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Top female U.S. Athlete-of-the-year

first_imgSIMONE Biles has been voted the Associated Press Female Athlete-of-the-Year. Voted bySimone Biles in action at the Olympics in Brazil 2016U.S. editors and news directors, Biles grabbed 31 out of a possible 59 votes to be honoured as the Sportswoman of 2016.Biles had great competition. She bested fellow Olympian Katie Ledecky, who won four gold medals and a silver in the pool during the Rio Olympics to come in second place in voting.Serena Williams, who won Wimbledon for the seventh time this year, tied with AP Women’s NCAA Basketball Player-of-the-Year, Breanna Stewart, for third place. Biles’ Olympic teammate, Gabby Douglas, was awarded the same honour back in 2012 after her epic turn at the London Olympics.Even without such an honour, Biles has had a pretty incredible year. She’s won gold, covered magazines, met her favourite celebrities, turned heads on red carpets and has become quite the role model for young girls everywhere.With her four gold medals, Biles set a new American record for the most gold medals in women’s gymnastics at a single Olympic Games. She also nabbed a bronze medal for her individual work on the balance beam.last_img read more

Why wearable technology has some MLB free agents feeling nervous this winter

first_img Whicker: Dustin May yet another example of the Dodgers’ eye for pitching “That’s the one that they’re most concerned about,” Lenaghan said, “that someone’s going to read it and it may be that they’re going to make a prediction: ‘we‘re not going to give you a five-year contract because the Motus sleeve tells us that within the next x number of years you’re going to break down. So we’re going to give you three years.’ That’s the concern guys have.”The tension here is obvious. It makes sense for teams to predict when a pitcher’s arm might break down before offering him a seven- or eight-figure contract. And the data teams have at their disposal for making such a prediction is only expanding. For players, the opposite must be true: the less reliable information teams have about his future health, the better. Or is it?Say the Motus sleeve, or a similar wearable device, reveals a correctable inefficiency in a pitcher’s delivery. (Recent research demonstrated a correlation between Motus’ stress metric and pitch velocity.) Because of that small insight, an astute evaluator might notice that small detail and offer that pitcher a contract he wouldn’t have received otherwise.Still, it stands to reason that the pitcher in his 30s has been studied more than the pitcher in his 20s. The potential for unearthing that mechanical inefficiency ought to decrease as a pitcher ages, to say nothing of his raw arm strength. The major league free agent class comprised 158 players this year, most of whom are in their 30s. The minor-league class totaled 520 players. (They are not protected by the terms of the CBA, though they share the same concerns as their major-league brethren.)This is where carefully worded contracts, and the current Collective Bargaining Agreement, become especially important.“Anything a player is asked to put on his body to measure data is his,” Lenaghan said. “He has the right to say no. He also has the right to say who gets to see the data. Some players are very free with their data, sharing it with the club. Others are not so trusting and are not interested in sharing that data. Therein lies the challenges.”Since the usefulness of wearable technology is still emerging, players have questions. What does Lenaghan tell them?“I tell him to be educated about it. Ask the hard questions,” he said. “Has it been validated independently? Have them show you their validation. Make sure that you understand – because you have the right to do that – who gets to see the data, who doesn’t get to see the data, and if you’re not comfortable you also have the right to say ‘I’m done using it and I want the data destroyed.’ That’s all negotiated into the contract.”The long-term trend line is clear: The correlation between biomechanical data and player salaries should only grow closer over time in all sports.In Major League Baseball, this is the time of year when those data points can be charted. The players’ union is watching the chart.MLB AVERAGE ANNUAL SALARIES2017: $4,097,122 (+$131,102)2016: $3,966,020 (+$13,768)2015: $3,952,252 (+$133,329)2014: $3,818,923 (+$432,711)2013: $3,386,212 (+$172,733)2012: $3,213,479 (+$118,296)2011: $3,095,183 (+$80,611)2010: $3,014,572 (+$18,466)Related Articles The collection and application of data has been blamed for many of baseball’s ills, even during the broadcast of the World Series. Now, some within the union are monitoring the potential for analytics to lead to depressed player salaries, even as the average salary has risen by more than $1 million during an explosive decade for information.During a panel discussion at USC’s 12th annual Body Computing Conference, MLBPA assistant general counsel Bob Lenaghan outlined the basis for the players’ concern.“You saw the last offseason, data’s being used by the sabermetrics staff people to say that if you’re over a certain age, you’re going to decline,” Lenaghan said. “That’s causing a lot of distress by the players.”Setting aside the nebulous definition of “sabermetrics staff people,” the players’ fears are real. Lenaghan offered the example of the Motus sleeve, a lightweight elbow covering that is among the few wearable devices approved for on-field, in-game use. Few pitchers, if any, wear Motus sleeves during games. However, it has become a popular offseason training tool by virtue of its convenience and ability to measure elbow stress, arm speed, arm slot, and shoulder rotation among other practical pitching data.Elbow stress is a particular concern to players and teams. Dodgers’ hot-hitting Corey Seager leaves game with back injury Dodgers’ Dave Roberts says baseball’s unwritten rules ‘have changed, should change’ LOS ANGELES — Think last winter was a frustrating one for baseball’s free agents?That was just an appetizer.Later this month, the MLB Players’ Association will release its annual salary report. The average major leaguer made $4,097,122 in 2017 according to the MLBPA’s calculations. (Their formula includes a percentage of each player’s signing bonuses, option buyouts, deferred compensation, and different incentive-clause bonuses in addition to base salary.) The average salary has increased every year since 2004, and anticipation is especially high to see if the trend continues in 2018.Last winter, the tete-a-tete over tanking teams and unsigned free agents between MLB and the players’ union became a public spectacle. This time around, there’s an additional layer of substance to the union’s collective agita. Dodgers’ Justin Turner looking rejuvenated on defense Dodgers bench slumping Cody Bellinger for a day Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Dominant Man City will only get better, Guardiola warns rivals

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Brighton, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has warned his side’s rivals that the English champions will only get stronger after holding off Liverpool to become the first side in a decade to retain the Premier League.City came from behind to beat Brighton 4-1 on Sunday and take the title by just one point from Liverpool, despite the Reds amassing a club record 97 points.Indeed, Liverpool’s points tally is the third highest in Premier League history, behind only City this season and when they racked up 100 points in storming to the title for the first time under Guardiola last year.City could become the first side to ever win a domestic treble in England should they beat Watford in the FA Cup final next weekend.But Guardiola is already looking ahead to next season and strengthening his squad to repeat the feats he achieved in winning three titles in a row at Barcelona and Bayern Munich.“Winning is so addictive and of course in a few days we have the FA Cup,” said Guardiola, who has now won eight league titles in 10 seasons as a coach.“After (we’ll) prepare well, take the right decisions for next season to come back stronger because Liverpool will maintain it I think and the other ones will be better.“I think (Manchester) United must come back, Chelsea one more year with (Maurizio) Sarri will be better, Tottenham we have seen (get to the) final of the Champions League and Arsenal, when they make what they have to do, will be there as well.“We know it, but we accept the challenge and I promise you we will come back and I have the feeling we will be stronger next season.” Liverpool’s wait for a league title will now stretch to at least 30 years and the Champions League finalists will aim to end a seven-year wait for silverware of any kind against Tottenham on June 1.Meanwhile, an embarrassing 2-0 home defeat by already-relegated Cardiff saw Manchester United end the campaign as close to the relegation zone as the top of the table.And Guardiola used England’s traditionally two most successful clubs as an example to City’s players, fans and owners not to take their current success for granted.“Now when you win the title you realise how difficult it is just to win one title,” he added.“Liverpool in the last four years didn’t win one. Man Utd and Liverpool are the biggest clubs in England.“The biggest mistake, which with me is not going to happen, is believe we are something special, because you win four or five titles in two years. But still you can go the next four or five without winning anything.“That’s why I want the fans, the organisation, to enjoy that moment because it’s so complicated.”last_img read more

ThurstonTalk’s Weekend Event Calendar For Olympia

first_imgIt’s a beautiful fall morning with a glorious sunrise captured on many and shared via Facebook pages.  My fingers are crossed that the weather stays enjoyable throughout the weekend, but Washingtonians know to appreciate a break in the rain whenever we get it.  So, for now, I’ll gaze at the radiant sky and breathe in a little deeper to store some of those rays for when the clouds return.Harlem Ambassadors Coming to Olympia for Night of Entertaining Basketball – Friday, November 2Angela Haw Sparks Timberline High School Theatre Program – performances on Friday, November 2 and Saturday, November 3Thrifty Thurston Visits the Kennedy Creek Salmon Trail – Saturday, November 3 and Sunday, November 4Puddle Jump – Saturday, November 3 at 9:00 amTaste of Tumwater – Saturday, November 3 from 12:00 pm – 7:00 pmToday also marks First Friday where downtown retailers will stay open until 8:00 pm.  Parking is free after 5:00 pm and most shops will have special events occurring throughout the evening.ThurstonTalk aims to be your source for positive information and events happening in Olympia.  If you have a suggestion for a post, send us a note at [email protected]  For more events and to learn what’s happening in Olympia and the surrounding area, click here. Facebook11Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Silver the medal of choice for Nelson Atom Leafs

first_imgIf the planet ever runs low on its supply of silver, world leaders can always contact the Nelson Atom Leafs to see if they can spare a few their precious medals.The Leafs won its third silver medal of the season Sunday in Beaver Valley at the Greater Trail Atom Minor Hockey Tournament.Nelson, finishing second in Kimberley and Castlegar, lost 5-1 to the Trail Toads as the Silver City netminder stole the show.last_img