Interment will follow in the Rising Sun New Cemetery, Rising Sun, Indiana.Friends may call 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Monday, July 11, 2016, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Memorial contributions may be made to the Gideon’s International Memorial Bible Program. Cards are available at the funeral home. Mr. George Edward Baker, age 90, of East Enterprise, Indiana, entered this life on October 24, 1925, in Verona, Kentucky, the son of the late, Orbia Omer and Anna May (Sisson) Baker. At the age of 9, George moved with his family to Switzerland County, Indiana. He was a 1943 graduate of Patriot High School in Patriot, Indiana. George was inducted into the United States Navy on November 6, 1943 in Louisville, Kentucky, and served during World War II. He was honorably discharged, with the rank of Seaman First Class, on June 19, 1945, in Oakland, California. George was united in marriage to Pauline Smither on May 25, 1944, in Patriot, Indiana, and to this union four children were born: Ron, Reta, Glenda, and Danny. George was married to his beloved wife, Polly, for 72 years. He was a proud father, uncle, grandfather, and great-grandfather, a devoted church member, and a good neighbor. George and Polly tended a bountiful vegetable garden, and he took satisfaction in keeping a meticulous lawn. George attended the East Enterprise Wesleyan Church. He belonged to the Operators Union Local 181, in Henderson, Kentucky, and to the Vevay American Legion Post #185. He also worked on the Switzerland County road crew for several years. George enjoyed reading, playing softball, watching sports on TV and farming, where he raised cattle and tobacco. We will remember George joking and teasing with family and friends… he loved to make people laugh; sitting in the yard, keeping tabs on all the neighbors’ comings and goings, and waving at anybody he knew; playing basketball with the grandkids-nobody ever shot a basketball quite like Grandpa. He also enjoyed the fellowship of church friends before and after Sunday services and enjoyed telling stories… telling stories of childhood and teenage shenanigans, odd characters he knew, and hilarious near disasters. George was always there for Polly, through the struggles and the joys, and worked hard and on the farm. He stayed active, strong, and good-humored despite the challenges of aging. George blessed us all with his energetic, playful, hard-working spirit. He will be remembered with love and will be dearly missed. George passed away at 3:05 am, Friday, July 8, 2016, at the Dearborn County Hospital in Dearborn County, Indiana.George will be dearly missed by his wife: Pauline “Polly” (Smither) Baker of East Enterprise, IN; his sons: Ron Baker and his wife: Pat of East Enterprise, IN and Danny Baker and his wife: Karen of Carmel, IN; his daughters: Reta Carter and her husband: Russell of Cannelton, IN and Glenda Breeden and her husband: Bill of Spencer, IN; his grandchildren: Jennifer, Deron, LaVonne, Nick, Denise, Dietrich, Eric, Tony, Heidi and Heather; his great-grandchildren: Aubbrey, Kristian, Kody, Levi, Kyatalin, Dawson, Gracie, Glen, Sullivan, Savannah, Sutton, Soren, Lev, Anya, Lola and Cedar and his several nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents: Orbia Omer and Anna May (Sisson) Baker and his half-sister: Faye Vincent.Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, July 12, 2016, at 11:00 am, by Dr. Fred Wingham and Rev. Donnie Meriwether, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.
Read Also: Premier League start date for 2020-21 season revealedBut the match could prove costly for Juventus before the return leg of their Champions League last 16 tie against Lyon on August 7, when they need to overturn a 1-0 deficit from the first match in France.Danilo took a knock, while influential forward Paulo Dybala limping off with a muscular problem early in the match will be a worry for Sarri with Lyon’s visit to Turin less than two weeks away.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The five-time Ballon d’Or winner missed a late penalty but Maurizio Sarri’s side moved seven points ahead of second-placed Inter Milan to seal a 36th ‘Scudetto’. He also matched former Italy World Cup winner Felice Borel, who was the last player to score 31 goals for Juventus in the 1933-34 season.But he remains three goals behind Serie A’s leading scorer Ciro Immobile, who scored a hat-trick earlier in Lazio’s 5-1 win over Hellas Verona.“Delighted for the second consecutive championship and to continue building the history of this great and splendid club,” said Ronaldo on Instagram.“This title is dedicated to all Juventus fans, in particular to those who have suffered and are suffering from the pandemic that has taken us all by surprise by overturning the world.“It was not easy! Your courage, your attitude and your determination were the strength we needed to face this tight final of the championship and fight to the end for this title that belongs to all of Italy.“A big hug to you all!”The breakthrough came in the final move of the first half, when Pjanic cleverly rolled a pass across the penalty area to allow Ronaldo to lash home his 31st league goal of the season.Juventus made sure of the title in second half when Bernardeschi pounced on the rebound of a Ronaldo shot and tapped in a decisive finish.Sampdoria had no way back into the game and had to play the final 20 minutes a man down when Morten Thorsby was sent off for a second yellow card. The title is Sarri’s first and extends a record run which Antonio Conte started with three titles from 2012 and Massimiliano Allegri continued with the following five.Sarri’s team had missed the chance to wrap up the title on Thursday when the ‘Old Lady’ of Italian football fell to a 2-1 defeat at Udinese.But they made no mistake at the Allianz Stadium despite being pushed hard by Claudio Ranieri’s Sampdoria, one of the most in-form teams since the return of Serie A from the three-month coronavirus lockdown.“It is the most beautiful success, even the most difficult because we wanted it and suffered,” said defender Leonardo Bonucci. “We started on a new path with a lot of scepticism around us, we gave everything, despite some slip-ups.“It was a complicated year for everyone in the world, it was difficult to return after so many months not playing.”– Ronaldo ‘delight’ –Despite his 35 years Ronaldo shrugged off the quick succession of matches played in hot summer weather after the lockdown, bringing his tally to 31 this season.The Portuguese striker has scored 10 goals since football returned in Italy on June 20, more than any other player in Europe. Cristiano Ronaldo celebrated in style after powering Juventus to their ninth straight Serie A title on Sunday night, courtesy of a 2-0 win over Sampdoria that put them over the line with two matches to go. Ronaldo opened the scoring deep into first half stoppage time in Turin and then had a hand in Federico Bernardeschi netting the second after 66 minutes.Advertisement Loading… read more
OAKLAND — Warriors center Kevon Looney, who was declared out for the NBA Finals on Tuesday, has been re-evaluated and cleared to play in Game 4 on Friday night against the Toronto Raptors at Oracle Arena.Looney missed Wednesday’s Game 3 due to a non-displaced first costal cartilage fracture from Game 2.“Kevon’s going to give it a go tonight,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr. “So, (after) further evaluation, a second opinion, and then a lot of research and making sure that there’s no long-term risk …
Thinking about buying a new lens? Here are 9 things to consider.As my fellow sufferers of Equipment Acquisition Syndrome know, it’s always exciting to add a new lens to the arsenal. Before you do, ask yourself these nine questions.1. Do I really need a new lens?Image courtesy of ShutterstockFact: Getting a new lens will not make you a better photographer or videographer. If you don’t have the basics down (composition, value, color theory, lighting, etc.) you likely aren’t getting the most out of your current lens.Until you can take good photos with the lens you have, there’s no good reason to drop $1000+ on a new one.2. Does this lens fill in any focal length gaps?Can you shoot an extremely wide shot of a small room? Can you capture a bride’s face from across a chapel? Do you have the right lens for the job? If you’re going to invest in a new lens, make sure you’re working toward having all of your focal lengths covered.Get a good standard prime and multi-purpose zoom lens to start. From there you can begin to get more specialty lenses like fish-eye, hyper-telephoto, and macro lenses.3. What is the F-stop?Image courtesy of BigstockAn F-stop is a mathematical formula that figures out approximately how much light a lens will let to the sensor. Practically speaking, a lens with a lower F-stop number allows more light through the lens, capturing a more out-of-focus background.It’s a good rule of thumb to get a lower F-Stop lens if you can afford it, but F-stop isn’t everything. You also need to consider the T-stop…4. What is the T-stop?Whereas an F-stop is a mathematical formula, a T-stop is an actual reading of the amount of light that a lens sends to the camera. A T-stop is typically used by cinematographers more than photographers, but the information is none-the-less important.You can go more in-depth on all things F-stop and T-stop here.5. What kind of stabilization does it have?For those unfamiliar, stabilization on a lens is typically described in terms of stops. This means a lens with 2 stops of stabilization will allow you to shoot with a shutter speed that is twice as slow, allowing twice as much light to hit the sensor.Stabilization is one of the most underrated features on a lens; a little stabilization can go a long way to make your images and video higher in quality. Speaking of quality…6. How is the image quality?Image courtesy of ShutterstockSpecs are one thing, but the actual quality of the final images/video is another. Before you buy a lens, you should examine the image quality. Websites like DP Review and Photo Zone give detailed reviews of virtually every lens on the market. Just because a lens is fast doesn’t mean it’s necessarily sharp, so do your research!7. Is the autofocus fast and accurate?If you primarily shoot video, you likely won’t use autofocus very often. However, photographers will want to invest in a lens with great autofocus. Keep in mind, cheaper camera lenses like Tamron and Sigma tend to feature slower autofocus abilities than their “name-brand” counterparts.This isn’t an issue when shooting a stationary subject, but when you start shooting moving subjects at events like weddings, autofocus becomes a very important issue.8. What is the minimum focus distance?Image courtesy of ShutterstockCheaper lenses tend to have minimum focus distances that are extremely far, which can be aggravating if your subject is close. For example, a 50mm lens with good macro capabilities can get better close-up images than a 200mm lens with bad macro capabilities. When you’re searching for your new lens, take the time to look at the minimum focus distance.9. Why am I buying a new lens?A brand new lens is almost always going to work perfectly right out of the box. However, buying a new lens is a lot like buying a new car: As soon as you put it on your camera, it will lose 30% of it’s value.Buying a used lens from a credible dealer might be a better option. Many dealers offer a 30-day return policy on their lenses, and even if you have a lens for more than 30 days, you can likely unload it on eBay for close to what you paid for it.If you have any additional lens buying wisdom to share, we’d love to hear it in the comments below. read more
Congratulations to the winners of the Touch Football Western Australia 2014 Be Active Super League Series grand finals, played on Sunday at Kingsway Regional Sports Centre, Madeley. Mixed OpenTompkins Park 7 defeated Perth Brothers 5MVP – Jason Lim (Tompkins Park) and Naomi Kara (Perth Brothers)Women’s OpenFremantle Districts 6 defeated Perth Brothers 5MVP – Jenaya Quan (Fremantle)Men’s OpenSouthern Districts 9 defeated ECU 7MVP – Alex Tuvik (Southern Districts)To view photos from the Super League Series, please visit the Touch Football WA Facebook page – www.facebook.com/touchfootballwa. Related LinksSuper League Series
Mike Pesca knows just how dominant Connecticut’s women’s basketball team has been this year. He lamented recently on Slate’s “Hang Up and Listen” podcast (around 49 minutes in) that every time he tuned in to a UConn game while working out at the gym this season, usually with 10 minutes left on the clock, the game was already effectively over.By just how much have the Huskies been draining the drama out of Pesca’s workouts? A lot, and by a whole lot more than their predecessors did.At halftime of the average UConn game this year, the Huskies were winning by 25 points. That’s staggering — so staggering that it blows away four of the best teams in recent history: the last four UConn teams, which all reached the Final Four. The last two won the title. Those two championship teams averaged halftime leads of a mere 20 points; the Huskies’ average halftime lead was even lower in the two years before that.By five and a half minutes into the second half, this year’s UConn team averaged a lead of more than 32 points, compared to less than 26 points last year and 24 points or less in the prior three seasons. (Just four teams other than UConn this year beat opponents by more than 20 points per game. And that was their margin at the end of games, not soon after halftime.)But at that 5:30 mark we begin to see a dip. At that point, the ultracompetitive Huskies showed a tiny fraction of mercy. If they’d carried on at the same rate for the whole game, they’d have won by an average of 51 points. Instead they won by only 42 points per game. By the time Pesca was tuning in, UConn led by an average of 35 points. (This is all based on data provided by ESPN Stats & Information, supplemented with play-by-plays from the UConn website.)We also looked at the data another way: How often this season was UConn, say, trailing? Or winning by 40 points?The Huskies established dominance early: By six and a half minutes into their games this year, they were tied or trailing just once. And they led for the entire second half in most games, though Stanford tied things up in regulation and then dealt UConn its only loss, back in November. More than half the time, UConn led by at least 30 points two minutes into the second half. That all adds up to lots of minutes of Mike Pesca doing bicep curls with dull basketball on in the background.This doesn’t necessarily mean this year’s UConn team is the best UConn team of the last five years. The school shifted to the American Athletic Conference two seasons ago from the Big East, which has made for easier conference games and more blowouts. And the previous seasons’ stats include NCAA tournament games, some of which were close — though many were also blowouts.Even so, it’d take a whole lot of NCAA tournament drama to undo all the meaningless second halves the Huskies have played so far this year. Our forecast currently gives them a 74 percent chance of winning the title, before they’ve played their first game. That doesn’t leave much room for nail-biters.Check out FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions. read more
Houston-0.2025+0.2857+32 RunsDropbacks Tennessee61273947 Washington1046931 Indianapolis-0.0432-0.1530-2 Tennessee1286139 The 3-point revolution in basketball was driven in large part by the finding that the three has a higher expected value than a midrange jump shot.1A three is worth approximately 1 expected point, while a midrange shot is worth about 0.8 expected points. While the math is simple and clear, the revolution didn’t occur overnight — or even in the first few decades after the 3-point line was introduced. Because those longer shots don’t go through the hoop as often as midrangers, missing a shot feels like failure. There is a slightly counterintuitive aspect to it.Now imagine a world where 3-pointers aren’t simply worth more as measured by expected points, but where they also go through the hoop more often. The benefits of the three would be stunningly obvious. We might even question the competence of coaches and teams that didn’t attempt them as much as possible.That’s where the NFL is currently living. The NFL is a passing league that somehow doesn’t pass enough. NFL teams know the medicine works yet stubbornly refuse to take a clinically effective dose.To be clear, teams are certainly passing more often than they used to. Leaguewide passing attempts per game have risen from 32.3 in 2008 to 34.2 last year, and the increase in volume has not been accompanied by a decrease in efficiency. Leaguewide yards per attempt have increased slightly from 6.9 to 7.0, and more touchdowns are being scored by passing relative to running than at any time in league history. Completion percentage is up from 61.0 percent to 62.1 percent, and the interception rate has fallen from 2.8 percent to 2.5 percent. Yet despite all these positive indicators, teams remain unwilling to break old habits and throw in many classic rushing situations.The biggest culprit is first down, the most traditional run situation. It’s here where NFL coaches are consistently missing an opportunity to pass, particularly against defenses that have stacked the box or are playing at least seven defenders close to the line of scrimmage. I’m calling these situations FANS — First (down) Against Neutral or Stacked (boxes). FANS includes plays in which the defense brings extra men close to the line of scrimmage, clogging running lanes and daring the offense to run the ball. I analyzed plays from the 2017 season using men-in-the-box data from analytics firm Sports Info Solutions and play-level data courtesy of Ron Yurko, a Ph.D. student in statistics at Carnegie Mellon University. To more accurately represent regular game play and eliminate noise, I limited the sample to snaps outside the red zone when the opposing teams were within 7 points of each other.With seven to nine men near the line of scrimmage and the subsequent dearth of extra defenders in the secondary, we’d expect passing to be effective in these situations. That’s just what we found. Last season, 30 of 32 teams were more successful passing than running on FANS as measured by success rate.2Success rate is the share of plays with positive expected points added. EPA accounts for negative potential outcomes of a dropback, including sacks, interceptions and incompletions. The EPA model used here is by Ron Yurko, Sam Ventura and Max Horowitz. And passing wasn’t just a little more successful than running. The difference in passing success was large: 27 teams had a success rate that was at least 10 percentage points higher when passing on FANS than running; 14 teams were more than 20 points better. The league average difference of 19.3 leaned wildly toward passing. Washington-0.2224+0.2854+30 N.Y. Giants58334257 San Francisco55324550 Broncos-0.1625+0.1552+27 Dallas1127030 Detroit60224040 The average rushing success rate on second-and-long for the league is just 27 percent verses 46 percent for passing, a massive difference. The average of 18.7 percentage points in pass-run differential is only slightly lower than the 19.3 percentage points on first down. And this is despite teams passing 11 percentage points more often than on first down.If we combine the two down-and-distance situations, a clear picture emerges showing the NFL’s reluctance to actually pass when the situation warrants it. Chicago68313241 N.Y. Giants-0.0834+0.0557+23 Dallas65333545 L.A. Chargers1006238 Carolina-0.2730+0.0649+19 Difference+19+0.300 N.Y. Jets-0.1225+0.1650+25 Kansas City-0.0728+0.0746+18 Philadelphia-0.0543+0.0344+1 Tampa Bay54264659 Baltimore-0.2327+0.2657+30 Detroit536040 N.Y. Jets64243651 Play TypeSuccess RateEPA/playUsage New England795941 Detroit-0.2126-0.1836+10 Buffalo-0.2130+0.1245+15 L.A. Chargers-0.2029+0.6053+24 Minnesota-0.1931+0.1059+28 San Francisco-0.1032+0.2356+24 Baltimore55264552 New Orleans795941 Source: Sports Info Solutions Even accounting for the potential negative outcomes of a dropback like sacks and interceptions, passing on FANS keeps a team “on schedule”3Which typically means gaining at least 4 yards on first down, 4 on second down and 2 on third down. in the down and distance more often than a run. Incredibly though, there were 31 NFL teams last season when facing this situation on first down — looking down a defense that was clearly gearing up to stop the run — that chose to run more often than they passed. Here’s the same table as above, now sorted by the frequency of play type. L.A. Rams49435137 Dropback46+0.1050 Minnesota946337 Philadelphia47405344 Houston58234253 Arizona1046337 Share of plays New Orleans+0.0338+0.2149+11 Houston1096733 Cleveland61313939 Steelers785545 Indianapolis1146436 N.Y. Giants976436 Indianapolis62283835 Seattle765446 Green Bay59324141 Run27%-0.2050% Kansas City795545 Cincinnati56264438 New England+0.0444+0.3247+3 Miami-0.1827+0.1845+18 Cincinnati-0.1727+0.0642+15 Seattle53244739 Denver57284354 Green Bay765941 Even adding second-and-long, most teams are still runningNFL team success rates by play type on first- and second-and-long facing seven to nine men in the box, 2017 Cincinnati745842 Chicago9871%29% N.Y. Jets1066634 Atlanta-0.2230+0.3765+35 TeamNo. playsRunsDropbacks Jacksonville-0.0133+0.3751+18 Philadelphia604555 Arizona59284147 TeamEPA/playSuccess RateEPA/playSuccess RateDiff. in success rate RUNSDROP-BACKS Chicago-0.2729-0.3838+9 Tampa Bay-0.1826%+0.3764%+38 TeamShare of playsSuccess RateShare of playsSuccess Rate Jacksonville1106436 Atlanta945347 Arizona-0.2030+0.1948+18 Source: Sports Info Solutions Tampa Bay906040 Minnesota58314257 San Francisco1196040 Dallas-0.0837+0.2351+14 Pittsburgh59324151 New Orleans56334450 Buffalo65293543 Carolina65283552 Source: Sports Info Solutions First and 10? Time to passNFL teams’ expected points added per play and success rate when running vs. dropping back for a pass on first and 10 facing seven to nine men in the box, 2017 Tennessee-0.1926-0.0348+22 The only team in the NFL that passed more often than it ran in this situation was also the only team to lift the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Doug Pederson and the Eagles broke from the flock and dropped back to pass the ball 55 percent of the time — which was in some ways part of a larger strategy to break from convention. “A lot of NFL coaches have traditionally been averse to taking risks,” Pederson writes in his new book, “Fearless.” This desire to zig when the other teams were zagging showed up in Philadelphia’s fourth-down conversion attempts and two-point tries — two darlings of the statistical community.What about other more traditional passing downs? Second-and-long certainly qualifies. The league still runs as much as they pass on that down and distance, with just four teams boasting a higher success rate rushing than passing. Carolina946931 Miami565446 New England55444549 The NFL can’t quit the first-down runShare of plays in which NFL teams ran vs. dropped back for a pass on first down when facing seven to nine men in the box, 2017 Kansas City52334845 How often teams pass vs. run on second-and-long (7 to 10 yards) when facing a stacked or neutral box, 2017 Cleveland856535 L.A. Rams-0.0943+0.1040-3 Buffalo1246535 L.A. Rams495149 Oakland69%23%31%49% Green Bay+0.0233-0.1043+10 Steelers-0.2128+0.1154+26 Oakland807030 Atlanta55294563 Miami54264648 Broncos635941 Cleveland-0.1129+0.0744+15 Source: Sports Info Solutions Seattle-0.2425-0.2638+13 Washington61273958 L.A. Chargers57294353 Jacksonville62293846 Baltimore915743 Oakland-0.3421+0.0343+22 The choices made on early downs are meaningful. The Oakland Raiders won six games in 2017 while leading the league in share of rushing on first- and second-and-long against a crowded box, at 69 percent of the time. If the Raiders had instead passed on 60 percent of those occasions, they would have seen a swing of 19.5 expected points, good for about half a win.Sometimes gains from passing aren’t absolute gains. Poor offensive teams can benefit from passing even if only to mitigate against the greater loss from running the ball. Last year, the Tennessee Titans employed a run-first, smash-mouth offensive strategy that saw them rush in these FANS situations 61 percent of the time. Both running and passing plays were losing propositions for them, but passing was still the least worst option. Had they flipped the script and passed 61 percent of the time, the Titans would have saved themselves 7 expected points, good for about a fifth of a win.Thursday night, the Atlanta Falcons kick off the NFL season against the Eagles in an NFC divisional round rematch. Last season, Atlanta was successful on a league-leading 63 percent of passing plays on first-and-10 and second-and-long against neutral or stacked boxes. The Falcons also led the league in pass-run success differential at 34 percentage points. Inexplicably, they ran the ball more than half the time. Had the Falcons passed at a level commensurate with their success rate, they would have earned 35.9 more expected points over the course of the year, good for an additional win.Like most of the rest of the NFL, Atlanta can improve its chances greatly by taking a page from the Eagles. On Thursday, we’ll see if they learned from their adversary this offseason. In the league that struggles to embrace change, it’s no sure thing.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more
After disappointing finishes at the Big Ten Championships on Oct. 30, the Ohio State men’s and women’s cross country teams are working to improve on running in tighter packs as championship season presses on. The Buckeyes will run at the Great Lakes Regional Championships on Nov. 12 in Toledo, Ohio, and coaches from both the men’s and women’s teams attribute their teams’ poor performances at the Big Ten Championships to a big gap between their first and fifth runners. The coaches said that will need to improve at the regional meet in order for OSU to score better. “I’d like to see us get five to six guys on a 20-second spread,” said Robert Gary, OSU men’s head coach. OSU women’s assistant coach Chris Neal expressed similar thoughts for the women. “We just need to clean up the tail end of our pack more than anything,” he said. At the Big Ten Championships, both teams had spreads bigger than they would have liked. The men had a 28-second spread from their No. 1 to No. 5 runner, and the women had a 1:20 gap. The large spreads led to OSU finishing fifth in the men’s race and ninth in the women’s. Women’s runner, junior Tori Brink, said having a small spread at the Great Lakes Regional Championships will be key to the Buckeyes running well. Brink finished first for OSU at the Big Ten Championships, in 23rd place, covering the 6K-course in 20:55. “That’d be completely important at the regional meet,” she said. “Having our fourth and fifth runners being closer to our one, two and three would bring our team’s points down lower and allow us to get a higher place.” Taylor Williams, a redshirt senior on the men’s team, said he would like to see his team have a smaller spread, but not too much needs to improve for OSU to finish high at regionals. “I don’t think we change much and I think the team is still motivated,” he said. At the Great Lakes Regional Championships, OSU will be running against a number of teams they have competed against this season. Big Ten champion, the No. 1-ranked Wisconsin Badgers, and No. 7 Indiana highlight the men’s field, with No. 12 Michigan State leading the women’s field after winning its second-straight Big Ten championship. The teams competing will be vying for a top-two finish, which results in an automatic bid to the NCAA National Championships. At-large bids to nationals can be given to teams that do not finish in the top-two but have performed well all season. read more