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VICTORY! Book Awards stay well clear of books like ‘Into the River’

first_img‘The perfect package’ – Anzac book wins top prizeTVNZ One News 8 August 2016An illustrated book detailing the triumphs and tragedies of ANZAC heroes serving in both world wars, has won the top prize at the prestigious New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.ANZAC Heroes by Maria Gill was awarded the Margaret Mahy Book of the Year prize, as well as taking out the best non-fiction category, at a ceremony in Wellington this evening.The book covers the front line experiences of 30 New Zealand and Australian personnel, from soldiers and pilots, to nurses and spies, including their accomplishments in the war, and their post-war lives.Judges praised the collaboration with illustrator Marco Ivancic, with the book including lifelike illustrations with maps, timelines and pop out boxes.“There’s carefully chosen material, near overwhelming the reader, but not skimping on detail either. The meticulous research brings these heroes to life creating the perfect book package,” judge Fiona Mackie said.Patricia Grace’s Whiti te ra! based on the history of the famous Ka Mate haka, won the award for best book in te reo Maori.While a tale of a battle between France and England using dinosaurs as weaponry, Battlesaurus: Rampage at Waterloo by Brian Faulkner, was the winner of Young Adult Fiction.https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/entertainment/perfect-package-anzac-book-wins-top-prizelast_img read more

Matt Nandin walks away from baseball career, settles into role as Syracuse assistant softball coach

first_img Published on March 31, 2015 at 11:42 pm Contact Phil: pmdabbra@syr.edu | @PhilDAbb Facebook Twitter Google+ Red batting gloves, a black Louisville slugger bat and a bucket of about 50 baseballs sit in a corner of Matt Nandin’s office. If it were a year ago, he’d be seizing any 20-minute opening he’d have to use them.But this spring, when the former baseball player occasionally finds downtime before Syracuse softball’s practices, there’s no vigorous push to keep his form intact as a taxing baseball season awaits.Now, when he has a baseball bat and a spare second, he just swings.“It’s more therapeutic than anything,” Nandin said. “Just to make sure I think I still know what I’m talking about.”After a six-year career playing independent league baseball that followed his four seasons suiting up for Le Moyne, Nandin has retired. The 27-year-old is ready to turn to a new chapter in his life, focusing solely on his duties as a second-year assistant softball coach with the Orange and his upcoming responsibility as a father.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNandin and those close to him still look at his decision through a positive lens, even though he never regained the opportunity he lost to latch on with an MLB team’s organization.“I’m always going to miss it. He’s going to miss it,” said Lindsay Nandin, his wife and the SU softball program’s director of operations, about his playing career. “But he knows that in order to move forward in his career, he’d have to give up baseball.”Nandin, a former Le Moyne bat boy when his father coached there, ranked in the program’s Top 10 all time in hits when he graduated in 2009.He embraced his role as the No. 2 hitter in the order and was confident he’d done enough to follow in the footsteps of his two predecessors at shortstop — MLB draftees Andy Parrino and Michael Affronti. Nandin had worked out with the Minnesota Twins and Washington Nationals and had been in contact with his beloved New York Yankees, among others.But, 1,521 other players were taken in the 2009 MLB Draft and the 5-foot-9 Nandin was on his own to further his career.“He was probably one of the top two shortstops to ever come through here,” Le Moyne head coach Scott Cassidy said. “He just didn’t have that projectable height that a lot of the pro scouts would look at, and a lot of scouts in the Northeast don’t want to take a chance on something like that.”Nandin signed with a team in the Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball — a league that typically stretches from mid-May to September — and stuck with it. Playing for four different teams in six years in the Northeast U.S., he rose to the Top 10 of the Can-Am’s all-time doubles, runs and hits categories, according to Cuse.com, but he missed out on the closest chance he ever had to making it out.A good start to the 2011 season had attracted the interest of the Nationals again and he was close to signing with them, Nandin said.But one game, a strange feeling as he rounded third base turned out to be a pulled right hamstring, the first time he’d ever suffered one. It cost him almost two months of playing time — and the Nationals needed a player that moment.“Now I have that cliché story that when I tell kids, they’re going to say, ‘Oh, yeah, sure. You got hurt,’” Nandin said. “I was hoping I’d get another opportunity but every day I got older, the window got a little smaller.”Fortunately for Nandin, he was already a season into his backup plan — coaching. Cassidy brought him into the Le Moyne staff in the fall of 2010, and so began Nandin’s balancing act between the two jobs.He connected with the players well, Cassidy said, by not only by being close to their age but by running in the gym with a parachute to improve his sprinting time and jumping in the batting cage himself — simultaneously preparing himself for his upcoming season while showing the players what he was teaching them.All along, he turned down the thought of ever coaching softball at SU, a program that includes his sister Morgan in addition to his wife. But in September 2013, Nandin had a change of heart, asked “Why not?” and made the move, shocking everyone in the process by changing sports.And in his first full season at Syracuse, Nandin did whatever he could to train for his baseball season, starting with an early-morning lift and finding 15- to 20-minute openings later in the day to long toss with Morgan, hit off the tee and take live batting practice from her or their father.Nandin’s office work was done in workout clothes and turf shoes, just so he was ready as soon as he finished being a softball coach.“I always had to be on-call with myself,” he said.Not only did he help improve the Orange’s offense as its hitting coach last year — evidenced by team program records in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage — but he’s infused pieces of baseball to the culture of the program.Syracuse is now one of the rare college softball teams that shift defenders around the diamond like a baseball team does, he said. Nandin encouraged the corner infielders to play farther back. He’s implemented drills, baseball lingo and the Orange’s tracking of quality at-bats, which he picked up from playing baseball.And now that he’s done playing, Nandin can dig in as a recruiter that can pitch his pro baseball career to prospects and as a coach with a developing ability to pitch underhanded.He’s going out on what he called a “pretty good” year in the Can-Am — staying healthy enough to play in every inning and hitting a walk-off single to spark a four-game winning streak in a seven-game championship series.“I think the time’s right,” Nandin said. “I could still play, my body I feel could hold up and keep going, but there comes a point where you’ve got to put life in perspective. And putting coaching first is what I need to do.”Until June, that is — when Lindsay Nandin is due to give birth to twin girls.It appears his bat, batting gloves and bucket of baseballs may remain in that corner of his office. 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Scott Longley – Dispelling the myths of sports data rights…

first_img Submit Share StumbleUpon Scott Longley – Confusion reigns over FDC’s second betting rights deal July 14, 2020 Share Related Articles DraftKings CBO – Industry ‘only just scratched the surface’ of US sports betting July 16, 2020 BetInvest: The benefits of separating esports betting markets August 7, 2020 Scott Longley – Clear & Concise MediaSports leagues and governing bodies have emphasised the distribution of their data rights through ‘official partnerships’, sanctioned by chosen tech partners. Adjusting to digital disruptions across all media and entertainment verticals, the debate on sports data rights should not be handled as a black-or-white matter…________________Arguments over sports data – who owns it, who distributes it, who uses it – have become more heated in the past couple of years, maybe not coincidentally since expanded regulated sports betting became a reality in the US.These questions on ownership and rights go to the heart of some of the disputes that are affecting the data supply arena in both Europe and the US right now.For the sports, the simple yet misleading answer to the questions of who owns the data is that they do. Simple, because it seems to make logical sense – they are the sport, whether that is a league or a governing body, and therefore what is produced is their’s to keep.Yet, such a simple premise is misleading, because in law there is no copyright over the actual fact of what has happened in the field of play. A team or player scoring a goal or points against another team does not constitute a copyrightable piece of information.The essential building blocks of today’s data rights and distribution landscape have long been put in place in Europe and yet still arguments rage over essentially settled legal points such as the influence of the EU’s ‘Database Right‘.It is why sports have consistently lost out over claims that fixture lists have any inherent copyright attached and it is why there are numerous pieces of case law which have together established this basic fact.It is only when an element of extra work or investment in resources is added to the basic data that database rights come in to play. This is, in essence, why the Database Right exists. It protects those who put the effort into collecting and distributing data, giving them legal protection over the investment that they make and what they organise and relay. This right is not exclusive to sports and it applies to anyone putting in that effort.Now, to start adding the layers of complexity, we need to see official data deals against this legal context. While having an official stamp regarding data can provide a competitive edge, it is not an absolute necessity. This, of course, has become a contentious area on both sides of the Atlantic where sports are looking at different ways and means to force bookmakers to use the official product, either through legislation or through restriction of alternative data sources.Rights at IssueWhich brings us around to where the real sparks are flying currently in Europe around exclusive data deals. Any sport is wholly within its rights to ask for an exclusive official data deal, but that exclusivity doesn’t mean they have the right to foreclose all other arrangements for the collection and distribution of data related to that sport.While they may wish to enforce property rights to refuse entry to the stadia – itself a point of conflict that may or may not pass muster in the courts –they can’t stop data being collected legitimately by any other means.Arguably, also, such attempts are detrimental to their own economic interests. In attempting to squeeze more out of data deals by creating an exclusive premium product, a sport will be cutting off potential revenues from other suppliers and their downstream customers who may wish to have an official product but for whom the singular premium feed does not make commercial or economic sense.To be clear here claims that other suppliers are somehow ‘stealing -or-pirating’ data when supplying unofficial or what might more properly be termed open-source data is legally misleading. These other suppliers are often more than willing to pay for official access or accreditation but they are being denied the opportunity by sports insisting on one exclusive arrangement and a single ‘source of truth’. In pursuing such deals, sport is often cutting off its nose to spite its face, leaving money on the table that could otherwise be benefiting its constituents.This all matters because ultimately such measures also only act to hold back on innovation in data supply to the bookmakers with the ultimate loser being the consumer. Multiple licensee official deals also act as an insurance in terms of integrity, where multiple data sources mean avoiding the risks associated with a single point of failure or potential corruptibility.The arguments currently raging over official and exclusive data are more than just old news; they are harmful to the relationship between betting and sport and ultimately lead to damaging allegations of impropriety where none exists.For the good of all concerned as well as public perception, it is maybe time for the operators, the sports and their suppliers to agree a system of distribution which balances their respective interests and is designed to allow each participant to rise above the squabbles and set the framework for the future relationship between the two sectors.__________________last_img read more

Jets’ Adam Gase isn’t blameless, but don’t blame him for 2019 New York nightmare

first_imgEye-popping, unpopular opinion: It’s not on Adam Gase. At least, not entirely.The Jets’ 2019 season has been a nightmare. For fans, it’s been like waking up late on a Monday morning, discovering someone stole your car, turning on the news and then finding out it was wrecked when it went through the front of a 7-11, destroying the Slurpee machine in the process. It’s been bitter, and it gets worse. Look at the recent Cowboys run, or the Rams in 2018, or any other team that had a hope of winning a Lombardi Trophy. No line, no time, no dimes. That’s just the way football works and has always worked. What good is having a downfield threat in Robby Anderson if there’s no time for Darnold to get him the ball?There are injuries at key positions elsewhere: Big-ticket free agent C.J. Mosley has only played in two games this season, dealing with groin injuries. Avery Williamson, Mosley’s linebacker runningmate, was injured during the preseason. Rookie Blake Cashman is on IR with a shoulder injury. Cornerback Trumaine Johnson was benched and is now out for the season, as well. The list goes on.It’s easy to point to Gase’s 23-25 record with the Dolphins and say history is repeating itself, but the 2019 season requires context. You can’t tell Gase’s Jets story until you tell all of it: The injuries. The roster. The lack of depth. The mono. The ghosts.This is not Gase’s team; it’s not even Joe Douglas’ team yet. The new GM has barely figured out how to work the thermostat in his new office. If Douglas was brought in to helm the operation alongside Gase, then he and Gase should be allowed at least one offseason together to figure out how to mold and shape the roster in their image. If 2020 rolls around and the results aren’t there, then heads will roll, and rightfully so. But some amount of time should be afforded to new coaches in situations as bad as that of the Jets.There’s also the reminder that Douglas’ monstrous, six-year contract, which outlasts Gase’s deal, means that if things don’t work out with the coach in the immediate, he’ll have an opportunity to build with someone else; a coach of his choosing. But we are still far from that point.UPDATED NFL DRAFT ORDER:Giants jump ahead of victorious Jets, DolphinsThis isn’t to absolve Gase or make excuses for him — his offense has looked beyond poor during his tenure. A lot of that, though, is due to the horrific offensive line play and a lack of weapons on the offensive side of the ball. Tight end Chris Herndon played just 16 snaps this season between suspension and injuries and has landed on IR. Quincy Enunwa, who figured to be one of Darnold’s biggest receiving threats prior to the season, was injured in Week 1. The offensive line can’t get to the second level and give Le’Veon Bell even a little more room to breathe. But if team owner Christopher Johnson’s vote of confidence Tuesday to keep Gase through 2019 and 2020 means anything, it’s that this is not Gase’s fault.WEEK 11 NFL PICKS:Against the spread | Straight-up predictionsJohnson pointed to the working relationship between Gase and new general manager Joe Douglas; Gase and Sam Darnold and the rest of the players on the roster. Johnson also pointed to the fact that players in the locker room were open to the idea of Gase sticking around for this year and potentially next.There are likely other reasons that Gase is staying. One is probably so the Johnsons would have to avoid paying three head coaches at once — Todd Bowles and staff from his firing, Gase and whoever the new coach would be. Another would be to offer some level of stability and not make knee-jerk reactions to appease a vocal minority of fans.Obviously, some modicum of blame falls on Gase for a 2-7 record and a downward spiral of a season. But to use Gase a scapegoat, nine games into his Jets career, is wholly unfair.Jets CEO Christopher Johnson on why he’s bringing back Adam Gase …pic.twitter.com/RzT2ByF7cQ— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) November 13, 2019True: Darnold has had an up-and-down season. He didn’t look himself in the opener vs. the Bills, and he was potentially dealing with mononucleosis in that start. In his return game, he and the Jets walloped the Cowboys. Then, a Murphy’s law start vs. the Patriots (the infamous “Ghosts” game) and a few bad losses vs. the Jaguars and the hapless Dolphins cast some doubt on whether Darnold was the QB of the future. Fingers pointed at Gase, eyes rolled, and Jets fans flew “Fire Gase” banners over New York.While Darnold’s candid “seeing ghosts” moment was a horror to Gang Green fans, the true scary story here is how poor this roster is, top to bottom. There is a lack of depth everywhere that isn’t defensive line, and among the three most important position groups for 2019 football — offensive line, pass rusher and cornerback — the Jets are almost completely devoid of talent. Darnold’s numbers, while not comforting (especially in the turnover department), aren’t all that bad, either: 6 games, 63.2 percent completion rate, 7 touchdowns to 9 interceptions and a 2-4 record.But there is a fundamental flaw for the Jets: It starts and ends with the offensive line.A trade gamble on Kelechi Osemele, a move by now-fired GM Mike Maccagnan, backfired and cost the Jets a fifth-round pick in 2019. Osemele is now off the team after he was expected to be a key cog of a “re-worked” offensive line. Third-round pick Chuma Edoga hasn’t played well in his rookie campaign. Ryan Kalil looks like he should have stayed on his couch this offseason. Brian Winters was having a poor year and is now on IR.Good football teams are built through the trenches, in case we want to gloss over that tried-and-true fact en route to damning Gase. Darnold’s top receiving targets have been Jamison Crowder — who has been worth the money paid by Maccagnan — Anderson and what’s left of Demariyus Thomas. It’s hardly a who’s-who of receiving threats.Part of the reason Gase was hired was his ability to get the most out of a barren roster as coach of the Dolphins, which, through 10 weeks, hasn’t been the case with the Jets. There’s plenty of season left — we are just nine games into the Gase tenure, after all — to get things moving in the right direction. It’s easy to point to “Same Old Jets” and “loljets” and all the meme-atic things you’d find on Twitter, but it doesn’t tell the whole story of the 2019 New York Jets.Context matters, and whether Adam bombs or not, he deserves some time to get it figured out. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/16/d8/adam-gase-110319-getty-ftrjpg_npkq3dzwwjj41w0etal9sgoj1.jpg?t=857317454&w=500&quality=80last_img read more