RAFAELl Nadal continued his superb form with a dominant 6-1 6-2 6-2 win over Roberto Bautista Agut to move easily into the French Open tennis quarter-finals.Second seed Novak Djokovic remains on course to face Nadal in the semi-finals after a 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 6-3 win against 19th seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas.Nadal, 31, is looking to become the first man to win 10 titles at a single Grand Slam event.He will face another Spaniard, Pablo Carreno Busta, in the last eight.Margaret Court is the only player to have won 10 or more titles at one Grand Slam event, winning the Australian Open on 11 occasions between 1960 and 1973.Nadal now has a 76-2 win-loss record at Roland Garros with his only defeats coming against Robin Soderling in the fourth round in 2009 and Djokovic in the 2015 quarter-finals.Nadal’s victory was not quite as simple as Friday’s incredible 6-0 6-1 6-0 defeat of Nikoloz Basilashvili but the fourth seed has not dropped a set yet.It is the 11th time he has reached the quarter-finals at the French Open – a record shared with Roger Federer.Carreno Busta, 25, reached his first Grand Slam quarter-final with a 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-7 (6-8) 6-4 8-6 win over Canadian fifth seed Milos Raonic.Carreno Busta, seeded 20th, failed to convert six match points in the deciding set before eventually grinding down last year’s Wimbledon runner-up.And a first career win against a top-10 ranked opponent will be rewarded with a meeting against nine-time champion Nadal.Djokovic through after sticky startTwelve-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic, 30, has not found his way through the draw as easily as old rival Nadal – especially during a gruelling five-set win against unseeded Argentine Diego Schwartzman in the previous round.Ramos-Vinolas’ resistance in a 73-minute opening set, where Djokovic had his serve broken twice to trail 4-2 before fighting back to win the tie-breaker, indicated it could be another battle for the Serb.But any fears he might have had were unfounded.Djokovic won the first four games on his way to wrapping up the second set in 28 minutes, then broke again in the sixth game of the third set – after Ramos-Vinolas saved a break point two games earlier following a thrilling 41-shot rally – before serving out to victory.Before thinking about the prospect of facing Nadal in the last four, Djokovic’s first task is to overcome sixth seed Dominic Thiem.The 23-year-old Austrian – like Nadal and third seed Stan Wawrinka – has not dropped a set on his way to the last eight, needing little over an hour and a half to win 6-1 6-3 6-1 against unseeded Argentine Horacio Zeballos.Nishikori through in five setsJapan’s eighth seed Kei Nishikori survived a scare to beat unseeded South Korean Hyeon Chung in five sets.Nishikori, 27, needed almost four hours to win 7-5 6-4 6-7 (4-7) 0-6 6-4 in a third-round match finished on Sunday after the previous day’s rain delay.“I think the rain helped me a lot, because I was really down in the fourth set and mentally I wasn’t ready,” said Nishikori, whose only Grand Slam final appearance came when he lost at the 2014 US Open.“I knew I had to change something to beat him, so I think I made some adjustments to make it a little better than yesterday.”Big-serving American John Isner, seeded 21, was knocked out in his third-round match by Karen Khachanov of Russia, who won 7-6 (7-1) 6-3 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (7-3).The 21-year-old will now face British world number one Andy Murray in the fourth round on Monday.French 15th seed Gael Monfils reached the fourth round for a seventh time when compatriot Richard Gasquet withdrew from their rain-delayed match with a thigh injury.Monfils, 30, was leading 7-6 (7-5) 5-7 4-3 when his opponent withdrew, setting up a last-16 meeting with Wawrinka.(BBC Sport)
A sobbing Oscar Pistorius walked hesitantly on his stumps around court Wednesday in a dramatic demonstration of his disability ahead of his sentencing for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.Wearing shorts, the double-amputee removed his prosthetic limbs at the request of his lawyer Barry Roux as he made a final plea for Pistorius, who faces 15 years in jail.The Paralympic athlete held onto wooden benches for support as he hobbled in front of the judge, and appeared in distress as a cushion was provided for him to rest on.Roux and state lawyer Gerrie Nel set out their concluding arguments at the High Court in Pretoria, three years after Steenkamp’s death.#Pistorius walking w/out prosthetic legs to garner sympathy+show vulnerability.Wasn’t vulnerable with gun in hand killing #Reeva w/out legs.— Adam P (@adampogonowski) June 15, 2016Pistorius, 29, shot his girlfriend in the early hours of Valentine’s Day in 2013, claiming he mistook her for a burglar when he fired four times through the door of his bedroom toilet.“It is three o’clock in the morning, it is dark, he is on his stumps,” Roux said, stressing his client’s vulnerability.“His balance is seriously compromised and… he would not be able to defend himself. He was anxious, he was frightened.“His perception that he and the deceased were in danger was fortified by finding the open bathroom window. He believed the person in the toilet was an intruder and deceased was at the time in the bed,” Roux said.In March, the Supreme Court of Appeal found Pistorius guilty of murder — irrespective of who was behind the door when he opened fire with a pistol he kept under his bed.The standard jail term for murder in South Africa is 15 years, but Pistorius’s sentence may be reduced due to the year he has already spent in prison and mitigating factors, including his disability.Murder convictionRoux urged judge Thokozile Masipa to “entertain the correct facts and not to be drowned by the many perceptions” whirling around the case that attracted years of intense public scrutiny.“The accused has lost everything. He can never ever resume his career,” Roux said. Pistorius labours to walk on stumps in court during his sentence hearing. Photo via @Reuters “He lost his future… he has paid physically, he is the shadow of the man he was. He is a broken man, he has paid financially, he has paid socially. He is paying constantly.”State lawyer Gerrie Nel started his arguments to push for a severe penalty.“He knew there was someone behind the door,” he said.“Using a lethal weapon, a loaded firearm, the accused fired not one but four shots to the toilet door,” Nel said. “He failed to provide any acceptable version for his conduct.”Pistorius was originally convicted of culpable homicide — the equivalent of manslaughter — until the appeal court upgraded his crime to murder.Judge Masipa, who gave the original verdict, is due to hand down a new sentence for murder after final arguments are completed.Thursday is a national holiday in South Africa, and the sentence could be given on Friday — with Pistorius facing an immediate return to jail.Earlier, Kim Martin, Reeva Steenkamp’s cousin, gave the last state evidence in the hearing.“I never ever heard him say that ‘I apologise for shooting, murdering Reeva behind that door’,” she told the court.“We just wanted the truth.”She added that she was uncertain whether Pistorius and Steenkamp were in a truly loving relationship.Barry Steenkamp, 73, Reeva’s father, had broken down in court on Tuesday as he said Pistorius must “pay for his crime” of shooting Reeva, 29, a model and law graduate.Pistorius was released from jail last October to live under house arrest at his uncle’s mansion in Pretoria after serving one year of his five-year sentence for culpable homicide.He has always denied killing Steenkamp in a rage and, during his seven-month trial in 2014, vomited in the dock as details of his lover’s death were examined in excruciating detail.The year before he killed Steenkamp, Pistorius became the first double-amputee to race at Olympic level when he appeared at the London 2012 games.Share on: WhatsApp
01 Mar 1974Egypt v UgandaL2-1Africa Cup of Nations Wasswa in action in the game against Ghana.Uganda vs Egypt – 10pmMali vs Ghana – 7pmStarting line-up: D Onyango (GK), D.Iguma, G.Walusimbi, H. Wasswa, M. Juuko, K. Aucho, G. Kizito , T, Mawejje, F Miya, G.Massa (Capt), J. Ochaya.Cranes can look back at their second half performance against Ghana as an indication they can match the very best at the African Cup of Nations.They will need that level of performance, and more, when they face record seven-time champions Egypt today. Uganda’s record against the Pharaohs shows only one previous win – in a friendly.“We need to be mentally strong, physically fit and tactically competitive in that game and see what football gives us,” admitted coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic.Uganda played well for much of their opening match against Ghana but Micho was left to lament a mistake by defender Isaac Isinde that gave the Black Stars the decisive penalty.The Cranes are now looking for their first win at the Cup of Nations after 39 years away from the tournament and they can welcome back defender Murushid Juuko and midfielder Khalid Aucho after both served bans against Ghana.“It is very unfortunate that one moment, one silly mistake cost us the penalty,” Uganda coach “Micho” told AFP.“It is very unfortunate that despite all the domination we had in the second half, we could not score.“But we have picked up the pieces, we have learnt the lesson and we are moving forward to the next game.Defeat today will mean certain group-stage elimination in their first appearance at the tournament in 39 years.Tony Mawejje was one of the bright spots when Uganda took on Ghana. 18 Jan 1962Egypt v UgandaL2-1Africa Cup of Nations 08 Jan 2005Egypt v UgandaL3-0International Friendly 20 Aug 2002Egypt v UgandaL2-0International Friendly Africa Cup of Nations Egypt goalkeeping crisisEgypt disappointed in their first appearance at the Cup of Nations after a seven-year absence, with star man Mohamed Salah being substituted in the second half following a poor display.Egypt enter the game with goalkeeping worries following injury to their first choice in the draw with Mali.Injury has also affected the other team in the group Ghana, with coach Avram Grant has called for Africa Cup of Nations organisers to allow teams to replace players who have suffered injuries because of the state of the pitches in Gabon.The Black Stars have lost left-back Abdul Rahman Baba to a serious knee injury suffered in the first half of Ghana’s 1-0 win against Uganda on Tuesday.Egypt also lost goalkeeper Ahmed El Shennawy to injury, and with Sherif Ekramy also in the treatment room suddenly coach Hector Cuper has a bit of a crisis.Essam El Hadary, who came off the bench against Mali to become the oldest player ever at the tournament at the age of 44, will now start against Uganda in Saturday’s second game.“Our responsibility has not changed too much. We still know that we need to win our next game to stay in the competition,” admitted Cuper.Ghana’s forward Andre Ayew celebrates after scoring a goal during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations group D football match between Ghana and Uganda in Port-Gentil on January 17, 2017.Ghana target last-eight berth, Egypt chase first winGhana can secure a place in the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations with a group game to spare if they beat Mali in Group D in Port-Gentil on Saturday.Avram Grant’s side, beaten on penalties by the Ivory Coast in the 2015 final, set themselves up nicely in this year’s tournament by edging out Uganda 1-0 courtesy of an Andre Ayew spot-kick in their opening match on Tuesday.It was not a vintage performance from the Black Stars but, on a terrible playing surface, Grant is only interested in winning matches for now, regardless of the manner in which they do it.“In this tournament at the start it’s important to take the points and then you have to come to your best at the right time,” said the Israeli former Chelsea coach.“In the last tournament we played very good against Senegal in the first game and we lost, even if at the end of the day we got to the final, so we just wanted to take the three points.“Of course we can play better but this is a tournament and every game will be different.”Five facts for the Group D match between Egypt and Uganda in Port-Gentil Saturday :— Tradition suggests Egypt will win 2-1 because that was the scoreline in their favour on the three previous occasions they met Uganda in the competition.— The Pharaohs overcame the Cranes in a 1962 semi-final and during the group phase of the 1974 and 1976 tournaments.— While Egypt have won the Cup of Nations a record seven times, Uganda came closest to glory in 1978 when finishing runners-up to hosts Ghana.— Both countries have been notable absentees from the tournament with Egypt missing the last three editions while Uganda are appearing following a 39-year break.— Striker Mohamed Salah is the best known Egyptian while Ugandan goalkeeper Denis Onyango won the 2016 Africa-based Footballer of the Year award. 21 Jan 1995Uganda v EgyptD0-0Africa Cup of Nations 04 Apr 1965Uganda v EgyptW5-1International Friendly 29 Mar 2012Egypt v UgandaL2-1International Friendly 03 Mar 1976Egypt v UgandaL2-1Africa Cup of Nations Today, the speaker of parliament, @RebeccaKadaga has visited the @UgandaCranes at Hotel Du Parc in Gabon. She wished the team the very best pic.twitter.com/P4tJcHfEJ7— Uganda FA [FUFA] (@OfficialFUFA) January 21, 2017 21 Jan 2017Egypt v Uganda 28 Jul 1995Egypt v UgandaL6-0Africa Cup of Nations 29 Dec 2002Egypt v UgandaD0-0African Games 08 Jan 2011Egypt v UgandaL1-0International Friendly 17 Jan 2011Egypt v UgandaL3-1International Friendly 18 Nov 1977Egypt v UgandaL1-0International Friendly 14 Aug 2013Egypt v UgandaL3-0International Friendly 04 Jun 1967Uganda v EgyptL0-1Africa Cup of Nations DateMatchResultScoreCompetition 03 Dec 1972Egypt v UgandaD2-2International Friendly 27 Dec 2005Egypt v UgandaL2-0LG Cup Share on: WhatsApp
Former San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders linebacker Aldon Smith has sold his sprawling San Jose estate for $2.5625 million.Click here if viewing from a mobile device.The 8,200-square-foot 6-bedroom 5-bathroom manse has a home theater, bar, bedroom suites, office and many other amenities.A gated entrance leads to 9.78 acres of land with views of the South Bay, an ample pool and spa. Jacklyn O’Connor Friedland with Compass held the listing.Smith, 29, accepted a plea deal last …
12 August 2016Team South Africa began its Rio Olympics campaign this week, and among the 137athletes competing this year are some of the country’s outstanding female athletes,representing a wide range of sporting disciplines. To celebrate Women’s Month, hereis a look at another five of the best.Linda Motlhalo – footballlinda motlhalo Aiming For RIO 2016 Big For More Go To For More- https://t.co/bXbHLCHtxv pic.twitter.com/uCt2ZtU9Vo—game-on-mag (@MySportMyLife) April 22,2016At 18, Linda Motlhalo is one of Banyana Banyana’s youngest scoring sensationsand while Rio might be her biggest career moment so far, it definitely won’t be thelast. Hailing from Brandvlei, Randfontein’s hotbed of football talent, Motlhalodreams big yet is comfortable at her own pace.The South African Football Association’s Fran Hilton-Smith calls her the futureof women’s football in South Africa. “What stands out about her is her big-matchtemperament,” she told City Press. “From the first time I saw her, Iknew she was going places… Her tactical awareness at her age is very good and Ibelieve she is in good hands with (Banyana coach) Vera Pauw.”Motlhalo has scored three goals in four games in South African colours, and isnot planning on stopping.Janine van Wyk – football#RSA‘ KapitäninJanine van Wyk ist trotz Auftaktpleite gegen #SWE stolz: https://t.co/2Mw4Q1j8Xa pic.twitter.com/jm2NK5n9Ky—FIFA.com auf deutsch (@fifacom_de) August 4,2016Cool-headed veteran Janine van Wyk is leading Banyana at the Rio Olympicsthis year, her second Olympics. As South African football’s most capped footballplayer (male and female), scoring 10 goals as defender in 160 games, she bringsconfident leadership and creative talent to the Rio team.While the prospect of Banyana making it to the next stage of the tournamenthangs in the balance – with losses to Sweden and China, and a gutsy draw againsthosts Brazil – Van Wyk is determined to make sure her teammates enjoy theexperience and, above all, use it to learn for the future.Dominique Scott – athleticsI’m actually here… Dreams DO come true!!! #Olympics #Rio2016 #TeamSA #RSA pic.twitter.com/FOvcgEwc5E—DOM • SCOTT-EFURD (@domscottrunSA) August 5,2016When Dominique Scott begins the 10 000m race on Friday, 12 August, she’ll no doubt be thinking of South African runners who have tackled one of athletics’ more gruelling events before her: most notably Elena Meyer. At the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, Meyer won South Africa’s first post-isolation medal. Scott was born in 1992.The determined Capetonian has already built a formidable junior career,winning two golds in the 2010 South African junior championships and going on toshow impressive progress as part of her American college team at the University ofArkansas. Before leaving for Rio, she won both the 10 000m and 5 000m finals at the National College Athletics Association Outdoor championships.Michelle Weber – open water marathon swimmingSee theother photos from my Women’sHealth shoot on my site @WomensHealthSA @ArenaSAfrica https://t.co/3bCQs7zv4J pic.twitter.com/GMfIrccumd—Michelle Weber (@michelleweber71) July 26,2016Michelle Weber is the only female swimmer representing South Africa in Riothis year. Her marathon is on Monday, 15 August.Weber, who underwent serious heart surgery three years ago, decided tospecialise in the more paced marathon events in lieu of shorter swims. The changeseems to have worked for her – Weber has won the 5km and 10km events at theSouth African Senior Championships for three consecutive years.Ashleigh Simon – golfSA’s @ash_simoncloses with a 73 @RICOHWomensBrit to grab ashare of 47th on one-over-par 289 pic.twitter.com/a8jcLdh7mr—Sunshine Ladies Tour (@SLadiesTour) July 31,2016Ashleigh Simon shot to fame as one of South Africa’s prodigious young golfingtalents, becoming the youngest player to win the ladies’ South African Amateurtournament, and the first player in over a century to win the ladies’ South AfricanOpen title three times.Since turning professional at the age of 18, Simon has participated in the US and British Opens, and is a regular on the European and American PGA tours, on which she has won six individual tournaments. Simon has also won numerous South Africa tournaments, and represented South Africa at the women’s golf World Cup for four consecutive years.“Rio,” Simon told the Bedfordview and Edenvale community newspaper, “is going to be something different (from the normal professional circuit). Golf is an individual sport and (our doubles) team (with Paula Reto) will have to work together… It is important for golfers on the South African team to have a good short game.”Source: South African Sports Confederation and Olympic CommitteeSouthafrica.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SouthAfrica.info material
The North American Passive House Network has opened registration and announced its schedule of seminars and events for the 2014 Conference and Expo in Portland, Maine, in September. (This Maine conference is not to be confused with the 9th Annual North American Passive House Conference in San Francisco, which is organized by Passive House Institute U.S.)The North American Passive House Network (NAPHN) is aligned with the Passivhaus Institut in Germany. Its founder, Dr. Wolfgang Feist, is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at the Maine conference, at 9:00 a.m. on Sept. 22. Feist will speak on “How the Passivhaus standard is evolving.”Speakers over the next two days will cover a variety of topics, discussing residential and non-residential Passivhaus projects in Europe, Canada, and the United States.Participants can choose from one of four sessions that run for about an hour each throughout each day. The conference ends on Sept. 23.At the accompanying trade show, more than 30 manufacturers or service providers will offer products or services useful for Passivhaus construction.Until July 31, registration is $350 ($300 for NAPHN members and $200 for students). After July 31, add $100. The conference takes place at the Holiday Inn By the Bay in Portland, a city of about 65,000 with a lively nightlife in the Old Port and a long list of well regarded eateries and brew pubs.
Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces dan rowinski Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#HTC#Microsoft#Nokia#smartphone#Windows Phone The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Microsoft has long been a company that relies on its manufacturing partners to spread its Windows operating system. That has been true for Microsoft’s mobile efforts as well, partnering with companies like Samsung, HTC and Nokia for its Windows Mobile CE and Windows Phone platforms. So when Microsoft decided to build its own Windows 8 tablet – the Surface – speculation increased that the company would take a similar route and build its own smartphone. Would Microsoft really be willing to jeapordize its strong ties to its smarpthone partners, like Nokia, and dare to enter the market on its own?The answer, according to Taiwanese news site DigiTimes, is yes. According to DigiTimes sources, both Amazon and Microsoft have placed orders with Chinese gadget manufacturer Foxconn International Holdings (the same company that builds the iPhone for Apple) for small batches of their own smartphones to be shipped in the middle of 2013. It is important to note that, as far as smartphone rumors are concerned, DigiTimes is not always to be trusted. The publication has long been a source of unsubstantiated rumors that light fires under hype cycles for new devices, especially those from Apple like the iPad and iPhone. But for a number of reasons, I’m not ready to completely ignore this rumor. Microsoft Not An Unlikely ManufacturerWhile it is only speculation at this point, the notion of Microsoft creating its own smartphone is not as far-fetched as some might think. (For one thing, speculation on the topic has been running for months, see A Surface Smartphone From Microsoft? Yes, Please!) After all, against the industry’s better judgment, Microsoft did create its own tablet in the Surface and has thrown a huge marketing budget behind it. Also, if DigiTimes is correct, the order size for Microsoft is not large. Microsoft may not be jumping into the deep end of the smartphone manufacturing pool, but may be ready to dip a toe in the water. Mobile analyst Chetan Sharma comments that Microsoft building its own smartphones is a way to both keep the pressure on its manufacturing partners to perform at high levels and hedge its bets by preparing for a possible future of vertical integration (designing and building its own smartphones in the same way Apple does). “So, if you connect the dots, it is not inconceivable that Microsoft will come out with a smartphone that A) forces OEMs to come out with their best in rapid cycles and B) keeps them in the game if they have to resort to a vertical strategy at some point in the future,” Sharma wrote in an email to ReadWrite. “It is the same dilemma that Google faces. The Nexus line of products is to keep the pressure on the OEM partners as well as prepare for a possible vertical strategy down the road.”HTC 8X Microsoft’s Manufacturing HistoryMicrosoft is not a complete stranger to building its own devices. It manufactures the popular Xbox video game console and has delved into mobile devices in the past – notably the ill-fated Zune and the disaster that was the Kin phone.If Microsoft were to make a limited-run Windows Phone device it would likely take a similar route to how Google creates its Nexus devices, which are ostensibly the flagship Android smartphone and tablets that are supposed to be the benchmark for how other manufacturers model their devices. The difference between the Nexus devices and Microsoft making its own flagship smartphones is that Google has its manufacturing partners build the devices for them. The Nexus 4 smartphone is made by LG while the Nexus 7 is made by Asus and the Nexus 10 by Samsung. The motivation for Microsoft (and to a lesser extent, Google and Amazon) to build their own devices rests just west of San Jose: Cupertino. The Apple iPhone juggernaut has given many mobile manufacturers pie-eyed dreams of being able to integrate vertically and reap the benefits.“Microsoft (and Google) have also seen the vertical model of Apple succeed beyond their imagination and view it with envy,” Sharma said. Potential PitfallsThe problem that Microsoft has is that its entire mobile strategy is built on shaky ground. Windows Phone 8 engenders some loyalty among users and it is considered creative in relation to iOS and Android. But, it is not selling well. That is despite Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s comments last week that it was selling four-times better than last year. Thing is, Microsoft sold only a scant 1.7 million Windows Phones in Q3 2011, so four times that is still not much to brag about in relation to Android and iOS. Microsoft’s two primary partners for the Windows Phone 8 launch are Nokia and HTC. Microsoft has invested a lot in Nokia to be the flag bearer for Windows Phone and at this point it should be doing everything it possibly can to buoy Nokia until it can once again stand on its own. (That may not be easy, see ReadWrite DeathWatch: Nokia.) HTC has its own problems, losing market share to Samsung and reporting scant earnings in its last quarter. Nokia Lumia 920“They do need to do something to kick start Windows Phone adoption, as its still a meager part of the market. But if they produce a phone, it will hit Nokia in particular really hard,” Jack Gold, principal analyst at J. Gold Associates said in an email. “Nokia is struggling to regain market share, and anything Microsoft would take away from them would be very painful. So I think Microsoft will tread carefully here, as it would be a balancing act between accelerating the market, and hurting your vendors (particularly Nokia but also HTC).”Microsoft’s position is more precarious than Google’s when it comes to its manufacturing partners. There is little Google can do to hurt most of its partners, short of withdrawing the open source license for Android and consolidating all of its manufacturing to its Motorola subsidiary. Microsoft, on the other hand, could do great damage to Nokia by building its own smartphone. At this point, there are just not enough Windows Phone sales to support the ecosystem. Taking any of those sales away from Nokia could well end up being the straw that broke the camel’s back. Unlike the Surface tablet, which had no set market and didn’t compete with any manufacturing partners before its release, Windows Phone already is established with manufacturing partners trying to use it to claim mobile market share. Nokia’s entire business is focused on Windows Phone. The potential for collateral damage from a Microsoft-built smartphone is much greater than it was for the Surface. So, back to the original question. Does Microsoft dare enter the smartphone manufacturing game, when doing so could bury the already fragile Nokia? Or limit the potential of the fading HTC? Or does the vague promise of a Surface-like flagship Windows Phone and/or complete vertical integration outweigh those factors?I don’t have any inisght into what Micosoft execs are thinking, but I think they will go for it.Images from Microsoft, HTC and Dan Rowinski.
Welcome to Significant Digits, a daily digest of the telling numbers tucked inside the news. Regular host Walt Hickey is still on vacation, and NCAA basketball is still happening. As a result, I’m still here with another all-March Madness SigDig. Enjoy! 0.015 rating pointsThere are close matchups, and then there are close matchups. Tonight’s Notre Dame-Wisconsin tilt belongs in that second category, with the teams separated by just 0.015 points in Ken Pomeroy’s ratings. It’s basically as close to a coin flip as you can get — our prediction model lists the game as exactly 50-50 for both teams. [Kenpom.com]19 percentage pointsIn a Sweet 16 field largely devoid of Cinderella candidates, 10th-seeded Syracuse will have to do. According to the FiveThirtyEight model, they started the tourney with a 1 percent chance of making the Final Four; now that probability is 19 percentage points higher, the biggest gain of any team left standing. [FiveThirtyEight]1995 seasonThe University of Virginia will be looking to make its first Elite 8 appearance since the 1995 tournament when it takes on Iowa State Friday evening. By most measures — including winning percentage, the AP poll and the Simple Rating System — this year’s Cavaliers are better than the 1995 version, but they’ll have to win to prove it — the bracket doesn’t lie. [Sports-Reference.com]3,950 winsNorth Carolina and Indiana are two of the most storied programs in the history of college basketball, having combined for 3,950 victories in 5,728 games since 1901, and they’ll face each other in Friday’s late game. With a 73 percent chance of winning, UNC has the edge to take win No. 3,951, according to our model. [Sports-Reference.com]118 winsThe University of Connecticut women’s basketball team has been completely unstoppable with Breanna Stewart leading the way these past few seasons. They’ve won 118 of their last 119 games — all by double-digits, and all but 18 by 20 or more points. UConn looks to extend their run against Mississippi State Saturday morning. [FiveThirtyEight]If you haven’t already, you really need to sign up for the Significant Digits newsletter — be the first to learn about the numbers behind the news.And if you see a significant digit in the wild, send it to @WaltHickey — or to @Neil_Paine, I guess, if you feel like it.
Cardiff City goalkeeper Neal Etheridge has hailed his team’s character and desire after their hard-fought 1-0 victory against Southampton on Saturday.Callum Paterson scored and Etheridge kept a clean sheet at the other end to help Cardiff City win a vital three points.The victory lifted Cardiff to 14th place in the Premier League table, and the Philippines goalkeeper was impressed with the overall performance of the team.“It’s great to achieve our third consecutive win at home,” Etheridge told the club’s website.“I think we played really well. We were very solid at the back. It’s fantastic to get another clean-sheet, especially at this level.Solskjaer slams Man United’s draw: “We should have won” Andrew Smyth – August 31, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was left to rue another missed opportunity as Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw against 10-man Southampton.“Obviously, we can now progress with this result and keep going forward. The lads are very happy with the result. Southampton was a team similar to our level so it was important to get the win.“The weather conditions weren’t the best. It really started to come down after the warm-up. The wind affected the play and it was difficult for the players. The lads had to battle extra hard but took away the deserved three points.“They put a lot of balls into the box and it was a very tricky game; especially with the weather conditions. All credit to the back four with the clean-sheet.“We’ve got a great character in the squad. In the past, we’ve had to show a response from being behind to win games.“But against Southampton, we got in front and had to stay in front. The characters in the dressing room are extremely happy.”