The Internet Is Convinced That Joe Lunardi Is Wearing A Toupée, And Is Unimpressed

first_imgA rack of NCAA basketballs.SUNRISE, FL – DECEMBER 21: NCAA basketballs in a rack on the court during the shoot-around proipr to the game between the Florida Gators and the Fresno State Bulldogs during the MetroPCS Orange Bowl Basketball Classic on December 21, 2013 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida. Florida defeated Fresno State 66-49. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)ESPN’s Joe Lunardi is one of college basketball’s most well-renowned bracketologists, but his most recent bracket isn’t what has Twitter abuzz during today’s early college basketball games. Many noticed something…strange about Lunardi’s hairdo, and are convinced that he’s wearing a toupée.Joe Lunardi is not fooling anyone with that toupee #CmonBro— Josef (@Joeyy_Steeze) February 28, 2015Joe Lunardi’s toupee has upped its OOC schedule and is in as a solid 7 seed right now— Andrew Rush (@idiotsonsports) February 28, 2015I currently have Joe Lunardi as a one seed in my “worst toupee bracket”— C Payne (@FakeCPayne) February 28, 2015I’ve got Joe Lunardi’s toupee as the 8th seed in the east #bracketology pic.twitter.com/iOeo7I3RZd— Jordan Jones (@theRealjwjones) February 28, 2015Lunardi needs to fire his toupee guy pic.twitter.com/MyK0CjyFD8— Rob Preslan (@RPreslan) February 28, 2015Why does Joe Lunardi keep up the facade of that awful toupee. Just let that bald head breathe!— M. Butler (@mbutlerOK) February 28, 2015Joe Lunardi’s toupee is projected to be a 14th seed in the NCAA Tourney!— Miran Maric (@MiranMaric) February 28, 2015Marv Albert is wondering what Joe Lunardi is doing with his 1986 toupee— ChicagoTerps (@ChicagoTerps) February 28, 2015Lunardi has been asked about this in the past, and denies it, for whatever that is worth.last_img read more

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Video: UCF Returner Takes Ball Out Of End Zone, Tries To Take A Knee, Gives UConn A Safety

first_imgUCF player tries to take a knee during kick return against UConn.Twitter/@edsbsThe “conFLiCT,” college football’s most intense months-old, Bob Diaco-created rivalry, promises to produce some of the most exciting highlights you’ll see this week. Or, at the very least, some of the weirdest. After a UConn touchdown, the Huskies kicked off to UCF return man Hayden Jones, who looks to run with it, but eventually rethinks things and kneels the ball. The only problem: he was already a step out of the end zone.Theyyyyyyyyyyyyy did iiiiiiiiiiit pic.twitter.com/3OQjuChmjC— JOEY FRESHWATER (@edsbs) October 10, 2015The boneheaded play gave UConn a safety, extending its lead to 9-3, and giving the Huskies the ball again. These are the kinds of plays that cause teams to start the year 0-5.last_img

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Alberta Labour inspectors find no infractions at Lethbridge Burger King

first_imgLETHBRIDGE, Alta. – Alberta Labour says it found no violations at a Lethbridge Burger King where an earlier public health inspection found evidence of foreign workers sleeping in the restaurant.Last week, Alberta Health Services ordered the franchise to remove all mattresses and furnishings and no longer let people stay, live or sleep on the premises.Alberta Health Services says the owner has complied with the order, which also flagged issues around cleanup from a burst pipe and storage of unused equipment.The provincial labour ministry says it received no formal complaint, but investigated when it learned of the workers’ reported living arrangements.Spokesman Andrew Hanon says there was a site inspection on Thursday and no occupational health and safety or employment standards issues were found.He says an employee at the restaurant who was in Canada on a work permit was confirmed to be living elsewhere.“All Albertans deserve workplaces that are safe, fair and family-friendly and we take all reports of this nature very seriously,” Hanon said in an emailed statement Friday.“Alberta’s workplace laws apply equally to everyone and any accusation of an employer potentially taking advantage of workers or putting worker safety at risk is completely unacceptable, and will not be tolerated.”Burger King said in an emailed statement earlier this week that it had spoken with the independent owner of the location and had no new information to provide Friday.“He has confirmed that the accusations regarding accommodations are not true,” said the company. “However, we will continue to ensure compliance with our high operational standards.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said there was a temporary foreign worker at the Burger King based on information from Alberta Labour.last_img read more

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Unemployment rate dipped in September on big parttime job gains StatCan

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s job market gained 63,000 positions in September, edging the unemployment rate lower to 5.9 per cent, and offsetting job losses in August, Statistics Canada reported Friday.September’s increase in employment was largely driven by gains in part-time work, with part-time jobs up by around 80,000, the agency said in its monthly labour force survey.Economists had estimated the country would add 25,000 jobs in September, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.The job gains were also almost entirely in Ontario and British Columbia, with little change in the other provinces.The latest monthly report from Statistics Canada indicates the jobs market remains volatile, after August saw a decline of more than 51,000 positions, raising the unemployment rate to 6.0 per cent, after two months of increasesOn a year-over-year basis, Canada gained 222,000 jobs since September 2017.South of the border, the unemployment rate in the United States dropped more than expected, to 3.7 per cent in September from 3.9 per cent the previous month, as 134,000 jobs were created, well below analyst predictions of a 185,000 jobs surge.Statistics Canada also reported the Canadian international merchandise trade balance improved in August, recording a surplus for the first time since December 2016.It said imports fell by 2.5 per cent and exports declined 1.1 per cent, producing a surplus of $526 million compared with July’s $189 million trade deficit.Taken together, the jobs and trade reports paint a rosier economic picture than anticipated, increasing the likelihood that the Bank of Canada will increase its trend-setting interest rate later this month, said BMO Financial Group chief economist Doug Porter.“The big picture is that the economy overall is looking a bit better than anticipated, with the bias now squarely to the upside on growth,” Porter headlined in a note to clients.But the fact that the job gains were part-time, and the trade surplus was the result of declines in both imports and exports, takes some of the shine off the numbers, said Royce Mendes at CIBC Capital Markets.Statistics Canada’s monthly labour force survey found that all of the job gains in September were made by workers in the core 25-to-54 age range with virtually no change in youth employment. September’s youth unemployment rate stood at 11.0 per cent, up by 0.1 percentage points from the previous month.Men in the core age bracket gained the most, with 34,000 jobs while women also saw increases of 20,000 positions.The agency said the number of self-employed Canadians declined by 35,000 after recording an almost equal total increase over the past twelve months.Many of the jobs were found in construction, up by 28,000 in September, reversing two previous monthly declines.Around 13,000 jobs were added in finance, insurance, real estate and rental and leasing, mostly in Ontario and Alberta.Employment increased by about 12,000 in the public sector, which has seen a rise of about 20,000 jobs overall since last September.The agriculture sector also saw gains of about 9,000 jobs, offsetting continuous declines seen since May.Statistics Canada also released third quarter employment numbers for the territories, reporting gains of 500 and 900 jobs in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories respectively while 400 job losses were recorded in Yukon. The numbers were compared with the second quarter and based on a three-month rolling average.last_img read more

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General Motors Newell and Twitter jump Campbell Soup dips

first_imgNEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Monday:General Motors Co., up $1.72 to $37.65The automaker said it will lay off up to 14,000 factory and white-collar workers and could close five plants.Newell Brands Inc., up $1.78 to $23.52The consumer products company named former Revlon and Procter & Gamble executive Chris Peterson as its new chief financial officer.Campbell Soup Co., down $1.51 to $39.02The company is adding two board members, settling a dispute with an activist investor.JPMorgan Chase & Co., up $2.61 to $109.26Banks and other financial stocks rose with interest rates Monday.Marathon Petroleum Corp., up $2.45 to $64.18Shares in energy companies rose as oil prices surged following huge losses last week.Macy’s Inc., up 55 cents to $32.56Stocks of retailers and travel companies climbed on the first full trading day of the holiday shopping season.Plantronics Inc., down $4.46 to $46.48The headset maker and computer accessory maker Logitech said they are no longer in talks about a possible deal.Twitter Inc., up $1.70 to $32.82Technology, internet and retail stocks made big gains Monday after plunging in recent weeks.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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One Way James Hardens Scoring Streak Is More Impressive Than Wilts

Houston Rockets guard James Harden has been busy this season redefining just how much offense a single player can create. As we near the NBA All-Star break, Harden has scored at least 30 points in an absurd 30 consecutive games and counting, which, according to Basketball-Reference.com, is the second-longest streak in league history. Harden’s streak trails only Wilt Chamberlain’s 65-game run from the 1961-62 season — a season in which Wilt happened to set the NBA record by scoring 50.4 points per game. The way Harden has been filling up the scoresheet, Chamberlain comes up as a frequent comparison, continually amazing for those of us who never thought we’d get to see numbers like Wilt’s in today’s game. But what might be most remarkable about Harden is the way he’s different from Chamberlain — specifically, how his one-man show has changed his team’s offense.A big reason that Chamberlain keeps popping up is that it’s difficult to find a modern analogue for what Harden is doing. Harden currently has a usage rate of 40.2 percent, meaning he has taken a shot (or turned the ball over) on roughly two out of every five Houston plays when he’s on the court. And when he isn’t trying to score himself, Harden has also assisted on 40.3 percent of teammate baskets. The only other qualified season in NBA history to break those 40/40 thresholds belonged to Russell Westbrook in 2016-17 — and Westbrook was much less efficient that season than Harden has been this year, averaging 6.8 fewer points per 100 possessions on plays he had a hand in ending.To get a sense of just how far Harden is pushing the boundaries of productivity, here’s a breakdown of all qualified seasons since 1976-77 by possession rate1The share of total on-court team possessions a player had a hand in ending, via shots, turnovers, assists and rebounds. versus offensive efficiency. (The outermost points up and to the right are the best combinations of workload and efficiency.) With 118.6 points produced per 100 possessions on a possession rate of 40.5 percent, Harden is currently having the greatest high-usage offensive season in modern history. From a team perspective, those numbers mean that Houston is funneling nearly half of its possessions through a player who is personally averaging nearly 2 more points per 100 possessions than the league’s most efficient team (the Warriors, at 117.0). So in theory, this should be a very good thing for his team’s scoring rate, which in turn should lead to more and more wins.And in Harden’s case, that appears to be true. Since Harden’s streak began, he is averaging 122 points per 100 possessions with a usage rate of 42.8 percent, both numbers up from the 114 and 37.3 percent marks he had before the streak, respectively. And over the same span, Houston’s teamwide offensive efficiency has zoomed up from 111.2 points per 100 before the streak (sixth-best in the NBA) to 116.9 (second-best) ever since, with his Rockets’ on/off-court offensive efficiency split (+5.8 points per 100) staying roughly the same before the streak and after. Houston is also 21-9 over the streak, after starting the season 12-14. Of course, the recent return of former All-Star point guard Chris Paul, who missed 18 games during Harden’s streak, has buoyed the Rockets as well — but in general it’s safe to say that Harden’s tear has had a very positive effect on Houston’s efficiency and overall record.Why is that notable, though? Isn’t that simply the logical result of having a highly efficient player dominate his team’s possessions? You might think so, but in a dynamic sport such as basketball, things are often more complicated than they may appear. And the best example of this could be Chamberlain.Chamberlain’s career was unwittingly one of history’s most fascinating laboratories for basketball experimentation, in large part because he was the NBA’s most extreme statistical outlier ever. Wilt led the league in scoring in each of his first six seasons, with a staggering scoring average of 40.6 points per game over that span; he also led the league in field goal percentage in three of those campaigns, making 50.7 percent of his shots in total (at a time when the NBA average was around 42 percent). With such a high volume of efficient shots, you might expect that Wilt was like Harden, leading his teams to tremendously efficient offensive performances.But you’d be wrong. Shockingly, Chamberlain’s Warriors struggled to even break league average in efficiency during his seasons with the club, despite the enormous amount of high-percentage scoring Chamberlain did by himself. It wasn’t until Chamberlain switched teams and started scoring less — passing to his teammates more — that his clubs began breaking offensive records.To better understand the sometimes-counterintuitive effect a single scorer can have on his team’s offense, I reached out to Ben Taylor, author of the book “Thinking Basketball,” who was one of the first researchers to notice this phenomenon in Chamberlain’s numbers. “The arc of [Wilt’s] career is very, very unique,” he said. “Not only do some people consider him the best player ever precisely because of these raw stats, but he goes through many different coaches, they put him in many different situations, and specifically Alex Hannum comes along with this great idea — like, ‘Hey, Wilt, what if you just didn’t shoot that much anymore?’ — and he does this, and the team becomes incredible.”Chamberlain’s 1965-66 and 1966-67 seasons with Philadelphia present the most fascinating test case. According to Taylor’s research, Chamberlain’s own personal scoring attempts in 1966 were much more efficient (averaging about 1.09 points per possession) than those of his teammates when they tried to score (0.94), and the 76ers had a mediocre offense with Chamberlain scoring 33.5 points per game. If anything, that makes it sound like Chamberlain should have shot the ball even more — but instead, Hannum persuaded Chamberlain to spread the ball around the following season. His teammates, basically the same cast of characters, averaged more points per attempt (1.01) on more shots per game, while Wilt himself was far more efficient (1.27 points per attempt!) when scoring “only” 24.1 points per game. The result was a championship for Philadelphia and one of history’s greatest offenses.Chamberlain’s less-is-more experience is indicative of other one-man shows from throughout NBA history, Taylor said. “You can see it with other high-usage players in a modern setting. I think the classic examples are 1987 [Michael] Jordan, 2006 Kobe [Bryant], guys like that — they’re doing a similar thing, and again you don’t have anywhere near a top-shelf offense.”But Harden has been able to break that mold by playing differently than other one-man offenses from the past. “Harden’s not the best example of one of these high-usage all time scorers,” Taylor said. “He’s a little weird in that he’s more like Steve Nash — he’s passing and dominating the offense to also set up teammates, and so you have a huge ‘creation’ player. … The stark difference between [Harden and Wilt] is that Wilt, when he was scoring, was more like a black hole, and Harden is just running everything.”The idea that Harden is what Taylor called a “Scoring Nash” is eye-opening. Playing in a similar (if not exactly identical) system to the one Nash orchestrated for four years under coach Mike D’Antoni, Harden has evolved the role of distributor to include an even greater level of player choice. If one of Nash’s great strengths was drawing defensive attention as a means of setting others up for easy shots, Harden can also use the threat of the pass as a means of giving himself more space to shoot. As a result, Harden has an “offensive load” — Taylor’s metric for measuring direct involvement via scoring or passing within an offense — of 66 percent, compared with Nash’s single-season high of 51 percent under D’Antoni in 2007.Pass-heavy initiators like Harden don’t always elevate otherwise mediocre offenses to greatness. For instance, Westbrook — who in 2017 set the NBA record for single-season usage rate (just ahead of Harden’s rate this year) — was the centerpiece of a barely average scoring attack that year, despite his record offensive load of 74 percent. But a disproportionate share of history’s greatest offenses were led by players such as Harden, Nash, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and even Golden State’s Stephen Curry — players who stretched defenses into oblivion with the interplay between their passing and scoring.That’s why Harden’s admittedly impressive scoring streak is only one part of the puzzle that has helped vault the Rockets back near the top of the Western Conference’s contender list. By playing more like the Chamberlain of 1967 than 1962, Harden isn’t just helping the team with his own statistics — he’s also making the players around him better.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

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Souness believes that Pogba should be benched

first_imgPaul Pogba’s position at the national team has been more than doubtful after his poor performances in the preparation games and Graeme Souness believes that the midfielder should be “rewarded” by a spot on the bench.The pundit claimed that Pogba fails to understand the midfield role properly and he is not reliable enough to start from the beginning as a central midfielder – and Deschamps should use him as an “impact-substitute”.Souness spoke about Pogba’s struggles as he said, according to Daily Mail:ole gunnar solskjaer, manchester unitedReport: Up to seven first team players out for United George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Manchester United have some serious injury problems with up to seven first-team players out.This Saturday, United have a Premier League clash with Leicester City….“There are question marks about France. Like Jose Mourinho at Manchester United, Didier Deschamps struggles to find a system that gets the best out of Paul Pogba.”“He should draw a line under that. You can’t trust him as a central midfielder and, ultimately, that’s how Deschamps will see it. He could use Pogba as an impact substitute.”“If you’re 1-0 up, you’re not bringing him on to close the game down. If you’re chasing the game, he might do something, but still doesn’t understand the midfield role properly.”last_img read more

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Eric Dier praises Spurs Teammate for World Cup performances

first_imgEngland midfielder Eric Dier has lauded his national and club teammate Keiran Trippier for his displays in Russia so far.Dier has spoken after Trippier earned comparisons with former England captain David Beckham, having created 13 clear cut chances for the team in 5 appearances at this year’s World Cup.The 24-year-old works with Trippier daily for Tottenham Hotspur and he believes that all the current acclaim for his club-mate is completely justified.“He’s had a fantastic tournament. I’m so, so happy for him I think it [recognition] is fully deserved.” Dier said to reporters, according to Sky Sports.“I think this season and last season but especially this season at Tottenham he has come on so much. Maybe that has been noticed as much as it should have been.”“It is not so much of a surprise but I think the level he has shown throughout this tournament has been incredible. His consistency – everyone is trying to compare him to Beckham, which is obviously fantastic for him.”Only Neymar, De Bruyne and Modric have created more openings for their respective nations in Russia as Tripper has proved to be an instrumental part of Southgate’s starting XI.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.Dier continued: “His delivery, aggression both offensively and defensively, I think he has been fantastic, his consistency has been incredible and I think he fully deserves it.”The Spurs midfielder, who also fired the decisive penalty in Englands last 16 shootout victory over Columbia, also stated that he and his teammates are far from satisfied just yet, ahead of Wednesday’s semi-final clash with Croatia.“We’re hungry for more and we want more. Hopefully, we’ll continue to show that on Wednesday. Since the game finished against Sweden we have switched our attention to Wednesday and we are still as focused as ever on that game.” he added.“There has been no complacency, no talk of anything else other than Wednesday. We are so focused on that. We have just kept things the same throughout the whole tournament.”last_img read more

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PSG boss pleased with Neymar Cavani partnership

first_imgParis Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel is pleased with Neymar and Edinson Cavani’s improved relationship after securing a 4-1 win over Reims in Ligue 1The pair have put aside their differences from last season, which saw them regularly dispute over spot-kick duties, to help maintain PSG’s 100% start to the new league season.A brace from Cavani along with goals from Neymar and Thomas Meunier ensured PSG of the three points after Xavier Chavalerin had given Reims a shock lead after two minutes of play at the Parc Des Princes.Asked about Neymar and Cavani’s improved relationship afterwards and whether he had a part it in, Tuchel told reporters: “You have to ask them! Great players have to play and live together, it’s very important.“I feel that Ney, Edi [Cavani], Angel [Di Maria] and Kylian [Mbappe] form a group that wants to win and improve together. I’ll always tell them that’s what I want.”on the performance, he added: “I am very satisfied with the first 60 minutes, we played fast and easy, with very few keys,”PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“We recovered the ball very quickly. We did that for 60 minutes.”PSG already hold an eight-point lead at the top of Ligue 1 from Lyon and have become only the fourth French side to win their first seven games of a top-flight campaign.“We are very happy to beat this record. It was a goal. This lays the foundation for continuing to work well,” said Tuchel.It’s a wrap at the Parc des Princes, where PSG got goals from @ECavaniOfficial (2), @neymarjr and @ThomMills to beat Reims 4-1!! 🔴🔵 #ICICESTPARIS #AllezParis #PSGSDR pic.twitter.com/CeeeGY1LpH— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) September 26, 2018last_img read more

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Prime Ministers Wife Mrs Patricia Minnis Visits Grand Bahama

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 18, 2017 – Grand Bahama – On a one-day trip to Grand Bahama, wife of Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis, on Thursday, November 16, 2017 brightened the day of the young, as well as the young at heart.    Mrs. Patricia Minnis, upon arrival in Grand Bahama, traveled to the West End community, where she read to students of West End Primary.Following this, she made a few home visits, accompanied by Parliamentary Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister and Member of Parliament for West End and Bimini, Mrs. Pakesia Parker-Edgecombe.It was then on to lunch with the senior citizens for their Thanksgiving Luncheon at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church where Mrs. Minnis spoke on passing on knowledge to the younger generation: she encouraged the residents to share their knowledge of child rearing, marriage, cooking, sewing, construction, and any other information that could assist in building better communities.  Following lunch, Mrs. Minnis was presented with gifts — a floral sculpture by Ms. Cathy Laing of the Office of the Prime Minister, Grand Bahama, and honey from the farm of Mr. James Taylor.(BIS Photos/Andrew Miller) Related Items:last_img read more

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