Ronaldo scores 100th Madrid goal



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Three days after Lionel Messi became Barcelona’s all-time leading scorer, Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo hit back with a record of his own by becoming the fastest player to reach 100 goals in the Spanish league.

Ronaldo surpassed former record-holder and Madrid great Ferenc Puskas on Saturday when he struck a brace in the Spanish leader’s 5-1 thrashing of Real Sociedad at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.    

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The win keeps Real Madrid six points clear of Barcelona, who also recorded a win on Sunday morning (EDT).

Ronaldo and Karim Benzema scored two apiece to take Real to 95 league goals for the campaign and provide the perfect response after Barcelona had won earlier in the evening.

The hosts made the breakthrough as early as the sixth minute through Gonzalo Higuain and Ronaldo continued his quest to finish top scorer with the second on 32 minutes.

Benzema notched his first of the night five minutes before half-time, although Sociedad pulled a goal back within a minute through Xabi Prieto.

However, France international Benzema restored the cushion four minutes after the break and Ronaldo rounded off the scoring on 56 minutes.

Barcelona secured a seventh consecutive Primera Liga success after the reigning champions overcame Thiago Alcantara’s sending off to win 2-0 at Real Mallorca.

The visitors took the lead on 25 minutes when Lionel Messi’s teasing free-kick evaded the head of Sergio Busquets, with Chilean winger Alexis Sanchez claiming he had got the faintest headed touch to the ball at the far post.

Sanchez almost added a second in the 33rd minute when he was released into the box and fired in a shot which took a slight deflection off Jose Carlos Nunes, hit the underside of the bar and bounced out.

Barca’s evening was made slightly more tricky as talented midfielder Thiago was shown a second yellow card for an apparent handball on 57 minutes, but they eased any nerves they may have had with a second goal 11 minutes from time.

Carles Puyol found himself in an uncustomary advanced position and rolled the ball across the area to Messi, whose low left-foot shot had the beating of Dudu Aouate but bounced back off the goalkeeper’s left-hand post, and Gerard Pique was on hand to bury the rebound.
 

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Taylor could back out of Titans deal



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Prize Gold Coast Titans recruit Dave Taylor is examining his options after revelations his new club could collapse under a $35 million debt.

The Queensland State of Origin forward will hold talks this week with his manager to discuss the validity of the four-year, $1.8 million contract he agreed with the Titans last week.

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South Sydney have not given up hope of keeping Taylor and are understood to be ready to re-open negotiations.

Taylor’s manager Col Davis phoned the Rugby League Players’ Association on Friday to ask whether Taylor’s agreement with the Titans was binding.

Davis has concerns the club will not be able to pay Taylor after claims the Titans could be dissolved and he will ask his client if he wants out of the deal.

“Col rang me wanting to get some information and I didn’t actually give him any advice,” said RLPA general manager Ben Bana.

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“That is about all I can say.”

Taylor, who agreed to join the club only three days before the full extent of the Titans’ debt was known, has not put pen to paper and is only bound to his new deal by a verbal agreement.

In an indication that Taylor wants out, Davis has been studying precedents of cases involving players reneging on deals after making verbal agreements.

They include Tim Moltzen’s deal with St George Illawarra last year and Steve Turner staying with Melbourne Storm after doing a deal with the Gold Coast.

It is understood Davis, who refused to comment when contacted, discussed these cases with the RLPA before being instructed to engage his own legal counsel.

“I am aware he called, but that is about it,” RLPA boss David Garnsey said. “I am planning on speaking with him.”

The NRL said Taylor’s contract would not be legally binding until it was registered, but the Titans could mount a case on the strength of the agreement should Taylor try to back out.

“As far as we are concerned the contract isn’t binding until it is registered after round 13,” NRL spokesman John Brady said.

“There are situations where that can be challenged by the clubs on the strength of the agreement, but as far as we are concerned it is not a contract until it is registered.”

Taylor was also being courted by North Queensland Cowboys, the Titans and his present club the Rabbitohs.

He was forced into making a decision 11 days ago when the Rabbitohs played hard ball and withdrew their offer.

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Parents Oppose Transport Changes in Mamaroneck

Parents line up en masse to comment on proposed changes to the Mamaroneck School District’s transportation services.

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Parents turn out for the Mamaroneck school board meeting Saturday.

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The Mamaroneck school board performed a line-by-line review of the superintendent’s recommended 2012-2013 budget.

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MAMARONECK, N.Y. — Margaret Kaufer won’t vote for a school budget that includes a proposed move to public transportation for certain private and parochial schools, she told the Mamaroneck school board and administrators at their budget review Saturday.

Not only that, Kaufer — a Larchmont resident with two of her five children attending the German School in White Plains — said she is willing to form a coalition of parents affected by this proposal to “break the budget” when it comes to a vote May 15.

“If there’s anyone here as concerned as I am, I am happy to put that colaiton together, because a budget that includes this is not a budget that I will approve,” said Kaufer, whose other three children attend public school in Mamaroneck.

If the public doesn’t pass the budget, which the board reviewed line by line from 9 a.m. through the late afternoon, the tax levy would revert back to the 2011-2012 level, leaving the district unable to meet its obligations. Twenty teaching jobs would be eliminated.

At Saturday’s meeting, Meryl Rubenstein, assistant superintendent of business operations, and the school board looked at making the shift to public transportation for three schools: Rye Country Day, School of the Holy Child and FASNY’s upper school. This would save the district an estimated $82,848, she said.

The German School was one of three others also being considered, along with The Ursuline School and Iona Prep. At the March 6 school board meeting, Rubenstein and Superintendent Dr. Robert Shaps presented their proposal, which would offer those students, who currently use district busing, vouchers for either the Bee-Line Bus or Metro-North.

District busing for those six schools would cost $198,405.22, compared to $48,840 for public transportation, resulting in a projected savings of $149,565.22 (assuming every family requests a voucher if this recommendation were to go into effect).

“This isn’t perfect,” said Rina Beder, who has one child in private school and one at Hommocks. “But when I hear people threatening to vote against the budget because of private school busing, that means 20 more positions being eliminated for kids that might be my next-door neighbors; that means class sizes going up.”

The School District has eliminated 56 positions since 2009, and will eliminate a net of seven this year (15.2 positions will be eliminated, while 8.2 positions will be added), according to the recommended budget. Beder said she doesn’t want to see another 20 teachers added to that figure.

The board also reviewed the option of fully outsourcing its transportation services to Ardsley Bus Company, which is already contracted for 40 percent of the district’s routes. If it did so, Rubenstein projected the district would save $844,225 in the 2012-2013 budget. This, she said, would decrease the total tax levy in the superintendent’s recommended budget from 2.07 percent to 1.29 percent, and the tax rate from 3.43 percent to 2.65 percent.

After reviewing the proposed changes to transportation Saturday and listening to public comment, all board members said they wanted to pursue these options in order to lower the tax rate. The only question was whether to fully outsource this year, or do a partial outsource now and phase out the remaining bus fleet next year.

“The proposal without transportation is 3.43 percent, which translates to $525 for the average taxpayer,” said Trustee Linnet Tse. “We’re trying to figure out if this is tenable or not.”

With the proposed changes to transportation, the cost for an average assessed home at $20,000 would drop from $525 to about $400, said Tse, who expressed concern that taxpayers wouldn’t vote for a budget with a 3.43 percent tax hike.

“You’re taking a big chance to not get a tax rate that you think the community would pass,” said Trustee Nancy Pierson, contemplating a budget without these changes. “I would ask to have us lower our numbers.”

While all board members tentatively gave their support for outsourcing, Anant Nambiar wasn’t as comfortable supporting public transportation for private and parochial schools.

“The outsourcing option is almost 10 times the greater impact than this one,” Nambiar said. “I feel like the burden being put on these children, especially grades six to eight, is too much.”

Several board members, including Pierson, Ann LoBue and board President Robin Nichinsky, recently took some of the public routes proposed, and said they felt comfortable having children in grades six and up take them.

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City escape Stoke scare



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Manchester City have returned to the top of the Barclays Premier League but only on goal difference following a 1-1 draw with Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium.

Peter Crouch’s wonder goal gave Stoke the lead after 59 minutes but Yaya Toure’s deflected effort from 35 yards in the 76th minute proved to be enough for Roberto Mancini’s side to muster an away point.




The result means that City are now level on 70 points with Premier League title rivals Manchester United but ahead on goal difference, although the Red Devils have a game in hand.

City controlled the early possession but Stoke showed their muscularity from early on and ensured the visitors could not impose themselves.

There was first-half controversy when Dean Whitehead caught David Silva in the face with his arm challenging for a high ball. Silva’s discomfort was obvious as he required lengthy treatment and eventually returned to the action wearing a bandage, although even that did not seem to convince the Stoke fans booing him.

Whitehead escaped with a talking to from referee Howard Webb, who also spoke to City captain Micah Richards in an effort to calm the situation.

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There were further problems moment later when Mario Balotelli was hauled back by an arm around the head from Ryan Shawcross but, despite the protestations of Mancini, a free-kick was the only outcome.

Edin Dzeko headed a fine chance for City over soon after and the visitors suffered further frustration when Gareth Barry was booked after losing possession and pulling back Jerome.

Stoke thought they were about to take the lead in the 41st minute when a Matthew Etherington corner was met by a deft glancing header from Shawcross but Zabaleta cleared off the line.

Stoke claimed the lead with Crouch’s sensational strike just before the hour.



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It came via route one as a long clearance from Begovic was headed on by Crouch but there was nothing crude about the finish.

The striker brilliantly flicked up a return header from Pennant and twisted to volley into the top corner from 30 yards.

Mancini reacted quickly by sending on Adam Johnson for Silva in the hope of gaining more width.

The game was continually punctuated by fouls and City became increasingly frustrated as they sought a way back in.

Mancini finally turned to Carlos Tevez with 16 minutes remaining, the controversial Argentinian entering the fray to loud booing – all from home fans.

Tevez was not involved, but the game changed moments later as Toure, with seemingly nothing on, unleashed a ferocious shot from 30 yards.

It took a crucial deflection off the head of Shawcross and Begovic could do nothing but palm it into the back of the net.

City threw men forward in search of a winner but Stoke held out and went close themselves when Johnson deflected a shot narrowly wide of his own goal.

Shawcross even turned the ball in but Webb disallowed the goal for an infringement. Toure tried his luck again from the edge of the area but shot over.

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Arsenal grab seventh-straight win



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Arsenal increased their advantage in the race for Champions League football after two first-half goals helped them to a deserved 3-0 win over Aston Villa.

Arsene Wenger’s men made it seven wins in a row after Kieran Gibbs and Theo Walcott struck early on, before Mikel Arteta completed the scoring in added on time of the second-half.




But more significantly, the Barclays Premier League’s form side stretched their lead over nearest rivals Tottenham Hotspur, who are in fourth place, to three points and eight points over fifth-placed Chelsea.



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There was little doubting this result against a struggling Aston Villa side not completely safe from being sucked into a relegation battle themselves.

The only blot on the copybook was the home side’s failure to score more goals. In the end, they settled for Gibbs and Walcott’s early strikes and another win that never looked in question.

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Besides an early scare when Marc Albrighton blazed over the crossbar in the seventh minute, Arsenal were in complete control.

Gibbs’ first ever Premier League goal opened the scoring with 16 minutes on the clock.

Gervinho’s pass found the left-back in acres of space and his low shot proved too hot to handle for Shay Given.

Walcott increased Arsenal’s lead in the 25th minute, Alex Song showing great vision with a pinpoint ball over the visitors’ defence where Walcott’s fine control presented him with the routine finish beyond Given.

Arsenal, as they coasted through, appeared to have complacency as their biggest threat of surrendering their two-goal advantage.

The pace of the game, and the amount of chances, had certainly dropped off.

In fact, it took until the 65th minute though until Given was next tested, when Tomas Rosicky made room for himself before his 25-yard shot was turned aside by Given.

Arsenal, as they chased further goals to boost their goal difference, were just playing out time.

Arteta added a third with a 30-yard free-kick as the Gunners eased to the most comfortable of victories in the London sunshine.

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Wigan upsets Liverpool; Arsenal wins again

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PewterReport’s Mock Draft 2.0

ROUND 1

1. Indianapolis (2-14) – Andrew Luck QB/Stanford
With Peyton Manning out of the equation in Indianapolis, the Colts need to grab a franchise quarterback. Luck is extremely talented and has no major flaws in his game.
 
2. Washington – from St. Louis (2-14) – Robert Griffin QB/Baylor
Washington gave away a lot to get to this spot. Griffin will be the Redskins’ franchise quarterback, but they will need to surround him with some talent.
 
3. Minnesota (3-13) – Matt Kalil OT/USC
Charlie Johnson was not good at left tackle last year. It will be extremely difficult for the Vikings to pass up a potential franchise left tackle.

4. Cleveland (4-12) – Trent Richardson RB/Alabama
Former Brown running back Peyton Hillis signed with the Chiefs earlier this month, so the starting running back right now would be Montario Hardesty. Richardson could be the workhorse back from day one.

5. Tampa Bay (4-12) – Morris Claiborne CB/LSU
In this mock draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers select LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne. The LSU standout is an extremely talented cornerback that displays great ball skills and athleticism.

The Buccaneers will be in the market for a cornerback in the 2012 draft. It is uncertain if Talib will be able to play in 2012 due to a run in with the law. Regardless of his legal issues, Aqib Talib will be in the last year of his contract, so it might be time for the Bucs to move on. Ronde Barber will be returning to the Buccaneers for the 2012 season, but he will be entering his 16th season as a Buccaneer and he won’t play much longer. The Bucs signed free agent Eric Wright, who projects to be a number two cornerback for the Buccaneers. Finding a long-term answer to play across from Wright should be a priority for the Bucs on draft day.

Morris Claiborne is a true cover corner who played against some of the biggest names in the SEC. His incredible ball skills allowed him to intercept six passes in 2011. Claiborne was also a factor on special teams as a kick returner.

Claiborne would be landing in a great situation if he is selected by Tampa Bay. Ronde Barber would be a great mentor for Claiborne during the year. The Bucs also hired former LSU defensive backs coach Ron Cooper to be the team’s defensive backs coach under defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan. Cooper coached Claiborne at LSU, so the Buccaneers will have the most insight on the LSU stud’s game.

6. St. Louis – from Washington (5-11) – Justin Blackmon WR/Oklahoma State
The Rams have nothing at the wide receiver position. Blackmon is a true number one receiver that would be a great target for Sam Bradford.

7. Jacksonville (5-11) – Quinton Coples DE/UNC
Jacksonville opts to take the Coples here to improve their pass rush. Coples would be a good fit in the Jaguars defense to line up across from Jeremy Mincey.

8. Miami (6-10) – Ryan Tannehill QB/Texas AM
The Dolphins missed out on Peyton Manning and Matt Flynn. Miami needs a franchise quarterback badly, and David Garrard isn’t the answer. 

9. Carolina (6-10) – Michael Brockers DT/LSU
Terrell McClain was a liability against the run last season. The Panthers desperately needs a game-changing defensive tackle, and Carolina has shown interest in the LSU defensive tackle.

10. Buffalo (6-10) – Riley Reiff OT/Iowa
Demetrius Bell played well for the Bills last year, but he is still a free agent. If they can’t find a left tackle before the draft they will need to find a replacement in the draft. Reiff could start right away for Buffalo. 

11. Kansas City (7-9) – Dontari Poe NT/Memphis
Poe absolutely destroyed the combine, putting up incredible numbers across the board. Poe is a raw prospect, but he has all the tools necessary to be a great player. He would be a nice fit with the Chiefs, who need a nose tackle badly. 

12. Seattle (7-9) – David DeCastro OG/Stanford
The Seahawks let go of right guard Robert Gallery, so they will need to acquire a replacement. DeCastro is a devastating run blocker that would help open up holes for running back Marshawn Lynch. 

13. Arizona (8-8) – Luke Kuechly LB/Boston College
Arizona needs an inside linebacker to pair with Daryl Washington. Stewart Bradley was a big disappointment last year, so it will be hard for the Cardinals to pass up on a linebacker of Kuechly’s caliber.

14. Dallas (8-8) – Dre Kirkpatrick CB/Alabama
Dallas needs secondary help badly, so landing Kirkpatrick here would be great value.

15. Philadelphia (8-8) – Fletcher Cox DT/Mississippi State
Cox would be a great fit for the Eagles defense. Philadelphia needs to fortify the middle of their defensive line to allow their linebackers to perform better.

16. New York Jets (8-8) – Courtney Upshaw OLB/Alabama
Upshaw would be a good fit as a pass rushing linebacker in the Jets 3-4 scheme. The Alabama stud would help bolster New York’s lackluster pass rush.

17. Cincinnati – from Oakland (8-8) – Cordy Glenn OL/Georgia
The Bengals could use some help along the interior of their offensive line. Glenn is a massive offensive lineman that would fit well as a guard for Cincinnati.

18. San Diego (8-8) – Melvin Ingram OLB/South Carolina
Ingram is extremely versatile, but his best fit is as an outside linebacker in the 3-4 defense. The Chargers need a pass rusher, so this pick would make sense for San Diego.

19. Chicago (8-8) – Jonathan Martin OT/Stanford
Jonathan Martin slides a little bit in this mock draft. The Bears could draft Martin to be the bookend across from Gabe Carimi, who missed most of last season with an injury.

20. Tennessee (9-7) – Nick Perry DE/USC
Tennessee’s leading pass rusher was rookie Karl Klug, who totaled just seven sacks last season. Teaming up Perry with Kameron Wimbley would help out the Titans’ secondary.

21. Cincinnati (9-7) – Janoris Jenkins CB/North Alabama
The former Florida cornerback would fill a big need for the Bengals. Leon Hall suffered a very bad injury in 2011, and it is uncertain what his status will be heading into next season. Cincinnati would be wise to draft the former North Alabama via Gainesville star corner.

22. Cleveland – from Atlanta (10-6) – Michael Floyd WR/Notre Dame
Whoever is throwing the ball in Cleveland will need a reliable target to throw to. Floyd would be a great addition to the Browns’ passing game.

23. Detroit (10-6) – Mark Barron S/Alabama
The Lions haven’t been afraid to take the best player available in the past. Barron would be a significant upgrade over Amari Spievey, who was a liability in 2011. 

24. Pittsburgh (12-4) – Mike Adams OT/Ohio State
Max Starks suffered a bad injury in the playoffs, and it is uncertain if he will be fully healed for the 2012 season. The Pittsburgh coaching staff kept a close eye on Adams at the Senior Bowl in January, so this pick would make a lot of sense for the Steelers.

25. Denver (8-8) – Kendall Wright WR/Baylor
Adding a playmaker like Kendall Wright would be huge for the Broncos and new quarterback Peyton Manning. Wright would be a good value pick for Denver at this selection.

26. Houston (10-6) – Stephen Hill WR/Georgia Tech
Adding a playmaking receiver to play across from Andre Johnson should be a priority for the Texans this offseason. Teams are not scared of Kevin Walter. Stephen Hill turned in a magnificent combine performance last month. He’s an extremely raw receiver, but with good coaching he could be a star.

27. New England – from New Orleans (13-3) – Devon Still DT/Penn State
New England needs to find some pass rushers to take the pressure off of their secondary. Still is a marvelous pass rusher that would be a nice addition to the New England defensive line.

28. Green Bay (15-1) – Peter Konz C/Wisconsin
The Packers lost veteran center Scott Wells to the Rams in free agency, so adding interior lineman will be a priority for Green Bay. Konz is a great run blocker that could potential play at guard.

29. Baltimore (12-4) – Dont’a Hightower LB/Alabama
Ray Lewis is not getting any younger and the Ravens have said they will be looking for a linebacker to take over for him when he retires. Hightower would fit best as an inside linebacker in a 3-4 defense. The Alabama stud could also contribute as a pass rusher on third downs.

30. San Francisco (13-3) – Alshon Jeffery WR/South Carolina
San Francisco added some receivers in free agency, but Jeffery has too much talent to pass up at this selection. He wouldn’t be forced into the lineup, which could be a great situation for the somewhat raw receiver from South Carolina.

31. New England (13-3) – Whitney Mercilus DE/Illinois
Drafting an edge-rusher should be a priority for the Patriots, who lost Mark Anderson to the Bills in free agency. Mercilus has the athleticism to play defensive end in the 4-3 or outside linebacker in the 3-4.

32. New York Giants (9-7) – Lamar Miller RB/Miami
Brandon Jacobs was cut earlier this offseason, so adding a talented running back like Miller is not out of the question here. Bradshaw and Miller would be a good combo in New York.

ROUND 2

33. St. Louis (2-14) – Zach Brown LB/UNC
The Rams need a linebacker to line up next to James Laurinaitis. Brown is an extremely athletic outside linebacker that will need to improve his run defending skills at the next level.

34. Indianapolis (2-14) – Stephon Gilmore CB/South Carolina
The Indianapolis secondary is a mess. Gilmore is a talented but raw cornerback that can play in any scheme.

35. Minnesota (3-13) – Kevin Zeitler OG/Wisconsin
Kalil and Zeitler would be huge additions to the Vikings offensive line. Keeping quarterback Christian Ponder upright should be the Vikings number one priority.

36. Tampa Bay (4-12) – Lavonte David LB/Nebraska
Tampa Bay has yet to add a linebacker in free agency, so the Bucs select outside linebacker Lavonte David in the second round of this mock draft. David would be a great fit at the Will linebacker position in the Buccaneers’ 4-3 base defense.

Geno Hayes won’t be returning to the team in 2012, which means there will be a big need for a weakside linebacker. Currently, there isn’t anyone on the roster that looks like they can be the starting weakside linebacker. Dekoda Watson is a better fit as a strongside linebacker and Adam Hayward fits best as the backup middle linebacker and special teams ace. The Bucs will need to find at least one linebacker in the draft and that could be Lavonte David.

The linebacker was a great playmaker for the Nebraska defense during his two years as a Cornhusker. He is an extremely athletic linebacker that excels in pass coverage. He is also a stout run defender that is not afraid to make a big hit. He would add a physical presence to the Tampa Bay linebacking corps. Some were concerned about his size heading into draft season. He weighed in at 6-foot1, 233 pounds at the Combine, and it didn’t look like he lost any speed. His size shouldn’t be an issue because he plays so aggressively. He would be a great selection for the Bucs in the second round of the draft.

37. Cleveland (4-12) – Brandon Weeden QB/Oklahoma State
Weeden is perfect competition to bring in to compete with Colt McCoy. He peformed very well at the Senior Bowl and he could be drafted in the second round despite concerns about his 28 year old age.

38. Jacksonville (5-11) – Mohammed Sanu WR/Rutgers
Jacksonville has to find some receivers for Gabbert to throw to. Sanu is a raw but talented receiver that will need to work on his route running.

39. St. Louis – from Washington (5-11) – Jayron Hosley CB/Virginia Tech
St. Louis still needs secondary help. Hosley was a playmaker for the Hokies, and that’s exactly what the Rams need.

40. Carolina (6-10) – Chase Minnifield CB/Virginia
Carolina didn’t defend the pass well in 2011. Adding a cornerback like Minnifield to play across from Chris Gamble would be a great addition for the Panthers.

41. Buffalo (6-10) – Coby Fleener TE/Stanford
The Bills could use a playmaking tight end like Fleener. Scott Chandler is just an average receiver that excels in blocking. Pairing Fleener with Chandler would make it tough for opponents to defend the Bills offense.

42. Miami (6-10) – Vinny Curry DE/Marshall
Miami just misses out on Fleener, but they get a talented pass rusher in Vinny Curry. The Dolphins need an edge rusher to play across from Cameron Wake.

43. Seattle (7-9) – Kendall Reyes DT/UConn
After addressing the offensive line in round one, the Seahawks opt to select a defensive lineman in round two. Kendall Reyes is a talented interior pass rusher that would be a great addition to the Seattle defensive line.

44. Kansas City (7-9) – Alfonzo Dennard CB/Nebraska
Dennard’s stock has dropped a little bit following a disappointing Senior Bowl week. Dennard would add depth to a Kansas City secondary that lost Brandon Carr in free agency.

45. Dallas (8-8) – Ronnel Lewis OLB/Oklahoma
Anthony Spencer was franchised, but they could still add a pass rusher to throw into their rotation. Lewis is an athletic pass rusher that plays with a nasty demeanor.

46. Philadelphia (8-8) – Harrison Smith S/Notre Dame
Philadelphia could add a strong safety in the early rounds of the draft to pair with free safety Nate. Smith is a smart football player that excels in run defense.

47. New York Jets (8-8) – David Wilson RB/Virginia Tech
Shonn Greene hasn’t lived up to expectation. The Jets should draft someone to push him. Wilson is a shifty back that could play a role on third downs for New York.

48. New England – from Oakland (8-8) – Markelle Martin S/Oklahoma State

49. San Diego (8-8) – Kelechi Osemele OT/Iowa State
San Diego’s offensive line isn’t in great shape. Osemele is a massive lineman that could play tackle or possibly guard.

50. Chicago (8-8) – Dwayne Allen TE/Clemson
The Bears don’t have great tight ends. They could opt to take the Clemson stud with this selection. Allen is a complete tight end that can add some explosion to the Chicago offense.

51. Philadelphia – from Arizona (8-8) – Bobby Wagner OLB/Utah State
Philadelphia’s linebacking corps is a mess. They added DeMeco Ryans but they still need outside linebackers. Wagner would bolster the Eagles’ run defense.

52. Tennessee (9-7) – Casey Hayward CB/Vanderbilt
Tennessee could be looking to fill the void at cornerback left by free agent Cortland Finnegan. Hayward is a cover corner that excels in zone coverage. He will need time to develop, but he could become a great player.

53. Cincinnati (9-7) – Doug Martin RB/Boise State
Martin is a talented three-down back that could take over the starting role in Cincinnati. Martin could be a also be a potential second-round target for the Buccaneers.

54. Detroit (10-6) – Zebrie Sanders OT/Florida State
The Lions could choose to upgrade right tackle Gosder Cherilus. Zebrie Sanders is a technically sound tackle that can play both the left and right tackle positions.

55. Atlanta (10-6) – Phillip Blake OC/Baylor
Center is a big need for the Falcons. Todd McClure is a free agent and hasn’t been re-signed. 

56. Pittsburgh (12-4) – Alameda Ta’Amu NT/Washington
Casey Hampton needs to be replaced. Ta’Amu is a stout run defender that will need to improve his pass rushing skills to be successful at the next level.

57. Denver (8-8) – Brandon Thompson DT/Clemson
The middle of Denver’s defensive line is weak. Thompson could draw double teams that would allow pass rushers Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil to see less attention from offensive lineman.

58. Houston (10-6) – Bobby Massie OT/Ole Miss
The Texans lost right tackle Eric Winston in free agency, so they will need to find a replacement in the draft. Massie is a powerful right tackle with top-notch athleticism. He would be a good fit in the Texans’ zone blocking scheme.

59. New Orleans (13-3) *Bounty*

60. Green Bay (15-1) – Andre Branch OLB/Clemson
A pass rusher across from Clay Matthews is needed in Green Bay. Branch is an athletic pass rusher that could make the transition to outside linebacker in the 3-4.

61. Baltimore (12-4) – Amini Silatolu OG/Midwestern State
Baltimore needs to find a replacement for Ben Grubbs. Silatolu is a small-school prospect that is a mauling run blocker. He has climbed up draft boards quickly this offseason.

62. San Francisco (13-3) – Josh Robinson CB/Central Florida
San Francisco isn’t afraid to draft raw talent. Robinson performed very well at the Combine, which put him on the map. He could learn for a few years and take over when some key veterans leave.

63. New England (13-3) – Juron Criner WR/Arizona
New England could use a young receiver. Criner had a great Senior Bowl week, which helped his draft stock tremendously. He would be a nice outside threat for the Patriots.

64. New York Giants (9-7) – Jeff Allen OL/Illinois
The Giants could use some help along their offensive line. Allen is a talented and versatile offensive lineman that can play guard and tackle at a high level.

Article source: http://www.pewterreport.com/index.php?option=com_k2&Itemid=20&view=item&layout=item&id=7860

BlackBerry 10 Shows on HTML5 Test – Scores Higher Than PlayBook

The website to test a browser for its HMTL5 compatibility score is showing BlackBerry 10 on an unknown device. On the test for development and beta devices, the BlackBerry 10 browser scored 361, which is decently higher over the 354 that the PlayBook OS 2.0 has scored.

It will be interesting to see how well RIM can continue to improve the Torch Mobile browser they had become their native browser. Once BlackBerry 10 goes official it will be in the #1 spot for best HTML5 compatible browser.

Thanks Cam!

Article source: http://n4bb.com/blackberry-10-shows-html5-test-scores-higher-playbook

Boss Weaver urges Harrogate Town to battle for survival

Harrogate Town have been dragged further into the Blue Square Bet North relegation battle.

They lost 1-0 to Workington with Phil McLuckie scoring the only goal after just seven minutes.

Harrogate manager Simon Weaver told

BBC Radio York

: “We can’t just can’t keep trying to alleviate the pressure from the lads.

“There’s a dawn of realisation in the changing room. They’ve got to know they’re in a battle.”

Weaver continued: “We’ve known for a few weeks we’re at the wrong end of the table and it’s a tight league, bottom half. Everyone’s in it.


Simon Weaver

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“We earmarked today. We wanted to win obviously at home against Workington.

“They wanted to win and I thought we were second best first half.

“We created a bit more from set pieces second half but we weren’t as fluid or anywhere near as good as we were the other night [at Guiseley].

“We didn’t get it down and play today. Whether that’s because we were very young, the loan lads were in and we looked a little bit naive at times. We didn’t impress.

“They all want to do well for the club but they’ve got to man up and realise that things have conspired against us.

“The younger element have to grow up a bit.

“Not all of them – we’ve got a lot of good lads but when you throw them all in together it sometimes works out like that.”

The result means both Harrogate Town and Workington are just four points above the relegation zone

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/17499555

Owen Coyle: Fabrice Muamba sent Bolton message of support

Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle has revealed that his players received a message of support from Fabrice Muamba before their crucial win against fellow strugglers Blackburn Rovers at the Reebok.

Muamba remains in intensive care in the London Chest Hospital as he recovers from the

cardiac arrest he suffered during the FA Cup quarter-final against Tottenham

at White Hart Lane seven days ago.

But Bolton boss Coyle said: “Fabrice managed to get a message through one of the consultants saying he wished the lads well for the game.

“It was great for the lads to hear that because they know he is getting better – ever so slowly – but he is getting better.”

Two goals from David Wheater

gave Bolton an emotionally-charged 2-1 win

– with support for 23-year-old Muamba

shown from both sets of supporters

before, during and after the game.

And Coyle added that Muamba would have been made quickly aware of the result that takes Bolton out of the bottom three at the expense of QPR.

He said: “I know our chairman Phil Gartside has spoken to Fabrice’s father Marcel, who is at the hospital, and I’m sure he would have passed it on.”

Bolton were able to conclude a traumatic week with three points which leaves them a point clear of the drop zone with eight games left.

Coyle said: “I think we knew it was going to be an emotionally charged day and all our thoughts are still with Fabrice and his recovery.

“We felt we wanted to go out and represent him in the right way on the football pitch and I think we did that.”

Coyle paid tribute to Blackburn’s supporters, as well as Bolton’s, for the backing they gave to Muamba even though their team lost a vital game.

He said: “I thought the conduct throughout the stadium, from all of the fans, was exemplary.

“The worldwide support for Fabrice has been a real positive. The encouragement and level of support he has had has been used by his family as a great source of strength and I’m sure that energy has filtered through to Fabrice.”


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Atmosphere helped Bolton – Kean

Coyle, who joined his players in a huddle on the pitch after the final whistle, said: “It has been an emotional week and I just wanted to thank everybody for their efforts.

“They were out on their feet both physically and mentally, but that is a small thing compared to the fight Fabrice has got.”

Rovers boss Steve Kean felt that his side failed to do themselves justice and believes they were distracted by the build-up to the game.

“The occasion and the atmosphere in the ground put Bolton on the front foot,” he said. “We never matched their intensity.

“We never played well today but we’ll get back on the training ground and prepare for Manchester United.

“It wasn’t a normal game but the most important thing is that Fabrice is making progress.”


Bolton's pre-match Muamba tribute

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Bolton’s pre-match Muamba tribute

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/17501423

Startups bouncing back in the Springs

Startups are making a comeback in Colorado Springs.

A dearth of funding during and after the 2008 financial crisis left entrepreneurs in the Springs and many other cities unable to turn ideas for new products and services into businesses that one day could grow into major employers. Venture capital funds have bypassed the Springs for more than three years.

But the startup drought is ending, said Jan Horsfall, a top local entrepreneur and organizer of Startup Colorado and SpringsStartup.com, statewide and local groups of entrepreneurs helping each other solve problems with their businesses.

“The capital providers had to heal after the financial crisis, and now they are starting to come back into the market and finance startups,” Horsfall said. “Now it is a buyer’s market for investors, but I think we are on the back end of that kind of market. Once private equity and corporate money come back into the market, we will see another boom in startup funding. There are a lot more good startups here than we give ourselves credit for.”

The latest crop of local startups is dominated by technology companies, such as Stinky Kid Math, an online site designed to help struggling students improve their math skills, and HTML5.com, an application marketplace for electronic devices using any operating system.

HTML5.com, which already has a commitment for venture capital funding and is seeking more, could be the city’s next startup success story, Horsfall said.

“HTML5.com is a big and powerful idea. It is a classic case of an inventor with a big idea, and it is the kind of idea you would expect to see in the (San Francisco) Bay area or in the Route 128 corridor (near Boston),” he said.

Here’s a look at four local startups:

Stinky Kid Math

Todd Matia started Stinky Kid Math early last year to offer a remedial math teaching system he developed for middle and high school students online after plans to publish a book about the system fell through.

Matia, a pre-engineering and math teacher at Sand Creek High School, came up with the system five years ago while teaching a class for other teachers offered during summer sessions at the University of Minnesota. He had planned to write a book and had secured a federal grant with the help of former U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard, R-Colo., but the funding for the grant disappeared during the financial crisis.

“I was teaching this math refresher course for other teachers and using a lot of algebra as part of the curriculum, but we found that teachers weren’t getting it,” he said. “I developed a system based on algebraic movement, which helps people understand the order in which things move in an algebra equation and makes math much easier to understand. I had the book nearly done when the grant fell through.”

Matia instead got approval to use the system in Falcon School District 49, including in his classes at Sand Creek High School. The program was so successful in the first two years that Matia couldn’t offer enough sessions for all the students who needed it. So he began looking for ways to offer the program to larger groups of students. .

Counselors at the Colorado Springs Small Business Development Center helped Matia turn his idea into a business. They helped him write a business plan, taught him the basics of human resources and business strategy, finance and accounting, helped him find an attorney, gave him marketing ideas and found him a Web developer. In all, Matia worked with eight counselors at the center before launching Stinky Kid Math in November.

Matia financed the business with $110,000 in investments by several friends and co-workers that he used to produce 350 video pre-algebra, algebra and algebra 2 lessons with modules on addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. The lessons were filmed at locations around the Springs and in Denver.

Access to StinkyKidMath.com costs $39.99 a month, but the monthly cost is lower if parents buy a nine-month membership for $249.99, Matia said. The site has about 40 users on a test basis, with sales slated to begin by the end of April; there’s a target of about 500 users by the end of the second year, he said.

MovinGal

Janet Corniel started MovinGal out of frustration: She moved 11 times in 16 years with her husband as his job with Ford Credit sent them around the country and across the Atlantic Ocean to England.

Corniel started MovinGal as a blog in 2010 to give advice to families making moves; it was a way to gauge demand for the online service she envisioned and build a following and a recognizable brand through social media. She launched a test version of the MovinGal.com website in mid-2011.

“After moving so many times, I felt there had to be a better way for people to move and settle into a new location,” Corniel said. “Six months after you moved in and built a support network, the Welcome Wagon people show up and by then they are useless. You end up staying up all night trying to find a pediatrician and school for your kids and a dry cleaner for your clothes — all those things your real estate agent doesn’t tell you about.”

The site allows users to type in a single U.S. address and get lists of movers, schools, utility providers, churches, medical practices and facilities, entertainment, other service providers and nearby military installations, all of which can be stored online. The site offers a premium service for military families, real estate agents and relocation coordinators that gives information on multiple addresses and allows those users to label the service with their own brand.

Corniel has financed MovinGal with $35,000 of her own savings plus about $5,000 she earned in revenue from her blog. She is negotiating with an investor who would help her market the company and website. She is seeking to raise about $300,000 to help her expand into coupons from some of the providers listed on the site and to add features such as allowing users to calculate their commute to work.

“If there is a place for Angie’s List, there is a place for us,” she said. “We could eventually expand globally because there is a huge gap for relocation information internationally.”
Corniel spent most of her career in transportation and urban planning, including with planning giant URS and engineering giant Parsons Brinckerhoff as well as the London Underground subway system.

QRlette

Ian Lee, Nick Lee and John Stewart want to quit their day jobs.

The three founders of Tins.ly hope to raise enough money that they can devote full time to making the QRlette a hit among smartphone applications. They hope the small codes will quickly replace QR codes used by many businesses and other organizations to create Web links for smartphone users because QRlette codes can send users to multiple Internet locations in a pre-defined order.

“We are building a bridge between the virtual and the physical worlds for brands to engage with consumers,” Ian Lee said. “Consumers are less likely to scan a QR code because it only goes to one place — it doesn’t add much value. QRlettes can send users to up to 15 places and in any order the business or brand specifies while also allowing businesses create, manage, track and update QRlettes.”

The three created the company under the name Engage LLC as a social media consulting firm for small and midsize businesses, but soon found the local market was flooded with social media consultants. They switched the company’s focus to creating the QRlette product as it searched for a product or service that it could develop and later sell quickly and inexpensively.

Tins.ly is targeting marketing agencies to sell packages of codes with five QRlette codes selling for $9.99 a month and a package of 50 codes for $49.99 a month, but an individual or business wanting one code can get it free.

Ian Lee forecasts that the company will generate $1.5 million in revenue this year and plans to build a local staff of up to 10 people during the next year.

Tins.ly’s founders are trying to raise $100,000 to boost marketing for the QRlette codes as well as developing the next generation of the code. Lee said the company doesn’t need much financing because it has no employees and keeps its expenses minimal.

HTML5.com

HTML5.com is just 8 months old, but the company already has a $2 million commitment from a California-based venture capital fund to help launch its applications marketplace for smartphones later this year.

The company wants to be the open-source marketplace for software developers to come up with applications that can be used with any electronic device connected to the Internet using any operating system, founder and CEO Charles Mason said. Consumers today are forced to buy applications a second time when they buy a new device that uses a different operating system.

“We will be competing with all of the major players in the mobile industry who operate their own app stores, including Apple, Google and Microsoft, but our advantage is they are all closed ecosystems. Consumers are caught in a battle like the Betamax-VCR format war decades ago. We tell them they don’t have to take sides,” Mason said. “This market generates between $1 billion and $3 billion in annual revenue today and is expected to generate $35 billion by 2016.”

HTML5.com was started by Mason, a former technology director for advertising giant Leo Burnett. He hopes to land another $3 million in venture funding within two months to build and launch the marketplace and could hire as many as 350 people locally for customer and technical support and other positions within a year.

The company won a contest at the Consumer Electronics Show in January in Las Vegas, which helped it gain a higher profile as well as attract the interest of venture capital funds, Mason said. He has invested some of his savings in the company, but is  skipping a step most startups follow by not seeking midsize investments from wealthy individuals called “angel investors.”

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Article source: http://www.gazette.com/articles/springs-135713-startup-businesses.html

Queen’s wedding visit at Manchester Town Hall ‘the best present’


The Queen meets John and Frances Canning

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When the Queen met newlyweds John and Frances Canning

A newly-wed couple who met the Queen when she unexpectedly dropped in at their wedding have said it was “one of the best presents you could wish for”.

John and Frances Canning were married at Manchester Town Hall on Friday, as the Queen and Prince Phillip were at a lunch, hosted by the lord mayor.

The Queen was touring the city as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Mr Canning said it was “just phenomenal” and “one of the most memorable moments of my life”.

‘Tongue in cheek’

The couple only found out the Queen would be at the town hall after they had booked it as their wedding venue.


John and Frances Canning

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John and Frances Canning: “For that moment you felt very, very special”

Mrs Canning said: “It was a bit scary but lovely.

“She was so nice and gracious.

“She was beautiful a really nice woman, and wished us all the best.”

When the couple were told the royal party would be in the building Mr Canning wrote a ‘spur of the moment’ letter to Buckingham Palace inviting the Queen to drop by if she had a moment.

He said: “I’ve never ever written a letter to anyone, for any reason.

“It was a bit tongue in cheek in some ways, I thought ‘What have we got to lose? If we get a letter back, even better’.

“I put in my letter that I hoped she would have a lovely day in Manchester, all the very best on the Jubilee and if you’ve got any spare minutes, we’re only next door.”

A lady in waiting replied thanking him for the invitation and said unfortunately the Queen would not be able to attend, but she wished them all the best for the future.

Mr Canning said: “That made my day, because I thought ‘She’s read it’.

Bride Frances Canning along with some of the wedding partyThe wedding was taking place in Manchester Town Hall as the Queen was having lunch there

“I just thought that was the end of the matter.

“After we’d got married, we walked through our guests into the middle room where we were going to spend five minutes together.

“The gentleman from the Town Hall came up and said the Queen had [actually] agreed to meet us.

“Little did we know it had already been arranged a long time before.”

‘Couldn’t buy it’

The Queen was in the city having earlier officially opened the BBC’s new base in Salford.

She posed for pictures with Mr and Mrs Canning and congratulated them on their marriage.

Prince Philip asked about their plans for honeymoon in Italy.

Mr Canning said: “It was a lovely present from them to us, one of the best presents you could wish for.

“It was just phenomenal.

“It was something they didn’t have to do, you couldn’t buy it.”

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-17499716

Tries: Simpson-Daniel, Burns, Runciman

A converted last-minute Aly Muldowney try gave Exeter their first ever win over Gloucester at Kingsholm to keep up their top-four Premiership challenge.

Exeter dominated the first half with Craig Mitchell and Matt Jess tries, and five points from Ignacio Mieres.

Gloucester stand-off Freddie Burns scored 17 points in a second-half fightback as the hosts ran in three tries in 10 minutes to lead.

But Gareth Steenson’s penalty and Muldowney’s score sealed victory.

The result gives the Chiefs their fifth win on the road in the Premiership and their seventh win from their last eight away games in all competitions.

After Burns had kicked the hosts into an early lead the Devon men hit back when Mitchell took Chris Whitehead’s offload to smash over under the posts.

Mieres converted to make it 7-3 before Cherry and Whites lock Jim Hamilton saw yellow, for what may have been a red card, when he appeared to punch scrum-half Hadyn Thomas.

The 14 men fell further behind when crisp passing saw Jess cross out wide.

Although Mieres missed from the touchline he made amends with a penalty just before the whistle after James Hanks had a try ruled out by television match official Tony Spreadbury.

Hamilton returned after the break as Burns and Mieres cancelled each other out from the tee before Gloucester took the game by the scruff of the neck.

James Simpson-Daniel profited from a well-worked overlap, with Burns converting, before the young Gloucester fly-half crossed under the sticks for a sublime solo try.

Nick Runciman’s five-pointer looked to have put the game to bed but Steenson stood up to land a penalty and secure Exeter a losing bonus point.

But he went one better with the winning conversion, after Spreadbury decided Muldowney had grounded legally, to crown a battle royale.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Exeter Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter told BBC Radio Devon:


Rob Baxter

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“It feels pretty good after that rollercoaster of emotion that we got within the game.

“I thought we were outstanding in the first half, we went after the game, we attacked Gloucester in pretty much every area.

“We dropped off and that allowed Gloucester to play very well, score some good tries and bring themselves back into the game.

“I think when people watch it back, they will know we deserved to get something from that game.”

Gloucester Head Coach Bryan Redpath told BBC Gloucestershire :


Bryan Redpath

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“The first half wasn’t good enough. Yellow card time is crucial in any game, especially against a top side.

“To lose the game in the last seven minutes is old news too. We’ve had that six or seven times this season and we’re doing some dull things which isn’t enabling us to kick on.

“We had no ball and no territory. We looked flat, and we have to accept that. I’m bitterly disappointed.

“We need to understand that we need to be better to complete, and we’re not giving ourselves the best opportunity. Exeter came here and we should be humble enough to accept we didn’t match them.

“We have to get our chins up. We have four games left and we’ve got to fight for the top six now. We’ve got four teams below us to play. It’s not the time to feel sorry for yourself.”

LINE-UPS

Gloucester:

May; Sharples, Tindall, Fuimaono-Sapolu, Simpson-Daniel; Burns, Lewis; Murphy, Lawson, Harden; Hamilton, Brown; Cox, Qera, Narraway (capt).

Replacements:

Dawidiuk, Thomas, Chistolini, Savage, Buxton, Runciman, Taylor, Molenaar.

Exeter:

Dollman; Camacho, Rennie, Shoemark, Jess; Mieres, Thomas; Tui, Whitehead, Mitchell, Hayes (capt), Hanks; Johnson, Scaysbrook, Baxter.

Replacements:

Clark, Moon, Budgen, Muldowney, White, Barrett, Steenson, Naqelevuki.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/rugby-union/17444838

Saturday footballLive

Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Caulker, Williams, Taylor, Sinclair, Britton, Allen, Sigurdsson, Routledge, Graham. Subs: Tremmel, Tate, Monk, McEachran, Lita, Moore, Gower.

Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Distin, Jagielka, Baines, Osman, Gibson, Cahill, Neville, Pienaar, Jelavic. Subs: Mucha, Heitinga, Stracqualursi, McFadden, Gueye, Fellaini, Anichebe.

Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire)

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/17492913

Shane Smeltz grabs his own piece of A-League glory

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Rhys Palmer looks the goods after an oustanding GWS debut

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Brumbies lower boom on Super Rugby highflyers

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Small leap for AFL’s Giant experiment

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Developer interest in Android slowly eroding, survey finds

While Google doesn’t have to worry about app developers fleeing Android en masse, they might be concerned that developer interest appears headed in the wrong direction.

A new survey of more than 2,100 app developers released jointly by IDC and mobile development platform vendor Appcelerator Tuesday found that 78.6% of developers were interested in creating apps for Android smartphones during the first quarter of 2012, down from the 83.3% in Q4 of 2011 and down from around 87% in Q1 of 2011.

“Massive platform fragmentation is a big reason that we’re seeing this decline in interest,” says Mike King, a former Gartner analyst who now works as Appcelerator’s principal mobile strategist.  “If you look at all the other numbers such as Android smartphone market share it’s on the upswing, but for app developers it’s a real challenge.”

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Even so, Android still easily generates the second-greatest level of interest among mobile developers, as only Apple generated more with 89% of developers saying they wanted to make apps for iOS.  And Android is nowhere near seeing the dramatic free fall in developer interest currently plaguing Research in Motion’s BlackBerry OS, which saw its developer interest plunge to 15.5% in the first quarter of 2012, down from 20.7% in the fourth quarter of 2011 and down from around 37% in the first quarter of 2011.

The key for Android shoring up developer interest will be whether it’s successful in unifying Android smartphones and tablets under the same version of its mobile operating system, thus creating far fewer uncertainties for developers.  Android 4.0 (“Ice Cream Sandwich”) was an important step in this direction as it was the first version of Android to be optimized for both tablets and smartphones.  All the same, King says that app developers aren’t yet embracing Ice Cream Sandwich with open arms.

“They’re somewhat lukewarm to Ice Cream Sandwich, they’re taking a wait-and-see approach,” he says.  “Whereas with Apple, they’re saying, ‘We know iOS and it’s relatively easy for us to build an application and deploy it.”

IDC and Appcelerator also found that Microsoft has been making progress in attracting mobile developers as 37% said they were interested in developing apps for Windows Phone 7 and Windows 8 tablets. 

In addition to its findings on developer interest in mobile operating systems, the IDC/Appcelerator survey found that HTML5, the programming langue pushed by Apple as an alternative to Adobe Flash for online video, has been making major inroads with app developers.  IDC and Appcelerator report that 78% of app developers surveyed say they “will integrate HTML5 in their apps” this year.  The firms say that this number is “much higher than industry observers had anticipated” even late last year.  The migration to HTML5 may have been accelerated by Adobe’s announcementlate last year that it planned to start using HTML5 for mobile going forward, relegating Flash to being a desktop video platform.

“HTML 5 is now universally supported on major mobile devices, in some cases exclusively,” Adobe said last year when it made its decision to adopt the standard.  “This makes HTML 5 the best solution for creating and deploying content in the browser across mobile platforms.”

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Clojure inventor Hickey now aims for Android

Clojure, pronounced “closure,” is a functional programming language that’s geared toward the JVM (Java Virtual Machine) but also accommodates Microsoft’s Common Language Runtime and JavaScript environments. Rich Hickey, founder of data management technology vendor Datomic, is the author of Clojure. After speaking at the Clojure/West conference in San Jose, Calif., last Friday, Hickey talked with InfoWorld Editor at Large Paul Krill about Clojure, including mobile application development ambitions, and about Datomic.

InfoWorld: When did you develop Clojure? What was your intention in doing so?

Hickey: I started in 2005, and the first version I released was toward the end of 2007. It’s kind of a Lisp for the JVM. My intention was to make a dynamic, functional programming language for the JVM.

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InfoWorld: Why did you see a need for that?

Hickey: Because I had been building large systems in C# and Java, and the only way we could do them sanely was to do them in a functional style, but the functional style is not idiomatic in those languages. I wanted a language where functional style was idiomatic, and that’s the case for Clojure.

InfoWorld: What’s attracting developers to Clojure?

Hickey: Fundamentally, Clojure gives developers a lot of leverage. They can write short, succinct programs that work correctly the first time and are fast enough for production use. They’re empowered by it.

InfoWorld: What would be the ideal application to write with Clojure?

Hickey: Clojure is designed to be a general-purpose language. It should be useful anywhere Java is. The areas where we’ve seen it take off most rapidly are, first of all, among startups. It’s very popular among startups because they have new ideas they need to pursue quickly.

InfoWorld: Startups in what realm?

Hickey: All kinds — people doing sales prediction on the Web and flight delay prediction, some social network stuff. Then it’s also popular with people who are doing big data [projects].

InfoWorld: Where would you not want to use it?

Hickey: It’s not great for scripting jobs because between the startup time in the JVM and the startup time in Clojure, it’s not really good for places where you might use Perl. It’s a little bit too bulky currently for smartphones, but we’re working on that. Targeting Android is a little bit of a challenge at the moment. There are definitely people working on it.

InfoWorld: How would you persuade developers use Clojure for Android software development?

Hickey: People who like Clojure will choose it because of the power. Lisps traditionally empowered developers because you can eliminate anything that’s tedious through macros, and that power is really what people keep going back for.

InfoWorld: When do you expect that developers will be able to use Clojure for building Android apps?

Hickey: They can right now. It’s mostly an optimization [effort that is required] to make the startup and memory usage smaller and faster.

InfoWorld: What’s the intention behind Clojure targeting not just the JVM, but also Microsoft’s CLR and JavaScript? Is there a difference in Clojure’s relationship with the JVM versus its relationship with the CLR and JavaScript?

Article source: http://www.itworld.com/software/260984/clojure-inventor-hickey-now-aims-android