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America’s Cup 2021: Prada Cup live update – Schedule, start times, odds, live streams and how to watch | Instant News

The British Ineos Britannia team and the NYYC American Magic Patriot. Photo / Michael Craig

Follow all the live action from day one of the Prada Cup with AUT Screen Professor Mark Orams and follow the live commentary with PJ Montgomery below:

Everything you need to know before the Prada Cup:

After months of drama, controversy and preparation, the race for the America’s Cup will finally kick off with the Prada Cup kicking off.

Organized by the Challenger of Record, the Prada Cup Challenger Selection Series will be held in Auckland throughout January and February 2021 to determine which of the three challengers – Luna Rossa, Ineos Team UK and American Magic – will take on the defenders – Team New Zealand – in America’s Match The 36th Cup which starts on March 6.

The Prada Cup will consist of four round robins consisting of three races each, seven semifinal races and 13 final races between the two leading teams. Each win gets one point.

The highest ranked Challenger at the end of the round robins automatically qualifies for the Prada Cup final.

The remaining two teams will then compete in the semifinals of seven races and the first team to get four points will qualify for the Prada Cup final.

The Prada Cup Final will then determine the Challenger to face New Zealand Team in the America’s Cup Match and the winner of the newly minted Prada Cup trophy.

The Prada Cup kicks off on Friday, January 14th.  Photo / Brett Phibbs
The Prada Cup kicks off on Friday, January 14th. Photo / Brett Phibbs

American Magic will head to the Prada Cup as bookies’ favorites following a fine performance at the World Series in December, where they are the only team to beat Team New Zealand in official races.

However, don’t miss Record Challenger Luna Rossa, who will bring a wealth of experience and experience to the regatta.

Meanwhile, Ineos Team UK, who have appeared winless at the World Series, also appear to be heading in the right direction if this week’s practice race is decisive.


There will be two races per day with a race window between 15.00 and 17.00, except for the final race where the race window is between 16.00 and 18.00.

Prada Cup schedule.  Photo / America's Cup
Prada Cup schedule. Photo / America’s Cup


TAB Odds – Prada Cup Winner:

American Magic – $ 1.75
Luna Rossa – $ 2.75
UK INEOS Team – $ 6


The Herald will have live updates at nzherald.co.nz/sport while you can listen to live commentary on Gold AM and iHeartRadio.

Coverage of the America’s Cup is free on tvNZ. You can also stream the action live or on demand on TVNZ.co.nz or on the America’s Cup YouTube channel.

If you’re in Auckland, you can also head to America’s Cup Race Village on the Viaduct Marina, where there will be a stage and a big screen to watch it in action. The village operates from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on race day and is accessible via the main entrance at the start of Hobson Wharf.

American Cup race course.  Photo / America's Cup
American Cup race course. Photo / America’s Cup

There are also plenty of options for watching live action around Auckland’s waterfront. Here is the best place to watch the action.

The racing officer will determine which path will be used on each race day.

Professor Mark Orams is a former New Zealand seafarer and world champion, member of the New Zealand Team, writer, environmentalist and Professor Sports and Recreation on Auckland University of Technology.

Towards a Cup race?

• Give yourself plenty of time and think about taking the ferry, train, or bus to watch the Cup.

• Make sure your AT HOP card is in your pocket. It’s the best way to ride.

• Don’t forget to scan the QR code with the NZ Covid Tracer app when taking public transportation and entering America’s Cup Village.

• For more ways to enjoy race day, visit at.govt.nz/americascup.


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A suspension of Virginia basketball activity could affect future matches | Instant News

By Jerry Ratcliffe

While details await Virginia’s decision to suspend all men’s basketball activity until further notice, at least one of the Cavaliers players has tested positive for Covid-19, forcing the school to postpone Wednesday night’s game with Michigan State.

It’s not clear how many UVA players or staff have tested positive, or how long the program will be suspended. The Cavaliers postponed the ACC / Big Ten Challenge game with Michigan State and Sunday’s game with William & Mary.

Virginia’s Wake Forest match next Wednesday could be affected too. The Cavaliers are also scheduled to face Villanova at Madison Square Garden on December 19.

According to the ACC Covid protocol, those who test positive for the virus should be isolated for 10 days and for those connected via contact tracing, it is recommended they should be quarantined for 14 days, although that requirement can be reduced to 10 to seven days.

UVA notified Michigan State coach Tom Izzo late Tuesday in his hotel room in Charlottesville that the match was postponed due to Covid issues with the Cavaliers team. The Spartans flew home Wednesday morning.

Izzo was a guest on Thursday’s “Tiki and Tierney” show on CBS and clings to his belief that college basketball must keep going. Izzo disagrees with fellow Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski of Duke, who this week argued that college basketball should be suspended and re-evaluated.

On Thursday, Krzyzewski announced that Duke was canceling the rest of the non-conference schedule.

“I love Mike, and I agree with him on a lot of things,” said Izzo. “I don’t know what we think, but my opinion is that I hope we can continue to play, and I hope we can teach the world that you have to do it the right way.”

Izzo said the greatest mental health is when an athlete is in athletic sports.

“I don’t think we should stop living, I don’t think we should stop working, and I definitely don’t think we should stop playing,” said the Spartan coach. “I just think we have to be more diligent, which requires more work.

“But in return, we help our children. Like I tell my people [Tuesday night in Charlottesville], 11:30 p.m. at the hotel, right on campus, “there will be worse things in life.” This is just another thing that helps prepare you. And I think that’s what athletics does. “

There has been no word from Virginia about a possible make-up date for one of the postponed matches.


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New Zealand’s mysterious ‘silent earthquake’ could help predict future tsunamis | Instant News

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What is slow slip? Video / GNS Science

An earthquake that occurs slowly and quietly deep beneath the North Island can be the key to predicting future earthquakes and tsunamis generated by our biggest fault.

A million dollar, three-year project will increase scientists’ understanding of
Earthquakes “slow” along the Hikurangi Subduction Zone.

Scientists believe the subduction zone, which runs along the east coast of the North Island, could produce “megathrust” earthquakes larger than the scale of 8, such as the one that created the tsunamis that devastated Indonesia in 2004 and Japan in 2011.

The worst case scenario of a major Hikurangi event could include thousands of deaths and injuries, and billions of dollars worth of property losses.

But slow-slip earthquakes – where plate boundary faults release slowly buried tension over days to months instead of seconds in a typical earthquake – can help us better gauge threats.

Their discovery 20 years ago has revolutionized seismology and our understanding of fault mechanics.

Even though it happens off the east coast every few years, no one feels it when it happens – and the driving force remains unclear.

The new project, led by GNS Science, is designed to detect subtle physical changes in a fault before a slow-slip earthquake occurs, to uncover the mechanisms that regulate its timing.

“It will clarify if there is an observable physical change in the fault that could allow the development of a more accurate estimate of when the fault might fail, either in a slow earthquake or, possibly, a fast earthquake,” said project leader Dr Laura Wallace.

Tantalizing evidence has emerged in recent years that increased water pressure near the fault exerts great control over New Zealand’s slow-slip earthquakes.

GNS seismologist Dr Emily Warren-Smith said if this build-up affects slip times, then monitoring water accumulation in the fault could allow better forecasts for slow and possibly fast earthquakes in the future.

But it is possible that the change in fluid pressure within the fault may be a symptom of a slow earthquake rather than a direct cause, said Wallace.

Alternatively, there may be other processes such as a steady increase in stress from tectonic plate motion that controls the tempo of a slow slip earthquake.

The project aims to resolve this dichotomy by installing large-scale submarine and land monitoring instruments in the southern Hawke’s Bay and Wairarapa.

It will monitor changes before, during and after the regularly expected recurring slow slip events offshore in this region in the next two years.

This picture illustrates where "slow slip" previous earthquakes occurred under the North Island.  Image Science / GNS
This image depicts where a previous “slow slip” earthquake occurred beneath the North Island. Image Science / GNS

Wallace said the project would establish new ground in seabed geodesy and help put New Zealand at the forefront of global efforts to monitor offshore faults that can produce large earthquakes and tsunamis.

The team departed this weekend aboard the Niwa research vessel Tangaroa to carry out the first set of seabed sensor deployments.

“This project will generate new evidence-based information that will aid significantly in planning and preparedness and make New Zealand safer and more capable of recovering from a major earthquake.”

A separate voyage to the Hikurangi subduction zone – where the Pacific Plate is plunging downward, or “plunging” below the North Island’s east coast – has just finished.

US scientists recently dropped their own specialized equipment onto the ocean floor to visualize subsurface structures, and investigated how fluid is distributed within the sediments.

The Hikurangi subduction zone is where the Pacific tectonic plate sinks into - or dives beneath - the Australian tectonic plate.  Image Science / GNS
The Hikurangi subduction zone is where the Pacific tectonic plate sinks into – or dives beneath – the Australian tectonic plate. Image Science / GNS

Program leader Dr Jess Hillman, from GNS Science, said this will allow scientists to better understand how fluid movement is related to activity in our largest offshore faults and the generation of gases beneath the ocean floor.

Shipping specialist Dr Peter Kannberg, from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in the US, said earthquakes, the stability of the seabed slopes and the release of seabed gases were all regulated in part by the presence of fluids.

“Our instrumentation can detect where this fluid is on Earth, enabling us to better understand the role of fluids in regulating these natural hazards.”

The new three-year project is supported by a $ 960,000 grant from the Marsden Fund.

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YouTube announces fixes after global issues on Wednesday | Instant News

(NEXSTAR)-YouTube announced on Wednesday night that they have resolved an issue that caused playback problems for thousands of US and international users earlier that night.

“…We are back – we are sorry for the interruption. This issue has been fixed on all devices and YouTube services. Thank you for your patience.” TeamYouTube tweeted at 9:13 PM Eastern Standard Time.

YouTube did not specify the cause of the interruption. About two hours ago, the company posted on Twitter:

“If you are having trouble watching videos on YouTube right now, you are not alone-our team will know the problem and fix it.”

according to DownDetector, This is a website that monitors online power outage reports. It seems that the problem is around 6:45 pm Eastern Time. The problem affected YouTube Music, YouTubeTV and YouTube.

According to DownDetector, as of 7:30 pm Eastern Standard Time, there have been more than 280,000 reports of issues affecting YouTube.

The shutdown map showed that a large number of complaints came from parts of the northeastern United States and parts of Florida, southern and California. Reports outside the United States came from Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, Australia, Western Europe, and Japan.

The playback error prevented some users from rotating because the video could not be loaded, while other users reported receiving error messages.


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Is Virginia messed up by the new ACC 10 match schedule? | Instant News

By Jerry Ratcliffe

Mascot Cav Man from Virginia joins fans at The Hill to celebrate his fourth quarter field goal against Georgia Tech (Photo by John Markon).

When the ACC computer issued a newly revised 10-plus-one schedule on Wednesday afternoon, they did not show the love of the Virginia soccer team.

Let’s face it, the UVA new league schedule is brutal. Of the 10 conference games, the Cavaliers face what many college football observers believe are the top three teams in each of the Atlantic and Coastal divisions, although everyone has played in only one division this season.

The Cavaliers’ five home games are against Boston College, Duke, Louisville, North Carolina and NC State, in no particular order. Five UVA road games – and here it is increasingly brutal – against Clemson, Florida State, Miami, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.

How many college soccer teams come out of the road schedule who feel good about themselves?

If Bronco Mendenhall likes a challenge, he also has a challenge.

Some preseason polls have Clemson, Louisville and Florida State 1-2-3 in the Atlantic, and Carolina, Virginia Tech and Miami 1-2-3 on the Coast.

No, UVA did not gain much respect after winning the division last fall and returning most of its start to defense, alongside the entire offensive line and the experienced backs and broad receivers. In addition, the Wahoo have some good transfers in the offseason, including quarterback Keytaon Thompson from the State of Mississippi and Tony Poljan from Central Michigan.

Hosting Louisville and Carolina can be very supportive of Virginia, although many predict Tar Heels will be strong behind quarterback Sam Howell, the second best QB in the league after Trevor Lawrence from Clemson.

But street games are evil. Clemson will fight for another Playoff College Football experience and chances are that no one at ACC can even hang out with the Tigers.

The State of Florida did not initially fit the UVA schedule, but it was another challenging road game even though Seminoles were not like they used to be. Cavaliers defeated FSU at Charlottesville last season, 31-24. There is a new sheriff in town, because Mike Norvell came to Tallahassee with the aim of restoring order in the program. Norvell won in Memphis and his team has a reputation for placing many points on the board.

Virginia played in Miami last season and suffered a haunting 17-9 defeat when the Cavaliers fouled and stammered and could not punch the final zone in six trips inside the red zone.

If those three road games are not challenging enough, how about we travel to Blacksburg where UVA hasn’t won since 1998.

While the game is over a month away, there are worries in the sports world about playing contests in the state of Florida, which has become a new hot spot for the Covid-19 virus.

John MacKnight, head of the UVA team of doctors and members of the ACC Medical Advisory Group, said recently that nobody wants to play in Florida now.

ACC allows his team to play one nonconference opponent, but the stipulation is that the game must be played in the state of an ACC institution. There were rumors about West Virginia filling the slot, but there was no confirmation that the game was approved.

UVA said it would announce the plus-one opponent in the future.

No TV dates, times or assignments were announced at this time.


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