Syracuse’s 3rd-down offense makes strides in win

first_imgWINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Throughout AJ Long’s up-and-down performance as a first-time starter, Tim Lester said moving the chains on third down was his most consistent improvement from a week prior.Head coach Scott Shafer has pinpointed a 45 percent third-down conversion rate as SU’s goal. In the first half on Saturday, his offense blew away its actual percentage through six games, 33.4, as well as Shafer’s target figure, nailing six of its nine first-half attempts on third down.After a conservative second half, the Orange’s (3-4, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) final tally on third-down conversions was 9-of-19 — 47.4 percent — in its 30-7 defeat of Wake Forest (2-5, 0-3). It allowed Syracuse’s offense to rack up 370 total yards and although the red-zone attack reached the end zone just once, the Orange tacked on enough points to sweep the Demon Deacons away without much resistance.“We kept converting on third down and that’s hard to do as a quarterback,” Lester said. “… We’re getting better on third down and just got to keep working on the red zone.”During one stretch in the first half, SU earned a new set of downs on six out of seven third downs, with Long accounting for all but one with his feet or arm.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLong was especially impressive handling a pair of third-and-11s on SU’s second drive. He connected with fellow freshman Steve Ishmael on the right to convert the first and scrambled left to find his cousin Jarrod West three plays later for the second. In the third quarter, Long and Ishmael linked up for a 33-yard gain on third-and-14.But the trick was not making those long-distance situations a habit.“We didn’t get in too many third-and-longs,” left tackle Sean Hickey said. “That’s the key. If you get in third-and-long, it’s kind of over. Whenever you’re in third-and-medium, third-and-short, you make it manageable and it gets a lot easier.”On the Orange’s only offensive touchdown drive, SU only moved the chains on four third downs before Long punched the ball in from 4 yards out.Lester had a hard time picking out another area of improvement he saw in Long aside from third-down execution.But considering SU converted 6-of-10 against Florida State on Oct. 11, that’s no knock on his true freshman quarterback. “Last week we were really good on third down,” Lester said shortly after Saturday’s game. “I don’t know what we were today, but I’m willing to bet it was pretty good.” Comments Published on October 19, 2014 at 11:56 pm Contact Phil: [email protected] | @PhilDAbb Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

NOC’s Advanced Sports Management Course Kicks off

first_imgShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) has concluded arrangements to organise the Advanced Sports Management Course from November 1 to November 3 at the Command Guest House, Apapa, Lagos.According to the President of the NOC, Habu Gumel, the course, which is a joint initiative of the International Olympic Committee and its local affiliate, the NOC, will be anchored by the IOC Course Director, Prof Fasan Clement, Dean Faculty of Physical and Heath Education, University of Lagos and Dyagas Jonathan of ANOCA.Gumel, an Executive Committee member of the IOC said the course, which is the third session in the series, will be an overview of the last session activities, with participants expected to share their experiences on management and marketing.Gumel added that participants will also have the opportunity to ask questions, engage in discussions, while a group work on selected case studies and topics like Managing Marketing will be highlighted extensively.The NOC boss said the course was aimed at deepening the knowledge of sports managers in the country, in order to engender a sustainable sports development culture.last_img read more

The Warriors’ Klay Thompson gives ESPN brief bulletin on his contractual status

first_img— ESPN (@espn) February 14, 2019Thompson, as his … As great revelations go, this wasn’t the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls. In fact, it’s not much of a revelation at all.But it was newsworthy enough that the ESPN broadcast crew who worked the Warriors-Portland game Wednesday night felt they ought to share.”Klay Thompson told us before the game, unsolicited, that he wants to finish his career as a Warrior.”— @DavePasch on the broadcast 🔊⬆️ read more

Facebook Tests Unliked Ads in Newsfeeds & Mobile Feeds

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting dave copelandcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Facebook calls its new pilot program to put more advertising in your newsfeed a “small test.”  But that small test could lead to a big gamble.The new program, for the first time, lets marketers display ads in the newsfeeds and mobile feeds of people who have not liked, or whose friends have not liked, certain brand, according to the L.A. Times. Users may end up seeing more ads as Facebook tries to use information beyond explicit likes to select ads they’ll respond to.Facebook spokeswoman Gwen Belomy declined to say how many users are being targeted in the pilot program or which advertisers are participating. “This is a small test, and we’re constantly gathering feedback from people on how to improve our ad experience,” she wrote in an email.In the past, Facebook encouraged users to like brands based on friends’ recommendations. Now it appears to be shifting gears, according Benjamin Kosinski, founder of Sumpto, an online platform that measures the social influence of college students. The social network’s new approach is to introduce users to brands actively, he said, and it’s a risky strategy. By recommending brands to like, Facebook is doing what it previously relied on your friends to do.“Many users are OK with seeing what their friends like and are doing, because they are connected with them both in the real physical world and online,” Kosinski said. “However, when Facebook tries to predict and introduce certain brands to users, this could turn a lot of them off.”Nicholas Kinports, founder of the digital marketing company Lonelybrand, described the move by Facebook as “bipolar,” in that it seems to be a step away from the word-of-mouth advertising strategy of old. “The only way this will work as a short- or long-term model for Facebook is if the ad targeting is so precise that users actually appreciate receiving new messages and offers,” Kinports said. “That’s a fine line to walk.” Tags:#advertising#web last_img read more

Forbes list of the world’s richest people in 2007

first_imgOur fascination with the lifestyles of the rich and famous was in full display during the Liz Hurley-Arun Nayar wedding. Every media outlet had representatives in Jodhpur. They returned with little to show for their efforts but it proved that tracking the lifestyles of the rich and famous is becoming,Our fascination with the lifestyles of the rich and famous was in full display during the Liz Hurley-Arun Nayar wedding. Every media outlet had representatives in Jodhpur. They returned with little to show for their efforts but it proved that tracking the lifestyles of the rich and famous is becoming obsessive and all-pervasive. Nayar and Hurley figure nowhere in the Forbes list of the world’s richest but anyone with a lifestyle to be envied becomes the prime target of the paparazzi.The 2007 Forbes list of the world’s richest means there are even more names to choose from. Forbes listed a record 946 billionaires of which there were 178 newcomers, including 19 Russians, 14 Indians, 13 Chinese and 10 Spaniards, as well as the first billionaires from Cyprus, Oman, Romania and Serbia, showing a greater expanse of wealth across the world. The list shows that the rich are getting richer-and younger.Two-thirds of the billionaires who make up the world’s wealthiest are worth more than they were 12 months ago. The average billionaire’s age fell by two years to 62, and 60 per cent of those on the list started from scratch. Their combined net worth was $3.5 trillion, up from $900 billion. Never in history has there been such an advance. This growth in the billionaires’ list is a reflection of a dynamic global economy.More people are better off than ever before. India added 14 new billionaires since last year to bring its total on the list to 36 with a combined wealth of $191 billion, including three in the top 20, where it was bettered only by the US.advertisementIndia also became home to the most billionaires in Asia, pushing Japan back to the No. 2 spot. More than the money, it is the toys that the rich can afford which provides the most vicarious draw. Private planes with bedrooms and baths, super yachts, exotic cars and expensive-and expansive-mansions or private islands are accessories that separate the rich from the rest of us. However, as our choice of the rich and famous shows, members of the exclusive club are not necessarily super wealthy.They all have panache, a lifestyle that attracts attention, a joi de vivre for the high life and an enjoyment of the spotlight of fame or fortune. To them, we raise a toast, and only Krug Clos du Mesnil 1995, which, at $750 a bottle, is the world’s most expensive champagne, will do.RICHARD BRANSON, 57, EntrepreneurThe Midas TouchFlamboyance, charisma and loads of money have made Richard Branson one of the most recognisable men in the world. He has an estimated net worth of $3.2 million and his life story, a man who started with nothing, is as inspirational as it is king sized.He makes billions off his companies and then bounces around the world in hot-air balloons and private jets, riding elephants in India to inaugurate his airline, bungee jumping in New Zealand and spearheading space tourism. His irreverence, sense of adventure and entrepreneurial skills have become the stuff of corporate legend. Branson’s home in London is a 19thcentury four-storey Holland Park townhouse that doubles as an office.He doesn’t have a driver so he takes cabs around town. He doesn’t carry cash, so the billionaire has to scrounge from colleagues. Branson spends a lot of time on his private island in, where else, but the Virgin Islands. His island, Necker, has 74 acres of beaches, lagoons, palm trees, volcanic rock outcroppings and Balinese-style pavilions. Branson has been super rich for a long time and has indulged his entrepreneurial instinct by starting an astonishing number of ventures.His Virgin Group comprises 350 companies he founded; they made $8.1 billion in revenues in 2005. In an annual poll that asks thousands of consumers to name the five brands that had the greatest impact on their lives, Virgin ranked as the number-two brand in Europe last year, ahead of Nokia, Mini, and BMW, and behind only IKEA.He’s led a charmed life so far-a man with a Midas touch who seems to be able to turn every whim, hobby and surmise into gold. But beneath the showmanship, the seeming effortlessness, and the Boy Billionaire lifestyle, Branson is a tenacious, focused, and creative entrepreneur who has defied the naysayers time and again.HUGH HEFNER, 81, PublisherUltimate PlayboyHugh Hefner is the envy of every red-blooded male for his lifestyle, permanently flanked by beautiful playmates, living in a mansion famous for its lavish parties and celebrity guests and surrounded by all the trappings of hedonism.Age hasn’t slowed him down either. Last April, Hefner celebrated his 80th birthday with weekend-long festivities at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles which included a glamorous pyjama and lingerie party with Playboy Playmates and nearly 1,000 celebrity partygoers.advertisementAge hasn’t slowed down the indefatigable playboy who celebrated his 80th birthday in style, embarking on a whirlwind eight-city tour with his girlfriends on the famous big bunny jet He continued the festivities in Europe as he and his girlfriends embarked on a eight-city tour aboard the celebrated Big Bunny jet, visiting London, Cannes, Paris, Barcelona, Munich, Rome, Pompeii and Venice. It’s not been all play or playboy though. The first issue of Playboy, which featured the now-famous calendar photo of Marilyn Monroe in December 1953, sold 50,000 copies, just enough to pay for paper and printing costs and to finance another issue.Playboy went on to become a huge success because it legitimised pornography by placing it in the context of a sophisticated, liberated bachelor lifestyle.By 1960, the magazine was selling more than a million copies a month. Hefner began to live out the “Good Life” depicted in the pages of his publication. He bought the Playboy Mansion and opened the first Playboy Club. The magazine became the largest-selling, most influential men’s magazine in the world.By 1971, when Playboy Enterprises went public, the magazine was selling seven million copies a month, there were 23 Playboy Clubs, resorts, hotels and casinos with more than 900,000 members worldwide. The company’s assets included book publishing, merchandising, a modeling agency, a limousine service, a record label and a TV and motion picture company.It was an empire ruled by one man. His personal worth, after Playboy went public, has been estimated at $165 million. Hefner may no longer live the Playboy life and the profits may have dipped but he remains a cultural icon. DONALD TRUMP, 61, EntrepreneurArt of the DealIn India, Donald Trump is better known for the TV reality show, The Apprentice. He is also executive producer and earns a reported $3,000,000 per episode, making him one of the highest-paid TV personalities in the world.With Trump, it’s all about money. For decades, America’s most effervescent billionaire has made his wealth a matter of public discourse. He has gained notoriety for his celebrity lifestyle and his real estate successes. It’s tough to go anywhere in New York without facing a building he owns (he owns at present over 18 million sq ft of prime Manhattan real estate).He also expanded into the airline industry (buying the Delta Shuttle routes), and Atlantic City casino business, including the Taj Mahal Casino. The expansion, personal and business, led to mounting debt.For decades, america’s most effervescent billionaire has made his wealth the matter of public discourse. Yet he is one of the world’s most flamboyant and richest men. In the early 1990s, he was in the news for creditor-led bailout, extramarital affairs and an expensive divorce from his first wife Ivana Trump.The late 1990s saw a resurgence in his financial situation. He has investments in financial assets, remains a major figure in the field of casino/hotels.advertisementHis lifestyle is as extravagant as his ego. He never travels anywhere except in his private jet, his personal residence occupies the top three floors of the Trump Tower on upscale Fifth Avenue measuring approximately 30,000 square feet and detailed in bronze, gold, and marble. Worth $50 million, it is one of the most valuable apartments in New York City.He also has a 43,000 sq ft estate on Palm Beach facing the ocean worth $125 million. He also owns the Mar-A-Lago estate in Palm Beach which is a private club valued at $200,000,000.He owns estates at Rancho Palos Verdes, California, the Trump Grande in Florida, apart from the New York properties and has launched a host of other ventures. His latest is GoTrump, an online travel website, dedicated to “the art of the travel deal”.His autobiography was titled The Art of the Deal, and it’s the deals which have made him one of the richest men in the worlOPRAH WINFREY, 53, Talk Show HostPower TalkMost people know Oprah Winfrey as host of the highestrated TV show in history but it’s the money she earns from it and other ventures that have given her a special place in the annals of the rich and famous.Winfrey has remained the only black person wealthy enough to rank among America’s 400 richest people nearly every year since 1995. With an estimated net worth of $1.5 billion, Winfrey is easily the richest African-American of the 20th century.Forbes’ international rich list has listed Winfrey as the world’s only black billionaire in 2004, 2005 and 2006 and as the first black woman billionaire in world history. Apart from her talk show, she is also an influential book critic, an Academy Award-nominated actress, and a magazine publisher.She is also, according to several assessments, the most influential woman in the world. Winfrey lives on “The Promised Land”, her 42-acre ocean and mountain view estate in Montecito, California, outside of Santa Barbara. Rumours state that Winfrey was at a party the previous owners were throwing and fell so in love with the estate that she was reported to have purchased it by writing a personal cheque for $50,000,000, although it was not for sale.Winfrey also owns a house in Lavallette, New Jersey, an apartment in Chicago, an estate on Fisher Island off the coast of Miami, a ski house in Telluride, Colorado and property on the island of Maui, Hawaii. Though unmarried, Winfrey and her partner Stedman Graham have been together for over 20 years.Winfrey says that the reason she never had children was because her students at South Africa’s Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for girls were meant to be her daughters. She is ranked among the world’s biggest philanthropists. Winfrey donates more of her own money to charity than any other show-business celebrity in America.In 2005 she became the first black person listed as one of America’s top 50 most generous philanthropists, having given an estimated $250 million. Her philanthropy has included a $10 million donation to Hurricane Katrina relief. Winfrey also put 100 black men through college with $7 million in scholarships.In 2004, Winfrey travelled to South Africa to bring attention to the plight of young children affected by poverty and AIDS. Oprah’s Angel Network for poor and AIDS-affected children in Africa has attracted over $7,000,000 in donations from around the world, apart from her own personal donation of $40 million.In 2003, Winfrey edged out both Superman and Elvis Presley to be named the greatest pop culture icon of all time and in 2005 Forbes named her the world’s most powerful celebrity.PARIS HILTON, 26, HeiressNatural CelebrityShe’s more in the news for her raunchy image, her sexual encounters, nightclub hopping or getting into trouble but she is an heiress to a fortune and has a lifestyle to match. She was recently pulled up for speeding in her brand-new powder blue Bentley Continental. The $60,000 Bentley was a Christmas present she had gifted herself. Paris Hilton’s superfast ascent to fame just goes to prove that a life that is one endless party is an epicurean feast for the paparazzi. Yet because of that gloss and gross behaviour, it is often forgotten that she is the granddaughter of Barron Hilton, grandniece of Nicholas “Nicky” Conrad Hilton, and daughter of real estate magnate Rick Hilton. The value of her trust fund alone is estimated at $300 million. In every sense, hers was a fairytale story. She grew up in the Presidential Suite at New York City’s poshest hotel, the Waldorf-Astoria, shuttling between the family mansion in Beverly Hills and got her first credit card at age 13.She celebrated her 21st birthday with parties in Tokyo, London, New York, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas at a reported cost of $75,000 each. But there is more to Paris Hilton than stepping out of limousines amid a fireworks display of paparazzi flashbulbs. She is already a TV star after the hit reality show, The Simple Life, and also is starring in two new movies.She’s a natural celebrity. Also a very rich one. Estimates suggest that Paris could earn well over $10 million annually by her own efforts. Her business dealings include a perfume Paris Hilton, Paris loungewear, a jewellery line, and a high-end purse collection.She is a partner in Club Paris, the newest celebrity nightclub chain in Las Vegas and Orlando with plans for New York, Miami and London that will earn her a reportedly seven-figure bonus.Although the Hilton family is involved in a host of ventures apart from 2,000 hotel properties, its Paris who gets the most attention. Still in her 20s, she is already the perfect poster girl for Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.STEVE WYNN, 65, DeveloperMr Las VegasAs one of America’s most flamboyant billionaires, Steve Wynn is perfectly at home in Las Vegas, a city as flashy and, more important, one he helped recreate and reinvent when the lustre had started fading in the 1990s.He owns the Mirage which set new standards for size and lavish scale, the Bellagio resort which set the trend for luxury developments and the 1,000-room Wynn, the only hotel in Vegas to be named after its owner, which cost $100 million a room to construct, so luxurious are the fittings and furniture.The resort, which opened in 2005, also houses his fantastic collection of art, including masterpieces by Van Gogh, Czanne, Picasso, Gauguin, Manet and Andy Warhol. The most talked-about is Le Reve, the Picasso portrait which he purchased in 1997 for $42.4 million, the highest price paid for a Picasso.He had made a deal to sell it for $139 million when he accidentally put his elbow through the canvas while showing the painting to a guest. Naturally, the sale was cancelled. Wynn made more headlines when one of his two daughters was kidnapped in the early 1990s. He paid $1.45 million ransom, securing her safe return.He is a legend in Sin City and is regularly referred to as Mr Las Vegas. He created the most successful displays and attractions, apart from the resorts, including the live volcano outside the Mirage and the hugely-popular synchronised musical fountains outside the Bellagio.Anything he does makes news, including the time he accidentally shot himself, losing a finger in the process, while cleaning his pistol. Unlike Donald Trump, it’s mainly the deal of the art that keeps him in the headlines. Last year, he flew back from New York in his jet carrying two other masterpieces bought at auctions in Christie’s and Sotheby’s.They were Renoir’s “In the Roses” for $23.5 million and Czanne’s self-portrait for $17.3 million. Wynn said the Wynn Collection is “as fine as any private collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist art in the world.” Guests at his Wynn Resorts can view the collection for a $15 entrance fee.Wynn, whose net worth is estimated at $1.8 billion, has a philosophy geared to providing a new experience. Wynn’s is a mega-resort which is the ultimate in luxury and pampering, with a $500 a round golf course nearby, the most expensive in the world. The Tower Suites at Wynns comes with a private gourmet restaurant exclusively for guests of the Tower Suites.Appropriately for Vegas, he constantly bucks the odds. Critics scoffed at his attempt to bring high art to a city like Vegas but in the first year his paintings attracted 625,000 visitors, more than those who came to see the famous magic show by Siegfried & Roy!ROMAN ABRAMOVICH, 40, Oil MagnateNowhere ManRoman Abramovich is one of the youngest and most influential of Russia’s oligarchs. He was relatively unknown until recently-one newspaper offered a reward to the first person to photograph him. Which is surprising considering that he is one of the world’s richest men.He only became known when he bought over famed England football club, Chelsea. In 2006, he was listed by Forbes magazine as the richest Russian, the second richest person in the United Kingdom and the 11th richest person in the world with an estimated fortune of $19.5 billion.Abramovich seems to be making Britain his home. He recently bought a six-storey house in London’s Eaton Square, part of the estate of the Duke of Westminster, said to be worth more than $46 million.He also owns homes in Sussex, Moscow and St. Tropez. Abramovich’s custom-made 300-foot yacht, Le Grand Bleu, worth $90 million, features a helicopter, two hovercraft and a submarine.In 2006, he was listed by forbes as the richest russian, second richest person in britain and 11th richest in the world with a personal worth of $19.5 billionHe flies in a walnut-panelled private Boeing with missile-jamming technology. Abramovich attributes much of his success to the patronage of oil magnate Boris Berezovsky.When Berezovsky fell out with the Putin regime, Abramovich took over his patron’s oil assets and the country’s largest TV network.In 2000, Abramovich expanded his empire to form the multibillion-dollar company Russian Aluminum. Abramovich became governor of Chukotka and he has spent millions of dollars of his own money building new homes, supermarkets, hotels and cinemas in the region.The envious can snigger at his attempts to break into English high society by learning how to play polo but the gossip about Abramovich and the source of his wealth retains its vicarious appeal.GAUTAM SINGHANIA, 41, IndustrialistThe Complete ManRaymond honcho Gautam Hari Singhania is the consummate young tycoon who loves racing cars, jet skis and boats, and not necessarily in that order.A known face on Mumbai’s party circuit, Singhi, as he is fondly called by friends, throws extravagant parties at his farmhouse in Powai, which has the city’s who’s who vying for invites. The party perennial recently took Jodhpur by storm, flying select guests there on his private jet for Liz Hurley and Arun Nayar’s much-publicised wedding.He led the Indian brigade of ‘baraatis’ from the front. Apart from designer threads, the choicest of cars and a fleet of charter planes, Singhania owns a dhow called the Shazma, which has been the venue for many his high-flying social soirees by the sea.Singhania’s latest shiny acquisition is the MY Ashena, a tri-deck luxury yacht, touted as “India’s first and only indigenous yacht”. But it is his love for fast cars and racing that takes precedence over everything else. From a fleet of cars that includes a Ferrari, a sleek Lotus Elise and a Honda S 2000, to driving a Formula One car, his love affair with cars continues.From racing his 400 bhp Ferrari 360 Modena from London to Prague, to putting his Lotus through the rigors at the Speed Run drag meet in Mumbai and flying to Monaco for a F1 Grand Prix weekend, Singhania is a car fanatic like no other.Years ago, he was the first Indian customer of Britain-based Wildside Adrenalin Sports, which offers drivers the ultimate thrill of driving a real Formula One car. And with his keen need for speed, the sky is the limit, literally.The aviation division of his business has a fleet of three helicopters and two business jets, an HS-125 and the latest, a Challenger CL 604. The businessman who took his company from being a textile major to a global conglomerate, brought fashion to the masses with his venture Be.Today, his stable includes brands like Parx and Manzoni and is one of the most respected Indian brands globally.PREITY ZINTA, 32, Bollywood ActressDesigner DreamEnough has been written about the red Valentino Preity Zinta wore to the Filmfare Awards this year. The actress may have returned that particular outfit to Sheetal Mafatlal after donning it for the night, but Zinta is certainly no stranger to international designers. She has become the unofficial brand ambassador for leading luxury brands in India. Thanks to the huge hype and publicity that Hindi films generate overseas, international labels are falling all over each other to dress her up. However, Preity has a soft corner for Chanel and is often seen in its clothes and accessories.The actress has a contrarian style and enjoys perfumes for men. Her alltime favourite is Envy and Gucci for Men. Like any other woman, her obsession is shoes and then perhaps bags. And talking of shoes, you can’t not have a Jimmy Choo in your wardrobe if you have a shoe fetish.To match the international labels she flaunts, zinta indulges in a fair bit of shoe therapy. She once paid rs 68,000 for a pair of sandals. One of the very few Hindi film actresses who know their Chanel from their Cavalli, Zinta not only wears these designers on screen but also at social soirees.While Louis Vuitton and Gucci clothes and accessories were spilling from her wardrobe in Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna, off screen Zinta is often clad in a Manish Malhotra or a Surily Goel. Clothes, of course, aren’t her only indulgence.To match the international labels she flaunts, Zinta also indulges in a fair bit of shoe therapy. The actress reportedly once paid 1,200 Euro (Rs 68,000) for a pair of sandals.The actress has been in the industry for nine years now and moved into her own sprawling apartment in mid-2005. A number of people in suburban Mumbai have also seen her zipping in her black Lexus SUV that she used to drive till sometime ago. Home aside, when the high-flying actress wants a break, she often holidays in Australia and Thailand where she was when the tsunami struck.However, her ambition is to buy a villa in France and holiday in Greece. In fact, she brought in 2007 skiing in Colorado. International luxury brands see in Zinta an unofficial brand ambassador, which is why Sheetal Mafatlal dressed her up in a red Valentino for this year’s movie awards.CYRUS POONAWALLA, 65, BusinessmanA Breed ApartFrom private jets to thoroughbred racehorses and a stable of the world’s most expensive cars, Pune-based biotech entrepreneur Cyrus Poonawalla features in Forbes’ The World Billionaires 2007 list.The Poonawalla stud farm has bred eight India Derby winners six years in a row, 218 classic victories, a feat yet unequalled. This reticent billionaire is truly a breed apart. His Pune mansion houses not only a private discotheque but also a giant garage that houses a six-door Mercedez Benz, a Ferrari Modena Spider, Lexus, Pontiac, a fleet of limousines and a custom-made Rolls Royce.He favours Brioni suits and owns an expensive collection of watches. You are likely to spot him driving to a race course in his limousine with a champagne flute for company. The Poonawalla family sponsors the Poonawalla Breeder’s Multi-Million Classic Race, along with the Magic Million and the Cartier Million.The Poonawalla’s Breeder’s Multi-Million race guarantees a prize of Rs 50 lakh, one of the biggest in the country. Poonawalla cuts an impressive figure on the turf. He pays many a flying visits to Mumbai during the racing season which is why he owns a Citation jet, shares a helicopter with the Singhanias and has lately acquired another toy-a Bombardier Lear Jet.His passion for cars is legendary from the time he designed Cydon (Cyrus-Don) at the age of 21 with his buddy Don Patrick. And his passion for cars, horses and fine living have been inherited by his young son Adar Poonawalla. The young man wears Saville Row suits and entertains friends in his own private discotheque-cum movie theatre at home.One of the emerging faces of corporate India, he loves to sport Gucci and Dolce & Gabanna. From a home where the central room has a dome adorned with reproductions of Michelangelo’s masterpieces from the Sistine Chapel, to visiting galleries and museums in Dresden and Vienna, Cyrus loves his art.And this horse lover’s ideal vacation activity is visiting racing events at Aspen, Hong Kong and Dubai. These are what are called thoroughbred tastes.PAUL ALLEN, 54, Tech EntrepreneurBehind The GatesBill Gates hogs all the limelight as the world’s richest man but it is Microsoft’s more exuberant co-founder who makes the bigger splash for the way he spends his own fortune-now about $16 billion.In the Microsoft legend, Paul Allen is the quirky half of his boyhood friend Gates. Though Allen’s financial worth is overshadowed by that of Gates and his $53 billion net worth, Allen is happy to bask in the background while he thinks of ways to spend his billions.He is the sixth-richest man in the world and owns an array of toys that would make Vijay Mallya jealous. His 416-foot yacht ‘Octopus’, with its crew of 60, is the fourth longest in the world. He also owns two helicopters, a submarine and a remote-controlled vehicle for trawling the ocean floor.He is the sixth richest man in the world and the flashier face of microsoft. He owns an array of expensive toys, including a submarine as well as two professional sports teams. Allen built a $240-million popular culture museum in Seattle that has a huge collection of Jimi Hendrix memorabilia. The Experience Music Project was designed in the shape of a broken guitar by renowned architect Frank Gehry.He also owns two professional sports teams, the NFL Sea Hawks and the NBA Trailblazers, and is the flashier face of Microsoft. Where he tries to compete with Gates is in philanthropy.In 2006, Allen donated $50 million-about 5 per cent of his total wealth-to various charities and foundations. It’s a drop in the ocean compared to Bill and Melinda Gates who spend about 35 per cent of their net worth on charity. Allen said he was motivated to give to scientific research because of his experience with cancer.His Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame have a ray gun collection. Allen’s philanthropic gifts-$800 million to predominantly American causes-are just as eclectic. He gave $250,000 to the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians to help bridge the “digital divide”. With $100 million, he set up the Allen Institute for Brain Science and donated $13.5 million to the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence.His personal life is equally offbeat. Still single at 54, Allen has been linked to actresses and to tennis pro Monica Seles. He continues to live in his hometown on Mercer Island with his mother and sister.He plays guitar in an amateur rock band and has a recording studio aboard his yachtBERNARD ARNAULT, 58, TycoonLord of LogosHe presides over a $40.5-billion empire of the world’s most prestigious brands, including Louis Vuitton (the most profitable luxury brand in the world), Christian Dior, Guerlain, Givenchy, Fendi and Moet & Chandon.He also owns the Chaumet luxury jewellery brand, Ebel and Zenith watches, Make Up For Ever cosmetics, Phillips auction house, shirtmaker Thomas Pink, Donna Karan fashion lines, Krug champagne, Tag Heuer watches and the vineyard which produces the most expensive wine in the world, Chateau d’Yquem.His acquisition of high-end brands have made Bernard Arnault the king of luxury. He is France’s richest man and chairman and major shareholder of the world’s largest luxury goods conglomerate LVMH (Mot Hennessy Louis Vuitton) and a seventh place ranking on the Forbes’ World’s Richest People list, with a personal net worth of $21.5 billion.He can raise a glass of dom perignon champagne, button his dior suit, splash on some givenchy cologne, adjust his tag heuer watch and declare: “all these are mine.” Arnault is something of an enigma in France. What is clear that he is obsessed with big brand names, of which LVMH owns 50 at last count. He recently flew back from Rome in his private plane where he and his concert pianist wife Helene were celebrating their acquisition of luxury leather goods brand, Fendi.Ask him if he has any vices apart from the chocolate beans he loves, and he replies: “Chateau d’Yquem”, referring to the molten-gold dessert wine he liked so much that he wrested the vineyard away from a disunited aristocratic family. That’s what makes Bernard Arnault run-and not just round the tennis court he plays on with his personal coach.The French tycoon is one man who can raise a glass of Dom Perignon champagne, button his custom-made Dior suit, splash on some Givenchy cologne, adjust his Tag Heuer watch and declare: “All these are mine”. Arnault’s latest venture is a major contemporary arts centre in Paris and the 6,000 sq mt space is going to be designed by Frank Gehry, the architect who created the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.It will include his own personal collection of contemporary art, considered one of the finest in the world.last_img read more

All Of A Sudden The Rockets Are Dominant On Defense Too

Related: The Lab Back in October, when Draymond Green of the Warriors was asked to assess the Rockets’ offseason efforts to narrow the gap between Houston and Golden State, Green didn’t mince words.“They want [a matchup with us] to be a shootout, which is fine,” he said. “But we’re gonna play some defense. Yeah, we score pretty well. But we’re a damn good defensive team, too.” Green, last season’s defensive player of the year, was clearly implying that the same couldn’t be said for Houston, which ranked in the lower half of the league defensively the past two seasons.Green also seized upon a remark from Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni about neither team being able to stop the other. “I don’t know how serious they take defense with that comment,” he said.But a quarter of the way through the season, that question is no longer up for debate: Houston’s defense is elite, and it could finally make the Rockets balanced enough to challenge Golden State. This Might Be James Harden’s Year With an immense focus on the Houston offense — specifically, its addition of nine-time All-Star Chris Paul and its continuing 3-point shot crusade — the team’s vast improvement on defense has flown beneath the radar. Entering Thursday’s game with the red-hot Utah Jazz, Houston’s defense is surrendering just 100.9 points per 100 possessions, fifth-best in the league. That defensive rating is slightly better than the Warriors’ and represents a night-and-day difference from last season, when the Rockets ranked just 18th, allowing 106.4 points per 100 possessions.A handful of things explain why the club’s defense has performed so well after a pair of lackluster defensive seasons. Among them: The Rockets have gotten much better at protecting the rim and other high-value spots on the court that once troubled them; the team’s weakest defenders are performing better (or getting luckier?) than they did in the past; and Houston has used its own scoring ability to pay dividends on the other end.Of course many of these improvements, if not all of them, stem from the same thing: the club’s getting solid, versatile defenders during the offseason. Paul’s track record on that end is well chronicled — he’s a perennial leader in steals. But because he was replacing fellow all-defensive first-team member Patrick Beverley, other pickups have had even greater opportunities to take the unit to new heights.Wing players PJ Tucker and Luc Mbah a Moute have been game changers for this defense, giving the Rockets — who already had one of the league’s very best perimeter defenders in an overburdened Trevor Ariza — the ability to switch assignments on the fly when teams set screens against them. They communicate well and don’t get lost backdoor (an area the Rockets struggled mightily with last season). And because both players are tall and strong enough to defend three different positions, Houston can use extremely quick smallball lineups with them, Paul and MVP candidate James Harden, who for years was criticized for his inattentive defense.To get a sense of how just valuable Tucker and Mbah a Moute have been as primary and help defenders, consider this: The Rockets are allowing just 94.1 points per 100 possessions with that duo on the floor this season, third-best in the NBA among two-man lineups that have shared at least 300 minutes together thus far. (Only Boston’s Terry Rozier and Marcus Smart and OKC’s Paul George and Andre Roberson have been better.) At times, Houston almost looks as though it’s playing a zone — with each defender responsible for a man and a half — because of how synchronized the defense is with Tucker and Mbah a Moute. Watch here, as the Nets struggle to get anywhere near the lane because of how every ballhandler sees two Rockets ready to make a play on the ball.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Even when only one of them is in the game, reigning Sixth Man of the Year Eric Gordon, who has been fantastic this season on both ends, is another option aside from Ariza. And because of the trust that Tucker and Mbah a Moute have helped establish, Clint Capela and Nene, the team’s bigs, have felt comfortable wandering farther out on the perimeter to meet opposing ballhandlers. That was often a big mistake last season, when the Rockets ranked dead last in rim protection and allowed opponents to shoot 67 percent from inside the restricted area. (This season, Houston has leaped into the top half of the league on that defensive metric.)With smarter, more switchable defenders on the floor, the Rockets have also taken away many of the corner 3-point opportunities that were there for opponents in years past. And so far this season, Houston ranks among the NBA’s top 10 in limiting those attempts. That’s a big shift from last year, when the Rockets were among the 10 worst teams at stifling 3-point attempts from the corner, and the year before, when Houston’s opponents took a greater share of their 3-point attempts from the corner than any other team’s.Perhaps the biggest shift that has taken place this season: Out of nowhere, Houston has become the NBA’s best defensive-rebounding club, nabbing 81.4 percent of opponent’s misses. Limiting second chances is key for the Rockets, who ranked 21st last year and were last in 2015-16, Dwight Howard’s final season with the team.None of this is to say that the Rockets aren’t capable of backsliding on defense. One area they haven’t gotten better in, transition defense, is something an uptempo team like the Warriors could exploit. (We illustrated last season that Harden — despite his ridiculous passing ability — often gets back on defense slowly after a turnover or what he perceives to be a missed call.) And even though the Rockets have had no issues getting stops in half-court situations, there are indications that they’ve been the beneficiaries of good fortune at times. Only three teams (Cleveland, Orlando and New York) are surrendering higher-quality shots than Houston, according to data from Second Spectrum.Some of those looks have stemmed from opponents getting wide-eyed when they see an opportunity to go 1-on-1 against Harden or the slow-footed Ryan Anderson,1Anderson does look far better defensively than he has in years past, in part because of some weight he dropped during the offseason. who has been isolated more than anyone this season outside of the Lakers’ Julius Randle. Both players have held their own — especially Harden, who’s allowing one of the lowest scoring rates among guards2Who defend at least one isolation play per game and have played in at least 15 games. on those plays, according to data from Synergy Sports Technology. But it’s unclear whether that would hold up for an entire season (Anderson’s case is worth watching, because teams are challenging him 2.5 times a game).If anything, though, there’s reason to suspect that the Rockets could get even better on defense before the season concludes. Much has been made of the Harden-Paul duo, which has yet to fully jell because of Paul’s early-season injury. But if those two figure out how to play off each other and make an already impeccable offense even better, it will pay enormous dividends on the other side of the ball.Houston is sloppy with the ball and bad in transition defense, but they lead the NBA in defensive efficiency after a made basket this season, allowing just 95 points per 100 possessions, according to Inpredictable.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.So, when it’s Rockets vs. Warriors, we aren’t going to see a 1990s-style Eastern Conference slugfest, in which the first team to 90 points wins, break out anytime soon. These teams shoot too well for that to happen. But it’s time to stop wondering whether Houston has the defensive horses to be mentioned in the same sentence with Golden State — this Rockets team is different. read more

Eight Buckeye athletes inducted into Athletics Hall of Fame

Members of the Ohio State Hall of Fame class of 2016 were inducted on Friday, Sept. 9 at the Ohio Union. Credit: OSU Athletics.The Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame welcomed eight new members this Friday, including two of the greatest basketball players ever to play at Ohio State.The new members are Evan Turner (men’s basketball), Jantel Lavender (women’s basketball), John Machado (baseball), Justin Kronauge (men’s tennis), Dan Taylor (men’s track and field), Sam Marder (softball), Randall Larson (diving) and Paul Zelenak (pistol).Headlining the class are the two basketball stars, Turner and Lavender, who both ended their Ohio State careers among their respective team’s all time leading scorers.Turner, who was taken with the second overall pick back in the 2010 NBA draft, played both guard and forward for three seasons (2007-2010) at Ohio State and helped lead the club to a 2008 National Invitational Tournament championship, runner-up in the 2009 Big Ten Conference Men’s Basketball tournament and then to victory in the conference tournament the following season.During Turner’s career, he led the Big Ten in scoring in both his sophomore and his junior season. Turner currently sits 18th on the all-time Ohio State scoring list with 1,517 points. He was also an All-Big Ten player in his two final seasons and a first team consensus All-American in his junior season. On Feb. 16, 2015, Turner’s number was retired during the Ohio State vs Michigan game.Turner said that he has been humbled by everything that has gone on to celebrate his legacy as a Buckeye.“The Ohio State is so close to my heart,” Turner said. “To be able to come back here and get honored, to be able to do things most guys aren’t able to do is a blessing. Like I said, I’m a big Buckeye. This is all unreal to me still.”Even after looking back at a career that has spanned six seasons in the NBA to this point, Turner still remembers his time fondly at Ohio State, saying that it is where he has had “the best memories.”“Still sometimes I go to my mom’s house and look at the trophies and things I was able to do here,” Turner said. “We were able to accomplish that, I was able to be a part of that, that’s unreal and to be appreciated for your hard work and your efforts is always a blessing.”The other basketball star joining the ranks of Buckeye immortality is all time leading scorer of the women’s basketball team Jantel Lavender. Over her four year career at Ohio State, Lavender averaged 20.7 points per game and totaled 2818 points and collected 1422 rebounds (most all-time in Big Ten women’s basketball history). Lavender played from 2007-2011 and reached double-digit scoring totals in all 136 games, an NCAA record. She is also the only athlete in the history of the Big Ten to be given the title of Big Ten Player of the Year in every season she played.During her tenure, Lavender led the Scarlet and Gray to three Big Ten regular season titles, three tournament titles, an appearance in the NCAA tournament in every season and a pair of Sweet 16 appearances.After her career at Ohio State was over, she was drafted with the fifth overall pick in the 2011 WNBA draft by the Los Angeles Sparks and was named an All-Star in 2015.Lavender has looked back on her successful career with a lot of pride and has felt that it is a tremendous milestone to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.“For me to become just eligible to be in the Hall of Fame and to be inducted, it’s unbelievable,” Lavender said. “I don’t think it’s really hit me 100% yet. I just know I put in so much work and I put myself forward to the game and gave my teammates so much that I think it’s well deserving and I’m happy about it and I’m just happy to be here.”The new Hall of Fame inductees will be honored at halftime of Saturday’s football game against Tulsa. read more

Chelsea need quick resolution

first_imgGianfranco Zola wants Chelsea to resolve the managerial situation quickly, according to Sky Sports.The Blues legend is hoping that his former club resolves the current uncertainty regarding the managerial position at the club whilst also refusing to deny speculation linking him with a move back to the club.Former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri has been heavily linked with the position but Antonio Conte still remains in charge of the Stamford Bridge.The Napoli boss  is keen on the Chelsea managerial position but Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis is demanding compensation before releasing the 59-year-old.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.Sarri has a backroom staff in place which includes Zola, and the former Chelsea forward is keen to see the matter resolved as quickly as possible for the good of the club.“I really hope whatever happens, happens quickly. I am in a tight situation because the speculation involves me as well,” said Zola.“It’s difficult because we are talking about two coaches I respect a lot, for me to say more on this is very hard. I hope a quick solution is found for both parties.”Zola who is adored by fans of Chelsea admitted he would relish a return to Stamford Bridge.last_img read more