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Fnatic forges partnership with DreamHack Spain

first_imgFnatic, an esports organisation stationed in London, has partnered with DreamHack Spain to have a merchandising presence at both DreamHack Valencia and DreamHack Sevilla.Merchandise, gaming peripherals, and exclusive items will all be part of Fnatic’s offering at the upcoming festivals.As part of this new deal, the organisation will host meet and greets with some of the personalities – as well as giving away special Fnatic-themed prizes to people who participate in, and win, in one-versus-one League of Legends and CS:GO tournaments.Erik Londre, Head of Events at Fnatic discussed the partnership in a statement: “Fnatic has always had strong ties to Spain since the days of Xpeke, so we are of course very excited about our partnership with DreamHack! With LCS Summer Split in Madrid just being announced we are really looking forward to making 2018 a year of Spanish focus2!”“Our goal is that it should always be better to be a Fnatic fan. That’s why we’re on site at as many gaming events as possible around the world trying to make people’s experiences even better,” continued Londre. “We know we have quite a big following in Spain, so we hope to make some of these happy!”In early May, Fnatic signed an exclusive deal stateside that meant its new gaming equipment – dubbed Fnatic Gear – would be stocked in over 300 Best Buy stores nationwide. The range includes the STREAK and miniSTREAK keyboards, as well as CLUTCH 2 and FLICK 2 mice.Arturo Castelló, Director of DreamHack Spain commented: “We’re very happy to welcome DreamHack Spain to Fnatic, one of the greatest and well-supported esports teams around the world. We have been working at DreamHack Spain since 2010 to bring the best competitions and the best players on the planet to Spain; it’s great news that DreamHack Valencia and DreamHack Seville visitors will have the opportunity to experience the Fnatic universe for themselves.”Fnatic is currently partnered with Chillblast, Deezer, DXRacer, Newzoo, Strafe, and AMD. DreamHack Valencia takes place on July 12-15th, while DreamHack Sevilla spans over 13-16th December. Esports Insider says: Fnatic made a big move with its Best Buy deal, and now having a physical shop at both Valencia and Sevilla seems like a natural extension of its push into selling items beyond merchandise.Sign up to our newsletter!last_img read more

Why the Dodgers shift less with Clayton Kershaw on the mound

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Utley puts the number of elite pitchers in the National League — pitchers against whom he’ll deliberately defy a defensive shift to scratch out a hit — at around 10. “Over-nasty” is how Utley describes them.The other school of thought holds that a batter should not try to hit against his shift no matter who’s pitching. Veteran first baseman Adrian Gonzalez — a prototypical pull-hitting lefty, the only Dodger who’s been shifted more often than Utley — falls into this school.“You face a better pitcher, you just try and make good contact,” Gonzalez said. “You don’t think about where you try and hit a ball.”There’s another interesting wrinkle to this phenomenon: The numbers show that left-hander Scott Kazmir has actually faced fewer batters this season with a shift in place than Kershaw.Woodward thinks he knows why. Kershaw has faced more batters than Kazmir with the bases empty, and the Dodgers typically don’t shift with runners on.“With guys in scoring position (a defensive shift) creates a hole I don’t want to have,” Woodward said.Dodger pitchers allow relatively few baserunners on the whole — their 1.16 WHIP ranks third in MLB — but their infielders rarely shift despite this. In terms of sheer frequency, only four NL teams have shifted less often than the Dodgers this year: the Phillies, Mets, Cubs and Marlins.So far it’s working. The Dodgers’ 71 percent defensive efficiency (through Saturday) ranks second in the NL according to Baseball-Reference.com. It’s really working for Kershaw, who enters Monday’s game with a 4-0 record in four May starts.More to the point, Kershaw owns a 1.67 earned-run average despite the highest hard-contact rate of his career — a surprising 30 percent, which puts him among the top half of qualified starters in the league. Hard contact often leads to hits; less often when a fielder is in just the right spot to make a play on the ball. The data suggests the defense has been in the right position often enough to ensure Kershaw rarely pays for a scorching liner or ground ball off the bat. So, yes, whenever Kershaw mentions the pitfalls of The Shift, he has personal experience and data on his side.For his part, Kershaw said he hasn’t talked to Woodward about not employing a shift when he’s on the mound.“I don’t position guys. I leave that up to our coaching staff,” he said. “They do a lot of research. I just trust them with it.” Back when he was in charge of positioning the Seattle Mariners’ infielders, Dodgers third base coach Chris Woodward noticed a pattern. Whenever Felix Hernandez was pitching, opposing batters defied their tendencies. The standard “spray chart” — the plot showing where each batter puts the ball in play — was of little use.“He’s such an elite guy, it’s hard to compare him to anybody,” Woodward said of Hernandez, a six-time American League all-star. “Guys, when they get in the batter’s box, tend to know that so they tend to try to take advantage of everything they can. “I saw guys against Felix where they were dead pull, and if we left an opening out there they were literally trying to hit it (there) every time because they knew they had no chance other than that.”Woodward places Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw in the same category as Hernandez. center_img Like every pitcher, Kershaw has a spray chart. Left-handed batters rarely hit a ball to the left side of the infield against him while righties tend to use the whole field. That’s fair to expect again when the Cincinnati Reds face Kershaw on Monday at Dodger Stadium.Just don’t expect the Dodgers to embrace one of baseball’s latest trends and dramatically re-position their fielders from batter to batter, or pitch to pitch. Woodward, the new architect of the Dodgers’ shifts after two years in Seattle, doesn’t obey Kershaw’s spray chart religiously. He’s seen too many shifts backfire.Woodward said his infielders shift less often with Kershaw on the mound compared to any other pitcher on the Dodgers’ staff.“He’s actually pretty easy to position out there because he executes and because he pitches consistently the way we expect,” Woodward said.Among major league hitters, there are two schools of thought when facing a pitcher like Kershaw or Hernandez. Let’s call one the Woodward School, the one explained above. Dodgers infielder Chase Utley is a disciple of the Woodward School.last_img read more

COAST GUARD HELPS RESCUE MASSIVE TANKER ADRIFT OFF DONEGAL

first_imgONE of the world’s largest bulk carrier ships was safely under tow off Malin Head last night after a Irish Coast Guard rescue effort.The 88,000-tonne Cape Elise has been drifting off Irish waters for more than a week after being blown across the Atlantic in the storms.The 289-metre long ship, registered in the Marshall Islands, lost power and control in the storms. But thanks to the Coast Guard, the ship was safely under tow last night and being taken around County Donegal towards the North Channel. COAST GUARD HELPS RESCUE MASSIVE TANKER ADRIFT OFF DONEGAL was last modified: February 11th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more