Pauline Rohrig, 81, of Versailles passed away at 9:15am, Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at Ripley Crossing in Milan. She was born at Hindman in Knott County, Kentucky on June 15, 1938 the daughter of Gordon and Melda Johnson Reynolds. She was married to Jim Rohrig on June 8, 1957 and he preceded her in death on April 14, 2009. Survivors include four daughters Vickie (Jack) McMillan and Kim (Kim) Hoffman both of Milan, and Tammy (Mark) Hartman and Robin (Bud) Davis both of Versailles; 8 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson; one brother Ray (Wanda) Reynolds of Noblesville; three sisters Ruth Hankins, Margaret Lochard, and Catherine (Maurice) Minger all of Milan. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Robert, Marion, Haskell, and Gordon Reynolds, and her sister Sue Reynolds. Mrs. Rohrig was a former employee of US Shoe in Osgood and she and Jim ran the concession stand and camp store at the Versailles State Park for several years. Pauline was best known in the South Ripley Schools where she had driven a bus for the corporation for 32 years. She enjoyed spending time with her large family and especially attending her grandchildren’s ball games. She also enjoyed traveling and was a big fan of bluegrass music. Pauline was a member of the Hope Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 31st at 11am at the Hope Baptist Church with Bro. Tom Holt officiating. Visitation will be on Thursday from 4pm to 7pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 10am until time of services Friday at the church. Memorials may be given to the Alzheimer’s Foundation or the Hope Baptist Church in care of the funeral home.
Newcastle’s striking department was decimated at the end of last season by the departures of loan signings Loic Remy and Luuk de Jong and the out-of-contract Shola Ameobi, while Papiss Cisse is currently recovering from a knee injury. Summer signing Siem de Jong played in an advanced role last night as Pardew has suggested he could do on a regular basis if required, although he is regarded more as a midfielder. Riviere’s capture would begin to address that particular issue, although it would be unlikely to end the Magpies’ search for reinforcements with Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette among a series of other potential targets. The latest potential arrival made 30 appearances for Monaco last season and scored 10 goals. Meanwhile, Newcastle’s proposed unveiling of Janmaat, which was initially expected on Tuesday afternoon, is now unlikely to take place on Wednesday either, although the delay is purely administrative. Janmaat has been signed to replace France international Mathieu Debuchy, whose proposed move to Arsenal has been on hold while the Magpies have tied up the Dutchman. The Gunners are confident they have a deal in place, although Paris St Germain, who took Debuchy’s close friend Yohan Cabaye from St James’ Park in January, have a long-standing interest in him. Press Association Press Association Sport understands the two clubs have reached an agreement over the £4.7million-rated 24-year-old, who could head for Tyneside within the next 24 hours to clinch a move. Riviere would become Pardew’s fifth summer signing, with Holland defender Daryl Janmaat yet to formally complete his switch to Tyneside from Feyenoord. Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is poised to make a breakthrough in his search for a new strikeforce, with the club closing in on Monaco’s Emmanuel Riviere.
ARCADIA, Calif. (March 27, 2015)–The 78th running of the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby on Saturday, April 4 will not only provide fans with world class racing as some of America’s top 3-year-olds compete in their final prep for the Kentucky Derby, it will also be the focal point of an afternoon replete with dining, entertainment, fashion and wagering opportunities at The Great Race Place.From a Derby Day 5K Walk and Run to a KROQ Craft Beer & Music Festival in the Infield, here’s what fans can expect:6:30 a.m. Children and adults of all ages are encouraged to register for the Derby Day 5K Walk andRun in the Santa Anita Parking lot adjoining the Westfield Santa Anita Mall.7:30 a.m. Vehicular traffic on Baldwin Ave., from the 210 Freeway south to Huntington Dr., will beclosed until 9:30 a.m. due to the Derby Day 5K Walk and Run.8:00 a.m. Start time for Derby Day 5K Walk and Run.10:00 a.m. Santa Anita Admission gates open. Santa Anita Derby Day Tee Shirts will be available, free, with paid admission to the first 10,000 on-track Thoroughbreds Club members. (Fast, free sign-up available to all non-Thoroughbreds members). Additionally, fans are encouraged enter the second annual Santa Anita Derby Millionaire Contest prior to 2 p.m.Please note: There will also be FREE General Admission and parking to the Infield Area, through Gate 6, off of Colorado Place.The finest in Derby Day fashion, including high-end Derby Hats, will be on display courtesy of Christine A. Moore Millinery’s “Trunk Show” adjacent to Champions! Gifts and Apparel in the East Paddock Gardens.12 noon Special early first post time for an 11-race card that will also include the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks, the Grade III Providencia Stakes, the $200,000 Echo Eddie Stakes, the $200,000 Evening Jewel Stakes and the $75,000 Thunder Road Stakes.ALL DAY: FREE KROQ Craft Beer Festival and Concert in the Infield. Food Trucks, Craft Beer and Live Music featuring Metalachi. Chandelier Room–Guest Chef Series featuring BBQ by Barrel and Ashes Chef de Cuisine, Michael Kahikina with Chef Josh Drew. The Premium Gallop Out Package–Santa Anita’s newest Club House destination that combines the timeless class of The Great Race Place with the ambiance of a sports bar. Perched above Santa Anita’s first turn, The Gallop Out puts you on top of the action. Derby Day Trackside Package–Fans can get an up-close view of the stretch run with a private party space located just off the outer rail.2:30 p.m. Post time for Race 6, which is the beginning of the $300,000 guaranteed Pick Six.(approx.)3:30 p.m. Post time for Race 8, which is the beginning of the $750,000 guaranteed Late Pick Four.(approx.) For more information on Santa Anita Derby Day racing and special events, please visit santaanita.com/events or call (626) 574-RACE.
–30– ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 2, 2016)–In his final work in preparation for Santa Anita’s Grade II, 1 1/16 miles San Pasqual Stakes Jan. 9, 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome, who was fitted with blinkers, worked a snappy six furlongs in 1:10.04 under Victor Espinoza prior to today’s first race at The Great Race Place.Trained by Art Sherman, California Chrome came on Santa Anita’s main track accompanied by a stable pony via the quarter mile chute at 11:48 a.m. and then jogged the “wrong way” up the track’s backstretch and around the Club House turn, stopping to turn around at the finish line, where he then headed back into the first turn.From there, he broke free from the pony and was sent to the rail by Espinoza approaching the six furlong pole. A striking California-bred chestnut horse who is now age 5, “Chrome” cut out splits of 23.65, 46.66, 58.30 and 1:10.04 under idyllic conditions with the San Gabriel Mountains serving as a backdrop.“He’s the best he’s ever been since I’ve had him,” said Sherman, who first took over training duties early in the chestnut’s 2-year-old year. “He looks ready to me. I got him (galloping out) in 1:22.20 for seven eighths. If he has a good trip (in the San Pasqual), he’ll be tough to beat. He hasn’t run in nine months and there’s nothing like having a race, but working like this in front of the public is the next-best thing.“He’s training good, acting good. He’s a lot different horse right now. He’s stronger and he’s more focused.”Idle since running second in the $10 million Dubai World Cup March 28, California Chrome, who won four Grade I stakes in his 3-year-old year; the Santa Anita Derby, Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Hollywood Derby, has an overall mark of 18-9-3-1, with earnings of $6,322,650.Following his second place run in Dubai, which netted the owners a tidy $2 million, California Chrome was sent on what turned out to be a fruitless journey to England, where by all accounts, he lost a substantial amount of weight and therefore did not run as planned at Ascot this past July. Subsequent to that, he was sent Arlington Park in Chicago, where it was determined he would not run as planned in the Grade I Arlington Million on Aug. 15.After a visit to Taylor Made Farm in Kentucky for some rehabilitation and freshening, California Chrome returned to Sherman’s Los Alamitos base on Oct. 13. Since arriving at Los Alamitos, he’s had six recorded works, beginning with a half mile in 50.20 on Nov. 21, and culminating with a seven furlong move last Sunday in 1:25.40.California Chrome will remain at Santa Anita with Sherman through next Saturday’s San Pasqual.
Mark Bosnich believes the time is fast approaching for Paul Lambert to ‘do the right thing’ and call it quits at Aston Villa.Villa, thrashed 5-0 by Arsenal on Sunday, are without a win in eight Premier League games and have failed to find the net in more than 10 hours of football.Bosnich insists Lambert must shoulder the responsibility for the woeful run of form, which has left the Midlands club sitting just three points above the relegation zone.And he says the Scot must soon decide whether it is time to step aside and let someone else take charge.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the ex-Villa goalkeeper said: “It is coming to a head.“I have said time and time again that nobody is too good to go down. They can only flirt with relegation so many times before they go down.“I said at the start of the season that if you put Aston Villa’s starting eleven against Southampton’s starting eleven it would have been a toss-up [over which eleven is stronger] and maybe you would have just leaned towards Aston Villa. Ronald Koeman has shown exactly what can be done“Whichever job you are in, there comes a time when you being there is not the right thing. You have got to do the right thing and actually turn around and say, ‘listen, maybe somebody can come in and do better’. I think it is approaching that moment for Paul.“Ever since he was given a contract extension at the beginning of the season it has gone from bad to worse. He has got to change his footballing philosophy completely.“He has got to change. If he fails to adapt or change, somebody is going to pull the trigger for him. If they keep going like they are going, they will go down.”
Could the SEC be added to its 14-team total?Update No. 2: SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey has released a statement on the matter. Statement from SEC commissioner Greg Sankey on satellite camps. pic.twitter.com/25DEq2mGdh— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) April 28, 2016Update No. 1 : The ACC often votes in line with the SEC, and it is also following suit in lifting its own satellite camp ban, according to ESPN’s Andrea Adelson. Decision today means the ACC has changed its league rule to match the NCAA rule: Satellite camps are now allowed. Go forth and camp …— Andrea Adelson (@aadelsonESPN) April 28, 2016Earlier: The conference in most opposition to satellite camps has been the SEC, with much of these camps being held in their territory. With the NCAA reversing its stance on the camps, announcing today that the ban has been lifted, the SEC is now changing its mind on them, too. According to Bleacher Report’s Barrett Sallee, the SEC’s ban on satellite camps will be lifted on May 29. Confirmed that, without a national ban, the SEC’s ban on satellite camps will be lifted on May 29.— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) April 28, 2016Hugh Freeze isn’t going to be happy. The Ole Miss coach doesn’t like them because they take him away from his family in the offseason. Hugh Freeze responds to Jim Harbaugh’s comments on refusing to “work harder” and not being a “kindred spirit” pic.twitter.com/zgmuxCdWLu— Andrew Doughty (@Adoughty88) April 13, 2016Will we get to see an SEC team hold a satellite camp in Columbus or Ann Arbor? That’d be fun.
zoom Danish liner Maersk Line has offered commitments to the European Commission aimed at removing potential competition related impediments to its acquisition of shares of German counterpart Hamburg Süd.The commitments were submitted on Monday, March 20th and the Commission is to decide on the case by April 10.“On 20 March 2017 Maersk Line submitted its proposed commitments to the European Commission regarding the proposed acquisition of Hamburg Süd. This follows standard procedure for cases under the EU Merger Regulation,” Maersk Line said in a statement to World Maritime News.The company, however, did not disclose what remedies were offered as those were “available only for the market participants addressed by the European Commission in its current remedies market investigation.”“Maersk Line expects clearance by the European Commission on 10 April 2017 in which information about any agreed commitments will also be communicated.”Furthermore, Maersk Line added that, subject to regulatory approval, it expects to close the transaction by the end of 2017.Maersk Line signed a sale and purchase agreement for the acquisition of the German carrier on March 14.The latest move comes on the back of an agreement reached between the Danish container carrier and the Oetker Group at the start of December 2016.With the acquisition of Hamburg Süd, Maersk Line will grow its global capacity share to approximately 18.6% (now 15.7%), its nominal capacity to around 3.8 million TEU (now 3.1 million TEU) while decreasing the average age of the combined fleet of more than 700 vessels to 8.7 years compared to Maersk Line’s present vessel age of 9.2 years.World Maritime News Staff
That cohort has a similar number of great games but also a large bump around QBR 20, which are bad games by any measure — a bump that the Luck group avoids. Not surprisingly, the Luck group has a career win percentage of 59 percent, while the former cohort is only 53 percent. In the NFL, interceptions (a key component of a low QBR score) can drag a team, and a QBR, down.Now compare both of those groupings to the one with Ben Roethlisberger, Nick Foles, Philip Rivers and Russell Wilson.They, too, have a bump around QBR 25, but their peak checks in somewhere around a QBR of 85 — a score that gives a team a very good chance to win. That elevated number would explain why the group’s 64 percent win percentage is the highest of the three groups previously mentioned. The occasional bad game won’t break a quarterback as long as his good performances are strong enough.Other quarterbacks might not like their company. Alex Smith chafes at the idea that he’s a “game manager,” and talent scout Russ Lande thinks he might not be. “Smith is often referred to as [a game manager], but physically, he doesn’t limit you,” he says. “You don’t have to make him a game manager. I think it’s just that some quarterbacks have that philosophy, ‘I’m never going to throw it where it’s a risk.’ It’s more based on their mentality than their physical skill set.” And yet the stats group Smith with E.J. Manuel, Jason Campbell, Josh Freeman, Josh McCown, Matt Hasselbeck and Mark Sanchez. Among that company, perhaps game manager is a generous term.One of the most interesting groups involves a player who is no longer in the league. Favre’s games after 2006 landed in the same cohort as post-2006 Michael Vick and Vince Young, two quarterbacks known for making plays with their feet and not much else. We can explain this by breaking down Favre against Dalton. Although their average QBR is nearly identical, the vast majority of Dalton’s games fall between a QBR of 25 and 75. Favre, the ultimate freelancer, has a big bump around 15 QBR and another between 80 and 85. Dalton won’t win a team the game, but he probably won’t lose it. Favre, however, is likely to do either.That difference results from playing style, according to John Westenhaver, president of Football Evaluations and a long-time quarterback talent evaluator. An average quarterback makes about half of his throws using nontraditional mechanics because he’s forced out of the pocket or rushed, but the former Green Bay Packers star made many more than that, often to his detriment. “Favre, to me, put that to the extreme. Although he’s passed for a gazillion yards, I think he leads the league in interceptions.7Favre threw 336 career interceptions, well ahead of second-place George Blanda’s 277. Sometimes you have to make a decision: Am I going to throw from this alternative platform, or is it best to select some other alternative, which may be to take the sack, throw the ball out of bounds, run the ball?”Rivers and Luck offer similar stories. Their career QBRs — 61.5 and 60.8, respectively — aren’t quite Manning’s 76.1 or Brady’s 70.1, but they are good enough to rank the pair in the top 10 of quarterbacks whom we examined. Both can make all the throws and post huge numbers, but there’s a general perception that Luck — a Stanford graduate who has the reputation of being a football savant — makes fewer mistakes. We see this in their game curves. Luck has fewer bad games but fewer truly exceptional ones as well, while Rivers has more bad games and great ones, with less middle ground.This season’s playoff picture provides a look at one possible future. Whereas Rivers watched from home, Luck led the Indianapolis Colts to a win over Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals, then an upset over Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. He didn’t win the games with his play, but more importantly, he didn’t lose them. In other words, a team might not need a quarterback with a huge bump on the right side of the graph to prevail in the NFL, but one with a peak on the left probably dooms it to failure.We made an interactive tool with all the quarterback curves. Click here to graph density curves of your choosing, and look at the splits for home and away games. There’s a larger sample size of QBs in the interactive, which means players like JaMarcus Russell are involved. Because who doesn’t want to find out which QBs are most similar to JaMarcus Russell?CORRECTION (Jan. 16, 1:46 p.m.): A previous version of this article misstated Rivers’ and Luck’s career QBRs. This weekend, two perennial MVP candidates and two up-and-coming stars will be under center in NFL conference championship games. Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers are the establishment; Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson are the hopeful usurpers. They’ve all reached the conference title game, in part, because they’re among the highest-performing quarterbacks in football — all falling within a career average Total Quarterback Rating of 59.6 and 70.1.1ESPN’s QBR, measured on a scale from 0 to 100, debuted in 2006. It’s not retrofitted to quarterback performances before 2006.But that’s just an average, and sometimes averages can deceive. Turning several observations into a single metric like a Total Quarterback Rating (QBR) obscures some information. For example, post-2006 Brett Favre2His final five seasons. (average QBR: 52.1) and Andy Dalton (52.0) have roughly identical numbers, but would anyone think of Favre when thinking of Dalton?A more thorough analysis makes use of the complete set of observations. The distribution of each quarterback’s QBR can offer a more thorough understanding of performance. When we look at quarterbacks this way, we find some players who consistently minimize bad games and others who can be brilliant one week and horrible the next, regularly handicapping their teams.3Quarterbacks who post a single-game QBR above 90 in a game win 90 percent of the time, whereas a score of less than 10 corresponds with a loss more than nine times out of 10.Comparing each quarterback’s distribution of game-by-game QBR can be done using a density curve, which is used to estimate the fraction of a player’s performances that occurred in a given interval — in this case, the probability that a quarterback had a QBR of a specific number in any individual game.4For a description of density curves and its application to hockey players, see this post on the blog WAR on Ice. We looked at the 45 quarterbacks with at least 10 starts in the past two years or 50 career starts since 2006, and found that the quarterbacks stratified into 10 categories.5We used k-means clustering on different percentiles of each quarterback’s distribution. Although there is no correct value for k in implementing k-means, we found the best performance with between k=8 and k=10. As the curves looked much easier to interpret with k=10, we went with that. Once we had fixed 10 clusters, we ran the algorithm about a dozen times and used the clustering with the highest within-cluster similarity of those iterations. This helps justify the choice of player groups but doesn’t exactly imply that the QB groups are perfectly stable from one iteration to the next. That is because the k-means algorithm is non-deterministic — it doesn’t give the same answer with each run. Each quarterback is given his own density curve, which represents the distribution of game-by-game QBR. The dark black curve in each figure represents the average density for all quarterbacks in that group. The groups are designed such that quarterbacks within the same group are similar, but from one group to the next, there are differences in the centers, shapes and/or spreads of each quarterback’s density curves.Some groupings weren’t a surprise. Brady, Rodgers and Peyton Manning — widely considered the three best quarterbacks in the NFL and the trio ranked Nos. 1, 2 and 3 in average QBR — make up one group with a curve that spikes dramatically as QBR rises.Other groupings, however, offered some counterintuitive results. One cohort consists of five players: Luck, Colin Kaepernick, Matt Schaub, Teddy Bridgewater and Tony Romo. Each quarterback in this group had more bad games and fewer exceptional ones than the Brady/Manning/Rodgers set, but he posted more strong games than poor ones over his career.This would suggest that if you’re going to call one of these quarterbacks “elite,” you need to at least consider that all of them are or were. Even though the narrative around Kaepernick, Schaub and Romo is that they’re inconsistent, their curves suggest otherwise.Compare that with a larger group that includes Cam Newton, David Garrard, Donovan McNabb, Eli Manning, Jay Cutler, Joe Flacco and Robert Griffin III.6Given that company, would you want to pay Flacco’s $120.6 million contract?
The opening matches of the 2014 CONCACAF Championship were played on Wednesday, marking the start of the nine-month countdown to next summer’s Women’s World Cup. Although the focus Wednesday night was on the United States (six-time CONCACAF champions and the tournament’s host), the spotlight quickly shifted to the U.S. women’s opponent, Trinidad and Tobago. The Trinidadians managed to hold the Americans scoreless until the 55th minute, when Abby Wambach headed in her 171st international goal (the all-time record for any American player, male or female). The U.S. won 1-0.Up to five teams from the North American, Central American and Caribbean football associations might appear at next year’s World Cup. Only three CONCACAF teams played in the 2011 tournament (the U.S., Canada and Mexico). As next year’s host, Canada receives an automatic bid, which in turn allows for an “extra” CONCACAF spot. The top three teams from the CONCACAF Championship will automatically qualify. The fourth-place team will play in a two-game series against Ecuador, who placed third in the 2014 Copa América Femenina, to determine who goes to the World Cup.All of this to say that an otherwise unlikely CONCACAF team, like Trinidad and Tobago, could make its World Cup debut in 2015. But just how likely are the Soca Princesses to be one of the top four CONCACAF tournament teams?To calculate the expected wins and various probabilities for each team in the tournament, we used the FIFA Women’s World Rankings, which are based on a variant of our old friend the Elo ratings. FIFA provides a nice explanation of how to turn their ratings into win probabilities for a given matchup (though for group stage matches we had to adjust the formula a bit to account for the possibility of draws). Once we had the ratings and probabilities, we programmed a Monte Carlo simulation to run 1,000 simulations and track how well each team performed in the group stage, as well as how far it advanced in the knockout round.Despite last night’s disorganized formation and lack of finishing from the U.S. side, the Americans are still far and away the CONCACAF favorites, with a 95.5 percent chance of winning the tournament. Mexico is the next most likely team to win, but it has only a 3.8 percent chance. Trinidad and Tobago, on the other hand, has a less than 1 percent chance of winning.Below are the expected group points and win probabilities for every CONCACAF tournament team:Fortunately for Trinidad and Tobago, reaching the knockout round of the tournament is enough to give the team a shot at going to the World Cup, and it has a 51.2 percent chance of doing just that. Wednesday night’s quality performance, including 11 saves by Trinidadian goalkeeper Kimika Forbes, may bode well. Haiti sits just behind Trinidad in Group A, with a 45.3 percent chance of reaching the knockout round. Haiti also edged past Guatemala last night 1-0, despite going down a player in the 17th minute after goalkeeper Cynthia Chery was issued a straight red card.The Group B matches start Thursday night, with Costa Rica taking on top-seeded Mexico, and Jamaica playing Martinique (Martinique can’t qualify for the World Cup because it is not a member of FIFA, so we threw out the two simulations we ran where Martinique advanced). Mexico is the most likely team to advance from Group B, with a 94.4 percent chance, but Costa Rican standout Shirley Cruz Traña (who plays for the French club Paris Saint-Germain in one of the top women’s leagues) will likely be a major threat in Thursday’s game.The next Group A matches take place Friday, when the U.S. will resume play against Haiti. After Wednesday night’s performance, newly appointed head coach Jill Ellis may be looking to tweak a rather chaotic formation. The U.S. players veered from their typical 4-4-2 formation against the Trinidadians; Wambach sat in an attacking midfield spot but she often drifted forward, creating what looked almost like a 4-1-3-2 at times. Similarly, Trinidad will need to break from Wednesday night’s defensive 4-5-1 formation to put some points up against Guatemala.We’ll be updating our predictions periodically throughout the CONCACAF tournament.Oliver Roeder contributed analysis.CORRECTION (Oct. 24, 4:37 p.m.): A previous version of this post included a table with an incorrect column header. The table lists the chances of placing third, not reaching the third-place game.