Billingsley wins numbers game

first_imgBy Tony Jackson STAFF WRITER PHILADELPHIA – Dodgers officials always knew Chad Billingsley had a performance like this in him. Several of them, in fact. Perhaps even a career’s worth. Avoiding the high pitch counts that had been his undoing in so many previous starts since he first arrived in the major leagues some 14 months ago, Billingsley dominated the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday, holding the National League’s top scoring team to a run and four hits over seven dominating innings in the Dodgers’ 5-2 victory. Billingsley retired the first six batters he faced, gave up a leadoff single to Jayson Werth in the third, then retired the next six batters he faced. His only hiccup came in the sixth, when he issued a leadoff walk to Shane Victorino that led to the Phillies tying the game, 1-1, on Pat Burrell’s two-out double. But the Dodgers quickly reclaimed the lead in the top of the seventh, and Billingsley didn’t allow another baserunner. “My command was there,” Billingsley said. “As far as velocity, there really wasn’t too much there. But I spotted it up really well, got my offspeed stuff across and got ahead of hitters. I was able to put guys away when I needed to. I had quick innings, and I made them hit my pitch.” The result was that Billingsley got his first win in exactly one month, since the night he came within one out of a shutout at Houston before giving up a two-run homer to Luke Scott in the ninth inning. It couldn’t have come at a better time for the rebounding Dodgers, who had gotten a similarly stellar outing from Derek Lowe on Tuesday night and managed to take two of three from the potent Phillies, holding them to four runs and 11 hits in those two wins. Streak ends Dodgers reliever Jonathan Broxton gave up a solo home run to Tadahito Iguchi with two outs in the eighth, cutting the Dodgers’ lead to 5-2. It was the first homer off Broxton in more than a year, ending a streak of 94 games and 962/3 innings. It was the longest such streak by a Dodgers pitcher since the team moved to Los Angeles a half-century ago, but it was only the second-longest active streak in the majors. Oakland’s Chad Bradford entered the day having gone 114 games and 972/3 innings without giving one up. “I never thought about it much,” Broxton said. “I just went out there and pitched my game. Every streak has to come to an end sometime. I’ll just have to start another one. I thought I threw a good pitch. (Iguchi) just popped it up, but this field is kind of short down there, and it just went out.” Iguchi’s blast landed about four rows deep, just inside the right-field foul pole, which is 330 feet from home plate. Pierre OK Broxton’s wasn’t the only streak that ended. Center fielder Juan Pierre was thrown out stealing for the first time in 19 attempts, and to add injury to insult, he also jammed his left pinky diving into the bag. Trainer Stan Conte attended to Pierre, and Pierre stayed in the game. Pierre reached base with an RBI single, extending his hitting streak to 11 games. tony.jackson@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

SCC to host how-to event on photographing the solar eclipse on July 13

first_imgWith a little over two months to go before the solar eclipse, Southwestern Community College is gearing up for the once-in-a-lifetime event by hosting a presentation by photographer Johnny Horne at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 13, in Myers Auditorium on SCC’s Jackson Campus.This presentation will be a how-to on photographing the solar eclipse, which will occur on Aug. 21.“We are very excited to have Johnny Horne give this presentation,” said Lynda Parlett, SCC’s executive director of institutional development. “This a great opportunity to learn about capturing a photograph of the solar eclipse to share with future generations.”The session will also include information for budding and amateur photographers who wish to take pictures of planets, stars and astronomical events.Horne served as a staff photographer for the Fayetteville Observer for 44 years and is a contributing editor for “Sky and Telescope” magazine.He has also served on the technical support staff for “Sky and Telescope” total solar eclipse expeditions to Mexico, Africa and the Caribbean.In 1986 Horne photographed Halley’s Comet from the Australian Outback, and his astronomical photographs have appeared in magazines and newspapers worldwide.last_img read more

How Data and Analytics Translate to Personal Care

first_imgPatient engagement and analytics were trending topics at HIMSS15. I now wonder how the essence of those conversations will change going forward.In this video, I share insight into how the discussions around analytics and patient engagement need to shift toward improving the quality of care and reducing costs. I also look at how the growing volume of personal health data coming from wearables and genomic research will help drive truly customized care into becoming a reality.Watch the short video and let us know what questions you have about the future of analytics and customized care, and where you think they’re headed.last_img read more

Vieira: ‘Balotelli can’t understand teamwork’

first_imgNice coach Patrick Vieira was “disappointed” with Mario Balotelli. “It’s really difficult for him to understand that football is about teamwork.” The Italy international has never hit the heights his potential warranted and is now also struggling at hometown club Brescia. “It was a real pleasure to work with Mario,” the Nice coach told beIN Sports at an event. “It was I think at a time where it was really difficult for him to understand that football is about teamwork, the team effort, and it’s something that is difficult for Mario to understand. “It has nothing to do with talent of the player, because he is a really special talent, but it’s disappointing that I was unable to get the best out of him, but he needs to understand as well that for him to play at this level, he needs to be part of the team. “I hope he understands that really soon, because there is still time for him to do so and he can go back to scoring goals. He’s got the talent to be the leader of the team, but the leader of the team has to put his talent at the service of the team.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

Mike Gundy’s Most Important Program Ingredient

first_imgMike Gundy is the most important (and best) coach in Oklahoma State football (and maybe sports) history. The football part is at least indisputable. So I’m always interested to see what he has to say about program building.Obviously Boone Pickens’ money goes a long way whether you’re in Corvallis, Stillwater or Gainesville. Cash is paramount to building programs. But the one thing I’ve noticed Gundy mention over and over again is continuity. I have this theory about why Gundy hired Mike Yurcich a few years ago, and it has nothing to do with LEGOs.Gundy hired Yurcich, I think, because he wanted to get somebody who would be around for at least five years (I have written about this before). He rolled the dice on an unknown because he knew he could train him (because Yurcich is clearly intelligent) and knew that OSU would still feel big time to Yurcich in a way it didn’t to Holgorsen or Monken after a year or two.Gundy all but said this in the preseason.“Mike has come a long way,” said Gundy. “The reason that we brought Coach Yurcich to Oklahoma State is because we felt he was a young, upcoming, innovative coach and I had been very fortunate as a head coach to have that style of a coach with Larry Fedora and Dana Holgersen and Todd Monken, guys that are innovative and strong-willed and can make a decision and Mike’s fallen into that category.”And he even wants to stay!Then Gundy affirmed it in his weekly radio show this week and mentioned why continuity is important (recruiting — duh).””We have a plan, and we adjust it each year based on where the strengths are talent-wise on both sides of the ball, but the overall terminology, the structure in offensive meetings with the coaches, not only scheme-wise but also in recruiting, stays the same,” Gundy. “In preseason, when I had my meetings, those took considerably less time because everybody had already been with me for a year.You get the feeling he wanted to follow this up with a praise Him from whom all blessings flow.“I don’t have to go over all of that stuff before they get it, so that’s less time they spend in there listening to me and they can go in there and do something constructive. When you have two or three new guys on the staff, you have to go over everything to make sure it’s done right exactly the way you want it. It just takes time to bring those guys along.”The self-deprecation is compelling, and the point resounding: Oklahoma State (and any school) is good when its coaches are good, are all on the same page and have been there a long time. Gundy has that right now, and OSU is rolling. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Chalk Talk: Mason Rudolph’s Biggest Weakness

first_imgOn paper, Mason Rudolph has been excellent this season. He has already thrown for over 2,200 yards and has 14 touchdowns this season. He logged 220 yards and a touchdown in a solid passing performance against Kansas.But while Rudolph is an efficient passer, he is by no means perfect. His biggest weakness actually has nothing to do with his passing ability; rather, it’s completely mental. Rudolph’s biggest weakness is his indecisiveness, and it showed in the Cowboys’ 44-20 win against the Jayhawks on Saturday.Watch this play, for example:sl_cross_sackThe Cowboys are running play action with a slot cross concept flooding the right side of the field. This particular play is known as a triangle read, as it has three receivers making a triangle on the strong side of the field.122-sl-crossTriangle concepts are designed to allow the quarterback to make quick decisions with all three receivers in his vision. And the play itself works — both McCleskey (on the slot cross) and Chris Carson (on the flat release) are open.openRudolph should have immediately looked to the cross and hit McCleskey as soon as he stepped foot on the Jayhawk logo. But Rudolph doesn’t properly go through his progressions and, because of his indecisiveness, gets sacked.Here’s another example, this time in the red zone:double_sackRudolph has an open receiver, but because he waits too long, he is forced to dance around in the pocket and is eventually sacked. The Cowboys are running what’s known as a double under or double china concept.double-chinaThe inside slot receiver runs a corner route, which is often taken advantage of in goal line situations to ensure one-on-one coverage (it was in fact used in this fashion by OSU in the fourth quarter on the goal line.)The other slot receiver is running an under route and can “climb” the open field to avoid the weak-side linebacker. The outside receiver is also running an under and is trailing the first under route (hence the term double under).midshotNotice in both the gif and the picture above how McCleskey is setting up his cornerback to beat him to the inside. Also notice in the gif how there is only one high safety and James Washington (inside slot) has one-on-one coverage on the outside-breaking route.Rudolph could have either passed it to McCleskey coming out of his break or made the pre-snap decision to lob it to Washington in the corner of the end zone. Instead, he held it and got sacked.These were not the only examples of Rudolph being indecisive. Sometimes, on third downs especially, he waits too long for a route to develop instead of pinpointing a receiver or taking his check down.throwHe also occasionally misses his windows in the progression of the play, which then forces him to sit longer in the pocket.quads_sackIt is important to reiterate that Rudolph is by no means an average quarterback. He consistently makes impressive throws and has been a huge factor in the Cowboys’ recent offensive success.He has also already recorded 41 career touchdowns and will leave OSU as one of the best quarterbacks in recent memory. But he still has his flaws, and this is his biggest one.The positive is that it isn’t because of a lack of physical ability and can be coached. Let’s hope that Rudolph can improve his decisiveness for this week’s game, because all eyes will be on him against West Virginia.What do you think Rudolph’s biggest weakness is? Leave your message below in the comments! While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

The Oklahoma State-TCU Drive Charts Are Beautiful

first_imgYards per play: 4.8Points per drive (offense): 0.50Points per drive (defense): 2.82Points off turnovers: 6Average starting field position: Own 25Glenn Spencer is going to hand out TCU’s drive chart from this game as a stocking stuffer for Christmas because this is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. How about 0.50 points per drive?! How about six punts, two picks, three TOs on downs and just one TD? How about 4.8 yards per play for an offense that came in averaging nearly seven.Spencer said after the game he was thrilled for his guys, and he should be. That was one of the great defensive performances of the Mike Gundy era.“Just happy the guys can get recognized for that,” Spencer told the Oklahoman. “Somebody’s going to say something good about ’em this week. I get tired of people talking bad about them.”Here are the 10 instances in the Gundy era when OSU has held a team to six or fewer points and five or fewer yards per play. It’s just the fifth time against a FBS opponent.screen-shot-2016-11-20-at-5-19-54-pm Oklahoma State pounded TCU on Saturday 31-6, and the drive charts from the game are everything you would imagine and maybe even more. Let’s take a look at Mike Yurcich’s offense first.OSU Drive Chartscreen-shot-2016-11-20-at-8-12-23-amThat second-half offense clutched up after a pretty weak first half. Here are the advanced stats:Yards per play: 6.8Points per drive (offense): 2.82Points per drive (defense): 0.50Points off turnovers: 7Average starting field position: Own 25OSU almost reached the seven-yards-a-play mark for the third straight game. That 2.82 number on offense is good, not great. It would look a lot better if they had scored one more TD on the final drive of the game.TCU Drive Chartscreen-shot-2016-11-20-at-8-12-28-am While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Stoops, Gundy Agree On One Thing Going Into Bedlam: OSU Has One Loss

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. At this point, I think I might be a little tired of the proselytizing by Mike Gundy about the Central Michigan game. Gundy said it again on Saturday after beating TCU and drove his point home on Monday on the Big 12 coaches’ teleconference.This came two days after Bob Stoops trumpeted for him after beating West Virginia in Morgantown.“In my eyes they only have one loss, if you play by the rules,” said Stoops on Saturday. “They review everything else out here. They review a first down. You couldn’t review if that play should have been allowed or not. I have one of those. I count myself with one extra victory. That one at Oregon that everyone counted as a loss. My record book is a little different than everybody else’s.”“Every coach I’ve talked to agrees and says the same thing,” said Gundy on Monday in response to Stoops. “Bob [Stoops] is excited about our conference and the success that we’re having. Most coaches know the difference in right and wrong and what happened in that game. So I’m sure that he genuinely feels that way.“I did not see his comments, but I heard somebody had said, ‘we review everything else in football, why can’t we review that a game was over?’ I think the committee sees us as a one-loss team in my opinion. I’m just nor sure that’s something they can admit publicly.”Stoops reiterated his sentiment in his Monday press conference.Bob Stoops, again: “Oklahoma State, to me, is a one-loss team and should be ranked higher than they are.”— Cody Stavenhagen (@CodyStavenhagen) November 21, 2016Of course this is all self-serving. Gundy wants OSU to have one loss because it would mean potential entrance into the College Football Playoff. Stoops wants OSU to have one loss because it would mean beating a one-loss team to end the season and potentially get into the CFB Playoff. I sort of laid out here why the loss doesn’t really matter all that much.Either way, at least Mike and Cale Gundy will have a galvanizing topic to discuss at Thanksgiving dinner this week.last_img read more

PM Breaks Ground for Cardiac Wing at Bustamante Hospital for Children

first_imgPrime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller says the development of the cardiac programme at the Bustamante Hospital for Children will place Jamaica among those countries with highly developed specialist medical facilities for children.“Our children constitute a special segment of the population. They deserve the best care and treatment as the health of our people represents the wealth of our nation,” the Prime Minister said.Addressing the ground-breaking ceremony on Wednesday, February 27, for the construction of the new multi-million dollar state-of-the-art Cardiac Wing at the Bustamante Hospital, the Prime Minister said the facility will mend the ‘broken hearts’ of children between the ages of 0-12 years, who have heart ailments and are in need of specialist cardiac care.“This new cardiac wing will provide an increased number of paediatric Intensive Care Unit beds in Jamaica, reduce waiting time for such surgeries and decrease the number of children on the waiting list for surgery,” the Prime Minister said.She added that the specialist facility will allow for general improvement in the expertise of local medical personnel in performing complex cardiac surgeries. Each year, up to 500 children are born with congenital heart disease; about half of them requiring cardiac surgery.The new Cardiac wing has been made possible under a public-private partnership agreement with support coming from Chain of Hope UK, Digicel Jamaica, Sagicor Investment Ltd, Gift of Life District 7020, the Caribbean Heart Menders and the Congenital Heart Institute of Florida. Digicel Jamaica has donated $100 million towards the construction of the facility with a further $40 million coming from Sagicor Investments Limited.last_img read more