Twitter/@DickieVCollege basketball analyst Dick Vitale is the most recent voice in the world of college sports to come out strongly against a new Indiana bill that would allow local businesses to turn away gay and lesbian customers. The NCAA, which is headquartered in Indianapolis, the city which will host this year’s Final Four, has already expressed concern about the law, and many are calling for the organization to move its operation, and prevent the state from hosting future NCAA events. USA Today’s Nancy Armour wrote a column supporting this idea:It is too late to pull this year’s Final Four from Indianapolis, given it is next weekend and there’s no other city that would have an arena and several thousand hotel rooms available. But the NCAA can – and should – tell Indiana lawmakers that their prejudice and mean-spiritedness has cost the state the privilege of hosting any other collegiate sporting event.The 2016 women’s Final Four currently scheduled to be held in Indianapolis? Not anymore.…And in what would be the biggest threat of all, the NCAA ought to tell Gov. Mike Pence and his lunatic-fringe lawmakers that it no longer feels at home in Indiana and will look at moving its headquarters from Indianapolis to a state where God-given diversity is something to be celebrated rather than feared.Vitale tweeted a picture of the paper, and his support for Armour’s take.This INDIANSA law is #AbsolutelyPATHETIC This 21st century @nrarmour details in USA today & I agree with her premise! pic.twitter.com/BmmwUZTuJv— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) March 27, 2015Whether or not you like Vitale as a broadcaster, he is one of the most respected people in college athletics. He will not be the last big name to speak out about this issue, either.
VICTORIA — First Nations leaders from British Columbia told a National Energy Board hearing in Victoria that there are serious concerns about the potential impacts of an expanded Trans Mountain pipeline on their homelands.Two leaders representing the Fraser Valley’s Sto:lo Tribal Council say protection of the Fraser River’s salmon, animals and surrounding lands is their eternal responsibility and the pipeline poses risks that could harm their homes and culture.But Chief Tyrone McNeil and councillor Andrew Victor did not say they are completely opposed to the expansion project.McNeil, the tribal council’s vice president, says the board must understand that the Sto:lo call the Fraser River their mother because it feeds and nurtures them.He says the Sto:lo believe they are responsible for looking after everything they see, including the Chinook salmon that are the main food source for threatened southern resident killer whales.Victor says the Sto:lo want to see justification for the pipeline expansion project, including the completion of environmental assessments that examine risks and impacts of a spill.The new hearings were prompted after the Federal Court of Appeal tossed out the original approval for the expansion, saying Canada didn’t adequately consult with First Nations or consider tanker traffic’s impact on the marine environment. The Canadian Press
New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday announced that the AAP will contest the upcoming Lok Sabha polls on its own, ruling out any alliance with the Congress. Addressing the media here, he stated that the party plans to go full throttle on the issue of full statehood for Delhi. “We will be fighting the Lok Sabha elections on the issue of full statehood for Delhi as it (national capital) has been suffering because of it,” Kejriwal said. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items On being asked its alliance partners, the chief minister said, “We are not in talks with the Congress over alliance. We will be fighting the elections on our own.” The ruling AAP has declared names of candidates on six of the seven seats in Delhi. The candidate on West Delhi seat is likely to be announced soon. The party launched its mega poll campaign, centred around full statehood for Delhi, on Sunday. The party volunteers will also distribute Kejriwal’s letter to doorsteps of the voters during the campaign. The letter will elaborate the benefits Delhiites will have if full statehood is achieved. Elections to the seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi will be held on May 12.
New Delhi: Delhi Police on Thursday said that Crime Branch officers from Shakarpur arrested two members of the notorious Naveen Kasana gang on April 1, thus recovering two pistols and several live cartridges.Identifying the arrested as Ravinder (28) and Anil Kumar (23), DCP Crime Ram Gopal Naik said that the two gang members were involved in several cases of robbing jewellers and business-people at gunpoint with their accomplices, Police said that they received a tip-off about Ravinder arranging a meeting with one of his accomplices near Preet Vihar metro station and laid a trap for him on April 1. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderRavinder was apprehended from Preet Vihar metro station following a short chase. Police claimed that upon sustained interrogation, he disclosed the location of one of his accomplices and another member of the gang, Anil Kumar, who was also arrested on the same day. According to police, during sustained interrogation, both the accused confessed to their involvement in robbing a Karol Bagh jeweller off Rs 2 crore and a cloth merchant off Rs 15 lakh near Shalimar Bagh area. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsDuring police questioning, the two finally gave up the location of one of their hideouts in New Govindpura, where one semi-automatic pistol with two live rounds and one country-made pistol with two live cartridges were found. Addressing a press conference, DCP Naik said that the Naveen Kasana gang has been operating in the Trans-Yamuna region since 2010 and efforts were being made to apprehend members since then. Sources familiar with developments said that with the arrests of Ravinder and Kumar, only two members of the gang are left to be apprehended.
CAIRO – A sniper shot dead an Egyptian soldier Wednesday in the lawless Sinai Peninsula where the army has been waging a relentless campaign to root out militants, a security official said.The 20-year-old conscript was killed while training at a military camp in Sheikh Zuwayed, the official said.“He was shot in the head,” the official said, adding the nature of the wound indicated the bullet had been fired from altitude. Egypt’s army has poured troops and armour into the Sinai to crush militant activity which has surged since the military overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi on July 3.A subsequent crackdown on Islamists has resulted in more than 1,000 people being killed and more than 2,000 arrested nationwide.Dozens of soldiers and policemen have also been killed in near daily attacks in the Sinai.
W. New York120.3138.197.818.104.22.1689%65%37% RATINGAVG. SIM. SEASONPLAYOFF CHANCES Seattle109.9101.622.214.171.124.81785 Orlando90.882.1126.96.36.199.82773 Washington115.0123.5104.3188.8.131.525829 Boston63.175.647.51.915.82.4<1<1<1 Houston93.683.6184.108.40.206.2521 Chicago99.689.3220.127.116.11.846167 Portland106.9110.9102.09.73.96.5863515 Although our preseason forecast didn’t think it was impossible for both Seattle and Kansas City to miss the playoffs (it assigned roughly a 6 percent chance to that possibility), their drastic decline may indicate that we should re-evaluate some components of the model for next year’s NWSL season. As in many of our sports forecasts, each NWSL team’s rating is reverted toward the league average between seasons to account for factors such as changes in personnel and retirements. For the NWSL, two-thirds of a team’s rating from the previous season carries over into the new season; that amount is based on the first three seasons and is in line with other soccer leagues around the world (both men’s and women’s). This year’s results, however, may indicate that NWSL teams should be reverted further toward the league average each season. Or maybe this is just a crazy season. Only time (and more data) will tell. If at the start of the National Women’s Soccer League season you thought two-time defending champions FC Kansas City would be in third-to-last place just over halfway through the season or that two-time regular-season champions Seattle Reign FC would have almost as many losses as they did in their previous two seasons combined, you’re either psychic or your predictive abilities are far greater than ours.Before this year’s matches got underway, we built a model to forecast the league using the best information we had available: data from the three previous NWSL seasons. But because two of those years were dominated by Seattle and Kansas City, correctly predicting this year’s chaos in the league would have been very difficult. So with the table in tumult and the end of the regular season not far off, we thought this would be good time to update our initial predictions, see what’s changed and look ahead to which four teams are most likely to reach the playoffs this fall. Below is a table showing each team’s overall rating — made up of offensive and defensive components (higher is better for both) — as well as its projected win-loss-tie record and its chances of making the playoffs. Sky Blue97.299.418.104.22.168.82073 Kansas City103.696.1113.26.08.35.7521 TEAMOVERALLOFF.DEF.WLTPLAYOFFSFINALSWIN This year’s surprise standout, the Western New York Flash, has skyrocketed to the top of our table and now has the greatest chance of winning the NWSL championship — 37 percent — up from just a 5 percent chance before the season started. With the league’s top two goal scorers, Lynn Williams and Jessica McDonald (seven and six goals, respectively), the Flash are almost certain to earn a playoff spot. The Washington Spirit will likely grab another — our model gives them a 96 percent chance of making the playoffs.There’s a little less certainty for the third and fourth playoff spots. The Portland Thorns are currently in first place in the league, with 26 points, and have an 86 percent chance of making the postseason. But the team has lost their past two games, in part because several national team players have been absent as they prepare for the Olympics. So Portland may continue to fall in our rankings over the next month. The Chicago Red Stars’ chances of making the playoffs have remained about the same from our initial forecast — dropping to 46 percent from 47 percent — but a strong start to the season has given way to three losses in the past four games.The biggest shock this season, however, has undoubtedly been the rapid descent of the league’s top two teams, Seattle and Kansas City. Both teams were heavily favored in our initial predictions — with a 78 percent and 72 percent chance of making the playoffs, respectively — but at this point, it’s extremely unlikely that either team will earn a playoff berth. There are still six weeks of matches left, but both teams’ chances of winning the championship have plummeted more than 20 percentage points since the season started.
The Ohio State men’s basketball team has not always excelled in the late stages of games this season, sometimes struggling to score for extended periods of time. Such was the case again Tuesday night at the Schottenstein Center, as the No. 14-ranked Buckeyes avoided a complete collapse to squeak by unranked Iowa, 72-63. OSU spent the first three quarters of the contest dominating the Hawkeyes in nearly every facet of the game. The Buckeyes’ lead swelled to 24 midway through the second half, and a rout seemed imminent. But the Hawkeyes implemented a full-court press in the second half, using pressure to force a myriad of OSU mistakes. In all, the Iowa harassed OSU into 17 turnovers, a game-high six coming from junior point guard Aaron Craft. “They changed some things up, got in a press and just kind of sped us up a little bit,” Craft said. “We just started not executing our offense. We weren’t thinking as well as we should have been, it wasn’t until the end that we tried to figure it out.” As the Buckeyes gave away the ball, they slowly gave away their big lead. With 1:29 to play, the Hawkeyes had cut the OSU lead to four. The Buckeyes, though, regrouped and finished with a 9-4 run to close out the win in less than spectacular fashion. “A win is a win in conference play,” Craft said. “In this league you’ve got to protect home court. We didn’t do it the prettiest way, we didn’t finish the way we probably wanted to, but we got the win.” OSU coach Thad Matta agreed, though he acknowledged the Buckeyes will have to learn from their mistakes. “I do think in the league we’re in right now, you take your wins and semi-celebrate them,” Matta said. “By the same token, you’ve got to look at things and say ‘How do we get better?’” Craft struggled with ball security, but he forced four turnovers as well. His first swipe of the night put him in OSU’s record book as the school’s all-time leader in steals with 205. “It’s a great honor, a great accomplishment,” Craft said. “We have a lot more important things to worry about than individual awards.” Aside from turnovers, the Buckeyes’ biggest problem likely came on the glass, where they were outrebounded, 40-34, gave up 22 offensive rebounds and didn’t receive any production from their starting big man. Sophomore Amir Williams blocked six shots but didn’t pull down a single board. It was a fairly bizarre performance from the 6-foot-11 center, and one that he was disappointed in. “Me having zero rebounds, that’s just unacceptable on my behalf,” Williams said. “I feel like I was going after too many blocks and I kind of put myself out of position a little bit to rebound the basketball. It’s something I’ve got to continue to work on.” Junior forward Deshaun Thomas, the Big Ten’s leading scorer, scored a game-high 16 points despite taking an elbow to the face in the second half. Thomas briefly left the game, and returned with a bandage above his right eye. Craft and junior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. also chipped in 12 points and senior forward Evan Ravenel added 11. With the win, OSU improves to 14-4 on the season and 4-2 in Big Ten play. Iowa falls to 13-6 on the year and 2-4 in the conference. The Buckeyes return to action on Jan. 26 against Penn State in State College, Pa. “Our guys are exhausted,” Matta said. “I probably pushed them a little bit harder than I’ve ever pushed a team, dating back to a couple weeks ago. We need rest physically and mentally to come back on Thursday (for practice) and get ready for Penn State.”
Car Culture Auto Tech Tags Enlarge ImageJeremy Clarkson,when presented with an image of a flying car on The Grand Tour, said, “That’s not a flying car, that’s a picture of something that won’t get built.” Aston Martin Ford and the University of Michigan undertook a study recently to see just how efficient vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) vehicles would be when compared to both internal combustion cars and electric cars. The results, published in part on Tuesday by the Detroit News, are a little surprising.First, we should clarify what exactly this study means when it talks about VTOLs. Specifically, it looked at the theoretical efficiency of electrically powered VTOL craft as opposed to something like, say, a Harrier jet. That makes a huge difference.In any case, the Ford and U of M study found that for shorter trips of 22 miles and under, a car — especially an electric — one would be more efficient in terms of energy consumption. This is mostly down to the fact that getting a vehicle airborne takes massive amounts of energy. While getting a car up to road speed isn’t that big of a deal.Over 22 miles, though, and the aircraft starts to pull ahead. This is because once in the air, maintaining a cruising speed isn’t especially taxing. Aircraft are, by their very nature designed to slip through the air with minimal resistance, so the motors aren’t having to work very hard to maintain speed. This works out to flying cars being 52% more efficient than a gasoline-powered car and 6% more efficient than an electric car on trips of over 62 miles. A 6% increase in energy efficiency isn’t anything to write home about, particularly when you compare the likely cost disparity between an EV and a VTOL aircraft.Still, it’s interesting, right? But how did Ford and U of M get those numbers? Well, of course, we don’t have any widely available flying cars in use by the public, so to get its data for the study, U of M had to go to several manufacturers of flying car prototypes and ask for access to their numbers. The small sample size and the experimental nature of this data aren’t ideal.Furthermore, this study doesn’t take into account flying car efficiency versus other forms of transportation like light rail or buses. Nor does it make mention of potential costs to operators and consumers. The idea of flying cars is fun, but ultimately how likely is it that we’ll see them in widespread use in our lifetime?”As we focus on our commitment to deliver smart vehicles for a smart world, our teams will continue to investigate all innovation avenues that can deliver freedom of movement and drive human progress,” said Ford representatives in a statement. “The work with U-M on the sustainability impacts of vertical takeoff and landing aircraft (VTOLs) is a terrific example of our relentless drive for innovation.”Based on Ford’s statement, my guess is that flying cars becoming commonplace is not very likely at all, at least not with help from the Blue Oval. 21 Photos More From Roadshow 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Pal-V Liberty flying car is defined by what it isn’t 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Ford Share your voice 2016 Ford Explorer review: Go road-tripping in Ford’s updated, EcoBoost-powered SUV 2 Comments Ford