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Murray fine with splitting goalie time

first_img With so many games bunched closely together over the next two weeks, Murray expects to continue alternating goalies from game to game. “We’ve got two goalies who are fresh and both are playing well,” Murray said. “Why wouldn’t you play both when that’s the case? I think if you’ve got two guys playing well it makes the most sense to play the one who is physically freshest.” The Kings will have to make a roster move if they activate Norstrom. Cowan likely no-go Right winger Jeff Cowan, who left Thursday’s game against Minnesota with a groin injury, is not expected to play tonight. It’s possible Cowan could land on the injured list, although the Kings will evaluate the situation over the next day or two before making a decision. LaBarbera seeing stars LaBarbera admitted he was a bit starstruck during Thursday’s home game against Phoenix. The 25-year-old LaBarbera has played most of his career in front of small crowds in the AHL, so one can imagine his reaction when he saw more than 18,000 fans at Staples Center on Thursday in his first start with the Kings. “A whole lot different than playing in front of the 2,000 or so fans I’m used to,” LaBarbera said. “And I guess I shouldn’t have been looking up at the scoreboard, but it was hard not peeking up there when they were showing all those (movie stars) in the crowd. That was pretty cool.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Kings coach Andy Murray insists his team’s goalie situation will eventually sort itself out. He’s just in no hurry to rush things along by naming either Mathieu Garon or Jason LaBarbera as the primary starter. The two newcomers alternated starts over the first two games Garon the season opener Wednesday in Dallas and LaBarbera the following night against Phoenix and even though LaBarbera was more effective in a 3-2 victory over the Coyotes, it will be Garon back in net tonight when the Kings host Minnesota at Staples Center. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Garon isn’t focusing too far beyond tonight. “I think that’s the best way to do it,” Garon said. “You don’t have to be focused two weeks from now, you just want to be focused on the next game. We’re both going to get to play every two days, so that will be good.” Norstrom expected back Captain Mattias Norstrom is expected to be activated from the injured list in time for tonight’s game. Norstrom missed the first two games while recovering from the flu and a strained hamstring. After following a brisk one-hour skate Friday with a rigorous practice Saturday morning, Norstrom reported himself fit to play tonight. “I feel good, I’m ready to go,” Norstrom said. “That flu just threw me for a loop. I’m not sure the last time I had a fever like I that. I was probably a kid. But I’m finally back eating some good meals and feeling stronger.” last_img read more

Indian Museum to open 20 new galleries

first_imgKolkata: The Indian Museum is all set to bring more collections in public view by opening up 20 more galleries. Thirteen of these galleries will be located at Belvedre House on the campus of National Library while seven will be located at Currency Building in Dalhousie Square.”Most of the museums in the world have huge collection of artefacts but only 4 to 5 percent of these exhibits can be displayed. Lack of space is one of the major constraints on the part of the museums across the world and the 206 year old Indian Museum is not an exception. The Centre has given us the nod to expand our museum and accordingly we have started working on it,” said Rajesh Purohit, director of Indian Museum. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe Indian Museum has 1.08 lakhs artefacts in its collection and only 5 percent of them are in display. Both the Belvedre House in Alipore and the Old Currency Building have gone structural renovation. The Belvedre House is a heritage while the Currency Building is a protected monument under the Archaeological Survey Of India. According to Purohit, the Belvedre building will have varied images and objects with each exhibition based upon a different theme. There will be exhibits on the theme of gods and goddesses like Shakti, Shiva, Bishnu and also on the flora and fauna of Indian art dating back to several years. Visitors in the building will also have access to using the Belvedre library. One of the galleries in Belvedre has already been unveiled in March. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe Currency Building exhibits will have a predominance of sculpture works with a separate gallery on Textile and another on Women in Indian Art. There will be also artefacts on Tibetan, Burmese, Chinese and South East Asia. There will be a cafeteria and cultural events as part of activities of the museum will be held from time to time. “Our collection in the textile sector is very enriching which dates back to over 200 years but only a few of them are on display in the Indian Museum. People who want to take up research in textile will get enough material,” he added. The Indian Museum authorities is optimistic of unveiling all the galleries by January 2020. “The two new destinations will surely give a big boost to tourism,” said Purohit. The best example where the expansion of a museum has taken place in the recent past is the Metropolitan Museum in New York. This museum has spread its wings on the bank of river Hudson.last_img read more

NFL Quarterbacks Are Leaning On The Short Pass — And Its Not

T. Taylor (BUF)38-0.5544-0.23450.42-0.37 SHORT%Z-SCORESHORT%Z-SCORESHORT%Z-SCORETOT. PASS THROWNATTEMPTSCOMP%YPATD%INT%CONV. RATE C. Wentz (PHI)35-0.9239-0.9534-1.06-2.93 D. Brees (NO)52%1.3854%1.1053%1.393.87 M. Ryan (ATL)34-0.9745-0.1041-0.09-1.17 J. Goff (LAR)40-0.1841-0.69440.26-0.60 T. Siemian (DEN)34-0.9742-0.59460.50-1.05 J. McCown (NYJ)490.97470.20460.521.69 J. Brissett (IND)460.48531.0342-0.061.45 A. Smith (KC)480.82551.32460.542.68 J. Cutler (MIA)420.02510.66561.772.45 M. Stafford (DET)40-0.22500.5437-0.70-0.38 FIRST DOWNSECOND DOWNTHIRD DOWN J. Winston (TB)30-1.6232-1.9522-2.54-6.10 Short of the sticks67273.2%6.61.2%2.4%12.5% C. Beathard (SF)501.07470.19551.652.91 B. Hundley (GB)511.24480.25470.562.05 B. Bortles (JAC)501.12480.35480.702.17 D. Prescott (DAL)36-0.8132-1.9642-0.05-2.82 C. Keenum (MIN)501.07460.02460.501.59 M. Trubisky (CHI)29-1.64531.01490.900.28 A. Dalton (CIN)39-0.43581.6636-0.760.46 E. Manning (NYG)430.12551.3440-0.221.25 C. Newton (CAR)501.0738-1.1039-0.37-0.40 C. Palmer (ARI)29-1.6346-0.0340-0.33-1.98 D. Carr (OAK)430.1145-0.12450.330.32 R. Wilson (SEA)36-0.7337-1.2738-0.52-2.52 Picture this common scene on a Sunday afternoon. Your team could really use a scoring drive to turn the tide. On a 3rd-and-10, before the quarterback is even pressured, he quickly throws a 2-yard pass, and the receiver is tackled a few yards later to bring up fourth down. The crowd grumbles, the offense casually jogs off the field and the punting unit comes on. Better luck next time.Sure, once in a blue moon the offense may throw a bubble screen on 3rd-and-33 and end up with a 52-yard touchdown, like the Rams did with Robert Woods against the Giants in Week 9 this season. But that is the rarest of exceptions.Generally, safe passes like that don’t accomplish much, and we have the data to back that up. How does that 2-yard pass on 3rd-and-10 work out? According to the ESPN Stats & Information Group, quarterback passes thrown no more than 2 yards beyond the line of scrimmage on third down with at least 10 yards to go have been converted only 10.9 percent of the time this season. On throws that travel at least 10 yards, quarterbacks have converted 38.6 percent of the time. So an offense can more than triple its conversion rate just by doing the most obvious thing when trying to move the chains: throwing the ball past the imaginary yellow line on your TV screen.And yet despite this, NFL teams are leaning on the short pass more than ever. The same league that transformed into a passing league over the past 10 years is slowing morphing into something else: the dump-off league.There are some risks with throwing deeper, of course, such as a higher interception rate. And in some special situations, getting a first down isn’t the primary goal of a drive, especially when facing third-and-long. Sometimes teams are just trying to get enough yards to make a field-goal attempt shorter. Or with a big lead in the second half, they’re hoping for an easy completion that will run some clock and gain field position.But when an offense really needs to score points, playing it safe and throwing short of the sticks on third down is often the inferior strategy. We looked at the data from ESPN Stats & Info for passes on 3rd-and-10 or longer for Weeks 1 to 13. We divided the passes between those thrown short of the sticks and those thrown at or beyond the sticks:1For reference, a 12-yard pass on 3rd-and-13 would be considered short of the sticks. Which quarterbacks are the most conservative passers?Which quarterbacks throw short of a “successful” pass distance the most relative to their peers (as measured by the z-scores — the standard deviations above/below the mean — of the Short%* for each down added together), minimum 200 dropbacks through Week 13 of the 2017 season A. Rodgers (GB)602.38520.8924-2.280.99 D. Kizer (CLE)37-0.6842-0.52440.28-0.91 D. Watson (HOU)30-1.5331-2.1340-0.26-3.92 The completion rate for short throws is more than 30 percentage points higher than the rate for longer passes and yet the conversation rate is more than 30 points lower. This is not surprising because defenses are playing to prevent the first down and are willing to concede a fraction of the yardage. However, this positioning make it very difficult for a team to throw short and run after the catch to convert.So far we have only talked about third downs, the crucial down for maintaining offensive success. However, analyzing aggressive and conservative passing on first and second down is also important. A bubble screen that loses a few yards to bring up 2nd-and-13 is also putting the offense in a position to fail.Football Outsiders’ key efficiency metrics, including Defense-adjusted Value Over Average (explained here), are built around the concept of successful plays and are adjusted for factors like the down and distance. For instance, a 5-yard pass on 3rd-and-3 is more valuable than a 5-yard pass on 2nd-and-17. For a pass to be considered a successful play, it must gain at least 45 percent of the needed yards on first down, 60 percent on second down, and 100 percent on third and fourth. A completion that does not meet those standards is considered a failed completion. Joe Flacco of the Ravens set the failed completion record last season, with 144, and he leads all quarterbacks in 2017 with 95 through Week 13.It’s not just Flacco. The ineffective dump-off is happening across the NFL. Leaguewide, 26.1 percent of all completions this season qualify as failed completions. That’s the highest rate for a season in the Football Outsiders database, which goes back to 1989, and if the 2017 rate stays at that level, it will break the current high bar set in 2015 (25.1 percent).This is not to say that the short pass doesn’t have value in the NFL playbook or that every quarterback should begin slinging the ball 25 yards downfield each time he takes a snap. There is no one right way to run an NFL offense, and some teams have been able to use the short pass to devastating effect. To get a better sense of this, let’s look at which quarterbacks throw short most often using air yards stats.2This includes passes that drew a defensive pass interference flag but excludes passes that were intentionally thrown away or became intentional grounding penalties.Football Outsiders has a stat called “Short%” to denote the percentage of attempts that a quarterback threw short of the minimum yards needed for a successful play, as defined above. So if 45 percent of needed yards are required on first downs, then anything shorter than a 5-yard throw on first-and-10 would be considered a short pass here. The league average for Short% in 2017 is 41.6 percent on first down, 45.5 percent on second down, and 42.5 percent on third down. It’s not until fourth down that most quarterbacks realize the importance of needing to convert with a big throw. Short% on fourth down is 26.2 percent (although that is only on a sample of 214 plays).We looked at Short% on first, second and third downs for quarterbacks who have had a minimum of 200 dropbacks this season. For the 35 quarterbacks, we took the z-score (standard deviations above or below average) of each percentage and added them up, to make sure we were accurately capturing quarterbacks who threw short on all of their downs relative to the league. The quarterback with the largest summed z-score in the table below is the most conservative, as a higher percentage of his passes were short of being a successful play. J. Flacco (BAL)480.79551.28511.123.19 B. Hoyer (SF/NE)450.42551.27490.902.59 B. Roethlisberger (PIT)470.6838-1.1136-0.75-1.19 Short passes become puntsKey outcomes for passes on 3rd-and-10 or longer, Weeks 1-13 Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group P. Rivers (LAC)440.30510.67450.321.29 T. Savage (HOU)38-0.4742-0.5530-1.57-2.59 T. Brady (NE)36-0.7942-0.5434-1.06-2.40 K. Cousins (WAS)470.70460.03501.051.78 M. Mariota (TEN)37-0.64460.0433-1.10-1.70 At or beyond the sticks39042.89.64.43.842.6 Higher z-scores mean a quarterback throws short more often.*Short% is the share of passes that fall short of a successful play’s distance (at least 45 percent of the needed yards on first down, 60 percent on second down, and 100 percent on third)Source: Football Outsiders Some of the names at the top of the list are predictable, including Flacco and infamous short pass maestro Alex Smith. Jay Cutler has been very dink-and-dunk oriented with Adam Gase in Miami this season, while San Francisco’s first two quarterbacks this season (Brian Hoyer and C.J. Beathard) made the top five.The real surprise here is the name at the very top: Drew Brees. Not only does he rank as the most conservative passer, but he has consistently stuck to this strategy no matter what the down is. To his credit, Brees has made it work — the Saints rank No. 1 in offensive DVOA and No. 6 in passing. Perhaps more accurately, the running backs are making this offense work. Through Week 13, rookie Alvin Kamara ranked as the best receiving running back while teammate Mark Ingram ranks as Football Outsiders’ top rusher. With two RBs capable of big gains on any play, it’s no surprise that Brees is throwing short early and often. We’ll see if this strategy can sustain itself — the Saints have failed to score 21 points in all four of their losses this season (each was to a playoff contender, including last night’s loss to Atlanta).At the bottom, seven quarterbacks had a combined z-score below 2.0 standard deviations. That includes the trio of favorites for the MVP race in Tom Brady, Russell Wilson and Carson Wentz, whose aggressive styles this year have been a positive for their offenses. Similar things could have been said about Deshaun Watson before Houston’s standout rookie tore his ACL.But being aggressive is not a magic formula for success as the list plainly shows. Watson’s backup, Tom Savage, has tried to emulate Watson’s aggressive style, but without anywhere near the same success. Likewise, Jameis Winston of the Buccaneers is routinely one of the leaders in air yards per attempt, but his lack of consistency remains a problem for Tampa Bay. In Dallas, Dak Prescott is throwing aggressively, but his receivers are getting the fewest yards per carry after the catch in the league.Like with any stat, Short% is only one piece of the puzzle, and every quarterback has his own set of circumstances. As we see with Brees, a quarterback can get away with passive play if he’s extremely efficient and the team is still winning.Few quarterbacks have this type of arsenal or this type of ability, so they would be better served trusting the numbers and resisting the easy dump-off.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

Suspect wanted for armed robbery at La Mesa Baskin Robbins

first_img KUSI Newsroom, April 4, 2018 Posted: April 4, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 4:11 PMcenter_img LA MESA (KUSI) — The La Mesa Police Department Wednesday asked the public to help locate and identify a suspect wanted for armed robbery at a local Baskin Robbins.On Monday at approximately 9:53 p.m., a male armed with a handgun robbed the Baskin Robbins located at 8807 ½ La Mesa Boulevard, in La Mesa.The suspect entered the store and walked behind the counter, where he brandished a semi-automatic handgun and demanded the money from the register. After one employee complied, the suspect ordered the two employees to lay face down on the floor.The suspect then fled out the front door of the business in an unknown direction.La Mesa Police Officers searched the surrounding areas with assistance from the San Diego Sheriff’s Department helicopter ASTREA, but were unable to locate the suspect.The suspect is described as a light-skinned black male adult, approximately 6’00 tall and weighing approximately 200 pounds. The suspect was wearing a black ski mask, black sweatshirt, light colored pants, and dark shoes.Anyone with information is encouraged to call the La Mesa Police Department. You may also call Crime Stoppers’ anonymous toll-free tip line (888) 580-TIPS or www.sdcrimestoppers.com.  You can remain anonymous, and be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 for information in this case. KUSI Newsroom Suspect wanted for armed robbery at La Mesa Baskin Robbinslast_img read more

Governor releases ASSOCHAM Knowledge Report

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Governor K N Tripathi today said there is increased realisation on quality of education at school level. Delivering his address at the ‘ASSOCHAM EduMeet 2018’ here, Tripathi said, Centre is working on certain focus areas like school curriculum, teachers skill with the intention to develop new ways and “create an eco-system which is self-sustainable and ever evolving.” “Our Prime Minister Narendra Modi is working hard on creating a framework,” Tripathi said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed The Governor said, “There is increased realisation on quality of education at school level with both government and private participation.” Stating the government was giving focus on pre-school, Tripathi said right to pre-school education was essential to help build up the formal education system. “In this regard private and government partnerships can help in sharing resources, experiences and help build a strong foundation,” he said. Pointing out India had immense potential to be an education hub and attract students and faculties across globe, Tripathi said, “In ancient days we had centres of excellence which attracted foreign learners.” Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJP “Time has come up again in the present age to build modern centres of excellence which will put increased focus on learning outcomes,” he said. Talking about various methods of education in modern world, Tripathi said “education has evolved with times. Technological interventions will help to take education to masses,” propel economic and social growth and expand the educational social system. Tripathi said quoting a study that “We have 497 million people in education seeking category within the age of 5-24 years or 37.1 per cent of country’s total population.” “They form an important segment in accelerating economic growth,” he said. Tripathi also released the ASSOCHAM Knowledge Report on the occasion. Heads of different educational institutions from all over the country and ASSOCHAM Education Council members were present at the one-day meet.last_img read more