Opinion March Madness doesnt always represent college basketballs best

Connecticut junior guard Ryan Boatright (11) points to the sky in celebration after the 2014 National Championship April 7 at AT&T Stadium. Connecticut won, 60-54.Courtesy of MCTI absolutely love the NCAA Tournament. Nothing comes close to beating it, in my eyes. The hustle, the close games, the heartbreak and jubilation — it is the ultimate sporting event.But it’s certainly not without its flaws.The Connecticut Huskies defeated the Kentucky Wildcats 60-54 to be crowned National Champions Monday night. But does this really make them top in the country?Obviously this is a massive accomplishment. UConn’s second national title in four years is something most fans can only dream about. But is it fair that surviving the tournament is the sole mark of the nation’s best team?The problem I often have with the tournament is that it is a simple reflection of which teams got hot at the right time. It’s not like that’s not a problem in other sports (look at the New York Giants’ two most recent Super Bowl wins, both of which saw the Giants playing on Wild Card weekend), but the tournament is so much easier to get into than the playoffs in other sports.Look at Ohio State basketball this year. It was a mediocre team, plain and simple. It had no semblance of an offense, no go-to scorer, no interior presence, and seemed to only excel at defending inbound passes.But the Buckeyes easily made the tournament. Dominating their exceptionally weak non-conference schedule and squeezing out a few big conference wins was enough for 25 victories, a lock to get in, despite a 10-8 record in Big Ten play.The Buckeyes didn’t find the magic that UConn did, though, as their season came to a close in their first tournament game against the No. 11-seed Dayton. But what if OSU had figured out how to score late in the season?If the Buckeyes had managed to get hot and make a tournament run, could you really say that a team that lost twice to Penn State was one of the nation’s elite teams? I don’t think anyone could watch its offensive strategy of passing the ball around the perimeter for 30 seconds and argue that.UConn finished the regular season ranked No. 18 in the AP Poll, just four spots better than the Buckeyes. Its season featured some good wins over Florida, Memphis, and Cincinnati, but despite 32 wins, it was still only good enough to earn a No. 7 seed.Kentucky didn’t even finish the season ranked in the AP Poll, although its name can be seen in the “others receiving votes” column.Are these the teams that can be narrowed down as the two best in the country? I realize basketball is more than just stats and polls, and the postseason is what it’s all about, but is it possible that winning the tournament creates an overrated legacy just a little?I’m not saying there’s a better way to determine the season’s champion. But when you look back on this season 10 years from now, will it be easily recognizable that Wichita State didn’t lose a regular season game or Arizona, Florida, and Syracuse spent a combined 15 weeks at No. 1? No, the only thing you will see will be UConn claiming the national title.I am not trying to take away this tremendous accomplishment by the Huskies, but is it right that a few weeks in March and April completely wash out an OK regular season? read more

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Citizens prefer Agüero over Salah any day of the week

first_imgCitizens Kyle Walker and Pep Guardiola believe that Sergio Agüero is still a better player than Mohamed Salah due to his consistency.As we move closer and closer to the crucial Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester City this Sunday, two Citizens were questioned about the comparisons between strikers Sergio Agüero and Mohamed Salah.While the Egyptian forward had a breakthrough performance with the Reds last season, neither Kyle Walker nor Pep Guardiola believe that he is better than ‘Kun’ Agüero because of the Argentine’s consistency.The Liverpool player’s dip in form this season proves this, because Agüero started the competition in top form, and Mo is very far from the player who finished the previous competitions with nearly 50 goals.“For me, I’d rather mark Salah — every day of the week. I think Sergio has proved it now and I can assure you, having played against him when I was at ­Tottenham, he’s a nightmare – a complete nightmare to play against,” said Walker while being quoted by The Mirror.“You think he’s not interested in the game and all of a sudden it’s in the back of the net. He has that ­quality. He’s done it year in, year out. He is always up there scoring the most goals in the Premier League. He has probably carried City for a lot of years with his goals.”Pep also backed his striker at City over the Egyptian: “Salah is younger, it was his first year back in England since his time at Chelsea, so we will see in the ­future, but a guy who has the quality to score nearly 50 goals in a season always has that quality.”Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“Football is all about ups and downs. Salah remains an ­excellent player and will score goals in the future. When you are in there, scenting goals, sometimes this happens. Sergio has scored a lot of goals, but there were periods when he didn’t score.”“How many years has ­Sergio scored all those goals, eight or nine years? For Salah, it was the first one so we will see in seven or eight years. For Sergio, his huge value comes from being ­consistent over many, many years.”“It is about being consistent every three days during 11 months. That is why the big, big players around Europe do that because it is the most difficult thing.”Man City’s Kyle Walker on why he’d far rather mark Mohamed Salah than Sergio Aguero, ahead of Liverpool trip #LFC #MCFC | @sbates_people https://t.co/Gm55OsZqmD pic.twitter.com/AmoVqQJNXu— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) October 6, 2018last_img read more

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Palace must turn up against Cardiff – Hodgson

first_imgCrystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson believes their 3-2 shocking win at Manchester City will mean nothing if they fail to beat Cardiff City on Wednesday night.Palace pulled off one of the most shocking results in the Premier League last weekend with 3-2 victory at the Etihad on Saturday condemning City to their second defeat of the season.Cardiff City will visit Selhurst Park on Boxing Day, and Hodgson says a defeat would undo their victory at City.“We know it’s going to be a very difficult game. We were under the impression it might be a really crucial fixture if we want to get up to something like 18 or 19 points in the first half of the season,” Hodgson told Sky Sports.“I suppose this win [at City] has relieved that pressure slightly but not for me it hasn’t and not for the players.Joel Ward, Crystal PalaceHow Joe Ward thanks his faith for his football Manuel R. Medina – September 13, 2019 Crystal Palace defender, Joel Ward, has thanked his Christian faith for helping him play football professionally and he explains why.“If we’re going to take advantage of these three, you could call them bonus points because not many people expected us to get them, we need to get a result again against Cardiff.“If we were to lose that game at home then all we’ve done really is swap the games around.“I’ve already made that clear to the players and I’ve been making it clear to them for a while, I fully trust that they’ll take that message on board.”last_img read more

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Coleman says Everton have to be consistent

first_imgEverton lost 2-1 against Southampton FC yesterday in the English Premier League, and Coleman says is all because his team is not consistent.Everton didn’t have a good day against Southampton yesterday in the English Premier League. Not only the team lost 2-1, but trailed most of the match, scoring their single goal at the end of the game.And for defender Seamus Coleman, is all because his team is not consistent.“We came down here after last week’s performance trying to get back-to-back wins and another positive result,” said Coleman to the club’s official website.“Unfortunately, that’s the way it’s going at the minute – we can’t get a run of wins going. It’s very disappointing.”Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“We are still working very hard to [find consistency]. The fans travel all the way down it and it’s a long way to come and you always want to put in a performance, definitely a battling performance,” he added.“You can’t play well every week or win every week but you’ve got to give your all and they will accept that.”“It’s not good enough from our point of view but we need to move on quickly and get back on the training pitch and try to finish the season the best we can,” he commented.“I think that something as a minimum when you play for this club is that you give your all and I think at times they beat us to second balls which is very disappointing.”last_img read more

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Soldotna Man Caught With Stolen Firearm During Traffic Stop

first_imgAccording to the online Trooper dispatch, subsequent to the investigation Jas was arrested, transported, and remanded to Wildwood Pretrial on the charges of Misconduct Involving Weapons in the Fifth Degree and Theft in the Second Degree. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A Soldotna man was found to be in possession of a stolen firearm during a traffic stop off Gas Well Road, on January 25. The Alaska State Troopers contacted Devin Jas, 21, of Soldotna. Jas was found to be concealing a firearm which was not declared to law enforcement, and the firearm was found to have been reported stolen.last_img read more

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Software Thats Resilient Against Hacker Attack

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — A team of researchers headed by Martin Rinard, a professor of computer science at MIT, have developed new software that automatically patches errors in deployed software in a matter of minutes. Image Credit: Technology Review New trojan detected for Microsoft Word PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Play Automatically Patching Errors in Deployed Software, Conference Audio. Via: Technology Review© 2009 PhysOrg.com Explore further The software is called ClearView and is designed to apply patches whenever it detects that something has gone wrong with the program. ClearView operates by monitoring a program’s normal behavior and establishing a set of rules. ClearView looks for certain types of errors that are mostly caused by an attacker introducing malicious code into the operating program. When ClearView detects a software intrusion, it identifies the rule that has been compromised and generates a set of repair patches designed to force the software to follow the compromised rules. ClearView then studies all possibilities to determine which selected rule is the most successful patch. ClearView can be very successful when it is installed on multiple computers running the same software. By ClearView analyzing the malicious code and applying the most effective rule on one machine, it can then apply the patch to all other machines. ClearView applies the patch to the binary code, bypassing the source code which enables it to fix programs without human intervention. ClearView was tested on a group of computers running Firefox and an independent team to launch an attack on the Web browser. The attack team used 10 different attacks to inject malicious code into Firefox. ClearView was successful in all 10 attacks by blocking the malicious code and shutting down the program before its intended attack took effect.ClearView created patches that corrected the errors introduced by the malicious code and discarded any corrections that had a negative effect. ClearView, on average, came up with a working patch within five minutes of its first attack.In a TR interview, Rinard stated: “What this research is leading us to believe is that software isn’t in itself inherently fragile and brittle because of errors. It’s fragile and brittle because people are afraid to let the software continue if they think there’s something wrong with it.” Some software engineering approaches, such as “failure-oblivious computing” or “acceptable computing,” share this philosophy.More information: Automatically Patching Errors in Deployed Software, 22nd ACM Symposium on Operating Systems Principles. [Paper] [Slides] This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Software That’s Resilient Against Hacker Attack (2009, October 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-10-software-resilient-hacker.htmllast_img read more

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Grooving to Korean pop

first_imgKorean Cultural Centre, announced the globally popular music phenomenon, K-POP 2015 Concert Tour in India. With the collaboration of JU Entertainment and all the festival organizers in three regions of India, Ahmedabad, Chennai and Guwahati, the upcoming edition of K-POP Concert Tour will be the first of its kind in the country. There will be  a fan signing meet and performance in the national capital on January 31 at the Korean Cultural Centre.K-POP is the popular music genre from South Korea, consisting of dance-pop, pop ballad, electronic, rock, hip-hop, R&B, etc. The K-POP musical movement started in Korea in 1990s and has swept the world through the ‘Korean Wave’. Today, K-POP has entrenched itself as a bona fide phenomenon in Asia and is rapidly extending its reach to new markets. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’One of Korea’s new and upcoming K-POP bands, N-Sonic had attended the K-POP Audition held in India last year as judges and their presence had created a buzz like none other. Announcing the concerts, Kim Kum-pyoung, Director, Korean Cultural Center, said, “On the cultural front, K-POP as a juggernaut of Korean soft-power is something we were very keen on introducing in India. What better place to unveil the first ever K-Pop concert than at cultural fests of the top schools of India.”When: January 31 Where: Korean Cultural Centre, Near Moolchand Metro Stationlast_img read more

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