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Introducing The NCAA Tournament Excitement Index

Every March Madness features a couple of exhilarating games, but can we measure which games were the most exciting? In this video, Neil Paine and Reuben Fischer-Baum introduce FiveThirtyEight’s excitement index for this year’s NCAA tournaments, which will measure how exciting each game was based on swings in in-game win probability. Plus, a friendly wager: What first-round game will be the most exciting?

Pryor rescues sloppy Buckeyes with fourthdown scramble in victory over Hawkeyes

Terrelle Pryor admitted he doesn’t have the most talent or the glitziest numbers. But he proved Saturday he can make plays when it counts. The junior quarterback rallied Ohio State (10-1, 6-1) to a fourth-quarter comeback to escape Iowa City, Iowa, with a 20-17 victory and keep the Buckeyes in the hunt for their sixth straight conference title. “I might not be the best quarterback or have the best stats,” Pryor said, “but I guarantee I can bring my team back and make them believe that we were coming back.” It wasn’t pretty. Pryor scrambled for 14 yards to convert a fourth-and-10 at midfield to revive a game-winning drive that was on life support. Five plays later, running back Dan “Boom” Herron punched in a 2-yard touchdown to cap the 12-play, 76-yard march and give OSU a 20-17 lead with 1:47 remaining. “Our guys don’t panic,” coach Jim Tressel said. “They believe and keep fighting. We felt like it was going to be a four-quarter heavyweight bout.” Herron rushed for 69 yards on 20 carries. The junior has scored at least one touchdown in 10 consecutive games. Iowa’s final crack at tying or winning the game was short-lived. Defensive lineman Cameron Heyward sacked quarterback Ricky Stanzi to force the Hawkeyes into a fourth-and-22, which they couldn’t convert. “I think we knew we really needed a stop,” Heyward said. “The defensive line just took that personally and went out there and played.” Pryor raved all week about OSU’s offensive game plan for Iowa, but aside from the go-ahead series, the Buckeyes struggled to muster up any sort of offensive rhythm. The junior signal-caller tossed a pair of costly interceptions, and officials flagged the Buckeyes eight times for 73 yards, including three false start penalties. “Throughout the game, a lot of things were going on,” Pryor said. “A lot of dropped passes, a lot of bad throws, a lot of inaccurate throws. We lived for another day.” Pryor’s miscues nearly cost OSU the game. Facing third-and-10 with the score tied 10-10 in the fourth quarter, Pryor, looking for receiver Dane Sanzenbacher, threw into double coverage off his back foot. Iowa’s Shaun Prater collected the errant throw after a deflection, returning the pick eight yards to the OSU 27-yard line. The pick “was kind of B.S.,” Pryor said. “It kind of bounced off Dane and bounced up. They made a great play on that.” Two plays later, running back Marcus Coker scored the first touchdown of his career from one yard out to provide Iowa a 17-10 edge. Coker totaled 70 yards on nine carries as he started in place of Adam Robinson, whom Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz benched for the first quarter for what he called “academic indigestions.” “He didn’t do anything wrong, illegal or what have you,” Ferentz said. “But just not dotting the ‘I’s and crossing the ‘T’s.” Robinson, who gained 27 yards on nine carries, left the game on Iowa’s final drive after taking a brutal hit from OSU safety Jermale Hines. With 7:38 to play, Devin Barclay converted a career-long 48-yard field goal to cap an 11-play, 30-yard drive that cut OSU’s deficit to 17-13. One play before Pryor rescued the Buckeyes on fourth down, receiver DeVier Posey, all alone in the end zone, let a downfield heave fall through his fingers. He strutted back to the huddle, hands on his helmet, shaking his head. “Was I pissed? Yeah, I was mad,” Pryor said. “But we had a fourth-and-10 to get to or we were going to lose another game. I hate losing with a passion.” Pryor atoned for Posey’s drop and his own mistakes on the next play, as Tressel opted against punting on fourth down from midfield with more than four minutes left. Instead, the notoriously conservative coach put his trust in an offense that tallied just three points in the first half. “When it was fourth-and-10 and (Pryor) went scrambling, I almost threw up on myself,” linebacker Brian Rolle said. “I held my breath the whole play.” On the Buckeyes’ final possession before halftime, Pryor tried to squeeze a pass into triple coverage for receiver Taurian Washington. After a deflection, Iowa safety Micah Hyde snagged the ball with one hand while falling to the ground to preserve the Hawkeye lead. Following the play, Pryor pleaded his case with Tressel and quarterbacks coach Nick Siciliano, insisting that the turnover wasn’t his fault. “He was probably upset about the fact he threw an interception,” Tressel said. “But in the heat of a game when you’re screaming and yelling at each other, there’s no place for the meek and mild. You need to be screamed at and you need to scream. “I don’t know if I was screaming at him or if he was screaming at me or if we were screaming at each other, but we still love each other.” Pryor completed 18 of his 33 pass attempts for 195 yards. He found backup tight end Reid Fragel for a 5-yard touchdown to cap a 12-play, 77-yard drive to start the second half and turn a 7-3 deficit into a 10-7 advantage. The score was the first of Fragel’s career. Iowa responded with a 10-play, 65-yard march of its own, which culminated in a 31-yard field goal to tie the game. Last season, the teams also entered the fourth quarter knotted at 10-10. Herron and running back Brandon Saine scored touchdowns early in the quarter before Iowa erased a 14-point deficit to send the contest into overtime. After Iowa failed to score, Barclay punched the Buckeyes’ ticket to Pasadena, Calif., with a 39-yard field goal. OSU hosts rival Michigan at the Horseshoe at noon Saturday. A victory would clinch the Buckeyes at least a share of the Big Ten title. Michigan State and Wisconsin remain tied with OSU atop the Big Ten standings with one conference loss. The Badgers beat Michigan, and the Spartans rallied to defeat Purdue. read more

Report Jan Vertonghen a longterm injury concern for Spurs

first_imgTottenham are reportedly worried that they will have to make do without Jan Vertonghen for the next two monthsThe 31-year-old defender’s hamstring problem ruled him out of Spurs’ last two matches against Cardiff City and Barcelona.Vertonghen sustained the injury in a Premier League game at Huddersfield Town on September 29, where he limped off at half-time, and had been expected to be on the sidelines for the next six weeks.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.But the Daily Mirror reports that Spurs have suffered a big blow after learning that Vertonghen will be out for at least eight weeks and is now a doubt for the remainder of their Champions League group-stage campaign.Spurs will also likely have to make do without Vertonghen for their key Premier League clashes against Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal.Vertonghen will be unavailable for Belgium in their upcoming games against Switzerland and the Netherlands.last_img read more

Mourinho advises Arsenal on how to get the best out of

first_imgJose Mourinho knows all about Mesut Ozil and warned Arsenal manager Unai Emery that unless he finds the “right balance” in his approach then he will likely never get the best out of the GermanThe unsettled star has missed several key games over the last few months at Arsenal, which has prompted talk of a possible exit.Gunners legend Emmanuel Petit has even gone as far as to suggest that Ozil’s lost his motivation after winning everything he set out to do and added that his retirement from international football has likely had a bad impact on him.And things appear to not be improving soon for Ozil at the Emirates Stadium after being left on the bench in Arsenal’s 2-0 win over London rivals Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday.Now Mourinho, who Ozil starred for at Real Madrid, believes Emery must find a way to not take either a too soft or hard approach when it comes to dealing with the 30-year-old.“Honestly, I don’t know what is going on, if he is having a physical problem or not,’ The Portuguese coach told beIN Sports.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“I know that there was some problem in relation to his contract, he is leaving on a free then he is not leaving on a free. I think finally he signed a contract and decided to stay.“So there is not an issue with contract, so I believe there is something with the physical point of view or there is some confrontation of ideas with Unai. I think the nature of football is exactly this nature.“With me, Ozil played amazingly well but maybe not with Unai. And maybe a certain player that I don’t remember was phenomenal with Unai but doesn’t work as well with me. It’s just the nature of empathy.“I just feel that Ozil is the kind of player that needs both sides of it. By one side, if you are just sweet with him, you lose his natural aggression because he’s not naturally a very strong, physical player in terms of aggression.“If you are too strong with him and forget that he also needs a bit of care, a little bit of love, you don’t find the right balance. So I think it’s about finding the right balance with him.”last_img read more

Overseas Territories welcome New Forum on Brexit

first_img ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT #MagneticMediaNews Related Items:#magneticmedianews Recommended for you Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meetingcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppLondon, England, February 9, 2017 – The UK’s exit from the European Union will not hurt relations with the Overseas Territories and when negotiations ensue, the UK promises the territories’ interests will be remembered at the bargaining table.These are two main themes which have come out of a special convening of UK Overseas Territories in London early this week with the Foreign Minister, Baroness Anelay and Minister for Exiting the European Union, Robin Walker.The Governor’s Office reported that Territory leaders, welcomed the new forum which was explicitly designed to discuss the impact of Brexit on OTs.  Premier, Hon Sharlene Robinson and Governor, His Excellency, Dr John Freeman represented Turks and Caicos as among 10 countries at the meeting.It was said by Rt Hon Anelay that, “I…  am keen to build on this early positive engagement to ensure the deal the UK Government ultimately negotiates, works for all.”   A White Paper along these lines has already gone to British Parliament.   It was the first meeting of the new forum. The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

Samaritans Wildlife Trooper Save Stranded Seal

first_imgNOTE from ASLC: In most cases, young wildlife found alone are not abandoned. Normally their mothers are out of sight, but nearby. If you see a young animal you believe to be orphaned, report your concerns to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game office or Alaska Wildlife Troopers post nearest you. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享When a seal pup turned up alone and in harm’s way on a beach near Ninilchik on Saturday, good Samaritans stepped in and called Alaska Wildlife Troopers. Responding Wildlife Trooper  Cassandra Hajicek of the Soldotna Post: “Eagles were attacking (the pup) and he was unable to fend them off.” The Samaritans snatched the seal pup and cared for it until Wildlife Trooper Hajicek arrived, according to Troopers.The seal was transported to Soldotna where Alaska Sealife Center staff were waiting to take him to their rehabilitation facility in Seward.center_img According to Troopers: “Last we heard, the little fella was looking healthy, eating, and settling into a safe and nurturing environment.” For a listing of AWT posts, visit https://dps.alaska.gov/awt/contactlast_img read more

Firefighters Helicopters Working On New Fire Outside Sterling

first_imgThis helicopter was diverted back when winds kicked up activity on the Swan Lake Fire burning in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, according to DOF officials. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Firefighters and helicopters are aggressively working on a half-acre fire burning southwest of the confluence of Killey and Kenai rivers. It was reported at 3:20pm, Sunday by firefighter personnel aboard an aircraft guiding water-scooping airplanes flying between Skilak Lake and the Swan Lake Fire. In a release from DOF, they are busy cutting in a saw line around the fire that is burning in heavy dead and downed trees from the 2014 Funny River Fire. Two helicopters were dropping large buckets of water on the fire, including one that was pulled from the nearby Swan Lake Fire. The Killey Fire is burning in a full protection area east of Browns Lake and to the west of the Killey River near Sterling.  A Division of Forestry Kenai – Kodiak Area helitack crew with four firefighters responded and three other Division of Forestry firefighters traveled by four wheelers to reach the fire. Firefighters reported the fire is burning deep underneath surface layers and was proving to be resistant to suppression. They will continue overnight into Monday  to work toward fully suppressing the fire.For more information, contact the Alaska Fire Information Office at (907)356-5511. More details will be posted as they are made available.last_img read more

Official WhatsApp group on road repair works created

first_imgKolkata: Bidhannagar Police has found a unique way of communicating with the road repairing agencies in case urgent repairing work needs to be done.The Deputy Commissioner (headquarters) of Bidhannagar Police, Amit Javalgi created a whatsApp group, where working members and engineers from agencies like PWD, NKDA, NHAI and others were added.According to the officials, this step was found to be the fastest way to reach the agencies which are directly connected to road Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal liferepair works.It has been informed that during the month of June some officials came up with the idea to create a common platform for the purpose of staying updated with road repair works.During rainy season, major roads often get damaged that hampers the normal vehicular movement with high chances of accident.Following the creation of the whatsapp group — ‘Bidhannagar Road Update’ all the ‘Traffic Inspectors’ (TI) are to post any problem regarding road repairs and other related problems. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThey have been ordered to give updates along with photos of the damaged areas whenever it is identified.As engineers and other members from road repairing agencies are there in the group, they can easily get the necessary information such as the location and the extent of damage which will help them to actquickly.The schedule of the work will also be shared in the group.”Our aim is to provide service to people. We have to ensure smooth and safe journey for them. For this, we need a fast communication process. This step is found to be very much useful,” said Javalgi.last_img read more

Live News traffic and weather updates for North Staffordshire South Cheshire on

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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.  Click for Sound Video Loading Video Unavailable The video will start in 1Cancel Play now How to download The Sentinel’s new FREE app Watch Next Share this videocenter_img Video will play in  Click to playTap to play Watch again We pay for stories! Send your videos to video@trinitymirror.comWelcome to The Sentinel’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Thursday April 5 Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the weather, traffic and travel as well as news, sport and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.thesentinel.co.uk . Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @ SentinelStaffs – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on www.facebook.com/sentinelstaffs – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. Key EventsAir ambulance called to M6 crash17:1117:44More issues on the M6Slow traffic and one lane blocked due to broken down vehicle on M6 Southbound between J19 A556 (Knutsford) and J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel). In the roadworks area.Lane one (of three) is blocked less than half a mile before J18. 17:43Person hit by train in BirminghamServices being diverted via Solihull on CrossCountry and trains not stopping at Coventry, and at Birmingham International due to person hit by a train at Marston Green. Tickets being accepted on local bus routes. 17:11KEY EVENTAir ambulance called to M6 crashThe scene of the M6 accident (Image: Highways England)The air ambulance was called to the M6 after a crash involving two lorries forced two lanes to close.Emergency services were called to the scene on the northbound carriageway between junctions 13 and 14, for Stafford at around 3.24pm.One of the drivers was trapped in his vehicle, but was freed by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service crews and taken to hospital via land ambulance.Read more here.15:44Long delays on the M6Queueing traffic and long delays due to earlier accident on M6 Northbound between Stafford Services and J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent), congestion on M6 to J13 A449 (Stafford South). Travel time is around 50 minutes. All lanes have been re-opened.Lane one (of three) was closed. All restrictions were lifted at around 15:25. Stafford Services is located between J14 and J15. 13:43Road blocked after fireA5005 Commerce Street Southbound is partially blocked due to building fire from A50 Market Street to Commerce Street.The one way system here is partially blocked to assist.13:15Check out this new £13.5 million care home – which even has its own pub!Residents preparing to move into a £13.5 million care village on the site of a former nightclub will have their own tea room, hairdressers – and pub.And the Belong facility in Newcastle – which will open its doors next week – will also play host to an exercise studio and therapy room alongside a gallery to celebrate the site’s past.Check out everything on offer there in our report. Staff prepare to welcome residents to the new care village12:56Man, 34, dies after being hit by train on way home from gigA 34-year-old man has died after being hit by a train after returning home from a gig.Drummer Asa Simpson, from Newcastle, was tragically killed early on Saturday morning (March 31).He was well-known across the area as a member of Stoke-on-Trent four-piece Exowaves.The band had played a gig at De Bees in Winsford the night before his death shortly after 8am.Asa Simpson was a drummer with Exowaves (Image: Twitter)12:16HUGE rise in scarlet fever in Stoke-on-Trent and StaffordshireAlmost 200 cases of scarlet fever have been reported in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire in the first three months of the year – TWICE as many as last year.New figures from Public Health England show there have been 171 suspected cases of the illness between January 1 and April 1.Read our full report here. 11:41Broken down vehicle on M6 SouthboundOne lane of the M6 is closed due to a broken down vehicle Southbound between J13 A449 (Stafford South) and J12 A5 (Gailey). Traffic is coping well.Lane one (of four) is closed.11:41Heavy traffic going into city centreThere is heavy traffic on Bucknall Road inbound from A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights) to Hanley Town centre at the moment.11:21’I thought he was going to kill me’ – Stoke-on-Trent mum, 36, reveals how she was regularly attacked by nine-year-old sonA Stoke-on-Trent mum has told how she feared she could die at the hands of her nine-year-old son because of his violent and uncontrollable rages.Single mum-of-four Debbie appeared on ITV’s This Morning under the headline ‘I thought my son was going to kill me’ yesterday.Mum Debbie divided viewers on This Morning10:57Big changes at The Marzipan Pig!The owners of a much-loved city centre coffee shop and lifestyle store are preparing to close the business – to focus on their mouth-watering cakes.And customers are being invited to join Gav and Heather Tilstone for a special ‘cake smash’ to mark their last day at The Marzipan Pig later this month.Read more about it here.Heather and Gav Tilstone with some of the made-to-order cakes10:30Top story on The Sentinel website todayToday’s top story online, based on page views, is ‘Drug addicts and prostitutes’ caught on CCTV breaking into coin-operated toilets – weeks after they opened.The toilets were only recently opened to the public08:40Need some ideas to keep the kids entertained during this Easter break?Look no further than our list of 10 days out you can do from Stoke-on-Trent with just over £5 of petrol. You can get so much further than you think! We picked out some of our favourite spots that seem far away, but are actually surprisingly cheap and easy to get to. Days out with just a fiver of petrol – how far can you get?08:23Wheelie bin set on fire in Baddeley GreenHanley firefighters spent the early hours of the morning tackling a bin fire in Baddeley Green. The crew was called at 2.38am to a wheelie bin fire on Baddeley Hall Road. 08:10Emergency services attended two-car collision in Burslem where vehicle ended up on roofA car ended up on its roof after a collision on Moorland Road in Burslem, last night.Firefighters from Hanley and Sandyford attended the incident at 11.42pm. The Sandyford crew dealt with the aftermath of the two-car crash, but all people were out of the cars by the time they got there.07:46Morning everyoneThanks for being with us on April 5, 2018. We’ll be bringing you the latest news, traffic and travel updates, and more throughout the day.last_img read more

November 18 2005 Welcome to November 13 2005

first_imgNovember 18, 2005 Welcome to November 13. 2005 workshop participants. [top from left]: Guido Coen and Kathleen Woods [seminar week only], Brooke Scatchard, Ruben Warner, Mike Patterson, Murray Natkie and Jasper Barber. [front from left]: Maki Mitamura, Nathan Trachimowicz, Katie Boeh and Carmen Mills. [Photo & text: sa]last_img