Facebook101Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-PetMeet Charlie Brown! CB is a Dachshund/Chihuahua mix, 4 years old, 10 pounds, with a lovely red coat and soulful eyes. He is sweet, smart, and would make a great companion dog for an adult home. Charlie Brown lives with a birth defect disability that requires wheels for his back legs. He can walk on his own to tool around the house, however for greater distance he rocks his wheels! He is a super loving great listener, who loves people and an available lap. Being a Dachshund he is also a great watch dog who will alert you!If you have further questions or would like to schedule an appointment to meet Charlie Brown in person, please contact the adoption team at Shelton Adopt-a-Pet. Emails are the preferred method of communication.Adopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit the Adopt-A-Pet website, our Facebook page or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 360-432-3091.Hours of Operation: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Tiago Pereira8711111113%38%$362,485 Jerry Hollendorfer9818122018%51%$1,344,608 Richard Baltas9817181517%51%$918,937 Doug F. O’Neill11113231912%50%$1,109,096 Flavien Prat17639273322%56%$2,604,589 FINISH LINES: Notable Santa Anita workers this morning: American Cleopatra, Bob Baffert, (bullet) 35.80, Pacific Heat, Pete Eurton, 36.60, American Freedom, Bob Baffert, 48.80, Law Abidin Citizen, Mark Glatt, 49.20, Moe Candy, John Sadler, 48.00, Bolo, Carla Gaines, 1:01.40, Conquest Enforcer, Phil D’Amato, 1:01.60, Finest City, Ian Kruljac, 1:02.00, Goodyearforroses, Richard Baltas, 1:01.00, Isotherm, George Weaver, 1:00.60, Ring Weekend, Graham Motion, 1:01.80, American Anthem, Bob Baffert, 1:12.20 (G), Faypien, Bob Baffert, 1:13.20 (G), Follow Me Crev, Vladimir Cerin, 1:14.60, Royal Mo, John Shirreffs, 1:14.80, Silent Bird, Mark Glatt, 1:13.40. Dirt Training Track: Imperative, Bob Hess, Jr., 52.20…Santa Anita Publicity sends HURRY BACK!! wishes to our own Ed Golden, who is on the mend following a bout with vertigo yesterday. “Eddie G.” was transported to Arcadia Methodist Hospital from the Santa Anita Racing Office yesterday morning, but was at home and in fine spirits last evening. Jon White has installed the indefatigable Golden as a 2-5 morning line choice to be back on his Stable Notes beat next Thursday…Speaking of hospitals, veteran jockey agent Joe Griffin, who is currently representing Edwin Maldonado, will undergo heart bypass surgery on Monday at Arcadia Methodist. Vince DeGregory will be handling Maldonado’s business during Griffins’ recovery…All Thoroughbreds members at Santa Anita on Big ‘Cap Day, March 11, will receive a free Santa Anita umbrella with paid admission while supplies last. There will be a $1 million guaranteed Late Pick 4 and a $100,000 guaranteed Pick 6. First post time will be at 12 noon, with admission gates opening at 10 a.m…On Saturday, March 18, Santa Anita offers the St. Paddy’s Day Pitch, with the person who tosses a ringer winning $1 million! It’s free to enter. Just get on track, fill out a contest entry card and you could be one of four entries selected to participate, or sign up online at santaanita.com/events before March 18, as one online entry could be chosen. SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Peter Miller842520830%63%$1,230,275 Corey Nakatani57107518%39%$555,571 JERKENS THINKING FAST WITH SHAMAN GHOST (Current Through Friday, March 3, 2017 Inclusive) Joseph Talamo1181891815%38%$563,873 Mike Smith401331133%68%$1,267,687 Bob Baffert4596820%51%$892,631 (Current Through Friday, March 3, 2017 Inclusive) Norberto Arroyo, Jr.85168819%38%$700,820 Rafael Bejarano10118161718%50%$995,773 Kent Desormeaux10822131220%44%$1,336,469 SHERMAN TO TRY DORTMUND ON TURF IN KILROE MILE A winner of the Grade I Santa Anita Derby in 2015, Kaleem Shah’s Dortmund, in his first start for trainer Art Sherman, will try grass for the first time in next Saturday’s Grade I, $400,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile.“I think this will be an easier race for him than running seven eighths in the Triple Bend (Grade I, the same day),” said Sherman from his Los Alamitos base this morning. “Seven eighths of a mile is a very demanding type of race and he hasn’t run in almost six months. Breeding-wise, I always wondered why they never tried the grass with him.“This looks like an opportune time to try it…Martin Garcia is coming over tomorrow to work him. We’ll go seven eighths and gallop out a mile.”Trained by Bob Baffert in all 14 of his career starts, Dortmund, a striking 5-year-old chestnut horse by Big Brown, out of the Tale of the Cat mare Our Josephina, has been idle since running fourth in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile here on Nov. 4. He has earnings of $1,982,480 from an overall record of 14-8-2-2.The following horses are considered probable for the Grade I, $400,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile on March 11: Bal a Bali, Bolo, Conquest Enforcer, Dortmund, Ring Weekend, War Correspondent, War Envoy and What a View.MASOCHISTIC TO MAKE 7-YEAR-OLD DEBUT IN TRIPLE BENDStar crossed Masochistic, who has by any measure, a most unusual lifetime resume, will make his 7-year-old debut going seven furlongs in Saturday’s Grade I, $400,000 Triple Bend Stakes–his first start since being disqualified from second place purse money in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Sprint here on Nov. 5.Fifth in his debut for trainer A.C. Avila going six furlongs in a Cal-bred maiden special weight here on March 15, 2014, Masochistic was subsequently dispatched as the 2-1 favorite on Kentucky Derby Day at Churchill Downs in an open maiden special going six furlongs on May 3, 2014–the result, a 14 length triumph.Transferred to Ellis following his sixth start on Feb. 28, 2015, he promptly annexed the Grade II Kona Gold Stakes on April 11, 2015, the Grade I Triple Bend Stakes on June 27, 2015 and was then second in the Grade I Bing Crosby Stakes on July 26, 2015.Second, beaten 1 ¼ lengths by eventual Eclipse Champion Sprinter, Drefong, in the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Sprint, which was his 14th career start, Masochistic tested positive for a prohibited medication and was subsequently stripped of the $255,000 he had been awarded for running second.So, it’s back to the drawing board for the California-bred gelding by Sought After, who’s owned by Los Pollos Hermanos Racing and Jay Em Ess Stable. He brings a sparkling work tab to Saturday’s Triple Bend that includes a six furlong gate work in 1:10.60 here on Feb. 13–fastest of 21 at the distance.Probable for the Grade I, $400,000 Triple Bend Stakes: Conquest Cobra, Denman’s Call, Kobe’s Back, Masochistic, Moe Candy, Point Piper and Silent Bird. Martin Pedroza9311171612%47%$508,983 Jockey Standings William Spawr24102342%63%$285,271 Tyler Baze18933392117%49%$1,558,011 Trainer Standings Philip D’Amato691581222%51%$876,965 John W. Sadler458101018%62%$500,164 Edwin Maldonado56107918%46%$317,005 Mark Glatt56911816%50%$407,635 Luis Contreras8910102311%48%$487,537 Stewart Elliott12114141612%36%$669,637 Peter Eurton4695620%43%$499,062 Vladimir Cerin3989621%59%$305,929 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won SHAMAN GHOST RATES HUGE CHANCE IN SATURDAY’S BIG ‘CAP Trainer Jimmy Jerkens’ Shaman Ghost, who got a career best 112 Beyer Speed figure while running second to Arrogate in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Jan. 28, will arrive at Santa Anita on Tuesday as he prepares for next Saturday’s Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap, to be run at a mile and a quarter.“Most of the time, it’s pretty fast and speed favoring out there, but I like the way my horse ran in the Pegasus,” said Jerkens this morning from south Florida. “He usually breaks very well. In the Pegasus, he was up with the top flight, in front of California Chrome, into the first turn and then they ran away from him a little down the backside.“I think they’ll have to go fast early and if they come back, a mile and quarter is a great distance for my horse. If any horse fits the distance, it should be him.”Owned by Stronach Stables and bred in Ontario, Canada by their Adena Springs, the 5-year-old bay son of Ghostzapper will be Jerkens second starter in Santa Anita’s signature event for older horses as his Effinex ran third in last year’s edition.No stranger to the “Big Stage,” Shaman Ghost won Canada’s biggest race for 3-year-olds, the mile and a quarter Queen’s Plate in July, 2015 at Woodbine. A 4 ¼ length winner of Belmont Park’s Grade II, mile and one half Brooklyn Invitational on June 11, 2016, he took the Grade I, mile and one eighth Woodward Stakes at Saratoga three starts back on Sept. 3.Forced to miss the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 5 due to illness, Shaman Ghost’s next start was a third place finish in the Grade I, mile and one eighth Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs on Nov. 25.In what will be his first-ever Big ‘Cap mount, four-time Eclipse Award winning Javier Castellano, who was aboard for the Woodward, will fly in from Florida to ride Shaman Ghost next Saturday.“Javier is thrilled to be riding this horse,” said Castellano’s agent, Mike Lakow. “He won the (2004) Breeders’ Cup Classic with his sire, Ghostzapper, who was also owned by Mr. Stronach, so it would be nice to win the Big ‘Cap with Shaman Ghost.”(Lakow also noted that Castellano would be riding trainer Peter Eurton’s Kobe’s Back in Saturday’s Grade I Triple Bend Stakes at seven furlongs as well as Bal a Bali for Richard Mandella in the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile, turf).With Big ‘Cap weights due out later today, the following horses are probable for the 80th running of the Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap on March 11: Follow Me Crev, Gangster, Hard Aces, Hi Happy, Imperative, Isotherm, Midnight Storm, Shaman Ghost and Twentytwentyvision. TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Santiago Gonzalez10212151312%39%$541,047 SHERMAN SAYS DORTMUND TO TRY TURF IN KILROE MILE Steven Miyadi54714613%50%$340,733 STAR CROSSED MASOCHISTIC RESURFACES IN TRIPLE BEND J. Keith Desormeaux3573520%43%$447,105
Related Posts If your device fits these specific parameters, here’s how to do it:Download and install the most recent version of iTunes first and back up your phone. Do not upgrade your phone’s firmware to 4.0 at this time. Download sn0wbreeze from the ih8sn0w.com homepage here. Download the iOS 4.0 firmware. (Links available here and here and elsewhere on the net. Remember, you’re downloading the iOS 4.0 firmware for your device, older versions or those for other devices don’t work.) Run the sn0wbreeze executable you downloaded.Choose “Simple Mode” from the first screen of the setup program.When prompted, point it to the iOS 4 firmware file you just downloaded. The software will verify the file and then you can click “Next” to continue. On the following screen, click “No” on the pop-up message that appears if you are using your phone on an official carrier (like AT&T in the U.S). Click “Yes” if you want to use your phone on a different carrier. The software will then proceed to jailbreak your iOS 4.0 software file.The final step is to restore your phone to the now-jailbroken software. Connect your phone to your computer, launch iTunes and select your phone in the left-side menu of iTunes.Hold down the SHIFT button on your keyboard while clicking on the “Restore” button in iTunes. Then let go of the SHIFT button. iTunes will now prompt you to select the location of your custom firmware file (the now-jailbroken iOS 4.0 software). Direct it to wherever you had originally downloaded that file and click “open.”iTunes will now “restore” your phone to that jailbroken version of the iOS 4.0 firmware. Do not do anything else on the computer while this is taking place. When the process completes, your phone is jailbroken. Those who then want to then “unlock” their phone for use on a non-standard carrier (like T-Mobile in the U.S.) will need to follow further instructions to do an unlock. This guide can help. Keep in mind that if you have a jailbroken phone, you can’t get support from Apple for any issues you may have. However, jailbreaking isn’t permanent. You can revert your phone to its factory settings at any time via iTunes with no one the wiser. Tags:#Apple#How To#mobile#web What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology sarah perez Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Earlier we published a guide on how to jailbreak the iPhone 3G or iPod Touch (2nd generation) using the jailbreak tool known as “redsn0w.” However that tool, still in beta format at the time of publishing, did not support a jailbreak for owners of an iPhone 3GS. But there’s a second tool called “sn0wbreeze,” which does. This software also supports jailbreaking the iPhone 3G and iPod Touch second generation. However, sn0wbreeze is a Windows-only tool and even more importantly, it is meant just for devices which have already been jailbroken. If you upgraded to the new iOS 4.0, you cannot use sn0wbreeze.Jailbreaking vs. UnlockingFor the uninitiated, “jailbreaking” refers to the ability to open up a device in order to install unapproved, third-party applications. Given both AT&T and Apple’s restrictions regarding the iPhone, this process is a must for many Apple device owners. Jailbreaking allows access to many new functions, including turning the phone into a Wi-Fi hotspot, being able to fully customize the phone down to its icons, forcing Wi-Fi only apps to run over 3G and, for those whose older devices don’t support all of iOS 4’s new features, jailbreaking offers some viable alternatives. Jailbreaking and unlocking the iPhone are two different hacks which allow you to take control of your mobile device in different ways. Jailbreaking, as noted above, is a type of hack that lets you install unapproved third-party applications on your iPhone or iPod Touch from searchable repositories provided by apps like Cydia and Icy. Unlocking, on the other hand, is a hack that lets you use your iPhone on another cellular network. Here in the U.S., that means you can use the iPhone on T-Mobile instead of AT&T. You have to first jailbreak your phone before you can unlock it, but you don’t have to unlock a phone in order to jailbreak it.How to Jailbreak with Sn0wbreezeThe “sn0wbreeze” jailbreak software has a very specific use case. You can only use it if your phone has already been jailbroken and if that jailbreak was not performed using the popular jailbreak tool called “Spirit.” It is also a Windows-only software program.To be clear, if you have an iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS or iPod Touch that’s already jailbroken with redsn0w or the Mac software called Pwnage Tool, you can use sn0wbreeze. It also does not work on “MC” model iPods – those whose model numbers begin with the characters “MC.” To check your device, go into “Settings,” “General,” “About,” then scroll down to “Model Number.” Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement
Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement nick statt Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#Google#mobile Web Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Ahead of the slew of announcements to come out of its annual I/O conference later this week, on Monday Google released Google+ mobile recommendations, which allow publishers to include a discovery feature in any mobile news site. While discovery features are prevalent in native apps and in many news readers, the new mobile recommendations tool is aimed at closing the gap mobile sites face in keeping users around to read more than a single article. Google+ Recommendations: Just One Snippet Of CodePlacing a snippet of code in a website’s main template enables Google+ recommendations on all pages of that site’s mobile version. Users click on the mobile recommendations bar that provides articles from the same author, other popular articles on the site, and — if a user is signed into his or her Google+ profile — articles that people in their Circles have read and recommended.All that’s required beyond the free-to-use code is a Google+ profile to let publishers or individuals manage the recommendation tool. “We chose to launch this on mobile Web first because this problem for users and for publishers is most acute in mobile Web. It’s the place where the user is least able to find interesting content in a property,” Seth Sternberg, director of product management at Google, told ReadWrite. The feature will also be automatic from the publisher’s standpoint, meaning a user will see the recommendations regardless of whether the user has a Google+ profile. Google+ Sign-InGoogle+ mobile recommendations comes on the heels of the Google+ sign-in, which debuted two months ago. Like the more prevalent Facebook sign-in option, Google+ sign-in allows publishers to leverage the social network as a way of commenting and creating a profile on a publication website. The company says it has seen strong growth from its initial batch of 12 launch partners, and will showcase some 50 Google+ sign-in partners at I/O.
UP NEXTKyle Hendricks or Jon Lester is likely to get the ball for Chicago in Game 1 of the playoffs. The Cubs dropped four of seven games against the Nationals this season. Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Chicago, a runaway winner in the NL Central last season with a 103-58 record, has some decisions to make about its rotation against the Nationals, but appears to be in good shape heading into the playoffs. The Cubs closed the season with 15 wins in 19 games.Mike Montgomery pitched three scoreless innings for Chicago before John Lackey (12-12) allowed Adam Duvall’s run-scoring double in the fourth in his first relief appearance since the 2013 World Series with Boston. The right-hander could work out of the bullpen in this year’s playoffs.“I mean he gave up a run, whatever it was, but I thought he had a really good slider coming out of the pen and his velocity was normal,” manager Joe Maddon said. “So I thought he looked actually pretty good.”Scooter Gennett added an RBI single in the sixth for Cincinnati. Joey Votto doubled twice and led the majors by reaching base 321 times this year, breaking his own team record set in 2015.“I think as a complete package, this was the best year of my career,” said Votto, who won the NL MVP award in 2010.NO STEALINGCincinnati center fielder Billy Hamilton went 0 for 4 with a walk and lost out to Miami’s Dee Gordon in the race for most steals in the majors. Hamilton had 59 coming into the day, one shy of Gordon’s total.The Reds tried to get Hamilton another steal in the ninth, but Jesse Winker was thrown out at third on the front half of a double-steal attempt, ending the inning.TAKE A BOWThe Cubs paid tribute to retiring Reds right-hander Bronson Arroyo with a scoreboard message before the start of the fourth inning. The 40-year-old Arroyo waved to the cheering crowd when he was shown on the videoboard. MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City The Chicago Cubs acknowledge their fans after the last regular season baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Chicago. The Reds defeated the Cubs 3-1. (AP Photo/David Banks)CHICAGO — The cheering slowly increased as the crowd of 40,971 recognized the significance of the Chicago Cubs flag on the videoboard at Wrigley Field. The banner on top of the pole for the NL Central standings rippled in the breeze as the cheering turned into an appreciative roar.The regular season is over. Next up for Chicago is the Washington Nationals.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients McGuire (1-1) pitched five sparkling innings for his first major league win in his second big league start. The right-hander also picked up his first RBI when he drove in Phillip Ervin with a grounder in the fifth.“It’s been a really long journey,” he said. “I pitched well, they played unbelievable defense behind me and Tucker (Barnhart) did a great job behind the plate.”Raisel Iglesias allowed Albert Almora Jr.’s one-out homer in the ninth before finishing for his 28th save in 30 chances.Cincinnati finished last in the NL Central for the third straight season. It also went 68-94 last year.“A ton of really good things here, and that’s what gets us excited moving forward,” manager Bryan Price said. “Now we have to get our pitching in a position where we move from the bottom to more towards the top.”ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant each had a light day of work as the Cubs prepared for the playoffs by playing much of their roster during a 3-1 loss to Deck McGuire and the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday.Most of Chicago’s starting lineup was gone by the fifth inning. Rizzo flied out leading off the first, and then was replaced in the field by Taylor Davis. Bryant and shortstop Addison Russell were pulled after the NL Central champions batted in the fourth.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutChicago (92-70) is trying to become the first team to repeat as World Series champions since the New York Yankees won three in a row from 1998-2000. It will open the NL Division Series at the Nationals on Friday.“They’re a deep team. So are we, so it’ll be a fun series,” Rizzo said. Lynx force decisive Game 5 vs Sparks in WNBA Finals Read Next
London: Using artificial intelligence (AI), researchers have distinguished five types of breast cancer, which were earlier lumped into one. Published in the NPJ Breast Cancer journal, researchers, including one of Indian-origin, applied AI and machine learning (ML) to gene sequences and molecular data from breast tumours, to reveal crucial differences among these cancer types. According to researchers, two of them are more likely to respond to immunotherapy, one was more likely to relapse on tamoxifen. “We are at the cusp of a revolution in healthcare as we get to grips with the possibilities AI and ML can open up,” said study leader author Anguraj Sadanandam from the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR), London. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year “Our study has shown that AI can recognise patterns in breast cancer that are beyond the limit of the human eye, and to point us to new avenues of treatment among those who have stopped responding to standard hormone therapies,” Sadanandam said. The majority of breast cancers develop in the inner cells that line the mammary ducts and are “fed” by oestrogen or progesterone. These are classed as ‘luminal A’ tumours and often have the best cure rates. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India However, patients within the group respond differently to standard treatments, like tamoxifen, or new treatments — needed if patients relapse — such as immunotherapy. The researchers applied the AI-trained computer software to a vast array of data available on the genetics, molecular and cellular make-up of primary ‘luminal A’ breast tumours, along with data on patient survival. Once trained, the AI was able to identify five different types of disease with particular patterns of response to treatment. Women with a cancer type labelled ‘inflammatory’ had immune cells present in their tumours and high levels of a protein called PD-L1, suggesting they were likely to respond to immunotherapies. Another group of patients had ‘triple negative’ tumours, which don’t respond to standard hormone treatments but various indicators suggest they might also respond to immunotherapy. Patients with tumours that contained a specific change in chromosome 8 had worse survival than other groups when treated with tamoxifen and tended to relapse much earlier. These patients may benefit from an additional or new treatment to delay or prevent late relapse. The markers identified in the study don’t challenge the overall classification of breast cancer, but find additional differences within the current sub-divisions of the disease, with important implications for treatment.
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Christian Pineda plays a lot of video games, but he’s best at “Minecraft.” Hunched over a laptop in the front row of a half-full movie theatre last month, the 13-year-old eagerly showed off why.“I basically know the controls like the back of my hand,” he said before turning his focus back to a tight match against a rival team from Boston. Christian claims to be shy at school, but here, he’s a vocal leader on a New York team of nearly 20 esports competitors, some as young as 6 years old. With a spot in the league finals on the line, Christian tapped away at his keyboard and excitedly discussed tactics with teammates.The group was strategizing over pickaxes and archers, not pitchers and catchers, but the focus on teamwork and communication could have come straight from the bench at a youth baseball game.At Super League Gaming events like this, that’s the goal.“Like Little League for esports,” says Super League CEO Ann Hand.Super League is trying to bring structure to an industry devoid of it at the youth level. The organization was founded in 2015 and runs national leagues for three esports games: “Minecraft” for players in elementary and middle school, and “League of Legends” and “Clash Royale” for older players. Kids are often introduced to competitive video games via “Minecraft” before graduating to “League of Legends,” giving them a place to train and play throughout their teenage years and beyond — the “League of Legends” competitions don’t have an age limit. Super League Gaming has tens of thousands of players, although not all attend every live event, and its “Minecraft” championship has been turned into a reality TV show on Nickelodeon.The hope is that Super League can close a major gap in the esports ecosystem for young gamers, particularly in the U.S. The industry is set to eclipse $1 billion soon, and there are more professional opportunities than ever. Pros in the NA LCS — the top North American “League of Legends” circuit — averaged over $300,000 in salary this season, and many colleges now provide esports scholarships. Careers in esports coaching or game design are increasingly in demand, too.But to pursue those jobs, players need to start early. Esports pros often peak in their early 20s, and elite talents in countries like South Korea are being identified before reaching middle school.The relatively weak U.S. gamer pool is holding back North American franchises from competing on an international stage. Esports powerhouse Cloud9 became the first NA LCS club to even make the semifinals at the League of Legends World Championship this year, and it only had one U.S. player in its starting lineup. The lacklustre American feeder system was a talking point when NA LCS franchise owners met this summer.“A lot of our amateur system has fallen away,” said NA LCS Commissioner Chris Greeley. “I think we all agree that it is shallower right now than it could be and should be.”Riot Games, which publishes “League of Legends” and manages its professional circuits, is partnered with Super League and hopes the organization can boost the reputation of American gaming. Super League uses proprietary software to pair players with competition at the appropriate skill level, and its weekly in-person events allow for stronger development than if players were left to practice alone. Super League also makes it easier for pro franchises to scout players and evaluate their talent and makeup.“You can’t really just look at the best players online and use that as your primary way to find the next great pro because the problem is that you don’t know a lot about their behaviours,” Hand said. “Will they be able to handle the pressure of being at the Staples Center or Madison Square Garden?”Just like Little League, it’s not strictly about churning out elite talent. Super League also creates an in-person sense of community around gaming, one that allows parents to watch and even coach. Some have concerns about their kids spending too much time on screens, but at least with Super League, gaming happens in a social, supervised space — better than playing solo in a basement or bedroom.“It’s one of the best decisions we’ve made,” said Alon Rothschild, who drives his 11-year-old son, Frankie Capello, over an hour from Staten Island to compete with New York’s “Minecraft” team.The co-ed organization provides players with uniforms, tech support and access to its digital platform, which allows players to log into Super League competitions from anywhere. But it’s the in-person events that pull kids in.“You’re actually sitting next to each other and you’re talking,” Frankie said. “When you’re talking, you basically are getting the better experience with your friends. I love talking with my friends and doing this.”The league hasn’t turned out any professional players, though it’s taking steps to ramp up its gamer development. It has created a training program within its software for at-home use and is offering boot camps focused on helping players improve. Hand wants to begin hiring former professional gamers to coach at Super League events, too.Super League is also eyeing expansion into games like “Fortnite.” Although Super League’s player base is believed to be the largest of its kind in the U.S., it still represents a sliver of the gaming world, leaving a lot of room for growth before Super League is as synonymous with esports as Little League is with baseball.Getting there could be a boon in an already booming industry.“A kid who does play Little League is an MLB fan for life,” Hand said. “Cultivating that future fan through our youth leagues is really essential.”___Follow Jake Seiner: https://twitter.com/Jake_Seiner___More AP esports: https://apnews.com/Esports and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsJake Seiner, The Associated Press
I, Zack Meisel, an aspiring journalist, used Spark Notes.I didn’t use them to help my performance on exams. I only used them when necessary to assist me in catching up on missed reading assignments in high school.Trust me, Spark Notes can’t explain a character’s symbolization of love. Spark Notes can’t produce a detailed essay exploring a novel’s motifs. Ever since I was young, I’ve been a skilled writer. I can confidently declare that reading Spark Notes did not affect my grades in any way. I still would have fared well in English classes without the extra boost from the ‘Notes.This is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do, to admit to such wrongdoing (now choking up, holding back tears).Hopefully my admission to such a heinous act won’t deter voters from considering me for the Journalism Hall of Fame one day.Coming clean about my dependence has given me vindication. It cleanses my soul that I can finally talk about the past.Enter Mark McGwire.The once-robust home run machine has received a paltry portion of the vote for the Hall of Fame. So — coincidentally, we are to believe — just one week after Andre Dawson was the only slugger selected to baseball’s exclusive club, McGwire finally pronounced his sorrow for juicing up during the ‘90s.He attributed his steroid use to aiding in his recovery from countless injuries. He claimed that not one of his 583 home runs resulted from an injection of any performance enhancing substance.And yet, no one seems satisfied.Even Ray Charles could see that the likes of McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Barry Bonds and hundreds of others were using during the 15-year steroid rage, but hindsight is 20/20. No one seemed to care about all of the bulging biceps in 1998 when Big Mac and Slammin’ Sammy were jockeying for the main slice of MLB home run history.The torrential downpour of steroid revelations has stirred up a cloud of hypocrisy around baseball’s most controversial era. We want athletes to be truthful, but our memories of those athletes become tarnished once they admit to “cheating.” Don’t ask for the truth if you’re afraid to hear it.Whether McGwire and Co. should earn a spot in the Hall of Fame depends on the consensus opinion of baseball experts around the country. The problem is, we’re far from a unanimous viewpoint.No one is buying McGwire’s assertion that the juice didn’t enhance his play on the field. But what purpose do his admittance and apology serve if the public can’t agree on its reaction to it?We all suspected the man of loading up syringes during his career, so why is it now that we jump on his decrepit back? Did his admission really re-shape anything anyone assumed about him?McGwire wouldn’t talk about the past before a congressional hearing in 2005, and he wasn’t the only one looking foolish on the stand. Sosa suddenly forgot the English language and Rafael Palmeiro lied through his teeth.Finally, though, when the man decided to open his closet full of skeletons, no one was content with the confession.The guy clearly messed up, along with hundreds of others, many of whom haven’t been made public yet. We know that for an extended period of time, the sport of baseball was completely diluted.But followers of America’s pastime must arrive at a consensus about what treatment these untruthful athletes should receive. Last May, Dodgers outfielder Manny Ramirez earned a 50-game suspension for testing positive for a banned substance. Immediately upon his return, he was embraced by his Los Angeles following. Fans brushed his misdeed under the infield grass, as if he never cheated. Ah, Manny just being Manny.That’s the double standard that keeps Major League Baseball in limbo. Both Ramirez and McGwire knew the effects and consequences of their actions. For McGwire, there were no potential punishments. Yet, he is the one crucified after revealing his transgressions.It’s time to implement an even playing field for all athletes linked to performance enhancers.I fessed up to my Spark Notes use. I knew what I was doing was wrong. I can only hope that my ninth-grade English teacher forgives me.
Then-senior guard Aaron Craft (4) caries the ball down the court in a game against Dayton. OSU lost, 60-59, at First Niagara Center March 20.Credit: Ritika Shah / Lantern TV News directorFormer Ohio State basketball player Aaron Craft has officially signed with the Golden State Warriors, according to NBA.com.Golden State elected not to release the details of Craft’s contract — nor the contracts of fellow free agents James McAdoo and Mitchell Watt, who were signed along with Craft — in accordance with team policy, the website said.Craft played in five games for the Warrior’s NBA Summer League team and averaged 7.4 points per game to go with better than two steals, rebounds and assists per game for the summer.The Findlay, Ohio, native played four years at OSU and earned a plethora of individual honors including being named the 2014 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. He played in a total of 148 games during his time in Columbus, starting every game he played in during his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. He averaged 8.9 points in his Buckeye career and became the school’s all-time assist leader with 694 helpers.Craft is set to wear No. 2 for the Warriors after donning the No. 4 shirt at OSU, according to the NBA’s release.Golden State’s preseason is scheduled to start Oct. 7 against the Los Angeles Clippers in Los Angeles. The Warriors’ regular season schedule is set to begin Oct. 29 against the Sacramento Kings in Sacramento, Calif.
The Real Madrid supporters have spoken and have named Kylian Mbappe as the man that should replace their star player Cristiano Ronaldo for next seasonThe five-time Ballon d’Or winner completed his shocking €112m move to Serie A champions Juventus on Tuesday following months of speculation regarding his future after his post-match comments in Real’s Champions League final victory over Liverpool in May.Replacing a player that brought 40+ goals a season to the side and who proved invaluable in their recent dominance in Europe is a big ask, but club supporters feel that Mbappe is the man for the task.The 19-year-old French forward’s meteoric rise in the football world has continued at the World Cup with some standout performances, that have even put the likes of Lionel Messi in the shadows this summer, and he will very likely be starting in Sunday’s final against Croatia.Neymar responds to PSG criticism with a stunning winner Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Despite all the backlash he got today at Parc des Princes, Neymar responded by scoring a stunning winner vs Strasbourg.We all knew that Neymar’s…Surprisingly, Neymar is only third in the list after being constantly linked with a move to the Spanish capital for the past year.In a voting poll conducted by the Spanish news outlet Marca, the results were:1. Kylian Mbappe – 54% 2. Eden Hazard – 15% 3. Neymar – 14% 4. Harry Kane – 10% 5. Unnamed option – 6%