Team Liquid and Mobalytics join forces

first_imgTeam Liquid has today announced a partnership with Mobalytics, a gaming analytics company. The companies will work together, aiming to further advance the role of analytics in professional League of Legends.  Credit: MobalyticsThe partnership will see Team Liquid’s coaches, players and analysts work closely with Mobalytics ahead of the start of the League of Legends 2017 NA LCS Summer Split. The Mobalytics platform offers insights to professionals on how to enhance and develop talent and focus on optimal competitive performance. The company won TechCrunch’s StartUp Battlefield at DisruptSF 2016 (pictured above). “Video games like League of Legends are incredibly complex, with ever-changing dynamics, game states and win conditions,” said Dr. Amine Issa, co-Founder, Mobalytics. Our vision was to build the best performance analytics platform the gaming world has ever seen and we now are excited to leverage the resources we acquired since winning TechCrunch’s StartUp Battlefield last year to make this vision a visceral reality.”“I’ve been a supporter of Mobalytics’ rigorous work, data quality and unique dynamic visualisation since I worked with Amine when Team Curse was rocking the legendary lineup of Voy, Saint, and Nyjacky,” said Steve Arhancet, co-CEO of Team Liquid. “As we scrim and prepare for the Summer Split, partnering with Mobalytics arms us with best-in-class technology to help the players optimise performance and I can’t wait to see what this unique perspective will bring to the team.”“A lot of companies have attempted to do data analytics in League of Legends before, but Mobalytics is the first that I’ve worked with that has been able to look below the surface of bread and butter damage and kill-score and do analysis in a way that actually provides value to a professional League of Legends team”, said Josh “Jarge” Smith, Head Analyst, Team Liquid. “I’ve been working closely with Dr. Issa and his team and think that Mobalytics’ vision for what data-driven analysis can be, closely matches my own. I’m incredibly excited to work with them and believe that this will be the beginning of a hugely successful partnership.”Esports Insider says: We’re seeing the rise and prevalence of professional teams using data analysts to compliment their existing coaches across multiple esports now. Congratulations to both Mobalytics and Team Liquid on the new partnership.last_img read more

Tuesday’s QPR quiz

first_imgTest your knowledge by seeing how many of these Rangers-related questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-37]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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Heat stay hot, pull away late to beat Cavaliers

first_imgLacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Josh Richardson scored 20 points to lead a club record-tying eight Miami players in double figures, McGruder had a seven-point possession in the fourth quarter to help put the game away, and the Heat beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 126-110 on Friday night.“How can you not have fun right now, in a playoff hunt, in a playoff race?” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “To be in a playoff race, every game has context and pressure and meaning to it, that’s a lot of fun. I want our guys to have fun with this.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesFun was had. Miami beat Cleveland at home for the 16th consecutive time, a Heat record against any opponent. Bam Adebayo scored 17 points and Justise Winslow finished with 16 points, nine rebounds and nine assists for the Heat — who got 15 points from Kelly Olynyk, 13 from McGruder, 12 from Dwyane Wade, and 11 apiece from Goran Dragic and Hassan Whiteside.“It’s been a lot of fun. It has been,” McGruder said. “You can see it on everyone’s faces out there on the court. We’re just enjoying everyone’s success.” His seven-point, 22-second play sealed the outcome.He made a 3-pointer from the left corner while getting flagrantly fouled by Kevin Love. McGruder made the ensuing free throw, Miami retained the ball because of the flagrant, and McGruder then made a 3 from the right corner. A nine-point game became a 16-point game in an instant, and Miami soon finished off its fourth straight win to remain No. 8 in the East.“Strength in numbers,” Wade said. “At this time of the year, the numbers really don’t matter. It’s about us having team success.”Collin Sexton led Cleveland with 27 points. Jordan Clarkson scored 21, Love had 19 and Brandon Knight finished with 15 for the Cavaliers, who were officially eliminated from playoff contention.“They got in their run at the right time,” Clarkson said. “But I felt we were in the game for the most part. Just a lot of mistakes in the fourth.”ADVERTISEMENT The game kicked off a season-high, five-game homestand for Miami, which has matchups left with Toronto, Detroit, Milwaukee and Charlotte — all either playoff-bound or playoff-contending in the East — before hitting the road again. Once this homestand ends, Miami will have only four home games left before the end of the regular season.COMING HOMEKnight, who grew up in nearby Fort Lauderdale, played at Miami for the ninth time in his NBA career. Each of his last four appearances have come with him wearing four different uniforms — Milwaukee, then Phoenix, then Houston and now Cleveland. He’s also played at Miami with Detroit.UP NEXTCavaliers: Host Toronto on Monday.Heat: Host Toronto on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Klay Thompson returns to lift Warriors over Nuggets View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Cavs made 19 3s, three of them coming from Sexton, who broke Kyrie Irving’s club rookie for 3s by a rookie. But the Cavs lost Larry Nance Jr. to a chest injury in the third quarter, and he did not return. He was scoreless in 17 minutes.Cavs coach Larry Drew said his team won’t play out the season like nothing matters.“That’s not an option and our guys understand that,” Drew said. “Every time we step out on the floor, we’re going to have some good days and bad days, we understand that. But we will continue to look like a basketball team.”It was Miami’s third game in five days — and like the first two, it was tied at halftime.Neither team ever led by more than five points in the opening 24 minutes, which featured 22 lead changes and 13 ties. Cleveland outscored Miami 29-28 in the first quarter, the Heat outscored the Cavaliers 29-28 in the second, and that adds up to a 57-57 knotting at intermission.But in the third, the Heat got separation. Miami shot 68 percent in the quarter and went into the fourth up 94-83.TIP-INSCavaliers: Love said he hasn’t decided if he will be part of USA Basketball’s quest to win the Basketball World Cup in China this summer. He’ll give it more serious thought after the season. “USA Basketball has been very good to me in my career,” Love said. … Matthew Dellavedova (concussion protocol) missed the game. He took a hard hit late in the game at Brooklyn on Wednesday.Heat: A video tribute to former Heat forward Chris “Birdman” Andersen played in the third quarter. Andersen was at the game. … Olynyk has made at least one 3-pointer in 11 consecutive games, a new career high…. Friday marked the first game this season where the Heat had no players ruled out with injuries.STAYING HOME MOST READ Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Miami Heat forward Justise Winslow (20) shoots as Cleveland Cavaliers forward Cedi Osman (16) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, March 8, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)MIAMI — Rodney McGruder was having a quiet night.And in a span of 22 seconds, everything changed.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

#OperationCricketGate: Shocked and speechless, says Shoaib Akhtar

first_imgFormer Pakistan pacer  Shoaib Akhtar was left shocked and speecless after India Today’s sting operation caught Pune pitch curator Pandurang Salgaonkar agreeing to manipulate the surface ahead of the second ODI between India and New Zealand on Wednesday.Salgaonkar was barred from entering the MCA Stadium and suspended by the BCCI but the match went ahead as scheduled. India, who were asked to bowl, restricted New Zealand to 230/9 and chased down the target with six wickets to spare.Akhtar, who finished with 178 Test and 247 ODI wickets for Pakistan, said the issue should be dealt with an iron fist.Am shocked and speechless to hear about this new #pitchfixing scandal. #INDvsNZ- Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) October 25, 2017Even if this is #pitchfixing is rumor or a joke it should be dealt with an iron fist coz the game has already been damaged alot!!- Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) October 25, 2017BCCI, MCA and the Committee of Administrators swung into action immediately and said they had zero tolerance for corruption.The matter will now be probed by the International Cricket Council. “We are investigating the allegations from Pune this morning,” an ICC spokesman said. “As with all international cricket, the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit has an ICC ACU Manager on the ground in India and we are in close contact with him.”We are now looking to establish the facts and will make no further comment whilst this is ongoing.”India Today reporters disguised as bookies unearthed a massive scandal on Wednesday as they caught the Maharashtra Cricket Association pitch curator allowing people to tamper with the pitch on the eve of the second ODI between India and New Zealand in Pune.advertisementSalgaonkar was caught on camera talking to our reporters, who were disguised as bookies, revealing that the pitch will be made according to their demands.The reporters asked Salgaonkar that two players want bounce on the pitch and if it can be done to which Salgaonkar replied, “it will be done”.Salgaonkar also said that it is going to be a 337-340 wicket either way. He also assured on camera that a score as big as 337 will be chaseable.Salgaonkar even allowed our reporters to inspect the pitch in person, clearly violating the laws as set by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the International Cricket Council (ICC).last_img read more

World Cup 2018: France’s road to the final

first_imgFrance’s journey to Sunday’s World Cup final against Croatia, chasing their second title to add to their victory on home soil in 1998, arguably the tournament’s most boring and most exciting matches.Apart from serving some exciting football, this World Cup has confirmed an unprecedented dominance for the Old World over their once mighty rivals in South America.Whether France or Croatia lift the trophy in Moscow, it will guarantee a minimum 20-year drought for South American sides.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEFrance 2-1 Australia, Group CFrance produced an overall disappointing performance in their opening game but still got the job done, a scenario that would be repeated throughout their run to the final.Antoine Griezmann converted the first World Cup penalty to be awarded after a video review to break the deadlock, but a bizarre handball by Samuel Umtiti saw Australia hit back. After a double substitution from Didier Deschamps, Paul Pogba grabbed a winner with 10 minutes left with a heavily deflected shot.France 1-0 Peru, Group CDeschamps recalled experienced hands Olivier Giroud and Blaise Matuidi to his starting line-up for their second game, and France improved but still struggled to impress against the South Americans.The breakthrough came with a deflected shot from Giroud which Kylian Mbappe tapped into the net, although Peru were not far from levelling when Pedro Aquino clanged the crossbar. The win saw France into the last 16 and sent Peru out.France 0-0 Denmark, Group CDeschamps made six changes to his team for the final group game and only needed a point to guarantee top spot, a result which also suited the Danes and would guarantee their passage to the last 16.advertisementTo little surprise, the circumstances lead to the tournament’s first goalless draw and probably its least interesting game, with neither side willing to take any risks in attack.France 4-3 Argentina, last 16A match-up worthy of a World Cup final kicked off the knockout phase and was a thriller from the start, when Mbappe blazed through the middle of the pitch and won a penalty which Griezmann converted, right to the finish, when Sergio Aguero headed in an injury time goal to set up a tense finale.In between, Angel di Maria scored a sensational long range strike, Benjamin Pavard cancelled out Gabriel Mercado’s scrappy goal with an equally impressive hit, and Mbappe scored two thumping goals to restore France’s lead and then extend it, adding extra panache to an already enthralling spectacle.Uruguay 0-2 France, quarter-finalGriezmann had predicted that facing a team marshalled by his Atletico Madrid teammates Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez would be a boring affair, and it took a Raphael Varane header from one of the forward’s free-kicks to open it up.Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris preserved France’s lead with a stunning save to deny Martin Caceres, while Griezmann ended the game as a contest with a speculative shot that slipped through Fernando Muslera’s hands, although he opted against celebrating out of his affection for Uruguay.France 1-0 Belgium, semi-finalWith France great Thierry Henry in the opposing dugout as assistant coach and a Belgium team full of players who had learned their trade at French clubs, this semi-final was packed with narratives and did not disappoint.Belgium played the more attractive football, with Eden Hazard their main source of danger.But France were more street wise, playing a careful, defensive game and striking with Samuel Umtiti’s header from a corner kick.Paul Pogba summed up France’s ruthless mentality in the game, saying: “I am not a natural defender, but I want to win the World Cup, and you have to make sacrifices.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

a month agoEx-Man Utd fullback Darmian delighted to make Parma debut

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Man Utd fullback Darmian delighted to make Parma debutby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian is happy to have made his Parma debut.The fullback featured in defeat to Cagliari.He told TMW: “Personally, I think it went pretty well, physically I felt good and for the two weeks I got to know my teammates, they showed good qualities. The form will improve even more. “I was disappointed because in front of our audience we honestly didn’t get what we wanted, as always the three points, but we did a good game anyway. Positive on Sunday we have to start again, preparing the challenge for Lazio.” last_img read more

UNC’s J.P. Tokoto Shows Athleticism With Ridiculous Block vs. BC

first_imgJ.P. Tokoto blocks a shot.North Carolina junior forward J.P. Tokoto is regarded as one of the best pure athletes in college basketball. Wednesday, he reminded us all of that fact in emphatic fashion. Tokoto, with his team leading 60-49 down the stretch, climbed the ladder to turn back a layup attempt by Boston College guard Dimitri Batten. Tokoto practically blocked the ball halfway up the backboard.The Tar Heels cruised today against Eagles. They’ll get Louisville on Thursday.last_img

Deadpool 2′ ends Avengers boxoffice reign rakes in 125M

first_imgLOS ANGELES, Calif. – Deadpool and his foul-mouthed crew of misfits and malcontents have taken down the Avengers.Fox’s “Deadpool 2” brought in $125 million this weekend, giving it the second-highest opening ever for an R-rated movie and ending the three-week reign of Disney’s “Avengers: Infinity War” at the top of the North American box office, according to studio estimates Sunday.“Deadpool 2,” with Ryan Reynolds returning as the title character and co-writing this time, fell somewhat short of the $130 million the studio predicted and the $132.4 million that its predecessor earned two years ago.Analysts and the studio said the difference can be attributed to the first film opening on a holiday weekend, and could easily be made up with Memorial Day coming, despite the looming competition from “Solo: A Star Wars Story.”“I think with a holiday on our second weekend we’ll catch ‘Deadpool’ if not exceed it,” said Chris Aronson, distribution chief for 20th Century Fox.The film grossed $176.3 million internationally and opened better overseas than the first, especially finding audiences in Latin America.The Avengers are hardly hurting. Disney and Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity War” brought in an estimated $29 million in North America for a four-week take of $595 million domestically and $1.2 billion overseas. It’s now the fifth highest grossing film of all time worldwide.In a whole different corner of the cinematic universe, “Book Club” was third with a $12.5 million weekend that exceeded expectations.It was a successful piece of counter-programming for Paramount, which used the modestly budgeted comedy starring Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton and Candice Bergen to find older audiences and women while “Deadpool 2” dwelled overwhelmingly on young men.“There are definitely audiences out there for whom superhero movies are not their cup of tea,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for comScore.“Deadpool 2” follows the proudly foul formula of the first, mixing the usual superhero set pieces with gore, gross-out jokes, 80s power ballads and frequent fourth-wall violations.The box office of the second film suggests that formula can become a long-term franchise, and builds its possibilities with the addition of antihero teammates from Marvel Comics for the title character, including Josh Brolin’s Cable and Zazie Beetz’s Domino.“The source material is so vast and rich that I don’t think there’s any question that it just opens the door for more,” Aronson said.Along with the earnings and acclaim for last year’s R-rated “Logan,” Fox has made itself the early leader in the burgeoning subgenre.“The R-rating may be restrictive in terms of the audience make-up, but it’s certainly not restrictive in the creative freedom it offers, so when movies like these hit, they can hit big,” Dergarabedian said. “There is a place for the R rating. In the superhero genre it offers endless and really cool possibilities.”“Deadpool 2” next faces off with “Solo,” but the two films along with the still-earning “Avengers” ought to make for a major Memorial Day for the industry.“This marketplace is big enough for all these films,” Dergarabedian said.Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theatres, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.1. “Deadpool 2,” $125 million ($176.3 million international).2.”Avengers: Infinity War,” $28.6 million ($84.4 million international).3. “Book Club,” $12.5 million.4. “Life of the Party,” $7.7 million ($1.3 million international).5. “Breaking In,” $6.4 million ($300,000 international).6. “Show Dogs,” $6 million.7. “Overboard,” $4.7 million ($4.1 million international).8. “A Quiet Place,” $4 million ($18.8 million international).9. “Rampage,” $1.5 million ($4.4 million international).10. “I Feel Pretty,” $1.2 million ($1.7 million international).___Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theatres (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to comScore:1. “Deadpool 2,” $176.3 million.2.”Avengers: Infinity War,” $84.4 million.3. “How Long Will I Love U,” $36.3 million.4. “A Quiet Place,” $18.8 million.5. “Rampage,” $4.4 million.6. “Peter Rabbit,” $4.1 million.7. “Overboard,” $4.1 million.8. “Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare,” $3.4 million.9. “Burning,” $2.3 million.10. “Sherlock Gnomes,” $2 million.___Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.___This story has been corrected to show that “Deadpool 2” earned $176.3 million internationally, not worldwide.___Follow Andrew Dalton on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/andyjamesdalton .last_img read more

North American stock markets push higher in latemorning trading loonie up

first_imgTORONTO — The financial, industrial and energy sectors helped Canada’s main stock index push higher in late-morning trading, while U.S. markets also charged higher.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 68.41 points at 15,279.63.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 232.91 points at 24,603.01. The S&P 500 index was up 28.86 points at 2,664.82, while the Nasdaq composite was up 79.79 points at 7,164.25.The Canadian dollar traded at 75.51 cents US compared with an average of 75.22 cents US on Thursday following a pick up in the annual inflation rate in December to two per cent, topping expectations for a reading of 1.7 per cent.The March crude contract up US$1.69 at US$54.05 per barrel and the February natural gas contract was down 12.6 cents at US$3.29 per mmBTU.The February gold contract was down US$9.60 at US$1,282.70 an ounce and the March copper contract was up 3.15 cents at US$2.71 a pound. The Canadian Press Index and currency in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X)last_img read more

Gerrard insists Rangers have nothing to fear from Celtic

first_imgRangers Football Club manager Steven Gerrard insists his side can take encouragement from their defeat to Old Firm rivals Celtic.The former Liverpool captain insists he saw nothing from Brendan Rodgers men that would have him fearing future encounters between both sides.“The first half showed that we didn’t have enough courage and belief to go and play when we won the ball back,” Gerrard said, according to the Scotland Herald.“After halftime that’s closer to the gauge, I want to see. I thought we expressed ourselves, made it more of a contest. [It was] more of a match in the second half. And the players came away disappointed that they didn’t show the real Rangers in the first 45.”Steven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“But if that’s Celtic at their best – and excellent, as Brendan (Rodgers) said – then it’s encouraging for us moving forward. We don’t play them again in the league until just after Christmas which is a long time away. That allows us to grow and keep improving.”“We might face them in a cup competition. We’ll have to wait and see. They are a good team, they’ve wiped the floor in the last couple of seasons in terms of trophies and prizes and I know all about the coach, he’s a top coach.”“I’m not sitting here disrespecting Celtic one iota. They’ve just beaten us, they deserve the credit for that. But I think second half I saw a Rangers team that was ready to mix it with them, that showed a better account of themselves.”“Was the result fair? Yes. [But] if we do show the full Rangers in the 90 minutes next time, then we do have a chance of getting a result that we want.”last_img read more