John Elliott + Co Highlights Clean and Effortless Style in Fall/Winter 2015 Lookbook

Upon being recognized as GQ‘s 2014 Best New Menswear Designer, John Elliott has continued to impress with his casual cool deliveries throughout 2015. With styles meant to be modern, clean and effortless, we see much of the same heat for the label’s upcoming fall/winter collection.

Per usual, sportswear-inspired pieces will keep you comfortable, all while looking tastefully stylish. The fall and winter seasons are no doubt all about outerwear, and with that John Elliott + Co presents bombers, wool stadium jackets and overcoats, fishtail raincoats and leather jackets, all interspersed with various sweat options, technical pants, sweaters, hoodies and stretch tees. Another common theme that we see is layering, as is also ever-important during the colder months.

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Chevy Cruze goes on a diet

The new Chevy Cruze is lighter than the car it replaces, despite being longer and more spacious

Despite growing in every direction and packing in more active safety tech, the new Chevrolet Cruze has managed to shed 250 pounds (113 kg) from its predecessor’s kerb weight.

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Out on the piss? Danish festival recycles urine to make beer

Organisers of Roskilde festival plan to collect 25,000 litres of waste liquid to fertilise barley crops that will ultimately be ‘beercycled’ into pilsner

Under a cloudless sky, shirtless Vikings with plastic cups of beer in hand are queuing excitedly along a patch of sawdust-covered earth to urinate in a metal trough. Their “contributions” are being collected in specially designed storage tanks, which will then be transported to nearby fields to fertilise malting barley for brewing beer.

“From piss to pilsner” is a new initiative being launched at Roskilde – northern Europe’s largest music festival – in Zealand, Denmark, this week. Organisers hope to collect 25,000 litres of urine from more than 100,000 festivalgoers.

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How Willie Cauley-Stein Can Complement DeMarcus Cousins in Rookie Season

The Sacramento Kings bolstered their frontcourt with the addition of Willie Cauley-Stein in the 2015 NBA draft. The big man from Kentucky will join another former Wildcat in DeMarcus Cousins to form an effective duo.

Cousins is known for his offensive prowess, and that shouldn’t change just because Cauley-Stein’s on board. With Cousins’ versatility, the two will be able to coexist without detracting from one another on the offensive end.

But it’s on defense where Cauley-Stein will really help the Kings. In recent years, Cousins has made himself into a formidable defensive player, but there wasn’t another front-line player who could match his ability. That changes with Cauley-Stein, and it could change the whole dynamic in Sacramento.

 

The Elephant in the Room

Before we delve into how Cauley-Stein complements Cousins, it would be prudent to mention that the two of them may not play together. That’s because of the turmoil in the organization and the chatter of Sacramento potentially trading away Cousins.

Prior to the draft, ESPN’s Marc Stein reported the Los Angeles Lakers were trying to acquire Cousins.

There was also the report from Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski that head coach George Karl had been talking to other teams and players about trading away the big man.

Throughout all of this, Sacramento has remained steadfast in its refusal to move Cousins, with both vice president of basketball operations Vlade Divac and majority owner Vivek Ranadive saying the team won’t trade him.

For now, all we can do is take the organization at its word. Cousins is a King until we hear otherwise. With that being the case, the possibility of pairing him with Cauley-Stein is intriguing. 

 

The Defensive Dynamic

Cauley-Stein will make his most profound impact on defense.

Part of that is because the Kings simply aren’t a good defensive team. They finished the season 27th in defensive rating, allowing 106.5 points per 100 possessions. The Kings were even worse after Karl took over as head coach, dropping to 28th and seeing their defensive rating increase to 107.2.

While the overall defense struggled, one area where it was particularly porous is around the basket.

Opponents shot 63.0 percent within five feet of the hoop. Only the Minnesota Timberwolves allowed a higher percentage (63.2). Teams who normally shot 59.7 percent within six feet saw that percentage increase to 63.0 percent against the Kings.

Defending the hoop was a problem for the team, but it’s an area where Cousins was actually pretty robust. Among centers who played in at least 40 games and faced at least two shots per contest within six feet, Cousins held opponents to 51.7 percent shooting. Only six players were better.

That’s important to note because the Kings are getting another player in Cauley-Stein who is a bona fide rim protector.

He averaged 3.6 blocks per 40 minutes during his three years at Kentucky, while his career block percentage of 9.2 is the 10th best in the SEC since the stat was first recorded in the 1997-98 season. 

He was also one of the nation’s premier all-around defenders. The center led the NCAA in defensive win shares in 2014-15, with 3.4. He also averaged more than a steal per game in each of his last two seasons at Kentucky.

Where Cauley-Stein will really help Cousins and the Kings is with his versatility. Despite his 7’0″, 242-pound frame, he’s athletic enough to guard perimeter players. This dynamic already has Karl thinking about pairing Cousins with Cauley-Stein.

One area the coach specifically cited is Cauley-Stein’s ability to contest pick-and-rolls, particularly when switching on the ball-handler.

As Bill Herenda of Comcast California points out, that defensive versatility is one of the main reasons Divac targeted Cauley-Stein in the first place.

It means the Kings will be able to pair Cauley-Stein with Cousins without having to worry about each other’s strengths. Essentially, they can placate the defense to whatever DMC does best and have the rookie fill in the gaps. 

 

Ability on Offense

How Cauley-Stein complements Cousins on offense isn’t as clear. 

At least at Kentucky, Cauley-Stein was seen as a limited offensive player. He never averaged more than 8.9 points per game or 14.2 per 40 minutes. Part of that can be explained by his 17.2 career usage percentage since Cauley-Stein was never a focal part of the Wildcats offense. 

But it’s fair to note Cauley-Stein didn’t show much creativity in his chances either. According to Hoop-Math.com, 60.6 percent of his field-goal attempts were at the rim, with 69.2 percent of his baskets at the tin coming off assists.

For the Kings, there are two things on their side in terms of how this will mesh with Cousins. The first is that DMC has versatility to his offensive game.

Granted, throughout his career, 67.6 percent of Cousins’ field-goal attempts have come within 10 feet of the hoop. But he can also stretch his offense to the mid-range and knock down jumpers, knocking down 38.3 percent of his 253 attempts between 16 feet and the three-point line in 2014-15.  

Cousins is also a willing passer, averaging a career-high 3.6 assists last season. That’s important because he’s going to continually command double-teams, and finding open teammates is the best way to counteract it. 

Speaking of which, one of Cauley-Stein’s strengths on offense is moving without the ball. As noted by Jonathan Givony of Draft Express:

He’s also a significant weapon to have as a cutter and roller off the ball, where he finishes 61 percent of his attempts around the basket in non-post-up situations. This was his most frequent source of production in college, especially off lob plays, and will likely continue to be so in the NBA, particularly in pick and roll situations where his ability to just spring up off the floor off two feet for emphatic finishes is a highly coveted skill.

Herenda seems to think it’s an area where the two can complement each other.

However, the Kings probably aren’t expecting much from Cauley-Stein on offense, nor does he need to provide much to be an effective player. As long as he knows his limitations and keeps to them, he should be fine.

After all, while he never scored much at Kentucky, he finished his career with a 59.3 percent field-goal percentage and an above-average 23.3 player efficiency rating. Think of Tyson Chandler and DeAndre Jordan—two players who don’t score a lot of points but who stick to their skill sets and are efficient. The Kings would be more than content with that sort of offensive output from Cauley-Stein if they got a similar return on the defensive end.

 

An Intriguing Future

If nothing else, it will be interesting to see how Cousins and Cauley-Stein play together. For his part, Cousins has already reached out to the rookie and expressed he’s looking forward to playing with him.

The argument can be made that the Kings would have been better off adding a big man with the capability to stretch the floor, thereby giving Cousins more room to work on offense. But that may not be necessary with DMC‘s offensive versatility. He’s not confined strictly to the paint and should still be effective regardless.

Not to mention the Kings have drafted floor-spacers in the past in Jimmer Fredette, Ben McLemore and Nik Stauskas, who all failed to make an impact from the get-go. In fact, according to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Sacramento traded Stauskas to the Philadelphia 76ers, along with Carl Landry, Jason Thompson and draft considerations in order to clear cap space.

The Kings are also reportedly pursuing Rajon Rondo, Wes Matthews and Monta Ellis with their cap space.

Assuming the Kings can sign a combination of that trio, or players who can make an immediate impact, they could have a pretty formidable roster. There will be plenty of players who can put the ball in the basket. But there may not be many who can make an impact on defense.

That makes the addition of Cauley-Stein even more important.

 

Unless noted otherwise, all stats courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com and NBA.com

 

Rihanna Just Made Music History By Being The First Artist To Reach 100 Million Of What?!

There’s no question that Rihanna is one of the most successful female pop stars of all time.

But just in case you had any doubts, Ri Ri just went ahead and made musical history to solidify her name in the record books!

As of Wednesday, Rihanna is the very first person to ever reach 100 million gold and platinum song certifications through the RIAA!

Basically, this means that through the 37 of the 27-year-old’s charted singles, her music has been downloaded or purchased more than any other singer on the Recording Industry Association of America’s radar.

[ Related: Rihanna Got Drunk And Adopted An Adorable Puppy! ]

For instance, Rihanna’s highest-selling record We Found Love went platinum a staggering nine times… clearing the way to the No. 1 spot.

With that said, songs can only get certified if the artist and label pay to do so, so there could be some pop stars who would have reached the milestone first had they forked over the money. *cough* Madonna *cough*

Still, what an accomplishment!

Who do U think will be next to hit 100 million??

[Image via WENN.]

Rihanna Just Made Music History By Being The First Artist To Reach 100 Million Of What?!

There’s no question that Rihanna is one of the most successful female pop stars of all time.

But just in case you had any doubts, Ri Ri just went ahead and made musical history to solidify her name in the record books!

As of Wednesday, Rihanna is the very first person to ever reach 100 million gold and platinum song certifications through the RIAA!

Basically, this means that through the 37 of the 27-year-old’s charted singles, her music has been downloaded or purchased more than any other singer on the Recording Industry Association of America’s radar.

[ Related: Rihanna Got Drunk And Adopted An Adorable Puppy! ]

For instance, Rihanna’s highest-selling record We Found Love went platinum a staggering nine times… clearing the way to the No. 1 spot.

With that said, songs can only get certified if the artist and label pay to do so, so there could be some pop stars who would have reached the milestone first had they forked over the money. *cough* Madonna *cough*

Still, what an accomplishment!

Who do U think will be next to hit 100 million??

[Image via WENN.]

Rihanna Just Made Music History By Being The First Artist To Reach 100 Million Of What?!

There’s no question that Rihanna is one of the most successful female pop stars of all time.

But just in case you had any doubts, Ri Ri just went ahead and made musical history to solidify her name in the record books!

As of Wednesday, Rihanna is the very first person to ever reach 100 million gold and platinum song certifications through the RIAA!

Basically, this means that through the 37 of the 27-year-old’s charted singles, her music has been downloaded or purchased more than any other singer on the Recording Industry Association of America’s radar.

[ Related: Rihanna Got Drunk And Adopted An Adorable Puppy! ]

For instance, Rihanna’s highest-selling record We Found Love went platinum a staggering nine times… clearing the way to the No. 1 spot.

With that said, songs can only get certified if the artist and label pay to do so, so there could be some pop stars who would have reached the milestone first had they forked over the money. *cough* Madonna *cough*

Still, what an accomplishment!

Who do U think will be next to hit 100 million??

[Image via WENN.]

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