The Rockets Love Launching 3s From Way Past The Line

Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group The Rockets shoot from (way, way) downtownNBA teams with the most 3-point attempts from 28-35 feet, 2017-18 Miami Heat70– Houston Rockets178– Portland Trail Blazers108– Cleveland Cavaliers93– DALLAS — The Houston Rockets, who at the moment seem to be the only team worthy of challenging the defending champion Warriors, just might be the NBA’s most unapologetic club.The team set fire to the record books last season by launching more than 40 3-point attempts per night, which shattered their own record from 2014-15 and was over six 3s a night more than the team with the second-most attempts. Yet entering this campaign, reigning Coach of the Year Mike D’Antoni still wanted more, saying that Houston could realistically take 50 per game. Houston may not be quite that extreme so far, but they are on pace to become the first team in history to shoot more 3s than 2s — which is mind-boggling in its own right.Yet for all the attention paid to how many 3s the Rockets are taking, there’s been less attention paid to where, exactly, the club is hoisting them from, and the positive difference it’s making for their offense even if the shots don’t all go in.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Going into their nationally televised matchup Friday night with the Pelicans, the Rockets were spotting up from a different zip code far more than any other team. Houston’s taken a whopping 178 three-point attempts from the 28-to-35 foot range, according to data from James Jackson of ESPN Stats & Information Group. For context, the teams right behind Houston on this list, Portland and Indiana, have taken just 108 and 107 attempts from this distance which is at least 4 feet behind the line. But after those three teams, no one else has even managed to crack 100 so far. This number is unusually high for the 3-point-obsessed Rockets, too: They’ve already taken more 3s from that range in 46 games this season than they took during last year’s entire 82-game slate. Boston Celtics93– Golden State Warriors84– Charlotte Hornets78– Indiana Pacers107– Team3-point Attempts Of course, it’s not like Houston — which entered Friday as the No. 2 seed, at 34-12 — is regularly canning these looks. The Rockets are connecting on just under 30 percent of their shots from that deep,1When the Rockets take 3s from above the break, their average shot distance is 25.8 feet from the basket, the second-farthest in the NBA. a far cry from the 36 percent league-average mark from 3-point range in general.Still, there are several reasons that those shots help the team even if they don’t go in, and just about all of those reasons stem from the spacing these long shots create. Chris Paul and James Harden certainly benefit from the extra room, and they already rank among the NBA’s best playmakers, even without the help.Watch this pick-and-roll play against Utah, where Paul comes down and finds big man Clint Capela for a dunk. Jazz swingman Joe Johnson was prepared to help at the rim, but began scrambling back toward sharpshooter Ryan Anderson, even though he was standing nearly 30 feet from the basket. Johnson’s recognition that Anderson can make shots from that distance was enough to send him rushing away from Capela.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Capela, who’s in the middle of his best season and is currently leading the NBA in field-goal percentage, has been perhaps the biggest beneficiary of the additional spacing. Harden and Paul, two of the best no-look passers, have had a field day throwing him lobs (He’s second in the league in dunks). His average shot attempt this season is coming fewer than 2 feet from the basket.“Having all that extra space definitely enhances Clint’s game,” said D’Antoni, who told me he gave a handful of players (namely Anderson, Harden and Eric Gordon) the green light last season to experiment with the longer 3-point tries.The importance of Capela’s vertical floor-spacing role within the offense can’t be overstated. For starters, the Rockets run an NBA-high 62 direct2Meaning an action that led directly to a shot, foul or change of possession. pick-and-rolls per 100 possessions, according to Second Spectrum and NBA Advanced Stats, meaning he’s involved in dozens of scoring opportunities each game, with both Paul and Harden. One thing worth noting about this trio: Paul, Harden and Capela have led the Rockets to a 19-0 mark this season when all three suit up and play. The team is just 15-12 when one or more of them doesn’t play.When I asked Paul what it’s like playing in an offense with so much space, he explained that he’s still learning to adjust to how open some of his teammates are. “My friends joke with me and tell me I’m a new player now, but it’s a cool way to play,” he told me. “Nobody argues about shots or anything. When you see us get frustrated, a lot of the time it’s because we’re not defending. The offense is free-flowing, and guys just let (long shots) go.”Giving players like Paul and Harden more space to work with is almost cruel. A weak-side defender’s inability to help leaves primary stoppers on an island, and the star point guards are happy to take their chances with those matchups. The result so far: The Rockets go 1-on-1 more than any other NBA team and are the league’s most efficient isolation team by a wide margin.3Their current scoring rate is the highest on record in the Synergy Sports database, which goes back 14 years. Similarly, Harden and Paul rank No. 1 and No. 2 in isolation efficiency among those who go 1-on-1 at least three times per contest. (Harden is somehow scoring nearly 53 percent of the time in iso scenarios to this point.)But the isolation plays are just one way the extra spacing has helped Harden this year, after he showed himself to be perhaps the NBA’s best passer last season. The extra room has also enabled him to toy with defenses at times. In this first video of the Rockets playing against Sacramento, Harden draws three defenders at once — two of whom run into each other — and feeds the ball to Capela after the Kings fail to account for him in the paint. Less than two minutes later, knowing that the defense won’t make the same mistake and leave Capela open again, Harden makes it look as if he’s going to throw the ball back to his center but instead swings the ball to a wide-open Anderson, who’s waiting 5 feet above the top of the key.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.In just those two plays, the Rockets illustrate how easily they can break a defense. If you pay too much attention to Harden or Paul, they’ll simply go over the top to Capela. Pay too much attention to someone cutting through the paint? There’s a good chance it’s going to cost you 3 points, given the caliber of shooters they have lining the perimeter. And it goes without saying that if you neglect Harden or Paul driving into the paint, Houston will either score or draw a shooting foul, which the Rockets do better than anyone.All of this explains why Anderson likes to stand so far off the line: It forces the defender to make a choice: Am I going to come out and guard him up to 30 feet from the basket and be too far away to provide help on James or Paul, or do I want to be in position to guard against the drive and risk letting Anderson or Gordon get an open 3 from basically another county?“I kind of like shooting it from that deep. Most times, no one wants to come out that far, so it feels kind of like a free throw, where there’s no pressure,” said Anderson, who was prodded by D’Antoni to start taking that shot based on what his coach had seen in shootarounds and practices. “And if they do hug up on me, like Harrison Barnes was doing tonight, all it does is leave room for James and Chris.” (Harden finished Wednesday’s game with 25 points, 13 assists and one turnover.)You might think this sort of dilemma might send a defense scrambling, but opposing teams sometimes treat the court like a minefield: Often they’re a bit too confused about who they should shade toward and wind up unwilling to make a definitive step in any direction. Houston’s opponents move at the league’s seventh-slowest rate on defense, according to Second Spectrum. On the flip side, the Rockets know exactly what they want to do when they have an open look, regardless of how far away they may be from the basket.“They’re really comfortable out there,” D’Antoni said of his players, who get more wide-open 3s per game than any other team. “If it’s just as comfortable [as a shorter 3], why not shoot it? I’m willing to live with that.” Brooklyn Nets70– Detroit Pistons77– read more

Lopetegui refuses to break silence on Courtois Real Madrid move

first_imgJulen Lopetegui refused to discuss Thibaut Courtois’ potential move to Real Madrid and insisted that he is “thrilled” with his current goalkeeping optionsThe former Spain boss opted to start with Kiko Casilla in goal for his first match in charge of Real in Miami against Manchester United on Wednesday morning.However, despite Karim Benzema scoring, it proved to be a futile effort with Alexis Sanchez and Ander Herrera goals handing United a 2-1 win.Speaking after the game, Lopetegui was asked by the media over the current situation regarding Courtois and his expected move to Real this summer.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“At no time am I going to talk about players who are not at Real Madrid. I am thrilled with these goalkeepers that I have and I will not talk about players who are not part of this team,” he replied, as stated on the club website.The Belgium international has previously admitted during the World Cup that his future at Chelsea is far from secure at this stage with the 26-year-old keen to move back to Spain in order to be with his family.As such, a dream move to Real appears to be on the cards for Courtois with reports having previously stated that he has agreed on personal terms with the European champions.last_img read more

Spalletti speaks before Torinos match

first_imgInter Milan’s coach Luciano Spalletti says footballers might be losing focus during the winter transfer window because they are thinking on other stuff.Internazionale Milan is currently in the third position of the Italian Lega Serie A table.The team has won on 12 occasions, drawing four times and losing four matches.They have 40 points now, seven behind second-place Napoli, and 16 away from leaders Juventus.“Playing during the transfer window has never brought anything good to me. There are always many things going on and players can be less focused on the games,” Nerazzurri coach Luciano Spalletti told Gianluca Di Marzio.“Perisic is a very good player, of course, there are rumors about him during the transfer window. If a player is good, it’s obvious that every club would want him.”Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“Of course, then the figures must be adequate for things to go through. He knows his job and he also knows that we expect him to keep working just like he has done so far,” he added.“Cedric Soares? This deal was completed because of Vrsaljko’s situation (struggling with injuries).”“We needed a player to fill a gap in that position, Sime [Vrsaljko] is evaluating his options with us and Atletico Madrid. We will try to do what is best for him,” he commented.“Did we already sign him Diego Godin? The winter transfer window is not over and yet you are still asking me to comment on the summer window,” he added about the Atletico Madrid player.“I have players in my squad that read what I say in press conferences. I have to work with the players I have now, and it’s not fair to them to discuss about Godin right now”.last_img read more

US Fish And Wildlife Seek Public Help After Bald Eagle Nests Were

first_imgThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife are asking the public’s help in identifying who is responsible for removing the trees. The agency is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information about the incident. Anyone with information was asked to call U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s law enforcement office at 907-786-3992. According to a release from the agency, they were the only trees cut down in the area, and all were within a half-mile area of one another. The felled trees were discovered during an aerial survey. U.S. Fish and Wildlife: “Bald eagles are protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, both federal wildlife statutes. Violations of these statutes carry maximum criminal penalties of up to $100,000 per person and up to one year federal imprisonment.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Three trees that were home to nesting bald eagles were cut down around Anchor Point this spring, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.last_img read more

Are You Ready And Set To Go

first_imgThe Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management has placed Cooper Landing and the Sterling neighborhoods east of Feuding Lane and east of Adkins Road in a READY status on August 18 due to increased fire activity of the Swan Lake Fire. Some communities in the Cooper Landing and Sterling area remain at a ‘Ready’ evacuation status as the nearly 148,298 acre Swan Lake Fire continues to burn in the Kenai  National Wildlife Refuge. A READY notification is NOT a notice to leave. This notification means that you must be ready for potential evacuation if there is a fire in your local area. Assist family members with special needs, arrange to move mobile property (boats, trailers, ATV), and prepare pets or livestock. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享“Ready, Set, Go” provides a tool for homeowners to get prepared in the event of a sudden evacuation due to a natural disaster, or in more recent news, a wildfire. The program allows residents to be “Ready” by clearing away combustible materials from your home. Being “Set” includes having a go bag ready with clothes, important documents, and emergency supplies. If you have pets it should include pet food, and carriers ready to go. “Go” means you won’t pause when official word comes to evacuate. Monitor social media, news and radio for information. Continued updates will be posted here as they are made available. Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce spoke about this at the Cooper Landing community meeting on Saturday night. Pierce: “Be ready to go, and in the meantime you can ‘firewise’ your home and help every one of these responders by getting your home ready. It will seriously make a difference. As individuals, in this borough, I’m advocating as your mayor that you go and make your property safe.” last_img read more

Biophotonics In situ printing liquid superlenses to image butterfly wings and nanobiostructures

first_img In situ printing glycerol superlenses for nanoscale imaging of butterfly wings. a) Illustration of the printing process and a microscopic view of the formed superlens array on the wing scales. b) Conceptual image of the direct nanoscale observation of butterfly wing scales via superlenses, and the magnified image obtained through the superlens indicating a resolution of features with sizes less than 1 µm on the wing scale. Credit: Microsystems & Nanoengineering, doi: In a new method, materials scientists Boliang Jia and colleagues at the departments of mechanical engineering and robotics presented a printable biocompatible superlens placed directly on objects of interest to observe subdiffraction-limited features (resolution beyond the diffraction limit). They then viewed the natural features using an optical microscope to demonstrate nanoscale imaging of butterfly wings in color. The study allowed super-resolution imaging and a larger field of view (FOV) compared to the previous dielectric microsphere-based optical systems of super-resolution microscopy. The new approach created a fast and flexible path to observe the direct colors of biological features at the nanoscale in the visible range. The results are now published in Microsystems and Nanoengineering, where the work allowed optical measurements at the subdiffraction-limited scale. A superlens is based on an optical material with a negative index of refraction (optical metamaterials) that could experimentally reverse nearly all known optical phenomena. Technically, a thin negative-index film can function as a ‘superlens’ to provide image detail with a resolution beyond the diffraction limit to which all positive-index lenses are subjected to. (1) Characterization of printed glycerol superlenses with different numbers of drops/lens. a–e) Lateral images of glycerol lenses with 1, 5, 10, 30, and 60 drops/lens on a clean silicon wafer. f) The jetting waveform used in the experiment. g) Plots of lens height (blue cross), diameter (orange star), and H/D ratio (black circle) with respect to the number of drops/lens. h) An on-chip printed glycerol superlens array (50 vol%, 50 drops/lens) observed via a 4× (NA 0.10) objective at a 45° angle-of-view using a Nikon, Ti-E microscope (left). The table (right) shows the dimension statistics. Scale bar: a–e 20 µm, h 100 µm. (2) Configurations of the experimental setup a) Schematic of the imaging system based on the Nikon Ni-E platform without the use of a superlens. The major components include an Andor Zlya 5.5 sCOMS camera with a motorized focusing stage (Z), an Intensilight mercury-fiber illuminator (C-LHGFIE), a filter cube, an objective, and a motorized sample stage (XY). b) The configuration with a BTG microsphere (top) and the optical images of two BTG microspheres, BTG-A (middle) and BTG-B (bottom), mounted on a microprobe (5 μm tip diameter) with NOA63 (Norland) adhesive. c) The configuration with a printed glycerol superlens (top) and the optical images of two lenses printed at location-I (middle) and location-II (bottom) of the CPU samples. Credit: Microsystems & Nanoengineering, doi: , Nano Letters Nanostructures and natural patterns have long fascinated researchers in bioinspired materials engineering. Biological samples can be imaged and observed at the nanoscale using sophisticated analytical tools in materials science, including scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). While imaging methods contribute to the understanding of structures by revealing material properties for biomimetic materials synthesis, they have often done so with the loss of photonic properties inherent to the materials. The butterfly wings of Morpho cypris were first observed via high-resolution SEM in 1942, which led to the discovery of detailed structures below the diffraction limit using sophisticated tools. Since then, Morpho butterflies have been a subject of interest in bioinspired materials research due to their iridescent color and distinct photonic properties. For decades, the properties of light interference resulting from their brilliant nanostructures have attracted great interest in nanophotonics and biomimetic materials research. However, direct optical observations of the subdiffraction-limited structure of the wings at the nanoscale yet remain to be reported. More information: Boliang Jia et al. In situ printing of liquid superlenses for subdiffraction-limited color imaging of nanobiostructures in nature, Microsystems & Nanoengineering (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41378-018-0040-3 Thomas F. Anderson et al. An Electron Microscope Study of Some Structural Colors of Insects, Journal of Applied Physics (2005). DOI: 10.1063/1.1714827 Jingyun Huang et al. Controlled Replication of Butterfly Wings for Achieving Tunable Photonic Properties, Nano Letters (2006). DOI: 10.1021/nl061851t Radwanul Hasan Siddique et al. Theoretical and experimental analysis of the structural pattern responsible for the iridescence of Morpho butterflies, Optics Express (2013). DOI: 10.1364/OE.21.014351 Pete Vukusic et al. Erratum: Photonic structures in biology, Nature (2003). DOI: 10.1038/nature01941 In the study, Jia et al. devised a method to print glycerol (transparent liquid) on to butterfly wings and observe nanoscale wing structures hitherto unobserved via conventional optical microscopes. The work will pave the way for advanced liquid superlenses coupled with fast and flexible methods in optics. The results will assist nanostructural inspection via biophotonics in biological and non-biological samples. Citation: Biophotonics: In situ printing liquid superlenses to image butterfly wings and nanobiostructures (2019, January 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from 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. (1) Comparison of images of the M. m. menelaus ventral wing scales. Color images a and f were taken from the eyepiece using an iPhone 7 Plus camera. Grayscale images b–d and g–i were taken with an Andor Zyla5.5 sCMOS camera. Images e and j were taken by SEM; a–e are images of ground scales; f–j are images of cover scales; and c and h are the enlarged images of the red square areas in b and g, respectively. Yellow brackets indicate one of the lamellae tips on the ridges. All optical images were taken under a 100× (NA 0.90) objective. (2) Analysis with color images of sub-diffraction-limited structures. Ground scales of M. m. menelaus. a-d) were taken from the eyepiece using an iPhone 7 Plus camera without and via the glycerol superlens. Line profiles over the red dashed lines in a–e are shown in f and g. The ridges marked by yellow arrows were enlarged and are shown in the lower right. The inverted yellow rectangles mark the identified lamella tips along each enlarged section of the ridges. For ridges Ra and Rc imaged without the superlens, no lamella tips could be distinguished. The labels “La–e” correspond to line profiles, and labels “Ra–e” correspond to the enlarged ridges. Scale bar: 2 μm. OM optical microscopy, SL superlens, SEM scanning electron microscopy. Credit: Microsystems & Nanoengineering, doi: , Optics Expresscenter_img Experimentally acquired images at location-I on the CPU sample. a–d) Optical images taken via BTG-A (a), BTG-B (b), Gly-I (c), and without a superlens (d). The objective used was 100× (NA 0.90). The estimated fields-of-view (FOVs) in a, b, and c are 4.7, 2.9, and 7.5 μm in diameter, respectively. e) The SEM image over the same area. f–j) Enlarged images over an approximate area of 3.9 μm × 2.7 μm from the center of a–e, respectively. The yellow arrows point to an “H”-like pattern approximately 120 nm in width. k–o) Bandpass-filtered images of f–j, respectively. The scale bar in f–o: 500 nm. p) Profiles of the red lines in k–o with normalized intensity. The 1700-nm line profiles are aligned with the features in the SEM image above. Credit: Microsystems & Nanoengineering, doi: High-refractive-index microspheres in aqueous media have attracted great interest in recent years for observing liquid-immersed biological samples such as biological cells in vivo. Yet, the method is not favorable for samples with high-refractive index in dry conditions. In the present work, Jia et al. presented an in situ printed biocompatible glycerol superlens (SL) with higher resolution and larger FOV than barium titanate glass (BTG) microspheres under dry conditions. The scientists chose glycerol since it is a transparent liquid with a relatively high refractive index that is capable of printable droplet formation across a wide size range. As an important feature, glycerol contains strong inter-molecular interactions and is therefore highly resistant to evaporation. Although microdroplets of water typically evaporate almost instantly, by comparison, glycerol printed as droplets with a volume of 50 percent could exist at least for a day on substrates without significant size changes. Jia et al. therefore directly printed glycerol superlenses on a Morpho butterfly wing using an ink-jet printing machine. Thereafter, they characterized the glycerol images using a central processing unit (CPU)-integrated circuit (IC). The scientists observed nanobiostructures ranging from 50 nm to 200 nm in scale. In the work, the scientists adjusted the viscosity of the glycerol solution via dilution tests with MiliQ water to select an optimal concentration of 50 volume percent (50 vol%) for printing. Explore further In their work, Jia et al. observed two types of butterflies: Morpho Menelaus and Agrias beatifica beata. The scientists printed 60 glycerol drops (or lenses) on the butterfly samples to obtain spherical lenses approximating 95 µm in diameter. They observed the wing-scale features via an upright microscope system. The scientists were able to capture the ventral wing scales of the butterflies, where the Morpho species displayed two types of wing scales; ground and cover scales. In comparison to SEM, glycerol superlenses were unable to resolve complete structures entirely, but they showed the existence of substructures between the ridges of butterfly wings. For example, Jia et al. showed that in situ glycerol superlenses could extend the limit for nanoscale structures in biological samples to approximate 200 nm in width. Additional experiments showed the ability to color-image subdiffraction-limited nanobiostructures using the superlenses. The new method offers a cost-effective, fast and high-resolution imaging technique to visualize subdiffraction-limited nanobiostructures in situ. The work paves the way for water-immiscible liquids with high refractive indices to print liquid superlenses for water-immersion-based imaging applications. Biocompatible liquids such as silicone oil can be explored as superlenses underwater via low cost ink-jet printing next. Materials scientists continue to work toward engineering advanced liquid superlenses in nanobiophotonics. The scheme introduced by Jia et al. provides a fast and easy-to-implement strategy to observe nanobiostructures in biological and nonbiological samples. Schematic of the subdiffraction-limited imaging of a butterfly sample using in situ printed glycerol superlenses. The Morpho menelaus menelaus (M. m. menelaus) and Agrias beatifica beata (A. b. beata) samples were placed flat on a clean glass slide for printing. The microscopic images show the scale arrangement of the ventral wing of M. m. menelaus (bottom left) and the superlens array printed on the wing scales (middle). The superlenses exhibited a sphere-like geometry on the wing scales. The lateral image (upper right) was acquired using the inverted microscope (Nikon, Ti-E). The dimension statistics include data from 13 measured lenses based on their lateral images. Credit: Microsystems & Nanoengineering, doi: , Nature In optics, solid immersion lenses (SILs) can enhance optical resolution by increasing the effective numerical aperture (NA) of the imaging medium. The droplet lens is considered a liquid version of SILs with a flawless surface. The scientists first characterized the printed glycerol superlenses in the study using a different number of drops per lens on a clean silicon wafer before administration on butterfly wings. They selected the ideal number of drops per lens after a few trials; the resulting diameters of the glycerol lenses were comparable to BTG microspheres. Thereafter, they compared configurations of the experimental setup for the BTG microspheres and the glycerol superlens. The work showed that large BTG microspheres provided a large FOV, while a higher resolution was obtained with smaller BTG microspheres. When the scientists compared the images obtained with glycerol superlenses and those obtained using BTG, the results significantly improved in uniformity for images obtained using glycerol superlenses, alongside sharper nanoscale features. This implied that printed glycerol superlenses offered superior resolution capacity compared to BTG microspheres of equal and smaller sizes in air. Method that boosts contrast of high-resolution optical images has potential to enable lithography at the nanoscale Journal information: Journal of Applied Physics © 2019 Science X Networklast_img read more

A homage to worst book covers ever

first_imgAs readers haven’t we all read books with tad ‘embarrassing’ book covers? I remember my school friends wrapping copies of numerous ‘chick-lits’ as they are called, in newspapers and reading them in class. Some even ripped off the steamy covers so that they can do some reading at home, away from the prying eyes of parents and siblings. I remember as a school girl being quite wary of reading Gone with the Wind with Scarlett O’Hara in Rhett Butler’s embrace right on the cover. Of course, I didn’t know, the image was borrowed from the movie. But, a few days ago while surfing the Internet I found a list of books, in fact, ebook covers that will want you to hide your kindle in sheets of newspaper. And for a different reason altogether. Of course, why you would want to read these books is a different tale altogether. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘Never judge a book by its cover’, they say. Well, for these books, I’d say, please do. Imagine a book with the image of a woman in a passionate embrace. If you are reminded of Gone with the Wind, let me point out that this is no Vivien Leigh holding on to Clark Gable for dear life. The lady in question is embracing, well, a horse. And to be fair, the horse is hugging her back as passionately I would like to believe. The book title, you wonder? It’s called But…you’re a horse. Intrigued? Not yet? There are a whole range of books to choose from. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThere is Texting Mr Right with, big surprise! a woman texting! There is a of course a ‘Mr Right’ running his fingers through his hair and to make it even more interesting there is a lighthouse in the background (gasp)! There you go. Some interesting read, right? From photoshopped images of men and women (and horses, never forget horses), to childish drawings, pictures picked up from Google’s stock photos and even screenshots of video games, the lack of imagination (of the abundance of it, maybe) leaves you in splits. There is a whole list of books that the blog site Kindle Cover Disaster has revealed to horrify any self respecting reader, from How to deal with Hippo Encounter and Time Swirl: A Binky Adventure to Animal Future. Let me do you a favour and leave the book coversto your imagination or go check them out yourself. Between The Covers  is a weekly column on reading up and rating downlast_img read more

Classes at Agriculture Univ to resume from Tuesday

first_imgKolkata: The stalemate at Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya (BCKV) at Mohanpur in Nadia is all set to come to an end with the initiative of state Education minister Partha Chatterjee who visited the college campus on Saturday and held separate meetings with the university authorities and the students. It is learnt that the hostels will open on Monday and classes will resume from Tuesday.According to sources, the minister has urged the university officials and teachers to resume classes in the institution and also take steps for opening the hostels. He further advised that the Registrar of the varsity will be at the helm of affairs till Vice-Chancellor Dharani Dhar Patra joins the varsity. The university was also advised to form a probe committee that will investigate the incident of the alleged attack on the agitating students. The Registrar will convene a meeting of the Executive Committee on Monday and constitute the inquiry committee. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that the varsity had declared indefinite suspension of classes and ordered the students to vacate the hostels with immediate effect in two separate notifications on Friday night.Stating that the academic activities in the institute were being hampered, the BCKV authorities said in a notice posted on their website on Friday night: “… all the academic activities including all classes shall remain suspended until further notice.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe V-C who had fallen ill during gherao on September 13 evening was hospitalised after he complained of chest pain.The agitating students were demonstrating inside the campus since September 7 demanding the removal of Dean (Agriculture) Srikanth Das and Dean Students’ Welfare (DSW) Goutam Chakraborty for some alleged irregularities.There was stalemate at the varsity with a section of teachers joining the students in their movement.last_img read more

The game got off to a good start for the Cardinals

first_imgThe game got off to a good start for the Cardinals when David Johnson took the opening kickoff 108 yards for a touchdown, but the Cardinals had trouble pulling away from the hosting Bears through the game’s first 20 minutes or so. However, Larry Fitzgerald caught a touchdown pass late in the second quarter, and on the ensuing Bears possession safety Tony Jefferson picked off Bears QB Jay Cutler and returned the ball 26 yards for a score. The Bears added a pair of field goals prior to the end of the half to pull within eight, but Fitzgerald and Johnson each reached the end zone in the third quarter (Johnson on a 13-yard run), and the receiver added his final score late in the fourth. In all, the veteran wideout caught eight passes for 112 yards and three touchdowns to lead Arizona to a comfortable road win. No. 9Oct. 26 – Cardinals 26, Ravens 18, Week 7The Cardinals welcomed the bright lights of Monday Night Football with a shaky performance that featured enough big moments to entertain a national TV audience. Arizona trailed 10-7 with 3:54 left in the second quarter, but Carson Palmer found Michael Floyd for a touchdown with just more than one minute remaining in the half, and the Cardinals led the rest of the way. Things got tense in the fourth quarter, however, as the home team nursed an eight-point lead only to see the Ravens reach the Arizona four. The Cardinals blitzed Ravens QB Joe Flacco, who threw high to tight end Crockett Gilmore, and safety Tony Jefferson sealed the win by picking off the pass in the end zone. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires In this piece, we try to rank the victories, albeit with the understanding that this is a very subjective list.No. 14Nov. 1 – Cardinals 34, Browns 20, Week 8In what was largely an uninspired performance against a team that would have been difficult to be inspired against, the Cardinals fell behind early only to to dominate the second half and earn a road win. Carson Palmer threw for 374 yards and four touchdowns — two of which went to tight end Troy Niklas, the first TDs of his career. Chris Johnson ran for 109 yards on 30 carries, while Michael Floyd led receivers with 106 yards and a touchdown on four catches.No. 13Sept. 27 – Cardinals 47, 49ers 7, Week 3Going into the game most figured the Cardinals were a better team than their NFC West rivals, and it did not take long for that belief to turn into verifiable fact. Arizona took a 14-0 first-quarter lead on pick-sixes from Justin Bethel and Tyrann Mathieu, while a pair of Chris Johnson touchdown runs in the second quarter combined with a Chandler Catanzaro field goal to give the home team a 31-7 lead. Larry Fitzgerald went on to catch a pair of touchdowns in the second half, putting the cherry on top of a nine-reception, 134-yard performance. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling No. 8Dec. 6 – Cardinals 27, Rams 3, Week 13The Rams had knocked off the Cardinals in Glendale earlier in the season, and no doubt Arizona went into this game looking for payback. Goal achieved. It was not always pretty, but the Cardinals dominated the Rams as Carson Palmer threw for 356 yards and two touchdowns while David Johnson ran for 99 yards on 22 carries. John Brown led Arizona receivers with 113 yards on six catches while the defense limited stud rookie Todd Gurley to just 41 rushing yards.No. 7Nov. 29 – Cardinals 19, 49ers 13, Week 12The Cardinals were heavy favorites going into this game after already trouncing the 49ers earlier in the season, but it was apparent early on this game would be much, much different. Arizona struggled for most of the afternoon and found itself in a 13-13 tie heading into the fourth quarter. The Cardinals were able to get one last scoring drive, however, as Carson Palmer rallied his team behind a clutch deep throw to J.J. Nelson and then showed surprising wheels on a seven-yard touchdown run. A missed PAT by Chandler Catanzaro left the door open for the 49ers, who reached the Arizona 30 before seeing their drive stall. While a win over the 49ers isn’t necessarily reason to celebrate, it was the Cardinals’ first road victory over San Francisco since 2008. No. 6Dec. 11 – Cardinals 23, Vikings 20, Week 14This Thursday night tilt was between two of the NFC’s better teams, though the Vikings came into the game shorthanded due to injury and fuming after being blown out at home by the Seattle Seahawks the previous Sunday. Instead of the blowout many predicted, the Cardinals found themselves in a 60-minute battle that came down to the wire. Carson Palmer threw for 310 yards and two touchdowns while David Johnson ran for 92 yards on 19 carries, and Chandler Catanzaro’s 47-yard field goal with 1:23 remaining gave the Cardinals the lead. The Vikings responded by reaching the Arizona 31, and with 13 seconds left decided to try one more play before attempting a game-tying field goal. It was on that play where Dwight Freeney sacked Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater, forcing a fumble that was recovered by Calais Campbell. It preserved Arizona’s win and clinched a playoff spot.No. 5Dec. 27 – Cardinals 38, Packers 8, Week 16This game that had major playoff implications as both the Cardinals and Packers had eyes on the No. 2 seed in the NFC, and for 15 minutes it looked like it might be a classic slugfest. But then the second quarter happened. The Cardinals were up 10-0 and a Carson Palmer interception looked like it would give the Packers new life, but Justin Bethel picked off Aaron Rodgers in the end zone and Arizona went 80 yards in less than one minute to score a touchdown and extend the lead to 17-0. From there, the rout was on, with Arizona collecting nine sacks — including eight of Rodgers — while returning two of the QB’s fumbles for touchdowns. Dwight Freeney’s three sacks led the team, while Calais Campbell chipped in 2.5, and in the week that followed pretty much the entire NFL world felt like the Cardinals were the best team in the league. No. 3Dec. 20 – Cardinals 40, Eagles 17, Week 15On national TV once again, the Cardinals went into the game against playoff-hopeful Philadelphia knowing a win would clinch their first NFC West title since 2009. It did not take long for them to exert their dominance, with rookie David Johnson doing much of the damage. The rookie’s 47-yard touchdown run in the second quarter saw him break numerous tackles, and the score broke a 10-10 tie and gave the Cardinals a lead they would not relinquish. Johnson ran for 187 yards and three touchdowns on 29 carries, while also adding 42 yards on four receptions. The Cardinals clinched the division that night but lost safety Tyrann Mathieu for the rest of the season after he tore his ACL intercepting a pass late in the game, while Carson Palmer dislocated his right index finger.No. 2Jan. 16 – Cardinals 26, Packers 20, Divisional PlayoffsMany were excited to see the Cardinals match up with the Packers again given how handily they beat them three weeks earlier, but this game was considerably different from the first meeting. The Cardinals took just a 7-6 lead into halftime before finding themselves trailing 13-10 heading into the fourth quarter. It seemed like Arizona might get bounced at home when Carson Palmer was intercepted by Green Bay’s Damarious Randall in the end zone with the Cardinals facing a first-and-goal from the Packers’ 10 early in the fourth quarter, but the defense was able to force a punt on the next Green Bay drive and Palmer engineered a 14-play, 80-yard drive that ended with a Michael Floyd touchdown that was originally thrown to Larry Fitzgerald, but bounced off Randall’s arm and fell right to Floyd in the end zone with 3:44 remaining. The Cardinals tacked on a Chandler Catanzaro field goal with 43 seconds remaining to give them a seven-point lead, and seemed to have the game locked up when they forced a 4th-and-20 from the Green Bay four. However, Aaron Rodgers scrambled and found receiver Jeff Janis for a 60-yard gain to the Arizona 36 and then, after a pair of incomplete passes, connected with Janis on a 41-yard Hail Mary as the clock expired. The PAT send the game into overtime, and a weird game got even stranger when referee Clete Blakeman’s coin toss went without the coin ever spinning. The Cardinals won the original version as well as the re-toss, and on the first play from scrimmage watched as Palmer scrambled away from pressure and found Larry Fitzgerald for a 75-yard catch-and-run to the Green Bay five. Two plays later Fitz punched the ball into the end zone on a shovel pass, and Arizona moved on to the NFC Championship Game. Top Stories No. 4Nov. 23 – Cardinals 34, Bengals 31, Week 11The Bengals came in as one of the best teams in the AFC, and their battle with the Cardinals proved to be everything NBC hoped it would when the networked flexed the game into Sunday Night Football. Arizona trailed early but bounced back behind three Carson Palmer touchdown passes to take a 28-14 lead into the fourth quarter. The Bengals scored a TD early in the fourth quarter to close the gap to seven, but Arizona responded with a field goal and with less than seven minutes remaining had what looked like a pretty comfortable 10-point edge. However, the Bengals scored a touchdown with 3:44 left and then added a field goal with 1:03 on the clock to tie the game. With overtime an option, the Cardinals opted to take their chances and try to end the game in regulation, and Palmer responded by completing passes to J.J. Nelson and Larry Fitzgerald (twice) to get to the Cincinnati 27. Following one kneel down to help position the ball and drain some clock, a controversial unsportsmanlike penalty was called on the Bengals’ Domata Peko for imitating the snap count, putting the ball at the Cincy 14 and setting Chandler Catanzaro up for a 32-yard field goal, which he made with just two seconds left on the clock. No. 1Nov. 15 – Cardinals 39, Seahawks 32, Week 10By this point in the season the Cardinals had established themselves as a legitimate NFC West contender, but the game in Seattle against the two-time defending NFC champs would serve as a test to see just how good they were. For a while it looked as if the Cardinals might blow out their rivals, opening up a 19-0 lead before taking a 22-7 advantage into halftime. However, a vicious pass rush led to a couple Carson Palmer fumbles, and with 13:00 remaining in the fourth quarter the Cardinals were trailing 29-25. From there Palmer and the offense went to work, with Arizona putting together a 10-play, 83-yard scoring drive to retake the lead with 8:41 remaining, and then, after forcing a punt, broke things open again with a 48-yard touchdown run by Andre Ellington. In the win, Palmer threw for 363 yards and three touchdowns, with Larry Fitzgerald (10 catches, 130 yards) and Micheal Floyd (7 catches, 113 yards) doing most of the damage. The victory gave Arizona a three-game lead on the Seahawks and served notice that there was a changing of the guard in one of the NFL’s premier divisions. Comments   Share   No. 12Oct. 11 – Cardinals 42, Lions 17, Week 5The Cardinals were starting to cement their status as one of the NFL’s better teams, whereas the Lions had yet to win a game up to that point in the season. It took just one quarter to see why each team was what we thought they were. After falling behind 7-0 in the first quarter, the Cardinals reached the end zone four times in the second to take a 28-7 lead into halftime. Larry Fitzgerald scored on a two-yard pass in the third quarter and Andre Ellington broke off a 63-yard touchdown run in the fourth to provide the offense, while Arizona’s defense intercepted Lions QB Matthew Stafford three times and led to the starter being benched.No. 11Sept. 13 – Cardinals 31, Saints 19, Week 1There was no shortage of optimism as Carson Palmer was back on the field leading a team many thought could compete for the NFC West title. The veteran had himself a day, throwing for 307 yards and three touchdowns, as the Cardinals were able to pull away in the fourth quarter. The capper was a swing pass rookie running back David Johnson took 55-yards for a score with less than two minutes remaining.No. 10Sept. 21 – Cardinals 48, Bears 23, Week 2 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Many people will remember the Arizona Cardinals’ season for how it ended, and no doubt the 49-15 loss to the Carolina Panthers in the NFC Championship Game left a sour taste in everyone’s mouth.Still, the Cardinals experienced far more success than failure in the 2015 campaign, setting a franchise record for wins with 13 in the regular season and then a 14th in the postseason.Some of the wins were nail biters while others were complete blowouts. Some carried the weight of playoff implications while others were the kind that a good team is “supposed” to earn. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more