Post your CLE credits online May 1, 2005 Regular News Florida Bar members may now post their CLE credits online by logging on to www.flabar.org.The new CLE credit posting feature comes just months after applications were added to the Bar’s Web site to allow members to check their CLE hours and CLER reporting date information. New members can also verify reporting information for compliance with the basic skills course requirement.Members may continue to register for CLE courses and order CLE tapes on the Bar’s Web site, as well.“The ability for our members to now post their own CLE credits is offered as yet another convenience to our members,” said Mike Tartaglia, director of the Bar’s Programs Division.To access your personal CLE information, go to www.flabar.org, click on “StoreFront” in the left-hand blue column and then click on “CLE Status Inquiry.” Before being able to obtain personal CLE records or post new credits, members will have to follow the prompts to register on the “Storefront” by using their user name (Bar number) and password.When registering online to take CLE courses or order CLE tapes, members may use the search menu to find CLE courses by city, course number, date, sponsor, or title. Once the appropriate course is found, members may register by logging into the secure site via user name (Bar number) and password. Members can use either Visa or MasterCard to pay registration fees online.Also available on The Florida Bar Web site is the 2004-05 Calendar of CLE Courses, as well as a searchable calendar. Members can access a printable list of CLE audio/videotapes and order form. Post your CLE credits online
(REUTERS) – The Premier League (PL), which will resume on June 17, says its aim is for the remaining games to be played on the usual home-and-away basis but that they have a contingency plan for neutral venues.The initial suggestion from the UK government had been for the closed-door matches to be played at neutral venues but some clubs have expressed opposition to that idea – views that have been put to the government by the league.Some media reports have suggested that select games which may have a risk of fans gathering outside grounds, such as the Merseyside derby between Everton and Liverpool, would still be held at a neutral venue even if most matches are held on a home/away basis.“The Premier League’s ambition is to complete all of our remaining fixtures this season home and away, where possible,” the league said in a statement yesterday.“We are working with our clubs to ensure risks are assessed and minimised, while co-operating with the police at a local and national level.“Discussions with the National Police Chiefs’ Council and UK Football Policing Unit have been positive and are continuing. We are prepared for all outcomes and have a neutral venue contingency,” the statement concluded.PL Chief Executive Richard Masters told Sky Sports News: “We’ll have a clearer picture in the next seven to 10 days but we hope the amount of games (at neutral grounds) will be low.”“… (the police) have legitimate concerns but we think we can mitigate some of the issues they’re trying to deal with.“Ultimately, we want the season to be played out on the pitch and we’re discussing a number of options to make it as fair as possible.”The PL was suspended on March 13 due to the novel coronavirus pandemic but teams returned to small group training last week and on Wednesday voted unanimously to return to contact training, including tackling.
— If there’s anyone who is sneaking into UFC 231, it is Aleksandar Rakic. Here’s why .— It has been a rough 2018 for Max Holloway. “Blessed” details to SN the struggle to get to UFC 231.— Brian Ortega had $75 to his name when he began MMA training. Now, he’s on the verge of becoming the UFC featherweight champion. Ortega goes through the journey with SN. The fight was competitive early, but Holloway’s high-volume striking eventually wore down T-City. In the fourth round, Holloway cranked up the pressure and belted his previously unbeaten opponent with punches to the head and body. With Ortega’s face a bloody mess, the fight sapped out of him and his left eye swollen shut, the ringside doctor determined that Ortega was unable to continue. “Is there anyone else?” Holloway asked during his postfight interview. “Let’s go.”MORE: Join DAZN and watch Canelo Alvarez vs. Rocky Fielding on Dec. 15 Here is what happened at UFC 231 in Toronto ( all times Eastern):UFC 231 resultsMax Holloway puts on a spectacular performance to stop Brian Ortega and remain featherweight champion1:06 a.m.: Holloway def. Ortega by fourth-round TKO to retain the featherweight title. What a fourth round for Holloway. He came right out and let Ortega know that the third round was an illusion. Holloway started out throwing combinations at will and didn’t let up in the slightest bit. It got to the point that Ortega couldn’t see out of his left eye as it was swollen shut. Ortega was desperate. He kept trying for takedowns to no avail and Holloway continued to batter him. As soon as Ortega walked back to the corner, the ringside doctor took a look at the eye and wouldn’t allow him to go out for the fifth round.12:57 a.m.: Round 3 to Ortega (10-9, 29-28 Holloway). Ortega got himself back into the fight. He threw the harder shots, controlled the Octagon and kept coming forward. Holloway and Ortega are leaving it all in there. Ortega needs to continue to keep Holloway against the cage and in the clinch. It started to wear Holloway down. We have a fight, ladies and gentleman.12:51 a.m.: Round 2 to Holloway (10-9, 20-18 Holloway). Holloway’s striking is some of the best in the sport right now. It’s crisp, he knows how to stay at the end of Ortega’s punches, demonstrates good movement and counters superbly. Holloway needs to keep his hands up. For all of the four, five punch combinations he’s throwing, Ortega is still coming forward. The staredown between the two with blood pouring down Ortega’s face was unbelievable.12:45 a.m.: Round 1 to Holloway (10-9). Highly entertaining opening round. Holloway and Ortega each had their moments, but the champion had more of them. Holloway landed the harder shots and wobbled Ortega with a right hand near the end of the round. Ortega needs to stay composed and not overcommit.12:36 a.m.: It is now time for the main event of UFC 231: Max Holloway puts his featherweight title on the line against No. 1-ranked Brian Ortega. Holloway (19-3) competes for the first time in 2018 after defeating Jose Aldo by third-round TKO at UFC 218 in December 2017. “Blessed” was set to face Frankie Edgar at UFC 222, but was unable to compete because of an injury. He also offered to step in on short notice to challenge lightweight kingpin Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223. But Holloway was pulled off of the card by New York State Athletic Commission, as the native of Hawaii was struggling to make weight. Holloway says he’s good to go for UFC 231 and ready to make a statement to close out 2018.Ortega (14-0, one no contest) last fought at UFC 222 when he stopped Frankie Edgar after stepping for the injured Holloway. Will the issues Holloway’s been through this year be too much or can he pull through? Is this Ortega’s moment? This has a legitimate chance to be the greatest featherweight title fight of all time.Valentina Shevchenko powers her way past Joanna Jedrzejczyk to win vacant women’s flyweight title12:24 a.m.: Shevchenko def. Jedrzejczyk by unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46) to capture the vacant women’s flyweight championship. At the end of the day, this came to down power and skill. Shevchenko fought flawlessly. She never Jedrzejczyk garner any type of momentum. Anytime she would throw a power shot, Shevchenko would respond with something harder or just toss the former women’s strawweight titleholder to the canvas. It wasn’t like Jedrzejczyk had a bad fight. Shevchenko is just that good. The “Bullet” era has now begun. 12:20 a.m.: Round 5 to Shevchenko (10-9, 50-45 Shevchenko). Give Shevchenko credit. She knew Jedrzejczyk was going to come out and give it her all, but still stayed aggressive and ride her bicycle around the Octagon. Off to the judges’ scorecards in what should be a Shevchenko victory.12:14 a.m.: Round 4 to Shevchenko (40-36 Shevchenko). Surprised Jedrzejczyk didn’t come out more aggressive as she was in the final minute of the round considering she’d lost every round. Now, the native of Poland needs ramp it up like she never has before to walk out with the gold.12:07 a.m.: Round 3 to Shevchenko (10-9, 30-27 Shevchenko). Every time it looks like Jedrzejczyk is starting to gain momentum and control, Shevchenko roars back with a head or spinning back kick to keep Jedrzejczyk at bay. Jedrzejczyk needs to really pick it up, as Shevchenko doesn’t look to be slowing down.12:01 a.m.: Round 2 to Shevchenko (10-9, 20-18 Shevchenko). Was pretty much an even round until Shevchenko took Jedrzejczyk down twice with about 90 seconds left. Right now, Shevchenko is controlling every facet. Jedrzejczyk needs to come up with something quick. Shevchenko is fighting the perfect fight and looks to be hard to beat.11:55 p.m.: Round 1 to Shevchenko (10-9). It’s evident right away that Shevchenko is the more powerful of the two by the way she took Jedrzejczyk down to the mat and when they were in the clinch against the cage. Jedrzejczyk needs to be constantly throwing and commit to her shots.11:49 p.m.: It is time for the co-main event of UFC 231 as No. 1 ranked Valentina Shevchenko squares off with Joanna Jedrzejczyk for the vacant women’s flyweight title. Shevchenko (15-3) was supposed to face Nicco Montano at UFC 228 for the belt, but Montano was hospitalized and subsequently pulled from the fight and stripped of the title. Jedrzejczyk (15-2) is the former women’s strawweight champion and won her last fight, defeating Tecia Torres by unanimous decision. She’s competing at 125 pounds for the first time. Shevchenko and Jedrzejczyk fought three times in Muay Thai bouts with the former winning every bout. MMA is different than Muay Thai, but the fact Shevchenko did win does give her a psychological advantage. Should be a fantastic title fight.Gunnar Nelson submits Alex Oliveira in bloody fight11:30 p.m.: Nelson def. Oliveira by submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:17 of the second round. Entertaining affair. Oliveira won the first round after reversing Nelson’s body triangle and laid down hard ground and pound punches at will for the majority of the round. About two minutes into the second, Nelson took Oliveira down to the mat and immediately went into mount position. Oliveira tried anything and everything to get out of it, but couldn’t escape. With blood gushing down his nose from Oliveira busting it up in the previous round, Nelson threw an elbow with everything he had and blood poured out like a geyser from Oliveira’s forehead, Oliveira rolled over and Nelson immediately secured the choke and the Brazilian tapped out instantly.Great comeback win for Nelson. You never how a fighter is going to react after being sidelined for a significant amount of time and then lose the opening round and get bloodied up in the process. 11:14 p.m.: Coming up next at UFC 231, No. 13-ranked Alex Oliveira battles No. 14-ranked Gunnar Nelson. Oliveira (19-5-1) has won four of his last five, with all four wins coming by stoppage. Nelson (16-3-1) returns for the first time since July 2017 due to injury, but lost his previous fight to Santiago Ponzinibbio by first round knockout. Oliveira is one of the most exciting fighters in the sport. He doesn’t get paid by the hour and is always looking for the finish. Nelson possesses some of the best ground work in the sport. The fight has the potential to steal the show, as hard as that is to say considering what everyone saw in the main card opener.Hakeem Dawodu dominant in decision victory over Kyle Bochniak11:00 p.m.: Dawodu def. Bochniak by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28). How was this a split decision? Who could give Bochniak one round, let alone two? Good performance for Dawodu. He showed exemplary Muay Thai from start to finish and never let Bochniak get started. Someone to definitely keep your eye on in the featherweight division.10:42 p.m.: Up next at UFC 231, Hakeem Dawodu takes on Kyle Bochniak in featherweight action. Bochniak (8-3) is coming off a loss to Zabit Magomedsharipov in April at UFC 223. Even though he was down on the scorecards, Bochniak left it all on the line and showed a lot of heart by absorbing a ton of punishment and never giving up. Dawodu (8-1-1) suffered the first loss of his career in March to Danny Henry, but bounced back to defeat Austin Arnett. This appears to be a showcase for Dawodu, but never sell Bochniak short.Thiago Santos viciously KO’s Jimi Manuwa in fight of the year contender10:31 p.m.: Santos def. Manuwa by knockout at 0:42 of the second round. An unbelievable fight. The first round is in the conversation of 2018’s round of the year. Santos started it off by almost finishing Manuwa with a left and right hook. Santos and Manuwa threw the heavy artillery in every way possible and showed chins of steel. Manuwa and Santos began the second round the same way they ended the first, throwing every shot with evil intentions. They were exchanging with Manuwa’s back against the fence when Santos connected on a vicious left uppercut followed by a blistering left hook to knock out Manuwa to earn the tenth knockout win of his career and put the light heavyweight division on notice.A great way to begin the main card. The remaining four fights have a lot to live up to.The LHW division’s newest nightmare. @TMarretaMMA #UFC231 pic.twitter.com/YlGMDCnG6R— UFC (@ufc) December 9, 201810:19 p.m.: Kicking off the main card of UFC 231 are light heavyweights Jimi Manuwa and Thiago Santos. The No. 7-ranked Manuwa (17-4) has struggled as of late, having lost his last two fights. Santos will be fighting for the fifth time in 2018, going 3-1 thus far. The Brazilian made a successful debut at 205 pounds in September, finishing Eryk Anders in the third round. Don’t blink because this won’t last long as Manuwa and Santos are two of the hardest punchers in the sport.9:59 p.m.: Ansaroff def. Gadelha by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28). What an upset. The name of the game for Ansaroff was her striking and it all started with the jab. She would the flick the jab and then switch to a sidekick or a head kick. The biggest win of Ansaroff’s career and now puts herself in the conversation of a title shot after beating a former title challenger and one of the best the women’s strawweight division.9:40 p.m.: Time for the featured prelim at UFC 231, a women’s strawweight contest between No. 3-ranked Cláudia Gadelha and No. 11-ranked Nina Ansaroff. Gadelha’s won three of her last four fights and is coming off of a fantastic split decision win over Carla Esparza at UFC 225. After losing two fights in a row, Ansaroff (9-5) is on a three-fight winning streak. This is the biggest bout of Ansaroff’s career because a win against a top contender will vault hers to the top tier at 115 pounds. Gadelha’s now training in the United States to help climb over the hurdle and win UFC gold. 9:32 p.m.: Burns def. Aubin-Mercier via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28). Dominant showing for Burns. He controlled the action on the feet and the ground. Let’s see if Burns can now get on a winning streak. He’s 3-2 now in his last five. The talent is there. He beeds to put it all together consistently to be a contender at 155 pounds.9:19 p.m.: Like what we saw in the first fight, Burns had a chance to finish Aubin-Mercier in the first round after blasting him with a left hook and a series of vicious ground and pound punches. Instead of continuing to hit Aubin-Mercier, Burns went for a rear-naked choke. Hopefully, it doesn’t cost Burns as it did for Anders.9:11 p.m.: Next at UFC 228, Olivier Aubin-Mercier faces Gilbert Burns in lightweight action. Aubin-Mercier (11-3) had his four-fight winning streak snapped in July when he lost to Alexander Hernandez. Burns (13-3) has been uneven as of late, as he’s gone 2-2. Can Aubin-Mercier put on a show for his countrymen or can Burns spoil the party?8:59 p.m.: Eye def. Chookagian by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28). Very good fight. Consistent back-and-forth action, but Eye gained the decision because of her activity. She was the aggressor and continuously pushed the pace with inside leg kicks and throwing two, three and four-punch combinations. Three straight wins for Eye since she returned to 125 pounds. She should get the winner of the title fight later in the show between Valentina Shevchenko and Joanna Jedrzejczyk.8:38 p.m.: Right now at UFC 231, No. 3-ranked Katlyn Chookagian fights No. 9-ranked Jessica Eye in women’s flyweight action. Chookagian (11-1) is on a good run, having won three consecutive fights. Since returning to 125 pounds earlier this year, Eye (13-6, one no contest) has won both of her fights. A key contest in the division as the winner is likely to get a crack at the winner of the co-main event.8:27 p.m.: Theodorou def. Anders by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28). The lost opportunity by Anders in the second round cost him. Theodorou’s volume in the third round won the fight. Three fights, three wins in 2018 for the Canadian. Time to see Theodorou against a top ten opponent and see if there can be a new contender at 185 pounds.8:18 p.m.: Not a fan of Anders’ game plan in the second round. He rocked Theodorou on more than one occasion and didn’t try to finish him. I get taking your time and not wanting to burn yourself just in case you don’t get the stoppage. But when the opportunity is there, take it. He may not get another chance.8:03 p.m.: Welcome to Sporting News’ live coverage of UFC 231. Starting the action will be No. 14-ranked Elias Theodorou taking on Eryk Anders in middleweight action. Theodorou (16-2) comes in having won back-to-back fights and four of his last five overall. This will be the fourth time Anders (11-2) has competed in 2018. The former University of Alabama football has gone 1-2 so far. Both guys looking to end 2018 on a winning note.UFC 231 fight cardMain cardMax Holloway (c) vs. Brian Ortega for Holloway’s featherweight titleValentina Shevchenko vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk for the vacant women’s flyweight titleAlex Oliveira vs. Gunnar Nelson; welterweights Hakeem Dawodu vs. Kyle Bochniak; featherweights Jimi Manuwa vs. Thiago Santos; light heavyweights Preliminary Card Claudia Gadelha vs. Nina Ansaroff; women’s strawweights Katlyn Chookagian vs. Jessica Eye; women’s flyweights Eryk Anders vs. Elias Theodorou; middleweightsOlivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Gilbert Burns; lightweights Devin Clark vs. Aleksandar Rakic; light heavyweightsBrad Katona vs. Matthew Lopez; bantamweightsChad Laprise vs. Dhiego Lima; welterweights Carlos Diego Ferreira vs. Jesse Ronson; lightweights UFC 231 latest news— Brian Ortega explains to Sporting News that he anticipates an all-time classic vs. Max Holloway. Many were doubting Max Holloway heading into his UFC 231 main-event fight against Brian Ortega because he had a hard time making weight when he was going to challenge Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223 and because health issues forced him to pull out of UFC 226.The UFC featherweight champion silenced the skeptics by battering Ortega from pillar to post Saturday night in an emphatic TKO victory.
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India began their campaign in the men’s hockey competition in style by defeating a hapless Hong Kong 7-0 at the Aoti sports complex here on Monday.On a muggy afternoon where the number of Hong Kong China supporters outnumbered the Indians, Jose Brasa’s boys, playing their first match in a long time, were on cruise mode.On the face of it, even though this sporting complex looks superb, the hockey pitch did seem a bit bouncy. The situation was similar to that at the National Stadium in New Delhi, where trapping the ball during the World Cup was not easy.There was nothing spectacular about the game really, with India leading from the start and taking a 4-0 lead at half time.This was the seventh meeting between India and Hong Kong in the Asian Games and in the previous clash at Busan in 2002, India had won 5-1.”We were trying to regain our rhythm and test our speed on this uneven turf,” defender Dhanajay Mahadik told the media after the match. The defender admitted that he was not exactly happy with the match. “We did not get to chase the counters and we were trying to snatch the ball, but it was hard to come by on this track.”India took a 2-0 lead by the fourth minute. First, it was Bharat Chikara who scored off a Danish Mujtaba pass. Shortly later, Sandeep Singh converted the first penalty corner.In all, India got six penalty corners and converted three. Yet, penalty corner specialist Sandeep was not worried. “Our plan was to try different variations and see how effective the direct attempts would be on this uneven turf,” he said.advertisementIndia took things easy after a good cushion of goals. There was no point going flat out in a match where there was nothing to test them. Had it not been for the Hong Kong team colours, you could have confused them to be a motley mix. They had players of Indian and Pakistani origin.India increased the tally in the 17th minute when they forced their second penalty corner. Again, Sandeep scored. Six minutes later, it was 4-0 for India as Vikram Pillay set up Sarvanjit Singh who made no mistake in firing the ball home.A surprising counter by Hong Kong fetched them two successive penalty corners in the 31st and 32nd minutes. But they failed to make use of it.In the second session, India pumped in two goals in a space of three minutes. In the 36th minute, the Indians were awarded their fourth penalty corner and this time Mahadik’s flick was blocked. On the rebound, Tushar Khandekar flashed in.Three minutes later Shivendra Singh set up Arjun Halappa who scored a beautiful goal and then Sardara’s long shot was intercepted by Rajpal who relayed it to Shivendra and he did the rest for a final score-line of 7-0. After the match, chief coach Brasa said: “It will take some to settle down on this type of a turf, though it will be the same for all the teams.”
The strike zone shrinks by as much as 20 percentage points in the top and bottom. With two strikes, borderline pitches — those that are ordinarily 50/50 calls — become 30/70 calls (30 percent strikes, 70 percent balls) for the average umpire. And with two strikes, the most biased umpire calls balls on borderline pitches almost every time. On close calls, umpires act as if they would rather give the batter another chance than call a third strike.In both maps, the biases are greatest where the boundaries of the official strike zone are least apparent. What matters most is the vertical location of the pitch. Standing behind the plate, the umpire can easily tell whether a pitch is too far inside or outside. But it’s harder to know where the pitch is relative to the batter’s knees and chest. We would expect this uncertainty to breed inconsistency. But it also seems to induce the greatest bias. The highest peaks and the deepest parts of the moat are at the top and bottom of the strike zone.Finally, we see that the strike zone shrinks again when the previous pitch in the at-bat was a called strike.Change in the Probability of a Called Strike When the Previous Pitch Was a Called Strike The official strike zone is the red rectangle beneath the heat map. The color and height of the heat map measure the change in the probability of a called strike when the count has three balls versus when there are two or fewer balls. The deep blue signifies no change — these are the pitches that are so obviously a ball or strike that not even a three-ball count changes them. In the center of the official strike zone, obvious strikes are still strikes; on the periphery, obvious balls are still balls. But on the edge of the official strike zone — in the band of uncertainty — a ring of mountains rises from the plane. The strike zone expands in three-ball counts, particularly at the top and bottom of the zone’s vertical axis. Borderline pitches, which are normally called strikes 50 percent of the time, are called strikes about 60 percent of the time with three balls in the count. Umpires act as if they would rather keep an at-bat going on a borderline pitch than issue a walk.In two-strike counts, we see the inverse effect. For close pitches, a strike is now less likely to be called, which makes our heat map look like a moat.Change in the Probability of a Called Strike With Two Strikes The plane at the bottom of the figure is the plane that rises from the front of home plate — the same one on which the official strike zone is occasionally rendered in television replays. The thick red lines on the axes denote the strike zone. The red on the horizontal axis is the width of home plate; the red on the vertical axis is the normalized distance between the batter’s chest and the bottom of his knees.3MLB’s Pitch f/x system provides measurements of the top and bottom of each batter’s strike zone, which we used to normalize the height of the strike zone for each batter. If you were a home-plate umpire, you’d be looking down through the plane, over the catcher’s head and towards the pitcher.The 3D heat map rising from the plane measures the probability of a called strike at each location on the plane. Home-plate umpires are good at calling the obvious. Pitches that travel right down the center of the official strike zone — through the red at the top of the heat map — are called strikes more than 99 percent of the time. Pitches that cross the plane well outside the official strike zone — where the heat map is its deepest blue — are called strikes less than 1 percent of the time.Umpires are inconsistent at the edges of the official strike zone, where the heat map turns green. Here, pitches that cross the plane in the same location are sometimes called strikes and sometimes called balls. This band of uncertainty is wide: about six to eight inches separate pitches that are called strikes 90 percent of the time and pitches that are called balls 90 percent of the time.There’s a difference between an umpire being inconsistent and an umpire being biased. Inconsistency usually takes place within that band of uncertainty, when the umpire makes different calls on pitches at the same location. But he is biased when those differences correlate with factors other than pitch location, like the count. Where umpires are inconsistent, they also happen to be biased. To see this, consider two versions of the figure above: one for when the count has three balls, and one for when the count has fewer than three balls. These heat maps should be the same. Whether there are three balls in the count shouldn’t matter. All that should matter is the location of the pitch.When we look at the difference between these two heat maps, we should see no difference — a flat plane. But we don’t. We see an expansion of the strike zone in three-ball counts.Change in the Probability of a Called Strike With Three Balls Here, the shrinkage is more uniform — about the same on the sides as on the top and bottom. The blue tips of the moat are about 15 percentage points deep: 50/50 calls become 35/65 calls when the last pitch in the at-bat was a called strike. Umpires appear reluctant not only to end the at-bat but also to call two strikes in a row. (Interestingly, there is no change in the probability of a called strike when the last pitch was called a ball.)These mistakes are frequent — pitchers tend to pitch to the borders of the official strike zone. And they are consequential — they happen in the most pivotal calls. When a 50/50 call becomes a 60/40 call, as it does with three balls, umpires are mistakenly calling strikes on 10 percent of borderline pitches. When a 50/50 call becomes a 30/70 call, as it does with two strikes, umpires are mistakenly calling balls on 20 percent of borderline pitches.Major League Baseball has embraced technologies that are meant to make calls on the field more consistent. The league has long used pitch-tracking technology to encourage home-plate umpires to behave more like machines, evidently without complete success. This past offseason, the MLB extended replay review to cover essentially all umpire decisions — except ball and strike calls. Now as before, no justice will be served when a pitcher throws a strike and the umpire drops the ball.This article is adapted from “What Does it Take to Call a Strike? Three Biases in Umpire Decision Making,” which the author wrote with David P. Daniels. Consider a forgotten game in April 2010 between the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago White Sox. The White Sox were up a run with two outs in the eighth. Their set-up man, Matt Thornton, was on the mound, protecting a lead with a runner on first and the right-handed Jhonny Peralta at bat. Ahead in the count with one ball and two strikes, Thornton froze Peralta with a slider on the outside half of the plate, a couple inches below the belt. For a pitch like that, the umpire, Bruce Dreckman, would normally call a strike — 80 percent of the time, the data shows. But in two-strike counts like Peralta’s, he calls a strike less than half the time.Sure enough, that night Dreckman called a ball. Two pitches later, Peralta lashed a double to right, scoring the runner and tying the game. Neither team scored again until the 11th, when Cleveland scored twice to win the game. Had Peralta struck out to end the top of the eighth, Chicago almost certainly would have won.1When the home team carries a one-run lead into the bottom of the eighth, it wins 89 percent of the time.This one call illustrates a statistical regularity: Umpires are biased. About once a game, an at-bat ends in something other than a strikeout even when a third strike should have been called. Umpires want to make the right call, but they also don’t want to make the wrong call at the wrong time. Ironically, this prompts them to make bad calls more often.That’s according to research I did with David P. Daniels showing that the strike zone changes when the stakes are highest. We looked at more than 1 million pitches, almost all ball and strike calls from the 2009, 2010 and 2011 regular seasons, and found that the strike zone expands in three-ball counts and shrinks in two-strike counts.2Baseball observers have previously documented how the strike zone changes with the count. Other researchers have shown that the count changes how likely umpires are to call a strike outside of the official strike zone or a ball within it. It also shrinks again when the preceding pitch in the at-bat was a called strike. To put it another way, on close calls, umpires are unlikely to call a fourth ball, a third strike, or a second strike in a row. Umpires call balls and strikes as if they don’t want to be noticed.The umpire’s job is simple: Call a strike when the pitch crosses the official strike zone; call a ball when it doesn’t. When the right call is obvious, umpires make it almost every time. One way to see this is to look at the probability of a called strike by pitch location.Probability of a Called Strike
Members of OSU women’s volleyball team celebrate after a point during a match against Nebraska on Oct. 14 at St. John Arena. Credit: Jenna Leinasars | Assistant News DirectorThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team is trying to rebound following a 3-1 upset at the hands of the Indiana Hoosiers on Saturday and a loss to Wisconsin at home prior to that.The Buckeyes will have two opportunities for redemption when they host back-to-back home matches this weekend at St. John Arena. OSU clashes with Rutgers on Friday and No. 10 Penn State on Saturday. The loss to the Hoosiers put OSU outside of the American Volleyball Coaches’ Association poll for the first time this season. Upcoming opponent Rutgers holds a 4-23 record and has yet to win a Big Ten match this season, while the Penn State Nittany Lions have maintained their powerhouse presence in the conference and stand at 18-7 overall. Penn State also swept the Buckeyes 3-0 the last time the two teams met on Oct. 19 in University Park, Pennsylvania.Senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe said the team’s loss to Indiana was just the nature of the beast that is the Big Ten conference. “They played really good defense against us, and I don’t think we were able to respond,” she said. “It’s just part of being in the Big Ten. You can’t underestimate anyone, and everyone has something to offer.” OSU coach Geoff Carlston said the Buckeyes have been in a rut for the past couple of matches. Prior to Indiana, OSU took a tough loss to Wisconsin at St. John Arena by a margin of just 11 total points. “The last couple matches, we’ve struggled finding rhythm. We make two or three good plays and then we’ll miss a serve at a crucial time or we just won’t make a play,” Carlston said. “We need to be able to string those runs together.”Putting the past aside, the Buckeyes – from the newcomers to the veterans – are choosing to stay optimistic heading into weekend play. “I really believe we can do it. We’re ready,” said freshman outside hitter Bia Franklin. “We’re going to practice hard this week, and it would be really nice to (get) that revenge (on Penn State).” Sandbothe is looked at as one of OSU’s senior leaders, and the team turns to her in times of trouble. Her strategy relies on keeping everyone calm and collected in the huddle. “It’s just taking a deep breath and refocusing, letting everyone know that we’re all on the same page,” she said. “The middle is a really great time for us to reset.” Sandbothe isn’t just leading by her words. Her play is speaking volumes about her and the team that surrounds her. During the Buckeyes’ last match with Wisconsin, she locked down the OSU record for most career blocks in history with 518 rejections. Sandbothe said the record has only added fuel to her competitive fire. “Now I want to slaughter it. Now I’m going to make sure that it’s not going to be broken for a lot longer,” she said. “It (breaking a record) gives you a greater appreciation for what this program means and the fact that there are people who put the jersey on before you and there’s going to be people who put it on after you.” Sandbothe is confident that OSU can put on a strong performance this weekend. She said back-to-back Friday and Saturday matches are good for the team’s pace. There is also the advantage of playing on home court. Carlston is looking a little farther than the weekend with the NCAA tournament coming up in December. All members of the Buckeyes’ teams have mentioned throughout the season their anticipation to be in the Final Four, which will be played in Columbus at Nationwide Arena. Carlston feels that 12 out of the 15 teams in the Big Ten have the ability to make it into the NCAA tournament, and this is the time for his team to make a statement that OSU should be one of them.“For us, taking care of our business this weekend at home is important,” he said. The Buckeyes will first take on the Scarlet Knights on Friday at 7 p.m. followed by the Nittany Lions at 7 p.m. on Saturday, both at St. John Arena.
Ohio State athletic director and vice president Gene Smith was named 2010 Sports Business Journal Athletic Director of the Year.Over the past year, Ohio State has enjoyed much on-field success, including a victory in the Rose Bowl over Oregon in January.Off the field, the Buckeyes recently celebrated the accomplishments of 503 scholar-athletes, who achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Smith beat out other athletic directors from the University of North Carolina, Boise State University, UCLA and the University of Alabama. Other winners on the night included Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones as Sports Executive of the Year, Super Bowl XLIV as Sports Event of the Year, CBS Sports as Best in Sports Television, and the Seattle Sounders of the MLS as the Professional Sports Team of the Year. Smith was named athletic director in 2005 and was a finalist for the AD of the Year Award in 2008. The event was held in New York City on Thursday night. The awards are presented annually by the SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Daily and judged performance from Jan. 1, 2009, to Feb. 28, 2010.
For the first time in seven years, the Ohio State men’s tennis team lost the Big Ten tournament title. But players said they’re using their championship-match loss to Illinois as motivation heading into the NCAA Championship. The No. 3-ranked Buckeyes will serve as host to the first and second rounds of the Division I NCAA Championships Saturday and Sunday. Sophomore Blaz Rola said the Illinois loss was tough to take, but he hopes he can use his disappointment to help the team become NCAA Championships. “After the finals it hurt us, we put a lot of effort and work into it in the last two weeks,” Rola said. “Just trying to stay focused and in shape because we are going to play hopefully in Georgia.” The Buckeyes were selected as the overall No. 5 seed in the field of 64 and will welcome Notre Dame, Vanderbilt and East Tennessee State to Columbus this weekend. Coach Ty Tucker said every team is going to be tough to beat. “The mindset is to get the doubles point and come out in the first sets of singles and try to establish a lead,” he said. Senior Chase Buchanan will compete doubles with Rola as the No. 1 seed. The duo is one of 32 doubles teams competing for the national championship title. “We play all the time together and try to help each other continue to grow,” Buchanan said. “We have a great relationship and we play together everyday.” Tucker said both players have been great team leaders and captains. “The good thing about it is they won two nationals in the fall and consistently got better over the last six months,” Tucker said. “To see our two top guys get together, play as a team together has been great.” Rola said hosting the tournament early on would give his team an advantage. “To have that home-court advantage heading into the NCAAs … and with the crowd support, it gives some confidence going into the Sweet 16, it’s really good,” Rola said. Buchanan said even though this is a very exciting time in his career, he is in no race to finish. “I also want to savor these last few weeks and try to enjoy it as much as possible, because there is really nothing like college tennis,” he said. “It’s so much fun and I hope to enjoy it.” OSU will play in the first round on Saturday against East Tennessee State at 1 p.m.
Southampton have reportedly joined the race to sign Jack Wilshere this summer on a free transfer from Arsenal, claims the Daily MirrorThe England international’s contract at the Emirates will expire at the end of the month and it appears increasingly certain that Wilshere will opt to leave his boyhood club after new head coach Unai Emery was unable to give him any guarantees over any regular playing time for next season.The 26-year-old is now considering his next move with the likes of Everton, West Ham United and AC Milan believed to be keeping a close eye on the situation.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.But now Southampton are preparing to enter the race for Wilshere’s signature after missing out on signing James Maddison from Norwich City.Saint’s boss Mark Hughes is keen on adding another central midfielder to his ranks and has listed Wilshere as an ideal signing.Wilshere had previously spent a season on the South coast with Bournemouth in a loan deal during the 2016/17 season and, therefore, may be tempted by the prospect of moving to St Mary’s Stadium.