Mike Tysons Visa Cancelled New Zealand Show Off

Mike Tyson, the former heavyweight boxing champion-turned-actor, had his visa cancelled after the organization that invited him to New Zealand withdrew its support for his visit.Kate Wilkinson, the nation’s associate immigration minister, made the decision to cancel Tyson’s visa after it had been issued so he could fulfill a speaking engagement in September, according to the Associated Press.Wilkinson, said she overruled the decision an immigration officer had made a day earlier when the charitable group changed its mind about Tyson’s visit, ordering Tyson’s visa canceled.The charity, Life Education Trust, originally supported the trip, which Wilkinson said helped tipped the scales in Tyson’s favor to get a visa. Tyson is a convicted rapist who spent three years in prison, and who disgusted the masses by biting off a piece of Evander Holyfield’s ear, among other ignoble acts, originally was OK with Tyson coming in,  despite his hard-to-fathom past. But Wilkinson saw it differently, and called the decision to revoke Tyson a visa “a finely balanced call.”Aside from his scheduled talk to the Life Education Trust, the boxer-turned-actor had another ulterior motive to his trip to New Zealand. He was scheduled to perform his one-man show called Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth.Tyson has actually become somewhat of a theater buff, telling The Telegraphthat his next career move would be on the stage rather than in the ring. He said he is ready to cast aside his tough public persona and instead chase another recently discovered passion..“I want to dance and sing. I want to do some dancing and singing musicals,” Tyson said during a visit to Hong Kong. Interesting for a boxer who did little dancing in the ring.In any case, the people of New Zealand will have to wait at least a little longer to meet Mike Tyson, thespian. read more

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How Tennis Officials Are Trying to Make the Game Fair

Tennis pros, and dedicated amateurs, can control just about everything about their rackets. Rackets are measured for weight, stiffness, balance and head size and strung for peak force, deflection and tension loss. Yet the court players run and hit on will always behave unpredictably. Even at most pro tournaments, players don’t know precisely how “fast” or “slow” a given court is playing, an expression of how much speed and height the ball retains after it bounces. Court speed is a fixture of questions at press conferences during the first few days of Grand Slam tournaments such as the French Open, now unfolding in Paris.“It wasn’t bouncing as much as it had actually the last days on the outside courts,” Milos Raonic after winning his match on Sunday.One reason court speed is such a mystery is that it’s been so cumbersome to measure. The International Tennis Federation has helped develop and test machines that do the job, but the best ones are expensive, bulky and difficult to operate. (The equipment is so hard to transport that many court-surface manufacturers ship samples of their product, in half-meter (1.64-foot) squares of paint and sand, to the ITF’s testing laboratory in London.) For the most prominent ITF-organized events — the Davis Cup and Fed Cup — federation employees must fly with their testing devices, or ship them to sites weeks in advance, to keep hosts from giving players too big a home-court advantage.Now, the ITF is trying to find an easier way to ensure courts are fair. On a recent Thursday at a London tennis court,1I’m not disclosing the tennis court’s location at the ITF’s request, to protect client confidentiality. Jamie Capel-Davies, manager of ITF’s science and technical department, was testing a new device that the federation has helped develop. It’s known as SPRite,2Said like the soft drink; the SPR is short for Surface Pace Rating. The official name for the device measures is court-pace rating, though, as Capel-Davies noted, “‘CPRite’ didn’t have the same ring to it.” and this test was of model number 007.The device doesn’t take a vodka martini. Instead, a ball cannon powered by a bicycle pump propels a ball off the court and through the testing chamber. Seconds later, a display shows the court-speed measurement. The measurement device and ball cannon each weigh about 14 pounds and together cost $12,000, compared to the 110-pound, $45,000 behemoth that sets the standard now. The new devices can be carried by hand, and their dimensions fall within most airlines’ carry-on baggage limits. The motivation for the test, Capel-Davies said, was “democratizing court-pace rating.”3In tennis, democracy is relative: At this price the average hacker won’t be carrying the SPRite and cannon to her local public court.The ITF knows it’s traded some precision for lightness and mobility. The question is, how much? Is SPRite accurate enough to replace its forebears? Capel-Davies and his colleagues were testing it alongside the Sestée, which is the current benchmark. Court-speed rating typically runs between 20 and 70 — and must run between 24 and 50 for Davis Cup matches (a higher number means a faster court).4The court-pace rating, or CPR, is calculated based on the coefficient of restitution (COR), which is the ratio of a ball’s vertical velocity after bounce to its pre-bounce vertical velocity; the coefficient of friction (COF), which is the ratio of horizontal velocity lost after the bounce to pre-bounce vertical velocity multiplied by the sum of 1 and COR; and a temperature-adjusted COR, which is the sum of the COR and 0.003 multiplied by 23 minus the mean ball temperature, in Celsius. The formula is: CPR = 100(1-COF)+150(0.81-adjusted COR). The ITF calls courts with CPR of 29 and under slow, courts with CPR between 35 and 39 medium and courts with CPR of 45 and up fast. The ITF wants SPRite to run within two points of Sestée for the same court.Court speed matters in tennis. During a typical match, the ball will bounce off the court hundreds of times. If the ball typically retains much of its speed, it will be harder to play. That encourages more aggressive play — players will charge the net more often to avoid skidding balls and tricky bounces. A slower court lets players camp out behind the baseline and chase down most shots.Court-pace rating takes into account more than speed, though. The ITF tested the court speed perceptions of U.K. players who were good enough to play for their counties5It’s also tried surveying pros, and gotten similar results, but the response rate was poor. and found that the height of ball bounce mattered, too. The lower the bounce, the faster the court seemed. That’s why high-bouncing clay courts like the French Open’s seem slower than hard courts with the same coefficient of restitution, or ratio of the ball’s speed after impact to its speed before the bounce.6One theory for clay’s higher bounce: The ball pushes granules ahead of it as it collides with the surface, creating an incline to bounce off, a “ramp effect” that leads to a higher bounce. And grass courts, with their lower bounce, seem faster to players than similar hard courts. The ITF formula attempts to account for all this.Once a match is underway, players can’t do anything about the court speed. They play the bounces they get. But players can tailor their training and schedules around which courts best suit their games. For instance, clay makes Rafael Nadal’s heavily topspun forehand shots bounce even higher than on other surfaces. He has taken advantage of this throughout his career by playing more clay tournaments than some of his rivals.For the ITF team competitions, court speed is a crucial part of home-court advantage: Host countries get to choose the surface, which is why Andy Murray had to play on his least favorite surface — clay — in Great Britain’s two away Davis Cup ties this year. (Murray and his teammates won in the U.S. but lost in Italy.)With the currently approved devices, the ITF can’t test the courts at every Davis Cup site, especially on busy weekends when dozens of ties are happening around the world. Instead it audits, choosing to test just a few courts. And at tournaments it doesn’t oversee, including the French Open, there’s simply no official court-pace measurement. (Officials at the U.S. Open and Wimbledon said they test their courts for speed, but the results are confidential.)That makes it tough to assess whether court speeds have changed — one of the goals of Capel-Davies’s department. Tennis players and writers often say — or lament — that pro tournaments are using a narrower range of court speeds than they used to, so there’s less variation among them. Indirect indicators, such as rates of aces or service breaks adjusted for tournament fields, don’t corroborate that impression. The ITF hasn’t tested long enough or often enough to settle the debate. “We don’t have that kind of data,” Capel-Davies said. “I don’t know if anyone does.” The International Tennis Federation uses a bulky steel crate, top left, to ship heavy measuring devices to tournament sites. The outsized Sestée, top right, is difficult to transport, so manufacturers often send samples of their courts, bottom right, to the ITF. The latest-generation device is the SPRite, operated here by Jamie Capel-Davies, manager of ITF’s science and technical department. Its accuracy is still being studied. Carl Bialik Watching Capel-Davies test SPRite in London, it was easy to see the advantages of the new device. He easily carried it onto and around the court, to different testing spots. He also let me try, and within a few minutes I got each test down to under a minute: Take a ball out of a coat that’s lying next to the unit, put the coat back in place, put the ball into the cannon, give the bicycle pump a few cranks, prime the measurement unit, put my foot7We’d taken off our shoes to avoid scuffing the court. on it for stability and press the button to fire.Yes, a coat. Needing something to stop the balls after they had fired from the cannon, bounced off the court and gone through the SPRite, Capel-Davies offered up his jacket to science, taking care to first remove his phone. After each test, the ball nestled in the coat. As we conducted our experiment, Capel-Davies’s colleagues were testing the Sestée on another part of the court. At one point, a Sestée-measured ball got loose and whistled past us.Each court test covered a few different spots, always including ones near the baseline, the service line and the net. The speed can vary from one part of the court to the next. It’s often highest near the baseline because players’ shoes wear down the surface and make it slicker. This court was relatively new, though, so we weren’t expecting as much variation.The measurement process has other quirks. Fail to press the button firmly, and the cannon might not fire fast enough for a reliable measurement. This happened a couple of times to us, so we omitted those readings. Capel-Davies decided when to do that, and it wasn’t a double-blind procedure. He checked with the other group and knew what readings they’d gotten, and was following along as our parallel tests produced results. Still, the quest for an accurate reading seemed genuine. The ITF already had achieved its initial goal of agreement within five points between the devices, which is what a typical player can detect. Then it set its sights on even better agreement, of within two points.Capel-Davies and his team have their own testing lab at ITF headquarters in the southwest London neighborhood of Roehampton, in a converted squash court with the original wood floor now scuffed by equipment. Tennis scientists test balls in a wind tunnel and rackets in a serving machine, nicknamed Goran after 2001 Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanišević, in homage to his rocket serves. The apparatus gripping the racket occasionally slips, and there are marks to prove it on the side of the machine. “We have had casualties” — of rackets, not people, Capel-Davies said.The ITF is surrounded by tennis courts. The Bank of England Sports Centre, which hosts next month’s Wimbledon qualifying tournament, is on one side. On the other is the National Tennis Centre. Many ITF employees play tennis during their lunch breaks. But they don’t have their own dedicated full-sized court for testing. So when they get a gig testing a court, like this one, they often take the opportunity to test SPRite.If SPRite passes the test, the ITF, as its seller, will benefit through increased sales, though that’s not the primary motivation, Capel-Davies said. “We’ve had interest, but everyone is waiting” to see what the results are “before putting their hands in their wallets,” he said.Mainly, the organization would like to enable more facilities, including tennis clubs, to test court speed. Having a device on site would allow clubs to measure the effect of temperature and also to track changes in the courts, to know when it’s time to resurface. A manufacturer’s rating, based on a test of a half-meter-long square patch, isn’t good enough because it doesn’t take into account what’s under the surface, how it was attached and how the court has weathered and worn.At tournaments, organizers could test how the speed of a court changes as players play on it — for instance, at grass-court tournaments, as players’ shoes and shots turn the turf near the baseline into dirt. And they could compare speed across different courts; players often say some courts at the same venue play faster than others, something that affects them if they play consecutive matches on different courts.These possibilities haven’t yet arrived. Our test found the SPRite and the Sestée agreed to within 2.7 points — good but not within the desired range of 2.0 points.8The ITF is aiming for agreement at 95 percent confidence of within 2.0 points. The average absolute value of the difference between readings by each device was 1 point for our test. One location, near the service line, was the source of the troubles: The two devices agreed to within 3.2 points, whereas everywhere else was within the limit.“It suggests something odd happened at that location,” Capel-Davies said. “Hopefully, additional testing will determine whether it was an anomaly.” He hopes that the SPRite model we tested, which was first produced last fall, will meet the target by the end of this year.Even if players at every level knew the speed of the courts they were playing on, they’d still have to deal with unpredictable bounces. Court speed can depend on how long the ball your opponent just served was sitting in his pocket: The warmer the ball, the slower the court appears to be. And standard measurements don’t apply when the ball collides with a hill or valley, common on clay courts.Still, broadening access to the court-speed numbers would help further the mission of Capel-Davies’s department, which is, as he articulated it, “to balance technology and tradition in tennis,” and to “make sure the player won because of ability” — and not faulty equipment or a finicky court.CORRECTION (June 2, 4:00 p.m.): An earlier version of this article said the average agreement of the SPRite and the Sestée in a recent test was 2.7 points in court-pace rating, or CPR, and that the two devices’ average agreement was 3.2 points in one location. Those figures were the agreement between the two devices at 95 percent confidence. The average of the absolute value of the differences between the two devices’ measurements was 1 point of CPR. read more

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How Anthony Davis Would Fit On The Lakers Celtics Nets Sixers And

What the Sixers would look like with ADProjected full-strength playoff depth chart for the 2018-19 Philadelphia 76ers with Anthony Davis, based on CARMELO plus/minus ratings Expected wins28.8 EXPECTED MINUTES PER GAMEPLAYER RATING Courtney Lee01190020-0.5-1.1-1.5 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson08160024-1.8+0.4-1.3 Rajon Rondo25200027-0.9-0.3-1.2 Anthony Davis000192342+2.9+3.2+6.1 Shake Milton200002-1.2-0.8-2.0 Team total Moritz Wagner000000-2.1+0.0-2.1 Tyson Chandler00031215-2.3+2.4+0.2 Anthony Davis000172340+2.9+3.2+6.1 Expected wins46.5 What the Nets would look like with ADProjected full-strength playoff depth chart for the 2018-19 Brooklyn Nets with Anthony Davis, based on CARMELO plus/minus ratings The Lakers’ package3Which may or may not include Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who has a de-facto no-trade clause and can veto any idea that’s not to his liking. — likely made up of some combination of Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and Ivica Zubac — isn’t really a secret to anyone at this point. That group is young and talented. It just isn’t clear whether any of the players possess the talent to become stars at some point. (For the sake of this exercise, we left Ingram out of the deal, though the Pelicans could easily demand that he, Kuzma, Ball and others be included. Their preference remains to be seen.)Ball, Kuzma and Ingram have all struggled to take the next step this season. That shouldn’t be a deal-breaker. It’s a huge adjustment learning to play with LeBron James and then having to go back to playing without him as he recovers from injury. But it does raise a big question for New Orleans: Should the Pelicans really be dealing away a superstar on the hope that one of these young Lakers will ascend into something significant? The answer becomes even more important considering that any picks the Lakers send over would likely be toward the back end of the first round, because a Davis-LeBron duo would peg Los Angeles as one of the top seeds out West.In the short term, the Lakers’ full-strength postseason version with Davis would improve to a CARMELO rating of 1645,4Using the same playoff adjustment as we usually do, except weighting it by projected regular-season minutes (according to our algorithm) rather than actual regular-season minutes to date (since Davis obviously has zero real-life minutes on his new team for now). up from the 1589 posteason mark we’re estimating with their current roster. That is roughly the same as the Denver Nuggets’ full-strength playoff rating, but it may also be understating the Lakers’ chances. Would YOU want to bet against a team led by James and Davis in the playoffs (at least against anybody except perhaps the Warriors)?5That would be a fascinating series. More than a few observers would be tempted to give the Lakers a strong chance, given its star duo, yet we project Los Angeles’s CARMELO rating to be about 200 points lower than the Warriors’ mark at full strength!CelticsPossible (offseason) deal for Davis: Jaylen Brown, Terry Rozier, Marcus Smart, Jayson Tatum and picks.Boston probably has the most attractive, cost-controlled assets in the league. But the Celtics are in a holding pattern because of a little-known rule that prohibits teams from acquiring more than one player on Davis’s “Rose Rule” contract via trade. In 2017, Boston traded for Kyrie Irving, who also signed a Rose Rule extension. That means the club would have to deal Irving to acquire Davis — which obviously won’t happen. More feasibly, Boston could re-sign Irving to a new contract in free agency this offseason, which would give the team the freedom to then make a deal for Davis.The Celtics have several young, relatively cheap players — Jaylen Brown, Terry Rozier, Marcus Smart and Jayson Tatum — who would appeal to any team starting a rebuild. They’re also likely to have three first-round picks in the 2019 draft. With this war chest potentially available from Boston this summer, the Pelicans should consider waiting on a Davis deal if they are not blown away by an offer at the deadline.Just for fun, though, if the Celtics did trade Kyrie for AD this year — sending, say, Irving, Daniel Theis and Guerschon Yabusele to the Pelicans for Davis — the resulting team would be pretty stacked, with a playoff full-strength CARMELO of 1752. That’s about 50 points higher than the Houston Rockets and 20 higher than the Toronto Raptors, albeit still nearly 100 points lower than the Warriors’ mark. The Celtics currently have the third-highest standard rating in the East, but their playoff rating would easily vault to No. 1 with a Kyrie-for-AD swap (which, again, will not actually happen).(By comparison, it’s worth noting that in the far more realistic scenario — a Davis trade for Brown, Rozier, Smart and Tatum over the summer — the Celtics’ CARMELO would be 1723, which would also be a 30-point improvement over their current full-strength playoff rating, good for about two-and-a-half extra wins over a full season.)NetsPossible deal for Davis: Jarrett Allen, Allen Crabbe, D’Angelo Russell and picks. Johnathan Williams000213-2.0+0.2-1.9 Mitchell Robinson000000-1.2+2.4+1.2 EXPECTED MINUTES PER GAMEPLAYER RATING New Orleans has to listen if the Sixers are willing to offer 22-year-old rookie of the year Ben Simmons — the burly ball-handling forward who will likely develop into a perennial All-Star. Simmons would not only give the Pelicans a franchise player, but he would also be on a reasonable contract, which buys New Orleans some time to build around him.The real question here is whether Philadelphia — which arguably possesses the best frontcourt in the league already — would even consider such a move. The Sixers already pulled off a trade in November for Jimmy Butler and have done well since then — even while some players grumbled over a need for more defined offensive roles. A deal for Davis would improve Philly’s roster on paper slightly, elevating its full-strength playoff CARMELO from 1677 to 1710, but maybe not by as much as a team might expect when adding a superstar of Davis’s stature. And a Davis deal — one that would force Joel Embiid to learn how to play alongside another dominant big — might bring about even more questions about chemistry, since they’d be somewhat redundant as rim protectors and floor-spacing bigs.All of this suggests that the Sixers might sit this opportunity out rather than offer up Simmons.KnicksPossible deal for Davis: Tim Hardaway Jr., Kristaps Porzingis and a pick. Jimmy Butler015200035+3.0+0.9+3.9 Anthony Davis000221840+2.9+3.2+6.1 Team total Dzanan Musa000000-1.8-0.5-2.3 EXPECTED MINUTES PER GAMEPLAYER RATING Corey Brewer000000-2.4+0.6-1.8 There are deals made at the NBA trade deadline every year, but rarely do those last-minute swaps truly change the trajectory of a season. Yet that sort of potential might exist this season: We learned Monday that superstar big man Anthony Davis wants out of New Orleans, which all but means that the Pelicans have to deal him before he leaves for nothing.Davis is supremely talented, enough so that teams that once said they wouldn’t touch their rebuilding plans are no doubt now counting their pocket change to gauge the cost of a deal with New Orleans. It’s widely assumed that the Los Angeles Lakers will be aggressive in trying to get something done before the Feb. 7 deadline. And there’s seemingly a huge incentive for them to make that push. The Pelicans can almost certainly create an even bigger bidding war if they wait to trade Davis this summer. By then, the asset-rich Boston Celtics can be involved, and the draft-lottery dust will settle, clarifying which club will have the rights to the No. 1 overall pick.1And a clear path to Duke freak of nature Zion Williamson. So it will probably take a home-run offer to entice the Pelicans to let Davis go now.For the time being, we took a crack at estimating where Davis could go and how five teams would fare with him — according to our CARMELO projection model, which generates depth charts and power ratings for every team — after parting ways with the players it’d take to land him.2Specifically, we focused on CARMELO’s “full-strength” playoff rosters, which are our best guess at which players would play — and how much — when everyone is healthy and ready for the postseason (including an adjustment for playoff experience).LakersPossible deal for Davis: Lonzo Ball, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Josh Hart, Kyle Kuzma, Ivica Zubac and picks. CARMELO team rating1560 240-1.8-2.9-4.6 JaVale McGee00001717-2.4+1.7-0.7 What the Lakers would look like with ADProjected full-strength playoff depth chart for the 2018-19 Los Angeles Lakers with Anthony Davis, based on CARMELO plus/minus ratings DeMarre Carroll00715022-0.5-0.3-0.8 Spencer Dinwiddie31000031+2.3-2.1+0.2 Frank Ntilikina210003-2.6-1.0-3.6 CARMELO team rating1387 Ed Davis000055-1.3+2.1+0.8 Noah Vonleh00021021-1.3+1.5+0.2 Landry Shamet22000022+0.7-2.4-1.6 Joe Harris02900029+1.0-1.1-0.1 240+1.8+0.3+2.2 Mario Hezonja007007-1.9-0.2-2.1 Jared Dudley00414018-1.4+0.2-1.2 Enes Kanter00001313+0.5-0.6-0.1 Expected wins52.9 Alex Caruso11400015-1.6-0.2-1.7 T.J. McConnell24000024-1.1-0.5-1.6 Treveon Graham13200015-1.6-0.5-2.0 CARMELO team rating1645 240+1.2+3.4+4.6 PLAYERPGSGSFPFCTOTALOFF. +/-DEF. +/-TOT. +/- Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk01700017-2.0-1.6-3.6 240+5.6+2.3+7.9 Wilson Chandler00918027-0.9-0.1-1.1 They may not get much attention in this conversation, but the Brooklyn Nets probably have some dark-horse potential for landing Davis.Any deal would obviously hinge on the Pelicans’ interest in building around one of the Nets’ guards — either 22-year-old D’Angelo Russell, who has an outside chance at an All-Star spot and is a restricted free agent this summer, or Caris LeVert,6The deals would be pretty different, depending on which player was included. Russell makes far more in salary than LeVert, which means that more Brooklyn players would have to be dealt to complete a trade with LeVert as the centerpiece. who illustrated flashes of stardom before going down with an injury earlier this season. Beyond surrendering one of them, Brooklyn would also have to offer promising 20-year-old center Jarrett Allen. Allen Crabbe would almost certainly have to be part of any deal to make the money work, and it seems likely that the Nets would need to part ways with a couple of first-round picks.It’d be a steep, depth-diminishing price for a team that, after years of irrelevance, is just now finding its footing in the Eastern Conference playoff race. And even with Davis in the fold, the resulting roster, with a CARMELO rating of 1560, would not be much better than a lower-tier playoff team in the short term. But the Nets have long been interested in landing a top-flight star, and this provides them that chance, giving them more than a full season to build around Davis and convince him to stick around.SixersPossible deal for Davis: Markelle Fultz, Mike Muscala, Justin Patton, Ben Simmons and a pick. Michael Beasley000000-1.3-0.2-1.5 PLAYERPGSGSFPFCTOTALOFF. +/-DEF. +/-TOT. +/- Rodions Kurucs00002020-1.4-0.5-1.9 Amir Johnson000505-1.2+1.9+0.6 Shabazz Napier400004+0.2-0.8-0.6 EXPECTED MINUTES PER GAMEPLAYER RATING Anthony Davis000251742+2.9+3.2+6.1 LeBron James401421039+4.9+1.2+6.1 Alan Williams000000-1.7+1.3-0.5 Expected wins60.2 Zhaire Smith00150015-1.2-0.4-1.6 Emmanuel Mudiay30000030-0.3-2.0-2.3 What the Knicks would look like with ADProjected full-strength playoff depth chart for the 2018-19 New York Knicks with Anthony Davis, based on CARMELO plus/minus ratings Lance Stephenson01900019-0.8-1.2-2.0 Allonzo Trier31800021-1.9-2.6-4.5 Lance Thomas000000-2.7-0.1-2.9 Kevin Knox00275032-2.8-3.2-5.9 Caris LeVert09210030+0.0-0.6-0.6 Team total Luke Kornet00051217-0.4+0.6+0.2 Damyean Dotson01850023-0.7-1.1-1.8 Theo Pinson000000-1.7-0.5-2.1 Team total PLAYERPGSGSFPFCTOTALOFF. +/-DEF. +/-TOT. +/- Trey Burke13000013+0.7-2.5-1.8 PLAYERPGSGSFPFCTOTALOFF. +/-DEF. +/-TOT. +/- Brandon Ingram00340034-1.4-0.4-1.8 Furkan Korkmaz061007-0.4-1.2-1.6 Joel Embiid00003131+1.5+2.6+4.0 J.J. Redick02730030+2.0-2.0+0.0 Jonah Bolden000000-2.2+1.1-1.0 Isaac Bonga8600014-1.8-0.2-2.0 CARMELO team rating1710 Expected wins: 28.8 | CARMELO team rating: 1387 Depending on how a New Orleans deal with New York would look, the Knicks could be in a similar boat to the one the Celtics are in.Because the Pelicans will be looking to replace Davis’s star power, they might be interested in exploring a deal with whichever team lands the No. 1 overall pick — something the Knicks are in the running for (we won’t have clarity on that until mid-May). If New York wins the lottery, it’s possible that New Orleans would have enough interest in that pick, Tim Hardaway Jr. and perhaps Kevin Knox to make a deal.But there’s another school of thought to consider: that perhaps it’s better for the Knicks to trade Kristaps Porzingis — who’s coming off an ACL tear and who basically plays the same position as Davis — than to surrender the team’s top pick to the Pelicans. And perhaps New Orleans would prefer to have the 23-year-old Porzingis, who was a known, All-Star level commodity before his injury.The teams’ preferences at this stage are a mystery. But if both the Knicks and Pelicans have legitimate interest, a few options potentially exist for a deal to happen. Would the resulting team even be any good, though? According to CARMELO, a Davis-led Knicks squad would still carry a below-average 1387 rating at full strength. That wouldn’t exactly be a great fit with what Rich Paul, Davis’s agent, described as the star’s preference to play for “a team that allows him a chance to win consistently and compete for a championship.”Yet the Knicks would have considerable cap space to put another top-shelf talent next to Davis during free agency, which would help boost their projection much higher.Jay Boice contributed research.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

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Womens soccer set to take on Morehead State and Eastern Michigan

Daniel Chi / For The LanternThen-senior Tiffany Cameron surveys the field during a game at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.The No. 23 Ohio State women’s soccer team will open its regular season this weekend with two matches, one against Morehead State and the other against Eastern Michigan.OSU is hoping to repeat their success from last season, going 16-4-2, winning the Big Ten Tournament and making its fourth-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament. It was the third Big Ten championship since coach Lori Walker took over the program.The Buckeyes fell in the 1st round of the NCAA tournament at home against Oakland 3-1 on penalty kicks.Senior defender Megan Fuller, who finished third on the squad with six assists, will return to help anchor a defense that only allowed 14 goals in 22 matches last season. Fuller is one of seven starters returning from last season’s team.The Buckeyes’ biggest hole to fill this year is on offense, after the graduation of star forward Tiffany Cameron.Cameron, a two-time first team All-Big Ten choice and a 2012 second team All-American, scored 21 goals in her senior season and added five assists to put her at the top of the OSU record books with 47 points on the season.Morehead State struggled during 2012, managing only 2 wins, but look to improve this year with nine starters returning to the team. The Eagles are 0-1 all-time against OSU, losing 5-0 in 2005.Eastern Michigan, who is returning 10 starters from last season’s 11-6-2 team, will play their first ever game against the Buckeyes.The Buckeyes won their only preseason match, beating Miami (Fla.) 1-0 behind a 14th minute goal from freshman forward Nichelle Prince.OSU will take on Morehead State on Friday at 7 p.m. and Eastern Michigan on Sunday at 6 p.m. Both games will be played at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

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Softball No 22 Ohio State finishes 31 in Big TenACC Challenge

Niki Carver throws the ball to first in hopes of tagging out a Wright State runner. Credit:Gretchen Rudolph | For The LanternThe No. 22 Ohio State softball team came into the Big Ten/ ACC Challenge on Friday with plenty of momentum, having began the season with five wins in its opening weekend. However, its early five-game win streak ended Friday in the first game of the challenge after suffering a 5-4 loss to North Carolina State in Raleigh, North Carolina.North Carolina StateThe Buckeyes took an early lead on Saturday when junior infielder Lilli Piper his a two-run home run in the first inning. Ohio State maintained that lead for five innings.North Carolina State responded to Piper’s home run with four runs in one at-bat in the bottom of the sixth inning. Freshman infielder Timberlyn Shurbutt smashed a grand slam to center field to pull ahead 4-2.Ohio State freshman corner infielder Niki Carver hit a two-run home run to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh inning.  North Carolina State took the lead in the top of the eighth inning, however, when senior pinch runner Macauley Prickett scored on an obstruction of home call to give the Wolfpack the 5-4 lead.LouisvilleOhio State bounced back from a disappointing loss in the first game of the weekend with a 6-5 win against Louisville on Saturday.Junior catcher Emily Clark and senior infielder Ashley Goodwin each hit solo home runs in the first inning to give the Buckeyes an early 2-0 lead. Louisville junior pitcher Megan Hensley hit a home run for two RBIs to tie the game at two. With the game tied at five and deep into extra innings, freshman utility Niki Carver laced a single up the middle to score senior Becca Gavin from second to win the game 6-5 for Ohio State.North Carolina StateThe Buckeyes picked up their second win of the day when they defeated North Carolina State 5-4 in their third extra-inning game in two days.After four scoreless innings, North Carolina State got on the board with two runs in the top of the fifth coming from a run-scoring fielder’s choice and a sacrifice flyThe seventh inning brought even more action when North Carolina State freshman outfielder Sam Russ scored off freshman catcher Lily Bishop’s RBI to go up 3-0. Ohio State responded with three runs in the next half-inning to send the game into extra innings once again. Freshman infielder Kallie Boren’s double to left field brought in sophomore outfielder Spencer Sansom and senior Becca Gavin, then Piper’s right-field single brought in sophomore Amy Balich to tie the game. North Carolina State scored a run in the top of the eighth, but Ohio State answered with a two-run, walk-off home run by senior pitcher Shelby McCombs that brought in Clark to seal the win for the Buckeyes.LouisvilleOhio State capped off the weekend by beating Louisville 4-0 on Sunday. This was its first shutout of the 2018 season.The Buckeyes scored first in the top of the third inning when Clark hit a solo home run to center. Then with the bases loaded in the top of the sixth, Clark scored when Louisville third baseman Alison Szydlowski committed a throwing error.In the top of the seventh, the Buckeyes extended their lead to 4-0 to give them a comfortable cushion with only half an inning left to play. Piper and Clark reached base and after a fielding error, a bunt by Goodwin and a single by McCombs, two runs went up on the board for Ohio State.The Buckeyes will take on Virginia Tech, Wichita State and Texas in the Texas Invitational on Feb. 23 and 24. read more

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Track and Field Ohio State wins 2018 Mens Outdoor Big Ten Championship

Senior Zack Bazile competes in the long jump during a meet in the French Field House. Bazile has a chance to win the NCAA indoor national championship when Ohio State travels to the NCAA indoor national championships. Credit: Ethan Clewell | Lantern ReporterAfter finishing fourth overall in last year’s Big Ten championships, head coach Karen Dennis, named as the 2018 Big Ten Men’s Indoor Coach of the Year, brought home another championship on Sunday. The Ohio State men’s track team won the 2018 Big Ten Outdoor Championship, recording 109 points ahead of Indiana and Nebraska.The men’s track team ended its championship drought in February, winning the Big Ten Indoor Championships for the first time in 25 years. With top- five finishes in five different events, Ohio State recorded first-place finishes in two events. Freshman sprinter Eric Harrison, junior sprinter Duan Asemota, senior sprinter Drelan Bramwell and senior jumper Zach Bazile recorded a first place finish in the 4×100-meter relay, finishing in 38.93 seconds. Harrison added a first-place finish of his own, running the 200-meter dash in 20.39 seconds. Junior sprinter Nick Gray came in second place, finishing in 20.55 seconds. The Ohio State women’s team tied for fifth place with Michigan, Wisconsin and Nebraska with 60 points. Despite not winning any single event, the women’s team recorded seven top-five finishes including second-place finishes in the 200-meter dash and the 4×400-meter relay read more

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Mens Volleyball Ohio State splits weekend with McKendree after fiveset loss

Redshirt sophomore Jake Hanes (16) jumps up to an incoming ball at the game against George Mason on Jan. 18 at St. John Arena in Columbus. Credit: Ethan Clewell | Senior ReporterThe Ohio State men’s volleyball team took on McKendree on Sunday, the second of a two-match home series, hoping to build on its Friday victory against the Bearcats. But the Buckeyes came up short, falling in five sets, 25-23, 19-25, 22-25, 25-22 and 10-15. The Buckeyes (6-12, 2-6 MIVA) struggled to keep the ball in play for much of the night, totalling 47 combined errors to McKendree’s 36. Of the five sets, only the first and the third had lead changes, while the final two sets saw just a single tied score. Two aces gave McKendree an early 3-1 advantage in the fifth set, but kills by freshman outside hitter Sean Ryan and sophomore outside hitter Jake Hanes brought the Buckeyes within one, 4-3. The Bearcats responded with a resounding five-point run, featuring an ace and three Ohio State errors, giving McKendree a 9-3 advantage. The Buckeyes used an error and an ace by Hanes to bring the score to 9-5, but the Bearcats wouldn’t relinquish their lead, killing the next two points and adding another ace en-route to a 15-10 set victory and taking the match, 3-2. The Bearcats totalled seven aces on the night, four of which came in the final set. Head coach Pete Hanson said errors kept the Buckeyes from challenging McKendree. “It’s a game of managing your errors as much as anything,” Hanson said. “We just didn’t do a good job of that at times when we needed to.” Not taking errors into account, the Buckeyes performed on par offensively with their performance on Friday, killing 58 balls and serving up six aces. Hanes led the Buckeyes with 22 kills and 10 digs, adding an ace and four block assists. The Bearcats were led by junior opposite hitter Zach Schnittker, who racked up 14 kills, two aces, five digs and four block assists. Ohio State opened the fourth set with an ace by junior setter Andrew Hillman as well as a kill and an ace by Ryan for a 5-1 advantage. Ohio State’s lead ballooned to as many as seven, but a late push by the Bearcats featuring back-to-back kills by sophomore outside hitter Patrick Ross cut the lead to 23-21. Attempting to force a fifth set, the Buckeyes would not be denied, using a kill by redshirt senior Blake Leeson and a block by Hillman and sophomore middle blocker Austin Gerwig to put the set away, 25-22. Hillman finished with 26 assists, two kills and two aces. Hillman spent the beginning of this season out with an injury he sustained in December during training, and he said he felt comfortable in his first match of the season. “The guys were very accepting of me being on the court, especially after being out for two months,” Hillman said. “They definitely picked me up and gave me a lot of energy.” Ohio State jumps back into nonconference play against No. 6 UCLA at 8 p.m. on Friday and USC at 11 p.m. on Saturday in Los Angeles. read more

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Amazing hospital staff help fulfil dying girls magical last wish

first_imgTo a wonderful family & little girl. Thanks for letting us share this moment & southhampton gen too @Dvavangas https://t.co/BCq8fxcQ2M— NHS Million (@NHSMillion) August 20, 2016 Evelyn rose  She told the BBC the experience was “truly magical”, adding the NHS is “totally amazing”. Evelyn died two days after the swim, with her mum adding in a Facebook post: “We do not have enough words or tears to express our grief. Sleep well darling girl. We love you so much.”The University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust said: “Everyone involved with Evelyn’s care is delighted they were able to provide such a special experience for her and her family.”  Last year,  these kind-hearted nurses arranged for a dying cancer patient to see his favourite horse one last time.  Ms Vavangas explained: “The most incredible team at Southampton General Hospital paediatric department pulled out every stop, overcame every hurdle, ignored everyone who said ‘it can’t be done’ to give our baby girl, and us an incredible memory. A swim. The first ever child to go for a swim ventilated.”She added: “Countless people were involved to make this happen and Elliot Nolan and I are just – speechless with gratitude. From the physio team who brought it together, to the doctors, nurses and consultants who considered every angle and saw it through, to the technicians who overcome the most ridiculous challenge that we set them.“Everyone was incredible and as a result have given us the most unbelievable memory. Thank you. Words will never be enough.” The couple paid tribute to Southampton General Hospital’s paediatric department for “pulling out every stop” for their terminally ill daughter who was receiving palliative care.She was able to swim with her family despite being in intensive care after staff specially adapted a ventilator. Debbie, 41, said her daughter smiled the whole time during the swim and praised hospital staffCredit:Solent  A family has thanked caring hospital staff for their ‘incredible’ efforts in helping them fulfil their baby girl’s final wish.Debbie Vavangas and her husband Elliot Nolan were able to swim with their four-year-old girl Evelyn Rose, who had a complex seizure disorder, one final time. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Spectacular red rainbow illuminates historic English town – but what caused it

first_imgRED RAINBOW How rare is a red rainbow?It is rare to see a red rainbow but that’s probably because of the conditions they usually appear in.“Red rainbows aren’t really all that rare, but a lot of people miss them since, unless you have a dark background, the colour gets washed out,” according to the Sky Lights blog.Meanwhile, another photographer captured this blood red moon looming over New York in these stunning photos.Last year,  a tourist captured this spectacular ‘fire rainbow cloud’ phenomenon on camera.  Here’s something you don’t see everyday.An amateur photographer captured a rare site, a double red rainbow arching over a historic English town.Robert Peel spotted the incredible red rainbow in the small Wiltshire market town of Malmesbury, where he lives, on August 24.The sun had already set in the southern Cotswolds when the rainbow formed in the light of the sun from below the horizon, giving an incredible red glow to the sky. A rare ‘red rainbow’ is seen arcing over the Wiltshire town of MalmesburyCredit:Robert Peel / SWNS Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.center_img “Last night an extensive storm had spread from the south bringing rain. It was late evening I noticed the horizon to the west was clear and low sunlight was illuminating the old hilltop town,” he explained.“It looked spectacular so I quickly grabbed my camera and headed to a vantage point on the hill opposite the town.  Annoyingly I was a few minutes late and the sun had become obscured by clouds on the horizon.  The light was however quite special; I remembered similar conditions back in 2011 when I captured a rainbow at sunset.  However, it had stopped raining so I was not expecting to see a rainbow. “Just as I thought about giving up I noticed that a rainbow was just beginning to form.  Still no rain – how could this be?  The sun was by now obscured behind hedgerows as gradually sunk from view behind me.  By now the town was shaded but the sun was still illuminated the sky above. “After a few minutes the rainbow became increasingly vibrant and formed into a full, double rainbow as seen in the photograph.  The really striking feature was the colour, with vibrant red and magenta, with a red inner arc; a phenomenon I have noticed when photographing rainbows at sunset and sunrise.  The spectacle disappeared quickly as the sun set further below the horizon.” You can see more of Robert Peel’s work here.  Researchers at the American Geophysical Union have previously explained in more detail why some rainbows appear all red.“The main factor appears to be the height of the sun above the horizon. At sunset, the width of the red band increases, while the width of the other bands of colours decreases,” they said.“The orange, the violet, the blue and the green bands disappear completely in this order. At the end, the primary bow is mainly red and slightly yellow.” What is a red rainbow?The low angle of the sun results in a longer distance for its light to travel through the atmosphere, causing shorter wavelengths of light, such as blue, green and yellow, to be scattered and leaving primarily red.In the lower light environment where the phenomenon most often forms, a monochrome rainbow can leave a highly dramatic effect.last_img read more

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British futurist in charge of US cryogenic facility reveals plans to freeze

first_imgMore’s fascination with cryopreservation started in 1972 when he saw a children’s science fiction television show called Time Slip that featured characters being frozen in ice.He said: “By the time I was sixteen I was interested in life extension – not just health but extending the maximum life span.”After completing a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at St Anne’s College, Oxford University, he became an “internationally recognised advocate of the effective and ethical use of technology for life extension and cryopreservation”.“I really do think it will become a normal practice in the future,” he told the documentary.“At some point people will look back on the present and scratch their heads and wonder why we threw our loved ones in the ground or into these big oven to incinerate them when they would have been preserved.”Dr More said rather than having his entire body frozen, he plans to have just his head severed and preserved – a practice called neuropreservation. Dr More is the President and CEO of Alcor Life Extension FoundationCredit:News Scan A British ‘futurist’ in charge of one of the world’s largest cryogenic facilities has compared himself to Leonardo Da Vinci, saying it is just a matter of time before science advances to the point where preserved bodies can be revived after death.Dr Max More, who was born in Bristol and went to Oxford University, also revealed he has plans to preserve just his head in the future, saying “the rest of my body is replaceable”.He is the President and CEO of Alcor Life Extension Foundation, in Scottsdale, Arizona – a facility which began storing bodies in 1982. A 14-year-old girl became the youngest British person to be cryo-preserved earlier this weekCredit:News Scan Earlier this year, a 14-year-old girl who died of cancer became the youngest Briton to be cryogenically frozen in the hope she can be “woken up” and cured in the future after winning a landmark court case.The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, arrived at the only other crypto-preservation facility in the US, the Cryonics Institute in Michigan, at the end of October. She is their 143rd patient.“It’s an unusual job to be running a cryonics organisation,” said Dr More earlier this year in a documentary by Galactic Public Archives.“It’s impossible to give a date to say when we can revive people….it could be decades, a century.“We are like Leonardo Da Vinci who could design wings and helicopter which could work but he didn’t have the tools to build them back then.“Of course we are developing the technology to reduce the damage done to our patients to get them cryo-preserved but we don’t know exactly how we will reverse that process right now.” “It’s not decapitation. We aren’t taking the head off – we are taking the body off. We don’t try to remove the brain from the skull as this might damage it. All the rest of my body is replaceable.”Currently there are 149 patients at Alcor’s facility, including the youngest person to ever be cryo-preserved – a  two-year-old from Thailand – and also the US baseball star Ted Williams.In 2003, former Alcor executive Larry Johnson published a damning report of the company and alleged they had mishandled Williams’ severed head – a claim the organisation denies.But Dr More argues the people held in the Alcor facility have rights and aren’t just corpses.center_img He said: “These people are potentially revivable – they are like people in a deep coma. They have rights, they can’t just be disposed of at any time.”He also described how family members sometimes visit their loved ones held in the facility.“And some people write a letter once a year to their relative…and then they can see what happened while they were cryo-preserved and catch up once they come back.”Alcor has 1,100 paying members on its books – including 29 Britons – and this number is rising all the time.The company has a watch list of members in failing health and when they are close to death, a “standby” team is sent to be nearby.“It’s not about the fear of death” Dr More says about cryopreservation. “It’s about the enjoyment of life and wanting more of it.” Dr More is the President and CEO of Alcor Life Extension Foundation A 14-year-old girl became the youngest British person to be cryo-preserved earlier this week Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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