The Real Problem With The Windows 8 User Interface – And It Isn’t Touch

first_imgCognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Tags:#imac#Mac#touchscreen#user interface#user interface design#Windows 8 IT + Project Management: A Love Affair I just finished setting up my second Windows 8 computer. The first one, a Lenovo Yoga ultrabook/tablet, has a touchscreen. The second one, a Lenovo desktop tower, is hooked up to a standard Dell flat-panel LCD monitor that I bought a few years ago.While I installing the last piece of software on my new tower, I read Brian Profitt’s ReadWrite post about the current infatuation with touchscreens (see Hey PC Industry: Stop Being So Damn Touchy-Feely).But my experiences have convinced me that the ride into the new Windows 8 world is not going to be that bad. And more to the point, the touchscreen interface isn’t the biggest issue.Touch Is Not the ProblemThe problem is not that Microsoft is dragging us kicking and screaming into the world of touch interfaces.The real challenge is more complexity. To a certain extent I see some similar challenges – albeit on a smaller scale – in Apple’s Mac OS X Lion. They both offer too many different ways of accomplishing the same thing.One of the first things that I do when setting up a Windows computer is to get rid of the free trial subscription to some bloatware security program. Windows Defender is free and has worked well for me. We all know security programs have big enough egos that using two at the same time will cause problems.Uninstalling a program on Windows requires you to go to the Control Panel. That used to be fairly straight forward on Windows 7 and earlier operating systems. You went to the Start Menu. When I tried setting up my first Windows 8 computer, I had not figured out that you could get to the Control Panel multiple ways. Even once I figured it out, I learned that getting there was context-sensitive – and confusing.Complexity With Strange OptionsIf I am on the Windows 8 Start screen with the tiles and I move my mouse or finger to the upper right corner of the screen, the soon-to-be-famous Windows 8 “charms” come out. One is Settings – which you might think would take you directly to the control panel, but it doesn’t. At least not in that context.When I am using a regular Windows desktop application like Firefox, going to the upper right corner of the screen also reveals the charms. Select Settings here and you will find the Control Panel listed as the number two item on the right of your screen.Just to make it a little more confusing, if I am running an application like Google’s Chrome in its Windows 8 mode when I do the same thing, the Settings charm that shows up is for Google Chrome – and there is no Control Panel anywhere around. However, if I run Google Chrome in desktop mode, the Setting’s charm that shows up does lead to the control panel.As I was working on my new tower PC, I also discovered that if you go to the lower left corner of your screen and right click with your mouse, you will get a pop-up menu which has the Control Panel.It would be far easier have one simple, consistent way to get to the control panel. It does not matter to me if I get to it with the mouse or my fingers. That choice I can handle. Among my current choices I will likely remember going to the lower left corner and right clicking. It makes the most sense to me.When I first started using Mac OS X Mountain Lion, I had some similar concerns. If I want to open and application, I am not exactly sure why I need Launch Pad, the dock on my screen, recent applications under the Apple menu, the Finder sidebar, and the ability to double click on an application icon. However, I have learned to ignore the ways that don’t work for me.Learning Curve On Windows 8 Not So BadThat’s slowly happening with Windows 8, as well. When I started working on my first Windows 8 system, I got so frustrated that I finally installed Start8 from Stardock. It gave me back the old Start Menu and let me gradually become accustomed to Windows 8. I did not bother installing Start8 on my second system. I learned enough to not need it. (For more, see Could Restoring The Windows 8 Start Button Fix Everything?)Having used Windows 8 very successfully with a mouse, I’m not very concerned about being stuck if the touchscreen capability is not there in a system. The Intel Core i5 Windows 8 desktop tower that I bought came with a 1TB hard drive and 8GB of memory and a nice keyboard. The cost before taxes was $499. That is a lot of computer for less than $500. Who cares it if doesn’t have a touchscreen?All-In-One Computers Are WastefulI am more worried about all-in-one computers than touch interfaces. I have seen some reports that LCD screens could last for up to 20 years. We all know that even the best of computers become functionally obsolete in three to five years. If you buy an all-in-one computer, your screen is going to outlast your computer by more than a decade.Our family has purchased seven iMacs since 1998. All have been retired except my iLemon which is just waiting for my new Mac Mini’s arrival to give up the ghost. All the screens were functioning perfectly when we gave up on the computers and recycled them.When my new MacMini shows up this week it will be hooked up to an Apple 20-inch flat panel Cinema Display that I purchased in December 2004 for close to $1,000. I suspect the old screen will outlast the new MacMini. The iMac I bought in 2010 will be our last all-in-one computer.Touchscreen Price/Reliability Not A Big IssueI doubt that touchscreen pricing and reliability are issues that are going to heavily weigh on the success of Windows 8. Touchscreens have proven themselves in some very rugged scenarios and the prices are dropping quickly.The key point for the Windows 8 user interface isn’t worrying about too much dependence on touch vs. the mouse. It’s about whether the user interface is simple to use and doesn’t confuse us with too much choice.So far I am not enthusiastic about the latest releases from either Microsoft or Apple in that regard. Maybe I will go have a look at KDE in the Linux world. It is hard to believe that Linux has come so far that I might be looking at it as relief from Mac OS X or Windows 8, but who knows?Image courtesy of Shutterstock. 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Where does Pasaol’s 49-point game stack up against past scoring outbursts?

first_imgLATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. But Pasaol came six points short of the record held by now-Mapua assistant coach Ed Cordero.Cordero fired an eye-popping 54 points in his heyday with the then-UST Glowing Goldies to set the long-standing UAAP feat in 1979.Letran coach Jeff Napa, who owns the highest scoring output in the past two decades after firing 43 points for National U in 2002 in Season 65, meanwhile, sees this as an opportunity for Pasaol to make a difference for the 0-6 Red Warriors.“It’s a great motivation for him so that he can work harder in his career and help his team,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Meralco completes sweep of Star with OT win, returns to Finals Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Two-time UAAP MVP Kiefer Ravena, whose career-best was 38 points in Season 77 back in 2014, tweeted: “49 is already hard to do. But in 20/30 FG% and in 32 mins? Well I be damned.”Fellow two-time UAAP MVP Bobby Ray Parks, who only scored as high as 35 in Season 75 in 2012, hoped that the guard could have broken the half-century mark, as he tweeted: “Let Pasaol get his 50 piece!”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 shutoutPasaol’s 49 points on an efficient 20-of-30 shooting, that went with top of eight rebounds, is the most points scored by a Red Warrior since James Yap’s 36 in UAAP Season 65 in 2002.In terms of scoring, he also surpassed Paolo Mendoza, who had a 48-point performance for UP in 1999, the legendary duel of UE legend Allan Caidic, who had 46, and UST great Pido Jarencio, who answered with 48 markers, in Game 3 of the UAAP Season 47 Finals in 1984. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:37Protesters 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 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAlvin Pasaol set the Philippine basketball scene ablaze after his 49-point outburst on Wednesday.Former UAAP standouts were nonetheless impressed with the feat from University of the East forward even if it came with a 106-100 loss to La Salle.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View commentslast_img read more

Chot Reyes blasts Gilas after loss to Alab in tuneup

first_imgChot Reyes. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netGilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes minced no words in blasting his wards following their 81-76 loss to Alab Pilipinas in a exhibition game Saturday at Meralco Gym.“We sucked big time. If we play like this we better not even go to Japan, we have no chance,” a disappointed Reyes said.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ “We better find a way to fix that. Hopefully, we have enough time. That’s something we need to fix, even before we think about Japan.”Reyes commended Alab, which he think dominated Gilas in all aspects of the game during their scrimmage.“Credit to Alab, they came in they were very prepared. They outplayed us, they outfought us, they outhustled us, they outshot us. I can’t think of one positive thing in today’s ballgame,” he said.Help is on its way for Gilas with naturalized player Andray Blatche set to arrive on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman: I was abused by doctor Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion View comments LATEST STORIES With one week of practice already under its belt, the Philippine national team struggled to fend off Alab, .Only Jayson Castro and June Mar Fajardo were able to crack double-digits for Gilas, which allowed Alab import Reggie Okosa to have his way down low in the closed-door tuneup game.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 shutoutGilas was listless and Reyes didn’t have the gall to point out any silver linings from the exhibition game less than two weeks before the 2019 Fiba World Cup qualifying duel against Japan on November 24 in Tokyo.“No positives at all. We need to improve on a lot. We need to learn how to play basketball. With the way we played, we looked like we don’t know how to play basketball. We can’t shoot, we can’t defend, we can’t rebound,” he said.last_img read more

NBA enjoys banner season in Philippines

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments MOST READ What’s in a name? You say French Open, I say Roland Garros The league got a peak audience of 5.4 million on ABS-CBN and had an 84 percent year-over-year growth in League Pass subscriptions in the Philippines as of March 2019, making the country the fourth largest market outside of the United States and China.The NBA also accumulated over 10.6 million combined followers on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter in the Philippines—the most of any country outside of the US.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue The NBA enjoyed a banner year after experiencing growth in broadcast viewership, NBA League Pass subscriptions, and social media consumption.As part of its celebration, the NBA will turn Mall of Asia’s iconic globe into the “Ball of Asia” while installing NBA-themed bus stops and backboards to trashcans located in Bonifacio Global City.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“The NBA’s remarkable growth in the Philippines speaks to the league’s impact and relevance to the country’s millions of passionate NBA fans,” said NBA Philippines managing director Carlo Singson.NBA dresses up benches and trashcans around BGC. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOThe NBA has long been present in the Philippines’ basketball-crazed conscience through its Jr. NBA programs and unparalleled social media presence. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Mall of Asia globe transformed into a ball for NBA playoffs. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—The NBA is on a celebratory ahead of Game 1 of the Finals between the defending champions Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors, and the Philippines will be part of it.Just as the NBA gears up for its grandest stage, it will also suit up Metro Manila into a basketball-themed metropolis.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

The Thunders Problems Are Fixable

We’re only one-fifth of the way through the NBA season, but for those of you scoring at home, the Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks — teams that acknowledged they’d be rebuilding after failing to make it work with their all-star forwards — have better records than reigning MVP Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder, who were expected to be contenders after their blockbuster trades for Paul George and Carmelo Anthony.Just as mind-boggling: Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis in Indiana and Enes Kanter and Doug McDermott in New York — swapped for George and Anthony — are outplaying the big names they replaced, a notion that’s becoming harder to ignore as the season wears on.All of which raises two key questions: What are the Thunder doing wrong, and what fixes are needed to solidify the team as a top challenger to the Warriors out West?At the start of the season, the conventional wisdom suggested that the Thunder would be among the league’s most dominant offenses while sporting a mediocre defense. But the opposite has been true: The defense is doing the heavy lifting while OKC’s ball-dominant stars figure out how to not only coexist, but also thrive as a trio.Only a few possessions into the Thunder’s season-opener, against the Knicks, the team’s dazzling defensive ability was on display.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/thundersequence.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.When its defense is set, the club can force several extra passes by rotating seamlessly, forcing the opposing team to string out possessions.1Going into Wednesday’s games, opposing teams took a little more than 18 seconds, on average, to complete a possession against the Thunder defense after a made basket, according to advanced-stats site Inpredictable — tied for the NBA’s third-highest mark. With perhaps the NBA’s two best perimeter defenders (George and Andre Roberson) and a physical rim protector (Steven Adams), the Thunder — who rank third overall in defensive efficiency — will likely be among the stingiest, most disruptive defensive clubs all season.But as games drag on, that defensive dominance often fades. Oklahoma City leads the league by a country mile in defense in the first quarter, surrendering just 84.5 points per 100 possessions. But that number falls off with each additional period, going from 99.1 in the second quarter (fourth in the league) to 104.5 in the third (18th) to 109.8 in the fourth (24th). It increases to a whopping 147.7 in clutch situations, when games are within 5 points during the final five minutes of play (dead-last in the league).One key reason this happens: The aggressive defense that the Thunder use doesn’t work as well once Billy Donovan starts putting in backups, who lack the length and athleticism that the starters have. Oklahoma City relies heavily on switches — when players swap defensive assignments on the fly in hopes of neutralizing the opposing team’s pick-and-roll strategy — a scheme that functions fine when the first group is on the floor. But the slightest change, like Raymond Felton spelling Westbrook or Alex Abrines checking in for standout defender Roberson, can throw things out of whack.Notice, in the video below, how Felton opts to switch instead of staying with San Antonio’s Patty Mills. The swap leaves the 6-foot-1 Felton covering Rudy Gay, who is 7 inches taller — a mismatch that the Spurs immediately attack: Pau Gasol throws a lob to Gay over Felton’s outstretched arm.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/loboverfelton.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Another issue: Oklahoma City’s starting unit becomes an offensive liability in late-game scenarios if the team is behind. The group struggles to create good looks for itself in the closing minutes of contests, partly because of how teams are able to ignore Roberson, one of the NBA’s worst shooters. Watch here, in the final eight minutes of a tight game with the Clippers, as Roberson is left alone at the 3-point line — he doesn’t even look at the basket before passing the ball. Defenders don’t even bother to follow him out there; he is a career 26 percent shooter from deep and is 49 percent from the line.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/homealone.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Yet the biggest question facing the Thunder at the moment is the obvious one: Can all three of the team’s star scorers play together, or are they doomed to function as three individuals who wear the same jersey?George and Anthony were brought in to ease Westbrook’s burden — last season, the Thunder were largely a one-man show on offense and Westbrook broke the single-season usage rate record — and to give a club that couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn2Even when Thunder players were left wide open last season — meaning 6 feet of space or more — they only made 32.5 percent of their 3-point attempts. That was the worst mark in the NBA. some reliable shooting.But unlike the teams in the West they’re chasing — the Warriors, Spurs and Rockets — the Thunder aren’t synchronized on offense yet. Data from Second Spectrum highlights that Oklahoma City throws fewer passes than any other NBA team. And the club leads the league in isolation rate, according to Synergy Sports Technology, meaning that Thunder players go 1-on-1 more frequently than members of any other team. Each member of Oklahoma City’s star trio essentially takes the same number of shots each game, a rationing that would be great if it didn’t look as though Westbrook were harnessing his offense to make it that way. (Donovan suggested that Westbrook’s struggles this season stem from his trying too hard to make his new teammates feel at ease.)This isn’t the end of the world for the Thunder. Their 7-9 record is underwhelming, but their net rating and point differential suggest that they should have about three or four more wins than they do — a sign that things may begin to break their way. Beyond that, there’s some precedent to suggest they will be fine.The 2010-11 Miami Heat club that united LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh had some things in common with this season’s Oklahoma City team. In addition to boasting a top-10 defense, the Miami trio struggled to play off one another until closer to the middle of that season.James, for instance, shot worse when Wade was on the court, and Wade shot poorly when sharing the floor with James. Both players shot better when playing with Bosh, but Bosh’s shooting declined when playing alongside either of his star teammates. (Anthony shoots far worse when playing with either George or Westbrook; Westbrook shoots considerably worse with George and slightly worse with Anthony; George shoots slightly better when playing with either one of his teammates.) For Miami, the trends began easing toward the end of 2010, and the Heat ended up making a run to the finals.The Thunder are probably banking that some of the offensive woes — Westbrook, Anthony and free-agent signing Patrick Patterson are all shooting career-worsts from the field — will fix themselves. But other methods might help the team’s ball movement and create better looks. Westbrook and Anthony have enjoyed huge success in 1-4 pick-and-roll sets (1.15 points per direct screen, according to Second Spectrum3The league average on such plays is 0.92 points.) and could turn to that more frequently. And it’s worth watching to see whether Donovan, who has implemented a handful of misdirection screen sets that involve all three stars (or just two when one is taking a breather), dials up more handoffs to get the players going downhill more often — a play type that the Thunder have used sparingly so far this season.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/movementthunder.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/pghandoffscreen.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.It’s still a bit too early to panic about the Thunder, even if they are playing sub-.500 ball and dropping close games. Based on what we’ve seen from their defense, if and when their offense gets going, it should transform them into the contender so many people thought they’d be this season.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

Ohio State feeding off lack of attention entering NCAA Tournament

Is it possible that both the Ohio State and University of Central Florida women’s basketball teams could feel underrated as they make final preparations for Saturday’s first-round NCAA Tournament game? Could be. OSU (22-9) is the No. 4 seed in the Dayton Region, and will play No. 13 seed UCF (22-10) at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at St. John Arena. After posting a 4-6 record in their first 10 conference games during the regular season, the Buckeyes appeared to be fading out of the postseason picture. OSU came on strong in the last month, however, winning nine consecutive games and claiming its third straight Big Ten Tournament title on March 6. Friday’s press conference featured questions that stood in stark contrast to the Buckeyes’ recent success and could serve as motivation. Buckeye guards Samantha Prahalis and Brittany Johnson found themselves responding to queries regarding regular-season rough patches and prior NCAA Tournament disappointments. Both Prahalis and Johnson reflected on the Buckeyes’ early-season struggles. “It was a long time ago,” Johnson said. “We’ve moved on and we’re focused now. We keep that negative stuff behind us.” Prahalis agreed. “We use it as motivation,” she said. “It was just something we had to overcome as a team.” Coach Joi Williams’ Knights (22-10) are riding a hot streak into Saturday’s contest as well. UCF claimed a conference tournament championship and an automatic NCAA Tournament berth by defeating Tulane, 85-73, in the Conference USA title game. UCF also brings an 11-game winning streak to St. John Arena. The Knights also were busy fending off media scrutiny on Friday. Williams said she is aware that few people have picked her team to upset OSU. “We have absolutely nothing to lose,” Williams said. “There’s not one of you guys in here that thinks UCF can win this game. We realize that.” One fair criticism of Williams’ UCF squad is its lack of size — none of the probable Knight starters slated to defend the towering OSU tandem of 6-foot-4 senior center Jantel Lavender and 6-5 freshman center Ashley Adams is taller than 5-10. “Certainly players like Jantel Lavender … they’re tough to stop,” Williams said. ” When you get to this time of year, I’m sure coach Foster’s not changing much. We’re not changing much (defensively).” Regardless of what questions are asked in interviews and whether either team makes changes ahead of Saturday’s game, Prahalis said OSU’s only focus is to beat UCF. “The only assurance is winning,” she said. “We have to win. Is it a little bit of pressure? Of course. We’ve just go to, you know, win.” read more

Football Ohio State stays at No 10 in College Football Playoff rankings

The Buckeyes take to the field prior to the start of the game against Michigan State on Nov 10. Ohio State won 26-6. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorFollowing a 26-6 victory against then-No. 18 Michigan State, Ohio State (9-1, 6-1 Big Ten) remain at No. 10 for the third straight week in the latest College Football Playoff rankings.With the Spartans fell out of the overall rankings, the Buckeyes join No. 4 Michigan, No. 14 Penn State, No. 22 Northwestern in the playoff rankings, giving the Big Ten four teams in the Top 25.On Sunday, Ohio State moved down a spot in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll and the Amway Coaches’ Poll to No. 9 and No. 8, respectively.No. 10 Ohio State faces Maryland on the road at noon on Saturday.Here are the full current rankings:1.) Alabama2.) Clemson3.) Notre Dame 4.) Michigan5.) Georgia6.) Oklahoma7.) LSU8.) Washington State9.) West Virginia10.) Ohio State11.) UCF12.) Syracuse13.) Florida14.) Penn State15.) Texas16.) Iowa State17.) Kentucky18.) Washington19.) Utah20.) Boston College21.) Mississippi State22.) Northwestern23.) Utah State24.) Cincinnati25.) Boise State read more

Mens Basketball Ohio State ahead of schedule going into next season

Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann yells onto the court after a Buckeye turnover in the second half of the game against Indiana on Feb. 10. Ohio State won 55-52. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorEntering his first season as Ohio State men’s basketball head coach in fall 2017, Chris Holtmann went to Barnes and Noble to pick up a preseason college basketball preview from a local publication. To his surprise, no Ohio State players were featured on the cover.“To me, that was a statement about how relevant the program was at the time,” Holtmann said.Now, going into his third season with the Buckeyes, Holtmann and the nation’s No. 9 recruiting class have been top 10 selections in both ESPN and Sports Illustrated’s “Way-Too-Early” Top 25 rankings for next year.“I think we’re ahead of schedule,” Holtmann said. “I wasn’t sure, this quickly, we would be in a position to where we would have guys that have had early tournament success. Both getting there and competing.”Finishing 20-15 overall and just 8-12 in the Big Ten, Ohio State squeaked into the NCAA Tournament as an 11-seed, but still managed a victory over No. 6 Iowa State in the Round of 64.That upset was an impressive feat for a team without any All-Big Ten performers. To get there, it survived a five-game losing streak and a three-game suspension for sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson.Still, Ohio State will be without a couple key pieces come next season.Senior guard C.J. Jackson was the team’s second-leading scorer at 12 points per game and senior guard Keyshawn Woods nearly doubled his average of 8 points per game in four postseason games for the Buckeyes this year.Taking their place, however, are three top-50, four-star recruits in DJ Carton, Alonzo Gaffney and E.J. Liddell.The highest rated of the bunch is Carton, an athletic point guard hailing from Bettendorf, Iowa, who Holtmann said is “hard-nosed.”Gaffney, a forward standing at 6-foot-9, adds height to a team that sorely missed it in stretches this past season with no player on the team being taller than 6-foot-9 in 2018-19.Holtmann said Liddell brings versatility and a winning pedigree to the Buckeyes, having won two state championships in Illinois.The expectation is that these three will play heavy minutes right away, which is a prospect that Holtmann said is exciting.“What you really hope is the youth we played this year and the youth that we’ll play this coming season will provide benefits for us here moving forward,” Holtmann said.One young player that Holtmann said made significant strides this year was Wesson, who led the team in points at 14.6 and rebounds with 6.9.Wesson entered his name in the NBA Draft last Wednesday, but the current rules allow players to retain college eligibility if they go undrafted.Without Wesson this past season, Ohio State was a shell of itself, losing all three games and nearly its chance at an NCAA Tournament berth during his suspension, including a 35-point demolition by Purdue.Wesson is expected to return for his junior season, and Holtmann said the team needs a backup for down low. That need became even greater with freshman forward Jaedon LeDee’s intention to transfer out of the program.Holtmann got his wish Sunday, as 7-foot center Ibrahima Diallo out of Senegal committed to Ohio State.The four new commits give Ohio State its best recruiting class since 2015, but Holtmann and the Buckeye coaching staff will spend the next several months trying to duplicate that success with the class of 2020.“It’s always a challenge when you have a good recruiting class, in some cases a really good recruiting class, and then back that up with another really good recruiting class,” Holtmann said. “That’s what we need to do. That is absolutely what we need to do.”Ohio State will be doing so without assistant coach Mike Schrage, who took the head coaching job at Elon on April 5. Schrage coached for Holtmann in his last year at Butler before following him at Ohio State for the past two seasons.Holtmann said special assistant Mike Netti and director of recruiting and player development Scoonie Penn are among his top candidates to fill the open position for next season.For the past two seasons, Holtmann and the Buckeyes have overachieved.With the early hype already rolling in for next season’s team, however, Holtmann knows the bar will not be set as low.“I didn’t get into coaching at the highest level of college basketball to be fearful of expectations,” Holtmann said. read more

Simone Inzaghi refuses to blame players

first_imgLazio manager Simone Inzaghi has refused to blame any of his players following their shock exit from the Europa League against RB SalzburgFollwing their 4-2 victory in the first leg last week, Lazio were in a promising position to progress with Ciro Immobile putting them in the lead at the Red Bull Arena.Yet Munas Dabbur’s goal afterwards appeared to have stirred a comeback in Salzburg with the hosts scoring three goals in the space of just four minutes to win the second leg 4-1.The result of the return leg ensured that it would be Salzburg, not Lazio, who progressed to the semi-finals of the Europa League with a 6-5 aggregate win over the Italian side.But Inzaghi, brother of the legendary AC Milan star Filippo Inzaghi, refused to hold any of his players accountable for the defeat and instead hopes that it will be a valuable experience for the young squad.SS Lazio v AS Roma - TIM CupMatch Preview: SS Lazio vs AS Roma Boro Tanchev – August 31, 2019 Lazio will host Roma to the Olimpico Stadium in the first Derby della Capitale of the 2019-20 Serie A campaign.“The difference is that we had the same number of shots on goal today, they scored four and we got one. We’ll learn from this and it’ll help us to grow.”said the 42 year-old, according to Goal.“It was an emotional journey. It’s a shame we couldn’t give them this semi-final, which was right there in front of us.“I don’t think we were defensive this evening at all. We had the scoring opportunities and simply didn’t take enough of them. The two goals they scored in Rome were also somewhat fortuitous, but we move on.“I am sure it’ll be another step in the growth experience, as let’s not forget we have many young players in their first European campaigns.”Lazio will now return their focus to the Serie A with Inzaghi’s side being involved in a tight battle for a spot in the top four. Currently the capital club are in third place in the Serie A standings ahead of rivals Roma, Inter Milan and AC Milan.last_img read more

PSG enter the race for Fred

first_imgParis Saint-Germain have reportedly joined Manchester United in the race for the Brazilian midfielder Fred this summer, claims Manchester Evening NewsThe Shakhtar Donetsk player has been a subject of interest for both United and local rivals Manchester City throughout the season, although it is believed that the latter has now officially ended their interest in signing Fred.However, the free-spending PSG have joined United after deciding that the 25-year-old would make a valuable addition to their squad.The Ligue 1 champions are currently looking for a mobile defensive midfielder in order to ease the burden that has been placed on Adrien Rabiot’s shoulders this term.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire 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…Vice-captain Thiago Motta is now 35 years old and the 33-year-old Lassana Diarra left PSG in the January transfer window for Abu Dhabi outfit Al-Jazira.Shakhtar is unwilling to allow Fred to leave for nothing in the summer with the Brazilian’s five-year deal with the Ukrainian club including a release clause of €60m.Although United may be prepared to match the asking price due to Marouane Fellaini’s uncertain future and captain Michael Carrick’s retirement.last_img read more