Five ‘bracket busters’ for the WGC Match Play

first_imgAfter an upset-filled start to March Madness on the hardwood, the PGA Tour gets in on the tournament action this week at Austin Country Club. The WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, after a year hiatus, begins Wednesday with three days of pool play. Each of the top 16 players in the field, per the world rankings, will headline a four-player group before group winners move on to the Round of 16, which starts Saturday morning. Top seeds such as world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and the long-hitting Bryson DeChambeau will undoubtedly be favorites heading into the event, but will there be any Oral Robertses or Abilene Christians on the course this year? Here are five bracket busters (aka players ranked outside the top 16) to keep an eye on: Scottie Scheffler The University of Texas has some experience around this course, though it’s not like he played here every day in college. Scheffler, though, is great in match play. He won a USGA championship (2013 U.S. Junior) and competed in the format often in big tournaments for the Longhorns, including in the 2016 NCAA final, where he took down Oregon’s Aaron Wise in Texas’ narrow, shorthanded 3-2 defeat. Golf Central Match Play field set: Koepka among 5 declining BY Brentley Romine  — March 19, 2021 at 5:45 PM The 64-player field for next week’s WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play is set, with Brooks Koepka and Adam Scott not playing. Kevin Kisner Kisner will be a trendy pick considering he’s the defending champion and reached the final match in 2018. It’s a bit concerning that he’s yet to crack the top 30 in a full-field event this year, but something about this course brings out the best in Kisner. Will Zalatoris Since the start of 2020, Zalatoris has 15 top-10s between the PGA and Korn Ferry tours. He’s also only finished outside the top 25 on Tour once since the turn of the calendar year. And like Scheffler, Zalatoris can play match play, winning the 2014 U.S. Junior. Robert MacIntyre The young Scot has yet to have much success in the U.S., but the former Walker Cupper is gritty and could surprise some opponents this week. Fun fact: He started playing shinty, a stick-and-ball game played in the Scottish Highlands, at a young age, and still trains occasionally with Oban Celtic, a professional team managed by his dad. Jordan Spieth With three top-4s in his last five starts, Spieth is turning things around in a big way. Being back in a familiar environment – and getting to shake off a few bad holes in match play – could finally get Spieth back in the winner’s circle.last_img read more

COVID-19 cases, deaths may follow weekly pattern

first_imgMIT, Boston University, and Harvard Medical School researchers have identified weekly oscillations in the numbers of new daily COVID-19 cases and deaths in several countries that are more pronounced than fluctuations seen with other diseases.In their research letter, published today in JAMA Network Open, the authors describe how they analyzed daily new international coronavirus case and death data from the Worldometer for the United States, Germany, Canada, Italy, Brazil, and the United Kingdom from Feb 29 to Jul 2.In Germany and Italy, oscillations of new infections and deaths became less pronounced over time, with a 92% reduction from peak to peak in daily reported deaths from April to July, which the authors said could indicate significantly slower disease transmission. But the United States and Brazil showed only a 43% reduction in US peak-to-peak oscillations in deaths during the same period, indicating that those countries have not significantly slowed transmission rates.In the United States, the lag time between daily new cases and deaths was 2 days, compared with 1 day for Germany. But the authors said that the lag was not caused by epidemiologic factors but rather by possible bias in the disease surveillance system.Regular oscillations in other epidemicsThe authors said that the periodic oscillations in daily reported cases could have been caused by testing bias (higher testing rates on certain days of the week) but that they also saw periodic oscillations in positive testing rates, which means that other variables such as epidemiologic or social factors might be behind the observed weekly fluctuations.The researchers noted that previous epidemics involving other infectious agents have shown periodic oscillations but not such high-frequency ones. Seasonal oscillations have been observed in smallpox in Japan, India, and Sweden and dengue fever in Thailand, which suggests that immune interactions between serotypes could play a role.Previous studies have also noted weekly oscillations in new COVID-19 cases and deaths around the world. One such report, which was not peer-reviewed, suggested that the weekly pattern was due to less intergenerational physical distancing being observed over weekends, while a peer-reviewed report concluded that weekly variations were caused by testing and reporting fluctuations.The weekly oscillations should be taken into account in the estimation of COVID-19 disease spread, similar to the way experts account for seasonality in flu, the authors of the current study said. “We urge the scientific community to conduct an in-depth exploration of the periodicity in COVID-19 cases and deaths, which might lead to improved COVID-19 predictions and understanding of the transmission of the disease,” they wrote.last_img read more

Australia comfortable and confident ahead of Japan clash

first_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 RELATED PHOTOS All Blacks, Brave Blossoms, Wallabies, Stephen Larkham YOKOHAMA – Australia assistant coach Stephen Larkham said Wednesday that the Wallabies head into Saturday’s rugby international with Japan at Nissan Stadium knowing they are prepared both on and off the field.A win over the All Blacks two weeks ago ensured the team is confident in its ability to beat anyone in the world, while the benefit of local knowledge will help the players settle in quickly to their new surrounds following an overnight flight from Sydney. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMEScenter_img Australia players celebrate after beating New Zealand in Brisbane on Oct. 21. | KYODO KEYWORDS “It does make things a bit easier,” said former Ricoh Black Rams flyhalf Larkham, who won 102 caps during his illustrious career with the Wallabies.“There is a Japanese side in Super Rugby and we play them every year and there are a number of ex-pat Aussies playing over here. So we know the landscape well and the culture and we have done our homework.”And as Larkham, who was a key cog of the Australia side that won the 1999 Rugby World Cup, pointed out, “the more chances we get to come here and know the layout,” the better it is for 2019 when Japan hosts rugby’s premier tournament.“It is invaluable to get to a venue before a World Cup. Knowing the (2019) final will be played at the stadium we play in on Saturday is a bonus,” he added.Australia, which is set to return to Japan in October 2018 to play a Bledisloe Cup match against New Zealand, takes on Wales, England and Scotland in the coming weeks. But for now, their only thoughts are on Japan.“We know they have a number of threats,” said defense coach Nathan Grey, who played for and coached Kyuden Voltex from 2003 to 2011 and who like Larkham was in the team that beat France in the 1999 World Cup final.“They have (Amanaki Lelei) Mafi at No. 8, who last week was named the Australian (Conference) Super Rugby Player of the Year,” following a standout season with the Melbourne Rebels.“Their whole back row are effective ball players and carriers and (Kotaro) Matsushima can play wing or fullback or slip in at center and create a lot of opportunities, so is a player we need to be aware of,” said Grey.Grey drew much praise for the superb defensive effort put in by the Wallabies in their 23-18 defeat of the All Blacks and he said that while the general defensive system would remain the same against Japan, he would need to “make a few tweaks here and there.”“You have to defend what threats the opposition pose and there are a lot of threats in the Japan side,” he said. “We will need to be at our best to stop them.”Both teams were expected to name their sides Wednesday for the test match, the fifth meeting between the two nations. But injuries have forced both to delay the announcement until Thursday when Japan Rugby 2019 is also set to reveal the match schedule for RWC 2019.Larkham, however, indicated that the Wallabies — who have beaten Japan in all four encounters, including a 91-3 win last time out at Rugby World Cup 2007 — would be looking to put out their strongest available side, despite three potentially tougher games on the horizon.“Last week gave us an opportunity to rest some players against the Barbarians,” he said. “We will be looking to bring the more regular players back into the fold. We are putting everything into this test to see how we start this campaign.” last_img read more

Getting to the Gate: London Irish

first_imgTHE HEADLINESImproved matchday bus services have been launched for the upcoming season offering free parking and return travel from £1.80 per personAdditional trains will be calling at Parson Street. See below for detailsFans can find their best route using public transport by using the TravelWest journey planner travelwest.info/matchdayDEDICATED SUPPORTER BUS SERVICESAG1 – Portway Park & RideDeparts: Portway Park & Ride every 20 minutes, 12:45pm – 2:25pmCollects: along the Portway at Station Road, Woodwell Road, Park Road, Riverleaze, Roman WayJourney time: 20 minutesPost-match last departure 6:40pm from outside The RobinsParking: freeAG2 – Brislington Park & RideDeparts: Brislington Park & Ride every 30 minutes 12:45pm – 2:15pmDirect serviceJourney time: 20 minutesPost-match last departure 6:40pm from Winterstoke Road entranceParking: freeAG3 – Horfield CommonDeparts: Horfield Common every 30 minutes from 12:30pm – 2pmCollects: along Gloucester Road, Cheltenham Road and the centre at Churchways Avenue, Ashley Down Rd, Nevil Rd, Hatherley Rd, Sommerville Rd, Zetland Rd Junction, Colston Girls School, Nine Tree Hill, Stokes Croft, The HaymarketJourney time: 25 minutesPost-match last departure 6:15pm from Winterstoke Road entranceTICKETS AND FARES INFORMATIONAll services are operated by First Bus. A new Ashton Gate Matchday mTicket is available via the First Bus app.£2.50 Single – on bus only£4.50 Return mTicket / £5 on bus£2.50 child return on bus only£9 Group Return mTicket / £10 on busNotes:Concessionary pass holders can use their passes to travel freeOnly Ashton Gate mTickets and tickets purchased on matchday buses are valid on matchday servicesAshton Gate Matchday mTickets are valid for use on all First and MetroBus services within the Bristol ZoneThe Ashton Gate Matchday mTicket is available using the First Bus app. Select mTickets tab at the bottom of the app then click the ‘Day’ ticket category. The Ashton Gate mTicket options are at the bottom of the listGroup Tickets allow up to five people to travel together – all passengers must travel and board together on both journeysPUBLIC BUS SERVICESLocal bus services connect the stadium with much of Bristol and SomersetPlan your journey using the route planning tool here. Services include:Service 24Serves Bedminster, City Centre, Old Market, Easton, Eastville, Lockleaze and Southmead HospitalNearest stop: Ashton RoadServices X1, X2, X3, X3A, X4, X6, X7, X8 and X9Serves Hotwells and City CentreNearest stop: Blackmoors Lane (Ashton Bridge)Services X1, X2, X3, X3A, X4, X6, X7, X8 and X9Serves various locations, including, Weston-super-Mare, Portishead, Clevedon and NailseaNearest stop: Winterstoke Road (Ashton Bridge)Visit the FirstBus website and search by service number for more specific timing information – www.firstgroup.com/bristolPARKINGFree parking is available at Portway Park & Ride (use AG1 matchday bus service) and Brislington Park & Ride (use AG2 matchday bus service).Parking near the stadium is very limited and Resident Parking Schemes are in operation locally. Ashton Road and Marsh Road are closed post-match in the interest of crowd safety.Anyone driving to the area should allow for heavy traffic. Unofficial off-street match day parking is available at the locations below (please note: unofficial car parks are operated separately from Ashton Gate Stadium and Bristol Bears):Ashton Event Parking www.ashtoneventparking.co.uk , Clanage Road, Bower Ashton, BS3 2JX. £10 per car, 10 minute walkDJ Matchday Parking, Cala Trading Estate, Ashton Vale Road, BS3 2HA. £8 per car, 7 minute walkOther public car parks can be found by clicking hereTRAINPre-match three trains will make additional calls at Parson Street:The 1314 service from Weston-super-Mare to London Paddington will call at Parson Street at 1343The 1309 from Temple Meads to Weston-super-Mare  will call at Parson Street at 1313The 1215 London Paddington to Weston-super-Mare will call at Parson Street at 1415Post-match there will be an additional departure at 1738 towards Bristol Temple Meads, Bath Spa and onwards towards WeymouthParson Street station is approximately a 15-minute walk and serves much of Somerset, South Wales and Bristol (Temple Meads is a 5-minute journey by train from here)Bristol Temple Meads is the nearest mainline station, a 40-minute walkgwr.com has detailed information and includes a journey planner to help you plan your routeWALKFans are likely to find walking is the quickest and easiest way to/from the stadiumMost of south, west and central Bristol are within an hour’s walkEast Street, St John’s Lane, Clifton Village and the city centre are all accessible in under 30 minutesUse the stadium postcode BS3 2EJ to help plan your routeCYCLEThere are 96 cycle parking spaces outside the South Stand along with a free bike pumpYoBike parking spaces available at the Ashton Road end of the StadiumThe stadium is served by numerous cycle paths – always consider your safety especially when cycling in the darkClick here for a local area cycle route mapClick here to plan your route including cycle rack locations, elevation and route type. Use the stadium postcode BS3 2EJ to help plan your route.last_img read more

Galway Minor Football team named for All Ireland quarter final

first_imgThe Galway Minor football team to play Kildare on Saturday at 7pm in the All Ireland quarter-final in Pearse Park Longford shows 1 change from the side that lost out to Mayo in the Connacht final as Kyle O’Neill (Caherlistrane) replaces Daniel McNulty in the half-back line… 1-Donie Halleran2-Jonathan McGrath3-Ruairí King4-Liam Tevnan5-Cian Hernon6-Ethan Fiorentini7-Kyle O’Neill8-James McLaughlin9-Daniel O Flaherty10-Evan Nolan11-Warren Seoige12-Dylan Brady13-Nathan Grainger14-Tomo Culhane15-Daniel Coxprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img

Mashery Open-Sources Interactive API Documentation System

first_imgMashery recently open-sourced a new interactive API documentation system called Mashery I/O Docs. It’s available from Github.I/O Docs enables developers to experiment with API calls from within the documentation. You can see it in action at Posterous and WordnikAlibris and Klout (correction: the Posterous and Wordnik APIs were the inspiration for I/O Docs, but don’t use I/O Docs).Accoring to Mashery’s announcement: ” In surveys that Mashery conducted at SXSW and other events, developers consistently cited poor API documentation as a major obstacle to getting started with an API.” Cutting and pasting keys is also cited as an obstacle, so I/O Docs input keys automatically for logged-in developers.Mashery competes with Apigee, Programmable Web and others.Disclosure: Mashery is a ReadWriteWeb sponsor, as is Programmable Web’s parent company Alcatel-Lucent. Related Posts How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Tags:#APIs#hack center_img Why You Love Online Quizzes Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid klint finleylast_img read more

iCloud, Not the New iPad, is Apple’s Real Key to the Post-PC Revolution

first_imgdan frommer 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Apple’s new iPad goes on sale today. People – already lined up around the world – will likely buy more than a million of them this weekend, and tens of millions this year. And there will be much talk about Apple’s “post-PC” revolution.But the real key to Apple’s post-PC dreams – slipping past Windows and becoming the dominant consumer electronics platform for the decades ahead – isn’t this new iPad, or any single gadget. It’s actually iCloud, Apple’s cloud service and storage platform, which doesn’t get the respect and attention it deserves.Why iCloud?Because the iPad, without it, isn’t really that much different than the PCs it’s trying to replace. Sure, the iPad is cheaper, prettier, more portable, and touch-controlled. And it runs a less sophisticated operating system than a PC or Mac. But at its essence, it’s a client terminal, the way a Windows PC or Mac is.What makes the iPad, iPhone, iPod, Apple TV, and gradually, even the Mac, “post-PC” devices, is the idea that they’re all tied together behind the scenes: Your work, your entertainment, your apps, everything. It’s not that they just replace a PC in your home. It’s that they go beyond what a PC ever offered. That’s where iCloud comes into play. Today, iCloud mostly just seems like Apple’s proprietary storage and synchronization service. That’s an important start, just as iTunes sync was a critical (and proprietary) Apple tool that helped make the iPod so successful. But it’s also just the beginning. Just as Apple adds new features to its iPads and iPhones, iOS and Mac OS each year, expect new iCloud features as well, designed to gradually move more of your computing life off of individual devices and into the cloud.The practical benefits? Using multiple devices for the same project. Borrowing friends’ devices for a little work or entertainment. Activating new gadgets and making them “yours” quickly. Sharing iPads. Reducing the required computing and storage resources (and price) of future hardware. And much more that we can’t even dream of.What does this mean for Apple’s competition? A few takeaways:If Apple’s campaign is successful – and it’s on the right track – just offering hardware devices to compete with the iPad, iPhone, and Apple TV won’t be enough. Rivals will not only need competitive hardware, pricing, and app stores, but the cloud-based glue that iCloud presents. And this is not going to be easy, especially for companies whose strength is hardware and not software or cloud services, such as Samsung, Nokia, HTC, etc. (Amazon may actually do okay here, though its interface designs aren’t often pretty. See: Amazon MP3 “cloud locker.”)In theory, this could be a positive trend for Google, as Google has been focused on cloud-based services forever (Gmail, Google Docs, etc.) and doesn’t have legacy PC baggage. But Google faces an uphill battle of offering its cloud services to a host of hardware partners that have to shoehorn them into hardware designed by different people than the software. It may work, but it’s probably never going to be as elegant as if one company were to make it all. Perhaps that’s why Google is buying Motorola – if it’s smart, it will actually try hard to make great, integrated devices there. It could end up being the best competition for Apple in the long run, or maybe not.Microsoft will need an iCloud answer, too, for Windows 8 devices. Adding complexity there is that Microsoft plans two different user interfaces for Windows 8: The simple, “Metro” UI that you’ve seen on Windows phones and the new Xbox interface, and the old-style Windows look. But if the cloud/sync service is designed the right way, that won’t make a difference. Just as iCloud needs to be able to connect iPhones to Macs to TVs, Microsoft’s service might as well be able to connect a Windows workstation to a fancy watch. This old-vs.-new hurdle actually makes a sync service like iCloud even more potentially useful, if it can bring the two Windows together in a clever and useful way. (Then there is the separate issue of whether consumer Microsoft customers and “enterprise” customers should use the same or different cloud services.)Lastly, this could improve the fortunes for Dropbox, the leading cloud storage and sync startup. What Dropbox does is different than what iCloud does, but it offers a wonderful service, well-known brand, and a good reputation. Imagine Dropbox as a core feature of Android or Windows, expanded to include more services. It could happen. (Or, Dropbox could forge ahead and maybe even become one of the big platform companies over time. Who knows.) Also: Box, the other big cloud storage startup.So, enjoy your new iPad this weekend. Drool over a potential Apple television set if you must. But the real thing to watch is iCloud. It will play a big role in Apple’s ultimate success or failure in the post-PC era.Also: Why the New iPad is So Huge for Apple Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Tags:#Analysis#Apple#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Kyle Lafferty completes Rangers’ Europa fightback against Villarreal

first_imgShare via Email Europa League Read more Reuse this content Topics Villarreal Steven Gerrard revealed that at half-time he had to urge his players to believe they belonged on the same stage as Villarreal as they hit back to claim a 2-2 draw in Spain. The Ibrox club had suffered a nightmare start to their Europa League campaign as Carlos Bacca put the home side ahead inside 44 seconds at El Madrigal.The Rangers manager felt his players lacked the confidence but after a half-time pep talk, his team showed more bite. Scott Arfield and Kyle Lafferty struck either side of Gerard Moreno’s goal to hand the Light Blues a deserved draw in their Group G opener.Gerrard said: “I’m very proud of my team, especially in the second half, which I felt was a very strong performance. We obviously got off to the worst possible start, going a goal down inside the first minute. Sometimes in football you’ve got to hold your hand up and it was a wonderful strike from Carlos Bacca.“The message at half-time was to show more belief and have more courage in our play by making passes. We never had enough belief when we were getting into really good areas. But from half-time we went and did it and we could have scored a few more goals. It was a crazy end to the game – we could have won it through Scott Arfield and yet at the same time we could have lost it. But we deserved a point tonight.”Lafferty’s goal was his first in European competitions after 17 previously unsuccessful attempts. But Gerrard never doubted the Northern Ireland striker could produce a big performance as he deputised for the suspended Alfredo Morelos.“I know you say it’s the first goal for him at this level but he’s scored many international goals,” Gerrard added. “It’s not a surprise to me, it’s the reason I played him, it’s the reason I bought him and wanted him back here because I know he likes the big stage.” Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp European club football Rangers Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Willian gets dominant Chelsea off to winning start against PAOK match reports Share on Twitter Share on Facebooklast_img read more

2014 Trans Tasman Series on Fox Sports

first_imgThe 2014 Trans Tasman Series has arrived on Fox Sports!The coverage of the 2014 Trans Tasman Series will continue on Tuesday, 22 July with the Mixed Open game, with the Women’s game on the Wednesday and the Men’s game on the Thursday. Stay tuned to www.touchfootball.com.au for updates on replays of the games.2014 Trans Tasman Series – Fox Sports 312.00pm Tuesday, 22 July – Mixed Open11.30am Wednesday, 23 July – Women’s Open11.30am Thursday, 24 July – Men’s Open2014 Trans Tasman Series – Fox Sports 24.00am Friday, 25 July – Women’s Open5.00am Friday, 25 July – Men’s Open To view some of the footage from RJ Media from the series, please click on the link below:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jiVlqXMmu60In the lead up to the 2014 Trans Tasman Series being shown on Fox Sports 3, we’ll be releasing some sneak peeks on the TFA YouTube channel, stay tuned for more highlights:Mixed Open – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XvFE6a3nx0Men’s Open – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKpNmrX6qv0&feature=youtu.beWomen’s Open – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23CoWZJ-enY Related LinksTrans Tasman on Fox!last_img read more

Predicting The Winners Of College Football’s Biggest Rivalry Games In 2016

first_imgUrban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh meet after a game.ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 25: Urban Meyer head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Jim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines shake hands after the game. Ohio State won 31 to 20 on November 25, 2017 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) Alabama Iron Bowl TrophyTwitter/@AlabamaFTBLAs we near the end of March Madness, college sports fans are coming up on the long summer stretch between basketball ending and football beginning. Other sports like college baseball, lacrosse, and softball are big for some fan bases, and of course, there’s the MLB, but we’re all going to be itching for football season by June. And with college football comes a slew of amazing rivalry games. Virtually every week, there is a game between two power programs that helps define the sport, and because of what is at stake in college football, may go a long way towards deciding whether a team can play for a national championship.It is still March, but we’re putting on our swami hats and predicting the winners of some of the biggest rivalry games in college football. Does Jim Harbaugh knock off Ohio State in year two at Michigan? Will Auburn pull off another miracle, or will the Alabama Crimson Tide roll en route to another SEC West title? Check back in when November rolls around, and see how we did.Next: FSU vs. Clemson >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14last_img read more