Before Serena Williams 8 Amazing Facts About the Tennis

Before Serena Williams these Black athletes made a mark on tennis and golf.She Moved North to Escape the Jim Crow SouthAlthea Gibson (Aug. 25, 1927 – Sept. 28, 2003) was part of the Great Migration northward when Black people from the south moved to the urban and industrialized north to escape Jim Crow. She came from the little town of Silver, South Carolina and ended up in Harlem. Her family was hopeful for a new life but they soon learned that the north was not much different from the south. Gibson and her family experienced tough economic hardships. She Was a Table Tennis ChampionThe first sport Gibson played was table tennis. She was so good at it that she became a local champion and captured the attention of musician Buddy Walker who inspired her to play tennis for real. In 1941, Gibson started playing at the local Harlem River Tennis Courts.

Denvers Defense Used To Make Up For Its Terrible Offense Not This

Entering Denver’s Monday night AFC West showdown with the first-place Kansas City Chiefs, there are few people who hold out much hope for the Broncos’ offense. The unit is perhaps the most beleaguered in the NFL right now. (And there are some really beleaguered units out there — have you watched the 49ers?) After routing the Dallas Cowboys in Week 2, Trevor Siemian and the Broncos have scored just three touchdowns in their past four games — and in their last outing were completely shut out by the Chargers.Now Denver is 3-3, with two more games against divisional leaders looming after tonight. But here’s the interesting thing about the Broncos’ apparent unraveling: The offense may be terrible, but it’s been terrible for three years — including the 2015-16 Super Bowl title run.A closer look at the numbers reveals that the vaunted Denver defense is perhaps not getting enough share of the blame. The Bronco defense is hardly struggling, but Denver’s recent formula for winning allows very little margin for error, and this year there’s been some error.Over the previous two seasons, the Denver defense was truly dominant — No. 1 in Football Outsiders’ DVOA1Defense-adjusted value over average, explained here. for both 2015 and 2016. The Broncos also finished first in passing yards allowed, first in passing net yards allowed per attempt and fourth in total points allowed in both seasons. This despite well-documented struggles at quarterback that limited the offense’s output.While the Broncos’ defense is ranked No. 1 in total yards allowed in 2017, it’s lagging behind the 2016 and 2015 editions in many key metrics. Going into Week 8, the Broncos were ranked fourth in defensive DVOA, and they were allowing a ninth-best average of 5.5 net passing yards per attempt — worsened from league-leading marks of 5.0 in 2016 and 5.1 in 2015. They’re now allowing an average of 19.7 points per game, up from 18.5 in 2015 and 18.6 in 2016.The uptick in points per game might be due to some decline in the unit’s play in high-leverage spots. Per TruMedia, before this weekend’s games, the Broncos were ninth in rate of first downs allowed per pass attempt, down from third in 2016 and first the year before. After two straight years of far surpassing the rest of league in defensive expected points added,2EPA is a metric popularized by ESPN’s Brian Burke, capturing down-to-down effectiveness based on game situation. the Broncos’ 44.84 is a very distant second to the Jacksonville Jaguars’ 83.84 — which shows the Broncos are still great at slowing offenses but not quite as great as they’ve recently been.The other culprit is the Broncos’ lack of turnovers. They’ve forced just four turnovers through six games, which currently ranks 30th in the NFL. That’s an average of 0.67 turnovers per game, down from 1.69 in both 2016 and 2015.All these stats paint an almost-complete picture of what’s going on: The Broncos are allowing slightly more yards, first downs and points to come out of the passing game while forcing far fewer turnovers, so they’re less effective at stopping opponent drives.3For the record, the Broncos had the No. 1 per-carry run defense in 2015, fell to No. 18 in 2016 and currently rank No. 2, per Pro Football Reference. But these swings haven’t made much impact on overall defensive effectiveness because of the pass-heavy nature of the NFL — and how dominant the pass defense has been.It’s easy to point to the offense here, too. If you have an offense that can’t win the field-position battle and can’t give the defense time to breathe, it’s hard to dominate on defense. This year, Broncos opponents’ average start position is 32.5 yards out, the furthest-downfield starting position in the NFL.But again, Denver’s defense should be used to this. The previous two iterations of the Broncos’ defense weren’t helped much by the offense and special teams, either; their opponents’ average start positions from their own end zone of 29.5 yards in 2015 and 29.3 yards in 2016 ranked 30th and 23rd, respectively. The field-position woes are also inflating the Broncos’ yardage defense; they’re ranked No. 1 partly because their opponents have the shortest distances to go.Really, the Broncos’ consistency has been remarkable — this year’s dip aside — especially considering the personnel changes. Pass-rusher DeMarcus Ware and safety T.J. Ward were two of Denver’s five Pro Bowl defenders from 2015; the former has since retired, and the latter was released at the beginning of the season. But plenty of superstar talent remains, including All-Pro pass-rusher Von Miller and All-Pro cornerbacks Chris Harris and Aqib Talib — and new arrivals like free-agent DT Domata Peko have made an impact.It’s literally impossible to win when a team’s offense is shut out, as the Broncos’ was in Week 7. But if Denver’s defense can regain the slight edge it had the past two years, the team doesn’t need Siemian to perform like Peyton Manning did in 2014. It just needs Siemian to perform like Manning did in 2015, when taking care of the ball in big games and moving the ball in key spots were enough to win an NFL championship. read more

Sergio Busquets reserves special praise for Malcom

first_imgSergio Busquets praised fellow teammate Malcom calling him a great player who is working hard following his goal in Barcelona’s 1-1 draw with Inter Milan.“We dominated the game, although in the second half they pushed us,” the midfielder disclosed to Football Espana after Tuesday’s Champions League clash.“We scored and they equalised from a silly ball. We wanted to go through as group leaders.“We had a very good first half, with some great chances. We defended very well but without success in the end. The second half was more open.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“Malcom’s a great player. He’s working hard to get minutes and his goal will come in handy for him.“We didn’t play well in the Copa, but some of the criticism was unfair. He’ll help us a lot until the end of the season.“When Lionel got injured, we lost some imbalance. We’ve all taken a step forward, except during the game against Rayo.“We’ve given everything and when Messi returns, we’ll be even stronger.”last_img read more

Dogproofing your car How to keep your pups safe and secure

first_img Comments Tags Our best gadgets to keep dogs safe in cars Seat coversIf you plan on having your dogs sit on the upholstery, the most important part of the equation is some sort of seat cover. There are hundreds and hundreds out there, ranging from cheap generic options to far more expensive custom-fitted units. Given that it’s hard to recommend any one in particular. I’d recommend finding some owners groups and seeing what works for your particular vehicle, but in general I’m a big fan of hammock-shaped seat covers.I have an inexpensive one from Gorilla Grip that I bought on Amazon for just $21. I got it specifically for use in our now dearly departed Land Rover Discovery long-termer, but it went on to see use in our Nissan Leaf SV and now is deployed in our Subaru Ascent. It’s big enough to work in bigger SUVs but, thanks to the little rubber bits of rubber tubing that you wedge into the seats, stays taut even on smaller vehicles. The pockets are handy for leashes or treats and the hammock style keeps the worst of the fur contained while keeping your pups where you want them.See the Gorilla Grip seat cover at AmazonBarriersSeat covers are a good starting point, but some dogs may require something a bit more… incarcerating. While bigger dogs are a little easier to keep in place, littler pups, who sometimes have a tendency to wander, can squeeze between seats and doors. Add in a bit of anxiety and you can quickly create an unsafe situation with a pooch either trying to jump in the driver’s lap or cuddle up at their feet. Neither is good.For some dogs, relegation to the rear is the safest space.  Nick Miotke/Roadshow In this case, the rear hatch of your wagon or SUV may be a better place, but now the game becomes keeping them back there. Many wagons and SUVs come with barriers that keep precious cargo in place, but if yours is lacking, there are plenty of aftermarket units out there.For the Ascent, we tried out the $40 PetSafe Solvit barrier, but I’m sorry to say I can’t recommend it. It’s way too fiddly to put together, too flimsy once assembled, and too slow to install and remove. See the PetSafe Solvit pet barrier on AmazonWhile more expensive, this fabric unit, called the Bushwhacker, looks like a much nicer option to me. It’s $77 at the time of writing.See the Bushwhacker pet barrier on AmazonCrash-testeddog car accessoriesAt a glance, you’d never know this wasn’t just another dog harness.  Nick Miotke/Roadshow Putting your pups in the back hatch may make driving safer by keeping them contained, but it isn’t the safest option in the case of a crash. The science of crash testing with pups is relatively limited and few products out have been specifically tested to keep your best friend safe in a crash. And, while don’t mean to be morbid, keeping your dog safe in a crash also means keeping you safe, because nobody wants a 90-pound Malamute flying at them in the midst of an accident.Of those certified harnesses that exist, the Sleepypod Clickit Terrain is my choice. It goes on easily, just like any other harness, and then you just slip the seatbelt in beneath the rear loops. This gives the dog enough freedom to sit up or lie down if they like, and it even has mounting points for a little backpack. Yes, it is far, far more expensive than a normal dog harness, but as soon as you take it out of the packaging you’ll see and feel why.See the Sleepypod Clickit Terrain on AmazonStaying hydratedDogs need about an ounce of water every day per pound of body weight, and if they’re agitated and panting that amount only goes up. Throwing your pup in the car can be very stressful for them, especially if they realize you’re heading to the vet. So, make sure you can keep them hydrated. I purchased a Lixit Water Boy water bowl years ago, and since then it’s seen us through many thousands miles of road trips. It’s easy to fill, stores vertically and, while not totally spillproof, does a good job of keeping down the splashing.See the Lixit Water Boy on AmazonLoading updog car accessoriesMake sure your ramp is long enough and, crucially, stable enough. Nick Miotke/Roadshow Bigger, older dogs will some day get to a point where they need a little help getting into and out of the car. And, depending on how good your back is, you may or may not be able to provide that help. Ramps are the answer, but make sure that you don’t go with the cheapest, smallest ones you can find. For one thing, a shorter ramp is a steeper ramp, which may defeat the purpose. Plus, a flimsy, shaky ramp may scare your dogs, and they’ll likely need some encouragement as it is.We tested the PetSafe Solvit Deluxe ramp on our Subaru Ascent, rated for a whopping 400 pounds. At over $100 it’s expensive, but it slides together easily and deploys in seconds, and was rock-solid once out. My only concern is the no-slip surface is like skateboard grip tape, aka sandpaper, and I worry about the effect of that on the pads of my older pup Bowser, who now drags his rear toes a bit as he walks.See the PetSafe Solvit Deluxe on AmazonEye protectiondog car accessoriesDoggles might just save your pup’s vision, but they’ll definitely bring a smile to the face of anyone who sees them. Nick Miotke/Roadshow Finally, I want to talk briefly about eye protection. As I mentioned at the top, seeing my dogs hang their heads out the window gives me nearly as much joy as I hope it gives them. However, many have rightly questioned the safety of this behavior. There are many factors at play, but eye protection is a major one.I wouldn’t imagine going out for a ride on my motorcycle without some sort of eye protection. Consider doing the same for your pups. A set of doggles, like the ones from QUMY that Bowser is wearing here, costs less than $20 and, thanks to their dual straps, will stay in place even at speed. I’m sure they’re effective at preventing damage, but my dogs absolutely hate the things.See the QUMY doggles at AmazonMore recently I’ve seen some ski goggle-like options, including the Rex Specs. Far more expensive at about $80, and I’ve not had the opportunity to test any, but they certainly look more comfortable. And, frankly, a lot less goofy — vital if your pup suffers from self esteem issues.See the Rex Specs doggles at AmazonHappy motoringYou don’t need to have all of the above to have a nice drive with your pups. With a little bit of planning and protection, your next road trip with your best friend can be safer and stress-free. Happy motoring! 2019 Mazda CX-5 Diesel review: Was it really worth the wait? More problematically, though, is the safety of driving with dogs. Thanks to decades of research and crash testing, driving with children in the car is a rigorously scientific thing. With dogs… well, it’s a little more loose. So, here’s some advice for how you can keep your pups, and their various bodily fluids, well-contained for a trip on the road.Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of products featured on this page. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. 2:58 The best accessories to dog-proof your car 14 Photoscenter_img 2019 Subaru Ascent review More From Roadshow 2 2019 Jaguar XE SV Project 8 review: The lovable lunatic Few things give me more joy than watching a car drive by with a large dog hanging its head out the window, jowls and slobber flying in the breeze. I know that you can’t reliably read a dog’s mood by its expression, but I have little doubt that a smiling dog with its nose in the wind is happier than one sitting at home looking out the window.That said, having your dog out and loose in a car poses a few problems. The first is cleanliness: even the most well-groomed pup is liable to leave some hair or fur behind. And, if your destination dog park is the sort that gets muddy, you’ll surely be cleaning up paw prints for months to come. Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Car Culturelast_img read more

Communist Party of China delegation meets Khaleda discusses Rohingya crisis

first_imgA six-member team of Communist Party of China meets BNP chairperson, Khaleda Zia, at her Gulshan office on Thursday. Photo: Prothom AloThe visiting delegation of the Communist Party of China (CPC) met Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson, Khaleda Zia, on Thursday and discussed the Rohingya issue, reports UNB.The six-member CPC team, led by its international department assistant minister Wang Yajun, went to the BNP chief’s Gulshan office around 7:00pm and held nearly an hour-long meeting with her.Talking to newsmen after the meeting, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said their chairperson talked to the delegation about the Rohingya problem.”She (Khaleda) told them (CPC delegation) that China can play the role of a mediator in resolving the Rohingya crisis,” he said.The BNP chief also requested the Chinese leaders to take effective steps so that Rohingyas can go back to their own country immediately, Fakhrul added.In reply, he said, the CPC leaders said their country is working to resolve the problem and ensure a safe return of Rohingyas to their country by maintaining good relations with the two neighbouring countries.Fakhrul said their chairperson hoped that the relations between China and Bangladesh will be consolidated further in the days to come.Apart from Fakhrul, BNP standing committee member Mahbubur Rahman, chairperson’s advisers Reaz Rahman and Sabihuddin Ahmed were present at the meeting.last_img read more

We dont need to indulge in mudslinging our CM has done enough

first_imgKolkata: Popular Bengali actor and Trinamool Congress MP Dev, alias Deepak Adhikari, who is contesting to retain his Ghatal Lok Sabha seat, said on Thursday that his party did not need to indulge in mudslinging as the state government has undertaken numerous development works.Dev, contesting the polls for the second time, also said that he was more experienced this time. “I have worked whole heartedly for the people of Ghatal. The first two years were spent in learning. This time I am more experienced and if I win, you will see a new ‘Dev’. We don’t need to indulge in mudslinging as our Chief Minister has done enough for the state,” Dev said after kicking off his election campaign by offering puja at a temple. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAddressing the people of Keshpur, which is part of his Lok Sabha constituency, the actor elaborated the development works undertaken by the state government and the various schemes that have benefited the people. For Dev, the priority is “to reach out to the people with the development works done by him and the party.” Asked to rate himself as a parliamentarian, he said: “The number keeps changing. As I belong to the film industry, I am used to the fact that if one film is successful, it is not necessary that the next one will do well too.” Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state”I am a very practical person,” he said. Dev mentioned that he read somewhere that in terms of the funds released under the Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS), he occupied the third position, but he never thought about all this while working. “I had spoken about the Ghatal Masterplan in the parliament. It had been sanctioned, but the funds have not been released till date. I also spoke about the railways. In this way, I have learnt how to work,” he said. Appealing to the people to repose their trust in him, Dev said that given a chance, he would do more things that he could not accomplish in his first tenure as the MP. Ghatal goes to the polls on May 12 in the sixth round of the seven-phase Lok Sabha elections. With agency inputslast_img read more