Month: January 2018

Cleveland Cavaliers shouldn’t count on explosive offense to make up for continued defensive struggles –

Once again, the Cavs find themselves searching. For answers. For lineup combinations. For workable schemes. Only this time, the answers may not be found. Playing with more consistent effort will help. But it’s not a cure-all.

Well, the offense did its part Saturday night, tallying a season-high 131 points on 50 percent shooting and 44.1 percent from 3-point range.

And yet, the best offensive night certainly didn’t do much to alleviate any defensive concerns. Dreadful once again, the Cavs gave up at least 30 points in three of the four quarters, nearly causing a late-game collapse. Cleveland still snuck out of Orlando with a four-point win, ending a five-game losing streak on the road. Still, it’s not about a Saturday night game against Orlando. This is a big-picture team.

The Cavs currently rank 28th in defensive efficiency, allowing 108.5 points per 100 possessions. Only Phoenix and Sacramento have been worse this season.

Ball handlers continuously got the edge at the point of attack, forcing the defense to over-help. Orlando was able to race out in transition, recording 25 fast break points. The Magic also scored in the paint with relative ease, taking advantage of the lack of rim protection, piling up 66 points on 33-of-53 shooting inside. On the season, the Cavs’ defense ranks 25th in points in the paint allowed. 

CLEVELAND, Ohio — When Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue was asked about his slipping defense prior to the team’s shootaround Saturday morning, he pointed elsewhere, to the other end of the floor — an explanation he has given numerous times in the past.

Historically, teams outside the top 10 don’t win the NBA title. The last team to do it? The Los Angeles Lakers, nearly two decades ago.

Five players (LeBron James, Kevin Love, JR Smith, Isaiah Thomas and Dwyane Wade) reached double figures in scoring.

For all the great things Thomas promises to add, he won’t be able to do much — if anything — to fix the defense.

England wilt in record Sydney heat as Marsh brothers dominate and the top order collapses again – Daily Mail

Mitchell Starc appeals for the wicket of Stoneman as the England opener fell early in the tourists’ second innings

Mitchell was in equally attacking mood and the two continued to torment the tourists bowlers in the punishing heat

There are still as many questions as answers. Mark Stoneman and James Vince both went cheaply and predictably again while left-handers Cook, despite becoming the youngest man in Test history to reach 12,000 Test runs, and Malan fell to an off-spinner in Nathan Lyon who has been a surprise star of this series.

Shaun Marsh was alongside his brother as they both reached hundreds, with Shaun going on to pass 150 before his dismissal

Shaun Marsh was finally dismissed for 156 when Mark Stoneman ran him out as the Australians neared 600

Since Stuart Broad inspired England to a famous win in Johannesburg at the start of 2016 they have conceded more than 600 five times in 15 away Tests.

11500-Year-Old Skeleton Reveals an Unknown Group of Ancient Migrants to the Americas – Mental Floss

When the ship didn’t arrive on schedule, speculation about its fate grew in the Windy City. A front-page headline from the Chicago American instilled a morsel of hope—“Santa Claus Ship May Be Safe”—but within weeks, waterlogged Christmas trees began washing up on Wisconsin’s coast.

No one knows for sure what happened, but the archaeologists agree on one thing: The ship was well past its prime by the time it set sail that holiday season.

Meanwhile, the search and rescue mission quickly became futile. The lifeboat crew spent hours circumnavigating the area where the Simmons had first been spotted, but saw no trace of the ship despite the 6-mile visibility on the lake that afternoon. The Christmas Tree Ship, with all 17 hands, had vanished.

The boat’s seaworthiness didn’t appear to be of much concern to Schuenemann, nor did the bad omen of rats fleeing the ship faze him. Captain Santa would make his annual run to Chi-Town anyway, just in time for the holidays. The city, and presumably his bank account, were depending on it.

Schuenemann moved hordes of the Michigan spruces annually from his dockside location and earned a reputation for generosity by donating trees to the poor. But in 1912, his own wallet may have been tightening. He had filed for bankruptcy a few years earlier and, likely operating under tight margins, he nixed having the 44-year-old Simmons re-caulked for the trip down Lake Michigan that year.

The tragedy has since become one of the great Christmas-time legends of America’s maritime past. But what actually happened during the ship’s final moments has been cloaked in mystery, and, as with most legends, separating fact from fiction can be tricky. Many accounts, for example, suggest that heavy ice covering the trees, hull, masts, and sails brought the vessel down. Actual weather reports from that afternoon, however, show that temperatures hadn’t gone below 36˚F—so heavy ice wouldn’t have formed. Another theory suggests a boom supporting one of the sails struck the ship’s wheel during the storm and snapped it off. With no steering, Captain Santa and crew would have obviously been at the mercy of the storm’s fury. However, inspection of the ship’s rudder during a 2006 archaeological survey of the wreck suggests its position was inconsistent with the theory.

The Simmons left Thompson Harbor around 2 p.m. on November 22 with a forest full of spruces blanketing its deck. As it made its way south, the barometer fell and the winds picked up. By 3 p.m. the next day, the ship was reeling on Lake Michigan as it fought gale-force conditions, floundering nose down through pounding surf as it passed the Kewaunee Life Saving Station a few hundred miles north of Chicago. Upon spotting the ship in distress, the station’s keeper called for a motorized lifeboat to assist the struggling vessel.

Once the rats fled the ship, Captain Herman Schuenemann should have considered himself warned.

Couple jailed after waiting three days to take baby with ‘hanging’ broken arm to hospital – Metro

Early morning airport pints could be banned by the Government

A couple left a baby with a broken arm in ‘significant pain’ for three days before finally taking him to hospital.

Craig Lowe, prosecuting, said Warne, 29, and 37-year-old Chambers took the baby to the doctors after he began crying when he was picked up and when his shoulder was touched.

Jailing them at Grimsby Crown Court, Judge Mark Bury said: ‘There was significant pain and suffering to the baby which could have been avoided.

Miss Baines said it was clear Warne, who suffers with depression and anxiety and had a heroin addiction for several years, has ‘inadequate’ parenting skills.

The injury was caused accidentally, but the baby suffered until the couple took him to Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital in Grimsby, Lincolnshire, on August 17, when they noticed his arm was ‘hanging’.

Man hanged himself on his birthday ‘after row with girlfriend about dinner’

Mitch Lightfoot comes up big in Jayhawks’ 88-84 victory over TCU – Kansas City Star

Of course the final result wasn’t settled until Malik Newman hit one of two free throws with 4.5 seconds left to up an 87-84 margin to two possessions.

Self obviously was pleased the Jayhawks could win on a night in which Azubuike labored with foul problems.

“That was a huge win,” Self said, “especially coming off the Texas Tech game, where we were so bad at home. It was big to come down here. It’s amazing … we’ve actually played better away from home this year than at home.”

But no doubt Lightfoot’s rejection was huge — as huge as the three the Chandler, Ariz., native hit with 7:26 left to give KU a 70-64 advantage.

Mykhailiuk wanted to deflect credit to others, such as Lightfoot.

Indeed, Lightfoot did miss another trey shortly after the one he sank. “Coach congratulated me on a good game, said he appreciated it (the effort),” Lightfoot added.

Lightfoot spoke to the media sporting a slight cut on the bridge of his nose. He worked hard in his 26 minutes of duty battling the likes of TCU big man Vlad Brodziansky, who had 20 points and 10 boards.

Registration open for 2018 Illinois Crop Management Conferences – Northwest Herald

Dates and locations are Jan. 24 at DoubleTree by Hilton in Mount Vernon, Jan. 31 at Brookens Auditorium at University of Illinois – Springfield, Feb. 7 at the I-Hotel in Champaign and Feb. 21 at Kishwaukee College in Malta.

In early October, the Environmental Protection Agency approved revised labels for Xtendimax, FeXapan and Engenia. In addition to being classified as restricted-use pesticides, the labels now require applicators to attend an annual dicamba or group 4 herbicide-specific training before using the products.

• How Do We Measure Success with Dicamba in 2018? – Aaron Hager, University of Illinois, Department of Crop Sciences (Mount Vernon, Springfield, Champaign)

• Explaining the 2017 Growing Season – Emerson Nafziger, University of Illinois, Department of Crop Sciences

For questions or to request a reasonable accommodation at least two weeks before the event, call 217-244-0851.

• Identification and Management of the Yield Gap in Soybean – Shawn Conley, University of Wisconsin, Department of Agronomy (Malta)

• Crop Economics in a Continuing and New Normal Price Environment – Gary Schnitkey, University of Illinois, Department of Agriculture and Consumer Economics

• Designing Crops of the Future for Maximum Efficiency and Productivity – Anthony Studer, University of Illinois, Department of Crop Sciences (Mount Vernon, Springfield, Champaign)

UCLA reaches season high in points in 107-84 victory over California – Los Angeles Times

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UCLA reaches season high in points in 107-84 victory over California
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Steve Alford was hoarse when he met with reporters Saturday, the remnants of his displeasure from the previous few days. “I think my voice is gone from Stanford,” the UCLA coach said. California might have given it back. UCLA overwhelmed the Golden
Men's basketball overwhelms California in 107-84 victoryDaily Bruin

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Can the Pentagon actually figure out how it spends its money? – Washington Examiner

Laws passed in the early 1990s require all federal agencies and departments to submit to a full review of their finances each year. The individual military services have been working toward that goal for years — the Marine Corps became the first service to run an audit last year — but the Pentagon remains the only federal department that has not been fully audited.

Now, Norquist is set to return to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to testify before the House Armed Services Committee on his progress so far.

The department cannot account for exactly how or where all of its money and resources are used. In recent years, the Defense Department inspector general found the Army made trillions of dollars in improper accounting adjustments to balance its books and the Defense Business Board reported the department could save about $125 billion over five years by eliminating back-office bureaucracy.

“Beginning in 2018, our annual audits will occur every single year with the reports issued on Nov. 15,” said Norquist, who was the chief financial officer at the Department of Homeland Security when that agency performed its first audit.

When David Norquist came to the Senate for his confirmation hearing to be Defense Department comptroller in May, he declared, “It is time to audit the Pentagon.”

“We have service leaders going up to Capitol Hill all the time saying that they need more resources,” he said. “But we don’t really know that because we don’t know how all of the resources, the abundant resources frankly, that they are receiving are being spent.”

Iranian tanker collides with Chinese ship, spills oil – Reuters

“Sanchi is floating and burning as of now. There is an oil slick and we are pushing forward with rescue efforts,” the ministry said, adding it had dispatched four rescue ships and three cleaning boats to site as of 9 a.m. (0100 GMT).

The tanker’s 32 crew members were missing on Sunday.

ship tracking data shows Sanchi was built in 2008 and is managed by the National Iranian Tanker Co (NITC). Its registered owner is Bright Shipping Ltd.

It collided with CF Crystal, registered in Hong Kong, which was carrying 64,000 tonnes of grain from the United States to China’s southern province of Guangdong, the government said.

It was due to arrive at Daesan in South Korea from Kharg Island in Iran on Sunday, according to ship tracking.

CF Crystal’s 21 crew members, all Chinese nationals, have been rescued. It was due to arrive on Jan. 10, according to ship tracking data. Data showed it was built in 2011.

The Sanchi tanker <C}KS7309492494>, registered in Panama, collided with the CF Crystal <C}BO7309522955> some 160 nautical miles off the coast near Shanghai on Saturday evening, the Ministry of Transportation said in statement on Sunday.

John Wall: ‘No respect’ for Matthew Dellavedova’s dirty plays –

John Wall: 'No respect' for Matthew Dellavedova's dirty plays

Milwaukee guard Matthew Dellavedova was ejected from the Bucks-Wizards game on Saturday in Washington for a horse-collar hold on a driving Bradley Beal. Midway through the fourth quarter of a tight game, Beal was attempting to drive to the basket and
'There's no place in the game for that': Bradley Beal reacts to Matthew Dellavedova's flagrant foulWashington Post
Giannis, Bledsoe help Bucks rally past Wizards,
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