Upland Christian 47, Webb 38 Kennyanna Jefferson scored 17 points for the Eagles (15-3, 7-1). Summit made history as the Skyhawks defeated Kaiser 63-32 on Tuesday to become new school’s first team to win a league title. Ariel George had 19 points and eight rebounds for the Sunkist League-champion Skyhawks (22-3, 9-0). ARROWHEAD LEAGUE BASELINE LEAGUE Claremont 57, Rancho Cucamonga 52 Hailey Beck scored 19 points as the Wolfpack (13-12, 2-7) went on to defeat the Cougars. CITRUS BELT LEAGUE Miller 81, Redlands 30 Keisha Mackall scored 15 points to lead the Rebels (24-2, 13-0) to the win. INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE Calvary Baptist 45, Pasadena Waverly 30 In his second game as the Cougars’ head coach, Lincoln Dial guided Calvary Baptist (12-5, 7-0) to its first league title since the 1985-86 season – when his father was head coach – with the home win. MIRAMONTE LEAGUE Diamond Ranch 72, Bonita 15 Nina Earl scored 21 points to lead the Panthers (24-1 overall, 7-0 Miramonte League). SIERRA LEAGUE Chino Hills 49, Chino 35 Ericka Norman scored 18 points as the Huskies (14-8, 6-3) beat the Cowgirls (9-15, 3-6). Ayala 77, Glendora 39 Jasmine Holliday had 24 points and 12 rebounds as the Bulldogs (21-3, 9-0) clinched their 11th straight league title. BOYS ARROWHEAD LEAGUE Boys Republic 65, CSDR 13 Chris Williams scored 20 points to lead the Rams (11-9, 7-4). BASELINE LEAGUE Claremont 91, Rancho Cucamonga 76 Jordan Block scored 28 for the Wolfpack (18-9, 5-4). CITRUS BELT LEAGUE Fontana 88, REV 74 Demetrius Walker scored 38 points to lead the Steelers (7-6 in CBL). Eisenhower 69, Rialto 59 Nick Carter scored 18 points to lead the Eagles (12-13, 5-7). INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE Calvary Baptist 62, Waverly 41 Randy Agyepong had 33 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists for the Cougars (12-10, 4-5). MIRAMONTE LEAGUE Diamond Ranch 78, Charter Oak 52 Chris Cunningham scored 19 points to lead the Panthers (16-8, 6-1). SIERRA LEAGUE Chino Hills 54, Chino 24 Nick Turner scored 18 points to lead the Huskies (20-6, 8-1). Damien 53, Diamond Bar 48 Five players scored in double figures for the Spartans (23-4, 8-1). Kaiser 80, Summit 30 Daniel Sosa led the Cats (14-11, 7-2) with 16 points. VALLE VISTA LEAGUE Pomona 64, Ganesha 54 Jonathan Ochoa had 14 points and 16 rebounds for the Red Devils (5-4 in league). 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Ken Dial is at it again, trying to explain bird flight from the ground up with his own version of a Darwinian story (see 01/16/2003). The title of his paper in BioScience1 harks back to an old criticism of Darwin’s theory: “What use is half a wing?” Well, half a wing could be a half a stabilizer is the new answer. Outstretched proto-wings, according to Dial’s WAIR theory (Wing-Assisted Incline Running) helps chukar partridges keep their balance when running up slopes, presumably escaping predators who might otherwise interrupt their ability to pass on their genes. Maybe this provides insight into the development of full powered flight in the dim past:As a rebuttal to Darwin’s (1859) explanation of the origin and diversification of life, St. George Jackson Mivart (1871) posed a challenge: “What use is half a wing?” With this simple question, Mivart challenged Darwin to explain the adaptive role of intermediate forms within an evolutionary continuum, prompting Darwin to expand on the concept of functional shifts within structural continuity (Gould 1985). This concept of transitional functional and structural stages is the basis for exaptation, an integral component of modern evolutionary theory (Gould and Vrba 1982). A response to Mivart’s question is that if the wing of a flying bird is a product of small, gradual structural changes, these transitional forms must have had some function during the evolution [sic] of powered flight.Discussing the ground-up (cursorial) theory and tree-down (arboreal) theory, Dial finds fault with both. Watching partridge chicks run up ramps, his team measured the advantage of stubby wings in helping them maintain stability:The most significant finding from this body of work is that developing ground birds employ their incipient wings, adorned with symmetrical feathers, to execute brief bouts of aerial flight (dorsoventral flapping) and to enhance hindlimb traction (anteroposterior flapping) as they negotiate threedimensional terrestrial environments….Thus, not only does the ontogeny of WAIR demonstrate functionally adaptive intermediate stages or steps, it demonstrates an adaptive continuum between featherless forelimbs, protowings with symmetrical feathers, and derived wings with asymmetrical feathers and a complex wing stroke.As for the arboreal theory, Dial notes that there are no intermediates between gliders and flappers. But on the other wing, “there are no known contemporary analogs of cursorial bipeds that use their forelimbs to run faster, to run and glide, or to swipe at or capture prey, assumptions proposed among various cursorial hypotheses.” He says that this debate presents a false dichotomy: “both hypotheses fail to provide the functional and incremental adaptive stages of forelimb evolution necessary to achieve the fully developed flapping mechanics observed among extant species…” So he came up with his WAIR hypothesis independently, yet it shares advantages of both positions. “The WAIR hypothesis is a testable and inclusive approach to explain the evolution of avian flight,” he crows, “and it appears to resolve the impasse created from a strict cursorial or arboreal position.” Not only that, his approach provides a model for explaining transitional forms in the fossil record: identifying analogs among extant forms.Ascribing functional explanations to transitional forms without integrating the wealth of corroborating evidence from other subjects (life history, behavior, development, ecology, and the physical sciences) will only lead to endless “just so stories” about the history of life. We suggest that incipiently feathered forelimbs of small, bipedal protobirds may have provided the same locomotor advantages for inclined running as are present in extant birds. Whether sprinting across an obstacle-filled terrain or up inclined or even vertical surfaces, whether being chased or chasing, an animal capable of employing WAIR experiences improved hindlimb traction. What appear to be partially developed wings of recently discovered theropod dinosaurs [sic] (e.g., Caudipteryx, Sinosauropteryx, Protarchaeopteryx, Rahonavis, Unenlagia, and others) have confused scientists: Were these wings used for running faster, for gliding, for protecting eggs and young in the nest, or for catching food, or were they simply vestiges of once functional wings? In a protobird [sic], WAIR-like behavior could have represented an intermediate stage in the development of flight-capable, aerodynamic wings.The transition is thus explained: aerodynamic forces on the outstretched “half wings” increase hindlimb traction; and short vertical movements. Rudimentary aerial ascent and controlled descent, as observed with modern partridge chicks, might have taken off into powered flight in gradual stages. Therefore, “ontogenetic transformation observed in juvenile species exhibiting WAIR is a plausible behavioral and morphological pathway of adaptive incremental stages that might have been exhibited by the lineage of feathered, maniraptoran dinosaurs attaining powered flight,” he claims. But with Dial’s frequent use of words like might, could and may have, how this differs from a just-so story might be a matter of debate itself. See also the Science Daily summary of this paper, with picture of Dial holding a chukar partridge.1Ken Dial et al., “What Use Is Half a Wing in the Ecology and Evolution of Birds?” BioScience, Volume 56, Number 5, May 2006, pp. 437-445(9).Same dumb ideas, and same criticisms three years ago still apply (see 12/22/2003). All this shows is that evolutionists remain touchy about the criticisms of just-so storytelling leveled at them, and are trying desperately to clear this bad reputation. Don’t be distracted by the charts, graphs, diagrams and drawings in the paper; these all pertain to living, flying birds – not dinosaurs. And don’t be distracted by the highfalutin-sounding term “Wing-assisted inclined running” as if inventing a phrase is going to make a case. This is like the joke about the teenager being told by his doctor his lethargy is simple laziness, to which he responds, “now give me the scientific name so I can tell my parents.” The mark of just-so storytelling is coming up with a hand-waving explanation that cannot be tested. That is still the essence of Dial’s hypothesis despite his protests to the contrary. Sweep away the scientific mumbo-jumbo and visual aids, and the jargon, because it is an irrelevant display of bluffing. Forget the references to so-called feathered dinosaurs, because there were contemporary modern birds of these that already had powered flight, so the maniraptorans could not have been transitional forms. Forget also the references to chicks of modern birds, because they already have the genetic information for powered flight; he cannot work backwards from the evolved to the unevolved. And erase Dial’s own bravado about how much better his hypothesis is than others. Instead, imagine the Geico gecko trying to evolve powered flight by running up inclines with its forearms stretched out. A few moment’s visualization will do wonders to put this matter to rest. There are so many vital, interconnected, required morphological changes that would be required for the Geico gecko to do more than leap a few inches off the ground, it is inconceivable that there would be enough lucky mutations able to converge on turning his descendents into Woody Woodpecker, let alone the Road Runner. Cartoonists might be able to draw the transitional forms, but evolution needs to wait for mutations, almost all of which are harmful or neutral. Feathers, lungs, bone changes, flight software – how many thousands of beneficial mutations do you want to wait for? They all have to arrive simultaneously. And does WAIR explain flight in insects, pterosaurs and bats? Like Wiley Coyote forever behind the Road Runner, Ken Dial remains far behind his prey, an evolutionary explanation for flight. Except for a brief hand-wave to future research needed in homeobox genes and evo-devo, Dial’s explanation is completely lacking in a genetic mechanism for attaining the required information for powered flight. Rather, it has all the characteristics of a Lamarckian story: the giraffe needed a long neck to reach the leaves, and the gecko needed WAIR to escape the predator. Presumably, the gecko already had defenses that worked just fine; “What say, mate, like, we just set and chat about a better way to settle our differences, hey? How would you like to save a lot of money on your car insurance?” Ken Dial’s only achievement was to exhibit Darwinist sensitivity to charges of storytelling, and to point out that all the other evolutionary explanations don’t work. 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By Carol ChurchFrugality can be a really, really good thing, as most of us know! Learning how to spend less money and save more can benefit families in the short and long term, allowing them to build an emergency fund, save for retirement, put away money for their children’s education, improve their homes, and much more. Plus, having the power to bring down spending can feel very powerful, giving families more freedom and “breathing room” and creating peace of mind. These issues may feel especially intense to military families.But have you ever known someone who got so focused on saving money that he or she made choices that were actually not so smart? It’s something to be wary of, especially in families where budgets have become unexpectedly tight, anxieties are high, or there might be a feeling of compulsion or control around money. Following are some examples of times when an overfocus on “frugality” or “bargains” can end up being financially foolish (or unwise in some other way). All of us who are interested in this topic need to keep an eye out for these tendencies.Skipping needed maintenance of home, car, or health. It’s not always cheap taking the car into get needed work done. It can be tempting just to ignore that strange spot on the ceiling. And nobody loves to go to the dentist! But when we put off routine maintenance, like annual physicals or checking the oil, or avoid calling a professional to handle a developing problem, we take a very real risk that a small cost will balloon into a huge and potentially catastrophic one. Ouch!Not valuing your own time. If you really want to save money, research is your friend, and so is comparison shopping. Deals are out there waiting to be had, whether we’re talking about groceries or a new TV. However, unless you truly and genuinely enjoy spending hours cutting out coupons, driving all over town (don’t forget about gas!), or searching the Internet for a price that is just slightly lower than the first one you found, it pays to remember that “time is money.” In fact, you might be able to spend that time doing something else that actually saves you or earns you more.Underinsuring…or not insuring at all. Figuring out the right deductible for your car insurance, home insurance, and health insurance (if you have the ability to choose) can be complicated and is worthy of its own post. But keep in mind that you definitely should to be able to pay whatever your deductible is out of pocket, without having to borrow– or you are “borrowing” trouble. Also, in the case of health insurance, remember that most of us will probably need to use that insurance—and shouldn’t spend a lot of energy trying not to. Also, don’t make the mistake of not purchasing renter’s insurance or life insurance.Cheaping out where you shouldn’t. If the cheap but important item you buy is going to break or wear out quickly such that you need to replace it, it wasn’t a bargain after all. Of course, some things can be bought inexpensively (especially when purchasing used) with no concern, but items that receive heavy or repeated use deserve careful consideration. In my personal experience, cheap shoes, particleboard furniture, and cheap appliances have all been a poor bet in the long run. Photospin/ Stuart MilesOver-couponing, over-saling, and over-Grouponing. Ever been unable to resist a Groupon or other special offer, then completely forgotten to use it? I have. Although you can actually get back the amount you paid in most cases, you may forget, and the “bargain” aspect is certainly gone. Other people who get so starry-eyed over coupons that they buy a product they don’t even like, or purchase an expensive item they would not have spent on “because it was such a good deal.” This is not a great idea, as most of us probably know in our hearts. If you find you have a tendency to get overexcited by deals in the heat of the moment, consider implementing a “cooling off period” where you wait at least a few hours, and preferably a day, to make that tempting “bargain” purchase.There’s no doubt that making careful choices and looking for good deals is often the right choice to help families save money and build savings. However, families may sometimes need to take a step back and consider the long-term wisdom of their decisions, especially when emotions or anxieties are running high. Good luck to you and the families you work with in making sound budgeting and spending choices.
SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Terms of the Nike deal were not disclosed.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting A different approach LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:2760-40 sharing ‘fair’ as China will spend for WPS exploration—Esperon02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants In this Sunday Aug. 26, 2018 photo, the China eSports team play Taiwan in the eSports exhibition at the 18th Asian Games Arena of Valor, Britama Arena, Jakarta. (Dhemas Reviyanto,INASGOC via AP)Nike has made another push into the eSports market, partnering with China’s premier “League of Legends” circuit to become its official provider of apparel and footwear.The traditional sports brand announced a four-year deal Thursday with Legends Pro League in China, giving Nike a presence with one of the most watched eSports leagues in the world. The move comes after Nike tabbed Chinese “League of Legends” player Jian “Uzi” Zihao as its first eSports ambassador in October and used him in a marketing campaign alongside LeBron James.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem It’s a promising sign for “League of Legends” publisher Riot Games, which revealed concerns over revenues for its eSports leagues last summer despite massive global popularity — the league reported 99.6 million unique viewers for its world championship match last fall, just shy of the 100.7 million that tuned in for this year’s Super Bowl.Major advertising partners had been hard to come by, but Riot has signed deals with Nike and Mastercard in the past six months, creating new streams of revenue with non-endemic brands even after the company contended with backlash over claims it has fostered a sexist culture last summer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesNike will design, produce and distribute jerseys and footwear for all 16 LPL teams and will aid in eSports science research with customized physical training programs for gamers.Similar apparel deals have become common between sports brands and individual eSports teams, and the Overwatch League recently added Fanatics as its official apparel provider, but the Nike-LPL partnership is the most prestigious pairing to date and yet another high watermark for the eSports boom. MOST READ P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed
Nadal maintained his record of never having lost in the first week in Paris, although he withdrew injured before the third round in 2016.He powered 38 winners past Goffin on Court Philippe Chatrier to set up a last-16 clash with either Argentinian Juan Ignacio Londero or home hope Corentin Moutet.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“David is a very good player. I started the match at a good level,” said Nadal. “After, in the third set, he played very well. I’m very happy to reach the last 16.”Goffin looked totally outclassed in the first two sets, but claimed his first-ever set against Nadal on clay, and the first the Spaniard had dropped at Roland Garros since last year’s quarter-final win against Diego Schwartzman. LATEST STORIES Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport View comments ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates winning his third round match of the French Open tennis tournament against Belgium’s David Goffin in four sets, 6-1, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Friday, May 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)Reigning champion Rafael Nadal survived a blip to continue his bid for a record-extending 12th French Open title on Friday with a four-set third-round win over David Goffin, ten years to the day since his shock 2009 exit to Robin Soderling.The 17-time Grand Slam winner bounced back after an excellent third set from Belgian 27th seed Goffin to win 6-1, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 and take his incredible Roland Garros win-loss record to 89-2 — those two defeats coming against Soderling in the last 16 a decade ago and against Novak Djokovic in 2015.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too But Nadal refocused and clinched victory in the fourth set when Goffin fired a backhand wide after a single break of serve in game four.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice PLAY LIST 01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Kevin Durant still out for Game 2 of NBA Finals
Arsenal 3 Stoke City 0: Aubameyang to the rescue as Gunners leave it late Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 22:30 4/1/18 Getty Images Although it looked set to be a frustrating day, Arsenal scored three in the final 15 minutes to run out comfortable winners over Stoke City. A Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang brace and an Alexandre Lacazette penalty all in the final 15 minutes saw Arsenal ultimately cruise to a 3-0 home win over struggling Stoke City on Sunday.Arsene Wenger’s men were frustrated by their relegation-threatened visitors for much of the contest, but were gifted two penalties in the closing stages to help them over the line, in a result that eases some of the heat on their manager.Chances were few and far between in a turgid first half at the Emirates Stadium, as Xherdan Shaqiri went close early on, before Aaron Ramsey clipped the top of the crossbar in the only two clear-cut opportunities. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Lacazette, appearing for the first time since mid-February due to injury, was introduced from the bench soon after the hour and made himself a nuisance, but Aubameyang was the one to get things moving as the hosts improved in a productive second-half showing.The Gabon international coolly swept home a penalty 15 minutes from the end after Mesut Ozil was fouled by Bruno Martins Indi, before doubling his tally soon after with a well-taken volley, making it five goals in his first six Premier League games.Lacazette then wrapped things up a minute from time with the Gunners’ second spot-kick, scoring for the first time in the Premier League since early December and ensuring Stoke remain three points adrift of safety.for @LacazetteAlexfor @Aubameyang7@premierleague pointsHappy days pic.twitter.com/yA4Y339XW1— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) April 1, 2018Arsenal were given an early warning of the threat Stoke can possess when Shaqiri is involved, as the Switzerland international saw a fine 20-yard curling effort go just wide of the top-left corner.The home side did not look remotely dangerous until the 22nd minute, when Ramsey pounced on a loose bouncing ball in the area and saw his effort hit the top of the crossbar, though Jack Butland in the Stoke goal appeared to have it covered.Arsenal increased the tempo upon the restart and a clear chance was eventually crafted by the hosts just before the hour – Mohamed Elneny meeting Hector Bellerin’s cut-back 12 yards out and seeing his effort crucially blocked, Nacho Monreal then forcing a decent stop from Butland with the rebound.The ineffective Danny Welbeck was withdrawn soon after for Lacazette, returning after six weeks out with a knee problem, but Stoke were the next to go close – Shaqiri’s in-swinging corner causing havoc and coming back off the far post.And Arsenal capitalised on that let-off in the 75th minute, as Ozil wriggled his way into the area through a crowd of Stoke players and appeared to be tripped by Martins Indi, allowing Aubameyang to convert from 12 yards.Aubameyang then put the game beyond Stoke 11 minutes later, producing a lovely volley from just inside the area to find the bottom-right corner.LACA. IS. BACK. GET IN @LACAZETTEALEX!#AFCvSCFC 3-0 :white_circle: (89) pic.twitter.com/4b48lXmVdX— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) April 1, 2018The ex-Borussia Dortmund star then passed up the chance to complete a hat-trick, allowing Lacazette to take the second penalty after the Frenchman had been shoved over by Badou Ndiaye, the striker taking his top-flight tally to 10 as the Gunners celebrated a fourth straight win in all competitions. Key Opta Stats:- Arsenal have won their last 16 home matches against Stoke in all competitions, a run stretching back to August 1981.- Arsenal made seven changes to their starting XI, more than in any Premier League game since January 1, 2011 (8 v Birmingham).- The Potters are without a win in 11 away Premier League games (D4 L7), with no side ewnjoying fewer top-flight away victories this season (1, level with West Brom).- Arsenal have scored at least three goals and kept a clean sheet in consecutive Premier League games for the first time since October 2015.- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has netted five goals in his first six Premier League games for Arsenal, more than any other player for the Gunners in the competition.- The Gunners have scored two penalties in a Premier League game for the first time since December 2012 (v West Brom). read more
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Belgium goalkeeper coach Lemmens urges Real Madrid to rethink Courtois treatmentby Carlos Volcano22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBelgium goalkeeper coach Erwin Lemmens has urged Real Madrid to rethink their management of Thibaut Courtois.Courtois was substituted at half-time in Tuesday’s 2-2 Champions League draw against Club Brugge, with Madrid 2-0 down at the time.The 27-year-old was arguably at fault for Emmanuel Bonaventure Dennis’ ninth-minute opener and was again beaten by the Brugge striker later in the half.Comparing his compatriot’s woes at the Santiago Bernabeu to David de Gea’s form slump with Manchester United, Lemmens told Radio MARCA: “They have to treat him differently.”He’s a special boy and it’s unusual that he’s always at the highest level with Belgium, but there he suffers with De Gea syndrome.”If the Bernabeu whistles then you have to look at the team as a whole.”He’s a great goalkeeper and he’ll try to make Real Madrid happy again.”
LEXINGTON, KY – NOVEMBER 14: A general view of the Kentucky Wildcats game against the Grand Canyon Antelopes at Rupp Arena on November 14, 2014 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Former Kentucky forward Willie Cauley-Stein, who is set to be selected later this week in the 2015 NBA Draft, has a number of tattoos covering his body. While all surely have significant meaning for the future NBA star, one – his most recent addition – surely means a bit more than the rest. This past weekend, Cauley-Stein got a massive neck tattoo to honor his late friend Blake Hundley, who passed away from cancer in May at the age of just nine years old. Cauley-Stein and Hundley had developed an incredible friendship in a short time. Cauley-Stein even wore “Team Blake” wristbands during games this past season.Cauley-Stein posted an Instagram photo of the design for his fans. He made no mention of where on his body he’d be getting inked.Cauley-Stein is regarded as one of the most likable players in basketball, so his decision to honor Hundley doesn’t come as a surprise. Whichever teams drafts him this Thursday will certainly be getting a high-character person.
Jamaica will require substantial capital investment from other countries to ensure sustainability Story Highlights The laboratory should be able to test substances both known and unknown Discussions have taken place with WADA regarding the establishment of such a lab here The establishment of an internationally accredited anti-doping laboratory in Jamaica will require substantial capital investment and support from other countries to ensure sustainability.This was the word from Minister with responsibility for Sport, Hon. Natalie Neita Headley, as she addressed a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank on Tuesday, July 23.She was responding to questions as to whether the Government is considering setting up a lab in Jamaica to provide drug testing of athletes and to assist in the testing of supplements that are being marketed to athletes.Minister Headley said that the establishment of an internationally accredited laboratory with capabilities to test athletes for all the substances on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) banned list, as well as proactively test supplements taken by athletes, is an expensive venture that requires significant capital to set up and maintain.“It is a matter as to whether or not Jamaica would be able to find that additional capital (and), to convince the rest of the world that we have all the requirements for them to send their tests to Jamaica,” she stated.“Unless significant support is given to Jamaica as a location, to satisfy the needs of several countries, the country cannot sustain a laboratory of that nature. However, it is not something we have written off as impossible,” she explained.The Minister added that discussions have taken place with WADA and the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce regarding the establishment of such a lab here.President of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), Dr. Warren Blake, who also addressed the Think Tank, agreed that meeting the required international standards for the lab, would require a great deal of spending.“The level of capital outlay is very deep. The laboratory should be able to test substances both known and unknown. In order to buy the right spectrometers and put the right tests in place to detect unknown substances, you must be able to spend,” Dr. Blake emphasised.He also pointed out that sustainability of the laboratory at an international standard will also depend on support from other countries.“Capital outlay can be put in place but because it is not being used the laboratory cannot be sustained,” Dr. Blake said.
In recent years, it’s become clear that sports has entered its Age of Data, with dueling analytics departments vying for breakthroughs and proprietary metrics increasingly shaping how teams are built. And perhaps there’s no better confirmation of that trend than the inevitable bombshell on Tuesday: The FBI is investigating the St. Louis Cardinals over allegations that they stole data from the Houston Astros in a computer-hacking scheme.According to The New York Times, the FBI found evidence that Cardinals team officials broke into the Astros’ “Ground Control” information network by using the old passwords of Jeff Luhnow, currently Houston’s general manager and formerly the vice president of scouting and player development for St. Louis. Investigators told the Times that the breach compromised Houston’s internal data regarding player evaluation — both scouting and statistical in nature — and potential transactions. (Part of the same database was leaked last June as well.)It was, in essence, the first known case of corporate espionage between sports teams. In some ways, it’s surprising that it took so long for such an incident to surface in the supercompetitive world of sports. During the 1980s and ’90s, the rise of computing — and, consequently, data collection and analysis — led to a rapid proliferation of industrial espionage cases in the business world. (It’s estimated now that the number of corporate hacking incursions doubles every year.) Just as the digital age offered far easier, more systematic methods of data storage than ever before, it also made information theft an efficient means of gaining a competitive advantage.Baseball has had its own long history of dishonesty, from sign-stealing to doctoring the ball. (“If you’re not cheating,” former Chicago Cubs first baseman Mark Grace once said, “you’re not trying hard enough.”) And it’s not uncommon for team officials (and players) to switch franchises, presumably taking whatever knowledge they acquired at their old job with them when they go. According to Baseball-Reference’s historical database, 28 percent of all top-level baseball executives — general managers, scouting directors and farm directors — held the job for multiple teams over their careers.That’s why it’s a little hard to believe that, as the FBI suggested, the motive here was “retaliation” against Luhnow for leaving the Cardinals and starting a new database system with the Astros. Because it’s so widely acknowledged that everyone’s front-office lifespan is mind-bogglingly short, comings and goings between front offices are almost always matters of business, not fuel for personal vendettas.It is easy, however, to understand the story as the latest step a team is willing to take to gain an edge. While the Astros weren’t the earliest adopters of sabermetrics, there’s plenty of evidence that they’re in the current vanguard of advanced statistical thinking.1The list of Baseball Prospectus alumni in the team’s front office is staggering. In other words, if you were going to begin spying on MLB teams for their proprietary data, Houston might be the one to start with.If this scandal deepens, the Cardinals may well see the legitimacy of their recent accomplishments questioned, much like the New England Patriots in the wake of Spygate (and, subsequently, Deflate-gate).St. Louis won three National League pennants and two World Series with Luhnow in its front office, and the team also has the best record in baseball since he departed. Over that span, the Cardinals have exceeded expectations, beating their projected wins by the fifth-largest margin of any team in baseball. In that department, they’re not outliers like the Patriots are at avoiding fumbles, for instance, but it will be interesting to watch how much their transactions and personnel decisions will be scrutinized for signs that they used the hacked data to their advantage.In the meantime, this might be the opening salvo in baseball’s era of cyber espionage — a fate that, in retrospect, seems like an inevitable consequence of the game’s widespread adoption of data analysis over the past decade and a half. Hot Takedown On Big Data And BaseballSubscribe to the full podcast on iTunes.