NBA All-Star game: Lakers’ Kobe Bryant soaks it in for one last time

first_imgBryant set up Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard for an open jumper. Bryant canned a fadeaway jumper as the ball rolled around the rim five times before dropping into the basket. Bryant stopped former Lakers teammate Pau Gasol on a post play. Bryant later threw a lob to Kevin Durant. But Bryant provided some misses.Bryant posted up on Dwyane Wade and threw a right-handed skyhook that airballed. LeBron James slapped the ground before calling for Bryant to play him one-on-one. Bryant responded by shooting a fadeaway that hit off the rim. James also set a record 291 career points in All-Star games, which eclipsed Bryant’s 290.James argued that record “means absolutely nothing.” But his play against Bryant meant absolutely everything.“When you get that opportunity versus a great man, you just have fun with it,” said James, who had 13 points and seven assists in 20 minutes. “I’m happy I’ve been along for a small piece of the ride of his journey.”That journey created plenty of buzz. Canadian rapper Drake wore a sports jacket with the message, “Farewell Mamba,” draped above Bryant’s image. Bryant hugged comedian Kevin Hart before tossing freebies into the stands and playing with his daughter, Gianna. Once lineup introductions started, Bryant talked endlessly with Durant and Westbrook on stage. “It’s a great moment to be able to sit back and chat with a guy like that,” Westbrook said. “You embrace all those moments.”Then, the Air Canada Centre scoreboard played numerous highlights of Bryant’s career. Unlike the Raptors’ video tribute two months ago, the All-Star tribute featured parts of Bryant’s career-high 81-point game against the Toronto franchise nearly 10 years ago. “Kobe Bryant has blessed us with 20 unbelievable years,” Johnson said. “He blessed all of us with five NBA championships in his Lakers career. I was blessed to see all five and be a part of it.”Then another video tribute played that featured messages from James, Wade, Durant and Gasol. “I’m proud to be your friend,” Gasol said, “and be your brother.”Bryant then took the microphone.“It feels good to speak to all these players about the game and share my knowledge about the game to them,” Bryant said. “They can carry the tradition of the NBA and play another 20 years.”Bryant then excused himself and said, “Now I have to go get loose.” After doing that, Bryant delayed his on-court entrance to shake hands with Hall of Famers Bill Russell and Oscar Robertson. Bryant then spoke with them for a few minutes. “He’s given me a lot of great advice on leadership and competitiveness,” Bryant said of Russell. “He and I were just catching up and touching base.”Then, Bryant took the court. But perhaps because of the nostalgia permeating the arena, no one appeared intent on going after Bryant. His teammates also appeared initially reluctant to look for their own shot. That marked a stark contrast toward Bryant’s first All-Star appearance in 1998 when he matched with Michael Jordan. Then, Jordan won his third All-Star MVP after posting 23 points on 10-of-18 shooting. Bryant answered with 18 points on 7-of-16 shooting, six rebounds and two steals despite sitting in the fourth quarter.“Michael was still Michael,” Bryant said. “I’m 20 years in and it’s different. These kids are so many generations removed from that. It’s not even about that anymore because they’ve literally grown up watching me.”Hence, Bryant reported several of those players told him this weekend how he shaped them.“That makes me feel good,” Bryant said. “Those aren’t stories you’re ever going to share with somebody that you’re competing against. But at this stage, it feels wonderful.” Bryant appeared feeling wonderful in other moments. Chris Paul’s son playfully stole the ball from Bryant during half-time warmups. Bryant and Gasol shared a laugh before he went to the bench. Once he exited the game with 1:06 remaining, Bryant hugged every teammate, opponent and West coach Gregg Popovich. He then spoke on behalf of the fans that chanted Bryant’s name.“It’s kind of bittersweet,” Popovich said. “It’s like the passing of a generation.” TORONTO >> The glowing words struck Kobe Bryant as he heard Magic Johnson address his greatness.“There will never be another Kobe Bryant,” Johnson boasted.The two tribute videos explained why, showing a loop of plays that brought Bryant five NBA titles and endless memories. “I’ve been extremely fortunate to play the game I love,” Bryant said at center court, “and to be in the game for more than half my life.” Soon enough, Bryant continued playing the game he loves. No one will mistake the Western Conference All-Stars’ 196-173 victory over the East All-Stars on Sunday at Air Canada Centre as quality basketball. Yet, in a season centered on nostalgia and reflection, Bryant added some more memories. As promised, Bryant played unconcerned about adding to his four All-Star MVP awards. That honor went to Thunder guard Russell Westbrook for the second consecutive year after finishing with 31 points on 12-of-23 shooting, eight rebounds and five assists in 22 minutes. That overshadowed Pacers forward Paul George’s 41 points on 16-of-26 shooting and falling short of Wilt Chamberlain’s All-Star record of 42 points set in 1962.But Bryant still offered moments, scoring 10 points on only 4-of-11 shooting and adding seven assists and six rebounds in 26 minutes. “I had a blast playing with those guys, laughing and joking with them on the bench,” Bryant said. “I had a great, great time.”Bryant showed that at different times.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Brentford v Wednesday: Tarkowski returns

first_imgJames Tarkowski returns to the Brentford side for the game against Sheffield Wednesday at Griffin Park.The centre-back has recovered from a calf problem and replaces Yoann Barbet, who is among the Bees substitutes.Wednesday make a number of changes from the team which knocked Newcastle out of the League Cup in midweek.Lewis McGugan drops to the bench despite scoring the Owls’ winner against the Magpies.Brentford: Button; Clarke, Dean, Tarkowski, Bidwell; McCormack, Diagouraga; Vibe, Kerschbaumer, Judge; Djuricin.Subs: Bonham, Woods, Yennaris, O’Connell, Barbet, Udumaga, Canos.Sheffield Wednesday: Westwood, Turner, Hutchinson, Matias, Nuhiu, Lees, Lee, Hunt, Wallace, Pudil, Bannan.Subs: Wildsmith, Loovens, McGugan, Bus, Helan, Joao, Lopez.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Rugby’s quiet inroads in Soweto

first_img31 January 2005It is almost a given that a boy who grows up in Soweto has a passion for soccer, spending countless afternoons playing impromptu, passionate matches on the streets or dusty fields of this sprawling Johannesburg township.But for a handful of pupils at Jabulani Technical High School, their enthusiasm is for a different sport altogether – one seldom equated with black youngsters anywhere in South Africa. We’re talking, of course, about rugby.This far less popular, formerly “white” sport is steadily making inroads into Soweto’s sporting psyche, with Jabulani Technical High School at the forefront of the development“Sadly we still have individuals in our communities who perceive rugby as a sport played only by a particular race group”, says the school’s sport co-ordinator, Godfrey Leballo.But over the years, this mindset has slowly been crumbling, yielding fruitful results for the growth and development of the game in other surrounding townships as well, says Leballo.Situated next to Koma Road in Jabulani, Technical High has emerged as one of Johannesburg’s chief breeding grounds for black rugby talent.Rugby was first included as a sporting activity in 1989, as part of the school’s sports awareness campaign to provide pupils with a wide variety of sporting options, says Leballo.But it was not without some teething problems. “We had huge challenges when we first tried to encourage pupils to be part of the school’s rugby team, because a lot of them believed rugby was not meant for black people.” In addition, many saw it as a painful and barbaric sport.But with South Africa hosting the 1995 Rugby World Cup, many township youngsters were enticed by the game – and the country’s lifting of the Cup drew even more supporters, Leballo says.“I believe that when local youngsters saw former president Nelson Mandela wearing the Springbok jersey, and black players such as Chester Williams being selected for the side, they started believing they could play this game.” In the ensuing months, Leballo noticed more and more pupils wanting to join school squads.At the entrance of the school’s main office is a cabinet of trophies and certificates of its many sporting achievements. Pride of place goes to a framed South African rugby jersey, signed by the Springbok team.The white long-sleeved jersey was donated to the school in 1999 by Virgin Atlantic Airways – the school’s rugby sponsor from 1998 to 2000.Virgin Atlantic provided equipment and paid for the school’s team to travel to local and international tournaments. “Through Virgin Atlantic, Jabulani was invited to play against a rugby school in England”, says coach Andrew Nkoana.The sponsorship ended after 9/11.Despite having no major financial backers, Jabulani Technical High remains undeterred.“It’s true our rugby performance has dropped slightly, but our sports committee has set-up a strategy to rectify this problem”, says principal Dumisani Mbense. “The committee is working towards uplifting our school’s rugby performance to where it should be – at the top.”Jabulani, which caters for pupils from grade 8 to grade 12, remains one of the few township schools in South Africa offering rugby as a sport.“A lot of our neighbouring schools don’t have rugby in their sporting codes due to a lack of facilities, even rugby fields, and no equipment”, says Leballo. “At least our school is privileged enough to have a grassed rugby field.”With its abundance of talent, the school also influences local rugby at club level, with the Soweto Rugby Club being the main beneficiary.A few local players have also gone much further. Former Gauteng Lion McDonald Muzi Masina is a product of Jabulani, while Giant Nkosi impressed at last year’s Craven Week schools tournament.“I don’t think I would have been a rugby player if I had not attended high school at Jabulani Tech”, says Sivile Ningiza, president of the school’s Learners’ Representative Committee, and scrumhalf.“I used to believe rugby was only accessible to white people and to local kids that attend school in Model C schools or private colleges”, he adds.However, while rugby remains the stepchild of local sport, its adherents are determined to change that perception.A lack of facilities around Soweto and the fact that rugby is not included in the extra-mural activities of many township schools are some reasons why local youngsters are not interested, says Jabulani player Katlego Hato.“Go around Soweto and check how many soccer fields exist in this area – plenty”, Hato points out. “Then check how many rugby fields exist in the same area – none, maybe less than three.”“But I love rugby”, Hato says, “because it teaches you discipline.”He jokingly adds: “I also love pain – that’s why I decided to become a rugby player before I become a professional wrestler!”Source: City of Johannesburg Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

YouTube Reports 200m Mobile Daily Mobile Views, 2.0 App for Android

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement A YouTube video is viewed on a mobile device on average more than 200 million times a day, Google announced today. That’s a 3X increase over the end of last year. The service’s incredible momentum was announced alongside version 2.0 of YouTube Mobile for Android, which puts a heavy emphasis on music videos from Vevo, the YouTube joint project that includes content from Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and EMI.App users will now be able to read artist bios, find related artists and ponder mobile advertisements galore in the new version of the app. People who use YouTube by mobile use it a lot. It will be interesting to see if making some of the most popular content, music videos, even easier to consume by mobile will lead to an even bigger jump in use than has been seen to date. One thing’s for sure, it’s now been 3 years since the words “broadcast yourself” were removed from the YouTube logo – and those days when the site emphasized user generated content sure are gone.The growth rate of mobile YouTube is increasing each year. A 3X growth rate in 2010 can also be understood as 200% growth. That’s up from 160% in 2009. YouTube’s mobile efforts launched back in 2007. At that time it only offered a library of 12 daily videos selected and approved by operator partner Verizon and a total catalog of just 1,000 videos on Vodafone, its European partner.In November, Google posted results from a survey of 16,000 users of the m.youtube.com website. That survey found:75% of respondents say that mobile is their primary way of accessing YouTube70% visit YouTube Mobile at least once a day58% spend more than 20 minutes per visit to YouTube Mobile38% feel that YouTube Mobile is replacing their desktop YouTube usageIn other words, the story seems to go like this: very loyal users have propelled a fast-growing inventory of mobile content to big levels of viewership and now YouTube is introducing a new app that will emphasize its partner organization’s music videos but increase monetization across the board for many video publishers.Is that what the future of mobile video will look like well into the future? At least for the web’s biggest video site, that’s Google’s hope. Related Posts marshall kirkpatrick What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Tags:#mobile#web The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

How the smart machine era will change the world

first_imgFollow the Puck Tags:#automation#driverless cars#featured#Internet of Things#IoT#robotics#smart energy#smart home#top Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…center_img Dr. Stan Schneider Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… The other day, my 13-year old brought home a not-so-great report card. I wanted to motivate him to do better, so I asked, “What do you want to do with your life?”He looked up at me. Then, he looked down at our dog, sleeping contentedly on the floor. He looked back at me, and said, “Dad, I want to be a pet of the robot overlords.”I was floored. Say what? This is my legacy? This is his ambition?See also: How the lack of interoperability standards could be killing IoTThen I realized…throughout history, those who do best leverage the technology of the day. He plans to specifically leverage smart machines? That’s not a bad career ambition at all. Being a pet is smart. Being a good pet is brilliant.Your children will not drive. Your children will not write. Your children will not compose music. Your children will not make buying decisions. Or, at least they will not have to. There are already intelligent computing systems challenging human capabilities in all these areas.And, assuming Moore’s law continues as it has, computers in 40 years will not be 10x better than today. Or 100x. Or 1000x. Computers will be a mind-boggling 4 million times better than today. Any statement that “humans will always do X better than machines” is blatant, ignorant bio-supremacy.So, we will all be pets of the robot overlords. That’s good, because they will make the world much better.Paging smart hospitals & healthcareConsider medical care in hospitals. Shockingly, hospital error is the 3rd leading cause of death in the U.S. Today’s devices don’t talk to each other. They don’t even know they are connected to the same patient.This system is not good enough. Without the ability to check readings between devices, it’s hard to differentiate a nuisance alarm from a life-threatening condition. Simple mistakes happen in hundreds of ways. For instance, every heart-bypass surgical team that Harvard Medical School surveyed made the same disastrous mistake at least once: forgetting to resume ventilation after disconnecting the heart-lung machine. Patient-controlled analgesia, the system that allows thousands of patients to self-administer morphine after a surgery, is widely used and considered safe. But, it still kills 2-3 patients a day.There are just far too many failure modes for harried hospital staff to do this on their own.The smart machine disruption will change all that. By connecting devices together and adding “doctor in a box” smart software, most all these errors will be history. And, it’s already happening! GE Healthcare, for instance, is building a system capable of handling 200,000 connected devices in a 1200 bed hospital. It will be deployed soon.Connecting smart energyThe environment will also benefit. Our current power grid handles only one-way power flow. Big generators produce power that flows to distributed loads in neighborhoods and companies. There hasn’t been a major disruption since the advent of 3-phase transmission in the 1930’s. But it’s clear: the future power grid must incorporate distributed renewables like solar and wind.How? It’s not that simple. Big spinning-metal generators cannot change their output faster than about 15 minutes. So, centralized controllers tell them to generate enough power to cover the expected load over the next 15-minute period. They have to add a small margin of “spinning reserves”, because if the generation ever drops below the load, the grid can fail completely.Solar adds generation capacity, but clouds can cover entire neighborhoods in minutes or even seconds. The big spinning generators can’t react that fast, so the central controller must increase spinning reserves. Unfortunately, spinning those reserves burns nearly as much oil or coal as the no-solar original system. So, most solar energy is simply wasted.The solution? Just like the medical case, connect the devices and add intelligent software. In this case, the software wraps local control loops around the solar cells and a little local battery storage. Even 15 minutes of storage smooths the fast bumps and allows the generators to reduce reserves.This also is already happening. Duke Energy, the largest US utility, leads an effort called “OpenFMB” design to transform the grid. Dozens of companies are cooperating to build an implementation. Intelligent, distributed control will soon sweep the industry, bringing much greener energy and much better efficiency.Driving toward smart transportationThese are great, but medicine and power are not even the greatest disruptions. That distinction goes to “driverless cars”. Autonomous cars are more like robots on wheels than an evolution of cars. For these reasons, I will refer to them as “carbots.” There is a drastically new player in our lives and a new player deserves a new name.The benefits are many and profound. By eliminating the cause of 94% of accidents, Carbots will purge the road carnage from our society. Time wasted today can be used to sleep or work. Carbots can drive in close, efficient formation, saving energy and time, and making good use of today’s carpool lanes. Because we don’t need to store carbots near you, we can turn urban parking lots into parks. They will make extensive travel practical for millions. They will clear DUIs from our courts. They will bestow freedom of motion on those who can’t drive. They will disrupt nearly every aspect of daily life, all of it for the better.Of course, carbots will also disrupt the 30% of US jobs directly related to driving. These include the obvious: truckers, delivery people, and Uber drivers. The greater effects will eliminate roadside hotels, revolutionize elder and child care, obsolete auto insurance, and do away with auto-body shops. Driverless cars will impact our economy and society more than anything since the horseless carriage.In the end, smart machines will make our world better…much better. Your children may not drive, write, compose music, or make buying decisions. But, they will live in a cleaner, healthier, safer, world. The smart machine era will be liberating in ways we can never imagine today.So, what will people do? That’s a great question, which is of course unanswerable. Even if you knew the answer, nobody would understand it. This is not new; if you went back in time to 1975, you could never explain what a backend SaaS engineer did at LinkedIn. The future will bring unknowable companies and jobs.We do know one thing: the world will be much more efficient. The analysts differ on the positive impact on the economy, but they all agree on the magnitude: trillions. The smart machine era will be a multi-trillion-dollar feast.So, how can you best survive and thrive? Don’t be a bio supremacist. Like my son, embrace the robot overlords. Seek a way to leverage the technology. Find your link to things that think.Dr. Stan Schneider is CEO of Real-Time Innovations (RTI), the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) connectivity platform company with an extensive footprint in all areas of the IIoT including Energy, Medical, Automotive, Transportation, Defense, and Industrial Control. Schneider is also the small company representative on the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) Steering Committee and serves on the advisory boards for Smart Industry and IoT Solutions World Congress. Embedded Computing Design Magazine presented Stan the Top Embedded Innovator Award for 2015. Stan holds a BS and MS from the University of Michigan and a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Stanford University.last_img read more

22 days agoEverton U23 coach Unsworth: EFL Trophy good for development

first_imgEverton U23 coach Unsworth: EFL Trophy good for developmentby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton U23 coach David Unsworth was delighted with their EFL Trophy win over Burton Albion.Unsworth admits he’s a supporter for the competition and the potential introduction of B teams.Asked if the competition has worked for Everton, Unsworth told the Liverpool Echo: “Yeah, I think it has. It’s a competition we’ve been delighted to be in. For the first couple of years, there was almost a novelty for the players to play against first-team players.“You know me and you know I’m a big advocate of what happens everywhere around Europe with B-teams and for the purpose of developing young players quicker, it is brilliant the way they work throughout the leagues in Europe.”When we’ve had a sniff of playing first-team opponents, I’ve been all over it. Even in pre-season, it is something I feel very passionately about.“You’ve seen tonight, a very, very good mid-table League One club with an experienced manager, we’ve been the better team and won quite comfortably.”People slag off under-23s football, the Premier League do the best they can and it’s a league that has improved year after year and it’s not as bad as people make it out to be. You’ve seen that tonight.”Technically, we’ve looked the better team, we handled the ball brilliantly and the way we work proves it’s right, in terms of being like a first-team and working a lot on physicality and speed and tempo and limited touches because tonight we were just awesome.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Report: ESPN To Buy Second Half Of Big Ten’s Media Rights For $190 Million Per Year

first_imgBig Ten logo.Twitter/@bigtenAfter FOX agreed to buy up half of the Big Ten’s available media rights for a reported $240 million per year, many speculated that a Big Ten/ESPN divorce could be on the horizon. FOX’s move does mean big changes for the conference, but ESPN will still have a major Big Ten presence. According to a report by Sports Business Daily, ESPN is set to buy the other half of the Big Ten’s package for $190 million per year over the next six years.ESPN will buy the second half of the Big Ten’s media rights package, ending months of speculation that the two were about to sever their 50-year relationship.ESPN will pay an average of $190 million per year over six years for essentially half the conference’s media rights package, according to several sources close to the talks. Two months ago, Fox Sports agreed to take the other half of the package for an average of $240 million per year. CBS Sports also has told the conference that it will renew its basketball-only package for $10 million per year.FOX will air the Big Ten Championship Game, and gets first choice for games, meaning that college football fans will be flipping to the network, and not ESPN, to watch Michigan vs. Ohio State in the future.FOX gets a game selection advantage over ESPN in that reported deal. So Michigan-Ohio State is probably moving to FOX for a while.— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) June 20, 2016With the combination of FOX and ESPN’s deals, the Big Ten is set to pull in $2.64 billion for its media package. On the field, you can have a very healthy debate over which conference reigns supreme, but in the bank accounts, it is hard to argue against what the Big Ten has pulled off this off-season.[Sports Business Daily]MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitalelast_img read more

Leonard fellow lawmakers hold joint committee hearing during Detroit auto show

first_img Categories: Leonard News,Leonard Photos Rep. Leonard and members of the House and Senate attend a joint committee hearing in Detroit.State Rep. Tom Leonard, R-DeWitt Township, and members of the House Commerce Committee and Senate Economic Development Committee hold a joint committee hearing on Jan. 15 outside the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.“The auto industry has been and continues to be a very important part of Michigan’s economy,” said Leonard, R-DeWitt Township. “I was pleased to learn more about the investments and innovations being made by our auto companies.”The hearing was scheduled as an opportunity to educate lawmakers and the public about Michigan’s role in the global automotive industry and what the state can do to further attract automotive jobs and investment.### 21Jan Leonard, fellow lawmakers hold joint committee hearing during Detroit auto showlast_img read more