Kyle Larson leads opening practice from Dover

first_imgKyle Larson soared to the top of the leaderboard in Friday’s opening Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice from Dover International Speedway with a top speed of 164.444 mph.MORE: Practice results | Full Dover scheduleThe entire top five was made of of NASCAR Playoff drivers in the Round of 12; seven-time 2018 winner Kevin Harvick was next fastest to Larson, his No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford clocking in at 163.451 mph. His SHR teammate Kurt Busch ranked third on the speed charts in his No. 41 Ford (163.362 mph), while Chase Elliott was fourth in the No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet (163.236 mph).Charlotte road course winner Ryan Blaney rounded out the top five with a 162.719 mph lap in his No. 12 Team Penske Ford.Blaney’s teammate Joey Logano was the slowest playoff car, his No. 22 Ford ranking 21st.The Monster Energy Series is back on track for qualifying at 3:40 p.m. ET (NBC Sports App).last_img read more

This new crop of Steelers ‘got their mojo working’ (Aug. 23, 2017)

first_imgLike us at @NewPghCourier on Twitter NO HELMET, NO PROBLEM—Courier photographer Thomas Sabol captures Steelers rookie LB T.J. Watt still battling, even after his helmet was knocked off, during a play against the Falcons, Aug. 20 at Heinz Field.“Got my mojo working, but it just won’t work on you. Got my mojo working, but it just won’t work on you. I’m going down to Louisiana to get me a mojo hand I’m going down to Louisiana to get me a mojo hand. Got my mojo working, but it just won’t work on you.” (Muddy Waters)The Pittsburgh Steelers faced the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, Aug. 20 at Heinz Field and won by the untidy score 17-13. Regardless of how this almost-meaningless preseason game played out, the game caused me to have a flashback to a song that my father and grandfather used to love; “I got my mojo working,” recorded by the late, great Muddy Waters. My “pap” and my father would often refer to a man or woman who had fallen madly in love with the opposite sex as being a victim of “roots” or a well-placed “mojo” or spell that was placed upon them.AUBREY BRUCECOURIER STEELERS CENTRALLet’s fast forward to the Steelers of 2017. If last Sunday was any indicator, the Steelers just might be the new “root” workers in the NFL, especially in the division where they compete, the AFC North. Players with names like Juju Smith-Shuster, Fitzgerald Toussaint and Stephon Tuitt seem as if they are fresh off a Louisiana riverboat looking to make a few friendly wagers. With “Juju” lining up for the Black and Yellow, I am totally convinced that a new “mojo-hand” will have a place of residence in the Steelers nation. Take a listen boys and girls, if the Steelers can’t get their mojo going, I am reasonably certain that they can get their “Juju” workin’, even if “Juju” hasn’t quite proven himself yet. Another one of the sorcerer’s apprentices that may be on the true road to stardom is rookie running back James Conner. After a slow start against the Falcons, Conner turned up the propane tank and torched the Falcons for 98 yards on 20 carries. The one negative about Conner’s performance was that he dropped a few easy passes, but those miscues could have easily been attributed to a slight case of the jitters. Nonetheless, he confirmed that he realizes how important it is for him to be a quality receiver in Steelers offensive coordinators Todd Haley’s offense as well as a great rusher. Conner does not want to be a “situational” back and said as much. “(I don’t want to be) short yardage, I just want to be a valuable receiver,” he said. As the game progressed, Conner also appeared as if he became more comfortable with the Steelers’ zone-blocking scheme.GOIN’ THE OTHER WAY—Courier photographer Thomas Sabol captures the hoopla surrounding one of Jordan Dangerfield’s two interceptions for the Steelers, as they defeated the Falcons, 17-13, Aug. 20.For over the past decade, the real backroom gamblers, the New England Patriots, have kept a mojo-hand on the Steelers. First, they cheated the Steelers, then they beat the Steelers, then they cheated and beat the Steelers. Pittsburgh never really knew whether they were cheated, beaten, outfoxed or outcoached. Pittsburgh oftentimes looked timid, almost appearing to be in a semi-fetal position even before the game began. But hold up lads and lassies…the era of “timidity” in regards to Pittsburgh facing New England seems as if it may have become past tense. A once-unsure and tentative Steelers defense may now have their “Tutu” and the remainder of his D-line cronies operating in sync and that, my friends, does not bode well for the rest of the NFL offenses. “We know we can get to the quarterback, it’s just getting there,” Tuitt proclaimed. “We will be using a lot of different ways (to do that). We gave up a lot of third down conversions at the beginning of the game. They moved the ball on us and they converted third downs but this is a preseason game, we’re just out here—we’re not going to show too much.”If the Steelers back up strong safety Jordan Dangerfield “got no respect” before the Steelers/Falcons clash, I am certain that offensive coordinators from around the league will taking a fresh look at film featuring Mr. Dangerfield after he burned the Falcons for a couple of picks. Rodney Dangerfield may have moved on to the spirit world, but Jordan Dangerfield is very much alive and kickin. ‘Many Steelers’ past players and coaches who may have been “spellbound” by the “riverboat gamblers and sorcerers” from the land of Paul Revere, masquerading as a professional football team…those days may be gone. The cards are now being dealt from a new deck by a new set of dealers and fortunately for the Steelers, the cards are not marked and the Patriots do not get to deal first, and the Steelers younger players are not intimidated by history because they have not been a part of past losers. Can’t you imagine, the wind blowing through the Patriots, the slightly ajar “window of opportunity” for an NFL championship, causing the “candles of exposure” to flicker, casting an eerie glow on the photo of Bill Belichick, causing many skeletons in the New England Patriots’ closet to begin rattling at the stroke of midnight?The Pittsburgh Steelers no longer have to worry about any other NFL teams’ mojo because they may finally have figured out and gotten their own mojo working, and that, boys and girls, spells trouble for the rest of the NFL.last_img read more

Column: We need Kaepernick more than ever in troubled times

first_imgSan Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) kneels during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)It’s been a terrible week in America.Maybe if we had just followed the lead of Colin Kaepernick, who had hoped the simple, non-violent act of taking a knee during the national anthem would move us to talk more about some of the serious problems plaguing this country.Maybe if we had just focused on conversation instead of condemnation, it would’ve been a much better week.“I’m not anti-American. I love America,” Kaepernick said nearly a year ago , in the early days of his passive but powerful protest against police brutality and a justice system that treats people of color unfairly. “I love people. That’s why I’m doing this. I want to help make America better, and I think having these conversations helps everybody have a better understanding of where everybody is coming from.”Unfortunately, far too many people didn’t hear what he was saying.They only focused on what they saw as an act of defiance, a blow against all that America stands for. The non-violent tone of his actions was lost on them.Look where we are now.In the past week, Nazis and KKK members marched through the streets of Charlottesville bearing Tiki torches and chanting anti-Semitic slogans, a display that would’ve made Joseph Goebbels proud. A woman who came to protest the bigotry and hatred was run down by a car in those same streets. The president cast racists and those who oppose them as being equally responsible for the violence , all while defending monuments to those who rebelled against this country in support of slavery. Beyond our shores, a terror attack in Barcelona claimed more than a dozen lives, while a knife-wielding man randomly killed at least two more people Friday on the streets of Finland.Sports figures have weighed in on all the discord.LeBron James referred to Donald Trump as the “so-called president.” Kevin Durant of the NBA champion Golden State Warriors said he won’t be accepting an invitation to visit the White House because he doesn’t “respect who’s in office right now.” Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Brandon McCarthy took to Twitter to mock the idea that both sides were at fault in Charlottesville: “On one hand you had the Nazis who were violent & on the other the allied soldiers were very violent. So it’s a draw. Many sides you see.”Meanwhile, Kaepernick’s continued blackballing from the NFL has drawn the ire of some fellow players, who have carried on his protest by kneeling or raising fists during the national anthem. Some have called for an even stronger stand, with the Atlanta chapter of the NAACP urging a boycott of games if the quarterback isn’t signed by a team before the opening weekend.“We will take a knee, and we will continue to take a knee on the NFL until they act with one voice,” said Gerald Griggs, vice president of the local branch.Seattle Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin said the divisive issue of race in America, and especially the events of the past week, only sharpen his belief that Kaepernick’s actions were justified.“He made himself vulnerable,” Baldwin said, turning emotional as he spoke. “Especially about a topic that he feels so deeply about, that I feel so deeply about. Injustice and inequality, whether you agree with it or not _ that’s irrelevant. Somebody believes something, so I definitely think the way that he approached it was excellent, very methodical but also very brave.”As grim as things seem at the moment, it’s never too late to start the healing.We can start by talking with each other, instead of yelling at each other.Take a cue from Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long, who grew up in Charlottesville. When teammate Malcolm Jenkins thrust his right fist in the air during “The Star-Spangled Banner” at an exhibition game Thursday night, Long put his right hand over his heart, his left hand on Jenkins’ shoulder.Jenkins is black. Long is white.It was a powerful symbol of unity , one that was badly needed in these troubled times.“I think it’s a good time for people that look like me to be there for people that are fighting for equality,” Long said.There is no doubt that Kaepernick should be playing quarterback in the NFL. His ample qualifications have been fully documented by numerous statistical sites and media outlets .There is also no doubt the point he made still resonates _ civil discord without coming to blows, or worse.So let’s try listening _ really listening _ to what he was saying.Next week might be a whole lot better.___Paul Newberry is a sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at pnewberry(at) or at . His work can be found at more AP NFL coverage: and read more

The torch passed to Tomlin shines bright, despite opposition (Aug. 30, 2017)

first_imgLike us at @NewPghCourier on Twitter MIKE TOMLIN is heading into his eleventh year as Steelers head coach. He’s 103-57, with a Super Bowl win and two AFC Championships on his resume. (Photo by Brian Cook)There will be a passing of a torch, but not the torch when the 2017 NFL season kicks off for the Steelers against Cleveland, Sept. 10.Now hold your horses boys and girls. I am in no way minimizing or trivializing the final preseason “skirmish” between the Steelers and Panthers, Aug. 31 in Charlotte. But…There may be bigger fish to fry with the Steelers as they prepare to open the regular season. There are issues at the backup quarterback position, and a few discrepancies as far as the Steelers’ defensive backfield is concerned, but one thing is clear; If the Steelers’ future NFL Hall-of-Fame quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is injured for any length of time, there will be a huge problem. Let’s begin with the ordained No. 2 QB, Landry Jones. There were a few talking heads promoting that Jones “competed” and “improved” in the Aug. 26 game against the Colts. There are a few barrels filled with yada, yada, yada regarding having an experienced backup signal caller behind Big Ben. Jones was the second of two fourth-round picks that the Steelers had in 2013. He was inactive for all 16 games that year.ANTONIO BROWN LEAPS for a pass during the Aug. 26 preseason matchup vs. the Indianapolis Colts at Heinz Field. (Photos by Brian Cook)In 2014, Jones was also inactive for the entire season including the Steelers’ one playoff game. Jones had excellent collegiate stats but that skillset has not evolved into his NFL performances, well, maybe with the exception of a flash here and a spark there. Regardless of his recent abdominal injury, he should have dissected an Indianapolis front seven and secondary that was mostly comprised of second stringers. The Steelers should not have lost by four measly points. Jones has had a four-year audition. He’s had many opportunities to stand in for Roethlisberger but the majority of the time, Jones did not stand out. The 2017 preseason should be the final “steel” curtain call for Landry Jones. It is time for Jones to get his last visit from the “Turk” to demand that he turn in his Pittsburgh Steelers playbook. The Steelers must now begin preparing and grooming two hungry rookie quarterbacks, Joshua Dobbs, the former quarterback for the Tennessee Volunteers, and Bart Houston from the University of Wisconsin to be the two QBs backing up Roethlisberger.FOLLOWING A YEAR-LONG SUSPENSION, Martavis Bryant seems ready to wreak havoc against opponents this year. Courier Photographer Brian Cook captured Bryant on the sidelines, during the Aug. 26 game against Indianapolis.Recently-reinstated Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant looks to be working himself back into Pittsburgh’s ultra-dangerous offense. Big Ben has to be very happy, happy that No. 10 is back in the saddle again. Before the end of 2017 Roethlisberger and his “crew” are going to have a few NFL defensive coordinators crying in their “brew” trying to figure out a way to cover a Steelers wide receiving corps masquerading as greyhounds for 60 minutes.There have been a few Steelers fans as well as many of the talking heads that “cover” the Steelers pointing out that almost every time the Steelers excelled in the past, it was because Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin inherited most of his personnel from former coach Bill Cowher. However, when Pittsburgh falters, the responsibility for their failures begin and end in the pastures of their current shepherd, Tomlin. There have always been a few more lions and tigers and bears, oh my, in the pasture of the Steelers since Tomlin has possessed the “rod and staff” to oversee the team. Except for the Rooney family, Tomlin did not receive a royal or any other kind of welcome from the fans or the writers when he landed the job as only the third Pittsburgh head coach since 1969, following in the footsteps of the late, great Chuck Noll and the fiery, spittle-in-your-face motivator, Cowher. Michael McCambridge wrote a book titled, Chuck Noll: His Life’s Work. In the book, he writes: “A few weeks after the retirement, Chuck and Marianne were sitting on the Steelers’ private charter jet out of Pittsburgh headed down to Hilton Head. There was one other passenger—Bill Cowher, who’d recently been named to succeed Chuck as head coach. Cowher’s face was an open book; nose broken by too many tackles, thick mustache giving the appearance of a new cop on the beat, an energized conversationalist who occasionally emitted clouds of spittle when he was particularly excited. In personality and demeanor, he was the polar opposite of Chuck. But Cowher also had a deep respect for football history and the tradition he was inheriting in Pittsburgh. Leaning over before takeoff, he said to Chuck, ‘I would appreciate your input. Is there anything you think I should know?’ ‘You’ll be fine,’ Chuck said. ‘Be yourself, do your best, and I am sure you’re going to be fine.’ Of course, Cowher getting the coaching job meant that Joe Greene hadn’t. On the day of Chuck’s retirement press conference, Bill Nunn had brought Greene into his office and counseled him that, while he might be a head coach one day, he was not ready for the job yet. But Greene, as the player most responsible for the Steelers dynasty, and the first—and most important—player Chuck ever drafted, had to be considered for the job.”LOVIN’ THE STEELERS—Courier photographer Brian Cook captures Steelers fans enjoying their time at the Aug. 26 game against the Colts.Noll and the late Bill Nunn Jr., the team’s “superscout,” aside from the players themselves, were two of the most successful talent evaluators in the history of the NFL. Tomlin did not have the opportunity to sit down on a private jet flight with Cowher to discuss the past, present or the future of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Tomlin had and continues to have a large target on his chest and his back. When the torch was passed from Noll to Cowher, it was displayed on the highest hill for all to see. When the torch was passed from Cowher to Tomlin, there was a fire hose ready to snuff it out. But alas, the torch of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Mike Tomlin continues to shine bright, illuminating the valley of the Pittsburgh sports world.(Reach Aubrey Bruce at 412-583-6741.)last_img read more

Billie Jean King’s early epiphany led to social activism

first_imgIn this Sept. 9, 2017 photo, actress Emma Stone, left, and Billie Jean King pose for photos after a news conference discussing the upcoming film “Battle of the Sexes’” in New York. The story of the early days of the tour and King’s fight for equal prize money is chronicled in the movie “Battle of the Sexes,” which opened nationwide on Friday. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) NEW YORK (AP) — Billie Jean King discovered tennis at 11 and noticed it was nearly all white — the dresses, the balls and the people.She won a Wimbledon doubles title at 17 and married Larry King in 1965 while both were students at California State University, Los Angeles. He studied law and played tennis on a scholarship. Billie Jean studied history and worked two jobs because she had no scholarship, which her husband noted made her a “second-class citizen.”That epiphany led King to social activism on and off the court. She and eight other women eventually put their careers on the line in 1970 to start the Virginia Slims tennis tour, with the deep pockets of tennis magazine publisher Gladys Heldman and corporate sponsor Philip Morris.The story of the early days of the tour and her fight for equal prize money is chronicled in the movie “Battle of the Sexes,” which opened nationwide on Friday.The match between Bobby Riggs, a former tennis champion who hyped it with glib comments about gender roles, and No. 1 King played out before a sellout crowd of 30,000 at the Houston Astrodome and 50 million viewers on TV in September 1973.There was little at stake for the 55-year-old Riggs except a chance at a $100,000 for a win. For the 29-year-old King, it was about respect for women and the reputation of the fledgling pro tour.In this Sept. 20, 1973, file photo,Billie Jean King, top, displays her winning form against Bobby Riggs in their winner take all $100,000 tennis match in the Astrodome in Houston, Texas.  (AP Photo/File)“We had players that were willing to take a stand and be counted,” King said of women earning less than half the prize money of men at coed tournaments.The early 1970s were tumultuous times with fomenting anti-Vietnam war, civil rights, gay rights and women’s movements. In 1972, Congress passed Title IX, the federal law that opened college doors for women by banning sex discrimination in all education programs, including sports.In 1973, when women needed their husband’s permission to get a credit card, the gender pay gap was 56.6 cents to the dollar; it’s increased to 79.6 cents in 2015, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.“That was interesting to us, that such important issues could be debated in this circus-like atmosphere,” co-director Jonathan Dayton said of the publicity before the match. “Frankly, it reminds us a little bit of the times we’re in.”Here are more things to know about King, who defeated Riggs in straight sets, and the success of the women’s tennis tour:___EQUAL PAYKing threatened to boycott the 1973 U.S. Open unless the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association provided equal prize money. She lined up a sponsor to pay the difference before the group agreed and paid $25,000 to both winners. This month at the U.S. Open, at a facility that now bears King’s name, 24-year-old American Sloane Stephens was handed a check for $3.7 million — the same as the men’s champion.The U.S. national women’s soccer and hockey teams recently used similar tactics for improvements in salaries and benefits.Emma Stone, who plays King in the movie, has nudged male co-stars to accept equal pay for movies. She’s the highest-paid actress in Hollywood, according to Forbes.“I think it’s important to correct equal pay everywhere,” the 28-year-old Stone said. “That’s just a no-brainer.”___PERSONAL IS POLITICALThe movie shows the “Libber” vs. the “Lobber” struggling in their marriages — Riggs with his gambling habit and King with her sexuality. Riggs, for all his talk about women staying home, was supported by his wealthy wife. It delves into King’s realization she’s gay and her budding relationship with Marilyn Barnett.“It’s not just a tennis movie,” King said. “It’s really about social change and it’s also about the inner struggles we all go through. There’s a lot of humor in it, too. It’s really a wonderful balance.”King was later outed by Barnett in a palimony suit and lost thousands of dollars in endorsements overnight. She eventually divorced, and Ilana Kloss has been her “partner in life for 38 years.”___WTA SUCCESSThree months before the “Battle of the Sexes” match, King organized a meeting in London ahead of Wimbledon to create the Women’s Tennis Association in 1973.Currently, the WTA tour offers $139 million in total prize money for 55 events in 32 countries. King attributes the success to strong corporate sponsorship, plus men and women playing together at Wimbledon and other events since the late 1880s.Eight of the top 10 highest-paid female athletes are tennis players, according to Forbes, led by Serena Williams with $27 million in prize money and endorsements.___STEP UPKing says men and women in leadership positions in the sports and business worlds need to step up around equal pay. “Leaders can change the culture and environment.”This week, she joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and others on the Anti-Defamation League’s new sports leadership council to promote social change and combat discrimination. She called sports “the great equalizer” where leaders can “confront society’s issues head on, just as we did as athletes.”She created the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative in 2014 and noted among female executives, the vast majority played sports growing up. The 73-year-old King calls millennials “the greatest generation” for advancing diversity and inclusion.“Everyone is an influencer. I think sometimes you forget that — for yourself, for your family and for the world. You can make a difference.”last_img read more

Nourishing the mind and body

first_imgBy Danielle Kutchel Cardinia Shire residents took the opportunity to escape from the daily grind at International Yoga Day celebrations at John Henry…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Greenwood hosts second successful rugby bash

first_imgThere was only one woman’s team, which came from Ridge Meadows. The men’s teams played a few games with them and some of the woman joined the men’s teams and played along with them.“One woman player on the Grizzlies,” said Glaser, noting that she played exceptionally well. “She was fit and toned and ran hard. She ran really good lines.”The Trail Colonials were awarded the most social team and Bryan Louzon was awarded the most social player.Glaser said the games were all really good and that the level of play was strong this year. The players followed the rules and there was no kicking or fighting.Ingram Creek Saddlery donated a custom-made leather ball for the winning team again this year. Glaser said this makes them stand out from other tournaments.“It’s a really special thing,” he said.  New to the tournament this year was a kids touch game and a concession stand. They had about 100 people as spectators and everyone seemed to have a good time, said Glaser.The only real complaint was about the noise from the music at the campsite at night. Glaser said he hadn’t considered how much the noise would carry and that he would consider a noise curfew the next year.Glaser is hoping to host the event this year but says it depends on what the numbers look like after they have done their calculations. He is happy if they are just able to break even because it’s all about having fun, but if the host team has lost a lot of money they may not host it again next year. Greenwood was full of Rugby players again last weekend for the Boundary Bash Social 10s Rugby Tournament. This is the second year they have hosted this tournament and this year they were larger by just one team.Organizer and Jewel Lake resident Oliver Glaser said the tournament was a success, particularly in regards to the social aspect.Everyone had fun and the City of Greenwood opened up O’Hairi Park as a campsite for the rugby players, he said.This year’s teams included the East Vancouver Scribes, who technically hosted the event because Glaser still plays on their team, the Trail Colonials, the Grand Forks Wanderers, the Ridge Meadow Bruins (Maple Ridge) and the Nelson Grizzlies.The Grizzlies easily won the tournament because they won all their games and had the most ‘tries’ – goal attempts.last_img read more

Best is yet to come for NorthPort’s Prince Ibeh

first_img11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao NBI, BIR , PNP raid Illegal cigarette factory run by Chinese in Pampanga LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Big man Prince Ibeh said he expected the Batang Pier to dominate the Beermen, who are coming off a historic Philippine Cup run.“This is our expectation, we practice hard and we play hard,” said Ibeh. “This is our mindset every game to beat out our opponent and that’s what we did so it’s not surprising to me.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsIbeh manned the paint and put up 18 points, 11 rebounds, two blocks, and a level of confidence he’s not shy to express.The 6-foot-10 big man said he’s not yet in his peak form despite averaging 15.6 points, 17.4 rebounds, and 3.6 blocks. Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Baycenter_img Rio’s unsafe Olympic Park ordered closed by Brazilian judge Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone PLAY LIST 01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Energy, effort not there for Beermen in blowout loss to Batang Pier, says Austria Prince Ibeh. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—NorthPort is having one of the best starts in franchise history with a 4-1 slate to open its campaign in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.This early wave of success has given the Batang Pier an incomparable confidence that not even their total obliteration of powerhouse San Miguel, 121-88, surprise them anymore.ADVERTISEMENT “I still haven’t been playing to my expectations so I just keep trying to improve every game,” said Ibeh. “I think my style of play is different from what people are used to from import here in the PBA.”“I think everyone’s thinking that you have to come in and score 40, but there’s so much more to the game.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Inside Red Hat’s Magical Mystery Open-Source Sausage Factory

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#business model#Jim Whitehurst#Open Source#Red Hat#Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Facebook may be the biggest contributor to open-source software communities, but Red Hat is hands-down the world’s most successful open-source software business. Despite this success, it’s “surprising” that no other companies have really attempted to replicate its model, as Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst told me in an interview this week.Surprising? Perhaps. But partly it’s because few understand the nuances of why Red Hat’s model works, and where. Whitehurst, being an open source guy, was happy to share.Open Source As The Competitive AdvantageMost “open-source companies” have downplayed open source for years and instead tout their capabilities in specific fields like customer-relationship management, databases or whatever. Whitehurst says Red Hat is not a cloud company (OpenStack), not an operating system company (Linux) and not a  middleware company (JBoss). It’s an open-source company. This isn’t just semantics.As Whitehurst suggests, “Every company really needs to understand its source of competitive advantage” and not simply “look around for big markets” where they may not have such an advantage. Red Hat, Whitehurst insists, “knows how to catalyze open-source communities.” That’s Red Hat’s core differentiator from every other major vendor.It’s a bit like Toyota, he goes on. Toyota’s source of competitive advantage is entirely built around a production system called kaizen, which means “continuous improvement.” This has led Toyota to start in small cars but then to expand to a wide variety of other manufacturing, with kaizen at the heart of all its actions.Red Hat’s advantage also revolves around a production system. Instead of building cars Red Hat builds and orchestrates open-source software.  Given the breadth of open-source software and its increasing importance to the markets that matter, “this means [Red Hat has] the potential to be involved in a lot of areas,” Whitehurst says.Focusing On The Right ThingsHowever, Whitehurst continues, “just because we have the capability to be involved in lots of areas doesn’t mean that we can simultaneously execute well in all of them.” Unlike Oracle, which has made a practice of buying fully-formed companies with built-in sales and marketing machines, Red Hat has  tended to “buy technologies which [we] then have to push through our sales force and other business infrastructure.”Which is why, Whitehurst suggests, Red Hat has hitherto not delved deeply into Big Data and other juicy markets. While acknowledging Big Data is a “fast-growing area and a hot topic,” Red Hat must always ask “whether our sales force and our distribution channels can effectively embrace these along with OpenStack and our existing commitments.”3 Keys To Red Hat SuccessSo Red Hat’s focus is on catalyzing open-source communities in a manageable number of big markets. Given that it gives away all of its code under open-source licenses, I asked Whitehurst to divulge how Red Hat turns code into cash.It turns out that there are three secrets to Red Hat’s success.The first is simply brand. Over the years Red Hat has cultivated a brand that CIOs trust. For many companies, for example, the difference between Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and SUSE Linux or Ubuntu is simply the confidence Red Hat’s brand conveys. It’s not yet true that “no one ever got fired for buying Red Hat”—what people used to say about buying from IBM—but it’s not far off.Perhaps more importantly, however, are “two components in Red Hat’s DNA” that drive enterprises to want to buy from the open source leader. First, Red Hat “knows how to get stuff done in open-source communities.” In other words, when enterprises need a patch to Linux, Red Hat is adept at getting it upstream into the kernel. Red Hat’s competitors might be able to make the fix, but, Whitehurst stresses: It’s not just a matter of fixing a problem but rather of doing it the right way: the open-source way. You can’t just demand that the community do things. You have to know how to persuade and work with them. This gives them confidence that you can move necessary changes upstream.Second, over the years Red Hat has learned where its model fits, and has become selective about the kinds of open-source software it turns into products. The Red Hat model fits a platform like an operating system (or cloud platform like OpenStack), for example, but less so a framework like Spring. “We must have some sort of a runtime that needs a stable life,” Whitehurst explains,” or when there’s something that people want to certify to” like RHEL.Your Mileage May VarySmall wonder, then, that Wells Fargo analyst Jason Maynard cites Red Hat as “one of the best-positioned software vendors for long-term growth.” Maynard echoes Whitehurst, positing that Red Hat “has evolved into a diversified provider of open source infrastructure solutions, with the potential for high-teens to 20% plus top-line growth long term, in our view.”But whether Red Hat’s model works for you depends largely on the nature of your business. I’ve worked for a variety of open source companies over nearly 15 years, and have opted for a Red Hat-like model at most of them. True to Whitehurst’s finding for Red Hat, the model hasn’t worked particularly well in application frameworks or even in Linux if you’re not building out a certification ecosystem. So your mileage may vary. But for Red Hat, it seems to offer the open-source leader many years of continued growth.Photo by Paul Frields Matt Asaycenter_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Probable line-ups: Gladbach-Roma

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: Javier Pastore could be dropped for Diego Perotti when Roma face Borussia Monchengladbach in the Europa League on Thursday. Monchengladbach have surprised everyone in the Bundesliga this season, taking top spot after 10 rounds played, but remain bottom of Group J in the Europa League. Leonardo Spinazzola is suffering from a muscle problem, so Paulo Fonseca will have to call on Santon at right-back. Jordan Veretout and Gianluca Mancini are expected to continue together in the midfield double pivot, whereas Perotti could get the nod as Roma’s No 10, given Pastore started the 2-1 win against Napoli. Mert Cetin was sent off against Napoli, and it’s likely the Turk will be replaced in the heart of the defence by Federico Fazio tomorrow. Gladbach, meanwhile, could switch to a 4-3-3 formation, meaning recalls for Lars Stindl and reported Inter target Denis Zakaria. Borussia Monchengladbach (probable): Sommer; Lainer, Ginter, Jantschke, Wendt; Zakaria, Kramer, Neuhaus; Herrmann, Thuram, Stindl Roma (probable): Lopez; Santon, Fazio, Smalling, Kolarov; Veretout, Mancini; Zaniolo, Perotti, Kluivert; Dzeko Referee: Gil Manzano (ESP)last_img read more