Tulsa, USF meet in conference play

first_imgFor more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 February 13, 2020 Tulsa, USF meet in conference play Associated Press center_img SQUAD LEADERS: The Golden Hurricane have been led by Brandon Rachal and Martins Igbanu. Rachal has averaged 12.7 points and six rebounds while Igbanu has recorded 13 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. The Bulls have been led by Laquincy Rideau and David Collins, who are averaging 12.8 and 13.4 points, respectively.CLAMPING DOWN: The Golden Hurricane have allowed only 60 points per game across 11 conference games, an improvement from the 68.2 per game they allowed in non-conference play.BRILLIANT BRANDON: Rachal has connected on 25 percent of the 48 3-pointers he’s attempted. He’s also made 79.8 percent of his free throws this season.ACCOUNTING FOR ASSISTS: The Golden Hurricane have recently used assists to create buckets more often than the Bulls. South Florida has an assist on 24 of 59 field goals (40.7 percent) over its previous three outings while Tulsa has assists on 36 of 67 field goals (53.7 percent) during its past three games.TOUGH DEFENSE: South Florida has held opposing teams to 61.7 points per game, the lowest figure among all AAC teams.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditTulsa (16-8, 8-3) vs. South Florida (11-13, 4-7)Yuengling Center, Tampa, Florida; Saturday, 12 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: AAC foes meet as Tulsa matches up against South Florida. Tulsa took care of East Carolina by 14 in its last outing. South Florida lost 62-58 to Houston in its most recent game.last_img read more

NFL Draft 2019: Cardinals select Kyler Murray with No. 1 pick

first_imgKards got Kyler. #CardsDraft📝: https://t.co/IVtMbg1Yxw pic.twitter.com/kUQafRopfT— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) April 26, 2019Murray had long been anticipated to be the top selection since he opted to pursue a career in football despite being selected by the Athletics with the ninth overall pick of the 2018 MLB Draft. Oklahoma’s former No. 1 has gone No. 1.The Cardinals on Thursday selected Kyler Murray with the first overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft. The move makes him the only player ever to be a first-round selection in both the NFL and MLB drafts.The Sooners also become the first team to have back-to-back No. 1 picks at the same position after the Browns took Baker Mayfield first overall in 2018.With the first pick in the 2019 #NFLDraft, the @AZCardinals select… @TheKylerMurray!#OUDNA | https://t.co/o26VaEn9Ku pic.twitter.com/jMaGWRC3gI— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) April 26, 2019BACK TO BACK!!!!! CONGRATS K1!!!! Well deserved my brotha!!! @TheKylerMurray— Baker Mayfield (@bakermayfield) April 26, 2019Murray, 21, led Oklahoma to a 12-2 record as he threw for 4,361 yards with 42 touchdowns and seven interceptions in 2018. He also ran for 1,001 yards and capped off his final collegiate season by beating out Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and Ohio State signal-caller Dwayne Haskins to win the Heisman Trophy.last_img read more

Keys to Establishing Trust: Seven Attributes & Three Exercises for Providers

first_imgWritten by Caregiving Team Member Alicia Cassels, MA“If the soldiers do not trust you, they are not going to open up to you.”-Belinda Jones, Helping ProfessionalSoldier Family Assistance Center The seven attributes that I discovered in a DoD EFMP family support reference guide several years ago can serve as an effective framework for helping us explore the ways that we engage with our clients and students. We might consider how displaying one attribute or another can impact our ability to establish trust. We might also think about how failing to display one or more of these attributes may impede our ability to facilitate learning and provide effective programs. Reference:  EFMP Family Support Reference Guide Figure 3.1  2. Attributes at workTake a minute to think about your work as a provider. Rank the seven attributes based on the strength with which you display each one in your work with clients and students. Assign number one to the attribute that you display most consistently and seven to the attribute that you display least consistently, or not at all with the other attributes ranked accordingly. Thinking about this carefully may take a few minutes. When you have finished sorting, answer the questions below. -Lorraine Rodriguez, EFMP Helping Professional 1. We are all clients Whether we receive medical care from a physician or dentist, have students in the K-12 education system or attend medical appointments with a loved one, we are all clients served by professionals over the course of our lives. Thinking about the attributes from our own personal experience as clients can be helpful in increasing our understanding of the importance that these attributes play in our work. Take a minute to consider the questions below:How might your level of trust be impacted by a physician who consistently fails to display emotional maturity when providing medical care?How might your level of trust be impacted by a teacher who consistently fails to demonstrate fairness when interacting with your elementary school aged child?center_img Were you surprised by the attributes that appeared at the top or bottom of your list?How does displaying or failing to display one or more attributes impact your effectiveness in building trust with clients and students?Would your clients and students agree?Are there any areas in which you can grow?If you consistently display the attributes in your work, are there opportunities for you to provide mentoring in this area to less experienced colleagues?3. Expanding the listWhich attributes would you add to the list? How would you rank the new items in terms of importance?Ask your students and clients which attributes they find most important in establishing trust. This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on May 18, 2018. When fortunate enough to have great teachers and mentors, the most important initial lessons we learn as new helping professionals are centered around how we work with clients and students. This is especially important when we think about the foundational aspects of establishing rapport and trust.Over the past several years the MFLN Caregiving team has visited a number of U.S. Military installations, conducting and recording scores of interviews with experienced helping professionals who have shared their thoughts about the importance of trust.As we progress in our careers as helping professionals, regardless of our level of technical expertise, periodically revisiting how we engage with our students and clients can help ensure that we are serving effectively, establishing rapport and building the trust that is critically important in the work that we do.“Building trust is important for our families.  If they do not have trust they will not come back even if we try to follow up.  So, in the first meeting it is important to let them know that we are not going to judge them in anything they are doing.  We are here to assist them, and that is why we are here.” To explore how the attributes impact your delivery of programs or educational services, try the activities below.last_img read more

FiveThirtyEights College Football Playoff Forecast

Which teams are most likely to make college football’s first-ever four-team playoff? And which have the best chance of coming away with the national title?The quick answer is the obvious one: The Alabama Crimson Tide lead the way on both counts. They’re No. 1 in the playoff selection committee’s current rankings and No. 1 according to most computer systems, including ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI). Alabama is no stranger to postseason success, having won the national title in 2009, 2011 and 2012.But it won’t be easy for Alabama, or anyone else. To win the national title, the Crimson Tide may need to prevail in four very challenging football games — against arch-rival Auburn on Nov. 29, in the SEC Championship on Dec. 6, and then in the national semifinal and championship games. Alabama is more likely than any other team to win the title, but its chances are still only about 28 percent.That number comes from a new model we’ve developed that simulates the rest of the college football season and considers how subsequent games might affect the playoff committee’s rankings. The model is speculative: Statistical models are grounded in history and there’s zero history to go by when it comes to the college football playoff. But we hope to have some fun with it over the next few weeks and use this season as a guide for how to improve it in future years.The key characteristics of the model are that it’s iterative and probabilistic.1In contrast to our usual 10,000-word manifesto when launching a new forecasting model, I’m only going to provide a brief description of it for now. We’ll circle back later on with more detail. By iterative, I mean that it simulates the rest of the college season one game and one week at a time instead of jumping directly from the current playoff committee standings to national championship chances. By probabilistic, I mean that it hopes to account for the considerable uncertainty in the playoff picture, both in terms of how the games will turn out and in how the humans on the selection committee might react to them.Games are simulated using ESPN’s Football Power Index. To take one example, FPI has USC with about a 40 percent chance of upsetting UCLA in the game they’ll play Saturday in Pasadena, California.The next question is how the teams’ standings in the playoff rankings might change given the possible outcomes on the field. We’ve principally used the historic record of the Coaches Poll for guidance. The simulations account for the fact that some wins and losses matter more than others.Let’s say that USC wins. It’s currently ranked No. 19 in the playoff committee’s rankings. On average in the Coaches Poll, teams ranked in that position have moved up to only No. 17 or No. 16 after a win.Our model sees more upside potential for USC, however. A victory for the Trojans would come in what is technically a road game for them (a few freeways away from their campus in Los Angeles). More importantly, it would come against a higher-ranked opponent in UCLA. Historically — and quite reasonably — human raters have given more credit to wins like those, so our simulation would have USC moving up to No. 15 or No. 14 on average if it wins instead. But there’s considerable uncertainty in the outcome. We have USC moving as high as No. 10, or even into the high single digits, in some simulations; in other cases, a number of other teams ranked near it in the standings might have impressive wins also, and USC would barely move up at all.The simulations also account for the potential margin of victory in each game. Voters in the coaches and media polls have mostly looked at wins and losses, but our research suggests they give a little bit more credit to especially lopsided victories or especially close ones.USC, although an interesting case for the model, is almost no threat to win the national championship no matter the scoreline in Pasadena. Even if it beats UCLA this week and Notre Dame next week — and wins the tiebreaker for the Pac-12 title and then wins that game against Oregon as well, it will be coming from too far behind. Our simulation gives the Trojans only a 0.2 percent chance of making the playoff.Other teams have a more credible chance of contending. Take Mississippi State. On the positive side for the Bulldogs, four teams will get into the playoff and they’re currently ranked No. 4. But Mississippi State has more downside than upside scenarios. It will almost certainly be out if it loses against No. 8 Mississippi — a game in which FPI has the Rebels favored. And even if Mississippi State wins that game, it won’t advance to the SEC Championship unless Alabama loses to Auburn. If Alabama wins, the Bulldogs would be denied another chance to impress the committee. Thus, our simulation has Mississippi State with just a 27 percent chance of making the playoff.These permutations can get complicated, which is why it helps to take things one week at a time. What might the playoff committee standings look like after this Saturday’s games, for instance? The heat map you see below reflects our model’s effort to account for all the possibilities:The top four probably won’t look much different when the playoff committee releases its new standings on Tuesday. They all have fairly easy marks: Alabama will play a Division I-AA opponent, Western Carolina. No. 2 Oregon is at home against 2-8 Colorado. No. 3 Florida State is heavily favored at home against Boston College. And Mississippi State is also at home, playing Vanderbilt, the worst team in the SEC.There’s more action outside the top four. I already mentioned the high-leverage game in Pasadena. If you look carefully at the chart, you’ll see that USC’s probability distribution is bimodal. In other words, it probably won’t stay at No. 19, where it is now. If it beats UCLA, it could gain several positions in the rankings; if it loses, it will have taken its fourth loss and might be knocked out of the top 25 entirely.USC’s opponent, UCLA, also has a lot on the line. UCLA would need a lot of help, but it still has an outside chance — our model puts it at 8 percent — of making the playoff. Beating both USC and Stanford would give UCLA an entry into the Pac-12 championship game. If it beat Oregon then, and a team or two ahead of it endures a loss, it could get in.We might compare the Trojans against their Hellenic-themed rivals, the Michigan State Spartans. Not that MSU, already having lost twice, had much chance to begin with (it pains me to say that as an East Lansing High School alum). But the Spartans are a good example of a team that just doesn’t have enough opportunities to impress committee voters even under its best-case outcomes. MSU’s only remaining scheduled games are against unranked Rutgers and Penn State — and it will only make the Big Ten Championship game if it wins twice and Ohio State loses twice.The Georgia Bulldogs, by comparison, despite being just one position ahead of Michigan State in the rankings, have a better hand to play. They’ll make the SEC Championship if Missouri loses either of its remaining games. If Georgia makes the conference title game and beats Alabama, it would give committee members a lot to think about.Here’s how our model sees the potential lay of the land on Dec. 7, when the selection committee will release its final rankings:As you can see, playing out three weeks’ worth of games increases the uncertainty a great deal as compared to just this coming weekend’s outcomes. No team is more than 75 percent certain to make the playoff.Florida State, despite being undefeated and No. 1 in the Coaches Poll, is not all that well positioned. The selection committee has it at No. 3, which implies that a loss would probably knock it out of contention. FPI, along with other computer systems, is not high on the Seminoles, who have won by middling margins against a so-so schedule.Oregon’s position is better. The Ducks will probably have to win out also, but they’ve already survived the tougher parts of their schedule. Oregon has been good enough, in fact, to make duck-hunting an appealing proposition; UCLA’s outside shot of making the playoff relies upon the possibility of beating it in the Pac-12 Championship.Our simulation also accounts for what might happen beyond Dec. 7. Here are the teams most likely to win the national championship, according to our model:A few teams might be overlooked in the title hunt. Although none of its teams ranks in the top four now, the Big 12 is more likely than not to advance one team (TCU or Baylor) into the playoff. Ohio State’s position as a potential one-loss winner of a major conference will start to look better if any teams ahead of it slip. Ole Miss is a longshot to make the playoff — it will have to beat Mississippi State and perhaps hope that Alabama loses also so that it can get into the SEC Championship — but it’s at the top of the pecking order as far as two-loss teams go.There’s still a lot that these simulations aren’t accounting for. There’s no mechanism in the model to account for head-to-head results even though the committee has said it will consider them if the standings are otherwise close. That potentially works to the benefit of Alabama, which might finish close to Mississippi State in the standings if it loses to Auburn or in the SEC Championship, but which beat the Bulldogs in Tuscaloosa last week.The selection committee may also place more emphasis on conference championships than the simulations do. But we have no evidence yet for how that might play out — nor for how resistant the committee might be to choosing two or more teams from the same conference. We hope you’ll join us as we sort through the scenarios.CORRECTION (Nov. 22, 3:20 p.m.): An earlier version of this article misstated the division in which Western Carolina plays. It is not Division II, but the Football Championship Subdivision, formerly known as Division I-AA. read more

Why diet foods dont satisfy us

first_imgEvolution has trained our brain to expect calories or energy from sweet-tasting foods and that is why low-calorie cookies or diet drinks do not satisfy us, suggests a research.The results could explain why dieting may backfire, leading us to eat more until the body meets its energy needs.We may even have hormones that help the brian distinguish real sugar from artificial sweetener, the study published the journal Neuron, said.“We knew that the human brain could tell the difference between real and fake sugar, we just did not know how,” said first author Monica Dus, assistant professor at the University of Michigan in the US. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’For the study, researchers deprived fruit flies of food for several hours and then gave them a choice between diet, non-nutritive sweeteners and real sugar.When the flies licked the real sugar, it activated a group of six neurons that released a hormone with receptors in the gut and brain.The hormone fuelled digestion and allowed the fly to lick more of the nutritious food.On the other hand, when the fly licked the diet sweetener, it never produced this hormone/digestive reaction because zero-calorie sweetener has no nutritional or energy value. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixIn every case, the flies abandoned the artificial sweetener and chose the regular sugar because the starved flies needed the energy provided by the calories in the real sugar.From an evolutionary perspective, sweet taste means sugar (traditionally from fruit or high concentrate carbohydrates) and a subsequent big energy boost.“Fruit flies cannot call out for pizza – their brains expect calories if they eat something sweet, and that is why they chose the regular sugar,” said Dus. “Fruit flies and humans share about 75 percent of the same disease-causing genes.”If our brains work the same way, this helps explain why diet foods do not satiate or satisfy us, and we gain weight while dieting, Dus said.It is analogous to a person eating that entire sleeve of low-calorie cookies and the body telling her she is still hungry.She keeps snacking until she eats something with nutritional value that meets her energy needs, the study said.last_img read more

Acknowledging differences rejecting divisions

first_imgIt’s not every day that you get to hear how divisions in Indian society intrigued and impacted an artist so much so that he decided to bridge the gap through art.Andrea Anastasio, an award-winning designer from Milan, spent half his life in India, trying to interact with the locals and understanding social categorisation of people. “I have been coming back to India every year since 1979. Parts of my stay in this country were devoted to interacting with the locals and understanding the differences in the cultures. I always tried to understand what’s normally defined as tribal groups, tribal designs, folk art, and how these definitions always prevented us from seeing the underlying unity,” said Andrea. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIt was only a few months back that the Italian artist was approached by Somnath Pyne, Founder and Secretary of The Force for Rural Empowerment and Economic Development (FREED) to create an art installation with lights, along with the artists of Chandannagar. “Andrea is a light installation artist and designer from Italy. We wanted him to think out of the box and create something for the exhibition at the Italian Embassy Cultural Centre,” informed Pyne. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”Considering the kind of work he does and the artists he would be needing, we could only think of craftsmen from Chandannagar,” he added. Chandannagar is a small city and former French colony located 30 kilometers north of Kolkata. This small town over a period of 300 years has a unique blend of culture and heritage. The place has long been known for its decorative lights used in Durga Puja celebration. Further, Pyne informed, “One fine day, Andrea visited the place and met the craftsmen. He later gave the creative inputs. Designs were exchanged on Whatsapp and at the end, we got a fine piece of art.” The light installation is based on the concept of ‘Civilisation without divisions and boundaries’, created by Babu Pal from Chandannagar guided by Andrea. The financial support was provided by Bose foundation. Speaking of his experience of working with 40 other artists from Chandannagar on this installation, Andrea said, “What I loved the most in the process of making it was the interaction with the artists. At a point, I realised that they were not actually fabricating but weaving the work. That was a beautiful moment in which I could see the blending of craftsmanship and conceptual approach.” Andrea, who found lights a very fascinating medium to talk about contemporary issues of our society, usually loves to combine architecture, design, and art. I believe that architecture and design can be used as languages and tools to address various issues. Even in this case, design and architecture came together to address and tackle the issues of contemporary reality,” he concluded.last_img read more

Hurricane protection free with ACV until May 14

center_img MONTREAL — Air Canada Vacations is offering free StormGuard protection to select destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean, for bookings made by May 14.StormGuard allows clients to rebook their vacation package if the US National Hurricane Center declares a tropical storm warning within three days (72 hours) of scheduled departure. Protection typically costs $49 per person but for a limited time ACV is waiving the fee.“In the Caribbean, the summertime is typically known as hurricane season; however, StormGuard gives travellers peace of mind when booking their vacation with ACV,” said Nino Montagnese, Managing Director, Air Canada Vacations. “Plus, the now waived fee will make it even easier for travel agents to add-on this protection plan to client bookings.”More information about StormGuard and applicable destinations is at aircanadavacations.com. Tags: Air Canada Vacations Wednesday, May 3, 2017 last_img read more