KaTropa bust Painters’ run

first_imgPBA IMAGESANTIPOLO CITY—Playing its first game in 25 days, TNT looked the sharper team against streaking Rain or Shine, carving out a 100-92 decision in Sunday’s PBA Philippine Cup action at Ynares Center here.Even without its marksman, national team mainstay Roger Pogoy, TNT managed to dictate the pace for most of the game. Jayson Castro and Troy Rosario, both fresh from their national team stint, tallied 20 points each.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “We’ve been practicing really, really hard during the break,” coach Bong Ravena said in Filipino. “We want our team tofocus on defense and be consistent.”With the help of Jericho Cruz and Ryan Reyes, TNT erected a 17-point lead against the erstwhile coleaders of the tournament. Cruz finished with 15 points while Reyes added 10 more.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsBut Rain or Shine wasn’t the hottest team in the league for nothing—riding into the game on the saddle of a five-game winning streak. And even without star big man Raymond Almazan anchoring the middle, the Elasto Painters weren’t going down without a fight.Veteran James Yap and rookie Jjay Alejandro spearheaded a 17-4 run that pulled the Elasto Painters within four with 33 ticks left to play. Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra MOST READ LATEST STORIES But they eventually ran out of time to complete the comeback.In the other match, Alaska rebounded from big loss by coming out with an even bigger win, shredding crowd-favorite Barangay Ginebra, 104-78.The Aces, still with several key cogs decommissioned by injuries, got strong performances from Chris Banchero, Simon Enciso and a host of role players to tab their third win in five outings.The Kings dropped to 3-3.ADVERTISEMENT Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Abuan rules high jump for third Philippine gold in Isabela Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View commentslast_img read more

Raiders’ Darren Waller could be front and center vs. Bears

first_imgDarren Waller was front and center Friday, speaking to a largely British press corps after the Raiders practiced at The Grove in Watford, England, in preparation for their Week 5 game against the Chicago Bears.And while it seems like a big request to ask Waller to do more than he already has, given his status as the NFL’s leading receiver among tight ends, that may be the case Sunday against Chicago at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.Tyrell Williams was listed as questionable with a …last_img

COP 17 very unpredictable, say activists

first_img29 November 2011COP 17 is the toughest UN Climate Change Conference yet when it comes to predicting the outcome of the two-week event, according to organisations affiliated with Climate Action Network International.At a press briefing on Monday, the Network called for more certainty from this year’s United Nations climate talks, with some nations indicating their reluctance to commit to a second period under the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012.Canada, Japan and Russia are determined not to commit to a second period of emission cuts under the protocol unless all major economies – including China and the US – agree to the same legal terms.World food system ‘taking a beating’But action has to come fast because the effects of climate change are devastating the globe. Climate change policy adviser Tim Gore says around a billion people go to bed without food every day, with 239-million people in Africa among that number.The main reason for this is that climate change taking a toll on the food system around the world.In Kenya, there was total crop failure in some areas this year due to unpredictable weather changes. A significant number of livestock have also perished.Gore said that floods in East Asia had resulted in the increase of rice prices, while the food shortage crisis in Afghanistan had seen a rise in wheat prices.He said Sunday’s heavy rains in Durban, which left 10 people dead according to the eThekwini Municipality, were a stark reminder of the seriousness of climate change.Time to rise above national interestsThe World Wide Fund for Nature – one of 700 organisations from 94 countries that make up the network – was represented at the press conference by former Western Cape MEC for Environmental Affairs, Planning and Development Tasneem Essop.Essop said all countries should rise above their national interests and put the planet first. She said South Africa was able to talk and negotiate through the darkest years of its history and won the battle against apartheid – now it was time for the same to happen with all countries in the fight against climate change.The network would like to see the parties building on the progress made during the Cancun talks of 2010 and details for the Green Climate Fund finalised.‘Blind greed, self-interest’Meanwhile, Friends of the Earth International has expressed strong concerns over the agenda of the US and a number of other developed countries.“Durban could be where the greatest crime against humanity is committed,” said Nnimmo Bassey, chair of Friends of the Earth International. “The blind greed and self-interest of developed countries could literally pass a death sentence on the people of Africa.”The organisation said rather than strengthen the emissions targets, some nations were pushing to scrap the agreed and legally binding targets for developed countries and replace it with a voluntary “pledge and review” approach.However, Bassey believed the delegates were already feeling the pressure from many civil societies who have been demanding climate justice.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Hotter than normal May hard on young corn

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Can corn grow too fast? After many days in the 80’s and 90’s during the month of May, some corn plants did more growing above ground than in the soil. That can cause some early micro-nutrient issues on the corn crop. In this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report, Field Agronomist Kyle Poling talked about what he is seeing as he scouts.last_img

Isaiah Thomas on trade to Cavaliers: ‘It still hurts’

first_imgLacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 2017 PLAY LIST 03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201700:50Trending Articles01:17DTI to cemetery goers: Buy candles and bottled waters in grocery stores, supermarkets01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next “This was the first place, the first organization, the first group of fans in the league that didn’t take one look at me, take one look at my size, and put me into the same role as always,” Thomas wrote. “The Boston Celtics let me have a chance to be great. And I’ll never forget that.”But an expiring contract — coupled with a desire for a new, maximum deal — and a hip injury that itself almost derailed the trade led Celtics boss Danny Ainge to trade Thomas to Cleveland along with Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and a first-round draft pick. Irving had asked for a trade to a team where he wouldn’t have second-billing.Thomas said he is excited about playing with James, a four-time MVP, and Kevin Love, a former AAU teammate .“I’mma just say this here, point-blank, to get it over with — and then you can go ahead and post it on whatever bulletin boards you want to: You are not going to want to mess with the Cavs this year,” he said.“Me on the Cavs is a match made in heaven. If you’ve watched any Celtics games last year, then you know how many times I would have to go through double and even triple teams, just to get my shot off. … But this year . man, it’s not even going to be a thing. You really going to throw three guys on me, when I’m sharing a court with the best basketball player on the planet? Nah, I don’t think so.”ADVERTISEMENT After moving from the Celtics to their top rival in the East, Thomas said his job is now to destroy the team he helped build.“It’s sad, man. It’s just sad,” he said. “But I didn’t come to Cleveland to lose.”Among the messages Thomas received after the trade was one from Patriots quarterback Tom Brady wishing him luck and telling him “You’re gonna do great.” That was bittersweet, Thomas said: He had hoped to build a Brady-like career as an unheralded draft pick who went on to become an all-time Boston great.“In my mind, I wanted to be the Celtics version of Brady and (Red Sox slugger David) Ortiz,” he wrote. “So when I got that text from Tom, you know, there was part of me that felt a little down.“But then I thought about the text some more,” he wrote. “Tom Brady isn’t sending a text like that to guys who played in Boston for only two and a half years — unless they did something very special. So maybe, I don’t know … maybe that’s something to be proud of. And maybe, my time here . even if, in the end, I guess it wasn’t quite what I’d dreamed it would be — maybe it still meant something to some people.” E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Isaiah Thomas #4 of the Boston Celtics talks with LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers after the Cavaliers defeated the Celtics 135-102 in Game Five of the 2017 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden on May 25, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Cleveland Cavaliers defeat the Boston Celtics 4-1 in the Eastern Conference Finals to advance to the 2017 NBA Finals. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Adam Glanzman/Getty Images/AFPBOSTON — Isaiah Thomas’ two sons had different reactions to his trade from the Celtics to the Cavaliers.His older son, James, is excited that his dad will get to play alongside LeBron James. Thomas’ younger son, Jaiden, had fallen in love with Boston and was afraid that Cleveland won’t have any skate parks.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding “Everything about that trade, everything that I was feeling in my heart in those moments — they got it down to the only two things that mattered,” Thomas said in a 3,500-word post on The Players Tribune about the deal that sent him to the Cavaliers for fellow All-Star Kyrie Irving.“And so when I say this hurts, man — just know that it isn’t because of anything anyone else did. It’s only because of something I did,” he said. “I fell in love with Boston.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutA 5-foot-8 point guard who was the final pick in the 2011 draft, Thomas was a role player for three teams before he came to Boston at the 2015 trade deadline.He developed into a two-time All-Star and a fan favorite with the Celtics, leading them to the No. 1 seed in the East and an Eastern Conference finals matchup with Cleveland in last season’s playoffs. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Del Potro stuns Federer at US Openlast_img read more

Designer bytes straight from the ramp

first_imgFashion is in the air in the capital, with PCJ Delhi Couture Week 2012 having concluded recently in the city. Simply Delhi caught up with the city’s fashion design stalwarts, JJ Valaya, Manish Arora and Shantanu and Nikhil for a tete-a-tete where they shared their views on the Couture Week,,Fashion is in the air in the capital, with PCJ Delhi Couture Week2012 having concluded recently in the city. Simply Delhi caught up withthe city’s fashion design stalwarts, JJ Valaya, Manish Arora andShantanu and Nikhil for a tete-a-tete where they shared their views onthe Couture Week, their personal fashion styles and their inspirations.Q and A: JJ Valaya”I was training to be a CA when fashion happened.”Q. What led you take up fashion as a career? Did you always know that’s what you wanted or was it something that happened out of the blue? A. I was actually training to be a cha rtered accountant. I didn’t know what I wanted to be or what I wanted to do, but I knew I wanted to do something creative and fashion just happened.Q. What would you consider the one event that was your ‘big break’ into the world of fashion?A. I was living in Chandigarh in the late 80’s when somebody told me about this new institute that had opened up in Delhi. At a time when fashion institutes were synonymous with tailoring colleges, the National Institute of Fashion and Technology (NIFT) came into the scene and completely turned things around. For me, enrolling into NIFT in 1988 is what I consider ‘divine intervention.’Q. What has been your idea behind this season’s designs?A. For me couture is always about timelessness and I don’t think that trends always work. I want my designs to be passed on through generations. For example, recently I had a client for whom I had designed bridal wear more than two decades ago. She came to me a few days ago asking me to alter the same dress to fit her daughter. This to me was an amazing feeling.Q. Has the line been inspired by something or somebody?A. Our couture displays have been titled, The Azrak collection, The Realm of the Sultan. The collection finds its inspiration from the Ottoman Empire. Azrak in Turkish means ‘rare and uncommon.’ Its a fitting title for this collection as it stands inspired by some exceptional arts from the Ottoman Empire.Q. Any particular aspect of the designs you would like to highlight?A. We do the finest embroideries in the country and this is one of our greatest selling points. I also nurture a great interest in Indian arts and crafts and I want to revive these craft traditions and make it relevant to the modern world.Q What’s your personal fashion style?A. It’s simplistic with a lot of attention to detail. I like neutral colour dresses with an occasional pop of bright coloured accessories.-Sibi ArasuadvertisementQ and A: Manish Arora”Always remember, you are only as good as your last collection.”Q. What led you take up fashion as a career? Did you always know that’s what you wanted or was it something that happened out of the blue?A. Fashion was accidental. I’d never thought I’d end up as a fashion designer. I use fashion as a platform for my art. Moving away from my commerce degree and getting enrolled at NIFT, Delhi in the 90’s was the turning point. From there on in, it has always been about creativity, art and design.Q. What would you consider the one event that was your ‘big break’ into the world of fashion?A. The year I spent working with the Spanish fashion legend, Paco Rabanne was a game changer for me.Q. What’s your personal fashion style?A. My designs are an extension of myself. I put my heart and soul into every collection. But my personal style is completely different. I like to dress neat and crisp and sport black and other dark shades as much as possible.Q. What does the Delhi Couture Week mean to you?A. It is a sort of homecoming for me. This is my first runway show in India after a three year break and it feels good to showcase my Paris collections here. My collections are pret-a-porter but it has consumed as much energy and time as designing couture would do.Q. Has the line been inspired by something or somebody?A. My inspirations are from all over the place. Anything from India POP and Warriors that were the themes behind my work in 08-09 to Graffiti Art and ‘The joy of living in the 60’s,’ which was what motivated my latest designs. Hybrid animals, magic, the circus-all these have been sources of inspirations for my creations over the last few years. The designs I displayed here this time around are a retrospective of my collections which I have showcase in various Paris Fashion Weeks.Q. If you have to have a ‘fashion ideology’ what would it be?A. Always remember, that you are only as good as your last collection. You have to constantly surpass your own capabilities in order to create designs that are of value in today’s competitive market.-Sibi ArasuadvertisementQ and A: Shantanu and Nikhil Mehra”The designers’ fraternity was literally on the street for 6-8 months.”Q. In these 12 years that you’ve been in the fashion world, which moment do you consider as your ‘big break?’A. Well we really feel it’s yet to come. But the one time our work really got recognised was when actor Shilpa Shetty wore one of our gowns at the IIFA awards in 2006. That set off a trend and today women have started wearing gowns for their cocktail functions instead of lehengas.Q. Tell us a bit about the struggles you had to go through to establish yourself?A. Though we haven’t struggled too much, the one time we really had a tough time was when our shop, along with other designer stores got demolished at MG Road. The designers’ fraternity was literally on the street for 6-8 months and had no direction.Q. What does the Delhi Couture Week mean to you?A. It’s a platform to be really creative. It’s the place where you can do anything you want and your opinion really matters. It’s one of those opportunities for us to let people know what we want to say.Q. Tell us something about the collection you showcased at the 3rd Delhi Couture Week concluded recently.A. This collection of ours titled ‘She is the One,’ is an ode to the woman of today. With this collection, we want to portray a strong woman who says ‘there’s a hurricane in me’. This woman has gone through a crazy time but is a survivor. So the silhouettes are hard, the clothes are dark, vintage and not flowery. This is a stark contrast to last time’s Perfume collection which was soft and delicate.Q. What has been your inspiration?A. We get inspired by spaces and places around us. Right now, there’s an undertone of darkness all around us. There’s been a barrage of bad news since the past one year. That affects our work. Especially when we talk about the Indian woman, there’s so much lag-on one hand, we call her bharat mata and on the other, we rape her.Q. Black is not usually a colour associated with Indian weddings. How come you’ve used so much of it in Couture Week, which is all about wedding couture?A. Indian weddings have changed over the years and have become pretty liberal. There’s even a concept of theme weddings. So, even if someone doesn’t want to wear black on the wedding day, it can be worn for a cocktail or a bachelorette party.Q. Talking about the current season, what do you think are the colours and fabrics of this season?A. It’s a pop colour palette this season. You’ll find a bright orange amongst navy blues, gold with greens. And the fabrics are mostly antique like linens and quilts.-Rewati Rauadvertisementlast_img read more

India’s defeat reflects Kabaddi’s globalisation: Coach Reddy

first_imgBy Amanpreet Singh Jakarta, Aug 24 (PTI) Twin defeats at the hands of Iran in the 18th Asian Games will rankle India for a long time but it also reflects that Kabaddi has truly become a global sport, says women’s team coach L Srinivas Reddy. Traditional powerhouse India returned without a gold in kabaddi for the first time in the history of the Games after Iran shocked their women’s team 24-27 in the final today to join their male counterparts in walking away with the top honours. The Indian men’s team had lost 18-27 to Iran in the semifinals yesterday. Reddy said India cannot take its medal for granted now as the rivals are watching the game keenly. “Yes, the defeat hurts because we had come with an aim to create a hat-trick. The game has been globalized. Other teams will also fancy their chances now. It is becoming an Olympic sport,” he said. “Chinese Taipei started playing the game only in 2014 now they are podium finishers, that means the game is growing at a great speed. It’s a win for Kabaddi.” The coach said the game has come a long way from the time when the Kabaddi players’ applications for the Arjuna award was not considered seriously. “At one point of time Milkha Singh had rejected the file of our players for the Arjuna award, saying only six countries play Kabaddi, why give them Arjuna. Now 40 countries play the game. It starts with one country and then grows. So no game is small or big,” Reddy said.advertisement The young coach also felt that the fear factor has been neutralised by the Kabaddi Leagues, which allows players to mingle with each other. Pro Kabaddi League and World Kabaddi League were launched on the line of IPL and became popular among fans. It also helped Kabaddi players gain an identity and money too. “The exposure through Leagues has helped foreign players. There was always the uncertainty factor but with players playing consistently with each other, that factor is no more there. The phobia is over, players are friends with each other. They are watching the game keenly and we have to work harder now. We can’t take things for granted.” Analysing the defeat, Reddy said, “The defence faltered and raiders also could not perform at crunch moments. Silver does not give us satisfaction, we always play for gold.” Iran team was coached by an Indian — Shailja Jain — but the coach said credit should be given to people who prepared the Iran team from the scratch. “A lot of India coaches have gone there but it’s years of hard work that is paying off. No coach has magic wand to transform a team in six months. She has got credit because it happened under her tenure.” Reddy though looked a bit peeved with media for not highlighting the big wins, as they did the Asian Games defeat. “When we became world champions no one gave us coverage but now that we have lost, everyone is talking about this defeat. The media would give just 2 paras earlier, but now men’s team last, the coverage was huge.” Reddy said nothing less than a gold is acceptable to them. “In other sport, people may be happy winning silver and bronze but we want only gold. We have missed it, so it hurts. We have to work hard,” he said. PTI AT ATKATKlast_img read more

a month agoReal Madrid weigh up bid for Rennes teen Eduardo Camavinga

first_imgReal Madrid weigh up bid for Rennes teen Eduardo Camavingaby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid is weighing up a raid on the French transfer market.Marca says Real are already looking at young talents who are standing out this season.First on the list is midfielder Eduardo Camavinga, who is already featuring for Rennes at 16 years of age.After making his debut last season, he has earned a starting position this year.In August, he was voted player of the month by his peers, winning the Union of French Football Players award.Real Madrid have been scouting several youngsters, but Camavinga has caught the eye the most. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Inside One Of The Best Defensive Matchups In Super Bowl History

During the 2015 regular season, the Broncos and Panthers allowed the NFL’s fewest and second-fewest yards per play, respectively, and finished 1-2 defensively in Football Outsiders’ defense-adjusted value over average (DVOA) ratings. It’s only the eighth time the top two DVOA defenses1Using estimated ratings for seasons prior to 1989. have met in a Super Bowl, and the average defensive index of the teams involved ranks third all-time, trailing only Super Bowls XIV and IV. Everyone is obsessing over the study in contrasts at quarterback — Cam Newton vs. Peyton Manning — but it’s the two defenses that should be taking center stage in the lead-up to Sunday, because by just about any measure, this is one of the best defensive matchups in Super Bowl history. BroncosRunning the ball against the Broncos’ defense is like running into a brick wall erected around another, thicker brick wall. It had the league’s fourth-best defensive DVOA against rushing plays during the regular season and was particularly fearsome up the middle, allowing the league’s fourth-fewest expected points per rush between the tackles. According to ProFootballFocus.com’s player grades, defensive end Derek Wolfe was the eighth-best interior run defender in the NFL; Danny Trevathan and Brandon Marshall also ranked among the top 11 run defenders at linebacker, with Von Miller ranking ninth against the run among edge rushers. If the Broncos have a weakness against the run, it’s in short-yardage situations — they allowed the league’s second-highest power success rate2Defined as the percentage of runs that achieved a first down or touchdown on third or fourth down with 2 yards or less to go, or on first- or second-and-goal from the 2-yard line or closer. — but they offset that with one of the league’s highest rates of stuffing runners behind the line of scrimmage, and they almost never allowed long runs. Only 7.4 percent of carries against the Broncos went for more than 10 yards, the third-lowest rate in the league.And Denver’s ability to stop the run is by far the weaker aspect of this defense. According to DVOA,3Again, indexed relative to the league’s distribution of pass defenses. the 2015 Broncos’ pass D ranks as the 11th-best of the Super Bowl era after blowing away the competition this season. The Panthers’ DVOA against the pass ranked second in the league but was about two-thirds of a standard deviation worse than Denver’s. 2012Chicago140130136 What makes the Broncos so great at defending the pass? For one thing, they led the league in adjusted sack rate, with coordinator Wade Phillips dialing up five or more pass-rushers on 42 percent of opposing pass plays, fourth-most in football. Those plays are statistically graded as blitzes, but in a Denver 3-4 alignment featuring some of the game’s top pass-rushing linebackers, the lines between a blitz and a D-line that simply creates pressure on its own start to blur. According to PFF, Miller was the top pass-rushing edge defender in the game, and his partner on the opposite side, DeMarcus Ware, ranked sixth. Meanwhile, Wolfe and Malik Jackson also finished among the top 11 pass-rushing interior linemen. And when the Broncos do need to blitz from unusual places, safety T.J. Ward can create havoc; he tied for sixth among DBs with a pair of sacks this season.But the front four is only part of the equation — a blitz-heavy scheme falls apart quickly without the ability to cover receivers. This Denver D doesn’t necessarily rely on its secondary as ball hawks; Aqib Talib’s modest total of three interceptions led the roster, and the team’s interception rate was merely average. Instead, all of the Broncos’ primary defensive backs (Talib, Ward, Chris Harris Jr., Darian Stewart and Bradley Roby) and linebackers (Trevathan and Marshall) ranked among the upper quartile at their positions in PFF’s coverage grades, sticking to receivers so effectively that only St. Louis allowed fewer air yards per completion. (“Grading” players is often a fool’s errand, since you can never be sure about coverages and assignments, but when pretty much the entire secondary grades out in the upper crust, those problems are minimized.) And no team allowed fewer overall passing yards per attempt or yards per completion than the Broncos did.PanthersFor all the lofty achievement and outright dominance by the Denver squad, the Panthers’ defense might actually have the edge in star power: Not only will it have arguably the best player on the field Sunday in LB Luke Kuechly, but Carolina’s D also outearned Denver’s in first-team All-Pro selections (3 to 1) and tied it for Pro Bowl nods (4 apiece).It’s indicative of the way these defenses stack up: Carolina’s top defensive players — Kuechly, CB Josh Norman, LB Thomas Davis (playing Sunday with “a plate and probably around 11 or 12 screws” in his arm, which he broke during the NFC championship), DT Kawann Short — can hold their own with anybody on Denver’s roster. But the lesser Panthers defenders aren’t quite as good, which makes Carolina’s statistical profile sort of “Broncos Lite.” Their strengths are similar, but the Panthers are slightly inferior to Denver whether they’re defending the pass or the run.Stylistically, however, the Panthers do operate differently in some important ways. At the most elemental level, they run a 4-3 scheme that relies less on creative blitz packages and pressure from the edges, instead using Short to generate a pass rush from the middle of the defense, and fellow DT Star Lotulelei to occupy blockers and eat up space. The end result was fewer sacks and less pressure overall, but that only makes Carolina’s performance in coverage even more impressive. Despite giving opposing passers the league’s sixth-most seconds in the pocket per drop-back, the Panthers allowed the 11th-fewest air yards per attempt and seventh-lowest completion percentage.It all starts with Norman, who has few peers when it comes to blanketing receivers. Alongside him, the Carolina secondary is littered with such solid cover DBs as Kurt Coleman, Roman Harper, Cortland Finnegan and Tre Boston, all of whom PFF rated among the top half of their respective positions in terms of pass coverage. This depth proved important because Carolina used five or more defensive backs on 463 pass plays this season (26 percent more than the NFL average), more than any other team despite a banged-up secondary that suffered a number of key losses.Speaking of which: The only glaring hole in the DB corps might be Robert McClain, whom PFF rated as one of the worst cover corners in football since signing with Carolina at midseason after a rash of injuries befell the team. But coverage ratings for individual players often don’t tell the whole story, and the rest of Carolina’s roster rates well in pass coverage — Kuechly was graded by PFF as the game’s best cover LB. The all-around cover skills of Carolina’s entire D helped them yield the league’s second-lowest rates of yards per attempt and yards after the catch.Against the rush, Carolina profiled a lot like Denver: It was poor at stopping runners in power situations (worst in the league, in fact), but it also stuffed a lot of runs behind the line of scrimmage. The biggest difference is that, unlike the Broncos, the Panthers did yield some long runs; they ranked 15th at preventing what Football Outsiders calls “open field” yards — i.e., rushing gains starting more than 10 yards beyond the line of scrimmage — per carry (Denver ranked second). That’s one reason why this is a good run defense but not a great one.All told, this is the 15th-most evenly matched defensive matchup in Super Bowl history according to DVOA. And the quality of offensive competition each defense will face ought to help level the playing field even more. Denver’s historically great D is facing a very good Carolina offense led by the suddenly amazing Newton at QB; Carolina’s great-but-not-historically-so defense is facing one of the worst offenses to take the field in a Super Bowl — particularly when it comes to passing.The Super Bowl is all about pomp and spectacle, razzle and dazzle, offensive fireworks and star quarterbacks booking FastPass times at the tea cups. Sometimes that leaves little room for an appreciation of subtler things, like defense. But in this case, all eyes should be on that rougher side of the football — it will be a long time before you see another defensive clash of this caliber on Super Bowl Sunday.Check out our live coverage of Super Bowl 50. 2004Buffalo135129135 Source: Football Outsiders, FootballPerspective 2008Pittsburgh133125133 DEFENSIVE DVOA INDEX 1974Pittsburgh139130138 1982Miami12785143 1980Washington11886132 1998Miami133114137 2002Tampa Bay146114148 YEARTEAMOVERALLVS. RUNVS. PASS 2013Seattle137114140 1970Minnesota135118136 Best pass defenses of the Super Bowl era (1966-2015) 1988Minnesota144121146 1999Tampa Bay12791134 1994Pittsburgh131114132 2015Denver135120135 1977Atlanta127115132 1969Minnesota134123132 1991Philadelphia150147142 1985Chicago135119137 2009N.Y. Jets136114134 2003Baltimore135125132 read more