Usain Bolt Is Great — But How Can We Know If Hes


More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed FiveThirtyEight We’re on the ground in Rio covering the 2016 Summer Olympics. Check out all our coverage here.Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (Aug. 16, 2016), FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver joins us to talk about his Olympics viewing schedule and what would happen if the medal table were weighted toward the most popular sports. Then we talk to FiveThirtyEight’s Allison McCann, on location in Brazil, about the quarterfinal loss by the U.S. women’s national soccer team. Finally, we discuss Usain Bolt, who on Sunday won his third straight Olympic gold medal in the 100 meters. Is he already the greatest Olympian of all time? How can we quantify that anyway? Plus, a significant digit on the amount of money spent by English Premier League teams during the summer transfer window.Links to what we discuss are here:Nate Silver investigates which countries medal in the sports that people watch the most.Carl Bialik writes that according to FiveThirtyEight’s odds, the USWNT probably wasn’t going to win Olympic gold anyway.ESPN’s Stats & Information Group breaks down the numbers behind the U.S.’s loss to Sweden.Laura Wagner at Slate thinks the USWNT will be fine as long as it dumps goalkeeper Hope Solo.The New York Times uses a series of graphics to show how Bolt compares with 100-meter Olympic champions of the past.The Times breaks down how Bolt came from behind to win.Significant Digit: £794 million. That’s the amount of money spent by EPL teams in the 2016 summer transfer window, through the beginning of August. There are still two weeks to go before the window closes, and spending looks like it will break the EPL record of £870 million that was set last year. Embed Code read more

Ohio State aims to fix free throw struggles in NCAA Tournament


Senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. (32) takes a free throw during a game against Michigan March 15 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Michigan won, 72-69.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe whistle blows, the official bounces the ball and every eye in the arena is focused on a single player. Standing at the free throw line with the game on the line, even the simplest things can go wrong.Players spend years perfecting the technique of the shot, just to be placed under the spotlight and wither.In the Ohio State men’s basketball team’s contest against Michigan Saturday in the Big Ten Tournament semifinal, the pressure finally caught up to the Buckeyes.“We knew it was going to bite us in the butt sooner or later, and unfortunately it happened today,” junior guard Shannon Scott said after the loss.On the season, OSU (25-9, 12-9) shot 68.9 percent from the free throw line, 210th out of 351 teams in Division I.But in Big Ten Tournament wins against Purdue and Nebraska, the Buckeyes’ struggles at the line weren’t enough to lose them the games.OSU went a combined 12-14 from the charity stripe in the final two minutes of play against the Boilermakers and Cornhuskers, despite shooting less than 65 percent in each of the games.Against the Wolverines though, the problems at the free throw line were exposed. Senior guard Aaron Craft missed two free throws with 2:27 remaining that would have put OSU in the lead, and junior forward LaQuinton Ross missed one of two with 44 seconds remaining.One more point could have led to a less desperate situation for OSU, which would have only needed two points to tie instead of having to rely on a 3-pointer that slipped out of Craft’s hands right before the buzzer.Senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. said free throws are starting to become worrisome for OSU, but that the team managed to stay in the game was impressive.“Free throws are obviously big and this is where you see how big they can become,” Smith Jr. said. “All-in-all, even with us missing free throws down the stretch, we still had a chance to win the game. We were one rebound away, they miss a free throw and get the ball back, that’s a dagger. In the end, that takes the momentum away from our team and it just turns everything in their favor. But we start making those free throws and we have a chance to ice the game and we wouldn’t even be in this situation.”Craft said he wasn’t happy with his own performance down the stretch.“I’m disappointed in myself, obviously,” Craft said. “Came down the stretch and didn’t make some free throws, missed a couple shots that our team needed us to make.”Less than a week before, against Michigan State in Columbus, OSU struggled at the line again late, only hitting two of its eight attempts at the line in the final two minutes. But like the first two rounds of the Big Ten Tournament, OSU managed to squeak by with a win despite shooting poorly at the line.Smith Jr. said the free throw shooting has turned into a consistent problem late in games, but if OSU can fix the problem, it will become a dangerous squad.“We’re not making free throws down the stretch,” Smith Jr. said. “Those are things that we can correct and once we get (those) corrected, I’d be afraid of us. We’re definitely going to be a better team because of it. We take that with the type of fight this team has, and the effort we’re going to dig ourselves out of holes, I think that’ll be something good for us.”The No. 6-seeded Buckeyes are scheduled to take on the Dayton Flyers (23-10, 10-6) Thursday in Buffalo, N.Y. in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Tipoff is set for 12:15 p.m. read more

Ohio State mens soccer team rallies to tie No 11 Akron 33


OSU sophomore forward Marcus McCrary (19) dribbles the ball in a game against University of Maryland, Baltimore County on Sept. 4 in Baltimore. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio State AthleticsEntering FirstEnergy Stadium-Cub Cadet in front of a large crowd of 3,889 fans, the Ohio State men’s soccer team ended its four-game losing streak in a thrilling game.OSU (1-4-1) and No. 11 Akron (4-1-1) battled each other from start to finish, resulting in the game going double overtime that stood as a 3-3 tie.OSU junior defender and co-captain Tyler Kidwell had the first opportunity of the game to put the Buckeyes on the board. However, his shot was blocked by Akron junior goalkeeper Jake Fenlason..Redshirt senior forward Kenny Cunningham was the second Buckeye to register an attempt on goal, but his shot hit off the bar, allowing Akron to clear the way to try and get a point on the board.Akron registered its first shot in the eighth minute of the game when junior forward Sean Sepe chested a shot into goal, giving the Zips a 1-0 lead over the Buckeyes.The Buckeyes did not give up, though, as they continued to try and equalize the match.OSU earned a third corner in the 10th minute of the first half, but a whistle was blown for a foul against the Buckeyes, denying it the chance for the corner kick.In the 30th minute, Akron went for another goal, but OSU senior goalkeeper Chris Froschauer grabbed a big save as he stopped the ball with his knees, keeping the score at a 1-0 deficit.As the half continued on, senior midfielder and co-captain Zach Mason was fouled on a shot attempt and a yellow card was given to the Zips in the 43rd minute.Senior defender and co-captain Liam Doyle attempted a shot to the near post late in the half, but Fenlason made another save.The Buckeyes trailed the Zips 1-0 at the end of the first half. However, things would turn around in their favor during the second half.In the 48th minute of the game, junior forward Danny Jensen collected a loose ball in front of the net and punched it in, giving the Buckeyes their first goal, which leveled the match. Jensen’s goal was his first goal of the season.Both teams were now neck-and-neck, and neither was giving up without a fight.Assisted by junior forward Yaw Amankwa, senior midfielder Kyle Culbertson scored the Buckeyes’ second point of the game in the 55th minute to put OSU up 2-1 against Akron.Down by one point, Akron redshirt freshman Tyler Sanda scored the team’s second goal in the 68th minute, tying the game at 2-all with 20 minutes to go in regulation.The Buckeyes seemed to not be phased by Akron’s point, because within the next minute another goal was scored by freshman midfielder Abdi Mohamed, putting another Scarlet and Gray point on the board and giving OSU the lead. Mohamed’s score was his first career goal.OSU might have been up a point, but the Zips were not giving up.Akron sophomore midfielder Adam Najem scored another goal off a header to tie the game at 3-all in the 76th minute.With only about 14 minutes left in regulation, the battle continued amongst both teams, but neither team could find the back of the net, forcing the game to go into overtime.Sophomore forward Marcus McCrary had the best chance in overtime to give the Buckeyes a lead. However, Fenlason saved his shot from eight yards out in the 91st minute.Jensen had the next best opportunity, but Fenlason also saved his shot moments later.Both teams went back and forth, but neither could execute, sending the game into double overtime, which then resulted in a final score of 3-3.Froschauer had a season high of six saves during the game. He now sits at 1-4-1 on the year.Overall, the Buckeyes gathered a game-high eight shots on goal.The Buckeyes are scheduled to host their first conference opener of the season against No. 13 Penn State at 3 p.m. on Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

Bahamas Tennis stars Fantastic Four get second


first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 14, 2017 – Nassau – Our fantastic four will have settle for second place despite their brilliant play in Mexico City at the North American IC Junior Challenge.   The four: Donte Armbrister, Jacobi Bain, Sydney Clarke and Elana Mackey were competing in tennis for the chance to represent the entire hemisphere in a global contest next year in Tokyo.The US team managed to best our junior tennis stars, in the three day tournament.#MagneticMediaNews#Bahamasfantasticfourgetsecondplace Related Items:#Bahamasfantasticfourgetsecondplace, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img

Rangnick urges Leipzig to be brave against Bayern Munich


first_imgRB Leipzig boss Ralf Rangnick wants his side to be brave up front and force Bayern Munich into errors ahead of tonight’s Bundesliga clashLeipzig are just two points adrift of third-place Bayern in the league table ahead of the game in Munich.Although Bayern heads into the match on the back of three straight wins and will be looking to maintain their rediscovered form as they bid to make up lost ground to leaders Borussia Dortmund.But Rangnick insists victory for Leipzig is not impossible as long as everything goes to plan.“Playing at home, we’ve shown that we’re more than equal to Bayern,” Rangnick told the club website.“We need to put in a very courageous and confident performance, and everything must come together, for us to get something out of the game in Munich.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“We know that we’re not the favourites, but it’s possible to get something from the game – both teams have already proven that in the past. Our task is to send the right starting XI, in the right formation, out onto the pitch.“When you’re defending against Bayern, it’s tough – that’s for certain. We’ve got to be brave up front and force them into errors.“It will be an interesting game, and we must find an approach and ways to really challenge them.“If we win one or more of our remaining games, we would put ourselves in a fantastic situation for the second half of the season – the lads know that.”Emil Forsberg (groin), Marcel Sabitzer (suspended) are out for Leipzig tonight, while Kevin Kampl (toe) and Diego Demme (abdominal) are doubts.The Bayern and Leipzig match will begin at 20:30 (CET).last_img read more

Watch Microsofts EyePopping Hololens Demo Using Minecraft


first_imgJune 16, 2015 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Ever fantasize about playing Minecraft in 3-D, anywhere you want? On the hood of a car? On the palm of your hand? On an undulating pool of liquid?  With a Microsoft Hololens strapped to your face, you could, as evidenced in a mind-blowing demo of the heads-up display at the E3 video-game conference this week. Feast your eyes on what we’re talking about for yourself at the 2:25 mark in the incredible video below. You’ve never seen Notch’s pixelated brainchild like this before:Related: Lego Has Finally Created a Minecraft CompetitorMinecraft is all about building and breaking down barriers, then building them again, however you want. Thanks to the insane virtual reality and hologram genius behind the Hololens, you’ll soon be able to create block-filled simulated worlds wherever you want, too.Pretty rad, right? Kudos to Microsoft for thinking way, way, waaaay out of the sandbox. Build on. The future looks bright.Related: How Microsoft’s Hololens Could Boost the Race to Colonize Mars 1 min readcenter_img Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.last_img read more