Beckman is best in Eagle Hobby Stock main

first_imgNick Beckman led from lap two to the checkers in winning Saturday’s IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature at Eagle Raceway. (Photo by Joe Orth)By Greg SoukupEAGLE, Neb. (June 9) – Nick Beckman grabbed the lead on lap two and held off all challengers in win­ning Saturday’s Valentino’s IMCA Hobby Stock feature at Eagle Raceway.“I’d say it’s been four years since I’ve been on the front stretch here. It feels really good to be back in a Hobby Stock,” he said. “I knew I had to get out front and run away. I’m just glad that I was able to hold off all of the fast drivers.”Scott Bivens got the lead on the 11th circuit in winning the Hoosier Racing Tire IMCA Northern SportMod main. Likewise, it had been a while since he’d been to victory lane at Eagle.“It’s been a year and a half since my last win, at least,” Bivens said post-race. “But we just keep chugging along. We’re getting faster this year, so maybe we’ll do this some more.”Already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot, Jordan Grabouski earned $1,000 for his fifth Runner Freight IMCA Modified feature win of 2018.Tenth starting Mike Boston won for the first time this season at Eagle in the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars and Tommy Etherton raced from sixth starting to earn his first ATV IMCA Sport Compact victory of the season.Most dirt tracks would have cancelled the show when they got a 20-minute rain shower during hot laps, but the Eagle Raceway track prep crew saved the racing surface so the crowd and the 151 teams that towed to compete could enjoy Color Me Lucky Night, presented by Runner Freight and Accelerated GraphX.last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY FEBRUARY 21, 2015

first_imgJockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Martin Pedroza10511171110%$479,420 Thomas Proctor3064320%$461,350 Ron Ellis3782622%$291,580 AMERICAN PHAROAH TO MAKE 3-YEAR-OLD DEBUT IN REBELEclipse Award winner as male 2-year-old champion of 2014 American Pharoah workedsix furlongs under Martin Garcia Saturday in 1:12.40, after which Bob Baffert said the son of Pioneerof the Nile would make his 3-year-old debut in the Grade II, $600,000 Rebel Stakes at a mile and a sixteenth at Oaklawn Park on March 14.Baffert had also been considering the Grade II, $400,000 San Felipe Stakes, at 1 1/16 miles also, at Santa Anita a week earlier, on March 7.“He went an easy three-quarters,” Baffert said of the bay colt owned and bred by Ahmed Zayat. “I got him in like (one) 13.”Baffert also worked Bayern, the Breeders’ Cup Classic winner going four furlongs withGarcia up in a leisurely 50 seconds flat.“Bayern went real slow,” Baffert said.Also Saturday morning: two-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder worked four furlongs in company with Moulin de Mougin, each being clocked in 48 seconds. “It was a nice, easy half,” trainer Richard Mandella said. “Both of them looked great.”At Los Alamitos, Horse of the Year California Chrome worked four furlongs under regular rider Victor Espinoza in 48.40 as he prepares for the $10 million Dubai World Cup on March 28.Trainer Art Sherman said everything was on course for the California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit, owned and bred by Steve Colburn and Perry Martin. The colt is scheduled to depart for the Middle East on March 17. Jerry Hollendorfer10221141421%$2,058,940 Martin Garcia8614131216%$1,153,530 A. C. Avila2261327%$149,974 Richard Mandella3886721%$402,536 Kent Desormeaux11623221320%$1,322,730 Fernando Perez108912108%$448,612 Victor Espinoza10820221419%$1,323,610 Brandon Boulanger845586%$161,336 Tyler Baze16923161714%$1,318,314 James Cassidy4475816%$263,330 “He’s won twice sprinting on turf before,” pointed out Maldonado, who won yesterday’s first race by five lengths aboard A Colt Following for trainer Jeff Bonde, who also trains Distinctiv Passion. “The distance of six and a half will fit him perfectly and there’s no reason he shouldn’t like going down the hill.” . . . Met Mile winner Sahara Sky worked four furlongs Friday in 52.80 as he prepares for his return to the races. The 7-year-old trained by Jerry Hollendorfer and owned in part by Kim Lloyd has the Grade I, $300,000 Triple Bend at seven furlongs June 27 as a major long-range goal, Lloyd said. “We’ll get him ready, try to find a little prep and point to the Triple Bend,” said Lloyd, a former trainer in his own right and current General Manager of Barretts Sales, which will offer its selected 2-year-olds in training sale starting 2 p.m. Monday at Hinds Pavilion in Pomona . . . Firing Line, two-time tough beat runner-up to unbeaten Dortmund, worked four furlongs in 48.20 for Simon Callaghan, who has the Sunland Derby on March 22 or the Santa Anita Derby on April 4 in mind for the son of Line of David owned by Arnold Zetcher . . . Santa Anita Handicap candidate Imperative worked four furlongs for George Papaprodromou in 49 flat . . . With two wins yesterday before departing for the Fair Grounds where he rides Chandelier winner Angela Renee for Todd Pletcher in the Grade III Rachel Alexandra Stakes, Rafael Bejarano opened a commanding 39-23 lead over runners-up Kent Desormeaux and Tyler Baze . . . Apprentice jockey Brayan Pena has been suspended three racing days (Feb. 26, 27 and 28) for causing interference on his mount, Preordained, in Sunday’s fourth race, while journeyman Saul Arias has been banished for the same period for interference on Triunfo in Sunday’s sixth race. (Current Through Friday, Feb. 20) Corey Nakatani791381216%$683,368 Elvis Trujillo13314171011%$919,652 Jeff Bonde2260327%$212,040 John Sadler738131111%$573,206 Philip D’Amato4598720%$438,810 Mark Glatt4578616%$362,324 Peter Eurton51108720%$482,758 Richard Baltas4386319%$328,038center_img Rafael Bejarano16139252124%$1,816,124 PHAROAH, BAYERN, BEHOLDER, CHROME DRILLGOLDEN PICK 6 PAYS $363,424 AT GOLDEN GATEPOTENTIALLY BIG PAY DAYS ON BIG ‘CAP DAY Felipe Valdez2966521%$146,298 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Brice Blanc2951317%$198,262 Bob Baffert631214919%$1,197,298 Edwin Maldonado71831011%$290,796 Gary Stevens60118918%$880,522 $1 MILLION LATE PICK 4 GUARTANTEE ON BIG ‘CAP DAYShared Belief is expected to rule a prohibitive favorite in the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap on March 7, but that won’t prevent fans from trying to land a game-changing score.There will be huge guaranteed pools that day, including a $1 million Late Pick 4 and a $150,000 Pick 6, in addition to three other graded stakes besides the Big ‘Cap, with Triple Crown hopefuls spotlighted in the Grade II, $400,000 San Felipe Stakes.Also, there will be a Beerfest and live music in the infield. First post time will be 12 noon; gates open at 10 a.m.FINISH LINES: Distinctiv Passion is a committed front-runner, and Edwin Maldonado does not plan to alter strategy on the Florida-bred son of With Distinction in Sunday’s $75,000 Joe Hernandez Stakes for older horses at about 6 ½ furlongs on the downhill turf course. Distinctiv Passion is coming off a fourth-place finish in the Grade II Palos Verdes on Jan. 31, but is no stranger to the grass.-more-2/2/2/2 Drayden Van Dyke12815151812%$812,716 Tiago Pereira78971112%$299,334 Hector Palma2163129%$128,650 Doug O’Neill95910129%$534,756 Santiago Gonzalez5654109%$169,974 PERFECT GOLDEN PICK 6 TICKET PAYS $363,424The 20-cent Golden Pick 6 was hit for $363,424 Friday at Golden Gate Fields when only one ticket nailed all six winners in races two through seven. The bargain basement ticket was purchased on-track for just $9.60A jackpot-style wager held on the final six races each day, the Golden Pick 6 is only paid in full when there is just one perfect ticket with all six winners. When there is more than one ticket with all six winners, 70 percent of the net pool is paid to those handicappers going six-for-six. The remaining 30 percent of the pool is carried over to the next racing day.Since it was hit for $8,391 on Dec. 27, the second day of the winter/spring meet, there had been 31 consecutive racing days without a single winning ticket.The drought ended Friday when one player correctly selected the following winners: Princess Ofst.jude ($61) in the second race; Awesome Silver ($9.20) in the third; Kat Proof ($7) in the fourth; Prince Charmant ($14) in the fifth; Kimnjet ($9.20) in the sixth; and Global Harbor ($9) in the seventh.There were no winning favorites in the sequence.Although fans across the country can play the Golden Pick 6 via simulcast wagering, it’s likely a Bay Area resident got the money, since the winning ticket was purchased at Golden Gate Fields. Flavien Prat74109614%$501,466 Mike Smith7215141121%$1,337,491 Mark Casse4175517%$599,748 Joseph Talamo14115142411%$1,075,894 Michael Pender2964221%$155,720 Peter Miller941819819%$1,017,858 -30-last_img read more

Practicing Emotional First Aid: Maintaining Our Psychological Health

first_img Return to article. Long DescriptionPixabay[First Aid Box Tin Can by Alexa_Fotos on October 11, 2016, CCO]Many of us prioritize our physical health, especially this time of year as we go through flu season once again. We get the sniffles and the sneezes, with the soon to be congestion and fever. And if you didn’t get your flu shot, you soon wind up in your local doctor’s office or urgent care, hoping for some much needed meds, a doctor’s note, and some sick days.When we are physically sick or hurt, it’s a no-brainer to take care of ourselves. But what about our psychological health? Is it okay to take time off when we are anxious, depressed, or emotionally overwhelmed? Why is our physical health seemingly so much more important than our psychological health?This TED Talk features Dr. Guy Winch, a licensed psychologist who works with individuals, couples, and families. Dr. Winch proposes that we start prioritizing our mental health just as much as our physical health. And the way he says to do this is to practice emotional first aid. In his work with clients, he has emphasized the need to practice mental and emotional hygiene, stressing that it is equally as important as practicing physical and dental hygiene.Some key points he makes in his presentation are:• We are confronted with psychological injuries much more often than we are with physical ones. These are injuries such as failure, rejection, and loneliness.• To be aware of feelings of helplessness that arise.• We should pay attention to the emotional pain we experience and recognize this pain is trying to tell us something.• We are our own worse critic when faced with rejection or failure. He suggests treating yourself with the same compassion that you would expect from a truly good friend when they are trying to comfort and boost you up.• That we must protect our self-esteem by noticing these unhealthy psychological habits and explore what they are trying to tell us.• Also, that ruminating thoughts come and go. A two minute distraction is enough to break the urge to ruminate in any given moment.These issues are all ones we face on a daily basis and are common barriers for both civilians and military service members alike. For more on practicing emotional first aid, be sure to watch Dr. Winch’s full TED Talk here. And for more about mental health barriers in the military, be sure to catch the archived recording of our “Staying Strong by Seeking Help” webinar. CEUs are still available through April, 19, 2019.ReferencesWinch, G. (2014). Why We All Need to Practice Emotional First Aid. TED Talk. Retrieved from: https://www.ted.com/talks/guy_winch_the_case_for_emotional_hygiene#t-108616This post was written by Jason M. Jowers, MS, MFT, of the MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development concentration on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.  You can also listen to our Anchored. podcast series via iTunes and our website. Pixabay[First Aid Box Tin Can by Alexa_Fotos on October 11, 2016, CCO] By: Jason M. Jowers, MS, MFTlast_img read more

Highway 43 closed near the BC Alberta Border

first_imgFor the latest road conditions in Alberta visit 511.alberta.ca.  In B.C., visit www.drivebc.caA collision on Highway 43 near the B.C./Alberta border – FacebookA photo of emergency crews on Highway 43 near the B.C. Alberta border – Facebook UPDATE #3 – as of 1:30 p.m. – The highway is now open in both directions.UPDATE #2 – as of 12:20 p.m. – The following is from Alberta 511 – Highway 43 near Demmitt is currently impassable due to ice build-up from freezing rain. Choose an alternate route if travel is essential. Maintenance crews are working to clear the ice, however no ETO is available at this time.UPDATE – The freezing rain warning has ended for the B.C. and Alberta Peace. DEMMITT, A.B. – Highway 43 is closed east of the Alberta and B.C. border.According to posts on social media, the highway is closed due to multiple collisions and freezing rain.Photos shared on the Highway 43 Road Report Facebook page show multiple vehicles in the ditch along a stretch of the highway from Range Road 130 to Range Road 135.#BCHwy2 Reports of a multi-vehicle incident on the #Alberta side of the border on Hwy23. Traffic coming from BC is backing up and could cause more incidents. Please use caution and slow down if heading east from #DawsonCreek #PouceCoupe— Drive BC (@DriveBC) January 13, 2019A freezing rain warning remains in place for the Alberta Peace including Grande Prairie, Hythe and Beaverlodge.  A warning is also in place for the North Peace in B.C.This Alberta Government Camera is located at the B.C. Alberta border.last_img read more

ArcelorMittal may get NCLAT order to deposit Rs 42000 cr

first_imgNew Delhi: The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal Tuesday said it may direct global steel major ArcelorMittal to deposit Rs 42,000 crore bid amount for acquiring Essar Steel in separate accounts during next hearing on April 23. A two-member bench headed by Chairman Justice S J Mukhopadhaya said that ArcelorMittal may have to deposit the money in a separate account either before the NCLAT or NCLT Ahmedabad-bench. The bench also asked ArcelorMittal to file an affidavit before it, detailing the steps to be taken for implementation of the resolution plan of debt ridden Essar Steel. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”ArcelorMittal India, successful resolution applicant, would file an affidavit for implementation of plan,” the bench said. It further said, “The Appellate Tribunal may direct the successful resolution applicant to deposit money in one or another account in next date of hearing”. The bench also said that original plan approved by NCLT Ahmedabad has to be implemented. The bench also directed the operational creditors and financial creditors of Essar Steel to file a chart next week, detailing their claims approved by resolution professional and CoC. “Financial creditors and operational creditors are allowed to file one page affidavit giving details of their claims approved by RP and its percentage,” it said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostMoreover, it has also asked the Gujarat State Tax department to file an affidavit over its claims. The NCLAT was hearing a batch of petitions filed by operational creditors, Gujarat State Tax department and others. ArcelorMittal’s resolution proposal provides financial creditors Rs 41,987 crore out of their total dues of Rs 49,395 crore. Operational creditors, under the plan, would get just Rs 214 crore against the outstanding of Rs 4,976 crore and are contesting before the NCLAT. Essar Steel owns a 10-million-tonne steel mill at Hazira in Gujarat. This was was among the first 12 cases selected by the Reserve Bank of India to be resolved under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC).last_img read more

Virtual vocal tract can lead to speech via brain signals

first_imgLos Angeles: Scientists have created a virtual vocal tract — completes with lips, jaw and tongue — that can generate natural-sounding synthetic speech by using brain signals. The brain-machine interface created by neuroscientists at University of California, San Francisco in the US could one day restore the voices of people who have lost the ability to speak due to paralysis and other forms of neurological damage. Stroke, traumatic brain injury, and neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease) often result in an irreversible loss of the ability to speak. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USSome people with severe speech disabilities learn to spell out their thoughts letter-by-letter using assistive devices that track very small eye or facial muscle movements. However, producing text or synthesised speech with such devices is laborious, error-prone, and painfully slow, typically permitting a maximum of 10 words per minute, compared to the 100-150 words per minute of natural speech. The system, described in the journal Nature, demonstrates that it is possible to create a synthesised version of a person’s voice that can be controlled by the activity of their brain’s speech centres. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsIn the future, this approach could not only restore fluent communication to individuals with severe speech disability, researchers said, but could also reproduce some of the musicality of the human voice that conveys the speaker’s emotions and personality. “For the first time, this study demonstrates that we can generate entire spoken sentences based on an individual’s brain activity,” said Edward Chang, a professor at University of California, San Francisco. “The relationship between the movements of the vocal tract and the speech sounds that are produced is a complicated one,” said Gopala Anumanchipalli, a speech scientist who led the study. “We reasoned that if these speech centers in the brain are encoding movements rather than sounds, we should try to do the same in decoding those signals,” Anumanchipalli said. Researchers asked five volunteers with intact speech who had electrodes temporarily implanted in their brains to map the source of their seizures in preparation for neurosurgery to treat epilepsy — to read several hundred sentences aloud while the researchers recorded activity from a brain region known to be involved in language production. Based on the audio recordings of participants’ voices, the researchers used linguistic principles to reverse engineer the vocal tract movements needed to produce those sounds: pressing the lips together here, tightening vocal cords there, shifting the tip of the tongue to the roof of the mouth, then relaxing it, and so on. This detailed mapping of sound to anatomy allowed the scientists to create a realistic virtual vocal tract for each participant that could be controlled by their brain activity. This comprised two “neural network” machine learning algorithms: a decoder that transforms brain activity patterns produced during speech into movements of the virtual vocal tract, and a synthesiser that converts these vocal tract movements into a synthetic approximation of the participant’s voice. The synthetic speech produced by these algorithms was significantly better than synthetic speech directly decoded from participants’ brain activity without the inclusion of simulations of the speakers’ vocal tracts, the researchers found. The algorithms produced sentences that were understandable to hundreds of human listeners in crowdsourced transcription tests.last_img read more

SP going soft on Cong PM

first_imgPratapgarh (UP): Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday accused the Samajwadi Party of going soft on the Congress, implying a rift in the SP-BSP opposition alliance against the BJP in Uttar Pradesh.Addressing a BJP rally here, Modi said while the Bahujan Samaj Party leader Mayawati is attacking the Congress, a Congress leader is sharing the stage with the SP. The apparent reference was to Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s presence at a Samajwadi Party meeting in Rae Bareli on Thursday. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh”The SP is going soft on the Congress, but its alliance partner BSP chief Mayawati is attacking the Congress,” he said. Modi said the Congress has been reduced to the status of ‘vote katwa’ party for cutting the votes of other parties and it will soon witness its downfall. Attempting to draw a wedge in the SP-BSP-RLD alliance, Modi claimed that BSP chief Mayawati has understood that the SP and the Congress are playing a “big game” with her. “Now, this is clear that the SP has derived mileage from Mayawati through the gathbandhan. She was kept in dark. There were talks about respect. It was said that you (Mayawati) will be made the prime minister, but now Behenji has understood that the SP and the Congress are playing a big game with her,” he said. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadModi said there are dangers of corruption, opportunism, casteism, dynastic politics and non-governance from this alliance. “The panja (hand) of mahamilaawat is very dangerous,” he added. Accusing the Congress and its president of attempting to tarnish his image over the Rafale issue, he took a jibe at former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. “Your father was termed ‘Mr Clean’ by his courtiers, but his life ended as ‘Bhrastachari number 1’ (corrupt number 1),” Modi said. He claimed that the Congress chief had admitted in a interview that his only aim is to tarnish the image of Modi. “By hurling abuses, you cannot dissolve the 50-long year of Modi’s tapasya (struggle) in dust,” the prime minister said. “By tarnishing my image and by making me small, these people want to make an unstable and a weak government in the country,” he added. Modi said “only the BJP can give a stable government ” as he led the gathering chanting “phir ek baar…Modi sarkar (once again, Modi government)”.last_img read more

Need to build core group for next seasons Ashwin

first_imgMohali: Kings XI Punjab’s (KXIP) journey in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 came to an end as the team could garner only six wins from 14 games and collect 12 points and skipper Ravichandran Ashwin felt his team needed to build a core group to keep going for the next few seasons. Despite being out of the play-offs race, Punjab ended the tournament on a winning note by defeating Chennai Super Kings by six wickets, thanks to opener KL Rahul’s 36-ball 71-run knock. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuSpeaking at the post-match presentation, Ashwin said: “It was not easy for us. But we haven’t been outplayed much in many games, except against Sunrisers Hyderabad. We just have not been able to close out the humdingers.” “There are a few reasons. We didn’t close out games, particularly in the powerplay and middle overs. I feel when teams plan and come back to us, we need to respond properly. They (CSK) have played together for a long time. We haven’t qualified. We have to build a core group to keep going for the next few seasons. CSK has a fulcrum of how they go about things. It’s same with MI. SRH does it differently,” he remarked. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersSpeaking about his plans for the team and auction for this year’s league, the off-spinner said most teams did well because they retained key players. “We have to look at that. We have to post a score that one can defend. Some of the best teams do that very consistently. Varun was a massive idea in the auction, so that we didn’t have to play a foreign spinner. Auctions are very unpredictable. Many teams have done well because they have retained about 5 players. I would like to bring forward the vision for the franchise,” he said.last_img read more

Game 7 is a Great Time to Get Physical

The Bruins fired their outspoken coach, Don Cherry, after the season. Cherry coached the next year for the Colorado Rockies. After they finished dead last in the NHL — their slogan had been, “Come to the fights and watch a Rockies game break out!” — CBC hired Cherry as a broadcaster. His “Coaches’ Corner” segment debuted the next year and has aired on CBC ever since. Cherry is so legendary to fans of “Hockey Night in Canada” that he was once voted the seventh-greatest Canadian of all time. Alexander Graham Bell finished ninth in the same poll. Wayne Gretzky finished 10th.Cherry — if you’ve never seen him — has a populist sensibility that seems to appeal to the same part of the Canadian psyche as Toronto’s crack-smoking mayor, Rob Ford.1Cherry was a special guest at Ford’s swearing-in ceremony as mayor in 2010. And like Ford, he isn’t much of a stickler for the rules. He loves physical hockey and hates ticky-tack penalties, like the one the Bruins got in Montreal 35 years ago.But Cherry’s experience in 1979, as much as it altered the course of Canadian and Canadien history, was more the exception than the rule. Usually in Game 7s, referees let an awful lot go and call far fewer penalties than they do in the regular season or the rest of the playoffs. Game 7s are very good environments for the physical hockey teams that Cherry likes best.Case in point: the 2010-11 Bruins, who won Boston its first Stanley Cup since 1972. In those playoffs, the Bruins became the first-ever NHL team to win three Game 7s. The Bruins were a penalty-prone team, finishing third in the league in major penalties and eighth in penalties overall. They benefited from referees swallowing their whistles in those three Game 7s; just 18 penalty minutes were called in those games, including no penalties at all in the Bruins’ conference finals win against the Tampa Bay Lightning.While a game with no penalties at all is an outlier,2There were just three during the NHL’s 2013-14 regular season, out of 1,230 games. referees routinely call fewer penalties in Game 7s. Since the 1987-88 playoffs, teams have accumulated an average of 8.6 penalty minutes per 60 minutes of ice time in Game 7s.3This assumes an average of 63 minutes of ice time per game in the playoffs and 61 in the regular season; playoff games are slightly longer because overtimes can go on indefinitely. The figures do not include bench minors — like Cherry’s too-many-men call — as Hockey-Reference.com does not track them, but these represent a small fraction of all penalties. The rate in the other six games of each playoff series is almost twice as high: 16.5 penalty minutes. It’s also almost twice as high — 16.1 penalty minutes — during the regular season.It’s unlikely that this is a fluke. Game 7s, like the one the Bruins and the Canadiens will play Wednesday and the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins will play Tuesday night, are a special treat. But there have been more than 100 of them since 1988, making for a reasonably large sample. Furthermore, there is evidence from baseball, basketball and other sports that officials are prone to passivity with more on the line. About 20 percent of power plays result in goals, both in the regular season and in the playoffs.But it’s easy to blame the refs. Is it possible that the players — as opposed to the officials — are doing something differently in Game 7s?Not in a way that would explain the discrepancies in the data. The NHL now keeps track of body checks, or hits. In Game 7s since 2009, teams have averaged 28.7 hits per 60 minutes of ice time. That’s a tiny bit lower than the rate in the first six games of the playoffs, which is 30.2 hits per 60 minutes. But it’s much higher than in the regular season, when teams average 22.2 hits. The playoffs are considerably more physical, and Game 7s are typical of the playoffs.It is true that teams get into fewer fights during the playoffs. Since 1997-98, teams have been called for 0.8 minutes’ worth of major penalties per 60 minutes of ice time in the playoffs, as compared to 2.7 per 60 minutes in the regular season. Major penalties generally mean fighting majors, so that can be taken to mean that fights are only about one-third as common in the playoffs. Perhaps there are fewer fights in Game 7 than during the rest of the playoffs — I don’t have that data handy. But fighting majors are so rare in the playoffs to begin with that they can’t account for much of the drop-off in penalty minutes in Game 7s compared to the rest of the series.Incidentally, there are more misconduct penalties called in the playoffs than during the regular season, and this trend has been especially pronounced during the past five years or so. For those of you who aren’t familiar with misconducts, they’re penalties that rule a player off the ice for either 10 minutes or the rest of the game, depending on the severity of the infraction. However, unlike major and minor penalties, they don’t give the other team a power play (although misconducts are usually called in conjunction with major or minor penalties). Thus misconducts, along with fines and suspensions from the league office, may serve as an attractive solution for officials. They serve a deterrent effect without having quite as much of a direct impact on the game as fans see it.But by Game 7, referees drop all pretense of calling the game as they usually would, despite the action remaining highly physical.Which teams might benefit from this? The next chart lists the net number of goals scored by each remaining playoff team during special-teams situations (power plays and penalty-kills; the totals include short-handed goals). The higher a team ranks on this list, the more it stands to lose from a drop-off in penalty calls. Conversely, the teams low on the list would prefer more even-strength play.The Penguins and the Rangers ranked first and third among NHL teams for net special-teams goals during the regular season. The Rangers’ power play has been awful in the playoffs so far, but that’s probably just a function of a small sample size. Still, they probably won’t mind a game with fewer penalties, especially since the Penguins’ power play is so deadly. On the other hand, the Rangers are more of a finesse than a power hockey team, so it’s not likely that they’ll just be able to check Sidney Crosby into submission, even with laxer officiating.The Bruins and the Canadiens might also be something of a wash. The Bruins recorded 17 percent more hits than the Canadiens during the regular season — but the Canadiens had 20 percent more penalty minutes. And while the Bruins have the better power play, Montreal has the better penalty-kill.If there’s a team that could benefit from the Game 7 officiating style, it could be the Los Angeles Kings. The Kings led the league in hits during the regular season, and while they avoided fighting majors, they had the fourth-highest number of minor penalties in the league. They also have an anemic power play and just an average penalty-kill, which made them net-negative in special-teams goals during the regular season.Don Cherry is still an unabashed Bruins fan, but the Kings fit his style the best, avoiding blatant cheap shots but otherwise pushing the limits of legal play. If they beat the Anaheim Ducks tomorrow to advance to a Game 7, they might have better luck than Cherry did. In 1979, the Boston Bruins, facing the Montreal Canadiens in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup semifinals, had a one-goal lead with 2 minutes and 34 seconds to play in the third period. But then the Bruins were whistled for a bench minor during a sloppy shift change — too many men on the ice. You can probably guess what happened next. Canadiens’ legend Guy Lafleur scored on the ensuing power play to tie the score. The Canadiens won in overtime. read more

7 Ohio State mens track and field members qualify for NCAA championships

Seven members of the Ohio State men’s track and field team qualified for the NCAA championships over the weekend at preliminaries in Bloomington, Ind. All-American junior Michael Hartfield added to an already successful year and qualified in the long jump by placing fifth with a jump of 7.74 meters. “Making nationals is a great feeling because it gives you recognition as being one of the best in your event,” Hartfield said. “I’m just trying to stay humble and hopeful.” With a season-high jump of 7.95 meters at the Drake Relays earlier in the season, Hartfield has the potential to advance further in the NCAA championships. Junior Thomas Murdaugh qualified for NCAA championships in both the 400-meter dash and the 4-by-400-meter relay. In the 400-meter dash, Murdaugh finished 11th overall with a time of 46.34 seconds. Murdaugh, along with senior Aaron Roberts, sophomore Korbin Smith and sophomore Marvel Brooks, finished eighth in the 4-by-400-meter relay with a time of 3:06.5. For Roberts, the relay team’s Big Ten championship and NCAA qualification have capped off an incredible senior season. “It’s an undescribable joy to finally make it to nationals my senior year,” Roberts said. “I’ve been training for 10 years for this opportunity, and I’m blessed and thankful that I have a chance to compete at NCAAs.” In the distance field, junior Jake Edwards qualified for the NCAA championships with a 12th-place finish in the 1,500 meter run with a time of 3:48.23. Junior Cory Leslie posted a career-best 8:40.49 in the 3,000 meter steeplechase, nearly five seconds faster than his previous career high, which he posted at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships. “It feels great, and I’m excited,” Leslie said. “I’m looking forward to getting there and competing against the best in the country.” The NCAA championships will take place June 8–11 in Des Moines, Iowa. read more