Andre Iguodala believes he will be fine for NBA Finals even if he’s ‘old’

first_imgOAKLAND – It may have been hard to decipher Andre Iguodala’s playful sarcasm. Despite sitting out of practices for the past three days to heal soreness in his left calf, Iguodala sounded optimistic he will have no issues entering Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday.“God willing, no,” Iguodala said following practice on Saturday.Iguodala described himself as feeling “good” and even maintained he feels 100 percent after completing a shooting workout on Saturday. Then again, that is all …last_img read more

Producer input sought for 2016 National Beef Quality Audit

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Beef producers all across the country, from every segment of the industry, are being encouraged to participate in a survey that will help establish a benchmark and course for the beef industry for 2017 and beyond. The Producer Survey of the checkoff-funded 2016 National Beef Quality Audit (NBQA) will collect producer information and opinions, which will be added to the audit’s traditional production research to form an in-depth look at where the industry stands and its successes and shortcomings.“It’s very important that every interested producer weigh in with their information and opinions,” said Jesse Fulton, NBQA audit manager. “By having substantial participation in the survey across all industry segments, we create the best opportunity for determining where the industry is and where we need to take it.”The survey will be completely anonymous and include both information about the industry’s cattle operations and the opinions of the people who run them about the strengths and weaknesses of the industry. Input from every segment of the industry — cow-calf, stocker, feeder, dairy and others — is valued and will become part of the detailed picture of the U.S. cattle industry. The survey can be accessed at the Beef Quality Assurance website at in 1991, NBQA since its inception has provided the industry a meaningful set of guideposts and measurements relative to the quality conformance of the U.S. beef supply. Conducted every five years, it is based on a set of core principles:Only that which is measured can be effectively managed;An industry-wide scorecard provides direction to individual decision-makers across the beef supply chain to improve the quality and value of the U.S. beef supply; andIdentifying and correcting quality shortfalls and non-conformance will lead to greater profitability through improved beef demand in both domestic and international markets, the capture of lost opportunities, and commitment to the hard work of continuous improvement.The most recent NBQA, in 2011, concluded the industry has come a long way in terms of improving beef quality, and suggested significant changes for further improvement in product integrity and eating satisfaction. Similar information is expected in the 2016 NBQA.”With broad participation, this survey will help establish a clearer picture of our industry from the producer’s view in 2016,” Fulton said. “We hope every producer will access the survey and take the time to honestly and candidly answer the questions so that our final results will be as complete as possible.”Upon completing the survey, participants can choose to leave their contact information to be entered for a chance at winning a YETI Tundra 75 Marine Cooler. For more information, contact Jesse Fulton at [email protected] or 303/850-3461.Final results of the 2016 NBQA will be released in July 2017.last_img read more

a month agoTottenham legend Ardiles insists title push remains on

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham legend Ardiles insists title push remains onby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham legend Ossie Ardiles insists a title push remains on.Tottenham are third in the Premier League table after five matches, just two points behind Manchester City but seven adrift of leaders Liverpool.”[It’s been] very positive. I believe that there are two teams to beat – Liverpool and Manchester City – but I think we are one of the teams that can beat them and we are going to try and fight with them all the way,” Ardiles told Sky Sports.”We have a very, very strong squad. That showed last season and in the Champions League as well. “We do have a very strong squad but we have to be a little bit better and I hope we will do it this year.” last_img read more

3 hours agoGenk striker Samatta: Facing Liverpool a dream come true

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Genk striker Samatta: Facing Liverpool a dream come trueby Paul Vegas3 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveRacingGenk striker Mbwana Ally Samatta admits facing Liverpool was a “dream come true”.Liverpool were comfortable 4-1 winners for Wednesday night’s Champions League encounter.And Tanzania international Samatta said: “As a child I was not a fan of Liverpool, but of the arch rival: Manchester United. “I’m not going to say that I get goose bumps, but it’s so special. “A game like this and to be allowed to play is like a dream, the dream of every boy watching football on television.” last_img read more

Matthew McConaugheys Charity Event Gets Even Bigger

first_imgSome of the best charities will reap the benefits from one major event in Austin, Texas on April 11 and 12 thanks to Texas Head Football Coach Mack Brown, recording artist Jack Ingram and actor Matthew McConaughey. The trio is hosting a fundraising event called Mack, Jack & McConaughey (MJ&M) with the commitment of Austin businessman and philanthropist Milton Verret.By joining together, MJ&M and Mr. Verret will maximize their impact on programs for underserved youth nationwide. The proceeds from this unprecedented two-day event will benefit several charities: the Rise School of Austin, the JK Livin Foundation, Heart Gift, Cure Duchenne and Grounded in Music.MJ&M is destined to become well-known thanks to the far-reaching efforts of Sally and Mack Brown, Amy and Jack Ingram, as well as Camila and Matthew McConaughey. MJ&M is generating a lot of excitement with two days of celebrity golf, a Neiman Marcus fashion show and two nights of live music. To purchase concert tickets, please visit the involvement of well-known celebrities and electrifying events, MJ&M is able to give back to the children who need it the most in a really big way with a focus on education, health & fitness, and arts & culture.The association of MJ&M with Mr. Verret only makes sense since they each share the mission of making a major impact on children’s lives.“It’s an honor for me to join such a great trio of fellow Texans as they join forces to improve the lives of underserved children,” Verret stated shortly after joining the MJ&M Founding Steering Committee. As a member of the Founding Steering Committee, Mr. Verret joins an elite group of MJ&M donors making a major financial commitment to what will become an annual event.Mr. Verret’s past philanthropic efforts have already left their mark on the city of Austin. His purchase of giant guitar sculptures during a Gibson Foundation auction helped raise half a million dollars for Austin charities. Mr. Verret then donated the guitars to the city, and they are now on public display at Austin Bergstrom International Airport. Anyone arriving in Austin can now see it is truly the Live Music Capital of the World!Mr. Verret’s underwriting, organizing and producing of Cow Parade Austin in 2011 helped raise $1.5 million through its auction to benefit the SuperHero Kids Fund of the Children’s Blood and Cancer Center of Dell Children’s Medical Center. Additionally, Mr. Verret’s involvement as Production Sponsor for the Dell Children’s Hospital Gala this year doubled its fundraising from last year to nearly $1.3 million.Other efforts by Mr. Verret include donations to Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Austin Children’s Shelter, the Boy Scouts of America, the Central Texas Girl Scouts, Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Austin Film Society.Together, the Browns, Ingrams, McConaugheys and Milton Verret are a great group of humanitarians who will make sure the children of this community receive well-deserved attention.To learn more about Mack, Jack & McConaughey, go to Newswirelast_img read more

The Scouts And Stats Agree Kris Bryant Is Going To Be Dope

Jay Bruce1.1.84914.3 B. J. Upton3.0.78013.8 David Wright2.0.83549.7 Jurickson Profar1.7.678-0.1 Miguel Cabrera2.0.76259.4 Even the messiah can strike out three times on his first day in the majors. Last Friday, Kris Bryant, the Cubs’ anointed savior, was called up from the minors after weeks of debate about whether he should’ve just started the season in the majors. There is an aura of myth to Bryant’s arrival, as though the stars have aligned to offer the Cubs a chance to fulfill a prophecy. Yet Bryant is still an untested prospect, and, as Cubs fans know too well, even the best prospects can fail to live up to expectations.But Bryant really is special — he’s the rare prospect that has both scouts and stats in complete agreement. Because of the unique intersection of scouting know-how and minor league data, Bryant is likely to match the hype.Let’s start with the stats. In this case, all we have to go by are projection systems, which take the minor league data of previous prospects and compare it with their MLB results to predict what up-and-coming players will accomplish. That’s no easy task — the minor league data is sparse, and performance is confounded by the effects of the league and the age differences between players.In Bryant’s case, however, the projections are so high that there is little room for doubt. No matter whether you look at FanGraphs’ Steamer (.260/.333/.498) or Baseball Prospectus’s PECOTA (.265/.356/.525), all the algorithms are in agreement in their preseason projections: Bryant is going to be a fantastic hitter.1This kind of agreement among separate systems often means greater certainty in the resulting prediction. ESPN’s Dan Szymborski, who runs another algorithm called ZiPS, tweeted that Bryant’s is the best prediction he’s ever given to a prospect.There’s no mystery as to how Bryant arrived at these projections — the guy hit between 60 percent and 120 percent better than average while in the minors, depending on the level. Still, Bryant’s projection is so extreme that at one point, the developers who run the projection systems became worried. In a mid-winter Twitter consultation, baseball projection system developers compared Bryant’s projections to make sure that they weren’t out of line. There was consensus: All of their independently developed algorithms were giving Bryant one of the top hitting lines in the majors.Even so, not all prospects hit as well as their projections say they should. The computers, operating solely on minor league performance, can fail to notice fatal flaws in a hitter’s swing, flaws that can be exploited ruthlessly at the major league level. That’s partly why projection systems aren’t as good as scouts at predicting how prospects will perform in the major leagues. So, despite their depiction in “Moneyball,” scouts are an integral part of evaluating baseball players, and that goes double for prospects.Scouts look at the shape of a hitter’s swing, if he can generate power, and how easily he adapts to a pitcher’s shifting tactics. Bryant’s ludicrous numbers in the minors were no guarantee that the scouts would love the tools he used to achieve those numbers.The scouts are every bit as high on Bryant as the projections. He was ranked the No. 1 prospect in baseball for 2015 by venerable scouting organization Baseball America. FanGraphs also put him at No. 1, Baseball Prospectus put him at No. 5, and a host of others ranked him similarly. All publications praised his rare, top-notch, seemingly effortless power. As with the projection systems, a consensus quickly developed, and that consensus proclaimed Bryant the best prospect in baseball.The highest-rated prospects of the past 25 years have tended to become great major leaguers — on average. Yet there are some notable busts, players who the scouts thought were destined for greatness but who ended up falling short. Orioles outfielder Delmon Young, for example, consistently rated among the best prospects in baseball four years in a row, only to turn in a disappointing, journeyman career. Projection systems aren’t immune to mistakes, either. Once upon a time, Eduardo Nunez was PECOTA’s favorite, but he’s since become better-known for hitting a preponderance of popups. There’s no foolproof way to tell how a player will develop or respond to the challenges of the major leagues.Independently, then, each source has its share of errors. Often, the scouts will disagree with the predictions, or vice versa. Scouts might see future potential that never manifests in the majors. Or PECOTA will fail to consider a player’s unfixable weakness against major league competition.But Bryant has the approval of both stats and scouts, which is why he’s so special. Using data on historical prospect rankings2Which are generously provided by Chris St. John. and PECOTA projections going back to 2004, I looked for players who received comparable acclaim from both PECOTA and the scouts. Here is a complete list of the players in my data set who received a consensus prospect ranking better than fifth and a PECOTA-projected OPS greater than the projected league average. Kris Bryant1.7.881— Jose Reyes2.0.72336.2 The names on this list combine for three MVP awards, 34 All-Star appearances and 273.2 wins above version. (a statistic that measures the overall value of a player, combining his hitting, baserunning and defense). Bryant’s predicted OPS, relative to the league average, is higher than the comparable projections for all the players on the list before they entered the league.Several of the above players are potential Hall of Famers (Miguel Cabrera, David Wright, Joe Mauer), while others have been merely very good (Jose Reyes, Jay Bruce). Notably, there’s not a true bust among them. Melvin Upton (formerly B. J.) isn’t a good hitter anymore, but he was excellent for the first six years of his career (just less than the seven years for which the Cubs will control Bryant).A few of these players (such as Profar and Wieters) have fallen victim to injuries. This is the kind of problem that can end the career of any young player, no matter how bright his future might be. But Bryant has yet to suffer any serious injuries, whether in the minors or in college before that.4Whereas both Profar and Wieters lost time in the minors due to injury. To the extent that players can be injury prone, Bryant has so far shown no such inclination.Bryant has won the acclaim of both the projections and the scouts. Rarely are the two in such resounding agreement. He is likely to be great, and while it may be too soon to be planning a parade, it’s not too early to begin envisioning a long period of Cubs offensive dominance led by Kris Bryant. PLAYERAVERAGE PROSPECT RANKPROJECTED OPSCAREER WAR Matt Wieters1.1.94113.6 Joe Mauer2.2.82346.3 Evan Longoria2.6.79940.0 read more

Gary Neville attacks Manchester United flop Fred

first_imgManchester United legend Gary Neville, didn’t hesitate to lash out against Brazilian midfielder Fred for not living up to his price tag expectations.The first season at Manchester United for Brazilian midfielder Fred has been below average, something that club legend Gary Neville has specifically pointed out this Wednesday and has stirred a bit of controversy in England.The Red Devils paid Shakhtar Donetsk a total of £50m for the player last summer with the idea that he would be essential to the club’s resurgence this season, but the reality that has struck all Mancunian fans in the face is very different to what was promised at first.Gary Neville has taken it upon himself to become the voice of all those unhappy supporters, who don’t understand why the club spent so much money on a player who isn’t top quality and has clearly become one of the biggest waste of money for the club in recent years.Many are quick to point at Jose Mourinho himself, but the relationship between the manager and vice-chairman Ed Woodward is what pushed the club to rush this transfer after the top options were rejected by the board.Jose Mourinho didn’t really have much choice on the matter, he brought the player that the club wanted to buy because they didn’t fancy spending more money than that.Neville Vs SounessNeville showing his ass here. Disappointing.— THE NORTH REMEMBERS. (@MidKnightGaz) November 12, 2018During The Gary Neville Podcast this week on Sky Sports, the former Manchester United player expressed his uncertainty against the Brazilian and complained about the elevated price-tag that was practically wasted during the summer because Fred hasn’t really played that much.“Fred at £50m, he started the first game of the season and he looked bright, he looked tidy – but does he look like what you would expect for £50m?” Said Neville on the podcast.“Does he change a game? Does it look like he’s going to defend your goal? Does it look like he’s going to connect back-to-front? At this moment in time, no.”“He is still developing. He’s still getting used to Manchester United and he’s coming into a very difficult position in the sense that the club aren’t the most stable at this moment in time in terms of their performance levels and the scrutiny that’s been on the club in the past three or four months.”harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“So, I wouldn’t put it all onto Fred but you have to ask the question, where was he [on Sunday] in that central midfield?”He’s not been impressed #mufc— Man United News (@ManUtdMEN) November 14, 2018But this problem goes a lot further than the low level of performance that the player has been showing during training sessions, this has a lot more to do with the actual owners of the club who care very little about the club’s well-being as long as it keeps generating revenue.As of right now and according to Forbes, Manchester United sits pretty as the football club with the highest revenue in the world with £581 million worth of total revenue.The Glazer family won’t change the narrative or their transfer policy as long as the checks keep on coming.This will result in many more flop transfers like Fred, because the board feels like they don’t really need to spend crazy amounts of cash in order to perform relatively well on all the competitions they play.This is increasingly frustrating for people like Gary Neville, a club legend who saw the Red Devils transform into one of the most successful clubs in football history under Sir Alex Ferguson, and are currently losing their prestige because of the terrible business they make by signing players like Fred.’Does he look like what you would expect for £60 million?’: Gary Neville claims Manchester United midfielder Fred is not living up to his price tag— Lilian Chan (@bestgug) November 14, 2018What do you think is the best solution for Manchester United’s poor transfer policy? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more