Russia: Kremlin tightens grip on Internet in run-up to presidential election

first_imgNews RussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesOnline freedoms Judicial harassmentFreedom of expressionUnited NationsCouncil of EuropeInternet Help by sharing this information News Follow the news on Russia Organisation Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing December 15, 2017 Russia: Kremlin tightens grip on Internet in run-up to presidential election Receive email alerts News RSF_en RSF_EECA Related documents cp_russie_internet_dec_2017_rus.pdfPDF – 87.49 KB Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption May 5, 2021 Find out more RussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesOnline freedoms Judicial harassmentFreedom of expressionUnited NationsCouncil of EuropeInternet May 21, 2021 Find out more News June 2, 2021 Find out more to go further Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown Читать по-русски / Read in RussianReporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns a new Russian offensive against the Internet in which the encrypted instant messaging app Telegram has been fined and threatened with blocking for not surrendering its decryption keys, the Open Russia news website has been blocked without any judicial proceedings, and Twitter and YouTube are again under threat.This latest offensive by the Russian authorities comes as the country prepares to hold a presidential election next March.On 12 December, a Moscow appeal court upheld a decision to fine Telegram 800,000 roubles (11,500 euros) for refusing to hand over its decryption keys to Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB). It was the latest stage in a battle that has dragged on all year. If Telegram does not comply, the authorities could start blocking the service on 28 December.The authorities base their demand for the decryption keys on the draconian terrorism law that was adopted in 2016 in the face of unanimous protests from civil society. Telegram has built its reputation on respect for free speech and privacy, and says the demand constitutes an unwarranted violation of these principles.Telegram also insists that it does not have access to the decryption keys, which are generated on the devices of each individual user. Agora, the human rights group that is representing Telegram in this case, wrote to the UN special rapporteur for freedom of expression, David Kaye, on 13 December asking him to intercede.Meanwhile, also on 13 December, a Moscow administrative court rejected a complaint against the FSB that had been brought by well-known independent journalist Oleg Kashin arguing that the demand for Telegram’s decryption keys threatens the confidentiality of journalists’ sources. A similar complaint by fellow journalist Alexander Plyushchev was rejected in October.Blocking, actual and threatenedThe recently adopted law under which websites linked to “undesirable foreign organizations” can be blocked without reference to a judge has not taken long to have an effect. The independent news and information website Open Russia was blocked in Russia on 12 December, along with all the resources linked – closely or otherwise – to the 11 organizations so far deemed to be “undesirable.” Open Russia is linked to a political movement of the same name founded by Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a Kremlin critic now living in exile, but there is no legal connection between them.Not to be outdone, the telecommunication surveillance agency Roskomnadzor has embarked on a new wrangle with the international Internet giants, calling on Twitter, YouTube and others to delete Open Russia’s accounts or risk having their services blocked within Russia. The Russian social network Odnoklassniki immediately complied. Yesterday, Roskomnadzor ordered media outlets to delete all online links to the blocked websites on the grounds that they “help to disseminate illegal content.” The outlets are likely to take the order seriously. The News Times website already received a formal warning in late November over three links to “illegal content” – pages containing swearwords.”The Russian authorities have been constantly tightening their Internet legislation in recent years and this is the result – an unprecedented level of censorship,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk.”These latest attacks on freedom of expression violate the Russian constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights. We again call on the Russian authorities to repeal these draconian laws and to respect their international obligations.”Another incident is indicative of preparations for next March’s election. Android users in Russia searching YouTube on 29 November suddenly encountered error messages in response to searches for opposition leader Alexei Navalny, independent media such as Novaya Gazeta, Dozhd, Meduza and Open Russia, and the blogger Dmitry Ivanov. But the searches worked if the names were misspelled or a VPN was used. YouTube’s owner, Google, fixed the “problem” that evening without providing any explanation.Russia is ranked 148th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index.Still very free just a few years ago, the Russian Internet has been reined in since the crackdown on a wave of big demonstrations against electoral fraud in 2011 and 2012. A few opposition demonstrations in 2017 have drawn large crowds of young people, suggesting that the Internet generation is less influenced than its elders by the propaganda on the big TV channels. President Vladimir Putin has just announced that he is running for a fourth term. last_img read more

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What changes for Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger now that he has an MVP award?

first_img“One thing from my first meeting here I talked about eight years ago was the importance of autographs and how much it means to fans,” Kasten said. “For a while, we’re going to have to moderate that behavior. We’re not completely clear yet what is best. But we get new information every day.”The simplest and safest precaution might be to tell players not to interact as closely with fans, Kasten acknowledged.“It might be,” he said. “And that really hurts because that’s a really, really important thing for players to always do. I always preach that. But for awhile we may not be able to. Surely, everyone will understand.”HEALTH CAREOutfielder Joc Pederson (side) continues to take batting practice in the cages and could get in minor-league games soon.Infielder/outfielder Chris Taylor (contusion to the back of his left shoulder) will be a “game-time decision” before Friday night’s game, Roberts said.Pitcher Jimmy Nelson (lower body discomfort) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Friday.Pitcher Dustin May (side) has started playing catch again, resuming a throwing program after being shut down earlier this spring.ALSOThe Dodgers made their first cuts of the spring, re-assigning right-handers Josiah Gray and Edwin Uceta to minor-league camp Thursday. GLENDALE, Ariz. — It is a life-changing achievement to win a Most Valuable Player award. But how does it really change your life?“Got a little more money,” Dodgers outfielder and 2019 National League MVP Cody Bellinger said, referring to the one-year, $11.5 million contract he signed this winter (the largest salary for any first-year arbitration-eligible player). “Other than that, my life hasn’t changed at all.”It might. The MVP label brings with it certain expectations – like continuing to play at that level.“He set a new benchmark for himself,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “There’s expectations always from the outside – whether it be from a team or individually. But I think that there’s no more expectation a person puts on himself … than themselves. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies center_img “Maybe a little,” Betts said. “But I think 95 percent of it is outside your control. You guys will come in – and when I say you guys I mean the media – if I go 0 for 20, then it’s like, ‘Oh, he lost it.’ Instead of just – it’s baseball.”Bellinger’s breakout season in 2019 began early with a two-month tear at the start of the season. Through the Dodgers’ first 50 games, Bellinger was batting .394 with 17 home runs and a 1.243 OPS.It was an early statement of MVP status fueled by Bellinger’s disappointment at being platooned at the end of the 2018 season (most bitterly in the World Series). That fire hasn’t abated with the MVP honor, Roberts said.“I just think that going into ’19, into that winter, and all spring, everything he did there was more intent, more focused intent,” Roberts said. “He took that all the way throughout the season, really, and it paid off. And I see that same kind of mindset again.”NO SIGNSBefore Thursday’s game at HoHoKam Stadium in Mesa, Bellinger and several other Dodgers spent time signing balls, gloves and slips of paper for fans seated near the field.It is an activity Dodgers CEO and President Stan Kasten says he has encouraged since his first day running the team. He might have to tell them to stop now.One of the measures MLB teams are considering as a precaution with the spread of coronavirus is to stop that interaction with fans. Some teams have already begun signing items in the clubhouse and then flipping them to fans rather than exchanging pens or other items for autographs.Kasten said team officials will meet with players on Friday to discuss measures in response to the rise of coronavirus and autograph signing will be one of the topics.Related Articles “So I think for Cody it’s kind of prepare the way he did and expect the results to be somewhat similar. He’s an MVP player. I think that he’s reached a certain plateau where I think he was pretty proud of himself. Now you got to kind of repeat it.”Mookie Betts has been through that. After leading the majors in batting average (.346), slugging percentage (.640), runs scored (129) and WAR (10.9) in 2018, he won the American League MVP award.“Obviously opportunities come off the field,” Betts said of the MVP aftermath. “Those are things that you can’t really control, you can’t do anything about. A lot of things change but it’s not because you go out and try to make them change. People change around you.“You may feel a little more pressure because you were an MVP and now have to back it up. But I think that’s all from other people.”Whatever the reason, Betts’ 2019 follow-up to his MVP season wasn’t quite as good. He was hitting just .272 with a .467 slugging percentage at the All-Star break. And he admits some of that might have been internal pressure to match his 2018 numbers. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start last_img read more

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Video: Stephen A. Smith Says He Would Have Won The O.J. Simpson Trial As Prosecutor Against Johnnie Cochran

first_imgstephen a smith first take 6-13-16YouTube/ESPN First TakeIn the wide world of hot sports takes, no one quite brings it like ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith. The winner of our “Most Annoying People In Sports Media” bracket may have had an all-time great moment, even by his own lofty standards, this morning when discussing the O.J. Simpson trial, which has leapt back into public consciousness with FX’s fantastic American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson and the debut of ESPN’s five-part 30 For 30 documentary series O.J.: Made in America on Saturday.During a lengthy discussion of the first part of Ezra Edelman’s acclaimed documentary, Smith said that he would not have let Simpson walk as a juror, and that if he had prosecuted the case instead of Marcia Clark and Christopher Darden, there is “no way in hell” he would have lost to case to Johnnie Cochran and the rest of Simpson’s “Dream Team.” The Big Lead transcribed Smith’s rant.“I have profound respect for the late Johnny Cochran, God rest his soul,” he said. “It might be the cockiest thing I’ve ever said … Christopher Darden and Marcia Clark did an absolutely horrendous job as prosecutors. Because if it were me, there’s no way in hell that Johnny Cochran would have beaten me with that evidence that I, that they, had. I’m telling you right now, I’m not even a lawyer. There is no way that you would have put 12 jurors in front of me with that evidence and I would have lost it, even to Johnny Cochrane. I’d have won that trial. I’ve often said that.”As a reminder, in case this isn’t clear, Johnnie Cochran was a famously successful lawyer. Marcia Clark and Christopher Darden were both lawyers. Stephen A. Smith is not, nor has he ever been, a lawyer.Never change, Stephen A.[The Big Lead]MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitalelast_img read more

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Barbara Kentners family expected to learn Friday if charges upgraded against Brayden

first_img(Melissa Kentner watches over Barbara in a Thunder Bay hospital)Willow Fiddler APTN News Barbara Kentner’s family has been asked to meet with Crown prosecutors and Ontario’s coroner Friday to discuss the case against a man charged with throwing a trailer hitch at the Thunder Bay woman.Brayden Bushby faces an aggravated assault charge in relation to the Jan. 28 incident.But after Kentner died July 4, the family had hoped his charges would be upgraded.“I’m hoping that they do upgrade his charges,” said Melissa Kentner, Barbara’s sister. “”I hope he gets charged with murder.”Police in Thunder Bay have been silent on the charges against Bushby since Kentner’s death.The trailer hitch used in the attack on Barbara Kentner.The file has been held at the coroner’s office in Toronto.Kentner was hit by a trailer hitch while walking down the street.APTN has confirmed Busby has scheduled to be in court Nov. 6.Click here for a full timeline: Thunder Bay. Contact Willow here: [email protected]last_img read more

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Fox Creek RCMP looking for motorist that picked up a hitchhiker on

first_imgFOX CREEK, A.B. – The RCMP in Fox Creek are looking for a suspect who allegedly left the scene of a collision on Highway 43 and was picked up by a passing motorist.At 10:35 a.m. Saturday, a collision was reported to the RCMP.  A silver SUV struck a semi truck which was pulled over on the side of the road.  The driver of the semi-truck was not hurt because he was out of the truck at the time.  The driver of the SUV walked away hitchhiking northbound on Highway 43 towards Fox Creek.The RCMP believe the suspect that was driving the SUV, was picked up by a passing motorist driving a four-door SUV, sometime between 10:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Saturday. Investigation has revealed that the SUV involved in the collision was allegedly stolen out of Edmonton.  The Fox Creek RCMP want to locate the driver of the vehicle.The driver is described as:Caucasian maleApproximately 5’10 – 6′ tallDark medium length shaggy hair with facial hair.Wearing a black jacket and dark pants possibly snow pant like style.Had a back pack or bag with himThe Fox Creek RCMP are asking that the motorist who provided a lift to this male – please contact the detachment at 780-622-3740.   Anyone else who has any information about this incident or knows this male is asked to call the FoxCreek RCMP at 780-622-3740 or call your local police detachment.  If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), by internet at www.tipsubmit.com, or by SMS.last_img read more

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RCMP looking for missing 27yearold female

first_imgIf you have any information about her whereabouts, please contact Grande Prairie RCMP Detachment at 780-830-5700. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1.800.222.8477 (TIPS) or by Internet at www.tipsubmit.com GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – The Grande Prairie RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance in locating 27-year-old Amelia Crocker.  She was last seen by family members in Grande Prairie on February 26, 2018 but she has been in communication with friends as late as March 26, 2018.Amelia is described as:CaucasianMedium length brown hairBrown Eyes5’2″/ 140 lbsThere is a concern for Crocker’s well-being. The RCMP would like to locate and speak with her as soon as possible.last_img read more

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NASAs historic allwomen spacewalk scrapped due to lack of fitting spacesuits

first_imgWashington DC: NASA’s plan to conduct the first all-female spacewalk this month had to be scrapped after the crew aboard the International Space Station encountered an unexpected setback — the lack of well-fitting spacesuits, the US space agency said. NASA astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch were scheduled to conduct the historic spacewalk on March 29 to install powerful lithium-ion batteries for one pair of the station’s solar arrays. Since the space station was assembled in 1998, 214 spacewalks have taken place, all of which had at least one male astronaut. However, after McClain conducted her first spacewalk on March 22, she realised that a medium-size hard upper torso — essentially the shirt of the spacesuit — fits her best. Since only one medium-size torso can be made ready by March 29, Koch will wear it, the US space agency said in a statement. McClain now is tentatively scheduled to perform her next spacewalk on Monday, April 8 with Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques. These will be the 215th and 216th spacewalks in the history of International Space Station assembly and maintenance. During the first spacewalk of the series, on March 22, McClain became the 13th woman to perform a spacewalk. Koch will become the 14th on March 29. No difference exists in a male’s or female’s suit, but female astronaut usually require a smaller size. The shuttle spacesuit was designed to be made of many interchangeable parts, to accommodate the large number of astronauts with widely varying body sizes. These parts (upper and lower torsos, arms, etc.) are made in different sizes. The body measurements of each shuttle astronaut are taken and recorded. Then the measurements are plotted against the size ranges available for each spacesuit component, according to NASA. The suit components are then assembled. Training suits are usually assembled nine months prior to flight, and flight suits are usually assembled four months prior to flight. We do our best to anticipate the spacesuit sizes that each astronaut will need, based on the spacesuit size they wore in training on the ground, and in some cases astronauts train in multiple sizes, said Brandi Dean, spokeswoman of the Johnson Space Center in Houston.last_img read more

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SC to hear on Apr 8 pleas challenging Centres decision on 10

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Thursday said it would hear on April 8 a batch of petitions challenging the Centre’s decision to grant 10 per cent reservation in jobs as well as admissions to educational institutions to economically weaker sections across all classes.A bench comprising Justices S A Bobde and S A Nazeer said it would also deal with the contentions raised by some of the petitioners who have said that the matter was required to be adjudicated upon by a constitution bench. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’At the outset, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre, sought an adjournment saying he and Attorney General K K Venugopal were appearing in a matter on Thursday before a constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi. “I am on my legs before the constitution bench. Please accommodate me,” he told the bench. Senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, appearing for one of the petitioners, referred to the apex court’s last order passed in the matter on March 11 and said the issue of whether these pleas should be referred to a Constitution bench should be considered. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”If the matter is to go before a Constitution bench, then ad-hoc adjournment cannot come in the way,” he said, adding, “You (bench) have to consider if this matter needs to go before a Constitution bench since it attacks the basic structure”. To this, Mehta said, “On this (issue of whether to refer the matter to a Constitution bench), the Attorney General has to say something.” He said these pleas have been “suddenly listed” before a new bench and the Attorney General was appearing in a Constitution bench matter today in the CJI’s court. “We would like to give opportunity to them (Centre) and the Attorney General,” the bench told the counsel appearing for the petitioners. Dhavan said the Railways is going to hold recruitment with 10 per cent reservation to economically weaker sections as per the 103rd amendment. The bench orally observed that it would be subject to its final orders in the matter. Referring to the nine-judge bench decision of the apex court in the landmark 1992 Indira Sawhney case, Dhavan said reservation is to be based on the concept of discrimination. The apex court allowed a separate plea filed by the Centre which has sought a stay on proceedings initiated in the Punjab and Haryana High Court against the government’s decision to grant 10 per cent reservation to economically weaker sections in jobs and education. On March 11, the apex court had said it was not in favour of passing an order at this stage to refer the petitions to a constitution bench. The court had said it will consider on March 28 whether the matter is required to be referred to a constitution bench. The top court had earlier refused to stay the Centre’s decision to grant 10 per cent quota in jobs and admissions to poor candidates in the general category. However, the court had agreed to examine the validity of the law and issued a notice to the Centre on the pleas. Petitions have been filed by parties, including ‘Janhit Abhiyan’ and NGO ‘Youth For Equality’, challenging the Centre’s decision. One of the petitioners has sought quashing of the Constitution (103rd Amendment) Act, 2019, saying economic criterion cannot be the sole basis for reservation. The petitioner has said the bill violates the basic feature of the Constitution as reservation on economic grounds cannot be limited to the general category and the overall 50 per cent ceiling limit cannot be breached.last_img read more

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Service providers can opt for GST composition scheme by April 30

first_imgNew Delhi: The tax department has given service providers with turnover of up to Rs 50 lakh time till April 30 to opt for the composition scheme and pay 6 per cent GST. The option to pay Goods and Services Tax (GST) at reduced rate of 6 per cent would be effective from the beginning of the financial year or from the date of obtaining new registration during the financial year. Service providers opting for the composition scheme can charge a lower tax rate of 6 per cent from customers, as against the higher rates of 12 and 18 per cent for most services under GST. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalIn a circular, the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) said suppliers who want to opt for composition scheme would have to file Form GST CMP-02 by selecting ‘Any other supplier eligible for composition levy’ latest by April 30, 2019. Businesses which apply for new registration may avail the said benefit in Form GST REG-01 at the time of filing application for registration. AMRG & Associates Partner Rajat Mohan said “numerous service providers tried to file this intimation opting composition scheme recently but were denied due to a legal embargo. Now with this clarification, GSTN would start accepting the intimations soon”. The GST Council, headed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and comprising state ministers, in its meeting on January 10 had permitted service providers and those dealing in both goods and services with a turnover of up to Rs 50 lakh to opt for composition scheme with effect from April 1. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe GST composition scheme was so far available to traders and manufacturers of goods with an annual turnover of up to Rs 1 crore. This threshold too has increased to Rs 1.5 crore from April 1. Under the scheme, traders and manufacturers are required to pay only 1 per cent GST on goods which otherwise attract a higher levy of either 5, 12 or 18 per cent. Such dealers are also not permitted to charge GST from the purchaser. Of the 1.20 crore businesses registered under GST, about 20 lakh have so far opted for the composition scheme.last_img read more

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The NBA Player Whos So Good At Taking Charges We Created a

Anthony TolliverSacramento544277.7% At first glance, Sacramento Kings forward Anthony Tolliver is an NBA player with little that sets him apart. In an earlier era, his range might have been a defining characteristic given his height, but now that seemingly every big man has a jumper, he doesn’t even have that. The most remarkable part of the 31-year-old’s resume is how long it is. Tolliver has played for nine teams — almost a third of the NBA — during his nine-year stint in the association.1Tolliver became the ninth player in league history to play for at least that many NBA teams during his first nine seasons, according to Basketball-Reference.com. The other eight? Ish Smith, Lou Amundson, Mike James, Drew Gooden, Kevin Ollie, Damon Jones, Tony Brown and Tony Massenburg. Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/tollivercharge2.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/tollivercharge4.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.A number of other players around the league have struggled in this area just as much as Tolliver has succeeded in it. Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas has drawn just one charge but has been called for 16 blocking fouls, a Charge Rate of 6 percent. Milwaukee Bucks All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo has been almost just as bad, inducing one charge in 13 tries, for an 8 percent Charge Rate. Minnesota’s Cole Aldrich, Philadelphia’s Dario Saric, Toronto’s Lucas Nogueira and Brooklyn’s Joe Harris have combined to go 0-for-36 in drawing charges this season, highlighting just how tough it can be for some players to persuade officials to side with them in bang-bang scenarios.Tolliver knows he’s good at this very particular task. “I just try to be smart about it, and pick my spots. Someone like Ersan is really aggressive about it, and he’ll jump in front of somebody every single time,” Tolliver said of Ersan Ilyasova, a former Pistons teammate, who leads the NBA in charges but sports a considerably lower Charge Rate than Tolliver, at 61 percent the past three years. “Nine times out of 10, guys know [Ilyasova’s] gonna try to take the charge, so they adjust to that and go after his shoulder to make him look like he’s not squared4Tolliver was also complimentary of his ex-teammate’s ability to draw charges, saying Ilyasova “is incredible at anticipating.” [properly]. But keeping the offensive player on his toes can make you more effective.”The other thing that helps? Tolliver says he doesn’t flail or flop. He argued that it’s not necessary to, because of the way he takes contact.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/tollivercharge9.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.“I don’t just fall because I get bumped or whatever. I try to absorb the bumps. When I get hit, it’s usually the type where you say, ‘Man, you must’ve really gotten run over,’” Tolliver explained. “When you look at someone like Marcus Smart, he tries to sell [charges] sometimes by flailing, but it’s not just him. DeMarcus5Tolliver said he and Cousins — his former teammate in Sacramento — came into the season talking smack about which player would draw more charges this season. Cousins holds a pretty sizable advantage, even though Tolliver has won a greater percentage of calls in collision scenarios. flails, too, and as a result, he doesn’t get some calls that he should get, because refs are trying to make a decision: ‘Did he get hit, or is he just trying to pull a fast one on me?’”Much of how Tolliver is programmed to think on defense stems from his time at Creighton, where then-Bluejays coach Dana Altman6Now the coach at Oregon often preached the importance of drawing charges. Under Altman’s direction, Creighton ran frequent practice drills teaching players how to properly take charges. And because of the coach’s emphasis on drawing charges in practice, the program seemingly began paying more attention to the skill in games. Rob Anderson, the team’s longtime sports information director, said he began manually tracking the metric — which isn’t kept by the NCAA — along with a stat spotter in 2002.Tolliver said drawing charges wasn’t a focus for him when he first got to Creighton, and numbers seem to bear that out, as he didn’t take any charges during his freshman season. But from his second year on, it became routine to see him morph into a human bowling pin, as he drew nine and 17 charges as a sophomore and junior, respectively, before drawing 23 charges — the same total as the rest of his team combined — in his senior year.7All the numbers come from Anderson’s tracking.“I took those drills to heart, and [drawing charges] became a major part of the way I play,” said Tolliver, who began his career at Creighton shortly after Cavaliers sharpshooter Kyle Korver finished there. (Korver also played for Altman, and is very good at drawing charges. He’s gotten the call on 11 of his 17 collisions this year — four more than the league average would suggest he should have — and drew the call on all nine of his collisions during the 2013 season.)Of course none of this means that being skilled at taking charges is the same thing as being a good defender. Tolliver himself, merely a decent stopper, would be the first person to tell you that. And the fact that Sacramento — tied for the NBA’s fourth-worst defense — manages to get 4 points worse per 100 plays on D when Tolliver is playing illustrates that no amount of charge-taking would make the Kings good on that end of the floor.Still, there is an art to how he goes about taking charges — both to prompt refs to side with him, and to avoid getting seriously hurt during the collisions. The key, according to Tolliver, is to set your feet, then begin falling as soon as the driving player makes contact with you, and not a millisecond before.“If you launch yourself backwards as soon as the contact hits you, the ref can see you getting hit without you having to take the full brunt of it,” he said. “Guys mess up because they start falling before they get hit.”But any way you slice it, taking a charge is going to be uncomfortable, he said. The main objective, aside from winning the call, is to avoid a potentially serious injury.“You can get really hurt if you don’t know how to take one. Even if you do know how, it’s gonna hurt. It just doesn’t feel good,” he said, adding that teammates asked him if he was OK after taking a knee to the chest from Oklahoma City’s Steven Adams. “I told them, ‘Yeah: I know how to fall,’” he said.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/tollivercharge6.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/tollivercharge7.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Whereas other players might not be good at taking charges, or simply may not want to, Tolliver feels as if he has no choice but to play to his strengths in hopes of finding a more permanent NBA home. So that means relying on his ability to draw fouls in a physically taxing way.“Fans don’t care about that sort of stuff; you’re not gonna get any glory out of that,” he said of charges. “At least by making a pass, you might get an assist. You can get something out of that. With a charge, I get a bruise or two out of it.”But maybe now, with more statistical information at our disposal, Tolliver’s nearly flawless ability to draw charges will get the credit it deserves.Neil Paine assisted with research for this piece.Check out our latest NBA predictions.VIDEO: How the Villanova and Duke losses shook the bracket Draymond GreenGolden State433069.7 Dennis SchröderAtlanta493367.3 Gorgui DiengMinnesota703651.4 This season, Tolliver has been almost automatic, drawing 10 charge calls in 12 collisions for an eye-popping 83 percent success rate2The charge, block and collision statistics for this story were last updated March 14.. He’s won five more calls than you’d expect the average player to earn in those same 12 situations.3His ratios have been impressive in past years, too: In 2014-15, for instance, he drew 19 charges against just four blocking calls. Marcus SmartBoston764153.9 Kemba WalkerCharlotte715070.4 Leaguewide charge rate is 40 percent. Excludes players with fewer than 30 charges drawn the past three years. As of games played on March 14.Sources: NBA Miner, Basketball-Reference.com, BigDataBall Players who had the greatest share of collisions called as charges since the 2014-15 season Ersan IlyasovaAtlanta1499161.0 Marreese SpeightsLos Angeles1016261.3 Monta EllisIndiana834959.0 Devin HarrisDallas814758.0 The Kings’ Anthony Tolliver is the master of the charge. Thearon W. Henderson / Getty Images Aron BaynesDetroit783139.7 But there is something else that could distinguish Tolliver: a stat that could unveil the undrafted journeyman’s best skill. The only problem is that it hasn’t been invented yet.The fuel of this stat: collisions, particularly when a ballhandler is barreling his way toward the basket despite a defender standing in his way. If those collisions make their way into the stat sheet, they usually go one of two ways: a charge call on the offender or a blocking foul on the defender. Players such as DeMarcus Cousins, Ersan Ilyasova and Marreese Speights have dominated the leaderboard of charges drawn in years past — and this year — according to NBA Miner, an advanced stat site that has tracked charge numbers for several seasons.But shouldn’t we be interested in more than just how many charges a player draws? The raw number doesn’t tell the whole story because it’s not speaking to a player’s success rate. If a defender draws a ton of charges, but gets whistled for nearly as many blocking calls, then the fouls essentially negate the turnovers he creates.With that in mind, I decided to take a more holistic look at things by creating “Charge Rate,” a simple stat that measures how efficiently a player draws charges. All it entails is dividing a player’s total of charges drawn by the total number of whistled collisions he’s been involved in; a number we can generate by incorporating the blocking fouls he’s been called for. At the top of the list was Tolliver, who has been the NBA’s best player at drawing charges while not getting whistled for blocking.Over the past three seasons, Tolliver’s garnered 42 charges in 54 total collisions, a Charge Rate of 78 percent; easily the best mark among players who’ve taken at least 30 charges since the start of the 2014-15 season. For context, consider that the average NBA player this season has a Charge Rate of just 40 percent, according to the collision counts on BigDataBall, which logs play-by-play data. DeMarcus CousinsNew Orleans1198268.9 Donatas MotiejunasNew Orleans794050.6 PLAYERTEAMNUM. OF COLLISIONSNUM. OF CHARGESCHARGE RATE Ryan AndersonHouston623150.0 Greg MonroeMilwaukee613862.2 Kyle LowryToronto714461.9 Luis ScolaBrooklyn693753.6 Thaddeus YoungIndiana663451.5 read more

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