Arsenal fans react to Olivier Giroud’s performance v Besiktas

first_img1 Arsenal made it out of Turkey without conceding a goal in their Champions League play-off first leg.They will be without key man Aaron Ramsey for the return match in North London, though, after the Welshman was sent off in the 0-0 draw with Besiktas.Arsenal fans, it seems, would rather striker Olivier Giroud was the man missing from the second leg at the Emirates.His display had some Gooners knocking him on Twitter, with one claiming Arsenal will not win the Premier League title if the Frenchman starts 85 per cent of the Gunners’ games. This is something echoed by former England and Manchester City star, Rodney Marsh.Let us know if you agree or disagree with the criticism Giroud is suffering by leaving a comment below. Olivier Giroud playing for Arsenal against Besiktas last_img read more

Etsy Offering Free Class on Programming With Its API

first_imgRelated Posts 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Why You Love Online Quizzescenter_img Etsy just announced an intriguing offer: a free four-week class on basic Web programming centered around its own API. The class is being offered through Codelesson.com and doesn’t require any programming or HTML experience. This sort of course probably won’t produce the next computer science superstar, but this seems like a great idea for getting more people coding.Most programming classes focus on the basics and learning general skills. By focusing on learning the skills needed for a specific scenario, the instructors may attract a group of people who may never have learned programming otherwise.Here are some of the specifics the class will cover:Displaying Etsy listing on your own siteSearching Etsy listings via the APIAdding special effects to a Web pageFrom Etsy’s announcement:The course runs for four weeks, with one lesson each week. Lessons are posted on Monday, allowing students to read the material and do the homework on their own schedule. There’s an online forum where you can post questions for the instructor (me!) or get help from your fellow students. There’s only one homework assignment per week, and it’s quick and to the point. If you have one night free per week, you can learn to program with Etsy.What are some other scenarios that would make a good basis for beginner programming classes? Tags:#APIs#hack klint finleylast_img read more

Video: Lou Holtz Pulled The Ripped Newspaper Trick On The Texas Football Team

first_imgLou Holtz on the field before a game.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 10: ESPN reporter Lou Holtz looks on during the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game between the Oregon Ducks and the Auburn Tigers at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 10, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Texas head coach Charlie Strong served as an defensive assistant for Lou Holtz – both at Notre Dame and later at South Carolina. This week, Holtz stopped by Austin, Texas, to help out Strong and his staff ahead of the 2015 season. Holtz gave an inspiring speech to the team, and focused on what it takes to win a national championship. He also showed that he’s rather gifted when it comes to magic.Around the 3:30 mark in the below video, Holtz pulls the famed ripped newspaper magic trick on the squad. He actually does a really solid job, and the players are clearly impressed.Holtz certainly has his detractors, but it’s pretty cool that he’s willing to help out former staff members. If you’re looking to wow a crowd and learn the trick yourself, here’s a decent walkthrough.last_img read more

Stars Hit The Slopes For Operation Smile

first_imgStars lent their support this weekend for Operation Smile’s 4th Annual Celebrity Ski and Smile Challenge presented by The Nerd Machine.Chuck’s Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski and Ryan McPartlin, Chicago Fire’s Taylor Kinney, Night Shift’s Scott Wolf, TV Personality, Fashion Designer and Super Mom, Brooke Burke-Charvet and husband David Charvet, Parks and Recreations’ Retta, Vampire Diaries’ Michael Trevino and Claire Holt, About a Boy’s David Walton, Bad Judge’s Tone Bell and Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush went head to head with Olympic skiers on the slopes at Park City Mountain Resort in dual slalom races to raise funds for the children’s charity.After a day of friendly competition Walton, Kinney, and Wolf took home championship medals at the event’s award ceremony. In support of fiancé Taylor Kinney, Stefani Germanotta, better known as Lady Gaga, accompanied him at the event’s VIP mountainside dinner held at The Canyons Resort. Moved by Operation Smile’s mission and the knowledge that as little as $240 can repair a cleft lip or cleft palate and change a child’s life forever, Kinney and Germanotta joined guests in making a generous donation to the cause.The evening closed with an acoustic performance by Nancy Wilson of Heart who sang hits from Heart and Neil Young to the star-studded crowd. For additional information about the Pak City Celebrity Ski & Smile Challenge, please visit www.operationsmile.org/parkcity.last_img read more

Chase Utleys Case For The Hall Of Fame

For a 13-year stretch that ended with Wednesday’s trade to the Los Angeles Dodgers, Chase Utley served as the Philadelphia Phillies’ gritty, hard-nosed, tone-setting leader.He grinded out at-bats and played through pain. He was in the starting lineup for the sixth-most victories in franchise history.1Franchise history going back to 1914, when Baseball-Reference.com’s database begins. But Utley has only modest traditional statistics — a mere .282 lifetime batting average, to go with only 1,623 hits and 233 home runs. So does he fall into the same category as other plucky middle infielders, such as David Eckstein, whose grittiness was often extolled by sportswriters and mocked by sabermetricians?As we saw with Ben Zobrist, sometimes the analytics adore the most unlikely of players. And Utley’s advanced statistics are great enough to propel him to borderline Hall of Fame status, despite that thin conventional résumé.The metric JAWS,2This stands for “Jaffe WAR Score,” after Sports Illustrated’s Jay Jaffe. for instance, considers Utley to be right on the border of Hall of Fame worthiness. JAWS attempts to put a sabermetric stamp on Hall voting by balancing the number of wins above replacement that a player generated at his peak3Specifically, his best seven seasons. with the amount of WAR he compiled over his entire career, synthesizing the two counts into a single figure. In JAWS creator Jay Jaffe’s conception, a player’s JAWS should then be compared to the average score for current HOF members at the same position, which will theoretically help maintain the existing standard for enshrinement going forward.And by virtue of his peak performance, which ranks eighth of any second baseman in major league history, Utley is only a few WAR shy of that standard. In fact, according to JAWS, Utley’s career has been of roughly the same quality as the great Jackie Robinson’s. It’s been superior to those of HOF second baseman Roberto Alomar and the recently inducted Craig Biggio.If such a lofty placement seems surprising, it’s because Utley is one of the biggest outliers in MLB history when it comes to disparities between JAWS and traditional numbers. When my colleague Harry Enten and I were researching the career of Adrian Beltre,4Another advanced-stat darling whose career might be sold short by the conventional numbers. we looked at the relationship between JAWS and a quartet of metrics5Namely, the Hall of Fame Standards and Monitor tests, as well as the Black Ink and Gray Ink tests. devised by Bill James to measure a player’s conventional HOF qualifications. For most players, the numbers are in sync, but Utley had the third-biggest differential of any qualified player between his real-life JAWS and the JAWS we would predict from James’s metrics.Among the many factors driving the discrepancy is Utley’s all-around excellence, which is sometimes difficult to appreciate without the nuance of advanced metrics. Even more than the versatile Zobrist, Utley has shined in every aspect of the game: hitting (for both power and contact), plate discipline, baserunning and defense. Among second basemen of his era, he’s been the majors’ second-best on offense and its best on defense. Aside from a proneness to injury as Utley entered his early to mid-30s, there were no weaknesses in his game.Even so, it’s extremely unlikely that Utley will ever get anything close to the votes required for the Hall of Fame. Early this season, I attended a Phillies game with a bunch of statisticians who uniformly scoffed when I pointed out Utley’s JAWS-based Hall qualification. If numberphiles like them can’t even get behind Utley’s case, it’s truly a hopeless cause. (Less anecdotally, Utley also falls woefully short of the average Hall of Famer in all of James’s HOF metrics.)But if they ever open a Hall of Fame for sabermetric darlings overlooked by Cooperstown, expect the newest member of the Dodgers to be one of the first players voted in. read more

Tracking the rise of advanced statistics in sports

Photo illustration by Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorThis is part one of a three-part series examining the rise and impact of advanced statistics on sports nationally and at Ohio State.Sports are similar to the separation of the right and left sides of the human brain. The right side of the brain specializes in a human’s ability to be creative and show feelings and emotions. This is shown in sports as devotion to a particular team and even a crazy fan experience at a sporting event. The left side of the brain, however, specializes in mathematics and analysis. For the past decade, these left-brained people have turned the sports world into a statistics-based, logical source of entertainment.The science of statistics is used in any sort of profession.“I would argue that statistics is really the science of how you collect, analyze and think about data,” said William Notz, vice chair for administration and undergraduate studies in the Ohio State Department of Statistics. “The differences typically occur in terms of the nature of the data, the nature of how you collect the data and maybe specific techniques you can use.”This statistics revolution reached the sports world in many different ways, including in large part the explosion of fantasy sports. It started in 1961, when the company Strat-O-Matic came out with statistic-based board games for baseball and eventually for football in 1968.“What they did was that they used data, for example with baseball, season data to create ‘players,’” Notz said. “What you do is that you would roll numerous dice, and based on the rules of the dice, that would tell you the performance of the player.”This idea expanded on to the Internet and exploded into different sports, the most popular being football, baseball and basketball. This growing phenomenon made fans more aware of what was actually happening on the field.“We are more aware of relative performance and some of the trends,” said Todd Nesbit, senior lecturer in the Department of Economics. “There are certain matchups such as a certain hitter against a certain pitcher that for whatever reason favors the particular hitter or pitcher that would be abnormal in relation to the rest of the stats.”As the statistics world has grown, several intellectuals have brought it upon themselves to make games, such as baseball, even more sophisticated to get a better grasp on what a particular player’s value is. This trend has been growing into front offices across the sports world.“(Front offices) bring these analytical minds into their organization because they feel it will bring value to their team,” said Ryan Dunsmore, editor for SB Nation’s Houston Astros website, Crawfish Boxes. “It started with baseball because of the whole revolution of Bill James and how he wanted to find a bigger and better picture of what was happening on the field.”This trend is relatively new to the sports world, and teams are still trying to find ways to balance the new wave approach for scouting players, the statistical and analytical mindset and the old-school approach for scouts around the game. However, the teams that grasp this balance have shown signs of being more successful.“In baseball, say you have a scout that says you should look at this guy and gives that information to the front office to see whether his numbers match up,” Dunsmore said. “This is where analytics has come in and said we need to see a picture that said this guy can hit and can make a difference for our team instead of just going off of the eyeball test. Those opinions still make it into the decision-making process, but you still need the numbers to be able to back it up.”One advanced statistic used in the baseball world is wins above replacement, which calculates, based on a particular player’s ability and statistics, how many wins the player generates or loses for the club.“Every play in baseball either contributes to runs scored or takes away from runs scored,” said Jim Albert, a professor of statistics in the Department of Mathematics at Bowling Green State University. “Runs can be translated or interpreted in terms of wins with roughly 10 additional runs corresponding to one win. Obviously you want to score runs, but the objective essentially is to win the game, so every play has some impact on the probability of winning.”This rise of statistics has changed the way teams, fans and even the media look at sports, but it has not changed the way fans and observers think about sports.“I think that has not changed the mindset of anyone,” Dunsmore said. “We all know what a good player looks like. It may help people appreciate some other players too.” read more

Barcelona will support Dembele says general manager

first_imgThe 21-year-old is being criticized because he has problems with punctuality and was sick during the weekendDuring the week, France national team manager Didier Deschamps was honest and said that Ousmane Dembele had problems with punctuality.The 21-year-old was also sick this weekend and did not appear in Barcelona’s match against Real Betis.But now the Blaugrana general manager Pep Segura has come out in defense of the youngster.David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.“There’s no problem with Dembele,” Segura was quoted by ESPN in a talk with radio Cadena Ser.“It’s a normal situation for a young player with a lot of talent who has arrived at a club as big as Barca, full of great players. He had never experienced that before and there’s an adaptation process that he has to go through.”“He’s really young and he’s never had to get up to adjust to a playing style like ours. We admit he’s finding it difficult. He also recognizes that. What we are doing is working as hard as possible so that he can adapt in the best possible way,” he added.“As of today we have no offers for Dembele and we have no plans to change the structure of the squad.”last_img read more

Fletcher believes Scotland will be ready for Israel

first_imgDarren Fletcher believes Scotland will be ready for their winner takes all clash against Israel.The Scottish national team host Israel at Hampden Park on Tuesday in their final group game of the UEFA Nations League knowing a victory could help secure a playoff place for Euro 2020.Alex McLeish’s side lost the reverse fixture 2-1 in Israel last month but Fletcher thinks the Scots will be ready to deliver a more confident performance after a comfortable 4-0 against Albania on Saturday.Speaking to Sky Sports about the Israel game, the former Scotland international:“It’s going to be difficult but I think the biggest thing is they’ve saved a lot of legs and conserved a lot of energy.”edwin van der sarReport: Van der Sar staying at Ajax for now George Patchias – September 12, 2019 Edwin van der Sar will not be leaving Ajax to take up a job at Manchester United.In the last few days, one bookmaker suspended…“I don’t think it was a difficult game for Scotland physically so there’ll have lots of energy about them come Tuesday.”“The turnaround will be quite short but they’ll be ready for it.”“It’s a must win game and it gives a great chance to qualify. We knew the performance level in Israel wasn’t good enough.”“We allowed them too much possession and we allowed them to control the game. We weren’t aggressive enough but I think that was partly down to the formation.“This time it will be 4-3-3, it will be pace, it will be aggressive, there will be pressing and it will be up and at them. I think you’ll see a totally different Scotland performance.”last_img read more