first_imgDONEGAL County Council says its fleet of gritters will hit the roads of Donegal tonight as forecasters predict a bitterly cold night.The council staff will grit all the main routes from 4pm.Met Eireann is forecasting lows of -2C with frost and icy patches forming with some hail or sleet showers affecting Donegal towards dawn.  DONEGAL COUNTY COUNCIL GRITTERS OUT TONIGHT AS TEMPERATURES PLUNGE was last modified: December 4th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegal daily weatherdonegal weatherfrostgrittershailicesleetlast_img read more

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSANTA CLARA — As mistake-prone as the 49ers pass defense is, the Los Angeles Rams don’t have to prey on it Sunday, not when they boast the league’s leading running back in Todd Gurley.“It wasn’t a coincidence he was the NFL MVP last year, and so far he’s on his way to winning that again,” coach Kyle Shanahan said of Gurley, who actually won the AP Offensive Player of the Year award while Tom Brady captured MVP honors. …last_img read more

first_imgPrimera División Seedorf to leave relegated Deportivo Jamie Smith 02:30 5/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Clarence Seedorf Getty Images Primera División Deportivo La Coruña Real Sociedad v Deportivo La Coruña The former AC Milan player and coach is leaving the Riazor after the club were relegated from Spain’s top flight Deportivo La Coruna have confirmed Clarence Seedorf will leave following the club’s relegation from La Liga.Seedorf was appointed in February but the former Netherlands international only led the team to two league victories during his time in charge.Deportivo announced on Tuesday that the 42-year-old’s contract, which expires at the end of June, will not be renewed. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “It has been an honour to defend the colours of a historic club like Deportivo,” Seedorf said.”And I thank the president and all the professional team of Depor for their work and availability during these months.”Seedorf has also had brief, unsuccessful spells in charge of former club AC Milan and Chinese side Shenzhen.last_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal boss Emery pressed about dumped Ozilby Paul Vegas9 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery was reluctant to discuss Mesut Ozil’s situation last night.Emery did not consider Ozil for their Europa League win over Vitoria.Pushed about the German, the manager would only say: “Tonight is not the day to speak about that.”I prefer to speak about the match. We have all the players who played.”He’s not in the squad. That is the decision tonight. Now we are going to work towards Sunday.” last_img read more

The best rivalry in professional men’s1In women’s tennis, Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova played each other 80 times, including in 60 finals. tennis history continues to unfold — and it isn’t Roger Federer against Rafael Nadal.It’s Federer against Novak Djokovic.Federer and Nadal are probably the best players of all time.2A whole article, or book, could be written about what that means. In tennis as in other sports, the level of play keeps rising as competitors get bigger, fitter and stronger, so the two dominant players of the last decade likely are the best ever. In relative measures, such as dominance of their peers, major titles and consistency, Federer and Nadal also stand up well to the likes of Pete Sampras and Rod Laver. They may have played the best match of all time. But their head-to-head history is mostly predictable and one-sided. It’s better than nearly every rivalry that came before it, yet it’s not even in the top two current matchups.Nadal’s rivalry with Djokovic, the current world No. 1, is much better. Nadal and Djokovic have met 42 times, more than any other pair since the sport went pro in 1968, according to data provided by Jeff Sackmann of Tennis Abstract. From September 2010 through June of this year, Nadal and Djokovic have played a remarkable 21 times,3More than all but 24 other pairs of players who have played each other throughout their careers since 1968. including in seven major finals, and have contested several classics. But they’ve also played many duds. And while their overall record is nearly even, the rivalry breaks down into several lopsided sub-rivalries: Nadal dominates on clay (14-4), Djokovic on hard (14-7). Nadal won 14 of their first 18 matches; Djokovic has won 15 of 24 since.Compare that to the running feud that is Federer vs. Djokovic. They have been playing close matches since their first meeting after Djokovic’s 20th birthday, when Djokovic won in a winner-take-all third-set tiebreaker. Since then, neither man has won more than three of the matches between them in a row. They’ve been even on every surface: 1-1 on grass, with Federer holding narrow leads of 4-3 on clay and 14-13 on hard courts. Djokovic is 6-4 in finals, Federer 11-10 in semis. They’ve split their 12 Grand Slam matches. They could meet for a 37th time in the World Tour Finals, the year-end event featuring the tour’s best players that ends Sunday in London.These are three of the sport’s greatest rivalries ever, and they remain very much alive, with the three participants currently holding the three top spots in the rankings. The continuing drama of these rivalries owes to the greatness of the trio, the happy coincidence that Nadal and Djokovic were born a year apart and the stubbornness of Federer, sticking around at age 33 to keep challenging his younger rivals.Federer-Djokovic provides plenty of intangible pleasure for neutral fans. Each can defend but prefers to play the aggressor, making for quick reversals and for many unpredictable points. Federer has one of the sport’s most effective serves ever. It has a mighty foil in Djokovic’s possibly best-ever return. Federer’s rekindling of his love for the serve-and-volley raises the tension.Many of their matches have been meaningful and memorable: Federer’s French Open win to break Djokovic’s 43-match winning streak in 2011 was bookended by two Djokovic wins in U.S. Open five-set semifinals after saving match points in 2010 and 2011. Their final this July at Wimbledon was about as high in quality and excitement as Nadal’s more celebrated win over Federer at Wimbledon in 2008.The Federer-Djokovic relationship has occasionally been tense; last July Djokovic’s father criticized Federer’s character. Other external figures keep the rivalry interesting: Djokovic coach Boris Becker and Federer coach Stefan Edberg are former world No. 1s who played each other 35 times.The statistical side of ranking a sport’s best rivalries is necessarily arbitrary. There is no single, universally accepted way to assess matchups, but here is what we can safely look for in a great rivalry: Frequent, competitive matches in significant situations. Just as the world’s best player probably isn’t best at every shot but must be really good at each one, the Federer-Djokovic rivalry doesn’t rule each category but it’s strong in all of them.Let’s take them in turn.FrequencyNadal-Djokovic is the most common meeting among men’s tour players since 1968. Federer-Djokovic ties for second; its next edition will push it past Ivan Lendl-John McEnroe. Nadal-Federer ranks eighth.SignificanceFedal, as fans call it,4Since Nadal has dominated the rivalry, his name probably should come first, but that doesn’t lend itself to as pithy a nickname. Naderer? ranks higher for total significance of matches. Of their 33 meetings, 20 have come in finals — double the number of Federer-Djokovic finals.After Federer’s match Sunday in London, I asked him to compare his rivalries with Nadal and with Djokovic. He ranked his Nadal tussles higher because of all the finals they’ve played. “I know Novak, the matches and the rivalry is nice,” Federer said. “I really enjoy playing against him. It’s very evenly matched, you know. But I played him more often probably in semis than in finals most likely. I don’t know if that’s true, but that’s kind of how it felt like.”He’s right, but you have to win semis to reach finals. I came up with a quick way to assess the importance of matches in winning titles, which I call title leverage.5A final counts as one, a semi as one-half — since winning a semi gives you a chance to play a final — a quarterfinal as one-fourth and a round-of-16 match as one-eighth. By this measure, Nadal-Djokovic ranks first in title leverage overall, and second at Grand Slams. Nadal-Federer is second in title leverage, and first at Grand Slams. Federer-Djokovic ranks sixth and third, respectively.CompetitivenessSo far, Federer-Djokovic looks like a contender for top rivalry but it’s hardly the leader. Consider competitiveness, though, and today’s top two players are the very best at challenging each other:The rivalry is unusually even. Djokovic, who trails in the head-to-head, has won 47.2 percent of their matches. That’s the highest winning percentage for the man who’s trailing in any rivalry with at least 25 matches. They mount comebacks. Two in nine of their matches were won by a player who trailed by a set at some stage. That’s higher than average and ahead of Nadal-Djokovic, though just behind Nadal-Federer.10Matches are considered comebacks only if they occur in completed matches; walkovers, retirements and defaults aren’t included. The sets are close. They’ve played the closest sets of any rivalry with at least 27 meetings.8If the loser of the set won five or more games, I counted that as leaving no games on the table. So I counted a 7-5 set and a 7-6 set the same, as leaving no games. A 6-4 set left one possible game, a 6-3 set two, and so on. Federer-Djokovic has averaged 1.47 games, compared to an average figure for rivalries of at least 15 matches of 1.73. The smaller the figure, the closer the sets. One-third of their sets have been 7-5 or closer. That’s the highest mark for any rivalry with at least 25 meetings.9The average is 25 percent for rivalries with at least 15 meetings. No amount of evidence will trump taste for most tennis fans. They might appreciate a matchup for the personalities, for the aesthetic joy of watching one player’s backhand volley against another’s forehand passing shot. Or they might adopt a favorite in their hearts, not in their minds, after a single memorable match. As much as I enjoy Federer-Djokovic, and especially was gripped while attending their Wimbledon final this year, I had more fun watching two players ranked outside the Top 100 playing a late-night five-setter in the third round of the 2009 U.S. Open.The players themselves use their own criteria for ranking rivalries.I wanted to lay out my entire statistical case to Federer and Djokovic this week, but their post-match press conferences weren’t the right setting. So I asked them, simply, where their rivalry ranked in their careers. Federer ranked his rivalry with Nadal over his tussles with Djokovic. He also put in a good word for rivalries with players closer to his age or older: Tim Henman, David Nalbandian, Lleyton Hewitt, Andy Roddick and Andre Agassi.11Federer won as high a percentage of his matches against those five as Nadal has won against him.“Both of these rivalries that I have with Roger and Rafa are special in their own way,” Djokovic said Wednesday. “I do feel those rivalries have contributed to my success a lot.” And he, like Federer, put in a good word for Nadal-Federer. “Their rivalry was amazing, and still is.”CORRECTION (Nov. 14, 5:25 p.m.): Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova played each other 80 times, including in 60 finals, according to the Women’s Tennis Association. An earlier version of a footnote to this article said that they played each other 56 times, including in 47 finals. (There is some disagreement about their record; Tennis Abstract lists 56 Evert-Navratilova matches and 47 finals while the International Tennis Federation lists 59 non-walkover matches and 50 finals.) They play very few duds. Just 47 percent of their matches have ended in straight sets, below the average rate of 58 percent and below the level for Nadal-Djokovic, though just above the 45 percent for Nadal-Federer. And just 14 percent of Federer-Djokovic matches have been what I call duds: straight-setters without a set 7-5 or closer. The rate is at least 30 percent for the two Nadal rivalries, and averages 33 percent overall for frequent matchups. They rarely leave any tennis unplayed. They’ve played 77.6 percent of possible sets in their matches.6If they finish a best-of-five-set match in four sets, they’ve played 80 percent of possible sets. That’s above average for rivalries with at least 15 matchups,7The average figure is 75 percent. Unless otherwise noted, the averages in this section are among matchups with at least 15 meetings since the professional era began. better than Nadal-Djokovic and behind only Nadal-Federer, by a nose, among rivalries with at least 27 meetings. read more

Welcome to this week’s episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (June 30, 2015), we discuss the U.S. women’s national soccer team lineup, preview Wimbledon and discuss the weirdness of NBA free agency. Plus, our Significant Digit of the week: Luke Ridnour was traded this week for the fourth time this offseason, to the Toronto Raptors.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above.Below are some links to what we discuss on this week’s show:Allison McCann on the greatest Women’s World Cup game of all time.Andy Murray defending his coach ahead of Wimbledon.A full list of NBA free agents.Significant Digit: Luke Ridnour, the man that no team, and every team, wants. Hot Takedown More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. read more

OSU center Pat Elflein (65) looks across the line of scrimmage during the second half against Indiana on Oct. 8. The Buckeyes won 38-17. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorLast Saturday, Ohio State struggled in pass protection with a team that averaged just a half sack a game in Michigan State. Buckeyes’ quarterback J.T. Barrett was hurried three times, and hurried seven of his passes. Barrett, who threw for just 86 yards against the Spartans, has taken a high level of abuse in recent weeks, carrying the ball 35 times in the last two weeks, on top of being sacked. This year, OSU has allowed its quarterbacks to be dropped in the backfield 17 times through 11 games.Although OSU has given up over a sack a game, Michigan’s defensive line is a different kind of beast with pass rushing. On defense, the Wolverines have 36 sacks, more than the team had all last season, including bowl games.The tendency of quarterbacks to be injured by the Michigan defense this season has been noted by coaches from Jim Harbaugh’s staff. So far, five opposing starters have been knocked out of games with injuries when playing against the Maize and Blue. When asked about the topic, Michigan junior defensive end Chase Winovich said it is never something that teams take pride in, but it’s just a matter of fact when playing a sport as physical as football. After Maryland starter Perry Hills hurt his shoulder against the Wolverines, Winovich was unapologetic in his answer to why so many quarterbacks have been injured against his team.“It’s a violent game,” he said. “Nobody makes it out alive. Nobody’s safe in this game, especially if you’re playing quarterback against us. We’re coming.”While Winovich did express his desire for a quick recovery by Hills, the message was clear. Michigan pulls no punches when hitting opposing signal callers. OSU players were asked about the strange statistic on Monday at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Adding to an already heated rivalry with serious playoff implications, many members of the team did not seem pleased with the comments made by the Michigan defensive end.Among them was redshirt junior guard Billy Price. Cooler heads prevailed for Price, who said he understood the tall order of keeping Barrett off the long list of injured starter“If you have a defensive line making a statement like that, that’s a challenge,” Price said. “We look forward to getting after it and protecting J.T.”Historically, the battle up front between Michigan and OSU has determined the outcome. The last time the Wolverines topped the Buckeyes, then-OSU quarterback Braxton Miller was dropped four times. Without time to pass, the Buckeyes could be in for a long game. Although OSU’s offensive attack depends mostly on running the ball and wearing down a defense, Michigan is allowing just 108 yards rushing per game to opponents.Even more frightening, Michigan has given up just four rushing touchdowns this season, one of the lowest marks in the entire NCAA. Redshirt senior center Pat Elflein has been pitted against the Wolverines before, and has witnessed firsthand the physicality of the trenches in The Game. OSU has faced more than one stout defensive front this season, but Saturday will be the ultimate test.Even with a formidable defense wanting nothing more than to drag Barrett down in the backfield, Elflein remains confident in his unit’s ability to dictate the outcome and is unaffected by the comments made by Winovich.“I know they’re a good defensive line,” he said. “We’ve faced good defensive lines this year and I don’t really care about any (talk) because we are going to do our job and we’re going to run the ball and protect our quarterback.”Elflein and Price will get their chance to back their claims on Saturday in Ohio Stadium against Michigan. Kickoff is set for noon. read more

first_imgThe Walt Disney Company is reportedly eyeing a deal to buy social media platform Twitter.According to Bloomberg, Disney sees Twitter as a key video distribution platform, and as such has hired the Bank of America to evaluate a deal.Twitter founder and CEO Jack Dorsey is the board of Disney, meaning the two companies already have top-level lines of communication open.Twitter operates primarily as a social messaging service, with an average of 313 million monthly users. It currently has a market capitalisation of US$20 billion, with its shares rising to US$23.41 on news of Disney’s interest.However, it is increasingly used as a video distribution platform and would offer Disney a new way of getting short-form video from US broadcast network ABC, sports cable channel ESPN and its Disney Channel networks out to younger adult audiences.Disney already owns multichannel network Maker Studios, paying an initial US$500 million for the business. It was due to pay another US450 million, but targets were missed, meaning the total value was less than US$700 million.The Mouse House also has a 25% stake in VOD service Hulu and shareholdings in Vice Media, both directly and another through the part-owned A+E Networks.Rumours that Dorsey and the Twitter management team are looking at selling have been swirling on Wall Street for some time.Last week, it emerged San Francisco-based cloud computing company Salesforce was exploring a deal, while YouTube parent Google has also been linked.last_img read more

first_imgVideo streaming and spending on internet advertising will help drive growth in the UK entertainment and media sector to the tune of £10 billion (€11 billion) over the next five, years, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Global Entertainment & Media Outlook report.According to the 2019-23 Outlook report, the UK media and entertainment sector will be worth £80 billion by 2023, up from the £70 billion projected for this year.Overall, the UK’s entertainment and media sector will grow at a pace of 3.5% per annum and will only be second to Germany in total revenue within Western Europe, according to PwC.Internet advertising is forecast to account for a quarter of all entertainment and media revenue by 2023, generating £20 billion in revenue up from £15 billion this year, growing at a 9% compound annual growth rate.Mobile will continue to drive growth and by the end of 2023, revenue from mobile advertising will be more than double – £14 billion – that of traditional internet advertising – £6.3 billion – and account for nearly three quarters of all internet advertising, according to the report.Virtual reality leads as the fastest growing sector for the third year running, with 20% CAGR forecast over the next four years.  While VR gaming leads the way in revenue, VR video is the fastest growing sub-sector and will contribute to the industry as a whole being worth £294 million by 2023.Over-the-top video is also forecast for double-digit growth – at 10.3% – with demand for video streaming services set to continue upwards. Subscription video on demand revenue is set to grow from over £900 million this year to over £1.4 billion in the next five years.“The industry is underpinned by consumer demand for new, high quality content, that is accessible and highly personalisable. Innovation from key industry players (in terms of platforms, technology and business models) continues to stimulate demand. The UK remains a leading market in terms of talent, reputation and innovation, and has seen significant levels of financial investment as a result. All of these factors combined mean that we expect the UK entertainment and media market to continue to grow ahead of the wider economy, at 3.5% p.a. over the next five years,” said Mark Maitland, UK head of entertainment and media at PwC.“The UK telecoms market is one of the largest in Western Europe, with intense competition in both the mobile and fixed sectors. Following the award of the first UK 5G spectrum in April last year operators are expected to launch services this year which will increase speeds for smartphone users. Across all devices video is the fastest-growing content type, increasing at a 22% CAGR. Video accounts for 84% of data consumption across devices in 2018, and this is expected to increase to 89% in 2023.”last_img read more

first_img Attorney General Jeff Sessions might be seeking to resume enforcement of federal cannabis laws without changing Justice Department policy. 3 min read Green Entrepreneur provides how-to guides, ideas and expert insights for entrepreneurs looking to start and grow a cannabis business. What Every Cannabis Entrepreneur Needs to Understand About the Cole Memo Guest Writer Subscribe Now Cannabis Next Article Get 1 Year of Green Entrepreneur for $19.99 –sharescenter_img The Cole memorandum pops up frequently in media reports and discussions about the legal marijuana industry. This is especially true in recent days, when it appears it could be under attack by the Trump Administration.But just what is the Cole Memo? Simply put, it’s all that stands between legal adult-use marijuana businesses and getting arrested by federal agents. Consequently, it’s the most important document in the legal marijuana industry.It’s even more important now. In recent days, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has sent letters to Colorado, Oregon and Washington indicating he believes the states may not stand in compliance with the memo.Related: Oakland Explores Reparations for Those Persecuted by the War on DrugsCole Memo OverviewAs states began legalization of adult-use marijuana, the federal government under then-President Barack Obama faced a challenge. With states legalizing marijuana, how should the federal government go about enforcing federal laws? Marijuana was, and still is, a Schedule I illegal drug under federal law.Cracking down on marijuana sales would impede the rights of those who had voted for its use in those states. It also would violate the doctrine of states’ rights. In an attempt at compromise, Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole wrote a memorandum in 2013 calling for the Justice Department to not enforce federal law on marijuana against cannabis businesses operating legally under state law.However, the memo stands on the idea that states will enact regulatory framework that tracks marijuana from seed to sale. The memo also requires states to work for prevention of:Distribution to minorsMarijuana profits from going to criminal enterprisesMarijuana being distributed from a legal state to an adjacent state where it’s illegalLegal marijuana providing cover for the sale of other, illegal drugsViolence or firearms becoming involved in the marijuana industryDrugged driving or other negative impact on public healthThe growing of marijuana on public landsThe possession of marijuana on public landsRelated: Getting Healthy, Not High: Using Cannabis to Fight CancerWhy it’s a bigger deal nowIn recent weeks, Sessions has sent letters to leaders in Colorado, Oregon and Washington asking for detailed reports on how they are adhering to the memo. He also apparently repeated that the federal government plans to enforce laws against marijuana, which he called a “dangerous drug.”For some, this signals he might be looking at violations of the memo’s “prevention of” section. Meanwhile, the Associated Press obtained portions of a report that a committee formed by Sessions delivered last month.The Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety apparently developed no new policies for Sessions to implement. According to the Associated Press, the group “largely reiterates the current Justice Department policy on marijuana.”Given that, Sessions focus on the Cole memo may indicate a new approach. While to this point it’s been all talk, the cannabis industry will continue paying very close attention to Sessions in case talk turns to action.Follow dispensaries.com on Twitter to stay up to date on the latest cannabis news. August 15, 2017 dispensaries.com Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. Add to Queue Jeff Sessions Image credit: Alex Wong | Getty Imageslast_img read more