Toledo24244328%<1%<1% UCLA2321225%1%<1% Wisconsin—18245%<1%<1% USC—20530%4%1% Iowa9122925%7%<1% Utah12152118%6%<1% Stanford1161346%19%3% Michigan1722187%6%<1% Oklahoma1516315%14%5% Clemson17756%51%12% Alabama42614%41%11% Mississippi18171020%8%2% Florida1091241%18%4% TCU84237%31%11% Read more: Our preview of this week’s college football games Oregon—2532<1%<1%<1% Penn State—2741<1%<1%<1% Oklahoma St.14111415%6%1% The first College Football Playoff rankings are out, and the selection committee ranked Clemson, LSU, Ohio State and Alabama as the top four teams, in that order, worthy of the playoff were it held today. But we at FiveThirtyEight want to look into the future. Our model (outlined in the table below) simulates the rest of the season to project which teams the committee will let into the playoff when it releases its final selections on Dec. 6. It expects that Ohio State, Clemson, Alabama and TCU, in that order, are most likely to make the cut. If you want to read more about how the model works, here’s Nate Silver’s explanation of its methodology. If you just want to get to the rankings, here they are: Memphis13143621%6%<1% Florida State16131513%5%<1% Notre Dame589—25%5% Michigan State731915%22%3% Houston25233330%2%<1% LSU25822%30%8% North Carolina—262323%<1%<1% Baylor610132%31%13% TeamCFPEloFPIConf. TitlePlayoffNat. Title Northwestern214257<1%<1%<1% RankingProbability of … Texas A&M193016<1%<1%<1% Temple22324541%<1%<1% Ohio State31447%61%16% Mississippi St.201917<1%3%<1% Arkansas—3926<1%<1%<1%
How would you like to earn more than $100,000 for sitting on the bench? That’s the position Cleveland Browns’ rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden found himself in for the team’s final preseason game. Coach Pat Shurmur decided that the rookie starting quarterback was too valuable to risk him getting injured before the regular season starts. Huh? I had to rewind the show I was watching to make sure I had heard that correctly. Even after watching it again, I still didn’t believe it. While it’s not unheard of for NFL players to sit out the final preseason game, especially quarterbacks, sitting a rookie quarterback who has yet to throw a single touchdown pass in his career is beyond ridiculous. Tom Brady and Peyton Manning did not play in their teams’ final exhibition games either, but they are both future Hall of Famers with years of NFL experience and Super Bowl rings. Weeden hasn’t even attempted 50 passes in the NFL preseason. So a rookie with no touchdown passes, a completion percentage below 50 percent, and less than two full preseason games under his belt is too valuable to risk getting injured? Are you kidding me? It’s not as if Weeden will have a long career to learn how to be an NFL quarterback. Being drafted at age 28, he will have six fewer years than the average signal caller to master his craft. He’s already missed one-third of a career. He simply doesn’t have the time to waste sitting on the bench. So if Weeden is already starting behind the curve, why pass up an opportunity to help him catch up? Weeden doesn’t have a huge contract to worry about. He wasn’t the team’s top pick in the draft. He wasn’t even the first quarterback taken, or the second, or even the third. He was the fourth quarterback taken in the 2012 NFL draft. He is also the only quarterback taken in the first round who hasn’t thrown a touchdown pass in the preseason. Sitting a rookie quarterback who hasn’t proven himself yet isn’t protecting an asset, it’s robbing him of an opportunity to gain valuable experience before the games actually count. Weeden has a four-year contract worth $8.1 million. Spread over 80 regular and preseason games that is an average of $101,250 per game. That’s an expensive benchwarmer.
Ohio State redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop (33) takes the ball down the court in the second half of the game against Rutgers on Feb. 20. Ohio State won 79-52. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe Ohio State men’s basketball team has surprised everyone in the 2017-18 season. Before the year began, finishing 13th in the Big Ten seemed to closer to the expectation than anything.Entering the Big Ten tournament, the Buckeyes are 13th — in the nation. They begin the conference tournament Thursday as the No. 2 seed.They would have gone in as the top seed had it not been for Penn State, the No. 7 seed in the tournament. The Nittany Lions delivered the Buckeyes both two of Ohio State’s three Big Ten losses during the regular season. “I don’t have to review our struggles with Penn State,” Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann said Wednesday. Should Ohio State find a way past Penn State, it will be facing off against No. 8 Purdue, the third seed in the tournament. Beyond that, in the championship round of the tournament, it could face No. 2 Michigan State, the regular-season conference champion and top seed in the tournament.There is not necessarily a ton of pressure on the Buckeyes to win the tournament. Sitting at 24-7 overall and 15-3 in conference play, they have essentially locked up an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament and don’t need the automatic bid that comes with winning the Big Ten tournament. Penn State, however, is not necessarily in the same position. Though it appears likely the Nittany Lions will land an at-large bid, the 20-13 regular-season record and 9-9 conference record in a down year for the Big Ten could use additional wins to punch their ticket into March Madness.Though Holtmann believes Penn State is a tournament team already, he said he knows teams that viewed as bubble teams could have added motivation to excel in the conference tourney given the necessity to come away with the win to keep national championship hopes alive.Last season, he led his No. 2-seeded Butler team against No. 7-seeded Xavier and remembered the added motivation from the Musketeers.“[Xavier] needed another quality win to get in [the NCAA Tournament] most people thought,” Holtmann said. “So there was certainly a level of urgency I think on both of our ends, but you could see it with them for sure because I think they were right on that bubble.”Adding to the challenge of playing Penn State is that the Nittany Lions are fresh off a win Thursday against Northwestern, while the Buckeyes have not played in a game since Feb. 23. The Buckeyes have had more time to rest, but they have not known who to prepare for and Holtmann said the team balanced its practice for both teams.Holtmann said that while his team might be more well-rested, Penn State will come in more game-ready. “I do think there’s a little bit of an advantage when you can play, have a win under your belt there,” Holtmann said. “So we’ll need to be ready from the jump because that team will have won a game and got a little bit of momentum the night before, so I think you’ve got to be ready for that.”If the Buckeyes are able to beat the Nittany Lions for the first time all season, the path remains challenging. Presumably, they will face Purdue and then Michigan State. The Buckeyes beat both teams in the only two matchups between the teams believed to be the conference’s best, but the Buckeyes would enter neither as the favorite to win. Purdue had just started the roughest part of its season when it lost to the Buckeyes, losing three straight to Ohio State, Michigan State and Wisconsin. The Boilermakers finished the season with three straight wins and only need to beat Rutgers, the lowest seed in the tournament, to advance to the semi-finals in a matchup against the winner of Ohio State vs. Purdue. Michigan State stumbled against Ohio State but rebounded by winning its final 14 games of the season. The Spartans would need to beat ninth-seeded Wisconsin and the winner of the matchup between No. 5 Michigan and No. 4 Nebraska. The team understandably has said it will not look any further than its first game. Especially now that the opponent is Penn State, the Buckeyes need to be completely ready to face a team that dominated them in the last outing. At the beginning of the year, Ohio State would have been expected to enter the Big Ten tournament, at the very best, in that position. A bubble team that needed some wins to get into the NCAA Tournament. It will not be in that position, and it will not even be an underdog for at least its first matchup against Penn State.Holtmann said he needs his team to enter the tournament with a balance of both an underdog and confident mentality, knowing that it could face a mixture of teams that Ohio State might be favored against and others where the opponents will be favored.“I talked to people all the time that question if this group is going to be a quick out in both tournaments because of our lack of this or our lack of that,” Holtmann said. “Hopefully our guys will play with the necessary chip that’s required and if not, it’s going to show in our play.”
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said old foe, Jose Mourinho deserves more respect despite his team’s bad start to the new Premier League season.Mourinho’s United have begun the season with two defeats in their first three league games which has led to speculation over his future at the club.The former Chelsea boss demanded respect from journalists following the 3-0 loss to Tottenham, pointing to his success with Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid.Guardiola was involved in a series of spats with Mourinho when he was in charge of Barcelona.But, asked about Mourinho’s problems, Manchester City boss Guardiola said, as quoted by France24: “The history, the way Jose did in all the places he was – its hats off. There is no doubts about his quality.”Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“You need players, good clubs that sustain you and support you, patience.”“Our position is results. Every manager what he believes, what he likes, tries to get results in his own style and the way he trains. We are judged on the results we get.”“Only the players know exactly how you are as a manager because they know you and see you every day. They have more information than the rest of the world – the fans, the media, everybody.”“Only the players know exactly who we are and normally even then we are judged – if they play, the manager is good, if they don’t play the manager is not good.”
Former England U-21 international Callum Wilson insists he’s confident about shining for the senior national team ahead of his potential debut on Thursday night.The Bournemouth striker was called up to Gareth Southgate’s latest squad after his impressive goalscoring run his club and could feature when the United States men’s national team come to Wembley.“He gave me an opportunity at that level, a lot has happened since then and I think as you get older you appreciate more getting recognition for England,” Wilson said, according to Sports Mole.“When I was younger, got called up for the Under-21s, a lot of players in that squad were playing in the Premier League and I was in the Championship at the time.”Eddie Howe pleased with attacking poise, but feels Wilson was too honest Stuart Heath – August 25, 2019 A.F.C Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe felt as though his striker Callum Wilson was too honest against Manchester City and may have won a penalty,…“You felt like you’re here and they are there sort of thing.”“I suppose I didn’t appreciate it, I didn’t feel like I was meant to be there then whereas now I think my performances in the Premier League have shown that I am able to be here.”The former Coventry City striker also revealed the commitment it took to get from recovering from two long-term injuries to the brink of representing his country.“I actually missed the birth of my second child being out (of the country) doing rehab, so that’s the sort of sacrifices I made to get to this point,” Wilson said.
Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #Pointe Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 31, 2017 – Nassau – Government says it is mindful of the international chatter regarding new investment policies for China, but clarified in a statement today that those policies will have no impact on Bahamas-China relations and projects.The Ministry of Foreign Affairs admits, “These new rules laid out by China and revealed in mid-August, are aimed at governing overseas investments; specifically what China has called the “irrational” acquisitions of assets in industries ranging from real estate to hotels and entertainment.”Outlawed are investments in gambling and the sex industry. Property, hotel, film, entertainment and sports investments will now also be subject to restrictions but The Bahamas government is confident that projects like the #Pointe in Nassau are safe because, “such investments were approved developments.”They reportedly already considered the new stance China is taking on investments abroad. It had been reported, among other things, that The Bahamas government was being rushed by the Pointe developers to make various approvals so that the whole scheme would not be dashed by China’s new policies.#MagneticMediaNewsPhoto credit: The Bahamas Weekly
Governor Dunleavy called the Alaska Legislature into a special session on May 16, 2019 to adopt operating and capital budgets, fund education, provide a full PFD as outlined in statute, and pass an effective crime package. With 23 days left in the first special session, these items remain outstanding. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Governor Mike Dunleavy Thursday issued a statement following one week of special session on the back of a 121-day regular session, in which the legislative leadership has failed to accomplish the basic tasks of government which includes passing a constitutionally mandated budget: Gov. Dunleavy: “The legislative leadership has delayed for too long the essential priorities of this session. We are now approaching 130 days without final action on critical bills, specifically: No operating budgetNo supplemental budgetNo capital budgetNo education fundingNo PFDNo crime billThe people of Alaska made their voices clear both in the election last fall and this session – tackle crime, provide a full PFD, and balance the budget to fund core services of government, including education. It’s time for the leadership of both bodies to act in the best interest of Alaskans by bringing these issues to the floor for a vote.”
Quasars, or quasi-stellar objects (QSOs) are extremely luminous active galactic nuclei (AGN) containing supermassive cetral black holes with accretion disks. Their redshifts are measured from the strong spectral lines that dominate their visible and ultraviolet spectra. All observed quasar spectra have redshifts between 0.056 and 7.54.Astronomers are especially interested in finding new high-redshift quasars as they are the most luminous and most distant compact objects in the observable universe. Spectra of such QSOs can be used to estimate the mass of supermassive black holes that constrain the evolution and formation models of quasars. Therefore, high-redshift quasars could serve as a powerful tool to probe the early universe.Recently, a team of astronomers led by Szymon Kozłowski of Warsaw University Observatory in Poland has conducted a search for high-redshift quasars in Magellanic Clouds. They analyzed the images from OGLE-IV survey and mid-infrared data collected by NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), which resulted in the detection of 33 quasar candidates.From these candidates, the researchers spectroscopically observed the two most variable ones. Follow-up spectroscopic observations confirmed that these two objects are indeed high-redshift QSOs.”We report the discovery of two high-z quasars, OGLE J015531−752807 at a redshift z = 5.09 and OGLE J005907−645016 at a redshift of z = 4.98,” the astronomers wrote in the paper.OGLE J015531−752807 has an absolute magnitude in the near-infrared I-band of –27.82 mag, and is the most distant and variable object identified in the OGLE survey to date. When it comes to OGLE J005907−645016, it has an absolute magnitude in the I-band of –28.73 mag. According to the study, the two newly found QSOs have variability amplitude of around 0.4 mag at the rest-frame wavelength of about 1300̊A. This is much larger than in other quasars (less than 0.15 mag) at the same rest-frame wavelength but lower redshifts (between 2.0 and 4.0).The researchers noted that these values may indicate that an increased variability amplitude exists in the population of high-redshift quasars. However, they added that a larger sample of high-redshift QSOs with a at least decade long light curves is needed to verify this assumption. The list of such objects can be expanded by studying other quasar candidates reported in the paper, or by future observations using the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) in Chile, which is expected to become operational in the coming years.”This variability issue can be resolved by studying variability of a larger AGN sample at z ≈ 5. This is entirely possible now, because we also provide a list of 31 AGN candidates at z ≈ 5, where all of them have nearly a decade long light curves from OGLE. A sample of high-z AGN with a decade-long light curves will be also increased by the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, providing light curves for sources 3–4 mag fainter than OGLE,” the astronomers concluded. More information: Szymon Kozłowski et al. Discovery of two quasars at z=5 from the OGLE Survey. arXiv:1810.08622 [astro-ph.GA]. arxiv.org/abs/1810.08622 Astronomers report the finding of two new high-redshift quasars using imagery from the Optical Gravitational Lensing Experiment (OGLE). The newly found quasars, designated OGLE J015531−752807 and OGLE J005907−645016, have redshifts of 5.09 and 4.98 respectively. The discovery is detailed in a paper published October 19 on arXiv.org. © 2018 Science X Network Two bright high-redshift quasars discovered The original OGLE-IV I-band light curves of OGLE J015531−752807 (top; gray points) and OGLE J005907−645016 (bottom; gray). Credit: Kozłowski et al., 2018. Explore further Citation: Two high-redshift quasars discovered using OGLE (2018, October 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-high-redshift-quasars-ogle.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Kolkata: The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) will launch a special drive to create awareness among the consumers to purchase hallmarked jewellery on the occasion of Akshay Tritiya. A meeting was held between senior BIS officials and some jewellers at the Eastern Regional Office on Tuesday afternoon. BIS officials Vishnu Gupta, NK Kansara, KK Paul and Kunal Kumar spoke to jewelers Samar De and Subir Sen and others on the issue. The Government of India started BIS Hallmarking Scheme in the year 2000 to protect the consumers against becoming a victim to inferior quality gold or silver. This scheme is presently voluntary but according to the BIS officials, they have appealed for it to become mandatory. BIS official, Vishnu Gupta, spoke about the precautions that a customer must take into account whilst purchasing hallmark jewellery. The purchased jewellery must have all the 4 symbols of hallmark, which are the BIS Standard Mark, Purity in carat, Assay Centre’s identification mark and jeweller’s identification mark. Customer should also be aware that the concerned jewellery shop must have the sign of hallmarked licence on their board prescribed by the Bureau of Indian Standards. The cash memo provided to them must be checked and a proper invoice should be kept for further verifications, if the hallmarked jewellery is under suspicion. The hallmarking charges per article for gold are Rs 35 and Rs 25 for silver.The officials said 21,641 hallmark jewellery license holders are present in India and BIS hopes that this number will increase due to this awareness drive.