Lennon hails Stokes after ‘terrific’ third Hibs debut

first_img“I don’t have a clear idea who I’m going to play against Rangers on Saturday.” “To get two goals and assist was terrific. There was real quality to his touches and play in general.“It was great that he got 90 minutes and got his goals – that is what he is here for. We’re playing him in his right position and we think he’ll score goals.”Next up for Lennon and his players is a trip to Ibrox to play Rangers and having seen Stokes, Simon Murray, Efe Ambrose and Deivydas Matulevicius all find the net against Ayr, the manager admitted he had real competition for places. “There are some tough calls for Saturday now, but that is what you want,” he said.  Hibs manager Neil Lennon singled out Anthony Stokes for praise after the striker netted a double in his side’s 5-0 League Cup win over Ayr United.The Irish forward was making the first appearance of his third stint at Easter Road and he was the standout performer as Hibs booked their place in the quarter-finals of the competition.Lennon said he was particularly pleased to see his high-profile signing hit the ground running despite a lack of match action over the summer.“Stokes showed some great touches considering that was his first run out in a long time,” he said. last_img read more

Auburndale volleyball outlasts Edgar in five sets

first_imgApaches now 2-2 in Marawood SouthBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterEDGAR — Auburndale earned a hard-fought 3-2 win over Edgar in a Marawood Conference South Division matchup Tuesday at Edgar High School.The Apaches won 19-25, 25-16, 26-24, 16-25, 15-6 and are now 2-2 in the Marawood South. Edgar drops to 0-4.Mackenzie Raab had 10 kills, 16 assists, and 18 digs; Alexis Soppe had four service aces; and Rachael Bolder had four aces, 15 assists, and 12 digs for Auburndale.Auburndale will compete at a Marawood Conference Crossover Challenge Tournament on Saturday at Marathon.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)last_img read more

Web Future Week

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… This week’s feature is inspired by Alex Iskold’s recent post on what he called The Digestion Phase. Alex defined this as “a period of time for us to reflect, to integrate, and to understand recent technologies and how they fit together.”We’ve come so far in just a few years and while there’s a lot of integration and reflection going on now about ‘web 2.0’, it’s also useful to think about where the Web is headed. What’s beyond web 2.0? And no we’re not talking about “web 3.0” (whatever that is!).Alex mentioned some Web Future ideas in his post: Digital Life, Attention Economy,Intelligent Machines, Semantic Search and Web Sites as Web Services. What others are there? And if there’s any particular Web Future topic or theme you’d like us to explore this week, please let us know in the comments.center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market richard macmanuslast_img read more

Nobel laureate will step down from leading embattled Salk Institute

first_img Salk Institute Elizabeth Blackburn, the Nobel Prize–winning molecular biologist who took over just 2 years ago as president of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in San Diego, California, today announced her intent to retire next summer. The unexpected news comes as Salk faces gender discrimination lawsuits from three veteran female scientists and Blackburn herself has been challenged for not moving quickly enough to change what one plaintiff’s suit called an “old boys club” at the renowned research institute.In a statement released by Salk, Blackburn said: “Being named to lead the Salk Institute unquestionably has been an honor of my life and this decision did not come without a great deal of thought. At this stage in my career and life, I’ve concluded that my energies will be best devoted to wider issues of science policy and ethics—issues in which I have had a deep and longstanding interest—and spent advocating for measures I feel are critical to supporting ongoing scientific research and discovery worldwide.”Carol Greider, a biologist at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, who shared the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Blackburn for their discovery of telomeres and telomerase, commented in an email to Science: “I am encouraged to hear Liz is stepping aside from her position as President of the Salk. Liz had long been a champion of women in science. However, in recent weeks with the lawsuit at the Salk, it has been hard to hear this voice from Liz. … I welcome Liz’s desire to turn her energies to policy in the future.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) By John TravisDec. 21, 2017 , 5:30 PM Although it’s not clear that Blackburn’s departure stems directly from the furor engulfing Salk, another of its senior scientists, Inder Verma, will, for the moment, give up his position as editor-in-chief of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences as a result of the lawsuits. In a 20 December email Science has obtained, Verma writes to the journal’s Editorial Board: Nobel laureate will step down from leading embattled Salk Institutecenter_img Elizabeth Blackburn will step down as president of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies next summer. … the NAS Council has decided to place me on temporary leave as Editor-in-Chief of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, effective January 1, 2018 and until the resolution of the employment-related lawsuits filed against The Salk Institute of Biological Studies, where I am a Professor. … As you can imagine, the Council’s decision saddens me deeply, particularly because the lawsuits have nothing to do with my work with NAS and I am not named individually for any claim.  In one of the suits, however, Salk biologist Vicki Lundblad alleges that Verma specifically is among the Salk leaders who have been openly dismissive of their female colleagues and influenced decisions about their funding.Meanwhile, at the end of this month, one of the other scientists suing Salk, Beverly Emerson, is losing her job because her contract is expiring and she has not raised 50% of her salary from external sources, the institute’s requirement for keeping scientists on after their contracts lapse.With reporting by Meredith Wadman.last_img read more

Kuch Kuch Hota Hai gave me everything I have today: Karan Johar

first_imgKaran Johar credits KKHH for everything he has today Kuch Kuch Hota Hai gave college friendships and romance a new cinematic language in Bollywood. It’s been 16 years since Karan Johar’s directorial debut hit the screens, and the filmmaker credits it for everything he has today.The Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol and Rani Mukerji-starrer, which was a hit courtesy its story, cast, acting, songs and humour. It established a huge connect with audiences of all age groups, making the country’s youngsters crazy about colourful friendship bands and the ‘COOL’ chain that the actors sported.16years ago…#kuchkuchhotahai.:..the film that gave me everything I have today…indelible memories…. pic.twitter.com/91500PWZRo Karan Johar (@karanjohar) October 16, 2014Shah Rukh also thanked the team of the film.KKHH. Thank u Karan Kajol Rani Jatin Lalit?& everyone who made the film happen. And of course Tom Uncle (Yash Johar). pic.twitter.com/Xo4gKU4WUG Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) October 16, 2014last_img read more

Texas Beats Baylor, OSU Headed to Sugar Bowl

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Texas beat OU and Baylor. Let that sink in for a minute.The latter of those wins has paved the way for Oklahoma State to play in the Sugar Bowl. Here are the final Big 12 standings with tiebreakers.Final 2015 Big 12 standings:1. OU2. OSU3. TCU4. Baylor5. WVU6. Tech7. Texas8. KSU9. ISU10. Kansas— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) December 5, 2015AdChoices广告That’s crazy, right?The Sugar Bowl is January 1, 2016 in New Orleans at 7:30 p.m.Oklahoma State will play either Florida or Ole Miss. If Florida wins the SEC title game, it’s the Gators. If Alabama wins it, it’s Ole Miss. I’m hoping for Florida. Playing Ole Miss in a big bowl with an injured QB1 hasn’t gone well for the Pokes in the past.last_img read more

Can The Oklahoma State Defense Force Kansas State To Pass?

first_imgOur guy @BradF79 on Twitter looked at some advanced metrics yesterday to see how this weekend is going to turn out, and he is finishing that off today.Points Per Drive / Possession SuccessLike the drive numbers from yesterday, these numbers are non-adjusted. PPD has been discussed often on this blog but there’s a few different varieties here. Points per value drive are calculated on possessions that begin on the offense’s own side of midfield and reach at least the opponent’s 30-yard line.  Points per long drive are calculated on possessions that begin inside the offense’s own 20-yard line. Points per remaining drive are calculated on possessions that begin within 80 yards of the end zone.In addition to the PPD numbers is a fairly new metric called possession success rate (PSR). Scores (touchdowns and field goals) are recorded as possession wins for the team with the ball and possession losses for the opponent. All other results are recorded as possession losses for the team with the ball and as possession wins for the opponent.  Momentum possession wins are defined as possession wins that immediately follow another possession win (i.e. offensive score following a defensive stop, or vice versa). Reset possession wins are defined as possession wins that immediately follow a possession loss (i.e. defensive stop following a failed offensive possession, or offensive score following a failed defensive possession).screen-shot-2016-11-04-at-1-20-26-pmOSU is doing fairly well on PPD.  Their 2.68 PPD number is 25th in FBS. KSU’s defensive PPD number of 2.16 is 64th. The OSU offensive PSR value of nearly 46% is 22nd in the country. KSU’s defense points per long drive is not good but their other numbers are all fairly average.KSU has pretty similar numbers to OSU in PPD.  One advantage here is their ability on offense to score following a possession loss (reset possession success rate). 50% of the time they score after a possession loss.  That’s 14th in FBS and a really good number. OSU defense needs to do a better job at forcing FGs or getting turnovers once an opponent reaches their 30. That points per value drive number is 84th in the country.Offensive/Defensive Footprintsscreen-shot-2016-11-04-at-1-20-34-pm screen-shot-2016-11-04-at-1-20-31-pmOSU is not running the ball much (at least compared to other FBS teams). 52% of standard downs, 30% on passing downs. Their pace is just above average and they’ve shown the ability (or want) to go both methodically and fast (turbo as they call it). They, like KSU, are doing a good job at creating one-on-one situations with 83% solo tackle rate.KSU runs. That’s what they do. 68% of the time on standard downs they run the ball. The statistic to pay attention to here though is their run rate on passing downs. Only 29% of the time do they run on passing downs, that’s less than OSU. Their pace is slow, very slow (110th out of 128).We all know what the OSU DL brings to the table. 8% havoc rate is 9th in the country. The overall havoc rate of 18.2% is 26th. The secondary needs to do a better job of generating havoc despite their 11th ranking is pass deflections/interceptions to incompletion rate.If there’s another team in the Big 12 with as good of DL at generating havoc as OSU, it’s KSU. 7.2% havoc rate. However the KSU DL doesn’t get as much help from their LBs or DBs.  Opponent-Adjusted Successscreen-shot-2016-11-04-at-1-20-39-pmWe are finally looking at some opponent-adjusted play-by-play data. Much of what we see here (with some exceptions) is not too different from the unadjusted data. OSU’s offense will be challenged the most in the run game, where they struggle anyway. Their biggest opportunities for success will be on passing downs, throwing the ball.The KSU offense still has really good success rates when you adjust for their opponents, they are running the ball very well, but struggling a lot when passing and on passing downs. OSU’s defense will have to get KSU into passing downs in order to let their advantage there have some affect on the outcome of the game. That means limiting yards gained on standard downs and stopping the KSU rushing attack.Opponent-Adjusted Situationalscreen-shot-2016-11-04-at-1-20-43-pmI pointed this out last week and it’s still true this week.  OSU offense on 3rd down is incredible (4th in FBS).  Surprisingly, 2nd down seems to be their biggest weakness and I’m beginning to get concerned about their lack of ability to do much in the 3rd quarter after the opposing defense makes halftime adjustments.  The KSU defense seems to get worse as the game goes on which matches up well with OSU’s ability to wear teams out with their width of the field, sideline to sideline screen game (that many of us hate to watch).  KSU defense has to find a way to get stops on 3rd down if they want to win.The KSU offense is really only good in the first quarter (or has been historically). They also struggle mightily on 3rd down. I’d really like to see the OSU defense get better defensively in the 1st and 2nd quarter instead of saving it for the 2nd half. The team is clearly bolstered by good defense in the 4th quarter (which Gundy attributes to the DL rotations) and 3rd down defense.Special Teamsscreen-shot-2016-11-04-at-1-20-48-pmKSU’s return teams will provide the biggest challenge for OSU so far this season.  Ammendola and Sinor must continue to do what they do best.  KSU’s FG kicking has been just average, something else to watch for in a close game.ConclusionUnfortunately, there isn’t a crystal ball that tells us how teams will play on Saturday.  All we have is how they’ve played in the past.  Past performance is not indicative of future performance either.  KSU is a 3 point favorite for a reason.  Most notably because the do not turn the ball over and the OSU defense has been the game changer recently coming up with turnovers that have given OSU the ball in enemy territory.  How will OSU do without those gifts?  I try not to put too much stock in the history of this series, but the home team has had a clear advantage (except for 2010) for some years.  Whether this trend continues on Saturday I believe comes down to a few things:Can OSU limit success for KSU on early downs and force them into passing downs?Can the OSU run game get anything going against a stout KSU defense?Can Rudolph hit the intermediate routes accurately (and can the receivers make clean catches)?Can OSU limit the ability of the KSU return teams to affect the game?Turnovers.Thanks for reading.  Please let me know what you think and any suggestions for the next episode. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Chuba Hubbard Earns Carr Conference MVP Honor

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Hubbard has been the star of the Canadian league and arguably the best team in the conference as they chase an undefeated record. Statistics weren’t available for the game, but Hubbard did score one touchdown in the game this past weekend, per the teams twitter account.Hubbard’s season statistics aren’t available, but he did accumulate 2,243 yards last season as a junior — three times more rushing yards than the leagues second leading rusher.Bev Facey will play in the ASAA Tier 1 North Semi game this Saturday as they continue their march toward the provincial final. Chuba Hubbard and the Bev Facey Falcons put their undefeated record on the line this past weekend in the Divisional round of the playoffs versus No. 6 Salisbury Comp Sabres, and came away once again unscathed with a 43-0 victory.Following the game, Oklahoma State running back commit Chuba Hubbard was awarded the Carr Conference MVP Award by Metro Edmonton.Metro Edmonton presented the Carr Conference MVP Award to Facey’s #30 Chuba Hubbard!! Well deserved! @bevfacey @FaceyFootball pic.twitter.com/RYmdt5rfk9— Bev Facey Athletics (@FaceyAthletics) November 5, 2016last_img read more

Oklahoma State Probably Headed For Alamo or Sugar Bowl

first_imgOklahoma State and Oklahoma are out of the CFB Playoff. That much we know. What we don’t know is where each will head in their postseason bowl game. The winner will go to the Sugar. The loser will go to the Alamo. Here are the teams each outlet has Bedlam foes playing.ESPNAlamo vs. ColoradoSugar vs. AuburnCBS SportsRussell Athletic vs. Virginia TechFox SportsAlamo vs. USCSports IllustratedRussell Athletic vs. Virginia TechWhat I ThinkAlamo vs. USCWhat I HopeSugar vs. AuburnI continue to fail to see how OSU is going to fall to the Russell Athletic Bowl. Even if West Virginia loses to Baylor this weekend so that each team ended up with two losses, OSU would finish in second place in the Big 12 based on the head-to-head matchup. West Virginia would be 10-2 overall while OSU would be 9-3.*That doesn’t even matter, though, because the bowls get to choose which teams they want.Once the CFP has filled its bowl slots, Big 12 bowl partners will make selections from the remaining bowl eligible teams. Following is the order of selection. A bowl may pick from any available teams when it reaches its spot in the selection order.So you’re telling me the Alamo Bowl is going to pick West Virginia (which has to travel 42,000 miles) over Oklahoma State which always travels well to San Antonio and hasn’t played there since 2010? I’m going to say no.I badly want the Sugar Bowl. Mostly because it means we’re Big 12 champs and going there for the second straight (!) year. Also because Auburn would be fun. Also because USC would not be fun.A note on the bowls: Want to know how absurd the entire postseason system is? The entire postseason schedule could be held up for a week because of the Army-Navy game. We’re supposed to know on Sunday where each team is going, but …“I don’t want to be un-American,” one bowl official said, “but nearly everyone in the bowl industry, quite frankly, is rooting against Navy.”That official technically isn’t rooting against Navy, just what happens if Navy wins. That’s because if Navy wins the American and is in contention for the Group of 5 bid in a New Year’s Six bowl, the College Football Playoff selection committee could delay announcing the highest-ranked Group of 5 champion team until Dec. 10 when Navy plays Army, six days after its final rankings are revealed.The domino effect on other bowls could “paralyze” the system, a source said. [ESPN]Hashtag metaphors. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Vincent Taylor Turns in Solid Performance at NFL Scouting Combine

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Three Cowboys made the trip to Indianapolis for the NFL Scouting Combine. Chris Carson has already turned in an impressive showing with the running backs on Friday. Ashton Lampkin will get his chance on Monday when the defensive backs are in action.Sunday was Vincent Taylor’s turn as the defensive linemen and linebackers were on display.As an inside tackle (and at 304 pounds), Taylor wasn’t going for eye-popping numbers. But he showed off his strength, tying for 10th-best in bench press reps among D-linemen (26) earning him a “top performer” status.His best 40 time was 5.07 seconds with a respectable 1.77 10-yard split. That’s right where Taylor wanted to be per an interview with TampBay.com last month where he was asked what a good 40 time for him would look like.“Low 5 would be good,” said Taylor “5.1. Nothing over a 5.1, but I’m going to try to push myself into 5 flat or under 5.”Here’s a look at his numbers from Sunday.5.07 40-yard dash | 10-yard split was 1.7726 reps on the bench press (T10 among D-linemen).28.5 inch vertical leap108 inch broad jump7.58 seconds in the 3-cone drill4.72 seconds in the 20-yard shuttleAnd here’s Taylor getting an “alright, my man.” from Washington Redskins defensive line coach Jim Tomsula.Vincent Taylor (@BallOut_96) getting an “All right my man!” as he steps into a defensive lineman drill. #OKState pic.twitter.com/Cjgbda622K— Nate Feken (@TheGreat_Nate) March 5, 2017Prior to the Combine, Taylor’s draft grade per NFL.com was 5.35 which falls in the range of “NFL backup or special teams potential”. Hopefully, through his combine performance and his pro day at OSU on March 9, Taylor can move up the board for some teams.Taylor tweeted once his drills were complete.Truly blessed!— Vincent Taylor (@BallOut_96) March 5, 2017last_img read more