EDMONTON, A.B. – Two teams from Fort St. John Minor Lacrosse are set to make the first-ever tournament appearance for a team from the Energetic City.The Fort St. John Novice and Midget lacrosse teams will be heading to Edmonton this weekend to compete in the Capital Cup tournament at the South Edmonton Soccer Centre. Each team will be playing at least four games, with the Novices taking to the floor on Friday at 12:00 PM, and the Midget first game facing off at 5:00 PM. This will be the first-ever appearance for a Fort St. John lacrosse team since the sport came to the city nearly eight years ago.- Advertisement –
The winner of yesterday’s Family Pass to Century Cinemas in Letterkenny is Adrienne Randles from Letterkenny.The answer was Tom Cruise.Don’t worry if you didn’t win our Film It Friday FREE competition. There will be chances to win the free family pass every Friday morning. Good luck! AND THE WINNER OF THE FILM IT FRIDAY FAMILY PASS IS …. was last modified: December 21st, 2012 by StephenShare 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:Century Cinemasfamily passFilm It Friday
7 January 2016“I am deeply grateful and privileged to have been the Test captain and I wish to thank Cricket South Africa for the honour of captaining my country,” said Proteas Test captain Hashim Amla when he announced his decision yesterday to step down from the role.“It was enjoyable and indeed a great learning experience.”Amla succeeded Graeme Smith in June 2014, and has since then captained the Proteas in 14 Tests. Of these, the team won four, drew six and lost four.Watch the press conference in which he announced his resignation, here:Amla said stepping down was not an easy decision to take. “The more I think about it the more I believe I can be of greater value to the Proteas as a fully focused batsman and senior player at this time of rebuilding our team,” he explained.We respect Hashim’s decision and the manner in which he thought about it and then communicated with me – CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 6, 2016New captain namedVice-captain AB de Villiers agreed to take over the captaincy for the remainder of the Sunfoil Test against England series at PPC Newlands.“I’ve said this before that it is an incredible honour to captain South Africa in any format,” said De Villiers. “The captaincy has obviously come at short notice and is the realisation of a lifelong dream.”His current priority was to lead the team to a memorable series win against England. “ThisTest squad is motivated and determined to turn our performances around and I’m looking forward to taking up that challenge as captain. Hashim is a good friend and close colleague and I am grateful for his support.”Amla also acknowledged the team and his fans. “Throughout my time as captain, whether in good times or tough times, I’ve always had the full support of my team mates, coaching staff and management,” he said. “I want to acknowledge this superb group of people for always being there and for supporting me wholeheartedly.”Hey everyone . Thanks for all your messages and support. It means a lot.— hashim amla (@amlahash) January 6, 2016Amla fast factsNickname: HashDate of birth: 31 March 1983Place of birth: Durban, South AfricaRole: Opening batsmanBatting: Right-hand batterBowling: Leg breaksTest matches: 89Test runs: 6907Test match centuries: 22One day internationals: 126ODI runs: 6008T20 matches: 30T20 runs: 700Support from fansCricket fans around the world have supported Amla on social media:@amlahash All best wishes from an England fan Hashim. Excellent batting this test.— UBF riccardo (@UBFriccardo) January 6, [email protected] Captain, my captain, a legend living in our own time! Good decision from a class act. #ProteaFire— Jax Hough (@JaxHough77) January 6, [email protected] Thank you my captain.you served the nation with pride and hope you will continue to do so.— moeketsi moleko (@olamekx) January 6, 2016Source: Cricket South Africa
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A few bills related to food preparation and dining in the great outdoors are on the move in the Ohio General Assembly.One of the bills, Senate Bill 233, would allow those who produce cottage foods to do so in a firebrick oven on a patio connected to the producer’s residence. According to Ohio law, cottage foods are non-hazardous and are produced in a person’s home. Cottage foods can include, but are not necessarily limited to: bakery products, jams, jellies, candy, and fruit butter. If passed, SB 233 would change the current law, which only allows cottage foods to be prepared in an oven or on a stove inside the cottage food producer’s residence. SB 233 would allow producers to use both an inside oven and an outside firebrick oven. The bill is currently being debated in the Senate Health, Human Services & Medicaid Committee.Two identical bills concerning dogs on restaurant patios are working their way through the two houses of the General Assembly—House Bill 263 and SB 182. The bills would prohibit state agencies and local boards of health from adopting rules banning dogs “in an outdoor dining area of a retail food establishment or food service operation.” Even though the government would not be able to ban dogs in those areas, the bills would allow individual restaurants to decide to keep dogs out of their outdoor areas, with the exception of service dogs. HB 263 is being considered in the House Economic Development, Commerce & Labor Committee. SB 182 is currently being discussed in the Senate Health, Human Services & Medicaid Committee.Will cottage food producers be able to make tasty treats in firebrick ovens? Will your canine companion generally be allowed to accompany you on restaurant patios throughout Ohio? Stay tuned to the Ag Law Blog for any updates on these bills.
Last week I wrote about sunspaces and how they can be used to deliver passive solar heat to our homes. Another option for passive solar heating is the Trombe wall, or thermal storage wall.While the sunspace is an “isolated-gain” solar system, a Trombe wall is an “indirect-gain” system. Here’s how it works: On the south side of a house you have a high-mass concrete or masonry wall whose exterior surface is painted a dark color. A layer of glass (or some other type of clear or translucent glazing) is held away from the wall surface by a few inches or more. Sunlight shines through the glazing and is absorbed by the dark wall, which heats up. The solar heat conducts into the wall where it is stored, and it gradually moves through the wall to the inner surface, where it radiates its warmth to the room.A short history of Trombe wallsThe Trombe wall is named after a French engineer Félix Trombe, who popularized this heating system in the early 1960s. The idea actually goes back a lot further. A thermal-mass wall was patented in 1881 by Edward Morse. In the U.S., interest in Trombe walls emerged in the 1970s, aided by researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico.I was fortunate enough to be working in Santa Fe in the late 70s, for the New Mexico Solar Energy Association, and I became particularly interested in Trombe walls. In fact, my first article in a national magazine was on Trombe wall retrofits — in Solar Age magazine in 1979. I also wrote the obscure Thermal Storage Wall Design Manual in 1979 (see photo), which gained some prominence among the small cadre of passive solar designers around that time.Trombe walls are particularly well-suited to sunny climates that have high diurnal (day-night) temperature swings, such as the mountain-west. They don’t work as well in cloudy climates or where there isn’t a large diurnal temperature swing. In New Mexico, where homes have been built out of adobe (dried mud) bricks for hundreds of years, even an unglazed south wall will deliver some heat into the house — if you add a frame and layer of glazing on the outside of the wall the performance improves dramatically.We are used to insulating walls, but with Trombe walls there is no insulation. The system works with a material that is both very heavy (high heat capacity) and fairly conductive (low R-value per inch). The trick is to choose the right material and size the wall thickness so that the solar heat makes it through to the inner surface by nighttime. If it’s too thick, it won’t be as effective at delivering solar heat, and if it’s too thin it will result in too much heat loss at night.Tweaking a Trombe wallAn overhang is typically built that extends out over the Trombe wall above it. This will shade the wall from direct sun during the summer (when the sun is high overhead), but allow full solar exposure in the winter (when the sun is lower in the sky).Top and bottom vents can be installed through the masonry wall to deliver more heat into the house during the daytime hours. Warm air in the space between the glazing and wall surface rises and enters the room, being replaced by air from the house entering through the lower vents in a convective loop. These vents should be closed at night so that the air circulation doesn’t reverse, with air next to the glazing cooling off and pulling in warm air from the room through the upper vents and delivering chilled air to the room through lower vents.Vents through the glazing can also be installed and seasonally opened and closed. In the summer months — when you don’t want the Trombe wall delivering heat into the house — these vents are left open. Screens on the vents keep out insects and other unwanted visitors.Like other passive solar heating systems, Trombe walls don’t require fans or pumps. Part of the house itself is turned into the solar heating system.In addition to this Energy Solutions blog, Alex contributes to the weekly blog BuildingGreen’s Product of the Week, which profiles an interesting new green building product each week.Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News, which is now in its 20th year. To keep up with his latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed.
Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Never in their wildest dreams that the opportunity to team up again will come in an international setting.The two have been selected by coach Chot Reyes to be part of the 12-man roster of Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas which will compete in the 2017 Fiba Asia Champions Cup beginning on Friday in Chenzhou, China.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s really been our dream to team up again. It’s just a blessing that we’ll be doing this for the Philippine team. I’m so excited to share the same court with Jeron again,” said Jeric.“Even in practice, we go together in just one car. We talk a lot about practice and the system and it’s very fun. It also helps because we know each other’s game and we really get closer here.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Read Next Ramirez gives PH its 2nd gold in Aimag Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients BROTHERHOOD. In a show of sportsmanship and brotherly affection, La Salle’s Jeron Teng (right) raises the hand of UST gunner Jeric Teng after the Green Archers edged the Growling Tigers in overtime for the UAAP Season 76 title in 2013. AUGUST DELA CRUZ/INQUIRERJeron shares the same sentiments as he gets the rare chance to play alongside someone he considers as one of his mentors.“It’s different when your brother is on the same team. He’s not only my teammate but also mentors me,” Jeron said.“Of course, he’s already had lots of experience because he’s more veteran between the two of us. He gives me advice and really guides me on what to do on the court.”Playing for the Philippine team in the club tournament gives Jeric a chance to prove that he still belongs in the PBA and also benefits Jeron, who is eyeing go enter the 2017 PBA Draft.But the both cleared that their focus is on helping Chooks-to-Go win in the continental club championship.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “My objective is to help the team. By doing that, I can also show that I can still play,” said Jeric. “If I play well, maybe a team will take a chance on me again. But that’s not my main focus right now. I want to really help the team win in this Champions Cup.”“I’m not thinking of the PBA just yet. Right now, I’m just focused 100 percent on the task and that is to really play well for Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas. I want to focus on that so I can play my game.” Brothers Jeric and Jeron Teng during Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas practice at Meralco Gym. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBrothers Jeric and Jeron Teng have been dreaming about playing together again since both starred for Xavier for one season in high school.In college, the older Jeric went to University of Santo Tomas while Jeron suited up for La Salle and the two even faced each other in an epic UAAP Finals in 2013 won by the Green Archers.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
This culminated in the issuance of a proclamation on June 14, 2005, by the then Governor-General, the late Sir Howard Cooke, for the day to be celebrated annually on June 16. A study to examine the value of the diaspora to Jamaica’s development will be launched on Jamaica Diaspora Day (June 16), which is celebrated annually in Jamaica and abroad. Persons who wish to contribute to the study or need more information can call CaPRI’s office at 970-3447 and 920-2910 or email [email protected] Story Highlights A study to examine the value of the diaspora to Jamaica’s development will be launched on Jamaica Diaspora Day (June 16), which is celebrated annually in Jamaica and abroad.Some of the results will be revealed at the Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference to be held in July.The designation of Diaspora Day emerged from one of seven Resolutions put forward at the first historic Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference held in Kingston from June 16 to 17, 2004.This culminated in the issuance of a proclamation on June 14, 2005, by the then Governor-General, the late Sir Howard Cooke, for the day to be celebrated annually on June 16.The proclamation requested the support of Jamaicans at home and abroad for the activities of the Jamaican diaspora.The launch is being jointly undertaken by the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI) and the Jamaica Diaspora Institute (JDI), with support from the Jamaica National Group.Executive Director of the JDI, Professor Neville Ying, and Co-Executive Director of CaPRI, Dr. Damien King, will be the main speakers at the event, scheduled to take place at the Jamaica National Financial Centre, 2 Belmont Road, starting at 7:30 a.m.Research Officer of CaPRI, Shanike Smart, says some of the findings of the study will be shared at the upcoming seventh Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference, slated for July 23 to 26 at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston. It is one of the main events to mark Jamaica’s 55th anniversary of Independence.“We will be presenting our findings on one of those days, especially where we are at in terms of the survey. We are hoping to wrap up the entire research within the following month or two,” she says, adding that CaPRI will be working overtime to meet the deadline.Explaining the reasons behind the study, Ms. Smart notes that there is need for a comprehensive collection and representation of the true value of the diaspora.“I think the information existing is very inadequate and mostly anecdotal… . I find that persons just have a little bit here and a little bit there,” she says, adding that if people do not understand the magnitude and significance of the diaspora, the value will be underestimated.“We want to add evidence. We want to empirically justify the perceived value. Persons do believe there is value, but we want to put a number on that,” she continues.Ms. Smart points out that the data will show whether there is economic value that the Government is not exploiting and what can be done to get the value that exists, and the best strategy to get this.“Rather than just speaking from the top of our heads, or from where we think we are, we want to empirically add to the discussion and allow for a more informed discussion,” she emphasises.Ms. Smart, who is the lead researcher on the project, says survey questionnaires have already been issued in the diaspora.“We are hoping to have a minimum respondent rate of 400 individuals. That’s a good representative sample of what the estimated diaspora stock is,” she explains, adding that CaPRI will request data from companies and offices where information exists.According to Ms. Smart, companies will be given the option of leaving their names off the questionnaires. Individuals will not be asked for their names.“This is for the safety of the respondent and to ensure that the sealed information is used for the intended purpose. We are definitely not including the names of diaspora members,” she tells JIS News.The survey seeks information about the impact of the diaspora on individuals, organisations and countries.Professor Neville Ying says countries which take diaspora engagement seriously, like India and Israel, have significant benefits.“The deposit accounts from non-resident Indians have brought home over US$40 billion by the end of 2008. The diaspora assisted India to be the dominant country in terms of diamond cutting, where India now accounts for 55 per cent of the global net export of cutting and polishing diamonds,” he notes, adding that the country also earns some US$11 billion through diaspora bonds.Similarly, he says Israel has raised some US$26 billion from the Diaspora for different infrastructure projects. In the area of technology, Professor Ying says the diaspora engineers in Silicon Valley in California, have helped to establish India “as one of the leading countries in information technology”.The Professor suggests that the statistical and financial data garnered of the value of the diaspora can also inform the Government in terms of finalising the new National Diaspora Policy.The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade is in the process of developing a National Diaspora Policy that will provide a framework to maximise the contribution of overseas nationals for Jamaica’s development.He points out that as part of Jamaica’s journey to development, the country will need to harness the power of the diaspora, which he says makes a significant contribution of some US$2.1 billion per year.“If we capitalise on what the diaspora has to offer, you will see how it will assist the growth agenda,” he adds, noting that the diaspora makes contribution in three primary areas – philanthropy, human capital and investments.He points out that the most consistent contribution of the diaspora has been in the areas of health and education, noting that more than 200 missions visit Jamaica annually to provide healthcare services all across the parishes.“So, it is very important to interact with those persons to let them know that we acknowledge the importance of their contribution,” he says.Persons who wish to contribute to the study or need more information can call CaPRI’s office at 970-3447 and 920-2910 or email [email protected]
zoom Norwegian ship-owner Ocean Yield ASA has agreed to acquire two 45,000 dwt IMO II chemical tankers for a consideration of USD 35 million per vessel in combination with 12-year “hell and high” bareboat charters to maritime services provider Navig8 Group.Built in 2013, the two chemical tankers are scheduled to be delivered to Ocean Yield by the end of September and November 2016, respectively.“We are pleased to announce the investment in the two chemical carriers as it allows us to continue to grow and diversify our portfolio, furthermore the transaction fits well with our strategy to invest in modern vessels with long term charters,” Ocean Yield ASA’s Chief Executive Officer, Lars Solbakken, said.The company said that the purchase price includes a seller’s credit of USD 6 million per vessel, which will amortise to zero over the charter period and carries no interest.“Navig8 Group will have certain options to acquire the vessels during the charter period, with the first option exercisable after five years,” Ocean Yield said, adding that the acquisition will be financed by a combination of debt and equity, where Ocean Yield has received credit approved term sheet from banks at terms in line with previous transactions.Navig8 Group provides commercial management and technical management services to over 280 vessels including operation of 18 commercial pools with around 50 pool partners. The company has shareholdings in Navig8 Chemical Tankers Inc, Navig8 Product Tankers Inc and Gener8 Maritime Inc.
CAR63CAR56CAR 31, CIN 21-7.3– 20024-5SD, MIA-56.9 Home teams are in bold.The scoring system is nonlinear, so readers’ average points don’t necessarily match the number of points that would be given to the average reader prediction. 201512-13DEN, PHI-66.9 The worst two-game spells in the Belichick/Brady eraThe biggest declines in Elo rating after two consecutive games for the Patriots, 2000-18 200917-18HOU, BAL-65.3 JAX71JAX77TEN 9, JAX 6-11.2– MIN78MIN90BUF 27, MIN 6-20.9– 20083-5MIASF-66.1 NE64NE75DET 26, NE 10-17.2– PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.ResultREADERS’ NET Points Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 3Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 3 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game 20182-3JAX, DET-66.7 MIA68MIA60MIA 28, OAK 20-7.6– BAL68BAL59BAL 27, DEN 14-8.8– OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION The sky is falling in New England. The arm of Tom Brady suddenly seems every bit of 41 years old, with the future Hall of Famer unable to find receivers deep downfield as in years past. The Patriots have a losing record in the early season, and the obituaries are being written.If this feels like deja vu all over again, you’re not wrong. Brady was viewed as over the hill around this time in 2014, too. And the experts were also playing taps on the Patriots dynasty. The specific reason cited for Brady’s decline back then? An inability to throw the ball deep.Of course, we all know what happened next. The Patriots and head coach Bill Belichick responded to the panic after a 41-14 Monday night loss to the Chiefs in 2014’s Week 4 with the mantra, “We’re on to Cincinnati.” The Patriots won that game 43-17 and their next six, too, en route to winning the Super Bowl. From that week in 2014 through the end of the 2017 season, Brady was above average in both yards per attempt and Raw Quarterback Rating on deep throws.Eventually,1We assume. Brady’s NFL career and the Patriots’ dynasty actually will come to an end. Though we can’t know for sure when that will happen, we should pay attention when they struggle — even if we can’t write them off quite yet. What’s happened in the past two weeks is unusual for the Pats and warrants more than just a shrug as New England prepares to host the unbeaten Dolphins, the first of three straight games in Foxborough.The Patriots’ Elo rating sits at 1589 after their shocking 26-10 thumping at the hands of Detroit on Sunday night, which came on the heels of a 31-20 loss in Week 2 at Jacksonville. The last time New England’s number was this low was after that 2014 loss to the Chiefs. The Patriots have dropped 66.7 points since the 1656 they hit after their Week 1 victory at home against the Texans, who are still winless. That’s the fourth biggest two-week drop in Elo for the Patriots during the Belichick era.2 Since 2000. The three times the Belichick Pats experienced a bigger two-week drop carry asterisks. The biggest occurred at the end of 2015, when the Pats closed the season with two straight losses long after clinching the division. The next biggest drop happened earlier that season, after the team was 10-0 and reached its second-highest Elo mark in the past five seasons before dropping games to Denver and Philadelphia. The third biggest drop was in 2008 after Week 1 — when Brady blew out his ACL and was replaced by Matt Cassel for rest of the season.At a shocking 3-0, the Dolphins seem to be moving squarely in the opposite direction, setting up a rare opportunity for a team other than the Patriots to put a stranglehold on the AFC East. But Miami’s jump of 47.5 points over the past two weeks is just its 17th best since 2000. The Dolphins have been fortunate of late, being outgained from scrimmage by 105 yards against the Jets and 61 against the Raiders. The Dolphins’ 39 plays from scrimmage in the win over the Raiders are less than all but three teams since the 1970 merger.“Are we there yet? No,” Miami QB Ryan Tannehill said after the game. “But the patterns we’re establishing are going to take us there.”Brady will hope to get Josh Gordon on the field against Miami to rescue a passing game that’s bereft of weapons, which is allowing teams to fearlessly devote multiple defenders to tight end Rob Gronkowski. Gordon once was one of the most explosive players in NFL history. But the fact that the best hope for New England’s offense is Gordon, a player who has been suspended or injured for all but 11 games since his historic 2013 campaign, seems uncharacteristically desperate for the Patriots. Julian Edelman is set to return after Week 4 following a suspension for performance-enhancing drugs, but Edelman is 32 and coming off an ACL injury. If he can somehow return to form, his chain-moving ability will go a long way toward improving the Patriots’ 29th ranking in third down conversions (28.6 percent).But let’s not forget that the Patriots have issues on the other side of the ball, too. The defense has recorded just four sacks, has allowed an alarming 4.7 yards per rushing attempt and is 30th in third-down conversion rate allowed. Finishing near the bottom on both sides of the ball in third down efficiency would be unprecedented for the Brady-Belichick Patriots.A trademark for New England has been efficiency. In the NFL, that’s measured by converting yards into points and preventing the opponent from doing the same. This year, the Pats are middle of the pack on both offense and defense. Since 2013, they haven’t finished worse than seventh in offensive or defensive efficiency. (The offensive efficiency average across the NFL this year is 15.2 yards per point; it was 15.4 yards per point in 2017.) Red zone efficiency (13th on offense, eighth on defense), turnover differential (they’re even this year) and special teams success all play a part in boosting those numbers. These subtle strengths that have been a New England trademark are lacking thus far in 2018.The bigger problem is the lack of quality players. Some of this is their own fault, having traded Brandin Cooks to the Rams for a first-round pick. With Brady at 41 and the window to win closing, the Patriots should be the team trading first-round picks for veteran talent, not vice versa. Cooks, meanwhile, is fifth in the NFL with 336 receiving yards, or 71 more than all of Brady’s wide receivers have managed combined.In fairness to Brady, this situation is like someone took all the gadgets away from Bruce Wayne and then asked him to go out and still be Batman.But this wouldn’t be the first time that Belichick the GM was saved by Belichick the Hall of Fame coach. Perhaps struggling rookie running back Sony Michel can turn into a dangerous weapon. Brady could certainly figure out a way to build a passing game around Gronkowski and someone else. Heck, some were writing Brady off at the end of last season, only to see him post arguably his best postseason ever, with 1,132 passing yards in three games and eight TD passes with zero picks. It’s easy to imagine that when the regular season is done, the Patriots are again about to host a playoff game.FiveThirtyEight vs. the readersIn addition to our NFL Elo prediction interactive, which updates after every game to help you keep tabs on how your team stacks up, we’re also running a prediction game in which you make picks against our model (and your fellow readers). After the dust settles each week, we like to look at where Elo made its best — and worst — picks against the field. Here’s how it did in Week 3: 20025-6MIA, GB-64.1 ARI55%CHI63%CHI 16, ARI 14+14.7– LAR64LAR70LAR 35, LAC 23+2.2– SeasonWeeksLossWin2-Week Drop HOU59HOU62NYG 27, HOU 22-5.2– TB54TB52PIT 30, TB 27-0.9– Pats’ Results vs. SEA55SEA51SEA 24, DAL 13-5.2– NYJ62CLE51CLE 21, NYJ 17+11.4– 200215-16TEN, NYJ-64.0 PHI83PHI76PHI 20, IND 16-5.1– KC77KC76KC 38, SF 27-2.6– 20082-3MIANYJ-66.8 201516-17NYJ, MIA-73.0 Elo steamrolled through the week based on the losses from a pair of 1-1-1 teams from the NFC North.3Yes, the Vikings and Packers have the same record as the Browns. Let that sink in. Minnesota was a 16½-point favorite over hapless Buffalo, and our readers agreed with Vegas, giving the Vikings a win probability of 90 percent. But the Vikings found a new way to disappoint their fans, losing in “embarrassing” fashion to the Bills. Meanwhile, Green Bay went to soggy Washington and couldn’t get anything going, losing 31-17. Elo picked up 40.4 total points over the readers on just those two games — more than half of the 73.9 total points by which Elo beat a typical reader in Week 3.The readers weren’t shut out, though. They had more faith in Khalil Mack and upstart Chicago than Elo did, giving the Bears a 63 percent chance to beat the Cardinals, compared with Elo’s 55 percent. The readers also believed that Cleveland could finally win its first game since 2016, picking the Browns over the Jets. Those two games generated 26.1 total points for the readers.Congrats to reader Randy Renick, who led all identified users in points for Week 2; Renick is just behind Michel Rodriguez for the season lead. And thanks to everyone who played last week. If you didn’t play, remember that it’s not too late to get in on the game, even if you missed the first few weeks of the season. Make your picks now!Check out our latest NFL predictions. WSH57GB60WSH 31, GB 17-19.5– ATL66ATL57NO 43, ATL 37+9.3– 20026-8GB, DEN-63.8 Three-week stretches include a bye week for New England. Week 18 of 2009 was a playoff game.Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com
James Harden has become an occupational hazard for referees. Earlier this month, the Jazz were up seven on the Rockets with just over a minute to play, and Utah players were at their wit’s end with the officials. Following a signal that the Jazz had committed yet another foul, Joe Johnson threw his right hand up in disgust. Rudy Gobert shook his head in disbelief. Rodney Hood, who was charged with the foul, looked for a ref with whom he could plead. Joe Ingles had both palms out, confused as to how so little contact could prompt a call.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/jazz4thfoulagainstharden.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The whistle marked the fourth time that night that Utah had been charged with fouling Harden in the act of shooting a 3-pointer. And while that might sound unbelievable, it wasn’t even the first time this season that the MVP frontrunner had drawn four shooting fouls from the arc in a game.1He also drew four shooting fouls while attempting 3-pointers during a Dec. 31 victory over the Knicks.Harden has long been great at drawing fouls no matter where he is on the court, but he has taken the art form to new heights on his 3-point attempts this season. After drawing 27 fouls while trying to shoot a triple in 2014-15 and inducing 46 such fouls last season,2According to Basketball-Reference.com’s Play Index. Harden has drawn a whopping 108 shooting fouls from distance this year with 11 games left to play. For context, consider that, outside of the Rockets, no team has garnered more than 73 of those calls.3Amazingly, if you limit Harden to just the 12 games in which he drew at least three 3-point shooting fouls, his 38 fouls drawn in those contests would outpace 21 teams’ totals for the season so far.If you subtract Harden’s numbers from the rest of the league’s, the average NBA player has drawn fouls on 1.6 percent of his 3-pointers this season, according to BigDataBall, which tracks the league’s play-by-play logs. Harden is drawing 3-point shooting fouls at a 16.7 percent clip, or more than 10 times as often. How is he so good at this? PLAYER/TEAMSHOOTING FOULS DRAWN ON 3-POINT ATTEMPTS James Harden: This season’s MVP of drawing 3-point shooting fouls Russell WestbrookOKC482224.6 Lou WilliamsHOU3925012.8 Stephen CurryGSW682223.2 Mike ConleyMEM346236.6 Isaiah ThomasBOS550224.0 “As an opponent, no, I don’t admire it,” Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony told reporters when asked about Harden’s tactics. “As a fan, [I] admire it. Because we as offensive guys, guys who like to score, always try to find tricks that can work in our favor. He found something that’s working for him. So no, as an opponent, I hate it.” (I asked a league spokesman about this issue as it relates to Harden — particularly since the NBA stopped awarding shooting fouls for a similar rip-through move years ago — but he said it’s against league policy to discuss how a particular player is officiated.)Harden isn’t oblivious to the perception that he draws more shooting fouls than he probably should. But the crafty guard makes no apologies, either, saying a defender making contact on a jump shot should merit a foul just like someone bumping a shooter near the basket would. “A foul is a foul no matter how it’s committed,” he told Time in a Q&A this season.Sometimes Harden’s strategy backfires in embarrassing fashion, as he’ll incorrectly anticipate contact and throw up a wild shot in hopes of drawing a foul that never comes.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/hardenflailing.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/hardenflailing4.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.But more often than not, it’s been a worthwhile gamble for Harden and the Rockets to go for the foul. That’s become even more true in the past month, since Houston traded for Lou Williams, the player who’s drawn the second-most 3-point shooting fouls in the NBA this season — trailing, of course, only Harden. I asked Houston general manager Daryl Morey about having both of the league’s top two guys in such an odd category, and he said he and others in the Rockets’ front office had noticed Williams’s unusual ability to draw contact from the perimeter, but that it wasn’t the overriding reason they made the swap with the Lakers.“We knew that both Lou and James are extremely good shooters that are hard to guard. So, going over the screen and being physical with them is one of the only ways to guard them, which causes them to get fouled more than others,” Morey said. “That said, we focused more on their overall efficiency than how people have to foul them to stop them.”Teams will do their best to stop Harden from using the trick once the postseason starts. But if last year’s playoffs are any indication, that may not work, either: Harden drew five whistles on just 42 3-point attempts. Three of those fouls came in one half, in a game against the Warriors.Neil Paine assisted with research for this story.Check out our latest NBA predictions. Nicolas BatumCHA347246.9 Harden has drawn more 3-point shooting fouls than any other NBA team PLAYERTEAM3PT ATTEMPTS3PT FOULS DRAWN3PT FOUL RATE Kemba WalkerCHA502244.8 Damian LillardPOR484255.2 Jeff TeagueIND2012210.9 Harden plays on the Rockets, who have drawn 132 total shooting fouls, including his 108. Stats are for the 2016-17 season as of March 21.Source: BigDataBall Hornets68 Trailblazers41 Goran DragicMIA248249.7 James Harden108 Lakers73 Stats as of March 21. Restricted to players who drew at least 20 fouls on 3-point attempts.Source: BigDataBall Raptors52 James HardenHOU64710816.7% The Rockets star has a couple patterns he uses to consistently get these calls. Unlike Jamal Crawford, who has drawn dozens of perimeter shooting fouls as players barrel into his legs during close-outs, Harden would seem to be the one initiating contact on many of his fouls.In particular, Harden has found a way to turn even solid, respectable defenders into victims. He generally waits until his man puts a hand up to defend, then locks arms with him and jumps to begin a shot, making the defender appear guilty. Harden basically forces perimeter defenders to play with their hands down along the 3-point line.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/harden4.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/harden101.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Back on New Year’s Eve, Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek vented about this after a loss in Houston, saying it’s impossible to defend Harden given his ability to trick officials. “He grabs with his left arm, has the ball in the right hand and wraps his left arm with your hand,” said Hornacek, whose team fouled Harden from 3-point range four times4He drew all four of them in an 18-minute span during the second half. that night while Harden racked up a 53 points, 16 rebounds and 17 assists. “To me, that’s an offensive foul. But he does it fast, quick — it’s hard to see.”Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/usethisharden16.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The other thing Harden does well: Stop on a dime and pop jumpers just as he’s navigating around screens. That trick makes life hell for the defenders who are sprinting to go over the pick to stay with him. Harden’s world-class ability to stop abruptly means that defenders frequently can’t hit the brakes as quickly as he can, which leads to players running into him from behind, prompting 3-shot fouls. This has been especially true this season, as defenders have tried to stay on Harden’s hip more than usual5Defenses have been guarding Harden more and more closely over the past four years. Opponents have been within four feet of him for 65 percent of his shots this season, up from 51, 61 and 62 percent, respectively, during the 2013, 2014 and 2015 seasons, according to NBA.com. to prevent him from spraying the ball wherever he wants in Houston’s spacious offense. Kyle LowryTOR444306.8 Pacers51 Eric BledsoePHX309237.4