global pact — fulfilling one of his principal campaign pledges — though top aides were divided. And the final decision may not be entirely clear-cut: Aides were still deliberating on “caveats in the language,” one official said.Everyone cautioned that no decision was final until Trump announced it. The president has been known to change his thinking on major decisions and tends to seek counsel from both inside and outside advisers, many with differing agendas, until the last minute.Abandoning the pact would isolate the U.S. from a raft of international allies who spent years negotiating the 2015 agreement to fight global warming and pollution by reducing carbon emissions in nearly 200 nations. While traveling abroad last week, Trump was repeatedly pressed to stay in the deal by European leaders and the Vatican. Withdrawing would leave the United States aligned only with Russia among the world’s industrialized economies.last_img read more

Week of teacher strikes in a class all its own

first_imgUPDATE: Evergreen Public Schools and the Evergreen Education Association reached a tentative agreement early Sunday morning. A contract vote is set for 3 p.m. Sunday. If the contract is ratified, schools in Evergreen will resume Monday. A pact was also reached at Longview, which could put students in that district back in classes on Tuesday.It was a dizzying week for teacher strikes in Clark County.Southwest Washington remained the busiest hub of union activity in the state, marked by midnight settlements, continued picketing and, on Friday, the largest demonstration of educators and their supporters thus far.As of press time Saturday, teachers in two districts — Evergreen Public Schools and Battle Ground Public Schools — remained on strike, while five settled contracts early this week. In Longview, meanwhile, a Cowlitz County judge ordered educators back to school Friday, issuing a preliminary injunction to teachers, secretaries and classified staff, according to The Daily News in Longview.Here’s the latest on contract negotiations in Clark County:Evergreen Public SchoolsEvergreen Public Schools and the Evergreen Education Association reached a tentative agreement early Sunday morning. A contract vote is set for 3 p.m. Sunday. If the contract is ratified, schools in Evergreen will resume Monday. A pact was also reached at Longview, which could put students in that district back in classes on Tuesday.The county’s largest district has 26,000 students, meaning nearly a third of Clark County’s 80,000 public school students have been out of school for nearly two weeks. The most recent salary scale known as of Friday offers new teachers in the district at $51,288. After 16 years with a master’s degree and 90 continuing education credits, teachers would top out at $98,279. According to the district, teachers would see an average salary of $80,687.last_img read more

24yearold woman shot and killed in Oceanside apartment

first_img Posted: July 20, 2018 24-year-old woman shot and killed in Oceanside apartment Updated: 11:04 PM KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom center_img July 20, 2018 OCEANSIDE (KUSI) — A 24-year-old woman was shot and killed Friday inside an Oceanside apartment building Friday and a person of interest was being questioned, according to police.The shooting took place at a building at 550 Los Arbolitos Blvd. around 4 p.m., Oceanside police said.Responding officers found the woman shot. Paramedics tried to save her but she was pronounced dead at the scene.No arrest had been made as of Friday night.Anyone with information about the homicide was asked to call Oceanside police detectives at (760) 435-4832 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Pridemore hired as CEO of mental health services nonprofit

first_imgFormer state senator and recent Clark County commissioner candidate Craig Pridemore has landed a new job as the chief executive officer of Columbia River Mental Health Services. The nonprofit is one of the county’s largest providers in the region of mental health services. In the past, Pridemore has served on its board of trustees and as its interim director. “He has a lot of familiarity with the organization and the issues,” said Jamie Howsley, president of the board of trustees. “The board wanted someone with a strong financial background and also strong ties to the public and political world.”He said the nonprofit is facing changes that will likely impact how it is funded, and Columbia River Mental Health Services needed a “forward-thinking, strategic person that could not only forge relationships within the organization but outside” to face those challenges. Howsley said the whole system of mental health funding is undergoing changes. The nonprofit currently relies on money that comes from the state and is then sent to the county, which doles out contracts to providers. Howsley said that could change, though, and there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding what the new funding structure will look like.last_img read more

Fort Lauderdale hitandrun driver out on bond

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – The driver accused of hitting a tourist and leaving the scene is now out of jail on bond.Twenty-five-year-old Regina Goodrich is out on $75,000 bond.She was taken into custody Thursday accused of leaving the scene of a fatal accident that occurred, in July.Related: Tourist killed in Fort Lauderdale hit-and-runAccording to prosecutors, Goodrich was drinking for hours before she struck and killed 58-year-old tourist Migel Soler, right after he posed for a picture along Las Olas Boulevard.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img