first_imgThe Australian Touch Association is pleased to announce the National Training Squads for the Mens, Womens and Mixed Open sides. The sides to compete at the 2005 All Nations in New Zealand this October, will be selected from these squads and this is an important step in preparation for the 2007 World Cup in South Africa. Please note that there have been 18 members selected in each squad, with several still yet to finalise their paperwork. When this has been done their names will be added to the website. The actual sides (of 14 players) will be announced after each squad holds its training camp midway through this year. Congratulations again to the selected players and good luck with your preparations for the All Nations tournament. Please also note that the date for the announcement of the Australian Senior sides for the All Nations tournament is April 29 on the ATA website. The National Training Squads: MENS OPEN: Matt Curran – ACT Drumayne Dayberg-Muir – Qld Ash Farrow – Qld Chris Farrow – Qld Phillip Gyemore- Qld Nathan Jones – Qld Trent McDonald – Qld Scott Mitchell – NSW Turoa Needham – Qld Ben Roberts – Qld Steve Roberts – NSW Ben Robinson – Qld Gavin Shuker – Qld Garry Sonda – NSW Jason Stanton – NSW Jamie Stowe – NSW Jarod Tump – Qld Anthony Ziade – NSW Coach: Tony Trad WOMENS OPEN: Bo de la Cruz – NT Sharlene Harriman – NSW Renee Henderson – Qld Rachael Holden – NSW Amanda Judd – NSW Kristy Judd – NSW Shelley Matcham – WA Dominique Maher – NSW Kelly McGennity – Qld Melissa Pitfield – NSW Rachel Reid – Qld Peta Rogerson – Qld Sharyn Williams – Qld Louise Winchester – NSW Claire Winchester – NSW Roxy Winder – Qld Kelly Woods – NSW Coach: Kerry Norman MIXED OPEN: Kate Adams – Qld Andrew Baggio – NSW Ricki Best – Qld Troy Clark – Qld Beaudene Currie – Qld Brad Davids – NSW Amy Fong – Qld Belinda Grech – NSW Jarah Jennings – ACT Teena McIlveen – NSW Ben McCullen – Qld Justin Mitchell – Qld Stacey Lapham – NSW Matt Tope – NSW Hayley Rogerson – Qld Daniel Rushworth – NSW Stephanie Sorrensen – NSW Dean Wilbow – NSW Coach: Gary Madders Any media enquiries, please contact Rachel Moyle, media@austouch.com.aulast_img read more

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is pleased to announce the successful applicants for the 2014/15 Targeted Growth Program. All of the successful applicants will look to implement growth initiatives in areas of junior, school and female participation growth during the summer season. The following affiliates were successful in receiving funding in the 2014/15 Targeted Growth program:Lower Blue Mountains Touch Association – Junior Affiliate GrowthThe Lower Blue Mountains will aim to provide a number of junior development clinics targeted at primary aged school children in the Mid to Upper Blue Mountains region. Port Lincoln Touch Association – School to Affiliate LinkagesPort Lincoln will promote the sport through local schools, as well as provide in-school clinics to entice school children to play at their affiliate. At the end of the junior season, they will also host a family day to stimulate interest in the families of participants.Dubbo Touch Association – Female Participation GrowthThe Dubbo Touch Association will look to establish relationships with the local League Tag, Netball, Soccer and Hockey clubs to cross-promote alternate team activity for female participants. Milton/Ulladulla Touch Association – Junior Affiliate GrowthMilton/Ulladulla will utilise their funding to provide a number of junior clinics at their venue to attract new junior participants to their affiliate. Tamworth Touch Association – School Competition and Affiliate LinkagesTamworth will look to develop an interschool competition with all of the local high schools, while also promoting the community pathway. This initiative will complete the pathway between their primary school competition and adult participation. The following affiliates were also successful in receiving $300 Advertising Assistance grants to promote competitions for this coming season:·         Doyalson Touch Association·         Ryde Eastwood Touch Association·         Wallsend Touch Association·         Whyalla Touch AssociationRelated LinksTargeted Growth Programlast_img read more

first_imgCoach Cal whispering something into Tyler Ulis' ear.LAWRENCE, KS – JANUARY 30: Head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats talks with Tyler Ulis #3 during the final minutes of overtime in the game against the Kansas Jayhawks at Allen Fieldhouse on January 30, 2016 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Kentucky had little difficulty getting past Tennessee Tuesday night. After a close first half, the Wildcats (26-0, 13-0 SEC) blew by the Volunteers (14-11, 6-7 SEC) in the final 20 minutes, winning, 66-48. The blowout victory did not come without some physicality, though. Kentucky freshman guard Tyler Ulis appeared to take a hard shot to the face from a Tennessee guard in the first half. Check out this play: Did anyone see this except @BraxtonDsnyder? pic.twitter.com/BdzD94RdK0— Aaron’s Right Shoe (@AaronsRightShoe) February 18, 2015Was it a punch? A shove? Just incidental contact? It’s tough to tell. Whatever it was, it’s something you usually see a foul called for, and there was no whistle blown last night. [KSR]last_img read more

first_imgWhen the midwives and stars of Channel 4’s ‘One Born Every Minute’ series visited Liberia with Save the Children they were shocked to discover that young mums in Liberia face a 1 in 24 chance of dying during pregnancy or childbirth when a simple trip to a clinic could save their lives. Yet many mums-to-be have to walk for up to 8 hours to get to their nearest clinic, and the journey can be treacherous.So when Gemma Raby, Louise Holt, and Maud Hardy stepped into their first Save the Children supported health clinic in Liberia recently, they were amazed at the difference your donations make.As Gemma explains, “At Leeds General where I work, we have between 9 and 11 midwives per shift on the labour ward. We also, crucially, have dedicated medical staff on hand.“In the Liberian clinic it was impressive to see that with basic facilities and staffing, and no doctor presence they were able to provide safe care to a large community, preventing hundreds of women from delivering in poor health at home with no help. This was really uplifting!”What Gemma and her fellow UK midwives saw was the direct result of your donations to Save the Children.And now with your help, they’re building and equipping six new mother and baby clinics in Liberia’s poorest regions as part of our Build It for Babies appeal.The ‘One Born Every Minute’ stars saw at firsthand how even the smallest donations to buy essential items like thermometers, stethoscopes, and scissors make such a difference.“It means being able to monitor patients more carefully which for a young mother with a suspected infection…can literally be life-saving,” explained Gemma.Small items of comfort like pillows also help to make giving birth a more positive experience.“Childbirth shouldn’t just be about survival. Save the Children’s impact cannot be underestimated.”Gemma continued: “Establishing and improving the presence of maternal waiting homes run by qualified midwives is such a precious gift to Liberia’s babies and to mums like Mamie”.“It would be wonderful,” adds Gemma, “if childbirth in Liberia could be a fulfilling experience to be treasured rather than a frightening experience to be survived.”Please help raise the £500,000 needed to build six new clinics in Liberia: Donate now to the Build it for Babies Appeal.Source:Save the Children UKlast_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – Flexiti Financial says it’s acquiring TD Financing Services’ Canadian private label credit card portfolio valued at roughly $250 million.The Toronto company, which provides point-of-sale financing and payment technology, said the transaction provides it with a million new credit card customers and 900 new store locations for its network.The added locations bring Flexiti’s total network to 3,500 and make it a leading private label credit card issuer in Canada, the company said.“This acquisition of TDFS’ private label credit card portfolio represents an important milestone for our company, and the consumer lending space in Canada, as it instantly positions us as one of the largest consumer lenders in the country,” said Peter Kalen, founder and CEO of Flexiti.The portfolio of cards targeted towards specific store brands includes merchants in the jewelry, furniture and home improvement categories, such as Peoples, Birks, Ethan Allen, La Z Boy and Kent.TD’s decision to sell the Canadian portfolio aligns with its strategy of simplifying its business model and allows it to focus on its core businesses of TD credit cards, MBNA and TD business credit cards, said bank spokeswoman Julie Bellissimo in an email.She noted that TD continues to operate the TD Financing Services business in the U.S.Flexiti said that as part of its acquisition, Globalive Capital will make a $50 million equity investment in Flexiti to give them a controlled position in the company after being a founding investor.The company said it has also secured $350 million in credit facilities to support the portfolio acquisition and its growth strategy.last_img read more

first_imgKenney acknowledges that some Calgary-based companies that develop B.C. natural gas would not be happy with a toll, but he says the job of an Alberta premier is to defend the province’s economic future.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley banned B.C. wines in response to its proposal to limit diluted bitumen shipments, but she lifted the ban after Premier John Horgan said he would ask the courts to decide whether it can bring in the restrictions.Kenney also clarified his stance on supervised drug consumption sites, saying the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that governments are obligated to license such facilities.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) VANCOUVER, B.C. – Alberta’s Opposition leader says if he becomes premier there will be “serious consequences” for British Columbia if it blocks the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.Jason Kenney says he would be prepared to stop permits for the shipment of Alberta oil through the Trans Mountain pipeline, and place a toll on shipments of natural gas from B.C. through Alberta.The United Conservative Party leader made the comments to reporters in Vancouver today during a trip to B.C. to speak about the need for “environmentally responsible resource development.”last_img read more

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Scientists with the Geological Survey of Canada have confirmed that at least two earthquakes have occurred in the B.C. Peace Region since late Sunday.Earlier Monday, Moose FM received several reports of earthquakes that had been felt by area residents in the past 24 hours. The first earthquake reportedly occurred near Rose Prairie on Monday afternoon, while the second occurred near Farmington early Tuesday morning.A map of all catalogued earthquakes in Western Canada, Alaska, and the Western United States in the past 30 days. Photo by Natural Resources Canada. Seismologist Dr. Honn Kao with the Survey’s Victoria office confirmed that seismometers picked up a number of seismic events that occurred in the region in the past several days below magnitude 4. He confirmed that a M2.8 tremor occurred at 4:25 Monday afternoon just 12 kilometres north-northeast of Fort St. John at a depth of only 4.7 kilometres. Another smaller but even shallower quake occurred 25 kilometres west-northwest of Dawson Creek at 7:21 p.m. Sunday. That quake had a magnitude of only 1.9, but a depth of only 3.3 kilometres.Dr. Kao did not confirmed the other quake that reportedly occurred at around 6:45 Tuesday morning near Farmington, but that seismologists are still poring over data. He explained that earthquakes smaller than magnitude 4.0 are usually too small to be automatically pinpointed by the network seismographs in the Peace Region, meaning scientists don’t usually analyze such data immediately unless those smaller earthquakes are felt. Dr. Kao said that the shallow depth of the two confirmed quakes meant that scientists have alerted the BC Oil and Gas Commission to investigate whether there was any oil and gas industry activity occurring in the vicinity at the time of the quakes. At this point, there’s no word from the OGC about whether there was any industry activity occurring at the time.A list and map of all catalogued earthquakes that have occurred in B.C. and Alberta in the past 30 days can be found here: http://www.earthquakescanada.nrcan.gc.ca/recent/maps-cartes/index-en.php?maptype=30d&CHIS_SZ=bcwalast_img read more

first_imgBhopal: Hailing Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath’s decision to almost double the OBC quota to 27 per cent, the state Congress has said it was a major step in the fight for social justice.The party has decided to felicitate Kamal Nath for the move.”The chief minister had indicated that he is going to take a decisive step in the interest of backward classes by inducting 27 per cent MLAs from this category into his cabinet,” state Congress media department chairperson Shobha Ojha said at a press conference here on Friday. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!”He proved this on March 8, when his government passed an ordinance to raise the OBC reservation in the state from 14 per cent to 27 per cent,” she added.Minister Jeetu Patwari and Rajya Sabha MP Rajmani Patel, both belonging to OBC category, were also present at the press conference.Ojha said, the state saw three BJP chief ministers belonging to the OBC category- Uma Bharti, Babulal Gaur and Shivraj Singh Chouhan. “But none of them and other backward class leaders of the BJP have praised the government’s decision,” she added.She said the party, along with prominent OBC leaders and ministers, will felicitate Nath for this major decision taken in the interest of the community.Kamal Nath had last week announced that the state government has decided to raise the reservation limit for OBCs from 14 per cent to 27 per cent and also implement quota for the poor among the general category.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Continuing crackdown on terror financers, security agencies have identified 13 people, including Hizbul Mujahideen founder Syed Salahuddin, Hurriyat leaders and businessmen, who are allegedly providing funds to terrorists and stone pelters at the behest of Pakistan spy agency ISI, officials said Sunday. The Centre has started seizing properties belonging to terror financiers in a big way. Thirteen individuals and their properties have been identified by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and action has been initiated, they said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “Individuals identified during these investigations have been found providing money to all major terrorist groups like LeT and Hizbul Mujahideen as also Hurriyat leaders, separatists and stone-pelters in Jammu and Kashmir,” a senior government official said. Funds were provided to the leadership of Kashmir-based terrorist groups for misguiding, motivating and recruiting local youths to militant ranks. Operational activities of terror groups, including attacks on security forces, camps and convoys, are also being financed, the official said, adding money obtained through these channels are being used by major secessionist formations, especially the Hurriyat Conference. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday These funds are used for maintaining Hurriyat’s top leadership and a massive propaganda machinery to arouse disaffection among the people of Jammu and Kashmir against the Centre. It is also being utilised to spread false information through media contacts, newspapers and social media, the official claimed. The official said these are in turn used to instigate and lure misguided youths to resort to anti-India activities, violent street protests and stone pelting on security forces at encounter sites. Extensive use of such funds is being made to finance institutions such as select mosques, madrasas and organisations like recently banned Jamat-e-Islami(JeI)(J-K), for focusing on subverting locals, another official said. In the first strike, action was initiated to attach a plush bungalow of Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali in Gurgaon, the official said. He is, at present, lodged in Delhi’s Tihar jail. Watali is allegedly a major conduit for funnelling terror finances into India, the official said. Documents seized by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) indicate that he was receiving money from Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) founder Hafiz Saeed, Salahuddin, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and the Pakistan High Commission here, the official claimed. Watali is known to have important sources of Hawala financing operating out of Dubai. Besides him, another 10 leaders were brought into the multi-agency action on terror funding. The ED has zeroed in on proceeds of such crime and begun action to freeze and seize such assets. The ongoing investigation in the first phase has determined and quantified assets valued at over Rs7 crore as proceeds of terror funding crimes, the official said. The 13 identified individuals include Mohd Yusuf Shah alias Syed Salahuddin, who through Hizbul, has been actively involved in creating unrest in Kashmir and other parts of India, according to a document prepared by security agencies. Being a resident of Jammu and Kashmir, Salahuddin has a wide network of local sympathisers, who act on his instructions and collect funds sent by him to fuel secessionist activities, it said. Hafiz Saeed, self-styled chief of Pakistan-based Jamaat-ul- Dawaa, and other separatist leaders of the state, including members and Hurriyat cadre, have been raising, receiving and collecting funds domestically and from abroad through various illegal channels like Hawala, for funding separatist and terrorist activities in J-K. The document said Aftab Ahmad Shah alias Fantoosh, a Tehreek-e-Hurriyat (TeH) founder member, was spokesperson and legal advisor to the Hurriyat (Mirwaiz faction). During a search at his residence in Srinagar, NIA seized various incriminating documents and during interrogation, Shah confessed that his charter of duties included monitoring incidents, issuing statements, arranging meetings and conferences. Shah, son-in-law of TeH separatist leader Syed Geelani, was closely associated with JeI (J-K). The 13 individuals also include Mohammed Nayeem Khan, Farooq Ahmad Dar, Akbar Khanday, Mehrajuddin Kalwal, Bashir Ahmad Bhat, Saifullah and Nawal Kishore Kapoor Khan, self-styled chairman of National Front, an organisation affiliated to Hurriyat, was part of the Muslim Jaanbaaz Force and earlier involved in various militant activities, the document said. Dar was JKLF-R chairman and is a terrorist involved in criminal and anti-national activities since 1990. He received arms training in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) in 1989-90.Khanday is a JeI(J-K) member and trusted lieutenant of Geelani. He knew of anti-India protests in the Valley. Kalwal, a former militant trained in PoK, is a key fund raiser for stone pelters.He collects funds on behalf of Hurriyat and spearheads protests, the document said. Bhat, a former Hizbul militant, went to PoK for arms training and was involved militancy cases.He is a trusted aide of Geelani and was aware of systems of fund collection and distribution by the Hurriyat leader to operatives, who indulged in anti-India activities. He has visited the Pakistan High Commission here with Geelani several times, it said. Kapoor, Watali’s close associate, remitted Rs 5.6 crore to Watali for which he has not been able to produce any document.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Nitish Rana and Robin Uthappa slammed half-centuries while Andre Russell continued his pyrotechnics with the bat as Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) posted a mammoth 218/4 against Kings XI Punjab in their Indian Premier League (IPL) clash at the Eden Gardens here on Wednesday. Rana (63; 34b, 4×2; 6×7) fashioned his second successive fifty as Uthappa blossomed in his company with a well-timed unbeaten 67 (50b, 4×6, 6×2) before Russell virtually took the game away from Punjab with a 17-ball 48 (4×3, 6×5). The visitors could have checked KKR’s run flow when Mohammed Shami castled Russell when he was on 3, only to find the umpire calling it a no-ball as there were only three fielders inside the circle. Russell made the most of his second life by bludgeoning Andrew Tye for two sixes and two fours in the 18th over as the Australian leaked 22 runs. Russell, who smacked a 18-ball 49 in the last match, then hit Shami for three back-to-back sixes and a four in the next over, taking KKR past the 200-mark, before getting out in the last over off Tye. Russell and Uthappa joined hands for a 32-ball 67-run fourth wicket stand as KKR amassed 71 runs in the last five overs. KXIP skipper Ravichandran Ashwin, fresh from the “Mankading” row against Rajasthan Royals’ batsman Jos Buttler in the last game that sparked worldwide discussions, went for 47 runs in his four overs and was hit for five sixes — one every over — with Rana accounting for four of them. On Monday, the Kings XI Punjab captain was at the centre of the controversy as he ‘Mankaded’ Rajasthan Royals’ in-form batsman Jos Buttler, a perfectly legal dismissal but an act which triggered a debate concerning ‘Spirit of Cricket’. On Wednesday, Ashwin was at the receiving end of a harsh yet perfectly legal call by on-field umpire Anil Chaudhary. KKR’s last match hero Russell had walked in at the fall of Nitish Rana’s wicket and got a perfect yorker from Mohammed Shami off the last delivery of the 17th over. Russell was on his way back to the dug-out. However, to the horror of KXIP players, umpire Anil signalled no-ball and a free-hit. Ashwin was at his wits end thinking that Shami had overstepped only to find out that KXIP had one fielder short of the mandatory four inside the 30-yard circle. It was David Miller, who was not inside the circle. Meanwhile, Uthappa and Rana stitched together 110 runs for the third wicket after the home team lost their openers inside four overs. Rana took time to settle down, scoring just two runs off the first seven balls before hoisting Ashwin over long on for a maximum in the eighth over. The southpaw, who scored 68 in KKR’s opening game to help them beat Sunrisers Hyderabad, smashed Ashwin for another six in the same region as the purple brigade raced to 89/2 at the halfway stage. Rana and Uthappa also made merry in Mandeep Singh’s over, taking him for 18 runs before debutant Varun Chakravarthy got rid of the former. KKR were off to a blistering start thanks to Sunil Narine (24, 9b, 4×1, 6×3) — back to opening the batting after injuring his finger in the last game. Brief scores: Kolkata Knight Riders 218/4 (Robin Uthappa 67, Nitish Rana 63, Andre Russell 48) vs Kings XI Punjab.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The AAP has planned to reach out to the women at the ground level to gather a different support base from the women. Various surveys and internal study of the party also showed that the party has a strong voter base among the women in Delhi. Party’s women wing along with the leaders would go to the door to the women and talk to them. Here the party would focus on the issue of safety and also on education. “Our party believes in the empowerment of women. The chief minister from him rallies also promised that after we get the full statehood he will make Delhi a safe city. We will take these messages to the women,” said a leader. The party has also planned various door to campaign mostly by the local MLAs. ” In all these local meetings we see a huge number of women present. We believe that reaching to the women differently would help us,” the leader added. The party also launched a “Metro Campaign” at the heart of the capital, Connaught Place this week. In order to speed up the full statehood movement, the women wing of the party started the campaign from the Rajiv Chowk Metro Station. As a part of the campaign, a team of four women was deployed at all eight gates of the Metro station. The team was seen appealing to passersby to vote for AAP candidates.last_img read more

first_imgNEW DELHI: The star campaigners of Congress including its president Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, former prime minister Manmohan Singh and Shatrughan Sinha will blaze campaign trail for party candidates for Lok Sabha polls in Delhi. The party has drawn up a list of 40 senior leaders including Delhi Congress president Sheila Dikshit for the campaigning that will pick up pace in the coming days, according to party leaders.”We have sought permission of high command for a major road show of Rahul Gandhi or Priyanka Vadra, before May 6,” said a senior Delhi Congress leader. The Congress plans to hold a series of road shows of Gandhi siblings and other prominent leaders, rather than organising a big public rally, party insiders said.last_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON– The United States condemned Monday deadly terrorist attacks in the southern Russian city of Volgograd and offered its full support to the Russian government in security preparations for the Sochi Olympic Games.“The United States condemns the terrorist attacks that struck the Russian city of Volgograd and sends deepest condolences to the families of the victims with hopes for the rapid healing of those wounded,” said White House National Security Council spokesperson Caitlin Hayden said in a statement.Stating that the US stands in solidarity with the Russian people against terrorism, she said, “The US government has offered full support to the Russian government in security preparations for the Sochi Olympic Games, and we would welcome the opportunity for closer cooperation for the safety of the athletes, spectators, and other participants.” Tens of people were killed in bomb attacks in Russia’s Volgograd city on 29th and 30th of December.last_img read more

Global Olympic gold medals per capita are at their lowest point since the first modern Olympics in 1896.There are 306 events at the Olympics this summer, with one gold medal per event.1Though an extra gold or two could result from ties. Also, more than one athlete can share a medal in team and relay events, so the number of athletes earning medals is greater than the number of medals in the country-by-country medal table. There are more than 7.3 billion people worldwide. That’s fewer than 42 events for every billion people, and that ratio has been declining since the 2000 Sydney Games, when the Olympics grew to 300 events, up 11 percent from 1996 and 48 percent higher than in 1980.In 2002, an International Olympic Committee report warned that the games were growing too big. “Today, the Olympic Movement must contend with the reality that more sports want to participate in the Olympic Games, more athletes want to compete in the Olympic Games, more people want to attend the Olympic Games, and more media want to cover the Olympic Games,” the report said. As a result, the cost of hosting the games was increasing and some countries were being left out of the running in bids to serve as host, according to the report.The IOC has heeded the report’s warning and pressed pause on the Summer Olympics’ rapid growth rate.2The number of events in the Winter Olympics hasn’t stopped growing, in part because those games are so much smaller than the Summer Games. Population numbers for the per capita numbers in the text and chart are from the U.S. Census Bureau, which has annual estimates since 1950. For Olympics before 1950, I used United Nations 1999 estimates compiled by the Census Bureau for global population in 1850, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940 and 1950, interpolating for Olympic years for which an estimate wasn’t available by assuming linear growth between estimated years. Though events per capita were much higher in the first half of the 20th century, everything that surrounded those events has grown, including the number of security forces and members of the media. Also, many more athletes today compete per event, from far more countries, than did then. The number of events has not quite doubled since 1920, but the number of participating athletes is roughly four times higher today and the number of participating countries is about seven times higher.3Media reports put the number of athletes this summer at somewhere between 10,500 and more than 11,000, and the number of countries at 206 or 207; the organizing committee’s media office didn’t respond to a request for a count.The decrease in events per capita has meant more athletes are competing for a chance to win roughly the same number of medals. It also has meant that sports not yet in the Olympics have had a hard time breaking into the games, and when they have, it has usually come at the expense of others, such as baseball and softball. That will change in Tokyo, though, as yet another new Olympic philosophy on growth will bring five new sports into the fold. read more

12/17/1986ClemsonArmstrongREG112-39+65 DATEWINNEROPPONENTGAME TYPESCOREELO-ADJUSTED POINT MARGIN 12/23/1998MarylandNorth TexasREG132-57+63 Best men’s basketball wins relative to average expectation 12/11/1954DaytonBowling GreenREG109-39+69 Because Elo measures the difference in relative quality between teams going into a game, it can be used (in conjunction with information about the location of the game) to create a predictive point spread. It can also be used to generate a hypothetical point spread that would have been expected from an average Division I team1With an Elo rating of exactly 1500. against the same opponent in a given game. So against Oklahoma on a neutral court Saturday, for instance, Villanova was expected to win by about 2.5 points; an average team would have been expected to lose by 21. That Villanova won by 44 implies that the Wildcats outperformed their own expectations by 41.5 points and those of an “average” team by about 65 points.Suffice it to say that 65 points is an extraordinarily wide margin for a team to beat the D-I average by in a single game. The record since 1949-50 in any game between two D-I schools is 73, set by North Carolina when it trounced Manhattan College by 84 points in 1985. (Elo estimates that an average team, playing at home, would have beaten the 1200-rated Jaspers by about 11 points.) But that also took place in a forgettable non-conference game two days after Christmas.To find an NCAA Tournament win more impressive than Villanova’s romp, you’d have to go back to 1963, when Loyola of Chicago exceeded average by 70 points with a 111-42 opening-round triumph over Tennessee Tech. And before the Wildcats’ win Saturday, no team had beaten average by 60 or more points in an NCAA Tournament game since 1971, when a previous incarnation of Villanova beat Penn 90-47. 2/27/1994MinnesotaIndianaREG106-56+65 12/17/1995TulsaPrairie ViewREG141-50+72 12/9/1955UtahArizonaREG119-45+64 Source: Sports Reference 12/29/1972New MexicoDartmouthREG107-36+65 4/2/2016VillanovaOklahomaNCAA95-51+65 3/3/2008KansasTexas TechREG109-51+67 3/11/1963Loyola (IL)Tennessee TechNCAA111-42+70 1/12/1952Holy CrossBrownREG100-31+64 3/12/1993KentuckyTennesseeCTOURN101-40+66 12/18/1971IndianaNotre DameREG94-29+64 1/27/1993OklahomaFlorida A&MREG146-65+63 2/27/1956KentuckyGeorgiaREG143-66+65 11/25/1989DukeHarvardREG130-54+63 12/27/1985North CarolinaManhattanREG129-45+73 1/5/1974UCLAWashingtonREG100-48+64 12/10/1994Southern UtahSouth AlabamaREG140-72+71 Ahead of Saturday’s Final Four matchup between Villanova and Oklahoma, our prediction model had the Wildcats only slightly favored, with a 54 percent chance of winning, and nearly a quarter of the game was as tight as that probability suggests. When Oklahoma led 17-16 after eight minutes, our in-game win probabilities listed the odds as essentially the same as they’d been before tipoff. Fans across the country settled in for an exciting game, perhaps like the one Villanova had played against Kansas in the South Regional final.But from that point on, things were anything but close. ’Nova rattled off a 12-0 run, touching off an eight-minute sequence in which it outscored Oklahoma 21 to 4. By halftime, the Wildcats led by 14 — but they weren’t done yet. After the Sooners briefly cut Villanova’s lead to single-digits with 16 minutes left in the game, the Wildcats scored 49 of the game’s next 63 points, including a 25-0 run that lasted approximately five and a half minutes on the scoreboard (but must have felt like an eternity to Sooner fans).The result was a 44-point landslide win for Villanova, the most lopsided victory in Final Four history. That is a matter of historical fact. But using our Elo ratings (which estimate a team’s strength at a given moment), we can also say that it was probably the most impressive NCAA Tournament win in more than 53 years — and the 10th-most-impressive D-I basketball victory, period, since the 1949-50 season: 11/17/2009TennesseeUNC-AshevilleREG124-49+64 read more

Ohio State then-freshman goalie Andrea Braendli (30) prepares for a shot in the game against Minnesota State on Oct. 11. Ohio State won 4-0. Credit: Wyatt Crosher | Assistant Sports EditorNo. 10 Ohio State (18-12-2, 12-10-2-2 WCHA) clinched home ice for the WCHA Tournament and cost No. 1 Wisconsin (28-4-2, 18-4-2-0, WCHA) the regular season conference title with back-to-back ties and shootout victories on the road.Game 1A career-high 52 saves from freshman goalie Andrea Braendli helped garner the Buckeyes two points with a tie and shootout win against the Badgers on Friday night.Braendli stopped three Wisconsin shots in the shootout to cap off her impressive performance, allowing sophomore forward Emma Maltais to seal the deal for the Buckeyes with the winning score.Wisconsin took the early lead on the first night of its senior weekend with a power-play goal from junior forward Abby Roque eight minutes into the first period.The goal, assisted by freshman forward Sophie Shirley and junior defenseman Mekenzie Steffen, was Roque’s ninth goal and 35th point of the season, which gives her the fifth most in the conference.Ohio State entered the game leading the WCHA with 7.5 penalty minutes per game, and it was a tripping call on senior forward Charly Dahlquist that allowed the high-powered Wisconsin offense to take advantage early.The Buckeyes would retaliate seven minutes into the third period when junior forward and Wisconsin native Tatum Skaggs scored her team-leading 15th goal of the season to tie the game 1-1 and send it into overtime.Maltais and redshirt junior Jincy Dunne both notched assists on the goal. At 1.26 points per game, Maltais is second in the WCHA and Dunne’s .86 average makes her the highest scoring defenseman in the conference.Wisconsin entered the series tied for second in the country with 122 season goals, but only mustered one score on Friday despite more than doubling Ohio State’s shot output at 53-24.It was Braendli’s first action for the Buckeyes since she earned NCAA No. 2 Star of the Week honors for back-to-back shutout performances against St. Cloud State on Feb. 1 and 2. She had missed the last two games for an international tournament with the Swiss National Team before Ohio State’s bye week.With 52 saves on Wisconsin’s 53 shots, Braendli came away with a .981 save percentage on the night, improving the WCHA second-best .934 mark she had for the season entering the series.The two points clinched the No. 3 seed and home ice for Ohio State in the WCHA Tournament that opens next Friday.Game 2The Buckeyes cost Wisconsin its fourth straight regular season conference title with a second straight shootout victory to spoil senior night for the Badgers Saturday.Ohio State sophomore forward Liz Schepers’ conversion in the shootout after a 2-2 tie allowed the Buckeyes to escape a sold out LaBahn Arena with four series points.Schepers’ goal in the second period, a point blank score off a cross from senior forward Madison Field, looked like it would yield a win for the Buckeyes, as it put them up 2-0 with less than a period and a half remaining.Wisconsin, needing three points in the standings to beat out Minnesota for the regular season WCHA title, finally scored on two of its 42 shots in the final five minutes of the game to send it to overtime.The first came on Shirley’s WCHA second-best 19th goal of the season, followed by a score from redshirt senior forward Emily Clark with less than two minutes remaining.Clark’s goal snuck in off Braendli’s skate after an initial save, which saw a gesture of disbelief from the Swiss netminder with her arm thrown in the air.Braendli made 40 saves on Saturday, giving her 92 on the series.Wisconsin redshirt junior goalie Kristen Campbell faced just 20 shots in a second straight night of the Badgers generating more than twice the shots of Ohio State. After scoring the winning goal in the shootout Friday night, Maltais picked up right where she left off for the Buckeyes with a goal 23 seconds into Saturday’s game that shell-shocked the home crowd in Madison, Wisconsin before the eventual comeback.Wisconsin risked an empty net in overtime to no avail, and with the lack of a score went its’ chance at a conference title.Both teams begin WCHA Tournament play next weekend, as Ohio State takes on Minnesota State in Columbus as the No. 3 seed in the conference, and the Badgers open with a home matchup against St. Cloud State. read more

first_imgGerman manager Jürgen Klopp came out and blamed himself for not explaining to his Liverpool players that they can’t run too long with the ball.In what was considered as one of the most important matches for Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool, the Reds visited San Paolo Stadium and got a painful defeat against Napoli with a late Lorenzo Insigne goal.The German manager was not happy with his attacking players after the match because he believed that they kept the ball during long periods of time, he wanted them to release it quicker than they actually did during the match.“Sometimes Bobby [Firmino] ran too long with the ball, or Sadio [Mane] ran too long. When that happens, you cannot produce. The midfielders or the full-backs tried to go forward, but we lost the ball and had to go back in the other direction. It was intense, but we caused the intensity of the game ourselves,” said Klopp after the match.“It was an interesting looking group before we started and it’s still interesting now. We want to play better than we did tonight, but even if we don’t play brilliantly, we want a result. Tonight we weren’t as good as we could be,” he added.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.But the Liverpool boss didn’t want to blame his attacking players completely, he also confessed that he has a great deal of responsibility for this result: “A big part of that performance is my fault. I need one night to watch the game again, but it looked not like it should have looked.”Jürgen Klopp admitted #LFC’s performance was not good enough after watching his side lose 1-0 to Napoli. https://t.co/ghfYYqj7xR— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 3, 2018last_img read more

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C., appears close to resuming its normal operating status in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, after the commander of the 4th Fighter Wing issued an “all clear” for the base Friday. Since the storm reached the installation, Sept. 14, causing flooding in multiple locations including parts of the runway, airmen responded to power outages and removed fallen trees from buildings, reported 4th Fighter Wing Public Affairs. The base’s 50 F-15E Strike Eagles and 6 KC-135R Stratotankers returned from Barksdale AFB, La., last Tuesday. According to the National Weather Service, the Neuse River, located just outside the base perimeter, crested at more than nine feet above flood level. … On Saturday, three Marine Corps bases in coastal North Carolina — Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Marine Corps Air Station New River, and MCAS Cherry Point — issued an “all clear,” directing all personnel to return to their duty station by Sunday. The announcement warned personnel about widespread road closures throughout the region, and recommended specific routes for returning to each of the installations. Damage assessments of facility exteriors have been completed at Camp Lejeune and MCAS New River, with tarps placed over the most significant damage, according to a Facebook post.Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brittain Crolleylast_img read more

first_img Originally published June 6.Updates, June 7: Adds more details about doodles for the Women’s World Cup. June 11: Adds more doodles celebrating the Women’s World Cup. Comment 3:40 Culture Tech Industry Tags Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: How Google made a Doodle game Google is celebrating the 2019 Women’s World Cup with a series of doodles representing each of the competing countries.  Google As the US Women’s National Team prepares for their first match in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup on Tuesday, Google is celebrating all the teams in the tournament with a series of doodles.The latest homepage banner represents work by artists of six different countries: Chile, Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, Thailand and the US. Teams from each of the countries are competing Tuesday, and Google says the doodles portray a distinct message about what the tournament means for each artist and their country.Chile artist Luisa Rivera said the World Cup means “teamwork, passion and determination” to her, and Netherland artist Eline Van Dam said she wanted to show how the game “connects people all over the world.” Google kicked off its first World Cup-themed doodles last Friday to mark the start of the tournament.2019-womens-world-cup-day-1-5386703364161536-2xGoogle kicks off the FIFA Women’s World Cup with a doodle. Google “Each Doodle will capture the local excitement of the World Cup competition as well as what soccer means to the guest artist personally,” Google said. You can see the full list of 24 artists, one for each country in the tournament, in Google’s blog post. Google has already featured doodles celebrating several of the teams competing in the World Cup.On day two of the World Cup it featured: China, Germany, Nigeria, Norway, South Africa and Spain.  Google On day three of the World Cup if featured: Australia, Brazil, England, Italy, Jamaica and Scotland.  Google On day four of the World Cup it featured: Argentina, Cameroon, Canada and Japan. Google The Women’s World Cup started Friday with a match between host country France and South Korea. This year marks the eighth FIFA Women’s World Cup conference, with the first in 1991. Google also said soccer fans will be able to use Assistant and the search app to follow real-time match updates. While the Google search app will let you subscribe to team updates, Assistant can answer specific questions. If you’ve got an Android phone, you’ll be able to follow up to three real-time scores on your home screen. You can also use the Google News FIFA Women’s World Cup interactive tracker to browse highlights. And YouTube will show highlights as well as behind-the-scenes moments. Google Doodles are temporary versions of the tech company’s logo on its homepage to honor holidays and historic occasions. Earlier this week, the company featured an interactive timeline celebrating 50 years of gay pride. 1 Google Assistant Googlelast_img read more

first_imgSujeeth and Prabhas on Saaho setSaaho, a Prabhas and Shraddha Kapoor starrer, is one of the most awaited films of the year and audience across the country are looking forward to watching the visual extravaganza on August 15. But the film is likely not releasing on the given date.News that the film is being postponed is doing rounds on social media. Sources from the production house have revealed that the release of the film might be postponed by 15 days. It is now expected to hit the screens on August 30. An official confirmation from the makers is awaited.The reason for the delay in release due to the slow pace of work that is happening. The post-production works have begun just a couple of days ago and the lead actors are still working for some patchwork scenes. A lot of editing work is still pending, though the technical team has been working day and night. Since the beginning, there has always been a delay in the shootings and schedules. The makers have got a shock when music composers have said that they are walking out of the project. Finding composers have taken a lot of the time of the makers and that made way to delay in a lot of things. Source from the direction department says, “Except delay in post-production, there is no other reason for the delay, in case it is really going to get delayed. It is of course for the betterment and I think the delay of Saaho is going to make way for many other films to lock that date for release. The film has been wrapped up on Tuesday and we are hoping to release it as early as possible to keep up the promise.”Many films have made their way for Saaho and have chosen other dates to release their films. If Saaho gets delayed, it is going to be difficult for distributors and producers of other films to adjust dates and theatres. Let us see what happens.last_img read more