Your Kids’ Odds of Becoming a Pro Athlete in All the Major Sports

first_imgIt’s no surprise that your kids’ odds of becoming a pro athlete are VERY slim, no matter how good they seem in high school.Well, there’s a new study called ‘The Odds of Success,’ and it has some actual numbers to demonstrate just how long those odds are.  Here’s how it breaks down for each major sport . . .1.  Men’s Ice Hockey, 1-in-5982.  Baseball, 1-in-6593.  Football, 1-in-4,2334.  Men’s Soccer, 1-in-5,7685.  Men’s Basketball, 1-in-11,7716.  Women’s Basketball, 1-in-13,015There are also some other stats . . . like you have a 1-in-20 MILLION chance of becoming a SAINT.  A real saint, not a New Orleans Saint.And you’re 3.4-times more likely to die by lightning strike than to be elected to the U.S. Congress . . . although, there are plenty of other jobs where you can sit around doing nothing that are easier to get.last_img read more

A Guy Gets Five Years in Prison, Because He Left His Trial Before the Jury Found Him Innocent

first_imgIt really pays to be optimistic.  Which this guy learned the hard way . . .49-year-old Allen Cochran was in court last week in Norfolk, Virginia, facing two felony charges.He was accused of stealing $33 worth of sharp cheddar cheese from a grocery store in 2015.  And the second charge was for not showing up at a previous court hearing.The good news for Allen is the jury found him NOT GUILTY of stealing the cheese.  But unfortunately, he wasn’t there to hear the verdict . . . because he didn’t show up.Apparently he sat through the whole trial last Thursday.  But he didn’t come back for the verdict on Friday, because he thought they’d find him guilty.The crazy part is he probably wouldn’t have faced ANY jail time for the other charge.  But when he didn’t show up for the verdict, the jury decided to give him the maximum sentence of FIVE YEARS in jail.Now he’s on the run.  As of last night, the cops were still trying to track him down.last_img read more

AU prioritises peace, security in Africa

first_img1 February 2011The African Union emphasised the importance of peace and security on the continent as the pan-African bloc ended a summit that was dominated by discussions on Cote d’Ivoire, Somalia, Sudan, Tunisia and Egypt.The 16th African Union (AU) summit concluded late on Monday in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa after adopting a series of decisions and declarations concerning Africa’s development, peace and security.Major issues of concern for African leaders included the situation in Cote d’Ivoire, Somalia and Tunisia, according to a document situation adopted by AU leaders during the summit.On the situation in Cote d’Ivoire, the African leaders expressed their deep concern for the crisis, while encouraging the AU Commission and the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) to continue with their efforts to find a solution to the impasse.During the summit, AU’s Peace and Security Council decided to set up a panel to tackle the crisis in Cote d’Ivoire. The team comprises the presidents of Mauritania, South Africa, Burkina Faso, Tanzania and Chad, as well as the heads of the AU Commission and of Ecowas.The panel will evaluate the situation in the West African country, and is mandated to come up with a solution within one month.On Somalia, which is going through a crucial transitional period, the African leaders urged the country’s stakeholders to broaden and consolidate the reconciliation process, ensure greater cohesion within the Transitional Federal Institutions, and complete the outstanding transitional tasks, including the constitutional process.The war-torn Horn of Africa country has not had a functional central government for two decades. It is currently run by the internationally recognised Transitional Federal Government (TFG), which is protected by AU peacekeepers while facing deadly attacks by Islamist insurgent group of Al-Shabaab.The country is expected to end its transitional period on 20 August this year.Meanwhile, the African leaders appealed to all parties in Tunisia to “work together, in unity, peace, consensus and respect of legality, towards a peaceful and democratic transition,” according to the document.Source: BuaNews-Xinhualast_img read more

Social Networking Trailblazers Pull the Plug on Cliqset

first_imgCliqset, a website that allows users to view and interact with streams of activity data from multiple social networks in one place, is losing its two co-founders after an unsuccessful run at growing the company. Darren Bounds and Charlie Cauthen led what might have been the single biggest show of startup support for bleeding-edge technical standards aimed at building a federated social Web, rich with consumer choice – but the company’s business execution was insufficient to ensure its survival.Leaders of the distributed social Web standards community, the effort to build interoperable competition for the big social networking silos, say that Cliqset’s apparent demise is unfortunate, but that they look forward to seeing what Bounds and Cauthen do next.Cliqset worked with all kinds of different technical standards, but the startup’s brightest shining moment may have been in December 2009, when it released an API that transformed user activity data feeds from more than 70 different social websites into standardized Activity Streams data and offered them through a new API.Cliqset – Getting started from cliqset on Vimeo.Standards across sites for user activity data feeds are aimed to act as a common foundation to provide scale for innovation outside the big mainstream social networks. In other words, if all photos, friends and comments are marked up in a common standardized way, those activities can be viewed across all the small social networking startups – giving them more people and content to display than they would if it was just a random startup alone against the big guys like Facebook. I’ve compared standards in social networking data to the historical rise of standardized railroad measurements – which allowed trains to ride across different networks and fostered a new era of nation-wide commerce in the United States.Unfortunately, economic incentive hasn’t driven people to engage with interoperable small networks instead of favoring the big players, Facebook and Twitter. Meanwhile, little Cliqset suffered from a substantially unappealing user experience, which it was never able to overcome. “Darren and Charlie have done an amazing job taking open technologies and distilling them into a consumer experience,” Yahoo’s Eran Hammer-Lahav said today. “The problem is that social aggregation no longer offers any significant value with the Facebook/Twitter market consolidation. The biggest loser from the collapse of Cliqset is Google, as their world of potential social federation partners shrinks even further. Cliqset was a strong supporter and early adopter of many of the core social technologies such as Salmon, WebFinger, and PubSubHubbub.”Unfortunately, all those standards are feeling less viable today than they were in the heady times they were introduced. Independent social Web technical leaders have largely joined up with Google or Facebook and standards organizations have grown quieter. Cauthen and Bounds have not announced what they will do next, but it’s probably safe to assume that it will include working to move social Web data standards forward.Startup ChallengesNot everyone agrees that this has anything to do with challenges faced by the larger standards community. “I don’t believe this really has anything to do with standards,” Chris Saad of Echo and the Data Portability Working Group says. “Lifestreams in the b2c space has long been crowded and has now consolidated around the Facebook news feed.”Cliqset’s Bounds appears to agree. “In order to build a community, you need massive differentiation today,” Bounds told blogger Louis Gray this morning. “It’s fairly obvious in hindsight. Projects I would be working on in the future would be leveraging the existing social graph, and the need for success wouldn’t be contingent on relationships and community within itself. In no means do I think Facebook is impenetrable and somebody can’t build something to compete with it, but it’s not an easy task.” A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… marshall kirkpatrick Tags:#Analysis#NYT#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Go moves on from costly miss in Ateneo loss to La Salle

first_imgMalditas save PH from shutout MOST READ “If you hold on to the past, that holds you. You try to think what could I have done, maybe after the game. Yes, it’s nice to review that, but during the course of the game where the next game happens immediately, you can’t allow something to let that hinder you from the way you play and think.”Go added that moments like this should serve as a lesson for him to become a better player.“I’m a young player, but that can’t be the excuse,” he said. “You let emotion overcome you, you don’t think, you just act. That is something that I still have to learn. Those are the things that make great players, because they are able to take the mistakes out of the game, the emotion, the next mistake, the next game. That is how I think I still have to grow as a player.”Go has now his eyes set on the Final Four, where the top-seeded Blue Eagles will take on Far Eastern University on Sunday.“They’re a tough team. Coach Olsen (Racela) knows how we play because a lot of us played for the Philippine team. We have to prepare and that’s what we’re gonna do,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games “I think I just tried to make the best basketball play I could at that time. That’s what I just did,” Go, who was found open by Anton Asistio, said after the Blue Eagles’ 76-79 loss to the Green Archers.That play was reminiscent of Ateneo’s playbook in 2006 designed by then Ateneo mentor Norman Black with Macky Escalona and Doug Kramer conspiring in Game 1 of the UAAP Season 69 Finals. The difference, then, was that Kramer made the shot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingGo hopes to quickly put his costly miss behind him“Coach Tab (Baldwin) has always been preaching to try to play without the emotion, next play mentality. But I think I still have to learn how to take out the emotion in my game,” he admitted. “Veteran players will just shake it off then next game. But I think my emotion overcame and I still held to the past. I wasn’t focusing on the next play or the next game.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIsaac Go took the blame for Ateneo’s first loss in UAAP Season 80 when it fell to defending champion La Salle on Sunday night.With the Blue Eagles trailing by one, Go blew a gimme—a short hook—off a sideline inbound play in the final 10 seconds of the game.ADVERTISEMENT This time, Montalbo plays hero for La Salle vs Ateneo For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Sreenath Arvind replaces injured Milne in RCB squad

first_imgRoyal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) pacer Adam Milne, who is out with an injury, was on Wednesday replaced by Sreenath Arvind.The technical committee of the Indian Premier League (IPL) approved the change on Wednesday.This will be Arvind’s second stint with RCB. The left-handed paceman was part of the RCB squad in the 2011 and 2012 seasons and was their highest wicket-taker in 2011 with 21 scalps in 13 games.The technical committee consists of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Anurag Thakur, Sourav Dasgupta, Subir Ganguly, Sourav Ganguly and Ravi Shastri.last_img read more

100 Days of Summer: Get to Know No. 67 Shane Richards

first_imgThe subject of our next installment focuses on a former junior college transfer who’s facing one final year to make his mark at OSU.How he got to OSURichards came to Stillwater as part of the OL-heavy 2016 signing class by way of New Mexico Military Institute. The 6-foot-8 and 325-pound tackle was born in Jamaica and raised in Canada, where he was a three-time Calgary High School All-Star. After two years of steady production at New Mexico Military Institute, Richards became one of the top junior college prospects in the 2016 class and chose Oklahoma State over offers from Louisville, Illinois and Southern Miss, among others.AdChoices广告What he’s done in StillwaterRichards saw spotty action in four games for the Cowboys last year. While OSU’s running game saw new life, Richards found himself just outside the rotation.Role in 2017With the turnover at OL coach, Richards could see a path to more playing time if he impresses this fall. Ahead of him at tackle are mainstay starter Zachary Crabtree and incoming Cal transfer Aaron Cochran. Richards should be in the mix for a backup spot with redshirt freshmen Teven Jenkins and Dylan Galloway. You can also include 2017 JUCO-transfer (and the sole linemen in the class), Arlington Hambright.Noteworthy stats and highlightsRichards is yet to realize his potential at Oklahoma State but 2018 should be a big year for the Cowboys and could be a big year for him as well. Here’s a look at some of the film that impressed OSU coaches from his time a New Mexico MI. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

100 Days of Summer: Get to Know No. 49 Matt Ammendola

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. We’re halfway through our summer-long countdown of Oklahoma State’s roster. Next up is a specialist with some prettyHow he got to OSUAmmendola hails from Lansdale, Pennsylvania, 28 miles northwest of Philadelphia, which is apparently close enough for him to earn the nickname “Philly” in Mike Gundy’s book. Unfortunately, holding the North Penn High School record for longest field goal and uploading his own trick-shot YouTube videos couldn’t land Ammendola a single FBS scholarship offer.When former graduate assistant and special teams coordinator at Oklahoma State, Robby Discher, offered him an opportunity to join the program as a preferred walk-on, he jumped at the chance.AdChoices广告What’s done in StillwaterAfter a redshirt year in 2015, Ammendola got a chance to try his leg at kickoffs. He split those duties the first two games of the season but by Week 3 had earned the gig full-time. Off of Ammendola’s toe, the Cowboys improved their touchback percentage from 23 percent (90th nationally) in 2015, to 43 percent which ranked 30th.Role in 2017Ben Grogan rode off into the sunset with three game-winners under his belt as well as the most points scored all-time by a Cowboy. Whichever side of the Grogan fence you reside on, an untested kicker is enough to give even Mike Gundy cause for concern.“Ammendola will kick,” Mike Gundy said prior to spring camp. “We’ll see how he develops. Right now, in practice and games, he’s been six-for-six from 55 yards and out, but he hasn’t been good from 35 and in.“We’re going to work him quite a bit this spring.”With any luck, the short kicks will work themselves out. Maybe Mike Gundy will trust his potentially elite offense to finish a couple more third-and-longs and fourth-and-shorts in enemy territory. Either way, the job should be Ammendola’s to lose. There’s no reason to think he can’t be the Cowboys’ full-time specialist for both field goals and kickoffs.Noteworthy stats and highlightsBroke the record at his high school with a 56-yard field goal. Is 1-for-1 in career field goals at OSU. That one was a 53-yarder and is tied for fourth-longest in school history.Matt Ammendola nails a 51-yard field goal to give Team Black a 10-7 lead! #okstate https://t.co/uGqw8wE3T7— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) April 16, 2016last_img read more

10 months ago​Muto available for three extra Newcastle games

first_img​Muto available for three extra Newcastle gamesby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle are boosted by news that Yoshinori Muto will be a part of the squad for an extra three games before the Asian Cup.Muto does not have to join up with the Japanese team until January.And that means he can take part in the next few festive fixtures.His club are worried he is not fit enough to go to the Asian Cup, as he has not played since the beginning of November.But the Chronicle Live reports that he will still go to the tournament, provided he does not suffer any setback in his recovery. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 days agoVillarreal fullback ​Moreno: Klopp stopped my opportunities at Liverpool

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Villarreal fullback ​Moreno: Klopp stopped my opportunities at Liverpoolby Freddie Taylor10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAlberto Moreno has finally spoken about the circumstances that led him to leave Liverpool, and his relationship with Jurgen Klopp.The left back was signed in 2014, but failed to show the necessary quality or consistency to establish himself as a mainstay in the position.He was not able to show Klopp that he was good enough for the first time, which led to his eventual sale.Moreno has now lifted the lid on that relationship.”After the Europa League Final (2016) I spent the year on the bench. Then I thought of leaving,” the Spaniard told local paper El Periodico Mediterraneo.”Klopp told me if I got something really good and he didn’t need me, to talk, but in the end he convinced me to stay.”And the first day came and I started playing, Premier League, Champions League, always starting.”[Then-Spain coach Julen] Lopetegui even called me, Lopetegui for the national team.”But I was injured in December and after I recovered, I no longer played.”Klopp no longer gave me opportunities. He’s a very good coach, but he decides to go forward with his 13 or 14 players and that works.” last_img read more