Williams edges Kvitova for 1st US Open semifinal since 2010

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ “Definitely felt like a special match. No easy moments, not easy to hold serve or break serve,” Williams said. “This match meant a lot to me, obviously, playing at home and, of course, it being a major.”The 37-year-old Williams, who won titles at Flushing Meadows way back in 2000 and 2001, trailed 3-1 in the third set before digging out of the hole with a little help: Kvitova’s eighth double-fault handed over the break that made it 3-all.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingAnd Kvitova’s ninth double-fault got Williams to match point in the tiebreaker.“Sometimes you have opportunities, and sometimes you take them and you don’t, but it’s not like you get opportunity after opportunity after opportunity in these sorts of matches,” Williams said. “You have to take the ones you have.” Neither woman played with a ton of subtlety, mainly trading stinging groundstrokes from the baseline on exchanges that grew in intensity as the 2-hour, 34-minute encounter went along.“I had my chances,” Kvitova said. “Kind of.”Williams, who revealed in 2011 she had been diagnosed with an energy-sapping autoimmune disease, is the oldest women’s semifinalist in New York in the Open era, which dates to 1968.But this sort of throwback run is becoming almost routine again for Williams, who made it to the Australian Open final in January of this year, then the Wimbledon final in July. In 2002, she participated in three Grand Slam finals, losing each to her younger sister Serena.Stephens, ranked 83rd, has won 13 of her past 15 matches, all on hard courts, reaching the semifinals at three consecutive tournaments for the only time in her career.She had an operation in January, and while forced to stay away from her sport, she found a new appreciation for it. The time off also allowed her to enjoy other aspects of life.“I couldn’t walk. I couldn’t do all the things that I wanted to do. But I did get to hang out with my family and see my little cousin’s soccer games and go to weddings and baby showers and stuff. All the things that I thought before I was missing out on, (now) I really wasn’t,” said Stephens, whose late father, John Stephens, was the 1988 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year for the New England Patriots, and whose mother, Sybil Smith, was Boston University’s first All-American in women’s swimming.“It was just kind of, like, eye-opening,” Stephens added. “When I wasn’t playing, like, of course I loved my time off, but when I got back to playing tennis, it was, like, this is where I want to be. This is what I love doing.”In the men’s quarterfinals, No. 12 Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain and No. 28 Kevin Anderson of South Africa each advanced to the final four at a Grand Slam tournament for the first time.Anderson got past 17th-seeded Sam Querrey of the United States 7-6 (5), 6-7 (9), 6-3, 7-6 (7) in a match that ended shortly before 2 a.m. Wednesday. Much, much earlier, Carreno Busta of Spain had no trouble beating No. 29 Diego Schwartzman of Argentina 6-4, 6-4, 6-2. It was Carreno Busta’s first match of the tournament against an opponent who was not a qualifier. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters UFC rival Nate Diaz slams McGregor over boxing loss Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Venus Williams of the United States reacts after defeating Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic during her Women’s Singles Quarterfinal match on Day Nine of the 2017 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 5, 2017 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFPNEW YORK — When her work was done, her first trip to the U.S. Open semifinals since 2010 secured, if just barely, Venus Williams sat in her sideline chair and beamed .Williams reached her third major semifinal of the season — something she last did 15 years ago — by edging two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (2) on Tuesday night to a soundtrack of thunderous partisan support under a closed roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT She will face unseeded Sloane Stephens on Thursday in the first all-American women’s semifinal in New York since 2002. Stephens advanced earlier Tuesday with a 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (4) victory over 16th-seeded Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia. It is Stephens’ deepest run at any major since 2013 and the apex of a recovery from foot surgery in January.There could be another U.S. vs. U.S. semifinal on the other side of the draw: 15th-seeded Madison Keys and 20th-seeded CoCo Vandeweghe play their quarterfinals Wednesday.“It’s been a great two weeks for American tennis. Seeing all the American players in the draw and all of them advancing so deep and competing so well,” Williams said. “It’s great to see this resurgence, and I hope it can continue.”Kvitova, seeded 13th, was hoping to prolong her comeback from a knife attack less than nine months ago by reaching the first U.S. Open semifinal of her career. She needed surgery on her racket-holding hand after she was cut by an intruder at her home in the Czech Republic in December. She returned to the tour at the French Open in May, losing in the second round there and at Wimbledon.Kvitova has said she still does not have full strength in her left hand. But she was often at her powerful best against No. 9 Williams, especially in the last two sets, repeatedly delivering big, flat forehands.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul “I know that I didn’t win matches against top players — top-10 or top-20 players,” Carreno Busta said, “but I am very happy with my tournament.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View commentslast_img read more

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Winning back-to-back medals at the Olympics is a very unique Indian feat

first_imgAgreed, it hasn’t been a gold rush for India but six medals in one edition of the Olympics is double of what we got from Beijing.Sport has this wonderful ability to heal. The scars left behind by archery and hockey and the inability of the Indian male boxers to win medals was disappointing. But the way Yogeshwar and champion Sushil Kumar have signed off leaves you feeling so good.It’s nice to be critical and say we don’t win medals like the Americans or the Chinese or the British. The fact remains, from Atlanta 1996 we have been getting better and better.I have repeatedly said, whatever damage the 2010 Commonwealth Games did to the tax-payers’ in India, the good thing was we won more medals. And the same thing happened in the Guangzhou Asiad.I am with Sushil. Proud moment.Spending money on sport is a non-stop process. In Britain, where their swimmers have been a failure, they have already cut down on the budget for swimming.In India, we cannot afford to treat any Olympic sport shabbily as there is one way of looking at the success achieved — positively.Look at the way wrestling has developed in India. It’s not as if we are competing in this sport for the last few years only.It has been a traditional sport, though there are still so many cities where only mud akharas are used for training.There is no glamour in this sport at all. Not only do you have to break ligaments and bones (not literally), go through all types of pain and sweat in tough conditions, the rewards are not enough.advertisementSushil and each Yogeshwar are remembered only from time to time when they win medals at the world championship, Asian Games or the Olympics. They are not like IPL stars who flop and dope and still get the publicity.For me, the biggest Indian success at the London Games is Sushil. Here is a champion who is so modest and unassuming. He wears that half smile which you will fall in love with.And by becoming the first Indian to win a bronze in Beijing and silver in London, he has shown us what it means to be dedicated.There are Olympic medalists like RVS Rathore and Vijender who have got swayed by Olympic glory and could never repeat their success.Wrestling is all about tradition, performing day in and day out without getting immediate results. Sushil’s labour is truly captivating as the background he comes from is all about humility.In Beijing, he was the young man who did not know till he reached India what success meant. Son of an MTNL employee who brought him milk daily for his diet supplements and not high priced tablets, Sushil stayed away from home for years.At the Chhatrasal Stadium, he has known only one thing: Toil, even if there is no fan or there are power cuts.The same Sushil, even after the Beijing success, continued to keep his head on his shoulders. Yes, he did miss the Guangzhou Asian Games because of injury but the return to the London Olympics, his third successive journey, has been superb.From the time Sushil was bestowed the honour of carrying the tri-colour at the opening ceremony, he has been treated as a huge brand ambassador for the country.He has gone about his training all these years as a quiet champion and not made any noise at all. Yes, he had one demand and that was to take his masseur along as it’s so important in a sport where you hardly get any recovery time between bouts.Other than that, money, medals or mementoes have never made Sushil greedy.If budding Indian sports stars need a role model to be inspired by, it has to be Sushil. I repeat winning back-to-back medals at the Olympics is a very unique Indian feat.The average athlete in India tends to rest on laurels and enjoy the riches from employers, state government and the central government.In the case of Sushil, awards are already being announced. He may end up earning much more than what he did after Beijing but it doesn’t matter to him.His modesty and sportsmanship are truly inspirational and that’s why I salute this champion, again today.last_img read more

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SPORT-IPL-PUNE-BOARD

first_imgRajkot, Apr 14 (PTI) Scoreboard of the Indian Premier Rajkot, Apr 14 (PTI) Scoreboard of the Indian Premier League match between Rising Pune Supergiants and Gujarat Lions, here today. Rising Pune Supergiants innings: Ajinkya Rahanelbw b Tambe21 Faf du Plessis st Karthik b Tambe69 Kevin Pietersenb Bravo37 Steven Smith c Faulkner b Jadeja 5 Mahendra Singh Dhoni not out22 Mitchell Marsh b Jadeja 7 Rajat Bhatia not out 0 Extras: (B-1, LB-1) 2Total: (for 5 wickets in 20 overs) 163 Fall of wickets: 1-27, 2-113, 3-132, 4-134, 5-143Bowling: Kumar 2-0-12-0, Jakati 4-0-40-0, Tambe 4-0-33-2, Bravo 4-0-43-1, Jadeja 4-0-18-2, Faulkner 2-0-15-0. MORE PTI SSC SSClast_img

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Watch: Kanpur hotel staff welcomes Team India with dhol after Test win

first_imgThe staff at Kanpur’s Landmark Hotel had lined-up a special reception for Virat Kohli’s men after their crushing 197-run victory over New Zealand in their 500th Test match. India and New Zealand have stayed at the Landmark for the past several days and enjoyed the culinary genius of the chefs, who had also joined the grand welcome-back party. (Also read: Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin script 197-run victory in India’s historic 500th Test) The chefs were hard at work serving up Indian delicacies like biryani and kebabs to the Black Caps and catering to Team India’s strict diet plans with Italian food and dry fruits. Ravichandran Ashwin, who became the fastest Indian to take 200 Test wickets and snared his fifth ten-for, was asked to cut a cake as musicians played the traditional dhol to welcome the team back. (Also read: It was a perfect Test match for India: Sourav Ganguly to India Today) India, currently ranked number two in the world, rode on all-round performances from Ashwin and man-of-the-match Ravindra Jadeja to take 1-0 lead in the three-match series.Traditional Dhol, Hotel staff and even the Chefs welcomed #TeamIndia after their win in the #500thTest #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/z0UupGtbko BCCI (@BCCI) September 26, 2016last_img read more

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Ranji Trophy: Ravindra Jadeja scores unbeaten 150 vs Jammu and Kashmir

first_imgRavindra Jadeja, who was ignored for the series against New Zealand, made a statement with an unbeaten 150 for Saurashtra on the first day of their Group B match against Jammu and Kashmir in the Ranji Trophy here.Jadeja, who has not played for India since the Test series in Sri Lanka two months ago, struck his eighth first-class hundred to take Saurashtra to 428 for four at stumps.Jadeja shared a mammoth 281-run stand for the fourth wicket with Sheldon Jackson, who smashed 181 off 156 balls.His blazing innings comprised 22 fours and seven sixes.Jadeja, on the other hand, hit 18 boundaries and two sixes during his unbeaten effort.The southpaw did not play in Saurashtra’s Ranji Trophy opener against Haryana at Rohtak.Jadeja did not play the ODI series in Sri Lanka before being ignored for 50-over and T20 series against Australia.Test specialist and Saurashtra captain Cheteshwar Pujara was out for 13 today while new recruit Robin Uthappa was dismissed for 37 in only his second innings for the team.Saurashtra was in a spot of bother at 59 for three before Jackson and Jadeja put their team in a commanding position.Brief scores: Saurashtra 1st innings: 428/4 in 90 overs (Jackson 181, Jadeja 150 batting).At Jaipur: Rajasthan 1st innings: 250/4 in 90 overs (Amitkumar Gautam 103 batting) against Jharkhand.At Nadia: Kerala 1st innings: 208 all out in 20 overs (Sanju Samson 51; Piyush Chawla 5/69).Gujarat 1st innings: 60/2.last_img read more

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Modern Indian art masters showcase works in Delhi

first_imgWorks of modern Indian art masters – Sayed Haider Raza, Maqbool Fida Husain, Ram Kumar, Akbar Padamsee, and Krishen Khanna – has been showcased in a unique exhibition from June 30. Titled ‘Sang Saath’, the group show brings together these famed modernist artists in one space to highlight their “togetherness in art”, reflecting their confluence in the Bombay Progressive Artists’ Group in 1947. “Rooted in tradition, their vision and practice acknowledged and celebrated plurality of vision, idioms, styles and most of them remained friends throughout their life and career.” Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”This togetherness was marked by dialogue, correspondence, criticism and enduring warmth and care for each other,” organiser Raza Foundation said in a note on the show. The Foundation has also published many of the exchanged letters and other documents Raza brought with himself when he returned to India. The exhibition also features artworks of Raza’s wife, Janine Mongillat, who he married when he lived in France for nearly six decades. ‘Sang Saath’ marks the third death anniversary of Raza (1922-2016), and aims to celebrate the lifelong creative camaraderie between these art masters. It is the first public display of many works including an early figurative of Raza, the organisers said. The exhibition has been organised by the Raza Foundation and Vadehra Art Gallery. It will run until July 11, at the Shridharani Art Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam.last_img read more

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Dwayne The Rock Johnson thanks Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner for citys support

first_imgAdvertisement The Rock in front of Surrey City Hall. (@therock / Instagram) Filming occurred Friday and Saturday on the plaza, and involved turning the public space into an emergency services set.Now, with that part of the filming done, The Rock shared some kind words for Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner, City staff, and BC in general.READ MORE Login/Register With: It’s no secret that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has been sharing a lot of his love with Vancouver over the last few months, as he is currently in the city filming big budget Skyscraper.And over the weekend, the production of the movie sent the The Rock and his crew to Civic Plaza outside Surrey City Hall. Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Twitterlast_img

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March is Distracted Driving and Occupant Restraint Month

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – March is Distracted Driving and Occupant Restraint Month.Throughout the month of March, Fort St. John RCMP would like to remind you of the importance of not driving distracted and wearing the proper restraint while riding in a vehicle.According to Police, distracted driving is the second leading contributing factor in traffic fatalities, behind speed and ahead of impaired driving and contributes to more than one in four deaths on B.C. roads. RCMP say all of which are fully preventable if drivers were to slow down, leave their phone alone while driving, and refrain from driving impaired.Distracted driving includes:using an electronic device,listening to music using both earbuds,having your dog loose in your lap or arms,eating/drinking,personal grooming such as shaving or putting on makeupSince 2010, the Distracted Driving legislation has been in place and there is not a lot of leniency exercised by police or the courts.You can expect a starting penalty of $368 plus four penalty points for a minimum of $578 and further fines going up from there for using an electronic device while behind the wheel.Police say seatbelt enforcement is also a focus for the month of March.They say while people have become more diligent in wearing their seatbelts, there are still fatal collisions that occur that could have been prevented if their seatbelts had been worn. Fines for not wearing a seatbelt are $167. Additional fines can be issued for children who are unrestrained or improperly restrained with tickets for $109.For more information on distracted driving and occupant restraints, you can visit ICBC’s website.last_img read more

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Brussels Chief of Protocol strips a Qatari princess of her Niqab

Fez- Qatar and Belgium are on the brink of diplomatic tensions after the Chief of Protocol of the city of Brussels was reported to forcibly removing the Niqab of a woman who happened to be a Qatari princess (Sheikhah) travelling to the Belgian capital.It all happened Last Thursday when the Qatari princess was making her way to the famous Grand Place in the center of Brussels with two other women. The three women had to ask someone with good knowledge of the city and they couldn’t be any luckier when thy addressed Jean-Marie Pire, the Chief Protocol of the City of Brussels himself.According to media reports, Jean-Marie Pire, who was not in duty at the time of the incident, refused to answer their question. In addition, he jumped in to tear the Niqab off the woman’s face, but little did he know that he had just stripped a Qatari princess of her Niqab in the center of Brussels. ‘I said I don’t talk to anyone if I can’t see their face, the 60-year-old said’. ‘With this reply, I wanted to make it clear that the veil is banned in Belgium.” “Because the person asking me a question didn’t seem to hear me, I lifted her veil. I know I shouldn’t have done that, but what she did wasn’t legal either,” he added.The Qatari princess filed a complaint in the court in Brussels against the Chief of Protocol for assault because her earrings were torn off in the process causing cuts and bruises.The Chief of Protocol of the city of Brussels also filed a counter complaint against the alleged princess on the grounds that she was wearing the Niqab, which is prohibited by law in Belgium.Other reports suggest that Jean-Marie le Pire was intoxicated at the time of the incident, something he denied categorically saying it was ‘three o’clock in the afternoon, besides I don’t drink much.” read more

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Nicole Kidman helps break ground on UNbacked centre to end violence against

Actress and Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman is set to help break ground today on a new centre located in San Francisco to combat violence against women, part of an initiative between the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and Family Violence Prevention Fund.According to UNIFEM, data suggests that up to 70 per cent of women worldwide experience physical or sexual violence from men in their lifetime.“There is no doubt that ending violence against women remains an urgent issue and belongs on centre stage,” says Ms. Kidman, who has served as Goodwill Ambassador for UNIFEM since January 2006. “Solutions require action and investment, and strong partnerships like the one we’re announcing today between UNIFEM and Family Violence Prevention Fund,” she added. The latter works to prevent violence within the home and in the community and to help those whose lives are devastated by violence. Among its activities, the new International Centre to End Violence aims to serve as a crossroads where activists and leaders from across the globe meet to share experiences and lessons that advance policies and solutions to end violence against women and children. “We are proud to be a partner to this path-breaking global centre. It will be a space which will open doors to many whose voices are yet unheard, where practitioners, activists and survivors will share and learn from each other, and contribute to solutions on the ground,” said Inés Alberdi, UNIFEM Executive Director.Also expected to participate at today’s groundbreaking ceremony in the city’s Presidio National Park are Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives; Joe Torre, Manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team and founder of the Safe at Home Foundation; and Esta Soler, President of Family Violence Prevention Fund. 8 January 2010Actress and Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman is set to help break ground today on a new centre located in San Francisco to combat violence against women, part of an initiative between the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and Family Violence Prevention Fund. read more

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TSX closes higher on mining and energy stocks in short trading day

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market ended a shortened trading session higher on Tuesday amid news that one of Canada’s largest coal producers is getting out of that business to focus on metals and energy.The S&P/TSX composite index rose 69.89 points to 13,517.59.Sherritt International Corp. is selling its entire coal business in Canada to two separate buyers — Colorado-based Westmoreland Coal Co. and Altius Minerals of St. John’s, N.L. — for a total of $946 million.On Wall Street, the Dow jumped 62.94 points to 16,357.55, while the S&P 500 saw an uptick of 5.33 points to 1,833.32. The Nasdaq climbed 6.51 points to 4,155.42.Commodities markets also rose as gold prices gained $6.30 to US$1,203.30 an ounce, while March copper saw an uptick of six cents to $3.37 a pound. February crude prices will close later in the afternoon.And the Canadian dollar fell 0.07 of a cent to 94.17 cents US.Equity markets in Toronto and New York closed at 1 p.m. ET for Christmas Eve. The TSX will remain closed until Friday while Wall Street will reopen on Thursday, which is the Boxing Day holiday in Canada. read more

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Deputy Minister Palitha Thewaraperuma attempts suicide

The Minister had earlier staged a fast against the refusal to allow a group of students to be admitted to the school. (Colombo Gazette) Deputy Minister of Cultural Affairs Palitha Thewarapperuma attempted to commit suicide inside a school in Mathugama today.He tied himself to a ceiling fan and attempted to commit suicide. He was later taken to hospital.

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Opinion 5 things to watch for during the Buckeye bye week

Coach Urban Meyer looks on during a game against Maryland on Oct. 4 in College Park, Md. OSU won, 52-24.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorFollowing games against Cincinnati and Maryland in which the Buckeyes combined for more than 1,200 yards, they are facing what could be their biggest opponent yet: another bye week.After seeming to hit their stride both offensively and defensively, the Buckeyes will be left watching from the couch Saturday for the second time in a month.But even though OSU will not take the field this week, I compiled a list of things you should look for around the college football landscape. 1. Could this week be the most exciting week in 2014 for college football?During the Buckeye bye week, there are five matchups scheduled that will pit ranked opponents against each other, with two of those games involving top-five teams. Those matchups feature No. 5 Baylor against No. 9 Texas Christian and No. 2 Auburn against No. 3 Mississippi State. Both games are battles of unbeaten teams and will no doubt make or break each team’s season, as well as their dreams of making it into the first ever College Football Playoff. So if the Buckeyes get bored just sitting around, all they will have to do is flip on the TV and enjoy. 2. Can OSU’s rival Michigan get out of its current rut?Ever since the fallout from the Shane Morris incident in which the sophomore quarterback was put back into a game after seemingly suffering a concussion, Michigan has not looked in more of a state of disarray since the Rich Rodriguez era. Rodriguez was ousted from Michigan after just three seasons in which the Wolverines made just one bowl appearance.  After the team’s loss to Rutgers in its last game, Ann Arbor, Mich., is ready to implode. All is not lost for the Maize and Blue, however. The Wolverines are scheduled to take on the Penn State Nittany Lions Saturday at home under the lights. If there is anything that can give a program hope for the future, it’s a win during a night game at home (see: OSU vs. Wisconsin in 2011).The Nittany Lions are coming off a bye week, one that came a week after they were embarrassed at home by Northwestern, 29-6. If there was ever a time for Michigan to turn around its season, this weekend’s game is the opportunity it has been waiting for. 3. Will a team emerge as the country’s clear No. 1?Going into its seventh week, the college football season has yet to provide us with a clear, dominant team, despite what the polls may have us believe. The defending national champion Florida State Seminoles are still undefeated and remain atop most polls, however they have not impressed like they did a year ago.Just last week, it took the Seminoles nearly a full half of football to start scoring against the lowly Wake Forest Demon Deacons before pulling away late to win, 43-3. In addition, the Seminoles have played just one ranked team on the season, and are currently set to play just one more ranked foe for the remainder of the season against Notre Dame. With that said, this leaves the door open for teams like Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Baylor and many others to make their mark on the college football world.4. The Big Ten as a whole is a must-miss this week.Aside from the Michigan-Penn State matchup, you might want to stay away from watching Big Ten football this weekend.With OSU on an off week, the only ranked Big Ten team in action, No. 8 Michigan State, is set to take on conference bottom-dweller Purdue.Not exactly the most riveting game. However, if matchups such as Northwestern against Minnesota or Indiana against Iowa pique your interest, I encourage you to tune in (at your own risk). 5. Will two early bye weeks end up hurting the Buckeyes in the long run?How could they not?Any time two bye weeks are scheduled within a month, it could very well lead to players, and even coaches, becoming lackadaisical.While OSU coach Urban Meyer said he will not allow this to happen, one has to wonder what the Buckeyes’ mindset will be like going into their Oct. 18 matchup with Rutgers.And even if they come out firing on all cylinders and bring down the Scarlet Knights, a straight stretch of games from Oct. 18 through Nov. 29 could mean players missing time because of injury. Injuries are part of the game, there is no denying that, but not having time to heal from these injuries could prove crucial for the Buckeyes.We will find out as the season presses on.OSU’s matchup with Rutgers is set to kickoff at 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 18 at Ohio Stadium. read more

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Who Didnt Expect This Final Four

jakelourim (Jake Lourim, contributor): If you look at last week’s chat, that makes Neil Captain Obvious, right?neil (Neil Paine, senior sports writer): I wish I could say I had a fancy analytical model to make these picks, but I spent an entire podcast segment saying I was selectively ignoring stats and picking with my gut. The most anti-FiveThirtyEight way to get a perfect Final Four possible.jplanos: I think the big winner is Under Armour getting two Final Four teams, but Duke (the top overall seed) falling probably takes the cake.neil: Yeah, Duke losing before the Final Four has to be the headline surprise, I think.Although one could make an easy case that the Blue Devils were lucky to even make it as far as they did…gfoster: Were you that surprised by Duke losing? That game had the smallest spread of the last four, and Duke had aggressively flirted with death against Virginia Tech and UCF.jplanos: I wasn’t because Michael Avenatti called it, but the Blue Devils were the Icarus of the tournament. It felt like they trailed at halftime of nearly every game.neil: This Duke team was fascinating because, in terms of talent, nobody can match that group. And when Zion was taking over, it was difficult to envision how they could lose. Yet they did not consistently play to their abilities, particularly in this tournament. Even in those close wins, they left you wanting more.jplanos: Shoutout to Alex O’Connell getting the start and finishing with three total minutes. When was the last time a starter finished with less than five minutes played and wasn’t injured or ejected?gfoster: The story before the tournament was that Michigan State got handed an awful draw because the Spartans won the Big Ten tourney and still got put in Duke’s region. Now I wonder whether it was Duke that got the bad draw.Can Cassius Winston one-man-army his way to a title? We’ve seen versatile point guards do this before in March Madness.jplanos: He’s this season’s Kemba Walker. He started off pretty tepid against Duke and then exploded for 20 points and 10 assists, with four steals and one turnover, which, when you consider the ball is effectively always in his hands and he was lined up against an on-ball hound in Tre Jones, is absurd. I came away extremely impressed.neil: Winston also got some help when he needed it late against Duke. Xavier Tillman had 19 in the game, and Kenny Goins overcame a horrendous shooting game to make a huge shot in the final minute.jakelourim: Winston really can do it all. He’s had to do so much since Michigan State lost Joshua Langford in December, and through the Big Ten season, Big Ten tournament and then this weekend, I kept waiting for the Spartans to run out of magic. But they haven’t. It seemed throughout Sunday that Winston always knew the right play to make, and Duke didn’t. What was up with Zion not taking the last shot(s) in the final minute?jplanos: The RJ Barrett Show seemed like a suboptimal approach down the stretch.neil: People were really killing Barrett for taking so many of Duke’s final shots.jakelourim: I did think that Michigan State had the best game plan (outside of Syracuse and the 2-3 zone, which is unique) for slowing down Zion. Tillman was outstanding on defense and made himself a lot of money on Sunday.neil: Barrett also missed the free throw he was supposed to make, and made the one he was supposed to miss.Sheesh. jakelourim: Michigan’s loss to Texas Tech generated the Wolverines’ seventh-worst offensive efficiency rating of the KenPom era and fourth-worst under John Beilein.jplanos: I don’t know what being put in a straightjacket feels like, but I imagine it’s similar to playing the Red Raiders.gfoster: Virginia is now the betting favorite in the tournament at 3-2. Would you have guessed that the Hoos would be the lone ACC No. 1 seed to make it through? It wasn’t long ago when I was momentarily planning how FiveThirtyEight would react to a UVA loss to Gardner-Webb.jplanos: I certainly wouldn’t have. If we get a Virginia-Texas Tech national title game, will next year’s NCAA Tournament even be televised? And will it set back college basketball 15 years?gfoster: First one to 50 points wins!neil: I think Virginia also benefited from a relatively easy path to Minneapolis. According to our power ratings, the rest of the South contained the eighth, 10th and 16th best teams in the Sweet 16.jplanos: Considering the moment, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a more impressive baseball-style pass than the one Kihei Clark (A FRESHMAN) beamed to Mamadi Diakite for Virginia’s buzzer-beater against Purdue. That was a rocket. jakelourim: Virginia hasn’t been particularly impressive in any of its four games — not like the Hoos were during the regular season — but it does seem like experience and chemistry won out in the regionals after a chalk-filled first weekend. I keep thinking about the moment at the end of the Michigan State-Duke game when Xavier Tillman motioned for Cassius Winston to hurry down the floor and run out the clock. That’s a savvy move. It was frustrating that it was never reviewed. Isn’t this exactly what replay in basketball is for?jplanos: Not a great tournament across the board for officiating out-of-bounds calls. gfoster: MSU tends to struggle in the third weekend: eight Final Fours now but just one title for Tom Izzo. Is Michigan State essentially the 1990s Atlanta Braves? Loads of playoff success and the one token title to ward off Geoff making Buffalo Bills comparisons.^ Third-person alert.neil: I think Izzo was motivated to take back the “best performance vs. seed expectations” crown from Jim Boeheim.Izzo’s teams have a long history of exceeding expectations en route to the Final Four, but maybe that’s why they don’t win titles. Overachieving can only get you so far.jakelourim: It has always seemed to me that the talent differential has caught up to Michigan State in some of those Final Fours. I thought it was interesting that Tom Izzo said privately before the 2009 title game that if the Tyler Hansbrough/Ty Lawson UNC team played well, Michigan State would lose. “There’s just more talent there,” Izzo said. (And MSU did lose.) But if the talent didn’t catch up to the Spartans against Duke, when will it happen?jplanos: Zion was clearly gassed, but he also was unquestionably the team’s best option on offense. And then he … stopped getting the ball. I was surprised that Coach K didn’t dial up any isolations for him over the final possessions or demand some sort of clear-out.gfoster: At least Duke has Zion and Barrett for three more years where they can continue to grow as upperclassmen and take home multiple championships…….neil: LOLjplanos: My question is: Can we still get a Zion cam? Can we watch the kid ink his shoe deal during the Final Four?gfoster: It is frustrating we don’t get more college Zion. He’s so entertaining.jakelourim: It’s fair to wonder if/when we’ll ever see another college player like him again, right, with the NBA apparently set to change the one-and-done rule in 2022?jplanos: I can’t remember seeing a team win an Elite Eight game (or any NCAA Tournament game) having made just two free throws, like Michigan State did. **cue Sports-Reference search**neil: It’s actually astonishing when you look at the stats of that game in general that MSU won.Duke shot better on FGs, 3Ps and FTs and had more rebounds. The turnovers were the only main category where Duke lost, and they lost big.jplanos: Full transparency: I was ready to call curtains when the Blue Devils had that 21-5 run in the opening half.jakelourim: What was stunning to me was that Duke turned the ball over 17 times. (Back to the point of “If they play well, they’ll win” — they did not play well.) Michigan State is 342nd in defensive turnover rate at 15 percent, according to Ken Pomeroy, and that’s counting Sunday’s game.neil: Which just lent more credence to the idea that the only team talented enough to beat Duke was … Duke.gfoster: Let’s talk about what’s not as entertaining: Texas Tech’s defensive domination. The Red Raiders made Michigan shoot like my JV basketball team when the bench had been emptied in the final minutes. Then did a similar suffocation of Gonzaga, holding the Bulldogs and the nation’s most efficient offense to just 69 points.jplanos: The Red Raiders indeed smothered Michigan and then turned the second half of their win over Gonzaga into a rock fight. To see the nation’s most efficient offense reduced to 32 second-half points and 16 total turnovers was really something.neil: According to Ken Pomeroy’s ratings, Texas Tech is the nation’s best defensive team. The Red Raiders certainly played like it.jplanos: If you had told me that Texas Tech would advance to the Final Four on a terrible Jarrett Culver shooting performance (5-of-19 from the field, 2-of-8 from three), I would have laughed in your face.neil: Or that they would win despite Rui Hachimura having a pretty good game (22 points).jplanos: It really seemed like the Zags missed the part of the game plan detailing turnovers. Texas Tech ranks 11th in opponent turnover percentage, according to KenPom, and lives by the deflection, especially on entry passes. It seemed like there were 10 bounce passes into the post that were immediate turnovers. YOU CAN’T POCKET PASS THIS TEAM.jakelourim: (Just finished that sports-reference search, Josh: No team has won an Elite Eight game with two free throws or fewer since at least 2011.)jplanos: You know who didn’t show up for the Wolverines? Two upperclassmen: Charles Matthews and Zavier Simpson.Simpson finished 0-5 against Texas Tech with one assist and four turnovers. Not exactly what you’re expecting from a second-team all-conference player. And in the final game of his college career, Matthews had a team-high five turnovers and finished 3-9 from the field and 0-4 from 3-point land.gfoster: Let’s put it this way and move on: Michigan’s performance in the Sweet 16 was the worst I’ve ever seen a basketball team play.jplanos: LOLneil: And you watched that UConn-Butler final from a few years back.gfoster: I generally don’t like to talk about blown calls. But the Tariq Owens block play against Gonzaga was a pretty bad one to miss at a key moment: neil: (And we can really talk savvy when we discuss Auburn’s Jared Harper…)jakelourim: Mike Krzyzewski talked all weekend about how minor injuries disrupted the continuity of his freshman-led team, and I could feel eyes rolling out of heads. But does a freshman core that’s only played a handful of games together have the ability to do that? I’m not sure.neil: Right. It seems like a big legacy of this one-and-done era will be of mostly unmet expectations for these freshman-star-laden teams.gfoster: We joke about how boring the Cavs are (and make no mistake, they are mostly drying paint basketball), but the Purdue-Virginia game might have been my favorite of the tournament. Before overtime, Carsen Edwards’s game was unreal. It must be discouraging to get that type of performance from your star in the Elite Eight and still lose.jplanos: Edwards was a one-man wrecking ball the entire tourney and, frankly, it feels unfair that he had to lose. I think there’s a sound argument to be made that it’s less than optimal to have one player responsible for nearly all of your offensive production, but man was it entertaining.In arguably the two biggest games of his life, Edwards put up 71 points on 47 percent shooting from the field and went 15-33 from 3-point land. The degree of difficulty on most of those shots was superhuman.Also, long live Ryan Cline. That performance against Tennessee will get washed over because of Carsen and the excitement of the Elite Eight slate, but man…jakelourim: It really was unfortunate that one of those teams had to lose. Because on the other side, you have Tony Bennett trying to exorcise his Final Four demons and erase the memory of last year. He has made a tremendously successful career out of coaching the pack-line defense and forcing opponents to take shots like the ones Purdue took Saturday night. And then Carsen Edwards goes and does that.gfoster: Kyle Guy stepped up. If he doesn’t repeatedly answer Edwards’s threes with ones of his own, UVA is gone.neil: It was unfortunate that Edwards started to run out of gas at the end of OT. He missed a heat check late — which he’d earned the right to take, given the previous bombs — and had a tough turnover on a pass out of bounds in the final seconds. He’d been so brilliant that you expected him to keep making the superhuman look routine.jplanos: I usually abide by a never-trust-a-man-with-two-first-names mantra, but I’m willing to make an exception for Kyle Guy.No other Boilermaker had more than 7 points in that game. Yikes.jakelourim: Good point, Josh. Nobody else even took more than seven shots! And that’s including five extra OT minutes.neil: Edwards personally scored 56 percent of Purdue’s total — which was the second-most points UVA gave up in a game all season.jakelourim: He also scored more points than Coppin State and William & Mary did as TEAMS against Virginia.gfoster: The last team in the Final Four is Bruce Pearl’s Auburn Tigers, who are the lowest remaining seed. A lot of people wrote off their chances of beating UK when Chuma Okeke when down. How do you think they will fare against UVA?jplanos: I’d like to take this time to apologize for openly scoffing at Geoff picking Auburn to advance out of the Sweet 16. I even wrote it down in my diary and laughed!jakelourim: This thought stuck in my head all of Friday night and Sunday afternoon: Remember how much of a spectacular mess Auburn was in the final seconds of its first-round game against New Mexico State? I did not watch that team and think, “Yeah, they’ll probably get to the Final Four.”jplanos: This weekend was a big one for the EVERYBODY COUNTED US OUT crowd. I count all four teams citing it, which means, yep, that slogan remains undefeated.jakelourim: Yes, we’re deep into “Why Not Us?” season.neil: To your question Geoff, Bryce Brown and Jared Harper are going to have to keep scoring! The backcourt duo combined for 50 points against UK, with each taking turns taking over the game.Special props to Auburn, btw, for avenging its 27-point loss at Kentucky from a few weeks earlier.jplanos: I love that Virginia has to go through Auburn, a team with a style that must be anathema to the Hoos.gfoster: Also this game served as a PSA against making banners where you openly mock injuries.jplanos: If only we had known beforehand that Kentucky’s fan base has no limits…jakelourim: Enjoyed that Bruce Pearl actually admitted to the popular strategy of “We’re going to get the ball to Jared and Bryce, and everyone else get the fuck out of the way.”neil: It made sense. I am totally enamored with Harper in particular. He just has a sense of where everyone is on the court and what is the right play to make. Such a smart player.jplanos: I think I fell in love with Auburn’s style this weekend. There was a slow-motion replay in the second half that captured an Auburn player swatting a Kentucky player’s shot at the rim while clearly mouthing “GIVE ME THAT SHIT,” and it was wonderful and emblematic of how the Tigers approach the game on both ends. Every play is a highlight to be made.jakelourim: I also think this draw continues to favor Virginia. I don’t think Auburn is going to be the team to speed up Virginia in the semifinals, and in the final, neither Michigan State nor Texas Tech is going to bombard Virginia with unmatched athleticism, as Duke did in both of their regular-season meetings.gfoster: So is that your prediction Jake?jakelourim: Yes, my champion pick is still alive, so I’m sticking with Virginia.jplanos: I like Virginia to advance and play Texas Tech, which will be … a game of basketball.neil: I must keep my original predictions, so I’m taking UVA and MSU, with the Cavs winning it all.gfoster: I’m riding Auburn!!!!! … for one more game. I think they do shoot their way past Virginia’s defense. And then lose to Michigan State in the final. And we all get our dream fulfilled of seeing more Tom Izzo dancing videos like this: Check out our latest March Madness predictions. gfoster (Geoff Foster, sports editor): Welcome to FiveThirtyEight’s Final Four chat! After the chalk prevailed in the first weekend, the second weekend finally provided some upsets. In the Elite Eight, three of four underdogs won outright, and the fourth, Purdue, probably should have won — but Virginia’s last-second heroics and overtime win make the Cavs the lone No. 1 seed left in the tournament. What was the biggest surprise of the weekend?jplanos (Josh Planos, contributor): I think we should just cede the floor to Neil, who can discuss his perfect Final Four choices: From ABC News: read more

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Opposition takes notice of Joey Bosas play for Ohio State

Sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa (97) celebrates after making a sack during a game against Maryland on Oct. 4 in College Park, Md. OSU won, 52-24.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWhen the Ohio State football team rolls into town on Saturday, Penn State coach James Franklin knows which player to keep a close eye on.And when it comes to that particular player, he knows the numbers down to the last detail.“Joey Bosa, No. 97, is the guy that jumps out to us the most,” Franklin said at a Tuesday press conference. “He’s a 6-foot-5, 280 pounds defensive tackle and has a team-high nine tackles for a loss and five and a half sacks.”It was a good try by Franklin, but he didn’t quite have Bosa’s measurables correct. The sophomore defensive lineman is actually listed at 278 pounds on the OSU roster.But outside of that two-pound difference, the first-year Penn State coach had Bosa’s numbers spot on. He also knows exactly how the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native stacks up against other players in the Big Ten.“He leads the Big Ten in tackles for a loss and forced fumbles, and is No. 2 in sacks,” Franklin said.The praise for Bosa didn’t end there. Franklin said he has a “rare combination” of strength and athleticism that makes him difficult to stop.“Those guys are hard to find and they don’t come around very often,” he said. “I think that’s what makes him a challenge. Obviously, we need to be aware of him.”Bosa is no stranger to coaches singing his praise, as he was a big name in college football even as a high school athlete at St. Thomas Aquinas. He said he knows what coaches — even from opposing teams — have to say, but added he simply tries to block it out and stay focused.“I just don’t really pay attention to any of it,” Bosa said Wednesday. “I just keep working, keep doing what I do and try to get better every day.”No matter whether Bosa listens or not, Franklin knows his game inside and out. But there’s one portion of No. 97’s play the Nittany Lions’ coach failed to mention: his sack celebration.In recent weeks, Bosa has been seen shrugging his shoulders and putting his hands out to the side after taking down an opposing quarterback. Immediately popular with the Buckeyes’ fan base, Bosa said the celebration came from “nowhere” at all.“(It) just happened,” he said. “And I guess a bunch of people like it, so now I feel obliged to, like I have to do it every time I get a sack.”While Franklin didn’t mention the celebration, Bosa said his own coach — Urban Meyer — took note during the Buckeyes’ win against Maryland on Oct. 4.“Maryland, I held it too long apparently, ‘cause coach Meyer got on me a little bit about how Oregon lost about that excessive celebration,” Bosa said. “So I have to flash it really quick now.”But if he wants more reasons to flash his celebration, Bosa will have to continue finding ways to get to the quarterback. He said part of keeping up his production is making sure that he stays energized.How active he can be is up to how many snaps defensive line coach Larry Johnson — who was an assistant at Penn State for nearly 20 years — leaves him on the field for, Bosa said.“He holds me in for as long as he wants,” he said. “Obviously rotating helps me being fresh. I want to rotate because it will give me rest and let me play at 100 percent.”On Monday, Johnson said he does what he can to keep his top defensive lineman fresh throughout each contest, and added that could benefit the Buckeyes in the future.“When you have good players, it’s tough to take those guys out,” Johnson said. “Right now I’m just trying to rest them. You think about last week, Joey Bosa played 51 plays, opposed to playing 67 plays. That’s going to help us down the road.”For the Buckeyes, the next stop down the road is in State College, Pa., where they are scheduled to play the Nittany Lions on Saturday at 8 p.m.But if the Buckeye faithful who make the trip to Penn State want to catch a glimpse of Bosa’s celebration, they’ll have to keep a close watch, because he said it won’t happen more than once.“At least once a game,” Bosa said. “If I get more (sacks) than one, I’ll have to do something else.” read more

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Nintendo 3DS One week in

first_imgAfter waiting for Nintendo’s 3DS for over half a year (which isn’t actually too long when it comes to a major hardware release), it’s been a great week having it around. I’ve used the handheld for hours but keep in mind that I’ve still only spent a about a week with it, so I’ve yet to make final conclusions. Also, there are very few people in the US with one of these so I haven’t been able to test all the social/online features.I’ve already posted my first impressions of the 3DS, and not a whole lot changed after my being able to unbox it. The device is plastic-y but nicely built and I’m sure it’ll be able to take a few drops. The hardware is more polished than it was on the DS Lite/DSi and it features improvements to the buttons found on the DSi/DSi XL. The single biggest improvement is to the upper display, which is large, wide, and quite crisp, but the addition of a sliding control pad (like that on the PSP) is huge as well. And of course there is the 3D, which will define the product despite it simply being just another feature. The 3D is customizable with a slider on the side of the display and can easily be turned off at any time.As improved as the hardware is, with its nice angles and clicky buttons, the 3DS still suffers from some of the same issues as the older products. My main problem is with the placement of the lefthand controls–the slide pad is a great addition but it pushes the d-pad down and makes it rather hard to use. Even the slide pad puts your thumb at an uncomfortable angle so that after an hour of playing I’m starting to feel a cramp is forming. The good news is that the extendable stylus stays firmly in its holder (a major annoyance with older models) and that the Select/Home/Start buttons are tactile and easy to use. I don’t like the Power button being placed on the inside of the 3DS–this makes it seem like it’s an alternative to the Home button, and it’s really not.The included software suite is pretty robust, but it had to be given all the competition the 3DS is facing. Features include a 3D camera (2D capable), a front-camera (2D only), AR games, Face Raiders (an AR shooting game) 3DS Sound (to record and edit sounds), Mii Maker, Mii Plaza, Download Play, and an Activity Log. The Activity Log is surprisingly useful and I have been checking into it a lot. It tells me how much I’ve used the 3DS, what I’ve played, the number of titles I’ve played, and the built-in pedometer tells me how many steps I’ve taken with the 3DS. It even has a software library which gives me an icon for each game (included DS) that I play. There are no game changers here but they are all nice to have.One drawback with the 3DS’ software is that it can’t multitask. As soon as you try to leave a game or open up a program you’ll get a warning saying that you are about to close whatever you were doing. When you do that the program is closed and your unsaved progress is lost. It’s not a huge surprise given what we’ve seen from the the DS and the Wii, but some extra planning here could have gone a long way. It’s not at all a fatal flaw for the 3DS, but if the device is going to do more than play games, features like this are important.Battery life is a huge issue with the 3DS and we know it took a significant hit in the battery department relative to the DSi/DS. Nintendo said to expect 3-5 hours and it looks like they are about on the money, if a bit optimistic. In my first gaming sessions after giving the new 3DS a full charge I managed to get exactly 3 hours of gaming and about 8 hours of idle time (with the device closed). This was with the backlight at 50% and some WiFi, but mostly with WiFi off. After my next full charge I tested with no idle time, WiFi always off, and only 3D gaming and the battery life was 3.5 hours. On average you can expect about 3-4 hours of gaming. You can land on the high side of that range if you keep the backlight down and the WiFi off. I haven’t seen any evidence that turning off 3D will help the battery life, but it’s something I’ll be testing further.If you want to boost the battery life, the best thing to do seems to be play DS games. You should get about 5-8 hours when playing older titles. So if you plan on travelling with the 3DS, you’ll definitely want to consider some sort of battery enhancement, like the Nyko Power Pak+.So far I’ve extensively tested Super Street Fighter IV 3D, Steel Diver, Madden Football, and Lego Star Wars III, but I played a number of other games at the 3Ds’ NYC launch event. I’d say that so far all the game I’ve played are good, but nothing so far is great. SFIV is the best, but that’s really just the port of a very good game to the system, the impressive part is that they managed to pull of portable Street Fighter. Madden seems competent (I’m not a sports gamer) and Lego Star Wars and Steel Diver are both fine but not nearly enough to make me rush out and buy a 3DS. In fact there is no reason to rush out and buy the 3Ds on the release date unless if you are a huge Pilotwings fan.There is no Mario, or Metroid, or Zelda now, but we do know that we’ll be getting a Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Star Fox 64 3D, Kid Icarus: Uprising and some sort of Mario Kart game some time in 2011. Until that point the selection will be very limited.As much as I like the 3DS, aspects of it do feel a bit rushed. The meager selection of games might put this idea in your head and then you’ll notice the lack of a 3DSware (aka 3DS eShop), and the fact that while Nintendo has talked about it, no launch date has been announced. Then when you try to use the internet browser you’ll see that it won’t work until your system is updated.It’s not that the 3DS is incomplete, it just feels like Nintendo wanted it to be out by a certain date and make sure they hit that, even if it had to ship without a must-have title or some pretty basic functions. We all know that these days platforms can live and die based on their apps, and while this doesn’t fully apply to Nintendo (yet) it would be nice to see the company taking the downloadable market more seriously. My hope is that they are taking the extra time to really improve the shopping experience relative to the mess found on the Wii.And finally, the 3D. This it the biggest feature in the product, but also the most divisive. Personally I found that the 3D works quite well. Glasses-less 3D seems like a technology from the future, but it works very well on the 3DS and you can certainly perceive depth on the tiny screen. Anyone who was expecting this feature to flop is going to be quite surprised.As well as the 3D worked it’s not perfect–far from it in fact. First of all, it limits my play time. After an hour or so I started feeling the effect of the 3D in my head, not necessarily as a headache, but definitely some sort of fatigue. Also, after playing for a while and I reclined in my chair or leaned to the side (etc.) I’d throw off my view of the display and it would just start looking blurry. The 3D display does not have much wiggle room, there is just a small window where it works well. Finally, even with the slider adjusting the level of the 3D, some games worked better for me than others. For example, I was fine with Street Fighter and Lego Star Wars, but I never could get used to Ridge Racer. It doesn’t help that this is a game where it’s easy to get a bit enthusiastic, sort of steer with the device (everyone does it), and remove yourself from the 3D sweet spot.It’s too early to put out any definitive verdict on the 3DS, but so far this is a very promising device. I don’t have high expectations for what I wasn’t able to test–like internet browsing or 3D movie watching–but at least those features will be present. What’s important is that the 3DS accomplished its goals without them. The 3DS is a very good gaming device with good social features and well implemented 3D. If for any reason you don’t like the 3D, you can just shut it off with the handy slider and you are left with a great looking 2D experience. It’s a seamless transition and the main problem with it seems to be the feeling that I should be playing in 3D, while I really enjoy the 2D just as much (often more). The battery life remains a problem and traveling with the charger will help, but the device takes some time to charge so a battery accessory will be the best bet. This isn’t enough to greatly diminish my enjoyment of the 3DS, but it’s tough to move away from the fantastic battery life of the DSi/DS Lite.Overall the 3DS is a nice upgrade and it deserves the spotlight for now. Once Sony’s NGP shows up and the iPad 2 becomes fully available the $250+ handheld market is going to be a confusing place for a little while, at least until the winners emerge. Nintendo seems to be in a great position in the short run, but it is going to have to adjust if they want to be prepared for the app-based gaming world of the future.nintendo_3ds_geek_06nintendo_3ds_geek_06nintendo_3ds_geek_05nintendo_3ds_geek_04nintendo_3ds_geek_03nintendo_3ds_geek_02nintendo_3ds_geek_01The 3DS used in this review was a US retail model, provided by Nintendo.last_img read more

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Eee Pad Asus proposera ses tablettes tactiles lannée prochaine

first_imgEee Pad : Asus proposera ses tablettes tactiles l’année prochaineTaïwan – Si Asus s’est fait attendre sur le marché des tablettes internet, le fabricant taïwanais devrait enfin proposer ses produits l’année prochaine. Apple et son iPad peuvent voir venir.Lors d’une conférence sur les résultats du deuxième trimestre de l’entreprise, Asus s’est livré à quelques confidences concernant l’Eee Pad, sa tablette internet. Deux versions seront proposées :  l’Eee Pad 121 est une tablette douze pouces animée par Windows 7 et dotée d’un processeur Core 2 Duo qui sera proposée au prix de 1.000 dollars (soit 780 euros environ). L’autre appareil est une tablette dix pouces tournant sous Android 3.0. Son prix est bien plus modeste, puisqu’il devrait avoisiner les 400 dollars (environ 310 euros). Ces produits apparaîtront sur le marché dans le courant du premier trimestre 2011.Le 16 août 2010 à 13:35 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Gary Locke confirmed as US ambassador to China

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has unanimously confirmed Commerce Secretary Gary Locke as U.S. ambassador to China.Locke, a former two-term governor of Washington state, will be the first Chinese-American to serve as ambassador to China, the largest nation in the world and a major trading partner. It is also the top foreign holder of U.S. debt.Locke was approved by voice vote and replaces Jon Huntsman, who resigned in April to explore a GOP presidential run against President Barack Obama next year.last_img

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