View post tag: next View post tag: Naval USS Nimitz Sailors Advance to Next Pay Grade in Command-Wide Frocking Ceremony View post tag: Frocking December 13, 2012 Training & Education View post tag: Ceremony View post tag: advance View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Command-Wide View post tag: Grade View post tag: Navy Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Nimitz Sailors Advance to Next Pay Grade in Command-Wide Frocking Ceremony View post tag: pay View post tag: Nimitz View post tag: sailors View post tag: USS Three hundred sixty-five Sailors from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) were frocked to the next pay grade during a ceremony held in Naval Station Everett’s base gym, Dec. 11.The newly advanced petty officers consisted of 200 third class petty officers, 126 second class petty officers and 39 first class petty officers.Those frocked were presented with a certificate of promotion and congratulated by Capt. Jeffrey S. Ruth, Nimitz’ commanding officer, Capt. Michael Donnelly, Nimitz’ executive officer, and Command Master Chief Teri McIntyre.Frocking authorizes newly advanced Sailors to wear the rank and assume the responsibilities of the pay grade for which they have been selected. These Sailors do not receive pay for their promotion until their actual advancement at a later date.For Damage Controlman 3rd Class Robert Letsinger, a Kansas City, Mo., native, earning the title of third class petty officer is enthusing and equips him to better assist new Sailors and provide more mentorship.“Being promoted is pretty awesome,” he said. “It is one more step on the ladder to success. I can’t wait to assist the Sailors reporting to my command and make a difference one Sailor at a time.”According to Yeoman 2nd Class Jacob Whitis, a Killeen, Texas, native, good study methods positively reflect a Sailors future advancement results.“For this advancement exam I studied rigorously,” he said. “My promotion to third class petty officer was automatic. I knew I would be testing early for second class petty officer, so I started studying a year in advance. I did on-the-job training and received training from other Yeomen who were subject matter experts for the subjects I knew I would be testing on.”Sailors who did not advance this time around are advised to stay focused on their career-oriented goals.“There is no secret to advancement,” said Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Christopher Miguel, a Corpus Christi, Texas, native. “Study well in advance and always refer to your latest Navy Advancement Bibliography Resources (Bibs) and you can’t go wrong.”Nimitz is currently undergoing maintenance for an upcoming deployment.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, December 13, 2012
Man City boss Guardiola: Incredible win at Evertonby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola admitted his was very happy to leave Everton with a victory.A notoriously tough venue for top teams in recent years, the City boss was happy to tick this game off this season’s fixture list.“In the first half, we started well and were incredible for 25 minutes,” said Guardiola.”After that, we had problems with Sigurdsson and trying to control him.“Everton have incredible players up front and experience in the middle and a good manager, so we knew it would be a tough game.”Every season it is difficult at Goodison Park. With the ball we were outstanding.“They had chances, but we had chances too, it was this kind of game. Football is sometimes unpredictable.”We had a problem in the first half with our high pressing – they had one more player on our left side. It was between 25 to 35 minutes that we had problems.“In the second half we showed, better quality. After Liverpool’s result, it was important to reduce the gap back to five points.“We created problems, arrived in perfect positions, attacking their full backs, but we were not so clinical like we were against Watford.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
APTN National NewsIn 2009, Canada’s Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page examined the way Indian Affairs oversees on-reserve schools.Page said the record books at Indian Affairs are in terrible condition and, as a result, the schools are suffering.APTN National News reporter Annette Francis tells us what Page discovered in Indian Affairs’ files.
Shaquille O’Neal56.325.435.0 Nobody combined offense and defense like Tim Duncan 8Larry Bird41,329120.353.674.2 Wilt Chamberlain35.849.041.4 18Pau Gasol41,57281.438.552.2 4David Robinson38,492100.680.389.3 Includes all NBA regular seasons and playoffs from 1973-74 to the present.Source: Basketball-Reference.com 14Magic Johnson40,783149.134.656.2 11Jason Kidd56,19994.855.470.0 20Patrick Ewing45,80141.265.350.5 7Kareem Abdul-Jabbar50,840144.453.578.0 Kevin Garnett50.033.039.8 10Scottie Pippen49,17487.462.372.7 Hakeem Olajuwon30.638.534.1 The post-Jordan NBA era unofficially ended Monday, when San Antonio Spurs legend Tim Duncan announced his retirement after 19 seasons as a pro. Duncan was at the forefront of the league for the past two decades, winning five championships and a pair of MVPs as the best player of the generation that entered the league as MJ was on his way out. But for whatever reason — be it playing in small-market San Antonio, his relatively low-key public persona or all the things that go into a nickname like the Big Fundamental — Duncan’s greatness remains undersold in many quarters. So here are a couple of ways in which he made a case for being the best player in modern NBA history.All-around greatnessDuncan never scored more than 25 points per game after age 25, and he didn’t crack 20 PPG after turning 30. His low-post game, premised around that classic bank shot, was solid but rarely feared, particularly later in his career. But Duncan augmented his point totals with good efficiency, great rebounding and a nice passing touch for a big man that allowed him to anchor the Spurs’ offense even when his days as a big-time scorer were in the past.And on defense, Duncan was uniformly incredible throughout his career. He was named to 15 All-Defensive teams — the last of which came at age 38 — and led the league in defensive Win Shares five times, to go with nine other top-five finishes. In terms of suppressing offensive efficiency (relative to league average), Duncan’s Spurs were the NBA’s best defensive dynasty since Bill Russell’s Celtics. And even in the twilight of his career, Duncan consistently ranked among the league’s top five defensive players according to the plus/minus metrics. He’s undeniably on the shortlist of the best defenders in basketball history.Put it all together, and it’s hard to find a modern player with a better combination of offensive and defensive résumés than Duncan. To measure this, I used a couple of statistics from Basketball-Reference.com: value over replacement player (VORP) and Win Shares, both of which strive to capture a player’s total on-court influence over his team’s success.1Since VORP only goes back to 1973-74, that’s the earliest season included in my sample. I converted both metrics to a figure representing wins above replacement (WAR), and broke down each into its offensive and defensive components, zeroing out seasons where a player dipped into negative-value territory. Then I summed up offensive and defensive WAR for a player’s entire career — including the playoffs, where Duncan built a good amount of his legend — and took the harmonic mean (which favors balance between the two instead of a lopsided total in one category) of a player’s offensive and defensive tallies.By that standard, Duncan has no peers among modern NBA players: 13Charles Barkley44,179154.941.064.9 Moses Malone40.933.136.6 15Clyde Drexler43,109118.235.654.7 2Kevin Garnett55,701107.387.296.2 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar61.582.670.5 Paul Pierce36.337.436.8 19Horace Grant44,79368.341.351.5 6LeBron James46,861196.252.582.8 WINS ABOVE REPLACEMENT 3Karl Malone62,759162.567.595.4 Great both young and oldDuncan also performed those acts of all-around greatness for just about two decades straight, playing like a Hall of Famer as both a young player and an old one. Back in 2014, my colleague Nate Silver was curious about how rare that combination was for a player:I wondered which other players in the NBA, and in the other major team sports, have had so much impact over their full professional lives. In other words, which of them were both very effective as young players and as old players?For an answer, Nate looked at each player’s Win Shares before age 25 and after age 32, taking the harmonic mean (yes, that again) of the two numbers to find players who matched Duncan’s career path. There weren’t many.Since Duncan has only added to his post-32 totals since then, let’s re-run the same exercise, updated through the end of Duncan’s career: NBA WIN SHARES PLAYERTHROUGH AGE 24AGE 33 ONWARDHARMONIC MEAN Tim Duncan47.855.051.1 1Tim Duncan56,738108.1110.3109.2 Michael Jordan53.643.648.1 12Michael Jordan48,485206.541.669.2 PLAYERMINUTES PLAYEDOFFENSEDEFENSEHARMONIC MEAN 9Shaquille O’Neal50,016133.850.273.0 17Robert Parish51,88170.941.452.3 5Hakeem Olajuwon49,97179.593.385.9 The NBA’s best full life-cycle players Dirk Nowitzki53.037.543.9 Sorted by harmonic mean of NBA Win Shares through age 24 and from age 33 onward.Source: Basketball-Reference.com 16Shawn Marion43,93463.047.053.8 In the end, Duncan still trails Kareem Abdul-Jabbar — it’s really tough to beat that guy in longevity-based measures — but he did pass Michael Jordan for No. 2 all-time in Nate’s metric, another feather in Duncan’s cap as one of the best and truly unique players in NBA history.Better than the raw numbers?And as great as Duncan looks according to the numbers above, both studies were conducted using derivatives of the basic box-score stats. Those can be fine for estimating a player’s value in a broad sense, but they have a tendency to misfire in some areas — such as defense, or even the more subtle aspects of offense like screening or space-creation — where Duncan happened to excel.Perhaps that’s why, when Real Plus-Minus creator Jeremias Engelmann released a bank of adjusted plus/minus data encompassing the 2001-2014 seasons, Duncan ranked as the third-best player of that era, trailing only Kevin Garnett and LeBron James. That’s slightly higher than Duncan placed according to Player Efficiency Rating (he was fifth), Win Shares per 48 minutes (also fifth) or even Box Plus/Minus (sixth), which is designed to emulate plus/minus ratings derived from more granular data.In other words, Duncan’s contributions might be somewhat underrated when we line up his stats against those of other greats from history. The NBA won’t be the same without him in it next season.
Northwestern then-redshirt freshman quarterback Clayton Thorson (18) throws a pass in the first half of a game against Stanford at Ryan Field on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015 in Evanston, Ill. Northwestern won 16-6. Courtesy of TNSThe Ohio State football team walked into the Woody Hayes Athletic Center on Sunday to dissect film on its last game — but it wasn’t business as usual. The Buckeyes had their first post-defeat film session of the 2016 season, after dropping a 24-21 contest at Penn State.A couple of late blunders by the special teams allowed the Nittany Lions to topple then-No. 2 OSU, but it was a culmination of big plays allowed and a lack of cohesiveness on the offensive side of the ball. Meyer said after the game that his team was not “a very good team, right now.” As they move on to Northwestern on Saturday, the Buckeyes hope that the first home game in three weeks will rid the errors that plagued them in Happy Valley.“It’s not business as usual,” Meyer said. “If you lose a game, you accept it. That’s the message to our players. We work so hard so that doesn’t happen. It happened; move on. Get ready for a very good team coming in here.”The Northwestern Wildcats (4-3, 3-1 Big Ten), started the season at 1-3, but have won their last three games, including victories over Iowa and Michigan State. Wildcats’ coach Pat Fitzgerald has his team playing its best football coming into a matchup with a No. 6 OSU team fresh off of a loss.OffenseThe Wildcat attack begins and ends with junior running back Justin Jackson. He leads the Big Ten with the most carries (171), the most rushing yards (792) and rushing yards per game (113.1). He also ranks fifth in the conference in rushing touchdowns (6).Last week, OSU faced one of the conference’s top backs in Saquon Barkley, who ran well against the Buckeye defense. Barkley gained 99 yards on 12 carries (8.25 yard average), with two rushes more than 20 yards. Jackson provides the OSU defense with similar challenges, however he doesn’t have the size Barkley has. Standing at 5-foot-11, and weighing 193 pounds, Jackson is coming to Columbus having gained 453 yards on 88 carries and having scored three touchdowns in his past three games.“They got a great running back,” said junior linebacker Raekwon McMillan. “I think he leads the Big Ten in rushing yards. (He was) second last year to (Ezekiel Elliott) in the All-Big Ten.”Redshirt sophomore quarterback Clayton Thorson is in his second season as the starter for Fitzgerald and has shown significant improvement.Thorson has completed just 57.9 percent of his passes, but has thrown for 1,686 yards and 14 touchdowns, while running for three more scores. Like Jackson, Thorson is coming into Ohio Stadium playing his best football. He has thrown for three touchdowns in each of the past three games, which is a reason why Meyer said Northwestern is a thriving team.“That’s as improved a team as I’ve ever seen from beginning to now,” he said. “Three big wins, two on the road — Defining wins.”Redshirt defensive end Tyquan Lewis said on Monday that there’s a feeling inside the locker room, at least for the defense, that the team is ready to prove itself again on the field. Having the last game stand as an “L” on OSU’s schedule doesn’t sit well with Lewis or the team.“I feel more anxious to get out there,” Lewis said. “It’s not that big of a thing to me, to go to work. It’s more so getting over the feeling.”DefenseThe production of the passing game has been lacking during the past three weeks when compared with earlier games in the season. Against Northwestern, OSU redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett might be going up against the perfect defense to assert himself through the air.The Wildcats rank dead last in the Big Ten — and 111th in the NCAA — in passing defense, allowing 282.4 passing yards per game. As a whole, the defense averages 414.1 yards allowed per game, ranking near the bottom of the Big Ten.To make things worse, just this week, four-year starter senior cornerback Matthew Harris retired due to concussions. He has been out since suffering a concussion in Week 2.However, a big reason Northwestern is respectable against the run is because of redshirt senior defensive lineman Ifeadi Odenigbo. The 6-foot-3, 265-pound Circleville, Ohio, native has been terrorizing quarterbacks all season. He leads the Big Ten and ranks third in the NCAA with eight total sacks.Coming off of a game where the OSU offensive line allowed 11 tackles for loss and six sacks, this week may be just as tough as a task to give Barrett ample time to pass and create holes for redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber and junior H-back Curtis Samuel.“There’s not a question of ability within our team at all,” said redshirt junior guard Billy Price. “We got very talented guys in our room. You got to focus in on what we have and continue to develop and execute higher.”BreakdownCoach Meyer and the Buckeyes hope to answer several questions that arose from the loss to now-No. 24 Penn State. The past two seasons, OSU has had great success following a loss, especially on offense. Against Northwestern on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at the ‘Shoe, the Buckeyes should be able to re-establish their offense as one of the most potent in the conference.Last week, Samuel failed to get a touch in the first quarter and only ran the ball twice in the game. This week, there should be a higher emphasis on getting the ball to the team’s No. 1 playmaker.On the defensive side of the ball, the amount of big plays allowed last week overshadowed the defense giving up only 276 total yards. Going up against a more up-tempo offense might benefit OSU, which had success earlier in the year against that style of play.Barrett said that the team’s identity will be put to the test this week because they have a smaller room for error for the duration of the season.“We’re going to find out what we’re made of,” he said. “Everybody could be fine when we’re winning games … but as far as backs against the wall … that really shows your true colors.”
The now Hannover footballer was in the Lower Saxony city’s amateur leagues just four years ago, and in the fourth division a few weeks agoHannover 96 forward Hendrik Weydandt must be thinking he’s dreaming.Four years ago he was playing in the seventh division, the Lower Saxony city’s amateurs leagues; a few weeks ago in the fourth division, and on the weekend in the Bundesliga.He has not only come from the lower division to the top flight of the German football, but he also has managed to score in his two matches with Hannover.“I just wanted to see if he could show me his scoring qualities,” manager André Breitenreiter said to the official Bundesliga website.“He’s very hard working, so actually it’s no coincidence he’s here.”“It’s crazy; it’s like a fairy tale,” said Hannover’s sporting director Horst Heldt.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“This is what makes football so special. He was still kicking about in the local amateur leagues just a few years ago and I think this was only his second or third time on the ball, and he takes his chance so coolly.”“He was so nervous, he made such a mess as he was getting changed,” revealed Heldt.“Although I would have expected more from his celebrations,” continued Heldt and promised, “we’re going to give him a professional contract now”.76′ TOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOR FÜR #H96! ??? Hendrik #Weydandt macht’s – UN-GLAUB-LICH! ?? #NiemalsAllein ⚫️⚪️? | #SVWH96 0:1 pic.twitter.com/Fx9Omjp3de— Hannover 96 (@Hannover96) August 25, 2018
FC Barcelona is starting to worry about Catalan midfielder Riqui Puig, the young La Masia product who is laying waste in the academy but getting too many fouls.Even Lionel Messi himself spoke about new Catalan midfielder Riqui Puig’s skills with the ball at his feet, FC Barcelona has found a brand new star who has the ability to play beautiful football in the same vein as Andres Iniesta did when he was still at La Masia. All you need to do in order to realize the level of performance that Riqui Puig has for Barcelona B, is tune in and watch the latest Third Division matches his side plays and look at how much the youngster gets fouled during 90 minutes. Riqui is actually going through a similar path that Real Madrid’s Vinicius Junior is also experiencing because both are players that are well above their category and the rest of their opponents can only stop them through some unnecessary roughness. Riqui gathers all the greatest qualities that any great FC Barcelona product must have, he likes to play easy when he does it to the back and he also has that unique creativity when he goes on the attack.? Ciudad Deportiva⚽?? Sesión de los jugadores disponibles del primer equipo. También se entrena Riqui Puig del @FCBarcelonaB?? #ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/IlNsaORYxu— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona_es) September 6, 2018The kid’s passing skills are on par with other La Masia players such as Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta, and even Messi himself who praised Riqui in his most recent interview with Catalunya Radio. The young player has received Messi’s warmth from the very first day that manager Ernesto Valverde decided to give him more time with the major squad during training sessions, the skipper is taking his role very seriously with every youngster, but he has taken a special kind of care to Riqui due to the unique skills he has: “I already knew Riqui, he had trained with us sometimes last season already, but honestly what he has done this season has been truly spectacular. Now he keeps training with us, I think it’s great that the club is trusting the academy once again and that they are producing these types of players again, these virtues had been lost in the last years,” said Leo Messi during his last interview with Catalunya Radio.¿Qué opinas de Riqui Puig?Messi: “Es bueno que el club esté restableciendo la confianza en la academia y ese tipo de jugadores”. pic.twitter.com/wIjBpQbkbQTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.— ❤?declaracionesBlaugrana?❤ (@datosblaugrana) September 3, 2018Riqui’s absence from Barcelona’s training session.The last match that Riqui Puig played for Barcelona B took a hard toll on him, the player gave us all his repertoire during the 90 minutes against Third Division club Ejea. The player really suffered the consequences of playing for this division but he never stopped proving that he is at least two steps ahead of everybody else during these games, Riqui attempted to bring his squad back to the result but they lost in the end. However, there is a great sensation that Riqui will become a regular in Ernesto Valverde’s major squad and they have the idea that it’s only a matter of time before the boss tells the kid that he can no longer play with the academy. The club’s staff actually revealed that the player missed one Barcelona training session this week because of a recovery process he is going through after that match, Puig received a nasty knock on his right knee and he needs some time for the pain to disappear but he didn’t pick up a more serious injury.Manager Ernesto Valverde’s best chance of possibly handing Riqui Puig his debut with the first squad this season might be during September, the Catalan club has two specific consecutive matches in which the player may get the call-up he’s been waiting for. The first game where Puig could feature is against Girona on September the 23rd, then just three days after the Catalan club will visit Leganes for another La Liga match in a very busy couple of weeks that will have Barcelona play five matches in the span of 15 days. Puig can get his chance to play in one of these two matches because the rest of the Barcelona players are going to need some rest if they want to withstand the great burden of playing so many competitive matches in very little time. Puig’s time is better than ever for that debut, Valverde will keep us in suspense until the time comes to publish the call-up lists for those matches.Messi al ser preguntado sobre Riqui Puig: “Está entrenando con nosotros, ha hecho una pretemporada espectacular y es muy bueno que el Club se fije en este tipo de jugadores y vuelva a confiar en la cantera” pic.twitter.com/J8A1O4qCZW— Abuela Culé (@AbuelaCule) September 3, 2018When do you think Ernesto Valverde will give Riqui Puig his La Liga debut for FC Barcelona? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
BATE Borisov midfielder Aleksandr Hleb has revealed his regrets over his move to Barcelona ten years ago.The former Arsenal midfielder insists he made a mistake leaving the Gunners to sign for Pep Guardiola’s team and wished he rejected the advances of the Catalan club back in 2008.Hleb spent three years with the North London club, after signing from German Bundesliga outfit VFB Stuttgart back in 2005.In an interview with the Telegraph, the 37-year-old said he couldn’t fulfill his potential with the Spanish champions.Hleb returned to London on Thursday night with the current team, Bate Borisov playing against Chelsea in their 3-1 UEFA Europa League defeat.“Looking back now, it was a mistake signing for Barcelona,” he said.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.“I lost my best years. I made some errors and I was never able to show my best.”The ex-Belarusian international also spoke about his relationship with Arsenal legend Thierry Henry, and how he and Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola didn’t see eye to eye.“He (Henry) offered me a spare room in his house,” explained Hleb, who caused frustration when he left north London a decade ago.”“We watched Arsenal’s games together. I wanted to play and I was annoyed because Guardiola wouldn’t put me on.”“Later, I realised that it was my fault.”