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1,750 Tickets reserved for Fans of BiH in Athens

first_imgAccording to the agreement of the Football Association of BiH and the Football Association of Greece, a total of 1,750 tickets is reserved for fans of BiH, and the price of one ticket is 10 EUR.Interested individuals and organized groups can apply for the appropriate number of tickets, no later than by the 1st of November 2016 until 00:00 am, via e-mail address [email protected] individual can apply for a maximum of five tickets, with the submission of a photocopy of their identity document (passport) and address of residence, as well as the list of fans / passengers with their dates of birth, passport number and address of residence.Organized groups can apply for more than five tickets, what submitted photocopy of an identification document (passport) of the representatives of the group, with address of residence, and a list of all the fans / passengers with dates of birth, passport number and place of residence, as well as information on the way of travel and possible accommodation in Greece.The competent service of the Football Association of BiH will consider all applications until the 4th of November 2016, when sale of tickets will begin. Individuals and groups whose application is accepted will be informed.Match Greece – BiH will be played in Athens on the 13th of November at 8:45 pm in the context of the fourth round of the qualifiers for the World Cup 2018.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

England Golf plans new County Rules Schools

first_img England Golf will run two County Rules Schools in early 2015, in Cumbria and on the Channel Island of Guernsey. Further rules schools will take place in other regions later in the year. Since 2011, England Golf has run 14 rules schools across the country, all proving very popular and attracting a total of over 400 people. Successful delegates qualify as county referees and can assist at county tournaments. The Guernsey school will be the first of these courses to take place off the mainland and is being run at the request of the Jersey and Guernsey Golf Unions. Successful delegates will be qualified to officiate at the 2015 Island Games, which are being held in Jersey from 27 June to 3 July and will attract competitors from 24 islands. The Cumbria school is also being held at the request of county officials and Toby Thorne, England Golf Championship Manager, said: “We are delighted by the interest in our rules schools and the invitations we receive from across the country. We are very pleased to provide opportunities for people to attend a school on their doorstep.” The County Rules Schools are open to all members of golf clubs affiliated to England Golf and delegates should have at least a basic understanding of the Rules of Golf before attending. The format of the school is a mix of outdoor practical demonstrations, refereeing role-play scenarios and some indoor tutorials. There is an exam on the second day of the course. The details for the events are as follows: St Pierre Park Hotel and Golf Resort, Guernsey Day 1: Saturday 11th April, 2015 Day 2 (inc exam): Sunday 12th April, 2015 Entry deadline: Friday 20th February, 2015 Penrith Golf Club, Cumbria Day 1:    Wednesday 1st April, 2015 Day 2 (inc exam): Wednesday 13th May, 2015 Entry deadline: Friday 27th February, 2015 The fee for attending an England Golf County Rules School is £50, which includes tuition, lunch, teas and coffees.  Priority will be given to applicants from the host counties but delegates from other counties are welcome to apply and will be accommodated where possible. For more information regarding the England Golf County Rules Schools and how to register your interest, please click here Image © Leaderboard Photography -ENDS- 15 Dec 2014 England Golf plans new County Rules Schools last_img read more

Clippers stage silent protest to owner

first_imgLos Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers, right, answers questions during a pregame news conference before Game 4 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Golden State Warriors on Sunday, April 27, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers chose not to speak publicly about owner Donald Sterling. Instead, they made a silent protest.In response to Sterling’s purported comments urging a woman to not bring black people to his team’s games, the Clippers on Sunday let their uniforms become a show of solidarity.They ran out of the tunnel for Game 4 of their first-round playoff at Golden State wearing their warmups. Then they huddled at center court and tossed their warmups to the ground, going through their pregame routine with their red Clippers’ shirts inside out to hide the team’s logo.Players also wore black wristbands or armbands. They all wore black socks with their normal jerseys.“It’s just us, only us. We’re all we got,” Clippers star guard Chris Paul could be heard shouting to teammates before they ran out.The Warriors’ sellout crowd of 19,596, decked out in gold shirts, booed the Clippers — as they always do — during introductions.Sterling’s wife, Shelly, was sitting courtside across from the Clippers’ bench. Commissioner Adam Silver had said Donald Sterling would not be at the game.Clippers coach Doc Rivers said before the game that he would remain the only one to speak for the team on this, saying players want to remain focused on basketball. Even he, though, acknowledged that has not been easy since TMZ released the alleged recording of Sterling on Saturday.“Our message is to play,” Rivers said. “Our message is that we’re going to let no one and nothing stop us from what we want to do. And I think that’s a good message. I really do. I think that’s the message we’re trying to send. And if we can pull this off all the way, I think that would be a terrific message.”While the Clippers wanted to let their play do the talking, other NBA players continued to speak out on the subject.Some talked about the hurt Sterling’s alleged words caused. Others urged Silver to take an aggressive stance against Sterling, who has a history of alleged discrimination. Most of them hoped Sterling would be removed as the team’s owner someday soon.“We’re more than basketball players,” Wizards guard Garrett Temple said. “We’re human beings, first and foremost, and when you hear something like that, it’s very unfortunate that whoever that is talking feels that way, and I don’t think there’s any place in this game or in the world, for that matter, for thoughts like that.”Miami Heat star LeBron James said Silver needed to take action, going so far as to suggest “there is no room for Donald Sterling in our league.” Lakers star Kobe Bryant wrote on his Twitter page that he couldn’t play for Sterling. Warriors coach Mark Jackson, who played for the Clippers from 1992-94, said he could forgive Sterling but couldn’t play for him right now, either.Jackson also wanted to make clear that the audio affected his team, too. He said they spoke about the comments Saturday and decided to use the issue as a platform to spark change.“You stand up there and you answer questions as an African-American man,” Jackson said, “and you sound intelligent and you carry yourself and conduct yourself to answer and let people know.”The Clippers-Warriors game in Oakland provided a bigger platform than anybody in the organization could remember in the past two decades.The Warriors said they had more than 100 credential requests since Saturday for a total of about 220 media members approved. The team said there were only about 140 to 150 credentialed media for Game 3 on Thursday, and there were about 60 for regular-season game this past season.For the players, concentrating on the game might have been the toughest task.“As much as this is about basketball, this is life,” Rivers said. “And our guys, they have family. They have friends. And that have cellphones. And I can’t imagine how much they’ve been pulled on and talked to and what you should do and what you shouldn’t do and what you should say.”___AP Sports Writer Joseph White in Washington contributed to this story.last_img read more

Farm Bureau membership event

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Interested in learning how Farm Bureau can help you? Be sure to attend Farm Bureau Fest on Feb. 6 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The free event will feature networking opportunities, informational seminars and a complimentary lunch.“Folks considering joining Farm Bureau are encouraged to come to the event and get more information on how the organization works,” said Zach Taylor, Delaware County Farm Bureau president. “It’s a fun way to kick the tires, meet members and learn about the benefits of membership.”During the event attendees can join sessions for updates on a variety of topics including:Safety training with an update on OBWC from our CompManagement team. Attend at least one safety session to meet your Workers’ Compensation Group Rating requirement for the year.Membership discussion covering benefits and services.Public policy with a water quality update, Current Agricultural Use Value, a 2016 priority issues, and energy issues and pipeline construction update.A Nationwide Insurance Land as Your Legacy seminar will provide direction as you consider generational transition planning for your farming operation.Members bringing a NEW member will both receive a special gift. Additionally, supervised children’s activities will be available, featuring games, ag activities and a live animal presentation from the Columbus Zoo.The event takes place at Tri Rivers Career Center, 2222 Marion-Mt Gilead Rd, Marion and is hosted by Crawford, Delaware, Marion, Morrow, Richland and Wyandot county Farm Bureaus. Attendance is free but registration is required. Deadline to register is Jan. 29. Participation at a membership session is required to receive a lunch ticket. For more information, or to register, contact Delaware Farm Bureau at 740-363-1613.Delaware County Farm Bureau has more than 3,300 members who are farmers, gardeners, food enthusiasts and more. The organization partners with local businesses and organizations to make life better for members and grow communities. For more information, follow on Facebook or go to GrowWithFB.org.last_img read more

How to Wire for LED Lighting

first_imgOne of the benefits of using light-emitting diodes (LEDs) over conventional light bulbs is that they produce a lot of light without using a lot of electricity. This low current draw, and the possibility of using a low-voltage direct current (DC) circuit rather than a conventional alternating current (AC) circuit, has Caroline Di Diego looking for advice. “I understand we are still very much in a hybrid AC/DC universe and AC has to exist for kitchen appliances and infrastructure appliances in the utility room,” Di Diego wrote in a 2015 Q&A post. “However, our client wants to take the step into LED.” At the time, Di Diego was having trouble finding answers to “LED wiring 101” questions about wire gauge options, voltage regulation issues, and other quirks of running DC circuits.RELATED ARTICLESLEDs Could Get A Lot CheaperAre LEDs Worth Their Extra Cost?Martin’s 10 Rules of LightingLighting and Phantom LoadsA Short History of Lighting The post is now four years old, but recent additions to this thread, and a surge of interest in the efficiency benefits of LED lighting, suggest the issue is very much alive. Is there anything new to be said about LED lighting and its implications for residential wiring? Let’s find out. Don’t overthink the problem There’s no need to do anything unusual for LED lighting, advises Thomas Stone. Don’t overthink the problem. “My house was built in 1957 and has been converted to nearly all LED lighting,” he says. “What did I have to rewire? Nothing. After some experimentation, I can recommend Cree and Philips as reliable brands, but not the new low price-point versions.” Charlie Sullivan thinks that’s good advice, and he helps Di Diego sort out the AC/DC current question. “Although inherently LEDs run on DC, the high-quality end-use products are all made to run on AC,” Sullivan says. “The current draw on an LED light on an AC circuit is small, so in theory you could use smaller wire than normal wiring for lighting, but in practice you can’t go smaller than is allowable with a standard 15-amp circuit breaker, so you’ll be wiring it the same as for any other lighting.” Sullivan points out that LEDs are improving rapidly, so he would not recommend fixtures with built-in LEDs that lock the buyer into existing technology. The AC/DC battle goes on Thomas Edison promoted the use of DC electricty, an electrical current that runs in one direction, in the late 1880s. That was the standard in the early  years of electrification, according to an account from the U.S. Department of Energy called “War of the Currents.” Direct current had some advantages, but it was not easily converted to higher or lower voltages. Edison’s rival, Nicola Tesla, pushed AC (alternating current) instead. With AC, electrical current changes  directions — 60 times per second in the U.S. — and voltages can easily be stepped up or down with a transformer. Tesla won that battle, and AC became the standard. But the war may not be over. Computers, LEDs, solar cells, and electric vehicles all run on DC, and DC still has its advocates. “Engineers have been touting the advantages of wiring homes for DC power for over a hundred years, ever since Thomas Edison lost the AC/DC battle with Nikola Tesla,” writes GBA Editor Martin Holladay. “There are still a few engineers lobbying for DC wiring.” That said, Holladay continued, DC advocates can’t even agree on voltage, “so I wouldn’t be putting all my eggs in one basket if I were you. Stick with AC wiring.” Where to locate the transformer Even with an all-LED lighting scheme running on DC circuits, the house would still need conventional 120-volt AC current for appliances and other plug-in devices. The lighting would need a transformer that converts AC to DC. “My thought was to have a central device near the service panel instead of multiple transformers,” Di Diego writes, “That seems obvious, and [a] much cleaner design.” Mike M., however, thinks it would be a better idea to run 120-volt AC power to areas where DC was needed and install transformers there. “Even if you have a central transformer, you’d have to have a DC protection panel with fuses or breakers to protect all of the DC wiring,” he says. “You would also end up with two sets of wires running to each area, one for the AC receptacles and one for the DC lighting. I think this would be extremely cumbersome and more difficult to retrofit or alter later.” Charlie Sullivan lists two other reasons why distributing the AC/DC conversion makes more sense than a centralized transformer. Lighting fixtures drawing 12 or 24 volts would require bigger wire than a 120 volt AC circuit, he says, “so distributing the conversion makes more sense in that respect.” Also, Sullivan adds, power supplies have standby losses. If there is a central power supply it’s going to be on all the time, so standby losses are higher. “Another disadvantage of a central system is that if it fails, all the lights quit,” Sullivan says. “Having one light ‘burn out’ is much more tolerable, especially given that the power supply is not something you can buy at a local hardware store.” Small gauge conductors are not very practical Laurel Davidson wonders about the possibility of using “power over Ethernet” cables to run LED ambient lighting, task lighting, and possibly operating DC-powered appliances such as a television. Davidson says that Cat 5 cable with 24-gauge conductors can safely carry 360 milliamps at 50 volts. Yes, Holladay replies, but remember that 360 milliamps at 50 volts equals just 18 watts, enough for one or two LED lamps. “Contrary to popular belief, low-voltage DC wiring (for example, wiring for 12 volts or 24 volts DC) needs to have a bigger wire gauge, not a smaller wire gauge, than 120-volt AC wiring (assuming loads of the same wattage),” Holladay says. The smallest wire gauge allowed by code for residential AC circuits is 14-gauge, Trevor Lambert says, which can handle 15 amps. “For a circuit of, say, eight LED light fixtures at 12 watts, that’s 96 watts,” he says. “At 24 volts that is only 4 amps. So you could certainly get away with 18-gauge wires for that application. However, it’s not clear whether that would actually be cheaper. The volume of sales of 14/2 wire makes it pretty cheap. At best the difference is going to be barely more than negligible.” Holladay is very familiar with the inconvenience of running two types of cable. “My off-grid house is wired with two voltages in every room,” he says, “120 volts AC and 12 volts DC. The AC wiring is all 12 gauge, while the DC wiring is 10 gauge. Needless to say, the DC wiring cost me more than the AC. But wiring an off-grid house is a little different from the subject at hand — a few LED light fixtures.” Our expert adds this Let’s hear from Peter Yost, GBA’s technical director: BuildingGreen has great resources for LED lighting and DC power systems within its Product Guidance tab. (Note: BuildingGreen takes no advertising. Its business model relies on subscribers paying for full access. But it does have quite a bit of information in front of the paywall.) BuildingGreen’s collection for lighting is usefully broken down by lighting type: pendant lighting, recessed lighting, task lamps, wall lamps, and replacement lamps. The good news is that there are LED products available for every type of light fixture. Yes, BuildingGreen is tuned more for commercial buildings, but pretty much every type of lighting can be (and is) used in residential buildings. A big move forward for LED lighting was the advent of modular LED lighting, where key components of the lighting can be replaced rather than the whole fixture. Back in 2008, just about every lighting manufacturer was jumping into the LED market; there was a lot of confusion and there were low-quality products on the market. Fortunately, programs such as EPA’s Energy Star jumped in with standards that you can use to help separate the wheat from the chaff with LED lighting. There is also a ton of information on residential LED lighting within the Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) Program for the Evaluation and Analysis of Residential Lighting (PEARL).  Especially useful is the Solid State Lighting division. While it is true that “…our analog-like AC power is increasingly at odds with our digital DC world” — the quote comes from an August 2016 BuildingGreen feature article, “The Death and Rebirth of DC Power”– moving completely away from AC is not going to happen for quite some time. And deciding at just what level to convert to DC (for certain loads, for certain end-uses, for subsystems) is certainly not “settled” for residential buildings. Can we look to commercial buildings for crossover technology regarding DC power systems? There is an organization working on moving our commercial building electrical systems (and even microgrids) from AC to DC power: the EMerge Alliance. EMerge has a residential standard initiative that will address both existing and new home hybrid power system standards.last_img read more

Jason Day ‘hungry,’ eager to return to top of golf world

first_imgLATEST STORIES Jason Day of Australia, talks during a news conference at the PGA Championship golf tournament at the Quail Hollow Club Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Jason Day’s swagger — and his motivation — have returned.“I’m hungry again — and I’m looking forward to trying to beat these guys,” Day said Wednesday on the eve of the 99th PGA Championship.ADVERTISEMENT K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes That pressure, along with his mother’s lung cancer surgery in March, led to a rough start to the 2017 season. He tearfully pulled out of the Match Play Championship six holes in, too distraught to play, to join her ahead of the surgery.“It was difficult for me to be on the golf course and even think about actually playing at the time,” Day said.On the course, his driving deteriorated and his normally reliable short game eluded him. In short, he felt like his game plateaued.“You’re not panicking or anything, you’re just wondering why,” Day said. “You’re up at night thinking about, ‘OK, what do I need to do to get back to that winning room?’”If Day does get back to No. 1, he’s vowed to handle things differently. In some ways, he’s already done that.He didn’t arrive in Charlotte until Tuesday night and checked in to the tournament on Wednesday morning so he could spend more time at home in Ohio away from distractions.Day refuses to call this a lost season.Sure, he’s finished out of contention at the Masters (tied for 22nd), the U.S. Open (cut) and the British Open (tied for 27th), but he believes his putting and driving are coming back.And he harkens back to 2014 when he finished the year strong, which served as a springboard for two incredible seasons.“I want to win again,” Day said. “So I’m excited about that.” Day is in the midst of what he called a “very poor season” with only two top 10 finishes and no wins in 15 starts. But the world’s former No. 1 player feels like he’s about to turn the corner after finishing tied for 24th last week at Bridgestone.He’s also drawing confidence from his past success at the PGA Championship, winning at Whistling Straits in 2015 and finishing second last year to Jimmy Walker at Baltusrol. His renewed confidence may not be good news for the rest of the field this week. Jordan Spieth is aiming for a career grand slam.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I’m motivated now,” said Day, who withdrew from a tournament in March to be with his cancer-stricken mother.His best finish this year is second at the AT&T Byron Nelson, where he lost a playoff to Billy Horschel. Prosecutor: Tiger Woods to plead guilty to reckless driving Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Day entered the season as the top-ranked player but has since dropped to No. 7 — something that he says “annoys and motivates me at the same time.”He made it clear his goal is to get back on top — and anticipates that will start with a strong performance this week at Quail Hollow.The 29-year-old Australian said his passion waned late last season after getting “burned out.” Looking back, Day felt like he spread himself too thin trying to fulfill obligations and spending less time practicing and relaxing.“I was trying to do too many things,” he said.By the time the end of last year rolled around, Day said he was exhausted after spending nearly a full year as the top-ranked player.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Nextlast_img read more

Uttar Pradesh village produces national champions at its rustic shooting range

first_imgYou could say the villagers here look the bull in the eye. There was a time when Baghpat was notorious for its gun-toting dacoits. But the local people wanted a more honourable reputation for their district.And you can’t say they haven’t succeeded. You still hear the click of triggers being,You could say the villagers here look the bull in the eye. There was a time when Baghpat was notorious for its gun-toting dacoits. But the local people wanted a more honourable reputation for their district.And you can’t say they haven’t succeeded. You still hear the click of triggers being pulled and the loud retorts as the guns fire, particularly in Johri village. But the idea is not to frighten people into giving up their material wealth. Winning medals is.In the past three years marksmen from Johri, 50 km from Delhi, have won medals in national and international shooting tournaments. Seema Tomar won a gold and a bronze at the 1999 Kathmandu South Asian Federation (SAF) Games.Zakir Khan and Shweta Choudhary won medals at the Meeting of Shooting Hopes contest held at Plzen in the Czech Republic. Vivek Singh – gold medal winner at the Asian, Commonwealth, SAF and National Games – even got the Arjuna Award in 1999.The man behind the transformation of this tiny village is a native who works in Delhi as a physician. Rajpal Singh, 51, got hooked to shooting when he saw the sport at the 1982 Delhi Asiad. He was so captivated that he took up the sport, becoming proficient enough at it to win a few national medals.But it was Rajpal’s decision to set up a 10-m shooting range at his village that put Johri on India’s sports map. Started in the courtyard of a dilapidated haveli, the Johri Rifle Club failed to generate enthusiasm.advertisement”Initially, the villagers felt I was misleading their children who needed to work in the fields,” says Rajpal. The club started with four trainees, most of them children of Rajpal’s friends. The turnaround came when two elderly women became members.During her regular visits to the club – she escorted her granddaughter to the range every day – Prakasho Tomar, 68, developed a fascination for shooting. Encouraged by Rajpal and her own family, Tomar started practising seriously.Soon her sister-in-law Chandro, 65, joined in. Finding these grey-haired matrons training with air pistols, the villagers started sending their children to Rajpal’s classes. Today, the club’s membership has crossed 200-and Johri sends big contingents to the national championships.AGE NO BAR: Sexagenarian Prakasho Tomar trains with youngsters at the Johri Rifle ClubAll this when Rajpal’s shooters train with antiquated weapons on a primitive, thatch-roofed range. The Sports Authority of India (SAI) has provided air pistols to the club’s two international medal winners – Seema and Zakir – but most members train with donated or loaned weapons.Rahul Gandhi, son of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi and once a Rajpal trainee, gifted an imported air pistol. So did Jayant Singh, son of Union Agriculture Minister Ajit Singh. Rajpal’s son Vivek contributed Rs 50,000 of the Rs 1.5 lakh he got as the cash component of the Arjuna Award.All these have helped. Following their good performances, a few of Rajpal’s disciples now train on SAI scholarships; five are sponsored by organisations like Air-India and Indian Airlines. Shooting has even helped Rajpal’s two sons find jobs with the Indian Airlines.Rajpal divides time between his work at Municipal Corporation of Delhi dispensaries and the shooting range in Johri. “I believe in lighting one candle with another. Now people I have trained are imparting training to others in Johri and other places,” he says. For instance, Farooq Pathan, a former trainee, now coaches at Meerut University and Kuldeep Tomar is the official coach of Delhi University.Rajpal himself has trained the national shooting teams of Nepal and Mauritius. He also helped Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal set up a national shooting academy in Badal village in his state. Fear of political and administrative interference has prevented Rajpal from approaching the Government for funds. “I will ask for the Government’s help only after my trainees prove their mettle,” he says.SAI has not responded to his request for the adoption and upgradation of the Johri Rifle Club. But even if the club fails to get recognition, Rajpal has the consolation of knowing that his aim to improve the fortunes of youngsters in Johri through his beloved sport has hit the bull’s-eye.last_img read more

NBA Power Ratings And Playoff Odds Playoff Power

The NBA regular season ends Wednesday, and the playoffs begin Saturday. And with that in mind, we’re going to shake things up a bit with regard to FiveThirtyEight’s NBA Power Ratings.Until now, we’ve ranked every team according to a projection of its true talent over the upcoming week — and the upcoming week only — using Real Plus-Minus (RPM) player ratings provided by Jeremias Engelmann and Steve Ilardi. (For more details on the original methodology, see our introductory rankings post.)But this week, with many teams resting key players in preparation for the playoffs, we’re ranking every team according to its projected playoff power rating. This means we’re projecting every team to be at “full strength” in terms of minutes given to players who will be available for the postseason, instead of only projecting for the next week. Playoff probabilities and expected end-of-season wins are still driven by projected minute distributions over the next few days, but the power ratings themselves have been geared to capture the talent that each team is bringing into the playoffs.With the playoffs being emphasized more in our ratings, it’s fitting that the San Antonio Spurs rank in the top two for the first time since early February. They’ve won 11 straight games, a run backed up by the underlying talent of one of the league’s best teams.The Atlanta Hawks also benefit from our switch to “playoff power” — while Thabo Sefolosha’s bizarre season-ending injury hurts their chances of winning the championship, we’ve boosted the playing time for many of their good players who have consistently been listed as day-to-day in the injury report in recent weeks.As for teams on the fringe of the playoffs, we noted last week that the Boston Celtics were basically a coin flip to make the playoffs, battling it out with the Brooklyn Nets, Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers for one of the two remaining postseason slots in the Eastern Conference. A week later, the Celtics have all but completely claimed their spot; our model now gives them a 98.9 percent probability of making the playoffs.By the same token, the Heat have almost completely dropped out of the race, with just a 2.4 percent chance of qualifying for the postseason. That leaves the Nets and Pacers to fight over one spot with two games left per team. Our calculations give Brooklyn the inside track largely because of the team’s possession of the tiebreaker over Indiana, in addition to an easier remaining schedule (the Nets face the No. 9 Chicago Bulls and No. 23 Orlando Magic; Indiana faces No. 7 Memphis and No. 15 Washington).Out West, the race for the No. 8 seed is between the New Orleans Pelicans and Oklahoma City Thunder, and the Pelicans have the edge in our simulations. Oklahoma City is marginally more talented, according to RPM, and is even projected to win fractionally more games on average, but New Orleans holds the tiebreaker over the Thunder.In no small part because of those tiebreakers, there’s a 45 percent probability that the Nets and Pelicans will be the final two teams to slip into the playoffs when the season ends Wednesday. read more

Ohio State mens basketball team welcomes No 10 Virginia amid losing streak

OSU sophomore Keita Bates-Diop (33) takes a free throw in a game against Louisiana Tech on Nov. 24 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost 82-74. Credit: Maria Martello | Lantern PhotographerIn Ohio State coach Thad Matta’s head coaching career, he has stood on the sideline for 531 games.He has won 403 of those, while dropping 128. But in none of those 531 contests has his team had more losses than wins in the record column.That will change on Tuesday, as the Buckeyes (2-3) are set to welcome No. 10 Virginia (5-1) to the Schottenstein Center for a 7:30 p.m. matchup as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.OSU’s season started off without any noteworthy results, grabbing 20-plus-point victories over a pair of unspectacular opponents. The wheels came off from there, however, as consecutive home losses to Texas-Arlington and Louisiana Tech dropped OSU to .500, before an overtime loss to Memphis in Miami gave Matta a losing record for the first time in his career.Sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate said having a losing record comes as a shock when a player comes to a school like OSU, but the team has to keep its composure and keep getting back on track.“None of us expected to be 2-3, but we’ve just got to stay the course,” Tate said. “We have to learn how to grow, how to improve every week in practice.”Tate and fellow sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop each offered the same two culprits for the Buckeyes’ struggles: turnovers and poor free-throw shooting.“We’re not losing games by a lot. They’re close games. It’s just the turnovers, we have to cut back on those, and make our free throws,” Bates-Diop said. “We could be getting different questions right now if we’re doing that.”The Buckeyes are turning the ball over 16.2 times per game, ranking 323rd in the nation out of 346 qualifying Division I schools. Virginia, on the other hand, ranks second with just 7.5 turnovers per game.Matta said the praise for the Cavaliers’ efficiency lies with coach Tony Bennett, who is now in his seventh season in Charlottesville, Virginia.“I think Tony Bennett has done a tremendous job in terms of coming in and establishing that program … I don’t think Virginia gets the respect of other schools, but they’re as good as any of them, that’s for sure,” Matta said.For the Buckeyes, Tate said it is never easy to snap a losing streak, and the team is unlikely to get any help against a team like the Cavaliers. Still, he said the team is trying its hardest to keep its focus one game at a time.“Any loss will have an impact on your confidence, but coach is doing a great job telling us to stay the course,” Tate said. “Teams go through losses all the time, it’s just how you bounce back the next game.”A glance at the CavaliersVirginia comes into Tuesday night’s matchup 5-1, with the lone loss coming in a second-game hiccup at George Washington.While the quality of its other five opponents hasn’t been the strongest, Matta said he has been more than impressed with what he’s watched.“They’re as good of a basketball team as I’ve seen this year … They’re such a great blend of the positions, inside, outside,” Matta said. “It’s definitely a veteran basketball team that’s going to be a great challenge for us.”Virginia — which earned a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament a season ago but was ultimately upset by Michigan State in the Round of 32 — uses a balanced offensive attack rather than relying on a go-to scorer.Redshirt senior guard Malcolm Brogdon leads the team with 16.7 points per game. The 2014-15 AP All-American Second-Team recipient has also chipped in 4.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game.The Cavaliers have shot exceptionally well this season, shooting the ball at a 51.7 percent clip from the field while holding opponents to 39.1 percent. Those marks rank 13th and 74th in the nation, respectively.“They’re a great defensive team,” Tate said. “They run a lot of offense through their post, so post defense will be really key. We’ve just got to execute and take care of the ball.”Up nextAfter the Cavaliers, the Buckeyes are set to resume action on Saturday against another school from the 10th state — Virginia Military Institute. Tip is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more