Police appeal for information after pepper spray is used in another Strabane robbery

first_img Twitter WhatsApp Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Police appeal for information after pepper spray is used in another Strabane robbery Pinterest WhatsApp Pepper spray has been used in a robbery in Strabane for the second time in less than a week.A woman working in a fast food premises on Bradley Way was sprayed by a man who entered the shop shortly after 8 o’clock last night and demanded money. He was armed with a knife as well as the can of spray.The man ran off with cash in the direction of the river Mourne, it’s not believed the woman needed medical attention.Local Councillor Brian Mc Mahon says it’s a worrying development………….[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/brianpepper.mp3[/podcast] Facebook 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Previous articleCalls for staffing embargo to be lifted at Killybegs Community HospitalNext articleABP upholds refusal of planning permission for Ballintra windfarm News Highland center_img Facebook News Pinterest Google+ Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Twitter By News Highland – January 30, 2014 Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Virat Kohli reveals who the best fielder in Team India is

first_imgImage Courtesy: GettyAdvertisement a45tNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsua8hwbWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E86m( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) e4nfWould you ever consider trying this?😱kn1Can your students do this? 🌚5leovRoller skating! Powered by Firework The Indian cricket team has seen some of the finest fielders in the sport, and from fans to pundits, there are countless opinions on who does the job best in squad. Virat Kohli, the skipper and a revered fielder himself, also has his pick on the best fielder India currently has, and its none other than Ravindra Jadeja. Advertisement Image Courtesy: GettyJadeja has proven himself in field duty a number of times, from stunning boundary saves, dramatic run outs, and superhuman catches that set the stadium on a frenzy. And just like millions of Team India supporters, Kohli also puts the superstar all rounder’s field work from above everybody else’s.On Wednesday, the official Instagram of Star Sports India put up a post, with aan interesting choice for the netizens of the country: “If you had one shot at hitting the stumps to save your life, who would you choose to throw for you – Jaddu or Virat?” The post had a collage of Kohli and Jadeja in action.Advertisement While the supporters were split in their choices, it was a no brainer for the captain of the Men in Blue.“Jaddu. Everytime. End of debate. 👌” Kohli commented.Image Courtesy: InstagramThe skipper has always been open about his appraisal towards his Gujarati compatriot. During last year’s Bangladesh Test series, Kohli stated that Jadeja was ‘impossible to outun’ via a tweet. “Love group conditioning sessions. And when Jaddu is in the group, it’s almost impossible to outrun him 😃👌. @[email protected]” Kohli had tweeted in November during the hstorical Day/Night Test series.Not just Kohli or the fans, Jadeja has even been praised by Team India’s current fielding coach and former first-class cricketer Ramakrishnan Sridhar, who hailed the Gujarati as “possibly best Indian fielder of decade.”“Jaddu’s presence on the field lifts the team”s spirits. He is someone who can keep the opposition on their toes with his fielding. He has an intimidating presence on the field,” Sridhar said in an interview with Times of India back in October 2019.Jadeja has made 49 Test, 165 ODI and 49 T20I appearances for India, and othet than outstanding all rounder performances, he has made 36, 58 and 21 catches across the three formats respectively.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-4 Exciting Reasons Why Everyone Ought to Give Online Poker Games a Try Dark Times: Turkish footballer arrested after confessing to murder of his 5-year-old son Advertisementlast_img read more

Impressive new Mitsubishi L200 launching this August at DMG Motors

first_imgDMG Motors is delighted to announce the introduction of the all New L200 Double Cab model.The new Mitsubishi L200 is more rugged, solid and robust than ever before. With sculpted lines and bold features, the new L200 is designed for toughness from grille to tailgate. Since being introduced in 1978 the L200 Double Cab has been developed as a ‘Sport Utility Truck’ that reaches new heights of reliability, go anywhere toughness, interior comfort and manoeuvrability. This impressively intelligent and confident vehicle will be available to test drive and order at DMG Motors showroom on the Clar Road from August 2019. Call 0749721396 now to speak to the team for more information.The 2019 Mitsubishi L200 – coming to DMG Motors Donegal Town August 2019DMG Motors, Clar Road Donegal TownWhat’s new with the Mitsubishi L200 Double Cab?With a revitalised design under the concept ‘‘Rock Solid’’ that embodies, both inside and out, the full essence of its ‘‘Engineered Beyond Tough’’ development keyphrase – the front face incorporates the new-generation ‘‘Dynamic Shield’’. The high engine hood line and stronger-looking lamps give the new model a more powerful and imposing front face  The new L200 will be available in 3 trims, Business (Manual), Intense (Manual or Automatic) and Instyle (Automatic).It features a 2.2L Turbocharged Diesel engine providing remarkable fuel economy and impressively low CO2 emissions while meeting the latest strict Euro led temp emissions standards and producing the power and efficiency required. The L200 comes with a new 6-speed automatic transmission with sport mode that optimises gear ratios, improving fuel economy and engine quietness even at high speeds, offering you total control with the flick of a level for a sporty, manual-like driving experience.The 2019 Mitsubishi L200 – coming to DMG Motors Donegal Town August 2019The addition of an Off-Road Mode to the New L200 improves vehicle traction by selecting between GRAVEL, MUD/SNOW, SAND or ROCK* settings – the engine output, transmission setting and braking adjust accordingly to optimise performance.And it is equipped with a range of new intelligent safety features-Forward Collision Mitigation, Automatic High-Beam, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Multi Around View Monitor and more. The New L200 offers outstanding value for money with the Business model starting from €35,000, with the best selling version starting from €37,850 (Intense Manual) to €41,935 for the highly specified, top of the range model (Instyle Auto). Overall, the new model features significant improvements and enhancements to the durability and reliability required by the commercial user and to the comfort and ride sought by the private user. The newly sculpted body curves with contrasting sharp lines, extended wheel flares and bright accents embody the strength of a Mitsubishi Motors truck and add modernity. The lighting and bumper parts become part of the tough design, framing the front and rear designs and adding visual width. The restyled interior of the L200 expresses a modern and robust feeling with frame surroundings for the switch panel and air outlets. A high quality look is created by soft pad materials and stitching on the floor console, armrests and parking brake.  The 2019 Mitsubishi L200 – coming to DMG Motors Donegal Town August 2019New L200 4WD models are fitted with wither Super-Select 4WD, which delivers optimum traction and handling characteristics for any given surface, or Easy- Select 4WD, which simplifies switching between drive modes for different road surfaces. With the addition of new drive modes, both 4WD systems deliver improved off-road performance. The all New L200 retains the current model’s high-durability, high-reliability ladder-type frame and high impact-safety cabin structure while featuring class-leading advanced active safety and driver assistance systems. Systems providing all-direction safety and reassurance are: Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM), which can detect vehicles and pedestrians ahead; Blind Spot Warning (BSW), which helps avoid sideswiping another vehicle when changing lanes by detecting vehicles behind or at the rear quarter and alerting the driver with an audible alert and flashing light in their door mirror; Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) which, in the same way, helps avoid collisions when reversing – great for use in car parks; Ultrasonic Misacceleration Mitigation 6System (UMS) which reduces accidents resulting from improper use of the accelerator when moving off or reversing in car parks and other confined spaces.The 2019 Mitsubishi L200 – coming to DMG Motors Donegal Town August 2019Providing convenient driver assistance are the Multi Around View Monitor, which generates a bird’s eye view image of the area around the vehicle, and Parking Sensors. Braking performance and feel are improved with the use of larger front discs and caliper pistons; Ride is improved with the use of larger rear dampers which contain more damping oil; Changing to a 6-speed A/T from the current 5- speed A/T to allow smoother, more powerful acceleration and improved refinement. Book your test drive now at DMG Motors showroom on the Clar Road from August 2019. Call 0749721396 now to speak to the team for more information.The 2019 Mitsubishi L200Impressive new Mitsubishi L200 launching this August at DMG Motors was last modified: August 3rd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DMG MOTORSDonegal Townmitsubishimotoringlast_img read more

My game is improving day by day: Umesh Yadav

first_imgPacer Umesh Yadav whose two crucial wickets helped India restrict England to 268/8 at stumps on the opening day of the third cricket Test, on Saturday felt that his game was improving with each passing day. (Scorecard)Yadav credited head coach Anil Kumble and batting coach Sanjay Bangar for motivating him to bowl with a clear plan, which he felt worked in his favour at the Punjab Cricket Association I.S. Bindra Stadium.Yadav, who regularly clocked past the 140 kmph-mark, first got rid of opening batsman Haseeb Hameed (9) and then bowled all-rounder Chris Woakes (25) with an almost unplayable delivery. (India vs England, Mohali Test, Day 1: As it happened)Asked about his impact ball, Yadav said he believed in keeping the ball near the off and middle stump, which makes most batsmen vulnerable before they get their eyes set on the game.”My game is improving day by day. I have just been working on my line and length,” Yadav said at the post-match presser. “Sanjay Bangar and Anil Kumble have been telling me to bowl with clear plans. The ball was swinging so I just wanted to hit the right areas.””I thought the ball reversed in a little too much so I tried to take it away too, but that didn’t happen,” he added.Yadav, however, defended some of India’s poor fielding efforts, specially off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who dropped a simple catch from England skipper Alastair Cook and then leaked a few runs by misfielding. (Mohali Test, Day 1: England crumble despite Bairstow’s 89)advertisement”Sometimes catches are dropped, but this is cricket. Sometimes your team-mates take good catches too.””We have some of the best fielders in the team, be it in India or among all the cricket-playing countries, but dropping catches and misfielding are part and parcel of the game,” he said.last_img read more

In The Spotlight – New South Wales Mets

first_imgIn the second edition of In The Spotlight, the New South Wales Mets’ Scott Buckley speaks about his team’s preparation in the lead up to the Elite Eight. How does it feel to be a part of the 2011 Elite Eight series?Great, it’s a step forward for the sport and now the foremost elite competition in Australia so it’s always fun to play in these competitions.How is your team’s preparation going in the lead up to the event?Good. We have come together well as a group and most of us have played in the same team before which helps. We are just working on the small things that will benefit our team and give us an edge hopefully over our opposition.What would you say are the strengths of your team?Our work ethic, everyone puts the team first and understands that we all must work together and hard to get what we want.Who do you expect to be your toughest opponents?Everyone will be tough I guess that’s beauty of the competition. On paper the Country Mavericks are very strong and any team with Dylan Hennessey in it at the moment would have to be favourite, although you don’t have any easy games and can’t afford to be off your game against anyone or you will get beaten. What would it mean to you to win the Elite Eight series?It would be definitely up there, especially winning the inaugural competition, no one will ever be able to take that away from you.Stay tuned to the website for the upcoming editions of In The Spotlight, which will feature every team in the Elite Eight series. To keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information in the lead up to and during the 2011 X-Blades National Touch League, go to www.ntl.mytouchfooty.com. Don’t forget to become a fan of Touch Football Australia on Facebook by clicking on the following link:http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384last_img read more

Saffron brigade wont be coming back to Delhi

first_imgBalurghat/Gangarampur/Berhampur (South Dinajpur/Murshidabad): Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee alleged on Friday that BJP and RSS are backing the Congress candidate in Berhampur and in the same breath, said the saffron party will not be coming to power in Delhi.She was addressing a mammoth rally at Berhampur. Earlier in the day, Banerjee addressed two more rallies at Balurghat and Gangarampur in South Dinajpur. Without naming sitting Congress MP Adhir Chowdhury, she said: “He does not stay in Murshidabad and his only business is to criticise Trinamool Congress. On the last day of the Parliament, he gained support from BJP by calling Trinamool Congress a party of thieves. Who is honest? Saradha was set up in the 1980s and CPI(M) and Congress leaders were involved. But no action was taken against them. The Congress leaders have betrayed the voters as they follow Congress during the day, BJP in the afternoon and CPI(M) at night,” adding that “RSS is backing Congress in Berhampur.” Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe Trinamool supremo said BJP will not be able to make a comeback in the Lok Sabha polls. “From where will they get seats? In Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Bengal they will get zero seats. In Uttar Pradesh the number of seats will be reduced. In Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh BJP cannot do well. From where will they get seats to form the government?” she asked. In Murshidabad district, Congress got two seats in Berhampur and Jangipur while CPI(M) had bagged the Murshidabad seat in 2014. Banerjee said when she was in Congress, she had come to Murshidabad several times with Mannan Hossain. She had cordial relations with veteran leaders of the district like Abdus Sattar and Atish Chandra Sinha. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”We had to take part in the general election within 22 days of setting up Trinamool Congress in 1998. I could not come to the district and reach out to the people,” she regretted. In Balurghat and Gangarampur, Banerjee urged the voters not to cast their votes in favour of BJP. “If BJP is voted back to power there will be no democracy in India. The society will be divided and the economic condition of the country will become worse. In the past five years, BJP has not done anything,” she said. Stating that all-round development has taken place in South Dinajpur, she said: “There is not a single family that has not been benefitted by the schemes of the state government. The farmers have been greatly benefitted as the state government is paying the premium of the crop insurance. The annual income of the farmers has gone up three times. Kanyashree has benefitted the girl students enormously. Under Khadya Sathi, people are getting rice at Rs 2/kilogram.” She said the time has come when people should think before casting their votes. “Rest assured that Trinamool will play a major role in the formation of the new government in Delhi. There will be a secular and pro-development government, where the interest of all sections of people will be protected,” she said. Banerjee also urged the first-time voters to cast their votes in favour of Trinamool Congress. “Don’t vote for CPI(M) and Congress as it will strengthen the hand of BJP. Vote for Trinamool Congress to set up a democratic government at the Centre,” she said.last_img read more

Engine of Air Indias Boeing aircraft shuts down at Delhi airport black

first_imgNew Delhi: An engine of an empty Boeing 777 aircraft of Air India shut down at the Delhi airport during a technical inspection on Wednesday night and “black fumes” were seen coming out of it, the airline said. “Yesterday night at Delhi when an engineer was doing a routine technical examination of the empty aircraft (777), auxiliary power unit (APU) auto shutdown took place,” the airline said in a statement on Thursday. The APU is the smallest engine on an aircraft and situated at the tail of it. It provides the necessary power to start the main engines. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal Airport personnel observed black fumes from the APU exhaust and sprayed foam spray on it and part of the fuselage, the national carrier said. After opening the cowlings (cover) of the APU, “there was no traces of any burn or external damage noticed except for the minor oil leaks traces, which was normal”, it said, adding that a detailed inspection was going on. The flight was supposed to depart for San Francisco at 3.30 am on Thursday, an airline official said on the condition of anonymity. According to sources, Air India has four Boeing 747s, 18 Boeing 777 aircraft and 27 Boeing 787s in its fleet and these are primarily used for medium and long-haul international operations.last_img read more

Mamata snubs Modis offer to install new bust of Vidyasagar

first_imgDiamond Harbour: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday rejected Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s offer to install a new bust of Bengal Renaissance icon and social reformer Pandit Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar at the same spot where it was vandalised saying that Bengal has the money for it and does not need his help.She added that it was BJP hooligans who desecrated a heritage by breaking the bust in the violence that erupted during BJP national president Amit Shah’s roadshow. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaShe was addressing a mammoth rally here on Thursday afternoon after which she also attended two rallies at Mathurapur and Mandirbazar respectively. Thursday was the last day of campaigning in Mathurapur and Diamond Harbour where elections will be held on May 19. The time of campaign has been curtailed following an Election Commission of India order late on Wednesday evening. Challenging Modi, she said: “If you can prove that Trinamool Congress supporters had demolished the statue of Vidyasagar at the college, I will quit politics. And if you fail to prove it, you will have to do sit-ups holding your ears. Some goons from Rajasthan and Bihar had destroyed the statue and the Prime Minister is so shameless that he is talking about rebuilding the statue,” she said and added: “A black statue will be installed in India which will be the symbol of fascism and lies that have been circulated by Modi. By installing a statue, you can’t bring back the 200-year-old heritage.” Banerjee also alleged that the BJP leaders are coming to Bengal to malign the state. Without naming Amit Shah, she said: “That person alleged that I have made Bengal a state of beggars (kangal). Are we beggars? What audacity has he got to call us beggars.” Continued on P7last_img read more

Who Are The NBAs Best Defenders Right Now

For the past few seasons, the best defenders in the NBA have been some combination of Draymond Green, Rudy Gobert and Kawhi Leonard. But with Leonard and Gobert out for all or much of the season so far and Green’s production falling off just a bit, we’ve got some new blood in contention to be the NBA’s best defender.To put a number to this, we’ll use data from Second Spectrum that shows us both the total number of shots defended by a player and how much he affected those shots. There are a few ways to get at this, but we’re going to use “quantified shot probability” (qSP) — which determines the expected value of shots defended using shot distance, shot location and defender position, among other variables — and “quantified shot making” (qSM) — which subtracts the expected effective field goal percentage on those shots from the actual eFG to determine how much of an effect the defender had. In other words, does the defender make shots worse? And if so, by how much?We’ve used metrics like this in the past, but the rub with this set is it adjusts for who’s taking the shot, meaning weak defenders who guard bad shooters don’t get as much credit, and defenders tasked with guarding superstars aren’t punished for their assignment — the star’s excellence is baked into the stat.The per possession numbers will look a little different from the overall effect — players like Tarik Black and Marreese Speights have defended a lot of shots very well in short minutes — but this chart should demonstrate that there is a wide spread on defender effect. What we’re missing here, though, is how many shots a defender actually affects. Kevin Durant, Golden State WarriorsThe Warriors are unfair. Draymond Green — for my money the best defensive player in the league — has for whatever reason been a little off during the first quarter of the season, possibly because the Warriors can sleepwalk to a bare-minimum 2-seed. He’s not been bad, mind you, just not quite as dominant as usual. That’s left quite a lot of slack in the Golden State scheme, and Durant has picked up more than his fair share of it. Golden State ranks eighth in defensive rating, down from second a season ago, but that almost feels like a threat more than a falloff given how flat the team has looked at times. Beware, it says, this is a top 10 defense even while almost completely half-assing things, just on the virtue of Kevin Durant showing up to work. Durant has been improving as a defender for years, going back to his time with the Thunder. (If you ever go back and watch the 2016 series between OKC and San Antonio, watch Durant on defense — he was the best defensive big man in that series.) His style is also entirely his own: KD gives up relatively “great” shots — ones his opponents would be expected to turn into 52.3 eFG against an average defender, or about what Austin Rivers gives you as a defender. Not great. But because Durant is so long, so mobile and so smart positionally, the actual shots against him fall at a rate of just 45.2 eFG. This still happens within the overall Golden State system — Andre Iguodala and Steph Curry have similar opponent eFG numbers, albeit on fewer shots defended — but Durant’s role has him not only locking down his own man but also covering up for lapses by his teammates.Green may remain the more important defender for the Warriors — he’s the anchor, and what he does from his position is impossible to replicate. But Durant’s play so far has been the strongest on a Golden State defense that should end up being a top-3-type unit, at minimum. But despite the limitations, these metrics are a pretty good way to look at who’s having the best defensive season. A few players stand out on the list: Honorable mentionGiannis Antetokounmpo and Joel Embiid have both been outstanding through the first quarter of the season, but they don’t have quite the same track record as some of the players listed above. Just the same, neither seems to be a fluke. We’ll be a little more certain how permanent their new defensive excellence is by the All-Star break. The same goes for Kristaps Porzingis, who last season was in the tier just behind Gobert and Green for overall defensive value, but this year fell off early before making up some ground in the past few weeks.Some others seem more like early-season mirages — Josh Richardson, Gary Harris and Eric Gordon are all having excessively good years by the metrics but are playing way above the levels they had in previous seasons.Check out our latest NBA predictions. Anthony Davis, New Orleans PelicansFrom the time he was a rookie, Anthony Davis has had all the tools. He’d block shots and steal alley-oops and tug on his shorts and check the opposing point guard 30 feet from the basket. He came into the league as a destructive defensive force, but for reasons ranging from injury to scheme to sheer offensive burden, Davis’s aggregate effect on the defensive end hasn’t always lived up to the promise of those moments. This season, it has. Davis ranks seventh in the league in shots defended overall, and the defense gets 12.7 points per 100 possessions worse when he sits down. That’s nearly double his defensive on/off split from last season, which was already by far the best of his career.Partly this is because of his partnership with DeMarcus Cousins. Defensive intensity hasn’t always been Cousins’s strong point, and that’s still true today, but he has defended the most shots in the league, and done so while holding opponents to a middle-of-the-road 51.4 eFG on shots he defends. Not great, certainly, but it’s a respectable backstop for the defense.Because of Cousins’s role as a reliable constant, Davis is free to cover more ground without making risky moves to get back into plays. And because of that, his personal foul rate is at an all-time low (2.6 fouls per 100 possessions). This allows Davis to do what he does best — stick to his man, rotate to help in the paint without overextending, and blitz spot-up shooters on the perimeter faster than anyone else his size in the league. Here we’ve got total shots as well as the qSM (the difference a defender makes on each shot) plotted against each other to show who’s affecting how many shots to what degree. This isn’t perfect. For one, a great defender doesn’t simply challenge shots — he denies them from happening, forcing a team to reset its offense. But by the same token, great defenders also work their way back into plays, affecting shots by playing smart help defense and covering acres of ground. Another thing these numbers don’t reflect the is overall quality of the shot — there are a few defenders who don’t depress value of each individual shot by as much as others but who force opponents into low-quality shots in general (through hard work and smart positioning) so that the overall effect is the same. Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown and Al Horford, Boston CelticsThe Celtic defense has continued to crush opponents. Boston is 18-4, with a league-leading defensive rating (100), the second-lowest effective field goal percentage allowed (48.6) and a roster full of live-bodied defenders who can switch practically any assignment. Even Kyrie Irving is chipping in on the effort. But while every Celtic is doing his part, some parts are more critical than others. It’s undeniably been the play from Smart, Brown and Horford that has carried the Celts so far.Smart does not possess the most graceful set of skills, but what he provides is unmistakable to anyone watching. He’s all over the floor, hounding ball handlers, bodying up on bigger players in the post and bumping cutting players he isn’t even guarding, like a middle linebacker jamming a slot receiver.Brown is a little different. While the Boston defense is built on interchangeable pieces switching and denying an offense space, it also needs players who can stick to their man across multiple screens, then square up and check their man as he plants and drives. Brown has stepped into that role and dominated so far. He can fight over screens (or just outright avoid them) to allow the defense to keep its shape, and he has the quicks to shut down first steps with the length to challenge pull-up attempts.Horford, meanwhile, does not have nearly the same reputation as the other two, but this season, he looks livelier than he has in the past when making switches, and he has defended the most shots of any Celtic. The newfound agility in space is especially important — because the defense will semi-regularly ask him to survive on an island against a wing, but also because his role at the center of the defense requires him to scuttle shooters who’ve just run over two or three screens trying to escape Smart or Brown. read more

The Warriors Should Be Worried About The Rockets

Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed FiveThirtyEight This week on Hot Takedown, we’re joined by FiveThirtyEight editor in chief Nate Silver as we look ahead to the second round of the NBA playoffs and the potential Warriors-vs.-Rockets rematch. Some experts are picking Houston to advance, but our model still favors Golden State. Who’s right? As for the other opening rounds, with the exception of the all-knotted-up Nuggets-Spurs series, the higher seeds seem likely to advance — which leads us to ponder some possible restructuring of the NBA’s playoff format.With the NFL draft starting Thursday, the big question on everyone’s mind is whether the Arizona Cardinals will take Kyler Murray with the No. 1 pick. We discuss Murray’s draft position and take a look at the draft value of quarterbacks in a year when there aren’t a lot of great QB prospects available. As for the teams in general, is it better to draft for need or draft for talent?We’re also introducing a new segment called “Get Off My Field.” This week, Nate thinks there are too many home runs and strikeouts in baseball.Here’s what we’re looking at this week:Chris Herring writes about Russell Westbrook’s continued playoff woes.We’re following the playoffs with our NBA predictions.We eagerly await Kirk Goldberry’s new book, “SprawlBall: A Visual Tour of the New Era of the NBA.”Michael Salfino explores the value of different NFL draft positions.We marvel at Giannis Antetokounmpo laughing in the face of the laws of physics. read more