August 1, 2021

Half-time: Spurs 0 Chelsea 1

first_imgGary Cahill’s spectacular volley gave Chelsea a deserved lead at White Hart Lane.The Premier League leaders dominated possession in the early stages and went ahead when Cahill smashed the ball into the roof of the net after William Gallas could only half clear a deep corner.The attacking trio of Eden Hazard, Oscar and Juan Mata posed constant problems on the break and wasted a number of promising situations to double the lead.Mata had Chelsea’s best chance but blazed the ball over after keeper Brad Friedel saved his first shot.Spurs had a couple of decent openings as the half wore on, with Jermain Defoe and Gylfi Sigurdsson both going close.But the Blues, who have not won at Tottenham since 2005, stood firm to lead at the interval.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Lakers fans started booing over THESE fast-food tacos?!

first_imgAdmit it. You’ve eaten Jack in the Box tacos.Maybe it was a weak moment. Maybe it was after midnight and nothing else was open. Maybe you were drunk or stoned. Maybe you were light on cash. Maybe you like them.Just want to make sure you know what’s at stake here. We are talking about the two for 99 cents tacos, the crispy ones that hold some sort of meat-and-soy product, cheese, lettuce and a little salsa. Cheapest food fix around.The Los Angeles Lakers give their fans a coupon for two of …last_img read more

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H-DNL girl’s golf: Mack, Arcata lead the way in round one

first_imgMcKinleyville High’s Phoebe Sundberg and Arcata’s Avery Henry each shot an 82 to lead the field Thursday afternoon at the Benbow Golf Course in the opening round of the Humboldt-Del Norte League girl’s golf season.Sundberg and Avery Henry may have finished tied for first-place individually Thursday, but the Tigers as a unit comfortably won the day’s action by nearly 40 strokes.Arcata claimed an opening-round team victory with a field-low of 420, 37 strokes better than McKinleyville (457) and …last_img read more

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Gearing Up for a Passive House Residence at Unity College

first_imgWe’ve seen plenty of undergraduate and graduate students and faculty members get deep into design, construction, and logistics as they prepare 800-sq.-ft. homes for competition in the Solar Decathlon. But there are other academic forums for training your brain on energy efficiency and getting your hands dirty on a construction site, not the least being the “cottage style” student residence being designed for Unity College, in Unity, Maine.Last month, the college announced that the project got a significant push thanks to a $389,000 grant from the Kendeda Fund, a Delaware-based charitable program dedicated to exploring how to use natural resources sustainably. Early this week the school, whose curriculum covers a wide range of environmental disciplines, added that a designer and builder had been selected for the project: G•O Logic Homes, based in nearby Belfast, Maine.For students at Unity, this project could be one of the most instructive lab exercises imaginable, since many of them will participate in the design and construction of the building on the campus. Another key aspect of the project is that it is being designed to perform to the Passivhaus standard. Should the completed building earn certification from Passive House Institute U.S., school administrators say, it would be the first residence hall of its kind on a college or university campus in the U.S.There also will be a permanent public educational component for the hall, Robert Constantine, vice president for college advancement at the school, told the Republican Journal.High-performance credibilityRight now the project is in its preliminary stages of design, so the square footage, level and type of shell insulation, renewable-energy features, projected costs, renderings, and other details are not yet available. Buildings of this type are not brand new to Unity College, however: Unity House, a 1,937-square-foot LEED Platinum modular home on the campus, was built by Bensonwood Homes of Walpole, N.H. in the summer of 2008 and serves as the residence for the school’s president.In addition, G•O Logic’s portfolio features a number of energy-efficient residential structures, including BrightBuilt Barn, a studio-size prototype built largely off-site that was developed in collaboration with Kaplan Thompson Architects, Bensonwood Woodworking Company, and a number of engineers. Another G•O Logic project is Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage, in Belfast, Maine, a 36-home development (including a 1,500-sq.-ft. prototype whose design and construction incorporate Passivhaus principles), that is being built on three acres of the community’s 30-acre site. So the planned residence at Unity will fit in nicely with the energy efficiency inclinations of both the builder and the school.“Not only is the Passivhaus standard at the very leading edge of the ‘what’s next’ for college and university campus construction,” G•O Logic architect Matthew O’Malia told the Republican Journal, “but this project is taking the concept one step further by involving students in all aspects of the project.”last_img read more

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Lorgat says runner’s rule was misused

first_imgInternational Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive Haroon Lorgat on Thursday defended the scrapping of runners saying the provision was being misused by the batsmen.ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat.The ICC, during its annual conference in Hong Kong on Tuesday, abolished the provision of having runners besides introducing new rules to spruce up the sport.Lorgat said that the more than a century old runner rule was put to end as it was not used by batsmen in the “right spirit”. It has been considered by the cricket committee… and there has been a strong feeling that runners were used not in the right spirit,” Lorgat said.It is quite a difficult one for umpires to determine whether there has been a real injury to batsmen or whether it was a tactical use of runners.” The debate on the need for runners came to the fore in the 2009 Champions Trophy when England captain Andrew Strauss turned down his South African counterpart Graeme Smith’s request for a runner while he was battling cramps.The ICC made the decision keeping in mind cases like these and came to a conclusion that runners can’t be taken for cramps as they are a result of fatigue and not an injury.”If a bowler gets injured you can’t continue bowling for the rest of the day and the feeling was that it would be better to not allow the use of runners because there has been abuse in the past,” said Lorgat.The move by the apex body however drew flak from Indian batting legend Sunil Gavaskar, who demanded that bowlers should also be stopped from drinking water at the boundary line.advertisement- With inputs from agencieslast_img read more

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How USCs Upset Of SMU Rattled The East Region

10Marquette0+1000 Unsurprisingly, the changes in odds are mostly concentrated in SMU’s sector of the bracket. Baylor’s path became far easier with SMU out of the way (our model considered that Round of 32 game a virtual toss-up), and even Duke saw a slight increase in its probability of advancing deep into the tournament.The way this largely upset-free tournament has been going so far, those changes count for some of the most movement we’ve seen, and they show just how much impact the loss of one dark horse (or is it one dark Mustang?) can have at this stage of the tourney.Check out our March Madness predictions. 11USC+18+4+100 Changes caused by SMU losing to Southern California on Mar. 17.Source: ESPN 4Florida000+10 SEEDTEAMSWEET 16ELITE 8FINAL 4CHAMP.WIN The NCAA tournament started with one of the chalkiest opening days in NCAA tournament history, and Friday wasn’t looking very different: better-seeded teams won the first five games of the day, bringing their record to 19-2 going into the late afternoon on the east coast. But what was shaping up to be one of the most boring opening rounds ever received some much-needed surprise when University of Southern California upset SMU on Friday afternoon, knocking out what the computer power ratings considered one of the tournament’s most tempting dark-horse picks.Despite being seeded sixth in the stacked East region, SMU was a trendy choice to go to the Sweet 16 — or beyond. After going 27-4 in the regular season and winning the American Athletic tournament, SMU was the 11th-best team in the country according to Ken Pomeroy’s ratings, and one of only 15 schools to rank among the top 30 in both offensive and defensive efficiency.But against Southern Cal, SMU’s shooting efficiency and rebounding cratered. Now, with one SMU out of the mix, the landscape of the East region — the most difficult quadrant of the tournament — has been altered. CHANGE IN ODDS OF REACHING… 5Virginia00+100 3Baylor+30+10+3+1+1 The ripple effects of SMU’s loss in the East region 2Duke0+4+1+10 1Villanova00+1+10 read more

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Petra Kvitova Is The Most Unpredictable Player In Womens Tennis

Venus Williams2667278.7%– Victoria Azarenka1244274.7%– Mary Pierce1425074.0%– Billie Jean King1272484.1%– Steffi Graf2783289.7%– Virginia Wade1224971.3%– Petra Kvitova, the tennis star from the Czech Republic, is 6-feet tall, left-handed and can crush her forehand and serve. She has won Wimbledon twice in her career, the only currently active woman to accomplish that feat besides Venus and Serena Williams, who each won their first two from 2000 to 2003. At the moment, Kvitova is ranked No. 6 in the world, and was once ranked No. 2. The week before this year’s Australian Open began, she won the Sydney International by thumping four players, including three-time Slam champion Angelique Kerber, and beating the relentless Ashleigh Barty in a three-set final.Oh, one more thing: There’s good reason to believe she won’t last long in this month’s Australian Open. Of all the women with at least two major titles since 1968, when the Open Era began, none have lost as often, on average, at Slams as Kvitova, the master of disaster.On Monday in Melbourne, Kvitova had an unusual performance: She easily won her first round match by beating Magdalena Rybarikova in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2. Kvitova looked a bit shaky in the first set, when she lost her serve twice and landed just 45 percent of her first serves. But she was much cleaner in the second set, and now — maybe — she can relax and have a strong tournament. She also could improve her winning percentage at majors, which was 70.2 percent at the start of the tournament, the lowest figure among the two-or-better Slam winners in the women’s Open Era. Svetlana Kuznetsova1526171.4%– Chris Evert2993789.0%– Amelie Mauresmo1314375.3%– Justine Henin1412883.4%– Hana Mandlikova1424078.0%– Lindsay Davenport1985179.5%– Monica Seles1803185.3%– Evonne Goolagong Cawley1292782.7%– Jennifer Capriati1404077.8%– Kim Clijsters1323181.0%– Serena Williams3314588.0%– Martina Navratilova3064986.2%– Martina Hingis1533282.7%– Maria Sharapova1944979.8%– Margaret Court961090.6%– Kvitova’s Slam performances are the worst of her peersWinners of multiple Grand Slams by Grand Slam record, 1968-2018* Petra Kvitova923970.2%– *Excluding this year’s Australian OpenSource: WTA Garbine Muguruza602273.2%– Arantxa Sanchez Vicario2105479.5%– Angelique Kerber984170.5%– Tracy Austin611580.3%– Li Na903174.4%– PlayerWinsLosesWin% There are seven other active women who, like Kvitova, have won at least two major titles. All of them have won more of their matches at Slams (Kerber, who had 10 first-round major losses in her first five years on the tour, is still ahead of Kvitova with 70.5 percent). Since Kvitova’s second Slam victory, she has gone no further than the quarterfinals at a major. She has only done that twice, both times at the U.S. Open, in 2015 and 2017. In the rest of her majors she has not gotten past the fourth round. In her career, Kvitova has lost in the first round of a Slam nine times. Serena Williams, who has won 23 majors, is 331-45 at Slams (88 percent) and has lost in the first round only once.Two of Kvitova’s first-round losses occurred last year, in the Australian Open and Wimbledon, the best tournament for her game. (At Wimbledon, she lost to Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-0 in the third set of their match. Sasnovich had never gone past the third round of a Slam.)So how can a player with so much talent, and so much power, end up looking timid and uncertain? After a promising career start, Kvitova approaches the early rounds of Slams as calmly as when parachuting from an airplane. “When I was younger, I played better on the Grand Slams than the other tournaments,” she said after losing in the first round of Wimbledon last year. “Now is the time when I’m playing better on the other tournaments.” Asked more about the defeat, she said: “The nerves were there again.”Worries at the beginning of a Grand Slam tournament are not uncommon — even Roger Federer, who has won 20, has spoken about being nervous in the first round. But the best players in the world usually overcome that.Some of Kvitova’s more recent woes could be due to the time she was attacked at home by a man with a knife in December of 2016. She didn’t return to the game until the 2017 French Open, which she lost in the second round (she had the same result at Wimbledon). But later that year at the U.S. Open, she reached the quarterfinals, her best result since 2015.Kvitova still has time to cure her Grand Slam disease. She is 28 years old and a natural on the grass of Wimbledon, despite her first-round loss there last year. At the Australian Open, she has an excellent draw, facing unranked players until the fourth round. Her opponent in that round could be Aryna Sabalenka, an up-and-coming 20-year-old who was beaten in straight sets by Kvitova in the Sydney International. Sabalenka is seeded No. 11.Even if Kvitova never improves her Slam winning percentage and finishes her career in last place, well, someone has to be there. She could just call herself the most unpredictable multi-Slam winner in women’s tennis history — not ideal, but definitely unique. read more

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