Cagliari fire Maran, hire Zenga

first_imgCAGLIARI (AP):Cagliari fired Rolando Maran yesterday amid an 11-match winless streak in Serie A and hired Walter Zenga as their new coach.The move came two days after a 4-3 loss at home against Roma left the Sardinian club in 11th place.Zenga, the former Inter Milan and Italy goalkeeper whose most recent job was at Venezia, was given a contract through next season.Cagliari had exceeded expectations with their strong start to the season, which had them contending for the Champions League places with a 13-match unbeaten streak from the third through the 15th rounds. But the squad has been in a downward spiral since December.Maran was in his second season in charge of Cagliari.It’s the 13th coaching change in the 20-team Italian league this season.last_img

Skyliner Merchandise is Retro Cool

first_imgShare This!Disney’s Skyliner overhead gondola transportation system opened this weekend. Several members of the TouringPlans team have ridden and the reports are nearly all positive. Seriously, you’re actually soaring over Walt Disney World. How cool is that!If you fall in love with the Skyliner, there’s plenty of merchandise available to help you advertise your allegiance. The clean lines on the artwork feel very mid-century retro, just a step or two removed from classic TWA or PanAm airline artwork. Have you tried Skyliner? What do you think of the merchandise?Photos: Christina Harrisonlast_img

airberlin axes long-haul as carve-up talks continue.

first_imgOfficials hope 80 per cent of the airberlin workforce will stay employed. Photo: Christian Brinkmann/airberlin. Bankrupt German carrier airberlin will cease long-haul flying by October 15 as leasing companies progressively withdraw widebody Airbus A330 jets.The airline on  Monday cancelled its Dusseldorf-Los Angeles service and said it would axe its Hamburg- Munich and Cologne/Bonn- Munich services from September 29.The moves come as the board is negotiating to carve up the company between preferred bidders Lufthansa and Britain’s easyJet.  Among those also bidding was British Airways parent IAG.Talks are set to continue with the suitors until October 12 and the parties are not revealing the purchase price. However, German media have reported creditors expect the sale to realise 250-350 million euros.“Further adjustments to the flight plan will follow in the coming days,’’ airberlin  said in a statement. “Stable flight operations are a prerequisite for the successful completion of the forthcoming transactions and subsequent transfer into new ownership.”Officials overseeing the break-up of Germany’s second biggest carrier hope that up to 80 per cent of employees will stay in work as part of the deal.They said  an offer from Lufthansa for turboprop arm  Luftverkehrsgesellschaft Walter (LGW), the Austrian holiday airline NIKI and parts of airberlin would save several thousand jobs.EasyJet’s offer to take over some of the airberlin fleet “will also create job opportunities for new employees’’.“We are on the way to achieving good job prospects for around 80 per cent of our colleagues with our bidders,’’ said airberlin chief executive Thomas Winkelmann.“Furthermore, there is currently great demand for qualified employees on the labour market.“The Federal Employment Office will therefore inform our company headquarters in Berlin about available vacancies.”Airberlin entered administration after loss-making Gulf carrier Etihad, which owns almost 30 per cent or the carrier, refused to stump more cash. It was kept flying thanks to a 150-million-euro German government bridging loan the administrators are now optimistic can be repaid.Lufthansa has indicated it would take about 3000 of the airberlin’s workforce of more than 8000 as it looks to secure more than 70 single-aisle planes, including 38 it already leases.However, the chief representative from administrator Kebekus and Zimmerman, Frank Kebekus, cautioned that the carrier had “not yet achieved the aim of the negotiations”.In what appeared to be a move to short circuit any backlash from staff, Kebekus warned any move to threaten the stability of flight operations would endanger the negotiations.Almost 200 pilots called in sick at short notice earlier this month, causing the company to cancel 110 flights.Insolvency administrator Lucas Flother also rejected suggestions that politics had played a role in the in selecting investors as “completely absurd’’.“In fact, such attempts would be pointless and inconsequential,’’Flother said. “I would simply not allow such a thing to happen.’Bids for  airberlin technick, the carrier’s maintenance arm, are due by October 6 and several parties are said to have expressed interest.last_img read more

10 of the best online resources for education (and many are free!)

first_imgCreativity and StorytellingZooBurstWith ZooBurst, storytellers can create online 3D pop-up books on PCs or tablets, which can be linked to or embedded on a web page. Authors/creators can find images and combine them with text to create narrative content. Augmented reality is a really neat touch – hold up printed out pages in front of a webcam and it’ll come alive in 3D.ComicLifeUsing digital photos found in libraries, online or taken in real-life, teachers and students can create comic pages to create high-impact and memorable stories with ComicLife. Children might be more easily persuaded to engage in material which is visually compelling, using their creativity and imagination to create their own narratives.PixtonWith the emergence of graphic novels as legitimate reading material, comics have become particularly interesting to educators, bridging the gap between learning and entertainment. With Pixton, teachers create classroom sites, which students join to use a step-by-step comic creator. They build their own visual stories, indulging their artistic and creative sides.StorybirdWith Storybird, teachers and students can create their own narratives through a free online social community, combining their own words with a library of unique curated art supplied by artists. These stories, which could be about any subject (such as science or history) can be shared or even printed for a fee.I Can PresentGreen-screen technology is not something you associate with teaching, but with I Can Present it’s possible to become broadcast journalists by creating and filming presentations in front of appropriate backgrounds uploaded using image files, combined with the use of a teleprompter. An interesting way to build speaking, listening and creative writing skills. To receive further resources and information like this, sign up to our Intel Education Newsletter Follow us on Twitter or FacebookDiscover more about how Intel is powering innovation in education The internet offers numerous online resources for education. However due to the vast array of tools available it can often be confusing for teachers, students and parents to decide which ones to use and which ones really assist in student learning. In order to help you out, and for our own interest, we asked our Intel Education Ambassadors to list their favourite ones.For a bit of background information, the majority of our Ambassadors are teachers themselves. They are also, to a greater or lesser degree, involved in deciding which technologies find their way into the classrooms of their schools and colleges. They therefore have first-hand experience of using these online tools and resources in the classroom and knowledge of which ones really engage their students.As the list did grow quite long, we’ve split them into those focused on collaboration and communication, and those on creativity and storytelling – though there’s naturally some crossover. Many of the resources are ideally suited to 2 in 1 devices, allowing as they do individual input through a traditional keyboard, and further collaboration and presentation in a tablet form.We hope you find them both useful and inspirational. Visit the Intel Education website for more thought-provoking content.center_img Collaboration and CommunicationToday’s MeetToday’s Meet is a tool which helps teachers generate real-time digital conversations about topics covered in the classroom through easy-to-create chat rooms. These are flexible enough to carry wider conversations between different classes and conduct other useful collaborative tasks.ScribblarScribblar allows the creation of online whiteboards encouraging collaboration between students and teachers. Multiple users can use the whiteboards for drawing, writing and downloading images on different devices such as mobiles, tablets and laptop PCs, communicating through messages or voice chat.CreatelyA business productivity tool that may also be useful for older students. Creately is a tool which allows users to create many different types of diagram, including mind maps and flowcharts. Teachers could also use it in subjects like Chemistry and Maths, such as the creation of Venn diagrams and other projects to share with students.Bubbl.usVisual aids such as mind maps and flowcharts can be useful in education, allowing students to learn visually – very effective in aiding memory and organising thoughts. Bubbl.us allows children and teachers to get stuck in with building these types of diagram in the cloud, which they can then share with others.SeesawSeesaw is a tool which allows students to create their own online journals or portfolios, allowing teachers to see their digital and physical work (captured through photography) all in one place. They can also add text and voice recordings to these which allow them to look back and develop an academic voice. Teachers can also share items with parents when required. last_img read more

WATCH: Di Maria hits hat-trick for PSG

first_imgSochaux v PSG VIDEO: Di Maria hits hat-trick in PSG Coupe de France triumph at Sochaux Seth Vertelney 06:30 2/7/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Angel Di Maria Sochaux PSG Coupe de France 06022018 Getty Sochaux v PSG PSG Sochaux Coupe de France Videos The Argentine star continued his fine form by scoring three times against the Ligue 2 side PSG star Angel Di Maria hit a hat-trick in his side’s 4-1 win at Sochaux on Tuesday in the Coupe de France.The win took the three-time defending champions into the quarter-final stage of the competition.Di Maria opened the scoring in the game’s first minute, getting his head on an inch-perfect cross from Kylian Mbappe to give PSG an early lead at the Stade Auguste Bonal. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player With his side up 2-1, Di Maria put the game to bed with a pair of goals in a four-minute span in the second half. Marco Verratti sent Di Maria through in the 58th minute and the Argentine finished emphatically for his second.Four minutes later, Di Maria completed his treble as he bundled home a rebound in cheeky fashion from an Edinson Cavani strike. It was the first hat-trick for Di Maria in the top five European leagues, as the Argentine had not scored a treble since his time at Benfica.  Since the turn of the year, Di Maria has now scored nine goals in 10 appearances in all competitions for PSG.Angel di Maria started fast and kept it going, picking up a hat-trick for PSG. pic.twitter.com/5OFInonqra— Goal (@goal) February 6, 2018With nine goals and six assists, the 29-year-old has been involved in the most goals for PSG in 2018. You can watch his full hat-trick in the video above.last_img read more

WATCH: Tylan Wallace Impressing at Under Armour All-America Game Practice

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Oklahoma State wide receiver recruit Tylan Wallace, a senior prospect from Fort Worth South Hills, is showcasing his talents in Orlando this week. The four-star receiver earned an invite to become an Under Armour All-American, and as a result he gets to spend the last week in December in the sunshine state preparing for the All-American game on Jan. 1.He’s looking pretty good. ESPN recruiting guru Gerry Hamilton called him an instant impact player for OSU. Here he is in practice taking a pass in drills.#GoPokes WR commit @OfficialTylan2 at Under Armour @AllAmericaGame practice. Instant impact player for Cowboys. pic.twitter.com/LLoQafWuOj— Gerry Hamilton (@HamiltonESPN) December 28, 2016Boyyyy is he smooth in and out of his breaks.  He isn’t the tallest receiver at 6-foot, nor is he the fastest receiver a la Tyreek Hill. But he’s a smooth, polished receiver who runs precise routes, and is best known for his homerun threat. He finished his high school career to go down as one of the most productive receivers in all of Texas high school football history: 56 total touchdowns, 3,760 receiving yards and 577 yards rushing. That’s quite lethal.Here’s some of his gear for the UA All-American game.https://twitter.com/OfficialTylan2/status/813960467022548992Yep, yep…everything is bigger in the home state of Texas! Under Armour @AllAmericaGame cleats 2017. #Texas pic.twitter.com/CfdSqPLdUb— Gerry Hamilton (@HamiltonESPN) December 27, 2016Tylan will become OSU’s highest rated receiver to sign with Oklahoma State since … Dez Bryant. Check out his senior highlights below and you’ll see why recruiting scouts are gushing about the South Hills senior.last_img read more

Three-star DE Tyler Lacy Making Oklahoma State Visit

first_imgOklahoma State is expected to host defensive end prospect Tyler Lacy for an unofficial visit this weekend, a source told Pistols Firing.Lacy was offered a scholarship by the Cowboys during a recent unofficial visit just two weeks ago — his 12th Division I offer in total. He’s ranked as a three-star prospect by Rivals.At 6-foot-4 and 238 pounds, Lacy is an ideal fit for OSU at the strong side rusher position and has the frame to grow into a monster off the edge.Lacy also holds offers from Texas Tech, UTSA, Arkansas State, Marshall and others. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Most Players Grab Rebounds Tyson Chandler Swats Them

Gauging the value of center Tyson Chandler has never been the easiest basketball exercise.The 17-year veteran has made his name in the NBA as a stellar rim protector, earning the Defensive Player of the Year award in 2011-12. But looking solely at his work on the defensive side of the ball would be selling him a bit short, given how well he has served as a lob specialist and a vertical floor-spacer in pick-and-roll situations.And then, of course, there’s the fact that Chandler — the newest member of the Lakers after a buyout from the Phoenix Suns — is perhaps the best player in NBA history at securing rebounds … without actually securing them.The cerebral 36-year-old has long excelled at what should be known as Tyson Tapbacks: volleyball-like plays in which he swats his club’s misfires toward half-court, where his teammates are more likely to come up with the ball. FiveThirtyEight reviewed every offensive rebound Chandler has obtained since the start of the 2013-14 season1Regular season only. and found that he has generated at least 140 tapbacks in that span. In other words, about 15 percent of his offensive boards during the past five-plus years have stemmed from this play.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/TysonTapbacks.mp400:0000:0003:30Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The natural question, of course, is how someone would become so good at such a counterintuitive skill, given that players would obviously prefer to grab misses with both hands. Chandler has suggested that he stumbled onto the strategy.“Once I started getting double-teamed and boxed out, I realized, ‘OK, I can’t get to my full jump — I’ll be getting over-the-back calls all the time,’” the 7-foot-1 Chandler wrote in The Players’ Tribune a few years back. “So I started jumping like I do on a jump ball and batting it with one hand to my teammates. Now it’s funny because I see other big men do it.” In the same piece, Chandler also mentioned that rebounding that way likely cost him from a statistical standpoint for some years, as scorekeeping officials probably weren’t initially crediting him with boards for his backtaps.2With this in mind, FiveThirtyEight’s analysis covers only plays in which Chandler was credited with having snagged an offensive rebound.Chandler, who’s used this method for the better part of a decade, isn’t alone with his unusual, hard-to-track rebounding style. The move is a distant cousin of a strategy employed by Hall of Famer and NBA rebounding legend Dennis Rodman, who would often tip rebounds to himself while in traffic until he could secure the ball. Retired Pistons star Ben Wallace, also one of the best rebounders of all time, used the strategy every so often, too. And players like Brook and Robin Lopez have collected defensive accolades in recent years despite grabbing relatively few boards because they box out so well — an unselfish approach that boosts their teammates’ rebounding stats.Chandler certainly doesn’t lack ability as a traditional offensive rebounder. He’s still elite at generating offense from teammates’ misses — his career offensive rebound percentage ranks third among active players — and he has finished in the NBA’s top 10 in putback frequency3Tracking the share of a player’s offense that stems from a shot attempt immediately after securing an offensive rebound. Minimum of 75 putback possessions required. each of the past three seasons, according to Synergy Sports.It’s worth noting that not all of Chandler’s tapback efforts will be successful. (Laker fans, of course, have fond memories of the sport’s most infamous tapback, when Vlade Divac tipped the ball out to Robert Horry, who hit a game-winning three in the Western Conference finals.) Every now and then, he may toss one out of bounds by mistake, or throw one into the hands of a defensive player who happens to be in better position than one of Chandler’s teammates.But there are indications that Chandler’s tapback rebounds may carry a bit more weight than a typical offensive rebound.Chandler has already displayed clutch timing with his signature play — he’s come up with huge tapbacks already for the Lakers in the last four minutes of games against Miami, Atlanta and Minnesota. But the play also often creates high-value shots for teammates because of how flustered it leaves opponents, who have already crashed the defensive glass and aren’t in ideal position to run out and contest perimeter shooters.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/TapbacksIntoBuckets.mp400:0000:0003:11Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.An analysis of Big Data Ball play-by-play logs shows that the offensively challenged Suns launched shot attempts a tenth of a second quicker than league average — and shot 3 points of effective field goal percentage better than usual4Going from a 43.4 percent effective field goal rate to a 46.5 percent effective field goal rate. — following a nonputback offensive rebound while Chandler was on the court5So excluding attempts that were within 2 feet of the basket or within 2 seconds of the offensive board. last season. The improved efficiency may have been at least partly due to the extra space shooters enjoyed from Chandler’s occasional tapbacks.And while the one-time All-Star has already proven his worth to the Lakers, who have gone 5-1 since signing Chandler, there are reasons to think that they could benefit from more of the Tyson Tapback. Entering Tuesday night, the club ranked ninth in jump-shooting6Meaning shots ranging from 10 to 35 feet. efficiency when the closest defender was at least 4 feet away. By contrast, the Lakers rank 21st when defenders are any closer than that, according to Second Spectrum. So it might be best for Los Angeles to get more open looks from outside.With time, the Lakers could even benefit from better understanding Chandler’s tapback patterns. In December 2012, Chandler told his teammates on the Knicks during a late-game timeout against the Nets to be prepared for him to tap the ball toward the perimeter on a miss.“I told the guys before we went out there I was getting grabbed and held down. I said, ‘I can’t come up with the rebound, so be ready. Don’t run away so quick because I’m probably going to get my hands on it and tap it out. So be ready to retrieve it,’” he said. Then, like clockwork, Chandler tapped out a rebound to get the Knicks an extra possession, and Jason Kidd — who had won the 2011 title in Dallas with Chandler — hit a game-winning triple on the next sequence.So while Chandler’s 3 points per game might make it easy to overlook his impact on that side of the ball, keep in mind that his value — even on the offensive end — generally goes far beyond that.Neil Paine contributed to this article.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

Ohio States run ends at Final Four

The Ohio State women’s soccer team’s (17-5-1) historic season came to a halt in Cary, N.C. on Friday, when the Buckeyes fell in the Final Four to Notre Dame (20-2-2) 1-0. “We always talk about extending the season as long as we can, until you run into a great opponent and I think Notre Dame handed us some things tonight that was very difficult for us to sort through,” OSU coach Lori Walker said. The Fighting Irish out-shot the Buckeyes 22-7, however failed to find the back of the Buckeyes net until Mandy Laddish scored in the 83rd minute of action. “Our defense got crossed up a little bit and they were able to place it a little wide and she was able to sneak it into the post,” OSU junior goalkeeper Katie Baumgardner said. “I tried to cover as well as I could but it ended up going a little higher than expected.” Baumgardner finished with a career-high 10 saves. OSU junior forward Paige Maxwell attempted to answer back the Fighting Irish in the 89th with what was the Buckeyes’ best scoring opportunity of the game, but her shot over Notre Dame goalkeeper Nikki Weiss hit the left post. “I got robbed. It was our turn to get robbed. They got robbed a few times. The soccer gods were not in our favor on that one,” Maxwell said. “I just wanted to get that ball in there. I was hoping it would go in. It just landed right on the outside. I was trying to fight for the team. I just got unlucky.” With the win, Notre Dame advances to Sunday’s championship game to face Stanford (23-0-2), who beat Boston College (17-7-1) 2-0 in its Final Four match-up. This season marked the first time that the Buckeyes had advanced to the Final Four in program history. It was also the first season that the Buckeyes earned a share of the Big Ten title, which they shared with Penn State. “I’m so proud of the squad and the season they’ve had and the things this team and this program have accomplished,” Walker said. Heading into 2011, Buckeyes will lose five seniors from this year’s squad, although there remains a chance that the 2010 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, Cassie Dickerson, will be granted a sixth year of eligibility due to injuries. In addition to Dickerson, the Buckeyes will return Maxwell, the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, and All-Big Ten first team selection Tiffany Cameron. read more