first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. – The upcoming Big Bam Vertical Slam, which is planned for September 17th, could be postponed until next year due to a lack of registrants.Event organizer Laurie Cardinal says that though many have shown interest in participating in the 2nd iteration of the Slam, which is set to feature both a 5km hike in addition to an obstacle course, the number of confirmed registrants is still below what organizers had hoped to see at this point in time. Event planners had aimed to see close to 400 participants come out for the event, however the number of current 130 registrations is closer to 130.Cardinal acknowledged that though many hikers will be registering for the Vertical Slam at the last minute, she said that the equipment required to build the planned obstacle course requires advanced booking. Purchasing or renting the equipment and services in advance is more difficult due to the Ski Hill being a non-profit venture. Cardinal added that organizers will postpone the event and include it in the Big Bam Vertical Slam that is scheduled for June 10th, 2017. She says that current registrants will be able to get a full refund, or include their registration fees in next year’s event.- Advertisement -For more information, or to register, go to http://www.bigbamverticalslam.ca.13407242_1461700073842477_8608196770095887627_nlast_img read more


first_img0Shares0000Neymar’s world record move to Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona has increased interest in Ligue 1 abroad © AFP/File / DENIS CHARLETPARIS, France, Feb 5 – The French league (LFP) has reached a “major agreement” with two networks to broadcast Ligue 1 games in Sub-Saharan Africa, it announced Monday, a clear sign of the impact made by the arrival of Neymar.The deal means French-language network Canal+ and Kwese, in English and Portuguese, will show games in Ligue 1, Ligue 2 and the French League Cup for six seasons from 2018-19 to 2023-24. No financial details were revealed by the LFP or beIN Sports, the network which owns the exclusive international distribution rights for the French league.However, French sports daily L’Equipe said the deal should be worth 33 million euros per year, compared to 13 million euros annually under the existing terms.“This first result encourages us to pursue our defined sales strategy and confirms the growing attractiveness of Ligue 1 thanks to the investment of the clubs to recruit new stars, develop new talent and equip themselves with modern infrastructure,” said LFP director general Didier Quillot.The French league’s income from international rights pales in comparison to the money generated by other leading European nations.The English Premier League brings in 1.3 billion euros a year, while Italy’s Serie A rakes in 371 million euros annually.However, the LFP and beIN Sports are now set to target improved deals in other areas, notably Brazil, as they look to cash in on the presence of Neymar at Paris Saint-Germain.At the moment, the LFP stands to make a modest 80 million euros annually up to 2024 from international rights.Neymar’s world-record 222 million-euro move to PSG from Barcelona last August, and the Qatar-owned capital club’s big-money move for Kylian Mbappe from Monaco, helped drive up interest in the French game at the start of this campaign.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Google just received a designpatent for Google Search’s homepage. It took the US Patent Office over five years to approve this patent (D599,372) for the design of a “graphical user interface for a display screen of a communications terminal,” but Google’s request was finally approved yesterday. The company already owned a patent for its search results pages. In addition, Google also received a patent for a server-based spellchecker yesterday, as well as another one for “collaborative web page authoring.” We don’t assume that Google will soon start a patent fight with Yahoo over this, but Yahoo Search’s current homepage obviously looks quite similar to Google’s, though without the two prominent button’s underneath the search box. We are obviously not lawyers, but as far as we know, design patents are basically just a form of making sure the design of a functional item is protected and not so much an acknowledgment that this is a completely new invention. Design patents have to be for a new designs though, and we just have to wonder if somebody else didn’t offer a similarly minimalist search interface before Google.Tip of the hat to Ryan Tate at Gawker for first noticing this patent. Tags:#news#web Related Posts frederic lardinoiscenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more


first_imgThe Openers:Sunil Gavaskar and Virender Sehwag: A perfectionist and a destroyer. Sunny bhai was the anti-thesis to Sehwag. One could bat a couple of days to save a Test, the other barely needed two sessions to dismantle the opposition. No other candidate even in the vicinity of the two.Opening batsmen for the All-Time India XI. (BCCI Photo) The sheet anchor:Rahul Dravid: Open and shut case. India’s second-highest Test run-getter, the one who averaged more in overseas conditions than in India and the one with the big-match temperament. Rahul wasn’t just solid he was rock solid and like Gavaskar he had the gumption to battle for life. And with SMG at first slip, Rahul would have been a perfect foil at second slip. Middle-Order:Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly: Sachin could change gears, could change destiny of any given situation. While he limited his strokeplay so as to score big in the later half of his career, Sachin was no less intimidating. You don’t even have to scratch much to know that statistically no batsman in cricket’s history has scored more runs, or scored more Test centuries or had a greater impact on the game than him. At No. 4, he could defend or attack as per the game’s flow.Master Blaster walks out to bat one final time. (Reuters Photo) Ganguly would possibly nudge VVS Laxman from the XI. Both starred in famous Indian wins, both looked at ease while dominating pace or spin but Ganguly would provide the only left-handed option in the team; what if the rivals have a leg spinner or a left-arm spinner bowling into the rough? And he would also then be a strong contender for captaincy. Wicketkeeper/BatsmanMahendra Singh Dhoni: While there have been others with a better glovework, Dhoni was a complete package. His batting, though a bit subdued in Tests outside the subcontinent, could change the game in a session, and he packed the real punch. Dhoni has also been one of the fittest and most natural athletes to have played for India and like Ganguly, MSD would also be a strong contender to lead this side.India’s most successful captain. (Reuters Photo) The All-rounder:Kapil Dev: He was magical and a Legend. Kapil once held the world record for highest Test wickets (finishing with 434) and scored more than 5000 Test runs with the bat. He could catch, he could throw and he was India’s equivalent of Sir Gary Sobers. It was Kapil who changed the face of Indian cricket in late 70s and during the 80s he famously battled for the tag of world’s best all-rounder with Sir Ian Botham, Sir Richard Hadlee and Imran Khan. It is said that he could bowl those banana outswingers even in his sleep. Fast bowlers:Zaheer Khan and Javagal Srinath: Both blossomed a little later in their careers, going from being tearaway fast bowlers to dangerous exponents with the new and the old ball. They could bowl in bursts and get the ball to swing and seam. Alongwith Kapil, Zaheer and Srinath had the ability to run through teams. Spinners:More than a thousand Test wickets between them. (Reuters Photo)Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh: The romantics would go in with Kumble and the left-arm great Bishan Bedi but Harbhajan’s match-winning ability (and the swelling kitty of 417 wickets, the third highest in India’s history) cannot be ignored. Kumble was the greatest match-winner and MVP (Most Valuable Player) India has ever had. Even though he got the ball to turn just a trifle away from the right hander’s bat, Kumble had everything – persistence, patience, skill, temperament. Harbhajan would give variety as an off-spinner plus he could bat. Not to forget, he was the star of India’s greatest Test (Kolkata 2001) and probably the series (India-Australia 2001) win. 12th ManVVS Laxman: For one who starred in India’s most difficult and famous wins, in India and overseas, there could be no Indian team without Laxman’s name on the players sheet. Just, plain unlucky not to be in this one!We haven’t named any captain. That decision should be left to the players in this team, all of whom are as capable as the other.advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgPARIS — Resplendent in yellow and riding a canary yellow bike, Chris Froome won his second Tour de France in three years on July 26, with a leisurely pedal into Paris to wrap up a spectacular three-week slog of furious racing that culminated with a thrilling late fight-back by the British rider’s toughest rival, Colombian Nairo Quintana.Cheered on the Champs-Elysees under suitably rainy skies for Britain’s third win in the 112-year-old race, Froome took it easy on the last Stage 21, his work done having grimly resisted Quintana’s last-ditch assault on his hard-won Tour lead the previous day on the final Alpine ascent.Just as when Froome first won in 2013, Quintana was again runner-up, although the margin between them is much smaller this time.Third-placed Alejandro Valverde, Quintana’s Movistar teammate from Spain, made the podium for the first time, moving up from fourth last year.On rain-soaked roads that caused numerous spills in the women’s race on the Champs-Elysees before the men rode in, the tired riders didn’t bother racing for much of the largely flat 110-kilometer (68-mile) final stage from Sevres, in the French capital’s southwest.To minimize the risk of crashes, Tour organizers stopped the race clock early, on the first of 10 laps up and down the Champs-Elysees’ slick cobblestones.That locked in Froome’s Tour lead to guarantee his victory, generating a broad smile as he rode up the avenue lined with flag-waving spectators.He still had to ride the 10 laps to complete the full race distance, but could do so without nerves, knowing the title was his. He didn’t have to panic when a paper bag got stuck in his back wheel. He simply stopped and changed bikes.Froome and his teammates finished together linked in a line, their arms over each other’s shoulders, with the yellow jersey winner grinning in the middle.(JOHN LEICESTER, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


first_imgChelsea Pedro: Facing Barcelona and ‘best in the world’ Messi is special for me Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent 09:16 2/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Pedro Getty Images Chelsea Barcelona FA Cup UEFA Champions League The Blues forward is looking forward to a reunion with his old team-mates at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday in Europe’s elite club competition Pedro is looking forward to Chelsea’s Tuesday night Champions League match against Barcelona, where he will face “the best player in the world” in his former team-mate Lionel Messi. Chelsea prepared for the last-16 match by coasting to a 4-0 victory against Hull City in the FA Cup on Friday night, with Pedro getting the second goal. He was subsequently substituted at half-time with a number of key players like Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante not even in the matchday squad. Pedro says that facing Barcelona on the back of two wins will help Chelsea’s confidence.   Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “We are back in a good form, with confidence before this huge game as you say against Barcelona,” Pedro said at Stamford Bridge. “For us it is good to be back in that sort of form. We’ve had two very good games now. We have to continue like this and prepare for the game against Barcelona in the same way.”It will be strange for sure at the start but it will be good to see my old team-mates again who I played with for so many years. It will be a special game for me for sure. They are the same every year. They are playing great football in La Liga, they are in the cup final as well.”Pedro spent seven years at Barcelona winning 20 major honours including three Champions League titles while scoring 99 goals for the club where he began his professional career. Lionel Messi lined up alongside Pedro in Barcelona’s forward line and the 30-year-old admits that his side will struggle to stop the Argentine star, although he has still never scored against Chelsea. “He’s always the same,” he added. “What can I say of him that I haven’t before? He is the best in the world, he always makes the difference and it will be very difficult to stop him.”Chelsea used the Hull game as an opportunity to rest players with the struggling Championship side having around 10 players unavailable for the Friday-night fixture. The Spaniard says the game was great preparation ahead of what will be a tough week, with Manchester United and then Manchester City away following the Champions League game. “It was a good moment to give rest to a lot of players,” Pedro continued. “We’ve played a lot of games, here you don’t rest at Christmas and it was a good moment to refresh a lot of players, not just Hazard, also Azpilicueta, Marcos [Alonso] and the perfect way to prepare.Pedro BarcelonaPedro added that Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata appears to be fully recovered from a back injury that kept him out for a month. “He is completely recovered,” Pedro said. “He is desperate to get back in the team and I think he’s back at 100 per cent.”last_img read more


first_img​Real Madrid move forward with women’s teamby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid have stepped up plans to launch their women’s team after members voted by a margin of 90.6 per cent to absorb CD Tacón into the club’s sporting infrastructure in time for the 2020/21 season.Tacón’s licence will now be transferred to Real, with the rebranded team to take up their place in the Liga Iberdrola, the domestic women’s top-flight. TagsSpanish Football NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your saylast_img


Three weeks ago, the Denver Broncos looked like an easy choice for the NFL’s best team after back-to-back impressive wins: a 42-17 thumping of the San Francisco 49ers (then the third-ranked team in our Elo ratings), followed by a 35-21 victory over the then-seventh-ranked San Diego Chargers. Since then, however, Denver has arguably been the coldest team in the league. Or at least, nobody has shed more points off of their Elo rating since the end of Week 8 than the Broncos (although the Carolina Panthers certainly seem to be trying their best to match Denver’s skid).Denver’s record over that span — one win, two losses — hasn’t necessarily been its entire undoing. Unlike some of the other more frigid teams across the league, the Broncos have at least won a game in November. (Not to pick on Carolina again, but the Panthers haven’t won since the first week of October.) But the Broncos were also expected to win more — the pregame Elo ratings generated an expectation of 2.1 wins over their past three games. Our Elo point spreads figured Denver would take care of its November opponents by a collective 19.5 points; instead, the team has posted a -13 point differential.The most damaging game of the Broncos’ season thus far was their most recent one, when they were upset by the St. Louis Rams. Losing 22-7 despite being favored by 6.5 points, the defeat cost Denver 43 points of Elo rating, the fifth-most Elo points any team has relinquished in a single game so far this season. (If you’re curious, the Cleveland Browns’ win over the Cincinnati Bengals ranks first in that department.) It also dropped the Broncos to fourth place in the current rankings, the lowest they’ve sat since right after they were shellacked by the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl in February.But all is not lost for the Broncos — in fact, from a making-the-playoffs perspective, hardly anything was lost. Although the losses to the New England Patriots and St. Louis were costly to the team’s chances of locking up one of the AFC’s top two seeds (and therefore a first-round playoff bye) and even of winning the AFC West (the Kansas City Chiefs are in hot pursuit), they were not particularly damaging to its postseason probability. The Broncos’ chances of making the playoffs have only declined from a practical certainty (96 percent) to a matter of high likelihood (85 percent) during the skid. And Denver still has the league’s third-best chance of winning the Super Bowl. So, despite the team’s recent lapses, fans can probably R-E-L-A-X.The bigger playoff concerns belong to Denver’s Super Bowl opponents a season ago: the Seahawks.Before Week 8, we said the league’s defending champions were suddenly underdogs to return to the postseason … upon which the Seahawks promptly rattled off three consecutive victories, increasing their playoff odds to 61 percent. But on the heels of a loss in Kansas City, here we are again; our Elo simulations say the Seahawks have only a 47 percent probability of returning to the playoffs.The 49ers, who bested the New York Giants last week, were clear beneficiaries of Seattle’s loss, tacking 14 percentage points onto their playoff probability as the Seahawks lost precisely the same amount from theirs. It was a fitting zero-sum transaction for last year’s NFC Championship Game contestants. At the start of the season, the NFC West was supposed to go to the Seahawks or the 49ers, with the runner-up at least being favorites to grab a wild card berth. But nobody counted on the Arizona Cardinals building on their surprising 2013 success and emerging as the division front-runners, the reality of which could leave either Seattle or San Francisco (or both?) out of the playoffs.As Arizona increasingly runs away with the West (Elo gives the Cardinals an 80 percent chance of winning the division, granting that it doesn’t take Carson Palmer’s injury into account), it has become apparent that the Seahawks’ and 49ers’ only path to the playoffs might lead through one of the NFC’s two wild card slots. While our simulations say there’s a 72 percent probability that at least one NFC West team earns a wild card berth, there’s only a 32 percent chance that both wild cards emerge from the division. Most likely, one of the West runners-up will be left out — a fate that befalls Seattle in a slightly higher proportion of simulations than it does San Francisco.Elo point spreadsRecord against point spread: 76-72-3 (6-5 in Week 11)Straight-up record: 111-49-1 (8-6 in Week 11)The Elo ratings again had a winning record against the gambling lines last week, but as we caution in every edition of this column, don’t take these numbers to Vegas and use them to place bets. Even in a lucky year, Elo hasn’t done well enough to turn a profit after the bookies take their vigorish.At any rate, Elo seems to have a difference of opinion than Vegas when it comes to the aforementioned NFC West race. The consensus spread on this weekend’s big Arizona-Seattle tilt has Seattle favored by 6.5 points, while Elo only considers the Seahawks two-point favorites. Much of this probably stems from Seattle’s formidable home-field advantage, which is several points per game greater than the generic 2.6-point edge Elo gives home teams. But Vegas also rates Arizona much lower than Elo does — and that was true even before Palmer’s injury. The bookmakers are probably accounting for the Cardinals’ relatively unimpressive peripheral indicators, figuring their performance will come back down to earth.Vegas also seems to devalue San Francisco relative to its Elo rating. Elo ranks the 49ers fifth, but their implied rating from the betting lines places them 11th in the league. This explains why, against a dreadful Washington team, San Francisco is favored by nine points instead of the two-touchdown edge Elo would predict.Meanwhile, Vegas holds the Green Bay Packers in much higher regard than Elo does. While Elo ranks the Packers sixth in the NFL and has boosted their standing more over the past three weeks than all but three teams, the oddsmakers list them as 9.5-point road favorites against the Minnesota Vikings this week. Elo gives them a four-point advantage. That 5.5-point discrepancy is the biggest for any spread in Week 12, so it will be interesting to see whether the relatively high “K-factor” Vegas seems to be assigning to Green Bay’s recent dominance (to put it in Elo-equation terms) is appropriate. read more


All newsletters See more NFL predictions We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe See more MLB predictions Things That Caught My EyeKareem Hunt is incredibleRookie running back Kareem Hunt has opened his NFL career with a staggeringly good trifecta of games. He’s accumulated 538 rushing and receiving yards in three starts for the Kansas City Chiefs, with a fourth game tonight against Washington on Monday Night Football. Of the 812 rookies who have racked up more than 100 yards in their first three games, Hunt sits behind only Billy Simms, who put up 562 yards for Detroit in 1980. [FiveThirtyEight]Niners (D-CA) vs. Bucs (R-FL)The NFL has been a nexus recently for protests, particularly last weekend after some goading from the president on Twitter. This sent league executives into a crisis, and it’s clear why: The NFL appeals to people across party lines in a way few other sports do, with fans in San Francisco (who have a +22 point Democratic lean) to Tampa Bay (a +9.5 Republican lean). [FiveThirtyEight]MLB teams waffle on jumping lowest possible bar for safetyA devastating line drive foul that severely injured a child has spurred league-wide introspection about how much netting should protect spectators from baseballs. People in luxury boxes hate mildly obstructed views, but also baseballs can be dangerous projectiles as seen in New York last month. Only 10 of 30 teams have netting that goes to the end of the dugouts. At least four teams have announced they will extend the netting in the wake of the injured 2-year-old in Yankee Stadium. [The New York Times]WatsonThe Texans set a franchise record for points scored in their 57-14 win over Tennessee, with rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson tying a 1961 Fran Tarkenton record for five touchdowns — four thrown, one rushed — for a rookie quarterback in a game. [ESPN]New Jersey man fails to pay protection racketThe New York Giants tried their third offensive line in four games. It didn’t work either, and the team lost to the Tampa Bay Bucs on the road. If you ever wanted to tackle Eli Manning, your next available opportunity is by working for the Chargers next week. [ESPN]2016 repeat?Two of the best teams in college football right now are Clemson and Alabama, the two teams who incidently played in the college football championship game last year. Despite the loss of Deshaun Watson — you remember the phenom on the Texans you read about mere moments ago – Clemson pivoted terrifically to a rushing offense and we could see a rematch later this year. [ESPN]Big Number5 under 5There are five teams in the NFL who — based on FiveThirtyEight’s projections — currently have less than a five percent chance of making the playoffs. Those teams are Cleveland (0-4) and San Francisco (0-4), each with less than 1 percent chance of making the postseason; the L.A. Chargers (0-4), with a 1 percent chance; Chicago (1-3) with a 3 percent chance, and the New York Giants (0-4) with a 4 percent chance. [FiveThirtyEight]Leaks from Slack[in which three reporters monitor the AFC East]neil:Pats haven’t lost more than 3 home games in a season since Brady became starting QBThey have 2 home losses already this yearwalt:dangis tom brady an elite quarterback? tbd.heynawl-enten:Who is watching this Jets game?Heading towards a tie and fastneil:I gave up on it lolTurned to NFL Network gameday liveheynawl-enten:[4:35 PM] Here we go[4:35] Jets kick for the win[4:35] let’s see[4:36] IT’S GOOD![4:36] Oh wait[4:36] flag down[4:36] NOPE[4:36] IT’S GOOD[4:36] JETS WIN[4:36] LOLPredictions MLB NFL Oh, and don’t forgetThe tick tock of the Adidas scandal read more