Observer File Photo Jan Cervelli, pictured, resigned as Saint Mary’s College President on Friday. Former Provost Nancy Nekvasil will act as Interim President of the College until the summer of 2020.“I wanted to make you aware of an immediate change in our Saint Mary’s family,” Burke said in the letter. “Earlier this week, President Cervelli informed the Board of Trustees of her intent to resign. We appreciate all that she has contributed to Saint Mary’s during her tenure here and we wish her the best. We are grateful for her leadership and devotion to the Belles. Her on-campus camaraderie and interactions will be missed.”Interim President Nekvasil, who will serve in this role until the summer of 2020, said her focus will be to promote the values that encompass Saint Mary’s during this transition. “I am humbled and inspired to work with our entire campus community to uphold and strengthen Saint Mary’s and ensure continuity in this time of transition,” Nekvasil said in an email. “In my three decades as a faculty member and administrator, the constants have been the educational and spiritual values that distinguish the College, creating a supportive environment in which students can meet the challenges inherent in an excellent education.”This is the second time in the College’s history that an interim president has been appointed, the first being Sister Alma Peter. Peter served as interim president from 1970-1972 following the sudden death of College President Emeritus Monsignor John J. McGrath, the College’s sixth president. Cervelli took over the role of president in the fall of 2016 after the retirement of College President Emerita Carol Ann Mooney. Cervelli was known on campus for her connection with students. In an article published May 19, 2017, at the end of her first academic year in office, Cervelli told The Observer, “I have fallen in love with the Belles here.” Cervelli did not respond to a request for comment following her resignation.This year, Cervelli established office hours to give students the opportunity to speak with her individually in 10-minute sessions. The first of these sessions occurred Sept. 20, and the second was set for Oct. 2. However, the Oct. 2 session was abruptly canceled “due to unforeseen circumstances,” according to an email from the President’s Office that day. Burke spoke with The Observer on Saturday regarding the resignation of Cervelli and the future of the College. Burke said the Board of Trustees was made aware earlier this week of Cervelli’s intent to resign and the board was not aware that her resignation was a possibility prior to Cervelli making her decision. Rather than having one specific answer, Burke said there are likely several reasons for Cervelli’s departure, and the Board of Trustees is choosing to respect her privacy rather than divulge those reasons. “Why does anybody resign?” Burke said. “I just think she probably had a number of different factors that she weighed, and this worked best for her. So we have to respect that. If we didn’t respect her as a person, and as a woman, we could’ve handled things very, very differently.”However, Burke did address several rumors regarding Cervelli’s resignation. Burke said it was solely Cervelli’s decision and not the result of internal pressure to resign. “There’s probably lots of different pieces to it,” Burke said. “So, it was her decision, her decision alone to resign, and we respect her privacy as to why the reasons were.”Burke said while she cannot say with certainty Cervelli did not leave due to health reasons, she appears to be in “good health.” “I’ve spoken with her, she sounds in good health, she says she’s in good health, but who knows why?” Burke said. “There’s probably a thousand reasons to pull together, and I think we have to respect her privacy on it as well.”Cervelli was formerly a dean at the University of Arizona’s College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture from 2008 to 2016. In March 2018, Cervelli joined another former dean in filing a lawsuit against the University of Arizona alleging discriminatory pay. Cervelli argues she did not receive a single pay raise during her time as dean while the men working as deans received $80,000 more on average per year than she did. Burke said she finds it extremely unlikely this lawsuit would have factored into Cervelli’s decision.“I would be really surprised if that had something to do with it,” Burke said. “I could be wrong, but that would surprise me. That was a separate decision to get involved with that she had.”Burke also said the College is in good financial shape and has been during Cervelli’s tenure as president. She does not believe this related to Cervelli’s decision. “[Cervelli] brought in a really good class this year,” Burke said. “You know, 406 [students] is a really good entering class. So the budget’s in good shape. Financially, we are in strong shape.”Saint Mary’s does not make full financial reports publicly available.Along with the Interim President, the College has appointed Jill Vihtelic as Interim Provost and has asked vice president of student affairs Karen Johnson to postpone her retirement in order to assist with the transition. “I am grateful to be able to support Saint Mary’s and Interim President Nekvasil,” Johnson said in an email. “Retirement can be saved for another time.”While Johnson had already announced her intention to retire, Burke said Nekvasil was also considering retirement. However, both women decided to continue working at the College in order to ensure a smooth transition after the departure of Cervelli. “Think about how strong of a school we are that we have two women who were thinking of retiring — Karen and Nancy — who have said, ‘I want to be here, I want to help. I want to keep moving us forward,’” Burke said. “And they came back. I think that speaks volumes, they’re long-term employees.”As for policy initiatives and goals for Cervelli’s administration, Burke said all milestones reached at the time of Cervelli’s resignation were met. Nekvasil will be working on her own goals in the weeks to come. “There were no milestones that were not met by President Cervelli,” Burke said. “I think over the next couple of weeks you’ll hear some milestones and some initiatives that Interim President Nekvasil will be launching, and then we can measure those.” The College is not currently in the search for a new president, Burke said. The search for a new college or university president is formulaic and takes place over the course of a year. Due to Cervelli’s departure mid-semester, Saint Mary’s is unable to complete a search for a president until the summer of 2019.“We are not on the cycle right now, because it’s October,” Burke said. “So that’s why I announced yesterday that Interim President Nekvasil will be here until the summer of 2020. So we’ll start a search in the summer of 2019, we’ll then have us a new president by the spring to summer of 2020.”In the summer of 2019, the College will begin the search process. This includes posting an advertisement in higher education periodicals, collecting resumes and conducting interviews with potential candidates, Burke said. The search will be open to all — both current Saint Mary’s faculty and administration, and those outside of the Saint Mary’s community. “There will be characteristics and qualities, skill-sets that we are looking for, and it will be open,” Burke said. “Anybody can apply, as we did the last search.” Assistant director of media relations Haleigh Ehmsen said the two-year process Saint Mary’s is utilizing with their search for a new president is standard within the world of higher education. “It’s kind of like a formula process that everyone follows,” Ehmsen said. “It’s the same with hiring faculty.” (Editor’s note: Ehmsen is a former Saint Mary’s Editor of The Observer.)Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame both have Board of Trustees meetings this coming week, Burke said. The immediate goals for the transition are to prepare Nekvasil to meet with both boards. “We’re making sure that Nancy is prepared for the board meeting, comfortable with the agenda,” Burke said. “[We’re] working with her on the agenda because she is the president and just kind of business as usual to move us forward.”Tags: Jan Cervelli, Jill Vihtelic, Karen Johnson, Mary Burke, Nancy Nekvasil, resignation, resigned For the second time in the last three years, Saint Mary’s has a new College president. In an open letter to students Friday, chair of the Board of Trustees Mary Burke announced the resignation of President Jan Cervelli and the appointment of former Provost Nancy Nekvasil as the Interim President of the College.
The Daily Signal 4 November 2015Kim Davis has confounded the pollsters and propelled an underdog candidate, Matt Bevin, to victory in the Kentucky governor’s race. Nearly two-thirds of voters in Ohio have rejected marijuana. And citizens in Houston have vetoed their city council and rejected a bad policy on sexual orientation and gender identity.Conventional wisdom is that social liberalism is an electoral winner, but that’s not true. At least not in the swing states of Kentucky and Ohio, and not even in the liberal city of Houston. And definitely not last night.There is a lesson to be learned: Conservatives can win when they refuse to be bullied by elites into silence. Making the public argument against bad policy and in support of good policy can win the day. It just did.As the Washington Post’s “Daily 202” notes, a major factor in Bevin’s victory—a Republican in a state that has elected Democrats as governor for 40 of the past 44 years—was “Focusing on social issues, including promises to defund Planned Parenthood and defend Kim Davis, [which] helped drive the conservative base to turn out.”Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.No one was predicting Bevin would win, especially not after he publicly defended Kim Davis and vigorously criticized the current governor for his handling of that situation. As I argued in the New York Times, Kim Davis didn’t need to go to jail, if only the political leaders of Kentucky been willing to work together to find a commonsense compromise.The media made a circus of the situation, and now Governor-elect Bevin has the opportunity to work with the state legislature to enact commonsense religious accommodation law for clerks and magistrates , like North Carolina has done.http://dailysignal.com/2015/11/04/what-last-nights-election-results-proves-about-social-conservatism-and-voters/
Press Association The duo have 15 Premier League goals between them so far this season, with their form providing a rare bright spot in a difficult start to the season for David Moyes’ side. And Van Persie feels the understanding between the pair is vital to their success and that of the team. Robin van Persie believes his Manchester United strike partnership with Wayne Rooney can go from strength to strength as the season progresses. “It’s the interaction together, it’s that we both want to play together,” he said in an interview broadcast on MUTV. “We realise that we are better off playing together because we are stronger as a partnership. “With a player of Wayne’s calibre we can go from strength to strength and become even better than we are now. “Lately we’ve been playing really well together, we’ve been setting up goals for each other, we are both scoring, which is what I want. “It is important that this partnership is growing and becoming even stronger.” Van Persie feels the strength of both players’ all-round games is what makes them so difficult to play against. Rather than United operating with a traditional ‘number nine’ supported by a deep-lying ‘number 10’, the Holland international said: “We are both ‘nine-and-a-halves’. “We can play high up front, we can drop, it is an extra quality we both have which is quite rare. “If you look around you have loads of main strikers, target men, ‘foxes in the boxes’, and you have ‘number 10s’ who are dropping in more and it’s very obvious. “With us it’s not obvious, we can both do that job. Wayne is doing it a bit more because he’s playing behind me but we can both do it so we can change the game if it’s needed.”
“Goal Line Stand” runs Thursdays. To comment on this story, visit dailytrojan.com or email Michael at [email protected] Over the past six seasons, one idea has been ingrained in many college football fans’ minds: the South Eastern Conference is far and away the best national conference. To be honest, if one were to take a cursory glance, it would not seem like much of a stretch. The past six national champions have all come from that league: LSU, Auburn, Florida (twice) and Alabama (twice).Don’t look now though, SEC. Someone’s gaining on you. The West Coast powerhouses are quickly biting at your tail. It might be hard to believe, but the Pac-12 Conference is catching up to the SEC, and it might in fact supersede it by 2012. True, the last national champion from the conference was USC in 2004, but take a look at last year’s teams and compare them to the SEC’s. They are eerily similar.At the top of the SEC, Alabama and LSU collided to provide perhaps the most boring national championship in the history of collegiate athletics. Behind them, Arkansas had a great season, finishing 11-2 and fifth in the Associated Press poll, followed by 11-2 South Carolina and 10-4 Georgia. In the final poll, the SEC had five teams in the top 25 — a solid showing, to say the least.Not far behind, however, was the Pac-12. Oregon finished fourth, USC finished sixth and Stanford finished seventh, each team only losing two games. That is three teams in the top 10 — the same number as the SEC. True, the SEC had two more teams in the final poll later, but the SEC also had some bad teams at the bottom of the conference: Four teams in the conference finished under .500, including 2-10 Ole Miss. The Pac-12, meanwhile, had just five teams under .500, one being 6-8 UCLA, which played in the conference title game — albeit by default.Perhaps you still aren’t convinced. Well, let’s take a look at next year’s projections.USC, with the return of junior quarterback Matt Barkley and 17 of 22 starters, is thought by most pundits to be one of the top two teams in the country, with many placing them firmly as a preseason No. 1.Oregon, despite losing its starting backfield, is still projected to be a top five team.Stanford, despite losing star quarterback Andrew Luck, is still likely to be a preseason top 15 team, whether deservedly or not.Washington has one of the most explosive offenses in the country, and although they might not start in the top 25, it will likely make its way up the rankings, improving its 7-6 record.Cal just had one of its most impressive recruiting classes, and although some of its players have slowly begun to decommit, the players who stay, as well as the returning starters, could have Cal winning eight games — possibly more.In the SEC — outside LSU, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia and South Carolina — no team is really expected to make much noise on the national stage. The SEC is supposedly heavier at the top, but the Pac-12 is right there. And from top to bottom? The Pac-12 is better.Don’t forget the individual star power of the Pac-12, either. There’s Barkley, junior redshirt tailback Curtis McNeal, sophomore receiver Robert Woods, freshman receiver Marqise Lee, junior safety T.J. McDonald, sophomore cornerback Nickell Robey, and many others. That’s only USC.Around the conference, Oregon backs Kenjon Barner and De’Anthony Thomas are expected to have big seasons.Quarterback Keith Price from Washington accounted for seven touchdowns in the team’s bowl game.Arizona State runningback Cameron Marshall is back in Tempe, and he had 18 rushing touchdowns in 2011.Keenan Allen from Cal returns and finished last season with the ninth most receiving yards in the country.Receiver Marquess Wilson from Washington State is back as well. Defensively, eight non-USC players from the All-Conference team are playing in 2012, including defensive back John Boyett from Oregon and linebacker Chase Thomas from Stanford.The SEC has ruled college football for a while now, but in terms of teams and players, the Pac-12 is as good, if not better. And by the time the 2012 season ends, mark my words: Pundits won’t be talking about the SEC anymore — all the chatter will be about the Pac-12.
Conspiracy theorists will probably have little to say now that the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has taken the clearest photo yet of the alleged “Face on Mars” in Cydonia. For the before and after photos, see PhysOrg. The new photo is clearly an eroded, rocky mesa – that’s all, folks.Use this as a teachable moment. See our 09/21/2006 entry on design detection and the use of evidence to support a theory. Most serious human observers of Mars never bought into the late-night-talk-show fantasies (05/24/2001), but there is a serious question in such cases that needs reflection: how do we humans differentiate between design and chance or natural law? Look at our long list of paired objects, some designed, some not. A pictorial presentation of these pairs for kids can be a great way to help them think logically about design. Some of them are trickier than at first glance; they raise additional questions about deeper levels of design, and what we mean by design and natural law, that can trip up adults, too. And some of the most ardent scientific opponents of the Face-on-Mars idea have a puzzle of their own: how did they use intelligent design theory to show the believers were wrong? Moreover, how do they justify the inference of alleged microbes on Mars from methane, color, or other indirect biomarkers? Dumb as the Face-on-Mars theory was, it can be turned into a lively discussion on important questions, and can refine everyone’s baloney detecting skills.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
DefinitionA knee MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan uses energy from strong magnets to create pictures of the knee joint and muscles and tissues.An MRI does not use radiation (x-rays). Single MRI images are called slices. The images can be stored on a computer or printed on film. One exam produces many images.Alternative NamesMRI – kneeHow the test is performedYou will wear a hospital gown or clothes without metal zippers or snaps (such as sweatpants and a t-shirt). Certain types of metal can cause blurry images.You will lie on a narrow table that slides into a large tunnel-like scanner.Some exams use a special dye (contrast). Most of the time, you will get the dye through a vein (IV) in your arm or hand before the test. Sometimes, the dye is given into a joint. The dye helps the radiologist see certain areas more clearly.During the MRI, the person who operates the machine will watch you from another room. The test most often lasts 30-60 minutes, but may take longer.How to prepare for the testYou may be asked not to eat or drink anything for 4 – 6 hours before the scan.Tell your doctor if you are afraid of close spaces (have claustrophobia). You may be given a medicine to help you feel sleepy and less anxious. Your doctor may suggest an “open” MRI, in which the machine is not as close to the body.Before the test, tell your health care provider if you have:advertisementBrain aneurysm clipsCertain types of artificial heart valvesHeart defibrillator or pacemakerInner ear (cochlear) implantsKidney disease or dialysis (you may not be able to receive contrast)Recently placed artificial jointsCertain types of vascular stentsWorked with sheet metal in the past (you may need tests to check for metal pieces in your eyes)Because the MRI contains strong magnets, metal objects are not allowed into the room with the MRI scanner:Pens, pocketknives, and eyeglasses may fly across the room.Items such as jewelry, watches, credit cards, and hearing aids can be damaged.Pins, hairpins, metal zippers, and similar metallic items can distort the images.Removable dental work should be taken out just before the scan.How the test will feelAn MRI exam causes no pain.You will need to lie still. Too much movement can blur MRI images and cause errors.The table may be hard or cold, but you can ask for a blanket or pillow. The machine makes loud thumping and humming noises when turned on. You can wear ear plugs to help block out the noise.An intercom in the room allows you to speak to someone at any time. Some MRIs have televisions and special headphones to help the time pass.There is no recovery time, unless you were given a medicine to relax. After an MRI scan, you can return your normal diet, activity, and medicines.Why the test is performedYour doctor may order this test if you have:An abnormal result on a knee x-ray or bone scanA feeling that your knee is giving away in the knee jointBuildup of joint fluid behind the knee (Bakers cyst)Fluid collecting in the knee jointInfection of the knee jointKnee cap injuryKnee pain with feverKnee locking when you walk or movingSigns of damage to the knee muscle, cartilage, or ligamentsKnee pain that does not get better with treatmentYou may also have this test to check your progress after knee surgery.Normal ValuesA normal result means your knee looks okay.What abnormal results meanAbnormal results may be due to a sprain or tear of the ligaments in the knee area.Abnormal results may also be due to:Arthritis of the kneeAvascular necrosis (also called osteonecrosis)Bone tumor or cancerBroken boneBuildup of joint fluid behind the knee (Bakers cyst)Infection in the bone (osteomyelitis)InflammationInjury of the knee capTalk to your health care provider if you have questions or concerns.What the risks areMRI contains no radiation. There have been no reported side effects from the magnetic fields and radio waves.The most common type of contrast (dye) used is gadolinium. It is very safe. Allergic reactions to the substance are rare. However, gadolinium can be harmful to people with kidney problems that need dialysis. If you have kidney problems, please tell your health care provider before the test.The strong magnetic fields created during an MRI can cause heart pacemakers and other implants to not work as well. It can also cause a piece of metal inside your body to move or shift. For safety reasons, please dont bring anything that contains metal into the scanner room.advertisementSpecial considerationsTests that may be done instead of a knee MRI include:CT scan of the kneeKnee x-rayReferencesWilkinson ID, Paley MNJ. Magnetic resonance imaging: basic principles. In: Grainger RC, Allison D, Adam, Dixon AK, eds. Diagnostic Radiology: A Textbook of Medical Imaging. 5th ed. New York, NY: Churchill Livingstone; 2008:chap 5.DeLee JC, Drez D Jr, Miller MD, eds. DeLee and Drez?s Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2009:chap 23.Grainger RG, Thomsen HS, Morcos SK, Koh DM, Roditi G. Intravascular contrast media for radiology, CT, and MRI. In: Adam A, Dixon AK, eds. Grainger & Allisons Diagnostic Radiology: A Textbook of Medical Imaging. 5th ed. New York, NY: Churchill Livingstone; 2008:chap 2.Review Date:1/17/2013Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.
A homegrown WAR rate of 43 percent is well below the long-term average of 63 percent for world champs, but that number is propped up by teams that won their titles before MLB’s modern era of free agency and mass player movement. Since free agency began in 1976, the average champion got about 50 percent of its WAR from homegrown players. In comparison with the highly imported nature of the 2004 Red Sox roster, the 2016 Cubs had a pretty normal mix of developed and acquired talent.Finally, the quality of the 2016 Cubs’ position players set them apart from the 2004 Red Sox, particularly on defense. Both teams received immense contributions from their respective pitching staffs; Boston ranked 14th among champions in pitching WAR,4Per 162 games. while Chicago ranked 27th. But the Cubs’ lineup also generated the 16th-most WAR by a championship team, while the Red Sox got only the 77th-most WAR of any champion from its lineup. Some of Chicago’s impressive young position-player talent flowed from a promise Epstein made at his introductory news conference in 2011. There, Epstein declared his intention to build “a foundation of sustained success” rooted in player development, echoing a similar sentiment from early in his tenure with Boston. “We’re going to turn the Red Sox into a scouting and player development machine,” he said in 2002. Although the returns didn’t come in quickly enough for the veteran Red Sox of 2004 — only 12 percent of the team’s WAR was generated by players who began their careers in Boston, the third-lowest rate for a champ ever — Epstein’s machine did eventually produce younger, more homegrown champions in 2007 and 2013. Epstein left Boston in 2011, but his fingerprints were all over the roster that brought Boston its ’13 title. And in 2016, 43 percent of the Cubs’ WAR was generated by players who made their MLB debuts in a Chicago uniform, many of whom Epstein drafted himself. When Theo Epstein left the Boston Red Sox to become president of baseball operations for the Chicago Cubs in the fall of 2011, he told reporters he was “ready for the next big challenge.” And what a challenge it was: The Cubs were coming off of a 71-win season, without much help on the way. Famously, the team’s last pennant had come 66 years prior, and it hadn’t won a World Series in 103 years.Epstein, of course, was well acquainted with the anguish of a supposedly cursed fan base. In 2004, as general manager of the Red Sox, he’d been the architect of Boston’s first world championship in 86 years. The parallels to Chicago’s plight were obvious. But the prospect of a second Epstein miracle seemed too much to realistically expect. The 2004 Red Sox had needed one of the greatest comebacks in professional sports history to end the team’s drought — surely such lightning couldn’t strike twice, could it?It could, and did. On Wednesday night, Epstein’s Cubs did what previously had been reserved for the realm of fantasy, bringing a World Series to Chicago’s North Side for the first time in 108 years. So, having pulled off the feat twice now, how do Epstein’s two curse-breaking teams stack up?First things first: The 2016 Cubs were probably better than the 2004 Red Sox. Although the Cubs had a penchant for doing things the hard way during the playoffs, they also had one of the best couple-dozen regular seasons in MLB history. By wins above replacement (WAR),1All mentions of WAR in this story will refer to an average between the competing versions offered at Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs.com. Chicago was the seventh-best World Series winner ever; Boston ranked 41st out of the 112 all-time winners. The Cubs also just edged out the Sox, according to FiveThirtyEight’s Elo team ratings,2Using the more complete version that’s adjusted for the quality of a team’s starting rotation. ranking 29th among World Series winners versus Boston’s 32nd-place finish. (To be fair, by another measure of Elo the 2016 Cubs ranked as the 70th-best team ever, slightly behind the 64th-ranked 2004 Red Sox.)But more interesting than straight rankings is the contrast in how each team was built. The 2004 Red Sox were a veteran team, the fourth-oldest World Series winner in history.3Using an average for the team’s regular-season roster that weights according to how much each player contributed to the team’s overall record as determined by WAR. They had old hitters — 22nd-oldest among historical champs, as weighted by each player’s regular-season plate appearances — and positively ancient pitchers — No. 1 all time, in fact, weighted by regular-season innings pitched. Epstein was handed a team full of vets when he took over as Boston’s general manager after the 2002 season, and he doubled down further by adding the likes of Curt Schilling (age 37 in 2004), Keith Foulke (31), Kevin Millar (32), Bill Mueller (33) and Mike Timlin (38) via trades or free agency.Epstein’s Cubs, on the other hand, were pretty average as far as the age of championship rosters go: They ranked 52nd-youngest out of the World Series’s 112 winners. But they also had an interesting split between the average ages of their lineup and their pitching staff. In keeping with the tradition of the 2004 Red Sox, Epstein once again assembled a pretty old group of pitchers in Chicago — eighth-oldest among all champs (though a full year-and-a-half younger than Boston’s grizzled staff in ‘04). Chicago’s position players, however, ranked 11th-youngest in championship history. The mix between fresh-faced kids such as Kris Bryant (age 24) and Anthony Rizzo (26) on the hitting side and aging pitchers such as Jon Lester (32), Jake Arrieta (30) and John Lackey (37) built the foundation for one of the most interestingly constructed rosters of any champion. Much of that difference came down to defense: Those Red Sox ranked sixth-to-last in baseball by defensive runs saved in 2004, instead typifying the classic mashing-over-fielding profile carried by many of that era’s sabermetric darlings. The defensive-minded Cubs, by contrast, illustrated the evolution of today’s data-driven teams, ranking first in baseball (by a wide margin) in DRS this season.Those kinds of distinctions particularly help put Epstein’s accomplishment in perspective. As one of the first wave of young, Ivy League-educated, statistically savvy general managers, Epstein was able to reverse Boston’s curse by building what was effectively the prototypical early-sabermetric ballclub: patience and power at the plate, and power pitching on the mound. If the ball was ever put in play, you took your chances with the most adequate defense you could cobble together while still propping up your on-base percentage and slugging average. The 2004 Red Sox were one of the first teams to win with that formula, but Epstein’s 2016 champion Cubs show how much the winning equation has changed as sabermetrics has matured. Now, the value of dynamic free-swingers like Javier Baez has been rediscovered, as has the importance of defense. The secret to breaking Chicago’s curse was very different than the one that broke Boston’s hex 12 years earlier.And if Epstein ever molds another champion elsewhere, it’s a good bet that team will look different than either the ‘04 Sox or the ‘16 Cubs. Another good bet: It will probably set another prototype for subsequent teams to follow, whether they’re trying to end a championship drought or not.
A water line break at Bill Davis Stadium during the extreme cold temperatures Jan. 6 and 7 has displaced Ohio State baseball coaches and complicated batting practice for players.Administration and Planning spokeswoman Lindsay Komlanc said in an email the Department of Athletics has been working with university contractor BELFOR Property Restoration who “assists with restoration effects involving water damage, among other things.”“This work is ongoing, so there is not a cost estimate at this time,” Komlanc said. “Our crews first response is always to immediately isolate and shut off the water and the next priority is repairing the space so it can return to normal use as quickly as possible.”The leak occurred in the ceiling of the second floor of the baseball facilities, flooding the baseball coaches’ office, Komlanc said.OSU athletics spokesman Brett Rybak said in an email the second floor holds the offices of OSU coach Greg Beals, two assistants, an office for a volunteer assistant and the director of operations and a front desk for a receptionist.“The coaches have been working out of our video room behind our home dugout the last two weeks,” Rybak said.Redshirt-freshman pitcher Joe Stoll said the water from the offices leaked through the ceiling and into the players’ batting cages on the first floor.“The whole side of the building was covered in ice,” Stoll said. “Every single paper in their office was unusable.”Rybak said there is not an estimated date for the offices to be reopened.Stoll said dehumidifiers have been set up along the players’ batting cages to help dry up the water.“We should have the dehumidifiers in the batting cages until our first trip on Feb. 14,” Stoll said.Komlanc said repairs mainly involve replacement of drywall, wood trim and carpeting.Multiple calls to BELFOR Property Restoration were not returned. Attempts to obtain photographs of the scene were denied.The OSU baseball team is scheduled to start its season in Port Charlotte, Fla., Feb. 14 against Connecticut as part of the Snowbird Classic.
Santi Cazorla has rejoined his former club Villarreal and will partake in the preseason with the senior side as he bids to continue with his recuperation from his ankle injuryThe Spanish midfielder has been struggling with the injury since October 2016 and has been unable to return to competitive action after undergoing 11 separate operations on his chronic Achilles injury.Part of the procedures also saw the doctors remove the skin from his arm to cover the eight centimetres of tendon he lost in his right ankle.After scoring 29 goals in 180 appearances in his six years at Arsenal, Cazorla was released at the end of the season and has since been training with the Alaves youth team in a bid to prove his fitness.Report: Former United man Rossi almost went to Barca George Patchias – September 9, 2019 Former Manchester United starlet Giuseppe Rossi almost joined Barcelona.Currently without a club, and having trained most recently back at his old stomping ground of…Now the 33-year-old will return to Villarreal and will take part in their pre-season training program for the senior side this summer.“Santi Cazorla returns home. The Asturian footballer will spend the pre-season with the first team of Villarreal with the aim of recovering from an operation in the Achilles tendon of the right leg, which was held on November 28 by Doctor Mikel Sanchez,” read a club statement.In two separate spells with El Submarino Amarillo, Cazorla made 241 appearances between 2003 and 2011.
Spain midfielder Saul Niguez is ready to move on from his disappointing World Cup campaign at RussiaThe Atletico Madrid star did not play a single minute under interim coach Fernando Hierro as Spain went crashing out at the last-16 stage to hosts Russia on penalties.Speaking after scoring in Spain’s 2-1 win over England at Wembley, Saul confessed that not featuring at all for La Roja had troubled him.“It is not the time to talk about the past,” said Saul, according to Marca.“I thought about it a lot in the summer, but I don’t think we need to talk about that anymore because it doesn’t matter.“I lived an unforgettable experience and I contributed what I could.“In the European Championship I was left out and I realised that if I do well in my team then things will come.”Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.Next up for Spain will be World Cup finalists Croatia and Saul expects a big challenge from their star midfield duo.“We all know [Ivan] Rakitic and [Luka] Modric,” he said.“They have a great midfield and they will be a difficult opponent to beat.”Saul was quick to downplay the significance of his role under new head coach Luis Enrique.“I’m not fundamental for the national team, but I feel important at Atletico.“Everything I do is for the good of the team.“The national team does not depend on me.”