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  • Madison Bumgarner exits early, Giants blank Rockies

    first_imgSAN FRANCISCO–With a two-hit shutout Friday, Chris Stratton became the first Giants pitcher and just the third National League West starter to record a complete game this season.For the first six innings of the Giants’ 3-0 victory over the Rockies Saturday, Madison Bumgarner was on pace to follow Stratton’s lead and blank a visiting Colorado squad.But in a season marred by injuries, Bumgarner was the latest to require attention from the Giants’ medical staff.After Bumgarner threw his first …last_img read more

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  • Coin-, TB- und Bücher Hotel — Geocache of the Week

    first_imgThe Travel Bugs and geocoins that make it to this TB hotel in Germany are in for a treat. The cache — which you’ll only be able to find after solving the puzzle on the cache page — is probably as close to actually hotel-sized as a geocache can get.Photo by HedwigeuleMuggles who catch a glimpse of the adorable little geo-house will assume it’s meant for kids. Little do they know, most of the house’s visitors are fully-grown!The entrance to the house is clearly marked as geocaching territory.Photo by Papillon62Inside the hotel, a reception area contains bins for organizing trackables by their destination.Photo by HedwigeuleFor a while, the cache owner was mailing trackables that landed in the “America” bin to a contact in the United States. Although that service has been interrupted (according to the cache page), it will hopefully continue again in the future.Photo by Garfield72When visiting this cache, take a seat at the window, gaze out at the garden and street below, and contemplate the words you’re about to write in the logbook…Photo by Hedwigeule…then open the window panes and smile out at the camera-person outside!Photo by LoveThe TB hotel is located on private property, with the permission of the property owner (who also helped to build and paint the house, by the way). It’s a fine example of a big cache with lots of room for oversize trackables. The 445 favorite points it’s garnered in just three years are well-deserved.It’s not too late to enter your trackable into the HQ Duck Dash race this summer! If you do, your TB might end up at this or one of many other amazing travel bug hotels around the world. Enter the Race.Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.Share with your Friends:More Difficulty:1.5Terrain:1.5 Location:Nordrhein-Westfalen, GermanyN 50° 53.873 E 007° 09.185 SharePrint RelatedWelcome TB-Hotel Liechtenstein — Geocache of the WeekMarch 27, 2019In “Community”520 Bellevue TB hotel – Geocache of the WeekApril 18, 2018In “Community”This hotel is full of bugs. — Travel Bug Plaza Hotel & Suites (GC3JQQ1) — Geocache of the WeekJanuary 1, 2014In “Community” Mystery CacheGC4DVWPby Kleine-Hexelast_img read more

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  • PTA-Endorsed SocialShield Keeps Kids Safe on Facebook and More

    first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification sarah perez Tags:#Facebook#MySpace#NYT#privacy#Product Reviews#Real World#security#social networks#Social Web#web PTA Backs SocialShieldThis news of the service’s launch comes on the heels of a Facebook partnership with the National PTA, “a formal collaboration geared towards kids, parents and teachers to promote responsible and safe Internet use,” notes the social networking site in a company press release posted June 10. Both organizations will utilize their respected resources to raise awareness as well as provide tools and resources regarding online safety, good citizenship and cyberbullying. But being aware of the problem is only half the battle, the other half is taking action. Today, that means parents often obtain their child’s social networking password, and then have to scan the site on a regular basis in order to stay informed of the child’s activities. Socialshield automates this process, a benefit not only to time-crunched parents but also to those who aren’t as tech-savvy as their children. Comparisons with Other Services Although no automated service is going to be 100% effective, something like SocialShield is considered a worthy enough solution that the PTA has partnered with the company. Like its primary competitor, SafetyWeb, SocialShield requires no software installation – the service is completely online. But SocialShield claims it can access private data, too, while SafetyWeb focuses more on what’s publicly available. The company also claims it will offer a more comprehensive educational community via its Knowledge Center which will connect parents with experts like best-selling author and former bullying victim, Jodee Blanco, as well as psychologists and law enforcement officials for help in understanding what to look for and what to do when troubling content is found. At the moment, however, the Center is sparse in comparison to SafetyWeb’s, which houses dozens of articles in addition to an informative company blog. The pricing for both services is the same as well: $10 per month (or $99 a year for SocialShield if paying annually). But it’s the PTA endorsement that may be SocialShield’s biggest selling point, at least until more comparative testing can be done between the two services. Free TrialSocialShield has been in beta testing since April and publicly launched just this week. The name “SocialShield” has also been associated with another, similar company in the past, but that was a different entity altogether, with a different board of directors. Interested parents can sign up for SocialShield here and try it for 14 days, free of charge. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A company called SocialShield has launched new technology aimed at keeping children and teens safe on social networking sites like Facebook. Using patent-pending “Safety Engines”, the service scans a child’s social networking profile to look for inappropriate, dangerous or otherwise suspicious content or behavior. When it finds questionable material, parents are alerted immediately via email.Protecting Children on Social Networks with SocialShieldSocialShield works across a number of sites, including popular outlets such as Facebook and Twitter. But it also supports several other social networks available today, like MySpace, Flickr, Photobucket – even LinkedIn – and dozens more.Wait, kids wouldn’t be on LinkedIn, the business networking site for adults, would they? No, probably not. But their new “friend” may be. SocialShield will actually check the friends a child adds against a number of databases, including LinkedIn, Costco.com’s customer list and lists of registered sex offenders in order to determine if a child’s friend is who they say they are. If, for example, if a child’s new friend is found on LinkedIn, they might not be the 13-year old boy they claim to be. In total, one hundred different data points are used to in these comparisons. In addition to friend verification, also included in the $99-a-year service are tools for parents like cyberbullying detection and reputation management. Parents are alerted if their child is a victim of cyberbullying (or is the bully), and the service even goes so far as to assist the parents of victims in identifying the cyberbully, documenting the problem incident and reporting the bully to a school, his or her parents, and law enforcement, if necessary. Meanwhile, SocialShield’s reputation management service looks for potentially risky behavior on the child’s part, including the posting of inappropriate photos or other content that could hurt the child’s future job search efforts or college acceptance. In these cases, the algorithm itself doesn’t make the determination about what’s considered “risky,” it’s left up the parents to decide. The service simply alerts parents photos have been posted. last_img read more

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  • The First Hashtag Ever Tweeted on Twitter – They Sure Have Come a Long Way

    first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification marshall kirkpatrickcenter_img Tags:#social networks#twitter#web Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The whole world (on Twitter) is watching messages shared with hashtags like #jan25 and #egypt, where people are self-organizing online content about topics of global interest. Click on one of those terms, or anything with a # sign before it, on Twitter and you’ll be brought to a search page filled with all the messages using that tag. People use hashtags on Twitter to share fun topics of conversation as well, they are regularly among the most popular topics of conversation on the site.But what was the first hashtag ever used? According to serial social technology innovator Chris Messina (on Twitter), it was the above: #barcamp. Used in August of 2007, the #barcamp hashtag was intended to bundle conversation about the global technology unconference gatherings called Barcamp that Messina helped found as well. Now hashtags are showing up everywhere. On the sides of busses, (referenced) in The New York Times and this weekend Audi will bring a hashtag to the Superbowl for the first time.Ironically, Twitter founder Evan Williams once told Messina that hashtags were too nerdy to go mainstream and that Twitter would use machine learning to group Tweets together automatically by topic instead. The use of hashtags before Twitter was most common (though quite different) in IRC, which was part of Messina’s inspiration but admittedly a nerdy milieu.See also: How Chris Messina Got a Job at GoogleHashtags plus Twitter location data and Google maps have been used by police to chase down mysteries. The 56th annual meeting of the Midwest Archaeological Conference used the hashtag #mwac2010 to organize their conversation on Twitter. Fashion designer Kenneth Cole took a global hit to his reputation for crass misuse of the hashtag #Cairo.Hashtags are a little thing, but they have become big deal. last_img read more

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  • Harden scores 29 to lead Rockets past Grizzlies

    first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ LATEST STORIES MOST READ Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) shoots between Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol (33) and guard Andrew Harrison (5) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Chris Paul is back, and the Houston Rockets are rolling.James Harden scored 29 points, Clint Capela had 17 points and 13 rebounds and the Rockets beat the Memphis Grizzlies 105-83 on Saturday night for their eighth win in nine games.ADVERTISEMENT “There’s no consistency,” said Gasol, who had 15 points. “It’s going to be really hard to win consistently. You might win games every now and then, you might even stay at .500, but that’s not enough. That’s not what we built here for 10 years. That’s not it. That’s not what we stood for.”Chandler Parsons led Memphis with 17 points on 7-for-9 shooting, and JaMychal Green also scored 15.Houston (13-4) was in control the entire game. Memphis led only once, by one point in the first quarter.The Rockets used their normal 3-point shooting prowess to build an 18-point lead in the first half. Houston went 11 of 24 from long range in the half.Memphis pulled within two late in the second quarter, but Houston led 59-50 at the break. The Rockets continued to pull away after halftime, limiting the Grizzlies to just 33 points in the last two quarters.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPAcenter_img Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Paul added 17 points and six assists in his second game since returning from a left knee injury. Paul and Harden combined for 10-of-19 shooting from beyond the arc, and the Rockets were 18 for 43 from 3-point range overall.“We’ve got everybody healthy now,” Harden said. “We’re more versatile and more active.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMemphis played without point guard Mike Conley, who missed his second game with left Achilles tenderness. Brandan Wright left in the second quarter with a right groin injury.The Grizzlies have dropped four in a row, and Marc Gasol called their play “embarrassing and sad.” Curry scores 35, Warriors come back to beat 76ers Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion “We all know that the only way we’re going to go far in the playoffs is defensively,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said. “You’ve got to be a bear. Tonight, we were.”TIP-INSRockets: Eric Gordon converted a four-point play late in the first half. … Houston has won five straight on the road. … Houston is 11-1 when leading after the third quarter. … Capela recorded his 11th double-double of the season. … Houston made its first 11 free throws before Nene missed one in the third quarter. .Memphis’ 83 points were a season-low for a Rockets opponent.Grizzlies: It was Parsons’ first start of the season. … Memphis (7-8) fell below .500 for the first time this season. The Grizzlies started the season 5-1.SEE YOU NEXT YEARThe Rockets and Grizzlies split their four-game season series. They have split the season series the last five years.FRUSTRATIONGasol spent a good amount of time after the game explaining his feelings about the Grizzlies’ play. He said it took him 20 minutes to gather his thoughts before addressing the media.“The only thing I can say is (I) apologize because that’s not what our fans are used to seeing,” he said. “We’ve got to figure it out, and the only way I know to do that is working.”UP NEXT Rockets: Host Denver on Wednesday.Grizzlies: Host Portland on Monday night. View commentslast_img read more

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  • Here Is How This Week’s Playoff Rankings Compare To Simulated BCS

    first_imgA list of college football teams and their playoff rankings.Twitter/@BCSKnowHowThis week’s College Football Playoff rankings are out, and the debate is heating up. Clemson remains No. 1, Alabama jumps to No. 2 after beating LSU, and Notre Dame slides into the four-team field. Many wonder if the selection committee has done the best possible job. BCS Know How calculates how the old BCS formula would rank the teams each week, and released a side-by-side comparison with playoff rankings just minutes after they were released. Here is how the BCS would slot things:Side-by-side comparison of the latest @CFBPlayoff ranking and what the #BCS would have looked like this week pic.twitter.com/HxjFHK6wTP— BCSKnowHow.com (@BCSKnowHow) November 11, 2015The biggest differences: the BCS is far more kind to Utah (four spot jump), Oklahoma State (three spots) and Baylor (two spots), while the Playoff prefers Utah, Notre Dame, and Iowa (two spots each). Which ranking do you think works better?last_img read more

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  • 14 homes destroyed in Paddle Prairie Metis settlement in wildfire

    first_imgMembers were only told to leave when the fire was two kilometers away from the hamlet.Lori Wanuch, vice chair of the settlement, said the community was not given enough notice.“Our members did not take anything. They left their pets at home because we had two volunteers going around feeding the pets. So everyone thought their pets were fine,” said Wanuch.“The horses, everything was at home because as far as we knew we weren’t a threat from the Chuckegg Creek fire.”(People in Paddle Prairie left the community without belongings or pets. The fire was two kilometres away when the call came to evacuate. Photo couresty Dean Ducharme)When APTN News visited Paddle Prairie last week, members were taking in evacuees while creating their own evacuation plan.Elders, children and those with respiratory issues were told to leave due to the smoke.No one was expecting this.“I just talked to my brother and he said ‘we could lose it all,’” said Tina St. Germain, who volunteered to help evacuees last week.“I’m not sure how many homes are lost. With the smoke cover you have to wait until that lifts.”(The wildfire burning south from High Level covers 230,000 hectares. Photo courtesy: Dean Ducharme)St. Germain spoke with APTN from Peace River, a town taking in evacuees.She said her home is in the northern part of Paddle Prairie and in line with the fire.““When I walked in that house it wasn’t about the stuff. It was about the structure that you built your family around. Right?” she said, “I walked around in a daze. There was so much I could have grabbed.“I couldn’t even think all I could think was the memories.”Currently, there are 29 wildfires in Alberta.Wabasca and Bigstone Cree Nation have also been evacuated.There are more than a dozen communities that have been evacuated since the fires started two weeks ago, leaving evacuees scattered across the northern part of the province.tpimentel@aptn.ca@tamara_aptn The wildfire moving towards the Paddle Prairie Metis settlement in Alberta. Photo courtesy: Dean DucharmeTamara PimentelAPTN NewsMembers of the Paddle Prairie Métis settlement say they had no time to take any belongings in order to escape a massive wildfire that was just a couple of kilometres from their community.A message posted on Facebook Thursday evening from the settlement, reported that 14 homes had been lost in the 230,000 hectare wildfire.The community, located 720 km northwest of Edmonton along the MacKenzie Hwy, was forced to flee as winds from the north pushed the out of control fire near High Level, Alta. south toward Paddle Prairie.“It was still going hard when I left,” said council member Danielle Poitras in a phone interview from Grande Prairie.“I know we did lose some homes.”last_img read more

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  • David Wrights Career Wasnt Supposed To Go This Way

    —David Wright3B100042.65.92.20.70.20.0 Perhaps Zimmerman’s rebirth can provide hope of a similar renaissance for Wright and the Mets. Just last Thursday, Wright told reporters that he still hopes to return to the major leagues, perhaps as soon as next season. But if Wright wants to contribute anything going forward, he’ll have to contend with history: Since 1901, only three position players — Ken Griffey Jr., Arky Vaughan and Richie Ashburn — produced at least 40 WAR through age 31, fewer than 1.0 WAR per season from ages 32 to 34, and still came back to generate at least 2.0 WAR from age 35 onward. (For his part, Wright had 50.7 WAR through age 31 and 0.3 WAR per season over the next three years.)Even if Wright does buck that trend, he’ll be a long way from the path that once seemed so certain for him and for the Mets. More likely, he’ll serve as a cautionary tale that even the most probable of future Hall of Famers can get derailed on the path to Cooperstown.Check out our latest MLB predictions. In a narrow sense, the recent announcement that New York Mets captain David Wright needed surgery — thus ending his latest rehab stint — was just another line item in what was already an absurdly injury-wrecked, grossly disappointing Mets season.Wright’s setback, however, was more a symbolic blow for the Mets than anything else. The once-great third baseman hadn’t played a game since May 2016 and turns 35 in December, so he probably wasn’t going to add much production on the field, at least not anytime soon. But Wright is also the top position player in franchise history according to wins above replacement (WAR),1Averaging together the Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs versions of WAR. and the Mets’ second-best player ever, period (behind Tom Seaver). He’s just the fourth captain in club history and was once on the shortlist of the most popular players in the game.As difficult as it is to remember now, a healthy Wright was among baseball’s upper echelon of players for a very long time. He was also easily on track to become a Hall of Famer — the rare member to spend his entire career with the Mets, who have a tendency to either pick up HOFers mid-career or jettison them too soon.2Only one of the 14 Hall of Famers to suit up for New York (Seaver) produced more than half of his career WAR in a Mets uniform. This is not how the future was supposed to look for both Wright and the Mets.In the decade from 2005 (Wright’s first full MLB season) to 2014 (his last full season), only four position players — Albert Pujols, Chase Utley, Miguel Cabrera and Adrian Beltre — put up more WAR than Wright. Looking at primary third basemen since 1901,3The first season of MLB’s modern, two-league era. Wright also ranked ninth in total WAR through age 31 (Wright’s age in 2014). Even more so than his longtime infield partner Jose Reyes, Wright was widely viewed as the kind of ballplayer that a franchise could build around for years to come.Certainly that’s what the Mets were thinking when they extended Wright’s contract by eight years and $138 million in November 2012.4Meanwhile, the Mets let Reyes bolt for the Miami Marlins when his contract was up after the 2011 season. At the time, it was the 17th-biggest contract in baseball history, but Wright’s future appeared to warrant the investment. Here’s a list of Wright’s most similar historical players through 2012, according to The Baseball Gauge, along with how many WAR each ended up producing over the following five seasons: Wright isn’t the only recent third baseman who appeared to be on a HOF trajectory, but then fell off quickly heading into his 30s. Like Wright, Eric Chavez was supposed to anchor the Oakland Athletics’ infield for years to come — and like the Mets, the A’s chose to extend their star third baseman over their star shortstop (with Miguel Tejada playing the role of Reyes). But in the middle of his prime, Chavez started battling a seemingly endless procession of neck, shoulder and back ailments. Shockingly, he ended up generating just 3.5 WAR from age 29 on.Some star third basemen even begin to drop off like Wright and Chavez, but then manage to recover their form. Ryan Zimmerman of the Washington Nationals was an All-Star with multiple Silver Slugger Awards early in his career, but suffered from injuries and mediocre play as he neared age 30. After a miserable 2016 performance that rated below the replacement level, it wouldn’t have surprised anyone if Zimmerman’s days of being a productive major leaguer were over. And yet, Zimmerman bounced back this season with a vintage performance, particularly at the plate. We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe 16Dick Allen3B87043.48.73.14.0-0.11.1 6Carlos BeltranCF89739.75.37.13.20.74.5 4Chipper Jones3B90239.35.94.23.64.53.7 Most David Wright types hit their mid-30s in strideSeasonal WAR totals for David Wright’s most similar historical players through age 29, and year-by-year WAR through age 34 3Eric Chavez3B90334.50.1-0.5-0.50.41.6 Seasonal WAR is pro-rated to a 162-game schedule for shortened seasons.Sources: Baseball-Reference.com, FanGraphs, The Baseball Gauge 7Gary SheffieldRF89625.93.46.34.54.67.1 2Ryan Zimmerman3B91534.10.7-1.22.9—— 15Shawn GreenRF87327.51.92.11.1-0.80.2 10George Brett3B88654.64.22.98.33.92.9 12Evan Longoria3B87642.54.23.6——— 1Scott Rolen3B93746.81.35.72.13.04.7 11Robinson Cano2B88533.76.85.82.86.63.4 13Adrian Beltre3B87540.12.77.15.76.95.3 14Harlond Clift3B87338.21.1-0.41.80.00.0 5Carl YastrzemskiLF89852.59.23.92.75.53.6 All newsletters 17Greg LuzinskiLF86821.94.02.72.5-0.20.0 9Andrew McCutchenCF88939.12.9———— RKPLAYERPOSSIM SCORETHRU 293031323334 20Travis Fryman3B86330.00.64.7-1.0-0.70.0 WAR BY AGE A good number of Wright’s top comparables lived up to their lofty expectations as franchise cornerstones. For instance, the longtime Phillies and Cardinals third baseman Scott Rolen — Wright’s most similar player through age 29 — wound up producing excellent seasons well into his 30s, basically matching the career benchmarks for Hall of Fame third basemen (Rolen has 70.2 WAR; Hall members at the position average 71 WAR). And Chipper Jones of the Atlanta Braves — Wright’s fourth-most similar player through 29 — had an even more impressive run in his 30s. From age 30 to 36, Jones never produced fewer than 3.5 WAR in a season, and from age 37 onward, he never had fewer than 2.2 WAR.5For the sake of context, Baseball-Reference.com lists 2.0 WAR as the threshold for a viable starter, and 5.0 WAR as the mark of an All-Star season.And then there’s the still-active legend on Wright’s list of comparables: Adrian Beltre of the Texas Rangers. Beltre, who recently collected his 3,000th career hit, has remained extremely productive deep into his second major-league decade, helping power Texas to four playoff appearances in the last seven seasons. Speaking of active players, even 31-year-old Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria has started his thirties in a way that suggests he could join Beltre, Rolen and Jones in Cooperstown someday.Wright, however, has seen his stardom put on hold ever since he was diagnosed with spinal stenosis in 2015. After that and several more injuries, Wright finds himself pushed significantly off of the HOF path:6In the chart, Wright’s future performance is projected by the “Favorite Toy,” a Bill James invention that uses a player’s age and recent level of performance to project how much more of a statistic — in this case, WAR — a player has left in his career. 8Aramis Ramirez3B89518.83.81.9-0.43.05.6 18Del EnnisLF86730.73.8-0.7-0.3-1.1-1.0 19Dale MurphyCF86731.62.47.52.91.51.2 read more

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  • Extraordinary expectations awaiting Ohio State football

    It’s hard to imagine there being more hype surrounding the Ohio State football program than there is right now. Coming off an undefeated season in 2012, the expectations for the 2013 Buckeyes are to be better than they were a year prior. Nearly all of the ridiculously early preseason polls have OSU ranked somewhere in the top five. Braxton Miller – who appeared on this week’s cover of “Sports Illustrated” – is one of the favorites to win the Heisman trophy, despite being on the list with last year’s winner, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. Anything short of an undefeated regular season, a victory in the Big Ten championship and an appearance in the National Championship game will likely be construed as a failure for Urban Meyer and his squad this year. Perfection, after achieving it in 2012, is the goal for OSU in Meyer’s second season at the helm of the program. It’s March, though, and no one – not even juggernaut Alabama – is perfect right now. There are plenty of questions that OSU will start trying to answer come Tuesday, the first day of spring practice. Here are five: 1. Is OSU still angry? With the 2012 Buckeyes ineligible for the postseason, Meyer chose to motivate his players last season by telling them to take their fury out on the teams OSU faced. “You’re an angry football team. You’re a hungry football team,” Meyer was heard saying on “ESPN All-Access: Ohio State Training Days” last August. This season, though, Meyer, will have to go about getting his team focused and motivated differently than he did a year ago. Is the drive for a national championship better inspiration than the rage and “shock the world” mentality the Buckeyes had on way to a 12-0 season in 2012? 2. How much better will Braxton Miller be? Like the team itself, it will be hard for Miller to be much better than he was in 2012. The then-sophomore quarterback broke OSU’s total yards record for a season and was the Big Ten’s offensive player of the year. Miller and his coach, however, see plenty of room for improvement. Fundamentals and footwork are the key for the rising junior, Meyer and Miller both have said. “If he becomes fundamentally the best quarterback in America, I think he will be the best quarterback in America. I think it’ll be comical what he’ll do,” Meyer said. “But he’s not there yet.” How much closer has Miller gotten to getting there? 3. Who are the leaders? Meyer called the 2012 senior class one of his favorite groups of players he’s ever coached. Along with being close to Meyer’s heart, they were the most important leaders of the team. Without the leadership of John Simon, Zach Boren and co., OSU wouldn’t have achieved anything close to an undefeated year last season, Meyer said. Who will fill that role this season? Rising redshirt senior Jordan Hall was a captain in 2012 despite being injured for most of the year, and Meyer has said he’ll be a captain again. Apart from the speedy playmaker, Miller, rising redshirt junior cornerback Bradley Roby and junior linebacker Ryan Shazier are likely candidates for captaincy. 4. Who’s Miller going to get the ball to? OSU gained 5,085 yards of offense in 2012, and 93 percent of that output is returning. The Buckeyes are only losing 370 yards with the graduation of wide receiver Jake Stoneburner, fullback Boren, punter Ben Buchanan (gained six yards on a fake punt) and the transfer of wide receiver Verlon Reed. Wide receivers Corey “Philly” Brown and Devin Smith, along with tailback Carlos Hyde, were Miller’s favorite targets in 2012. Will that change in 2013? Hall, now healthy, is likely to be featured heavily in the upcoming season’s offense. He’s made the move from running back to the “No. 3” hybrid role made famous by former Florida playmaker Percy Harvin. Meyer brought in a top three recruiting class that featured speedy talent at nearly every skill position. Incoming freshman wide receivers Jalin Marshall, Dontre Wilson, James Clark and Corey Smith, along with running back Ezekiel Elliott, could all see the field come fall. None of those five will be on campus in time for spring ball, though, but come August they could push the upperclassmen. Is Miller excited for the crop of offensive talent OSU will display this season? “Heck yeah,” Miller responded when asked about the situation at an OSU men’s basketball game against Northwestern in February. 5. Will OSU make the jump other programs have in year two of a new system? Meyer is now in his second season at the helm of the OSU football program. In year two at Florida, Meyer won a national championship. So did Jim Tressel in his second year at OSU, as did Bob Stoops in his second season at Oklahoma. Are this season’s Buckeyes capable of winning it all in year two of the Meyer System? We’ll find out in the fall, but if it’s going to happen, we might get glimpses of the possibility starting Tuesday. read more

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  • Gundogan reacts to Germanys World Cup exit

    first_imgManchester City midfielder is with mixed emotions over the elimination of Germany, for the first since 1938, but accepts his side are prepared to pick themselves up and move on.“We are all still so disappointed. We had big plans, but we failed,” Gundogan posted on Twitter.“I’m proud to have played for the 1st time for [Germany] at a World Cup, but to exit in the group stage is nothing but frustrating.“We have to get up again for the challenges after the summer break – and we will.” Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…We are all still so disappointed. We had big plans, but we failed. I’m proud to have played for the 1st time for #GER at a World Cup, but to exit in the group stage is nothing but frustrating. We have to get up again for the challenges after the summer break – and we will. ??⚽ pic.twitter.com/cJbt1TvstH— Ilkay Gündogan (@IlkayGuendogan) June 30, 2018Gündoğan returned to international football in a 2–2 friendly with Australia in March 2015 and participated in the Euro 2016 campaign, scoring in a 7–0 away win over Gibraltar on 14 June 2015.In 2016, it was announced Gündoğan would be unable to participate at the Euro 2016 final stages due to injury. He did, however, make the team’s preliminary squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.last_img read more

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