More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed FiveThirtyEight Embed Code Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (May 16, 2017), FiveThirtyEight’s Kyle Wagner helps us make sense of one of the latest developments in the NBA playoffs: the ankle injury that forced Kawhi Leonard to miss Game 2 of the Western Conference finals. Can the San Antonio Spurs beat the Golden State Warriors without him? Next, Derek Jeter’s No. 2 jersey was retired by the New York Yankees on Sunday. We debate whether Jeter’s career was as great as the Yankees like to think it was. Finally, the prevailing wisdom is that playing at home during the playoffs matters — but is that true across all sports? We discuss. Plus, a significant digit on softball.Here are links to what we discussed:The Warriors’ Zaza Pachulia stepped on Leonard’s foot in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals, injuring Leonard. Was Pachulia’s play dirty, accidental or both? The Ringer’s Rodger Sherman investigates.The Washington Post’s Neil Greenberg argues that the Spurs cannot beat the Warriors without Leonard.In 2014, Neil Paine found that Derek Jeter wasn’t clutch — he was just good.Last week, Neil discovered that a home playoff game can be a big advantage — but not in hockey.Earlier this year, FiveThirtyEight found that coaches’ yelling at refs actually works.Significant Digit: 1 — the ranking of the Minnesota Golden Gophers, the top ranked college softball team in the nation, according to a new coaches poll released this week. Despite this, the NCAA tournament’s selection committee said the Gophers did not deserve one of the tourney’s top 16 seeds.
Get a Victory Royale wearing some sick Jordans. Epic Games Fortnite season 9 already featured one crossover event — with John Wick — but developer Epic Games unveiled a new basketball-themed event on Wednesday. Epic’s latest update to the game launched the FortniteXJumpman event, featuring new skins wearing Jordan sneakers and the Downtown Drop limited time mode. Fortnite Share your voice The two new outfits are Grind and Clutch. Both include Nike Air Jordan 1s in different color combinations, including the popular “Lakers” and “Bulls” colorways, which are based on the NBA teams. Downtown Drop is different from other Fortnite modes as the goal is to run through NYC-inspired streets to collect coins and items rather than trying to kill the other 99 players. The mode has its own challenges from collecting a certain number of coins and spraying paint on sections of the street and walls. There are multiple Downtown Drop challenges available Wednesday with more unlocking over the coming days. Players completing these tasks will be rewarded with spray paint designs and Back Board Back Blings for their characters to wear to give it more style. Along with the new mode and skins, update v9.10 added Hot Spots, which are named locations that will now have Loot Carriers that contain high-end weapons. Epic also brought back the Semi-Automatic Sniper Rifle and made adjustments to the Shadow Bomb and Combat Shotgun. There were also various fixes for all versions of the game. On Tuesday, players saw a new message of the day from Epic that said, “Game recognize Game. Drop in tomorrow.” The image used for the news was the iconic Jumpman logo used by Nike for Michael Jordan sneakers. Epic also tweeted on Tuesday an image using only a series of emojis: a goat, basketball, sneaker and red triangle (icymi, “goat” stands for “greatest of all time” — and icymi stands for “in case you missed it”).This isn’t the first time Fortnite had a basketball theme. Last July, in season 5, Epic added the ability to shoot basketballs. Epic also released the Jumpshot and Triple Threat basketball skins in season 4. Originally published on May 21. Update, May 22: Adds V9.10 update details.Correction, May 22: An earlier version of this article misstated when Epic released the Jumpshot and Triple Threat basketball skins. They were released in season 4. Tags 0 Gaming null
JU students during a fast unto death on Monday. Photo: Prothom AloThe four students of Jahangirnagar University, who were on a fast unto death for the past three days, ended their protest after the authorities on Monday promised withdrawal of charges against 56 students for vandalising the vice-chancellor’s residence.The students took the decision of calling off the hunger strike around 7:30pm as JU pro vice-chancellor professor Amir Hossian assured them of withdrawing the case, said Bangladesh Chhatra Union JU unit president Imran Nadim, reports UNB.Pro VC Amir Hossain made the students drink water for breaking their fast after the students took the decision.JU treasurer Sheikh M Manjarul Haque, its proctor Tapan Kumar, JU Teacher Association President professor Farid Ahmed and other teachers and students were present at that time.The students started their fast unto death at 2:00pm on Saturday at the Central Shaheed Minar premises on the campus and continued their strike for the third consecutive day till Monday evening demanding the removal of the case.They are Puja Biswas, a 40th batch student of International Relations, Sarder Zahid and Tuli, 42nd batch students of English department and Arman, a 43rd batch student of Law and Justice Department.On 26 May last, students blocked Dhaka-Aricha highway for six hours following the deaths of two fellow students in a road accident in Savar. But police fired rubber bullets and tear gas shells to disperse them.Later, the students reportedly besieged and ransacked the VC’s residence protesting at police attack on them.Later on 27 May, university administration filed a case against 56 students bringing the allegation of vandalising the VC’s house.
Amir Hossain AmuFour major factors, including scarcity of raw materials and lack of skilled manpower, have stood in the way of the development of industrial sector in the country, industries minister Amir Hossain Amu told Parliament on Thursday, reports UNB.The two other obstacles are electricity and gas crises, and lack of adequate experienced and knowledgeable entrepreneurs, he mentioned while replying to a question from independent MP Abdul Matin (Moulvibazar-2).To overcome the obstacles, the minister said, the government has taken various steps, including modernisation of worn-out industries and institutions, simplification of loan conditions, formation of a special fund for industrial loan and setting up of new industrial estates, economic zones and hi-tech parks.Besides, he said, the government has taken initiatives for providing technical education to youths, reducing import duty on industrial raw materials, giving gas and power connections to industries and factories under a special arrangement and formulation of industry-friendly National Industrial Policy, 2016 having provisions of giving various incentives to foreign entrepreneurs.The minister said dynamism has come in the industrial sector with the good industrial growth following various steps taken by the government.Replying to another question by Awami League MP Didarul Alam (Chattogram-4), state minister for power, energy and mineral resources Nasrul Hamid said Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board (BREB) brought 62,244 villages fully and 14,647 villages partly under electricity coverage.He said 6,928 villages under the jurisdiction of BREB still remain out of electricity coverage.The state minister said the government is implementing 15 projects to bring all the 83,819 villages under the jurisdiction of BERB under full electricity coverage by installing 84,000 kilometers of distribution lines.
Police are still searching for suspects in a Dec. 10 shooting of two teenagers on a basketball court in Southeast D.C., said a spokesman for the Metropolitan Police Department on Dec.13.Lt. Sean Conboy said the offense took place in the 4400 block of F Street, SE. The shooting happened in the evening outside of the Benning Terrace housing complex. According to the spokesperson, a group of young people were playing basketball when they heard gunshots, and fled the court.The victims struck by gunfire are believed to be 14 or 15 years old, according to the Washington Post. Both victims were breathing and conscious when police arrived and were transported the hospital.Police are currently looking for two Black male suspects last seen in a burgundy car with unknown paper tags.Despite the 58 percent increase in homicide cases, and the 3 percent rise in robberies, “there is not a rise in crime in the District as a whole,” Conboy told the AFRO, in an email, on Dec.9. He said that violent crime, which sat at 5,526 as of Nov. 17, has only increased by 1 percent, and is still lower than 2014’s total of 6,194.However, the total violent crimes reported between Alabama Avenue SE and 46th Street SE, within 1,000 feet of this shooting, doubled since last year, according to a D.C. police crime map. Last year, this area had 22 violent crimes as compared 44.Deji Ayoku, 22, said youth live in fear of being harmed, even in locations that should be safe play areas. “If people are getting shot at least three times out of seven days then, yeah, I would be scared,” Ayoku said. He played soccer growing up in Prince Georges County, Maryland and his parents sent him to school in Buffalo, New York so he could get away from “bad areas” and trouble.Ayoku still visits his aunt and cousins who live and work in the District. He said he hopes something will be done about the crime so his family will be safe.