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DeBues-Stafford foresees future track success after quiet 2020 racing season

In February, Gabriela DeBues-Stafford set Canadian indoor records in the 1,500 metres and mile, and probably had many wondering if 2020 would rival the runner’s 2019 season of eight national marks and 11 personal-best times.

About a month later, she moved back to Toronto from Scotland with husband Rowan just before the sports world would be shut down by coronavirus. By June, COVID-19 restrictions were eased and races resumed, but there wasn’t a track open for DeBues-Stafford to train.

“I could have forced a trip to Europe for some races, but it wouldn’t have made sense for where I was in my training and my health,” DeBues-Stafford, the world’s No. 2-ranked woman in the 1,500, told CBC Sports recently.

Despite not competing outdoors in 2020, the first Canadian woman to run the event under four minutes will carry a 3:56.12 personal best into 2021 and said she’s “in a good place” entering an Olympic year.

“I feel proud about the hard work I put in this summer. I did what I needed to do to set myself up for success,” added DeBues-Stafford, who, after her stop back in Toronto, moved to Portland, Ore., in September to work with renowned coach Jerry Schumacher at Bowerman Track Club.

Debues-Stafford focused on strength and endurance work in the fall rather than race-specific workouts on the track — though the team did some speed work — and is expecting to train at altitude in the new year.

“I’m not as snappy and speedy as a year ago but I definitely feel stronger over longer distances than I’ve felt in the past,” said the Toronto native, who secured equipment to train in her apartment since the team has no gym access. “I’m building a strong foundation for 2021.

“Building up to [the] Tokyo [Olympics] is going to be all about consistency and slowly building the intensity so I arrive fresh and ready to go.”

DeBues-Stafford’s 2019 Canadian records

INDOORS

  • Jan. 4, Glasgow, 5,000 metres — 14:57.45
  • Jan. 26, Boston, mile — 4:24.80

OUTDOORS

  • July 20, London, 1,500 — 4:00.26
  • Aug. 29, Zurich, 1,500 — 3:59.59
  • Oct. 5, Doha, 1,500 — 3:56.12
  • July 12, Monaco, mile — 4:17.87
  • May 30, Stockholm, 5,000 — 14:51.59
  • Sept. 6, Brussels, 5,000 — 14:44.12

‘I did what was best for my future’

Health will be paramount for DeBues-Stafford, who experienced a relapse of Graves’ Disease — an autoimmune disorder that causes an overactive thyroid — during a break in training in August after a “training effort” racing in a 400 at Birchmount Stadium in Toronto.

“It physically wouldn’t have been possible to do late summer races,” she said.

In DeBues-Stafford’s absence, Faith Kipyegon, Sofia Ennaoui and Laura Muir ran 3:59.70 in the 1,500 while several others clocked under 4:01. Muir and Jemma Reekie, an emerging star who ran 4:02.20 on Sept. 3, had trained with DeBues-Stafford in Scotland since the summer of 2018.

“Some athletes had some unreal seasons dropping crazy times and that’s awesome for them and for the sport, but I’m confident I did what was best for me and my future,” said DeBues-Stafford, who is under contract with Nike through the next Olympic cycle.

“2020 was one disruption after another but I can still take a lot from the experience, knowing I can take that kind of disruption and quickly get back on the horse and do workouts.”

WATCH | Gabriela DeBues-Stafford runs 3:56.12 PB at 2019 worlds:

Canada’s Gabriela DeBues-Stafford places 6th with a time 3:56.12, Sifan Hassan claims gold. 7:02

Becoming a better race tactician was DeBues-Stafford’s focus for 2020 before the pandemic derailed her season.

“The 1,500 is very tactical and you get jostled,” she said. “I was racing so much in 2019 and had so many opportunities to learn that I was able to apply the corrections to my mistakes quickly which was an invaluable experience. I’m more experienced racing at this [elite senior] level.”

These days, DeBues-Stafford is happy being in a team environment where it’s easy to get your “social fix” in a safe way by running outdoors with a teammate.

“Everyone has been super welcoming, and to Rowan as well. He’s been able to sneak in a few runs with us and that is always fun,” said DeBues-Stafford of the former University of Toronto rugby player.

“The West Coast is beautiful, too, which is just icing on the cake. I definitely feel at home and comfortable with the group.”

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Microsoft’s Xbox Series X Reportedly Runs Quiet, Quite Hot

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When Microsoft unveiled the Xbox Series X, it was obvious that the console was going to have some serious heat to dissipate. Its components — an eight-core Ryzen CPU, powerful SSD, and 52-CU RDNA2 GPU running at over 1.8GHz — were all guaranteed to be power-hungry parts. The Xbox Series X was accordingly large (though not as large as the PlayStation 5), and mounted a 130mm fan to vent heat from the entire console.

There are reports that the console, while quiet, runs quite warm. It sounds as though it’s hovering around the point where touching certain parts of it, like the expansion card for SSDs, can be uncomfortable while the console is in operation.

Our sister site PCMag quotes multiple individuals who have tested the console remarking on just how hot it is, with Jeux Video’s Ken Bogard saying in a no-longer-available video that: “The Series X is hot, like really hot! It doesn’t make any noise, but damn it’s hot! The console is emitting heat like crazy. It’s almost like a fireplace shaft. You can heat up your flat with it.”

Admit it. There’s a resemblance. Image by Mike Coghlan, CC BY-SA 2.0

PCMag does make one statement I want to unpack a little bit. It writes: “More worryingly, the games being played and producing so much heat are backward-compatible games. No next-gen titles have been played yet, which will surely push the Series X harder.”

This is not automatically true.

Turning on the ray-tracing capabilities of the RDNA2 GPU could add additional power consumption, but it will also lower the frame rate, partly offsetting the increase. We also don’t know what the penalty for enabling RT on RDNA2 will be, or how much additional power it consumes. The frame rate penalty could completely offset the heat increase if enabling RT leads to other parts of the GPU idling more often. We also cannot assume that AMD and Nvidia will pay the exact same penalty for enabling ray tracing — in the past, when AMD and Nvidia have implemented a feature in different ways, like tessellation in the days of the Fermi architecture, the power consumption of these features differed as well. AMD has not yet revealed if they dedicated specific parts of the chip to these workloads the way Nvidia did, or if they opted for a different strategy.

Games running in backward-compatibility mode could actually be drawing more power than a modern title will, not less. This might seem counterintuitive — but imagine that a game which previously ran relatively inefficiently on the Xbox 360 or even Xbox One now runs remarkably better on the Xbox Series X, thanks to increased L2, higher cache bandwidth, a higher efficiency architecture, and a faster memory bus. The Ryzen CPU core is also better at feeding the GPU than the older Jaguar core was. In these cases, the game would execute far more efficiently on the new console than the old one — and could burn more power in the process.

The game that causes the highest power consumption isn’t necessarily the title with the biggest visual effects or fastest frame rates. I used to use Left 4 Dead 2 for GPU power consumption testing long after it was outdated visually because it was extraordinarily good at pushing GPUs to use high amounts of power. It is entirely possible that playing last-generation games at top speed represents a worst-case scenario for the Xbox Series X, thermally speaking, compared with playing modern titles at slower frame rates. I’m not saying this is the case, but we don’t know enough either way to rule it out.

The final reason I suspect that the console’s ambient temperature is unlikely to change is this: If it’s uncomfortably hot to the touch now, it doesn’t have a whole lot more headroom before “uncomfortably hot” becomes “first-degree burn.” Microsoft has little interest in boosting sales of Neosporin and certainly not at the expense of its gaming division.

Note: Microsoft doesn’t seem to be using Dynamic Resolution Scaling this time around, but there’s no reason the company couldn’t use frame rate locking to maintain appropriate thermals if required. Clamping a game to 60fps or 30fps for a short period of time during a peak scene would reduce power consumption and thermals dramatically. The difference between unlocked >60fps and a static 60fps is fairly small, and even a rock-steady locked 30fps is acceptable (if less desirable). I’ll take a solid, consistent 30fps over an inconsistent 45-60fps with 15-20fps dips at random intervals any day of the week, even if I prefer higher in general.

It’s entirely possible that Microsoft needs to increase its fan speeds a bit, but I wouldn’t assume that the platform will automatically heat up even further during regular play. That could go either way.

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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman remains quiet on Don Cherry firing

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says Sportsnet broadcaster Ron MacLean “spoke from the heart” during his monologue on Hockey Night in Canada over the weekend.

MacLean opened the first intermission segment on Saturday night — the first since Cherry was fired last week — by speaking alone on camera for nearly five minutes.

WATCH: Ron MacLean’s emotional monologue on end of Coach’s Corner

Ron MacLean spoke during the 1st intermission of the Leafs/ Penguins game to address the Don Cherry situation and what he called the “end of an era.” 4:44

Bettman, a panellist at Monday’s PrimeTime sports management conference in downtown Toronto, says MacLean “obviously made his feelings clear.”

Bettman declined to weigh in on Cherry’s departure.

“I believe the CBC has had a number of statements, we’ve had a number of statements, Don has spoken and I’m not going to start another news cycle,” he said.

HNIC was a longtime CBC Saturday night staple, but the show and its games moved to Sportsnet in 2014 after Rogers agreed to a lucrative, long-term rights deal with the NHL.

Coach’s Corner and HNIC are still broadcast on CBC in a sub-licensing deal with Rogers Media, which owns Sportsnet.

Don Cherry speaks to CBC News after being fired for comments he made 3:05

‘Principle over friendship’

Cherry used the phrase, “You people,” during the Coach’s Corner segment on Nov. 9 but later denied that he was singling out visible minorities.

MacLean, who apologized the day after, talked at length about his close relationship with Cherry during his monologue but said he had to choose “principle over friendship,” adding “Coach’s Corner is no more.”

Sportsnet president Bart Yabsley was originally scheduled to be a panellist on a sports media roundtable at the conference Monday morning.

He was unable to attend due to a scheduling conflict, a spokesperson said.

Cherry’s firing and its ramifications have dominated the Canadian news cycle since his departure was announced Nov. 11.

The 85-year-old native of Kingston, Ont., joined HNIC in 1980 as a playoff analyst and was so popular that he was kept on as a colour commentator. CBC later created Coach’s Corner as a vehicle to showcase Cherry, with MacLean eventually replacing Dave Hodge as co-host.

Sportsnet is exploring new format options for the first intermission, a spokesperson said.

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Bryan Tyree Henry Offers ‘A Quiet Place’ Sequel Details

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John Krasinski Reveals He Played The Aliens in 'A Quiet Place' — Here's Why!

In John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place, the affable actor pulled triple duty, directing, co-writing and starring in the tense thriller. However, it turns out his involvement went even deeper than anyone realized.

The star sat down on Jimmy Kimmel Live!on Tuesday, during the show’s week-long trip to Brooklyn, New York, and Kimmel got Krasinski to open up about a secret role the actor played in the acclaimed horror thriller that really no one knew about.

“Nobody knows it because I’ve kept it quiet,” Krasinski said, as he got a little embarrassed by Kimmel’s line of questioning.

As it turns out, Krasinski didn’t just star as Lee Abbot, a devoted father doing his best to protect his family from the bloodthirsty aliens who have overrun the planet — he also plays the murderous extraterrestrial beasts themselves.

The actor donned a full-body motion capture suit and provided much of the physical performances for the horrifying alien antagonists, and Kimmel had a photo from the set to show what it looked like.

“The commitment level was very high,” Krasinski joked, as Kimmel showed the audience a picture of the actor wearing a skin-tight mo-cap suit and screaming into the sky while portraying one of the vicious predators.

“The amazing people at [Industrial Light and Magic] asked, ‘So how does the creature move?’ and I said, ‘Well, this is how I think he’s gonna crawl,'” Krasinski said, recalling how the whole opportunity came about. “And they said, ‘Well, why don’t you throw on the suit?’ And I was like, ‘Totally!'”

“Then they took that picture and I thought I was auditioning for Lion King,” he added, laughing at himself.

In the film, Krasinski starred opposite his real-life wife, Emily Blunt, who played his wife in the movie as well. While Kimmel has been friends with Krasinski for years, he still pointed out that casting his wife in the movie could have been a dicey proposition if something (such as an ugly divorce or even just a marital spat) might have happened right in the middle of production.

“To direct your wife in a movie, it’s a risky thing to do,” Kimmell said.

“Yeah, that’s why I didn’t ask her to do it,” Krasinski said. “It’s true. I never asked her to do the role. I wrote the movie with her in mind… but I got so scared.

According to the star, there were two things that made him nervous. “First, that she would say ‘no,’ because that’s just gonna be an awkward dinner,” he said. “But I was actually more afraid that she’d say, ‘Yes, I’ll do it for you.”

“I’ve been next to her when she’s made all these amazing decisions and she’s without a doubt the classiest, smartest, most dedicated actress I’ve ever known,” Krasinski said, marveling at his wife’s regalness. “And when you see how much she puts into every role, I didn’t want her to come to set just for me.”

Apparently, he never even asked her to read the script. In fact, it was Blunt who asked to read it while the two were on a plane trip together.

“[When she finished], she genuinely looked sick,” he recalled. “And I was reaching for a barf bag thinking she was gonna throw up, and instead she said, ‘You can’t let anyone do this movie.'”

“It was like a romantic comedy, where she was like proposing to me? She was like, ‘You have to let me play this part,'” he continued. “And I think I just screamed ‘yes’ on this flight.”

In the end, the two starred in one of the best-reviewed horror movies of the year, and took home a worldwide gross of $ 334.5 million off a modest $ 17 million budget.

Given the film’s wild success, it’s hardly a surprise that the filmmaker has been thinking about how a sequel might come together. 

Speaking with ET in September, Krasinski revealed, “I’ve been tinkering with an idea for a few months and it just started to percolate and we’re all really happy about it.” Check out the video below to hear more.

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