New lighting will soon be coming to Sioux City’s high school baseball fields.The Sioux City Public Schools Foundation has been awarded a $192,000 grant from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, the grant program supported by Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association to promote youth baseball and softball.The grant will provide funding for the installation of field lighting at North High School’s Bud Speraw Field, the East High Baseball Field, and West High’s Baseball Field.The BTF grant will provide funding for the installation of Musco Lighting, Inc. equipment at the three baseball fields which will allow additional practice and game time for the school teams as well as travel and community teams.The project is scheduled to begin in September for completion by April 2019.
AUBURN, AL – NOVEMBER 30: A member of Auburn Tigers cheer team waves a flag during their game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 30, 2013 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Auburn’s football team will be sporting new helmets this season. They’re not very different than the helmets they’ve sported in the past. The design is the same, but the finish is different – it’s metallic. A photo of the helmets came out in early August, but now we’ve got a video of the helmet. It looks great. Really good look at the metallic finish to the new facemask and helmet stripes for Auburn football @PhilHecken pic.twitter.com/ScoUwEq1dA— Clint Richardson® (@Clintau24) September 1, 2015Looks good, Tigers. Auburn opens its season Sept. 5 against Louisville.
COLLEGE PARK, MD – OCTOBER 03: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines (L) jogs off the fiedl with his brother Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh (R) following halftime of the Michigan and Maryland Terrapins game at Byrd Stadium on October 3, 2015 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)Like many teams, Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan Wolverines listen to music during practice. Harbaugh’s inclusions in the playlist include many of the rock staples you’d expect from a 51 year old football coach. You have some AC/DC, some KISS, both very standard. The playlist also includes Jim Harbaugh’s favorite song, which doesn’t strike us as something you’d play to get players pumped for practice.What music does Jim Harbaugh play at #Michigan practices? pic.twitter.com/VzNpp6l3IH— Ben Fidelman (@bfidelman) September 6, 2015 Gordon Lightfoot’s song does have plenty of references to the Midwest. The shipwreck motif is a bit strange, but we probably shouldn’t question Harbaugh’s methods. The man rebuilt Stanford, he can play some Lightfoot if he wants.
(Image taken from Indian Affairs website http://www.ainc-inac.gc.ca/index-eng.asp ) APTN National NewsOTTAWA–Indian and Northern Affairs Canada does not yet have a plan in place or know how much it will cost to replace the word “Indian” in the department’s name with “Aboriginal.”The plan for the name change was announced Wednesday shortly after the unveiling of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s new cabinet.John Duncan, who was previously the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, was reappointed to the same portfolio but given the title Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development.The name change not only caught First Nations, Metis and Inuit leaders by surprise, but also department officials, some who only found out by watching television.The department has now admitted it does not know how much it will cost to change its name or have a plan yet in place.“At present, it is too early to estimate the cost of changing the department’s name,” said department spokesperson Genevieve Guibert in an emailed statement. “The department is developing an action plan to determine how to implement the change in a timely and practical manner and with the least cost to taxpayers.”Guibert said the minister’s new title would be used immediately in news releases and correspondence, but it will take longer to change the department’s name on its website, signage, letterhead and forms.The department is also in the process of having its title changed in the federal government’s Federal Identity Program, which is part of the federal government’s corporate identity program, said Guibert.The statement also repeated the Conservative government’s reason for suddenly deciding to make the name change.“The change of the department’s name from Indian Affairs and Northern Development to Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development better reflects the scope of the minister’s responsibilities with respect to First Nations, Inuit and Metis,” said Guibert. “The change has no effect on the minister’s statutory responsibilities or the mandate of the department.”It took the department two days to respond to questions from APTN National News about the cost and plan for the name change.
Shareholder advocates and analysts are calling on Lululemon Athletica for more disclosure surrounding the abrupt resignation of its chief executive who “fell short” of the Canadian athleisure company’s conduct standards.Frank Allen, the executive director of the Canadian Foundation for Advancement of Investment Rights (FAIR Canada), said the Vancouver-apparel maker’s statements explaining the sudden departure of CEO Laurent Potdevin after four years at the helm were “thin.”“Shareholders, investors are entitled to a full explanation for something of this significance,” he said.The Vancouver-based apparel maker was mum on Tuesday after announcing a day earlier that Potdevin had resigned, effective immediately, and was no longer on its board of directors. Lululemon said in a statement it “expects all employees to exemplify the highest levels of integrity and respect for one another, and Mr. Potdevin fell short of these standards of conduct.”According to a filing to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Lululemon and Potdevin reached a separation agreement in connection with his resignation. Under the agreement, Lululemon will pay Potdevin a $3.35-million cash payment “as soon as practical” and another $1.65-million total in monthly instalments made over a year and a half.In return, Potdevin agreed not to sue the company and would co-operate with it in the future, among other stipulations.Lululemon has begun searching for a new CEO, the company also said.The news prompted at least two U.S. law firms to launch investigations into Lululemon.New Orleans-based firm Kahn, Swick & Foti, said their investigation is focused on whether the company’s board breached their fiduciary duties.Michael Swick, the firm’s owner, principal and partner, questioned Lululemon’s $5-million payment to Potdevin. He noted that under the executive’s employment agreement in its latest proxy statement he is not entitled to any severance if termination is voluntary.However, Lululemon used the term “resignation” in its release, and was unwilling to share further details out of respect of the privacy of the people involved.“We don’t believe that the board is following their own constructs,” he said.New York-based law firm Bronstein, Gewirtz & Grossman also said Tuesday it was launching an investigation.Corporate governance expert Richard Leblanc says Lululemon’s public statements on the matter are “bordering on inadequate.”“The downside of having succinct, inadequate disclosure is that people make inferences,” said LeBlanc, a governance professor at York University. “And you lose the ability, as a board, to control the message. So, something a little more fulsome would have been better.”Canaccord Genuity analyst Camilo Lyon said in a research note Tuesday that the Lululemon board has moved quickly to quarantine the fallout that could have ensued if details were to have been made public.However, he noted, judging by the company’s specific language in its statement, “we can only assume there were claims of inappropriate behaviour.”Still, Canaccord does not see Potdevin’s departure as a major setback for Lululemon, “although uncertainty will remain elevated until the CEO position is filled,” Lyon added. Shares of the Lululemon were relatively flat in New York on Tuesday afternoon.Major Lululemon shareholders such as Advent International Corp., Manning & Napier Advisors LLC, The Vanguard Group Inc. and Fidelity Management & Research company declined to comment Tuesday, while BlackRock Institutional Trust Company did not immediately respond to requests.Chip Wilson, Lululemon’s founder and shareholder, said in a statement that yesterday’s events mark “an opportunity to secure a culturally-aligned leader who values athletics, the West Coast lifestyle and a deep commitment to re-establish the profit-driving people development program that was a cornerstone to our success.”
OTTAWA – With some trade uncertainty now out of the way, the Bank of Canada is widely expected to hike its benchmark interest rate today for the fifth time since the summer of 2017.This morning’s policy decision will be the central bank’s first since Canada agreed with the United States and Mexico earlier this month on an updated North American free trade deal.The bank left the rate unchanged at its last policy meeting in September and senior deputy governor Carolyn Wilkins later said the unknown consequences of the continental trade talks — as well as the tit-for-tat tariff dispute — were front and centre in the decision.Governor Stephen Poloz’s rate announcement today will also come as the Canadian economy continues to show signs of strength and the unemployment rate remains close to a four-decade low.A hike would be Poloz’s first increase since July, when the rate rose 25 basis points to 1.5 per cent.The central bank has carefully followed a gradual, data-dependent approach to raising the rate to assess factors, including how smoothly indebted households absorb the increases.
By capturing his second major of the 2015 season, U.S. Open winner Jordan Spieth has placed himself in some very elite company. It’s only the fourth time since 19581Roughly speaking, 1958 marks the beginning of the modern era of major championships; that’s when the PGA Championship adopted a stroke-play format. that the same player has won both of the year’s first two majors, and just the 13th time any player won back-to-back major titles.The conversation has quickly turned to Spieth’s Grand Slam chances. This has been the Year of Spieth on the PGA Tour, and a Slam would solidify his season as one of the best in golf history. And yet he’s not considered to be the best golfer on tour. Spieth is still the second-ranked player in the world behind Rory McIlroy, who is probably the better golfer on a per-round basis and has, in the past, won the two major tournaments remaining on the 2015 schedule.That’s why the betting markets consider McIlroy, and not Spieth, the favorite to win each of the season’s final two majors. After adjusting for the house edge built into betting odds, the sportsbook Bovada.lv assigns2To the best of our knowledge, Bovada only lists the players upon whom they’ve gotten action, and will release odds for other players upon request. The inclusion of additional players could slightly alter the house-edge adjustment we made, but those players’ odds of winning are so low that the change would be minimal at best. McIlroy a 13 percent probability of winning the British Open and an 11 percent chance of winning the PGA Championship; the site gives Spieth a 9 percent shot at winning each tournament.Those numbers are similar to the ones you’d see if you looked at how past back-to-back major winners did in their next two major tournaments. Of those who won back-to-back majors, only Tiger Woods — who won his “Tiger Slam” by capturing the 2000 U.S. and British Opens and the PGA Championship, plus the 2001 Masters — went on to win any of the next two majors, giving the group an 8.3 percent success rate per major.Of course, sometimes you can play well enough to win but run into another great performance. That’s when a method such as Bill Barnwell’s Z-scores is useful, because it tells us how well a player scored relative to the rest of the field on the same day. We can then use that number to track how often a player’s performance would be good enough to win a typical major against typical competition, which helps even out comparisons between fields of varying quality. And according to this calculation, the average back-to-back major champ’s Z-scores over his next two majors were good enough to win a generic major3From 1958 on. 11.3 percent of the time.No matter how you cut it, the odds of Spieth finishing off the Grand Slam are still fairly low — about 1 percent, if the probabilities above are any kind of guide.Even if Spieth doesn’t win the Slam, however, his future looks exceptionally bright. Back in April, we developed a model (based on the historical performance, by age, of people who won majors) to track Woods’s progress in his pursuit of Jack Nicklaus’s all-time majors record. If we plug in Spieth’s expected major count at year’s end — roughly 2.2, using the odds from Bovada — he’s currently on pace to finish his career with just under 12 major titles, a total that would rank third all-time if it came to fruition. (And remember, that’s just a mean projection — the variance around it means there are plenty of scenarios in which he wins more than 12.)Either way, it’s been an incredible start to Spieth’s career, Grand Slam or not.
Only in baseball can $2 million in cash, plus the Nos. 56 and 75 overall picks in the draft, seem like chump change. That’s what the St. Louis Cardinals were forced to give the Houston Astros as punishment for hacking into Houston’s scouting database several years ago. All told, it was an unprecedented penalty to be levied against a baseball team for an unprecedented act of espionage.Yet compared to cheating scandals in other sports, the Cardinals got off easy. Using the various draft-value charts floating around in the sports analytics blogosphere, let’s compare the relative value of the picks St. Louis relinquished with the consequences of some of the NFL and NBA’s biggest cheating scandals in recent memory. (We’ll put aside any monetary penalties, simply because each sport has its own salary structure, making those kinds of cross-league comparisons difficult.)According to research conducted by The Baseball Analysts, a sabermetric blog run by Rich Lederer, the 56th and 75th picks in the MLB draft tend to produce about 4.9 wins above replacement over their careers. How much is that? Losing 5 WAR over, say, a 10-year span decreases the average team’s odds of winning at least one World Series in the decade by 1.4 percentage points.1Based on a logistic regression for MLB teams since the 1994 strike.By contrast, consider the New England Patriots. For their role in Deflategate, they were stripped of the No. 29 pick in the 2016 NFL draft, plus a fourth-rounder (let’s say No. 1302That’s the final non-compensatory pick of the fourth round, which would go to the Super Bowl champion; our Elo prediction model currently favors the Patriots to beat the Falcons on Super Sunday.) in 2017. According to Chase Stuart’s draft value chart, those picks tend to produce about 43 total points of approximate value over their careers, the loss of which over a decade would cost a team 4 percentage points from their odds of winning at least one Super Bowl in that span.3Based on a regression since the NFL playoff field expanded to 12 teams in 1990. I also assumed a replacement-level NFL player would produce about 6 points of AV over that span. And the Patriots’ penalty for Spygate seven seasons earlier — losing the 31st pick in the 2008 draft — would lop 3.2 percentage points off a team’s odds of winning at least one championship in a 10-year period.(Similarly, the New Orleans Saints’ Bountygate scandal, which cost them a pair of second-round picks, carried a penalty that would decrease the average team’s odds of winning a Super Bowl over the next decade by a whopping 4.4 percentage points.)The granddaddy of all league-imposed draft-pick sanctions probably belongs to the Minnesota Timberwolves, who lost five first-rounders for an under-the-table agreement with forward Joe Smith that attempted to circumvent the NBA’s salary cap rules. Although two of the picks were eventually restored, those that weren’t were worth about 61 career win shares, according to research by Basketball-Reference.com founder Justin Kubatko.4Note that it’s impossible to reconstruct exactly where the Wolves would have drafted in an alternate universe without the penalty, because the sanctions changed their roster for years to come. But going from their actual records, they would have owned the No. 13 pick in 2001, No. 23 in 2002 and No. 28 in 2004 — which add up to a value of 61 WS. Losing that many wins over a 10-year period5While also adding back in the roughly 8 win shares generated by replacement-level players. would reduce an NBA team’s championship odds for the decade by 6.5 percentage points — a crushing blow that helps explain why Kevin Garnett had to leave Minnesota to win his first championship.In light of those comparable scandals in other leagues, the Cardinals got away with a relatively light slap on the wrist. But then again, in a sport where the World Series favorite only has a 15 percent chance of winning it all in any given year, every single point of championship probability counts. Share on Facebook
Junior forward Ryan Dzingel (18) passes the puck during a game against Bowling Green Oct. 29 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 5-3.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorAfter nearly two weeks off, the Ohio State men’s hockey team welcomes Michigan State to Value City Arena for a weekend doubleheader.The Spartans (6-9-2, 0-1-1) are coming off of a 3-0 win over in-state rivals Michigan, while the Buckeyes (10-6-0, 0-2-0) swept Mercyhurst at the end of last month.Head coach Steve Rohlik’s team has now won seven of its last nine games, a stretch that has seen their goals per game average rise to 3.94, tied for second in the NCAA. Leading OSU’s scoring charge is junior Ryan Dzingel, whose five points in two games against Mercyhurst led to him being named the Big Ten Second Star of the Week.Meanwhile their opponents, the Spartans, have had a much tougher time putting the puck in the back of the net, with a 2.35 goals per game average that is last in the Big Ten. Like OSU they are looking for their first conference victory of the season.All of OSU’s opponents the rest of the season will be fellow Big Ten members, with nine of those games coming on the road. Friday night’s puck drop is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., while Saturday’s is at 7:05 p.m.
Manchester United’s Juan Mata is targeting a return to Spanish national team under new boss Luis Enrique, according to ESPN.Juan Mata is hoping to get a call-up back into Spain squad under Luis Enrique by having a stellar season with Manchester United.The former Celta boss was announced as the head coach of the Spanish national team replacing Hierro who stepped down after Spain’s disappointing performance at the World Cup.Spain appointed Hierro just before the start World Cup after Julen Lopetegui was unceremoniously relieved of his duties for his conduct with Real Madrid. The newly appointed Madrid manager agreed to join the Champions League holders while still the head coach of Spain leading to the Spanish Football Association sacking him on the eve of the World Cup.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…Mata was a part of the Spanish side that won the World Cup in 2010 as well as the European Championships in 2012.“I will do everything in my power to return to the National team. I want to let the new boss know he can count on me and I’ll work harder to get back into the team,” Mata said.Mata joined Manchester United from Chelsea in 2014 after current boss at United deemed him surplus to requirements at Chelsea. The Spanish midfielder has found his feet at Old Trafford making 36 starts for the club last season.