Kevin Love Compares LeBron James' Move to Lakers to Chess vs. Checkers – Bleacher Report


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Cleveland Cavaliers star Kevin Love thought former teammate LeBron James was thinking multiple moves ahead when he signed with the Los Angeles Lakers this summer.

“I think he’s always looking for a different challenge,” Love said of James in an interview with ESPN. “He’s always wondering what’s next, and it feels like sometimes he’s playing chess and everyone else is playing checkers.”

Many assumed James had more than basketball on his mind when he joined the Lakers. Los Angeles is coming off a 35-win season and didn’t improve the roster much beyond signing James.

A number of different teams, including the Cavaliers, Houston Rockets and Philadelphia 76ers presented the four-time MVP with a clearer path to an NBA title.

Speaking with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols, James acknowledged he’s relishing the opportunity to help the Lakers once again climb to the top of the mountain in the NBA. Winning another championship in Los Angeles would add to his already Hall of Fame-worthy resume.

There’s also the commercial aspect that comes with playing in Los Angeles. His production company, SpringHill Entertainment, is based out of L.A., and he also has Uninterrupted, which recently agreed to a deal with HBO Sports for his series The Shop.

James is already the biggest active star in the NBA. His shoes are the highest-selling signature shoe in the league, and he was second behind Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry in jersey sales through the NBA’s official store.

Going to Los Angeles gets James closer to achieving mogul status, though, which may be his ultimate goal with the Lakers.



Chess: Avoid these OSHA violations in your shops – Repairer Driven News (press release) (blog)


Offering copious photos from real-life shops demonstrating what not to do, a collision repair educator last week described some of the steps and maintenance necessary to keep OSHA happy with your shop.

Here’s some of the guidance Toby Chess, a co-chairman of the Society of Collision Repair Specialists Education Committee and Collision Industry Conference Technical Committee, shared during the SCRS and CIC meetings last week in Atlanta. Learn more with his slides from the SCRS meeting.

Fires

Chess remembered going to a shop and asking where building occupants should meet in case of a fire. “Nobody knew,” he said.

Shops must have a fire evacuation plan including a specific spot for employees to meet after evacuation, and staff must be kept aware of this on a routine basis, according to Chess.

He recalled seeing news coverage of a blaze in which which firefighters were killed searching for two missing employees — who turned out to have been safe outside on the other side of the building. The company’s owners were indicted for manslaughter for causing the tragedy with their lack of planning, according to Chess.

Shops also need to have the proper firefighting equipment on hand for situations where staff might be able to take a crack at halting the blaze themselves.

An ABC fire extinguisher can be used to fight Class A (solids), B (liquids) and C (electrical) fires. A special yellow Class D fire extinguisher is what you’d use to fight aluminum or magnesium fires — certainly a possibility given existing and future vehicle lightweighting.

One’s fire extinguisher has to be inspected visually and signed off on monthly by staff and inspected once a year by a certified technician, according to Chess. It also has to be visible from a certain distance, mounted at a certain height and not blocked by all the stuff you’ve got in your shop, he said.

First aid kits and eyewash stations

A first aid kit needs to “be inspected, proper size (for the facility), inventory maintained proper signage and accessible,” according to a presentation slide from Chess. He said OSHA uses ANSI’s standard here.

The images here show first-aid kits likely to be dinged by OSHA, according to Chess.

Your eyewash station also needs to be cleaned, inspected and serviced per OSHA rules so that it protects employees and prevents compounding their problem with an infection by an organism that likes living in stagnant or untreated water.

Electricity

Your electrical panel needs to be pointed out by signage and separated by at least a 4-foot aisle (it must be 3 feet wider than the panel itself) with a marking at least 2 inches wide, according to Chess. Otherwise, it’s a “big OSHA fine,” he said.

Having to move stuff out of the way or wade through it to reach the panel in the event of an emergency requiring shutoff is not the safest environment for employees, after all.

Any panel with 220 volts needs a sign stating “danger,” according to Chess.

You also don’t want to fool around with OSHA on missing ground wires (the third prong) on cords. According to Chess, each one is a $1,500 fine.

“No one should be allowed to bypass the grounding pin by bending it out of the way or removing it completely,” OSHA states, according to Chess. “If the grounding pin is missing, the cord must be removed from use, repaired and tested before it is put back into service.”

Labeling

Containers for hazardous material such as paint need the correct OSHA labeling, including instances in which you’re transferring material from a larger container into a smaller one, according to Chess. He said that any container which will remain in one’s shop longer than a day needs such a label.

These labels can be printed from a product manufacturer or filled in using data from an SDS sheet, according to Chess. Shops should note that OSHA has changed its label format two years ago to comply with an international standard.

Each individual container without proper labeling is an individual violation, and Chess said he’s heard the fine is $500 a container in California. “Money wasted,” he said.

Compressed air

OSHA absolutely doesn’t want your techs using their pocket air blowers, according to Chess. They’ll even make techs turn out their pockets and check for them, he said.

“The fine is huge,” he said, noting that compressed air can be very dangerous.

Dorn’s Paint & Body owner Barry Dorn, a former SCRS chairman, called it “the hardest thing” to get his staff to quit using their own personal, OSHA-noncompliant blowers. Collision Consultants Auto Body and Paint manager Sam Zamir said his shop bought couplers with a built-in blower, and Dorn said he had to do that as well to end the issue.

The agency only allows compressed air for cleaning if the pressure never exceeds 30 psi — not the 90 psi often produced by a compressor. The University of Florida states compressed air should never be used on a person’s clothes or body, no matter the pressure.

According to the Ohio Board of Workers’ Compensation:

1. Air may be forced through the skin and could result in an air embolism with potential fatal results

2. Air blown at the ears or eyes can result in ruptured ear drums and dislodged eye balls. Particles can be embedded in the ear and eye as well.

3. The noise level of exhausting air can reach levels that may result in damage to a person’s hearing.

4. Particles may be accelerated to a velocity that can result in injury to almost any part of the body. (Minor formatting edits.)

According to JetBlack manufacturer Air Control Industries:

• Compressed air accidentally blown into the mouth can rupture the lungs, stomach or intestines

• Compressed air can enter the navel, even through a layer of clothing, and inflate and rupture the intestines

• Compressed air can enter the bloodstream, and death is possible if it makes its way to blood vessels in the brain

• Direct contact with compressed air can lead to serious medical conditions and even death

• Even safety nozzles which regulate compressed air pressure below 30 psi should not be used to clean the human body

• As little as 12 pounds of compressed air pressure can blow an eye out of its socket. If an air pocket reaches the heart, it causes symptoms similar to a heart attack. Upon reaching the brain, pockets of air may lead to a stroke. (Minor formatting edits.)

Vehicle Collision Experts CEO Mark Olson said regulators will also ask technicians not just what they use to blow dust off of cars. He said they’ll also ask what staffers use to blow dust off their body, which is a “much bigger one” because the compressed air is being applied directly to one’s person.

Other

A funnel with its lid up is an open container that will get you dinged by OSHA, Chess warned.

Hazardous material metal containers need to be grounded, and hazardous materials in general need a spill containment product, he said.

Whether oil-lubricated or oil-free, compressors can cause a dangerous level of carbon monoxide, according to Chess. Repairers in PPE breathing that air supply must have a carbon monoxide monitor maintained and checked every 12 months, according to Chess. The devices only have an operating life of a year, but the battery and sensor can be replaced to keep it going beyond that.

More information:

Society of Collision Repair Specialists Education Committee maintenance/safety presentation

SCRS, Aug. 7, 2018

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Society of Collision Repair Specialists Education Committee Co-Chairman Toby Chess (Kent Automotive) said personal technician blowers could be an OSHA violation. Compressed air applied to the body can be very dangerous. (Provided by Society of Collision Repair Specialists)

This slide from Society of Collision Repair Specialists Education Committee Co-Chairman Toby Chess (Kent Automotive) demonstrates likely OSHA violations. (Provided by Society of Collision Repair Specialists)

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England's Stokes not guilty of affray


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Ben Stokes’ defence barrister told the jury he had acted “to defend himself or in defence of another”

England cricketer Ben Stokes has been found not guilty of affray after a fight near a Bristol nightclub.

The Durham all-rounder, 27, denied the charge following the fracas between a group of men last September.

His lawyer Paul Lunt said it was “the end of an 11-month ordeal” for Mr Stokes, who was “keen to get back to cricket being his sole focus”.

Ryan Ali, 28 – who was knocked unconscious in the brawl – was also found not guilty of the same charge.

The fight happened several hours after England had played a one-day international against the West Indies at the County Ground in the city.

Mr Stokes and Mr Ali shook hands on leaving the dock.

His wife, Clare Stokes, cried when the not guilty verdicts were returned while her husband closed his eyes with relief and then looked up.

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Ryan Ali has been cleared of affray

During the six-day trial, Bristol Crown Court heard the incident described as “a sustained episode of significant violence” from Mr Stokes – of Castle Eden in Durham – who had “lost control”.

The prosecution said he was “drunk and enraged” after being refused entry back into Mbargo nightclub at 02:00 BST on 25 September.

But Mr Stokes told the jury he had “stepped in” to defend two gay men who were being verbally abused, and then had to defend himself from Mr Ali – of Forest Road in Bristol – and Ryan Hale, 27, who were threatening violence.

Mr Hale, of Burghill Road in Westbury-on-Trym, was acquitted of the same charge last week.

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Media captionHow events unfolded the night Ben Stokes was arrested

Mr Ali, who works for the emergency services, suffered a fractured eye socket in the brawl while Mr Hale, a former soldier, was left with concussion.

As Mr Ali left court, smiling, he told BBC Sport editor Dan Roan he was “relieved it’s all over” and said he had no further comment to make.

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Media captionBen Stokes’ lawyer, Paul Lunt, said the jury’s decision fairly reflected the truth of what happened in Bristol that night.

Outside court, two cricket fans from Bristol – who were part of the crowd awaiting the outcome – said they were pleased with the verdict.

Arthur Davis, 30, said: “He’s a great player although not in form and maybe this will change that.”

And Javen Rahiman, 26, said: “I’m pretty pleased but it’s not the best example he’s setting, especially as the evening of the fight was after such a good victory.

“I hope it’s a kick up the backside for him and he can focus more on the game now with no distractions.”

After the verdict the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said Mr Stokes would be added to England’s squad for the third Test against India.

The BBC’s cricket correspondent, Jonathan Agnew, said Mr Stokes would now face an ECB independent disciplinary committee, likely charged with bringing the game into disrepute.

On the first day of the trial, the prosecution team applied for Mr Stokes to be charged with two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, a lesser charge, but this was rejected by Judge Peter Blair QC.


What is affray? Analysis from Clive Coleman, BBC legal correspondent

Under the Public Order Act 1986, ‘a person is guilty of affray if he uses or threatens unlawful violence towards another and his conduct is such as would cause a person of reasonable firmness present at the scene to fear for his personal safety’.

So, though it may seem odd, the offence is not designed simply to protect those involved in the violent incident itself: it is also designed to protect other people who are present.

That could include, for example, passers by in a street, those drinking in a pub, or fans at a football game when violence is threatened or actually occurs.

However, the ‘person of reasonable firmness’ need not actually be present at the scene.

This person is sometimes known as the ‘hypothetical bystander’ and it is he or she rather than the victim, who must fear for his or her personal safety.

There must be a ‘victim’ present against whom the violence is to be directed, and some conduct, beyond the use of words, which is threatening and directed towards a person or people.




Nakamura, Mamedyarov Lead As St. Louis Turns To Blitz – Chess.com – Chess.com


There’s a good chance you can name a world elite sprinter, and there’s some chance you can even name a marathoner. But when it comes to middle-distance runners, not many are illustrious.

Ditto for chess.

Classical chess ratings are scrutinized to the decimal point, and blitz videos and streams are consumed in Netflix-type binges. But where’s the love for the middle discipline, rapid chess?

In the latest event to attempt to establish the Steve Prefontaine of chess, the 2018 Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz concluded the rapid portion today, with GMs Hikaru Nakamura and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov drafting and then passing GM Fabiano Caruana. The Usain Bolt section follows Tuesday and Wednesday with two full days of blitz.

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Is the topsy-turvy event more stressful for the players, or for their seconds? | Photo: Mike Klein/Chess.com.

As for Mamedyarov, he’s already about to anoint Nakamura the winner of the event.

“He’s a machine in blitz; no one can stop him!” the Azeri said about the American. Chess.com asked Nakamura about the comment, and you can watch the video interview below for his response.

The two men overtook Caruana by virtue of grabbing five points today (two wins and a draw each) while the leader could only muster two points (a loss followed by two draws).

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GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov would win the “golden brain” trophy if chess followed the ways of football and awarded marks for creativity. | Photo: Mike Klein/Chess.com.

GM Leinier Dominguez could have figured into the mix as well. He had another all-world save in round seven when Caruana simply put a rook in take, but then he and his dwindling time became Nakamura’s second victim today in the later round.

Even though his game seems perfectly tuned to the format, this was the first time Nakamura leads a Grand Chess Tour event after the rapid since Paris 2016.

“Feels like a lifetime ago,” the American said.

Round 7

GM Alexander Grischuk came in freshly shaved, but all eyes remained on Caruana to see if he could go wire-to-wire (according to GM Maurice Ashley’s research, five of the seven rapid winners in Grand Chess Tour history went on to win the overall event).

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GM Alexander Grischuk looked several years younger today, but he still got his usual time pressure. | Photo: Mike Klein/Chess.com.

In the game that may do the most to upend the tournament, a common theme recurred: Dominguez saved a hopeless position against an American. Caruana’s two rooks and knight had trouble organizing against Dominguez’s queen, but when they did, surely things would be simple? Well, both players had only 13 seconds left, so nothing comes easy.

“I really had a golden opportunity to go to plus-four,” Caruana lamented to Chess.com. 

Not so fast. Caruana just moved his rook where it could be taken, banking on a fork. But the knight tasked with the would-be fork was pinned. It’s not every day five points are lost just like that.

Dominguez saw that his opponent’s blunder might happen, but talked himself out of the possibility. This was the world-championship challenger after all.

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GM Fabiano Caruana relinquished his lead today for the first time, mostly because of the opening game. | Photo: Mike Klein/Chess.com.

“I saw that he was going to make the move, but then I thought he would see [the knight was pinned],” Dominguez said.

Caruana was more laconic: “The first game was pretty horrible.”

How to describe such a move? This writer will defer to the 2800. “Re7 was just a blackout,” said Caruana. 

“You can’t really hope to win a game when you blunder a rook,” Caruana said. “If I had won the first game, which was entirely within my hands, it would have been a great rapid portion.”

So with Caruana stuck on eight points, two of the four in the second-place chase group took full advantage. Both Mamedyarov and Nakamura won to come even.

Nakamura said he wasn’t expectig Caruana to lose a game, but then added, “It seems like every event so far Fabiano found a way to turn a completely winning position into a loss. I know in Leuven and Paris it happened quite a few times. Unfortunately for Fabiano it happened today.”

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After round eight, Dominguez and Mamedyarov discuss their game. | Photo: Mike Klein/Chess.com.

Mamedyarov had an especially fun game, even for his standards. For those not familiar by now with his rapid style this week, you can think of it this way: It’s like the Ginger GM Simon Williams’ impulses inside the body of a 2800. He said that after the first two GCT events, he decided he needed to “change something” and to play more aggressive chess.

The lunge 9. h4 portended the rest of the game. Shak was there to dunk. GM Sergey Karjakin spent several minutes on his reply, but the fusillade was just getting started.

More buildup ensued, then 16. Bg6! lit up Black’s composure. What might have really brought the house down was his chance two moves later. Can you spot the dramatic idea?

Before you go thinking you might be a better player than Mamedyarov, rest assured that he did see the move (Mamedyarov: “Tactical moves I see not bad!”). But there’s a rejoinder that he didn’t like that gave Black too much activity, as explained below in the game of the day analysis by GM Robert Hess. And besides, it’s not like he let the Russian off the hook.

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Nakamura also took advantage, even though he didn’t care much for his play in his win over GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

The Frenchman had an especially rough day, dropping two games and temporarily becoming an outsider in the race to qualify for London.

Nakamura: “Maxime self-destructed today.”

Round 8

Every day so far has had one somnambulant round to temper the frenetic pace of rapid. Today the middle round served that purpose, although there have not been any rounds in which all five games ended drawn.

GM Wesley So beat Grischuk in a mostly-normal King’s Indian Defense where Black lost in the manner that the second player often does. Grischuk threw his entire lunchbox at the White king but failed to mate and thus lost on the queenside.

The game of the round was clearly GM Levon Aronian against Vachier-Lagrave. The Armenian showed some versatility by going to 1. e4 but that meant a Najdorf, the Frenchman’s specialty, and which Aronian said he played as a kid. Aronian didn’t shy away and the expected double-edged game commenced.

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GM Levon Aronian was truly the joker today. He gave some of Brand X to Vachier-Lagrave. | Photo: Mike Klein/Chess.com.

It looked for one ply that the bolt 29. Nc5 would give White the upper hand, but MVL simply left his queen en prise with the precise and unexpected 29…Rh2!, which also put his rook en prise! What can we say? He clearly has some fealty toward French expressions in chess.

It all came apart however with a subtle king move. Instead of 32…Kh7, he would have preferred to say j’adoube and switch to h8. Aronian’s petite combination trapped the king on the h-file, but should have only been good enough to hold. Instead, it produced the full point after a further error. 

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Aronian and Vachier-Lagrave discuss what just transpired. | Photo: Mike Klein/Chess.com.

Interestingly, the word for “nightmare” in French, cauchemar, is a cognate in Russian: кошмар.

The loss was a double whammy for Vachier-Lagrave (15 points, fourth place) in that he is trying to hold off Aronian (13 points, fifth place) in the Grand Chess Tour standings, and only the top four advance to London.

Dominguez could have made it two wins in a row, but as he whispered to Mamedyarov afterward, “I completely missed …Qe8.”

The hold by Black meant the final round began with the same three leaders: Nakamura, Mamedyarov, and Caruana.

Round 9

Despite getting White twice today for the first time, Caruana didn’t get anything against So and drew in only 19 moves. He would then wait downstairs, giving some interviews while keeping an eye on the scoreboard.

It seemed for a while that he could still have a piece of the lead going into blitz, but then Mamedyarov finished off Anand.

Nakamura then won as well, taking advantage of Dominguez’s lack of time. At one point the clocks read 12 minutes to 13 seconds. The Cuban would not go 3-0 against the American trio.

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Dominguez was so close to joining the top half of the tables today. | Photo: Mike Klein/Chess.com.

“The last game was a little bit weird because I probably shouldn’t have won but you just keep plugging away,” Nakamura said.

Due to a transmission error upstairs, Nakamura came downstairs and thought for a moment he might be the sole leader, but then recognized that Mamedyarov winning that position made more sense in the end.

Chess.com caught up with Nakamura after the day ended. Here’s his thoughts on the rest of the tournament:

Watch Hikaru Nakamura On Grabbing The Lead In Saint Louis from Chess on www.twitch.tv

Going into the blitz, this is where the tournament stands. All 18 blitz games (5+3) will be worth one point.

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All graphics courtesy Spectrum Studios.

The Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz is a five-day event from August 11-15. The first three days are a rapid round robin and the final two days are a blitz double round robin. The games begin at 1 p.m. Central U.S. time daily (8 p.m. Central Europe).


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Stokes 'lied about self-defence'


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Ben Stokes, who denies affray, is alleged to have knocked a man out outside a Bristol club

England cricketer Ben Stokes lied when he said he acted in self-defence during a fight outside a nightclub, a court has heard.

The Durham all-rounder, 27, denies affray at Bristol Crown Court.

Prosecutor Nicholas Corsellis said Mr Stokes “acted deplorably as the red mist came down” – something his defence team labelled as “nonsense”.

The cricketer is on trial alongside Ryan Ali, 28, whom he is alleged to have knocked out outside Mbargo.

Mr Ali has also denied affray while Ryan Hale, 27, was acquitted of the same charge last Thursday.

Giving his closing speech, Mr Corsellis told the jury Mr Stokes acted “to defend himself or in defence of another” when Mr Ali had a bottle in his hand, but then “quickly turned aggressor”.

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Ryan Ali has also denied a charge of affray

“Even if Mr Stokes has begun using self-defence, he very, very quickly after this became the aggressor, with Mr Hale trying to pacify him together with Mr Ali,” Mr Corsellis said.

“He was pursuing them into the road, repeatedly punching at them at least six times, with his teammate Alex Hales calling him away ‘Stokes… Stokes… stop… stop…’.

“If Mr Stokes was being tried alone, we submit that his behaviour would constitute an affray.

“It is plain Mr Stokes is lying.”

Mr Corsellis added that Mr Stokes “acted deplorably as the red mist came down and struck with such force that he rendered one person unconscious”.

‘Complete nonsense’

During his closing speech, Mr Stokes’s barrister Gordon Cole QC said it was “complete nonsense” for the prosecution to say the cricketer was “drunk and enraged”.

He said CCTV footage from just before the fight showed he was “not behaving in a drunk way”.

He added that footage recorded by film student Max Wilson “clearly shows Ryan Ali going at Alex Hales with a bottle”.

“You can see where Ben Stokes is, he’s not rushing at anybody, he’s not charging into the fray.”

‘Special treatment’

Mr Cole said there had been a “great deal of rowing back” by the prosecution since the trial began.

“Is this man [Mr Stokes] getting special treatment because of who he is?” Mr Cole asked.

Last week, giving evidence, the cricketer said he “stepped in” to defend two gay men before the fight in Bristol on 25 September last year.

During her closing speech, Mr Ali’s defence barrister Anna Midgley said there had been nothing to show her client had suddenly lost it “from a calm gentleman to a total personality change”.

“His demeanour generally, and on the footage that we’ve seen, does not show an aggressive, homophobic person,” she said.

Mr Stokes, of Castle Eden, Durham, was arrested in the early hours along with Mr Ali, of Bristol, and Mr Hale, of Westbury-on-Trym.

The fight took place several hours after England had played a one-day international against the West Indies at the city’s County Ground.

The trial continues.