Our NCAA Bracket Will Update Live But Heres Where You Can Find

With so much parity in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament tournament this year, one game has the potential to affect everyone else’s odds of advancing. For instance, Dayton’s upset Thursday of Ohio State gives Syracuse an easier potential opponent in the second round and raises the odds the Orange will make a deep run.The FiveThirtyEight NCAA tournament projections will update shortly after the conclusion of each game. The forecasts will also update if there are significant new injuries during the tournament.These updates do, however, create problems with transparency. Shouldn’t you be able to see how our original predictions did? After all, you don’t get to change your bracket after the tournament is underway.We have a solution. If you want to see original numbers — as of Tuesday afternoon before the first “play-in” games in Dayton, Ohio — you can find them in this CSV file at GitHub.We’ll be posting a complete archive of our updates at GitHub. The numbers included in the name of the files indicate how far through the tournament the update took place. For example, the file labeled bracket-05.csv will show our data after the conclusion of the first five games (counting Tuesday and Wednesday’s play-in matchups). read more

Tennis Is Growing Old With Federer Nadal And The Williams Sisters

Today’s tennis fans are spoiled. They have watched Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, four of the best tennis players of all time, dominate the sport for a decade, winning a combined total of 60 majors in their careers. Now the four are old by the sport’s historical standards — all are at least 30, and only Nadal is under 35 — but instead of fading away like their predecessors, they’ve dragged the sport along with them. This weekend’s Australian Open finals are Grand Slam showcases of their longevity: Williams vs. Williams IX on Saturday and Federer vs. Nadal IX on Sunday. The mid-30s is past closing time for most tennis greats, and all four have declined. Combined they’ve won just one title at the last five majors. But they’ve remained remarkably competitive, regularly beating their younger peers and threatening to go all the way once more. Two of them will do so this weekend. Federer and Nadal benefited from early exits by No. 1 Andy Murray and No. 2 Novak Djokovic but also knocked out five of the top 10 seeds themselves. The Williams sisters had easier paths to the final, after many of their inconsistent younger rivals lost early. All four have looked like their best selves for long stretches at this tournament, outplaying and outlasting younger opponents.Now Serena Williams will go for an Open-era record 23rd major title, while Venus will seek her eighth, and her first since 2008. Federer will try to extend his lead over Nadal in the career major title count to four; Nadal will try to narrow it to two.By historical standards, what Nadal is doing is remarkable; what the other three are doing is almost unheard of. Federer is the oldest men’s Grand Slam finalist since Ken Rosewall more than 40 years ago. Whichever Williams sister wins will be the oldest woman to do so in the Open era, surpassing Serena’s record, first set at Wimbledon in 2015 and extended in last year’s Wimbledon.How are they defying the laws of aging? Partly, the sport has aged around them. Veterans have gotten smarter about diet, conditioning, practice and scheduling. Their biggest rivals (Angelique Kerber, Maria Sharapova, Murray and Djokovic) are themselves 29. None of them made the semifinals in Australia (Sharapova is serving a doping suspension that ends in April), but two of the other four players who did are in their 30s; the other two are 25. The next generation of players hasn’t broken through.But in large part, the four greats are the reason tennis has aged. When they were young, they dominated, and tennis seemed young. Now they’re old — and tennis is, too. All-time greats, even after they’ve been diminished by age, often remain great, as did Peyton Manning, Wilt Chamberlain and Hank Aaron. Tennis’s oldsters remain four of the main faces of the sport. Federer by himself has accomplished about as much at majors since turning 32 as has every man 27 and younger combined. By contrast, the average age of men’s major semifinalists was under 27 each year from 1987 to 2011.Andy Roddick provides an instructive contrast. He’s a year younger than Federer and has 16 fewer Grand Slams, yet he retired more than four years ago, unable to continue competing at the very top of the sport. At a press conference in Australia this week about his induction into the sport’s hall of fame, Roddick marveled that his peers were still going. “What Roger’s doing and maintaining at 35 years old, what Venus and Serena are still doing …,” Roddick said. “Everyone here is going to talk about it in every story they write for the rest of this tournament, and I still don’t know if that’s enough. It’s pretty amazing.”There’s no guarantee that this will last. No one can spot the last hurrah in advance. Rod Laver won all four majors in 1969, the year he turned 31 — and then never reached another major semifinal. Andre Agassi, at age 35, led Federer in the 2005 U.S. Open final and then never reached another major fourth round and retired a year later. Martina Navratilova reached the 1994 Wimbledon final at age 37 and then played just two more majors in a brief comeback bid a decade later. But there isn’t much sense in writing off any of this weekend’s finalists. Others have done so before and turned out to be way premature.After clinching her spot in the final, Venus Williams said aging has been good for the sport, which gets to keep its headliners headlining finals for longer. “I think people realize this is an amazing job, so it’s best to keep it,” she said at a press conference. “I think this generation is going to inspire the rest of the generations to, obviously, play a schedule that’s achievable, sustainable, and that you can play Grand Slam tennis for a long time. This is beautiful for the game because it will be able to retain its stars for a long time, which is a great business model.” After all, no matchups are easier to market than Williams vs. Williams and Federer vs. Nadal. read more

NBA Headbands Are A Thing Again

So how does this year’s playoffs stack up to the last decade?Thirteen starters in the opening round of the 2019 playoffs were headband apostles. That’s the most of any opening round since 2009, which is even more impressive when you consider that LeBron and Carmelo Anthony, two of the most recognizable headbanders of all time, weren’t part of the field.5The 2018-19 postseason was the first since 2002-03 that didn’t feature either LeBron or Carmelo. The 2018-19 NBA season will be remembered as the year of the comeback. Of headbands.It began on opening night, when a black bandana-clad Kyrie Irving freelanced as an estranged Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. It continued when the Philadelphia 76ers underwent the most comprehensive makeover of any team, leading to the formation of a headband club that head coach Brett Brown credited with helping his backcourt bond. It seems the entire league is enamored with an outmoded 2-inch strip of fabric originally designed to keep sweat out of the eyes. Just as shooting sleeves, compression leggings and knee-high socks once captured the zeitgeist, the headband — in both its traditional and “Karate Kid” form — is again the latest fad.During the regular season and these playoffs, the rebirth of the headband has been on display nearly every night. And since stats on Headband Usage Rate (HUR) are not regularly available on NBA.com or even Second Spectrum, we decided to document the rise of the headband ourselves, counting them by watching video from every single game.1For the 2017-18 and 2018-19 regular seasons, we watched the opening tip of every game for every team, noting any headband users and recording their status as starters or bench players. We also watched the opening tip of every playoff game since 2000. We don’t get out much.About 16 percent of the 530 players who saw at least one minute of action sported either a traditional or ninja-style headband — from 5-foot-9 Isaiah Thomas to 7-foot Joel Embiid, and all sizes in between. Sixteen players this season even had their official photos taken in one. This isn’t a trend reserved for bench mobs, either: According to our count, 73 of the 394 players who started at least one regular-season game wore a headband in that start, nearly twice as many as last season.“When you wear a headband,” Jimmy Butler said, “you’ve got to do something extra special.” Indeed, the unassuming textile has appeared in some of this season’s most memorable games. James Harden put one on and dropped 54 points. Klay Thompson set an NBA record for 3-pointers made. After getting elbowed in the head, Joe Ingles effectively made a headband out of gauze and drilled a game-winning shot, which excited the entire roster.As was the case when Wilt Chamberlain spearheaded the headband movement during the late 1960s, there’s been an impact on the league’s bottom line. Global sales of Nike headbands are up 50 percent over last season, an NBA spokesperson told me. That’s in no small part because the new wrinkle has been co-signed by some of the league’s most marketable standouts. All three finalists for the most improved player award consistently wore headbands. Eight of this season’s All-Stars wore one at least once, including the bearded MVP candidate.2Giannis Antetokounmpo, the other primary MVP candidate, wore a headband on the sidelines but never officially played in one.The decorative cloth hasn’t always been so warmly embraced. Less than two decades ago, Chicago Bulls head coach Tim Floyd described headband-wearers as “soft,” and at least four teams prohibited its use.3The media helped amplify that message: “Headbands are threatening to turn the playoffs into That ’70s Show,” wrote Orlando Sentinel columnist David Whitley in 2001. Even as the league began to move past its antiquated ways, it maintained that the voluntary accessory must be worn a certain way. When Rajon Rondo attempted to wear one upside-down, commissioner David Stern stepped in and banned the practice.4It’s worth remembering that Stern was the architect of a dress code with unsubtle racist undercurrents, including a ban on do-rags.Though headband use has certainly rebounded, its popularly doesn’t seem to have reached the craze of the mid-2000s. ESPN reporter Brian Windhorst, who has covered the NBA since 2003, pointed to Allen Iverson as the premier trailblazer, an opinion shared by LeBron James. But headbands did seem to disappear for a while: Even LeBron, probably the most prominent headband-wearer of all time, largely stopped the practice when he left Miami.But this season, the headband returned in a big way at the Staples Center — and even James took part. The Los Angeles Lakers saw a league-leading nine different starters wear a headband — three times as many as those who wore one in the previous season. Over the past four postseasons, there were a combined four starters who wore headbands in the conference finals. This season had two, in Portland’s Maurice Harkless and Toronto’s Pascal Siakam.6Though Milwaukee’s Eric Bledsoe loved his headband so much he had his official picture taken in it, he wasn’t wearing it by the time the playoffs rolled around.When we get to the NBA Finals, the headband has largely not been a factor since the turn of the century — excluding LeBron.7Who arguably had the most impressive game of his finals career when he cast it aside. Of the 210 players to start a game in the finals since 2000, just 25, or 0.7 per team, wore a headband. We’ll get at least one this season: First-year headband enthusiast and FiveThirtyEight favorite Siakam helped bring the Toronto Raptors to the finals. And Siakam could have headband-wearing company on the sport’s biggest stage when the games start on Thursday: If DeMarcus Cousins returns for the Warriors, he’ll likely bring his headband with him. The last time the finals featured a headband starter on each team was before the turn of the century.Over the course of the season, we’ve witnessed a stunning comeback of a once-lost accessory. The headband’s rebirth is a proxy for personal expression — and there’s no league more zeroed-in on marketability than the NBA.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

Healthy Buckeyes seek revenge

Injuries are never beneficial to any team. At times, however, they can have a funny effect.In the case of the Ohio State men’s basketball team, injuries, both this season and last, have allowed the Buckeyes to come together in times of despair. It has also allowed players who usually wouldn’t get playing opportunities to gain experience.With a highly anticipated matchup against No. 11 West Virginia on Saturday, the Buckeyes remember the beat down they received from the Mountaineers last season.One difference, however, is that OSU faced injuries shortly before last year’s matchup with West Virginia. This season, it appears they have successfully come back from one.The Buckeyes started 9-0 last season before losing forward David Lighty to a foot injury against Jacksonville.Reeling from his injury, and trying to find players to replace him, OSU staggered into the matchup with WVU and was pounded, 76-48.For this season’s matchup, OSU is finally healthy, and these injuries might have given the Buckeyes their best chance at revenge against their boarding opponent.When Lighty went down with a broken foot, the Buckeyes were in desperate need of a leader.Insert Evan Turner.The guard quickly became the team’s most prolific player and hasn’t stopped since. Having to lead the Buckeyes made Turner grow up fast under fire. As for the void in playing time, that was filled by freshman guard William Buford.Buford used his extended playing time to have a promising first season.Coach Thad Matta seems to share the sentiment that even in traumatic situations, a team can get better and grow.“I use William [Buford] as a good example,” Matta said. “When David [Lighty] went down, it was the situation of, ‘Hey Will, you just went from playing 20 minutes to 35 minutes whether you like it or not,’ and I thought he had a great freshman year. Really across the board I thought we’ve done a really good job.”After three consecutive wins in conference, it looks as if the Buckeyes have hit their stride as they prepare for a rematch with the Mountaineers.Matta said OSU is clearly deeper, and guys such as seniors P.J. Hill and Jeremie Simmons add depth and experience this season, since they started last year.“Obviously we would have loved having Evan [Turner] all the games this year,” junior guard Jon Diebler said. “It forces guys to elevate their game especially in aspects that maybe they aren’t used to doing.“But now that he’s back, to keep playing at the level we’re at and adding a guy who is one of the best players in the country … you know it’s just a good feeling.”Getting Turner back and having him play at such a high level again is a bonus for an Ohio State team that has quickly positioned itself back in the thick of the Big Ten.Things seem to finally be falling back into place for the Buckeyes. Luckily, their most important games are still ahead of them.“I think we obviously had to step up our game,” junior center Dallas Lauderdale said. “I don’t think we wanted to fall back and be complacent. We wanted to keep our game at a high level.” read more

Ohio State players Carlos Hyde Bradley Roby named in separate incidents reported

Lantern file photoOhio State senior running back Carlos Hyde is a “person of interest” in the reported assault of a woman at a Columbus bar July 20, according to a Columbus Division of Police report, while redshirtjunior cornerback Bradley Roby was charged with battery resulting in bodily injury in Monroe County, Ind., on July 21, according to Monroe County Court Records.The incident involving Hyde reportedly occurred at about 2 a.m. Saturday at the Sugar Bar 2, located at 303 S. Front Street, according to the report.The woman told police she did not know the suspect who allegedly assaulted her but could identify him, according to the report posted on the blog Eleven Warriors.Roby was arrested at about 2:40 a.m. Sunday at the Dunkirk Bar in Bloomington, Ind., according to a press release from Bloomington Police. He had been removed from the bar after attempting to start a fight with another patron, then attempted to re-enter the bar but was stopped by security guards. He then struck one of the security guards in the chest, according to the press release. Roby was then wrestled to the ground and detained until police arrived.Hyde, Roby and representatives from OSU Athletics did not immediately return requests for comment Monday morning, but OSU officials are expected to provide more information later Monday.A meeting was called Monday morning at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, and OSU will release information on the situation later today, according to reports.Roby was scheduled to appear in Monroe County Circuit Court at 1:30 p.m. Monday.These two incidents are not the first involving OSU football coach Urban Meyer’s players this summer. Former linebacker David Perkins was arrested in Bowling Green May 25, a few days before the announcement that Perkins will no longer be part of the OSU football program, and on July 14, freshman tight end Marcus Baughwas arrested for underage consumption.Some of Meyer’s former players have been arrested as well – former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who played under Meyer for three seasons at University of Florida, was charged June 26 with murdering semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd.Hyde finished second on the team in rushing during the OSU undefeated 2012 season. He had 970 yards and 17 touchdowns during his 10 games played.Hyde was named to the 2013 preseason Doak Walker Award watch list, an award given to the top college football running back.Roby was a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the nation’s top defensive back, and a second-team AP All-American last season. Roby was recently named to watch lists for the Thorpe Award, Walter Camp Award, Nagurski Award and Bednarik Award. read more

Mens Volleyball No 7 Ohio State loses second straight to No 11

Junior setter Sanil Thomas sets the ball during the second set of No. 3 Ohio State’s match against No. 8 Penn State on Jan. 28, 2018 in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes defeated the Nittany Lions in straight sets (25-19, 25-15, 25-17) to pick up their fifth win of the season. Credit: Aliyyah Jackson | Senior ReporterThe No. 7 Ohio State men’s volleyball team (2-2) lost its second-straight match against No. 11 Stanford (4-0) on Saturday.The Buckeyes were, once again, plagued by service errors, committing 26 in total, doubling Stanford’s match total.Senior setter Sanil Thomas had one kill and two errors on three attacks, but provided 41 assists and his serve to begin the match was an ace.Redshirt sophomore opposite hitter Jake Hanes led the Buckeyes with 24 kills and two aces, also committing a team-high seven service errors.Losing a close first set, 25-22, in which Hanes tallied nine kills and a service ace, Ohio State came back to win an even closer second set, 26-24, in large part because of three kills and two blocks by redshirt senior middle blocker Blake Leeson.The Buckeyes jumped out to a quick three-point lead in the third set, but couldn’t maintain it as two blocks and two aces from Stanford and eight Ohio State service errors put the set away for the Cardinal.Beginning the fourth set, Ohio State head coach Pete Hanson chose to replace junior outside hitter Reese Devilbiss with sophomore Kyle Skinner. The decision came after Devilbiss committed a team-high five errors and managed only a .095 hitting percentage through three sets.In his one set of play, Skinner had two kills, one block assist, and a .250 hitting percentage.After falling behind 14-8 in the fourth set, a few Stanford attack errors, decisive kills by Hanes and sophomore outside hitter Martin Lallemand and a Lallemand service ace set up the Buckeyes to a two-point deficit.But three service errors by three different Buckeyes in the final seven points quashed any brewing comeback for Ohio State.The Buckeyes will return to action at home on Friday against George Mason at 7 p.m. and then on Saturday against Erskine at 7 p.m. read more

KMC cracks whip on marriage houses for fudging amount over highcost weddings

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will launch special drives to unearth the exact figure the marriage houses and community halls are charging for holding expensive wedding ceremonies. Senior civic officials said most of the halls and marriage houses where expensive wedding events are held do not furnish the actual figure to the KMC. “In the receipt given to those who have hired the houses or halls, the real figures are fudged resulting in huge losses for the KMC that calculates the property tax on the basis of the figures disclosed,” senior officials said. The KMC is preparing a blueprint which will be followed to unearth the exact figures. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseMeanwhile, the civic authorities have chalked out a plan to realise house tax arrears worth above Rs 4,000 crore. Mayor Firhad Hakim and Deputy Mayor Atin Ghosh sat with senior officials of the KMC’s Assessment department to prepare the blueprint. The KMC will waive 50 percent of the interest and 99 percent of the penalty for those owners who are willing to pay the arrears. The KMC has fixed a target of collecting tax arrears which the Assessment department will have to meet by March 31. From April 1 to May 30, the Assessment department officials will have to submit lists of properties that have not been assessed to Ghosh. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIt is also being stated that the officials will have to inform about the number of pending files twice a month. Ghosh maintained that in South Kolkata, the house tax dues will be around Rs 969.54 crore. In North Kolkata, it is around Rs 640 crore. In Jadavpur, the house tax arrears will be around Rs 129 crore while in Behala it is almost Rs 160.50 crore. In Garden Reach, the outstanding will be around Rs 22.42 crore while tax from Tollygunge would amount to Rs 260.31 crore.last_img read more

6 Tools Your Business Should Invest in for 2014

first_img Register Now » Q: What tools should my business invest in for 2014?A: Start with a shopping list like one you’d scribble down for the grocery store. On this list, you’ve got your weekly staples, plus the items you’ll need for a dinner party three days from now.For a business, staples include maintenance and support payments on existing software licenses; subscriptions for cloud software apps; computer hardware support and maintenance fees; network and internet-access costs; and scheduled computer and phone upgrades.It’s the dinner-party items on the tech list that can create budget-busting variables. But it’s these items that will help you grow next year. And like dinner-party planning, you’re never sure who’s coming and whether you’ll have enough food–or too much.According to Godard Abel–co-founder and CEO of G2 Crowd, a Chicago-based firm that provides an online platform for business-software reviews and ratings–small businesses should focus their investment on these categories in 2014: mobile, social media and e-commerce. “As consumers continue to purchase products and services via mobile devices and digital marketplaces, going mobile is transitioning to a must-do strategy,” he says.So what should be on your shopping list? With Abel’s help, we found some software and platforms that can help your business address those key objectives for the next year.Marketing: Tools such as HubSpot help streamline business by managing all online marketing initiatives, including e-mail marketing, blogging, social media, SEO and websites.Sales: “If you haven’t explored using CRM tools such as those offered by Salesforce.com, Microsoft Dynamics and a new one from Base CRM, you should,” Abel says.E-commerce: Shopify and Bigcommerce make it easy for a small business to set up and deploy a slick e-commerce store at a reasonable cost, whether you move 10 units per month or 10,000.Brand management: Purchase premium listing and monitoring services for sites such as Yelp and TripAdvisor. Then stay on top of what people are saying about your business by employing monitoring tools such as Sprout Social and Kapow Software, which aggregate multiple social media platforms into one convenient dashboard.Accounting: Move your books to the cloud with QuickBooks Online, FreshBooks, SurePayroll or Expensify. “There’s no hardware to install, no IT support required, and software updates happen automatically,” Abel says.Human resources: HR software has also been moving to the cloud, with tools like Halogen Software and TribeHR that can simplify your recruiting processes and better manage employee records.Yes, most of these cost money and take time to implement, but in the end, their promise of boosting efficiency, creating new business and improving customer service should pay off. It’s something to consider as you set your goals for the coming year. 3 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. November 22, 2013 This story appears in the November 2013 issue of . Subscribe » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more