Movements of the mid-latitude ionospheric trough

first_imgA new method for monitoring the position and movement of large ionospheric structures is described. The technique uses data from an ionosonde nominally operating at vertical incidence, but relies on there being present a significant gradient in electron concentration. The position and dynamics of the poleward edge of the mid-latitude trough over Halley Bay, Antarctica (L = 4.2) is investigated using this method. Analyses show that the trough moves rapidly equatorward over Halley Bay in the early evening hours, during geomagnetically active periods. For magnetically quiet periods, the trough is not observed till after midnight, when its equatorward motion is comparatively slow. These results showed marked differences from those predicted from published empirical relationships describing variations in trough position with time, particularly before midnight. Changes in the position of the plasmapause with time, determined from two theoretical models and from observations are compared with these results for the trough. Also, one case study is presented in which there is determination of the positions of both the trough and the plasmapause over a 7 h period. Similarities and differences in their relative positions and movements of the two features are identified and their possible causes are briefly discussed.last_img read more

Brazil adrift as virus toll approaches 100,000

first_imgFive months after confirming its first case of the new coronavirus, Brazil is fast approaching the bleak milestone of 100,000 deaths from COVID-19, a tragedy experts blame on the country’s lack of coherent response.It will be just the second country to cross that grim threshold, after the United States, where the death toll is now over 150,000.”It’s a tragedy, one of the worst Brazil has ever seen,” said sociologist Celso Rocha de Barros, as the number of infections in the sprawling South American country approached three million — also the second-highest in the world, after the US. ‘Feeling of powerlessness’ As states now start to consider reopening schools, “the way people behave in the coming weeks will be decisive,” said Lotufo.The country is in a strange gray zone between crisis mode and normality.”It’s shocking to see some people partying while so many others are dying,” said Andre Rezende, a driver for a ride-hailing service whose mother-in-law died of COVID-19 and whose brother just came out of 30 days in intensive care with the virus.”A lot of people are getting back to normal life. The feeling of powerlessness makes some people think, ‘Might as well try to live normally, because there’s no solution to this,'” said Barros.Some are putting their faith in one of the two vaccines that are currently in advanced clinical trials in Brazil — an ideal testing ground because the virus is still spreading so fast. ‘Face up to it’ A fervent advocate of the drug hydroxychloroquine against COVID-19 — despite a lack of evidence for its effectiveness — Bolsonaro churned through two health ministers in less than a month, after falling out with them over the response to the pandemic.The post is now held on an interim basis by an army general with no prior medical experience.The president meanwhile has continued to downplay the virus, even after catching it himself last month. He was forced into quarantine for three weeks.”Nearly everyone here is going to catch it eventually. What are you afraid of? Face up to it,” he said after emerging from isolation.The message from the Bolsonaro government has been “the exact opposite” of what it should have been, said Barros.”Lockdown is difficult. It has to be coordinated by a leader with political credibility,” he told AFP.”You have to explain to people that it’s hard, but necessary to avoid a massacre.”Instead, most Brazilian states started exiting lockdown in June, under pressure from Bolsonaro and despite warnings from experts that it was too soon.Beaches, bars and restaurants were soon packed, even as the death toll continued to soar.The virus has hit hardest among poor and black Brazilians, especially in the favelas — slums where crowded living conditions and lack of clean, running water make social distancing and hand-washing difficult.The Amazon region has also been devastated, particularly indigenous peoples, who have a history of vulnerability to outside diseases. Brazil confirmed its first case of the new coronavirus on February 26: a Sao Paulo businessman returning from a trip to Italy.The country of 212 million people registered its first death on March 16.”At that point, Brazil was more or less getting organized to deal with the pandemic,” said Paulo Lotufo, an epidemiologist at the University of Sao Paulo.But then, political chaos ensued.center_img Far-right President Jair Bolsonaro condemned the “hysteria” around the virus and railed against decisions by state and local authorities to impose stay-at-home measures to contain it, arguing the economic damage would be worse than the disease.Meanwhile, the country’s infection curve exploded.Chilling images emerged from Sao Paulo of six-minute speed burials by grave-diggers clad head-to-toe in protective gear and mass plots excavated by bulldozers in the Amazon city of Manaus.The curve has plateaued in recent weeks, but at a high level: Brazil has registered an average of around 1,000 deaths per day for more than a month.The toll stood at 2.9 million infections and 97,256 deaths late Wednesday. The country appeared to be on track to record its 100,000th death at the weekend. Topics :last_img read more

Dodgers shut out by Padres, 2-0

first_img“After the first inning, I was kind of all over the place,” Volquez (9-12) said. “Then I made an adjustment and the last couple of innings it started to get in line and I pitched better.“The other pitcher pitched pretty good, too.”Volquez went 6 1/3 innings, allowing one earned run and six hits with six strikeouts. He walked four.“I’m really happy with how he pitched,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “Just keep playing because you don’t know what’s going to happen in the next eight days.”The Dodgers, fresh from clinching the division title on Thursday at Arizona, let their backups get the playing time. No Dodgers regulars were in the starting lineup after they secured their 12th NL West championship since divisional play started in 1969. Erlin (3-3) matched his career-high with seven strikeouts as only three Dodgers reached second base against him.Gyorko homered in the fifth inning, becoming the fifth rookie second baseman ever to reach that milestone. Gyorko gave the Padres a 2-0 lead when he hit a fastball from Volquez 417 feet to center field.Even in the loss, Volquez could be making a case to be included on the Dodgers’ postseason roster.“You usually don’t use a fifth starter in the playoffs, unless you have him in the bullpen,” Mattingly said. “We’ll see. We’ll talk about that when we get to roster time.”Gyorko is the first second baseman to hit 20 homers in franchise history.Volquez impressed Bud Black, his former manager. “He pitched deep into the game and gave up two runs,” Black said. “Robbie was just a little bit better tonight.”Erlin is 2-1 with a 1.82 ERA in four starts since being recalled on Aug. 25, his fourth stint with the Padres. Huston Street worked the ninth to notch his 32nd save in 33 chances after Luke Gregerson recorded an out in the eighth.The Dodgers had runners on first and third in the ninth but Street struck out pinch-hitters Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp.Mattingly said while catching the Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals for home-field advantage in the playoffs would be beneficial, that didn’t trump resting his starters.“The biggest thing we wanted to do was to give guys that have been just grinding it out for months, and are pretty banged up, they just needed a day off,” Mattingly said.Skip Shumaker had three of the Dodgers’ six hits, including two doubles. SAN DIEGO >> The mound felt familiar to Edinson Volquez even if the visitor’s dugout didn’t.The Dodgers right-hander started his first game against the San Diego Padres since they released him on Aug. 25.Volquez pitched well, but the Padres’ Robbie Erlin pitched better.Erlin allowed four hits over 7 2/3 innings and fellow rookie Jedd Gyorko hit his 20th homer to lead the Padres to a 2-0 victory over the NL West champion Dodgers on Friday night.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Hack Your H1 Audio Recorder for $15

first_imgStep One: Attach XLR InputsOne of the biggest drawbacks of the Zoom H1 is that it doesn’t have XLR input natively. This means that if you’re using it, you can only use low-end mics and recording devices to feed directly into the recorder. By adding dual XLRs to the input, you essentially turn the H1 into an H4 in terms of stereo XLR-quality audio. Here’s how the two XLRs work.Looping the two zip ties together, tie down the XLR cables on to the H1 casing at the top. You can clip the excess tie lengths and wrap together the excess cord after plugging into the input port. In the end, it should look like this:Step Two: Add the Headphone JackAnother drawback to the H1, if you are using it to feed into another camera or mixer, is that it only has one output jack. For this hack to work, you’ll need to add a splitter to allow for headphone monitoring and sending into your camera. All you really need to do is add the splitter to the output jack and plug in a short 3.5mm to 3.5mm cables to go into your camera. Step Three: Attach Cold Shoe AdapterThe final step is to add the cold shoe adapter to the back of the H1 to attach to your camera. The adapter operates on a simple thread system where you “screw” and “unscrew” the circles until you can slide the adapter onto your camera’s built-in mount.Once you have the adapter on and attached and your 3.5mm cable plugged into the camera, your work should be complete. You can now plug two XLRs into your H1, monitor the audio, and send it directly to your camera or mixer of choice!You can watch the full video below, and be sure to check out the rest of DSLR Video Shooter’s library for other cool tips and tricks for DIY filmmaking. Know any other cheap DIY audio recording hacks? Let us know in the comments! Gear hack: Upgrade your Zoom H1 audio recorder to include two XLR inputs and two outputs — all for under $15! Here’s how it’s done.In their latest video, DSLR Video Shooter shares how to trick out your Zoom H1 into an XLR-friendly dual-channel audio recorder for $15. This is a huge DIY help for those who already own an H1 ($99.00). It’s also perfect for people looking for audio recording options who aren’t willing to invest in a Zoom H4 ($149.99) or a Tascam DR-40 ($179.00).The hack is pretty ingenious in its simplicity. Basically all you need are the following:Dual XLR to 3.5mm JackSmall 3.5mm SplitterSmall Zip TiesCold Shoe AdapterOptional Items:XLR to 3.5mm (if you don’t want/need two XLRs)Short 3.5mm to 3.5mm Male Cablelast_img read more

Kyrie Irving excited about joining revamped Celtics

first_imgThe Celtics already had had quite the summer after they signed Hayward to a four-year deal worth about $128 million and traded Avery Bradley to clear cap space for him. When Irving asked for a trade, general manager Danny Ainge pounced, shipping out Thomas — a fan favorite and the team’s biggest star — along with Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and a 2018 first-round draft pick.Irving would not say whether he plans to talk to Cavaliers superstar LeBron James about his trade demand, telling reporters: “It’s not anybody else’s business.”“It’s just really between two men,” he said. “If it happens or not, I’m pretty sure you guys won’t know about it.”For now, he is worried about his new team.“There’s just a lot of newness I have to get used to, which I’m excited about,” he said Monday. “It’s going to come in waves, man, these ups and downs we’re about to face as a team. … It will really echo in terms of our identity and how we’re going to respond.”ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Read Next Thomas is out, shipped to Cleveland in a package that brought Kyrie Irving to Boston and completed — for now, at least — a near-total makeover of the team that had the best record in the Eastern Conference last year.But that doesn’t mean Hayward is disappointed that the team he is going to play with looks much different from the one he thought he had joined.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 shutout“You’re talking about two superstar players, two incredible offensively talented players,” Hayward said Monday at the Celtics media day.“It would have been amazing to have the opportunity to play with I.T. I was looking forward to that; that was something that was enticing and exciting about the Boston Celtics. On the other hand, I get to play with another superstar.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary In all, just four players return from last year’s conference finalists: Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, Terry Rozier and Al Horford.They’re all new to Irving, a four-time All-Star who averaged 21.6 points and 5.5 assists in his six-year career, all of it for the Cavaliers.Ainge said it wasn’t his goal to shake up the conference finalists.“Those guys were terrific players for us, and some of my favorite players that I’ve watched and been around during my time here. But we had a chance to get some players, too,” Ainge said. “It wasn’t because we were unhappy with our roster.”Ainge would like to see how it all works out.“We don’t plan on doing the same thing next summer,” he said. “I plan on getting down to about a 1 handicap next summer.” Boston Celtics’ Gordon Hayward (20), Al Horford (42), and Kyrie Irving (11) walk together during a photo shoot at NBA basketball media day, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, in Canton, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)CANTON, Mass. — Gordon Hayward was looking forward to playing with Isaiah Thomas, one of the Celtics players who recruited him to Boston during his whirlwind free agency.By the time Hayward steps on the parquet floor, though, there will be another All-Star point guard dishing out the ball.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Trump says NFL insults about patriotism, not race Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles07:50BYS Academy: Create a Fall Glam Makeup Look00:50Trending 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 E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  View commentslast_img read more

ACS Athens Welcomes the University of Maine Women’s Basketball Team on Campus

first_imgThe University of Maine Women’s Basketball team visited ACS Athens on Thursday, May 16th and spent two hours with our students on the court, according to ACS Athens’ announcement.As part of their International Tour, one of the team’s goals was to interact with the local community; they provided a basketball clinic to Elementary students in grades 3 & 4 (those enrolled in the after school Recreational Program) and to the JV Girls Basketball team.The clinic consisted of basic drills on fundamentals; the athletes of the University of Maine interacted with our students and had the opportunity to teach basic skills to the youngsters and to talk to them about the importance of education and sports.“Many thanks to the University of Maine Women’s Basketball team for making a stop at our school,” ACS says.Source: ACS Athens(Photo” ACS Athens)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

“SIXTY SECONDS IN TOUCH”

first_imgA snapshot of the touch footy happenings from around Australia… * A training camp was held on the weekend for our Mens, Womens and Mixed National training squads. It included different education sessions such as recovery, nutrition, drug education and physical testing and training sessions, as well as a trivia night for a little entertainment. * The New Rustlers Permit is having their final planning meeting in Bundaberg on Saturday and Sunday 28th and 29th August. The Rustlers are in the final stages of the Permit preparation for the 2005 NTL. This planning incorporates the process for players selections, board makeup, Rustlers Cup, training programs and so forth. For people requiring information on the outcomes of the meeting or the planned pathways they should contact Bronwyn Holland via [email protected] or 07 54940373 or after hours 07 54940316. The first Rustlers Newsletter will be available on the ATA and Sunshine Coast Websites this week. * The ATA website has recorded a new record number of hits for one day! The site received over 108,000 hits last Tuesday and we would like to thank all who visit the site, as well as encourage people to continue to send story ideas to [email protected] We would also like to encourage clubs and permits to continue to seek out media representation for their players and events in local television, radio and newspapers, there is certainly a market there! * Did we mention that the band at the State of Origin function rocked? Xparte, lead by Aussie Mens Open coach Tony Trad were an absolute hit. * NSW touch are holding a planning forum for four days this week, topics include the calendar of events, AusTouch implementation, development in NSW within the National Development Framework established at the 2004 Professional and Development Officers Workshop held in June. * The 2004 Queensland Touch Association team titles are coming up. The competition is being held on October 23-24 in Bundaberg. There are various divisions, Mens, Womens, Mixed Opens, 20’s and Seniors. There are both social and competitive divisions. Nominations close of the September 24, check out http://www.qldtouch.com.au for all the info on divisions, or to download an application form. * The Management Audit Consultants presented their report to the Board on Saturday 7th August. The Board will be considering the report and making a series of recommendations to its stakeholders over the next few weeks. Meetings will be scheduled to present this information to all stakeholders and the Board will advise the details shortly. * ACT Touch are holding their Premier League presentation function on September 4, ticket sales close on August 27, so check out http://www.acttouch.com.au for all the details. * Touch in Canberra is starting to warm up for summer, a nice change from the freezing temperatures of the nation’s capital. Nominations for the summer touch competition are open; see the ACT website for info or to download a nomination form. * Touch Victoria create a great monthly newsletter, the August addition has just been uploaded onto their website, it’s definitely a quality read. * The Monash Touch Club is throwing a party to celebrate its 10th birthday this year. Everyone who has ever been involved with the Monash Touch Club is welcome to attend. See Touch Victoria http://www.victouch.com.au for the where, when and what. * `Local Association of the week’: City of Orange Touch Association. Orange touch are holding their seniors registration night on September 10 at the Orange Ex-services club from 5-7pm. Websites for local touch associations can be accessed via the `local’ link in the top right hand corner of the homepage. Websites are a vital communication tool for these associations and there is always opportunity for them to be developed further. * Been wondering lately what you’re meant to do when you realise your coaching accreditation has reached the expiry date? The ATA has updated the criteria and forms used for renewing your coaching accreditations (both level 1 and level 2). These can be accessed by this link or through the My ClubTouch website. Use the Touch Coach link and then enter Coach Information, then Level 1 or Level 2 Update. Remember your accreditation is only valid for four years! http://www.austouch.com.au/index.cgi?det=1&intArticleID=744&sID=46 * Perth’s radio station Nova 93.7 has joined TouchWest as a sponsor heading into their summer of touch throughout WA, another great addition to the development of our sport. Congratulations TouchWest! * The 2004 Australian University Games are in Perth from September 26-October 1. Touch is being played of course, and Barbarians representative Kailee Brown from Murdoch University has been selected as a `Face of the Games’, a representative of not only the Uni Games but also her university, state and sport. Click below for a profile of Kailee or go to TouchWest’s homepage for the full story on the 2004 Australian University Games. http://www.unigames.com.au/aug/announcements_face_of_the_games.htm#KAILEE * Gold Coast Touch scored some surprise visitors for their Winter Grand Finals last Saturday afternoon. ATA Chairman Michael Sparks and CEO Bill Ker, dropped in to check out the action. Mr Sparks and Mr Ker were on the Gold Coast to address the National Squads at their Training Camp, held at Runaway Bay over the weekend. From all reports, both brilliant finals and an excellent training camp. * Remember any story ideas or information can be emailed to [email protected] By Rachel Moyle, [email protected]last_img

a month agoKlopp loving competition within Liverpool squad

first_imgKlopp loving competition within Liverpool squadby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is loving the competition within his squad.The German says his players are fighting tooth and nail in training in order to impress him.Speaking before Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Napoli, Klopp said he had plenty of players available for selection.He said: “And the competition in this team is really big, yes. If that line-up is not performing, they are really there. As an example, Shaq [Xherdan Shaqiri] is brought in in that position where he has been training for a couple of weeks now. He is so creative. He is a real option.”If you have one good game and another good game, the dynamic changes. Dejan Lovren is not in the squad and I have no explanation for that other than two centre-halves on the bench is probably not necessary. Naby Keita is coming, everyone knows that. “When Ox [Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain] played really well at Southampton, for the all others it was ‘ooh’, but you should see training. They all want to make sure, ‘I am ready, you can use me’. “This is a really big club with competition between friends. It is not I have to kill him to play, it is really for the team. That is what the boys did so far and as long as we have that we will go for everything. Then we have to see what we get because we have really good opponents and that is the problem.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

College Football Playoff Preview This Is Not Last Years ClemsonAlabama Matchup

Like any good trilogy, we’ll get a high-stakes finale when the Tide and Tigers face off in the Sugar Bowl on New Year’s Day. For us fans, we can only hope it’s more Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and less Godfather Part III. So what differences should we be on the lookout for this time around?Clemson changed its game plan — and got betterAs my colleague Dan Levitt and I wrote about early in the season, Clemson had to revamp the way it played this season after losing quarterback Deshaun Watson to the NFL. Watson’s replacement, Kelly Bryant, wasn’t as polished a passer as his predecessor — he averaged about 95 fewer yards per game through the air than Watson did in his final college season1All of the numbers referenced in this story use pre-bowl statistics. — but he was more proficient with his legs, racking up more rushing yards than Watson and scoring nearly twice as many touchdowns on the ground. 201612-1+10.8+2.4+13.7+7.3+1.4+7.5+0.4 Bryant wasn’t a Watson clone — but he was almost as goodKey statistics for Clemson starting quarterbacks in 2016 and 2017 EPA = Expected points added, a measure of offensive productivity that accounts for the value of yards gained, field position and down/distance.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group OffenseDefense 201711-1+5.4+10.1+15.7+7.7+4.7+11.2+0.6 All numbers are before bowl games. Total EPA on offense and defense may not equal sum of rushing plus passing because of penalties.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group 2017Kelly Bryant43.580.7+4.5+1.4-0.9+0.3+5.3 201712-1+4.8+5.4+10.9+7.6+4.8+12.4-0.9 2016Deshaun Watson51.082.3+6.3+0.5-0.5+0.6+6.9 201613-0+4.4+6.4+10.1+11.8+6.6+18.3+0.7 YearRecordPassRushTotalPassRushTotalSpecial Tms Over the last two seasons, the Clemson Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide have faced each other twice for the College Football Playoff championship. To say the rivalry has been as close as it gets would be an understatement: The teams split the national championships at one apiece and were nearly even on total points as well. (Alabama has a slim 76-75 lead in aggregate scoring.) In terms of total contributions, Bryant wasn’t quite able to match Watson’s output of a year ago. But in combination with the Tigers’ other skill-position talent (specifically running backs Travis Etienne and Tavien Feaster), he led a Clemson offense that compiled over 30 more rushing yards per game in 2017 than it had the year before. In turn, that improved run game helped the Tigers’ offense absorb Watson’s departure with a loss of fewer than 3 expected points added (EPA) per game. OffenseDefense That dominant 2016 Alabama squad was built around a fearsome defense that ranked among the best in college football history, allowing a paltry 248 total yards per game during the regular season and holding opposing passers to a Total Quarterback Rating of 11.4 — both marks ranked No. 1 in the FBS. This season, those numbers are up to 258 and 20.9, respectively, which still count among the best in the country, but also helped contribute to a defense that was more than a touchdown worse per game by EPA than it had been in 2016.Fortunately for Alabama, its offense nearly improved enough to offset that defensive decline. According to EPA, QB Jalen Hurts and the Tide passing game was worth a full point per game more this year than last, with Hurts rising from 41st nationally in QBR to sixth, and receiver Calvin Ridley cracking the top 40 in receiving yards per game. Moreover, the Crimson Tide rushing attack churned ahead for more than 20 extra yards per game this season, with a greater depth of contributions (eight separate Alabama rushers gained at least 100 yards) that amounted to nearly 4 extra points per game by EPA. Overall, the Alabama offense was second only to Oklahoma’s in efficiency, a year after it ranked only 24th in the country.In other words, both Alabama and Clemson have altered their strengths since the last time we saw them face off in the College Football Playoff. Whether things will play out more like they did in 2016 (an Alabama win) or 2017 (a Clemson victory) is still up in the air — but with greater balance from both teams, the ingredients might be in place for Part 3 of the trilogy to somehow surpass the all-time classics we saw in Parts 1 and 2. More importantly, Clemson’s defense made major strides in 2017, led up front by a unit composed exclusively of first- or second-team All-ACC linemen. Tiger defenders recorded 3.4 sacks per game (third-most in the Football Bowl Subdivision), held opponents to 3.1 yards per rush (ninth-lowest in FBS), yielded the sixth-fewest total yards per game in the country and improved their overall performance by 4.9 points per game according to EPA.Clemson wasn’t an awful defensive team the last time it faced Alabama, but this regular season the Tigers might have had the best defense in the nation. That defensive development helped Clemson post a superior point differential (adjusted for schedule strength) than the Watson-led national championship squad did a year ago. In other words: This is probably the best of the three Clemson teams that have appeared in the College Football Playoff.Alabama isn’t the best ever anymore, but they are better on offenseUp until they faced Clemson in the championship game, the 2016 Crimson Tide were riding high. In fact, according to our Elo ratings, they’d put together the greatest peak performance of any college football team since the AP poll began2In 1936. when they defeated Florida in last year’s SEC championship (and then increased their Elo record when they beat Washington in the playoff semifinal). But we all know how that ended for them — with Nick Saban shaking his head in disbelief as Watson produced a comeback for the ages and delivered the Tigers their first national title in 35 years.Alabama regrouped in the way Alabama usually regroups, which is to say they shot right back up to No. 1 for most of 2017 as well. But, statistically, they were not quite as dominant as a season ago: Going into the playoff, Elo considers the 2017 Tide to be 29.9 points per game better than an average FBS team, which is not only a far cry from their mark this time last year (40.2) but also ranks just fourth in the country this year, behind Clemson (32.6), Georgia (31.3) and Oklahoma (30.0). According to Sports Reference’s power ratings, this is Alabama’s worst season since 2010, a year they were relegated to the unacceptably non-prestigious Capital One Bowl. Although most programs would kill for a “down season” like the one Alabama is having, it’s still worth noting that this rendition of the Crimson Tide has been less dominant than usual.But like their counterparts at Clemson, the Tide have also tweaked their playing style in a way that makes their continued greatness especially impressive. All numbers are before bowl games. Total EPA on offense and defense may not equal sum of rushing plus passing because of penalties.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group YearRecordPassRushTotalPassRushTotalSpecial Tms YearPlayerPlays/GmQBRPassingRushingSacksPenaltyTotal How Clemson shifted its strengthsExpected points added per game by category for Clemson, 2016 and 2017 EPA/Game How ’Bama changed its focus from defense to offenseExpected points added per game by category for Alabama, 2016 and 2017 read more

Ohio State womens volleyball looks to get healthy complete season sweep of

Members of the OSU women’s volleyball team during a game against Michigan on Nov. 14 at St. John Arena. OSU lost 3-0. Credit: Giustino Bovenzi | Lantern photographerInjuries and illness have taken a toll on the Ohio State women’s volleyball team as the season has worn on, as it has lost five of its last eight matches.This week has been no different for coach Geoff Carlston’s team, as an illness has made its way around the roster. Nonetheless, the No. 16 Buckeyes (21-7, 10-6) will try to get back on track when they travel west to battle with Iowa (12-17, 2-14) on Wednesday at 8 p.m.“We’ve been trying to back off a lot,” Carlston said. “It’s hard to sharpen the blade when you can’t do it. As a staff, we’re trying to find a balance between trying to keep us healthy, but it hasn’t seemed to work.”Freshman setter Taylor Hughes has been in and out of the lineup since suffering an elbow injury on Oct. 21, while senior outside hitter Katie Mitchell has missed the last two games with an illness.To rediscover its form on the court after an ugly loss to Michigan on Saturday, Carlston said OSU just needs to get back to believing in itself.“I think we just have to remind ourselves that we’re a pretty good team and we’ve had a really good journey so far,” Carlston said.Much of the Buckeyes’ early-season success was fueled by the team playing with a chip on its shoulder. Senior outside hitter Elizabeth Campbell said “getting back to that underdog mentality” is crucial to get back to the winning ways. “We just need to get back to our fundamentals, stay focused,” junior outside hitter Kylie Randall said. “We still have a lot of games left … we still definitely have a chance to improve.”In the first meeting of the season between OSU and Iowa, the Buckeyes came out victorious in four sets, marking their 13th straight victory against the Hawkeyes.After posting a 10-3 record in nonconference play and garnering national attention in the form of votes in the coaches poll, the going started to get tough for Iowa in conference play, winning just two games against Big Ten foes.However, OSU has seen that records don’t mean much, evidenced by its Nov. 6 loss against a Maryland team that entered the game with a 2-11 conference record.“Especially if we’re kicking and scratching with our health, it’s a tough match,” Carlston said of the upcoming tilt against the Hawkeyes. “They run a very fast offense (and) they’ve given a lot of teams problems.”Iowa picked up its only two conference wins recently against Rutgers on Oct. 31 and Indiana on Nov. 4. Then, on Nov. 7, the Hawkeyes took then-No. 16 Purdue to five sets before falling.Campbell said she believes OSU will have its work cut out for it in defending the quick-paced attack of Iowa.“They have a pretty distributed, fast offense, so just being ready defensively in our blocking game to be up fast and challenge their tempos,” she said.The Hawkeyes currently rank third in the conference in service aces per set with 1.20. To combat that strength and bring home the win, Campbell said the Buckeyes are prepared to be “challenging the passing lanes” all match long. What’s next?A big rematch is set to be on tap for OSU on Saturday, when it is set to travel to Madison looking to complete another season sweep against Wisconsin. Back on Sept. 27, the Buckeyes defeated the Badgers in Columbus in five sets. The first serve is scheduled for 2 p.m. read more