Auburn could face Barry Alvarez after Gary Andersen leaves Wisconsin for Oregon State

first_imgAUBURN – Who will be calling the plays against Auburn in the Outback Bowl is now in question as Gary Andersen shockingly left Wisconsin to become coach at Oregon State on Wednesday.The stunning news leaves an unexpected void for the Badgers, who could see former coach Barry Alvarez, now Wisconsin’s athletic director, coach the team in the bowl game.Alvarez returned to the sidelines to coach Wisconsin in the 2013 Rose Bowl after Bret Bielema left the program for Arkansas following the 2012 season. Wisconsin’s players asked Alvarez to coach the team against Auburn.“I told them I’ll make up my mind tonight,” Alvarez said Wednesday. “I’ll definitely consider that.”Alvarez, who went 118-74-4 at Wisconsin, finished his full-time coaching career against Auburn in the 2006 Capital One Bowl, a 24-10 win for the Badgers.Meanwhile Auburn still has to fill its vacancy at defensive coordinator, which has been open for 10 days since Gus Malzahn fired Ellis Johnson a day after the Iron Bowl. Will Muschamp is still believed to be the lead candidate for the position and a decision could come in the next few days.Alvarez, who serves on the College Football Playoff selection committee, has begun the process for hiring a replacement, with the goal of doing so before the bowl game. He told Andersen, who contacted Alvarez by phone earlier Wednesday, he expects the current assistant coaches to remain at Wisconsin through the Jan. 1 game.“I began working to find a new head coach as soon as I spoke with Gary this morning,” Alvarez said in a statement. “My first concern is taking care of the players on the current team, especially the senior class, and ensuring that their bowl experience is a memorable one. I will find a head coach to uphold the great tradition at Wisconsin, someone who is committed to excellence both on and off the field.”Gary Andersen has left Wisconsin to become head coach at Oregon State.Gary Andersen has left Wisconsin to become head coach at Oregon State.Andersen, 50, went 19-7 in his two seasons at Wisconsin, including 13-3 in Big Ten play. He led the Badgers to a Big Ten West division title this season, though they lost 59-0 to Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship game.Andersen, whose departure was first reported by the Portland Tribune, will owe Wisconsin a $3 million buyout for leaving during the first two years of his contract, according to USA TODAY. He will be introduced in Corvallis Friday afternoon.“First and foremost I want to thank coach Alvarez for the opportunity to coach at the University of Wisconsin,” Andersen said in a statement. “I also want to thank my staff and the people at UW. We worked very hard together and accomplished some great things. I had the opportunity to meet and coach some great young men and I look forward to watching them as they continue their careers and move though life.”last_img read more

Pair charged in connection to domestic dispute in Wallaceburg

first_imgA domestic dispute ended in charges against the involved man and woman.Chatham-Kent police responded to a disturbance at an apartment in Wallaceburg early Tuesday morning.Police allege a 34-year-old man of no fixed address threatened his ex-girlfriend, a 34-year-old Wallaceburg woman.The man also reportedly threw items over the balcony, damaging cars in the parking lot below, police said.An investigation revealed the woman was bound by conditions not to communicate with the man and to notify police of any change in address.Police said the man was charged with uttering threats, as well as break and enter and mischief over $5,000.The woman was charged with two counts of failing to comply with her release conditions.Both were taken into custody pending a bail hearing, police said.Uttering threatsA 30-year-old Tilbury man is facing two counts of uttering threats in connection to an incident on Monday night.Chatham-Kent police said the accused went to a Tilbury home and threatened two acquaintances.Police were called, and the man was arrested a short time later. He was later released with an Oct. 9 court date.Single-vehicle crashA 24-year-old Chatham man was taken hospital with injuries that were not life threatening after being involved in a single-vehicle crash early Monday night.Emergency crews responded to the collision around 6:30 p.m. on River Line between Communication Road and Harwich Road.Chatham-Kent police said the crash occurred when the man lost control of his vehicle and left the roadway striking a hydro pole. The man was taken to the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance to be treated for his injuries.Police said the damage is estimated at $4,000 and the crash remains under investigation.last_img read more

Stratford boys basketball edges Stevens Point Pacelli

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterSTEVENS POINT — The Stratford boys basketball team pulled out a big road win on Monday, defeating Stevens Point Pacelli 66-62 in a nonconference game at Pacelli High School.Stratford (2-0) trailed 33-28 at halftime before rallying in the third quarter, outscoring the Cardinals 18-9 to take a 46-42 lead. Both teams scored 20 points in the fourth quarter as the Tigers held on for the win.The Tigers won despite a huge game from Pacelli’s James Gollon, who scored 47 of the Cardinals’ 62 points. Gollon made 13 of 26 shots from the field, including five 3-pointers, and was a perfect 16 of 16 at the free throw line.Jake Reif had 19 points, and Michael Bargender added 16 points and 16 rebounds for Stratford.Stratford is off until Dec. 9 when it plays a nonconference game at Rib Lake.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of 66, Cardinals 62Stratford 12 16 18 20 – 66Pacelli 18 15 9 20 – 62STRATFORD (66): Dawson Gebelein 3-6 0-0 6, Nick Stoflet 1-2 2-3 5, Michael Bargender 7-17 2-3 16, Ethan Nagel 0-2 0-0 0, Derek Schmidt 1-5 5-6 8, Jake Reif 5-13 5-9 19, Mitch Gurlaski 0-1 0-0 0, Jake Schmitt 4-9 2-5 10, Tanner Weinfurtner 1-1 0-0 2. FG: 22-56. FT: 16-26. 3-pointers: 6-15 (Reif 4-8, Schmidt 1-3, Stoflet 1-1, Gebelein 0-1, Nagel 0-2). Rebounds: 38 (Bargender 16). Assists: 14 (Reif 3, Bargender 3). Record: 2-0.PACELLI (62): Troy Flugar 1-7 0-0 3, Jake Elliott 1-3 1-2 4, James Gollon 13-26 16-16 47, Chris Shibilski 1-5 0-0 2, Carl Hintz 2-6 0-0 6, Andrew Blanker 0-1 0-0 0, Trevor Glodowski 0-1 0-0 0, Maxwell Firminhac 0-3 0-0 0, Zach Wysocki 0-0 0-0 0, Patrick Rath 0-0 0-0 0. FG: 18-52. FT: 17-21. 3-pointers: 9-29 (Gollon 5-11, Hintz 2-6, Elliott 1-2, Flugar 1-7, Blanker 0-1, Firminhac 0-2). Rebounds: 33 (Shibilski 10). Record: 1-3.last_img read more

Powerset vs. Google: The Completely Premature Head-to-Head

first_imgRelated Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Google#Product Reviews#search#web As our network blog AltSearchEngines reported this morning, the long-awaited and much hyped natural language processing search engine Powerset launched this morning. Kind of. For now, the search service only uses Wikipedia and Freebase as source material for answers to your query. So it’s not really fair to compare it to Google yet, but this is a search engine, and that means it will always be held to the gold standard set by the market leader.Comparing the two is tricky, since Google searches the entire web and Powerset only processes two sites. The admittedly not very scientific method that we came up with was to compare a handful of searches on Powerset, to the results for the same query on Google restricted to “”Powerset does some interesting things with general queries, such as displaying “Factz,” which is an ontology showing various concepts related to your query and how they relate to one another, or “Dossiers,” which are a summary of key information about your query. Sometimes it yields some odd results (such as this query for “ants” for which the key finding is that ants are “a fictional race from the video game Crash Twinsanity.”) However, the real promise of NLP search engines, in our opinion, is that users will be able to make search queries using natural language — or in other words, by asking a question. So we chose a few questions at random — things we knew Wikipedia would have answers for — and threw them at both Powerset and Google.Query: Who invented dental floss?Powerset’s answer for this query was curious. The number one result comes from the Wikipedia entry for dental floss and highlights this line: “It was around this time, however, that Dr. Charles C. Bass developed nylon floss.” Charles Bass, however, is not the correct answer. Earlier in the same article is this line, “Levi Spear Parmly, a dentist from New Orleans, is credited with inventing the first form of dental floss.” Why didn’t Powerset find it? It’s second results, which comes from a Wikipedia entry on scientific achievements from the year 1815, correctly highlights Parmly as the inventor.Google performed poorly for this query. The same 1815 article is identified in the sixth spot on the results, with the sentence mentioning Levi Spear Parmly highlighted, but the first few results aren’t even close. Even though that’s not as impressive as Powerset’s results, both would require a user to click through to the article to verify the answer (because Powerset returned two different answers), and is scrolling to the 6th spot really that taxing? Taxing enough to make you switch to a new search engine? Interestingly, this query set loose on all of Google does quite well, returning the correct answer in a link to a trivia site in the first result.Query: What is the capital of France?Not surprisingly, both Google and Powerset nail this one. Both point to the Wikipedia entry on Paris, France in the number one spot with the sentence, “Paris is the capital of France” highlighted.Query: Where is Paris?This is a fundamentally more challenging query, because there are a large number of cities and towns called “Paris” in the world. And not surprisingly, neither search engine gives what we would call a “perfect” result.Both return the article on Paris, France first. On Google, that’s followed but a handful of other articles about the city and one about Paris, Tennessee. On Powerset, the second article is about Paris Hilton — um? — followed by one about Paris, Texas, and in fourth place the most helpful article it could have returned, the disambiguation page on Wikipedia for Paris. (Oddly, with the question mark, the query returned “Paris, Missouri” from Freebase, and without the question mark it returned “Paris, Texas.”)On Google at large, the results focus almost exclusively on Paris, France.It would seem that both search engines generally understand that “where is Paris” means that Paris is a place (though upon reflection, perhaps we could have been searching for the location of Paris Hilton…), but neither recognize very well that it could mean any number of different places.Query: Who is Joey Tribbiani?Both Powerset and Google correctly call up the article about this fictional character in their first spot, but Google actually does a better job of highlighting who he is. Compare: 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Google: After the 2003/2004 final season of Friends, Joey Tribbiani became the main character of Joey, a spin-off TV series, where he moved to L.A. to polish his …Powerset: In the end of the series, Joey was the only Friend that ended up without a lover or a spouse, even though he is the one that dated the most women. … Joey becomes good friends with an attractive female attorney named Alex, who, along with her husband, a travelling [sic] musician named Eric, is Joey’s landlord.Google has the name of both shows in which the character appears in their excerpt, while Powerset’s excerpt is made up of information about the series’ that only someone who already knew the character would understand (without clicking through to read the full article) — and it doesn’t differentiate between the two — before the ellipses the excerpt is talking about “Friends” and after it is talk about “Joey.”Google at large also finds the Wikipedia article first with the same excerpt — it also finds clips of the show on YouTube, and the actor’s (Matt LeBlanc) IMDB entry, as well the official site for the spin-off “Joey.”ConclusionThis was really just a very quick and informal test, and we barely put Powerset through its paces. But our first snap impressions are that Powerset doesn’t do a markedly better job of finding answers than Google for most queries. Some might argue that we didn’t play to Powerset’s strengths and frame our queries properly, or search for things obscure enough to notice any differentiation. But the promise of natural language search is that people don’t have to learn how to search — they can just ask questions as they normally would. We also can’t expect that everything they’re going to look for will be obscure and hard to find via traditional search engines — more often than not, they probably won’t be.Powerset will have an immense uphill battle to make any sort of dent in the search market. Google controls 67% of searches in the US, and the top 4 search engines make up about 98% of searches. If Google remains “good enough,” Powerset will have a hard time convincing people to switch. It will be easier to make a judgment about the company’s future as a real Google competitor once it is crawling more than two sites, however.What do you think about Powerset? Impressed? Not impressed? Let us know in the comments below. josh catone 1 Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Secure your SMX West pass now & save big. Rates increase next week!

first_imgSecure your SMX West pass now & save big. Rates increase next week!You are here: Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019 HomeDigital MarketingSecure your SMX West pass now & save big. Rates increase next week! Posted on 5th December 2017Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share Don’t miss out: Your chance to lock in the lowest rate on a seat at SMX West expires next week! The West Coast’s largest search marketing conference is coming to San Jose, California, March 13-15, and we want you to join us for three days of actionable, cutting-edge search marketing tactics presented by the SEO and SEM experts you trust.The search marketing profession is defined by change. We don’t need to tell you that. You live it every day. Tactics that work today are outdated next quarter. Platforms launch while others sunset. You’re bombarded by new products, technologies, algorithms and buzzwords. Pillars of the industry crumble in the blink of an eye.Search marketers worth their salt embrace the chaos. They thrive on it. They know that in order to be the best versions of themselves, the smartest and most capable, they need to train. Regularly.That’s why they attend SMX West. You should, too.
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‘New Di Maria’ ready for Juve

first_imgJuventus are ready to sign Matias Soulé in January, as FIFA considers the application to sign the Argentinian 16-year-old from Velez Sarsfield. La Gazzetta dello Sport report that Juventus got their man after sending an request to FIFA last week, and now they expect Soulé to be arriving from Cordoba this winter. The youngster has been compared to Angel di Maria by the coaching staff at Albiceleste and his developments were monitored by the biggest clubs in Europe already. The Italian newspaper continue to claim that Soulé’s mother has already acted on the move to Turin by obtaining an Italian passport. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: read more

Andy Murray encouraged by progress after hip surgery

first_imgThe 32-year-old Scot made a tentative return to singles action in Cincinnati last month.He was last seen on court at a Challenger event in Majorca — his first time playing at that lower level for 14 years — and his next tournament will be the Zhuhai Championships later in September.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPH women’s football team not spared from SEA Games hotel woesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSPORTSThailand claims not enough Thai food, drinks for players at hotelAlthough Murray lost in the third round in Majorca against the unheralded Matteo Viola, the two-time Wimbledon champion was pleased he came through three matches in four days without any complications.“The last tournament was at Challenger level which was good for me. We had good crowds there and it was different. I haven’t played at that level for 14 or 15 years but I enjoyed it,” Murray told reporters on Thursday. ‘City-killer’: Asteroid the size of the Great Pyramid may hit Earth in 2022, says NASA “I am just happy to be healthy again. I would like to be playing at a higher level but it was fun for me out there.“Recovering from matches because I don’t have pain, the preparation is fun. Hopefully, it keeps going that way.”Murray has committed to playing for four weeks in a row as the China Open in Beijing is sandwiched in between his outings in Zhuhai and Shanghai before returning to Europe to compete in the European Open in Antwerp.While he is now able to play pain-free, Murray is still short of speed around the court, something he is banking on returning over the next few months.“Now I don’t have any limitations on what I can’t do,” Murray added at an event at Queen’s Club to promote a daily liquid supplement developed specifically for the Scot.ADVERTISEMENT Kim Chiu rushed to ER after getting bitten by dog in BGC “I am certainly still a little bit slow in terms of where I would like to get to. I’m thinking that in the next four or five months that is going to get better.“Each week I have felt better but performances haven’t necessarily shown that, in terms of results. But I have been feeling physically better.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NBA star James backs bill to let college athletes earn endorsement money 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 Foot fetish: Nibbles a specialty at Indonesian restaurant NorthPort forces rubber match, blasts No. 1 NLEX Malasakit Center bill awaits Duterte signaturecenter_img FILE – Andy Murray of Great Britain signs autographs after a training session on center court during the Western & Southern Open at Lindner Family Tennis Center on August 12, 2019 in Mason, Ohio. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFPAndy Murray insists he is encouraged by his recovery from career-saving hip surgery as the former world number one prepares to play next month’s Shanghai Masters.Murray is aiming to rebuild his singles ranking following the operation in January.ADVERTISEMENT Manila’s hidden reservoir to re-emerge as tourist draw Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Women’s football teams served just egg, kikiam and rice for breakfast MOST READ Singapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Laura Dern Jeff Goldblum and Sam Neill returning for Jurassic World 3

first_imgLos Angeles: Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum and Sam Neill are heading back to the world of dinosaurs with “Jurassic World 3”. The actors, who starred in the original “Jurassic Park” trilogy in 1993, will reprise their roles in the third installment of the “Jurassic World” franchise. Dern returns as Dr Ellie Sattler and Neill as Dr Alan Grant. Goldblum, who made his comeback as Dr Ian Malcolm to the franchise with second chapter, “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”, is also set to reprise his role. Colin Trevorrow is returning to direct the film from Universal Pictures and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are also coming back for the threequel. Spielberg and Trevorrow return to executive produce. Emily Carmichael shares screenplay credits on “Jurassic World 3” with Trevorrow.last_img read more

Category 4 Hurricane Lorenzo strengthens in Atlantic

first_imgMiami: Forecasters say Hurricane Lorenzo has continued to strengthen in the central Atlantic Ocean, where it is currently far from any populous land masses. The US National Hurricane Centre said Saturday night that the Category 4 storm has maximum sustained winds of 233 kph. Lorenzo is about 2,325 kilometers southwest of the Azores and is moving north at 16 kph. There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect, although forecasters say people in the Azores should monitor the storm’s progress, as the center could move northeast and approach the Portuguese island chain on Tuesday. Officials say swells produced by the storm are affecting parts of the northeastern coast of South America and the Lesser Antilles.last_img read more

New York Game of Thrones author GRR Martin says

first_imgNew York: “Game of Thrones” author GRR Martin says the final season of the epic fantasy HBO show was “not completely faithful” to his book series, “A Song of Fire And Ice” on which it was based. The remark comes hot on the heels of the eighth and final chapter of “GOT” winning the outstanding drama series Emmy, including an individual trophy for Peter Dinklage in the supporting actor in drama series category. “The (final) series has been… not completely faithful. Otherwise, it would have to run another five seasons,” Martin told Fast Company magazine. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger The loss in a book-to-screen adaptation can be “traumatic”, the author admitted. “Because sometimes their creative vision and your creative vision don’t match, and you get the famous creative differences thing – that leads to a lot of conflict,” he added. “GOT” showrunners David Benioff and Dan B Weiss were called out for below par script writing and poor portrayal of women in the last season, resulting in lakhs of fans across the world sign an online petition urging the network to redo the final chapter, which ended in May. Also Read – Salman pays tribute to Vinod Khanna on ‘Dabangg 3’ wrap up “David Benioff and DB Weiss have proven themselves to be woefully incompetent writers when they have no source material (ie the books) to fall back on. “This series deserves a final season that makes sense. Subvert my expectations and make it happen, HBO,” the petition read. Martin, who earlier spoke about the “toxic” culture of online fandoms making the environment volatile for artistes, said the interference of Hollywood studios and networks with the character arcs doesn’t help either. “You get totally extraneous things like the studio or the network weighing in, and they have some particular thing that has nothing to do with story, but relates to ‘Well this character has a very high Q Rating so let’s give him a lot more stuff to do’.” In August, Martin promised fans that the controversial climax of the TV series will not influence his future novels in the book series.last_img read more