Talking Touch – December

first_imgTo view the stories, please click on the following links: Tomaree High School Students Star In Touch Football The Touch Football paddock is proving to be a place Tomaree High School students are getting to know well. A host of skilled athletes from the high school are making inroads into the sport, which is being pushed by Touch Footballing mentor and new Hunter schools touch convenor Jodie Laloata.http://www.portstephensexaminer.com.au/news/local/sport/athletics/tomaree-high-school-students-star-in-touch-football/2404807.aspx Underdogs Set For Touch Grand FinalWagga Touch Football champion Don Tuckwells Audio is in danger of a premiership upset tonight, according to Kristopher Graydons Jewellers captain Denise Edwards. Set to face the women’s premier league heavyweight in tonight’s grand final at Jubilee Park, Edwards believes the enthusiasm of her young squad could be enough to topple the favourite.http://www.dailyadvertiser.com.au/news/local/sport/other/underdogs-set-for-touch-grand-final/2390825.aspxGeorgia Holden: A Touch Of ClassIn Albury-Wodonga, which straddles the Victoria-New South Wales border, Touch is as pervasive as AFL football is further south. So when Georgia Holden moved from the town to La Trobe University in Bundoora this year, it seemed only natural that she start playing for the university Touch team.http://www.northernweekly.com.au/news/local/sport/general/georgia-holden-a-touch-of-class/2389351.aspx Billy’s Touch Of HistoryBilly Greatbatch made history last weekend. He became the youngest person in Australia to be awarded a level four touch football referee badgehttp://www.centralwesterndaily.com.au/news/local/sport/general/billys-touch-of-history/2396039.aspx Ospreys Touch OutThe Yamba Touch Association has made an impressive return to major competition with the Ospreys acquitting themselves well at the 35th annual NSW Touch State Cup in Port Macquarie at the weekend.http://www.dailyexaminer.com.au/story/2011/12/08/ospreys-touched-out Port Team Wins At State Cup The new-look game-plan paid dividends for the Port Macquarie mixed open B team yesterday when they triumphed in the State Cup at Regional Sports Stadium. Before the tournament, coach Aaron Ison said his team would play a different style and try to surprise their opposition.http://www.portnews.com.au/news/local/sport/general/port-team-wins-at-state-cup/2380292.aspx State Cup Goes Off Without A HitchPort Macquarie punched above its weight at the State Cup last weekend. That was the opinion of Port Macquarie Touch Football Association president Chris Veech.http://www.portnews.com.au/news/local/sport/general/state-cup-goes-off-without-a-hitch/2383519.aspx Bandits Win Third CrownThe Beresfield Bandits have claimed their third consecutive NSW State Cup crown after a successful showing at Port Macquarie over the weekend. The Bandits women’s 40s squad remained undefeated to seal the deal at the 2011 tournament in an effort described by player-coach Gai Taylor as inspiring.http://www.maitlandmercury.com.au/news/local/sport/other/bandits-win-third-crown/2382118.aspx Port Women Show Their SkillsThe Port Macquarie women’s open team have confirmed their place as top competitors in the Touch Football State Cup.In day two of the tournament, the girls took down Taren point seven to three.http://www.nbntv.com.au/index.php/2011/12/03/port-women-show-their-skills/ Devils Advocates Hell-Bent On Cup SuccessThe absence of Australian representative Nicole Beck hasn’t hurt the Wollongong open women’s touch team’s confidence heading into this weekend’s State Cup at Port Macquarie. Runners-up last year, the Red Devils are determined to prove they can win without Beck, who is recovering from ankle surgery.http://www.illawarramercury.com.au/news/local/sport/rugby-league/devils-advocates-hellbent-on-cup-success/2377062.aspx State Cup Kicks OffDay one of the State Touch Football Cup has got off to a roaring start. Thousands of competitors have fought it out, in search of glory.http://au.prime7.yahoo.com/n1/video/-/watch/27454322/state-cup-kicks-off/ Port’s Open Women’s Team Start SlowlyThe Port Macquarie open women’s touch football team contesting the State Cup have had a forgetful start. Despite playing two games for two losses the competition rookies have taken heart out of their defeats.http://www.portnews.com.au/news/local/news/general/ports-open-womens-team-start-slowly/2379620.aspx Follow The State Cup Right HereTwo hundred teams from across NSW have converged on Port Macquarie this weekend to compete in the 2011 State Cup. About 3000 players will be competing across 17 divisions at the event, ranging from under 20s to the men’s 50s division. http://www.portnews.com.au/news/local/news/general/follow-the-state-cup-right-here/2379588.aspx Coleman Women Love State CupToday marks the start of one of the best times of the year for the Coleman women. Sisters Kate and Laura will team up in the Port Macquarie women’s open A side at the NSW Touch State Cup. http://www.portnews.com.au/news/local/sport/general/coleman-women-love-state-cup/2378287.aspx Port Women Our Great State Cup HopeThey’re our great State Cup hope. The Port Macquarie women’s open team may not have an official ranking at the tournament, but that’s not going to stop them turning heads.http://www.portnews.com.au/news/local/sport/general/port-women-our-big-hope/2378283.aspx State Cup Stays In Port MacquarieTouch Football’s love affair with Port Macquarie will continue through until 2016 – at least. NSW Touch Football general manager Dean Russell revealed Port Macquarie has won a five-year contract to host the jewel in the sport’s crown as he launched this year’s tournament this morning.http://www.portnews.com.au/news/local/news/general/state-cup-stays-in-port-macquarie/2377904.aspx Port Retains Touch Cup Hosting RightsPort Macquarie will benefit from a $13 million windfall after the NSW Touch Association yesterday announced the prestigious State Cup would remain in town for the next five years. General manager Dean Russell made the declaration at Port Macquarie Panthers on the eve of the 23rd tournament, which starts today at Tuffins Lane and the Regional Sports Stadium.http://www.portnews.com.au/news/local/news/general/port-retains-touch-cup-hosting-rights/2378039.aspx State Cup Stays Puthttp://au.prime7.yahoo.com/n1/video/-/watch/27443382/state-cup-stays-put/ Port To Remain Home Of State CupPort Macquarie has won the right to host the New South Wales Touch Football State Cup for the next five years. The announcement was made this morning, as the town prepares to welcome 5,000 players, officials and supporters for this year’s event.http://www.nbntv.com.au/index.php/2011/12/01/port-to-remain-home-of-state-cup/Winning Touch For Maitland’s State Cup CrewThe Maitland region will be well represented at the state’s largest touch football competition. Eight teams from the Maitland district will be part of 3000 competitors taking part in the NSW State Cup, which starts in Port Macquarie tomorrow.http://www.maitlandmercury.com.au/news/local/sport/other/winning-touch-for-maitlands-state-cup-crew/2376944.aspx Uphill battle for Mudgee MudcrabsInjuries and other commitments have ravaged the two Mudgee Mudcrabs teams for the NSW State Cup, which begins today in Port Macquarie. The Mudcrabs have sent two teams to contest the men’s opens B and women’s under 20s divisions.http://www.mudgeeguardian.com.au/news/local/sport/other/uphill-battle-for-mudgee-mudcrabs/2378247.aspx Touch Football Star Named Sports StarDalby Herald09/12/2011Our Lady of the Southern Cross College student Hannah Hegedus has had an incredibly successful year on the touch football field.Her achievements in playing touch at a national level and athletics and cross country at a state level have earned her the title of Sports Star of the month for October.Hannah was chosen on the South West Queensland under-12 girls club touch football team which competed in the state championships at Townsville. As a result of her performances at the championships, she was named on the Queensland U12 Merit Teams.After playing for the Darling Downs touch football team at the U12 schoolgirls state championships in Toowoomba, Hannah was picked to play for Queensland and headed to Coffs Harbour to contest the national title.To add to this achievement, Hannah was also the team’s co-captain. After playing close to 10 games over four days, the Queensland team made it to the grand final, just going down to New South Wales 3-2 in a tight match.Hannah said playing at the nationals was a fantastic experience which exposed her to touch football at a high level.“I was very nervous, but it was a really great experience,” Hannah said.“Being co-captain meant I had to lead the team and do the toss.”“My whole family came down to Coffs Harbour to watch.“I’d really like to play for Queensland again.”Hannah said she hoped to compete in future national titles as she goes into high school.“It’s a fun team sport, and I really like it.”last_img read more

a month ago​Liverpool boss Klopp: Napoli can win Champions League

first_img​Liverpool boss Klopp: Napoli can win Champions Leagueby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp believes Napoli are good enough to win the Champions League.The Reds and defending champions suffered a humbling 2-0 loss to the Italian outfit in Naples.Goals from Dries Mertens and Fernando Llorente were enough to give Napoli the win.Speaking about the game and Napoli, Klopp said to the club’s official website: “They can win the competition, that’s how it is. “If you have a good plan, if you have good players, which is what they obviously have, then they can win the competition. “We experienced that you don’t have to be the best team in the world to win the Champions League. “You have to be in the right moment, you need to be lucky in some situations and when there’s only two guys in the room that think it’s a penalty you still have to accept that’s a penalty, but that’s all. “They can win the competition, of course.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoWolves goalscorer Matt Doherty happy beating Watford

first_imgWolves goalscorer Matt Doherty happy beating Watfordby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves defender Matt Doherty felt they deserved their first victory of the Premier League season for the 2-0 win against Watford at Molineux.The wing-back broke the deadlock with 18 minutes on the clock.Doherty said, “It was a good win. I felt they had a lot of possession at times but didn’t really penetrate us that much, we defended really well and then went ahead.“The back three were immense today, all of them, especially Boly aside me, he just wins absolutely everything and takes it off people one-v-ones, nobody can get round him. It’s good that we were able to keep the clean sheet.“It was great to get the first league win, especially at home in front of another packed out crowd. It’s nice to get the first win on the board, even though it’s taken a bit longer than we would have expected.“This result has brought us a bit of relief, obviously we would’ve wanted it to come earlier than it has, because the longer that it doesn’t happen you start to get itchy. But I felt we played well today and thoroughly deserved to win.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

24 days agoEx-mentor: I urged Gueye to stay calm at Everton

first_imgEx-mentor: I urged Gueye to stay calm at Evertonby Paul Vegas24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveA former mentor of PSG midfielder Idrissa Gueye says he was in contact when Everton blocked his move in January.Jimmy Adjovi-Boco, the founder of the Diambars Institute in Senegal, was one of Gueye’s junior mentors.He recalled: “I was often in touch with him at that moment – because I felt the big disappointment coming, I had to be there to discuss with him, to advise him, to reassure him that it was only part of the process. “It is said that the train never runs twice, but I was convinced that he was doing too well so that it would not happen one day or another. What happened this winter has reinforced the desire to work together on both sides.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

ESPN The Magazine Makes College Football Playoff, National Title Prediction

first_imgESPN PlayoffESPN PlayoffThe college football preview of ESPN The Magazine has been released. In the magazine are a number of predictions for the 2016 season.  Twitter/Playoff.Twitter/Playoff.Among them: a College Football Playoff forecast. ESPN college football expert Brad Edwards has made his prediction for the playoff and the New Year’s Six bowls. Here’s ESPN The Magazine‘s College Football Playoff:No. 1 Oklahoma vs. No. 4 WashingtonNo. 2 LSU vs. No. 3 ClemsonHere’s ESPN The Magazine‘s national championship:No. 1 Oklahoma over No. 3 Clemson. The rest of the New Year’s Six bowls:Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic: Houston vs. Notre DameCapital One Orange Bowl: Florida State vs. AlabamaRose Bowl: Michigan vs. USCAllstate Sugar Bowl: Tennessee vs. TCUThe full magazine is on newsstands now. [ESPN]last_img read more

Turkish inflation eases from 15year high as lira recovers

first_imgISTANBUL — Official figures show that Turkey’s inflation rate eased in November in the wake of a firmer currency, which kept a lid on import prices.The Turkish Statistical Institute said Monday that consumer prices in the year to November were up 21.6 per cent, down from October’s 15-year high rate of 25.2 per cent.Turkey’s national currency hit an all time low this summer over concerns about President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s economic policies and a diplomatic and trade spat with the United States.Improved relations with the U.S. and a big 6.25 per cent interest rate hike have helped shore up the Turkish lira in recent months. Tax cuts and discounted prices have also helped rein in inflation.The Associated Presslast_img

The Latest Germany denies report Merkel offered May help

first_imgLONDON — The Latest on Britain’s exit from the European Union (all times local):10:55 a.m.The German government is denying a British tabloid report claiming Chancellor Angela Merkel has offered to help U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May get a better Brexit deal.Merkel’s office said The Sun had wrongly reported on the contents of a recent phone call between Merkel and May.The newspaper cited an unnamed senior British official claiming Merkel believed the European Union would provide more concessions to London after Tuesday’s vote in the U.K. Parliament.In a statement, Merkel’s office said she “gave no assurances whatsoever that went beyond what was discussed in the European Council in December and what was laid down in the letter from Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk.”British lawmakers are expected to reject the deal May negotiated with the EU, raising the prospect of the U.K. crashing out of the bloc at the end of March without a formal agreement.___9:35 a.m.British lawmakers are preparing to deliver their verdict on Prime Minister Theresa May’s divorce deal with the European Union after two years of political upheaval.Just 10 weeks before Britain is due to leave the EU, lawmakers vote late Tuesday on whether to accept the plan or risk leaving without an agreement on future relations with the bloc.May’s deal faces widespread opposition, primarily because of language designed to prevent the reintroduction of border controls between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, which some fear will indefinitely tie Britain to the EU.Former education minister Nicky Morgan warned that the U.K. wasn’t ready for a no-deal Brexit, telling the BBC that “there are millions of people in this country watching Westminster and Parliament very anxiously today.”___Follow AP’s full coverage of Brexit at: https://www.apnews.com/BrexitThe Associated Presslast_img read more

Eight LS seats in West Bengal to go to polls in sixth

first_imgKolkata: Eight Lok Sabha constituencies spread across five districts in West Bengal will go to polls in the sixth phase of general elections on Sunday. The ruling Trinamool Congress, the BJP, the Congress and the Left Front constituents – the CPI(M), the CPI and the AIFB – are the main contenders in the eight seats, where the fate of 83 candidates will be decided by a 1,33,69,749-strong electorate. In this phase, polling will be held in Jangal Mahal – the forested region of Bankura, West Midnapore, Jhargram and Purulia districts, which used to be a Maoist hotbed, during the erstwhile Left Front government. To ensure free and fair polling in Tamluk, Kanthi, Ghatal, Jhargram (ST), Medinipur, Purulia, Bankura and Bishnupur (SC) constituencies, the Election Commission will deploy a total of 770 companies of central forces, which will cover almost 100 per cent of the 15,428 polling booths, EC officials said. All the eight seats covering four Jangal Mahal districts and East Midnapore, will see mostly a four-cornered contest between the Trinamool Congress, the BJP, the Congress and the Left Front. The Bankura seat will witness a triangular fight because the Congress did not put up any candidate there. The campaign saw poll meetings by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, BJP president Amit Shah, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee and her Andhra Pradesh counterpart N Chandrababu Naidu. Banerjee also participated in a number of roadshows. In the Tamluk seat, the BJP has fielded Siddhartha Shankar Naskar against sitting TMC MP Dibyendu Adhikari. The Left Front constituent CPI(M) has nominated Sk Ibrahim Ali, while the Congress has nominated Lakshman Seth, who was earlier in CPI(M). In Kanthi, TMC MP Sisir Adhikari is contesting against BJP’s Dr debasis Samanta. The Congress has nominated Deepak Kumar Das and the CPI(M) nominated Paritosh Pattanayak. In the Ghatal Lok Sabha seat, TMC’s sitting candidate Deepak Adhikari (actor Dev), will lock horns with BJP’s Bharati Ghosh, a former IPS officer. The Congress has nominated Khandakar Md Saifullah and the Left Front constituent CPI has nominated Tapan Ganguli. In the Jhargram (ST) seat, TMC’s Birbaha Soren (Tudu) will contest against Kunar Hembram of BJP. The Congress has fielded Jageswar Hembram and the CPI(M)’s candidate is Deblina Hembram. Manas Ranjan Bhunia is TMC’s candidate from the Medinipur seat and he is contesting against BJP’s state president Dilip Ghosh. The Congress has nominated Sambhunath Chattopadhyay, while the Left Front constituent CPI has fielded Biplab Bhatta. In Purulia, sitting MP Mriganka Mahato of the TMC will contest against BJP’s Jyotirmoy Singh Mahato. The Left Front constituent All India Forward Bloc (AIFB) has nominated Bir Singh Mahato and the Congress has fielded Nepal Mahato. In Bankura, TMC’s Subrata Mukherjee will contest against Dr Subhas Sarkar of the BJP. The CPI(M) has fielded Amiya Patra. This seat will witness a triangular contest. Shyamal Santra of the TMC will contest from Bishnupur (SC) seat against BJP’s Saumitra Khan. The CPI(M) has nominated Sunil Khan and the Congress has fielded Narayan Chandra Khan from there. Besides general election observers and expenditure observers, the poll panel has, for the first time, deployed a special police observer and a special observer. In another first, VVPATs will be used in all the polling booths along with the EVMs, EC sources said.last_img read more

Bangladesh exPM Zia trapped between life and death BNP

first_imgDhaka: Jailed former prime minister Khaleda Zia is trapped between life and death as her health has massively deteriorated over the last week due to unhealthy environment, according to her Bangladesh Nationalist Party. Demanding the immediate release of the 73-year-old three-time former prime minister, the BNP standing committee member Jamiruddin Sircar said that due to the loneliness and lack of proper treatment, Zia is suffering from various ailments including heart disease. She is lodged in a 200-year-old prison in Dhaka since February last year, serving a 10-year jail term in two graft cases. “Khaleda Zia is trapped between life and death. Keeping Khaleda in jail, depriving her of bail, is contrary to the Constitution and human rights, since her conviction in any of the case had not been finally disposed off by the Supreme Court,” Sircar was quoted as saying by the Dhaka Tribune. The former parliament speaker asked the government to allow her to receive proper treatment at a hospital of her choice. “The government had assured it would make proper arrangement for Khaleda Zia’s treatment, but not enough initiatives were taken yet. “It is a bad sign that they are not letting Zia out for treatment, even in this worsening condition,” Sircar said, adding that she is at a serious risk of sudden cardiac arrest. He also claimed that the cases against Zia are “politically motivated”. BNP Vice Chairman and one of Zia’s personal physicians AZM Zahid Hossain, said: “Zia is suffering from high blood sugar… and always needs to be on insulin. She has a sore tongue, which is not healing due to the high blood sugar. Her left shoulder and elbow joint have become insensitive. “According to her doctors, Zia is a special care patient. It is important to ensure all the facilities needed for her personal care”. The committee claimed that the government has decided to hold trials of the pending cases against her at Dhaka Central Jail in order to prevent her release from jail.last_img read more

Abdullah highlights Srinagars infrastructure issues blames Centre previous JK govt

first_imgSrinagar: National Conference (NC) leader Omar Abdullah on Tuesday said the urban life of Srinagar city was blight with various problems, adding that neither the Centre nor the Jammu and Kashmir government invested in the augmentation of urban infrastructure of the state capital in the last five years. “The people of Srinagar stand dejected at the paucity of amenities and the appalling condition of roads. The people of Srinagar city were forsaken by the former PDP-BJP government and the present governor’s administration proved no different. The work on the various vital projects of the city initiated by our government was unfortunately stalled by the former PDP-BJP regime,” Abdullah said, addressing a party function where 11 corporators of the SMC joined the NC. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad Abdullah said the NC, despite being subjected to political shenanigans and conspiracies of various agencies, never left any stone unturned to work for the benefit of the people of the state. “Once in power, we will carry forward the mission of development and work towards ensuring peace in the state with active participation of people. The urban life of Srinagar is fraught with different issues. The party, once in power, will hold the authorities accountable. Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka Gandhi “For the last few years, no headway was seen towards upgrading the existing road and transport infrastructure of the city. The need of the hour, therefore, is proper planning to rise up to the demands of the growing population of Srinagar city,” he said. The former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister said the absence of a popular elected government in the state was taking its toll on the development scenario of the state. “The onus for the miseries that are plaguing the state in the absence of an elected government lies on (PDP chief) Mehbooba Mufti. Had she asked the governor to dissolve the Assembly in June last year, after being shown the door by its former ally, things would have been much different. “Today we would have had an elected government looking after the basic needs of people. However, she chose not to do that and what followed is known to all. It is she who is blameworthy for putting the state into a chasm,” Abdullah said.last_img read more

Russell Westbrook For MVP Whatever That Means

The NBA MVP derby was once a two-man race between James Harden of the Houston Rockets and Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors.Not anymore.After recording his fourth straight triple-double on Wednesday night with a ridiculous stat line of 49 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook is undeniably an MVP contender.Westbrook’s recent output has been mind-blowing: He’s averaging 37 points, 13.5 rebounds and 10.5 assists per game during his triple-double streak, which began as he was closing out one of the best statistical months in NBA history. As ESPN’s Stats and Info group noted, Westbrook’s performance in February (31.2 PPG/10.3 APG/9.1 RPG) was just the second time an NBA player ever averaged 30 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists per game over a calendar month.1Minimum 10 games played in the month. (The first — and, until recently, only — player to do it was inner-circle Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson.)But there are barriers to Westbrook’s MVP candidacy. Algorithms based on previous MVP voting trends still consider him a long shot for the award, with Basketball-Reference.com’s MVP tracker assigning Westbrook a mere 6.6 percent probability of winning. By contrast, the tracker says it’s about 66 percent likely that either Curry or Harden takes home the hardware.The key determinant there: Oklahoma City’s record. Both Curry’s and Harden’s teams have won in excess of two-thirds of their games — good for the first- and fourth-ranked records in the Western Conference, respectively — while Westbrook’s Thunder have a winning percentage of 55.7 percent and are clinging to the eighth (and final) playoff spot in the West. Fair or not, team performance has historically mattered to MVP voters. (Although Westbrook will likely get bonus points for keeping the Thunder afloat in the playoff race during spells in which defending MVP Kevin Durant was injured.)Plus there’s the question of where Westbrook ranks statistically, even after his recent streak of brilliance. Single-season Real Plus-Minus (RPM), Value Over Replacement Player (VORP) and Win Shares all have Harden and Curry ranked No. 1 and 2 in terms of value produced this season. So if things hold steady over the next six weeks, Westbrook will have to overcome both the stats and historical patterns of MVP voting if he is to win the award. It’s been done before, but not all that often.Then again, what does “Most Valuable” even mean? It’s a debate that comes up every year, in every sport, and it never ends with a satisfactory answer. The great sportswriter Joe Posnanski put it best in a podcast last fall:I love [the MVP] because it makes us argue about the word ‘valuable.’ … When somebody named the MVP award, you know in their mind they just had: ‘Best Player.’ The best player ought to get an award, and what are you going to call it? Just call it the ‘Most Valuable Player’ award. OK, great.And ever since then, we have been parsing that word to absolute death. I think my favorite argument against somebody winning the MVP award is when they say, ‘Look, it’s not the Player of the Year Award or the Most Outstanding Player — it’s the Most Valuable Player.’ Like there is any difference between any of those things. You’re just pulling synonyms out.I love that, and in a way, I would never want that to change because it brings up such extraordinarily stupid arguments that just rage on and on every year.And this year’s NBA race brings a particularly interesting twist. According to long-term predictive RPM, which is the best single-number assessment of a player’s current talent level,2In the sense that it best predicts out-of-sample lineup results. the best player in the league is still probably Cleveland’s LeBron James — as he has been for the past three seasons running.James was so far out in front of his peers a few seasons ago that he could afford a relative down year (by his standards). But therein lies the problem — the game’s best player hasn’t quite played like it this season. By just about any metric, Harden, Curry and Westbrook have been better than James in 2014-15.This kind of thing happens all the time in baseball, where performance fluctuates wildly around true talent. (Or did anyone really think Ken Caminiti was the best player in a league that featured Barry Bonds in his prime?) But basketball is supposed to be different — in the absence of voter fatigue, there’s a lot of crossover between MVP and “best player” in the NBA, to the point that the former can circle back to become a referendum on the latter.So do you still give the 2014-15 MVP to the best player? OK, then give it to James. Or do you honor the player who has had the best season? Then you have to decide between Harden and Curry. Or maybe you just eschew the whole process and give it to Westbrook — if not the Most Valuable, possibly the Most Electrifying Player in the NBA right now. read more

New bats could change complexion of college baseball

When athletes on the Ohio State baseball team step up to the plate next season, they’ll be gripping a new and relatively unfamiliar type of bat. Beginning Jan. 1, all NCAA teams must use bats that are aluminum — like the bats they have used in the past — but are designed to knock the ball slower, at the same speeds as wooden bats. “It’s definitely going to change our game,” OSU coach Greg Beals said. “It’s not going to be as offensive.” The new regulation is a response to rising offensive statistics by college baseball teams. Some say the aluminum bats are to blame for the offensive outburst and hope the new bats will level the playing field. “The teams that are going to be successful are teams that get ahead of the curve,” Beals said. “You don’t want to play 15 to 20 games and realize, ‘Oh hey, the games are going to be different.’“ Players also have to adjust to using the new bat. “A well-struck ball that sometimes might go for a double or even a home run, stays in the yard or is cut down to a single,” senior infielder Tyler Engle said. Although teams aren’t required to use the new bats until January, OSU has been practicing with them all fall. “We’ve seen enough in our scrimmage games here in the fall that we know the games are going to be different,” Beals said. “We’ve got to value each base runner and each base that we can get.” Athletes said the Jan. 1 deadline to switch over to new bats won’t be a problem. “Nike is our bat manufacturer and Nike has supplied us with a full line of the new bats for our guys to use,” Beals said. The new regulation also aims to protect pitchers, who have taken more hits from fast-flying balls in recent years. But Engle said he doesn’t think pitchers will be much safer. “They are such a short distance away and the force (of the ball) coming off the bat, I don’t think they have enough time to react anyway,” he said. Some athletes have said the new bats have a smaller “sweet spot,” but the bats aren’t expected to stump batters who have been successful in the past. “Good hitters are still going to get hits, and good teams are still going to score runs,” Beals said. Using an aluminum bat similar to their wooden counterparts might help college players prepare for using wooden bats at the professional level. “It definitely will prepare our guys a little bit more for playing at the professional level,” Beals said. The Buckeyes won’t be the only ones getting used to the new bats, but Engle said to expect lower-scoring games next spring. “I think everybody in the country is going to have to (change) because the balls aren’t leaving the yard,” Engle said. “You won’t see too many double-digit run games.” read more

Rule violations rolling in but not for Ohio State football

Click to enlargeThrough the first six months of 2014, the Ohio State football program self-reported six NCAA or Big Ten rules violations. In the following two months and 20 days, it reported none.In fact — through at least Sept. 20 — the football team hasn’t had a self-reported violation since April 22, or a span of nearly five months.Within that time span, junior defensive lineman Noah Spence reportedly failed a drug test — resulting in a violation of OSU and Big Ten rules — and was declared ineligible by the university for the Buckeyes’ Sept. 13 game against Kent State. Spence — who had not played this season because of a three-game suspension after a separate failed drug test — practiced once after the Kent State game, coach Urban Meyer said, but no further update on his status has been released.Since the most recent football violation, all of OSU athletics has self-reported 18 different violations, just one of which involved the men’s basketball program. In total, OSU has self-reported 30 NCAA or Big Ten rules violations this year up until Sept. 20.This information is the result of two separate public records requests submitted by The Lantern. The first was submitted July 8 and filled Aug. 11, while the second was requested Sept. 23 and filled Tuesday evening. The requests span the dates of Jan. 1 through Sept. 20.Despite lower numbers in recent months, the football program still has the most self-reported rules violations so far in 2014 with six. In total, 18 different athletic programs at OSU had self-reported violations listed among the records, with the institution being listed on a pair of violations.Seven of the teams had multiple violations listed, but only football and women’s rowing had more than two. The rowing team was named on four of the violations, two of which came on the more recent records request that spanned from July 1 through Sept. 20.Women’s rowing is the only OSU program to have self-reported multiple violations since July.Responses to the violations from OSU included issuing letters of education to the coaching staff for teams involved with the incidents, a restriction to one program’s financial aid capacity for the 2014-15 academic year and the repayment of $28 worth of “impermissible per diem” for multiple student-athletes.Regardless of punishment, the 30 violations all count as minor NCAA or Big Ten violations. But those 30 infractions still put OSU on track to hit about 40 for the year.OSU athletic director Gene Smith — who is know also the school’s vice president — said the athletics department usually has about 40 self-reported rules violations every year during an interview with The Lantern on May 15, 2012.“On an annual basis, we have about 40,” Smith said in the interview. “It ranges in that area we’re sitting at. In that 40 range is where we always hang.”Smith added that a lower number wouldn’t necessarily be a good thing for OSU.“Our whole thing is if we have 10 (violations), I’d have a problem,” he said. “I mean, I really would because people are going to make mistakes. And that means if I only have 10 out of 350 employees, 1,000 athletes — something’s not right.”While OSU does have one of the largest athletic departments in the nation, its number of violations comes in higher than some other programs. In the second half of 2013, the school self-reported around double the number of NCAA or Big Ten violations than five other schools in the conference.OSU has already self-reported more than double the violations that at least one other school with a major college football program reported during the 2013-14 year. According an Aug. 5 The Oregonian article, University of Oregon athletics self-reported just 14 violations in that academic year. read more

Lucas I was right to ditch Neymar PSG for Tottenham

first_imgFormer PSG winger Lucas Moura says he took the right decision in leaving Neymar behind at Paris Saint-Germain as he hopes to “make history” with Tottenham.The winger saw his game time at PSG reduce after Neymar’s arrival last season, which made him opt for Spurs in a £25 million ($32.8m) in January.Neymar is like my brother,’ he told the Mail on Sunday. “I love him and we have a very good close relationship. It was a little bit sad to leave him and Paris because I like the life there. But I had been there for five years and it was time to have a new challenge.“I wanted to play in another championship and coming here was a big opportunity for me to play in the best league in the world.PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“Tottenham are a big club. They are probably bigger in structure than PSG. I am impressed by this and I was happy to come here.“Now I am ready to give my best because I will do the whole pre-season with the team. That is important because here is very different – the Premier League is very hard – so I will be more ready to show my talent.”Lucas is enjoying his shine as he scored twice in Spurs’ International Champions Cup opener against Roma before impressing again against Barcelona and says he has a good relationship with Spurs boss.“The relationship with him is very good. I believe we can have a big season, win a trophy,” he added.“That’s why I am here, to win a trophy because I believe in the team, the project. We have the capacity to make history here.”last_img read more

Spurs can compete with Europes best – Rose

first_imgTottenham Hotspur defender Danny Rose believes the team can compete with best teams across Europe after their performance in the group stages of the competition last season.Mauricio Pochettino’s men finished first in a group that had both Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund, and Spurs recorded comfortable home victories over both clubs to record an easy passage to the second round where they were eliminated by Juventus.“We went to the Bernabeu and were unlucky not to win that game and then when we played them at Wembley we outplayed them, and not just them, Dortmund as well,” Rose said, according to Sky Sports.“We’ve proved that we can do it. At the minute we’re winning ugly and we’re just waiting for the performance to go with the victories.”Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.Rose was instrumental during Spurs’ 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town on Saturday, winning the penalty that handed the club its second goal of the day after he was fouled by Florent Hardergjonaj in the box.After speculation linking Rose with a move from Spurs in the summer, the England international is grateful he remains central to Pochettino’s plans.“I’m just happy to be playing,” Rose added. “It’s probably something I didn’t expect four or five weeks ago. I’m just happy I’m in a position to be selected and I want it to continue.”last_img read more

School Board Releases FY20 Budget Proposal

first_imgState revenue projections do not reflect the governor’s proposed budget, according to the board. The district faces a loss of more than $22 million if the governor’s proposed budget passes. State of Alaska revenue projections for FY20 is based on the BSA of $5,930 of the State of Alaska Foundation Funding Formula. This is the same BSA amount used by the state for the FY17, FY18 and FY19 budget years, according to documents provided by the school board.  State revenues include $79,009,719 for Foundation Funding, $287,358 for Quality Schools funding, and $2,100,012 One-time funding for a total of $81,397,089. Lastly, the budget requests maximum funding from the borough. KPBSD Communications Liaison Pegge Erkeneff: “The School Board has been meeting and on April 1 when we need to pass a budget we’ll be putting forth a budget that is fully funded, like the legislature last year put into law. We will request full funding from the borough, and going forward with full funding in our budget. A million dollars is 10 teachers, so that is a lot of money, that’s 10 lives in our community.” According to Jones the budget is based on status quo flat funding from the state using the base student allocation, and also includes last year’s one-time funding appropriated by the state Legislature. Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce told district officials in a Facebook live event earlier this month that they needed to ’embrace upcoming changes’: “The truth of the matter is for the educators out there, it’s simple math. You’re going to take a $20 million dollar hit from the state, we’re (the borough) going to take about a $20 million dollar hit from the state, that’s $40 million dollars. There is no way that we can fund you to the cap, and even if we did it’s not going to make a real big difference, you’re going to take a $20 million dollar hit. The Kenai Peninsula School District will look different next year.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board has released the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s preliminary FY20 budget. KPBSD Assistant Superintendent Dave Jones made the announcement at a Board of Education meeting on Thursday. Written in the budget documents: “Administration has, for demonstrative purposes, budgeted KPB support in the amount of $52,537,091. This budgeted KPB revenue amount is the projected maximum allowable local contribution for FY20. If maximum allowable funding is received, it will provide needed funding for the student social emotional support plan, continued support of existing programs, and increased costs associated with collective bargaining.” The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will present their budget proposal to the School Board at their next meeting on April 1.last_img read more

Govt walks the talk Imposes 100 penalty for accepting cash above Rs

first_imgHere comes the next in the series of the government’s crackdown to discourage the use of cash in large amounts: If you receive anything above Rs 3 lakh in cash, be prepared to pay a penalty of an equal amount, effective from April 1. Warburg Pincus acquires airline services group AccelyaOn February 1, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had proposed in the Budget that “no person shall receive an amount of Rs 3 lakh or more by way of cash in aggregate from a person in a day; in respect of a single transaction; or in respect of transactions relating to one event or occasion from a person.” Now, Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia has said that the penalty for doing cash transaction will be steep and the receiver will have to pay an amount equivalent to the cash received.”Supposing you do a transaction of Rs 4 lakh in cash, then the penalty would be Rs 4 lakh. If you do a transaction of Rs 50 lakh, the penalty would be Rs 50 lakh,” Adhia told PTI. Interestingly, the fine will be paid by the receiver, not by the one who pays. So, if a shopkeeper sells an expensive watch for cash, it is the shopkeeper who will have to pay the penalty.However, governments, banking companies, post offices and co-operative banks will remain immune to this restriction. The revenue secretary said the previously notified rule of quoting PAN for any cash transaction above Rs 2 lakh stays. Meanwhile, private sector lender HDFC Bank has announced steep hikes in fees on cash transactions. The bank has limited third-party cash transactions to Rs 25,000 per day and free cash transactions at branches have been reduced to four from five earlier. Additionally, the fee on non-free transactions has been hiked by a steep 50% to Rs 150. The bank has also revised free cash transactions at home branches, including deposits and withdrawals at branches, at Rs 2 lakh, above which customers will have to pay a minimum of Rs 150 or Rs 5 per thousand. Earlier, the bank allowed Rs 50,000 cash transactions, both withdrawals and deposits, per day. These new measures will be applicable from March 1 and would apply to salary and savings account holders.last_img read more

10 drug traders jailed in Cumilla

first_imgMap of CumillaA mobile court on Saturday sentenced 10 drug traders to different terms of imprisonment in Cumilla, reports UNB.A team of Kotwali Police in a drive arrested Pakhi Begum, 35, Liton Miah, 40, Selim, 38, Asma Begum, 55, Aradhan Begum, 55 and Sayed, 30 from different dens of drug traders in the city in the morning.Later, a mobile court sentenced them to different jail term.Besides, four drug traders- Dulal Hossain, 38, Omar Faruk, 30, Mahamudul Hasan, 38 and Foyez, 25- were sentenced to different terms of jail by a mobile court in Chandina upazila.Meanwhile, a team of police arrested female drug trader Ruby Akhter, 45, from Muradnagar upazila.last_img

January 7 2001 Paolo Soleri examines a styrofoam

first_imgJanuary 7, 2001 Paolo Soleri examinesa styrofoam furniture model to be cast in our bronze foundry. Full scale versionsof the furniture are commissioned to be designed by Paolo and then crafted instone by an Italian company. Also displayed on the table are other prototypemodels.last_img

Italian channel operator Switchover Media has recr

first_imgItalian channel operator Switchover Media has recruited Fabrizio Salini as head of entertainment and factual channels. Salini will head entertainment and factual channels at the company and oversee the launch of new digital terrestrial channels across those areas this summer. Switchover has thus far focused on kids and youth-skewing services K2, Frisbee and GXT.Salini joins form Fox Italy where he was running a portfolio of entertainment channels. He has also worked at Sky Italia, where he managed the platform’s entertainment and movie offering.“The success of our free-to-air digital kids channels in an extremely competitive environment, gave us the incentive to take on new challenges, said Francesco Nespega, Switchover Media’s managing partner. “The addition of an experienced and competent industry professional like Fabrizio to Switchover Media’s management team will be a key factor to the success of our new adult targeted free-to-air channel brands”.last_img read more