Also Read | Antonio Brown not expected to return to NFL this season: Reports Back in 2004, UFC Champion Brock Lesnar opted to try and fulfil his long-standing dream of making it big in the National Football League (NFL). Despite being involved in a nasty accident on his motorcycle, he reportedly joined the Minnesota Vikings roster in time for their pre-season preparations. Brock Lesnar took the #69 jersey and played defensive tackle for Minnesota Vikings in throughout the pre-season. Also Read | NFL: Colin Kaepernick to make his long-awaited return to the NFL?However, Brock Lesnar was reportedly omitted from the final roster, after he participated in the two-month-long training camp with the Vikings while also featuring frequently in the pre-season. In the end, it was reported that a lot of independent factors added up and resulted in Brock Lesnar’s unsuccessful attempt of making it big in the American NFL. One can only imagine how his career trajectory had been if he was successful in making the cut for the Minnesota Vikings 15 years ago.Also Read | Colin Kaepernick gets help from Hip-Hop mogul Jay-Z in NFL star’s recent workout: ReportAlso Read | NFL: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos planning to buy an NFL team, says reportCheck out Brock Lesnar’s NFL outing in this old video SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 15th November, 2019 20:34 IST Daniel Arambur LIVE TV COMMENT WWE & UFC Star Brock Lesnar Preseason Highlights (2004) | NFL Last Updated: 15th November, 2019 20:34 IST Brock Lesnar NFL: Did WWE And UFC Champion Play In The NFL For Minnesota Vikings? Not many are aware but WWE and UFC champion – Brock Lesnar – made an unsuccessful attempt of making it to the National Football League (NFL) back in 2004. Brock Lesnar is regarded as one of the most decorated sports athletes of all time. The South Dakota-born wrestler is an NCAA Heavyweight Champion, WWE Champion, and also a UFC Champion. Brock Lesnar’s CV is certainly the most impressive in professional wrestling history but there remains one minor blip in his career trajectory. Read more about Brock Lesnar’s minor stint in the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings.Also Read | NFL Brawl: NFL or WWE? Browns’ Myles Garrett swings helmet, smacks Steelers’ Mason RudolphDid Brock Lesnar play for the Minnesota Vikings? WATCH US LIVE Written By FOLLOW US
Virginia connected on 11 of its 20 3-pointers in its victory. Coby White scored 17 points for North Carolina in the losing effort. The Cavaliers improved to 21-2 (9-2 ACC) while North Carolina dropped to 19-5 (9-2 ACC). Related News Here are three takeaways from Virginia’s win:Virginia bounces back after short turnaroundVirginia played two of its toughest games this season within a three-day stretch.The Cavaliers did not have a lot of time to prepare for North Carolina after they fell to No. 2 Duke, 81-71, at home Saturday. But, they showed few signs of fatigue and controlled the pace for most of the first half against the Tar Heels.North Carolina erased its deficit after the break, but the Cavaliers recovered over the last seven minutes. Virginia held the Tar Heels to just 37.1 percent shooting from the field and 31 percent from 3-point range.UVA’s best players deliverVirginia received clutch performances from its best players Monday.Kyle Guy and De’Andre Hunter each tallied 20 points to help lead the Cavaliers to the victory. The pair combined to shoot 60.8 percent from the field and knocked down eight total three pointers.Guy, especially, took over down the stretch for Virginia. He hit triples on back-to-back possessions with less than two minutes to play to help secure the win.Kyle Guy dropped the dagger on UNC for @UVAMensHoops ❄️pic.twitter.com/Lk1p5BT5YO— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) February 12, 2019Cavaliers guard Ty Jerome also chipped in 15 points and 11 assists.Little’s loss could be huge for UNCNorth Carolina continues to deal with injuries.Freshman forward Nassir Little left the game with an ankle issue early in the first half and did not return. He missed his only shot and did not tally a point before exiting the game. No. 4 Virginia picked up a big win Monday.The Cavaliers pulled out a 69-61 victory over No. 8 North Carolina at the Dean E. Smith Center, despite blowing a seven-point halftime lead. The loss snapped the Tar Heels’ seven-game winning streak. Little started out the season slowly but had recorded double-figure scoring totals in three of his last five games, including a 23-point performance in a win over then-No. 10 Virginia Tech.North Carolina is already dealing with injuries in its frontcourt, as Leaky Black and Sterling Manley are both sidelined. It would be a huge loss for UNC if Little is out for an extended period. West Virginia dismisses two starters for violating ‘athletic department policies’ WATCH: Missouri State knocks down unbelievable half-court game-winning buzzer beater
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It’s worth readingNow that you know that Vera Novak’s blog has the GBA stamp of approval, it’s time to visit it. Check out Eco Build Trends now. On Henry Gifford’s lawsuit“So the lawsuits have begun. Interestingly, it is not a specific case-based performance issue, rather a class action lawsuit. Filed on Oct 8 by Henry Gifford, owner of Gifford Fuel Saving, the allegations include an argument that USGBC is fraudulently misleading consumers and fraudulently misrepresenting energy performance of buildings certified under its LEED rating systems, and that LEED is harming the environment by leading consumers away from using proven energy-saving strategies… Can’t say that we didn’t all see this coming at some point…“Is this the whine of sour grapes? Nope, I picked up my AP back in 2004. Which I could have leveraged to be a seasoned ‘old-timer’ by now. But I just couldn’t fully support the system. Why? Because I also had one strong foot in the camp of the building scientists/energy efficiency crowd. … I don’t believe USGBC is intentionally misleading, nor intentionally misrepresenting, but I do think the USGBC does not weight the measures in a way which is representative of their life-cycle values. I finally had to make my own decision which path would most ‘save the earth,’ and I put my vote to the energy efficiency. … If you can only afford to hire one professional in this area — hire an energy modeler who will test and commission the work.” By Martin HolladayVera Novak’s Eco Build Trends blog covers green construction, environmental responsibility, and building science issues. Her diverse background — as a building science student and a former employee working in the ICF (insulated concrete forms) industry — gives her an experienced take on many green building topics. Novak expects to receive her PhD in construction from Virginia Tech this year.To give a flavor of her blog, here’s a sample of some of her writing. On thermal bypasses“Last week, as we were testing out the blower door on a ‘training’ house, we were astonished to discover just how interconnected the interstitial elements (i.e. the framing cavities) were to the interior of the house. Imagine the scenario — we are sucking out the air through an upstairs outside door, to put the upstairs into negative pressure. Even with the stairway doors closed, the downstairs also went into negative pressure.“The culprit? Access doors on both floors to the plumbing behind the tubs / showers. Had this particular house not been air tightened through a weatherization program, we would have been able to look up that shower space right into the attic — effectively connecting the exterior cold air with the entire house.” On the quality of school construction“It took me a while to figure out why I was so upset after a site visit yesterday to construction site. … What was boggling my mind was total lack of energy efficiency. Apparently, there had been some discussion of attaining a LEED Certified level, but that got cut from the budget. So the only insulation in the walls will be XPS board under the architectural brick or EIFS (synthetic stucco). Oh — and some insulation in the ceiling, though there were only minimally raised heel trusses, and it didn’t sound like any detailing to connect the foam board with the ceiling insulation.“But this was NOT a budget school. Arched windows, inlay of world and Virginia maps in the floor, a wavy corrugated metal ceiling. The PM candidly admitted that energy efficiency had been cut out of the budget. Does this even meet code? What is the energy code in Virginia? …“Virginia follows the 2006 IECC, and state-owned or -funded buildings shall be designed and constructed consistent with energy performance standards as stringent as LEED Silver or Green Globes 2. And the local building department enforces the requirements. The major flaw in this is that the LEED Silver is not an energy benchmark. One can get LEED Silver with only the minimum energy points. Of course, that is entirely moot for this school — since it follows none of these energy guidelines.” On jobsite recycling“Approximately 38% of residential construction waste consists of wood products. This is not surprising, as wood is a very specific dimensional material. It generally has to be cut and does not lend itself well to re-use. Unlike buckets of sheetrock mud, which is used as needed and the excess carried to the next site, wood often ends up in the dumpster.“There are a few options. On our recent jobsite, we employed a company who chips the construction waste into mulch, which can then be used in the landscaping. The cost was comparable to hauling this off to the landfill, but was further offset by the ‘free’ mulch.” On women in construction“Last night, I successfully launched a ‘Connecting Women in Construction’ project, under the auspices of the AAUW (American Association of University Women). Our goal is to develop a model of mentorship and opportunities for hands-on experience for our female students. …. Boys often gain some relevant construction experience because they have signed on to house building crews in the summer during high school. But the reality is that cultural norms make this a less obvious option for girls. …“And why should we hire women? Well, Balfour Beatty Construction has found women to be well suited for their new ‘project integrator’ positions. My own research on interpersonal skills in teams indicates that women may be stronger in communication and teamwork. And both Lean Project Delivery and Sustainable Construction (Energy Efficiency, Durability) have documented the need for well integrated teams and cooperation among trades to achieve the desired results.” On air barriers“First of all, air can move through the tiniest of holes – so put your detail man on this job. Step #1 is to draw the boundary. Start with the construction drawings, then look at the details of the connections. For example, what if you decide that the boundary will be at the sheetrock? This works for the walls and the ceiling and maybe even for the floor connection. If you have a second floor, this can also work. But what about the space in between the floors? Unless you include the air barrier detail in the framing, then this space now belongs to the great outdoors, which is about 16 degrees on my thermometer.”
It takes a massive amount of energy to launch a rocket ship into space. The rockets must provide enough power to propel the craft at 7 miles per second, or 25,000 miles per hour. If the spacecraft doesn’t gain that momentum, gravity will pull it back to Earth, or it will end up trapped in Earth’s orbit.Your results are very much affected by gravity, albeit a different kind of gravity. The gravity that keeps you from reaching escape velocity are the routines you’ve allowed yourself to fall into, the comfort you feel now, your avoidance of discomfort, and the amount of energy it takes to create a better result.Hard Habits to BreakIt isn’t easy to break a habit and replace it with one that serves you better. A lot of what you do you’ve been doing the same way for a long time. Maybe you begin work by opening your email inbox and responding to other people’s requests and demands, knowing that operating in a reactive mode is one of the factors that keeps you from reaching your goals. This pattern is difficult to break. It takes a tremendous amount of discipline to ignore your inbox and do your most important work first each day.Growth comes from doing the things that make you uncomfortable. You might not want to make cold calls, ask for referrals, or pursue companies that have already rejected your request for a meeting dozens of times in the past, but you aren’t likely to build the pipeline you need without doing these things. It takes a lot of effort to change your beliefs and your behaviors, eliminating ideas and strategies that don’t serve you and replacing them with ones that do.Breaking Gravity’s PullMost of the fuel used to propel a rocket into outer space is used freeing it from Earth’s gravitational pull. The research on willpower indicates that it is finite, the more you use now, the less you will have later as your day progresses.“Gravity” is why a lot of people who workout consistently go to the gym first thing in the morning; they have to break the gravitational pull of a little more sleep. It’s also why I try to do my most challenging or most unpleasant task first thing every day, a habit that will revolutionize your results. I want to expend that first big burst of energy and build momentum. Moving too slowly to do the things that must be done won’t allow you to reach escape velocity.Are you expending enough energy on the things that really matter to create the velocity you need to produce the results you want?What makes up the gravitational forces that keep you locked in the status quo? How do you break free from those things?
Portugal 2 Switzerland 0: European champions overhaul Swiss to reach Russia Dom Farrell 04:39 10/11/17 Getty Images Cristiano Ronaldo will be at Russia 2018 after Portugal ended Switzerland’s 100 per cent record and qualified via superior goal difference. Portugal secured World Cup qualification at Switzerland’s expense with a rousing 2-0 win in Lisbon.Switzerland headed into the final round of matches in Group B boasting a 100 per cent record but must now tackle a play-off after Fernando Santos’ European champions matched the scoreline they found themselves on the receiving end of in Basle last September.Cheered on by a raucous crowd knowing nothing other than a win would do at Estadio da Luz, Portugal were kept in check by a composed and disciplined Swiss showing until Johan Djourou put into his own goal in the 41st minute. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Pop superstar Madonna was among the home supporters looking for Cristiano Ronaldo to inspire a famous victory but it was playmaker Bernardo Silva who truly got Portugal into the groove.That the Manchester City playmaker has not been an automatic choice at club level since switching to the Premier League was scarcely evident as he performed at the heart of Portugal’s brightest moments, including Andre Silva’s qualification-sealing second.GOOOLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO #TudoPorPortugal #PORSUI pic.twitter.com/a5Tt8WMSjh— Portugal (@selecaoportugal) October 10, 2017Santos’ side made much of the early running and Andre Silva’s deflected effort forced Yann Sommer into a sharp sixth-minute save at his near post.However, the hosts’ final ball was a source of understandable frustration and, after Eliseu escaped censure for an untidy challenge on Switzerland striker Haris Seferovic in the area, Portugal needed their talisman to help bring about a clear opening after the half-hour.Ronaldo embarked on a slaloming run across the edge of the Switzerland box and there was fury when referee Cuneyt Cakir remained unmoved as he went to ground under increasingly desperate challenges.Bernardo Silva was alert, as players around him stopped, and gathered the loose ball to draw a fine stop from Sommer, but the Borussia Monchengladbach man was culpable as the European champions took a fortuitous lead four minutes before half-time.Eliseu clipped a low cross into a dangerous area at the near post where Joao Mario and Sommer lunged towards the ball. The goalkeeper pushed it onto Djourou, who could do little about the own goal.Portugal seemed intent on settling the issue during the opening exchanges of the second half and Djourou hurled himself in the way of a rasping Ronaldo drive from 25 yards.Bernardo Silva scampered in from the left to give the Real Madrid hero a clearer opening in the 55th minute but technique uncharacteristically deserted him and he lifted a left-footed effort harmlessly over.It mattered little as Andre Silva smuggled home from close range two minutes later, namesake Bernardo again to the fore, cleverly exchanging passes with Joao Mario to befuddle the Switzerland backline and impishly leaving a goal and qualification on a plate.Seldom seen as an attacking force during the opening hour, Switzerland sprung forward in a belated attempt to salvage a task that had slipped abruptly from their grasp.Xherdan Shaqiri drove at a retreating Portugal backline and his thudding shot was almost touched in by an alert Seferovic in the 67th minute.It was not to be for Vladimir Petkovic’s men, who will at least take their previously unblemished run into the play-offs as seeds.For Ronaldo, who botched a late one-on-one opportunity, it means one more guaranteed shot at football’s greatest prize – a position a certain Argentinian rival would dearly love to have secured. read more
Quite a lot is happening in the Western Conference playoff race. Postseason fixtures like San Antonio and Oklahoma City are struggling. Minnesota is without Jimmy Butler for the foreseeable future. The Pelicans are surging, but thin. This has set up a power vacuum behind the top two teams, Houston and Golden State, ripe for just about any team in the contending peloton to push into a high playoff seed and home-court advantage. Maybe even an upstart like the Portland Trail Blazers.With 19 games to play, the Blazers sit third in the West, looking as likely as anyone to hold onto home court over the final month and change. Portland is on an 8-1 run, including six straight wins. Damian Lillard has averaged 33 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds over that stretch. He has jump-started an uncharacteristically dormant offense, and the wins have followed. But it isn’t Lillard’s outbursts that have lifted Portland’s profile above where it’s been in past seasons. That would be the defense.After years of playing some of the worst team defense in the league, the Blazers are seventh in defensive rating on the season, according to NBA.com. It hasn’t been entirely smooth — after a strong start to the season, the team ranked just 22nd in January and 12th in February — but Portland seems to have righted the ship during this latest stretch. According to Basketball-Reference.com, the team had a 102.9 defensive rating during that stretch, which would put Portland at the top of the league if that were its season-long figure.The curious thing is the Blazers have done this without many of the obvious tells of a good defense. They don’t force many turnovers (third-fewest per 100 possessions); they give up free throws at an average rate; they are average to below-average defending the pick-and-roll and drives, according to data from Second Spectrum; and they don’t block an extreme number of shots or keep opponents out of the paint. In a way, it’s the opposite of the Milwaukee Bucks conundrum: The team gets results without the typical stats that go along with them.What Portland does do is stay in good position and limit high-value shots. According to Second Spectrum’s quantified shot quality stat, which takes into account shooter and defender position, as well as other variables, the Blazers give up the lowest quality shots of any defense in the league, at an implied 49.5 effective field goal percentage. This is in part because the team denies 3-point attempts, ranking fourth in opponent 3-point attempts per game, and keeps high-value corner-three attempts down.In fact, if we think about the Portland defense as a longer term proposition, there’s some reason to believe that the team’s defensive slide in January had as much to do with random chance as anything else. Over that month, the Blazers improved their defense as far as opponent shot quality goes, posting an implied 49.3 eFG% in that month, better than its current league-leading 49.5 figure. More goes into a defense than the X and Y coordinates of opposing shooters, but given Portland’s contain-first system, it’s crucial that the fundamentals held up even when the defense was struggling.The way that system works also allows for Lillard and backcourt partner CJ McCollum, not exactly lockdown defenders, to contribute to the defense without having to stick with their opponent. It involves dropping the defending big man very deep into the lane in pick-and-roll coverage and daring the ballhandler to shoot a pull-up. From there, the defense is set up to defend a drive or a pass to a roller, thanks to the deep-lying big man, and if the ballhandler pulls up or hesitates for even a half-step, Portland’s guards can fight over the screen and get back into the play to challenge.This isn’t always a sure bet — Lillard can still be bullied by bigger guards like Russell Westbrook when isolated — but overall it engages weaker defenders into the plan rather than leaving them to their fates and hoping they don’t spring a play-ending leak. In all variations on the design, the goal is to take the responsibility of containing dribble penetration away from the backcourt and to put it on center Jusuf Nurkic in the middle or more capable defenders on the wings. (Nurkic defends the most shots on a per possession basis and does so while holding opponents to an acceptable eFG and, crucially, not fouling at an astronomically high rate as he did early in his career — an important task for any defender playing the garbage-man role. This volume is a big reason the guards can play as they do. It’s also likely a big reason that Nurkic gets clocked in the face so often.) It doesn’t always work. But the team didn’t need a league-stopping defense; it needed to dredge its defense out of the depths of the league table.Ironically, it’s been the Blazer offense that has been holding the team back for much of the season, which is why Lillard’s recent dominance has translated so neatly into wins.Lillard isn’t as efficient as other star guards, such as Steph Curry or James Harden, but he’s having a career-best year running the pick-and-roll, creating 101 points per 100 chances, according to Second Spectrum, and 103 points per 100 chances on drives. These are very good numbers, particularly for a player burdened with as much defensive attention as Lillard typically gets, but not quite good enough to carry an entire team. McCollum has had a slightly down year, but he’s still hugely productive.Aside from Lillard and McCollum, no other Blazer can produce on the drive, which makes creating space difficult for this offense. Bad things happen when Shabazz Napier and Evan Turner drive. And insofar as the Blazers even have a post game, it’s not one that anyone would want to claim. They rank 27th in points per direct post-up, according to Second Spectrum, down among bottom-dwellers like Atlanta and Memphis. Nurkic takes the biggest share of blame here, registering fewer than 80 points per 100 chances created out of post-ups. There are some brights spots, such as the Lillard-to-Al-Farouq Aminu connection, but when every functional piece of the offense shares a vector through one or two players, the team will rise and fall as its stars do. Luckily, the Portland stars can thrive on their own, at least to a point. Lillard is one of the premier practitioners of the pull-up 3-pointer, a staple of the best offenses in the league — he’s shooting more than five per game and converting 38 percent of them. McCollum, meanwhile, takes his pull-up game inside the line. He shoots 40 percent on his pull-up threes but takes only three per game, compared with more than six pull-up twos. His season is a bit of a dropoff from his last, but an enviable one for nearly anyone else’s standards.The Blazers have one of the harder schedules remaining in the Western Conference playoff race and will have to rely not only on Lillard and McCollum to continue to lift an otherwise leaden offense, but also young players like rookie Zach Collins and Pat Connaughton to continue contributing through a playoff push. It’s a lot to ask. But Portland’s last several playoff runs have involved juggling a similar number of balls in the air. And with what appears to be a firm foundation on defense for the first time in years, the backcourt only has to make up for the deficiencies of one side of the ball, not two. That may not be enough to give the Blazers much of a shot of getting past Houston or Golden State, but it’s progress just the same.Check out our latest NBA predictions.