Redknapp: Chelsea fans should get refunds

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesChelsea’s players should reimburse supporters who travelled to watch their 3-0 defeat away against Newcastle on the final day of the Premier League season, according to Jamie Redknapp.The Blues still had a slim chance of sneaking into the final Champions League qualification place, which would have been theirs if they won and Liverpool lost to Brighton.But Antonio Conte’s side were easily beaten at St James’s Park, and although Luverpool’s 4-0 thrashing of the Seagulls meant Chelsea defeat was irrelevant, the performance was dismal.“Newcastle were brilliant,” former England midfielder Redknapp, speaking on Sky Sports, said. “They deserved it all over the park.“I feel sorry for the Chelsea fans that have come here. They should refund the fans, because the fans don’t deserve the performance the players put on. It was really, really bad.“Chelsea were so poor. It was an abject performance as you will see. Newcastle wanted it more.”Redknapp was also very critical of Tiemoue Bakayoko, who was one of a number of players who were way below their best.“Bakayoko didn’t break sweat,” Redknapp added.“I felt sorry for N’Golo Kante he had no support whatsoever in the midfield.” Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoTopCars15 Ugliest Cars Ever MadeTopCarsUndoezzin.com20 Breathtaking Places to See Before You Dieezzin.comUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoDrhealth35 Foods That Should Never Be Placed in the RefrigeratorDrhealthUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndolast_img read more

Bacterial Flagellum Can Tune Its Swim Speed with Network-Controlled Brakes

first_img51; What’s new with flagella?  These are the favorite toys of intelligent design supporters, because they are irreducibly complex molecular machines that evolutionists rarely attempt to explain by a Darwinian process.  More fodder for their position comes from a paper in Cell1 that finds that bacteria can fine-tune their swimming velocity by means of a molecular brake under network control: “This behaviour is governed by a molecular motor-brake protein that upon binding of the bacterial second messenger cyclic dimeric GMP interacts with a specific subunit of the flagellar nano-motor and thereby curbs motor output.  The intracellular concentration of cyclic dimeric GMP is controlled by a network of signaling proteins” – at least five of them.    The authors, hailing from Switzerland and Germany, said: “These experiments demonstrate that bacteria can modulate flagellar motor output and thus swimming velocity in response to environmental cues.”  Noting that “E. coli directs its movement in an aqueous environment via phosphorylation-mediated control of motor reversals.”  That led them to ask, “Why would bacterial cells, in addition to this sophisticated motor control, modulate their swimming speed?” and answered that this mechanism may work best when nutrient supply is low: “Switching to a fuel-conserving locomotion regime is particularly important under low nutrient conditions….one function of the mechanism described here might be to adjust bacterial velocity to the energy status of the cell.”  The flagellar system, therefore, has good brakes as well as reversible gears.    The research team said nothing about evolution.  Their paper was summarized by Science Daily and PhysOrg from information supplied by the University of Basel.  Science Daily threw in a biomimetic angle: “the discovery of flagellar motor curbing could be exploited for biotechnological applications, for example to engineer nanopumps in microfluidics or to build cell-based microrobots.”  Here’s what the paper said about that: “The discovery of flagellar motor curbing might have implications beyond the biology of bacterial locomotion.  On the basis of our findings, one could for example imagine to exploit the flagellar motor to engineer a rotary nanomachine that can be fine-tuned ad libitum.”  Driving your machine ad lib; that’s cool.1.  Boehm, Kaiser et al, “Second Messenger-Mediated Adjustment of Bacterial Swimming Velocity,” Cell, doi:10.1016/j.cell.2010.01.018.How many mousetraps does it take to establish irreducible complexity?  Just one.  Here we see mousetraps controlling mousetraps, and other mousetraps signalling those mousetraps to control the first mousetraps.  It’s irreducible complexity all the way down, all the way up, all the way in, and all the way out.  Then it’s biomimetic mousetraps coming in for inspiration.  Darwinian mice should be running scared.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Swine flu: ‘don’t over-react’

first_img19 August 2009South Africa’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has discouraged the overuse of testing and the use of the drug Tamiflu by people with symptoms of H1N1 influenza, known as swine flu.NICD deputy director Dr Lucille Bloomberg says most confirmed cases of H1N1 influenza are mild cases that do not call for laboratory testing or the intake of Tamiflu. This is only called for, she said, in severe cases, as well as among people in the high-risk group.“This pandemic is regarded as moderate, not severe, and not everyone with H1N1 influenza needs the laboratory tests,” Bloomberg told BuaNews this week. “We can diagnose people without testing and treat them accordingly.”“The majority of people have mild cases of H1N1 and don’t need any treatment but a rest at home. Don’t do any exercise, and take sufficient amount of fluids,” Bloomberg said, warning that excessive use of Tamiflu could encourage resistance.People with mild cases could expect to recover after about seven days, she added.Swine flu hotlineSouth Africa has set up a hotline, as well as a dedicated e-mail address, for public queries about H1N1 influenza, or swine flu. The hotline number is 0861 364 232 (or 0861 DOH CDC)  The e-mail address is: [email protected] The hotline is operated by trained personnel on communicable diseases, supported by experts from the Department of Health.As of 19 August 2009, South Africa had over 3 400 confirmed cases of swine flu, while the number of deaths in the country related to the pandemic stood at six.What is swine flu?According to the Department of Health, swine flu is an airborne disease that spreads in the same way as seasonal flu, through coughing and sneezing. It cannot be caught by eating pork.Transmission can be avoided by coughing or sneezing into a tissue or hanky; by washing one’s hands regularly; and by avoiding crowded areas, especially if people have symptoms of the flu.It is treatable with antiviral medication, which is available in South Africa but may only be used under a medical doctor’s direction.Symptoms can be divided into “mild”, “moderate” and “severe”. Mild symptoms include a runny or blocked nose, fever, muscular aches and pains, a general feeling of unwellness and coughing.Moderate symptoms include mild symptoms as well as shortness of breath, chest pain, persistent vomiting and diarrhoea and signs of dehydration.Severe symptoms include mild and moderate symptoms as well as signs of respiratory distress, blue lips and other parts of the body, and severe drowsiness and loss of consciousness.People who are suffering from the symptoms should see their doctor.“The overwhelming majority of people have mild symptoms and will not need any specialised medical care, and we believe nothing should happen to them,” Health Minister Motsoaledi said last week. “Such symptoms should be treated as with other influenza-like symptoms.”However, people with chronic heart or lung disease, pregnant women, or people living with HIV/Aids, should seek medical care immediately if they develop even mild symptoms.Anyone with moderate or severe symptoms should also seek medical attention immediately.Risk factorsThe World Health Organisation (WHO) says illnesses such as existing cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, diabetes and cancer are considered risk factors for swine flu.“Asthma and other forms of respiratory disease have been consistently reported as underlying conditions associated with an augmented risk of severe pandemic disease in several countries,” the WHO said in a recent statement.According to the WHO, recent reports suggest obesity may be another risk factor for severe H1N1 infection. Pregnant women also seem to be at higher risk of contracting the disease.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Startup Strategy Roundtable: First Validate Your Business Idea With Real Customers

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting This morning the Online Strategy Roundtable for entrepreneurs ran very smoothly. The five entrepreneurs who presented are all at various stages of validating who their best customers are. The best conversations during these roundtables usually stem from the businesses that have already been validated to some degree, simply because I am often not the target customer for a product.All entrepreneurs need to speak directly to their real customers – the people who are willing to pay money for their product or service – in order find out if you are solving a real problem. It is your potential customers who will give you the most valuable feedback, and these conversations should happen very early on, preferably before you have spent precious time and money building a product or service. Sramana Mitra is a technology entrepreneur and strategy consultant in Silicon Valley. She has founded three companies and writes a business blog, Sramana Mitra on Strategy. She has a master’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her three books, Entrepreneur Journeys, Bootstrapping, Weapon Of Mass Reconstruction, and Positioning: How To Test, Validate, and Bring Your Idea To Market are all available from Amazon. Her new book Vision India 2020 was recently released. Mitra is also a columnist for Forbes and runs the 1M/1M initiative. Ellen Badinelli started off by introducing her business, ScanAvert. This is a mobile dietary application that scans products’ barcodes and alerts the consumer to dietary incompatibility based on their user-created profile. For example, if you are following a gluten-free diet or avoiding certain ingredients that may cause a bad reaction to a drug you take, you can scan the bar code and quickly find out if the ingredients you are avoiding are in a given product.There have been 5,000 users so far, giving Ellen a good idea of who the best demographic is for this product right now. She is looking to get financing to beef up PR efforts as recommended by some angel investors. Unlike advertising, you don’t get more PR by spending more money. I recommend she does some more guerilla PR herself Using the demographic information learned from the 5,000 customers who have already downloaded the app. She should target the top bloggers and media for each of the largest segments. I would like to see Ellen ramp up a bit more and get more conversions. As long as she can continue to bootstrap, she will improve the valuation. Next Bradley Owen presented TxtJet, which delivers email on cell phones for free, as text messages. He plans to use an advertising revenue model which will begin in six months or so to run a short ad tied to key words in the message. The ads are based on key word density and the geography of the user. I have my doubts on how well this will monetize because it would be tricky to target the ads based on the wording of email messages.I suggested that building an ad server to do this might be a more interesting product, although Google is already working on similar efforts. We discussed using SEO optimization around the key words “free mobile email.”  I suggested he may also want to explore doing a deal with the carriers by offering a product to help transition text messaging customers into email customers. This, of course, would depend on how strong Bradley’s intellectual property is. They won’t be interested in something they can easily create for themselves. He’s launching this product tomorrow, so he’ll soon be able to see exactly where his customer base is coming from. Good luck!  Kendra McKeever was up next to present Sock Monkeys Clothing, which offers clothing appropriate for infants with eczema in 3-month- to 1-year-old sizes. Apparently 20% of babies have eczema in the U.S. – including her daughter – and she is targeting the parents and grandparents of those children. She says there are a handful of competitors, but all are located in Europe, making the products expensive. She has great endorsements from parents and pediatric dermatologists, but this has not converted into sales.We discussed the importance of focusing on SEO marketing; she needs to be on the top of the page for those searching for infant eczema. I suggest she does a laser-focused outreach to bloggers, especially mommy bloggers who are already discussing this topic, to see if they are willing to write about her product rather than going after the larger iVillage-type bloggers right now. Also, trying to get into publications read by pediatric dermatologists is worth exploring. Although doctors don’t sell clothing, this could also help get the word of mouth going.Then we had Dhaval Sharma, who has been working on a back-end solution to make pooling (as in carpooling) easier to organize.  Dhaval spoke about all he has been doing and his ideas, but he has yet to speak to his potential customers to see if they are willing to pay for this. I’m not yet convinced by his value proposition because I think there are free solutions already available.Dhaval needs to focus on one segment; mass pooling is too large. Once he has found his strongest segment to zero in on, he needs to stay with that one line of thought and go out and validate that there are people willing to pay for his solution. Don’t spray and pray! You should always try to validate your idea first, build your product later.Up last was David Braxton presenting for HighPerformanceU, which will offer an audio program that shares a business coaching methodology he has helped to develop through his one-on-one coaching experience. They would like to eventually offer this as a reasonably priced, customized solution for a company’s sales force, for example. He has been able to sell a very similar program to two companies so far, which is a good data point for David. But he really needs to validate his assumptions with his potential customers. I recommend he speak to 100 sales managers to ask them for feedback, and maybe offer the service for free at first and develop some success metrics. If they like the product, he’ll have his first customers. This can be done by phone or through connections on LinkedIn, doesn’t need to be done with in-person meetings. More validation needed. These roundtables are the cornerstone programming of a global initiative that I have started called One Million by One Million (1M/1M). Its mission is to help a million entrepreneurs globally to reach $1 million in revenue and beyond, build $1 trillion in sustainable global GDP, and create 10 million jobs. In 1M/1M, I teach the EJ Methodology which is based on my Entrepreneur Journeys research, and emphasize bootstrapping, idea validation, and crisp positioning as some of the core principles of building strong fundamentals in early stage ventures.You can find the recording of this roundtable session here. Recordings of previous roundtables are all available here. You can register for the next roundtable here. .   Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#start#startups#tips center_img sramana mitra Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

How to Build an Insulated Cathedral Ceiling

first_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img UPDATED on August 31, 2018 with information on vapor diffusion ports.Although the GBA website already contains many articles on the topic, we continue to receive frequent questions about the best way to insulate a cathedral ceiling. It’s therefore time to pull together as much information on the topic as possible and publish it in one place, to clarify the building science issues and code requirements governing insulated sloped roofs.In this blog, I’ll attempt to answer the following questions:This article will discuss insulated sloped roofs. The methods described here can be used to build an insulated cathedral ceiling over a great room, a section of sloped roof above a kneewall, or any similar section of insulated sloped roof.This type of roof differs from an uninsulated roof over an unconditioned vented attic.Insulated cathedral ceilings are a relatively recent phenomenon. The craze for insulated cathedral ceilings (and great rooms) really took off in the 1970s and 1980s, when examples began popping up like mushrooms after a warm rain. In those days, most builders stuffed cathedral ceiling rafter bays with fiberglass batts. Sometimes they included flimsy Proper-Vents between the fiberglass and the roof sheathing, but often they just specified thin batts to ensure that there would be an air space above the batts for ventilation.The cathedral ceilings of the 1970s and 1980s were thermal disasters. In most cases, these ceilings leaked air, leaked heat, created monumental ice dams, and encouraged condensation and rot. In many cases, roofers tried to solve these problems by improving ventilation openings in the soffits and at the ridge; these “improvements” often made every symptom worse.Fortunately, most builders have learned a few lessons from these disasters.Energy codes establish minimum R-value requirements for roofs and ceilings. There are several possible code compliance paths;… last_img read more

Canadian skaters break record as Papadakis suffers ‘worst nightmare’

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “Our work is not over,” conceded Moir, who despite his vast experience — this is his third Olympics — admitted to an attack of the jitters as the music for their routine began.“I was pretty nervous today, but I was able to look into Tessa’s eyes and squeeze her hand, she was a rock today, I needed that.”The pair were ice dance champions in Vancouver in 2010 but in Sochi four years ago Virtue and Moir, who joined forces way back in 1997, were edged out of defending their title by their then training partners Meryl Davis and Charlie White.They then took two years out, switched coaches, and returned better than ever, claiming their second world title at the expense of Papadakis and Cizeron in Helsinki last year.Having taken silver in the team event in Sochi too they helped Canada turn that into gold in Pyeongchang last week, and are now — barring disaster — certain to claim a record fifth figure skating medal.For Moir, the Olympic experience is truly awe-inspiring.“At this point in our career we have a  better grasp of what it’s like to skate with the (Olympic) rings on the ice.“This is what the spirit of the Games is all about.“We have a lot of work to do tomorrow, the butterflies will be flying again, that’s the beauty of the Olympics, with all the country watching back home, we are trying to make them proud.”While the Canadians are out in front their French rivals will fancy their chances of overhauling them in the free dance. MOST READ Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City “It was pretty distracting, my worst nightmare at the Olympics,” the 22-year-old Papadakis said.“I felt it right away and I prayed.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I told myself ‘you have to keep going’ and that’s what we did, and we have to be proud of ourselves, delivering a great performance with that happening.”A great performance it was with the Olympic debutants’ samba-rhumba-samba to two Ed Sheeran hits earning them 81.93 to go into Tuesday’s free dance final just behind the Canadians. Read Next The first ice dancers to break the 200 points barrier last year produced a best ever combined score of 203.16 at the European Championships in Moscow last month, suggesting an epic free dance battle is in store on Tuesday. LATEST STORIEScenter_img Lying in the bronze medal position in this discipline likened to ballroom dancing on ice were Americans Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue.Remarkably, all three couples are coached at the same centre of skating excellence in Montreal run by Marie-France Dubreuil and her husband Patrice Lauzon.After bettering the record they themselves had set of 82.68, Virtue commented: “Better than setting the record was the feeling we had when the music ended, we were able to look at each other and take a moment and feel that pride, knowing that we had to have a strong skate today.”‘Butterflies’Despite their show-stopping samba-rhumba-cha performance to the Rolling Stones and the Eagles’ Hotel California a second ice dance title is by no means in the bag for Scott and Moir as Papadakis and Cizeron could well overtake them if they produce their best free dance.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH James wins 3rd All-Star Game MVP Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Canada’s Scott Moir compete in the ice dance short dance of the figure skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 19, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOVCanada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir smashed the short dance world record as French rival Gabriella Papadakis suffered “my worst nightmare” with a wardrobe malfunction at the Olympics on Monday.As Virtue and Moir glided, twizzled and spun their way to a best-ever score of 83.67, Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron performed stoically in the face of the embarrassment of her dress becoming unclipped early in their routine, exposing a breast.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH AFP official booed out of forum NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Army jawan treats polio patients with remarkable success

first_imgJhadav massaging a patient: no scientific explanation of his successWhen two-year-old Lokeshwari contracted polio on her left hand and leg a year ago, her father, Venkatramana, who works as a clerk in Bangalore, took her to several child specialists but was told politely that there was no cure as yet,Jhadav massaging a patient: no scientific explanation of his successWhen two-year-old Lokeshwari contracted polio on her left hand and leg a year ago, her father, Venkatramana, who works as a clerk in Bangalore, took her to several child specialists but was told politely that there was no cure as yet for polio. Last December, Venkatramana read in a local newspaper of a certain army jawan who was said to be treating polio patients with remarkable success.He immediately contacted the army sub-area office and was informed that he would have to wait till May before the jawan could see his daughter. But the wait proved worthwhile. For today, thanks to Lance Naik Yeshwantji Rao Jhadav, Lokeshwari, who was condemned to a wheelchair, now runs and plays like any normal child. Both her hand and leg are slowly coming back to life and, although she has a limp, she is able to walk and carry weights in her hands: things she could not do before Jhadav treated her.Lokeshwari is only one of the 10,255 polio patients that the short, stocky, 39-year-old Jhadav has been “treating” for the past eight years. Jhadav’s methods have yet to be examined by medical science and there is no scientific explanation for his apparent success. But Jhadav’s burgeoning clientele would be the envy of any medical practitioner.He is currently treating 1,259 patients from all over India and has 9,697 more on his waiting list – which will not be cleared before 1984. Jhadav takes no money for his work and is content with the meagre salary of Rs 600 which the army pays him. He has been working on polio patients with a missionary zeal since 1974 when he helped a colonel’s crippled daughter to walk once again.Queues: In Bangalore where Jhadav is currently posted, the queues outside his clinic are endless and by 8 a.m. a crowd of anxious parents carrying their polio-afflicted children is awaiting his arrival. When Jhadav, sporting a black banyan and dive green pants, walks briskly past them he is swamped by cries of: “Doctor saab, look at my child.”advertisement He tactfully extracts himself and enters his small one-room clinic containing a long table, an oil bottle, two elementary medical charts showing blood circulation in a human body and a host of Hindu deities peeping through garlanded frames hung on the walls.Lokeshwari: almost back to normalThe first patient on this particular day is a young boy with a crippled leg. He rubs oil on the boy’s leg, massages it for a minute and then calls for the next patient. Jhadav’s technique still remains a mystery but he says that when he was a boy in Sangli district, Maharashtra, a village elder taught him the methods.Jhadav’s guru made him take 20 oaths which included promises that he would not take money for treating people and practise the art only when his teacher died. In 1974 when Jhadav, who had by then joined the army and was serving in Jammu, heard the news of his guru’s death, he started his practice.Jhadav is not educated but he has his own way of explaining his method. He reasons that the simplest way to get crippled parts moving again is to reactivate the blood flow. So he moves his fingers nimbly over the affected joints to find out exactly where the blood flow has stopped.He then uses pork oil, which reportedly has a warming effect, and massages the areas where there is no blood circulation. It is this precise and sustained massage which seems to make his patients better. He is particular that his patients visit him every day and has a remarkable memory that keeps track of each patient’s ailment.He just has to feel the patient’s affected legs to find out if he has missed a day’s ‘treatment’. He claims that if there is a gap of a day then almost two weeks of massage goes to waste. He instructs his patients not to eat foodstuffs that “cool” the body. Additionally, all of them have to do simple exercises in the sun for three hours a day. Jhadav stipulates a ‘treatment’ period of 19 days to six months. The patient is checked thrice before declared “cured”.Effective: Most of his patients, which include even doctors’ children, that India Today interviewed were enthusiastic over Jhadav’s treatment. Says Dr S. Chittalia of Bombay, whose 12-year-old son Abbas has been seeing Jhadav: “Not only has my son discarded his calipers but his left leg which was shorter than his right is now growing and his limp is reduced.” Similarly Kiran Khaitan’s six-year-old daughter, Nithi, whose legs are crippled and who was taken to all the top specialists including those in London and Paris, to no avail started walking after Jhadav tried his cure on her.advertisementJhadav’s work could be significant because physiotherapy, the normal treatment for polio patients, has rarely been able to bring about a complete cure for crippled limbs. But so far no research institution has investigated Jhadav’s work to find out if there can be a scientific explanation.A neurologist at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, said: “It is scientifically difficult to explain such phenomena but we have not taken up a study on him as yet although we have read about success.”Meanwhile the army has freed Jhadav from his ordinary duties so that he can carry on his work. Jhadav’s Jammu unit has been demanding his return but Brigadier V.R. Swaminathan, the Karnataka sub-area commander, is adamant that Jhadav remain in Bangalore for a while till he ‘treats’ a few hundred more patients or till his miracle cures get some scientific recognition.last_img read more

Who Needs Bryce Harper When You Have Aaron Hicks

playerTeamTOTALper 600 plate app. Aaron Hicks is climbing the WAR chartsThe top 20 MLB players by wins above replacement per 600 plate appearances, 2017-18 8Jose AltuveAstros12.56.04 19Giancarlo StantonMarlins/Yankees10.84.73 9Francisco LindorIndians13.25.51 It once seemed inevitable that the New York Yankees would sign Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper when he became a free agent at the end of this season. Though Harper has been injured and inconsistent since his 2015 MVP year, he’s still a rare talent who will hit free agency just entering his physical prime at age 26 — and the Yankees are one of the few teams able to afford him.But the Yankees may no longer need Harper’s services in the outfield. They’ve found a new star to join Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and the rest of their big names, a star who may not be as well-known but who has turned into one of the game’s best players: Aaron Hicks.The underrated 28-year-old is in his prime and under club control through the 2019 season. Hicks avoided arbitration by settling for a modest one-year, $2.85 million deal last offseason. He’ll be a relative bargain next year, too.Hicks homered Saturday and later provided the walk-off hit against Baltimore to clinch a playoff berth for the Yankees. He left Monday’s game in the fourth inning with hamstring discomfort, but he told reporters he isn’t concerned and should be able to return in a few days.Through Sunday, Hicks was tied for 17th in position player wins above replacement at 4.9 WAR, according to FanGraphs. (Harper was tied for 38th.) WAR is an accumulative stat, so when we adjust for playing time,1Hicks missed significant time in 2017 because of an oblique injury. Hicks ranked 11th in baseball in WAR per 600 plate appearances since 2017. By that measure, he placed ahead of stars like Christian Yelich, J.D. Martinez and Kris Bryant in terms of overall performance per playing time. 17J.D. MartinezTigers/D-Backs/Red Sox9.14.88 15Kris BryantCubs9.25.01 WAR 1Mike TroutAngels16.38.95 14Alex BregmanAstros11.05.04 Among players with at least 800 plate appearances since the start of the 2017 season.Source: FanGraphs 5Anthony RendonNationals12.46.32 10Tommy PhamCardinals/Rays9.65.38 4Jose RamirezIndians14.56.61 12Christian YelichMarlins/Brewers11.25.11 13Andrelton SimmonsAngels10.45.07 20Lorenzo CainRoyals/Brewers9.74.72 6Justin TurnerDodgers9.56.08 3Aaron JudgeYankees13.06.79 16J.T. RealmutoMarlins8.94.88 18Nolan ArenadoRockies10.64.82 7Matt ChapmanAthletics9.36.06 2Mookie BettsRed Sox15.16.91 11Aaron HicksYankees8.25.30 Hicks projects to finish 2018 as a 5-WAR center fielder, a star-level player. He blends one of the game’s strongest outfield arms (reaching 105.5 mph with a throw in 2016) at a premium defensive position with one of the most disciplined bats in the majors and burgeoning switch-hitting power.Of course, prior to last season, he had been a major disappointment. The Twins selected Hicks — a two-way star at Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beach, California — 14th overall in the 2008 draft. He made multiple top 100 prospect lists. But in his three years in the majors with Minnesota, covering 928 plate appearances, Hicks batted just .225 with a .306 on-base percentage and .349 slugging mark. It was good for an OPS+ of 81, meaning he was 19 percent below the average major league offensive performer.On Nov. 11, 2015, the Twins ran out of patience and traded Hicks to the Yankees for John Ryan Murphy, a replacement-level catcher with a career on-base mark of .269. Murphy is now a backup in Arizona.“In Minnesota, I feel like I was just trying to hit for a high average. That’s pretty much all I was trying to do,” Hicks told me in July. “I didn’t worry about home runs or anything like that. I just tried to get on base and have a high on-base percentage and hit singles: up-the-middle, opposite field.”The approach was generally ineffective for Hicks. When he arrived at Yankee Stadium, which has one of the shortest right-field fences in baseball, his entire philosophy changed. With the Twins in 2015, Hicks pulled batted balls at a 35.8 percent rate. Hicks has increased his pull percentage to 42.9 percent last season and to 45.1 percent this season, making him the 28th most pull-oriented hitter in the game.“When I came here, they wanted me to use my athleticism to hit the ball in the air more,” Hicks said. “Hit for more power. … The [Yankees major league] staff has been amazing as far as being able to elevate my game, different approaches in how to attack the baseball, and how to become the type of player I want to be.”The Yankees as a team focus on power and pull. That philosophy may be why the Yankees (251 home runs through Sunday) could challenge the 1997 Seattle Mariners’ single-season team home run record (264) despite having only one player (Stanton) with more than 30 home runs this season.Hicks doesn’t have the raw power of some of his teammates: His average exit velocity of 87.3 mph puts him in the middle of the pack in the majors, ranking 195th out of 336 batters. But he said his focus on power and pull has a side benefit: He’s become more selective at the plate. Hicks ranks fifth in baseball in walk rate on the season at 15.8 percent, a slight increase from his 14.1 percent mark last year and a large gain from 2016 (8.3 percent) and 2015 (8.7 percent). In the second half of this season, Hicks leads baseball in walk rate at 19.6 percent.“When I try and get the ball in the air, I swing at less stuff, because if I can’t hit a pitch in the air, I don’t swing at it,” Hicks said. “Naturally, I start to walk more. … If I’m getting pitches I can’t do damage with, I’m not going to swing until I have to with two strikes.”Only two major league players have walked more frequently and hit more home runs than Hicks this season: Harper and Mike Trout.Hicks swung at 23.8 percent of pitches classified as out of the strike zone in 2015 and 24.4 percent in his first year with the Yankees in 2016. That rate dipped to 21.5 percent last year and 19.4 percent this season. Among qualified hitters, only Joey Votto, Alex Bregman, Andrew McCutchen and Mookie Betts are swinging at fewer pitches out of the strike zone. Those players are either MVP candidates (Bregman, Betts) or have won MVP Awards (Votto, McCutchen). Trout ranks seventh.Pitchers have thrown Hicks — an excellent fastball hitter — fewer and fewer four-seam fastballs, from 34.8 percent of offerings in 2016 to 31.2 this season. Yet Hicks is slugging .525 against curveballs and holding his own against changeups.The Yankees have unearthed a star. While the club could still pursue Harper, Hicks gives it an alternative. He allows New York to invest $400 million elsewhere this winter and beyond.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

Salah hints that he will continue with Egypt

first_imgMohamed Salah has hinted that he will continue to represent Egypt at international after posting a cryptic social media message calling for an unspecified “change”The 26-year-old was present in the Egyptian national team at the World Cup this summer, despite nursing a shoulder injury that was sustained in Liverpool’s Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid back in May.But, despite his struggles to regain fitness in time, Salah made a comeback in Egypt’s second game against hosts Russia and managed to score twice in his two games for the national side.But even the inclusion of Salah failed to have the required impact needed for Egypt with Hector Cuper’s side having a dismal campaign in what was their first appearance in the World Cup for nearly 30 years.After their 2-1 defeat to Saudi Arabia in their final Group A game, reports emerged that Salah was prepared to call time on his international career after he felt “used” by the Egyptian FA for political gain.Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, LiverpoolMo Salah laughs off Sadio Mane incident with a brilliant video Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Mohamed Salah laughed off his little spat with Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane by posting a brilliant video showing they’ve made up.But, after head coach Cuper’s exit, the Pharaohs look to have received a welcome boost with Salah now suggesting that he may continue.“Some might think it’s over but it isn’t over. There needs to be change,” he wrote on Twitter.Some might think it’s over but it isn’t over. There needs to be change.— Mohamed Salah (@MoSalah) July 1, 2018last_img read more

Title race is wide open says Guardiola

first_imgManchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes that this season’s title race will be far more difficult for his team compared to last season.Manchester City won the league last season with an unprecedented 100 points – 19 more points than second-placed rivals Manchester United.With just nine matches played so far this season, it’s looking far more competitive, with the top five teams separated by two points.Speaking to the press ahead of Monday’s mouth-watering game at Tottenham Hotspur, Guardiola urged his players need to fight harder if they are want to make history by becoming the first team to retain the Premier League title in a decade.“I don’t have doubt about that,” Guardiola said – via Manchester City Official Website.“Two points difference in five, six teams. It’s strong.“You see line-up for Tottenham. Tottenham are always there.“They can’t invest because they build an incredible stadium but it’s a top side.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“Last season we did really well in both games, but they are a top team.”Guardiola then praised Mauricio Pochettino’s tactical ability as both teams prepare to face off at Wembley on Monday night.“They play with five at back, sometimes diamond, sometimes 4-2-3-1. They can use it and change again.“When you know a team does the same thing, it’s easier to control it. They sometimes play Son with Dele Alli, they can change it. You have to be prepared for that. Tactically they are very well prepared.“When we see their game at Inter in Champions League, they were not worse than opponent. I say they were better. But the competition is special. The numbers are the numbers.“It’s one of the teams I like the most to watch, I learn when I see them.“They have a young team, good keeper, striker, everything to be there [at the top].”last_img read more