Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray has decided to attend the NFL … If Kyler Murray is actually going to be in camp with the A’s this spring, he’ll be taking at least a brief hiatus about two weeks into it.Murray is deciding to attend the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis later this month, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The combine takes place Feb. 26-March 4 in Indianapolis, just 11 days after Murray is expected to report along with the rest of the A’s position players Feb. 15 in Arizona.
Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… mike melanson While UberCurrent is designed with new users in mind, it is also a beautifully designed, fully-functional Twitter client for old-hat Twitter users. Tap on a Tweet with a link and it opens to give a full preview of the linked page. Tap on any other Tweet and you are given all of the standard options to @reply, retweet, favorite, email, quote the Tweet and even see replies to that particular Tweet.Lists are accessed in the same way as the preset lists for new users, with the categories shown along the top, content below, and members of that list in a scrollable left-hand column. In addition to being able to update Facebook, UberCurrent also allows you to connect your Facebook account and push out updates from the client. It doesn’t, however, pull in your Facebook stream, only Twitter. In all, the app feels like a well thought out implementation of Twitter for the newbie, with the set of features that could bring that same user into the full Twitter experience. “Just sign up and try it out,” the app seems to be saying, “and once you’re in, we’ll take you the rest of the way.” Given this idea, this is exactly how we test drove the app – as if we were a new user with no idea how to use Twitter and no desire to create an account. Immediately, we were taken to a screen showing a curated list of Twitter accounts, with other lists readily accessible. From “Entertainers,” “Sports,” “News,” “Tech,” or “TV Personalities”, the app’s default lists make Twitter easy to approach as a source of information. This approach to Twitter isn’t about making friends or, as is the perennial complaint, Tweeting about what you had for lunch. This is about experiencing a stream of information about the things you care about, diced up into easily digestible bites.The “Top Tweets” feature takes this idea and really runs with it, turning Twitter into a familiar 3D interface. We’re no longer dealing with Twitter accounts at this point, but cultural icons and little nuggets of information that you can flick through like album covers in your iTunes library. What About Twitter Users? A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Ever since the redesign of Twitter.com last September, Twitter has been pushing to redefine its public image. It’s not a social network, says the company, and it certainly isn’t just for content creators. “You don’t have to tweet to use Twitter,” is the message we’re supposed to come away with. UberMedia has heard this message loud and clear.“UberCurrent is a uniquely designed Twitter app that caters to users in an entirely different way,” said UberMedia CEO Bill Gross in a release. “In addition to offering the Twitter experience to everyone, with or without a Twitter account, UberCurrent creates a unique streamlining process for getting valuable content to the appropriate users.”We took the app for a spin and, much like the company claims in its press release, it indeed has a “slick, easy-to-use design.” Unlike other apps, however, the first thing UberCurrent does is explain that it “lets you stay in touch with the people and information that matters to you, whether you have a Twitter account or not.” The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos With last week’s acquisition of techie-adopted Twitter client TweetDeck, UberMedia stepped up as a force in the Twitter ecosystem. Combined with other recent acquisitions of Echofon, Twidroid and UberTwitter, the company now controls 20% of Tweets sent daily. This week, the company is releasing another client of its own – UberCurrent.So why does one company need yet another Twitter app when it has four already? This one, unlike the others, intends to bring Twitter to everyone. #NewTwitter (& UberCurrent) Is For Everyone Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#news#Product Reviews#twitter#web
Man Utd boss Solskjaer happy with victory at Newcastle: But there’s more to comeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was delighted with their 2-0 win at Newcastle/Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku struck for the visitorsSolskjaer said, “Finally we kept a clean sheet. A very professional performance. We didn’t hit the heights that we can do but we were in control, kept plugging away and got the goals.”A good first touch from a sub! When you see big Romelu Lukaku running towards you, as a keeper you might take your hands away! We were sluggish in the first half, it was like a testimonial, too many square passes.”We go to Dubai after the FA Cup game, you need that fitness work because we will need legs come the end of March.”He also said, “You’d be happy with four wins from four – we haven’t conceded from open play yet either.”We were slow in the first half but we controlled the game well, we concentrated and overall it was a very professional performance.”In a five-minute spell we gave them two or three chances but then we settled down again. Newcastle is a fantastic club, fantastic crowd, you expect them to attack you but Victor Lindelof and Phil Jones were fantastic.”Marcus Rashford has the Cristiano hit, it swerves everywhere, but I liked his goal today. Calmed himself down, just passed it in. Well done.”He is only 21, you have to remember that. You need to rattle Paul Pogba at times to get him going, he has been immense for us.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham boss Pochettino: I don’t want to buyby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino admits they will not try to buy in January – if the decision is down to him.Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld, Christian Eriksen have entered the final year of their contracts and can leave for nothing in the summer, while the likes of Danny Rose, Victor Wanyama and Serge Aurier failed to secure exits before the season started.Asked ahead of Saturday’s visit of Watford if the club would be busy in the January window, Pochettino said: “No, I don’t believe so. I believe in the players we have, the players that are at Tottenham today.”I respect the opinion of people who say we need to change something, in or out. But if it is my decision, I am going to stick with players because I know they have the quality. It’s only to unlock some situations that are going on in their minds. We have great quality to achieve the things we are expected to.”
TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 21: Derrick Henry #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide breaks a tackle by Zane Cruz #43 of the Charleston Southern Buccaneers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 21, 2015 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama back Derrick Henry is a physical specimen, and thanks to a recent Instagram post, we might have a clue as to how that happened. While most of us were sleeping (or stumbling back home after a late night out) at 4:08 in the morning, Henry was busy getting after it in the gym. The season is still just under four months away, but Henry looks like he’s ready to take a few hand-offs to the house. He’ll get his first chance on September 5 in Dallas, when the Crimson Tide take on Wisconsin.
Hazaribagh: Reiterating its commitment to preserve and promote India’s local culture and traditions, the walls of NTPC’s Pakri-Barwadih (Sikri) Coal Mine office have been adorned with conventional forms of art. The walls, painted with natural colours by the artists, were embellished with Sohari, a prominent tribal art form from the states of Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh. Also decorated with Khovar art, the walls depict and illustrate various socio-religious traditions and exemplify social messages that emphasise on the importance of undertaking skill development, the need to empower women, to name a few.
Serena Williams from the U.S. returns the ball to Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia during the final day of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Serena Williams lost on her return to competitive tennis after giving birth, going down to French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in an exhibition in the United Arab Emirates on Saturday.“I don’t think I am going to rate my performance,” Williams said. “I have plenty of comebacks, from injuries, from surgeries, but I’ve never had a comeback after actually giving birth to a human being. So, in my eyes, I feel it was a wonderful, wonderful match for me.”Williams struggled with her serve and Ostapenko won 6-2, 3-6 and then 10-5 in a super tiebreaker, but the American still impressed to take a set off the No. 7-ranked Ostapenko after nearly a year away from tennis.Williams said after the 67-minute match at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship that she is still undecided on her title defense of the Australian Open, which starts Jan. 15, but delivered a warning to rivals.“I don’t know if I am totally ready to come back on the tour yet. I know that when I come back I definitely want to be competing for championships,” Williams said. “I am definitely looking forward to getting back out there.“I am taking it one day at a time. I am going to assess everything with my team before deciding.”The 36-year-old Williams took time off after winning the Australian Open last January while pregnant. She gave birth to her first child, a girl named Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., on Sept. 1. She married Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian in November.Williams has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, a record for the professional era.“Knowing that I have won 23 Grand Slam titles and several other titles, I don’t think I have anything more left to prove. But I am not done yet,” Williams said.Despite winning her opening game when she broke Ostapenko, Williams was nowhere near her best in the first set, before fighting back and winning the second.After the initial break, Ostapenko latched onto the weak serves of Williams, and several unforced errors helped, as she stormed back into the match to go 4-1 up with two breaks.Williams struggled with her serve in the second set too, but went ahead 3-0 with a couple of early breaks as she started to hit more confident shots, including several crowd-pleasing double-handed passing shots. Another break in the ninth game delivered her first set of the comeback.“In the beginning, it felt a little tough. But as the match moved on, I was less afraid. I knew I was not going to fall over and break,” said Williams.“The more I played, the more confident I felt that I would be able to go for shots that I was afraid to go for in the first set.”In the super tiebreaker, Ostapenko raced to an 8-2 lead before quelling a brief recovery by Williams.Williams said she was delighted with the way she competed.“For me, it is all about physical, how I am feeling physically … I am just proud being out here and playing in Abu Dhabi and to be able to just compete. I have had a tough few months and I am just excited to be able to play again.”It was the first time a women’s match had been played in the traditionally men’s only exhibition event.South Africa’s Kevin Anderson defeated Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 7-6 (0) in the men’s final.
After the arrests of several senior FIFA leaders and widespread evidence of graft, bribery and general corruption at the highest levels of the global soccer conglomerate, FIFA’s selection of Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup has come under renewed criticism. The indictments allege that vote-buying occurred in past World Cup host selections, and there have been other allegations that millions of dollars were paid to rig the vote for Qatar in 2010.And when you look at all the World Cup hosts since 1978, it’s clear that Qatar is in many ways an outlier.Compared with other World Cup hosts, Qatar is at the extremes on almost every metric I looked at. The data wasn’t perfect — two of the data sets I used weren’t measured annually when it would have been ideal if they were (the United Nations Development Program’s carbon-emissions reading and Reporters Without Borders’ Press Freedom Index). Also, the Press Freedom Index did not exist before 2002, so I used the 2002 mark for the World Cups that came before that year. It’s an estimation, but because that measurement is less susceptible to annual change, I felt safe in using it. And one last thing while we’re here: The Elo and GDP numbers for Russia and Qatar aren’t projections but are the most recent data available.Qatar was definitely not selected for its temperate weather in June, the typical time for the FIFA tournament. There has historically been some variation here — Argentina’s average June temperature is in the low 50s (it being in the Southern Hemisphere and all), and Mexico’s is in the mid-70s. But Qatar’s average June temperature is in the 90s.Perhaps Qatar is a real soccer up-and-comer, then? Not quite! I pulled the Elo rating of each men’s national team on the first game they played the year they hosted the cup1The last game of the previous year for Colombia, which resigned from hosting the 1986 cup and did not play soccer that year, and the most recent game for Russia and Qatar. to get the gist of how good the teams were on the world stage. Qatar has the second-lowest score ever.2Might they improve substantially in the next seven years? Sure, it’s possible. But the point is they’re not an unrecognized powerhouse in the sport at this point in time, and the fact that the host nation gets a free bid may mean they don’t have a ton of incentive to drastically improve.And it’s not like Qatar holds a bulk of the world’s population, either. Typically the country that gets the cup has somewhere around 1 percent to 5 percent of the world’s population, but not Qatar. With a projected population of 2.24 million in 2022, it’ll have a whopping 0.03 percent of the global population within its borders in a few years, not counting the spectators. What’s more, that population mostly comprises people who weren’t born in Qatar — as of 2013, according to the U.N., 1.6 million of the country’s 2.2 million people were international migrants.Although Qatar will be a global hub for sports journalists in several years, FIFA apparently did not select the country to highlight its illustrious human-rights record. Qatar has extreme restrictions on press freedoms that put it in league with Russia (the 2018 host) and Brazil (the 2014 one). They have a very high score on the Press Freedom Index, where a low score indicates a great deal of freedom.It’s also not for the nation’s climate record, either, as it’s by far the highest polluter — measured in metric tons of carbon emitted per capita. And that’s on a list that includes America. That was our category to lose!But Qatar does have one metric by which it is off-the-charts outstanding: gross domestic product per capita. Namely, it’s a small country that makes a whole lot of money. In the chart, we’re looking at the ratio of GDP per capita the year each nation hosted the cup to the United States’ GDP per capita that year, to keep it apples to apples.None of this proves vote-rigging, obviously. But when a country lacks many of the competitive advantages of other countries’ bids, some extra scrutiny is probably worthwhile.
Ohio State senior forward NickSchilkey has his shot blocked aside by Michigan goalie Zach Nagelvort (35) during the Buckeyes’ 1-0 loss on Feb. 25. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorOne final series at the Schottenstein Center remains on the 2016-17 schedule for the No. 13 Ohio State men’s hockey team (17-9-6, 8-7-1-1), as the Scarlet and Gray welcome the Michigan State Spartans (6-21-3, 2-12-2-0) to Columbus for two crucial conference clashes.This weekend will mark the second series of the season between the Buckeyes and Spartans. The first series on Feb. 17 and 18 featured two one-goal wins for OSU at Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing, Michigan — 3-2 Friday and 4-3 Saturday — to seal the sweep.Despite those vital victories, Buckeyes coach Steve Rohlik said his team must continue to respect a visiting Michigan State squad — and at this point in the season, this weekend represents two must-win games for his team.“We were fortunate to get out of (East) Lansing there with two wins, and we’ve got to be better this weekend,” Rohlik said. “We want to come out and get a quick start, and hopefully put together a 60-minute game.”Although the Buckeyes left the state of Michigan with six Big Ten points earlier this month, senior forward and captain Nick Schilkey said OSU looked at its previous meetings with the Spartans in order to make adjustments, and will enter the series with a “do or die” mentality.However, Schilkey said the result of this weekend will depend ultimately on the Buckeyes’ effort on the ice.“We watched video this week, and learned what worked well for us, areas they exposed us,” Schilkey said. “We play each team twice, and it’s just like any other second weekend of playing a team in this conference. We watched tape, learn from some things, but at the end of the day, it comes down to us and our work ethic.”Currently, OSU sits in the 15th spot of the PairWise rankings for a possible at-large bid to the NCAA tournament — and have rested on the bubble down the stretch of the season. In light of this, Rohlik said his team is aware of its present situation regarding postseason play, and that the NCAA tournament truly begins for his unit with the first faceoff Friday night.“I think everybody in (the locker room) knows exactly where we’re at, and I think that just jumpstarts our playoffs,” Rohlik said. “We’ve got to start our playoffs earlier than most teams right now, and Friday to me is a playoff hockey game.”Puck drop for the final home series of the season is set for 7 p.m. Friday night, while Saturday’s clash is slated to begin at 8 p.m.
With much of the talk surrounding Ohio State football concerning the College Football Playoff rankings, coach Urban Meyer said he’s more focused on the task at hand during Tuesday’s Big Ten teleconference.After beating then-No. 7 Michigan State on Saturday, the Buckeyes have their sights set on Minnesota — which is coming off a 51-14 thrashing of Iowa. Meyer said the Golden Gophers — who have just a pair of losses this season — are a team that deserves OSU’s full attention.Meyer said the Buckeyes “spend every second” of their day working to avoid a letdown against Minnesota.He said the Golden Gophers’ win against Iowa was their best performance of the season.Meyer on Minnesota: “This is an excellent team that’s in my opinion a top-25 team without question.”On whether he would coach a fourth quarter differently in order to impress voters, Meyer said: “Of course not. You do what you have to do to win a game.”In reference to sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson’s two fumbles and dropped passes against Michigan State, Meyer said mistakes don’t send players straight to the bench, but a lack of effort does. Wilson stayed in the game and ended up catching a touchdown pass during the fourth quarter in East Lansing, Mich. “If it was lack of effort, he’s out of the game in a second.”Meyer said he’d “never want to have a place where people are scared to make a mistake.”He said the cold weather expected at Minnesota — a high of 28 degrees is predicted for Saturday — is simply “part of the game.” He added that both teams have to deal with it just the same.Meyer said Minnesota’s defense is similar to that of Michigan State’s. He added the Golden Gophers have a “stop the run mentality.”He said sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa has “come a long way,” but Meyer added he thought Bosa could be an impact player from the start.Meyer said redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett has a “relentless approach to everything he does.” He compared Barrett’s focus on preparation to two of his former quarterbacks in Tim Tebow (Florida) and Alex Smith (Utah).The Buckeyes are scheduled to play the Golden Gophers on Saturday in Minneapolis. Kickoff is set for noon.